animal abuse, animal welfare, PeTA, Petition, Tierquälerei, Tierschutz, Wildtierschutz

The Only Place Where One Should See Traps Is in a Museum

photo_ PeTA

photo_ PeTA

There were times, when people needed furs to survive in the harsh climates of northern America. Hunters would set up traps, returning to the sights days or weeks later, hoping some big animal would be waiting for them, waiting to be put out of their misery. It is known that some animals have gnawed off their own feet or leg to escape the torture instruments.

Not only are furs no longer needed by anyone else than the animals wearing them, but to use such a medieval type of trap should be banned completely. Traps belong there where all instruments of torture belong: in a museum – if not demolished.

“If passed, the Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act (H.R. 2016/S. 1081) will save countless animals on national wildlife refuges from becoming ensnared or killed in steel-jaw traps, Conibear traps, and snares—archaic devices that cause immense suffering. Frantic victims caught in steel-jaw traps commonly snap their bones, tear their flesh, or even chew off their own limbs in order to free themselves. Conibear traps drown, crush, or suffocate their terrified victims, and animals caught in snares slowly strangle. In addition to causing extreme suffering, these medieval contraptions are indiscriminate because any animal, including beloved animal companions, can fall prey. And the trapped animals aren’t the only victims, because trapping tears wildlife families apart and leaves dependent young animals to starve.

Please take a moment to fill out the form below and urge your legislators to support H.R. 2016/S. 1081. Remind them that national wildlife refuges are meant to be safe havens for animals, not danger zones!”

Please read more and sign the petition:

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/support-banning-traps-wildlife-refuges/

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ALDF, animal welfare, Tierschutz, Wildtierschutz

Saving Wildlife One County at a Time

photo: aldf.org

photo: aldf.org

One county, one state at a time: California’s Mendocino County will think again about killing off their wildlife without reason. When animal welfare groups and individual citizens form coalitions their voice will be heard.

“Mendocino, Calif. — In response to legal pressure from a coalition of animal protection and conservation groups, Mendocino County officials agreed today to suspend the renewal of the county’s contract with the notorious federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife Services, pending an environmental review that will include consideration of nonlethal predator control methods. The county’s decision came after the coalition, and a Mendocino resident, filed a lawsuit against the county in November for violating the California Environmental Quality Act. As a result of that agreement, the coalition has agreed to dismiss its lawsuit.”You can read more here:

http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/mendocino-county-suspends-contract-with-rogue-federal-wildlife-killing-program/

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2015/wildlife-services-04-13-2015b.html

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-mendocino-county-predators-20150415-story.html

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What Does Palm Oil Have to Do with Animals?

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So you decided to eat less or no animal fats. You switched from all the butter to more soy based products. You decided to use margarine instead of butter. For your health, for the animals, for climate control a wise decision. But where does the substitute come from? Very often, palm oil is being used and this oil is derived from a plant, a palm, and this plant grows there, where urang-utans, tigers and elephants live. More and more demand for palm oil has lead to major deforestation, leaving the animals without the habitat they need to survive. It is essential for their survival to find a sustainable way of growing palm for palm oil. And here, a step in the right direction has been made.

KFC is the latest company to release a new, deforestation-free palm oil commitment.

Over the last year, SumOfUs members have added over 1.5 million signatures to petitions telling some of the world’s largest fast food corporations that there’s no excuse to continue buying palm oil that could cause climate change, loss of endangered species habitat, and tropical deforestation.

We took action. Corporations listened. And acted!

KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell — all owned by multinational conglomerate Yum! Brands, America’s second largest fast food corporation — responded to our demands. Yum! Brands recently announced a new palm oil policy that requires all the palm oil they use for cooking be deforestation-free.

Signing petitions makes a difference. If you have signed, thank you!

You can read more about this topic here:

http://action.sumofus.org/a/kfc-palm-oil/

http://greenpalm.org/about-palm-oil/what-is-palm-oil/where-is-palm-oil-grown

http://www.wwf.org.au/our_work/saving_the_natural_world/forests/palm_oil/

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animal welfare, hunting, Kormoran, Lachs, salmon, Tierschutz

Is Saving one Species a Justifiable Excuse to Kill Another?

photo: Endangered Species Coalition

photo: Endangered Species Coalition

The wild salmon population has been declining rapidly over the last decades. Would it help to save them by killing thousands of cormorants? And even if so, is the life of a salmon worth more than the life of a cormorant? “The Army Corps of Engineers is moving ahead with a shocking plan to kill 11,000 cormorants and destroy 26,000 of their nests. By their own estimates, they intend to kill 15 percent of the entire population of Double-crested Cormorants west of the Rocky Mountains. The justification that the Corps is offering for this stunning killing spree is that the birds are consuming endangered salmon on the Columbia River. These cormorants that live and nest in Oregon’s lower Columbia River estuary are not salmon’s primary threat. The fish are endangered primarily because of dams, pollution, and habitat loss–not because of cormorants. Yet, the Corps has chosen to focus on these birds, potentially reducing their population to dangerous levels. The FWS has estimated that this plan would reduce the population of cormorants below the number they consider sustainable. Salmon are in trouble and recovering them will require action, but this recovery should not come at the expense of native birds. The killing of 11,000 cormorants and untold more through the destruction of nests is a grotesque and misguided solution when so many other, larger threats–such as dams, habitat loss, and pollution–remain unchallenged.” Please read more here: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/fish/salmon.htm

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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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animal abuse, animal welfare, Friends of Animals, horse, legal, Protect Mustangs, Tierrecht, Tierschutz, Wildtierschutz

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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Three Baby Owls – How Does That Matter?

photo: Fund for Animals

photo: Fund for Animals

The Fund for Animals took in three young Great Horned Owls since they otherwise would not have survived. In times when daily millions of animals are slaughtered how important is the survival of three animals?

As so often, people will tend to be attracted to the fate of the young ones much easier. This interest can then be channeled into something bigger, more important, namely the survival not only of these three babies but their species. The more people get involved emotionally, the better chances are for a multitude to survive.

You can read more about the owl babies here:

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/news/2015/03/three-baby-owls-are.html?credit=em_ffa032515_web_id626681151

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