Petition update · Fantastic Update on Nosey! ·

Aug 2, 2018 —

Dear friends,

Yesterday the news broke that the USDA is initiating a proceeding to terminate Hugo Liebel’s federal exhibitor license. Without this license, Liebel would no longer be allowed to force Nosey to perform in second-rate circuses or provoke her to give rides in parking lots. He is losing his battle to regain custody of Nosey at every turn.

Because this situation is not entirely resolved, we will continue to keep this petition open, and to provide updates when possible on Liebel’s exhibitor license and pending court cases.

While Nosey inches closer and closer to a life of permanent sanctuary, many other elephants are still suffering in circus life. CompassionWorks International has been tracking numerous other elephants, including Tracy and Lisa who are currently confined at Circus World in Baraboo, Wisconsin. As we did on numerous occasions for Nosey, we captured important investigative video of Tracy and Lisa, which experts determined proved that both elephants are experiencing significant gait issues. We hope that you will join us in our effort to seek justice for Tracy and Lisa by signing our newest petition:

At CWI, we fight against circus cruelty every single day. Please visit to continue to support our work and to stand beside us as we continue to fight for Nosey, Viola, Isa, Tracy, Becky, and numerous other elephants still suffering behind the big top.

Thank you once again for all of your actions for Nosey, your vigilance in notifying us when you have seen her or any traveling performing animal, and for supporting CWI in our efforts to put an end to circus cruelty once and for all.

We will will not stop fighting until the use of animals in the circus is relegated once and for all to the history books.

For the animals, Carrie LeBlanc, M.A. Executive Director CompassionWorks International
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Great Solutions To Cut Plastic Out Of Your Life — For Good

Openhearted Rebellion

By Alanna Ketler, Collective Evolution

In Brief

  • The Facts: Plastic is polluting our environment and our oceans. It is up to us to do our part to protect our planet. Below are some simple ways you can get started.
  • Reflect On: Reflect on your own plastic use, and on why we are still manufacturing these products when greater more harmonious products are available, there are several, like Hemp.

By now, most of us are aware of the harm that plastics are causing to our environment and our oceans. Thankfully, many cities are becoming proactive on the matter and banning the use of single-use plastic bags, and some even take it farther by banning single-use plastic of any kind altogether. Hopefully soon, we will have no choice because plastic as we know it, will be a thing of the past — we can only hope, right?

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Petition: Mountain Lions Need Safe Place to Cross, Los Angeles, CA
by: Laura G.
recipient: Malcolm Dougherty, director of the California Department of Transportation; Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Los Angeles, CAmore

4,929 SUPPORTERS in Los Angeles

118,453 SUPPORTERS – 120,000 GOAL

Mountain lions that live in Los Angeles are in danger of becoming extinct in 50 years because their isolation leaves them vulnerable to inbreeding, which causes health problems and unusual behavior. Trying to leave their territory is very risky: Since 2002, 17 mountain lions have been killed trying to cross busy freeways in the area.

Last year the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposed overseeing the design and construction of a $60 million vegetated bridge across the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills. It will allow mountain lions and other animals to travel from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Sierra Madre Mountains north of Los Angeles without the risk of being struck and killed by speeding cars.

However, Caltrans said, 80 percent of the cost of the bridge must be covered by corporate and private donations. To help raise those funds, the National Wildlife Federation has joined with other advocacy groups in “one of the most ambitious fundraising campaigns ever held on behalf of local wildlife,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

The groups are optimistic the funds will be raised. Caltrans estimates that the bridge will be completed by 2022. But the longer it takes to build the bridge, the longer the lives of mountain lions and other animals are in danger.

Please sign and share this petition urging Caltrans to build the wildlife bridge as soon as possible.


Famous Mountain Lion Who Crossed L.A. Freeway 2 Times Found Dead


It was happy news just 15 months ago when mountain lion P-55 was discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains. The two-year-old, along with another male (P-56), who may have been his brother, appeared to be thriving.

But as I wrote in May 2017, the chances that those two would live long, healthy lives were not great. Mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains are facing challenges that could lead to their extinction within 50 years.

One of those challenges is traveling beyond their limited habitat. To do so, they must make it safely across busy, eight-lane Los Angeles freeways. Since 2002, 17 mountain lions have died trying to make these crossings, including P-39, who left behind three orphaned kittens in December 2016.

Within a couple months of her death, two of her kittens were also struck and killed by cars on the same stretch of the 118 freeway.

P-55, however, had much better luck. He gained fame last summer by becoming only the fourth mountain lion to safely cross the 101 freeway during the 15 years they’ve been tracked by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), a unit of the National Park Service (NPS). And he was the only known lion to do this not just once, but twice.

“The overwhelming pattern we’ve observed through GPS tracking is lions coming up to the edge of a freeway and turning around,” Dr. Seth Riley, a wildlife ecologist with the NPS, said at the time. P-55 “actually headed north and then came back to south of the freeway again!” according to a SMMNRA tweet.

Shortly before P-55 crossed the freeway last August, a home’s security camera caught him nearly falling into a backyard hot tub after his paw broke through the cover.
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In photos a homeowner took in February, P-55 can be seen peering through a sliding glass door at a dog. (No pets or people were harmed during P-55′s sojourns into these neighborhoods adjacent to his habitat.)

“It was a beautiful animal for sure, but it threatened my family.”

Mountain lion encounter renews debate about proper wildlife management in the Santa Monica Mountains.

— Thousand Oaks Acorn (@TOAcornNews) February 9, 2018

Sadly, concerns about P-55 being able to live a long life proved to be justified. His remains were recently found in the Santa Monica Mountains — but it wasn’t a vehicle that killed him.

“Possible causes of death to this seemingly healthy animal include rodenticide poisoning or perhaps a fight with another male, although there were no signs of a struggle,” SMMNRA spokeswoman Kate Kuykendall said in a statement.

Because young male mountain lions like P-55 can’t easily leave and find new territories, they remain where there already are dominant males, which results in fatal fights. For this reason, although the average lifespan for wild mountain lions is up to 10 years, it’s rare for males in the Santa Monica Mountains to live past the age of two.

The ingestion of rat poison is yet another major cause of mountain lion deaths in the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounding areas. Rodenticides make their way up the food chain when predators eat poisoned rats and other animals. During 20 years of research, the NPS found that the vast majority of mountain lions in the area – 92 percent of them – have been exposed to at least one of the anti-coagulant compounds found in rodenticides.

We’ll never know what killed P-55. His tracking collar failed to send a “mortality signal” to wildlife officials, and because his body was so decomposed when a biologist found him, it would be impossible to perform a necropsy.

The sad fact is that P-55, like so many other mountain lions that make their homes in the Santa Monica Mountains, died of unnatural causes.
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Petition: Mountain Lions Need Safe Place to Cross, Los Angeles, CA

It’s too late for P-55, but a planned wildlife corridor will help save the lives of mountain lions and other wild animals crossing the busy 101 freeway. The $60 million, 165-foot-wide, vegetated bridge in Agoura Hills will be mostly paid for with donations.

To help raise those funds, the National Wildlife Federation has joined with other advocacy groups in what the Los Angeles Times called “one of the most ambitious fundraising campaigns ever held on behalf of local wildlife.”

According to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the earliest the corridor could be completed is in 2022. But as the death of P-55 shows, wildlife is in dire need of that bridge to give them access to other territories.

Photo credit: National Park Service

World’s Largest King Penguin Colony Has Declined By Almost 90 Percent

Scientists haven’t visited the Île aux Cochons, an island in the southern Indian Ocean, since 1982 when it had the distinction of being home to the world’s largest colony of king penguins, and the second largest colony of all penguins.

At the time, there were estimate to be 500,000 breeding pairs, and over two million penguins in total, but since then things have taken a worrying turn and scientists aren’t sure why.

According to a study just published in the journal Antarctic Science, their population has declined since that last visit by almost 90 percent, leaving just 59,200 breeding pairs by 2017.
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To come to that conclusion, researchers from the Chizé Centre for Biological Studies (CNRS/University of La Rochelle) examined three decades worth of high-resolution satellite images and aerial photos taken from a helicopter to measure changes in the in the population’s size.

“It was really a surprise for us,” Henri Weimerskirch, the study’s lead author and a member of the research teams in 1982 and 2016, told the New York Times. “It’s really very depressing.”

While the exact cause of the decline remains a mystery, researchers believe climate change could be playing a role. It’s believed the decline started in the late 1990s, when there was a climactic event in the Southern Ocean related to El Niño, which pushed their food sources farther away.

As the authors note, less food with such a large population could seriously increase competition and cause a fast and rapid drop in numbers. Some other theories they have include disease and parasites, or predation by invasive feral cats and mice, but they don’t think those theories offer a “satisfactory explanation” for such a huge loss of penguins.

Right now, king penguins are listed as a species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but this study has raised questions about whether they may be endangered and need to be reevaluated.

A separate study published earlier this year already raised the alarm about whether they’ll be able survive on the Crozet archipelago that contains Île aux Cochons, which are about half way between Africa and Antarctica, in the face of climate change. That study projected that half of the king penguin population, which nests on the Crozet and Prince Edward Islands, would lose their habitat by 2100.

Researchers won’t be able to draw any further conclusions until they can do an actual head count to confirm their conclusion, but that won’t happen until at least next year.

Hopefully they’ll be able to find more answers about what’s happening here, which could also help with our understanding of threats other penguin colonies are facing.

Photo credit: Thinkstock

Petition: Don’t Let Louisiana’s Tiger Truck Stop Display Any Wild Animals!

by: Laura G
recipient: Louisiana Fisheries and Wildlife

90,000 SUPPORTERS – 90,000 GOAL

The Tiger Truck Stop, next to busy Interstate 10 in Gross Tete, Louisiana, is no place for wild animals. But that’s where Tony the tiger languished inside his cage for years, exposed to diesel fumes, traffic noise, hot weather and harassment by tourists.

During this time, animal activists fought hard to get Tony released to a sanctuary. But before they succeeded, Tony died of kidney failure last year.

Nine months later, the truck stop’s owner, Michael Sandlin, has replaced Tony with a five-month-old camel named Caspar. Sandlin says he plans to add more animals, including crocodiles and goats. And he wants to have another tiger, too.

Sign the petition to prevent the truck stop owner from displaying more wild animals.

How was Sandlin able to own a tiger even though Louisiana outlawed the private ownership of big cats back in 2006? It’s because he somehow managed to convince Governor Bobby Jindal to pass an act exempting him — and only him — from this law.

Last year the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit saying the act violated the state constitution’s prohibition on laws passed to benefit only certain people or special interests. Sandlin has countersued, saying the big cat ban was unconstitutional.

Wild animals don’t belong in captivity — especially at a tourist attraction next to an interstate. Sandlin says he loves his animals, but he seems to love exploiting them for profit even more.

Please sign and share this petition urging Louisiana Fisheries and Wildlife to prohibit Sandlin from owning tigers, camels or any other wild animals.

Tell the Trump Administration to stop its rollback of the clean car standards!

The Trump Administration just announced it would roll back the Obama Administration’s clean car standards that sought to double fuel economy by 2025. Not only that, it plans to challenge the right of states like California to set stronger standards to protect communities from toxic vehicle emissions. Today, 13 states and the District of Columbia follow these standards, resulting in cleaner air for their 113 million residents.

The transportation sector recently surpassed the power sector as the largest source of carbon pollution. That makes reducing pollution from motor vehicles a key component of improving air quality and addressing climate change.

The Obama Administration put cleaner cars in the fast lane, now the Trump administration is trying to slam on the brakes.

Take Action: Demand the Trump Administration stop its assault on clean cars!

Mike Pence welcomes the remains of 55 Korean War casualties back to US soil after Kim Jong-un fulfilled a promise to Trump – PHOTOS

A brown bear who waves at people