#RallyForRangers – Rhino Protection Units in Java, Indonesia

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Rhino Protection Units in Java, Indonesia

The world’s sole remaining population of the Javan rhino – numbering merely 67 individuals – lives in Ujung Kulon National Park on the island of Java. Javan rhinos have survived in Ujung Kulon because they are protected year-round by Rhino Protection Units (RPUs), four-man units that patrol the park a minimum of 15 days per month, year-round, tracking rhinos, and apprehending poachers and encroachers.

Onpatrol, RPUs also collect data on all rhinos signs they encounter – footprints, wallows, feces, and evidence of feeding. These data tell us about population distribution, ranging behavior, new births, and more – critical information that helps park authorities and government officials decide how to manage and protect this Critically Endangered rhino population.

When you donate to IRF’s Rally for Rangers campaign, you’ll help Rhino Protection Units get the equipment they need to monitor and protect…

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Miami Beach Commissioners Ask Stores To Stop Selling Dead Sharks In Jars – Sea Voice News

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Buying a dead animal flowing in a jar of preservatives usually does not sound like a good gift but yet sharks in jars continue to be a staple in many Florida gift shops across the state and it looks like Miami Beach Commissioners agree with us.

City commissioners last week have passed a resolution asking merchants to stop selling the grotesque souvenir immediately. It is an absolute shame that this request has to be put in to begin with put the fact that this is not against the law is the real concern.

City Commissioner Mark Samuelian said in a statement, “Miami Beach stands for a lot of things: We’re very pro-environment; we really care about wildlife and all the animals. And I don’t think having dead species like alligators and sharks — some with the label ‘Miami Beach’ on them — is consistent with that.”

The Florida Wildlife commission is the government body that regulates marine life in the state therefore, the most city commissioners could do is ask shop owners to remove them from shelfs. In the resolution, the commissioners condemned the practice by calling it a “disturbing and unsavory practice” and a “grotesque enterprise motivated by profits”.

The city commissioners also released a second resolution that calls for the state to step in and enact stricter regulations on the fishing and harvesting of shark and alligator species.

“I have seen some of these things in tourist shops,” says Vice Mayor Michael Góngora, who cosponsored both resolutions. “I’ve always thought it was gross, personally. I can’t imagine why anybody would want to buy this or have this. But I guess people do.”

The sharks are typically brought in as a product of commercial fishing bycatch but reports have also pointed towards sharks being born in man-made pools with the purpose of being killed for selling. When a pregnant shark is captured, the fisherman caught open the pregnant shark to reveal shark pups which are then sold to place in jars. The most common sharks found are dusky sharks and spiny dogfish but other species have been known to be placed in jars to sell.

http://seavoicenews.com/2018/12/23/miami-beach-commissioners-ask-stores-to-stop-selling-dead-sharks-in-jars/

Let’s save the jaguars from the Mayan Train!

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Many specialists agree that the construction of the so-called Mayan Train could put at risk the natural habitat of the jaguars, as well as the aquifers of the region that form the largest reserve of fresh water in the entire country. These aquifers are essential for the entire fauna, since it feeds the plants and animals that live in the region.

If there is a Mayan train, walls would be erected that would restrict the jaguar from one area to another, which would cause it to be unable to find a mate to reproduce with other animals generically far away, which would cause them to have less genetic variability and that provoke consanguinity, making them border to have less chance of survival.

We must also take into account accidents that could happen, the noise generated by the trains, which would alter the quiet life of the region.

We can not allow the jaguar, an animal that our ancestors have valued, protected and adored, to be brought to extinction by the construction of a train.

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https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/lets-save-the-jaguars-from-the-mayan-train.html

Sign Petition: Stop Egypt Sending Defenceless Dogs and Cats to Asia

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by: Julia de Cadenet
recipient: Monique Eloit, Director OIE, Minister Essam Fayed,Dr Ibrahim Mahrous Saleh Chairman of Veterinary Services,His Excellency Nasser Kamel, Khalil el-Sisimore

59,471 SUPPORTERS – 60,000 GOAL

A high-level source inside the Eygptian Ministry of Agriculture revealed that The General Organization for Veterinary Services has approved of the export of 4,100 dogs and cats to Asia.

It is unclear what exactly will happen to these poor creatures except for sure abhorrent torture and suffering. If they are to be ‘officially’ used for food or fur by the Chinese, then this is clear violation of all health controls and a matter that needs to be addressed by the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health).

For years, this organisation has refused to back our Charity’s concerns that dogs and cats are being brutally slaughtered for food. These animals are not livestock, and they and other organisations know full well that we oppose eating dogs and cats (and indeed any meat). Turning a blind eye condones the torture.

Even if the dogs and cats are to be used for medical testing, we have proven how much they are made to suffer. Funds that Eygpt is using to prepare the dogs to travel would be better used to run spay and neuter programmes and support local shelters that promote kindness to animals.

Our Charity formally opposes this export, and in our capacity of Consultative Status to the ECOSOC of the UN, we will circulate our concerns and objections.

Sign this petition to demand that Egypt stop sending dogs to Egypt.

Please follow our social media where we will publish actions you can take part in to oppose this madness.

We await official statements from the Ministries to confirm their position.
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Football star Mo Salah has spoken out against plans in his home nation of Egypt to export stray animals abroad, amid fears they will be used for food.This echoes our own concerns although we fear if they are sent they could be used for medical experiments.Our petition has nearly reached 5000 and we will send it off tomorrow with our reports on how animals are treated in China. Our charity runs a shelter in China. Please follow all our updates.
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Sign Petition: Live Reindeer Don’t Belong in a Sporting Goods Store

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Scheels All Sports

19,974 SUPPORTERS – 20,000 GOAL

Each year, as Christmas approaches, shopping malls and stores around the country begin to advertise live reindeer events. While attending these events may be innocent holiday fun for shoppers — the reindeer that are forced to perform have a very different experience.

Reindeer, typically found in huge herds in icy Arctic temperatures, are often isolated and confined to tiny holding areas under unnatural, glaring lights, surrounded by people and noise for days on end. Most don’t get to enjoy anything close to a natural habitat for any part of the time that they are subjected to captivity.

That’s why we’re asking Scheels All Sports to cancel its upcoming reindeer event on December 14 at its River Hills Mall location in Minnesota.

Scheels has 27 locations across 13 states — and each year, several have them have live reindeer events. The sporting goods store has already held at least two other reindeer events this year, one in Iowa and one in North Dakota.

But these types of events are extremely detrimental to reindeer and must be stopped. According to the Captive Animal Protection Society (CAPS), many reindeer used for Christmas events have died from “poor management and their special dietary and environmental requirements.” The group also discourages families from attending any of these events since children seeing animals used as entertainment can promote damaging messages that animals are nothing but “living props.”

Christmas is a magical enough time for families without needing to exploit reindeer and other animals for a quick photo opp.

Please sign this petition demanding that Scheels All Sports cancel future reindeer events, this year and beyond.
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/786/755/948/

 

Petition · Denver Colorado Mayor: Please stop the senseless killing/relocation of prairie dogs near Denver Colorado! · Change.org

Please stop the senseless killing/relocation of prairie dogs near Denver Colorado!
Wild Horses in America started this petition to Denver Colorado Mayor

We recently were made aware of a situation where prairie dogs are being captured and/or gassed in their colonies due to a threat of them impacting the water lines.

If it can be proven that indeed the prairie dogs are causing an issue with the water lines, we firmly believe that relocating them is the better, more humane option.

https://www.change.org/p/denver-colorado-mayor-please-stop-the-senseless-killing-relocation-of-prairie-dogs-near-denver-colorado/sign?sfmc_tk=jthxxwMtMb7u0Cl%2bu%2fPvM6GFJ6SToqhlbPRY0que3CS8R0%2b8pb61hZgVMW4TVQcn&utm_medium=email&utm_source=petition_ab&utm_campaign=triggered&j=457229&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=65859112&mid=7233052&jb=23397

 

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Breaking! South Korea Closes Its Largest Dog Meat Slaughterhouse, Taepyeong; Much More Needs To Be Done To End The Horrific Dog Meat Trade – World Animal News

A dog is shown locked in a cage at a dog meat farm in Namyangju, South Korea, on Monday, May 7, 2018. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

Photo by: Jean Chung/For HSI

By Lauren Lewis

November 26, 2018

Taepyeong, the largest dog slaughterhouse in South Korea has been shut down by local authorities, bringing the country one step closer to ending its brutal dog meat trade.
As per Humane Society International (HSI), Seongnam city council intends to build a community park on the land, creating a vibrant public space where once hundreds of thousands of dogs were slaughtered for human consumption.
Sadly, as per an update on the Korea Animal Rights Advocates Facebook page yesterday, a delay by Seongnam-si resulted in the slaughterhouse owner having time to transfer the dogs to another location.
“We could not ‘rescue’ the dogs this time. However, it is important for dog farm owners to show the downfall of the largest dog slaughterhouse, to show the change of the largest traditional dog market, and to drive their compliance,” the organization noted in the post. “In doing so, we must reduce the number of dog farms and dog slaughterhouses that we need to shut down. Also, we must do more to pass the dog slaughter ban.”
Taepyeong is comprised of six individual slaughterhouses, five of which will be bulldozed immediately. Permission to destroy the sixth building was not secured in time for the closure, however, all of its cages will be destroyed and equipment removed so that it is no longer operational.

“Both as a Korean citizen and an animal campaigner, it was incredibly moving for me to be a part of the historic closure of this notorious dog slaughterhouse,” stated HSI Korea’s Nara Kim in a statement. ” This really feels like a landmark moment in the demise of the dog meat industry in South Korea, and sends the clear message that the dog meat industry is increasingly unwelcome in Korean society.”
The closure of Taepyeong comes at a time when dog meat consumption is declining rapidly in South Korea, particularly among younger generations. A survey by Gallup Korea conducted in June 2018 claims that 70% of South Koreans state that they will not eat dog meat in the future, and recent moves to curb the dog meat trade reflect a society increasingly ill at ease with the industry. Most recently, last September, a Supreme Court struck down a lower court decision to allow dog electrocution.
“We have been making constant efforts to shut down the Taepyeong-dong dog slaughterhouse through investigations and putting pressure on Gyeonggi province and Seongnam-si. As Korea’s biggest, brutal, illegal dog slaughterhouse, Taepyeong-dong is notorious for supplying huge amounts of dog bodies to nearby Seongnam Moran traditional market. Its closure is a historical event, and hopefully may trigger the closure of other illegal dog slaughterhouses throughout the country,” said Hyunji Kim of Korea Animal Rights Advocates. “Until we achieve this, we really appreciate the support of both Korean people and global citizens who love animals for helping our campaigns to completely end dog meat in Korea.”
Korea Animal Rights Advocates recently teamed up with HSI International to present a petition of nearly one million signatures to the President’s Blue House, calling for an END to the dog meat trade!

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-south-korea-closes-its-largest-dog-meat-slaughterhouse-taepyeong-much-more-still-needs-to-be-done-to-end-the-horrific-dog-meat-trade/

 

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Sign Petition: Save Mufasa the White Lion

Mufasa is a white lion. There are less than 300 of his kind left in the world, of which only 13 exist in the wild.

Mufasa was confiscated by law enforcement and handed to a wildlife rehabilitation center to be cared for. The rehab centre acquired a second cub Suraya, as a companion for Mufasa. Mufasa and Suraya are now three years old and are inseparable.

Nature conservation officials refused permission for Mufasa to be relocated to a sanctuary, who offered to care for both Mufasa and Suraya for their natural lives, free of charge. Instead, the rehab centre was told telephonically that Mufasa will be auctioned to raise funds for the department.

We ask you to sign our petition, asking for both Mufasa and Suraya to be donated to a sanctuary chosen by the people who took care of them for the past three years, to prevent them from being exploited.

The Honourable Member of the Executive Counsil, Department of Rural Environmental and Agricultural Development, North west South Africa.

RELOCATION OF CONFISCATED LION MALE- MUFASA AND FEMALE SURAYA

We hereby petition you to review the decision of the Northwest Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural development (READ) to refuse a relocation permit for Mufasa and to grant a permit only for the lioness who has been Mufasa’s companion for almost three years.

In terms of an agreement with READ , the rehab centre who cared for the two lions, and carried the costs thereof up to date, has the right to propose a sanctuary, where the lions are to be cared for. Sanwild has agreed to take the lions and to care for them free of charge, and the rehab put in an official proposal for the two to be released in Sanwild. This proposal was refused

The reasons why we believe the existing decision should be overturned are as follows:

1) Mufasa has had a vasectomy and is no longer able to breed and is therefore of no interest to a breeder. The only commercial value he has, is to be hunted in a put and chase hunt, otherwise known as a canned hunt.

2) Mufasa and Suraya have formed an inseparable bond. If the two are separated, both will suffer trauma and stress.

3) You are no doubt aware of the decision reached at COP 17 of CITES in Johannesburg during 2016 and the amendment noted in Conf 17-8 concerning the Disposal of illegally traded and confiscated specimens of CITES-listed species. We specifically draw your attention to the decision tree analysis for captive options, formulated in Resolution Conf. 17.8 – 14. We will not dwell on the contents, but only wish to highlight the first two requirements

a. As a point of departure the confiscating authority should consider releasing the specimen in the wild.

b. If that is not feasible and there is space available in non-commercial captive facility (e.g. a lifetime-care facility) the confiscating authority should execute an agreement and transfer the animal.

4) Mufasa is a text book case of the above and we believe it will be a transgression of both the spirit and the fabric of CITES to treat him otherwise.

5) There are no other suitable sanctuaries in the North west province that are able to care for both lions and the best practical nvironmental option in the interest of the welfare of the two lions are to be released to Sanwild.

We therefor petition you to intervene and to authorise the relocation permit for both lions to Sanwild.

Yours truly

Friends of Mufasa

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/894/071/669/save-mufasa-the-white-lion/

Breaking! Did China Postpone Lifting The Ban On Rhino Horn & Tiger Bones Due To International Pressure? – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
November 12, 2018

The Jane Goodall Institute in Canada took to social media this morning to share the news today that China has postponed lifting the ban on the trade of rhino horn and tiger parts for medicine and other so-called uses.
The “detailed regulations for implementation” of last month’s highly-controversial change has been “postponed after study”, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing State Council Executive Deputy Secretary-General Ding Xuedong.
According to Xinhua, no official reason was given as to why the postpone occurred or if it would be permanent. The most obvious reason would be due to international outrage and pressure from governments worldwide, as well as from animal advocates and conservationists who have been working tirelessly to save tigers & rhinos from extinction in the wild.
General Ding Xuedong only confirmed that as of now, that strict bans are still in place regarding the trade, transport, and use of rhino and tiger byproducts, and that any infractions of them will be “dealt with severely.”
As previously reported by WAN, late last month the Government of China shocked animal welfare advocates throughout the world with the announcement that it had legalized the trade of tiger bone and rhino horn from farmed animals for use in traditional Chinese medicine research and clinical treatments; drastically undermining international efforts for tiger and rhino conservation.
The Environmental Investigation Agency stated at the time, that the Government was evidently far more interested in stimulating and appeasing its traditional medicine and burgeoning tiger farming industries, than it is of protecting tigers and rhinos by working towards ending the vast demand in the country for their parts and products.
“In a single stroke, China has shattered its reputation as a growing leader in conservation following its domestic ban on the sale of ivory at the start of the year,” Debbie Banks, EIA Tiger Campaign Leader, said in a statement. “It is instead revealed as a sham, its international image is in tatters, and its credibility destroyed; and all for the sake of deeply questionable business sectors which serve only to drive consumer demand for the parts and products of endangered species.”

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-china-postpones-controversial-reversal-of-ban-on-rhino-horn-tiger-bones/

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Sign the Petition: Kellogg’s… Stop Destroying Rainforests for Cheap Palm Oil

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Asha & Jia Kirkpatrick (aged 11 & 8) started this petition to CEO UK Oli Morton
We are sisters, Asha and Jia and we love orangutans. We’re big fans of Orangutan Jungle School on Channel 4. We were really upset when we saw that the orangutans are being killed and orphaned as their jungle homes are destroyed by companies who want cheap palm oil – and we want it to stop now.

Only last month a Greenpeace investigation found that Kellogg’s are still buying their palm oil from companies that destroy rainforests and kill orangutans. The report said that palm oil traders Wilmar were responsible for more rainforest destruction than any other, and they and companies like them, are selling to Kellogg’s. So we are asking Kellogg’s to stop using these suppliers immediately and to tell the public exactly which palm oil companies they buy from.

Twenty five orangutans are killed every day due to palm oil. As well as wiping out rainforests and wildlife, cheap and irresponsible palm oil companies are also killing people – due to the toxic gases of burnt down trees, around 110 people die a year. An area the size of a football pitch is torn down in Indonesia’s rainforest every 25 seconds – this must stop now!

Kellogg’s say they use sustainable palm oil but Greenpeace’s investigation shows that they are still buying from palm oil producers that are wiping out rainforests in Indonesia.

Like most of our friends, we start our day eating Kellogg’s cereals but we’re not going to buy from them any more until they use our money to protect the rainforest, not destroy it. No more empty promises – it’s time for full responsibility and transparency from all the companies you work with to bring us the cereals and snacks we used to love.

Please sign our petition now to help protect rainforests and save the orangutans.

https://www.change.org/p/kellogg-s-stop-destroying-rainforests-for-cheap-palm-oil

You can read more here:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/10/palm-oil-orangutans-multinationals-promises-deforestation

https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/rang-tan-video?source=WB&subsource=FOIDPOPEWB01YH&utm_source=gpeace&utm_medium=WB&utm_campaign=FOIDPOPEWB01YH

Many thanks, together we can make this change.

Breaking! Animal Defenders International Rescues 6 More Tigers From Circus In Guatemala – World Animal News

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By WAN –
November 13, 2018
Photo from Animal Defenders International
Animal Defenders International (ADI) has rescued six more tigers from suffering in a circus in Guatemala, as the organization continues to help enforce the country’s ban on animal circus acts. ADI has in total removed 21 lions and tigers, only one circus with animals remains.
Adult female tigers Bimbi and Lupe, parents Itsa and Sombra, and their two unnamed cubs, were removed from the circus on Saturday. During the day-long rescue, which ran into the night, the tigers were taken from the scrapyard where they had been living, and transported to ADI’s Temporary Rescue Centre in Guatemala. They join six lions and nine other tigers already rescued by the organization.
Previously, the circus had refused to hand over the six tigers when ADI removed two of the lions and nine other tigers in June. ADI is working with the government’s Animal Welfare Division UBA and wildlife department CONAP to enforce the ban on animals in circuses.
“We vowed to not let these six tigers down, and we kept our word. ADI’s mission is to ensure that no animal will suffer in circuses in Guatemala ever again,” Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International said in a statement. “With the public’s support we can save them all.”
At the ADI Temporary Rescue Centre, the animals have more space than they have ever known. Enrichment such as swinging tires, hay bags filled with catnip, and pools for the tigers to bathe and play in, keep the animals entertained and healthy. Such simple pleasures also help build muscles and improve coordination.
It is expected to take several months to complete the documentation needed to take the animals to their forever homes. For the lions, this will be to the new 450 acre sanctuary ADI is establishing in South Africa, their natural homeland. The first nine tigers rescued by ADI have been offered permanent homes at United States tiger sanctuaries Big Cat Rescue and Tigers for Tomorrow, and ADI is actively seeking permanent homes for the six new tigers.
Following this latest rescue, there is just one circus with animals in Guatemala, reported to have 15 big cats. ADI is raising funds to save the remaining animals, and care for the 21 big cats now in their care.
Donations to ADI can be made here

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-animal-defenders-international-rescues-6-more-tigers-from-circus-in-guatemala/
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Shut Down Reindeer Farm With Reported History of Abuse

Reindeer were reportedly kicked and abused, but the accused farms are still open. Demand that The Reindeer Centre be shut down to protect reindeer this holiday season.

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Petition: This Zoo’s Dangerous Wild Animal Encounter Program Must End — One Small Child’s Already Been Hurt

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This Zoo’s Dangerous Wild Animal Encounter Program Must End — One Small Child’s Already Been Hurt

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Potawatomi Zoo

3,363 SUPPORTERS – 10,000 GOAL

Earlier this month, a mother and son went to the zoo to see some wild animals, but they never could have expected exactly how wild their encounter would be.

It all happened when a group of children went to celebrate a birthday party at a zoo in Indiana. The Potawatomi Zoo has an “ambassador animal” program which they believe gives their guests a unique opportunity to get up close and personal to some of their collection. For a hefty fee, you and your party can “invite” a wild animal to your event at the zoo.

That’s how Copper a wild African serval cat ended up in the unnatural situation of being used as a prop for a “meet-and-greet” at a child’s birthday party. Surrounded by screaming children, under bright indoor lights is never a situation a serval would find itself in the wild. When one of the mothers knelt down with her child to get a close up with the cat, Copper decided he had had enough and struck out, swiping the boy with his paw and biting him on the head.

In the video, one could hear gasps and screams as the mother pulls her child away from the cat.

Zoos should know better than almost anyone that wild animals shouldn’t be forced to interact with people, especially children. Doing so puts both the animal and the child at risk. The child, in this case, was lucky, but it could have been much worse. For example, there is no vaccine for rabies for wild cats, the only way to know if a cat like Copper had rabies would be to put him down and test him. If the child’s mother was worried about her son catching rabies, the authorities would have to kill Copper. Risking his life, just so the zoo could make a little extra cash.

A spokesperson for the zoo says that Copper has now been taken out of the program for the time being. But he never should have been forced to participate in it in the first place. No wild animal is completely safe, especially around children.

The Potawatomi Zoo must stop endangering their pets and their public with this misguided program. Sign the petition and demand that they stop using wild animals in their ambassador animals program.more

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Petition: Animals Are Getting Hurt in Pranks — End Falconry Now!

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Air Force Academy

25,848 SUPPORTERS – 30,000 GOAL
Animals are not entertainment. They should not be trotted out to spaces that stress them out for human amusement. But that’s just what happens at the Air Force Academy to falcons. In fact, the Air Force Academy has its own falconry. And recently, one of its falcons was injured in a “prank.”

Please sign the petition to ask the Air Force Academy to end their falconry program.

Their official mascot, Aurora, is a 22-year-old white gyrfalcon, and she got hurt the other week because West Point cadets wanted to use her for a prank. She was kidnapped by someone who threw a sweatshirt over her and stuffed her in a dog crate. She injured her wings badly while trying to escape!

It’s not funny to put an innocent creature in the middle of school rivalries. But apparently this is not the first time something like this has happened. In fact, these pranks have been so heinous in the past. Someone even used chloroform on animals in the past. Potential abuse is just one reason why schools should not be keep captive animals at all, and especially not for use as a mascot.

Sign the petition to ask the Air Force Academy to end their falconry program right now!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/514/143/165/

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Petition: More Animals Are Suffering at This Horrible Aquarium

by: Care2
recipient: City of Guangzhou

29,790 SUPPORTERS – 30,000 GOAL

Those of you who remember Pizza the Polar Bear might remember why he became famous. He was known as the “World’s Saddest Bear” because he was once housed at the Grandview Aquarium in Guangzhou China. A pathetic excuse for an animal park located within a shopping mall.

Well now, that same aquarium is back in the news and for an equally depressing reason. The Grandview may have let Pizza go to a better facility but they still house several animals that are living in unsuitable conditions. This menagerie includes belugas, seals and a walrus that still call the Grandview home.

The aquarium has been called a “living hell” and for good reason.

The beluga whales, which were caught in the wild and forced into a life of captivity, live in a plain tank with no stimulation. They’re only outside interaction comes from the trainers and paying customers for whom they are forced to perform.

The seven-spotted seals don’t fare much better. They also have little to no stimulus and seem to exhibit behavior that suggests the animals are utterly bored with their existence. For seals and whales, marine mammals that usually have a vast ocean to call their home, being forced to live in an empty tank in a dimly lit facility is absolute hell.

Finally, as activists point out, the aquarium further endangers these animals well-being because of its location. Defying logic, the aquarium isn’t located on the ground floor, so if there is ever a leak or worse, not only the animals but the people below could be swept away.

It is time to shut down this tragic facility. These animals deserve to live in peace in a sanctuary where they can enjoy their remaining years. Not holed away inside a shopping mall.

Sign and share this petition and ask the the city of Guangzhoe to seize Grandview’s animals, give them to a sanctuary and shut that aquarium down. more

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Why Are Travel Associations Blatantly Disregarding Animal Cruelty At Wildlife Attractions Worldwide? – World Animal News

World Animal Protection’s (WFPA) new research revealed that a shocking high number of the world’s travel trade associations are lagging in providing Animal Welfare guidelines to travel companies. The majority are doing nothing to prevent Wildlife cruelty in tourism.

Over 550,000 wild animals are suffering endlessly just to entertain tourist. The research shows that travel associations must do more to protect them.

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https://worldanimalnews.com/why-are-travel-associations-blatantly-disregarding-animal-cruelty-at-wildlife-attractions-worldwide/

The African Wildlife Foundation To Invest $25 Million In Major Efforts To Counter The Illegal Wildlife Trade In Africa – World Animal News

By WAN –
November 1, 2018

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) will invest $25 million over the next four years to support efforts by African governments and local communities to protect wildlife and wild lands on the continent.
Making the pledge last month at the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) conference in London, AWF President Kaddu Sebunya said poaching and illegal trade in wildlife products poses an acute threat to Africa’s rich heritage of natural wealth that is critical to the continent’s development prospects.
“We are seeing recovery and stabilization of some critical wildlife populations. We know what is working and it’s time to scale up the investment to combat this serious threat,” said Kaddu in a statement.
Soaring demand for illegal wildlife products is emptying forests and savannahs of key species, undermining efforts to put in place good governance and sustainable development. The London conference is a good starting point for strengthening partnerships across borders to collectively combat the illegal wildlife trade.
The money pledged by AWF will be used to support programs implementing the priorities coming out of the 2018 conference. This includes:

Building African leadership and ownership of the IWT agenda on the continent.
Protecting habitats and key populations of rhinos, elephants, great apes, large carnivores and giraffes.
Enhancing detection of wildlife crimes, and strengthening prosecutorial and judiciary capacity to put perpetrators behind bars where they belong.

Kaddu said that while the international efforts to disrupt markets in illegal wildlife products—such as the Ivory Alliance being launched by the UK Government earlier this month —are critical, the IWT agenda in Africa must be led and owned by Africans.
“The trade routes trace back to decisions made on the ground, and while we are focusing this week on the commodities traded from dead wildlife, our interest is in seeing the living species remain part of modern Africa. We know from our work that leadership at every level—from the families living in wildlife-rich areas, to the heads of state—is an essential ingredient,” Kaddu said.
Since 2014, AWF has invested $13.1 million to counter the illegal wildlife trade in Africa and implemented a further $5.5 million with public-sector partners. The combined $18.6 million has been used to directly support anti-poaching efforts on the ground, strengthen prosecutorial and judiciary processes, place sniffer dogs in critical transit points, and campaign to stop the demand in Asia.
The investment is clearly working. 10 out of the 14 populations of elephants the funding has targeted are stable or increasing. All rhino populations and seven out of nine carnivore populations that AWF supports are stable or increasing. Prosecutors are building stronger cases and judges are delivering stronger sentences for wildlife crimes. The sniffer dogs have registered over 250 finds and counting.
“If we can keep wildlife safe from poachers, make wildlife products difficult to move around, actively involve key local players, and dampen the demand for wildlife products, then Africa’s magnificent animals have a fighting chance,” said Dr. Philip Muruthi, AWF Chief Scientist and VP of Species Protection.

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Breaking! Whales & Dolphins In Captivity And Shark Finning Are One Step Closer To Being Banned In Canada – World Animal News

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By WAN –
October 25, 2018

National animal law organization Animal Justice is applauding the Senate for passing Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act in Canada. If passed, Bill S-203 would outlaw keeping whales and dolphins in tiny concrete tanks for display.
After years of delay and obstruction, the legislation passed late on Tuesday evening in a surprise vote, and will now move to the House of Commons where it will be sponsored by Green leader Elizabeth May. Bill S-203 was originally introduced by Senator Wilfred Moore in December 2015, then sponsored by Senator Murray Sinclair after Senator Moore retired.
Conservative Senate Whip Don Plett repeatedly used procedural delay tactics to slow down the legislation. Fed up with his efforts to block Bill S-203 from reaching a final vote, MPs from all parties joined Animal Justice and Humane Society International at a press conference in June to call for an end to the stalling tactics.
“Canadians understand that whales and dolphins are complex, intelligent beings who deserve far more than a life of boredom and misery in captivity,” said lawyer Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice in a statement. “That’s why Bill S-203 has attracted such tremendous support from the public as well as politicians from all parties. Animal Justice is calling on the House of Commons to swiftly pass this groundbreaking measure to protect whales and dolphins. Canada has some of the worst animal protection laws in the western world, but banning whale and dolphin captivity would demonstrate international leadership on animals.”
After passing Bill S-203, the Senate also voted in favor of Bill S-238, the Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act, sponsored by Conservative Senator Michael MacDonald. Bill S-238 also has strong support across party lines.
Fast facts about Bill S-203:

Bill S-203 would make it an offence to keep captive, breed, import, or export a whale, dolphin or porpoise. There are exemptions for cetaceans currently in captivity, as well as for rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
Bill S-203 was studied for nearly a year by the Fisheries Committee, which heard evidence from countless experts over 17 committee meetings.
Only two Canadian facilities still keep whales and dolphins in captivity—Marineland and the Vancouver Aquarium. There is only one surviving dolphin at the Vancouver Aquarium after a spate of deaths, and the facility has publicly committed not to acquire any further cetaceans.
Over a dozen other jurisdictions around the world have already banned keeping some or all cetaceans in tanks, including Mexico, France, South Carolina, and California. Ontario banned keeping orca whales in 2015, and the Vancouver Park Board voted to ban cetacean display and captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium in 2017. (The ban is being challenged in court.)
The Whale Sanctuary Project plans to build a seaside sanctuary for retired whales and dolphins in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, or Washington.

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Breaking! New Lawsuit Seeks Online Access to Federal Elephant & Lion Trophy-Import Records – World Animal News

By WAN –
October 19, 2018

The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, Center for Biological Diversity, and Born Free USA sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service yesterday for violating the law by failing to post online elephant and lion trophy-permitting records on the Internet.
Under 1996 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act, agencies are obligated to post their decisions — including orders, policies, and interpretations — online for public inspection. The same obligation applies to certain types of records that are frequently requested and have been released in the past. The Service’s FOIA log demonstrates that conservationists, journalists and others request elephant and lion trophy-import records often enough that this information should be posted online automatically as soon as the agency receives it.
Despite immense public interest in the government’s decision on whether to allow the import of hunting trophies from imperiled species, and despite repeated attempts by conservation organizations to shed light on this important conservation issue, the Fish and Wildlife Service is covertly conducting this Endangered Species Act permitting program.
“Although it is unlawful for an American to import an elephant or lion trophy without first obtaining a permit, the public has been systemically deprived of contributing relevant scientific information to influence the federal government’s implementation of these critical elephant and lion conservation measures,” Anna Frostic, managing wildlife attorney with the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement. “FWS is openly flouting its statutory mandate to proactively post frequently requested material online.”
The lawsuit asks a federal district court in Virginia to order the Fish and Wildlife Service to routinely post online elephant and lion trophy-permit applications, the agency’s permitting decisions, and related findings on the sustainability of hunting species threatened with extinction.
“The Fish and Wildlife Service needs to come clean and let the public know how many elephants and lions are killed to decorate rich Americans’ living rooms,” said Tanya Sanerib, legal director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s international program. “With huge threats facing Africa’s imperiled wildlife, the unlawful secrecy about these bloody imports is totally unacceptable.”
For most of the past decade, according to tallies from the CITES trade database, United States trophy hunters killed and imported the parts of approximately 500 African lions and 500 African elephants each year. Both species are now listed as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act.
Since Ryan Zinke became interior secretary, the Service has approved elephant and lion trophy imports from countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa. President Trump, meanwhile, recently referred to trophy hunting as a “horror show” despite the fact that his sons participate in the so-called “sport.”
“We have seen an alarming increase of attacks on the Endangered Species Act and the imperiled species it protects from both Congress and this Administration,” said Angela Grimes, Born Free USA Acting CEO. “By conducting this permitting program under the veil of secrecy, the FWS is further attempting to weaken and degrade the effectiveness of the ESA. To fully understand the impacts to threatened African lions and elephants, this information must be accessible to the public. Only then can we effectively protect these animals and the integrity of the ESA.”
The new lawsuit follows a pending court case filed by the same plaintiffs contesting the merits of the administration’s decision last November to lift an import ban on Zimbabwe elephant trophy imports and to allow imports of lion trophies from Zimbabwe to the United States, and its March 1st decision to shift to a “case-by-case” process for making trophy import findings.

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Antifreeze – a Hidden Danger to Pets. – Katzenworld

Antifreeze – a Hidden Danger to Pets. This year’s National Pet Show at the Birmingham NEC is focused on promoting pet welfare, and they are working alongside the PDSA to teach pet owners how to protect and care for their pets, particularly against hidden dangers in and around the home. As we approach the colder […]

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Petition: SAVE Avni the Tigress and her two cubs from death. · Change.org

Sarita Subramaniam started this petition to President of India and 2 others

Tigress Avni (T-1) and her two nine-month old cubs live in Pandharkawada Forest in Yavatmal District, Maharashtra, India, a geography plagued by illegal cattle grazing, encroachment, and expansion of a large private cement factory. Rampant pesticide poisoning in several parts of Yavatmal district is also a huge environmental hazard. All of this have resulted in constant man-animal conflicts.

Maharashtra State alleges that Avni has killed 13 humans in the past 2 years. Seven of the 13 killings had cattle next to the bodies of the human victims, which indicates that uncontrolled grazing could be a reason for the killings. 10 of the 13 killings happened on Saturday-Sunday, which cast a doubt why a “man-eater” would only decide to kill on weekends. DNA test was done only on 3 of the 13 victim bodies, and only ONE contained a tigress’ DNA!

All these data points and ambiguities cast serious aspersions on Avni’s involvement in human killings. Courts had stayed an earlier shoot order for Avni based on these irregularities.

THE THREAT: Owing to pressure from the District Administration, Forest Department, and the Ministry of Forest, Maharashtra State, the State Forest Department has issued a fresh ‘shoot to kill’ order in the name of Avni. The order itself is very ambiguous, as it orders to “tranquilize and capture Avni” in one place, and “shoot to kill Avni if she can’t be captured” in another place. Courts have now ratified this order after three successive killings in August 2018, which strangely happened after a long gap of more than 6 months.

The State, by violating all protocol of dealing with wildlife, brought in a notorious private contract hunter to shoot Avni down in September 2018, who so far has been unsuccessful, and was later sent back after a huge public outrage. Meanwhile, Wildlife Activists pressed the State to bring in a team of veterinarians and wildlife experts from neighbouring state Madhya Pradesh to facilitate tranquilization and capture, who, along with a couple of elephants are still camping in Pandharkawada.

However, due to suspected political pressure and vested interests by the Industrial/ Commercial lobbies, there is a high possibility of the Principal Chief Conservator Of Forests (PCCF) submitting a report stating that due to the difficult terrain and conditions, they are unable to capture T1 alive, and will therefore call the hunter back to shoot her dead.

Avni’s killing would eventually result in the death of her two cubs too, as they are both too young to hunt and survive on their own. And the state would, as a next step, hunt down Avni’s mate, the male tiger T-2, the father of the cubs.

All efforts are being made by several individuals and organisations, leading ones being The Earth Brigade Foundation (Mumbai) Dr Sarita Subramaniam (Mumbai) and Dr Jerryl Banait (Nagpur) to
(a) promote education & awareness among locals
(b) convince the State & District Authorities to promote peaceful coexistence
(c) litigate against the order at the District, High & Supreme Courts
(d) mobilise support from across the globe to save Avni and her cubs’ lives.

Dear Mr President, Mr Prime Minister and Mr Chief Minister, please

(1) Pass strong orders to immediately stop all illegal activities – contractual grazing of livestock, encroachment, illegal expansions and construction in Pandharkawada Forest Range.

(2) Instruct the State Forest and Wildlife Departments to stop the atrocities and irregularities involved in dealing with the National Animal and revoke the shoot to kill order.

(3) Press for an investigation into the State Forest and Wildlife Department’s order that deploys a private hunter to shoot down India’s National Animal.

(4) In case Avni needs to be relocated into to no-conflict area, instruct the State to capture her and the two cubs TOGETHER.

Petition

https://www.change.org/p/president-of-india-save-avni-the-tigress-and-her-two-cubs-from-death

Breaking! Animal Advocates Unite To Help Urge Authorities In India To Stop “Shoot-To-Kill” Hunt For Controversial Tigress “Petition” World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
October 11, 2018

Photo from the Hindu
Outraged animal advocates continue to grow in numbers as they protest, both on the streets and on social media, against the death sentence imposed on a tigress who has been deemed to be a “man-eater” by some. Activists are angry over the Supreme Court’s decision to not interfere in the matter.
Maharashtra Forest Department and Nagpur bench Bombay High Court ordered the death of the five-year-old tigress, named Avni, who is also the mother to two cubs. Avni, has been accused of killing 13 people since 2016 after an industrialist bought 437 hectares of land inside the forest for commercial purposes.
An online petition, supported by the hashtag #LetAvniLive, is receiving signatures from animal advocates from around the world while, according to the Logical Indian, physical protests have already taken place in Delhi and Mumbai.

L-R Delhi and Mumbai protests, Photos from the Logical Indian
Advocates for Avni, have claimed that she has never ventured out of the forest, rather it is humans who have encroached on their lands. The area is reportedly rampant with illegal cattle grazing and a lot of new industries as well; fueling more opportunities for ‘man-animal conflict.’
“There have been 13 killings, but only three bodies underwent forensic examinations. Of the three, only one had tigress DNA on it,” Dr. Sarita Subramaniam, co-founder and director of Earth Brigade Foundation, noted in an article in The Hindu.
“We have less than 1,700 tigers in the country. Tigers are territorial. But with the government taking away places for them to grow naturally in the wild, it corrupts their gene pool,” continued Subramaniam who is working with National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). “It is slowly killing them.”
Horrified, Earth Brigade Foundation recently took to its Facebook page to share a post that included “Shoot a mother and put her 9 month old cubs in captivity for life if they ever reach adulthood. That’s Tiger conservation in Maharashtra.”
Currently, Anvi is being hunted in the Pandharkawda forest, Ralegaon in Maharashtra, by an estimated 150 forest officials with “shoot-to-kill orders” as well as by controversial private hunter, Nawab Shafat Ali Khan.
The petition notes that Shafat Ali Khan is the hunter infamous for stating that “humans and big cats cannot co-exist.” He left the forest last month but the Maharashtra State Government and Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar reportedly had him return to hunt down Avni.
The Let Avni Live campaign quickly gained momentum with national and international wildlife activists questioning some irregularities of the case such as the DNA example noted above by Dr. Sarita Subramaniam.

People can sign the petition to try to save Anvi here: Petition: SAVE Avni the Tigress and her two cubs from death. · Change.org

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Tips For Driving Safely With Your Dog

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Tips For Driving Safely With Your Dog
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In a study conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and Kurgo Pet Products, 29 percent of drivers admitted to being distracted by their dogs while driving. Those distractions included allowing dogs to ride on the driver’s lap, feeding dogs, taking photos of dogs and using a hand to protect a dog while braking.

The AAA and the American Animal Hospital Association (AVMA) recommend that dogs be restrained inside vehicles not only to prevent distractions but also to protect dogs from injury.

Keep your dog’s window up.

No matter the distance of your trip, the AVMA cautions against allowing dogs to stick their heads out car windows. Yes, it might look like fun, but veterinarians say that dogs are at high risk of eye, ear, face and mouth injury from airborne objects when their head is out the window.

A dog can also be thrown out the window in the event of a collision or can lose his or her balance and fall out the window during an abrupt turn. In addition, dogs can jump through windows to get at another dog or animal.

Note from me… If you have power windows that can be controlled from the backseat… please switch on your driver side control, that only you can control your power windows!

Our Husky was in the back and I had the windows down about 3″ she put her nose out, she stepped on the power control button, the window went down farther and she put her head out, still standing on the button it started going back up, trapping and choking her, she started panicking… I was trying to get the window to open, but she was still standing on it, so it kept going back up, I hit the control switch to on, then I could release her… The fun part… if a person is in your car, they have to ask permission to open the window. 😎

Restraining devices can save your dog’s life.

You may think there’s no need to restrain your dog, if he or she sits or lays quietly on the seat, but remember that a calm dog will be thrown with the same amount of force as an active dog in the event of a crash or sudden stop.

According to the AAA, if a car crashes at a speed of 25 mph, an airborne dog can develop projection forces equaling 40 times his or her weight. Imagine the injuries when that dog hits the dashboard or crashes through the windshield. It doesn’t bear thinking about, and, unfortunately, it does happen.

Restraining devices for dogs when traveling in cars range from harnesses and seat belts to crates and barriers. When choosing a restraining device for your dog it’s important to remember that there are no government standards for pet-safety products. Any tests conducted are at the discretion of the manufacturers.

To help pet owners choose the safest products the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety (CPS) conducts tests of crates, harnesses and pet carriers using crash test dummy dogs. Only a handful of products have earned the CPS crash-test certification.

Restraint Options for Driving with Your Dog

Pet Seat Belts and Harnesses

According to the CPS, travel harnesses come in two forms those that only prevent distraction and those that protect your dog in the case of an accident. It’s extremely important to know which harness you are purchasing.

Sleepypod, based in Pasadena, announced on May 3 that its entire line of pet safety restraints for cars has been crash tested according to U.S., Canadian and European child safety restraint systems standards. In addition, the Sleepypod Clickit Sport and the Sleepypod Clickit Utility have received CPS crash test certification.

Crates and Carriers

Because so many dog travel harnesses haven’t been reliably shown to protect dogs during a crash, experts at the Humane Society of the United States recommend crating dogs while traveling in cars.

As with harnesses, it’s important to make sure any crate or carrier you purchase for the car has been crash tested. The CPS provides a list of crates and carriers that have been crash test certified along with the requirements for certification.

Many car manufacturers offer pet accessories such as custom fit dog crates and barriers making it safer for your dog to travel with you.

Tips for Driving Safely with Your Dog

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Booster Seats

These are open seats that attach with straps to the existing seat back. Pet owners typically use these to allow small dogs to see out the car window. Many of these seats include straps that can be attached to a dog’s harness.

Veterinary experts caution against attaching these straps to a dog’s collar as it can cause hanging if a dog jumps or is thrown from the seat. These seats should never be used in the front of the car where a deployed airbag could injure or kill a small dog.

In general, experts say a booster seat is not going to protect your dog in the event of an accident. The safest way to transport small dogs is in a crash-tested secured carrier.

Barriers come in a variety of sizes and materials and keep dogs from jumping—or being thrown—into the front of the car.

We use the MidWest car dog barrier that made the Canine Journal’s top three list. It adjusted nicely to fit our Kia Soul and we used zip ties and straps to make it more secure.

It does take a little time to get accustomed to having a wire mesh between us and the dogs. However, our dogs adjusted very quickly and they are happy to lay down quietly until we get to our destination. They are also safer and that’s what matters to us.
Leave your dog at home when running errands.

Every year hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked cars. Pet owners think if they are gone for just a few minutes and leave the window open a crack, their dog will be fine.

According to the AVMA, the temperature inside your car can rise almost 30 degrees within 20 minutes. Even on days that don’t seem hot to you, leaving your pet in a car can put her at serious risk of illness and even death. Please leave your pet safely at home when you’re running errands.

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/tips-for-driving-safely-with-your-dog.html

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Breaking! World’s 2nd Largest Beauty Brand, Unilever, Announces Unprecedented Move To Help Support Global Ban On Animal Testing For Cosmetics – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
October 9, 2018

Prominent beauty brand, Unilever, announced its support today for a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics as part of an ambitious new collaboration with the Humane Society International (HSI).
Known for such popular brands as Dove, Degree, and TRESemmé, Unilever is the second largest beauty company globally and the first among the sector’s “top 10” to actively support legislative reform to prohibit animal testing for cosmetics. The organizations hope that this new collaboration will accelerate policy change in the cosmetics sector globally toward a shared goal of animal testing bans in 50 major beauty markets worldwide by 2023.
The unprecedented move is being hailed as the “beginning of the end for cruel cosmetics.”
“Animal testing for cosmetics has been banned in the EU since 2013, and we hope that an adoption of similar bans in other countries will accelerate the regulatory acceptance of alternative approaches and thereby remove any requirements for any animal testing for cosmetics anywhere in the world,” David Blanchard, Chief Research and Development Officer at Unilever, explained in a statement.
Unilever announced its support for Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign which is aimed at banning animal testing for cosmetics across the globe within five years. Unilever’s support includes an ambitious new collaboration aimed at accelerating regulatory acceptance of modern, non-animal approaches to consumer safety assessment.
“Every company will tell you it supports alternatives to animal testing for cosmetics, but Unilever is the first of the beauty giants to throw its weight behind banning it altogether,” HSI Vice President for Research and Toxicology Troy Seidle said in a statement. “With hundreds of thousands of animals still used in toxicity tests for cosmetic purposes each year around the world, Unilever is to be commended for standing with Humane Society International to end this cruelty once and for all. We urge other large beauty brands to follow this example and join us on the right side of history.”
As a further demonstration of its commitment, Unilever also announced today that Dove, its largest Beauty and Personal Care brand, has gained accreditation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Dove’s cruelty-free status has been granted in recognition of the brand’s commitment to not conduct any tests on animals anywhere in the world. PETA’s cruelty-free logo will begin to appear on Dove packaging from January 2019 to assure customers that Dove does not, and will not, test on animals.
PETA will also now list Unilever as a ‘company working for regulatory change’, which indicates that Unilever conducts no tests on animals unless specifically required by law for any of its brands or products.
Across the globe, lawmakers in 37 countries so far have already enacted legislation to fully or partially ban animal testing for cosmetics. HSI played a key role in securing enactment of the final phase of the EU ban in 2013, and in subsequent victories in India, Taiwan, New Zealand, South Korea, Guatemala, and seven states in Brazil. Today HSI and its partners are driving forward 10 more legislative efforts in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and the United States.
Animal tests carried out in the cosmetics sector include eye and skin irritation experiments, in which a cosmetic product or ingredient is rubbed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of rabbits; skin allergy tests using guinea pigs or mice; and force-feeding studies that last weeks or months. These tests inflict considerable pain and distress, which can include blindness, swollen eyes, sore bleeding skin, internal bleeding, organ damage, convulsions and death. Pain relief is seldom if ever provided, and at the end of a test the animals are killed, normally by asphyxiation, neck-breaking or decapitation.
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Petition: Don’t Swipe Right On Dating Apps That Allow Elephant Cruelty!

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Don’t Swipe Right On Dating Apps That Allow Elephant Cruelty!
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When animal lovers are looking for love on a dating app, it makes sense that they may pause at cute pictures of people with animals. But if you see a selfie with a baby elephant or a pic of someone riding an elephant — you should definitely NOT swipe right.

If you you see someone riding, hugging, and posing with a wild animal like an elephant on Tinder, Bumble, or OkCupid … watch out. While these photos may seem cute, the sad truth is that it’s very likely that animal has been abused.

The only way to train an elephant to perform tricks, “pose” for photos, or carry people on its back is to physically hurt them. The “crush” method, used to train elephants to give rides, involves isolating, chaining, and abusing the elephants until their spirits are broken. After that, they are controlled with fear and pain.

The elephant’s brutal abuse and suffering is not apparent in the smiling vacation pic or cute elephant selfie you post on a dating app — but it’s there. That’s why Care2 is calling on dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid to take a stand and ban captive elephant or elephant tourism photos.

Sign and share to tell Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid to BAN photos of cruel elephant tourism — any pics of riding, “hugging,” or forced posing of captive elephants.

When Tinder, Bumble and OkCupid allow these these photos on their sites, they are helping to glamorize the brutal elephant tourism industry.

There are around 3,000 captive elephants enslaved in tourism in Asia — and this number is growing. According to World Animal Protection, there has been a 30% increase in the number of captive elephants in Thailand in the last 5-years alone.

If enough animal lovers speak out, we know we can convince these companies to do the right thing. Over 150,000 Care2 members convinced Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, to stop promoting elephant “ride” and other captive experiences that cause major suffering and abuse.

And — in 2017, PETA called on Tinder to remove “tiger selfies” citing the physical abuse, forced drugging, and other cruel method used in these captive tiger experiences.

Please sign and share the petition calling on Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid to stop idealizing the cruel elephant tourism industry and BAN any photos that depict riding, “hugging,” or forced posing of captive elephants.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/391/822/658/?z00m=30939166&redirectID=2753409256

Wild Animals Do Not Exist For Our Entertainment!

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This summer, a 6-month old bear cub was found dead in a circus camp in Lithuania.

In response, protesters are begging the government to ban wild animals from circuses to stop the shameful exploitation of the beautiful species that, held in these conditions, are simply entertainment for the masses that don’t know any better.

Lions, tigers, bears, elephants and many more are broken into submission as cubs, barely weaned, ripped from their mothers’ sides and whipped until they blindly obey. The acts they are forced to perform amount to nothing but torture. Being forced to stand on two feet can cause animals to tear their ligaments, and jumping through fire can burn their fur and whiskers.

Studies have shown that pain and fear are the only elements that drive wild animals to perform in circuses, with the noise and lights pounding on their senses.

The Lithuanian government should follow other countries’ example and ban the use of wild animals in circuses. There’s no justification for this animal abuse.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/969/943/415/lithuania-stop-abusing-wild-animals-in-your-circuses/

Stop Brutal Badger Culling in Britain

The cruel badger culls across Britain are not only mercilessly killing tens of thousands of the creatures, but the costs are astronomical. The cull was started to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis, but the humane solution of vaccinating the animals is far less costly. Sign this petition to stop the culling of badgers and encourage vaccination instead.

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Facebook: Prevent Illegal Sale of Endangered Species

Facebook groups allegedly engaging in illegal wildlife trafficking have been discovered in Thailand, threatening hundreds of species, many of which are critically endangered. Demand that Facebook take immediate action to stop this dangerous cruelty.

Source: Facebook: Prevent Illegal Sale of Endangered Species

Petition: No more dogs sacrifices in the Canine Control Centers!

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A few years ago it was forbidden to kill dogs with electrocution, but we know that in some CCC like that of Tláhuac just a few months ago they have killed hundreds of dogs electrocuting them. They continue to kill them, painfully or without pain, injecting poisons or other things that we do not know they are, without respecting the Laws, they continue to kill them, since hundreds of thousands of animals die every year in these places.

We must fight so that there is no longer the sacrifice of dogs in the anti rabies centers of Mexico. We must fight to prohibit the sale of animals, if you want a dog, adopt it. We must fight so that stray dogs are sterilized so that they do not reproduce so their numbers will decrease. We must enforce the Laws so that abusers and murderers pay their crimes with prison.

Let’s fight to live in a better country, without sacrificing animals, where they are respected, where they are taken care of and where those who do not pay for it.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

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Baby Squirrels Tangled in Plastic Saved by Wisconsin Veterinarians

 

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Baby Squirrels Tangled in Plastic Saved by Wisconsin Veterinarians
Olivia Rosane
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There have been growing concerns about the impact that the 8 million tons of plastic that enter the world’s oceans each year have on marine life.

But that oceanic focus doesn’t mean land animals are safe from plastic pollution.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society published a post on its Facebook page Friday detailing what had happened when a “caring finder” alerted the center to five young squirrels in an unusual predicament, KMSP TV reported.

“The tails of these five juvenile Gray Squirrel siblings had become hopelessly entangled with the long-stemmed grasses and strips of plastic their mother used as nest material, and with each other! A predicament that, without careful and quick intervention, would at the least cost each of these squirrels their very important tail (needed for balance and warmth), and likely their lives,” the post said.41697262_1955468024510398_6519925720158830592_n

The veterinarians first had to anesthetize the squirrels all at once.

“You can imagine how wiggly and unruly (and nippy!) this frightened, distressed ball of squirrelly energy was,” the post said.

The vets then worked on untangling the “Gordian Knot” of tails.

“It was impossible to tell whose tail was whose, and we were increasingly concerned because all of them had suffered from varying degrees of tissue damage to their tails caused by circulatory impairment,” the post said.

It took 20 minutes for the vets to use scissors to cut away at the grass and plastic and free the squirrels. The squirrels then began to recover from anesthesia.

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The vets said they would watch the squirrels for a few days to make sure they did not develop tail necrosis caused by a lack of blood flow, but one day after the procedure, they seemed to be doing well.

“Now, one day later, they are all bright-eyed, and three of the five are ‘bushy-tailed,'” the post said.

According to the most recent data provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 34.5 million tons of plastic were produced in the U.S. in 2015. Only 9.1 percent of that was recycled. 5.4 million tons were burned and the vast majority, 26 million tons, went into landfills.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) wrote that it often has to rescue animals from littered items.

“Plastic items become intestinal blockages; baited fishing lines entangle limbs, hindering movement and causing dismemberment; and aluminum cans with leftover soda or beer turn into razor-sharp traps,” HSUS wrote in a 2010 blog post.

Across the ocean, the UK Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimated it got an average of 14 calls a day about animals endangered by litter.