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Final 2019 Animal Crime & Welfare Report Don Trump Jr, Camille Hyde, House of Fluff, Karl Lagerfeld!

Troubling reports have emerged that Donald Trump Jr. killed a rare argali sheep in Mongolia this summer — at night through a laser sight.

Argali sheep have long been threatened by hunting, and they're protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Don Jr. reportedly killed this animal without a hunting permit.

That permit was eventually issued by Mongolia — but only after Trump Jr. reportedly met with its president, then left the country. He may get a pass abroad because of his name, wealth and connections, but the buck has to stop here.

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny any attempts to import this argali trophy under the Endangered Species Act.

Argali are the world's largest sheep, with beautiful curling horns that can reach 6 feet. Their populations dropped by 64% between 1985 and 2009. Over the past 12 years, U.S. trophy hunters imported 65 argali trophies from Mongolia. Now it's our job to ensure the president's son doesn't add to that deadly tally.

As we fight to curb the extinction crisis, rich and powerful trophy hunters shouldn't be jet-setting across the globe slaughtering wildlife at will.

And our Endangered Species Act — one of the strongest wildlife laws in the world — shouldn't be used to condone the thrill-killing of species already facing extinction. Letting trophy hunters pay to play with the lives of rare and vanishing wildlife, while poachers go to jail, creates an unjust system that undermines conservation.

Sign our petition today urging the Service to deny any attempt to bring this animal's horns, skin or parts into the United States.

We’re suing the federal government. When the government attacked the Endangered Species Act, you refused to stay silent. More than 18,871 Animal Legal Defense Fund members signed petitions calling for the reversal of rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act in order to protect vulnerable animals.

Despite this outcry, the government went forward with damaging changes to how it implements the Endangered Species Act. So we’ve filed a lawsuit. Everything is on the line here — if we don’t succeed, animals entitled to the full protections of the act could be pushed to extinction. Please become a monthly donor right now to sustain our fight for gray wolves, grizzly bears, Florida manatees, bald eagles, and so many other animals whose lives need protection.

Restoring Endangered Species Act protections won’t happen overnight, and attacks on this lifesaving law won’t end anytime soon. Our fight to protect the Endangered Species Act is one of the many reasons we’re asking you to become a Partner in Protection today. We need 1,800 new Partners in Protection to sign up by December 31. So please, join us today.

With your help, we will use every means at our disposal to fight the government’s rollback of crucial protections for endangered species. Together we will stand up for the hundreds of species under threat and for vulnerable animals nationwide.

For the Humane Society Legislative Fund, 2020 is about more than another important legislative session. It’s also a monumental election year, and this election plays a huge role in making next year a milestone year for animals.

Elections have the power to set the agenda. And you know as well as I do: animal welfare belongs on the agenda.

To continue and even expand on the progress that we’ve made, we’ll want to take even bolder action to protect animals. At HSLF, our plan involves:

  • Increasing awareness about animal welfare issues;

  • Pushing candidates and elected officials to take stances on these issues;

  • Helping to elect the humane candidates in Congress and state legislatures around the country;

That’s why finishing this year strong is so important. We need to gather the resources needed to propel animal welfare to the main stage as the election cycle gets fully underway.

If 2019 showed us anything, it’s that animal welfare has the power to break through the gridlock in DC to make real and lasting change for animals. And it’s also shown up as a platform issue in several campaigns, even at the presidential level. Yet, the issue of animal protection still go undiscussed and unprioritized by far too many.

We have a real opportunity to change the course of our movement, making sure the voices of animal lovers are heard far and wide. Take advantage of this pivotal moment by rhelping out today...

Karl Lagerfeld Bans Fur – Urge House of Fraser to Do the Same.

Following decades of pressure and protests from PETA and our affiliates, the Karl Lagerfeld brand – whose namesake founder defended the gruesome killing of animals for their skin – has banned fur. As people and brands around the world understand that fur is dead, we're urging House of Fraser to stop profiting off of this hellish industry. Urge House of Fraser to Ban Fur

House of Fraser Is Selling Fur AGAIN: Take Action Now

The new owner of House of Fraser, Sports Direct International, has shamefully reversed the British department-store chain's no-fur policy, even though animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to filthy cages before finally being beaten, electrocuted, or gassed to death – or even skinned alive. Currently, the company is selling fur stolen from rabbits and raccoons.

Historic German Legal Proceedings Call For Basic Rights for Animals. PETA Germany has filed a first-of-its-kind legal challenge on behalf of every male piglet in Germany. This case pushes the growing conversation about the ethics of dominating, harming, and killing intelligent, sentient beings for no reason other than human greed and convenience. Find Out More

Two horses die in same race at Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos had its first two deaths during daytime thoroughbred racing this year when two horses died in the first race on Saturday. The deaths were not related.

Mighty Elijah injured his left front leg in the stretch, according to the stewards. He was vanned off and euthanized when his injury could not be repaired. The horse was trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who is banned from running his horses Santa Anita Park and Golden Gates Fields after a string of fatalities. Los Alamitos has allowed him to race horses and Del Mar let him race after Hollendorfer obtained a court order.

Mighty Elijah, a 4-year-old gelding, was winless in nine starts and running in a $15,000 maiden claiming race when he broke down.

The other horse to die was Into a Hot Spot, who collapsed while being unsaddled after the race. He died on the track. The stewards said he had internal injuries.

Mighty Elijah was the eighth horse to die in Hollendorfer’s care in the last 13 months. There have been four at Santa Anita, two at Golden Gate, one at Del Mar and now one at Los Alamitos. Hollendorfer announced earlier this month that he was taking his stable to Oaklawn Park in Arkansas to run after the beginning of the year.

Drew Cuoto, Hollendorfer’s attorney, told the Daily Racing Form on Friday that he plans to seek a preliminary injunction in Los Angeles County Superior Court to allow his client to race at Santa Anita. The California Horse Racing Board has not taken an official role, instead allowing Santa Anita and Golden Gate’s “house rules” to dictate whether Hollendorfer‘s horses can run.

The 73-year-old Hall of Fame trainer has won a court decision in San Diego court, but lost in Los Angeles and Alameda county courts.

Into a Hot Spot, a Reed Saldana-trained 4-year-old gelding, was winless in 12 starts. He was a $200,000 purchase as a yearling at the Sept. 2016 Keeneland Sale. Into a Hot Spot did not appear to suffer any trauma during the running of the race.

Horse safety has been the biggest issue in California racing in 2019 after 37 horses died either racing or training at Santa Anita this year. Nine horses have died as the result of racing or training at Del Mar and now two at Los Alamitos this year.

Sunday is the final day of Los Alamitos’ seven-day winter meeting. The Orange County track will have run eight weeks of daytime thoroughbred racing this year.

Dog Meat Free Indonesia progress update

Punish Teens Who Tortured Wounded Deer on Social Media.

Two high schoolers in Pennsylvania recently caused a social media uproar when they posted a video of themselves torturing a severely injured deer they shot. The shocking video showed the teens violently kicking the wounded, but very much alive and conscious, deer in the face. They laughed while the terrified animal struggled to escape. Please take immediate action to hold these teens accountable for their heartless and inexcusable actions. ACT NOW

House of Fluff Founder, Camille Hyde Talk About the Future of Ethical Fashion. House of Fluff founder Kym Canter traded in her animal skins to create a line of Earth-friendly faux-fur coats. Watch as she joins vegan actor Camille Hyde to chat about the future of ethical fashion. https://www.peta.org/living/personal-...

On Tuesday, December 3, a Houston man convicted of stomping his ex-girlfriend’s cat to death was sentenced to six years in prison.

On January 25, Javontae Isaiah Thrasher, 22, and his girlfriend were in the midst of a breakup when she took her tabby cat in her arms and tried to flee. According to a witness, Thrasher hit the kitten out of her arms onto the ground, kicked the poor creature, and stomped on the little one six or seven times before the tiny animal went lifeless. Thrasher then disposed of the cat in a dumpster.

Thrasher was arrested and faced charges of cruelty to animals, a third-degree felony. He pleaded guilty in September.

This was not Thrasher’s first instance of cruelty. In 2016, he faced assault charges for attacking his great-grandmother. This former charge seemed to inform Judge Nikita V. Hamon’s sentence.

Assistant District Attorney and Animal Cruelty Section Chief of Harris County Jessica Milligan said, “This is a case that shows the direct link between animal abuse and violence toward other people.

“Someone who can hurt his own great-grandmother, then kill a cat in a domestic dispute is someone who is capable of violent behavior against people, including children, in the future. We take that seriously, and we are grateful the judge took this seriously as well.”

Too often animal abusers and killers walk free with no or minimal punishment. We thank the judge for taking a strong stand against animal abuse and for sending the message through this sentence that violence against animals will not be tolerated.

Rabbits Wait for Their Turn to Be Slaughtered for Fur

At this Russian slaughterhouse, a worker violently beat rabbits over the head with a metal pipe before cutting their heads off and skinning them for their fur. You can see the fear in the eyes of the rabbits who are forced to sit there, just waiting for their turn to be killed. Take action and tell Nordstrom to stop selling fur: https://investigations.peta.org/russi...Take a stand against this cruelty by never wearing fur. PETA's mission statement is that animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way: https://www.peta.org/about-peta/

Ringo never got a chance to see beyond the walls of the hideous breeding facility he was born in. After sustaining a severe injury, the frightened chicken was left to suffer for a whole day before he died alone and in pain on the filthy floor.

The chickens who somehow managed to survive severe crowding, deadly fights, and neglect fared little better. They were sent to an abattoir, where frustrated workers took out their anger on the terrified animals by punching them in the head or bashing them into metal railings – all captured by nearby CCTV cameras. Several birds' heads were torn off by a worker who even put the severed head of a dead bird on his finger and wiggled it about like a finger puppet.

For many chickens, the misery won't end until their throats are slit by a spinning blade – sometimes while they're still conscious.

Will you help spare animals such tremendous suffering by making a special Christmas donation to PETA today?

Both the breeding facility and abattoir are operated by Baiada, Australia's largest chicken producer. More than a third of chickens killed for the meat industry in Australia are slaughtered by the company, which has reportedly supplied their flesh to major Australian supermarkets and fast-food giants.

Please share your compassion with animals this festive season.

Such cruelty isn't limited to one company or one country. Through numerous eye-opening exposés of breeding facilities, farms, and abattoirs around the world, PETA and our international affiliates have over and over again revealed the abuse, filth, and misery that chickens and other animals endure before ending up on supermarket shelves and dinner tables – and we need you with us today if we're to stop their suffering.

Please take action for animals this Christmas by donating today.

With the help of kind supporters like you, we're driving down the demand for chickens' flesh and other cruelly produced foods. PETA's exposés and hard-hitting campaigns are prompting people all over the planet to leave all animals off their plates. Our attention-grabbing demonstrations and popular resources like our vegan starter kit are encouraging an entire generation of diners to embrace a more compassionate way of eating. We're working to urge fast-food giants like KFC and Burger King to add vegan options, and we've helped other top brands, like Papa John's and Greggs, bring vegan choices into the mainstream.

Make the season of giving a little brighter for chickens and animals of all species by donating today.

The last thing endangered Mexican gray wolves need is to find themselves trapped in leghold traps – but that's what's happening to them.

In New Mexico, these endangered wolves keep getting caught in leg traps, and some are losing limbs and even their lives as a result.

Mexican gray wolves are still at risk of extinction – we can't let them keep suffering due to trapping!

Tell the New Mexico Game Commission: Keep traps out of Mexican gray wolf habitat!

At last count, just over 130 of these wolves remained in the wild around Arizona and New Mexico. Recovery efforts have been making some success in helping restore these wolves' population levels in recent years - but that recovery is in jeopardy.

Since 2002, at least 42 Mexican gray wolves have been caught in traps, almost all in New Mexico. These traps may not be intended for Mexican gray wolves, but they're catching and maiming them for life.

If they have any chance at recovery, these wolves cannot afford to lose a single member of their population to incidental trapping. It's up to us to protect them!


We're asking the New Mexico Game Commission to keep these dangerous traps out of Mexican gray wolf habitat while their population is still recovering.

With their habitat full of traps, these endangered wolves are fighting an uphill battle to recover from the brink of extinction. Will you lend your voice and help protect them today?

Protect Mexican gray wolves: Demand the New Mexico Game Commission keep traps out of recovering wolf habitat!

Neglected Animals' Stories Are Revealed in 'Breaking the Chain'

This gripping documentary, executive-produced by Anjelica Huston, tells the story of neglected animals and the people dedicated to helping them.

Our fight continues now for animals who are still abused, neglected, and exploited. We have a critical case scheduled for trial in January, and each day we are fighting for justice for animals in every corner of the country. Your generous year-end support now will help us pursue cases like these and win:

Fighting a California Puppy Hoarder

The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit against the owner of California Carolina Dogs — an enterprise that has bred dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions for years — demanding that the court shut down this illegal breeding operation. We secured a preliminary injunction that required the owner to cease possessing dogs during the pendency of the litigation, and the trial is scheduled for early 2020.

Protecting Gray Wolves

Fur-Ever Wild, a roadside zoo in Minnesota, has a gruesome business model. Fur-Ever Wild customers can pay for “pet n’ play” sessions where they handle threatened gray wolf puppies. But when the wolves get too old to handle, the owner has admitted to killing them for their pelts and other body parts. We’ve filed a lawsuit against Fur-Ever Wild to stop the killing and move the wolves and pups to a bona fide sanctuary. And this week, the lawsuit settled as Fur-Ever Wild agreed to stop killing wolves and selling wolf parts.

Challenging Iowa’s Ag-Gag 2.0 Law

In 2017, we led a coalition in challenging Iowa’s first Ag-Gag law, which sought to criminalize whistleblowing on factory farms, slaughterhouses, and puppy mills. We won, but Iowa’s governor signed a second Ag-Gag bill into law that is substantively similar to the first. It’s a blatant attempt to stifle free speech about animal cruelty. We’re challenging Iowa’s “Ag-Gag 2.0,” and just secured an important victory — a court order barring enforcement of that unconstitutional law while our suit proceeds. We are confident that the court will strike down Ag-Gag 2.0 just as it did its predecessor.

Ending Invasive Cat Experiments

Since 2002, the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry has used taxpayer dollars to conduct painful and invasive experiments on the brains of cats. In 2018, we filed a lawsuit on behalf of Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research & Experimentation in response to SUNY’s refusal to release public records regarding the experiments. After more than a year of fighting, we secured a victory! As part of the settlement, SUNY has produced documents proving its College of Optometry has ceased its experimentation on cats and will provide the previously withheld public records regarding the cat experiments and any records about similar research carried out on nonhuman primates.

Another year is coming to an end but our fight to protect animals in the courts and in legislatures across the country continues. Please donate now to support all our legal battles for animals. Thank you for helping to save animals’ lives.

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"Corporations Are People Too My Friends."
Our companies are known for creating products that enhance people's lives.  Through Sunset Corporation of America and its companies, we’re equally dedicated to improving lives.  Our commitment extends to helping local communities, fostering better educational systems, supporting the arts and culture, helping disadvantaged youth, protecting and improving the environment, animal welfare, wildlife issues and encouraging employee volunteerism.

The Sustainable Action Network (SAN), A Don Lichterman non-profit organization dedicated to building a global community raising awareness of corruption, injustice and the need for action across a full range of issues impacting people and animal/wildlife welfare around the world, such as conservation, climate change, campaign law, lobbying, government action and rescue work. SAN’s vision is to create safer world, free from political, environmental, and social oppression, where all the inhabitants of Earth can live in harmony within their own natural environments. Our commitment extends to helping local communities, fostering better educational systems, supporting the arts and culture, helping disadvantaged youth, protecting and improving the environment, animal welfare, wildlife issues and encouraging employee volunteerism.

Activism and Sustainability:

  • Gun Safety & Gun Laws

  • Cruelty Free

  • Death Penalty

  • Demand Action

  • Sustainable Action Network

Fairness and Equality:

  • Grammy District Advocacy

  • Privatization

  • Voters Issues & Gerrymandering

  • Private Prisons & the War on Drugs

  • Finance, Housing & the Economy Corporate Responsibility:

  • Candidates, Bills, Laws & Protections

  • Wildlife & Oceania

  • Labeling & Transparency

  • Comprehensive Captivity & Hunting Results Databases

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These items make the perfect holiday gift for friends and family who care about animals. Spread the message of compassion and support the Animal Legal Defense Fund. 100% of the profits go to our work to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.