By taking action right now you can be the voice for so many animals to help change their lives for the better and the environment too. Let's see if we can help some or even just one...
Standardize Military Pet Policies – PETITION
Give families like this the right to love the pet they choose and live with other military families in base housing.
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Nitro’s Law, Only One More Chance to Make Animal Abuse a Felony in OH this Year!
Nitro’s Law originated from a case of horrid abuse in Youngstown four years ago. In October 2008, Mahoning County Animal Charity humane agents found seven dead and eight malnourished dogs in the backyard kennel area of High Caliber K-9 on Coitsville-Hubbard Road. HB 108 is named for one of the dogs who died, Nitro, a Rottweiler who was a beloved family companion. His owners joined with others in 2009 to form Nitrofoundation.com to work towards legislation that would make such a crime a felony. The man charged in the animals’ deaths, Steve Croley, received misdemeanor punishment of a paltry 4 months in jail and probation that no one checked on.
OHIO RESIDENTS: PLEASE CALL to pass Nitro’s Law HB 108. The bill would make certain egregious forms of animal cruelty a felony. Right now in Ohio animal abuse in any form is only a misdemeanor. This means no jail time, often no fines, and nothing on the records for future employers. HB 108 can change that. This bill passed the OH House and all Committees in the House. It has also passed committees in the Senate and has now been stuck because Senator Niehaus, head of the Rules and Reference Committee is purposely stalling the bill.
If you are a Resident of OHIO, Please call ALL the Senators on this committee (or as many as you can) and tell them to SUPPORT HB 108 and move the bill HB 108 Nitro’s Law to the Senate Floor for a vote. Tell them to Urge Senator Niehaus to move the bill. If HB 108 is moved to the Senate Floor for a full vote, it will pass!
2) Contact Senate President Niehaus – STRONGLY ENCOURAGE him to move HB108 to the floor for a Vote.
614-466-8082 email firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Call Governor Kasich and ask HOW, after all the calls, emails and letters, can Senate President Niehaus hold up Nitro’s Law HB108!!!?
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
Phone: (614) 466-3555
Senate Rules and Reference Committee – Please call all now!
Senators Niehaus – (614) 466-8082
Faber – (614) 466-7584
Waggoner – (614) 466-8060
Jones – (614) 466-9737
Widener – (614) 466-3780
Patton – (614) 466-8056
Turner – (614) 466-4583
Oelslager – (614) 466-0626
Kearny -(614) 466-5980
Brown – (614) 466-5204
Schiavoni – (614) 466-8285
Stop Air France From Making Money off Cruelty!
Air France claims to be "Making the Sky the Best Place on Earth." But in reality, the airline is making the sky a dangerous and scary place for many of its passengers. Air France continues to ship monkeys to laboratories, despite the fact that nearly every other major airline in the world has ceased sending monkeys on these horrific one-way flights.
Many of the animals being flown to laboratories have been snatched from the wild, ripped away from their homes and families. Crammed into tiny wooden crates in the cargo holds of passenger flights, they endure a dark and terrifying journey. Passengers above often have no idea how much pain and panicking is occurring beneath them.
Each year, tens of thousands of monkeys are flown to the U.S. from countries such as Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mauritius, and Vietnam. Upon arriving in the U.S., the animals are transported to facilities such as Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories and Covance—the U.S.' largest importers of primates—to be imprisoned and tormented in experiments.
While pressure from PETA and our supporters caused Air France to cancel at least one scheduled shipment of 60 laboratory-bound monkeys, the company remains one of the largest traffickers of primates in the world. In fact, Air France is the only airline servicing the island of Mauritius—one of the largest exporters of monkeys for use in experiments—that is still willing to ship primates to laboratories.
Fortunately, almost all other airlines—including Aer Lingus, Air China, American, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Southern, Delta, Lufthansa, and Qantas—have shown great compassion by refusing to transport monkeys to laboratories.
In addition to refusing to fly Air France, what else can you do? Urge Air France and the tiny group of other heartless airlines that still transport primates destined for laboratories to adopt a policy against the practice.http://www.peta.org/features/air-france-flies-monkeys-to-their-deaths.aspx?utm_campaign=0812%20Air%20France%20Feature&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert
Michael Vick has a new clothing line out to boost his reputation as an athlete. But do you want your child's outfit to support making a sport of animal cruelty? »
Since spending 18 months in prison for five years of illegal dog fighting, Michael Vick has made nice with the media once again by returning to the National Football League (NFL). But playing for a football team does not erase the abuse Vick inflicted on at least 55 dogs, nor does it justify throwing more money his way.
Many children look up to professional athletes, supporting their brand as much as their achievements. Michael Vick's brand, however, is not the sort of logo anyone should sport. When Vick was at the top of his game, he spent his money and time electrocuting, burning, and mutilating dogs when they underperformed - and then lied about it.
Michael Vick does not represent good sportsmanship. Boycott his activewear line and send the message that animal cruelty should not be rewarded! »
Thanks for taking action!
United Airlines has some extra baggage that it doesn't want you to know about: While nearly every other major airline in the world refuses to transport monkeys to their deaths in laboratories, United is still making money off this cruel practice because its Continental Cargo subsidiary continues to ship monkeys destined for experiments.
These monkeys are crammed into tiny wooden crates and shipped in the dark and terrifying cargo holds of planes to horrendous facilities such as Shin Nippon Biomedical Laboratories and Covance.
What can you do? Don't fly with United! And click here to urge United to STOP Continental Cargo from transporting monkeys destined for laboratories immediately and to adopt a policy against this cruel practice.
Justin Goodman, M.A.
Laboratory Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Vote Bison - Elect our National Mammal
This election year, we have the perfect nominee for the coveted position of National Mammal. The iconic bison is impeccably qualified to join the bald eagle as a symbol of the United States.
The largest land mammal in the country, our nominee helped shape the Great Plains and the lifestyle of the Native Americans who lived there. Bison have been important for centuries to our history and culture, and today, they live in all 50 states.
The bison is ready for the big leagues. It's an animal we can stand behind as National Mammal – but we need your support to make it happen. Please join this historic grassroots campaign: Ask your senators to sign onto the National Bison Legacy Act today.
- Senator Jeff Merkley
- Senator Ron Wyden
- I'm writing to you as a constituent to ask you to help commemorate one of America's most enduring and unique symbols by designating the American bison as the U.S National Mammal.
Bison - our largest land mammal - have unparalleled historical, cultural, economic, and ecological significance to the U.S. Once ranging from Oregon to New Jersey and Alaska to Mexico, bison herds inspired awe in western explorers, were integrally linked with the economic, physical and spiritual lives of Native Americans, and are a symbol of frontier culture. The value of bison was recognized in 1905, when men and women from all walks of life, including ranchers, Native Americans, industrialists, Teddy Roosevelt, and ordinary citizens came together in a monumental effort to save bison from extinction. We are writing to request that you recognize the role of bison in our national heritage by becoming a cosponsor of the National Bison Legacy Act designating the American bison as the National Mammal of the United States, which has been introduced by Senator Enzi (WY) and Senator Johnson (SD). Current co-sponsors include Sen. Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Johanns (R-NE), Sen. Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. Moran (R-KS), Sen. Portman (R-OH), Sen. Thune (R-SD), Sen. Udall (D-CO), Sen. Udall (D-NM), and Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI).
Bison are an important animal in many sectors of modern American life, and are recognized for their hardiness and ability to thrive in most North American landscapes. Bison continue to sustain and provide cultural value to Native Americans and Indian Tribes. Over 60 tribes are working to restore bison to over 1,000,000 acres of Indian lands. Bison production on private ranches is in its strongest economic condition in more than a decade. The total value of privately owned bison on more than 4,000 bison ranches in all 50 states in the U.S. was estimated to exceed $250 million in 2011. This trend bodes well for bison ranches, which create jobs, provide a sustainable and healthy meat source, and contribute to our nation's food security.
Bison are highly desired by the sporting public as a valued game animal. States are hosting successful annual bison hunts helping to finance bison management efforts. Bison provide enjoyment and education to millions of visitors who recreate in America's great outdoors, and tourists eager to view both public and private bison herds contribute to the economies of rural communities. Bison herds for public enjoyment and use are found on state and federal lands and at zoological institutions throughout the country.
Bison are profiled on coins, represented on two State flags, depicted on the Department of the Interior's seal, and featured on logos of sports teams, businesses, and academic institutions. More than any other animal, the bison symbolizes America, and as such, should be designated as the National Mammal of the United States. The designation recognizes a time when people from diverse backgrounds and political leanings united to save something precious and uniquely American, and provides a platform for stakeholders like us to again come together in a common cause.
Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) and Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) are leading the effort to designate bison as the National Mammal, celebrating the bison's special place in our national heritage, as well as the contributions bison make to American life now and will for centuries to come. Current co-sponsors include Sen. Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Johanns (R-NE), Sen. Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. Moran (R-KS), Sen. Portman (R-OH), Sen. Thune (R-SD), Sen. Udall (D-CO), Sen. Udall (D-NM), and Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI). Please consider joining them by cosponsoring the National Bison Legacy Act.
Thank you in advance for your support of this important initiative.
Environmental activists fought long and hard to win more protected habitat for the rare mountain caribou. But so far the victory is only partial. We need to protect habitat throughout caribou's former range -- not just the part they've been corralled into now.
Currently, caribou habitat is protected in northern Idaho and northeastern Washington. But these rare animals used to roam across the Upper Midwest and Northeast. Logging, poaching and construction have reduced their range so drastically, that now, their last stronghold in the lower 48 is the Northern Rocky Mountains.
Caribou are a critical part of our natural heritage, but they're hanging by a thread in the contiguous United States. We need to protect them while we still can.
Tell wildlife officials to designate critical habitat for mountain caribou in Idaho, Washington and Montana, not just where they live today, but throughout more of their historic range.
We all know Alaska's wilderness is critical habitat for all sorts of iconic wildlife. Grizzly bears, caribou, polar bear, walruses, migratory birds -- all these creatures and more rely on the pristine National Petroleum Reserve lands for scare resources in the arctic tundra.
The Department of the Interior is deciding the fate of this critical piece of land right now. You need to make sure your voice is heard »
There are a host of options in front of government officials, but only one plan -- Alternative B -- actually protects this land for the wildlife who depend on it. Alternative B would ban this area from future oil and gas leasing, dodging a huge bullet that could spell disaster.
You can be sure that special oil interests are shouting loud for a plan that would pad their pockets. That's why we need our voices to be even louder.
Tell Interior Secretary Salazar that you want Alaska's lands protected for bears, birds and seals -- not destroyed for oil. »
Alaska's Wildlife at Risk
- signatures: 28,122
- deadline: ongoing
- signature goal: 30,000
- Target: Interior Secretary Salazar
- Sponsored by: Pew Environment Group (PEG)
The Department of the Interior, which manages the reserve, wants to know your views on four management approaches. Alternative B stands apart as the best choice to effectively and reliably protect the exceptional wildlife habitat in the reserve because it withholds such areas from future oil leasing and shields them from any harm this could cause.
Please ask Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to protect key habitat in America's Arctic.
Undercover Horse Abuse Video Exposes Shocking Cruelty
An HSUS undercover investigation at a training barn for Tennessee Walking horses led to state and federal criminal charges against nationally known trainer Jackie McConnell and some of his associates. The group was charged with felony conspiracy to violate the Horse Protection Act as well as numerous violations of the Tennessee Cruelty to Animals Statute after being videotaped using caustic chemicals on the front legs of horses in order to cause pain, resulting in the artificially produced high-stepping gait that wins prizes in the show ring.
This cruel practice is called "soring" and has been illegal for more than 40 years under the federal Horse Protection Act. The HSUS undercover video shows horses being whipped, kicked, shocked in the face, and violently cracked across their skulls and legs with heavy wooden sticks during and after soring of their front legs. Unless the Horse Protection Act is upgraded to include stronger penalties for this type of horrendous abuse and to end the failed system of industry self-policing, inhumane trainers will continue to torture horses.
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators urging them to fix the problems in the Horse Protection Act. Look up your federal legislators' phone numbers here. You can say: "I am a constituent and I urge you to upgrade penalties in the Horse Protection Act and require more meaningful enforcement by USDA to end the abusive and common practice of soring Tennessee Walking horses."
Then, use the form below to send a follow-up note. Be sure to edit your message so that it stands out.
Planned aerial killing to artificially boost game populations will target wolves in Idaho. As many as two thirds of the wolves in the Lolo District of Clearwater National Forest could be killed… unless we can stop them.
Yesterday, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game confirmed the state is moving forward as soon as weather permits with plans to have the federal Wildlife Services agency kill as many as two thirds of the wolves in the Lolo District of Clearwater National Forest – possibly leaving only 25 or 30 wolves in the district in a misguided attempt to increase elk numbers for hunter harvest.
Help us stop the killing. Please donate now to support our all-out campaign to stop this ill-conceived and unscientific wolf cull.
The killing could begin within days, when snowfall and a break in the storm in the area will make it easier for federal agents in helicopters to find, target and kill wolves in this wild area of Northeastern Idaho.
According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game director, if Wildlife Services -- the federal agency charged with the killing -- is allowed to move forward with this plan, the state hopes to expand the use of federal dollars and aerial culling to other national forests in Idaho.
The Obama Administration has not yet indicated how it will respond to Idaho’s request to use federal money and staff to kill these wolves on federal lands, or why it would be justified in doing so since these wolves are on federal lands and not in major conflict with livestock.
That’s why today Defenders is launching a new comprehensive campaign to stop aerial wolf killing in the Lolo District and help ensure an interconnected, sustainable population of these ecologically important animals remain in the region.
Donate now to help stop the killing and save the lives of wolves.
In the next week – with your help –we will launch an outreach plan to make more people aware of this plan, including in media outlets locally and across the country.
Help Cats and Ferrets Used in Cruel Training at St. Louis Hospital
St. Louis Children's Hospital, in conjunction with Washington
University in St. Louis, continues to torment cats and ferrets for
painful intubation training exercises in their Pediatric Advanced Life
Support (PALS) and pediatric residency programs. During the exercises,
plastic tubes are repeatedly forced down the cats' windpipes. This
procedure can cause bleeding, swelling, pain, scarring, collapsed lungs,
and even death.
The PALS course's sponsor, the American Heart Association, states that it "does not require or endorse the use of animals in PALS courses" and that "the AHA recommends that any hands-on intubation training for the AHA PALS course be performed on lifelike human manikins." PETA has surveyed hundreds of PALS facilities across the country, and nearly every one of them—including St. Louis University, Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, and St. Louis Community College—uses non-animal methods for intubation training. Similarly, more than 90 percent of pediatric residency programs in the U.S. use only non-animal methods for intubation training.
Research shows that in addition to protecting animals, simulators
better prepare medical professionals to treat seriously ill or injured
children because they more accurately replicate human anatomy and allow
people to practice these skills repeatedly.
Please contact officials at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis and urge them to replace the use of animals for intubation training with some of the many effective, non-animal training methods that are available.
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Crack Down on Spectators at Animal Fights
Bipartisan legislation, H.R. 2492/S. 1947, has been introduced by U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Pa., and Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, and by Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Scott Brown, R-Mass., that would prohibit knowing attendance at organized animal fights and impose additional penalties for causing a minor to attend such events.
Over the past decade, Congress has strengthened the penalties for and closed major loopholes in the federal animal fighting law, but has left the issue of spectators unaddressed. The bill will correct this remaining gap in federal law to allow for a more comprehensive crackdown on this barbaric activity.
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your two U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to urge co-sponsorship of H.R. 2492/S. 1947. Look up your legislators' phone numbers. You can say: "I would like you to please co-sponsor H.R. 2492/S. 1947 to prohibit knowing attendance at an animal fighting event and bringing a minor to such a cruel event."
After making your phone call (please do not skip that crucial step!), fill in and submit the form below to automatically send a follow-up message to your two U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative. Congress receives a lot of email, so be sure to edit your message so it stands out.
Much of the pollution in U.S. rivers and streams today comes from the manure generated by CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations), which confine thousands of animals on a single site.
To determine the extent of the problem and how it might be better addressed, the public and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) need to know more about these facilities and the waste they produce. But unlike many other industries, CAFOs do not regularly disclose facility-specific information to the EPA—and the powerful interests behind CAFOs want to keep it that way.
Under a recent settlement agreement, the EPA promised a regulation that would require CAFOs nationwide to report some basic facts, such as the location of the operation and number of animals housed.
The EPA is now asking for public comments on a proposed rule to collect some of this data from the nation’s largest CAFOs. Having this information will vastly improve the agency’s ability to ensure that CAFOs comply with the Clean Water Act and do not contaminate our lakes and waterways.
Gathering this information is about simple transparency and protecting the environment, but industrial animal agriculture is fighting to keep CAFOs shrouded in secrecy. The industry is pressing the EPA to withdraw the proposal or limit its application. So please act now, and urge everyone you know to do the same.
We have only until Dec. 20 to get as many comments as possible.
Spread the word:
An elephant matriarch has a remarkable memory. When she hears the call of a family member she hasn't seen for years, she recognizes it – sometimes from great distances. As her kin approaches, she trumpets with excitement and rushes forward to greet them, with a caress of her trunk.
But those wonderful reunions are at risk of becoming just an elephant memory.
More elephants are being lost every day, illegally killed by poachers who sell their tusks on the black market. Over the last five years alone, the rate of elephant slaughter has dramatically increased, and we have to do all we can to stop it.
A U.S. government program that supports vital anti-poaching efforts is up for reauthorization – and if it's not reauthorized, crucial programs that protect elephants from slaughter face an uncertain future. If legislators are to act, they need to know that you as their constituent care about the fate of elephants.
The African and Asian Elephant Conservation Funds, part of the Multinational Species Conservation Funds and administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, support programs that:
Help Save the Spirit Bear Coast
- signatures: 15,538
- signature goal: 20,000
- Target: Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia
- Sponsored by: Natural Resources Defense Council
A decade ago, NRDC helped save the world's last 400 Spirit Bears and their rainforest home from clearcut logging. Now, they are threatened again -- this time by Big Oil.
A pipeline carrying the world's dirtiest oil from the Alberta tar sands to the land of the Spirit Bear could end in disaster, dooming the white bear to oblivion.
Please sign this Letter of Protest demanding that the province of British Columbia actively oppose the Northern Gateway pipeline. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/328/645/367/?z00m=20130695
When Allen Holmes took a snapshot of his beloved 17-year-old corgi, Basie, he never expected that his quick photo would soon be the only thing he'd have to remember her by. But vets in Fairfax killed Basie as a stray that very afternoon--only an hour and a half after she went missing from her yard. »
According to the vet who euthanized her, Basie was picked up "in the woods"--really just a row of trees near Basie's owners' home. According to Allen, he took the photo of Basie at 12:06. The exam that decided her fate began at 12:20.
No matter how hard they searched, there was no way Allen and Alison could have found Basie in those fifteen minutes.
By the time they tracked her whereabouts down the next day, all that was left were her remains. »
Allen writes, "Clearly there are different perspectives about when a dog’s life should end. The vet and the woman who picked up Basie obviously believed that Basie’s life should end on November 1. However, we are the ones who actually knew Basie. Our decision not to have euthanized her were based on our daily observations of her behavior…we knew that she continued to want to live."
This can't ever happen again. It may be too late to save Allen Holmes and Alison Radcliffe their heartbreak, but please sign the petition to ensure that no other dogs in Fairfax County are ever taken from their owners before their time.
Congress is preparing to sacrifice sea turtles, polar bears and hundreds of other struggling species -- all in the name of budget austerity.
They're swinging the budget axe directly at our national treasures.
Take action now -- tell Congress to stand up for wildlife and keep America's treasures off the chopping block.
Congress is now formulating a comprehensive spending bill for the federal government -- and it's not looking good for our wildlife.
We need to ensure that the budget axe doesn't swing on our nation's most vulnerable wildlife and wild places.
Tell Congress not to short change our wildlife. Tell your elected officials that any comprehensive federal spending bill should be free of anti-wildlife provisions.
Slashing vital programs that protect our wildlife and wild places is a terrible idea. These cuts will not only affect a sector of the economy that brings in $821 billion each year and employs hundreds of thousands of people, but they will also bring more drastic and expensive regulations in the future to save our precious resources.
Simply put: Investments in wildlife conservation are good for our economy and our natural heritage.
That's why we've launched an emergency campaign to stop these terrible cuts to wildlife conservation.
Please speak out now. Urge Congress to stand up for America's wildlife and wild places and keep conservation off the chopping block.
We've started an all-out blitz to stop these dangerous attacks on our wildlife running ads on Capitol Hill, bringing wildlife experts to Congress to persuade against these harmful cuts, reaching out to news outlets in key Congressional districts across the nation and much, much more.
Now we need your voice to urge your elected officials to keep our natural treasures off the chopping block. Please take action now.
Thank you for all you do to protect our wildlife and wild places.
Here's another great petition from the folks at Care2
Elijah can barely walk. After years of neglect by his owner, his toenails had grown so long they were curled and cutting into his pads.
Clearly, Elijah didn't matter much to his owner. Thank goodness there are organizations that think he -- and all animals -- deserve good care, love and a forever home »
Elijah had plenty more problems like matted hair that pulled at his skin and urinary problems. But they're all eminently fixable, as long as someone cares enough to try. At many shelters, Elijah would have been put down -- but how is that fair? All he's ever wanted was a safe home and someone to love him.
Dogs and cats like Elijah need and deserve a chance to heal and have a real life. Support efforts to help every homeless, neglected animal find a home »
Tell Topsfield Fair to Stop Exploiting Exotic Animals
- Target: Topsfield Fair
- Sponsored by: Concerned activists
We must contact Topsfield Fair organizers and let them know that this is no place for exotic animals. These animals are far too dangerous to be on display and these animals are not built to perform in this manner. There are but a few of these majestic creatures left in the world today and they should be in the wild or living their lives at endangered animal sanctuaries.
Seal culling is a tragic practice outlawed in most of the world. Namibia is the only country in the southern hemisphere that still tolerates it, even though the repeated clubbing to death, torture, or harassment of any animal, including seals, appears to be technically illegal.
Sign this petition to urge Ombudsman John Walters to place a moratorium on seal slaughter until this issue is resolved.»
After a recent meeting with Namibian officials and representatives from a variety of international stakeholders, it was conclusively stated that this seal culling is unlawful. However, despite everyone's high hopes, the culling is still set to begin this week, and up to 80,000 pups and 6,000 bulls will meet a bloody death.
Walters declared, "The seal harvest is going to proceed, I have no legal grounds to stop it." At the same time, he claims to need more time to examine the arguments brought forward by the animal rights activists.
There is still hope. Sign this petition to urge John Walters to place a moratorium on seal slaughter until this issue is resolved.»
Marlin, sailfish and spearfish—collectively known as billfish—rule as top predators throughout the world’s oceans. Some species grow to nearly a ton and cross the ocean at speeds exceeding 60 mph. They use their spear like beaks to slash and stun prey, often hunting in groups.
Unfortunately, billfish are no match for the commercial fishing fleets that have depleted these majestic fish worldwide. The culprit is overfishing by non-U.S. commercial vessels that catch marlin, sailfish and spearfish while targeting other species.
The United States is the world's largest importer of these fish. The Billfish Conservation Act of 2011 (S. 1451 and H.R. 2706) would close U.S. commercial markets to foreign-caught Pacific billfish (Atlantic billfish are already prohibited), preventing their catch and importation. The bill would help to restore the balance of life in the Pacific Ocean by keeping billfish off American menus.
Support The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act
The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513 and S.810) has been reintroduced with strong, bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. This common sense legislation would phase out invasive research on chimpanzees in laboratories in the U.S., retire the more than 500 government-owned chimpanzees to sanctuary, and end breeding of chimpanzees for invasive research. Furthermore, this much needed legislation will save taxpayers approximately $30 million every year. Please contact your U.S. senator and representative and ask them to co-sponsor this important bill to protect chimpanzees!
Watch this video featuring Glee's Charlotte Ross, then fill in and submit the form below to automatically send a brief, polite message to your lawmakers, asking them to co-sponsor the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act. Elected officials receive a lot of email, so remember to personalize the email message below so that your message will have a greater impact.
Dear PCRM supporter,
I need your help today. We have to unite to save the lives of sweet, innocent cats like the one pictured here.
I've told you before about the horrors that rabbits, cats, and ferrets face in pediatrics residency training. There are at least 12 programs across the country that use animals like this. They force tubes in their tiny mouths and jam them down their windpipes. The poor animals are used over and over for this incredibly painful procedure—and many die.
PCRM is fed up with such blatant cruelty!
Infants clearly have different anatomy than cats—which means doctors at IU are using inferior training methods. This is bad for the babies that will eventually be treated by these doctors and bad for cats!
Please, take action now. We need to harness the energy of the thousands of PCRM supporters like you to prove to IU that harming animals is unacceptable!
PCRM's success comes from the strength of our supporters. In the coming days, you'll receive more e-mails about our Pediatrics Residency Campaign—and how you and your friends can make a difference.
We've made lifesaving changes at other schools, so I know we can do it here, too!
Thank you in advance,
Neal Barnard, M.D.
P.S. You can also spread the word to your friends, by sharing PCRM's message on your Facebook page.
August 1, 2011
It's Time to Take the Profit out of Animal Fighting
hslf inset animal fighting - Allison WIlliamsWe recently told you about a bill just introduced in Congress, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which would make it a federal crime to attend an animal fight and impose additional penalties for bringing a minor child to the fight. If passed, H.R. 2492 will go a long way toward eliminating dogfighting and cockfighting in America -- which cannot come soon enough.
It's the spectators who fuel dogfights and cockfights with their admission fees and gambling wagers, and any law enforcement response must include the entire cast of characters involved in this cruel enterprise.
It’s time this loophole in federal law was closed. Will you make a generous donation today to support our work to crack down on animal fighting spectators, and support our other campaigns to help animals?
When you donate $10 or more, you’ll become a member of the Humane Society Legislative Fund and receive a one-year subscription to "Humane Activist," our bimonthly membership magazine, with updates on political work for animals and actions you can take.
Your generous gift will help us continue our efforts to crack down on animal fighting -- and will further our other work to stop puppy mills, canned hunts, factory farming, and other abuses. Please don't wait. Your gift, whatever you can afford, will help us give animals a voice.
Thanks for all you do for animals!
Protect Hundreds of Millions of Hens from Cruelty
Currently, at least 92 percent of egg-laying hens in the United States are confined in barren battery cages so small the animals can't even spread their wings. Of these birds, about 210 million are provided 67 square inches of space and 50 million are provided with even less space than that meager amount (typically 48 square inches). In July 2011, The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers reached a historic agreement whereby both organizations will support—and work together toward enactment of—federal legislation to afford certain protections to all U.S. egg laying hens. If enacted, this would be the first federal law relating to chickens used for food, as well as the first federal law relating to the on-farm treatment of any species of farm animal.
Support the Pet Safety and Protection Act Class B Dealers
- Target: U.S. Congress
Unfortunately, there are some situations where pet owners can no longer continue to care for their animals. While owners may try to give their pets a second chance at having a forever home, they may be unwittingly putting them in situations where they can become the victims of Class B dealers.
Class B dealers are brokers who find and sell dogs and cats to schools and research institutions for a profit. Their methods of acquisition range from going to shelters, answering classified ads, and in some cases grabbing strays or stealing pets who are left unattended. Class B dealers also buy animals from "bunchers," who collect animals from random sources.
These brokers are licensed and regulated by the USDA and are responsible for following animal care guidelines outlined by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which is intended to help prevent lost or stolen pets from ending up in research facilities. The AWA also requires these dealers to obtain animals from licensed shelters, licensed breeders or from owners who have bred and raised animals on their property.
APHIS, which is responsible for inspections of commercial breeders and brokers and upholding the AWA has continuously failed to keep animals safe by holding these brokers accountable for their inability to provide even the most basic care, leaving animals to suffer while brokers continue to flout the law and operate with multiple violations including failure to provide veterinary care, unsanitary conditions, inaccurate record keeping and illegally obtaining animals, among others.
Sign this petition asking Congress to pass the Pet Safety and Protection Act to ensure that randomly sourced and lost or stolen pets don't end up becoming test subjects in cruel experiments by shutting Class B dealers down for good.
Unfortunately, there are some situations where pet owners can no longer continue to care for their animals. While owners may try to give their pets a second chance at having a forever home, they may be unwittingly putting them in situations where they can become the victims of Class B dealers.
Class B dealers are brokers who find and sell dogs and cats to schools and research institutions for a profit. Their methods of acquisition range from going to shelters, answering classified ads, and in some cases grabbing strays or stealing pets who are left unattended. Class B dealers also buy animals from "bunchers," who collect animals from random sources.
These brokers are licensed and regulated by the USDA and are responsible for following animal care guidelines outlined by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which is intended to help prevent lost or stolen pets from ending up in research facilities. The AWA also requires these dealers to obtain animals from licensed shelters, licensed br...To sign the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/478/198/947/
- Sponsored by: Alicia Graef
Millions of marine species rely on these precious ecosystems, and the ocean is directly responsible for 2.3 million jobs. Even in this challenging economy, supporting healthy oceans is a wise investment for the nation.
We have seen how the coastal economy suffers when the ocean is not adequately protected. Fishermen can’t work. Tourists don’t visit. Hotels stand empty. Restaurants are closed.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), have introduced the National Endowment for the Oceans bill, and I urge you to take action and sign a petition of support.
This legislation will establish a national endowment for the study, protection and restoration of America’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. It will be paid for by revenue generated from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, offshore energy development and a portion of the fines and damages collected for violations of laws meant to protect our ecosystems. This revenue, generated from commercial uses and misuses of our marine environment, will ensure a steady investment in its long-term health and viability.
Show your support for the National Endowment for the Oceans bill. Sign the petition today.
Director, Campaign for Healthy Oceans
Pew Environment Group
Tell Strawberry to Go Fur-Free
Strawberry, a leading New York-area retailer, was found selling real fur vests marked as "faux fur" and unlabeled sweaters trimmed with raccoon dog fur.
We are calling on Strawberry to protect animals from cruelty and protect consumers from deception by dropping fur. Raccoons, rabbits, foxes, mink, and raccoon dogs are just some of the millions of animals who are killed by this pitiless industry every year. With so many warm, fashionable alternatives available, there is simply no reason to wear animal fur and no reason for Strawberry to sell it!
To read more: https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=5107
Each Spring, millions of birds migrate to the U.S. But these amazing travelers face increasing threats habitat loss, human population pressures, invasive species and climate change.
Tell Congress that you care about migratory birds and want programs that protect them to increase »
There is one key program that helps provide the safe wintering grounds these birds need to survive. Since its inception in 2002, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act has provided millions of dollars for habitat restoration, education, and more in the U.S, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. But many conservation projects that could mean the difference for migrating songbirds remain unfunded.
Speak out today, and ask Congress to reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act with increased funding.
|Thank you for taking action! Emily L. Care2 Campaign Team|
Take action link: http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AgHls/zlnH/AnmCy
The practice of “bear baiting” in Pakistan is one of the world’s most savage blood sports and worst forms of cruelty to animals. Poached from the wild as cubs, the bears used in this industry know only fear, pain and abuse. Forced to “fight” from the time they are young, most have open and infected wounds and ripped ears and muzzles. When they aren’t fighting, they are held in small dirty cages that offer no protection from the sweltering sun and are fed measly scraps that leave them desperately malnourished and weak. The majority of these bears, perhaps mercifully, do not live past the age of ten - half the life expectancy of bears in the wild.
But there is hope.
WSPA and our local partner organization, the Bioresource Research Center of Pakistan (BRC), have been working to bring an end to this cruel sport for over a decade. Tragically, our first bear sanctuary was destroyed in 2010 by severe flooding, but we have constructed a new sanctuary in Balkasar, Pakistan, which is already home to 7 rescued bears. The Balkasar Sanctuary has room to provide a home to the remaining 70 bears who are still being forced to fight. BRC’s dedicated teams have identified several of these bears, and we have a plan to rescue them and give them the care and relief they need...but we can't do it without your urgent assistance.
Please watch the video below to hear a special message from
Fakhar-i-Abbas, BRC’s dedicated founder, and to learn how you can help
WSPA bring an end to bear baiting for good.
This video contains a few graphic images of bear baiting
With your support, we’ll continue our vital work:
- Identifying the remaining bears still being used to fight.
- Convincing bear owners to give up their bears in exchange for alternative, cruelty-free livelihoods.
- Bringing rescued bears to our sanctuary to give them new lives of freedom.
- Educating the public about the cruelty of bear baiting so that people will no longer attend and support these cruel events.
- Calling for stronger legislation and enforcement of current laws to prevent bear baiting and the poaching of cubs from the wild.
Please make your gift to help WSPA end this cruelty for good and bring desperately needed relief to these bears and other suffering animals. https://www.wspadonations.org/pages/3684_bear_baiting_appeal_5_11_version_m.cfm
See video below
Minnesota Bill Targets Anyone Who Exposes an “Image or Sound” of Animal Suffering at Factory Farms, Puppy Mills
But House File No. 1369 doesn’t stop there. The bill, introduced by six Republicans, also includes a number of other provisions that have popped up in “eco-terrorism” bills and “animal enterprise terrorism” laws over the years. Similar legislation has also been introduced in Florida and Iowa to target undercover investigators.
The Minnesota bill includes a number of dangerous parts. Among the most important:
- “Animal facility interference.” This provision targets those who, without the owner’s consent, “produce a record which reproduces an image or sound occurring at the animal facility.” Even worse, it targets those who “possess or distribute a record which produces an image or sound occurring at the animal facility.” In other words, these Republicans are not only targeting anyone who exposes abuses in these facilities, but anyone who distributes that information (presumably via DVD, or potentially YouTube videos). This is listed as a gross misdemeanor.
- “Animal facility tampering.” This provision targets those who take animals from these facilities. That, of course, is already a crime. But those provision also goes further, and includes “disrupting” the operations of such a facility. This kind of vague, overly broad language has also appeared in federal laws like the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. People have a right to know what, exactly, is a crime; vague language like this has a chilling effect on lawful activism, and can be misused by an ambitious prosecutor. This is listed as a felony.
- “Animal facility fraud.” This provision specifically targets undercover investigators and whistleblowers. It targets those who obtain access to an animal facility by “false pretense” (such as a false name on a job application, in order to document abuses). This is listed as a gross misdemeanor.
The bill also includes parallel provisions for “crop operation interference,” “crop operation tampering,” and “crop operation fraud.” All of this, of course, is part of a continued campaign by these corporations, and the politicians who represent them, to attack and silence their opponents. Groups like Mercy For Animals, PETA, Compassion Over Killing, and the Humane Society have repeatedly exposed systemic animal welfare violations in factory farms and other facilities. When people learn want goes on in these facilities, and see for themselves, they change what they buy. It’s a serious and effective threat to corporate profits.
Not surprisingly, this bill includes provisions for civil recovery and equitable relief, so that corporations can force activists to compensate them for any revenue lost due to the exposure of their violence. And the people behind it? Representative Rod Hamilton, for instance, is past president of the Minnesota Pork Producers, and a current member.
If you’d like to voice your concern to the supporters of this bill:
Stop Criminalizing People Who Expose Animal Abuseshttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/3/stop-criminalizing-people-who-expose-animal-abuses/?z00m=19963583
SUPPORT CHARITY'S LAW - MAKE BESTIALITY A CRIME AND A FELONY IN ALL U.S. STATES
Three Pit Bull puppies only a few months old were surrendered to a
North Carolina animal shelter injured and in pain with the man who
dropped them off stating "the big dogs down the road got to them".
Through other information collected by members of the rescue community, a
witness too afraid to come forward and a vet assessment the unthinkable
would be discovered about what really happened to these puppies. These
innocent beautiful puppies were bred by a man intending to fight them
and/or sell them to dog fighters but the reason for their surrender was
that he caught his 13 year old son committing sexual acts on them. The
shelter was going to euthanize the dogs, however, a rescue group stepped
in to try to save them. They were named Charity, Hope and Faith.
Petition aims to bring justice to Charity who did not survive her injury
by this perverted boy and although Hope and Faith have a long road
ahead with many surgeries to correct the damage Charity's death cannot
be in vain without any justice. The boy not only sexually molested them
but foreign objects were found inside when trying to repair the damage.
This is why we are asking everyone to sign this Petition asking all
states without adequate protection for animals from acts like this to
create Charity's Law making acts of bestiality illegal and a felony.
Technically the act of bestiality could be construed to fall under some
animal cruelty statutes as is but there should be uniform and stringent
laws that address bestiality directly so ambiguity about this act does
not exist and the proper vehicle is provided within the law for
prosecution of an individual engaging in this cruel and perverted
While the teenage boy in Charity's case may have eluded the law ensuring there are laws ready and able to prosecute any individuals in the future engaging in this activity will help further protect the innocent animals of our society.
Only thirty-one states in the U.S have laws protecting animals from the act of bestiality.
States with laws providing a misdemeanor punishment for the crime are:
Arkansas, California, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin
States with laws providing a felony punishment for the crime are:
Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.
States without any laws regarding bestiality (note some of these states may have statutes about bestiality that only address crimes against a minor):
Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Vermont, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, Wyoming, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Kansas, Nevada, West Virginia,
Only 17 states make this crime a felony. There are no federal laws specifically prohibiting bestiality although the subject is covered in relation to books and pornographic materials as well as in the arena of exploitation of minor children but there is no universal law or consistency amongst the U.S. states making bestiality the crime it should be.
This week things got even worse: The state of Alaska joined Big Oil by filing its own lawsuit to abolish the polar bear's 120-million-acre protected wildlife habitat, set up last year in response to a campaign by the Center for Biological Diversity.
Please help us stop Alaska, Exxon and BP from destroying America's largest protected wildlife habitat. Donate today to our Polar Bear Protection Fund.
Nearly 25,000 square miles larger than California, the polar bear protected wildlife habitat is in fact bigger than 48 of the 50 states. It's bigger than the entire national park system. And it's desperately needed to save the polar bear from extinction.
Because of global warming and industrial development, polar bears will disappear from Alaska by 2030 and could be extinct worldwide by the end of the century -- unless we take action to save them.
With your help, the Center is ready to jump into action. We'll file legal motions to intervene against Alaska and the oil-industry lawsuits. Then we'll ask the court to throw out the lawsuits and protect the polar bear's habitat areas.
We're the group that's been fighting -- and winning -- protection for polar bears since 2005. And we're not about to stop. Right now, you can help us save the lands, waters and sea ice polar bears urgently need to survive.
Exxon and BP aren't shy about why they want the polar bear's protected habitat abolished: To bring industrial oil drilling to Alaska's pristine coastlines and offshore waters. And the state of Alaska -- fresh from killing wolves and opposing whale protections -- is all too ready to help them.
Please donate today to the Polar Bear Protection Fund. The Center's expert lawyers and scientists are ready to go toe-to-toe with the oil industry, but lawsuits are expensive, and we can't get into court without your financial help.
The Center for Biological Diversity can stop Alaska's North Slope from becoming as industrialized as the Gulf of Mexico and save its majestic wildlife. We've held off all new offshore drilling permits there since 2007. To stop this latest attack, though, we have to step it up, and we need your help to do it.
For all that's wild,
Tell the Department of the Interior, "No new lease sales in the Arctic Ocean for the new 5-year plan!"
The Arctic Ocean is the remote home to extreme weather and such unique species as beluga and bowhead whales, walrus and polar bears. This fragile area is being considered for more oil and gas leasing. While the Department of the Interior has recently initiated some positive reforms in the OCS offshore drilling program, several steps are needed before this sensitive marine ecosystem is exposed to more oil and gas activity.
- Integrated research and monitoring plans are needed to fill the large gaps in our understanding of the Arctic marine ecosystem, expecially as it changes with the warming climate.
- Areas considered biologically important or necessary for subsistence should be identified and excluded from lease consideration.
- Technology to clean oil spilled in broken ice has not been tested and proven to work in U.S. Arctic Ocean conditions. The recent
spill in Norway has shown that even a small amount of oil in broken ice is
extremely challenging to clean up.
There are 3.8 million acres currently leased in the
U.S. Arctic Ocean. More research is necessary to understand the
ecosystem, protections should be in place for important areas and spill
technology must be proven to work in the U.S. Arctic before allowing new
leasing. Tell Secretary Salazar not to offer any new lease sales in the Chukchi
and Beaufort Seas in the 2012-2017 plan!
Director, U.S. Arctic Program
Pew Environment Group
For more than 10 years, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has asked hunters not to shoot radio-collared bears, but the hunters haven't listened and it's still legal to shoot these precious, researched bears.
Help protect research bears in the largest black bear study in the U.S. »
These bears provide valuable information to researchers and educate youth through online forums.
The researched bears have brightly colored tape on their collars to deter hunters from shooting them, but this doesn't always work. Last year, 11 of these bears were shot. Tell Minnesota to protect these bears during the upcoming hunting season. »
Below is a message from the petition author:
"We seek protection for radio-collared bears with bright-colored ribbons in Central St Louis County (NE Minnesota). They are part of a long-term study and basis of the largest black bear education outreach program ever. Protection is essential to the research and to over 500 classrooms that observe/study them on-line daily."
Please take action. »
Posted: 10 Mar 2011 07:34 AM PST
Last month, in response to a legal petition filed by The HSUS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture tentatively approved new rules to protect downed calves—those unable even to stand up on their own—from abuse. Under current federal law, slaughter plants have the option of setting aside calves who are too weak or injured to stand—so-called “downer” calves—and slaughtering them later. These infant calves, some just days old, can suffer extreme abuse including repeated electric shocks, kicking, and beating as workers try to drag the helpless animals to the kill box.
The new rules, if finalized, will remove the option of slaughtering
calves who cannot stand and require that downed calves, like adult
downed cows, be immediately and humanely euthanized. In 2009, an HSUS
investigation of a Vermont slaughter plant revealed
the horrifying abuse to infant calves, and removing the possibility of
letting these calves linger indefinitely at slaughterhouses will help to
prevent such cruelty.
As part of the process, USDA is requesting comments from the public on whether to make this change permanent. Click here to urge the USDA to protect calves from abuse by permanently adopting these new rules. The agency needs to hear from all concerned Americans that the abuse of calves cannot be permitted to continue.
The HSUS’ petition was filed in the wake of its 2009 exposé of Bushway Packing, Inc. in Grand Isle, Vt., where investigators documented unacceptable and callous cruelty to infant calves, some just days old with their umbilical cords still attached, including repeated electric shocks, kicking, and even cutting off a hoof and partial decapitation of conscious animals. The HSUS investigation prompted state and federal officials to shut down the slaughter plant and open an investigation that resulted in a felony aggravated animal cruelty conviction.
More than 50,000 citizens wrote to the Secretary immediately following news of the Bushway case, urging the agency to close the downer calf loophole and make other needed reforms, including establishing an ombudsman’s office to take whistleblower complaints. The agency announced in December 2010 that an ombudsman will be appointed to focus on humane handling concerns.
USDA has made important progress under Secretary Vilsack’s leadership on stronger enforcement of humane handling and slaughter laws, puppy mill regulations, and other important issues. Eliminating the option of holding downer calves indefinitely will be another important step forward and will stop a tremendous amount of suffering for these young creatures. Please take a moment to tell the USDA to make these changes permanent. Your voice will go a long way in helping to end this unconscionable cruelty.
China: Don't Support Bear Bile Farms!Bears farmed for their bile, a common ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine, live on factory farms in small cages they can barely move in. Farmers extract their bile through tubes surgically implanted into their gall bladders. And the result of this cruelty is that the bears, in addition to suffering infections and liver cancer, only live about 5 years. A bear in the wild lives 25.
Now, the Gui Zhen Tang Pharmaceutical Corporation, which farms bears for their bile, wants inclusion in the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. This move is widely opposed by bloggers and animal welfare groups because of the inherent cruelty their listing would support.
Tell the Shenzhen Stock Exchange not to condone and support animal cruelty by allowing inclusion of the Gui Zhen Tang Pharmaceutical Corporation.
To sign: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/236/430/715/?z00m=19946153
In just a couple of decades, the estimated African lion population fell from more than 75,000 to fewer than 40,000 -- a staggering decline of nearly 50%.1
If we don’t take dramatic action right now, Africa’s lions could quickly disappear in the wild.
Take action now to save something wild: Urge Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to help save lions by listing these great cats under the Endangered Species Act.
Lions once roamed throughout most of the African continent, but they have largely disappeared from three quarters of their historic range. Habitat loss, decline in prey and conflicts with humans are taking their toll on these iconic cats.
Despite these threats, African lions are still being hunted as trophies, winding up stuffed and mounted rather than living in the wild. The U.S. is the world's largest importer of African lion products -- and the number of lion trophies imported into this country is increasing.
Help save these mighty felines -- sign our petition today.
Earlier this week, Defenders and our conservation partners petitioned the U.S. Department of the Interior to list African lions as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
This listing would provide a critical first step to help save lions by prohibiting U.S. imports of lions and lion parts, increasing conservation funding and helping foreign governments conserve lions.
We need to show broad public support for this vital action. That's why we've set an ambitious goal of generating 75,000 signatures for our emergency petition effort.
If just 2 caring people like you from Salem will sign our petition, we'll meet this goal -- and send a mighty roar to Washington, DC about the importance of protecting one of the world's most iconic great cats.
Interior Secretary Salazar needs to hear from you: Sign our petition today urging him to list African lions as endangered.
We don't have much time to make our voices heard. Please sign this petition now, forward this email and post it to Facebook, so we can find as many lion supporters as possible in the next 30 days.
The decline of one of the world's most iconic animals can be stopped. With your voice, you can save something wild -- and help ensure the lasting survival of Africa's lions.
P.S. Lions belong in the wild... And your help is desperately needed to keep them wild. Please take action now.
1 Petition to List the African Lion as Endangered.
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Canada’s annual slaughter of seals is once again underway which will lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of baby seals who will be shot, beaten and skinned, most before they reach 12 weeks of age. Hunters are on Hay Island’s ice in Nova Scotia where 1,900 grey seals are slated for death. The total kill quota for this year was increased to 60,000, up from 50,000 last year.That would be a massacre of 80% of the pups born this year, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Despite the EU ban on seal products in 2009 and public outcry from around the globe Canada’s government is still trying to convince people that their barbaric and inhumane hunt is necessary, all while spending tax-payer dollars on diligently trying to find new markets for seal products, rather than working to transition the few thousand sealers into a more stable industry. Unfortunately, a deal was recently struck with China to allow seal meat and oil imports. Fisheries Minister Gail Shea is excited about the deal and said, “she was hopeful access to this new market would restore Canada's sealing industry.” Last year, dwindling markets kept hunters off the ice at Hay Island completely.The Harp seal hunt is expected to start later this March, but a quota has yet to be set. Activists and numerous animal rights groups will continue to fight against the slaughter of helpless seal pups.
Please sign the petition urging Canada to end the slaughter.
Send a letter to Nova Scotia's Minister of Tourism asking him to consider the impact of the hunt and stop it immediately.
Well, I guess it wasn’t totally unexpected. We knew that the commercial hunt for grey seal pups on Hay Island, Nova Scotia, could happen at any time. And sadly, this morning it was made official – the Hay Island seal hunt is set to open today, with a quota of 1900 seal pups.
To help stop this act of cruelty: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/883/975/627/?z00m=19944118
End Cockfight Cruelty in Texas
- Target: Texas Lawmakers
- Sponsored by: Care2.com
It does not cover spectators who attend the events and bet on the roosters' lives and it doesn't criminalize people who raise the birds with the intention of fighting them. In addition, the law doesn't outlaw the buying and selling of cockfighting paraphernalia, like the tiny razors that quicken the killing.
Please sign this petition to urge legislators to pass House Bill 1043, which closes loopholes in Texas's cockfighting laws. Help end this cruel, violent sport!
To sign petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/187/142/750//?z00m=19942235
Secretary Vilsack: Stop Poisoning Our Wildlife
Should our government be in the business of killing animals? The HSUS is challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Service’s department to stop poisoning predators.
To address private livestock interests, the USDA has been using two highly controversial poisons, sodium cyanide in M-44 devices and Compound 1080 in livestock protection collars, to kill livestock predators. As a result, many non-target wild animals such as endangered wolves, bald eagles, California condors, in addition to pet dogs and cats, have died. Over the past few years, at least half a dozen federally protected wolves have been killed by these poisons.
Save Critical Habitat for the Florida Panther
Scientists conclude that the panther's existing habitat is the bare minimum needed for the remaining population to survive. As of Monday, January 18th the first Cougar death of 2010 has been reported, adding this number to the seven panthers killed on south Florida highways in 2009, and an additional 24 panthers killed by vehicles in the preceding two years. And scientists conclude that the panther's existing habitat is at the bare minimum needed for the remaining population to survive. This situation must not continue.
The installation of wildlife crossings, which consist of special passageways and directional fencing, have proven very successful in reducing the panther’s highway mortality. During the upgrade work on Alligator Alley, along I-75 between Naples and Miami, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) installed 24 underpasses and 13 bridge extensions to allow safe passage of panthers and other wildlife. These installations and 40 miles of associated fencing have nearly eliminated panther strikes along this corridor.
The creation of a regional transportation plan that protects panthers, other wildlife and motorists in southwest Florida counties;
The protection of panthers along more highway segments by incorporating wildlife crossings, fencing and additional speed zones in appropriate locations by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, southwest Florida transportation departments and area developers.
‘Wildlife crossings, like the ones being built on the U.S. 41 project, will reconnect panther habitat and dramatically reduce the number of panthers hit by vehicles as they move around in search of food, mates and territory,’ said Fleming. ‘The panther killed yesterday should serve as a sobering reminder that we all have to do our part to protect the Florida panther and watch out for wildlife while we drive through their habitat.’
Urge Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to designate critical habitat for the Florida panther today!
A tragic slaughter nearly wiped them out more than a century ago. Now some of America's last wild, genetically pure bison face hazing and slaughter as they leave the safety of Yellowstone National Park -- one of the last havens they have left.
Please take action now: Urge Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to prohibit the annual ritual of hazing and slaughtering of America's wild bison.
Each winter, Yellowstone's bison migrate from snow-covered highlands to lower elevations outside the park’s boundaries in search of food.
But because of an unsubstantiated fear that bison will transmit a disease called brucellosis to domestic cattle, bison face a grim fate: Harassed back into the park where food is scarce; shot on sight; or shipped off to slaughter.
This out-dated and terrible policy continues even though there has never been a documented case of a wild bison transmitting the disease to cattle. Yet over the last five winters, thousands of bison have been needlessly harassed and killed.
Take action now: Urge federal officials to end the slaughter of America's last genetically pure wild bison.
Your voice can make a difference for some of America's last wild bison -- descendants of those that survived the horrific slaughter of the 1800s. Please take action today and help end their terrible plight.
Together we can ensure that America’s wild bison will be restored to the American West.
For the Wild Ones,
Defenders of Wildlife
End the Carriage-Horse Industry--and Bring on the Model Ts
One important issue I'm guilty of not yet having talked about on this blog is horse-drawn carriages, New York's horse-drawn carriage industry in specific. People tend to think of the rides in these carriages as romantic, traditional, and quaint but don't consider the practice from the horses' point of view--and "romantic" and "quaint" don't apply there. Highly stressful, exhausting, depressing, dangerous, and even deadly are more like it.
The mission of the New York-based Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages is obvious by its name. New York residents and visitors who want to know how they can help--whom they can contact to register their support of a ban--should follow this link: What You Can Do for Carriage Horses.
Beyond the safety issues even for humans is the inherent wrongness of forcing the horses to live (and serve) the way the industry does, day after day. For example,
On the streets of NY, these horses are constantly nose-to-tailpipe and often show corresponding respiratory impairment. Because they are not given adequate farrier care, lameness is often a problem, especially walking on pavement. Horses must work in hot humid temperatures and in the brutal cold – nine hours a day, seven days a week and go back to stuffy stable where they have no opportunity for turnout. Many of the stables are firetraps with inadequate sprinkler systems and fire protective devices and only one means of egress. Most house the horses on upper floors, which makes it even more difficult to evacuate them if there were a fire. It is not unusual to see urine and feces stains on the horses. Because of their previous uses on the racetrack or on Amish farms, many of the horses come into this industry with preexisting injuries or arthritis and are forced to pull carriages containing heavy tourists – upwards of 7-800 pounds. When these horses are no longer fit to work the demanding streets of NYC, they are “retired” – many go to auction where their fate is unknown. “Killer Buyers” often buy these horses by the pound for the slaughterhouse. Horsemeat is a delicacy in some European countries.
And I have to say that I absolutely love the idea of using electric or hybrid Model T replicas in place of the cruel carriage-horse industry, to provide residents and visitors with an old-fashioned, nostalgic, romantic experience without exploitation and cruelty. PETA deserves criticism when criticism is warranted, but when they have a great idea, they deserve kudos for that too.
The documentary Blinders is embedded below. Please watch. You may also view it here.
Tell Congress Animals Deserve Legal Protections
Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against
exploitation and abuse by humans. Through the Animal Bill of Rights, the
Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to show Congress a groundswell of
support for legislation that protects animals and recognizes that, like
all sentient beings, animals are entitled to basic legal rights in our
society. Those rights include:
The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.
The Right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.
The Right of farm animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.
The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.
The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population.
The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.
Sign on your support and speak out to your lawmakers today!
BREAKING: A CLEAR Solution for Wildlife
Defenders staff and nearly 3,000 stalwart activists have helped pass the CLEAR Act in the House Natural Resources Committee, while fending off several harmful amendments to this important bill.
|Defenders' Gulf Update|
Get the latest on Defenders work in the Gulf at defendersblog.org.
Your Voice is Needed to Ban Cruel Tail Docking
Your voice is urgently needed to help farmed animals. Please use the form below to contact your district representative today to encourage him or her to support the bill to ban the cruel practice of tail docking dairy cows in New York state.
After reviewing MFA's undercover investigation at Willet Dairy, New York's largest dairy operation, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal proposed a ban on tail docking – A.09732 – similar to the one enacted in California last year.
Tail docking cattle is among the most disturbing practices MFA's undercover investigator captured on film at Willet Dairy. A worker uses a bladed clamp to slice off the ends of calves' tails, severing nerves, skin and vertebrae - all without the use of anesthesia. The calves' legs buckle from the pain, as they stagger and stumble to the ground. The worker then applies a smoking cautery device to the amputations.
The New York State Assembly Agriculture Committee will be voting on this issue on June 15 and the animals need your help! Only members of the Agriculture Committee will be voting on this bill at this time. Please select your Assembly Agriculture Committee member from the drop-down menu below and encourage him or her to support the bill to ban tail docking of cattle now.
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Posted: 29 Apr 2010 01:01 PM PDT
Every month that goes by, we see more heinous and illegal killing of federally protected migratory birds. In February, two red-tailed hawks were gunned down in the Puget Sound area of Washington state. In March, a golden eagle was tortured in central Utah and the bird’s tail feathers were ripped out. Then two bald eagles were shot in eastern Washington, one in Ford and another in Riverside State Park.
It’s a constant drumbeat of cruelty and disregard for the law, because the federal penalties are too weak to be a deterrent. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, thanks to the leadership of Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), last week approved a bill which had passed the House last year and if enacted would put more teeth into the federal law that protects eagles, hawks, falcons, and other raptors from intentional maiming and killing.
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act Penalty and Enforcement Act—S. 2811 by Sen. Merkley and H.R. 2062 by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.)—would strengthen the penalties for intentionally killing federally protected birds. As we have seen in our work to combat illegal dog fighting and cockfighting, people treat anemic fines as simply a cost of doing business, and are only deterred by tougher consequences.
I wrote last year about one of the most shocking and sickening scourges of bird-related crime in recent years, in which members of “roller pigeon clubs”—enthusiasts of domestic pigeons specially bred for their seizure-like ability to do rapid backward somersaults while flying—deliberately killed peregrine falcons, Cooper’s hawks, and red-tailed hawks by shooting, trapping, poisoning, clubbing, suffocating them with bleach and ammonia, baiting birds into glass panels, and even baiting birds with pigeons rigged with fishing hooks and Drano liquid. The club members had no fear of meaningful penalties and even boasted of their crime spree on public web sites.This legislation will finally give federal prosecutors and wildlife law enforcement agents the option to pursue hefty fines and prison sentences against serial bird killers. It has already passed the House, and now the Senate must act with urgency.
Urge the USDA to Revoke Ringling's Exhibitor's LicenseThe USDA has the authority to revoke an exhibitor's license if an exhibitor is not in compliance with the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) or has made false or fraudulent statements to the agency. PETA is calling on the USDA to revoke Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' exhibitor's license for its many years of abuse and coverups.
Testimony, photos, and video evidence show that for years, Ringling has engaged in and continues to engage in a consistent and well-documented pattern of making false statements to the agency and abusing animals in violation of the AWA.
A retired Ringling trainer provided PETA with a detailed statement and dozens of graphic photos showing how Ringling teaches baby elephants new tricks. A team of Ringling trainers straps ropes around the elephants' limbs and necks, and while the elephants wail and shriek, the trainers force the elephants into the desired position. The babies are controlled through the use of bullhooks, beatings, and hot shots. As demonstrated in testimony and numerous videos—including video footage captured backstage by a PETA investigator—this violent treatment and abuse continues throughout an elephant's life in the circus.
In several communications with the USDA, Ringling employees, including in-house counsel, falsely claimed that the death of a baby elephant named Riccardo was accidental and resulted from injuries sustained during "routine play." However, according to the sworn testimony of the Ringling trainer involved, Riccardo was undergoing training exercises when he fell from a circus pedestal and fractured his legs. He was later euthanized. Riccardo was one of three baby elephants who died as a direct result of Ringling's abusive and neglectful handling practices.
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Help America Protect Animals from Domestic Abuse!Sponsored by: American Humane Association
A national study revealed that the pets of over 71 percent of battered women are threatened, tortured, or even killed. When victims seeking shelter leave pets behind, abusers often do the unthinkable: they retaliate by torturing or killing the pets.
This heartbreaking fact makes the decision to leave an abuser often seem simply impossible.
A domestic violence protective order is a court order that can command an abuser to stop harming and contacting the domestic violence survivor. Encouraging judges to include pets in these orders is critical toward combating the cycle of domestic violence and empowering survivors and their pets.
Thankfully, pets are currently protected by domestic violence protective orders in California, Connecticut, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New York, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and Vermont. But while progress has been made, the dire plight of pets caught in domestic violence situations is still not recognized by the law in 40 states.
Sign the Pledge to go Fur-Free
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These words describe the millions of individual animals on Chinese fur farms. Each year, more than 2 million cats and hundreds of thousands of dogs are tormented and killed for their fur in China. Animals are beaten, hung upside down, and skinned alive, and their skins are used for companion animal toys, fur trim, fur lining, and coats. Fur manufacturers often intentionally mislabel fur as fake in order to hide their abusive practices from an unsuspecting public. By signing the pledge never to buy fur products, you'll send a message not only to the fur industry but also to designers, retailers, and others who directly profit from the suffering caused by this exploitative industry.
Cruelty Of The White Tigers...
What they normally look like when they are born. These are usually destroyed.
What is Big Cat Rescue?
Big Cat Rescue, a non profit educational sanctuary, is devoted to rescuing and providing a permanent home for exotic (i.e. wild, not domestic)cats who have been abused, abandoned, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from being slaughtered for fur coats, and to educating the public about these animals and the issues facing them in captivity and in the wild. The sanctuary housesthe most diverse population of exotic cats in the world, with 14 of the35 species of wild cat represented among more than 100 residents. These include tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats, lynx, ocelots,servals, caracals and others, many of whom are threatened, endangered,or now extinct in the wild. The sanctuary began in1992 when the Founder, Carole Baskin, and her then husband Don,mistakenly believing that bobcats made good pets, went looking to buysome kittens. They inadvertently ended up at a “fur farm” and boughtall 56 kittens to keep them from being turned into fur coats. See How We Started. Inthe early years, influenced by breeders and pet owners, they believedthat the cats made suitable pets and that breeding and placing the catsin homes was a way to “preserve the species.” Gradually they sawincreasing evidence that not only was this not the case, but that itwas leading to a consistent pattern of suffering and abuse. See History and Evolution.
The Tiger below is a result of over breeding to gain the white fur...
the sanctuary is devoted to its Vision of a world where animals are
treated with respect, and its Mission of providing the best possible
home for the animals in our care and trying to stop the flow of animals
needing sanctuary by educating the public about the plight of the
animals and supporting stronger laws to protect them. See Vision and Mission.
The sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) not profit charity. It receives no
government support and relies on its educational activities, such as
tours of the facility, and the generosity of donors for support of the
cats. Donations are tax deductible. Because non program expenses
(i.e.administration and fund raising) are funded from tour income, 100%
of donations go directly to support the cats. We hope you enjoy your
visit to our web site. We believe it is the most complete resource for
information on big cats in the world.
We are proud members of:
Goodsanctuaries do not breed, buy or sell their animals and they do notallow contact between potentially dangerous animals and the public. Big Cat Rescue meets or exceeds the Sanctuary Standards detailed at SanctuaryStandards.com We are partners with Capitol Advantage for better laws and FLA USA.
WSPA Needs Our Help With 400 Million Dogs Around The World...
Right now there are an estimated 400 million stray dogs around the world - dogs like the ones above, who are sick, suffering, abandoned and alone. These dogs desperately need relief, and we're working to bring it to them, but we cannot do it alone. We need your support now to make a difference for these dogs. The stray dog problem is a truly global issue - at this very moment there are millions of dogs on the streets, outside in all weather, with nothing to call home other than the bare dirty pavement. Their food is whatever paltry scraps they can scavenge from dumps and trash cans, and they suffer from agonizing diseases and live in constant fear, as authorities attempt to control stray dog populations by mass shooting and poisoning. You can help us stop this suffering. With your support now we can continue bringing desperately needed veterinary care, spay and neuter services, and aid to tens of thousands of strays and create permanent changes in the way dogs are treated:
- We're working to stop the cycle of uncontrolled breeding: We are training vets to spay and neuter dogs, and we are setting up mobile clinics with vital equipment and medical supplies to treat sick and injured dogs on the street. Our projects are bringing relief to animals in places all over the world, from Costa Rica to Sierra Leone, India, and Nepal.
- We're joining with local governments and authorities to introduce legislation that protects stray dogs: Fear and misunderstanding can lead to inhumane methods of stray control, including mass shooting, poisoning, and electrocution. We're spreading the message that these methods are not only extremely cruel, but also ineffective.
- We're providing humane education to communities, governments and dog owners: We're teaching people to treat both stray and pet dogs with the care and respect they deserve. We're also encouraging owners to sterilize their dogs so that unwanted breeding does not lead to more strays. With your support we'll keep reaching out to schools, government authorities and the public to make a difference for even more animals.
Thank you again for all that you do for animals!
The Cruelty Of Bear Baiting
"One of the bears still being forced to fight for bear baiting is a magnificent black bear I call Star. I've seen him fight regularly and I'm so sorry to have to tell you that his injuries are the worst I've ever seen. He is so weak he cannot even stand on his hind legs. All he can do is lie still while the dogs tear into him.
But he still has to go into the arena time and time again. Star's injures never have the chance to heal, so they just get worse and worse. The pain he's in is excruciating. If we do not rescue him soon I fear we will be too late..."We've built gorgeous,forest sanctuaries for bears that have been victims of extreme abuse(such as dancing bears) and now can live out their lives in a protected safe haven. In the past decade, we've created sanctuaries in Turkey,Greece, India, Thailand, Pakistan, India and the United States. The bears here will never again be harmed by man. But there's so much more work to be done. We need your help. Theses people need to be stopped in Pakistan: Bear BaitingBear baiting is perhaps one of the most cruel and barbaric acts ofhumans, which I have seen. According to a fight I had seen on http://incobra.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/med_bearbaiting.jpg one of the news channel, this illegal act of making bear fight dogs is still going on in Pakistan. In that news report it was told that the bear’s nails are plucked out and their teeth broken by hammer, after which they are helpless and defenseless. They are tied to a pole in the center of a ground by rope. Then two trained fighter dogs are set free on it. It is really very cruel. I prey to all to raise their voice against this cruelty prevailing in Pakistan. A report on this subject is there on the WSPA (World Society for the protection of Animals).
Just a few of the many petitions actively circulating:
- 1. Prevent return of Amersham horses prior to animal cruelty trial
- 2. Support Tougher Sentences for Animal Cruelty
- 3. Stop Japan's whaling programme
- 4. Support the Kennel Club and responsible dog breeders
- 5. U.S. Horse Owners in Favor Of Re-Opening Slaughter Plants
Rodeo associations claim very few animals are injured and killed in rodeos. That is a lie. In fact, rodeo associations do not disclose animal injuries and deaths. Furthermore, those who do commit humane violations are granted anonymity.
Videos Yanked from YouTube are Reinstated
Many of the videos on SHARK's sites are available via YouTube. In response to a false copyright claim by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), YouTube pulled down nearly 40 videos on December 13, 2007 that SHARK had created from our investigative footage. Although we have had rodeo videos posted on our site for years, SHARK's footage of animal abuse, injuries, and deaths at PRCA rodeos was getting more widespread attention on YouTube than ever before. The rodeo industry can't withstand that kind of honest attention, and they know it. The PRCA doesn't want you or their sponsors to be able to see what really happens at their rodeos. SHARK has successfully fought back and all our videos are again available worldwide. See what the PRCA is so scared of at TheCruelTruth.com.
If you'd like to know more or help:http://www.sharkonline.org/
While it may seem liar even today continues to be made this time of year BRUTAL, Dantesque, bloody slaughter in the Faroe Islands, which belong to Denmark . A country supposedly 'civilization' AND EUROPEAN UNION country. For many people this attack to life is unknown , to sensitivity. IN THIS bloody slaughter to attend Moz to 'show' entering adulthood (!) Is absolutely incredible that no one does A SHIT to prevent this barbarism that are committed against Calderon, an intelligent dolphin who has the particularity of approaching People out of sheer curiosity. fwd this everywhere, PLEASE...
On Sundays or fiesta days in the Philippines the so called "sport" of Horse Fighting is illiegally conducted. Two stallions are pitted against each other and results in horrific injuries and deaths and often last for hours.
Some stallions are hit so hard in the head their eyes are popped from their sockets. If death doesnt result from the kicks and bites and gruesome injuries, then the horses are inhumanely slaughtered and barbecued and fed to the crowd. Others limp around in the arena with a glazed look in their eyes or break limbs as they try to escape from the bloody arena.
These stallions fight due a mare on heat which is used as bait in the arena for up to six hours - often she is hit by stray blows from the stallions and has to suffer being mated by the winning stallion of each bout - up to 30 times in one tournament. The more blood shed, the louder the crowd during these fights.
Although horse-fighting is illegal in the Philippines, corruption and lack of enforcement ensure that the tournaments continue - and with apparent official sanction.Matches are featured on TV, and local businesses sponsor horses and tournaments. Local authorities offer prize money.The tournaments are promoted as a "cultural tradition", but in fact they are largely organised and controlled by crime syndicates, who rake in huge profits from gambling.
By signing this petition you are urging the Government of the Philippines to uphold its own Laws and ban this barbaric "traditional" sport.
The Undersigned may also consider boycotting travel to the Philippines while Horse Fighting in this country continues.
Help Stop Bullfighting From Expanding.
The issue here is not entirely the cruel treatment of the bulls. After all, animals are slaughtered for food everywhere, sometimes just as painfully as these bulls are put to death in the ring. Rather more important is the idea that people consider the killing of an animal in this way 'sport', and will pay money to watch it.
This brings into question the entire notion of killing animals for 'sport' at all. It could be argued that killing animals for 'sport' is hardly a sport at all, if the animal has no chance to survive.
In the ring, the bull has no chance.
Many prominent former bullfighters report that the bull is intentionally debilitated with tranquilizers and laxatives, and beatings to the kidneys. It has petroleum jelly rubbed into its eyes to blur its vision, heavy weights hung around its neck for weeks before the fight, and is confined in darkness for hours before being released into the bright arena. A well-known bullfight veterinarian, Dr. Manuel Sanz, reports that in 1987 more than 90 percent of bulls killed in fights had their horns "shaved" before the fight. Horn shaving involves sawing off several inches of the horns so the bull misses his thrusts.
The matador, two picadors on horses, and three men on foot stab the bull repeatedly when he enters the ring. After it has been weakened by fear, blood loss, and exhaustion, the matador attempts to make a clean kill with a sword to the heart. Unfortunately for the suffering bull, he rarely succeeds, and must make several thrusts, often missing the bull's heart and piercing his lungs instead. Often a dagger must be used to cut the spinal cord and spare the audience the sight of a defenseless animal in the throes of death. The bull may still be fully conscious but paralyzed when his ears and tail are cut off as the final show of "victory."
Mexican bullfighting has an added feature: novillada, or baby bullfights. There is no ritual in this slaughter of calves. Baby bulls, some no more than a few weeks old, are brought into a small arena, where they are stabbed to death by spectators, many of whom are children. These bloodbaths end with spectators hacking off the ears and tail of the often fully-conscious calf lying in his own blood. This is 'sport'?
This is the sort of thing you should not admit, but it is because such things have not been admitted that the bullfight has never been explained."
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There were bullfights in Shanghai. After attempts were made in 2005, 2006 and 2007 to hold bullfights in other Chinese cities.
According to several articles published in Spanish newspapers, bullfights will return to China to stay.
What is being planned is to build a bullring in Beijing near the Great Wall (in a theme park dedicated to Spain) that would be inaugurated in October 2010 with two bullfights, in 2011, 16 bullfights would take place.
We must prevent this project from going ahead otherwise we will have another country with bullfights.
If they are bombarded with emails they may rethink and back off. We cannot allow this bullfighting industry expansionism. The article in Spanish can be read here:
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