Thursday, August 4, 2016

This Week's Animal Cruelty and Animal Crime Report!

Shut down the Bandung Zoo now!
Sun Bears kept in the Bandung Zoo are so hungry they eat their own feces. One of the zoo’s giraffes suddenly died and was found to have 40 pounds of plastic trash in its stomach. The Bandung Zoo has been coined Indonesia’s “death zoo” and must be shut down immediately.

Perhaps the most upsetting was the recent loss of Yani, a 34-year-old Sumatran elephant, who was visibly weeping when she died shackled on the ground. She had been sick and neglected for too long. Yani’s species is critically endangered and she was one of about 2,800 of these majestic animals left.
Tourists often report that the confined animals look emaciated and weak. The zoo is overcrowded and doesn't have a veterinarian on hand, so when animals fall ill they are left to suffer like Yani. These are not the only horrific events to have occurred within the zoo, and won’t be the last.

Please join me in imploring the President of Indonesia and his Minister of Environment and Forestry to shut down this zoo and relocate these animals to a conservation or sanctuary where they can be taken care of.

This petition will be delivered to: President Widodo, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Bakar
Tell Congress to Pass the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act. Imagine if there were something in your home that could snap your spine — and you didn't know about it. That's exactly the kind of hidden danger that now plagues animals in America's National Wildlife Refuge System, but new legislation would protect them.

Our national wildlife refuges are home to a spectacular variety of animals, including 1,370 species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians.
Shockingly, federal law currently allows the use of inhumane body-gripping animal traps within national wildlife refuges. These devices can maim and kill almost any animal (including pets) who is unlucky enough to come across one. Some animals caught in these traps don't die right away and instead suffer slow, painful deaths from wounds or starvation.
The National Wildlife Refuge system was established to safeguard fish and wildlife for future generations. The continued use of body-gripping animal traps does anything but.
Conibear kill-type devices, steel-jaw leghold traps (which are banned in more than 88 countries), strangulation snares, and "other body-hold devices" don't just threaten their intended victims. They can also endanger non-targeted animals such as bears, river otters, birds, rabbits and even domesticated dogs and cats.
The Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act is common-sense legislation that would make our wildlife refuges safer for animals. Unfortunately, reasonable legislation like this will be difficult to pass in the heat of this election year — which is why we need to make sure thousands of people across the country demand it.
Can you help?
A Dog Bound for Slaughter: Meyli's Story
Picture Meyli, a happy, affectionate dog—perhaps just like one you know or your own precious animal companion. Imagine that Meyli is playing outside in the garden when an apparently friendly stranger calls to her from the street. Tail wagging, she bounds over to say hello. But something's not quite right. Unlike other people, this strange man doesn't want to stroke her ears, and she yelps as his strong hands close quickly around the scruff of her neck before shoving her into a cage in the back of a truck.
At this very moment, dogs just like Meyli are being rounded up and killed so that their skin can be turned into belts, gloves, coat trim, and even cat toys to be sold to unwitting shoppers across Asia and around the world.
As deeply disturbing as it is to imagine a dog you love being snatched away, the thought that someone could be so unfeeling as to beat and skin any loving and trusting animal just to make a pair of gloves is beyond upsetting.
As the vehicle Meyli is confined to rumbles along the dusty streets, the door opens and slams shut, over and over again, as more dogs are forced into her cage and other cages around her. Soon, none can move. One dog bares his teeth and growls at her when she tries to move, and she is left cowering. Finally, the truck stops in front of a building, where Meyli, tired and terrified, smells the sickly stench of death in the hot air and hears the desperate howls of the dogs inside.
She shrinks down, trying to become invisible as men approach the cage and tip her and her companions onto a cold, concrete floor. Huddled into a corner, she watches, petrified, as the other dogs are caught with metal pincers and thrown, one after the other, through a doorway. She can't see the horror on the other side, but she can hear the sounds of heavy wood thudding against and shattering bone as the dogs are beaten over the head. Her sensitive nose, a thousand times more sensitive than ours, detects the smell of blood as the dogs' throats are slit. She twists and whines in panic. Her turn is next.
When Meyli's throat was slit and her skin torn from her body, she became just one more victim of China's thriving dog-leather industry. A PETA investigator gained access to some of these places and obtained footage of the horrific abuse I just described. That investigator discovered that the dogs' skins are made into women's dress gloves, men's work gloves, and other products that are exported and sold internationally. At one manufacturer, the investigator was informed that the products were going to South Korea, while gloves from another facility would be sold in Russia. Sometimes the products are labeled "lamb skin," while at other times, there's no label so that the items can easily be distributed to any country, even those that don't allow the importation of dog leather.
Your support will strengthen our work to end barbaric practices like this. Your help will allow us to expose the horrors of the dog-skin trade to buyers, retailers, and the public at large. It will also reduce demand for dog leather, and indeed all leather, as well as other animal-derived material. It will help PETA's team hold more headline-grabbing demonstrations throughout Asia, and it will power our online campaigns in China through social media sites such as Weibo, Youku, and WeChat, which enable us to show millions of consumers the immense suffering of animals abused and killed for their skin, wool, and fur.
We know from experience that our tactics work. We just need the support of kind people like you to make that work as successful as it can be.
We know from experience that our tactics work. We just need the support of kind people like you to make that work as successful as it can be.

While it's too late to help Meyli and other dogs who have already died in this hideous way, at this moment countless others are being abducted and will meet the same fate. Your support can mean all the difference in the world.
There Are More Tigers in Captivity Than in the Wild
Police kill cow that ran down an officer after escaping Washington state fairgrounds

Help an 'Outdoor Dog' Survive This Summer

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
Crowdfunding to Ban Driven Grouse Shooting

We have launched a Crowdfunding campaign to support the petition to ban driven grouse shooting.
So far over 66,000 people have signed the petition and if we get to 100,000 the issue could be debated in Parliament. 
Our fundraising target of £2,000 will help us launch a huge campaign on social media enabling us to reach thousands of new supporters to sign the petition.
Remember that every pledge, no matter what amount, will help gain more signatures for the petition.

Thanks to the campaigning of people like you, MPs debated a ban on snares in Parliament last week. MPs called for snares to be outlawed but sadly the Government has opted not to listen.   
Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who once marched with the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance, has sent a letter to Theresa May calling on the new Prime Minister to commit to retaining the Hunting Act. 
115 MPs have signed EDM 64 on organised dog fighting making it the most signed EDM in this session of Parliament. Has your MP signed yet?
Writing in the Huffington Post, League CEO Eduardo Gonçalves explores why bullfighting must be consigned to the history books once and for all.