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

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By Lorena Mongelli and Jackie Salo
May 15, 2019 | 12:56pm | Updated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PETITION TARGET: Warren County DA Jason Carusone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PETITION: Justice for Helpless Kitten Shot with Arrow

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PETITION TARGET: Laconia Police Department

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PETITION: Justice for Puppy Shot by Police While Playing In the Park

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PETITION TARGET: Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels

An off-duty deputy drew his gun and shot one-year-old puppy Parker dead as the friendly dog played in a local park in Clay County, Florida.

Parker was running around off leash when he spotted the deputy walking his dog. The excitable hound/boxer mix was running towards the pair to say hello when Lt. Mark Cowan pulled out his personal handgun and killed him.

According to the incident report, Cowan thought Parker was a 40-50 pound pitbull and shot him in self-defense.

Parker’s guardian, Miranda Abba, was out of town at the time, but she says Parker was a sweet, friendly dog who had never shown aggression towards anyone.

Although a report was made, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office says no charges will be filed, and the case is closed.

This is a shocking act of unnecessary force, used against a dog showing no signs of aggression. As a law enforcement officer, Lt. Cowan should have used non-lethal alternatives to deal with this situation.

Sign this petition urging the Clay County sheriff’s office to take cases of animal death seriously, and enact a mandatory training program for all officers so they can deal with animals properly and safely.

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This Arkansas City Has Reversed Its Law Banning Pit Bulls

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On Tuesday, the city of Cabot, Arkansas announced that it will change its rules on pit bull ownership.

Effective May 15, previously banned pit bull breeds will be allowed to live within city limits. Residents who adopt pit bulls will be required to register their dogs. In coming weeks, the city’s official website will provide updates on the implementation of the registration process.

Once the change goes into effect, the City of Cabot Animal Shelter will be able to adopt pit bulls out to city residents.

In the announcement, the city acknowledged a growing need for animal sheltering and services within Cabot, as well as a need to focus on progressive animal welfare by changing their way of thinking and ordinances.

The ban went into effect in 2007, when the city stopped allowing people to register several dog breeds that were considered pit bulls. Dogs who were registered prior to the implementation of the ban were allowed to remain in the city, but under very strict rules.

The Cabot City Council’s decision to lift the ban on pit bulls reflects a shift away from the aggressive stigma associated with the breed, as well as a willingness to place more responsibility on guardians of pit bulls for the dogs’ behavior.

Under the current ordinance, pit bulls are classified as ‘vicious.’ The new policy is not breed-specific and will apply the term to individual dogs who show aggression.

Cabot is one of several cities that have recently repealed pit bull bans. So far this year, pit bull bans have been voted down in Gardendale, Alabama; the Missouri cities of Eureka and Liberty; and Garfield Heights, Ohio.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/arkansas-city-reverses-its-law-banning-pit-bull-breeds/

Release Dogs Slated to Be Killed by Dow Chemical Company

Thirty-six innocent beagles are to be put to death in July, after a year of torturous testing by the Dow Chemical Company. Over 60,000 dogs are captured and forced into testing facilities every year, with many dying due to repeated exposure to toxic chemicals; it is a miracle these 36 survived at all, and they do not deserve to be disposed of like tools after all they suffered. Sign this petition to stop the pointless killing of these dogs.

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Sign Petition: End Animal Suffering by Banning Wild and Exotic Animals in Traveling Shows

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Animal advocates are applauding the introduction of legislation in California that could make it the next state to end circus suffering by banning wild and exotic animal performances.

The Circus Cruelty Prevention Act (SB 313), which was just introduced by Senator Ben Hueso, would make it illegal to use wild and exotic animals in traveling shows, and would leave anyone found breaking the law facing fines of up to $25,000 for each violation.

Not only was this bill introduced over concerns about animal welfare, but also about the threat performing animals pose to public safety.

Even though wild animals have been used as performers in circuses for decades, we now know so much more about what they need to be physically and psychologically healthy and there’s no shortage of evidence showing that circuses can never come close to meeting those needs.

Both research and undercover investigations have exposed not only the problems inherent with keeping animals this way, denying them everything they need to thrive, but also the heartbreaking and violent abuses they’re exposed to behind the scenes that range from having food withheld to being beaten and blatantly mistreated.

While a number of cities in the state have already enacted bans or restrictions on the use of wild and exotic animals, a statewide ban would go much further to protect them from cruelty and exploitation, and it would send a strong message that using them as performers isn’t acceptable.

Please sign and share this petition urging lawmakers in California to take a compassionate and common sense stand for animals by passing the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act.

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Sign the Petition: Lisa Downing must be stopped from buying and selling kittens and selling those she gets from “free to a good home” adverts!!

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amanda Jones started this petition to RSPCA and 3 others

She must also be stopped selling kittens she has bred, and puppies she has bred. She sells them when they are so young they can’t fend for themselves and most of them are dying even after veterinary treatment. The ones in the picture are dead also. They were sold at 3 weeks old. She lied.

They are never inoculated, never wormed, never microchipped. She is an all-too-frequent dealer in an illegal, and fraudulent business of animal selling, also without a licence.

Lisa Downing is negligent. The majority of the animals in her care do not survive, because of neglect and cruelty – why is this allowed to continue?! The RSPCA, Walsall Housing LTD, Trading standards, and Willinghall Council are also all negligent for allowing this to continue! Each one of these places has been contacted many times, by many people with evidence, over a long period of time.

Lisa lives in social housing. She is committing multiple cases of benefit fraud, multiple trading standard issues, and shocking cruelty to animals. This is an illegal fraudulent business because she is not declaring her assets and income, as well as being on benefits.

This business has become exceptionally viable as, for example, the last lot of kittens cost her £30 each, and she is selling them for £180 each. These, however, are not the most expensive ones she has sold. We are not talking about small change! Lisa Downing is buying kittens every day. She is a prolific dealer!

Lisa Downing is also involved with serious incidents of threatening behaviour to anybody who disagrees with her ‘business’, and Facebook harassment to a large degree. In the buying and selling, she uses many, many different names including Lisa Dee.

Even in 2019 when the Lucy’s Law comes in, she will breed and breed from the many cats she has in her social housing home. And she will breed puppies from her Jack Russell bitch which has had 2 litters already and is under 2 years old (Jan 2019)

That will not change! None of this will change unless the authorities named above DO THEIR JOBS!

WHY ARE THEY NOT STOPPING THIS?

WHY IS SHE STILL ALLOWED TO CONTINUE?

IT MUST BE STOPPED!

PLEASE SIGN PETITION!

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Petition · American Belgian Malinois Rescue: BRING K9 ENDY HOME · Change.org

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Frank Rpk9f started this petition to American Belgian Malinois Rescue and 3 others

Earlier this month K9 Endy, a Retired U.S Customs and Border Patrol K9, escaped from his handler’s yard due to fireworks. Endy was found wondering the streets nearby and was given to Kingsville Animal Advocates who turned Endy over to the American Belgian Malinois Rescue.

K9 Endy is microchipped, which comes back to the US Border Patrol but American Belgian Malinois Rescue failed to make the right calls and is now refusing to give the K9 Endy back to his handler, Brian Buchanan, who has proof of ownership, vet records, dental records, pictures and videos of Endy at home with his family.

After many failed attempts to get Endy home, Brian Buchanan contacted us to see if we could help. Retired Police K9 Foundation has made a commitment to get Endy back home. Please contact the rescue and ask them to release K9 Endy back to his family! Retired Police K9 Foundation will make sure Endy has proper vet care needed now and for the rest of his life!

Please contact Marcia Tokson, National chairperson, and ask her to give K9 Endy back!

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Appeal Dismissal of Groundbreaking Lawsuit for Abused Horse

Straight from the Horse's Heart

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Lawsuit Argues Animals Have the Right to Sue Their Abusers in Court

A photo from March 2017 shows Justice, an American Quarter Horse, in Cornelius emaciated from months of little food or shelter. His owner was later convicted of animal neglect and now the horse is being represented in a lawsuit against the ex-guardian seeking damages for pain and suffering. (Animal Legal Defense Fund)

Hillsboro, Oregon – On January 22nd the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, appealed an Oregon state court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a horse named Justice against his abuser. Justice’s lawsuit seeks to recover the costs of his ongoing medical care and his pain and suffering caused by the abuse.

 Washington County Circuit Court Judge John Knowles dismissed the lawsuit in September 2018, holding that a non-human animal lacks legal standing to sue on his…

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Shame on You Delta Airlines!!

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A disabled man and his “registered service dog”were told to get off a Delta airline plane, strictly because his service dog was a pitbull!

 

Sign Petition: Cinder The Bear Survived Wildfire Burns Only To Be Shot By Hunter

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recipient: Washington Officials

87,977 SUPPORTERS – 90,000 GOAL

Cinder was a 30 lb young black bear in Washington state. In 2014, she miraculously survived severe wildfire burns and won the heart of us humans. Tragically, she was shot and killed almost immediately upon being released back into the wild.

Sign the petition to demand justice for Cinder!

It’s illegal to kill a black bear in Washington state unless you have a license and it’s open season. Whoever killed her probably did not have that because they just left her body there. If a bear gets hurt or killed in self defense, the killer is supposed to notify the authorities. But Cinder’s body was just left to rot instead.

Scientists had hoped her collar had just stopped working because she was hibernating for the winter. That’s why they were so dismayed when they found her skeleton and realized it was because she and her collar had been shot.

Cinder lived through a horrible tragedy and healed, just to be shot by a selfish hunter and left to rot.

It’s heartbreaking that Cinder survived and then died so quickly after being able to return to her home. Please help us honor sweet Cinder by demanding that authorities find Cinder’s killer and hold them accountable!

Sign Petition

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Petition:Prison for life, without bail or death penalty, against Gerardo Herrera alias Junior

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Prison for life, without bail or death penalty, against Gerardo Herrera alias Junior

Gerardo Herrera alias Junior lives in NAPOLEÓN GÓMEZ SADA, COLONIA SUTERM, is CFE worker José López Portillo. Hopefully some animalist association and animal advocates who want to mobilize to do justice and act legally . #Piedras Negras #Recompensa #Red

They offer $ 60,000 to find Gerardo Herrera, responsible for killing little dogs in the Suterm colony. It is said that he has escaped to North America, they are looking for him there, and we need him to bring him to be judged.

If the authorities do not act quickly against this person it will end in tragedy, as some people are offering a reward for torturing and killing the Junior. Neither the former Mayor Sonia Villarreal, nor her parents will be able to do anything to avoid any type of attempt against the life of an individual.

Let him go to jail, which is where he should be and where he should spend his whole life.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

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Approximately 3K Activists Protest The Unjust Death of Sota

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Tauri is frightened, it was a terrorist attack, Sota slept with me,wake up with me, she showed me more love than my own family. Sota was a lovely dog everybody loved.

Approximately 3k protest the unjust death of Sota who was killed by a  police officer in Barcelona. As they silently stood by plaza sant Jaume the only sound that could be heard was that of a dog.

Check out @WorldAnimalNews’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/WorldAnimalNews/status/1076730413001826304?s=09

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PETITION…https://nackpets.wordpress.com/2018/12/22/petition-justice-for-the-little-dog-murdered-by-the-urban-guard-in-barcelona/

This US State Made it a Serious Crime to Leave Your Pets Out in Extreme Weather

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There are lots of people who love and treat their dogs like humans; feeding them, giving them a bath and even dressing them and looking after their health. Unfortunately, there are some cruel pet owners who don’t have the same compassion and love for dogs.

Some people don’t really care about their dogs and leave them outside despite the really cold weather. But thanks to the touching story of Libre, a survivor dog, pet owners who leave their dogs in the cold can now face felony charges.

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Libre, the Dying Puppy, Rescued in the Cold

One example of an unattended, abandoned dog in the cold is Libre. Libre is a Boston terrier and was only seven weeks old when found and rescued by a produce driver named Dextin.

Apparently, his owner left him in the cold too long that he developed a serious skin condition called demodectic mange which made him crusty and hairless. He had secondary infections and ulcers had also developed in his eyes.

The doctors who assessed his condition said there’s a very low chance of survival for Libre. Luckily, the helpless dog survived and is now adopted and taken care of by a loving pet owner, Janine Guido.

Janine said she fell in love with Libre at first sight, “I just really connected with him. I don’t know why, because I’ve rescued so many dogs. I get butterflies before I visit him. Something about Libre really captured my heart.”

House Bill 1238 Successfully Signed into Law

The story of Libre touched many people’s hearts and Pennsylvania lawmakers were no exception. Apart from Libre, there are many other dogs in the state that are abandoned in the cold by their owners. This alarming situation made them step in and develop a law in hopes of preventing animal abuse and punishing people who abandon their dogs, especially in extreme weather conditions.

This year, House Bill 1238, also known as Libre’s law was signed into law. Pennsylvania residents who will leave their dogs outside in the cold can now face felony, particularly animal cruelty charges.

“Don’t leave them outside,” says Paul Tobin, a Mercer County Humane Officer. “The new law is pretty clear. Anything under 32 degrees, anything over 90 degrees, your dogs are not allowed outside for more than 30 minutes.”

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Teach Neglectful Pet Owners a Lesson

Residents who will break this law will need to pay a $15,000 fine and can be jailed for up to seven years. Significantly, Pennsylvania lawmakers are creating tougher animal protection laws not only to save animals but to also send a message that animal cruelty should not be tolerated and whoever abuses and neglects their pets should be punished.

According to Jennifer Nields, a worker at the Lancaster County Animal Coalition, “this won’t stop animal abuse but it will emphasize the importance of justice for animal suffering.

Libre’s Law Makes Pennsylvania “Most Improved” for Animal Protection Laws

Though Libre’s law was signed into law just recently, Governor Tom Wolf has long been running his advocacy on animal protection. He signed the Libre’s law last June 2017 and it is one of the laws that made the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society acknowledge Pennsylvania as the most improved for animal protection laws.

Since Governor Wolf signed the Libre’s law, residents and pet owners became more responsible and gave back their dogs to shelters if they thought they could not take care of them properly.

Last July 28, Governor Tom Wolf celebrated one year of animal protection with Libre himself with a doggy cake. Wolf wrote on his Twitter account, “I’m here with Libre to celebrate the first anniversary of #LibresLaw. Together we signed Pennsylvania’s animal welfare reforms into law one year ago today, making the commonwealth a safer place for PA pets.”

A lot of trending and inspiring stories have touched the hearts of many individuals but Libre’s story did not just make people cry but it also taught them an important lesson on animal protection. Most importantly, it made a big difference in the lives of many animals and the entire community of Pennsylvania.

If you think pets should be allowed to sleep inside the house especially during extreme weather — please share this post and spread this awareness!

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Breaking! Fin Whales & Mountain Gorillas Gain Improved Status On Updated IUCN Red List; Conservation Efforts Must Continue – World Animal News

By WAN –
November 14, 2018
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The Fin Whale and the Mountain Gorilla are among the species with improved status, according to today’s update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The IUCN Red List now includes 96,951 species of which 26,840 are threatened by extinction.
The Fin Whale has gone from Endangered to Vulnerable following bans on whaling, while the Mountain Gorilla subspecies has moved from Critically Endangered to Endangered as a result of collaborative conservation efforts.
“Today’s update to The IUCN Red List illustrates the power of conservation action, with the recoveries we are seeing of the Fin Whale and the Mountain Gorilla,” Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General said in a statement. “These conservation successes are proof that the ambitious, collaborative efforts of governments, business and civil society could turn back the tide of species loss.”
“Unfortunately, the latest update also underlines how threats to biodiversity continue to undermine some of society’s most important goals, including food security,” continued Andersen. “We urgently need to see effective conservation action strengthened and sustained.”
Previously listed as Endangered, the Fin Whale is now listed as Vulnerable, as the global population of species has roughly doubled since the 1970s. The recovery follows international bans on commercial whaling in the North Pacific and in the Southern Hemisphere which has been in place since 1976, there has been a significant reduction in catches in the North Atlantic since 1990. The status of the western subpopulation of the Gray Whale has also improved, moving from Critically Endangered to Endangered. Both of these whale species were historically threatened by overexploitation for their blubber, oil and meat.

“Fin Whales and Western Gray Whales were severely depleted by hunting and it is a relief to finally see their populations on the rise. These whales are recovering largely thanks to bans on commercial hunting, international agreements, and various protection measures,” stated Randall Reeves, Chair of the IUCN SSC Cetacean Specialist Group. “Conservation efforts must continue until the populations are no longer threatened.”
The nearly complete protection of Fin Whales throughout their range, has allowed the global population to reach around 100,000 mature individuals.
This update of The IUCN Red List also brings hope for the Mountain Gorilla, which has improved in status from Critically Endangered to Endangered, thanks to collaborative conservation efforts across country boundaries and positive engagement from communities living around the Mountain Gorilla habitat. The Mountain Gorilla is one of two subspecies of the Eastern Gorilla; the Eastern Gorilla species remains Critically Endangered.
Intensive conservation action, including anti-poaching patrols and in-situ veterinary interventions, such as the removal of snares, has contributed to the growth of Mountain Gorilla populations since the previous IUCN Red List assessment, published in 2008.
The 2008 Mountain Gorilla population was estimated to be around 680 individuals, but 2018 estimates show that it has increased to over 1,000 individuals, the highest figure ever recorded for the subspecies. The population growth has been confirmed through coordinated and improved survey methods.
Mountain Gorilla habitat is restricted to protected areas in two locations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda – The Virunga Massif and Bwindi-Sarambwe. Both locations are bordered by land intensively cultivated for agriculture by a growing human population. Threats to this subspecies remain high, including poaching, recurring civil unrest, and human-introduced diseases ranging from respiratory infections to Ebola.
“While it is fantastic news that Mountain Gorillas are increasing in numbers, this subspecies is still Endangered and therefore conservation action must continue,” said Dr. Liz Williamson of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group. “Coordinated efforts through a regional action plan and fully implementing IUCN Best Practice guidelines for great ape tourism and disease prevention, which recommend limiting numbers of tourists and preventing any close contact with humans, are critical to ensuring a future for the Mountain Gorilla.”
Sadly, the largest North American tortoise species, the Bolson Tortoise, is one of the species that had its status change from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered on The IUCN Red List due to exploitation for subsistence consumption, as well as widespread habitat loss.
The population of the tortoise, found in isolated areas in the Bolsón de Mapimí basin in Mexico, has plummeted by over 64% in the past 30 years. The species is endangered under Mexican federal wildlife laws and captive breeding programs aiming to reintroduce the species to New Mexico and Texas in the United States.

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

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By WAN –
November 13, 2018
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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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Petition: Eleven Seals Live in a 3-Foot Deep Pool, All So This Aquarium Can Make Money

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The Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon, stands around 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean. The sounds of the waves echo against its facade and visitors come and go with sand on their feet. But that short 300-foot walk to the sea might as well be 1,000 miles for the 11 harbor seals the aquarium holds captive.

One of Seaside Aquariums biggest draws are these helpless seals that live in a small pool-like enclosure, perhaps 8X5 feet and no deeper than 2.5 feet. Customers can have the “pleasure” of seeing them in their miserable tank and for a small fee you can buy a tray of fish and feed them. The poor seals clap and howl competing for the few bits of fish between the 11 of them. According to one aquarium worker, during the summer this is their main source of food.

This is not the way it should be for these beautiful marine mammals or the several other animals that unfortunately call the aquarium home. Seals for one, are extremely intelligent social beings that need stimulation to live a healthy, normal life. In the wild, these animals have the whole of the ocean to call their home but at Seaside they barely have a pool, and a shallow one at that.

Seaside aquarium defends their facilities saying that they are governed by USDA standards. But these rules are clearly minimum standards, and even if they aren’t breaking our laws, they are breaking the rules of nature by forcing the seals to live in captivity for their entire lives.

It’s time Seaside recognized that it is not OK to imprison marine mammals and use them as tourist traps to line their pockets. Please sign the petition and ask Seaside Aquarium officials to give the seals to a sanctuary where they can live the rest of their life in peace.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/958/863/696/eleven-seals-in-a-3-foot-pool-all-so-this-aquarium-can-make-money/?TAP=1724

The Elephant as Person – FIREPAW, Inc.

https://firepaw.org/2018/10/29/the-elephant-as-person/

Appreciating the Good Done by President Trump

Blame It on Love

Just sharing some Trump news

Prosperity and Abundance Statuary – Pixabay

President Donald Trump is no friend of animals or animal advocates (while his daughter-in-law Lara is), but have we ever had a president that was opposed to animal agriculture, hunting, etc.? Obama’s USDA Secretary was cattle rancher Tom Vilsack, for just one example, while Trump’s USDA Secretary is Sonny Perdue, a veterinarian, businessman and politician (NOT of the Perdue chicken family), although Trump certainly has some animal agriculture people and other abusers in his administration. But, what president hasn’t?

But when the PEOPLE reverse the market demand for animal products, all that will change.

Veganism surely has a great place in my dreamed-of thriving worldwide economy, but especially here in the US which is one of the world’s most influential nations. A thriving economy makes for a happier more secure population, which makes for less animal abuse and other violence…

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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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Petition: Arrest Man Beating Dog In Video Making Death, Rape Threats · Change.org

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Arrest Man Beating Dog In Video Making Death, Rape Threats · Change.org
Cabo Cooley started this petition to DAInfo@ClarkCountyDA.com and 2 others
3-4 minutes

URGENT ACTION ALERT!
Chilling Video Shows Man Violently Beating Dog while making death, rape threats. ***For those who can’t watch videos, here is transcript:

http://nevadavotersforanimals.org/daman-holmes-beats-dog-on-facebook-makes-death-rape-threats-in-las-vegas

VIDEO #1:
While violently holding dog by collar beating/punching dog in face, head grunting while he punches 8 times. DAMAN HOLMES: “See, now you getta watch what I’m gonna do to your daughter or your sister [name] or [name]. Yep, that’s what’s gonna happen when I see those bitches. Then, they’re gonna get their throats cut.” End video.

http://nevadavotersforanimals.org/daman-holmes-beats-dog-on-facebook-makes-death-rape-threats-in-las-vegas

VIDEO #2:
Violently punches dog 11 times in head. DAMAN HOLMES: “Here we go with round 2, you like that? Yep, they’re gonna get their asses handed to them when I get to ’em. Im gonna bury their ass in the fuckin’ river, how’s that sound? After I rape that fuckin’ bitch (name). ” end video. NOTE: DOG IS ALIVE & SAFE

MESSAGE FROM FAMILY OF VICTIM:
“This is Damon Holmes beating the hell out of a young dog. He sends stuff like this to us and her friends and family all the time threatening, rape, murder, arson, and physical violence. He has many facebook accounts like (_) always creating a new one that isn’t blocked to send more threats and promises. He thinks he is above the law and untouchable. He’s on the run and says he’s coming back to Utah. He deals drugs, steals guns, vandalizes, abuses people and animals and thinks he can get away with it. This has been going on for years now.”

This post is from someone close to the victim. The Victim and family are being threatened in the video. They’ve been living in fear for years. Then, in June the video was made in LV and sent to family in Utah. He’s been under investigation for months. WHY HASN’T DAMAN HOLMES BEEN ARRESTED?!

PLEASE TAKE VERY SPECIFIC REQUESTED ACTION NOW!!!

Contact our Sheriff & DA and firmly respectfully urge them to swiftly sign a warrant for, arrest, and charge DAMAN EUGENE HOLMES to protect Daman’s victims & our community from this violent animal/human abuser. Are we going to wait till he carries out his chilling threats?

●SHERIFF JOE LOMBARDO:
Email: Sheriff@lvmpd.com
OR tweet: @Sheriff_LVMPD
@LVMPD

●CLARK COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY STEVE WOLFSON: (SIGN A WARRANT ASAP for Daman Eugene Holmes and ensure he is charged with class C Felony Animal Cruelty in addition to other local & Federal charges he may be facing)
Email:
DAInfo@ClarkCountyDA.com
Phone:
(702) 671-2500
TWITTER: @LasVegasDA

●FBI PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST – SANDRA BREAULT
Sandra.Breault@ci.fbi.gov
TWITTER @FBILasVegas

Share Far & Wide. Please crosspost.

Commenting without taking Action does nothing to bring this violent abuser to justice. Solution based comments, please.

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

By WAN –
August 8, 2018

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

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-uk-government-to-increase-jail-sentences-for-abhorrent-animal-abusers-from-6-months-to-5-years/

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Petition: American Express, Stop Supporting Animal Cruelty. End Your Partnership With SeaWorld.

by: Care2 Team
recipient: American Express

52,072 SUPPORTERS – 55,000 GOAL

The dolphins and killer whales of SeaWorld have made the company billions of dollars. But despite their importance to the to the company’s bottom line, the treatment these animals receive is far from VIP.

SeaWorld’s captive cetaceans live an unhappy and dangerous life. Whales have been seen ripping the skin off of one another, biting each other and even demonstrating signs of severe stress.

And under their management, the company has seen the death of nearly 50 orcas, including the famous Tilikum who died in 2017. Tilikum was the focus of the documentary “Blackfish,” a film that chronicled his life, brought attention to his involvement in the deaths of three individuals and shined a spotlight on the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity.

Since Blackfish first debuted in 2013, SeaWorld has garnered massive public ridicule for the treatment of their whales but have yet to change.

Now one major company has taken a stand. When Thomas Cook — one of Europe’s largest holiday package providers — asked their customers what they cared about, their response was loud and clear: animal welfare. Over 90% of their customer base told them they cared about the treatment of animals. So they took action by announcing they will no longer sell tickets to SeaWorld in the United States and Loro Parque in Spain since they continue to “keep orcas in captivity.”

The announcement hammers one more nail in the coffin of the industry that subjects killer whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals to inhumane treatment and forces them to perform unnatural tricks.

But it’s not enough. We need more companies who facilitate SeaWorld’s business model to stop helping them make money off animal cruelty. Affecting their bottom line is the only way SeaWorld will change its practices and stop holding marine mammals in captivity.

That’s why Care2 is going big by asking American Express, the “official card of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment,” to break their partnership with the park and to stop processing their payments altogether. Please join the fight for animal rights by signing our petition.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/174/870/707/

 

Petition update · Fantastic Update on Nosey! · Change.org

Aug 2, 2018 —

Dear friends,

Yesterday the news broke that the USDA is initiating a proceeding to terminate Hugo Liebel’s federal exhibitor license. Without this license, Liebel would no longer be allowed to force Nosey to perform in second-rate circuses or provoke her to give rides in parking lots. He is losing his battle to regain custody of Nosey at every turn.

Because this situation is not entirely resolved, we will continue to keep this petition open, and to provide updates when possible on Liebel’s exhibitor license and pending court cases.

While Nosey inches closer and closer to a life of permanent sanctuary, many other elephants are still suffering in circus life. CompassionWorks International has been tracking numerous other elephants, including Tracy and Lisa who are currently confined at Circus World in Baraboo, Wisconsin. As we did on numerous occasions for Nosey, we captured important investigative video of Tracy and Lisa, which experts determined proved that both elephants are experiencing significant gait issues. We hope that you will join us in our effort to seek justice for Tracy and Lisa by signing our newest petition: https://www.change.org/p/scott-o-donnell-circus-world-stop-using-animal-acts

At CWI, we fight against circus cruelty every single day. Please visit cwint.org/donate to continue to support our work and to stand beside us as we continue to fight for Nosey, Viola, Isa, Tracy, Becky, and numerous other elephants still suffering behind the big top.

Thank you once again for all of your actions for Nosey, your vigilance in notifying us when you have seen her or any traveling performing animal, and for supporting CWI in our efforts to put an end to circus cruelty once and for all.

We will will not stop fighting until the use of animals in the circus is relegated once and for all to the history books.

For the animals, Carrie LeBlanc, M.A. Executive Director CompassionWorks International https://www.facebook.com/CompassionWorksIntl/ https://www.instagram.com/compassionworks/ https://twitter.com/cwintl
Thanks to your support this petition has a chance at winning! We only need 95781 more signatures to reach the next goal – can you help?Keep growing this petition
Keep fighting for people power!

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Animals Are People, Too – Indian Court Awards Animals Rights

Animals in India just earned some new rights and protections thanks to a milestone victory in court. The win comes in Uttarakhand, where the state’s highest court decided that animals “have distinct personas with the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person.”

Although the lawsuit in front of the court pertained to horses pulling carts, the judges Lokpal Singh and Rajiv Sharma extended these rights to the “entire animal kingdom,” giving all birds, fish and mammals protections within Uttarakhand.

Indian law already establishes two classes of personhood: the first is for adult humans, and the second is for children, people with intellectual impairments and companies (not unlike America’s corporate personhood rule.) Per the ruling, animals will fit into the second category and, as a result, benefit from similar personhood rights.
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While some hoped this ruling would prevent humans from using horses to pull carriages altogether, the judges didn’t go that far. They did, however, demand nicer care for the horses and extra safety equipment. There are also new weight limits on the amount of people/cargo horses can be made to pull. Furthermore, the horses are not permitted to work when the temperature gets too hot or cold.

As for wild and/or stray animals, they will be guaranteed free veterinary care and decent shelter as needed.

The court’s ruling also came with an imperative to the human population: humans are now stewards of the animals and are compelled to protect them from threats. Of course, there’s no guarantee that all people in the state will take that call seriously, but at the very least, animal welfare advocates will have legal backing when they try to intervene in situations on an animal’s behalf.

For now, the ruling applies only to Uttarakhand, though it’s an important first step toward earning similar protections throughout the country of India. Other parts of the world such as Quebec, New Zealand and France have extended similar personhood rights to animals.

As for the United States, granting personhood to pets and animals is a debate that’s unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. There’s no doubt from the rise in anti-animal cruelty legislation that Americans are caring more about protecting animals, but some humans just have trouble dealing with the idea of putting animals anywhere near their own level.
Take Action

Whether we call them “people” or not, animals throughout the world are vulnerable due to a lack of respect and rights. You can help to fight to make a change by signing some of Care2’s ongoing animal rights petitions.

https://www.care2.com/causes/animals-are-people-too-indian-court-awards-animals-rights.html

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Petition: American Airlines Wants to Ban Emotional Support Animals

by: Care2 Team
target: American Airlines

50,055 SUPPORTERS – 55,000 GOAL
If American Airlines gets its way, emotional support animals will no longer be allowed on flights.

American Airlines is part of Airlines for America, an industry group pushing the U.S. Transportation Department to limit the definition of “service animal” to only include trained service dogs. This new definition would allow service animals like guide dogs for the blind, but would eliminate comfort pets.

American Airlines has said it supports Airlines for America’s position “in full,” citing the growing number of emotional support animals, as well as disruptions by those animals, on flights as reasons.

The answer isn’t to ban emotional support animals. Airlines need to learn to accommodate them. Please sign this position urging American Airlines to stop fighting for an ESA ban!

In recent years, there have been several high-profile animal deaths on flights, causing a great deal of controversy around animals on flights. On top of that, with more people bringing comfort pets on flights, stories of animals defecating on flights or blocking aisles have grown as well.

But for some people, emotional service animals are absolutely necessary, especially on long flights. If American wants to accommodate all passengers, it will have to figure out a way to accommodate comfort pets, too. Otherwise, it’s about to lose a lot of customers.

Part of accommodating passengers is accommodating their emotional service animals. Please sign this petition urging American Airlines to stand up for ESAs now.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/570/909/148/american-airlines-wants-to-ban-emotional-support-animals/

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Petition: Prompt Delta to Repeal Their Breed Ban and Find a Better Service Dog Solution · Change.org

Sara Enos started this petition to Chief Executive Officer Edward Bastian and 3 others

Delta recently announced a ban on Pit Bull type dogs, including service dogs and emotional support dogs effective as of July 10th, 2018. We are asking Delta to repeal their ban and work with experts in the field to comprise a solution to adequately address their safety concerns for their crew and passengers.

Not only are these new policy changes illegal in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA), they are also incredibly detrimental to the people that rely on their service dogs medically and physically. It is proven that discrimination targeting specific breeds is ineffective at preventing dog bites. Canines need to be evaluated on an individual basis and service dogs must meet the highest requirements of training and behavior. The solution is in service dog regulation, not breed specific regulation.

Please join us in signing this petition to appeal to Delta to revoke their new policy. Delta not doing so will result in great detriment to those that need their service dogs in-flight with them, as well as the court systems becoming cluttered with cases against the airline for illegally disallowing Pit Bull service dogs on board.

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Killing dogs for meat ruled illegal by South Korean court | World news

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A South Korean court has ruled the killing of dogs for meat is illegal, in a landmark decision that animal rights activists have said could pave the way to outlawing the eating of canines.

The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine, with about 1 million dogs believed to be eaten annually, but consumption has declined and the practice is now something of a taboo among younger generations amid increased pressure from activists.

A ruling from the city court in Bucheon on Thursday, in a case brought by the animal rights group Care against a dog farm operator, said meat consumption was not a legal reason to kill dogs.

The group accused the man, who was convicted and fined 3m won (£2,050), of killing animals without proper reasons and violating building and hygiene regulations.

“It is very significant in that it is the first court decision that killing dogs for dog meat is illegal itself,” said Kim Kyung-eun, a lawyer for Care.

The precedent paved the way for outlawing dog meat consumption entirely, she added.

Dog meat consumption is a grey area in South Korean law. Despite no specific ban, authorities have invoked hygiene regulations or animal protection laws that ban cruel slaughter methods to crack down on dog farms and restaurants ahead of international events such as the Pyeongchang Olympics.

A lawmaker from the ruling Democratic party introduced a bill in parliament this week that would effectively ban killing dogs for meat. There are about 17,000 dog farms in South Korea, and operators have called for the government to bring in laws explicitly to legalise dog meat consumption and license dog slaughter houses.

A survey last year found that 70% of South Koreans do not eat dog meat, but only about 40% believe the practice should be banned.

Care said it would track down dog farms and slaughter houses across the country with a view to filing similar complaints against them to judicial authorities. “The dog meat industry will take greater heat because of the court ruling,” said its leader, Park So-youn.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/21/killing-dogs-for-meat-illegal-south-korea-court-rules

Breaking! The South Korean Ministry Establishes First-Ever Pet-Related Animal Welfare Policy Division As Nearly 6 Million Homes Have Pets – World Animal News

Breaking! The South Korean Ministry Establishes First-Ever Pet-Related Animal Welfare Policy Division As Nearly 6 Million Homes Have Pets
By WAN –
June 7, 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in South Korea announced yesterday that it is establishing an animal welfare policy division for pets, under its livestock policy bureau. Issues such as these were previously assigned to a team under the livestock environment and welfare division.
The new division, formed to accommodate the growing number of homes in Korea with pets, will serve as a much-needed separate department that is tasked with taking charge of pet-related affairs and policies.
“The animal welfare policy division will tackle major assignments such as: preventing animal-related accidents and protecting animals from being abandoned or mistreated, as well as enhancing the ethical guidelines for animal testing, an official from the Agriculture Ministry noted in a statement. “We think this new division will be one of the busiest departments in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.”
As per the Korea Joongang Daily, the ministry issued the news along with some staggering statistics.
According to the government, the number of households in the country that own a pet has increased by more than 20% in just two years from 4.57 million in 2015 to 5.93 million in 2017.
The number of laboratory animals sadly also increased 18% from 2.51 million, to 3.08 million, while the number of farm animals grew by approximately 1,000 during the same time period.
While the establishment of a department solely dedicated to pet-related issues and policies in Korea is a positive step, the complicated country still has a long way to go when it comes to protecting its dogs.
Horrifically, dogs are still being slaughtered for their meat. There are more than 17,000 dog meat farms across the country.
In South Korea, Soi Dog is working with senior government officials to enact stronger animal welfare laws with the ultimate aim of banning the dog meat industry.
As per its website, this has already led to a ban on the slaughter of dogs at Moran Market, the biggest dog meat market in the capital, Seoul.
Thailand-based Soi Dog, and numerous other animal welfare organizations from around the world, such as, Southern California-based Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, continue to challenge Asia’s understanding of the barbaric dog meat industry, while making people aware about the massive and unnecessary cruelty involved.

WAN prays that Korea, and many other countries worldwide continue to take monumental steps to protect our precious species!

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-the-korean-ministry-establishes-first-ever-pet-related-animal-welfare-policy-division-as-nearly-6-million-homes-have-pets/

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