Petition: To Governor of Texas Greg Abbott

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Renee Lockett started this petition to Governor of Texas Greg Abbott
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Every year, hundreds of Brown Pelicans are run over by cars along a 3-mile stretch of Highway 48 in south Texas during cold fronts. Strong winds force the pelicans onto the highway and they cannot get out of the way of cars going 75 mph. Last week, 53 pelicans were run over in one evening. I am one of the volunteers who assists to rescue pelicans that end up stranded on the highway and cannot take flight due to roadway concrete barriers and strong winds. It is a very dangerous situation for everyone. The stretch is between Port Isabel, Tx. and Brownsville, Tx. near the Carl Joe Gayman Bahia Grande Restoration Channel.

By lowering the speed limit on this 3-mile stretch, conditions would be safer for pelicans, motorists and fishermen who frequent the area. This stretch passes through an area of vital habitat for pelicans which they use for fishing and roosting, and thus fly over it on a daily basis. The links below show news reports of what is happening to the pelicans year after year. Local school children also chimed in with a song and letters to convey their thoughts and feelings. By signing this petition, you will be joining us in asking Governor Abbot to please step in to get the speed limit lowered for this 3-mile stretch of wildlife habitat along Highway 48. Thank you for your time and consideration.

  1. Pelicans in Peril on Highway 48 News Report
  2. School Children Sing for Highway 48 Pelicans

  3. Pelican Plight/Speed Limit on Highway 48 News Report

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https://www.change.org/p/greg-abbott-lower-speed-limit-to-save-hundreds-of-brown-pelicans-from-death-each-year-in-south-texas

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Petition: Scotland Must End Trophy Hunting

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Scotland Must End Trophy Hunting

Disturbing photos posted on social media by self-proclaimed “professional huntress” Larysa Switlyk during her trip to the island of Islay in Scotland have sparked outrage around the globe, and within the Scottish government as well.

In the photos, Switlyk, who lives in Florida and hosts a hunting TV show, smiles beside the carcasses of goats, stag and sheep she killed with a high-powered rifle.

“Such a fun hunt!” she wrote regarding the killing of a wild goat. “They live on the edge of the cliffs of the island and know how to hide well. We hunted hard for a big one for 2 days and finally got on this group. Made a perfect 200 yard shot and dropped him…”

It’s currently legal in Scotland to hunt deer and goats as a part of sustainable land management. But because of Switlyk and her disgusting photos, those laws could, and should, be changing.

Michael Russell, the local Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), called the photos “horrific.” He said it was unacceptable “to see people in camouflage with highly powered sniper rifles rejoicing at the killing of a goat, let alone a ram.” Russell wants goat hunting on Islay stopped immediately and is bringing it up with Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that the government will “review the current situation and consider whether changes to the law are required.”

Scotland must change its laws to prevent more animals from being killed by trophy hunters. Please sign and share this petition urging government officials to take this action immediately.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/502/650/828/scotland-must-end-trophy-hunting/

Breaking! New Report Reveals 99.9% Of 108,124 People Surveyed In North Carolina Want Federal Protection For Red Wolves – World Animal News

By WAN –
November 1, 2018

Photo from the Center for Biological Diversity
The controversial plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to drastically reduce protection for the nation’s only wild population of endangered red wolves, has met nearly unanimous opposition from more than 100,000 members of the public.
Out of 108,124 comments submitted to the Fish and Wildlife Service on the proposal, 99.9% spoke out in favor of the red wolves and their need for strong federal protections.
In June, the service solicited public comments on its management plan for the red wolf, which survives only in Eastern North Carolina with only as few as 30 individuals remaining.
The service suggested reducing the recovery area where the wolves can safely roam by more than 90%. The revised recovery area would only be expected to provide sufficient space for 10-15 red wolves.
The proposal would eliminate protections for any red wolves that wander off Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Dare County Bombing Range.
The plan would shockingly allow anyone to kill red wolves on private lands for any reason.
“People overwhelmingly oppose the Trump administration’s dangerous plan to slash the red wolf recovery area,” Perrin de Jong, a Center for Biological Diversity staff attorney based in North Carolina, said in a statement. “This reckless proposal would put these unique animals in immediate jeopardy of being lost from the wild forever. Citizens from the recovery area, across the state, and around the country, clearly want the feds to do more, not less, to protect the world’s most endangered wolf.”
“Every voice raised in support of wildlife can make a difference, and Americans overwhelmingly support the Red Wolf Recovery Program,” said Maggie Howell, executive director of the Wolf Conservation Center. “We’re counting on the service to take notice and follow the best available science to ensure that the world’s most endangered wolves remain a living, breathing part of the landscape in Eastern North Carolina.”
People living in the areas most directly affected by red wolves also expressed strong support for their conservation. Out of 2,923 comments submitted by the people of North Carolina, 2,898 comments, or 99.1%, spoke out in favor of red wolves. From the current five-county recovery area in Eastern North Carolina where the wolves live, 75 out of 95 comments submitted were also pro-wolf.
North Carolina’s governor also spoke out against the service’s proposal and expressed support for red wolf recovery.
“There is a viable path forward for North Carolina’s red wolves living in the wild, and I have directed relevant departments in my administration to work with USFWS to continue the recovery program and build upon its success to date,” Governor Roy Cooper said in a comment submitted to the Service on July 30th.
Only 19 comments specifically supported the agency’s plan to eliminate red wolf protections and shrink the recovery area. Of 30 additional comments opposing red wolf recovery, 13 came from a single real estate developer.
Volunteers from the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Wildlands Network, and the Wolf Conservation Center reviewed each of the thousands of comments submitted to produce this analysis.
In the past, the service released inaccurate tallies of wolf public comments it had received. In 2017, during the initial scoping period for the current plan, the agency reported only 12,000 out of 55,000 red wolf comments, ignoring extensive compilations of comments submitted by conservation organizations.
“Wildlife, including red wolves, are managed by the USFWS in trust for the American people,” noted D.J. Schubert, Wildlife Biologist at the Animal Welfare Institute. “The people have now spoken loud and clear of their support for the protection and recovery of the red wolf in the wild, it is time that the government starts to listen and comply with the public’s clear message. Less than 20 years ago, there were more than 130 red wolves in the wild. These numbers can be achieved again if the USFWS complies with federal law.”

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-new-report-reveals-99-9-of-108124-people-surveyed-in-north-carolina-want-federal-protection-for-red-wolves/

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Petition : IT’S TIME FOR S.KOREA TO TAKE ANIMAL WELFARE SERIOUSLY.

IT’S TIME FOR S.KOREA TO TAKE ANIMAL WELFARE SERIOUSLY.
Petition : IT’S TIME FOR S.KOREA TO TAKE ANIMAL WELFARE SERIOUSLY.
By CarlaRenders
To PRESIDENT OF S.KOREA.HWANG KYO-AHN.
IT’S TIME FOR S.KOREA TO START TAKING ANIMALWELFARE SERIOUSLEY BY AND PROVE THAT S.KOREA REALY DOES HAVE A COMPASSIONATIE AND ETHICIAL SOCIETY,THAT MEANS IT IS TIME FOR THE S.GOVERNMENT TO START A BETTER EDUCATION THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF NEUTERING,ABOUT NOT ABANDONING PETS.THE FIRST STEP MUST BE TO FINALLY END THE HORRENDOUS CRUELTY AND SUFFERING OF…..DOG&CATMEAT CONSUMPTION.

https://www.mesopinions.com/petition/animals/time-korea-animal-welfare/29247

Petition : Stop animal suffering

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Petition : Stop animal suffering
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It is by coming together that we will be more united with our four-legged friends.

Our hearts suffer from seeing all this complacency and suffering. So, I would like to invite all those who love, who suffer, and who would like to see a significant change and join us to stop the barbarism:

  • That euthanasia is used on animals only at the end their lives
  • That people who abandon animals are severely punished

  • That mistreatment is stopped by stiffer penalties

  • More monitoring in animal shelters

  • It would be advisable that all dogs and cats are declared with Sterilisation obligation

  • No reproduction with a private individual but among breeders only on demand

  • Stop the bullfights….. there are other ways to relax than to see death….

  • Stop vivisection on dogs and monkeys. This is outrageous.

It would be appropriate that the large structures of animal protection groups put an end to the slaughter in countries like Romania, which sterilise all females.

Let us all be responsible, gentlemen of governments, we want you to know that it’s time to stop this!

https://www.mesopinions.com/petition/animals/stop-animal-suffering/14588

Canada Just Took A Vital Step Forward In Banning The Captivity of Whales And Dolphins.

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by Alex Larson →

Finally after a three year fight with conservative parties, the Canadian bill “Ending the Captivity of Whales an Dolphin Act” has made its way through Canada’s Senate and onto the House of Commons.

Bill S-203 is a huge step forward for opponents of whale and dolphin captivity as it would ban all captivity across Canada.

Currently there are two current facilities in Canada that harbor the marine mammals, Marineland in Niagra Falls and Vancouver Aquarium. Vancouver Aquarium currently has one Pacific white-sided dolphin named Helen remains at the aquarium. Marineland currently is home to multiple species including the largest beluga whale “collection” in the world.

Now, if Bill S-204 is able to be passed through the House of Commons, both aquariums will not be able to continue their whale and dolphin programs. Unfortunately for the mammals currently calling the aquariums home will, they will not be able to return back to the sea as they have lived their whole life in tanks for the purpose of human entertainment. Where the bill will really make a difference is ensuring that no wild dolphin or whale in the future will be caught to replace or fill a tank.

Before the vote took place, the Senate heard arguments from Vancouver Aquarium whom claim that keeping whales and dolphins captive is beneficial for research and educational purposes. Independent Sen. Mary Jane Callum, a supporter of the bill, said, “If scientists are truly interested in observing and understanding the actions and behaviours of these animals, they would be best suited doing this in the wild, where they are able to exist freely and without constraint.”

http://seavoicenews.com/2018/10/26/canada-just-took-a-vital-step-forward-in-banning-the-captivity-of-whales-and-dolphins/

Animals Asia | Sign our petition

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An Animals Asia investigation reveals the devastating suffering, abuse, and violence faced by endangered bears, elephants, and orangutans in Vietnam’s shameful circuses. Please help end this cruelty… sign the petition now.

His eyes wide with fear, an endangered moon bear is bound into a leather muzzle, dressed in a skirt, and forced to ride a motor scooter. The circus handlers whip, never far away, is a cruel reminder of what will happen to this poor bear if he doesn’t comply.

This terrorised moon bear is among the many desperate animals living lives of pain, misery, and fear in one of Vietnam’s shameful animal circuses.

The daily abuse faced by moon bears, elephants, macaques, and even orangutans, in circuses across Vietnam is undeniable…

Caged or chained for long periods. Trained using force, intimidation, and violence. Many animals self-harm due to the intense and inescapable stress they suffer.

Animals Asia is also gravely concerned that many of the endangered species such as moon bears, orangutans, and elephants are undocumented. Meaning they were likely sourced illegally, through poachers or wildlife traffickers.

Yet despite Animals Asia sharing these shocking findings with the Vietnamese government, no action has been taken.

Bolivia, Croatia, Costa Rica, Greece, and most recently Scotland, have joined the ever-growing list of countries to ban cruel wild animal circuses. Now it’s time for Vietnam to join them.

Animals Asia stands ready to assist in the rescue of every circus animal in Vietnam. There is a place for the bears in our award-winning sanctuary, and for the elephants at our partner elephant home in Dak Lak.

Please, join us in calling on the Vietnam government to ban performing wild animals in circuses, and retire the animals to sanctuaries. Sign the petition now…

https://help.animalsasia.org/page/25425/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=news

Petition:Sentient creatures demand a Ban on 1080

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Please meet Rex Betty, and Kenya. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_1iHJQWgy4&feature=youtu.be

On 11 April 2014, Rex died a painful death after eating a Sodium Monofluoroacetate (1080) poisoned bait, in his suburban backyard in Collie, Western Australia. Rex’s death was drawn out and was observed by his owners who were unable to help him. Betty and Kenya both met the same cruel fate. Tests were undertaken on the baits found in Rex’s backyard and they were 1080 dry baits. Thousands of domestic pets die each year from 1080 poison, many go unreported because it is so distressing for the owners to observe. Domestic Pets regularly die across Wildlife suffer the same cruel and unnecessary fate, many of which are endangered species. So called “target specific” baiting is a myth. Baits can be carried for up to 2K and wildlife feed from poisoned carcass.

1080 is a poison with no known antidote. It kills all breathing creatures slowly and cruelly and has the capacity to kill humans. In humans, symptoms include pains in the chest, nausea, vomiting, respiratory distress and frothing of the mouth, coma. 1080 does not discriminate. Made in USA and banned in most countries it is still used in epidemic proportions across Australia.

1080 is a potential risk to human health, it should be banned from any use.

https://www.change.org/p/toxin-1080-is-a-cruel-death-for-any-breathing-creature-a-threat-to-australia-s-environmental-wellbeing-native-wildlife-and-a-potential-risk-to-human-health?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13633879&grid_position=11&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAK68FwAAAAAAW8pIGmVA79NkOGE2MmM4ZQ%3D%3D

Petition · Dannel Malloy, Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy, Jim Himes: #BanFur In Connecticut · Change.org

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Petition · Dannel Malloy, Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy, Jim Himes: #BanFur In Connecticut · Change.org
1 minute

Los Angeles just followed San Francisco to become the largest city in the United States to ban the sale and manufacture of fur within the city. The unanimous city council vote setting a historic precedent for other cities to go fur-free.

The sale of fur is antiquated and unnecessary. It is estimated that 100 chinchillas or as many as 60 minks are killed to make a single full length coat. Depending on the type of fox, 10 to 24 may be required. These beautiful creatures breath, live and feel just the same as our beloved cats and dogs do.

We can help put an end to this cruel business. Please help ban the sale and manufacture of fur in the state of Connecticut by signing the petition below.

https://www.change.org/p/dannel-malloy-richard-blumenthal-chris-murphy-jim-himes-banfur-in-connecticut?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13271964&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAJXg0AAAAAAAW8pDPHRZbBdmYjA0Yjk4Zg%3D%3D

Your voice matters! Thank you so much!

Best,

Elizabeth Ramirez Kiernan

Ridgefield, CT

No more animal sacrifice and rituals

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Addressed to: President Pedro Sánchez
No more animal sacrifice and rituals

Petition created on Oct 14, 2018
Maria Angeles Perez Calera
Created by Maria Angeles Perez Calera
Parla, Spain

Because every year when October 31st arrives they always make a sacrifice or ritual killing black cats, and this we can not tolerate, since it has to end these acts of animal cruelty. Apparently they do not care if they are black cats, because they are worth any animal to sacrifice, even the dogs.

This must end, and for this we need a Law that prohibits them from doing these acts and punishes them strongly, because there is no right for dogs and cats to die for crap.

SIGN THIS PETITION

https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/no-more-animal-sacrifice-and-rituals.html?fl

552 people signed. Let’s get to 1,000!

Petition:This Unlucky Cat Suffered an Excruciating Death in the Jaws of a Metal Animal Trap

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairsmore

44,650 SUPPORTERS – 45,000 GOAL

The Fenn Mark 6 Rat Trap just claimed another victim, and this time it wasn’t a rat. While no animal should be subjected to the torture of a slow death between the metal jaws of an animal trap, it’s even more shocking when the victim is a beloved pet.

That’s what recently happened to one unlucky pet cat in Wednesbury, United Kingdom. According to witnesses, after the jaws slammed shut around his neck and throat, he flopped and jostled around frantically as it tried to free itself from the metal clasps.

The pain must have been unimaginable and the cat died a gruesome death as people were unable to help.

The Fenn Mark 6 is not currently illegal however it is supposed to be used under strict controls in order to avoid tragedies like the one described above. Trappers are prohibited from using them on non-target / non-pest species and they are supposed “to be set in an artificial or natural tunnel which is fit for purpose and secured to the ground, to avoid catching non-target species.”

Regardless of their legality, using a spring trap like the Mark 6 is not a humane way of dealing with animals some people regard as pests. They cannot be trusted to reliably kill the intended target instantly without pain, which means that it might suffer for minutes, hours or possibly days before it expires.

For example, the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) — which “attempt[s] to establish and enforce an international standard on humaneness for traps” — recommends banning Fenn traps for stoats, a ferret-like animal.

The UK will implement the AIHTS by 2019 but the new rules will likely only prohibit Fenn trap use on stoats. That’s not right, these traps should be prohibited outright, not just for use against stoats. They are simply not humane.

No animal should suffer the way this poor cat suffered.
Not even animals like rats which some people may find distasteful.

That’s why we are asking the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to protect all animals and ban the Fenn trap altogether.
Please sign and let’s get these cruel contraptions out of the UK.Photo credit: RSPCA more

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/728/026/496/this-unlucky-cat-suffered-an-excruciating-death-in-the-jaws-of-a-metal-animal-trap/

44,650 supporters

Breaking! Central Indonesia Is One Step Closer To Banning The Horrific Dog & Cat Meat Trade – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
October 9, 2018

It’s a remarkable day for animal advocates worldwide as progress is being made in the fight to end the horrific dog and cat meat trade in Indonesia, beginning with Central Indonesian provinces.
“We are excited to announce that the Indonesian Central government issued an official letter to all provincial governments ordering them to take immediate action against the dog and cat meat trade,” Four Paws International shared on its Facebook page this morning. “We applaud the government for demanding immediate action to be taken, but won’t stop campaigning until we see an end to the brutal theft, slaughter, and sale of cats and dogs for meat!”
As reported by WAN in the beginning of August, the Indonesian Central government made the decision during the National Coordination of Animal Welfare meeting in Jakarta. As noted by Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) at the time, at the end of the conference, all necessary participants agreed to issue a ban on the trade of dog and cat meat and to prohibit the issuance of health certification for dog and cat meat for human consumption.

The coalition, which is comprised of local and international groups including Animal Friends Jogja, Jakarta Animal Aid Network, Change For Animals Foundation, Humane Society International, and Four Paws, have exposed the suffering of the dog and cat meat trade through shocking nationwide investigations where innocent animals were filmed being bludgeoned to death and blowtorched alive, as well as exposed the routine theft of pet dogs and the rabies risk the trade poses to locals and tourists alike.
In January, the DMFI coalition also coordinated a letter to President Joko Widodo calling for urgent action and signed by over 90 national and international celebrities including Cameron Diaz, Chelsea Islan, Dame Jane Goodall, Sophia Latjuba, Simon Cowell, and Ellen DeGeneres. DMFI’s global petition has also been signed by over 930,000 people from around the world.
Dog Meat Free Indonesia offers ways people can help Indonesia’s dogs and cats HERE: https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-central-indonesia-is-one-step-closer-to-banning-the-horrific-dog-cat-meat-trade/!

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Petition: Demand Coyote Protection in Minnesota, Now!

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Demand Coyote Protection in Minnesota, Now!
2 minutes

Last night, my neighbor trapped a coyote and then shot it, and about 30 minutes later shot another one.

My son and I heard the horrific cries of this desperate animal clinging to its final breaths of life while its pack cried and whined for it. It was the worst haunting sounds I have ever heard in my life.

These beautiful packs of coyotes were here long before my neighbor moved out here. I’ve raised chickens, turkeys, ducks, and children around the packs and there has never been a reason warranted to harm one of these gorgeous animals. My neighbor has her horses in electrified fences and the coyotes can’t get to them. This was clearly a senseless killing of two animals that she did and a cowardly way she did it.

The law states that you cannot kill coyotes for a 1/2 hour before sunrise or sunset, but her killing occurred well over an hour after sunset. When cops were called, they stated “she has the right to protect her livestock”. Even livestock behind electric fences? I think NOT!

This was senseless murder of innocent animals who are just roaming their normal territory. We need laws to change in Minnesota to balance the protection of these animals, as they currently have no laws to protect them at all. It is currently set up as “open season” for all Coyotes.

Once the goal has been reached in signatures, this petition will be sent to every single lawmaker/representative in the entire state of MN. We have the opportunity to be the voice they need so that this never happens again! I would love the assistance of larger Animal Rights groups to help the push for protection!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/987/086/807/?z00m=30931457&redirectID=2751949030

Enforce Pennsylvania Animal Cruelty Laws · Change.org

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Enforce Pennsylvania Animal Cruelty Laws · Change.org
Mary Robbins started this petition to Office of the Governor Governor Tom Wolf and 3 others
2 minutes

The signing of this petition would ensure your voices are heard, by the governing officials. That you wish to see laws enforced as well as to ensure harsher penalty for those who abuse animals.

Since animals can’t consent or fight back to sexual assault. It should be considered rape. We’re asking for either an emendation to the current Pennsylvania animal abuse law or to draft a new one.

FBI study shows that animal cruelty leads to other forms of abuse. Our laws are lax, they need to be more stringent.

”A crime is a misdemeanor of the second degree if it is so designated or if a person convicted thereof may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment, the maximum of which is not more than 2 years, or if it is an offense declared by law to constitute a crime, without specification of the class thereof, if the maximum”

it should be 5 to 10 years with a higher fine as well as having the right of owning a companion animal taking away…

If our laws continue to be lax individuals will repeat the crime. On top of this, it only shows that the majority of officials thinks animals don’t deserve fair rights. Animal Rights aren’t a joke, animals deserve better they deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. Animal Abuse shouldn’t be a ”misdemeanor”, it should be a felony.

https://www.change.org/p/governor-tom-wolf-enforce-pennsylvania-animal-cruelty-laws

Applaud Massachusetts Animal Cruelty Legislation

Massachusetts just took a huge step towards protecting animals and prosecuting their abusers. Applaud Governor Baker for signing the PAWS II bill and looking out for the welfare of animals.

Source: Applaud Massachusetts Animal Cruelty Legislation

We need to fight against the illegal trade of native fauna with a police group and stronger laws

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For years we have seen in some markets of different neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, Córdoba, northern cities, and in many towns, as wild animals are sold without any control, many of them protected by the Law. And nobody does anything, nobody he ends up imprisoned and they continue hunting and killing animals.

Unfortunately this will continue to happen until people understand that we should not buy wild animals and thus stop the trade of these dealers, but in the meantime we must ask to fight against this scourge that causes so much suffering to animals.

Please Mr. Macri, you who have shown love for animals should do something, talk to Mrs. Bullrich to carry out the creation of this police force to fight illegal wildlife trade.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/we-need-to-fight-against-the-illegal-trade-of-native-fauna-with-a-police-group-and-stronger-laws.html?fl

Yellowstone Area Grizzlies Regain Endangered Species Protection

By Olivia Rosane

A grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. Jim Peaco / National Park Service

A federal judge restored endangered species protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park on Monday, The Huffington Post reported, putting a permanent halt to plans by Wyoming and Idaho to launch the first Yellowstone-area grizzly hunt in four decades.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen had already placed a temporary restraining order on the hunts, which would have started Sept. 1 and allowed for the killing of up to 23 bears, while he considered the larger question of whether Endangered Species Act protections should be restored. The bears’ management will now return to the federal government.

Christensen wrote in his ruling that his decision was “not about the ethics of hunting.” Rather, he agreed with environmental and tribal groups that the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) had not considered the genetic health of other lower-48 grizzly populations when it delisted the Yellowstone area bears in 2017.

“By delisting the Greater Yellowstone grizzly without analyzing how delisting would affect the remaining members of the lower-48 grizzly designation, the Service failed to consider how reduced protections in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem would impact the other grizzly populations,” Christensen wrote, according to The Huffington Post. “Thus, the Service ‘entirely failed to consider an important aspect of the problem.'”

Bear advocates said the Yellowstone population was growing large enough to merge with other populations, which would be a win-win for the genetic diversity of all bears involved.

A grizzly bear and cub in Yellowstone National ParkJohn Good / National Park Service

“The Service appropriately recognized that the population’s genetic health is a significant factor demanding consideration,” Christensen wrote. “However, it misread the scientific studies it relied upon, failing to recognize that all evidence suggests that the long-term viability of the Greater Yellowstone grizzly is far less certain absent new genetic material.”

Native American and environmental groups applauded the decision.

“We have a responsibility to speak for the bears, who cannot speak for themselves,” Northern Cheyenne Nation President Lawrence Killsback said in a statement Monday reported by The Huffington Post. “Today we celebrate this victory and will continue to advocate on behalf of the Yellowstone grizzly bears until the population is recovered, including within the Tribe’s ancestral homeland in Montana and other states.”

The FWS told The Washington Post it was reviewing the ruling.

“We stand behind our finding that the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear is biologically recovered and no longer requires protection. . . . Our determination was based on our rigorous interpretation of the law and is supported by the best available science and a comprehensive conservation strategy developed with our federal, state, and tribal partners,” the FWS told The Washington Post.

The FWS first attempted to delist the bears in 2007, but that move was also blocked in federal court over concerns that one of the bears’ food sources, whitebark pine seeds, were threatened by climate change.

In its 2017 ruling, the FWS said that it had reviewed the case and found the decline of the whitebark pine seeds did not pose a major threat.

Grizzlies in the lower 48 states were first listed as endangered in 1975, when their historic range had been reduced by 98 percent.

The Yellowstone grizzlies numbered fewer than 140 at the time. The population has since rebounded to about 700, according to The Washington Post.

https://www.ecowatch.com/grizzly-bears-yellowstone-endangered-species-2607784220.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=17945923b5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-17945923b5-86074753

Millions of Animals Have Died in Florence Flooding. End Factory Farming Now.

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Thanks to industrial agriculture, a gruesome scene is unfolding in North Carolina where millions of drowned chickens, turkeys, and pigs are bobbing in the floodwaters surrounding factory farms. With hazardous weather conditions continuing, this toll is likely to rise.

It didn’t have to be this way.

Factory farms are a nightmare for everyone involved, from the animals housed there to the humans who work there. Chickens, pigs, and other animals are packed into tightly crowded barns and raised with minimal contact or affection. The sole goal is to fatten them up for market as quickly as possible with minimal “losses,” a clinical way to describe dead, downed, and ill animals.

Close conditions promote aggressive behaviors, foster the spread of disease, and lead workers to engage in cruel activities like debeaking chickens to reduce aggression. They also generate extremely large volumes of waste — before the storm, many were very worried about the manure lagoons where pig feces are stored, fearing (correctly) that they would rupture in floodwaters. The stench of factory farms can be unbearable, and the state legislature just passed a law making it harder for neighbors to take legal action.

For workers, being on a factory farm involves long, grueling hours with few employment protections, for extremely low pay. The money from the sales of animals at market doesn’t end up in the pockets of farmers, for the most part. It goes to the multinational companies they work for, like Pilgrim’s Pride and Foster Farms. Meanwhile, farmers may incur substantial debt as they make outlays of cash to invest in farming operations, running a risk of losing their farms if things go wrong.

With Florence, some farmers did try to evacuate livestock from low-lying areas — flooding of factory farms is a known issue. But they couldn’t move all their stock, and as a result, animals were left to drown in the waters. That’s not all, though. Some animals survived, but their farms were cut off, making it difficult to supply them with food, water, and other needs, with farmers fearing that their livestock may die before they can reach them.

We know that factory farms are bad for animals, bad for humans, and bad for the environment. And while some states have begun to pass legislation that covers specific aspects of factory farming cruelty — like laws mandating more space for laying hens or banning inhumane “gestation crates” for pigs — we need to think bigger.

What if we banned factory farming altogether, insisting on more humane conditions for farm animals and humans alike?

Tell the industry that we’re tired of the animal, environmental, and human costs of factory farming. It’s time for a meaningful alternative, and no more mass farm animal deaths in natural disasters.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/175/413/963/millions-of-animals-have-died-in-florence-flooding.-end-factory-farming/

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Petition: Stop the Killing of New Jersey’s Mute Swans · Change.org

Sue Miller started this petition to Governor Phil Murphy and 2 others

NEW JERSEY VIOLATING THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT BY KILLING MUTE SWANS AND OTHER BIRDS UNDER A BOGUS LAW

Without Public Notice, New Jersey has set out to reduce the Mute Swan population through a systematic killing of these magnificent birds. As in Michigan, Maryland and other states, the state and federal wildlife authorities do not want any public awareness of the killing of the Mute Swans, based upon NO SCIENTIFIC research.

In February 2014, the International Swan Symposium was held in Maryland. At this meeting, swan specialists and researchers from around the world met. Many expressed concern and even presented papers showing that the Mute Swans were Sentinel birds, not an invasive species. Sentinel means that the Mute Swans alert wetland and waterfowl biologists and researchers that something is wrong with the environment, such as the presence of high levels of heavy metals, such as copper, lead and the presence of micro-organisms that can affect other species.

During the Symposium, Larry Hindman (Maryland DNR) and Barb Avers (Michigan DNR) presented papers and made the following statements when asked if the public was ever notified of the killing of the Mute Swans in their respective states. Mr. Hindman’s response: “We surveyed 625 people.” Did more of the general public ever know Hindman was asked? Hindman’s response: “NO, We did not do any widespread information, kept it out of the media and away from the general public, got the endorsement of Governor Ehrlich. We did it under the radar, most people did not know how or what we were doing until it was over, we went in, did what we had to do and got out. Never announced and never appeared on 6:00 news.” Mr. Hindman was also asked if there was ever any research prior to the killing or after the killing when “The Maryland DNR reduced 60% hatchings, removed swans using lethal methods, 2 nesting pairs left at this time. Since 2011-2013 1,683 nests destroyed, 9,403 eggs destroyed.” Mr. Hindman’s answer was “NO”. In addition, the nitrogen levels attributed to the Mute Swans and one of the reasons for killing the birds, is still HIGH. The Mute Swan can no longer be blamed in the Chesapeake Bay for these nitrogen levels. This lack of science and Maryland’s abhorrent Mute Swan control program became the basis for killing Mute Swans nationwide.

In Michigan, according to Barb Avers, Michigan DNR, the Mute Swan program “is not financially sustainable.”

This after many thousands of Mute Swans have been killed nationwide and at substantial cost to taxpayers, in fact in the billions of dollars and New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife and other state and federal wildlife agencies plans to continue the killing of Mute Swans with no scientific justification.

After convincing the public, the media and politicians using misinformation regarding Mute Swans being invasive, non-native, and aggressive, and destroying the habitat with high nitrogen levels, the Mute Swan killings began in the late 80’s and continues today.

However, according to a non-partisan study conducted by Hudsonia in 2017, the study found that Mute Swans were no more detrimental to other wildlife or the habitat than any other waterfowl/wildlife species. According to Hudsonia, the government’s contention that Mute Swans are detrimental to the habitat, aggressive and increase exponentially is unfounded and no scientific research backs up any of these negative claims.

On April 4/17/2014, Sue Miller, a resident of New Jersey and taxpayer, contacted Mr. Ted Nichols (NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) to speak with him about the state of New Jersey’s development of a plan to slaughter Mute Swans. Ms. Miller requested that Mr. Nichols inform her of the specifics of his plan to slaughter Mute Swans and was told that “ he is not obligated to give her any information about the State of New Jersey’s proposal. ” Ms. Miller reminded him of The Freedom of Information Act, that she is a tax payer in New Jersey and believed that she was entitled to be informed.

The authorities at the Environmental Protection Commission and The Division of Fish and Wildlife in New Jersey are following the same patterns as Maryland and Michigan by quietly collaborating with the assistance of the USDA to reduce and eventually eliminate all the Mute Swans in New Jersey.

In lieu of New York States failed attempt by the DEC to carry out a similar program it is obvious why New Jersey does not want the public to be aware of its recent actions in killing Mute Swans throughout New Jersey. As in New York State the same arguments that New Jersey is advocating as just cause to kill the Mute Swans are at best baseless and false without being substantiated by sound scientific research.

New Jersey is now on the front-line of killing Mute Swans.

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held a Mute Swan Management Plan public hearing. During this meeting, many prominent people spoke against the DEC’s plan to kill New York Mute Swans. One of those people was NY Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair of Committee on Environmental Conservation and also a supporter of the DEC in the past. He expressed on record his deep dissatisfaction with the actions of the DEC and their Mute Swan Management Plan.

However, it was Regal Swan Foundation that provided the legal bombshell that the Reform Act of 2004 to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, was entered into Congress inappropriately, and was never ratified by President Bush. Therefore, it is null and void. Therefore, any and all acts perpetrated against Mute Swans (and other birds covered by this Reform Act) are in violation of international law.

Hundreds of thousands of Mute Swans have been slaughtered throughout the United States, including New Jersey because they were removed from the Migratory Bird Act in 2004. With this new information, we want congress and our state legislators to place an immediate moratorium on all Mute Swan killings and to investigate the illegal way the Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act of 2004 was pushed through Congress and also hold the New Jersey DFW, US Fish and Wildlife, USDA, and anyone else who has killed Mute Swans in New Jersey accountable for violating the original Treaty.

THIS BOGUS TREATY REFORM ACT IMPACTS ALL MUTE SWANS AND OTHER BIRDS IN EVERY STATE! PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN AND ASK THEM TO STOP THIS OUTRAGEOUS HOAX THAT IS COSTING TAXPAYERS BILLIONS AND KILLING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BIRDS ILLEGALLY.

Please call, write and email the following New Jersey State Officials to express your concern over the killing of the Mute Swans. Tell them you want this to stop immediately.

PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES CAN HELP US BY SIGNING AND SHARING THIS PETITION AND LETTING THE WORLD KNOW THAT THE UNITED STATES IS SLAUGHTERING MUTE SWANS AND OTHER BIRDS THROUGH A REFORMED TREATY THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN REFORMED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

N.J.Gov Phil Murphy

phil.murphy@gov.state.nj.us

Tel 609 292 6000

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We want justice for Benjamin, murdered by this madman!

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We want justice for Benjamin, murdered by this madman!
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We continue to see cases of animal abuse in Argentina and nothing changes because the penalties for animal abuse are a joke. Fines of a few hundred pesos for murdering an animal, or some hours of community work, but never jail, never send these murderers to jail, and as they know it is, they continue unpunished killing them because they know that it is never going to spend nothing.

In Salta a man killed a dog with a machete and for that reason we ask that he be arrested and that they begin a judicial process so that he will be imprisoned. SEND HIM TO PRISON, not to pay a fine or do a few hours of community service collecting trash in a neighborhood, NO, SEND HIM TO PRISON!

This guy not only murdered the dog but also threatened the witnesses who filmed the dying dog and the face of this murderer when he had him grabbed by the leather while he was cutting him with the machete.

Obviously this man is free, because in this country nobody who mistreats or kills an animal ends up imprisoned, and for that we have to change our way of thinking and our Laws.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/we-want-justice-for-benjamin-murdered-by-this-madman.html?fl

Petition: All Animal Abusers To Be Registered And Banned From Ever Keeping Animals · Change.org

PROTECT ALL WILDLIFE started this petition to Michael Gove

Abuse against animals is increasing dramatically and includes domestic, wild and captive (such as circuses and zoos). Very rarely are offenders, when found guilty, barred from keeping or being involved with animals. I ask that it becomes law that an Animal Abuse Register is brought into place and that all offenders are placed on this register. I also ask that offenders are barred from keeping or working with animals for a minimum period of 10 years if not lifelong.

Many studies reveal that children who torture or kill animals are likely to show violence towards people when they grow up. Re-classifying animal abuse will aid law enforcement and the FBI in quantifying and reporting incidents of animal abuse.

Victor “Buddy” Amato, chief law enforcement officer for the Monmouth County SPCA said “People are taking animal cruelty more and more seriously. It’s a violent crime, and if it goes unchecked, it leads to bigger things.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that animal abuse will now be prosecuted as a “crime against society”. And importantly, animal cruelty would be reported as a distinct category, meaning animal abusers fall into the same group as arsonists and murderers.

Tracking Animal Cruelty: FBI Collecting Data on Crimes Against Animals

This petition is asking that those found guilty of ANY abuse against animals are barred from ever keeping animals again and are placed on an Animal Abusers Register.

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PLEASE support USA Resolution to outlaw the worldwide dog and cat meat trade ! (June 2017) · Change.org

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THE TIME HAS COME ! – We -Those signing this petition (Worldwide Community & USA citizens) request that Paul Ryan (Speaker ) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy bring the Bipartisan Resolution 401 introduced by Congressman Alcee L. Hastings and Congressman Vern Buchanan on 22nd June 2017 ‘Urging China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade’ to the floor, without delay. We also urge the full support of all USA House Representatives.

STOP THE TORTURE – STOP THIS EVIL & BARBARIC TRADE WORLDWIDE !

An estimated 30 MILLION dogs and cats are abused, tortured and barbarically slaughtered at the hands of The Vile Dog & Cat Meat Trade. Time to stop boiling alive, burning alive, skinning alive, chopping off limbs often through intentional, repeat torture sessions – Just to make the meat taste better!

Learn more about The Vile trade here: http://www.stopthedogandcatmeattradeworldwide.com/facts-about-the-trade.html

Methods of Animal Torture

In The Dog and Cat Meat Trade, dogs and cats are systematically tortured and abused for extended periods in the following ways, even by children as young as 6 or 7 years old. Animals are typically bound, with limbs tied together and mouths taped, wired or tied shut to make the torture easy for the torturer.
Blow-torched alive. Blow-torching does not necessarily cause the animal death. It can last for several hours or even days, occurring in intervals that leave the animal suffering accumulated burns until it finally dies.
Boiled alive. In a large metal pot or cauldron, it can take up to 30 minutes for the animal to die.
Burned alive. In fire pits and open ovens, live animals are speared, held by instruments, such as metal prongs and sticks, and jammed into open fire, where they may take 30 minutes or longer to die.
Stabbed. Animals are repeatedly stabbed and cut, which may take up to two days, if turned into a prolonged torture death.

Excuses for Animal Torture

People engaging in The Trade torture the animals for several, irrational reasons and excuses:
They think the meat tastes better.
They believe the myth that the meat will give them strength, improved health or sexual vigour, such as an enlarged penis. Science supports none of these myths.
They think the animal cannot feel pain or is worthless, aside from being meat. Therefore they think it is ok to torture and abuse the body of the animal, even though the animal screams and struggles to escape.

Facts about Dog and Cat Meat

Dog and Cat Meat sourced and prepared using the methods common in The Dog and Cat Meat Trade is commonly dangerous for human consumption, for the following reasons:
The meat, especially in China, is from stolen family pets.
The farming, slaughter and preparation of the meat are unregulated.
The farming, slaughter and preparation of the meat are often highly unsanitary and prone to infection, due to the lack of government regulation.
Consumption of the meat contributes to Rectal Cancer, more commonly known as cancer of the anus.
Consumption of the meat can cause a wide range of serious diseases in humans linked to conditions that the poor tortured dog or cat was carrying or being kept in prior to being consumed. Eg Rabies etc.

While most Westerners view dogs and cats strictly as companion or working animals and find the practice of raising and slaughtering dogs and cats for food strange and unsettling, a large number of people in South Korea as well as in China, Vietnam, the Philippines and many other countries regularly consume dog and cat meat. Extreme cruelty which occurs most of the time cannot be dismissed as merely a matter of cultural norms. The sad fact is that in many places where dog and cat meat is consumed, the dogs and cats raised for food commonly endure a lifetime of abuse and often are slaughtered in a manner that is nightmarish in its brutality and many dogs and cats are indeed stolen pets!

Countries that eat dog meat

Fourteen countries around the globe still eat dog meat. They are : Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Polynesia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Artic and Antartic.

Cambodia: Eating dog meat is legal in Cambodia and its usually washed down with Anchor beer.

China: Although the Chinese were the first to domesticate the dog and keep them as pets, dog meat has been a source of food from at least the time of Confucius, and possibly even before.

Indonesia: Eating dog meat is usually associated with people from the Batak Toba culture, who cook a traditional dish named saksang that is like a dog-meat stew. Meat for sales: Market traders with live ducks that will be for the pot.

Mexico: Dogs were historically bred for their meat by the Aztecs. These dogs were called itzcuintlis, and were often pictured on pre-Comumbian Mexican pottery.

Phillippines: In the capital city of Manila, the law specifically prohibits the killing and selling of dogs for food except in certain circumstances including research and animal population control.

Polynesia: Dogs were historically eaten in Tahiti and other islands of Polynesia at the time of first European contact in 1769.

Taiwan: Dog meat in Taiwan is particularly eaten in winter months, especially black dogs, which is believed to help retain body warmth.

Korea: Gaegogi literally means ‘dog meat’ in Korean. Gaegogi, however, is often mistaken as the term for Korean soup made from dog meat, bosintang. The distaste felt by dog lovers, particularly from the West, has made this dish very controversial.

Switzerland: According to a Swiss newspaper report in 1996, the Swiss rural cantons of Appenzell and St. Gallen are known to have had a tradition of eating dogs, curing dog meat into jerky and sausages, as well as using the lard for medicinal purposes.

Vietnam: Dog meat is eaten throughout Vietnam. To many Northerners, it is a popular, if relatively expensive, dinner time restaurant meal.

Artic and Antarctic: Dogs have historically been an emergency food source for various peoples in Siberia, Alaska, northern Canada and Greenland. Sled dogs are usually used for pulling sleds, but occasionally are eaten when no other food is available.

Countries that eat cat meat

Cat meat is meat prepared from domestic cats for human consumption. Some countries eat cat meat regularly, whilst others have only consumed cat meat in desperation during wartime or poverty.
Africa
In some cultures of Cameroon here is a special ceremony featuring cat-eating that is thought to bring good luck.
Asia China In Guangdong and Guangxi provinces in south-eastern China some—especially older—people consider cat flesh a good warming food during winter months. However, in Northern China eating cat is considered unacceptable. It is estimated that around 4 million cats are eaten in China each year, and that the number is rising. However, overseas visitors are unlikely to come across downtown restaurants serving cat, which is only common out of town and in the city outskirts.
The cat’s stomach and intestines may be eaten, as well as meat from the thighs, which are turned into meatballs served with, soup with the head and the rest of the animal then thrown away. In Guangdong, cat meat is a main ingredient in the traditional dish “dragon, tiger, phoenix” (snake, cat, chicken), which is said to fortify the body.
Organized cat-collectors supply the southern restaurants with animals that often originate in Anhul and Jiangsu provinces. On 26 January 2010 China launched its first draft proposal to protect the country’s animals from maltreatment including a measure to jail people, for periods up to 15 days, for eating cat or dog meat.

With the increase of cats as pets in China, opposition towards the traditional use of cats for food has grown. In June 2006, approximately 40 activists stormed the Fangji Cat Meatball Restaurant in Shenzhen forcing it to shut down. Expanded to more than 40 member societies, the Chinese Animal Protection Network in January 2006 began organizing well-publicized protests against dog and cat consumption, starting in Guangzhou, following up in more than ten other cities “with very optimal response from public.”
Japan, In Japan, cat meat was consumed until the end of Tokugawa period in the 19th century. Okinawans once ate a cat soup called Mayaa no Ushiru

In Korea cat meat was historically brewed into a tonic as a folk remedy for neuralgia and arthritis. Modern consumption is more likely to be as cat soup.
Vietnam Cat meat is eaten in Vietnam.
Europe In Switzerland the private consumption and slaughter of dog and cat meat is permitted though its commercial trade is prohibited by law. A 1993 petition to ban consumption failed with the government declaring the matter a “personal ethical choice.” In June 2008, three students at the Danish School of Media and Journalism published pictures of a cat being slaughtered in Citat, a magazine for journalism students. Their goal was to create a debate about animal welfare. The cat was shot by its owner, a farmer and it would have been put down in any case. The farmer slaughtered the cat all within the limits of Danish law. This led to criticism from Danish animal welfare group Dyrenes Beskyttelse, and death threats received by the students.
In February 2010, on a television cooking show, the Italian food writer Beppe Bigazzi mentioned that during the famine in World War II cat stew was a “succulent” and well known dish in his home area of Valdarno, Tuscany. Later he claimed he had been joking, but added that cats used to be eaten in the area during famine periods, historically; he was widely criticised in the media for his comments and ultimately dropped from the television network.
Cats were sometimes eaten as a famine food during harsh winters, poor harvests, and wartime. Cat gained notoriety as “roof rabbit” in Central Europe’s hard times during and between World War I and World War II
In 18th-century Britain, there are a few records of cats eaten as a form of entertainment.
North America In the United States it is legal in forty-four states for an individual to kill cats for food.
Oceania Indigenous Australians in the area of Alice Springs roast feral cats on an open fire. They have also developed recipes for cat stew. Some other inhabitants of the area have also taken up this custom, justified on the grounds that felines are “a serious threat to Australia’s native “fauna”. Scientists warned that eating wild cats could expose humans to harmful bacteria and toxins.
South America Cat is not a regular menu item in Peru but is used in such dishes as fricassee and stews most abundant in two specific sites in the country: the southern town of Chincha Alta (Ice Region, Afro-Peruvian mostly) and the north-central Andean town of Huari (Ancash Region). Primarily used by Afro-Peruvians. Cat cooking techniques are demonstrated every September during the festival of Saint Efigenia in a town of La Quebrada.
In October 2013, a judge banned the annual La Festival Gastronomico del Gato (the Gastronomic Festival of the Cat), which was held every September in La Quebrada to commemorate the arrival of settlers who were forced to eat cats to survive, citing it as cruel to the 100+ cats specifically bred for the event, which involves being kept in cages for a year prior the Festival. The judge also cited concerns over the safety of the meat, which drew criticism from residents who contend that cat meat is far richer than rabbit or duck, and that it has been long consumed globally without any deleterious effects.
That same month, magistrate Maria Luyo banned the festival of Curruñao in the small town of San Luis. Locals say that the festival, which sees cats being drowned, skinned and tied to fireworks and blown up, dates back to the practice of eating cat on the part of African slaves who worked on sugar-cane plantations in colonial times, and is part of the religious celebrations of Santa Efigenia, an African-Peruvian folk saint. Luyo stated in her ruling that the festival “fomented violence based on cruel acts against animals which caused grave social damage and damaged public health”, and that minors could be “psychologically damaged” by watching the events.
In a 1996, report some citizens in a shanty town in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, stated that, during an economic crisis, they had to feed the neighbourhood children with cat’s meat, and commenting, “It’s not denigrating to eat cat, it keeps a child’s stomach full”. The validity of this report has been questioned, however.

Proposed Solution :-

We firmly support the implementation of Bipartisan Resolution 401 (detailed below) and strongly urge Paul Ryan (Speaker) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy to bring it to the floor, without delay with the full support of all the USA House Representatives !

BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION 401 :- ( Introduced 22nd June 2017)

https://alceehastings.house.gov/uploadedfiles/global_resolution_-_final.pdf

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Stop the Giraffe Body Parts Trade in U.S.

 

The world’s giraffe population has dropped an alarming 40 percent in the last 20 years, partly due to a booming trade of giraffe parts in the United States. These beautiful, gentle creatures will disappear forever if this is allowed to continue. Sign this petition to save the remaining giraffes from extinction.

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Petition: Boycott and stop the killing of bulls in Spanish arenas, Spain

by: Patricia L.
recipient: Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of Spain, Spain

2,650 SUPPORTERS in Spain
59,432 SUPPORTERS – 60,000 GOAL
For many years, there has been the killing of bulls in the arena. Many thousands of people are enthralled day after day by the untold suffering, pain and fear that these animals endure shortly before their death by an arrogant, inhumane animal killer.

Unfortunately, I can not understand these people who pay for something like that just to see an animal suffer and die. It will go on forever because of them. They are to blame for a cruel ritual that needs to be abolished.

Spain holds on to an outdated system and should finally arrive in the 20th century. Get rid of this senseless animal cruelty. Many Spaniards want to be so modern and should therefore also protest against these animal killings in their country.

Show that you have a heart and also a brain that you can use. Torturing animals until death is just cruel and should be prohibited everywhere. Please help me to finally achieve this.

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Breaking! Colorado State University Withdraws From Plan With BLM To Conduct Surgical Sterilization Experiments On Wild Horses – World Animal News

By WAN –
August 9, 2018

Following substantial public outcry, Colorado State University (CSU) announced yesterday that it was withdrawing from a joint plan with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct surgical sterilization experiments on wild horses.
More than 10,000 citizens, including numerous equine veterinarians, joined the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), and other humane and horse advocacy organizations in opposing the proposed mare sterilization research.
The withdrawal of CSU from the experiments strikes a major blow to the BLM’s plan to round up by helicopter all wild horses in the Warm Springs Herd Management Area, and then force 100 of the captured mares to undergo ovariectomies via colpotomy—a particularly dangerous surgical procedure in which a mare’s ovaries are severed and pulled out while the animal remains conscious.
Since the wild horses cannot be handled, they would not be provided with the required post-operative care, including restricted movement, adequate pain relief, and antibiotic treatment for infections. Shockingly, part of the stated experimental goal is to quantify how many pregnant mares would abort foals as a result of the procedure.
“CSU made the right decision to listen to veterinarians and the public and dissociate itself from these inhumane and barbaric wild horse sterilization experiments,” Brieanah Schwartz, AWHC government relations and policy council said in a statement. “There is a way to manage wild horses and removing the ovaries of wild mares is not it. It’s time for the BLM to stop wasting tax dollars and start following the advice of the National Academy of Sciences to manage horses humanely on the range using the proven PZP birth control vaccine.”
In 2016, the BLM proposed similar mare sterilization experiments in conjunction with Oregon State University, but canceled them after massive public opposition and a lawsuit filed by AWHC and The Cloud Foundation. This summer, the agency revived the proposal, partnering with CSU.
Last week, AWHC and AWI submitted extensive comments outlining the numerous ethical, constitutional, legal, and scientific problems with the new proposal. The groups notified the agency that they would pursue legal action if necessary to halt the experiments and protect these animals from abuse.
“We commend Colorado State University for reconsidering the decision to work with the BLM on this bizarre and barbaric plan that would subject wild horses to risky, inhumane and unnecessary sterilization surgeries,” said Dr. Joanna Grossman, AWI’s equine program manager. “Advocates across the country made it abundantly clear that using federally protected wild horses as test subjects is ethically and legally unjustifiable. Our hope is that the BLM will recognize that any effort to ovariectomize wild mares is toxic and must not move forward.”
AWI and AWHC are urging the BLM to permanently drop plans to conduct the ovariectomy via colpotomy procedure on wild mares.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-colorado-state-university-withdraws-from-plan-with-blm-to-conduct-surgical-sterilization-experiments-on-wild-horses/

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Breaking! UK Government To Increase Jail Sentences For Abhorrent Animal Abusers From 6 Months To 5 Years – World Animal News

By WAN –
August 8, 2018

Animal abusers in the UK who commit the most heinous crimes will face up to five years in jail after draft legislation gained strong support from welfare groups and the public yesterday.
Currently the maximum sentence is six months but following a consultation the Government confirmed it will legislate to increase that tenfold for serious offences, sending a clear sign there is no place for animal cruelty in England.
“We will now legislate so courts have the power to punish offenders properly,” Animal Welfare Minister, Lord Gardiner said in a statement. “We will also continue to work with welfare organizations to ensure that animal sentience is properly recognized in our legislation once we have left the EU.”
The draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill was put out to consultation in December 2017.
But in line with the recommendation from the EFRA Committee, earlier this year, legislation on sentencing will be brought forward separately so courts have the powers available to them.
The Government also supported the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill, introduced to Parliament by Sir Oliver Heald MP. The Bill, which passed its second reading in July, will ensure service animals such as police dogs and horses will be offered greater protection. The proposed legislation will remove a section of the current law of self-defense, often used by those who harm a service animal in the process of committing a crime.
The plans to increase maximum sentences follow a number of shocking cases where courts have said they would have handed down longer sentences had they been available.
These include a case last year when a man trained dogs to ruthlessly torture other animals, including trapping a fox and a terrier dog in a cage to brutally attack each other.
These plans are part of wider program of reform to cement the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare. This includes making CCTV mandatory in all English slaughterhouses and taking steps to control the export of live farm animals for slaughter as it leaves the EU.

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(LONDON) Eating Dog Meat becoming widespread across U.K. due to mass immigration from the Europe and the Far East with such festivals as the ‘ Yulin Dog Eating Festival ‘ as ‘ International Ca nine Welfare Group ‘ calls for widespread ban from Theresa Mays government as its still considered l egal and needs banning NOW #AceNewsDesk reports

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#AceNewsReport – Aug.07: An international canine welfare group expressed growing concerns of dog eating spreading across Europe, due to mass immigration from the Far East, where the habit is widely practised: Despite widespread revolt against the cruel behaviour across the UK, killing dogs or consuming their meat is still considered legal in Britain #AceNewsDesk reports

On 21 June, China celebrates its annual dog meat festival in Yulin, where over 10,000 dogs area eaten – many of them stolen and strays.

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UK’s Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan has urged Mrs May to ban dog eating in the UK (Image: TWITTER)

Next month, the US Congress aims to enact a total ban on the import, trade and consumption of dog meat, following fears that the practise is also rising in America: Last night, several senior MPs voiced their concerns over the rise in dog eating across the UK, urging Mrs May to…

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Breaking! Animal Welfare Coalition Revels In Milestone Moment As Indonesian Government Agrees To Ban Barbaric Dog & Cat Meat Trade – World Animal News

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By Lauren Lewis –
August 7, 2018

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With an estimated 1,200 dogs being slaughtered and consumed every day by people in Surakarta, Central Java, it is especially positive news that the Indonesian government has finally agreed to ban the dog and cat meat trade. The landmark decision was made during the “National Coordination of Animal Welfare” which took place in Jakarta at the beginning of the month.
Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI), which had a coalition in attendance, explained that the major breakthrough came when at the close of the meeting, all national participants agreed to issue a ban on the trade of dog and cat meat in Indonesia and to prohibit the issuance of health certification for dog and cat meat for human consumption.
The DMFI coalition, comprised of Animal Friends Jogja, Jakarta Animal Aid Network, Change For Animals Foundation, Humane Society International and Four Paws, has long exposed the suffering of the dog and cat meat trade through shocking nationwide investigations in which animals were filmed being bludgeoned to death and blowtorched alive. The group has also revealed the routine theft of pet dogs and the rabies risk the trade poses to locals and tourists alike.

This agreement comes just days after campaigners from the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition issued a public warning that millions of global tourists could be at risk of exposure to the deadly rabies virus spread by the county’s illegal dog and cat meat trade, and just two weeks before the country hosts the 18th Asian Games, when some three million tourists are expected to visit the capital city of Jakarta.
In January, the DMFI also coordinated a letter to President Joko Widodo calling for urgent action that was signed by over 90 national and international celebrities including: Cameron Diaz, Chelsea Islan, Dame Jane Goodall, Sophia Latjuba, Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres. DMFI’s global petition has also been signed by over 930,000 people from around the world.
“The extreme cruelty of Indonesia’s dog and cat meat trades is intolerable under both Indonesia and international animal welfare standards, and the government is right to be concerned about the impacts of these trades on its international reputation. With our growing awareness of animal sentience comes a greater responsibility to protect animals from cruelty,” Lola Webber, Director of Change For Animals Foundation said in a statement. “Customs evolve, and the nationwide movement from within Indonesia calling for an end to these trades is proof that Indonesia is ready to banish the dog meat trade to the history books of shame and illegality.”
“The dog and cat meat trade is utterly brutal, a risk to human health and largely fuelled by crime, so we applaud the Indonesian government for pledging to end the trade following our DMFI investigations,” noted Kitty Block, President of Humane Society International. “We hope that this bold step will send a strong message to other countries across Asia, such as China, South Korea, India and Vietnam, where 30 million dogs and 10 million cats suffer unimaginable cruelty for the meat trade, many of them stolen pets. We stand ready to work with the Indonesian authorities to implement a robust ban, end the slaughter, and bring us one step closer to shutting down these dreadful trades for good.”
The results of this national meeting will be used as a recommendation for the Ministry of Agriculture to formulate a PERMENTAN (Minister of Agriculture regulations) regarding the ban on trade in dog and cat meat, and that of exotic animals in Indonesia.

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Petition: Bull-Fighting Is Neither Art Nor Culture ~ Ban It NOW!!

by: Protect All Wildlife

938 SUPPORTERS – 1,000 GOAL

It seems hard to believe that in this so-called civilised age, a most vicious and cruel spectacle of blood continues to flourish in Spain and certain other countries. Bullfighting is barbaric and should have been banned long ago, as bear-baiting was. It is difficult to understand how crowds of people will pay money and take pleasure in watching one lone creature – who has never done them any harm — getting hacked to death. How can anyone with an ounce of compassion, cheer and chant olé as a banderilla or lance is thrust into the animal’s pain-racked body?

Prime Minister ~ NOW is the time to end bull-fighting. It is NEITHER art nor culture – IT IS BARBARIC!!

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Petition · Brian Sandoval: Change Nevada Law to Protect our Pets like we do our Children · Change.org

Change Nevada Law to Protect our Pets like we do our Children
Save Our Animals in Nevada started this petition to Governor Brian Sandoval and 8 others

In Nevada it is illegal to leave a child or animal in a hot vehicle, however, according to State Law you can ONLY break in the vehicle to save the child. You can be held civilly AND criminally liable to saving the animal. It’s time that changed!

Even on a perfectly lovely 70°F day, it only takes 20 minutes for the internal temperature of a car to rise above 100°F! And on a sweltering summer day where tempts can reach 110°F, it’s pretty much immediately too hot for an animal to be left in the car as temps can reach 150°F within minutes!

In Nevada, the “Good Samaritan Law” protects Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Animal Control and other “First Responders” from any civil liability should they break a vehicle window to rescue a pet in distress that has been left in an extremely hot or cold car unattended. (NRS 202.575).

What we need is a law the protects a private citizen, like you or I, should we come face to face with this situation. As it is now, a private citizen is required to call 311 (or their local non-emergency phone number) to report the situation. A call to 911 is ONLY allowed when the pet is in serious danger of dying. You are NOT PERMITTED to touch the vehicle!

So, how do you know if there’s enough danger to the animal to require action?
1. How hot is too hot?
* In areas like Las Vegas, even 70°F is to hot, because in a vehicle with the windows rolled up, temperatures can fly well past 100°F in a matter of minutes!

  1. What can and should you do to help an animal in a hot or cold car?

* According to Nevada State Law, you can’t do ANYTHING, except call the police, and if and when they show up, hope the animal hasn’t died by then.

  1. Not to mention, what can you legally do to rescue that animal, and is it legal to break the car window?

* It is ILLEGAL in Nevada to attempt or break into a vehicle to save an animal.

How State Rules Differ About Rescuing Animals From Hot Cars
In many states, (AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, IN, MA, OH, TN & WI) ordinary citizens are granted legal immunity if they damage someone’s vehicle to rescue “an animal.” There is pending legislation in AL & OR. Other states, like Nevada, DO NOT have “Good Samaritan” laws that protect ordinary citizens who rescue animals that are trapped in hot cars.

Does this mean that you could or should run around, willy-nilly, smashing car windows with rocks if you live in a state that grants you legal immunity? Of course not. What it does mean is that Nevada needs to get in line with several other states and protect our animals. Citizens can break a car window to save a child, but not an animal. This does not make sense!

Sign the petition to send a message to our Elected Officials that it’s time to protect our animals like we do our children. Because to some, our animals ARE our children!

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Closing in on 50,000 Supporters!!
Thank you all for signing, sharing and making our voice heard! We are nearing an amazing 50,000 signatures…
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