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, President & CEO
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Name Our Newest Rescue, An Orphaned Baby Bobcat
Big Cat Rescuers Jamie Veronica and Dr. Justin recently traveled to Sanibel Island to pick up an orphaned bobcat kitten from CROW rehab facility. CROW staff received this kitten from nearby Captiva Island. The three month old male was found under a house shortly after an adult bobcat was discovered dead on the side of the road, a victim of a car collision. There are no wildlife rehab facilities on the island so the kitten was trapped and sent via helicopter to CROW. There he received treatment for a parasite infection and was put on a stable diet to increase his weight. Meanwhile CROW's contact from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission had received a tip from our contact that Big Cat Rescue had facilities for rehabilitating bobcats and that we were currently in the process of rehabilitating another bobcat of the same age. (A young male named Gator, rescued from Gainesville, who's story appeared in last month's e-zine) Arrangements were made to bring the kitten from Sanibel Island all the way to Tampa with the hopes of rearing the two bobcat kittens together. Having another bobcat for companionship at this impressionable age will increase their odds of surviving on their own in the wild incredibly. Our current bobcat in rehab, Gator, was very excited to see his new neighbor move in! We need your help to find the purr-fect name for this new bobcat kitten. For just $1 you can submit a name into the Name the Bobcat Contest. Enter as many times as you like. Choose several names or increase your odds of winning by submitting your name more than once. Your name suggestions will help fund the ongoing care of both rehab bobcats, so it's fur a good cause! Enter your suggestion here: http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/servlet/the-1296/Name-the-Bobcat/Detail
Big Cat Rescuers Jamie Veronica and Dr. Justin recently traveled to Sanibel Island to pick up an orphaned bobcat kitten from CROW rehab facility. CROW staff received this kitten from nearby Captiva Island. The three month old male was found under a house shortly after an adult bobcat was discovered dead on the side of the road, a victim of a car collision. There are no wildlife rehab facilities on the island so the kitten was trapped and sent via helicopter to CROW.
There he received treatment for a parasite infection and was put on a stable diet to increase his weight. Meanwhile CROW's contact from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission had received a tip from our contact that Big Cat Rescue had facilities for rehabilitating bobcats and that we were currently in the process of rehabilitating another bobcat of the same age. (A young male named Gator, rescued from Gainesville, who's story appeared in last month's e-zine)
Arrangements were made to bring the kitten from Sanibel Island all the way to Tampa with the hopes of rearing the two bobcat kittens together. Having another bobcat for companionship at this impressionable age will increase their odds of surviving on their own in the wild incredibly. Our current bobcat in rehab, Gator, was very excited to see his new neighbor move in!
We need your help to find the purr-fect name for this new bobcat kitten. For just $1 you can submit a name into the Name the Bobcat Contest. Enter as many times as you like. Choose several names or increase your odds of winning by submitting your name more than once. Your name suggestions will help fund the ongoing care of both rehab bobcats, so it's fur a good cause!
Enter your suggestion here: http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/servlet/the-1296/Name-the-Bobcat/Detail
Picture All Wild Cats Living Free
Can you imagine a world where the only exotic cats in cages are those like the bobcat kittens above who are getting a chance to heal and prepare for life in the wild? Please watch this video and help make that a reality. TAKE ACTION NOW! The Senate version of the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection act was just introduced last Thursday. A bill must pass in the House and Senate, so please send a quick and easy email at this link: http://www.capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=61874551&type=CO
Can you imagine a world where the only exotic cats in cages are those like the bobcat kittens above who are getting a chance to heal and prepare for life in the wild? Please watch this video and help make that a reality.
TAKE ACTION NOW! The Senate version of the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection act was just introduced last Thursday. A bill must pass in the House and Senate, so please send a quick and easy email at this link: http://www.capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=61874551&type=CO
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A soaring hawk or eagle is an unforgettable sight. And no matter where you live, you're probably not far from a great place to watch migrating raptors. Check out Audubon Magazine's list of 10 awesome hawk watching spots, from New Jersey's Cape May to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bird Observatory. Itching to use your passport? Veracruz, Mexico is on every raptor lover's bucket list.
One of the country's leading scientific organizations has come out in support of restricting human access to caves in order to stem the spread of white-nose syndrome, the disease that has killed nearly 7 million bats in North America over the past six years. In the latest issue of Bioscience, editor-in-chief Dr. Timothy Beardsley, of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, wrote an editorial about white-nose syndrome called "Quarantine the Caves." It concludes: "Preventing human contamination of vulnerable environments should now be a priority." That includes closing caves where bats hibernate so humans don't accidentally help spread white-nose when they go from cave to cave.
The Center for Biological Diversity has, for more than four years, called for national action against this deadly bat disease, including closing caves to human access except for emergencies and important scientific research. We also petitioned the White House earlier this year for an aggressive national plan addressing white-nose syndrome, one of the worst wildlife disease outbreaks in our nation's history.
Read more in our press release, where you can also read Dr. Beardsley's editorial, and take action to save bats now.
A critical corridor connecting two wildlife areas in Southern California has new protections as part of a settlement reached by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies. The deal gives safeguards to a strip of land linking the 1,500-acre Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park and the 649-acre March Stephens' kangaroo rat conservation area in Riverside County. The settlement, approved last week, is our third legal victory in two years and protects more than 800 acres in an effort to help imperiled local wildlife like bobcats, burrowing owls and coast horned lizards. It also caps a series of successful settlements orchestrated by the Center dedicating wildlife habitat in Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park and protecting habitat on Riverside County's former March Air Force Base property.
Providing a permanent connection between protected preserves increases species' mobility, which reduces the risks posed by genetic isolation, disease outbreaks and natural disasters like wildfires. "Protecting corridors that link wildlife reserves is absolutely critical to maintaining our web of life," said the Center's Jonathan Evans.
Read more about this string of victories in our press release and Inland News Today. Then check out our map of the protected habitat.
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Big Cat Rescue Blindsided
See the video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/mFDH48cRxFY
Actor Quinton Aaron, most famously known for his lead role in the movie The Blind Side along with Sandra Bullock, recently visited the sanctuary. Having played the part of abandoned and homeless Michael Oher who then found a wonderful home with the Touhy family, Mr. Aaron said he could readily identify with the cats who had been similarly abandoned and then found a wonderful home at Big Cat Rescue. While he was here, Mr. Aaron made a radio public service announcement for us that you can hear at the link below and on Cox Radio stations throughout the Tampa Bay Area. He also made a video that you can see at at the link below. It was an honor having Mr. Aaron visit us and we very much appreciate his passion for the cats and his support! http://bigcatrescue.org/2012/quinton-aaron-of-the-blind-side
Top 5 Most Shocking Incidents of Big Cat Exploitation
We hope by sharing this list with you each month you will join us in speaking out for the wild animals that are exploited across this country each and every day. We encourage you to take one small action today and reach out via phone or email to contact the offenders listed below and politely express your concern. Together we can be the voice for the voiceless…together we can make a difference. Please join us in our mission of Caring for Cats & Ending the Trade.
No. 1 The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo (Alabama) regularly offers tiger cub “encounters” where guests pay for photos with the cubs and to pet them. In order to continuously profit from this sort of exploitation they have recently acquired two new cubs. Have you ever wondered where these cubs go once they are too large and dangerous for public contact? The law currently permits contact with tiger cubs for only four weeks of their life. Can you imagine what the next 20 or so years of their lives must be like once they are no longer profitable props? Please speak up for these defenseless cubs! Phone: (251) 968-5731 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
No. 2 The Hotel at Auburn University (Alabama) had the two tiger cubs from the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo at their football season kick-off event two weeks ago. Guests had the opportunity to hold and pet the cubs – there are even photos of one of the poor cubs being forced to wear an Auburn Tigers football helmet that are circulating the internet! If you do not agree with tiger cubs being exploited in this way, please let Hans van der Reijden, Managing Director of the hotel, know. “Renting” cubs like these only adds to the overwhelming number of abused and abandoned adult tigers, whom have outlived their usefullness, seeking refuge across the country. Phone: (334) 821-8200 Email: email@example.com
No. 3 Zootastic Park of Lake Norman (North Carolina) offers “cub encounters” and “safari encounters” that allow guests to “interact” with tiger cubs for an entire hour! In addition, the park owner Scottie Brown brings his tiger cubs to local malls and charges people to have their photos taken with them. It seems there is very little rest for these tiny cubs so that their four-week window of usefulness is maximized. Phone: (888) 966-0069 Email Owner Scottie Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org
No. 4 King Richard’s Faire (Massachusetts) continues to promote the explotation of tigers, lions and a liger until the end of October. You may have already responded to our alert last month (Thank you!) about this seven-week festival, but it’s so important we wanted to remind you again if you haven’t yet contacted the Faire and its sponsors. Learn more and take action at: http://capwiz.com/bigcatrescue/issues/alert/?alertid=61819556
No. 5 Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo (Georgia) is offering “tiger cub encounters” through October. The zoo’s website announces guests can bottle feed white tiger cubs who “love to snuggle” and have photos taken with them for $250 per person. Do you believe that given the choice these cubs would prefer to be handled by an endless line of people or to snuggle with their mom? Phone: (678) 859-6820 Email: email@example.com
If you hear about exotic cats or cubs being exploited in your area, please contact Susan Bass at Susan.Bass@BigCatRescue.org. As always you can keep up with the latest action alerts at CatLaws.com Thank you!
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced that 110 chimpanzees from the New Iberia Research Center (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) would be "retired." This is great news. However, only 10 will go to a sanctuary. The other 100 will be transferred to the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI) in San Antonio. TBRI has a record of poor primate care and was fined $25,714 by the USDA earlier this year for violating the Animal Welfare Act.
We welcome the announcement that these chimpanzees will leave New Iberia, but they will still be housed in a laboratory, rather than a sanctuary as Congress mandated when it passed The Chimpanzee Health Improvement Maintenance and Protection Act (The CHIMP Act) in 2000. Click here to tell the NIH to send ALL of the chimpanzees to sanctuaries.
A priest delivered orphaned eight-month-old Carla (left) to IDA Africa's Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center in Cameroon. The dehydrated infant had been given to the priest the day before by a hunter who thought she would die because she refused to eat.
Two-year-old Kanoa (right) was confiscated in Cameroon's West Province during the arrest of a dealer, who was attempting to sell him to undercover agents. Click here to read more.
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Dear Betty Jayne,
In a stunning show of compassion, the U.S. Postal Service has agreed to halt the use of glue traps in its facilities nationwide! There are more than 35,000 postal facilities in the U.S., so this means that countless mice and other small animals will no longer be subjected to slow, agonizing deaths from starvation, dehydration, and stress.
Thank you to everyone who took time to write to the USPS, and a big thank-you to the USPS for making this decision! For more ways that you can help animals, please visit our action-alert page.
Senior Cruelty Caseworker
Cruelty Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
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Dear Betty Jayne,
Jaguars are returning to the Southwest, part of their native range since time immemorial. While we celebrate the homecoming of these beautiful animals, their future is far from secure: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to designate only a portion of their potential habitat as protected "critical habitat."
We must protect the canyons and forests where jaguars can thrive from being destroyed by devastating mines, sprawling subdivisions and the draining of rivers and streams. Endangered animals with protected critical habitat are more than twice as likely to be recovering as those without.
Please take action now to tell the Service to protect all of the habitat the jaguars need to recover in the Southwest and give them a real welcome home.
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Endangered sea turtles crushed, stressed and diseased. Living with open wounds in waste-filled waters, they fight for food, bite each other and even resort to cannibalism. Welcome to the Cayman Turtle Farm.
A recent WSPA undercover investigation at the popular tourist attraction revealed these disturbing conditions and much more.
This horrific animal neglect and cruelty is all in pursuit of profit. While a few lucky sea turtles are released into the wild, far more will be slaughtered by the farm and sold as steaks or burgers to visiting tourists.
Take action now. Please join our campaign to end sea turtle cruelty at the Cayman Turtle Farm. Together, we can end the suffering of thousands of sea turtles who are living in these prison-like conditions.
Thank you for all you do to help animals in need.
Elizabeth Hogan Campaign Manager for Oceans & Wildlife WSPA USA
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If jaguars are going to recover in the American Southwest, they'll need millions of acres of protected habitat. The Center for Biological Diversity delivered that message late last week to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which proposed in August to protect more than 838,000 acres of the jaguars' critical habitat in Arizona and New Mexico. While those areas are important, we're also urging protection of vast swaths of the Mogollon Rim of Arizona and New Mexico's Gila National Forest so that jaguars that wander into the United States from Mexico will have safe havens to recolonize.
"The best habitat for American jaguars lies in the vast and rugged Gila National Forest in New Mexico and adjoining pine forests in Arizona," said Michael Robinson, the Center's specialist on jaguars and wolves. "The Fish and Wildlife Service has a moral duty to protect these special places, where jaguars once lived and which they should be able to call home again."
We know these extremely rare cats are here: Last month, a remote camera photographed the tail of a jaguar in southern Arizona.
Read more in the Las Cruces Sun-News and learn more about that mysterious jaguar photo in a Huffington Post op-ed by the Center's Noah Greenwald.
Quote Of The Week - Professor Marc Bekoff
"Animals are not resources or property with whom we can do what we please, their lives matter very much, and they should be firmly entrenched in our moral community. Accepting the notion of 'animal guardian' to replace 'pet owner' will go a long way towards making the lives of our companions much better and richer." - Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado
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Dear Betty Jayne,
This Wednesday, October 31, the Enterprise Town Advisory Board in Clark County, N.V., will consider an application for a permit that would allow notorious animal exhibitor and breeder James "Mike" Casey to keep exotic animals at a private residence owned by Stacey Jones, who has submitted the application on Casey's behalf.
Casey, who has a lengthy history of abusing and neglecting animals and endangering the public, has at least three chimpanzees and a capuchin monkey at this residence. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture records, Casey has hit a chimpanzee with his fist and thrown hot water on a chimpanzee. And according to the sworn statement of a whistleblower, Casey regularly punches the chimpanzees forcefully, throws hot water on them, and strikes them with a rod. Based on this evidence, leading experts have advised that these animals are in urgent need of rescue and should be immediately removed from Casey.
Allowing Casey to keep these animals would also put the public at risk. Chimpanzees are dangerous and unpredictable animals. According to world-renowned primatologist and chimpanzee expert Dr. Jane Goodall, chimpanzees—who have at least five times the strength of humans as adults—can and will bite, especially when frustrated by an unnatural existence. Casey himself was attacked by a chimpanzee who bit off a good portion of his nose. One of the chimpanzees currently held by Casey in Clark County previously bit a child, and at least four chimpanzees have escaped from facilities operated by Casey. And in 2009, a chimpanzee born and bred at Casey's Missouri compound attacked and severely mutilated a woman who required more than seven hours of stabilizing surgery after reportedly losing her hands, nose, lips, and eyelids in the attack.
Please speak up right away and let the Enterprise Town Advisory Board know that Casey and Jones should not be allowed to keep exotic animals. You can contact the board through its liaison, Tiffany Hesser, at 702-455-7388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also forward this to all your friends, family, and coworkers who care about animal abuse or public safety, especially if they reside in Clark County or the Las Vegas area.
Thank you for taking action.
Delcianna Winders Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement PETA Foundation
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Dear Betty Jayne,
Some of us have had enough scares this week from Hurricane Sandy. But for those looking to salvage a little Halloween fun out of the chaos this year -- and send a powerful message about the state of our planet -- here's your chance.
Click here to see and send our five Halloween endangered species and conservation e-postcards to your friends and family.
As this week’s superstorm showed us yet again, the planet is undergoing some alarming changes. The globe is warming, sea levels are rising, mega-storms are increasing in frequency and plants and animals around the world are disappearing up to 10,000 faster than the natural rate. There are simply too many people on Earth, consuming too much, creating too much waste and seeing their governments make shortsighted decisions about how to manage our natural birthright.
Luckily it's not all gloom and doom. With your help, the Center for Biological Diversity has been successfully fighting extinction for more than 20 years. Together we can stop rare plants and animals, wilderness and a livable climate from fading into a purely legendary past.
Halloween's a great time to spread the word about the importance of that fight, and the Center has a few tricks up our sleeves to make taking action a treat.
Check out our five Halloween e-postcards to send along.
Dear Betty Jayne,
The lives of 70 beagles are at risk, and we need your help! A whistleblower has given PETA evidence, including video footage, of 70 beagles being held at Animal Quarantine and Certification Services in Chennai. The dogs – who were imported as "pets" from China – will soon be transported to Advinus Therapeutics' laboratory in Bangalore, where they will likely be injected with or force-fed chemicals, experimental drugs and pesticides until they become very sick or die. The dogs' invalid import paperwork renders their shipment illegal.
PETA is calling on the Indian government to conduct an urgent investigation and, if Advinus is proved guilty of the illegal transport, to order that the animals be confiscated and transferred to the care of PETA India so they can be adopted and placed in loving homes.
Take action now and urge government officials to investigate and save these 70 beagle dogs from deadly laboratory tests. Sincerely,
Thank you Betty! Signed
It's been more than a week since Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast, and millions are still struggling to recover from the immense damage left in its wake. As PETA's rescue teams scoured the flooded streets near our Norfolk, Va., headquarters looking to help animals threatened by the high winds and rising waters of the storm, they repeatedly came across a sight seen far too often when disaster strikes: dogs chained by callous and neglectful people and left to face potentially deadly conditions on their own.
Whenever PETA learns of a potential threat to animals—including hurricanes, flash floods, severe winter storms, and forest fires—we immediately work to give advance warnings to those in harm's way about allowing their animals indoors with the rest of the family or preparing to take them along in case evacuation becomes necessary. Unfortunately, in many disasters so-called "guardians" fail to heed these warnings and instead leave their dogs chained outside, with nothing to protect them from the conditions that the people themselves are fleeing!
As Hurricane Sandy hit, PETA made an urgent appeal to governors in states at risk of being hit by the storm to issue "no chaining" orders to help protect some of the dogs who were most in danger from the storm. While many people throughout the Northeast safely evacuated with their animal friends or moved them indoors, it's difficult to know how many animals did not survive as the hurricane raged up the coast.
That's why I'm asking for your help today, before more dogs meet a terrifying end as a result of neglect.
Please sign our petition online right now and commit to helping dogs left to survive extreme weather at the end of a chain.
Thank you for everything that you do for animals — particularly those put at risk by terrifying storms like Sandy.
Ingrid E. Newkirk
P.S. Dogs should never be left chained outside. You can help ensure that they are protected from the elements before the next disaster strikes by taking action right now!
Beautiful song! Thank you Betty- signed the petition.
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Amendments Could Stop Dangerous Lead Poisoning Provision -- Take Action
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) last night filed two potential amendments to the so-called “Sportsmen’s Act” (S.B. 3525). One would eliminate a dangerous provision (pushed by the NRA) in the original version of the bill that would ban the Environmental Protection Agency from doing anything to prevent lead poisonings in wildlife caused by hunting ammunition and fishing tackle left behind in the wild. The other would require that, before the EPA takes any action, a study be conducted of the potential threats to human health, wildlife and the environment from lead ammunition and fishing tackle.
The Center for Biological Diversity has been fighting for years to get the EPA to remove toxic lead from ammunition and fishing tackle. Lead poisons and kills millions of eagles, loons, endangered California condors and other birds and wildlife each year. Meanwhile, the Center is also backing an amendment in the “Sportsmen’s Act” to prevent polar bear pelts from being illegally imported into the United States from Canada.
November 16, 2012Federal Puppy Mill Rule Almost Done, Needs Final Push
The USDA is poised to enact new, nationwide regulations of puppy mills—but we need your help. Send an email to the agriculture secretary, urging him to finalize the rules and start protecting dogs stat! Read more...
Over the last twenty-six years, Fur Free Friday has grown to become the largest animal rights demonstration of the year. Don't miss your opportunity on November 23, the day after Thanksgiving, to join with thousands of activists worldwide for this important international day of action! Please check out our 2012 list of events to find a demonstration in your area.
If you have any questions about Fur Free Friday, or IDA's fur campaign, please contact Christy Griffin at Christy@idausa.org.
Clothing retailer bebe promised to go fur-free by 2008, yet they continue to sell fur. Please tell bebe's CEO that you will not shop at bebe until they go fur-free permanently! Leading fashion retailers like Guess, J.Crew, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger have all made the compassionate decision to go fur-free. Urge bebe to join them. Click here to send an email right now.
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December 6, 2012
Grey seal pup. Photo by PA, 2011.
The Canadian Senate issued a report calling for the slaughter of 70,000 grey seals in a misguided effort to 'bring back the cod'. It's deja vu for those of us who have been working to end the harp seal slaughter for years.
Canadian Senator Mac Harb disputed the report's findings, saying, "I am very disappointed that the Committee has decided to ignore testimony including the Department of Fishery and Ocean’s own reports as well as research carried out by independent marine scientists – testimony which overwhelmingly concluded that a cull of grey seals cannot be scientifically justified. The Committee has also chosen to ignore the complexities of the marine ecosystem and the very definite risks and uncertainties inherent in a large scale seal cull."
Let's make sure that this cull never happens. Please send Canada's Senators a protest email here.
Read more at the Harpseals.org home page.
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Dear Animal Advocates:
Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate took a huge step toward strengthening federal laws against animal fighting by passing the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act. This legislation, passed unanimously by the Senate, would make it a federal offense to knowingly attend an organized animal fight and would impose additional penalties for bringing children to animal fights.
While organized animal fighting is a federal crime and is illegal in all 50 states, the laws against spectators vary from state to state. Spectators at animal fights are not there accidentally; they intentionally seek out the criminal activity, often travelling across state lines, for the entertainment of watching two animals fight to the death and the opportunity to gamble on the outcome. This bill will help law enforcement by allowing them to pursue and punish the spectators who drive the market for animal fighting.
In order for the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act to become law, the House of Representatives must also pass the bill. Even though the House bill has 228 cosponsors (more than half of the House!), it has stalled.
We need your help. Please take a moment to send a polite email to your Member of Congress. Urge him or her to call on the House Leadership to take a vote on the bill before the Congressional session ends this month. Animals victimized in this grisly blood sport are in desperate need—and they are counting on us to get the job done!
Thank you for your support!
Your e-mail message was sent to: Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY 14th)
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January Is Unchain A Dog Month
Do you know of a chained dog near where you live or work? Would you pledge to make this unhappy dog's life better this year? It doesn't require a huge time commitment - a little action can go a long way.
Dogs chained outside suffer from loneliness, boredom, and weather extremes that, depending on the climate, can be downright brutal. While some people are uncaring when it comes to their dog's comfort, others are merely repeating family customs, unaware of what animals need to thrive and be happy.
Please consider what you can commit to, then act. Perhaps bring a daily treat or water bowl refill. Your involvement can greatly improve the quality of life for this unfortunate individual. If you can make the time to take the dog on daily walks, consider approaching a sympathetic member of the dog's household and, without judgment, volunteer your time. Remember that you are trying to help the dog, not shame the people. A friendly approach will make it more likely that you will be allowed to help the dog.
Over time, the dog's human family might step in and start doing what they see you doing, as they start to realize they haven't been ideal dog guardians. There is always more you can do. If your efforts to help are met with hostility, you can see whether there are local ordinances about chaining dogs, or work with your city government to get a law passed.
Please don't let another year go by while watching a dog suffer. Thanks for making a difference. For more info contact Anita@idausa.org.
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Sign Petition: Fire And Prosecute Police Officers In Illegal Killing Of A Boulder, Colorado Neighborhood Elk
Please sign this petition asking Colorado officials to fire and prosecute officers Sam Carter and Brent Curnow for the death of the elk known as Big Boy.
On January 1, the beloved male elk who had been frequenting the Mapleton Hill area of Boulder, Colorado was shot dead by on-duty police officer Sam Carter. Officer Carter posed with the dead body shortly after killing Big Boy, a name given to the elk by residents of the area. He then called fellow officer Brent Curnow, who was off-duty, to come and collect the animal for butchering.
Both officers failed to report the incident to their dispatch or supervisors at the Boulder Police Department. They also didn't report the incident to Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, which is also required.
Officer Carter has given conflicting accounts of why he shot Big Boy. He first told investigators that Big Boy appeared injured and that he was putting him out of his misery. He also told investigators that Big Boy was aggressive and that's why he fired. Both of these stories have been contradicted by neighbors who saw Big Boy on an almost daily basis, including those who saw Big Boy just hours before he was killed.
Officer Carter acted recklessly, needlessly firing a shotgun in a heavily populated residential area. And not reporting the incident is a violation of the law he is sworn to uphold. Click here to sign the petition!
At the least Big Boy's killing violates Samson's Law, which was passed after a similar incident in 1998 where a poacher killed another beloved neighborhood elk. Samson's Law is meant to protect animals from unscrupulous hunters. Animals protected under this law are those with six-point antlers or larger. Anyone caught killing one of these protected animals faces a fine up to $10,000 and other criminal penalties.
Officers Carter and Curnow should be fired by the Boulder Police Department and charged in the reckless killing of Big Boy.
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