Sign Petition: These Horses Are Chained To A Horrific “Real Life” Merry-Go-Round

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Shuangliu Wanda Plaza and Shangma Equestrian Club

18,249 SUPPORTERS – 19,000 GOAL

Forced to work for hours a day in the middle of a busy shopping mall, these horses are chained to a “real life” merry-go-round in Sichuan province in China.

The cruel attraction just opened at Shuangliu Wanda Plaza in September and costs around $6.33 per ride. The horses are forced to carry children and teens for up to 4 hours a day without a break.

Video and social media posts of the “attraction” show the horses wearing brightly colored costumes, chained to moving metal posts on the carousel that make them to walk in endless circles.

This is animal cruelty, plain and simple. Please sign the petition calling on Shuangliu Wanda Plaza and the carosal’s operators to shut the attraction down and send the horses to a sanctuary.

Horses are highly social animals that prefer to live in groups with land to roam. Being kept in near isolation, like at Shuangliu Wanda Plaza, can cause extreme stress and anxiety for the animals. And forced repetitive movements can also cause joint injuries or other painful ailments.

Even the the ride’s operators admit that the attraction’s conditions are not ideal for the horses, posting on Twitter, “Ok, there are more exciting places for horses to be, but every pony park has the same kind of walks.” and pointing the legality of ride.

This type of torturous “real-life” merry-go-round may be legal — but it’s exceedingly cruel to profit off living beings like this. Sign the petition telling Shuangliu Wanda Plaza and the carousel’s operators to stop this cruel attraction now!Photo credit: AsiaWire

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Legal Battle Continues; a herd in danger

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LLeigh_OutsideMag - 1 (13) Winter Velvet; His herd is in serious danger

(Informal short update on the legal fight against mine approval). Reading list at the bottom of the page.

This summer many of you remember the way we found out about the Canadian Fiore Gold project? It was a bit of a shock after BLM announced an “emergency” that would afford absolutely no transparency of the removal of wild horses in a subset population of Pancake.

We had to engage legally to simply be able to observe wild horses held at temporary, that BLM placed on reservation land (always makes me suspicious and can often indicate some other project where a bit of “cash in pocket” can create a more conducive climate for agreements). Then BLM cancelled the operation and was supposed to notify if it resumed. BLM did not notify. BLM did not create a tour of the Broken Arrow (Indian Lakes)…

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26 Squirrel Monkeys That Were Used For FDA Nicotine Research Finally Find A New Home At Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary – World Animal News

26 Squirrel Monkeys That Were Used For FDA Nicotine Research Finally Find A New Home At Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
By Karen Lane –
December 4, 2018

On the morning of Wednesday, November 14th, Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary (JFPS) welcomed 26 squirrel monkeys to their 50 acre monkey sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida. These monkeys had formerly been used in a terminated nicotine research study conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They were transported to JFPS for retirement, where they will live in as natural a habitat as possible for the remainder of their lives.
The $5.5 million study, which began in 2014, was named “Aspects of Nicotine Self-Administration in a Nonhuman Primate”. The research was to determine how different doses of nicotine affect addiction in adolescents.
Taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project first discovered the FDA’s nicotine addiction tests on monkeys in the Fall of 2016, and uncovered videos and other details about the experiments using the Freedom of Information Act and a related federal lawsuit.
In September 2017, Dr. Jane Goodall joined the campaign and sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb urging him to cancel the study. In late September 2017, the FDA halted the study. Gottlieb then appointed an independent review team to investigate. This team found that the study was not consistent with the agency’s high animal welfare standards. In January 2018, Gottlieb ended it permanently and announced plans to retire the primates to a sanctuary.
JFPS, the largest New World Primate Sanctuary in the United States, was chosen as the most appropriate sanctuary to retire the monkeys. JFPS, founded in 1997, provides permanent, high-quality sanctuary care for New World monkeys being retired from laboratory research, ex-pets, or monkeys who have been confiscated by the authorities.
JFPS is one of the few primate sanctuaries in the nation who has experience in squirrel monkey care. The 26 squirrel monkeys will enjoy their retirement in neo-tropical natural habitats, as close to their natural wild habitat as possible.
Thankfully these squirrel monkeys no longer have to suffer in a laboratory for human research and can finally live their life in peace.

https://worldanimalnews.com/26-squirrel-monkeys-that-were-used-for-fda-nicotine-research-finally-find-a-new-home-at-jungle-friends-primate-sanctuary/

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Trump Administration Rejects Ban On M-44 ‘Cyanide Bombs’ That Killed More Than 13,000 Animals Last Year Alone – World Animal News

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By WAN –
November 29, 2018
In yet another unfathomable move taking place under the Trump Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has refused to ban M-44s, also known as cyanide bombs, which cause agonizing death for thousands of animals in the United States every year.
The agency’s decision comes in response to a 2017 petition calling for a nationwide ban of the lethal devices that was authored by The Center For Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians, as well as signed by several other wildlife conservation groups.
The devices spray deadly sodium cyanide into the mouths of unsuspecting coyotes, foxes, and other carnivores lured by smelly bait. The fact is that anything or anyone that pulls on the baited M-44 device can be killed or severely injured by the deadly spray.
As previously reported by WAN, M-44s temporarily blinded a child and killed three family dogs in two separate incidents in Idaho and Wyoming last year alone. A wolf was also accidentally killed by an M-44 set in Oregon last year. Idaho currently has a moratorium on M-44 use on public lands resulting from the tragedies.
“Cyanide traps are indiscriminate killers that just can’t be used safely,” Collette Adkins, an attorney and biologist at the Center, said in a statement. “We’ll keep fighting for a permanent nationwide ban, which is the only way to protect people, pets, and imperiled wildlife from the EPA’s poison.”The EPA has registered sodium cyanide for use in M-44s by Wildlife Services, the secretive U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife-killing program, as well as by certain state agencies in South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Texas.
“The government continues to prioritize the minority anti-wildlife ranching industry over making public lands safe for people, imperiled wildlife and companion animals,” said Bethany Cotton, wildlife program director for WildEarth Guardians. “These dangerous, indiscriminate devices have absolutely no place on public lands, especially given no evidence exists that they actually reduce conflict.”
According to Wildlife Services’ own data, M-44s killed 13,232 animals, mostly coyotes and foxes, in 2017. Of these, more than 200 deaths were nontarget animals, including a wolf, family dogs, opossums, raccoons, ravens, and skunks.
Unfortunately, as per the Center, these numbers are likely a significant undercount of the death toll, as Wildlife Services is notorious for poor data collection and an entrenched “shoot, shovel, shut up” mentality.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-trump-administration-rejects-ban-on-m-44-cyanide-bombs-that-killed-more-than-13000-animals-last-year-alone/

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Petition · California Fish And Wildlife : To have Stanley the Giraffe and the other animals removed from Malibu Wine Safari. · Change.org

To have Stanley the Giraffe and the other animals removed from Malibu Wine Safari.
Christy Lee Ewing started this petition to California fish and wildlife and 1 other

Problem

Malibu Safari was in the evacuation zone of the areas effected by the Woolsey Fires in California. Malibu Safari is responsible for the lives of close to 100 animals. Including Sanley the Giraffe, a zebra, water buffalo, horses, etc. When advised to evacuate their property, they chose not to evacuate the animals. When rescue groups went out to offer help, they refused the help. When rescue groups went out to check on the animals, most of the property had been destroyed by the fires. Images were taken of the fires still burning right next to the animals. It has been confirmed that there are animals unaccounted for. Animals who most likely parished due to their negligence. It was confirmed on Sunday. November, 11th, that the property was still burning and the animals are still at risk.

Solution

We are asking that these animals be removed from the property immediately, to a safer location. We are also asking that an investigation be put into action as to whether Malibu Safari should be allowed to keep these animals or any animal In their care. They do not have the animals In their best interest. The animals deserve to live in a safe haven where the people responsible for them will ensure their safety at ALL TIMES.

Personal story

My name is Christy Lee, Vice President of Protect Animals Worldwide. As a non profit organization we take great pride in ensuring the safety and welfare of our animal friends and work diligently in partnership with many other organizations across the world.

https://www.change.org/p/california-fish-and-wildlife-to-have-stanley-the-giraffe-and-the-other-animals-removed-from-malibu-wine-safari-fb949c32-1643-4bb5-b7b9-116e1fd96924?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13882716&grid_position=2&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAHOe0wAAAAAAW%2FygATXhk0Y5NWMzZjQyMQ%3D%3D

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Why It’s So Hard to Help Pets in Natural Disasters | Care2 Causes

The Camp Fire started with a spark — and, thanks to the wind, it turned into a terrifying blaze in a matter of hours. The fire burned so fast that evacuation orders sometimes couldn’t keep up. With thousands of structures destroyed and a growing death toll, the Camp Fire is the deadliest blaze in California history — and in addition to human victims, it’s claimed a number of animals, as well.

Among those who survived, some are safely sheltering with their people or settled into foster homes, but thousands more are being picked up and cared for by rescue groups. The process of reuniting pets and humans may take weeks or months, and it will involve an extended sheltering and rescue effort. In Santa Rosa, California, where a massive wildfire tore through the city last October, rescuers are still trapping “fire cats” and helping them get home to their people.

In Butte County, men like Jeff Evans are feeding and checking on animals inside the disaster zone since their families can’t reach them. Meanwhile, a feline burn victim is making headlines after falling in love with a firefighter — and firefighters have been spending time at local veterinary clinics visiting with rescued animals, in addition to benefiting from the presence of therapy animals traveling to the front lines to offer comfort.
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Another fire crew rescued Charlie the cat, who was ultimately reunited with his family thanks to publicity. First responders like firefighters tend to be first to see animals like “Camp” the dog in need, but a TV crew helped rescue some trapped dogs, too! For instance, Sacramento Beereporter Ryan Sabalow rescued a badly burned cat, London, and successfully located its guardian.

Rescuers range from trained professionals to volunteers from all walks of life, and their efforts are vital whether they’re cleaning enclosures, sorting donations or providing skilled veterinary care.

The story of the people coming together to support the animal victims of the Camp Fire is remarkable and inspiring, but it’s also a reminder that fire evacuation sometimes happens so fast that people — and their pets — have difficulty getting out alive.

While some on social media have been swift to criticize people who couldn’t get their pets out, that elides people who had animals at home while they were at work and unable to get into the evacuation zone, as well as those with pets who escaped before they could be evacuated. Many of those panicked, heartbroken people are hoping they recognize the faces of their animals on the news and also fearing the worst.

We’ve learned a lot about handling animal care and sheltering needs in disasters, with experienced groups like the San Diego Humane Society, the Humane Society of the United States, and RedRover moving in quickly to provide on the ground support, alongside the North Valley Animal Disaster Group and Butte Humane Society.

Another lesson we’ve learned is the value of evacuating animals from shelters as quickly as possible — and getting adoptable animals distributed to out-of-area shelters, like the San Francisco ASPCA, to make room for evacuees and rescues. The magnitude of this disaster means that some fire pets are being evacuated to out of area shelters for care, but they won’t be made available for adoption until every possible effort has been made to reunite them with their families.

Rescue groups are also swift to set up sheltering and care facilities; the Chico Airport has turned into a massive animal care site, with 1,500 temporary residents. Meanwhile, the University of California, Davis is treating badly injured animals — you can learn more about the animals in their care, look for your pets and find out how to donate here. NVDAG is also maintaining a growing database of animals in care for pet guardians to search, and VCA Valley Oak Veterinary Center is cataloging burn patients.

Be advised that fire injuries can change the way animals look quite dramatically, including distorting features and discoloring fur. Having photographs and documentation of the animal’s chip can help with a successful reunion.

A similar animal rescue has sprung up around Southern California’s Woolsey Fire, where a news reporter took up the cause of a cat rescued from a burning home and has been providing regular updates. Rescue groups have also raised concern about the evacuation of large animals, including exotics, from the Woolsey fire zone; a now-famous picture of exotic animals seeking shelter on a beach has been making headlines around the world.

https://www.care2.com/causes/why-its-so-hard-to-help-pets-in-natural-disasters.html

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Dozens Of Cheetahs Are Being Sold On Social Media Platforms Contributing To The Illegal Wildlife Trade; What Is Being Done To Stop It? – World Animal News

By WAN –
November 25, 2018

A recent analysis of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) research establishes that dozens of cheetahs are being advertised for sale every year on social media platforms.
The analysis, which covers the period between January 2012 and June 2018, aims to determine the extent to which the illegal cheetah trade exists online and to document the most relevant threats.
Cheetahs are listed under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). This means trade in wild-born cheetahs is permitted only in exceptional circumstances. However, CCF data analysis shows that 1,367 documented cheetahs were offered for sale through 906 advertisments, which is approximately one-fifth (20%) of the world’s remaining wild cheetah population. Cheetahs are on a swift decline, dropping from an estimated 100,000 individuals a century ago to fewer than 7,500 today.
The most utilized platforms in 15 countries are Instagram, 4Sale (mobile app) and YouTube, with the Gulf Cooperation Council accounting for over 90% of the ads, and Saudi Arabia totaling more than 60% of those.
The analysis focused on the three top sellers, all of whom are based in Saudi Arabia and posted 20% of all advertisments. Of these sellers, one alone accounted for 12% of all ads analyzed, and was found to offer multiple species that include: lions, tigers, jaguars, wolves, gibbons, and chimpanzees.
“The illegal trade in live cheetahs impacts the smaller, fragmented populations in East Africa the most. Mitigating the threat requires a concerted effort by governments to not only confiscate the animals, but to embark on awareness campaigns to reduce demand for endangered species as pets,” Dr Laurie Marker, CCF Founder and Executive Director said in a statement. “Already vulnerable, cheetah populations, particularly those in Ethiopia and Somalia, are at risk of local extinction because of poaching for the illegal pet trade.”
CCF estimates put the number of smuggled cheetahs out of East Africa at 300 per year. Many more die before being shipped to the Middle East.
“CCF maintains a ‘safe house’ in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, where a team of animal keepers are caring for eleven confiscated cheetahs,” said Patricia Tricorache, CCF’s Assistant Director of Illegal Wildlife Trade. “Eight were confiscated within a three-week period, and two were just three-weeks-old when intercepted. One of the youngest died a few days after confiscation.”
CCF has been working on counter poaching and trafficking since 2005.
Since 2011, CCF has assisted the Somaliland government with the surrender or confiscation of 50 cheetahs. On August 28th, a landmark victory was achieved in local courts when two subjects charged with wildlife trafficking were sentenced to three years in prison and fined $300 USD and their vehicle seized; marking the first conviction for the illegal cheetah trade in Somaliland.

https://worldanimalnews.com/dozens-of-cheetahs-are-being-sold-on-social-media-platforms-contributing-to-the-illegal-wildlife-trade-what-is-being-done-to-stop-it/

 

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Sign Petition: Save Mufasa the White Lion

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

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

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

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

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

RELOCATION OF CONFISCATED LION MALE- MUFASA AND FEMALE SURAYA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours truly

Friends of Mufasa

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

Update! Animal Emergency Evacuation Information For Woolsey & Hill Fire Affecting Ventura & LA Counties – World Animal News

By Karen Lane –
November 12, 2018

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Updated Information – Thousands of firefighters continue to battle the Woolsey Fire, which grew in size overnight Sunday. The fire has burned more than 91,500 acres, destroyed an estimated 370 structures, and is now 20% contained, according to a Monday morning update from Cal Fire.
Fire crews in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are trying to contain two new fires that broke out Monday morning, one in Thousand Oaks and the other east of Simi Valley near the 118 Freeway.
Santa Ana winds returned Sunday and are expected to last until 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
Below you will find emergency evacuation information for The Woolsey & Hill Fire that is affecting Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
Here is a list of evacuation centers for animals large and small:
Ventura County Fair Grounds – 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001 (at capacity) Ventura County Animal Services (805) 388-4258
Ventura County Animal Shelter – 600 Aviation Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010 / Ventura County Animal Services (805) 388-4258 (Accepting small animals)
Humane Society of Ventura County – 402 Bryant St, Ojai, CA 93023 / (805) 646-6505 (Accepting small & large animals)
Earl Warren Showgrounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 / (805) 687-0766 (Accepting large animals)
Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 W Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley (805) 388-4341 (Accepting small animals)
Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Drive Woodland Hills, CA 91371 (Entrance off Desoto Ave.) (at capacity)
Hansen Dam Equestrian Center – 11127 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342 (Few spaces available for large animals)
Earl Warren Show Grounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Check-in at Gate C off of Calle Real (Accepting large animals)
If you need large animal assistance, please call (805) 388-4258
For Fire Information, CALL (805) 465-6650
WAN will continue to update you as information is available.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-animal-emergency-evacuation-information-for-woolsey-hill-fire-affecting-ventura-la-counties/

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Sign Petition: The Koala Is Heading Towards Extinction

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Count to sixty. In that one minute period, 19 animals perished in the Southern Australian state of New South Wales (NSW). They are dying because of tree clearing that has become rampant in the state under the government of Gladys Berejiklian, who has written off the environment as a concern for her administration.

19 animals a minute equals a whopping 10 million animal deaths a year in NSW. According to conservative figures, the government estimates that nearly 2000 square miles of forest have been felled between 1998 and 2015, toppling a forest and woodland area that equals twice the size of Luxembourg. In that time 10.7 million birds, 67.1 million reptiles and 9.1 million mammals have disappeared.

One of those mammals is the koala. It might seem unbelievable, but one of Australia’s most iconic animals is now under threat of disappearing.

In fact, if things don’t change, researchers say that the animals could go extinct within our lifetime. This previously unthinkable headline is mainly because states like NSW have been far too lenient when it comes to clear-cutting in the koala’s last remaining ranges. Their survival depends on having enough habitat where they are able to thrive. But without a sound policy that protects vegetation and wildlife, the famous marsupial and many other animals are likely to disappear in short order.

Is this how the Berejiklian government wants to be known? As the administration that let the last remaining koalas in NSW go extinct? We certainly hope not, but we must make sure.

Speak up and tell Premier Berejiklian’s government that they have a duty to protect New South Wales’ koala populations.

Sign and ask them to demand tree-clearing restrictions today.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/268/366/574/the-koala-is-heading-towards-extinction-and-new-south-wales-is-doing-nothing-to-save-it./

 

Petition: To Governor of Texas Greg Abbott

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Renee Lockett started this petition to Governor of Texas Greg Abbott
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Every year, hundreds of Brown Pelicans are run over by cars along a 3-mile stretch of Highway 48 in south Texas during cold fronts. Strong winds force the pelicans onto the highway and they cannot get out of the way of cars going 75 mph. Last week, 53 pelicans were run over in one evening. I am one of the volunteers who assists to rescue pelicans that end up stranded on the highway and cannot take flight due to roadway concrete barriers and strong winds. It is a very dangerous situation for everyone. The stretch is between Port Isabel, Tx. and Brownsville, Tx. near the Carl Joe Gayman Bahia Grande Restoration Channel.

By lowering the speed limit on this 3-mile stretch, conditions would be safer for pelicans, motorists and fishermen who frequent the area. This stretch passes through an area of vital habitat for pelicans which they use for fishing and roosting, and thus fly over it on a daily basis. The links below show news reports of what is happening to the pelicans year after year. Local school children also chimed in with a song and letters to convey their thoughts and feelings. By signing this petition, you will be joining us in asking Governor Abbot to please step in to get the speed limit lowered for this 3-mile stretch of wildlife habitat along Highway 48. Thank you for your time and consideration.

  1. Pelicans in Peril on Highway 48 News Report
  2. School Children Sing for Highway 48 Pelicans

  3. Pelican Plight/Speed Limit on Highway 48 News Report

Sign petition

https://www.change.org/p/greg-abbott-lower-speed-limit-to-save-hundreds-of-brown-pelicans-from-death-each-year-in-south-texas

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

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

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Potawatomi Zoo

3,363 SUPPORTERS – 10,000 GOAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/682/951/283/

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

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Air Force Academy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PETITION: PETA Asia Exposes Extreme Cruelty in Badger-Brush Industry

You can help stop this…there’s no reason to use animal-hair brushes, especially when there are so many high-quality alternatives available. For the sake of badgers suffering on these farms, please, only buy synthetic brushes. Please continue reading here and sign petition…

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Breaking News-Why Has The Ontario SPCA Announced A Plan To Stop Investigations Of Animal Cruelty Involving Horses & Farm Animals? – World Animal News

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By Lauren Lewis –
November 2, 2018

There seems to be confusion and controversy brewing around the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).
Per the Canadian Press Service, the local animal welfare agency has stated that it needs to restructure, beginning with stopping investigations into animal cruelty cases involving farm animals and horses.
Lack of funding and years of financial losses are reportedly the reasons for OSPCA’s controversial need to restructure.
The organization wants to shift the investigations to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

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The government, which reportedly pays the OSPCA $5.75 million each year to handle all animal welfare issues, was not aware of the change that some insiders are calling “immanent.”
Under their current agreement, OSPCA is responsible for maintaining “a call center to respond to animal cruelty tips, a major case team to investigate complex cases, a registry of zoos and aquariums and specialists to investigate those facilities.”
OSPCA is also tasked with maintaining animal cruelty coverage of First Nations, an indigenous American Indian community in Canada, as well as Northern Ontario.
The OSPCA Act also gives the OSPCA officers the power to impose legal charges for both provincial offences and animal cruelty charges, as well as the authority to “inspect premises where animals are kept for the purposes of exhibit, entertainment, boarding, hire or sale.”

WAN contacted Melissa Kosowan of the OSPCA communications department to try to gain some clarity on the situation.
Kosowan sent WAN the following official statement:
“The Ontario SPCA would like to assure the public that we continue to investigate animal welfare concerns relating to livestock and horses.
In addition to the charitable programs the Society provides for the welfare of animals, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is under contract by the Province of Ontario to enforce provincial animal welfare legislation. The Society is here to serve animals and we want to do what’s in their best interest. To do that, we need to consider adjustments to provide the best possible protection of animals within funding provided by the Government of Ontario.10454231_10153233439816648_2952583822718898039_o-632x420230748713.jpg

One consideration includes restructuring our role in cases that occur with large animals in rural areas. Our hope is to become a supporting agency to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to provide urgent and ongoing care to animals while Ministry personnel focus on enforcing government legislation.
As these discussions have yet to occur, we cannot provide additional details at this time. However, the Ontario SPCA has always been a resource for animals across the province; this restructuring will identify ways animals can be better supported within the resources provided by the government.”
Meanwhile, as per CBC News, Ottawa police said in a statement that “officers have the authority to investigate animal cruelty complaints and lay charges, but would not address whether officers have the proper training to investigate those complaints.”
“Investigating abuses of livestock is specialized and it’s unlikely most police forces across the province have that type of training,” Ottawa Humane Society executive director Bruce Roney told the media outlet. “Police certainly have their hands full with human crimes and always in that situation, we’re worried that crimes against animals will be given a low priority.”
While Roney has had his own issues with the OSPCA taking away the Ottawa Humane Society’s powers to investigate animal cruelty in 2016, his current concerns regarding this situation seem to be valid.

https://worldanimalnews.com/why-has-the-ontario-spca-announced-plan-to-stop-investigations-of-animal-cruelty-involving-horses-farm-animals/

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Petition: Abandoned Lion Cub Found in a Cage — Find His Captors!

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recipient: Netherlands Authorities

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Someone abandoned a traumatized lion cub in a cage in a field. The poor thing was so distressed when a jogger found him, he had cut his nose up trying to escape!

Sign now to demand local authorities find out who abandoned him and charge them with wild animal trafficking!

Lions do not belond in captivity at all, but they especially do not deserve to be treated so cruelly while in captivity. Thankfully, a sanctuary was contacted and the cub is there now and acclimating really well. But that doesn’t solve the problem — someone procured a lion and then abandoned him.

There is some speculation that the lion had been smuggled in from another country by an illegal breeder or a circus. If that’s the case, this could be a huge clue to finding international traffickers and punishing them. We have to be sure the authorities take this crime seriously!

The poor baby was only 5 months old when he was totally abandoned in a field in a tiny cage. No animal should be treated this way, but especially a majestic lion. Please sign the petition to demand the authorities take the investigation seriously so they can find its captors!

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

By WAN –
November 1, 2018

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

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

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

https://worldanimalnews.com/the-african-wildlife-foundation-to-invest-25-million-in-major-efforts-to-counter-the-illegal-wildlife-trade-in-africa/

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Petition: Demand China Reinstate the Ban on Rhino Horn and Tiger Bone!

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We are petitioning CHINA to reinstate their ban on RHINO HORN and TIGER BONE as their recent reversal will have devastating effects on vulnerable rhino and tiger populations and will set conservation efforts back by decades. There is no scientific backing that rhino horns and tiger bones have any medicinal uses and in any case, it’s morally wrong to senselessly kill animals for our selfish benefit. Their lives are their own and their lives have value independent of their usefulness to others.

As reported by National Geographic on October 29th 2018:

China legalizes rhino horn and tiger bone for medical purposes. The materials have no proven medicinal value in humans, and conservationists call the move a major setback for wild populations.

In China, rhino horn and tiger bone may now be legally used in medical research or traditional medicine following a controversial announcement by the government this morning. The animal specimens may be obtained only from farms, according to the announcement, but conservationists say this surprising move may open the floodgates for a surge in illegal activity and threaten vulnerable animal populations.

The move is “very concerning,” says Leigh Henry, director of wildlife policy at the World Wildlife Fund. Discerning what animals were obtained legally from farms rather than illegally from the wild would be incredibly difficult, so this decision would give cover to traffickers, she says. Rhinos and tigers are both endangered in the wild, and their trade is prohibited. “WWF urgently calls on China to maintain the ban on tiger bone and rhino horn trade which has been so critical in conserving these iconic species. This should be expanded to cover trade in all tiger parts and products,” she says.

China’s action stands in sharp contrast to the country’s moves to combat poaching in recent years. The country has had a 25-year-old ban in place preventing the import or export of these products. And the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies—the official group that dictates what can be used in traditional medicine—also removed rhino horn and tiger bone from its list of products approved for use on patients (though the market still existed for them).

Two years ago, China also announced that it would close its domestic ivory market by the end of 2017, earning widespread praise. Conservation groups championed the move as a necessary step to help reduce ivory demand and stamp down poaching of African elephants.

Debbie Banks, Tiger Campaign Leader at the Environmental Investigation Agency, a nonprofit with offices in London and Washington, D.C., says that today’s announcement undermines China’s stance on wildlife protection. “China’s reputation as a leader in conservation following their domestic ban on the sale of ivory now lies in tatters,” she said in an email. “The news today,” she says, “seriously jeopardizes the future survival of wild tigers by stimulating demand for their body parts instead of eradicating demand,” adding that it also puts rhinos at risk in their African and Asian range countries. “The news today is a staggering display of brazen disregard for global opinion.”

The reason China took this step remains unclear. Chinese officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But the growing number of tiger farms in China and efforts to farm rhinos there may be a key driver, environmental groups say. “We’ve been concerned for a long time about the tiger farms in China and the increasing numbers of farms there,” Henry says. “Captive tigers are incredibly expensive to feed and care for, so as these numbers grew, so did pressure on the Chinese government to allow a regulated trade in tiger products. China’s decision is what many of us have feared for over a decade.” The Environmental Investigation Agency had reported in 2013 that at least several thousand tigers were being kept at hundreds of farms across the country. Moreover, China also has reportedly started importing rhinos for potential farming.

Susan Lieberman, vice president for international policy at the Wildlife Conservation Society, a New York-based nonprofit working on global conservation, also believes that the growing number of farmed tigers may be a major factor behind China’s decision. The new legality of tiger bone and rhino horn use, she says, will be a major win for traffickers. “You would want there to be a legal market to hide behind,” she says. Without DNA tests of these products, there’s no way to know if their source is a farm or the wild.

Rhino horn is made from keratin—a protein found in fingernails and hair—and the product is falsely said to help treat everything from cancer to gout when consumed in its powder form. There are no proven medicinal benefits in humans from either product. The most sparing evidence has been brought to bear claiming that rhino horn may somehow help lower fever, at least in rodents. Certainly, cheaper, more readily available medicines such as acetaminophen or aspirin are far more effective, Lieberman says. Tiger bone crushed and made into a paste has been said to be usable to treat a variety of ailments, including rheumatism and back pain. But Lieberman says, “I know of no evidence for that.”

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/958/270/005/demand-china-reinstate-the-ban-on-rhino-horn-and-tiger-bone/?TAP=1724

Petition · End Happy The Elephant’s 10 Years of Solitary Confinement · Change.org

Joann Burrows started this petition to Director of the Bronx Zoo James J. Breheny and 1 other

The Bronx Zoo has been given the shameful title of the 5th worst zoo for elephants in the country. The New York Times calls Happy the Bronx Zoo’s loneliest elephant. That’s because this highly intelligent and social being is one of the only zoo elephants in the entire United States who is being held alone. And it looks like her living conditions won’t change anytime soon unless we do something about it.

I am asking you, my fellow animal lovers, to encourage the Bronx Zoo Director James J. Breheny to release Happy to a sanctuary where she can be in a more natural setting and live the rest of her life in peace.

New standards regarding the keeping of elephants were recently passed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the accrediting organization for American wildlife institutions. Among their recommendations was that elephants be held in groups of three or more, as they are highly social creatures. Now, zoos around the country are scrambling to comply with the regulations by AZA’s 2016 deadline. Yet, the Bronx Zoo seems steadfast in its opinion that Happy is “happy” with her solitary life. This goes against all scientific data about elephant behavior.

Happy and 6 other elephant calves were captured in the wild from Thailand and brought to the States in 1977. For 25 years, she and her companion, Grumpy, were kept as a pair in the Bronx Zoo. When Grumpy passed away, she was paired with Sammy, who sadly died in 2006. It was then that the zoo decided to end its elephant program, but it didn’t relocate the elephants it currently had.

For 10 years, Happy has been in a sort of solitary confinement, unable to truly interact with the other elephants held at the zoo. This is a social being like a monkey or a dolphin. Elephants thrive in the company of their own kind, where they form multi-generational family groups that remain loyal to one another for life, and the elders pass wisdom down to the younger ones to help them navigate their world.

Happy is likely not at all happy. She has endured a decade of loneliness and deserves the chance to be with others of her kind in a sanctuary. Please join me in telling the Bronx Zoo to release Happy to a sanctuary and let her really have a chance at happiness.

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Breaking! 200th Bear Arrives At Animals Asia’s Vietnam Sanctuary After Suffering 17 Years Of Bile Farm Misery – World Animal News

By WAN –
October 26, 2018

Animals Asia’s rescue team arrived at their Vietnam Bear Rescue Center on Tuesday, October 23rd after rescuing another female Asiatic black bear from a bile farm in Vietnam’s Cao Bang province.
The rescue marks Animals Asia’s 200th in Vietnam, with the charity having saved a further 418 bears in China.
As a result of the rescue, the bile farm has been shut down and the owners will never again be able to keep bears.
“Rescuing the 200th bear is certainly a milestone for the team, but most importantly, this is another individual rescued, another farm closed, and another step closer to completely eradicating bear bile farming in Vietnam,” said Animals Asia Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen in a statement.
The bear, who does not yet have a name, was originally thought to have been around three years old when registered in 2005. However, her owner claims she bought the bear 17 years ago when she was just a cub weighing an estimated 75 pounds. Moon bears can live to be up to 30 years old.
The rescued bear will now begin a 45-day quarantine period during which she will also receive health care and be introduced to a healthy, species-appropriate diet.
After quarantine, she will be moved to a spacious den where she will begin her rehabilitation process and regain her strength. Eventually, when she is physically and mentally ready, she will be introduced to other bears and given access to an outdoor enclosure.
“We’re delighted that this long-suffering bear is finally safe and we can begin to make her well again,” said Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear and Vet Team Director, Heidi Quine. “Overcoming such extreme cruelty and isolation is never easy, but each bear reacts differently. So far, she seems calm but there have also been signs of psychological trauma.”
In August of this year, Animals Asia successfully rescued five bears in South Vietnam, while last month, a female moon bear named Sky was rescued from the mountainous Lao Cai province.
Bears on bile farms in Vietnam suffer from poor nutrition, egregious health and living conditions, and no proper veterinary care. As a result, they often display physical and emotional symptoms such as pacing and hitting their bodies against the bars of cages.
Moon bears are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, and categorized as endangered by CITES. More than 10,000 are held on bear bile farms in China, and around 800 are also trapped in cages as part of the industry in Vietnam.
Animals Asia began to take on the issue of bear bile farming in Vietnam in 1999, opening its Vietnam Bear Rescue Center (VBRC), the first sanctuary devoted to bears in that country, in 2008.
Bear bile farming has been illegal in Vietnam since 2005 when every bear in captivity was micro-chipped. However, without facilities to hold the over 4,000 bears on farms at the time, those holding the bears were permitted to keep them, and the practice persisted.
However, in 2017, the government signed a landmark partnership agreement with Animals Asia to ensure that every farm is closed and the remaining approximately 800 bears are sent to sanctuaries by 2022.
Today, nearly 200 bears live peaceful lives at Animals Asia’s VBRC, while a further 190 are cared for by the nonprofit organization in China.
No-Name is in bad shape. She’s suffered in silence for many years. She will need extensive care and rehabilitation in the coming weeks and months.
To help, please donate to Animals Asia https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-200th-bear-arrives-at-animals-asias-vietnam-sanctuary-after-suffering-17-years-of-bile-farm-misery/ #EndBearBileFarming

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Petition: Increased Penalties for Murder of Law Enforcement Canine · Change.org

K9s United started this petition to K9s United K9s United Debbie Johnson and 1 other
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FL current law states: Any person who intentionally and knowingly, without lawful cause or justification, causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or death to, or uses a deadly weapon upon, a police dog, fire dog, SAR dog, or police horse commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

This is unacceptable. Law Enforcement Canines are an extension of their human partners and put themselves in danger in place of their handlers, which sometimes leads to their death or serious injury. We need to be their voice and honor them in their ultimate sacrifice.

We feel it should at least be a second degree felony if you intentionally kill a law enforcement canine.

If you agree, please sign the petition. #RIPK9Baron #RIPK9Fang

Debbie Johnson-Founder K9s United

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WAN’s Most Wanted: Urgent Help Needed To Identify Sub-Human Who Left A Severely Emaciated Pit Bull To Die; $3,000 Reward – World Animal News

WAN’s Most Wanted: Urgent Help Needed To Identify Sub-Human Who Left A Severely Emaciated Pit Bull To Die; $3,000 Reward
By Lauren Lewis –
October 16, 2018

Another heartbreaking case of animal cruelty has resulted in the death of an innocent pit bull in Syracuse, New York.
The painfully emaciated dog, named Mavis, may tragically be gone but the sub-human that abhorrently abused her remains at large; and now, there is a $3,000 reward for information that results in the perpetrator’s arrest and conviction.
“It is with immense heartbreak and sadness that we let you all know Mavis passed away this morning,” Fetch A Friend Rescue, which was caring for the dog who was at an animal hospital, posted on its Facebook page yesterday. “Her extremely frail state could not handle all that occurred within the last week. She put up a good fight and is now free from her pain.”
On October 12th, Mavis had exploratory surgery after a foreign body was discovered in an ultrasound.

Cuse Pit Crew, which originally rescued Mavis and is offering the reward, also handed out flyers Sunday around Rider Avenue in Syracuse, near where the suffering pit bull was found by a Good Samaritan.
Yesterday, in an updated post on its Facebook page, Cuse Pit Crew updated Mavis’ status sharing that “Sweet Mavis passed away this morning, but we’ll continue to advocate for her. Please share.”
This sad case should also create more awareness about the tragic consequences of abuse and neglect of animals.

“So, if you see something, say something,” said Stephanie Heath, Cuse Pit Crew founder.
Anyone with information about Mavis and her former abuser, or any other tips of suspected animal abuse, should contact the Cuse Pit Crew at (315) 442-5336 or email cusepitcrew@gmail.com.

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No more animal sacrifice and rituals

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Addressed to: President Pedro Sánchez
No more animal sacrifice and rituals

Petition created on Oct 14, 2018
Maria Angeles Perez Calera
Created by Maria Angeles Perez Calera
Parla, Spain

Because every year when October 31st arrives they always make a sacrifice or ritual killing black cats, and this we can not tolerate, since it has to end these acts of animal cruelty. Apparently they do not care if they are black cats, because they are worth any animal to sacrifice, even the dogs.

This must end, and for this we need a Law that prohibits them from doing these acts and punishes them strongly, because there is no right for dogs and cats to die for crap.

SIGN THIS PETITION

https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/no-more-animal-sacrifice-and-rituals.html?fl

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Petition:This Unlucky Cat Suffered an Excruciating Death in the Jaws of a Metal Animal Trap

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recipient: Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairsmore

44,650 SUPPORTERS – 45,000 GOAL

The Fenn Mark 6 Rat Trap just claimed another victim, and this time it wasn’t a rat. While no animal should be subjected to the torture of a slow death between the metal jaws of an animal trap, it’s even more shocking when the victim is a beloved pet.

That’s what recently happened to one unlucky pet cat in Wednesbury, United Kingdom. According to witnesses, after the jaws slammed shut around his neck and throat, he flopped and jostled around frantically as it tried to free itself from the metal clasps.

The pain must have been unimaginable and the cat died a gruesome death as people were unable to help.

The Fenn Mark 6 is not currently illegal however it is supposed to be used under strict controls in order to avoid tragedies like the one described above. Trappers are prohibited from using them on non-target / non-pest species and they are supposed “to be set in an artificial or natural tunnel which is fit for purpose and secured to the ground, to avoid catching non-target species.”

Regardless of their legality, using a spring trap like the Mark 6 is not a humane way of dealing with animals some people regard as pests. They cannot be trusted to reliably kill the intended target instantly without pain, which means that it might suffer for minutes, hours or possibly days before it expires.

For example, the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) — which “attempt[s] to establish and enforce an international standard on humaneness for traps” — recommends banning Fenn traps for stoats, a ferret-like animal.

The UK will implement the AIHTS by 2019 but the new rules will likely only prohibit Fenn trap use on stoats. That’s not right, these traps should be prohibited outright, not just for use against stoats. They are simply not humane.

No animal should suffer the way this poor cat suffered.
Not even animals like rats which some people may find distasteful.

That’s why we are asking the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to protect all animals and ban the Fenn trap altogether.
Please sign and let’s get these cruel contraptions out of the UK.Photo credit: RSPCA more

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Tips For Driving Safely With Your Dog

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

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

Keep your dog’s window up.

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

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

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

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

Restraining devices can save your dog’s life.

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

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

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

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

Restraint Options for Driving with Your Dog

Pet Seat Belts and Harnesses

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

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

Crates and Carriers

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

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

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

Tips for Driving Safely with Your Dog

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Photo credit: Dillon Sarnelli

Booster Seats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Breaking! Urgent Help Needed For More Than 100 Small Dogs Rescued From Puppy Mill In Tennessee – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
October 10, 2018

Photos from Rhea County Animal Shelter
In what is being called “the worst puppy mill situation they have ever seen,” animal control officers and a local shelter rescued more than 100 Yorkies, Chihuahuas, and other “designer” breed small dogs from a home in Rhea County, Tennessee.
“These poor animals have known nothing but living in their own filth and darkness. These conditions are extreme and medical attention is needed for ALL of these animals. As of right now we cannot release any personal details of this case,” the Rhea County Animal Shelter posted on its Facebook page yesterday along with numerous heartbreaking photos of the poor and severely neglected animals. “If you can please donate to help with this case we are looking at thousands of dollars in medical expenses!”

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he organization also issued a plea for help from animal rescues and volunteers to help place and process the dogs.
Fortunately, the compassionate community responded, but this situation remains crucial.

“It literally took 12 hours from a phone call about a welfare check to all of the animals being processed and cleared from the shelter,” noted an update posted last night which expressed its appreciation for everyone that helped in the large-scale rescue effort. “ALL animals that were placed in foster care tonight will begin vetting first thing in the morning! All animals will be spayed and neutered and fully vetted before they are available for adoption. All animals were cleared by our veterinarian before they left with their foster. We take this situation VERY seriously and only have the animals’ best interest at heart and will work closely with our veterinarian over the next few days to assess the rest of the animals we have in our care.”
“PLEASE CALL OR MESSAGE US IF YOU CAN HELP IN ANY WAY. THESE ANIMALS NEED YOU!”
The phone number for the Rhea County Animal Shelter is (423) 775-2029.
Checks can be made payable to ASA of Rhea and mailed to: 9118 Back Valley Road, Evensville, TN, 37332.
Financial donations to the Rhea County Animal Shelter to help care for the rescued dogs can be made https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-urgent-help-needed-for-more-than-100-small-dogs-rescued-from-puppy-mill-in-tennessee/

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Depressed Himeko has lived 24 YEARS ALONE, forced by bullhook to perform daily tricks, Japan

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Depressed Himeko has lived 24 YEARS ALONE, forced by bullhook to perform daily tricks, Japan
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Himeko the elephant was brought to the Himeji Zoo in 1994. She has been imprisoned there since, totally alone: for 24 long, lonely years. During “business hours” at this noisy zoo and amusement park, Himeko faces away from visitors and copes with her stress by bobbing and swaying non stop. She also bangs her tail repeatedly against the steel door of her pen.

The rest of the time she is trapped in a tiny, dark concrete indoor cell—with no food or water readily available—for 18 hours a day.

Each day, Himeko is forced to “perform” for the crowds. Trainers enter her outdoor enclosure and intimidate her with painful, sharp bullhooks. They force Himeko to do tricks, like walk around in a circle and kneel down to have her head brushed with a broom.

Veteran elephant biologist Dr. Keith Lindsay visited Himeko at the zoo in 2017. After seeing her living conditions firsthand, he labelled it “substandard and unacceptable.”

This is an undeserved punishment for an animal that is naturally highly intelligent and social. Elephants live up to 60-70 years, and are exceptionally social animals who have families and friends. They grieve their dead.

But Himeko still has a chance at a better life: experiencing soft soil on her feet, companionship and enrichment to occupy her very intelligent mind. The Elephants in Japan campaign is working with top elephant experts and organizations to help Himeko and other solitary elephants in Japan. BUT we need your help! Please sign and share this petition demanding change for Himeko.

The more voices we can add to this cause, the more power we have to approach our targets and demand change. In Japan, this is pushing for the government and other relevant authorities to develop legislation that sets higher standards of captive elephant housing and care, including prohibiting the keeping of highly social animals, like elephants, in social isolation.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/487/573/289/depressed-himeko-has-lived-24-years-alone-forced-by-bullhook-to-perform-daily-tricks/

Thank you for your help to save Himeko!

Petition · fire Amber and the 2 animal officers above her and charge them with murder and NEVER let them around animals; get Heather her job back. and to prevent anything like what happened to Mystiqu…

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Petition · fire Amber and the 2 animal officers above her and charge them with murder and NEVER let them around animals; get Heather her job back. and to prevent anything like what happened to Mystique to happen to any other animal. Justice for Mystique!!!!!! · Change.org
Rhonda Travis started this petition to Mayor Ron Button
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JUSTICE FOR MYSTIQUE!!!!!

Yesterday, adorable 3 year old deaf Mystique who had just given birth a couple of months ago was killed even though she had several rescues as well as a qualified vet that were willing to save her from being put down by the shelter. Adding insult to injury, a compassionate volunteer who worked at the shelter was fired because she contacted No Kill Coalition as well as several rescues to help save Mystique from being put down. This volunteer had been asked by the shelter to look for someone to take Mystique.Complaining about an animal shelters treatment of animals is a constitutionally protected right. A volunteer, rescuer, or any other member of the public not only has the First Amendment right to speak out, he or she also has a constitutionally protected right to demand that the government correct the wrongs that are identified.
There was no reason to put Mystique down since she was being successfully treated for heart worms and had no other major condition that couldn’t be resolved with treatment by a qualified vet. Here’s another example of shelters who ignore pleas from legitimate rescues and act with disregard for the life of the animal. We must work towards changing this mindset. We can do so by speaking up for the rights of the animals. All calls from rescues and vets to the shelter regarding Mystique were ignored. The local Humane Society a separate entity also wanted to help Mystique!! Monroe Animal control in Sparta, Wisconsin. Fire Amber and the two animal control officers who approved the killing of Mystique. Charge them with murder and NEVER let them around animals; Help volunteer Heather get her job back and prevent anything like what happened to Mystique from happening to any other animal. https://www.facebook.com/Monroecountyanimals/

All these people should be held accountable for what they did to Mystique!!

Governor: Scott Walker

Mayor: Ronald Button

County Administrator- Jim Bialecki

Please Sign Petition…

https://www.change.org/p/fire-amber-and-the-2-animal-officers-above-her-and-charge-them-with-murder-and-never-let-them-around-animals-get-heather-her-job-back-and-to-prevent-anything-like-what-happened-to-mystique-to-happen-to-any-other-animal-justice-for-mystique?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13559202&grid_position=6&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAMfszgAAAAAAW7gcMbIYh801YmYzZGUwYg%3D%3D