Politics

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Whaling Activist Pete Bethune Gets Suspended Jail Term

(WHALING) Anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune has been given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for five years, by a Japanese court. — Global Animal

Bobcat Bill Bans Trapping To Save California Wildcats

(ANIMAL LAWS/WILDLIFE) The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 is currently on its way to Governor Jerry Brown for review after passing the Senate and clearing the Assembly last week. Since U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials reported that 1,500 bobcats were trapped along the border of Joshua Tree National Park last year alone—more than twice the number of trappings in 2009, a group of Southland activists have been working to condemn the trapping with state Assembly Bill 1213. Authored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, the bill would not only make it illegal to trap, sell, or export bobcats or bobcat parts taken from the area, but the legislation would also create a buffer zone around the national park and prohibit wire cage traps on private land without the owner’s written permission. Read on to learn more about Assembly Bill 1213 and contact Governor Jerry Brown to let him know that you support the bill and expect him to support it, too! — Global Animal

Farmers Lament Deers’ Cuteness As Public Resists Deer Cull ( aka Killing)

CANADA-Farmers frustrated with deer eating their crop call for a cull (aka killing) to diminish the deer population and damages to crop. Here's an easier, less bloody solution: Use a fence or netting!

Clinton’s Crusade Combats Elephant Poachers

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/POACHING) Traditionally elephants have been symbols of the Republican Party, but that won’t stop Hillary Clinton from lending the pachyderms a helping hand. On Thursday, Clinton announced an $80 million plan to combat elephant poaching and trafficking. If elephant poaching continues at the same rate, the giant land animals are expected to disappear within a decade. Continue reading below to see how Clinton’s plan will aid the elephant cause. — Global Animal

Anti-Whaling Activist Pete Bethune Won’t Get Jail Time

(WHALING) Bethune was given a two-year sentence, suspended for five years, by a Tokyo court. It is expected the 45-year-old New Zealander will be released today after already serving five months in detention in Tokyo while his case was being heard. — Global Animal

Bethune’s Fate To Be Determined In Next 24 Hours

(WILDLIFE) — Peter Bethune has been in jail in Japan since February, after he boarded a japanese whaling ship and attempted to arrest the captain. He faces up to 2 years in prison. — 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

Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson Responds To Bethune Verdict (VIDEO)

(VIDEO) Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson upon hearing Pete Bethune was given a suspended prison sentence. — 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

International Whaling Commission Weighs Renewed Whale Hunts

"Save the whales!" One of the earliest slogans of the environmental movement, it galvanized a generation of conservationists. Awe-inspiring behemoths that breached the ocean's...

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

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