“It was an experience I’ll never forget,” Wales wrote in a Facebook post he published on September 8. “A proper, man-eating dinosaur of a croc.” He included several photos of the huge animal, one of which shows it hung up under a canopy, dwarfing a couple of people standing nearby.
His Facebook post has attracted some controversy from users opposed to hunting, with one calling the killing “disgusting.”
The tragic killing of a five-month-old bear cub who wandered into a town in Mexico is almost beyond belief. Locals and members of law enforcement were documented smiling and laughing as a tiny, terrified bear cub was tortured and strangled to death. Please take action now to make sure every individual who inflicted harm on this endangered animal, as well as those who stood idly by, are charged and sentenced with the maximum penalty under the law.
Mexico News Daily shared the heartbreaking details of a young black bear cub who entered the town of Castaño, Coahuila in Mexico in search of water. In a mob-like fashion, residents of Castaño surrounded the terrified bear and callously celebrated as they tortured her. They tied her mouth and legs with rope and dragged her tiny body along the ground. They yanked at the ropes until she suffocated to death. Photos posted to social media show police smiling as the small bear suffered and took her last breaths.
The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), a Federal environmental protection agency, stated that it was preparing a criminal complaint against those responsible for the killing of the endangered black bear, which could be classified as a “crime against biodiversity.” The agency said that the perpetrators could face jail time and fines and stressed that it is committed to the protection of wildlife.
Governor Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís weighed in on the horrific event on Twitter and stated that the government of Coahuila “vigorously rejected the outrageous actions” of the individuals involved and indicated that “Profepa and the Coahuila environmental protection agency are in charge of the investigations into the death of an endangered specimen and the mistreatment to which it was subjected.” Governor Riquelme added that the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) was also investigating and would seek to punish those responsible for abusing the animal.
Governor Riquelme, PROFEPA, and the State Attorney General’s Office appear to be taking this matter seriously. However, we must let all decision-makers know that the world is watching and demands justice for the endangered bear cub who was barbarically tortured and killed.
Contact Governor Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís, Head of the State Attorney General Office, Dr. Gerardo Márquez Guevara, and PROFEPA to demand that the sentencing of every individual involved in the callous torture and killing of the endangered black bear cub is a top priority.
1. Speak out on social media. Leave a comment for Governor Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Then, leave a comment for The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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“The world demands justice for the helpless black bear cub who was tortured & killed in Castaño, Coahuila. All individuals involved, including law enforcement, must be charged & sentenced for the violent death of an endangered animal.”
2. Send a Letter. Send a message to State Attorney General of Coahuila, Dr. Gerardo Márquez Guevara, by filling out the form on this page.
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Dr. Gerardo Márquez Guevara — State Attorney General of Coahuila
In Defense of Animals fully expects and strongly urges all people involved in this campaign to act responsibly and lawfully and to respect the personal interests and privacy rights and concerns of any individuals who may be affected by, or become the subject of, your protests or related efforts.
Animal Rights ruling against Curaçao Sea Aquarium October 19
WILLEMSTAD – In the lawsuit filed by Animals Rights against Curaçao Sea Aquarium concerning the five dolphins that were transferred to the Fakieh Aquarium in Saudi Arabia in June, the verdict will be handed down on Wednesday 19 October.
Lawyer Bertie Braam stated during the summary proceedings on Wednesday that Animal Rights would like to see a collaboration with Seaquarium.
Animal Rights started a lawsuit in early June against Seaquarium, the Ministry of Health, Environment and Nature (GMN), and Tursiops, the owner of the dolphins. According to the animal organization, the permit for the transport of the five dolphins should never have been issued.
Last week it was announced that dolphin Mosa has died at the Fakieh Aquarium. Camera images show how the dolphin swims against a wall at high speed. Mosa suffered serious injuries and died as a result of a considerable amount of blood in her lungs.
According to Braam, animal welfare is a high priority for Animal Rights and therefore a collaboration between the two parties seems to be the best solution. In addition, according to the lawyer, it is also a good time to take a close look at the animal welfare legislation in Curaçao. Braam emphasizes to the local Dutch news site NU.cw that the welfare of dolphins is different on the island than in the Netherlands. “There is no organization here that is concerned with the welfare of the animals, we need Animal Rights from the Netherlands for that.”
The lawyer sees two possible statements. “The judge can say that the treaty has been tested and that what happened around the case is in accordance with the treaty and then that’s the end of the story,” said Braam. But according to Braam, the judge can also annul the permit. If the permit is annulled, another solution must be sought. Animal Right hopes that the options for moving the animals to another facility will then be looked into.
European Parliament calls for a more ambitious legislation on imported deforestation
14 September 2022
On 13 September, the European Parliament adopted its position on the European Commission’s proposal on deforestation-free products. Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the inclusion of more animal products in the scope of the legislation, but regrets the exclusion of dairy and farmed fish production industries, as well as all other natural ecosystems destroyed by EU-driven deforestation.
Yesterday, the European Parliament (EP) voted for significant improvements of the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on deforestation-free products. The EC had proposed a prohibition on placing on the EU market a very limited list of deforestation-risk commodities such as palm oil, wood, cocoa, coffee, beef, leather and major soy products.
The Plenary voted to include more animal products such as the ones derived from cattle, swine, poultry and sheep. The inclusion is key as these animals are most often fed with soy which is the second driver of deforestation and it’s widely produced to serve as animal feed, and they are imported from countries with the highest deforestation rates.
As trade in animal products fuels deforestation, the EP’s position is promising for the planet and the animals in regions of the world where intensive animal agriculture or economic activities are destroying precious natural ecosystems. Producers intending to export to the EU will be incentivised to switch to more sustainable production systems, less harmful to wild animals and to their habitats.
There is a real urgency for the EU to use unilateral measures to address the significant impact intensive livestock farming has on the planet and on the animals living on these farms and in these ecosystems. The EU must uphold its sustainable agenda and adopt such legislation when necessary
Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals
The EP’s position is a step in the right direction but it failed to include the dairy and farmed fish production industries, as well as all other natural ecosystems destroyed by EU-driven deforestation. While the Report strengthened the EC’s proposal by enlarging the geographical scope to wooded lands, it failed to protect other ecosystems such as grasslands, wetlands, and savannahs, which are also destroyed by the EU’s consumption of soy and of imported animal products derived from soy-fed animals.
Eurogroup for Animals calls on the EC to conduct an impact assessment on the inclusion of wetlands and grasslands as soon as possible to close this loophole.
All eyes are now on the Council as “trilogue” negotiations will start in the coming weeks. In this context, Eurogroup for Animals urges the Council to uphold the objectives of the Green Deal and thus agree with the European Parliament on a text encompassing a large scope of products including all soy-fed animals and all ecosystems destroyed by EU’s consumption of animal products.