Animals transported on airplanes have very few protections under the law. Currently, the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that airlines report death, injury, and loss only if the animal is a household pet. There is a lack of reliable statistics about the numbers and fates of animals shipped via air each year, so how could anyone assess the real risks involved in shipping animals as “cargo” on commercial airline flights?
A recently proposed rule would broaden requirements so that the safety of all cats and dogs—including those shipped by breeders and puppy mill owners—be accounted for (not just family &ldquoets&rdquo, which is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, that still leaves many animals categorized as they are right now as far as the Department of Transportation is concerned—nothing more than cargo. Tragedies like the deaths of 15 monkeys being shipped from Miami to Bangkok should be factored in to the general public’s decisions about the safety of transporting animals in airline cargo holds.
In order to protect animals traveling by plane, the DOT should require airlines to report all instances of animals being killed, injured, or lost in transit—regardless of species or pet-status. Here’s how you can help.
The deadline for commenting on the new reporting regulation is on August 28th, 2012, so write the DOT today. Tell them that all animals deserve protection during air transport. The DOT is only accepting comments through an online form; please write a short, polite message&mdashreferably in your own words—to tell the DOT that you:
- support the expansion of DOT reporting requirement to non-pet dogs and cats;
- want the DOT to extend these crucial reporting requirements to all animals, not just pets;
- believe that extended reporting requirements are necessary to inform consumers about the risks of air travel, allowing people to make informed decisions about transporting animals safely.
For the animals,
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Posted: 18 Jul 2012 02:37 PM PDT
Rough water continues to swirl around the normally placid pools at SeaWorld, which recently appealed an administrative law judge’s decision to uphold an OSHA safety violation citation against the theme park after the killing of trainer Dawn Brancheau by the orca Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando in February 2010. SeaWorld thinks its business model depends on putting trainers back into the water with killer whales, and it’s trying to make that happen. Yesterday, the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission declined to hear SeaWorld’s appeal, so it’s going to have to go to the U.S. Circuit Court for further redress.
Orcas don't belong in captivity.
The appeal process coincides with the release of a page-turning new book that chronicles the death of Brancheau and other victims of captive orcas, as well as the many instances of serious trainer injury at SeaWorld. David Kirby’s Death at SeaWorld: The Dark Side of Shamu and Killer Whales in Captivity tells the backstage story there and includes statements by SeaWorld trainers and officials, as well as visitors.
Kirby’s book is also a chronicle of the sad lives of Tilikum and other orcas held by the multimillion-dollar marine park industry, one that delves into the ramifications of keeping killer whales in captivity. In his disturbing account of how Brancheau died during the “Dine with Shamu” performance, Kirby makes it horrifyingly clear how serious those ramifications can be for human safety and orca well-being.
Brancheau’s high-profile death, and Tilikum’s quieter banishment from the show for over a year, continues to raise the question of whether orcas should be kept in captivity. Kirby’s book explores the answer to the question as he pulls the curtain back on orca performance, uncovering a hidden history of human endangerment and harm to orcas that will be hard for SeaWorld to transcend. Death at Sea World is an open letter to the world about the inherent cruelty and risk of keeping orcas in captivity and having them perform for human pleasure. It features The HSUS’s marine mammal scientist, Dr. Naomi Rose, who has been perhaps SeaWorld’s biggest critic in the last two decades.
SeaWorld has been scrambling to position itself for the OSHA appeal, reopening the pool where Brancheau was killed, and spending millions of dollars on high-tech safety features such as fast-rising bottoms for pools and emergency “spare air” oxygen systems for trainers. SeaWorld claims these measures will make swimming with these top ocean predators just as safe as not swimming with them at all. If the only hazard a trainer faced was drowning, this might be true, but Tilikum did not just drown his victim–Brancheau died primarily from blunt trauma, after he slammed and shook her. A whale could do that about as easily stranded at the surface as at the bottom of a pool, unfortunately.
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More fundamentally, these measures do not address the concern that millions of people worldwide have for the welfare of the orcas in SeaWorld’s care. The real arena of decision concerning orcas in captivity is not the courtroom, but the domain of public opinion. On Monday, The HSUS released a poll along with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and the Animal Welfare Institute. As a gauge of attitudes regarding the keeping of orcas in captivity, the first of its kind, the poll shows that today more Americans oppose the practice of displaying orcas than support it, some 40 percent to 26 percent. The main reason cited for opposition is concern for orca welfare. This should give SeaWorld and the other keepers of captive orcas serious pause, as should the findings that strongly held opposition outnumbers support for captivity by a three-to-one margin (24 to 8 percent) and that 71 percent of those surveyed said that they would continue to visit zoos, aquaria, and marine theme parks even if they ended the keeping of orcas in captivity.
One thing is certain–Dawn Brancheau’s death was not meaningless, and the past two-and-a-half years have seen the captive orca debate come to the forefront as a matter of public concern. Kirby’s book asks us to consider the plight of this enormous, social, intelligent predator, kept in small tanks merely for our amusement.
Thank you Lynn.
Thanks for the new thread and great info, Lynn!
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! »
Boycott Michael Vick's New Clothing Line!
Congress and President Obama have green-lighted one of the largest ecological restoration projects in our nation’s history. Passage of the RESTORE Act directs as much as $20 billion in BP fines to repair and rebuild Gulf habitats. We are enormously grateful to the thousands of Auduboners who helped make this happen. Read more.
North of Lake Okeechobee, the Kissimmee River winds through one of eastern North America’s last great grassland and savanna landscapes. The new Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge will provide critical habitat for threatened and endangered birds, including Snail Kites, Wood Storks, and Roseate Spoonbills. The refuge represents another success in Audubon’s decades-long effort to protect the entire Everglades ecosystem and the stunning variety of birds and other wildlife that call it home. Read more.
Who doesn’t love Puffins? Their bright colors and lively antics make them a favorite among bird watchers. Thanks to Audubon’s new live webcams, you can check in with a breeding colony of Atlantic Puffins while drinking your morning coffee. Puffins spend most of the year at sea but come ashore in spring and summer to breed. This colony at Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, off Maine’s coast, is one of the places where Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program is making a difference. Watch Cam.
IDA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking the agency to remove 50-year-old Asian elephant Sunda from the Topeka Zoo. IDA Elephant Campaign Director Catherine Doyle visited the zoo recently and discovered that the elephant's feet were in terrible condition, with gaping holes in nails on two feet. Chronic foot problems are known to be a leading cause of death for elephants in zoos.
Asking the USDA to confiscate an elephant is something IDA does not take lightly, but we fear for Sunda's life. Chronic infection can make its way into the bone and kill her. Please click here to send a quick e-mail to the USDA right now!
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to declare August 3, 2012 Elephant Awareness Day. This landmark resolution draws attention to the plight of elephants in zoos, circuses and in the wild. But there's no reason that Elephant Awareness Day has to be limited to L.A.!
IDA is challenging elephant advocates everywhere to take action in your communities (real and virtual) to celebrate these majestic animals, educate people about protecting elephants, and raise awareness of their suffering in captivity. Click here to read more, including how you can help elephants with just a few mouse clicks. Or you can Adopt an Activist and help make their demos more successful.
IDA applauds and supports a call by fifteen California humane societies for a boycott of the Ringling Bros. Circus! In a news release this week, they criticized the use of animals as circus performers, their abusive treatment, and cited the USDA action that resulted in the largest penalty imposed on an animal exhibitor.
The following agencies were listed as endorsing the boycott: The Marin Humane Society, Bakersfield SPCA, East Bay SPCA, Humane Society Silicon Valley, Humane Society of Ventura County, Ohlone Humane Society, Palo Alto Humane Society, Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, Sacramento SPCA, San Francisco SPCA, Santa Cruz SPCA, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA), Sonoma Humane Society, and SPCA for Monterey County. We need more humane societies to speak out like this! Please forward the news release to your community's humane society or animal control agency, and ask them to issue a similar statement when the circus comes to your town!
Signed. Thank you Lynn.
Dear friends of the rainforest,
more than 2,000 orangutans on the Indonesian island of Borneo are in danger. A British conglomerate called Churchill Mining claims to have the rights to a coal deposit below the grounds of their conservation area.
The company has already been caught illegally logging in the Kutai national park, one of the most important habitats of the endangered Bornean orangutans. This is why an Indonesian authority revoked a formerly issued licence. Now Churchill Mining is preparing an international lawsuit in order to claim its right to destruction.
The planned opencast mine would seriously damage the national park's delicate ecosystem. The endangered Bornean orangutans would lose even more desperately needed habitat.
Please help to save the orangutans. Write to Churchill and the Indonesian government. No mining in the orangutan forest!
Thanks for being involved,
Rainforest Rescue (Rettet den Regenwald e.V.)
I have just started my new thread with this "2,000 Orangutans need our help" petition so hopefully it will get signatures between the 2 of us, Lynn.
Oh good, Dianne. The more exposure, the better.
Following our lawsuit against the nation’s largest wildlife killer—the federal government—for failing to analyze the environmental consequences of its actions and wasting taxpayer dollars, WildEarth Guardians released The Deadliest Dozen Counties in the American West report. Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, and California have the deadliest counties in the West, with Wyoming and Nevada having the most with 5 and 3 counties, respectively. Wildlife Services killed an astounding 575,946 coyotes, wolves, bears, foxes, cougars and bobcats in the eleven western states over eleven years—and you paid for it. We look forward to the day that carnivores can roam the West without fear of our federal government.
WildEarth Guardians sued New Mexico earlier this year for unlawfully allowing trapping in the Mexican wolf recovery area. We got the state’s attention. This spring we learned that the state has reserved $385,000 in public funds to hire two outside law firms, including a large “K Street” law firm from Washington, DC, to defend its policy. WildEarth Guardians contends that trapping in Mexican wolf range violates both the Endangered Species Act and rules concerning management of wild Mexican wolves. Instead of conserving the state’s beautiful lobo, New Mexico has anteed nearly half a million dollars to defend this unpopular and despicable policy. We’re not afraid of big shot lawyers and we’ll keep fighting to protect the state’s iconic and beloved wolves.
After waiting longer than a decade for protection as a candidate species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finally proposed to list the dunes sagebrush lizard as “endangered” in December 2010. WildEarth Guardians was relieved that the imperiled reptile that inhabits the oil patch of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas might be saved from extinction. But after a massive fear and misinformation campaign mounted by the oil and gas industry, the Fish and Wildlife Service decided to withdraw its listing proposal for the little lizard in June. The agency claimed that local conservation efforts will recover the species and preclude the need to list it. We are closely monitoring these conservation measures to determine if they are effective. Either way, the news is not great for America’s imperiled plants and animals when a powerful industry and its allies in Congress can openly intimidate the Service just when a species needs protection most.
actions taken thanks Lynn
what an important and informative thread.
Going to take the time to read every word when I have more time. Impressive work.Thanks
btw.renamed fyre to wildfyre since he's been so unpredictable especially of late. HUGS
Thank you for signing and for your interest Brenda, Diane, Siouxz and Nyack.
Siouxz, I've been thinking of Fyre as Wildfyre ever since he started running onto the highway!! lol How is his health, by the way?
Save Florida Panthers from the Python Invasion History Made in Fight for Polar Bears Last week, three newborn swift fox kits made their appearance at the Endangered Wolf Center in Missouri–offering visitors a rare look at the tiny and elusive nocturnal foxes, and creating new milestones at the facility and nationally in the federal breeding program.
Right now it's estimated that more than 30,000 invasive Burmese pythons are taking over Everglades National Park, competing for food sources with the endangered Florida panther.
A bill that would help protect native wildlife from invasive species was recently introduced in Congress.
Help protect endangered Florida panthers from pythons by sending this message to your U.S. representative today.
SUPPORT THE FIGHT
Grizzly bears are at urgent risk from foreign mining companies that want to build one of the largest open-pit mines in the world.
Help keep up the fight to save Alaska's grizzlies.
LOCAL WILDLIFE ACTION
Recently you helped deliver more than 2.1 million comments to the Environmental Protection Agency--the largest number ever submitted to a federal agency!
Check out photos from the historic event.
History Made in Fight for Polar Bears
Last week, three newborn swift fox kits made their appearance at the Endangered Wolf Center in Missouri–offering visitors a rare look at the tiny and elusive nocturnal foxes, and creating new milestones at the facility and nationally in the federal breeding program.
Signed and thank for the news Lynn.
Getting a puppy isn't all fun and games. The new family member brings lots of good times, but it also brings many responsibilities. While you are thinking about the challenges and joys that a puppy represents you also need to consider a crucial question: what kind of puppy is the right fit for your lifestyle?
The American Kennel Club, widely considered to be the authority on purebred registration within the United States, officially recognizes more than 150 dog breeds. There's a breed for every size, color, and temperament you can imagine - and then some. Then there are the mutts, an unimaginably large number of different breed combinations with their own unique traits. Add to that the fact with within each breed are individual variations in personality and character that set each dog apart from one another -even within a litter.
Puppies don't stay little forever and they will mature into dogs who might act quite differently from their youthful personalities, so do your research with that in mind. Before getting a puppy you'll have to figure out what exactly you're looking for from your adult dog. After all, your new puppy will be your companion for over a decade, so take your time making the choice.
The two most important factors to consider when you're getting a puppy are the adult dog's size and temperament. Think about the kind of lifestyle you live, and consider this when choosing the type of dog for you. Are you a very active outdoorsy person or do you prefer relaxing indoors? Do you travel frequently or are you more or less a homebody? The best dog for you is the one who meshes well with all aspects of your life.
Size is important because you can't keep a large dog in a small apartment. Even some medium dogs don't do well in small enclosed spaces because they have a lot of energy and need room to run around and play. On the other hand, if you have a house with a large backyard, you may want a larger dog since smaller dogs can easily slip through fences and might even get harmed by local wildlife. You can find a breakdown of breeds by size at this useful guide by Eukanuba.
Even more important than size, though, is personality. Some dogs in general need more attention that others, while some are good at entertaining themselves. Some dogs need company while others do best alone. Before you can decide what dog breed you want, you'll need to figure out what kind of companion are you looking for. (Bear in mind that there is no way to predict a dog's personality with 100% certainty, and breed generalizations are just that - generalizations.)
Think about what you are willing and able to give your dog in terms of time and attention. If you live in an apartment and work all day, for instance, you probably want a dog who does not bark a lot and who can entertain himself without causing mayhem when left home alone. Also consider whether or not there are any children or seniors around a lot, whether you already have other pets, and any allergies that your family members or housemates might have. You can find more information about choosing a puppy to fit your lifestyle at this link.
Once you've read about the different breeds and options available to you, I recommend reading more about adoption and the different things you'll need to know. Using this great collection of resources you can get all the facts about being the best home for your new family member.
Once you've made your choice and educated yourself a bit, you can start looking for a puppy near you. You can use this form to search by breed, age, size, gender, and - of course - location.
Good luck to you and your new puppy!
Until next time,
P.S. - Need some more help in deciding which breed is best for you? Check out the top 20 dog breeds to see what breeds are popular among dog owners right now.
P.P.S. - To buy or adopt, that is the question! Read the pros and cons of both buying and adopting a puppy before you go out to get your pup. Always choose what's best for you - and your dog.
Posted: 23 Jul 2012 03:45 PM PDT
It’s especially painful to see people and places that purport to help animals do precisely the opposite. That’s what we discovered last week when The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team helped the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable and Montgomery County Animal Control remove almost 300 dogs¯mostly pit bull types¯from poor conditions at a facility called Spindletop Refuge in Willis, Texas.
Photo: Scott Dalton
Rowdy Shaw with a great Dane rescued in Texas.
Our team worked more than 20 hours straight, until 6 a.m. the next day, to transfer the dogs off the property and transport them to the emergency shelter. A torrential rainstorm complicated the operation, and left everyone involved coated in mud.
According to Chris Schindler, one of our team members, the property looked well-maintained from the outside. That might have given people the false sense that this was a safe place to surrender animals in need. It wasn’t.
“What we found inside was really one of the worst situations I’ve seen,” Chris told me. “The ammonia levels were extremely high, so high that we had to take all the dogs out to the front porch to process them. The large house has air conditioning, but the other buildings don’t. A former employee had come forward recently after 38 dogs died from heat exposure in one day, and this information allowed local law enforcement to take action.”
Almost all of the 300 dogs were confined in crates. Dogs were sitting in their own waste, suffering skin conditions and pressure sores, and some had muscle atrophy from not being able to move around. Volunteer veterinarians attended to animals in the greatest need and distress. Volunteers from Houston Humane Society also helped out, and the emergency shelter is being staffed by HSUS staff and volunteers, Red Rover volunteers, and inmates. Animal Farm Foundation has dived in to help, too.
Photo: Scott Dalton
One of the rescued pit bulls in Texas.
In Pennsylvania, another state in which our teams were active last week, the situation for the animals was not as dire, but it wasn’t a safe place for dogs, either. There were nearly 200 dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, and they were the victims of a hoarding operation. The Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team called us in. Cruelty charges against the dogs’ owners are pending.
It’s bad enough that we in the humane movement have to handle puppy mill and animal fighting cases. But it’s just as bad really when people who say they are doing the right thing allow conditions to deteriorate so much that animals’ lives are threatened. Neglect and cruelty is terrible for animals, no matter the intentions.
We tell people shopping for a dog from a breeder to go see the parents of the dog, to make sure the place is not a puppy mill. With so many of these cases of neglect by those who say they are helping animals cropping up, it’s also wise to do background work or a site visit to any self-described rescue or sanctuary. There are so many good rescue groups and sanctuaries doing important work for animals every day, and every one of them would agree with me on that point.
Calling yourself a sanctuary or a Samaritan isn’t enough. You have to act like one.
Thank you for the news Lynn.
Posted: 24 Jul 2012 11:37 AM PDT
You never know what will motivate someone to help animals. Our advocacy, education, and media outreach reaches millions of people and moves them to take action. But how do we bring new people to the cause of animal protection and to encourage them to get involved? Often our movement is strengthened by support from companies and public figures who are also passionate about helping animals, including artists and writers who create a cultural climate that inspires kindness and compassion.
Read Humane promotes animal-themed books benefiting
This spring, book publisher Penguin USA launched Read Humane¯a program bringing together six of its most popular fiction writers who often feature animals in their work. It released special Read Humane editions of books by New York Times bestseller Nora Roberts and authors Rebecca M. Hale, Alison Pace, Miranda James, Linda O. Johnston, and Sofie Kelly with a message about The HSUS. In addition, Penguin made a generous donation to support our Animal Rescue Team working to save dogs, cats, horses, and other animals from crisis. You can get a special-edition Read Humane book through Aug. 12.
Writers and other public figures can also make a great impact to raise awareness about animal protection. Recently, we released a new video featuring Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg highlighting the plight of parrots in the pet trade. Our HSI Global Ambassador, singer/songwriter Ke$ha, is spreading the word about issues such as street dogs and shark finning while sharing information with her millions of fans on Facebook and Twitter. Two-time Grammy-Award winning music artist Colbie Caillat has helped inform millions about the cruelty of puppy mills, including by performing at our Genesis Awards ceremony earlier this year and by supporting our work with a performance at HSUS’s To The Rescue New York on Nov. 2. And singer-songwriter Nellie McKay will entertain us at this weekend’s Taking Action for Animals conference in Washington. Animals are fortunate to have such committed allies. Please join me in saying thanks to them all.
International Day Of Action For South Korean Dogs And Cats
On (or around) August 7, please join IDA for events throughout the world
In Defense of Animals invites you to take action on behalf of the millions of innocent dogs and cats who are tortured and killed in South Korea for human consumption.
Events are scheduled worldwide on (or around) August 7. In the United States, IDA's main event will be a stirring march and rally in Washington, D.C., where we will be joined by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI). Events are also scheduled in numerous other U.S. cities, Canada, Australia, Thailand, South Africa, and, of course, South Korea.
Please be a voice for the dogs and cats of South Korea by joining others in your community for this enormous outreach effort. Your participation helps spread the message that dogs and cats are to be loved, cherished, and respected, not tortured and eaten.
Click here to see if there is an event in your area. If there isn't, it's not too late to organize an event, and we can help. Contact Hope@idausa.org for ideas, materials and support.
Protests will happen at various South Korean Consulates, and activists are organizing info tables and leafleting events from the Atlantic City, New Jersey boardwalk to the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida beach to a flash mob in South Africa! There will be twitter contests and a puppet show.
This year's global day of action will coincide with South Korea's "Bok-Nal" (dog-eating days). Though dog meat is consumed throughout the year, the practice becomes ritualized, mythologized, and celebrated during the summer months, when farms are teeming with dogs, and the restaurants are overflowing with customers who believe dog meat will strengthen their bodies and help beat the heat.
Bok-Nal, according to the lunar calendar, falls on the hottest days of the year, which in 2012 are July 18, 28, and August 7. It is also a time when activists around the world stage protests and rallies condemning the consumption of dog and cat meat and the appalling indifference of the South Korean government. On July 18, one of our South Korean partners, People Defending Animals, held its Bok-Nal event in downtown Seoul at lunchtime, in front of three restaurants that serve dog meat, drawing large and enthusiastic crowds - over a thousand people in less than an hour.
The $2 billion dollar-a-year South Korean dog and cat meat industry slaughters approximately two and a half million dogs a year for meat or gaesoju, a dog wine or broth, and thousands of cats for so-called health tonics or goyangyeesoju, and soup. Dogs are killed in the most horrific fashion: high-voltage electrocution, which takes anywhere from thirty seconds to three minutes, hanged, or even beaten to death, because of the myth that the greater the suffering, the more tender and tastier the meat. Some even believe that the suffering enhances the alleged health benefits. Cats are often bludgeoned and thrown into boiling water while still alive. Click here to learn more and view documentation obtained by IDA's undercover investigator just a few months ago.
Cat & Boy Are Best Friends (Video)
After years of saying that they do not test on animals, Avon, Estee Lauder and Mary Kaye are now back to doing hurtful tests on animals. Please read the article and sign the petition. This is a NO CRUELTY TO ANIMALS group, folks!
Signed. Thanks for all the news Lynn.
Posted: 25 Jul 2012 03:01 PM PDT
We have so many programs to save companion animals, including our muscular work against puppy mills and dogfighting. Another of our top priorities is ending the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets, given that more than 3 million healthy animals are still dying in public and private shelters.
A recent HSUS shelter visit to South Dakota's
Brookings Regional Humane Society.
At The HSUS, we’re committed to helping pet rescuers and sheltering professionals by ensuring they have the information they need to advance their important work. Over the last six months, our shelter services team has provided free training and guidance to shelter professionals at more than 300 shelters around the nation, including visiting shelters in Georgia, Idaho, Oregon, South Dakota, and other states.
Through that outreach¯combined with our long-standing programs such as Animal Care Expo, Animal Sheltering magazine, and Humane Society University¯we continue to seek new ways to professionalize our field and to save more lives. Our Shelter Pet Project advertising campaign with Maddie's Fund and the Ad Council has now produced an astonishing $75 million in advertising to promote adoption.
Part of our work involves partnering with other experts like the Association of Shelter Veterinarians to ensure that outdated, unacceptable sheltering practices are replaced with more humane alternatives. And part of it involves identifying practices that should never be considered acceptable and working to eliminate them.
For example, we were thrilled to see Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. (co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus), recently introduce a resolution condemning the use of carbon monoxide gas chambers for euthanasia of shelter animals. The HSUS has been working behind the scenes with individual shelters to provide training and support to eliminate gas chambers as a method of killing.
Of course, saving pets’ lives goes far beyond the shelter walls. We’ve recently added a new branch in our Companion Animals Department devoted entirely to rescues, we’ll be launching a new Rescue Central section on our animalsheltering.org website next month, and we’ll have an entire track devoted to rescues at next year’s Animal Care Expo.
In my book, The Bond, I identify the great progress that our movement has made on reducing the euthanasia of healthy and adoptable dogs and cats, and a goal of 2020 to completely end the practice. We can get there, but only with diligence and a strategic focus on this goal.
Take action link: http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AGwhD/zMI8/Br5kf
The legendary alligator snapping turtle is one of 53 United States reptiles proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Among the other reptiles proposed for listing are the green salamander, Southern hog-nosed snake, Florida pine snake, and Carolina gopher frog.
We can't let these unique animals disappear forever! »
A snapping turtle might not be as cuddly as a red panda or a bobcat, but they're just as important to our ecosystem. These animals have been around for thousands of years -- are we really going to let them die out now?
The reptiles' populations are in steep decline because of habitat destruction, pollution, global warming, and invasive species. It's up to us to try to stop the continued damage.
Thanks for taking action!
Save the Majestic Alligator Snapping Turtle!
Started by: Melissa Lee
The night we rushed my 10-month-old daughter Ruby to the hospital is a night I will never forget, especially the terror of not knowing what was making her sick. It took doctors a very long week to figure out that it was Salmonella, and another two months for us to determine that it came from some ground turkey we ate.
Ruby spent 7 days in the hospital, one of 136 victims of a Salmonella outbreak last summer that led to a massive ground turkey recall. To make matters worse, that strain of Salmonella was resistant to several kinds of antibiotics, which made it more difficult to treat.
Like over 86% of Americans, I want to buy meat raised without antibiotics at my local grocery store. Big supermarket chains can play a critical role in changing the food system.
Trader Joe's is a progressive grocery store with high standards for the food they sell (and is not where the meat came from that made Ruby sick). But in my community, many people shop at Trader Joe’s for products that are good for their health and good for the environment. Help me tell my story to Trader Joe’s, and encourage them to sell only meat raised without antibiotics.
I’m grateful every day that the doctors saved Ruby’s life, but we can’t take for granted the antibiotics that allow us to successfully combat serious infections.
80% of the antibiotics sold in the US are going to farm animals--used to make them grow faster and prevent disease in crowded, unsanitary conditions. In such an environment, “superbugs” can develop-- and they can get into our food, as Ruby found out.
Whole Foods has already made the commitment to only selling meat raised without antibiotics. We need more grocery stores to step up to the plate.
In recent years, PETA has had significant success at convincing the few universities and hospitals around the country that are lagging behind their more progressive counterparts to modernize their curricula by replacing intubation training laboratories in which cats and ferrets have hard plastic tubes repeatedly shoved down their delicate windpipes with modern simulators that are humane and better prepare medical professionals to save lives. Even major military facilities like the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and the Naval Medical Center San Diego have made the change after hearing from PETA.
Yet despite pleas from PETA and medical experts, the Madigan Army Medical Center continues to torment ferrets in this archaic training even though it stated in 2007 that the practice "will be phased out due to the development of adequate simulation training models" and the fact that military regulations actually require that animal laboratories be replaced with simulators when available.
There is no excuse for Madigan to keep harming ferrets when 21st century non-animal training methods are already in use at nearly every other facility in the country.
We need your help. Please click here to send an e-mail to Madigan officials urging them to keep their 2007 promise by immediately replacing the cruel use of animals for intubation training with modern simulators.
Thank you for all that you are doing to help animals!
Justin Goodman, M.A.
Laboratory Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Serial Killers Hunting Abandoned Pets
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All signed. Thank you Lynn.
signed all on care2 site.
July 26, 2012
A five-year-long taxpayer lawsuit against the Los Angeles Zoo and its controversial $42 million elephant exhibit was decided Tuesday in favor of the plaintiffs. California Superior Court Judge John L. Segal released a scathing decision that called zoo officials "delusional." He concluded that the elephants are not "healthy, happy or thriving." The judge said the zoo’s new exhibit is injuring the three elephants who live there, Billy, Tina and Jewel, but stopped short of closing it. Instead, he ordered the zoo to make changes such as increasing exercise and rototilling to soften the soil in the exhibit, and banning bullhooks and electric shock devices.
The judge wrote: "The evidence at trial shows that life at the Los Angeles Zoo for Billy, Tina, and Jewel is empty, purposeless, boring, and occasionally painful. Their lives are supervised, managed, and controlled by zoo employees who appear to be in the dark about normal and abnormal behavior of elephants, in denial about the physical and emotional difficulties of the elephants they manage and whose lives they control, and under the misconception that the elephants prefer to live their lives in an exhibit with human companions rather than with other elephants." Click here to read more, including what you can do to help.
Posted: 26 Jul 2012 03:50 PM PDT
At The HSUS, we are about protecting all animals, and that includes wildlife. So much of our work is about problem-solving. We have three wildlife rehabilitation centers, including the nation’s largest one in south Florida. In the Washington, D.C. area, we have a program called Humane Wildlife Services, and our staff work with homeowners to resolve conflicts they have with small critters. Here’s an amazing little video about one success story with a raccoon mother and her babies.
This is how we want wildlife services programs to evolve¯toward compassionate treatment and away from reckless and often thoughtless killing programs. Recently, the city of Davis, Calif., dumped USDA’s Wildlife Services program for some of its city control programs because the agency relies mainly on trapping, poisoning, and other methods of killing to resolve conflicts. The pointless killing of a coyote family at a local golf course brought the problem to light, and the city is now working with Project Coyote on a non-lethal management plan. "We are contracting with a group [USDA’s Wildlife Services],” Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza told the Sacramento Bee. “We are paying them money, and they don't begin to share our values remotely.”
This is your big chance to stick up for puppies -- please send a message to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, thanking them for issuing the proposed rule, and expressing your support of the changes.
Ask the USDA to stop unlicensed puppy mills.
Hi Lynn Noted the news, sent messages and signed all I could :-0 Thanx Lynn
Started by: Elizabeth, Washington, District Of Columbia
We request that you use the considerable influence of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to ensure that the fifteen young chimpanzees used at BIOQUAL, Inc., in Rockville, Md., are released to a sanctuary.
We request the 11 chimpanzees who were leased by NIH and housed a BIOQUAL until recently to be transferred from New Iberia Research Center, Louisiana, to Sanctuary and the four remaining chimpanzees (Loretta, Ricky, Tiffany and Torian), being housed at BIOQUAL, Inc, be transferred directly to sanctuary.
These chimpanzees, collectively known as the Rockville 15, range in age from just 2 to 7 years old and were likely born in violation of NIH's own 1995 breeding moratorium.
Considering that they are unnecessary for human health research, as detailed in the recent Institute of Medicine report, they should be released to sanctuary where it is cheaper for you to house them, and a much better environment for these chimpanzees to live. Why condemn these intelligent beings to lives of misery when scientists have clearly stated the benefits of alternative research models?
They must not live out their days in a laboratory that has repeatedly violated the Animal Welfare Act.
New Iberia is currently under investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture for an incident in which the decomposing bodies of three monkeys were found trapped in a metal chute. In addition, between 2000 and 2008, 14 infant chimpanzees died as a result of traumatic injury at New Iberia.
We ask you to please ensure that the Rockville 15 are retired to a sanctuary immediately.
Already signed. Thanks Lynn.
Thanks for the news Lynn.
All up to date reading and signing- thanks Lynn
Hi Lynn and I did send Nyack a e-mail about Recycled Road Kill and maybe Nyack will have better luck in finding the article on it. So many Cities are doing this now. Sicking.
Hi Lynn and I did send Nyack a e-mail about Recycled Road Kill and maybe Nyack will have better luck in finding the article on it. So many Cities are doing this now. Sicking.
Sorry for the double post comment. weak internet connection.
Here is your message Jon- Im still looking around to see if I can find the news article
Our City of San Antonio, Texas announced it has been experimenting for a year now of Recycled Road Kill (dead Animals) into mulch cause it enriches the soil. They took the experiment from a city up north to try here to keep land fills to a limit. This mean that animals that are caught by the pound and put in gas chambers are mulched as well. I don't know how to get to the article on it but you can try to find it on KENS5.com as the news came out on July 27th, 2012 over the TV news. Sicking to know your potting soil and mulch has dead animals. Your care2friend, Jon H.
Found this one about Austin-
I think this is sick! I have to say that over here in the UK we bury our pets in our gardens. My dogs.cats, rabbits,hamsters and several other animals are all buried in the garden with special plants over them. It gives me comfort to know that in some way they are still with me.
Thanks Jon and Nyack.
Noted and signed all I could Nyack and Lynn ... Hi Brenda my backyard and in the front of my house Have quite a few pets buryed R.I.P. ) )
Signed these earlier. I have a few pets buried in my flower garden.
Thanks, Jon and Nyack. By the time I looked at the article the news had changed. My 16 year old Chihuahua mix is still buried in the backyard of my old house under the lime tree she used to love to lay under for the shade.
Posted: 30 Jul 2012 03:01 PM PDT
We’ve had a global setback on animal testing, and it’s critical we turn it around. A number of companies that were cruelty-free have suspended their policies in order to break into the lucrative cosmetics market in China, which is among a small handful of nations of the world that still require animal testing for cosmetics sold there.
Take our cruelty-free cosmetics pledge.
Today actor, comedian, and HSUS/Humane Society International supporter Ricky Gervais spoke out against cosmetics companies that are sacrificing their principles in order to access the Chinese market. Yves Rocher, L’Occitane, Mary Kay and Caudalie have now been removed from the internationally recognized Leaping Bunny.org list of cruelty-free companies for their change in policy. To their great credit, Urban Decay and Paul Mitchell have maintained their policies and vowed not to sell products there until China flips its position.
“Like me, most people will be shocked to learn that testing cosmetics on animals is often still a legal requirement in China,” Gervais said. “By law, rabbits must have cosmetic chemicals dripped in their eyes or spread over their sensitive skin, causing sores and bleeding. It makes me really angry that this is still going on, and it makes me particularly angry that some previously cruelty-free companies are abandoning their principles and returning to animal testing in order to profit from the Chinese market.”
While I consider the actions of these companies feckless, the root of the problem is China’s conservative regulatory policy. Through our global Be Cruelty-Free Campaign, we're calling on Chinese authorities to give the country’s cosmetic testing policy a makeover, replacing outdated and wasteful animal testing requirements with cutting-edge non-animal methods.
It’s unacceptable that the policies of a single country should be allowed undermine the global movement to end animal testing for cosmetics. That’s one of the signature areas of progress for our movement in the last quarter-century, and we cannot turn back the clocks. Please take a stand against animal testing for cosmetics by signing our online pledge to be cruelty-free.
Great thread! Have been reading, signing, writing letters.....
All Done Lynn Thanx
All sorts of interesting news again, Lynn, thanks so much, some very good news such as Organ chips replace Animal experiments. I signed the Trader Joe's antibiotics in meat petition as I shop at a Trader Joe's across the border quite often (we don't have them, as yet, in Canada) Also signed the online pledge to be cruelty free re animal tested cosmetics, (there's a product called Physician's Formula, and I'm hoping they don't test on animals - does anyone know?) and the Rockville 15 to Chimp sanctuary petition. I just love the video re the brave and smart couple who used the ladder in the dumpster to allow the cubs to escape. That was on our evening news here too. Loved watching the bear family reunited. I wonder how they got in but couldn't get out? My brain isn't working all that well right now though I have to get back on here and read more about composting roadkill. I've never heard of this, and our eagles and some other wildlife often clean it up. Thanks for all your hard work, again. Now I'm going out to catch a few rays in the not too hot sun at 4:00 - summer is half over and it's short here to begin with. Our June-uary really made it shorter, but I won't complain when I see all the terrible heat waves and wild fires going on. You take best care!!!
Good news -- thanks to your calls and emails, the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (S. 810) was favorably approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on July 25. This is an excellent step forward to end invasive experiments on chimpanzees and to retire federally-owned chimps to sanctuaries.
It's critical that we keep up the momentum in order for this bill to be signed into law by the end of this year. Please help us support this critical change for chimpanzees and share our alert with your family and friends.
Thank you again for being a voice for animals.
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
Very good news! Thank you Lynn.
On to a new and more roomy thread....here's the link to thread #12