Progress! Politician Calls for the End of Bear Bile Farming in China

Natasha Brooks
Bears on bile farms in China, Vietnam, and South Korea endure torturously painful lives constricted to metal cages and restraints while bile is extracted from their gallbladders. Crying out in pain, many are abused and neglected so severely they lose limbs and appendages. World-renowned charity Animals Asia has long been fighting to free these beautiful bears from their dismal fate, and they have shared some very encouraging news — a Chinese politician has made the proposal that China should pledge to end all bear bile farms by 2035!

This proposal was made by Shi Minghai, Vice President of the Buddhist Association of China and a member of the Hubei province’s National People’s Congress. He proposed that breeding on bile farms end in 2020 and that bear bile extraction should be banned and bears on these farms be microchipped by 2022, with plans for the entire industry to be eradicated by 2035. Vietnam and South Korea recently made efforts to end the bear bile farming industry, and activists hope this new proposed legislation will have China following suit.

In regards to this encouraging news, Animals Asia Founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE stated: “This proposal is very exciting and opens the door to a bear bile farm-free future for China. We cannot anticipate whether this proposal will be accepted, but it is very significant that the issue has been raised at the highest levels of Chinese lawmaking and that the proposal has been allowed to go public … With at least 10,000 bears on farms, ending bear bile farming in China will be an enormously difficult task, but I have every faith that the modern China has the funds, the expertise and the will to do so.”

Since 1998, Animals Asia has been fighting to free bears used in the bile industry, and they have successfully rescued more than 600 bears, with over 300 of them living freely on the organization’s sanctuary grounds in China and Vietnam. To learn more about Animals Asia and how you can become involved in their life-saving work, visit their website here.

Many people are still unaware of the cruel bile industry, so please make sure you share this with your network to help shed light on the serious issue.

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Ridiculous Easter Sheep Race Canceled Thanks to Activist Pressure!

Aleksandra Pajda
Thanks to a campaign by animal activists, a zoo in Shropshire, England has abandoned its annual Easter sheep race. A petition urging Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom to call off the senseless event was signed by more than 52,000 people concerned about the practice and the animals used in it.

The zoo’s Grand National and Gold Cup is seen as one of the biggest days in the sheep racing calendar and had been held for nearly 30 years, The Times reports. This year, however, the organizers had to give in to the overwhelming opposition to the race and to campaigners from the Lambentations group which focuses on sheep racing.

Pressure from activists has successfully shut down four other sheep racing events, as well as a pig race. As the campaigners emphasize, the practice is unnecessary and cruel, and it is aimed solely at human entertainment, which is not an end animals should be used for.

In the event, eight sheep leap over two-foot-tall fences with teddy bear “jockeys“ on their backs. The animals run to reach food at the finish line and the race is surrounded by a live commentary and betting.

Activists’ concerns have been backed by the RSPCA which said the practice is “largely unregulated” and questions “the methods of encouraging sheep to run.” Moreover, the British Veterinary Association stated that even though running towards food was natural for the animals, races could be “stressful and frightening” for the sheep when taking place in front of large crowds.

According to the organizers, the race is no different to dog agility events. This, however, is a very dubious comparison, since dogs taking part in agility competitions are trained for that purpose and again mistakes the animals’ agency with conditioning.

The end of this race marks another success for concerned animal advocates who spoke up for animals who do not have a voice. If you think this is great news, pass it on! And remember, we can all make a difference for animals, so don’t give up!

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petition: Sunny has lived 29 YEARS ALONE in a tiny cell: Help her before it’s too late

by: Elephants in Japan, Zoocheck
target: Nomi Ishikawa Zoo, JAZA, Minister of Environment Masaharu Nakagawa, Mayor of Ishikawa and city council

105,962 SUPPORTERS
110,000 GOAL

Sunny the elephant has been TOTALLY ALONE in a concrete prison for 29 years. When it’s cold and snowy, she is forced to spend most days locked in her tiny indoor cell at the Nomi Ishikawa Zoo in Japan.

With nothing else to do, Sunny tries desperately to cope with her boredom and loneliness—by exploring the walls with her trunk. The heartbreaking evidence: Dark marks all over the walls of her tiny cell—as far as her trunk can reach—from Sunny doing this over and over, alone, bored and trapped, day in and day out … for 29 years and counting.

It is cruel and unnatural to make Sunny spend her life in solitary confinement in such a tiny living space. It’s an undeserved punishment for an animal that is naturally highly intelligent and social. Elephants live up to 70 years, and are exceptionally social animals who have families and friends. They grieve their dead.

But finally Sunny’s plight has come to light! Sunny still has a chance at a better life: experiencing soft soil on her feet, companionship and enrichment to occupy her very intelligent mind. Elephants in Japan, together with wildlife organization Zoocheck are working to help Sunny and other captive solitary elephants in Japan. BUT we need your help! Please sign and share this petition demanding change for Sunny!

The more voices we can add to this cause, the more power we have to approach our targets and demand change. In Japan, this is pushing for the government and other relevant authorities to develop legislation that sets higher standards of captive elephant housing and care, including prohibiting the keeping of highly social animals, like elephants, in social isolation.

Thank you for your help to save Sunny!
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Darwin’s Dog Food Recall of March 2018

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Darwin’s Dog Food Recall of March 2018

March 26, 2018 — Darwin’s Natural Pet Products of Tukwila, WA, has announced it is voluntarily recalling four lots of dog food after testing showed that specific products have tested positive for Salmonella and/or E. coli O128.

These pathogens can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.

Darwin’s Natural Pet Products are exclusively sold to customers through a subscription service. Customers who purchased the products have been notified of the recall directly by Darwin’s.

No product images were provided with the official notice.
About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products, and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
About E. Coli O128

Specifically, E. coli O128 was identified in the contaminated raw turkey pet food product, and is among the most clinically relevant Shiga Toxin Producing E. coli (STEC) in humans.

E. coli O128 causes illness indistinguishable from E. coli O157:H7.

The symptoms include diarrhea, often with bloody stools.

Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).

HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly.

The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

E. coli O128 is unknown to cause illness in dogs and cats, but infected animals can become carriers of E. coli O128 and transfer the bacteria to the home environment.
What’s Recalled?

The pet food included in the recall is as follows:

Natural Selections Chicken with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs, Net wt. 2lbs., Lot #43887, manufacture date 1/30/2018
Natural Selections Duck with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs, Net wt. 2lbs., Lot #44147, manufacture date 2/5/2018
ZooLogics Chicken Meals with Organic Vegetables for Dogs, Net wt. 2lbs., Lot #44037, manufacture date 2/7/2018
ZooLogics Turkey with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs, Net wt. 2lbs., Lot #44127, manufacture date 2/4/2018

Company Statement

According to Darwin’s founder and president, Gary Tashjian:

“The company has not received any reports of illness in pets who consumed the food to date.

“Most animal-health experts agree that pets are generally not affected by pathogens like Salmonella or E. coli unless they are already ill with some other condition.

“While we believe the risk to dogs consuming our products is low, we are sensitive to the FDA’s concern for humans who might become exposed to the pathogens through handling the raw meals.”

Mr. Tashjian noted that product labels instruct those preparing the food to follow food-safety guidelines, which direct the cleaning of surfaces and utensils exposed to raw food and washing hands thoroughly after coming into contact with raw food.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/darwins-dog-food-recall-march-2018/

What to Do?

Customers who have any of the affected products should dispose of the pet food as regular garbage, and contact Darwin’s for replacement by emailing productsafety@darwinspet.com

Or by calling 866-832-8319, Monday-Friday, 6 AM to 6 PT, and Saturdays, 7 AM to 3 PM PT.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
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Blue Ridge Beef Dog Food Recall of March 2018

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Blue Ridge Beef Dog Food Recall of March 2018

March 26, 2018 — Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, GA, is voluntarily recalling one lot of its BRD Complete raw pet food because of the potential of contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

What Caused the Recall?

This recall was initiated after samples collected and tested by the FDA showed positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

There has been no consumer or pet illnesses in association with this product.

Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling this product lot as a commitment to consumer and pet health and safety.
About Salmonella and Listeria

Salmonella and Listeria can cause severe and potentially fatal infection in both the animals consuming the pet food, and the humans that handle the pet food.

There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products.

Pets can be carriers of the bacteria and infect humans, even if the pets do not appear to be ill.

Once Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination will continue to spread.

Groups at high risk for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes include the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and certain chronic medical conditions (such as cancer), and pregnant women.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves and their pets for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product or pets that have consumed this product should contact their healthcare provider.

Pet owners should contact a veterinarian if their pet shows symptoms.

Consumers should also follow the simple handling tips on the package.
What’s Recalled?

The recalled lot would affect the following states:

Florida
Georgia
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee

The affected product is sold in two pound chubs that are frozen and are distinguished by the manufacturing codes:

BRB Complete
Lot #: GA0131
Manufacturing date: 01/31/2018

The packaging of the product and the location of the lot number is pictured above along with the location of the clips on each end of the chub.
What to Do?

Consumers are encouraged to check the clips of product to ensure that they possess the affected lot # GA0131.

Those who have purchased the above lot of BRB Complete are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/blue-ridge-beef-dog-food-recall-march-2018/

Those with questions can email the company at blueridgebeefga@yahoo.com.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
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Petition update · Animal Supporters Needed to Help Stop BSL/Pitbull Bans · Change.org

Mar 27, 2018 — We need to have animal supporters follow our page, as we will soon be posting animals at high risk shelters in need of forever homes, as well as pets that need help.

Please Follow us on Instagram @rrtapets and tell your friends to do so by doing a post on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook.

Your efforts would mean the world to us, as Instagram is quickly becoming a very popular platform for animal rescue.

https://www.instagram.com/rrtapets/

Please Sign Petition

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Allow military exceptions during the Petsafe suspension · Change.org

Allyssa McNair started this petition to Mike Hhogan

PetSafe Reservation Embargo 03/20/18
Effective immediately, we are not accepting any new reservations for PetSafe travel. As of March 20, 2018, we will honor existing PetSafe reservations confirmed as well as assist any customer that wishes to cancel their reservation. This suspension does not affect pets that travel with us in-cabin.

We are taking this voluntary action to conduct a thorough and systematic review of our PetSafe program and make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets. We expect to complete our review by May 1, 2018.

https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/animals/petsafe.html

My family, along with many other U.S. military families stationed in Guam, are deeply affected by this suspension. There was not much notice before United’s announcement and unfortunately United is the only U.S. airline currently servicing Guam. With the nature of how PCS(Permanent Change of Station) moves work, we simply don’t have the option to postpone our travel until United fully reviews their Petsafe procedures. We have to move when we are told to move by the military. None of our families want to leave our furry family members behind but we might be forced to do just that if United doesn’t allow a military exception during this time. To United we are just another section of business, but to military families on Guam United is our only option. We NEED an exception to be made.

https://www.stripes.com/military-family-pets-stranded-as-united-airlines-suspends-shipments-1.517950

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/03/26/no-united-airlines-military-pet-exemption-coming-despite-navy-claim.html

Click here to see what military families are affected by this.

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