Day: January 22, 2021

ExxonMobil ends sponsorship of the brutal Iditarod

After an intense campaign by PETA USA, ExxonMobil – one of the last major sponsors of the brutal Iditarod dog sled race – has announced that it will sponsor the race for the last time in 2021.
ExxonMobil has supported animal cruelty in the Iditarod dog race for years

ExxonMobil has sponsored Alaska’s sled dog race Iditarod since 1978 – most recently with around $ 250,000 a year.
The company helped finance the mistreatment, suffering, and death of numerous dogs; a total of over 150 animals died. With numerous demos in front of gas stations, posters, and an online petition, the oil giant was convinced not to sponsor the race in the future.

We at PETA Germany emphasized the campaign with an online petition to the European headquarters in Hamburg and a demo in front of the building and would like to thank the around 15,000 supporters of the petition.

The Iditarod has claimed hundreds of injured, exhausted, sick, and dead dogs

In March 2020, over 220 dogs were withdrawn from the Iditarod race because they were completely exhausted, sick, or injured.
That meant that the remaining dogs had to work even harder.
Over 150 dogs have died in the past few years – most of them from aspiration pneumonia caused by inhaling their own vomit.

Birch, an Iditarod victim

A PETA USA investigator was working in two kennels owned by former successful Iditarod participants where he encountered daily dog ​​suffering and gross neglect.
Dogs received no medical care, were chained to shabby boxes and plastic barrels in the freezing cold, and had to run even after they were completely exhausted and dehydrated.
A dog was dragged to death when a group of dogs managed to break free from a sled.

We applaud ExxonMobil’s decision to stop supporting the brutal cruelty of animals at Alaska’s annual dog sled race.
Because no dog wants to be chased to death voluntarily in the arctic cold.
No sponsor would co-finance an event in which people would be driven to their death in this way.

Corporations that continue to sponsor the Iditarod are speciesists; So they pursue a human-centered ideology that sees humans as superior to other species.

https://www.peta.org/blog/victory-exxonmobil-iditarod-sponsorship/

And I mean…Iditarod was founded in 1973.
The race is held in memory of a dog sledding expedition in 1925 that brought a vaccine to Nome to control a diphtheria outbreak.

There are several explanations for the name Iditarod.
One of them is that it refers to an ancient path that connected gold rush locations and port locations in northern Alaska.

Iditarod ‘stands for animal suffering and greed for profit.

The participants are only motivated by the cash prize and do almost everything to get it. The animals run about 160 kilometers a day and are only allowed to rest for almost 40 hours over a period of two weeks.

The race takes place in the dead of winter and demands everything from the dogs.
Many injure themselves, fall into ice water, collapse, or get sick.

Their paws get sore from running and often your muscles give up at some point.
Most of the mushers come from the USA, Canada, and Norway.

Now! slowly the faucet of this money pit, which exists at the expense of the animals, is turned off!
There has recently been a doping scandal involving the four-time winner and young star Dallas Seavey, which means there are also image problems.
And then, one after the other, important sponsors drop out, so the Iditarod budget and prize money had to be cut significantly.

For example, carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced that Chrysler car dealer “Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Center” in Alaska has endorsed the race.

Just a week before the start of the 2020 race, Alaska Airlines ended its decade-long partnership with Iditarod.
Two days after this announcement, Baird Private Wealth Management also responded and confirmed that it would no longer support the brutal race.

Most recently, the weighty financier Wells Fargo jumped out – now it is financially tight. We may only see the last race in Iditarod this year because now there are serious fears that the days of this bloody sport are really numbered.

But we have to keep pushing: here is the new petition to the Millennium Hotels- they have to withdraw their support to Iditarod, too.

https://headlines.peta.org/iditarod-race-will-leave-you-outraged/#takeaction

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: L’Oréal Group has pledged to ban not just badger hair but all animal hair from its products. But Other Action Still Needed – Speak Out – See Below.

PETA US and nearly 80,000 members of the public urged Baxter of California – owned by L’Oréal Group – to ban badger-hair brushes. As a result, L’Oréal Group has pledged to ban not just badger hair but all animal hair from its products.

Although we’re celebrating this wonderful news, there are still companies profiting from China’s abusive badger-hair industry.

PETA Asia’s investigations have even exposed one abattoir worker bashing badgers in the head with a chair leg.

Speak out for badgers and ask these companies to switch to high-performing vegan bristles

Speak out – TAKE ACTION

Badgers Held in Cramped Cages, Beaten, and Killed for Their Hair – Take Action Now! | People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (peta.org.uk)

Chile: HSI welcomes tough new Chilean bill to outlaw cosmetic testing on animals.

HSI welcomes tough new Chilean bill to outlaw cosmetic testing on animals

Humane Society International

HSI welcomes tough new Chilean bill to outlaw cosmetic testing on animals – Humane Society International

Chile is in the running to become the second South American country to prohibit animal testing for cosmetics following introduction of a federal bill in late December which, if passed, would prohibit new animal testing of both finished cosmetics and their ingredients, and severely restrict the import or sale of beauty products developed with reliance on new animal testing carried out anywhere in the world. Bill 13.966-11 was introduced by Deputy Vlado Mirosevic in close cooperation with HSI and our Chilean partner Te Protejo, with bipartisan support of government and opposition parliamentarians, as well as from several leaders in the beauty sector and cruelty-free domestic brands.

“We commend Deputy Vlado Mirosevic for his leadership in introducing a bill that will close the door on cruel cosmetics in Chile,” said Aviva Vetter, HSI cosmetics program manager for research & toxicology. “This bill brings us one step closer to ending animal suffering in the global beauty industry.”

Through the Animal-Free Safety Assessment (AFSA) Collaboration coordinated by HSI, leading brands are able to work behind the scenes with HSI and our partners to agree bill language, which can expedite movement of bills through the political process. The next step for the Chilean bill is review by the Health Commission in the Chamber of Deputies.

Since the launch of the 2017 Chilean branch of HSI’s global campaign to end cosmetic animal testing, HSI and Te Protejo have worked in close cooperation with decision makers to bring the country in line with the global cruelty-free trend. A 2019 public opinion poll by Inside Research on behalf of HSI and Te Protejo found that 74% of Chileans agree that testing cosmetics on animals is not worth the animals’ pain and suffering, and to date more than 100,000 Chileans have signed our petition supporting a ban.

Sign the pledge to be cruelty free:

HSI DonateHumane Society International (hsi.org)

USA: Judge in Oklahoma Rules ‘Tiger King’ Zoo Must Give Up Big Cats Due to Violations.

Judge in Oklahoma Rules ‘Tiger King’ Zoo Must Give Up Big Cats Due to Violations

Judge in Oklahoma Rules ‘Tiger King’ Zoo Must Give Up Big Cats Due to Violations (yahoo.com)

The new owners of the Tiger King zoo have been directed to surrender all the lion and tiger cubs in their possession, as well as the mothers of the animals, to the federal government.

The Associated Press reports that the orders came from Oklahoma U.S. District Judge John F. Heil III last week, in a case against Jeffrey and Lauren Lowe and the G.W. Zoo due to alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act.

“The Lowes have showed [sic] a shocking disregard for both the health and welfare of their animals, as well as the law,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jonathan D. Brightbill of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, per AP.

Before the Lowes began managing the zoo, Joseph Maldonado-Passage—or Joe Exotic—was running the exotic animal park, and was the subject of Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness docuseries that aired last year. Exotic is currently serving a 22-year federal prison sentence in Fort Worth, Texas for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws. He’s been pushing for a pardon from Donald Trump—and on Jan. 6, Exotic’s legal team was gearing up for a reportedly “high level” meeting “in connection with” his pardon. However, with 24 hours left in Trump’s presidency, it’s unclear if Exotic will receive a pardon.

22/1/21 – WAV Comment – Don’t think he got it !

Argentina’s President Says He’ll Ditch Meat If Paul McCartney Plays For Him.

WAV Comment – Mondays are a start, but why not the whole week if he ‘cares’ about the environment ?

Come on Macca; lay down something stronger.

Argentina’s President Says He’ll Ditch Meat If Paul McCartney Plays For Him

Alberto Fernández has reportedly said: ‘If Paul McCartney plays Blackbird in my office, I’ll stop eating meat’

Argentina’s President says he will ditch meat on Mondays if Beatles star Paul McCartney plays for him. 

Alberto Fernández reportedly made the comment in a recent meeting with Argentine Vegan Union.

UVA set up a meeting with the politician to discuss a petition against the construction of factory farms across Argentina. So far, it had managed to garner more than 500,000 signatures. 

‘I’ll stop eating meat’

According to Buenos Aires Times, Fernández told the union: “If Paul McCartney plays Blackbird in my office… I’ll stop eating meat.”

However, UVA president Manuel Martí said in a later interview that Fernández showed ‘concern’ about how meat consumption impacts the planet.

Moreover, Martí says he’s contacted McCartney, and that the musician will send the President a letter asking him to implement no-meat Mondays.

“I hope Paul has the power to make him understand the necessity and importance of this,” he added.

Meat-free Mondays

Musician Paul McCartney and his daughters Mary and Stella created Meat-free Mondays back in 2009.The campaign encourages people to ‘help slow climate change, conserve precious natural resources, and improve their health by having at least one plant-based day each week’.

It has received praise from a slew of celebs such as Billie Eilish and Ringo Starr.

Argentina’s President Will Ditch Meat If Paul McCartney Plays For Him (plantbasednews.org)