Stop Zoo from Allowing Public to Touch Hippos

 

A zoo is allowing the public to touch hippopotamuses, including a mother and her baby. Hippopotamuses are aggressive animals and are responsible for more deaths in Africa than any other mammal. Sign this petition to demand that this program be put to an end for the safety of the public and the animals.

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Peacocks Allegedly Killed by Zoo Visitors Deserve Justice

 

Two peacocks have died of shock after zoo visitors allegedly picked them up for pictures and plucked out their feathers. Demand these people be found and severely punished.

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Peacock Dies Of Shock After Tourists Pick Him Up To Take Photos

No animal deserves to die for a photo.

The troubling trend of mistreating animals for the sake of photos has claimed another victim.

A peacock held captive at a zoo in China was killed by a group of tourists who insisted on picking up the bird so they could have their picture taken with him. The peacock, frightened of being handled, is said to have died from shock shortly after.

Chinese news outlet Yunan.cn reports that staff at the Yunnan Wild Animals Park were alerted to the impromptu photo shoot, though by then the damage had been done.

“There are obvious signs in the zoo to ban people from catching peacocks,” one zoo employee told Yunan.cn. “But there were too many tourists gathering at the time which made it too busy for us to ease the flow. When our working staff noticed the misbehavior, it’s been late.”

Although it’s been reported elsewhere that two peacocks were killed, China Central Television reported that was not the case.

The zoo says that this is the first time an animal has been killed by unruly tourists demanding photos, but similar cases have begun to be reported with increasing regularity.

Last week, a group of tourists in Argentina made international headlines after reportedly plucking a baby dolphin from the ocean to take selfies, resulting in that animal’s death. Days later, footage emerged of a man dragging a shark onto a beach for the sake of a photo. It’s unclear if that animal survived.
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Justice for Shark Abused in Selfie Photo Opportunity

 

A Florida journalist recently captured video of a man dragging a shark from the ocean and posing for pictures with it. Demand this man and his photo-taking friends are located and punished.

Source: Justice for Shark Abused in Selfie Photo Opportunity

Justice for Kitten Allegedly Shot Six Times

 

A kitten died from gunshot wounds, and a man has confessed to shooting the defenseless animal because he “thought it was having a seizure.” Demand that he be punished for this horrible crime if proven guilty.

Source: Justice for Kitten Allegedly Shot Six Times

Clean Up Hazardous Nuclear Waste Site

An underground fire burns dangerously close to a radioactive landfill in a small community, yet the EPA has done nothing about it. The EPA has had decades to clean up this toxic waste dump. Demand that a clean up is done immediately for the health and safety of local residents.

Source: Clean Up Hazardous Nuclear Waste Site

Save the Last Coral Reef in North America

The last intact coral reef in North America is threatened by dredging for giant cargo boats. Help save this irreplaceable ecosystem and the countless marine animals who depend on it.

Source: Save the Last Coral Reef in North America

Top 10 Reasons to Oppose the Senate DARK Act

This week, the Senate Committee on Agriculture will consider a new version of the DARK Act. The House of Representatives has already passed legislation blocking your right to know what’s in your food. Tell the Senate you want the right to know about GMOs.

Source: Top 10 Reasons to Oppose the Senate DARK Act

Shark dragged from the ocean for a photo by man in Florida (USA)

The ocean update

February 22nd, 2016. A man has been filmed taking photos with a shark after dragging it out of the ocean in Florida, where it washed ashore, a local journalist reported.

The brutal incident was filmed by television news anchor and reporter Ashleigh Walters on Palm Beach.

It comes days after a Franciscana dolphin was picked out of the ocean and paraded around by a man, so camera-wielding tourists could take a closer look at the helpless animal.

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Sharks are being found with massive cancerous tumors on their bodies. Salmon caught off the coast of Alaska are riddled with cancer. Fish in the Great Barrier R…eef are radioactive and full of external and internal tumors. Polar bears in Canada are losing patches of fur.

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For Rare-Species Poachers, Scientific Journals Are Treasure Maps

Recently, commercial collectors have been using reports of such new species in scientific journals as tools to track down the newbies so they can sell them for a profit on the exotic pet trade market.

Since being scientifically described in the 1990s, the Indonesian turtle Chelodina mccordi and another cave gecko (Goniurosaurus luii) fetch pet trade prices ranging from $1,500 to $2,000 apiece, the researchers said. The demand is so high that C. mccordi is almost extinct in the wild, and G. luii has gone locally extinct.

Likewise, the salamander Paramesotriton laoensis in northern Laos costs between $170 and $250 each on the black market, the researchers said. Smugglers often offer villagers less than $1 to collect the black-and-yellow Laotian newt (Laotriton laoensis), and then turn around and sell each one for as much as $200.

Despite the risks of revealing a…

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What!? Thousands of Animals Mysteriously Go Missing From Lab During Government Investigation | One Green Planet

Life or Lunch?

Santa Cruz Biotechnology, the second largest supplier of antibodies on a global scale, has a rich history of atrocious animal welfare standards at its central California ranch. The firm houses thousands of goats and rabbits, from which it harvests antibodies for use in testing laboratories. However, during the facility’s latest federal inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), officials found no animal-welfare violations … it also found no animals!

According to reports, all 2,471 rabbits and 3,202 goats mysteriously vanished from the facility, just in time for its latest inspection. This is all while the biotech company prepares to testify in USDA hearings on multiple animal-welfare violations, which include abysmal lack of veterinary care of the facility’s goats.

A History of Animal Neglect

Santa Cruz Biotechnology is currently the subject of three USDA complaints, mainly stemming from evidence that the company severely mistreated its animals. According to The…

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Probation, alcohol treatment ordered for Ramsey County deputy who abused his K-9 – StarTribune.com

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Probation, alcohol treatment ordered for Ramsey County deputy who abused his K-9

The deputy admitted to authorities that he was “blackout drunk” when he struck his four-legged partner.
By Paul Walsh Star Tribune
February 18, 2016 — 9:40pm
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A Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy who was charged with abusing his K-9 and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty was given a stayed jail term and ordered to pay fines, fees and restitution topping $1,300. A second misdemeanor count of assaulting a public safety dog was dismissed.

Brett A. Berry, 48, received his punishment Wednesday in Carlton County District Court from Judge Leslie Beiers.

Along with the stayed 90-day jail term and his financial obligation, Berry was ordered to abide by numerous conditions while on probation for the next year. They include: no pet ownership, no alcohol or illicit drug use and attendance of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

During his guilty plea on Jan. 12, Berry admitted that he was “blackout drunk” when he hit his four-legged partner, Boone, while at a training event at Black Bear Casino Resort south of Duluth on June 15 after the two participated in certification trials. Hundreds of e-mails and phone calls poured into the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office from people asking whether the dog was OK and curious about how the deputy would be disciplined.

Many wanted assurances that the abuse, captured by hotel security video and released publicly, would never happen again. The video shows Berry hitting the dog, dragging him by the collar and slamming him to the ground.

“It was a fair sentence for a first-time offense, and it was particularly wise of the judge to impose,” said defense attorney Kevin Short, “notwithstanding the hue and cry from people who don’t understand the criminal justice system. He’s happy to put it behind him.”
Boone has been placed with a new handler and is actively on patrol.
Boone has been placed with a new handler and is actively on patrol.

Animal welfare activists were disappointed that Berry would not serve jail time and took to the “Justice 4 K-9 Boone” Facebook page to express themselves. “Where is officer Boone’s justice? I don’t get the law,” wrote one person. “Shame on the judicial system,” read another post.

County Attorney Thomas Pertler said that Berry’s sentence on a misdemeanor conviction “is typical of what we see … for a first-time [offender] who’s never been in trouble in their life.”

Berry “wasn’t getting any preferential treatment” because of his being in law enforcement, Pertler added. “Nobody cut him a break.”

While awaiting possible department discipline, Berry is assigned to the detention services as the Sheriff’s Office internal investigation continues, said Sgt. John Eastham, the office’s spokesman.

Boone has a new handler and is actively on patrol, Eastham added.

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3 dead wolves found dumped in northern Minnesota ditch; poaching suspected – StarTribune.com

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3 dead wolves found dumped in northern Minnesota ditch; poaching suspected
The hunting of wolves is illegal in Minnesota; federal authorities are offering a reward for information.
By Paul Walsh Star Tribune
February 18, 2016 — 5:56pm
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The gray wolf is currently listed by the federal government as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

The carcasses of three wolves “frozen solid” were found dumped in a ditch along a northern Minnesota highway in what conservation officials are confident is a case of poaching, federal authorities said Thursday.

The discovery on Hwy. 8 near Floodwood, about 35 miles southeast of Grand Rapids, was reported on Jan. 22 to a state Department of Natural Resources poachers tip line, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

“The wolf carcasses were discovered in a pile in the ditch just off the shoulder of the road, as though someone had driven up and dumped them off the edge of the shoulder,” agency spokeswoman . Tina Shaw said

The gray wolf is currently listed by the federal government as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, meaning they cannot be hunted except in defense of human life. A conviction for each violation could result in up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

The federal agency announced a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The carcasses were sent to the USFWS’s national forensics lab in Ashland, Ore., the county’s lone crime lab for animals, Shaw said.

“There appear to be marks from a snare on the necks of the wolves, but our forensics scientists are currently making [a] determination” into how the animals were killed, Shaw said.

Shaw added that “evidence supports that the wolves were killed elsewhere and purposely moved to this location … right on the road.”

The federal agent investigating the killings said the animals “were frozen solid and in perfect condition,” Shaw said. “There’s a good chance that they were dumped there the night before they were called in.”

The USFWS is working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the case, Shaw said. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the DNR’s Turn in Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-652-9093.

“We really do depend on the DNR tip line,” Shaw said.

Six decades ago, Minnesota’s wolf population fell to a record low of 750. However, the most recent count by the DNR put the number at upward of 2,400.

A judge’s ruling in late 2014 reinstated Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan and placed the animals under protection of the USFWS. They had been removed in January 2012 from the endangered species list, which briefly allowed for hunting seasons.

Dave Mech, a senior research scientist in Minnesota with the federal Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, points to the stable wolf population in the state as evidence that the animal no longer needs to be listed as threatened.

“Their population is secure, and it’s recovered,” Mech said. “I don’t have any reason to believe that it’s threatened or endangered in Minnesota.”

Because wolves have been removed and then put back on the endangered species list, landowners “who live with wolves have become more frustrated,” Mech said. “There’s probably people who take it out on the wolves.”

Also, hunters have complained about wolves contributing to declining deer and moose populations, he added.

While some landowners and hunters want wolves off the endangered species list, a DNR poll in 2012 found that nearly 80 percent opposed the hunting of wolves.

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Jogger Sees Someone Wearing Dog Fur Walking A Dog

PETITION UPDATE · 400 dogs at risk – please help! · Change.org

 

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Protect Marine Animals From Noise Pollution

Fish are being driven to extinction by noise pollution from boat engines. It makes many of them less likely to live in certain areas and it makes prey fish slower to respond to predation. Draw attention to aquatic noise pollution and help save fish species.

Source: Protect Marine Animals From Noise Pollution

Applaud Move to Strengthen Animal Cruelty Laws

A legislator in Connecticut is reviving an animal cruelty bill to impose harsher penalties on offenders who harm animals. Applaud this decision to protect animals from torture and death.

Source: Applaud Move to Strengthen Animal Cruelty Laws

Crack Down on Animal Abuse in Aquatic Theme Parks

Marine mammals have suffered at aquatic theme parks for too long. New regulations will ensure better living environments for these captive animals. Urge the USDA to put these new regulations into action immediately.

Source: Crack Down on Animal Abuse in Aquatic Theme Parks

Shut Down “Zoo of Death”

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The zoo of Death is an infamous zoo in Indonesia with a sickening degree of cruelty. Surabaya zoo starves its animals while displaying them as entertainment for visitors. Finally, when the animal succumb to death, they are illegally harvested for organs. Tell President Widodo to shut this monstrosity down.

Source: Shut Down “Zoo of Death”

Support Ban on Cruel Hunts in Alaskan Reservations

A ban has recently been placed in Alaskan reservations on cruel methods of population control such as hunting hibernating bears, though it has been facing backlash. Sign the petition to support the decision to protect Alaska’s unique wildlife populations.

Source: Support Ban on Cruel Hunts in Alaskan Reservations

Stop Japan From Murdering Thousands of Minke Whales

Japan is planning on killing 333 minke whales in the Antarctic every year for the next 12 years in the name of research. Whales in the Antarctic are protected under international regulations, and Japan’s whaling vessels must be stopped. Demand Japan stop slaughtering minke whales under the guise of research.

Source: Stop Japan From Murdering Thousands of Minke Whales

Cancel Alligator Wrestling Show

During an alligator show performance, a man wrestles the alligators, pokes them with sticks, and climbs on their backs to force their mouths open for the audience. Demand the show be cancelled.

Source: Cancel Alligator Wrestling Show

End Cruel Deer Trapping Program

Deer are lured to a trap, pinned down and then have their antlers sawed off all while conscious as a means of population control in a Texas city. The deer are then thrown into a truck and head to slaughter. Sign this petition and demand the town employ more humane ways of population control.

Source: End Cruel Deer Trapping Program

Ban Animal Abusers From Owning Pets for Life

A young Chihuahua was recently beaten, drugged and burned, yet the perpetrators were only banned from owning pets for five years. Demand that animal abusers be placed on a registry prohibiting them from owning animals for life.

Source: Ban Animal Abusers From Owning Pets for Life

Stop Killing The Deer In Our National Parks

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petition: Identify and Prosecute Those Responsible for the Death of a Baby Dolphin

 

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IT’S IN THE BAG!

Favorite Vegan Handbags 

By Eva Bloomfield, Vegan Editor

As we get brave winter, looking forward to a change in season and brighter, warmer days, now is the time to start our spring clean and embrace some closet feng shui, getting into the minimalism spirit. Deep breaths everyone: it can be done. Here is my curated checklist of a {reasonably small and totally crush-worthy} handful of handbags to get you through the day-to-day through the wintry season and take you into spring. Tips for staying on the road to simplicity this year: keep the color palette neutral, the lines geometric and find a balance between style and function.

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  1. On-trend and versatile, the Cross-Body bag from Angela Roi is the ideal grab-and-go option; it will complement most any casual ensemble and has ample room for whatever you wish to cart around for the entire day.morningmud_1024x1024
  2. The results are in and the seemingly impossible has happened: fanny packs…

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The wildest weather – in pictures | Children’s books | The Guardian

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