Australia has one of the highest land clearing rates in the world. 80 percent of koala habitat has already disappeared.
Although koalas themselves are protected by law, around 80 percent of any remaining habitat occurs on privately owned land and almost none of that is protected by legislation.
The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that as a result of the loss of their habitat, around 4,000 koalas are killed each year by dogs and cars alone.
New government approved land clearing and development in the Byron Bay area threatens the extermination of a colony of 240 koalas. A Byron Residents’ Group is trying to stop this development, but the government remains firm in their resolve to create an enormous housing development which will see the deaths of these animals. To stop the development from moving forward, the Byron Residents’ Group members, together with animal welfare activists, came up with a creative delivery strategy to make sure the Save the Koala petition receives the attention it deserves and lands into the hands of its intended target, the NSW Planning Minister, Pru Goward.
Please follow this link to read the full article and sign the petition to help save these koalas from death.
The ban was introduced due to the rampant animal abuse and cruelty suffered by animals in this region, and these abhorrent conditions have not improved. Read the complete article by The Guardian here.
In order to "train" wild animals to perform, they're abused, and reactions are attained using negative reinforcement from humans physically striking them using their hands, whips, and bullhooks; often electric shock prods are also used. Animals that are forced to perform during entertainment shows are housed in small, temporary facilities and/or also restricted via chains to minimize mobility. Also, during arduous journeys between performance locations, they're again housed in cramped areas and elephants are also chained. During travel, the creatures are forced to live in their feces and urine.
All of this abuse, living conditions, and overall inhumane treatment of wild animals leads to physical ailments, stress, trauma and often leads to death. There have been several documented cases of circus animals having physical injuries from bullhooks, diseases, lack of veterinary care, and mental stress that is portrayed by the body pacing, rocking, swaying heads; all of this leads to animals "snapping" and posing threat to the public, which leads to animals being gunned down in cities.
Almost 30 countries have taken action to end animal cruelty that stems from traveling circuses and it's time for the U.S. to do so as well. I understand circuses have been a part of our culture, but we shouldn't subject animals to a lifetime of trauma and a grueling death for the sake of entertainment.
Please sign this petition and share.
The Corowa Abattoir in NSW Australia kills up to one million pigs per year, using carbon dioxide gas (CO2) to render the pigs unconscious before their throats are slit. Complete article from Daily Telegraph here. View the full footage plus photos and more info at www.aussiepigs.com
When they have "outlived their"usefulness" or displeased their owners, Spanish hunting dogs are often subjected to unbelievably inhumane deaths. Please sign this petition to help stop the cruelty.
Alisha's beautiful little puppy was killed by a pet toy!.
A nylon string pet toy was the cause of her poor little puppy's death. To read more about this real danger to pets, and sign her petition to ensure these unsafe pet toys are removed from sale here .
Tania the elephant has been stuck in solitary confinement in a Romanian zoo called Tirgu Mures for more than 35 years. She is ill, mistreated and desperately lonely. Please sign this petition and share.
Sunday 23 March 2014, 6.30pm
Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming Piano Recital 2014
With special guest Vasko Vassilev
Cardogan Hall - Cadogan Hall is a 900-seat venue two minutes walk from Sloane Square tube station in the heart of Chelsea, (London, UK)
Concert includes: Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Ravel, Brahms
Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming piano - Vasko Vassilev violin
Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming returns to Cadogan Hall for a special one off performance. Japan’s legendary and best loved concert pianist is performing with special guest Vasko Vassilev, the Concertmaster of the Royal Opera House and Bulgaria’s most popular violinist.
Fuzjko is a staunch animal lover and this concert is in aid of animal welfare charities.
The performance features the works of Chopin, Liszt and Beethoven. Fuzjko uses her unique talent on their works and breathes new life into them.
She has her own style and with Vasko, this will make for an enthralling musical experience!
Tickets: £35, £25, £15
To book your ticket, click here
An undercover investigation at Iron Maiden Hog Farm in Owensboro, Ky., recently exposed not only the horrific conditions pigs endure at factory farms, but also the disgusting lengths to which operators will go to save a buck.
Secret film footage (view the footage below) taken earlier this year by an investigator working for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reveals that after 900 piglets died from diarrheal disease in a 2 day period, their intestines were ground up into “a smoothie” and fed to their mothers and other sows. Kentucky state law prohibits the feeding of dead pigs to pigs, and for health and hygiene reasons. Read of complete storyhere.
The video below shows how animals are killed for fur (and human vanity) using anal electrocution. All methods used to murder animals killed for fur, ensure the pelt is relatively unmarked and the animal suffers an extraordinarily painful death. Aside from electrocution, popular methods for executing animals used for fur include hanging, throat cutting, bleeding to death, and hot poker thrust into the anus. If you care about animal welfare, do not wear fur and avoid most items labelled "faux fur" too, as up to 80% of faux fur is (intentionally) mislabeled, and actually real fur (usually raccoon dog, or cat or dog fur mostly from China).
Thank you to the Anti-Fur Society for this informative, disturbing share.
What is wrong with any human being that they could think killing a "battery lion" is a way to prove their "manliness"? We humans often declare our superior nature, that we are the most intelligent, most compassionate, most civilized. We are the only animal (humans are primates) that kills for the fun, aims to profit from the suffering of others - other humans and non-human animals, and lives out of harmony with the balance of nature. To be worthy of the title human, we must first be humane.
execution by Copenhagen Zoo
Click here to sign the petition before it is too late.
Thank you to Marina La Placenta and the Anti-fur Society for the following information.
Please take these actions to demand justice:
1) Sign these 3 online petitions:
2) Write a 1 star review and leave a message on their page https://www.facebook.com/zoo They won't want the bad publicity!
3) Email them to express your disgust email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Contact the Embassy of Denmark to make a complaint:
Embassy of Denmark
3200 Whitehaven St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel.: +1 (202) 234-4300
Fax: +1 (202) 328-1470
5) BOYCOTT ALL ANIMAL ATTRACTIONS. Urge your friends and family to do the same. These places only exist as visitors fund them. Murdering animals like Marius because they are no longer required is common practice in all zoos. Animals are not entertainment, they are not fashion, they are not food, they do not exist to serve us. Want to stop animal cruelty? GO VEGAN and help end ALL animal abuse. Marius was not the only one who was murdered today. BILLIONS of innocent animals were murdered. If you are not Vegan please watch these: http://youtu.be/oDdlDYWG7nohttp://youtu.be/9TCJGz-v5zg and http://youtu.be/GzS8p727gvM
For more information see this article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2555079/Danish-zoo-kills-young-giraffe-deemed-surplus-feeds-lions.html
Please take action and share.
Collapsing while pulling carriages during summer heat waves, being forced to stand stationary in the sub-freezing, bitter cold while awaiting the next fare, being tethered to a carriage while being forced to inhale the exhaust fumes of the automobile just inches in front of them - Carriage horses are overworked in the harshest weather and most polluted conditions.
There is nothing charming about this.
Built for soft ground and pastures, these horses are suffering from early lameness, respiratory disease, heat prostration and spooking (which can lead to accidents and injury).
Watch a trailer for the 2008 NYC based documentary "Blinders" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31GgmMsFzOM
Many cities in the United States and around the world have already banned the use of carriage horses. And as both major candidates for mayor of New York City support legislation banning this, it's about time Mayor Emanuel get's on board too. Let's demonstrate our compassion by supporting the ban of horse-drawn carriages in our city. Cruelty to animals does not belong in the streets of Chicago.
Please sign this important petition here - http://www.change.org/petitions/ban-horse-drawn-carriages-in-chicago?share_id=FdRnyCfuJl&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
(The horror seen in this important film continues today. We need to stop this immediately!
Buy the DVD: http://amzn.to/SWMTN1
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, The Cove follows a high-tech dive team on a mission to discover the truth about the dolphin capture trade as practiced in Taiji, Japan. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide.
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Writer: Mark Monroe
Producer: Fisher Stevens
Co-Producers: Olivia Ahnemann
Executive Producers: Jim Clark
Awards & Nominations: Academy Award® winner for Best Documentary Feature
Sign the petition to help save Japan's dolphins: http://bit.ly/Rv5Hzp
A website worth checking out is Speciesism.org - click here to view.
Excerpt from the Speciesism site - "spe· cies· ism: the assigning of different values or rights to beings on the basis of their species membership. Speciesism, racism, sexism - they all have one thing in common; the use of power to subjugate and exploit another living being for one's own purpose. Animals are tortured every day for the sake of human pleasure and convenience; whether it is for food, entertainment, clothing, or research. Exploitation of animals is embedded in so many facets of modern life, yet most of society remains unaware of the extent of harm caused by the consumer culture. This site is dedicated to ending speciesism by raising awareness and supporting programs of change."
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Important Anti-Whaling film project "Breach - A Story of Cruel and Unnecessary Slaughter" in need of funding! Any donation, no matter how small will be appreciated. Please click on the pledge widget left for further details/ make a donation. At least $13,000 will be needed by Thursday February 20th 2014.
Film about the abuse and stress suffered by whales in captivity. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite investigates what happens behind the scenes, and why, if most people knew the truth, we would no longer be amused by the antics these poor animals are forced to perform, or accept how these animals are kept in small confined areas for the duration of their natural life.
"Blackfish - Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides -- a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly -- and unpredictably -- able to turn on them at a moment's notice. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who -- unlike any orca in the wild -- has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what went wrong?"
"Shocking, never before seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans truly know about these highly intelligent, and surprisingly sentient, fellow mammals that we only think we can control."
Please sign the petition at this link to help save and protect Orcas.