Petition: Don’t Use Dogs and Cats in Pet Food!


by: Laura G
target: Ohio General Assembly Members

45,000 GOAL

Many pet owners were alarmed when a recent news report found traces of the euthanization drug pentobarbital in several popular dog food brands, prompting a major recall.

How did pentobarbital end up in pet food? It can happen when the carcasses of euthanized animals are rendered into ingredients. Those animals may even include dogs and cats that are picked up by rendering companies from animal shelters.

Since federal standards for pet food are not effectively enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it’s generally up to individual states to regulate what’s in these products.

Ohio may set a precedent by becoming the first state to ban the use of rendered dogs and cats as ingredients in pet food. Like other states, Ohio law doesn’t consider euthanized animals fit for human consumption, yet it currently allows those animals to be sold to pet food manufacturers.

To stop this, State Representative Laura Lanese has introduced House Bill 560, which would ban the remains of dogs and cats from being used in pet food. It would also prohibit pet food from containing the remains of any animals that were euthanized by the injection of drugs.

Please sign and share this petition asking Ohio lawmakers to set an example for the rest of the country by passing HB 560 and stopping the state’s dogs and cats from being used in pet food.
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After a Decade of Promises, Has the Food Industry Made Progress on Gestation Crates?

After a Decade of Promises, Has the Food Industry Made Progress on Gestation Crates?
By Lynne Curry

In early January 2018, Smithfield, the world’s largest pork producer, announced that it had achieved its “animal care” goal to provide group housing for pregnant sows on all of its U.S.-based farms. Over the course of 10 years, and with a $360 million investment, the company claimed to have transitioned its operations away from individual stalls, known as gestation crates.

Since the 1970s, gestation crates have been standard housing in most hog-breeding facilities nationwide. For the nearly four-month duration of her pregnancy, each sow lives, eats, and sleeps in a roughly two-and-half-by-seven-foot stall that does not allow her to walk, turn around, or socialize. After giving birth and living in a slightly larger farrowing crate for a month, she is impregnated again and returned to the stall. The cycle is repeated for three to four years until her production drops off, and she is slaughtered for breakfast sausage.

“These animals are raised like they’re parked cars, side by side, cage next to cage in a giant warehouse,” said Josh Balk, vice president of farm animal protection for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). “If this practice was done to dogs or cats, it would be illegal. But it became standard in the pork industry.”

Over the past decade, this restricted form of sow housing has become one of the primary targets of public pressure, activist exposés, and state legislation aimed at ending extreme confinement for farm animals. And food companies up and down the supply chain have come under fire, and bowed to consumer demand for more humane treatment of farm animals—at least on the surface.

Between 2012 and 2015, more than 200 food companies—including meat producers like Cargill and Hormel, food service providers like Aramark and Bon Appétit Management Co., restaurant chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s, and retailers like Kroger, Safeway, and Costco—all pledged to do away with gestation-crate pork. And while most of these companies expect to hit the target by 2022, it’s unclear whether the food industry as a whole will make good on its promises.

Gestation crates remain the standard on over three-fourths of U.S. hog farms today, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). And 98 percent of producers use gestation stalls at least some of the time, such as immediately after artificial insemination.

As the first major company to commit to phasing out gestation crates in 2007, Smithfield’s recent announcement sounded like a watershed moment for the pork industry. “Smithfield represents 25 percent of the sows in the U.S.,” Balk said. “They have taken positive steps, I would say—they are now using group housing for sows where they are able to live in large pens.”

“[But] it’s not old MacDonald’s farm,” he continued. That is, the animals are still confined indoors and spend their lives on concrete floors.

The existence of these crates also poses larger questions about whether it’s possible to keep sows in confinement and keep them healthy. Many pork producers contend that gestation crates allow them to readily monitor each animal’s health and feed. But with the advent of monitoring systems, such as electronic sow feeding (ESF), the main concern is aggression. Especially when pregnant, sows that are not dominant can become severely injured because of the strict social hierarchy among hogs in group situations.

“Farmers are using gestation stalls because, after years and years, they have found they work best for insuring health of sow and health of piglet,” said NPPC’s Dave Warner.

There is also a strong sentiment within the industry that animal husbandry practices should not be dictated to a country of independent pork producers. “We don’t advocate one system over another,” Warner said. “We also believe that any particular system that’s working for the health of sows shouldn’t be eliminated just because some group thinks that it should.”

While research shows advantages and disadvantages to both gestation stalls and group housing systems, many animal welfare advocates see the small confines as inhumane and believe that issues like aggression can be overcome with thoughtful animal management. They applaud the steps producers and retailers are taking to cut down on the crating practice.

But the question for those interested in animal welfare is whether company commitments make any real difference at all.

Public Pressure to Ban Confinement

Over the last 10 years or so, immense public pressure has mounted to abolish farm animal confinement.

Walmart’s own research found that 77 percent of its loyal shoppers said that they would have greater trust in a retailer that abided by humane animal welfare practices. And since 2002, voters in 11 states have expressed their beliefs in ballot measures that ban one or more forms of animal confinement, including hen battery cages, veal crate stalls, and sow gestation crates.

Massachusetts voters took the referendum even further in 2016 when they banned all housing systems that do not allow animals to turn around, lay down, stand up, and move freely. Even more significantly, the legislation, slated to go into effect in 2022, outlaws the sale in Massachusetts of any animal products raised in extreme confinement conditions from any other state. HSUS, which helped to pass Proposition 2 in 2008 in California, is currently campaigning in California for a similar initiative to appear on the November 2018 ballot.

However, the public’s general rejection of animal confinement has not yet made inroads in the major pork-producing regions of the country. The 11 states that ban some form of confinement, including Florida, Arizona, Maine, and Oregon, represent just 7 percent of the 200 million hogs and pigs sold each year, according to 2012 Census of Agriculture data. And the nation’s top three states in pork production and sales—Iowa, North Carolina, and Michigan—do not currently have referendums or ballot initiatives banning the practice. If a recent Iowa law that supports producers using tight confinement of egg-laying hens is any indication, major agricultural interests in these states are likely to resist significant changes.

Food Industry Promises and Hit-or-Miss Transparency

The retail food industry has responded to consumer concerns by making its own promises, starting with McDonald’s in 2012. “McDonald’s believes gestation stalls are not a sustainable production system for the future,” said Dan Gorskey, senior vice president of McDonald’s North America Supply Chain Management in a statement at the time. “There are alternatives that we think are better for the welfare of sows.”

The fast food leader’s pledge kicked off a wave of similar commitments but few companies have submitted progress reports on their efforts. Panera Bread recently shared its animal welfare report, stating, “100 percent of bacon, breakfast sausage, and ham served on sandwiches and salad was raised without antibiotics and was gestation-crate free.” But the salami in its Italian sandwich brought the company’s total pork supply down to 90 percent.

The global food-service giant Aramark has reported 30 percent progress on its declaration to eliminate gestation crates from its supply chain by 2022. In 2017, Kathy Cacciola, Aramark’s senior director of environmental sustainability, confirmed to Civil Eats that the company is on track with suppliers to meet its goal.

Because most companies self-report this kind of progress, however, transparency is an ongoing challenge. Take the case of battery cages for egg-laying hens. After legislative actions combined with consumer pressures motivated hundreds of companies in 2015 to commit to going 100 percent cage-free within 10 years, Compassion in World Farming followed up by contacting companies directly and urging them to publicly disclose their progress.

The results, published in EggTrack last September, represented just 20 companies, and only three—Whole Foods, Hormel, Noodles & Company, and Shake Shack—had achieved the goal to eliminate the cages entirely.

“A commitment is just words on a website until those words are put into action said Nancy Roulston, director of corporate engagement for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Converting promises into procurement standards and supplier contracts is a ponderous process. Even though the largest retailer in the world, Walmart, has thrown its weight behind the issue and asked its suppliers to phase out gestation crates, change has been mixed and murky.

HSUS is now focusing its efforts on getting companies to own up to their oaths. “There has been dramatic change,” said Balk of HSUS. “It doesn’t mean that we should expect that if we don’t keep an eye on things that things will transition by 2022.”

Setting the Precedent for the Smithfield Effort

Country View Family Farms, a family-owned pork producer founded on the outskirts of Philadelphia in 1895, was the earliest U.S.-based adopter of group housing—the alternative to gestation crates—and the first U.S. company to install the no-crate technology that Smithfield has adopted.

In 2001, Country View President Bob Ruth began experimenting with the electronic sow feeding (ESF) technology developed in Europe that allows sows to live in open pens using chips implanted in their ears that track and regulate their health, feed, and other activities. After formally testing the technology in 2007, Country View found that ESF was a “home run” for animal care and productivity, and the company has installed ESF in all new barns and remodels ever since.

Ruth admits that the injury rate at Country View is a “little bit higher” in the open pen system when compared to gestation crates. According to Sara Shield, behavior and welfare specialist for Humane Society International, the recent research bears this out.

“Once they establish a dominance hierarchy, fighting is minimal as long as the subordinate animals have enough space to avoid the higher-ranking sows,” she said. But research shows there are many ways to reduce aggression.

At Country View, all other measures—from medication use to longevity—are better with ESF, Ruth said, and the company is currently testing another European system that would replace restrictive farrowing crates and allow interaction between the sow and her piglets.

While Smithfield is now urging its contractors to follow suit, the company is still confining pigs in gestation crates for the first 42 days after insemination (full term is 114 days), a fact that was not touted in the January announcement.

Still, on the animal welfare front, this is big progress.

Trader Joe’s and Still-Rising Consumer Pressure

Meanwhile, consumer concern about animal products is still rising. Trader Joe’s is the latest retailer facing a petition drive to abolish gestation crates from its pork supply. Spearheaded by the animal welfare group Crate-Free Illinois, the campaign is targeting the popular grocer because it is one of the holdouts on taking a stance against gestation crates.

“When it comes to animal welfare, retailers have a tremendous amount of power to do good and to stop animals from suffering unnecessarily,” said the group’s leader Jessica Chipkin. “Even if it’s in 10 years.”

In response to questions about the petition, Trader Joe’s replied by email to Civil Eats, “We have heard, understand, and care about the concerns of our customers regarding the use of crates in the pork supply chain,” the email said. “As a result, we have clarified for our customers the products we carry that are from a crate-free supply. Additionally, in the next several months, we will be moving our fresh pork offerings to a crate-free [gestation and farrowing] supply and will clarify this crate-free attribute on the product labels for our customers.”

However, after a silent protest by Crate-Free Illinois at Trader Joe’s corporate headquarters in Monrovia, California last week, the company was unable to make a more specific commitment.

Demanding improved animal welfare on farms is relatively easy. But the true test will come when shoppers at retailers like Trader Joe’s, are faced with the higher prices associated with funding the transitional costs required to improve the lives of the pigs behind their bacon.

“When consumers support brands that have already eliminated cruel practices,” said Roulston. “They show other companies that they will lose business if they don’t follow through on promises.”

Petition: Demand Edmonton Airport stops supporting the shipment of horses to Japan for slaughter.

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Demand Edmonton Airport stops supporting the shipment of horses to Japan for slaughter.

by: Voice For Animals
target: Tom Ruth – EIA President and CEO, Traci Bednard – VPMarket Development, Myron Keehn – VP Commercial Development, Rob Malli – Strategy/Financial Officer, Maureen McCaw – Board of Directors Chair, Norm Richard – Director of Air Service Developmen

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Insist that Edmonton stop allowing live horse shipments out of Edmonton International Airport EIA. They must make the ethical choice to not support live export!

Edmonton Airport supports this industry by allowing Korean Airlines and other live shippers such as Nippon Air and Atlas Air to operate out of it’s facility. Edmonton Airport is complicit in this violent and unsavoury industry by making money from the take off and landing fees paid by these air cargo companies and airlines.

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition has been working to expose the horse slaughter industry and the live shipment of horses to Japan from Canada. Work by animal advocates and investigators have been helpful in exposing this practice which is abhorrent and not supported by the majority of Canadians and other countries around the world.

It has been revealed that the shipments occur out of Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg International Airports. What has also been revealed is the lack of adherence to shipping regulations put forth by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Images and video footage captured at Calgary and Edmonton Airports fully support the allegations of non-compliance. Horses overcrowded in crates, crates that are often too small for the height of the horses and lack of food and water for many hours. The horses are permitted to be denied food and water for up to 36 hours within Canada and the time begins when they are loaded at the feed lot. Horses spend many hours in transit by truck and then in crates at the airport waiting to be loaded and then being loaded into the aircraft; shipments happen in all kinds of weather. Unfortunately, the Canadian regulations cease to be in effect when the horses leave Canada. Their confinement and lack of food and water can continue for much longer than the prescribed 36 hours as they face at least another 10 to 13 1/2 hours of flight time and add to that, ground transfer time in Japan.

The Canadian government continues to do nothing about the infractions and is actually working to remove the regulations that have been put in place to protect these horses.

Since horse slaughter is unfunded in the U.S.A. and has essentially ended there, horses from the racing, rodeo and pet trade as well as feral horses who have been sent to auction are purchased by kill buyers who ship them to Canada for the meat and live export trade. Canadian horses are also exploited and slaughtered in this industry. This is a lucrative, secretive industry worth upwards of 80 million dollars in Canada.

Buyers in Japan purchase the animals, strongly preferring draft horses for a delicacy called basashi, thinly sliced raw horsemeat, eaten like sashimi. Our horses are being turned into a food fetish.

Insist that Edmonton stop allowing live horse shipments out of Edmonton International Airport EIA. They must make the ethical choice to not support live export!

Targets -Tom Ruth – EIA President and CEO, Traci Bednard – VPMarket Development, Myron Keehn – VP Commercial Development, Rob Malli – Strategy/Financial Officer, Maureen McCaw – Board of Directors Chair, Norm Richard – Director of Air Service Development, Alex Lowe – Mgr of Cargo Business Development.

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All Airlines Are Not United When It Comes To Pets; Maybe Flying “Pet Airways” Is A Better Option? – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
March 20, 2018

Last week was turbulent for United Airlines.
Last Monday – As reported by WAN, was the day that a French bulldog named Kokito, tragically and senselessly lost his life inside an overhead bin on a United flight from Houston to New York.
Kokito’s owner was reportedly forced to place him inside the bin by a flight attendant who, according to the airlines, “did not hear or understand her” when told there was a dog inside the carrier.”

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This despite reports that the 10-month-old puppy barked for two of the three-and-a-half-hour flight.
Barking is a universal language. How was this able to not only happen in the first place but continue ultimately ending with the dog’s death?
Tuesday – Irgo, a 10-year-old German Shepherd landed in Japan instead of Kansas while a Great Dane en route to Japan ended up in Kansas. United issued an apology for this mix up as well. At least no lives were lost this time and the dogs were returned to their proper destinations.

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Friday – United Airlines third animal related mishap of the week took place when a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to St. Louis, Missouri had to be re-routed to Akron, Ohio, upon realizing that yet another dog was loaded onto the wrong flight.
In May of last year, as previously reported by WAN, United Airlines also made headlines after a giant rabbit died after flying from London to Chicago.
“We are deeply committed to the safety and comfort of the animals and pets in our care. We are conducting a thorough and systematic review of our program for pets that travel in the cargo compartment to make improvements that will ensure the best possible experience for our customers and their pets. To achieve this outcome, we will partner with independent experts in pet safety, comfort, and travel,” United Airlines said today in a statement. “While we are doing this review effective immediately, we will not accept any new reservations for pets that travel in the cargo compartment.”
“This suspension does not affect pets that travel with us in the aircraft’s cabin.”
United must review its procedures and come up with a comprehensive plan that ensures pets safety in the cabin as well, or stop transporting pets period; it must be more than bright colored bag tags that United claims will “help better identify pets who are traveling in-cabin.”
No more excuses United!
These tragic incidents and others raise so many questions. WHY United? Especially when time and time again, their once “friendly skies” have proven to be extremely unfriendly to pets on board, as well as their families.
As per federal government reports, over the past three years alone, the rate of dogs, cats, and other pets dying or being injured has been significantly higher when they are traveling with United compared to any other major domestic carrier.
WHAT other airlines have pet traveling policies in place? Most. While some may vary in criteria and conditions, most have similar and basic rules and instructions for traveling with pets.
Here is an example.
Alaska Airlines permits passengers to travel with small pets in the cabin of its aircraft for a fee of $100.00 each way. Pets allowed in the passenger cabin include dogs, cats, rabbits, household birds, and tropical fish.
American Airlines accepts small cats and dogs in the cabin of the aircraft as long as they are in a carrier in which the animal is “able to stand up, turn around, and lie down in a natural position.” The fee for pets traveling in the cabin is $125.00 per carrier, each way, and the pets need to remain in the carrier with the door closed and under the seat during the flight.
For a $100.00 fee each way, JetBlue allows small cats and dogs in the cabin of the aircraft on both domestic and international flights. The combined weight of the pet and carrier may not exceed 20 pounds. Pets must remain completely in the carrier with the door closed and under the seat during the entire time that the pet is in the aircraft.
Southwest Airlines also allows customers to carry cats and dogs in pet carriers on board all domestic flights. The pet fee is $95.00 each way per pet carrier. The carrier may contain up to two cats or dogs of the same species.

Additional options also exist such as booking four-legged family members on Pet Airways, the first pet-only airline specifically designed for the safe and comfortable transportation of pets. This is also a fantastic alternative for larger pets who may otherwise be confined to cargo.
As per its website, Pet Airways’ “Pawsengers” travel in the specially equipped main cabin of the plane where they are constantly monitored by an On-Board Pet Attendant.

There is also an option to charter a private flight through the company for families wanting to travel on the same flight as their pets.
In addition to flights for family pets, Pet Airways is committed to “helping solve the disdainful practice of euthanasia of pets in shelters” by providing flights, through its Shelter-Pet Relocation Program.

While there are never any guarantees, WAN suggests researching each airline for specific pet policies, as well as their known track-records of flying furry family members.
For those keeping track, this morning it was announced that an 8-month-old puppy traveling to Idaho on a Delta Air Lines flight from Richmond, VA, was also misrouted over the weekend.
Perhaps we should all drive next time we are traveling with our beloved pets.

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Shut Down the Kangaroo Meat Industry

Kangaroo numbers are rapidly declining, and a recent documentary has exposed the gruesome realities of the kangaroo meat industry. These species could disappear in a matter of years if poaching and slaughtering of the animals are not stopped. Sign this petition to put an end to the kangaroo meat industry.

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Botswana’s President Ian Khama Blasts Trump For “Encouraging Elephant Trophy Hunting” – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
March 19, 2018

The decision by Trump to reverse a ban on the imports of animal “trophies” into the United States continues to cause a rippling effect across the globe.
Most recently, on Friday, Botswana’s President Ian Khama, who is stepping down from his office in two weeks, called out Trump while speaking at the anti-poaching Giant’s Club Summit in Kasane, a town in the northeastern corner of the South African country near the borders of Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Khama stated, as per, that he wanted “to take this moment to condemn in the strongest possible terms” the March 1st decision made by the Trump administration to immediately begin considering issuing “trophy” importation permits on a “case by case” basis.
“I think that this administration is undermining our efforts and also encouraging poaching in the process because they are well aware of our laws that prohibit hunting in Botswana,” said Khama.
The controversial decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior allows when approved, for tusks and skins of elephants killed in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to be legally imported into the United States.
Botswana is reportedly one of 32 African countries at the conference calling on the European Union to end its ivory trade.
According to the Daily Nation, Kenya, Uganda, and Gabon were also among the countries urging European countries to follow the likes of China and Hong Kong and ban the trade.

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Thanks to Activist Pressure, Stardust Circus Drops Elephant Acts
Thanks to Activist Pressure, Stardust Circus Drops Elephant Acts
Zachary Toliver
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Written by | March 14, 2018

Another cruel and archaic elephant circus act bites the dust—and we have dedicated animal rights activists to thank for it!

Asian elephant in the wild

On a social media post advertising upcoming shows, Stardust Circus announced that it had removed the elephant acts.

“Unfortunately activists make it very difficult to travel with animals today,” Stardust wrote, adding that it has stopped touring with elephants for now (We hope it’s the very last such tour that the circus will ever have).

Earlier this year, after learning from PETA and a local activist that several Stardust Circus shows were scheduled to bring elephants owned by the notoriously cruel Carson & Barnes Circus to Arkansas armories, the major general of that state’s National Guard immediately prohibited upcoming performances and implemented a policy banning future animal acts. The circus then had trouble keeping scheduled performances as it endured more cancellations the next month.
We’re all too familiar with these well-documented animal abusers.

This isn’t the first time Stardust dropped an animal act after public outcry. Circus owner Oscar Garcia noted that after PETA protested a kangaroo boxing act, the traveling show nixed the ridiculous stunt.

The trainer who toured with Stardust, Habib Omar, is infamous in his own right: The Carson & Barnes employee has been filmed using a bullhook—a sharp steel-tipped weapon resembling a fireplace poker—to yank an elephant by the ear. And a whistleblower reported that the trainer would “warm up” the elephants with an electric prod—presumably so that there would be no visible marks from his abuse.

Elephants deserve better than chains around their legs & beatings from metal bullhooks. #BoycottTheCircus

— PETA (@peta) September 6, 2015

Carson & Barnes has racked up more than 100 violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act—including for failing to provide animals with basic necessities, such as adequate veterinary care, minimum space, shelter from the elements, and clean water. Just last year, in a scathing report, an expert veterinarian concluded that under the circus’ watch, elephants Libby and Bunny were “abused, injured, harmed, and harassed [as well as] suffering physically, in a state of psychological deterioration.”
Help Save Animals Imprisoned by Carson & Barnes Circus

Eliminating elephant acts didn’t save Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. If circuses want to prevent dwindling attendance and their ultimate demise, they’ll need to eliminate all animal acts.

While Stardust has dropped elephant acts, Garden Bros. Circus continues to exploit and abuse animals supplied by Carson & Barnes. With PETA’s help, contact vendors and urge them never to host a Garden Bros. elephant act. We’ve defeated animal exploiters at this game before, and with your voice, we can do it again!

Train Police Forces to Rescue Animals in Need

What if the tools of police protection could be utilized for the welfare of animals? One country has put this idea into proactive action. Urge American law enforcement organizations to follow this country’s promising lead.

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Petition: Don’t Kill Feral Cattle! Use a Non-Lethal Approach to Remove Them From National Monument

The sand to snow National Monument near Palm Springs, California, is home to Wildlife including 12 federally listed threatened and endangered animal species. It’s also home to a herd of at least a 150 feral bulls and cows that have been destroying the ecosystem and scaring away tourists.

They are carving new trails and wiping out grasses that anchor soil against erosion. They have not over Willows that are home to birds, including federally endangered last Bell’s videos, and contaminated the watershed with their droppings. The wild cattle have also been menacing to visitors, a tour guide was nearly gored in February when he was charged by a 2,000 – pound bull.

Petition: Fire Man Who Brought a Horse to a Nightclub

The marketing director at a Miama nightclub called the Makai Lounge had the bright idea to bring in a live horse on to the dance floor. There are multiple videos of a white horse being paraded into the nightclub with an employee on the back of the horse, at one point the horse stumbles and falls on the slippery floor.

The police shut down the whole thing in the club owner is complying with the investigation. But the man who arranged the stunt still has his job. Sign the petition if you think this man should lose his job over this gross animal negligence.

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Petition: Don’t Promote Animal Cruelty, Kim Kardashian!

This week, Kim Kardashian posted a photo of a live snake on Instagram. It wasn’t just any saying, though. The snakeskin was covered with the classic Louis Vuitton monogram and captioned “Little Louis.”

After much public outrage, People magazine confirmed that the image was photoshopped and the snake’s skin and not actually been altered but that doesn’t make it okay.

Celebrities like Kim Kardashian have an extraordinary influence. My posting this image weather out proper context, she sent a very dangerous message to her followers. It’s not hard to imagine an impressionable fan tattooing a snake with Louis Vuitton Monograms after seeing Kim’s photo.

Kim Kardashian should make a statement to her followers clarifying that the snake was not actually physically alter and to donate money to animal cruelty organization.

Petition: This Poor Horse Was Wrapped in Barbed Wire – Charge Energy Transfer Partners with Animal Cruelty

While monitoring the proposed Bayou Bridge route yesterday, we found this beautiful, but trap, relative from horse Nation. From the looks of it workers had cut the barbed wire and knocked over the fence on a easement in Jeff Davis Parish to perform a task. When finished that they just packed up and left, leaving local livestock – like our friend here, to become entangled in ETP’s sloppy and incompetent ways. This is what happens when you bring in so many out-of-state workers. They do not have the connection to our lands, water, or families of as Louisiana workers would. That way ETP can ignore General Good Neighbor practices, such as simply closing the fence behind them.

Petition: Send Endangered Bengal Tiger Cub to a Sanctuary! Care 2

Many animals forced to live in captivity suffer from “zoochosis,”a condition that causes the animals to hurt themselves and behave and other unusual ways, due to the stress of confinement. Tigers often suffer zoochosis because their natural habitats are severely limited and/or altered in captivity. In the wild tigers typically roam across large distances climb trees, run and swim, all with minimum human contact. This is not the case in captivity where animals are golf that all day long for corporate profit.

A sanctuary is a much better choice for tigers. Instead of being driven to madness, this adorable bengal tiger cub could live a happy life in a sanctuary where he will have access to food protection, and Veterinary Care, all without being forced to be on public display.

Sign Petition Urging San Diego Zoo Safari Park Release Rescued Bengal Tiger Cub To A Sanctuary – World Animal News

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March 5, 2018

As previously reported by WAN, 18-year-old Luis Eudoro Valencia was recently sentenced to six months in prison for attempting to smuggle an endangered Bengal tiger cub from Mexico into the U.S. last year.
Animal advocates agree that the sentence is not nearly long enough.
Worse is the fact that the innocent tiger cub received what may be a life sentence when he was sent to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Our partner Care2 currently has a petition urging that the cub is transferred to a sanctuary.
It is feared that if the cub is forced to live in captivity, he may suffer from “zoochosis,” a condition that causes animals to hurt themselves and behave in other unusual ways, due to the stress of confinement.
In the wild, tigers typically roam across large distances, climb trees, run and swim, all with minimal human contact. This is not the case in captivity where animals are exploited for corporate profit.
Instead of being driven to madness, this Bengal tiger should be able to live his life in a sanctuary where he will have access to proper care, protection, and veterinary care, all without being forced to be on public display.
Please sign the Care2 petition urging the San Diego Zoo to send this precious cub to a sanctuary.

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Urgent!!! Help Needed To Find Dozens Of Animals Stolen From Florida Wildlife Sanctuary Over The Weekend – World Animal News

Lauren Lewis –
March 6, 2018

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A false Craigslist ad reportedly resulted in the theft of dozens of animals from a wildlife sanctuary in Southwest Miami-Dade, Florida, over the weekend.
According to WSVN, seven lemurs, five marmosets, four monkeys, seven birds and 13 tortoises were stolen from the We Care Wildlife Sanctuary sometime between 10:00 PM Saturday evening and 10:00 AM Sunday morning.

People with any information about this theft should immediately call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or 305-471-8477.
It is especially urgent because when WAN contacted the Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers hotline this morning, while we were told that they could not confirm whether any tips have been received yet, there was an indication that none had been made.
Our call to the South District Police Station in Cutler Bay to try to secure more information was also deterred when an officer who was unaware of the case told us that, regardless, they would not be able to share any details with us unless we had a case number and went into the station to make the request.
As per WSVN, the fabricated Craigslist ad stated, “Free exotic animals. I’m no longer staying in business I can’t take care of these animals. I have lemurs, marmosets, tortoise, African grays, macaws, horses etc. First come first serve. We’re a sanctuary going out of business. If I’m not there just go around back and take what you want.”
“Some of these animals need medication. “It’s sad because, unfortunately, some of them might die,” volunteer Cindy Robert told WSVN while pleading for the animals return. “Please, just bring them back because they need to be safe and cared for properly.”
As per authorities, the owner of the animal sanctuary recently moved and no surveillance cameras had been installed.
Again, if you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or 305-471-8477. Callers can remain anonymous and may become eligible for a $1,000.00 reward. What’s most important though is that the stolen animals are returned quickly and safely. Please help by calling the tip line if you have any information.

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The USDA Is Still Hiding Animal Welfare Records from the Public – Why This Is an Issue and What’s Being Done – One Green PlanetOne Green Planet

The USDA Is Still Hiding Animal Welfare Records from the Public – Why This Is an Issue and What’s Being D
Arianna Pittman
March 5, 2018

For nearly a decade, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) housed an online search tool where the public could access inspection reports and legal documentation concerning entities licensed under the Animal Welfare Act. Then, suddenly, in February 2017, the search tool was disabled and the records were no longer accessible to the public, with the USDA claiming privacy concerns as the reason for the documents being removed.

It was a shock to organizations and advocates, who relied on the reports to show people the horrors of puppy mills and expose the mistreatment of animals in roadside zoos and other attractions. They also brought to light the number of animals used in research facilities and the conditions in which many were forced to live. The reports showed facility names and locations, the type(s) of animals kept and how many, and recorded any violations of federal law including failure to provide adequate veterinary care and proper food and shelter. They were not only an educational tool, but they also served as evidence in lawsuits and legislative efforts aimed at helping and protecting animals.

The USDA has reinstated some of the documentation since the “blackout” that took place just over a year ago, but much of the information organizations rely on has been removed, making the reports virtually useless in their animal protection efforts.
A Continued Lack Of Transparency Is Harming Animals

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In August 2017 a new public search tool was launched and many of the inspection reports were reinstated, but with one major change – the vast majority of information was redacted, meaning you could no longer see animal counts, facility names and locations, and in some cases, the details of what violations were found during an inspection. Many of the search and reporting features have also been disabled in the new search tool, making it more difficult to find information on specific breeders and zoos.

Documents can be requested from the agency through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but organizations have reported that those documents were redacted as well, as were any photographs depicting animal welfare violations. Not only that, but long waiting periods to receive the documents can hinder an organization’s ability to protect animals covered under the Animal Welfare Act.

Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) stated that “obtaining animal welfare records through traditional FOIA requests significantly burdens countless animal protection organizations and other agencies. Records which were previously immediately accessible at no cost now require each individual organization to manage voluminous FOIA requests that take several months or even years to process, not to mention the possibility of large fees.”

For people and organizations working to protect animals by tracking problematic facilities and holding them accountable under the law, this can have a direct impact on their life-saving work and advocacy. The USDA said they plan to make animal inventories and other information available again in the future, but in the meantime, advocates continue to wait, forced to work with the little information that is available to help protect animals from harm.
Why the Records Are Important

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Countless animal welfare organizations used the inspection reports and other records posted by the USDA to monitor animal welfare violations and track the sizes and conditions of puppy mills, zoos, roadside attractions, aquariums, and research labs.

The ASPCA used information from the reports, as well as photographs acquired through the FOIA, to create an online database of problematic breeders and their connections to various pet stores. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) used inspection report data to publish their annual “Horrible Hundred” list, which calls out puppy mills who have repeatedly violated the Animal Welfare Act, yet are allowed to remain licensed by the USDA.

The USDA reports helped advocates expose the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’ multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act throughout its history, revealing the sad truth behind circuses and animals being used for entertainment. An abusive animal handler who rented animals out for film and television was also exposed because of information made available through USDA inspection reports.

Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) conducts undercover investigations that have exposed the cruel practices of puppy mills and how pet stores often deceive customers by hiding the truth about where the puppies really come from.

Organizations focused on animal law used the reports to fight for legislative change to better protect animals and file cruelty complaints with both state and local agencies when laws had been violated. Without the vital information contained in these reports, each organization’s work to protect animals becomes even harder than it was before.
Organizations Taking Legal Action

In addition to public outcry over the USDA’s sudden loss of transparency, several organizations decided to take action by filing lawsuits and demanding that the database be brought back online and all of the animal welfare documents restored.

ALDF, an organization focused on using the law to protect animals, understands the importance of these records and how their removal impacts animal welfare organizations throughout the U.S. In 2017, they filed a lawsuit against the USDA along with Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, Companion Animal Protection Society and Animal Folks, claiming that removal of the documents “violates both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).” The lawsuit was eventually dismissed by a district judge, but ALDF is now appealing that dismissal, according to a press release recently posted on the organization’s website.

That same year, PETA, Beagle Freedom Project, Born Free USA and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were also part of a lawsuit requesting that animal welfare documents be reinstated and made available to the public. To date, the lawsuit is still pending.

These lawsuits will likely continue for some time, so it’s important for advocates to continue demanding that these records be fully reinstated, without redaction, so they can continue their work to protect those who have no voice.

First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, Calls For New Ways To Combat Poaching & The Illegal Wildlife Trade by Utilizing Technology & Innovation – World Animal News

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March 2, 2018

The First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, noted that one of the greatest challenges facing wildlife conservation was the sophistication of the methods used by wildlife traffickers around the world.
“These have impeded the gains we have made in breaking through this illegal industry,” the first lady said while speaking at the Kenya Airways Pride Centre at Embakasi in Nairobi yesterday. “We can no longer consider traditional or conservative solutions, we must look at new ways in this new age of technology and innovation.”

According to a statement posted on her office’s official Facebook page, the First Lady was also at the event to officially open an ‘awareness workshop on combating illegal wildlife trafficking’. The workshop was aimed at offering training to airport and airline staff on the perils of wildlife trafficking.
Acknowledging that wildlife conservation is becoming an increasingly prominent global issue, the First Lady stated that focused leadership, political goodwill, policies, and the imposition of bans have helped Kenya gain significant progress in combating the illegal wildlife trade.
Still, she emphasized the need for a collective approach that would harness the complementary capabilities of diverse sectors and groups, saying better intelligence and new methods must be applied because the pressure is building and countries continue to suffer huge losses.
“We must accelerate our efforts and increase our investments because our wildlife heritage and invaluable resource is under threat,” the First Lady said while noting that better and stronger networks must also be nurtured to seal the loopholes that have allowed the growth of the illegal trade.
“From my work in Hands Off Our Elephants, I have learned that wildlife populations of elephant, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, and zebra have been decreasing over the years due to illegal wildlife trafficking and trade,” she stated before expressing confidence that innovative measures including global transportation systems could help break the illegal chains of unlawful transport of endangered species. “We must ensure that we secure our heritage for our future and for our children’s future.”
Pledging her commitment to support all those who strive to secure the future of Kenya’s wildlife heritage, the First Lady commended Kenya Airways for being among the airlines that have signed the United for Wildlife International Transportation Taskforce, a declaration committing to zero tolerance against wildlife trade.

She appealed to other organizations and agencies to join the conservation effort by signing the declaration to halt illegal wildlife trading.
The U.S. Ambassador emphasized his government’s commitment to working closely with Kenya in tackling wildlife crimes.

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Ban Barbaric Bullfighting and End Torturous Execution for Entertainment

We have all seen the bright costumes, the waving capes, and the camera-ready smiles. We have all heard the boisterous shouts of “Ole!” However, behind the public face of bullfighting stands a tradition steeped in stabbing, slashing, torture, and ultimately murder. Encourage one government to reverse its long-held stance on this controversial practice.

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Petition: Save Pets’ Lives! Pass the Mouth-to-Snout Resuscitation Law in California

Imagine a firefighter rescuing your dog or cat from your burning home, but not being legally able to perform mouth-to- snout resuscitation or any other life-saving treatment on your injured pet.

In California only licensed veterinarians are allowed to perform emergency first-aid on dogs and cats. If firefighters or paramedics do so, they face up to a $2,000 fine and the possibility of a year in jail. They can also potentially be sued for taking life-saving actions.

Emergency responders should not be punished for their efforts to save the lives of pets. That’s why California Senator Steve Glazer as introduced the “Mouth-to-Snout Resuscitation Law” (State Bill 1305) that would allow an emergency medical services to legally perform first aid treatment on dogs and cats. Along with resuscitation, responders would be able to use pet oxygen mask, stop hemorrhaging, and mobilize fractures and more.

Demand Designer Stop Using Orylag Fur

The high end retailer Dolce & Gabbana continues to use fur on many of its products, despite knowing fur comes from the bodies of tortured animals. Animal activists recently investigated a connected fur farm and found rabbits suffering from dehydration, malnutrition, open wounds, and various other injuries. Sign this petition to demand Dolce & Gabbana stop using fur.

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Action Alert: Yupik, Polar Bear in Mexico – emails needed to USFWS & Mexican Governor & Mexican Green Party (Secretary of Environment)

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Morelia Zoo and Governor Sabotaging Yupik’s Future

It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news that last night Friday 23nd of February, just days before a massive multi-year effort was about to be finalized, the Parque Zoologico Benito Juarez (Morelia Zoo) and the Governor of Michoacán, Silvano Aureoles, abruptly breached the legal agreement with Zoocheck and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to relocate Yupik, the Morelia Zoo’s solitary polar bear, to the United Kingdom.

Yupik has been at the Morelia Zoo for more than 25 years, confined in a grossly inadequate, outdated enclosure and locked away in a tiny off-exhibit area for the majority of each day. For years, Yupik has also been suffering from deteriorating health and serious dental issues.

When Zoocheck’s world renowned team of bear veterinarians and specialist Mexican veterinarians conducted a full medical examination of Yupik in 2017…

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Petition update · [URGENT] Inside the grim scene of a Korean dog meat farm, just miles from the Winter Olympics ! ·

Abandoned dogs are left in cages with the rotting carcasses of their dead friends and must be rescued!

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[URGENT] Inside the grim scene of a Korean dog meat farm, just miles from the Winter Olympics !

Feb 14, 2018 — Please watch and share USA TODAY’s report everywhere!
Inside the grim scene of a Korean dog meat farm, just miles from the Winter Olympics
Just miles from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is the grim and heart-wrenching scene of a Korean dog meat farm. Click here to watch:

Thank you, Martin Rogers and USA Today for covering this story of heart breaking plight of millions of Korean dogs and the appalling and shameful cruelty perpetrated by South Korea!!

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Petition · Keep K9 Bullet with his Handler ·

We are trying to keep K9 Bullet with his Handler Officer Yarbrough of 4 years. This is the only handle that K9 Bullet has known and been with. The city is retiring him and wants to take him away from his handler, to sell him like a piece of property such as a patrol unit. K9 Bullet has only ever been with and lived with Officer Yarbrough. Every other canine has been allowed to stay until now.

Stop Supporting Trophy Hunting Auction

Famous comedian Tim Allen is scheduled to perform at an upcoming trophy hunting auction that will offer hundreds of permits for trophy hunters to slaughter wild lions, rhinos and other threatened species. Sign this petition to demand that he withdraw his support immediately.

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Tell Furla That No Furry Key Chain or Purse Is Worth an Animal’s Life | PETA Latino

Petition: Find the criminal who screwed a koala to a wooden post

Someone thought it would be funny to screw a koala to a wooden post.

At first glance, it looked as if the cute marsupial was simply halfway through a climb, but on closer inspection horrified onlookers realized it was actually dead and have been screwed in place.

Further investigation revealed that the koala was, fortunately dead, before it had been mounted, but does it matter? Someone who is capable of doing such a horrible act will likely continue and needs to be caught before they hurt other wildlife or worse.

Ensure Maximum Punishment for Scotland’s Animal Abusers

Is a small fine and a little jail time the proper punishment for someone who tortures, maims, or kills another living being? A lackluster response to animal cruelty sends a troubling message about how we value life. With your encouragement, Scotland can send a very different message by fulfilling its pledge against animal cruelty.

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Over 100 Animals Kept Outside in Freezing Cold Deserve Justice

Over 100 animals were rescued from freezing and inhumane conditions, but their alleged abuser may get off with an extremely light sentence. Demand justice for these animals and that their alleged abuser face adequate consequences.

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Petition: Don’t let Fido freeze! Fund 24/7 animal services for Tulsa!, Tulsa, OK

TAW has the resources to provide essential 24/7 service to Tulsa taxpayers – they just need funding. Tulsa taxpayers need and deserve an animal shelter that’s available and sufficiently staffed 24/7 to respond to 911 felony calls and emergency welfare calls during extreme weather emergencies. Please fully fund TAW for a 24/7 answering service with ACO on call, and funds to mandatory staffing during extreme weather conditions.