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A Merger Perfect for Valentine’s Day

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There are many animal welfare organizations all over the world. And the numbers are – luckily – rising. And then there came this news: Two organizations in Washington, DC have decided to go the other way, they are merging into one. Thereby they will combine their strengths, their resources, their efforts, and together will be become stronger. A perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, because we all are stronger together.

“We have some very exciting news to share as we announce that the Washington Animal Rescue League and the Washington Humane Society are merging together to create one single, unified organization.

For over a hundred years, the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) and the Washington Humane Society (WHS) have collaborated to benefit the animals and people in the District of Columbia. Each of these outstanding organizations has a set of excellent programs and services to help rescue and protect animals, and to enrich the lives of the people who love and care for them. As we have collaborated more over the past decade, we have become more alike with regard to our philosophies and practices.

Both organizations have been on the leading edge of what are now considered best practices in the field of animal welfare, with customer- and animal-centric adoption policies; a strong commitment to saving lives; care assistance for pet owners in need; and a collaborative and open approach with community partners.

As we continued to grow and evolve, it became very apparent that we could expand our impact and reach if we created one dynamic, industry-leading animal welfare organization in the Nation’s Capital. In doing so, we would create something truly unique: the nation’s first end-to-end animal welfare organization in any major city.

As we announce this merger, our shared vision is finally a reality.

• Together, we will run every major animal welfare program in the nation’s capital, from rescue and adoption to animal control to humane law enforcement, low-cost vet care, spay-neuter services, behavior and training, humane education, and more.
• Together, we will be able to profoundly strengthen the safety net for animals in our region, offer subsidized vet care to every family in need, provide citywide behavior training to keep pets and families together, expand our spay-neuter efforts to end pet overpopulation, and protect every animal in our area from cruelty and harm.
• Most importantly, we can now create a unified vision, backed by powerful and creative programs, to establish a model urban community for all animals – pets and wildlife alike – and the people who love them.

Please join us in celebrating this historic moment in animal welfare. We are excited for what the future holds and look forward to sharing many more years of success with you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you, our devoted supporters and friends, for having done so much to make this day possible. We look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead to create a bright future for the people and animals of the national Capital region.”

You can read more here:

http://www.warl.org

http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aboutus

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When Laws Change in Favor of Animals, There is Hope

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In most legal systems of the world animals are still “things” and not beings. Even though this has not (yet) changed in the United States, it is a big step in this direction when animal cruelty is to be a treated as a crime by the FBI. This includes only companion animals, for now. Mary Lou Randour, a psychologist who started the fight for this change, is to be applauded for her consistent push that has significantly paved the path towards success.

You can read more here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/01/06/a-big-win-for-animals-the-fbi-now-tracks-animal-abuse-like-it-tracks-homicides/?postshare=1381452806388458&tid=ss_tw-bottom

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Good News: NIH Will Stop Torture of Monkeys

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Several petitions concerning the abhorrent abuse of baby monkeys were available all through this year. PeTA had brought to light the continued cruelty towards baby monkeys who were taken away from their mothers for experimentation. These studies had been going on for decades with no new information being found during the last decade.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have declared an end to these atrocious experiments, this news being confirmed by congressman Brendan Boyle.

PeTA is now discussing with the NIH when and where the monkeys will be released and retired.

You can read more and sign the petition on retiring the monkeys here:

http://investigations.peta.org/nih-baby-monkey-experiments/

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/nih-send-chimpanzees-sanctuary/?utm_campaign=121115%20VICTORY%20NIH%20Maternal%20Deprivation%20Program%20Ends&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

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Elephants and Endless Agonies

Many studies have been made on elephants, elephants in the wild as well as elephants in captivity. All have proven how intelligent, social, loving, caring, and emotional elephants mostly are. And how depressed they can get when deprived of their basic needs for well being.

Elephants will help their kin when in need, elephants will come to the rescue when they see another one hurting. They will stay with their dead, mourning vigilantly.

Knowing all of these facts, it is even more appalling what some of these beings have to live through. In Japan, there is Hanako. Hanako has been living in a concrete prison for over 61 years. In the United States, Nosey has been forced to “perform” even though she visibly shows signs of pain and has not been treated for the severe arthritis in her joints. Lucky, also in the United States, has been in captivity since 1962 and has been forced to stand on concrete floors most of her life.

All these stories could have a happy ending. All these elephants could be brought to one of the amazing elephants sanctuaries there are. One of them is the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. This sanctuary has already agreed to take in Nosey if her owner would only let her go.

There are many other sanctuaries around the world. The animals would all be better off if only they could get there.

Please read more and share:

https://www.thedodo.com/hanako-japan-elephant-61-years-1473985023.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/congress-action-nosey/

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/the-stories-of-4-elephants-in-captivity-and-how-you-can-help/

https://www.elephants.com/meetElephants.php

http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/

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Animals and the Law

It is hard to say what needs to be done first to change the plight of animals: change the human behavior by raising awareness or changing laws according to scientifically based research studies indicating that animals are beings, not things.

The Nonhuman Rights Project believes in the law and has gone to court to fight for the rights of two chimpanzees:

“The New York County Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe issued a 33-page decision in the case of the chimpanzees Hercules and Leo. They are being held in captivity in a Stony Brook University laboratory.

Justice Jaffe denied habeas corpus relief to Hercules and Leo only because, as she wrote, “for now” she is bound by the intermediate appellate court decision in Tommy’s case, which we have placed before the Court of Appeals—New York’s highest Court— seeking further review.

As with Tommy’s and Kiko’s cases, the legal battle will continue as our chimpanzee plaintiffs continue to suffer in captivity the way any self-aware, autonomous being would.

What Justice Jaffe’s decision does is allow us to appeal the decision to First Department which, unlike Justice Jaffe, is not bound by the decision of the Third Department in Tommy’s case.

As we work on what will be a prompt appeal of the decision, we’re pleased also to tell you that:

  • One, Justice Jaffe’s decision was thoughtful and comprehensive. We thank her for so carefully examining our arguments and for having granted the historic Order to Show Cause that compelled the Attorney General’s office to appear in court on May 27th to justify Hercules and Leo’s detention at Stony Brook.
  • Two, Justice Jaffe agreed that the NhRP had standing to litigate on behalf of Hercules and Leo. Indeed, she rejected one by one all the procedural barriers the Attorney General of New York attempted to place before her. She also rejected the argument that “opening the floodgates” to lawsuits on behalf of other nonhuman animals (also known as the “slippery slope” argument) was a sufficient reason for denying relief to Hercules and Leo and refused to follow the appellate decision handed down in Kiko’s case (which is also before the Court of Appeals for further review on our request).
  • Three, she concluded her decision on what we see as a sympathetic, positive note: ´Efforts to extend legal rights to chimpanzees are thus understandable; some day they may even succeed.´We encourage you to read the entire decision and share this news with your friends and fellow nonhuman animal advocates.”

You can read more here:

http://www.nonhumanrightsproject.org

Click to access Judge-Jaffes-Decision-7-30-15.pdf

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Chimpanzees Who Are Not (Yet) Safe Through Laws Need Help

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photo:International New York Times

The news about the day in court for two chimpanzees (see Animals in Court) coincides with the story of 66 chimpanzees being abandoned in Liberia. These chimpanzees had been used by an American company but have been left behind to fend for themselves.

“This year, the New York Blood Center (NYBC) abandoned more than sixty chimpanzees that it had used in research and testing for decades. These animals, located in Liberia — a country on the west coast of Africa — are now in danger of dehydration or starvation and need our help.

In the 1970’s, NYBC worked with the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research to create Vilab II — a laboratory that obtained and bred chimpanzees for use in research and testing. Once NYBC decided that the chimpanzees were no longer needed for research, it was determined that they would be permanently retired on islands near the lab in Monrovia, Liberia. The chimps still live there today and are completely reliant on humans for their survival, as there is no natural fresh water supply throughout the year, nor enough food.

As The New York Times recently reported, NYBC withdrew all funding and oversight for these chimpanzees in early March, despite previously committing to a lifetime of care.Since then, the situation has quickly deteriorated. The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International have given emergency funding to help provide food and water for the chimpanzees and several dedicated individuals on the ground are doing what they can to help these chimpanzees survive.”

Please read more and sign the petition:

https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=6921

http://www.vice.com/video/the-lab-apes-of-liberia

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/science/chimpanzees-liberia-new-york-blood-center.html

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Sea Lion Saved from Streets of San Francisco

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Sometimes, it simply is a wonderful feeling to see some good news in the world of animal awareness.

Here is a story that shows you there are some good moments in life – in this case especially in the life of this sea lion.

“It’s not unusual to see a sea lion in San Francisco. For more than 25 years, California sea lions have been frequent visitors to San Francisco’s PIER 39, hauling out on the floating docks by the hundreds.

What is unusual, however, is to see a sea lion haul out of the water at a marina and cross the busy streets of San Francisco. But that’s exactly what happened last week when a sea lion pup found himself lost in San Francisco’s Marina District.

Luckily for this lost pup, he didn’t get far before the San Francisco Police Department arrived on the scene to keep him out of harm’s way until The Marine Mammal Center’s trained rescue team could bring him back to our hospital for care.”

Watch the video here:

http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/about-us/News-Room/2015-news-archives/rubbish.html#video

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Saving Lives With a Click

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photo: Korie Marshall

Signing petitions can save lives:

“The “Valemount dogs” Max, Zeus, Rango, and Timber were all spared from euthanization and adopted into loving homes.”

You can read more here:

http://www.therockymountaingoat.com/2015/01/new-lease-on-life-shoot-out-dogs-valemount-beuhler/

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Saving One Elephant at a Time

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photo: PeTA

In the last weeks we have heard news about some circuses thinking about retiring their elephants – but not before 2018. That means three more long years imprisoned and tortured for “entertainment”. Most zoos should at least follow suit since most of them are not capable of caring adequately for the lives of those imprisoned in their care. And some elephants need immediate help due to their health status. Three more years in their current situation is a death sentence. Asha is one of these animals.

“Local news outlets are reporting that Natural Bridge Zoo will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The facility was scheduled to reopen the weekend of April 4 after being closed for the winter, but on April 3, 2015, a judge refused to restore the facility’s state permit, which was suspended following numerous violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. When the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries suspended the facility’s state permit on March 9, 2015, it stated that “many of the animals are confined under unsanitary and inhumane conditions.” We will continue to keep you informed of any developments. If you haven’t already taken action, please sign our petition urging the zoo to retire Asha the elephant.

The Natural Bridge Zoo (NBZ) in Virginia has held the elephant Asha under deplorable conditions for decades and denied her the companionship of other elephants, which is devastating for such a highly social animal. Join PETA in urging NBZ proprietors Karl and Debbie Mogensen to prioritize Asha’s well-being by retiring her to an accredited sanctuary.”

Please read more here and sign the petition, share it, spread the word:

https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5945

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/lexington-rockbridge/humane-society-of-us-abuse-neglect-at-natural-bridge-zoo/30861532

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Good News: Wild Horses Spared for Now

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Thanks also to all of the people who spoke up for the horses there is good news to share:

“BREAKING NEWS: Advocates win — BLM Cancels Roundup Following Protect Mustangs’ and FOA’s Court Victory

Nevada’s beloved Pine Nut Herd from ‘The Misfits’ escapes horrible helicopter stampede

RENO, NV. (March 25, 2015)—After U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks’ Feb. 11 decision to grant Protect Mustangs’ and Friends of Animals’ (FoA) a motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the proposed roundup of more than 300 wild horses on the 98,000 acre Nevada Pine Nut Herd Management Area (HMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today it has officially canceled the roundup. The famous herd from ‘The Misfits’ continues to live in freedom thanks to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and justice in federal court.”

You can read more here:

http://protectmustangs.org/?p=8040

http://friendsofanimals.org/news/2015/march/blm-concedes-cancels-roundup-nevada’s-beloved-pine-nut-herd

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