We dropped our dogs off for a long weekend boarding stay on Thursday, 5/5/22. We messaged the pet sitter thru the Rover app on Monday, 5/9/22 to let him know that we would be arriving at 11am to pick up our boys. No response. We arrived at 10:58am. No response upon arrival. He then came around the corner with one of our dogs on a leash, but not our lil’ guy Zukie/Mr. Magoo.
The pet sitter then claimed that our fur baby had gotten out 30 minutes earlier. He claims his father-in-law did not shut the gate. Our sweet boy had clearly been left outside unattended for him to access the gate.
The pet sitter searched for about an hour with us. Then stopped.
My husband and I continued searching into the night. Putting up flyers with a Reward. Going door to door. Posting all over social media. No luck. We resumed the search first thing the following morning.
We then received the call that all pet parents dread, someone had seen him dead on the side of the road. I drove to the scene and collapsed by his side . His vest/ harness ripped, his tags removed. I held his little lifeless body and wept. I wrapped him in a blanket and drove to the nearest vet where we were told that severe head trauma caused his death. We said our final goodbye.
He died alone.
The pet sitter did not contact Rover.com to advise of his disappearance.
The pet sitter did not notify us when our fur baby went missing.
The pet sitter did not respond to my husband when he messaged him asking for the video footage from the cameras on the house.
The pet sitter showed no remorse.
Now, Rover.com…who claims that “pet safety is our priority” , “backed by the security of a nationwide company” , and “premium insurance helps create a fun, carefree stay”… had the audacity to call and inform us that they would be willing to “reimburse us for the boarding stay” and would cover the cost of our sweet boy’s cremation/remains, and provided “condolences “ while then strategically stating that the pet sitter is an independent contractor.
Help us get #JusticeForZukie …
1) Demand that Rover.com release the number of wrongful pet deaths that occur due to pet sitter negligence. 2)Demand that Rover.com PERMANENTLY remove the pet sitter whose neglect and incompetence killed our fur baby. 3) Demand that Rover.com be held accountable for negligent and intentional misrepresentation of services.
U.S. Congress – Ban trophy hunting imports and end elephant slaughter. Support the CECIL and Protect Acts
The Botswana government announced it will restart elephant hunts this year. A quota has been issued of 272 killings starting in April and will go through September during their dry season when the bush is thinner and elephants are easier to locate.
Foreign hunters will be allowed to kill 202 of the elephants and 70 will be reserved for local people. Most of the hunters that go to southern Africa are from the U.S. The average cost for a foreign trophy hunter the right to shoot an elephant is anywhere between $21,000-$60,000 or more.
Now is the time to pressure the U.S. government to take action to prevent the pending elephant slaughter.
Sign this petition asking our members of Congress to support two bills that are moving against trophy hunting elephants from Botswana and ask for lawmakers to defund trophy hunting import permits sold here in America:
CECIL Act H.R. 2245; Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies This will restrict the import and export of trophies of any species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Protect Act, H.R. 4804; Prohibiting Threatened and Endangered Creature Trophies Prohibit trophy hunting of ESA species in the US and import of any trophy of a species listed under the ESA. Lastly there is an Appropriations Bill For Fiscal Year 2021
The appropriation bill is a spending bill that authorizes the expenditure of government funds. We would like to see language for the Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2021 to defund U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s trophy import permits of elephants from Botswana.
To help make a bigger impact, you can call your House of Representative asking him/her to support the Cecil and Protect Acts as well as the Appropriations Bills for Fiscal Year 2021. To find your House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov
How did we get here?
One hundred years ago, the global elephant population was approximately 3-5 million. After decades of poaching and hunting, the current elephant population is estimated at 415,000. Elephants are critically endangered and protections for them in certain regions, like Botswana, has recently diminished.
In 2014, the government of Botswana put a trophy hunting ban in place. Due to this ban, elephants from bordering countries such as Namibia and Angola came to Botswana seeking refuge. Today, one third of the African elephant population reside in Botswana.
In 2019, the government made another decision to lift the hunting ban on elephants. Last year, there were 358 elephant hunting permits allotted and a further 386 elephants were poached. Such a large- scale loss of bull elephants in what was once their greatest refuge is unsustainable.
Elephant hunting only hurts us in the big scheme of life. In fact, since the elephant is a keystone species that actually supports ecosystems, their sheer existence helps to maintain biodiversity that supports the health of our planet. We actually benefit from the elephants’ presence without even realizing it.
Elephants contribute more to the ecosystem per capita than we do. Elephants are known as the Gardeners of the Forest. Elephants spread the seeds from the plants they have eaten which helps to disperse the plant life to other areas. This new plant life gives off oxygen for us to breathe. Elephants dig water holes in dry river beds that other animals use as a water source as well as creating trails that serve as fire breakers.
To take this one step further on how detrimental commercial elephant hunting and poaching is, we are currently in the world’s sixth mass extinction. The first 5 mass extinctions were all-natural phenomena. This current extinction is almost exclusively due to humans. Dozens of species are going extinct every day and it is predicted by 2050, 30-50% of all species will be extinct. Losing species at this rate will break down ecosystems that we rely on for the health of the planet. This is another reason why it is critical we help conserve and protect the elephants and all wildlife.
Elephants also help the local economies through eco-tourism. According to an article by All Africa research indicates eco-tourism is a $2 billion-dollar industry and reintroducing hunting contributes to only 1.9% of tourism.
Please sign and share this petition to help end trophy hunting and protect elephants and other incredible wildlife.
As anti-war activists in the 1960s warned us, war is bad for all living things. And these days, that apparently includes trained dolphins, who are being used by the Russian Navy to counter Ukrainian divers attempting to enter the port and sabotage Russian warships. We cannot allow Putin’s criminal invasion of Ukraine to include the exploitation of innocent animals!
Sign now to demand the Russian Navy immediately halt the use of marine mammals in their acts of war!
Dolphins are remarkably intelligent and highly social creatures. The charismatic marine mammals lead vibrant lives in which they develop complex relationships with one another. Each dolphin has its own name, one which other dolphins refer to it by. Dolphins are also self-aware, and famously known as one of the smartest animals on the planet. They deserve a life of autonomy and respect – not to be dragged into Putin’s brutal war games as puppets of violence and destruction.
New satellite photos show that the Russian military has placed trained dolphins at the entrance to a port in the Black Sea, and naval analysts believe that this is part of a careful strategy to protect the base. Given that dolphins have some of the most sophisticated sonar abilities in the world, they are quick to detect mines, sometimes better than even the most sophisticated technology. The U.S. has trained dolphins and other sea creatures to do this same thing in the past.
This is just another egregious example of Putin’s illegal invasion being even more inhumane than we had previously imagined. No marine mammals – or any animals at all -– should be part of acts of war or wartime strategy. We must stop the exploitation of these dolphins now! Sign the petition to tell the Russian navy to end their use of innocent animals in war!
Plastic produced by the oil industry and big corporations is ruining the health of communities across the world. It’s killing wildlife, poisoning the land and being dumped in oceans.
To make matters worse, microplastics are building up in the air we breathe, our food and even our bodies.
Plastic pollution is a global problem that needs a global solution. But hope is on the horizon. A ‘Global Plastics Treaty’ is gaining momentum.
A strong Treaty would finally give governments the power to hold polluters to account and would be a huge step towards a plastic free future.
– To be an environmental leader on the world stage, the UK must radically reduce the plastic we produce, and stop dumping it on other countries. – The likes of Coca Cola, PepsiCo & Nestlé will never be as ambitious as we need them to be, because they put profits before people and planet. This is why governments must agree to global targets and standards that force multinational companies to reduce their plastic footprint. – Over the next few years we’ll be standing up to powerful corporate interests – who will continue to lobby governments to weaken this Treaty.
– Focus on producing less plastic rather than just recycling – Make richer countries fuelling the plastic crisis support poorer countries to tackle it. – Ensure compliance from government and industry. – Push big brands to drastically reduce single-use plastic pollution. – Keep oil and gas in the ground (plastic is made from oil). – Slow down the devastating effects of climate change. – Hold countries to account for managing their own waste.
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“Solve the global plastic pollution problem by securing a Global Plastics Treaty. ”
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In northern Louisiana, animal rescuers and organizations like the Humane Society of Louisiana are seeing a shocking increase in horrific, extreme animal abuse cases. People are shooting cats and dogs with guns — and also with bow-and-arrows. A local veterinarian says it’s been heart-breaking to see so many animals come in with gunshot and arrow wounds. But the situation keeps getting worse and worse.
Sign the petition to demand justice for these shot and abused animals!
Some of the violence inflicted against these defenseless pets comes from neighbors who take out their aggression on others’ beloved companion animals. And some of the violence comes from pets’ own humans, the very people who are supposed to love and protect these defenseless creatures.
That’s why it’s imperative that animal shelters and pet retail stores in Louisiana screen potential pet-adopters before they take home a new animal. Just like we would do for children, it’s important to make sure that the new adoptive pet parents don’t have any history of violence, cruelty, or similar major red flags.
Another big problem, according to area experts, is that apparently local police don’t prioritize enforcing laws against animal cruelty. That also must change. Police departments must investigate cases where their officers have broken the law by refusing to sufficiently take animal cruelty seriously. Police must be held accountable for not carrying out laws to keep animals safe!
Tell lawmakers in Louisiana that they must take action to help animals. They must pass laws to require pet adoption sites screen people before they adopt an animal, and to hold police officers accountable if they do not enforce laws against animal cruelty. Sign the petition to reduce horrific violence against pets now!more
Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) bill that threatens tens of thousands of products has officially been introduced. We need all hands on deck to oppose it. Action Alert!
Sen. Dick Durbin has launched his supplement attack by introducing his “Dietary Supplement Listing Act of 2022” with Senator Mike Braun (R-IN). This bill threatens your ability to access the supplements you rely on to stay healthy. We need to send a strong message to Congress that this is bad for consumers, bad for health, and bad for the economy.
The bill threatens fines and jailtime for companies that do not comply. If a company does not submit the proper information, in the correct form, by the proper date, the supplement is considered misbranded. For the first offense, violators can be imprisoned for one year and fined $1,000 dollars; for the second offense, violators can be imprisoned for three years and fined $10,000. Given the safety record of supplements that will be detailed below, the punishments here hardly seem to fit the crime.
This bill creates a lose-lose situation for consumers and supplement companies: if companies don’t comply, they face fines and jail time; if they do comply, companies are orchestrating their own demise by giving the FDA the list it needs to sweep the market of as many as 41,000 supplements that do not comply with the agency’s overreaching (and incomplete) “new supplement” guidance. Supplement companies lose, the economy suffers, and consumers lose access to critical health products.
It’s bad, but it may not even be the biggest threat to your supplements right now. Separately, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, is independently moving forward with plans to attach a similar mandatory product registration provision for supplements to the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act that must pass by the end of September. Durbin’s policy, then, has twice the chance of success because it is moving forward on two distinct paths.
Why are more supplement regulations such a priority for these federal authorities? Supplements are overwhelmingly safe. According to the FDA, in 2021, the agency received 2,400 adverse event reports related to dietary supplements. To put this in context, according to the FDA’s adverse event database, in 2021 the FDA received a total of 2,333,453 adverse event reports. That means that dietary supplements make up 0.1% of the adverse event reports to the FDA. National reports consistently show zero deaths from dietary supplements; according to the FDA’s database, in 2021 alone drugs killed 187,750 Americans.
That supplements are the products getting federal attention speaks to the power of the drug industry lobby and the willingness of elected officials and FDA officials to do their bidding. We cannot let these forces succeed in undermining our ability to stay healthy, naturally.
Action Alert! Write to Congress and tell them to oppose mandatory product listing for supplements. Please send your message immediately
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.
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.
Bill opponents say that the use of animals in circuses is educational. ANIMAL CIRCUSES ARE NOT EDUCATIONAL. They keep animals in unnatural conditions & force them to do unnatural tricks, & send the message that even the most endangered animals are simply here for human amusement.
What is happening there at this very moment is inconceivable , all domestic animals in Shanghai (cats, dogs, etc.) are taken from their owners by the Chinese army andkilled in cold blood , witnesses have filmed the facts.
Being very sensitive, sensible and committed, I can’t endorse this and I know I’m not alone! So no, I won’t just fall asleep with these horrible images in my head and you shouldn’t knowingly do the same.
Dogs killed, cats locked on top of each other in bags, it’s a sight from hell! And I weigh my words
, so yes, I am mobilizing with the little that I have, help me in this enterprise, perhaps we can prevent this massacre from continuing, think of these people who see their beloved animals being kidnapped and sentenced to death sure , it’s INHUMAN! I refuse to let this pass, join me, let ‘stry on our scale to move and change things , you who are undoubtedly committed to the cause and animal protection.
The Sonoran desert tortoise is found south and east of the Colorado River, in the central and western parts of Arizona, and into northwestern Mexico. The habitat of this rare reptile is threatened by invasive species, livestock grazing, increased fire risk, housing developments, off-road vehicles, and increased predation facilitated by human activities.
In 2015, WildEarth Guardians and allies challenged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ (USFWS) decision not to protect the Sonoran desert tortoise under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As a result of that lawsuit, in August 2020 USFWS agreed to reconsider the tortoise for ESA protection.
USFWS must now go back and take a new look at the imperiled animal’s status in Arizona and has 18 months to make a new determination about the status of the species. Sonoran desert tortoise are known for moving slowly, but without full federal ESA protections, they will continue racing toward extinction. Please raise your voice today!
A new nationwide poll commissioned by Oceana has revealed that 81% of American voters support national, state, and local policies aiming to reduce single-use plastic. With the United States responsible for generating more plastic waste than any other country, now is the time for the federal government to act.
The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act (S. 984 and H.R. 2238) would continue the momentum initiated by cities, counties, and states across America by phasing out unnecessary single-use plastic products; putting a moratorium on new and expanded plastic production facilities, and holding companies accountable for their plastic waste.
Tell your members of Congress to support the Break Free From Plastic Act and protect our oceans from harmful plastic pollution. Please feel free to edit the petition text below, then fill out your info on the right to submit your letter.
This action emails your direct federal representatives and can only be completed by U.S. citizens with an address recognized by the database provided by Congress.
A new film, called “Fresh” will debut on Hulu, a video streaming platform owned by Disney, on March 4. The film is a horror-romance that features a man luring women into his house, and then butchering and selling their flesh. According to reports:
“You will want to become a vegetarian after watching ‘Fresh.’ …This is a horror movie … that Disney — yes, Disney — will release this year.
“…Mimi Cave’s ‘Fresh’ is a movie about cannibalism. … It’s a straight up horror film about a charming doctor…who seduces women, kidnaps them, and carves out pieces of them for sale to high paying customers…
“…Disney will release it not on DisneyPlus but on Hulu, and try and distance their brand name. But it’s Disney, folks, nonetheless. (Source: ShowBiz411.com)
The story follows Noa, a woman who is seduced by Steve. Steve imprisons Noa with other women in a country house. After drugging and imprisoning his victims, he eventually butchers parts of them while they are alive, and sells their flesh to rich customers. Steve even shares some meat with Noa, and they chat about who and where the flesh came from.
One advertisement for the film features two cuts of meat in the shape of a heart, and another shows a woman’s hand plastic-wrapped in a styrofoam tray…like meat in a grocery store. This is so disgusting that one movie review rightly said:
“…This picture [‘Fresh’] is a perfect example of how ideas in society are artificially changed and start influencing politics. … Fresh will be one of few other things to make cannibalism socially acceptable, very nicely camouflaged to drop the first seed of this very thought. This is more than a horror movie. It is the destruction of civilization.”
This comment is spot-on. Using cannibalism and cannibals as entertainment will erode the horror society has for this vice, and thus destroy civilization. Please sign our petition to Disney, urging it to cancel this disgusting film.
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I am writing to urge you to strengthen transparency and traceability throughout the seafood industry to help end illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud. Americans have a right to know more about the seafood they eat and should have confidence that their dollars are not supporting the pillaging of the oceans or human rights abuses at sea. All seafood sold in the U.S. should be safe, legally caught, responsibly sourced, and honestly labeled. Until then, honest fishermen, seafood businesses, consumers and the oceans will pay the price.
IUU fishing poses one of the greatest threats to our oceans, costing the global seafood industry as much as $26 billion to $50 billion annually. In the United States, up to 85% of the fish consumed is imported. IUU fishing can include fishing without authorization, ignoring catch limits, operating in closed areas, targeting protected wildlife, and fishing with prohibited gear. These illicit activities can destroy essential habitats, severely deplete fish populations, and threaten global food security. These actions not only contribute to overfishing, but also give illegal fishermen an unfair advantage over those that play by the rules.
IUU fishing is a low-risk, high reward activity, especially on the high seas where a fragmented legal framework and lack of enforcement allow it to thrive. In 2016, the U.S. government established the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), requiring catch documentation and traceability for some seafood at risk of illegal fishing and seafood fraud. Unfortunately, SIMP currently only applies to 13 types of seafood and only traces them from the boat to the U.S. border. A 2019 Oceana study tested popular seafood not covered by SIMP and found that 1 in every 5 fish tested nationwide was mislabeled, demonstrating that seafood fraud is still a problem in the United States. Seafood fraud ultimately hurts honest fishermen and seafood businesses that play by the rules, masks conservation and health risks of certain species, and cheats consumers who fall victim to a bait-and-switch.
If the U.S were to expand SIMP to all seafood — requiring information about how, when and where seafood was caught or produced — and if that information followed the product from the fishing boat or farm to the dinner plate, consumers could be confident that their seafood is safe, legally caught and honestly labeled. To expand transparency of fishing, public vessel tracking systems like the automatic identification system (AIS) — which broadcasts a vessel’s location, direction, and speed — should be required on more fishing boats to shine a light on what is happening beyond the horizon. Adopting stronger requirements for imported seafood would also ensure that it is held to the same standards as seafood caught in the United States.
Taking action to combat IUU fishing, stop seafood fraud and expand transparency has strong bipartisan support. A 2020 Ipsos poll, commissioned by Oceana, found that 89% of registered voters agree that imported seafood should be held to the same standards as U.S. caught seafood. Nearly 90% of voters also agree that the government needs to do more to ensure consumers are purchasing properly labeled seafood. Seventy-seven percent of voters support requirements for all fishing vessels to be publicly trackable.
Your administration has an opportunity to lead in the fight against illegal fishing and seafood fraud, expand transparency and level the playing field for American fishermen and seafood businesses, while protecting U.S. consumers and the oceans. The United States must take decisive action to combat IUU fishing and close the U.S. market to all illegally sourced products, including seafood caught using forced labor or other human rights abuses. The United States should be a leader in traceability of seafood and transparency at sea.
Ask Congress to Support 2022’s Horse Protection Platform!
This year in Congress, your legislators have many important opportunities to stand up for America’s horses. And the situation could not be more urgent – especially for wild horses and burros as brutal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), helicopter roundups are underway to capture and remove an astounding 19,000 of these iconic animals this year.
Polls taken this month show that 88% of Americans want wild horses protected and 83% oppose slaughtering horses for human consumption. Contact your two U.S. Senators and your U.S. representative in Congress to ask them to honor the will of the American public by supporting what we’re calling the 2022 Horse Protection Platform:
Cold-hearted animal killer, Daniel Garcia, and his bloody ‘CHOP SHOP’ of horrors have been brutally killing animals for years.
His operation has been cited with grossly violating laws against the USDA’s Humane Slaughter Act…yet his business is still up and running and worse…it’s thriving!
That means NO animal is safe while Gray’s & Danny’s Slaughterhouse is in business.
SIGN NOW:Demand law enforcement to arrest and punish Garcia and his evil crew of animal butchers to the fullest extent of the law. Throw them behind bars…where they all belong! And shut down this slaughterhouse forever.
Take action to bring justice to thousands of innocent victims violently killed at Gray’s and Danny’s Slaughterhouse.
BLM to Decimate More Wyoming Wild Horse Herds: Act Now
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released a plan for a mass roundup/removal in the North Lander Complex in Wyoming and we need you to act.
The North Lander Complex is comprised of four Herd Management Areas (Conant Creek, Disphan Butte, Muskrat Basin and Rock Creek Mountain) spanning 375,000 acres of public land where the BLM intends to:
Drastically reduce the wild horse poupopulation from approximately 2,000 to just 320 wild horses;
Castrate 95% or more of the stallions that will be captured and returned to the range;
Insert unproven Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) in a portion of mares to be returned to the range and administer the experimental fertility control vaccine GonaCon to all mares to be released (including those who receive the IUDs);
Skew the sex ratio to 60/40 in favor of stallions.
The plan threatens the wild, free-roaming nature and long-term sustainability of this iconic Wyoming wild mustang herd. Please take one moment to add your name to AWHC’s comments on the Environmental Assessment that analyzes the impacts of the plan.
I strongly oppose the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to decimate the wild horse populations in the North Lander Complex in Wyoming, which is comprised of the Conant Creek, Dishpan Butte, Muskrat Basin and Rock Creek Mountain Herd Management Areas (HMAs.
The Environmental Assessment is inadequate because:
The allocation of resources within this complex is inequitable, favoring livestock. At the low end of the BLM’s wild horse population limit, the agency allocates 13 times more forage to privately-owned livestock instead of federally-protected wild horses. The impacts of this preferential treatment of livestock on wild horses and on American Taxpayers have not been analyzed in the EA.
The impacts of cattle grazing on the environment within the Complex have not been evaluated, particularly with regard to spring grazing. The presence of livestock during this senstive new growth season on the land and the wild horse population must be fully analyzed. The EA must include actual range data distinguishing the impacts of wild horses from those of cattle in this analysis.
The following recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which conducted a 1.5-year long review of the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program regarding castration and IUD’s have not been considered:
“[S]ome or total loss of sex drive would be likely in castrated stallions, and this is counter to the often-stated public interest in maintaining natural behaviors in free-ranging horses [..]”
A potential disadvantage of both surgical and chemical castration is loss of testosterone and consequent reduction in or complete loss of male-type behaviors necessary for maintenance of social organization, band integrity, and expression of a natural behavior repertoire.”
“IUDs may provoke undue uterine inflammation warrants caution and would require further testing before application in the field could be considered. In addition, evidence concerning loss rates of IUDs, especially during copulation, would be needed.”
It does not acknowledge or analyze outstanding questions about the reversibility, impacts and efficacy of using GonaCon due to lack of research and limited use in wild horses. More research on the effects of GonaCon on wild horses is necessary before use of this vaccine as routine management tool.
The BLM must revise the North Lander Compelx plan to:
Adjust livestock use in the Complex in order to give wild horses an equitable share of resources and allow for a larger, genetically healthy and sustainable wild horse population.
Abandon plans to implement surgical sterilization of stallions returned to the range. The impacts of gelding on stallions can be affect their physiology and behavior and affect both herd dynamics and the habitat. Further, it is not an effective population management tool, as a small number of intact stallions can impregnate a large number of mares.
Eliminate the use of IUDs as more research on the safety of this method for wild and free-roaming mares and their welfare is necessary before this option would be appropriate for broad use as a management tool.
Eliminate the use of GonCon for wild mares as use of this vaccine in wild horses is limited, as is research into its impacts and long-term effects. More research on IUD’s in wild horses is necessary before this vaccine would be appropriate for broad use as a management tool.
Incorporate use of the PZP fertility control vaccine, which was recommended for use by the National Academy of Sciences, where necessary within the Complex to stabilize wild herds at sustainable levels.
Abandon plans to skew the sex ratios this method is not scientifically supported and not effective in reducing population growth rates in wild horse populations. The BLM has rejected this alternative in herd management plans for other areas, and should do the same in the North Land Complex.
As an American taxpayer and citizen who expects the federal government to protect and humanely manage America’s iconic wild horses and burros, I urge you to seriously consider these comments.
Sign this petition to Congress and President Biden and ask for economic and humanitarian relief for Afghans.
The economic fallout has been dire, as would happen to any country that loses access to its own capital. U.S. sanctions have worsened the economic situation, andthe Biden administration is urging European allies and multilateral institutions to aid in starving the nation of capital.Afghanistan’s central bank has been in touch with foreign entities to help assist with access to paper currency, but they have declined, citing fears of U.S. sanctions.
If the U.S. and its alliescontinuedown this path, nearly every Afghan citizen could be living in poverty by mid-2022.The UNandhumanitarian agencies like theRed Crosshave said they are “livid” and “terrified” and are urging…
Animals in the U.S. continue to suffer and die in experiments to test cosmetics like lipstick, deodorant, and shampoo. The Humane Cosmetics Act will end this unnecessary cruelty by prohibiting animal testing for all cosmetic products manufactured or sold in the U.S.
Alternatives to animal testing already exist: Humane, safe cosmetics can be created using thousands of existing ingredients, and several non-animal methods are already available to test new ingredients. These advanced scientific technologies are often cheaper, faster and more relevant to humans making them more reliable predictors of safety than archaic animal tests.
Help end cosmetics testing on animals in the U.S. — just like in the 41 countries where laws have passed to end or limit this outdated practice, including Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Israel, India and every country in the European Union.
Please contact your legislators and urge them to support the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 6207/S. 3357), legislation that would prohibit animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the U.S. Look up your legislator’s phone numbers.
After making your phone calls (please do not skip that crucial step!), fill in and submit the form below to automatically send a follow-up message. We encourage you to add your own thoughts or comments in the editable portion so your legislators know how important this issue is to you.
Blau, Tumay and Nuik, were the last three dolphins that were being held in a zoo in our country, although unfortunately they were only transferred to another place where these cetaceans are still forced to perform in shows. In 2018, Barcelona declared itself a cetacean free city, however just a few weeks ago, these three dolphins are no longer being exploited in our country, but in another country, in the Attica Zoological Park in Athens, Greece. Now is the moment to act.
My name is Olivia Mandle, I’m only 13 years old, and I dream that in our country, there will be no dolphin parks (or dolphinariums) where these animals continue to be used for the benefit of a corporation. Whatever their objective may be, it is not normal to lock these animals in small pools day and night for the rest of their lives.
Countries like Cyprus, Slovenia, Croatia, Costa Rica, Chile or India, have banned this type of dolphin park. They have recognized that dolphins and other animals such as orcas are animals endowed with high social intelligence, in need of their community to develop. They are autonomous and self-conscient beings, who want to make their own decisions about what they do, and where they go, and that they also suffer from psychological disorders when locked up.
In Spain however, unlike in those countries, this is not the case. Today, there are up to 11 dolphin parks on the mainland and the islands, which is just cruel and inhumane. In fact, our country, has the highest number of captive cetaceans, something that we should not be proud of.
That is why I believe that our country should begin to take urgent steps to end dolphin parks. You can start, as other countries have done, by prohibiting the breeding and purchase of dolphins in captivity, to later become a dolphin-free country.
The mistake that has been made in Barcelona and the suffering of these dolphins could have been avoided: what has been done is to move a “problem” from one zoo to another; When they could have brought these animals to a marine sanctuary, they chose so that these cetaceans continue to live in captivity.
These dolphins do not deserve such a life, they deserve to go to a marine sanctuary where they can be helped to regain their instincts, recover actions such as searching for food, etc. They, like any animal in captivity, deserve to get as close as possible to freedom, which of course, they will never totally or completely have, but at least, they deserve a good end of life. Something that allows them to end their days with dignity and like animals that they are, in freedom and in their natural habitat, or the closest thing to what that habitat could be: a marine sanctuary.
Target: Newton County, Missouri Prosecutor Will Lynch
Goal: Provide justice for animals that were allegedly found living in filthy conditions without food or water.
Fifty-seven dogs and several cats were rescued after many of them were allegedly found in poor health without access to adequate food and water. It is important that the person allegedly responsible for these crimes receive a harsh sentence and no longer be allowed to have pets to prevent similar future tragedies.
While police have not released the name of the suspect, they did state that some deceased animals were found on the man’s property. Witnesses said that his other dogs had been running around the area, which reportedly led to one of them being hit by a car. According to officers, two of the dogs died shortly after being discovered, even after being provided with proper food and water. Reports state that some of the dogs were living in crates that were filled with waste. A Dachshund and cat were further allegedly crammed inside a crate together without food or water.
Authorities claim that the property was not habitable because of a prior fire and that the dwelling had no power or water access. The man further allegedly threatened to blow up the local police station if any of his animals were taken from his property. The suspected individual is currently being evaluated by mental health officials. Sign this petition to demand justice for these innocent animals if it is found they were harmed, neglected or killed by this person.
Dear Prosecutor Lynch,
A man is currently being observed during a 96-hour hospital watch after many dogs and cats were allegedly found dead or living in poor conditions without food or water on his property. It is important that justice is served for these animals if they were mistreated so that more creatures will be less likely to be harmed.
Deceased animals were reportedly found at the residence. It is also claimed that one dog was run over by a car while running around loose. Authorities claimed that two dogs were so sick that they died shortly after they were rescued and that some of the animals were living in feces filled crates. They also stated a dog and cat were being held in a small crate together and that they had no room to move around, or any way to gain access to water or food.
According to reports, the property had no power or water access because it had previously been destroyed by a fire. The man also allegedly threatened to blow up the police department if authorities seized his animals. For these reasons, I demand you suggest the accused party no longer be allowed to be around animals and that he receive an appropriate sentence as well as professional counseling if he is found guilty of such blatant animal cruelty.
Shocking video footage shared on social media shows French international and West Ham footballer Kurt Zouma drop kicking and slapping his pet Bengal cat in the presence of both his brother and a young child (the example set?) . Both Zouma and his brother can be heard laughing throughout the footage.
The mere fact that Zouma considers this funny and worthy of sharing on the Snapchat platform shows his disdain for animals and leads us to wonder what happens to animals in Zouma’s ‘care’ privately?
In the UK we have laws against the abuse of animals, laws which should be applicable to everyone rich or poor, famous or not!
We ask that the Metropolitan Police and RSPCA carry out an urgent investigation and prosecute the perpetrators of this heinous act.
Further we ask that the RSPCA remove all animals from Zouma’s ‘care’ immediately!
Failure to take action in this case will send the message that animal abuse for entertainment is justified, that for the rich and famous breaking the law is no problem! Neither are acceptable!
Poursuivez Kurt Zouma et emmenez immédiatement tous ses animaux en lieu sûr !
Des séquences vidéo choquantes partagées sur les réseaux sociaux montrent l’international français et footballeur de West Ham Kurt Zouma en train de donner des coups de pied et de gifler son chat Bengal en présence de son frère et d’un jeune enfant (l’exemple donné ?). Zouma et son frère peuvent être entendus rire tout au long de la séquence. Le simple fait que Zouma considère cela comme drôle et digne d’être partagé sur la plateforme Snapchat montre son mépris pour les animaux et nous amène à nous demander ce qu’il advient des animaux dont Zouma est “soigné” en privé ? Au Royaume-Uni, nous avons des lois contre la maltraitance des animaux, des lois qui devraient s’appliquer à tous, riches ou pauvres, célèbres ou non ! Nous demandons à la police métropolitaine et à la RSPCA de mener une enquête urgente et de poursuivre les auteurs de cet acte odieux. De plus, nous demandons à la RSPCA de retirer immédiatement tous les animaux des « soins » de Zouma ! Ne pas agir dans ce cas enverra le message que la maltraitance des animaux pour le divertissement est justifiée, que pour les riches et célèbres enfreindre la loi n’est pas un problème ! Ni l’un ni l’autre ne sont acceptables !
Help Protect Seabirds: Support the Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act
Albatrosses, petrels, and shearwaters are often overlooked because they spend the majority of their lives at sea and breed on remote islands.
These seabirds face unique threats throughout their vast migratory ranges, and they cannot be protected by the actions of one country alone. That’s why recently re-introduced legislation that would implement the Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) — an international treaty among fishing nations for the protection of 31 species of vulnerable seabirds — is so important.
We need your voice now to get this important bill across the finish line.
Please ask your members of Congress to protect vulnerable seabird species by co-sponsoring the Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act (H.R. 4057). Read More
In a major victory for bears and the animal rights organizers hoping to protect them, South Korea recently announced that it would phase out the horrific practice of farming bears for the purpose of extracting their bile! In a wave of similar bear bile bans across Asia, many countries are realizing that the horrors of bear bile extraction far outweigh any perceived “benefits” of the outdated practice.
Sign now to demand that the Chinese government follow suit and ban the practice of farming and imprisoning bears for bile extraction!
A 2016 survey showed that overwhelmingly, Chinese people oppose the bear bile industry – to be exact, 97% said they believe it is extremely cruel.
And they’re right. It should come as no surprise that an industry that promotes the consumption of an animal’s digestive fluid has a history of abuse and mistreatment. Confining bears to small cages, the animals are then forced to endure one of many different — and equally horrific – extraction techniques. On some farms, bears are hooked up to catheters and “milked” for their bile. On others, farmers put holes in a bear’s gall bladder — which is as painful as you imagine it may be — which is continuously reopened throughout the bear’s life to extract the bile it stores. Yet other farms use a four-inch needle for extraction. It is hard to say which technique is more vile than the next, but one thing is clear: all put the bears through needless, cruel, and unusual suffering.
Despite key victories in South Korea and Vietnam, the bear bile industry is still perfectly legal in China. While bear bile does have medicinal properties, research shows that all of its benefits have been discovered in other herbal alternatives which do not require rampant animal abuse. There are many ways to preserve herbal medicine and cultural traditions that do not require such invasive violence against innocent bears.
China must follow the trend of the international community, listen to its own public, and declare a commitment to animal rights and bear health by banning the bear bile industry within its borders. Sign the petition now if you agree!
Walmart has started selling service dog jackets and ID registration cards.
This is affecting every disabled person with a legitimate task trained service dog. It puts our lives more at risk.
ADA Federal Law, Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 specifically says that some organizations sell fraudulent registration cards and that they are scams because they hold no legal authority and donot make a dog a service dog.
Extensive training makes a dog a service dog. The fake service dog trend is getting out of control. And Walmart is promoting this for money.
Why do the 500,000 disabled people in the US who own service animals have to worry more about going to Walmart and having our $20,000 dogsattacked by pets in the store. That’s 500,000 service dogs lives and safety on the line.
Task trained service dogs save our lives. Mine is for cardiac alert. We encounter pets in Walmart all the time. And Walmart never wants to help.Even when dogs are actively barking and lunging trying to attack.
Instead of making things better and properly educating employees, they are creating a bigger problem by selling these products.
Walmart is not the only one adding to the problem. There’s many online stores and websites that also promote this.
Our biggest problem is the uneducated general public. But Walmart is by far the worst place to go with a Service Dog. I shouldn’t have to accept the fact that my Medical Alert Service Dog WILL be attacked at some point.
The Fake service dog trend is so out of control that it will happen. And it won’t be just me and my dog. Many service animals have already been attacked. And it’s only going to get worse unless we make a change now.
Goal: Seek maximum penalty for kennel owner who reportedly abused and neglected dogs.
Dozens of dogs were reportedly confined to small cages and left outside in the snow by kennel owner John Jones. The weather in Michigan dropped to below zero resulting in the water supply freezing, thus apparently leaving the dogs with no drinking water. The dogs reportedly exhibited extreme distress due to lack of exercise. One dog was apparently found dead with straw in his mouth. Jones allegedly did not know the dog had died. Forty dogs were removed from the kennel and Jones is charged with four counts of felony cruelty abuse to animals and three counts misdemeanor.
Multiple complaints were filed regarding the property for months. Several protests were held outside of the sheriff’s office. PETA also accused the property of being a puppy mill. They demanded an investigation against the property and Jones. The department had an open investigation since December. All the living dogs were thankfully rescued and are now safe. They are getting the warmth, care, and safety that they deserved all along.
Jones being charged for alleged abuse is a step in the right direction, but he must suffer consequences if found guilty. Animal abuse is a huge issue that occurs all over the world with many getting away with it. If Jones is convicted and harshly punished, others can see that animal abuse is a real crime that will come with legal consequences.
Sign below and demand that Jones is held legally responsible if he is convicted.
Dear David Den Houten,
We must make sure John Jones is held accountable for the extreme animal abuse he allegedly caused. Although it is a step in the right direction that he was charged, he must also be made to face real consequences if he is found guilty. Leaving dogs out in the freezing cold with no water supply is illegal and cruel. His apparent abuse resulted in the death of dog.
No animal should be subjected to such cruelty. Please make sure John Jones is harshly punished if convicted of these heinous crimes.
Goal: Move Lolita the orca out of a seemingly abusive and neglectful aquarium.
Lolita the orca is approximately 20 feet long, yet she has lived in an enclosure that is too small for 50 years. It is the smallest and oldest enclosure for her kind and the tank may not meet the minimum horizontal dimension as outlined in the federal Animal Welfare Act. It is completely inhumane to keep an animal that swims up to 100 miles in one day in such a cramped area for so many years. A dolphin named Catalina lived in the enclosure with Lolita and that reportedly resulted in her death, as a killer whale and a dolphin should not be in the same living space.
Lolita’s meal rations were allegedly diminished, resulting in her being more one edge as usual. She apparently developed lesions on her eyes which can result from performing under the sun with little to no shade. She has also reportedly been forced to perform headfirst jumps while having an injured jaw. The United States Department of Agriculture is investigating amid the deaths and the apparently unsafe infrastructure at the aquarium. PETA has an ongoing lawsuit against the aquarium to hopefully free Lolita.
Sign below and demand that Lolita be moved to an environment where she can thrive.
Dear Fernando Eiroa,
The Miami Seaquarium needs to be held responsible for the apparent inhumane conditions Lolita has been facing. The enclosure she has been in is reportedly unacceptable for an orca or any animal. Lolita deserves the right meal rations, a safe place to live and swim, and the right treatment when she is injured. Lolita should not be performing when she is injured or under the sun with no shade, seemingly resulting in even more injuries. Lolita deserves to be moved to a place where she will be treated correctly.
Please give Lolita her freedom after so many years of seemingly being treated inhumanely. Treat all your animals with the respect and correct care that they deserve and are meant to have.
Members of Congress and the Senate need to be held accountable for the profits they make off the stock market. Our elected officials accumulate massive amounts of wealth after taking office, much of which is gained via timely stock market trades placed with insider information.
The current 45 day disclosure window is too wide for today’s day and age. Our representatives abuse this window, knowing that the public’s attention doesn’t typically carry back that far.
We have the technology available to track our representatives trades in real time.
We demand to know immediately when an order has been placed on the stocks, derivatives, futures or foreign exchange markets.5,742 have signed. Let’s get to 7,500!
Support the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act and stop the cosmetics industry from profiting off of poison!
Cosmetics are among the least-regulated products on the market1. Loopholes in federal law allow use of unlimited amounts of chemicals in products without testing, monitoring of health effects, or adequate labeling2. One-third of cosmetic products on the market contain chemicals linked to cancer, and half contain chemicals labeled “toxic3.”
Nearly 90% of the 10,000 ingredients in personal care products haven’t undergone safety testing4.
The average woman is exposed daily to 126 chemical ingredients via personal care products alone5. Diseases linked to synthetic chemicals, including breast cancer, are rising. Under current law (unchanged since 1938), the FDA can’t require cosmetics companies to conduct safety assessments or mandate product recalls.
Loopholes in the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 19386 allow manufacturers to use unlimited amounts of chemicals in their products without requiring testing, monitoring of health effects, or adequate labeling.
The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019 (H.R.4296)7 will give the FDA authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients by phasing out ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects, and developmental harm8. It will also create a health-based safety standard system that will protect both consumers and workers in the cosmetic industry, while providing the funding to the FDA it needs to provide effective oversight of a $50 billion industry that is currently self-regulated9.
This bill will hold cosmetic companies accountable for the safety of the ingredients in their products. It also bans most animal testing, and addresses over-exposure to toxic chemicals experienced by communities of color and professional salon workers10.
If passed, this bill will protect consumers and industry workers, and requires supply chain transparency and industry sharing of safety data to help level the playing field for small, clean cosmetic companies.
The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019 (H.R.4296) will give the FDA authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients.
Sign the petition and demand Congress pass this important legislation!
Dear Rep. Schakowsky and members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Education and Labor,
I am writing to urge you to pass the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019, a long-overdue piece of legislation critical to protecting all of us from the dangerous and insidious chemicals we are exposed to every day.
The Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938 is woefully out-of-date; loopholes in U.S. federal law allow manufacturers to use unlimited amounts of chemicals in their products without requiring testing, monitoring of health effects, or adequate labeling. This is unacceptable, and I am grateful that you recognize the urgent need to regulate an industry with such a far-ranging impact.
The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019 (H.R.4296) will give the FDA authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients by phasing out ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects, and developmental harm. It will also create a health-based safety standard system that will protect both consumers and workers in the cosmetic industry, while providing the funding to the FDA it needs to provide effective oversight of a $60 billion industry that is currently self-regulated.
This bill will hold cosmetic companies accountable for the safety of the ingredients in their products. It also bans most animal testing, and addresses over-exposure to toxic chemicals experienced by communities of color and professional salon workers.
Not only is this legislation good for consumers and industry workers, it will level the playing field for businesses that are striving to make the safest products.
I commend you for displaying the leadership to sponsor the Safe Cosmetics Act and strongly encourage you to continue efforts to pass this important legislation.
Dear all, This is regarding Rakesh the elephant who is kept in pathetic conditions in a zoo in Orissa. I was informed that that elephant has been rescued, but that is false. After speaking with Maneka Gandhi, I have come to know that the elephant is kept in a Kraal or trench and can’t even turn. She has managed to get the chains removed and his wounds have healed kind of, but he is still imprisoned and is in a bad state. The animal needs to be rescued and freed. We need minimum 2,000 emails written to the Chief Secretary of Odisha. Please write, ‘Free Rakesh, his shackles have been removed. He is living in a trench and has suffered enough. We need to get him out of there. Once again, the shackles have been removed but his living conditions are pathetic. He needs to be freed.’ I am attaching the email. Please, please write an email asking him to free Rakesh the elephant so he can enjoy the rest of his years. Please, please don’t ignore this message and please share widely. The email id is email@example.com, Csori@ori.nic.in Regards, Cookkie Khanna
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There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. —Soren Kierkegaard. "...truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity--it is simply true and that is the end of it" - Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” - Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard