Day: August 23, 2018

UK: Use Brexit And Lead The Way To End All Fur Imports; Prime Minister Told.

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Use Brexit to end fur imports, celebrities including Judi Dench, Ricky Gervais and Andy Murray urge Theresa May

‘Britain’s responsibility to animals does not end at our borders’

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/theresa-may-animal-fur-imports-celebrity-humane-society-international-judi-dench-paloma-faith-andy-a8252141.html

 

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Above – Rabbits on a Chinese Fur Farm.

Dame Judi Dench, Paloma Faith and Andy Murray are among more than 30 celebrities urging Theresa May to introduce a UK ban on animal fur imports after Brexit.

Fur farming has been illegal in the UK since 2000, but fur from animals such as foxes, rabbits and minks continues to be imported.

According to Humane Society International (HSI), Britain has imported over £650m-worth of fur since the ban on farming.

A letter delivered to the Prime Minister on Monday and signed by 31 high-profile British figures argues “this makes no sense”.

“If fur is too cruel to produce in this country, it’s too cruel to sell in this country.

“We believe that Britain’s responsibility to animals does not end at our borders, but extends globally, to those animals killed to be traded into our country.”

A total ban on imports of animal fur is impossible as long as the UK is a member of the European Single Market, as fur products are still produced in several European countries.

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But HSI hopes that Brexit will provide the chance for the government to “close our borders fully to this cruel and archaic trade”.

According to HSI, more than 100 million animals die each year for the fur trade, many of them reared in tiny barren cages, electrocuted, gassed or even skinned alive.

Monday’s letter was written to support the #FurFreeBritain campaign, which calls on the government to extend a current ban on imports of dog and cat fur to all species and is backed by animal welfare charities including HSI, PETA, the RSPCA and Animal Aid.

Signatories include Bill Bailey, Fearne Cotton, Joanna Lumley, Ricky Gervais and Simon Amstell.

An inquiry into the fur trade was launched last week by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, which will examine “how the industry can be made more transparent” and look at post-Brexit possibilities for altering legislation around the import of fur.

The inquiry follows revelations last year that a number of major retailers including Amazon, TK Maxx, Boohoo and Groupon were selling products containing animal fur, despite advertising them as synthetic.

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USA: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Trying To Open The Door To Mass Wildlife Killings – Take Action.

Dear Mark,

Suppose you’re a senior member of the Trump administration responsible for wildlife conservation.

Tell me, what on Earth would possess you to open National Park lands to brutal and vicious killing of wolves, bears and other predators?

That’s exactly what’s being considered.

And Mark, that’s just the beginning of the death and destruction this administration is unleashing.

Make a generous gift to Defenders of Wildlife today and your gift will be tripled, thanks to a match offer from our Board of Directors and President’s Circle. They will kick in $2 for every $1 you give, up to a total of $150,000.

But please hurry, the match offer ends Friday, August 31st.

This heinous proposal would open National Park Service lands in Alaska to a brutal array of killing efforts. In the crosshairs are bears, wolves and other predators. The proposal would allow for new, cruel hunting practices on national preserves, like baiting bears with doughnuts or bacon or shooting mother wolves and their pups in their dens to artificially boost moose and other game animal numbers.

I wish I could say that was the only appalling proposal we’re facing right now, but sadly it’s the tip of the iceberg.

Just consider:

Red wolves. Recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposals would confine these wolves to a tiny patch of habitat and permit landowners to shoot any wolf that happens to wander onto their property.

Mexican gray wolves. This smaller cousin of the gray wolf continues to hang by a thread, and FWS seems uninterested in mounting a serious recovery effort. A so-called ‘recovery plan’ submitted in 2017 is basically a recipe for extinction. It disregards the best available science, limits the species’ population, and cuts off access to vital recovery habitat.

Polar bears. Global warming’s effect on the Arctic is especially dramatic. With sea ice melting, polar bears in the U.S. are increasingly dependent on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But instead of protecting this critical habitat, the administration is opening the region to oil exploration. That’s really bad news if you happen to be a polar bear.

The list goes on and on. When you combine all of these cruel proposals, you can appreciate the scope of danger facing our precious wildlife.

That’s why your help is so important right now. And why your gift will be tripled if you give by August 31st.

When you support Defenders, you’re a part of our community of wildlife activists. You’re supporting wildlife lawyers who, right this minute, are in court fighting for the wildlife you love. You’re supporting organizers to engage every voice in America to protect wildlife. And you’re supporting a team of advocates who work every day in Washington, D.C. and in statehouses across the country to save wildlife from destructive policy proposals.

Mark, I continue to have hope because most Americans favor strong wildlife protections and because people like you refuse to give up the fight.

From the bottom of my heart, my deepest thanks for your commitment, compassion and generosity.

Sincerely,

Jamie Rappaport Clark
President, Defenders of Wildlife

 

P.S. These attacks are stretching our resources to the limit. Your gift, along with the matching dollars, will help keep us in the fight!

 

ADDITIONAL PETITION TO SUPPORT – NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS.

 

Save the Animals from Sacrifice in Religious Rituals

Petition created on Jun 22, 2016

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Petition link – https://www.sosvox.org/en/petition/save-the-animals-from-sacrifice-in-religious-rituals.html?utm_source=highlight&utm_medium=title&utm_campaign=campaign-p230818&uid=fd376f375efd72ffbb9b53f8573be892

Animals are creatures of God and have the right to live. We cannot allow any kind of animals used for religious rituals of any religion.

We see dead cats, dogs, roosters, leave them lying in the streets, surrounded with flowers, candles. They cut their necks, pluck their heads, they torture to kill them.

The Government of Venezuela should prohibit this at all costs, with harsh Laws against animal abuse and investigating these cases to find the culprits.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

 

 

 

 

 

 

England: Pet Shop Ban Plan for Puppy and Kitten Sales in England.

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Pet Shop Ban Plan for Puppy, Kitten Sales in England

The government believes that third-party sales mean animals are too often separated early from their mothers, undertake multiple journeys and are introduced to several new and unfamiliar environments, harming their welfare.

Pet shops in England should be banned from selling puppies and kittens, the government proposed Wednesday, in a bid to put the squeeze on unscrupulous puppy farms. Puppies or kittens less than six months old will have to be bought directly from the breeder or adopted from a rescue centre, under the proposed new law.

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The government is concerned that third-party sales lead to poorer welfare conditions.

“We are proposing to ban commercial third-party sales of puppies and kittens in England,” the environment ministry said, as it launched a one-month public consultation on their plans. “This will prevent pet shops, pet dealers, and other outlets from selling these animals in England unless they themselves had bred them.”

The government believes that third-party sales mean animals are too often separated early from their mothers, undertake multiple journeys and are introduced to several new and unfamiliar environments, harming their welfare.

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Estimates for the numbers of puppies sold via third parties in Britain range between 40,000 and 80,000. The Kennel Club, which registers newborn puppies, said it was “a vital step forward to tackling the cruel puppy farming industry”.

“It will stop the suffering of many dogs and send a very strong message to puppy buyers that it is never OK to see a puppy in any environment other than the one it was born and raised in, and with its mum,” said the club’s secretary Caroline Kisko.

A petition calling for such a ban was signed by nearly 150,000 people and was debated in parliament in May. Television vet Marc Abraham, who kickstarted the campaign, said the plan would make all breeders and puppy farms “completely transparent and accountable” which “completely raises the stakes for animal welfare”.

“There’s nowhere to hide: a pet shop can’t blame the breeder and the breeder can’t blame the pet shop,” he told BBC radio.