Day: November 7, 2018

China: Unbelievably, China WILL ALLOW Trade in Endangered Rhino and Tiger Products.

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Unbelievably, China Will Allow Trade in Endangered Rhino and Tiger Products

Posted by Kristen Arnim | November 5, 2018

 SIGN: Stop China’s Devastating Plan to Legalize Tiger Bones and Rhino Horns

Reversing a ban from the 1990s, China will begin allowing trade in endangered rhino and tiger products. Many conservation groups are in uproar, saying the reversal will encourage poaching and compromise both species.

Rhino horns and tiger bones are often used in China in traditional remedies for ailments ranging from insomnia to fever to meningitis. Though none of the medicinal benefits have been proven, the animal parts are highly sought after and valuable.

“Special circumstances” is the phrase used by the Chinese government in justifying this blatant disregard for the well being of these two endangered species. The claim is the trade will be allowed under special circumstances and strictly controlled, limited to products from farmed animals and for healing purposes only. However, any allowance for trade will be opening the opportunity for illegal activity. And tempting those who can profit will increase illegal poaching and trafficking.

Even legal use under the relaxed regulations does harm to animals. Lady Freethinker recently reported on cruel tiger farms throughout Asia. Exploited as tourist attractions, the animals live in cramped and sometimes drugged conditions. Eventually they are killed, with body parts sold off for decoration or medicine.

Conservationists and organizations like The Humane Society International immediately responded to China’s decision, alarmed at the relaxed regulations. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said that the reversal could have “devastating consequences” in protecting these animals. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said China’s decision is a “brazen and regressive move which drastically undermines international efforts for tiger and rhino conservation.”

Unbelievably, China Will Allow Trade in Endangered Rhino and Tiger Products

China made a tremendous move to stop the poaching of elephants when they decided to ban all domestic ivory trade this year. To back off on conservation efforts of tigers and rhinos is baffling and disheartening.

With less than 3,900 wild tigers and 30,000 wild rhinos remaining in the world, one wonders how reversing this allowance could possibly be worth it.

 

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Petition – SIGN: Stop China’s Devastating Plan to Legalize Tiger Bones and Rhino Horns

https://ladyfreethinker.org/petition-stop-chinas-devastating-plan-legalize-tiger-bones-rhino-horns/

 

 

Japan: Petition – Free Miyako, Elephant So Lonely she Chews on Metal Bars.

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SIGN: Free Miyako, Elephant So Lonely she Chews on Metal Bars

 

 SIGN: Free Miyako, Elephant So Lonely she Chews on Metal Bars

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Petition Link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/petition-free-miyako-elephant-lonely-chews-metal-bars/ 

 

PETITION TARGET: Japanese Minister of Environment Masaharu Nakagawa

Imagine spending 24 hours every day in a barren concrete cell with no friends, nothing to do, and no escape from the endless boredom and frustration.

Now imagine enduring this lonely misery for 45 years.

This is the heartbreaking reality for Asian elephant Miyako, who lives in the Utsunomiya Zoo in Japan.

Snatched from her homeland of Thailand at just six months old, Miyako has never seen another elephant since.

She spends her days pacing her tiny cement pen, desperately trying to interact with zoo visitors for some stimulation, and biting the steel bars of her cage in frustration.

Her outdated and bare enclosure is surrounded by a dangerous moat, which could cause serious injury if she fell; she often tiptoes on the edge trying desperately to reach zoo visitors with her trunk.

A life of solitary confinement is nothing short of torture to an elephant. These deeply social animals naturally live in large family groups and form intense emotional bonds with one another.

Sign this petition urging Minister of Environment Masaharu Nakagawa to free Miyako from this hellish life and send her to a sanctuary where she can live the rest of her years with freedom, dignity and companionship.

 

USA: Trophy Hunted Giraffe Used As Bible Covers. All Gods Creatures And All That ….

 

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Trophy-Hunted Giraffe Body Parts Are Being Legally Sold In The U.S.

Posted by Dobi Finley | November 5, 2018

 Trophy-Hunted Giraffe Body Parts Are Being Legally Sold In The U.S.

An investigation by the Humane Society of the United States has uncovered a thriving U.S. market for trophy-hunted giraffe parts.

According to the findings, nearly 4,000 giraffes killed by trophy hunters were imported into the United States over the last decade.

These giraffe body parts were then used to make knife handles, Western boots, furniture, taxidermy, and even bible covers.

The investigation found various giraffe body parts for sale by at least 52 different dealers in the United States. The shocking findings revealed that giraffe parts and products are widely available around the country, in wholesale and retail stores and online. The most common parts being sold are Western boots made from giraffe leather and specialty knives made with giraffe bone handles. The products range in prices from $8,000 for a partial giraffe taxidermy trophy to $10 for tail-hair bracelets.

 

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, wild giraffe numbers have declined by 40 percent since the 1980s, and with less than 100,000 remaining in the wild, this unique animal is in serious jeopardy. While part of this steep decline has been driven by habitat loss and civil unrest in the nations where giraffes live, the trade in giraffe trophies and parts poses an additional danger to this species. It seems that the beauty of giraffes has made them a ‘new exotic’ and sparked a market in giraffe leather, bone, and trophies. This unregulated new market is now expanding as other wildlife products, such as elephant ivory, have seen tighter regulations.

The investigation also uncovered disturbing connections between the American trophy hunting industry and the giraffe products trade. American trophy hunters import more than one giraffe trophy into the United States every day, and the hunting outfitters that help to arrange their hunts often generate further profits by selling the remaining giraffe parts.

“Our investigation indicates that trophy hunting outfitters in Africa are capitalizing on every last bit of these beautiful animals,” said Adam Peyman, manager of wildlife programs and operations for the Humane Society International. “They are selling them to taxidermists, animal product manufacturers and dealers, who in turn market them to sellers in the US. As this is completely unregulated, it is an easy alternative for products from other, more protected species like elephants and lions, but may still have the similar macabre allure. The prices of these products vary widely, but it is clear that outfitters and dealers try to squeeze every last dollar out of the carcasses of these animals.”

 

The sale of these products is legal in the United States, but the organization such as the HSUS argue that more restrictions are needed. Now a lawsuit has been launched by the Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The lawsuit seeks Endangered Species Act protection for giraffes, with the hopes that new added protections would help curb imports of giraffe bones, hides, and other body parts.

“As giraffe populations plummet, the Trump administration won’t even take the first step toward protecting these beautiful animals,” said Tanya Sanerib, international program legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Africa now has fewer giraffes than elephants, but the administration refuses to throw these imperiled creatures a lifeline. That has to change, before it’s too late.”

 https://ladyfreethinker.org/trophy-hunted-giraffe-body-parts-legally-sold-u-s/  

 

WAV Comment – If money making is involved and nothing else is a concern; then skin covered bibles are obviously approved by the following in his prayers to the god of cash:

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England: Captive Reindeer Used For Christmas Events ‘Kicked and Abused ‘In Undercover Filming By Animal Welfare Group.

 

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-46108203

Captive reindeer are seen being kicked and abused at a centre in Kent in undercover filming carried out by animal rights activists.

Animal Aid set up cameras at The Reindeer Centre near Ashford and said what it found was “shocking”.

Twice, a staff member was caught deliberately booting the animals.

The centre said the employee had been “dismissed as unsuitable”. Animal Aid also raised concerns for deer in Staffordshire and Cheshire.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “It is never acceptable to kick an animal as seen in this footage and when we were alerted to it we sent an officer to the scene.”

Shocking suffering

The Kent footage was shot between November 2017 and spring 2018, and the centre was reported to the RSPCA in May. The film was released publicly by the group on Monday to raise awareness ahead of the festive season.

Campaign manager Tor Bailey said: “Our investigations have revealed the shocking suffering of these gentle animals.

“Reindeer are sensitive wild animals, not props to be paraded around and used for human entertainment.

“I would urge the general public not to support events which feature live captive animals, and find other more animal-friendly ways to enjoy the festive period.”

Image copyright Animal Aid Image caption Reindeer at the Kent Reindeer Centre were found with “raw, exposed skin”

A spokeswoman for the reindeer centre said all its animals were “much loved and well cared for”, and added: “The person involved was one of several new part-time staff that we took on to help out. He was dismissed as unsuitable after a short period of time.

“These matters were discussed in full with the RSPCA and our vet back in the summer.

“We understand people’s concerns and distress and I can only confirm we as a family care passionately about our animals.”

Image copyright Animal Aid Image caption In Staffordshire, one deer was found with what Animal Aid said was “severe fur loss and skeletal abnormalities”

Animal Aid alerted Kent Trading Standards officers in May, but Ashford Borough Council was already investigating the centre. It had “concerns about animal cruelty” so referred the centre to Kent Police. The force said it had no record of the report.

When Trading Standards officers returned to inspect the centre later in the year they found “no particular concerns at that time; one of the older animals was thin but not to the point of malnourishment, just age”.

At Blithbury Reindeer Lodge in Rugeley, Staffordshire, an animal was found with what the activists described as “severe fur loss and skeletal abnormalities”.

However, owner Stephen Swinnerton said the deer he kept were all “happy and healthy”.

The deer pictured, he said, was 17-year-old Forest, whom he delivered as a calf but who had developed arthritis causing him to appear “bow-legged”. Forest had to be put down, to the “great distress of Mr Swinnerton and his staff”, shortly after the picture was taken.

Image copyright Animal Aid Image caption Deer at Cheshire Reindeer Lodge were found “in barren conditions with no food”

At the Cheshire Reindeer Lodge, now permanently closed, some of the deer were said by campaigners to be malnourished and kept in a barren yard which had nothing in the way of grazing.

More than 570 reindeer were imported to the UK between 2014 and 2017 from countries including Sweden, Finland and Norway, government figures show.

The RSPCA said: “We are really concerned that every year, reindeer are used across the country at festive events and exposed to a busy environment, surrounded by crowds, noise and lights, and this can cause these semi-wild animals a great deal of stress.”

Animal Aid is a national group, set up in 1977, to protect animals. Its work has let to a number of convictions and successful campaigns, including #MarkItVegan for supermarkets to appropriately label their products.

More:

Animal Aid including video footage

https://www.animalaid.org.uk/a-christmas-wish-from-rudolphfor-his-captive-reindeer-friends/ 

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/ashford/news/reindeer-centre-accused-of-abusing-animals-192873/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/reindeer-santa-grotto-uk-christmas-lights-switch-on-sleigh-abuse-kent-blithbury-lodge-a8603751.html

USA: Pepsi Business Partner Has Its Palm Oil Mill and Estates ‘Sustainability Certificate’ Taken Away. More Follow Up Action Needed.

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Mark,

We did it!

Last Friday Pepsi’s business partner Indofood had its palm oil mill and estates’ “sustainability certificate” taken away.

Over 240,000 SumOfUs members signed the petition demanding the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) take action against the industry laggard, for exploiting its workers and destroying Indonesia’s rainforest.

Thousands more tweeted and shared a campaign video paid for by SumOfUs members. Together, we pressured the world’s leading palm oil certification body to respond. That’s something to celebrate!

Now’s our chance to get Pepsi to finally cut ties with Indofood.

Pepsi still cashes in obscene profits from a joint venture partnership with the company, and Pepsi has a new CEO who hasn’t heard from SumOfUs members yet.

ACTION –  Can you help make this victory count by telling Pepsi to distance itself from the toxic palm oil company for good?

Yes – I’ll sign to tell Pepsi to cut ties with conflict palm oil company Indofood

Our allies at Rainforest Action Network first revealed Indofood’s abuses two years ago. Together, SumOfUs members used our collective power to drive up pressure this summer and achieve these sanctions.

Now’s our chance to get Pepsi to finally cut ties with Indofood. Pepsi still cashes in obscene profits from a joint venture partnership with the company, and Pepsi has a new CEO who hasn’t heard from SumOfUs members yet.

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Can you help make this victory count by telling Pepsi to distance itself from the toxic palm oil company for good?

Yes – I’ll sign to tell Pepsi to cut ties with conflict palm oil company Indofood

Our allies at Rainforest Action Network first revealed Indofood’s abuses two years ago. Together, SumOfUs members used our collective power to drive up pressure this summer and achieve these sanctions.

And we did it!

Friday’s report on Indofood from the RSPO confirmed:

  • Female workers are paid less than men, do not receive equal job benefits as men, and are not entitled to maternity leave.
  • Overly high quotas are enforced, that put pressure on harvesters to bring in their family, including children, or face penalties
  • Indofood breaks Indonesian labour laws by over relying on casual workers, who are paid less than minimum wage and denied health insurance and pensions.

The decision to finally punish Indofood is a critical step towards justice for workers who face dangerous, oppressive, and illegal working conditions. The RSPO is suspending Indofood’s “sustainability” certificates of the mill and estates where the abuses were documented and is requiring a corrective action plan.

While we’re still pushing for the RSPO to suspend certification for all Indofood’s operations, these sanctions are clear evidence that Pepsi must end its joint venture partnership with Indofood — if its ‘sustainable’ palm oil policy is to retain any scrap of credibility.

Please sign the petition and help force Pepsi to terminate its business deal with Indofood once and for all

We know our people-powered campaigning can push big brands into action. Last month, after sustained pressure from SumOfUs members, Nestlé ended its own 13 year old business partnership with Indofood. Showing that if PepsiCo really wanted to, it could too.

And when 150,000 SumOfUs members put pressure on Pepsi’s departing CEO last month, Pepsi responded and stopped sourcing palm oil from Indofood — but failed to cut ties completely, keeping its business partnership in Indonesia.

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Unless we use this moment to double down on our campaign, with the threats of reputation damage, negative media coverage, and lost customers, Pepsi may hope to weather out the storm until the sanctions end. So we need to act fast.

Please sign the petition telling Pepsi to cut ties with Indofood now. Let’s tell Pepsi’s new CEO there’s simply no excuse for inaction on exploitation and rainforest destruction:

 Sign the Petition 

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

More information:

Palm Oil Giant Indofood Sanctioned Over Labor Rights Violations, Rainforest Action Network, 5 November 2018
Complaints Panel final decision letter (scroll down page for link), Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, 2 November 2018
The Human Cost of Conflict Palm Oil, Rainforest Action Network, June 2016

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The murderers of tomorrow!

 

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A DAD takes his daughter, a girl 6 years old on fox hunts admitting most people won’t agree with it – but says she’s emotionally ready.

Lexie Kelly watches on as her firearms expert father Graeme spots the creatures using night-vision equipment before firing the fatal shot.

Vater Jäger mit MädchenGraeme Kelly and his six-year-old daughter Lexie who he takes out hunting foxes in Scotland

Continue reading “The murderers of tomorrow!”