Thursday, April 11, 2019

CBS show "Survivor" Kills Chickens, Pettikulle Enna TV Show on Astro Satellite abuses animals, Bear Grylls & National Geographic kill frogs, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

I do get that 'meat's, meat and man's gotta eat' so to speak, but I am sorry when it comes to reality game shows like Survivor, it is not the true sense of needing to Survive. 

And, therefore them handing out three chickens to be killed every season needs to be stopped. 

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It hit me a few years ago when certain contestants had cuts on their bodies and the Survivor production crew and medical crew swooped into not only take one person out of the game, another one was also given antibiotic cream to keep on the cuts.

My point is that if whomever is so malnutritioned on that show, medical will swoop into save the day with some food.

That is NOT surviving as in the true sense of needing to survive if you were out in the wilderness without food.

As a matter of fact, I created a petition that was delivered to the show but nothing came of it.

Stop killing chickens on the CBS show "Survivor"

Handing out chickens for people to kill right away for the sake of a game show is just ridiculous. It is a game show for gods sakes. Like I said above here, you are not surviving per se when you know a medical crew can step in at anytime to help.

There are animals now being used for a game show in Malaysia.

Astro is a direct-broadcast satellite pay TV service which is currently airing a local show called Pettikulle Enna. The show – which is in its third season – uses animals to shock and amuse participants for the sake of entertainment. Participants touch and inappropriately handle snakes, lizards, iguanas, frogs, mice, scorpions, and many other animals in a "fear-testing" game that Astro describes as "an interesting take on fear and comedy as the participants are made to feel and identify the most bizarre things – from snakes to cakes – in an undisclosed box". Episodes can be found here
Rather than being allowed to explore lush jungles, swamps, and other natural habitats, these animals are placed in a scary, loud, and dangerous environment. Snakes, for example, naturally shun contact with humans, and being held, touched, petted, or passed around is stressful and leaves them prone to illness and injury. Animal handlers are more interested in making a profit than the animals' welfare, so snakes' specialized care needs – including precise diets – are often not met. Captive snakes are often relegated to aquariums in which they can't even stretch out to full length, much less move around much or climb.
Animals aren't actors or spectacles to imprison and gawk at. Yet for this show, they're forced to take part in silly, confusing games; kept caged in barren, unstimulating, and filthy enclosures; and separated from their families and friends – all for the sake of human entertainment. 
The physical and mental frustrations of captivity often lead animals to exhibit abnormal, neurotic, and even self-destructive behaviour patterns. Many even die prematurely.
As a giant media company in Malaysia, Astro should speak out against animal abuse and instead air programmes geared towards informing the public about animal cruelty. 

Please take a moment to write to the following individuals in behalf of these animals and ask that they cease the broadcast of Pettikulle Enna immediately:
  • Mr Henry Tan Poh Hock, Astro CEO at
  • Mr Marc Lourdes, VP of Digital Content at
  • The Malaysian ambassador to your country (Please find contact details here. As you may be aware from our previous mission, the embassy's e-mail address may not always be up to date on the website provided. If you get a message indicating that the e-mail failed to send, please check the embassy's website directly or let me know and I'll help you find the current e-mail address.)
This TV show needlessly kills wild animals for ratings. Tell Nat Geo to cancel "Running Wild" and end the cruelty.

Survivalist and TV personality Bear Grylls has earned the nickname the "Butcher of Bulgaria" for needlessly killing wildlife after an episode of his survival skills/reality show "Running Wild."

In the episode, Grylls and his guest, "Dancing with the Stars" dancer Derek Hough, embark on an outdoors adventure in Rila National Park, which is one of the most protected ecosystems in Europe. It was here — surrounded by this pristine nature — that Grylls and Hough caught several protected frogs and slaughtered them on TV.

Animals aren't props. Sign the petition and tell Nat Geo to cancel "Running Wild."

"Running Wild" is currently on the Nat Geo TV channel, which seems strange and counterintuitive. National Geographic is an organization that for years has taught people about the beauty and diversity of the natural world and why we should respect it. So why do they allow Grylls to murder innocent animals for ratings?

Killing animals as a stunt for a TV show is wrong and unethical. Tell Nat Geo to cancel this cruel show now.
Millions of imperiled animals are plucked from their wild homes each year for hunting trophies and for sale as trinkets, unproven medicines and décor. It's sickening, and it has to stop.

That's why, in May, 183 nations will gather in Sri Lanka for the next Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting to decide which animals and plants need protection.

Tell the U.S. representatives at CITES to push for the strongest safeguards possible to rein in the endangered species trade.

Your comments will help inform decisions on a wide range of imperiled wildlife — including giraffes poached for meat and the bone trade, blue tarantulas and adorable otters collected for the pet trade, and sea cucumbers eaten as a luxury food.

Nations will also debate new measures to save Mexico's vaquitas and a few terrible proposals to open more trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn.
40 Years of Fighting Cruelty & Injustice. Double Your Impact.
Michael Gallagher tightened a zip-tie around her neck, shoved her into a garbage bag…and viciously beat her with a metal shovel.

Her name was Bella, an 11-year-old shepherd mix from New York. The injuries she sustained at the hands of her trusted guardian, Michael Gallagher, were so severe that she had to be euthanized.

New York prosecutors pursued the maximum sentence for Gallagher’s crime, which included a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals. But Gallagher was sentenced to just four months in county jail.

That’s not justice. For 40 years, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting cruelty and injustice towards animals. Please help strengthen animal cruelty laws in states like New York, where abusers like Gallagher get a slap on the wrist for their crimes.

The current law in New York only allows animal abusers to serve a maximum of two years in jail — no matter how egregious the crime. That means that Gallagher could have received more jail time for hitting someone’s car with that metal shovel than he did for beating Bella with it.

With your help, we will fight to change weak cruelty laws in states across the country —safeguarding animals’ lives, and ensuring justice is served for animal victims. At this very moment, we’re working with New York State Assembly member Linda Rosenthal to pass “Bella’s Bill” (A-342), introduced in early January 2019, to overhaul New York’s outdated animal cruelty laws.

This Man Beat a Cat to Death With a Piece of Wood and Got No Time in Jail
On September 2017, the United Kingdom's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Animal and Plant Health (DEFRA) posted a note on the website. It was titled "Sentences for animal cruelty to increase tenfold to five years." Animal activists received the news with welcome arms. The government was finally going to take animal cruelty seriously, giving the most egregious abusers real jail time rather than a slap on the wrist. 

In the U.K., animal abusers regularly get off with little or no punishment. People responsible for unspeakable violence and neglect towards animals get laughable animal ownership bans, have fines levied or receive postponed sentences. These "punishments" are pathetic compared to the amount of suffering endured by the animal victims. 

Take the case of 50-year-old Dylan Marcus Edwards from Llanrwst in Conwy county. Edwards was working as a chef at the Royal Oak Hotel. One day in December of 2016, when Cali the cat snuck into the hotel kitchen. Edwards and his coworkers tried to shoo it out to no avail, when the cat defecated in the kitchen, Edwards had had enough. He and his colleagues trapped Cali under the fridge, and then he grabbed the feline, threw it in a black bag and beat it with a piece of wood. 

The story rocked locals. Thousands of people demanded justice for Cali but in the end, the Llandudno Magistrates' Court gave Edwards a suspended prison sentence, 250 hours of community service and an £865 fine. If Edwards stays out of trouble for two years he won't have to serve any time. 

The proposed sentence increase for animal abusers known as the Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill is meant to punish those abusers who've committed the most extreme cases of cruelty. Abusers like Edwards. But since the government notified the public of the proposed the bill, it still hasn't become law — and thousands of animals have been abused in that time. Their abusers are getting a veritable free pass. 

This must stop. Animal cruelty should not be taken lightly, those who commit violence against animals are much more likely to commit violence against humans. When the government lets people off the hook for abusing animals, they are also letting a potentially violent criminal back onto the streets. The U.K. must pass and implement the Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill to ensure, that in the future, animal abusers like Edwards serve real time behind bars. 

Someone Locked Their Dog in a Carrier and Left Her to Starve to Death in the Woods

'Painful and prolonged.'

That's how animal protection workers described the death of one tragically neglected pup. 

According to reports, a group of people was out walking in a wooded area in Spokane Valley, Washington. The walkers came upon a plastic dog carrier that looked abandoned, but instead of walking by, they decided to take a look. 

What they found inside was horrible. 

Upon looking inside, they saw a dead medium-sized mutt. The dog's body was shriveled and contorted in pain. It was obvious that someone had left the poor pooch out in the middle of the woods with no food or water and that it had died a truly agonizing death. 

Owning a dog doesn't just happen. The owner must make a conscious decision to accept an animal into their family and once they do so they have the responsibility to care for it. How anyone could decide to become an animal parent and then, from one day to the next, decide to abandon them in a locked carrier to starve to death is beyond comprehension for most animal lovers. It is also illegal. The person who left the young dog could have left her at a shelter but instead, they decided to dump her like a piece of trash. 

Spokane Valley law enforcement must take this crime seriously. A life has been lost and it deserves justice. 

Help Protect Seals From Slaughter!
Canada's barbaric seal slaughter has begun.

Sealers will kill tens of thousands of defenseless young seals before they're through, shooting the animals or slamming spiked clubs into their soft skulls and then tearing their skin off—often in full view of their family members, who are helpless to stop the killing. It's up to kind people like you and me to make sure that this year's massacre is the last. 

Protect Animals Now 
The commercial slaughter of seals in Canada is on its last legs, yet despite the growing outcry against it both in that country and around the world, the Canadian government is allowing it to take place again, leaving countless bloodied bodies in its wake. Many seal pups are so young when they're violently killed that they haven't even learned how to swim.

Thanks to activism by supporters of PETA and our international affiliates and by other kind people around the globe, there are few countries left that are willing to buy seals' skins, their flesh, or seal oil—and it's clear that this grisly trade is on life support. Without the millions of dollars in government subsidies that it receives, the sealing industry would have collapsed long ago—and with your help, we're urging Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop propping it up with taxpayers' money.

Demand an End to the Cruel and Inhumane Trapping and Hunting of Bobcats in Colorado!

Help us pass a Citizen's Petition that is asking the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commissioners to ban the trapping and hunting of bobcats throughout Colorado.

Bobcats are mostly hunted for their fur, which is then sold to China and Russia to make high-end fashion items. The rest of the carcass is discarded. Due to Amendment 14, trappers in Colorado are only allowed to use box traps. When trappers catch bobcats, they usually strangle them with "choke poles" or kill them by drowning or standing on their chests to suffocate them. The reason they do this is because they don't want to get blood on their pelts, "there is less of a mess to clean up," and "the fur is worth more." Trappers typically don't shoot the bobcats because they don't want a hole in the fur or their traps to get damaged.

As wildlife advocates, we must organize and resist by raising our voices for the bobcats and for Colorado's rapidly diminishing wildlife communities. We need each and every one of you to help support this ban and one way to do that is to sign this Care2 petition illustrating just how many of us want our wildlife communties to be protected not destroyed.

Join with us and help change these outdated, cruel and inhumane practices during this urgent time when habitat fragmentation is occurring at disastrous rates.

What you can do to help stop the needless slaughter of bobcats in Colorado: 
Write the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commissioners and ask them to SUPPORT the Citizen's Petition! If you live in Colorado, please write and SHOW UP at the May 9th and 10th meeting in Grand Junction. We will update this petition when we know the day and time the petition will be heard!

Email for CPW Commissioners:

Subject: Pass Citizen Petition To Prohibit Recreational and Commercial Trapping and Hunting of Bobcats

Body: Using your own words, ask the CPW Commission to stop hunting and trapping bobcats in Colorado

Melati the Tigress Was Murdered Due to This Zoo's Breeding Program

The London Zoo was trying to play matchmaker but instead they got a 10-year-old tigress named Melati brutally murdered by her potential mate. 

The zoo really wanted Melati to breed with Asim, a 7-year-old male tiger. Instead, once they were in the same enclosure, Asim mauled and murdered Melati, proving once again that breeding programs like this are unnatural and dangerous.

This all just goes to show that even though the people involved had extensive experience with tigers, forcible breeding is unpredictable and can end in death. Tigers are critically endangered and so while a breeding program may seem like a good idea, it's just too risky! We can't lose any more tigers. 

Not to mention that existing tigers shouldn't have to live caged for human entertainment. That is exactly what would have happened if the tigers bred without killing each other; their baby would have been bound to a sad life of captivity too. 

The animals had been getting to know each other in different enclosures for only 10 days when the zookeepers decided to introduce them in the same enclosure. First, everything seemed OK, but then Asim attacked Melati. She fought back, but ultimately he overpowered her and mauled her to death and then retreated to his enclosure. Obviously this was not a good match, not to mention the fact that the tigers were already stressed from being in captivity.

Whatever happened, it's a tragedy and it's the fault of the humans who decided it was worth the risk to unite them. Zoos love baby animals because they are big crowd pleasers and therefore bring in more press and financial support. But that's not a good reason to breed animals that are so volatile and unpredictable. 

Mercy For Animals has launched its new three-year strategic plan, vision statement, and core values to help guide our lifesaving work in the years to come. We know you care about animals, so we are surveying our top supporters to find out which one of our new core values speaks to you most! While it may be hard to choose just one value, our promise to you is to stand by them all. We look forward to updating you on our progress in the months ahead.
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PETA Pushes USDA to Stop Renewing Licenses for Animal Welfare Act Violators. More than six years ago, PETA filed the first in a series of lawsuits challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) outrageous policy of automatically renewing federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) licenses for even the worst violators. PETA applauds the USDA's proposed rule to end automatic license renewal. However, the agency shouldn't allow chronic violators to request a trial-type hearing, which would only delay justice and undermine the purpose of the AWA.

act now for badgers

Badgers Slaughtered for Paint Brushes—Call Now. Blick Art Materials continues to sell paint brushes made with badger hair, despite knowing that hunters often illegally capture and kill badgers in the wild and that these social animals endure physical and psychological torment inside cramped cages on farms, sometimes for years, before workers cut their throats. Call the Blick Art Materials' customer service line at 1-800-828-4548 and let the representative know that you'll refuse to buy its products until it bans badger hair, and then let us know how your call went.

Will You Help Coyotes and Geese? Canada Goose is still using fur ripped from trapped, bludgeoned coyotes and down stolen from abused geese for its parkas. Please support our work to put pressure on the brand to switch to animal-friendly vegan materials.

Act Now: Plans for Shropshire Egg Farm Have Been Resubmitted. After over 20,000 PETA supporters took action last year, the original proposal for this farm was withdrawn, but the developers have now resubmitted their application. If it's approved, 32,000 chickens at a time will be condemned to a life of misery and eventual slaughter. Call on Shropshire Council to reject these plans.

Urge ITV to Stop Broadcasting the Grand National. ITV is still broadcasting this unethical spectacle, even though horses have died at the Grand National Festival in 16 out of the last 18 years. It's common for horses used for racing to suffer heart attacks on the course or develop debilitating medical conditions like bleeding lungs. This is a national disgrace. Let's put pressure on ITV to stop treating cruelty to animals as entertainment.

Victory! Spain's Supreme Court Ends Torture of Bulls at Toro de la Vega Festival. Thanks to years of pressure from Spanish groups such as PACMA as well as PETA supporters, Spain's Supreme Court has upheld a ban on the stabbing to death of bulls during the cruel Toro de la Vega festival, which is held annually in the country's Castilla y León region.

Don Lichterman
Sunset Corporation of America (SCA)
Sustainable Action Network (SAN)