Wednesday, October 21, 2020

ACTIVISM

TAKE ACTION is GlobalAnimal.org's animal rights and activism section. Find ways to rescue pets, save farm animals and help endangered species, Plus, get the news on animal welfare laws and legislation and take part in petitions, if you like. Since animals do not have voices, people are roaring in their defense – and more and more, it's working.

“The Ghosts In Our Machine” Looks Animal Suffering In The Eye

(MOVIE REVIEW) With the substantial amount of well-made, animal-centric documentaries in release as of late, it’s tough to stand out in the crowd. However, director Liz Marshall’s The Ghosts In Our Machine does exactly that, in addition to bringing an important message to dinner tables, closets, laboratories, as well as zoos and marine parks across the globe. Focusing around activist/photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and her yearlong journey documenting animals held captive by four different global industries, the film does an incredible job of spotlighting those tragically forgotten by society. — Global Animal

Lucky Hunt Foundation: Sanctuary For Bulgaria’s Strays

(STRAY DOGS/ANIMAL SANCTUARY) Based just 25 kilometres (about 15 miles) from Varna, Lucky Hunt Foundation is a clean, spacious sanctuary for dogs rescued from the streets of Bulgaria. It’s currently home to more than 150 dogs and puppies who were abandoned, abused, or homeless before they were brought there. Everyone is well looked after, with lots of room to play and sleep. Now Lucky Hunt Foundation is in need of volunteers. With plenty of dogs in the area in need of care, short-term volunteers can help stay on top of the animals’ needs, and keep costs low enough that the shelter can continue to operate. -- Global Animal
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20 Ways To Celebrate National Cat Day

(CATS/LIFE WITH PETS) Calling all cat lovers! October 29 isn't just any Caturday--it's National Cat Day! Opposed to National Dog Day on August 26, today is dedicated to celebrating cats and spreading awareness about cat adoption. Founder Colleen Paige suggests observing the paw-liday by donating food to local shelters and animal welfare groups, spoiling your feline friend with some new toys, or dressing up as a cat--just in time for Halloween, too! But the best way to celebrate life is to save a life, so always remember to adopt--don't shop! And while you're at it, check out these 20 purrfect ways to celebrate your favorite feline friends! -- Global Animal

Did You Know? 8 Household Items Tested On Animals

(ANIMAL TESTING) Who knew that some of the most basic items in your house are tested on animals? Even your dog food might have some skeletons in it's closet. Read on for household products that continue to use animal testing, and make sure you get all of the facts before stocking your home. The biggest way you can take a stand against this cruel industry is simply by boycotting companies and/or products that continue to test on animals. Learn other ways you can take action by visiting the links below. — Global Animal

Stop Horse Diving In Atlantic City (TAKE ACTION)

(TAKE ACTION) Executives of Atlantic City's Steel Pier have decided to bring back the horse diving act, a show where horses are forced to run and jump off a 40 foot pier into a 12 foot pool. The show was a major attraction from 1920 to 1970 until it was shut down, and rightfully so. Steel Pier president Anthony Catanoso says there is no evidence that the show is cruel or abusive. We would like to see him take a flying leap from 40 feet up, land belly first in 12 feet of water, and revise that statement! Read more on how to put a stop to horse diving in Atlantic City.  — Global Animal 

Take Action: Tell The Humane Society All Bets Are Off! Stop Taking A Gamble...

(ANIMAL NEWS/TAKE ACTION) The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the highest volume single-site animal shelter in the U.S. But despite its nonprofit, 501(c)3 status, activists claim the organization is breaking a law that bans the promotional sale of live animals as the shelter is set to raffle 150 Pomeranian puppies rescued last month. -- Global Animal

“The Ghosts In Our Machine” Gears Up For U.S. Launch

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Sitting at the forefront of the animal rights movement, the cross-platform documentary The Ghosts in our Machine brings an important message to dinner tables, closets, laboratories, as well as zoos and marine parks across the globe. A donation page has been set up on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo in order to put the film on the map in the largest, most competitive film market in the world, and it has until September 27 to reach its funding goal of $30,000. The Ghosts in our Machine has already made a name for itself in Canada, but make sure to check out the film's interactive website for the U.S. premiere dates and European launch. Read director Liz Marshall's article below for more on how you can help promote the Oscar-qualifying film and view the trailer for yourself! — Global Animal

African elephants can differentiate between gender and ethnicity based on human voices. (ELEPHANTS/ANIMAL SCIENCE/WILDLIFE)

Devil In Disguise: European Ivory Sold As Counterfeit Antiques

(IVORY TRADE/ELEPHANT CONSERVATION) Despite efforts to curtail the illegal ivory trade, Europe remains one of the world's largest exporters. In a recent study, environmental group Avaaz purchased over 100 ivory items from antique dealers and private sellers across 10 European countries, and had them radiocarbon dated at Oxford University. The findings reveal approximately three quarters of the stock were modern ivory being sold as fake antiques. Ivory from an elephant poached as recently as 2010 was among the counterfeit goods. Even small trinkets can add up to several tons sold annually, encouraging further poaching across Africa. Avaaz's research reveals the exact scale of Europe's role in the international ivory trade, and the need to take action. Read on to learn more about the global activist group's findings and sign the petition below. -- Global Animal
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Dogs In Russia World Cup Cities Need Your Help

(ANIMAL RESCUES/ANIMAL VIDEOS) As protestors urge the Russian government not to fund the killing of stray dogs in 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia host cities prior to the World Cup matches, the World Animal Awareness Society is building relationships with rescuers working on-the-ground, saving and sheltering as many homeless dogs as they can. The organization has multiple team members in at least half a dozen of this year's World Cup host cities, and intends to network as many local citizen rescues in Russia to help give these dogs a chance at life. Visit the GoFundMe page for more information and consider donating to the cause to help save Russian dogs. -- Global Animal

With A Flick Of The Wrist, Trumps’ Climate Change Denials Become National Policy

(CLIMATE CHANGE/ANIMAL NEWS) President Donald Trump is one step closer to overhauling President Barack Obama's climate change policies after signing a sweeping executive order seeking to reduce federal climate regulations. The long-promised order also aims to align federal agencies' policies with Trump's steadfast mission to boost U.S. fossil fuel production and achieve energy independence. It's abundantly clear Trump has no intentions of curbing planet-warming carbon dioxide pollution, despite the fact that the Earth was the hottest ever recorded last year. Not to mention, the U.S. serves as the world's second largest climate polluter. Read on to learn more about how the Trump Administration plans to review the Clean Power Plan, and take action by standing up to those those who belittle science. Click here to participate in this month’s worldwide “March for Science," taking place on Earth Day, April 22. -- Global Animal

World Wetlands Day 2019: Wetlands & Climate Change

(ENVIRONMENT/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Since its founding in 1971, World Wetlands Day aims to raise awareness about the importance of wetlands and the need to conserve them. This year's theme for World Wetlands Day is "Wetlands and Climate Change," highlighting how wetlands serve as a natural solution to reduce the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels, coral bleaching, as well as changes in water temperature, availability, and quality. Not only do wetlands help relieve droughts and reduce floods, thus protecting our coastlines, but they also help absorb and store carbon. With wetlands disappearing at a rate three times faster than our forests, these ecosystems worldwide need our help now more than ever. Read on to learn more about the importance of our wetlands and see how you can take action below. -- Global Animal
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UPDATE: Ringleader State Falls Short Of Becoming The First To Ban Exotic Animal Circus...

(ANIMAL NEWS/CIRCUSES) After overwhelmingly sweeping the Senate by a vote of 31-0, New Jersey now leads as the first U.S. state to ban traveling wild animal acts. Last year, Illinois and New York similarly banned all traveling acts with elephants, but New Jersey is the first to prohibit all wild or exotic animals in traveling shows. Circuses have been on the decline ever since Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey folded its tents for good in May of last year. As audiences turn away from animal circuses in droves, a number of jurisdictions are considering bans on wild animal circus acts--including a federal bill called the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act. First introduced as “Nosey’s Law," named after an abused circus elephant whose freedom has been the focus of a bitter public lawsuit, the legislation is not the first of its kind and it certainly won't be the last. Read on to learn more about the new law, which activists say has been a long time coming. -- 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

Top Fashion Capital Of The World Goes Fur-Free

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL NEWS) Following in the footsteps of West Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco, Los Angeles is now the largest city in the United States to go fur-free. Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the sale of fur beginning in January, giving retailers until 2020 to rid their existing inventories. Their decision comes just days after designer Burberry and London Fashion Week announced they would go fur-free. And while a growing number of municipalities and major fashion designers--including Michael Kors, Versace, and Gucci--are saying no to fur, the city's move signals a growing trend to outlaw the inherently cruel and inhumane fur trade globally. Read on to learn more about this historic decision for the nation's second largest city and one of the world's major fashion hubs, and how it's poised to encourage similar bans around the globe. Don't forget to take a stand against cruelty to animals by signing PETA’s fur-free pledge today! -- Global Animal

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