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A new study, the most comprehensive to date, has uncovered the “staggering” scale of lost fishing gear in the ocean. It found that, if put together, the amount of line would stretch all the way to the moon and back. Fishing gear dumped in the ocean includes 25 million pots and traps and 14 billion hooks. According to the authors, these are having a huge and deadly impact on fish and other marine life. To date, researchers say empirical information on the scale of lost fishing gear has been limited. This new study, published in Science Advances, was an attempt to “fill this knowledge gap.” It found that each year, 78,000 sq km of purse seine nets and gillnets, 215 sq km of bottom trawl nets, 740,000 km of main long lines, and 15.5 million km of branch lines were lost. Lost fishing gear causes major problems for marine life. Nets are intended to catch and kill many animals at a time, and they continue to do so as they float through the water aimlessly as “ghost gear.” Birds, turtles, whales, dolphins, and sharks are among the animals falling victim to discarded nets. Discarded fishing gear is also a major contributor to plastic pollution.
There has been a huge human-driven loss of species in the last 50 years, new research has found. The Living Planet Report, which is published every two years by the WWF and Zoological Society of London (ZSL), found that wildlife populations have declined by an average of 69 percent between 1970 and 2018. Two years ago, the figure was at 68 percent. Four years ago, it was 60 percent. The report says that the total loss is equivalent to losing the human populations of Europe, the Americas, Africa, Oceania, and China. “The staggering rate of decline is a severe warning that the rich biodiversity that sustains all life on our planet is in crisis, putting every species at risk – including us,” the report states. The new report is its most comprehensive to date on trends in global biodiversity and the health of our planet. The authors are urging world leaders to reach an ambitious agreement at this year’s COP15 biodiversity summit, which takes place in Canada in December. (plantbasednews.org)
In a historic trial over the 2017 removal of two sick and dying piglets from Utah’s Smithfield Foods factory farm, two animal rights activists were acquitted by a jury last Saturday on burglary and theft charges, which could have sent them to prison for five-and-a-half years each. This was a somewhat unexpected verdict in a part of rural Utah whose economy is largely tied to the fortunes of agricultural giants like Smithfield. Wayne Hsiung, one of the defendants, said he was stunned by the verdict, given that the judge had not let the jury consider any testimony explaining why the activists had targeted the farm, filmed their incursion and then taken two sick piglets on their way out. “This is a resounding message about accountability and transparency,” Mr. Hsiung, 41, said in an interview after the jury’s decision. “Every company that is mistreating its animals and expecting that government and local elected officials will just go along with them because they have them in their pockets will now realize that the public will hold them accountable, even in places like Southern Utah.” (nytimes.com)
10/06/2022 International Animal Protection Day
On the occasion of the celebration of International Animal Protection Day, organized by the City of Zagreb on Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Bundek, visitors can expect interesting vegan dishes and products from the colorful offer of the Vegan picnic, so that they can browse the informative stands of various associations to their heart's content. for the protection of animals and pampered their four-legged wards who are looking for a home. The youngest will especially be delighted by vegan pancakes, as well as a children's corner full of happy puppies, which will be brought by the Dumovec Animal Shelter. In order to introduce visitors in search of education related to the protection of domestic, wild and domestic animals to the benefits of a vegan diet for animals, ten Vegan Picnic exhibitors will offer hot stews, soups with autumn fruits, pumpkin soups, burgers, falafel and various desserts such as fruit rollups.
New Zealand has officially announced plans to ban live animal exports. The country currently only exports animals for breeding, not slaughter, and it will stop all of these on April 30, 2023. The decision comes two years after 41 crew members and 6,000 cattle died when a storm sank an export ship. Two New Zealanders were killed in the tragedy, which led to an increase in support to ban live exports in the country. Damien O’Connor, the country’s environment minister, said that the new law would protect New Zealand’s reputation as the world becomes increasingly more conscious of animal welfare. Live exports are hugely controversial due to animal welfare concerns. The vessels are often overcrowded, and the animals suffer from disease, exhaustion, and dehydration. Millions of animals, including pigs, cows, and sheep are exported each year around the world. Compassion In World Farming describes live exports as “painful, stressful and completely unacceptable.” (plantbasednews.org)
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