Sunday, May 9, 2021

Politics

GlobalAnimal.org's POLITICS section covers animal laws and animal welfare legislation in governments worldwide.

LA Bullhook Ban Beats Circus Cruelty

(CIRCUS ANIMALS/ ACTIVISM) On Wednesday, the city of Los Angeles dealt a crucial blow to circuses in the area, effectively banning bullhooks, and saving elephants a tremendous deal of pain in the process. After a three-year pursuit of the ban, the Los Angeles City Council voted to forbid the weapon after seeing undercover footage of elephants brutally beaten with bullhooks. The undercover video that helped sway the city council came courtesy of PETA, who once again did their part to protect animals. Continue reading below to find out what the bullhook ban means for elephants and circuses. — Global Animal

Fight For More Humane Farms Rages On

(FARM ANIMALS) The positive sides to a meat-less diet are never-ending. Better health, better environment, and a clear conscience are just a few. But even though everyday we learn more and more about animal friendly diets, factory farming and its abuses show no sign of relinquishing its cruel practices. In his book Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight, Timothy Pachirat describes what he witnessed at a Omaha slaughterhouse, where cattle are killed every twelve seconds. In such factories it's hard to look at animals as feeling beings when they're treated like disposable objects. Read on to learn more about why it's important to invent new, humane ways for factory farms. — Global Animal

Cruel & Unusual: The Sick Business Of Eating Live Animals

(OP-ED/ANIMAL CRUELTY) Several years ago, the New York Times reported on a disturbing Chinese food trend that gave worry to the country’s public safety officials: rat meat. Unfortunately, the rat controversy didn’t end there. In a brand new YouTube video that could even make Hannibal Lecter feel a bit queasy, a man is seen using chopsticks to pick up and eat what appears to be a live baby mouse, wriggling in sauce with other baby mice. In another highly graphic, disturbing, and inhumane video, a man picks up a squealing rodent and eats it alive. This is the new terrifying trend that will make any vegetarian’s head spin. -- Global Animal

Save Wild Horses And Your Tax Money (Take Action)

ANIMAL WELFARE (UPDATE): In Defense of Animals has filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for its inhumane wild horse roundups. Recently the lawsuit has been given the go-ahead by a federal judge in Sacramento, despite the BLM's attempts to dismiss the suit. Find out what this may mean for the horses. — Global Animal

Trumping Tradition: The First U.S. President Without A Pet?

(PETS/POLITICS) While Donald Trump's presidency has posed a number of concerns, perhaps one of the largest red flags is the lack of a pet in the White House. Believe it or not, Trump could become the first U.S. President in nearly 130 years to not have a canine companion in the White House. Most American Presidents have had a least one dog, and many have had several. Most recently, the Obamas had two Portuguese water dogs named Sunny and Bo. The White House Pet Museum maintains Presidents without a pet dog have been relatively “unlucky," while those with four-legged friends have been somehow protected. Many are urging Trump to bring home a dog simply because having a pet is good for a one's health. Adversely, the Humane Society has gone so far as calling Trump “a threat to animals everywhere” due to his environmental policies (or lack there of), and his close ties to his trophy hunting elder sons Donald Jr. and Eric. Read on to learn more about President Trump's relationship to animals, and see which pet seems to suit him best. -- Global Animal

Turkeys Raped By Technology For Thanksgiving

(THANKSGIVING/TURKEYS/ANIMAL CRUELTY) With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it is necessary we re-evaluate our traditions. Each Butterball Turkey purchased for the dining room table condones cruel procedures that have forever destroyed the natural abilities of these once wild animals. In order to create the meatiest birds, farmers breed for a large breasted turkey. As a result of this superficial process, it is impossible for any factory born turkey to mate naturally. The feathered animals' pectoral muscles are so overgrown that they can not physically connect with a turkey of the opposite sex. Continue reading to learn how farmers fight fire with fire and only worsen the cruelty inflicted on these innocent beings. — Global Animal

Nipper The Baby Dolphin vs. The Taiji Dolphin Slaughter

We at Global Animal have been pondering the world’s overwhelming and gratifying interest in the baby dolphin rescued off a beach in Uruguay. ‘Nipper,’ as he has become to be called, became the most popular story on Global Animal this week.

S-Town Is A Eulogy For The Planet

(ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH/CLIMATE CHANGE) After listening to the podcast “S-Town” by investigative journalist Brian Reed, I am left with a multitude of feelings, but the overwhelming one is sadness. The poignant story starts as an investigation of a purported murder and morphs into a complicated portrayal of a local genius named John B. McLemore and his relationships with the residents of Woodstock, Alabama, or, as he christened it: “S*** Town.” -- Global Animal

Romanian Authorities Consider Mass Killing Of Stray Dogs (TAKE ACTION TODAY)

ROMANIA – Though stray dogs have long been a problem in Romania, killing them is not the answer – instituting spay and neuter and adoption programs is the humane solution. Romanian parliament plans to vote on this draft law and the cull may be authorized shortly. Please take a few minutes of your day to send an email, sign a petition, or share this story so that the lives of thousands of innocent dogs may be saved. – Global Animal

Meat: Why Bother?

(MEAT-FREE/VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE) Over the past 50 years, meat has become a staple of the American diet, and this primarily meat-based diet has spread to much of the world. But in the past, meat wasn't always so easy to access and was considered a rare treat. Mark Bittman suggests that we go back to viewing meat as a food to be consumed only once in a while. What do you think? — Global Animal

“Like A Humane Society With Guns”: Dutch Police Defend Animals In Danger

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL RESCUE) As the first country to have an animal rights party in parliament, the Netherlands is paving the way for animal welfare enforcement. Described as "a Humane Society with guns, handcuffs and badges," the 250 members of the Dutch animal police force help enforce laws protecting pets, livestock, and wildlife from abuse. Given the direct link between violence against animals and violence against humans, the animal police force's work is largely a combination of both animal protection and human social services. Read on to learn more about these pioneers in animal protection and their significant impact in the Netherlands. -- Global Animal

Thousands of Bear Paws Smuggled At Russia-China Border

(ILLEGAL ANIMAL TRADE) RUSSIA — The recent opening of the Russia-China border is having a negative effect: a rise in bear paw smuggling. — Global Animal

In Her Defense, I’m Sure The Moose Had It Coming

Nobody can turn a phrase better than famed writer Aaron Sorkin. Whether an omnivore, a vegetarian or a vegan, we can all agree that animals aren't here on earth to be killed as props for cable "entertainment." But read on – Aaron puts it much more strongly. Tell us whether you agree or disagree! – Global Animal

Why We Must Let Dogs Be Dogs

(DOGS/PETS) Have you ever noticed that dogs rarely get to be dogs? Think about it. In movies, they're often cast as furry human replacements who can talk (Cats & Dogs, Homeward Bound, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua) and excel at human activities like professional sports (Karate Dog, Soccer Dog, and Air Bud). Whereas in GIFs and memes shared across the Internet, they're dressed in clothes, ascribed human emotions and desires, and posed as if they're taking a phone call or eating at the dinner table. In the article below, Alexandra Horowitz, a dog behavior and cognition researcher, examines how dogs are largely misrepresented and overly anthropomorphized. Continue reading to learn more on how we often diminish these complex creatures into objects of our imagination by transplanting our human story onto them. -- Global Animal

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