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VICTORY! Croatia Bans Fur Farming

After a 10-year-long phase-out period, Croatia has finally put a ban on fur farms in the country effective January 1, 2017.

Although there was backlash from the fur farming industry, Croatia’s Ministry of Agriculture listened to the voices of the concerned public and animal rights groups, and we’re happy to announce that the country’s complete ban on fur farming went into effect at the start of the new year.

Before the ban was set and while it was still under fire from the fur farming industry, Sharon Osborne urged Croatia’s Ministry of Agriculture to uphold the fur farming ban and sent them a PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) video displaying the torture and suffering that chinchillas go though for their fur.

According to PETA, on many fur farms, they suffer from painful seizures after being electrocuted or their necks are broken while they’re still conscious. On a fur farm in Vista, California, which PETA helped shut down, one of the owners admitted to splinting broken bones herself as well as to amputating limbs with wire snips and six drops of brandy.

Chinchillas are originally found in South America with a population of only 100. Now, they are being bred worldwide by fur farmers and pet store distributors who sell them. The demand for the animal has left the population extremely threatened and near extinction.

This is a huge victory for animals worldwide, thank you Croatia for making this decision!

Source: PETA
Photo Credit: Exotic Pets

RIP Tilikum, You Are No Longer Captive

Sadly Tilikum, the orca who was stolen from the wild in the 1980’s and sold into a life of captivity, has died today at the age of 36 at SeaWorld Orlando. Tilikum inspired the documentary “Blackfish” exposing the dark secret of captive orcas and marine mammals at SeaWorld.

SeaWorld Orlando announced that Tilikum passed away on Friday. His cause of death has yet to be determined. He is said to have had “many health issues”.

Tilikum arrived at SeaWorld 25 years ago and has lived a life of captivity ever since. He was father to 14 orca calves since he arrived at SeaWorld Florida.

Tilikum was 22 feet long and weight 11,800 pounds (5 1/2 tons) as one of the largest captive orcas in the world.

In the wild, orcas swim hundreds of thousands of miles each year with their family pods. Tilikum was a baby when he was stolen from his family and ocean home, for a life of entertainment.

Tilikum killed his trainer, Dawn Brancheau, in 2010. The 40-year-old handler was interacting with Tilikum before a live audience at SeaWorld Orlando when he pulled her from a platform and held her under the water. Another sad reason why orcas do not belong in captivity, they are wild animals.

We are not able to give a wild animal like Tilikum, everything they need in captivity like their natural habitat that they were designed to live in.

Do not purchase a ticket or support captive orca or dolphin shows. These animals deserve to be free in the wild where they belong.

VICTORY! The United Arab Emirates Bans The Keeping Of Wild Animals As Pets

Finally, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that it has outlawed the keeping of exotic and wild animals as pets.

It had become a trend in the oil-rich Gulf State to own tigers, lions and cheetahs, as they were considered as a status symbol of wealth. Now however, anyone with a wild animal as a pet will risk facing time in jail or a large fine.

Pictures have been posted to social media showing lions in the back of cars, and a video emerged in October showing five tigers on a beach in Dubai. There are also pictures of a cheetah riding in the passenger seat of a car.

The keeping of exotic animals as pets has concerned officials about the dangers of these freely-roaming exotic animals.

The new law bans dealing in and ownership of “all types of wild and domesticated but dangerous animals,” the Gulf News reported.

Zoos, wildlife parks, circuses, and breeding and research centres will be the only places that the exotic animals are allowed to be kept.

Jail time for taking a big cat or exotic animal out in public will be up to six months and there will be a fine of up to 500,000 dirhams ($136,000; £110,883).

Anyone using the wild animals to “terrorise” others would need to pay an additional 200,000 dirhams.

Domestic animals are also being affected by the new law. Dog owners must now obtain a permit for their animal by mid June and must always keep them on a leash while in public. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to 100,000 dirhams. This penalty also applies to owners who neglect to get their dogs vaccinated against dangerous diseases.

Source: BBC

Tusk-less Bones Of Beloved Pygmy Elephant Found In Borneo

On New Years Eve, the tusk-less bones of a beloved small elephant named Sabre, was found by wildlife officials in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

Sabre was named so because he had unusual tusks which slanted downwards like the extinct sabre-toothed tiger’s canines. Due to the decomposition in the bones that were found, Sabre was most likely killed in late November.

Several days before finding sabre’s bones, wildlife officials found a freshly slaughtered male elephant who had his face cut off in order for poachers to take his tusks. Both Sabre and the unnamed male perished within 1.5km of one another, though a month apart.

Sabre’s skeleton was found just one day after China announced it would ban the ivory trade by the end of 2017.

Borneo’s elephants are the smallest in the world, and have not been affected by the global poaching crisis for ivory until now. Benoit Goossens, director of Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah, said the grisly finds indicate that a professional hunter and trader may be setting up an ivory trading business in Sabah.

 Borneo’s elephants are the smallest in the world. This picture of a pygmy calf was taken in 2012. Photograph: Malaysia Wildlife Authorities/AFP/Getty Images
Borneo’s elephants are the smallest in the world. This picture of a pygmy calf was taken in 2012. Photograph: Malaysia Wildlife Authorities/AFP/Getty Images

Asian elephants altogether are less of a target for poachers because only some of the males have tusks, compared to African elephants who are a major threat for poachers because all African elephants have tusks. Asian ivory is also considered less valuable than African ivory, due to its brittleness and propensity to yellow.

Sabre was discovered by conservationists on a palm oil plantation in October. In an effort to keep him safe, he was moved to Kawang Forest Reserve where he was satellite collared and then released into the wild.

“We were obviously wrong,” said Goossens.

“There are no words to express our sadness,” said wildlife vet Pakeeyaraj Nagalingam. A member of Sabah’s Wildlife Rescue Unit, Nagalingam aided in Sabre’s rescue and translocation in October.

“It looks like there is no safe place for elephants in Sabah any more. The relevant authorities who are responsible for enforcement of illegal wildlife poaching and other illegal activities must work harder and smarter,” he said.

“The loss of these elephants is especially sad when the world is waking up to the African elephant crisis and closing its domestic ivory markets,” said Elizabeth Bennett, vice president of species conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society. “Only when all ivory markets are closed and demand for ivory ceases will all of the populations of elephants across Africa and Asia be safe from such poaching.”

The skeleton of Sabre, a male pygmy elephant killed on the island of Borneo for his tusks. Photograph: Danau Girang Field Centre and Wildlife Rescue Unit
The skeleton of Sabre, a male pygmy elephant killed on the island of Borneo for his tusks. Photograph: Danau Girang Field Centre and Wildlife Rescue Unit

Bornean pygmy elephants are about one fifth smaller than other Asian elephants and are gravely endangered. There are only 1,500 to 2,000 living today, in a decreasing habitat fractured by industrial palm oil plantations. Deforestation and habitat loss are the largest threat to the world’s smallest elephants.

Palm oil plantations consider the elephants to be pests, however, they draw tourists to the region and ecologically support the forests and floodplain through seed dispersal.

“My hope is that Sabah wakes up … we are losing our megafauna, the rhino is gone, the banteng [wild cow] is going, the elephant will be next,” Goossens said. “Those crimes should not go unpunished. Let’s not lose our jewels, the next generation will not forgive us.”

Source & Photo Credit: The Guardian

Navy Dolphins Are Helping To Save The Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise

Dolphins who are a part of the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program will be helping the U.S Navy with a new mission which is to save the critically endangered population of vaquitas from becoming extinct.

Vaquitas are a small porpoise that lives only in the rich and turbid waters of the Upper Gulf of California. The animals, which must surface to breathe, not only are rare but also extremely shy and difficult to spot, as they splash little, travel in small groups and avoid boats.tumblr_inline_nkk7h2il4n1qca6ho-1

Although this has never before been accomplished, the dolphins’ duty will be to locate some of the few surviving vaquita porpoises in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California by being assembled into teams on both sides of the border and aimed at capturing the threatened vaquitas.

This expedition represents a final hope to an international group of scientists who are determined to save the species from near-certain extinction. Scientists say the vaquita population has dwindled over the past two decades — from 567 in an initial survey in 1997 to fewer than 60.

The fall in population numbers has much to do with the the rampant illegal fishery for totoaba, a large fish whose swim bladders fetch exorbitant prices in China. Vaquitas are often caught in gill-nets used to capture the totoaba who share the porpoise’s habitat.

In April 2015, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration launched a two year plan that would expand a ban on gill-net fishing, however vaquita population numbers continued to drop. This is why a new approach to save the species has been deemed vital.

Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources are the ones to spearhead the plan which involves removing vaquitas from the open water in their habitat in the Upper Gulf of California and keeping them safe from illegal gill nets, where they often end up as by-catch and drown.sd-adibble-1483064767-snap-photo

A group of experts, including porpoise and veterinary care specialists, are expected to attempt the capture in the spring.

The operation “has to be done in a very careful, staged manner,” said Barbara Taylor, a conservation biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla.

The operation which is planed for May, would entail placing vaquitas inside a protective pen off the coast of San Felipe, with the hope that they will have a better chance for survival and may even naturally breed and reproduce. This plan would be the latest in a series of efforts aimed at protecting vaquitas.

“We can’t afford to be slow about this,” Taylor said. “We have to give this our mightiest effort as quickly as possible.”

The Navy Marine Mammal Program uses dolphins to help find and remove underwater mines as well as to detect clandestine swimmers and divers in restricted areas because they are skilled at locating things beneath the surface through echolocation, or sonar, which allows them to interpret the echoes of sound waves, as well as through their capacity for directional hearing underwater.

NOAA’s Taylor said even as the vaquita capture plan moves forward, enforcement efforts and other programs also must continue. “It’s not a situation where you can give up on enforcement, and give up on getting nets out of the water.”

Source: Los Angeles Times

MOUNTAIN LION P- 45 HAS BEEN SAVED!

Mountain Lion P-45 faced the death penalty from ranchers in the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu, whose goats and alpaca were believed to be killed by the Mountain Lion last month.

The last permit to shoot the mountain lion was granted to a rancher after P-45 attacked alpaca and sheep on her ranch.

Animal welfare media, legislation and advocacy groups, such as: World Animal News, Jane UnChained, Social Compassion In Legislation, Mountain Lion Foundation and Project Coyote, held a press conference before a meeting in Malibu, which was held to discuss the kill permit.

The press conference, took the National Park Service by surprise and over 250 people showed up, most of which opposed the shooting of beautiful Mountain Lion P-45.

After members of the public and National Park Services spoke about the issue, the meeting concluded and the last permit holder, Victoria Vaughn-Perling, had to make the decision about whether or not to spare P-45’s life. The next morning, Victoria voiced that she wanted a stay of execution for the mountain lion, sparing its life.

“We are so thrilled that as a result of the collective effort by key animal welfare and media groups in Los Angeles, we were able to convince the owner of the Malibu Alpaca Farm and her attorney to end the use of the kill permit for P-45. Due to the uproar from animal advocates and humane ranchers who wanted the Mountain Lion to live, their is hope for Mountain Lions in the Santa Monica Mountains” – World Animal News

CHARITY MOTORS COLLABORATION WITH PEACE 4 ANIMALS

Charity Motors is an incredibly innovative charitable company which accepts cars in any condition and donates the proceeds of the sales to any charity you choose.

In return for your donated car, the seller will not only be giving back in a big way, they will also receive the full fair-market value tax deduction for their charitable donation. Charity Motors accepts all vehicles and in any condition, running or not.

Peace 4 Animals has collaborated with Charity Motors to help save endangered elephants and rhinos who face extinction due to the severe poaching epidemic for Ivory and Rhino Horn in Africa . In efforts to spread awareness about this crises and the importance of saving the lives of these precious species, Charity Motors is releasing a commercial on Christmas, featuring Peace 4 Animals.

Proceeds donated to Peace 4 Animals will go directly towards the charity’s ‘Project Endangered Species’ program to support anti-poaching efforts on the ground in Africa.

Please consider donating your old or used car to Charity Motors and help protect these precious species today.

World Animal News and Peace 4 Animals would like to send a huge “Thank You” to Charity Motors for supporting and sponsoring Peace 4 Animals and helping to fight against the poaching of endangered species.

To learn more about donating your car to Charity Motors, CLICK HERE

 

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE!

World Animal News, Social Compassion and Jane UnChained would like to thank everyone who supported our collaborative efforts by attending and generously donating to our Champions For Change soiree last week.

It was a wonderful night of fun as animal advocates came together to support lawmakers and newsbreakers in animal welfare and to honor the heroes who go above and beyond to save and protect our species worldwide.

We also wanted to thank our amazing honorees, Marc Ching, Anita Krajnc, Diane Warren, former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa and John Salley for attending our charity event and accepting your well-deserved awards, it is an absolute honor to dedicate the night to your hard work and dedication to animal welfare.

We would like to say a very special “Thank You” to our sponsors: Charity Motors, V-Dog and Finca Bellavista. Our food vendors, gift bag donors, DJ and volunteers were absolutely incredible and significantly helped to make the evening very special.

Nigeria Plans To Build Superhighway Threatening 300 Critically Endangered Gorillas

One of the last rainforests in Nigeria is being threatened with the production of the Nigerian Superhighway.

The highway was proposed by Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State in Nigeria who plans to build the superhighway right through the middle of the state.

If built, this highway will not only destroy hundreds of thousands of acres of ancestral forests, it will devastate the remaining and critically endangered 300 Cross River gorillas who call this rainforest home.

The superhighway would also be destroying a national park, will leave hundreds of indigenous communities homeless, and will demolish the last of the Cross river gorillas as well as other threatened wildlife species such as chimpanzees, forest elephants and pangolins who live in the rainforest as well.

The Ekuri people have managed this land for thousands of years and are standing their ground to protect their Ancestral land and the wildlife that lives there.

We must stand with them and the animals who need our help to protect their home and existence.

TAKE ACTION NOW:
 http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/657/150/761/?z00m=28667320&redirectID=2261000592
Source & Photo Credt: Care2, Animal Kingdom

Virginia Range Horses In Nevada Need Placement Before It’s Too Late!

The horses in this picture as well as many more of the Virginia Range horse herd in Nevada are currently in need of placement.

These horses are managed by the Nevada Department of Agriculture and the cooperative efforts of the department and various qualified non-profit horse groups.

The department manages the horses using fertility control, however some of the horses spread out into the outskirts of urban areas and onto busy highways. Those that present a clear and continuing danger to motorists, and that return to busy areas after relocation attempts, do have to be removed.

Per state law the Department is permitted to work with qualified non-profits to facilitate the proper and humane placement of the horses that have been picked up. State law also requires the Department to dispose of any horses that are not placed within a proscribed time at the livestock sale. Therefore every effort is being made by all parties to get these horses placed.

This means that horses that do to get placed will end up being sold to kill buyers and sent to slaughter.

Adoption fees typically are $125.00. Adjustments can be made for out of state adopters who have to pay for Coggins and health certificates for interstate travel.

For more information please contact Chris Senko via Email or telephone 775-847-7114.

To see a full list of horses available for adoption and how to adopt, please CLICK HERE.

“These are wild mustangs, and extreme caution needs to be in place, some of these horses are older and can and will be extremely dangerous to novice horse people. I do not believe in adopting wild mustangs and feel they should be left in the wild! Put up fences, give them a water source far from the roads and human intervention, let them roam free. These are a symbol of the old west. They should be respected and cared for from a distance. If someone can adopt the whole herd and relocate them to 10,000 acres or more and keep the herd in tack, that would be the best possible outcome for these wild horses”

-Lisa Brown, 399 horse wrangler in the Teamster union for film.