END the suffering of farmed animals in mobile torture chambers
No food, no water, no rest, no room to even move. For up to 28 straight hours, animals are packed into trucks and trailers so tight that millions die in transport every year!
Others suffer terribly, they are injured, bruised, broken, and gored. Then there is the stress. Some animals literally die of heart failure right there on the trucks when it’s more than their poor hearts can take.
This is horrifying and wrong. For too long, Big Ag has been allowed to dictate the rules and prevent any regulations that might relieve some suffering of these animals. It’s time to change that. We have a new Secretary of Transportation, and he needs to hear from YOU!
Tell Sec. Buttigieg it’s time to IMMEDIATELY change the status quo. Update weak and ineffective regulations that promote cruel and inhumane treatment of farmed animals during transport. Let him know how you feel!
Sign our petition: end inhumane farmed animal transport practices NOW!
DENVER— The U.S. District Court of Colorado has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the law by funding a Colorado Parks and Wildlife plan to kill hundreds of mountain lions and dozens of black bears without properly analyzing the risks to those animals’ populations and the rest of the environment.
In response to a lawsuit brought by conservation groups, the court ruled that the Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act by agreeing to fund the project using federal money without completing its own environmental analysis. Further, the court found the environmental analysis the Service tried to rely upon, completed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, did not adequately analyze the impacts of killing black bears and mountain lions under the plans.
“On behalf of the majority of Coloradans who support coexistence with native carnivores, WildEarth Guardians applauds the court for recognizing the substantial environmental impact that these killing ‘studies’ impose on native wildlife in the state,” said Lindsay Larris, wildlife program director at WildEarth Guardians. “These studies threatened local ecosystems by the extermination of entire populations of bears and lions in these regions, a fact that the Service completely ignored. We hope this ruling ensures that the Service will carefully consider all funding requests for wildlife ‘studies’ long into the future.”
The multi-year plans to kill black bears and mountain lions in the Piceance Basin and Upper Arkansas River areas of Colorado were intended to artificially boost the mule deer population for hunters, where habitat had been degraded by oil and gas drilling. But overwhelming scientific evidence shows that killing native carnivores does not boost prey populations. The killing plans were hatched and approved by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2016 and funded by the Service in 2017 despite overwhelming public opposition, and over the objection of leading conservation biologists’ voices.
“This ruling immediately halts the use of taxpayer dollars for the slaughter of Colorado’s mountain lions,” said Andrea Zaccardi, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “I’m so pleased that the court put a stop to this scientifically baseless study that needlessly targeted Colorado’s ecologically important, native carnivores.”
The court agreed that the Fish and Wildlife Service failed to consider the many substantial environmental harms that were likely to result from the plans, such as the harm to the local ecosystem caused by these killings and the suffering and deaths of orphaned cubs and kittens.
“Persecuting bears and mountain lions in this way is not only incredibly cruel to these highly-sentient, social beings who spend years raising their dependent young, but it is also environmentally destructive,” said Laura Smythe, a staff attorney with the Humane Society of the United States. “These inhumane wildlife killing plans left cubs orphaned, who likely died from starvation, dehydration, predation or exposure. Intensive trophy hunting and killing of mountain lions leads to increased conflicts with humans, pets and livestock. The federal government had no business funding this completely unnecessary state-sponsored slaughter.”
The Piceance Basin Plan has been completed but the Upper Arkansas River Plan is ongoing and will be halted as a result of this ruling.
Background: Started in 2017, the Upper Arkansas River Plan was approved to last nine years, during which time Colorado Parks and Wildlife would kill more than 50% of the mountain lion population in the area. Colorado expected the killing of up to 234 mountain lions would cost nearly $4 million, 75 percent of which would be federally funded with taxpayers’ money.
Mountain lions and black bears are critical to their native ecosystems. Mountain lion predation provides food for more bird and mammal scavengers than that of any other predator on the planet. Black bears’ diverse diet of fruits results in broad dispersion of seeds, and their foraging behavior creates disturbances that allow sunlight to reach plants below the forest canopy.
Every 15 minutes, an elephant is killed for its tusks. The entire wild species could go extinct as early as 2025. The ivory market is to blame.
President Obama has a plan. But there are loopholes. Currently, California ivory dealers can still legally sell elephant ivory because of one loophole: intentional mislabeling. Elephant ivory is being passed off as wooly mammoth, cow bone, etc.
The United States and California matter.
After China, the United States is the second largest ivory consumer.
After New York, California — particularly Los Angeles and San Francisco — has the second largest ivory market in the country. California also facilities the international export of ivory.
According to a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) press release, http://www.nrdc.org/media/2015/150107a.asp investigations revealed that there are 100 ivory vendors and the Bay Area sells 1,200 ivory items.And this isn’t exactly legal ivory.
Los Angeles’ ivory:
— Between 77 – 90 percent of the ivory seen was likely illegal under California law
— Between 47 – 60 percent could have been illegal under federal law
San Francisco’s ivory:
— Roughly 80 percent of the ivory was likely illegal under California law
— 52 percent could have been illegal under federal law
But there’s a way to close the loophole.
San Diego’s Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has proposed Assembly Bill 96 — the bill would ban all sales of material resembling ivory animals, including: elephants, wooly mammoths, wart hogs and whales. Atkins believes we can save thousands of elephants (and endangered rhinos, for that matter) by closing this loophole and closing the ivory market in California for good.
Completely devoid of ethics, wildlife killing contests are organized events in which participants compete for prizes by attempting to kill the most animals over a certain time period. It’s a disgusting practice in which the winners are rewarded for piling up the most or biggest animals or even killing the most different kinds of species. This rule would only ban contests for coyotes specifically and would not change general hunting laws.
They also send the message that animals, like coyotes, are disposable, killing them only for fun is OK and life is cheap. These wildlife killing contests disrupt natural processes and may also put threatened or endangered species in peril. Clearly, they have no place in 21st century humane, science-based wildlife management.
The good news is that seven states—Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Colorado—have already banned or severely restricted coyote killing contests. Now we have an opportunity to end these killing competitions in Oregon.
Moments ago, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law a bill banning traps, snares, and poisons on public lands across New Mexico.
The new law—called “Roxy’s Law” in honor of a dog who was strangled to death in a neck snare on public lands in 2018—will save untold numbers of native wildlife, including bobcats, swift foxes, badgers, beavers, ermine, coyotes, and Mexican gray wolves. It also will protect recreationists and our companion animals from cruel and indiscriminate traps, snares, and poisons on public lands across the Land of Enchantment.
This monumental victory for wildlife and public lands would not have been possible without you! You wrote letters, made phone calls, shared action alerts with your friends and networks, and generously supported our campaign. Thank you!
We also want to thank all of our partner organizations in the TrapFree New Mexico coalition who have collaborated with us for years to ensure that the cruel decimation of wildlife populations via traps, snares, and poisons ceases on public lands.
A few weeks ago, when Roxy’s Law passed the New Mexico Legislature, the National Trappers Association said this on social media: “The trappers of New Mexico are on the brink of losing trapping. They are doing so because their opponents started the process 10 years ago and have been relentless. This is a 365 day a year conquest for them.”
While “conquest” is a word I would reserve to describe the infinite killing of native wildlife for private profit, the rest rings true.
Thousands and thousands of Guardians like you have been working relentlessly for years to make public lands safer, to protect native wildlife, to better society’s relationship with wildness and nature, and to erase the paradigm of killing wildlife for fun and money.
So, join me in celebrating today’s huge milestone for wildlife and public lands, and rest assured that working together—and with your generous support—we will have more victories like this to celebrate in the near future.
Introduced by Sen. Jennifer Boysko and Delegate Kaye Kory, the new law prohibits the sale of cosmetics tested on animals after Jan. 1, 2022.
Virginia joins California, Nevada, and Illinois, while a larger effort to ban these products federally continues to gain bipartisan support. Animal testing involves cruel and inhumane procedures, such as dripping shampoo into rabbits’ eyes although the animals don’t have tear ducts to wash out the irritating product, and feeding mice enough of a cosmetic until they die to determine a “lethal dose.”
Cosmetic animal testing started during the 1940s as the only “realistic” technology for testing makeup on human skin, but experts now consider it ineffective and outdated, CBS 19 reported. Some research bodies– including the Center for Contemporary Sciences (CCS) — are shifting completely away from animal testing due to both the cruelty involved and the problematic differences between animal and human genetic makeups.
“Greater than 90 percent of drugs and vaccines fail in human clinical trials, despite showing signs of safety and efficacy in animal and traditional laboratory tests,” said CCS’s Director of Science and Technology Jarrod Bailey. “We, therefore, need, urgently, to shift the focus of biomedical research and testing away from animals and towards hi-tech, cutting-edge human-based methods.”
Unfortunately, there are exceptions to the ban, including pharmaceutical products that are cosmetic in nature but are officially classified as drugs — serving as a reminder that there is a lot more work to do to end animal testing.
Nevertheless, this new law marks a tremendous step forward in the fight against animal cruelty.
Cruel and unnecessary testing on animals for cosmetics and personal care products has been happening for many decades. Thankfully, a new bill has been proposed in New York that would prohibit the manufacturing and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals throughout the state.
The cosmetics industry has profited from the suffering of animals to ensure its own upward growth in the consumer market. Inside of these labs, small defenseless animals such as rats, mice, rabbits, and guinea pigs are confined in cages until they are subjected to horrific and painful experiments that are outdated and ineffective.
Animals do not respond to chemicals the same way that humans do. A chemical or product that is deemed safe for a mouse, rabbit, or for other animals may not be safe for human use.
Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not specifically require the use of animals in testing cosmetics for safety, while the cosmetics industry already has safer and more reliable testing methods that don’t cause harm to innocent animals. Hundreds of companies that have pledged not to test on animals have already proven there’s no longer any acceptable reason to torture animals for our vanity.
What you can do to help:
Please urge your New York state legislators to VOTE YES on S4839/A5653 to save animals from unnecessary suffering in labs for cosmetics.
1. Call your New York state senator and state representative today. To identify your senator and representative and their corresponding contact information, please click the link below and enter your address. Find your New York legislators HERE!
When you call, you can simply ask to leave a message for your senator and say:
“As your constituent, I urge you to support the ban on the sales and production of animal tested cosmetics. Rabbits, mice, and guinea pigs should not die for lipsticks or shampoos. Please vote yes on S4839/A5653″
2. Please send In Defense of Animals’ letter to your New York state senator and New York state representative by filling out the form HERE!
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In a major victory for animal advocates, what is most-likely the largest remaining dog meat auction house in South Korea, Nakwon Auction House, closed this week, following an inspection by Mayor Cho Kwang-han of the premise’s illegal dog meat farm and auction in the city of Namyangju. The dogs have been removed from the facility, and the owner has voluntarily reported the business’ closure to the government.
Photos from City of Namyangju
The closure follows an undercover investigation in the summer of 2020 by animal rights nonprofit Lady Freethinker that captured footage and images of captive dogs kept and sold at Nakwon Auction House. As reported by WAN last year, the investigation found more than 200dogs being held in 60 metal crates and cages, each containing three to four dogs.
Dogs in auction house photos from Lady Freethinker
The closure follows a wider crackdown on dog meat farming in Namyangju by Mayor Cho. In January 2021, Mayor Cho convened a joint meeting of relevant departments to discuss measures to counter illegal activities of the dog farm and auction house. In the meeting, he demanded the departments take strong administrative measures with regard to legal violations that result in public harm and environmental damage. The city had also filed a complaint with law enforcement authorities and was taking administrative measures against the dog farm and auction house on charges of constructing an unlawful structure and changing its usage without a permit.
Photos from City of Namyangju
“We applaud Mayor Cho for his decisive action, which sends a strong international message that dog meat farming must become a thing of the past,” Nina Jackel, Founder and President of Lady Freethinker, said in a statement sent to WAN. “Lady Freethinker’s investigation of Nakwon Auction House found terrified dogs cowering in cramped, dirty cages while workers jabbed them with metal hooks. Breeding and farming dogs for meat causes enormous and unnecessary animal suffering.”
Following its investigation this summer, Lady Freethinker also launched a petition urging Mayor Cho to shut down Nakwon Auction House; the petition received more than 46,000 signatures. Representatives from Lady Freethinker’s local partner, Save Korean Dogs, delivered the petition to Mayor Cho’s office. Save Korean Dogs also presented Lady Freethinker’s investigative footage and discussed the animal cruelty at Nakwon Auction House with the city’s agricultural department and the mayor’s secretary, and staged protests outside the auction.
Protest photo by Save Korean Dogs
Dog meat farming in South Korea remains legal, but consumer demand for the meat remains low. The Korean Animal Welfare Association found in a 2019 poll of South Koreans that just 12.2% of respondents were still eating dogs, down from 13% in 2018. It was also reported that 41% of those that used to eat dogs, are no longer doing so, up from 39.5% in 2018.
Sadly, an estimated onemillion dogs continue to suffer in South Korea’s horrifying meat trade. That is why Congresswoman Han Jeong-ae recently introduced House Bill 7035 which advocates for an amendment to the country’s Animal Protection Actthat would explicitly ban the slaughtering and processing of dogs for food.
Please sign Lady Freethinker’s new petition to urge the passage of this crucial bill to ban South Korea’s brutal dog meat trade, HERE!
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More than 850 cattle will be slaughtered in Spain after spending a “hellish” two months stuck on a boat in the Mediterranean.
The animals, which were initially due to be sold in Turkey, left the Spanish port of Cartagena in mid-December on board the Karim Allah.
However, Turkish authorities refused to let the animals into the country over fears they had bluetongue virus, a disease that causes lameness and haemorrhaging.
The ship later returned to Cartagena on 22 February, after other countries, including Libya, had also been unwilling to accept the cargo. While tests were being conducted by the Spanish authorities, the cattle remained on the boat.
Last week, a vets’ report seen by Reuters said that many of the animals were unwell after their long journey.
Although it did not say whether the animals had bluetongue, the document suggested that euthanasia was the best course of action.
On Friday, a court in Madrid rejected an appeal against the decision to put them down. As a result, the animals will be taken off the boat on Saturday and slaughtered.
Of the 895 calves that initially left Spain, 22 of them died at sea and were thrown overboard, according to the boat’s captain Nabil Mohamad.
Speaking about the cattle’s plight, Mr Mohamad told the Spanish newspaper El Pais: “I can’t explain it. I’ve been in this for 25 years and nothing like this has ever happened to me. I don’t understand anything, it has been very hard.”
The ‘Karim Allah’ docked in Cartagena, Spain (Reuters)
Miquel Masramon, a lawyer representing the shipowner, Talia Shipping Line, said last month that more than €1m (£866,000) had been spent on looking after the animals at sea. null
However, animal rights groups have questioned how well the cattle had been cared for, with Silvia Barquero, the director of the Igualdad Animal NGO, describing their crossing as “hellish”.
“What has happened to the waste produced by all these animals for two months?” she asked last month. “We are sure they are in unacceptable sanitary conditions.”
PETITION TARGET: Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar
Chained to a tree, a 19-year-old Indian elephant named Jayamalyatha trumpeted in pain as her handler and his assistant beat her with sticks at the Thekkampatti rejuvenation camp in Tamil Nadu, India, The Hindu reported.
Disturbing footage captured on a visitor’s smartphone shows the men repeatedly hitting Jayamalyatha’s legs because she allegedly disobeyed her trainer’s commands, the Star reported. Each time a stick strikes the defenseless elephant, she lifts her leg and cries out in distress.
India’s Forest Department arrested trainer Vinil Kumar and his assistant Siva Prasath under the country’s Wildlife Protection Act. Kumar was suspended from his job following the shocking act of cruelty.
Jayamalyatha deserves justice, and the individuals who brutally beat her must face consequences for their actions. Sign this petition urging Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to push for the thorough prosecution of the perpetrators, showing that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in India.
What has happened in recent months with cows adrift in the Mediterranean should teach us all a lesson. Banning the exports of live animals violates the European Union’s free trade rules, so the change has to be much more profound, not only has to be a decision of the Spanish Government, but also of the European Parliament.
Every year, several million farm animals (calves, cows, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, etc.) are forced to endure trips of thousands of miles, only to be slaughtered on arrival or fattened in often inhumane conditions.
Animals transported alive suffer a lot due to overcrowding, lack of water and dehydration due to the high temperatures that they must suffer when confined in small places, often without adequate ventilation, the stress of travel, and problems such as accidents that can cause death.
More than 2,500 cows and calves have been found on two boats adrift for three months, and many more have already died during the trip. They are adrift as they were on their way to their final destination and they detected that they were ill and were refused entry, so they continue to circle the ship throughout the Mediterranean. Imagine that it is no way to live for an animal, locked up for months in two boats being rejected by everyone, waiting for death. Something has to be done so that animals are not slaughtered and also to prohibit long-distance transport of animals, each one of those trips is torture.
The suffering of these animals locked up in a boat for so long, waiting for them to be slaughtered now, after so much mistreatment, is completely unnecessary. It is not fair to animals that have to go through this. Do something but don’t kill them!
A popular souvenir in China is a cruel prison for small animals. At markets, tourists can buy keychains with small animals like turtles, fish, salamanders, and frogs trapped in small plastic containers. These poor animals can barely move and are left to live in their own feces. Obviously, they’ll suffocate quite quickly. Signs selling the souvenirs actually tell people they don’t have to feed them for 3 months. This may be appealing to tourists or local shoppers, but it isn’t a Tamagotchi, they’re live animals.
As can be seen in the video above, the animals barely have enough space to move. Can you imagine being trapped in such a tiny space with nowhere to go? No animal deserves to live like this. These animals are meant to be outside and to roam and move around. Frogs should be hopping around, fish should be swimming far distances, and the other animals should be able to run, walk, find food, and release their waste in a different place than where they eat and sleep.
According to this petition, the animals only have enough oxygen to survive for a few days. According to the Dodo, “In the best case scenario, they’re freed from their prisons and end up as pets to people who aren’t prepared to care for them.” Either way, they’re subjected to a life in captivity where they may not live to their full life expectancy or act on their natural instincts in their natural habitat.
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The Trump administration issued a significant number of rules and deregulations that will disastrously impact immigration, the environment, endangered species habitat, and employment, among other issues.
These rules do not have to be permanently enacted, however. Congress can fast-track reversal of rulemakings from the Trump administration under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
Under the CRA, agencies are required to submit to Congress notice of a finalized rule. Once notified, Congress has the option of passing a joint resolution of disapproval to overturn the rule. If that passes both chambers of Congress and is signed into law by the President, the rule is immediately overturned and has no effect both proactively and retroactively. Importantly, a joint resolution of disapproval need only pass by a simple majority in both chambers.
This means that Congress has the power to negate Trump’s harmful rules!
There is a time limit: the CRA only encompasses Trump’s rules created since August 2020 and the new Congress has 60 days to act. That is why we must press them to act immediately.
There are MANY Trump rules and deregulations that fall under the scope of the CRA. We must demand Congress and President Biden act swiftly to undo so much damage that Trump has done to our country.
Sign the petition: Demand Congress reverse the damage done by Trump and remove his rules under the CRA.
Please raise your voices on behalf of the elephants shackled with spikes, beaten and tortured in India so they may be treated better and their treatment monitored by an international body even if their freedom can’t be obtained.
The possibility of all of these suffering elephants of India being freed is next to nil. Therefore. we ask for the following:
1) Humane treatment of captive elements
2) Proper census of all captive elephants
3) Periodic monitoring (at least once in 6 months) of all captive elephants by the Government of India and international agencies to ensure these elephants receive proper food, water and medical treatment, are not over worked. Ensure detailed annual reports on these elephants are made publicly available.
Right now, there are thousands of videos depicting the abuse, torture, neglect, or endangerment of innocent, defenseless animals being hosted on YouTube.
Sign the petition and demand that YouTube remove these videos immediately, and vow to do 100% better when it comes to finding and taking down these horrific videos.
Kittens and puppies intentionally placed in dangerous, terrifying circumstances, often with snakes or alligators, just to be “rescued” in the nick of time.
Monkeys locked in cages or wrapped in chains, their human-like faces expressing fear and pain.
Dogs forced to fight each other to the death, or to viciously hunt animals like foxes, ripping them to shreds after sometimes hours of excruciating, exhausting chase.
YouTube is a massively influential site with more than 30 million users per day, and their choice to leave the above content, a total of 2,053 videos, published and gaining views is deplorable.
But YouTube is all about the views. The animal welfare organization Lady Freethinker found these videos in an independent investigation, and they calculated that these videos have a total of 1.2 BILLION VIEWS, meaning the depictions of violence against animals could be worth up to $12 million in advertising revenue for YouTube. Let’s not forget those views also turn into profits for the creators, the people either complicit in or responsible for all this animal cruelty — up to $15 million for these abusers, to be exact. (You can view and sign the Lady Freethinker petition here.)
Shame on YouTube for rewarding violence towards animals instead of using these videos to identify and crack down on abusers. Shame on YouTube for circulating these traumatic videos to their impressionable viewers, and making money from advertising on them.
YouTube and CEO Susan Wojcicki, you have blood on your hands. But the world is watching, and there is still time to make this right.
Sign the petition demanding that YouTube remove every single video listed in the investigation by Lady Freethinker. Then, use the money you earned from animal cruelty to develop systems that quickly and accurately identify these cruel videos, remove them, and flag the users — aka, abusers — for investigation!
In the early 1970s, notorious serial killer Ted Bundy began a brutal killing spree that likely resulted in the death of more than 100 innocent victims. He admitted to the murder of 36 women.
About two decades earlier, Bundy tortured defenseless dogs and cats.
Similar stories are true of Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, “The Boston Strangler” Albert DeSalvo, and many others. But the connection between early animal abuse and later human abuse isn’t confined to serial killers.
Animal cruelty is linked to all forms of human abuse, from domestic violence to sexual assault.
Despite clear evidence suggesting the connection between animal abuse and future criminal behavior, authorities have failed to treat cases of animal cruelty with the same severity as violence against humans. They allow murderers like Bundy to hone their sadism without consequence.
Until January 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) filed animal abuse under the “All Other Offenses” category in their National Incident-Based Reporting System.
But then John Thompson, the current deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association, stepped in.
Thompson, who has close to four decades of law enforcement experience, didn’t initially recognize that harming animals is a strong indicator of future violent crimes against people – what some call “The Link.”
“I spent 35 years in law enforcement and couldn’t have cared less about animal abuse,” Thompson admitted to The Atlantic. “I was stupid. No one was educated.”
When he did make the connection, Thompson pressured the FBI’s policy advisory board to create a separate category for filing animal abuse, which the agency did.
That decision may save lives.
It’s worth noting that not every person who abuses animals has committed or will commit another crime. But harming people is statistically more likely when animal cruelty is involved. And animal cruelty must be taken seriously.
Ted Bundy tortured his pets. Jeffrey Dahmer decapitated dogs and nailed cats to trees. John Wayne Gacy set turkeys on fire with gasoline-filled balloons. Albert DeSalvo stuffed helpless dogs and cats into boxes and shot them with arrows. Dennis Rader, or the “BTK Killer,” hanged cats and dogs.
All of these heinous crimes occurred during the killers’ childhoods.
Recent studies also have revealed that many school shooters also abused animals prior to turning their guns on people.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, of the Columbine High School shooting, bragged about mutilating animals to their classmates. Kip Kinkel, before his attack on Thurston High School parents and students, blew up cows and decapitated cats. Luke Woodham , who murdered his mother and two schoolmates at Pearl High School, wrote in his journal about setting his dog Sparkle on fire.
Unfortunately, animals are easy first victims for killers.
“Animal abuse is often the first sign of serious disturbance among adolescent and adult killers,” Gail F. Melson, professor emerita of developmental studies at Purdue University, wrote in Psychology Today.
Without severe consequences for animal cruelty, killers will continue to escape the penalty and psychological intervention needed to prevent future crimes.
Domestic violence survivors have reported in studies that their abusers threatened to kill, torture, or otherwise harm their companion animals — or actually followed through on the threats — to prevent them from leaving their abusive situations.
Abusers also use animal abuse or threats against survivor’s beloved animals to isolate victims and children, to eliminate competition for attention, and to force the family to keep violence a secret, according to an article published via the Animal Legal and Historical Center.
This cruel behavior is commonplace for domestic violence victims, with more than 85% of women entering shelters discussing incidents of pet abuse in their families.
Another study, published in Violence Against Women, found that women in domestic abuse shelters were 10 times more likely to report their partner had hurt or killed their pet, compared to a group of women who had not experienced intimate violence.
The violence toward animals harms more than just the pets; victims of domestic violence also suffer trauma and fear, which makes escaping their abusers.
Animal Cruelty and Child Abuse
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In households prone to family violence, animals are often the first victims of abuse, followed by children, according to Cynthia Hodges.
The statistics supporting a direct link between animal and child abuse are staggering:
88% of families surveyed that had incidents of child abuse also had incidents of animal abuse
63% of children entering shelters admitted to incidents of pet abuse in their families
More than 80% of families being treated for child abuse reported animal abuse in their homes
More than 60% of families with child abuse and neglect also had pets that endured abuse and neglect
But it gets worse: When violence becomes “normal,” some children sometimes push the boundaries of their own desensitization by becoming animal abusers themselves.
More than 30% of pet-owning victims of domestic abuse reported that their children had hurt or killed a pet, according to a survey by the Humane Society of the United States.
Why do children who are abused, or witness abuse, sometimes become abusers themselves?
A report published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health posits that severe and prolonged trauma, especially when experienced at a young age, can stunt children’s emotional and social development. Some children therefore become less empathetic toward animals and more likely to copy the abuse they see in their homes.
Randall Lockwood, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)’s senior vice president for forensic sciences and anti-cruelty projects, also described how witnessing animal abuse can have a severe psychological impact on children.
Lockwood described how children suppress their feelings toward pets as a coping mechanism for the pain they experience when watching persistent animal abuse. This negatively impacts healthy empathetic development. In certain cases, children kill their pets themselves to gain control over the situation and end the animals’ suffering, Lockwood said.
Animal cruelty must be taken more seriously if this vicious cycle of abuse is ever going to end.
Animal Cruelty and Sexual Assault
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Bestiality is a taboo subject, but the practice exists and is part of the animal cruelty problem.
“The results suggest that animal sex offending may be linked to other criminal behavior,” the study concluded.
While reliable scientific data on the prevalence of bestiality is limited, preliminary studies suggest sexual abuse toward animals is a pervasive and underreported issue with infrequent penalties. Complicating the matter is a lack of state and federal legislation prohibiting the inhumane acts.
Engaging in sex with animals is actually legal in four states — Wyoming, Hawaii, New Mexico, and West Virginia — and the District of Columbia. In more than 20 states, bestiality is only a misdemeanor crime.
There are no federal laws against sexual abuse to animals.
The leniency in existing legislation means that people who commit bestiality often go unpunished. Of 456 bestiality-related arrests made over the last 40 years in the United States, less than 40% resulted in prosecution.
The lack of prosecution also means the animal abusers are free to go on to commit crimes against people: More than 50% of animal sex offenders had prior or subsequent criminal records, including human sexual abuse.
Animal Cruelty and Non-Violent Crimes
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Research also shows a positive correlation between animal abuse and nonviolent crimes, like theft and drug use.
Another study, on the relationship of animal abuse to violence and other forms of antisocial behavior, published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, sampled persons ranging in age from 11 to 76 years. Of those sampled, over 40 percent of animal abusers had committed property crimes (compared to about 10 percent of non-abusers), and over 35 percent of animal abusers had committed drug and disorderly conduct offenses (compared to slightly over 10 percent of non-abusers).
Animal Cruelty Is a Human Problem
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Animal cruelty is a serious offense and is predictive of past and future criminal activity, from violent mass murders to minor drug offenses. In this area — as in many others, ranging from zoonotic disease to combating climate change — helping animals is helping people.
By taking animal cruelty more seriously, policymakers and law enforcement will save lives. Animal and human victims will be safer. Abusers can receive the psychological intervention necessary to prevent violent crimes in the future. Ultimately, the world will be a more peaceful and compassionate place.
Ask Congress to Boost Conservation Funding in 2021
The annual spending bill is now before Congress, and millions of dollars for birds are at stake. We need to raise our voices and make sure that conservation programs get the funding they need.
The loss of bird populations in North America continues to be alarming. Habitat loss, collisions with glass, and climate change all pose serious threats to birds, and adequately-funded federal conservation programs are critically needed to address these issues.
The House has already approved another $15 million increase for birds, but these funds could easily be re-allocated if Congress doesn’t hear from us again.
Speak up to ensure that federal conservation programs have the resources needed to protect birds.
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NOTE: Congressional offices may require additional information. If prompted, please complete additional form fields and click “Continue” again to submit the form. Thank you. Subject: Protect Birds: Oppose Harmful Riders and Support Bird Conservation Funding Message: With the loss of nearly three billion birds in the United States and Canada since 1970 , we need to do more to conserve bird species and their habitats. I am particularly concerned about the decline of one-third of all U.S. migratory bird species, the increasing threats to Greater Sage-Grouse, and the fate of critically endangered birds in Hawai’i — known as the “bird extinction capital of the world.”
In addition to opposing harmful policy changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other critical environmental laws, I ask that you please prioritize funding for the following areas critical to conserving America’s birds during the FY 2021 appropriations process:
* Increase the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to $6.5 million.
* Increase Migratory Bird Joint Ventures to $19.9 million.
* Increase State of the Birds funding for critically endangered Hawaiian birds to $5 million.
* Increase North American Wetlands Conservation Act funding to $50 million.
* Increase State and Tribal Wildlife Grants to $70 million.
* Increase funding for invasive species control by $10 million.
* Support endangered species recovery and Greater Sage-Grouse conservation by opposing the one-year ESA listing moratorium. The sage grouse rider erodes the ESA and undermines efforts to conserve the grouse and reverse severe population declines.
Increased funding for these programs and initiatives will can help chart a better future for our native birds and their habitats, helping reverse this widespread population loss. Thank you for considering these requests. show more Remaining: 250 Continue >> Yes, I’d like to receive updates on ABC’s bird conservation efforts!
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Tell the State Attorney General of Miami-Dade: Prosecute Horse Killers.
URGENT: There is an underground horse meat industry running rampant. Countless numbers of innocent horses arebeing stolen from their homes, brutally stabbed to death, and butchered for their meat.
Authorities keep dropping the ball, ignoring hard evidence, and letting violent horse killers get away with cold-blooded murder.
Join us to demand that the State Attorney General enforce felony arrests and the prosecution of animal abusers to the fullest degree under the Good Horse Slaughter ACT. Together, we can bring justice to the thousands of family horses being brutally butchered and their meat sold for human consumption.
Tell the State Attorney General of Miami-Dade: we won’t accept this injustice any longer. We demand that these horse killers get put behind bars and throw away the key.
Sign this important petition, and we will send your name along with thousands of others to Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, the State Attorney General of Miami-Dade, so that we can make a bigger impact on your behalf.
40,913 SUPPORTERS 45,000 GOAL Celebrities in Pakistan are sounding the alarm about a desolate bear, imprisoned in a zoo where she is in desperate need of immediate care. Otherwise, animal lovers fear she may die.
Tell authorities in Pakistan to follow their citizens’ demands and release this poor, suffering bear to an appropriate sanctuary now!
A video has started circulating online exposing the horrible reality for a female bear named Ranoo, who is kept captive in the subpar facilities of the Karachi Zoo in Karachi, Pakistan. In the video, the bear is shown panting in the immense, scorching heat, surrounded by a sparse environment offering little in the way of shade or relief.
Zoogoers observed that the bear appears both extremely hungry and thirsty, with no food or water in sight. Her fur appears extremely matted and ragged, while her nails are overgrown, suggesting serious negligence. Experts say that the poor, imprisoned animal is not even being treated with proper medical care.
Meanwhile, Ranoo is also struggling with the pain of having been separated from her family. While the rest of her bear community is back in the Pakistani city of Skardu, she was torn away in order to entertain paying guests at the Karachi Zoo’s shameful facilities. Now, she lives her whole life under lock and key, in a small and barren enclosure, all on her own. In fact, she is the only bear living at the zoo. Even Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui, an advisor on Law and Environment to the Chief Minister of Sindh, admitted that “there may be issues of loneliness since she is the only bear…”
Despite her horrible condition, officials in the country do not appear to be concerned. In response to the uproar from multiple celebrities as well as citizens throughout Pakistan, Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui tried to reassure the public that all was well. He claimed the poor, mangy animal was “in stable health condition” and was “being looked after.”
This is clearly not the case. Even worse, authorities in Pakistan already have not been taking negligence and animal abuse at zoos seriously. Several months ago, in July 2020, a fire that broke out at Islamabad Zoo — combined with staff members’ inaction — caused two lions to actually burn to death.
As actor Ushna Shah wrote to her fans on Instagram: “Do not support zoos or marine animal shows and please educate your family and friends against them. Make them understand that such exhibits are cruel.” We wholeheartedly agree.
We can’t trust anything the authorities say when it comes to this poor bear’s health. The only thing we can do is demand that she be released to a sanctuary — along with her whole family — to spend the rest of her days in peace.
Sign the petition to demand that Ranoo the bear be reunited with her family, and that the whole bear group is sent to a reputable sanctuary!SHARE8.3KTWEETEMAILEMBED
People love to release balloons into the sky on happy occasions: sports games, graduations, weddings, you name it. But the tradition has a deadly effect on wildlife and our environment!
Will you sign the petition asking for a total ban on releasing balloons into the air in all states that allow it?
There are plenty of ways to celebrate that don’t put toxic materials into the world where innocent animals can ingest them and die. Sometimes the balloons even have strings attached, which can entangle birds or even kill them. No animal deserves to die so humans can have a nice moment.
Some balloon companies say their balloons are biodegradable, but even those take years and so are still a risk. Others claim all their balloons burst into tiny pieces that don’t matter. But actually, microplastics are polluting our water now more than ever.
There is already so much litter that ends up in the wild by accident, we really shouldn’t allow activities that will always result in toxic litter on purpose. One Green Planet has a whole list of ideas for celebrations or honoring someone instead of balloons, including bubbles, planting a tree, or luminaries in recycled bags! The simple fact is: this is an unnecessary and harmful practice and we shouldn’t allow it.Some states in the U.S. have put laws in place banning balloon releases, and that’s a great start! They are: California, Connecticut, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia. And even some cities have taken charge: Ocean City, Maryland; Louisville, Kentucky; Huntsville, Alabama; San Francisco, California; Nantucket, Massachusetts; Provincetown, Massachusetts; and Baltimore, Maryland, according to balloonsblow.org.
But we need every single state to follow suit if we want to end this totally preventable litter from harming our animals. Will you sign on asking for a total ban on balloon releases?SHARE4.6KTWEETEMAILEMBED
Trespassing bull on the Canyon del Buey allotment, June 12, 2020. Photo: G. Anderson/WWP
Thiessen appealed the loss of his permit all the way up to the regional director, who affirmed the District Ranger’s decision and ordered the cows off Canyon del Buey allotment by the end of August 2019. As you can probably guess, Thiessen defied this direction and his cows are still in trespass on the Gila National Forest. There’s been some legal back and forth between Theissen and the feds and that process is ongoing (more on that here soon), but there’s something else for the taxpaying public to be enraged about:
Canyon del Buey LLC was the largest recipient of Farm Bill livestock subsidies in Catron County in 2019, raking in $135,683 dollars of federal funding. Of that, $119,029 came under the “Livestock Indemnity Program” which is designated for livestock losses in excess than usual due to extreme weather or due to animals reintroduced by the federal government, i.e. wolves. It’s impossible (so far) to determine whether the Thiessens got money for extreme weather or livestock depredations, but at about $1,000K per head (see page 6 at link), that’s a whole lot of dead cows we taxpayers are paying for. (And it’s not the first time: Craig Thiessen has also received almost $400,000since he whacked Mia Tuk.)
This was in addition to the $9,550.50 Craig Thiessen got for claimed wolf depredations in 2019. Not clear which livestock were his, but as we’ve shown, many of the Catron County wolf depredation reports are a little more than fishy. At least that $9,550.50 came out of a privately-established compensation fund (the “Groves Estate”) and not taxpayer pockets, but it’s kind of offensive that someone who admitted to bludgeoning a wolf pup to death with a shovel can turn around and get money for his dead cows. It’s almost as if the game is rigged to benefit wolf-hating ranchers.
77,277 SUPPORTERS 80,000 GOAL The tight-fitting metal cage suddenly surrounds you. Your heart starts to race as your breathing becomes fast and shallow. Your mind turns fuzzy and blank, realizing there is no escape. This feeling is panicked desperation. And this is what mamas-to-be experience every day in factory farms. Mama-to-be pigs, that is. And it’s all due to the hideous use of gestation crates.
Sign the petition to demand that Smithfield Foods removes all gestation crates from its facilities!
What are gestation crates? They are extremely tight-fitting metal cages that enclose pregnant pigs, known as sows, while they are “with piglet.” Mama-pigs-to-be live for approximately four months at a time in these nearly form-fitting crates, in which they have almost no room to move. The cages are so cramped, the sows cannot turn side-to-side or around, and are barely even able to stand up and sit down. Their excrement piles up beneath and around their legs, and the sounds of animals in pain fill the air all around. The trauma this breeds is immense.
Then, once the mama gives birth to her new litter of baby piglets, the babies are torn away — and the mama is re-impregnated, and thrust back into her familiar, inescapable coffin of a cage. The average sow in this situation is forced to breed and produce more offspring for slaughter five to seven different times.
We might be used to the idea of these types of torturous Medieval enclosures for factory farmed animals, but consider if you yourself were told to live in one of these metal cages — and then, not just for one day, but for months.
Stuffing pregnant animals into such crates is also not the exception. It’s the rule at factory farms. Of all the pigs raised for pork in the U.S., 95 percent come from factory farms. Numerous companies, including Smithfield Foods, have tried to fool consumers by making reassuring promises that they would phase out their use of gestation crates. But now, over five years later, nothing has changed. In other words: it was all just lip service. A lie.
Smithfield Foods, Inc. is the largest producer of pork not just in the U.S., but in the entire world. The corporation murders nearly 30 million pigs every single year. So for them to make such a promise — and to then break it — is especially cruel to the countless forcibly-impregnated mama pigs in their scream-filled facilities.
The only reason Smithfield ever made their (false, mal-intended) promise, though, was because of an outpouring of public outrage. If we can mobilize that public outrage again, Smithfield will realize the world is actually watching and that they have to do the right thing and follow through this time. We have that power!
Help us pressure the giant factory farming corporation Smithfield Foods, Inc. to finally end its use of all gestation crates! Sign the petition!SHARE9.6KTWEETEMAILEMBED
The city council in Martelle, IA is trying to force me to remove my “vicious breed” dog from the city limits. The city has an ordinance banning any “vicious breed.” Please help me by getting the city council to realize that not all of the dogs in these breeds are vicious.
My dog has been raised right and grown up around kids her whole life. My dog is a 3 1/2 year old American Bully, she will be 4 in October. Between my husband and I we have five boys 7 years old and younger. She is a registered emotional support animal to me. Please help myself and my kids keep our dog. They all love her so much… my almost two year old will not go to bed at night without giving her kisses and telling her goodnight. She has never done anything wrong to anyone in this town. I have submitted my emotional support paperwork and my letter prescribing her to me, and they have hired a lawyer & are giving me a week to remove her from within the city limits.
Please help myself and my family by signing this so I can show up with as much help as possible during the next city council meeting to get them to change this ordinance in our city!!!
Rebecca Shepherd in NewsLast updated 6:53 PM, Monday July 20 2020 GMT+1 3-4 minutes
An animal rights charity has shared shocking pictures of caged puppies in Korea as they urge people not take part in the tradition of eating the dog soup to cool them down during the hottest days of summer.
The charity, NoToDogMeat, says that some Koreans still maintain their tradition of eating boshintang, a Korean soup that includes dog meat as its primary ingredient.
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The dogs used in the soup are typically found from dog farms, stray dogs or are people’s own pets that end up being brutally tortured.
NoToDogMeat is calling on all Koreans to boycott this practice and urge anyone taking part to think again.
Days of Bok (伏)/ Boknals, which mark the beginning, peak and the end of the dog-eating season according to the Chinese calendar, are traditionally in the summer when temperatures are at their hottest. This year the Boknals began on Sunday (19 July) and will end on 8 August.
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NoToDogMeat CEO Julia de Cadenet said: “In previous years, our activists witnessed the horrors of Koreans feasting on dogs at the notorious Moran market.
“Dogs often with collars on staring out with pleading eyes and revellers selected them for slaughter. In 2012 we launched a UK Government petition to close this vile market, and in 2017 the mayor of Seoul ordered the dismantling of cages in this market and several others followed suit.
“For us, it signalled a true beginning of change as soon other markets started to close. Of course, dogs are still sold, and gruesome farms and abuse continue, but we saw progress.”
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Protests containing their distinctive NoToDogMeat banners were also featured in Australian filmmakers movie The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea.
In the film we see rows of dogs in cages at a dog farm. An interviewer asks an employee if the dogs are being kept for pets. He replies: “All these dogs are for dog meat soup. They are all raised to be eaten.”
Julia added: “Although Korea has not followed China’s recent move to tentatively declare dogs and cats as companion animals (so no longer livestock), there are many bye-laws in place that activists on the ground and internationally push to be enforced.
“So why aren’t these laws enforced? This is a question activists continue to raise to embassies and government officials, and right now in South Korea, there is a mass e-petition campaign.”
NoToDogMeat are currently supporting, among others, Korean Charity Kara, which organised a drive through protest four days ago with an overwhelmingly positive response.
Julia said her charity will be showing their support by taking to the streets on 23 July (Thursday) at 2-5pm at the South Korean Embassy in London followed by a walk to House of Parliament before they break for summer recess.
It also clarifies standards of care requirements for food, water, and shelter, and includes provisions for hygiene conditions, grooming, and veterinary care, while removing ambiguous language to ensure anyone who tortures a pet can be charged for their crime.
Finally, mental health assessments will now be required for juveniles with offenses punishable as an aggravated misdemeanor and class D felony.
“HF737 is a significant step forward for Iowa, a state that has long been ranked as one of the worst in the nation for animal protection laws,” commented Iowa Pet Alliance executive director Haley Anderson. “During such unprecedented and politically contentious times, HF737 has proven that protecting our pets is something the majority of Iowans and legislators can agree on, regardless of party.”
Lady Freethinker (LFT) applauds this step in the right direction for Iowa. Thank you to the nearly 32,000 people who signed LFT’s petition demanding stronger and more effective animal welfare legislation in in the state, and to all of the animal activists in Iowa fighting so hard for change.
Whilst Kellogg’s does have a number of vegan cereals and products, they could expand this range extensively by simply switching the vitamin D used in their cereals to a plant-based version.
The vitamin D currently used in most of Kellogg’s products is an animal-derived version of vitamin D3. This comes from a substance called lanolin, which is found in sheep’s wool.
Vegans avoid wool and products made from wool for a number of reasons. Firstly, there is an inherent link between the wool industry and the meat industry. Additionally, undercover investigations into the wool industry have shown abuse and horrific treatment of gentle sheep during the sheering process.
Plant-based vitamin D can be in the form of vitamin D2 or a plant-derived D3.
Last year, Animal Aid announced that supermarket giant Asda has swapped the vitamin D in a number of their cereals to a plant-based version, making a number of their own-brand cereals vegan.
This simple swap does nothing to alter the taste or quality of the product, but it does open it up to a huge and ever-growing vegan market.
Please join us in urging Kellogg’s to swap the vitamin D3 in their cereals for a vegan version.
“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” - Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard