Petition: Save Tikiiri From Barbaric Abuse

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Joanna Davidson started this petition to Ranil Wickremesinghe

This is Tikiiri, a 70 year old ailing female. She is one of the 60 elephants who must work in the service of the Perahera Festival in Sri Lanka this year. Tikiri joins in the parade early every evening until late at night every night for ten consecutive nights, amidst the noise, the fireworks, and smoke. She walks many kilometers every night so that people will feel blessed during the ceremony. No one sees her bony body or her weakened condition, because of her costume. No one sees the tears in her eyes, injured by the bright lights that decorate her mask, no one sees her difficulty to step as her legs are short shackled while she walks.

For a ceremony, all have the right to belief as long as that belief does not disturb or harm another. How can we call this a blessing, or something holy, if we make other lives to suffer?

Today is World Elephant Day. We cannot bring a peaceful world to the elephant if we still think that this image is acceptable.

To love, to do no harm, to follow a path of kindness and compassion, this is the Way of Buddha. It is time to follow.

This needs to stop.

https://www.change.org/p/ranil-wickremesinghe-save-tikiiri-from-barbaric-abuse?recruiter=336157183&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_message&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=f826d250-2250-11e5-81c8-499d538ddc07&share_bandit_exp=message-17221985-en-GB&share_bandit_var=v1

We ask you the prime minister of Sri Lanka to end this barbaric torture and abuse.

ทิกกิรี ช้างแก่คราวทวด เป็นหนึ่งในช้างหกสิบเชือกที่เข้าร่วมเดินพิธีแห่ในงานเทศกาลเพราเฮลาในปีนี้ นี่คือสภาพช้างที่เหมือนซากศพเดินได้ ที่มนุษย์บังคับให้เธอเดินในพิธีแห่งบุญ เธอต้องเดินตั้งแต่หัวค่ำจนถึงใกล้รุ่งทุกวัน ท่ามกลางเสียงมโหรี ที่บรรเลงตลอดทางและสองข้างทางหนาแน่นไปด้วยผู้คนที่ส่งเสียงอื้ออึง เธอเดินย่ำไปบนท้องถนนที่ร้อนท่ามกลางควันไปที่หนาทึบจากการจุดประทัดและเผามะพร้าว
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Petition: End Happy The Elephant’s 10 Years of Solitary Confinement

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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.

https://www.change.org/p/end-happy-the-elephant-s-10-years-of-solitary-confinement?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13581677&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAJx7OgAAAAAAXVF1MBq%2BT6A5MmJhZTgyZA%3D%3D

Petition · Johannesburg City Council: Free Lammie the Elephant at Jo’burg Zoo · Change.org

Free Lammie the Elephant at Jo’burg Zoo
Blue Summer started this petition to Johannesburg City Council and 1 other

Lammie the elephant has been in captivity at the Johannesburg Zoo for the past 32 years. A male elephant named Kinkel who was Lammie’s companion died recently due to “unconfirmed causes”.

This is not the first tragedy that captive-born Lammie (or the other animals at the Johannesburg Zoo) have endured. Both her parents, Jumbo and Dolly, who were captured from the wild in the 1970’s, died at the Zoo within a year of each other. Lammie’s brother, who was also born at the zoo, died shortly after being sold to a French zoo.

While Lammie languishes alone since the death of Kinkel, elephant experts are calling for her release from Johannesburg Zoo to a sanctuary, saying the captive elephant’s overall well-being is being compromised. Worse, the Johannesburg Zoo has confirmed that they plan to acquire another cow to keep Lammie company, but animal welfare and elephant experts have objected, saying that the lone elephant should be released into a wild reserve where she can roam free and bond with a herd.

As sentient beings reliant on family bonds, elephants in captivity display behavioral abnormalities, suffer from diseases, disabilities and have notably shorter life spans. Due to high infant mortality rates, no or minimal conservation value has been ascribed to captive elephant breeding programs.

In addition, South Africa’s Elephant Norms and Standards prohibit the capture of elephants in the wild for permanent captivity. According to Dr. Gay Bradshaw, a trans-species psychologist who researches the effects of violence on elephants and other animals, the death of an individual has a large impact on the family and within the community. Furthermore, repeated losses in the absence of the traditional healing structures of the elephant family and culture cause sustained psychological trauma.

For 32 years, Lammie has been confined in a restrictive and very limited space. For 32 long years, the Johannesburg Zoo has profited from Lammie and her family and it is about time for the Zoo to set him free to enjoy the freedom that all other elephants or wild animals enjoy!

https://www.change.org/p/johannesburg-city-council-free-lammie-the-elephant-at-jo-burg-zoo/sign?cs_tk=Akq0GroPAQ-jAmRLVV0AAXicyyvNyQEABF8BvP8hLeyq2ENtjvlpuQLNZjc%3D&utm_campaign=98eba481797b4742b9de61dc27206e45&utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_ask&utm_term=cs

Momo’s time is running out

Petition Update · CHUCK SPENCER APPROVED THE BREEDING OF DOGS FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH · Change.org

Marie Smith
waukesha, WI, United States

Jul 24, 2019 —

Today, July 23rd 2019 is a sad day. Chuck Spencer APPROVED the conditional use permit for this operation to run. Here is Chuck’s contact information. PLEASE reach out and VOICE your concerns. This is NOT right.

Supervisor:Spencer, Chuck
Phone:608-963-0332
Email:charles.spencer@saukcountywi.gov
Address:S5075 Lover’s Ln.
City:Baraboo
State:WI
Zip:53913

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What to do if you see a pet in a parked car | The Humane Society of the United States

It takes only minutes to save a life

Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. High temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death. Protecting animals from an unnecessary death is a problem we can all agree to prevent.

How to help a pet left in a hot car

Take down the car’s make, model and license plate number.
If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car’s owner. Many people are unaware of the danger of leaving pets in hot cars and will quickly return to their vehicle once they are alerted to the situation.
If the owner can’t be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive. In several states good Samaritans can legally remove animals from cars under certain circumstances, so be sure to know the laws in your area and follow any steps required.

Rolling the down windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.

Other ways to help

Get informed: Learn your town’s and state’s laws about leaving pets in hot cars. An increasing amount of states prohibit leaving pets in hot cars, and some grant immunity to good Samaritans who must rescue pets in visible distress.
Be ready to call for help: Gather essential telephone numbers and have them on hand. You’ll want to have your local animal control agency’s number and the police department’s non-emergency number so you can quickly report the situation. Keep these numbers in your purse, your car’s glove compartment or programmed into your phone.
Spread the word: Distribute The Humane Society of the United States hot car flyer (PDF), which spells out the dangers of leaving pets in parked cars. (Order them in bulk from animalsheltering.org.) Watch and share our retro video on the issue. Also share guidelines with your local law enforcement officials for how to investigate hot car-related deaths (PDF).
Get involved: Ask local store managers, shopping malls, restaurants and other businesses to post signs asking customers not to leave their pets in their cars while shopping or dining. A huge part of the solution to this problem is raising awareness.
Speak up: If your town or state doesn’t have a law prohibiting leaving pets in parked cars, contact your local representatives or attend a town hall meeting to start lobbying for one. Learn the basics about advocating for animals with our activist toolkit.

Cool outside doesn’t mean cool in the car

Download and share our hot car flyer (PDF)

It doesn’t have to be that warm outside for a car to become dangerously hot inside. Here are some facts:

When it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour.
When it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes.
Rolling down the windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/what-do-if-you-see-pet-parked-car

Its Hot In That Car

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If you need to take your companion animals with you. Then you need to leave the A.C. on in the car with water for them to drink. Otherwise, leave them at home and out of the heat. Too many times I have seen people leaving their companions in a hot car. Too many times I have had to call cops while busting the window open to save a dog’s life.

People need to understand if it’s too hot for them then it’s really too hot for their companions.

If you yourself see an animal in a hot car. You need to alert the local authorities, and let them know you had to break the window to save a life. This goes for young kids as well. Do not leave kids in the car on hot days either. Hot cars are death sentences.

Please be vigilant this summer and take precautions…

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Sign the Petition: Ban Chuck Wagon Races in Calvary

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On July 14, 2019, three horses were euthanized after sustaining serious injuries during the final night of chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede’s Rangeland Derby. In total, six horses were killed—making this year’s 10-day event the deadliest in almost a decade.

Rodeos and rodeo-type activities, including bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, and chuckwagon racing, are exhibitions of animal cruelty that are sanctioned in the guise of competition. The animals used in these events suffer egregious psychological and physical traumas like broken limbs, cardiac arrest, crushed tracheas, and more.

The people involved in rodeos and rodeo-type activities suffer serious injuries as well. A study out of the University of Calgary found rodeo contestants are 20 times more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries than football players.

The Calgary Stampede has the opportunity to evolve and be a cruelty-free, family celebration sans animal exploitation. Last Chance for Animals vehemently condemns all rodeos and, with the latest conclusion to the Calgary Stampede resulting in the deaths of six horses, is calling for an end to this barbaric “sport”. LCA urges the City of Calgary to prohibit the use of animals in rodeos and rodeo-type activities like Rangeland Derby’s archaic chuckwagon races in the city of Calgary.

https://www.change.org/p/calgary-city-council-ban-cruel-chuckwagon-races-in-calgary

Help needed to get Protect All Wildlife up and running again after original account was suspended by Twitter

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Help needed to get Protect All Wildlife up and running again after original account was suspended by Twitter. Can everyone please spread the word to help me do what I love doing best – helping to fight #AnimalAbuse. New account at @PR0TECT_WLDLIFE.

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Protect your furry, four-legged companions on the 4th of July! 🎇

Fireworks are a staple for the 4th of July; however, the loud sounds can be incredibly terrifying and stressful for your companion animals.

In fact, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters because the scary noises often cause animals to run away out of fear. Here are five ways you can help keep your companion animal safe during July 4th celebrations.

1. Make sure your companion animals are properly identified.

In the unfortunate event your companion animal does run away, ensure he/she is wearing a collar with an ID tag that displays your name, phone number, and address. It’s also a good idea to get him/her microchipped and registered (if they aren’t already) to better help identify them if they do run away.

2. Avoid noisy areas.

If you plan on partaking in the 4th of July festivities, avoid bringing your companion animal to crowded, noisy events—especially if they include firework displays.

3. Don’t leave your companion animals outside.

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but even if you think your backyard is secure, do not leave your companion animals outside during the hectic festivities. Keep them safe and help alleviate their stress by bringing them inside.

4. Make your companion animals comfortable.

If you do plan on going out for the 4th of July celebrations, make sure your companion animal is comfortable, and ensure your home is escape-proof. Make sure all of the windows are closed, lower the blinds/close the curtains, and give them a cozy bed or crate to help them feel safe throughout the night.

5. After the celebrations, make sure your yard is clear of fireworks debris.

Even if you didn’t set off fireworks, debris from your neighbors’ 4th of July festivities can make their way onto your property and into the mouths of your beloved companion animals. Before you let them outside to play, ensure your yard is clear of any items that could be dangerous to your pets.

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Riverbanks Zoo In South Carolina Is Closing Their Elephant Exhibit Which Landed On In Defense of Animals’ “Worst Zoo” List – World Animal News

By Karen Lane –
June 27, 2019

In Defense of Animals has welcomed the recent announcement by Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, South Carolina, that it will be closing its elephant exhibit.
In 2017, the facility was placed on In Defense of Animals’ annual list of the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants In North America, following the death of two elephants within six months of each other. Petunia was euthanized at age 44 in December of 2016 after she was found in her exhibit unable to stand. A second elephant, 37-year-old Penny, died at the zoo in May 2017.
Two remaining elephants at Riverbanks Zoo, Belle and Robin, will be sent to a new location which has reportedly not yet been determined. In Defense of Animals is calling for the elephants to be retired to a sanctuary.
“We are overjoyed that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has finally acknowledged that its elephant exhibit is not suitable for remaining elephants Belle and Robin,” Marilyn Kroplick M.D., President of In Defense of Animals, said in a statement. “When two relatively young elephants die within six months of each other, there is clearly a problem. Riverbanks Zoo is making the right decision to close its elephant exhibit, and we urge the Zoo to send Belle and Robin to an accredited sanctuary where they can enjoy peace, privacy and a more natural environment than zoos can provide.”
“This is a victory for elephants and for members of the public who have become aware that captive facilities are no place for wild animals,” stated Laura Bridgeman, Director of In Defense of Animals’ elephant campaign.

https://worldanimalnews.com/riverbanks-zoo-in-south-carolina-is-closing-the-elephant-exhibit-that-landed-it-on-in-defense-of-animals-worst-zoo-list-in-2017/

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Breaking! New Report Estimates That By 2040 60% Of “Meat” Will Not Come From Animals – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
June 14, 2019

According to a new report, 60% of “meat” will no longer come from slaughtered animals by 2040.
While the ultimate goal for many is that 0% of what we eat will come from animals or their byproducts, as per global consultancy firm AT Kearney which released the report, an estimated 35% of all meat will be cultured by 2040, and 25% will be vegan replacements.
According to the report, which was based on interviews with experts, the threat to disrupt the multi-billion-dollar global meat industry is predominately due to environmental impacts such as climate change, as well as the public’s growing concern for not only their own health but for the welfare of animals.
“The large-scale livestock industry is viewed by many as an unnecessary evil,” the report states. “With the advantages of novel vegan meat replacements and cultured meat over conventionally produced meat, it is only a matter of time before they capture a substantial market share.”
The report estimates that approximately one billion dollars has already been invested in vegan meat replacements.
As reported by WAN, the shift toward plant-based diets has resulted in the formation of innovative and successful new start-ups such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, which already have products available in restaurants and supermarkets in several countries.
The move also has many companies and brands scrambling to restructure their food products by eliminating meat completely or incorporating plant-based options into their offerings.
With plant-based options becoming more mainstream and available to consumers at retail outlets, restaurants, and fast food eateries such as: Burger King, Del Taco and KFC, the percentage of people NOT consuming meat from animals by 2040 may be much higher than the report’s 60% estimation.
We truly hope so!
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Human negligence causes deaths of 10 bears in Prince George this spring

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Bear cubs being transferred to Northern Lights Wildlife Society (Cole Kelly, MyPgNow.com staff

Though it’s preventable, the problem still persists.

Prince George Conservation Officers have had to euthanize 10 bears since April, just over two months, due to human negligence.

Two more bear cubs were transferred to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society this week, luckily, they had not been habituated to human food sources, so they have the chance of being rehabilitated back into the wild.

For Sargent Steve Ackles, it’s a frustrating issue.

“I had a lady tell me this morning that it was inconvenient for her to put her garbage in the garage,” he told MyPGNow.

“We’re in the 21st Century and people know what they should do, they’re either just lazy, or don’t want to be inconvenienced and it results in the killing of bears that never should have been conditioned and habituated in the first place.”

When bears become accustomed to a certain food source, like garbage or bird feeders, they become physically defensive of them, making them a danger to the public.

Ackles said those two cubs would also have been killed had they been accustomed to human food, a task that he takes no pleasure from.

“It’s the most horrible thing we have to do in our job.”

“We got into this business to enforce the laws and protect fish and wildlife and the environment, and you know, a little bit of buy in from the public goes a long ways. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like they’re buying in.”

He wanted to reiterate that the Conservation Service does not just destroy a bear because they are present, but because of the behaviours they are exhibiting.

“A lot of times nowadays people don’t call it in because they think we are just going to come and euthanize them. Then first call we get about that bear is that it’s breaking into a car or something that is way over the behaviour spectrum that is considered allowable, that we consider to be a public safety issue.”

“We have no choices then. People have sealed that bear’s fate by not reporting it when it was just starting to come into a populated area and we can at least try to save that bear.”

https://www.myprincegeorgenow.com/101994/watch-human-negligence-causes-death-of-10-bears-in-prince-george-this-spring/

“Airway, Breathing and Circulation” – Katzenworld

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Knowing your ABC’s for pets can help owners stabilise a pet in an emergency situation.

Despite our best efforts to protect our pets, accidents can and do happen. In serious cases, knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between life and death.

Vet charity PDSA offers resources and courses in Pet First Aid across the UK to help owners, pet business owners and animal-lovers safely deliver first aid to pets in an emergency, until they can get them to a vet.

PDSA Vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan says, “Accidents can happen at any time and require speedy action. Many people have a basic understanding of first aid for humans but when it comes to pets, there’s less awareness. In many emergency scenarios, a vet isn’t likely to be first on scene, so it’s important to know what to do.”

There are 3 steps to follow: Prepare, Recognise and Act. Always prepare for an emergency, this could help save a pet’s life.

“Taking some basic precautions can mean you have the information and tools you need to stop things from becoming more serious,” says Olivia.

Always have access to your vet’s name, address and telephone number, and keep a pen and paper handy for any instructions they give you.

Try to be vigilant and take action if you are concerned about your pet. When you recognise any concerning symptoms, it is important to consider this as a pet emergency.

Olivia added, “Having difficulty breathing, collapsing, seizures or bleeding are all emergencies. Other problems, such as severe vomiting and diarrhoea or not being able to pass any urine for over 24 hours, could also be a potential emergency, so always get in touch with your vet practice if you’re not sure.”

As soon as you recognise that you have an emergency, ensure you call your vet. They can give you advice and, if you’re heading straight there due to an emergency situation, they can prepare while you are en-route to the surgery.

You may need to act and administer pet first aid if a pet becomes unconscious or unresponsive. The key is to remain calm and don’t panic. Check their ‘ABC’ vital signs:

A – Check the Airway is clear. Pull their tongue forward and check there is nothing stuck in the throat.

B – Check they are Breathing. Look at their chest to see if it’s moving and listen over their nose or mouth for airflow. If they’re not breathing, immediately check for a heartbeat.

C – Check their Circulation. Put your hand on their chest just behind their elbow. Do they have a heartbeat?

If you are sure there is no breathing or heartbeat, you may need to perform CPR. Always call for help before starting CPR. PDSA offers free Pet First Aid courses nationally, and owners can also download a free copy of the charity’s pet first aid guide. Just visit http://www.pdsa.org.uk/firstaid.

PDSA is the UK’s leading vet charity. We’re on a mission to improve pet wellbeing through prevention, education and treatment. Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery helps us reach even more pet owners with vital advice and information. http://www.pdsa.org.uk

https://katzenworld.co.uk/2019/05/29/airway-breathing-and-circulation/

Prohibit carts pulled by dogs in China

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Nadia Ramos
Created by Nadia Ramos
Coghlan, Argentina
Prohibit carts pulled by dogs in China

I am tired of seeing how dogs are mistreated in China and people do nothing, we have to boycott that country and stop going on vacation, we are many animal lovers and they also live on tourism.

China is using dogs to push heavy cars full of tourists. If people stop going, many Chinese who live on tourism will begin to raise their voices so that this ends. The boycott is a weapon that we all have in order to fight for what seems unfair to us.

We need to ban this type of dog-drawn cart that tourists use for their walks!

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/prohibit-carts-pulled-by-dogs-in-china.html

Heroic Pigeons

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By Elissa Katz, President, Humane PA PACSee the source image

During World War I, a pigeon named Cher Ami flew for the US Army Signal Corp in France, and served on the front lines for many months. She is credited with single-handedly saving the lives of over 200 American soldiers by flying 25 miles and through a sky of bullets, sustaining serious injuries in the process, to deliver a life-saving message to the Allied lines on behalf of the embattled 77th Infantry Division.  Cher Ami was awarded the French Croix de Guerre and the “silver medal” by General Pershing for his heroism and bravery.

What a contrast with how we treat pigeons in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, pigeons like Cher Ami are netted, often unlawfully and from out of state, stockpiled, and then used for live target shooting competitions known as pigeon shoots.

The British depended on pigeons so extensively during…

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SIGN: Don’t Kill Adorable Bear Cub Just for Being ‘Too Friendly’

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Petition Target: California Department of Fish and Wildlife

A sweet bear cub may lose her life because she innocently approached a group of snowboarders in Truckee, California.

According to News 4, the cub, whose mom may have died, was looking for food when she discovered newfound friends on the slopes. The bear was extremely friendly, and a video of the encounter is going viral on social media.

This behavior is out-of-character for most bears, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has taken the cub in for evaluation.

Soon, they will determine if the bear will be sent to a sanctuary or put down.

“They were feeding her, handing her sandwiches, in other words taming her…she’s old enough, almost, to be alone, but she’s still dependent. And now, she’s dependent on people,” said Ann Bryant, executive director for the Bear League, a non-profit dedicated to keeping bears safe and wild in their natural habitat, to News 4.

But a helpless, likely-orphaned bear cub doesn’t deserve a death sentence just for approaching humans.

Sign this petition urging The California Department of Fish and Wildlife to spare this innocent cub and send her to a sanctuary where she can gain independence, roam free, and live a safe and happy life.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-dont-kill-adorable-bear-cub-just-for-being-too-friendly/

Officer Out on Bail for 40 Counts of Dog Sex Abuse Now Arrested for Child Pornography

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Yet another disturbing case reveals the strong link between animal cruelty and crimes against humans.

A former police officer in Bossier City, Louisiana was arrested for possession of child pornography while out on bail for multiple acts of sexual abuse against a dog.

On April 12, Terry Yetman was booked into the Bossier Parish Jail on 31 counts of child pornography. Yetman had previously been arrested on December 20 of last year on 20 felony counts of bestiality and 24 counts of filming the sick acts with a retired police dog.

“Yetman’s second arrest for sickening abuse of the vulnerable should come as no shock to anyone involved in law enforcement or animal protection,” stated Doll Stanley, campaign director for In Defense of Animals. “Yetman’s case is a classic example of how animal abusers are a threat to the entire community. Statistics bear out the indisputable fact that acts of animal cruelty and violence to fellow humans are linked.”

An investigation was launched in August 2018 by the Louisiana State Police Special Victims Unit into the alleged animal abuse, during which electronic evidence of Yetman’s abuse against a Belgian Malinois was uncovered.

The day before Yetman’s arrest for child pornography, In Defense of Animals delivered a petition containing 20,000 signatures to Bossier District Attorney Schuyler Marvin calling for the rigorous prosecution and sentencing of Yetman for these crimes. The organization is also calling for animal protection training among law enforcement agencies throughout the country.

It is unclear whether Yetman was charged under state or federal child pornography laws. He faces a possible life sentence in prison for his animal abuse charges.

Yetman’s bail is currently set at $620,000 and additional charges could be filed. He is currently being held at Bossier Maximum Security Facility, and his next bond hearing is set for April 23.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/officer-out-on-bail-for-40-counts-of-dog-sex-abuse-now-arrested-for-child-pornography/

Sign Petition: The Government Is Paying Children To Brutally Murder Animals

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by: Laura G
recipient: Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Dept. of Game, Fish and Parksmore

On April Fool’s Day, the disturbing new Nest Predator Bounty Program was launched in South Dakota, and it’s sadly not a joke.

Through the end of August, residents young and old will receive $10 for each tail of a raccoon, striped skunk, opossum, badger or red fox they turn in to the state Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP).

“Love seeing kids this excited about being outside!!” Governor Kristi Noem wrote on her Facebook page. One of the photos accompanying her post was the one above: a little girl smiling and giving a thumbs-up gesture next to a dead raccoon.

The purpose of the Nest Predator Bounty Program—which the GFP started without a public hearing—is to protect the nests of pheasants and ducks. But during a public forum on April 4, residents who opposed the program expressed their concerns, such as its negative impact on the ecosystem. One resident pointed out that human activities like using chemical fertilizers and draining wetlands is much more of a danger to pheasants and ducks than small predators.

The GFP and supporters of the Nest Predator Bounty Program say it will bring back South Dakota’s trapping tradition by getting more young people involved. But it’s the 21st century, and there are humane alternatives to trapping available that can effectively control predators.

Yes, kids (and adults) should be excited about being outside—to respect wildlife, not to destroy it. Please sign and share this petition urging Noem and the GFP to end the Nest Predator Bounty Program.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/524/880/254/?TAP=1007&cid=causes_petition_postinfo

China Approves New Non-Animal Cosmetics Tests After PETA Push

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Published April 3, 2019 by . Last Updated April 4, 2019.

After years of pushing from PETA, the Chinese government has approved two more non-animal methods for testing cosmetics products in China.

The two newly approved tests, the direct peptide reaction assay for skin sensitization and the short time exposure assay for eye irritation, will spare countless animals the agony of having substances dripped into their eyes and rubbed onto their skin.

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This major progress is thanks to the groundbreaking work of the expert scientists and regulatory specialists at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), with whom PETA provided initial funding to train Chinese scientists and educate officials in modern non-animal methods.
No animal should be poisoned or blinded for a consumer product—or any other reason.

In 2012, PETA exposed the fact that some formerly cruelty-free companies had quietly started paying the Chinese government to test their products on animals in order to sell them in that country. At the time, animal tests were required for any cosmetics sold in China. PETA immediately contacted the leading experts in the field of non-animal test methods at IIVS and provided them with the initial grant to launch their work in China.

IIVS scientists successfully worked with Chinese officials to approve the first non-animal test method, the 3T3 neutral red uptake phototoxicity assay, which is used to test cosmetics for their potential toxicity when they come into contact with sunlight.

Institute for In Vitro Sciences, China

In 2014, the Chinese government announced that it would accept the results from non-animal test methods but only for non–special use cosmetics manufactured in China. Tests on animals are still required for all imported cosmetics and all special-use cosmetics, regardless of where they were manufactured.
Support Companies that Never Test on Animals

By purchasing only cruelty-free products, you can spare sensitive rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, and other animals from excruciating tests, a lifetime of suffering, and death. Need help finding out which products are cruelty-free? We’ve got you covered: PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies database currently lists more than 3,800 compassionate companies that don’t test on animals anywhere in the world.

http://features.peta.org/cruelty-free-company-search/index.aspx

Help Stop ALL Plans to Kill Animals in Cruel and Deadly VA Experiments

Under pressure for using dogs in pointless cardiac and spinal injury experiments, the Department of Veterans Affairs says that it won’t stop killing animals—it may just swap species.

Source: Help Stop ALL Plans to Kill Animals in Cruel and Deadly VA Experiments

Petition: China: don’t wipe out the Tapanuli orangutan

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by: Mighty Earth
recipient: Bank of China and Sinohydro

The Tapanuli orangutan–the rarest primate in the world–is on the cusp of being obliterated by two Chinese state-owned entities. The Bank of China is funding and Sinohydro is building a dam that would permanently slice up the Tapanuli’s only habitat, and lead it to a near-certain fate of extinction.

The Tapanuli was first identified in 2017, a finding which drew headlines throughout the world. It marked the first time since 1929 that a new Great Ape species was discovered. The Tapanuli is one of just eight species of Great Ape worldwide (including humans).

With a population of just 800, the Tapanuli is already struggling to survive. It is facing dire threats from poaching, deforestation, and climate change. The Chinese-backed dam in the heart of their habitat would doubtless prove itself a death knell they can no longer overcome.

To save the Tapanuli, we must convince the Bank of China and Sinohydro to stop the Batang Toru dam. Following a widespread day of protest in 14 countries, Bank of China announced their intention to reevaluate the project. Given that the dam would permanently fragment the Tapanuli’s only habitat, any objective analysis would conclude that this orangutan has virtually no chance of survival if construction proceeds.

In all of written human history, no species of of Great Ape has ever been brought to extinction. This could soon no longer be the case.

Clearing for the dam has already begun. The next few weeks and months mark our best–and only–chance to save the Tapanuli before it’s too late.

Tell Bank of China and Sinohydro: Save the Tapanuli orangutan. Stop the Batang Toru dam.

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/626/216/887/

 

Release Dogs Slated to Be Killed by Dow Chemical Company

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

Source: Release Dogs Slated to Be Killed by Dow Chemical Company

“Lions rescued from Romanian zoo released into South African sanctuary”

The Last Elephant Of Bararida Park Has Died

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  The zoo was called “Gira”  at  Bararida park  in Barquisimeto is now abandoned… Green areas are no longer green. Several attempts to save these animals have been ignored and everyday there are fewer animals.

 

Breaking! Procter & Gamble Partners With HSI To End Animal Testing For Cosmetics In All Global Beauty Markets By 2023 – World Animal News

By WAN –
February 21, 2019

Today, Procter & Gamble joins the Humane Society International #BeCrueltyFree Campaign, to ban animal testing for cosmetics in all major global beauty markets by 2023.
“We are pleased to partner with the Humane Society International in the quest to end cosmetic animal testing. I’m proud of the passion and expertise our researchers have contributed already to this goal,” Kathy Fish, Chief Research, Development and Innovation Officer of Procter & Gamble said in a statement. “I know they will continue to be a force for good, providing leadership and advocacy to help achieve our shared vision.”
The company also noted that it has “invested more than $420 million over forty years in developing non-animal testing methods.”
The #BeCrueltyFree campaign was launched in 2012 with the aim of extending the European Union’s legal precedent – banning cosmetic animal testing and the sale of newly animal tested cosmetics – to countries where this practice is still allowed or even mandated by law.
P&G’s support for #BeCrueltyFree will include joint education and capacity-building programs for non-animal alternatives, continued development of new animal-free approaches to safety assessment, and advocating for the legislative end of cosmetic animal testing in key global beauty markets.
For over two decades, P&G, HSI, HSUS, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund have collaborated on the development and regulatory uptake of animal-free testing methods. The organizations expect that by bringing their complementary strengths together, they will reach the end goal more quickly. A key focus will be gaining acceptance of new methods by regulators and enrolling many companies and governments globally to adopt cruelty-free public policies and practices.
Dr. Harald Schlatter, P&G Corporate Communications and Animal Welfare Advocacy added: “We’ve invested more than $420 million over forty years in developing non-animal testing methods. Our researchers have led or co-designed at least twenty-five cruelty-free methods that have replaced animal testing of cosmetic products. HSI and the HSUS have been powerful partners in advancing these methods globally.“
“Animal testing of cosmetics not only causes unnecessary animal suffering, but it also represents outdated science. For more than 20 years, we have collaborated with Procter & Gamble to advance the development and regulatory acceptance of non-animal testing approaches, but in order to finally move proposed cosmetics animal testing bans into law in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Chile, South Africa and other influential markets, we need the active support of major industry leaders such as P&G.,” stated Troy Seidle, HSI Vice President for Research & Toxicology. “With the power of P&G’s household brands, I’m confident we can achieve a legislative end to cosmetic animal testing globally within five years.”
P&G’s brands include: Always, Bounty, Charmin, Crest, Dawn, Downy, Febreze, Gain, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Olay, Oral-B, Pampers, Pantene, Tide, Vicks, and more.
Each move to ban animal testing for cosmetics is an important step forward to ending the cruel and unnecessary practice, everywhere!
In 2018, Social Compassion In Legislation and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine co-sponsored Senate Bill 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, with the support of Peace 4 Animals and World Animal News.
The historic legislation signed into law last October will make it unlawful for cosmetic manufacturers to sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was tested on animals after January 1, 2020, with some exceptions for regulatory requirements.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-procter-gamble-turns-cruelty-free-for-cosmetics-partners-with-hsi-to-end-animal-testing-for-vanity/

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Seize Tigers From Reportedly Cruel Circus Handlers

Two Russian tiger handlers have been accused of sadism after they reportedly resorted to rough measures following a tiger’s collapse. The pair’s defense of their actions has led many to believe that this is not the first time their animals have suffered this way. Sign this petition to have these poor creatures removed from the pair’s custody.

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Sign Petition: This Captive Walrus Was So Stressed It Wouldn’t Eat — Then It Died

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Marineland

72,974 SUPPORTERS – 75,000 GOAL

Ontario’s Marineland is home to the Dragon Mountain roller coaster, the Sky Screamer triple tower, and the “Ocean Odyssey” rides. It is also home to more than 4,000 live land and sea animals and a whole lot of controversy.

Over the last few years, the “amusement” park has come under public scrutiny for the several high profile marine deaths stretching throughout their nearly 60-year history.

According to One Green Planet, over their six decades of operation, the park has seen the deaths of, at least, 17 orca whales, 25 beluga whales, and an estimated 22 dolphins. So bad is their care that at one point even SeaWorld — no hero in animal rights — sued Marineland to get on of their orcas back whose health they claim had deteriorated after loaning it to the Canadian park.

Now they can add another victim to their list of animals that died in their care: Zeus the walrus. Zeus was once a fine specimen of a young, vibrant male walrus. But his years in captivity at Marineland had taken a toll on him.

No one noticed until a video of one of his performances went viral. The 2016 video showed Zeus to be a mere shell of his former self; he was emaciated and nearly collapsed during one of his performances. But that didn’t stop Marineland from continuing to use him in their shows.

Life in captivity for Zeus was no walk in the amusement park. He suffered from chronic regurgitation which arose from stress from captivity. His disorder meant that he couldn’t properly digest food and it left him “so undernourished that his hip bones and spine stuck out.”

In a statement last week, Marineland said that the necropsy performed on Zeus revealed he died of natural causes. But one of Zeus’s former trainers, Phil Demers, isn’t buying it. He told the Dodo that Zeus “had been ill for as long as [he’d] known him” — around 15 years.

Whatever the reason, Zeus like Marineland’s other animals should never have been kept in captivity in the first place. These animals are literally dying to be free and we must help.

Ask Marineland how many of their animals must die before they realize that what they are doing is animal cruelty.

Sign the petition and tell Marineland to end their live animal shows and give their animals to a proper sanctuary.

Photo credit: Facebook/Phil Demersmore

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/681/793/746/this-walrus-was-so-stressed-it-wouldnt-eat-then-it-died./