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Actor Liam Neeson has been volunteering a lot of his time lately to halt the ban of horse-drawn carriages in New York City. Neeson invited NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio last week to tour the stables where the horses are kept to prove that they're treated well. De Blasio recently told the NY Daily News that he respectfully declines that invite. "I respect Liam Neeson a lot, I'm a big fan of his work. But the fact is, I put forward a plan and a vision and the people ratified it in an election and that's what matters most," de Blasio said over the weekend.
03/11/2014 KENTUCKY TO FULLY BAN VEAL CRATES BY 2018
Kentucky is now the eighth state in America to ban the use of cruel veal crates. The Kentucky Livestock Care Standards Commission has issued new rules that prohibit the confinement of calves raised for veal in cramped crates. Veal crates confine calves for their short, 16-weeks long lives, tethered at the neck and unable to turn around. The ban will go into full effect by 2018. Unfortunately, the commission didn’t include two other inhumane factory farming practices in their updated rules: cutting of dairy cows' tails and the use of gestation crates for breeding pigs.
03/10/2014 AL GORE PREDICTS HE'LL EAT VEGAN FOR LIFE
Last November, in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, Al Gore was "outed" in a Forbes article as being vegan. Now, for the first time since that passing utterance, Gore has come forward and spoken publicly, confirming he is indeed vegan. And loving it. In an exclusive interview with Medscape Editor-in-Chief Eric Topol, MD the politician made it crystal clear that meat, dairy and eggs are off the table. And we couldn't be more thrilled. "Over a year ago I changed my diet to a vegan diet, really just to experiment to see what it was like. And I felt better, so I continued with it. Now, for many people, that choice is connected to environmental ethics and health issues and all that stuff, but I just wanted to try it to see what it was like. In a visceral way, I felt better, so I've continued with it and I'm likely to continue it for the rest of my life," Gore said.
Canada has banned the use of gestation crates for pregnant sows this week. The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs declares that any pork facility being built or renovated after July 1, 2014, must use group housing systems for pregnant sows. Hopefully this nationwide ban in Canada will inspire a wider spread change in the United States, where only 9 states ban the use of gestation crates. While the use of gestation crates is only the tip of the iceberg concerning the welfare of animals raised for food, eliminating their use is a sign of progress. The best way to be sure that no animals are harmed in the making of your food is to reduce the amount of meat, dairy, and eggs that you consume.
Congressman Jim Moran, D-VA, has introduced bill "H.R. 4148" to congress, which will prohibit animal testing for cosmetics manufactured and sold in the United States. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Legislative Fund have been tirelessly campaigning through their "Be Cruelty-Free U.S.A." initiative for new legislation that would put a halt to animal testing in the U.S. If approved, the Humane Cosmetics Act bill will make it "unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetic animal testing in the U.S." Also, it will "[p]rohibit selling, offering for sale or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing."
Barcelona City Hall plans to ban anything resembling a bullfight. In June 2013, bullfights and any other celebration which included the death of bulls were banned. However, now, having studied the matter with animal defence groups, the council wants to ban any of the steps involved in a bullfight to prevent animals from suffering. This will be included in a new law for the Protection, Ownership and Sale of Animals which is due to come into effect in September. It will also include a ban on "bullfighting shows" for performances, films, adverts or any other matter. To get approval to do so, an evaluation will be carried out to determine whether it would be stressful or abusive for the animals. Using wild animals in shows will also be banned.
03/05/2014 LE'VEON BELL IN NEW PETA ADVERTISEMENT
Pittsburg Steeler, Le'Veon Bell, shows off his tattoos in PETA's new "Ink, Not Mink" campaign. The talented running back is obviously dedicated to his successful football career and is now showing his commitment to animals by posing with a football and the caption "I choose ink, not mink, because… animals deserve better." The football stud has teamed up with PETA to prove that wearing fur is immoral, unethical and unnecessary. The fur industry abuses animals in unimaginable ways by electrocuting, beating, drowning, strangling and skinning alive the animals, including foxes, minks, raccoons, rabbits, chinchillas, cats and dogs, that are raised and used for their furs.
Activist Ric O'Barry, whose tireless work to save dolphins featured heavily in the documentary "The Cove," has taken out a full page ad in the NY Times asking for an end to the bloody dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan. The ad features "Angel," the white albino dolphin who has become a symbol of this year's tragic hunts, with the prominent headline of "Free Angel or Watch Her Die." It definitely gets to the point quickly. The ad includes a link to the Dolphin Project website where the public can send a letter to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asking him to end the hunts and help a baby albino dolphin, called Angel, from dying in captivity.
03/03/2014 CAT SAVES 10 PEOPLE FROM FIRE IN FRANCE
Meatball is a hero. The cat woke her guardian up when a fire broke out in the attic of their home - and saved 10 lives. Alexandra Marlin lives in a farmhouse that had been converted into apartments in the south of France. According to the Local, Marlin woke up early on Sunday morning when her cat, Boulette (meatball) began scratching on the floor of the attic. When Marlin yanked open the attic's trap door, she saw fire. She escaped the house and called firefighters. Thankfully, residents in neighboring apartments also escaped the blaze. Once outside, Marlin couldn't find her heroic cat. Fortunately, Boulette had merely run off to avoid the chaotic scene. She returned later that day.
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