End The slaughter Of Pilot Whales In The Faroes Island

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“This video is very upsetting, viewer discretion is advised. Many many years ago, perhaps the whales had to be slaughtered for food, but this is 2012, the people on that Island will not starve if the killings stop. You can help, please sign the following petitions, take action to stop the heinous slaughter of pilot whales, no longer needed to sustain the Island.” 

 

Published on 5 Jun 2012 by 

Every year hundred of pilot whales are slaughtered in the Faroes Island. Though the images are very powerful please don’t turn a blind eye and a deaf ear. This happens every year around the Spring and Summer months. The Tourism Board of the Faroes Island does not advertise this. It is a hidden truth amongst the Faroese people. Please write a letter or send an email politely explaining that this ancient hunt has to stop. Thank you.

Contact the Tourism Board: http://www.faroeislands.com
Office of the Faroese Government
Føroya Landstýri
Tinganes
P.O. Box 64
FR-110 Tórshavn

Tel.: 298 11080 Fax: 298 19667

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
2, Asiatisk Plads
DK-1448 Copenhagen K

Tel. +45 33 92 00 00 Fax +45 32 54 05 33

E-mail um@um.dk

Petition to End the Faroe Islands‘ Whale & Dolphin Slaughter

Please show the Faroe Islands that the international community is strongly opposed to this cruel slaughter by signing this petition to the Faroe Islands Prime Minister.

http://www.unleashed.org.au/take_action/petitions/stop-the-faroe-islands-whale-slaughter/

End the Faroe Islands’ Whale Slaughter!

http://www.change.org/petitions/end-the-faroe-islands-whale-slaughter

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WILL YOU PLEDGE: to Circulate the Truth about Barbaric Trapping.

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PLEDGE:
Pledging to Circulate the Truth about Barbaric Trapping.
I pledge to READ THIS ARTICLE, AND SHARE IT FAR AND WIDE!
Click to TAKE THE PLEDGE – 2,361 People took the pledge so far!
Goal is to ban barbaric trapping of animals in the USA, just as it is already banned in most civilized countries. PLEASE READ THE ELOQUENT ARTICLE BELOW, BY ONE OF THE GREATEST MINDS IN THE NATURAL WORLD AND PLEASE SHARE, RE-POST, SEND TO YOUR LEGISLATORS AND LET THIS GO VIRAL!
Wolf trapped and bludgeoned to death. Wild animals who are trapped are terrified, they are in agony, they cannot return – forever – to their offspring or families. They are subjected to the elements and other predators before their nemesis arrives to bludgeon them or strangle them to death.

By GEORGE WUERTHNER

Years ago I was backpacking in Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness with my friend, Rod, and his  Malamute, Jake.  Like most dogs, Jake was happily running ahead of us investigating this and that.  Suddenly Jake let out a sharp cry and began yipping from someplace up ahead in the brush.

We rushed to him to find with his leg snared in a giant leg-hold bear trap set by a deer carcass. This trap was the size of a car tire.

We desperately tried to free him from the trap, but even with the two of us trying to open the contraption, the springs were just too stiff and we couldn’t get Jake’s leg out. So Rod and I took turns carrying 100 pound Jake on our shoulders, along with the heavy trap plus our backpacks, to our car so we could rush him to a vet.

The vet had to get a special trap opener to compress the springs so we could open the jaws enough to remove Jake’s leg. Jake was lucky. Because the trap’s teeth were so large, Jake’s leg was caught wedged between the teeth instead of having it go through his leg.

He fully recovered from the experience. But most pets and nearly all wildlife are not so lucky. There was no sign indicating the presence of the trap, nor any other effort to warn people of the lurking danger. Had either one of us stepped into the track, we might have suffered serious damage. Unfortunately the trapping of wild animals is a legal activity in all of the United States.

In fact, I am not aware of a single state “wildlife” agency that doesn’t promote trapping, instead of questioning its legitimacy. It’s amazing to me that in this day and age we still allow this barbaric activity to be justified in the name of “sport”. Leg-hold traps and snares are particularly treacherous devices. Animals caught in such traps suffer pain, exposure to weather, dehydration and often a long painful death.

Snares are even more gruesome with animals slowly strangling to death as the wire noose tightens. How is it that cock and dog fights are now illegal and yet we permit state wildlife agencies to sanction an equally cruel activity? The statistics are astounding. More than 4 million animals are trapped for “fun” each year, many enduring immense suffering in the process.  Millions more are trapped as “nuisances” or die as “non-target” animals.

For example more than 700 black bear are snagged each year in Oregon as “nuisance” animals by timber companies (because in the spring bears eat the inner cambium layer of trees). Only a few states have banned the use of leg-hold traps for sport trapping and then usually only through citizen initiative process.

Yet 90 countries around the world have banned these traps and the entire European Union has banned these contraptions. Most trapping targets “fur bearer” animals like lynx, musk rat, beaver, marten, fisher, river otter, weasel, mink, bobcat, red fox, coyote, and bears, and in some states like Idaho and Alaska, trappers also take wolves.

Most of these animals are important predators in their own right, and help to promote healthier ecosystems in many, many ways from the way that wolves reduce the negative impact of large herbivores like elk to reduction of rodent populations by coyotes.  Thus indiscriminate trapping disrupts natural ecological processes, often in ways we don’t appreciate.

If you want to see how sport trapping harms wildlife, view the video below;  Hint it does have a happy ending. If you can, support groups that attempting to end this barbaric “sport.”

Read the rest of this topic & the reasons why trappers justify this outdated cruel practice:-http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/04/10/trapping-the-barbaric-sport/

Bobcat Rescued from Snare – Part 1 of 2

Watch this heartwarming story of a bobcat named Freedom, who was rescued from certain death in a snare that was illegally set on private property. You can help Predator Defense ban dangerous traps and enable people and wildlife to coexist at http://predatordefense.org.
Bobcat Rescue – Part 2 of 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39umvONjDAc

City’s Lack Of Response In Animal Cruelty Case Disturbs Fort Worth Pet Sitters – Video

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“OMG….you would have to be one cold hearted, inhumane, poor excuse for a human to leave a living sentient being at the side of the road; knowing it will die of hunger!!  It was obviously too much trouble to take the poor unwanted puppy to a shelter. I hope they find who did it & throw the book at them!”

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Worth has made a change to an animal control policy after two residents couldn’t get anyone to respond to a case of apparent animal cruelty.

The report came in Sunday while the city shelter was closed and only an on-call officer was staffed due to budget restraints.

Still, Mike Phipps said he was surprised he couldn’t get anyone to respond.  “I was wanting an investigation more or less,” said Phipps. “At least a report made on it.”

Phipps and Eddie Sakerka were driving in the 4900 block of Brentwood Stair Road when Sakerka saw a dog kennel on the side of the road. It’s a stretch of road with no homes, no apartments and just a storage business nearby.  “I just barely caught it out of the corner of my eye because there’s so many weeds and brush along here,” he said.

The pair run a pet sitting business together. They occasionally find old kennels, clean them and donate them to an animal shelter. Sakerka got out to grab the crate. He didn’t expect to find it occupied.  “I knew she was dead the second I seen her,” he said. “I could see where the crate was separated where she had fought to try to get out of this crate.”

He and Phipps estimated the small, female pit bull mix was no more than a few months old. It didn’t have any injuries. Phipps said he called the Humane Society, which told him it sounded like an animal cruelty case and to call 911. Phipps said an operator there though told him it was not a police issue. After a return call to the Humane Society, and then to police again, an operator referred him to the number for the city streets department.

“We have protocol and is it known?” Phipps asked Wednesday. “Do they know we have policy and by all means was that followed?”

Fort Worth Code Compliance director Brandon Bennett said if it was a dangerous dog, or an imminent case of animal cruelty, an officer would have responded. The department though had to close its shelter on Sundays due to budget cuts and only an on-call officer is staffed.

Bennett said the weekend policy on dispatching calls will change because of this case.  “We’ve learned from this and that is to update the policy that if something similar like this comes in again, it will go to the on call officer who will then make the decision to respond or not to respond.”

Bennett added the dog’s death does appear to be a case of cruelty. If anyone recognizes the dog or saw it dropped off, he said investigators would like to know about it to investigate the case. The code compliance office has taken 1600 cruelty reports in the last year.

Phipps and Sakerka put a cross at the spot on where the found the dog they have named “Pretty Girl.” They are also putting up posters with the promise of a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

News Link:-http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/04/25/citys-lack-of-response-in-animal-cruelty-case-disturbs-fort-worth-pet-sitters/

Ban whips in horse racing

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“As a horse owner & lover for more than 40 years, I have seen the raised welts, left on horses by their frustrated mounts, so I would love to see a ban be enforced. Thoroughbred horses gallop flat out as it is, whipping them is not only counter productive, it is positively cruel!” 

Voice your concerns regarding the unacceptable use of whips in racing by sending a letter to the Australian Racing Board calling on them to introduce whip-free racing in Australia. http://www.rspca.org.au/whips

Study reveals unacceptable use of whips in racing

The use of whips as a performance aid is back in the spotlight following the release of a study which analysed race footage provided by the RSPCA and found evidence of the unacceptable use of whips and the inability of stewards to adequately police Australian whip rules.

Published in 2012 and conducted by veterinarian and Professor Paul McGreevy at the University of Sydney, the study reignites calls for the racing industry to review the use of whips in racing.

This study also builds on a previous study released in 2011 which found that whipping a horse does not increase the chance of a horse finishing first, second or third and that 98% of horses were being whipped without it influencing the race outcome.

The latest study revealed:

  • An unacceptable number of apparent breaches of whip rules
  • So-called padding of a whip is not effective in safeguarding horses from possible pain.

The results of this study do not offer any support for the retention of whipping in horse racing and are contrary to the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering to which the Australian Racing Board is a signatory. This International Agreement lists specific prohibitions for whip use, including using the whip on the flank. The results of the latest study indicate that Australian racing authorities are not meeting their obligations regarding this International Agreement.

Voice your concerns regarding the unacceptable use of whips in racing by sending a letter to the Australian Racing Board calling on them to introduce whip-free racing in Australia.

 TAKE ACTION

 Read more on the study Whip use by jockeys in a sample of Australian Thoroughbred races.

Background

In March 2009 the Australian Racing Board  introduced new rules to reduce the number of times jockeys can whip their horses in a race. After outcry from jockeys, owners and breeders, these rules were wound back twice. Only forehand-style whipping is limited from the start of a race and jockeys can still use the whip at their discretion in the last 100 metres – that means within the rules horses could be struck up to 13 times in a row.

The RSPCA believes a top performance horse needs great genetics, great preparation and great horsemanship. Whipping does not come into it.

The RSPCA would like to see:

  • a commitment from jockeys to adhere to the rules
  • a commitment from the racing industry to encourage reduced reliance on whips
  • mandatory training programs in place for jockeys to help them adapt
  • a ‘hands and heels’ series introduced into Australia
  • an end of the use of whips as performance aids.

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Animal Legal Defense Fund – Stop Horse Slaughter In Tennessee

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Horse slaughter lobbyists and their allies in the state legislature are working hard to open the door to horse slaughter plants in Tennessee, and your voice is needed to fight this dangerous precedent.

In an underhanded move to prevent Tennesseans from standing up to this cruel and predatory business in their own communities, legislators have attached a “surety bond” amendment to HB 3619 that would require a bond to be posted for any legal challenge against the building of a horse slaughter plant.

This amendment would require citizens to pay 20% of the plant’s building or operational costs if they want to challenge a permit or license for a horse slaughter plant. Tennessee citizens who want to keep the horse killing business out of their communities would have to pay for the privilege of speaking out.

Take Action!

Speak out for horses and for your rights! Contact your state legislators today telling them not to encourage horse slaughter plants to be built in Tennessee by denying a citizen’s right to speak out.

Sign petition here via Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Compassion in World Farming – Overwhelming response to Red Sea crisis

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Compassion in World Farming is saying a huge thank you to its amazing supporters, who sent 40,000 emails in 40 hours to the Brazilian and Egyptian authorities and the World Animal Health Organisation, the OIE, in response to a live transport crisis on the Red Sea.

The terrible news of a stranded ship, the Gracia del Mar, with thousands of dead and dying cattle onboard, came through to us on Friday March 2nd. We were told the ship, which had around 2,750 dead cattle onboard, had been refused permission to unload at its Egyptian destination and had failed to find a port willing to take her.

Compassion launched an immediate investigation and raised the alarm with the authorities in Brazil, where the ship had come from, and Egypt, urging them to adhere to and live up to their responsibilities under the OIE regulations for animals in transport and sort the situation out quickly.

Compassion also alerted its committed supporters, who sprung into action lobbying the two governments and the OIE.

We now have a fuller picture of what happened on this tragic voyage that caused the needless death and suffering of thousands of animals.

We are told the Gracia Del Mar, carrying 5,600 cattle, was hit by a freezing snowstorm off the coast of Algeria and thousands of the animals succumbed to the cold. The ship continued to Egypt where it was refused permission to unload in Egypt and spent several days in the Red Sea, with the dead cattle still onboard, unable to find anywhere to dock.

We’ve since been told the remaining live cattle were transferred from the ship and taken to land. We are still trying to ascertain exactly where they were taken.

Of course, we believe that the root cause is long distance live transport itself. This archaic trade should not exist. That is why will will continue to fight to end it. With our amazing supporters, we are confident we can win – like the transporters themselves, we are in this for the long haul.

Take action:

Join thousands of supporters who have urged the OIE to take action to ensure this sort of situation cannot happen again >>

via Compassion in World Farming – Overwhelming response to Red Sea crisis.

Ban Fur Trapping In Nevada To Prevent The Suffering Of Animals Left In Traps To Die – ForceChange

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There has been a lot of turmoil generated recently on the current regulations and allowance of fur trapping in the state of Nevada.

As of right now, fur trapping is completely legal as long as trappers follow state regulations which consist of rules such as checking the traps within a certain period of time. Regardless of the regulations put in place, fur trapping is still a cruel and unnecessary practice that must be stopped completely.

Animal advocates are fighting to ban this terrible practice, and at the very least change regulations to be kinder to the animals that succumb to these traps. A change in regulations would be nice, but ensuring this practice is completely outlawed would be an even sweeter victory.

Please sign petition at the link below

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