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10/07/2015 CALIFORNIA BANS IVORY
California Governor Jerry Brown signed state assembly bill AB 96 into law on Oct 4, which officially bans the sale of virtually all elephant ivory and rhino horn in the state. Though California made it illegal to sell ivory in 1977, state law still permitted the sale of older ivory imported more than four decades ago. However, the new bill finally closes that loophole. According to the new law, the selling of elephant ivory and rhino horn, including most antiques, is now illegal. Current owners can sell ivory and rhino horn up until July 1, 2016. After that, penalties reach up to a $50,000 fine and a year in prison.
Saturday, Sept 26, saw an "open air slaughterhouse" at the Place du Palais Royal in Paris as hundreds of vegan protesters covered themselves in fake blood to protest against animal suffering and meat consumption and took over the public square. The animal rights activists action is part of the 269 Life campaign group's events for the World Day for the Abolition of Meat (WWAMs), which is held every year at the end of January, May and September every year since 2009. The 269 Life members who staged the demonstration tried to create a bloody visual impact by laying sprawled out in the square covered in red paint. The group is calling for "abolishing the production and consumption of the flesh of sentient beings". They are also calling for the production and consumption of meat to be made illegal on "ethical grounds".
Waters north of New Zealand are set to become one of the world's largest ocean sanctuaries, covering an area roughly the size of France, with a full ban on fishing and mining, New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key said at the United Nations on Monday, Sept 28. Called the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, the area covers 620,000 square kms (239,000 square miles) of ocean, and encompasses a string of undersea volcanoes and is home to endangered marine life including whales, dolphins and turtles. The announcement surprised New Zealand's seafood export industry, worth NZ$1.4 billion ($882 million) a year, and will prevent mining firms gaining seabed prospecting rights.
An agreement between nations in Africa and Europe will set for a comprehensive plan to protect the Congo Basin, the second biggest rainforest in the world. Leading the way is Norway, the first donor to the project, giving up to 400 million crowns, or roughly $47 million over the next five years. The effort is called the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), a joint effort among nations from three continents as well as the United Nations and the World Bank. "Addressing issues concerning unsustainable agriculture, wood energy use, forestry and infrastructure development will be the main challenges," the UN Development Program said in a statement on Wednesday.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon served lunch made from food waste-like "Landfill Salad" to 30 world leaders for the global summit on sustainable development agenda. The vegetarian menu on September 27 was designed to dramatise the fact that a third of all produced is wasted even as the UN launches an agenda to end hunger and protect environment. "Our lunch was produced from food that would otherwise end up in landfills, emitting methane, a potent greenhouse gas," Ban told reporters.
10/02/2015 BE A VOICE FOR ANIMALS ON OCTOBER 2ND
World Day for Farmed Animals (WDFA), founded in 1983, is dedicated to exposing the needless suffering and death of sentient animals raised and killed for food. Each year, approximately 65 billion animals are killed to produce meat, eggs, and dairy. Most of these animals are raised on factory farms, where they are confined, mutilated and raised to grow so large, so quickly, that many of them literally suffer to death. Even animals raised on small family farms endure many of these abuses. Regardless of how they were raised, all animals raised for food face a gruesome slaughter. Learn here how to be a part of a kinder, more compassionate world where animals are no longer seen as commodities, raised for their flesh and by-products.
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