Prohibit Dog and Cat Meat in the U.S.

The welfare of dogs and cats must be protected by prohibiting the trade of their meat for human consumption. Demand that the possession and trade of cat and dog meat be prohibited in the U.S.

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Good News for Yellowstone Grizzlies? U.S. to Review ‘Flawed’ Ruling That Removed Protections

Lorraine Chow
Dec. 07, 2017 
Grizzly sow and cubs near Fishing Bridge. Yellowstone National Park / Flickr
Good News for Yellowstone Grizzlies? U.S. to Review ‘Flawed’ Ruling That Removed Protections

Over the summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decided to strip Yellowstone grizzly bears of Endangered Species Act protections, sparking condemnation from conservationists over the agency’s “flawed” ruling.

But now, USFWS is reviewing this decision thanks to an appeals court ruling that restored protections for a completely different animal that was taken off the endangered species list: the Great Lakes gray wolf.

In August, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, ruled unanimously that USFWS was wrong in its 2011 decision to de-list the Great Lakes gray wolf and should remain under federal protection. The three-judge panel wrote then, “The Endangered Species Act’s text requires the Service, when reviewing and redetermining the status of a species, to look at the whole picture of the listed species, not just a segment of it.”

As it happens, the Fish and Wildlife Service used a similar method to de-list Yellowstone-area bears. Kelly Nokes, large carnivore advocate for WildEarth Guardians, explained to Reuters, U.S. wildlife managers removed the bears from federal protections without assessing impacts on other grizzly populations in the lower 48 states.

The Yellowstone grizzly bear has long been considered endangered, with as few as 136 bears in 1975. But in June, Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke announced that the population had been recovered to the point where federal protections can be removed and overall management can be returned to the states and tribes.

There are an estimated 700 today, which “meets all the criteria for delisting,” the Department of Interior, which oversees USFWS, said.

The Associated Press reported that USFWS has now opened up a public comment session on the implications of leaving the bears unprotected. While the review is pending, the animals will stay under state jurisdiction and off the threatened species list, agency spokesman Steve Segin said. The agency plans to release its conclusions by March 31.

Conservation groups responded with fierce outcry over the government’s decision to de-list the grizzlies this summer.

“Without continued Endangered Species Act protections, the recovery of grizzly bears in Greater Yellowstone is in serious jeopardy,” said Bonnie Rice, Greater Yellowstone senior representative with Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign. “Inadequate requirements to protect and connect Yellowstone grizzlies to other populations and hostile state management policies will mean fewer bears restricted to an even smaller area. Grizzly bears will be killed through trophy hunts on the doorstep of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks instead of inspiring millions who come to the region just for a chance to see a live grizzly bear in the wild.”

“These iconic bears need to be protected, not gunned down so their heads can go on some trophy hunter’s wall,” said Andrea Santarsiere, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Facing ongoing threats and occupying less than five percent of their historic range, grizzly bears are nowhere near recovery and continue to need the strong protections of the Endangered Species Act.”

“National Parks Conservation Association refutes the Department of the Interior’s short-sighted decision, which threatens Yellowstone grizzlies and ignores concerns, including those raised by many in the National Park Service. Despite Interior’s claim, the long-term health of Yellowstone and Grand Teton grizzlies is far from certain,” added Stephanie Adams, Yellowstone program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association. “We must ensure Yellowstone grizzlies have necessary protections in place for the population to thrive.”

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Petition · Debbie Taylor Darino: Harsher punishment for animal cruelty-Ponce’s Law · Change.org

Harsher punishment for animal cruelty-Ponce’s Law

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Petitioning Office of State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 R. J. Larizza and 6 others
Harsher punishment for animal cruelty-Ponce’s Law
Debbie Taylor Darino Daytona Beach, FL

I have presented a proposed amendment to our State Legislature for consideration of amending the current animal cruelty laws specifically F.S. 828.12 (2)(a)(b) which is a third degree felony to impose stricter, harsher punishment and penalties in the event of the abuse, torture,and killing of innocent animals. It will give the Judge more freedom to sentence these abusers to jail while also sentencing them to have no contact or owning animals, etc. at the court’s discretion.

http://clickorlando.com/news/ponce-inlet-man-arrested-after-beating-puppy-to-death-police-say

This petition will be delivered to:

Office of State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
R. J. Larizza
State Representative
Tom Leek
State Representative
Paul Renner

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12 hours ago
Petition update
12/4/17 Ponce’s Law HB 473 on agenda for 12/6/17 Criminal Justice Subcommittee agenda

Ponce’s Law HB 473 is on the agenda for the Criminal Justice Subcommittee scheduled for 12/6/17. Go Ponce!!

3 days ago
Petition update
11/28/17 Article on Ponce’s Law in the Florida Bar

Animal Abuse Legislation “Ponce’s Law” House Bill Introduced November 28, 2017 Representative Tom Leek has introduced HB 473, called “Ponce’s Law,” that…

3 weeks ago
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11/16/17 Senator Greg Steube files Companion Bill SB 952-Ponce’s Law
Calendar for 11/17/2017 – The Florida Senate

Florida Senate – 2018 SB 952 By Senator Steube 23-01107-18 2018952__ Page 1 of 22 A bill to be entitled: An act relating…

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11/9/17 Ponce’s statue now permanently placed in doggy park

The statue of Ponce was placed in the doggy park in Ponce Inlet, FL today. In the picture, while waiting to be moved…

4 weeks ago
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11/7/17 Article in American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Fla. bill would let judges ban pet ownership after cruelty conviction

Article in AVMA about Ponce’s Law!

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11/5/17 Article in “Florida Politics”…please read

Takeaways from Tallahassee — Seeking justice for puppies Peter Schorsch 1 day ago After a puppy was beaten to death in Volusia County earlier this year, the…

1 month ago
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The ASPCA Supports Ponce’s Law!!!!!!!!

The State Director of the ASPCA confirmed today that they are supporting Ponce’s Law HB 473 and will help support it at the Capitol!!

1 month ago
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The Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association (FPAA) will support Ponce’s law!!!

The Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association is in support of Ponce’s Law-HB 473……RJ Larizza is the current president of the association and confirmed…

1 month ago
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Article on Ponce’s Law
‘Ponce’s Law’ bill allows animal abusers to be barred from having pets

The Daytona Beach News Journal did an article on Ponce’s Law, HB 473, with statements from our sponsor, State…

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1 month ago
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IT’S OFFICIAL-PONCE’S LAW IS A HOUSE BILL!! HB 473

Today, Ponce’s Law was filed and is now officially a “house bill” sponsored by State Rep. Tom Leek and co-sponsored…

1 month ago
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Ponce’s Memorial
Ponce Inlet unveils statue of puppy found beaten to death

Daytona Beach News-Journal Yesterday at 8:58pm The memorial is expected to be placed in Happy Tails Dog Park…

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1 month ago
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Ponce’s Memorial

Ponce’s Memorial was beautiful with a life sized bronze statue in memory of Ponce and all abused animals. It will be placed…

2 months ago
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10/13/17 Ponce’s Law

Ponce’s Law is currently with the Senate Staff to make a few changes, giving it the best chance possible to pass. It should be filed in the next month or so and once it is…

2 months ago
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Memorial for Ponce set for 5pm on 10/25/17

There will be a memorial for Ponce, the nine-month old pup brutally beaten to death allegedly by his owner. This is…

3 months ago
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8/25/17 Update on status of the Amendment to F.S 828.12 (2)(a)(b)

The Amendment to F.S. 828.12 (2)(a)(b) is now OUT of drafting and in the hands of the State Representative that is sponsoring it. They will make any last minute…

3 months ago
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8/25/17 Letter of support from the CEO of the Humane Society-Big Thank You to the Humane Society!

As one of the largest and oldest Charities in Animal Welfare, Halifax Humane Society would like to urge your support of the bill named Ponce’s Law to help elevate…

4 months ago
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8/3/17 Defense attorney has filed their Cross-Notice of Appeal!

Aaron Delgado, the defense attorney for Travis Archer, who is accused of the horrific murder of his 9 month old pup named Ponce, has filed his cross-notice of appeal…
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4 months ago
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7/31/17 UPDATE: The State Attorney files Appeal!!

GREAT NEWS! The State Attorney filed their appeal to the 5th District Court of Appeals today after their request to the Attorney General last week was…

4 months ago
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The Meetings with Senators and State Representatives

To date I have met with State Representative David Santiago, State Representative Jason Brodeur, State Representative Tom Leek, and State Representative…

4 months ago
50,000 supporters
5 months ago
Petition update
The Amendment to F.S. 828.12(2)(a)(b) is on its way to drafting!

The proposed amendment is now in “drafting” so that it can be presented when the session returns for 2018. It will amend the current F.S. 828.12 (2)(a)(b) from a third…

6 months ago
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8 months ago
Petition update
Necropsy report

The necropsy report done on Ponce said this nine (9) month old pup had “blunt force trauma to the skull, fracturing and crushing multiple teeth, broken jaw…

77,434 have signed. Let’s get to 150,000.

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Petition: Join us in our calls for a dog meat free Indonesia


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Petition: Join us in our call for a dog meat free Indonesia


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Second Petition: Save Elephants and Lions – Stop Trump’s Trophy Hunting Plan


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Donald Trump Lifts Ban On Big Game Hunters Bringing Slain Elephant ‘Trophies’ Back Into The US! – PROTECT ALL WILDLIFE Petition


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Petition update · Help stop Ireland’s greyhound industry from receiving massive state funding! · Change.org

Petition to Ban horrific Hare Coursing Cruelty in Ireland
John Fitzgerald
Kilkenny, Ireland

Nov 15, 2017 — This shocking picture, taken earlier this month, shows a man throwing a live greyhound off the pier at Hartlepool, County Durham, England, into the freezing North Sea. A family witnessed the incident and reported it to police. Sadly, this is typical of what awaits many greyhounds once their racing days are over or their owners’ tire of them.

Coincidentally, Ireland’s government plans to hand over a €16 million subsidy to the country’s greyhound industry despite knowing the fate that awaits the unfortunate dogs.

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports (ICABS) is asking people to send messages to the Irish parliament, urging that this funding is withheld in view of the widespread cruelty and corruption that besets this appalling industry. Here is the ICABS statement:

The government is poised to hand over another massive €16 million in funding for the cruel greyhound industry. This month, TDs will have an opportunity to vote on this funding. Using the template letter below, or a personal letter of your own, please join us in urging TDs to vote against the funding. With numerous revelations in the past 12 months about cruelty, doping, injuries and killing of greyhounds, our politicians should not hesitate to say NO to further funding.
Since 2001, the greyhound industry has received nearly a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money. Such funding should be redirected away from a cruel and crumbling gambling industry and into struggling community groups, health bodies, sports clubs, animal rescue centres, etc.

Following is a sample letter…or you may wish to send a brief message. Below you’ll find the email addresses of Irish members of parliament…in lists. Just email your message to your own email address, having pasted the lists (one list at a time) into the “blind backup copy” (BBC) line.

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Deputy,
I am writing to urge you to vote against the proposed additional €16 million in funding for the greyhound industry.

This is an industry which is not only cruel – dogs are injured/mutilated/dumped/killed – it is also doing untold damage to Ireland’s international reputation. In the summer, the case of a greyhound which tested positive for cocaine on three occasions generated a massive amount of negative media coverage around the world. The ongoing export of Irish greyhounds to countries such as Pakistan and China, where little or no animal welfare standards exist, is similarly denting our image.

The Irish public is increasingly rejecting greyhound racing – evident in a 50 per cent fall in track attendance and a 58 drop in sponsorship.

This has been accelerated by a string of revelations (Prime Time, Drive Time, Claire Byrne Live, etc) exposing the injuries, killing and doping of greyhounds. Minister Andrew Doyle’s presentation of a farcical “Personality of the Year Award” this week to a greyhound trainer who was fined in February after a greyhound tested positive for a prohibited substance will further hasten the industry’s demise.

The greyhound industry is undoubtedly a dying industry and it is wrong for the government to squander taxpayers’ money on propping it up – particularly when there are so many community groups, health bodies, sports clubs, animal rescue centres and charities crying out for funds.

I urge you to please vote against the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2018.

Thank you.
Yours sincerely,

Lists of Irish TDs (members of parliament)

List One

gerry.adams@oireachtas.ie, bobby.aylward@oireachtas.ie, maria.bailey@oireachtas.ie, sean.barrett@oireachtas.ie,mick.barry@oireachtas.ie, richard.boydbarrett@oireachtas.ie, john.brassil@oireachtas.ie,declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie, pat.breen@oireachtas.ie, colm.brophy@oireachtas.ie, tommy.broughan@oireachtas.ie,james.browne@oireachtas.ie, richard.bruton@oireachtas.ie, pat.buckley@oireachtas.ie, peter.burke@oireachtas.ie, joan.burton@oireachtas.ie, mary.butler@oireachtas.ie, catherine.byrne@oireachtas.ie,
thomas.byrne@oireachtas.ie, jackie.cahill@oireachtas.ie, dara.calleary@oireachtas.ie, sean.canney@oireachtas.ie, ciaran.cannon@oireachtas.ie, joe.carey@oireachtas.ie, pat.casey@oireachtas.ie, shane.cassells@oireachtas.ie, lisa.chambers@oireachtas.ie, jack.chambers@outlook.com, michael.collins@oireachtas.ie, niall.collins@oireachtas.ie, joan.collins@oireachtas.ie, catherine.connolly@oireachtas.ie, ruth.coppinger@oireachtas.ie, marcella.corcorankennedy@oireachtas.ie, simon.coveney@oireachtas.ie, barry.cowen@oireachtas.ie, michael.creed@oireachtas.ie

List Two

sean.crowe@oireachtas.ie, david.cullinane@oireachtas.ie, john.curran@oireachtas.ie, clare.daly@oireachtas.ie, jim.daly@oireachtas.ie, michael.darcy@oireachtas.ie, john.deasy@oireachtas.ie, pat.deering@oireachtas.ie, pearse.doherty@oireachtas.ie, regina.doherty@oireachtas.ie, stephen.donnelly@oireachtas.ie, paschal.donohoe@oireachtas.ie, timmy.dooley@oireachtas.ie, andrew.doyle@oireachtas.ie, bernard.durkan@oireachtas.ie, dessie.ellis@oireachtas.ie, damien.english@oireachtas.ie, alan.farrell@oireachtas.ie, frances.fitzgerald@oireachtas.ie, michael.fitzmaurice@oireachtas.ie, peterm.fitzpatrick@oireachtas.ie, charles.flanagan@oireachtas.ie, sean.fleming@oireachtas.ie, kathleen.funchion@oireachtas.ie, patthecope.gallagher@oireachtas.ie, noel.grealish@oireachtas.ie, brendan.griffin@oireachtas.ie, john.halligan@oireachtas.ie,
simon.harris@oireachtas.ie, michael.harty@oireachtas.ie, sean.haughey@oireachtas.ie, seamus.healy@oireachtas.ie, danny.healy-rae@oireachtas.ie, michael.healy-rae@oireachtas.ie, martin.heydon@oireachtas.ie, brendan.howlin@oireachtas.ie, heather.humphreys@oireachtas.ie, paul.kehoe@oireachtas.ie, billy.kelleher@oireachtas.ie, alan.kelly@oireachtas.ie, enda.kenny@oireachtas.ie, martinkennysf@gmail.com, gino.kenny@oireachtas.ie

List Three
sean.kyne@oireachtas.ie, john.lahart@oireachtas.ie, james.lawless@oireachtas.ie, michael.lowry@oireachtas.ie, marc.macsharry@oireachtas.ie, josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ie, catherine.martin@oireachtas.ie, micheal.martin@oireachtas.ie, charlie.mcconalogue@oireachtas.ie, marylou.mcdonald@oireachtas.ie, helen.mcentee@oireachtas.ie, michael.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie,finian.mcgrath@oireachtas.ie, john.mcguinness@oireachtas.ie, joe.mchugh@oireachtas.ie,
tony.mcloughlin@oireachtas.ie, denise.mitchell@oireachtas.ie, mary.mitchelloconnor@oireachtas.ie, kevin.moran@oireachtas.ie, aindrias.moynihan@oireachtas.ie, michael.moynihan@oireachtas.ie, imelda.munster@oireachtas.ie, eugene.murphy@oireachtas.ie, paul.murphy@oireachtas.ie, eoghan.murphy@oireachtas.ie, dara.murphy@oireachtas.ie, catherine.murphy@oireachtas.ie, margaret.murphyomahony@oireachtas.ie, Denis.Naughten@oireachtas.ie, hildegarde.naughton@oireachtas.ie, tom.neville@oireachtas.ie, carol.nolan@oireachtas.ie, michael.noonan@oireachtas.ie, eoin.obroin@oireachtas.ie, caoimhghin.ocaolain@oireachtas.ie, eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie, sean.ofearghail@oireachtas.ie, donnchadh.olaoghaire@oireachtas.ie, aengus.osnodaigh@oireachtas.ie, darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie, jonathan.obrien@oireachtas.ie, jim.ocallaghan@oireachtas.ie, kate.oconnell@oireachtas.ie, willie.odea@oireachtas.ie, patrick.odonovan@oireachtas.ie, fergus.odowd@oireachtas.ie, kevin.okeeffe@oireachtas.ie, fiona.oloughlin@oireachtas.ie, louise.oreilly@oireachtas.ie, frank.orourke@oireachtas.ie, jan.osullivan@oireachtas.ie, maureen.osullivan@oireachtas.ie, willie.penrose@oireachtas.ie, johnpaul.phelan@oireachtas.ie, thomas.pringle@oireachtas.ie, maurice.quinlivan@oireachtas.ie, anne.rabbitte@oireachtas.ie, michael.ring@oireachtas.ie, noel@noelrock.ie, shane.ross@oireachtas.ie, eamon.ryan@oireachtas.ie, brendan.ryan@oireachtas.ie, escanlonmcc@eircom.net, sean.sherlock@oireachtas.ie, roisin.shortall@oireachtas.ie, brendan.smith@oireachtas.ie, brid.smith@oireachtas.ie, niamh.smyth@oireachtas.ie, brian.stanley@oireachtas.ie, david.stanton@oireachtas.ie, peadar.toibin@oireachtas.ie, robert.troy@oireachtas.ie, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ie, mick.wallace@oireachtas.ie, katherine.zappone@oireachtas.ie

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Petition: Pass a National Ban on Elephant Acts


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Petition · Honorable Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of Delhi, India: Tell Friendship City, Seoul, Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture/Consumption of Dogs. · Change.org

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BREAKING: Republic of Ireland will ban wild animals in circuses!

Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)

BREAKING: Republic of Ireland will ban wild animals in circuses!

Dear Mark,

The Republic of Ireland have committed to banning wild animals in circuses by January 2018.

This is huge news!

Our three investigations into circuses in Ireland have uncovered animals including giraffe, hippo, rhino, elephants, tigers, camels and many more who have suffered in the life of the circus. Animals were forced to perform unnatural and degrading tricks for the sake of ‘entertainment’.

Today is a day to rejoice for the animals who will no longer be subjected to the cruelty of the circus in the Republic of Ireland. You have helped us achieve this massive victory! Your support has enabled us to investigate, lobby and campaign for an end to wild animals being exploited in circuses.

We took our investigations to Parliament and councils and put the welfare of animals in Irish circuses on their agenda. Just last year a circus from the…

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Petition: Ask the US Government Not to Encourage Trophy Hunting! | Animal Welfare Institute


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Petition update · 11/9/17 Ponce’s statue now permanently placed in doggy park · Change.org

Harsher punishment for animal cruelty-Ponce’s Law

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11/9/17 Ponce’s statue now permanently placed in doggy park
Debbie Taylor Darino
Daytona Beach, FL

Nov 10, 2017 — The statue of Ponce was placed in the doggy park in Ponce Inlet, FL today. In the picture, while waiting to be moved into his spot, he appears to be looking at his final resting place as a reminder of the abuse animals face on a daily basis and he is also the light that leads the way to stricter, harsher punishment for all those that abuse animals. He will forever be in our hearts and he stands tall, strong, and proud as his house bill named Ponce’s Law HB 473 is presently going through the legislative process in hopes to become law. You can follow its progress at myfloridahouse.gov and go under the “bill#” tab and type in 473. We will not stop until this bill is passed.

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Indonesia governor cracks down on bloody dog-boar fights

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November 7, 2017 / 6:20 AM / Updated 11 hours ago

Indonesia governor cracks down on bloody dog-boar fights
Agustinus Beo Da Costa
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Authorities in Indonesia’s West Java province have called a halt to contests pitting dogs against wild boars, following media coverage of the bloody spectacle and pressure by animal rights activists, the provincial governor’s spokesman said on Tuesday.
A dog and wild boar fight during a contest, known locally as ‘adu bagong’ (boar fighting), in Cikawao village of Majalaya, West Java province, Indonesia, September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta SEARCH “BOAR FIGHT” FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH “WIDER IMAGE” FOR ALL STORIES.

Last month, Reuters reported that cash prizes of up to $2,000 were being given to dogs victorious in the fights, which villagers call ‘adu bagong’, or boar fighting.

Owners of participating animals said they saw the fights as a way to preserve a regional tradition, besides testing the agility and hunting abilities of the dogs.

“Not all traditions that we have are good,” said Ade Sukalsah, a spokesman for provincial governor Ahmad Heryawan. “If a tradition has a bad influence and impact on people’s lives, the tradition must be eliminated or forgotten.”

Heryawan’s decision to halt the fights was based on Indonesian criminal law provisions against the torture of animals, he added.

The shows “have a negative impact on the community by showing cruelty, torture and violence against animals,” Sukalsah said.

They were also a forum for gambling, he said, adding that Heryawan had issued a circular to regional officials, urging police and the local community to help enforce the law.

Sukalsah said the decision was made in response to “some media reports from Reuters, the BBC and then some animal protection NGOs that sent letters to us.”

The practice, which began in the 1960s when wild pigs were hunted to protect crops, has angered animal rights groups who created an online petition demanding the halt.

Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Fergus Jensen; Editing by Clarence Fernandez
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U.S. to suspend use in Colorado of ‘cyanide bombs’ to kill wild animals

November 6, 2017 / 7:59 PM / Updated 21 hours ago
U.S. to suspend use in Colorado of ‘cyanide bombs’ to kill wild animals
Laura Zuckerman
(Reuters) – The U.S. government will suspend the use of so-called cyanide bombs to kill wild animals on public lands in Colorado as well as plans to kill dozens of mountain lions and black bears there, federal officials and conservationists said on Monday.

The legal agreement was struck between Wildlife Services, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture charged with killing so-called nuisance animals like coyotes, and conservation groups.

The deal was the second of its kind in less than a week and came as controversy mounted about the agency’s use of M-44s, which critics term “cyanide bombs.” The spring-loaded devices emit sodium cyanide and are blamed for accidentally killing pet dogs in Idaho, Wyoming and elsewhere.

Colleen Adkins, attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said on Monday the aim of lawsuits filed by activists in western U.S. states against Wildlife Services was “to combat cruel treatment of wildlife.”

A spokeswoman for Wildlife Services did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The Colorado agreement stems from a lawsuit filed in April in U.S. District Court in Denver by the Center for Biological Diversity and others. The groups alleged Wildlife Services violated federal law by failing to fully assess the potential impact of the killing of cougars and bears in Colorado on other native wildlife like protected Canada lynx.

Federal officials also had planned to shoot as many as 45 mountain lions and 75 bears in western Colorado over three years in a move to fight the decline of mule deer favored by hunters.

Under terms of the Colorado deal, Wildlife Services will assess the likely consequences of its predator-control activities on other wildlife and the environment by August 2018 and suspend the use of M-44s on public lands in the state, court documents showed.

Federal officials will also suspend plans to kill cougars or bears there to boost deer numbers, according to court documents.

Last Wednesday, a U.S. judge approved a settlement between Wildlife Services and environmental activists tied to a lawsuit they filed in California that similarly alleged the U.S. agency had failed to conduct a thorough environmental analysis of its killing of wild animals in Northern California.

Under that accord, Wildlife Services suspended for at least six years its practice of gunning down coyotes from helicopters and airplanes, and using traps to kill creatures in wilderness areas in 16 Northern California counties.

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Petition update · 11/5/17 Article in “Florida Politics”…please read · Change.org

Harsher punishment for animal cruelty-Ponce’s Law

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11/5/17 Article in “Florida Politics”…please read
Debbie Taylor Darino
Daytona Beach, FL

Nov 5, 2017 — Takeaways from Tallahassee — Seeking justice for puppies

Peter Schorsch
1 day ago

After a puppy was beaten to death in Volusia County earlier this year, the fight to give animal abusers harsher penalties is gaining momentum at the state Capitol.
And if passed, those who are convicted could be banned from owning or contacting animals.

It all began in April when neighbors heard a racket coming from inside a Ponce Inlet home, where Travis Archer, the owner of Ponce, a black 9-month-old Labrador retriever, lived.
Upon entering the home, police found the dog dead in the backyard. According to a Daytona Beach News-Journal report, Archer said the dog “tore up his house” and that he had hit it several times to discipline it.

Tom Leek is looking for harsher punishment for animal abusers.
Travis was charged with animal cruelty, which means he technically could face up to five years in prison if convicted. But because he has no prior convictions, there is no mandated prison time under the current law.
The case sparked outrage locally, prompting animal rights advocates to push for more severe sanctions that would make it more likely for animal abusers to serve time behind bars. This week the push for that began at the state level with a bill (HB 473) filed by Rep. Tom Leek, an Ormond Beach Republican.

While the proposal, called “Ponce’s Law,” would make it more likely for those convicted of animal abuse to serve time, it still does not guarantee it. It will all depend on the person’s criminal background and a judge’s discretion. Under the bill, judges would be allowed to use their discretion to determine whether someone found guilty of these crimes should be banned from owning or even coming into contact with an animal.
It’s hard to imagine banning a convicted animal abuser from a dog park, but that could be the result.
“The horrific event that took place in Ponce Inlet will remain a somber reminder of the evil inflicted upon animals across our state,” Leek said in a statement.
The effort is being spearheaded by Ponce Inlet’s Chief of Police Frank Fabrizio, the ASPCA, the Halifax Humane Society in Volusia County and Debbie Darino, who launched a “Justice for Ponce” petition proposing an amendment to current state animal cruelty laws. The petition garnered nearly 75,000 signatures.
Darino is also the founder of a closed Facebook page, Justice for Ponce. If the posts on Facebook are any indication, people should expect colorful banners with Ponce’s face and the hashtag #DogsLivesMatter to pop up as the measure moves ahead.
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