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08/29/2014 BORNEO: AXING A NATIONAL PARK FOR PALM OIL
Indonesian environmentalists are sounding the alarm: a palm oil company is clearing land in Borneo's Tanjung Puting National Park for new plantations. The swamp forests are among the last remaining habitats for endangered orangutans and proboscis monkeys. Borneo's Tanjung Puting National Park covers an area of 400,000 hectares and is home to unique tropical forest ecosystems. Bumitama Agri Ltd. is pursuing an "aggressive expansion strategy" with plans to establish a further 13,000 hectares of oil palm plantations every year. Please help put an end to the destruction and sign our petition to the Indonesian government.
08/28/2014 THE END OF SEAWORLD
SeaWorld, as we know it today, is over. It's only a matter of time. The company is finished. Here's why: The SeaWorld brand is now tarnished, at best; Wall Street has turned on SeaWorld; Consumers are turning away from SeaWorld with attendance dropping 4.3 percent over the first 6 months of 2014; The internet has turned against SeaWorld; SeaWorld has proven itself totally inept in dealing with aforementioned. Business as usual is not a solution. SeaWorld can hold on for a few more years, as its stock continues to fall into the single digits and its market cap becomes untenable. Or SeaWorld management and investors can hit the reset button. Begin a program to provide a better life for the whales it has in captivity, be a world-wide leader and symbol of caring for animals, save its brand and save the company.
Dutch government inspectors stopped production at 10 abattoirs and meat processing plants for a time last year because conditions for staff who clean the machines were so unsafe. In total, social affairs ministry inspectors identified 488 instances where abattoir and meat plant cleaning staff were exposed to risk. Problems were found at 90% of the country's 217 slaughterhouses and meat processing factories, the inspectors said in a new report. Meat industry cleaners are exposed to two serious health risks: dangerous machinery and infectious diseases. In addition, in some cases machinery is not properly switched off and they risk electrocution, the ministry inspectors said.
During the rich program of the ZeGeVege Festival, which will take place on Sept 5-6 in Zagreb, Croatia, visitors will have the chance to taste and learn how to prepare lentil steaks, Mediterranean tomato and egg plant dish, raw pasta Mediterranean way, fermented drinks and food for better digestion and immunity, superfood beverages, tofu dishes and many other delicious dishes. Homemade herbal toothpaste, home composting, gathering and using edible wild plants are just some of the workshops that will teach you how to apply simple knowledge of sustainable living in your everyday life. Interesting lecturers, nutritionists and experts from various fields will offer talks and counselling. For the list of all workshops please visit the ZeGeVege web site www.zegevege.com.
Schoolchildren on a day out at the circus were left horrified when their teacher entered the lion's enclosure to prove the animal wasn't aggressive – and was savagely attacked before their eyes. The teacher, who was out with the students for a day of fun at the Monaco Circus in Cusco, Peru, was called out by the lion tamer to show her students that the animal didn't pose a threat. But the applause quickly turned to screams of terror when she entered the cage and the lion attacked her, dragging her out in front of the crowd with its teeth while her students watched in shock. The lion tamer desperately tried to free the teacher by beating the creature with a rod as it carried the woman around the ring like a ragdoll, and she was eventually freed. The Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture prohibits circuses from using wild and aggressive animals, as to keep them in captivity constitutes an act of cruelty.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef remains under threat despite efforts to rein in major sources of damage to the World Heritage-listed icon, the government said. "Even with the recent management initiatives to reduce threats and improve resilience, the overall outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is poor, has worsened since 2009 and is expected to further deteriorate," the government said in its outlook report. The fragile reef, which stretches 2,300 km (1,430 miles) along Australia's east coast, is the centerpiece of a campaign by green groups and marine tourist operators aiming to stop a planned coal port expansion that would require millions of cubic meters of sand to be dredged up and dumped near the reef. The reef has the world's largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 types of mollusk, and is home to threatened species, including the dugong and large green turtle, the World Heritage list says.
Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the death of Tyke—an elephant who was mowed down in a hail of gunfire after she killed her trainer and went on a rampage before a circus performance in Honolulu, Hawaii—the Moscow International Circus has pledged to not use any animals in its upcoming performances. The move comes after PETA mobilized more than 67,000 supporters to e-mail the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, which had scheduled the Moscow International Circus to perform there in October, the first time since Tyke’s death that any circus with animals would have performed at the venue. The Moscow International Circus originally stated that it was leaving elephant acts out of its show but that other exotic animals—including big cats—would be included. Now, presumably as a result of the huge amount of negative feedback, the circus has committed to leaving all animals out of the act.
08/21/2014 CUOCO WANTS TO DO MORE TO HELP SEALS
It’s no secret that "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco is a huge animal lover and advocate, and she recently told All Animals (the Humane Society of the United States' magazine), "I’ve always loved animals. As a kid we had dogs. But my passion got very strong maybe eight years ago when I rescued my first dog [a pit bull named Norman]." Cuoco has previously defended pit bulls and helped raise money to fight Canada’s annual seal hunt. When asked about her desire to join the HSUS' Protect Seals team on the Canadian ice floes, where the annual seal hunt takes place, she elaborated, "I think as a—I hate even using this—as a 'celebrity', people think we say a few things, and then that’s it, and we put it to bed. I need to show my fans, and people that agree with me and disagree with me, that I'm willing to go out there. I want to see it face to face." When asked if she discussed her passion for animal rights on set, Cuoco said, "Everyone that I work with knows how I feel about animals."
08/20/2014 X-MEN STAR EMBRACES VEGAN DIET
It looks like "X-Men" star Famke Janssen is putting her superhero skills to good use when it comes to animals and the environment. The actress, who currently stars in Netflix’s "Hemlock Grove", is revealing some top-notch beauty and fitness secrets. Famke recently said that she’s vegan, which contributes to her healthy and compassionate lifestyle. She said, "I work out whenever I can and I don’t eat meat or dairy." She added, "When you get that close to an animal [like her dog Liquorice], things change and it doesn’t seem to matter if it’s a dog or a chicken or a cow – they all have feelings and all have emotions."
08/19/2014 CUOMO SIGNS IVORY BAN INTO LAW
New York celebrated World Elephant Day by signing into law the ban of ivory products in the state. The law, which was passed by the legislature earlier this year, was signed by Governor Cuomo and aims to protect elephants and rhinoceros that are killed for their ivory tusks. “Restricting the market for ivory articles will help bring an end to the slaughtering of elephants and rhinoceroses and sends a clear message that we will not allow the illegal ivory trade to continue in New York,” Cuomo said. New York is the biggest market for the ivory trade in the United States and the second biggest market worldwide. Now that the law has been put into effect, no product containing ivory tusks from elephants, mammoths and rhinos can be sold in the state. Approximately 35,000 elephants were killed last year by poachers and the rhino population has declined to a mere 29,000 worldwide also because of their tusks.
Dr. Mehmet Oz welcomed Howard Stern's sidekick, Robin Quivers, on the Aug. 14 episode of the Dr. Oz Show. Quivers discussed how she healed herself from endometrial cancer with the help of a vegan diet. Quivers, 62, overcame her endometrial cancer with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Robin also said a vegan diet healed her cancer and aided her 80-pound weight loss. She detailed her remarkable recovery in her book, The Vegucation of Robin. She was certain she too would fall prey to poor health in middle age, but said adopting a vegan diet completely changed her life. "My plant-based diet was helping my body heal," Quivers wrote in her book. "I couldn't believe the difference I saw. I'd never had such a dramatic shift in my health — not when I was taking medication, not when I was wearing a neck brace, and certainly not when I was eating whatever I wanted. I no longer had to rearrange my entire life around being sick."
Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson is in the Arctic on the Greenpeace Esperanza experiencing climate change firsthand and hoping to do something about it — now. Via the peace and environmental organization's Twitter account, Thompson has been sharing photos and reaching out to political leaders. While on the remote island of Spitsbergen, she is raising awareness about the melting of Arctic glaciers alongside her 14-year-old daughter, Gaia Wise, Canadian actress Michelle Thrush and her 14-year-old daughter, Imajyn Cardinal. She's received an immense amount of support. Even Thompson's friends have voiced their gratitude for her hard work, including Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Stephen Fry and Gwyneth Paltrow.
It's a good day for the animal community and Ian Somerhalder! He made a huge announcement regarding his Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) Sanctuary Project — he's officially opening the special place that's all about healing. For those unaware, the project focuses on transforming views on compassion. The sanctuary is a safe haven for neglected animals and a place to transform bullies. It's a non-traditional home where bullies will learn to show compassion through the love of animals. Somerhalder describes the project as an "innovative, sustainable sanctuary that flips the switch on our modern views of compassion and evolves the outdated model into something that propels echoing change in every direction."
A brave whistleblower has provided PETA with disturbing evidence that callous employees in a federally funded laboratory at Princeton University recently placed at least one marmoset monkey in a small plastic ferret exercise ball and rolled the ball through the corridors of the laboratory to torment the terrified monkey for their own amusement. Marmosets are small, fragile primates who are very easily stressed by being handled, and this cruel stunt was no doubt terrifying and could have caused serious injuries. The whistleblower also alleges that staff in this laboratory routinely handle the small monkeys roughly, causing them to bite employees, and have even allowed them to escape from their cages, putting them at risk of harming themselves and others. PETA has filed a complaint with federal authorities and called for fines and revocation of funding. Princeton has a disturbing history of mistreating marmosets and other animals. The laboratory in which the recent incidents occurred has received more than $2.3 million dollars in taxpayer money from the National Institutes of Health since 2007.
Approximately 30 flightless domestic geese and half a dozen ducks are suffering, as their pond recently dried up in Woodland, California. Generations of these birds have called this manmade pond home since the 1980s, but drought conditions are so severe, the pond has dried up for the first time in decades. The geese and ducks have nowhere to go and are wandering the parched earth suffering from dehydration. The city of Woodland has been slow to act. They finally put out a water trough this weekend, but several geese have already died. Without a large body of water, the birds have no way to escape predators like coyotes and bobcats that frequent the area.
With the sun beating down on the strange and exotic-looking meats on sale the sights and sounds at this London market are straight out of Africa. Ridley Road has been identified as a hub for the secret market in "bush meat" — the flesh of exotic animals such as chimpanzee, monkey, porcupine, fruit bats and even giraffe, slaughtered in the African bush and smuggled into Britain. It is estimated that a staggering 7,500 tonnes of illegal meat enters Britain each year, the bulk of which is bush meat. The trade is now at the centre of a terrifying health crisis. The reason this gives such cause for concern is that ever since the Ebola virus was discovered, deep in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976, scientists have warned it can pass from animals to humans who prepare or eat infected meat. Five previous outbreaks have been linked to the handling of meat from gorillas, chimps and duikers (a small antelope) for the bush meat business — and all these animals have been found for sale in the UK. The number of animals being killed is staggering, with conservation groups warning that millions of tonnes of meat are being taken from Africa's forests. But all it needs is a small piece of infected meat, perhaps brought in the suitcase of a guest visiting from the continent, to pass Ebola into the community here — and the nightmare could start.
A few days ago customs officials in Vietnam raided a cargo ship from Sierra Leone and seized an astonishing 1.4 tons of dried pangolin scales. The grisly discovery came from the bodies of as many as 10,000 dead pangolins, the scaly anteaters of Africa and Asia that are being hunted into extinction for their meat and the supposed medicinal qualities of their scales. Experts estimate that more than one million wild pangolins have been caught, killed and traded in the past decade, making them the most heavily trafficked group of species in the world. Virtually all of this trade is illegal. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) bans most trade in pangolins but smugglers and poachers continue to devastate wild populations. The threat to pangolins has gotten so bad that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) now considers all eight species threatened with extinction.
In 2011, the first animal police service, (animal cops) started work to tackle cruelty to animals and animal neglect more effectively. There is also a special alarm number 144, for reporting animals in distress. The Dutch government says the country's first animal police officers are training to enforce laws protecting companion animals, livestock and wildlife against abuse. The officers are drawn from the regular police force, and 125 of them will receive several months of training on animal welfare legislation and how to enforce it. By 2015, the Dutch police will have 500 specialist animal police officers. These officers also carry out other police tasks, but receive specialist training at the Police College.
A young giraffe died Thursday from head injuries sustained while being transported, blindfolded, in an open truck along a South African highway, an animal welfare agency said. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)'s Rick Allan told AFP he suspected the giraffe died after hitting its head against an overhead bridge. The SPCA has launched investigations and may lay criminal charges against those involved in transporting the animals.
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