• Don Lichterman

H.R. 2442, Live Wild Animal Trade, & China Reclassifies Dogs from “Livestock” to “Companion Animals”

Support Legislation Tackling the Live Wild Animal Trade

Last month, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill that would end the sale of live animals for human consumption in wildlife markets, a practice tied to outbreaks of novel human diseases, including COVID-19.

The Global Wildlife Health and Pandemic Prevention Act requires the U.S. government to identify and shut down live wildlife markets around the world that pose risks to public health and increases global capacity for zoonotic disease prevention, surveillance, and response.

This is a crucial step to help ban the wildlife trade. Forever.

The current coronavirus pandemic is the wake-up call we needed to end the cruel exploitation of animals. Some 60% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning they originate from animals, and 70% of these are believed to originate in wild animals.

Wild animals suffer at every step of the live trade, whether they’re wild-caught or bred in captivity; the stress of transport, human handling, and proximity to other wild animals causes them to become immune suppressed, creating the perfect conditions for diseases to flourish.

We’ve made it easier than ever to contact your senators with just a few clicks. Please join us in taking action for animals sold at live wildlife markets and help prevent the next pandemic today.

China Reclassifies Dogs from “Livestock” to “Companion Animals”

On April 8, 2020, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced that dogs would be reclassified as “companion animals” instead of “livestock.”

#RuthlessTrade - No tiger is worth less than another!

When the Rudyard Kipling classic "The Jungle Book" was published at the turn of the 20th Century over 100,000 tigers were roaming freely across Asia. But as our cities grew, tiger habitats began to shrink and the demand for tigers and their parts exploded. This left the wild tiger population decimated with now only 3,900 tigers left in the wild. And it’s estimated many more are held in captivity Sadly, in Europe, there’s a staggering lack of knowledge about the exact numbers of tigers kept and traded. Meaning these endangered animals are able to be sold online on websites like the OLX online marketplace and Facebook. Whether born in the wild or in captivity. No tiger is worth less than another. They all deserve protection and security. Ask the European Commission to ban the #RuthlessTradehttps://bit.ly/tiger-trade

Donkey Abuse

Some of them are forced to carry tourists each day under the blazing sun! You won’t believe all of the horrible ways donkeys are abused. Be a donkey defender for #DonkeyMonth

Animals Are Traumatized and Killed at Live Animal Markets Around the World

A convulsing rabbit, animals killed in full view of each other, workers cutting into living animals — these are just some of the horrific scenes you might find at a live animal market. For their sake and for ours, wet markets need to be SHUT DOWN. Urge the World Health Organization to call for an end to wet markets! http://peta.vg/2u1a

What Happens in These Wet Markets Will Give You Nightmares

This footage from six countries was taken in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic! Live rabbits caged with dead ones, chicken bodies split open with scissors, and monkeys packed in filthy cages. Why won’t World Health Organization do more and help shut down these breeding grounds for disease?!

PETA Asia Live-Animal Markets Media

Investigators visited wet markets in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines, and a whistleblower sent PETA footage obtained in Cambodia. The footage from all these markets reveals that farm and sea animals are still being sold alongside "exotic" animals such as bats, monkeys, and civets.

Sign the Petition to save kangaroos from being made into soccer shoes!
Stop Abusive Practices at Puppy Mills! Pass the Puppy Protection Act.

Across the country, cruel profiteers exploit our love for dogs by turning them into little more than breeding machines, locking innocent animals away in filthy cages, and forcing them to produce litter after litter to be sold to pet stores or online.

This is the ugly reality of puppy mills, and we need your help right now to stop this suffering.

The federal government has fallen down on the job when it comes to regulating these facilities.

It’s well past time to improve the living conditions of these animals by passing the Puppy Protection Act (H.R. 2442). This critical bill will drastically improve the quality of life of dogs in federally-licensed breeding facilities by requiring stronger standards of care including increased enclosure sizes, solid flooring, exercise, socialization, proper veterinary care, and protection from extreme temperatures. It will also impose breeding limits and ensure that breeders make reasonable efforts to rehome retired dogs.

You can be the voice for these dogs, Take action today and tell your representative to cosponsor the Puppy Protection Act!

When HSLF supporters like you join together with one voice, you’re an unstoppable movement that makes our leaders pay attention and take action. Please answer our call to defend these innocent dogs today.

And, we have an update to the LFT petition calling for justice for a Missouri man who adopted over a dozen cats from Craigslist only to torture them to death.

Last week, 20-year-old Kaine A. Louzader of St. Charles County, Mo. pleaded guilty to second-degree felony animal abuse, and has been sentenced to four years in prison for his crimes.

Four years is not nearly enough for a serial killer who poses a danger to both animals and humans; though sadly, most animal killers never even see a jail cell.

Louzader was initially charged with two counts of first-degree animal abuse in May after someone witnessed him discarding a dead cat on the roadside. Later, investigators realized the deceased animal was only one of numerous dismembered cats that appeared in the area between January and early May of this year.

Police connected the vehicle in question to Louzader, and while interrogating him, they noticed scratches on his arms, fingers, and hands. The suspect, who was employed at a hospital, claimed that an elderly patient caused the injuries, but after some additional probing, Louzader reportedly admitted to the scratches being from a cat he had killed the day prior. Then, he confessed to abusing and murdering numerous cats throughout the year, mainly by stomping on their heads or strangling them. Louzader also admitted to decapitating and dismembering several of his victims and disposing of their body parts throughout his neighborhood.

Due to the gruesome nature of the allegations against Louzader, St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar charged the suspect with felony animal abuse, rather than a misdemeanor.

“It becomes a felony if the animal was mutilated prior to death,” Lohmar told KMOV, noting that Louzader’s injuries indicated that the cats probably fought for their lives.

Thank you to the nearly 30,000 people who signed the petition calling for justice. We continue the fight in urging authorities to treat animal abuse cases with the severity they deserve.

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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.