Breaking! Animal Welfare Coalition Calls On World Health Organization To Focus On Testing On Humans Not Animals For COVID-19 Remedies – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis – April 17, 2020

In a joint statement released today by Cruelty Free InternationalCruelty Free EuropeEurogroup for Animals, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation (PETA), the animal protection organizations stress that it is essential that authorities, under the leadership of the World Health Organization (WHO), work together with a focus on humane, human-relevant research.

While everyone wants a safe and effective vaccine and other medicines for COVID-19 produced as quickly as possible, it should not be at the expense and undue suffering of thousands of innocent animals such as: monkeys, dogs, cats, ferrets, and mice.

Sadly, animal experimentation remains one of the approaches used in this research which adds to the unfathomable suffering caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This, despite animal testing and experimentation being cruel and unreliable with a history of failure in the development of drugs used for humans.

“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will have a long-lasting effect on our societies and our work, and this change of paradigm should also be reflected in the way we carry out research, there is an urgent need to focus on advanced scientific techniques that are more representative of what actually happens in the human body, than old ways including the use of animals,” Reineke Hameleers, CEO of Eurogroup for Animals said in a statement. “It is crucial that the WHO and other authorities acknowledge that many animals are suffering as well, and that they help to focus the research efforts of governments, researchers, clinicians, and companies towards more humane and human-relevant approaches.”

As huge numbers of animals and billions of dollars, pounds, and euros are being directed towards trying to solve the problem, it is vital that the scientific and technical merits and ethical aspects of proposed research are robustly assessed in each and every case.

Countries and institutions must also try to coordinate their research, sharing data to prevent any duplication of effort or repeated testing on animals.

That is, until the ineffective and unnecessary testing and experimentations on animals stops completely. As many lives as possible must be spared from this pandemic, including animals.

The urgent need is for more resources to be directed towards studying the virus in humans to increase our understanding of the disease, treat patients, and limit the spread of the virus altogether.

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Victory! A Second City In Mainland China Bans The Consumption Of Dogs, Cats, and Wildlife, Giving Hope That More Cities In China Will Follow Suit – World Animal News

By Karen Lapizco – April 15, 2020

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The city of Zhuhai in Guangdong province, has become the second city in mainland China to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat, and wildlife, in what campaigners at Humane Society International hope will be the start of a domino effect of progressive legislation across China to end these brutal trades that see an estimated 10 million dogs and four million cats killed every year, mostly stolen pets and strays.

Zhuhai’s ban comes after the city of Shenzhen banned dog and cat meat earlier this month, and just days after China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs publicly stated that dogs are companion animals and not “livestock.” The Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Zhuhai Municipality stated that lawmakers must adhere to China’s livestock “white list” of animals for human consumption. Other cities in mainland China are believed to be considering bans.

Humane Society International has been at the forefront of campaigns to end the dog and cat meat trade across Asia for many years, and has helped to rescue thousands of dogs and cats from China, South Korea, India, and Indonesia. In South Korea the charity works cooperatively with dog meat farmers to transition them to alternative humane livelihoods, and lobbies regional and national governments to advance legislation.

HSI’s Wendy Higgins welcomed the Zhuhai ban, saying in a quote to WAN: “With now a second city in mainland China introducing a ban on eating dogs and cats, as well as wildlife, we hope that this can become a trend that other cities across China will follow. With no national animal protection laws in China and certainly no national ban on dog and cat meat, city by city bans could be the most efficient way to help end the cruelty while protecting human health at the same time from rabies and other diseases of concern.”

Higgins continued, “Zhuhai’s ban on dog and cat meat eating is thrilling news for all those in China and around the world who have campaigned for so long to end this brutal trade. Coming so soon after Shenzhen’s ban and the government’s historic statement classifying dogs as pets, we hope this is the start of a domino effect of progressive legislation across China with other cities following suit. With so many millions of dogs and cats falling victim to the meat trade, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that most people in China don’t eat dogs and cats, and that for years there has been enormous public support in China for an end to the cruelty. So now it would seem that in the absence of a national ban, cities are taking matters into their own hands and reflecting the mood of the people.”

“This isn’t just good news for animal protection, it’s also very good news for public health because the dog meat trade poses a significant human health risk, linked to the spread of trichinellosis, cholera, and rabies. Rabies has been found in dogs traded for human consumption in China, Vietnam, and Indonesia, and is easily spread as thousands of dogs are crammed on slaughter trucks and driven across provincial borders to markets and slaughterhouses,” concluded Higgins.

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Facts about China’s dog meat trade

  1. 30 million dogs a year are killed across Asia for their meat. There are estimated to be more than 91.49 million dogs and cats kept as pets in China. An estimated 10 million dogs a year are killed for China’s dog meat trade.
  2. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the dog trade spreads rabies and increases the risk of cholera.
  3. Most people in China don’t eat dogs, in fact, dog meat is only eaten infrequently by less than 20% of the Chinese population. A 2017 survey revealed that even in Yulin, home of the notorious Yulin dog meat festival, most people (72%) don’t regularly eat dog meat despite efforts by dog meat traders to promote it. Nationwide across China, a 2016 survey conducted by Chinese polling company Horizon, and commissioned by Chinese group China Animal Welfare Association in collaboration with Humane Society International and Avaaz, found that most Chinese citizens (64%) want to see an end to the Yulin dog meat festival, more than half (51.7%) think the dog meat trade should be completely banned, and the majority (69.5%) have never eaten dog meat.

WAN is thrilled by this victory and we look forward to more cities and hopefully countries following suit to end this barbaric trade.

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Sign the Petition: We need strict laws to ban illegal killing and selling of small animals

“The new COVID-19 coronavirus, SARS, MERS, Ebola, Avian Influenza, and Swine Flu are all derived from animals. Serious rethinking of the food animal industries is called for, and we need strict laws banning the illegal killing and selling of small animals.” Thanks to our modern global transportation systems, we can travel from one side of the world to the other in a day, and buy and sell goods from other countries with ease. But this also means that diseases can spread at the same speed and ease. Viruses emerging in one country or region are no longer only that country’s or region’s problem. Recent Instances of Fatal Viruses from Animals Swine Flu is a variant of a family of influenza viruses found in pigs and is possibly the result of gene exchange between the influenza viruses of humans, birds and pigs, all with which pigs can be infected. The fatality rate is under 1%, but it is so easily transmitted that it has been reported that globally around 203,000 people died. Avian Flu was first found to have infected humans in 1997 in Hong Kong. It is transmitted via the feces and secretion of birds. This virus spread not only in Asia but to Europe and Africa, and killed around 17,000 people, with an additional 400 people dying from its variants. Ebola, which first occurred in 1976 and rose to notoriety in 2014, was originally found in artibeus jamaicensis, the Jamaican fruit bat, and infected humans who consumed their meat, or the meat of the apes that also ate these bats. The fatality rate is 30~90%. 10,000 people died during the epidemic. MERS occurred in 2012 and looks to have been transmitted to humans from camels. It infected more than 1,000 people, killing 400 from 2012 to 2015. SARS, with a fatality rate of 11%, originated from an outdoor market in Guangdong, China in November 2002. This coronavirus spread to humans from wild civets initially from a cook who cooked their meat, followed by the doctor who treated him. The disease became a world epidemic via Hong Kong, Singapore, and Vietnam killing around 770 people, most of them in Asia. Spanish Flu, known to have begun in 1918, infected 500 million people and is estimated to have killed between 17 million to over 50 million people worldwide. It is the worst contagious disease in the history of mankind, killing more people than both world wars. Recent research has revealed that Spanish Flu was a variant of the H1N1 coronavirus, to which Swine Flu and Avian Flu are also related. It’s quite possible that it’s yet another variant that is threatening the world today. Development and Spread of New Viruses These viruses that have occurred over the last few years around the world—SARS, MERS, Ebola, Swine Flu, Avian Flu, and the new COVID-19 coronavirus—have one thing in common; they have spread to humans through cross-species transmission (CST) due to close proximity with infected animals. In particular, SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 are all coronaviruses, pathogens found in various animal species, the ultimate source of which is as yet unknown. The new COVID-19 coronavirus is strongly suspected of being derived from infected pangolins and transmitted to humans from contact while being sold in a market in the city of Wuhan in central China. Contagious diseases are quicker to spread between individuals of the same or different species when they are in close proximity to one another, such as in farms, markets, and slaughterhouses. There are large and small markets all over China where all sorts of wild animals are secretly traded and small animals, including stolen cats and dogs, are all shut up in cages. They are slaughtered and cooked on the spot, or their meat is taken somewhere else. Their blood, feces and other secretions are spread on clothing, on hands, and the ground. It is the perfect environment for the spread of infection, both within and between species. Then there are other cities in China, like Hebei, the world’s largest leather producer. Within the city, the manufacturing, rendering, storage, and sale of animal carcasses and fur are often carried out in people’s homes. There are mounds of fox and raccoon pelts on the ground in the street auctions. The furs of wild animals are stored and hung in the windows of department stores. In South Korea, there are illegal dog slaughterhouses and the illegal slaughter of small animals in street markets all throughout the country. And Korea is the only country in the world to have dog farms, in which dogs are raised in large groups in unsanitary conditions for their meat. Korean dog farms often breed chickens alongside the dogs, and the two species are slaughtered in the same facility. Activists from CARE encountered both chickens and dogs infected with influenza at the same slaughterhouse in 2018. In one cage, 10% of the 300 chickens were already dead from influenza. In other cages lay the bodies of dead dogs, and infected dogs coughing up blood. We already know that the influenza virus can be transmitted to other species, so it is not beyond possibility—and may only be a matter of time—before another deadly variant arises from the close proximity of infected chickens and dogs, and humans in these slaughterhouses. CARE warned the government of the dangers of influenza rampant in the dog farms and slaughterhouses of Korea and demanded an investigation. As of yet, there has been no answer. How To Stop Future Infections China announced the shutting down of wild animal markets for the time being, in order to restrict contact with the animals thought to be the cause of the recent COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Furthermore, China is pursuing a ban on the trade in wild animals altogether. However, a simple ban on the sale and slaughter of wild animals is not enough. These markets are also selling other small animals, like dogs and cats. The Korean government recommends thoroughly cooking meat, just as it did in the mad cow disease crisis. However, without solving the fundamental problem, mere preventive measures for humans are not enough. Avoiding the consumption of meat is not enough, because the process of rearing and slaughtering animals for meat is itself a potential cause of contagion. This peripheral treatment of the problem only highlights the fact that profits are considered more important than human lives. Quite apart from the animal rights perspective, we must make a decision about the slaughtering of all small animals, whether wild, or domesticated and not traditionally considered food animals, like dogs and cats, or considered food animals like chickens, because without laws in place, they are vulnerable to illegal and unregulated trade and slaughter, with the potential threats to human well-being outlined above. Serious Thought Needed It is not much of an overstatement to say that our problems began with capturing wild animals and their domestication into farm animals. The development of civilization and the consequent rise in population necessitated the need for ever more efficient ways of producing food. Our meat-eating culture developed mass food animal farming and methods, which, along with the stress and suffering these methods cause and the selective breeding for individuals that produce more food, has made the food animal production industries ideal environments for the development of spread of new viruses. It then takes just one cross-species transmission event to produce a human epidemic. Our excessive animal-derived-food-consuming culture and food animal industries must be reconsidered as a global priority. If we don’t address this issue, not only will the abuse and suffering of billions of animals continue, and not only will these industries continue to pollute our environment, consume ever more resources, and contribute to climate change, but it’s entirely possible that the next time a new virus jumps from a non-human to a human in a factory farm, a slaughterhouse, or a market, we won’t be able to combat it.

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UPDATE: Dog and Cat Meat Are Now Banned in Shenzhen, China

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UPDATE: Dog and Cat Meat Are Now Banned in Shenzhen, China

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In a historic step forward for animal welfare and human health, Shenzhen has officially become the first city in China to ban the sale and consumption of dogs and cats.

This encouraging legislation, which will go into effect on May 1, follows China’s ban on the sale and consumption of wild animals, which passed amid the coronavirus pandemic after a clear link was established between the origin of COVID-19 and a Wuhan seafood market that sold a menagerie of exotic species. Shenzhen’s dog and cat meat ban will extend to restaurants, shops and markets.

“Dogs and cats as pets have established a much closer relationship with humans than all other animals,” said an order posted by Shenzhen’s city government, “and banning the consumption of dogs and cats and other pets is common practice in developed countries and in Hong Kong and Taiwan. This ban also responds to the demand and spirit of human civilization.”

Despite the practice of eating dogs and cats being relatively uncommon – a majority of Chinese citizens never have nor want to partake in consuming companion animal meat – millions of dogs and cats are slaughtered every year in China. That number could drop dramatically if other cities follow the path now pioneered by Shenzhen.

Thank you to the over 40,000 supporters who signed the petition to urge Shenzhen to adopt this new policy and the over 170,000 who have signed to end China’s dog and cat meat trade for good — as well as the countless animal activists working toward this around the world. Thank you especially to the government of Shenzhen, and every Chinese citizen who has opposed the dog and cat meat trade.

If you haven’t signed yet, add your voice to help save millions of dogs and cats from needlessly suffering a torturous death in China’s meat trade.

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EMERGENCY DEADLINE: 34,503 more signatures needed!!

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EMERGENCY DEADLINE: 34,503 more signatures needed!!


See below. It’s an EMERGENCY. 

Congress is about to vote on the COVID-19 spending bill. 

Add your name to ensure not one more dime is shipped to CHINA for dog meat roundups and animal experiments. 

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P.S. We must gather 34,503 more signatures in the next 24 hours, or Congress won’t prioritize this. DO NOT WAIT! 

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This makes me SICK! 

BREAKING: The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has authorized 24 labs in China to spend YOUR TAX MONEY on animal experiments! 

As the Coronavirus ravages the nation, the feds are on a massive spending spree in China!

EMERGENCY PETITION: Rush your signature right now to permanently ban U.S. tax money from being shipped to China for animal testing!!

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It gets worse: one of these labs — The Wuhan Institute of Virology — is where COVID-19 is rumored to have been released from. 

“And then there is this little-known fact: Some Chinese researchers are in the habit of selling their laboratory animals to street vendors after they have finished experimenting on them.” -NEW YORK POST

I’m sick to my stomach.

As Congress pushes the COVID-19 spending bill, we launched this new emergency petition to ensure your tax money isn’t shipped to China for animal tests or dog meat roundups. 

Will you sign and share? 

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EXTREMELY URGENT: We must rally at least 250,000 taxpayer signatures to generate a critical mass of support in the next 72 hours. 

Add your name to our emergency petition right now to tell Congress and the President: don’t spend one more cent of U.S. tax money on animal experiments in China! 

Please don’t wait. 

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P.S. EMERGENCY PETITION: taxpayers like you should NEVER be forced to pay off China’s worst animal testing labs. And you shouldn’t be forced to pay for China’s lab animal round ups in dog and cat meat “wet markets.” Please sign and share our new petition if you agree.

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Sign Petition: Cruel Foothold Traps Grab On to Their Prey And Leave Them to Suffer Until They Finally Die

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When the New York Department of Environmental Conservation learned that one trapper had bagged a whopping seven bobcats this trapping season, they were shocked. The annual average of a successful trapper is just 1.5 bobcats per year, and this one man had beaten that average nearly five times over.

But while the Catskills-area man may have been proud of his haul, we are markedly less enthusiastic.

It is time to ban inhumane foothold and body-gripping traps in New York State.

Last trapping season, at least 145 bobcats were taken from the wild. One of the principle means of catching these beautiful big cats is by using foothold traps – cruel contraptions that snaps shut on the body of an animal when it is triggered. These atrocities catch indiscriminately, meaning they often ensnare non-target animals or even pets. No matter what animal becomes trapped, they suffer for hours or even days before they expire. Those that don’t have been known to chew off their own appendages, left maimed and vulnerable.

Those unlucky enough to remain trapped and alive are killed and skinned. Their fur is used as lining for a coat, a decorative rug, or some other macabre decoration.

What’s worse is that New York law only requires that these traps be checked every 24 to 48 hours. That means that a caught animal could suffer for up to two days before it is finally, mercilessly killed.

Since the early ’90s, other states have taken aim at trapping altogether but specifically foothold traps – Arizona banned them in ’94, Colorado did so in ’97, followed by California in ’98.

Allowing these types of inhumane traps is an ugly contradiction to New York’s otherwise progressive values. It’s time NY step up and join states like California and Arizona and end foothold trapping today.

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California Senator Introduces Bill to Shut Down SeaWorld

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Senator Cathleen Galgiani has introduced a bill to ban the captivity of whales and dolphins in California.

Senate Bill 1405, The Dolphin Protection Act, would make it “unlawful to hold, breed, import, or export a cetacean.”

The bill would ban marine parks like SeaWorld—which has a location in San Diego—from keeping whales and dolphins on display for entertainment purposes.

“We should not rely on cruel and inhumane treatment of any creature simply for our entertainment,” said Senator Galgiani in a statement.

“Dolphins are incredibly intelligent beings that suffer a range of health problems and stress as a result of being held in captivity.”
Research shows keeping cetaceans in captivity causes them undue suffering.
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Cetaceans—which includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises—are highly complex, intelligent, and social creatures.

In the ocean, they can roam vast distances, dive deeply, and live in tight-knit family units. Research shows cetaceans suffer in tanks because enclosures cannot adequately replicate the ocean.

According to the wildlife charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation, a captive orca would have to swim around his or her tank at SeaWorld 1,400 times per day in order to match the distance a wild orca swims in the ocean.

Tanks are “generally less than one-ten thousandths of one percent” of a cetacean’s natural habitat range.

South Carolina is currently the only state in the US that prohibits the display of cetaceans. In 2016, California passed a bill that banned the captivity and breeding of orcas.

Research shows orcas display abnormal behaviors in captivity and often have shorter life expectancies. Captive orcas often die early from infections.

“We cannot continue to bring [cetaceans] into captivity where they will spend their entire lives in a concrete tank,” Marc Ching, Founder of Animal Hope in Legislation, said in a statement.

“California is a leader in animal welfare policy,” he added. “[T]hanks to Senator Galgiani’s bill, many of these animals will be able to stay where they belong, in the wild.”

California’s current animal-friendly legislation includes a fur ban, a prohibition on the use of wild animals in circuses, and a ban on puppy mill sales in pet stores.

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Take Action—oppose Idaho’s proposal to expand “opportunities” to kill wolves – intheshadowofthewolf

Legislation was introduced on a party-line vote in the Senate Resources Committee to allow any Idahoan with a hunting license and a wolf tag to shoot wolves year-round in designated “wolf free zones” in the state.

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Petition to end the cruel treatment of elephants in India – by save Asian elephants

Above: a baby elephant beaten to the ground in the “training” process of pajan.

The plight of elephants in Africa is widely recognised, but far less is known of the even more desperate threats facing Asian (or Asiatic) elephants, whose surviving population is barely 5% that of African elephants, with numbers of Asian elephants declining from estimates of a million or more in the late 19th Century to scarcely 40,000 today.

Save The Asian Elephants (STAE) is a not for profit association which aims to raise awareness of the plight of the Asian Elephants; working to end the terrible cruelty and brutal conditions suffered by this wondrous and ancient species.
Young elephants are snatched from their forest homes to supply tourist attractions, temples and festivals. Capture from the wild often entails slaughtering the mothers and other herd members who attempt to protect their young.

PAJAN – THE BRUTAL ‘BREAKING IN’ PROCESS
The captured calves are isolated and then forced into a pen and tied with ropes to prevent them moving. They are deprived of water, food and sleep. Terrified, they are brutally, often fatally, beaten with rods, chains or bullhooks (a rod with sharp metal hooks at the striking end) and stabbed with knives and nails. This practice – “pajan” – is designed to break their spirits and brutalise them into submission.

We respectfully urge:

  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end pajan and ensure the proper treatment of captive elephants. These magnificent creatures should either be released into the forests or kept in genuine sanctuaries.
  2. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Former Prime Minister David Cameron to urgently fulfil their Government’s Manifesto commitment to “support the Indian Government in its efforts to protect the Asian elephant”.

  3. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) to press its members including Virgin Holidays, to remove elephant attractions from their itinerary in India and the rest of Asia. Only visits to genuine sanctuaries and wildlife reserves where tourists observe elephants at a respectful distance (and do not ride them) should be permitted.

Save The Asian Elephants now before it’s too late by signing our petition.

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Donald Trump signs bill targeting ‘sadistic’ animal ‘crush’ videos

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By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com 23:44 25 Nov 2019, updated 00:08 26 Nov 2019

Donald Trump signs landmark animal cruelty bill into law, making sadistic killing of animals a felony in some cases
New law is an extension of an Obama-era statute that targeted ‘crush’ fetish videos, which depict animals being killed for sexual gratification
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Lara Trump: ‘Our companion pets are family members, and our working dogs are our heroes’

Donald Trump signed the first animal cruelty bill of his presidency on Monday, outlawing narrow types of egregious violence usually committed for the purpose of videotaping them.

The Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act this month after a similar House vote in late October. It applies to non-human mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, building on a 2010 law that criminalized the distributon of so-called ‘crush’ videos—footage meant to satisfy an unusual sexual fetish—by also outlawing the production of the films.

Producing a crush video typically consists of filming a small animal being killed by stomping on it. But the new law expands the definition to include animals that are ‘purposely crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury.’

President Trump said the bill would stop people from sharing footage of animal cruelty. ‘It is important that we combat these heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty,’ he said.

President Donald Trump signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act in the Oval Office on Monday

The bill signing came on thesame day the president gave a military dog named Conan a medal

Animal welfare advocate Lara Trump told DailyMail.com on Monday that she is proud her father-in-law put his Sharpie signature on the legislation.

‘I could not be more excited for President Trump to take this historic step today, publicly signing into law a bill tackling the nefarious and unacceptable world of animal cruelty,’ she said in a statement.

‘Our companion pets are family members, and our working dogs are our heroes, and any movement to signal and enforce a positive environment for these great animals is a step in the right direction,’ Ms. Trump said.

The new law carves out a broad variety of activity for exemptions, including slaughtering livestock, hunting, trapping, fishing, and medical or scientific research.

‘[C]ustomary and normal veterinary, agricultural husbandry, or other animal management practice[s]’ are also nestled in a loophole, along with predator control and pest control.

Anything ‘necessary to protect the life or property of a person’ or done as part of euthanizing an animal is also exempt.

Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and a longtime animal welfare advocate, said ‘[o]ur companion pets are family members, and our working dogs are our heroes’

Lara is a seniot Trump 2020 campaign adviser and the wife of the president’s second-eldest son Eric

The president asked rhetorically on Monday ‘why hasn’t this happened a long time ago?’

‘Because Trump wasn’t president,’ he said.

The new law has a maximum penalty of fines and seven years in prison.

Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, one of its cosponsors, said Monday that ‘[t]he torture of innocent animals is abhorrent and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Signing this bill into law is a significant milestone for pet owners and animal lovers across the country.’

Federal prosecutors have brought cases against producers of ‘crush’ videos in the nine years since President Barack Obama signed the original bill into law.

One woman who filmed herself torturing and maiming small animals for viewers’ sexual gratification pleaded guilty to federal charges in 2015.

In the films, a scantily clad Ashley Nicole Richards, then 24, could be seen stabbing helpless animals including a puppy, a kitten and a chicken.

She would sometimes chop off their limbs and urinate on them while making sexual comments to the camera.
Ashley Nicole Richards from Houston admitted to four counts of creating animal crush videos and one film distribution charge in one of the first cases of its kind in the United States, just a few years ago

The Houston Chronicle reported at the time that one video seen by authorities featured Richards puncturing a cat’s eye with a shoe heel.

Richards and Brent Justice, 54, were the first two people to be charged under the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act.

Richards was already in state custody in Texas, serving a 10-year animal cruelty sentence.

Federal Judge Sim Lake had dismissed five counts of animal cruelty video creation and distribution against Richards and Justice, citing the films as protected free speech under the First Amendment.

But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the charges, noting that the First Amendment allows limited restrictions on some speech, including obscenity, and that the federal law was constitutional because of the ‘secondary effects’ of the videos.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7725025/amp/Donald-Trump-signs-animal-cruelty-bill-targeting-heinous-sadistic-animal-crush-videos.html?__twitter_impression=true

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Sign Petition: These Horses Made Their Owners Millions, Then They Sent Them to the Slaughterhouse

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Australian Department of Agriculture, Parliament of Australia

Sunny Fame, Only Money, Rapid Feet are the names of just some of the thoroughbred racehorses that have been killed in Australian slaughterhouses this year. These horses were once fierce competitors on the race track, but once their owners decided they have outlived their use, they were shipped out to slaughter.

The racehorses are then butchered for human consumption or turned into pet food.

This is happening, despite the practice being against the rules laid out by the sport’s regulatory body Racing NSW which states that all retired racehorses should be rehomed.

A recent expose has uncovered that these horses are being killed on a massive scale with one New South Wales abattoir killing 300 racehorses in just 22 days. The horses are not only dying but suffering. Undercover video shows that the thoroughbreds were teased, beaten and abused before ever being killed.

Perhaps what is most disturbing, is the fact the Racing NSW knew that it was going on for more than a year and did nothing.

The fact that possibly thousands of horses are being slaughtered per year, despite regulatory agency prohibitions proves that these self-imposed industry “slaughter bans” are toothless. Without real government legislation to ensure that racehorses aren’t sent to the knackery, racehorse owners and breeders have no real incentive to dispose of the horses the way they see fit.

The lack of federal regulations on killing racehorses means that Racing NSW’s rule will likely not protect thoroughbreds from being sent to the knackery. The only way to do so is for the federal government to pass a ban on the practice altogether.

Australia has a responsibility to protect its horses from abuse and murder. Currently, that is not happening. But we can change that. Please add your name to the list and ask the Australian government to ban the slaughter of racing horses.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/522/453/339/?TAP=1732

U.S. House of Representatives Passes PACT Act to Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Felony!

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By Sharon Vega

For a long time, animal rights activists have been working hard for a federal animal cruelty law. Animal cruelty is only prosecuted on the state level in the United States. Animals should be protected from violence from humans, and defending animals from abuse also protects humans. There is a very strong and well known correlation between cruelty to animals and violence to humans. Studies have found that victims of domestic violence report that their abusers also harmed or threatened their pets. Other studies have also found that in homes where child abuse was found, there was also animal cruelty.

The state of Virginia was ahead of the curve seven months ago when they made animal cruelty a felony after the horrific tragic incident involving a dog named Tommie, who was cruelly burned alive. However, there was still no law on the federal level. But now there is hope. In the past, the U.S. House of Representatives has never voted to pass the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, H.R. 724. That changed yesterday, on October 22nd when they did indeed finally vote to pass the Act!

Now that the bill has been passed by the House, it will go onto the Senate, where it is almost certain it will pass because it has in the past. Then it will go on to the President. Organizations like Animal Wellness Action believe it will be signed into law! As explained by Animal Wellness Action, the PACT Act would “make it a federal crime to torture an animal ‘in the special maritime time and territorial jurisdiction of the United States’ and in cases where acts of intentional cruelty affect interstate or foreign commerce.”

Representative Ted Deutch says: “This bill sends a clear message that our society does not accept cruelty against animals. We’ve received support from so many Americans from across the country and across the political spectrum. Animal rights activists have stood up for living things that do not have a voice. Law enforcement officers have sought a federal overlay to help them stop animal abusers who are likely to commit acts of violence against people. And animal lovers everywhere know this is simply the right thing to do. I’m deeply thankful for all of the advocates who helped us pass this bill, and I look forward to the Senate’s swift passage and the President’s signature.”

Another important aspect of animal cruelty covered by this bill is bestiality (sexual abuse of animals). This horrible act of cruelty was also punished on the state level, and in many states was not even illegal. But with the passage of this bill, those disgusting acts will not go unpunished.

To learn more animal cruelty, please see How to Identify Animal Abuse and Neglect and What to Do If You Suspect Cruelty and Should Animal Abuse be Considered a Violent Crime?

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/house-of-representatives-pact-act-make-animal-cruelty-federal-felony/

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Animal Abuse Link to Domestic Violence Highlighted As Cruelty Cases Rise in Michigan

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Coinciding with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Michigan State Police (MSP) have released data showing a huge rise in the number of animal abuse reports in the state.

Incidents of reported animal cruelty in Michigan soared from 93 in 2016, to 202 in 2017 and 297 in 2018 — an increase of a staggering 301% in just three years. In addition, animal abuse crimes rose by about 100 cases annually in the same time period, according to MSP’s Michigan Incident Crime Report, “Crime at A Glance.”

These rising figures are worrying in themselves, but there is further concern because animal abuse has been linked to domestic violence, with individuals who hurt animals being far more likely to carry out domestic violence offenses as well as other violent crimes.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says there is a clear link between these two areas of crime, it explains that individuals who abuse their partners frequently have a history of animal abuse that precedes their domestic violence offenses. It also highlights the fact that “abusers demonstrate power and control over the family by threatening, harming or killing animals.”

In its “Pets And Domestic Violence” report, the organization states that 13% of intentional animal abuse cases involve domestic violence, and a massive 71% of pet owners who enter a shelter say their abuser had previously threatened, hurt or murdered a family pet. In addition, the investigation of reported animal cruelty within a household often leads to social services discovering hidden domestic abuse in that household.

If you need help regarding animal cruelty or domestic abuse, you can contact the American Humane Association on 303-792-9900 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline on 1-800-799-SAFE.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/animal-abuse-link-to-domestic-violence-highlighted-as-cruelty-cases-rise-in-michigan/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

PETITION: Pass Braveheart’s Law to Give Abused Animals A Voice in Court

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PETITION TARGET: Rep. Allen Skillicorn

Braveheart was discovered with her right ear cut in half, a swollen muzzle and bite wounds covering her face and body. She was one of 11 dogs living among filth and excrement at the home of a convicted animal abuser.

After their rescue, Braveheart and her canine companions had nobody to fight for them. So they languished in a shelter for months, unable to even be fostered into loving homes. Her abuser made a plea deal and only received 18 months of probation.

Braveheart’s Law, a potential new bill in Illinois, could help protect dogs like her by allowing state courts to assign pro bono lawyers or law students to advocate for cats and dogs in animal cruelty cases, finally giving the animals a voice in the legal system.

State Representative Allen Skillicorn reportedly may propose Braveheart’s Law in January 2020. Please speak out to show your support and help this crucial legislation pass!

Other states have introduced similar laws. Desmond’s Law was enacted in Connecticut in 2016, and animal advocates say they have seen stiffer penalties for abusers since then.

Franky’s Law was proposed in Maine this year.

Every animal victim of abuse deserves a voice in court.

Sign this petition to let Rep. Skillicorn know that you fully support Braveheart’s Law, and eagerly await the introduction — and passage — of this important bill.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-pass-bravehearts-law-to-give-animals-a-voice-in-illinois-courts/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

Stop Cruel Dog Meat Festival – Animal Petitions

caged-dog-by-dineshraj-goomany-400x265China is undergoing preparations for its Yulin Dog Meat Festival, despite the government “officially” ending the slaughter of dogs in 2016. This is the second year in a row where dogs have been captured and killed in the name of an unethical tradition. Take a stand for animal welfare and demand the immediate cancellation of this festival.

Source: Stop Cruel Dog Meat Festival – Animal Petitions

PETITION: Justice for Emaciated Elderly Elephant Dying from Extreme Torture

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PETITION TARGET: Sri Lanka’s Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga

A starved, overworked and dispirited 70-year-old elephant named Tikiri has died after decades in chains.

Last month, Tikiri collapsed and lay helpless in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Her emaciated body could no longer support her brutal work schedule, which involved walking for hours at a time with her legs shackled in chains in the annual Perahera Festival. And now, she has succumbed to a lifetime of abuse.

When working, her body was hidden underneath an elegant costume and her face covered by a mask. This way, nobody could see her bony body and desperate eyes as she was forced to walk night after night in a loud, crowded ceremony.

“She is one of the 60 elephants who must work in the service of the Perahera Festival in Sri Lanka this year. Tikiri joins in the parade early every evening until late at night every night for ten consecutive nights, amidst the noise, the fireworks, and smoke,” wrote Lek Chailert, founder of Save Elephant Foundation, in a Facebook post.

Amidst massive public outcry, Tikiri was removed from her remaining festival duties.

Tourism and wildlife minister Amaratunga said in a statement, “Considering what has transpired, I have ordered officials to initiate an inquiry and ascertain how and why an elephant in such poor health was used in the perehara (pageant) and to take necessary action against those responsible.”

But Tikiri was not alone. Hundreds of elephants in Sri Lanka are enslaved and forced to work for their entire lifetimes. In Southeast Asia, approximately 3,000 elephants are imprisoned; many face beatings and other violent abuse.

We must speak out to save elephants like Tikiri from a life of neglect and abuse.

Sign this petition urging Minister of Tourism Development Amaratunga to stop forcing elephants to work in parades for human entertainment, so no more innocent animals suffer and die as slaves like Tikiri did.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-tikiri-elderly-elephant-sri-lanka/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

Breaking news: Arizona bans wildlife killing contests

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The HSUS has been at the frontlines of the fight to end wildlife contests and our goal is to see them eradicated once and for all. Photo by John Harrison

Arizona today banned all wildlife killing contests for coyotes, bobcats, foxes and other animals, joining a growing number of states taking action to stop these gruesome events in which participants vie for cash and prizes for killing the most or heaviest animals within a specific time period.

The ban, proposed in June, was voted on by Arizona’s Fish and Wildlife Commission. It received final approval today in a unanimous vote by the Governor of Arizona’s Regulatory Review Council and will go into effect in 60 days.

Since the start of 2018, Vermont and New Mexico have passed laws banning coyote killing contests. California, Colorado and Maryland have also banned or restricted wildlife killing contests. The Arizona ban is the most far-reaching of all these because it covers many more species.

The momentum against these contests reflects changing attitudes among citizens and a growing disgust toward the cruelty and inanity of these events. Twenty years ago, this same Regulatory Review Council rejected a similar opportunity to approve a ban, but this time, its members found it difficult to ignore a rising groundswell of citizen opposition. Nearly 5,000 people submitted comments to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, and an overwhelming majority expressed support for the rule.

Professional wildlife stewardship organizations like The Wildlife Society have also spoken out against the random killing of wild carnivores in killing contests, and the events are increasingly being criticized by state wildlife agency leaders.

Organizers and participants have often used livestock conflicts as a reason to justify these contests, but scientific evidence shows that indiscriminately killing wildlife is not only ineffective at curtailing conflicts with livestock and pets, it can actually make matters worse.

The HSUS has been at the frontlines of the fight to end wildlife contests. We’ve conducted undercover investigations of these contests in New York and New Jersey, and in Oregon, and footage shot by our undercover investigators captures the casual indifference participants at these contests show for the suffering and death of animals. The contests also desensitize children — who are often encouraged to participate in the killing — to animal cruelty. Last year, at Arizona’s “Santa Slay Coyote Calling Tournament” in Dewey-Humboldt, advertisements depicted Father Christmas holding a rifle and standing in a pool of blood (the town later passed a resolution condemning these gruesome spectacles).

Our goal is to see these contests eradicated once and for all. Arizona’s pioneering action should inspire other states to follow suit. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is considering a regulatory change to outlaw killing contests for species like foxes and coyotes, and there is similar legislation in New Jersey and New York. As part of the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests, a coalition we co-chair with Project Coyote that is composed of more than 30 national, regional and local wildlife protection organizations, we’re taking the fight national.

For today’s outcome, we applaud the Arizona Governor’s Regulatory Review Council for listening to the voices of thousands of Arizonans and potential visitors to the state who submitted comments to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. If your state has wildlife contests and you want to learn how to effectively advocate to end them, you can download our toolkit. Wildlife killing contests are vicious and pointless, and there’s no justification for any state to condone them or support their continuation.

https://blog.humanesociety.org/2019/09/breaking-news-arizona-bans-wildlife-killing-contests.html

Drone footage shows hundreds of dogs kept in extreme stress for research

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Spending so much time on the Internet and being there all the time these days, reading everything that is served to us – good or bad – sadly enough, often are the times we hear or read stories of dogs being used for experiments.

And, truth be told, it breaks my heart every time.
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What took the internet by storm this time, is this video taken by a drone of hundreds of dogs being kept in horrible conditions and living the life no one would want. The video was uploaded on YouTube by Shark, and according to its caption, the dogs are there for experiments.

In a Covance Research facility, in Cumberland, Virginia you can see hundreds of Beagles in extremely stressful conditions.

Keeping them trapped and in such horrible conditions according to experts is developing them ‘very toxic and aggressive behavior patterns.’ In the video, you can hear the poor creatures barking and crying at all time.

Another thing noticed there, is the so-called ‘repetitive behavior’ of the dogs which is caused by stress, seeing many of them pacing in circles. This is an indicator of a serious problem with the mental state of an animal or person. It really breaks your heart!

The cages that the Beagles are being kept, are over-filled and you can clearly see they are under so much stress, where fighting and other signs of dominance occur. Who even blames them?

It is heartbreaking knowing that these lovely dogs are going under so much stress. While the barking and the crying of the Beagles – is the new sound of the Covance research facility.

Turns out that the Covance research facility has been blamed for illegal treatment in the past as well. They were accused by PETA for immoral practices in a monkey laboratory.

To help these loving creatures who are suffering from living a stressful life being trapped in cages, living a life they do not deserve, people have created a petition to shut down the Covance research facility and rescue the poor dogs.

https://latestreadings.com/drone-footage-shows-hundreds-of-dogs-kept-in-extreme-stress-for-research/

Let’s hope the best for the life of these lovely Beagles.

To Japan to close all domestic trade in Ivory and end all Ivory Exports! This open letter to help end this slaughter is going viral please sign petition and share on all social media

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To Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Governor Yuriko Koike, and all members of the Japanese government:

We call on you to close Japan’s domestic trade in ivory, end all ivory exports, and support efforts to ban the global ivory trade. As you prepare to welcome the world for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Japan must do all it can to create a lasting legacy and prevent elephants being driven to extinction.

The best type of ivory comes from the middle of the elephant’s tusk, where it’s firm and flawless. Poachers try to slaughter the largest elephant to get the most bang for their buck — often the matriarch, leaving her baby elephants left to fend for themselves.

How many of these majestic creatures must be slaughtered until our governments finally wise up and ban this sick trade?!

Avaaz has campaigned hard to shut down the ivory market in Hong Kong, and we won. China followed suit which was a HUGE victory for elephants. But there’s one major problem: Japan still allows a booming domestic ivory trade! Not only does this fuel illegal smuggling into neighbouring countries, it could also result in more poaching … and more orphan elephants.
Japan is hosting the Olympics in 2020, and they’re worried about negative press ahead of the Games! This is our chance to win them over — add your name now, and once enough join, Avaaz will launch a global media campaign to expose Japan’s bloody secret and shut down their market for good.

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/japan_ivory_cites_110/

Petition: Ban the Sale of Elephant Ivory in Canada # Ivory free Canada

We could be the generation that lets elephants become extinct.

A shocking 20,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory. Scientists and conservationists agree that at this rate, both African and Asian elephants will be extinct in the wild within our lifetime.

Even so, at the last IUCN World Conservation Congress, Canada was 1 of only 4 countries to oppose the closure of domestic ivory markets across the globe.

Ivory is so valuable on the black market that organized terrorism syndicates such as the Lord’s Resistance Army are committing mass slaughter using helicopters and AK-47 rifles. In 1980 Africa had more than 1.3 million elephants – today it has approximately 415,000. In less than 40 years, 70% of our elephants have disappeared.

In 1989, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) made it illegal to sell elephant ivory internationally. But each country makes its own laws regarding the sale of ivory within their borders. When domestic trade is allowed it permits illegal ivory (poached after 1989) to be sold along with legal ivory, because it’s difficult to differentiate between old and new ivory without extensive and costly testing. The only way to protect elephants from extinction is to ban ALL elephant ivory trade.

China is the largest consumer of ivory in the world. It shut down its domestic ivory trade at the end of 2017. If China can stop their domestic trade, why can’t Canada?

On March 1, 2018, the United States lifted the ban on the importation of elephant trophies. If the U.S. cannot protect elephants, there is even more onus on the rest of the world to do all we can to save this iconic species.

We feel new legislation can protect both elephants and the indigenous trade of narwhal and walrus. We ask the government of Canada to:

  1. ban all domestic trade of elephant ivory; and
  2. make the import, export and re-export of all elephant ivory illegal.

Let’s make Canada one of the many countries changing their laws to allow the survival of the world’s largest land mammal before it’s too late. Sign for an #IvoryFreeCanada.

Sincerely,
The Ivory-Free Canada Coalition:
Elephanatics, Global March for Elephants and Rhinos-Toronto, World Elephant Day, Humane Society International-Canada and Jane Goodall Institute of Canada

For more information, please visit https://janegoodall.ca/ivory-free-canada/

https://www.change.org/p/you-can-make-history-ban-the-sale-of-elephant-ivory-in-canada-ivoryfreecanada?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=12774357&grid_position=8&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAFLBqAAAAAAAXVGXWoJfiJsyZWI5MDA3Nw%3D%3D

Petition: Ban Elephant Ivory and Tusks from Being Imported into the U.S.

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Kathleen Martin started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 3 others

The Trump administration wants to start issuing permits for elephant trophy hunting.

I have been to Africa and have seen first hand the impact of hunting elephants for ivory. Dead elephant carcasses left to rot with only the tusks taken is a sight no one should have to endure. A gross waste of life and resources for the environment and community. I cannot stand silent as this change is made.

Elephants are a majestic animal and are a protected species. To condone killing this animal for sport and importing the ivory and tusks into the US is a legacy I would prefer we not leave.

Please help me in sending a message that we will not sit idly by as these decisions are made. We will be proactive and use our voices to make it known we do not condone this and do not want a reversal of a ban that was put in place to protect this species.

https://www.change.org/p/ryan-zinke-ban-elephant-ivory-and-tusks-from-being-imported-into-the-u-s?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13581677&grid_position=2&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uANXrwgAAAAAAXVF4kpTPe6kyZmE4NDhmYg%3D%3D

Sign Petition: In This Country, Saving a Dog Locked in a Hot Car Could Land You in Big Trouble.

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Summer is upon us, and this summer is going to be a doozy. In fact, with June 2019 having been declared the world’s hottest month ever and July already on track to beat it. We are in for heat that, if you aren’t careful, could be deadly. And not just to humans. Our pets too are in danger of overheating when they are just left outside. But what could kill them even faster is being left in a locked car by a careless owner on a hot summer day.

Even in cooler temperatures leaving a dog in a car could be deadly. When it’s just (70°F/ 21°C) degrees outside the thermostat can rocket to (90°F / 32°C) inside the cabin. A temperature that could quickly turn fatal for our beloved pets.

But if a good Samaritan tries to save a dog locked in a hot car, they could get in hot water. You could be subjected to an investigation for criminal damage and be prosecuted. Punishment if found guilty could be harsh.

That makes no sense, no one should be punished for trying to do what is right.

The safety of our pets, like the safety of our children, shouldn’t be negotiable. And no one should have to risk going to jail to save a life. The U.K. needs a law that guarantees that all citizens have the right to save an animal when it is locked in an “auto oven”. Please sign this petition and show your support for a national hot dog law in the U.K. this year.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/688/467/067/in-this-country-saving-a-dog-locked-in-a-hot-car-could-land-you-in-big-trouble./?TAP=1724

No More Killing Innocent Birds: Stop Pigeon Shoots: Petition

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Sponsor: The Rainforest Site

Pennsylvania is the only state left that allows this horrible practice.

Pigeon shoots have been banned in every part of the country except for the state of Pennsylvania, so call on the President of the Pennsylvania State Senate, Floor Leaders, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the Pennsylvania State Governor to end the barbaric ‘tradition’ of pigeon shoots! It is inherent cruelty of shooting live, captured birds for sport, and this practice needs to end!

Today, Pennsylvania is the only remaining state that allows the practice to continue. In 2014, a bill to end pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania was allowed to expire after the NRA stepped in at the 11th hour with some heavy-handed lobbying [3] which put animal cruelty above that of animal rights.

Not only are 75% [4] of people in the state are in favor of a law that…

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Breaking! New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez Introduces Federal Bill To Ban Using Exotic Animals In Performances; Senators Cory Booker & Richard Blumenthal Are Cosponsors – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
July 16, 2019

Yesterday, United States Senator Bob Menendez introduced the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safely Protection Act (HR 2863) to prohibit the use of exotic or wild animals in public performances such as circuses, carnivals and parades. The legislation, which nationalizes New Jersey’s first-in-the-nation state ban issued last year, is cosponsored by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Cory Booker.
“Animals are living, breathing, and feeling beings that deserve to grow and thrive in their natural habitat or protected sanctuaries, not to be exploited to perform tricks in someone’s sideshow under cruel conditions,” Senator Menendez said in a statement. “The entire nation should follow New Jersey by doing what’s humane and right for these wild creatures.”
Wild animals used in public performances are typically subjected to small cages, physical abuse, and poor nutrition and hygiene, which can often lead to disease, infection, mental distress and depression. The unpredictability of wild animals also poses a threat to public safety.
“New Jersey has illustrated that the exploitative use of exotic animals in traveling performances is antiquated and no longer has a place in our society,” noted 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker, who is also a longtime vegan. “By following in New Jersey’s footsteps, this bill would remove wild animals such as lions, tigers and elephants from harsh conditions and provide protections for workers and the public.”
Last year, New Jersey became the first state in the country to prohibit wild animals in traveling performances. The state bill had overwhelming bipartisan support in the state legislature. Rhode Island, Illinois, New York and Hawaii have since passed similar legislation.
The Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act would not apply to the use of animals in zoos or aquariums, research facilities, and certain films, television programs, or advertising. Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.-03) introduced companion legislation in the House.
Peace 4 Animals and World Animal News are among numerous animal welfare organizations in a coalition organized by Animal Defenders International fighting to end the use of wild animals in circuses.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-new-jersey-senator-bob-melendez-introduces-federal-bill-to-ban-using-exotic-animals-in-performances-senators-richard-blumenthal-cory-booker-are-cosponsors/

Michael Gove’s puppy-farm ban shows he gets the politics of pets | Animal welfare

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Michael Gove with police dog Finn: ‘Gove has pledged tougher sanctions against anyone who attacked service dogs or horses.’ Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA
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Is the environment secretary pandering to sentimentality – or on to the fact that our understanding of animals is changing?

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Ever since Michael Gove inadvertently found himself on the wrong side of a row over animal sentience at the end of last year, he has been all over animal welfare with the uninhibited enthusiasm of a python preparing its dinner. His latest move is a bid to stamp out the hideous cruelty of puppy farming by introducing a ban on the sale of kittens and puppies in pet shops. In future, would-be pet owners will have to go direct to the breeder or (so much better) to a pet-homing charity.

The Mirror, which has run an energetic campaign calling for the ban, is thrilled. Earlier this year, Battersea Dogs Home was equally chuffed when the environment secretary promised tougher sentences for animal cruelty, and the Express has only just got its breath back from cheering Gove on after he posed with Finn, the police dog who nearly died protecting its handler, and pledged tougher sanctions against anyone who attacked service dogs or horses. True, he has been persuaded that a total ban on electric collars for dogs and cats, used for restraint and training, might have the unintended consequence of leading to more pets dying on the road, but the direction of travel is unmistakable: in a world polarised by Brexit, pets can be the new politics.

I’m obviously not accusing Gove of cynicism. He is a pet lover himself. He has a dog, Snowy, who came second in a Westminster pet show a few years back, and reportedly a cat too (he looks more of a cat person than a dog person to me).

Britons are famously fond of animals and, with obvious exceptions like the hunting ban and the badger cull, their welfare is more often a question that unites than divides people, even politicians. When Labour recently announced a policy to prevent landlords banning tenants from keeping pets, the party was shrewdly revisiting an issue that was last aired when the Tories used it as an argument for giving social housing tenants the right to buy their council houses in the 1970s. Cats or dogs, house rabbits or rats, in a world where far too many people feel lonely, our pets are (usually) easefully uncomplicated and generously predisposed to love, even if only until the food is in the bowl.

But I wonder if there’s more to Gove’s new concern for animals than the normal politician’s desire for conspicuous ordinariness. Perhaps it is more, even, than a hasty reaction to the power of social media to generate a storm-force grievance that Gove experienced during the Brexit bill, when the government appeared to deny that animals are sentient. Maybe he has realised that the understanding of the relative place of human and other animal life is undergoing a transformation that is of a quite different order to the boom in small-animal vets and the rise and rise of shops selling stuff for pets.

The ethicist Peter Singer first published Animal Liberation in 1975. As is the way with radical ideas, its influence has slowly rippled out over the intervening 40 years, until it no longer seems wacky to question the universal privileging of humans over all other animals. His argument that animals should be part of the equation when considering the greatest good for the greatest number is finally beginning to seep into public attitudes.

The trend is reinforced by new work on animal intelligence, not least by Singer’s fellow Australian philosopher, Peter Godfrey-Smith, whose whole outlook was transformed by coming eyeball to eyeball with a cuttlefish. Scientists in New Zealand have discovered that octopuses can work out how to turn off a light, showing they do not just react to their environment, but try to shape it. We have the glimmering of an understanding of the social life of humpback whales. Elephants have a clear enough sense of their own bodies to realise they cannot complete the task of handing over a stick tied to a mat without stepping off the mat.

It is one of the most basic purposes of education to convey an understanding of other worlds in time and space – to realise that there are different, equally valid ways of ordering the world, and that they change over time. But comprehending that creatures as obviously different from us as elephants, or whales or cuttlefish, can still share with us a pleasure in society, a capacity to learn, perhaps even a moral sense – attributes we are accustomed to considering uniquely human – is a great dislocating jolt to our sense of the order of things.

Of course, it’s one thing to be entranced by an octopus working out a puzzle and quite another to abandon meat-eating altogether. Most of us live in complacent denial of the nastiness of the life of a factory-farmed animal. All the same, hearing whales sing to one another must make you at least think twice about the plump breast of a battery-reared hen. The knowledge of one, after such a period of ignorance about it, begins slowly to influence our attitude to the other.

Michael Gove might merely be pandering to the sentimentality of a group of voters who, some poll evidence suggests, are also likely to be Brexiters. It is not impossible to imagine that he has spotted a two-fer advantage in being pro-pet: after the furore over animal sentience (and the bizarre pledge in the Conservative manifesto last year to raise the possibility of re-legalising hunting) he is simply trying to neutralise a vulnerability, while promoting himself on a non-party issue at the same time. But he may be one of the first mainstream politicians on to a much more fundamental and lasting shift, one that will transform the way we think about the other animals we share the planet with.

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GOVE explains why he is launching drive to stamp out big-game hunters

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By Michael Gove, Secretary Of State For Environment, Food And Rural Affairs For The Daily Mail 21:04 14 Jul 2019, updated 22:01 14 Jul 2019

During the passionate debates inspired by Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species, one churchman sceptical of evolution asked his contemporaries, ‘are we the relatives of apes or angels?’

We know now, of course, that we are indeed related genetically to our primate cousins. Indeed, more than that, we are connected by the process of evolution to all the other species with which we share this planet.

That knowledge should incline us to treat animals with thought and care. Not least because we know they are, like us, sentient beings who can experience fear and pain alongside contentment and comfort. If we abuse and mistreat animals we are diminishing our own humanity. To accord them the dignity they deserve is to be true to what Abraham Lincoln called ‘the better angels of our nature’.

One of the practices we must look to tackle is the phenomenon called trophy hunting – whereby tourists pay huge sums to kill some of our planet’s most iconic species and then bring home parts of the animal’s corpse to decorate their homes. Pictured: Michael Gove with Tusk Trust rhino art statues outside the Foreign Office

Improving the welfare of animals, both domestic pets and farm livestock, has been one of the missions of this Government. And we have also been determined to do all in our power to protect wildlife from exploitation and cruelty.

That is why we have taken steps to end puppy farming, ban wild animals in circuses, increase sentences for those who abuse animals, protect service animals, invested in higher standards of animal welfare in our farms, installed CCTV in abattoirs to eliminate cruel practices, and will restrict the live export of animals for slaughter when we leave the EU.

We have also introduced one of the toughest bans on ivory sales in the world. But there is still more to do. And one of the practices we must look to tackle is the phenomenon called trophy hunting – whereby tourists pay huge sums to kill some of our planet’s most iconic species and then bring home parts of the animal’s corpse to decorate their homes.

This practice raises profound ethical concerns for me. Trophy hunting involves pursuing another animal in conditions which cause it stress, fear and pain. Trophy hunters do not kill for food, to control pests or to protect other species. For them it is a form of entertainment.

This practice raises profound ethical concerns for me. Trophy hunting involves pursuing another animal in conditions which cause it stress, fear and pain. Trophy hunters do not kill for food, to control pests or to protect other species. For them it is a form of entertainment. Pictured: Outrage – Hunter Larysa Switlyk (far right) posted this picture after shooting an alligator

And what often makes this practice worse is when these hunters glory in the animal’s death with pictures of its slaughtered body by their side on social media. But we must ensure we proceed on the basis of evidence and respect for others. There are thoughtful voices and concerned organisations who do make the case for some measure of ‘conservation hunting’ as a way of bringing income into countries with rich wildlife populations but poor economies.

They argue that commercial hunting provides a strong incentive for those nations to manage and safeguard their wildlife populations. It is said that without income from hunting, the countries would be under pressure to replace wildlife-rich habitats with farmland or other economically productive land uses – which would mean the precious species were without a home. And many say the money raised can be used to safeguard other valuable natural resources from exploitation.

I appreciate the sincerity with which those arguments are made. And I recognise that there must always be, from time to time, the culling of some species to keep nature in balance and the control of predators to protect other species.

And what often makes this practice worse is when these hunters glory in the animal’s death with pictures of its slaughtered body by their side on social media. But we must ensure we proceed on the basis of evidence and respect for others. Pictured: Gove (right) and Zac Goldsmith with Tusk Trust rhino art statues outside the Foreign Office

But I find it hard to see how those justifications can be used to defend those who ‘hunt’ animals which have been bred in captivity for the specific purpose of dying for others’ entertainment. We need to act to stop this sort of exploitation, and because we need to establish just how defensible the arguments for ‘conservation hunting’ are, I plan to issue a call for evidence on trophy hunting overall.

I want to know whether countries with rich wildlife populations couldn’t make just as much, if not more, income from wildlife tourism than from hunting. I want to establish what we can learn from other nations, such as Australia and the Netherlands, which have much tighter restrictions on importing these ‘trophies’.

I hope that as we gather the evidence, we also gather the momentum for action.

And we ensure that this Parliament is remembered for what we did for nature.

Michael Gove aims to crackdown on big-game hunters by banning them from bringing trophies from their kills back to the UK

by Claire Ellicott and Jack Doyle

Michael Gove will take the first steps towards banning imports from trophy hunting, he tells the Mail today.

The Environment Secretary will issue a call for evidence to decide whether to outlaw hunters bringing the souvenirs into the country.

He will also consult on what the UK can do to end its role in the rearing of animals in fenced reserves where they are shot by trophy hunters.

Trophy hunting is the shooting of certain animals – usually big game such as rhinos, elephants, lions, pumas and bears – for pleasure.

The trophy is any part of the animal – its head, skin or any other body part – that the hunter keeps as a souvenir.

Mr Gove said there was an important debate about whether trophy hunting in poorer countries could be used to enhance their economies.

But he added that it was important to explore whether these countries would not benefit more from wildlife tourism.

He also criticised the practice of ‘lion canning’ which involves thousands of lions in South Africa being bred and kept in fenced areas to be shot by wealthy travellers.

He said: ‘I find it hard to see how those justifications can be used to defend those who ‘hunt’ animals, who have been bred in captivity for the specific purpose of dying for others’ entertainment.’

Trophy hunting is rife in certain parts of the world, with 1.7 million trophies legally traded between 2004 and 2014. About 200,000 were from threatened species.

Of those, 2,500 were brought home by British hunters, including hundreds of heads, feet, tails, hides, tusks and horns from some of the most endangered species, including rhinos and elephants.

Lions were hit with the biggest increase in trophy hunting among the big five – despite their numbers decreasing by 43 per cent between 1993 and 2014.

Quite often, hunters cause outrage by showing off their prizes in pictures on social media.

And not all have to travel to far-flung plains to satisfy their blood lust.

Last year, a self-styled ‘Hardcore Huntress’ proudly posted pictures of herself beside the carcasses of sheep and goats she had shot on a trip to Scotland.

American television host Larysa Switlyk had been on a two-week hunting trip to Islay, a remote Scottish island, when she tweeted the images.

The 33-year-old labelled one picture of a dead goat ‘such fun’, prompting a furious online backlash.

Mr Gove has already banned ivory to prevent its trade in the UK and protect threatened species.

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Emergency: Take Action to Save Our Wolves

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Emergency: Take Action to Save Our Wolves

This is it. Trump has declared a nationwide war on wolves. His administration has rolled out plans to strip Endangered Species Act protection from nearly every wolf in the lower 48.

We know what will happen next: It will be a return to the days when wolves were shot on sight, killed in traps and relentlessly persecuted to the brink of extinction. Worse yet, it will end 40 years’ of wolf recovery in the United States.

The big lie pushed by the Trump administration is that wolves have recovered. But the truth is that wolves occupy less than 10 percent of their historic habitat and face persecution from coast to coast.

Trump’s plan takes us in exactly the wrong direction.

Wolves and other wildlife are crucial to America’s natural heritage. Over the past 40 years, wolves have been returning and recovering in places like the Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes states and the West Coast. It’s an important conservation success — but this work is not complete.

Sign the petition right now and tell Trump to call off his war on wolves.
SIGN THE PETITION
President Trump,

I’m urging you to drop your plans to end wolf protection across the country.

Wolves and other wildlife are important to me and crucial to America’s natural heritage. Over the past 40 years, wolves have been returning and recovering in places like the Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes states and the West Coast. It’s an important conservation success — but this work is not complete.

The plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end protection for nearly every wolf in the lower 48 states will be a devastating blow to wolf recovery. It will be a return to the days when wolves were shot on sight, killed in traps and relentlessly persecuted to the brink of extinction.

Wolves deserve better, and I urge you to halt these plans right away.

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