animal abuse, animal rights, animal trade, animal welfare, HSI, legal, Petition, refuge, Refugium, Tierquälerei, Tierrecht, Tierrettung, Tierschutz

One Deal = Heaven or Hell for Millions

Photo: HSI

Photo: HSI

Trade deals between nations can change the fate not only of these nations´s human population but can also make or break the lives of millions of animals.

The more animal welfare groups speak up before all deals are settled, the better the chances are their voices will be heard.

“Currently, the United States lags far behind the EU, where legislation protects farm animals from extreme confinement systems like battery cages and gestation crates. The EU also bans animal testing for cosmetics, but the U.S. still allows this painful and lethal testing. And unfortunately the U.S. and EU continue to legally import and export wildlife — in many cases, from endangered species who are caught, transported, and often killed in the most inhumane ways.

The TTIP agreement could push the U.S. to improve animal welfare standards if it wants to gain greater access to the EU market. It’s a roundabout — but effective — way to improve living conditions for millions of hens, pigs, and cows; ending the suffering of hundreds of thousands of rabbits and mice, and protecting wild animals. In other words, this single trade deal could accomplish the same progress for animals as multiple laws.”

Please read more, sign the petition, reblog, share, spread the news:

https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=31968&ea.tracking.id=email&ea.url.id=290952&forwarded=true

 

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animal welfare, dolphin, Greenpeace, legal, refuge, Refugium, Tierrecht, Tierschutz, whale

A Glimmer of Light at the End of the Tunnel for Whales and Dolphins

Photo: Greenpeacce

Photo: Greenpeacce

Even though the largest part of the earth is covered by water, and most of this water is in the oceans, humans have reduced the safe living space of whales and dolphins so much so, that the chances of becoming extinct has risen dangerously over the past decades.

Most of the time, news from the conferences concerning the exploitation of the oceans is disastrous for the animals. This year, for the first time, the Greenpeace correspondent returned with a bit of positive information.

“The International Whaling Commission met this past week in Portoroz, Slovenia. …

The IWC is extremely polarized, very much like our current Congress. The competing interests of the pro-whaling nations versus the nations prioritizing whale conservation has left this institution in gridlock for years. This year’s multiple gains for whale and dolphin conservation is a fabulous achievement.”

Please read more here

http://greenpeaceblogs.org/2014/09/19/happiness-international-whaling-commission-meeting-first/

 

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Make Birds Feel at Home

Photo: National Wildlife Federation

Photo: National Wildlife Federation

More and more birds are losing their homes due to loss of habitat. The National Audubon Society is painting a bleak picture for the future of birds, telling us, that more and more species will disappear by the year 2050.

Here are some tips to help the birds in your area through the next winter:

  1. “Provide running water. Birds require water year-round. The sound of running water in a birdbath or pond will be heard by birds from some distance, draw them in for a drink, and possibly a quick dip as well.
  2. Clean out birdhouses. Make necessary repairs to birdhouses in preparation for species that roost during fall and winter. In many areas, bluebirds, chickadees, nuthatches and winter wrens may take up nightly residence in birdhouses to keep warm and safe.
  3. Create brush piles. Save your fall clippings of branches and twigs. Then, pile them in a corner of the yard to create cover for birds that prefer habitat on the ground—such as dark-eyed juncos, tree sparrows and white-throated sparrows.
  4. Increase the number of feeders. In the cooler days of fall, birds increase their food consumption and will continue to do so as the temperature drops.
  5. Plant evergreens. Planted near feeders and birdbaths, evergreens are perfect for providing cover for birds after deciduous trees lose their leaves.”

You can learn more about making your back yard a home for birds and other species here

http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Garden-for-Wildlife.aspx?campaignid=WH14F1DSCXX&s_subsrc=Web_Sidebar_CWH_HowToHelp

http://climate.audubon.org

 

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animal welfare, hunting, Jane Goodall Institute, JGI, Refugium, Tierschutz, Wildtierschutz

Being Beautiful Can Be Harmful

Photo: JGI

Photo: JGI

Zoos choose to exhibit animals for a variety of reasons. One of them is beauty. Mandrills, who live in the tropical rainforest of central Africa, have so colorful faces that they stand out against their grey fur. Therefore, they are a big attraction in many zoos. But also people in the central region of Africa like to have them as pets. As with other animals in the wild, catching one means the death of many.

The Jane Goodall Institute not only has a Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Program, but also one for mandrills.

“These bright and colorful primates are often taken from the forest and sold as pets due to their striking appearance and fairly docile nature. This illegal practice, along with other threats such as deforestation and the illegal commercial bushmeat trade – the same threats facing chimpanzees – have critically endangered mandrills.”

To learn more about mandrills please read on here

http://www.janegoodall.org/media/news/tchimpounga-begin-process-release-mandrills

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/mandrill/

 

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animal sanctuary, animal welfare, In Defense of Animals, Petition, Refugium, Tierschutz

Petition: No Hunters in Wildlife Refuge

Photo: In Defense of Animals

Photo: In Defense of Animals

There you are planning a summer trip for your family, looking for great places to enjoy nature and let your children see wildlife in their natural habitat. And then comes the sad awakening: you see hunters wandering through the “refuge” looking for one “great shot”. What do you do? Speak up:

“Wildlife refuges are far from the safe haven the name would imply. In reality, the majority of the 561 publicly owned US wildlife refuges allow hunting and fishing – some even allow trapping. The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is one of the few remaining refuges where hunting is not allowed. However, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which manages refuges, wants to change that and has proposed opening up part of the Otay Mesa and Lakes area inside the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge to allow hunting of wildlife, including deer, rabbits, and birds such as doves, quails, and wild turkeys, in addition to implementing a feral pig monitoring and eradication plan, despite the fact that no feral pigs have been sighted on the Refuge. These horrific activities would be executed if the USFWS’s “Alternative D” plan is implemented.”

Please read more and sign the petition

https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=1714C640B2A1E9F9D62E353700279F38.app262b?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2637&autologin=true&AddInterest=1022

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Cows Living Happily Ever After?

Photo: Mother Jones

Photo: Mother Jones

With the evolvement from meat eaters to vegetarians some of these vegetarians have started thinking about going vegan due to the torturous situation of milk cows and the short-lived life of male calves. But even with all the guilt felt when drinking a glass of milk or biting into a piece of raw milk camembert cheese most vegetarians still cannot give up cow milk all together. Taking a look at the holy cows in India, some believe that selling milk and letting a cow live her life until her natural end should not be a paradoxon.

“If you don’t eat beef because you feel sorry for those cows in Chick-fil-A ads, then you probably shouldn’t drink milk either. The typical male calf born to a dairy cow becomes veal. The typical female is milked for five years—a quarter of her natural lifetime—then sent to the abattoir to become pet food or low-grade hamburger meat. Elsie the Cow, Borden Dairy Company’s famous cartoon logo, is smiling only because she doesn’t realize that she’s about to get euthanized with a cattle gun.

Yet if you’re an ethical vegetarian who still can’t bear to give up milk, you now have another option: slaughter-free dairy, which comes from farms where cows never get killed.”

Please continue to read here

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/07/downside-no-kill-dairies

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animal abuse, animal sanctuary, animal welfare, Loewe, Refugium, release, saved for now, say no to animals in entertainment, Tierrettung, Tierschutz, Vier Pfoten

Freiheit für Löwen – von Holland nach Südafrika

Foto: Vier Pfoten

Foto: Vier Pfoten

Foto: Vier Pfoten

Foto: Vier Pfoten

Foto: Vier Pfoten

Foto: Vier Pfoten

Solche Nachrichten sind zwar selten, aber machen immer Mut, sich weiter für Tiere in solchen Notsituationen einzusetzen:

“Gypsy, Simba, Nora, Neida, Pregan und Kongo haben es geschafft: Die sechs Löwen aus der niederländischen Rettungsstation FELIDA sind wohlbehalten in unserem Großkatzenrefugium LIONSROCK angekommen. Am 3. Juli haben wir sie in ihrem neuen Zuhause freigelassen.

Die sechs Löwen haben eine bewegte Vergangenheit: Bevor sie in die Rettungsstation FELIDA kamen, die 2013 von VIER PFOTEN übernommen wurde, mussten sie im Zirkus Kunststücke vorführen oder führten ein trauriges Dasein im Zoo.

Dank der Unterstützung vieler Tierfreunde können Gypsy, Simba, Nora, Neida, Pregan und Kongo in LIONSROCK nun leben wie richtige Löwen. Die weite Reise von Holland nach Südafrika haben sie gut überstanden; bereits nach wenigen Schritten in ihrem neuen Zuhause zeigte sich, dass sich die sechs hier sehr wohl fühlen.

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Mehr über diese Löwen erfahren Sie hier

http://www.vier-pfoten.de/projekte/grosskatzen/lionsrock/aktuell/endlich-afrika/

 

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