Donald Trump signs bill targeting ‘sadistic’ animal ‘crush’ videos

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By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com 23:44 25 Nov 2019, updated 00:08 26 Nov 2019

Donald Trump signs landmark animal cruelty bill into law, making sadistic killing of animals a felony in some cases
New law is an extension of an Obama-era statute that targeted ‘crush’ fetish videos, which depict animals being killed for sexual gratification
New law carries a maximum of 7 years in prison
Lara Trump: ‘Our companion pets are family members, and our working dogs are our heroes’

Donald Trump signed the first animal cruelty bill of his presidency on Monday, outlawing narrow types of egregious violence usually committed for the purpose of videotaping them.

The Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act this month after a similar House vote in late October. It applies to non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, building on a 2010 law that criminalized the distributon of so-called ‘crush’ videos—footage meant to satisfy an unusual sexual fetish—by also outlawing the production of the films.

Producing a crush video typically consists of filming a small animal being killed by stomping on it. But the new law expands the definition to include animals that are ‘purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury.’

President Trump said the bill would stop people from sharing footage of animal cruelty. ‘It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty,’ he said.

President Donald Trump signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act in the Oval Office on Monday

The bill signing came on thesame day the president gave a military dog named Conan a medal

Animal welfare advocate Lara Trump told DailyMail.com on Monday that she is proud her father-in-law put his Sharpie signature on the legislation.

‘I could not be more excited for President Trump to take this historic step today, publicly signing into law a bill tackling the nefarious and unacceptable world of animal cruelty,’ she said in a statement.

‘Our companion pets are family members, and our working dogs are our heroes, and any movement to signal and enforce a positive environment for these great animals is a step in the right direction,’ Ms. Trump said.

The new law carves out a broad variety of activity for exemptions, including slaughtering livestock, hunting, trapping, fishing, and medical or scientific research.

‘[C]ustomary and normal veterinary, agricultural husbandry, or other animal management practice[s]’ are also nestled in a loophole, along with predator control and pest control.

Anything ‘necessary to protect the life or property of a person’ or done as part of euthanizing an animal is also exempt.

Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and a longtime animal welfare advocate, said ‘[o]ur companion pets are family members, and our working dogs are our heroes’

Lara is a seniot Trump 2020 campaign adviser and the wife of the president’s second-eldest son Eric

The president asked rhetorically on Monday ‘why hasn’t this happened a long time ago?’

‘Because Trump wasn’t president,’ he said.

The new law has a maximum penalty of fines and seven years in prison.

Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, one of its cosponsors, said Monday that ‘[t]he torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Signing this bill into law is a significant milestone for pet owners and animal lovers across the country.’

Federal prosecutors have brought cases against producers of ‘crush’ videos in the nine years since President Barack Obama signed the original bill into law.

One woman who filmed herself torturing and maiming small animals for viewers’ sexual gratification pleaded guilty to federal charges in 2015.

In the films, a scantily clad Ashley Nicole Richards, then 24, could be seen stabbing helpless animals including a puppy, a kitten and a chicken.

She would sometimes chop off their limbs and urinate on them while making sexual comments to the camera.
Ashley Nicole Richards from Houston admitted to four counts of creating animal crush videos and one film distribution charge in one of the first cases of its kind in the United States, just a few years ago

The Houston Chronicle reported at the time that one video seen by authorities featured Richards puncturing a cat’s eye with a shoe heel.

Richards and Brent Justice, 54, were the first two people to be charged under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act.

Richards was already in state custody in Texas, serving a 10-year animal cruelty sentence.

Federal Judge Sim Lake had dismissed five counts of animal cruelty video creation and distribution against Richards and Justice, citing the films as protected free speech under the First Amendment.

But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the charges, noting that the First Amendment allows limited restrictions on some speech, including obscenity, and that the federal law was constitutional because of the ‘secondary effects’ of the videos.

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PETITION: Help stop the sadistic ‘Fire Bull’ festival in Soria

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In Medinaceli, a picturesque town in the province of Soria, a “tradition” called Toro Júbilo brings shame on Spain.

Image: “Toro Jubilo 2011 – Medinaceli – PACMA” by PACMA Fotos / CC by 2.0

On the second weekend in November, balls of pitch (a sticky black substance made from tar or turpentine) will once again be stuck onto the horns of a bull and set on fire. The burning bull is called Toro de Fuego (literally “bull on fire”).

The bull is then released onto the streets and can do nothing but run around in pain. The bull often smashes into walls in an attempt to douse the fire. The agony the bull must suffer is unimaginable. These fiery balls can burn for hours, and they burn the bull’s horns, body and eyes and cause tremendous stress – all while spectators cheer and run around the victim.

This distressing video from PACMA shows the full horror:

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PETITION: DE-FUND THE EXPERIMENTS!

EXPOSED: NIH has wasted over $16 million of your tax dollars to drill holes in monkeys skulls, inject toxins to destroy their brains, and cripple them. Is this how you want your money spent?

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Disabled Dog Abducted and Found Dead Deserves Justice – Animal Petitions

Zorra, a partially paralyzed husky mix and an emotional support dog was in a locked car with the air on and parked in handicap parking outside the convenience store while Zorra’s guardian went in to pick up a bag of ice, a illegal immigrant stole the car, after a massive search they found the car and Zorra dead. Demand that justice be served for this helpless animal victim.

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Punish Shooter Behind Mass Slaughter of Wild Burros – Animal Petitions

Wild burros are the target of an unidentified shooter, resulting in dozens of deaths so far. The casualties have been adding up for months and there is no end in sight as long as this offender walks free. Demand justice for these iconic creatures.

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Sign Petition: These Dogs Are American Heroes, So Why Is Our Government Letting Them Die Painful Deaths

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After a whistleblower told the U.S. government that the Explosive Detection Canines (EDCs) were being neglected, the inspector general’s (IG) office for the State Department began to investigate. What they discovered was horrifying.

At least ten bomb-sniffing dogs given to Jordan over the past 8 years have perished. Some of the dogs were young and healthy pups when they left but died shortly after they arrived in the Middle Eastern nation.

Zoe, for example, a 2-year-old female Belgian Malinois, died of heatstroke just 9 months after she arrived. Another dog, Mencey, a 3-year-old of the same bread, got so sick in Jordan from a tick-borne disease that she had to be returned to the United States for treatment. He died shortly afterward. Other dogs were found to be parasite ridden, emaciated, and lacking in proper medical attention. In light of their investigation, IG’s office determined that no more dogs should be sent to Amman. Yet, despite the initial complaint and the devastating findings of the IG’s report, dogs are still being sent.

These dogs are American heroes. They keep us and our allies safe by doing the jobs that are too dangerous for humans. The least we could do is make sure that they are well taken care of and have happy, healthy lives.

If Jordan or any other country that receives American EDCs cannot treat them humanely then they shouldn’t be allowed to have them. It’s just that simple.

Please sign the petition and demand that the U.S. State Department stop giving dogs to countries that can’t take care of them.

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Punish Daycare Workers Accused of Confining Dog in Hot Crate Until She Died – ForceChange

A dog named Luna overheated and died after daycare workers reportedly confined her in a tiny crate in scorching hot temperatures. The dog reportedly could not stand up, straighten her legs, or properly pant in the restrictive cage. Demand justice for Luna.

Source: Punish Daycare Workers Accused of Confining Dog in Hot Crate Until She Died – ForceChange

Raccoons Killed and Stuffed Into Mailboxes Deserve Justice – ForceChange

Multiple raccoons have been killed and placed in gory displays throughout a small town. Hung by the intestines or nailed to buildings, these poor animals did nothing to deserve this cruelty. Demand that this killer be brought to justice.

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Drone footage shows hundreds of dogs kept in extreme stress for research

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Spending so much time on the Internet and being there all the time these days, reading everything that is served to us – good or bad – sadly enough, often are the times we hear or read stories of dogs being used for experiments.

And, truth be told, it breaks my heart every time.
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What took the internet by storm this time, is this video taken by a drone of hundreds of dogs being kept in horrible conditions and living the life no one would want. The video was uploaded on YouTube by Shark, and according to its caption, the dogs are there for experiments.

In a Covance Research facility, in Cumberland, Virginia you can see hundreds of Beagles in extremely stressful conditions.

Keeping them trapped and in such horrible conditions according to experts is developing them ‘very toxic and aggressive behavior patterns.’ In the video, you can hear the poor creatures barking and crying at all time.

Another thing noticed there, is the so-called ‘repetitive behavior’ of the dogs which is caused by stress, seeing many of them pacing in circles. This is an indicator of a serious problem with the mental state of an animal or person. It really breaks your heart!

The cages that the Beagles are being kept, are over-filled and you can clearly see they are under so much stress, where fighting and other signs of dominance occur. Who even blames them?

It is heartbreaking knowing that these lovely dogs are going under so much stress. While the barking and the crying of the Beagles – is the new sound of the Covance research facility.

Turns out that the Covance research facility has been blamed for illegal treatment in the past as well. They were accused by PETA for immoral practices in a monkey laboratory.

To help these loving creatures who are suffering from living a stressful life being trapped in cages, living a life they do not deserve, people have created a petition to shut down the Covance research facility and rescue the poor dogs.

https://latestreadings.com/drone-footage-shows-hundreds-of-dogs-kept-in-extreme-stress-for-research/

Let’s hope the best for the life of these lovely Beagles.

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PETITION: Justice for Elephants Beaten Raw and Bloody For Thailand’s Tourism Industry

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PETITION TARGET: Thai Ambassador to the U.S. Pisan Manawapat

Horrifying pictures have emerged of elephants brutally struck over and over again with sharp metal hooks on the island of Phuket in Thailand, blood dripping down their heads and their bodies covered in dozens of scars from old wounds. Mahouts, or elephant trainers, hit the poor elephants with razor-sharp tools to make them behave for human entertainment — the most popular form being riding elephants.

Add your voice to stop this senseless torture of elephants in Thailand.

There are currently 3,500 wild elephants and 4,500 domesticated elephants living in Thailand. World Animal Protection reports that of the 3,000 working elephants in Asia, 77% are treated inhumanely. This abuse ranges from being fed poor diets, kept near distressing loud places, and, when not working, being held in captive isolation with chains less than 10 feet long.

As reported by UNILAD, Dr. Patrapol Maneeorn, a wildlife veterinarian of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, claims that Thailand is working to improve, and eventually eradicate, elephant cruelty.

“What we are doing is collaborating with different organizations and sectors in Thailand to reduce and hopefully eliminate animal cruelty as much as possible.”

But we have a long way to go and no time left to wait. We must speak out to end elephant tourism now. Elephants are intelligent, social creatures who do not deserve to spend their lives being mercilessly beaten for entertainment.

Sign this petition to urge Ambassador Manawapat to end elephant tourism once and for all and spare these majestic creatures from a life of unrelenting pain.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-elephants-beaten-raw-and-bloody-for-thailands-tourism-industry/

PETITION: JUSTICE FOR DOLPHIN IMPALED AND LEFT FOR DEAD

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PETITION TARGET: Director of NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement Jim Landon

Florida wildlife officials discovered a fatally wounded bottlenose dolphin along the coast of Upper Captiva Island in Lee County, reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“There was a wound penetrating from above and in front of the right eye, extending almost 6 inches toward the top and back of the head. The wound ended inside the head at the top of the skull and had evidence of hemorrhaging, indicating wounds consistent with being impaled prior to death,” the NOAA stated.

The necropsy revealed the dolphin was likely “begging” for food when gruesomely stabbed by a “spear-like object.”

“People can help prevent future harm to wild dolphins by not feeding or attempting to feed them. Not only is it illegal, dolphins fed by people learn to associate people, boats, and fishing gear with food, which puts dolphins and people in harmful situations,” the NOAA informed.

“Harassing, harming and killing wild dolphins is also illegal,” the Miami Herald warned.

Sign this petition to urge NOAA Director Jim Landon to use all available resources to investigate this horrific crime against protected wildlife, so the perpetrator can be identified and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the NOAA Enforcement Hotline as soon as possible at 1-800-853-1964. There is a $38,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
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PETITION UPDATE: Man Who Beat Sparky the Puppy with A Hammer Sentenced to Jail

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A man in Lurgan, Ireland has been jailed for the murder of an 11-week-old puppy.

On July 10, Craigavon Crown Court sentenced 24-year-old Kyle Keegan to two and a half years for the crime. Keegan, who admitted earlier this year to animal cruelty, will spend half of his sentence behind bars.

After being released, he will spend the remainder of his sentence “on licence,” or required to adhere to certain restrictive conditions (similarly to what’s known as “probation” in the United States).

The judge also imposed a 30-year ban on Keegan having any animals in his care.

Keegan was arrested for causing unnecessary suffering to animals in February 2018, after a mixed-breed puppy named Sparky was brutally beaten with a hammer and placed inside a microwave during a house party. He was identified as one of two males seen committing the gruesome act in a viral video that circulated on Snapchat and other social media platforms.

After Keegan and his 16-year-old counterpart murdered Sparky, his body was disposed of in a garbage receptacle at Ailysbury Park in Lurgan. An autopsy determined that Sparky had multiple fractures and severe brain trauma as a result of his head being smashed.

A Lady Freethinker petition urging the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to arrest Sparky’s killers and ban them from having animals garnered nearly 25,000 signatures. Thank you to everyone who signed, helping in the fight to deliver justice to Sparky.

“It is difficult to imagine how violence could be any more gratuitous than when meted out to an 11-week-old small breed pup by the use of a claw hammer to stove its skull in,” Judge Neil Rafferty stated during Keegan’s sentencing.

“There is little can be said that would express the horror of this small dog’s death at your hands.”

https://ladyfreethinker.org/petition-update-man-who-beat-sparky-the-puppy-with-a-hammer-sentenced-to-jail/

PETITION: Justice for Swordfish Stoned to Death by Tourists

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PETITION TARGET: Greek Minister of Justice Kostas Tsiaras

A crowd of tourists on a beach in Chalkida, Greece tormented and attacked a disoriented swordfish who had accidentally comes too close to shore, stoning the innocent creature to death.

A video on Facebook shows onlookers laughing heartlessly while the attackers strike the swordfish with rocks and other objects, trying to grab the fish as the animal swam around in a confused state, desperately trying to escape to safety.

The frightened swordfish finally managed to get away, but a small group of men then further hounded her, intent on continuing the attack. Officials later discovered the animal dead in the harbour.

Not only did onlookers stand by and allow this terrible attack to happen, but harbour officials reportedly failed to take measures to prevent the escalation of the brutality.

This shocking incident must be investigated thoroughly and the attackers punished. Greek authorities need to make it clear that the abuse of animals is completely unacceptable.

Sign this petition to urge the Greek Minister of Justice, Kostas Tsiaras, to ensure that this case is fully investigated and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-swordfish-stoned-to-death-by-tourists/

PETITION: Justice for Raccoon Trapped in Cage and Set on Fire

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PETITION TARGET: Plainfield Police Department Director Lisa Burgess

A defenseless raccoon trapped in a cage in Plainsfield, New Jersey was soaked in accelerant and burned alive, dying in terror and agony on the 4th of July.

Police discovered the body of the juvenile raccoon in the early morning after responding to calls reporting the incident. They found the burned corpse in a small cage on the curbside.

Two other raccoons were discovered in cages outside the home, but they were unharmed. An investigation revealed that a pest control company set up the cages.

Plainfield Police are still investigating this horrific act of cruelty and ask anyone with information to contact Police Lt. Edward Hafekin at 908-753-3131 or Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Vito Colacitti at 908-527-4670.

Anyone capable of torturing and murdering an innocent animal in this way is a danger to animals and humans, and needs to be caught.

Sign this petition urging Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess to ensure police conduct a thorough investigation and prosecute whoever did this to the fullest extent of the law.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-raccoon-trapped-in-cage-and-set-on-fire/

PETITION: Justice for 29 Dogs Burned to Death in Kennel Fire

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PETITION TARGET: DuPage State’s Attorney Robert Berlin

Crammed into tiny, filthy cages stacked atop one another, 29 dogs burned to death in a kennel fire in Carol Stream, Illinois. With nobody there to watch the dogs and zero fire safety measures in place, the dogs had no hope of escape as the building quickly became engulfed in flames.

A six-month investigation by local authorities revealed abhorrent practices at the kennel long before the fire. Officials discovered dogs with puncture wounds, lacerations, abrasions, weight loss, and dehydration.

Investigators say the house reeked and water bowls lay empty. One of the dogs that perished in the fire was tied to a bathtub so tightly that the canine wouldn’t have even been able to lie down to rest.

While firefighters and police managed to rescue 22 of the 58 dogs housed on the property, they were unable to reach those trapped on the second floor of the building.

Police have charged owner Garrett Mercado with 14 counts of animal cruelty and 14 counts of violating his duties as an animal owner. Now, we must urge prosecutors to treat this case with the severity it deserves, and call for a lifelong ban on the defendant from ever having another animal in his care.

Sign this petition urging DuPage State’s Attorney Robert Berlin to ensure that justice is served in this tragic case, and protect future animals from neglect.

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Sign Petition: This Guy Ram into Windo the Seal with His Boat

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Windo the “friendly seal” of Dartmouth, United Kingdom has become famous around the area. The portly pinniped is known for lounging on his favorite buoy near the coast. He’s even known to wave at tourists as they pass by.

That’s why, locals and tourists alike, were so enraged when they heard that Windo had been attacked by a jackass on a boat.

Local Andy Kyle said he witnessed the idiot, take aim at the dinghy where Windo usually rests and then speed towards it to knock him off. Windo went flying into the water, only to come back to his perch again.

The man continues to harass Windo and then goes on his way.

Whoever this jerk is, he should be found and charged with animal cruelty. Sailing his boat so recklessly and ramming it into Windo like that is not ok. He could have seriously injured Windo or worse! Windo is a living thing and deserves to be treated with respect. There’s no reason to harass and abuse an animal like that. Especially one that’s beloved by all.

Tell the Devon Police you want them to find Windo’s attacker and charge him with animal cruelty.

Sign Petition

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Sign the Petition: Shut Down the Abuse of Animal Cruelty to Cows at Fair Oaks Farm

 

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Kai Marten started this petition to Coca-Cola and 1 other

On June 4, 2019, a video was released exposing Fair Oaks Farm, in Indiana, for their animal abuse and cruelty. The video showed calfs being separated from their mothers, being thrown into trucks, being stepped on, being hit, and other forms of cruelty. The lack of respect show to these animals is unacceptable.

Everyone sees Fair Oaks as a family friendly place to be. It is an animal killing place for profit by big corporations. I urge Coca Cola to stop funding this place.

Fair Oaks kills cows everyday. They show the proper way to milk a cow everyday in the showrooms. However, they fail to show the extreme abuse from the handlers to the cows. The lack of dignity from these employees is unacceptable. This is not just one or two bad workers, it’s all of the cow handlers.

Coca Cola has the power to shut down this operation. I urge you to sign this petition to stop this abuse and give these innocent animals liberation.��✨

https://www.change.org/p/shut-down-the-abuse-and-animal-cruelty-to-cows-by-fair-oaks-farm

Brave Cat Who Survived Being Set on Fire Deserves Justice

  • A cat was doused in gasoline and set on fire in a disturbing case of animal cruelty. She is the second cat to suffer this torture, striking fear into the hearts of local pet owners. Demand that authorities do more to ensure this cat torturer is found and punished.

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Dog Reportedly Disfigured by Scalding Liquid Deserves Justice

A dog was reportedly doused with scalding liquid in a horrific case of animal cruelty. She apparently suffered burns so severe that they caused permanent disfigurement. Demand justice for this poor pup.

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Sign Petition: Stop Animal Abusers From Getting Pets Through Craigslist!

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A man was recently arrested for acquiring an estimated twelve cats and kittens through Craigslist to brutally torture and kill them. Sadly, we hear about similar cases time and time again in the news.

In 2015, a man was arrested for tying a dog’s legs together, muzzling her and setting her on fire while she was still alive. The man got the dog from Craigslist.

In 2013, a man was charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty for torturing kittens he got off of Craigslist. The man told police he had a “cat room” where he would torture the cats and discard their carcasses.

In this most recent case, the alleged animal abuser stomped on the heads of cats and strangled them. After the cats died, he dismembered some of them, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Craigslist provides an avenue for animal abusers to easily obtain animals with little risk of detection. Abusers can use fake email addresses and phone numbers to get animals from unsuspecting pet owners. Unlike reputable shelters and rescues, pet owners looking to find a new home for their animal might not know the right questions to ask.

Shelters and rescues often use application forms, reference checks and home inspections to ensure their pets are going to a safe home.

Craigslist states in its policy that pet sales are prohibited but specifies that “re-homing with small adoption fee ok”. Recent cases show us that Craigslist’s policy is not enough to protect innocent animals from getting into the hands of depraved animal abusers. There is no clear option for monitoring the transfer of pets to ensure that the animals are only going to safe homes.

Therefore, we need to protect our beloved pets by preventing animal abusers from being able to simply scroll online to find new victims. Craigslist needs to prohibit all ads giving away pets- regardless of whether the seller is charging a fee or not.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/285/651/134/stop-animal-abusers-from-getting-pets-through-craigslist/

Petition: They cut the claws of a lioness to play with tourists, rescue her!

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We can not continue to allow these abuses in the sight of everyone and that nobody does anything. This lioness was MUTILATED so that some people could approach her to play. This madness happened in the zoo of the Palestinian city of Rafah, a place that should be closed and its animals taken to sanctuaries, because they surely have done similar things with other animals.

Let’s do something, these places can not be anyone’s land to do what they want with animals, there are international laws, and if there are not there should be. Please, ask the Government of Israel to rescue the animals of that zoo and take them to a sanctuary or something similar where they can live happily without being mistreated.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

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Second PETITION: Justice for Bear Pelted with Stones who Fell to Its Death

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PETITION TARGET: Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

After a young brown bear wandered into a village in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, locals terrorized, chased and pelted the animal with stones before the terrified bear fell 50 feet into a river to die, according to reports.

Smartphone footage from earlier in the day shows the panicked bear trying to flee from a mob of locals. The bear becomes painfully tangled in barbed wire, before pulling free and escaping.

Another video shared on Twitter shows the bear desperately clinging to the side of a steep mountain while people throw rocks at the petrified animal. One rock hits the bear on the head, causing the bear to lose balance and fall, tumbling and crashing down the cliff before disappearing into a river as the crowd cheers.

Wildlife conflict is an ongoing problem in India, as human populations grow and destroy precious habitat. This heartbreaking incident highlights the need to increase protections for the critically endangered brown bears in the country, along with other species at risk.

Sign this petition urging India’s Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to not only find and prosecute all involved, but to increase education for villagers on how to deal with wild animal conflicts, so no more creatures suffer a similar fate to this bear.

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Long Island couple tortured and viciously beat 3 adopted dogs to death

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May 15, 2019 | 12:56pm | Updated

Ellie Knoller and wife Jessica Kuncman were arraigned Wednesday in court. A Goldendoodle named Bella (left) was allegedly abused in their care.

Ellie Knoller and wife Jessica Kuncman were arraigned Wednesday in court. A Goldendoodle named Bella (left) was allegedly abused in their care. Victor Alcorn

A Long Island man and his wife brought three lovable puppies into their Mineola home, where the husband viciously beat the pooches while his spouse did nothing — leaving two dead and another fighting for her life, according to prosecutors.

Jessica Kuncman, 30, and Ellie Knoller, 29, were hit with charges stemming from the torture of their three dogs, one after the other, each beaten within days of being brought back to their Mineola home.

The couple — who has been married less than a year — pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Nassau County Court to the heinous crimes, which prosecutors describe as “serial” animal abuse.

“In my 28 years as a prosecutor, I have never seen a case where someone committed this kind of serial violence against different puppies,” said Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Prosecutors said the pair adopted the first pup, a male shepherd mix named Tucker, on Feb. 8 from North Shore Animal League — but nine days later the new pet was dead from a kidney rupture as a result of Knoller’s “blunt force trauma to the dog.” Tucker suffered from extensive internal bleeding and died.

The very next day, the couple purchased a Goldendoodle named Cooper from a Pennsylvania breeder. But the designer dog — which can fetch as much as $3,000 from a breeder — was dealt a similar fate.

Three days after his adoption, Cooper bled to death from internal injuries, which were the result of being pummeled by Knoller, according to prosecutors. He suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest from the disturbing abuse.

On Feb. 20, Knoller allegedly brought the puppy into Garden City Veterinary Care in cardiac and respiratory arrest.

By the time a veterinarian examined Cooper he had already died.

Knoller then returned to the same breeder days after Cooper’s death and complained he was sold a sick animal. He was given another Goldendoodle named Bella from the same litter.

The couple’s lone surviving dog was then allegedly choked, beaten and suffered several broken bones. The shaggy pooch was left with injuries that total more than $18,000 in medical bills — including broken ribs, a forearm fractured in two places and a pulmonary contusion, according to the Nassau County SPCA.

“I’ve never ever seen a case of serial animal abuse like this. Basically serial murder of an animal,” said Gary Rogers, the SPCA’s president, outside the court. “It’s just wrong.”

Both newlyweds were charged Wednesday with over-driving, torturing and injuring animals. Knoller also faces a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Knoller and Kuncman face a max of two years and one year, respectively, if convicted on the top count.

“I don’t know why this happened and unfortunately the dogs can’t tell us,” Singas said. “Maybe there are anger issues. Maybe it’s some kind of sick sport.”

Judge Meryl Berkowitz ordered the couple Wednesday not to have any pets during the trial.

“The defendants are not allowed to have any kind of animals — not a dog, not a cat, not a bird, not a goldfish,” Berkowitz said.

The pair were released without bail but had their passports taken away. They drove off in a Range Rover without commenting.

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PETITION: Justice for Sir Edwin, Dalmation Shot In His Own Home

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PETITION TARGET: Warren County DA Jason Carusone

In the early hours of the morning of May 10, a man shot and killed a two-year-old Dalmatian named Sir Edwin in the dog’s own home.

The suspect, Joshua Marcantonio, reportedly visited the residence in Glens Falls, New York, to catch up with friends. Jacqueline Gilligan, one of Sir Edwin’s guardians, told WNYT that Marcantonio had punched her father in his sleep before leaving the house, only to return with a shotgun.

He then fired the gun through the closed front door, narrowly missing a man on the other side but killing Sir Edwin almost instantly. Gilligan says she heard the blast of the gun followed by the yelp of her precious dog who died shortly after, terrified and confused.

Glens Falls Police arrested Marcantonio, who is now in the Warren County Jail. Police charged him with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Glens Falls Police Detective Lt. Peter Casertino said the department would also file animal cruelty charges, according to The Post-Star.

Sign this petition urging Warren County DA Jason Carusone to treat this case with the severity it deserves, and prosecute Marcantonio to the fullest extent of the law — ensuring he can’t hurt another animal or endanger human life again.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-sir-edwin-dalmation-shot-in-his-own-home/

PETITION: Justice for Helpless Kitten Shot with Arrow

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PETITION TARGET: Laconia Police Department

In a shocking act of cruelty, someone shot an arrow through a 10-month old kitten named Wolfie in Laconia, New Hampshire, in April.

The thick arrow pierced Wolfie’s back leg, shattering her tibia and fibula, and only narrowing missing her femur and femoral artery, according to an update on her guardian Liz Carmignani’s GoFundMe page.

Carmignani found the injured kitten outside her house, terrified and in pain. After the traumatized cat went into shock and lost consciousness, she rushed her to the vet to get the arrow removed.

Initially, vets thought they would need to amputate the mangled limb, but they were fortunately able to repair it using metal rods. However, Wolfie’s recovery will be lengthy, and she will need further surgery to remove the rods.

Laconia Police Chief Matt Canfield told the Laconia Daily Sun that the arrow was a Mossy Oak brand, commonly launched by compound bows and crossbows. Local police are still investigating this malicious attack.

We need to act now to bring Wolfie’s attacker to justice before they can hurt or even kill any more animals like her.

Sign the petition urging the Laconia Police Department to use all possible resources to find the person responsible for this horrific abuse.

Anyone with information about the attack should call the Laconia Police Department crime line on 524-1717.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-helpless-kitten-shot-with-arrow/

PETITION: Justice for Miniature Horse Found Shot and Dismembered

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PETITION TARGET: Jonne Slemons, Bethany Mayor

A sweet little miniature horse named Quigley was callously murdered and his body mutilated in Bethany, Missouri, last week.

The perpetrator shot the much-loved four-year-old horse through the neck before chopping off his genitals, hacking off one of his ears and gouging out an eye. This beautiful horse had also been skinned from his belly up with surgical precision, reported KQ2.com.

Quigley’s guardians discovered his butchered body in his field when he didn’t come to the gate for his morning feed. They had cared for him since he was only a few months old and considered the 30-inch horse to be a treasured part of the family.

The Bethany Police Department is currently investigating, but has not yet reported any developments or arrests, according to the Kansas City Star.

Sign this petition calling for justice for Quigley and to urge Bethany Mayor Jonne Slemons to ensure all possible resources are used to investigate this heinous crime and prevent the attacker from torturing and slaughtering any more animals.

Bethany Police are asking anyone with information about this crime to call 660-425-3199.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-miniature-horse-found-shot-and-dismembered/

SIGN: Justice for Estrella, Dog who Died from Sexual Assault

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Petition Target: Oregon Governor Kate Brown

This case is horrifying. An Oregon man brutally raped his fiancée’s dog in a drunken rage after she wouldn’t respond to his text messages. The dog’s internal injuries were so severe the vet had to euthanize the small Lhasa Apso, named Estrella.

Estrella lost her life — but her attacker only served 60 days in jail, because that is the maximum allowed under current law for first-degree aggravated animal abuse and sexual assault of an animal.

“If it could have been more, I gladly would have given you more time,” the judge said, according to New York Daily News.

Oregon must stop letting animal torturers get away with their crimes.

When this case broke, over 32,000 people signed LFT’s petition calling for justice. But justice has not been served, and we must keep speaking out for Estrella.

Estrella’s attacker, Fidel Lopez, is already out of jail. He will be able to own a dog again in his lifetime. His meager sentence — which includes three years of probation, mental evaluation and counseling — sends a message that anyone can hurt or kill an innocent animal and get away almost scot-free. While counseling is indeed crucial, allowing this man to walk the streets puts both animal and human lives in danger.

“The torture and abuse that Estrella suffered is unimaginable,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Jergovic said in a news release.

And what is to deter Estrella’s rapist from striking again?

Sign this petition urging Oregon Governor Kate Brown to make it a top priority to pass stronger animal protection laws, so judges can hand out appropriate sentences and animal torturers are held accountable for their crimes.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-estrella-dog-who-died-from-sexual-assault/

Officer Out on Bail for 40 Counts of Dog Sex Abuse Now Arrested for Child Pornography

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Yet another disturbing case reveals the strong link between animal cruelty and crimes against humans.

A former police officer in Bossier City, Louisiana was arrested for possession of child pornography while out on bail for multiple acts of sexual abuse against a dog.

On April 12, Terry Yetman was booked into the Bossier Parish Jail on 31 counts of child pornography. Yetman had previously been arrested on December 20 of last year on 20 felony counts of bestiality and 24 counts of filming the sick acts with a retired police dog.

“Yetman’s second arrest for sickening abuse of the vulnerable should come as no shock to anyone involved in law enforcement or animal protection,” stated Doll Stanley, campaign director for In Defense of Animals. “Yetman’s case is a classic example of how animal abusers are a threat to the entire community. Statistics bear out the indisputable fact that acts of animal cruelty and violence to fellow humans are linked.”

An investigation was launched in August 2018 by the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit into the alleged animal abuse, during which electronic evidence of Yetman’s abuse against a Belgian Malinois was uncovered.

The day before Yetman’s arrest for child pornography, In Defense of Animals delivered a petition containing 20,000 signatures to Bossier District Attorney Schuyler Marvin calling for the rigorous prosecution and sentencing of Yetman for these crimes. The organization is also calling for animal protection training among law enforcement agencies throughout the country.

It is unclear whether Yetman was charged under state or federal child pornography laws. He faces a possible life sentence in prison for his animal abuse charges.

Yetman’s bail is currently set at $620,000 and additional charges could be filed. He is currently being held at Bossier Maximum Security Facility, and his next bond hearing is set for April 23.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/officer-out-on-bail-for-40-counts-of-dog-sex-abuse-now-arrested-for-child-pornography/