Petition · Protect takayna / Tarkine as a World Heritage Area · Change.org

Patagonia started this petition to Tasmanian State Premier Will Hodgman

Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine is a 495,000 hectare region in northwestern Tasmania and one of the last undisturbed tracts of ancient rainforest in the world. It also includes one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the hemisphere—traditional use of coastal takayna / Tarkine dates back thousands of years and those cultural resources are still an important part of Aboriginal heritage and culture.

The area is a crucial habitat for sixty of Tasmania’s rare and endangered species including the Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish, the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and the iconic Tasmanian devil. Despite the takayna / Tarkine’s immense ecological and cultural value, it remains unprotected and at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining.

The Tasmanian State Premier Will Hodgman has the responsibility to protect this landscape in perpetuity as a World Heritage Area.

Researchers have already identified that takayna / Tarkine meets several of the ten Outstanding Universal Values criteria for World Heritage Listing. Not only would a World Heritage Area designation benefit the ecological and cultural integrity of the landscape, it would also create economic opportunities for nearby communities as a result of increased global tourism—a market that already contributes billions to the Tasmanian economy.

Sign our petition and join Patagonia and the Bob Brown Foundation in telling the Tasmanian government to nominate takayna / Tarkine for World Heritage protection and protect this critical region from mining and logging.

https://www.change.org/p/protect-takayna-tarkine-as-a-world-heritage-area

 

Petition: STOP the construction of a Chinese dam that will flood a primate sanctuary!

by: Talya Honor
recipient: World Bank and the Government of Guinea

139,228 SUPPORTERS – 140,000 GOAL

Last year the World Bank created a 6,426 s/km sanctuary for chimpanzees in Guinea that protected over 4,000 chimpanzees, and now China wants to build a dam inside the park that could flood it and kill thousands of the chimps.

The Guardian reports: “The nature reserve was intended as a “chimpanzee offset” and funded by two mining companies in return for permission to open mineral excavation sites inside other territory of the critically endangered primate.

After an 80% decline in the past 20 years, western chimpanzees are considered critically endangered – the highest level of risk – by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The planned Koukoutamba dam would flood an area twice that of San Francisco within the park, forcing the displacement of 8,700 people and causing irreparable damage to species that cannot easily be relocated.

The government [of Guinea] approved plans for China’s Sinohydro to build the dam inside the park, which could wipe out up to 1,500 western chimpanzees. The World Bank funded the feasibility study for the dam and an environmental impact assessment that predicted only 200-300 chimpanzees were likely to be affected. But Kormos, who helped to conduct Guinea’s first nationwide survey of western chimpanzee numbers, believes this underestimates the population and fails to account for the deadly territorial conflicts that would ensue if the primates are driven into surrounding areas.”

Please sign this petition to demand the Government of Guinea stop the construction of this dam that will devastate chimp habitat.

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Update #517 days ago
Over 100,000 signatures!!! i have forwarded the petition and all it’s signatures to the World Bank and I hope to update you all with a success soon!
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Unbelievable!!!! Less than 3,000 signatures needed and then I’ll be emailing the World Bank!
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We only need 15,000 more signatures! Please keep sharing! We’re almost there!
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Just 30,000 signatures needed! Please share on Facebook and Twitter!
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We’re just below the halfway mark!! When we hit 100,000 I can send the petition to the World Bank to stop the dam. Please share on Facebook and Twitter! Every signature will help! Talya
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https://www.thepetitionsite.com/146/723/259/stop-the-construction-of-a-chinese-dam-that-will-flood-a-primate-sanctuary_

Stop the Giraffe Body Parts Trade in U.S.

 

The world’s giraffe population has dropped an alarming 40 percent in the last 20 years, partly due to a booming trade of giraffe parts in the United States. These beautiful, gentle creatures will disappear forever if this is allowed to continue. Sign this petition to save the remaining giraffes from extinction.

Source: Stop the Giraffe Body Parts Trade in U.S.

Animals Continue to Die at Islamabad Zoo Due to Negligence of Zoo Administration

by: A Sleem
recipient: Prime Minister Imran Khan

106,300 SUPPORTERS – 110,000 GOAL

Earlier this month another tragedy took place in Islamabad Zoo. A wolf got into the deer enclosure and attacked the herd, killing 5 and leaving 1 with very serious injuries. Read more here: https://www.dawn.com/news/1424290/wolf-kills-five-deer-in-marghazar-zoos-f-8-enclosure

A passerby noticed the attack and reported this matter to the police. It’s been confirmed by a chief metropolitan officer that, at the time this took place, a security guard who was supposed to be securing the enclosure was not at his post. Another staff member shot and killed the wolf.

While an inquiry is being done, the security guard has been suspended for negligence.

However this is not a solution for the BIGGER PROBLEM HERE.

• The fencing around the deer enclosure is not properly secured. It allowed a wild animal to enter.

• Visitors report animals look lethargic, with untreated injuries. They are also weaving back and forth, which is a term called “zoochosis,” a mental illness.

• Media have been reporting for over a decade on the negligence and cruelty by zoo administration and that animal deaths have become routine a thing!

• Zoo lacks proper facilities for the animals (safety issues for animals & visitors)

• No wild life expert

• All exhibits are unnatural with no enrichment and never updated to a more natural environment. They are kept filthy, with little to no water

• For years, visitors, media and activists campaigned on the treatment of an endangered Asian elephant named Kaavan. His mahout made the elephant beg to earn tips from visitors by selling his food to the public to feed him. Kaavan was kept in chains for hours standing in an empty cement pool. In the past, activists who spoke up for Kaavan, saying that he suffered from isolation and mental illness, were physically beaten by zoo employees.

• In 2012, at a very young age, a 20-year-old female elephant named Saheli passed away due to animal cruelty and neglect. The mahout would offer elephant rides and photographs with Saheli to paying customers she was continuously chained. (This is the same mahout who was in charge of Kaavan)

• Zoo administration have tried to ban media from the zoo

• Hundreds of birds, zebras, ostrich, nilgai and urials have died due to cruelty or lack of awareness by employees

• The zoo now keeps a pair of lions apart, after reports revealed that cubs were bred and that 2 sets of cubs had all died due to improper care from staff

• Last month, a critically endangered Himalayan bear died who lived in complete misery isolated & neglected

The administration control of Islamabad zoo was changed in (2016) from Capital Development Authority (CDA) to Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI). For over a decade CDA have released statements to the media stating there will be an upgrade to Islamabad zoo to international standards and better care for animals, and now MCI is singing that same tune. There have been no improvements to Islamabad zoo just more animals have died and they keep bringing in more animals.

Proper attention was not given by former government to the management of zoos. These are sensitive animals and their needs are not being met. These unnecessary deaths and cruelty issues are ongoing.

Please sign this petition!

There’s a New Prime Minister in Pakistan Imran Khan and he brings a positive message #NayaPakistan ( english translation ; New Pakistan). Laws are needed to be established for animals in captivity and how zoos should be managed with his attention on this pressing matter he can make this happen.

  • Team Kaavan /Animal Welfare Worldwide

Denise Coenraadts, Diana Munoz, Carey Ostrer, Anika Sleem, Umm E. Kulsoom, Umer Inam

#TeamKaavan #IslamabadZoo #CaptivityKills #AnimalWelfareWorldWide #Pakistan #AnimalRights #Islamabad

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/466/407/375/?z00m=30812876&redirectID=2736308458

 

Petition: Vito the Police Dog Died Because His Handler Left Him in a Locked Car

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Detroit Police Department

101,306 SUPPORTERS – 110,000 GOAL

The temperature in Detroit on June 28 only reached a high of 78 degrees, but it was hot enough to lead to the death of Vito a police German shepherd. Vito’s handler had left him in his patrol car with the air conditioner running while he went to pick up another car. But while he was out, the motor turned off and Vito began to overheat in the cab.

By the time the officer returned, Vito already showed signs of heatstroke. He was rushed to the vet but unfortunately, he died from cardiac arrest the next day.

Detroit Police K9 patrol cars are equipped with an emergency heat alert system. When officers leave their dogs in the car with the air on, the backup heat alert system is supposed to roll down the windows if the car’s motor turns off while running the AC. This did not happen. Tragically, in Vito’s case the heat alert system failed and he was left to die.

Detroit Police Department (DPD) says they are looking into the incident and that the officer, who is heartbroken, has been stripped of his dog handling duties. Officials believe both the emergency heat system and the officer are at fault. That’s because as an ultimate fail-safe, DPD requires their K9 officers to check on their dogs every 30 minutes — “no matter what.” Unfortunately, Vito’s handler didn’t do that, he arrived 10 minutes late and by that time Vito was too far gone.

Even with two fail-safes, Vito was doomed, and it isn’t just the Vito’s handler’s fault. According to RSPCA of Australia, a dog in a locked car can die in “just six minutes.” Even when it’s cool outside —like on the day Vito was locked in his car — a locked car with a dog inside can quickly turn into a hot box, where the temperature can spike up to 100 degrees in minutes. In that kind of heat, dogs can suffer. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes.

So if that’s the case, then DPD’s “mandatory” every-30-minute check-in would still leave most dogs in danger if the emergency heat backup failed like it did for Vito.

It is unrealistic to think that K9 officers can check on their dog every 6 minutes to ensure it is OK. But giving officers an arbitrary 30-minute window puts dogs like Vito in danger. That’s why Care2 believes DPD’s K9 unit needs to update their policy to prohibit their officers from leaving their dogs in unattended patrol cars.

If you agree that no dog should be left to suffer in the burning heat only to meet a terrible death, please sign the petition.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/526/953/732/?z00m=30845542&redirectID=2736287722

 

California Moves to Ban Fishing Nets Blamed for Killing Numerous SpeciesNow

By Lorraine Chow

Silvertip Sharks (Carcharhinus albimarginatus) caught in gillnet. Jeff Rotman / Oxford Scientific / Getty Images

The California State Assembly unanimously approved a bill on Thursday that phases out the use drift gillnets in the state by January 2023.

The controversial fishing gear, which can stretch a mile long and suspend 100 feet underwater, is used by fishers to target sharks and swordfish, but the nets inadvertently entangle and kill scores of other marine animals, including endangered species.

The Assembly voted 78 to 0 on Senate Bill 1017, sponsored by state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica). It passed 36 to 1 in the Senate in June. It now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until Sept. 30 to sign it into law.

“So grateful to everyone for their hard work pulling together a strong bipartisan vote in support of protecting marine-life from unnecessary death with SB 1017,” Allen tweeted Thursday.

Gillnet with white perch. NOAA / Chris Doley

Should the bill become law, it would create a buy-back program that offers up to $110,000 to fishers to give up their nets, NBC Bay Area reported.

California fishers said the ban threatens their livelihood and the buyout amount is not enough for them to transition to another type of fishing.

“I don’t know what I’d do,” Mike Flynn, who has used drift gillnets to catch swordfish for the past 40 years, told the publication. “There’s very few of us left, and we don’t seem to have a chance … we’re being villainized, unjustly.”

The news site reported that some 20 fisherman actively use the gear off the California coast, down from 141 active permits at its peak in 1990, according to NOAA.

The bill’s passage comes just months after conservation group Mercy For Animals and the Ban Death Nets coalition released grisly undercover footage showing the harmful impact of driftnet fishing on marine life.

Mercy For Animals celebrated the vote and urged Gov. Brown to join other governments that have outlawed the nets. “California is the last remaining U.S. state to allow driftnets, which have already been phased out off the U.S. East Coast and banned by Oregon and Washington states, the United Nations, and countries around the world,” the group stated on their website.

World Animal Protection released a report highlighting that 640,000 metric tons of fishing nets are lost or discarded in our oceans each year, trapping and killing countless marine mammals, including endangered whales, seals and turtles. Shallow coral reef habitats also suffer further degradation from the gear, which can take up to 600 years to decompose.

Earlier this week, fishermen found roughly 300 dead sea turtles off the southern Pacific coast of Mexico. The olive ridley turtles, which Mexico classifies as being at risk of extinction, were entangled in an abandoned illegal fishing net.#turtlesbit.ly/2NzxXF8

Mexico’s office of the federal attorney for environmental protection said the turtles were found in a 393-foot long net that is not approved for fishing, according to the Associated Press.

https://www.ecowatch.com/california-bans-fishing-nets-gillnets-2600792569.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=385f9967e3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-385f9967e3-86074753

Steve’s Real Food Dog and Cat Food Recall

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Steve’s Real Food Dog and Cat Food Recall
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September 7, 2018 — Steve’s Real Food of Salt Lake City, Utah is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of its raw frozen dog and cat foods due to possible contamination with Salmonella and Listeria bacteria.

What’s Recalled?

The affected products were nationally distributed and are identified with the following UPC codes and “Best by” dates located on the front of the bag.

Steve’s Real Food Turducken Recipe
Package size: 5-pounds
Lot number: J155
Best By Date: 6/4/19
UPC: 6-91730-15304-5
Quest Emu Diet
Package size: 2-pounds
Lot number: B138
Best By Date: 5/18/19
UPC: 6-91730-17103-2
Quest Beef Diet
Package size: 2-pounds
Lot number: A138
Best By Date: 5/18/19
UPC: 6-91730-17101-8

About Salmonella and Listeria

Salmonella and L. mono can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.

Symptoms of infection in people include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

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

Pets with Salmonella and/or L. mono infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

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

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
What Caused the Recall?

This recall is being initiated after the firm was notified by the Washington Department of Agriculture when sample was collected and tested positive for Salmonella and/or Listeria.

The firm did conduct its own test which produced a negative result for both Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

However, because of the company’s commitment to overall safety and quality, Steve’s Real Food is conducting a voluntary recall of these products.

Consumers should also follow the safe handling tips published on the Steve’s Real Food packaging, when disposing of the affected product.

No pet or human illnesses from this product have been reported to date.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
What to Do?

Consumers are encouraged to check the lot code and best buy date of the affected pet foods.

Any product with the noted lot code and best buy dates should be returned to the specialty retailer where product was purchased for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Steve’s Real Food at 888-526-1900, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm MT.

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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https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/steves-real-food-dog-cat-food-recall/

Presenting Humane PA’s 2018 General Election Endorsements!

Humane PA

Humane PA is pleased to present its recommendations for Pennsylvania state offices in the upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 6th:

Humane PA 2018 EndorsementsEndorse 2018

In a  statewide poll, 86 percent of Pennsylvania voters polled support their legislators’ efforts to ensure the humane treatment of animals. Our aim is to make sure that Pennsylvania voters who care about the treatment of animals know which candidates will support a humane agenda and deserve their vote at the polls!

How do we choose who to endorse?

Before we endorse candidates, we give them the opportunity to let us know where they stand on animal cruelty so we can measure their responses and commitment to stand strong for the humane treatment of animals against their opponent. Our endorsement process is not taken lightly and we spend a great deal of time reviewing and evaluating an incumbent candidate’s voting record and leadership on animal bills. Priority…

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Please Help End Wildlife Killing Contests…

Wolves of Douglas County News

The Humane Society of the United States n Minnesota action Alert. Urgent: wildlife killing contest in Minnesota this weekend!

On September 7 and 8, the Back to the SRO Bar & Grill in Oak Grove (Anoka County) will sponsor a coyote killing contest, about which the bar’s owner recently posted, “This is a have fun go get him tournament cash payouts for the top three and the biggest…”

Please call the Back to the SRO Bar & Grill at (763) 753-2164 to politely remind them that wildlife killing contests are cruel, ineffective, and do not reflect Minnesota’s tradition of sportsmanship and respect for the outdoors, and request that they do not sponsor this event in the future. You can also email the bar: https://backtothesro.com/ .

As you saw in the article “Better off alive” in the new issue of All Animals magazine from The Humane Society of the United States…

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