Hey NRA – Keep Your Paws Off Animal Laws!

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The NRA is front and center in the news these days.  Since Humane PA PAC is a single issue organization – an organization founded on and guided by the commitment to secure the humane treatment of animals and eliminate animal cruelty through electing humane candidates and public policy – we are not commenting on gun issues or events that have propelled the NRA into the limelight, other than to share that we too are overwhelmed by the magnitude and horror of the Florida tragedy and we feel enormous compassion for what the students have experienced and continue to go through.  And, we are also incredibly inspired by the students leading the fight against the powerful influence of the NRA.

As the only Pennsylvania Political Action Committee (PAC) for animals, we at Humane PA have also experienced firsthand the disproportionate stranglehold NRAthat the NRA has in our state when it comes to our efforts to pass laws…

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Urgent Help Needed By Tomorrow, March 23rd, To Prevent Forced Killing Of Raccoons, Opossums & Coyotes In Indiana – World Animal News

The Department of Natural Resources is considering a controversial rule change that would make it mandatory for animal control specialist in Indiana to kill thousands of raccoons, possums and coyotes each year.

Currently the decision whether to exterminate or release a captured animal in the same county in which they are caught is up to the service provider, and one, in particular, is doing everything he can to keep it that way.

WAN talked with Michael Meservy, owner of advanced Pest Control in Indianapolis about how people can join his fight against the fish and wildlife policy change that would mean a death sentence to what some people sadly refer to as “nuisance” animals.


South Korea Bans Importation of Taiji’s Dolphins

Posts by : Cara Sands
March 20,2018
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Dolphins caught in Taiji Japan’s notorious drive hunts will no longer be welcome in South Korea. Today, the Ministry of Environment announced a revised bill on the Protection and Management of Wildlife, banning all imports of dolphins captured in such a brutal manner.

Imports will also be restricted if the mammals are captured in areas where wild populations are either unclear, or are in decline.
How did a centuries-old relationship between man and dolphin become so corrupt?

Wild bottlenose dolphin brutally caught in Taiji’s notorious dolphin hunts. Credit: DolphinProject.com

In Taiji, dolphins are chased, then driven into the cove for the purposes of capture or slaughter. The hunts are relentless, with countless mammals dying during the drives themselves. Dolphins are listed in Appendix II of CITES – the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – meaning they may not be threatened with extinction today, but may become so unless trade is closely controlled.

Footage of two dolphins arriving to Ulsan Aquarium in South Korea from Taiji, Japan
Credit: Hwang HyunJin


Dolphin Project has supported our South Korean friends and colleagues for many years in their efforts to ban dolphin imports from Taiji. We extend a warm “congratulations” to Hot Pink Dolphins, Korean Animal Welfare Association and Korean Federation for Environmental Movement of Ulsan on their success.
Hot Pink Dolphins at The Cove with Ric O’Barry. Taiji, Japan.

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Breaking News! San Francisco Officially Becomes The Largest City In The U.S. To Ban The Sale Of Fur! – World Animal News

By WAN –
March 20, 2018

San Francisco has officially become the largest city in the United States to ban the sale of fur.
The news follows a City Board of Supervisors meeting earlier today in which members voted unanimously to pass a measure that prohibits the sale of fur clothes, accessories and products in the city.
The ban, which goes into effect on January 1, 2019, even makes it difficult, if not obsolete, for residents to purchase fur online because items with fur will not be able to be delivered to any San Francisco address.
As per a late amendment, furriers and retailers are able to sell their current inventory until January 1, 2020.
Really? This important law should go into effect immediately.
“I hope that it inspires other cities and the country to take action. Certainly, we need better federal regulations on fur farming,” said Katy Tang, the supervisor who authored the measure told WRAL. “There’s no humane way to raise an animal to peel its skin off.”

According to the local CBS affiliate, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce claims that fur sales in the city are estimated at an annual $40 million.
While animal advocates are thrilled with this major victory, many retailers are frustrated at the impact the ban will have on them; some which are reported to already be “suffering.”
Similar bans have been already instituted in the California cities of West Hollywood and Berkeley.
Here’s to many more cities throughout the country and world following suit!


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All Airlines Are Not United When It Comes To Pets; Maybe Flying “Pet Airways” Is A Better Option? – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
March 20, 2018

Last week was turbulent for United Airlines.
Last Monday – As reported by WAN, was the day that a French bulldog named Kokito, tragically and senselessly lost his life inside an overhead bin on a United flight from Houston to New York.
Kokito’s owner was reportedly forced to place him inside the bin by a flight attendant who, according to the airlines, “did not hear or understand her” when told there was a dog inside the carrier.”

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This despite reports that the 10-month-old puppy barked for two of the three-and-a-half-hour flight.
Barking is a universal language. How was this able to not only happen in the first place but continue ultimately ending with the dog’s death?
Tuesday – Irgo, a 10-year-old German Shepherd landed in Japan instead of Kansas while a Great Dane en route to Japan ended up in Kansas. United issued an apology for this mix up as well. At least no lives were lost this time and the dogs were returned to their proper destinations.

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Friday – United Airlines third animal related mishap of the week took place when a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to St. Louis, Missouri had to be re-routed to Akron, Ohio, upon realizing that yet another dog was loaded onto the wrong flight.
In May of last year, as previously reported by WAN, United Airlines also made headlines after a giant rabbit died after flying from London to Chicago.
“We are deeply committed to the safety and comfort of the animals and pets in our care. We are conducting a thorough and systematic review of our program for pets that travel in the cargo compartment to make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets. To achieve this outcome, we will partner with independent experts in pet safety, comfort, and travel,” United Airlines said today in a statement. “While we are doing this review effective immediately, we will not accept any new reservations for pets that travel in the cargo compartment.”
“This suspension does not affect pets that travel with us in the aircraft’s cabin.”
United must review its procedures and come up with a comprehensive plan that ensures pets safety in the cabin as well, or stop transporting pets period; it must be more than bright colored bag tags that United claims will “help better identify pets who are traveling in-cabin.”
No more excuses United!
These tragic incidents and others raise so many questions. WHY United? Especially when time and time again, their once “friendly skies” have proven to be extremely unfriendly to pets on board, as well as their families.
As per federal government reports, over the past three years alone, the rate of dogs, cats, and other pets dying or being injured has been significantly higher when they are traveling with United compared to any other major domestic carrier.
WHAT other airlines have pet traveling policies in place? Most. While some may vary in criteria and conditions, most have similar and basic rules and instructions for traveling with pets.
Here is an example.
Alaska Airlines permits passengers to travel with small pets in the cabin of its aircraft for a fee of $100.00 each way. Pets allowed in the passenger cabin include dogs, cats, rabbits, household birds, and tropical fish.
American Airlines accepts small cats and dogs in the cabin of the aircraft as long as they are in a carrier in which the animal is “able to stand up, turn around, and lie down in a natural position.” The fee for pets traveling in the cabin is $125.00 per carrier, each way, and the pets need to remain in the carrier with the door closed and under the seat during the flight.
For a $100.00 fee each way, JetBlue allows small cats and dogs in the cabin of the aircraft on both domestic and international flights. The combined weight of the pet and carrier may not exceed 20 pounds. Pets must remain completely in the carrier with the door closed and under the seat during the entire time that the pet is in the aircraft.
Southwest Airlines also allows customers to carry cats and dogs in pet carriers on board all domestic flights. The pet fee is $95.00 each way per pet carrier. The carrier may contain up to two cats or dogs of the same species.

Additional options also exist such as booking four-legged family members on Pet Airways, the first pet-only airline specifically designed for the safe and comfortable transportation of pets. This is also a fantastic alternative for larger pets who may otherwise be confined to cargo.
As per its website, Pet Airways’ “Pawsengers” travel in the specially equipped main cabin of the plane where they are constantly monitored by an On-Board Pet Attendant.

There is also an option to charter a private flight through the company for families wanting to travel on the same flight as their pets.
In addition to flights for family pets, Pet Airways is committed to “helping solve the disdainful practice of euthanasia of pets in shelters” by providing flights, through its Shelter-Pet Relocation Program.

While there are never any guarantees, WAN suggests researching each airline for specific pet policies, as well as their known track-records of flying furry family members.
For those keeping track, this morning it was announced that an 8-month-old puppy traveling to Idaho on a Delta Air Lines flight from Richmond, VA, was also misrouted over the weekend.
Perhaps we should all drive next time we are traveling with our beloved pets.


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World’s last male northern white rhino dies

World’s last male northern white rhino dies
By Joshua Berlinger, CNN 8 hrs ago
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TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY NICOLAS DELAUNAYA caregiver calms Sudan, the last known male of the northern white rhinoceros subspecies, on December 5, 2016, at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Laikipia County — at the foot of Mount Kenya — that is home to the planet’s last-three northern white rhinoceros.As 2016 draws to an end, awareness of the devastation of poaching is greater than ever and countries have turned to high-tech warfare — drones, night-goggles and automatic weapons — to stop increasingly armed poachers. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), at the African Black market, rhino horn sells for up to 60,000 USD (57,000 euros) per kilogram — more than gold or cocaine — and in the last eight years alone roughly a quarter of the world population has been killed in South Africa, home to 80 percent of the remaining animals. / AFP / Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images): A caregiver calms Sudan — the last known male of the northern white rhinoceros subspecies — in 2016 at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Laikipia County, at the foot of Mount Kenya. © TONY KARUMBA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images A caregiver calms Sudan — the last known male of the northern white rhinoceros subspecies — in 2016 at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Laikipia County, at the foot of Mount Kenya.
FILE PHOTO: The last surviving male northern white rhino named ‘Sudan’ is seen at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia: The last surviving male northern white rhino named ‘Sudan’ is seen at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya, June 2017. The world�s last male northern white rhino has died, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world. World’s last male northern white rhino dies.

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The world’s last male northern white rhino has died, leaving only two females left to save the subspecies from extinction.

The 45-year-old rhino named Sudan had been in poor health in recent days and was being treated for age-related issues and multiple infections.

A veterinary team made the decision to euthanize Sudan after his condition deteriorated significantly, the conservation group WildAid announced Tuesday.

Sudan lived in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, surrounded by armed guards in the days leading up to his death to protect him from poachers.

“He was a gentle giant, his personality was just amazing and given his size, a lot of people were afraid of him. But there was nothing mean about him,” said Elodie Sampere, a representative for Ol Pejeta.

Researchers were able to save some of Sudan’s genetic material in the hopes of successfully artificially inseminating one of the two females left, Sampere said.

“We can only hope that the world learns from the sad loss of Sudan and takes every measure to end all trade in rhino horn. While prices of rhino horn are falling in China and Vietnam, poaching for horn still threatens all rhino species,” said WildAid CEO Peter Knights.

Rhinos are targeted by poachers, fueled by the belief in Asia that their horns cure various ailments. Experts say the rhino horn is becoming more lucrative than drugs.

In addition to round-the-clock security, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy also put radio transmitters on the animals and dispatched incognito rangers into neighboring communities to gather intelligence on poaching.
Old and frail

At 45, Sudan was elderly in rhino years and suffered from problems associated with age.

During his final years, he was not able to naturally mount a female and suffered from a low sperm count, which made his ability to procreate difficult.

His daughter Najin, 28 and granddaughter, Fatu, considered young by comparison. Najin could conceive, but her hind legs are so weak she may be unable to support a mounted male.

Sudan made headlines last year when the Tinder dating app named him the “most eligible bachelor in the world” in a campaign to raise funds to save the subspecies.

The western black rhino was declared extinct seven years ago as a result of poaching. All five remaining rhino species worldwide are considered threatened, according to the conservation group Save the Rhino.


Stop the Barbaric Crow Shoot in Vermont

Exposing the Big Game

On April 7, 2018, bloody bodies will rain from the sky. The Boonie Club of Williamstown, Vermont, has scheduled a barbaric crow shoot. In a disgusting show of pure blood lust, teams of four will compete to see who can kill the most crows, with actual cash prizes being awarded to the top killers. This horrific contest is repulsive and archaic, and we can’t let it happen.

Competitions like this only further serve to marginalize birds, who are often considered by thoughtless humans to be nothing more than flying, pooping, and noisemaking creatures, somehow not worthy of their lives. The fact is crows, and all birds, are far more than that.

Crows, like many animals, are far more intelligent than many would like us to believe. For example, crows form complex social structures and are known as the smartest of all birds. They not only use tools, but they make…

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Don’t Allow For-Profit Companies to Oversee Animal Inspections

The Trump administration is about to allow private companies to conduct important animal inspections. Sign the petition to oppose this conflict of interest.

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Stop Pet Store from Renting Chicks

Using a loophole in state law, a pet store rents chicks to customers, endangering the lives of the chicks as well as putting children and families at risk. Demand that this irresponsible ‘tradition’ be stopped.

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Shut Down the Kangaroo Meat Industry

Kangaroo numbers are rapidly declining, and a recent documentary has exposed the gruesome realities of the kangaroo meat industry. These species could disappear in a matter of years if poaching and slaughtering of the animals are not stopped. Sign this petition to put an end to the kangaroo meat industry.

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End Barbaric Cat Meat Markets and “Death Cages”

Cats, some of them kidnapped pets, are being brutally and illegally slaughtered for consumption in Vietnam. Demand that this cruel practice be brought to an end.

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Timeline of extinctions in the Holocene

The Extinction Chronicles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This timeline of extinctions is an historical account of species that have become extinct during the time that modern humans have occupied the earth.

The following is a selective list made by sampling a very small proportion, mostly mammals, of some of the well-known extinct species in the recent history. For a more elaborate list see Lists of extinct animals. The vast majority of extinctions, though, are thought to be undocumented. According to the species-area theory and based on upper-bound estimating, the present rate of extinction may be up to 140,000 species per year.[1] See Holocene extinction for more information.

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134 Dead Birds Of Prey Found On Richard Parker’s NorCal Property In “Largest Raptor Poaching Case In California History” – World Animal News


By WAN –
March 19, 2018
Photos from CDFW
Wildlife officers in Northern California uncovered what is likely to be the largest raptor poaching case in the state’s history.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) made the announcement after wildlife officers assigned to Lassen County followed up on a tip and visited a private property in a town near Standish.
When nine dead raptors were found on the property owned by 67-year-old Richard Parker, a search warrant was issued.

When officers returned on March 11th with a CDFW K-9, a search of the 80-acre property resulted in the discovery of a staggering number of raptor carcasses, other dead birds and wildlife. Spent rifle casings indicated that there were more than 140 potential state and or federal violations.
In addition to the original nine birds, they found 126 more birds that hunt and feed on other animals, all in various states of decay. Most of the birds were red-tailed hawks, as well as one dead owl and an uncommon migratory ferruginous hawk.
Officers also located two dead bobcats, one taxidermied mountain lion, as well as other birds, all suspected to be unlawfully taken.
Parker was booked into Lassen County jail on multiple charges including the take of birds of prey, take of migratory non-game birds as designated by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, take of other non-game birds, and possession of wildlife unlawfully taken. Additional charges may be added as the investigation proceeds.
Staff at CDFW’s Wildlife Investigations Laboratory in Rancho Cordova are working to positively identify the species of all of the birds.
As the top bird predators in the food chain, raptors serve an important role in the ecosystem by controlling rodent and small mammal populations. However, they are also particularly susceptible to environmental stressors such as drought and habitat loss. For these reasons, biologists refer to them as an indicator species.
Standish is located near Honey Lake and the Honey Lake Wildlife Area, with habitat that supports a rich diversity and quantity of wildlife. The sheer number of birds poached on the 80-acre property will undoubtedly affect the raptor population in the immediate area.
“Poaching crimes of this egregious nature against raptors is unprecedented in California,” said David Bess, CDFW Deputy Director and Chief of the Law Enforcement Division. “The local raptor population may take years to recover from these killings.”
Each potential violation is a misdemeanor poaching crime at the state level, with maximum penalties of six months in jail and up to a $5,000.00 fine per each raptor. An unlawfully taken mountain lion could result in a $10,000.00 penalty. Each potential federal crime could result in additional penalties and possible jail time.

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Botswana’s President Ian Khama Blasts Trump For “Encouraging Elephant Trophy Hunting” – World Animal News


By Lauren Lewis –
March 19, 2018

The decision by Trump to reverse a ban on the imports of animal “trophies” into the United States continues to cause a rippling effect across the globe.
Most recently, on Friday, Botswana’s President Ian Khama, who is stepping down from his office in two weeks, called out Trump while speaking at the anti-poaching Giant’s Club Summit in Kasane, a town in the northeastern corner of the South African country near the borders of Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Khama stated, as per africanews.com, that he wanted “to take this moment to condemn in the strongest possible terms” the March 1st decision made by the Trump administration to immediately begin considering issuing “trophy” importation permits on a “case by case” basis.
“I think that this administration is undermining our efforts and also encouraging poaching in the process because they are well aware of our laws that prohibit hunting in Botswana,” said Khama.
The controversial decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior allows when approved, for tusks and skins of elephants killed in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to be legally imported into the United States.
Botswana is reportedly one of 32 African countries at the conference calling on the European Union to end its ivory trade.
According to the Daily Nation, Kenya, Uganda, and Gabon were also among the countries urging European countries to follow the likes of China and Hong Kong and ban the trade.

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Petition: Congress: End the Suffering of Wild Animals in Traveling Circuses for Good

The traveling exotic animal protection act, which would end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses over concerns about their welfare and safety risk, is in need of a congressional sponsor!!

According to Animal Defenders International (ADI) there are an estimated 300 wild and exotic animals in the U.S. circuses today. For them, life is restricted to unnatural barren enclosures and long journeys in between being used as performers for our entertainment.

Research and undercover investigation have expose not only the problems inherent with keeping animals this way, but also the heartbreaking and violent abuse they’re exposed to behind-the-scenes that range from having food with hell to being beaten in training and blatantly mistreated.

Wild wild animals have been used in circuses for decades, we know so much more about these animals needs to be physically and psychologically healthy and that circumstances can never meet these needs even with the best intentions.

It’s time for the US to join almost 30 other countries that have already passed legislation Banning wild and exotic animals in circuses and are working towards that goalong.


Sign Petition To Support The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act In The U.S. Which Would End The Use Of Wild And Exotic Animals In Traveling Circuses – World Animal News


Sign Petition To Support The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act In The U.S. Which Would End The Use Of Wild And Exotic Animals In Traveling Circuses
By Care2 –
March 19, 2018

Dozens of animal advocates of all ages recently protested in Fletcher, North Carolina, outside of where a circus featuring wild animal acts was taking place inside the WNC Agricultural Center.
“Minutes Of Entertainment For You – A Lifetime Of Misery For The Animals” and “Don’t support circus cruelty” were among some of the powerful messages carried by adults and children.

Most of the people participating in the demonstrations earlier this month were from Asheville Voice for Animals, a non-profit group that is dedicated to promoting compassionate change for all sentient creatures through education, advocacy and activism.

As per WLOS, although the City of Asheville has already instituted a ban on shows that exploit wild and exotic animals in the name of so-called “entertainment,” the animal advocacy group wants to ensure that it becomes the norm in cities and counties throughout the state.
Informative flyers handed out throughout the event recognized that in the United States “more than 120 municipalities across 34 states have laws in place related to circus cruelty.”

While the numbers are growing, that is not nearly enough. Every city in every state should implement similar laws to ban circuses.
Sadly, according to Animal Defenders International (ADI), an estimated 300 wild and exotic animals are still being exploited in circuses in the United States.
Fortunately, The Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, which would end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses over concerns about their welfare and safety exists, but it needs congressional support.

It’s time for the United States to join almost 30 countries that have already passed legislation banning wild and exotic animals in circuses and others who are working towards that goal.
Please sign this Care2 petition urging your representatives to be a leader for animal welfare by sponsoring this historic piece of legislation.


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Thanks to Activist Pressure, Stardust Circus Drops Elephant Acts

Thanks to Activist Pressure, Stardust Circus Drops Elephant Acts
Zachary Toliver
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Written by | March 14, 2018

Another cruel and archaic elephant circus act bites the dust—and we have dedicated animal rights activists to thank for it!

Asian elephant in the wild
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On a social media post advertising upcoming shows, Stardust Circus announced that it had removed the elephant acts.

“Unfortunately activists make it very difficult to travel with animals today,” Stardust wrote, adding that it has stopped touring with elephants for now (We hope it’s the very last such tour that the circus will ever have).

Earlier this year, after learning from PETA and a local activist that several Stardust Circus shows were scheduled to bring elephants owned by the notoriously cruel Carson & Barnes Circus to Arkansas armories, the major general of that state’s National Guard immediately prohibited upcoming performances and implemented a policy banning future animal acts. The circus then had trouble keeping scheduled performances as it endured more cancellations the next month.
We’re all too familiar with these well-documented animal abusers.

This isn’t the first time Stardust dropped an animal act after public outcry. Circus owner Oscar Garcia noted that after PETA protested a kangaroo boxing act, the traveling show nixed the ridiculous stunt.

The trainer who toured with Stardust, Habib Omar, is infamous in his own right: The Carson & Barnes employee has been filmed using a bullhook—a sharp steel-tipped weapon resembling a fireplace poker—to yank an elephant by the ear. And a whistleblower reported that the trainer would “warm up” the elephants with an electric prod—presumably so that there would be no visible marks from his abuse.

Elephants deserve better than chains around their legs & beatings from metal bullhooks. #BoycottTheCircus pic.twitter.com/yCALxv412j

— PETA (@peta) September 6, 2015

Carson & Barnes has racked up more than 100 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act—including for failing to provide animals with basic necessities, such as adequate veterinary care, minimum space, shelter from the elements, and clean water. Just last year, in a scathing report, an expert veterinarian concluded that under the circus’ watch, elephants Libby and Bunny were “abused, injured, harmed, and harassed [as well as] suffering physically, in a state of psychological deterioration.”
Help Save Animals Imprisoned by Carson & Barnes Circus

Eliminating elephant acts didn’t save Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. If circuses want to prevent dwindling attendance and their ultimate demise, they’ll need to eliminate all animal acts.

While Stardust has dropped elephant acts, Garden Bros. Circus continues to exploit and abuse animals supplied by Carson & Barnes. With PETA’s help, contact vendors and urge them never to host a Garden Bros. elephant act. We’ve defeated animal exploiters at this game before, and with your voice, we can do it again!


14 Suspects Arrested & Two Pit Bulls Rescued During Philadelphia Dog Fighting Ring – World Animal News


By Lauren Lewis -March 16, 2018

Authorities crashed a dogfight this past weekend in Philadelphia which resulted in the arrest of 14 suspects and the rescue of four dogs.
According to The Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA), the organization’s Humane Law Enforcement Team broke up the event that was unlawfully taking place in South Philadelphia on Saturday evening.
PSPCA Officers and Philadelphia Police officers entered the ring to break up the fight, rescue the dogs, and apprehend the suspects who have not been publically identified yet. Dog fighting crimes hold a felony charge.
Drugs, two firearms, a large amount of cash and a wooden fighting ring with blood spatter were subsequently also recovered from the scene.
The two pit bull type dogs actively fighting were transported to the PSPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters where they were immediately rushed to the shelter hospital where veterinary staff began the long work of repairing the damage suffered. They are both in stable condition and will remain under the custody of the PSPCA until they are signed over by their owners, or the adjudication of their court case.
Early Sunday morning, an additional search warrant was executed on a suspect’s vehicle. There, the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement officers found an additional dog, wearing a weighted collar consistent with dog fighting, which was taken into custody. While on location another dog was recovered from a vehicle. This dog appeared ill and was taken to the shelter for medical assessment and treatment.
“Cases like this remind us that while we may not always hear about it, dog fighting is still happening in the city of Philadelphia,” Nicole Wilson, Director of the Humane Law Enforcement at the PSPCA said in a statement. “Our team has boots on the ground 365 days a year, investigating cases like this, and working to bring those involved to justice. We are grateful to the Philadelphia Police Department for their assistance in this case, and will work to prosecute these offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”
The investigation is open and ongoing.
Anyone with information about this case, the whereabouts of those involved, or other cases of animal cruelty, is urged to call the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Cruelty Hotline at (866) 601-SPCA. Tips can be left anonymously.


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Dog Locked in Cage, Plunged Into Frigid River for Movie



Written by Zachary Toliver | March 15, 2018

A whistleblower has released to PETA deeply disturbing video footage from the set of Chinese director Hao Ning‘s upcoming film, Crazy Alien, which appears to show a young German shepherd locked inside a cage, suspended 20 feet in the air, spun around by a crane, and then plunged into a frigid, fast-flowing river.

In a log of the incident, the whistleblower states, “On November 28th, 2017, I witnessed first hand one of the worst animal cruelty acts I have ever seen.” The alarming report describes how the handler first tormented the dog “into a frenzy” for a scene in order to get the terrified animal to bark as loudly as possible.

For the next scene, the dog was reportedly locked inside a “small (4W x 3T x 7L) solid metal wire cage” that was lifted by a crane into the air: “The second the dog cage rose into the air, the dog stopped barking instantly as the cables were used to spin the cage out of control in circles before solidly landing 40–50 feet away. The director took many takes and this was just awful to witness as the torment went on.”

The whistleblower, who describes watching “[w]ith huge disbelief,” continues:

The next shot was at the river’s edge where the dog was put back into his cage and tormented into a frenzy once again. This time … the cage … was hoisted 20 ft. and was flung while spinning out of control towards the river. … [T]he cage was completely submerged with the dog in it landing in a 10 mph current. After 5–8 seconds, the director yelled out “cut.” … A final decision was made by the director to shoot a second identical take. I could not believe my eyes.

Apparently, there were numerous takes of all these scenes over a two-hour period, and at no time did the animal receive a break.

Even though 2018 is the Year of the Dog—a time when our four-legged friends should be especially celebrated and respected—this poor dog was allegedly tortured. Adding insult to injury, Crazy Alien is already using special effects (hence the word “Alien” in the title), so there’s no excuse for not using computer-generated imagery for the dog scene, as well. Why was this animal subjected to fear and suffering? Because when it comes to entertainment, animals are viewed as nothing more than props, and there are no laws protecting them on film sets in China.

PETA is urging the actors to hold the production accountable and calling for the public to boycott this film. This scene should be cut, and Ning should commit to never working with live animals again. We’re asking that the cast—including Glee actor Matthew Morrison—donate their salaries to animal-protection charities in China.
What You Can Do

Never support a movie that uses live animals. No animals willingly perform—they do so only out of fear of what would happen off set if they didn’t act on cue. Living conditions are typically abysmal for animals used in film and television, and they’re frequently denied everything that is natural and important to them.


PETITION: High School Science Teacher Feeds Live Puppy to Snapping Turtle

According to the school district superintendent, on March 7,2018 the incident happened after school hours, though a few students were present at the time. A local animal activist reported the incident to police, leading to the launch of an investigation. Since then, more details have emerged. The puppy was allegedly alive but sick when Crosland fed it to the turtle. The teacher has not been cited, charged,or placed on leave yet.

There are many unanswered questions, but the most pressing one is what the heck was Robert Crosland thinking? This is an extreme example of extremely poor judgement. Even if the puppy was so sick it was eventually going to die, Crosland should not have fed it to a snapping turtle, especially while still alive.

Studies show that people who commit violence against animals are more likely to commit violence against people. Do we really want teachers killing living animals in front of impressionable students?


Stop McDonald’s From Supporting Endangered Dolphin Deaths

  1. McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish reportedly contains fish that is caught using a horribly destructive method that kills dolphins. Demand McDonald’s drop unsustainable fish from its menu.

Source: Stop McDonald’s From Supporting Endangered Dolphin Deaths

Veterinary Nurse Convicted of Poisoning Her Dog On Purpose Must be Punished

A veterinary nurse was found guilty of poisoning her dog deliberately by injecting insulin into the animal. The poor dog kept collapsing and having seizures, which required emergency treatment on multiple occasions. Sign this petition to demand the vet receive the maximum sentence.

Source: Veterinary Nurse Convicted of Poisoning Her Dog On Purpose Must be Punished

Punish Person Who Maliciously Broke Puppy’s Legs and Jaw

A puppy suffered tremendous pain and had to be put down after she was maliciously abused. The puppy had multiple broken bones in her legs and jaw, and her muscles were completely atrophied. Demand justice for this innocent puppy.

Source: Punish Person Who Maliciously Broke Puppy’s Legs and Jaw

Demand Protection Against Rising Sea Levels

Sea levels are rising so quickly, Miami will be flooding every single day by 2100. Demand action to ensure the protection of coastal communities.

Source: Demand Protection Against Rising Sea Levels

Justice for Dog Killed on United Airlines Flight

A 10-week-old puppy’s life was tragically cut short when a careless flight attendant aboard a United Airlines flight reportedly forced his carrier into the overhead compartment, where the animal suffocated to death. This is not the first time United Airlines has been responsible for the death of an animal. Sign this petition to demand the punishment of this employee and stronger animal safety guidelines.

Source: Justice for Dog Killed on United Airlines Flight

Train Police Forces to Rescue Animals in Need

What if the tools of police protection could be utilized for the welfare of animals? One country has put this idea into proactive action. Urge American law enforcement organizations to follow this country’s promising lead.

Source: Train Police Forces to Rescue Animals in Need

Justice for Raccoon Allegedly Run Over by Police

A raccoon was reportedly run over numerous times by police officers in upstate New York. Though the animal was confirmed to have rabies, this is not a humane way to end an animal’s suffering due to illness. Sign this petition and demand that these officers be penalized if found responsible.

Source: Justice for Raccoon Allegedly Run Over by Police

Trump Tricked Us – Oppose His Quiet Plan to Allow Trophy Hunting

Trump has re-approved his plan to allow imports of dead exotic animals killed by trophy hunters. Previously, Trump had reversed this decision after public uproar, including by our community. However, once that uproar died down, Trump returned to his original decision to encourage trophy hunting. Sign this petition to denounce Trump’s support of trophy hunting.

Source: Trump Tricked Us – Oppose His Quiet Plan to Allow Trophy Hunting

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Fight For Those Who Fought For You

Petition update
1620 Legion
Tucson, AZ

Mar 16, 2018 — The first 200 veterans to complete this will receive a complimentary ticket to Greenhouse Ventures Cannabis Learn Conference and Expo, taking place April 30th – May 2nd at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Cannabis Learn will feature presentations from over a dozen University researchers in the medical cannabis and industrial hemp industries, and provide attendees with exclusive access to regulatory timelines, business tips, and market trends from leading operators, investors, and industry leaders.

On Monday, April 30th, the Cannabis Learn Conference and Expo will feature a “Veterans & Cannabis” course hosted by Veterans Cannabis Project, that will educate, spark conversation, entertain and dispel myths for veterans interested in learning more about medical cannabis.

How to redeem your complimentary ticket for Cannabis Learn Conference and Expo:

Complete all questions on the survey

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Send proof of survey completion (picture/screen shot) to info@greenhouse.ventures with the subject line reading; “Veterans Access – Cannabis Learn”

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Join us in Philadelphia April 30th – May 2nd for Cannabis Learn 🙂

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Petition: Dog Dies After United Airlines Stows It in Overhead Compartment

Earlier this week, a woman packed her bags put her dog in a TSA – compliant pet carrier, and boarded a United flight from Houston to New York with her daughter. When they landed the dog was dead all because the flight attendant had insisted she stow the pet carrier in an overhead bin.

According to United pet policy, pet should be carried and approved carriers and stowed underneath the seat in front of the customer, never ended over had been where there is a limited air circulation.

Unfortunately this isn’t United’s first animal tragedy according to the Chicago Tribune, in 2016 United Airlines had the second most animal deaths and injuries of any US Airline. The airline reported 9 deaths and 14 injuries that’s a total of 23 incidents. These were the highest figures for each category among U.S. carriers.

Please sign this petition demanding that United Airlines set a stricker pet policy with clear penalties for violations, clarifying those policies to all United employees, and let the public know so customers with pets can make responsible choices when choosing an airline.