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Lynn G.'s Thread #12
2 years ago
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Wow! I started thread #11 one week ago and it's already filled up. Here's the link to thread #11 for those of you who haven't finished catching up.

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=24168&pst=1566501&saved=1

Stand Up For Sheep
2 years ago

When sheep are no longer able to produce enough wool to generate profits for Australian farmers, these gentle animals are sold for slaughter and often begin a hellish, weeks-long journey to the Middle East and North Africa. The sweltering, multistory ships are crammed full of terrified animals, who may endure weeks of utter misery if they manage to survive the ship's deplorable conditions. What awaits them at the end of their journey is at least as horrifying.

You can help support PETA's work to end this abuse by signing our petition to the Australian government right now!

Every year, millions of individual sheep are victims of the live-export trade. The voyage to slaughterhouses in the Middle East or Africa can take weeks, during which time it's not uncommon for sheep to succumb to the rampant disease and oppressive heat that are common on the ships or to fail to recognize the pellets in feed trays as food at all. The bodies of dead animals are sometimes tossed overboard outright or thrown into massive grinders that spew their remains into the ocean.

When they reach the Middle East, the surviving sheep are often kicked, beaten, and dragged off the ships by their ears, horns, and legs. Some are then thrown into the backs of trucks, which often breaks their limbs, or stowed in the trunks of cars in the scorching heat, and almost all face a final terrifying end when their throats are cut while the animals are still conscious.

In 2005, PETA and Australian activists released the results of a joint undercover investigation that exposed shocking cruelty to sheep in the live-export trade. Following the recent release of yet another exposé by Australian activists, Joe Ludwig, Australian minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, insists that the regulatory system is working, despite the fact that it was animal activists who documented cruelty in the live-export industry—not those responsible for government or industry oversight!

The time to stand up against the live-export trade is now!

I hope I can count on you—someone who truly cares deeply about animals—to support our efforts to end this and other abominable cruelty by signing our petition today.

Your signature will allow us to continue exposing the horrors of the wool and meat industries and the live export of sheep and to organize attention-grabbing demonstrations that raise awareness and put pressure on decisionmakers to make the critical changes needed to save animals' lives. We are currently following up on new revelations of live-export abuse and expect to release details in the near future.

PETA and our international affiliates have already shaken the Australian wool industry with our campaigns against "mulesing," a cruel mutilation endured by more than 20 million merino lambs every year. The terrified lambs are turned upside down, their legs are restrained with metal bars, and chunks of tender skin and flesh are hacked off their backsides with instruments resembling gardening shears. The mutilated lambs stumble away in pain with raw, bloody wounds.

The international outcry that PETA and our affiliates have generated has resulted in promises of industry and government reform, and a growing number of retailers—including Gap Inc., H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, HUGO BOSS, Adidas, and Timberland—are moving away from wool from mulesed lambs or have banned it outright. With the current media attention on the live-export trade, we must act now to combat that abuse as well.

No organization speaks for animals with a more powerful voice than PETA. From getting major companies to pledge not to conduct or fund animal tests to partnering with renowned celebrities and designers to promote cruelty-free fashion, PETA and our more than 3 million members and supporters, like you, are animals' best allies.

With your help today, we can do even more to shut down the live-export trade.

Please sign our petition to the Australian government right now. Millions of sheep need your support.

Very truly yours,

Ingrid Newkirk

Ingrid E. Newkirk
President

2 years ago

Rep. Steve King, Defender of Animal Fighting

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 04:35 PM PDT

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, gives very literal meaning to the term “backward thinking.” In a telephone town hall last night, Rep. King defended his campaign to block pending federal legislation to crack down on dogfighting. Specifically, the legislation he tried to defeat makes it a crime for an adult to attend or to bring a child to a staged fight between animals.

Dog rescued from fighting in Florida in 2011
Kathy Milani/The HSUS
A dog rescued from a fighting ring.

He said there’s something wrong with passing legislation to keep children away from  animal fights when "it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting.” He added, “there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that [sic] think like that. There’s something wrong with Wayne Pacelle and the Humane Society of the United States' way of thinking like that.”

It’s hard to believe anyone could come up with such a rag-tag defense of animal fighting–where drugs, illegal gambling, and sometimes even human violence are mixed with animal cruelty. Apparently King believes more than 30 Iowa county sheriffs and city police chiefs who have endorsed the federal anti-animal fighting measure are as wrong as The HSUS, along with 205 bipartisan cosponsors in the House of Representatives. And also the U.S. Senate and a majority of the House Agriculture Committee members who favored the anti-fighting amendment. And very specifically with Iowa’s entire Congressional delegation–Sens. Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley and all of the other House members, including Republican Tom Latham.

That’s not the only measure that Rep. King has taken an extreme position on. He says he’s for states’ rights, but he is the author of an amendment, adopted during the recent House Agriculture Committee consideration of the farm bill, that seeks to nullify a raft of statewide laws¯his target being laws to protect animals, either duly approved by state lawmakers or directly by voters, and also perhaps nullifying laws on environmental protection, worker rights, food safety, and other issues. Message to Mr. King: States’ rights doesn’t mean protecting the states' rights to pass only those laws you agree with. It means adhering to a broader constitutional principle of sovereignty for the states.

Rep. King wants to be sure that there are no federal or state standards governing the treatment of laying hens. He opposes the federal hen bill backed by the egg industry and animal protection groups. King wants to make sure that if a farmer crams a laying hen into a 48-inch space, and it happens to be legal in Iowa, other states must accept eggs from that type of unethical farmer. I am no constitutional scholar, but I am pretty sure there is nothing about federally compelled commerce in the 10th Amendment, or anywhere else in the Constitution.

Dogfighting, extreme confinement of laying hens, and an attack on states’ rights. What a guy.

2 years ago

Every day I’m surprised at what pet owners do and don’t know about their pets. Some owners are stumped by basic parts of canine healthcare while others might be familiar with a rare and unusual condition—occasionally both at the same time! Here are five questions which usually boggle the average dog owner. 

 

1. How much water should a dog drink per day? 

As a general rule, dogs should drink 20 to 40 ml of water per pound of body weight per day. This comes out to about 3 to 4 cups of water for a 20-pound dog. Some dogs may drink less if they are eating canned food since canned foods contain a high percentage of water compared to dry food. 

2. How much water intake is too much? 

Anything more than 20 to 40 ml per pound per day is considered excessive and can be associated with diseases such as diabetes mellitus or kidney disease. 

3. How can you tell if your dog is obese? 

Studies show between 25 and 40 percent of all American household pets are overweight or obese. One way to tell if your dog is fat is to look at his shape. Dogs of a healthy weight have an hourglass appearance with the waist tucking in slightly below the ribs. Fat dogs, on the other hand, have abdomens which protrude from the sides as well as enlarged fatty areas on either side of the tail base and over the hips. A fatty area may also be present on the neck and front of the chest. When obese dogs walk, they may have a classic waddle.  And remember--we might call them jolly but a fat dog is not necessarily a happy dog. In fact, his health may be at serious risk, and he may even grow depressed or suffer from joint pain and other health complications. 

4. Why is my dog fat? 

There are many reasons why pets become obese but the two main reasons are too much food and not enough exercise. If the extra weight amounts to more than 15 percent over ideal body weight, the dog is considered clinically obese. At this point health risks become more serious and pronounced. The greater an animal's caloric intake over the course of his life, the shorter that life span will be. Fat dogs have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, liver disease, diabetes, orthopedic problems, and even neurological problems. As our dogs' protectors, we should take obesity seriously and feed and exercise our canine companions sensibly. 

5. Are all treats unhealthy? 

There are healthier ways to spoil your pet that can still show him or her you love them without packing on the pounds. For example, fresh baby carrots are a great low-calorie alternative to fatty snacks. They’re healthy enough to permit the frequent treat-giving to which many dogs have become accustomed.


2 years ago
Baby Swallow Trapped 25 Feet Up Gets Unusual Rescue

 

Baby Swallow Trapped 25 Feet Up Gets Unusual Rescue


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/baby-swallow-trapped-25-feet-up-gets-unusual-rescue.html#ixzz22GGARtK9
2 years ago
Panda Gives Birth To a Record 6th Cub (Video)

 

Panda Gives Birth To a Record 6th Cub (Video)


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/panda-gives-birth-to-a-record-6th-cub-video.html#ixzz22GMMvq9e
2 years ago
Judge: Zoo “Delusional” to Believe Its Elephants are Happy

 

Judge: Zoo “Delusional” to Believe Its Elephants are Happy


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/judge-zoo-delusional-to-believe-its-elephants-are-happy.html#ixzz22GNQeg4I
Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks for the news Lynn.

You're welcome, Brenda
2 years ago

News and Campaign Updates

Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act

Wonderful News! Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act Moves Toward Passage
The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act just took a huge step toward passage this year. Last week, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill, supporting its passage out of committee to a full Senate vote. But the fight is not over. We still need you to ask Congress to support the bill. Taxpayer Savings >

Take Action

2 years ago

All done. Thanks Lynn

2 years ago

Pork Lobbying Group Tries to Distance Itself from Callous Comments

Posted: 01 Aug 2012 02:33 PM PDT

It looks like there’s a major case of foot-in-mouth disease in the pork industry. Neil Dierks, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), distanced NPPC from the comments made last week by its communications director, who told the National Journal that it doesn’t matter that “….our animals can’t turn around for 2.5 years that they are in the stalls…I don’t know who asked the sow if she wanted to turn around…” The quote outraged many Americans and has garnered more than 42,000 shares on Facebook.

Pig in gestation crate from Oklahoma pig investigation
The HSUS
Many companies are moving away from gestation crates.

I’m glad that Dierks, who has always struck me as an approachable and reasonable person, would be embarrassed by the statement made by his press spokesperson.

That said, we are more concerned with deeds than the words. Gestation crates do immobilize sows for nearly their entire lives; that’s a fact. And we also know that there’s a less severe way to house the sows, and that many pig farmers have already made the transition or begun to shift to group housing systems. These systems, at the very least, allow sows to move around. That’s ultimately the problem with gestation crates, and the response offered by Mr. Dierks sidesteps the underlying problem.

With so many retailers and restaurants moving away from gestation crates, and with Smithfield and Hormel already making this commitment on the production side, it’s clear there’s no future for this cruel confinement device. It’s just a question how painful and protracted the transition will be. 

It’s critical that industry leaders start to move the discussion in that direction, and away from a continued defense of gestation crates. Ignoring the demand for progress, as the NPPC is doing, will hurt pigs and farmers alike in the long run.

2 years ago

Senate Introduces Bill to Save Animals and Improve Military Medical Training
Last week, the Senate introduced the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices Act, a bill that would phase in human-based simulators and phase out the use of live animals in combat trauma training courses. This legislation was introduced following PCRM briefings on the issue that included hands-on demonstrations of medical simulators built primarily for military use. To keep the bill moving forward, ask your senators to co-sponsor S. 3418. See Simulator >

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Harvard Lab Announces Intent to Retire Monkeys Following PCRM Complaint
PCRM has invoked the Endangered Species Act against a Harvard University laboratory that neglected and killed two cotton-top tamarins. In response to PCRM’s complaint, Harvard says it will send the remaining tamarins—a critically endangered monkey species native to Colombia—to sanctuaries or wildlife refuges. You can help by asking Harvard to immediately set a release date. Death in Cage Washer >

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Victory for Kittens at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Live kittens no longer endure painful procedures in the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s pediatrics residency intubation training. Thanks to PCRM and allies in Oklahoma, kittens were replaced with human-based medical simulation. Take Action >

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2 years ago

Holy crap I am so far behind.  Going through all now.

 

Is anyone else not getting group emails???????????????

2 years ago

I'm not getting all of mine and the latency problem is awful, Ellen. I have to go search for the group I want. So frustrating!!

2 years ago
Pit Bulls Saved By $1 Million Grant From PetSmart Charities

 

Pit Bulls Saved By $1 Million Grant From PetSmart Charities


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/pit-bulls-saved-by-1-million-grant-from-petsmart-charities.html#ixzz22MCGo1lD
Anonymous
2 years ago

All noted and signed. Thank you Lynn.

Thanks, Brenda
2 years ago

August 2, 2012 

Subway vegan sandwichAsk Subway Restaurants To Offer Vegan Options

Subway restaurants recently tested three vegan sandwiches in the Washington DC area. The sandwiches, featuring delicious vegan meats, were spotlighted in major media and sold out in all locations!

Offering vegan options in such a popular, mainstream fast food chain is an enormous step for animals. No matter how "humane" the operation is, there are inherent and unavoidable cruelties in animal agriculture.

The official taste-testing phase is now over, and we are anxiously awaiting Subway's decision to expand the vegan sandwiches across the U.S.

Click here to read more and send comments to Subway. Tell Subway that you and your family want healthier and more humane food choices. Urge the company to add vegan options in all of its stores.

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South Korea dogsAugust 7 - International Day Of Action For South Korean Dogs And Cats

Take action for the dogs and cats of South Korea who are tortured and killed for human consumption. Join us next week for events all around the world.

IDA and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) are co-organizing a stirring march and rally in Washington, D.C. starting at DuPont Circle and ending at the South Korean Embassy. Click here for details about the D.C. event. Stories of daring rescues in South Korea will be shared, and we will meet a special dog rescued from the meat trade and now in a forever home in the U.S.

Click here to find an event near you. There will be protests at various South Korean Consulates, plus info tables and leafleting at many public locations. If there is not an event near you, click here to see other ways you can help.

You will be joining compassionate people worldwide - in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Thailand (where the event page lists almost 1,000 attendees!), South Africa, the U.K., and, of course, South Korea. Your participation sends the message that dogs and cats are to be loved, cherished, and respected, not tortured and eaten.

The $2 billion-a-year South Korean dog and cat meat industry slaughters two and a half million dogs and thousands of cats for human consumption. The killing is deliberately vicious because of the myth that the more an animal is tortured, the tastier and more tender the meat. Click here to learn more about our Day of Action. For more info on this campaign, contact Robin Dorman: robin@idausa.org.

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chimpanzeeYou Can Help Free Chimpanzees From Laboratories

Last week, the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act passed the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The next step is a vote in the full Senate. The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act is a historic bill that would end experimentation on great apes in the U.S. and retire all the government's chimpanzees to sanctuaries.

Please help build public support for this bill by distributing IDA's info card about chimpanzee experimentation. The front of the card, pictured here, features two chimpanzees sharing a tender moment at IDA-Africa's Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center. The back of the chimpanzee card frontcard provides a powerful argument for releasing chimpanzees from labs to sanctuaries, and provides a

2 years ago

How I Became An ElephantIDA Gets A Donation When You Watch "How I Became An Elephant" This Weekend

In honor of Elephant Awareness Day, IDA is offering an online pay-per-view screening of the award-winning film How I Became An Elephant on August 3rd and 4th. This is the story of a young girl on a mission to save elephants. She meets Asia's famous "Elephant Lady" Lek Chailert of The Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, who has risked her life and freedom for more than 30 years to protect elephants from illegal trade and abuse. Together they rescue a crippled elephant, explore the sad lives of elephants in the tourism trade, and send a message to the world that we need to better care for elephants if they are to share our future.

Click here to view an exciting preview of How I Became An Elephant (be sure to expand your screen and turn on your speakers!) On August 3rd and 4th, return to that same link to see the entire film for just five dollars by clicking "Play Film." IDA receives 10% from each rental!

2 years ago

August 2, 2012 

Subway vegan sandwichAsk Subway Restaurants To Offer Vegan Options

Subway restaurants recently tested three vegan sandwiches in the Washington DC area. The sandwiches, featuring delicious vegan meats, were spotlighted in major media and sold out in all locations!

Offering vegan options in such a popular, mainstream fast food chain is an enormous step for animals. No matter how "humane" the operation is, there are inherent and unavoidable cruelties in animal agriculture.

The official taste-testing phase is now over, and we are anxiously awaiting Subway's decision to expand the vegan sandwiches across the U.S.

Click here to read more and send comments to Subway. Tell Subway that you and your family want healthier and more humane food choices. Urge the company to add vegan options in all of its stores.

2 years ago

A message from Oregon’s newest wolf pup…

Last year was a tough one for gray wolves, which is why we love to see (and hear) evidence of wolf recovery back on track. Yesterday we received news that at least three wolf pups have been born to the Snake River pack, Oregon’s newest wolf pack! As a cherry on top, ODFW released incredible video footage of one Snake River pup testing out its howling skills with a rousing response!

Followers of our Oregon’s Wolves Facebook Page were the first to witness the Snake River pack pup’s “call of the wild,” so make sure to check out the page for more information on wolf recovery in Oregon. You can also join the Oregon Wild Wolf Pack to help us further advocate for wolves like the Snake River pup. Join the Wolf Pack today!

RE: HOW I BECAME AN ELEPHANT
2 years ago
ACT! A Million Kids to Oppose the Ivory Trade

Juliette West, teenage producer and star of the documentary "How I Became an Elephant," is teaming up with Born Free USA as our youth elephant ambassador. She is gathering 1 million signatures of children across the globe who oppose the deadly ivory trade, and we'd like you to round up as many young people as you can to help Juliette reach her goal. The petition will be presented at the March 2013 meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITE in Bangkok — perhaps by Juliette herself! The ivory trade is brutal: Elephants are cruelly massacred, populations are decimated, and wildlife rangers are put at risk for their lives against well-armed and well-funded poachers. Please help us save elephants — and people — by gathering signatures for Juliette's petition.

 The petition      Share on Facebook      Share on Twitter

WONDERFUL NEWS!
2 years ago
NEWS: Court Rules in L.A. Zoo Elephant Case

On July 23, the Superior Court of California for the county of Los Angeles ruled on the important case involving elephants at the L.A. Zoo. The court ruling prohibits the zoo from using cruel bullhooks and electric shocks on elephants, orders at least two hours a day of exercise for the elephants, and mandates regular tilling of the soil in the exhibit so that the elephants will have a soft surface to walk on. This is an important step for elephants, but far from the much-needed conclusion that elephants do not belong in small zoo enclosures. For more perspective, read Will Travers' blog.

2 years ago
CELEBRATE: Elephant Awareness Day!

Thanks in large part to the efforts of our Youth Elephant Ambassador Juliette West (see first item above), the Los Angeles City Council officially declared that tomorrow (Aug. 3) is Elephant Awareness Day. The resolution's author, Councilman Tony Cardenas, said, "I believe it is my duty to speak for animals who cannot speak for themselves and there is no animal more deserving of recognition then the elephant, so often subjected to horrible abuses and neglect. The passage of this resolution helps Los Angeles maintain its reputation as a leader in animal welfare, compassionate and respectful of all animals." Help spread the good word beyond Los Angeles by checking out Born Free USA's Elephants webpage, which includes six simple actions you can take to help this magnificent species.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks for the news and videos Lynn.

You're welcome, Brenda. :-)
2 years ago

Great news! Following vigorous campaigning by PETA and its affiliates, Air China has now confirmed that it's joining the many other airlines worldwide that refuse to transport primates to laboratories to undergo terrifying experiments.

iStockphoto.com/kaniwi
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This victory was achieved through the efforts of thousands of concerned people worldwide who contacted Air China through PETA affiliate action alerts, generating nearly 30,000 e-mails to Air China's offices around the world. With Air China no longer participating in this bloody trade, experimenters will find it harder to get their hands on more victims. Thank you so much for your efforts for animals. We could never have achieved this or any of our other victories for animals without you!

Let's keep up the momentum. Please urge the few remaining airlines still profiting from this cruel business to stop shipping monkeys to be tortured and killed in laboratories. 

Sincerely,

PETA

2 years ago

Speak Out for Farmers and Wildlife

River otter and riparian habitat Farmers have played an important role in the protection of our wildlife and wild places. But several provisions in the federal Farm Bill moving through Congress could hinder this legacy of stewardship.

The Senate has already passed a version of the bill -- and thanks to hundreds of Defenders supporters who called their Senators, vital protections for wetlands and other sensitive farmland habitat were reinstated at the last minute.

But the House is moving forward with a "plow and plunder" plan that would harm millions of acres of habitat near our nation's farms -- and the wildlife that depend on it to survive.

Congress needs to hear from you to make sure our farmers can continue to protect clean water, prevent soil erosion and provide habitat for river otters, sage grouse, prairie dogs and other wildlife.

Take action now: Urge your Members of Congress to ensure that the final Farm Bill includes vital provisions that help farmers continue their stewardship of wildlife.


Take Action

2 years ago

Greener Pastures for Bison

Bison in corral (Photo: Ted Wood/The Story GroupLast spring, Defenders helped relocate around 60 Yellowstone bison from quarantine facility near the national park to their new home on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. This marked the first time in decades that wild bison were allowed to leave the confines of Yellowstone National Park.

Four months after this historic move, the herd was released to freely roam on thousands of acres of reservation land.

Not only has their habitat grown, so have their numbers. More than 20 calves have been born to the herd -- the first wild Yellowstone bison to be born on the Great Plains in nearly 150 years.

Get the latest at Defenders Blog.

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Saving Wildlife from Coast to Coast

Baby bog turtle (USFW<img src=" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="200" height="133" align="left">From mighty minnows to the nation's smallest turtle, Defenders is working from sea to shining sea to protect America's most imperiled wildlife and the places they call home.

Head on over to the Defenders Blog for our new summer blog series "Coast to Coast" -- and learn more about the wildlife across the country that's struggling to survive -- and how we're working to save them.

Go "Coast to Coast" on the Defenders Blog.

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2 years ago

Older Panda Has Successful Birth

VIDEO:

A 20-year-old panda gives birth at the San Diego Zoo, making her the second oldest panda to deliver a cub.



Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/older-panda-has-successful-birth.html#ixzz22Wckaqxl


2 years ago

Thanks so much for all this great info, Lynn. Have a nice weekend!

2 years ago

You're very welcome, Nyack. Enjoy your weekend, also.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks for the news Lynn. Have a good weekend!

Anonymous
2 years ago

Enjoyed watching these, thanks Lynn.

2 years ago

Helping Pets in Need, And Also Fighting Large-Scale Cruelty

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 03:34 PM PDT

As this year’s general election approaches, candidates are already airing millions in attack ads. It’s that season.

For us at The HSUS, it’s always that season. Puppy millers, sealers, factory farmers, and others attack and criticize us about everything we do–not because we don’t use money efficiently, but precisely the opposite. They even try to tell us how to spend our resources–do more of this, and less of that. “That,” in a practical sense, means not spending any money to get after their inexcusable and abusive treatment of animals.

Michigan dogfighting raid
Kathy Milani/The HSUS
The HSUS rescues pets from dogfighting rings,
puppy mills, and other cruelty.

The biggest offender of them all is the multi-millionaire public relations flack Rick Berman. Last Friday, Berman's so-called Center for Consumer Freedom took out another full-page ad in USA Today attacking The HSUS, with the false charge that we don’t do enough to help animal shelters. I estimate CCF has spent perhaps $10 million in its attacks against us since he took up the case in earnest. During the opening ceremonies for the Summer Olympics in London, CCF aired one of its phony television ads in the Washington, D.C., market, burning hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to smear the nation’s most influential animal protection organization.

And here’s the irony. Last Friday, on the very day of CCF's USA Today ad, our Animal Rescue Team came to the aid of more than 140 dogs at a North Carolina puppy mill. Our affiliate, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, sent veterinarians to an American Indian reservation in South Dakota, treating animals in need and helping the people who care about them. Our Pets for Life team was on the ground in communities working with hundreds of people in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, giving out spay-and-neuter vouchers and other critical pet care services to help people and their animals. Our team was also on the ground to raid a suspected dogfighting operation in Kalamazoo, followed by a second raid today. And that just scratches the surface of what we do every day.

Some of that work may not qualify as making grants to animal shelters (which we do often), but was it life-saving work? Did it help dogs and cats? Were we the last, best hope for these animals? The answer in every case: absolutely yes.

With his spider-web of front groups, Berman is best known for defending smoking, junk food, obesity, trans-fats, tanning beds, drunk driving, and a host of other social blights.

He’s also an apologist for animal exploitation. CCF has fought Prop 2 in California and Prop 204 in Arizona (to ban extreme confinement on factory farms), Prop B in Missouri (to regulate puppy mills), the egg industry reform bill in Congress, our corporate campaigns against gestation crates, our campaign to end the seal hunt, and so much more.

CCF's advertising and social media campaigns notwithstanding, we keep racking up victories and progress. But that’s not to say Berman doesn’t have an effect: He’s lined his pockets very well by trading on the fear that some of the people responsible for today’s widespread abuses of animals have of The HSUS. According to federal tax filings, in 2008,&

2 years ago

Thank you Lynn-

 

How did you make out at the Dr.'s today?

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thank you Lynn.

2 years ago

All noted and petitions signed. Thank you Lynn.

2 years ago

You're welcome Nyack, Brenda and Sandra.

Nyack, thanks for asking. I had the MRI done and will have the results Friday afternoon. I'll let you know what the doctor says.

Unchained: Nearly 50 Dogs Rescued from Suspected Fighting Rings
2 years ago

Posted: 07 Aug 2012 01:58 PM PDT

Yesterday, I mentioned that The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team helped Michigan officials raid two suspected dogfighting operations in Kalamazoo and rescue nearly 50 dogs. At one property set back in the woods, dozens of dogs were living outdoors on heavy chains or in chain-link pens, without regular access to drinking water or shelter. One black dog was tethered to a chain weighing almost as much as she does.

Michigan dogfighting rescue
Kathy Milani/The HSUS
One of 46 dogs saved from suspected dogfighting rings
in Michigan.

Inside, the team discovered a basement with blood splattered on the walls and floor, along with equipment typically used for dogfighting. In spite of being valued only for their capacity to engage in violence, the animals were so friendly and happy to see us, as you can see in our video and photos from the rescue. At another location in a residential neighborhood, we helped rescue more dogs and document another area stained with blood.

All these dogs are starting new lives thanks to the work of Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement, which began an investigation after receiving tips from the community. We were glad to assist with the investigation, provide the services of our mobile crime lab, and set up an emergency shelter. Local law enforcement and SWAT teams were also on the scene, as well as Kalamazoo Humane Society and Hello Bully providing assistance.


Read more at: http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/
2 years ago

The killing has been relentless.

Last year since Congress delisted wolves in Idaho and handed their lives over to State officials, more than 400 wolves have been killed. 

Now the tragedy that swept over Idaho wolves is set to come to Wyoming at the end of this month - unless you and I stop it. 

The future of wolves in the Northern Rockies is in your hands.

Tell the Obama White House: we've seen what happened in Idaho. Don't allow Wyoming's wolves to suffer the same fate - or worse.

The restoration of wolves has been hailed as one of the biggest successes of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) since it was passed in 1973. Unfortunately, last year marked the first time in history that Congress removed a species from the endangered species list, removing all Federal protection for wolves in Idaho, Montana and parts of other states. The consequences in Idaho were swift and bloody, and years of progress vanished along with hundreds of wolves.

Now the Federal Government is on the verge of eliminating protections for wolves in Wyoming, and handing the future of these majestic creatures over to another state that's bent on killing as many wolves as the Obama Administration will allow.

Urge the Obama White House not to turn back the clock on almost 40 years of Federal wolf protection in Wyoming. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to announce it will strike wolves from the Threatened Species List in Wyoming at the end of August, paving the way for an all-out open season on the wolves of Wyoming.

That means we have only a short window of time to act. If we fail, if Wyoming officials get their way, wolves will have no protections throughout most of the state. In these areas, no hunting license will be required: wolves will be killed on sight, for any reason or no reason at all.

Wolves' lives are at stake. Help send 100,000 signatures to the White House starting today!

Over the next 3 weeks, we're putting everything we've got into urging the Obama White House to step in and prevent the reckless killing of Wyoming's wolves. It's up to you and me to ensure that our children's children will have the chance to cherish these noble creatures like we do today.

Thank you for speaking out for wildlife.

Jamie Rappaport Clark
Sincerely,

Jamie Rappaport Clark
President
Defenders of Wildlife

P.S. Wolves are counting on you to stand between them and the people that would have them killed. Ask the Obama White House to save Wyoming's wolves today, before it's too late.

2 years ago

One of the most egregious welfare issues in dairy production is the practice of tail docking. The practice of tail docking started in New Zealand in the 1980s and soon spread to North America. The reason it gained in popularity was because farmers claimed it improved their ease of milking the cows, their ability to keep cows clean and their ability to keep the cows' udders healthy. This made managing dairy cows easier for the farmers.

Cow docked TailUnfortunately, no one thought of the impact on the cows. Cows use their tails for many purposes, including swatting flies and communicating with other cows. When a cow’s tail is docked it is painful. There is no welfare benefit to the cow for undergoing this painful procedure, and when her tail is docked she can’t swat flies and she can’t communicate with her herd mates.

The Certified Humane® program has never allowed tail docking. The decision to prohibit tail docking was made by our scientific committee, led by Dr. Carolyn Stull. Dr. Stull had done a lot of research on the issue of tail docking and its purported benefits, and concluded that there was no reason for dairy cows to undergo this painful procedure. Dr. Stull was one of four animal scientists who helped found Humane Farm Animal Care, and helped write the original HFAC Animal Care Standards. Dr. Stull is the Chair of our Scientific Committee.

Unfortunately, tail docking has been a widespread practice in the US commercial dairy industry. The dairy industry trade association, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), has never prohibited tail docking. However, on July 23, 2012, the NMPF Board of Directors approved a resolution to oppose tail docking of dairy cows in their industry guidelines, the Dairy FARM program. Their decision also aligns their FARM program with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP). The Board voted to approve the following language:

"NMPF’s National Dairy FARM Animal Care Program opposes the routine tail docking of dairy animals, except in the case of traumatic injury to an animal. This practice is recommended to be phased out by 2022. Switch trimming is recommended as a preferred alternative. Acknowledging existing animal cruelty laws, NMPF opposes efforts to prescribe specific on-farm animal care practices through federal, state, or local legislative or regulatory action."

Dr. Stull has been instrumental in getting the industry group to change its position. We congratulate Dr. Stull on this achievement!

Cows GrazingWe commend the NMPF on opposing tail docking in dairy cows. However, we feel that ten years is far too long to wait for implementing this policy. When farmers want to become Certified Humane® and have practiced tail docking in the past, they must immediately cease all tail docking on their cows, or we will not certify them. We have not found any that dairy farm which immediately ceased tail docking has had problems. We would urge the NMPF to change the phase-out period to two years instead of ten years.

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2 years ago

Most Hawaiian residents and visitors revere the gentle green sea turtle known as the “honu.” Like anyone who has ever watched these gentle sea turtles swimming along the shore or perhaps snorkeled or dived alongside one, we love the honu.

But now that the green sea turtles have returned from the brink of extinction and are beginning to thrive in Hawaii’s waters, they face the loss of their protections under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Losing these protections also opens the door to hunting of these ancient ocean dwellers  –  a practice that nearly wiped them out 30 years ago.  We can never allow this to happen again. 

Please speak up for the safety of the honu. Take action by October 1, 2012

1)    Tell National Marine Fisheries Service that you oppose the delisting of the honu from the ESA – and let them know that hunting of the green sea turtle should never be allowed!
2)     If you can do more, please submit your own letter directly to the government comment website so it will be counted as one unique letter, instead of one of many "form letters." Be sure to write the regulation number on your letter: NOAA–NMFS–2012–0154 and send us a copy at info@seaturtles.org
3)    Contribute to our new “We Love the Honu” campaign to protect them forever!

The beloved honu sea turtle is far more precious to us all  living peacefully and protected from harm!

For the sea turtles!

 

 

 

 

 

Teri Shore, Program Director

(Photographs of honu above and at left copyright Anita Wintner.)

2 years ago

Helping Pets in Need, And Also Fighting Large-Scale Cruelty

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 03:34 PM PDT

As this year’s general election approaches, candidates are already airing millions in attack ads. It’s that season.

For us at The HSUS, it’s always that season. Puppy millers, sealers, factory farmers, and others attack and criticize us about everything we do–not because we don’t use money efficiently, but precisely the opposite. They even try to tell us how to spend our resources–do more of this, and less of that. “That,” in a practical sense, means not spending any money to get after their inexcusable and abusive treatment of animals.

Michigan dogfighting raid
Kathy Milani/The HSUS
The HSUS rescues pets from dogfighting rings,
puppy mills, and other cruelty.

The biggest offender of them all is the multi-millionaire public relations flack Rick Berman. Last Friday, Berman's so-called Center for Consumer Freedom took out another full-page ad in USA Today attacking The HSUS, with the false charge that we don’t do enough to help animal shelters. I estimate CCF has spent perhaps $10 million in its attacks against us since he took up the case in earnest. During the opening ceremonies for the Summer Olympics in London, CCF aired one of its phony television ads in the Washington, D.C., market, burning hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to smear the nation’s most influential animal protection organization.

And here’s the irony. Last Friday, on the very day of CCF's USA Today ad, our Animal Rescue Team came to the aid of more than 140 dogs at a North Carolina puppy mill. Our affiliate, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, sent veterinarians to an American Indian reservation in South Dakota, treating animals in need and helping the people who care about them. Our Pets for Life team was on the ground in communities working with hundreds of people in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, giving out spay-and-neuter vouchers and other critical pet care services to help people and their animals. Our team was also on the ground to raid a suspected dogfighting operation in Kalamazoo, followed by a second raid today. And that just scratches the surface of what we do every day.

Some of that work may not qualify as making grants to animal shelters (which we do often), but was it life-saving work? Did it help dogs and cats? Were we the last, best hope for these animals? The answer in every case: absolutely yes.

With his spider-web of front groups, Berman is best known for defending smoking, junk food, obesity, trans-fats, tanning beds, drunk driving, and a host of other social blights.

He’s also an apologist for animal exploitation. CCF has fought Prop 2 in California and Prop 204 in Arizona (to ban extreme confinement on factory farms), Prop B in Missouri (to regulate puppy mills), the egg industry reform bill in Congress, our corporate campaigns against gestation crates, our campaign to end the seal hunt, and so much more.

CCF's advertising and social media campaigns notwithstanding, we keep racking up victories and progress. But that’s not to say Berman doesn’t have an effect: He’s lined his pockets very well by trading on the fear that some of the people responsible for today’s widespread abuses of animals have of The HSUS. According to federal tax filings, in 2008,&

Anonymous
2 years ago

Signed petitions, thanks for the news Lynn.

2 years ago

All noted and signed. Thank you Lynn.

You're welcome, Brenda and Sandy.
2 years ago

Fighting Poaching with Rewards, Dogs, and Robots

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 01:04 PM PDT

They dubbed themselves the Kill ‘Em All Boyz, and this self-description was spot-on. This group in Washington State poached everything from elk to cougars to bears, and even domestic cats and a dog fell victim to their terrible crimes against animals&mdasherhaps killing more than 100 animals before they were apprehended.

Poaching often brings up images of elephants, tigers, or rhinos slaughtered abroad for their body parts or skin, but by some estimates, the number of wild animals killed illegally in the United States exceeds those killed legally by licensed hunters. This means that the number of poaching victims could be in the tens of millions each year.

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Staff from the Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife and The HSUS with the elk decoy.

The cruelty and scope of these crimes spurred The HSUS to launch our anti-poaching campaign in 2008, and we just announced our latest project: a robotic elk decoy we donated to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

A major challenge for law enforcement is the secretive nature of poaching crimes—they take place in remote areas with few witnesses; evidence can easily be destroyed; and of course, the victims can’t speak. This decoy will boost law enforcement’s effectiveness by allowing officers, the targeted animal, and the criminal to all be at the same place at once. It will be used for years to come to catch people trying to kill wildlife illegally. In Washington, there’s just one fish and wildlife police officer to cover every 490 square miles.

For this reason, we’ve joined with our affiliate the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust to offer more than $400,000 in rewards to help law enforcement agencies catch poachers. We also work in state capitols to pass felony penalties and other laws to deter poaching crimes. We’ve sponsored dogs who help wardens sniff out poachers in California, purchased forensic equipment for conservation officers in Florida, and worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in a crackdown on Internet wildlife trafficking.

We’re so proud to support the good work of wildlife law enforcement officials, and we encourage our members to join us in helping to combat poaching. One way to help is to save your state’s report-a-poacher tip line in your cell phone, so you’ll always be ready to report suspicious activity.

2 years ago

Moapa dace The Southern Nevada Water Authority wants to siphon away ancient groundwater from the Great Basin in Nevada and Utah and pump it 300 miles to fuel new Las Vegas sprawl. This will fundamentally damage the region's water systems and all the animals that have depended on them for thousands of years.

We have to keep the Great Basin's fragile web of life intact -- take action now.

The pipeline would drain more than 37 billion gallons of water a year and export it to the driest desert in North America, sucking away the lifeblood of a wild area the size of Vermont. Greater sage grouse, Bonneville cutthroat trout, pronghorn and elk would suffer. Fourteen types of desert fish and 25 species of springsnails could die out completely.

This dangerous project is at an important decision point. We need your help today to stop the right-of-way application for the pipeline.

Take action below to tell Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that there are better options for Las Vegas than stealing the heart of the Great Basin.

Click here to find out more and take action.
2 years ago

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Our state is an amazing place. From the Keys and Everglades to the Panhandle, Florida's rich and diverse landscapes provide homes for rare and imperiled species, many that are found nowhere else in the world.

Will you pledge to help gather signatures to protect our state's special places before they disappear forever?

For more than a decade, the Florida state government has funded a vital land acquisition program called Florida Forever -- protecting hundreds of thousands of acres of habitat, clean water and wildlife struggling to survive in our urbanizing state.

But in recent years, the governor and legislature have failed to fund this essential program. We simply can't afford to turn our backs on the important natural areas - the woodlands, wetlands and coastlines- that remain vulnerable to rampant development.

Florida panthers, black bears, scrub jays, wood storks,everglade kites, sea turtles, gopher tortoises and so many other species that live in and migrate through our state need your help if their future is to be secure. 

That's why Defenders and our conservation partners are launching a statewide campaign to put the Florida Water and Land Conservation constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot -- and we need your help to make it happen.

Please pledge to volunteer today to help us gather signatures to protect our special places and the rare wildlife that depends on them to survive.

The Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment would ensure permanent funding to acquire and protect  undeveloped forests and wetlands, crystal clear springs, vibrant coastal areas and wildlife habitat.

But we need to gather one million signatures to put this important issue before Florida voters. Will you pledge to help us reach this ambitious goal?

Together, we can protect Florida's special places -- and amazing wildlife that depend on them to survive.

Sincerely,

Laurie MacdonaldLaurie Macdonald
Florida Program Director
Defenders of Wildlife
2 years ago
Thousands of monkeys like this one are ripped away from their families, shoved into tiny, cramped crates, and shipped overseas to laboratories to be tormented and killed.

Will you help them?
Never be silent,






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Street Team Coordinator | peta2
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Anonymous
2 years ago

All signed. Thank you Lynn.

Thanks, Brenda~
2 years ago

Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia informed PCRM this week that it has replaced the use of kittens with nonanimal training methods to teach future pediatricians.

This change is the result of PCRM’s yearlong campaign and the support of our members. More than 26,000 e-mails were sent to Albert Einstein Medical Center’s administrators over the past three months encouraging the hospital to take this progressive step, and the medical center listened!

A certified letter from Albert Einstein Medical Center informed PCRM that the hospital has “discontinued the use of animals to teach endotracheal intubation.” The hospital now joins the 97 percent of pediatrics residency programs in the United States and Canada that view nonanimal methods as not only more humane but educationally superior.

Because of this progressive change at Albert Einstein Medical Center, PCRM is cancelling our demonstration scheduled for Aug. 15, and we will turn our attention elsewhere. If you were planning to attend, thank you for your dedication and support.

Unfortunately, while Albert Einstein has decided to make this necessary change, East Carolina University (ECU) continues to use ferrets in endotracheal intubation training. Please contact ECU Brody School of Medicine dean Paul R.G. Cunningham, M.D., F.A.C.S., and ask him to replace the use of ferrets with human-based medical simulation.

Take action!

Thank you again for all of your support. Without it PCRM would not be able to secure victories like this for animals still used in medical education and for the future infant patients of today’s pediatrics residents.

Regards,
John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., Director of Academic Affairs
John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Director of Academic Affairs

2 years ago

Featured Victory for Primates!

Following a vigorous PETA campaign that included thousands of e-mails and calls from our members, Air China has stopped shipping monkeys to labs. Read more about this exciting victory.

Victory for Primates! Air France Cruelty

Air France continues to ship monkeys to labs, despite the fact that nearly every other major airline has pledged to stop this cruel practice. Book your next flight with an animal-friendly airline. Don't fly Air France!

Air France Cruelty
2 years ago

  Tell Wildlife Agency to Rescind Deplorable Kill Order!

Mexican wolf and pup pc Cincinnati Zoo
photo credit: Cincinnati Zoo

Dear Lynn,

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued an order to kill the alpha female of the Fox Mountain Mexican wolf pack. This matriarch and her mate have four new pups and a yearly pup.  She has been implicated in killing livestock within their territory on the Apache National Forest in New Mexico.

The value of a breeding female Mexican wolf is far greater than a few non-native cattle. The federal government cannot “recover” imperiled Mexican wolves by shooting and trapping them and removing them from the wild.

Call before it’s too late to save this wolf!

Please call the Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Regional Office  (505-248-6911) and request that he rescind the kill order for the Fox Mountain alpha female. You can also send him a polite email to  RDTuggle@fws.gov.

Also call President Obama and ask him for a stay of execution. White House number: 202-456-1111.

Following are some points to make:

  • There are fewer than 60 Mexican wolves in the wild. Eliminating even one wolf, especially a breeding female, is detrimental to the species.
  • Biologists believe this female has four pups born this spring. Killing her may doom her pups as well. Research also shows that wolves suffer trauma when their pack mates are killed.
  • The affected rancher has been paid for his losses. Killing the alpha female now is unnecessary appeasement to the public lands livestock industry.
  • The public lands livestock industry must learn to operate with wolves, and the federal government must support policies such as grazing retirement to permanently reduce wolf-livestock conflicts.
  • Killing this wolf wastes thousands of taxpayer dollars.

Not since 2007 has the federal government shot a Mexican wolf in the wild. This pointless and barbaric tactic policy is best left in the past. Please call or email the Fish and Wildlife Service right away! (505-248-6911)

For the Lobo,

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Wendy Keefover Staff Image with Dogs

Wendy Keefover
Carnivore Protection Director
WildEarth Guardians
wendy@wildearthguardians.org

2 years ago

Thank you Lynn!

2 years ago
Chained in the Middle of Nowhere, 120 Dogs Rescued

Chained in the Middle of Nowhere, 120 Dogs Rescued



Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/chained-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-120-dogs-rescued.html#ixzz23C7uvrr8
2 years ago

You're welcome, Nyack. Care2 is giving me a hard time and now the only way I can post is to preview it first and then hope for the best! lol

2 years ago

Gray wolf The feds are poised to remove all Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in Wyoming, leaving them under the power of state officials intent on slaughtering most of them to appease livestock interests. 

Wyoming law has already made 83 percent of the state -- home to at least five wolf families -- a "no-wolf zone," where anyone can shoot wolves and their pups on sight. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service predicts that, after federal protection is gone, no wolf packs will survive in this zone within a year.

Wolves would remain fully protected only within Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks -- around 4 percent of Wyoming. In the remaining 14 percent of the state, they would be hunted, trapped and snared, with the goal of reducing roughly 29 packs to around 10. 

Your urgent help is needed:
Tell the White House to uphold protections for Wyoming's wolves until the state replaces its bloodlust with proper wolf management and respect.

Click here to find out more and take action.
2 years ago
A Turning Point for the Spirit Bear Coast
  • by NRDC
  • August 9, 2012

A Turning Point for the Spirit Bear Coast



Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/a-turning-point-for-the-spirit-bear-coast.html#ixzz23CEiQQpU
2 years ago

Done. Thanks Lynn.

2 years ago

URGENT: Tell Orisue Clothing Company to Stop 'Shut the Duck Up' Sponsorship!

 

 

California banned the sale of foie gras, the diseased liver of cruelly force-fed birds, but some restaurant owners and chefs are brazenly thumbing their noses at the ban. One restaurant has even persuaded the clothing company Orisue to sponsor an event this Saturday. Contestants at the Playground restaurant will compete by shoving foie gras-topped hamburgers, called "Shut the Duck Up Burgers," into their mouths in an eating contest.

Workers on foie gras farms shove tubes down birds' throats and pump multiple pounds of fat and grain into the birds' stomachs every day. This causes the birds' livers to become painfully diseased and to swell to up to 10 times their normal size. In some cases, the birds' organs rupture. Investigations at foie gras farms across the U.S. and Europe have revealed sick, dying, and dead animals—some with holes in their necks from injuries sustained during force-feeding. Those who survive the force-feeding are violently killed, and their bloated livers are sold to consumers as foie gras.

Foie gras production is so cruel that it has been condemned by the pope and is prohibited in more than a dozen countries, including Germany, Australia, and Israel. In the U.K., Prince Charles won't allow foie gras to be served at any Royal event.

Please urge Orisue to revoke its sponsorship of this heartless and illegal event immediately.

2 years ago

Prairie Dogs Pack Their Bags for New Homes

Posted: 09 Aug 2012 03:55 PM PDT

While The HSUS’s greatest purpose is to prevent cruelty, we and our affiliates do more hands-on, direct animal care work than any other organization. And it’s every kind of creature you can imagine¯from rescuing dogs from fights or puppy mills, to contracepting elephants in South Africa or wild horses on public lands in the West, to saving sea birds with fish hooks in their stomachs.

Last week, The HSUS and our Prairie Dog Coalition assisted tribal wildlife biologist Shaun Grassel and his four technicians with relocating more than 100 prairie dogs from a rancher’s pasture to a wildlife management area on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where they will be protected. We used humane traps and moved family groups together to help these social creatures settle in to their new homes. It’s part of an ongoing partnership between the tribe and the Prairie Dog Coalition to develop and implement non-lethal management solutions for these ecologically important animals.

For years, the prairie dogs living on the grasslands that make up much of these tribal lands were poisoned or shot—but that's changing. Our Prairie Dog Coalition director Lindsey Sterling Krank has made numerous field trips to South Dakota to help protect prairie dogs and reduce land-use conflicts, working closely on this project with the tribe.

Since some individuals leasing tribal land receive fees from people who come to shoot prairie dogs, we're working toward funding special conservation fees instead and forging new agreements to close some areas to shooting. We also donated temporary electric fencing to place along the border between prairie-dog management areas and private land, which will prevent cattle from grazing there so that a tall-grass buffer will deter prairie dogs from crossing this border.

Many types of animals rely on prairie dogs as a key part of the ecosystem, and we’re already seeing more endangered black-footed ferrets, badgers, and burrowing owls starting to come back to these areas. These benefits for the animals and the landscape are why we’re working with communities across the West to help prairie dogs be saved from cruelty and help restore the ecosystems in which they live.

               HSUS staff helping with prairie dog relocation in South Dakota          A prairie dog being relocated in South Dakota

Anonymous
2 years ago

Signed. Thank you for the news Lynn.

You're welcome and thank you, Brenda!
2 years ago
23rd Horse Dies in ‘Suicide Race’

23rd Horse Dies in ‘Suicide Race’



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2 years ago

Will catch up soon! Thanks Lynn- Glad you are able to post again!

Thanks, Nyack. I have to preview first to get it through.
2 years ago

Infographic: The World’s Cutest Killer

Infographic: The World’s Cutest Killer

A new study shows that domestic cats are such feisty hunters, they actually kill a ton of wildlife. One cat, infamously known as Tibbles, was single-handedly responsible for the destruction of an entire species of bird. Read the whole story here.

2 years ago
Save the Western Pond Turtle Before It’s Too Late (Video)

Save the Western Pond Turtle Before It’s Too Late (Video)



Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/saving-the-western-pond-turtle-before-its-too-late-video.html#ixzz23Huww4cO
Sorry, but I'm afraid of them! :-(
2 years ago

Snake Rescuers Plead, “They Won’t Hurt You!”

Snake Rescuers Plead, “They Won’t Hurt You!”

Read about it here:http://www.care2.com/causes/snake-rescuers-plead-they-wont-hurt-you.html

2 years ago

elephants and babyStop Plan To Legalize Elephant Ivory Sales

A proposal to legalize the ivory trade as a way to combat rampant elephant poaching sparked fierce debate at a recent CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. The CITES Standing Committee will meet again in October to fine tune the plan, which would then be considered for final approval at the March 2013 CITES meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

Approximately 38,000 African elephants are killed each year for their tusks. Reversing the ivory trade ban would have a devastating effect on elephants by triggering an increase in demand and sending even more illegal ivory into uncontrolled markets. Some scientists believe that if poaching and the ivory trade are not brought under control, most populations of elephants could face extinction by 2020. The real solution is to better protect elephants in their home ranges and to pressure those nations participating in illegal trade to do more to combat ivory smuggling and sales.

Help ensure that the U.S. government does not support any proposals that would open the door to the bloody ivory trade. Unfortunately, the U.S. government has not taken a strong stand for elephants. At the last CITES meeting in 2010, the U.S. supported a measure to weaken protections for elephants that was later withdrawn.

What you can do:1. U.S. residents only, use the form at this link to send a message to your U.S. Senators and Representative, plus Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

2. Call Secretary Salazar at (202) 208-3100, and call your legislators. Urge them to protect Africa's elephants by taking an active stand against any reversal of the ivory trade ban. Find phone numbers for your U.S. Senators and Representative by entering your zip code here.

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks for all the news Lynn.

2 years ago

Lynn, thanks for all the news. Noted and signed where I could.

2 years ago

All signed and noted! Thank you Lynn for all you do for animals! You are an inspiration along with many others here in this wonderful group! Reading animal abuse stories and petitions makes my heart so heavy and sad.  It seems at times so overwhelming what humans are capable of when it comes to cruelty towards animals. Just when you thought you`ve heard the most sadistic animal abuse story... along comes an even more horrifying one! There seems to be no limit to the cruelty!  It all seems so hopeless at times and I feel discouraged! What is the point of it all? But then I get inspired by your (and many others) passion and commitment for helping animals and it gives me hope and I regain my faith! My faith in that every little bit counts and what we all do here matters! Maybe we can`t save the whole animal kingdom from cruelty and abuse but even preventing or saving just one animal from abuse is SO worth it. I do appreciate that you also post news with happy endings! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for speaking up for the voiceless! You and many others here are angels on earth.

Mette
2 years ago

What a lovely thing to say, Mette. I got a lump in my throat and was near to tears as I read your post. It's wonderful to be appreciated but even moreso by someone who cares as much as you do for the animals.

Please remember that learning pertinent information, being aware of the situation and signing petitions for the animals does help!! The people who think "my one signing, my one vote, is not going to work" are very wrong. We do make a difference and it has been proven time and time again.

So, dear Mette, and others reading this and Mette's message. Be an advocate for animals, stay active and Make a Difference!

2 years ago

  Mexican Wolf Kill Order Rescinded, but Fox Mountain Family Will Still Suffer

Mexican wolf and pup horizontal 1 pc Cincinnati Zoo                               photo credit: Cincinnati Zoo

Dear Lynn,

Thousands of people lit up the lines last Friday to the White House, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and New Mexico’s Congressional delegation to save the Fox Mountain Mexican mother wolf from execution. But her new fate is now arguably worse: she will be captured and taken from the wild and away from her mate and her pups and she will be incarcerated – all because of purported livestock conflicts, even when the livestock owner was compensated for his losses.

Please call the White House, New Mexico Senators Udall and Bingaman, and New Mexico Congressional Representatives Luján and Heinrich now to keep the Fox Mountain mother wolf in the wild, and demand that cattle be restricted from the pack’s den area.

White House (202) 456-1111

Senator Tom Udall (202) 224-6621, (505) 988-6511 or (505) 346-6791

Senator Jeff Bingaman (202) 224-5521 or 1-800-443-8658

Congressman Ben Ray Luján (505) 984-8950 or (202) 225-6190

Congressman Martin Heinrich (505) 346-6781 or (202) 225-6316

Please politely tell them:

  • The Fox Mountain pups need their mother and to be left unmolested in the wild of the Apache National Forest. Like any youngster who loses their mother, those pups will suffer, and the mother will suffer in captivity. Removing members from a pack causes trauma for all the pack's members, and can even cause packs to disband, studies show.
  • Fewer than 60 Mexican wolves roam the wild, and the Fox Mountain pack contains one of only six breeding pairs identified. Removing this wolf is biologically harmful and a huge waste of taxpayer money.
  • The livestock owner has been compensated for his losses.
  • Livestock owners within the territory of the Fox Mountain pack should immediately either temporarily remove all livestock from the vicinity of the pups’ den, or use electric fencing or herders to manage cattle by day, and barns and corrals to secure the animals at night.

Thank you so much for your calls and emails to decision makers. Your voices made a big difference. But now it’s time to make one more call! Thank you for standing up for Mexican wolves.

For the Lobo,

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Wendy Keefover Staff Image with Dogs

Wendy Keefover
Carnivore Protection Director
WildEarth Guardians
wendy@wildearthguardians.org

2 years ago

Starting a new thread. This one is a bit long, so look for thread #13.  Here's the link to it:

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=24168&pst=1570866&saved=1

Anonymous
2 years ago

Thanks Lynn.

2 years ago

All noted, signed and shared. Thank you Lynn.

Done thread # 12
2 years ago

Hi Lynn Sorry it took me so long to get back to you...I noted,signed,sent messages and watched some Great Videos!!! Thanx soooo much See you around, Barb Hugggs!!!!