Day: August 21, 2021

USA-Utah: An alligator takes revenge

(CNN) A Utah animal trainer is recovering after the alligator she was feeding during a girl’s birthday party chomped down on her hand and refused to let go until after one of the adult guests jumped on its back to help her.

Darthgator

Lindsay Bull, 31, said that she’s fed Darth Gator hundreds of times in the past, but the 8-foot-6-inch long star attraction at Scales and Tails Utah was being a little pushy on Saturday when she opened a plexiglass door to his enclosure.

Video of the incident showed Bull giving the American alligator the command “back” and then pushing the 150-pound reptile under his jaw when he tried to climb onto the platform in his enclosure.

https://fb.watch/7wKQwKP_ya/

Bull says she hasn’t watched the video, but she thinks her left hand slipped away and the alligator grabbed it in a feeding response.

“Everything was going pretty normal, nothing unusual for interactions between me and Darth,” Bull told CNN. “But anybody that works with animals like this knows that there’s a chance that something can go wrong.”
At first, she thought the alligator would do a quick bite and release, but then she felt it bite down harder.
“He thrashed and at that point, I realized this is going to be a serious, potentially really big injury,” she said.

Bull climbed into the alligator’s enclosure and wrapped her legs around him because she wanted to be able to move with him in the water. She feared that if she was standing on the ground when the alligator started to roll, the force might rip her arm off.
Within seconds, Donnie Wiseman shouted for help before scrambling into the tank and jumping on the alligator.

“It was like instant relief. For a minute, I’m there going through this by myself and then all of a sudden, Donnie was up there on the platform yelling at me, ‘what do you want me to do?'” Bull said.
“I can’t imagine that it was easy for him to jump in and jump on his back.”

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How The Meat Industry Is Mimicking Tobacco Giant Tactics To Dodge Climate Change Blame.

The meat industry across the globe is mimicking tobacco company tactics in order to dodge climate change blame, according to a major investigation.
Despite vast growth in the plant-based sector, DeSmog claims figures are indicating the world is far from reaching ‘peak meat’ Credit: Adobe.

How The Meat Industry Is Mimicking Tobacco Giant Tactics To Dodge Climate Change Blame

It’s come as global meat giants’ PR and lobbying techniques were diligently researched by an award-winning environmental organization

The meat industry across the globe is mimicking tobacco company tactics in order to dodge climate change blame, according to a major investigation.

Award-winning environmental organization DeSmog is behind the research.

Meat industry

It involved a five-month investigation into the industry’s public relations and lobbying techniques. This included reviewing hundreds of documents amongst some of the largest companies, such as JBS and Tyson Foods.

According to the findings, the animal agriculture sector is portraying itself ‘a climate leader through the following tactics:

  • Minimizing the environmental impact of farming animals
  • ‘Casting doubt’ on the efficiency of plant-based meat alternatives
  • Promoting meat health ‘benefits’
  • Moreover, big animal agriculture players are even painting meat as the answer to climate change, the study claims.
  • JBS told DeSmog: “As a leading global food company, we recognize the importance of reducing our environmental impact to combat climate change.”

·         ‘Peak meat’

  • Despite vast growth in the plant-based sector, DeSmog claims figures are indicating the world is far from reaching ‘peak meat’. This means they predict the global meat production to rise over the next decade.
  • Kristine Clement, of Greenpeace Denmark, told the organization that meat companies are ‘ramping up’ marketing efforts to make products appear climate-friendly.
  • This is, Clement claims because they fear politicians will halt the ‘endless’ production.

  

Tobacco tactics

  • In building on the report, an environmental studies Professor told The Independent these tactics are similar to the tobacco industry.
  • Dr. Jennifer Jacquet said: “Tobacco didn’t challenge the existence of lung cancer, but they kept denying and deflecting the causal link [with smoking]. 
  • “And that’s what we’re seeing with beef and dairy.”

Climate change

Despite the meat industry’s tries, the evidence attesting the opposite is overwhelming.

Reports indicate animal agriculture is in fact responsible for a staggering 87 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

However, companies are tightening their grips onto their financial clutch on the global food system.

For example, an industry group in South America recently revealed plants to defend animal agriculture ahead of a UN summit. This includes Brazil, the world’s biggest beef exporter.

You can view DeSmog’s full investigation here

Meat Industry Mimicks Tobacco Tactics To Dodge Climate Change Blame (plantbasednews.org)

 

Regards Mark

Minks Violently Slaughtered for False Lashes – Take Action.

Minks Violently Slaughtered for False Lashes – Take Action

Did you know that if you buy mink lashes, you’re buying fur? Minks are violently slaughtered and skinned for fur coats and other items – including false eyelashes like those sold by Lilly Lashes and Tatti Lashes.

False-eyelash companies Tatti Lashes and Lilly Lashes know that no one wants to buy vile animal fur, so they’re making misleading claims about their mink lashes: Tatti Lashes says that “no animals are harmed in the process of production” of its mink lashes, and Lilly Lashes markets some mink-fur lashes as “vegan”.

These companies know that mink fur comes from animals who live and die in agony – but instead of making a real difference for them by ending their sale of mink lashes, they hide behind misleading marketing.

Minks are intelligent, sensitive animals who enjoy spending their time swimming and climbing. Yet on fur farms, they’re kept inside filthy wire cages so small that they can take only a few steps in any direction, which can cause them to chew on their legs or tails out of frustration. They often suffer from open wounds and infections and receive no veterinary care. Fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods available, including neck-breaking, poisoning, genital electrocution, and suffocation.

Mink farms are designed to maximise profits, and farmers often have little regard for the well-being of the animals, as PETA’s exposés have repeatedly shown. Animals on fur farms are plagued by fear, stress, disease, parasites, and other physical and psychological hardships on a daily basis. These conditions also create breeding grounds for pathogens like the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 has already swept through fur farms, infecting minks and workers in North America and Europe, and the French and Dutch governments subsequently voted to close these facilities.

What You Can Do

Whether it’s a pair of false eyelashes or a coat, if you buy products made with mink fur, you’re supporting the cruel fur industry. Lilly Lashes and Tatti Lashes continue to sell mink-fur lashes, despite knowing how animals used for their fur are treated. Please help animals suffering right now by urging the companies to drop fur lashes immediately.

  1. Leave a polite comment on Tatti Lashes’ Facebook and Instagram accounts telling it to stop profiting from minks’ misery.
  2. Then fill out the form below to urge Lilly Lashes to ditch mink eyelashes:

And go to the following to take further action:

Minks Violently Slaughtered for False Lashes – Take Action | People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (peta.org.uk)

https://secure.peta.org.uk/page/63517/action/1?utm_source=PETA%20UK::E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert&utm_campaign=0821::skn::PETA%20UK::E-Mail::Mink%20lashes::::aa%20em&ea.url.id=5461070

Regards Mark

UK: Government Responses To 2 Petitions – ‘Change the law to include laboratory animals in the Animal Welfare Act’. And ‘End the Cage Age for all farmed animals’.

 

Petition 1 –  63,755 signatures

 Petition Wording:

Change the law to include laboratory animals in the Animal Welfare Act.

The Government needs to change the law so laboratory animals are included in the Animal Welfare Act. Laboratory animals are currently not protected by the Act and are therefore victims of ‘unnecessary suffering’ (see section 4 of the Act: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/45/section/4).

A recent exposé showed harrowing footage of the factory farming of laboratory dogs in the UK. Experiments on such dogs, and other animals, are today widely reported to be entirely failing the search for human treatments and cures.

Current science from multiple fields proves that animal-based research and testing is not viable. The Government should therefore change the law to include laboratory animals under the protection of the Animal Welfare Act, to prevent their unnecessary suffering.

Government responded:

The Government believes animal use for research remains important and The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) provides specific protection for these animals..

There is an explicit exclusion under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (AWA), to provide for the legitimate conduct of procedures on ‘protected animals’ for scientific or educational purposes that may cause pain, suffering, distress or lasting harm. The use of animals in scientific research remains a vital tool in improving our understanding of how biological systems work both in health and disease. Such use is crucial for the development of new medicines and cutting-edge medical technologies for both humans and animals, and for the protection of our environment.

The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) is the specific piece of legislation which provides protection for these animals:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/consolidated-version-of-aspa-1986

No animals may be used under ASPA if there is a validated non-animal alternative that would achieve the scientific outcomes sought. The protections for animals under ASPA include the need for three levels of licence for such procedures to occur, welfare standards which need to be met, and activities including inspection which assure compliance with ASPA. The Home Office is the department responsible for regulating the use of animals under ASPA. If any activity is found to be in breach of what is permitted under ASPA, then the AWA will apply.

Details of how these regulations are administered and operationalised are set out in the Guidance on the operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASPA) available at:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-on-the-operation-of-the-animals-scientific-procedures-act-1986.

Details of the code of practice for housing and accommodation of animals regulated under ASPA approved by Parliament which form a core pillar of compliance assurance activities under ASPA are available at:
Code of practice for the housing and care of animals bred, supplied or used for scientific purposes – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Animal testing is required by all global medicines regulators, including the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), to protect human health and safety. Without the testing of potential medicines on animals the development, registration and marketing of new, safe, and effective medicines would not be possible. The animal species for animal testing of potential medicines are specifically chosen to give as much human relevant information as possible and to avoid species specific reactions which would not predict human effects. Many products which would not be safe or effective in humans are detected through animal testing thus avoiding harm to humans. Potential medicines fail in development for many reasons but the fact that medicines are stopped in development for reasons other than unsatisfactory animal testing does not mean that the testing is not essential.

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