Views of a vacation.

I’ve never been to South America, and I did not want to fly there.
Some acquaintances had promised me that they had a colony of native monkeys in their garden, so I was immediately curious.
The house was ca. 50 kilometers outside of Sao Paulo, which means for the South American standards, a pure odyssey this journey.
I waited two days for the monkeys, but there were only occasional sporadic appearances of them.
And then … on my mobile phone I got the message of a good friend who lives in the neighboring country of Paraguay, that in his mother’s house a large roaring monkey colony had formed, with more than 10 animals, young and old.

It should be the howler monkeys that live only in Paraguay.

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The trip to Brazil was over, I came to Paraguay on the third day.
Again with a travel odyssey of more than 60 kilometers drive outside the capital, Asuncion.
The friend’s mother was 82, and came from the area. She had three cats, two of which were emaciated, and had eye infections and illnesses.
She fed her with food leftovers, which is normal for the prevailing mentality.

The monkey colony was big, indeed!
The animals came to the trees only when it was warm, and they came out very often, because that winter had very pleasant temperatures there.

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I spent a lot of time rehearsing our ancestors, I found everyone very interesting.
The locals had already noticed the animals, but the only interest in them was whether they could eat the animals.
The colony consisted of 10 people, small, medium and large.
The boss was a black man with a dominant voice and statue who all threatened to come close to the family.
Some female monkeys had recently been recruited and therefore did not come down.
In the garden there were plenty of bananas, mangos, passion fruit, oranges … it was a beautiful garden. I have not offered any animal any of this. They should stay on top of the trees, and not come into direct contact with the other monkeys the “Naked Monkeys”.

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Playing together was the most important part of their life. They used their tail as a hedge around the branches, and could hang like that for minutes while eating some fruit at the same time.
I did not manage to trick anybody until the last day.
I hid between the bamboos to take pictures of them, but they discovered me immediately, and the reward was an outstretched tongue!! I came from the back to take pictures of the whole family but the boss immediately put his fists to his chest and said, “Huh, huh, huh ..” signals that I should leave his family alone.
In the country you can see many dogs and cats, they are free and do not belong to anyone.
They live with humans, but not together with humans.
The only difference I could see with other countries was, that the animals in Paraguay are not directly mistreated, like in Spain or Greece (where I was).
They feed them with scraps of food when they have them, and the animals sleep next to the road, or in some stable. Nobody cares about them when they get sick. But nowhere have I observed a direct mistreatment of pets.

The only animals that live tethered in Paraguay are the cows. In the sun, in the rain, in the wind. All cows that are in the meadows are tethered. In the evening they are moved, the owners bring them to the stable. I asked why they do it this way: “otherwise they will be stolen, and we need our cows, they are our capital,” was the answer.
I started from the first day with the treatment of domestic cats. One had to get antibiotics, the other worming cure, and both eye drops. The old woman (and owner of the cats) could not understand that. She did not help, she did not want to know why I did it.
We were separated with universes in our principles and empathy about animals.

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I discovered a dirty chicken coop late, at the end of the property, where there were two specially bred chickens. For meat.
They could not walk, they had no feather around half the body and both had signs of cannibalism at the back of their heads.
When I asked the woman, “why don`t you let them out? You have 2 hectares of land here”. She replied,” I’m scared that the neighbors will steal them from me. ”
“But everyone has chickens here, and even free,” I said.
“Yes, but these are special chickens, they have good meat,” she said.
“And who slaughters them?” I asked.
“Myself” !!!

One hour before I left, I left the door of the chicken coop open. And a note on it saying, “Un regalo para tus prisioneros, segnora” (A poison for your prisoners, segnora).

I will remember for a long time my short friendship with the monkeys, with the three cats, with the two captive chickens …
I’m very worried about how they are.
Today and here I think: we have no right to claim that we have evolved when when we treat animals like slaves.
The fact that we are no longer living on the trees does not make us a better race and does not prove any development in the morale and logic of our species. We have remained arrogant, cruel and brutal about living together with other beings.
We are just the “nude monkeys” and nothing more.

With my best regards to all, Venus

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USA (Alaska): Guns and Wolves: How Hunting Culture Has Plundered America’s Last Wild Frontier.

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Guns and Wolves: How Hunting Culture Has Plundered America’s Last Wild Frontier.

 

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By Denise Boehler

Grey wolves. Grizzly bears, black bears, brown bears. All are living in ecosystems on more than 95 million acres of Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges (funded by American taxpayers) and Denali National Park, wandering, romping and bearing young on the last wild frontier.

It’s a magical place: the mere mention of Alaska evokes imagery of wild wolves and majestic bears. At one time, people visited and relocated there just to be in their midst. That’s been changing, however, since the early 1990s, when the Alaska Board of Game (Board) began implementing aggressive predator policies that blame predators for only doing what nature intended. By taking as many predators out of the ecosystem as is arguably sustainable through increasingly efficient and often unfair hunting practices, the Board aims to boost moose and caribou populations for indigenous and out-of-state trophy hunters, bringing millions of dollars into the state. These policies are much debated; conservationists see other explanations than over-predation for reduced prey populations. In the meantime, Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges are becoming game farms, in the words of Alaskan biologist Francis Mauer.

Alaska received statehood in 1958. At the time, the federal government created a mandate for conservation of wildlife as its highest priority through the passage of the Alaska National Interests Land Conservation Act (ANILCA). Alaskan governors, the Board and out-of-state trophy hunters have had a different priority: Economics. Disregard for the federal mandate and moves toward state control have given rise to not only the question of states’ rights versus federal authority, but a mentality of treating some of the last of this country’s apex predators as an inexhaustible resource. The adoption of these policies is an ongoing controversy, replete with politics and indigenous rights issues, legal arguments and conservation challenges. In the meantime, apex predators are in the literal crosshairs each time a governor appoints a Board member, a Board resolution is signed or a policy enacted.

It can be disheartening to realize that the Board itself is comprised of hunters and those with vested hunting interests. At least one of the members, Vice-Chair Nate Turner, is an owner of an outfitting company directly profiting each time a decision is made to increase bag limits, allow aerial hunting or look the other way when wolf pups are lethally removed from dens. While these specific practices may not bring in direct revenue for Mr. Turner’s company, they are part and parcel of the domination of economics over conservation.

Turner is joined by Chairman Ted Spraker, lifetime NRA member and member of Safari Club International, a proud sponsor of HJRes 69 (a measure stripping Alaska’s right to manage fish and wildlife on federal refuges). Many Alaskans feel that the consumptive makeup of the Board is directly responsible for the increasingly aggressive predator control policies. With none of its members coming from the ecotourism industry that reveres animals as sentient beings, this constitution treats Alaska’s apex predators as animals to be consumed, not conserved. All of its seven members appointed by the governor adhere to this philosophy.

Must Alaska resort to consuming its wildlife to survive? One need only point to the $2 billion annual income in the ecotourism industry, nearly twice the revenue generated from the trophy hunting industry, to answer in the negative. Why, then, do they not support the viewing of wolves and bears from tour buses and the revenue derived from tourism and honor the federal mandate of conservation?

Again, the answer for some Alaskans is simple: The Board consists of hunters. Their philosophies (and conflicts of interest) supersede the conservation priority. Grizzly bears, black bears, brown bears, grey wolves, are resources. Wealthy trophy hunters pay outfitters handsome sums to take the life of a grizzly (wolves are free, if they are trotting through a hunter’s crosshairs).

Vice-Chairman Turner’s company, Turners Alaskan Adventures, enjoys receiving $6,000 to $14,500 for the life of a grizzly bear, depending upon if it is alone or in the company of a moose. For the lives of three black bears, one can expect to pay $14,500. For the life of a brown bear, checks are written from $23,500 – $29,000, depending upon the days out in the bush.

All of the Board members’ terms remain active, which means that for now, Alaska’s apex predators will continue to be held in the crosshairs and in peril. While these aggressive predator control policies persist, it is not unsurprising to see individuals acting out this philosophy for all to witness. This past winter, in a malicious act of violence, a disturbing image made public of a clearly triumphant masked man with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle held high over his head, posing behind the carcasses of ten grey wolves gunned down just outside Denali National Park. It begs the question, was this man acting on his own volition, or was he supported by Alaska’s aggressive anti-predator culture at large?

 

England: Introducing the Brilliant SPANA – Helping the Working Animals of the World.

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Countless families across the world depend on horses, mules, donkeys, camels and oxen for their livelihoods – and sometimes even their lives. These hardworking animals are the backbone of many societies, yet their lives can be short and involve great suffering. Working day after day in extreme temperatures, often with poor harnessing, little food and no veterinary care when they are sick or injured, many working animals endure constant pain.

We believe the fortunes of working animals and people go hand in hand.

That’s why we deliver practical support that improves the lives of working animals alongside the communities that depend on them.

 

Our Mission

To improve the welfare of working animals in the world’s poorest communities.

We do this through treatment, training and teaching. We TREAT by providing free veterinary care when animals suffer or when emergencies strike.

We TRAIN by building expertise among vets and promoting humane care by animal owners. We TEACH children to develop positive beliefs, respect and compassion towards animals.

 

Visit the SPANA website – https://spana.org/

Contact – https://spana.org/contact-us

Head Office – London; England.

 

19/8 – Is World Orangutan Day. Take Action For These Amazing Primates.

International Orangutan Day
August 19th- Every Year!

To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day has been set for August 19th, EVERY YEAR! This event is to help encourage the public to take action in preserving this amazing species.

http://www.worldorangutanevents.org/international-orangutan-day.php

 

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USA: Coalition to ban horse drawn carriages – News and Actions.

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Coalition to ban horse drawn carriages

 

HORSE SENSE:  8/18/18

 

NYC PRIMARY DAY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

 

Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages   www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International     www.horseswithoutcarriages.org

 

Our campaign is dedicated to banning the inhumane, unsafe, anachronistic and hack line

horse-drawn carriage trade in NYC and elsewhere. 

We need a total ban, not a “compromise” that will doom the horses to a life of misery. 
Please donate to our campaign.
We do not need much money since we do this proudly for free – it is a labor of love and compassion  – but we could use help with flyers, posters, this newsletter and our website. We also donate to equine rescues and to groups in other cities that want to make a difference.  We strongly feel that we are all in this together.  You will always get the truth here because we have no conflicts of interest and do not have to genuflect to anyone  – either because of business or political dealings.  With our years of experience with this issue going back to the 1990s, we are not hesitant to speak out. Thanks to all of you who have donated.  It is very much appreciated.
TRUTH not POLITICS!

PRIMARY DAY IN NEW YORK STATE is

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018. 

Please beware this is an exception to the rule, which would have been Tuesday, September 11th.  Albany lawmakers decided to change it this year from September 11th because of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

We have our political beliefs like most of you, but this newsletter focuses on the carriage horse issue in New York City and elsewhere — not politics unless they are related. 

We are asking you to support Tony Avella, a Democrat,  who is running for reelection to the State Senate.  Volunteer, Donate,

or if you are in his district

VOTE FOR HIM! 

SEE BELOW for how you can directly help!

Please share this newsletter with friends and colleagues

and those who live in his district in Queens.   

 

HORSE SENSE:  8/18/18

NYC PRIMARY DAY

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

 

Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages   www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International     www.horseswithoutcarriages.org

 

Our campaign is dedicated to banning the inhumane, unsafe, anachronistic and hack line

horse-drawn carriage trade in NYC and elsewhere. 

We need a total ban, not a “compromise” that will doom the horses to a life of misery. 
Please donate to our campaign.
We do not need much money since we do this proudly for free – it is a labor of love and compassion  – but we could use help with flyers, posters, this newsletter and our website. We also donate to equine rescues and to groups in other cities that want to make a difference.  We strongly feel that we are all in this together.  You will always get the truth here because we have no conflicts of interest and do not have to genuflect to anyone  – either because of business or political dealings.  With our years of experience with this issue going back to the 1990s, we are not hesitant to speak out. Thanks to all of you who have donated.  It is very much appreciated.
TRUTH not POLITICS!

 

 

PRIMARY DAY IN NEW YORK STATE is

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018. 

 

Please beware this is an exception to the rule, which would have been Tuesday, September 11th.  Albany lawmakers decided to change it this year from September 11th because of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

 

We have our political beliefs like most of you, but this newsletter focuses on the carriage horse issue in New York City and elsewhere — not politics unless they are related. 

We are asking you to support Tony Avella, a Democrat,  who is running for reelection to the State Senate.  Volunteer, Donate,

or if you are in his district

VOTE FOR HIM! 

SEE BELOW for how you can directly help!

 

Please share this newsletter with friends and colleagues

and those who live in his district in Queens.   

 

Tony Avella, a Democrat from Queens,  has been in the State Senate since 2010.  He has been a very hard worker for his constituents and deserves to be reelected.  Prior to that, he was a NYC Council Member.  In 2007, while in the Council, he introduced the first-ever bill to ban horse-drawn carriages.  After the 2006 death of Spotty, a young carriage horse,  which was the impetus to create our Coalition, Tony introduced a ‘better regulations” bill.  We told him we could not support it because it was time to get rid of this inhumane, exploitative and unsafe business.  Not happy, but also smart, he studied the situation and in 2007, he introduced the bill to ban the industry.  While it got some support, its real value was to put the issue on the map.

 

While in the State Senate, Tony has been involved with many progressive, animal/ environmental issues – he is often the go-to person in the Senate to introduce a bill.  These include,

 

– a state bill to ban the horse carriage business in NYC

– prohibit the importation of animal trophies of the Big African 5 species (once called

Cecil’s law)

– Protection of Mute Swans

– property tax breaks for co-op and condo owners

– establishing early voting

– waiting periods for firearm purchases until background checks are completed

– discounted fees for seniors for driver’s licenses

– protecting mute swans

-spearheading the fight against high volume horizontal hydrofracking (fracking.)

– paid family leave

– medical marijuana

 

This is a link to the issues in which Tony has been involved.  Click here. 

 

This is the campaign website where you can see Tony’s accomplishments!

Tony joined with several other Democrats to create the Independent Democratic Conference. (IDC)  Some party line Democrats were furious.  While lies are being put out about these Democrats – the fact is they never caucused with Republicans.  The IDC,  which dissolved in April 2018, was an independent conference of Democrats that conferenced amongst their own members and voted for their own leader.  By focusing on working in a bipartisan manner, the IDC was successful in getting many democratic priorities passed like Paid Family Leave, Medical Marijuana, Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility and the SAFE Act (gun regulations) to name a few.
The people who are spewing these lies and “alternative facts” are the types of people who supported a Democratic State Assemblyman who would not support the ban carriage horse bill in the State legislature and would not listen to our arguments in a meeting. It is all about party loyalty – not what is right.  

Democrats have a habit of eating their own and by not supporting a solid candidate likeTony Avella, this district could easily go back to being Republican.

HISTORY

In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to say a few things about my political affiliations.  I am a progressive social and economic justice advocate, an animal activist and a registered Democrat.  NYC is a Democratic city and registering as a Democrat allows one to have a more effective voice in the primary.  I also much prefer the national Democrat party.  This is the party of Franklin Roosevelt who brought us Social Security and the New Deal; Lyndon Johnson  – the Civil Rights Act; Voting Rights Act; many social welfare programs – etc. etc. etc.

The IDC was dissolved earlier this year.  But party line Democrats want to punish Tony Avella and anyone who was part of the IDC.  (again eating their own) They are working to defeat him in the primary by putting up John Liu, a former NYC Council Member, Comptroller and candidate for Mayor in 2013.  Party loyalty is very important to the Democrats and led by bossman Joe Crowley, congressman, and head of the Queens Democrat party, they originally put up Liu against Avella several years ago.   Crowley is the one who was defeated by the young progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

John Liu is not your go-to guy for animal or environmental issues.  He never supported the carriage horse bill when it was in the City Council.  When he ran for mayor, he wanted to come across as a man of the people and spoke about working with his mother in sweatshops as a kid.  I guess he did not tell his mother and when she was asked about it, said it was not true – he had a middle-class upbringing – no sweatshops.

Personally, I am very disappointed in Empire State Indivisible.  I would have volunteered with them since I like their progressive politics. But they are just as partisan and dishonest as many others and are so desperate, they have gotten behind John LIu in their effort.   NO CRITICAL THINKING!

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP SENATOR TONY AVELLA

 

 — Donate — Every dollar helpsClick here.

 — Volunteer — phone banking, hand out flyers, door to door

            CONTACT – DAN LEVIN, campaign manager
            phone: 718-500-6034

            e-mail:  tonyavellafornewyork@gmail.com

 

 

 

KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT!

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Please read our many articles from the Dodo, One Green Planet and our blog. 

Please read our past newsletters about this issue  –

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Past newsletters 

July 8, 2018

 

STEAMY HOT SUMMER FOR CARRIAGE HORSES – FOCUS ON ATLANTA

 

June 19,  2018

GLOBAL CAMPAIGNS TO BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES – Update

 

April 15, 2018

PUBLIC SAFETY: ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS TO BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES

 

April 8, 2018

COMMON PROBLEM: CARRIAGE HORSE LAWS DO NOT GET ENFORCED

 

April 1, 2018

WHY A BAN ON HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES IS THE ONLY ANSWER

 

February 4, 2018

 

A ban will never happen for the carriage horses if you sell your soul for a quick win.  Real activists do not give up.  Real activists also read and learn about horses and their needs.  Real activists also read and learn about legislation.  They do not rely on some questionable organizations to tell them what to do. 

 

 

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USA: After 17 Days Holding Her Dead Calf Above Water, Orca Tahlequah Returns To Her Pod. Take Action Against Trump For Failing To Provide Her With Protection.

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Hi Mark,

After 17 painful days, a Southern Resident orca named Tahlequah has rejoined her pod. It’s a sign of hope for her survival after she spent more than two weeks using her diminishing strength to hold her dead calf above water.

It’s for Tahlequah and the other 74 West Coast orcas that we just sued the Trump administration.

Please give to the Trump Resistance Fund so we have the funds needed to see this fight through. All gifts till the end of August will be matched.

It’s impossible to imagine the cool waters of the Pacific Northwest without these beautiful, social whales. But that reality could be just years away if we don’t act swiftly — they’re among the most gravely imperiled animals on the planet. Because of a lack of food, no new calves from Tahlequah’s pod have survived since 2015.

That’s why the Center’s new lawsuit targets the Trump administration for dragging its feet on protecting the critical habitat West Coast orcas need to survive.

And it’s why we launched another legal action earlier this month to give these imperiled whales safe harbor from underwater noise that muffles the sonar they use to communicate and find food.

Support these lifesaving actions and secure a future for West Coast orcas. Please give an urgent matched gift to the Center’s Trump Resistance Fund.

Just as the news broke about Tahlequah’s devastating loss late last month, Trump and congressional Republicans launched an unprecedented attack on the Endangered Species Act.

Trump and other far-right politicians are determined to make it harder to designate critical habitat for endangered creatures like these magnificent orcas. Without protected habitat, without enough food to eat, these whales could be extinct in a matter of years.

We can’t let that happen.

For these intelligent, family-oriented mammals, there isn’t a moment to lose.

Please give now to double your gift to our Trump Resistance Fund.

For the wild,

 

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

P.S. We’re fighting for endangered species day in, day out. The best way to support that fight is by joining Wild Uprising and starting an automatic monthly donation.

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Take Action For Mohair Industry Goat Suffering.

 

We must not let the mohair industry cause goats such suffering!

The labels on jumpers, hats, and other items made with mohair don’t mention the absolute terror of an angora goat kid violently shorn for the first time or reveal that workers plunge live goats into tanks of cleaning solution.

The mohair industry doesn’t think you’ll ever find out that shearers handle goats so roughly that the animals sustain cuts to their faces and necks – or that workers sometimes remove hair from the rotting corpses of dead goats. It assumes you’ll never discover that thousands of goats will succumb to exposure or predator attacks this year – or hear about the backyard slaughter operations where animals will be viciously butchered with dull knives.

All this suffering is woven into all those mohair jumpers and balls of yarn – and PETA is determined to end it.

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PETA’s first-of-its-kind exposé of the South African mohair industry has pulled away the veil, informing millions of unsuspecting consumers about this cruelty. Nearly 300 brands have committed to banning mohair – and the list is still growing every day.

Now, some in the fashion industry are fearful that they’ll soon have to change their dirty habits – so they’re trying to downplay the evidence in PETA’s exposé. They want to keep profiting from the exploitation of gentle, vulnerable goats rather than using the animal-friendly materials that compassionate consumers demand.

We must fight back against these groups, and we need you with us. Will you make a donation right now to help PETA expose – and stop – the abuse of goats and other animals?

PETA and our international affiliates are a force to be reckoned with. We’ve persuaded major designers and retailers to go fur-free, called on large fashion shows to ditch leather and other animal-derived materials, and exposed the intense suffering of animals. And since clothing giants from H&M to Zara are banning mohair as a result of our exposé, the abusive mohair industry may be doomed.

But right now, our opponents are determined to continue their cruel business as usual, and we can’t let that happen! Please strengthen PETA’s vital work for goats and other animals by donating generously today.

Thank you for your compassion.

Kind regards,
Ingrid E Newkirk
Founder

Canada: Acts To Ban 2 Major Bee Killing Neonicotinoid Pesticides.

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Mark,

On Wednesday, Canada announced that it will ban two major bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.

This means that the most commonly used bee-killing neonics will be off Canada’s fields!

This victory was all because of members like you and the bee-loving organizations that have been working tirelessly to stamp out bee-killing pesticides on our fields.

Since the start of the campaign to save the bees in Canada four years ago, hundreds of thousands of you have signed petitions and chipped in to support in-person actions all around the world.

SumOfUs members living in Canada were responsible for a record-breaking number of public comments calling for a ban on neonic imidacloprid. And just a few months ago 20,000 of you signed the petition calling for a ban on the major bee-killing neonics in Canada.

Your hard work paid off! This week’s victory could not have happened if not for your continued support throughout the campaign.

Help spread the good news about your people-powered win by sharing this news!

But the fight to save the bees isn’t over.

Canada’s ban won’t come into effect for another three to five years. You can be sure big pesticide corporations Bayer and Syngenta will be working hard to overturn the ban by any means necessary — and they have a track record of using dirty tactics, like their lawsuits in Europe, to do this.

Bayer and Syngenta will also be busy in their labs testing new pesticides to replace their bee-killing products before the ban is in place.

Together, we need to put pressure on Health Canada to enforce this ban more quickly. Both France and the EU have neonic bans coming into effect this year — and we shouldn’t have to wait a whopping three to five years for Canada’s restrictions to be enforced.

That’s why we’re going to continue to fight to call for a complete ban on all bee-killing pesticides. And the sooner we can get the ban, the more bees can be saved. But we need your continued support.

Can you chip in £24 to make sure we beat the pesticides industry as soon as possible?

Donating just takes a moment – use Paypal or your card.

Yes, I will chip in £24 to help secure a complete victory to save the bees in Canada!

Thanks for all that you do,
Angus, Rebecca, Wiebke, Amelia and the team at SumOfUs

 

More Information:

Canada to phase out most uses of pesticides linked to bee deaths, Globe and Mail, 15 August 2018

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USA: California Burns; Yet Nestle Continue To Draw Millions of Gallons of Water Illegally – All For Profit.

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Mark,

One of California’s wildfires has just been declared the ‘largest in state’s history’, with thousands of firefighters struggling to bring an area bigger than New York state under control.

The drought-stricken state has had the worst start to the fire season in a decade. Yet Nestlé continues to draws millions of gallons of water illegally from the San Bernardino National Forest — and sells it for millions in profits

The California Water Board has directed Nestlé to limit its water-taking to what it is legally permitted to draw. Instead, Nestlé is taking almost 10 times that amount — often over 60 million gallons a year.

The Water Board has the power to enforce its directive and stop Nestlé’s illegal water grab. And it opposes Nestlé just as much as we do. A huge wave of support for the Water Board right now could be what it needs to finally stop Nestlé from stealing California’s precious water.

Tell the California Water Board to stop Nestlé’s illegal water grab in California.

For all the water Nestlé takes from the San Bernardino National Forest it pays a laughable $624 a year. Then it sells the water for millions in profit — while sucking the state dry.

This water is critical for Strawberry Creek — home to 71 species of threatened wildlife — which is running ever drier as Nestlé steals the water for its own greedy profiteering.

California’s wildfires are getting worse every year and are compounded by the dry conditions killing off large amounts of vegetation. California’s water is a precious resource that helps to mitigate the effects of drought and wildfire and must be protected not stolen by multi-billion dollar corporation.

Tell the Water Board to stop letting Nestlé suck California dry.

SumOfUs has been fighting Nestlé – and winning. Earlier this year, when Nestlé sued a small township in Michigan, thousands of SumOfUs members like you chipped in and raised $50,000 USD so the township could fight for its water. Together we have the power to take on greedy corporations like Nestlé and protect our water for future generations.

 Sign the Petition 

Thanks for all that you do,
Amelia, Angus and the team at SumOfUs

USA: Visit Mypetneedsthat.com To Learn More About The Asian Dog Meat Trade.

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We have kindly been contacted by Olivia Williams – Editor
– MyPetNeedsThat.com  in the USA regarding an excellent post on the ugly truth of the dog meat trade in the Far East.

If you click on the following link you should be given access to the article – ‘the ugly truth behind the dog meat trade’.

Please check it out and gather more info on the Asian dog meat trade.

https://www.mypetneedsthat.com/dog-meat-trade/

Please take time out to view all the rest of the site, which we know you will find interesting.

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The Best Veggie and Vegan Eating Places In The World.

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  1. Wild Food – in Granada, Spain
  2. Grassroots Health – in Edinburgh, Scotland
  3. AtayaCaffe – in Berlin, Germany
  4. The Butcher’s Son – in Berkeley, California
  5. Dosa Bar – in Tel Aviv, Israel
  6. Piante Pizzeria – in Breckenridge, Colorado
  7. Vegan Beat – in Athens, Greece
  8. Veganeats Caffe – in Lisbon, Portugal
  9. PickyWops – Fulham – in South West London, England
  10. Arashiyama-kan – in Kyoto, Japan
  11. Plant – in Asheville, North Carolina
  12. Hoi Banh My Chay – Food Stall – in Hoi An, Vietnam
  13. T’s Tantan – Tokyo Station – in Tokyo, Japan
  14. The Cheeze Factory Restaurant – in Baraboo, Wisconsin
  15. Reform Kafe – in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  16. Urban Orchard – temporarily closed – in Madrid, Spain
  17. La Tecia Vegana – in Venice, Italy
  18. The Wala Room – in Torremolinos, Spain
  19. All Chay – in Salt Lake City, Utah
  20. Comet 984 – 50’s Diner – in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  21. Cafe Thrive – in Southampton, England
  22. Dall’Albero – in Rome, Italy
  23. Sova Vegan Butcher – in Dublin, Ireland
  24. What The Pitta – Shoreditch – in East London, England
  25. Vegab – Starowiślna – in Krakow, Poland
  26. Caju – in Nice, France
  27. Ao 26 – Vegan Food Project – in Lisbon, Portugal
  28. Sweet Theory Baking Co. – in Jacksonville, Florida
  29. Offbeet – in Wickham, England
  30. The Vurger – Calle Quart – in Valencia, Spain
  31. Ma Ma Wok – in Charlotte, North Carolina
  32. My Vegan Sweet Tooth – in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  33. Bamboo Vegan Mini Market and Cafe – in Athens, Greece
  34. Arvore do Mundo – in Porto, Portugal
  35. Gnome Cafe – in Charleston, South Carolina
  36. Lime Bistro – in Athens, Greece
  37. Spiral Diner & Bakery – in Fort Worth, Texas
  38. Gioia Plant-Based Cuisine – in Marbella, Spain
  39. Chef Tanya’s Kitchen – in Palm Springs, California
  40. Peloton Supershop – in Bali, Indonesia
  41. Phuc Quang Chay – in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  42. Zad’s – in Manchester, England
  43. Berben and Wolff’s Vegan Delicatessen – in Albany, New York
  44. GustaV – in Salzburg, Austria
  45. Le Corail at Latifa – in Essaouira, Morocco
  46. The Pitted Date – in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  47. The V Factor – in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
  48. Morpho Cafe – in Kyoto, Japan
  49. Vegan Junk Food Bar – Staringplein – in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  50. Purezza – in Brighton, England
  51. Green Point – in Cusco, Peru
  52. Veggie House – in Las Vegas, Nevada
  53. Simply Green Cafe – in Ramsey, New Jersey
  54. Portershed – in Christchurch, New Zealand
  55. Virtuous Pie – Main St – in Vancouver, British Columbia
  56. Trivoli Vegan Kafeneio – in Athens, Greece
  57. Dona Flor Cafe – in Lisbon, Portugal
  58. Falafel Corner – in Coventry, England
  59. Anastasia – in Tel Aviv, Israel
  60. La Palanche d’Aulac – in Paris, France
  61. Picnic – in Glasgow, Scotland
  62. Edamame Vegan Sushi – in Warsaw, Poland
  63. Ain Soph.Ripple – in Tokyo, Japan
  64. Vegana By Tentugal – in Porto, Portugal
  65. El Vergel Veggie Restaurant – in Tarragona, Spain
  66. Men Impossible – in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  67. Thuc Duong Bao An – Bao An Macrobiotic – in Da Nang, Vietnam
  68. Cheeky Yam – in Cairns, Queensland
  69. Momencik – in Warsaw, Poland
  70. Avo – in Nashville, Tennessee
  71. Bonita Cafe and Social Club – in Bangkok, Thailand
  72. Brammibal’s Donuts – Maybachufer – in Berlin, Germany
  73. Balans Bistro – in Bratislava, Slovakia
  74. Spiral Diner and Bakery – in Dallas, Texas
  75. The Very Good Butchers – in Victoria, British Columbia
  76. Mitasie 3 – in Huntington Beach, California
  77. Fox & Fig – in Savannah, Georgia
  78. Tasty Vegan – Seminyak – in Bali, Indonesia
  79. Peas – in Athens, Greece
  80. Plant Power Food – in Copenhagen, Denmark
  81. The Greyhound Cafe – in Malvern, Pennsylvania

 

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https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/18-of-the-best-vegan-restaurants-in-the-world-a3440316.html

 

https://www.happycow.net/best-restaurants/top-rated-vegan-restaurants

 

https://theculturetrip.com/europe/articles/15-best-vegetarian-restaurants-from-around-the-world/

 

https://www.olivemagazine.com/travel/best-vegetarian-restaurants-around-the-world/

 

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https://www.amexessentials.com/worlds-best-vegetarian-vegan-restaurants/

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-daily-meal/top-25-vegetarian-restaurants-in-the-world_b_6515570.html?guccounter=1

 

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/19-of-the-best-vegan-restaurants-in-the-uk-a3266876.html

 

https://www.olivemagazine.com/restaurants/best-plant-based-restaurants-in-the-uk/

 

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An Insight Into Vivisection.

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Vivisection has been defined as “The act of cutting into or dissecting the body of a living animal, especially for scientific research.” (The word is derived from the Latin, vivus, for alive, and the English section, which means cut). The term has come to mean any harmful or invasive technique used on animals in experimentation or dissection.

https://www.navs.org/the-issues/the-cruelty-and-waste-of-vivisection/#.W3aUeuSWzIU

 

Failure of the Animal Model

https://www.navs.org/the-issues/failure-of-the-animal-model/#.W3aU3uSWzIU

The Issue

The use of animals as stand-ins for humans can give rise to misleading results because of the intrinsic differences between humans and other species. Human disease and human response to drugs and other chemicals should be studied in human-relevant systems.

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Animals Used in Product Testing

https://www.navs.org/the-issues/animals-used-in-product-testing/#.W3aVMuSWzIU

The Issue

Each year, millions of animals are used to measure the safety of household and personal care products. These toxicity tests were developed in the early 1900s and have been criticized for their extreme cruelty and inability to provide reliable data that can be extrapolated to humans.

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Animals Used in Cosmetics Testing

https://www.navs.org/the-issues/animals-used-in-cosmetics-testing/#.W3aVeuSWzIU

The Issue

People trust that the cosmetics and personal care products that they purchase are safe for all their family members, including their companion animals, but object to the use of animals in toxicity testing to assess the safety of these products and their ingredients. Polls have shown that most consumers would prefer to use products from companies that do not test on animals. And innovative alternative testing methods are now available that are more humane, faster, less expensive and better able to predict how these products will affect people. Despite this, the use of animals to test the safety of cosmetics continues in the U.S. and throughout the world.

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Animals Used in Research

https://www.navs.org/the-issues/animals-in-research/#.W3aVu-SWzIU

The Issue

Despite the inherent limitations with the animal model and advances made in technology, it is estimated that over 100 million animals are used every year by the research industry, which includes universities, pharmaceutical and diagnostic laboratories, as well as military, agricultural and marine mammal facilities.

Indonesia: Take Action Against The Worst of the Worst When It Comes To Palm Oil Rainforest Destruction.

 

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Nestlé’s palm oil business partner Indofood is the worst of the worst when it comes to producing palm oil. The Indonesian giant has gotten away with rainforest destruction and worker abuse for too long.

This impunity could end soon!

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The palm oil industry’s main certification body, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) could finally kick the rogue company off its certification scheme. The RSPO complaints panel meets next week, so we need to act fast.

This decision will be a crucial step in getting Nestlé to finally cut deforestation and abuse out of its supply chain.

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Together, we can expose the RSPO’s greenwashing and put its reputation at risk so it doesn’t stick to business as usual and overlook Indofood’s gross violations.

Sign the petition to demand the RSPO suspends Nestlé’s business partner Indofood.

Owned by Indonesia’s richest man, Indofood has been exposed in multiple investigations for exploiting workers, paying poverty wages (and female workers even less), dangerous working conditions, and intimidating communities off their land for illegal deforestation.

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It also ignores the RSPO’s guidelines on protecting precious orangutan habitat and is guilty of logging on carbon-rich peat land, intensifying climate chaos.

Nestlé is in on this game. The snack food giant co-brands products in the South Asian market, and profits from a lucrative Joint Venture Partnership with Indofood — cheating on its palm oil commitments.

Getting the industry’s main certification scheme to suspend Indofood could force Nestlé to take strong action against Indofood, or risk public backlash. A suspension would give us even more evidence to call for Nestlé to permanently cut ties with Indofood.

There’s very little time before Nestlé’s business partner gets its verdict.

Sign the petition to pressure the RSPO into suspending Indofood — NOW.

Together, we’ve forced some of the palm oil industry’s biggest players to change their destructive ways before. Last year a huge SumOfUs petition shone light on another one of Nestlé’s dodgy palm oil partners — REPSA in Guatemala. The exposure and media fall-out forced Nestlé to cut ties with the Guatemalan palm oil offender!

The RSPO often fails to enforce its own standards, but if we pile on the pressure it could be forced to sanction Indofood. Recently, the RSPO froze Nestlé’s membership for several weeks when it failed to comply with its rules.

The suspension was a blow to Nestlé’s public image, and zoos and retailers around the world refused to stock its products for the period. That’s why we want to send a strong message to the industry by getting Indofood suspended for good.

Sign the petition to demand the RSPO suspends Nestlé’s business partner Indofood.

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 Sign the Petition 

Thanks for all that you do,
Rebecca, Fatah and the team at SumOfUs

https://actions.sumofus.org/pages/tell-rspo-to-sanction-nestle-and-pepsi-business-partner-indofood/?akid=45946.7697051.P5qKy4&rd=1&source=fwd&t=12

 

Additional Information.

 

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In 2012, the annual revenue received by Indonesia and Malaysia together, the top two producers of palm oil, was $40 billion.[36] Between 1962 and 1982 global exports of palm oil increased from around half a million to 2.4 million tonnes annually and in 2008 world production of palm oil and palm kernel oil amounted to 48 million tonnes. According to FAO forecasts by 2020 the global demand for palm oil will double, and triple by 2050.[37

Indonesia

Main article: Palm oil production in Indonesia

Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of palm oil, surpassing Malaysia in 2006, producing more than 20.9 million tonnes.[36][38] Indonesia expects to double production by the end of 2030.[11] At the end of 2010, 60 percent of the output was exported in the form of crude palm oil.[39] FAO data show production increased by over 400 percent between 1994 and 2004, to over 8.66 million metric tonnes.

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Malaysia

Main article: Palm oil production in Malaysia

In 2012, Malaysia, the world’s second largest producer of palm oil,[40] produced 18.79 million tonnes of crude palm oil on roughly 5,000,000 hectares (19,000 sq mi) of land.[41][42] Though Indonesia produces more palm oil, Malaysia is the world’s largest exporter of palm oil having exported 18 million tonnes of palm oil products in 2011. China, Pakistan, the European Union, India and the United States are the primary importers of Malaysian palm oil products.[43]

Nigeria

As of 2011, Nigeria was the third-largest producer, with approximately 2.3 million hectares (5.7×10^6 acres) under cultivation. Until 1934, Nigeria had been the world’s largest producer. Both small- and large-scale producers participated in the industry.[44][45]

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Thailand

Thailand is the world’s third largest producer of crude palm oil, producing approximately two million tonnes per year, or 1.2 percent of global output. Ninety-five percent of Thai production is consumed locally. Almost 85 percent of palm plantations and extraction mills are in south Thailand. At year-end 2016, 4.7 to 5.8 million rai were planted in oil palms, employing 300,000 farmers, mostly on small landholdings of 20 rai. ASEAN as a region accounts for 52.5 million tonnes of palm oil production, about 85 percent of the world total and more than 90 percent of global exports. Indonesia accounts for 52.2 percent of world exports. Malaysian exports total 37.9 percent. The biggest consumers of palm oil are India, the European Union, and China, with the three consuming nearly 50 percent of world exports. Thailand’s Department of Internal Trade (DIT) usually sets the price of crude palm oil and refined palm oil. Thai farmers have a relatively low yield compared to those in Malaysia and Indonesia. Thai palm oil crops yield 4–17 percent oil compared to around 20 percent in competing countries. In addition, Indonesian and Malaysian oil palm plantations are 10 times the size of Thai plantations.[46]

Colombia

In the 1960s, about 18,000 hectares (69 sq mi) were planted with palm. Colombia has now become the largest palm oil producer in the Americas, and 35 percent of its product is exported as biofuel. In 2006, the Colombian plantation owners’ association, Fedepalma, reported that oil palm cultivation was expanding to 1,000,000 hectares (3,900 sq mi). This expansion is being funded, in part, by the United States Agency for International Development to resettle disarmed paramilitary members on arable land, and by the Colombian government, which proposes to expand land use for exportable cash crops to 7,000,000 hectares (27,000 sq mi) by 2020, including oil palms. Fedepalma states that its members are following sustainable guidelines.[47]

Some Afro-Colombians claim that some of these new plantations have been expropriated from them after they had been driven away through poverty and civil war, while armed guards intimidate the remaining people to further depopulate the land, with coca production and trafficking following in their wake.

 

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Vietnam: Bears Hoa Tra and Hoa Lan have been rescued at last!

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Dear Mark, 

Bears Hoa Tra and Hoa Lan have been rescued at last!

After an all-day rescue operation, the two bile bears arrived safe and sound at our bear sanctuary in Vietnam late last night.

Being kept without sunlight or fresh air for twelve years has clearly taken its toll. Both bears are obese from a lack of exercise and a poor diet, while Hoa Lan’s teeth are in bad shape – some were pulled out yesterday, and she’ll likely need more dental work in the future.

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Thankfully, the bears will finally receive the specialised attention they desperately need.

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Now in quarantine at our sanctuary, the two bears will receive veterinary care, fresh food and enrichment. And once they’re ready, Hoa Tra and Hoa Lan will be released to the outdoor enclosure where they can finally experience fresh air, sunlight and grass beneath their feet.

UK: British Forces To Malawi To Help Stop Rhino and Elephant Poaching.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-45113932

Animal poaching: British soldiers’ Malawi mission to stop poachers

The Majete Wildlife Reserve sits in a large basin in the south of Malawi, and the roads that lead there are busy at 6am.

Not with vehicles, but with endless cyclists as Malawians make the most of the low light and cooler air to start their days.

The appearance of two British Army 4x4s turns heads as they leave the sights and smells of the villages, and head into the bush.

Lance Corporal Chad Spalding is one of those on board.

The 23-year-old is about to spend the next few days with local rangers Boston Phiri, who’s pretty new to the job, and Retief Chomali, with ten years’ experience.

“You don’t really have time to think,” explains Chad. “Most of the time you’re concentrating on the environment itself.

“You’re constantly looking, watching dangerous game, anything that might sneak up on you.”

Chad, who’s originally from Zimbabwe, is one of 14 British soldiers in Malawi trying to help stop poaching. Ministers announced the British Army’s involvement after a successful pilot last year.

Chad says the wildlife and the environment are important to him and he feels a sense of responsibility to make sure that others get to experience them.

“If we start chopping down trees and killing animals what will be left for future generations? Just a bunch of pictures in a book,” he reflects.

Chad remembers working with lions when he was growing up on a project in Gonarezhou, Zimbabwe.

“After I’d seen the wildlife and what it’s actually like out in the bush, I just really really bit into it. As soon as this came across the table, I took it straight away.

The illegal wildlife trade is a big business, thought to be worth £17bn a year worldwide. A rhino horn is more expensive than cocaine, heroin or gold.

In the last 50 years global black rhino numbers have dropped from 70,000 to 5,500, African Parks says. The organisation runs the Majete Reserve and two others in Malawi.

“Most jobs out here don’t pay well, whereas if they get a rhino horn it’s a pretty big pay day,” Chad says.

“I know in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania there’s quite a lot of heavy poaching.

“Most of the poaching that goes on is organised by higher syndicates which are funding these Chad knows what he would say to a poacher if he met one though.

“I would ask his reasons for doing it, and what he thinks the consequences will be if he does get caught.

“It’s not a matter of if he gets caught it’s a matter of when he gets caught. If he does carry on he is going to get caught, and he will go to jail.”

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“Which is making it a lot hard for the rangers to keep up with the funding they’ve got. For now the rangers seem to be winning, let’s hope it stays that way.”

The military-style approach, along with tougher sentences, seems to be working for now though.

No elephants or rhinos have been poached in Majete for 15 years.

Shares Tumble After Cancer Court Verdict.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-monsanto-cancer-lawsuit-bayer/roundup-cancer-verdict-sends-bayer-shares-sliding-idUSKBN1KY0M5

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Bayer (BAYGn.DE) shares plunged as much as 14 percent on Monday, losing about $14 billion in value, after newly acquired Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages in the first of possibly thousands of U.S. lawsuits over alleged links between a weedkiller and cancer.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-13/bayer-drops-after-monsanto-loses-verdict-in-roundup-cancer-trial

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/13/bayer-shares-down-after-monsanto-ordered-to-pay-damages.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bayer-shares-slump-after-289m-monsanto-roundup-verdict/

Marriott to Ditch Plastic Straws in All of Its Hotels.

Marriott to Ditch Plastic Straws in All of Its Hotels

Last year, major hospitality company Marriott International pledged to commit to more environmentally friendly practices, with the ultimate goal of reducing landfill waste by 45 percent and responsibly sourcing its top 10 product purchase categories by 2025. Based on their decision last month to ditch plastic straws in all of its hotels by June of 2019, it seems like Marriott is well on its way to meeting that goal.

Marriott Joins Growing Number of Companies to Ban Straws

With more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands around the world, disposable plastic straws and stirrers easily add up. Marriott estimates that they currently go through about 1 billion plastic straws and a quarter billion stirrers each year.

“We are proud to be among the first large U.S. companies to announce that we’re eliminating plastic straws in our properties worldwide,” said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International.

In addition to Marriott International, Starbucks, Disney, Hyatt, American Airlines, and Royal Caribbean are among the few major companies to do away with plastic straws.

“Removing plastic straws is one of the simplest ways our guests can contribute to plastic reduction when staying with us – something they are increasingly concerned about and are already doing in their own homes,” Sorenson added. “We are committed to operating responsibly and – with over one million guests staying with us every night – we think this is a powerful step forward to reducing our reliance on plastics.”

Single-use Plastic Items Are Unnecessary and Harm Animals

The decision comes as people grow more aware of the problem that disposable plastic, including straws and stirrers, cause in the environment. On average, people only use a plastic straw for about 20 seconds before throwing it away. Although normally plastic can be recycled, unfortunately straws cannot. Small and thin, they fall through the conveyor belts at recycling plants. In the end, all straws end up in the garbage, going into the ground or slipping into waterways.

Plastic in the ocean and along beaches is not only an environmental concern, but a big problem for seaside hotels and resorts that thrive on tourism. This motivates both administrators and guests alike to cut out their use.

Plastic Use Pollutes and Threatens Oceans

“Our guests come to stay with us to enjoy Maui’s beautiful environment and incredible marine life, so they’re as eager as we are to reduce harmful pollution,” General Manager of Marriott International’s Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa Tetsuji Yamazaki explained. “By eliminating plastic straws, we have been able to create a substantive dialogue with our guests about the importance of protecting the ocean and endangered animals like the honu (green sea turtle).”

According to a 2014 study, there are 270,000 metric tons of plastic in the ocean, and the number is only growing. Although straws only make up a little over 7 percent of the plastic that ends up in the environment in general, because they are so unnecessary for most people, it’s a potentially easy way to help reduce plastic waste. If we don’t stop these wasteful habits, there will likely be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

Right now, Americans alone toss out 500 million plastic straws each day, which won’t decompose for 450 to 1,000 years. By phasing out plastic straws, companies like Marriott International can make a big difference not just in ending single-plastic use, but also in raising awareness.

Cities and Countries Take Steps to Ban Single-Use Plastic

Even more importantly, many cities and states are taking the initiative to create laws limiting or banning single-plastic use items. Plastic straws only make up a small portion of the plastic that’s contaminating the environment, so targeting other items, like packaging material, fishnets, food containers, and plastic bags is even more important.

Several cities in California have already imposed bans, and the entire state is in the process of developing limitations. Just this year, Taiwan developed a plan to eliminate single-use plastic bags, straws, takeout containers, utensils, and cups by 2030, and Chile passed a law banning the use of plastic bags for businesses.

Every little bit helps toward changing habits and reducing plastic waste. In addition to stopping straw use, Marriott International is eliminating single-use toiletry bottles typical to most hotels by installing shampoo dispensers in the showers. The new toiletry dispensers are expected to be in place at more than 1,500 hotels in North America by the end of this year.

 

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UK to Increase Maximum Sentence for Animal Abuse Tenfold.

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UK to Increase Maximum Sentence for Animal Abuse Tenfold

Animal cruelty is an all-too-common crime that is both disturbing and serious. In fact, research shows that animal abusers are more likely to commit a violent crime against humans. 

But animal cruelty is often ignored by authorities, with suspects facing little to no jail time for even the worst cases of torture and death.

Up until recently, the harshest punishment an animal abuser could face in the U.K. was 6 months imprisonment; however, with the persistence of animal welfare advocates and Environment Secretary Michael Gove, a new law—the Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill–will increase sentencing to up to 5 years for extreme offenses.

Some may feel the new maximum sentence is not long enough, but it is a starting point. We can hope that this critical move will lead other countries to follow suit—to a brighter future for all.   

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“These plans will give courts the tools they have requested to deal with the most abhorrent acts. This is one part of our plan to deliver world-leading standards of animal welfare in the years ahead,” Gove stated

Not only does the law increase jail time, it also entails “unlimited fines,” and animal abusers will be banned from owning animals in the future. 

It will also help courts “deal more effectively with ruthless gangs involved in dog fights.”

The bill was drafted and put up for discussion last December by Gove. It instantly gained support from both the public and animal welfare organizations. 

The decision makes one thing clear: Britain is no longer willing to tolerate animal cruelty, or tie the hands of the courts with severely inadequate maximum penalties. We hope they will continue to strengthen animal protections, for the good of animals and humans

Finland: Helsinki Fashion Week Pledges To Go Leather Free !

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Big news! Helsinki Fashion Week has pledged to go leather-free.

In a stand against the leather industry’s cruelty to animals and environmental devastation, leather will be prohibited on Helsinki Fashion Week catwalks from July 2019.

The event – held annually in Finland’s capital – is known for promoting sustainable fashion. But there’s nothing sustainable about the leather trade. In fact, each year, the industry – which is one of the world’s biggest polluters – kills over a billion animals.

These intelligent, defenceless individuals are often confined to extremely small enclosures and subjected to mutilations, such as castration, without any pain relief. Some are skinned and dismembered alive – all for the sake of fashion.

Thankfully, we don’t have to harm animals to be able to wear stylish, luxurious clothing and accessories. Vegan leather – including innovative, high-tech options made from sustainable, plant-derived materials – is on the rise.

Will you say “no” to leather by pledging to wear only your own skin and to let animals keep theirs?

https://secure.peta.org.uk/page/18898/petition/1?utm_source=PETA%20UK::E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert&utm_campaign=0818::skn::PETA%20UK::E-Mail::Leather%20free%20pledge::::aa%20em

 

 Pledge To Be Leather Free

Thank you for everything you do to protect animals.

Sincerely,

Global: Heatwave For Next 4 Years Scientists Predict.

https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/14/the-heatwave-is-only-beginning-and-the-next-four-years-are-set-to-be-abnormally-hot-scientists-warn-7838730/

The heatwave is just beginning because the next four years are set to be ‘abnormally’ hot, scientists warn

The heatwave which gripped Britain is just a taste of ‘abnormally hot’ conditions predicted to bake the world for the next four years. A high-tech weather forecasting system has predicted that 2018 to 2022 will be much hotter than expected thanks to a quirk of climate change which has seen global warming slow down in recent years. Researchers found that both average ground and sea surface temperatures around the world could be very high between now and 2018. The biggest factor driving the forecast was an increased likelihood of ‘extreme warm events’.

The research was carried out before the summer heatwaves that sent temperatures in the UK and other parts of the world soaring this year. But the unusually hot weather was correctly predicted by the scientists, who said 2018 had a ‘high probability of having a warm anomaly’ relative to the general effects of global warming.

Their paper, reported in the journal Nature Communications, was received for publication in January. The new technique, called Procast (Probabilistic forecast), seeks to rationalise the inherently chaotic behaviour of systems such as the Earth’s climate. It involves gathering information from previous changes in a system’s state to calculate the probabilistic chances of transitions to future new states.

A retrospective test of the method accurately predicted the global warming pause, or “hiatus”, between 1998 and 2013. The scientists, led by Dr Florian Sevellec, from the University of Brest in France, wrote: “For 2018-2022, the probabilistic forecast indicates a warmer than normal period, with respect to the forced trend (of global warming). ‘This will temporarily reinforce the long-term global warming trend. ‘The coming warm period is associated with an increased likelihood of intense to extreme temperatures.’ Warm events affecting sea surface temperatures could increase the activity of tropical storms, said the scientists.

China: Woman Fights Off Dog Meat Thief with Broom to Save Beloved Pet.

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Woman Fights Off Dog Meat Thief with Broom to Save Beloved Pet

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A quick reaction from a woman in China saved her beloved dog from the clutches of dog-snatchers this week – keeping the pooch safe at home and out of the horrific dog meat industry that is rampant in the nation.

Video footage shows the woman sweeping on the roadside, with her dog happily keeping her company. A white van speeds past and a noose is thrown out in an attempt to lasso the dog – but the woman reacts quickly, using her broom to hit the suspect’s arm and keep her dog safe.

The incident happened in the town of Tangkent, Fengshun county, in southern China’s Guangdong Province, where dog theft is common. In February, residents in this area assaulted a suspected dog thief after they caught him stealing their pets.

China is the world’s largest consumer of dog meat – Animals Asia estimate that around 10 million dogs are killed for the dog meat trade throughout the country every year.

Many of these animals are beloved family pets, snatched from the streets by dog thieves. They undergo extreme suffering as they are transported to the dog meat markets, where they then suffer unimaginable horrors before being beaten to death or boiled alive.

Although some dogs are raised on farms, it is more profitable for sellers to grab animals from the streets.

“You can’t make a profit raising a dog for meat because it costs too much to feed,” says Chinese animal activist Han Yingjie. “But if you steal a dog, then you can turn a profit.”

The popularity of dog meat in China is waning, with only around 20 percent of the population still regularly consuming meat – mostly due to a belief that the flesh is a natural health remedy, particularly related to sexual potency and endurance.

With countless dogs poisoned, killed and snatched by thugs from the dog meat industry, it’s nice to know that this pooch is in safe hands with a vigilant guardian.

 

 

USA: Study: Americans Are Ready for Slaughter-Free Meat.

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Study: Americans Are Ready for Slaughter-Free Meat

Results of a recent study by Faunalytics show that about two-thirds of American consumers (66.4 percent) are willing to try slaughter-free or “clean” meat – which is produced in a laboratory using animal cells. Of the study’s 1,185 participants, 45.9 percent stated that they were willing to buy clean meat on a regular basis, and 52.8 percent would be happy to eat it in place of conventional meat.

The study, entitled “Messages to Overcome Naturalness Concerns in Clean Meat Acceptance,” addressed issues raised by prior research conducted three years ago, which reported that the primary concern of consumers in eating clean meat was that it was “unnatural.”

The goal of the study was to find effective ways to describe and market clean meat that would address the concerns about naturalness. Participants were asked to read one of three key messages surrounding the production of clean meat and rate their reactions.

Out of the messages trialed, the study found that the best way to persuade people to give clean meat a chance was to discuss how unnatural the mass farming and production industry is, with its use of hormones and antibiotics. The other messages attempting to describe clean meat as a more natural product or arguing that naturalness was unimportant were far less effective.

The majority of respondents agreed that clean meat is more environmentally friendly than conventionally produced meat, with more benefits to society overall.

Clean meat is, in fact, cleaner than traditionally produced meat in every aspect. The production uses far less land and will not have the same catastrophic effects on the environment. It’s also better for human health – farm animals are pumped full of antibiotics and hormones – not to mention that the production of clean meat does not require the suffering or death of innocent animals.

Worldwide, companies like MosaMeat, JUST and Memphis meats are racing to get the first ever clean meat products to market, which is expected to happen in the next two or three years.

Even conventional meat producing companies Tyson Foods and Cargill recognize that cultured meat is the way of the future, and have invested in Memphis Meats.

With technology rapidly developing, companies are searching for ways to reduce production costs to make clean meat affordable for the mass market. It’s only a matter of time before slaughter-free meat is available, hopefully consigning the inhumane agricultural industry to the history books.

India: Rhino Poacher Mortgages His Own Son to Weapons Dealers.

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Rhino Poacher Mortgages His Own Son to Weapons Dealers

A man in India offered his son as collateral in exchange for a gun and ammunition. His intention was to kill an Indian one-horned rhinoceros and sell its ivory horn.

Nurjamal Rahman expected to kill a rhino and then sell the horn for ₹50 lakh (about $73,000 USD). But to carry out his plan, he needed a firearm and ammunition. He connected with an arms trader and they set up a deal. The dealer required Nurjamal to pay ₹3 lakh (~$4,500 USD) up front to rent the firearm and ammunition, but then added an additional requirement that he also provide collateral to guarantee the return of the leftover ammunition and firearm. And that collateral had to be in “human form.”

So Nurjamal offered his 12-year-old son for a three-month mortgage period, in which he hoped to kill a rhino in Orang National Park. The area was designated as a sanctuary in 1985 and declared a national park in 1999.  It is home to many animals including great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, elephants, and tigers.

Police caught Nurjamal and two associates before they were able to kill an animal.

India’s northeastern state of Assam, where the park is located, has an estimated 2,610 Indian one horned rhinoceros. Orang National Park has an estimated 68 rhinos left. Also known as the greater one horned rhino, these are the biggest rhinoceros on the planet.

At the turn of the 20th century, there were only 200 greater one horned rhinos left alive. Poaching had decimated their population. The animal was on the brink of extinction. But thanks to strong oversight and law enforcement fighting poachers, their population has recovered (though according to the World Wildlife Fund they are still classified as vulnerable). Today populations have increased to about 3,500 from northeastern India to Nepal.

Rhinoceros are beautiful, playful creatures. Unfortunately, humans have decided their horns are worth a substantial amount of money. This story is encouraging in that it illustrates the strong work by the Indian government, but it is also sad as it shows the extreme choices some individuals make in seeking to kill an animal for profit.

USA: Tump Has Sights On More Environmental Damage.

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First it was the Paris agreement. Then the Clean Power Plan.

Now the Trump administration has its sights set on dismantling

yet another crucial climate policy: fuel-efficiency and tailpipe-

pollution standards for cars and light trucks.

Fossil-fuel vehicles are the nation’s largest source of greenhouse

gases, and clean car standards are our best tool to fight climate

change yet. We’ve been fighting for years to stay on the right

track — but now Trump’s trying to ditch the plan.

Tell the EPA it must strengthen, not weaken clean car standards.

This reckless proposal would lock us into decades of toxic,

planet-warming emissions. An additional 2.2 billion tons

of carbon dioxide would be pumped into the air by 2040,

hastening climate catastrophe and threatening humans,

polar bears and countless other species already struggling to survive.

And that’s not all. The Trump administration also wants

to strip California of its ability to set stricter standards,

which are currently followed by 12 other states and D.C.

And the president’s bizarre claim that people driving

dirty vehicles are safer and drive less is just wrong.

America’s cars are more fuel-efficient and safer every year.

 

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Take action now. Insist that the EPA withdraw this damaging

policy reversal.

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Monsanto Ordered to Pay Out $289 Million To Weedkiller User In Cancer Trial.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45152546

Monsanto ordered to pay $289m damages in Roundup cancer trial

Chemical giant Monsanto has been ordered to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a man who claimed herbicides containing glyphosate had caused his cancer.

In a landmark case, a Californian jury found that Monsanto knew its Roundup and RangerPro weedkillers were dangerous and failed to warn consumers.

It’s the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging a glyphosate link to cancer.

Monsanto denies that glyphosate causes cancer and says it intends to appeal against the ruling.

“The jury got it wrong,” vice-president Scott Partridge said outside the courthouse in San Francisco.

§  EU settles dispute over weedkiller glyphosate

§  UK ‘will support’ pesticide ban

§  The villagers who fear herbicides

The claimant in the case, groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, is among more than 5,000 similar plaintiffs across the US.

Correspondents say the California ruling is likely to lead to hundreds of other claims against Monsanto, which was recently bought by the German conglomerate Bayer AG.

Mr Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014. His lawyers said he regularly used a form of RangerPro while working at a school in Benicia, California.

The implications of this verdict will be felt far beyond Monsanto’s headquarters in Missouri.

Glyphosate is the world’s most common weedkiller and the science about its safety is still far from settled.

In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency, concluded that it was “probably carcinogenic to humans”. but the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to insist that glyphosate is safe when used carefully.

Campaigners question how the EPA assessment was reached, citing evidence of what they say was inappropriate industry involvement in the decision.

Some Democrats have even called for a Department of Justice investigation into alleged collusion between government officials and Monsanto.

In California, where a judge recently ruled that coffee must carry a cancer warning, the agriculture industry sued to prevent such a label for glyphosate even though the state lists it as a chemical known to cause cancer.

In Europe, too, the battle over glyphosate has been fierce. French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to ban it despite the resistance of some French lawmakers and the fact that the European Commission recently granted the weedkiller another five-year licence.

Jurors found on Friday that the company had acted with “malice” and that its weedkillers contributed “substantially” to Mr Johnson’s terminal illness.

Following an eight-week trial, the jury ordered the agricultural multi-national to pay $250m in punitive damages together with other costs that brought the total figure to almost $290m.

Mr Johnson’s lawyer, Brent Wisner, said the jury’s verdict showed that the evidence against the product was “overwhelming”.

“When you are right, it is really easy to win,” he said, adding that the ruling was just “the tip of the spear” of future legal cases.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45167906

Bayer shares tumble after Monsanto payout in weedkiller case

Shares in German pharmaceutical group Bayer have dropped sharply following a US verdict linking a product to cancer.

By mid-morning on Monday, Bayer’s shares had lost 10.4% of their value.

Bayer owns agriculture giant Monsanto – which was ordered by a California judge on Friday to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a man who said ingredients used in a weedkiller had caused his cancer.

Bayer says the product – glyphosate – is safe. It completed its $66bn takeover of Monsanto in June.

The landmark lawsuit was the first to go to trial alleging a glyphosate link to cancer.

The claimant, groundsman Dewayne Johnson, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014. His lawyers said he regularly used a form of RangerPro while working at a school in Benicia, California.

The Californian jury said Monsanto should have warned users about the dangers of its Roundup and RangerPro weedkillers.

Mr Johnson is among more than 5,000 similar plaintiffs across the US.

Glyphosate is the world’s most common weedkiller. The California ruling could lead to hundreds of other claims against Monsanto.

A Bayer spokesperson told the BBC on Saturday that the two companies operated independently. In a statement the company said: “Bayer is confident, based on the strength of the science, the conclusions of regulators around the world and decades of experience, that glyphosate is safe for use and does not cause cancer when used according to the label.”

Monsanto said it intends to appeal against the verdict.

What is glyphosate and is it dangerous?

Glyphosate was introduced by Monsanto in 1974, but its patent expired in 2000, and now the chemical is sold by various manufacturers. In the US, more than 750 products contain it.

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency, concluded that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

However, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) insists it is safe when used carefully.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) also says glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans.

Last November 2017 EU countries voted to renew the licence of glyphosate despite campaigns against it.

BBC North American correspondent James Cook reported that in California – where a judge recently ruled that coffee must carry a cancer warning – the agriculture industry sued to prevent such a label for glyphosate, even though the state lists it as a chemical known to cause cancer.

§  What do we know about glyphosate?

What happened in the groundsman case?

Jurors found on Friday that Monsanto had acted with “malice” and that its weed killers contributed “substantially” to Mr Johnson’s terminal illness.

 

 

August 12th Is World Elephant Day.

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It’s World Elephant Day!

But…did you know that around 55 African elephants

are killed a day? 

Illegal wildlife trade is destroying some of the world’s

most iconic species including elephants, who are poached

for their tusks, driven by the demand for ivory.

Last year, over 60,000 of you signed our Stop Ivory

Trade petition, successfully calling for a strong ivory

trade ban in the UK. It’s now time to take this to the next level.

Today we’ve launched a new petition to call on global

leaders to stamp out wildlife crime at an important

conference on illegal wildlife trade in London this October.

Will you join our fight to end illegal wildlife trade?

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Did you know that as well as being killed

for ivory, elephants are also being poached

for their skin?

In Myanmar, Asian elephants of all ages are targeted

by poachers for their skin and other body parts.

The skin is used to make creams, consumed as medicine

and polished into jewellery.

But we’re taking action.

In response to the poaching crisis, WWF-Myanmar has

been working to tackle the poaching, including the

introduction of 220 rangers in 18 different base camps

that has helped to protect elephants.

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The illegal wildlife trade is devastating elephants

worldwide. We need global leaders to take urgent action

to end this terrible illegal trade.

Will you help us?

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/join-our-fight-end-illegal-wildlife-trade?pc=VDA002002&utm_source=News&utm_medium=email&utm_content=SignThePetition&utm_campaign=NEWS_IWTPETITION_VDA002002&_ccCt=zkpEp8mTXSlkIFlkm1Q2fiDRsdhXq1oXs6dE3HhrNF6hFm7ILto5RnrvZlcNWqqu

 

 

Sri Lanka: If You Like Elephants, Don’t Ride Em ! Extreme Suffering – Video To Watch.

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Sri Lanka is a fast-growing holiday hotspot, thanks to its stunning beaches, surf spots, and national parks. But for the country’s captive elephants, this rapid increase in tourism means only more suffering.

Elephants used for tourist rides are typically kept tightly chained and isolated from other elephants. Forced up and down the same busy roads day after day, they’re often worked to exhaustion in the sweltering heat.

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Watch the video here.

They live in constant fear of the mahout (handler), who controls them using a bullhook – a spe

ar-like instrument with a sharp hook that’s commonly used to strike and injure them.

Until tourists stop paying to ride them, elephants will continue to face exploitation and abuse.

Please share our new video about the cruelty of riding elephants in Sri Lanka with your friends and family – the more people who know about the heartbreaking abuse behind elephant rides, the sooner they’ll end.

Indonesia: Orangutan Jungle School.

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Borneo Orangutan conservation.

http://orangutan.or.id/bosf/

Meet some of Forest School’s coolest students: playful Cinta, sweet Meryl, brave little Topan, and many other colourful characters, in the new docuseries «Orangutan Jungle School»!

This special, ten-part documentary takes you behind the scenes to follow the lives of orangutan orphans at Nyaru Menteng. At the most unique school on the planet, see what our clever, vulnerable students get up to, and learn how vital conservation is to their very survival.

Orangutan Jungle School continues on Sunday, August 12, at 8 p.m. in Indonesia, Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries.

Find out where to watch the series. If you can’t find your country’s details, don’t worry – we’ll be updating the page regularly as dates are released.

Meet one of our babies, and help us provide them with care and a chance at rehabilitation.

Thanks for all that you do, Mark.

Dr. Jamartin Sihite
CEO of BOS Foundation

Support orangutan conservation by adopting an orangutan!

You will receive a personalized e-certificate, photo, and story of the adopted individuals!

 

Babies needing your supporthttp://orangutanjungleschool.com/adoption/

Fires have again ravaged Central Kalimantan’s peat forests, the largest such burning since the devastating forest-fire disaster of 2015. Staff from Central Kalimantan’s Mawas Conservation Program were once again on the front line, facing intense heat in an attempt to gain control over the raging fires.

The first flames were spotted in a palm-oil plantation owned by PT. Kalimantan Lestari Mandiri (KLM) in Mantangai Sub-District, Kapuas Regency, Central Kalimantan, on Wednesday, July 11. The plantation is adjacent to the Mawas Conservation Program working area. Staff members quickly dispatched a fire patrol team to the scene, however, fire continued to creep toward one of our camps used in the program (Camp Release), and on Saturday, July 14, it got dangerously close.

In addition to the efforts made by our Mawas staff and technicians to extinguish the flames, we also received water-bombing support by helicopter from the Central Kalimantan Disaster Management Agency (BPBD).

After three challenging days, our team was finally able to neutralize the raging fire, which stopped just 300 meters away from Camp Release. Our post-fire assessment team determined that as much as 12,926 hectares of peat forest was burned over just a few days. This area is equivalent to about 13,000 soccer fields!

The Mawas team currently has 15 staff members on regular, daily rotation patrols to keep a lookout for spot fires. In the PT. KLM working area, thick smoke is still visible as of today (July 17).

The patrol team has reported seeing logs traveling downstream; an indication that illegal logging is taking place, and that the forest burning was a deliberate act. According to our Mawas Program Manager, Jhanson Regalino, canals in the area are presently shallow, forcing illegal loggers to find other ways to transport cut logs downstream. The loggers are known to secretly burn down rasau, a panadanus-like water plant found along the river banks, to widen the waterways.

See photos at – http://orangutan.or.id/mawas-team-conquer-fire-after-3-day-battle/

Ireland: Support Respect for Animals By Asking Ireland To Ban Fur Farming.

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In September, the Solidarity Party will present a Bill to ban fur farming before the Dail. The ‘Prohibition of Fur Farming Bill 2018’ will be submitted by Ruth Coppinger TD, who states:
“We believe this is something that’s really important for the welfare of animals. Mink are what are farmed in Ireland and these are actually meant to be wild, untamed animals – not put in confined spaces, certainly not farmed. They suffer from this practice enormously. We want to send a message globally that Ireland shouldn’t be a laggard in terms of animal rights and animal welfare as it has been in many other situations. We also want to dent the fur trade as well. So we are asking people to really get behind our bill over the summer and to contact their TDs to support it.”
Respect for Animals has previously been involved in the anti-fur campaign in Ireland and is working with Irish campaign groups and politicians ahead of the Bill’s submission.

Please add your details below to sign our letter to the Irish Ambassador, urging Ireland to ban fur farming:

http://www.respectforanimals.org/ask-ireland-to-ban-fur-farming-sign-our-letter/

 

Respect for Animals home page – http://www.respectforanimals.org/

 

Some videos made by Respect:

 

 

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USA: JBS Torture Exposed By Undercover Mercy For Animals Investigation.

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Mercy For Animals

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Main web link – https://mercyforanimals.org/

Inspiring Compassion. Ending Cruelty.

Mercy For Animals is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.

Imagine a world free of cruelty, a world in which we nurture our bodies, minds, and spirits with wholesome, healthy food that is kind to animals and sustainable for our planet. MFA believes that world is possible. In fact, it is inevitable if we work together to elevate humanity to its fullest potential.

See their range of investigative videos via this link:

https://mercyforanimals.org/about

 

JBS Exposed

A JBS supplier mutilates pigs, crams them into tiny cages, and kicks them in the face.

http://www.jbstorture.com/

 

Other examples of undercover investigations.  See above for the link to more.

 

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USA – News From CBD.

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Trump Targets California, Arctic for More Drilling, Fracking

The Trump administration this week pushed ahead plans to open more than a million acres of public lands in central California to oil drilling and fracking. The move would end a five-year moratorium on leasing federal public land in the state to oil companies — won largely by the Center for Biological Diversity and allies.

Meanwhile Trump also took a major step toward opening Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve — the largest roadless area in the United States — to new, industrial-scale oil development. The project threatens polar bears, caribou and migratory birds in the ecologically rich reserve.

“We desperately need to keep these dirty fossil fuels in the ground,” said the Center’s Clare Lakewood. “But Trump is hell-bent on sacrificing our health, wildlife and climate to profit big polluters.”

Read more about what’s happening in California and the Arctic.

 

 

Tell Zinke: Hands Off the Endangered Species Act

In the latest assault on the Endangered Species Act, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed radical changes that would gut the law, driving imperiled animals and plants closer to extinction.

The changes would weaken protections for hundreds of endangered animals and plants and the places they live, putting polar bears, borderlands jaguars and other species in even deeper peril than they already face. And hundreds of other species waiting for the Act’s protection — like monarch butterflies — would face existence-threatening delays or be denied safeguards altogether.

Please: Take a moment now to speak up for vulnerable plants and animals. Tell the Interior Department to immediately withdraw its disastrous proposals.

 

Revelator: The Lion-bone Trade

As if Trump letting trophy-hunters import dead lions weren’t stomach-turning enough, there’s something else just as disturbing going on behind the scenes.

As The Revelator reports, South Africa has 200-plus “lion farms” that raise the big cats to be shot by gun-toting tourists. The lions’ heads and skins become hunters’ “trophies,” while their skeletons are legally exported to Asia, where the bones are ground down to be used as “medicine” or as a wine component. How will this trade impact lions in the wild? Get the grisly details.

 

Brews for Bears: A Nationwide Call to Halt the Griz Hunt

Bear lovers nationwide this week turned up the heat on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, calling for more protections for Yellowstone’s grizzlies — and to stop hunts planned next month in Wyoming and Idaho.

A huge thanks to those who showed up to more than 40 events on Tuesday as part of “Brews for Bears,” a national day of action organized by the Center’s Ignite Change. We’re working to stop grizzly trophy hunting this fall for more than 20 bears that wander out of Yellowstone National Park.

We’re also putting up billboards opposing the hunt and will have activists in Yellowstone later this month urging visitors to get involved.

Learn more.

 

Win for Oregon’s Plush-furred Humboldt Martens

Following a petition by the Center and allies, Oregon’s wildlife agency must draft rules to safeguard the state’s remaining Humboldt martens from trapping. Only about 200 of these forest carnivores survive in the state.

Humboldt martens are under review for federal and state Endangered Species Act protections, but until now Oregon allowed trapping for their gorgeous fur.

“We’re so glad Oregon’s tiny, fragile Humboldt marten populations will be protected from trapping,” said the Center’s Noah Greenwald. Read more.

 

Suit Launched Over Pesticides in National Wildlife Refuges

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has abruptly reversed a ban on the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides and genetically modified, pesticide-resistant crops on national wildlife refuges.

The decision was made without assessing potential harm to protected species that live in refuges. That assessment is required by the Endangered Species Act — so the Center and allies filed a notice of intent to sue Wednesday.

“It’s shameful that the Trump administration is promoting greater use of highly toxic agricultural pesticides on wildlife refuges,” said the Center’s Hannah Connor. “These special places were set aside to protect America’s wildlife, not to protect agriculture practices that rely on dangerous pesticides known to harm animals.”

Read more in our press release.

 

Trump to Lease 54,000 Acres of Nevada’s Ruby Mountains

The Trump administration plans to lease 54,000 acres of Nevada’s Ruby Mountains that are under consideration for oil and gas development, according to records the Center obtained.

The land includes crucial winter habitat for mule deer, priority habitat for greater sage grouse, and creeks harboring the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout.

“Trump is poised to destroy one of Nevada’s most spectacular places for the fossil fuel industry,” said Patrick Donnelly, Nevada state director for the Center. Read more.

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England: Links To Animal Organisations Websites.

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In the following we are giving web site links to major animal welfare organisations from across the globe who are fighting a whole range of different animal welfare related issues.  We are not specifically detailing what each group campaigns for as we would like to see them each get many visits and possibly ‘open up’ their work to new supporters.

There may be some that you have not heard of before ! – take a look at their sites.

These are the more major campaign groups who have web links.  If we also listed smaller(national only) facilities in countries all over the world we would never finish.  If you know of any organisation that we have missed – and there are bound to be some; then please send us their info and web site link to ‘Contact’ which is on this site.  We can then add each to the listing.

 

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ADDA (Spain) – http://www.adda.org.ar/?lang=en

Animal Aid (UK) – https://www.animalaid.org.uk/

Animal Aid Unlimited (India) – https://animalaidunlimited.org/

Animal Protection Agency (UK) – http://www.apa.org.uk/

Advocates 4 Animals – https://www.advocates4animals.com/

Animal Defenders International (International) – http://www.ad-international.org/adi_home/

Animals Angels (Germany) – http://www.animals-angels.com/

Animals Asia (International) – https://www.animalsasia.org/

Animals Australia (Australia) – http://www.animalsaustralia.org/

 

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Battersea Cats and Dogs Home (UK) – https://www.battersea.org.uk/

Beauty Without Cruelty (UK) – https://www.bwcshop.com/

Bite Back (Belgium) – https://www.biteback.org/

Born Free Foundation (UK) – http://www.bornfree.org.uk/

Brooke Hospital (UK) – https://www.thebrooke.org/about-brooke/brooke-glance?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhPOshdjY2QIVbbvtCh0iOAeXEAAYASAAEgIE-vD_BwE

 

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Cat Shelter ‘Felix’ (Serbia) – https://catshelterfelix.com/

Center for Biological Diversity (USA) – http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/

Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) (UK) – https://www.ciwf.org.uk/

Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) (UK) –  now see ‘Freedom for Animals’

Name change since March 2018.

Celia Hammond Animal Trust (UK) –  https://www.celiahammond.org/

Coalition to Abolish The Fur Trade (CAFT) (UK) – http://www.caft.org.uk/index.html

 

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Defenders of Wildlife (USA) – https://defenders.org/

Donkey Sanctuary (UK) – https://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/

Dzīvnieku Drauga Fonds  (Latvia)http://www.dzd.lv/about-us/yoko-doggie-chess/en/

 

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Earthkind (USA) – https://www.earthkind.com/

Ecoetika (Belarus) – https://www.ecoetika.by/home-en

Elephant Family (UK / US) – http://elephant-family.org/

Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) (UK / USA) – https://eia-international.org/

Estonian Society for the Protection of Animals (Estonia) – https://www.facebook.com/AnimalProtectionEstonia?fref=ts

Eyes on Animals (NL) – https://www.eyesonanimals.com/

 

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Fondation Brigitte Bardot (France) –  http://www.fondationbrigittebardot.fr/

Fondation Franz Weber (Switzerland) – http://www.ffw.ch/en/

Four Paws (International) – http://www.vier-pfoten.org/en/

Four Paws (Germany) – https://www.facebook.com/fourpaws.org

Free Korean Dogs (S. Korea) – https://www.freekoreandogs.org/

Freedom for Animals (UK) –  www.freedomforanimals.org.uk 

(was Captive Animal Protection Society til March 2018)

Fur for Animals (Netherlands) – https://www.facebook.com/bontvoordieren?ref=bookmark

Fur Free Alliance (Netherlands) – https://www.furfreealliance.com/

Fur Free (South Africa) – https://www.facebook.com/FurFreeSA/

 

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GAIA (Belgium) – https://www.gaia.be/en

 

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Hillside Animal Sanctuary (UK) – http://www.hillside.org.uk/

Humane Society International – http://hsi.org/

Hungarian Anti Fur League (Hungary) – https://www.facebook.com/MSZEL/

Human Society of the United States (USA) – http://www.humanesociety.org/

Hunt Saboteurs Association (HAS) (UK) – https://www.huntsabs.org.uk/

 

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JAVA (Japan) – https://www.facebook.com/JapanAntiVivisectionAssociation

 

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Kingsdown Cat Sanctuary (UK) – http://www.kingsdowncatsanctuary.org/

Korean Dogs (S. Korea) – http://koreandogs.org/

 

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Lady Freethinker (USA) – https://ladyfreethinker.org/

LAV (Italy) – https://www.facebook.com/LAVonlus

League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) (UK)- https://www.league.org.uk/

 

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Marchig Animal Welfare Trust (UK) – http://www.marchigtrust.org/

Mercy for Animals (USA) – https://www.mercyforanimals.org/

Monkey Sanctuary (UK) – http://www.monkeysanctuary.org/

 

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National Anti Vivisection Society (NAVS) (UK / USA) – http://www.navs.org.uk/home/

Naturewatch Foundation (UK) – https://naturewatch.org/

NOAH (Norway) – https://www.facebook.com/dyrsrettigheter

  

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One Voice (France) – https://one-voice.fr/

 

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Project Coyote (USA) – http://www.projectcoyote.org/

 

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Respect for Animals (UK) – http://www.respectforanimals.org/

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) (UK) – https://www.rspca.org.uk/home

ROLDA (Romania) – https://rolda.org/

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Save Korean Dogs (S. Korea) – http://savekoreandogs.org/

Save Me (UK) – http://www.save-me.org.uk/

Scotland for Animals (UK) – http://scotlandforanimals.org/

Sea Shepherd (International) – https://www.seashepherdglobal.org/

Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) (UK) – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/

Slovenian Vegan Society (Slovenia) – http://www.vegan.si/en

Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) (UK) – https://spana.org/

SOI Dog Foundation (Thailand) – https://www.soidog.org/

SPEAK (UK) – http://speakcampaigns.org/

St. Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital (UK) – https://www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk/

Svoboda Zvirat (Freedom for Animals)  (Czech Republic) – https://www.facebook.com/Svobodazvirat

Swiss Animal Protection (Switzerland) – http://www.animal-protection.net/

 

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Team Badger (UK) – http://www.teambadger.org/

The Fur Bearers (Canada) – https://www.facebook.com/FURfree

Turtle Island Restoration Network (USA) – https://seaturtles.org/

Tusti Narvai  (Lithuania)  – https://www.tustinarvai.lt/

 

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Uncaged (UK) – http://www.uncaged.co.uk/

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Vier Pfoten (International) – http://www.vier-pfoten.org/landing/

Vegan Society (UK) – https://www.vegansociety.com/

Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (VIVA !) (UK) – https://www.viva.org.uk/

Vegetarian Society (UK) – https://www.vegsoc.org/

Vita (Russia)   –  http://www.vita.org.ru/english/english.htm

 

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WELFARM – Protection mondiale des animaux de ferme (France) – https://welfarm.fr/

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (UK) – http://uk.whales.org/support-us 

World Animal Net (International) – http://worldanimal.net/  – VERY USEFUL SITE.

                                        http://worldanimal.net/directory/search-wan-directory

 

World Animal Protection (UK) – https://www.worldanimalprotection.org.uk/

 

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Young Indian Vegetarians (UK) – http://www.youngindianvegetarians.co.uk/

 

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International: Petition Site Link – View and Sign as You Wish.

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It’s time to take action on animal rights.

Around the world, animals are subjected to cruelty and denied even the most basic considerations. The same rights that we believe to be unalienable for humans should be protected for animals as well. And it is up to us to make it happen.

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The petitions you can access via the link below cover a range of animal rights issues, from protesting unethical animal testing to protecting wildlife from exploitation; from preventing animal cruelty at factory farms to rescuing pets from abuse. We partner with a number of animal rights organizations to advocate for animal rights and promote animal welfare.

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By signing these petitions, or creating one of your own, you have the opportunity to protect an animal from cruelty or exploitation.

Your support of the petitions via the link below will create a better life for animals around the world.

When we stand together, our actions have an impact. Let’s stand together for animal rights.

 Thank you – Mark and Venus.

This link takes you to the start – scroll down as indicated at the bottom to view many more.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/animal-rights/#hottest

USA: Kroger Supermarkets To Stop Selling Pork From Cage Using Farms By 2025. Why So Long ?

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Comment – Great news but why so long ? – why not 2020 ?

 

I am very pleased to announce that with the help of our supporters, we have achieved a major victory in pig welfare.

Kroger, the largest grocery chain retailer in the U.S. has committed that by 2025 they will no longer source pork from farms that use cages.

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If you recall, World Animal Protection launched a petition in May, garnering more than 72,000 supporters to join with us in asking Kroger to be a leader in the industry and use their buying power to get suppliers to raise pigs right.

At the end of July, Kroger released their latest sustainability report, including a commitment to source 100% of fresh pork from suppliers who have transitioned all their self-operated and contracted farms away from gestation crates by 2025. We are excited about this commitment, but we will continue to do more for pigs.

While some major fast food brands are making similar commitments to source pork responsibly, grocery chains have been slower to move, and grocery chains buy the bulk of pork produced.

U.S. supermarket customers expect more. Eighty-nine percent of grocery shoppers surveyed believe that supermarkets have a responsibility to ensure pigs are treated well. We need to continue to work with grocery chains to change their practices.

Three out of four mother pigs remain in steel cages for life. These cages are no bigger than the average fridge. They are unable to turn around, root, explore, move comfortably or socialize with other pigs. Mother pigs become chronically depressed and bite the steel bars of their cages in frustration. Sows are treated as breeding machines. Mother pigs go constantly hungry because their food is restricted to limit weight gain and avoid complications, while giving birth to huge litters. They resort to repetitively chewing when their mouths are empty, until they foam at the mouth.

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World Animal Protection research shows that 72 percent of international respondents find the way pigs are raised upsetting, wrong or shocking. However, 80 percent of U.S. respondents were concerned after seeing the realities of commercial farming.

What can you do about this?

You can talk to your local grocery store about where they source their pork. Ask them to do better on labeling so you know where the pork is sourced from and demand that they have higher welfare pork from pigs that have been raised right. Click here to download and complete this letter for your grocery store manager. Retailers carry what consumers demand so you can help #RaisePigsRight by speaking up.

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You can also click here to make a donation supporting our work to protect pigs and other animals in need.

Look out for more updates from us in the coming months. We appreciate your continued support as we work towards additional victories for pigs.

In solidarity,
Alesia Soltanpanah
Executive Director
World Animal Protection US

Everyone needs a little break ..

 

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Dear friends,
I’m away for ten days, I am taking a short vacation in Brazil, invited by animal friends. In their large property, a colony of native monkeys has formed, and I want to see these highly intelligent animals.
I promise you to take pictures and documentation when the otherwise shy animals appear ..
I use it as a good opportunity for a short rest.

Our work in the new and (old) blog continues and we don`t let ourselves be lazy because of the stubborn heat, that plagues all of Europe.

Bye for now
Venus

Australia: New South Wales drought now affects entire state – Farmers Compensated (Dont they always ?) But No Talk Of What Climate Change Is Doing.

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Comment – Farmers being compensated as always whilst there is little talk of Global Warming and what should be done to tackle that !

 

New South Wales drought now affects entire state

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Source:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-45107504

 

Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), is now entirely in drought, officials have confirmed.

A dry winter has intensified what has been called the worst drought in living memory in parts of eastern Australia.

NSW produces about a quarter of Australia’s agricultural output. It was officially listed as “100% in drought” on Wednesday.

The state and federal governments have provided A$576m (£330m; $430m) in emergency relief funding.

“There isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities,” said NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair.

What has caused the drought?

Southern Australia has just experienced its second-driest autumn on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with rainfall 57mm (2.24in) below average.

Less than 10mm of rain was recorded in parts of NSW in July, and drier than normal conditions are forecast in coming months.

On Wednesday, officials said 23% of NSW was classified as being in “intense drought”, with the remainder in drought or drought-affected.

But the problem is not confined to NSW – more than half of neighbouring Queensland is in drought. Parts of Victoria and South Australia are also experiencing dry conditions.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull warned that the country had become a “land of drought”.

How is it being felt?

Farmers have told harrowing stories of failing crops, severe water shortages and being unable to feed livestock.

Some people had spent up to A$10,000 per truckload of hay just to feed their animals, Mr Turnbull said.

“It’s like you are in jail every day,” Queensland farmer Ashley Gamble told the Nine Network. “You turn up here because you’ve got to turn up. It’s just depressing.”

What are authorities doing?

Farmers are already eligible for annual relief payments of up to A$16,000 each. Earlier this week, Mr Turnbull announced additional payments of up to A$12,000.

The prime minister said that although drought was considered “part of the Australian climate”, farmers needed help.

“What we have to is make sure we [the government] back them in when the times get as tough as they are now,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation earlier this week.

However, some have criticised the measure as “too little, too late” and too onerous to claim. Almost 20,000 eligible people are yet to apply for the grant.

Is this Australia’s worst drought?

No, the so-called millennium drought of 1997-2005 is often cited as the most devastating – it ravaged almost 50% of Australia’s agricultural land.

That event coincided with two El Nino systems, which are often associated with droughts in Australia.

Earlier this year, meteorologists rated Australia as having a 50% chance of experiencing an El Nino in its spring beginning in September.

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Pakistan: Pakistan to plant 10 billion trees in bid to combat climate change

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Pakistan to plant 10 billion trees in bid to combat climate change

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Source:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/pakistan-to-plant-10-billion-trees-in-bid-to-combat-climate-change-a3904961.html

 

Pakistan’s new government will plant 10 billion trees over five years to combat climate change, it has said.

It is an expansion of the existing “billion tree tsunami” project by new prime minister Imran Khan to restore 350,000 hectares of forest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to Climate Home News.

As well as releasing oxygen, the trees are expected to help prevent flooding from glaciers in the north of the country.

Malik Amin Aslam, of the cricket star’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, told Climate Home News: “Pakistan is facing the brunt of climate change, so I think climate preparation, making sure our development is totally climate compatible, our infrastructure is resilient to climate shocks, is going to be very high priority.”

Pakistan is one of the countries most affected by climate change and PTI’s manifesto made several environmental pledges including supporting cleaner energy, water-saving initiatives and building dams.

Pakistan has more glaciers than any other country outside the polar region: more than 7,200 in the Karakoram, Himalayan and Hindu Kush ranges, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

They feed the Indus River system, the country’s water lifeline. But data gathered over the last 50 years shows that all but about 120 of the glaciers exhibit signs of melting, due to rising temperatures, meteorological officials said.

Killer heatwaves ‘will leave parts of China uninhabitable by 2070’

 

A glacial lake burst in Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan province in July, sweeping away villagers’ homes.

Such events are just the start, glacier expert and PMD head Ghulam Rasul told news agency Reuters this week.

“The disasters caused by glacier outbursts in these areas will not stop here. They will continue in the future because there are so many glaciers at risk of bursting,” he said.

Years of deforestation, combined with climate change, have led to a spike in temperatures in the region, which has caused glaciers to melt, Rasul said.

Over the past 80 years, he said, the average temperature in Gilgit-Baltistan has increased by 1.4C compared to a rise of 0.6C in the lower-lying regions of Sindh, Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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Australia: Do you know what Mulesing is ?

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Do you know what Mulesing is ?

 Comment – and to think that Aus sheep suffer this before they suffer the live export trade !

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulesing

Mulesing is the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin from around the breech (buttocks) of a sheep to prevent flystrike (myiasis).[1] The wool around the buttocks can retain feces and urine, which attracts flies.

The scar tissue that grows over the wound does not grow wool, so is less likely to attract the flies that cause flystrike.

Mulesing is a common practice in Australia for this purpose, particularly on highly wrinkled Merino sheep.[1] Mulesing is considered by some to be a skilled surgical task.[2] Mulesing can only affect flystrike on the area cut out and has no effect on flystrike on any other part of the animal’s body.

Mulesing is a controversial practice. The National Farmers Federation of Australia says that “mulesing remains the most effective practical way to eliminate the risk of ‘flystrike’ in sheep” and that “without mulesing up to 3,000,000 sheep a year could die a slow and agonising death from flystrike”.[3]

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) “recognises the welfare implications of mulesing of sheep. However, in the absence of more humane alternatives for preventing breech strike, the AVA accepts that the practice of mulesing should continue as a sheep husbandry procedure”. The AVA also supports the use of analgesics and the accreditation of mulesing practitioners.[4]

The Australian Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals accepts mulesing when the risk of flystrike is very high, when it is done properly, and even then only as a last resort.[5] The animal rights organisation PETA strongly opposes mulesing, says the practice is cruel and painful, and that more humane alternatives exist,[6] and claim that sheep can be spared maggot infestation through more humane methods, including special diets and spray washing.[7]

In July 2009, representatives of the Australian wool industry scrapped an earlier promise, made in November 2004, to phase out the practice of mulesing in Australia by 31 December 2010.[1][8][9] Mulesing is being phased out in New Zealand.[10]

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Mulesing is a procedure which, in Australia, is carried out by a person who has completed the mandatory accreditation and training programme, usually a professional mulesing contractor.[1]

While the lamb is under restraint (typically in a marking cradle), the wrinkled skin in the animal’s breech (rump area) is cut away from the perianal region down to the top of the hindlimbs. Originally, the procedure was typically performed with modified wool-trimming metal shears, but now there are similar metal shears designed specifically for mulesing. In addition, the tail is docked and the remaining stump is sometimes skinned.[13] The cuts are executed to avoid affecting underlying muscle tissue.

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries states in the Standard Operating Procedures that, “While the operation causes some pain, no pre or post operative pain relief measures are used”. Antiseptics, anaesthesia and painkillers are not required by Australian law during or after the procedure but are often applied, as the procedure is known to be painful to the animal.[1][2] Products have been approved for pain relief during the procedure, including Tri-Solfen. The minor use permit for Tri-Solfen[14] makes the product available for use by both veterinarians and sheep industry employees, such as mulesing contractors and graziers.[15]

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After a heavy mules, non-wooled skin around the anus (and vulva in ewes) is pulled tight, the cut heals and results in smooth scar tissue that does not get fouled by fæces or urine. Most sheep have a light mules which does not leave the skin bare, but simply removes the skin wrinkle leaving a reduced area to grow wool and stain.[13]

When managed according to the standards, policies and procedures developed by the CSIRO, lambs are normally mulesed a few weeks after birth. The operation usually takes less than a minute. Standard practice is to do this operation simultaneously with other procedures such as ear marking, tail docking, and vaccination. Because the procedure removes skin, not any underlying flesh or structure, there is little blood loss from the cut other than a minor oozing on the edges of the cut skin.

Mulesed lambs should be released onto clean pasture. The ewes and suckling lambs should receive minimal disturbance until all wounds are completely healed (about four weeks). Observation should be carried out from a distance.[1]

Mulesing should be completed well before the flystrike season, or else chemical protection should be provided to reduce risk to the lambs and ewes.

Lambs that are slaughtered soon after weaning generally do not need mulesing because they can be protected by chemical treatment for the short time they are at risk.[16]

Comparison to crutching

Mulesing is different from crutching. Crutching is the mechanical removal of wool around the tail, anus (and vulva in ewes) in breeds of sheep with woolly points where this is necessary. Mulesing is the removal of skin to provide permanent resistance to breech strike in Merino sheep. Other breeds tend to have less loose skin, and wool, so close to the tail and may have less dense wool.

Crutching has to be repeated at regular intervals as the wool grows continuously. Frequent crutching of Merinos reduces the incidence of flystrike, but not as much as mulesing.[citation needed]

At the time mulesing was invented, crutching was done with blade shears. In Australia, these have been almost universally replaced with machine shears. Hand shears were being used when Mules inadvertently carried out the procedure during crutching. Mulesing would not inadvertently occur using modern machine shears.

 

Non-surgical alternatives

Several non-surgical alternatives are currently being researched:

  • Insecticides: Any number of insecticides are now available for prevention of fly strike.[40] and even early reviews proclaimed the effectiveness of using dip across the whole animal, rather than cutting one small portion that left the rest of the animal still susceptible “dipping is still the most cost effective means of protecting sheep from flystrike”. [41]
  • Topical protein-based treatments which kill wool follicles and tighten skin in the breech area (intradermal injections)[39]
  • Biological control of blowflies.[12]
  • Plastic clips on the sheep’s skin folds which act like castration bands, removing the skin (breech clips).[39]
  • Tea tree oil as a 1% formulation dip where tests have shown a 100% kill rate of first stage maggots and a strong repellent effect against adult flies, which prevented eggs being laid on the wool for up to six weeks.[42]

USA: Trump to Change The ESA – Bad News For Animals.

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Hi Mark,

It’s been heartbreaking to watch a mother orca push around her dead calf for more than a week off the West Coast. She’s been trying to keep its head above water and, in her grief, is now falling behind her family.

Only 75 of these endangered West Coast orcas are left in existence — a 30-year low. We’ve launched a lawsuit in defense of these beautiful creatures.

Southern Resident killer whales are one of the most endangered species on the planet, but the Trump administration is dragging its feet in granting protection.

These orcas are exactly the kind of species the Endangered Species Act is meant for. They need immediate action to increase their food supply of chinook salmon. Our new lawsuit seeks a protected area for these whales so they have enough food and are spared from vessel noise, motor boat traffic and water pollution.

Now Trump and his right-wing anti-wildlife cronies in Congress are trying to weaken the Act as a gift to big business and industry, who will be able to develop, bulldoze and drill all over the habitat of species struggling to live.

Orcas will vanish. So too will polar bears in the Arctic, where oil and gas companies will pillage polar bear habitat.

Trump, Interior Secretary Zinke and Congress are doing all they can to undercut protections for wildlife. If Trump’s new rules go into effect, and without immediate protection, West Coast orcas and other species will be lost forever.

This is all part of the most severe, dangerous threat to the Endangered Species Act we’ve ever seen. We can’t let these attacks go through.

We need you with us to fight for wildlife, endangered species and the laws they depend on to survive.

Please give to our Trump Resistance Fund today and have your gift doubled.

For the wild,

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Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

P.S. We’re fighting for endangered species day in, day out. The best way to support that fight is by joining Wild Uprising and starting an automatic monthly donation.

 

 

USA: Trump Intends To Weaken The Endangered Species Act – Take Action.

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Dear Mark,

Extinction is forever. If we lose the polar bear… the manatee… the orca whale… the sage grouse… the bearded sealwe will never get them back.

Yet the Trump administration just announced alarming plans to dramatically weaken the Endangered Species Act — a landmark law with an astonishing 99% success rate that has been a literal lifesaver for hundreds of species on the brink of extinction.

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Trump’s plan is a devastating blow for threatened wildlife. They don’t have a voice to fight back — but we do. Right now, the Interior and Commerce Departments are accepting comments from the public on this disastrous plan.

We need your help to mobilize a massive public outcry that will let President Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke know we’re watching them — and we will not stop fighting to protect threatened and endangered species.

TAKE ACTION: Submit an official comment calling on the Trump administration to reverse course and save the Endangered Species Act.

Make no mistake: This is the biggest attack on the Endangered Species Act in decades. The very agencies that are charged with saving imperiled species are trying to gut the law’s bedrock protections. The proposed rollbacks would:

  • Make it more difficult to extend protections to threatened species, delaying lifesaving action until a species’ population is so small it may be challenging or impossible to save
  • Exempt climate change from key parts of the law, making it more difficult to protect the polar bear, the bearded seal, and many other imperiled species that are impacted by the effects of climate change
  • Require economic factors to be analyzed when deciding if a species should be saved
  • Make it easier for companies to build roads, pipelines, mines, and other industrial projects in critical habitat areas that are essential to imperiled species’ survival

The Trump administration is giving its friends in the drilling, mining, and logging industries the green light to destroy fragile wildlife habitats and drive our most threatened species to the brink of extinction, just to bolster corporate polluter profits.

Tell them you won’t stand for it. Submit a comment calling on Secretary Zinke, Secretary Ross, and President Trump to halt their attacks on the Endangered Species Act.

The bald eagle, the humpback whale, and the grizzly bear are just a few of the hundreds of iconic species saved by the ESA. It’s no wonder that an overwhelming majority of Americans support the law and want their elected officials to protect it.

At NRDC, we’ve led the fight to add imperiled animals and plants to the Endangered Species List, and we’ve successfully defended vulnerable wildlife like humpback whales and rusty patched bumble bees in court.

Now, we’re fighting tirelessly to protect the Endangered Species Act itself from the Trump administration’s attacks. And if necessary, we’ll take Trump and his allies to court to save the ESA.

But we can’t do it alone. Please join our fight today by calling on the Trump administration to save the ESA — and the countless species whose lives depend on it — while we still can.

Thank you for standing with us at this critical time.

Sincerely,

Rhea Suh
President, NRDC

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