• Don Lichterman

Yummy...Cat Meat!, ALDF, Seal Heads, Wildlife Services & Dillan are on the Animal & Wildlife Report!

Dillan the Bear Is Trapped and Running out of Time at This Roadside Zoo in Pennsylvania

Dillan the bear is in bad shape & is running out of time. Union County Sportsmen’s Club in Pennsylvania has let him get 400 pounds overweight and he’s clearly showing signs of psychological distress. He just sways back and forth in his concrete prison all day.

The club has NO business holding wild animals captive and needs to release him to a reputable sanctuary IMMEDIATELY before it’s too late. https://support.peta.org/page/12091/a...

Stop the FWC from killing a mother bear who was protecting her cubs.

A woman in Longwood, FL, let her dog outside off-leash at night. The dog spotted a mother bear with cubs and started barking at the bears. The woman tried to run back to her house, which caused the bear to chase after her. She tripped and fell and hit her head. The bear bit her ankle.

The mother bear perceived the dog and woman as a threat and as a warning bit the woman and retreated. This incident could have been prevented had the Longwood community been properly storing their trash the main culprit in almost all bear-human conflicts. Also, dogs should be leashed, and if you live in bear country you must canvass the area before taking your dog out and never run from a bear.

We need to hold the FWC accountable for enforcing the standards and laws put into place to protect both humans and bears. In cases where bear attacks occur due to human negligence. A new policy must be implemented that holds humans accountable for their actions. A bear should not be killed for defending her cubs.

Contact the FWC Commissioners and ask that a policy change be made that protects bears from being killed as a result of human error or carelessness. https://myfwc.com/con…/fwc-staff/senior-staff/commissioners/ https://www.beardefenders.org/

At the time of his rescue, Justice was suffering from starvation, frostbite, rain rot, lice, and he was 300 pounds underweight.

Due to his abuser’s actions, Justice will require ongoing, expensive medical care for the rest of his life — and we believe that his abuser should pay for that care.

Now the Animal Legal Defense Fund is helping Justice sue his abuser — and if we win, we’ll establish a legal precedent that animals have the legal right to sue their abusers in court — and transform the way animals are treated by our legal system.

That’s because in many circumstances, our legal system treats animals like Justice as mere property. This treatment can deprive animals of meaningful legal protections that they need and the right to enforce whatever protections they have in court.

But animals are living, feeling beings — and our Not Property Movement aims to rally support for our legal system to recognize that animals have basic rights.

Our Not Property campaign has the potential to improve the lives of animals — strengthening legal protections for animals, and unlocking more pathways to justice for unlawfully abused, neglected, and exploited animals.

But it won’t be easy. Distinguishing animals from mere property under the law will require time, resources, and expertise — and the support of people like you who believe that animals deserve better.

A Virginia couple neglected 32 Great Danes so severely that some were on the brink of death. Five of these dogs were found shut in a run-down camper, covered in feces and urine with no water or food. There was no ventilation in the vehicle, and the temperatures were soaring.

Some of the dogs seized were so painfully thin they were rated -1 and 1 on a body condition scale from 1-5. Almost all were malnourished and loaded with intestinal parasites.

The living conditions were so filthy, the state health department had to intervene.

The King and Queen County Sheriff’s Department arrested Richard Awlasewicz and Candice Wheat and charged them with felony animal cruelty. The pair also face misdemeanor charges for having no county licenses and not vaccinating the dogs for rabies.

The 12 puppies and 20 adult dogs are now in the care of a local shelter; however, Awlasewicz and Wheat claimed that two of the animals are service dogs, and requested their return.

These people are guilty of horrific neglect, and a judge mustn’t allow them to ever have animals ever again.

Sign this petition urging Commonwealth Attorney Adkins to prosecute the pair to the fullest extent of the law and ban them from getting – and hurting – more animals.

At first, Niamh Fox only saw one beheaded seal as she ran along Narin Beach in County Donegal, Ireland. That, of course, was bad enough. But as she continued running, a second appeared before her, and then a third. She quickly alerted the on-duty beach lifeguard, who was similarly shocked and dismayed.

Call on Irish authorities to investigate this heinous atrocity and punish those responsible!

Niamh told an Irish news site she "suspects that something sinister happened to the creatures." From what she saw, it looked like the decapitation must be the result of human cruelty ”it was too specific, intentional, and senseless. No other animal would have reason to do something like that to a fellow creature.

Unfortunately, the seals are no longer on the beach, which will make examining the evidence difficult, as their bodies were allowed to remain there so long that they eventually washed out to sea. The fact that authorities didn't immediately collect and inspect their remains is already a warning sign, showing they don't take this case seriously.

So it's up to us to make them pay attention.

Sign the petition now to demand that the police in County Donegal, Ireland immediately search for the animal abusers to murdered and ripped the heads off of three innocent seals, then left them to rot!

Wildlife Services envisions a gruesome, cruel future for wildlife in Colorado. It includes strangling neck snares, painful foot-hold traps, and aerial gunning, all part of a sick plan to kill the state's native wildlife.

Taking out mountain lions, black bears, bobcats and other animals would wreak havoc on Colorado's ecosystems. These animals play a critical role in ensuring Colorado's wild places remain healthy and balanced.

Please help the Stop Wildlife Services Fund.

We're in court to stop this senseless slaughter — another of our many battles against the shadowy, cruel Wildlife Services program.

Reckless oil and gas drilling has torn apart the habitat of mule deer in the state, decimating their population. But instead of restoring Colorado habitat, Wildlife Services is blaming cougars and bears for the mule deer losses — and preparing to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to kill these native predators.

We've taken Wildlife Services to court for failing to consider the disastrous consequences of this plan. Instead of following science and the law, it adopted a "kill first, answer questions later" attitude.

We know how to win against Wildlife Services. In Wyoming we recently secured a ban on the program’s use of deadly M-44 cyanide traps across more than 10 million acres of public land.

In Oregon we helped secure a ban on the program's targeting of beavers, minks, muskrats and otters. I

n Northern California we secured a ban on traps and aerial gunning in designated wilderness areas in 16 counties.

Now we've got our sights on what's happening in Colorado.

These are fights we can win, but our battles against Wildlife Services are often long and costly.

Please help the Stop Wildlife Services Fund.

The protection and conservation of our wolves will always be a top priority for Pacific Wild.

Currently, the B.C. government kills nearly 200 wolves per year (on average) by aerial gunning from helicopters, trapping (including the use of neck snares), and collaring “Judas” wolves. A “Judas” wolf is a cruel practice where an individual animal is collared to betray the location of other pack members. He is then kept alive for repeated persecution year-after-year so government aerial snipers can follow it to its family.

⁣Over 700 wolves have been killed in the last few years under the B.C. government’s wolf cull.

The province has no intention of stopping and are on track to kill upwards of 1,000 wolves by 2020.

A recently-leaked internal document dated August 22nd, 2019, has revealed the B.C. government's intentions to expand the wolf cull program, targeting 80% of wolf populations in some areas.

This is a biologically and ethically indefensible wildlife crisis.

The B.C. government states that it is necessary to kill wolves in order to save endangered southern mountain caribou. However, the government's own data shows that habitat loss is the greatest threat to caribou, not wolves.

Between 2018 and 2019, the B.C. government green-lighted over 300 clear cut logging blocks within critical caribou habitat, while scapegoating wolves for the decline in caribou populations. Click here to learn more.

Help us rescue James & Thom from a horrible bile bear farm in Vietnam.

With your help, they could soon start over in our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh.

Chickens Saved After Fiery Truck Crash on September 12, 2019. Briefly famous after his refusal to hand out Carl’s Jr. coupons and subsequent firing and successful lawsuit, vegan bus driver, Bruce Anderson, was driving to work through San Pablo, California early last Thursday when he saw a horrific sight he’ll never forget. He frantically texted a message, “A chicken truck overturned on the freeway by San Pablo Dam Road. Chickens are on fire running all over the place. All lanes are closed.”

Our very own Anita Carswell and her partner, Brendan Montgomerie, live close by and rushed out to the scene. It was difficult and time consuming to get close to the scene of the accident because of the closure and ensuing traffic, and en route, requests for assistance were made. Once there, only a small scattering of chickens of the 1,000 or so who had been burned, crushed, or not among the few dozens recaptured by Animal Control were still loose.

During the commotion, Anita and Brendan managed to rescue two chickens. Eva Hamer from DxE had responded to the call to help, and managed to rescue one chicken as well. The rescued three chickens are now living out the rest of their long natural life spans at animal sanctuaries. They were incredibly lucky and a statistical anomaly.

Sadly, all the chickens recovered by Animal Control were unlucky enough to be returned to their “owners” for their intended bloody slaughter for meat, and were picked up the same day.

A reporter on the scene confirmed the birds are from Pitman Family Farms, a chicken supplier to Amazon. DxE has previously investigated Pitman Family Farms, revealing grisly scenes of sick and starving chickens inside filthy industrial sheds at so-called “free-range” farms.

You can learn the full details in our media release which was reported on by local news outlets.

If you’ve found yourself cheering for the survivors, but feeling sick at the thought of burning chickens, crushed chickens, or surviving chickens being put on yet another truck and sent to their bloody deaths, please decide today to stop supporting chicken suffering. There’s absolutely no need to do so. We can help.

Yummy...Cat Meat!

Just like dogs, the cats of China face horrors beyond imagine as they're kidnapped, beaten and cooked alive in the brutal meat trade, or brutalized in the streets without a single law to protect them from abuse.

They are terrified, sick and desperate for help.

Lady Freethinker is aiding organizations saving cats and other animals from suffering in China and giving them the food, medical care and love they so desperately need.

But we can't do it without your support.

The sweet kitty you see above was rescued by local group Ping An A Fu, which Lady Freethinker supports. The poor baby was battered and ailing, and needed eye removal surgery. This cat was lucky to get much-needed care, but so many others rescued from China's streets and slaughterhouses still need our help.

That's why, along with working toward stronger animal protections, Lady Freethinker is supporting those on the ground saving animals' lives.

We've provided truckloads of food, medicine, fuel and other badly-needed supplies

Animal abuse for wildlife tourism is happening right now, on our doorstep! #RuthlessTourism Across Europe, hundreds of wild animals are being held captive in horrible conditions and subjected to mental and physical abuse for our entertainment. This is their true story. Break the chains of abuse and sign our pledge: https://help.four-paws.org/en/ruthles...

Across Europe, hundreds of wild animals are being held captive in horrible conditions for our entertainment. Tiger Noa is one of them. Tourists can 'rent' Noa for an hour during which they can walk her on a leash, pet her and take selfies. Born in captivity, she will never know anything more than the small cage where she lives alone or the playground the size of two football pitches where she entertains visitors. Noa deserves better. It is unacceptable that in the 21st century it is legal in Europe to abuse wild animals for entertainment. Spread the word and help us expose these cruel practices! Follow the link to sign our pledge and for more info https://www.four-paws.org/ruthless-to...

Molly was a friendly and affectionate dog whose owners left her tied up outdoors next to piles of junk month after month. PETA's fieldworkers gave her a doghouse and did their best to provide her with affection, veterinary care, and fresh food and water on a regular basis—but because her owners refused to give her up, there was only so much that the fieldworkers could do to help her. And one hot summer day, they arrived to find that she had died—still chained and lying in a hole that she'd dug in a futile attempt to keep herself cool. She was only 2 years old.

It's nearly inconceivable that anyone would take a lengthy trip leaving their dog unattended at home, but that's exactly what an ex-pro baseball player did. He then asked his neighbor's stepson to clear up the remains, including maggots and bodily fluids, and to not get him into trouble. The husky, named Eagle, was skin and bone and appeared to have melted into the floor while laying as if waiting for Abner to return.

We cannot bring Eagle back or undo his suffering, but we can ensure his negligent guardian is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Act now to get justice for Eagle.

Take Action on Puppy Mill Awareness Day, September 21!

Animal advocates gathered recently at The Puppy Mill Summit in Kissimmee, Florida eager to learn effective ways to stop puppy mills and make change in their communities. Tune in and get inspired to take action in your city.

Join us in taking a stand against pet stores and puppy mills on Puppy Mill Awareness Day on Saturday, September 21!

This national event was created to call attention to the truth behind the disgusting puppy mill industry and to encourage the public to adopt—not shop.

An estimated 10,000 puppy mills across the United States breed, imprison, and sell suffering animals for profit. Puppy mills produce over two million puppies each year while millions of homeless dogs needlessly languish and die in shelters across the country.

The dogs need your help! That’s why we are urging everyone to participate in this very special day by coordinating or joining a peaceful event in your community. You can help by:

 Handing out leaflets in a busy area  Holding signs outside of stores that sell puppies  Creating a library display  Holding a party fundraiser. If you do not live near a pet store that sells puppies but would like to take action on September 21, you could host a puppy mill party to raise awareness and donations for IDA’s puppy mill campaign.  Get politically active! More than 200 communities across the country have banned the retail sale of dogs and cats. Help to add your town to that growing list by getting involved!

Cruelty can’t stand the spotlight. Please join us along with compassionate people around the country on Puppy Mill Awareness Day to help bring an end to pet stores and puppy mills!

We can assist you and provide suggestions and materials for your event. Please email our Puppy Mill Campaign Director to get started!

Last, please join us for our next webinar – Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Retail Pet Sale Bans on October 2nd at 12pm PT/3pm ET!

Take the next step in your animal advocacy and learn the skills you need to pass laws protecting animals at the local level! This webinar focuses on retail pet sale bans – laws that prohibit pet stores from selling puppies and kittens (and sometimes other animals like rabbits) who are commercially bred. Retail pet sale bans are a powerful way to fight back against puppy mills, and you could pass one in your own community.

REGISTER NOW. Animal Legal Defense Fund Campaigns Manager Elizabeth Holtz will walk you through the steps to pass a ban in your city as well as share tips that can be applied to any local legislative campaign.

All webinars are free and open to the public, but space is limited. A recording of each webinar will be made available after the session.

Did you know that there are over 10,000 legal and illegal dog breeding facilities in the United States? Each year, nearly 200,000 dogs and their babies are used and sold like commodities while millions of adoptable shelter dogs are euthanized.

These facts might be hard to face, but we have a very important message for you:

In Defense of Animals is an animal rights organization dedicated to rescuing as many lives as possible and has just launched a new life-saving campaign—Puppy Mills! Puppy Mill Campaign Director, Carla Wilson has designed the campaign to focus on legislative efforts. Carla is an expert when it comes to making positive and impactful changes for dogs and their guardians.

IDA's End Puppy Mill Campaign will be used as a platform to educate individuals and communities around the United States about the horrors of the puppy mill and pet store industries. Carla's main objectives are to promote the life-saving idea of "Adopt, Don't Shop" and work on legislative initiatives to secure large wins for dogs!

Carla is working diligently with our supporters to add their communities to the growing list of cities that have banned the retail sale of dogs and cats. She is currently working on Puppy Mill Awareness Day, September 21st. Whether it's a Rally 4 Pups held outside stores selling puppies, letters to the editor, or other forms of outreach, the goal of Puppy Mill Awareness Day is to educate the masses and encourage them to adopt from local shelters instead of buying sick and sad puppies from pet stores.

YOU can help us reach these important goals in each state by making one simple donation that will process automatically on a monthly or quarterly basis. You will be a part of a historical movement that will change the way people view and treat animals and begin shutting down puppy mills across the country! And don't worry, you may cancel or update your donation at any time.

Our goal is to welcome 100 new Animal Advocates to our monthly giving program to boost the Puppy Mill Campaign and all of its monumental initiatives.

Join the voices of hundreds of Animal Advocates who take a stand for animals...

The animals and all the dogs suffering in puppy mills RIGHT NOW need your support.

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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