Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lily Woods and Raime Mckellip, Animal Welfare, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Animal Crime, In Defense of Animals, Tourists Kill Stranded Baby Dolphin, Protect Racehorses from Drugging and Abuse...

The animal agriculture industry has a lot to hide.

It is standard practice for chickens to be kept in cages so densely packed they can’t spread their wings, and for mother pigs to live their entire lives in cages so small they can’t turn around. It is no wonder the animal agriculture industry is lobbying hard for so-called “Ag-Gag” laws that make it illegal to take pictures or video in any agricultural facility.

But with your help, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is successfully fighting back. In our undercover investigation at a Tyson Foods slaughterhouse, we exposed chickens being treated like garbage—live birds left to die slowly in piles, or being crushed and suffocated in machine backups.

If the agriculture industry had their way, it would be illegal for us to show you that footage.

Animals count on us to expose the truth and gather the evidence needed to hold animal abusers accountable to the law, and we will continue to do so. But we’re going to have to fight to make sure the agriculture industry fails in its efforts to make such evidence gathering illegal.

Such exposés have also made an impact on public opinion—resulting in Americans demanding better treatment for farmed animals and supporting stronger animal protection laws. But instead of eliminating the cruel practices these investigations expose, the animal agricultural industry has done everything in its power to stop undercover investigations, silence whistleblowers, and intimidate activists working on behalf of animals and the public interest.

The industry successfully lobbied for “Ag-Gag” laws in nine states. Ag-Gag laws impose criminal and/or civil penalties on activists gathering evidence of animal abuse, and lets factory farms punish those who reveal the truth.

Join us in fighting back against this violation of our constitutional rights.

With your support, we have successfully taken both Utah and Idaho to court over their Ag-Gag laws—and won! As the only nonprofit animal protection organization with an exclusive focus on the law, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is uniquely positioned to fight Ag-Gag laws.

Two down, seven to go. Your support of the Animal Legal Defense Fund means we can keep fighting these laws wherever they exist.

The animals are relying on us, and they can’t afford to lose.

With your support, we have successfully taken both Utah and Idaho to court over their Ag-Gag laws—and won! As the only nonprofit animal protection organization with an exclusive focus on the law, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is uniquely positioned to fight Ag-Gag laws.

Two down, seven to go. Your support of the Animal Legal Defense Fund means we can keep fighting these laws wherever they exist. The animals are relying on us, and they can’t afford to lose.

Not Again! Tourists Kill Stranded Baby Dolphin While Taking Selfies. Just when we thought we had seen enough mindless cases of people bringing undue harm to animals for the sake of selfies – we have another to report.

Marine wildlife protection group Equinac recently shared the story of a group of tourists who pulled a baby dolphin out of the sea to pass it around for selfies – which ended up in the animal’s death.

The incident took place on a beach at Mojacar, a popular seaside resort in Almeria, Spain. The dolphin, a small female of breast-feeding age, became stranded in shallow waters off the coast of southern Spain after she had lost her mother. Confused and looking for a way back to the deep waters, she was pulled out and passed around by the tourists to stroke and use as a selfie prop.

Marine conservationists from the organization rushed to the scene, but upon their arrival around 15 minutes later, the dolphin was already dead. The animal died of a cardiorespiratory failure augmented by the enormous stress and sense of shock at what had been happening to her.

Since they are very sensitive to stress, dolphins’ reactions to situations of this kind are intense and often dramatic in results. The stress coming from being torn out of the water, touched, and surrounded by people can – and did – kill the animal.
“Humans are the most irrational animal there is,” the Equinac team said in relation to the disturbing event, reports Express.co.uk. “Many people are unable to feel empathy for a living being which is frightened, starving hungry, without its mother and terrified. In their selfishness, all they want is to photograph it and touch it, even if the animal is suffering from stress.”

The incident is a distressing example of what happens when an animal is unfortunate enough to encounter a group of people desensitized to suffering and drastically lacking in respect for other species. The Equinac team emphasizes that the bathers should have definitely called emergency services upon noticing the stranded animal. “Maybe we would not have been able to save it,” they said, “but we would have tried.”

If you ever see an animal in a similar situation of distress, stand up and say something! Here is a list of marine animal rescue hotlines that might help. Image source: Equinac/Facebook
Protect Racehorses from Drugging and Abuse. Hundreds of racing horses die every year on the track in the US. One of the latest victims was Wanztbwicked, a 3-year-old thoroughbred that broke down last month as he raced towards the finish line at the Saratoga racetrack. He was so crippled from exhaustion he had to be euthanised on the spot.

He was the third horse to die in the last two months at the famed racetrack and and one of 50 horses to die in New York since the beginning of the year.

One of the main reasons for such a high death rate is the unregulated use and administration of drugs on the animals. Handlers give their animals drugs to cover up their injuries or give their horse an edge but they actually push their horses beyond their physical ability. This leads to serious injuries often resulting in euthanasia of the animal.. The lack of drug regulation in racing does a disservice to the these beautiful animals and to the spectators who wish to watch a clean, healthy race.

Right now we have a chance to change how racehorses are treated by supporting the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 (H.R.2651) which would create a new Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Authority and uniform racing medication rules. It further helps to reduce deaths by barring the use of any drug 24 hours before a race. 

Lily and RaimeHi! We're Lily Woods and Raime Mckellip. We're 12-year-old Care2 members from Colorado Springs. After seeing the tigers at Denver's Downtown Aquarium, we started this petition to release them to a sanctuary. Click here!
In Defense of Animals
Prevent the Execution of Endangered Wolves! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has killed two wolves from the Smackout pack and has authorized further lethal action. Wolves were once numerous in Washington state but were killed off by ranchers and farmers. There are just eight breeding pairs of these endangered apex predators in the entire state of Washington. We must act urgently to take the Smackout pack out of the crosshairs! TAKE ACTION
In Defense of Animals
Tippah County: Stop Abusing Rabbits for Entertainment. Nearly 70,000 of you took action for the rabbits, chickens, pigs, goats, and calves being abused at Tippah County Fair's cruel "Farm Animal Scrambles" last year. We need your help again. Despite the outcry of caring people around the world, who viewed the shocking images and video of rabbits savagely dangled by their ears, choked around the neck and even dropped to the floor while children raced around the arena, the organizers plan to go ahead again with this disgraceful animal abuse at the 2017 Tippah County Fair. TAKE ACTION
In Defense of Animals
Shriners Are Still Abusing Elephants & Defeating Elephant Protections. Shriners across the U.S. hire traveling circuses for fundraising. That makes them responsible for the circus elephants who are forced to perform grotesque acts as they endure sad, deprived lives on the road. Shriners in Maine recently defeated the proposed legislation, LD396, "An Act To Limit the Importation of Elephants" that would have protected elephants. Shriners got their wish and they will continue to exploit elephants for fundraising. READ MORE

Almost Adam


Imagine a place so remote it has escaped evolution. Imagine prehistoric footprints leading back in time--imagine they were made yesterday. Stranded in the African savanna, paleoanthropologist Ken Lauder encounters the inconceivable--a protohuman boy from a breed thought to have been extinct for two million years. From this irresistible "what if" premise, Popescu blends fascinating scientific speculation with scientific fact to explore the mysteries of how we become "human."