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4 years ago
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Rescued hyenas Rita and Sara now in sanctuary
Five-year-old Rita was found in an abandoned zoo in southern Lebanon while two-year-old Sarra was rescued after being discovered caged at a Saida home, both captured from the wild and kept in captivity since birth.

After rescuing the two hyenas Animals Lebanon worked for over a year to secure the necessary approvals from the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment and meet the health requirements to allow them to be imported to the EU.

"These animals are being moved for the benefit of the welfare of the two hyenas and the value to conservation," Minister of Environment Nazem El-Khoury explained when giving approval for the transfer.

Rita and Sara left on an early morning Middle East Airlines sponsored flight to Brussels where they will then be driven to the Tonga Terre d'Accueil sanctuary in Saint Martin la Plaine, France.

Your support made this possible, and we urge you to continue to donate so generously for the many animals like Rita and Sara that desperately need help.

Hyenas are often misunderstood, but Rita and Sara both showed that they have their own special character, individual behaviors, and a natural curiosity.

These two hyenas are now far from the zoo and the conditions they had to endure, and will soon be in a natural enclosure with the care they need.

Read more about the rescue of Sara from a cage less than one cubic meter and the journey they both had from the zoo to sanctuary.

Thank you to MEA , Tonga Terra a'Accueil sanctuary, Association GRAAL and everyone else who made this amazing rescue possible.



4 years ago

Rising Meat Consumption Threatens Animals and Our Environment

Posted: 22 Oct 2012 12:31 PM PDT

We know that China is the biggest consumer of wild animals and their parts in the world—driving the killing of wildlife by buying up rhino horn, ivory, and tiger parts, just to name a few products—but it’s now also the undisputed top consumer of domesticated animal products. A recent report in the UK’s Telegraph notes that China now eats twice as much meat as the United States, even though per capita consumption there is half what it is in the U.S.

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If this trend continues, driven by increased economic security and opportunity, billions more animals will be caught up in industrial food production systems—in China and throughout the world. The United States already exports billions of animals a year, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been actively promoting U.S. beef, pork, and other animal products abroad.

This is why our movement against factory farming must be a global one. Even when we succeed in banning extreme confinement of farm animals in the United States, we also need to achieve these same gains worldwide—especially in China and Brazil, which together with the United States account for almost half of total global meat production. We need to do all that we can to support farmers committed to high animal welfare practices, and to create a marketplace that puts more value on improving conditions for animals. And in the broadest sense, we must encourage people to eat lower on the food chain, for reasons of animal welfare, environment, resource conservation, human health, and climate impacts.

Americans are eating less meat than we were just five years ago, representing the first significant decline in domestic meat consumption in decades. Meat consumption at current levels is just not sustainable, and that’s one of the reasons The HSUS is promoting Meatless Mondays, to accelerate this positive trend. Americans simply don’t need to eat such a high volume of animal products—it’s bad for their health, for the local and global environments, and it’s not good for farmers or for animals. 

With demand for meat so great, it creates pressure to opt for bigger, more industrialized production systems, where farmers lose touch with the animals and where animals are moved to more extreme methods of confinement. In the United States, while total production has increased, the nation has lost more than 95 percent of its egg farmers, 90 percent of its pig farmers, and 40 percent of its cattle farmers in the last 30 years. We see the same trend towards consolidation and concentration in the meat industry around the world, with small farmers increasingly being pushed out of the market in developing countries.

Our international affiliate, Humane Society International, is not only working against confinement, but also talking about the benefits of diets that include more plant-based foods. Our planet has finite resources, and we’ve got to be mindful of how every citizen of the world has an impact on the creatures who share our planet.

4 years ago

There are three sequences in this one video

First sequence, he catches half a dozen fish in one strike

Second sequence, he dives underwater, right to the bottom to grab his prey

Third sequence, he captures a big fish that looks as if it weighs more than he does!

Looks like he is snowboarding after getting his second talon in it

This is incredible to watch

4 years ago

Here's the link to thread #15 for those of you who want to catch up.

4 years ago

Saving Pets in Pennsylvania and Beyond

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 03:04 PM PDT

I’m in Pittsburgh today, and the day started on the CBS television affiliate with me and former Survivor winner and HSUS spokesperson Jenna Morasca talking about animal issues in the community and the nation. Jenna has recorded PSAs for us about the importance of including pets in disaster planning, and we’re hoping to see her at our To the Rescue gala in New York City on Nov. 2.

Staff of the Animal Rescue League in Pittsburgh with Wayne Pacelle and Gizmo
Gizmo with his adopter, Wayne Pacelle, and
representatives from ARL and the mayor's office.

I toured two shelters here in Pittsburgh doing life-saving work—the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center and Animal Friends. These groups and so many others are working hard to drive down euthanasia rates in Allegheny County and the surrounding counties that constitute the biggest human and animal population center of western Pennsylvania.

It is a particularly exciting day to be in Pennsylvania, with Gov. Tom Corbett expected to sign an HSUS-backed bill today or tomorrow to ban the use of carbon monoxide gas chambers for animal euthanasia in the state. I got a chance to see Rep. John Maher, the author of the bill and a stalwart HSUS ally who we named Pennsylvania Humane Legislator of the Year in 2012. He toured the Animal Rescue League shelter with me, where I also met a dog named Gizmo who The HSUS helped rescue from a dogfighting ring in 2011. After care at an emergency shelter from HSUS staff and Hello Bully, the Animal Rescue League (an HSUS Emergency Placement Partner) took Gizmo in and found him a great home.

We all want the day to come soon when no healthy and treatable pets are euthanized in shelters—and that can only be accomplished with an increase in adoptions and spay and neuter surgeries, along with a host of other community-wide programs to save the lives of dogs and cats. But until then, The HSUS is determined to end euthanasia via carbon monoxide gas chambers, which are inhumane, outmoded, and unacceptable. Pennsylvania will be the 20th state to ban these devices. We’ve also supported similar bans in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, and other states. To help phase out this method, The HSUS offers training and assistance to shelters committed to switching away from these chambers.

We’re making progress on this issue, and meanwhile shelters like the Animal Rescue League and Animal Friends are helping to get us closer to our broader and more lasting goal: an end of euthanasia and a home for every dog and cat. It’s always inspiring for me to see how many people are working so hard to achieve this goal, which is within our reach if we focus on the goal and make the right moves in the months and years ahead.

4 years ago

Three conservationists from the Amboseli Trust for Elephants are heroes after they saved a baby elephant that had fallen into a well in a Kenya national...
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4 years ago

Saving Nemo Save The Clownfish Thanks to the 2003 Disney movie Finding Nemo, you are likely familiar with clownfish, one of the ocean's cutest species. What you may not realize is that the clownfish, and many similar fish species, are in serious danger due to global warming.

As carbon emissions caused by humans increase, the ocean surface temperature rises to a dangerous point where the water begins to acidify. When ocean water become more acidic, coral reefs grow at a slower rate and sea life, like the clownfish, begins to suffer from declining food sources and habitat.

If steps are not taken soon to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, the beautiful clownfish and many other ocean-dwelling species will soon become endangered or even extinct. Let's ensure this doesn't happen by working together with government and conservation agencies to draft and implement life-saving measures!

Sign the petition today asking that the clownfish be placed on the Endangered Species List and that something is finally done to stop global warming.

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4 years ago

Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy are developing two films about animal poaching and illegal animal smuggling in Africa.
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What do Boykin Spaniels and Eastern Box Turtles have in common? Quite a bit, as it turns out. These gorgeous dogs, which are both high energy and eager to...
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4 years ago

This is so cute....enjoy!!

The Best Of Dogs Saying Grace Before Meal Cute Videos

4 years ago

Diabetic alert dogs save lives

Many people owe their lives to specially trained diabetic alert dogs that can detect blood-sugar fluctuations before the patient can.
By Laura MossWed, Oct 10 2012 at 3:03 PM EST

Rebecca Farrar with her diabetic alert dog, Shirley. Rebecca Farrar with her diabetic alert dog, Shirley. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
Rebecca Farrar was just 4 years old when she became seriously ill and was diagnosed with diabetes. Today, as a Type 1 diabetic, 8-year-old Rebecca’s blood sugar can drop without warning, putting her at risk of hypoglycemia, which can lead to a coma or even death.
Often, Rebecca doesn’t realize her blood sugar is dropping, but someone else does: her yellow Labrador, Shirley.
Dogs have provided assistance for people with physical and mental disabilities for decades, but in recent years researchers have discovered that canines can also detect illness in humans. With a sense of smell 100,000 times more sensitive than ours, dogs have sniffed out many things, including cancer and dips in glucose levels.
Originally, Rebecca’s dog was being trained in the U.K. as a seeing-eye dog, but she had to replaced because she didn’t like her harness. However, her diabetic owner had noticed that she always licked his hand before he became hypoglycemic, so Shirley was retrained as a diabetic alert dog.
Today, Shirley licks Rebecca’s hand when her blood sugar begins to drop. If Rebecca doesn’t respond, the dog will get the attention of another family member, often bringing Rebecca’s sugar-testing kit with her.
Almost 350 million people have diabetes worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. However, it can be difficult for Type 1 diabetics — many who have lived with fluctuating blood sugar levels all their lives — to tell when their blood sugar is out of balance. The early warning that a dog can provide can save their lives.
Dan Warren, a Type 1 diabetic and retired U.S. Marine who used to train bomb-sniffing dogs, runs Warren Retrievers, an organization located in Orange, Va., that trains diabetic alert dogs. His dogs learn to warn diabetics of potential problems, to retrieve shot kits and food, and even to call 911 in an emergency.
He says that dogs can detect the onset of seizures 20 minutes or more in advance and can sense blood-sugar fluctuations up to 45 minutes beforehand.
"In a glass of iced tea, we can smell a teaspoon of sugar," Warren told the Gaston Gazette. "Dogs could smell that teaspoon of sugar in an Olympic-size swimming pool."
Warren attributes these abilities to dogs’ powerful sense of smell, an idea medical professionals say is plausible.
"They can see and smell all sorts of things we don’t," Dr. Lawrence Myers, an expert in canine scent detection at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, told WebMD. However, he says there’s "a lack of reliable data that confirms that they are doing that, and doing that reliably."
Despite the lack of conclusive scientific evidence, Robby and Melissa Putnam say that their diabetic son’s dog, Scout, gives them peace of mind.
One in 20 Type 1 diabetics die in their sleep after blood glucose plummets, so 12-year-old Josh Putnam gets up at 3 a.m. every day to check his blood sugar levels.
"Scout is a huge relief," Josh’s mom, Melissa, told the Gaston Gazette. "You look down and see that she’s nice and calm. You know he’s good."
4 years ago

Court Victory: Help for Endangered Fish Along 700-mile Ruby Pipeline

Humpback chubThe Ruby pipeline from Wyoming to Oregon has been built, but a panel of federal judges said Monday that more needs to be done to protect nine species of endangered fish living along its 700-mile route. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, in response to a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, found that the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated both the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act when they approved the natural gas pipeline, built in 2010.

The agencies now have to look at ways to mitigate harm to species like the Lahontan cutthroat trout, Modoc sucker, Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub, razorback sucker and bonytail chub.

"We wish the Ruby pipeline had never been built, but since it was, it's crucial that everything possible is done to minimize harm to the endangered fish that live along its route," said Center attorney Amy Atwood. "With this victory, these rare fish will be better protected, and the public won't have to bear the whole cost of the pipeline's destructive impacts."

Read more in The Denver Post.

4 years ago

Jaguars' Return Will Require Millions of Protected Acres

JaguarIf 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.

4 years ago

See, Share Our New Ocean Acidification Infographic

Orange clownfishThere's no doubt that the world's oceans are endangered now like never before: Carbon pollution from factories, cars and power plants is making seawater more acidic faster than we ever expected. That deeply alarming transformation threatens all sorts of sea life, including fish, corals, sea otters and shellfish; it threatens the polar marine ecosystems, both in the Arctic and the Antarctic, that are a major part of planetary life support; and it directly threatens many millions of people who depend on fish for protein.

On Monday the Center for Biological Diversity released a powerful new infographic that explains this unfolding crisis in easy-to-understand detail. We're distributing it free to the public and media nationwide and also sending it to federal lawmakers -- along with a request to Congress for hearings on a national plan for ocean acidification.

"Carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of coal, oil and gas are causing the oceans to acidify more and more rapidly than at any time since the extinction of the dinosaurs. It's time for actions that reduce carbon pollution in our oceans before it's too late," said Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist at Stanford University, in our press release.

Learn more about ocean acidification in our brand-new infographic and make sure to post it to Facebook, get it to the educators in your life and share it with friends and family.

4 years ago

The Best $11.42 a Person Could Spend

Polar bearsA study just out in the journal Science puts the cost of preventing all future species extinctions, across the globe, at $11.42 annually from every person on the planet -- a total of $80 billion a year.
That's a bargain-basement price: Said environmental economist Donal McCarthy, "The total required is less than 20 percent of annual global consumer spending on soft drinks."
Lowering the extinction risk for all species currently described as threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature would cost the first $4 billion per year; securing key habitats would cost $76.1 billion more. Governments are in economic crisis, of course, and consumers won't be given the direct choice of forgoing their sodas to save the world -- but the numbers show that curbing the extinction crisis is well within our grasp, if only the political will can be marshaled.
Read more from Scientific American and check out an abstract of the study.

4 years ago

Wild & Weird: The Spooky Species of All Hallows’ Eve -- Watch Videos

Jack-o'-lanternHalloween isn’t just about candy and ghosts and slasher movies. It’s also a time to celebrate some of the Earth’s most wonderfully creepy critters.
The vampire bat is the only mammal with an all-blood diet. Named after the mythical monster from Transylvania, these blood-o-holics are so small and light that they'll often feast on their host for 30 minutes without waking it up. Watch a video.

The largest and hairiest of the arachnids, tarantulas can get as big as dinner plates. Found from rainforests to deserts, these typically easygoing spiders are seldom dangerous to humans, but they do have one surprisingly scary feature: retractable claws, just like cats. Watch a video.

Why do so many people find toads creepy? Is it because they swallow their prey whole, or is it that warty look and the cultural link to witches? Many toads do secrete toxins from their pores, but it should be noted that in California -- due to the popularity of "toad licking" -- it is illegal to possess Colorado River toads, which produce a powerful hallucinogen called bufotoxin. Read a lively essay on toad-licking by the Center's executive director Kierán Suckling; watch this video.

4 years ago

WSPA Uncovers Animal Cruelty at Tourist Attraction


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. This is the Cayman Turtle Farm.

Our year-long undercover investigation at the farm - a popular tourist destination and the world's last remaining facility that raises sea turtles for slaughter - has revealed disturbing animal cruelty and potential human health risks. Learn more and take action to help sea turtles >>
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Comedian Ricky Gervais Supports Collars Not Cruelty

COLLARS NOT CRUELTYIn a new WSPA video, Ricky Gervais tells a story about two rabies victims- Sanjay, a community member, and Anika, a stray dog: "Both deaths were cruel. Both deaths were pointless. And both deaths were preventable," says Gervais. He goes on to describe how Collars Not Cruelty vaccination programs are helping to protect both dogs and community members from the deadly disease. Watch Ricky's video >>


4 years ago

thanks Lynn signed where i could.

4 years ago

Our Commitment to End Dogfighting

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 02:38 PM PDT

For those of you who follow this blog, you know that public-relations hit man Rick Berman has raised a lot of money from animal-abuse groups to conduct a brand attack on The Humane Society of the United States through his spider web of front groups, including the Center for Consumer Freedom. We’re not alone among nonprofits in being a target. He’s attacked anti-smoking groups on behalf of Big Tobacco. He works for the alcohol industry. For junk food makers. For tanning bed companies. But given the focus he has on The HSUS, some of his most lucrative work is no doubt on behalf of animal abusers.

Michigan dogfighting rescue 2012
Kathy Milani/The HSUS
One of many dogs we've helped rescue from fighting.

Let’s face it: it’s perfectly logical that a guy like Berman would attack The HSUS. We are the greatest threat to animal cruelty. And the people who profit from cruelty don’t want us to make progress. This just comes with the territory.

While not unexpected, we won’t hesitate to call him out, or anyone else who stands in the way of progress for animals. Berman has taken out dozens of full-page ads in national newspapers and in other publications attacking us, under the banner of the Center for Consumer Freedom and its HumaneWatch project (spending millions in the process). It’s all been very lucrative for Berman, who lives in an enormous mansion and siphons off a huge share of funds directed to his phony “nonprofits” for himself and his for-profit PR company, Berman and Company.

So today one of Berman’s groups dropped another $100,000 or so to attack us for putting Michael Vick to work against dogfighting. He could have put that money into rewards programs for dogfighting, or rehabilitating fighting animals, or paying for investigations of illegal animal fighting operations–as The HSUS does every day. But helping animals isn’t his thing–in fact, it’s just the opposite. 

Three years ago, I knew it would be controversial to enlist Michael Vick in our outreach work in inner-city schools. But today this is hardly news, since I’ve talked about it on 60 Minutes and ABC's Nightline, wrote a chapter on it in The Bond, and discussed it in so many other platforms, as a way to raise awareness of the problem of dogfighting in our society. Since Vick's case came to light, we’ve upgraded laws against animal fighting in 40 states, and passed a new federal law to ban possession of fighting animals and to make it a federal felony.

I’ve also spoken, together with Vick, to thousands of inner-city kids about the evils of dogfighting. The point was to have a guy like Vick, who grew up on inner-city streets and got drawn into the world of dogfighting, warn these kids away from the activity. His target was not our base of supporters, but kids and others who don’t normally get exposed to our messages. Now those kids have become converts to our cause, and many of them are speaking out against dogfighting in inner-city neighborhoods and starting animal protection clubs at their schools.

Now Berman is trying to make an issue of Vick acquiring a dog for his daughters. The HSUS had nothing to do with Vick getting a dog, and we didn't know about it until it was reported in the media. But Vick’s probationary period is over, so he is legally allowed to get a dog.

There are thousands of dogs still suffering in fighting pits who need our attention. The HSUS works every day to put dogfighters in jail and to protect tens of thousands of dogs chewed up in this industry, pulling dogs out of fighting rings and working with our partners in the pit bull rescue community to give them care and new homes. We work to protect millions of dogs suffering in the puppy mill trade. And we are working to end euthanasia of dogs by promoting spay-and-neuter and shelter adoption.

There are millions of dogs at risk, and we need to focus on them. It’s understandable to be upset about Vick’s crimes that led to his arrest. What he did was terrible. We were also outraged, and that’s why we demanded his prosecution. There is nothing more that can be done with regard to Vick’s crimes, and we need to refocus our anger and turn our attention to efforts to help the millions of ani

4 years ago

The Critically Endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi)

The Togo Slippery Frogs are highly aquatic, seldom venturing far from water. They are amazing swimmers, and will dart underwater at the first sign of danger.

Conraua derooi

The frogs are known to live on only two streams in the world, both in Atewa Forest Range Reserve. The frogs are threatened by proposed mountaintop removal mining that would clog their streams, and by poachers from nearby villages who eat the frogs. The Togo Slippery Frog is unlikely to survive without a concerted effort on our part and yours to protect the Reserve as Ghana's 6th national park (Atewa Hills National Park), and to educate the locals and train them to grow alternative food sources and earn money through innovative means such as beekeeping and mushroom farming.

4 years ago

Say NO to killing Alligators on a Wildlife Refuge!


Sign the Petition

Say NO to killing Alligators on a Wildlife Refuge!

Started by: Ana , Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In response to pleas by hunters, a Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County, Florida, has proposed allowing hunting of alligators for sport (a portion of the refuge is already open to waterfowl hunting).

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat and protection for the formerly endangered American alligator and is home for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The American alligator attracts many visitors to the Refuge. National Wildlife Refuges are the only public lands set aside specifically for wildlife.

According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the majority of the over 300,000 annual visitors to the Refuge are "non-consumptive users" who enjoy photography, bird watching, canoeing, walking on the boardwalk, and hiking or biking on the trails.

Hunting is against the very sense of the term "refuge." The suffering of alligators during public hunts in Florida is undeniable. Alligators are snagged with barbed hooks, pierced with arrows, and stabbed with harpoons. Death is rarely quick and alligators may be left to suffer long after being pulled from the water.

Thank you for caring about Alligators and signing this petition

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4 years ago

signed and FB and shared

Thank you, Carol!
4 years ago

2 Brothers Abandoned in a Park Get a New Lease on Life

While the Endeavour space shuttle rocketed overhead, a kind soul made it his mission to save these two brothers. These dogs, abandoned and alone, were living a terrible life without love. Thank God for this rescuer - because now these two can finally be happy.

4 years ago
3-Legged Dog Helps Boy Overcome His Fears (Video)
3-Legged Dog Helps Boy Overcome His Fears (Video)

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4 years ago

Dazzling photos depict the sweet journey of Sheeba, a cheetah growing up under the care of human 'foster parents'.

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4 years ago

Petitions signed, watched videos (they are good) thanks for the news Lynn.

4 years ago

The UK is putting its controversial plans to kill thousands of wild badgers on hold until summer 2013.

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Captive Whale Tried To Talk Like Humans
Captive Whale Tried To Talk Like Humans

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4 years ago
Blindfolded Woman Tames Dangerous Doberman
Blindfolded Woman Tames Dangerous Doberman

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4 years ago
Ethan the Dog Poisoned, Buried and Brought Back To Life
Ethan the Dog Poisoned, Buried and Brought Back To Life

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4 years ago
Supermarket Chain Ends Factory Farming One Year Ahead of Schedule
Supermarket Chain Ends Factory Farming One Year Ahead of Schedule

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4 years ago

Signed and noted. Some great stories, thank you

4 years ago

PETCO is sending turtles to a massive turtle factory farm!


 Rachelle Owen
 Manager of Youth Campaigns

4 years ago

Thanks for all the good news Lynn. Bad news about the turtles!

Tiny Baby Donkey Gets a New Lease on Life
4 years ago

Meet Emma the miniature donkey foal! She is cute as can be and a great addition to any farm. Her personality is bright and bubbly and her pink prosthetic leg is adorable!

You heard right, little Emma has a prosthetic leg! Emma was only two days old when she was delivered to a veterinary teaching hospital with a deformed hind leg. The doctors at the hospital weren't about to put the poor baby down. Instead, the worked on amputating the limb and fitting a fully functional prosthesis to the baby donkey. It's very unusual to fit a donkey or horse for a prosthetic limb because of their narrow legs and how their weight is distributed. In the past, if the animal had an injured leg, it was euthanized.

Thankfully, Emma adores her new leg (plus, it's bright pink)
"She is getting stronger; she's growing and doing wonderfully".

 "She absolutely loved it from the get-go," Dr Caldwell said in an Auburn University publication. "It was a very impressive design and she did very well in it. She has progressed to the second iteration of her prosthesis, which doesn't incorporate as much of the limb and allows her more range of motion.
4 years ago

Sooooooooooooooo very sweet.

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn for everything!

4 years ago

My pleasure, Val.  Thank you!

4 years ago

So cute! Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn for all I signed for alligators!

Thanks Christeen, Brenda and Norma :-)
4 years ago

A Deaf Whale is a Dead Whale

Seismic testing the Atlantic could injure well over 100,000 marine mammals, including endangered right whales, and disrupt their feeding, calving and breeding with dynamite-like airgun blasts. Add your Facebook profile picture to Oceana and NRDC's petition to the US government to keep our oceans safe and quiet.

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Victory! Leatherback Becomes CA State Symbol

After receiving thousands of petitions from Oceana supporters, California has named the Pacific leatherback sea turtle California's state marine reptile! This new recognition will help keep conservation efforts strong for this magnificent and endangered animal.

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White Shark Petition Goes to the Next Level

Good news for great whites! The National Marine Fisheries Service has agreed to consider our petition to have West Coast great white sharks listed as an endangered species. Thanks to everyone who helped!

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500 Chefs Agree: End Seafood Fraud

Renowned chef and Oceana supporter Barton Seaver penned a letter calling on congress to put an end to seafood fraud. Over 500 chefs and restaurateurs signed on to the letter, supporting our campaign to put an end to mislabeled seafood.

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4 years ago
Government Blacks Out Nearly 700 Pages of Public Records. Join Guardians to Demand Transparency    

Dear Lynn,

Something stinks here, and it’s not just dead cows.

Wildlife Services, the notorious federal , wildlife-killing agency finally provided WildEarth Guardians with 900 pages of records related to the capture and incarceration of the mother of the Fox Mountain Mexican wolf pack, but they blacked out nearly 700 pages of information!

You’d think national security was at stake given the level of secrecy.

Please join our letter to members of the New Mexico Congressional delegation requesting that they investigate why the documents were obscured.

The mother of the Fox Mountain pack was captured for purportedly killing livestock. But the limited evidence we’ve received from Wildlife Services is sketchy. For example, in two incidents attributed to the Fox Mountain pack, the cow carcasses were found either in a completely dried out state or in “advanced decomposition”—difficult, if not impossible to determine the causes of death. If this is their evidence, then the feds must immediately release the Mexican wolf mother back into the wild to her five pups and lifelong mate.

The Fox Mountain mother is incarcerated for life, but she may be innocent of the crimes for which she was convicted. As only one of six breeding females in the wild, her life is vital to this endangered species’ survival. She and her pack need our help.

Please join WildEarth Guardians to petition Congress to investigate her case.

For the Lobos,

Wendy Keefover Staff Image with Dogs

Wendy Keefover
Carnivore Protection Director
WildEarth Guardians

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See a video of the blacked out public records.

   Tell a friend to join you in asking Congress to investigate Wildlife Service's removal of the Fox Mountain wolf.

WildEarth Guardians' mission is to protect and restore the wildlife

4 years ago

On Call to Help Pets and Wildlife as Hurricane Sandy Hits

Posted: 29 Oct 2012 01:58 PM PDT

Hurricane Sandy is moving faster than expected and is threatening to cause havoc in a vast swath of the heavily populated Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Corridor. By all indications, it’s a monster of a storm, and while we don’t yet know how many animals will be affected in the end, we are preparing for a massive impact.

Brown and white dog in the rain
Jacquelyn Pyun/The HSUS

The HSUS has been getting the word out about preparedness, with a focus on the communities in the heart of the projected path of Sandy. Our emergency response staff members are tracking the storm and working with emergency management offices, while our state directors and other colleagues are spreading information through multiple channels concerning pet-friendly shelters, assisting local shelters with their plans, and working with public officials to sound the alarm about including pets in their disaster planning and response.

In Massachusetts, our Fund for Animals Cape Wildlife Center is battening down the hatches for the oncoming storm, and also preparing for an influx of sea birds and other storm victims that will be delivered to the center in the wake of the event. This morning, a large tree fell just outside the facility, but everyone is unharmed and staff members are unrelenting in their effort to prepare and make ready.

In New Jersey, our state director helped coordinate the rescue of a deer in danger of drowning in the ocean. A good Samaritan pulled the exhausted buck from the surf, and the Associated Humane Societies and Monmouth Beach police officers worked together to tranquilize the animal and carry him to safety.

In Maryland, our animal sheltering trailer and rescue equipment are on standby at HSUS headquarters, and our Animal Rescue Team is on alert to respond to requests for help as this huge storm continues to churn and move up the coast and then inland. It’s a blend of ferocious wind, big waves and storm surge, massive volumes of rain, and even snow in higher elevations.

Stay safe and make sure to take your pets if you have to evacuate. You can find more news about animals and the storm on our Twitter feed and at, and please consider supporting our disaster response work with a donation.

4 years ago

Meet Lucy and Peggy, two of the more than 200 rabbits who were rescued from a hoarding facility deceptively named Bunny Magic Wildlife & Rabbit Rescue, Inc.

After a whistleblower horrified by conditions at Bunny Magic alerted PETA, an investigator found rabbits denied veterinary care, kept in cramped, filthy conditions and left to die.

Based on PETA's evidence, a warrant was obtained to seize the rabbits. The owner of Bunny Magic was convicted of cruelty to animals.

Many of the rabbits, including Lucy and Peggy, were placed in new homes. For possibly the first time ever, these rabbits had space to hop around, play, and enjoy fresh kale!

Lucy and Peggy's rescue would not have been possible without the support of caring PETA supporters like you! Please help us save more animals by supporting PETA's Investigations & Rescue Fund today and always speak up for animals—without the courageous whistleblower who spoke up for these rabbits, Lucy, Peggy, and their bunny friends might still be suffering.



4 years ago

I shared PETA on FB!

Thank you, Norma!
4 years ago

A beautiful video to watch. Enjoy!

Flavio - The World's Oldest Tiger?
4 years ago

Great video! Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Salmon follow the smell of their home waters. Birds and bees appear to navigate by the sun, stars, and moon. We can’t really explain how so many...
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4 years ago

This fox used to live at a fur farm … but luckily, he was rescued by a wildlife rehab program, where he is cared for by wild fox specialists....
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4 years ago

This week wildlife officials in Virginia agreed to examine the practice of fox penning in the state after supporters and opponents spoke out about the...

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Los Angeles will become the largest U.S. city to ban pet shops from selling animals bought from commercial breeders. The law will require pet stores to...
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4 years ago

Lovely fox video. thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Could you imagine being chained up outdoors as floodwaters rose around you? With no one there to help as you struggled, cried out, and even screamed? For dogs who are left chained outdoors during hurricanes like Katrina, Irene, and most recently Sandy, this is more than a scenario—it is likely how they spent their last few minutes alive.

When a storm hits, pups like the one pictured here are in terrible danger of freezing, strangling, drowning, or being hit by flying debris.

Your voice can save their lives.

Click here to speak up for chained dogs in your area!


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4 years ago
Stop the Cycle of Violence

People who commit violent acts often start by hurting animals. James Cromwell of American Horror Story: Asylum wants to stop the violence before it begins. If you suspect or witness cruelty to animals of any kind, call the authorities right away or tell an adult. Watch our video to learn more.

Stop the Cycle of Violence


PETCO Linked to Turtle Meat?

Following news reports of salmonella poisoning associated with pet turtles, PETCO is asking the public to give up their turtles. What PETCO does with the surrendered turtles might surprise you! How can you help turtles?

PETCO Linked to Turtle Meat?

4 years ago


L.L. BeanAsk L.L. Bean To Stop Selling Fur

L.L. Bean's latest catalogue features fur-lined hats and gloves. A company that has been around for 100 years should know better than to support the incredibly cruel fur industry. Please click here to tell L.L. Bean's President and CEO that you will not shop at L.L. Bean until they go fur-free!

Leading fashion retailers like Guess, J. Crew, Ralph Lauren and Click here to take action nowTommy Hilfiger have all made the compassionate decision to go fur-free. Please urge L.L. Bean to join them.

And don't miss your chance on Fur Free Friday, November 23 to ask all retailers to stop selling fur! To lead an event, or to find an event near you, email Christy Griffin: 

4 years ago

Meet Gracie, Another Hope Animal Sanctuary Rescue

On October 5, a former employee of IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary found a dog running along Highway 82 just east of Winona, Mississippi. The dog had a nearly fatal injury to her throat. The collar the dog wore was so outgrown it had embedded in her neck, cutting into her flesh, nearly severing her esophagus. Gracie dragged a chain behind her that had broken, freeing her. Had the chain holding Gracie not broken she surely would have died.

Gracie recoveringGracie was rushed to Veterinary Associates in Grenada, Mississippi where her injury was treated and she stayed for the care and observation vital to her recovery. IDA offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Gracie's suffering, and we anxiously awaited her recovery.

On October 19, Gracie was released from the veterinary clinic into the care of our sanctuary team. She has been partnered with Doni G, a beautiful young Boxer mix who was abandoned. The two have become great friends and Gracie is behaving like she never had a care in the world. Not all survivors have the resilience and zest for life that pulls them through and puts their suffering in the past as though they had never experienced a bad day in their life. Click here to help us rescue more abused animals like Gracie.

4 years ago

Topeka Zoo elephant SundaTopeka Zoo Elephant Update

The Topeka City Council unfortunately voted to support the zoo's decision to keep the two elephants, 52-year-old Sunda and 42-year-old Tembo, forcing them to remain in an exhibit less than a half-acre in size.

The zoo has a long history of failing to provide the elephants with adequate care. Most recently, the USDA filed formal charges against the zoo in 2011 that include allegations of providing "minimally appropriate husbandry" for the elephants and failure to inspect their feet as frequently as necessary. In August 2012, the USDA issued a citation for failure to provide adequate veterinary care, chronic foot problems, and failure to provide an adequate diet. Shortly after the council's vote, the USDA again inspected the zoo based on a complaint by IDA that stemmed from a video showing Sunda aggressively ramming Tembo.

While the zoo has pledged to make improvements to the elephant exhibit, they will take months to implement. It also won't make up for the fact that Tembo and Sunda will continue to live in a tiny exhibit and spend the long winter months indoors with little room to move. IDA will continue to closely monitor this situation.

A Good Rule to Follow :-)
4 years ago

dog Cassidy rescued by Hope Animal SanctuaryQuote Of The Week

"Even as a child I was compelled to intervene for human and other animals who were belittled or tormented. I abhorred the predatory disposition of adults and children who marred the lives of their victims. Choosing to denounce "ownership" of our fellow beings, and embrace "guardianship" instead, nurtures a mindset for protecting human and other animals from harm. As I see it "ownership" is simply the license to do what one will to one who is "owned" either with marginalized consequence or none." - Doll Stanley, Director, IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary

9 Animals Saved Are Now Safely in America
4 years ago


Happy Dog and Lasta Arrive Safely in America Four kittens, three dogs, one puppy and one big old Tom cat from Iraq, arrived in the U.S. just in time. Even though some of them arrived later than planned due to Hurricane Sandy, not even a massive "Frankenstorm" was going to stand in their way of calling America home.

The responses to the emails sent to owners, waiting anxiously for word that their buddy had made the trip safely, expressed their relief and appreciation. Mark, Lasta’s human companion, wrote, "I don't know how to thank you enough. My wife can't wait to see Lasta. I am looking forward to watching him climb his first tree. I don't think he has ever seen one." Learn More About the 9 Animals Saved

4 years ago

Animals at Dog Condo Still in Harm’s Way Saving LivesEarlier this year we uncovered a facility housing almost 1,000 animals in deplorable conditions. The site is so bad that it is a breeding ground for infection and disease. The SPCA International team has worked tirelessly to improve the conditions there, and things have gotten a lot better, but without major foundation and structural work, the facility will slip back into filth and dilapidation. See the Blueprints for the Proposed Project


Thanksgiving Treats Can Be Dangerous For Your Pet Volcano

Thanksgiving time is upon us and the smell of that free-range roasted turkey coming from the oven will likely have your dog or cat begging for a sample or two. Even though it may be tempting to give in to those pleading eyes and wagging tail, there are few things you should know before doing so. Find Out More

4 years ago

Thank you Lynn.

4 years ago

Thanks for all your work Lynn!  All great informatio!!!

4 years ago

animalfriendsthankyou.jpg Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Thanks Lynn for all the great information.

My pleasure, everyone. :-)
4 years ago

The Long Road to Freedom

A parrot for sale along a Nicaraguan highway. Kathy Milani/HThousands of wild animals in Nicaragua are lost to the illegal wildlife trade every year. HSI is working with the country's only official wildlife rescue center to confiscate and release captured animals, educate the public, and ultimately stop this cruel practice. Video: A second chance»

 Rescued from the Ring

Dog rescued during a dogfighting raid in Costa RicaEarlier this month, HSI and Costa Rican government officials raided an alleged breeding operation of fighting dogs and rescued 28 dogs from a life of isolation, fear and pain. Here are their pictures -- proving the power of compassion. Slideshow: Rescued»

 25 Actions to Help Animals and HSI

Seal CanadaAll of us can make a difference for animals in our everyday lives, whether it's by adopting a pet, choosing products not tested on animals, eating with conscience, or engaging the community in animal protection issues. A checklist»

4 years ago

Thank you, Lynn!

Was the SPCA MIA? 150 Dogs Rescued From Canadian Squalor.
4 years ago

Was the SPCA MIA? 150 Dogs Rescued From Canadian Squalor

The rescue of 150 small breed dogs earlier this month from disgusting conditions at a breeding location in Ontario, Canada, has sent animal rights activists searching for the answer to one basic question: Where the heck was the local SPCA?

Turns out that even though the raid that freed the puppies was conducted by agents from the Hamilton/Burlington County SPCA, Norfolk County, the municipality where the dogs were found, lacks both its own SPCA and a trained agent in animal cruelty, a seemingly lawless void that leaves animals wide open to potential abuse, according to one local activist.

“People that want to hoard animals like all those dogs,” said Brenda Thompson of Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue. “The rumors are, move to Norfolk because there’s no enforcement.” 


4 years ago
What Kind of Punishments Should Animal Abusers Get? GRAPHIC CONTENT!
An eye for an eye or a slap on the wrist?
What Kind of Punishments Should Animal Abusers Get?

You’d think writing about dogs on a regular basis would be one big bunch of wags, right? And it can be one of the best jobs on the planet. But some days it just makes me want to throw in the towel and write about physics or power tools or solar panels—anything that can’t experience horrendous cruelty.

Yesterday was one of those days. My usual Google search for dog news was plagued by one horrendous story after another. Here’s a sampling of the headlines on just the first page of dog news:

Salinas boy arrested for hanging dog The Los Angeles Times wrote about a 12-year-old boy who hanged a 12-pound terrier mix because he was mad at the dog. He showed utterly no remorse, police say.

Florida woman attacks dog with knife ‘to see what it felt like’ – A 22-year-old woman was reported by to have viciously knifed her 10-year-old Labrador retriever six times with no other explanation than she wanted to see what it felt like. The dog is barely clinging to life.

Starving dog dumped in Dallas with coffee can around neck – The dog's head and neck extended all the way through the open-ended can, and her body tissue was growing around it. The can was also cutting into her head and chest. It’s certain some heinous creep did this to her on purpose. “This was absolute and pure agony every time she moved, and even lying as quietly as she could, she was in agonizing pain,” her rescuers stated in an article in the Dallas News.

During my years as news editor at Dogster, the dog-related news was often so grim that I tried finding an online filter for the really bad stuff so I could face the headlines every day. But no matter what terms I typed in to ignore (drowning, beating, stabbing), a new crime always sneaked through (hanging, raping, skinning alive). I gave up.

In the end, it was just as well, because there were stories that were better off being aired in public so readers could donate to the dog, or create an outcry that would lead to some kind of change.

This week's relatively large number of stories about heinous acts against dogs got me thinking about the punishment for such crimes. (I don’t know the psychological ills and evils that may lead to such abominable cruelty. And frankly, I don’t have a lot of empathy for excuses when a dog is scrambling around frightened to death after his eyes have been poked out or his head bludgeoned.)

4 years ago
7 Reasons Killer Whales Should Never Be Held in Captivity
A glimpse inside the sad, tragic lives of orcas 'living' behind plexiglass.
4 years ago
Lion, Tigers, Bears: At Home in the Wild or in Your Spare Bedroom?
Shouldn't all exotic animals be banned as pets? Virginia is moving in that direction.
Lion, Tigers, Bears: At Home in the Wild or in Your Spare Bedroom?

As cute as this baby Bengal tiger is, would you really want him as a permanent member of your household? (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)


Even in the fictional Land of Oz, lions, tigers, and bears are feared. So why do 30 states in the U.S. continue to allow exotic animals as pets, nine states of which do not require the animal owners to carry permits or licenses if the animals are kept within the state? 

Virginia already bans bears and big cats as pets, but now a recent state panel proposal seeks to tighten ownership rules and expand the list of banned exotic animals. So the question is, how can Virginia’s proposal influence the rest of the 30 states in the U.S. to get on board?

Unfortunately, according to David Whitehurst, Director of the Bureau of Wildlife Resources for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the efforts of the Dangerous Animal Initiative and Workgroup have been slow-moving.

4 years ago

A Thai man driving a pick-up truck was arrested at the Thai border last week, after he attempted to smuggle 16 tiger cubs into Laos.

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Animal shelters kill 3-4 million animals every year, and some of them do it with gas chambers. That's right: gas chambers.
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Scientists from New York University have been left reeling in the wake of hurricane Sandy after thousands of lab mice were killed as a result of rising...
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4 years ago

Noted. Thanks Lynn.

4 years ago

Sorry I am late.  Going through everything now

4 years ago

Thanks for the news Lynn.

4 years ago

End Cruel Animal Testing Stop Tobacco Animal Tests Unbelievably, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration actually encourages the tobacco industry to conduct experiments on animals if they wish to market a product as "low risk."

In these experiments, thousands of animals are subjected to cruel testing that impacts them psychologically and physically. Rats and mice, in particular, are forced into tubes no larger than their bodies, and then made to breathe smoke and toxins for hours at a time. Many laboratory animals are exposed to this kind of horrific treatment for their entire lives.

We can end this animal suffering right now, together. Sign the petition and demand that the FDA stop permitting the tobacco industry to experiment on animals!
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4 years ago

Thanks, Sandi. Love your little graphic!

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