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Some 100 activists took to the Tel Aviv streets on Friday, to protest the recent ministerial blockage of a bill that aims to prohibit the import and sales of foie gras – the liver delicacy acquired by force-feeding ducks and geese. The bill, initiated by MK Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid) in conjunction with two animal-rights groups, was approved for government support last Sunday in the Ministerial Committee on Legislation. On Tuesday night, however, just before the bill was slated to undergo its first reading in the Knesset on Wednesday morning, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beytenu) filed an appeal against the bill as a favor to Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir (Yisrael Beytenu), according to Lipman's spokesman. The government banned the practice of force-feeding waterfowl in Israel about a decade ago after the High Court of Justice in 2003 deemed it to be abusive, but the import and sale of the product is still legal.
06/18/2013 OBAMA TO UNDERMINE SHARK FIN BANS
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is proposing a rule to implement the Shark Conservation Act of 2010 that, if approved as is, has the potential to overturn the shark protections passed by California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Signed by President Barack Obama in January 2011, the Shark Conservation Act closed loopholes in the United States' previous shark finning prohibition law by requiring that sharks be landed at port with their fins naturally attached to their bodies. In an effort to further protect sharks, some states and territories passed additional laws. Hawaii was the first state to make the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins a criminal offence. Since 2010, 10 states and territories (Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Delaware, Maryland, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) have implemented shark fin trade bans. In addition to the trade bans, American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands banned catch and possession of sharks in territorial waters.
After a 6-year campaign Colombia has on June 12 banned wild animals from both static and travelling circuses. Animal Defenders International (ADI) launched their Stop Circus Suffering South America campaign following a two-year undercover investigation. The circuses have two years to comply. ADI stands ready to assist the Colombian Government with rescue and relocation of the animals, so that they can live out their lives in peace. Stop Circus Suffering has now secured bans in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay and Colombia.
The government of Brunei, in Southeast Asia through the Department of Fisheries and Ministry of Indrustry and Primary Resources will enforce the ban on harvesting of all shark species in Brunei waters, reported the Borneo Post Online on June 9. The government will also now officially enforce the ban on the importation and trade of shark products which has been in place since August 2012. The Minister of Industry and Primary Resources made the announcement during the Celebrate the Sea Festival in-conjunction with the Worlds Oceans Day 2013.
J.R. Gilkinson had never seen anything like it. The California man was sailing off Newport Beach with his niece and some friends when a sea lion pup hopped aboard the back deck of the boat and slowly edged closer to him. Thinking quickly, Gilkinson captured the extraordinary moment on film. In the video, filmed on May 18 the baby sea lion snuggles with the sailor and lays in Gilkinson's lap as it appears to rest its eyes. He didn't budge for an hour. "It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had," Gilkinson told The Huffington Post. "I appreciated every second because I didn't know how long it was going to last." When it was time to return to harbor, Gilkinson actually had to stand up and tell the sea lion it was time to go. After some gentle nudges, the pup walked to the end of the boat and jumped back into the water.
For vegetarians, the idea of abstaining from meat one day of the week isn't a big deal, but Vancouver's city council is asking local omnivores to try dropping meat from some meals, and opt for more sustainable choices instead. The City of Vancouver proclaimed June 10, 2013 "Meatless Monday" following a request from its food policy council, in support of more sustainable agriculture and healthier consumption, the CBC's Emily Elias reports. According to Meatless Monday Canada, similar meat-free campaigns began during World War I, when Americans were encouraged to aid the war effort by forgoing some staples.
An Argentinian footballer has been sent off after he hurled a pitch-invading dog into a fence by the scruff of its neck. Belle Vista player Jose Jimenez is seen rushing up to the animal after it ran onto the pitch during a lower league game against San Juan in the province of de Tucumán. He is seen picking him up and throwing him into a metal fence, earning himself a red card and a sending off by the referee. Thankfully the dog gets to its feet - apparently unhurt. Jimenez's brutal act saw him pelted by furious supporters and a brawl was sparked as hosts San Juan turned on the player. GiveMeSport calls the incident "one of the worst acts of animal abuse ever seen on a football pitch."
Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus, and other celebrities turned to Twitter recently to raise awareness about rhino poaching and support a solution. Twenty-five celebrities spread the word on behalf of the Zoological Society of London in hopes of landing them as "fan favorite" for the Google Global Impact Award. With their tweets reaching over 20 million people, their efforts paid off and ZSL won the £500,000 grant from Google. This new funding will install cameras with automated sensors in poaching hotspots around Tsavo National Park in Kenya. Over the next two years, this will mean hundreds of animals saved from gangs of armed poachers who kill thousands every year. These high-tech cameras can detect vehicles from vibrations, triangulate the sound of gunshots, and instantly transmit images of the intruders, arming park rangers with vital information for swift interventions. ZSL's field conservation director, Professor Jonathan Baillie, predicts that poaching in Tsavo National Park will go down 50% in two years, thanks to these cameras.
As a band, the Go-Go's have made history more than once. Not only were they the first female group who played their own instruments to top the Billboard charts, but they were also the first stars to appear in PETA's "Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign, way back in 1991. Now, as the group heads out on their 2013 tour, lead singer and animal lover Belinda Carlisle is talking to PETA about her vegetarian lifestyle and how posing in the anti-fur photo impacted her. Carlisle says that when the band first posed for the campaign, they had no idea that it would become as big as it has. Carlisle is proud of her appearance in the shot. She believes that the anti-fur movement is as important today as it was then. Her love of animals has also affected her lifestyle, particularly her diet. Carlisle was a vegetarian years ago, but fell off the wagon for a time. Now, however, she's back to her vegetarian ways and stronger than ever, a fact she partly credits to yoga.
06/11/2013 ISRAEL APPROVES BILL BANNING FOIE GRAS TRADE
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved the launch of a bill on Sunday that would prohibit the trade of liver originating from ducks or geese that have undergone forced-fattening processes. Drafted by the organizations Anonymous for Animal Rights and Let Animals Live, the bill to ban the import and sales of such liver – known commonly as foie gras – was launched by MK Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid) and has garnered the signatures of 20 Knesset members. The Israeli government banned the practice of forcefeeding waterfowl about a decade ago, when the High Court of Justice deemed the activity to be illegal abuse. Nonetheless, to this day, importing and selling foie gras from ducks and geese who have been force-fattened abroad has remained legal, Anonymous explained.
06/10/2013 OVER ONE MILLION SIGN ANTI-WHALING CAMPAIGN
Over one million people have signed the anti-whaling petition organized by the international movement Avaaz to try to ban the transfer of Icelandic fin whale meat through Dutch ports. Iceland's whaling has been a source of renewed criticism in recent days. Head of whaling company Hvalur, Kristján Loftsson, was described in an article entitled "Shame on You, Iceland," in the Morning Star as a "butcher." Minister of Fisheries Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson described the article as radical and reflecting little understanding of Iceland's sustainable use of resources. Chairman of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association, Árni Gunnarsson, however, told visir.is that he is concerned about the issue. "We are concerned about whaling itself but are also worried about not just that the animals that we watch are about to be hunted but also the image of the country." According to Árni, whaling hurts the efforts of tourism companies in promoting whale watching.
Though opinions on animal testing were essentially uniform across age groups in 2001, that pattern has changed over the past 12 years, as the overall percentage supporting it has declined from the mid-60s to the mid-50s. The greatest change has been among Americans between the ages of 18 and 34, for whom support for medical testing on animals has dropped by 18 points. Older Americans are now slightly less supportive of medical testing on animals compared with 12 years ago.
Late in April a dedicated young Costa Rican conservationist, Jairo Mora Sandoval, logged on to his Facebook page, with its pictures of cavorting baby sea turtles and wild beaches, and typed out an urgent plea. In a comment beneath the post, Mr Mora Sandoval, who was working to protect the endangered leatherback turtles on his country's Caribbean coast, explained that the beach was being targeted by egg thieves. Five people liked the message and 135 shared it. But the response was insufficient. The 26-year-old's naked body was found on the same beach shortly before 7 A.M. on Friday. His hands had been tied behind his back and he had been shot in the head after being kidnapped by a masked gang. Four of his female colleagues, all foreign volunteers, were also bundled into a car as they patrolled the beach and have given evidence to the police. The murder has shed light on the criminal trade linked to the largest of living turtles. Mr. Mora Sandoval, a biology student, worked for the state-run animal rescue group Paradero Eco-Tour and also for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (Widecast), a non-profit organization. His Facebook postings are testimony to his passion for the work.
A famed dog that lost her snout and upper jaw saving two girls' lives is heading back to the Philippines after treatment at a California hospital. The dog - named Kabang - was released Monday from the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital. Kabang had her snout and upper jaw sheared off in December 2011 when she jumped in front of a motorcycle in the Philippines. Newspapers in the Philippines reported she saved the lives of her guardian's daughter and niece, who were apparently in the path of the oncoming cycle. UC Davis veterinary professor Frank Verstraete says doctors were able to heal her wounds and treat other ailments during her seven-month stay at the hospital, but unable to reconstruct her snout and jaw. Kabang will return to her owner in the Philippines.
06/05/2013 ADORABLE TODDLER ADVOCATES FOR VEG DIET
We invite you to watch the adorable video of Luiz Antonio, a pretty well-spoken toddler who doesn't believe in eating animals. In the video, Luiz's mom serves him octopus with gnocchi and rice. Concerned about the presence of animals on his plate, Luiz begins grilling his mom about the octopus. "This octopus isn't real, right?" he asks. When his mom confirms that it is, he asks where its head is. She explains that it's at the fish market, and that's all it takes for Luiz to get going. He immediately starts listing animals, explaining that they die when we eat them and that he likes them better when they "stay standing up." As he questions his mom about why they eat meat, her answers get increasingly less emphatic. By the touching end, she sees his point ("These animals... you gotta take care of them and not eat them!"), and it's a beautiful moment.
Neurology professor Colin Masters, executive director of the Mental Health Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, has warned that some British cattle are still contracting mad cow disease. People who eat beef contaminated with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk dying from a human variant of the brain-wasting illness. Australia has never had a case of BSE, but has lifted its blanket ban on beef imports from countries with a history of mad cow disease. Professor Masters - an eminent scientist who has advised both the Australian and British governments on mad cow disease - told a Senate inquiry into beef imports that Europe's horsemeat contamination scandal exposes a "weak link'' in certifying imports.
06/03/2013 BOB BARKER AGAINST LIVE PIGEON SHOOTS
Animal activist and living legend Bob Barker has recorded a new video urging the Pennsylvania legislature to pass a bill ending live pigeon shoots. The 89-year-old passionately argues against the "barbaric act" of shooting pigeons, describing in detail over graphic video how the birds are launched into the air and participants gun them down for sport. Barker has joined forces with SHowing Animals Respect And Kindness (SHARK) on the issue – an organization he personally donated $1M to back in 2010.
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