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Stop Militaries’ World War on Animals

April 14, 2014
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More than 80 percent of NATO nations have confirmed to PETA that they do not use any animals for military medical training exercises—including Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey. This is clear evidence that there is no need to harm animals to prepare military medical personnel to save lives.

Only five NATO nations—Canada, Denmark, Norway, the U.S., and the U.K.—continue to use animals in these barbaric exercises. The Canadian military cuts apart and poisons live pigs with toxic chemicals, the military of Norway shoots live pigs with high-velocity bullets and inflicts numerous life-threatening injuries and bone fractures, and the military of Denmark—with participation from the U.K. Ministry of Defence—subjects live pigs to horrific bullet and blast wounds. The U.S. military stabs, shoots, dismembers, burns, and kills thousands of animals each year as well.

military training exercisePETA has released disturbing, never-before-seen photographs of live pigs hung from a wooden frame and shot with rifles and handguns during a military training course in Denmark.

Lifelike human simulators that “breathe” and “bleed” and can be used in realistic battlefield scenarios have been shown by military and civilian studies to prepare doctors and medics to treat injured humans more effectively than mutilating and killing animals.

These barbaric animal laboratories also go against the spirit of Canadian, British, Norwegian, and Danish national laws and regulations as well as likely violating European Union law, which requires the use of non-animal training methods whenever possible.

Please take a moment to contact military officials in Canada, Norway, Denmark, and the U.K. and politely and urge them to stop harming and killing animals by joining the overwhelming majority of their NATO allies who use exclusively modern non-animal methods for military medical training exercises.

Photos: Jørn Stjerneklar

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Global March for Elephants and Rhinos – October 4th, 2014 – Find your city!

April 12, 2014
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Stacey:

We walk together
Each step we take.
It is time that a
Better world, we make.
A planet where
Animals are safe
From poaching…
And man finally stops
His endless encroaching,
On territory that belongs
To others.
We all walk together,
All species are brothers!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Originally posted on Condofire:

ImageThis year I have pledged to help raise awareness and funds for elephants and rhinos. Both of these iconic species have wandered the earth for billions of years. Under our watch they are being hunted to extinction for their tusks and horns. In less than 10 years they will be gone unless people raise awareness and help fight for their survival.

On October 4th cities all over the world are marching for rhinos and elephants, Please find your city and join the march. Please share this post with others. If there isn’t a city near you, organize a march. I’ve never done it before but I’m going to this year. I’m nervous, I feel a bit insecure. I could say I’m scared to death. But I’m going to do it. What I’ve discovered is that there is a world of people out there who are doing the same. Please join…

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Raccoons TORTURED in Kentucky?

April 11, 2014
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Imagine being snatched from your family, confined to a cage, and perched on a tiny raft, only to have frantic dogs then set loose upon you.

Sadly, this is happening in Leslie County, Kentucky, this Saturday, April 12, during the county’s annual “Coon on a Log” races. The event is apparently being sponsored by the sheriff’s department this year, and the vulnerable raccoons used during the races will be forced to endure the hellish races repeatedly. According to one spectator from last year’s event, dogs were allowed to “bite at” the raccoons, who were sometimes “knocked into the water” and “pulled back up to go another round.” One raccoon was even “bleeding and near death.”

Take action for raccoons!

Urge Leslie County officials to show ♥ for raccoons and help end this barbaric practice for good. Also ask them to transfer all trapped animals used in this year’s event to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Then be sure to tell your friends to speak up for these raccoons, too!

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Animal Planet Cancels ‘Call of the Wildman’ in Canada

April 10, 2014
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Animal Planet has abruptly cancelled its “Call of the Wildman” series, just days before a new season was scheduled to air. The network says that the show was cancelled due to a lack of popularity, but the star of the show, Ernie Brown Jr., a.k.a. Turtleman, as well as its production company Sharpe Entertainment, were already under intense scrutiny after investigative reports exposed multiple acts of animal abuse.

The revelations sparked outrage among fans and animal activists, leading to multiple federal and state investigations. According the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), “Call of the Wildman actively sought out species, taking them from their natural habitats and forcing them into stressful, dangerous, and unnatural situations. The animals were then tormented for the sake of entertainment as Brown chased and trapped them on camera.” Animal rights groups turned to legislative measures to ensure the allegations against Sharpe Entertainment were not brushed aside by authorities, as well as calling for the show to be axed.

Jodi Cook, a spokeswoman for Bell Media, the parent company of Animal Planet Canada, said in a statement that “Call of the Wildman has not been resonating with Canadian audiences and the decision was made not to move forward with Season 3 this month as previously announced. We will be replacing that title with content that is more in line with other programming that’s performing well with our Canadian viewers. There are no plans to return Call of the Wildman to our schedule at this time.”

Although Cook did not specify that the reason for the show’s cancellation was a direct result of the allegations of animal abuse, media personnel speculate that this is more than likely the reason. Paul Dergarabedian, a television and film industry analyst for Rentrak, a media research firm, says that even though it is not unheard of for television schedules to change last-minute, “nobody wants to have that kind of change in a release date that close to anything.” Considering the associated marketing costs, any last-minute changes are likely to be “cause for a bit of a stomach ache on the part of executives.”

Amanda Lotz, a media scholar at the University of Michigan, also says that the move would be financially and logistically undesirable. Lotz speculates that the decision was probably driven by worries about a larger cost if Animal Planet went ahead with the new season. “My suspicion would be that there’s ample concern about the negative publicity,” she said.

It still remains unclear whether Animal Planet Canada’s sister network in the United States plan to air a new season of the show. So far, the network and Sharp Entertainment have not made any announcements.

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No, Lousiana, “Chicken Boxing” is Not a Legitimate Sport

April 9, 2014
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A Louisiana senator is making headlines for standing in opposition to legislation that would crack down on cockfighting in the state, claiming it will shut down the legitimate sport of “chicken boxing.”

Articles about what went down at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Tuesday morning read like they might be straight out of The Onion, or might at the very least be an April Fool’s joke, but the effort to toughen the laws on cockfighting in the state is very real.

Louisiana was the last state to ban cockfighting in 2008, making it illegal in every state, but animal advocates who are opposed to this cruel bloodsport believe that low penalties in Louisiana and neighboring states have made it a prime place for those involved to continue to do business.

Senate Bill 523 was introduced by Senator J.P. Morrell with the intention of closing the loopholes in the current law that make it difficult to enforce by expanding the definition of chicken to include gamefowl, rooster or other birds, banning cockfighting paraphernalia – including spurs, gaffs and knives – and increasing penalties for offenders by making it a felony on a first offense.

Senator Elbert Guillory opposed the measure, claiming it would shut down the sport of “chicken boxing.”

The AP quoted Sen. Guillory saying: “There is a legitimate sport known as chicken boxing. It has nothing to do with cockfighting, and it is clear that this bill would interfere, would criminalize that legal enterprise.”

He further described chicken boxing “as similar to human kickboxing, with chickens kicking at each other while wearing rubber “gloves” that cover the spurs on their legs. The chickens face each other in rounds of 10 minutes each, and … there’s little chance of serious injury with veterinarians on hand to monitor the matches.”

“Instead of a blade or exposed spur, they hit each other with these boxing gloves on, which is quite safe,” Guillory said later. “There’s no blood.”

Bloodless or not, his explanation apparently baffled fellow lawmakers who said they had never heard of such a thing. Sen. Morrell said the the explanation sounded like an excuse to circumvent current laws and that fighting two chickens is already illegal anyway.

His thoughts were backed up by John Goodwin, director of animal cruelty policy for the Humane Society of the United States, who stated that there is no such thing as chicken boxing.

“‘Chicken boxing’ is just a creative excuse the cockfighters have come up with to mask their real agenda, which is to maintain the weakest penalties for cockfighting as possible,” he told the Times-Picayune.

He further explained that cockfighters use “sparring muffs” on birds during practice matches to see how well they fight, which could look like little boxing gloves, but that the actual sport chicken boxing is not really a thing.

Despite the opposition and strange arguments, the committee voted 4-2 to pass the bill, which will now go to the Senate for a vote where we can only hope chicken boxing won’t be mentioned — or defended.

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PETA wins battle for release of captive elephant Sundar

April 8, 2014
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The Bombay High Court on Monday ordered the immediate transfer of Sundar elephant to a sanctuary in Bangalore and dismissed a politician’s petition seeking setting aside of the government order to the same effect which was passed in 2012. Sundar, the abused elephant’s cause has been taken up by many celebrities like Paul McCartney, Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Pamela Anderson, Arjun Rampal, R Madhavan, Gulshan Grover.

Sundar is now slated to be transferred to Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC) in Bangalore.

The elephant was gifted to the administration of Jyotiba temple.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) had alleged that the tusker was brutalised by the temple authorities, which was in their custody since 2007. In 2012, the state government had issued orders directing for Sundar’s release in a sanctuary. The orders were never implemented.

PETA then approached the Bombay High Court seeking the implementation of government orders. Vinay Kore, the politician who had allegedly gifted the tusker to the temple, moved a petition seeking setting aside of the government order. In the meantime, Sundar was moved to Warana nagar from the premises of Jyotiba temple.

“The elephant’s beatings had been caught on videotape, and veterinarians and elephant experts who examined Sunder found him scarred and wounded and chained so tightly that he couldn’t lie down.

The campaign for his release spanned 21 months as people in India and around the world worked to save him from his abusers. PETA India is now calling on Maharashtra Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Sarjan Bhagat to implement the court’s order quickly before Sunder can be harmed again,” a press statement by PETA said.

The court on Monday ordered for the immediate enforcement of the government order. The division bench of V M Kanade and A K Menon directed that the transfer should be taken up before the onset of monsoon.

In the past, the court had observed that it was cruel to keep the animal chained. PETA had produced videographic evidence before the court showing the bad condition of the tusker. While the government authorities, in their submissions before the court in the past, had pleaded that Sundar was in musth condition, and therefore could not be moved, PETA had maintained that the tusker was fine, but was being severely tortured.

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Demand that FWS Review the Status of Idaho’s Wolves

April 7, 2014
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Less than five years after losing federal protection, it is clearer than ever that Idaho refuses to manage its wolf population responsibly.

That’s why today, Defenders of Wildlife officially requested that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) immediately initiate a status review of wolves in the Northern Rockies and examine the relentless threats that this species has encountered since being stripped of Endangered Species Act protection back in 2011.

The call for this status review is the first step toward restoring Endangered Species Act protection to wolves in Idaho and other Northern Rockies states.

Please, join us in calling on FWS to review the status of Idaho’s persecuted wolf population.

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