Breaking News: Seal Pups in Quebec Aquarium Safe from Slaughter

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Aquarium des Îles plans to release two seal pups at sea in response to public outrage at impending kill

After public outcry in response to Friends of Animals’ September 14thaction alert urging the public to demand that the Aquarium des Îles in Quebec, Canada, stop its senseless plan to slaughter two seal pups, Zak and Mika, whom they’d captured last spring, the Aquarium has released a statement today.

Aquarium officials say they have “received confirmation from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) that [they] had the permission to release its two harp seals at sea. We therefore intend to proceed to the release of the seals at sea as soon as possible, while taking care to ensure their good health and welfare meanwhile.”

Friends of Animals will continue to press the Aquarium for documentation and proof of the impending release of the seals as well as ensure this never happens again. In the meantime, please continue to contact both the Aquarium and the Honourable Keith Ashfield (the Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans) to insist that the seals be safely released and that any future permits to capture seals be denied. 

It’s irresponsible and disgraceful for the Aquarium to capture seal pups at all, but to capture them with the intent to kill them once its season ends cannot be tolerated. Thanks to your phone calls and emails, the Aquarium has reversed this cruel plan, but we need to make sure that they follow through with releasing the seals and that they commit to ending plans to ever capture seal pups again.

Please call the Honorable Keith Ashfield’s office at 613-992-3474 and email him at min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Call the Aquarium des Îles to leave a message at 418-937-2277 and email them at info@aquariumdesiles.ca

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World’s most abused animal: Why the egg bill isn’t a win for hens

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The great thing about keeping chickens intensely confined in barren battery cages is that once the super bird flu we are breeding in these facilities wipes out much of our population, the rest of us will have all the cheap eggs our cholesterol-loving hearts can scramble.

Am I really willing to pay about a cent more per egg to allow the 200 million or so egg-laying machines have a bit more space, a few perches, some torn newspaper to scratch at and pseudo-private areas?

If the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 passes, the egg industry will have 18 years to comply with new federal regulations – under the watchful eye of the notoriously industry-friendly USDA – that require hens that now live their entire lives jailed behind metal cages with little more space than a piece of paper be given a bit more wing room and some “enrichment” goodies (the perches, scratching materials and what are kindly being labeled “nesting boxes”).

Against all odds, this bill is the result of a partnership between two historically bitter enemies – the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an organization feared and reviled by the livestock industry for its many successful campaigns to improve living standards for animals raised for food, and the United Egg Producers (UEP), which represents the country’s biggest egg farmers who have fought the HSUS hard against the various state initiatives targeting factory farming that have now been passed across the nation.

The UEP claims it was tired of trying to comply with the many complicated, piecemeal laws pertaining to animal care standards and labeling so approached the HSUS in an attempt to come to a compromise and produce federal legislation that would create one national standard. The Egg Products Inspection Act is that compromise.

But the act has torn a rift on both sides of the debate. While the bill is supported by the HSUS, Farm Sanctuary, In Defense of Animals, Compassion Over Killing and the Animal Legal Defense Fund among many others, all well-respected organizations with the best of intentions, it is also opposed by many animal welfare organizations.

Strange bedfellows are jumping in the sack all over the issue. Groups like the Humane Farming Association, Friends of Animals, United Poultry Concerns and Last Chance for Animals, among others, join the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), American Farm Bureau Federation and their allies in Congress in fiercely opposing this bill.

Read the rest of this news:-http://www.greenerideal.com/lifestyle/0604-egg-bill-isnt-a-win-for-hens/

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