Starting in July each year, Namibian license holders start slaughtering Cape Fur seals and don't stop until they reach their quota of 85,000 baby seal pups and 6,000 bulls. This is the largest slaughter of marine life on the planet, surpassing even the Canadian seal hunt.
The cull is driven by one fur trader, Hatem Yavuz, who buys all the pelts and processes them for fashion. Only 107,910 Cape Fur seal pups were born in 2006. Despite this, 85,000 terrified pups are separated from their mothers every year and clubbed to death with clubs that have nails in them.
The first Wisconsin wolf hunt is scheduled for October 15th and is planned to continue through February. Wisconsin is the only state that will allow hunters to use dogs to pursue wolves, and current hunting regulations lack any regulations such as leash and lead requirements.
Hunters argue that they can use radio collars to tell dogs to stop, but dogs don't always listen to them. Because wolves are known to attack hunting dogs, current hunting regulations create the potential for brutal conflicts between dogs and wolves. Endangering dogs in this way would violate Wisconsin's animal cruelty laws.
Reality TV producers constantly come up with new ways to shock viewers. Unfortunately, their efforts to up the ante sometimes include animal abuse and exploitation. Several reality game shows, Fear Factor being the most famous, test contestants' bravery by forcing them to eat live insects, carelessly handle rodents and reptiles or perform other feats involving mistreatment of animals.
Misusing animals for the sole purpose of human entertainment is cruel, wasteful and robs them of their dignity. Displaying this abuse in a playful light desensitizes viewers and invites them to perform similar acts at home. Finally, the portrayal of certain animals on TV makes them seem fearful, dangerous and deserving of abuse. These portrayals are often inconsistent with these animals' natural behaviors.
The Indian Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) recently asked TV channels to stop broadcasting TV shows that depict animal abuse and exploitation. Please SIGN THIS PETITION to urge the FCC to stop animal abuse on reality TV in the United States.
On March 5, 2012, Windsor, Ontario's city council approved spending $80,000 of this year's budget on a skunk removal program. Advocates of the program made it clear that skunks will be trapped and killed rather than relocated. Ward 3 Coun. Fulvio Valentinis cited community complaints about "nuisance skunks" as a major reason for the decision.
Skunks are peaceful, harmless animals that provide ample warning before spraying in self-defense. In addition to being cruel, trapping skunks is ineffective as a long-term control solution -- the spike in their food supply (insects, rats and other small rodents) will encourage surviving skunks to breed and ultimately increase skunk populations.
While several nations have banned the use of animals in circuses, U.S. acts such as the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus and Shrine Circus continue to force elephants to perform in their shows. Performing is not natural for elephants, so trainers use cruel devices called bullhooks to control them.
The bullhook is a tool with sharp metal prongs that trainers sink into an elephant's sensitive areas, such as behind the ear. The cruel tool inflicts great pain to an elephant. Circuses claim that bullhooks are necessary to handle elephants safely, but if they can't handle elephants safely without inflicting pain, they shouldn't use the animals in their acts.
New York animal shelter Angel's Gate, founded in 1993 by Susan Marino, has a history of extreme animal neglect resulting in diseases and death. An undercover investigation of the facility exposed animal abuse on video, including animals being denied food and water, offered rancid meat, dead animal bodies left among live animals for days, animals with treatable infections and wounds being denied medication and veterinary care and animals confined to filthy, excrement-caked cribs.
Recently, a young paraplegic St. Bernard named Casey died at Angel's Gate after suffering a lengthy urinary tract infection. An undercover investigation found Casey covered in her own waste and left in a filthy crib without access to water.
A December 2011 undercover investigation by activist group Compassion Over Killing exposed gross animal rights abuses at Hawkeye Sow Centers, an Iowa pig breeding factory farm. These abuses included immobilizing sows in gestation crates, cutting off piglet tails and testicles with no pain killers, and pushing herniated intestines back inside piglets and securing the wounded area with tape. Thanks to undercover investigation, these abuses are caught on camera to inform customers of pork industry practices and catalyze action to end these abuses.
Iowa agribusiness groups have renewed their efforts to pass "ag-gag" legislation which would make it illegal to make undercover exposes of factory farms like Compassion Over Killing's investigation. This would allow unethical practices to continue and prevent consumers from learning about animal abuses. Iowa is currently the largest pork-producing state in the country. Please sign the petition to convince Iowa legislators to oppose ag-gag legislation.
In the summer of 2011, a young couple discovered an illegal dump site in Crosby, Texas containing the bodies of several tortured puppies and other neglected, suffering dogs. New dogs have been dumped near the area regularly, some of them thrown from trucks or shot with BB guns. Suspicious individuals have been spotted prowling the dumping grounds, presumably to obtain abandoned dogs for fighting.
A recent investigation of a North Carolina Butterball slaughterhouse by Mercy for Animals revealed shockingly sadistic, unnecessary cruelty to turkeys. Slaughterhouse workers were caught on video kicking, stomping on and dragging turkeys, bashing their heads in with metal rods and neglecting severely injured birds.
The cruelty displayed in these videos mirrors sadism exposed during a 2006 investigation of an Arkansas Butterball slaughterhouse. The 2006 expose documented an employee crushing a bird's head until it exploded and another employee sexually assaulting a female bird. These disgusting, malicious acts were unrelated to meat production and performed only for the sick amusement of sadistic workers. Clearly, animal abuse is an ongoing issue in poultry slaughterhouses nationwide.
Adolph Bergbauer, a 69-year-old German father, recently received a short jail sentence for the crime of incest. Bergbauer slept with his daughter 500 times over the past 30 years and had three disabled children with her. Only one of these children is still alive today.
According to Bergbauer’s daughter, the rape started at the tender age of 12 or 13. The father also allegedly threatened to kill her if she spoke out about the abuse, and kept her confined in a basement. Because the statutory rape occurred over 20 years ago, Bergbauer could not be charged for that crime.
Bergbauer’s case is notably similar to that of Austrian Josef Fritzi, a man sentenced to life in prison in 2009 for keeping his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and having seven children with her. Bergbauer’s jail sentence, however, is under three years.
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