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10/22/2014 VIRGIN AMERICA DUMPS SEAWORLD

Earlier this summer, Ecorazzi reported that SeaWorld's stock had plummeted by nearly 33% – a decline largely due to the drop in park attendance and media criticism caused by the controversial Blackfish documentary. Overall, the stock devaluation caused $832 million in losses for SeaWorld shareholders, adding to the long list of problems the marine parks have faced since Blackfish was released in 2013. Last week, Virgin America announced that the airline will be joining the ranks of companies, celebrities and organizations that are standing up for the rights of captive orcas and dolphins by refusing to be associated with the SeaWorld parks. Virgin America has removed SeaWorld from its Elevate rewards program, which allows customers to visit attractions across the U.S. and earn travel points along the way. SeaWorld will no longer be listed as an Elevate attraction or qualify visitors to earn points with the company.

10/21/2014 LEONARDO DICAPRIO FOUNDATION GRANTS $2 MILLION FOR OCEAN CONSERVATION

Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio's conservation foundation said on Thursday it has awarded a $2 million grant to establish marine reserves and to stop overfishing. DiCaprio, who was named a Messenger of Peace by the United Nations last month to raise awareness about climate change, said the money provided to Oceans 5 will support marine conservation projects around the globe. Ocean 5 is an international funders' collaborative that supports groups working on ocean conservation projects.

10/20/2014 DENMARK MOVES TO BAN BESTIALITY

Denmark is planning to ban bestiality after long-running international pressure over animal welfare. Denmark is one of the few European countries which still allows bestiality. Norway, Sweden and Germany have all banned the practice, leading to a rise in the underground animal sex tourism in Denmark. Minister of Food and Agriculture Dan Jørgensen, who is planning an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act for next year, said to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet: "I have decided that we should ban sex with animals." He indicated the damage done to Denmark’s reputation by allowing animal sex was a factor in his decision, but added: "The most important is that in the vast majority of cases it is an attack against the animals."

10/15/2014 HUNKY MEN POSE WITH CUTE PUPS FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS

The New York City-based rescue group Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue is the organization behind a genius calendar that combines handsome shirtless men with adorable, adoptable doggies. The 2015 calendar, fittingly called "Hunks and Hounds," benefits Louie's Legacy financially and also promotes animal welfare. "The message of the calendar is that we should all be kind to animals and protect them from harm," says Mike Ruiz, a celebrity photographer who shot the calendar's images. Ruiz is well-known for LGBT advocacy on top of his animal rescue work. And he's appeared in front of the camera himself for the Show Your Soft Side anti-cruelty campaign, with his much-loved, very spoiled pit bull Oliver, who was adopted in 2012.

10/14/2014 ZURICH ZOO EATERY SERVES MEAT FROM ITS ANIMALS

The Langenberg wildlife park in Langnau am Albis, south of the city of Zurich, touts itself as a place where visitors can get close to nature. But revelations about items on the menu at the park's restaurant sparked an outcry. Martin Kilchenmann, spokesman for the park, confirmed to the newspaper that guests at the restaurant can eat meat from the park's animals. But he said the use of the meat was "very ecological" and shows visitors the animals' "natural cycle." Every year around 100 animals are born in the park but because of space restrictions not all of them can remain. If the animals cannot be placed elsewhere they are killed and many are used by the restaurant.

10/13/2014 SPLIT ZOO TO BE RELOCATED

The city council of Split last week made a decision about the relocation of the Split ZOO Marjan. The conclusion is to start to relocate the ZOO and open an animal shelter, thus presented the deputy mayor Goran Kovacevic. Kovacevic has explained to the councillors that the current location Marjan does not fullfill the conditions for a ZOO and therefore they are looking for a new location and in the meantime they would conduct the decision about relocation according to the conclusion from 2006. "Adoption is long-term process so as searching for a location. Split, as the most popular tourist city, has been declared that it has one of the most monstrous ZOOs" said Kovacevic. The deputy mayor stated that he requested a list of species from the director of the ZOO and the dynamics of moving. Councillor Ivan Banovic has stated that he would take effort to close all the ZOOs on the planet because wild animals does not belong in cages. (dalmatinskiportal.hr)

10/11/2014 MEAT IS OFF THE MENU AS MORE BRITONS BECOME VEGETARIAN

A record one in eight British adults have turned vegetarian after ditching meat and fish, according to new research released on Sept 30. Some 12 per cent now follow vegetarian or vegan diets – rising to 20 per cent of those aged between 16 and 24, said analysts Mintel. And millions more are “flexitarians” cutting back substantially on the amount of meat they eat but not quite going the whole hog. Health and environmental reasons are the main factors behind the move, said Mintel’s report to coincide with World Vegetarian Day, Oct 1. This has led to a booming £625million-a-year market for meat-free products in 2013, which is expected to grow even more to £657million this year.

10/07/2014 "BUNNIES ARE FOR CUDDLING, NOT COSMETICS TESTING"

Singer-songwriters and animal activists, Leona Lewis and Kate Nash, recently took to their respective Twitter accounts to speak out against cosmetics testing on bunnies. The two vegetarians snapped selfies with their pet bunnies (Nash actually became veggie in order to save her pet rabbit, Fluffy) to support Human Society International's #BeCrueltyFree campaign, which hopes to put an end to cruel cosmetics testing on animals worldwide. Cosmetics testing on rabbits is not only cruel, but it's also unreliable. As the #BeCrueltyFree works to make progress globally (the EU, Norway, Israel and India have all banned animal testing for cosmetics), everyone can do their part by buying from companies that do not test on animals.

10/06/2014 FBI TURNS ANIMAL CRUELTY INTO A FELONY

From now on, people who cause harm to animals will be prosecuted as felons because the FBI has classified it as a top-tier grade A offense. Previously, the FBI labeled animal cruelty crimes as "other" grouping it with other lesser offenses. The system made the offenses hard to track and prosecute so this month the bureau has announced animal cruelty crimes, like murder and assault, will have their own category as a felony. The change is based on research that shows serial killers and other violent criminals often start their hideous crimes with animals. According to an FBI statement, the animal cruelty category will be divided into four sub categories: simple or gross neglect; intentional abuse and torture; organized abuse, which includes dogfighting and cockfighting; and animal sexual abuse.

10/03/2014 CELEBRATE WORLD ANIMAL DAY WITH VEGANISM AND ANIMAL ADOPTION!

Ambassadors of this year's World Animal Day in Croatia, Anita Euschen and IFEEL, both vegans and Animal Friends' activists, invite everybody to change their eating and other habits and thus contribute to creating a less violent world towards animals. Wearing clothes and shoes made without fur and leather, buying cosmetics that are not tested on animals, changing your diet to vegan, helping in shelters, adopting abandoned animals and informing others about animal rights are just some of the ways you can help animals. Anita and IFEEL invite our citizens to visit Animal Friends' stall on Oct 4 from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. at lake Bundek, where the City Office for Agriculture and Forestry of the City of Zagreb organizes a program for World Animal Day. Learn from the activists about the ways you can help animals and make a tasty lunch using recipes you will get there!

10/03/2014 CALIFORNIA TEENS ARRESTED IN 920 CHICKEN DEATHS

Deputies in central California have arrested four people — one adult and three juveniles — who are suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club. Fresno County sheriff's officials acting on several tips Wednesday tracked down 18-year-old Gabriel Quintero of Riverdale. Also taken into custody were two juvenile males, ages 15 and 17, from Caruthers, and a third juvenile male, age 17, from Lemoore. All have been booked on charges of burglary and felony cruelty to animals. Investigators say the suspects pulled back a fence Sept. 20 to gain access to a shed south of Fresno and massacred 920 chickens with a golf club and possibly another blunt instrument.

10/02/2014 35,000 WALRUSES FORCED ASHORE LINKED TO CLIMATE CHANGE

A massive congregation of Pacific walruses are being forced to haul out on a beach in northwest Alaska as their Arctic sea habitats melt away, thanks to climate change. An estimated 35,000 walruses located on a remote barrier island near Point Lay, Alaska were photographed on Saturday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) annual Arctic marine mammal aerial survey. It's one of the largest, if not the largest, onshore gathering of animals ever photographed in North America, and climate change is to blame. Based on these shocking photos, it's clear to see how dangerous this is for the animals as the younger and small walruses are at risk for being trampled to death. Already, the NOAA has sighted 36 carcasses. For environmentalists, this massive congregation is a huge warning sign.

10/01/2014 PIPERLIME TO STOP SELLING FUR PRODUCTS

The people have spoken and one of the biggest fashion retailers in the United States has heard it. After a petition asked Gap Inc.'s piperlime.com to stop selling fur products, the company has announced it will do just that. "Your opinions and views matter to us," wrote Debbie Mesloh, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Gap Inc. on the change.org petition page. "That is why, effective immediately, Piperlime will no longer sell real fur products, whether they are made by our company or not. This is an expansion beyond our existing policy of prohibiting real fur in our branded products."

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