Breaking! The Big Cat Public Safety Act Is Re-Introduced To U.S. Senate; Bill Prohibits Private Individuals, Breeders & Questionable Exhibitors From Possessing Big Cats – World Animal News

Breaking! The Big Cat Public Safety Act Is Re-Introduced To U.S. Senate; Bill Prohibits Private Individuals, Breeders & Questionable Exhibitors From Possessing Big Cats
By Lauren Lewis –
June 7, 2018

A federal bill that aims to end the private possession of big cats such as tigers, lions, leopards, and pumas as pets, as well as to stop cub petting and limit exhibitors to those who do not repeatedly violate the law, has been re-introduced in the United States Senate.
Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut supported the re-introduction of the latest version of the Big Cat Public Safety Act HR1818, which was originally introduced to the House in March 2017 by Rep. Jeff Denham.
Recent national headlines have documented public outrage at the inhumane display of a tiger at a high school prom in Miami, Florida, alarm as federal agents discovered a tiger cub in a duffel bag at the U.S. Mexico border, and confusion when a young tiger was spotted roaming a Texas neighborhood.
Such examples underscore the public’s growing concern about the treatment of big cats­­ and the sponsors of the Big Cat Public Safety Act have made it clear that they are listening.
By reintroducing the BCPSA, senators from six states across the nation are joining more than 130 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives in calling for an end to the unregulated trade and nationwide abuse of captive big cats.
“This common-sense bill is an urgently needed answer to the problem of big cats kept in unsafe and abusive situations around the country,” Prashant Khetan, CEO and general counsel of Born Free USA, one of the numerous animal welfare organizations that are supporting this bill, said in a statement. “Thousands of big cats are currently owned as pets or maintained in ill-equipped roadside zoos and menageries, which pose a severe risk to the safety of people in surrounding communities, as well as the welfare of the cats themselves. It’s about time that we had a federal law that can serve to stop this inhumane practice around the country.”
The bill, if enacted, would keep dangerous big cats out of the hands of private individuals, breeders and exhibitors with egregious, ongoing Animal Welfare Act citations, and unscrupulous menageries that have historically taken advantage of loopholes to circumvent existing restrictions. The BCPSA would close these loopholes while providing exemptions for qualified wildlife sanctuaries and exhibitors licensed by the US Department of Agriculture that meet basic standards intended to protect the public and animals.
“Relying on accredited sanctuaries to take in unwanted and usually neglected big cats is not a viable solution to the big cat crisis in this country,” said Carole Baskin, founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue. “When big cats are wrongly kept as pets or cruelly exploited in entertainment businesses, they often endure tremendous suffering for years in deplorable conditions with inadequate nutrition, and little, if any, veterinary care. Then, when the owners no longer want the cats or they are seized by the authorities, the substantial financial burden to house, feed, and provide long-term vet care for these big cats falls upon sanctuaries. The Big Cat Public Safety Act will finally address the inhumane treatment of the vast majority of big cats in America.”
Baskin noted that it costs Big Cat Rescue $10,000.00 per year for food and vet care for one tiger.

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Petition: Help Save Vulnerable Whale Sharks – Protect their Gulf of Mexico Habitat

by: Care2 Team
target: Dr. Timothy Gallaudet, Acting Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere (NOAA), Commerce Department

72,890 SUPPORTERS – 75,000 GOAL

The video is tragic and heartbreaking. An enormous whale shark hoisted onto the side of a vessel by commercial fishermen in Thailand. Unfortunately, the whale wasn’t freed in time to survive. Even worse, the whale shark was reportedly seen giving birth while hanging off the side of the ship, and the baby died as well. We must do more to protect these amazing animals.

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, and gentle filter-feeders. Due to their slow moving, wide-ranging nature, the species is incredibly vulnerable to extinction.

Scientists understand very little about the species, but some think they are a world-wide population, not subdivided by regions. If so, that means what happens in Thailand, affects the whale sharks well-known to feed in specific areas in the Gulf of Mexico, and vice versa.

Help defend whale sharks across the globe by demanding their known habitat is protected from fishing and other damaging activities, such as oil and gas exploration. Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is considering expanding marine protected areas in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, the proposal they are currently supporting excludes the most important whale shark habitat identified in the Gulf, a coral area off the coast of Louisiana known as Ewing Bank.

Urge NOAA to move forward with expanding the Flower Garden Banks, and protect as much marine wildlife habitat as possible, including Ewing Bank.

The oil and gas industry is pushing hard against any expansion of the marine sanctuary, as they don’t want to give up even an acre of potential oil drilling or development. It’s urgent that you sign & share the petition to expand the sanctuary to protect whale sharks and other marine wildlife.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/248/140/761/help-save-vulnerable-whale-sharks-%E2%80%93-protect-their-gulf-of-mexico-habitat/

To see the tragic whale shark video, click https://www.thepetitionsite.com/248/140/761/help-save-vulnerable-whale-sharks-%E2%80%93-protect-their-gulf-of-mexico-habitat/.

To find out more about NOAA’s marine sanctuary expansion project, click https://www.thepetitionsite.com/248/140/761/help-save-vulnerable-whale-sharks-%E2%80%93-protect-their-gulf-of-mexico-habitat/.

 

Petition:Stop shark finning in Florida! · Change.org

Christopher Richardson started this petition to Florida State House

Recently the Miami Herald published a investigative report on the port of Miami being the largest port of landing of shark fins in the United States. (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article210157954.html

Sharks are a apexs predator that are essential to the health of the oceans and indeed are also exceptionally valuable to tourism in Florida. You can learn more about the practice of shark finning and why it is so horrible with a simple google search.

This is unacceptable and must stop.

We the undersigned are divers and tourists who visit Florida to dive and experience the beautiful and exceptional outdoor and underwater experience that Florida offers.

Knowing that Florida is allowing this internationally condemned practice to be conducted legally is forcing us to reconsider visiting Florida as our playground.

We ask you to take a strong stand and pass legislation to stop the trade in shark fins in Florida

https://www.change.org/p/florida-state-house-stop-shark-finning-in-florida

Petition: Alia the Dolphin Died Young in Captivity – Save Her 6 Friends!

by: Care2 Team
target: Dolphinaris Arizona

84,488 SUPPORTERS – 85,000 GOAL
Alia was a 10-year-old bottlenose dolphin living a sad life in captivity at Dolphinaris Arizona when she tragically died. The dolphinarium has not released the cause of death but we know that captivity is horrible for these intelligent, fun animals. Six other dolphins are still there and at risk.

Sign the petition to urge Dolphinaris Arizona to do the right thing and release the remaining six dolphins to a sanctuary where they can live out their days in a happy, natural habitat.

Bottlenose dolphins normally live at least 40 years so it’s not a stretch to imagine some kind of death due to living in captivity. In fact, Alia is the second dolphin to die there in the last year – Bodie was only 7 years old when he died last year. Dolphins are not meant to live as human entertainment.

One huge fear for having dolphins in Arizona is the risk of them contracting a deadly fungal disease called Valley Fever, especially because the stress of living in captivity weakens their immune systems.

According to Care2 writer Alicia Graef, “Dolphins aren’t cute little playthings, performers or ambassadors; they’re highly intelligent, social, far-ranging predators. Sadly they are continuously treated like commodities by the captivity industry, who are taken from the wild, bred in captivity and shipped around with little regard to their wellbeing. Ultimately, they spend their entire lives being deprived of everything that would enable them to truly thrive.”

Sign the petition to help free Alia and Bodie’s six dolphin friends!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/321/593/820/

 

Petition: Last Year, Japan Murdered 120 Pregnant Minke Whales. Thousands More Could Be Next.

by: Care2 Team
target: Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe

60,629 SUPPORTERS – 65,000 GOAL
Imagine this, you are out in the ocean, swimming along with your friends and family. The sky is blue, the water is the perfect temperature. Life couldn’t be better. Then all of a sudden a grenade-tipped harpoon plows into your chest.. It explodes. Your friends look on in horror as you are dragged to your death by a whaling ship.

This is what happens hundreds of times a year all thanks to the horrific Japanese whaling industry. The country is one of only a handful of nations that continues to harvest the cetaceans. Officials defend the practice in the name of science. They say the whales are harvested in order to conduct “biological sampling.” However, according to many experts, non-lethal surveys have been shown to be just as fruitful.

Science though is only an excuse, in reality, the 333 minke Antarctic whales that were killed last year likely ended up at the dinner table.

Of the hundreds of whales that were taken in 2017 more than 180 of those were female and of those, nearly 70% were pregnant making the hunt even more tragic.

If the world cannot convince Japan to abandon its whaling program the bloodshed will continue since the country says they intend to kill at least 4000 whales over the next decade.

According to a 2014 ruling by the International Court of Justice, Japan is breaking the law by continuing their Antarctic whaling program. Countries like Australia and animal rights organizations around the world have urged Japan to stop to no avail. But we can’t give up. Each and every one of our signatures let Japan know that we are against this horrible practice. Together, by speaking up, we can send a strong message.

Please sign the petition and urge Japan to end their whaling program and stop this barbaric hunt.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/644/688/050/

Costa Rica Makes Santa Elena Bay a Mrine Protected Area

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Thanks to the effort of neighbors of the areas of Cuajiniquil, El Jobo and Puerto Soley in La Cruz, Guanacaste, the 732.1 hectares that make up Santa Elena Bay are now a Marine Protected Area. The objective of establishing this zone as a Marine Management Area is to reserve it for particular purposes, among them the conservation of marine life, the promotion of recreation and tourism and the sustainable use of its resources, particularly fishing resources. Santa Elena Bay receives several marine species with reproductive purposes, among them, dolphins, whales, turtles and other pelagic species like the whale shark, which…

Source: Costa Rica Makes Santa Elena Bay a Marine Protected Area

Petition: Imprisoning and Harassing Animals in a MALL? | Save Animals

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There have been reports of animal neglect at aquariums owned by Vince Covino, the owner of SeaQuest Aquariums. And although he shouldn’t even be allowed near animals if you ask us, a mall in California is letting his company open an aquarium there. 😠

Not only will the animals be confined to tanks that can never compare to their vast ocean homes, some are also set to be subjected to stressful physical encounters with humans.

At another aquarium that he owned with his brother Ammon—which is now closed—more than 200 animals reportedly died over the course of three months, many allegedly from starvation, infections, and other seemingly preventable causes.

Vince was recently fined $5,000 for failing to disclose information to investors, and Ammon has been thrown in prison more than once for violating his probation stemming from his felony wildlife conviction.

Last spring, former SeaQuest employees came forward with reports of animal neglect at the Las Vegas aquarium. One said that he saw “hundreds of animals” die, 😢 and the Metropolitan Police Department issued citations to the aquarium following complaints.

Despite having learned about Vince’s apparent disregard for the law and animal-welfare concerns at his aquariums, Palladio at Broadstone in Folsom, California, still plans to allow him to set up shop there with an aquarium that will feature public interactions that can expose sensitive animals to harassment or harm.
Ask TRI Commercial Property Management, the company that manages the mall, not to allow aquariums at its properties moving forward.

https://action.peta2.com/page/5398/action/1?utm_source=peta2::E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=0518::gen::peta2::E-Mail::P2%20Missions%20Recap%20May%2020%20EA::::p2%20e-news&ea.url.id=81391

Petition: Governor Ige – Act Now to Protect Our Reefs

Governor Ige – Act Now to Protect Our Reefs

by: Nova Covington, Founder, Garden Goddess
target: Hawaii Governor David Ige

20,177 SUPPORTERS
25,000 GOAL

In an impressive commitment to protect Hawaii’s cherished coral reefs, the state legislature has passed a bill to ban two chemicals in common sunscreens that are toxic to corals.

The bill is now sitting on the desk of Hawaii’s governor, David Ige. Unfortunately, many companies and business interests have been lobbying the governor to veto the toxic sunscreen ban.

Coral reefs are critical to ocean wildlife, and play a huge role in driving tourism in tropical locations such as Hawaii. But we’re loving our reefs to death. Overfishing, global warming, ocean acidification and invasive species are all playing a roll in degrading these beautiful and diverse living structures.

Hawaii’s legislature is to be congratulated for taking a leading stance on this newly discovered and easily preventable threat – the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that are found in most sunscreens. Studies have shown these chemicals make coral reefs more susceptible to environmental stressors and can even kill them. It’s urgent that we remove these chemicals from our oceans.

But now, some business interests are rallying to oppose this ban. I know there are sunscreen alternatives that are good for people and the environment – thirteen years ago, I launched my company to make sure of it. We can protect people from sun burns and skin cancer while protecting our oceans and environment.

Please urge Governor Ige to support the leadership of Hawaii’s legislature to protect our coral reefs and sign this bill into law.

Nova Covington founded Goddess Garden in 2005. It is now the largest certified-organic sunscreen brand, also offering certified-organic facial care, aromatherapy and pure essential-oil perfumes. In 2017, Nova established a foundation, Protect Our Mother, to help protect the coral reefs and clean up the oceans.
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/714/908/840/

Petition: Stop big game hunting

Big game hunting is the sport of killing animals for fun. People hunt animals in Africa for the thrill or fun but also to keep their heads or take elephant tusks. Is it’s extremely unnecessary and animals are endangered.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/961/677/531/stop-big-game-hunting/

Save Yellowstone’s Grizzly Bears from Hunters

Thanks to federal protections, Yellowstone grizzly bears have flourished in the past few decades. Now these protections are gone, and these natural wonders stand at risk once again. Demand Yellowstone states not declare open hunting season on their grizzly populations.

Source: Save Yellowstone’s Grizzly Bears from Hunters

The tragic lives of India’s mistreated captive elephants

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The tragic lives of India’s mistreated captive elephants
By Soutik Biswas India correspondent
6-8 minutes
Rajeshwari is dead
Image caption Rajeshwari died days after an animal lover sought the court’s permission to put her down

For more than a month, Rajeshwari, a 42-year-old temple elephant in India, lay desultorily on a patch of sand, her forelimb and femur broken and her body ravaged by sores.

An animal lover went to the court, seeking to put her down. The court said the pachyderm could be “euthanised” after the vets examined her. On Saturday afternoon, she died anyway.

Rajeshwari had led a hard life since she was sold to the temple in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in 1990. She would stand on stone floors for long hours to bless devotees and perform rituals like pouring or bringing water to the deities.

In 2004, she fell from an open truck on the way to a “rejuvenation” camp for captive elephants and broke her leg. She lived in pain ever since with a misshapen limb. Recently, she broke her femur when authorities used an earthmover to flip her and treat her. After that, say activists who visited the temple to check on her condition, the largely disabled pachyderm just wasted to death.

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Rajeshwari’s tragic story mirrors the sorry state of many of 4,000 captive elephants in India, mostly in the states of Assam, Kerala, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. India, according to a World Animal Protection report, is widely considered the “birthplace of taming elephants for use by humans” – a practice which began thousands of years ago. (In comparison, India has 27,000 elephants in the wild.)

In southern India, pachyderms are rented out during religious festivals for noisy parades and processions, including weddings and shop and hotel openings. They travel long distances in open vehicles and walk on tarred roads in the scorching sun for hours. (They have often gone on the run at temple festivals and killed devotees.)

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Image caption Elephants are used for religious processions in Kerala

Elsewhere, chained and saddled elephants are used for rides, sometimes carting tourists up and down steep forts, or entertaining tourists who wish to touch, bathe and ride them. They are also hired by political parties for campaign processions, and by companies for promoting their goods in trade fairs. They are rented out for tourism in the national parks, used for anti-depredation squads, logging activities and lately even for begging on highways.

According to media reports, more than 70 captive elephants have died under “unnatural conditions and at a young age” in private custody in just three states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan – between 2015 and 2017. Some 12 captive elephants have died this year in Kerala alone. “Most of these deaths are due to torture, abuse, overwork or faulty management practices,” says Suparna Ganguly, president of the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre.
‘Gross ignorance’

It’s not surprising to see why.

Lack of space and habitat to exercise and graze in natural surroundings means elephants lodged in captivity are shackled for long hours in concrete sheds with stone floors. This is enough to make the animal sick. They usually get foot rot, a condition where their feet develop abscesses and thinning pads, sometimes leading to severe infection. When outside, constant exposure to the glare of sun can affect their eyesight. Ms Ganguly blames this on “gross ignorance on part of the keepers and managers”.

Then there’s the poor diet. Elephants are slow eaters, and in the wild typically eat more than 100 kinds of roots, shoots, grasses, foliage and tubers. In captivity, their diets are severely restricted. In parts of northern India, for example, the animals have access only to glucose-rich dried sugarcane fodder. Vets say many of them suffer from intestinal infection, septicaemia and lung-related infections. The life expectancy of captive elephants in Kerala, according to a report, has dipped to below 40 years from 70-75 years a couple of decades ago.

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Image caption Elephants kept in captivity are used for tourist rides in Assam

There’s not even enough places to shelter rescued and ailing elephants. There are five of them in India – including three private rescue centres – that house some 40 elephants, not enough considering the high population of captive animals.

Tamil Nadu holds month-long rejuvenation camps for temple elephants, where the animals can rest, get treated and interact with other elephants in a natural environment. Elephants are trucked into these camps from distant places and many elephants have had accidents resulting in deaths due to their inability to cope with road transport or because they fall down from trucks.

India’s Supreme Court has outlawed the sale and exhibition of elephants at a well-known animal fair, and directed authorities to ban the use of elephants in religious functions to reduce their demand. More than 350 captive elephants in Kerala and Rajasthan are “illegal” – they don’t have any ownership papers. Despite adequate laws – including a powerful animal protection law and guidelines to protect captive elephants – not enough is being done to protect them, say activists.
Lucrative trade

One reason is captive elephants are a lucrative trade. The owner of an elephant in Kerala, for example, can easily make up to 70,000 rupees ($1053; £754) for a single day’s appearance at a religious festival during the busy season.

“For the first time in the history of India’s captive elephant business, the murky underworld of elephant trade has been split wide open – decades of elephant trafficking, the ghastly nexus between poachers capturing young elephants and their collusion with private trade coupled with neglect, corruption and apathy on part of government departments have led to the unacceptable conditions today,” says Ms Ganguly.

The top court is expected to pass further – and final orders – on protection of the mistreated elephants soon. There may be hope yet.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-asia-india-43862182

Petition: Ask Trump administration to ban the import of hunting trophies | Four Paws

https://help.four-paws.org/en-US/ask-trump-administration-ban-import-hunting-trophies?refsid=3012255

Petition: 200 Whales Could Be Killed if Iceland Allows Whaling

by: Care2 Team
target: Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir

22,580 SUPPORTERS
25,000 GOAL
June 10th, 2018 — that’s Dooms Day for the fin whales off the coast of Iceland.

That’s because, after a two-year respite, Hvalur, inc – the Icelandic whaling company has given notice that it has begun preparations for whaling season and will commence hunting this summer.

Fin whales are an endangered marine mammal, and while some species might be regionally in jeopardy, the fin whale is at risk of being hunted to extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.

That’s why it is extremely baffling that Iceland, one of the most progressive nations on Earth, would allow one of its companies. Hvalur, Inc is responsible for the agonizing death of countless. The innocent mammals are harpooned, dragged in and then secured to the side of the ship. If they aren’t already dead, they must endure an excruciating trip back to shore before they are finally butchered and sent off to Japan for consumption.

Altogether, some 200 whales could meet be murdered if Iceland doesn’t ban this barbaric practice.

Ask Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir to do what is right. Sign the petition and ask Iceland to put an end to whaling now.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/908/719/364/

Petition · The Codex Alimentarius International Food Standards: Make It Compulsory For Companies To Put Palm Oil Warnings On Food Packaging Labels. · Change.org

Petition · The Codex Alimentarius International Food Standards: Make It Compulsory For Companies To Put Palm Oil Warnings On Food Packaging Labels. · Change.org
PROTECT ALL WILDLIFE started this petition to The Codex Alimentarius International Food Standards
#PalmOilAlarmCall

Petition: Make it compulsory for companies to put the warning ‘This Product Contains Palm Oil. The Manufacturing Of Palm Oil Is Destroying Rainforests And Driving Orangutans Towards Extinction’ on food packaging labels.

While palm oil is found in more than half of all supermarket products from biscuits and breakfast cereals to soap, 35% of consumers are unaware of what it is, a survey of 5,000 people commissioned by frozen food chain Iceland found.

But once informed about palm oil and its effects on the environment, 85% say they do not believe it should be used in food products.

Growing demand for palm oil for use in food, toiletries and biofuel has helped fuel widespread deforestation in south-east Asia, prompting industry efforts to promote “sustainable” palm oil which is not environmentally damaging.

The loss of rainforests also contributes significantly to the world’s rising greenhouse gas emissions, which cause climate change.

According to Palm Oil Investigations, Indonesia is being deforested faster than any other country in the world, and this is down to the effects of palm oil.

The cheapest and quickest way to clear land for plantations is slash and burn. Fires in Indonesia produce some of the world’s worst pollution, sending suffocating smog to cities hundreds of miles away in Malaysia and Singapore.

Iceland’s Mr Walker said: “Having recently been to Indonesia and seen the environmental devastation caused by expanding palm oil production first hand, I feel passionately about the importance of raising awareness of this issue – and I know many British consumers share my concern and want to have a real choice about what they buy.”

“Time is running out not just for these household brands but for the wildlife, the climate and everyone who depends on healthy forests for their survival.

The main threat to the survival of orangutan populations in the wild is the huge expansion of palm oil plantations on the tropical islands of Borneo and Sumatra, with methods such as slash and burn being used to clear the land, driving the orangutans from their habitats.

One study published in the journal Current Biology earlier this year found that half of Bornean orangutans were affected by logging, deforestation, or industrialised plantations, with 100,000 lost between 1999 and 2015. According to research the population of orangutans in Borneo has dropped by 80% in 75 years.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition.

https://www.change.org/p/the-codex-alimentarius-international-food-standards-make-it-compulsory-for-companies-to-put-palm-oil-warnings-on-food-packaging-labels?recruiter=353339232&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive&utm_term=share_twitter_responsive

Petition · Eric Denhoff: Allow the Rehabilitation of Orphaned Bear Cubs Left Behind Due to Trophy Hunting. · Change.org

Lisa Madsen started this petition to Deputy Minister Environment and Parks Eric Denhoff and 9 others

If you would like to know the background for this petition: please check out:

http://www.change.org/p/minister-of-justice

Currently our Alberta government allows the killing of bear cubs left behind by trophy hunters who “accidentally” kill mother bears for a head to mount on their wall. Bear cubs are shot by Fish and Wildlife or left to starve to death, or be victims of predators. This includes both black bear and grizzly bear cubs , as well as many other species found in Alberta.

A petition was delivered to the Legislature in March by MLA, Dr. David Swann. Albertans and people throughout the world made it clear that allowing injured wildlife to succumb to “Nature taking its course” is unacceptable.

The Alberta Environment & Parks Department, as stewards of Alberta’s wildlife, have failed in their responsibility towards orphaned bear cubs and other indigenous wildlife species. This government has failed their clear duty by omitting to provide Alberta Environment & Parks, AEP’s approved “applicable protocols” that they, themselves, require before orphaned bear cubs, lynx and bobcat kittens, fox cubs, and elk calves can be rescued, reared and released back into the wild.

To quote from Alberta’s 2018/2019 Wildlife Rehabilitation Permits “…the permittee may only rehabilitate that animal in accordance with the applicable protocol that has been adopted by AEP”

To quote from Brett Boukall AEP, (3/29/2018) “As of right now, there are no approved protocols for orphaned black bear cubs in Alberta. When AEP approves a protocol for any species or updates existing ones, the wildlife rehabilitators will be the first to know.”

Does this matter? Yes, and for many reasons, but the most vital, for bear cubs is the most immediate.

The Spring Bear hunt opens on Sunday (April 1, 2018) and though it is illegal to do so, every year hunters accidentally kill female bears with cubs. The cubs are tiny, they can weigh less than a newborn baby… the hunters are up a tree over their bait barrels, so they often can’t sex the bear they are shooting, nor see the cubs. This is why it is a legitimate concern for bear cubs in Alberta. This is why Alberta Environment and Parks need to complete protocols for bear cubs and the other species listed in “Schedule A”.

On this day, 3 orphaned bear cubs were found in a Banff National Park bathroom (no doubt due to the accidental killing of their mother during hunting season) and were allowed to be transported to a wildlife sanctuary in Ontario, the plan, to be rehabilitated and returned to the park this year for release. Why is this acceptable when the rehabilitation of bear cubs like Russell are not allowed, because of supposed threats to public safety? The government has no science to back this view. The government needs to act responsibly and do the right thing: complete written protocols so approved wildlife rehabilitation sites may rehabilitate the orphaned animals in accordance to the “applicable protocol”. If our Alberta government wants to allow trophy hunting to continue in our province, then they need to be responsible for the orphans who are left behind. We urge Alberta Environment and Parks to complete the protocols necessary so orphaned wildlife may be rehabilitated by a responsible organization and these orphans may be released back into the wild.

Thank you so much for your support!

Please share!

Lisa xo

https://www.change.org/p/eric-denhoff-allow-the-rehabilitation-of-orphaned-bear-cubs-left-behind-due-to-trophy-hunting?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13094943&grid_position=2&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAPbLxwAAAAAAWtEaezGhySxlMzMxNzE1ZQ%3D%3D

Petition · Ryan Zinke: Ban Elephant “Trophies” in the US · Change.org

Ban Elephant “Trophies” in the US
Sarah Wilson started this petition to Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke and 2 others

The Trump Administration has quietly made it legal to bring tusks and other elephant parts back to the US as “trophies” from big game hunting. This policy sends the wrong message to poachers and endangers an already threatened species.

From Washington Post: “The decision, announced quietly in a March 1 memorandum from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, withdrew previous rulings on trophy hunting and said the agency would allow sport hunters to receive permits for the trophy items on a ‘case-by-case basis.'”

However, the Trump administration/Dept. of the Interior has not commented on HOW these permits will be administered. Secretary Zinke of the Dept of the Interior, Eric Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. are also known big game hunters and this policy would be greatly beneficial to them.

Secretary Zinke needs to remember that his job is to PROTECT wildlife, not to encourage hunting threatened species.

https://www.change.org/p/ryan-zinke-ban-elephant-trophies-in-the-us?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13094628&grid_position=2&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uADjcxgAAAAAAWs6K9usNtrVhMzYzNDJlZQ%3D%3D

Petition · Karmenu Vella: Stop the slaughter of common dolphins by the fishing industry in EU waters · Change.org

Thousands of short-beaked common dolphins are being killed by fishing vessels targeting pelagic fish species in EU Waters. This barbaric practice is referred to as ‘bycatch’by the fishing industry. We are calling on Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for Environment Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, to take urgent action to end this cruel and unnecessary mess slaughter of these highly intelligent and much-loved animals.

https://www.change.org/p/karmenu-vella-stop-the-slaughter-of-common-dolphins-by-the-fishing-industry-in-eu-waters?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=10401740&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAKeZxgAAAAAAWswF7swB7Ws4OTY1MjAxOA%3D%3D

Petition · Relocate Mernda Mob of innocent kangaroos BEFORE they die! · Change.org

THE AGILE PROJECT started this petition to Department of Environment Land Water & Planning (DELWP)

WE NEED TO BE THE VOICE FOR THESE KANGAROOS!

AUSTRALIA NEEDS TO HELP OUR PRECIOUS NATIVE SPECIES AND STOP WAITING FOR THEM TO DIE!

Once again, human development has trapped a mob of Macropods in a small and unsustainable area, with limited food supply and without access to water.

Many people look forward to visiting Australia because they want to see a wild and healthy population of Kangaroos. But unfortunately, the Mernda/Doreen Mobs in Melbourne have been abandoned and is stuck on land owned by Woolworths, on the corner of Plenty Road and Bridge Inn Road.

Approx. 60 defenceless Roos are stranded and no longer have access to Plenty Gorge. They are trying to survive amongst the construction but it won’t be long until their population starts to decrease from the horrible conditions.

There is another mob stranded between two schools on the corner of Bassetts Rd and Eminence Bld. On top of this, there is also another mob in need of help at 820 Bridge Inn Road as housing development has denied them access to Plenty Gorge Reserved. Wildlife Carers say their numbers have decreased by 50% in the last 12 months!

Wildlife Carers, Conservationists and Ecologists are actively trying to raise awareness to help these roos but ultimately it is up to State Government’s Environmental Department to step-in, take action and save these animals from the horrific conditions they have been forced to face. Thankfully, a local Wildlife Carer campaigned for a “no kill” policy for these mobs of Kangaroos and Whittlesea Council passed the motion.

RSPCA and DELWP have been notified, as this is now a case of severe animal cruelty.

Relocation is the most viable, ethical and successful option in these situations. Translocating 60 kangaroos is far cheaper than the “do nothing” approach. The kangaroos are being displaced by human development and if nothing is done, they will be killed off in accidents with cars. This is not humane and it is very expensive due to all the car insurance claims. There is also the risk of people getting hurt in car accidents with wildlife.

DELWP’s rules regarding translocation:

“Translocation of wildlife requires approval under the Wildlife Act 1975. In assessing translocation proposals, DELWP will consider the likely impact on the welfare of individual animals and the population an individual came from and is added to, and whether these impacts can be managed”.

Humans created this problem, but we ARE the solution! These Kangaroos need to be relocated to a safe and secure location, away from human development and motorists. The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) have the authority to help these animals, through translocation! Please show your support by signing this petition and being the voice for these poor, innocent and defenceless animals. Your signature can help give them a second chance at a fulfilling life.

You can also send a personal email to the Environmental Minister that’s responsible for this area: lily.d’ambrosio@parliament.vic.gov.au and be sure to cc-in danielle.green@parliament.vic.gov.au who is the current electorate.
https://www.change.org/p/relocate-mernda-mob-of-innocent-kangaroos-before-they-die?source_location=update_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=1454601&grid_position=4&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAOTOxwAAAAAAWsvw1vVOP8liMzJjMGRjZA%3D%3D

Petition : Stop the whales massacres

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Petition : Stop the whales massacres
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A letter to the International Court of Justice

Japan has just announced the resumption of the hunting of whales in Antarctica next March.

These massacres are stupid and useless. There is an international moratorium on the whaling since 1986, nevertheless, the Japanese whalers continue their barbaric slaughters of whales.

A law must be voted forbidding definitively the destruction of whales, and must be respected by all the countries including Japan.

These magnificent marine mammals are a part of our oceans, let them live in PEACE.

Thank you for signing this petition.

https://www.mesopinions.com/petition/animaux/stoppons-massacre-baleines/17114

Our Data is our Property #OwnYourData · Change.org

Brittany Kaiser started this petition to Founder and CEO at Facebook Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg, change Facebook’s rules and give us back control over our data, our digital assets, our property. #OwnYourData

Mark Zuckerberg’s social network Facebook, along with other digital platforms and big data aggregators, make billions out of us and our data – and they can not even keep it safe. They collect information about who we are, our friendships and how we view the world. They find out what we buy, what we do online, how we live our lives offline. Then they use our own data to sell to us – from pharmaceuticals to political campaigns. We’re just now realizing the bad news: we’re the product they’re selling. Our data has been exposed without our real consent.

Are these companies ripping us all off? If so, does this have to continue this way? I believe that if we act together, we can change the business model to the benefit of people globally. Sign up and share the #OwnYourData petition now, and let’s take back our rights.

I know about this topic intimately because I used to work for Cambridge Analytica – the data company which works on elections and commercial advertising campaigns. Now I’m blowing the whistle on the whole industry. The problem starts with the Silicon Valley tech platforms, which track our every movement and make us easy to target.

It’s time for us to own our own data. This is a human right. We should be able to decide freely how our data is used (and how it is not); stop anyone using using it to try and manipulate us; take it with us if we leave the platform; And to get paid for the value our data generates.

To decentralize power and drive accountability, we’re demanding that Facebook update its terms of service by April 30th, and grant all its users these simple and fundamental data and property rights immediately.

Facebook is already in crisis. Their stock price has fallen by almost $100 billion. Let’s step up the pressure and make this happen while we have the momentum.

The future is ours. I am the future, are you? Sign up now and share widely.

https://www.change.org/p/tell-facebook-our-data-is-our-property-ownyourdata

Stop McDonald’s From Supporting Endangered Dolphin Deaths

  1. McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish reportedly contains fish that is caught using a horribly destructive method that kills dolphins. Demand McDonald’s drop unsustainable fish from its menu.

Source: Stop McDonald’s From Supporting Endangered Dolphin Deaths

Stop President Trump’s Dangerous New Offshore Drilling Agenda | Oceana

https://act.oceana.org/page/21057/action/1?ea.tracking.id=twitter&utm_campaign=Advo&utm_content=20180309OffshoreDrillingTweet2&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_id=sSi8XAmnl5VAtq

Petition: The Clock Is Winding Down to Save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper

The spoon-billed Sandpiper need your help. The flat – beaked wader bird is listed on the International Union of Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Critically Endangered and without Swift action, it’s situation could go from bad to worse.

The birds most important habitat is the coastal waters of Tiaozini, China. Each year, the mudflats provide crucial resting ground for the migrating birds on its more than 5,000 mile long journey, and it takes it from Russia to the areas in China and other Asian countries.

But each year more and more of the Jiangsu mudflats are turned into land by the government – 26 square miles so far.

Now, the government wants to develop the remaining habitat 231.5 square miles by 2020 leaving the last remaining 650 Birds on earth with no place to turn.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/597/868/654/?z00m=30178520&redirectID=2612924007

Yesterday, On National Horse Protection Day, 60 Wild Horses’ Lives Were Spared From Being Hunted At Navajo Nation In AZ – World Animal News

http://worldanimalnews.com/yesterday-national-horse-protection-day-60-wild-horses-lives-spared-hunter-navajo-nation-az/

By Lauren Lewis –
March 2, 2018
Last week, the lives of up to 60 wild horses in Arizona were threatened by a hunt to kill the “excess” feral animals in a local trophy hunting area.
Fortunately, on March 1st, which was National Horse Protection Day, the planned massacre was canceled and the horses are safe for now.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye acknowledged on Tuesday that while the growing population of feral horses on the Navajo Nation is a problem that has to be addressed, he determined it would not be resolved with a wild horse hunt.
“We understand the concerns of the people,” President Begaye said in a statement that was in part a response to the outrage expressed by animal advocates. “We know the issue of horses is an emotional one with strong feelings on all sides. My administration will not condone a horse hunt for controlling the overpopulation of feral horses. But we do need to implement a management plan to preserve and protect Navajo land for future generations.”
The president’s statement comes on the heels of a 2018 Horse Hunt Proclamation issued last week by the Navajo Department of Fish and Wildlife (DNR). Since that proclamation has been rescinded and the hunt will no longer take place, Fish and Wildlife now are working to pursue alternate methods of feral horse management.
Sadly, some of their alternative approaches such as trapping, castration and birth control, sill equate to inhumane methods to many animal advocates. Adoptions of the feral horses is a much more welcome plan.
“All of these methods, together, will address the problem of overpopulation that is causing extensive damage to our ecosystems,” President Begaye said. “If we don’t take action now, the overgrazing will have major impacts on drought conditions that we anticipate in both the short and long-term.”
The Navajo Nation Commission on Emergency Management on Monday approved a new State of Emergency Drought Declaration. The commission is anticipating large-scale drought conditions this summer, which will create a critical shortage of water and range feed for livestock, resulting in the poor physical condition of livestock and an increase in disease.

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Petition · Hyatt Hotels: BOYCOTT THE HYATT HOTELS · Change.org

The Hyatt has open a property in Cancun where they have multiple captive Dolphins stuck living in a standard size swimming pool. This is not only cruel and unethical, but sets a terrible precedent for other major hotel chains to replicate the same business model.

Dolphins, like any other wild animal, are supposed to be in their natural habitat instead of a small pool being exploited solely for human entertainment. These are living, feeling, sentient creatures and we must treat them as such.

https://www.change.org/p/hyatt-hotels-boycott-the-hyatt-hotels

California Puts Freeze on New Uses of Bee-killing Pesticides

Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, January 4, 2018

Contact: Lori Ann Burd, (971) 717-6405, laburd@biologicaldiversity.org

California Puts Freeze on New Uses of Bee-killing Pesticides

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation has announced it will no longer consider any applications by pesticide companies that would expand use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides in the state.

The announcement comes just two weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began considering dramatically expanding use of the highly toxic neonicotinoid thiamethoxam on more than 165 million acres of farmland in the United States.

“California’s decision to halt further increases in harmful neonicotinoid pesticides is an important step toward reversing dangerous bee declines,” said Lori Ann Burd, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s environmental health program. “As the Trump EPA works to weaken protections for pollinators, it’s reassuring that California continues to follow a course of reason and science.”

California’s freeze on new neonicotinoid uses and products covers all new and pending applications and will be lifted once the agency finishes an ongoing evaluation of the pesticides. California’s evaluation, which is being done in conjunction with the U.S. EPA, has identified harms to pollinators, aquatic insects and birds from the use of neonicotinoids.

The state’s efforts to prevent expansion of harmful neonicotinoid pesticides stands in sharp contrast to the EPA’s decision last month to consider allowing the spraying of the highly toxic pesticide thiamethoxam on tens of millions of acres of wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, alfalfa, rice and potatoes.

On the same day it began considering approving broader use of thiamethoxam, the EPA released multiple scientific assessments that found commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides can kill and harm birds of all sizes.

The EPA analysis found that if neonic-treated seeds make up just 1 percent to 6 percent of a bird’s diet, serious harms could result.

Early last year the EPA changed from mandatory to voluntary a common-sense rule that would have placed limited restrictions on neonics when commercial honeybees were present in fields.

Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides known to have both acute and chronic effects on honeybees, birds, butterflies and other pollinator species, and they are a major factor in overall pollinator declines. These systemic insecticides cause entire plants, including pollen and fruit, to become toxic to pollinators; they are also slow to break down and therefore build up in the environment.

A large and growing body of independent science links neonicotinoids to catastrophic bee declines. Twenty-nine independent scientists who conducted a global review of more than 1,000 independent studies on neonicotinoids found overwhelming evidence linking the pesticides to declines in populations of bees, birds, earthworms, butterflies and other wildlife.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2018/pesticides-01-04-2018.php/?utm_source=eeo&utm_medium=email

Petition: Help End the Shark Slaughter

One hundred million sharks are killed each year. And thanks to president Trump, he just made America complicit in the slaughter. This November at a state dinner to welcome the American president, Vietnam serve Trump shark fin soup.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/744/316/729/?z00m=29892502&redirectID=2558122180

Petition: Save Ladyface Mountain, California

The 300-plus-acre area consists of  many  beautiful creeks, a variety of wildlife and endangered plants and flowers. Ladyface Mountain the local landmark will be forever negatively impact by The Proposal of Triangle Ranch development, which would place McMansions at her feet and require massive grading retaining walls, loss of oak trees, creek pollution and  major traffic congestion.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/445/385/617/

Petition: Stop Japan’s Antarctic Whale Massacre


https://www.thepetitionsite.com/653/718/090/stop-japan%E2%80%99s-antarctic-whale-massacre/

Petition: Oppose Creation of Federal Council to Promote Trophy Hunting – ForceChange


https://forcechange.com/422030/oppose-creation-of-federal-council-to-promote-trophy-hunting/