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Snakes Need a Lobby, too

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There are people who ‘love’ snakes, especially those that are large and dangerous. Once they own them they very often have no idea how to care for their new pet. But already before these animals get into the hands of their new owners they often have undergone a horrendous odyssey.

So these animals need a lobby: they need to stay in their original home, not being captured and dragged to a place where they do not belong:

“In 2012, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed four out of nine large constrictor snakes as injurious under the Lacey Act, which stopped the interstate commerce in these species as pets. Now, the USFWS is deciding whether to add the remaining five species to this list, including boa constrictors and reticulated pythons which represent most of the deadly snakes in the trade.

Large constrictor snakes are dangerous and suffer immensely from neglect during transportation in the pet trade. In several areas, they have become established as an invasive species after being released by irresponsible pet owners and have wiped out native birds and mammals.

Please let the agency know that a ban on all large constrictor snakes is the humane, sensible, and economical thing to do»


Please sign the petition at;jsessionid=44124BDC8EDCB786669EFF6355732BF7.app337b?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=6549&autologin=true&s_src=em_ha063014#.U7G93hb-rwI


Learn more about The Humane Society of the United States here


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Live Animals: Give-Aways?

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Carnivals and amusement centers have been around for decades, if not for centuries. Strangely, some in this day and time still believe they need live animals to enhance the experience:

“DRS Skinners’ Amusements Inc., a company that supplies carnival entertainment in Illinois, reportedly doles out hermit crabs and goldfish as booth prizes. We asked the owners to do away with animal giveaways, but to no apparent avail. Your voice is needed now!

Hermit crabs in nature travel in large groups, avoiding humans, and can live up to 40 years. But when held in captivity—even if provided with fully equipped aquariums that meet their vast physical requirements—they usually die before reaching the age of 4. Peddled like trinkets, confined, roughly handled, improperly fed, and eventually forgotten, hermit crabs are doomed from the moment they’re stolen from the wild. And experts agree that fish are also highly sentient and complex animals whose welfare must always be considered. They, too, require a sizable tank, environmental controls, regular cleaning of aquariums, and ample enrichment. Most “prize winners” are hardly prepared for such a commitment, and the animals suffer as a result.

Please urge DRS Skinners’ Amusements Inc. to end animal giveaways immediately, then forward this alert far and wide!

Call or send polite comments to:

DRS Skinners’ Amusements Inc.
P.O. Box 949
Crystal Lake, IL 60039

Here is an example letter:

Dear Skinners Amusements decision makers,

people love to be entertained and carnivals always are a big favorite. Big smiles can been seen everywhere.
Do you need to give animals away to enhance the experience? I am certain your entertainment is so much fun that you do not need to put animals in misery to achieve your goal of bringing laughter and fun to the people coming to you for entertainment.
Please find other give-aways than live animals, creatures are too valuable than to be given away.
Thank you for making your carnival experiences a pleasurable entertainment for everyone.
You can
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Celebrate Independence Day Humanely

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A very strange way of entertaining people on Independence Day is being planned in Bel Air, Maryland:

“Each year, frogs and turtles are taken from their natural habitats and cruelly subjected to “Frog Jumping” and “Turtle Derby” games at Bel Air Independence Day. They are surrounded by screaming crowds, roughly handled, and relentlessly goaded into making their way across a dry, dusty slab of concrete. This chaotic ordeal would obviously be terrifying for both frogs and turtles, who view humans as predators, and it is potentially harmful as well. Frogs can have respiratory problems since they breathe through their skin and therefore must remain clean and moist—one local conservationist even stated that “a lot of frogs get injured in the jump.” And because of their slow metabolism, turtles can take weeks or even months to heal from injuries. Your voice is needed!

Please urge the Bel Air Independence Day Committee to cancel these cruel events permanently and replace them with activities that don’t involve live animals. And please forward this alert widely!

Don Stewart, President and Chair
Bel Air Independence Day Committee

Michael Blum, Vice President and CEO
Bel Air Independence Day Committee

Here is an example letter:

Dear Bel Air Independence Day Organizers,

it would be wonderful to hear that this year’s festivities will be a pleasure not only for humans but also for those creatures who cannot speak up for themselves.
It has come to my attention that there might be some events planned involving live animals (“Frog Jumping”, “Turtle Derby”). This might have been an attraction in times when people did not know better, but nowadays we are aware of how much, pain, anxiety, cruelty and sometimes even death  is involved to creatures who should have nothing to do with such an event.
I am certain that you are able to find some humane entertainment and can do without cruelty towards animals.
Thank you for stopping this torture event and enjoy celebrating Independence Day in style without live animals involved.
Your name
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Kefan´s New Home

Kefan. Photo: Jane Goodall Institute

Kefan. Photo: Jane Goodall Institute

The Jane Goodall Institute is well-known for there exemplary research, rehabilitation, and rescue programs of chimpanzees.

Here is a report on one of the chimpanzees, Kefan:

“Kefan is a male chimpanzee who lives at JGI’s Tchimpounga sanctuary in the Republic of Congo. Recently, Kefan made an exciting move from the current, over-crowded santuary site to Tchibebe Island, one of three lush, forested island habitats JGI is readying for the transfer of over 100 chimpanzees.

Kefan is extremely gentle and calm, and it is these characteristics that made him an excellent candidate for release onto Tchibebe. Kefan is now able to roam the forest of Tchibebe with other chimpanzees, climbing trees and foraging for food in a completely safe environment.

The only individual who is not so happy about Kefan’s move is Kefan’s friend, Yoko. Yoko is a shy, low-ranking chimpanzee who frequently looks to his friend Kefan for protection when the other chimpanzees in their group got a bit too rambunctious. Generous Kefan would also often share food with Yoko. But now, with Yoko still living at the old sanctuary site, they are separated.

Happily, once Tchibebe is prepared for the release of more chimpanzees, Yoko will be reunited with his buddy Kefan once again.”

You can read more about Kefan at

You can learn more about the Jane Goodall Institute at

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Two Success Stories in the Flight Against Animal Cruelty. Thank you, PeTA!

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Today is a good day for all who work hard to fight against animal cruelty. Here are two stories that show it pays off to speak up and help those who cannot help themselves:

“You may remember that in late 2012, a two-month PETA investigation of rodent and reptile breeder and dealer Global Captive Breeders, LLC (GCB), led authorities to conduct the largest animal rescue in California history. Acting on evidence gathered by PETA, officials discovered nearly 16,000 rats and mice and more than 600 reptiles languishing in waste-filled cages at GCB, many of them starving, injured, gravely ill, and/or with no access to water.

PETA’s investigator revealed shocking and routine neglect, including that scores of rats drowned because of a faulty watering system, some died of dehydration, and reptiles slowly wasted away over the course of weeks as a result of systemic deprivation. The investigator also documented that employees killed rats by freezing them alive, shooting them with a BB gun, and slamming them against walls, shelves, and other hard surfaces. After conducting what is to this day the largest rescue of neglected rats in U.S. history, local authorities arrested Mitch Behm and David Delgado, the owner and former manager of GCB, respectively, and charged each of them with more than 100 counts of felony cruelty to animals.

Late last month, both men were sentenced after previously pleading guilty in Riverside County Superior Court and being convicted of cruelty to animals. Behm was sentenced to five years of formal probation and must pay more than $190,000 in restitution to PETA and the city of Lake Elsinore for costs associated with the investigation and the rescue of thousands of suffering animals from the facility. Delgado pleaded guilty to a dozen felony counts of cruelty to animals and was sentenced to 180 days in the sheriff’s custody and five years of formal probation. While nothing can undo the misery that thousands of rats and reptiles endured at GCB, the court’s prohibition on acquiring any animals as part of their sentences will help ensure that no more animal victims will suffer at Behm’s or Delgado’s hands.”

Case no. two:

“The second case involved a series of horrific fetish videos that were being sold online. In them, puppies, kittens, rabbits, mice, and other animals were being tortured in ways that would make even the most hard-hearted person sick. In one, a woman slashed the neck and throat of a puppy before beheading the struggling animal with a meat cleaver. Through some skillful sleuthing by PETA staff and help from the Animal Beta Project, we determined that the alleged producers of the videos lived in Houston, and just two days after PETA contacted the Houston Police Department with the evidence, officers arrested two suspects believed to be involved and charged them with animal torture.

In a court decision handed down in late May, one of those who reportedly admitted to killing hundreds of animals over the years, Ashley Richards, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of cruelty to animals. Co-defendant Brent Justice’s case is still pending in the courts, and the district attorney who prosecuted Richards’ case has now vowed to “fight at the next legislative session to increase the punishment range for this offense to better protect these animals.”

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Petition: Pigs Want Out

pig tortured to death. Photo: PeTA

pig tortured to death. Photo: PeTA

For those who still eat meat it should become more and more important to know where their food comes from. And for those who no longer support this violence against innocent creatures it is still a necessity to know what is happening and urging others to stay informed so that eventually there is a chance of ending these hellish conditions.

“In PETA’s latest undercover investigation, lame pigs were found languishing, mother pigs, some with sores, were confined to crates so small that they couldn’t even turn around, and injured animals were relegated to a “junk pen” before being shipped to their deaths.

The facility documented here is the beginning for the animals who become bacon, pork chops, and sausage. It is the first place where pigs suffer before they and generations of their piglets are shipped off to be dismembered. Their bodies and spirits are broken, and they need your help.

Please join (…) in contacting Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and asking him and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pursue more funding for slaughterhouse inspections that would make pigs’—and many other animals’—deaths less terrifying and painful.”

You can find the petition here

You can learn more about pigs and their life in misery here

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Victory! Thank You, Singapore Airlines

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Here is some great news:

“GOOD NEWS – Well done Singapore Airlines – Thank you all for kind support.
I have good news today – (Please share) Thank you Singapore Airlines!

Mail from Mr Nicholas Lonides. Please continue to support the Singapore Airlines – IMHO – the best in the world!

Dear Dr Aw,

Please allow me to introduce myself; I head up Public Affairs here at Singapore Airlines. I understand you have written to us in the past about the carriage of shark fin on our flights. I am following up today to let you know that SIA Cargo has been carrying out a thorough review, taking into account the increasing concerns around the world related to shark finning. With effect from 1 August it will no longer accept the carriage of shark fin.

On behalf of Singapore Airlines, I wish to thank you for your longstanding support.

Kind regards,

Nick ========== Nicholas Ionides Vice President Public Affairs”

You can write a thank-you note to Singapore Airlines here

You can read more about sharks and their fins at

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Gala for Mercy for Animals

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If you should be in the Los Angeles area on September 12th, 2014, you could spend a phantastic evening with some wonderful animal lovers in honor of Mercy for Animals:

“Celebrate animals and their heroic advocates at Mercy For Animals’ 15th Anniversary Gala. Held at The London West Hollywood on Friday September 12, 2014, this black-tie event commemorates Mercy For Animals’ 15 years of groundbreaking work saving lives and winning major victories for farmed animals. Enjoy a celebrity-studded awards show, delicious vegan dinner, silent auction, and more.”

You can read more about this event at

You can learn more about Mercy for Animals at


Conference Take Action for Animals

You can still attend! It’s one of the best places to meet likeminded people.

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For those of you in the Washington, DC, area or those able to get there by June 27th, 2014, you can still join the Take Action for Animals conference.
Date: June 27th – June 30th, 2014

It is one of the most informative conferences on all animal welfare and animal rights topics in the US and a great place to meet and connect with like-minded people.

To find out more about this conference and to register please go to

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Conference Take Action for Animals


For those of you in the Washington, DC, area or those able to get there by June 27th, 2014, you can still join the Take Action for Animals conference.
Date: June 27th – June 30th, 2014

It is one of the most informative conferences on all animal welfare and animal rights topics in the US and a great place to meet and connect with like-minded people.

To find out more about this conference and to register please go to