U.S. Government Must Stop Hiding Animal Abuse

 

The USDA website has taken down the portal to their records of animal cruelty, claiming a need to protect personal information that has long been redacted from those records. This is bad news for animals all over the world suffering from abuse and unethical treatment. Sign this petition to demand the USDA restore the portal to these records.

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Thirty pronghorn die trying to cross frozen Idaho river | Reuters

 

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Environment | Tue Jan 17, 2017 | 7:49pm EST

Thirty pronghorn die trying to cross frozen Idaho river

By Laura Zuckerman | SALMON, Idaho

Thirty pronghorns, close cousins to antelope, died while crossing a frozen river in south central Idaho, in a very rare event for the sure-footed mammals, state wildlife managers said Tuesday.

About 500 pronghorns, which look like small deer and are famed for being the fastest land animal in North America, were seeking to cross the frozen Snake River near a wildlife refuge in Idaho on Sunday when part of the herd began slipping and falling on the ice, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Roughly 200 of the pronghorns, so named for the short, forked horns on their heads, had successfully crossed the stream before a group of 47 became stranded on the ice, prompting hundreds of others to turn back to shore.

Idaho wildlife managers mounted a rescue mission on Monday, by which time just 36 pronghorns remained on the ice sheet. Ten of those had been killed and partially eaten by coyotes, 20 were so severely injured that they had to be euthanized on the spot and six survivors were taken by airboat to shore and released, Fish and Game officials said.

Although deer and elk periodically die seeking to cross frozen waterways, such incidents are rare when it comes to pronghorns, state wildlife officials said.

“I have never seen anything like it in my 26-year career,” Daryl Meints, regional Idaho Fish and Game wildlife manager, said in a statement.

The agency’s Gregg Losinski said pronghorns have traditionally been called antelope even though they are technically just a relative to both antelope and goats.
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Pronghorns, which are subject to regulated hunting in Idaho and elsewhere, are nicknamed “speed goats” for a swiftness of hoof that can see them reach speeds of nearly 60 miles per hour (97 kph), said Losinski.

(Reporting by Laura Zuckerman; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Sandra Maler
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Alleged Animal Abuse at Pig Farm Must Be Stopped

Pigs at a swine facility are allegedly abused and beaten with sharp objects on a daily basis. Multiple reports have been filed against this company, yet nothing has been done about it. Sign this petition to demand that the company be shut down for allegedly allowing the pigs to be beaten and abused.

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Emaciated Horses Taken from Convicted Animal Abuser Deserve Justice

 

Dozens of emaciated horses were recently taken from a woman with two previous animal cruelty convictions. Demand that this woman be banned from ever owning animals again.

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Petition · Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Ask Vicenta Pages to Stop Perpetuating the Inbreeding and Abuse of Tigers · Change.org


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Adorable Turkeys Are Being Thrown Out of Planes in Arkansas Town for Barbaric Fall Tradition | The Rainforest Site Blog

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Adorable Turkeys Are Being Thrown Out of Planes in Arkansas Town for Barbaric Fall Tradition

The small Arkansas hamlet of Yellville is holding on to a fowl tradition.

For the past 71 years, live turkeys have been dropped from an airplane, 500 feet above the town square as its annual Turkey Trot Festival gets underway. Four to five drops are made on both days of the festival, with one to three turkeys toss out of the plane each pass. In this year’s event, turkeys were dropped over the town on Oct. 7 and 8. One bird died in each toss, which preceded a scramble of festival visitors trying to claim the shaken and scared turkeys as their own. While Yellville authorities say their hands are clean in the matter, animal rights organizations and compassionate activists are calling for the immediate end to the horrific event.

Yellville and the turkey drop have been the subject of protest for over 30 years now, ever since national news media first covered the event in the 70s. The town stopped officially endorsing the event in 1990, according to Roadside America, and for over 15 years the registered pilot has been Dana Woods, of nearby Mountain View. The turkey drop was skipped from 2012 to 2014, not out of concern for the turkeys, but because of weather and pressure from protesters.Defenders of the drop claim the turkeys should be able to fly before hitting the ground.

“They’re not going to crash,” county judge Terry Ott told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “They’re birds. They can fly.”

But others, including poultry science professor Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton, beg to differ.

“Placing turkeys in an environment that is new to them is stressful,” Thaxton told blogger Max Brantley at Arkansas Times. “In the case of an airplane, the noise would also be a stress-producing fear reaction. Dropping one from 500 feet is a horrific act of abuse.”

The National Wild Turkey Federation holds that wild turkeys can fly in excess of 55 miles per hour, and may fly often to roost or escape predators. There’s no typical need to survive a 500-foot drop in the life of a wild turkey, however.

According to Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the FAA in Fort Worth, as quoted on Arkansas Online, there is no law against throwing things out of a plane, so long as there is no risk of injuring people or property on the ground. And while Lunsford said the FAA heard at least seven complaints about the turkey drop that day, his office still refers all animal cruelty cases to other appropriate channels.

“We don’t endorse the practice of heaving unsuspecting turkeys out of aircraft for entertainment purposes, but our regulations don’t specifically exclude live animals as ‘objects,’” Lunsford said.
Elsewhere in the Turkey Trot Festival, along those objectifying lines, is the annual Miss Drumsticks beauty contest, where women’s upper bodies and faces are hidden as spectators judge their legs.

The future of Yellville’s turkey drop is yet to be determined, but you can lend a voice to help. Follow the button below to our next page, where you can sign a petition and tell the Governor of Arkansas, the Arkansas Attorney General, and the Arkansas Aviation and Aerospace Commission to work together to spearhead the prosecution of any person involved in the abuse of turkeys in Yellville and enact legislation which prevents this from occurring again in the future.
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Witnesses to Animal Abuse Must Report It Immediately

 

 

A shepherd has been accused of beating one of his lambs, and the crowd that witnessed the incident did not report it. Sign this petition to require that future incidents be reported immediately.

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Justice For Dead Dog Shot and Burned With Firecrackers

A Snapchat video reportedly showed a teen shooting a dead dog and shoving firecrackers into its body. He allegedly described it as ‘awesome’ and found it funny. Demand justice for this innocent dog.

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Teens Who Allegedly Abused Baby Goat Must Be Punished

A baby goat was reportedly abused by teenagers who smashed beer cans over its head. Despite the sickening footage, they won’t be charged with animal abuse. Demand that this injustice be solved and these teens punished.

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UPDATE~Animal Groomer Pleads Not Guilty To Strangling Dachshund « CBS San Francisco


San Mateo Animal Groomer Pleads Not Guilty To Strangling Dachshund
June 24, 2016 1:03 PM
Filed Under: Animal Abuse, Animal Groomer, Crime, Dachshund, San Mateo
Juan Zarate (San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office)

REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) — A pet store employee has pleaded not guilty to animal abuse and animal cruelty in the alleged strangulation of a 1-year-old dachshund last month in a San Mateo pet store, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

On May 15, Juan Zarate, 38, of Hayward, took the dog Henry to a back room to trim its nails but got angry when the dog was not cooperative, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Zarate rushed to the front of the store three minutes later with the dog, which was unresponsive and had blood foaming from its mouth.
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A veterinarian at the store was unable to revive the dog, prosecutors said.

Police responded at 5:15 p.m. to the PetSmart at 3520 S. El Camino Real on a report that a dog had died. Police arrested Zarate at the store the same day.

Henry came to the store with his owner, a 47-year-old San Mateo man, who brought two other dogs with him to have the dogs’ nails trimmed, according to prosecutors.

Wagstaffe said Henry’s owner was in court Thursday and indicated Henry was a beloved member of the family.

“It was such an impactful thing for them,” Wagstaffe said of Henry’s death.

A necropsy determined that the dog was strangled. A post-mortem X-ray showed the dog also suffered two broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Zarate has no other history of animal abuse, according to Wagstaffe. He is out of jail on a $50,000 bond.

A superior court review conference is set for 1 p.m. July 21 and a preliminary hearing for 9 a.m. July 29 in the county courthouse in South San Francisco.

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Justice for Horse Allegedly Beaten to Death by Two Men

 

 

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A horse reportedly had to be euthanized after collapsing on a highway and being beaten by two men. This gruesome attack on an innocent animal must not be tolerated. Demand that authorities charge the men with animal cruelty immediately if they are found guilty for this cruel crime.

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Petition update · Perdue Announces Groundbreaking Policy to Improve Lives of 680 Million Chickens · Change.org

 

Tell Chicken Giant Perdue to Stop Appalling Animal Abuse
by Mercy For Animals · 181,713 supporters
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Perdue Announces Groundbreaking Policy to Improve Lives of 680 Million Chickens
Mercy For Animals

Jun 27, 2016 — Thanks to you and the nearly 182,000 others who signed this petition, today, Perdue Foods, one of the nation’s largest poultry producers, is announcing a precedent-setting commitment to improving animal welfare.

While there is still work to be done, Perdue’s commitment is the most comprehensive animal welfare policy ever adopted by a major chicken producer. Of the more than 8 billion chickens killed for meat annually in the U.S., Perdue’s policy will reduce the suffering of nearly 680 million birds on 2,200 farms.

Citing the “five freedoms,” a set of ethical imperatives for farmed animal welfare, the policy outlines the company’s efforts to implement on-farm improvements, such as environmental enrichment and natural light; curb malicious abuse; and eliminate cruel live-shackle slaughter.

Perdue also addresses the unnaturally rapid growth rates of chickens, which cause incredible suffering to birds—crippling them under their own weight, rendering them immobile, leaving them in constant pain, and causing many to die of organ failure. Additionally, the policy mandates annual third-party audits and increased video surveillance—including of transport areas—to deter instances of illegal animal abuse.

Most notable is the policy’s commitment to replacing live-shackle slaughter methods with less cruel Controlled Atmosphere Stunning, a move that will spare millions of birds from the horrific suffering caused by dumping, shackling, shocking, and slitting the throats of conscious animals. This change is even more meaningful given that chickens, who comprise 95 percent of land animals raised and killed for food in the U.S., are excluded from the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

With this announcement, it’s never been clearer that the days are numbered for many of the poultry industry’s cruelest practices. Perdue’s policy represents important progress and we look forward to seeing the company establish deadlines for the implementation of these crucial changes. Perdue’s policy will also hopefully inspire other companies to adopt similar meaningful animal welfare requirements.

It’s now time for Tyson, Foster Farms, and other poultry producers to stop dragging their feet and reduce the needless pain and suffering animals endure on factory farms and in slaughterhouses.

• Sign our petition demanding that Tyson stop tormenting chickens: https://www.change.org/p/tyson-foods-stop-animal-abuse-at-world-s-largest-chicken-producer.

• Sign our petition calling on Foster Farms to stop abusing birds: https://www.change.org/p/tell-american-humane-association-to-stop-certifying-factory-farm-cruelty.
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Dog With Artery Exposed by Six-Pound Chain Deserves Justice

 

 

Target: Alan Wilson, Attorney General of South Carolina Goal: Find and prosecute whomever is responsible for abusing a dog found with a six-pound chain

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Justice for Dog Allegedly Killed by Groomer

 

 

A dog is dead after leaving a grooming office bleeding from the mouth and struggling to breathe. Demand that the groomer allegedly responsible is fired and that hiring practices are improved to ensure that cruel people like these cannot handle animals.

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Shut Down “Death Zoo” After Crying Elephant Dies

 

Yani the elephant, who was seen crying as she died with her body covered in sores, has become the latest victim of the “Death Zoo.” Demand that this careless and inhumane facility be shut down.

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Justice for Lion Shot and Killed By Rangers

A lion was shot and killed by rangers after straying from the Nairobi National Park in Kenya. These rangers are paid to protect animals, not kill them. Demand that action be taken so that incidents like this never happen again.

Source: Justice for Lion Shot and Killed By Rangers

Stop Cruel “Chicken Chase” Event

A church is holding an event called “Chicken Chase.” During the event, chickens are released into an arena for children to chase. The children who are able to catch chickens are awarded a baby chick. Sign this petition and urge the church to end the “Chicken Chase” event.

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Ask Model to Stop Promoting Cruelty to Horses

A model who claims to be passionate about animal rights has recently signed on as a horse racing ambassador. Racing is a cruel industry where horses are whipped, drugged, abused and sent to slaughter. Urge this model to stop promoting cruelty to horses.

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Ban Bestiality in New Hampshire

 

Bestiality is still not banned in New Hampshire, as well as in nine other U.S. states. Shockingly, New Hampshire farmers are fighting efforts to prohibit bestiality in their state. Animal rape is inhumane and barbaric and must be banned.

Source: Ban Bestiality in New Hampshire