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Who Want Bears in Florida?

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It seems only hunters want bears in Florida. The lobby for the animals in Florida had a chance in court, but lost. So this year the bears will have no protection from those who kill for pleasure.

There is a chance the appeals court will vote differently, but there is “bearly” any time left. Please speak up for the bears and help them survive in Florida.

You can read more here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/11/us/floridas-bears-go-from-brink-of-extinction-to-rifles-crosshairs.html?_r=0

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-bear-hunt-court-hearing-20151001-story.html

http://www.speakupwekiva.com/Stop_the_Black_Bear_Hunt.html

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Animals in Court

What approach to changing how humans treat animals is more effective: appealing to the conscience and hearts of humans not to hurt other beings or changing the laws so that other beings besides humans have the same legal status? Here is a group of lawyers fighting in court for the rights of animals:

“A legal team from the Nonhuman Rights Project argued on their behalf of Hercules and Leo — two chimpanzee plaintiffs wrongly imprisoned inside a SUNY animal experimentation laboratory – in a New York Supreme Court. Here are some of the news reports of Hercules’ and Leo’s historic day in court:

For a general overview of the proceedings, follow this link for a short Fox News TV report.

Wired magazine focuses on the fact that Justice Barbara Jaffe decided to call both sides into court for a hearing at all. It quotes me as telling reporters after the hearing that the fact that she held a full hearing represents a victory in itself. “Many human beings have these kinds of hearings,” I said. “Chimpanzees are now being treated like all the other autonomous beings of this world.”

Wired also takes note of how the judge challenged New York Assistant Attorney General Christopher Coulston’s argument that there’s no precedent for a case like this. It is the very essence of the common law, she said, that it “evolves according to new discoveries and social mores.” And so, she asked, “Isn’t it incumbent on judiciaries to at least consider whether a class of beings may be granted a right?”

The New York Times quotes me telling the court that chimpanzees “are the kinds of beings who can remember the past and plan ahead for the future, which is one of the reasons imprisoning a chimp is at least as bad, and maybe worse, than imprisoning a person.” They are enough like humans that they should have a right to “bodily liberty,” even if other rights, like voting or freedom of religion, are beyond them.

The Guardian also takes up the scientific evidence presented by the Nonhuman Rights Project, citing the voluminous research on “chimpanzee intelligence, emotions and consciousness” and noting that Hercules and Leo are “autonomous and self-determining beings.”

Courthouse News picks up on the parallel that the Nonhuman Rights Project draws between the imprisonment of chimpanzees and human slavery, adding that Coulston “bristled” at the comparison. “This language of animals as slaves is exactly what I’m talking about of the slippery slope,” he said, arguing that the case could open up the possibility of court cases on the rights of zoo animals, farmed animals, and even pets.”

Here are the links to more information:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/4260819425001/should-chimpanzees-have-the-same-legal-rights-as-humans/?playlist_id=921261890001#sp=show-clips

http://www.wired.com/2015/05/chimpanzee-rights-get-day-court/

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/nyregion/arguing-in-court-whether-2-chimps-have-the-right-to-bodily-liberty.html?_r=0

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/27/chimpanzee-animals-rights-new-york-court

http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/05/27/unprecedented-hearing-on-habeas-for-chimps.htm

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/05/27/410058029/research-chimps-get-their-day-in-court-in-new-york

http://www.wsj.com/articles/chimps-get-their-day-in-court-in-n-y-personhood-hearing-1432756362

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Circus for Humans Only

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More and more people no longer associate circus with watching animals pressured into abnormal behavior but love to see other humans perform amazing, daring, funny, and beautiful acts.

If you want to be amazed by a wild animal there are many ways to do this without harming this creature.

“We welcome the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ recent vote to ban the use of wild and exotic animals in performances for entertainment.

The ban was approved and applies to circuses, backyard birthday parties and filming of movies and television shows. San Francisco is just one of many cities around the country that are increasingly making animal welfare a priority by keeping animals out of circuses.

Every day, animals suffer in the name of entertainment. They are snatched from their natural habitats and forced into captivity where they are often subjected to abuse – both mentally and physically. All of this happens behind the scenes, so the public is usually unaware that any of this suffering goes on.”

You can read more about this here:

http://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/news/big-win-wild-animals-san-francisco

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/21/us-usa-circus-california-idUSKBN0NC2G720150421

http://www.worldanimalfoundation.org/earth-and-animals-magazine/2015/4/SAN-FRANCISCO-LEADS-THE-WAY-IN-BANNING-ANIMAL-ENTERTAINMENT

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What Do Taxes Have to Do With Animal Abuse?

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Many important projects are funded with taxes: streets and parks, schools and universities, emergency clinics and  … experiments on animals. You can argue that some experiments are necessary to save human lives, but once you learn more about these experiments you will most certainly come to the conclusion that this is not what you want to pay for.

“Just in time for tax week, the White Coat Waste Movement has launched an explosive new exposé from Executive Producer Glenn Beck against the government’s $12 billion+ forced taxpayer-funded animal experimentation budget. And we’re airing it on national cable TV right now!

Follow this link to watch our unprecedented new investigation from Executive Producer Glenn Beck. See what the taxpayer-funded animal abusers don’t want you to know about.

For animal experimenters, tax day is even better than Christmas Day. Every April 15, we’re forced to pay over $12 billion in taxes for painful and worthless government animal experiments on dogs, cats, primates, and other animals.”

You can read more here:

http://www.whitecoatwaste.com/the-animal-experiment-debate/

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Greyhounds: Running for Their Life

photo: GREY2K USA

photo: GREY2K USA

Dog racing seems so old fashioned for those of us who think of it as torturous. But sadly, there still are people out there who have no idea that this is not entertainment and certainly no fun for the animals.

“There is a bill that will help greyhounds now moving through the House and we need Florida residents to send a strong message for all members to Vote Yes on House Bill 1233. Click here for instructions:” http://www.grey2kusa.org/eNEWS/G2K-040915.html

If you live in Florida or know someone who lives there please help, share and spread the word.

https://www.change.org/p/let-s-end-greyhound-racing-nationwide

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Sea Creatures and Their Hearing

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Noise pollution is not only an issue above the water but more and more below the water, too. Many creatures of the oceans have had to adapt to the interference of noise but not always successfully. A new threat is the seismic blasting that takes place in several different regions of the Atlantic. Warnings have come up over the past few years, but so far no one has stepped up and stopped this new torture on animals.

Since “Companies are lining up to begin seismic blasting in the Atlantic. This precursor to offshore oil drilling subjects the marine environment to dynamite-like sound blasts that can go on for weeks on end. The result? As many as 138,000 dolphins and whales could suffer injury or possibly even death.”

You can read more here: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2015/150305.asp http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/02/140228-atlantic-seismic-whales-mammals/ http://oceana.org/publications/reports/deaf-whale-dead-whale-seismic-airgun-testing-oil-and-gas-threatens-marine-life

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Must Beauty and Cosmetics Equal Animal Torture? No!

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More and more countries are rethinking their policies on testing products, whether old or new ones, on animals. This is leading to changes in the law – luckily in favor of the animals. The European Union – all 28 countries – has banned testing on animals for cosmetics. And more are following suit.

“New Zealand just became the first Australasian country to ban cosmetics animal testing. Earlier this week, an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act was passed, reflecting the nation’s desire for humane beauty products.”

You can read more about this here:

http://www.hsi.org/news/press_releases/2015/03/NZ_cosmetic_animal_testing_ban033115.html

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/countries-that-have-banned-cosmetics-animal-testing/

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