Breaking! Dame Judi Dench & Ricky Gervais Among 31 British Celebs Advocating For A #FurFreeBritain; Sign Urgent Petition Today! – World Animal News


Breaking! Dame Judi Dench & Ricky Gervais Among 31 British Celebs Advocating For A #FurFreeBritain; Sign Urgent Petition Today! UK residents only
By Lauren Lewis –
March 13, 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May received an urgent letter today urging her to introduce a U.K. ban on animal-fur imports.
Dame Judi Dench and Ricky Gervais were among the 31 British celebrities to sign the letter which comes as a U.K. Government and Parliament petition nears its March 23rd deadline to garner the 100,000 signatures necessary to ensure a parliamentary debate on the U.K. fur trade.


Fur farming has been illegal in the U.K. since 2000, but since then Britain has imported hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fur from countries such as China and Poland, where animals are typically bred in appalling conditions on fur farms.
The stars signed the open letter to show their support for the #FurFreeBritain campaign run by a coalition of prominent animal charities including the Humane Society International U.K., the RSPCA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Four Paws, The Jane Goodall Institute U.K. and Open Cages among others.
“We are delighted that so many of the UK’s best-loved celebrities have spoken out in favor of a Fur-Free Britain. Their words echo the calls from the vast majority of the British public who want to see an end to animal fur being imported onto our shores,” Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International UK, said in a statement. “The UK banned fur farming almost two decades ago because of animal suffering, but we continue to import that same cruelty from other countries such as Canada, China, Poland, and the U.S., where the appalling suffering continues. We urge Theresa May and her government to put an end to this double standard.”

More than 100 million animals suffer each year for the global fur trade, most of them reared in terrible conditions on fur farms. Naturally, wide-ranging species such as raccoon dogs, minks and foxes are subjected to physical and psychological torment in small, barren cages for their entire lives before being killed by gassing or electrocution and then skinned. Wild animals caught for their fur, such as coyotes, fare little better as they languish in agony in cruel traps for hours or even days before being shot.

Although fur farming is outlawed in the U.K. and EU, regulations ban imports of fur from domesticated cats and dogs and from commercial seal hunts. Britain still imports and sells the fur of a variety of other species including: foxes, rabbits, minks, coyotes, raccoon dogs and chinchillas.
Despite opinion polls showing consistently high levels of public disapproval of fur, regardless of species; on average, 80 percent of British citizens believe that it’s unacceptable to buy or sell animal fur in the U.K.
The #FurFreeBritain campaign is calling on the government to make the U.K. a fur-free zone by extending the existing ban on imports of cat, dog, and seal fur to all fur-bearing species.
Sign this important petition so that it can reach the 100,000 signatures needed.

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Wyoming Pushes For Grizzly Bear Hunt After Trump Administration Removes Their Endangered Species Protection – World Animal News


Wyoming Pushes For Grizzly Bear Hunt After Trump Administration Removes Their Endangered Species Protection – World Animal News


By WAN –
March 12, 2018

Less than one year after Yellowstone’s famed grizzly bears were stripped of Endangered Species Act protection, on Friday, the state of Wyoming started advocating to hunt grizzly bears beginning this fall. Under the regulations, the state will sell tags for 24 grizzlies in areas outside of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
“Wyoming’s reckless hunt ignores the fact that grizzly bears remain endangered in Yellowstone and across the West,” Andrea Santarsiere, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity said in a statement. “It’s tragic that these imperiled animals will be shot and killed so trophy hunters can stick heads on their walls.”
Although grizzly bear numbers in the greater Yellowstone area increased with endangered species protection granted in 1975, the bears continue to be threatened by isolation from other Grizzly populations, loss of key food sources and human-caused mortalities including hunting. Overall grizzly bears occupy less than 4% of their historic range in the United States.
“Yellowstone’s amazing grizzly bears are loved by people around the world and they deserve a real shot at survival,” continued Santarsiere. “It’s horrific that Wyoming doesn’t see the intrinsic value that these bears bring to the state’s landscape.”
Millions of tourists from all over the world come to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Taton National Park every year in anticipation of seeing a grizzly bear and other rare wildlife. The tourism industry is a major economic drive for many towns in Wyoming and Montana. But the new regulations would provide no protection for Yellowstone’s famed bears, which could be shot if they leave the park boundaries.
Just last month, Montana State game agency took the opposite approach, recommending no grizzly bear hunt this year. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission adopted the recommendation on February 15th.
“Montana made the right decision to not allow grizzly bear hunting this year and hopefully in future years,” said Santarsiere. “Wyoming’s failure to follow suit is deeply disappointing.”
The appeal to allow hunting comes as key grizzly food sources in the heart of the Yellowstone ecosystem have been collapsing and grizzly mortality rates have been increasing. The dramatic decline of whitebark pine and Yellowstone cutthroat trout has prompted bears to eat more meat, such as big-game debt piles and livestock, resulting in increased grizzly bear mortality. Drought and climate change are likely to worsen these problems.
Yellowstone bears have long been isolated from other bear populations forcing the government to keep them on permanent life-support by trucking bears in to avoid inbreeding. This fact further argues the need for recovering grizzly populations in the U.S.

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Petition: End Trophy Hunting Where Cecil the Lion Was Brutally Murdered

In July of 2015, American dentist Walter Palmer pay $50,000 to murder a beloved lion by the name of Cecil.

It turns out that not only did it this arrogant man paid to lull a human habituated wild animal to his death, but he allowed him to suffer for over 12 hours with a chest wound. This is just the most public and horrifying example of a tragedy.

A new book is about to come out by a research studying Cecil for over 8 years when he was murdered by Palmer. In the book, you can read about some of the ways that Walter acted badly and that Zimbabwe government look the other way.

You can also read about his torture last hours. The details around the case were reported many different ways and this book should set the record straight. Sign the petition to And trophy hunting in and around Hwange National Park.

Petition: Don’t Kill Feral Cattle! Use a Non-Lethal Approach to Remove Them From National Monument

The sand to snow National Monument near Palm Springs, California, is home to Wildlife including 12 federally listed threatened and endangered animal species. It’s also home to a herd of at least a 150 feral bulls and cows that have been destroying the ecosystem and scaring away tourists.

They are carving new trails and wiping out grasses that anchor soil against erosion. They have not over Willows that are home to birds, including federally endangered last Bell’s videos, and contaminated the watershed with their droppings. The wild cattle have also been menacing to visitors, a tour guide was nearly gored in February when he was charged by a 2,000 – pound bull.

Petition: Save Dunedin Causeway Bird Sanctuary, Florida

Threatened rare Reddish Egrets and many other wading and migratory birds are at risk to human recreational disturbance. A Sailing Club wants to access the water through and nearby their habitat which is an Aquatic Preserve and outstanding Florida Waterway.

Petition: Fire Man Who Brought a Horse to a Nightclub

The marketing director at a Miama nightclub called the Makai Lounge had the bright idea to bring in a live horse on to the dance floor. There are multiple videos of a white horse being paraded into the nightclub with an employee on the back of the horse, at one point the horse stumbles and falls on the slippery floor.

The police shut down the whole thing in the club owner is complying with the investigation. But the man who arranged the stunt still has his job. Sign the petition if you think this man should lose his job over this gross animal negligence.

Petition: Trump Supports Puppy Mill Abuse!

Puppy mills are inhumane operations where dogs are inbred to the point of severe pain and disability, then either killed, abused and bread horribly or sold as though they were healthy. The dogs in these places are treated heinously and there are very few protections for these animals.

The information that used to be available about when puppy mills did violate existing code or law was one small way of protecting those animals. Now thanks to Trump, it’s gone.

Petition: Justice for Woobie the Dog Who Was Stabbed!

A bull Terrier named Woobie was found stabbed and left for dead in Philadelphia this week. Woobie was so skinny, it look like she had been starving before this. When found she had numerous stab wounds. Thankfully, passerby found her in time and brought her to the ASPCA where she received surgery and is on her long road to recovery. Please join me in demanding Woobie’s case is taken seriously and the perpetrator of this abuse is found and charged and prosecuted.