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Moments From PETA’s 40th Anniversary Party, Animal Advocate Program S2868, Petco, Petsmart, Exports!

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Our Favorite Moments From PETA’s 40th Anniversary Party

Born into filth. Raised in darkness. Sent to the slaughterhouse. Electrocuted or gassed, then stabbed. All for your #Christmas or #Nochebuena celebration.

Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting Votes YES on Courtroom Animal Advocate Program S2868

Psychological studies indicate a strong link between animal abuse and future violent behavior. In fact, in the wake of mass shootings plaguing our country, one pivotal warning sign to look out for is animal abuse. Depending on how you parse the data, anywhere from 43% to 80% of school shooters started with animal cruelty. S2868 is legislation that would give a voice to the voiceless in animal cruelty cases. With this law prosecutors will have an additional resource to ensure animal abuse cases get the full attention of the court and will more likely result in action to achieve justice for the abused animal and appropriate punishment for the animal abuser including rehabilitation before they reoffend, or extend their violence to humans.

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Tell Oregon to Stop Hiding Details of Deadly COVID Mink Farm Outbreak!

Deadly outbreaks of COVID-19 on mink farms around the world have dominated the headlines for months. Mink are highly susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 and act as reservoirs for the deadly virus on filthy, cramped fur farms. Now, Oregon officials are refusing to release information regarding an outbreak on a fur farm in their state. Please urge Oregon to disclose this information and take immediate action to protect the imprisoned animals and public health! ACT NOW

Urge Petco and PetSmart to Stop Selling Live Birds

Despite the fact that Petco and PetSmart agreed long ago not to sell dogs and cats due to ethical concerns having to do with breeding conditions and shelter killing, both chains continue to sell exotic bird species. According to PetSmart’s own website, it is even still selling parrots, a practice that even Petco agreed to stop doing in 2005! Selling live birds is an appalling practice that results in the suffering of countless individual birds and the destruction of ecosystems and wilderness. Please join us in urging Petco and PetSmart to stop selling live birds immediately. ACT NOW

One Step Closer, But Big Cats Still Need Our Support

In great news for big cats, our voices are being heard and we’re a huge step closer to protecting them from cruelty and exploitation! Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act with bipartisan support. This historic piece of legislation would protect both them and us by banning private possession and public contact. However, if the Senate doesn’t take it up before it recesses for the year, it will have to be re-introduced next year and big cats will have to wait another year for relief. Help keep the pressure on for these iconic and endangered animals by calling your senators and signing and sharing our alert if you haven't done so already!

Stop the killing of bear cubs in trophy hunts

The Missouri Department of Conservation is set to open a trophy hunting season on the state’s still-recovering population of black bears — bowing to the demands of a small minority of trophy hunters. Worse, the proposal allows the killing of unaccompanied cubs, meaning that trophy hunters could kill bear cubs who have been separated from their mothers — the mothers having also been killed by hunters. Killing mother bears and cubs is unspeakably cruel and prohibited by most states.

Not only is hunting and killing bears and bear cubs cruel, it does not resolve human-bear conflicts, according to scientific studies. Missouri’s bears should be safeguarded, not hunted. They need protected areas and safe migration corridors if they are to endure for future generations.

We’ve fought for black bears before and won significant victories to protect them. In 1989, the Animal Legal Defense Fund successfully sued to stop California’s annual black bear hunt. The following year, we won another lawsuit in the state to halt the bear bowhunting season. Now our fight to protect bears from the cruelest forms of hunting continues in Missouri. STOP THE HUNT | GIVE NOW We’re also at work in other states like New Jersey to end future black bear trophy hunts, and Alaska where the National Park Service issued a new rule allowing hunters to shoot vulnerable mother bears and cubs in their dens.

Now, the Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to open Alaska’s Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to bear baiting – allowing even more killing of grizzly bears. This plan flies in the face of the purpose of a refuge, where all animals should be safe. The proposed rule would roll back bans on some of the cruelest hunting methods, like shooting bears after baiting them with food like donuts. The goal is to artificially inflate the moose and caribou populations so hunters can kill even more animals.

Our Stop the Hunt campaign aims to end canned hunting and trophy hunting. Your donation now can support our legal fights for wildlife and all our efforts to protect animals from cruelty, so please give today.

Ireland Becomes the Latest Country to End Fur Farming

Campaign efforts and the global pandemic are bringing fur farming to an end in Ireland. PETA and other animal protection groups have long campaigned against the misery of the fur industry. So we’re breaking open the Guinness to celebrate the news that no more minks will suffer or be killed on Irish fur farms. Which Country Will Be Next?

England and Wales to Ban Live-Animal Exports

Although Brexit is divisive, everyone can agree that live-animal export is cruel and must end. Now, in a big step forward for animal protection, the environment secretary has revealed plans to end the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter. Urge Ireland to Take Action, Too

Demonstrators Mourn the Deaths of Tule Elk and Point Reyes National Seashore

Activists and members of the public gathered at a demonstration and memorial service to mourn the preventable deaths of over 15 Tule elk as well as the ongoing destruction of Point Reyes National Seashore. The Tule elk all died as a result of ongoing willful mismanagement orchestrated by the National Park Service and the Seashore continues its ecological decline as a result of this same mismanagement. The lives of Tule elk at Point Reyes hang in the balance, with the NPS threatening to kill even more of them in order to sell itself out on behalf of the cattle and dairy ranchers. If you haven't already, please sign and share our urgent alerts here and here to help save the Tule elk and this precious ecosystem! READ MORE

More Animal Welfare, Animal Crime & Abuse Stories & Information:

  • Pamela Anderson Urges Denmark to Ban Fur Farming: Will You Join Her?

  • Italy Suspends Fur Farming: Urge the Prime Minister to Ban Them Permanently

  • Rome Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages on City Streets: Urge Mallorca to Do the Same

I know you share our commitment to bringing animal abusers to justice — making them pay for their crimes and stopping them from abusing more animals. Over the last 40 years, we’ve successfully fought to hold animal abusers accountable, to ensure they receive appropriate sentencing including jail time and bans on possessing animals, and to win justice for the innocent animal victims — victims like Willow and Stormy.

Law enforcement in Virginia found Willow and Stormy, horses who were both pregnant and severely malnourished. Because of our legal expertise in fighting for animals, the prosecutor assigned to their case knew that by reaching out to us, we could provide the support needed to bring Willow’s and Stormy’s abuser to justice. STOP THE ABUSE | GIVE NOW As a repeat offender, the abuser received two years in jail and a probation revocation. She has been prohibited from owning, possessing, and caring for horses for ten years. Plus, thanks to the work of the prosecutor, local rescuers, and the support of people like you, today Willow and Stormy are thriving, as are their foals — and their abuser is behind bars.

Even after 40 years of setting legal precedents in animal law and protecting animals through the legal system, we cannot stop in our pursuit of justice for innocent animals. As everyone at the Animal Legal Defense Fund — and all our supporters — proudly say, it’s for the animals.And with your support, we will continue to fight for animals for the next 40 years and beyond.Please join us with a contribution today to help us bring animal abusers to justice and give more animals like Willow and Stormy the healthy lives they deserve.

Please join the National Lawyers Guild (NYC) Animal Rights Committee for Wildlife Crimes in East Africa: Poaching, Prevention, Prosecution.

December 15, 2020 at 12 to 1:30 pm ET

Panelists will discuss efforts to save wildlife in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

Justice for Animals! Stop Animal Suffering and the Next Pandemic
You are invited to a special evening of fun and virtual fundraising in support of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Thursday, January 28, 2021 Two online sessions — 4 p.m. PT and 7 p.m. PT RSVP NOW

Join the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Special Guests to celebrate our wins for animals and kick off our fundraising for the new year to achieve ground-breaking legal actions to:

  • Advance protections for farmed animals

  • Shut down more roadside zoos in 2021

  • Achieve justice for animal victims of criminal abuse

  • Increase animal law courses in law schools

  • Bring about long-lasting legal protections for animals

View videos highlighting our recent successes ~ Hear from Animal Legal Defense Fund leadership ~ Bid on fun auction items ~ And hear from other Special Guests.

Location: Online

Cost: Free to attend with an inspiring “Fund a Need” opportunity during the event. The first 50 people to register will get a coupon (valued at $10.99) from Miyoko’s Creamery for a delicious Miyoko’s product of your choice! Founded by iconic vegan chef & cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner (A.K.A. "The Queen of Vegan Cheese"). Miyoko's Creamery is the gold standard of artisan vegan cheese & butter. #milkplantshugs #thecreameryoftomorrow #phenomenallyvegan #plantdairy


For more information visit aldf.org/JFA.

Host Committee Pearl of Patrons David and Mary Love ~ John and Timi Sobrato ~ Kyle Vogt Jewel of Justice Brook and Amy Dubman ~ Sarah Luick Apex Advocate Brad Goldberg ~ Tatiana Freitas ~ Ingrid and Branden LeBlanc ~ Barbara Magin ~ Vijay R. Sanghvi Family Foundation ~ Jill Sideman ~ Rie Woodward Daring Defender Drs. Elaine Carlitz and John Husokowski ~ Janis Rosenthal and Jeff Rinkoff, M.D. ~ Sejal Sanghvi ~ Maxwell and Teri Sobel ~ Katherine Stirling ~ Vanessa Taylor

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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.