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Dog Reportedly Shot and Dumped in River Deserves Justice

A dog was reportedly shot and killed in a horrifying case of animal cruelty. Her body was allegedly dumped in a river and has not been recovered. Demand justice for this beloved family pet.

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Punish Teens Who Reportedly Beat Dog in Viral Video

A dog was reportedly vicously beaten as punishment for urinating in the house. The alleged beating was filmed and posted on social media. Demand justice for this poor pup.

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Puppy Reportedly Beaten to Death With Shovel Deserves Justice

A puppy was reportedly beaten to death with a shovel in a horrifying case of animal cruelty. The suspect’s alleged motives are currently unreported. Demand justice for this helpless animal.

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A Must See Short Film! Grizzly Country Examines Doug Peacock’s Extraordinary Life Spent Saving Grizzly Bears In The Wild – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
January 23, 2019

With the protection of Yellowstone grizzlies now under threat, author and eco-warrior Doug Peacock reflects on the importance of habitat and why he continues to fight for wild causes in the new short documentary Grizzly Country.
The 11-minute short film shows a glimpse into Peacock’s life and his tireless efforts to protect the North American grizzly bear and its declining habitat.

As noted by the filmmakers, Edward Abbey’s famous character, George Hayduke, in The Monkey Wrench Gang may be based on Peacock, but it is his work documenting and defending the grizzly bear that has defined his life for the last 50 years.
After serving as a Green Beret combat medic in the Vietnam War, Peacock sought spiritual refuge in the rugged wilderness of Wyoming and Montana. It was during these frequent backcountry trips that Peacock made contact with the grizzly bear and awoke a deep sense of personal humility. The bear’s presence became the foundation for Peacock’s recovery, and from that point forward, he felt duty-bound to be their voice in the human world.
Grizzly Country examines Peacock’s crusade as more than just a fight for the grizzly, but as a metaphor for the relationship between humans and wild places.

If future populations of grizzlies suffer because of global warming and widespread human development, it is not a lack of adaptation on the part of the bear. For Peacock, it is the absence of human deference to places we cannot control that ultimately fails grizzly bears.
As Peacock stated, “without our arrogance and firearms and dominion, we’re just another flavor of meat.”
“Grizzlies and homo sapiens evolved out of the same habitats and still walk the common path. We are brothers,” said Peacock. “With the beast of climate change ravaging the earth, the mingled fates of men and bears are sealed forever.”

Grizzly County, is now available for digital distribution and online viewing here!

Filmed and directed by Ben Moon and produced by San Francisco based Peak Design, Grizzly Country aims to bring light to the critical work of Doug Peacock’s organizations, Round River Conservation Studies and Save the Yellowstone Grizzly.

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Progress Is Being Made; India Is Establishing Their First Government Centre On Alternatives To Animal Testing In Biomedical Research – World Animal News

By Karen Lane –
January 23, 2019

In a historic move to advance human medical progress and move away from reliance on monkeys, dogs and other animals as testing models for human diseases, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), under the aegis of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, has announced its plans to establish a new “ICMR Centre of Excellence in Human Pathway-Based Biomedicine and Risk Assessment” in Hyderabad.
ICMR’s announcement comes on the heels of meetings with Humane Society International and People for Animals, which have urged Indian science funding bodies to ramp up their investment in leading technologies such as human organs-on-a-chip and next-generation computer modeling techniques, which are essential for advancing public health and economic growth alongside the United States, Europe, China, and other global innovation leaders.
HSI/India Deputy Director Alokparna Sengupta said in a statement, “We are grateful to ICMR for thinking outside the cage and heeding our call to establish this urgently needed centre for advancement of human-specific approaches for medical research and product safety testing. More and more scientists are questioning the relevance and utility of animal-based research and testing, while foreign funding agencies are investing heavily in cutting-edge non-animal technologies. This new ICMR centre, if properly resourced, has the potential to make India a key global player in 21st century medical research. We look forward to continued collaboration with ICMR to make this vision a reality.”
In parallel, ICMR has coordinated the drafting of an “Indian Roadmap on Alternatives to Animals in Research” with inputs from eminent Indian scientists and experts in the area, including representatives of HSI/India. It is expected that this white paper document will serve as a foundation for developing future research funding calls by ICMR, which will ultimately drive the science agenda at the new human-focused Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad.
Humane Society International is a founding member of the Biomedical Research for the 21st Century (BioMed21) collaboration, a diverse, international group of stakeholders who share a vision of a new, human-focused paradigm in medical research. The collaboration is currently advertising an open funding call aimed exclusively at Indian health scientists, to support the development and open-access publication of targeted review articles in key public health areas such as cancer, diabetes (type II), cardiovascular diseases and tuberculosis.

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WAN Exclusive With Senator Of Wyoming, Mike Gierau, About Animal Cruelty Bill Needed In His State That Ranks 47th In Animal Protection Laws – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
January 22, 2019

Less than one week after Wyoming was ranked the 47th worst state for animal protection laws in 2018 in the United States, a bill to increase the penalties for cruelty was unfathomably defeated in a Wyoming Senate vote last Tuesday.
A seemingly subtle bill that WAN believes should have been a no-brainer, as it only called for the maximum fines for those convicted of animal cruelty to be raised, leaving prison sentences to remain the same.
How on earth did such a minor detail for such an important piece of legislation not pass?
WAN talked with the sponsor of the Senate File 33, Senator Mike Gierau, to make sense of the senseless move by Wyoming, which should be working to enhance its animal protection laws, and in turn, its ranking on the latest report released by Animal Legal Defense Fund.
According to Gierau, certain parties, such as ranchers and outfitters, are concerned that any strengthening of animal welfare statues will spin out of control with the government then trying to ruin their businesses.
That is not the case, Gierau told WAN, explaining that he is “sympathetic to the ranchers and outfitters to a certain extent” and wants to work with them, not against them, to find viable solutions.
Gierau also made it abundantly clear that the constituents in his area believe there needs to be more stringent rules when it comes to animal welfare; and that he is going to continue fighting for them, and for the animals.
As explained by Gierau, Wyoming is a “citizen legislature”; a chamber that is made up primarily of people who have a full-time occupation besides being a legislator. In the case of the Wyoming senate, some of the members are ranchers and outfitters.
Compounding the problem, the Wyoming legislature meets a mere 60 days over a two-year span. This makes it more challenging to work bills through the system, oftentimes, as in this case, limiting the preparation time allowed to properly present the bill with supporting information, testimonies, and more.
Most recently, Gierau had one day’s notice after the bill made it out of committee to be addressed on the floor.
“Doing my best to introduce meaningful fines for animal cruelty,” Gierau noted in a post on his Facebook page last month.
While not officially in session, Gierau explained to WAN that committees can continue to have meetings during the off time.
“I am going to keep working on it,” Gierau told WAN, sharing that he plans to recommend the topic for discussion in committee during an interim session set to take place sometime this year.
Currently, as per KGAB, a misdemeanor conviction for animal cruelty under Wyoming Law carries a penalty of $750 and up to one year in prison, while aggravated animal cruelty, which is a felony in the state, could result in a fine of $5,000 or two years in prison.
While the amount of jail time would not be changed, the fines would have increased to a maximum of $2,500 for a misdemeanor, and $10,000 for a felony.
Ultimately, when the bill was reintroduced this month, it had been amended to raise the misdemeanor fine to $1,500, and the felony fine to $7,500.
As previously noted, the bill was originally introduced in February of last year, but did not acquire the votes needed for it to be assigned to a committee for discussion, prompting Gierau to lower the suggested fees.
Among those that opposed the bill was Senator Brian Boner, who unfathomably stated that “in his experience most animal cruelty cases stem from people not having the money to properly care for their animals, not malicious intent.”
Not Malicious Intent?
Has Senator Boner somehow missed all the news, research, and reports that make the correlation between people who commit animal cruelty who then move on to participate in more serious crimes such as, domestic violence against humans.
One year has not even passed since 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland outside Miami, by a 19-year-old mass shooter with a history of abusing animals, including frogs and chickens.
WAN will continue to update the status of this important bill and supports its passage.

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SIGN: Justice for Baby Elephant Cruelly Tied Up And Left to Die

PETITION TARGET: Thailand Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

In a ruthless display of cruelty, a hunter in Rayon, eastern Thailand, tied a one-month-old elephant up with rope and abandoned the helpless animal to die, slowly and excruciatingly.

By the time villagers found the baby, she was starving and could barely stand. The rope cut so deep into her ankle, the skin was dead and the bone exposed. She had gone days or more without a drop of her mother’s milk. Nobody knows how long she was left to suffer, terrified, alone and hungry.

Rescuers — who named the baby Baitong — cut off her foot in a desperate attempt to stop the infection, and tried every other measure to save the the weak, injured animal. Sadly, nothing could undo the damage, and Baitong died.

Such brutal treatment of an animal is unacceptable, and authorities must make it clear that committing acts of cruelty and murder against elephants will not be tolerated. Elephants are an endangered species that must be protected — and neither hunters nor anyone else should get away with such vile acts of abuse.

Sign this petition to urge officials of Thailand to investigate this case thoroughly and prosecute all parties involved in the torture and death of this beautiful baby elephant.

Sign Petition: This State Has Some of the Worst Animal Protection Laws in the Country
by: Care2 Team
recipient: Teton County Rep. Mike Gierau, Wyoming House of Representativesmore

77,344 SUPPORTERS – 80,000 GOAL

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Wyoming is the state with the highest pet population. Their study claims that 72% of households in the state have a furry, feathered or fishy friend. So it’s shocking that, even though it’s clear that Wyomingites love their pets, they have some of the worst animal protection laws in the entire country.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund ranks them as 48th out of the 50 states. That’s unacceptable.

Many states have made efforts to pass regulations that would enshrine stronger animal welfare in their legal system. But even this year, after a horse abuse case got statewide coverage, Wyoming officials rejected an amendment to their current animal cruelty bill that would have increased punishments and penalties. This will surely earn the state another “worst” title again this year.

Activists point out that Wyoming has some of the least punitive laws in the country for animal abuse and neglect, with no felony laws for neglect or abandonment. The state also lacks specific statutes against bestiality and doesn’t force animal abusers to relinquish their pets after they have been convicted of animal cruelty.

If Wyoming officials could make these changes they could not only make a big difference for the state’s four-legged citizens but they would show the rest of the country that they take animal abuse seriously.

This year’s animal cruelty bill, introduced by Teton County Rep. Mike Gierau, failed to garner the 40 votes needed to reach the floor. But next year, the bill can be introduced again, and this time it could stand a better chance.

With your help, we can send a message and convince Wyoming Representatives to create a legal regime that puts it in at the top of the list for states with the best animal protection laws.

Please sign this petition and tell Rep. Mike Gierau and the rest of the House to amend the animal cruelty bill, increasing punishments for animal cruelty and adding real felony penalties for animal abuse and neglect. Sign the petition and ask the Cowboy State to protect the animals loved by so many of its citizens.

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