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Good News: TripAdvisor Will Stop Selling Tickets to Some of the Cruelest Tourist Activities

There was a time when it was believed that dolphins enjoyed swimming with humans. That might have been true when the animals were able to swim with someone by choice but being held captive to perform this kind of action is cruel and inhumane.

There also might have been a time when elephants would have helped a human by letting this person sit on their back. But being forced to carry tourists around has nothing to do with choice or pleasure or freedom.

And to believe that baby tigers would willingly leave their mothers to sit on a tourist’s lap is either very naive or worse.

Trip Advisor has listened. The company will stop supporting this kind of cruelty.

You can read more here:

https://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/news/tripadvisor-stop-selling-tickets-some-worlds-cruelest-tourist-activities?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=us_wine&utm_content=general_supporters_27_october_2016_1700

You can write to Trip Advisor and tell them how much you appreciate their decision:

https://www.tripadvisorsupport.com/hc/en-us

 

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Good News: Trip Advisor Will Stop Supporting Cruel Wildlife Experiences

There is strength in numbers. The more people sign petitions and speak up against animal cruelty, the better chances are that those involved will listen:

“TripAdvisor announced they will stop selling tickets to cruel wildlife experiences where tourists have direct physical contact with captive wild animals.

As the world’s largest travel site, the influence TripAdvisor has on the industry is immense and the impact they can have for animals is enormous. This is a significant step towards ending elephant rides, tiger selfies, swimming with dolphins and other forms of cruel tourist entertainment.

The power of the people

Over the past six months, more than 558,000 supporters across the world including around 70,000 Australians called upon TripAdvisor to stop profiting from the sale of tickets to cruel wildlife tourist attractions. And they listened!

In addition to ceasing the sale of tickets we will work with TripAdvisor as they establish an animal education portal on their website to help millions of tourists become aware of the cruelties wild animals face for tourism entertainment.

There is more work to be done

Sadly, however, certain venues that involve animal suffering where direct contact doesn’t occur will still be bookable via TripAdvisor or its Viator brand.”

There is more work to be done, so please keep spreading the word on animal awareness, thank you!

https://www.worldanimalprotection.org.au/wildlife-not-entertainers

TripAdvisor Garners Rave Reviews for New Ethical Policies

 

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Good News:Virtual Reality Surgical System Replaces Practice with Live Pigs

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Technologies in many fields are advancing at an ever faster pace. Some of these save lives, and some of these also save lives of animals in a different ways.

Many doctors had to do their training on live animals, but now there are some fascinating replacement technologies that not only save human lives but also the lives of other beings.

Obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) doctors-in-training at renowned Rush University Medical Center in Chicago will no longer practice surgical procedures on live pigs. Thanks to a collaboration between the hospital and PETA, medical residents will now train on a state-of-the-art virtual reality surgical system.

“The surgical experience of our residents takes a huge leap forward as we move toward a more humane and effective method of simulation training,” said Dr. Xavier Pombar, the OB/GYN residency director at Rush University. “Representatives from PETA have worked steadfastly with our department toward this goal. I cannot thank them enough for their efforts.”

Now this news has to spread so that more doctors can learn without harming other beings.

You can learn more here:

http://www.peta.org/blog/obgyn-residents-trade-practice-live-pigs-high-tech-simulators/?utm_campaign=063016%20OBGYN%20Residents%20Trade%20Practice%20Live%20Pigs%20High%20Tech%20Simulators&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

http://www.pcrm.org/media/online/may2016/hennepin-county-live-sheep-for-medial-training

http://www.rushu.rush.edu/education-and-training/rush-center-clinical-skills-and-simulation

https://www.digitalfrog.com

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Orcas at Sea World

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One of the big news of the last couple of days is Sea World’s news release saying the end of orcas in Sea World is near. The promise is that no more breeding will take place at Sea World and that no new whales will be caught from the wild to be presented at any of Sea World’s parks. Additionally, orcas shows will be “phased out”, as CEO Joe Manby from Sea World promised.

The pressure on Sea World has increased dramatically since the release of the movie “Blackfish” to stop all orca programs and to release all captive orcas back into the wild.

Joe Manby states that setting the orcas free who have lived all or most of their lives in captivity would most certainly lead to their deaths since they would not know how to survive in the wild.

It is to be hoped that Sea World will stick to all their promises and commit themselves to rescue missions instead of animal captivity.

You can read more here:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0317-manby-sea-world-orca-breeding-20160317-story.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/seaworld-end-breeding-program-orca-whales-n540646

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Pesticides Kill

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Animal testing remains the method for scientists to allegedly ensure the safety of products used by human beings. We are still a long way from eliminating these standards, but here is some good news towards the goal of an end to testing on animals:

“After discussions with PETA’s scientists, the Canadian government is ending its requirement that dogs be exposed to pesticides in year-long tests. During those tests, beagles were force-fed food laced with pesticides or were made to inhale pesticide fumes for a year, then killed and dissected. At PETA’s urging, the U.S ended this same test in 2007, and the European Union followed suit in 2013.”

You can read more here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/health-canada-animal-testing-1.3476090

http://www.vice.com/read/these-adorable-beagles-will-no-longer-be-killed-and-dissected-for-pesticide-testing-in-canada

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Selling Something Is not the Animal’s Job

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When animals are used in commercials they are supposed to sell the product. And this usually works quite well, otherwise the industry would have stopped this many years ago. But people are becoming more and more critical to this use (and often abuse) of other beings. So here is some good news:

After more than 51,000 supporters wrote to GEICO with complaints about its recent commercial featuring a chimpanzee “actor,” the company has promised never again to feature chimpanzees and other great apes in its commercials! Moreover, the ad agency that created the commercial, The Martin Agency, has pledged to leave chimpanzees and all other great apes out of its future campaigns. With this compassionate decision, The Martin Agency joins a growing list of top ad agencies—including BBDO, Grey Group, TBWA, McCann Erickson, J. Walter Thompson, and Y&R—that have also agreed not to use great apes in ad campaigns.”

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A Landmark Moment for Animal Rights

Please share this news. The more people hear about decisions like these the better the chances are that other nations will copy these animal-friendly actions.

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Europe decides rabbits are more important than eyeshadow

This is welcome news, long overdue. Let’s hope the US will follow suit and the rest of the world will catch up. I long for the day when ALL animal testing is history.

The European Union is scheduled to ban all animal-tested products next month, but the rest of the world hasn’t followed suit. This is a landmark moment for animal rights’ activists.

It’s common knowledge that much of the cosmetic and personal care industry tests products on animals. Despite advances in technology, animal experiments are still particularly cruel—and surprisingly ineffective in determining a product’s safety. That’s why the European Union recently announced that after years of delays, it’s finally banning the import and sale of all animal-tested products and ingredients, starting March 11.

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