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May 15, 2012




WildEarth Guardians has sued to enjoin the federal agency responsible for killing more than 5 million animals annually for its refusal to analyze the environmental consequences of its actions in almost two decades. 

Between 2004 and 2010, Wildlife Services, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, spent nearly $1 billion to kill nearly 23 million animals using aerial guns, poisons, traps, snares, and hounds, purportedly to protect agriculture and other private interests as part of a grossly ineffective and wasteful program. Wildlife Services, however, continues to rely on a woefully outdated environmental analysis for its wildlife-killing activities that fails to take into account new reports on the risks and inefficiencies of its program, evolving public values for wildlife, and new scientific and economic information concerning wildlife management.

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Posted: May 15, 2012 10:03pm
Jan 22, 2012



WSPA welcomes the news shared by our partner organization, Green Korea United (GKU), that the Korean National Assembly has demonstrated political will to end the cruel bear faming practice.

The Budget Committee of the National Assembly recently voted through a proposal to "prepare measures to end the practice of bear farming through investigation of the current status of bear farming and its management plan." The approval of this proposal means that the government has cleared a budget of 200 Million Korean Won ($175,000 USD) to ascertain the current situation of bears on farms in Korea, and design ways to end the practice. The approval of this proposal is a compelling sign that the Korean government recognizes the need to end bear farming.

"The Korean National Assembly has made a great beginning toward ending this cruel practice," said Chris Gee, WSPA Wildlife Campaign Manager. "The Korean public – 90% of whom showed their support for ending bear farming in a 2011 poll funded by WSPA – will certainly welcome the change, as will our vast network of partner organizations who lobbied the Korean government last year."

"It is clear that pressure from WSPA and local partner Green Korea United was crucial and powerful, as the Ministry of the Environment chose to reference the results of campaigning in their budget submission to the National Assembly."

This is the first time that the Korean Ministry of the Environment has publicly stated its desire to end bear farming in Korea and demonstrated a clear commitment to work up details of how this will be done.

Green Korea United and WSPA aim to work with officials from the Ministry of Environment to ensure the research project obtains all the evidence needed and that the research phase is completed as quickly as possible.



WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE BEARS?
A logical next step to this proposal would be to establish a ban on captive breeding of bears, meaning that no new bears will be born into a life of suffering on Korean bear farms. WSPA would like to see this happen as soon as possible and we hope to work with government officials for this.

In South Korea, bears are raised till the age of 10 and then slaughtered for their bile to be ‘harvested’. Although extraction of bile from live bears is illegal, there have been some cases of bile extraction as witnessed and exposed (in footage some readers may find distressing) by media such as SBS TV. With less than 20 bears left in the wild in South Korea, all the bears currently in farms were born there, in captivity.

As part of the international campaign to end bear farming, WSPA has delivered petitions, including thousands of photos collected via a photo action to the Korean government; achieved pressure from international governments on Korea, including the UK Foreign Office Minister in 2011; provided evidence of the lessons learned from Vietnam (the first government to pledge to end bear farming) to Korea; and educated the Korean government about why the practice needs to end.

"Without the positive action being initiated by the South Korean government, thousands of bears could be born into lives of untold suffering," added Emily Reeves, Director of Programs for WSPA Asia Pacific. "Once this process is complete and bear farming ended in South Korea, the country would be setting a great example for those other countries in Asia where, unfortunately, this cruel practice is still tolerated by governments."

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Posted: Jan 22, 2012 12:32pm
Nov 21, 2011

Fusing liver and lung cells to create “micro-lungs” the size of a baby’s fingernail could eventually eliminate the need for animal testing, scientists have claimed.

Research from Cardiff University’s School of Biosciences has pioneered a process of combining cells taken from human “waste tissue” donated by people when they die.

Cell biologist Dr Kelly BéruBé – who led the project – said the potential for the applicability of the Metabo-Lung could be worth “billions of pounds”.

The development work now under way at Cardiff University could offer a genuine alternative to animal testing for pharmaceutical companies developing new drugs for pulmonary disorders such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis.

More people die in the UK from respiratory disease than from coronary heart disease or non-respiratory cancer – and researchers claim that there have been few treatments produced for respiratory conditions in the past 25 years. And Dr BéruBé said testing in animals had proven to have a “high error rate” in indicating the efficacy of drugs treating lung conditions.

“Before I took over my own lab, back in 1995 or so, we used animals in tests and it was OK then to do that,” she said.

“But by the time the mid-2000s came around, the environment had changed and the EU started to put laws in place saying that testing on animals would be outlawed.”

She said massive parmaceutical companies then started looking at alternatives to animals for testing.

Dr BéruBé said: “It is a highly emotive subject, and we are looking at ways to reduce the need for animals in my own lab. It was then I began to look at medical waste tissue – when someone dies, and donates the parts, and we can buy that tissue and basically do what we want with it.”

She added: “By mimicking what is happening in a human lung environment, it is very clear from the tiny amount of donated tissue what could happen in a normal lung.

“You can take 5,000 cells and re-grow that into 400 miniature lungs the size of a baby’s fingernail – about five to six millimetres in diameter.”

Substituting as tiny working models of human lungs, the Metabo-Lungs can be used to test the toxicity of drugs and potentially adverse reactions to new treatments, potentially reducing and replacing the need to test on animals.

The process could also slash costs associated with the drug testing process.

It could flag up potentially adverse reactions early in the process, reducing the burden on companies that can go through years of drug testing, at huge expense, only for a treatment to fall through.

The Metabo-Lung also holds potential for the testing of cosmetics, as all animal testing on cosmetics will be outlawed by the European Union by 2013.

Kathy Archibald, director of the Safer Medicines Campaign where Dr BéruBé is a science advisor, said that the research was “massively exciting” for its potential to reduce animal testing.

It was revealed earlier this year that experiments across Wales, including on animals, had increased by 20% within a year.

“Having innovative ways like this, that are using human models, shows that we are getting closer all the time to eliminating the need for animal testing,” she said.


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Posted: Nov 21, 2011 4:26am
Sep 2, 2011


A new study coauthored by renowned population researcher Dr. Paul Ehrlich predicts that the preservation of just 4 percent of the planet's oceans would make the difference for the survival of marine mammals across the globe. Researchers at Stanford University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico found that preserving nine specific "hotbed" areas would benefit 84 percent of marine mammal species. After listing a number of human-caused threats to these areas, Dr. Ehrlich ominously notes, "The next 2 billion people we're going to add to the planet are going to do much more damage to the ocean than the previous 2 billion did."

About two months from now, the world population will reach 7 billion. The Center for Biological Diversity and our supporters will raise awareness of this global benchmark and its connection to species extinction through major action campaigns and public-education projects like the planned billboard ad in New York's Times Square. Stay tuned for more from the Center on our Big Apple ad and the 7 billion milestone.

Read an article on the study in Science Daily
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Posted: Sep 2, 2011 2:10am
Feb 28, 2011
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: Spain


On the internet a video of a puppy being tortured for 20 minutes and then killed was uploaded by an individual. The puppy is kicked, his little paws burnt with a blow torch, dropped from a height, stepped on, and made to endure such torture for the camera. All the above can be clearly seen and the poor creature's cries of pain can be clearly heard.

As the tiny puppy lay dying on the floor, the torturer can be clearly seen walking past the quivering body, he is wearing Doc Martin-style boots. He casually can be heard whistling when he is done with this poor animal, also he is heard saying he has a dog about to give birth and is looking forward to see what he can do to her puppies! He pledges to torture a further 95 puppies.

This video was filmed by one individual whilst another committed this awful, vile crime against a tiny puppy. The Spanish police are looking for these criminals but as yet they are still at large all, though within the footage there are front doors shown, voices clearly heard on this horrific video. Someone out there will be able to identify these aspects of the footage.

View the footage HERE it is labeled as EXTREMELY GRAPHIC

This petition has been created to do two things:
1) To demand that the Spanish police do create a short video to be played on national news channels in Spain, containing stills from the video and audio that may allow someone out there to identify the criminal, or at the least identify where it took place. Also for the Spanish police to track down the source of the uploaded video.

2) To allow the internet community that does care for animals, who want justice for this poor tiny puppy to add to their social blogs and websites in the hopes that someone out there who is aware of these people and what they have done, to urge that person/persons to contact their local Spanish police.
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Posted: Feb 28, 2011 11:05am
Dec 4, 2010
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: California, United States

From Los Angeles Times
By Lindsay Barnett

Animal Services officials in Riverside County are asking for the public's help in finding the person or persons responsible for binding a cat in duct tape and placing her in an apartment building's communal clothes dryer.
A resident of the building, in the 3000 block of Watkins Drive near UC Riverside, called police upon discovering the cat, whose face and upper body had been wrapped in duct tape. Police contacted the animal services department, which brought the cat to the Western Riverside County/City animal shelter for care.

The cat, a gray tabby believed to be about four years old, survived but suffered a broken tooth and internal bleeding in one of her eyes. The eye injury is expected to heal. Because of the injuries, animal services officials suspect the dryer was turned on by the person who bound the cat and placed her inside it, although it wasn't running at the time she was discovered.

...serial killers usually torture animals purely for their own enjoyment. Animal abuse is a recognized sign of a mental disorder. If a child hurts animals it should be a red flag and immediate action should be taken. While there are many factors that contribute to someone becoming a serial killer, the one constant they share is animal abuse.  Associated Content   Worse still, it has been determined that she recently gave birth to a litter of kittens, which haven't been located despite attempts by animal services officers. They had planned to return to the apartment building Friday afternoon or evening to try to access a locked garage, where someone reported possibly hearing a kitten's meow, when a tenant with access to the garage returned home for the day.

"I can't imagine what this poor thing must have felt going through that ordeal," Eileen Sanders, a veterinary technician with the animal services department who cared for the cat, said Friday. "Whoever did this is going to move up and harm other animals -- or maybe people."

At present, the animal services department is considering the cat a stray. If her owner doesn't attempt to claim her, she is expected to be put up for adoption.

Anyone with information is asked to call the animal services department at (951) 358-7387.  
Related, please click on and sign Expose the Animal Abusers Petition
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Posted: Dec 4, 2010 8:25pm
Nov 18, 2010
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States


Bad news for wolves!


We’ve just received word that the Senate may soon consider S. 3864, a bill introduced by Montana Senators Baucus and Tester that would eliminate life-saving protections for endangered wolves in Idaho and Montana.

If passed, wolf numbers could be driven down to unsustainable levels – jeopardizing the very future of these magnificent animals in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies!

Your senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, need to hear from you today. Please use the information below to contact your senators:

Dianne Feinstein - (202) 224-3841
Barbara Boxer - (202) 224-3553

… And deliver this simple message:

“I SUPPORT the recovery of endangered wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies. I strongly urge you to OPPOSE enactment of S. 3864, a bill to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for these treasured and ecologically important animals. Wolves must have adequate legal safeguards to ensure their populations are sustainable and their recovery continues.”

Our advocates on Capitol Hill will be tracking all responses on this
important issue, so please take a moment to let us know you called.


The legislation, introduced by Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester,
threatens to politicize what should be science-based decisions on
wildlife management.

The bill not only strips wolves of needed protections now, it also would also block future protections for wolves – effectively eliminating a vital safety net that wolves may need even more in the future.

California’s senators are well positioned to help stop this awful bill. Barbara Boxer chairs the powerful Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, while Dianne Feinstein chairs the subcommittee responsible for funding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Things are happening fast, and the future of some of America’s most iconic wolves may well be determined in Washington, DC in the next few days. Your
senators need to hear from you TODAY.

Please call Senators Feinstein and Boxer right now and let them know that you oppose S. 3864.

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Posted: Nov 18, 2010 6:22pm
Oct 14, 2010
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Write E-Mail
Location: United States



The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has announced plans to round up – via a helicopter stampede in the middle of winter – and eliminate 80 percent of the wild horses in Nevada’s Antelope Complex. Claiming that only 427 to 788 horses can be supported by more than 1.3 million acres of public land, the BLM proposes to remove 1,659 horses (plus 50 found outside the boundaries), bringing this herd down to only 427 horses. The BLM allows 18 times more farmed animals than wild horses to graze on this same land, while blaming the horses for any damage done to the range. The BLM can even increase the land allocated to privately-held animals to 27 times the proposed wild horse herd size merely by releasing some grazing rights that have been temporarily suspended.

Please oppose this latest effort to unnecessarily and inhumanely remove wild horses from the Antelope Complex. Both Congress and the President need to fix this broken program. Click here to submit your comments by October 19.


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Posted: Oct 14, 2010 2:26pm
Oct 13, 2010

The media has speculated for months that Tom Cruise is going to make a rodeo movie. Now a recent spotting of Cruise behind the chutes of a California rodeo appears to turn rumor to reality. Cruise is apparently learning how to play a rodeo thug.

Will Cruise glorify cruelty, and alienate fans worldwide who care about animals? Cruise isn't talking, and neither is the leadership of the Church Scientology.

Watch Video on Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kvUSeWRHB0&feature=player_embedded#!

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Posted: Oct 13, 2010 6:06am
Oct 13, 2010
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Each year, up to 1.5 million wildlife-vehicle collisions occur in the U.S. These collisions can have a profound effect on some of our most vulnerable animals. In fact, vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death for the critically endangered Florida panther -- a record 17 panthers were killed by vehicles in 2009.

Congress will soon start work on the transportation bill that determines federal funding for roadway projects and how it will be spent over the next several years. This legislation can address the impact of highways on our wildlife -- but Congress needs to hear from you.

Take action today to urge your representative to make our roadways safer for wildlife and motorists alike.

Copy & Paste Link:   https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1555 

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