Wednesday, November 25, 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.

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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

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

California Wildfire Relief: Here’s What Your Gift To Animals Looks Like

(HELP ANIMALS/DISASTER RELIEF) Earlier this month, four major wildfires broke out within 24 hours in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The outbreaks forced over 200,000 people to evacuate, and thousands of firefighters were summoned to help. The still-raging Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara County is now the largest fire in California history, burning 273,400 acres and destroying 775 homes since it began on December 4. So far, the Global Animal Foundation has raised over $3,000 to help the hundreds of pets and other animals displaced by the fires as committed animal rescue organizations work around-the-clock to save and keep animals safe and healthy. -- Global Animal

Southern California Wildfires: How To Help Animal Victims (TAKE ACTION)

(HELP ANIMALS) Several major wildfires that all flared in just 24 hours continue to burn throughout Southern California, scorching a combined 83,000 acres, destroying an estimated 200 homes, and prompting at least 150,000 people to evacuate. Fed by rapid winds, low humidity, and dry conditions, at least three of the fires are zero percent contained and continue to threaten over 3,000 homes. The fires are expected to grow as gusty winds continue through most of the week. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged those under mandatory evacuation orders to leave their homes before it's too late. Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between HSVC, LACACF, and other vetted organizations working on the ground in the affected areas to help with medical costs for injured animals, boarding and food, and reuniting lost pets with their guardians. Please consider supporting the efforts to save animals in critical peril. -- Global Animal

Giving Tuesday: 8 Gifts That Give Back To Animals

(HOLIDAYS/PETS) Now that the chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, it's time to take a break from material possessions and do something that 's good for the heart and soul. Today, for Giving Tuesday, why not give back to animals? The shopping list below offers the perfect gifts for both pets and pet lovers. Whether you're donating to your favorite animal charity or symbolically adopting an endangered animal plush toy, you can rest assured you've helped make the world a slightly better place. Read on for the complete list of gifts that give back to animals, and get giving today! -- Global Animal
Fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos remain in the wild. Photo Credit: World Wild Life Foundation

Sumatran Rhino Population In A State Of Ruin

(RHINOS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) In the 1980s, there were estimated to be 800 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild. Nowadays, that number could be as low as 30--no thanks to poaching and habitat loss. But since these four known wild rhino populations are so segregated from one another, they also have difficulty reaching each other to breed. The situation has become so dire, conservationists will need to start capturing wild Sumatran rhinos to breed them and boost the species' captive population. Read on to learn more about how we can save this species from extinction. -- Global Animal

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Helping Victims Stay Afloat

(DISASTER RELIEF/ANIMAL RESCUE) Hurricane Harvey caused devastation for countless people and their pets throughout Texas and Louisiana. Luckily, over 300 shelters and animal rescues all over the the country have stepped in to help. Those affected those affected face an uphill battle to rebuild their lives, but volunteers continue to work day by day, trying to find forever homes, pet by pet. -- Global Animal

TAKE ACTION: Hurricane Harvey Animal Victims Need Our Help!

(HURRICANE HARVEY/ANIMAL RESCUE) Being the most powerful storm to hit the mainland in over a decade, Hurricane Harvey has completely wreaked havoc throughout Texas and Louisiana. To put things in perspective, an estimated 20 trillion gallons dumped on the 2.3 million-person city of Houston since Harvey came ashore. Some parts of Texas received as much as 50 inches of rain, causing extensive property damage that could reach $190 billion. The torrential rain, devastating winds, and widespread flooding has resulted in 39 human casualties and driven over one million people and their pets out of their flooded homes. Fortunately, an extensive network of animal rescue groups from all over the U.S. are rushing to provide aid as first responders are working round-the-clock to save stranded pets. In Houston alone, there likely are thousands upon thousands of displaced pets in need. These animals desperately need our help. Please consider making a donation, no matter how small, to make this life-saving work possible. -- Global Animal

Hurricane Harvey: How To Help Pets In Need

(HELP ANIMALS/ANIMAL RESCUE) HOUSTON -- In the same type of catastrophic flooding that beset Texas during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, record rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey has battered the nation's fourth largest city this past week. The flooding has left 25 dead and caused more than 30,000 people to flee their flooded homes. While many pets are left behind, animal rescuers remain hopeful that animals will stand a better chance than they did 12 years ago during Hurricane Katrina, which left an estimated 600,000 animals killed or stranded. Thanks to the passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards which forever changed the way animals are treated during emergency situations, first responders can now rescue pets just as they save people. Efforts to save animal victims are well underway as floodwaters continue to rise. Global Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that funds emergency animal rescue worldwide, is collecting donations to disperse between vetted organizations working on the ground in the affected areas to help with medical costs for injured animals, boarding and food, and reuniting lost pets with their guardians. Please consider supporting the efforts to save animals in critical peril. Read the New York Times article below for more on the Hurricane and citizens' tireless efforts to save their beloved pets amid the chaos. -- Global Animal

Why Did The Sloth Cross The Road? Threats To Sloth Populations

(SLOTHS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) On June 2, the oldest sloth in the world, Miss C, died at the age of 43. She spent her long life at the Adelaide Zoo in Australia, and was the last to exist in the country. Since sloths are native to Central and South America, the Aussies might have to wait a while before seeing another furry slowpoke in their land. The death of Miss C reduced the sloth population by one due to age-related issues. That said, are there other threats to these animals? Sadly, yes. -- Global Animal

A Common Crime: 10 More Elephants Poisoned By Poachers

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/POACHING) In a major loss for the animal kingdom, 10 elephants--including a mother and her young calf--were poisoned by poachers at Zimbabwe’s Hwange national park last week. A bucket of poison (typically a dilute sodium cyanide solution and/or paraquat, an extremely toxic agricultural herbicide) was found near the scene and three arrests were made over the weekend, with one of the suspects found in possession of ivory. Unfortunately this has become a common method of killing wildlife since using poison allows poachers to kill large mammals silently, without rifle shots that would alert park rangers to their whereabouts. In addition to killing these magnificent creatures, the poison can also greatly disrupt the ecosystem and rattle the food chain. Predators like lions and hyenas can die if they consume poisoned flesh, while other animals have died by drinking from contaminated buckets and watering holes. What's more, the deaths from this murder method are said to be slow and painful for the animals. Read on to see how the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is responding to the problem with force, and click here to seek justice for the poisoned elephants and other affected wildlife. -- Global Animal

Don’t Shoot! Support The Police-Canine Encounters Protection Act & Stop Police From Shooting Pets

(DOGS/POLICE SHOOTINGS) Tragically, it's estimated that a dog is shot every 98 minutes by law enforcement in the United States, causing trauma for both the family and police officer involved. Despite the fact that dog bite numbers have decreased, incidents of police using lethal force against family pets are on the rise--from SWAT raids to simple calls and even visits to wrong addresses. In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice estimates more than 10,000 pet dogs are killed by police officers every year. Fortunately, a new bill is looking to reduce this number, and in turn, help protect dogs and law officers nationwide. The proposed Police-Canine Encounters Protection Act (AB 1199)-- sponsored by Social Compassion In Legislation--would require mandatory police training to teach California officers how to quickly and safely respond to unexpected situations where dogs are involved (and often innocent victims), without using lethal force. This invaluable training will provide police with the necessary tools to properly recognize and interpret a dog's body language and behavior, so they can react accordingly while protecting themselves and the lives of beloved canine family members in the process. Continue reading below for more information on AB 1199, and how proactive training can help protect officers and keep family dogs safe. -- 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

“This Isn’t Hunting—It’s Slaughter”: GOP Shoots Down Wildlife Protections For Alaskan Wolves & Bears

(ANIMAL NEWS/WILDLIFE) Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed a measure that would remove wildlife protections on bears and gray wolves in Alaska, and (sadly) President Donald Trump's signature is the only thing standing in the way of the measure becoming law. If signed, the bill--backed by the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International--would permit extreme killing methods of certain predatory animals on national wildlife refuges in Alaska, including gunning down animals from planes and slaughtering baby cubs and pups in their dens. Not only are these hunting practices cruel and unsportsmanlike, but repealing these wildlife protections also negates the critical role that these predators play in healthy ecosystems. We cannot let this tragic news go unnoticed. Please contact your state representatives and congressmen and demand that they honor the limits in the conduct of wildlife policy in the U.S. Read on for more on how groups are responding to the measure to repeal the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule. -- Global Animal

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