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09/22/2014 FBI TO START TRACKING ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES

Cruelty to animals will get its own category in federal crime reports for the first time. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey has signed off on including animal cruelty offenses in the Uniform Crime Report. Local agencies will also track them to report to the FBI. No longer will extremely violent cases be included in the "other offense" category simply because the victims were animals. Just as the FBI tracks hate crimes and other important categories, FBI will now have critical data on animal cruelty. The HSUS has been pushing for this change in policy for years, along with the Humane Society Legislative Fund and Doris Day Animal League.

09/19/2014 NEW YORK CITY DECLARED "MOST VEGAN-FRIENDLY CITY"

Looks like the Big Apple is returning to its roots. New York, once known for its strip steak, was declared 2014's "Most Vegan-Friendly City" by PETA in a special ceremony at City Hall on Sept. 17. The commemoration took place on the steps of City Hall and featured actor Alan Cumming, a New York resident and famous vegan. Cumming, alongside PETA, presented City Council members a Manhattan skyline replica carved entirely from vegetables, including butternut squash, taro root, radishes, eggplant, broccoli, carrots, lemongrass, banana leaves and beets. It was designed by food artist, James Parker. "New York boasts more than 140 vegetarian restaurants, countless veggie-friendly establishments, and the first vegetarian public school," says City Council member Corey Johnson. "The trend in green cuisine is healthful, draws food tourists, and employs thousands."

09/18/2014 EU, U.S. BLAST ICELAND FOR STEPPING UP WHALING

The European Union and United States delivered a strongly worded complaint to Iceland on Monday condemning an increase in whaling and urging it to observe an international ban on the commercial hunting of whales. In a joint move with other nations, including Brazil, Mexico and Australia, the European Commission said its ambassador in Reykjavik delivered a note - a diplomatic "demarche" - saying Iceland was harming efforts to save endangered species and urged it to stop trading whale meat, oil and other material.

09/17/2014 ARTIFICIAL MICRO-HUMANS MAY REPLACE ANIMALS IN LAB TESTS

Scientists are creating artificial humans for use in laboratory testing, potentially doing away with the need for experiments that claim the lives of up to 90m animals each year. Animal laboratories will begin to be replaced by "farms," made up of hundreds of artificial human machines, within three years, experts forecast. These will simulate the response of humans to substances inhaled, absorbed in the gut or circulated through the bloodstream. Early versions comprising an artificial lung, liver, kidney, heart and gut are already being used to test cosmetics, chemicals and drugs. "If our system is approved by the regulators, then it will close down most of the animal-testing laboratories worldwide," said Uwe Marx, a tissue engineer from Technische Universität Berlin and founder of TissUse, a firm developing the technology.

09/17/2014 ANCIENT STURGEON IN CHINA'S YANGTZE "NEARLY EXTINCT"

The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, according to local media. Xinhua reported that no wild sturgeon reproduced naturally last year in the Yangtze river. It was the first time since researchers began recording levels 32 years ago. Chinese researches say the fall is due to rising levels of pollution in the Yangtze river and the construction of dozens of dams. Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences also found that no young sturgeons were found swimming along the Yangtze toward the sea during the period they usually do so. A researcher told Xinhua that in the 1980s, at least several thousand sturgeon could be found in the river. It is estimated only around 100 fish remain.

09/16/2014 HORSE CARRIAGES PUSHED OUT OF SALT LAKE CITY

Horse carriages are now a thing of the past in Salt Lake City as the city's only horse carriage company, Carriage for Hire, has gone under. The company became a target for PETA after one of its horses collapsed in exhaustion after being forced to work in 97 degree weather last August. The company avoided comment but was forced to later admit that the horse died. Since then, PETA protested the company and pressured the city to outlaw horse carriages all together. On the heels of this victory in Utah, PETA is now looking forward to seeing a similar result in New York, where it has supported Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s push for outlawing Central Park's horse carriages before the end of the year.

09/15/2014 TOM HARDY LOVES HIS PIT BULL CO-STARS

Tom Hardy is in a new movie titled "The Drop." He, and his co-stars, are extremely lucky as they all get to work with some of the most adorable co-stars around — three Pit bulls! "The Drop" revolves around Hardy's character Bob, a bartender using his business for gang-related money drops. However, his life changes once he rescues an abandoned Pit bull puppy, named Rocco, in the trash. This sweet animal helps Bob reevaluate his life. While the film showcases that Pit bulls truly aren't dangerous animals, the particular misconceptions about this breed also mimic the misjudgments of Hardy's character, according to "The Drop" director Michaël R. Roskam. Three different pups are used to maintain continuity. Also starring Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini (in his final movie performance), "The Drop" hit theaters Friday, Sept. 12.

09/12/2014 ILLEGAL LAND CLEARING FOR COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE RESPONSIBLE FOR HALF OF TROPICAL DEFORESTATION

A comprehensive new analysis released yesterday says that nearly half (49%) of all recent tropical deforestation is the result of illegal clearing for commercial agriculture. The study also finds that the majority of this illegal destruction was driven by overseas demand for agricultural commodities including palm oil, beef, soy, and wood products. In addition to devastating impacts on forest-dependent people and biodiversity, the illegal conversion of tropical forests for commercial agriculture is estimated to produce 1.47 gigatonnes of carbon each year—equivalent to 25% of the EU's annual fossil fuel-based emissions.

09/11/2014 MARK RUFFALO URGES FANS TO TAKE THE MEAT FREE MONDAY PLEDGE

Actor Mark Ruffalo took time out of his busy TIFF schedule to urge his fans to go meat free one day a week. "Join the fight against climate change & make your pledge to go meat free for one day a week #MFMclimatepledge [http://pledge.meatfreemondays.com/ ]," the Oscar-nominated actor tweeted Monday night. The Meat Free Monday pledge initiative launched yesterday a week ahead of the UN climate summit that’s to take place in New York City. According to the website, 14.5% of global carbon emissions are directly related to meat production. It’s the campaign’s hope that going vegetarian for at least one day a week will combat climate change in a major way. It will hopefully also act as a first step, paving the way for people to eat even less meat, or adopt a total vegetarian or vegan diet.

09/10/2014 CLIMATE CHANGE WILL DISRUPT HALF OF NORTH AMERICA'S BIRD SPECIES

The Baltimore oriole will probably no longer live in Maryland, the common loon might leave Minnesota, and the trumpeter swan could be entirely gone. Those are some of the grim prospects outlined in a report released on Monday by the National Audubon Society, which found that climate change is likely to so alter the bird population of North America that about half of the approximately 650 species will be driven to smaller spaces or forced to find new places to live, feed and breed over the next 65 years. If they do not - and for several dozen it will be very difficult - they could become extinct.

09/10/2014 JAPAN SAYS TO TARGET ANTARCTIC MINKE WHALE DESPITE BAN

Japan plans to resume its slaughter of minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean next year despite an order from the UN's top court to stop all whaling in the area. Tokyo was forced to abandon its 2013-14 hunt in March when the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said the annual expedition was a commercial activity masquerading as research. But a new policy announced by the pro-whaling government on last Tuesday hopes to bypass this ruling by giving the controversial mission a more scientific focus. Whaling vessels will collect "data necessary to calculate the number of whale catch allowed (once commercial whaling resumes)," and "construct a model of the Antarctic Ocean ecosystem," an official of the Japan Fisheries Agency told AFP. "We are thinking that we will only target Antarctic minke whales in the new plan," he said.

09/09/2014 MEAT-EATERS COULD CAUSE "DANGEROUS CLIMATE CHANGE"

British scientists have told meat-lovers they must swap hamburgers and steaks for a vegetable-rich diet in order to help prevent climate change. Researchers at Aberdeen and Cambridge universities carried out a joint study exploring what would happen if the world continued to adopt a western-style diet based around "excessive consumption" of food, particularly "emission-intensive" meat and dairy products. They found that if this trend continued, international targets on greenhouse gas emissions would be smashed by the food industry alone. If the world's population swells to almost 10 billion and "business as usual" prevails, the amount of land given over to growing crops would see a 42% increase by 2050. Fertilizer use would grow by 45% in the same period, they found. This could decimate the world's most fragile environments, destroying 10 percent of the remaining rainforests. This deforestation combined with the methane emitted by livestock would cause the amount of greenhouse gases produced by the food industry alone to grow by almost 80%. Indeed, switching to vegan diet is the only way to save our planet and stop further climate change.

09/09/2014 JAPAN'S TAIJI EXPORTS DOLPHINS TO RUSSIA, UKRAINE AND CHINA

The town of Taiji in Japan's Wakayama prefecture has reportedly exported dolphins to the Russian and Ukrainian militaries for use on missions, according to Japanese weekly Shukan Post's Sept. 5 issue. This was followed up by a report from the website of China's nationalistic Global Times, stating that the town had also exported dolphins to China, where aquariums are gaining popularity. The town captures dozens of dolphins every year and while some of them are supplied to aquariums, others are exported to the Ukrainian and Russian navies' dolphin forces. The US Navy has also imported the marine animals from the Japanese town in the past.

09/04/2014 DANISH POLICE ARREST SEA SHEPHERD TEAM TRYING TO STOP FAROE ISLAND WHALE SLAUGHTER

The Royal Danish Navy arrested 14 volunteers from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on Saturday for trying to intervene in the slaughter of 33 pilot whales in the Faroe Islands, a protectorate of Denmark. A team of six Sea Shepherd volunteers spotted a pod of pilot whales from shore on Sandoy Island in the remote North Atlantic archipelago on Saturday and alerted Sea Shepherd's small flotilla of boats, which has been patrolling the icy waters for nearly three months. Sea Shepherd has been trying to stop the annual Faroese whale hunt known as grindadráp, or grind. During the grind, islanders drive pilot whales and dolphins into shallow bays, where the animals are butchered to the cheers of locals watching from shore.

09/03/2014 HOLLYWOOD MOGUL SIMON BUYS FUR FARM WITH ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

Hollywood mogul and co-creator of The Simpsons, Sam Simon, has bought a chinchilla farm in Southern California as part of a drive by animal rights activists to close the breeding facility. In what all parties described as a "win-win" deal, 90-year-old owner Lurlie Adams was able to offload the farm she did not want any more to Simon for $50,000. And the 425 chinchillas were moved to much larger cages while awaiting adoption. The San Diego Humane Society also received a $100,000 donation from Simon to care for the furry animals, which will be offered to new homes at a cost of $25 each. Activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which helped broker sale behind the scenes, hailed the closure of one of California's largest breeders of chinchillas.

09/02/2014 A DISTRICT IN NEPAL PLANS TO SLAUGHTER 500,000 ANIMALS THIS NOVEMBER

It happens every fifth November, and it's slated to happen again this year: Gadhimai, the massive, month-long Hindu festival, is set to occur at the end of 2014, and will bring with it the single largest animal sacrifice in the world. Typically, the festival results in the slaughter of an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 animals - mostly pigs, water buffaloes, chickens, goats and pigeons - in honor of the power goddess for whom the ritual is named. According to some reports, the last Gadhimai sacrifice, in 2009, saw the deaths of closer to 500,000 animals.

09/01/2014 QUEBEC GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO RESCUE FOXES IN CRITICAL STATE ON FUR FARM

Authorities from the Quebec Ministère de la Forêts, Faune, et Parcs (Ministry of Forests, Fauna and Parks – MFFP) are refusing to rescue approximately 80 red foxes in distress on a fur farm north of Montreal. Multiple inspections by the MFFP in recent weeks have revealed that the foxes are in critical condition and suffer from serious health problems, including dehydration, emaciation, toe fractures, tail injuries, tooth fractures, ear and eye infections, internal bleeding and neurological issues. Further, the condition of these foxes has been steadily deteriorating. Approximately 10,000 minks in the facility were also found with a variety of health problems. Wildlife experts, veterinarians, the Montreal SPCA and Humane Society International/Canada have indicated applying provincial legislation related to foxes and other wildlife in captivity in order to immediately seize these animals, yet government authorities are refusing to take action.

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