Demand Justice for 3 Dogs shot at Paradise Cove Camping Resort, Missouri

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Demand Justice for 3 Dogs shot at Paradise Cove Camping Resort, Missouri

The following is a story from the Monett Times:

An Eagle Rock woman is speaking out on behalf of her family, which is in mourning after their three labradors were allegedly shot to death and mutilated while playing in Table Rock Lake about half a mile from their home.

Dani Johnson, of Eagle Rock, said her two black labs, Gus, 7, and Tug, 11 months, as well as her yellow lab, Kaycee, 3, were shot to death last week, and she is looking for answers.

“We let them out [on March 13] and they didn’t come back,” she said. “I was up all night calling for them but could not find them. I called the vet office here, and no more than five minutes later, I got a phone call from a person with a really callous voice saying he heard I had called about the dogs. I was happy and thought he’d found them, but the next thing he said was, ‘I just called to let you know that your dogs were shot to death and will not be coming home tonight.'”

Johnson said her husband and his brother went to the vet clinic and were directed to the Paradise Cove Camping Resort.

“They went and knocked on the door there but no one answered, so they went to some neighbors and started asking about the dogs,” Johnson said. “A nice couple answered and immediately cried, realizing we were their owners. They told us how beautiful, healthy, friendly and happy they were and how much they’d enjoyed watching them play. They were kind people, and they were horrified. The neighbors said they were watching the labs playing in the lake when a lady drove a golf cart down to them and began shooting them.

“She didn’t kill them, and the dogs were tortured. They were deliberately doing gut shots, and the people who saw it said they shot Gus repeatedly in his private parts.”

Johnson said the witnesses went down to help the dogs, and even in pain, they were licking the witnesses’ hands as they died.

“The dogs had been dragged into a pile and all of their collars had been cut off,” Johnson said. “My husband and brother-in-law brought them home so we could give them a proper burial.”

Johnson said she made a report with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office and said she was initially brushed off, told nothing could be done since the dogs were on the shooters’ property.

“But, after this social media response, I got a call and a detective wants to come talk to us and file a report,” Johnson said Monday afternoon. “Apparently, the people are saying they felt threatened by our dogs and they were going after their cat, but that’s ridiculous because they’ve been around cats before and are kind. Even the UPS driver loves our dogs.”

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office confirmed there is an active investigation into the allegations.

Johnson had a public Facebook post receive more than 2,000 shares before Facebook took the post down. Another post by one of Johnson’s family members had more than 500 shares on Monday.

The post has gained national attention, as evidenced by reviews left for Paradise Cove Camping Resort on websites like google.com, placedigger.com, yelp.com and rvparking.com. Comments have come from as far away as California and Montreal, Canada. Someone has also vandalized one of the business’ signs, painting “dog killers” in red lettering.

A couple people have also left positive remarks on google.com, calling the business owners godly people, sharing stories of how the owners had helped them in the past and calling for a stop to the harassment of the owners.

“The response has been amazing,” Johnson said. “If I could physically hug everyone who shared the post or left comments supporting us, I would. I want to tell everyone thank you, and I want to use the power of social media to call for more stringent animal cruelty laws.

“Even if you have livestock and a dog comes on your property, most people would shoot in the air to scare it off, not gutshot, torture and mutilate its genitals for the fun of it. There are so many animal lovers out there, and I hope this doesn’t happen to any dog ever again.

Two calls for comment were placed to Paradise Cove Camping Resort. The first resulted in a busy signal, and the second rang through, but no one answered.

The following are Excerpts from comments found on Facebook:

My mothers 3 labs were out playing and wandered over to the shore line close to their land, Marsha Perkins shot them all. 10 or more gunshots, they removed their collars and piled them on a hill in the middle of a field. These 3 dogs were very docile house pets and so loved. They had no idea about evil people, and would have trusted anyone, they had only known love. Please share to get the word out about these evil people.

Update on Facebook from Dani Johnson:
This is a heartbreaking update regarding three Labs that went missing a few days ago. I have names, witnesses and proof as a reward to other dog owners

Tuesday morning three of our Labs disappeared. I called the local Vet to report them missing.

Not 5 minutes later I get a call, from a gruff, angry man who said, “I heard you called the vet looking for your dogs. I’m just calling to tell you they’re all dead. They were all shot and won’t be coming home tonight.”

I was shocked, in tears begging for more explanation. Praying it was a cruel joke.

He repeated himself. Same words, even more cruel. We were in shock just heartbroken.

As the day wore on we learned from some kind neighbors who had seen what had happened.

Our babies decided they wanted to go swimming nearby in the lake.

A couple owns property that backs up to the lake,

They spotted our babies from game cameras. The woman went down to the lake on her golf cart and coerced them toward her then she brutally shot them. She shot repeatedly, killing one and sending the other two running for cover in the woods. Those babies suffered and finally died. A kind neighbor witnessed it all. They were in tears and called the local Vet to make certain they weren’t suffering.

Shortly afterward I called the Vet to report them missing. He was quite upset and gave me the name of the people and their business. The evil people

My husband and his brother went to his place because they wanted to see with their own eyes if it was our dogs. No one was there. My husband went next door and met a nice couple who both broke out crying when they found out they were our dogs. They said they were the sweetest, gentle dogs. They’d enjoyed watching them play in the water Even later, injured, they were gentle.

When my husband asked if they knew where our dogs were. The man cried and led them to a dirt pile where our babies were thrown. Brutally shot many times. Their orange collars had all been removed.

My husband and his brother, picked up these sweet babies and brought them home.

I called the sheriff and they told me there’s nothing they can do.

I hope there’s SOMETHING I can do

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Petition: Don’t Use Dogs and Cats in Pet Food!

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Many pet owners were alarmed when a recent news report found traces of the euthanization drug pentobarbital in several popular dog food brands, prompting a major recall.

How did pentobarbital end up in pet food? It can happen when the carcasses of euthanized animals are rendered into ingredients. Those animals may even include dogs and cats that are picked up by rendering companies from animal shelters.

Since federal standards for pet food are not effectively enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it’s generally up to individual states to regulate what’s in these products.

Ohio may set a precedent by becoming the first state to ban the use of rendered dogs and cats as ingredients in pet food. Like other states, Ohio law doesn’t consider euthanized animals fit for human consumption, yet it currently allows those animals to be sold to pet food manufacturers.

To stop this, State Representative Laura Lanese has introduced House Bill 560, which would ban the remains of dogs and cats from being used in pet food. It would also prohibit pet food from containing the remains of any animals that were euthanized by the injection of drugs.

Please sign and share this petition asking Ohio lawmakers to set an example for the rest of the country by passing HB 560 and stopping the state’s dogs and cats from being used in pet food.
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Urgent – Petition Update: Save Elephants and Lions

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target: US Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)

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Urgent update: Trump just announced that the Fish and Wildlife Service will now allow “trophy” imports of dead elephants and lions on a “case-by-case” basis. This is completely unacceptable. Please sign and share to protect animals and keep the total ban on this cruelty!

President Trump just opened the door to expanded sport hunting of some of the world’s most beloved — and imperiled — animals: Africa’s elephants and lions. We need your signature today to help stop him.

Near the turn of the 20th century, Africa was home to between three and five million elephants. Now less than half a million remain. Africa’s lions have seen similar declines, with lion numbers declining by 42 percent in just the last 20 years.

To save these iconic animals from extinction, the Obama administration banned the importation of elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe and made importing lion pelts and other trophies more difficult.

Now President Trump — whose sons have boasted publicly of killing rare animals in Africa — has reversed this animal-saving ban.

This reversal will almost inevitably increase poaching of these rare animals. According to Jeffrey Flocken of the International Fund for Animal Welfare:

“When a species’ greatest value is as a dead trophy, its days will inevitably be numbered, just as they are when the value of their parts — like ivory tusks, tiger skins, or rhino horn — make protection from poachers nearly impossible.”

The move is also squarely at odds with public opinion in the US. 82% of Americans surveyed support banning lion trophies, and 83% support banning elephant trophies.

That’s why Care2 is calling on Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, one of the most stalwart animal defenders in Congress, to introduce legislation to reverse the Trump administration’s trophy import decision as soon as possible.

By adding your name today you’ll show Congressman Grijalva that conservation-minded people around the world reject sport hunting of our imperiled species. And you’ll provide the public support we’ll need to restore vital protections for whales and lions.

Speak up now for elephants and lions. Please sign the petition now to stop all new imports of elephant and lion trophies.

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Bad news! Trump just announced that the Fish and Wildlife Service will evaluate imported dead elephants on a ‘case-by-case’ basis. But we need a total ban! Please share, together we can be heard.

Four Animal Welfare Groups Sue Trump Administration After Approving Elephant & Lion Trophy Imports Behind Closed Doors – World Animal News

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By Lauren Lewis –
March 23, 2018

Four conservation and animal-protection groups sued the Trump administration earlier this week over its secretive new policy of approving elephant and lion trophy imports behind closed doors.
The new lawsuit targets a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision, outlined in a March 1st memo, to shut the public and scientists out of the process for evaluating the impacts of trophy hunting of elephants, lions and other threatened and endangered species in Africa.
The Center for Biological Diversity, the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, Ian Michler and Born Free USA filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
A federal court ruled in December that the administration needed to involve the public in trophy import decisions. Instead of complying, Interior Department officials adopted a case-by-case permitting approach that fails to comprehensively consider trophy hunting impacts and severely decreases transparency. The day after quietly finalizing its new approach, the administration announced the first meeting of a pro-trophy hunting council convened to advise Fish and Wildlife on increasing trophy hunting of foreign species.
“Despite ample scientific and economic concerns and tremendous public outcry over trophy hunting, this administration seems determined to allow Safari Club International and other special interests to unduly influence federal wildlife policy decisions,” said Anna Frostic, managing wildlife attorney with The Humane Society of the United States.
The memo rescinds numerous prior rules on trophy imports, wiping the slate clean of longstanding decisions pertaining to imports of trophies from elephants, lions, and bontebok, a type of antelope. However, the service has signaled that it still intends to rely on the bad science contained in its prior authorizations to import wild animal trophies.
“Elephants shouldn’t be killed for cheap thrills, and the Trump administration shouldn’t make crucial trophy hunting decisions behind closed doors,” said Tanya Sanerib, international program legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Federal wildlife officials seem to be thumbing their nose at President Trump after he called for an end to the horror show of trophy hunting.”
This challenging the March 1st memo is being added to a pending court case contesting the administration’s decision last November to lift an import ban on Zimbabwe elephant trophy imports, as well as a decision allowing imports of lion trophies from Zimbabwe to the United States.
Polls show that a vast majority of Americans have already expressed their opposition to killing elephants and lions for fun and importing their body parts, but continued public pressure is needed to keep this issue in the spotlight, and to stop a small special interest group from being allowed to perpetuate the threats against these species.

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After a Decade of Promises, Has the Food Industry Made Progress on Gestation Crates?

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After a Decade of Promises, Has the Food Industry Made Progress on Gestation Crates?
By Lynne Curry

In early January 2018, Smithfield, the world’s largest pork producer, announced that it had achieved its “animal care” goal to provide group housing for pregnant sows on all of its U.S.-based farms. Over the course of 10 years, and with a $360 million investment, the company claimed to have transitioned its operations away from individual stalls, known as gestation crates.

Since the 1970s, gestation crates have been standard housing in most hog-breeding facilities nationwide. For the nearly four-month duration of her pregnancy, each sow lives, eats, and sleeps in a roughly two-and-half-by-seven-foot stall that does not allow her to walk, turn around, or socialize. After giving birth and living in a slightly larger farrowing crate for a month, she is impregnated again and returned to the stall. The cycle is repeated for three to four years until her production drops off, and she is slaughtered for breakfast sausage.

“These animals are raised like they’re parked cars, side by side, cage next to cage in a giant warehouse,” said Josh Balk, vice president of farm animal protection for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). “If this practice was done to dogs or cats, it would be illegal. But it became standard in the pork industry.”

Over the past decade, this restricted form of sow housing has become one of the primary targets of public pressure, activist exposés, and state legislation aimed at ending extreme confinement for farm animals. And food companies up and down the supply chain have come under fire, and bowed to consumer demand for more humane treatment of farm animals—at least on the surface.

Between 2012 and 2015, more than 200 food companies—including meat producers like Cargill and Hormel, food service providers like Aramark and Bon Appétit Management Co., restaurant chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s, and retailers like Kroger, Safeway, and Costco—all pledged to do away with gestation-crate pork. And while most of these companies expect to hit the target by 2022, it’s unclear whether the food industry as a whole will make good on its promises.

Gestation crates remain the standard on over three-fourths of U.S. hog farms today, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). And 98 percent of producers use gestation stalls at least some of the time, such as immediately after artificial insemination.

As the first major company to commit to phasing out gestation crates in 2007, Smithfield’s recent announcement sounded like a watershed moment for the pork industry. “Smithfield represents 25 percent of the sows in the U.S.,” Balk said. “They have taken positive steps, I would say—they are now using group housing for sows where they are able to live in large pens.”

“[But] it’s not old MacDonald’s farm,” he continued. That is, the animals are still confined indoors and spend their lives on concrete floors.

The existence of these crates also poses larger questions about whether it’s possible to keep sows in confinement and keep them healthy. Many pork producers contend that gestation crates allow them to readily monitor each animal’s health and feed. But with the advent of monitoring systems, such as electronic sow feeding (ESF), the main concern is aggression. Especially when pregnant, sows that are not dominant can become severely injured because of the strict social hierarchy among hogs in group situations.

“Farmers are using gestation stalls because, after years and years, they have found they work best for insuring health of sow and health of piglet,” said NPPC’s Dave Warner.

There is also a strong sentiment within the industry that animal husbandry practices should not be dictated to a country of independent pork producers. “We don’t advocate one system over another,” Warner said. “We also believe that any particular system that’s working for the health of sows shouldn’t be eliminated just because some group thinks that it should.”

While research shows advantages and disadvantages to both gestation stalls and group housing systems, many animal welfare advocates see the small confines as inhumane and believe that issues like aggression can be overcome with thoughtful animal management. They applaud the steps producers and retailers are taking to cut down on the crating practice.

But the question for those interested in animal welfare is whether company commitments make any real difference at all.

Public Pressure to Ban Confinement

Over the last 10 years or so, immense public pressure has mounted to abolish farm animal confinement.

Walmart’s own research found that 77 percent of its loyal shoppers said that they would have greater trust in a retailer that abided by humane animal welfare practices. And since 2002, voters in 11 states have expressed their beliefs in ballot measures that ban one or more forms of animal confinement, including hen battery cages, veal crate stalls, and sow gestation crates.

Massachusetts voters took the referendum even further in 2016 when they banned all housing systems that do not allow animals to turn around, lay down, stand up, and move freely. Even more significantly, the legislation, slated to go into effect in 2022, outlaws the sale in Massachusetts of any animal products raised in extreme confinement conditions from any other state. HSUS, which helped to pass Proposition 2 in 2008 in California, is currently campaigning in California for a similar initiative to appear on the November 2018 ballot.

However, the public’s general rejection of animal confinement has not yet made inroads in the major pork-producing regions of the country. The 11 states that ban some form of confinement, including Florida, Arizona, Maine, and Oregon, represent just 7 percent of the 200 million hogs and pigs sold each year, according to 2012 Census of Agriculture data. And the nation’s top three states in pork production and sales—Iowa, North Carolina, and Michigan—do not currently have referendums or ballot initiatives banning the practice. If a recent Iowa law that supports producers using tight confinement of egg-laying hens is any indication, major agricultural interests in these states are likely to resist significant changes.

Food Industry Promises and Hit-or-Miss Transparency

The retail food industry has responded to consumer concerns by making its own promises, starting with McDonald’s in 2012. “McDonald’s believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future,” said Dan Gorskey, senior vice president of McDonald’s North America Supply Chain Management in a statement at the time. “There are alternatives that we think are better for the welfare of sows.”

The fast food leader’s pledge kicked off a wave of similar commitments but few companies have submitted progress reports on their efforts. Panera Bread recently shared its animal welfare report, stating, “100 percent of bacon, breakfast sausage, and ham served on sandwiches and salad was raised without antibiotics and was gestation-crate free.” But the salami in its Italian sandwich brought the company’s total pork supply down to 90 percent.

The global food-service giant Aramark has reported 30 percent progress on its declaration to eliminate gestation crates from its supply chain by 2022. In 2017, Kathy Cacciola, Aramark’s senior director of environmental sustainability, confirmed to Civil Eats that the company is on track with suppliers to meet its goal.

Because most companies self-report this kind of progress, however, transparency is an ongoing challenge. Take the case of battery cages for egg-laying hens. After legislative actions combined with consumer pressures motivated hundreds of companies in 2015 to commit to going 100 percent cage-free within 10 years, Compassion in World Farming followed up by contacting companies directly and urging them to publicly disclose their progress.

The results, published in EggTrack last September, represented just 20 companies, and only three—Whole Foods, Hormel, Noodles & Company, and Shake Shack—had achieved the goal to eliminate the cages entirely.

“A commitment is just words on a website until those words are put into action said Nancy Roulston, director of corporate engagement for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Converting promises into procurement standards and supplier contracts is a ponderous process. Even though the largest retailer in the world, Walmart, has thrown its weight behind the issue and asked its suppliers to phase out gestation crates, change has been mixed and murky.

HSUS is now focusing its efforts on getting companies to own up to their oaths. “There has been dramatic change,” said Balk of HSUS. “It doesn’t mean that we should expect that if we don’t keep an eye on things that things will transition by 2022.”

Setting the Precedent for the Smithfield Effort

Country View Family Farms, a family-owned pork producer founded on the outskirts of Philadelphia in 1895, was the earliest U.S.-based adopter of group housing—the alternative to gestation crates—and the first U.S. company to install the no-crate technology that Smithfield has adopted.

In 2001, Country View President Bob Ruth began experimenting with the electronic sow feeding (ESF) technology developed in Europe that allows sows to live in open pens using chips implanted in their ears that track and regulate their health, feed, and other activities. After formally testing the technology in 2007, Country View found that ESF was a “home run” for animal care and productivity, and the company has installed ESF in all new barns and remodels ever since.

Ruth admits that the injury rate at Country View is a “little bit higher” in the open pen system when compared to gestation crates. According to Sara Shield, behavior and welfare specialist for Humane Society International, the recent research bears this out.

“Once they establish a dominance hierarchy, fighting is minimal as long as the subordinate animals have enough space to avoid the higher-ranking sows,” she said. But research shows there are many ways to reduce aggression.

At Country View, all other measures—from medication use to longevity—are better with ESF, Ruth said, and the company is currently testing another European system that would replace restrictive farrowing crates and allow interaction between the sow and her piglets.

While Smithfield is now urging its contractors to follow suit, the company is still confining pigs in gestation crates for the first 42 days after insemination (full term is 114 days), a fact that was not touted in the January announcement.

Still, on the animal welfare front, this is big progress.

Trader Joe’s and Still-Rising Consumer Pressure

Meanwhile, consumer concern about animal products is still rising. Trader Joe’s is the latest retailer facing a petition drive to abolish gestation crates from its pork supply. Spearheaded by the animal welfare group Crate-Free Illinois, the campaign is targeting the popular grocer because it is one of the holdouts on taking a stance against gestation crates.

“When it comes to animal welfare, retailers have a tremendous amount of power to do good and to stop animals from suffering unnecessarily,” said the group’s leader Jessica Chipkin. “Even if it’s in 10 years.”

In response to questions about the petition, Trader Joe’s replied by email to Civil Eats, “We have heard, understand, and care about the concerns of our customers regarding the use of crates in the pork supply chain,” the email said. “As a result, we have clarified for our customers the products we carry that are from a crate-free supply. Additionally, in the next several months, we will be moving our fresh pork offerings to a crate-free [gestation and farrowing] supply and will clarify this crate-free attribute on the product labels for our customers.”

However, after a silent protest by Crate-Free Illinois at Trader Joe’s corporate headquarters in Monrovia, California last week, the company was unable to make a more specific commitment.

Demanding improved animal welfare on farms is relatively easy. But the true test will come when shoppers at retailers like Trader Joe’s, are faced with the higher prices associated with funding the transitional costs required to improve the lives of the pigs behind their bacon.

“When consumers support brands that have already eliminated cruel practices,” said Roulston. “They show other companies that they will lose business if they don’t follow through on promises.”

https://civileats.com/2018/03/21/after-a-decade-of-promises-has-the-food-industry-made-progress-on-gestation-crates/

Petition update · One Year Ago the US-Senate Voted to Kill Wolf Pups and Hibernating Bears. The Law is still in effect · Change.org

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One Year Ago the US-Senate Voted to Kill Wolf Pups and Hibernating Bears. The Law is still in effect
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Mar 21, 2018 — One year ago today, the US-Senate passed S.J. RES. 18 by a vote of 51 to 47 to allow the Killing of Denning Wolves and their Pups, Hibernating Bears, and other Predators on National Refuges Land in Alaska. Trump signed it into law without hesitation.
THIS LAW IS STILL IN EFFECT!
All 51 Republicans and one Independent voted in favor, all 47 Nays were Democrats and 1 Independent.

Vote them out of office coming November.
Breaking – Senate Votes to Allow Killing of Wolves on National Refuge Lands in Alaska
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Smucker Recalls Milo’s Kitchen Dog Treats

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Smucker Recalls Milo’s Kitchen Dog Treats
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March 22, 2018 — The J.M. Smucker Company has announced a limited voluntary recall of specific lots of two varieties of Milo’s Kitchen dog treats, distributed nationally, because the products potentially contain elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone.
What’s Recalled?

The affected products include the following items and lots:

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bout Elevated Thyroid Hormone

Dogs consuming high levels of beef thyroid hormone may exhibit symptoms such as increased thirst and urination, weight loss, increased heart rate and restlessness.

These symptoms may resolve when the consumption of these levels is discontinued.

However, with prolonged consumption these symptoms may increase in severity and may include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or labored breathing.

Should these symptoms occur, we recommend pet owners contact their veterinarian immediately.
About the Recall

The FDA informed Smucker of three illness reports and the company immediately initiated a voluntary recall of the limited, impacted production.

No other Milo’s Kitchen dog treats, or any other product manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company, are impacted.

The voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased the specific lots of product listed above should stop feeding it to their dogs.

If consumers have questions or would like to receive a refund or coupon for replacement product, they should call the company at 888-569-6767, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM ET or email us by completing this form.

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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Another Fashion Giant Chooses To Make Compassion The Fashion; Donna Karan & DKNY Go Fur-Free! – World Animal News

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Another Fashion Giant Chooses To Make Compassion The Fashion; Donna Karan & DKNY Go Fur-Free!
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March 22, 2018

WAN is thrilled to announce that another fashion giant Donna Karan and DKNY have decided to make compassion the fashion and Go Fur-free starting next year.
Per The Humane Society International,
Morris Goldfarb, CEO of G-III, Donna Karan and DKNY’s parent company, revealed the decision on Thursday in a Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2018 Earnings Conference. The company came to its decision due to its relationship with the Humane Society of the United States.
“HSI is delighted that since Gucci declared fur to be ‘out-dated’ designers have been racing to prove their relevance by dropping the archaic material,” Wendy Higgins, HSI’s Director of International Media, said in a statement. “In the latest designer declaration, this mornings brands DKNY and Donna Karan pledged to ban fur cruelty from their collections.”
Donna Karan and DKNY Joins Gucci, Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace and Michael Kors just to name a few of the high-fashion giants that have made the important decision that animal fur is cruel and not fashion.
Please take a moment to thank these progressive designers for their ground-breaking move towards a more compassionate world of fashion! We hope that many other designers around the world follow suit! @DonnaKaran @DKNY @Gucci @GiorgioArmani @TommyHilfiger @ThomasJHilfiger @MichaelKors

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Petition: Demand Edmonton Airport stops supporting the shipment of horses to Japan for slaughter.

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Insist that Edmonton stop allowing live horse shipments out of Edmonton International Airport EIA. They must make the ethical choice to not support live export!

Edmonton Airport supports this industry by allowing Korean Airlines and other live shippers such as Nippon Air and Atlas Air to operate out of it’s facility. Edmonton Airport is complicit in this violent and unsavoury industry by making money from the take off and landing fees paid by these air cargo companies and airlines.

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition has been working to expose the horse slaughter industry and the live shipment of horses to Japan from Canada. Work by animal advocates and investigators have been helpful in exposing this practice which is abhorrent and not supported by the majority of Canadians and other countries around the world.

It has been revealed that the shipments occur out of Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg International Airports. What has also been revealed is the lack of adherence to shipping regulations put forth by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Images and video footage captured at Calgary and Edmonton Airports fully support the allegations of non-compliance. Horses overcrowded in crates, crates that are often too small for the height of the horses and lack of food and water for many hours. The horses are permitted to be denied food and water for up to 36 hours within Canada and the time begins when they are loaded at the feed lot. Horses spend many hours in transit by truck and then in crates at the airport waiting to be loaded and then being loaded into the aircraft; shipments happen in all kinds of weather. Unfortunately, the Canadian regulations cease to be in effect when the horses leave Canada. Their confinement and lack of food and water can continue for much longer than the prescribed 36 hours as they face at least another 10 to 13 1/2 hours of flight time and add to that, ground transfer time in Japan.

The Canadian government continues to do nothing about the infractions and is actually working to remove the regulations that have been put in place to protect these horses.

Since horse slaughter is unfunded in the U.S.A. and has essentially ended there, horses from the racing, rodeo and pet trade as well as feral horses who have been sent to auction are purchased by kill buyers who ship them to Canada for the meat and live export trade. Canadian horses are also exploited and slaughtered in this industry. This is a lucrative, secretive industry worth upwards of 80 million dollars in Canada.

Buyers in Japan purchase the animals, strongly preferring draft horses for a delicacy called basashi, thinly sliced raw horsemeat, eaten like sashimi. Our horses are being turned into a food fetish.

Insist that Edmonton stop allowing live horse shipments out of Edmonton International Airport EIA. They must make the ethical choice to not support live export!

Targets -Tom Ruth – EIA President and CEO, Traci Bednard – VPMarket Development, Myron Keehn – VP Commercial Development, Rob Malli – Strategy/Financial Officer, Maureen McCaw – Board of Directors Chair, Norm Richard – Director of Air Service Development, Alex Lowe – Mgr of Cargo Business Development.

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Petition: Make it Illegal to Eat Dog and Cat Meat in the U.S., United States

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Make it Illegal to Eat Dog and Cat Meat in the U.S.

by: Angela W.
target: Congressman Mike Conaway, Agriculture Committee Chair; House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy; Congress, United States

28,346 SUPPORTERS in United States
46,771 SUPPORTERS
50,000 GOAL

While the dog meat consumption of China and Korea gets a lot of international condemnation, did you know that it’s legal to kill and eat dogs and cats in 43 states!?!?!

Only California, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia have taken steps to explicitly ban the dog meat trade.

Every other state in the U.S. allows dogs to be killed and eaten. And it does occur. The cases aren’t frequent, but the numbers of animals seized in the reports I’ve seen are large enough to point to a significant problem. Two U.S. dog meat operations both had over 140 dogs in captivity, awaiting slaughter.

Urge Congress to act today! HR 1406 – The Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 has been introduced, with bi-partisan support, and will amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the transport, processing, buying, selling, slaughter or donation of a dog or cat for human consumption.

As of March 2018 there are 236 cosponsors for HR 1406. Unfortunately, the bill is stuck in the House Agriculture Committee. We need a large, loud outcry to pressure Chairman Mike Conaway and Congress to act, and protect our pets today!!

Urge Chairman Conaway to cosponsor, mark up and review HR 1406, and urge House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to bring it to the floor for a vote as soon as it clears the House Ag Committee.

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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.

http://worldanimalnews.com/urgent-help-needed-tomorrow-march-23rd-prevent-forced-killing-raccoons-opossums-coyotes-indiana/

South Korea Bans Importation of Taiji’s Dolphins

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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

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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!

http://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-news-san-francisco-officially-becomes-largest-city-ban-sale-fur/

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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.

http://worldanimalnews.com/airlines-not-united-comes-pets-maybe-best-option-flying-new-pet-airways/

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World’s last male northern white rhino dies

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World’s last male northern white rhino dies
By Joshua Berlinger, CNN 8 hrs ago
5-6 minutes
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.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/worlds-last-white-rhino-dies/ar-BBKs7Ej?OCID=ansmsnnews11

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
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_extinctions_in_the_Holocene

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

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BREAKING 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

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BREAKING
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.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/372/917/893/congress-end-the-suffering-of-wild-animals-in-traveling-circuses-for-good/?TAP=1724

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

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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.

http://worldanimalnews.com/sign-petition-support-traveling-exotic-animal-protection-act-u-s-end-use-wild-exotic-animals-traveling-circuses/!

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Thanks to Activist Pressure, Stardust Circus Drops Elephant Acts

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Thanks to Activist Pressure, Stardust Circus Drops Elephant Acts
Zachary Toliver
3-4 minutes

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!

https://www.peta.org/blog/thanks-to-activist-pressure-stardust-circus-drops-elephant-acts/

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

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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.

http://worldanimalnews.com/14-suspects-arrested-two-pit-bulls-rescued-philadelphia-dog-fighting-ring/

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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.