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April 3, 2011

PHOTO | Li Bo: Live animals being sold as keyrings




Please click on and sign the following:

1. Urge Belfast City Council to free imprisoned dog
2. Protect Polar Bears And Other Arctic Animals
3. End Tiger Farming in the U.S.
4. Stop Live Animals From Being Sold As Keyrings In China!


1. Background | From Action For Our Planet

In Belfast, Northern Ireland the city council has been holding an American bull dog named Lennox for nearly a year in a kennel. Recently, a Belfast judge ordered Lennox to be destroyed because he was considered a danger to the public. This decision has caused outrage across the world, with thousands of people campaigning to save the wrongly convicted dog. According to Save Lennox campaign, the 6 year old dog has never attacked anyone but he was wrongfully seized because he looked like a pitbull, a dangerous dog breed under the Dangerous Dogs (NI) Order 1991. Please urge Belfast City Council to overturn this decision by freeing Lennox and allowing him to return to his loving family.

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Subject: Please release Lennox the dog

Dear Belfast City Council,

It is of great concern to me that you continue to keep a Belfast dog, named Lennox imprisoned in one of your kennels. Nearly a year ago, your council wrongfully seized the American bull dog under the Dangerous Dogs (NI) Order 1991. This seizure occurred despite the fact that Lennox had never attacked anyone and was not considered a dangerous dog. Recently, a Belfast judge ordered Lennox to be put to death even though thousands of people worldwide including celebrities and politicians appealed to your council to release Lennox. Instead of addressing the concerns of animal lovers worldwide, your council has continued to keep Lennox imprisoned in a concrete pit, filled with excretion.

I urge you to release Lennox immediately and return him to his loving family.

Thank you for your time.

 



Save the Polar Bear Please view video and sign the associated petition HERE

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2. Background | From In Defense of Animals: DFA

The Chukchi and Beaufort Seas – sometimes called the Polar Bear Seas – are vital to the survival of America’s threatened polar bears, walrus, bowhead whales and so many other Arctic species.

Yet Shell Oil and other companies are charging ahead with plans to industrialize this crucial area without proper protections for the animals who could be devastated by an oil spill.

Stand up to Big Oil. Urge the Obama administration to nix new drilling in the Polar Bear Seas.

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As someone who cares about protecting Arctic wildlife, I strongly urge your administration to exclude new drilling plans for the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas from the five-year plan for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf.

The Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, sometimes called the Polar Bear Seas, are vital to the survival of America’s threatened polar bears, walrus, bowhead whales and so many other Arctic species.

Yet Shell Oil and other companies are charging ahead with plans to industrialize this crucial area without proper protections for the animals who could be devastated by an oil spill.
Here are the facts:

* Big Oil can’t clean up a spill in these remote waters. Last year’s BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and recent new spills off the coasts of Norway and in the Gulf of Mexico show how ill-prepared these companies are when disaster strikes.

* Arctic drilling won’t reduce American gas prices. It will take years,  even decades, to get oil from the Arctic. Even then, there is no guarantee that oil won’t simply be shipped abroad to meet the rising demand in China, India and other countries.

* Drilling could devastate Arctic wildlife. Thousands of sea otters were killed when the Exxon Valdez ran aground. The BP disaster claimed the lives of hundreds of threatened and endangered sea turtles and other wildlife. Now imagine the damage that could be wrought on polar bears, walrus and other wildlife by a spill in an area that is more than 1,000 miles away from the nearest Coast Guard station.

For all of these reasons, I strongly urge you to exclude these vital waters from future offshore drilling plans.

Thank you for considering my comments.



3. Background | From Big Cat Rescue

Breeding for Pay to Play Sessions Results in Thousands of Tigers Ending Up in Awful Situations

If you could do just one thing to save the most tigers, this is it.

Tigers are being farmed openly in China for their bones, fur and meat but when CITES tries to pressure them to stop, they point to the U.S. and say, “but you do it too!” It isn’t as openly done in the U.S., but it has been proven to happen in the US Fish & Wildlife Service sting called Operation Snow Plow.

It starts with breeders who breed “generic” tigers (that are inbred, crossbred or otherwise not considered purebred) that are used for pay to play sessions where the public pays to pet or pose with a baby tiger or lion cub. They are only cute and cuddly for about a month of “service” and then they are discarded into the pet trade, warehoused in tiny, barren cells or worse; ending up on dinner menus, skinned, stuffed or disappearing into the black market trade.

Back in the 1980s the US Fish & Wildlife Service decided it was too much bother to deal with every back yard breeder who wanted a permit to breed tigers, so they created a “generic” tiger loophole. It essentially states that if you are not a legitimate AZA accredited zoo, which must conform to permitting requirements to breed purebred tigers, then you can breed, exploit and discard tigers at will and with virtually no oversight. It was the worst move the U.S. has ever made for tigers.

Now the problem is of epidemic proportions with thousands of tigers languishing in tiny, filthy cages and daily dropping off the radar as there is no one monitoring what happens to them next. The problem in China is largely the fault of the U.S. having taken such a lax stance on the issue and setting such a poor example to the rest of the world.

YOU can change that now! Send this quick and easy letter to the US Fish & Wildlife Service, USDA / APHIS, and the Secretary of State asking that they rescind the “generic” tiger loophole.

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None of the tigers being bred outside of American Zoological Association Species Survival Plans serve any conservation value.  It is time to end the tiger trade in the U.S. and set a better global example of how we should protect tigers rather than exploit them for profit.

 

Related:  Illegal tiger trade ‘killing 100 big cats each year’




4. Background | From Treehugger, Change

By Stephen Messenger, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Keyring ornaments are perhaps the most useless item you’ll ever carry in your pocket or stuff in your purse — but now, thanks to an increasingly popular item being sold in China, it can easily be the cruelest, too. For the price you might expect to pay for some kitschy trinket, Chinese street vendors are selling live animals, permanently sealed in a small plastic pouch where they can survive for a short while as someone’s conversation piece. Apparently, these unimaginably inhumane keyrings are actually quite popular — and worst of all, it’s totally legal.

According to The Global Times, these keyring accessories containing live animals are widely available and sold publicly in subway stations and on sidewalks. Potential buyers (read as animal-abusers) have the choice between a living Brazil turtle or two small kingfish, sealed in an airtight package along with some colored water. One vendor claimed that the trapped creatures “can live for months inside there” because the water contains “nutrients,” though veterinarians have already disputed this claim.

“I’ll hang it in my office, it looks nice and brings good luck, ” said one customer who purchased the turtle.

As the cruel trinkets continue to gain in popularity, thankfully so to have the voices of animal rights supporters in opposition to the inhumane treatment of the animals they contain. “To put a living thing inside a sealed and confined space for profit is immoral and pure animal abuse,” Qin Xiaona, director of the NGO Capital Animal Welfare Association, told the Global Times.

Even some right-thinking passersby are trying to do their part in saving the animals’ lives where they can. “I bought one to free it. It looks so miserable,” said one woman, unnamed by the Times.

Despite the fact that the selling of animals as keyring ornaments is a clear-cut case of animal cruelty, it is actually entirely within the law. Chinese law prohibits the sale of wild animals — a designation which evidently does not apply to the Brazil turtles and kingfish being sold.

For the time being, in lieu of legislation which may or may not come to pass outlawing the sale of living creatures as objects of amusement, Xiaona suggests people use their better sense to squelch the trade. “If nobody buys it, the market will die,” she says.

Sadly, it is likely that so too will the animals which have already been sealed in their colorful, transparent tombs — gasping for the final breath of air they’ve been packaged with, as they peer out to a world in which their lives are considered essentially worthless. And in such a dark hour, it’s hard not to believe our very humanity awaits a similar fate.


From Change.org, by Madeline Kennedy

Please click and sign HERE

Stop Animal Torture!

Greetings,

We can work together to stop animal cruelty and torture, and to start I am writing to ask if you will please sign my petition to tell the Chinese government that they need to make putting live turtles and king fish into permanently sealed keychains illegal. These keychains, which include the live animal and some colored water in a sealtight plastic container, are fastly growing in popularity. They are cruel and unnessecary, and someone must speak out for them since they cannot speak for themselves!

These keyring accessories are widely available and sold publicly in subway stations and on sidewalks. Vendors claim that the trapped creatures “can live for months inside there” because the water contains “nutrients,” though veterinarians have already disputed this claim, Do you think it’s right that these helpless animals live trapped and starving in peice of plastic in the dark of someone’s pocketbook? I don’t! Join me in telling the Chinese government that this needs to stop!

 



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as the sun says goodbye
to usher in the night
the clock keeps on ticking
we do what is right
there is not calender
nor time frame to state
you can wait until tomorrow
if tomorrow may be,
too late

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


2 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    April 3, 2011 5:54 pm

    as the sun says goodbye
    to usher in the night
    the clock keeps on ticking
    we do what is right
    there is not calender
    nor time frame to state
    you can wait until tomorrow
    if tomorrow may be,
    too late

    Like

  2. August 19, 2012 4:13 am

    what about the constant bouncing around a purse or pocket or when dangling from the ignition while driving or when tossing it on the table/desk, etc.? and how hot it must get in that little pouch! This is besides the slow death from lack of air and food.

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