WAN Update: The Carr Fire, The Ferguson Fire & The Complex Fire Continue To Burn Across Northern California; Important Animal Rescue Information – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis

July 31, 2018

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There are reportedly 16 wildfires currently scorching across California with the monstrous Carr Fire near Redding becoming the 7th most destructive fire in the history of the state.
Northern California has been hit especially hard with the Carr Fire, the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite Valley, the Complex Fire, River Fire, and Ranch Fire in Mendocino County.
The Carr Fire, which has burned more than 100,000 acres, tragically has already claimed the lives of two firefighters and six civilians. The number of animals that have perished in the fire has yet to be addressed, but sadly, there has been many.
“Haven Humane is filling up quickly with evacuated animals. We are desperately trying to make space for all incoming evacuees,” the non-profit posted on its Facebook page, noting that they were ‘receiving everything from goats to rabbits.’
Fortunately, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek is helping to clear Haven Humane to make room for more animal evacuees. It has already taken in close to 40 dogs and cats.

ARF
“Haven Humane actually had a pool of over 500 animals since Thursday, and in order to alleviate the burden on their efforts, we are pulling their existing population and trying to get them re-homed,” ARF posted on its Facebook page. “Our teams are returning with more animals from our partners in Carr Fire evacuation areas. Taking in these adoptable animals creates local space for the more than 800 pets displaced since last week.”
The relocated animals will be up for adoption at ARF following medical assessment.
In addition to Haven Humane, 530-241-1653, located at 1816 CA-273 in Anderson, which is taking in small animals, the following evacuation centers have also been set up:

Large animal shelter: Tehama County Fairgrounds, 530-527-5920, 650 Antelope Blvd Red Bluff
Large animal shelter: Intermountain Fairgrounds, 530-336-5005, 44218 A St, McArthur
Large and small animal shelter: Redding Rodeo Grounds, 530-241-5731, 715 Auditorium Dr, Redding. While WAN does not support rodeos, we appreciate the organization opening their doors to temporarily house displaced animals during the fire.

Ferguson Fire
As of this morning, the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park has burned 57,846 acres. Sadly, this fire also resulted in the loss of the lives of two firefighters.
Yosemite National Park remains closed with Yosemite Valley expected to reopen to all visitors at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 3, 2018. Limited visitor services will be available inside Yosemite Valley, including campgrounds, lodging, and food service operations.

Yosemite National Park
The small animal shelter at SPCA of Mariposa County, 209-966-5275, located at 5599 Highway 49, is reportedly at full capacity.
Animal evacuation centers include:

Small pets may now be accommodated at the Mariposa Elementary School Shelter at 5044 Jones Street, where Central California Animal Disaster Team (CCADT) is operating an emergency animal shelter.
Large animals are being accepted at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, 209-966-2432, located at 5007 Fairgrounds Road in Mariposa.

Complex Fire, River Fire, and Ranch Fire in Mendocino County
Multiple fires continue to burn in Mendocino, Lake, and Napa counties. The weather remains hot, dry, and windy. Firefighters remain hard at work trying to contain the fire that has already consumed more than 56,000 acres.

Animal evacuation centers are as follows:

Small animals are being accepted at Animal Care Services, 707-463-4427, located at 298 Plant Road in Ukiah.
Horses are temporarily housed at Redwood Riders Arena at 8300 East Road in Redwood Valley.

WAN will continue to update this breaking story. We are sending our prayers!

https://worldanimalnews.com/wan-update-the-carr-fire-the-ferguson-fire-important-animal-rescue-information/

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Join One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic Movement!

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Plastic can be found in virtually every shape and form. It is a material that makes our lives incredibly convenient, but most people rarely think about the impact plastic has on the world around us.

Unlike other materials, plastic never really goes away. We love plastic because it is durable, waterproof, and versatile, but the downside of these qualities is that it lasts forever.

Plastic does not biodegrade and it takes hundreds of years for it to break down through a process of photodegradation. Basically, plastic can only disintegrate if it is exposed to UV rays which break its structural bonds apart – and even when this happens, it never truly goes away, it just becomes tons of microscopic pieces of plastic.
Marine Animal Extinction is the Real Cost of Convenience

Globally, we produce 300 million tons of plastic every year, 78 percent of which is NOT reclaimed or recycled.
Around 8.8 million tons of plastic get dumped into the oceans every year!
700 marine animals are faced with extinction due to the threat that plastic poses to them in the form of entanglement, pollution, and ingestion.
50 percent of sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs.
By 2050, 99 percent of all seabird species will have ingested plastic waste.

While efforts are being made to remove debris from the oceans, improve recycling systems and innovate barriers to prevent plastic from getting into waterways, we can all take action in our daily lives to stop plastic waste at the source.

“Plastic is ubiquitous in modern society and seemingly unavoidable. But is it worth risking the lives of marine species, the health of the oceans and our own future in the name of convenience? By taking baby steps to minimize hidden plastics in our lives, we can crush plastic at its source and help the world take a giant collective leap into a better future,” said Nil Zacharias, Co-Founder of One Green Planet.

If we all take steps to identify where we use plastic and actively look for alternatives, we can drastically cut down on the amount of plastic pollution that finds its way into the ocean. The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic a year. If everyone in the U.S. alone were to stop using plastic that would keep over 555 billion pounds of plastic out of the oceans!

As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, One Green Planet believes that reducing hidden plastics from our lives is not about giving up anything or sacrificing convenience, but rather learning to reap the maximum benefit from the items you use every day while having the minimum impact.
5 Ways You Can #CrushPlastic in Your Daily Life

DIY your own cosmetics instead of buying ones in plastic tubes.
Try DIY-ing your shampoo and conditioner instead of buying plastic bottles.
Skip the plastic tube toothpaste and make your own!
Switch to bar soap and shampoo to avoid plastic packaging.
Use mason jars when grocery shopping to store all your bulk food items.
Use small cloth or reusable bags instead of produce bags when food shopping.
Replace your plastic food storage bags with stainless steel tins or mason jars.
Reduce plastic packaging in your cleaning routine by making your own natural cleaners.
Avoid microbeads in your exfoliating face or body wash.
Buy plastic-free beauty, hygiene, and cleaning products, like bamboo toothbrushes, plastic-free makeup brushes and natural material sponges.

For more information on how plastic harms oceans and marine animals, click the link

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/crushplastic/.

Disney to Eliminate Plastic Straws, Stirrers, and Styrofoam Cups in All Parks, Hotels, and Cruise Line!

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Aleksandra Pajda
Disney has announced its commitment to making a positive impact on the environment by reducing plastic waste at their parks and other venues across the globe! The entertainment giant is cracking down on non-biodegradable plastic straws and stirrers, reducing the use of plastic bags, and eliminating polystyrene cups – all in the spirit of Walt Disney’s conviction that “conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us.”

The company will eliminate single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers in all of its owned and operated locations globally by mid-2019. The change will reduce more than 175 million non-biodegradable straws and 13 million stirrers a year. The company has not yet revealed details as to possible alternatives.

Disney is also going to transition to refillable in-room amenities in its hotels and on cruise ships over the next few years. The switch is expected to reduce plastic in guest rooms by 80 percent. They will also slash the number of plastic shopping bags in their parks and cruise line, instead offering guests the option to buy reusable bags at a nominal price. Lastly, Disney pledged to fully end their use of polystyrene cups across all its global businesses.

“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. “These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, and advance our long-term sustainability goals.”

Disney is also looking forward to making further progress on its overall sustainability goals. According to the company’s data, in 2017, it reduced its net greenhouse gas emissions by 41 percent and diverted almost 50 percent of waste from landfills and incineration.

“Disney has always been inspired by nature – and it is a uniquely powerful brand that inspires, educates, and entertains, all at the same time,” said Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International. “Today’s announcement is more than about reducing single-use plastic waste, it’s also about showing millions of kids and adults from around the world the many ways we can change our daily habits to care for the oceans and protect nature that sustains us all. It also builds on Disney’s longstanding commitment to conservation and environmental stewardship, a legacy that stretches from the highlands of Peru to the islands of the South Pacific.”

In America, 500 million plastic straws are used every day! While it is wonderful to see companies take steps to eliminate unnecessary plastics, we can all make the same effort in our daily lives. To find out how you can be a part of the change by reducing your personal use of single-use plastics, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/disney-eliminate-plastic-straws-stirrers-styrofoam-cup/

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Petition: This Horse Camp Let Kids Paint on This Rescue Pony!

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Hípica de Brasília

55,547 SUPPORTERS – 60,000 GOAL
An equestrain camp in Brazil allowed children to color and paint all over a poor horse. Apparently they thought it would be a fun and cute idea to encourage interaction between the children and the horse. It’s not fun or cute. It’s gross.

Sign the petition to demand the camp ends the “activity” of kids coloring on animals.

When teaching kids about animals, it’s so important to teach them that they are living beings who deserve respect and good treatment. Coloring all over them does not send that message. Not to mention the horse must have been so stressed out with the kids doing this.

The camp clarified that the pigments used were non-toxic, which is great. But letting kids color a horse still sends the wrong message.

If the camp wants to expose kids to horses, great! They could teach the kids to brush the horses, ride them and feed them. They could teach the kids that horses take care and love and responsibility. Not that they are play objects like a piece of paper.

Please sign on to the petition to demand the camp ends this horrible activity!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/460/889/695/this-camp-lets-kids-paint-all-over-ponies/?TAP=1732

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Fawn Saved From The Devastating Carr Wildfire In Northern California By San Francisco CHP Sergeant Fawson – World Animal News

By WAN

July 30, 2018

Photos from CHP
While working on an update on the devastating wildfire in Northern California that is currently threatening people and animals in Redding and surrounding areas, WAN came across a special story of survival.
As per posts on numerous California Highway Patrol Facebook pages, on Saturday, July 28th, San Francisco Sergeant Fawson responded to a call about a young deer who was alone, stranded, and in need of being rescued from the 80,000 acre fire.
“SF Area CHP units have been deployed to the #CARRfires in Redding, CA. This baby deer was pulled from fire danger and was turned over to a deer rescue organization, shared the Facebook post. “God speed CAL FIRE and all other fire and first responder agencies providing mutual aid. You are truly the Bravest.”

Redding CHP explained on its Facebook page that the fawn was so close to the fire that they could not wait for her mother to return.

While the deer rescue organization has not been identified yet, it did send the department some pictures of the rescued fawn now named Carra, and assurred them that she is “doing well and drank a lot of water and took quickly to the bottle.”

Tragically, the Carr fire claimed numerous lives so far including two young children and their great-grandmother. It is unfathomable how many animals have also already fallen victim to the flames.
WAN is praying for everyone who has been affected by the wildfires and hopes that no more lives are lost as a result of the tragedy.
WAN will continue to provide updates as they come.

https://worldanimalnews.com/fawn-saved-from-the-devastating-carr-wildfire-in-northern-california-by-san-francisco-chp-officer/

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Breaking! Ralph Lauren Marks The Latest Major Global Brand To Ban Use Of Mohair In Their Products – World Animal News

By WAN –
July 30, 2018

Ralph Lauren is the latest fashion retailer to join a long list of companies that will no longer use mohair from angora goats in their products.
The New York–based retail giant joined the more than 270 brands worldwide that have pledged not to sell the cruelly obtained material. The ban applies to all Ralph Lauren brands, including Ralph Lauren Home, Polo Ralph Lauren, Chaps, Club Monaco, and American Living.
Like many others, the move by Ralph Lauren follows PETA‘s video expose of the extremely cruel mohair industry in South Africa, which is the source of more than 50 percent of the world’s mohair.
As previously reported by WAN, the brutal industry includes many travesties including careless shearers who are paid by volume, not by the hour, animals left with gaping wounds that are then roughly stitched up without any pain relief, and goats deemed to be no longer useful, heartlessly killed in agonizing ways.
“PETA’s exposé pulled back the curtain on the violent mohair industry, and Ralph Lauren responded by banning the cruelly produced material,” PETA Director of Corporate Affairs Anne Brainard said in a statement. “Ralph Lauren has joined the growing list of fashion brands that recognize that today’s shoppers don’t support cruelty to animals in the fashion industry.”
PETA has requested that law-enforcement agencies in South Africa investigate and file charges, as appropriate, for potential violations of that country’s Animals Protection Act, 1962.
In banning mohair, Ralph Lauren joins a growing number of brands including Diane von Furstenberg, Brooks Brothers, Gap, Banana Republic, H&M, Topshop, UNIQLO, Overstock.com, and Zara, among hundreds of others of other designers and retailers, that have also decided to become more cruelty-free.
Fortunately, fashion brands are not only banning mohair but are also eliminating or considering the elimination of other inhumanely sourced materials such as fur, leather, and wool.
#MakeCompassionTheFashion

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-ralph-lauren-marks-the-latest-major-global-brand-to-ban-use-of-mohair-in-their-products/

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7 Tonnes of Scales From Endangered Pangolins Seized In Hong Kong – Second Largest Seizure In A Decade – World Animal News

By Karen Lane –
July 31, 2018

Picture from South China Morning Post. The shipment arrived from Lagos, Nigeria.
Sad news from Hong Kong was revealed last week after the Tsing Yi customs cargo examination compound came across a 40 foot container which the manifest claimed contained more than 880 bags of plastic raw materials.
Tragically, the custom agents discovered that the large container was actually carrying 7 tonnes of scales from critically endangered pangolins, which was in route from Nigeria to Hong Kong.
The Customs Department stated that the shipment had an estimated market value of HK$3.55 million (US$450,000) making it the second largest seizure of its kind in a decade.
According to The South China Morning Post, the biggest recent seizure that was also found in a container from Nigeria, contained 7.2 tonnes of pangolin scales, which was discovered in May of 2017.
Regarding the recent shipment discovered last week, a law enforcement source said, “A total of 284 bags carrying suspected pangolin scales were found in the container.” He also mentioned that the shipment was en route for Guangdong province, and that it was possible the scales would be used in Chinese medicine.
According to World Wildlife Fund, Pangolins continue to be the most trafficked mammals in Asia and increasingly, in Africa. Their meat is considered a delicacy and their scales are used in traditional medicine in countries like China and Vietnam.
It’s infuriating that these beautiful and shy creatures continue to be killed even though their species are protected under national and international laws. What is even more heartbreaking is that in recent years, the illegal trade in pangolins have actually increased due to growing demand.
In Hong Kong, importing or exporting undeclared cargo carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment and a HK$2 million fine.
Any person found guilty of importing an endangered species without a license is liable to a maximum fine of HK$10 million ($1.3 million) and imprisonment for 10 years, under Hong Kong’s “Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance.”
The department said no one has been arrested and the investigation was still under way.

https://worldanimalnews.com/7-tonnes-of-scales-from-endangered-pangolins-seized-in-hong-kong-second-largest-seizure-in-a-decade/

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Breaking! Thomas Cook Travel Group Announces That It Will Stop Selling Tickets To SeaWorld Beginning Next Year – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
July 31, 2018

In a blog post titled “The Next Step In Our Animal Welfare Policy,” one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups announced that it would discontinue offering trips to destinations that exploit whales held in captivity such as SeaWorld.
The update was made yesterday by Thomas Cook’s CEO Peter Fankhauser, who noted that this marks the latest step in the company’s animal welfare policy that was announced 18 months ago.
“The policy was clear,” stated Fankhauser. “Any animal attractions we sell must be 100% compliant with ABTA animal welfare standards, as verified by our program of independent audits.”
ABTA is the acronym for the Association of British Travel Agents, which working in partnership with the Born Free Foundation, launched the one-and-a-half-year-old Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism initiative that sets a benchmark for minimum requirements in animal welfare for tourism and animal attractions industries globally.
According to Fankhauser, since the new animal welfare policy was launched, the company has audited 49 animal attractions of which it removed 29 from its offerings.
The remaining are reportedly making “significant improvements” to the way they treat their animals as a direct result of the company’s audit process.
“Today we are announcing a new addition to our animal welfare policy based on that same principle. Next summer, we will no longer sell any animal attractions that keep orcas in captivity,” explained Fankhauser who shared that more than 90% of their clients told them that it was important that their company takes animal welfare seriously. “This was not a decision we took lightly. We always said that we would continue to review our policy, conscious that the more we got into this area, the more we would learn, and conscious also of changing customer sentiment.”
Fankhauser reiterated the important role tourism has to play during the transition of ending practices that are known to harm animals.
“Today’s announcement will see Thomas Cook remove two attractions which we currently offer customers, both of which passed our audit process and made improvements to the way they treat animals,” continued Fankhauser referring to SeaWorld, in Florida, and Loro Parque in Tenerife. “We respect and applaud the work that has been done, and we will work with both over the next 12 months to prepare for our exit.”
The company will also continue to work to identify more sustainable alternatives.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-thomas-cook-travel-group-announces-that-it-will-stop-selling-tickets-to-seaworld-beginning-next-year/

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Petition: This Cruise Line Just Killed an Endangered Polar Bear! Cancel the Cruise That Puts These Bears At Risk

by: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

11,832 SUPPORTERS – 12,000 GOAL

Out of the many animals under threat of disappearing due to human-caused climate change, perhaps the most endangered is the polar bear. With only 25,000 of the largest bears on Earth remaining, they face some serious challenges to their survival. At every opportunity, we as humans should be doing everything we can to protect them so the species has a fighting chance of making it to the next century.

That’s why so many people were outraged earlier this week when word got out that a German cruise line — Hapag-Lloyd Cruises — was responsible for killing one of these amazing animals.

The cruise line was docked at Spitsbergen, an island in the Svalbard archipelago belonging to Norway. Because of the prevalence of polar bears — according to officials, there are more bears than humans on the island — “polar bear guards” are required by law for any cruise ship wishing to come ashore. The guards’ role is to search the area before tourists step on land to make sure no bears are nearby. This time they did a horrible job, and while the guards were scanning the area, one was attacked and another guard shot and killed the attacking bear.

While the guard’s injuries weren’t life-threatening, his negligence and that of his colleagues left one of Svalbard’s bears dead.

Hapag-Lloyd is putting their bottom line before the safety and of an entire species of animal that could very well disappear if we don’t take action. We can’t afford to shoot these bears simply because we want to have a closer look at their habitat. That doesn’t seem to be in the spirit of wanting to see polar bears up close and personal in the first place.

The cruise line should no longer put their employees, tourists or bears in harm’s way by docking and coming ashore in areas where they are likely to come into close contact with polar bears.

Please sign the petition if you agree. Sign and demand that Hapag-Lloyd cancel their cruise that puts polar bears at risk.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/684/489/834/

Photo credit: Gustav Busch Arntsen via Getty Images

 

Petition: Tasmania, Do Something to Save the Beautiful Swift Parrot From Extinction

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Tasmanian Environment Minister, Elise Archer

41,121 SUPPORTERS – 45,000 GOAL
The swift parrot isn’t as famous as some of its Australian relatives. Part of the reason could be because it’s so rare. In fact, it’s one of Australia’s most endangered birds, listed as — critically endangered in the IUCN Red List of endangered species. According to a study conducted in 2014, the species may face extinction by 2031 due to predation and loss of habitat.

Yet despite that warning more than four years ago, the government of Tasmania has yet to implement measures that would halt the destructive logging that is devouring this beautiful bird’s home.

Now conservationists are fighting back. Armed with a new study, they allege that the government is sitting on its hands while the old growth trees the birds rely on for breeding are slowly disappearing. Tasmania has had common sense management plans on the books for years. One that would ensure enough breeding habitat, for example, has been around for a decade. Yet, it hasn’t been put into action.

This is inexcusable, Australia has recently won the undesirable title of the country with the highest rate of extinction worldwide. If that title is only met with inaction, then the chances of survival for dozens of endangered species struggling to survive Down Under looks dire.

These parrots must be saved and the Tasmanian government must take action now to avoid disaster.

Please sign the petition and tell Tasmania that they have a duty to save the swift parrot. Your signature can make a difference.

Photo Credit: Jade Craven

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/794/736/717/

 

Petition: Protect Dolphins from Oil Spills

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Opening the floodgates to dirty and dangerous offshore drilling is a catastrophe waiting to happen, made all the worse by President Trump’s proposal to gut a key safety rule.

The BP oil spill was the most devastating oil spill in our nation’s history and the Well Control Rule was one of the only safety regulations implemented in the aftermath.

We cannot allow the Trump Administration to eliminate this key safety rule right when they are pushing to radically expand offshore drilling in nearly all federal waters. We need more safety, not less.

Tell the Trump Administration and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement: Do not dismantle the Well Control Rule and risk another oil spilling catastrophe.

We need 30,000 people to speak up before the Aug. 6 deadline to stop offshore drilling – make yourself heard.

https://act.oceana.org/page/27224/action/1?locale=en-US