Breaking! Animal Defenders International Warns Number Of Animals Suffering In Labs Reported By The USDA Is Off By Millions – World Animal News

By WAN –
October 19, 2018

Animal testing must stop!
Yesterday, Animal Defenders International warned that the latest government figures on the number of animals used in experiments are incorrect; noting that 792,168 animals were subjected to procedures in the United States in 2017, a decrease of 28,644 on the previous year.
“The level of suffering in U.S. laboratories is shameful, these figures representing just the tip of the iceberg,” Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International, said in a statement. “With only 5% of animals used in experiments recorded by the USDA, ADI calls on the Agency to urgently address the lack of transparency and accountability in animal research and acknowledge the forgotten millions.”
The annual figures from the USDA fail to include mice, rats, and birds, species that, shockingly, are not covered under the Animal Welfare Act. The National Association for Biomedical Research estimates that 95% of animals used in U.S. experiments are mice and rats, which puts conservative totals for their use into the tens of millions.
The vast majority of animals are killed at the end of experiments.
More than 62,000 animals were used in procedures involving pain “Category E” (meaning animals subjected to painful or stressful procedures that were NOT relieved with pain medications or anesthetics); this is a decrease of 13% since 2016.
Animal experiments cause suffering and are expensive, unnecessary, and often taxpayer-funded.
ADI’s studies of the use of animals in research have highlighted information showing that such testing produces misleading results, due to the fundamental differences between species in their reaction to substances. It is time to replace outdated animal tests with methods that are more relevant to humans. The fastest growing area of scientific research involves advanced techniques and a bank of alternative non-animal methods that can provide accurate human data, rather than potentially misrepresentative animal data.
ADI has recently provided evidence to the US Food and Drug Administration to support the adoption of human-relevant non-animal methods as part of the FDA’s roadmap and recommendations for safety testing of particular products. Safety (toxicology) testing often involves animals being force fed substances and drugs or having them applied to their skin.
Last month, California passed the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, which outlaws the import and sale of cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients tested on animals from January 1, 2020.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-animal-defenders-international-warns-number-of-animals-suffering-in-labs-reported-by-the-usda-is-off-by-millions/

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Trump Administration Withholding Life-Saving Protection For 78 Species That Are At Risk Of Extinction – World Animal News

By WAN –
October 22, 2018

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For the second year in a row, the Trump administration has fallen short in protecting species under the Endangered Species Act, ultimately putting dozens of native animals at heightened risk of extinction.
According to a new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to make protection decisions for 57 species or designate critical habitat for another 21 promised under a seven-year workplan developed by the agency in 2016.The agency is under the leadership of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
“Zinke and other Trump officials are preventing the Fish and Wildlife Service from doing critical work to protect species from extinction,” said Noah Greenwald, the Center’s endangered species director in a statement. “The wolverine, lesser prairie chicken, and Hermes copper butterfly are all species Trump and Zinke left high and dry.”
The workplan was created to address a backlog of more than 500 imperiled species awaiting protection decisions. In fiscal year 2018, the workplan called for 82 separate decisions about listing species or designating critical habitat. Another 13 decisions were never completed in fiscal year 2017, for a total of 95 decisions.
Instead, the agency only managed to make 18 decisions in 2018, resulting in listing of only four species and proposed protection for only eight species. Another six species were denied protection, including one, the beaverpond marstonia, which had gone extinct while waiting for protection.
“The Trump administration’s anti-regulatory agenda is turning it into the extinction presidency,” said Greenwald. “The vast majority of the American public wants to see endangered species protected, but administration officials are flushing these imperiled plants and animals down the toilet for their patrons in the oil industry and other polluters.”
Delays in protecting species have real consequences. At least 46 species have become extinct while waiting for protection since the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973. During the Obama administration, a total of 357 species were protected for a rate of 37 per year. Likewise, under the Clinton administration, a total of 523 species were protected, for a rate of 62 species per year.
So far, the Trump administration, which has protected just 14 species — all but one proposed under the previous administration — is shaping up to be even worse than the Bush administration, when only 62 species were protected.

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Southern California Man Convicted After Illegally Selling Narwhal Tusks To An Undercover Officer For $30,000 Each – World Animal News

By WAN –
October 17, 2018

Left Photo by CDFW / Right Photo by Paul Nicklen – National Geographic Creative – WWF-Canada
A Los Angeles County jury recently convicted Anthony Buccola of Newport Beach, California, and his business, Antonio’s Bella Casa, on misdemeanor charges of selling narwhal tusks. Buccola and his business were found guilty on August 1st in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Buccola was sentenced to 36 months probation with search terms, 200 hours of community service or 20 days in jail, $5,000.00 fine plus penalty assessment and forfeiture of the narwhal tusks. Antonio Bella Casa, Inc, was sentenced to 36 months probation with search terms, a fine of $5,000.00 plus penalty assessment and forfeiture of the narwhal tusk. The penalty was set pursuant to Fish and Game Code, section 2022, which took effect on July 1, 2016.
The investigation began in December 2016, when wildlife officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division Trafficking Unit saw two narwhal tusks displayed at the retail antique store. The tusks were 79 and 87 inches long. An officer visited Antonio’s Bella Casa and an employee offered to sell the narwhal tusks for $35,000.00 each. He ultimately agreed to sell the tusks to an undercover officer for $30,000.00 each.
The tusks were seized as evidence and the CDFW Wildlife Forensics Lab conducted additional analysis. Wildlife forensics specialists confirmed the tusks were from narwhal, a small arctic whale.
“We would like to thank the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and specifically their Environmental Justice Unit for their assistance in this investigation and the subsequent prosecution,” said David Bess, CDFW Deputy Director and Law Enforcement Division Chief in a statement. “The penalties assessed by this court should deter further acts of ivory trafficking and prove California’s commitment to halting the demand for ivory which contributes to poaching of narwhal in their native range.”
“Selling ivory is not only illegal, it’s immoral,” said Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney. “The ivory trade is abominable, with devastating consequences that imperil threatened species like the narwhal. This prosecution and conviction sends the strong message that those who may think of selling ivory tusks will be held accountable. I also want to thank our partners at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for their close partnership on this important issue.”
Assembly Bill 96, authored in 2015 by then Assembly Speaker and current Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), made it unlawful to purchase, sell, offer for sale, possess with intent to sell or import with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn, except as specified. AB 96 defines ivory as the tooth or tusk from a species of elephant, hippopotamus, mammoth, mastodon, walrus, warthog, whale or narwhal, or a piece thereof, whether raw ivory or worked ivory, and includes a product containing, or advertised as containing, ivory.
A first-time violation of this law is a misdemeanor subject to specified criminal penalties and fines between $1,000.00 and $40,000.00, depending upon the value of the item.

https://worldanimalnews.com/southern-california-man-convicted-after-illegally-selling-narwhal-tusks-to-an-undercover-officer-for-30000-each/

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Animals Asia | Sign our petition

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An Animals Asia investigation reveals the devastating suffering, abuse, and violence faced by endangered bears, elephants, and orangutans in Vietnam’s shameful circuses. Please help end this cruelty… sign the petition now.

His eyes wide with fear, an endangered moon bear is bound into a leather muzzle, dressed in a skirt, and forced to ride a motor scooter. The circus handlers whip, never far away, is a cruel reminder of what will happen to this poor bear if he doesn’t comply.

This terrorised moon bear is among the many desperate animals living lives of pain, misery, and fear in one of Vietnam’s shameful animal circuses.

The daily abuse faced by moon bears, elephants, macaques, and even orangutans, in circuses across Vietnam is undeniable…

Caged or chained for long periods. Trained using force, intimidation, and violence. Many animals self-harm due to the intense and inescapable stress they suffer.

Animals Asia is also gravely concerned that many of the endangered species such as moon bears, orangutans, and elephants are undocumented. Meaning they were likely sourced illegally, through poachers or wildlife traffickers.

Yet despite Animals Asia sharing these shocking findings with the Vietnamese government, no action has been taken.

Bolivia, Croatia, Costa Rica, Greece, and most recently Scotland, have joined the ever-growing list of countries to ban cruel wild animal circuses. Now it’s time for Vietnam to join them.

Animals Asia stands ready to assist in the rescue of every circus animal in Vietnam. There is a place for the bears in our award-winning sanctuary, and for the elephants at our partner elephant home in Dak Lak.

Please, join us in calling on the Vietnam government to ban performing wild animals in circuses, and retire the animals to sanctuaries. Sign the petition now…

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Breaking! New Lawsuit Seeks Online Access to Federal Elephant & Lion Trophy-Import Records – World Animal News

By WAN –
October 19, 2018

The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, Center for Biological Diversity, and Born Free USA sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service yesterday for violating the law by failing to post online elephant and lion trophy-permitting records on the Internet.
Under 1996 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act, agencies are obligated to post their decisions — including orders, policies, and interpretations — online for public inspection. The same obligation applies to certain types of records that are frequently requested and have been released in the past. The Service’s FOIA log demonstrates that conservationists, journalists and others request elephant and lion trophy-import records often enough that this information should be posted online automatically as soon as the agency receives it.
Despite immense public interest in the government’s decision on whether to allow the import of hunting trophies from imperiled species, and despite repeated attempts by conservation organizations to shed light on this important conservation issue, the Fish and Wildlife Service is covertly conducting this Endangered Species Act permitting program.
“Although it is unlawful for an American to import an elephant or lion trophy without first obtaining a permit, the public has been systemically deprived of contributing relevant scientific information to influence the federal government’s implementation of these critical elephant and lion conservation measures,” Anna Frostic, managing wildlife attorney with the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement. “FWS is openly flouting its statutory mandate to proactively post frequently requested material online.”
The lawsuit asks a federal district court in Virginia to order the Fish and Wildlife Service to routinely post online elephant and lion trophy-permit applications, the agency’s permitting decisions, and related findings on the sustainability of hunting species threatened with extinction.
“The Fish and Wildlife Service needs to come clean and let the public know how many elephants and lions are killed to decorate rich Americans’ living rooms,” said Tanya Sanerib, legal director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s international program. “With huge threats facing Africa’s imperiled wildlife, the unlawful secrecy about these bloody imports is totally unacceptable.”
For most of the past decade, according to tallies from the CITES trade database, United States trophy hunters killed and imported the parts of approximately 500 African lions and 500 African elephants each year. Both species are now listed as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act.
Since Ryan Zinke became interior secretary, the Service has approved elephant and lion trophy imports from countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa. President Trump, meanwhile, recently referred to trophy hunting as a “horror show” despite the fact that his sons participate in the so-called “sport.”
“We have seen an alarming increase of attacks on the Endangered Species Act and the imperiled species it protects from both Congress and this Administration,” said Angela Grimes, Born Free USA Acting CEO. “By conducting this permitting program under the veil of secrecy, the FWS is further attempting to weaken and degrade the effectiveness of the ESA. To fully understand the impacts to threatened African lions and elephants, this information must be accessible to the public. Only then can we effectively protect these animals and the integrity of the ESA.”
The new lawsuit follows a pending court case filed by the same plaintiffs contesting the merits of the administration’s decision last November to lift an import ban on Zimbabwe elephant trophy imports and to allow imports of lion trophies from Zimbabwe to the United States, and its March 1st decision to shift to a “case-by-case” process for making trophy import findings.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-lawsuit-seeks-online-access-to-federal-elephant-lion-trophy-import-records/

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Petition: These Puppies Were Found Abandoned and Covered in Their Own Excrement

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Wichita Police Department

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People in Wichita, Kansas are singing the praises of a man simply called “Hero Wes.” That’s because when Wes — a maintenance worker — went to check on a busted water pipe in an apartment complex, he discovered way more than a plumbing disaster. When he entered the apartment he was bombarded with the pungent odor of filth, and as he inspected further, he saw something he couldn’t believe — two pit bull puppies, locked in a small plastic kennel, that were ankle-deep in their own feces and urine.

But that was only half of the horror he saw. When he got closer he noticed that someone had put rubber bands around their muzzles. These dogs were in dire shape and had they not been found by Wes they could have very likely died a horrific death.

First of all, rubber bands cut off circulation. When “Hero Wes” found the dogs, their mouths had already been muzzled for around 12 hours. According to a vet who treated the two dogs — now named Wilson and Violet — if Wes had arrived any later the dogs would have suffered permanent damage. Their lip tissue could have even fallen off.

Violet and Wilson’s previous owner obviously didn’t care what happened to their dogs, but that doesn’t mean they had to treat them like trash. They could have given them up to people who would have gladly taken care of them, but instead, they decided to abandon them, and in the most disgusting state imaginable. That’s animal cruelty and it should be punished.

According to reports the police know who the person is but he has yet to be taken into custody, that needs to change. The dogs’ previous owner, should face punishment for what they’ve done.

Please sign the petition and tell the Wichita Police Department you want justice for Violet and Wilson. Tell them to arrest and prosecute this animal abuser.
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