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...
Make Beastiality a Felony Crime in All 50 States
In the United States, beastiality is officially illegal in 31 states. 17 states make bestiality a felony. They are: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.
Fourteen states consider it a misdemeanor, those being: Arkansas, California, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin. That means the remaining 19 states, and DC, have no laws prohibiting this type of animal abuse.
Enact a law that makes beastiality a felony and protects animals in all 50 states from sexual predators that believe sex without consent is acceptable. It isn't. It's rape- and abuse.
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Vice President Joe Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20501
Last Chance to Help Tony the Tiger!
For more than ten years, Tony the Tiger has been kept as a tourist attraction at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tête, Louisiana, where he is confined to a 3,200 square-foot cage.
The Louisiana Senate has created a bill (S.B. 250) that would allow Michael Sandlin, the owner of the truck stop, to keep Tony, in defiance of Louisiana's own laws. Legislation passed in 2006 banned ownership of tigers in Louisiana. But anyone who had owned a tiger prior to 2006 was grandfathered in and allowed to keep their animals.
S.B. 250 has been specifically designed to appease Sandlin and allow him to continue to keep Tony.
Animal welfare activists have campaigned for years to make Sandlin release Tony and have him sent to a sanctuary where he can be free to roam. We have to act now to prevent S.B. 250 from passing and condemning Tony to a life of captivity.
Tell Governor Bobby Jindal to veto S.B. 250 and free Tony!
Australia: say no to ‘ag-gag’ laws to protect farm animals from cruelty
In laws that mimic the ‘ag-gag’ laws of the US, activists who break into farms to secretly film animal cruelty are being targeted by tough new legislation in Australia.
The introduction of the new laws follows a series of incidents where animal activists trespassed onto piggeries and abattoirs to obtain undercover footage. The footage the activists obtained exposed horrific treatment, which led to several operations being closed down.
Federal Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has recently said that state and federal governments will act jointly to protect farmers from camera-wielding “vigilantes”. It comes after calls by farmers and the pork industry for harsher penalties for activists who illegally enter farms – even after they exposed cruelty.
Please sign the petition and demand Australia says no to ‘ag-gag’ laws that would enable cruelty to animals.
Fire Military Instructor Who Slaughtered Dog in Front of Students!
An instructor at La Paz's School of Military Engineering slaughtered a two-year-old mixed breed dog in front of a class of new cadets and smeared its blood on their faces. The instructor was reportedly suspended for four days as a slap on the wrist for violating a ban on abusing animals in military instruction.
Animal activists claim that other animals have been abused in advanced military classes to desensitize soldiers. This general practice is unacceptable, and the instructor's choice to kill a dog before new students was shockingly cruel, traumatizing and pointless. Soldiers will never encounter something like this on the battlefield. They may see animals and people get abused, wounded and killed, but that is different from watching a trusted authority figure kill an innocent animal in cold blood, and then having to work with that person long-term. This was a sadistic action, abusive toward the dog and all students who witnessed the disgusting act and had blood smeared on them.
This instructor is clearly a cruel and sick person who has no place teaching students. Four weeks suspension is not an appropriate punishment for his actions. Please sign the petition to fire this instructor!
MAPLE LEAF MISERY In Canada
From February to March of 2014, a Mercy For Animals Canada undercover investigator worked at Horizon Poultry — a Maple Leaf-owned hatchery in Hanover, Ontario. Our hidden camera captured horrific animal cruelty and neglect, including:
- Chicks flung by their fragile wings and slammed into metal dividers
- Live chicks sent through a scalding washing machine, burned, and drowned
- Chicks overloaded and roughly crammed into macerators to be ground up alive
After reviewing the undercover footage, Dr. Sara Shields, a leading expert in chicken welfare, stated: "[I]n a commercial hatchery, there is very little consideration for the behavioral biology of the animals, the pain, stress and fear they may experience as they are conveyed through the equipment, and little regard for the occasional animal who is mauled by the machinery. Much better safeguards are needed to ensure that every chick is treated humanely."
Veterinarian Dr. Mary Richardson agreed, concluding: "Because there are huge numbers of birds being processed and speed is important, birds are given no more care than if they were widgets. The workers fling, throw and drop the birds without any regard for their welfare."
HELP END CRUELTY TO CHICKS
In nature, newly hatched chicks find warmth and comfort under their mother's wing. In hatcheries, their mothers are replaced with massive machines, fast-moving conveyor belts, harsh handling, and frightening noises. Young chicks are sorted, discarded, and treated like mere cogs in a machine.
Although cruelty and violence are standard practice for Canada's hatcheries, caring consumers can help end the needless suffering of chicks and other farmed animals by choosing a compassionate vegan diet.
New York: Ban Wildlife Killing Contests
Animal advocates and lawmakers in New York are working to make sure barbaric wildlife killing contests like Palenville's Crow Down and Holley's Squirrel Slam never take place again. Opponents continue to raise concerns over the cruelty inherent in these contests and the dangerous, indifferent, attitudes they promote towards wildlife – especially when it comes to what they teach children about the species we share our landscapes with.
Species who are considered pests are often targeted in these contests, but the so-called hunters who continue to support them are completely ignoring not just the role their targets play in the environment, but their inherent value.
It's been long known that crows are highly intelligent and social animals who form lifelong pair bonds and live in tight-knit family groups that stay together for years, while squirrels perform a variety of tasks that help forests in their daily lives.
While there might not be anything that can legally be done to stop the upcoming Crow Down, there is hope that contests in New York, will become a thing of the past.
Animal advocates and lawmakers are supporting legislation that will make it illegal for “any person to organize, conduct, promote or participate in any contest or competition where the objective of such contest or competition is to take the greatest number of wildlife.” Please sign the petition urging New York lawmakers to support and co-sponsor this vital piece of legislation for wildlife.
Save Our Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombats
Across SA’s Murraylands over the last four years, Southern Hairy-nosed Wombats have been dying in their thousands.
Their population is being seriously degraded with illegal culling and burrow destruction having major impacts on the population.
We still don’t know all the answers, but we do know the Government have increased the number of destruction permits by 500% over the last five years and toxic onion weed has taken over the wombats’ habitat as native grasses have disappeared. The recent fires could be the final straw…
There is a better way though- we don’t want our Southern’s going the way of their Northern cousins.
It’s time to take action to Save our Southerns and to ensure we protect and preserve these wonderful and iconic animals now!
Monarch butterflies are in crisis, and we must take immediate action to protect them!
Less than 20 years ago, an astounding 1 billion monarchs migrated to Mexico for the winter. This year, a mere fraction of that -- just 33.5 million -- made the journey.
Why? In large part it's because industrial agriculture is killing off the native milkweed on which monarchs depend with a new generation of potent herbicides.
By placing commonsense limits on Big Ag's rampant use of herbicides like glyphosate -- marketed as Roundup by Monsanto -- the EPA could dramatically increase the monarch's chance for survival.
But the EPA is unlikely to do that unless it hears from hundreds of thousands of us!
Monarchs can't live without milkweed -- it is the only plant on which they lay their eggs.
What's at stake here? One of the most astounding and extraordinary migrations on the planet -- a true natural wonder.
Each year, as they have for countless generations, North American monarchs undertake an epic journey, flittering upwards of 3,000 miles across the U.S. and Canada to just a relative few wintering grounds, including Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains.
But as industrial agriculture has ramped up its use of genetically engineered crops resistant to weed killers like glyphosate, it has also dramatically escalated its use of herbicides -- and monarch populations have plunged.
This is the ninth year in a row that the population of monarchs wintering in Mexico has fallen below its long-term average, and this year it hit an all-time low.
Thank you for joining NRDC at this critical moment in our fight to save the monarchs.
March 5, 2014
Did animals suffer and die to test the moisturizer or shampoo you used this morning? If animal testing for personal care products were a thing of the past, you wouldn't have to worry! The Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148) would prohibit animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the U.S., ending painful tests that rabbits, mice, rats and guinea pigs endure when more reliable and cost effective alternatives are available.
Please make a brief, polite phone call to Rep. Kurt Schrader (202) 225-5711 to urge co-sponsorship of the Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R. 4148.
And don't forget to send a follow-up message»
Red Wolves Under the Gun!
The last remaining population of wild red wolves are making their last stand in the wilds of North Carolina. After a successful re-introduction and breeding program, roughly 100 wild red wolves now occupy the eastern part of the state.
One thing that is threatening the survival of the red wolf is their almost indistinguishable appearance from coyotes; they are virtually impossible to tell apart. In spite of this, the state has authorized almost unlimited hunting for coyotes in red wolf habitat.
We refuse to sit on the sidelines and watch as these precious creatures slip further toward extinction. Defenders' legal team is fighting to stop coyote hunting in red wolf territory and we need your support to keep up this fight!
Please donate today! The future of wild red wolves is in our hands and we can’t let them disappear forever! See the link below...
Save the Woylie
- author: Edo R
- target: International Union for Conservation of Nature
- signatures: 344
This bettong was once very abundant and widespread across Australia. In 1863, Gould mentioned it was "abundant in all parts of the colony". As late as 1910 the species as said to be very abundant in the Australian southwest. Decline seems to have been caused by a number of factors, including the impact of introduced grazing animals, land clearance for agriculture, predation by introduced red foxes and, possibly, changed fire regimes. As a result, this species suffered localized extinctions throughout its range, and was very endangered by the 1970s.
Subsequent conservation efforts concentrated on controlling the feral fox and reintroducing woylies from expanding populations to fox-free sites in its former range. Stable populations have been established in places like Venus Bay, St Peter Island, Wedge Island, Shark Bay or Scotia Sanctuary. As a result of these efforts, the woylie population rose to sufficient numbers that it was taken off the threatened species list in 1996. The population expanded with new, wild-born joeys being recorded and survived several drought years in the early 2000s. The total population of this species rose to 40 000 in 2001.
However there was a sud...
Save 10,000 Bats' Home in NSW, Australia
- author: Jane Cameron
- target: Environment Minister Greg Hunt, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell
- signatures: 1,804
The NSW government wants to destroy a colony of 10,000 grey-headed flying-foxes in a coastal forest, after many had been driven out of their previous home in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The NSW government now wants to clear the land near the bats' home for the Pacific Highway upgrade. Grey-headed flying-foxes are a protected species but, last year, the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, instructed the roads department to abandon plans to re-route the highway around the bats!
Now O'Farrell wants Prime Minister Tony Abbott to ''cut green tape'' and plough through the colony!
Please sign this petition to save the bats' home before it's too late.
Tell Congress: Protect Wildlife — Not Corporate Interests and Polluters
The ESA has been critical to the protection of imperiled wildlife on the verge of extinction, including the bald eagle and grizzly bear. We need to make it clear to Congress that they are our elected representatives and they need to be our voice in Washington.
Americans have clearly expressed that our nation's natural heritage must be protected for future generations. Allowing anti-environmental corporate interests to dismember the ESA would reverse decades of progress and prove that Congress doesn't represent the interests of their constituents.
Americans want to put wildlife protection ahead of corporate special interests and polluters. Tell Congress to reject anti-wildlife proposals and uphold the ESA.
Idaho: Stop Trying to Cover Up Animal Cruelty
animal advocacy groups and concerned citizens are taking up the fight
to stop an ag gag bill that would criminalize whistleblowers exposing
animal cruelty on farms in Idaho.
The bill, SB 1337, is being pushed as an “agricultural security measure” and its moving quickly through the legislature with support from the Idaho Dairymen's Association and other agricultural producers. It's already been sent to the Senate for a vote by the Agricultural Affairs Committee.
Opponents are arguing that this is a heavy handed response to an undercover investigation by Mercy for Animals that exposed horrific cruelty at Bettencourt Dairy in 2012, which resulted in the arrest of a manager and two workers who were charged with animal cruelty and a change in policy regarding the cruel practice of tail docking from Kraft Foods.
Agribusinesses should not be shielded from any accountability, while those who bring cruelty and inhumane treatment to light and allow consumers to make informed choices are punished.
In addition to allowing the horrors that farm animals endure to go on
in secrecy, ag gag bills also threaten food safety, workers' rights and
free speech. Numerous attempts were made in 2013 to pass this type of
legislation and they all failed for good reason.
Please sign the petition urging Idaho's lawmakers to support transparency in agriculture and stop attempting to pass whistleblower suppression legislation.
Hold BP Accountable for Dolphin Deaths
- author: Environmental Defense Fund
- target: US Department of Justice
- signatures: 81,154
No surprise here: A new peer-reviewed scientific study links BP oil from the 2010 Gulf disaster to dolphin deaths and illness in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.
BP saturates the market with its pricey PR onslaught, implying that the clean-up is over and the Gulf is better than ever--but that's simply not true. The facts are that this year alone, more than three years after the BP disaster, more than 4.6 million more pounds of oily material have been recovered from Gulf of Mexico shorelines.
The Gulf is still waiting for BP to accept responsibility in order to properly restore the Gulf. For many dolphins, that will come too late.
Take Action: Tell the Department of Justice to hold BP accountable.
Wolves Need You Once Again
- author: Center for Biological Diversity
- target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
Director Dan Ashe
- signatures: 9,988
From the very start, the Obama administration's proposal to remove federal protections for wolves across most of the lower 48 has been based on politics, not science. The nation's top scientists have said so and the American people have said so -- and now we have to say so again.
In just six states where wolves have been federally delisted, two years of aggressive state hunting and trapping seasons have killed more than 2,600 wolves, or half the total population in the lower 48 known to exist in 2013. Can you imagine what would happen if the wolves' safety net were removed in all states?
Let's demand that wolves get the protections a recovering species needs. Scientists have identified hundreds of thousands of square miles of suitable wolf habitat that still exists in places where wolves once lived and could live again with the help of federal protections -- including the Pacific Northwest, California, the southern Rockies and the Northeast.
Take action now to sound the drum. Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to rescind its plan to strip protections from wolves, and instead help wolves recover across more of their former home.
Justice for Bryan
- author: Penny Tilton and Justice for Bryan
- target: Sheriff Dwayne Kilpatrick. Sheriff. 437 Swan Avenue Hohenwald TN 38462. 931-796-5096 email@example.com
- signatures: 8,898
Wendell Kelley needs to be arrested and procecuted to the fullest extent.
On the morning of Febuary 10th, 2014, in Hohenwald Tennessee, Wendell Kelley, an off-duty postal worker, shot a Labrador Retriever named Bryan, in front of 13-year-old Peggy Galloway, a member of Bryan's family. Here is the full story:
Janice Galloway, Peggy’s mother had taken her husband to work that morning, leaving Peggy in bed because she had not feeling well. Janice had just dropped her husband off at work when she received a phone call from a neighbor that had witnessed the shooting, telling her that Bryan was dead, and Peggy was distraught.
Peggy had heard the first gun shot, and ran out of the house only to find it was Bryan that Kelley was shooting. Peggy yelled at Kelly to stop shooting her dog, but Kelly fired more rounds striking Bryan a total of three times which killed him.
"I was coming out the door, when I heard the first shot I was half way up the driveway when I heard the second shot," Peggy stated in an interview with New 2. "I got to the top of the road and he shot again. I was running to him and he shot again and I screamed, ‘Please don't shoot my dog!' and he wouldn't listen and then he walked by me and said he would shoot the rest of them."
In an interview with News 2, Kelley stated he was working in his driveway when the dog approached him, he then tapped the dog in the face to get it to move along, and when Bryan refused to leave, he went inside his home and grabbed his s...
Help Stop the Navy's Assault on Whales
- author: NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council)
- target: Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Ray Mabus
- signatures: 4,898
This is outrageous: The U.S. Navy is pushing ahead with a training plan that could kill nearly 1,000 whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. And that's according to the Navy's own numbers!
The Navy is planning to use high-powered explosives and deafening sonar as part of its training and testing over the next five years. This sonar is so powerful that it can cause the internal organs of marine mammals to hemorrhage.
Tell the Secretary of the Navy to protect whales and dolphins from deadly sonar by putting commonsense safeguards in place.
Marine mammals should not have to suffer and die for routine military practice — especially when the Navy can take simple measures to protect them without compromising our national security.
TORRINGTON FIRE DEPT: TERMINATE PRINCE, WHO POSTS HOW TO KILL PIT BULLS W/ DUCTAPE, SCREWDRIVERS ECT
- author: Crystal
- target: Gary Brunoli Fire Chief, Timothy J. Tharau Fire Marshall, Mayor Elinor Carbone, John Todor Chairman of the Board of Ethics, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane & The Statewide Prosecution Bureau
- signatures: 36,269
Update #3 February 12, 2014
18,500 signatures! The petition revised, requesting a investigation based on penal codes found in the petition and here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/torrington-fire-dept-terminate-prince-who-posts-how-to-kill-pit-bulls/connecticut-penal-codes-links-and-explanations-and-other-information-compiled-to/1399832596943002 with links to the sites. Continue to share and combat breed discrimination and animal cruelty. Stay up to date https://www.facebook.com/petition.to.torrington.terminate.prince
Demand that Unilever, owners of PG Tips, donate towards rehabilitation/care of TV chimpanzee
- author: Jane Halfpenny
- target: Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever
- signatures: 14,701
Choppers now lives at Twycross Zoo in England. Recently her chimp companion Louis, who had spent all his 37 years with Choppers, died, leaving her sad and bereft.
However, despite all the care and love given by the staff at Twycross to repair this traumatised chimp, Unilever, who own PG Tips, refuses to pay anything towards Choppers' care.
Choppers was used in advertising over a number of years to make a great deal of money for the tea manufacturers, but now that she needs help they want nothing to do with her.
You can read about Choppers and her difficult life in the following articles -
an animal lover I would ask all fellow animal lovers to join with me in
demanding that Unilever donate a generous sum of money to Twycross Zoo,
so that ...
DEMAND AN END TO ALL UNITED STATES FUR FARMS
- author: Shawna Lewis
- target: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
- signatures: 3,305
most commonly farmed fur-bearing animals are minks, followed by foxes.
Chinchillas, lynxes, and even hamsters are also farmed for their fur.
The animals—who are housed in unbearably small cages—live with fear, stress, disease, parasites, and other physical and psychological hardships, all for the sake of an unnecessary global industry that makes billions of dollars annually.
To cut costs, fur farmers pack animals into small cages, preventing them from taking more than a few steps back and forth. This crowding and confinement is especially distressing to minks—solitary animals who may occupy up to 2,500 acres of wetland habitat in the wild. The anguish and frustration of life in a cage leads minks to self-mutilate—biting at their skin, tails, and feet—and frantically pace and circle endlessly. Zoologists at Oxford University who studied captive minks found that despite generations of being bred for fur, minks have not been domesticated and suffer greatly in captivity, especially if they are not given the opportunity to swim. Foxes, raccoons, and other animals suffer just as much and have been found to cannibalize their cagemates in response to their crowded confinement.
Animals in fur factory farms are fed meat byproducts considered unfit for human consumption. Water is provided by a nipple system, which often freezes in the winter or might ...
|Stamp Out Puppy Mills in Chicago!|
By now, most people know how terrible the conditions are at puppy mills. The dogs who live there are kept in cramped, filthy cages, many of which have wire flooring that hurts their feet. Some may never see the sunshine; most will never even know what it's like to be petted by a gentle hand.
But if we know how bad puppy mills can be, then why do we continue to look the other way while puppies are still being bred in them all over the United States?
One fourth grade class in Chicago has decided to take a stand by starting a petition asking the city to ban puppy mills. One student, Mu, writes:
We read about puppy mills being banned somewhere in California in our Schoolastic News, so we wanted to learn more about it...It seemed like it was an interesting and important law, so we helped by creating a petition to try to get the same law passed in Chicago so we could save many dogs' lives.
Will you join Mu and the rest of Mrs. Martinsen's fourth grade class to ban puppy mills in Chicago? Please sign their petition today.
Thank you for taking action,
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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
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...