Urgent! The Public Has 60 Days To Comment On U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s Mexican Gray Wolf Plan Rewrite; They Need Our Protection! – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis – April 16, 2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced earlier this week, the beginning of a 60-day public comment period to help determine the scope of its analysis for rewriting the rule for Mexican gray wolf “management.”

The rule will govern when and how these critically endangered wolves can be “removed” from the wild or released from captivity. The court-ordered rewrite of the 2015 management rule stemmed from litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity and its allies.

“It is outrageous that the feds have let a ruthless livestock industry dictate Mexican wolf management, wreaking havoc on their fragile gene pool,” Michael Robinson, a conservation advocate at the Center, said in a statement. “With the public supporting science-based reforms, we hope to witness the return of family-pack wolf releases to the wild. The days of shooting wolves from helicopters or trapping them into life in a cage need to end.”

As per a statement posted on the Federal Register, the public comment period allows citizens to outline what management changes they would like analyzed in a “draft environmental impact statement” that the Service will issue next summer or fall.

In 2018, the federal district court in Tucson ruled that the Service improperly rationalized its 2015 management rule by citing scientists who told the agency it had “misapplied and misinterpreted their findings in such a manner that the recovery of the species is compromised.” The court described the scientists’ statements as a “dire warning” and the Service’s ignoring of them as “an egregious oversight.” The court subsequently ordered a new rule to be finalized by May 17, 2021.

The 2015 management rule itself stemmed from the Center’s legal challenge of the 1998 Mexican wolf reintroduction and management rule. But genetic diversity among Mexican wolves continued to suffer under the 2015 rule.

“Political pandering and mismanagement have squandered much of the remaining genetic heritage in the Mexican wolf that was already depleted because of extermination efforts many decades ago,” stated Robinson. “This is the third try, since reintroduction began, for the government to write a management plan that actually leads to recovery. They better get it right this time.”

After the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973 and the Mexican wolf was added to the endangered list in 1976, there were only seven wolves. They were comprised of three captured from the wild and four already in captivity and became the foundation for captive breeding. No wolves were confirmed in the wild in Mexico after the last of the seven were captured alive in 1980.

Reintroduction began in 1998 in Arizona and New Mexico, and in 2011 in Sonora, Mexico.

At last count there were 163 wild Mexican wolves in the United States, and an estimated 30 wolves in the wild in Mexico.

As per the Federal Register, you may submit written comments by one of the following methods:

Electronically: Go to the Federal rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS–R2–ES–2020–0007, which is the docket number for this notice of intent.

By hard copy: Submit comments by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R2–ES–2020–0007; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: PRB/PERMA (JAO/1N), 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.

Comments will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that they will post any personal information you provide them.

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Breaking! Animal Welfare Coalition Calls On World Health Organization To Focus On Testing On Humans Not Animals For COVID-19 Remedies – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis – April 17, 2020

In a joint statement released today by Cruelty Free InternationalCruelty Free EuropeEurogroup for Animals, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation (PETA), the animal protection organizations stress that it is essential that authorities, under the leadership of the World Health Organization (WHO), work together with a focus on humane, human-relevant research.

While everyone wants a safe and effective vaccine and other medicines for COVID-19 produced as quickly as possible, it should not be at the expense and undue suffering of thousands of innocent animals such as: monkeys, dogs, cats, ferrets, and mice.

Sadly, animal experimentation remains one of the approaches used in this research which adds to the unfathomable suffering caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This, despite animal testing and experimentation being cruel and unreliable with a history of failure in the development of drugs used for humans.

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will have a long-lasting effect on our societies and our work, and this change of paradigm should also be reflected in the way we carry out research, there is an urgent need to focus on advanced scientific techniques that are more representative of what actually happens in the human body, than old ways including the use of animals,” Reineke Hameleers, CEO of Eurogroup for Animals said in a statement. “It is crucial that the WHO and other authorities acknowledge that many animals are suffering as well, and that they help to focus the research efforts of governments, researchers, clinicians, and companies towards more humane and human-relevant approaches.”

As huge numbers of animals and billions of dollars, pounds, and euros are being directed towards trying to solve the problem, it is vital that the scientific and technical merits and ethical aspects of proposed research are robustly assessed in each and every case.

Countries and institutions must also try to coordinate their research, sharing data to prevent any duplication of effort or repeated testing on animals.

That is, until the ineffective and unnecessary testing and experimentations on animals stops completely. As many lives as possible must be spared from this pandemic, including animals.

The urgent need is for more resources to be directed towards studying the virus in humans to increase our understanding of the disease, treat patients, and limit the spread of the virus altogether.

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Victory! A Second City In Mainland China Bans The Consumption Of Dogs, Cats, and Wildlife, Giving Hope That More Cities In China Will Follow Suit – World Animal News

By Karen Lapizco – April 15, 2020

Photos By: Humane Society International

The city of Zhuhai in Guangdong province, has become the second city in mainland China to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat, and wildlife, in what campaigners at Humane Society International hope will be the start of a domino effect of progressive legislation across China to end these brutal trades that see an estimated 10 million dogs and four million cats killed every year, mostly stolen pets and strays.

Zhuhai’s ban comes after the city of Shenzhen banned dog and cat meat earlier this month, and just days after China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs publicly stated that dogs are companion animals and not “livestock.” The Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Zhuhai Municipality stated that lawmakers must adhere to China’s livestock “white list” of animals for human consumption. Other cities in mainland China are believed to be considering bans.

Humane Society International has been at the forefront of campaigns to end the dog and cat meat trade across Asia for many years, and has helped to rescue thousands of dogs and cats from China, South Korea, India, and Indonesia. In South Korea the charity works cooperatively with dog meat farmers to transition them to alternative humane livelihoods, and lobbies regional and national governments to advance legislation.

HSI’s Wendy Higgins welcomed the Zhuhai ban, saying in a quote to WAN: “With now a second city in mainland China introducing a ban on eating dogs and cats, as well as wildlife, we hope that this can become a trend that other cities across China will follow. With no national animal protection laws in China and certainly no national ban on dog and cat meat, city by city bans could be the most efficient way to help end the cruelty while protecting human health at the same time from rabies and other diseases of concern.”

Higgins continued, “Zhuhai’s ban on dog and cat meat eating is thrilling news for all those in China and around the world who have campaigned for so long to end this brutal trade. Coming so soon after Shenzhen’s ban and the government’s historic statement classifying dogs as pets, we hope this is the start of a domino effect of progressive legislation across China with other cities following suit. With so many millions of dogs and cats falling victim to the meat trade, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that most people in China don’t eat dogs and cats, and that for years there has been enormous public support in China for an end to the cruelty. So now it would seem that in the absence of a national ban, cities are taking matters into their own hands and reflecting the mood of the people.”

“This isn’t just good news for animal protection, it’s also very good news for public health because the dog meat trade poses a significant human health risk, linked to the spread of trichinellosis, cholera, and rabies. Rabies has been found in dogs traded for human consumption in China, Vietnam, and Indonesia, and is easily spread as thousands of dogs are crammed on slaughter trucks and driven across provincial borders to markets and slaughterhouses,” concluded Higgins.

Dogs in dog meat farm being taken to the U.S. January 2016

Facts about China’s dog meat trade

  1. 30 million dogs a year are killed across Asia for their meat. There are estimated to be more than 91.49 million dogs and cats kept as pets in China. An estimated 10 million dogs a year are killed for China’s dog meat trade.
  2. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the dog trade spreads rabies and increases the risk of cholera.
  3. Most people in China don’t eat dogs, in fact, dog meat is only eaten infrequently by less than 20% of the Chinese population. A 2017 survey revealed that even in Yulin, home of the notorious Yulin dog meat festival, most people (72%) don’t regularly eat dog meat despite efforts by dog meat traders to promote it. Nationwide across China, a 2016 survey conducted by Chinese polling company Horizon, and commissioned by Chinese group China Animal Welfare Association in collaboration with Humane Society International and Avaaz, found that most Chinese citizens (64%) want to see an end to the Yulin dog meat festival, more than half (51.7%) think the dog meat trade should be completely banned, and the majority (69.5%) have never eaten dog meat.

WAN is thrilled by this victory and we look forward to more cities and hopefully countries following suit to end this barbaric trade.

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