Day: August 9, 2018

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.


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.



ADDA (Spain) –

Animal Aid (UK) –

Animal Aid Unlimited (India) –

Animal Protection Agency (UK) –

Advocates 4 Animals –

Animal Defenders International (International) –

Animals Angels (Germany) –

Animals Asia (International) –

Animals Australia (Australia) –



Battersea Cats and Dogs Home (UK) –

Beauty Without Cruelty (UK) –

Bite Back (Belgium) –

Born Free Foundation (UK) –

Brooke Hospital (UK) –



Cat Shelter ‘Felix’ (Serbia) –

Center for Biological Diversity (USA) –

Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) (UK) –

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

Name change since March 2018.

Celia Hammond Animal Trust (UK) –

Coalition to Abolish The Fur Trade (CAFT) (UK) –



Defenders of Wildlife (USA) –

Donkey Sanctuary (UK) –

Dzīvnieku Drauga Fonds  (Latvia)



Earthkind (USA) –

Ecoetika (Belarus) –

Elephant Family (UK / US) –

Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) (UK / USA) –

Estonian Society for the Protection of Animals (Estonia) –

Eyes on Animals (NL) –



Fondation Brigitte Bardot (France) –

Fondation Franz Weber (Switzerland) –

Four Paws (International) –

Four Paws (Germany) –

Free Korean Dogs (S. Korea) –

Freedom for Animals (UK) – 

(was Captive Animal Protection Society til March 2018)

Fur for Animals (Netherlands) –

Fur Free Alliance (Netherlands) –

Fur Free (South Africa) –



GAIA (Belgium) –



Hillside Animal Sanctuary (UK) –

Humane Society International –

Hungarian Anti Fur League (Hungary) –

Human Society of the United States (USA) –

Hunt Saboteurs Association (HAS) (UK) –





JAVA (Japan) –



Kingsdown Cat Sanctuary (UK) –

Korean Dogs (S. Korea) –



Lady Freethinker (USA) –

LAV (Italy) –

League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) (UK)-



Marchig Animal Welfare Trust (UK) –

Mercy for Animals (USA) –

Monkey Sanctuary (UK) –



National Anti Vivisection Society (NAVS) (UK / USA) –

Naturewatch Foundation (UK) –

NOAH (Norway) –



One Voice (France) –



Project Coyote (USA) –





Respect for Animals (UK) –

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) (UK) –

ROLDA (Romania) –


Save Korean Dogs (S. Korea) –

Save Me (UK) –

Scotland for Animals (UK) –

Sea Shepherd (International) –

Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) (UK) –

Slovenian Vegan Society (Slovenia) –

Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) (UK) –

SOI Dog Foundation (Thailand) –


St. Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital (UK) –

Svoboda Zvirat (Freedom for Animals)  (Czech Republic) –

Swiss Animal Protection (Switzerland) –



Team Badger (UK) –

The Fur Bearers (Canada) –

Turtle Island Restoration Network (USA) –

Tusti Narvai  (Lithuania)  –



Uncaged (UK) –


Vier Pfoten (International) –

Vegan Society (UK) –

Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (VIVA !) (UK) –

Vegetarian Society (UK) –

Vita (Russia)   –



WELFARM – Protection mondiale des animaux de ferme (France) –

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (UK) – 

World Animal Net (International) –  – VERY USEFUL SITE.



World Animal Protection (UK) –





Young Indian Vegetarians (UK) –



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.

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


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