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Weekly Animal Report, Challenging Assumptions, Tiger Trade, Tyson Foods, N.J. Bear Hunt, Nordstrom!

Weekly Report about Crimes, Abuses and an overall Welfare Report! Wildlife & Animal Report!
TeachKind presents 'Challenging Assumptions'

Watch 'Challenging Assumptions' as part of TeachKind's new social justice curriculum. This powerful video features the firsthand stories of activists of color and explores the ways our everyday language and actions can either reinforce or challenge ideas of power and supremacy. Learn more at TeachKind.org/SocialJustice.

This is No Life for a Tiger

Tigers used in Shrine circuses are hauled around in trailers for months on end and in all weather extremes. They have no space to exercise, climb, or even stretch to their full height, and spend much of their lives relegated to uncomfortable transport cages in arena basements and parking lots. They are frequently seen pacing in what little space they have, which is a sign of severe mental distress. These tigers are suffering. Shrine circuses must stop exploiting wild animals NOW. Visit https://support.peta.org/page/1860/ac... to help tigers today.

Gastroenterologist Urges People to Go Vegan to Fight Future Pandemics

PETA has teamed up with gastroenterologist Dr. Angie Sadeghi to break down the link between pandemics and eating animals. She points out that 75% of all recently emerged infectious diseases originated in animals before jumping to humans and urges everyone to go vegan to prevent future pandemics like COVID-19.

Arrival of worlds largest soy ship in Europe

To make room for soya fields used to feed suffering animals in European factory farms, deforestation in the Amazon is at an all-time high! One would think the EU would act to regulate the international soya trade and make sure forests aren’t destroyed in the process, right? However, our team documented the arrival of the largest soya shipment ever made! The shipment from Brazil was organized by a big meat producer and contained enough soya to cover an area the size of 70, 000 football fields! We have the chance to stop this from happening again. Tell the European Commission to pass a law to stop #deforestation now!

Former Tyson Foods 'Grower' Blows Whistle on Birds' Extreme Suffering

For more than four years, Curtis Jarvis operated a breeder chicken farm in Arkansas for Tyson Foods—and his allegations about the company are damning. He says that Tyson workers routinely crammed 40 birds into transport cages meant for 20 and left other cages with only a few birds, so chickens either suffocated under one another or, with too few animals to keep warm, froze to death during winter trips. According to Jarvis, as many as 300 chickens per load died in this way during transport or shortly after arriving at his facility.

62 bears killed on 1st day of N.J. bear hunt; opponents plan new lawsuit

Raymond Lesniak, the former Democratic state senator from Union County, used a Zoom press conference to announce that a coalition of animal rights activists plans to sue the state over the statutory makeup of the state fish and game council. The council currently consists of 11 members: Six sportsmen, recommended by the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, three farmers recommended by the state agriculture convention, the chair of the state’s Endangered and Nongame Species Advisory Committee and one person with expertise in land management and soil conservation. Brian Hackett, the state director of the Humane Society of the United States’s New Jersey branch, argued its unfair that a council with such a make-up gets to decide how wildlife is managed in the Garden State. “Nobody is allowed on this fish and game council except for pro-hunting hunters, and pro-hunting farmers and some mysterious person who needs to know about soil,” Hackett said.

Lesniak echoed that sentiment, and said the council should include scientists, hikers, bird watchers and other people who use New Jersey’s outdoors for activities beyond hunting. He also argued the state’s bear population belongs to all residents, and should be protected by the public trust doctrine in the same way that access to waterways and beaches is protected.

Get Justice for Illegally Trapped Coyote Who Was Shot Over 13 Times

In a gruesome display of animal cruelty, an "animal removal specialist" in California reportedly trapped and shot a coyote at least 13 times painfully in the head with an ineffective .22-caliber air pistol. Please call upon the District Attorney to do everything possible to get him convicted of felony animal cruelty, and urge the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to revoke his license if he is convicted. We must act now - before he strikes again! ACT NOW

U.S. Senators Must Protect Wild Horses and Burros!

In July, the U.S. House of Representatives required the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to use $11 million of its Wild Horse and Burro Program budget for safe and humane fertility control. If we do not urgently contact our senators, mustangs and burros could be subject to the most disgusting and brutal sterilizations... which often prove deadly. Act now to save female equines from gruesome interference before it's too late! ACT NOW

Nordstrom Commits to Not Selling Fur and Exotic Animal Skins!

After decades of protests, petitions, and creative campaigning, we're finally celebrating an announcement that Nordstrom will stop selling fur and exotic animal skins! This change closes another major retailer's doors to products that are a result of animal suffering, which will save countless animals and send the message that there’s nothing fashionable about animal cruelty. LEARN MORE

250 Activists Demand Live Elk Not Livestock

Over 250 people came to our Live Elk Not Livestock demonstration to protest the killing of rare Tule elk at the Point Reyes National Seashore in California. Dairy farmers and beef ranchers are forcing the native wild animals to die of thirst in our national park... and now they want to start shooting elk too! Please act now to stop the killing of California's Tule elk. WATCH VIDEO

Hero Caretakers Step Up for Animals in India as Odds Continue to Stack Against Them

Providing care and veterinary services to homeless animals in India is already a daunting task because the need is so great and so constant. However, we’re rising to the challenge and helping as many animals as we can amid a global pandemic and, now, record-breaking monsoons hitting Mumbai. LEARN MORE

Six wolves were spotted earlier this year in Colorado. Three have now been killed, maybe even shot on sight.

Those three wolves made the mistake of crossing into Wyoming, where it's legal to kill them throughout most of the state.

Wolves shouldn't be killed just for crossing boundaries they can't see.

Please support our fight for wolves with a gift to the Predator Defense Fund.

It's been decades since wolves raised pups in Colorado. The sightings this year gave hope to those who dearly wish to see the animals return.

But now half are gone, and the whereabouts and health of the other three are unknown.

The plight of these wolves points to the madness that has taken hold in states like Wyoming. In 85% of the state, wolves are designated as predatory animals and can be shot on sight year-round. In the remaining 15% of the state where a wolf-hunting license is required, it costs an in-state resident just $21 to kill a wolf.

And it's about to get much worse for gray wolves across the lower 48. Their loss of Endangered Species Act protection is imminent. We expect a final delisting rule in just weeks.

But despite the carnage in Wyoming and other northern Rocky Mountain states, hope remains.

Washington state will soon have rules that limit when wolves can be killed. California's Lassen pack, the only one in the state, grew by at least eight new pups this summer. And in the Southeast a legal victory we secured last week means the government must put a new red wolf recovery plan in place.

Wolves can come back and thrive. If we just give them the chance.

We're gearing up for the fight of a lifetime on their behalf — and we know we can win.

Our battles are long, but we're not going anywhere. Not when so many wolves and other species are counting on us.

Please support this lifesaving work with a gift to the Predator Defense Fund.

Islamabad High Court Holds that Animals Have Legal Rights

The Islamabad High Court has held that that animals have natural rights and are entitled to protection under the Pakistani constitution. Despite at times anthropocentric framing, the ruling unequivocally recognizes that animals have legal rights and is highly critical of humanity’s treatment of wild animals in particular.

New German Law Will Mandate Minimum Exercise Requirements for Dogs

Proposed amendments to Germany’s Animal Welfare Act aimed at ensuring the species-specific needs of dogs are met include minimum exercise requirements, tethering prohibitions, and a ban on exhibiting dogs who have been bred to have characteristics that cause physical distress.

Though Ruled Unconstitutional, Industry Continues Pushing Ag-Gag Laws: Updates in North Carolina, Kansas, Iowa, and Ontario

In the first half of 2020, there were multiple developments — some positive and some negative — in the realm of Ag-Gag laws, so named because they criminalize whistleblowing and undercover investigations in agricultural facilities, thus “gagging” activists and others who expose animal abuse in factory farms and slaughterhouses.

New Kentucky Law Allows Veterinarians to Report Animal Cruelty

Kentucky has amended its law prohibiting veterinarians from reporting suspected animal cruelty. Advocates worked for years to change this law, which had good intentions regarding personal privacy but unintended consequences for animal victims of abuse. Although it created differential standards for farmed animals, Kentucky’s law is a significant step forward.

Idaho Animal Law Enforcement

On July 23rd of 2020, a woman who was videotaped punching a dog was not charged due to "insufficient evidence". The video had surfaced and went viral in a matter of seconds. The video spread so rapidly, that even the Idaho Humane Society started an investigation. This had taken place in May and the IHS was waiting for the Idaho Prosecutor's office to review the case, which they then decided that the woman in the video would NOT be charged. Below is a statement from the City of Boise.

"The City declined charges due to insufficient evidence to prosecute under relevant state and city code. We have an ethical obligation to not proceed on cases where there is insufficient evidence to meet the burden of proof."

Although there were no injuries to the animal, this type of abuse which was considered "just playing around", should not be tolerated. 

I've started this petition in hope that Animal protection will be enforced more to a higher standard. The video has been removed, but can still be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. The evidence is very visible and is frightening that the City of Boise states there is insufficient evidence.

With this petition, I hope to reach the Idaho Legislature and City Council members, in order to update and enforce new laws since the relevant state and city code was not enough to prosecute.

"Corporations Are People, My Friend."

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.