Friday, July 14, 2017

Animal Welfare report: Lion's Gate Sanctuary, Animal Legal Defense Fund, PETA, Sky With 'Blood' Protest, more...

A few weeks ago, news broke that a Colorado "sanctuary" made the terrible and tragic decision to kill all 11 of its residents — five bears, three lions, and three tigers. Those 11 living beings were killed for convenience, and we will not stand for it. 

As soon as we heard the news about Lion's Gate Sanctuary, our team of expert animal law attorneys got to work and reached out to offer assistance to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its investigation of whether the animals' deaths violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and reached out to local law enforcement offering assistance with state and local criminal charges. 

Lion's Gate Sanctuary had asked for county permission to relocate to a less flood‑prone area, but when the county denied the request, the sanctuary killed the animals without any apparent attempt to rehome them. Reputable sanctuaries have since stated they would have accepted the animals. These animals were betrayed — by the "sanctuary" and by our laws and attitudes that treat animals as property instead of the living, feeling beings they are. 

Like you, the Animal Legal Defense Fund believes animals' lives deserve recognition and protection by law. We need laws that clearly guarantee animals the protections they deserve, and we need them to be enforced unfailingly.

No animal deserves this type of callous and reprehensible treatment. Help us get justice for the animals killed at Lion's Gate Sanctuary.

We are committed to upholding and strengthening the legal protections for animals under the law, and refining all laws to recognize that animals deserve recognition and protection.

Every day the Animal Legal Defense Fund's expert attorneys are busy turning cruelty reports into cruelty convictions. Though we can't talk about active cases, we are actively working with law enforcement, prosecutors, and animal control agencies across the country — to hold animal abusers responsible.

Your support directly helped get these animals the justice they deserved:

Oregon Miles
Oregon: Miles – an emaciated horse discovered with a fellow horse so mistreated he had to be euthanized.
Shirley Wallace pleaded guilty to the charge of first‑degree animal neglect.
Texas Tiger
Texas: Tiger – a cat killed with a bow and arrow by a veterinarian.
Kristen Lindsey had her veterinary license suspended.
California Angel Star
California: Angel Star – A Chihuahua puppy killed by being set on fire in a cage.
Willie Bee Turner convicted of maliciously killing an animal, animal abuse, and two counts of arson.
Animal Legal Defense Fund reward offer brought in the key witness.
Oregon Charlie
Oregon: Charlie – a German Shepherd service dog who was shot in the head with a rifle by a neighbor.
Joseph Hardin convicted of first‑degree animal abuse. 
There's a critical shortage of animal law education and information for prosecutors, and we're working day in and day out to change that. We provide free legal assistance to help police and prosecutors make their cases and secure justice for animals. Because we know that without our help, many of these cases would go unprosecuted or would result in weaker sentences.  

Abuse an animal, go to jail. It's as simple as that. The Animal Legal Defense Fund believes that when innocent animals are abused or killed the punishment should fit the crime. With you by our side, we won't rest until anti‑cruelty laws are robust and strictly enforced.  

Pony Forced to Give Rides With Painful Overgrown Hooves at Kelly Miller Circus

NYU student gets 45-day jail sentence for brutal slaughter of Hawaiian birds

Cop shoots family dogs, claims they came charging at him; Dog crying video goes viral

Bull Fighting

Every Year, Thousands of Bulls Are Stabbed to Death With Sharp Lances, Barbed Sticks, and Swords

Many tourists don't realize that the bulls who are forced to run through the streets of Pamplona, Spain, during the Running of the Bulls are the same ones who will later endure a slow, painful, and bloody death in the bullring. In protest, nearly naked PETA activists gathered in Pamplona and filled the sky with a cloud of "blood." You can speak up for bulls, too, by urging the prime minister of Spain to end this torture immediately.
Dogs in Hot Cars

Why Dogs Should Never Be Left in Hot Cars or Walked on Hot Pavement

On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes. Find out what to do if you see a dog trapped inside a hot car and how to protect your dog from the scorching pavement this summer.
Mother Cat

A New Way to Honor Those You Love

Celebrate or remember a special loved one in your life with a gift that will instantly support all of PETA's vital work for animals.
Tigers at Summer Wind Farms

UPDATE: Tigers Daisy and Mohan Rescued—Help Other Animals at This Roadside Zoo

Relief has finally come for these two tigers after PETA alerted federal authorities that Summer Wind Farms had failed to provide them with appropriate veterinary care for one tiger's painful degenerative joint disease and the other's ataxia, which caused her to stumble and fall. Now, urge Summer Wind Farms to retire the bears and other animals still being held captive there.
Greyhound Racing

State Finds at Least 12 Greyhounds Test Positive for Cocaine at Florida Race Track

According to The New York Times, this isn't the first time this year that greyhounds have tested positive for the drug in Florida. The state revoked the license of a St. Petersburg-based trainer in May after dogs in his care also tested positive.

Retailer Young Living Bans Mink Oil After Learning That It's Linked to Fur Industry

After hearing from PETA that mink oil is obtained from fat from the pelts of animals who were killed by the fur industry, the world leader in essential oils and wellness solutions banned the ingredient. Read more, and speak up for animals killed for their fur.
SeaWorld 'Die In'

PETA Went Live as 10 'Orcas' Held 'Die-In' at SeaWorld's Aquatica

Nearly half a million people watched as "orcas" in black-and-white wet suits washed up at Big Surf Shores at SeaWorld's Aquatica San Diego. Watch the video, learn why it's so urgent that the surviving orcas languishing at SeaWorld be retired to sea sanctuaries, and speak up for these animals today.

'Okja' Is Changing Hearts and Minds Worldwide

It's official: The world is smitten with Okja, the Netflix original movie that follows Mija—a young girl who risks everything to prevent her best friend, a massive super-pig hybrid—from being slaughtered for food. Plan a movie night, and order your free vegan starter kit today—you'll be glad you did after watching this powerful film.
Dogs at TAMU

You Could Help Save Dogs Right Now With Your iPhone

Save time taking action for dogs in laboratories, orcas imprisoned in tiny tanks, and others with PETA's iPhone app, and help win victories for animals. If you don't have an iPhone, you can still take action online for golden retrievers bred to develop muscular dystrophy and other suffering animals at PETA's action center.
Sexiest Vegan Celebs 2017

Three 'Wonder Women' Are Crowned PETA's 'Sexiest Vegan Celebrities'

See which three women were named PETA's "Sexiest Vegan Celebrities" this year for being as kind as they are talented and beautiful.
Read more

PETA Activists Fill Sky With 'Blood' to Protest Torture of Bulls in Pamplona

Around 100 supporters of PETA and AnimaNaturalis gathered in the centre of Pamplona, Spain, ahead of the Running of the Bulls.
Read more

Urgent: Speak Out Against Plans for Monstrous Chicken Farm

Please sign our petition to Rushcliffe Borough Council urging it to reject this cruel proposal.
See the video

Activists Leap Into Bullring to Protest Cruel, Barbaric Bullfights

"The bull was terrified and in excruciating pain – we couldn't leave him to die alone."

Read This Before You 'Adopt a Cow' From Cadbury

Cadbury has launched a marketing campaign urging customers to "Adopt a Cow", but there's something sinister about the way it glosses over the dairy industry's cruelty.
Join the campaign

Bulls Need Your Help

Take action for bulls and all other animals who so desperately need PETA's help by making a generous gift today.
Urgent Action Needed
bullet Tell Mills Fleet Farm to Ditch Glue Traps
bullet URGENT: Speak Out Against Cruel Conditions of Live Animal Markets
bullet Ask Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads to Stop Cruel 'Cub Playtime'
bullet Urge Atlas Air to Stop Shipping Horses From Canada to Japan to Be Slaughtered