Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day!, #JusticeForNugget #StopAnimalAbuse, Bill to ban traveling circuses in England, Yummy, Horse Meat & Dog Meat! Inside Korea’s Largest Horse Slaughterhouse, Concert for Conservation, Vote For Animals, End the Cage Age, Seagulls photobomb, Iditarod Champion’s Kennel neglect, Rally in DC for Wolves on Tues. & much more Animal Cruelty, Animal Crime & Animal Welfare report!

Today we celebrate the incredible mothers in our lives — no matter their species! From strong mama bears to cuddly cat mamas, all moms deserve some love and appreciation on this special day.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’m reminded of one of my favorite childhood books: Are You My Mother? The protagonist is a baby bird who loses his mom and begins a journey to find her. Panicked, the hatchling asks a dog, a hen, a cow, and so on, if they are his mom. After searching relentlessly, the baby bird is ultimately reunited with his own mother for a happy ending.
While I didn’t understand the significance of this book as a child, I look back at the simple story now and see the deeper lesson it holds. Not only is the bond between guardian and kin uniquely special—it’s also rightful and to be protected.
The sad truth is that factory farmers have broken the natural bond between mother animals and their young. In the dairy industry, newborn calves are taken away from their mothers soon after birth. Mother cows often bellow for hours or even days, pacing and searching for them in distress.
There’s no better time to spread the truth about the dairy industry than around Mother’s Day. As people who value protecting the vulnerable and keeping families together, let’s take the actions below:
  1. Expose the “happy cow” myth by sharing this drone investigation of what a dairy farm really looks like.
  2. Share this video of what happens when mothers and their young are ripped away from each other in this cruel industry.
    • Use the hashtag #MercyForMothers.
  3. Read about a recent study from Oxford comparing the greenhouse gas emissions from cow’s milk to those of almond milk. It turns out the dairy industry isn’t just cruel to mother cows—it’s also bad for Mother Earth.
And don’t forget to RSVP to join us for our next digital action party on Tuesday, May 21, at 8 p.m. Eastern time. We’ll complete online tasks together for the McDonald’s campaign.
Whether the baby bird in the picture book or dairy cows and their young, no animal should feel the fear of being separated from their loved ones. Thank you for helping us create a world where we keep families together, regardless of their species.
And when you make a special Mother’s Day gift, you can send your mom a beautiful, one-of-a-kind Animal Legal Defense Fund Mother’s Day eCard with a personal message from you.
It's a thoughtful way to let mom know you care about her — and animals, too!
Moms are rarely rescued in the sanctuary world. Families are often torn apart, leaving grieving mothers and orphaned young.
While we have been lucky to rescue a few moms (Rita, a pregnant pig who jumped from a truck on the highway), most of the rescued residents never knew their moms.
This Mother’s Day, will you be a “mom” and sponsor one of the orphans?
Sponsor Cleo, who survived horrific neglect at a local feed-store. She was taken from her mom and siblings at a few weeks of age, and placed into a cage with much older piglets who attacked Cleo, leaving her covered in bite wounds.
Sponsor Shelby, who was taken from her mom immediately after birth. She likely fell off a transport truck, landing on the side of the highway where our volunteers found her.

Sponsor Cypress, a turkey hen hatched in an incubator instead of beneath her mother’s wings.
Sponsor Belle, who was born on a goat dairy and taken from her mom right after birth. She too had her kids stolen from her so her milk could be sold for human consumption.
With compassion for all the wonderful moms and mom figures out there.
Celebrate moms with WWF

Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 12. Delight the mother, grandmother, or other mom in your life by sending an ecard or gift that helps protect wildlife and wild places around the world.

Make a tribute donation
Make a donation in someone's name for Mother's Day
Free Mother's Day ecards
Send free ecards to the mothers in your life
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Mother's Day is almost here and while shopping can be stressful, it can also be charitable! Choose the Humane Society of the United States on AmazonSmile and a portion of your overall purchase will go towards our fight for all animals! 
After that, all you have to do is shop on AmazonSmile and a portion of what you spend is donated to the Humane Society of the United States. Let your Mother's Day (and other) shopping help support our important efforts like stopping puppy mills, working to end the use of fur in the fashion industry, rescuing animals from disasters like hurricanes and fighting to protect all animals.
When you're done shopping on AmazonSmile, you can see how much your purchases have contributed—let that put a smile on your face! Choose the Humane Society.
And, we have some fantastic news for zebras, camels, and other wild animals in circuses in England.
The government has finally introduced a long-awaited bill to ban wild animals from travelling circuses.
Thank you for joining over 40,000 people in signing PETA's action alert urging the government to do the right thing!
It's unthinkable that in 2019, animals continue to be caged, chained, beaten into submission, and deprived of all that's natural and important to them. But all being well, this bill will be the final step in securing an end to the subjugation of intelligent wild animals under the big top, following years of pressure from PETA and other groups.
Find out what PETA and activists like you have done to bring about a ban and what this bill means for animals and read about the bill.
Concert for Conservation: A Resounding Success!

For several years, Defenders’ Southeast field staff have worked throughout the region to raise the visibility of the South’s native red wolf. With the species suffering from agency mismanagement and political antagonism, one of our primary goals has been to activate a constituency that can speak for and build support for red wolf conservation within local communities.

Over 200 people attended the Concert for Conservation!
One activist who has done just that is Christopher Lile, of Waynesville, North Carolina. Christopher has already published several letters to the editor, authored blog posts, and taken a lead role in raising red wolf awareness in western North Carolina. Because he has a love for music and a desire to elevate wildlife conservation, Christopher recently conceived a new and innovative type of outreach event: a Concert for Conservation.

The Concert for Conservation Program
Over the course of a year, Christopher and other community members volunteered their time and meticulously planned an event for First United Methodist Church of Waynesville, that would bring together musicians,church-goers, and wildlife advocates. Over 200 people were in attendance and several musicians from surrounding communities either sang or performed with an impressive array of instruments, ranging from the flute and trumpet to the organ and marimba. All told, the audience was regaled by 10 incredible performances. Because the event was intended to raise awareness around the red wolf’s plight, I was fortunate to speak to the congregation about the threat of extinction, red wolf conservation efforts, and ways for folks to take action on behalf of the world’s most endangered canine.
Parishioners were also provided with beautifully-crafted programs, outlining tools for action. Because it’s critical that agency leaders hear from North Carolinians — the US Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed shrinking the red wolf recovery by about 90%, and allowing all landowners to shoot any wolf that steps onto their property — audience members were given talking points and contact information, and were encouraged to join Defenders’ Red Wolf Facebook group to stay apprised of breaking news and updates. The church also generously passed around a basket for “love offerings,” which were donated to Defenders and the red wolf cause. Several thousand dollars were raised, all of which will be devoted to the on-the-ground red wolf recovery effort in eastern North Carolina.
In what is a true sign of outreach success, I’ve since been contacted by several people that were touched by both music and inspired to take further action. We in the Defenders of Wildlife Southeast office are grateful and energized by the efforts of those that helped put on such a powerful event. In the coming months, it is action of this nature that will save the species and ensure the red wolf forever has a place among the pines and wetlands of Eastern North Carolina — and perhaps one day, the larger region.
When you raise your hand on behalf of animals, you stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Humane Society of the United States as we fight and win the battles that others think are impossible to take on. In the past two years, advocates helped the HSUS to make significant progress toward caring for animals in crisis and ending extreme confinement of farm animals, puppy mills, greyhound racing and other abuses.

Did you know that there is another powerful way to make such transformational change possible? By including a gift to the HSUS in your will, trust or IRA, you can continue to give a voice to animals for generations to come. All it takes is the simple step of completing a beneficiary designation form or adding a codicil to an existing plan. You don’t have to part with your assets now to be able to make a difference, and you can adjust your plan at any time if your needs change.

Karen Greb (above) recently deepened her commitment to animals by including a gift to the HSUS in her will. "Every action on behalf of animals that we take," Karen says, "whether it be a phone call to state and federal representatives, a letter to the editor, speaking up for animals in our communities or including a gift of any amount to the HSUS in your will—has ripple effects far beyond what we can see."
Gray wolf
I just learned that a right-wing politician and a militia member with a violent past discussed mailing me death threats and the mutilated body parts of an endangered wolf.

Washington state Rep. Matt Shea used a codename and secret texting app, but was exposed by an investigative reporter who explained:

"Rep. Matt Shea and his allies definitely know the name Kierán Suckling. As executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, Suckling has repeatedly been at the opposite side of some of the most heated controversies in Shea's world. It was Suckling who was battling Cliven Bundy, who's defiance led to an armed standoff in 2014. When right-wing militants occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, it was Suckling who showed up to counterprotest. And lately, it's been Suckling's group that has been litigating to protect wolves in Washington state."

Please help us counter this serious threat today.

We're calling on Shea to immediately resign or be impeached. His dangerous, self-dealing authoritarianism has no place in American democracy. He's a textbook example of how racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance, animal abuse and anti-environmentalism go hand-in-hand.

The Center for Biological Diversity is not unaccustomed to threats and violence: The militia has shown up at our door. A truck was torched in our parking lot. Mail at my house was doused with gasoline.

But we won't be intimidated. We won't back down.

As I told the media: "We have to push on and never let this thing deter us from saving endangered species. If there's anything worth dying over it's stopping the mass extinction that's going on with this planet right now."

We'll strengthen our fight to save wolves and other endangered species from Shea and other right-wing politicians.

We'll go to court and rally people everywhere to save our public lands and wildlife refuges from the Bundys, the militia and the corporations trying to steal them away.

Let our foes waste time in chat rooms fantasizing about shooting wolves and sending death threats; we'll be in court, in Congress and in the streets winning the fight to save every last creature on Earth.

Please stand with us. Let Rep. Shea know that threats and violence won't work.
Join Our Final Push to Save Wolves

This is it: We're down to the wire.

All year the Center's grassroots activist network has been working to fight Trump's proposal to strip Endangered Species Act protection from wolves in the lower 48. We've held rallies, hearings and protests, and with our coalition partners we've gathered more than 1 million comments to send to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protesting this disastrous plan.

Next Tuesday, May 14, is the deadline to submit comments. So if you haven't yet, tell the agency now that wolves are important to you. If you've already spoken up, share our alert with your friends urging them to take action too.

The future of wolves depends on you. Thank you.

Join Us to Rally in DC to Save Wolves

May 14 is the last day to weigh in on Trump's plan to end wolf protection coast to coast, and we're organizing a big comment delivery to send a powerful message of opposition.

We're rallying at DOI and personally delivering 1 million digital comments and more than 25,000 handwritten comments gathered by hundreds of volunteers from across the country at farmers' markets, libraries, house parties and on the street.

Join us in DC on Tuesday, May 14 to stand up for America’s wolves.

What: Howl for Wolves Mass Comment Delivery
When: Tuesday, May 14 at 1:45 p.m.
Where: Interior Department, 1849 C St. NW, Washington, D.C.

We'll be donning wolf masks and blasting recorded wolf howls, bringing the voices of the voiceless with us to flood the administration with support for wolves.

Don't miss it — this is a huge moment in the fight to save America's wolves.

Gray Wolf (c) Taylor McDowell
The Interior Department is moving forward with a plan to strip gray wolves of all protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. These wolves are still missing throughout much of their range, and their recovery is in jeopardy. Tell the Interior Department not to leave these wolves to the mercy of hostile states and anti-wolf groups! Take action

For every wolf in Montana, 20 licenses were sold last year to gun them down. That's nearly 17,000 licenses for approximately 850 wolves.

This is why the state's wolves never had a chance during Montana's latest hunting season. At least 315 wolves were killed by hunters and trappers.

This kind of wolf slaughter must be stopped. Please give now to the Center's Predator Defense Fund. Thanks to a generous supporter, all gifts through the end of this month will be doubled.

The kind of brutality we see in Montana could spread to other states. The Trump administration's plan to take away Endangered Species Act protection from most wolves in the lower 48 would expose the animals to more hunting, more trapping, more shattered packs.

But the administration has refused to schedule any public hearings on this — because it knows its attack on wolves isn't what the American people want. It's doing everything it can to not hear our voices.

What's taking place in states like Montana is why our Call of the Wild campaign is so critical. This is our biggest grassroots mobilization ever for gray wolves.

We won't be silenced. We've gathered our own hearings in California, Colorado and Oregon, have collected more than 26,000 hand-written comment cards and will be submitting a million online signatures.

We have one week left to send comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service demanding that protections for wolves be left in place.

The public wants to see wolves protected, not gunned down or trapped en masse.

We've gone to court to secure the recovery of gray wolves nationwide. It's the only way to fully restore the protection wolves need so they can exist and thrive across the lower 48.

We're giving everything we've got for wolves, and we need you with us.

Please fight by being part of the Predator Defense Fund.
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Wonderful news — a judge has granted permanent custody of this tiger rescued from an abandoned house in Houston!

This handsome tiger — who is thought to be less than three years old — was kept as a pet in a cramped cage. But no longer will he have to know a life of cruelty and neglect. The Fund for Animals is dedicated to giving him and all other animals the dignity and respect they deserve.

With your support, he will live out his life on green grass in a spacious new habitat that emulates a tiger’s native environment at our Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. But it takes great resources to care for a big cat like him — and all other animals in our care — from specialized veterinary care, to nutritious food, to daily enrichment and habitat maintenance.

As one of our loyal advocates, I know you care about animals deeply.

And we can only do it with the help of caring animal advocates like you.

Please help to care for animals in need! Your help give this tiger — and countless other animals — the second chance at life they so desperately need.
David Eason – husband to Teen Mom star Jenelle Evans – recently bludgeoned and shot the family's French bulldog to death. Afterward, he allegedly bragged about his vicious act on social media. Thousands including the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation were repulsed. They started a petition calling for animal cruelty charges against David – and protective custody for the family's other dog. Your signature can help move local officials to action.

Sources with direct knowledge of the situation state, “after Nugget nipped at 2 year old Ensley - Eason sprang up, grabbed the dog by the throat and slammed it on the ground.

The beating and execution of Jenelle Evans French bulldog Nugget was so intense that Eason was covered in blood after finishing off the lifeless animal. We are told Eason began beating the dog inside the house, allegedly hitting it in the throat and throwing the French bulldog into a kitchen table.”

After the killing, he bragged about it on social media, and when his wife Jenelle made a post about the saddness she feels because of the death of her dog - he wrote on Twitter (which he recently deleted), “You are supposed to stand by for everything I do!!”

They have another dog, who we believe is in danger. We have obtained many disturbing videos and screenshots that highlight his erratic behavior, and we need to push Animal Control to take action.

This dog needs to be taken from him, and animal cruelty charges filed for this brutal killing of Nugget. We need to send a message to others and those who think behavior like this is acceptable, that it is not.

He could have taken the dog to a shelter, or rehomed her. Instead he shot and killed her, for nipping his daughter in the face. The incident was a minor event, not a dog attack, and left a slight red impression on her cheek.

Please demand that action be taken, the remaining dog taken into protective custody, and animal cruelty charges filed. Please sign and share the petition. #JusticeForNugget #StopAnimalAbuse 
BBQ Dogs
Picture for a moment a chicken on a rotisserie.

Or a pig skewered on a spit. Spinning slowly. Its face frozen in gruesome agony. Skin blackened, splitting, peeling, popping over punishing open flames.

We deplore this!

But now, IMAGINE that chicken or pig was YOUR DOG, stolen and slaughtered the very same way!
Imagine no more!

These wretched roasts are real. Happening to dogs, RIGHT NOW, deep inside a neighborhood slum in the Philippines. We need your support, today, to stop it. We must act before more dogs die!

There is no way to stress to you enough the danger or difficulty of the covert operation we are attempting for these dogs. We can only do it with the help of your URGENT donation today.

Because of much hard work in the past, the dog meat trade is now illegal in the Philippines. We have had considerable success in destroying the evil cruelty. More than 7,000 dogs have been rescued. Nearly 500 dog meat traders have been taken to court, fined or jailed. The despicable trade has been completely knocked out in the Manila area.

BUT there are last bastions of brutality that are dug in and defiant. They murder dogs in secret, in cramped alleyways where houses – really shacks – are pressed together. It is impossible to get in unnoticed.

Yet it is HERE where we have proof that stolen family pets and hapless street dogs get dragged… skewered through with bamboo sticks… and roasted at private backyard barbecues. 

One of our local informants just backed out because he fears for his safety. But we can’t give up, and with whatever support you can send now, we won’t give up!

Every trusted connection, every hush-hush networking link is being leveraged so we can quickly bring in another deep-cover informant.

When that happens, we MUST be ready to mobilize, to capture images and video on undercover cameras and collect incriminating evidence. We must be able to name names and pinpoint places for an effective police raid. This all costs money.

And then we will PROSECUTE!

We only get one first shot at this to help these poor dogs. We can’t do it without you. Please be as generous as you can now. No dog should suffer this fate.
To imagine ANY dog, skewered through and roasting on a barbecue spit is a betrayal to humankind’s best friend.

Because of your support the dog meat trade is now illegal in the Philippines. The remaining traders are cagey about who they let see these criminal, closed-door dog killings. We will not relent while animals are suffering! But it is dangerous work and we need your help to fund the necessary undercover equipment and to mobilize properly.
The country that brought you K-pop has a dirty secret: Thousands of American racehorses and their offspring end up on South Korean dinner plates.
In Defense of Animals
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In Defense of Animals

In Defense of Animals
Sometimes you just get that 'feeling,' that weird sensation when you hear the phone ring that it's going to be something bad… something really bad.

That prickly feeling that stands up the hairs on the back of your neck; that's what it felt like the other day when I got the call from Doll Stanley, the Director of our Justice for Animals campaign. I knew we were about to be involved in something terrible, something dramatic.

'They are starving! They need our help immediately!' My only response was... "Go!"

In Defense of Animals...and with that, Doll and her team were off to Grenada Mississippi, to respond to reports of two starving horses; a mare and a stallion, both cruelly tethered to a tree. No grass for grazing, just a tiny patch of land littered with sharp wire, broken bottles and trash. Food out of reach. No water in sight.

Both were starving and dehydrated, both were covered in cuts and lacerations from struggling in the makeshift enclosure that held them. The mare was the worst - she had sores and marks all along her spine - clear evidence that she had been callously forced to carry riders and a saddle even while so thin. Both were desperate for our help.

As you read these words, we are providing food and water. It's a delicate situation. Starving horses are desperate for relief and can eat too much too soon which actually makes their situation worse. We must provide constant monitoring of their care and recovery.

This lifesaving situation is developing minute by minute and these horses need your help now! Please give what you can.

Doll and my Justice for Animals team have been hard at work for months forging close working relationships with local law enforcement and judges that will ensure that the person responsible for the neglect and abuse of these two innocent and loving horses will be held accountable.
In Defense of AnimalsThe Animal Care and Control Officer we are working with on this case has agreed to let our Justice for Animals team provide assistance in filing cruelty charges against their "owner" and has already taken the legal steps to have the horses surrendered to our care. Even better news; the judge assigned to the case also has a history of working with Doll and her Justice for Animals team, and has assigned the maximum sentencing in two prior cases we brought to her.

Doll and her team get results! Can they count on your support today to help these two abused horses?

Although food and water are now arriving regularly we still need to determine the next steps to ensure these beautiful animals have a brighter future after we rescue them from this cruel hell… they still have a long road to recovery ahead of them.

Costs for food, medications, veterinary care, transport — it all adds up so quickly. When everything is said and done, the cost to rescue each horse can be as high as $2,000. And this doesn't even consider any costs associated with their long term care.

Two beautiful horses are counting on you.

Thank you for your gift of life for two abused and starving horses.
Finally! Government Introduces Bill to Ban Use of Wild Animals in Circuses in England

Finally! Government Introduces Bill to Ban Use of Wild Animals in Circuses in England. PETA has long been campaigning for this ban! It's unthinkable that in 2019, animals continue to be caged, chained, beaten into submission, and deprived of all that's natural and important to them. Find out what PETA and activists like you have done to demand a ban and what this bill means for animals. Learn more!

Tell Etsy to Ban Fur From Its Website

Tell Etsy to Ban Fur From Its Website. The majority of businesses understand that their customers aren't cavepeople and that fur has no place in the 21st century. However, Etsy still allows its users to sell items made of real fur, despite knowing that animals in the fur industry spend their lives confined to filthy cages before being electrocuted, gassed, or skinned alive. Learn more!

A pig is killed every 5 seconds at slaughterhouses like this one

At Quality Pork Processors (QPP), a model plant for the USDA’s high-speed slaughter program, one pig is killed every 5 seconds--and this month, the agency plans to allow slaughterhouses nationwide to follow suit.

Compassion Over Killing’s 2015 investigation of QPP documented pigs being cruelly shocked, dragged, and improperly stunned, as well as pigs covered in feces or pus-filled abscesses processed for human consumption. And our recent investigation of high-speed chicken slaughter plant Amick Farms revealed birds being punched, shoved, and thrown down the recklessly fast-paced kill line, and other birds slowly drowned in electrified stunning baths during equipment breakdowns.

Yet the USDA has yet to admit the disastrous effects of running kill lines at recklessly fast speeds of up to 175 birds slaughtered every minute and up to 1,300 pigs slaughtered every hour--or one pig every 5 seconds.

The New York Times’ editorial board recently took a formal stance against this catastrophic program, writing that “the government — rather astonishingly — has maintained the pilot program for two decades without proving that it works.”

Pigs, chickens, and other animals killed for food already endure a life of suffering from the moment they are born until their violent deaths at the slaughterhouse. The USDA has a responsibility not to exacerbate this abuse--and put consumer and worker safety on the line--under the guise of “modernization” of slaughter.

Click here to tweet at the USDA to urge it to put the brakes on high-speed slaughter!

Last month, I shared with you the story of Michael Gallagher, who beat his dog Bella with a shovel so severely that she had to be euthanized — and then spent just four months in jail for his crime.
Abusers like Gallagher should be punished proportionately to their crimes — with a potent combination of prison time, fines, psychiatric treatment, supervised probation, and most importantly, strict bans on possessing animals.
When the punishment doesn’t fit the crime, more animals are forced to suffer. But you can help change that today by writing a message to your governor to demand that when it comes to cruelty, animal victims in NJ deserve justice.
Your letter will demonstrate your support for stronger animal protection laws in your state — strengthening our collective efforts to improve legal protections for animals across the country.
And these laws must be changed. Because sadly, stories like Bella’s are not uncommon. Just last year…
  • A banker stabbed his girlfriend’s dog to death and tossed the animal into a garbage chute…and only received 30 days in jail.
  • A man who stabbed a dog, Onyx, more than 50 times and slit his throat received one year in jail, despite the prosecutor’s urging that he receive the maximum two-year sentence.

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