Day: November 16, 2018

South Africa: Fury over rare white lion being auctioned off ‘to be shot by trophy hunters’ – Petition Link Below.

 

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Fury over rare white lion being auctioned off ‘to be shot by trophy hunters’

The majestic animal, named Mufasa, is at the heart of a legal battle in South Africa as campaigners desperately bid to save his life

rare white lion is set to be auctioned off to be shot by trophy hunters – in spite of a huge worldwide campaign to save him.

The majestic animal, named Mufasa, was confiscated three years ago when he was a cub, along with another baby lion called Soraya.

Animal lovers want to move him to a sanctuary, but authorities in South Africa have instead announced he will be sold at auction.

Because Mufasa is infertile, the only value he would have is to be bought by a hunting company and then shot.

There are said to be less than 300 white lions like Mufasa in the world, with just 13 still living in the wild.

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More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for the decision to be reversed.

The petition, to South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs, says: “Mufasa and Suraya are now three years old and are inseparable.

“Nature conservation officials refused permission for Mufasa to be relocated to a sanctuary, who offered to care for both Mufasa and Suraya for their natural lives, free of charge.

“Instead, the rehab centre was told telephonically that Mufasa will be auctioned to raise funds for the department.”

Wildlife sanctuary Wild for Life – where Mufasa has been cared for over the past three years – is raising cash to battle against the auction in court.

It wrote: “In the last few weeks we have seen and read extensively about what happens to lions in the industry.

“Mufasa has had a vasectomy and cannot be bred with. This means there is only one of two options left.

“The number of lion hunters are down and lions have been killed in high numbers for their bones to be exported to the East.”

And it continued: “Soraya and Mufasa are inseparable and it would be extremely traumatic for Soraya to lose her companion.

“She was in a terrible emotional state before they were united as cubs and even when moved to a bigger enclosure she was highly anxious when she woke up and couldn’t find Mufasa.”

Comedian and animal rights campaigner Ricky Gervais alerted his followers to Mufasa’s plight, tweeting: “Shame on the pathetic sadist who pays the money to shoot this animal, and shame on the snivelling coward who accepts the money too. Both worthless.”

The Save Mufasa the white lion petition is here.

Never lose hope!

 

China

 

After international protests, China does not want to allow trade in rare animal products such as tigers and rhinos. This was announced by the State Council in Beijing. Environmentalists reacted relieved.

China does not want to implement the easing of trade and the use of tiger bones and rhino horn for the time being. State Council member Ding Xuedong told the official news agency Xinhua, the changes announced in October and criticized internationally, have been postponed, according to relevant studies. One has dealt again exactly with the topic, so Ding. The prohibitions thus remained comprehensive.

 

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At the end of October, the State Council in Beijing announced that the trade in tiger bone and rhino horn of farmed animals should be legalized.

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Elephants Are Evolving Without Tusks to Survive Poachers.

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Posted by Katie Valentine | November 15, 2018

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https://ladyfreethinker.org/elephants-evolving-without-tusks-survive-poachers/

Many of the elephants wandering Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park these days are tuskless.

From 1977 until 1992, the country underwent a brutal civil war. Due to the conflict, about ninety percent of the elephants that once existed there were poached for their ivory, which helped fund weapons and feed soldiers.

Gorongosa’s tuskless elephants developed a biological advantage as a result of the poaching. According to recent figures, one-third of the generation of females born after the war ended never grew tusks – something that would normally only occur in 2 to 4 percent of female African elephants.

Elephant behavior expert Joyce Poole, who studies the park’s pachyderms, says that decades ago, some 4,000 elephants lived in Gorongosa. Following the civil war, those numbers tragically dwindled into the triple digits. Yet-unpublished research compiled by Poole shows that 51 percent of the 200 known adult females (aged 25 or older) that survived the war are tuskless. Of the female elephants born since the war, 32 percent have no tusks.

Poole, who serves as scientific director of a nonprofit called Elephant Voices, explains that male elephants have bigger and heavier tusks than females of the same age. She continues: “But once there’s been heavy poaching pressure on a population, then the poachers start to focus on the older females as well.” The resulting older age population of elephants will, therefore, consist of a high proportion of tuskless females.

Elephant poaching remains a huge problem throughout parts of Africa – it’s estimated that on average, an African elephant is killed every 15 minutes. It’s no surprise, then, that similar shifts among female survivors and their daughters have occurred in countries other than Mozambique that also have a history of substantial ivory poaching. The effect has been particularly extreme in South Africa – in the early 2000’s, 98 percent of the 174 females in Addo Elephant National Park were reported to be tuskless.

In some heavily-hunted areas, such as southern Kenya, poaching has led to reduced tusk sizes. According to a 2015 study by Duke University and the Kenya Wildlife Service, male survivors of a period of intense poaching had tusks about a fifth smaller than average, while females had tusks about one-third the normal size. This pattern continued – offspring born after 1995 had tusks between 21 and 27 percent smaller than elephants in the 1960’s.

Elephants without tusks are surviving and appear to be healthy, according to Poole, but the work they do with their tusks is part-and-parcel to their everyday lives and vital to the well-being of many smaller species, who rely on elephants to dig holes for water and topple trees over for shelter.

While measures are being taken to reduce the global demand for ivory, such as ivory bans in the U.S. and China, it’s unclear how long it will take for elephants with high levels of tusklessness to recover. One thing remains clear: when it comes to saving these beautiful, gentle giants from extinction, time is of the essence.

France: Gaultier Drops Fur From Fashion Line, Slams ‘Deplorable’ Treatment of Animals.

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Jean Paul Gaultier will cease using fur to create his clothes in all future collections.

In an announcement on French TV, Gaultier stated that the ways animals are killed for their fur are “absolutely deplorable.”

His brand joins several other fashion companies that had already stopped using fur years ago including Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren (Tommy Hilfiger stopped using fur in his collections in 2007. Ralph Lauren stopped using fur in 2006).

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been putting pressure on Gaultier for over a decade. According to PETA Director of International Programs Mimi Bekhechi, “This decision is a sign of changed times, as most people no longer wish to wear anything from animals who were cruelly caged, electrocuted, bludgeoned to death or caught in steel traps, left to die slowly and painfully–the way coyotes are still being killed for the trim on Canada Goose jackets.”

Factory farming to “harvest” fur is inhumane. Fur farmers cram animals into tiny cages that prevent them from moving freely. Some animals are killed by being poisoned with engine exhaust. Other animals have rods shoved into their mouths and anuses and are subsequently electrocuted. Still others are killed with strychnine, which is a poison known to induce painful cramps and suffocation. Jean Paul Gaultier’s decision to stop supporting an industry that profits from suffering is clearly the right move — and was long overdue.

India: Petition – The Human Took A Short Cut; Yet The Tiger Was Run Over with A Tractor and Beaten to Death For Doing Nothing Wrong.

 

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Posted by Carly Day | November 14, 2018

SIGN: Justice for Tiger Run Over with Tractor and Beaten to Death 

PETITION TARGET: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests for Uttar Pradesh, Dr. Rupak De

Villagers living near the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh, India, stormed the reserve last week to brutally slaughter a 10-year-old tigress.

First, they ran the terrified animal over with stolen tractors, then they beat her to death with sticks. Photos of the slain animal show head and facial injuries, with blood pouring from her eyes, mouth, and nose.

The savage attack came after one of the villagers succumbed to injuries inflicted by the tigress earlier in the day – when he had illegally taken a shortcut through the reserve on the way home and been attacked.

The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is the last home to the Bengal Tiger in the state of Uttar Pradesh, and was estimated to contain around 106-118 tigers during the last survey in 2011.

Although human-animal conflict is rampant in rural areas of India, this tigress had no history of attacking humans. Field director of the reserve Ramesh Pandey has pledged that all the villagers involved in the attack will be sent to jail; however, more needs to be done to prevent this kind of tragedy from occurring again.

Sign this petition urging Principal Chief Conservator of Forests for Uttar Pradesh, Dr. Rupak De, to take meaningful action to prevent further conflicts and find ways to protect both the villagers and the animals.

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Petition Link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/petition-tiger-run-tractor-beaten-death/

 

 

EU: No Rainforest In My Tank – The EU subsidises palm oil as a “green biodiesel” Please Sign Petition Now – Important !

 

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Palm oil deforestation is an environmental catastrophe in Asia, but most people don’t know that the EU subsidises palm oil as a “green biodiesel”.

Even though it’s THREE TIMES worse for the climate than regular diesel because of the rainforest destruction it causes.

Europe has two months to stop this. In February it could outlaw palm oil in biodiesel, but we’re up against the huge palm oil lobby that wants to keep its lucrative subsidies.

Sign the petition to tell the EU: No rainforests in my tank! Stop subsidising palm oil biodiesel.

The EU has been under the thumb of palm oil lobbyists for years, disguising this destructive industry as an ‘eco’ option to replace fossil fuels, and deceiving European drivers into burning, essentially, rainforests in their tanks.

Millions of acres of rainforest, and orangutan habitat, have been destroyed– replaced by huge palm oil plantations to feed Europe’s cars. Deprived of their natural habitat, orangutans starve. When they feed off palm fruits on plantations, they’re shot.

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And if we continue, soon orangutans, among the smartest, sweetest and closest relatives of ours, will be extinct.

We can protect the orangutans and the rainforest from palm oil destruction — but we have to act now. Please sign the petition to put an end to palm oil in biodiesel:

Tell the EU: No rainforests in my tank! Stop subsidising palm oil biodiesel.

Last May, close to 100,000 of us pushed the EU to adopt a breakthrough law to stop subsidising ‘high risk’ food crops such as palm oil in biodiesel. But unless the EU clarifies that palm oil is ‘high risk’ by February, palm oil lobbyists could pressure it to keep dirty palm oil in our tanks.

European drivers would be forced to continue to burn up billions of litres of palm oil.

This is a critical moment to save the orangutans and protect our rainforests.

Right now, the EU is being lobbied hard by the Indonesian and Malaysian governments and palm oil barons to continue subsidising palm oil biodiesel, or risk not signing trade deals.

We have just two months to stand down these powerful biofuel and palm oil lobbyists. Please sign the petition to tell the EU that you don’t want rainforest destruction for fake ‘green fuels’.

Tell the EU: No rainforests in my tank! Stop subsidising palm oil biodiesel.

The good news is, SumOfUs members are making strides in cleaning up the dirty palm oil industry. This month, 240,000 of us helped win breakthrough sanctions against Pepsi’s palm oil business partner Indofood — finally holding it to account for labour abuse on palm oil plantations.

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And last month, Nestlé responded to our people-powered pressure by ending a 13-year old Joint Venture Partnership with palm oil villain Indofood.

Getting the EU to take palm oil out of our tanks could be our biggest palm oil victory yet. Almost all the growth in the use of palm oil in 2017 was due to biodiesel, driven by an EU law that obliges governments to blend vegetable oils in diesel, while Indonesia’s rainforests (literally) went up in flames to clear land for more palm oil.

Can you sign the petition to make headlines and launch a huge people-powered campaign saying no to palm oil in our tanks?

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

 

More information:

Up in smoke: Europe’s cars driving deforestation in Southeast Asia, Transport and Environment, 6 June 2018
Palm oil producers are wiping out orangutans – despite multinationals’ promises, The Guardian, 10 May 2018

CoverGirl Becomes Largest Cosmetics Company Ever to Go Cruelty-free!

CoverGirl Becomes Largest Cosmetics Company Ever to Go Cruelty-free!

Posted by Kristen Arnim | November 12, 2018

 

CoverGirl makeup just went cruelty free! Thousands of animals will now be spared a life of suffering in a laboratory merely for our own vanity.

As consumers grow more and more conscious of the rights of animals, in food as well as all the other products that appear in our daily lives, companies are forced to become more transparent and make shifts in production. CoverGirl is now the largest makeup brand to eliminate animal testing and will be an important example for others!

The “Leaping Bunny” certification from the organization Cruelty Free International guarantees that no animal testing occurs in the creation of CoverGirl’s cosmetics. Every step of the way is cruelty free, meaning products and ingredients from third party companies must not use animal testing as well as the brand itself. It took CoverGirl months to prove qualification, assuring that hundreds of suppliers were also cruelty free.

In a statement from CoverGirl’s chief marketing officer of consumer beauty, Ukonwa Ojo, the importance of this move is illustrated. “If we can do it with our size and with our capability and with our complexity … every brand can do this.”

Coty, CoverGirl’s parent company, also owns Max Factor and Rimmel and plans on those brands eventually becoming cruelty-free as well. Once consumers start choosing brands based on whether or not they test on animals, other major brands are likely to follow suit.

Testing on animals has been a long-standing and cruel practice in cosmetics. Animals such as mice and rabbits are used to test for short term and long term effects from the chemicals in makeup. Innocent creatures are subjected to ailments from skin and eye irritation to cancer. Toxic substances are rubbed into eyes and shaved skin or force fed to test reactions. Even amounts strong enough to cause death are administered. No pain relief or the chance at a comfortable life are offered to these animals. Once their usefulness as test subjects has ended, they are killed and disposed of.

Watch out for brands that claim to be cruelty free but don’t have the certification. LadyFreethinker reported on instances where companies claim to not test on animals, but don’t actually check up on their suppliers.