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4 years ago
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Join Rosemary's call demanding that Groupon stop supporting animal abuse with its circus deals.

Deal-of-the-day website Groupon says, "We want Groupon to be an addiction you can feel good about." But the deals they promote put money in the pockets of circuses accused of torturing animals.

Circus elephants are reportedly taken from their mothers as babies, jabbed with sharp hooks that can tear their sensitive skin, and chained up in trucks for an average of 26 hours straight. Other wild animals are kept in similarly unhealthy conditions.

Rosemary Thompson loves animals, and was appalled when she found out that Groupon turns profits by selling discounted tickets to circuses that have been accused of torturing animals, including baby elephants. So Rosemary started a petition on demanding that Groupon stop supporting circuses that abuse animals. Click here to sign Rosemary's petition.

The average circus-goer doesn't know how badly the animals are treated. But thousands of people have contacted Groupon to expose what goes on behind the scenes at the circus -- and yet the site continues to offer discounts at circuses across the country. 

Here's the good news: Groupon is sensitive to public pressure. Last year they canceled an advertising campaign after people complained that it made light of human rights abuses. Groupon's founder explained, "We've listened to your feedback, and since we don't see the point in continuing to anger people, we're pulling the ads."

Last week, Rosemary talked to a Groupon representative who said that she would pass on her concerns to Groupon's PR director, Julie Mossler. You can help make sure Groupon stops supporting animal cruelty by signing Rosemary's petition now.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

Pulin and the team

4 years ago

Here's the link to thread #13 if anyone wants to go back and see if they missed anything....

4 years ago
Let's End The Lunacy & Protect Wolves!End Wolf KillingUnsound logic has convinced Idaho's Fish and Game Commission that your tax dollars should be spent on an ill-conceived aerial wolf cull in the Northeastern part of the state. Their unscientific plan is to boost elk populations for hunters by killing up to two thirds of the wolves in the Lolo District of the Clearwater National Forest. It makes NO sense that one animal species should be decimated so that humans can slaughter another species in the future!

Sign the petition today and join Defenders of Wildlife in their efforts to alert President Obama and his staff to this outrageous scheme. With your help, we can save the Idaho's wolves before a grave injustice occurs.
 Take Action
4 years ago

Countown to 'Cove' Killings: Ric O'Barry Ready for Return to Taiji

Ric O'Barry

Saturday, September 1, kicks off the fourth dolphin drive-hunting season in Taiji, Japan since 2009’s Oscar-winning documentary The Cove detailed the tiny fishing village’s horrible secret.

While the kill count has decreased every year—down to an all-time low of roughly 800 dead dolphins in the 2011-2012 season—there is still much work to be done. Read More >>

Best of TakePart Shouka the WhaleShouka, ‘World’s Loneliest Whale,’ Relocated to SeaWorld San Diego to Live With Fellow OrcasCove 101Cove 101: A Primer on Taiji, Japan's Senseless Dolphin SlaughterDolphin MeatMercury Poisoning From Dolphin Meat Remains a Major Concern for 'Cove'
4 years ago
8 Unusual Service Animals
Americans with disabilities are thankful for these oddly helpful animals.
4 years ago
Patch the Kitten

Patch, a six-month-old kitten, serves as Vietnam veteran John McGahey’s remedy to his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Catster reports. McGahey states that Patch helps him cope with his everyday stresses, discomforts, and terrors, including comforting him when he’s having a flashback. Although Patch is easily portable, McGahey has encountered much difficulty in bringing her into public spaces.

(Photo: Catster)
4 years ago
Elvis The Potbellied Pig

Alisha Doolittle, a blind teen, is training a potbellied pig (named Elvis) to be a service animal, reports the Spokesman Review. Doolittle describes Elvis as amiable and well-behaved. She's already taken the helpful pig to a preschool and nursing home to serve as a therapy tool. In order to obtain his certification, Doolittle is fighting against city ordinances that classify Elvis as a farm animal and not a service animals.

(Photo: Spokesman Review)
Weird? Maybe not....
4 years ago
Redrock the Boa Constrictor

Daniel Greene’s “service snake,” a boa constrictor named Redrock, “hugs” Greene to notify him before he has a seizure. The warning enables Greene to prepare for and even avoid oncoming attacks, reports the Seattle Times.

(Photo: Seattle Times)
4 years ago
Richard the Bonnet Macaque

Missourian Debby Rose was able to overcome her agoraphobia (a disorder which causes her to have panic attacks whenever she goes out in public) thanks to her bonnet macaque “helper monkey,” Richard. Richard helps Rose when she goes shopping and helps her cope with the overwhelming stress she experiences when in big crowds. How does he do it? He eases Rose’s anxieties by hugging her and endowing her with consistent companionship, reports Sott.

(Photo: Sott)
4 years ago
Cali The Mini-Pony

The Daily Record reports Mona Ramouni, a 30-year-old blind woman from Michigan, prefers her seeing-eye mini-pony, Cali, to a dog. While a dog may require less maintenance, many blind individuals seeking a service animal choose mini-ponies due to their longer lifespans, which lasts about 20 to 30 years.

(Photo: The Daily Record)
To Each his Own....
4 years ago
Skippy The Iguana

Skippy the Iguana provides his owner, Cosmie Silfa, with stable companionship, helping the native San Franciscan cope with depression. (The treatment is very much highly supported by Silfa’s psychiatrist). SF Weekly also reports that Silfa owns two other certified “service lizards,” Scruffy (a bearded dragon) and Buffy (a blue-tongued skink). 

(Photo: SF Weekly)
4 years ago
Bella The Ferret

Looking for relief from his seizure disorder, Tim Hull of North Carolina reached out to a ferret named Bella for help. WNCT reports that when Bella senses Hull is about to have a seizure, she will warn him and his wife of the approaching episode by squeaking “cuh, cuh.”

(Photo: Arbroath)
4 years ago
Confirmed: Dinosaur Footprints Found on NASA Campus
Expert confirms the imprints belong to two nodosaurs, which used to heavily populate the Maryland area.
An adult nodosaur, which lived in Maryland 110 milion years ago.
An adult nodosaur, a common site in the Maryland area 110 million years ago. (Photo: FossilPosse)

CNN reports this week that dinosaur tracker Ray Stanford discovered what he thought was a singular dinosaur footprint at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. According to NASA’s website,  a paleontologist has since confirmed the imprint, but says it actually belongs to two dinosaurs¯ a fully grown nodosaur and what’s presumably its baby¯who most likely were walking together.

Nodosaurs are plant-eating dinosaurs which inhabited the Washington D.C. area about 110 million years ago, according to CNN. Adult nodosaurs’ footprints typically measure around the same as an elephant’s and their bodies run an average length of about 15 feet. Hailing from the Early Cretaceous period, nodosaurs were named for the bony nodes on their heads, shoulders and bodies.

Stanford explained, "They were basically an armored tank with relatively short legs. They had plates reminiscent of what you would see on the crocodile."

Finding the imprints at Goddard was obviously surprising, especially because they were sitting in plain view alongside a popular walkway. People passed by them every day. Alan Binstock, head of cultural and archaeological matters at the facility told CNN, “It’s something that if you knew what you were looking for you would have seen. That’s what’s so amazing.”

NASA reports that Binstock will have the entire site analyzed to determine whether further excavation is called for, and to extract and preserve the existing footprints.

4 years ago

noted, thanks.

4 years ago

Amazing! Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

All Noted Lynn Liked the helpful companions for disability people ) ) Thanx

You're welcome, everyone
4 years ago

Shark Stewards has filed a petition with the Federal Government to protect the North East Pacific population of great white sharks under the Endangered Species Act. Take action now to support our petition!

Concurrently, we are appealing to protect these sharks under the California Endangered Species Act.  More information and the full petition are located here.

The genetically distinct white shark population in California and Baja numbers only a few hundred individuals and are at risk of disappearing from the ocean forever.

Great White Sharks Deserve Protection Now!

Adult great whites migrate thousands of miles across the Pacific, falling prey to longlines and shark finning. These sharks are being killed as bycatch, exploited for fins, jaws and teeth and are being fished towards extinction.  At the same time, pups and young white sharks have had their habitat severely impacted and are killed in the drift gillnet fisheries in the Southern California nursery. 

We Need Your Help to List these Sharks as Endangered under Federal and State Listing. Take action here to urge the California Fish and Game Commission to protect this species.

Pups and young sharks in their critical California nursery, and adult sharks foraging in California waters, will be better protected under the Endangered Species Act. As top predators, these and other shark species are essential for maintaining the health and balance of our fragile marine ecosystems.

Please sign the petitions to protect Great White Sharks under the California and the Federal Endangered Species Act

Thank you for supporting sharks and other precious marine life.

4 years ago

Signed. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

I’m pleased to share a historic victory Mercy For Animals has just won on behalf of factory-farmed birds!

Yesterday, Brian Douglas, a worker at a factory farm owned by Butterball – the nation’s largest turkey meat producer - pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty after being caught on hidden camera by a Mercy For Animals investigator torturing animals.

This marks the first-ever felony conviction on behalf of factory-farmed birds in US history—a major legal milestone in our work to protect farmed animals.

MFA’s investigation into a Butterball factory farm in North Carolina revealed workers violently kicking and stomping on birds, workers bashing in the heads of live birds with metal bars, and severely injured birds denied any form of veterinary care.

For his crimes, Douglas will serve a sentence of 30 days imprisonment, followed by 6 months intensive probation and 36 months supervised probation. In addition, he will pay $550 in fees and fines, provide a DNA sample to the state, and will be subject to warrantless searches.

We await the outcome of the cases of four other Butterball employees also charged with cruelty to animals.

This conviction sends a loud and clear message to Butterball, and factory farmers nationwide, that animal cruelty will not be tolerated!

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Nama, IDA AfricaIDA Africa Says Goodbye To Nama

In 1999, Dr. Sheri Speede found chimpanzees Nama and Dorothy chained at the entrance of the Luna Park Hotel in Cameroon, an hour from the capital city of Yaounde. Nama was tethered to a cement slab by a short chain around her neck for 16 years; Dorothy was there for much longer.

Within sight of one another, but out of reach, the two friends were unable to touch or embrace. Nama was a petite adult, her growth stunted and teeth decayed by years of malnutrition. She also suffered from a severe intestinal parasite infection and resulting anemia. Dr. Speede worried that Nama might die before they could rescue her. Her fears were put to rest in May 2000 when IDA-Africa assisted the Cameroon government in its forced confiscation of Nama, Dorothy and nine other primates also held captive at the hotel. Click here to read more. 

4 years ago

White-tailed deerHelp IDA Prove That Deer And People Can Co-exist

We recently told you about an exciting project IDA is assisting to promote birth control for deer. Thanks to your support, we're one-third of the way to our goal!

Killing animals is often the first "solution" to resolving clashes between them and people. This is especially frustrating when there is a readily-available solution that does not harm animals but gets the desired outcome.

Deer and cat, credit: Marilyn ThornberyThat's why IDA's efforts to support proven birth-control for deer are so important to counter plans by communities that want to kill them.

We have an exciting opportunity - right now - to help fund a deer contraception project that could pave the way for many other communities to follow. But we need your support right away to raise $15,000 to make it happen. In just three days you've pitched in $5,000. Please click here to read the full story, after which we hope you'll decide to support this exciting project with nationwide implications!

4 years ago

Namibia elephantStop Export Of Wildlife From Namibia To Cuban Zoo

Namibia has announced plans to donate wild-caught elephants and many other species of wildlife to the National Zoological Park in Cuba. The animals to be taken from Waterberg Plateau Park include lion, buffalo, and black and white rhinos. They are reportedly being captured now and the first exports will take place in early October. Click here to read more and send a message to Namibian officials. Urge them to stop this inhumane export that will forever deprive nearly 150 wild animals of their freedom.

How Could People Be So Cruel to Animals?
4 years ago

ida logo dark blueIDA Offers Rewards Totaling $5,500 In Animal Cruelty Cases

IDA is offering a variety of rewards totaling $5,500 in animal cruelty cases around the country. In Fairbanks, Alaska, IDA has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the abuser who muzzled a Great Dane puppy, then stuffed him into a suitcase and callously tossed him into a dumpster to die.  

In Warren County, Tennessee we added $2,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever beat a dog and shot her through the mouth, leaving her for dead. This brings the total reward available in that case to $7,000.

And in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we added $1,000 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever stabbed, then burned to death a cat in a park.

4 years ago
Rescued DogASPCA in Louisiana Responding to Hurricane Isaac
The ASPCA has been in the Southeast this week helping coastal communities prepare for and respond to Hurricane Isaac. We're on the ground now finalizing plans to transport animals from danger and conduct door-to-door water rescue of animals stranded by the storm.
Learn more...

The Rescued DogASPCA Happy Tail: Worth the Wait
After coming to the ASPCA via the Humane Law Enforcement department, then surviving two types of cancer, Olive (then Mystery) finally got the wonderful family she deserved.

Breyer Animal Rescue Benefit Set

We’ve partnered with our friends at Breyer Animal Creations®, the American maker of animal figurines, to produce a collectible set that not only raises awareness of the ASPCA, but also helps raise funds to support our many programs to reduce suffering and mistreatment of animals.

For a limited time, Breyer is offering the set, which includes a horse, a dog and a cat, at a special price, and raising the standard donation to the ASPCA from $2.50 to $5.00 for every set sold, for up to 1,000 sets.

ASPCA members can double their impact when they purchase this set now through September 30!

To learn more about new ASPCA Products from the ASPCA and Breyer, please visit

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn!

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn!

4 years ago

Amazing pictures thanks Lynn dear I also sugned where needed

4 years ago

Pets Weather the Storm of Hurricane Isaac

Posted: 04 Sep 2012 01:42 PM PDT

Hurricane Isaac hit the Gulf Coast last week–almost seven years to the day that Katrina struck that same area. Isaac’s heavy rains brought severe flooding in inland areas, and high winds and storm surges overtopped some levees, such as in Plaquemines Parish. Many people were forced to evacuate from their homes, and tens of thousands lost power.

Rowdy holding dog being transported after Hurricane Isaac
Frank Loftus/The HSUS
One of 200 dogs and cats that The HSUS transported.

The HSUS kept a close eye on Hurricane Isaac before it made landfall--encouraging residents to take their pets with them if evacuating, providing information through social media about pet-friendly shelters, evacuation routes, and other animal-related resources, and staying in touch with emergency management officials about the needs of affected communities. 

In the years since Hurricane Katrina, the enactment of a federal pets and disaster bill (the Pet Evacuation and Transportation Safety Act) and public education campaigns by The HSUS and other groups have brought important progress in preparedness and achieved a broad change in consciousness how about pets and the human-animal bond are accounted for in disasters. Last week, a video news report from WWL-TV in Louisiana commented on the changes since Katrina as they showed rescuers saving a man and his four dogs trapped by severe flooding from Isaac. 

When our Animal Rescue Team received a call from Jefferson Parish, La., we deployed to assist animals at risk. We worked with Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter to help care for pets separated from their families as well as stray animals. PetSmart Charities also assisted by donating pet food and supplies. And over Labor Day weekend, our team transported more than 160 homeless pets from the shelter to our Emergency Placement Partners in several states. The Humane Society of Charlotte, N.C., also generously provided its facility as a central location for other placement partners to pick up Isaac animals from our transport. The HSUS is transporting more than 60 additional pets to Maryland where we're providing emergency care for them until they can be adopted.

In Mississippi, we worked with McComb Animal Control officers and local volunteers to rescue more than 20 horses from flood waters that would have soon overtaken the animals, and we joined with the Okaloosa County Disaster Animal Response Team to transport homeless pets from the McComb Animal Shelter to the Montgomery Humane Society in Alabama. Transports like these ease the burden on local shelters affected by disasters and give these animals a better chance of finding loving homes.

Take a look at our video below from our Isaac deployment in Louisiana, and please consider supporting our Disaster Relief Fund so that we can continue to help animals and communities impacted by disasters like this one.


4 years ago

ABC's News Highlights of August 2012

New Film Now Available Documenting Plight of Endangered Hawaiian Birds

I'iwi by Michael WaltherAmerican Bird Conservancy’s new 30-minute film titled Endangered Hawai’i, narrated by actor Richard Chamberlain, is now available for purchase on DVD. The film explores the on-going bird extinction crisis in Hawaiʻi that has led to about 70 percent of all endemic bird species in the state becoming extinct.

Read the full story here





"KittyCam" Reveals High Levels of Wildlife Being Killed by Outdoor Cats

Kitty cam still, National GeographicA new study of house cats allowed to roam outdoors finds that nearly one-third succeeded in capturing and killing animals. The cats, which wore special video cameras around their necks that recorded their outdoor activities, killed an average of 2.1 animals every week they were outside, but brought less than one of every four of their kills home.


Read the full story here


4 years ago




Fed Action to Limit Albatross Deaths From Longline Fishing Not Enough, Says Conservation Group

Black-footed Albatross by Greg LavatyOn August 20, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a permit under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act authorizing a limited number of seabirds to be killed or injured by Hawaiian swordfish vessels. This action is the first permit ever issued under the MBTA – America’s foremost law protecting migratory bird species – to regulate the "take" of migratory birds in the operation of an otherwise lawful commercial activity.

Read the full story here






Migrating Shorebirds Slingshot Through Storms at Nearly 100 Miles an Hour Only to Face Shooting Gauntlet In Caribbean

Whimbrel by Glen TepkeAs hurricane season gets under way, biologists are paying particular attention to this fall’s shorebird migration. Incredible feats of endurance by migrating Whimbrels flying through storms, are obliterated by unregulated hunting at shooting swamps on some Caribbean islands.

Read the full story here


4 years ago

Thanks for the news Lynn.

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn

American Bird Conservancy
4 years ago

Hi Lynn, Noted the last 4 Articles Love the Bird information ) ) ) ...

4 years ago

Help Protect Dogs in Maryland

Posted: 05 Sep 2012 11:59 AM PDT

This August, the state of Maryland’s Court of Appeals ruled that &ldquoit bull” dogs are “inherently dangerous,” creating one of the most dog-unfriendly policies in the entire country. The ruling essentially states that if a &ldquoit bull” dog injures someone, not only is the dog owner liable, but so is the owner of the property where the incident occurred.

Md pit bulls graphic

Right now in Maryland, landlords, veterinarians, dog daycares, and groomers are being forced to consider banning pit bull type dogs from their properties, based on a false assumption about the aggression of these animals. The HSUS has spoken out against this ill-informed and destructive court decision and urged the state legislature to remedy it, but lawmakers did not take remedial action this summer.

This ruling is problematic in so many ways. At its core, it will be nearly impossible to enforce; mixed-breed dogs and pit bull mixes are excluded from the law. But &ldquoit bull” is a generic name attached to an entire class of dogs, not one specific breed--leaving the door open for confusion and overzealous action by insurers and property owners who want to comply with the law. To preserve their families, some Maryland renters are looking to move out of state, instead of surrendering their beloved dogs. Families without the resources to move are facing the heartbreaking possibility of giving up their pets, and Maryland shelters are already seeing an uptick in dog surrenders.

While we prepare for the next legislative opportunity in January, we are proactively distributing information to Maryland residents. Today, we announced the launch of the Protect Maryland Dogs project, aimed at reaching out to dog owners, landlords, and other stakeholders in the recent court ruling with a variety of resources. The Protect Maryland Dogs helpline, 1-855-MDDOGS1 (1-855-633-6471) offers recorded information about the ruling, renters’ rights, and landlord resources. We’ve also created a website dedicated to Protect Maryland Dogs at, and a Facebook graphic you can share to help get the word out.

Please share this information with Maryland dog owners or property owners. For non-Marylanders, this action is a wake-up call, and we hope you’ll be alert to similarly ill-considered ideas.

You can also sign our pledge to stand with Maryland families and let the state legislature know they have made a decision that is bad for dog owners, bad for businesses, and bad for Maryland. In the meantime, we'll keep on working to help keep pets and their families together.

4 years ago
KittyCam stills, National Geographic

Be sure to tune in to or set your DVR to record ABC News’ 20/20 this Friday September 7, 2012 at 9pm EST to catch ABC President Dr. George Fenwick. Dr. Fenwick will appear in a segment about domestic cat predation on birds and other wildlife.

The program was prompted by an August American Bird Conservancy news release on a University of Georgia and National Geographic study of house cats that were allowed to roam outdoors. The activities of the cats were recorded using small video cameras attached to the cats’ collars, leading to some startling results.  The issue has recently been covered by almost 100 newspapers nationwide as well as by CNN, CBS and USA Today. Members of that study team will also appear on Friday’s program.

4 years ago

noted, thanks.

Important - please sign Petition
4 years ago

Remember the horrific story of Patrick, the dog who was put in a trash bag and dumped down a garbage shoot to die? If so, please sign this petition to ask the Judge not to allow the perpetrator, Kisha Curtis to enter into a pretrial intervention program. She needs to be heavily punished for this heinous act!

4 years ago

signed, I agree Lynn.

4 years ago


For anyone that thinks leaving their dogs in the car won’t hurt them, here is proof positive that just one hour and it being late in afternoon can still kill your dogs. Very sad.

Kenn Bell
Dog Files Creator

Neptune, NJ — Two Rottweilers died on Sunday after their owner, Charles Loguidice left the dogs inside a Dodge pickup for over an hour where they succumbed to heat exhaustion.

Monmouth County SPCA chief Victor Amato said the two dogs, Maximus and Joey, were left outside of MJ’s Pizza Bar and Grill on Route 66 in Neptune, while their owner ate inside. The two animals, each weighing about 115 pounds each, were found dead shortly before 5 p.m.

“He claims he went into the restaurant and periodically pointed his remote control start at the car, thinking that the car was going to start and the air conditioning was going to go on,” Amato said.

But Amato said Loguidice’s story had several inconsistencies.

“He claimed that one (dog) hit the thermostat dial and it went from air conditioning to defrost,” Amato said, adding if that was the case, the air still would have been cool. Loguidice, 48, also said he was only in the restaurant for a half hour, but surveillance footage from the eatery showed it was closer to an hour.

Regardless, Amato said, “He left those dogs unattended when he was in the restaurant eating.”

With temperatures outside approaching 90 degrees, Amato estimated the temperature in the pickup exceeded 100 degrees.

The Freehold township man was charged with two counts of animal cruelty and could face six months in prison for each charge as well as thousands of dollars in fines.

“He’s gotta live with this. There’s no doubt in my mind he’s upset about it,” Amato said. “But it was a stupid act.”

4 years ago

Featured End Military Poisoning of Pigs

The Canadian military poisons live pigs with deadly chemicals in training drills, despite the fact that lifelike, non-animal methods exist and are widely used by other countries. Help stop this abuse!

End Military Poisoning of Pigs


Adopt a Working Animal



One of the most vital ways that you can help Animal Rahat’s efforts for animals in India is by virtually adopting one of the animals or one of the lifesaving programs the organization supports.

Your virtual adoption can make a difference in the lives of animals like Pardhanya, a bullock Animal Rahat helped retire to a life of rest, care, and affection after years painfully dragging an overloaded cart of sugarcane down dusty, rutted roads day in and day out.
Learn more.

4 years ago
Ben's Rescue From Roadside Zoo Ben's Rescue From Hellhole

After a long and hard-fought battle, Ben the bear has been rescued from a hellish roadside zoo and will now live out the rest of his life at a beautiful accredited wildlife sanctuary. Read more.


Animals Can Do That?!

Help Cats and Ferrets

Despite the fact that superior simulators are the standard nationwide, Washington University in St. Louis and the St. Louis Children's Hospital continue to torment cats and ferrets in painful intubation training exercises. Urge officials to stop this cruelty!

4 years ago

The U.S. Postal Service (USP reportedly uses glue traps for rodent control in its thousands of facilities nationwide!

Glue traps are some of the most hideous products on the market, causing immense and prolonged suffering. Victims often rip themselves to pieces in their frantic struggles to escape the sticky mess. Exhausted and terrified, they succumb to shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss—and death can take days! Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Canada warn against using glue traps because of disease risks posed by the many pathogens in the waste of stressed rodents. PETA implored the USPS to consider methods that are less cruel, don't pose health risks, and are more cost-effective (glue traps aren't reusable), but USPS officials have not responded. Your voice is needed!

Please urge the USPS to join the countless government agencies that have sworn off glue traps. And please, forward this alert widely!

4 years ago
Tiny Baby Bobcat Named “Chips” Rescued From California Wildfire
The kit has been treated for second-degree burns and is recovering at a Lake Tahoe wildlife center.
4 years ago
Home Sweet Home: Labrador Walks 500 Miles to Reach South Carolina Owner
After a long journey from Virginia, Buck manages to make it back to his home.
Black labrador

How far would your dog go to find you? Buck the black Labrador retriever traveled 500 miles to reach his owner (not pictured). (Photo: Denise Balyoz Photography via Getty Images)

Buck, a Labrador retriever, takes the words “man’s best friend” to a new level: Separated from his owner, Mark Wessells, Buck traveled nearly 500 miles from Virginia to reach the South Carolina resident.

Wessells, who lives in Myrtle Beach, temporarily left his two-year-old black Lab with his father in Winchester, Virginia, because he was in the process of moving, reported The Sun News.

In a day and age when millions of dogs and cats are euthanized each year, Buck is a shining example of what a pooch will do to get back to his loving, caring home.

4 years ago
Formerly Blind Orangutan Sees Her One-Year-Old Twins for the First Time
Cataract surgery restores the sight of a Sumatran orangutan in the first surgery of its kind in Indonesia.
Female orangutan has her sight restored with cataract surgery.
An orangutan like this one had her sight restored with cataract surgery this week. (Photo: Menahem Kahena/AFP/Getty Images)

The Washington Post reports that a formerly blind Sumatran orangutan had her sight restored with cataract surgery this week.

The 40-year-old orangutan, whose name is Gober, was captured in 2008 in Indonesia after conservationists noted that she had gone blind from cataracts. In 2011, she gave birth to twins at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation as part of its breeding program to increase her species' dwindling numbers.

According to the Post, cataract surgery on an orangutan has never been performed before in Indonesia, but the doctors at the provincial capital of Medan reported that Gober’s operation, which was done this past Monday, was a successful one. The orangutan was able to see her babies for the first time on Thursday.

The paper also reports that only one other orangutan has undergone cataract surgery, which was successfully performed in Malaysia in 2007.

This post was modified from its original form on 06 Sep, 19:43
4 years ago
Smoking Orangutan Goes Cold Turkey
After a years of puffing away on cigarettes, an orangutan named Tori is forced to quit her habit.
Smoking orangutan

Tori, a 15-year-old orangutan who lives in an Indonesian zoo, is being forced to give up her smoking habit. (Photo: Centre for Orangutan Protection)

Tori is a 15-year-old with a bad smoking habit she's being forced to give up. But Tori isn't like other teens--she's an orangutan at the Taru Jurug Zoo in Indonesia who's been puffing away for about a decade. 

The tobacoo addiction developed when visitors to the zoo would throw lit cigarettes into Tori's cage and shoot pictures of her taking long drags before blowing the smoke out through her nose. 

Zookeepers, along with the help of the Centre for Orangutan Protection, decided that come August, Tori and her partner Didik will move to a more remote zoo island away from the public. They hope that by being away from cigarette-throwing humans, she'll be able to quit cold turkey. Unlike Tori, Didik isn't fond of smoking, and instead has been seen stomping out cigarette butts when they are thrown to him, The Guardian reports. 

4 years ago

Duck, Ducklings Cross A Highway, Inducing A Collective Heart Attack (VIDEO)

Posted: 09/05/2012 5:35 pm Updated: 09/05/2012 5:56 pm

4 years ago

Wow, that is, indeed, a hair-raising/heart-stopping video!!


4 years ago

Good news, great video! Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

Signed Maryland Pledge to protect Dogs ...Signed Help Cats and Ferrets and noted all The Ducklings Crossing the Highway ( Harrowing !!..)

4 years ago

Thank you Lynn

4 years ago
humane action 
September 7, 2012
Humane Action shareShare on FacebookShare on TwitterSend an Email A Battleground for Animal Cruelty

On November 6, history could be made in the fight against animal cruelty. Just this week North Dakota's Secretary of State announced that Measure 5 will be on the ballot on Election Day. This means that North Dakotans will have the opportunity to ensure that animal cruelty will be punished with more than just a slap on the wrist.

We've come a long way in the fight against animal cruelty, and now we're closer than ever to making extreme animal cruelty a felony nationwide. In 1991, only seven states had felony-level penalties for animal cruelty -- today the number has grown to 48. Only in North Dakota and South Dakota are the harshest forms of cruelty, such as intentionally burning or drowning an animal, punished with a mere slap on the wrist.

Show your support for making North Dakota the 49th state -- and help us take a huge step for national animal protection efforts. Sign the pledge today to join animal lovers across the country in protecting all animals from extreme cruelty.
Wayne Pacelle

4 years ago

I wanted to share with you this video of our Hurricane Isaac rescue efforts.

Hurricane Isaac video

As Hurricane Isaac barreled towards the Gulf Coast last week, the Hancock County Animal Shelter (HCA in Mississippi feared the worst. So they quickly brought their shelter’s animals to a more secure temporary shelter.

Their permanent facility sustained minor damages, and IFAW’s Animal Rescue team arrived soon after the storm to help HCAS repair the shelter and get ready to handle the anticipated influx of animals displaced by the storm.

IFAW also made arrangements with shelters up the east coast to take HCAS’s existing 26 dogs so that there would be enough room for additional animals. We then mobilized our 36-foot rescue trailer to transport the dogs.

First, all the dogs were vaccinated, spayed and neutered and received full health certifications. And then on Tuesday they started their journey to the receiving shelters: Bucks County SPCA and Durham Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania, The Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) in Washington DC, and the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Maine.

Our caravan of hope for these dogs is on its way.

Please give today to help us rescue and care for even more animals.

Thanks for your support,


Shannon Walajyts Shannon Walajyts

Shannon Walajtys
IFAW Manager, Disaster Response

4 years ago

Hi Lynn Thanx for All the posts and work you do) ) )...

4 years ago

Wow - lots to do here - thanks for all your work Lynn!  Don't usually get to animal groups much to say I have signed until the weeekends.

4 years ago

Grazie Lynn ho firmato tutto quello che ho potuto.

4 years ago

Thanks for all the news Lynn.

You're welcome, everyone!
4 years ago

Save Hawaiian Monk Seals from Extinction

Monk SealAs President Obama said in his address at the Democratic National Convention this week, "climate change is not a hoax" and the worsened extreme weather it causes is "not a joke."

In fact, climate change is putting the future of critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals in increasing danger from sea level rise and worsening storms that are sending marine debris into the monk seal's habitat--with deadly consequences.

Urge your members of Congress to address climate change and help prevent Hawaiian monks seal from going extinct.

4 years ago

Pika History Made in the Fight for Clean Cars

On Tuesday, August 28th, the Obama administration finalized the Environmental Protection Agency Fuel Economy Standards that will double the fuel economy of our cars and trucks--an enormous step to curb carbon pollution that is warming the mountain homes of cold-loving pika.

Read more on the Michigan event to mark the occassion.


MooseThe first time Rick Libbey saw a moose, it was on a trip that a friend took him on to a remote cabin in the woods of Maine--something he had never done before, but that would change his life.

Find out more about Rick's journey to becoming the "Moose Man."

4 years ago

Florida Panther
If anti-environment candidates are given power this November, programs crucial to recovering the  endangered Florida panther could soon be gutted.

Help keep up the fight to save the Florida panther.

Encourage Your "Friends" to Vote Wildlife-Friendly

"Vote Wildlife"

Share the "Vote Wildlife" Image on Facebook!


Native to the Hawaiian islands and found nowhere else in the world, Hawaiian monk seals are the only marine mammal found solely in U.S. waters.

4 years ago

Signed. Thank you for the news Lynn.

4 years ago

Florida manatees This past April we told you about a threat to Florida's Nature Coast in Pasco County -- one of the largest intact coastal ecosystems in Florida -- in the form of a five-mile-long channel to be cut through pristine seagrass beds, home to iconic species like the gentle, endangered Florida manatee.

Thanks to your comments, that permit wasn't granted, but now the threat has returned -- a new proposal that's just as destructive as the last.

There is no demonstrated public need for the project, and it's against the public's interest as there are already resources that more than meet the needs of existing marine traffic, without destroying a huge swath of Fillman Bayou.

Please: Tell the Army Corps of Engineers that we still don't want or need the SunWest dredge project slicing through one of the Gulf Coast's most valuable ecosystems.

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

th_th11312787881218744367.giffor you Lynn, you deserved it. Signed all.

Thanks so much, Sandi!
4 years ago

No Horse Slaughter in the United States!

No one wants horse slaughter plants in America. Tell the USDA not to allow horses to be slaughtered for their meat in the US.

No Horse Slaughter in the United States!
Goal: 15,000 • Progress: 39,125
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site


Here in the United States, horses aren't exactly considered a delicacy in the food world. In fact, in a recent poll, about 80% of Americans are opposed to horse slaughter of any kind. So why are certain proponents of horse slaughtering trying to open slaughterhouses right here in America?

The answer is simple: because they see a considerable market for horse meat, which is indeed a delicacy in many other cultures. These advocates want to slaughter horses here and ship their meat overseas.

That's not even the worst part. Many of the horses that end up in slaughterhouses may not be of show quality, but they are perfectly healthy.


4 years ago

signed. your welcome Lynn.

4 years ago

signed, and still signing

4 years ago

Cat Helps Boy Express His Emotions 

Young Lorcan Dillon has never told his parents that he loves them, but with the help of his best friend, Jessi-Cat, this 7-year-old has been making strides toward expressing his emotions.
Lorcan has selective mutism, an anxiety disorder that makes it difficult for him to speak in social situations or tell even his family how he feels. The boy, who lives in Davyhulme in the U.K., struggles with communication on a daily basis and rarely speaks to his teachers or classmates.
However, Lorcan’s behavior began to change when his mother got him a cream Birman named Jessi-Cat two years ago. The two quickly became inseparable.
"The reason I got Jessi-Cat is because pets and cats in particular are very good with children with special needs," Lorcan’s mom, Jayne Dillon, said...
According to his mother, Lorcan has made progress in overcoming his disability. In the past few weeks he’s begun speaking to people he doesn’t know very well and has even been reading to one of his teachers — something he’s never done before.
Dillon says she has Jessi-Cat to thank for her son’s improvements.

4 years ago

Breaking News: Hundreds of Dogs and Other Animals Rescued in South Carolina

Posted: 11 Sep 2012 03:29 PM PDT

I’ve written before about many websites that sell puppies over the Internet with cute photos and resolute assurances about healthy, happy dogs. But all too often, these claims hide the back story: the dogs are sourced from cruel puppy mills where breeding dogs live out their entire lives without basic care or attention. That’s why we’re urging the Obama administration to finalize a rule to regulate these online puppy sellers.

South Carolina puppy mill rescue
Photo: Allen E. Sullivan
Matted dogs await rescue in South Carolina.

Today in South Carolina, The HSUS’s Animal Rescue Team came to the aid of more than 200 dogs and puppies, along with dozens of birds and nine horses, living in awful conditions at a facility that sold puppies online using the name Calabel’s Designer Dogs.

The dogs range from tiny breeds such as Chihuahuas and Yorkies to larger golden retrievers and Doberman pinschers. The mill “has almost every breed under the sun,” says HSUS responder Ashley Mauceri. Nearly all the dogs, including pregnant females and mothers with nursing puppies, were living outdoors in overgrown pens and rabbit hutches encrusted with feces. Many had only filthy water to drink, little or no food, and inadequate living spaces.

Some dogs had open wounds covered in flies, and one poodle was especially emaciated and matted from head to toe—but Ashley says that like many of the animals, he seemed happy to get out of his pen and be carried to safety.

This rescue was set into motion when residents concerned about the animals’ welfare contacted The HSUS. Our anti-cruelty team coordinated with law enforcement, and today the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant to seize the animals. Weak laws against puppy mills make it possible for cruel conditions like these to go on for far too long.

Local agencies in Edgefield County simply don’t have the resources to care for hundreds of additional animals, so our Animal Rescue Team deployed to help. Our Shelter Services program also recently visited shelters in South Carolina to help support their work with additional resources and training. We’re grateful to the sheriff’s office for taking action, as well as to the Humane Society of Charlotte for assisting in the rescue and sending veterinarians to the scene. The HSUS is funding care for the horses, and we’ve set up an emergency shelter where we’ll care for the dogs and birds. There, they’ll receive clean food and water, veterinary checkups, and affection from our staff and volunteers to help put them on the path to better lives.

4 years ago

Tell Costco to stop selling real lambskin rugs from China! - The Petition Site

I was disgusted to walk into Costco today and see real lambskin rugs on sale for $169.99. They are made in China.
4 years ago

Thanks for the news Lynn, signed all the petitions.

4 years ago

Hi Lynn Noted all.. I'm sorry but that man getting ready to wack that poor elephant needs a Switch taken to him :-0 Wonderful story about the little boy speaking with the aid of his pet kitty I also thought all the Hundreds of Dogs and other animals rescued in South Carolina is very good news..Also already signed the Costco Petition about selling real lambskin rugs from China :-0 Thanx ) ) )

Thanks so much, Brenda and Barbara
4 years ago

Awesome story! Scamp saved the life of six kittens stuck inside a box on a mountain of trash. Scamp heard them, tore the box apart and brought them one by one where he now happily lives. Scamp is a former homeless dog, and had only one thought: saving them as he himself was once saved ♥

Thank you Scamp! You are wonderful and your story is really heartwarming! ♥

4 years ago
The Big StoryPolar BearsClock Ticking Down to Save Polar BearsScientists warn that we could lose more than two-thirds of the world's polar bears by 2050, yet these majestic animals are still being hunted to supply a burgeoning commercial trade in their body parts. Two polar bear pelts recently fetched a record $16,500 each at auction in Canada. Please call on President Obama to once again support a ban on this gruesome global trade, before the next meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Take Action
Campaign Update
4 years ago

Wyoming's Embattled Wolves Could Soon Be Shot on Sight Last month, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced it was stripping Wyoming's gray wolves of their Endangered Species Act protections. In doing so, the federal government will hand over management of wolves to the state, which plans to allow wolves to be shot on sight across most of Wyoming. Wolf populations in Montana and Idaho, which lost their endangered species protections last year, will see more aggressive hunting and trapping seasons this winter under management by those states. NRDC will be joining a lawsuit with other conservation groups to challenge the abandonment of Wyoming's wolves. Wolves

4 years ago
Thanks to McCartney's pleas, Sunder the elephant is being moved to a wildlife sanctuary.

Success! Paul McCartney Secures Abused Elephant’s Freedom

Last month we told you about the tragic plight of Sunder, a young elephant in India who has been abused and kept in a dark shed for years.

In addition to being forced to wear spiked chains, the elephant has a severe eye injury, skin lesions from abuse and is kept in a small shed where he cannot even turn around.

His story attracted worldwide attention when Sir Paul McCartney wrote an impassioned letter on his behalf, asking the Indian Forest Minister to set the animal free.

In his letter, McCartney wrote, “I have seen photographs of young Sunder, the elephant kept alone in a shed at Jyotiba Temple and put in chains with spikes. Years of his life have been ruined by keeping him and abusing him in this way and enough is enough. I most respectfully call on you … to get Sunder out.”

After news of McCartney’s letter spread, people around the globe spoke out in support of Sunder’s freedom. Petitions popped up on sites like, and other celebs, including Pamela Anderson, joined the fight.

So it comes as wonderful news that McCartney’s plea was successful. It was announced this week that plans are in the works to move Sunder from his painful temple shed to a wildlife refuge, where he will hopefully live out his days in freedom and sunshine.

PETA India had been working hard to secure Sunder’s release and are delighted that McCartney’s letter had the desired impact.

”We are grateful to the forest minister for agreeing to liberate Sunder,” said Mimi Bekechi, a PETA spokesperson.

So are we — we love a happy ending.

4 years ago

Great story and pictures of Scamp!

Thanks for video and other stories Lynn.

4 years ago

The thirst for ivory is making national headlines, but Secretary Clinton is doing her part to turn up the heat on foreign governments to help stop this senseless slaughter.

Help save elephants

Tell her thanks and ask her to keep up the good work.

Have you seen the grim front page news about elephants these last few days? The world is waking up to the fact that elephants are in crisis.


Major news outlets like the New York Times, National Public Radio, and National Geographic are highlighting the escalating violence and organized crime in central Africa and Asia that made 2011 the worst year for elephants in decades.

Based on reported elephant slaughters and ivory seizures, 2012 is shaping up to be even worse.

Luckily, one of the world’s most famous diplomats is standing up for elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, and other wildlife that are gravely threatened by the illegal wildlife trade. Over the last week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has made illegal wildlife trafficking one of the focal points of her travels through Africa and Asia.

Send Secretary Clinton a thank you note for shining a spotlight on this crisis and for her efforts to save wildlife.

Saving elephants is a global effort, and we all have a role to play. We need more boots on the ground protecting elephants. We need strict law enforcement measures to punish these criminals. We need to raise public awareness. And we need to step up the pressure on governments to help curb the insatiable demand for illegal ivory.

Secretary Clinton is doing her part.

This past week, she successfully rallied Asian leaders to pledge to ramp up efforts to combat illegal wildlife trafficking by building capacity, expanding enforcement, and increasing cooperation to make sure everyone is working their hardest to protect national security, economic stability, and precious endangered wildlife.

Secretary Clinton, thanks for your tough stance on this issue. We need you to keep turning up the pressure on governments to help end this crisis.

The only way this news is going to stay top of mind is if officials in the highest reaches of government like Secretary Clinton continue to put it on their agendas. Let’s show them that we’re paying attention and like what we see.

Thanks for standing with us at this critical moment for elephants.


John F. Calvelli
John F. Calvelli
Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
Wildlife Conservation Society

4 years ago

Slow and Steady Wins the Race to Save Gopher Tortoises

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 04:04 PM PDT

Our critics in various animal-use industries constantly try to define us, and try to say The HSUS should work on one narrow set of humane issues–or, not to work on humane issues at all. Rest assured, we don’t take their advice. We’ve always been about protecting all animals. And that’s what we’ll continue to do as long as you keep supporting us.

Gopher tortoise being removed from planned construction site in Florida
One of the gopher tortoises saved yesterday in Florida.

Yesterday, our Animal Rescue Team was in the field on a puppy mill raid in South Carolina. But our new Wildlife Innovations and Response Team was at work in Florida on another mission–digging out threatened gopher tortoises at risk of being entombed at a subdivision construction site in Tarpon Springs (you can watch a video of the project here).

In 2007, after a campaign by The HSUS, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ended a controversial policy for construction sites that allowed tortoises to be crushed or buried alive in their burrows. Although the commission improved its policy by requiringnew construction projects to move tortoises before beginning construction, the commission grandfathered all permits applied for before July 31, 2007, allowing the tortoises living at these sites to be entombed. With the economic downturn in recent years and the slowdown in Florida’s housing market, thousands more gopher tortoises are still living on construction sites where they can legally be buried alive.

Fortunately, many developers with grandfathered permits have contacted The HSUS and asked for help moving tortoises to safety out of planned construction sites. Tampa-based Deeb Family Homes did just that before moving forward with development plans at the Keystone Springs site. Thanks to their commitment in saving this ecologically important species–and thanks to the generosity of Dr. Sharon Hook and Erika Seshadri, members of HSUS’s State Council in Florida–we were able to rescue 18 gopher tortoises, estimated in age from just a few months old to 50 years old, from what would have been a horrific end. Generous grants from The Folke H. Peterson foundation have allowed The HSUS to rescue more than 2,200 tortoises since 2006. It’s an amazing feature of our work, and I’m so proud of our staff and supporters for helping these magnificent creatures.

Using a painstaking, meticulous process perfected over the years, our staff worked with a highly trained backhoe operator to carefully extract the tortoises from their burrows one at a time, then placed the animals in individual carriers for relocation.

Early this morning, our team transported the tortoises on a 7-hour journey to their new home at Nokuse Plantation, a permanently protected, 50,000-acre preserve in Walton County, where they're being checked and prepared for release tomorrow. Nokuse Plantation has been an unwavering supporter of gopher tortoise rescue, providing a permanent home to more than 3,500 tortoises and waiving its management fees to help save the animals.

The HSUS has been a leader in gopher tortoise relocations in Florida and will continue to work with developers to relocate tortoises from construction sites to safe homes.  

4 years ago

Signed. Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago
Dear Animal Advocates,

Each branch of the Armed Forces uses military working dogs (MWDs) in service to our country. Many of these intelligent, loyal animals have served alongside our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they prevented countless injuries and saved lives.

Unfortunately, these heroic dogs are currently classified as “equipment” by the U.S. Department of Defense. This classification not only trivializes these animals’ contributions, it also makes it difficult to transport dogs serving in foreign lands back to the United States for adoption once they’re ready for civilian life.

The Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act will remedy this issue by reclassifying MWDs as “canine members of the armed forces” and instituting programs to assist with their placement and veterinary care after retirement from service—all without using federal funds. This legislation is a common-sense solution that will give these dogs the care and respect that they have earned.

What You Can Do
The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed this important piece of legislation as part of a larger military policy bill. Now you can help the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act pass the U.S. Senate.

Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online right now to email your two U.S. senators in Washington, D.C., and urge them to support and cosponsor the bill.

Thank you, advocates, for standing up for America’s military working dogs.

Take Action Now »

4 years ago

September 13, 2012 

Beauty, rescued from dog meat marketThank You For Rescuing Me From The Meat Market

During one of our most dangerous undercover investigations ever, to document the South Korean dog meat trade, IDA rescued a dozen dogs and one cat who were all destined for torture and slaughter.

IDA saved Beauty, the dog pictured here, and her friends and covered ALL expenses to bring them from South Korea to the United States. Your donations paid for transportation, boarding, intensive medical treatment, spay and neuter, therapy, and more. Soon, the last of these recent rescues will be safe aboard a U.S.-bound jet. Beauty, who once faced a slow and agonizing death in South Korea's biggest dog meat market, is now living the dream life at a California vineyard!

You can turn the tide for South Korea’s dogs and cats.

Together we've done much and we've got exciting plans for the future. Click here to read more

4 years ago

St. Francis of AssisiWorld Animal Day Is October 4   

World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October 4. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. While the specifics of the day vary from country to country, the unifying theme is to celebrate animal life.

October 4 was originally chosen for World Animal Day as tribute to Francis of Assisi, a nature lover viewed by some as a patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to October 4 with a Blessing of the Animals.

World Animal Day logoSince 1931, World Animal Day has gradually developed into a secular observation for those of all beliefs, nationalities, and backgrounds who respect and fight for animals. While animal blessings remain the central focus of the event in many churches and synagogues, animal shelters also use the day to hold fundraising events, wildlife groups organize information displays, schools undertake animal-related project work and friends or co-workers donate to animal charities or pledge to sponsor a shelter animal.

At IDA, we use World Animal Day to promote the values of our Guardian Campaign. Please view the videos linked below, and share them with your friends and family. The videos will enable you to pass along some very important messages, illuminating IDA’s efforts to create a more caring, loving and compassionate world for our animal friends. These very short videos contain no harsh images. They were created to respectfully remind people how to act in more caring and responsible ways.

Guardian Celebrity PSA featuring Peter Falk, Kristen Bell, Jane Goodall, Wendie Malick

"I'm A Guardian" video by IDA volunteer Carlyn Montes De Oca

"Be A Guardian, Not An Owner" video featuring IDA Founder Dr. Elliot Katz and actress Elaine Hendrix

Our everyday actions and language can be such powerful tools for our animal friends. If you wish to be part of IDA’s Guardian Campaign outreach and educational efforts, please send an e-mail to:

Click here to read "What's In A Word?", a new opinion piece about IDA's Guardian Campaign.

4 years ago

Romancing the DogOrder Romancing The Dog Today And Get Free Gifts

There’s a unique bond between people and their animal companions, and once in awhile someone captures it just right. Romancing the Dog is packed with humor, headaches and heartaches, documenting how Marion Zola and her husband adopted Chips from a local rescue group and got a bit more than they bargained for when they brought him home to Beverly Hills.

Order Romancing the Dog today and get valuable free gifts as part of the special launch-day promotion. And the cost of the book will be donated to an animal charity with your purchase! Click here for more information.

"Sensitive and touching. Each page is filled with the fun and satisfaction of living with and saving the life of a shelter dog. It reminds me of the joy I experienced, the appreciation and love I received from my own two shelter adoptions."  - Elliot Katz, DVM, President Emeritus, In Defense of Animals

4 years ago
Audubon Advisory
September 13, 2012
Vol 2012 Issue 9
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Pacific Loon | Credit: Milo Burcham Victory on the Horizon for Teshekpuk Lake
Last month, the Department of Interior released a proposal for the first-ever comprehensive management plan for the nearly 23-million acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, which would help safeguard key areas that Audubon has been working to protect for more than twenty years. Read more.

Pacific Loons are among millions of birds that nest in the Reserve.  Golden Eagle in Flight | Peter LaTourette National Wildlife Refuge System Under Attack
A new bill would make it impossible for the President to establish new wildlife refuges. That's a huge problem, because the Executive branch—including every President since Theodore Roosevelt—has established 90 percent of all refuges. Read more.

More than 200 National Wildlife Refuges have been established specifically to provide habitat for migratory birds, like this Long-billed Curlew. Spectacled Eider pair | Credit: Milo Burcham Shell Falters Again in Arctic Ocean Drilling
This week, Shell was forced to halt operations it had begun just one day earlier in the Arctic Ocean, due to a mass of ice that moved into the area. "Time and again, Shell has shown it's not ready to handle the harsh conditions of the Arctic Ocean," said Taldi Walter, Assistant Director of Government Relations for Audubon. Read more.

Even a few drops of oil can cause hypothermia and death for Arctic seabirds like Spectacled Eiders. 
4 years ago

Signed, thanks for the news Lynn.

4 years ago

Horse Lately, PETA has received an unprecedented number of whistleblower reports alleging animal abuse in the television and film industries. Despite the presence of the American Humane Association (AHA) on set, numerous animals have allegedly been hurt, put in dangerous situations, and even killed in the name of entertainment. In some cases, it has been alleged that AHA management looked the other way or was even complicit in arranging for the filming of sequences that were potentially dangerous for animals.

PETA is calling on the AHA to immediately overhaul its monitoring program, and we have made several recommendations on how the organization can get started.

You can help horses, great apes, and other animals used in the entertainment industry by contacting the AHA right now.

Every voice helps.



A Postcard from Zambia
4 years ago

Thank you for taking a pledge with our partner Care2 to help combat the rhino poaching crisis. Every day, two more rhinos are slaughtered for their horns. While this is tragic, I am reassured that I can call you a partner in this crucial fight.

I'm writing to you from the frontlines – our field office in Zambia – where we vigilantly work to protect these imperiled creatures and combat their human predators. Rhinos will go extinct without the help of people like you – there is no more time to spare.

Please tell everyone you know about the rhino poaching crisis. Enlist their help. Together we can save Africa's rhinos from extinction.

    Jones Masonde     Thank you,
Jones Masonde
Jones Masonde
AWF Ecologist
 Rhino postcard from the Republic of ZambiaRhinoRhino  

This post was modified from its original form on 14 Sep, 15:52
4 years ago

Already signed. Thank you.

Thanks, Brenda :-)
4 years ago

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4 years ago

Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

My dog Heidi died after eating treats that are still on Walgreen's shelves. Help me ask the company to stop selling them.

Five days after eating just two pieces of the Waggin' Train chicken jerky dog treats I bought at my local Walgreens, my German Shepherd Heidi died.

That day, I sat at my computer crying and did a Google search for "What killed my dog?" That's when I learned -- too late -- about the ongoing investigation by the FDA, and the hundreds of stories about dogs becoming ill and dying after eating these treats. 

It could be months or years before the FDA recalls the treats, which are made in China -- and in the meantime, Heidi and other dogs are dying because Walgreens and other retailers are still selling these dangerous treats. I started a petition on asking Walgreens to stop stocking these deadly dog treats. Please click here to sign my petition and protect other dogs from suffering Heidi's fate.

I knew nothing of the dangers of chicken jerky dog treats when I bought them for Heidi: there was no warning on the package or on the shelf at Walgreens.

I can't believe these dangerous treats are still being sold in stores across the country. People trust their favorite stores and companies to sell them safe products. I trusted my corner drug store. Heidi trusted me. And Heidi paid for it with her life. 

Earlier this year, Terry Safranek started a petition on after her dog Sampson died, asking Nestle Purina to recall the treats. Nestle is dragging its feet -- but if Walgreens takes these treats off their shelves, fewer people will unknowingly feed their best friends dangerous treats, and other stores will have to start paying attention too.

Please help me by telling Walgreens that we need them to restore our trust in them by taking the treats off their shelves. Click here to sign my petition. When you sign, a letter will be sent to Walgreens and other top retailers that sell the treats.

Thank you for your help.

- Rita Desollar

4 years ago

Signed.RIP Heidi & Samson.  Rita I'm so sorry for your lost!

4 years ago

Heartbreaking story!

4 years ago

Signed all I could. Thanks Lynn.

Poison dog treats from China
4 years ago

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