Petition: Stop U.S. Lottery To Kill Off 400 Bison In The Grand Canyon

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Stop U.S lottery to kill off 400 Bison in the Grand Canyon. 

Bison constantly face extinction and are endangered. The U.S. National Park are going to hire 12 skilled hunters to control the Bison population of a total of 600 Bison over populated in the Grand Canyon. Only 200 Bison will remain after this contract. 

 A better solution to handle an endangered species is to RELOCATE the Bison to another location where they can roam and multiply freely. Perhaps to other known locations where they once roamed where there’s no concern of Bison population. 

This petition is a matter in holding the U.S. Federal government and U.S. National Park accountable in stopping similar future lotteries involving killing of wildlife and to find better solutions in preserving wildlife and parks. 

This lottery affects people in the community and across the world, the land, and our future. 

There’s no space for the Bison so there’s no space to lose this petition. Please sign this petition today so we can preserve the National park and the Bison. 

Winning this petition is a must! Let’s all work together to hold the U.S. government accountable to see that the Bison roam new land ‘LIKE’ perhaps Alberta Canada?! 

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Exclusive: Animals to have their feelings protected by law in Queen’s Speech

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Christopher Hope, Charles Hymas 9 hrs ago 9 – 11 minutes

Animals with a backbone will have a legal right to feel happiness and suffering in a Government drive to raise welfare standards in Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech.

An Animal Sentience Bill will enshrine in law that animals are aware of their feelings and emotions, and can experience joy and pleasure, as well as pain and suffering.

“Sentience” will apply to “vertebrate animals – anything with a spinal cord”, Environment secretary George Eustice told The Telegraph in an exclusive interview below.

An existing committee of experts and civil servants in Defra will be tasked with ensuring Government’s policies take into account animal sentience. 

Ministers were criticised in 2018 when the duty was not carried across into UK law from the European Union after Brexit.

The Government wants to make the UK a world leader in animal welfare and laws that protect animals form the centrepiece of this week’s Queen’s Speech.

As well as an Animal Sentience Bill, an Animals Abroad Bill will ban the import of trophies from animal hunting. A third measure – a Kept Animals Bill – will stop live animal exports and ban families from keeping primates as pets.

George Eustice sitting in a room: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs minister George Eustice - Geoff Pugh

The Government will also publish an animal welfare strategy which will raise the prospect of banning fur imports, microchipping all domestic cats and calling time on the cruel killing of pigs by gassing them with carbon dioxide.

Animal welfare is not at odds with caring about our rural communities

The Conservative government has certainly come a long way since the party first won power in 2010 on a pledge to offer a free vote on legalising fox hunting, writes Christopher Hope.  

This week’s Queen’s Speech will see the Tory government publish draft laws that enshrine in law the right of animals to feel pain, as well as bans on live animal exports, importing hunting trophies and keeping primates as pets.  

A separate animal welfare strategy document will set the direction of travel, raising the prospect of banning fur imports, microchipping all cats and calling time on the cruel killing of pigs by gassing them with carbon dioxide.  

It is some journey from “hoodie hugging” when David Cameron was leader in the 2000s to “bunny hugging” under Boris Johnson in the 2020s. And it has been witnessed at first hand by George Eustice, a party press officer in the 2000s and now the Environment secretary.  

When we met in his office at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs late on Friday, I asked him if he thinks this lurch towards saving animals rather than hunting them with packs of dogs will sit well with the party’s traditional voters.   © Provided by The Telegraph Environment, Food and Rural Affairs minister George Eustice – Geoff Pugh

George Eustice wearing a neck tie: The Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, being interviewed by Christopher Hope for the Telegraph. - Geoff Pugh

He says: “I don’t really see that there’s an inconsistency between caring about animal welfare, wanting to promote that and believing in rural communities, and the values of the countryside.  

“I grew up on a family farm from a sixth generation farming family. I’m somebody who really understands the social capital that exists in our farming communities and rural communities.  

“And by having higher standards of animal welfare, there’s nothing at all that is at odds with caring also about rural communities in the countryside.”  

For Mr Eustice, who grew up on his family farm with Guinea pigs, rabbits and a rescued Border Collie called Mono, the difference between then and now is that Boris Johnson wants to prioritise animal welfare.  

“There were always other priorities. Boris Johnson is the first Prime Minister, probably ever, to mention animal welfare on the steps of Downing Street. We’ve now got an occupant in Number 10 who really just wants to get some of these things done.”  

Critics claim that Mr Johnson’s love for animals comes from his fiancee Carrie Symonds, a passionate environmentalist. Mr Eustice says he has not talked to Miss Symonds “directly” about the new animal welfare laws.  

He says: “She [Miss Symonds] has long held views on this so there’s no doubt about that – she’s campaigned on animal welfare issues.  

“And it’s not as though she’s unique and alone in this. She is a Conservative she’s passionate about animal welfare, as am I, as is the Prime Minister.”  

The most eye-catching of this week’s slew of animal welfare laws is an Animal Sentience Bill which will enshrine in law that animals are aware of their feelings and emotions, and have the same capacity to feel joy and pleasure, as well as pain and suffering.  

An existing committee of experts and civil servants in Defra will be tasked with ensuring Government’s policies will take into account animal sentience. Ministers had been criticised in 2018 when the duty was not carried across into UK law after Brexit.   © Provided by The Telegraph The Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, being interviewed by Christopher Hope for the Telegraph. – Geoff Pugh

Mr Eustice says: “It would not make fishing illegal – people needn’t worry about that. It is much more than when we design policies, we have to have regard for animal sentience.”  

Mr Eustice admits some of the measures – such as the ban on bringing back hunting trophies to the UK and possible restrictions on fur imports – will not affect large numbers.  

The ban on keeping primates as pets, for example, is mainly targeted at the small number of people who have marmosets in homes (numbers grew after the Labour government removed restrictions in 2008 on the grounds that they are not dangerous).  

But it is all about “sending a signal”. He says: “It sends an important signal around the world and this is something that we want to try and stop.”   Many of these changes – such the ban on live animal exports – are made possible by the UK’s exit from the European Union.

“As a self governing country you gain some agility and also the self confidence to make these judgments for yourself.  

“And it does show that outside the EU, we can address areas of policy that some might consider, small niche areas of policy, but where you can make laws better or stronger.  

Mr Eustice admits that tackling the fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic is the Government’s number one priority.  

But he says: “That doesn’t mean you have to stop work on every other front. How you treat animals, and the legislation you have to govern that, is a mark of a civilised society, and we should be constantly looking to improve and refine our legislation in this area.”  

It has been a busy week for Mr Eustice who last week had to defuse the row between French fishermen and Jersey’s government over access to their waters which led to the Navy sending in gunboats to ensure no one came to any harm.  

Mr Eustice is unrepentant.

“It was an entirely legitimate response to a situation that you couldn’t have predicted what might have come, and it’s better always to have your assets on standby ready to react should they be needed.”  

And he is scathing of “disproportionate” threats to cut off Jersey’s power not least because France “would have to intervene in a commercial arrangement between EDF and Jersey”.  

He blames the French government for not telling its fishermen that they had to agree to new licensing agreements based on their historic catches with Jersey’s government.  

“It appears that some of the French industry hadn’t quite appreciated what the European Commission had agreed in the Trade and Cooperation agreement,” he says.  

Jersey has now given the French fishermen until July 1 to ensure their paperwork is in order. Mr Eustice does not rule out sending in the Navy again.  

He says: “If the intelligence model – and an algorithm they follow – suggested that there was illegal fishing activity in Jersey waters, then some of those assets would be redeployed into that area to address that.”  

Mr Eustice is optimistic about the future of the Union – despite concern about buoyancy of support for the SNP – pointing out that “within Defra, we work very constructively with Scottish Government and with Welsh Government.  

His hope is that over time, as Brexit beds in, the calls from independence parties in the devolved administrations will die away.

“They will accrue powers in everything from agriculture and environment to animal welfare policy powers that they never had before the devolved administrations will now again.  

“What will happen is over time once the tensions over Brexit heal …, things will bed down the devolved administrations, all of them will realise that they can do things that they could never do as an EU member and the attraction of rejoining the EU will fade.”

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Fear Triggers Aggressive Dog Behavior, say researchers

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New research studying the behavior of 9,000 dogs demonstrated that fearfulness, age, breed, the company of other members of the same species and the owner’s previous experience of dogs were all associated with dogs’ aggressive behavior towards humans. These findings can potentially provide important tools for understanding and preventing aggressive behavior.

Backstory

Aggressive behavior in dogs can include growling, barking, snapping and biting. These gestures are part of normal canine communication, and they also occur in non-aggressive situations, such as during play. However, aggressive behavior can be excessive, making the dog a health threat to both humans and other animals.

Study overview

The canine gene research group active at the University of Helsinki surveyed connections between aggressive behavior and several potential risk factors with the help of a dataset encompassing more than 9,000 dogs, a sample from a larger dataset from a behavioral survey dataset of nearly 14,000 dogs. The study investigated aggressiveness towards both dog owners and unfamiliar human beings. Dogs were classified as aggressive if they growled often and/or had attempted to snap at or bite a human at least occasionally in the situations described in the survey.

Results overview

Dogs’ fearfulness had a strong link to aggressive behavior, with fearful dogs many times more likely to behave aggressively. Moreover, older dogs were more likely to behave aggressively than younger ones. One of the potential reasons behind this can be pain caused by a disease. Impairment of the senses can contribute to making it more difficult to notice people approaching, and dogs’ responses to sudden situations can be aggressive.”

-Salla Mikkola, doctoral researcher University of Helsinki

Small dogs are more likely to behave aggressively than mid-sized and large dogs, but their aggressive behavior is not necessarily considered as threatening as that of large dogs. Consequently, their behavior is not addressed. In addition, the study found that male dogs were more aggressive than females. However, sterilization had no effect on aggressive behavior.

The first dogs of dog owners were more likely to behave aggressively compared to dogs whose owners had previous experience of dogs. The study also indicated that dogs that spend time in the company of other dogs behave less aggressively than dogs that live without other dogs in the household.

Significant differences in aggressive behavior between breeds

Differences in the aggressiveness of various dog breeds can point to a genetic cause.

“In our dataset, the Long-Haired Collie, Poodle (Toy, Miniature and Medium) and Miniature Schnauzer were the most aggressive breeds. Previous studies have shown fearfulness in Long-Haired Collies, while the other two breeds have been found to express aggressive behavior towards unfamiliar people. As expected, the popular breeds of Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever were at the other extreme. People who are considering getting a dog should familiarize themselves with the background and needs of the breed. As for breeders, they should also pay attention to the character of dam candidates, since both fearfulness and aggressive behavior are inherited.”

-Professor Hannes Lohi, University of Helsinki.

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At-a-Glance Summary of Research Findings:

Factors Associated with Dog Aggressiveness towards Humans

-Dog Fearfulness

-Older dogs encountering sudden moves/situations

-Smaller dogs

-Male dogs

-Dogs of first-time dog owners

-Solitary dogs: Dogs that have no other dogs in the household

-Most aggressive breeds: Long-Haired Collie, Poodle (Toy, Miniature and Medium) and Miniature Schnauzer breeds


Journal reference: Salla Mikkola, Milla Salonen, Jenni Puurunen, Emma Hakanen, Sini Sulkama, César Araujo, Hannes Lohi. Aggressive behaviour is affected by demographic, environmental and behavioural factors in purebred dogs. Scientific Reports, 2021; 11 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-88793-5

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Tips on Fire Safety for Pets

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Tips on Fire Safety for Pets

This article is contributed by guest writer, Dawn C.

Everyone loves their pets, and no one ever wants to see them hurt, especially in a fire. So what can one do to protect their pet? The first thing is to make sure you have operational fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. This is not only to protect the pet but also the entire family. The other way to protect your pet is to train them. Socialization and proper training are some of the basic needs your pet requires. Here are the best tips on safety for pets.

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6 ways to keep your pets safe

About 50,000 pets get affected by fire every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Pets cause about 1000 house fires and those are reported cases. Most of these fires are caused by open flames such as candles, fireplaces, or stoves. Here are ways to keep your pets safe from fire or other hazards:

1. Don’t leave an unattended open flame

Pets are mostly nosy, and they don’t understand the risks that fire can cause. Dripped grease or fallen candles can end up becoming a tragic blaze, hence, avoid them when you have pets around. For pets like cats, an ignited candle can be a temptation. You can consider flameless candles.

2. Keep the fireplace secure

A stray spark from a fireplace may burn the entire house. A fireplace is a great place for pets and family to gather, but it’s best to avoid putting fabric items near a fireplace. You can also use a glass fireplace shield to keep the sparks in their place.

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3. Secure electrical cords

Pets can sometimes mistake an electronic cord for a chewing toy. The electric wires can be bound in various creative ways to secure and keep them from being visible. Beginning your pet’s training helps in teaching them good behavior, and not to tamper with cables in the house.

4. Know your pet’s hiding spots

This is essential, especially when you need to evacuate out of your home quickly. Pets mostly hide, especially if they sense danger. You can begin training your pet by crating it in advance to make it easier so that they don’t run when you try pulling them from their crate during any emergency.

5. Rehearse escape routes

Make sure your entire family knows the plan of where to go. If your pet is left behind, it may become exposed to many hazards or get trapped. The American Red Cross informs that it’s essential to decide where you’ll take your pet ahead of time. You can contact a veterinarian to get a list of favorite facilities and kennels. You can also ask for foster care or emergency shelter in a local animal shelter. You can also identify hotels or motels that accept pets.

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6. Train your pet

Another way to ensure its safety is beginning your pet’s training. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, especially if it’s a new pet. When you take it step by step, you’ll find it far less hectic. Here are the guidelines on how to get started:

Begin with obedience Before beginning your pet’s training, you can set a basic foundation. There should be positive reinforcement to lay a great foundation. The method involves giving a pet a reward to encourage it to behave the way you want.

Train your dog in self-control – This technique teaches your pet that nothing comes for free. It needs to earn things like attention, and food through being obedient.

Conclusion

Emergencies tend to happen at any time and can come in a ton of ways. While one may not be able to prevent them from happening, one can prepare their pet and themselves in advance. Training your pet is a way to prevent them from causing or engaging in any danger.

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Prepare your dogs for Life after lockdown

Bill to kill up to 90% of Idaho wolves heads to governor

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By KEITH RIDLER

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho House on Tuesday approved legislation allowing the state to hire private contractors and expand methods to kill wolves roaming Idaho — a measure that could cut the wolf population by 90%.

Lawmakers voted 58-11 to send the agriculture industry-backed bill to Republican Gov. Brad Little. The fast-tracked bill that allows the use of night-vision equipment to kill wolves as well as hunting from snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, among other measures, passed the Senate last week.

Backers said changes to Idaho law could help reduce the wolf population from about 1,500 to 150, alleviating wolf attacks on cattle, sheep and wildlife.

“We have areas of the state where the wolves are having a real detrimental impact on our wildlife,” said House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, one of the bill’s sponsors. “They are hurting the herds, elk and deer. This allows the Wolf (Depredation) Control Board and others to control them, also, which we have not done in the past.”

Cattle and sheep ranchers say wolves have cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars by killing animals or harassing them, causing them to lose weight, making them less valuable when they are sold.

Opponents said the legislation threatens a 2002 wolf management plan involving the federal government that could ultimately lead to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service taking back control of managing the state’s wolves.

Environmental groups blasted the House’s approval of the measure and called on Republican Gov. Brad Little to veto the legislation.

“The bill will waste millions of dollars of public funds on killing wolves, and threatens to ultimately return the species to the endangered species list and federal management,” the Western Watersheds Project and about a dozen other environmental groups said in a statement.

A primary change in the new law is the hiring of private contractors to kill wolves. The legislation includes increasing the amount of money the Idaho Department of Fish and Game sends to the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control board from $110,000 to $300,000. The board, created in 2014, is an agency within the governor’s office that manages state money it receives to kill wolves.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game reported in February that the wolf population has been holding at about 1,500 the past two years. The numbers were derived by using remote cameras and other methods.

About 500 wolves have been killed in the state in each of the last two years by hunters, trappers and wolf-control measures carried out by state and federal authorities.

Idaho’s 2002 wolf conservation and management plan calls for at least 150 wolves and 15 packs in Idaho. Backers have said the state is allowed to increase the killing of wolves to reach that level. If the wolf population falls below 150, the killing of wolves would have to be reduced.

Also according to the plan, if Idaho’s wolf population fell to 100, there’s a possibility the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could resume management of its wolf population. The 2002 document says wolf management could revert to what was in place when wolves were listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission, which manages the state’s wildlife, opposed the measure. The commission, while noting it also wanted to reduce the wolf population, cited concerns that the proposed law would override certain commission decisions.

Opponents said that Idaho residents want the Fish and Game Commission to decide wildlife policy, not lawmakers.

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Breaking! Queen Elizabeth Signs New Law Increasing Animal Cruelty Sentences In England & Wales From 6 Months To 5 Years In Prison – World Animal News

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 17 2012: Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II visits Liverpool Albert Dock during her Diamond Jubilee tour of Great Britain, Liverpool, England. May 17 2012

The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021 was signed into law yesterday by  Queen Elizabeth, increasing the maximum penalty for animal cruelty in England and Wales from six months to up to five years in prison. The amended legislation also aims to deter would-be animal abusers from committing acts of cruelty.

As previously reported by WAN in June of 2019, when the Bill was brought forward by Member of Parliament Chris Loder, more than 70% of people supported tougher prison sentences for animal abusers.

Loder shared in a statement on his website that he was inspired to create change by introducing the Bill after finding a Springer Spaniel cruelly abandoned at the roadside before bringing her home to his family farm in West Dorest.

In a message posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday, Loder noted that the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act had just completed all Parliamentary stages in both Houses. It was subsequently taken to Her Majesty the Queen for Royal Assent.

“Just ONE DAY away from this important change in law for animals! #AnimalsDeserveJustice,” Loder tweeted yesterday, referring to the Bill which is now law and is expected to come into force in June of this year.

The RSPCA, one of the supporters of the Bill, secured 4,103 convictions in the courts in England and Wales over the last three years, and 156 individuals received immediate prison sentences.

“Since the Bill was introduced, animals have been starved, shot, stabbed, beaten to death and drowned,” stated RSPCA Chief Executive, Chris Sherwood. “At least now, in those cases that leave us heartbroken, our courts will be able to hand out sentences that truly reflect the severity of the crimes.”

Loder emphasized that there is more work to be done to help protect and save not only companion animals such as dogs, cats, and horses, but all animals.

“I will continue to work hard for animals, and I will continue campaigning on non-stun slaughter and live animal exports,” stated Loder, who also serves as a Patron for The Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, which campaigns to help end the suffering of billions of animals reared on intensive slaughter farms. The organization also helped to support the Bill.

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Norway Urged Not To Torture Captured Minke Whales

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By Sam Helmy

Scientists Can Now Watch Whales Feed Underwater (Photo credit: Mike Baird)

NGOs, animal welfare charities and a host of other stakeholders have urged Mattilsynet, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, to reverse its approval of an experiment on captured minke whales that they claim amounts to nothing more than torture.

The experiment is designed to see how whales’ brains respond to ocean noise. During the experiment, juvenile migrating minke whales will be trapped using a net and herded into a small enclosure. Once inside, they will be subjected to a host of noises, from naval sonar to the sounds emanating from oil and gas exploration. The experiment will last for up to four days, and up to 12 whales will be subjected to this.

According to Dr. Siri Martinsen, a veterinarian with NOAH, Norway’s largest NGO for animals:

“This research project is alarming for several reasons. We are very concerned for the welfare of the involved whales, as these circumstances are very likely to cause them stress and may even impact their health. There is a significant risk that the whales will panic once they are trapped, causing them to thrash or flail about, which could lead to serious injuries as they attempt to flee.”

You can help the whales by contacting the Norwegian government with your objection here.

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Restore Protection for Wolves Now!

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Sign Petition: Restore Protection for Wolves Now!

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland

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Ken Canning Wolves across the US are again being persecuted under state management. The State of Idaho has adopted legislation that allows for the killing of 90% of the wolves statewide including newborn pups and nursing mothers in their dens. The State of Montana has adopted a bounty system similar to the one that led to the eradication of wolves from the West. The State of Wisconsin opened a hunting season without adequate regulations in place and hundreds of wolves were destroyed within days. Wolves need to regain the protection of the Endangered Species Act NOW! Please take action to restore vital protections to prevent the eradication of wolves from states that are unable or unwilling to manage wolves responsibly.

To: US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland
From: [Your Name]

Please Act Now to Save America’s Wolves!

I’m writing to ask you to help save our wolves in the United States. I care deeply about the plight of wolves in our country and wolves across the US are again being persecuted under state authority. The State of Idaho has adopted legislation that allows for the killing of 90% of the wolves statewide including newborn pups and nursing mothers in their dens. The State of Montana has adopted a bounty system similar to the one led to the eradication of wolves from the West. The State of Wisconsin opened a hunting season without adequate regulations in place and hundreds of wolves were destroyed in days. Wolves need to regain the protection of the Endangered Species Act now! Please take action to restore vital protections to prevent the eradication of wolves from states that are unable or unwilling to manage wolves responsibly.

There is no excuse for the persecution of wolves in our country. Wolves are an essential species in helping to maintain healthy elk and deer herds by culling diseased animals and encouraging dispersal of large herds into smaller herds that are more sustainable to their habitat. Livestock losses to wolves remain low – less than 1 percent of cattle in wolf range are lost to wolves – and there are highly effective nonlethal deterrents that can better protect sheep, cattle, and wolves.

These states are changing their state wolf legislation to the point they are no longer sufficient to protect wolves from eradication. You have the ability to restore their protection under the Endangered Species Act before it’s too late. Please take action now. Our nation’s wolves must be protected from this Old West approach that is nothing more than an archaic and brutal campaign to eradicate their numbers.

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Spain to give pets same rights as humans, a breakthrough in the home of bullfighting

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Spain has given pets the same legal status as humans in a sign of growing support for animal rights in the home of bullfighting.

Domestic animals will be considered “living beings” under Spanish law instead of mere objects as has been the case until now.

This will mean that dogs or cats must be considered in the same way as children in divorce hearings or when inheritance or debts cases have to be settled by the courts.

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When judges decide who should have the family dog, they also must consider the welfare of the animal as they would do if they were dealing with children.

Shared custody of the pet will be an option open to judges in divorce hearings, who must also decide who pays for vet bills and food of the animal.

In Spain, 49.3 per cent of Spanish homes have a pet, but the country also has the fourth highest rate of divorce in the European Union, according to the Fundacion Affinity, a petcare company.

Under the new law, mistreatment of pets will also be regarded as a crime as if the owner had abused another person.

If someone finds an abandoned pet, they have a public duty to try to locate the owner or inform the authorities as they would do if they came across a lost child.

Spain joins France, Germany, Austria and Portugal which are the other European countries which have given pets the same legal status.

“This shows that we are changing our mentality and see animals as living beings with the capacity to feel pain, happiness, sadness and are nothing to do with a piece of furniture or a show,” Lola García, a lawyer who specialises in civil rights, told La Vanguardia newspaper.

The pet law change was introduced by the Socialists and the far-left Unidas Podemos party and was backed by all other parties, except the far-right Vox party.

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Sandra Guaita, a Socialist MP, who presented the law to the parliament, said anyone who opposed the change would “deny the pain and suffering of animals”.

“We should accept that animals are not objects, they are living beings which feel and suffer,” she said.

The new law comes as support in Spain for bullfighting has been on the wane in recent years. While some Spaniards consider it as part of the nation’s culture, others condemn it as cruel.

 A 2019 poll for El Español, an online newspaper, found 56.4 per cent of Spanish people were against bull-fighting, while 24.7 per cent were in favour and 18.9 per cent were indifferent.  

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END Inhumane Farmed Animal Transport

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END the suffering of farmed animals in mobile torture chambers

No food, no water, no rest, no room to even move. For up to 28 straight hours, animals are packed into trucks and trailers so tight that millions die in transport every year!

Others suffer terribly, they are injured, bruised, broken, and gored. Then there is the stress. Some animals literally die of heart failure right there on the trucks when it’s more than their poor hearts can take.

This is horrifying and wrong. For too long, Big Ag has been allowed to dictate the rules and prevent any regulations that might relieve some suffering of these animals. It’s time to change that. We have a new Secretary of Transportation, and he needs to hear from YOU!

Tell Sec. Buttigieg it’s time to IMMEDIATELY change the status quo. Update weak and ineffective regulations that promote cruel and inhumane treatment of farmed animals during transport. Let him know how you feel!

Sign our petition: end inhumane farmed animal transport practices NOW!

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Petition: We demand EU immediately suspend importation of kangaroo body parts and flesh

We call upon  the European Commissioners Stella Kyriakides (DG SANTE) and Valdis Dombrovskis (DG Trade) to immediately suspend the importation of Kangaroo body parts and flesh. Statistics have disclosed more than 70% of Kangaroo flesh derived from the Australian “harvests” is exported to Europe.

The slaughter of Kangaroos for export of body parts and flesh for human consumption, under an Australian Commonwealth Government approved “wildlife trade management plan”, does not comply with the Legislation of the European Union namely Regulation 1099/200910,  Killing of animals.  Under the regulation, stunning animals before killing, ( to ensure the killing is humane and not cruel)  is compulsory. This regulation applies to animals “culled” for “depopulation, disease control” or “other purposes” “and farmed animals”.  This is not happening. Further, the regulation requires products imported into the EU, to be accompanied with an attestation, certifying that requirements at least equivalent to those of the EU have been met. Investigations have revealed this cannot be certified.

Due to the remote locations where commercial kangaroo shooting takes place, there is no control or policing. Nobody is present to ensure animal welfare practices are complied including whether Kangaroos are stunned.  No statistics are available for the animals who are wounded and escape. 

Kangaroos have been found,  with blown-apart jaws from mis-shooting, but  survived to endure a long and painful death from starvation.  ‘In pouch’ joeys of shot mothers are either decapitated (if very small) or killed with a blow to the head. Quite often dependent ‘at foot’ joeys escape, and suddenly face a life alone, often falling victim to predators, exposure or starvation. Eastern and Western Grey Kangaroos are not weaned until they are nearly 18 months old. “A Shot in the Dark’ — a report on kangaroo harvesting, a 2009 report commissioned by Animal Liberation (NSW) estimates some ‘440,000 dependent young kangaroos are either clubbed to death or left to starve after their mothers are killed’. (Source:Animals Australia)

Not only is the EU Legislation not complied with, the Australian Kangaroo industry Code of Practice requires that animals be killed by a single shot to the head, but even conservative estimates suggest that more than tens of thousands of the adult Kangaroos for commercial processing each year, are not killed in this manner. (Source Animals Australia). 

Commercial Trade in an Australian Emblamatic and Iconic Native Kangaroos must stop.  

The Australian Governments’  support for a Commercial Trade in Kangaroo Body Parts and Flesh for human consumption is being challenged,  and there are calls for it to be banned. It has been asserted State and Commonwealth Legislations designed to conserve and Protect Native Wildlife and habitat, does not support a commercial slaughter,  particularly a demand for trade in flesh for human consumption on a commercial scale.

State Governments rely on claims of “overabundance” and alledged consequential damage to farming land,  to justify “culling” or “harvesting” Kangaroos, in order to satisfy local Wildlife Legislation and the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth). This is to obtain a permit to remove or cull protected Native Wildlife for a commercial industry.

There are allegations that the population numbers of Kangaroos have been grossly exaggerated to justify a claim of “overabundance” and that in fact in some States, Kangaroos may face extinction as a consequence of “harvesting”, or the push to supply demand for the commercial exploitation of Kangaroos. 

The intention of Legislations  is not  to support the commercialisation and trade in commerce of Australian Native Wildlife for human consumption, but rather the preservation and conservation of Australian native wildlife and habitat.

Ministerial approval is under the microscope.

There is a Call for a Ban on Killing Kangaroos and an immediate ban on the commercial “harvesting” of Kangaroos, and  to ban any further killing of Kangaroos; to revoke all current Permits and Plans for trade in Kangaroos for local and export markets.

Kangaroos are not and have never been “farmed animals” in Australia, nor were Kangaroos “farmed” by Australia’s First Nations’ peoples. To some indigenous Australians, Kangaroos are totemic. Kangaroos are  protected Native Wildlife.

We call upon the European Commissioners Stella Kyriakides (DG SANTE) and Valdis Dombrovskis (DG Trade) to immediately suspend the importation of Kangaroo body parts and flesh for human consumption as the EU Regulations are not being complied with.

Photo Credit: Red Box Wildlife Sanctuary Elphinstone, Victoria Australia

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Turn the Lights Out. Here Come the Birds.

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Buildings, landmarks and monuments are turning off lights to prevent fatal impacts as birds set off on spring migration.

Published April 10, 2021Updated April 12, 2021

Dozens of American cities are being transformed this spring, enveloped in darkness as the lights that usually brighten up their skylines are turned off at night to prevent birds from fatal impacts during their annual migrations.

Each year, an estimated 365 million to one billion birds die by smacking into reflective or transparent windows in deadly cases of mistaken identity, believing the glass to be unimpeded sky.

“These birds are dying right in front of their eyes,” said Connie Sanchez, the bird-friendly buildings program manager for the National Audubon Society, which for two decades has asked cities to dim their lights from about mid-March through May, and again in the fall, under its Lights Out initiative.

Since late last year, at least six cities have joined forces with the 35 other places where the society, local organizations, ornithology experts and some of the nation’s largest companies have been helping birds navigate in urban centers. The efforts are gaining ground in cities including Chicago, Houston and New York City, which are among the top 10 in the United States for light pollution.

The timing of the lights-out campaign varies based on location. In Texas, whose coastal lands are the first that birds encounter after they cross the Gulf of Mexico, buildings will go dark in Dallas from mid-March through May. In Fort Worth, at least 11 of the city’s most prominent buildings will dim their lights from midnight to 6 a.m. through May 31.

In Jacksonville, Fla., where migration started in mid-March, building owners and managers are examining data from volunteers who walk the city, collecting carcasses and documenting where birds have fallen.

Buildings in Philadelphia have also joined the nationwide effort, a step that experts hope will help to avoid a repeat of the deaths of more than 1,000 birds last October, an event reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer as one of the largest such avian fatalities in decades.

Birds that died after hitting buildings in Philadelphia in October. 
Credit…Stephen Maciejewski/Audubon

Bird populations are already imperiled by climate change, habitat loss and cats. Turning lights out at night can mitigate one more risk to their lives, experts say.

But before a city knows if a lights-out campaign will work, it first has to know how many birds it might help. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has used radar data to identify abnormal bird densities. In some cities, the approach is old-fashioned shoe leather.

Three days a week, at about 7 a.m., volunteers hit the streets of Jacksonville, Fla., peering into shrubs or searching the bases of the city’s tallest buildings. In the week of March 14, they found two warblers and a dove. The tiny bodies were put into bags and handed over to the zoo for analysis.

Then the business of forensics begins. As in any cause of death investigation, clues must be extracted from their surroundings. In the case of birds, the only certainties are flight, gravity and thin air.

Moments after a fatal impact, birds plummet to sidewalks, drop onto high-rise ledges inaccessible to the public, or sink into bushes on private land until discovered there inexplicably dead, throwing the possible answers to the who, what, when and where of their deaths into disarray.

Sometimes, stunned by the impact, they keep flying before they fall, making the place of their original blow difficult to trace. Often, cleaning crews sweep up carcasses before the volunteers can document them.

Mike Taylor, a curator at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, who works with the volunteers, said cats will also get to the birds. “We don’t know if they caught the bird, or just took advantage of this free meal that fell to the ground in front of them,” he said.

Last October in Philadelphia, an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 birds in one night flew into buildings in a radius of just over three blocks of Center City, possibly because of a low ceiling of bad weather that interfered with migrating birds from Canada, Maine, New York and elsewhere toward Central and South America, The Inquirer reported.

After the event, Audubon Mid-Atlantic, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club and two other local Audubon chapters formed a coalition to tackle the problem.

The response has been “extremely robust” among the city’s iconic properties, said Kristine A. Kiphorn, the executive director of the Building Owners and Managers Association in Philadelphia. Comcast, One and Two Liberty Place and the Wells Fargo Center are among the 30 buildings that have so far signed up to go dark this spring.

“We feel it makes ethical, ecological and economic sense,” she said.

A bird that died after crashing into a building in Philadelphia  in October.
Credit…Stephen Maciejewski/Audubon

Bird strikes against buildings have been recorded for decades in Philadelphia. The first recorded window kills date back to the 1890s, when City Hall was lit up, said Nate Rice, the ornithology collection manager at Drexel’s Academy of Natural Sciences. Dr. Rice said the academy’s database now has 823 specimens that have been identified as window strikes in Philadelphia.

“If we can generalize, say, ‘Let’s keep lights out or at a minimum during peak migration time,’ this can have an impact on wild bird populations,” he said.

Modern architecture has accelerated the problem as sky-piercing, reflective structures are illuminated at night.

Birds use stellar navigation, and twinkling lights, especially on overcast nights, can confuse them, leading them to fly in circles instead of proceeding along their route. Others drop exhausted to the ground, at risk of predators, cars or smacking into glass when they take wing again. Some crash into buildings if they see a plant in the window or a tree reflected in the glass.

Many buildings do more than flip a switch. Some use glass with patterns to help birds differentiate between open sky and a deadly, transparent wall.

In Chicago, architects have angled exteriors. In Galveston, Texas, a pulse was added to safety bulbs on tall buildings. Fort Worth’s Frost Tower turns off its light and asks tenants to do so as well, using slides in the lobby to explain why.

Every year in New York City, the twin beams of light in the tribute to 9/11 victims are turned off at peak times to help free birds that have been drawn to the lights. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology estimated that the memorial’s lights altered the migratory behavior of more than 1.1 million birds over seven nights in September.

And in St. Louis, exterior lights at the Gateway Arch landmark are turned off at night to avoid disorienting birds during migration in the first two weeks of May, when warblers and other birds fly from Canada to Central and South America.

With the help of volunteers who are canvassing for bird bodies, the local Audubon chapter is preparing to introduce a formal Lights Out program for the city.

“We wanted to see what areas of downtown are causing problems to birds,” Jean Favara, the vice president of conservation at the St. Louis Audubon Society, said. “I hope by 2024 we will have 30 to 34 buildings enrolled, and we can go from there.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/10/us/bird-migration-lights-out.html#click=https://t.co/H00LRMWT3m

Court halts funding of unwarranted Colorado mountain lion and black bear cull

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DENVER— The U.S. District Court of Colorado has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the law by funding a Colorado Parks and Wildlife plan to kill hundreds of mountain lions and dozens of black bears without properly analyzing the risks to those animals’ populations and the rest of the environment.

In response to a lawsuit brought by conservation groups, the court ruled that the Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act by agreeing to fund the project using federal money without completing its own environmental analysis. Further, the court found the environmental analysis the Service tried to rely upon, completed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, did not adequately analyze the impacts of killing black bears and mountain lions under the plans.

“On behalf of the majority of Coloradans who support coexistence with native carnivores, WildEarth Guardians applauds the court for recognizing the substantial environmental impact that these killing ‘studies’ impose on native wildlife in the state,” said Lindsay Larris, wildlife program director at WildEarth Guardians. “These studies threatened local ecosystems by the extermination of entire populations of bears and lions in these regions, a fact that the Service completely ignored.  We hope this ruling ensures that the Service will carefully consider all funding requests for wildlife ‘studies’ long into the future.”

The multi-year plans to kill black bears and mountain lions in the Piceance Basin and Upper Arkansas River areas of Colorado were intended to artificially boost the mule deer population for hunters, where habitat had been degraded by oil and gas drilling. But overwhelming scientific evidence shows that killing native carnivores does not  boost prey populations. The killing plans were hatched and approved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2016 and funded by the Service in 2017 despite overwhelming public opposition, and over the objection of leading conservation biologists’ voices.

“This ruling immediately halts the use of taxpayer dollars for the slaughter of Colorado’s mountain lions,” said Andrea Zaccardi, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “I’m so pleased that the court put a stop to this scientifically baseless study that needlessly targeted Colorado’s ecologically important, native carnivores.”

The court agreed that the Fish and Wildlife Service failed to consider the many substantial environmental harms that were likely to result from the plans, such as the harm to the local ecosystem caused by these killings and the suffering and deaths of orphaned cubs and kittens.

“Persecuting bears and mountain lions in this way is not only incredibly cruel to these highly-sentient, social beings who spend years raising their dependent young, but it is also environmentally destructive,” said Laura Smythe, a staff attorney with the Humane Society of the United States. “These inhumane wildlife killing plans left cubs orphaned, who likely died from starvation, dehydration, predation or exposure. Intensive trophy hunting and killing of mountain lions leads to increased conflicts with humans, pets and livestock. The federal government had no business funding this completely unnecessary state-sponsored slaughter.”

The Piceance Basin Plan has been completed but the Upper Arkansas River Plan is ongoing and will be halted as a result of this ruling.

Background: Started in 2017, the Upper Arkansas River Plan was approved to last nine years, during which time Colorado Parks and Wildlife would kill more than 50% of the mountain lion population in the area. Colorado expected the killing of up to 234 mountain lions would cost nearly $4 million, 75 percent of which would be federally funded with taxpayers’ money.

Mountain lions and black bears are critical to their native ecosystems. Mountain lion predation provides food for more bird and mammal scavengers than that of any other predator on the planet. Black bears’ diverse diet of fruits results in broad dispersion of seeds, and their foraging behavior creates disturbances that allow sunlight to reach plants below the forest canopy.

Mountain lion

Mountain lion. Photo by Justin Shoemaker, USFWS.

https://wildearthguardians.org/press-releases/court-halts-funding-of-unwarranted-colorado-mountain-lion-and-black-bear-cull/

Petition: Kill California’s Ivory Market, Save Endangered Elephants

Every 15 minutes, an elephant is killed for its tusks. The entire wild species could go extinct as early as 2025. The ivory market is to blame.

President Obama has a plan. But there are loopholes. Currently, California ivory dealers can still legally sell elephant ivory because of one loophole: intentional mislabeling. Elephant ivory is being passed off as wooly mammoth, cow bone, etc.

The United States and California matter.

After China, the United States is the second largest ivory consumer.

After New York, California — particularly Los Angeles and San Francisco — has the second largest ivory market in the country. California also facilities the international export of ivory.

According to a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) press release, http://www.nrdc.org/media/2015/150107a.asp investigations revealed that there are 100 ivory vendors and the Bay Area sells 1,200 ivory items.And this isn’t exactly legal ivory.

Los Angeles’ ivory:

— Between 77 – 90 percent of the ivory seen was likely illegal under California law

— Between 47 – 60 percent could have been illegal under federal law

San Francisco’s ivory:

— Roughly 80 percent of the ivory was likely illegal under California law

— 52 percent could have been illegal under federal law

But there’s a way to close the loophole.

San Diego’s Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has proposed Assembly Bill 96 — the bill would ban all sales of material resembling ivory animals,  including: elephants, wooly mammoths, wart hogs and whales. Atkins believes we can save thousands of elephants (and endangered rhinos, for that matter) by closing this loophole and closing the ivory market in California for good.

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If you are Oregon resident please take action to help us end the war on wildlife and score a win against brutality and cruelty!

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Join Guardians in the fight to ban wildlife killing contests in Oregon

Ask your Oregon state representative for a total ban of the senseless blood sport

Dear Guardian,

The bill to ban coyote killing contests in Oregon has moved from committee and will get a floor vote in the House of Representatives! Guardians needs your voice to get this bill from the Oregon House to the Senate. Urge your state representative to step up and end this cruelty by voting yes on HB-2728, a total ban on coyote killing contests in the Beaver State.

Completely devoid of ethics, wildlife killing contests are organized events in which participants compete for prizes by attempting to kill the most animals over a certain time period. It’s a disgusting practice in which the winners are rewarded for piling up the most or biggest animals or even killing the most different kinds of species. This rule would only ban contests for coyotes specifically and would not change general hunting laws.

Killing contests aren’t sport. They’re gratuitous violence.

They also send the message that animals, like coyotes, are disposable, killing them only for fun is OK and life is cheap. These wildlife killing contests disrupt natural processes and may also put threatened or endangered species in peril. Clearly, they have no place in 21st century humane, science-based wildlife management.

The good news is that seven states—Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Colorado—have already banned or severely restricted coyote killing contests. Now we have an opportunity to end these killing competitions in Oregon.

If you are an Oregon resident, take action to help us end the war on wildlife and score a win against brutality and cruelty.

For the Wild,

Samantha Bruegger, Wildlife Coexistence Campaigner

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VICTORY… Traps Banned on New Mexico Public Lands

Dear Guardian,

WE DID IT!!

Moments ago, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law a bill banning traps, snares, and poisons on public lands across New Mexico.

The new law—called “Roxy’s Law” in honor of a dog who was strangled to death in a neck snare on public lands in 2018—will save untold numbers of native wildlife, including bobcats, swift foxes, badgers, beavers, ermine, coyotes, and Mexican gray wolves. It also will protect recreationists and our companion animals from cruel and indiscriminate traps, snares, and poisons on public lands across the Land of Enchantment.

This monumental victory for wildlife and public lands would not have been possible without you! You wrote letters, made phone calls, shared action alerts with your friends and networks, and generously supported our campaign. Thank you!

We also want to thank all of our partner organizations in the TrapFree New Mexico coalition who have collaborated with us for years to ensure that the cruel decimation of wildlife populations via traps, snares, and poisons ceases on public lands.

A few weeks ago, when Roxy’s Law passed the New Mexico Legislature, the National Trappers Association said this on social media: “The trappers of New Mexico are on the brink of losing trapping. They are doing so because their opponents started the process 10 years ago and have been relentless. This is a 365 day a year conquest for them.”

While “conquest” is a word I would reserve to describe the infinite killing of native wildlife for private profit, the rest rings true.

Thousands and thousands of Guardians like you have been working relentlessly for years to make public lands safer, to protect native wildlife, to better society’s relationship with wildness and nature, and to erase the paradigm of killing wildlife for fun and money.

So, join me in celebrating today’s huge milestone for wildlife and public lands, and rest assured that working together—and with your generous support—we will have more victories like this to celebrate in the near future.

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Petition Urgent Action Needed… As Botswana Plans To Allow The Hunting Of 287 Elephants At The Beginning Of April

Botswana has just announced plans to allow the hunting of 287 elephants beginning next month, causing worldwide outrage among conservationists.

World Animal News

Karen Lapizco 5 hours ago

This shocking news comes a week after the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced that the African forest elephant was now listed as Critically Endangered, and the African savanna elephant was listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The decision was made because of the decline in elephant populations over several decades due to poaching for ivory and loss of habitat.

The latest assessments by the IUCN highlights a broadscale decline in African elephant numbers across the continent. The number of African forest elephants fell by more than 86% over a period of 31 years, while the population of African savanna elephants decreased by at least 60% over the last 50 years, according to the assessments.

According to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, the hunting season is scheduled to begin on April 6th in Botswana, which has the largest elephant population in the world, estimated at 130,000. One hundred hunting licenses are to be issued, including 187 that were issued during last year’s season.

Despite President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifting Botswana’s hunting ban last year, many animals were thankfully spared due to strict travel restrictions from COVID-19. Now that restrictions are being lifted, the government wants to resume “business as usual” to continue their cruel, archaic, and outdated industry.

In February, WAN reported on the controversial auction of 170 wild elephants in Namibia, where elephant populations are estimated to be only 24,000. It is sickening that these countries continue to auction off endangered species as they inch closer to extinction. We must take action and speak out to stop these atrocities from continuing.

Please call the office of the President of Botswana to urge him to reinstate the ban on hunting at +267 365 0837 or email gpitso@gov.be

Contact the Botswana Democratic Party at +267 395 2564

You can also sign the petition HERE!

Categories: Breaking News, News Tags: Animal News, Animal Protection, Animal Welfare, Botswana, Elephants, endangered, hunting

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https://worldanimalnews.com/urgent-action-needed-as-botswana-plans-to-allow-the-hunting-of-287-elephants-at-the-beginning-of-april-after-species-is-listed-as-critically-endangered/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

UPDATE: Virginia Becomes 4th State to Outlaw Animal-Tested Cosmetics

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In a major victory for animals, Virginia just became the fourth U.S. state to ban animal-tested cosmetics by signing the Virginia Humane Cosmetics Act into law last Friday.

Thank you to the more than 35,000 supporters who signed Lady Freethinker’s petition to end cruel animal testing from entering the state, and all of the activists who worked to help this bill pass.

Introduced by Sen. Jennifer Boysko and Delegate Kaye Kory, the new law prohibits the sale of cosmetics tested on animals after Jan. 1, 2022.

Virginia joins California, Nevada, and Illinois, while a larger effort to ban these products federally continues to gain bipartisan support.  Animal testing involves cruel and inhumane procedures, such as dripping shampoo into rabbits’ eyes although the animals don’t have tear ducts to wash out the irritating product, and feeding mice enough of a cosmetic until they die to determine a “lethal dose.”

Cosmetic animal testing started during the 1940s as the only “realistic” technology for testing makeup on human skin, but experts now consider it ineffective and outdated, CBS 19 reported. Some research bodies– including the Center for Contemporary Sciences (CCS) — are shifting completely away from animal testing due to both the cruelty involved and the problematic differences between animal and human genetic makeups.

“Greater than 90 percent of drugs and vaccines fail in human clinical trials, despite showing signs of safety and efficacy in animal and traditional laboratory tests,” said CCS’s Director of Science and Technology Jarrod Bailey. “We, therefore, need, urgently, to shift the focus of biomedical research and testing away from animals and towards hi-tech, cutting-edge human-based methods.”

Unfortunately, there are exceptions to the ban, including pharmaceutical products that are cosmetic in nature but are officially classified as drugs — serving as a reminder that there is a lot more work to do to end animal testing.

Nevertheless, this new law marks a tremendous step forward in the fight against animal cruelty.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/update-virginia-becomes-fourth-state-to-outlaw-animal-tested-cosmetics/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

Roxy’s law passes…

Largest Dog Meat Auction House In South Korea Closes Following Lady Freethinker Investigation

Before and After: L – Dogs at the Nakwon Auction House, photo from Lady Freethinker. R – The Nakwon Auction house has been shut down, photo from City of Namyangju

Lauren Lewis 4 days ago

World Animal News

In a major victory for animal advocates, what is most-likely the largest remaining dog meat auction house in South Korea, Nakwon Auction House, closed this week, following an inspection by Mayor Cho Kwang-han of the premise’s illegal dog meat farm and auction in the city of Namyangju. The dogs have been removed from the facility, and the owner has voluntarily reported the business’ closure to the government.

Photos from City of Namyangju

The closure follows an undercover investigation in the summer of 2020 by animal rights nonprofit Lady Freethinker that captured footage and images of captive dogs kept and sold at Nakwon Auction House. As reported by WAN last year, the investigation found more than 200 dogs being held in 60 metal crates and cages, each containing three to four dogs.

Dogs in auction house photos from Lady Freethinker

The closure follows a wider crackdown on dog meat farming in Namyangju by Mayor Cho. In January 2021, Mayor Cho convened a joint meeting of relevant departments to discuss measures to counter illegal activities of the dog farm and auction house. In the meeting, he demanded the departments take strong administrative measures with regard to legal violations that result in public harm and environmental damage. The city had also filed a complaint with law enforcement authorities and was taking administrative measures against the dog farm and auction house on charges of constructing an unlawful structure and changing its usage without a permit.

Photos from City of Namyangju

“We applaud Mayor Cho for his decisive action, which sends a strong international message that dog meat farming must become a thing of the past,” Nina Jackel, Founder and President of Lady Freethinker, said in a statement sent to WAN. “Lady Freethinker’s investigation of Nakwon Auction House found terrified dogs cowering in cramped, dirty cages while workers jabbed them with metal hooks. Breeding and farming dogs for meat causes enormous and unnecessary animal suffering.”

Following its investigation this summer, Lady Freethinker also launched a petition urging Mayor Cho to shut down Nakwon Auction House; the petition received more than 46,000 signatures. Representatives from Lady Freethinker’s local partner, Save Korean Dogs, delivered the petition to Mayor Cho’s office. Save Korean Dogs also presented Lady Freethinker’s investigative footage and discussed the animal cruelty at Nakwon Auction House with the city’s agricultural department and the mayor’s secretary, and staged protests outside the auction.

Protest photo by Save Korean Dogs

Dog meat farming in South Korea remains legal, but consumer demand for the meat remains low. The Korean Animal Welfare Association found in a 2019 poll of South Koreans that just 12.2% of respondents were still eating dogs, down from 13% in 2018. It was also reported that 41% of those that used to eat dogs, are no longer doing so, up from 39.5% in 2018.

Sadly, an estimated one million dogs continue to suffer in South Korea’s horrifying meat trade. That is why Congresswoman Han Jeong-ae recently introduced House Bill 7035 which advocates for an amendment to the country’s Animal Protection Act that would explicitly ban the slaughtering and processing of dogs for food.

Please sign Lady Freethinker’s new petition to urge the passage of this crucial bill to ban South Korea’s brutal dog meat trade, HERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

Categories: Breaking News, Featured, News Tags: Animal News, Animal Protection, Animal Welfare, animal welfare organizations, Ban, Dog Meat Trade, South Korea

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https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-largest-dog-meat-auction-house-in-south-korea-closes-following-lady-freethinker-investigation/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

SIGN: Justice for Elephant Brutally Beaten With Sticks for Disobeying Trainer

men beating elephant

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PETITION TARGET: Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar

Chained to a tree, a 19-year-old Indian elephant named Jayamalyatha trumpeted in pain as her handler and his assistant beat her with sticks at the Thekkampatti rejuvenation camp in Tamil Nadu, India, The Hindu reported.

Disturbing footage captured on a visitor’s smartphone shows the men repeatedly hitting Jayamalyatha’s legs because she allegedly disobeyed her trainer’s commands, the Star reported. Each time a stick strikes the defenseless elephant, she lifts her leg and cries out in distress.

India’s Forest Department arrested trainer Vinil Kumar and his assistant Siva Prasath under the country’s Wildlife Protection Act. Kumar was suspended from his job following the shocking act of cruelty.

Jayamalyatha deserves justice, and the individuals who brutally beat her must face consequences for their actions. Sign this petition urging Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to push for the thorough prosecution of the perpetrators, showing that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in India.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-elephant-beaten-with-sticks-at-rejuvenation-camp/

THANK YOU!! Please keep signing petitions…they work!

Animal Aid calls for Gordon Elliott to be banned from racing

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Posted on the 1st March 2021

Animal Aid has called for the immediate ban from racing of Grand National winning trainer Gordon Elliott, who was dropped as a Betfair ambassador this morning, following the publication of a photo of Elliott sitting on a dead horse.

An appalling photograph has come to the public’s attention of Elliott sat on a dead race horse laid on the gallops, with Elliott on the phone and smiling whilst giving a ‘v’ sign to the photographer. This highlights the continuing problem in racing that race horses have expendable lives and the industry is not acting in their welfare.

If the horse racing authorities in both Britain and Ireland are serious about horse welfare then they should ban Gordon Elliott from being near a race horse ever again, in any professional capacity.

Around 200 horses are killed on British racecourses each year and an unknown number die in training (as with the horse Elliott is sat upon), whilst hundreds are sent for slaughter – sadly common practice. This track record shows that the racing industry is not worthy of public or political support.

Says Animal Aid’s Horse Racing Consultant Dene Stansall:

‘This is the worst photograph I have ever seen in terms of disrespect towards a dead animal – reminiscent of those taken by trophy hunters. The fact it involves a leading figure in the industry enhances the need for the authorities to give Elliott a lifetime ban from racing. If racing doesn’t act, it will further highlight the disregard for welfare that exists in a self-regulated industry.’

 Many of you will be aware of the appalling images that have been published, showing a leading trainer and an amateur jockey sitting atop the corpses of young horses who have died in training.The tone of the images is mocking and disrespectful.Top trainer, Gordon Elliott, has been suspended from racing in Britain whilst the regulatory board in Ireland carries out an investigation. That case is due to be heard this Friday.Animal Aid is calling for both Gordon Elliott and the jockey Rob James to be permanently banned from racing.Please can you, right now, send this message to the two regulators?Just click the links below to send an email reading “As an animal lover, I was appalled to see the images of recently deceased race horses being treated with such contempt. Please take action and show that this will not be tolerated by banning Gordon Elliott and Rob James permanently from the British and Irish racing industries.”Please feel free to personalise the subject line of your email and to add any further personal thoughts to your email message.Send your email to the British Horseracing Authority here:
info@britishhorseracing.comSend your email to the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board here:
info@ihrb.iePlease stay connected to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for further updates.
Thank you Fiona Campaign Manager 
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https://www.animalaid.org.uk/animal-aid-calls-for-gordon-elliott-to-be-banned-from-racing/

Petition: stop illegal dog racing in India

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Illegal dog races are again taking place in Punjab.

The Animal Welfare Board of India, the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations and Blue Cross of India have argued for years against dog racing. But despite Supreme Court guidance prohibiting the exploitation of animals and in violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, there are those who are ignoring the law

Greyhound racing is a dying industry worldwide which is inherently cruel to dogs. Since dog racing was invented, hundreds of thousands of greyhounds have suffered and died. We must stop dog racing in its tracks.

The good news is that there is a strong fight to close down dog tracks across the globe and commercial greyhound racing is now illegal in 188 of 195 countries. Let’s urge India to support this trend!

Sign this petition to urge Captain Amarinder Singh, the Chief Minister of Punjab, to block any and all efforts to authorize greyhound races. 

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Deadline is Monday March 1st