Petition: 119 Animals Have Died at Buenos Aires EcoPark

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta

68,449 SUPPORTERS – 70,000 GOAL
When the Buenos Aires Zoo shut its doors in 2016, the majority of the city’s residents said “good riddance.” The zoo had been widely panned by both the public at large and city officials for being cruel and “degrading” to the animals it held in captivity. The zoo, located in a busy intersection, caused the animals undue stress and housed them in less than par enclosures.

So when the mayor announced that he would close the park and turn it into an EcoPark there were signs of hope. The EcoPark would hold fewer animals with better enclosures and care, as well as serve as a refuge for rescued animals.

But these grandiose dreams have all but disappeared. The new EcoPark has a dismal record and animal activists now wonder if anything has changed at all.

Last month, two of the parks iconic animals succumbed to tragically avoidable deaths. 18-year-old Jackie the giraffe had colic and a perforated ulcer. Ruth, a rare white rhino, died of a plethora of infections. Unfortunately, their deaths aren’t unusual. Since the zoo closed two years ago, more than a hundred have died, and more than 20 have escaped.

Animal activists, including the zoo’s former director, thinks animals continue to die because of gross negligence.

The promise of an Ecopark where animals can live better and freer seems to be one that Buenos Aires has yet to keep. And if that’s the case the entire enterprise should be shut down and the animals should go to a real sanctuary where they will have the best life possible.

Please sign the petition and tell Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta that it’s time to shut down this animal house of horrors. Tell him to close EcoPark.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/936/470/821/

Photo credit: Leonora Enking / Flickr

 

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There Is A Possum Festival In Florida That Offers Bids To Swing Opossums In The Air For So-Called “Fun,” Absolutely Shocking! – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
August 10, 2018

Photos From Wausau Possum Festival, Facebook
Politics and animal cruelty? That’s what the Wausau Possum Festival seems to represent in Florida. After we found out about this shocking so-called “festival”, we had to dig deepOn its website and Facebook page, the “festival” is promoted as one that “celebrates the Opossum, a nocturnal marsupial.”

Strange. While we’re still not completely sure what the festival is about and how it has existed for close to 50 years, the one thing that is clear from the photos is that there was an awful lot of manhandling of innocent animals by many people, including local politicians running campaigns during the 2018 election year.
At the appalling event, festival-goers had the opportunity to bid on an opossum, whoever bids the highest holds it by its tail and proceeds to shake the poor frightened animal in the air. We are just as shocked as you by now. This all takes place during the day, despite opossums being nocturnal animals. Being held captive in cages and then swung around by humans is unfathomable.

When threatened or harmed, opossums open their mouths, displaying 50 sharp teeth as saliva foams around them. This defense mechanism is an involuntary and automatic physiological response to danger.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat Congressional candidate, Bob Rackleff, bid an undisclosed amount while U.S. Congressman Neal Dunn reportedly paid $950.00 for an opossum.
Gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam paid $600.00. Putnam even shared a photo of himself and his daughter holding the opossum on Twitter, which WAN opted against using in this article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congressional candidate Bob Rackleff

U.S. Congressman Neal Dunn

Gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam
Claiming that “it’s for a good cause” as money raised benefits the local volunteer fire department and next year’s Possum Festival, commissioner of agriculture, candidate Denise Grimsley, paid $1,300.00 for her opossum.

commissioner of agriculture candidate Denise Grimsley
This is sad and wrong on so many levels and the Possum Festival In Florida must end!

https://worldanimalnews.com/there-is-a-possum-festival-in-florida-that-offers-bids-to-swing-opossums-in-the-air-for-so-called-fun-absolutely-shocking/
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TAGS Animal Abuse,Animal Cruelty,Animal Protection,Captive Animals,Florida, opossum

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This Dog Survived But Serves As Warning Why People Should Never Give An Animal Away “Free To A Good Home” – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
July 23, 2018

An animal shelter in Brisbane, Australia, is warning people not to give away pets, especially for free via social media. Sadly, an innocent puppy with severe facial injuries serves as an example of why.
“Trixie is a young, loving six-month-old pup who has already seen the absolute horrors this world has to offer. Her old owner couldn’t care for her so gave her away on a Facebook page to what he thought was a ‘good home’,” Happy Tails Animal Rescue posted on its Facebook page. “The disgusting humans who posed as a ‘good home’ promptly blocked Trixie’s old owner so he couldn’t check in on her… and two weeks passed by before Trixie showed up at the local pound with horrific facial injuries.”
A photo released by the rescue reveals that the sweet little Rottweiler and staffie mix with a swollen face had been used as a ‘bait dog’ to train fighting dogs.

The post revealed that after hearing about Trixie’s story, the rescue organization picked the dog up from the pound and then drove her six hours away to the shelter in Brisbane.
While the swelling on her face has gone down, the rescue reported that there is still a lot of scarring.

“Trixie is looking for a FOSTER HOME, preferably with NO other animals as she has endured so much pain and needs to recover in a quiet environment where she can learn that humans will never hurt her again,” the post continued. “If you can help give this pup another chance at life, one without pain and horror but just love and guidance, please let us know ASAP!”
“Also, please remember if you have absolutely no choice and need to rehome your pet, always go through a rescue group or shelter,” advised the rescue group. “You never can be sure who you are giving your precious pet to otherwise!”
As of this morning, a new update on Trixie, who is responding well to treatment, has been posted explaining that the RSPCA is now investigating her alleged mistreatment.
Fortunately, Trixie has since been placed in a loving foster home.

https://worldanimalnews.com/this-dog-survived-but-serves-as-warning-why-you-should-never-give-an-animal-away-free-to-a-good-home/

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(LONDON) Eating Dog Meat becoming widespread across U.K. due to mass immigration from the Europe and the Far East with such festivals as the ‘ Yulin Dog Eating Festival ‘ as ‘ International Ca nine Welfare Group ‘ calls for widespread ban from Theresa Mays government as its still considered l egal and needs banning NOW #AceNewsDesk reports

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#AceNewsReport – Aug.07: An international canine welfare group expressed growing concerns of dog eating spreading across Europe, due to mass immigration from the Far East, where the habit is widely practised: Despite widespread revolt against the cruel behaviour across the UK, killing dogs or consuming their meat is still considered legal in Britain #AceNewsDesk reports

On 21 June, China celebrates its annual dog meat festival in Yulin, where over 10,000 dogs area eaten – many of them stolen and strays.

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UK’s Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan has urged Mrs May to ban dog eating in the UK (Image: TWITTER)

Next month, the US Congress aims to enact a total ban on the import, trade and consumption of dog meat, following fears that the practise is also rising in America: Last night, several senior MPs voiced their concerns over the rise in dog eating across the UK, urging Mrs May to…

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Petition: Don’t Let Louisiana’s Tiger Truck Stop Display Any Wild Animals!

by: Laura G
recipient: Louisiana Fisheries and Wildlife

90,000 SUPPORTERS – 90,000 GOAL

The Tiger Truck Stop, next to busy Interstate 10 in Gross Tete, Louisiana, is no place for wild animals. But that’s where Tony the tiger languished inside his cage for years, exposed to diesel fumes, traffic noise, hot weather and harassment by tourists.

During this time, animal activists fought hard to get Tony released to a sanctuary. But before they succeeded, Tony died of kidney failure last year.

Nine months later, the truck stop’s owner, Michael Sandlin, has replaced Tony with a five-month-old camel named Caspar. Sandlin says he plans to add more animals, including crocodiles and goats. And he wants to have another tiger, too.

Sign the petition to prevent the truck stop owner from displaying more wild animals.

How was Sandlin able to own a tiger even though Louisiana outlawed the private ownership of big cats back in 2006? It’s because he somehow managed to convince Governor Bobby Jindal to pass an act exempting him — and only him — from this law.

Last year the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit saying the act violated the state constitution’s prohibition on laws passed to benefit only certain people or special interests. Sandlin has countersued, saying the big cat ban was unconstitutional.

Wild animals don’t belong in captivity — especially at a tourist attraction next to an interstate. Sandlin says he loves his animals, but he seems to love exploiting them for profit even more.

Please sign and share this petition urging Louisiana Fisheries and Wildlife to prohibit Sandlin from owning tigers, camels or any other wild animals.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/713/391/277/dont-let-louisianas-tiger-truck-stop-display-any-wild-animals/

WAN Update: The Carr Fire, The Ferguson Fire & The Complex Fire Continue To Burn Across Northern California; Important Animal Rescue Information – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis

July 31, 2018

ABC7 News
There are reportedly 16 wildfires currently scorching across California with the monstrous Carr Fire near Redding becoming the 7th most destructive fire in the history of the state.
Northern California has been hit especially hard with the Carr Fire, the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite Valley, the Complex Fire, River Fire, and Ranch Fire in Mendocino County.
The Carr Fire, which has burned more than 100,000 acres, tragically has already claimed the lives of two firefighters and six civilians. The number of animals that have perished in the fire has yet to be addressed, but sadly, there has been many.
“Haven Humane is filling up quickly with evacuated animals. We are desperately trying to make space for all incoming evacuees,” the non-profit posted on its Facebook page, noting that they were ‘receiving everything from goats to rabbits.’
Fortunately, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek is helping to clear Haven Humane to make room for more animal evacuees. It has already taken in close to 40 dogs and cats.

ARF
“Haven Humane actually had a pool of over 500 animals since Thursday, and in order to alleviate the burden on their efforts, we are pulling their existing population and trying to get them re-homed,” ARF posted on its Facebook page. “Our teams are returning with more animals from our partners in Carr Fire evacuation areas. Taking in these adoptable animals creates local space for the more than 800 pets displaced since last week.”
The relocated animals will be up for adoption at ARF following medical assessment.
In addition to Haven Humane, 530-241-1653, located at 1816 CA-273 in Anderson, which is taking in small animals, the following evacuation centers have also been set up:

Large animal shelter: Tehama County Fairgrounds, 530-527-5920, 650 Antelope Blvd Red Bluff
Large animal shelter: Intermountain Fairgrounds, 530-336-5005, 44218 A St, McArthur
Large and small animal shelter: Redding Rodeo Grounds, 530-241-5731, 715 Auditorium Dr, Redding. While WAN does not support rodeos, we appreciate the organization opening their doors to temporarily house displaced animals during the fire.

Ferguson Fire
As of this morning, the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park has burned 57,846 acres. Sadly, this fire also resulted in the loss of the lives of two firefighters.
Yosemite National Park remains closed with Yosemite Valley expected to reopen to all visitors at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 3, 2018. Limited visitor services will be available inside Yosemite Valley, including campgrounds, lodging, and food service operations.

Yosemite National Park
The small animal shelter at SPCA of Mariposa County, 209-966-5275, located at 5599 Highway 49, is reportedly at full capacity.
Animal evacuation centers include:

Small pets may now be accommodated at the Mariposa Elementary School Shelter at 5044 Jones Street, where Central California Animal Disaster Team (CCADT) is operating an emergency animal shelter.
Large animals are being accepted at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, 209-966-2432, located at 5007 Fairgrounds Road in Mariposa.

Complex Fire, River Fire, and Ranch Fire in Mendocino County
Multiple fires continue to burn in Mendocino, Lake, and Napa counties. The weather remains hot, dry, and windy. Firefighters remain hard at work trying to contain the fire that has already consumed more than 56,000 acres.

Animal evacuation centers are as follows:

Small animals are being accepted at Animal Care Services, 707-463-4427, located at 298 Plant Road in Ukiah.
Horses are temporarily housed at Redwood Riders Arena at 8300 East Road in Redwood Valley.

WAN will continue to update this breaking story. We are sending our prayers!

https://worldanimalnews.com/wan-update-the-carr-fire-the-ferguson-fire-important-animal-rescue-information/

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Petition: Nine Animals Just Died at Audubon Zoo Proving Once Again That Animals Should Be Free

by: Care2 Team
target: Audubon Zoo

Nine animals died this week after a 3-year-old jaguar named Valerio escaped his enclosure at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. Zoo officials said the killings resulted from territorial disputes among the animals, and that Valerio was just “doing what jaguars do.”

This is exactly why wild animals don’t belong in zoos in the first place. Please sign this petition urging Audubon Zoo to shutter its doors and send their animals to sanctuaries.

According to reports, Valerio’s escape was just an accident and no one person is to blame. But that’s just the problem. Accidents do happen, and when you’re keeping predatory animals in close proximity to prey animals and humans, those accidents can lead to deadly incidents. Luckily, no humans were injured or killed, but multiple alpacas and foxes and one emu are now gone forever.

On top of that, keeping animals in zoos is just bad for animals, plain and simple. Wild animals need ample space to roam, to run, to forage, and to explore. Social animals needs to be out in their natural habitat where they can interact with other animals. They should not be isolated in cramped cages so people can gawk at them.

Staff at Audubon Zoo were deeply saddened by the loss of animals this week. But if they really care about the animals, they should seek to give them a better life.

Please sign this petition, and together let’s urge Audubon Zoo to shut down and send their animals to sanctuaries where they’ll be able to have a better, more natural life.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/764/886/564/

 

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Petition: PetSmart Boarding Killed a Beloved Service Dog!

by: Kelsey B.
target: PetSmart

Aspen was a beautiful and beloved 4-year-old service dog to famous YouTuber Corey Dixon. But when Corey left her at a PetSmart boarding facility for a week, he had no idea it would mean the end of her life. Dixon picked her up at the end of the week and she was extremely sick, sitting in a pile of her own vomit. PetSmart had not alerted Corey or had Aspen looked at by a vet, despite her obvious ailment. A few days later, Aspen had to be put to sleep.

Sign the petition to demand that PetSmart takes responsibility for this tragic and senseless death of an amazing service dog.

Aspen was trained to know when Corey’s heart issues acted up and alert people if something went wrong. He said that Aspen had fully saved his life no fewer than three times.

In the one week of Aspen’s boarding at the PetSmart facility, she lost a ton of weight, was throwing up, was shaking and drooling extensively. So why didn’t anyone at the boarding facility have her checked out sooner or contact Dixon? This kind of negligence on the part of people entrusted with lives is truly unbelievable.

Corey has proof that Aspen went into the facility completely healthy. Meaning something must have happened while she was there and PetSmart did nothing to help her. The poor girl was probably suffering for days. Once Corey picked her up, he took her right to the vet. But had she seen a vet sooner, she may still be living a full life with Corey and keeping him safe too.

Sign the petition to demand PetSmart takes responsibility, fires the workers whose negligence cost Aspen her life and instate new policies to ensure no other animals meet the same fate.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/649/566/331/

Image is from Corey Dixon’s Twitter.

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Against Animal Testing Petition | The Body Shop

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Against Animal Testing Petition | The Body Shop
Together, let’s take a stand to finally ban cosmetics testing on animals everywhere.

JOIN OUR FOREVER AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING CAMPAIGN BY SIGNING THIS PETITION.

https://foreveragainstanimaltesting.com/page/9842/petition/1

We were the first global beauty brand to fight against animal testing. Over the last three decades, we’ve worked with our campaign partner Cruelty Free International and our collective efforts helped lead to a European Union ban in 2013. But that isn’t enough. Animals continue to be used in testing, and we want to end this practice everywhere and forever.
We, the undersigned, are calling on the United Nations to adopt an international convention that will end animal testing for cosmetics products and ingredients everywhere and forever.

We are calling on all member countries to pass a resolution at the UN General Assembly to initiate the proceedings that will lead to the convention. Our goal is enforceable and enforced harmonised rules ending the use of animals in cosmetics testing.

Please tick to sign-up to regular email newsletters and to stay up to date on the petition, new products and exclusive offers from The Body Shop.

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How To Prevent Your Dog From Overheating On The Hiking Trail

Editor’s note: This Care2 favorite was originally posted on July 16, 2015.

This summer has brought extreme temperatures to many U.S. states. Human hikers know that it’s important to carry enough water, wear loose-fitting clothes and don a wide-brimmed hat when venturing out in temperatures that can reach — or exceed – 100 degrees.

But what about their canine companions? Dogs don’t have the same options to shield themselves from the heat; all they can do is to follow wherever they are led — and sometimes this can have deadly consequences.

In past summers, Arkansas’ Pinnacle Mountain State Park has seen multiple dogs overheat and die while out hiking with their owners. Other dogs have passed out from heat exhaustion and needed to be carried down the trail. And these numbers are higher than the normal one or two canine deaths over a whole year, Joshua Jeffers, assistant park superintendent, told The Dodo.

The animals that died were of different breeds and ages, but most deaths happened during the hottest hours of the day, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. “Nobody has any business bringing their animals out that time of day,” Jeffers said.
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Jillian Rossi, state park interpreter, explained that sweat helps releases heat from the human body, but a dog can only pant – which is not a fast way to cool down.

“The humidity affects people, but it affects dogs up to three times more,” added Rossi, who says the heat affects dogs’ vital organs first.

Incidences of dogs overheating have also been reported in California and Arizona.

In one such case, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, near Los Angeles, California, was called to help a dangerously overheated boxer named Tyson who could not move or drink water.

Tyson was hiking with his human when, at about 1 p.m., he became lethargic and stopped walking. His owner called for help, and the rescue team was able to drive up the dirt hiking trail and reach the pair. The rescue crew placed the pooch into an air conditioned Altadena Rescue Team truck, and both Tyson and owner were driven off the hot trail to the parking lot at Eaton Canyon Nature.

However, most cases of dogs dying from heat exposure go unreported, so no statistics exist on how widespread the problem is. But estimates suggest that several hundred dogs suffer this slow, agonizing and entirely preventable fate every summer.
What Are the Symptoms of an Overheated Dog?

Symptoms include:

Skin that is hot to the touch
Heavy panting
Excessive thirst
Inability to move
Salivation

In the worst cases, this can progress to vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination and unconsciousness.

Nobody wants to witness their dog experiencing these horrific symptoms. It just takes careful forethought and common sense to protect your canine.
How to Prevent Overheating on the Hiking Trail

Prevent these early signs of too much sun from even happening by:

Not pushing your dog to keep going if she doesn’t want to
Making sure your dog has a shady spot where he can rest
Having a lot of drinking water handy if your dog shows any of the above signs of overheating — you can never have too much
Avoiding the use of muzzles, which can inhibit the ability of the dog to pant
Never taking your dog out in the hottest part of the day
Going for early morning or late evening workouts, and only for short time periods

Jeffers also urges hikers to read their dogs’ signals: If they’re straying off of paved trails, “the pavement is probably too hot for their paws.”

Have a great summer with your dog, and stay safe!

Photo Credit: Kate Brady/Flickr

https://www.care2.com/causes/how-to-prevent-your-dog-from-overheating-on-the-hiking-trail.html

Petition: This Zoogoer Caused the Death of a Rare Giraffe! Demand Justice

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by: Care2 Team
target: Polícia de Segurança Pública

107,790 SUPPORTERS – 110,000 GOAL

Many people are unaware that the giraffe is in danger. According to a 2016 survey, there are less than 100,000 of the animals in the wild and over the last generation, almost 40% of the species has been lost. Many have called their slow disappearance, the “silent extinction.”

One of the rarer subspecies is the Angolan giraffe which is numbered at around 13,000. Until recently, there were 20 of these endangered giraffes in captivity, now there is one less.

Last week, an inconsiderate and irresponsible zoogoer caused the death of a famous Angolan giraffe when they lured the giraffe into a ditch that separates its enclosure from the public.

Despite there being a sign asking visitors not to feed the animals right next to the enclosure, the zoogoer offered the animal food and it fell into the ditch where it died.

What makes the news even worse, is that the 11-year-old giraffe gave birth late last year, and while her calf is eating on its own, it still was very much dependent on its mother.

Police have identified the visitor in question but as of yet, he has not been charged. That is not acceptable. This person should be held accountable for causing the death of one of these rare and beautiful creatures.

Please sign the petition and ask the Polícia de Segurança Pública, the Portuguese police force, to charge the culprit and make sure justice is served in the name of the giraffe.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/589/581/480/?z00m=30567743&redirectID=2688432975

 

Injured shark asks diver for help by repeatedly nudging up against him( video)

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Sir Paul McCartney Among Animal Advocates Who Helped Save Cow’s Life After She Crossed From Bulgaria Into Serbia – World Animal New

By Lauren Lewis –
June 15, 2018

It has been a stressful time for Penka, the cow, her distraught owner, and tens of thousands of animal advocates throughout the world who have been fighting to save her life after she accidentally wandered away from the Bulgarian village of Mazarachevo last month, walking out of the EU into Serbia, a non-EU member state.
According to abc.net.au Bulgaria has now agreed to spare five-year-old Penka’s life!
Sir Paul McCartney was among those advocating for Penka to be saved following news that plans were in the works to kill her for crossing European Union borders without the proper paperwork.
“I think it would be really nice to see this pregnant cow given a reprieve. She’s done nothing wrong,” McCartney tweeted to his 3.95 million Twitter followers. “Join us if you agree.”
McCartney then shared a link to a now-closed petition that garnered more than 30 thousand signatures and contributed to the life-saving change of plans.
As per the petition, after Penka was returned to her owner, Ivan Haralampiev, “Bulgarian officials said the animal must be put down because of strict EU rules despite being given a clean bill of health by Serbian vets.”
“We believe that Penka’s case reflects a lack of compassion on the part of EU officialdom for everyday people, such as Penka’s owner, who is absolutely distraught,” the petition continued.
Fortunately, with the help of Paul McCartney and thousands of animal advocates who used their voice for Penka, compassion, ultimately prevailed in this case!

https://worldanimalnews.com/sir-paul-mccartney-among-animal-advocates-who-helped-save-cows-life-after-she-crossed-from-bulgaria-into-serbia/

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Breaking! After More Than 150 Years, Montreal Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages; New By-Law To Be Enacted On December 31, 2019 – World Animal News

By WAN –
June 15, 2018

Photos from Montreal SPCA
The City of Montreal has announced the adoption of a by-law prohibiting the use of horse-drawn carriages on its territory.
Unfortunately, the new by-law will not come into effect until December 31, 2019.
“The Montreal SPCA has been fighting against the use of horses downtown for nearly 150 years,” attorney Alanna Devine, Director of Animal Advocacy at the Montreal SPCA, which congratulated Mayor Valérie Plante and Projet Montreal for adopting this long-awaited measure, said in a statement. “The end of this industry represents an important victory for our organization and demonstrates just how much our relationship with animals is evolving.”
Carriage horses are often forced to work nine or more hours per day, seven days a week, are subject to potential collisions with vehicles, loud noises that can spook them and also endanger humans in their vicinity, extreme temperatures and years of walking on unnaturally hard surfaces, which often causes lameness.

The phase-out period would allow the City of Montreal to work with horse owners, the Montreal SPCA, and horse rescues and sanctuaries to place all the horses in homes adapted to their needs, where they will be able to live out a peaceful retirement.
“The Montreal SPCA already has a solid network of foster homes and horse rescues and would be more than willing to help with proper placement of the City’s carriage horses, as we have already done for some individuals in the past,” said Elise Desaulniers, Executive Director of the Montreal SPCA. “We hope to have the opportunity to work with the city and rescue groups to place these horses with loving and attentive caretakers.”
By putting an end to this antiquated and inhumane industry, Montreal will be following the lead of several other world-class cities, such as London, Paris, Beijing, and Toronto.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-after-more-than-150-years-montreal-bans-horse-drawn-carriages-new-by-law-to-be-enacted-on-december-31-2019/

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Petition · Humane Society of Southwest Washington : Allow adopted animals their right to be able to return home · Change.org

Note from me… As a volunteer at the shelter for many years…I know how the Humane Society can circle their wagons and their rules need to be changed for situations like this one.

Losing a pet can be devastating, they need to contact the new adopters and let them know the situation, and hopefully they will return the cat, and adopt another kitty and give that one a forever home.

Tina is only asking for 200 signatures, but I want more signatures!!!!

Please sign this petition and share her story, this needs to to get out to the public.

Tina Evarts started this petition to Humane Society of Southwest Washington and 2 others

My cat was adopted from the humane society under the name “Goofus” while I was out of town for a little over a month. I had no idea he was even missing until after I’d returned back to Vancouver. By the time I was able to determine where he was, I was told I was too late to get him back. I’ve relentlessly been doing everything I can think of in hopes of finding him. My requests to have my information passed onto the family that adopted him have been rejected every time. In a response to my email I’d sent to the Board of Directors I was denied my request and told that it’s important for the shelter to maintain a certain reputation or image to the community and that people who adopt an animal tend to form a bond quickly with their new pet. If that’s honestly any concern to you, then why have I been repeatedly told that if he ever ends up back in your shelter, an alert will come up in your system to notify me? If that means you’d one day be willing to give him back to me, why not just do it now? If you’re worried about damaging your reputation or level of trust within the community, I would be more concerned with the individuals who are hired on to represent your shelter. Recently, after making a routine post on a lost pet page thru Facebook, I was publicly harassed for approximately an hour by an employee of the Southwest Washington humane society for trying to find my cat. She told me it was my own fault my cat was gone and I had no right even asking to have him back. I was in tears trying to defend myself from every hurtful statement she kept making, but in complete shock that someone could even do something like this to another person. She had no right doing what she did or saying any of the things she’d said to me. It was completely unprofessional and uncalled for. It isnt wrong for me to want my cat back because I would’ve never let him go in the first place. In my opinion, in order to correct the situation I should be given my cat back immediately along with an apology from your employee for her unacceptable behavior.

https://www.change.org/p/humane-society-of-southwest-washington-allow-adopted-animals-their-right-to-be-able-to-return-home-64bdc277-afed-46ee-8015-b6fc5d35c316

Petition · Big Island Civil Defense and Fire Department: Please authorize helicopter and boat animal rescues in areas where animals are trapped · Change.org

Axel Kratel started this petition to Big Island Civil Defense and Fire Department and 2 others

The 2018 eruption of Kilauea is unprecedented in strength and volume and has trapped many animals in areas completely surrounded by lava. Dogs, cats, and many farm animals including cows, chicken, goats, sheep and other animals are trapped. Hundreds of volunteers not affiliated with any govt agency or the humane society are taking matters in their own hands and are evacuating animals at their own risk and expense. The rescuers are putting their own lives at risk because civil defense and the fire dept. have refused all access to those areas and do not provide any support.

Many clandestine operations are underway and are putting both volunteers and first responders at risk due to the lack of support. Some of the animals being rescued have burned paws and burned noses, we don’t know how many more have already died. There are large channelized lava flows going to the ocean where goats climb up the side banks of the black cooled part of the flows and then their hooves break through the crust and they are burned alive. A lot of animals are now trapped on green mountain, which is completely surrounded by lava. But the broader isolated area encompasses many, many more acres that includes many pets and farm animals

The press is silent and isn’t reporting on the issue because they are afraid they will loose access to the eruption areas. Meanwhile, the animals are dying in secret. It’s been four weeks now that the tragedy has begun and we don’t even know how many countless animals are left behind. Photos of lava are showing up with silhouettes of cats in the background.

We submitted a helicopter rescue plan well over a week ago that includes resources that we are willing to provide, including helicopter and an advanced crew that knows how to do technical animal evacuations. All we are hearing from civil defense are coquis and crickets. The silence is deafening. Others have submitted helicopter proposals long before we did, and these have also been refused.

We the people demand that animal welfare be attended to properly in this disaster and that volunteers be given access, and also be given the dignity of being communicated with by our govt officials with aloha and respect.

https://www.change.org/p/big-island-civil-defense-and-fire-department-please-authorize-helicopter-and-boat-animal-rescues-in-areas-where-animals-are-trapped?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13227970&grid_position=6&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAFKUygAAAAAAWyLXNOvV1gphYTI3OTNhNA%3D%3D

Petition: Cancel The Pig Racing at Lycoming County Fair, Hughesville, Pennsylvania

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by: Pigs Don’t Race
target: Lycoming County Fair, Pennsylvania

1,349 SUPPORTERS in Pennsylvania

25,569 SUPPORTERS – 30,000 GOAL

Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville, Pennsylvania, will be holding daily pig races between 12th July and 21st July.

They have revoltingly and mockingly named these races “Race To The Butcher” and the races are sponsored by a butcher.

Animal racing is cruel and exploitative and there is no place for it in today’s modern world.

Sign now to demand that this cruel race be cancelled.

Sign Petition 25,569 supporters

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/980/545/311/cancel-the-pig-racing-at-lycoming-county-fair-hughesville-pennsylvania/

 

Petition: Govani the Lion Ate His Own Tail From Stress on the Road – Ban Traveling Circuses Now

by: Fabio G
target: European Commission

56,040 SUPPORTERS – 60,000 GOAL

Up until recently, Govani the lion lived in a rusty cage just 2×2 meters big as part of a traveling circus. But confinement wasn’t his only source of suffering. Govani’s claws and fangs were removed, and he was so skinny, sick and so stressed that he ended up devouring his own tail.

Luckily, Govani has a new lease on life, thanks to the AAP (Animal Advocacy and Protection Association) who rescued him. Now, he can recover slowly in his new home: an open space with trees and swimming spots where he will become a healthy and happy lion again.

Unfortunately, in many European countries it’s still perfectly legal for traveling circuses to use wild animals in their shows. More than 1000 are still being exploited throughout the EU. These animals are treated in a cruel and degrading way, confined in small cages and mutilated to make them less dangerous.

Step by step, circuses with wild animals are being banned throughout Europe, but there is much still to be done. You can help the activists who are rescuing circus animals with a small gesture by signing this petition asking the European Commission to ban circuses with animals throughout the European Union.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/715/346/399/european-union-ban-circuses-with-wild-animals-now/

 

Breaking! Hotline For Pet Owners Set Up As Growing Wildfire On Buffalo Mountain In Colorado Causes Hurried Evacuations – World Animal News

By WAN –
June 12, 2018

A wildfire that began around 11:00 am this morning on Buffalo Mountain, which is west of Silverthorne and north of Frisco, Colorado, has hundreds of people evacuating their homes.
The Summit Fire and EMS now estimate the fire size at more than 91acres.

Officials have warned that winds were expected to gust to 20 mph on this afternoon, which could fan the fire and cause it to rapidly spread.
The growing fire is currently forcing evacuations at the top half of Wildernest and Mesa Cortina.
Authorities have set up an evacuation shelter at the Silverthorne Recreation Center at 430 Rainbow Drive in Silverthorne.
KKTV has reported that Silverthorne Elementary School, located at 101 Hamilton Creek Road in Silverthorne, will also open as a shelter at 2:00 pm this afternoon.
According to the Summit Fire and E.M.S. Facebook page, the Summit County Animal Control and Shelter has set up a hotline for residents who need help retrieving pets left at homes in the area at (970) 668-4143.
Authorities are requesting residents do not call 9-1-1. The public hotline number for updates is (970) 668-9730. The county is also frequently updating an emergency blog at http://www.co.summit.co.us/emergencyblog.
WAN will update this story as it develops.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-hotline-for-pet-owners-set-up-as-growing-wildfire-on-buffalo-mountain-in-colorado-causes-hurried-evacuations/
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Breaking! South Korea’s Last Remaining Polar Bear, Tongki, Will Live The Rest Of His Life In Peace At Yorkshire Wildlife Park In The UK – World Animal News

By WAN – June 11, 2018

Photos from Yorkshire Wildlife Park
WAN is thrilled to share that the only living polar bear in South Korea is being relocated later this year from the Everland Zoo, to the world-class facilities of Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) in Doncaster, United Kingdom.
Tongki, 24, will be re-homed at YWP’s award-winning Project Polar, an international center for the conservation and rehabilitation of polar bears both in captivity and in the wild, which is especially important as Polar Bears are increasingly threatened by global warming.
YWP staff and vets have already visited Tongki and performed health checks to check if he is fit to travel the 5,500 miles from Korea to Yorkshire this November.
“We are delighted to accept Tongki and give him a wonderful retirement in the ten-acre reserves here at YWP,” John Minion, CEO of the park said in a statement. “Our top priority is to keep him healthy and happy. The journey from Korea will be long, but we have plans in place to make it a smooth and comfortable transition.”
Tongki was born in a zoo in Masan, Gyeongsangnam, and relocated to Everland in 1997.
Reaching the age of 70-80 in human years, the retired polar bear is ready to enjoy a comfortable life alongside current residents of Project Polar, Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby, who can often be spotted roaming in Project Polar, which includes dens, pools, lakes in a rolling landscape, and is designed to reflect the habitat of the summer Arctic tundra.

Working in association with Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation (YWPF), which was created in 2013 to be a dynamic catalyst for inspiring people to support conservation and welfare, and Polar Bears International (PBI), Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Project Polar is YWP and YWPF’s flagship project. It combines all three key objectives, conservation, welfare and education, working towards saving and improving the welfare of one of the most iconic species, the polar bear.

YWP welcomes 750,000 visitors annually who enjoy the spacious reserves and walkthrough animal areas. In addition to the polar bears, YWP is also home to some of the most endangered and beautiful animals on the planet, including Amur Leopards, Amur Tigers, Giant Otters, Grevy’s Zebra, and the latest addition, the rare Okapi.

Since opening in 2009, YWP has become the UK’s fastest growing and most innovative wildlife sanctuary, combining conservation, welfare and education all in one.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-south-koreas-last-remaining-polar-bear-tongki-will-live-the-rest-of-his-life-in-peace-at-yorkshire-wildlife-park-in-the-uk/
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Petition · Send Asha the African Elephant to Sanctuary · Change.org

Voices for Asha started this petition to Mark Herring and 3 others

Asha, a 35-year-old female, African elephant has been alone at the Natural Bridge Zoo in Virginia for an accumulative 22 years. She is forced to give over 10,000 rides a year, despite active tuberculosis findings in monkeys held at the zoo. This is a huge risk to the public who are in close proximity to her on a daily basis. Her toenails are cracked due to lack of foot care, and the zoo has been cited for failing to provide adequate veterinary care across the board. These are just a handful of the issues she faces on a daily basis.

In April 2015, the Natural Bridge Zoo’s permit to publicly exhibit wild animals was suspended by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). The zoo has since reopened despite numerous, ongoing complaints and inspections.

To call this zoo anything short of a roadside attraction would be an injustice to those animals who have suffered and died during the many decades it’s been allowed to operate. The zoo has made it in the list of top 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants by In Defense of Animals for the last four years, and after public pressure and undercover footage from the Humane Society of the United States was released, the zoo has been cited uncountable times by the USDA for issues including, but not limited to, contaminated food, sanitation issues, rodent infestation, and improper containment.

Due to the nature of these citations and disregard of many of them, we are asking that the DGIF step up and take permanent action. The DGIF has fallen short in assisting the USDA despite the fact that these issues are entirely within their jurisdiction. We ask the Attorney General to hold the DGIF accountable to taking appropriate action. Please consider sending Asha to a sanctuary, revoking the zoo’s license permanently, and finding placement for the zoo’s remaining animals that will meet their needs as a species.

https://www.change.org/p/send-asha-the-african-elephant-to-sanctuary?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=3723388&grid_position=11&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAGIvygAAAAAAWx7VobrG1PxlNjYxZjM3OA%3D%3D

Petition · Save Ely, the Sick and Abused Elephant City Governor – Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa, You Can Save Her Life! · Change.org

Immediate Action To Be Taken On Behalf Of Ely An Abused And Neglected Elephant
OneProtest started this petition to Mexico City Governor Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa and 4 others

A total of 3 elephants have died at The San Juan de Aragon Zoo. Maggie, an Asian elephant being the latest. Maggie was euthanized after suffering from degenerative osteoarthritis. Ely could be next on the list of dead elephants at San Juan de Aragon Zoo if nothing is done to help her. It is important to note that every animal at the San Juan de Aragon Zoo is insured and upon the animal’s death the zoo receives compensation.

We are calling for the immediate and prompt surrender of Ely, a female African elephant that is being held at the San Juan de Aragon Zoo.

Ely is a former circus elephant who was bought by the Aragon Zoo. The Zoo proclaims they’re treating Ely better than the circus, yet upon her arrival in 2012, her health and well-being has continually deteriorated. Her enclosure is made of concrete floors causing joint pain and pales in comparison to the vast lands she would roam in the wild. Elephants in the wild travel 15 – 30 miles a day, and for Ely to achieve this she would have to walk the back and forth in her enclosure over 300 and times a day. Due to confinement and the unnatural environment, Ely is forced to live in; she exhibits stereotyping a neurological condition conducive to animals held in captivity.

Ely suffers from a broad spectrum of health issues, among those issues is a skin condition known as ulcerative dermatitis. The lack of shade in Ely’s enclosure has caused her to become severely sunburnt on top of her already damaged skin. The lack of care and treatment to these injuries has resulted in an infection that is most visible on her back.

We demand swift action be taken in regards to the treatment of Ely. We urge San Juan de Aragon Zoo to release Ely to a sanctuary that can provide her with the love and care; she so desperately needs and deserves.

https://www.change.org/p/save-ely-the-sick-and-abused-elephant-city-governor-miguel-angel-mancera-espinosa-you-can-save-her-life

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Why Breeding Dogs is a Problem, Even if the Breeder is ‘Reputable’

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Why Breeding Dogs is a Problem, Even if the Breeder is ‘Reputable’
Corrine Henn
5-7 minutes

Despite the fact that nearly 62 percent of Americans have a pet, there are still more than 70 million homeless dogs and cats living in the U.S. Of these 70 million needy animals, only around six to eight million enter shelters each year. Although they only take in a fraction of America’s homeless animals, these shelters are mostly packed to capacity and strapped trying to function with limited funds. Yet, regardless of this wealth of pets looking for loving homes, only around 20 percent of Americans adopt their dogs from shelters.

So where are the other 74 percent coming from? Well, breeders.

You can find virtually any breed of animal in your local shelter – purebred or mixed – but consumers continue to pay hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars for dogs from breeders.

Some believe that by purchasing their dogs from a special breeder they will somehow be getting a “superior” pet, however, not only is this false but there are a number of other reasons that breeding dogs is irresponsible and harmful no matter how good their reputation may be.
The Myth of Purebred Superiority

Consumers looking for a new family pet are willing to pay exorbitant amounts for a purebred dog because they’re told that the puppy has been raised in a loving environment and will grow up to have a friendly disposition with minimal health problems.

However, there is no way to really tell because in many cases, it’s dependent on the individual dog. While there may be breeders that take precaution to avoid inbreeding (which often leads to significant health issues), and are selective with the dogs they do breed, making sure to raise them in loving environments, there is no definitive “rule” that guarantees these animals won’t suffer from health or behavioral problems early or later on.

You can never forget that breeders are still trying to run a business at the end of the day, so it is only in their best interest to advertise the benefits to owning a purebred, and even perpetuating the myth that certain positive attributes cannot be found in shelter dogs. Ironically, the Humane Society estimates that 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebred.
What Distinguishes a “Reputable” Breeder

Now, when we refer to “reputable” breeders, it’s merely to differentiate between those that breed their animals “responsibly,” and those that don’t. A lot of consumers don’t do research prior to purchasing their new four-legged family member, and as a result, end up buying their new best friend from cruel puppy mills. Others rely on the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) inspection certification to ensure that the dogs they purchase are both purebred and don’t come from an abusive background. However, an exposé into the AKC’s inspection program revealed that many of these certified breeders subject their dogs to puppy mill-like conditions as well.

Although the AKC is considered the highest authority on purebred dog standards, Ed Sayer’s, the President of the ASPCA, stated in the New York Times that a number of the raids his organization has carried out involved commercial breeding facilities that were registered with the AKC.

Many puppies who come from puppy mills suffer from serious health problems as a result of reckless breeding. For example, the New York Times highlighted the story of one woman who purchased a puppy from an AKC breeder only to find out the puppy suffered from a number of abnormalities as a result of reckless breeding practices; the breeder had passed AKC’s inspection only two weeks prior. Two months later the facility was raided and all of the dogs were removed from the breeding facility.

When a representative from the AKC was questioned as to just how many breeders have AKC registered dogs in the country, they admitted that they did not have those figures. While the AKC may not believe they’re responsible for all breeders, their approval of these substandard facilities is deceiving to consumers and frankly, they should be held accountable for the breeders they certify.
The Question of Overpopulation

Reputable breeders have a passion for breeding dogs and many do genuinely love the animals they care for, but that does not address the very real problem of what breeding pets does to the existing pet overpopulation problem.

According to the ASPCA, 1.2 million dogs are euthanized in shelters every year because of lack of space, resources, and people who are willing to adopt these animals. No matter how you look at the issue, the idea of producing more dogs to meet the “demands” of people who are willing to pay thousands of dollars for a purebred pup while there are hundreds of thousands of purebred dogs waiting in overcrowded shelters is incredibly irresponsible.

The fact is, all dogs deserve a loving home, but when these dogs become commodities who are bred for profit, it doesn’t matter how well-meaning or qualified the breeders are. If we wish to put an end to the gross pet overpopulation problem and provide loving forever homes for dogs who truly need it, there is no real justification for the perpetuation of dog breeding.

So please, be a Green Monster and always adopt, don’t shop!

Image source: Wikimedia Commons

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/why-breeding-dogs-is-a-problem-even-if-the-breeder-is-reputable/

Balloon Releases Are Killing Wildlife and Marine Animals – Here’s What You Can Do Instead

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Balloon Releases Are Killing Wildlife and Marine Animals – Here’s What You Can Do Instead
Arianna Pittman

For years, balloon releases have been used to celebrate events or honor the memory of someone lost. Schools release them during football games, they’re sent floating into the air at running events, and released by crowds of people at weddings, funerals, and memorials. And while those who organize and participate in balloon releases have the best of intentions, what they fail to consider is what happens when those balloons eventually land – and when they do the results are detrimental to wildlife and marine animals.

The Long-Lasting Impact of Balloons

Balloons negatively impact our environment by littering streams, lakes, and beaches. It’s basically the same as intentionally throwing trash on the ground or into the ocean. Even balloons marketed as biodegradable or “eco-friendly” can still take years to disintegrate, meaning they’re not any better for the environment than standard balloons.

The Devastating Effects Balloon Releases Have on Wildlife and Marine Animals and What You Can Do About ItBalloonsBlow.Org/Facebook

When balloons make their way into the water, their tattered ends and floating pieces can resemble jellyfish or other sea life consumed by marine animals such as sea turtles, fish, and dolphins. When the pieces of latex or Mylar are mistaken for food and ingested, they can get lodged in the digestive tract, inhibiting animal’s ability to eat and causing a slow and painful death by starvation.

Wildlife can also fall victim to balloons and balloon strings when the pieces fall to the ground or onto trees and bushes. Birds have been found injured with ribbons wrapped around their beaks or wings, and have strangled themselves when they become entangled in strings attached to trees or power lines. And just like marine animals, they can succumb to a painful death after ingesting balloons.

The negative impact on animals and the environment prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local chapters of the National Audubon Society to urge people to stop releasing balloons and instead find more humane alternatives that are safer for animals and our planet. Several states and cities in the U.S. and abroad have also passed laws regarding mass balloon releases after years of witnessing their detrimental effects.

The Devastating Effects Balloon Releases Have on Wildlife and Marine Animals and What You Can Do About It

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

What You Can Do

If you know of someone planning a balloon release, please urge them to consider one of these earth- and animal-friendly options instead. There are so many other symbolic acts that don’t involve the use of balloons. We’ve listed a few options for you below, and you can find more by that offers not only fun alternatives but educational materials to help you spread awareness about the dangers of balloons and balloon releases.

Bubbles

Bubblesare not only fun but can create stunning photo ops. Watching hundreds of bubbles float up into the sky can be mesmerizing and just as symbolic as seeing a balloon float away, but without the resulting of litter and endangerment to wildlife and marine animals.

Luminaries

Luminaries are a beautiful way to honor and memorialize loved ones. Instead of writing messages on balloons and releasing them, you can write messages on recycled paper bags or reusable glass jars with candles placed inside to create a lighted path, or spell out a word or name. Each person can bring their bag or jar home afterward as a personal keepsake to remember the event.
Plant a Tree

Planting native trees and wildflowers is a beautiful way to create a memory that lasts for years to come – and give a little something back to nature. Another fun idea is to have people release milkweed seeds, which helps populations of monarch butterflies thrive by replenishing depleted supplies of the milkweed plant that is essential to their survival. Just remember: If you choose to plant trees or flowers somewhere other than your own yard, make sure you have prior permission if it’s a public park or nature area, as they often have restrictions about potentially invasive species of plants.

Celebrations and commemorative events are meant to allow us to reflect on important times in our lives, there is no reason these should come at the expense of wild animals.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/balloon-releases-are-killing-animals/

Lead image source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service/Flickr

Petition: This Couple Filmed Themselves Eating Rare Animals to Make a Buck. Ask Youtube to Ban Them!

by: Care2 Team
target: Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube

51,961 SUPPORTERS – 55,000 GOAL
Here in America, not too many people will recognize the names Ah Lin Tuch and Phoun Raty. But in their homeland of Cambodia, they are making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The husband and wife team have enraged Cambodian netizens after they uploaded videos of themselves eating endangered and protected Cambodian wildlife on YouTube.

Ah Lin Tuch and her husband Phoun created a name for themselves and gain a following online in hopes of making a living from their disgusting clips. To date, they have already made $500 via Google sponsored advertisements.

The couple says they didn’t know the animals were endangered or special but ignorance is no excuse, especially since their actions could have encouraged others to do the same. One of the most disturbing videos is when they eat a rare fishing cat. In 2010 the cat was listed as endangered and has only recently been uplisted to the more hopeful status of “vulnerable.”

The couple also filmed themselves skinning, cooking and eating lizards, frogs, and birds including a large heron.

While the government is investigating them, there is one more way we can make sure Ah Lin Tuch and Phoun Raty’s dreams of making money off animal abuse never come to fruition.

We must ask YouTube to ban this couple’s channel from their website and ensure they can never profit again from killing endangered animals. Please sign the petition and help make sure their channel disappears from YouTube for good.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/812/236/762/?z00m=30548245&redirectID=2678567688

Photo credit: Natural Life TV / YouTube

 

Petition: New Jersey: Ban The Use Of Exotic Animals In The Circus!!, New Jersey

by: Finley B
target: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey

7,253 SUPPORTERS in New Jersey
105,064 SUPPORTERS
110,000 GOAL

In 2017 Illinois and New York became the first states in the U.S. to ban circus elephant acts. This means that any circus that still uses elephants can no longer perform anywhere in the entire state of Illinois or New York. Now in 2018 New Jersey is poised to take this even farther and completely ban the use of any exotic animals in circuses, this includes elephants, tigers, lions, and bears.

All animals, especially elephants, suffer terribly in the circus industry. They lead lives of sadness, constant fear, and despair. This bill passed the New Jersey legislature by votes of 66-2-2 in the General Assembly and by 31-0 in the State Senate. Unfortunately outgoing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie decided to “pocket veto” the bill, which means that he declined to sign it before leaving office.

But now New Jersey has a new governor and therefore renewed hope to end circus suffering! A new revised circus bill will be presented to new governor Phil Murphy for his approval.

Please join me in asking governor Murphy to sign this very important bill into law. The state of New Jersey can lead the way to end circus suffering for all exotic animals in the United States!
Update #13 months ago
Dear supporters! A new and revised version of the anti-circus-cruelty bill is being drafted in the New Jersey legislature. Please continue to share this petition with everyone you know, we need to bring more awareness to the very important issue of circus cruelty! Please continue to email, Tweet, and share this petition on Facebook. To share on Facebook all you have to do is click the big blue button on the right of the petition. Thank you for your help, together we can end circus suffering!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/433/264/251/

 

Petition: Sign Ashley Judd’s Petition – Protect the Bonobos

by: Ashley Judd and the Bonobo Conservation Initiative
target: Democratic Republic of the Congo; Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism

150,015 SUPPORTERS – 160,000 GOAL
Bonobos are the world’s least-recognized great ape, and humanity’s closest living relative. This endangered species lives exclusively in Africa’s Congo Basin, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Only an estimated 15,000 bonobos remain in the wild – poaching and habitat loss are pushing them to the brink of extinction.

I fell in love with these amazing animals a few years ago when I narrated “The Bonobo Connection.” I learned that bonobo societies are matriarchal, and unlike our other closest relatives, chimpanzees, are incredibly peaceful. Female-led groups of bonobos are highly empathic, and use affection rather than aggression to resolve conflict and to strengthen social bonds.

It is a tragic irony that this peaceful species is only found in one of the most war-ravaged countries on Earth. Now that the Congo is rebuilding after years of conflict, groundbreaking efforts are underway to protect and study bonobos.

The DRC is currently considering how to manage the habitat of bonobos – some of the most biodiverse rainforest in Africa. The world must encourage the DRC to protect the only home of bonobos by maintaining its current logging moratorium, rejecting oil drilling, expanding their protected habitat and supporting community-led conservation efforts.

I truly believe that through greater understanding and a heightened awareness of bonobos, humanity will benefit. I will be visiting the DRC soon, to view bonobos in the wild and meet with conservation leaders and government representatives. I would be honored to deliver your petition signature and add your voice to the global call to protect our sister species. Please join me.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/405/920/862/?z00m=30424623&redirectID=2674703628

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Petition · gvreddy.ifs.forest@rajasthan.gov.in : Help us save little Suman the elephant, and reunite her family! · Change.org

Wildlife SOS started this petition to Chief Wildlife Warden of Rajasthan Dr. G.V. Reddy

Suman is a six-year-old elephant living in shackles, hidden away from authorities underground, isolated from her mother. Suman has already been through so much; she was born into an abusive circus, then sold to a notoriously cruel owner in the notoriously cruel city of Jaipur. Today she is being forced to live in a dark basement, isolated from her family, hidden away from anyone who could help. If her owner decides to employ her as a riding-elephant, men will beat her and break her spirit to make her “tame enough for work.” And she will work long, hard hours until the day she drops.

Baby elephants like Suman should never have to live like this! We rescued Suman’s sister Peanut from the same circus that abused Suman several years ago, when Peanut was about the same age Suman is now. Today Peanut has a beautiful life, roaming green spaces with other elephants, full of energy and spirit. Suman deserves this life too, as do her mother and father. All together, one family, at our sanctuary. That is our goal.

Suman’s mother, Chanda, has been bred to the point of exhaustion — only to watch her babies repeatedly wrenched away and sold into horrible lives. Chanda is being forced to give tourist rides through the scorching heat in Jaipur, heavy loads weighing down her spine. Suman’s father, Bijli, was also sold into a thankless life of labor in Jaipur.

We cannot allow this. We cannot stand by and watch Suman’s little spirit break through cruelty and neglect. We cannot allow her future to be five decades of abuse and neglect in Jaipur, instead of five decades of love with her family at our rescue center.

Please stand with us for Suman. Help us reunite her with Peanut. Help us bring her family — a family that has already suffered so much — out of darkness and isolation and into a future together.

Please sign this petition asking officials in Jaipur to do the right thing.

https://www.change.org/p/gvreddy-ifs-forest-rajasthan-gov-in-help-us-save-little-suman-the-elephant-and-reunite-her-family?source_location=update_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=12156454&grid_position=3&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAB5GyQAAAAAAWxBPJM38LrU5ZGE1NjQ2ZQ%3D%3D

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Trainers: Stop Hurting Horses For Show Tricks! – The Animal Rescue Site

Goal: 30,000 • Progress: 21,07

Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

It’s a sad fact that for many horse trainers, torturous practices like soring are part of the job.

Horse soring involves whipping, burning, shocking, or otherwise irritating a horse’s forelegs to get the animal to step higher when presenting in shows and auctions. Other horse trainers shove weights or shims between the hoof and the shoe. Some do both, while wrapping heavy chains around their horse’s caustic chemical coated legs.

The barbaric practice has been condemned by government agencies as well as animal activists alike. And while the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been historically responsible for overseeing horse training operations at a federal level, and fining those found guilty of horse soring under the Horse Protection Act, recent decrees from the Trump Administration have severely restricted the Act’s efficacy.

A strengthened Horse Protection Act was scheduled to be put into the Federal Register in January 2016, but a White House order on President Donald Trump’s first day in office brought it and many other regulations back for review.

Through interviews with convicted horse abuser Barney Davis, the Humane Society has helped to expose the horrific popularity of soring among horse trainers. “Every trainer sores horses,” said Davis, who pled guilty to violating the Horse Protection Act on several counts in 2016. “You have to, to get them to walk…you’re not going to win if you don’t sore [horses].” Davis not only recounted the gruesome truth about soring — bloody forelegs and horses wailing in pain — he also indicated that judges and inspectors at many horse exhibitions are paid to look the other way.

There is no excuse for horse soring to continue in the United States. The federal government and law enforcement has the authority to end this practice and protect our horses.

Sign below and tell the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that the Horse Protection Act needs to be strengthened and enforced.

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http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/ars/petition/soring/?utm_source=ars-ta-animals&utm_medium=email&utm_term=05272018&utm_content=takeaction-f&utm_campaign=soring&origin=ETA_052718_soring_f&oidp=0x4a568a63ec7cab2cc0a82937