Sea Turtles Have A One In Five Chance Of Dying If They Eat Just One Piece Of Plastic – Sea Voice News

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by Alex Larson →

For the first time, researchers have pinned down just how damaging plastic is to marine animals. In a new study conducted by researchers at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, they have discovered that a sea turtle that has ingested just one piece of plastic has more than a one in five chance of dying after consuming just one piece of plastic

The study was conducted by analyzing nearly 1,000 sea turtles that were found dead on beaches in Australia. What the researchers discovered was that the more plastic a turtle consumes, the great the likelihiod that it will die due to plastic. While this seems obvious, this is the first time scientists have been able to specifically say that the plastic leads to the death of turtles.

Of the 246 turtles examined, 58 contained debris. The count and mass of debris ranged from a single piece to 329 pieces, weighing between <0.01 g to 10.41 g.

“We knew that turtles were consuming a lot of plastic, but we didn’t know for certain whether that plastic actually caused the turtles’ deaths, or whether the turtles just happened to have plastic in them when they died,” said Dr Chris Wilcox, Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere.

The scientists found that once a turtle had 14 plastic items in its gut there was a 50% likelihood that it would cause death. However, that’s not to say that a turtle won’t die if they consume less than 14 pieces of plastic.

Sea turtles in all seven seas are impacted by the plastic and a recent study found that in 100% of turtles tested across three ocean, plastic was found in each one of them.

Currently there is an estimated 15-51 trillion pieces of plastic already estimated to be in the ocean today, that number will only grow at a rapid pace in the future. By 2050, plastic pollution is estimated to outweigh all fish in the ocean.

“The model we’ve developed can be adapted to help us understand the impact of plastic ingestion not just on individuals, but whole populations of other endangered marine species as well.” Said Wilcox.

“The better we understand the issue, the better equipped we are to address the problem, and work towards viable, scalable solutions.”

http://seavoicenews.com/2019/01/27/sea-turtles-have-a-one-in-five-chance-of-dying-if-they-eat-just-one-piece-of-plastic/

New Bill Proposed In Florida That Would Ban The Use Of Plastic Bags And Straws – Sea Voice News

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by Alex Larson →

A newly proposed Florida state bill would ban the use of plastic bags and straws throughout the state. As a good majority of Florida’s borders are covered in ocean coastline, if passed this would be a huge win for marine conservationists and marine animals.

Currently there is an estimated 15-51 trillion pieces of plastic already estimated to be in the ocean today, that number will only grow at a rapid pace in the future. By 2050, plastic pollution is estimated to outweigh all fish in the ocean.

Marine life in turn eats that plastic as they believe it is a food source causing severe sickness or death for millions of animals each year. A recent study found that 100% of turtles tested across three oceans all contained microplastics inside of them.

Microplastics occur due to the salt and acidity of the oceans which breaks plastic down into small “microplastic” pieces, causing a real dilemma for the planets wildlife. While the plastic breaks into smaller pieces, it does not dissolve as it takes hundreds of years for plastic to decompose in the ocean.

The bill, Senate Bill 502, was proposed by Senator Kevin Rader and proposes to prohibit all stores and food services from using plastic bags and plastic straws.

The best thing thing Florida citizens can do right now is to call your representative and let them know that you want to see this bill passed. The more they hear from their citizens in support of the bill, the more likely they are to pass the bill.

http://seavoicenews.com/2019/01/27/new-bill-proposed-in-florida-that-would-ban-the-use-of-plastic-bags-and-straws/

Photos And Video Reveals That Orcas And Beluga Whales Captured By Russia Are Dying In Captivity – Sea Voice News

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by Alex Larson →
Just a few months ago, 90 beluga whales and 11 orcas were captured to be sold to marine parks in China.

The 101 mammals where captured by Russian traders in the open ocean over the course of the summer as the business of holding large marine mammals for human entertainment continues to soar across the world.

The marine mammals were captured by Russian traders in the open ocean over the course of the summer. Once captured, the mammals are taken to Srednyaya Bay, near Nakhodka, Rissua where they animal are kept in small pens until the traders secure buyers, where they will then move to China. Although China is currently the only buyer on the market, it was only in 2015 where SeaWorld and the Georgia Aquarium attempted to buy whales from Russia but where denied by federal officials.

Since then, the animals have suffered and their health has drastically declined. Now new photos and video released on the Facebook by Free Russian Whales reveals just how bad of shape the animals are actually in.

Check out the photo and video posted below:

In an excerpt under the video, the organization wrote-

“Once you watch it – it is not possible to unwatch.

https://www.facebook.com/freerussianwhales/

This is Kirill – one of the youngest orcas captured in the summer of 2018 in the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia. He is only about 1 year old. He was stolen from his family with another 11 orcas. They are kept in place called “Whale Jail” in Primorsky region in Russia.

One of the orcas disappeared already – captors claim they released it due to aggressive behavior, but it’s more likely that the animal just died. Three baby belugas also disappeared – or “escaped” as captors claim.

Kirill could be next. Latest video from the inspection that took place in January 18-19th showed that his condition is very concerning. Because of very cold winters in Russia and limited space in the seapen that partially covers in ice – Kirill and other orcas have developed frostbite. If something to keep the warm temperature in the enclosures is not done soon – animals most likely will start dying.

Please help us stop this cruelty! These orcas didn’t commit any crime! We have to save them and release them back to their families!

TAKE ACTION NOW! THEIR LIVES ARE IN YOUR HANDS!

Sign the petition and send a letter to the President of Russia! http://freerussianwhales.org/en/help/“

Marine mammal scientists Naomi Rose explained to The Dodo what the capture and imprisonment of the animals does to them, “The trauma and distress these animals experience during captures is not opinion or emotion — it is fact,” Rose added. “They suffer intense stress-related reactions and their mortality risk spikes sharply soon after capture and then again after transport — they don’t get accustomed to the process. The decimated pods may experience similar stress and trauma — their offspring are being taken from them.”

It is actually illegal in Russia to capture and sell marine mammals for commercial purposes but the companies that are conducting the trade have a found a loophole in the law where they claim to be trading the animals for education purposes only, which allows the traders to get the proper permits to capture the animals from the wild.

While animal conservation awareness has grown across the world, many of the marine mammal parks, particularly in China, are not teaching conservation and in fact often harm conservation efforts by participating in this live trade according to Rose.

Rose advocates that to do something about the problem, we need to speak up. It’s also important to not support marine parks that keep whales or dolphins captive, especially if they make them perform.

“Publicize what is happening, as much as possible, on social media,” Rose said. “We need to make the Chinese government embarrassed about their participation in this cruel and unsustainable trade.”

 

 

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Sign Petition: Remove Breed Specific Legislation From This New Animal Cruelty Law!

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Russia has taken a very important step forward by enacting its first-ever law that addresses animal abuse. There are several positives to the “On Responsible Treatment of Animals” law. For example, it bans the killing of stray animals, instead requiring them to be captured, sterilized and released; it prohibits the private ownership of exotic pets; and it outlaws petting zoos.

But there is one major downside to this new law. It requires dogs that are breeds considered “dangerous” to wear muzzles while outside, unless the dog is on the owner’s property and there’s a warning sign. The Russian government will decide what dog breeds are dangerous.

The problem with laws like these, known as breed-specific legislation (BSL), is that they punish all dogs based on how they happen to look instead of their individual behavior (or their irresponsible owners). These unfair laws — which are opposed by most major animal welfare organizations — have proven to be ineffective in increasing public safety where they’ve been enacted.

I’ve had pit bulls (which usually appear on “dangerous dogs” lists) and dogs that look like them for the past 25 years, and as many other responsible dog owners would probably tell you, the only “danger” they pose is the potential of being smothered by their kisses.

Russia’s new animal cruelty law is a very important first step. The next step should be to prohibit breed-specific legislation. Please sign and share this petition urging the Russian government to remove the requirements for “dangerous” dogs from the new law and to ban BSL.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/957/660/766/?z00m=31274561&amp;redirectID=2814814551

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Idaho Teacher Acquitted of Animal Cruelty for Feeding Puppy to Turtle | Care2 Causes

One afternoon after school in March 2018, some students watched as Robert Crosland, a science teacher at Preston Junior High in Idaho, fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle. The turtle was later euthanized—not by Crosland, thankfully—because the teacher did not have a permit to keep it.

Outrage over this disturbing incident spread around the world, yet many of Crosland’s students and their parents defended him. Crosland was not suspended or fired from his job.

Jill Parrish, a former student of Crosland’s, received death threats after she reported the puppy killing to police. “This is a cut-and-dried case of animal cruelty,” she told the Idaho Statesman last year. “But they’re saying, ‘The teacher is a good teacher.’ Everybody loves him.”

One of those supporters is Farahlyn Hansen, the mother of two students who witnessed Crosland killing the puppy. She told EastIdahoNews.com last year that if anyone should be upset about it, it should be her, but that wasn’t the case. “I felt like it was the more humane thing for Robert to do than to just leave it to die,” Hansen said. “The puppy was dying.”

Another parent, Annette Salvesen, agreed with Hansen. “If it was a deformed puppy that was going to die anyway, Cros[land] is very much circle of life,” she said.
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Although about 4,000 people signed a petition supporting Crosland, more than 248,000 people signed a Care2 petition urging the teacher to be fired.

After a three-month investigation, the Idaho attorney general’s office charged Crosland with animal cruelty. Because this was Crosland’s first offense, under Idaho law it was a considered a misdemeanor. If he was found guilty, Crosland faced up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

But nearly a year after he killed the puppy, a jury of Crosland’s peers has found him not guilty of animal cruelty—which really shouldn’t be too shocking, considering his support from the community. The trial at the Franklin County Courthouse in Preston lasted just two days—most of the first day was taken up by jury selection—and the six jurors deliberated for only 30 minutes, KIFI reports.
Disturbing Details of the Puppy’s Death

According to testimonies from witnesses during the brief trial, the farmer who had given the puppy to Crosland’s son told him it was sick and dying. “I honestly thought I was doing the right thing by putting it out of its misery,” Crosland told an investigator. The prosecution argued that the puppy may not have even really been sick.

I don’t know if it was brought it up during the trial, but it should be noted that there’s at least one animal hospital located less than a mile from Preston Junior High, where the puppy, if it really was dying, could have been humanely euthanized.

Instead, witnesses—who insisted Preston cares deeply about animals—said he put the puppy in the snapping turtle’s aquarium, which was filled with water. Witnesses said the puppy “paddled a few times, and then the turtle grabbed it and pulled it under the water,” KIFI reports. “The puppy drowned before the turtle started eating it.”

Although Crosland’s attorney moved that the case be dismissed because of the lack of evidence that the puppy suffered, the judge ruled this decision was best left to the jury.

And, yes, the jury somehow decided in 30 minutes that the puppy hadn’t suffered. After all, they and Crosland’s supporters had no problem with what the teacher did—so why should the little puppy have any problem with Crosland dumping him into an aquarium with a hungry, sharp-beaked snapping turtle?

The Idaho Humane Society (IHS) released a statement saying it was outraged and saddened by the verdict, and I’m sure that many of us who truly do care about animals feel exactly the same way.

The one upside, as the IHS points out, is that this case has shined an international spotlight on Idaho’s weak animal cruelty laws.

“This travesty does not create any new precedence for allowing cruelty but rather, will undoubtedly serve as a rallying cry for those who care passionately about the welfare of animals to renew their efforts in communities throughout Idaho to ensure vigorous enforcement of our cruelty laws and to improve these laws both at the state level as well as locally,” it said. “Additionally, this verdict will no doubt bring both national and even international condemnation of Idaho’s laws and the reputation of Idaho in general.”

https://www.care2.com/causes/idaho-teacher-acquitted-of-animal-cruelty-for-feeding-puppy-to-turtle.html

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Sign Petition: Tell Coastal Golf Courses to Get Their Golf Balls Out of Our Ocean

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: The Pebble Beach Company and other coastal and riverside golf coursesmore

Pebble Beach is world-renowned for being one of the most beautiful golf courses on Earth. The golf resort is dotted with million dollar mansions and frequented by some of the wealthiest people on the planet. It truly is a golfer’s paradise.

But right off the coast, where the links turn into the sea, that paradise has been lost.

Two years ago, a young 16-year-old freediver named Alex Weber was swimming off the coast in Carmel Bay. Weber says she had been diving since she was a young child, so the underwater world was nothing new to her. But this time she saw something she didn’t expect. Instead of sand covering the seafloor, she saw nothing but golf balls — thousands and thousands of them.

Weber knew this wasn’t good. Golf balls are covered in plastic, and like any plastic material that finds its way into the sea, they degrade over time, releasing microplastics and other toxins into the ocean that marine life ingest.

Weber knew just what she had to do — with help, she initiated her own golf ball clean up effort to rid Carmel Bay of its golf ball scourge. Over the following two years, she and her helpers removed around 50,000 balls — more than 2 tons of them.

Weber said that even as they made their regular diving trips out to remove more golf balls, they could hear the “plink, plink” of more balls hitting the ocean from golfers at nearby resorts.

The Pebble Beach Company (PBC) — owner of Pebble Beach and two other courses along the coast including The Links at Spanish Bay and Spyglass Hill — charge big money by offering a chance to play at this stunning course. They can charge exorbitant green fees ($525) because the links are pristine and beautiful. But management has failed to keep the entire area in equally as tip-top shape. For PBC officials, out of sight means out of mind. Over the years they have allowed thousands of golf balls to pollute California’s shore. That is unacceptable.

The PBC must take responsibility for the golf ball pollution caused by their guests and rid the sea floor of them at once. Additionally, they should take extra steps to make sure more balls don’t make their way into the sea, perhaps by erecting a net to stop stray balls.

Sign the petition to tell PBC and other coastal and river golf courses to clean up their mess. Photo credit: The Plastic Pick-Up.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/972/407/417/tell-pebble-beach-to-get-their-golf-balls-out-of-our-ocean/

 

Petition · End Brutal ‘Coyote Whacking’ in Wyoming! · Change.org

End Brutal ‘Coyote Whacking’ in Wyoming!
Anja Heister started this petition to Wyoming Governor and 12 others

The image of this coyote is haunting.

The story behind it is unimaginable animal cruelty.

It’s happening in WY.

It happens to coyotes (wolves are being targeted as well).

It is legal.

This Wyoming coyote is one of thousands who are being persecuted by human killers in the state, who practice ‘Yote Whackin’. It includes coyote killing contests and snowmobiles. This coyote is plastered in the snow under a snowmobile after just being chased until she/he could no longer escape. The hunter arranged his camera on the snowmobile to film himself running over the coyote several times before grabbing the coyote by the tail and swinging the animal to beat her/his head against the snowmobile, again and again, until the job is done when he tosses the coyote, as he smiles into the camera.

You can read more about this animal cruelty, and also watch a video here (warning, the video is extremely graphic): https://mountainjournal.org/hunting-in-america-faces-an-ethical-reckoning

The photo and video above “ … offer brutal glimpses at reality, and they speak not only truth on the ground but to the fact such behavior is condoned by political and social leaders in Wyoming, who let them happen without comment.” (Todd Wilkinson).

Coyotes in WY and other western states have no protection at all … everything goes. We also have anecdotal evidence that hunters in Montana enjoy chasing and running over coyotes with their recreational vehicles.

No animal deserves this type of the suffering and cruel death.

No animal deserves to be treated with such aggression, brutality and violence.

Please take immediate action and contact WY’s officials to prohibit predator killing contests and killing coyotes with vehicles – now!

Please sign this petition to demand that the state of Wyoming immediately provide protection for predators and prohibit atrocious behavior such as coyote/predator killing contests, and chasing and running over coyotes (or any wild animal) with any vehicle, including aircrafts, ATVs, ORVs, cars and snowmobiles.

You can also write your own letter denouncing this unhinged cruelty, or you can personalize the letter below, and send it to the officials listed below. We must stop the pathological torture of our wildlife.

Public Photo: “Coyote snow camo”, and “that face you make when a snowmobile runs you over”.
Public photos and videos under Fair Use for educational purpose.

LETTER:

Dear official,

I was shocked to learn that Wyoming allows ‘yote whackin,’ a practice that include coyote killing contests and killing coyotes with snowmobiles.

In just one video posted online, a hunter can be seen chasing a coyote to exhaustion in deep snow, deliberately running the animal over several times, and then grabbing the coyote by the tail and slamming the animal onto his snowmobile while smiling into the camera. You can read more about this issue and also watch a video here: https://mountainjournal.org/hunting-in-america-faces-an-ethical-reckoning

Videos like the one above “ … offer brutal glimpses at reality, and they speak not only truth on the ground but to the fact such behavior is condoned by political and social leaders in Wyoming, who let them happen without comment.” (Todd Wilkinson).

Predator killing contests and killing wild animals with vehicles goes against the ethical standards laid out by the North American Wildlife Model and directly violates fair chase, respect for and humane killing of wild animals.

What gives hunters the right to engage in behavior that otherwise would be punished with a felony animal cruelty charge? No animal, whether domestic or wild deserves to be treated with such outrageous aggression, brutality and violence.

I am asking you to immediately provide protection for predators and prohibit atrocious behavior such as coyote/predator killing contests, and chasing and running over coyotes (or any wild animal) with any vehicle, including aircrafts, ATVs, ORVs, cars and snowmobiles.

Sincerely,

The following list includes WY’s governor, legislators, senators, representatives, the director of the Game and Fish Department and its commissioners.

governor.elect@wyo.gov,Jeff.Wasserburger@wyoleg.gov,Michael.VonFlatern@wyoleg.gov,Cheri.Steinmetz@wyoleg.gov,Charles.Scott@wyoleg.gov,Chris.Rothfuss@wyoleg.gov, Ray.Peterson@wyoleg.gov,Drew.Perkins@wyoleg.gov,Stephan.Pappas@wyoleg.gov,Tara.Nethercott@wyoleg.gov,Glenn.Moniz@wyoleg.gov,Bill.Landen@wyoleg.gov,Dave.Kinskey@wyoleg.gov,Larry.Hicks@wyoleg.gov,Mike.Gierau@wyoleg.gov,Affie.Ellis@wyoleg.gov,Ogden.Driskill@wyoleg.gov,Dan.Dockstader@wyoleg.gov,
Hank.Coe@wyoleg.gov,Cale.Case@wyoleg.gov,Anthony.Bouchard@wyoleg.gov,Brian.Boner@wyoleg.gov,Bo.Biteman@wyoleg.gov,Eli.Bebout@wyoleg.gov,Fred.Baldwin@wyoleg.gov,Liisa.AnselmiDalton@wyoleg.gov,jameslee.anderson@wyoleg.gov,Wyatt.Agar@wyoleg.gov,scott.talbott@wyo.gov,mark.anselmi@wyo.gov,david.rael@wyo.gov,patrick.crank@wyo.gov,mike.schmid@wyo.gov,gaylynn.byrd@wyo.gov,peter.dube@wyo.gov,keith.culver@wyo.gov

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FDA Finds Salmonella and Listeria in Hare Today Pet Food

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FDA Finds Salmonella and Listeria in Hare Today Pet Food

Not a Product Recall

January 23, 2019 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners not to feed a specific lot of Hare Today Gone Tomorrow Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs because Salmonella and Listeria bacteria were discovered in the product.

What Products Are Affected?

The product is available in four sizes and varieties. All included the processing date of 12.04.2018 on the back of the bag:

Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs
1-pound bag
Fine Ground
Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs
2-pound bag
Fine Ground
Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs
3-pound bag
Coarse Ground
Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs
5-pound bag
Fine Ground

What Caused the Warning?

The FDA collected this sample while following up on a consumer complaint in which a kitten became sick with Salmonella after eating the affected product.

The specific lot of Hare Today Gone Tomorrow Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs that the sick kitten ate was not available for testing.

The FDA collected samples from lot 12.04.2018, which tested positive for both Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

Although the Salmonella isolated from the feces of the sick kitten did not match the strain found in the product sample, Federal law requires that all pet food not be contaminated with pathogens, including Salmonella and Listeria because of the potential impact on human and animal health.
Why Is the FDA Issuing This Alert?

The FDA is issuing this alert because the affected lot of Hare Today Gone Tomorrow Ground Chicken/Bones/Organs represents a serious threat to human and animal health and is adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because it contains Salmonella and Listeriamonocytogenes.

The FDA continues to work with the company on the affected product.
About Salmonella

What is Salmonella and what are the symptoms of Salmonella infection?

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause illness and death in humans and animals, especially those who are very young, very old, or have weak immune systems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people infected with Salmonella can develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

Most people recover without treatment, but in some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.

In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

Consult your health care provider if you have symptoms of Salmonella infection.

Pets do not always display symptoms when infected with Salmonella.

But signs can include vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, loss of appetite and/or decreased activity level.

If your pet has these symptoms, consult a veterinarian promptly.

You should also be aware that infected pets can shed the bacteria in their feces without showing signs of being sick.
About Listeria

What are the symptoms of Listeria infection (listeriosis)?

According to CDC, listeriosis can cause a variety of symptoms, depending on the person and the part of the body affected.

Pregnant women: Pregnant women typically experience only fever and other flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue and muscle aches.

However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

People other than pregnant women: Symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches.

People with invasive listeriosis, a more serious form of the disease, usually report symptoms starting 1 to 4 weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria.

Some people have reported symptoms starting as late as 70 days after exposure or as early as the same day of exposure.

Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics.

Pregnant women and their newborns, adults age 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to get sick with listeriosis.

Anyone with symptoms of listeriosis should contact a health care provider.

Listeria infections are uncommon in pets, but they are possible.

Symptoms may include mild to severe diarrhea; anorexia; fever; nervous, muscular and respiratory signs; abortion; depression; shock; and death.

Pets do not need to display symptoms to be able to pass L. mono on to their human companions.

Once Listeria gets established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement, and the contamination may continue to spread.

If your pet has these symptoms, consult a veterinarian promptly.
Why Is the FDA Concerned

About Salmonella and Listeria?

Pet foods contaminated with disease-causing bacteria such as Salmonella and Listeria are of particular public health importance because they can affect both human and animal health.

Pets can get sick from Salmonella and Listeria and may also be carriers of the bacteria and pass it onto their human companions without appearing to be ill.

The FDA is aware of recent cases in which humans and/or animals have gotten sick from exposure to contaminated pet foods (Salmonella-human cases, Salmonella-kitten, Salmonella-kitten, dog).

Once Salmonella and/or Listeria become established in the pet’s gastrointestinal tract, the animal can shed the bacteria when it has a bowel movement.

And the contamination will continue to spread.

Because animals can shed the bacteria when they have bowel movements, it’s particularly important to clean up the animal’s feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed, in addition to cleaning items in the home.

Federal law, including the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, requires that all pet food not be contaminated with pathogens, including Salmonella and L. mono.

Pet food manufacturers must effectively manage sourcing of ingredients, processing and packing to control pathogens.

Without an effective control, such as cooking, raw pet food is more likely than other types of pet food to contain pathogens such as Salmonella and Listeria.

Refrigeration or freezing does not kill the bacteria.

Pet owners who choose to feed raw pet food should be aware of the risks associated with these products.

The FDA is the Federal agency that regulates pet food, while the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates meat and poultry for human consumption.

USDA-regulated raw meat and poultry products are intended to be cooked and carry instructions to cook the product to a safe temperature.

However, raw pet food products are intended to be served without further cooking, which creates a potential health hazard for people and pets exposed to the product.
Company Response to FDA Warning

Click here to read the company’s response to the FDA warning and posted on Facebook https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/fda-finds-salmonella-listeria-in-hare-today-gone-tomorrow-pet-food/.

What to Do?

If you have the affected product in your possession, stop feeding it to your pets.

And throw it away in a secure container where other animals, including wildlife, cannot access it.

Consumers who have had this product in their homes should clean refrigerators/freezers where the product was stored and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with.

Clean up the pet’s feces in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to https://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.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/fda-finds-salmonella-listeria-in-hare-today-gone-tomorrow-pet-food/

SIGN: STOP THE SLAUGHTER OF AMERICA’S WILD HORSES

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Petition Target: Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen

America’s iconic wild horses are in grave danger of being sold off to meat slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada — where torture and painful death await.

U.S. Forest Service has just built its first corral for wild horses, where it is holding 260 animals rounded up from Modoc National Forest in Northern California. The horses’ fates hang in the balance as they may soon be shipped off to foreign slaughterhouses and brutally butchered for meat.

For decades, wild horses and burros have been protected by a ban on the slaughter of healthy animals or any sale that results in their harm. This is because federal law prohibits any such actions by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

But by building their own pen instead of following the usual protocol of sending the horses to BLM-operated pens, Forest Service is sidestepping the only protections that could save these animals from the kill floor.

Instead of brutally killing America’s horses, the government should enact cruelty free population control measures, such as reducing births. Better yet, they should protect the public land on which these majestic creatures roam free.

Sign the petition to urge US Forest Service not to send one single wild horse or burro to slaughter. These majestic animals must not be sent to their death.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-stop-slaughter-americas-wild-horses-2/

The huge challenge of removing palm oil – About Iceland

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Last year we pledged to make two massive changes that both presented enormous technical challenges: removing plastic packaging from our Iceland own label range by 2023, and removing palm oil as an ingredient from our own label range by the end of 2018.

Why so hard? Because both plastics and palm oil are effective, versatile and cheap. As a result, they have become the default setting for the whole food industry. When we set out to make the changes we wanted, we were asking suppliers to participate in nothing short of a revolution. As a responsible retailer, we were conscious of our duty of care to ensure that we did not push any of them too hard by demanding that they achieve the impossible.

We have also always been aware that hard-pressed consumers don’t have a load of spare cash to pay more for their food, however much of a good cause they may think plastics and palm oil removal to be. Hence we pledged to make the changes without increasing prices, and to bear the considerable costs ourselves. In the case of palm oil removal alone, we have invested several million pounds of our own money to achieve the switch. We also obviously needed to ensure that our new palm oil-free recipes tasted at least as good – or better – than the ones we replaced.

Palm oil was the more demanding deadline, and when we made our announcement in April we always knew that it was going to be a massive challenge to remove it from all our own label food by 31 December 2018. Because it’s not just a matter of replacing one ingredient with another; in many cases suppliers have had to invest – with our support – to change their whole production process. In a few cases they simply couldn’t do it at all, and we have had to seek completely new suppliers, adding further time and cost.

Nevertheless, we did it – or did we? There have been some murmurings in the media so let me be totally honest here about what we have done and what we still need to do.

We sell 911 Iceland own label lines and every single line manufactured after 31 December 2018 does not contain palm oil as an ingredient. Where it previously did or might have done, we have marked it with a ‘No Palm Oil’ flash.

Until yesterday, our website erroneously listed some fresh and chilled food own label lines – including hot cross buns – as containing palm oil, because of a technical failure that meant that our ingredients lists had not been updated. No such products were actually on sale, and the website has now been corrected.

Frozen food has a long shelf-life, and food banks do not welcome donations of bulk frozen products, so we had a simple choice with those products made with palm oil before 31 December 2018 that had not been sold by then: leave them to sell through in our stores or throw them in the bin. If we had opted for the latter we would have been lambasted – quite rightly – for creating avoidable food waste. So there are still around 30 Iceland frozen own label lines, mainly desserts and pastry products, listed on our website as containing palm oil, and they will continue to do so until stocks are exhausted. They will sell through in the next few weeks and be replaced in stores with new recipe lines carrying our ‘No Palm Oil’ flash.

Finally, there were a handful of products that our suppliers simply could not switch by 31 December. So, to meet our pledge, we have temporarily moved these out of own label into brands. We have always been completely transparent about the possible need to do this, and have done it in the knowledge that it will adversely affect our sales, because unrecognised brands never sell as well as our trusted own label.

We are working hard with existing or new suppliers to get 17 of these frozen and chilled lines back into Iceland own label as soon as we can, and expect to accomplish this by April 2019.

There are a further 15 chilled lines where we and our suppliers have reluctantly concluded that it simply isn’t technically feasible to replace palm oil with another ingredient, or where doing so would result in a massive increase in cost that neither we nor our customers would be able to bear. These will continue to be sold as branded products – along with the hundreds of other branded lines containing palm oil that we always recognised we would have to continue to sell. Palm oil is in half of everything that supermarkets sell, and it would be commercial suicide not to offer our customers the leading brands they want to buy.

So yes, we did tick the box and stop using palm oil as an ingredient in all our own label food made after 31 December 2018, exactly as we promised. It has been very hard, and very costly, and in some cases the change will take a few more weeks to work through. But customers can already see major progress in our stores with many products bearing our ‘No Palm Oil’ flash, and those who share our concern about tropical deforestation now have a choice where there was none before.

The noise we have made about palm oil has also had the beneficial effect of contributing to pressure on the palm oil industry to clean up its act, and deliver a genuinely sustainable product to the mass market. If they are fulfilled, recent commitments from both the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and Wilmar (the world’s largest palm oil trader) will bring us much closer to the ‘no deforestation’ goal that has always been our aim.

http://about.iceland.co.uk/2019/01/24/the-huge-challenge-of-removing-palm-oil/

Please Take Action to End Wildlife Killing Contests: Write Letters to Newspapers and Legislators…

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Ending Wildlife Killing Contests will take a lot of public awareness, education and involvement on your part.

#EndWildlifeKillingContests #GetInvolved

“Melissa Tedrowe, Midwest region director of the Humane Society, says that while her group actively opposes the contests, it discourages protesting in person to avoid violent confrontation. Instead, it is asking people to write to legislators and newspapers, calling for a ban.” Source

Writing letters to the Editor will bring public awareness.

Call sponsors of Wildlife Killing Contests, and write letters to the Editor in your local newspaper. Work with your city municipality, your local county boards and your state representatives. Ask for a ban on wildlife killing contests. You’ll find information on how to do this is at the end of this blog.

Adrian Treves, a UW-Madison professor who runs the Carnivore Coexistence Lab, says it’s difficult to say what effect these contests are having on coyote populations, because the…

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Breaking! Tiger Poachers Arrested In Thailand; Authorities Warn More Criminal Gangs Are Threatening Critically Endangered Tigers In The Wild – World Animal News

By WAN –
January 24, 2019

An image found on a confiscated mobile phone documents a suspected poacher standing over a dead tiger in a forest in Thailand. Photo from Freeland Foundation.
Following a three-month investigation, Thai officials are warning that organized crime gangs that are dispatched across borders are targeting the endangered wild tigers in Thailand and Malaysia.
According to Freeland Foundation, a frontline counter-trafficking organization working for a world that is free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery, Thai authorities have arrested one of many gangs.
The investigation was initiated after the successful arrest of two Vietnamese males by Thai Police in October 2018 following a tip-off from a Thai driver-for-hire.
The observant driver, who was taking the men from the western town of Tak to Pitsanalok, thought the baggage was suspicious, so he called the police who subsequently stopped the vehicle, inspected the bag, and discovered a fresh tiger skeleton inside.
The police arrested the owners of the bag, took the suspects and tiger remains to the Nakorn Sawan Police station, and inspected the suspects’ belongings, including their phones.

Police then contacted Freeland for analytical assistance.
Freeland’s forensics experts were dispatched to the scene and provided on-the-job training. Using Cellebrite digital forensics technology, police found evidence that the poaching coordinators, originating from Vietnam, had crossed Laos into Thailand to sponsor targeted hunting inside the forests of Thailand and Malaysia, and possibly Myanmar. The poachers documented their trips on their phones, including tiger kills.
Freeland believes the poachers were working on assignment from a Vietnamese criminal syndicate.
“We do not think this was the poacher’s or poaching coordinators’ first time in Thailand, or working together, and we have reason to believe they were planning to strike again,” Petcharat Sangchai, Director of Freeland-Thailand said in a statement.
Following the discovery of the gang and poached tiger, Thai rangers were put on high alert.
“This gang has been removed as a threat, but we should be aware that whoever employed them may dispatch more hunters to kill our country’s tigers,” said Sanchai. “Police, rangers, and the public must remain vigilant.”
Tragically, there are only an estimated 2,500 tigers remaining in the wild.
Freeland Foundation is requesting that people with any information on the “poachers’ ID, whereabouts, or about other poaching coordinators” to contact them; noting on their Facebook page that “solid tips” like the one that resulted in the arrest of two poaching coordinators who are in jail now, may be rewarded.”
Freeland Thailand is located at 92/1 Soi Phahonyothin 5, Phahonyothin Road, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400 THAILAND. The phone number is +(66) 2-278 2033 and fax number is +(66) 2-278 2037. Tips may also be sent to info@freeland.org

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-tiger-poachers-arrested-in-thailand-authorities-warn-more-criminal-gangs-are-threatening-endangered-species/

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Father Sentenced To Only 3 Months In Jail After Killing Mother Bear and Her Newborn Cubs, While Son Only Receives 30 Days Suspension – World Animal News

By Karen Lane –
January 24, 2019

A father has been sentenced to jail time after he and his son were caught on camera killing a mother bear and her cubs in April of 2018.
After both men pleaded guilty to multiple counts, including illegal killing of the mother bear and her cubs, the father, Andrew Renner, was sentenced on Tuesday to three months in jail while his 18-year-old son Owen Renner received only 30 days of suspended time in connection with the killings.
Clearly, the punishment does not fit the crime for this senseless killing.
The mother bear that was killed was one of 20 fitted with collars for a three-year study that started in 2016, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The study by the department and Chugach National Forest came in response to concerns about declining numbers of black bears in Prince William Sound.
A U.S. Forest Service employee reported the deaths of the mother bear and her cubs to Alaska Wildlife Troopers on April 23rd 2018.
As previously reported by WAN, the shocking slaughter was caught on video by a motion-activated camera outside the den. After they shot the mother bear, they dragged her from the den and realized she had a Fish and Game collar. It also captured Andrew Renner saying, ‘I’m gonna get rid of these guys’ while tossing the cubs’ limp carcasses onto the snow outside the den, the documents said.
The clip captured the younger Renner saying, ‘We got the collar off.’ Next, Andrew Renner said, ‘We’re gonna skin it that way,’ and points away from the den. Owen Renner agrees, saying, ‘They’ll never be able to link it to us.’ They proceed to butcher the sow and place it in game bags, then ski away.
Andrew Renner took the black bear sow to a state wildlife office on April 30th, claiming he and his son had killed it near Granite Bay in Prince William Sound on April 14th, clearly lying.
Troopers said that while interviewing Renner, he said he had skinned the bear, brought the collar, and expressed that he had no knowledge of the mother bear having cubs, and that no cubs were in the area, yet another scathing lie.
Thankfully, everything was caught on camera and Renner and his son have been exposed.
Assistant Attorney General Aaron Peterson said the case was the “most egregious bear cub poaching case his office has ever seen.”

https://worldanimalnews.com/father-sentenced-to-only-3-months-in-jail-after-killing-mother-bear-and-her-newborn-cubs-while-son-only-receives-30-days-suspension/

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A Little Technical Assistance For WordPress Users

The Sound of One Hand Typing

This is for all us WordPress users who reply to their comments from the list that drops down when you click on the bell icon in the upper right-hand corner and look at the list, like this:

You might have noticed that, when you go to answer the comment, it suddenly disappears and ends up in your trash. This happens to me a lot, and I just figured out what does it.

When you click on a comment in the list, you get the whole comment instead of the preview and something that looks like this after it:

You might think, “okay, I can just start typing.” And when you start typing, the comment is replaced by a box that says “Comment trashed” or “comment moved to spam,” along with a place that says “undo,” which usually disappears by the time you notice it.

Here’s the deal: when the comment…

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Appeal Dismissal of Groundbreaking Lawsuit for Abused Horse

Straight from the Horse's Heart

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Lawsuit Argues Animals Have the Right to Sue Their Abusers in Court

A photo from March 2017 shows Justice, an American Quarter Horse, in Cornelius emaciated from months of little food or shelter. His owner was later convicted of animal neglect and now the horse is being represented in a lawsuit against the ex-guardian seeking damages for pain and suffering. (Animal Legal Defense Fund)

Hillsboro, Oregon – On January 22nd the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, appealed an Oregon state court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a horse named Justice against his abuser. Justice’s lawsuit seeks to recover the costs of his ongoing medical care and his pain and suffering caused by the abuse.

 Washington County Circuit Court Judge John Knowles dismissed the lawsuit in September 2018, holding that a non-human animal lacks legal standing to sue on his…

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Two days and one #heatwave is all it took for Australia to lose one-third of its flying fox population #StopAdani #ClimateStrike #ExtinctionRebellion demand #ClimateAction a #GreenNewDeal

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Are we still going to call climate change a hoax? The bats were gone in a bat of an eyelid. We are headed the same way.
— Read on www.dailyo.in/lite/variety/wildlife-conservation-climate-change-australia-heatwave-flying-foxes/story/1/29042.html

Scores of dead flying foxes lined up on the ground in a backyard after an extreme heatwave. (Source: Facebook/Lisa Eagleton)

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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.

Source: Punish Teens Who Reportedly Beat Dog in Viral Video

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.

Source: Puppy Reportedly Beaten to Death With Shovel Deserves Justice

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! http://www.grizzlycountyfilm.com

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.
https://worldanimalnews.com/a-must-see-short-film-grizzly-country-examines-doug-peacocks-extraordinary-life-spent-saving-grizzly-bears-in-the-wild/

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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.

https://worldanimalnews.com/india-is-establishing-their-first-government-centre-on-alternatives-to-animal-testing-in-biomedical-research/

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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.

https://worldanimalnews.com/wan-exclusive-with-senator-of-wyoming-mike-gierau-about-animal-cruelty-bill-needed-in-his-state-that-ranks-47th-in-animal-protection-laws/

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

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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.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-baby-elephant-tied-left-die-cruel-hunter/

Sign Petition: This State Has Some of the Worst Animal Protection Laws in the Country

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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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https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/530/083/116/

 

Whole Bottle Of Water Found In Monkfish In South Korea – Sea Voice News

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A whole 500ml plastic bottle was found inside the stomach of a monkfish by a fisherman in South Korea. The monkfish was caught in the coastal town of Buan-Gun near North Jeolla.

The discovery even shocked the fisherman whom. have seen plastic pollution overwhelming the once plastic-free sea. They are hoping the incident is a wake-up call for governments to actively fight to reduce plastic usage.

The monkfish is known for their wide mouths where they frequently swallow other species of large sea creatures such as squid and flatfish. When in water, plastic pollution is easily mistaken as a form of food creating a huge problem to the predators of the ocean.

Environmental activists call for a “systemic response” from the government to ensure safe disposal of plastic waste.

“Hwang opened the fish and found a plastic bottle, so he sent me a picture,” said Lee In-gyu, a member of the North Jeolla branch of the Korean Federation of Environmental Movement.

“It shows that the issue of marine waste in Korea is quite serious.”

Local fishermen consider the waters near Buan County a rich fishing area.

“We find more plastic and garbage in fish these days,” said Hwang.

“I found vinyl products, cans, and plastic pieces in some fish, and this is not limited to monkfish.

Earlier this week, a sperm whale off the Indonesian coast was washed ashore with nearly 6 kg of plastic material, including 115 plastic cups.

To reduce plastic pollution, it is up to us to push large companies and governments to monitor and reduce usage. You can help by writing, calling, tweeting, emailing and trying to communicate the need to end the growing problem. We can solve this problem but nothing will be done if we the people do not push for a change.

http://seavoicenews.com/2018/11/24/whole-bottle-of-water-found-in-monkfish-in-south-korea/

Australian City Has Installed Innovative System To Reduce Trash Flowing To The Ocean – Sea Voice News

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City of Kwinana Facebook Page

An Australian city is taking an innovative method to reducing trash flowing from mainland to the ocean by creating a sewer system that blocks and catches any plastic or trash.

The system was installed by the Australian city of Kwinana in the Henley reserve and uses a exceptionally simple system to help keep the oceans cleaner.

The system consists of a net that is placed on the outlet of a drainage pipe which catches trash and prevents it from flowing further.

Unfortunately, trash will always find its way on the side of highways, in residential areas and just about anywhere there is human activity. When heavy rains come through, the trash is picked up and washed to the nearest sewer system where it will eventually find its way to a river and the ocean. The system uses the power of the rain and water flow to collect the trash in a simplistic and effective manner.

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The city started by installing 2 nets and were shocked to find how effective it was. Within a couple of weeks, more than 800 pounds of garbage was collected within several weeks.

While the upfront cost of these can be expensive at a price tag of roughly $10,000 each, the system does save money in the long run as it prevents spending of restoration in rivers and the oceans due to garbage pollution and saves in labor as the nets now due the job that several people would have been doing before of collecting the litter.

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Once full, the nets are being collected where the city picks out the recyclable items, then moves to be further processed.

Ideas like this is what will drive humans to help make up for the pollution problem worldwide. While cleaning out the oceans is extremely important, we will only be chasing our tails if we do not solve the problem of reducing the trash entering in the first place. Well done Australia.

http://seavoicenews.com/2019/01/21/australian-city-has-installed-innovative-system-to-reduce-plastic-flowing-to-the-ocean/

50 Seals Will Be Removed From The Primorksy Region Of Russia To Be Put In China Zoos – Sea Voice News

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The Veterinary Department of Primorsky Region has issued permits for the company ‘Primorksy Dolphinarium’ to export 50 seals to Chinese Tianjin for the purpose of “maintenance.”

As first reported by the non-profit organization Friends of the Ocean whom received information that the vetenarian service has agreed to export permits. The exporter is LLC Primorsky Dolphinarium.

According to current legislation of the Russian Federation, the extraction of living marine mammals is possible for only research, education, and cultural and education purposes.

The extraction of aquatic biological resources for the purpose of “maintenance, in zoos, aquariums and other cultural organizations is carried out only for cultural and educational purposes. However, the use of aquatic biological resources, obtained for cultural and educational purposes, has the right only to a person who has been granted the right to extract or catch such aquatic biological resources, and only using property located in the territory of the Russian Federation. The right to use aquatic bioresources obtained for cultural and educational purposes is not provided by law to other persons.

Environmentalist are set to apply to the supervisory authorities with a request to verify the legitimacy of the issuance of permits.

China has become infamous for the poor conditions, quality and care to animals leading to even more concern for the future of the mammals.

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