Day: October 23, 2018

Loretta’s story

LorettaLoretta didn’t even have a name—she had a number.

For chimpanzees, 2013 was a great glimmer of hope when health institutes (National Institutes of Health) announced they would stop using their state-owned chimpanzees for experiments.

PETA now revealed that there are still 110,000 primates locked up in laboratories in the United States – under dreadful conditions.

Primate Products Inc. (PPI for short) takes the monkeys from the wild to warehouses where they are often kept in very unhygienic conditions. Subsequently, the animals are sold to laboratories.

Loretta is one of many monkeys who have suffered enormously.

Tattooed in black ink across her chest, the numbers 1005158 only became more visible as her hair fell out in patches, likely as a result of the stress that she endured at Primate Products, Inc. (PPI), a notorious facility that imports and warehouses primates before selling them to laboratories. A PETA eyewitness gave Loretta a name, likely the first act of compassion she’d ever been shown.

Continue reading “Loretta’s story”

Animals Asia: No Name Bear Is Now Rescued and Safe.

Bear bile farming is one of our greatest hates.  That’s why we were very pleased to be able to donate towards the rescue of No Name Bear; a female bear who has spent the last 16 years undergoing daily bile extraction.

We have offered to have her named ‘hope’ – in the competition which is open to all members who donate to her rescue.

 Now today she has been rescued by Animals Asia and can look forward to utterly different future of love, care, health treatment, kindness and great food.


Follow her recue on this timeline:


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500,000 People Tell KFC: No More Cruelty to Chickens!

500,000 People Tell KFC: No More Cruelty to Chickens!


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World Animal Protection (WAP) delivered an important message to KFC headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky this week, presenting a petition with more than 500,000 signatures to the fast food giant.

The petition urges KFC to stop supporting horrifically cruel factory farms and commit to sourcing their chickens from farms that support natural growth rates and a better environment for the animals.

“We are deeply grateful to the more than 500,000 supporters who’ve signed our petition calling on KFC to give chickens a better life,” Alesia Soltanpanah, US executive director at WAP, told Lady Freethinker. “KFC has the power to transform the lives of chickens on a truly global scale – but they need to take action.”

Unlike fast food competitors Burger King, Subway and Starbucks, KFC — who make billions of dollars every year from the slaughter of animals — have yet to take any action to address the welfare of chickens in their supply chain.

Factory farms are hellish places for animals, as exposed repeatedly through undercover investigations by animal welfare groups. As these farms try to maximize profit, they fatten up their chickens for slaughter in only 40 days using unnatural methods that put enormous pressure on the organs and legs of the chickens. The birds endure chronic pain and health problems, with many suffering from heart attacks due to these rapid growth rates.

“Chickens on factory farms suffer enormously, buckling under their own weight, without space to perform their natural behaviors, and never seeing the light of day,” said Soltanpanah. “By committing to higher-welfare farming, KFC can send a strong signal to other food companies that change for chickens is possible. Animal welfare is important to consumers, and it is important to human health as well. It’s time for KFC to show that it’s important to them, too.”

WAP met with KFC parent company, Yum! Brands, last week, and are hopeful about working with them to make a positive change for animals.

In the meantime, there remains one sure-fire way to eat cruelty free: by opting for plant foods, and leaving animals off your plate.

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‘Gods In Shackles’ – A Conference To Tackle The Exploitation Of Captive Wild Animals.

The PAWS 2018 International Captive Wildlife Conference is taking place November 9-11 in Burbank, California. A very important theme of the conference is “Confronting Captivity”, which reflects a growing resistance to the exploitation of captive wild animals around the world. The problems of captivity abound with tourist elephant rides, orca whales in marine parks, and big cats in circuses.

One of the most notable speakers at this year’s conference is Sangita Iyer, founder of the non-profit organization Voice for Asian Elephants Society. Sangita is a native of India, and an award-winning journalist and wildlife documentary filmmaker. She is the director and producer of the globally acclaimed documentary Gods In Shackles, which was nominated at the United Nations and has garnered over a dozen international awards. Sangita has gained recognition throughout India for her courage in exposing the plight of captive elephants, who are continuously exploited for profit behind the veil of culture and religion.

Sangita’s groundbreaking documentary Gods In Shackles shines a light on India’s religious parades and festivals, and their continuous exploitation and abuse of the country’s elephants. Through her work with Voice for Asian Elephants Society, Sangita hopes to ignite change in the way that elephants are treated in her native India and throughout the world.

You can view the trailer for Gods In Shackles here:


Voice for Asian Elephants Society are currently collaborating with another speaker at the conference, Steven Wise, who is the President of the Nonhuman Rights Project. They are working together for the rights of personhood for India’s elephants. The PAWS conference features nearly 50 other amazing speakers from 15 countries. You can hear directly from those who are leading the way in confronting the captivity of big cats, elephants, bears, and marine mammals. You will learn about the exploitation of wild animals in circuses, zoos and marine parks; as well as the rescue and care of these animals in sanctuaries.

The speakers at the conference are fighting these issues every day on the front lines. They are working for change through scientific research, ethics, law, conservation, and animal care, policy and welfare. PAWS has been presenting inspiring conferences since 1992, and this is the only U.S.-based conference of its kind. This year’s International Captive Wildlife Conference features speakers who are leaders in their fields. The hope is to promote action to improve the welfare of wild animals living in captivity throughout the world.

The International Captive Wildlife Conference happens just once every four years, and there’s still time to register for this year’s conference but registration closes October 31. You can attend one day, two days, or all three. Student discounts are available, and tasty plant-based lunch and snacks are included each day.

The three-day event is taking place at the Pickwick Conference Center in Burbank, CA, and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For a full list of speakers and discussions — and to register — visit the conference website here.


Egypt: MP Suggests Street Dogs Are Caught, Put Into Dog Farms, Fattened Up and Then Exported For Meat To Nations That Eat Them ! – Petition to Sign.



Denounce Sicening Proposal to Sell Egypt’s Stray Dogs for Meat


Sign the petition here –


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PETITION TARGET: Egyptian Ambassador Yasser Reda

In a twisted attempt to solve Egypt’s stray dog problem, Egyptian MP Margret Azer has proposed that street dogs be imprisoned in dog farms, fattened up, slaughtered, and sold to South Korea and other dog-eating countries for meat.

Azer suggests that this idea for the nation to profit from the lives of animals is a valid, humane alternative to shooting dogs dead or sterilizing them.

Animal rights organizations are outraged, and the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA) has described Azer’s comments as “shameful.”

With an estimated 22 million stray dogs in Egypt, there is clearly a need for population control; however, killing dogs for human consumption to make a profit is an outrageous and cruel idea.

Millions of dogs every year already suffer immensely for the dog meat trade — stolen, beaten, tortured and murdered. Egypt should not even consider supporting this horrific industry.

Sign this petition urging Egyptian Ambassador Yasser Reda to strongly oppose any such proposal, and focus instead on finding more humane methods to control the nation’s stray dogs.


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Serbia: Onyx Is In Need Of Help To Pay Veterinary Costs.

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Onyx was found lying motionless in an empty box of chips near a busy road. Since he had been neutered, we presumed that he had an owner who would try to find him, so we decided to take in this poor broken kitty boy for the time being. As usual, no one stepped up, so we took him to the vet even though we knew that his vet bills would be enormous. We couldn’t merely stand by and just let him suffer.

His pelvis is shattered, one of his rear legs and his tail are dangling, there’s blood in his urine and he sustained an injury to the head. He hasn’t eaten for more than 24 hours and he is quite skinny, so a nasal gastric tube was inserted into his nose and he is being fed liquid recovery cat food every hour. If the vets manage to stabilize him enough, they will perform a myelography in order to determine the severity of his spinal injury, but the test cost around 100 euros and our debts at the vet are higher than 1000 euros already.
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Is anyone willing and able to contribute towards Onyx’s vet bills? His owner obviously doesn’t care about him, but maybe somewhere out there, there is a cat lover that does. As much as we’d like to try and help him, and at least give him a chance, we can’t do anything without your help. He’s fighting so hard to keep his life, please help make it happen for him if you can. Every tiny bit helps!!

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UK: Urge TUI UK to stop selling tickets to SeaWorld.

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Hi Mark,

SeaWorld: Where enslaved animals are confined to tiny tanks and forced to perform pointless tricks to entertain visitors.

Orcas, other dolphins, beluga whales, seals, and many other animals are suffering in captivity at the marine abusement park. These intelligent, social animals often die prematurely from stress and other captivity-related problems.

At least 40 orcas and dozens of other dolphins have died at SeaWorld from causes including severe trauma, intestinal gangrene, and chronic cardiovascular failure.

Major US companies and the UK’s biggest travel provider, the Thomas Cook Group, have already severed ties with the marine park. Now, we need to show TUI UK that we won’t rest until it ends its support of orca abuse, too!

Please take a moment to urge TUI UK to stop selling tickets to SeaWorld:

 Contact TUI UK

Thank you for all that you do to help animals.


Priya S



Australia: Latest Live Export News From Animals Australia.



Hi Mark,

I never thought I would have reason to write: ‘It has been a quiet few months on the live sheep export front…’ — but it has!

For nearly four months, huge sheep ships, that would normally be plying the Middle East trade, have been sitting empty off the West Australian coast, accruing massive costs for the companies. We managed to firmly upset the ‘apple cart’ of this cruel industry.

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Most importantly, we now know that our threat of legal action prevented over 500,000 sheep from being shipped across the Middle East summer — the first time the trade has been stopped in over half a century.

When we heard last week that the Department of Agriculture had granted an export licence to a Kuwaiti company, we were disappointed — but not surprised. Under a Morrison government it was inevitable that the shipments would recommence once the heat had diminished. But rest assured, the industry is under no illusions that it will ever be the same again. They know that their ability to exist rests with the Morrison government being in power — so exporters would be having sleepless nights watching their support plummet in the polls.

As for the Kuwaiti company — it should never have been granted a licence, of course. We presented the Department with an extensive legal brief documenting their history of involvement in mass mortalities and ESCAS breaches. While the Department has shown unusual courage over the last six months in cancelling our largest exporter’s (Emanuel’s) export licence, it seemed causing offence to the Kuwaitis, by not granting this export licence, was a step too far for them.

The Department itself is about to face its ‘judgement day’. Next week will see the release of the independent review into the regulator. We have every reason to believe the conclusions will be damning and the recommendations strong. Exporters know that they cannot survive independent scrutiny, so it’s not only the Department that won’t be looking forward to the findings of this review.

This is a rare time of opportunity. Our political landscape is effectively being reshaped through the voice and votes of fed-up Australians. A clear message was sent in the Wentworth by-election that Australians want politicians to prioritise the issues that matter to them. A once blue-ribbon Liberal seat is about to be held by an Independent candidate who is a strong advocate for environmental, social justice and animal welfare issues. Dr Kerryn Phelps will deliver us another critical vote for sheep in the parliament.

Mark, the months since 60 Minutes have passed in a blur. But every long night, every weekend worked, has been worth it. Most politicians now support an end to the trade; the most basic new welfare rules are coming at a huge cost to the industry and threatening their ability to make money; and we are now only ONE vote away in the Federal parliament from an end to live sheep export.

And of course, whatever happens, we have the historic Labor commitment to end the trade if elected at the next Federal election. The path is there. It is now a matter of when the trade ends, not if.

It is finally dawning on politicians that their constituents expect them to represent their views and interests — not their own. So there has never been a better time to reinforce your view on animal cruelty — and demand that they bring an end to the live animal export trade.

Mark, for your compassionate action on behalf of animals, our gratitude to you is endless.

Ever closer…

For the animals,

Lyn White AM
Director of Strategy