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A macaque monkey died in his cage at a Brigham and Women's Hospital research facility in April, after becoming enmeshed in a chain while playing with a toy designed to enrich the lives of animals in research. The hospital disclosed the death Friday, saying it wanted to call attention to the potential dangers of such toys, which have been linked to deaths and injuries of primates used in research elsewhere. US Department of Agriculture inspectors visited the Boston facility May 16 and cited the Brigham for violating animal welfare rules in the death of the 3-year-old monkey, but assessed no penalties.
05/30/2012 NEW APP CAN SAVE FROGS FROM DISSECTION
With smart phones on the rise it is no secret that the Internet is growing in the mobile world. One of the latest apps available comes highly rated by Apple as well as teachers. According to eSchool News, the Frog Dissection app teaches students about organs and organ systems without actually having to dissect a frog. By skipping out on killing frogs for educational purposes the new app proves to be a much more eco-friendly and humane alternative for science students to learn. Frog dissections are unethical and unnecessary. They are contributing to the depletion of wild frog populations all over the United States. Now that virtual dissection is available, it is an excellent alternative for students to learn and a great way to protect frogs. The app has 3D imaging and step-by-step instructions on the dissection procedure. The Frog Dissection app is a winner of PETA's mark Twain Ethical Science Award, via iTunes. It's only $3.99 and is now available on iTunes.
05/29/2012 IRELAND BANS PUPPY MILLS
Puppy farming has been outlawed in Ireland – with harsh penalties now imposed on anyone who breaks the country's new laws. Two 2012 laws require dog breeders to uphold certain standards and give local law enforcement the authority to shut breeders down if they don't. Irish breeders can still have large numbers of dogs, but they can no longer raise them in dangerous, cramped conditions. By instating these regulations, legislators and authorities hope to find and shut down all the puppy mills in Ireland. Legislation banning puppy farms came into effect on New Year's Day as the government looks to clean up the country's act.
05/29/2012 THE SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN SHOT 62 TIMES
Leuser, a blind Sumatran orangutan has survived poachers, air rifles, and deforestation during his 13 years of life. Leuser has been saved twice by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP), but now resides in captivity at their quarantine centre in Medan, Sumatra, after being shot 62 times by villagers seeking entertainment.
If a dog jumped off a bridge, would you follow it? 19-year-old Luis Lopez did. According to WNBC-TV, the teen plunged over a steep embankment to help rescue a stranger's dog. While walking through his New Jersey neighborhood, Lopez heard a woman's screams from a nearby park. He raced over and found the woman was upset over her dog, who had slipped through the park's guard rail and fell down the cliff below. Without giving it a second thought, Lopez hopped the railing, following the dog's path.
05/28/2012 NORWEGIAN POLICE IN TROUBLE FOR CAT DEATH
Police in a Norwegian town have come under fire for driving over a badly injured cat to end her misery, local media report. The cat, named Daniella, was hit by a car near the town of Tonsberg, southwest of Oslo, prompting her distraught owners to call the police. Officers dispatched to the scene decided the cat had to be put down and opted to run over the animal with their car. Neighbors told the Tonsberg Blad newspaper that the cat was driven over twice before she died, prompting protests from animal rights groups. Tonsberg police chief Malfrid Hoivik said an investigation was pending but that the method had been chosen in order to reduce the animal's suffering. The cat's remains were returned to the owners, who buried her in their garden.
05/26/2012 L.A. BANS PLASTIC BAGS IN STORES!
Los Angeles has made history by becoming the largest city in the U. S. to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines. This comes as a huge victory to environmentalists who have fought hard for this advancement and will be a game changer for how L. A. residents shop. The City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 16 months at an estimated 7,500 stores, meaning shoppers will need to bring reusable bags or purchase paper bags for 10 cents each. A long time in the making, this ban is the result of years of campaigning by clean-water advocates who said it would reduce the amount of trash in landfills, as well as in the region's waterways and the ocean. They estimate that Californians use 12 billion plastic bags a year and that less than 5% of the state's plastic bags are recycled. The L. A. ban is just another great step forward for California, adding to plastic bag restrictions already in San Jose, San Francisco and Long Beach.
PETA recently tried to take its campaign against Canada's annual seal hunt to Canadian televisions, but the organization's new commercial has been deemed "too graphic" for viewers. According to the Huffington Post, the Television Bureau of Canada has required two scenes to be deleted if the ad is to be aired on Canadian networks. The first scene in question is footage of a seal coughing up blood after being clubbed, and the second shows a sealer clubbing a seal then hooking and dragging the body across the bloody ice. PETA is refusing to remove the scenes which they feel show the reality of the seal cull. Bassermann told PETA that if the Bureau approves the ad, they are still likely to be turned down by TV stations. The new ad, which can be seen on PETA's website, stars Canadian actress Emmanuelle Vaugier. Vaugier points out that not only is the hunt cruel, but at least $7 million of taxpayer money is spent on it each year.
The skilled climbing artists on team Greenpeace have done it again; scaling the White House-lookalike headquarters of KFC in Louisville, Kentucky and unfurling a banner decrying the company's role in rainforest destruction. "Greenpeace International research has revealed that KFC is sourcing paper for its packaging products from rainforests," the company said in a new report. "This has been confirmed in China, the UK and Indonesia. Products found to contain rainforest fibre include cups, food boxes, French fries holders, napkins and the famous chicken buckets." In a press release, Rolf Skar, Greenpeace forest campaign director, said, "The decisions being made here at KFC HQ are fueling the destruction of some of the world's last remaining rainforests, driving climate change and pushing the Sumatran tiger closer to extinction." In addition the banner, activists also attached themselves to the upper-portion of the pillars in protest. According to Wave3.com, police and firefighters are on the scene to remove the protestors.
05/23/2012 TASMANIA TO BAN BATTERY CAGES
After years of campaigning, Tasmania has become the first state in Australia to commit to a complete phase out of battery cages! The State Government also vowed to fast-track the phase out of pregnant sow crates by the middle of next year, well before the pork industry's own target of 2017. This heralds the beginning of the end for two of the cruellest devices ever used to confine animals raised for food. This breakthrough for animals in factory farms follows intensive consumer awareness campaigning by Animals Australia, the efforts of colleague groups, and strategic investigations by Tasmanian member society Brightside Farm Sanctuary. Importantly, Tasmania's decision will add pressure on other states to follow suit. Tasmanian Primary Industries Minister Bryan Green said the landmark decision was underpinned by growing public awareness and by informed consumers refusing to support cruel practices through the choices they make at the supermarket.
Good news for Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society! The 61-year-old has been set free on bail after spending more than a week in a Frankfurt jail. According to CNN, Watson posted the $318,000 bail after a judge ruled he could go free pending an extradition decision to Costa Rica. "The court ruled last Friday that Germany will consider the request and that Costa Rica will have 90 days to make its case," the site reports. "The German Ministry of Justice then will decide whether to extradite Watson." The Costa Rican government issued the arrest warrant against Watson alleging "violation of ships traffic" in Guatemalan waters during a 2002 campaign against illegal shark finning. He has denied any wrongdoing. "I had to take action with my crew a decade ago to protect hundreds of sharks, and of course, those shark poachers have very powerful allies in government and other places," he said.
Christine Taylor and husband Ben Stiller have decided when it comes to their family of four it's best to steer clear from meat and focus on a plant-based diet, and of course their family's health. She and her hubby are all for eating veggies, but their two kids Ella and Quinlin take a little more convincing. Taylor admits she wished her family would have hopped on the vegan train sooner. "We have friends that are vegan and their kids came out vegan. I'm so jealous that they had the information and they started the kids early because now to go back, it's a little harder. My daughter loves veggies but doesn't love fruit. My son loves fruit and doesn't love veggies," Taylor explains. Even though they just recently turned vegan, Taylor has noticed a difference. She realizes it may take awhile to get her kiddos to fully accept the plant-based lifestyle, but has no doubt that her son and daughter will embrace it soon enough, especially with some guidance from Taylor and Stiller.
05/18/2012 CHRISSIE HYNDE SAYS NO TO ANIMAL TESTING
Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde has penned the 200,000th signature on the Humane Society International's Cruelty-Free 2013 campaign petition. The petition, which also boasts signatures by Ricky Gervais, Ke$ha, Dame Judi Dench and Leona Lewis, seeks to ban animal testing on cosmetics and urge consumers to boycott products that have been tested on animals. "After all these years of consumers and animal welfare groups trying to enforce a ban, many cosmetic companies are still testing on animals," Hynde says. "Please check for a cruelty-free guarantee before buying a product and if it is not stated on the label, put it back on the shelf! Only by doing so can we see an end to the grisly practice of animal testing. Some of the biggest and most heavily advertised brands are still the guilty ones - don't let them deceive you! Check online with the Humane Society International if in doubt."
The list of young green starlets in Hollywood continues to grow with the additions of actresses like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freida Pinto and Annalynne McCord. Joining the ranks of Jessica Alba, Amy Smart and Gisele Bundchen, just to name a few, these eco gals of Hollywood each recently spoke out about the contributions they are making to reduce their impact on the environment. Hewitt has been recycling and trying to buy the cloth cover for her dry cleaning so they don't use the plastic. Pinto makes effort to reduce her use of plastics. McCord discussed what she has learned from her recent time in Canada. Another great green trend sweeping more and more young celebrities is reduce their carbon footprint by going vegan. Actress Renee Olstead was quoted at "The Avengers" premiere saying she has recently removed dairy and meat from her diet and feels great. She is not alone. With the likes of Lea Michele, Carrie Underwood and Abbie Cornish all speaking out about their vegan lifestyles, this is a diet choice that is well on the rise.
Miley Cyrus and boyfriend Liam Hemsworth are expanding their family with a new dog. The couple recently brought home another pup transforming their animal rescue family. Cyrus announced via Twitter the arrival of their newest addition, "Meet the newest addition to our family Mary Jane. I love rescuing xo." Mary Jane is the fifth dog Cyrus has adopted. Less than two weeks ago, she made headlines when she took in a puppy she found outside of a Walmart living in a box. The Rottweiler-Beagle mix happily came home with the singer/actress and was dubbed the name Happy. Her other dogs include Lila, Floyd and Ziggy.
05/15/2012 STARS COME OUT TO SUPPORT WILDAID
Three hundred of WildAid's supporters including donors, celebrities, politicians, and San Francisco business leaders gathered on Friday night at Terra Gallery to celebrate another year of accomplishments. With their programs that tackle issues like shark finning, endangered species, ocean conservation and climate change, they were able to bring together such a list of all-star attendees. Jared Leto, a known vegan and animal lover, was there to present a Leadership Award to Google for their tool, Ocean in Google Earth. Hayden Panettiere, known for her work with dolphins and whales, presented the Philanthropy Award to James H. Clark for his continued efforts to support WildAid and other organizations. Also at the gala were Larry King, Maggie Q, John Corbett, Kate Flannery, and Bo Derek. Those able to be in San Fransisco for the event certainly aren't WildAid's only well known supporters. Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, Minnie Driver, and Sir Richard Branson can be counted among their fans.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society president and founder Captain Paul Watson was arrested in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday. Sea Shepherd France president Lamya Essemlali posted to Facebook: "Captain Paul Watson was arrested this morning at Frankfurt airport on a warrant for his arrest for his intervention for the sharks in 2005 in the Costa Rica." The 2005 campaign was featured in "Sharkwater," a film by Rob Stewart. "In an effort to protect sharks, Stewart teams up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Their unbelievable adventure together starts with a battle between the Sea Shepherd and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in pirate boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia espionage, corrupt court systems and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives," says the film's site.
Carrie Ann Inaba's list of good deeds towards animals just keeps on growing. From having her own web series about helping shelter cats to hosting this year's Genesis Awards, Inaba can't seem to get enough of animals. Recently, the "Dancing with the Stars" judge stumbled upon a young opossum in the TV studio parking lot where the popular reality dancing show films. Instead of walking on by the little guy, she decided to give him a helping hand. Not only was the opossum injured, but it was threatened by workers in the area. Inaba found a box, put him in it with some food and water and then let him rest in her trailer. Then she took him home and did research on what opossum's like to eat and talked with wildlife rehabs about his chance of survival. Luckily, Inaba found a place for opossum. Shadow Oaks Wildlife Care, a California volunteer rescue organization, took him in where he will be rehabilitated and then released into the wild.
Ian Somerhalder plans to open an animal sanctuary in his home state of Louisiana, a project which would not only house abused animals, but fight the very human issue of bullying. He is hoping to accomplish this through his charitable foundation, and ISF needs help to make this dream a reality! On Thursday, Somerhalder tweeted his vision for the project: "This sanctuary [is] for animals & to bring troubled youth, teach compassion w/ abandoned animals w/ their own behavioral issues - lets end bullying!!!" The ISF website expanded on his description, explaining that they hope to go beyond the traditional idea of a sanctuary. The plan is to allow the misunderstood animals to interact with humans who have bullying issues, with an ultimate goal of helping both parties to heal and grow. They're asking anyone who believes in their message to consider contributing to the cause. They say they need $5 million to bring this project to life.
05/11/2012 PAMELA ANDERSON RESCUES INDIAN STREET DOG
Pamela Anderson has welcomed a furry new addition into her home: a stray puppy from India. The dog was found at a Mumbai construction site and rescued by PETA, who then brought the pup to the States at Anderson's request. Now puppy Pyari (which means "loved one") has a cushy new future, and Indian animal activists hope that Anderson's generous act will help fight the stigma of adopting mixed breeds and local strays. As for Anderson, she's delighted with the new addition. "I already have rescued dogs, and I urge everyone to join me in adopting a homeless 'desi' dog from their local animal shelter or the streets instead of buying a so-called purebred. I'm tickled to be able to give Pyari a loving home. Desi dogs are stars," she says.
Actress Ashley Judd is personally involved in the rehabilitation of a severely abused cockapoo named Walter - and despite her efforts, it's not clear yet whether he's going to make it. Walter was not only starved by his previous guardian, but he was also thrown out of the window of a moving car. He was rescued by Tennessee-based organization Snooty Giggles, who partnered with the Animalia Health and Wellness for Animals clinic to try and save his life. And that's where Judd stepped in. The actress heard about Walter's plight and contacted both organizations. She not only volunteered to foot his medical bills, but she also visits Walter every day, emotionally supporting his recovery. Still, it might not be enough - Walter's condition is very fragile.
Retired game show host Bob Barker has made a generous donation to Chimp Haven that will provide immediate relief for five HIV-infected chimpanzees from Texas who desperately need a permanent home. Barker learned that the chimps had been left behind at a facility that had closed down from overcrowding and a lack of money. Other sanctuaries took in many of the Texas facilities animals, but none wanted to take in Doc, JoJo, Murphy, Flick and Pierre because of their illness. The plight of the primates sent the television celebrity into action. Barker's contribution of $230,000 to Chimp Haven, Inc. will help the chimpanzee sanctuary begin building a habitat for the Texas chimpanzees. Barker will also be underwriting the cost of their care for one year.
Miley Cyrus should update her resume to note that she's a singer, actress and animal rescuer extraordinaire. Whether it's adopting a pup for boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, taking care of her own rescue dogs or offering to help Khloe Kardashian find a rescue pup of her own, Cyrus is dedicated to giving good homes to the animals at the shelter. In her latest rescue effort, the singer didn't even have to go to the shelter. A pup was left in a box outside of Walmart, so Cyrus brought him home. She tweeted, "he was left in a box Infront of Walmart. I don't understand how people can be so cruel. That's why we named him Happy."
Baku's authorities created the Department for fighting against stray animals, which sends in the streets professional dog-catchers on a white pick-up with the sign "icra hakimiyyet," meaning "executive power," shooting hundreds of animals, especially dogs. On May 2012, Baku will host the famous Eurovision song contest, so many singers, musicians, important people and tourists from all over the word will visit the city. By chance, in these months killings of strays are enormously intensified and it's clear that the city administration want to clean up the streets from animals.
05/09/2012 MORRISEY URGES JAPANESE COMPANY TO BAN WOOL
Morrissey, the longtime animal rights activist, has written a letter on behalf of the Asian wing of PETA urging a leading Japanese clothing company, Uniqlo, to shun farmers who procure wool from a controversial method called "mulesing." Mulesing removes chunks of sheeps' flesh along with wool to prevent maggot infestation. The practice is used by some Austrailian farmers for sheep exportation.
Fresh off of celebrating his one year wedding anniversary to Kate Middleton Sunday, Prince William is said to be slated to help highlight the problem of animal poaching in Africa by taking part in an anti-poaching project and documentary. Prince William is "furious" about the "senseless slaughter" of Max, a hand-reared rhinoceros who was killed last year by poachers at a wildlife preserve in Kenya. The 29-year old royal's friend, adventurer and British TV presenter Ben Fogle, told The (London) Sunday Telegraph, "I am hoping to work with William on an anti-poaching project and documentary. I was lucky enough to go out to Botswana with him a few years ago, so it would be nice to do more with him. We're both vehemently passionate about stopping poaching." Prince William has long been interested in conservation. In 2001, he began assisting with the Lewa Wildlife Preserve conservation project, located in central Kenya. The 29 year old royal became so moved by his work there that he became a patron of the Tusk Trust charity.
05/08/2012 ENRIQUE IGLESIAS RESCUES A GERMAN SHEPHERD
Pop star Enrique Iglesias is a new dad - to a rescued German shepherd! According to Teddy Hilton, Iglesias adopted the pooch from L.A.'s Westside German Shepherd Rescue, which is a no-kill shelter. German Shepherds are often classified as an aggressive breed, and many end up in shelters, so it's nice to see a celeb doing his part to reduce that number. The new dog, whose name has not yet been released, has definitely found a pooch-friendly home, considering that Iglesias also has two other dogs: Lucas, who is also a German shepherd, and golden retriever Grammy. The singer often takes his dogs on yachts and jet skis, so it's a good bet that the new addition will have lots of fun adventures this summer.
Canada's sealers have killed over 63,800 seal pups, all under 3 months of age. Over 1,500 were under 3 weeks of age. All these seal pups have been killed on the public dime in order to add to existing stockpiles of pelts. Carino, the only pelt processor that is buying pelts this year, is hoping that new markets for the pelts will appear. Meanwhile, the government of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, where most of the sealers live, is giving even more of its taxpayers' money to the sealing industry, this time funding domestic market development by a Newfoundland company, Vogue Furriers. So whereas in previous years, the Canadian government has made a point of claiming that this is a "market-based hunt," with almost no government subsidies, now there is no way to hide that this slaughter is 100% government subsidized. Sen. Mac Harb has once again introduced a bill in the Canadian Senate to end the seal "hunt," and this time, another Senator, Sen. Larry Campbell, seconded the bill. This will allow for debate on the floor of the Senate.
05/05/2012 PERU PELICAN MASS DIE-OFF TO BE INVESTIGATED
Peru's oceanographic agency says it will investigate the deaths of hundreds of pelicans on northern beaches where nearly 900 dolphins were recently found dead. Puerto Eten fisherman's association president Fernando Niquen says his group found about 1,200 dead pelicans last Thursday and Friday along a 105-mile stretch of coastline. The government's Institute of the Sea says it found nearly 600 dead birds, mostly pelicans but also gannets, along a 43-mile stretch. Its regional chief, Edward Barriga, recalled a mass die-off of pelicans and cormorants in the same area in 1997 due to the absence of anchovies blamed on the El Nino meteorological phenomenon. Coast Guard official Cesar Villanueva in Lambayeque said he has never seen so many dying pelicans on the beach in 25 years on the job.
One of the ostensible purposes and functions of the Department of Agriculture is to protect natural resources. Yet Sacramento Bee reporter Tom Knudson has uncovered startling news about the Department of Agriculture's little-known branch, Wildlife Services, which reveals the organization's habitual, indiscriminate, and even illegal killing of animals, including federally protected ones. Many of North America's most iconic species, such as wolves and coyotes, have been targeted for "selective elimination" because they are thought to be most prone to attack livestock and game animals. Since 2000, agency employees have inadvertently killed more than 50,000 animals that were not problems or threats to livestock and game animals. These include federally protected gold and bald eagles, several species wildlife biologists deem rare or imperiled, and 1,100 dogs, including family companion animals.
05/04/2012 ELLEN DEGENERES DISCUSSES VEGAN JOURNEY
Ellen DeGeneres is recognized for her animal activism and maintaining a vegan diet. However, the journey of going vegan wasn't all butterflies and rainbows for the 54-year-old. Growing up in New Orleans and Texas, DeGeneres was used to eating meat and heavy dishes like steak and sausage-laden red beans. In an interview with the Associated Press, she revealed her first attempt to go vegan was 15 years ago, but after six months it came to an end. What changed her mind and officially made it stick? Four years ago she had an epiphany. What really clicked for DeGeneres was the subject of chickens. After educating herself through undercover documentaries and books, she and her wife Portia de Rossi became full-fledged vegans. Even though it was hard for DeGeneres to change her diet, she's embraced it wholeheartedly. She's promoted a vegan lifestyle through her own vegan website "Going Vegan with Ellen" and is also set to open a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles.
05/04/2012 BO DEREK STANDS UP AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER
Actress Bo Derek has joined forces with Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to fight against the inhumane practice of slaughtering horses for food. Speaking on behalf of the Animal Welfare Institute, Derek spoke in favor of Sen. Landrieu and her legislation to end the constant mistreatment of horses, called the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. In 2011, Congress decided not to renew a ban on federal funding of inspectors at horse slaughter plants, and the decision worried Landrieu and other lawmakers. Against the practice, the Senator and her supporters fear it will ignite a return to the mistreatment of horses. Horses are not just a part of American history, they have been companions to humans since the birth of this nation. When they age, or become ill, sending them to a slaughterhouse where they are brutally disposed of is not the form of euthanasia they deserve.
Scarlet Johansson is known for her acting chops and, of course, her enviable curves. But, to be in a super hero film, whether you're a man or a woman, it takes some dedication and diet changes to get into the shape of your life. For Johansson to look like a Russian spy and to fit into that Avengers suit, the diet of choice was vegan and raw. The actress said, "The thing is right before we started I was lifting all these weights and eating raw vegan. But the only reason I was doing that was to fix my previous diet because that was a Paleo diet. So I've had the extreme of everything. Because when you're training you rely on your trainer to help you lose muscle and gain muscle and whatever it takes to change your body. So I'm always following some crazy regime. And after lots of fighting and training and raw vegan food you can fit into a cat suit."
During a march on April 28 with more than 1.000 people for the closure of Green Hill in Italy, Europe biggest breeder of lab beagles, a big group of protesters passed over the fences and entered the compound of Green Hill, opening the sheds and freeing at least 30 dogs in an open act of liberation. The cries of happiness and applauses from protesters, and the support this action is getting on a national and international level, even in the media, is a milestone for the end of the idea that animals can be used in lab tests.
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