USA: The U.S. Government Has Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act – Two States Plan to Sue.

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The U.S. Government Has Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act – Two States Plan to Sue

The U.S. Government Has Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act – Two States Plan to Sue

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On August 12, the Trump administration announced significant and potentially devastating changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Leading up to the changes, the US Fish and Wildlife Service invited public feedback, but went ahead in spite of receiving more than 800,000 public comments and letters signed by a variety of U.S. representatives and senators. Ten states and more than 30 tribal nations also publicly opposed the changes.

Within hours of the announcement, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra both announced plans to sue.

“By gutting key components of the Endangered Species Act, one of our country’s most successful environmental laws, the Trump Administration is putting our most imperiled species and our vibrant local tourism and recreation industries at risk,” Healey said in a statement. “We will be taking the Administration to court to defend federal law and protect our rare animals, plants, and the environment.”

Many other conservationists, organizations, and political and public figures are expected to join the fight against the changes.

“This decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) eliminates many essential conservation tools that have protected imperiled species and their habitats for decades,” said Cathy Liss, president of the Animal Welfare Institute. “With this drastic revision of core components of the ESA, the current administration is favoring industry at the expense of vulnerable wildlife.”

What are the changes?

  • Historically, threatened species have received the same levels of protection as endangered species. If the changes go ahead next month as expected, these protections will be significantly weakened.
  • Previously, economic factors couldn’t be disclosed or considered as part of the decision to protect a species. With the forthcoming changes, the cost of preserving a species becomes part of the equation.
  • Under the existing ESA, land that vulnerable species historically occupied or might require in the future is protected. Now, these areas may be opened up to development, or industries such as mining.
  • Climate change will become less relevant. Previously, animals such as the polar bear have been protected due to predictions regarding the loss of sea ice thanks to global warming. Now, officials call this kind of scientific modeling “unpredictable.”

“They’re trying to make it difficult, if not impossible, to protect unoccupied habitat,” said Rebecca Riley, legal director for nature programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “We know climate change is going to force animals to move to new habitats.”

About the Endangered Species Act

The ESA was instigated in 1973 and is responsible for preventing the extinction of 99 percent of the 1650 species it has protected.

The bald eagle, California condor, humpback whale, grizzly bear, and American alligator are still around today thanks to this act.

In May this year, the United Nations released a report on world biodiversity, stating that one million plant and animal species are on the brink of extinction. Their survival is our survival; the earth is at breaking point, and these changes to the ESA are nothing short of criminal.

We applaud the organizations and individuals who are determined to fight for our environment and we will do everything in our power to support them.

Posted by Carly Day | August 14, 2019

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Climate crisis: Stop eating meat

 

“But humans have eaten animals before,” is a popular argument. True, he has also shitting in the woods and sat naked by the fire. Apparently, change is possible – and there are good arguments for the move to meat-free life.

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Meat is currently on everyone’s lips – not only as food, but also as a topic of controversy. Because already since 2013, when the Bild newspaper (Germany) falsely called an article “The Greens want to ban our meat!” called, the German average citizen is in turmoil!! The propaganda in the sense of meat lobby showed effect.

klimawandel-hängende SchweineThe word “meat production” already shows how alienated man is from his food and the misery associated with it.

 

The lie made sure that the VeggieDay” – which demanded only a larger selection of vegetarian alternatives in canteens and canteens on Thursdayfell into disrepute at that time and only occasionally prevailed. But since Pope girl Greta made climate change fit for the masses, more and more demands are being made and these are becoming increasingly radical.

Meat renunciation in the fight against climate change

So politicians and animal rights activists want to increase the value added tax on meat from nine to 17 percent in order to invest the profit in better livestock conditions and to reduce meat consumption. The World Climate Council also recently issued a warning to turn around meat consumption in the fight against climate change.

Although the number of vegetarians has increased in recent years to four percent, the per capita consumption of dead animals has hardly fallen. “Obviously, another part of the population has increased meat consumption in parallel,” says the meat atlas of 2018.

Schweine beine verpacktnThe Germans eat over twelve billion animals per year, including numerous pig carcasses.

 

Despite climate change: so much meat does the German eat

According to calculations by the Vegetarian Federation, every German in his or her life eats an average of around 1094 killed land animals. Fish and marine animals do not even appear in this bill:

four cows or calves
four sheep
twelve geese
37 ducks
46 turkeys
46 pigs
945 chickens

But this eating behavior of the average German contributes actively to climate change. Because one causes with his/her current lifestyle, an output of about 11.6 tonnes of CO2 per year – as the figures of the climate computer from the Federal Environmental Agency. Of these, 1.74 tonnes are for food and 0.45 tonnes (25%) for pure meat consumption. If all Germans were to forego the consumption of meat, we could cut annual output by 37 million tonnes (out of a total of 866 million tonnes, around one percent).

No baby steps in climate change possible

In addition, factory farming occupies an enormous area in Germany, which can also be used, for example, to grow cereals, fruits and vegetables from organic farming. We would win twice and slow down climate change. Because we can only save the world from a climatic catastrophe by making a contribution to everyone – and that is why meat abstinence should be a first step.

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The least, however, must be that every person drastically reduces their meat consumption – otherwise he contributes actively to climate change, which we should better call climate crisis.
Because it is not done with baby steps, should be aware of every educated earthlings, meanwhile.

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Not only because of climate change, but also for ethics!

Besides the positive contribution in the fight against climate change, the ethical component of vegetarianism also plays a role: the consumption of meat requires the killing of a sentient being who is suffering panic at slaughter. And why? To have a food on the plate that has little micronutrients and can even make you sick.

For those who are reluctant to eat meat, the next time they visit their favorite restaurant, they can imagine a sick pig squeezed into their little enclosure and rolling in their own stink. Well then, good appetite!

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https://www.msl24.de/muenster/klimawandel-hoert-endlich-auf-tiere-essen-12908446.html

 

No comment, but… The next time you want to eat meat, think about this picture.

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My best regards to all, Venus

 

South Africa: Dead Lion Cubs Found in Freezer at Cruel ‘Canned Hunting’ Farm.

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Dead Lion Cubs Found in Freezer at Cruel ‘Canned Hunting’ Farm

Posted by Carly Day | August 10, 2019

Dead Lion Cubs Found in Freezer at Cruel ‘Canned Hunting’ Farm

Officials inspecting a lion breeding farm in South Africa discovered a multitude of horrors during a surprise visit in July.

The first heartbreaking case of neglect was captured on video; two lion cubs locked in separate metal crates displayed serious neurological issues as their heads shook uncontrollably. With their front and back legs paralyzed, accompanying other serious injuries, the vet had no choice but to euthanize them at the scene.

Further searching revealed the bodies of around 20 tiger and lion cubs stuffed into a chest freezer.

Dead lion cubs in freezer

Shockingly, this isn’t the first time inspectors have found severe animal welfare issues at Pienika Farm in the North West Province. In April this year, officers from SA’s National Society for the Prevention of Animals (NSPCA) visited the property and found dozens of lions and tigers cramped together in small cages, many with no water or shelter. Twenty-seven animals were nearly bald due to extreme mange. The caracals were so obese they couldn’t even clean themselves.

Lions suffering from mange

During that first visit, more cubs suffering from severe neurological conditions were found.

Animal welfare charges were laid, but no action has been taken since then, as officials are reportedly still gathering evidence. Further charges will be added following the second inspection.

This farm is just one of an estimated 300 lion breeding farms in South Africa, where big cats are bred purely for lives of exploitation. Many end up as fodder for the canned hunting industry — but only after being used and abused throughout every stage of their lives. Ultimately, they are harvested for the lion bone trade.

Advocacy organization the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting alerted The Sun to this tragic case, bringing the issue of lion farming in South Africa into the media spotlight.

“There are around 60 such facilities in South Africa breeding big cats for people to pet, bottle feed, and then shoot for a trophy,” said Eduardo Goncalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting. “The bones are often sold off to dodgy dealers in Asia who make fake medicines out of them. This is the reality of big cat factory farming in South Africa. It’s simply obscene. The animals are kept in appalling conditions, and their owners make a fortune out of their misery.”

What is canned hunting?

Family pose by dead lion

Canned hunting is where people pay a fee to kill exotic animals kept in a confined area. The animals have no escape and are conditioned to humans, so they lack the flight response of wild animals.

Not only is the practice of killing animals bred in captivity legal in South Africa, it is thriving. The Born Free Foundation estimates that more than 8,000 lions and other big cats are held in hundreds of farms in the nation.

“Africa’s lions are facing an unprecedented crisis,” says Dr. Mark Jones, Head of Policy at the Born Free Foundation. “There are now almost three times more in captivity than there are in the wild. These animals have a short and traumatic life in what is an incredibly cruel and cynical industry.”

The big cats are ripped away from their mothers at around two-to-three weeks old. The mother is then immediately forced to breed again in a torturous cycle. Gullible animal lovers pay to volunteer at lion cub “orphanages,” petting and bottle feeding these babies, falsely assuming their efforts are contributing to conservation.

The cubs are then exploited at lion-walking facilities, where tourists spend money to get selfies. Finally, they are sold to the canned hunting sites. After being ruthlessly murdered, their body parts and bones are sold.

An estimated 800 farmed lions are slaughtered by trophy hunters every year in South Africa.

“Here in South Africa, where lions are indigenous and a massive part of our heritage, we are condemning thousands of lions to a life of captivity, where their basic needs are not being catered for, and we are subjecting what is globally known as the king of the animal kingdom to a pathetic life in a cage, waiting for death,” said Senior Inspector Douglas Wolhuter, manager of NSPCA’s Wildlife Protection Unit.

These magnificent animals suffer from birth for a gruesome, unethical industry which is kept afloat by wealthy trophy hunters from around the world.

Add your voice to stop the cruelty. Sign our petition to end trophy hunting in S. Africa for good.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-stop-cruel-canned-hunting-of-factory-farmed-exotic-animals/

Brazil: There is war in Amazonas

 

When Notre Dame burned, the world’s media reported on every moment and many billionaires rushed to rebuild it, even foreign governments offered their financial aid.
At the moment, the Amazon, the lung of our planet, is burning.

 

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It’s been burning for 3 weeks and the world is watching and silent. Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro is against protected areas, as he made clear when he arrived at the G20 summit in Japan.
And despite criticism of right-wing extremist President Jair Bolsonaro, the EU and Mercosur member states, including Brazil, have come to an agreement after more than two decades. This creates the largest free trade area in the world.

At the same time, President Jair Bolsonaro sent heavily armed men to the Amazon to plunder the rainforest. In one week alone, 9,507 fires were detected in Brazil.

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IT IS RISING WAR ‘in Brazil’s Amazon region. Rainforests are considered the green lung of the earth. More than half of the world’s remaining tropical forest is in Brazil. Just last year, according to the government, the Brazilian rainforest shrank by about 7,900 square kilometers, an area of ​​more than one million football fields.

Rainforests around the world absorb about 30 percent of man-made greenhouse gases, or about 11 billion tons of CO2 per year. Critics and indigenous peoples who stand in the way of right-wing extremist President Jair Bolsonaro are being murdered.

“Your profit destroys our lives,” say the people who lose everything, but do not give up and fight against their governments, like the many people who lost their lives in Brazil in 2019. They are tortured and murdered because they are fighting for their land. These murders are not receiving any attention in Germany, because it is often German companies that benefit from these projects.

Brazil is the largest economic location outside of Germany, with around 1300 German companies based mainly in Greater São Paulo. Brazil is also Germany’s largest trading partner in Latin America.

Record number of forest fires in the Amazon rainforest

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest recorded a record number of fires this year, according to new data from the country’s Space Research Agency.
The National Institute for Space Research (IPNE) has so far uncovered 72,843 fires so far this year, and since Thursday there have been 9,507 fires in Brazil.

The new data show an increase of 83% over the same period in 2018, the highest since records began in 2013.

In light of the progressing deforestation in Brazil, several states recently announced that they would stop subsidizing the protection of the Amazon forest. For example, Norway, the largest forest conservation fund in Brazil so far, said it was freezing around US $ 33 million for the so-called Amazon Fund.

Bolsonaro denied other countries the right to interfere. “The Amazon is ours, not you,” said the president.

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Sign the Petition: https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-stop-bolsonaro-from-destroying-the-amazon

https://netzfrauen.org/2019/08/21/regenwald/
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My comment: Amazonas is the world’s largest tropical rainforest with an area of ​​approximately 5.8 million square kilometers. About 75 percent of the area is attributable to Brazil. The region is home to a rich and diverse flora and fauna. In addition, it is crucial for the global climate.

Only a few people are aware that for the destruction of the forests of South America is due the European factory farming.
There huge soy plantations destroy the native fauna and flora. Soya, which is needed to feed chickens, cattle and pigs in Europe, is now growing to over 11 million hectares in South America – and demand is growing rapidly.
In 2014, more than 312 million tonnes of soybeans were harvested worldwide. Of that, the most part lands on the plate indirectly as a meat menu.

It is processed to animal feed and serves the growing meat production in the animal factories.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

England: Formal Announcement by Juliet at Viva! – re Hogwood Victory.

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I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that, following our third investigation into Hogwood Farm, Tesco and Red Tractor have finally responded to the cruelty we found there.

The hidden camera footage we obtained of workers abusing pigs at Hogwood Farm has led to Tesco dropping Hogwood as a supplier and Red Tractor suspending their certification.

This is a HUGE victory! We can’t express just how much this decision meant to us, all our amazing supporters, and the thousands of pigs trapped inside Hogwood Farm.

Mark – our work is not over. We’re in production for our groundbreaking documentary – Hogwood: a modern horror story – telling the story of Hogwood and UK factory farming in a way it’s never been told before

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Our team installed five hidden cameras across three sheds for a week-long investigation. We released this footage to The Daily Mail and, in response, Tesco and Red Tractor finally withdrew their support from the farm.

The hidden camera footage that we obtained showed horrific abuse by workers at Hogwood – with pigs being routinely beaten and kicked, as well as whacked with doors and cages.

Although we congratulate Tesco and Red Tractor on finally making the right decision, I can’t help but question why it is routinely left to vegan campaigning groups like Viva! to expose the abuse taking place on farms. And why it took three years of investigations for Tesco to act.

Factory farming is an inherently cruel business and we hope that this exposé shows that assurance schemes like Red Tractor cannot be trusted.

We’re not going to stop. Hogwood is huge but it’s just one farm – we’re going to keep campaigning to end this cruelty.

Our investigations were splashed across national newspapers and shared across the world. Yet Tesco, the government, National Pig Association, Trading Standards and Red Tractor repeatedly leaped to Hogwood’s defence.

Since our first investigation, the owners of Hogwood Farm invested thousands of pounds in security – rather than improving conditions for these poor animals. With such priorities, the animals will need us more than ever.

Our undercover investigations shine a light on the inherent cruelty hidden behind these closed doors. Let’s continue the momentum and help others choose compassion over cruelty.

Hogwood Documentary – we’re going to tell their story. Our groundbreaking documentary, Hogwood: a modern horror story, is currently in production and we need your help to fund its production and distribution – so we can get it out to millions of people.

Support the campaign:

https://www.viva.org.uk/hogwood/donate?campaign=193EM2+DON&utm_source=Viva%21+Vegan+Charity+-+Email+List&utm_campaign=2f61b37610-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_28_10_51_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc176d21d2-2f61b37610-50196206&mc_cid=2f61b37610&mc_eid=26c03356b8

Yours for the animals

Juliet Gellatley
Founder & Director, Viva!.

 

Our (WAV) recent post on this victory:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/19/england-breaking-news-viva-win-against-hogwood-after-years-of-showing-pig-animal-abuse-tesco-stores-ban-meat-from-supplier-after-expose-of-conditions-and-animal-abuse/

 

 

 

In memory of Tyke…

 

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Tyke was a female Elephant born 1974 and died August 20, 1994 after being shoot by the police 87 times.

It took nearly 2 hours for her to die there on the street in terrible pain, lonely and afraid…

Tyke was trapped and taken away from her family when she was a baby. She was shipped to the circus. There, she was confined to a concrete room and beaten over and over, to break her spirit. Circus trainers hit her repeatedly with a sharp metal “bullhook,” which made her cry out in pain. They struck her in her most sensitive areas: behind her ears, on top of her toes, in back of her knees, and around her anus. They wanted to hurt her and frighten her so she would be obedient.

She spent most of her time in chains, doing nothing. Her bones ached from no exercise. Her diet was monotonous. She stood in filth and excrement. She was deprived of every aspect of normal elephant life.

The day she died she was as usual performing for Hawthorne circus which have a long record of animal cruelty violations. In 1988, according to USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) documents, Tyke was beaten in public to the point where she was “screaming and bending down on three legs to avoid being hit.” The trainer said he was “disciplining” her…

By April of 1993, she had enough. She tried to escape during a circus performance. She didn’t make it. In July she tried to escape again; she was unsuccessful. Hawthorn should have retired her right then and there, as she was an obvious threat to the public. But they didn’t. Only God knows what punishment she received when brought back to the Circus.

For the next year she performed in the circus and lived in a barren concrete barn, chained, between shows. The bullhook beatings continued. She vacillated between terror and boredom.

In August of 1994 Tyke reached a breaking point. She had been in the circus nearly 20 years. She was tired of being beaten, whipped, and kicked. She could no longer take the pain and the confinement. She was angry and wanted to be free. At an afternoon performance at the Neal Blaidsell Center in Honolulu, it all came to a head.

At some point during the show, she veered from the script. Circus staff tried to beat her back, but no bullhook or whip could stop the rage that had been building inside her for two decades. She crushed her trainer, Allen Campbell. She attacked two other people. She panicked the crowd. She ran into the streets. It was rush hour. She was disoriented and no idea where she was. She charged at bystanders and smashed cars as she made her way through several city blocks. Onlookers screamed. The police were called out and started shooting at Tyke with rifles.

She slowly fell over, then awkwardly stood back up. The police kept firing. Her head swayed, and her legs buckled. She got up again. The spray of bullets continued. She rocked her head violently from side to side. Her legs gave way once more. She was on her knees and could not right herself. Her eyes were fully open and confused. The shooting went on for several more seconds. Finally, she fell, very slowly, onto her side.

This was Tyke’s final performance. The price of freedom from the circus was steep. She was shot 87 times!!!

 

…This is the two-class justice that protects the fascist law of the stronger, the ruler, the offender.
We respect animal rights only if they use our rights, that is, only if we remain the victors in the end.

We will not forget Tyke.
And we will continue to fight so that animals no longer have to serve as slaves the circus business.

Best regards to all, Venus