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03/29/2015 JAMES CAMERON'S VEGAN FOOD STORE OPENS IN NZ

James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis Cameron’s vegan food store has opened its doors in New Zealand and business is booming. 'There definitely seems to be a market, and not just plant-based eaters, it’s for anyone that wants to try something a little bit different,' said general manager and chef David Futter about the new Food Forest Organics that opened last month in Greytown, New Zealand. The food store carries 95 percent organic produce grown in Cameron’s nearby farm in Featherston. To go with the famous couple’s supported cause of eating to make the least environmental impact, the store carries plant-based foods that also appeal to vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, or raw food eaters. 

03/27/2015 ONLY TWO INTACT FORESTS LEFT ON EARTH

Here's a depressing discovery: a new study revealed that the world's forests are more fragmented than ever. Researchers at North Carolina State University found that if someone were to be taken randomly into one of the world's many forests, there would be a 70 percent chance of being within a half-mile of the forest edge. The analysis means that, basically, no forest on Earth, except for those in the Amazon and Congo, can be considered wilderness. You can blame urban, suburban and agricultural development for carving up forests, as well as other vital habitats, like fields, wetlands and ecosystems.

03/26/2015 MEXICO SEEKS NEW HOMES FOR OVER 2,000 ANIMALS DUE TO CIRCUS BAN

In light of Mexico's upcoming ban which will prevent animals from being used as performers in circuses, the country is now faced with the challenge of finding homes for over 2,000 tigers, elephants, giraffes, zebras and other exotic animals. Although the ban does not technically take effect until July 8, many circuses, in the face of huge financial losses, have already shut their doors and are beginning the difficult task of relocating animals who, in many cases, were born and raised under big top tents and have no experience in natural habitats. While exotic animals across Mexico languish in their cages in the yards of closed circuses, government officials are rushing to evaluate facilities which could potentially house the displaced animals. However, zoo officials are less than thrilled with the proposed solution. Private zoos in Mexico have offered their help, but agree that the transition will be very challenging.

03/25/2015 90,000 SIGNATURES FOR COSMETICS ANIMAL TESTING BAN IN NEW ZEALAND

International model Anna-Lisa Christiane, joined with animal campaigners at Parliament on Monday to present more than 90,000 signatures calling for a ban on animal testing for cosmetics. Politicians are due to vote on an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act proposed by Green MP Mojo Mathers, that would make it illegal in New Zealand to test cosmetics such as mascara and shampoo on live animals. Campaigners from #BeCrueltyFree New Zealand, SAFE and ActionStation want New Zealand to be the first country in Australasia to follow the lead of the European Union and India by banning cosmetics cruelty.

03/24/2015 UNDER HEAVY HINDU SWAY, MUMBAI BANS BEEF

With a strict ban on beef in Mumbai that has closed down meat sellers across India's most cosmopolitan city, this nation is dealing with a sacred cow issue – literally. The new ban is the strictest ever in India and includes penalties even for possessing beef. Breaking the law, which languished for five years before getting passed under a conservative ruling Hindu party, brings a fine and up to five years in prison. Many Mumbai meat sellers are on strike in response, and eateries that feature kabobs and minced-meat delicacies in the Muslim quarter are losing customers. Some have closed.

03/23/2015 ANOTHER SECRET MONKEY BREEDING FACILITY IN FLORIDA

Just four months after filing a lawsuit against Hendry County, Florida, for approving a monkey breeding facility without soliciting public comment, local residents discovered that County officials secretly approved another monkey breeding facility. On Tuesday morning, they are holding a press conference at the Hendry County courthouse to express their outrage about the illegal lack of transparency as well as their grave concerns about the public safety and animal cruelty issues associated with the secret facilities. They will also ask what other secrets County officials are hiding from tax-paying residents. The plaintiffs in the case against Hendry, who are being represented by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), claim that County officials not only violated Florida's Sunshine Law, which requires the County to hold a public hearing on matters that affect the community, but also broke zoning laws by illegally approving a wild monkey operation on land zoned for agricultural use.

03/20/2015 PAMELA ANDERSON HELPS EXPOSE CRUELTY AGAINST CHICKENS

Avid vegan and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson has partnered with Mercy for Animals to expose gross cruelty against chickens. The actress narrates a video that features images captured in the latest Mercy for Animals undercover investigation of Gordon Food Service. Starting from the point that chickens are crammed into transportation vehicles and taken long distances without any care so that "sick and diseased, a lot of the birds arrive dead at the slaughterhouse," the video shows how callously the animals are treated throughout the whole process before they become meat. The video also shows "desensitized workers" who treat the chickens as objects. After all the blood and unbelievable cruelty are pictured, Anderson finishes the video by asking people to consider what they saw when eating.

03/19/2015 OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DOUBLES CALIFORNIA COAST MARINE SANCTUARY

A lengthy effort to protect the California shoreline is finally seeing a goal fulfilled, as after a decade of study and petitioning, two marine sanctuaries are expanding more than twofold. The Obama administration last week announced plans to increase in size a pair of sanctuaries off of the northern California coast, a  stretch of water dubbed by scientists as the "blue Serengeti." Sporting a diverse collection of marine life, which includes two dozen species that are endangered or threatened, the area is a hub for fish, mammals, and birds, as well as a breeding group for many species. The area covered now allows for a nutrient-rich ecosystem to encourage reefs and plankton blooms, which in turn provides food for more wildlife. Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary will grow from 529 square miles to 1,286, while the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary will see its 1,282 square mile protection expand to 3,295. In total, alongside the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a stretch of 150 miles of California Coastline will be protected. That is, drilling is completely off-limits, as are discharges from any ships and mining disturbances.

03/18/2015 NEARLY NAKED PETA SUPPORTERS SKATE TO PROTEST FUR AND LEATHER INDUSTRIES

Two nearly naked PETA volunteers, dressed as a rabbit and fox, skated in their skivvies at Syracuse, N.Y. Clinton Square Ice Rink on Wednesday, March 11, holding signs reading "Be Kind, Wear Vegan." The skaters - Cassandra Callaghan and Elena Cohen of Brooklyn - stripped down to their underwear and skated with signs asking passersby to stop buying leather, fur, and angora wool clothing and accessories. The stunt attracted plenty of attention during the lunch hour. Many people took photos or stopped to ask the women why they were skating topless in the 42 degree weather. This skating stunt was meant to promote PETA's investigations into the fur and leather industries in China.

03/17/2015 MEAT EATERS CONSUME 7,000 ANIMALS IN LIFETIME

The average person will chomp down on 7,000 animals during their lives, according to the Vegetarian Calculator. It breaks down to 11 cows, 27 pigs, 2,400 chickens, 80 turkeys, 30 sheep and 4,500 fish, according to the group. The organization advocates that people eat less meat to have a more positive impact on the environment. In 2012, 5% of American adults considered themselves to be vegetarians, and 2% said they were vegans, according to Gallup.

03/16/2015 THE KILLING OF SEALS IN CANADA AND NAMIBIA CONTINUES

Each year, Canada authorizes the killing of hundreds of thousands of seal pups, mostly harp seal pups. Even though harp seals are ice seals, that is, they are dependent on thick, large floes of sea ice for whelping, and such floes are decreasing due to climate change, the Canadian government maintains high kill quotas on these seals. The official quotas for killing seals in Canada in 2015 are as follows: 8,200 hooded seals, 400,000 harp seals, 60,000 grey seals, and the total allowable catch specific to Hay Island, Nova Scotia is 1900 animals. The number of seals killed by sealers will ultimately depend in large part on the market for seal pelts. And, thanks to all the national bans on imports of seal products, demand is down. The second largest massacre of seals in the world is the Cape fur seal massacre in Namibia, where the government has set a quota of 80,000 seal pups and 6,000 bulls each year.

03/14/2015 LEONARDO DICAPRIO AND RICKY GERVAIS HONOURED FOR THEIR ANIMALS RIGHTS ACTIVISM

Leonardo Dicaprio and Ricky Gervais have been named among the recipients of the 2015 Genesis Award, a prize which is handed out annually to celebrities who raise awareness of animal welfare issues, along with director Kathryn Bigelow, documentary maker Morgan Spurlock and U.S. TV hosts Jon Stewart and Bill Maher. DiCaprio was specifically recognised for producing the documentary Virunga, about endangered gorillas in the African national park, while Gervais was honoured for raising awareness of animals issues through social media.

03/12/2015 MORE THAN 2 MILLION SONGBIRDS SLAUGHTERED OVER CYPRUS LAST YEAR

More than two million migratory songbirds were indiscriminately slaughtered over Cyprus last year to be served as delicacies in local restaurants, a conservation society said on Monday. The 2014 estimate represented the worst cull since monitoring started more than a decade ago, the Cyprus division of the international BirdLife organization said. Cyprus lies on a key migratory bird route between Europe and Africa, but thousands of birds fall into poachers' nets each spring and autumn. The songbirds, known by the generic term "ampelopoulia," include birds ranging from a blackcap warbler to a robin, and even small owls are occasionally caught. The birds are trapped in barely-visible mistnets placed in low-lying shrublands, or on sticks dipped in sticky lime. They are served up pickled or fried in taverns across the island.

03/11/2015 PETA OFFERS $5,000 REWARD FOR CHICKEN VANDALS

Animal rights group PETA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people who killed over 300,000 chickens in Clarendon County. "Someone out there is responsible for adding to the misery of birds who suffer on factory farms like these," says PETA Senior Director Martin Mersereau in a statement. "PETA urges anyone with information to come forward now, before any more animals are roasted alive." Last month, vandals targeted several chicken houses in the county. The person or persons turned off the heating systems inside the houses, causing the birds to freeze and die. The affected farms were all licensed with Pilgrim Pride, the largest chicken producer in the world. Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett says he believes the suspect or suspects are angry with the company and wanted to caused them financial damage.

03/10/2015 GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE JUMPER SAYS SEA LION SAVED HIM

A man who jumped off San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to try to take his own life and was kept afloat by a sea lion; suicide prevention was now his life's work. Kevin Hines was a teenager struggling with mental illness and depression when he jumped off the famous bridge in 2000. He survived the fall, only to see what he thought was a shark beneath him. "I was freaking out in those waters. I really thought it was a shark and I thought it was going to take off a leg and I was panicking. And then it just didn't, it just kept circling beneath me. I remember floating atop the water and this thing just bumping me, bumping me up. This thing beneath me didn't stop or didn't go away until I heard the boat behind me." Hines later spoke to a man who had been on the bridge that day and who had seen that it was not a shark but a sea lion. Hines believes another factor also helped save his life - a woman driving past saw his plunge and immediately reported it to a friend in the coastguard.

03/06/2015 HUNDREDS OF STARVING KOALAS KILLED IN AUSTRALIA

Close to 700 koalas have been killed off by authorities in southeastern Australia because overpopulation led to the animals starving, an official said Wednesday, sparking claims of mismanagement. Victoria state Environment Minister Lisa Neville said the koalas were euthanised around Cape Otway near the scenic tourist drawcard the Great Ocean Road, in 2013 and 2014, with a caravan site owner saying the whole area "smelt like death" before they were put down. "The intervention was necessary to prevent suffering of koalas because they weren't able to find enough food," Neville said in a statement. Neville said 686 koalas were found to be in poor health and were humanely killed by veterinarians in consultation with koala experts and animal welfare personnel.

03/04/2015 POACHERS BEHEAD NEARLY 100 STARVING DEER IN SPAIN

Spanish poachers slaughtered and beheaded about 100 deer — leaving their butchered remains strewn across a forest. Hikers were sickened at the grisly sight in the Castile and Leon region of central Spain, the Daily Mail reported. "It was like something out of a horror film," said Narela Hinojosa, 37. "We came to a clearing in the forest and just saw all these heads and bodies littered all over the place. I nearly vomited, it was so gross and the smell was unbearable. Most of the heads had antlers missing and some of the carcasses had no legs." Cops are searching for the poachers, and animal rights groups are outraged.

03/03/2015 BRIGITTE BARDOT PAYS FOR RUSSIAN "ALCOHOLIC" BEARS' ROMANIAN REHAB

A pair of "alcoholic bears" living at a restaurant in Russia's Sochi will travel to Romania for rehabilitation to overcome an addiction caused by customers slipping them too many drinks, a news report said. The cost of the bears' treatment will be covered by two animal rights groups, France's Brigitte Bardot Foundation and Britain's Big Hearts Foundation. The bears will travel to a park set up outside of Brasov, Romania, to help animals that have been mistreated by humans. The bears had been locked up together in a small enclosure for some 20 years outside of a Georgian restaurant in Sochi.

03/02/2015 SENATE SAYS NO TO DRONE HUNTING

Michigan legislators have shot down efforts to use drones in hunting. The state Senate passed legislation that would not only ban hunters from using drones to track game but ban other groups from using drones to track hunters. The bills passed unanimously. Banning hunting by drone has been a key priority of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs since last summer.

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