TODAY, Wednesday 23rd, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the use of bullhooks on circus elephants.
“(Elephants) are trained and guided with bullhooks, which are used to inflict pain upon them and sometimes cut them when they’re hit,” said Councilman Paul Koretz. “We really want to change that. We think it’s a very cruel practice.” Of course, the ban on bullhooks means that circuses, traveling shows and other events that feature elephants would not be able to perform anywhere in the city, because the bullhook is how the handlers maintain control. A spokesman for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, says the ban was being driven by animal rights activists who want to force the circus out of the city.
UNFORTUNATELY, the ban allows for a three-year phase-in period — some of which will no doubt be used by the circuses trying to find a replacement for the bullhook. Presciently, the ban already includes baseball bats, axe handles and pitchforks. No mention of electric cattle prods, though.
Thought the Canadians were the only ones? Nope. (Just as the Japanese are the most well-known dolphin/whale killers, although the Danish Faroe Islanders do it too.)
The Namibian government continues to allow and promote the slaughter of Cape fur seals despite the fact that the population has been hard-hit already by three mass die-offs, in which seals starved to death by the tens of thousands, since 2000. Cape fur seal pups are born between late October and early January. The mother seals nurse their young for about a year or even longer.
For 140 days, staring around July 1st, the Namibian government permits the killing of about 85,000 nursing baby Cape Fur seals…on the pretext of creating employment for 120 unskilled workers living in cardboard shacks near the seal colony.
Send letters to Prime Minister Dr. Hage Geingob at Office of the Prime Minister, Windhoek, Namibia. He can also be called/faxed (he speaks fluent English) at
Tel: +264-61-287 2002
Fax: +264-61-24 9546
You can also write to Hatem Yavuz, the furrier responsible for buying the Namibian fur, here:
The snow leopard is listed as globally endangered because its effective population size (the number of individuals likely to reproduce) is believed to be less than 2,500. However, a recent report in the journal Conservation Biology shows it has some very unexpected protectors: Buddhist monks.
About 60% of the leopards live in the high regions of China, where their thick fur keeps them warm. However, they are also targeted by the Chinese for this fur, as well as for their internal organs, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine (along with parts of MANY other animals, endangered and otherwise). As a result, the snow leopard population has dropped by about 20% in the last two decades.
Because of Buddhism’s basic tenet of respect and compassion for all living beings, several conservation organizations began working with four monasteries in the region of the Tibetan plateau in 2009, training monks to protect wildlife. Now, thousands of monks from hundreds of monasteries patrol the wilderness to prevent the killing of snow leopards. In fact, far more leopards are protected by Buddhist monks in Tibet than in the specific areas set aside for their protection. The monks also teach the local people that killing them is wrong. In recent household surveys, most people say they do not kill wildlife, citing Buddhism’s nonviolence as their reasoning.
So….since about 80% of the people within the snow leopards’ natural range do practice Tibetan Buddhism, there are plans to expand these programs even further.
Great to see religion as a force to help animals for a change.
Great news for the anti-fur campaign: Starting this Saturday, it will be illegal to sell fur clothing, including shearling, in West Hollywood. I guess Uggs are out!
Fur is an inherently cruel industry, where wild animals are trapped and killed, and farmed animals are raised in cages, and then gassed or electrocuted. It’s not humane, and it’s not green (the chemicals used in the preservations process and the runoff from farms is very bad for the environment).
And as West Hollywood is proving, fur isn’t necessary either. Let’s keep working on this issue so other cities join the cause too.
Tell Your Senator to Oppose The Sportsmen’s Act 2013 (S. 1335)
“Sportsmen” have nothing to do with either sports or fairness. If this Sportsmen’s Act 2013 (S. 1335) — extensively financed by the atrocious trophy hunting Safari Club International — passes, it would allow hunting AND trapping in designated wilderness areas, allow “volunteers” to help in the killing of so-called “excess” animals on federal land, including National Parks, increase the share of federal lands turned into shooting ranges, and legalize the transporting of bows through national parks and the importation of “trophies” from polar bear kills in Canada.
Wild animals have a hard enough life as it is, trying to coexist with a species as selfish and short-sighted as humans, with the attendant threats of poaching, hunting, habitat loss, and pollution, without even safe national parks and wilderness areas being opened to yet more killing.
Look at that fox again. You cannot tell me anything in your life is more important than 5 minutes to make a call and write a quick email and/or paper letter. Come on.
Just letting you know, in case there was anyone left who still thought the WWF was in it for the animals. It has long been a haven for big game hunters, trappers, hunters, fur farmers, commercial fishing operations, and other animal abusers. It supports both the commercial slaughter and the ‘recreational’ killing of wildlife. In their own words: “We support the hunting and consumption of wild animals provided the harvesting does not threaten the long-term survival of wildlife populations. The WWF has never opposed a sustainable seal hunt in northern or eastern Canada.”
In fact, the WWF has endorsed the worst massacre of marine mammals on the planet: the Canadian government now subsidizes the largest seal slaughter since the 1800s, with a quota of 350,000 a year for three years. There is nothing “sustainable” about this and the government has not produced one peer-reviewed scientific study to justify such numbers. Yet, the World Wildlife Fund endorses it.
So quietly cancel your membership and pretend you knew all along. But when you do, be sure to let the WWF****** know EXACTLY why (or tell them why you never WILL have a membership):
For questions or concerns related to membership or donations, please email email@example.com
For questions or concerns related to WWF’s conservation programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also reach them by mail, phone or fax:
245 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 410 Toronto, ON
M4P 3J1 Canada
In the Toronto area: (416) 489-8800
Fax: (416) 489-8055
Coming close on the heels of a similar ban in the European Union and Israel, the drug controller general of India has just announced that testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals will not be permitted in India. This is largely due to a relentless PETA campaign. Although more and more companies are banning cruel tests on animals in favor of more modern, reliable tests, millions of animals are still subjected to painful tests in which all kinds of UNNECESSARY substances are dripped into their eyes, smeared on their abraded skin, forced down their throats and sprayed in their faces. KEEP UP THE PRESSURE on our government to pass a similar ban*. In the meantime, remember that no corporations care about your OPINION if your MONEY doesn’t follow suit. Please support only cruelty-free companies — easy if you use PETA’s new, updated global Cruelty-Free Shopping Guide.
Order a free copy.
*Tell your children and grandchildren to keep up the pressure too. That’s how hopeful I am.
Investec is a large South African bank that provides an extensive range of financial services. No doubt as a public relations ploy, it also dabbles in conservation. According to its own website, “at the heart of Investec’s values is our firm commitment to society and the environment [i.e $$$].” To demonstrate this so-called commitment, Investec established the well-publicized Investec Rhino Lifeline, aiming to “raise awareness of the rhino crisis through education, rescue and prevention initiatives.” HOWEVER, what is less known is that Investec maintains lucrative business relations with fur companies, and even after being made fully aware of the atrocities involved, officially declared itself to be indifferent to the suffering of animals in the fur trade. Please take a moment to email them and point out their position is immoral and hypocritical, and that you will avoid any dealings with their bank in the future. Which might be hard, but you gotta do what you gotta do, right?
E-mail: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; TDSantos@investec.co.za
Have you ever seen anti-fur demonstrations downtown Seattle?
If you’re walking past Nordstrom and you’re offered an anti-fur leaflet, here’s why:
Nordstrom continues to sell fur despite the cruel nature of the industry. As long as fur is sold at Nordstrom, Action for Animals will continue to organize demonstrations outside the department store. NARN members frequently join AFA at the demos to shed light on the horrors that millions of animals endure in the name of fashion. Farmed fur animals gassed, poisoned, or genitally electrocuted. Wild-caught animals suffer for days in traps and break bones and teeth trying to free themselves.
We want Nordstrom to know that it’s unacceptable to sell fur, and we want to let consumers know about the barbaric practices they’d support if they buy fur.
The good news is, fur is completely avoidable. If you think suffering and death is too high a price to pay for fashion, you’ve got choices. There are a lot of retailers who don’t sell fur. There’s even a list to help you shop with your conscience.
So if you see AFA and NARN outside Nordstrom, say hi or join in! We appreciate your support. While you’re at it, tell Nordstrom you won’t shop there until they stop selling fur. Here’s a petition you can sign and a sample letter.