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Actress Gemma Atkinson calls for a ban on greyhound racing and coursing and more more on the weekly Animal & Wildlife Welfare, Abuse & Crime Report!
Actress Gemma Atkinson has joined calls for a ban on cruel greyhound racing and hare coursing.
Hits Radio UK presenter Gemma - best known for her roles in Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Casualty and appearances in films such as Fever and Devil’s Pass - is a true friend of the animals.
She has previously expressed support for a ban on foxhunting and trophy hunting, highlighted the cruelty of bullfighting and urged the public to boycott Pamplona bullrun and other festivals involving cruelty to animals.
In a message to ICABS this week, she stated: “I don’t believe any animal should be used as so-called 'sport' or 'entertainment'. It’s cruel, it’s unnecessary and it has to stop”.
A big thank you to Gemma for her support. Help stop greyhound racing and hare coursing by signing our petitions and responding to the action alert below.
Visit our gallery to see the other actors/singers/directors/writers/presenters calling for a ban on greyhound racing and hare coursing https://www.facebook.com/pg/banbloodsports/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2315886091860269
STOP THE STATE FUNDING FOR GREYHOUND RACING Since 2001, the Irish Government has paid out around a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers' money to greyhound racing, including €16.8 million for 2019. Following the shocking RTE Investigates revelations about cruelty and killing, it is time for these grants to be finally ended. Not a single cent more of public funds should end up in this shameful industry. Contact Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe now.
Colorado bans animal abusers from owning pets. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed legislation this week that bans animal abusers in the state from being able to own a pet for up to five years.
The governor's office said in a release that he signed the legislation, also known as "Animal Ban For Cruelty To Animals Conviction," as one of several efforts to commemorate Animal Welfare Day in the state on Wednesday.
Under the legislation, the bill states that a court can enter an "order prohibiting a person convicted of felony animal cruelty from owning a pet animal for a period of 3 to 5 years."
The bill also states that a juvenile convicted of animal cruelty can also be "adjudicated a delinquent for an animal cruelty crime from owning a pet animal."
Polis said the law will "increase restrictions of people convicted of felony pet animal cruelty, and facilitate mental health and treatments to address the underlying factors that drive tragic animal cruelty" in a statement seen by a local CBS station.
The governor also announced a new effort called the People for Animal Welfare (PAW) Committee in Colorado this week, which he called "an opportunity to look at what Colorado can do to protect our animals from cruelty and ensure their wellbeing."
According to his office, the committee will "play an advisory role on the state of issues related to animal welfare and animal protection in Colorado."
Our Petition for Protection is in defense of the animals who depend on the protections granted by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As you may have heard, the government recently declared that it would change the way the ESA is applied, significantly weakening the nation’s bedrock conservation law and making it harder to protect animals.
The new rule makes it easier to remove a species from the endangered list and significantly weakens protections for newly listed threatened species.For the first time, regulators will be allowed to conduct economic assessments when deciding if a species warrants protections — weighing animal lives against profits.The changes also make it extremely difficult for regulators to factor in the effects of climate change on wildlife.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has relied on the ESA to rescue captive wild animals from horrible situations. In 2016, the Animal Legal Defense Fund became the first to successfully use the ESA on behalf of captive wild animals held at Cricket Hollow Zoo in Iowa — establishing that failing to provide captive animals with the proper care can be a violation of the ESA.
If the government succeeds in rolling back vital provisions of the ESA, animals will suffer the consequences — and there would be no federal law to protect them.
That’s why we need you to add your voice to our Petition for Protection to speak up in defense of animals and the ESA. Help show the government that they can’t get away with weakening this important piece of legislation.
If this rule stands, future generations of threatened and endangered species might be pushed to extinction. I don’t want to wake up one day and live in a world without tigers, chimpanzees, elephants, or blue whales. Do you?
Fred Willard: Fish Don't Get the Respect They Deserve
Babies carelessly passed around for photo ops, elephants stabbed with sharp objects, camels smacked in the face with sticks — all of this is a DIRECT result of people still paying for attractions that exploit captive animals!
Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast "Sanctuary" is a far cry from a true animal sanctuary. Many animals are confined to pitifully small cages, including a capuchin monkey who was seen repeatedly raking a hard object across the bars of his cage, which is a sign of psychological distress. Please ask the roadside zoo to retire all the animals to reputable sanctuaries today!
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