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Over a million pangolins slaughtered in the last decade

August 11, 2014
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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

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All pangolins now threatened with extinction, and two considered Critically Endangered. One of the world’s most bizarre animal groups is now at risk of complete eradication, according to an update of the IUCN Red List. Pangolins, which look and behave similarly to (scaly) anteaters yet are unrelated, are being illegally consumed out of existence due to a thriving trade in East Asia. In fact, the new update lists all eight pangolin species as threatened by extinction for first time, with two—the Chinese and the Sunda pangolin—now considered Critically Endangered.

“In the 21st Century we really should not be eating species to extinction—there is simply no excuse for allowing this illegal trade to continue,” said Jonathan Baillie, Conservation Program Director at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and co-chair of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group, which was established in 2012.

“All eight pangolin species are now listed as threatened with extinction, largely because they are being illegally traded to China and Vietnam,” Baillie added.

Found in Africa and Asia, the world’s eight pangolin species represent some 70 million years of unique evolution. In fact, these animals—which are the only mammals to sport proper scales—are so distinct they have their own Order: Pholidota. In addition to their tell-tale scales, pangolins have a long tongue for eating insects, impressive claws for digging into termite mounds, and an odorous anal gland for repealing predators. But, weirdly, pangolins are most closely related to carnivores.

Yet pangolins have for many years been the most-trafficked animal on the fact of the Earth. In fact, the Pangolin Specialist Group hosted by the ZSL estimates that more than a million pangolins have been stolen from the wild in the past ten years alone. In fact, the group estimates that the Sunda pangolin populations has fallen by up to 80 percent over the past 21 years.

Pangolin scales are used in traditional medicine while their meat is increasingly eaten as a mark of status in countries like China and Vietnam. However, like rhino horn, there is no evidence that pangolin scales have any curative properties. The trade has become so unsustainable that researchers now fear traders are moving from largely-depleted populations in Asia to source pangolins from Africa. The four species in Africa are already threatened by bushmeat hunting for local meat consumption.

Along with the clarion call about pangolins slipping closer to extinction, the Pangolin Specialist Group is also announcing a conservation action plan, dubbed “Scaling up pangolin conservation.”

“A vital first step is for the Chinese and Vietnamese governments to conduct an inventory of their pangolin scale stocks and make this publicly available to prove that wild-caught pangolins are no longer supplying the commercial trade,” said conservationist Dan Challender, a Co-Chair of Pangolin Specialist Group.

Most important, says the group, is reducing demand for this imperiled group.

The World’s Pangolin Species

Asian species

Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), Endangered (previously Near Threatened)

Philippine pangolin (Manis culionensis), Endangered (previously Near Threatened)

Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla), Critically Endangered (previously Endangered)

Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica), Critically Endangered (previously Endangered)

African species

Giant pangolin (Manis gigantea), Vulnerable (previously Least Concern)

Ground pangolin (Manis temminckii), Vulnerable (previously Least Concern)

Tree pangolin (Manis tricuspis), Vulnerable (previously Near Threatened)

Long-tailed pangolin (Manis tetradactyla), Vulnerable (previously Least Concern)

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Animal “personhood” rights?

August 8, 2014
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This short documentary follows the lawyer Steven Wise’s effort to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans.

Video Credit By Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker on Publish Date April 23, 2014.

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By CHRIS HEGEDUS and D. A. PENNEBAKER

How does a thing become a person? In December 2013, the lawyer Steven Wise showed the world how, with a little legal jujitsu, an animal can transition from a thing without rights to a person with legal protections. This Op-Doc video follows Mr. Wise on his path to filing the first-ever lawsuits in the United States demanding limited “personhood” rights for certain animals, on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State.

Mr. Wise (who is also the subject of The New York Times Magazine’s cover story this Sunday) has spent more than 30 years developing his strategy for attaining animal personhood rights. After he started his career as a criminal defense lawyer, he was inspired by Peter Singer’s book “Animal Liberation” to dedicate himself to justice for animals. He helped pioneer the study of animal rights law in the 1980s. In 2000, he became the first person to teach the subject at Harvard Law School, as a visiting lecturer. Mr. Wise began developing his animal personhood strategy after struggling with ineffective welfare laws and regulations that fail to keep animals out of abusive environments. Unlike welfare statutes, legal personhood would give some animals irrevocable protections that recognize their critical needs to live in the wild and to not be owned or abused.

The current focus of Mr. Wise’s legal campaign includes chimpanzees, elephants, whales and dolphins — animals whose unusually high level of intelligence has been recognized by scientific research. The body of scientific work on chimpanzee cognition, in particular, is enormous, and scientific testimony is crucial to Mr. Wise’s legal arguments. His team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), selected as its first plaintiffs four chimps living in New York: Tommy, Kiko, Hercules and Leo. He chose these animals in large part because New York’s common laws are favorable to habeas corpus lawsuits, and because there are great ape sanctuaries that could accommodate them.

This fall, the cases will be likely to go to New York’s intermediate appellate courts. If Mr. Wise wins, he will have successfully broken down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. His plaintiffs, the four chimps, will be deemed legal persons and relocated to outdoor sanctuaries around the United States. In many ways, the lawsuits have already won: They have brought animal personhood to the forefront of the conversation surrounding our society’s relationship with animals.

This Op-Doc is adapted from a feature-length documentary, “Unlocking the Cage,” which we are producing about Mr. Wise. We hope these works will inspire people to think differently about animals and why we should protect them.

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D. A. Pennebaker has directed more than 30 feature-length documentaries, including “Dont Look Back” and “Monterey Pop.” In 2012 he received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Chris Hegedus has directed films for nearly four decades. She won the 2002 D.G.A. award, and, with Mr. Pennebaker, received an Academy Award nomination for “The War Room.”

Op-Docs is a forum for short, opinionated documentaries, produced with creative latitude by independent filmmakers and artists. Learn more about Op-Docs and how to submit to the series.

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Man Hides Wolves in His Basement and Dreams of Mountain Sanctuary

August 6, 2014
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Care2: The wolves could soon enjoy a natural habitat and live in packs.

Care2: The wolves could soon enjoy a natural habitat and live in packs.

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The stars hang expectantly above the summer meadow on Gledic Mountain in Serbia, a place that is about to become the cradle of recovery for 25 wolves aching for freedom. The wolves are living in small household nooks, a basement and backyard pens which have been salvaged by their rescuer Dejan Gacic, a man who would lay down his life for any animal in need.

Dejan began as a dog rescuer. Working alongside his mother Svetlana, he saved nearly 300 dogs who had been in dire need on the streets of Serbia. The dogs were housed at a home-based sanctuary and at a second sanctuary on the grounds of his deceased grandfather’s home.

Daily care of the dogs was a team effort, but when Svetlana died quite unexpectedly during routine surgery, Dejan was suddenly alone in caring for the dogs. At the same time, local residents who had heard of his heroic efforts for the dogs began to ask if he might help with a wolf who had been in captivity for quite some time and the “owner” was about to release her to a canned hunt.

Dejan thought to himself, “What would my mother do?” and then he did the only thing he could. He leapt in with both feet. He purchased the wolf from the man for a single bottle of liquor.

“They usually call and tell me to come and take the wolf or it will be killed,” Dejan explains of the many times he has been granted permission to rescue a ‘defective’ wolf who simply won’t bring in a premium price when released from his cage and sent running into the woods to be chased by hunters. “I just have no strength to watch them suffer and I have no power to stop it. I never met a hunter who feels sorry for the wolves or for any other animals.”

Over the last three years, more than two dozen wolves have made their way into Dejan’s custody. And though he didn’t have a solid plan on what to do with them, Dejan couldn’t stand to see the wolves come to a terrible end. More times than he can count, he has simply hung his head and walked through a group of amused spectators who can’t fathom why on earth this man has arrived to save some “dumb” wolf.

“I’m going early in the morning at 4 am to see injured wolves,” Dejan told us recently. “I am going with my uncle and a vet will come with us. God knows what we will find there. I’m very worried. The last information I have from 2 hours ago is that both injured wolves are still alive and have a chance to survive.”

“Without you all these animals would be lost,” Dejan told the Harmony Fund last year after receiving his first round of emergency funding to feed both the dogs and the wolves. “To live a hundred lives would not be long enough to thank you. I wish that my mother was alive to see all this. My animals just had their first proper meals after a long, long time.”

Wolves Could Soon Be Roaming Mountain Sanctuary

Over the past year, the Harmony Fund has provided monthly supplies of food and veterinary care for all of the animals and relocated the dogs to a single location. After a series of inquiries and applications at the government level, they are now poised to begin getting the wolves out of their cages and into the mountain air by October.

Though it will not be possible to completely release the wolves, the animals will have a “soft” release in which they will be grouped in packs and set free on large, fenced enclosures. Land is already secured and the municipality is offering use of some of their heavy machinery. The charity would like to begin construction in late August and is scampering to pull together funds for all the materials to create the wolves’ new home.  To get involved, click here.

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#17: Animal Testing Part Two: Why the F*ck Are We Still Doing It?

August 4, 2014
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Vegan Nugget #17: Animal Testing Part Two: Why the F*ck Are We Still Doing It?

For all of you who keep saying you can’t watch the videos because they’re too graphic, this video has “cuteness relief” throughout so you can learn about a serious topic without being traumatized.  You’re welcome.

In the last nugget i introduced the topic of animal testing and talked about the scientific inefficacy of it.

We addressed how non-animal tests are generally more reliable, less costly, and always more humane. So…why the F**K are we still testing on animals?

Well here are the three main reasons:

1. Momentum, meaning familiarity or “it’s what we’ve always done”
2. Money
3. For companies to cover their asses

Watch the vid for more information!

Some RESOURCES:
ADAPTT.org
Video on the finding from the raid of UPenn’s head trauma lab
Infographic on taxpayer money funding animal testing

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Dr. Steven Best at Animal Rights Conference 2014

August 1, 2014
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Published on Jul 16, 2014

Dr. Steven Best is introduced by Michael Webermann, Executive Director at Farm Animal Rights Movement. Dr. Best discusses the differences between the animal welfare and the animal rights movements.

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Abuser in Dog Cruelty Case Sentenced to 17 Years

July 30, 2014
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Wikimedia Commons: stock photo, not victim

Wikimedia Commons, not victim

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Superior Judge José Montijo Román imposed a sentence of 17 years and three months in prison to Edwin Vélez Marrero, after being found guilty of animal cruelty in April.

Yolanda Alvarez, Puerto Rico director for The Humane Society of the United States said: “This sentence sends a clear message that our society and its legal system condemns violent behavior. We are hopeful that this decision will serve as a deterrent to all those who have contempt for life whether animal or human.”

Vélez Marrero is accused of using a wooden plank to torture a dog to the point of breaking all his vertebrae. He then placed the animal in a swamp with the intention to drown him. He was convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals, and was sentenced under Article seven of the Animal Welfare and Protection Act (Act 154-2008). The judge also applied Article 73 of the Puerto Rico Penal Code of 2012 on recidivism, as Vélez Marrero had previously been convicted for other crimes including murder, lascivious acts, aggravated burglary, attempted assault and weapons charges.

The dog was rescued by Officer Julio Cintron of the Puerto Rico Police Department, but had to be euthanized given the seriousness of his condition resulting from wounds inflicted by Vélez Marrero. Defensores de Animales was involved in bringing the defendant to justice.

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Animal Testing Part One: Is It Effective & Does It Save Lives?

July 28, 2014
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Vegan Nugget #16: Animal Testing Part One: Is It Effective & Does It Save Lives?

Most people can agree that animal testing (vivisection) is horrific. And most people can get behind banning animal testing of things like cosmetics.

However, when it comes to potentially live-saving medicine, the line of acceptable evil begins to blur for many people.

So is animal testing scientifically viable? Can research on animals save human lives? If so, then vivisection would only be opposable on moral and ethical grounds…not scientific ones.

As you will see, however, animal testing is NOT effective science and actually HARMS humans. Why does it continue? That will be addressed in a future nugget…stay tuned!

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