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Call To Action! Toronto Slaughterhouse Ordered To Permanently Close In 2019 Due To E-Coli Contamination But Reopens Under New Management

After Toronto’s most infamous slaughterhouse, Ryding Regency Meat Packers, was ordered to permanently close in 2019 due to e-coli contamination, they shockingly reopened yesterday under new management.

The slaughterhouse, now named Tru Harvest Meats, opened their doors once again at the same location to kill 83,200 cows and baby calves per year. Sadly, the majority of the mother cows are pregnant at the time of slaughter.

Activists from Toronto Pig Save and Toronto Cow Save held joint actions yesterday outside the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) offices in Toronto at midday, and held a cow vigil outside Tru Harvest Meats from 1:30pm to 3pm to protest this egregious atrocity and demand the license for Tru Harvest be withdrawn.

“We need to stop reopening this or any other slaughterhouse in Toronto. The previous slaughterhouse was shut down for E-Coli contaminated cow flesh and for lying to the Canadian food inspectors with false or misleading test results,” Anita Krajnc, Founder of Toronto Pig Save told WAN.

“This new Tru Harvest Meats slaughterhouse, like its predecessor, is killing mainly pregnant dairy cows and baby calfs. Diary is also killing the climate and harming people’s health. The Canadian governments new Food Guide took dairy off the menu, so it should be living up to expectations and not issuing new federal slaughterhouse licences,” said Krajnc.

“Slaughterhouses across Canada have been the site of many of the country’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks, and it’s indefensible that the provincial and federal governments would be allowing this business to re-open,” said Jenny McQueen, an activist with Toronto Pig Save.

“Dairy is a leading cause of environmental degradation, as well as being directly linked to negative health outcomes. We’re calling on the federal government to cease subsidies that are going towards propping up a collapsing cow milk industry that kills mother cows once their dairy production slows and ‘veal’ calves under 12 months old who have not been given the chance for life,” continued McQueen “We also call on the federal government and the CFIA to withdraw the license for Tru Harvest Meats and shut them down.”

What You Can Do:

  • Join Toronto Pig Save in demanding the CFIA withdraw Tru Harvest’s license.

  • CALL the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 and ask them to take action or contact them using their feedback form HERE!

  • If you live in Toronto, please join Toronto Pig Save for their weekly cow vigils, Tuesday mornings 10am – 12pm at St. Helens slaughterhouse, 1-3 Glen Scarlett Rd. (opposite from the proposed site of the new slaughterhouse).

Please sign Toronto Pig Save’s petition to close down Tru Harvest HERE!

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Urgent Action Needed! WAN Talks With World-Renowned Scientist Dr. Reese Halter About The Controversial Wolf Hunt That Just Began In Wisconsin & How To End It

Tragically, yesterday, hundreds of gray wolves in Wisconsin became prey to greedy and callous hunters in the state’s first wolf hunt in seven years. The abhorrent and senselessly cruel hunt runs through Sunday or until the state reaches its appalling kill limit’ of 200 innocent lives.

The controversial hunt was ordered to take place after a Jefferson County Circuit Court decided last week that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources violated state law by refusing to schedule a winter 2021 gray wolf hunt when the gray wolf was delisted from the Endangered Species Act by the Trump administration on January 4, 2021.

WAN had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Reese Halter, a world-renowned scientist and eco-stress physiologist specializing in Earth’s life support systems, as well as the author of the recently-released book, The Gen Z Emergency.

   

“This is heartbreaking and all because of a loophole,” Dr. Halter passionately explained to WAN, freely using adjectives such as vile and disgusting to address the hunt, as well as some well-earned expletives when referring to the sick people who participate in them.

According to Dr. Halter, people need to respect science, pay attention, and understand that wolves are among some of the two million different forms of life that humans need to exist.

“Wolves are gatekeepers, curators of the wildland,” noted Dr. Halter, who has spent more than four decades studying nature. “The wolves are helping us!  People also need to realize that we have the best of the best after 1.1 billion years of reproductive evolution.”

That is not something to interfere with, nor, as per Dr. Halter, is it anyone’s right to take away a child’s birthright to have clean air, clean water, old growth forests, thriving wildlife, and coral reefs.

Biodiversity is key to sustaining a healthy planet.

“It is time to act like adults. Humans make mistakes but we must learn from them,” stated Dr. Halter. “We need decency.”

Referencing one of his heroes, Dr. Halter noted that Sir Roger Moore described it best when he shared his thoughts on the atrocity that is trophy hunting, stating that: “Sport hunting is a sickness, a perversion, and a danger, and should be recognized as such. Thankfully, those of us with a conscience are appalled by the idea of gunning down animals for the sake of a thrill or a photo.”

One of Dr. Halter’s many messages to those he calls ‘loathsome and entitled hunters,’ is to “get a camera” and shoot photos of animals that are alive in their natural habitats. Now, that’s a thrill!

WAN and Dr. Halter also agreed that an urgent call to action must ensue. People across the country who oppose this vile wolf hunt should contact Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and ask him to stop it, as well as permanently ban wolf hunting throughout the state. For those with the time and fury to do so, Dr. Halter suggests sending a hand-written letter to the Governor. Hand-written letters are required to be logged by the Governor’s office and responded to.

Contact Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers at his Madison Office: (608) 266-1212. His mailing address is P.O. Box 7863, Madison, WI, 53707. People can also contact the Governor’s Milwaukee Office: (414) 227-4344. The mailing address is 819 N 6th St, Ste. 560, Milwaukee, WI, 53203.

People are also encouraged to contact United States President Joe Biden, HERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Breaking! Urgent Action Needed To Ban ‘Sport Hunting’ of Black Bears Throughout California 

A groundbreaking bill that has offered a glimpse of hope for animal advocates in California, has just been introduced by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). The Bear Protection Act (SB 252), that is sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), would finally ban all ‘sport hunting’ of black bears in the state.

Shockingly, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) currently allows hunters to kill up to 1,700 black bears in a single season. This legislation would ban all ‘sport hunting’ of black bears, while this is a historical move in protecting bears throughout California, there are sadly still exemptions including situations in which bears can be killed to protect human safety, public property, livestock, and endangered and threatened species, and for scientific research.

If successful, California would be the first state to offer this level of protection for bears and would set an example for the rest of the nation.

As a symbol for not only California, but for the rest of North America, it is believed that as many as two million black bears once roamed the majority of wooded areas on the continent. Sadly, agriculture, urban developments, and intensive hunting devastated their population by 1900.

Although their population has improved, increasing stress due to climate change and wildfire-induced habitat loss has put a serious strain on California’s black bears, and recreational hunting has only further endangered their population. While habitat loss has created an uptick in human-bear conflicts in recent years, hunters rarely remove those problem bears from the population. Instead, they target non-offending bears in remote areas, far from where conflicts occur.

California has already implemented many protections for wildlife, including bans on hound hunting of bears and bobcats, the hunting of mountain lions and bobcats, and all recreational trapping. A recent poll showed that 70% of California voters do not support sport hunting of black bears, and 62% would support legislation to ban the practice.

“Over the past few years, black bears have faced unprecedented habitat loss due to climate change and wildfires, and continued ‘sport hunting’ in California makes survival an even tougher climb,” said Senator Wiener in a statement. “It’s time we stop this inhumane practice once and for all.”

“Californians deeply value the environment and have shown time and again that they don’t want to see their iconic wildlife slaughtered for sport,” said Sabrina Ashjian, California State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. “By passing The Bear Protection Act, California can cement its position as a leader in protecting our natural resources and spare thousands of California’s majestic and beloved black bears from a needless and unnecessary death.”

Please contact your state lawmakers to voice your support for banning the hunting of bears throughout California and urge them to commit to passing this critical bill. Find your representatives HERE! 

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The National Park Service Continues To Try To Stop Attempts By Activists To Bring Thirsty Tule Elk Water; Urgent Action Is Needed To Save Them!

Twenty wildlife and national park protectors recently defied National Park Service (NPS) orders for a second time and risked getting arrested while participating in a bold, carefully planned, nighttime operation, to bring 150 gallons of water to the Tule elk. The move follows the tragic passing of more than 18 Tule elk this year who died in the reserve at Point Reyes National Seashore due to California’s drought.

As previously reported by WAN, the animals are blocked from reaching perennial sources by an eight-foot-tall fence. The action took place before the winter rains came, but were thwarted by the NPS which removed troughs before the thirsty Tule elk could drink.

“The actions of the National Park Service speak loud and clear: private ranching business is favored over public opinion and the lives of native wild animals at Point Reyes National Seashore,” Fleur Dawes of In Defense of Animals said in an email sent to WAN. “Removing water from thirsty and dying rare Tule elk is despicable. Bay Area residents overwhelmingly want these native wild animals protected over private interests. We support the merciful actions of these brave animal activists and urge everyone to take urgent action to save the Tule elk.”

Video recorded by Silver Reaction Media shows a peaceful but physically demanding action with over a dozen animal advocates hauling water hundreds of yards over rough terrain and in coastal fog.

Off-camera, others kept watch, signaling any arrival of sheriff and park rangers. They were quiet, using minimal light, so park visitors, rangers, and live-in ranchers would remain unaware of the groups actions. However, the video shows that rangers discovered the activists, confronted them, and vowed to remove the water.

Concerned citizens had previously delivered fresh drinking water and troughs to the elk, only to have it taken away within days by NPS staff. The NPS’ refusal to provide water for these elk is a disturbing repeat of the similar “forced die-off”  that the agency created in the California drought of 2013-2014, which killed around half of the nation’s largest herd of 540 Tule elk. It has taken years for the herd to recover to just 420 individuals today.

This year, the NPS not only refused to act again but deliberately removed water from hundreds of animals trapped in the unnatural elk reserve enclosure. The needless suffering and deaths of the elk are among the numerous, egregious, anti-wildlife, and pro-industry policies that park rangers are required to enforce at the Seashore. 

Currently, over a third of the Point Reyes Park’s so-called “wilderness area” is occupied by modern industrial animal businesses which supply beef and milk to brands including Clover Sonoma, Straus Family Creamery, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, and Cowgirl Creamery.

Despite widespread public opposition, in September, the NPS released a management plan that would extend these private beef and dairy leases to ranchers from five-years to 20-years. In addition to expanding industrial operations inside this national park, they  will allow the shooting of native Tule elk.

Ranchers supplying these dairy companies do not own the Point Reyes land that their cattle degrades and pollutes. They sold their properties to the federal government for the equivalent of $350 million in the 1960’s to establish the park, and now lease back the land at under-market rates. Maintenance on the concentrated animal feeding operations is funded by taxpayers.

Thousands of American citizens and dozens of local organizations including In Defense of Animals, ForELK, TreeSpirit Project, Rancho Compasión, Save Point Reyes National Seashore, Resource Renewal Institute, The Center for Biological Diversity, and Western Watersheds Project are lobbying for a plan that would remove all livestock operations from Point Reyes. This plan would restore its creators’ original vision of a truly wild and pristine national park in the San Francisco Bay Area, remove fencing to allow Tule elk to roam free, and improve opportunities for the park’s 1.7 million annual visitors.

The 340+ miles of fencing, erected only at the request of the commercial cattle operations, is a direct contradiction of a national park’s purpose: being one of the few places in America where our priceless heritage of precious few remaining wild animals are safe from threats of hunting, development, and businesses,” stated Jack Gescheidt, of TreeSpirit Project.

People are urged to email their concerns to the California Coastal Commission encouraging them to REJECT the National Park Service’s recommended management plan which expands this National Seashore’s cruel beef and dairy operations at the expense of its wildlife.

E-mail: pointreyesmanagementplan@coastal.ca.gov or sign the In Defense of Animals petition, HERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Breaking! 551 Organizations Urge President-Elect Biden To Solve The Pollution Crisis With The New Presidential Plastics Action Plan

A coalition of more than 550 community and conservation organizations today released its Presidential Plastics Action Plan, urging President-elect Joe Biden to take eight key executive actions to solve the plastic pollution crisis.

These include a moratorium on new plastic production facilities, using federal purchasing power to curb single-use plasticplasts, tightening up regulation of the petrochemical industry, ending fossil fuel subsidies, and protecting environmental justice communities from pollution.

Photo of plastic pollution projection in Philadelphia. Photo by Rebecca Begans.

The plan responds to the plastic industry’s aggressive expansion of facilities using the country’s oversupply of fracked gas to make throwaway plastic that fills our oceans, landfills, and landscapes. Petrochemical-plastic projects harm frontline communities with toxic air and water pollution and worsen the climate crisis.

“President-elect Biden can begin solving the plastic pollution crisis in his first days in office without any help from Congress,” said Julie Teel Simmonds, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “Implementing this historic plan would protect vulnerable frontline communities and marine life while addressing a key driver of climate change. It’s time to rein in the fossil fuel industry’s insidious plans to keep fracking for plastic and polluting poor communities here and around the world.”

The Presidential Plastics Action Plan includes detailed steps Biden can take as part of eight priority actions:

  1. Use the purchasing power of the federal government to eliminate single-use plastic items and replace them with reusable products;

  2. Suspend and deny permits for new or expanded plastic production facilities, associated infrastructure projects, and exports;

  3. Make corporate polluters pay and reject false solutions;

  4. Advance environmental justice in petrochemical corridors;

  5. Update existing federal regulations using the best available science and technology to curtail pollution from plastic facilities;

  6. Stop subsidizing plastic producers;

  7. Join international efforts to address the global plastic pollution crisis through new and strengthened multilateral agreements;

  8. Reduce and mitigate the impacts of abandoned, discarded, and lost fishing gear.

Today’s plan builds on the momentum of the Break Free From Plastic movement and the bill by a similar name. The plan is endorsed by 551 groups, from national environmental organizations to small community groups fighting plastic pollution.

Photo of plastic pollution projection in San Francisco. Photo by Drew Photography.

“Plastic production and pollution impact public health, the environment, and climate and it has reached crisis levels around the world, with the United States as one of the biggest contributors. It is for this reason that Senator Tom Udall, Senator Jeff Merkley, and I introduced the comprehensive Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act this year, and will reintroduce it next year,” stated Rep. Alan Lowenthal. “The Presidential Plastics Action Plan lays out how the incoming Biden Administration can lead on this plastic waste issue and enact real solutions like updating important regulations and greater cooperation with the international community. We are running out of time to deal with this crisis, but our bill and the Presidential Plastics Action Plan are important approaches to put us on the right track moving forward.”

The plan dispels the industry-promoted myth that most plastic can be recycled, citing federal figures that only about 8% of plastic consumed in the United States is recycled. Plastic pollution accumulating in the oceans is predicted to outweigh all the fish in the sea by 2050.

The plan calls for Biden to appoint a Plastic Pollution Czar to coordinate plastic reduction efforts across federal agencies and internationally. It also requests that he directs the Environmental Protection Agency to develop new ways to measure and reduce plastic pollution and to update and better enforce its decades-old regulations for petrochemical plants that make plastic, something many groups behind this plan also demanded of the EPA in a pair of legal petitions last year.

“Rejoining the international community means not only rejoining Paris, it means joining the global fight against plastics as a partner, not an obstruction,” said Carroll Muffett, president of the Center for International Environmental Law. “President-elect Biden should commit the United States to actively support a new global treaty on plastic pollution; use U.S. trade power to support real development, not plastic polluters; and move quickly to reverse U.S. subsidies and export policies that are accelerating the plastic crisis globally.”

Anti-plastic activists across the country also recorded segments for a new video urging Biden to adopt the plan and become the first #PlasticFreePresident. They also projected anti-plastic messages on significant buildings in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. among other cities.

Photo of plastic pollution projection in Washington, D.C.. Photo by Greenpeace.

“Everyone in America, regardless of the color of their skin, where they live, or how wealthy their community is, should be able to take a breath or pour a glass of water without ingesting dangerous chemicals and microscopic plastics,” said Senator Merkley. “America was creative enough to invent a million uses for plastic, and now we have to use that creativity to clean up our act and design better alternatives.”

Azulita Project, Beyond Plastics, Break Free From Plastic, Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research and Education, Clean Air Council, Food and Water Watch, and Plastic Pollution Coalition are among the convening partners for the plan.For a full list of supporting organizations, Click Here.

Tell your members of Congress to protect oceans and marine life from plastic pollution by voting in favor of a first-of-its-kind recently introduced bill that would phase out certain single-use plastics and shift the burden of plastic waste to the companies producing it. Please sign in support of The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, HERE!

Sign this petition urging President Biden to be the leader we need in the fight to end the plastic pollution crisis, HERE!

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Help Commemorate The 60th Anniversary Of The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge By Taking Action To Save Wildlife

In 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the Arctic National Wildlife Range “for the purpose of preserving unique wildlife, wilderness, and recreational values.” Twenty years later, President Jimmy Carter expanded the range and renamed the area as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Arctic refuge has existed as a haven for migratory birds. They return to the refuge each summer to nest, raise their young, feed, rest, and then migrate to the United States and beyond.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a critical birthing place and nursery for the Porcupine caribou herd that travels thousands of miles to the coastal plain to calve and seek refuge—shielded by the Brooks Range and protected from pests thanks to the winds blowing off the Arctic Ocean. The refuge’s coastal plain is also the most important onshore maternal denning habitat for Southern Beaufort Sea polar bears, where they give birth.

“The Southern Beaufort Sea population is considered one of the most imperiled of the nineteen polar bear populations found throughout the circumpolar Arctic, and will be further harmed by oil and gas development in the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge. Industrializing this area could be the end of these imperiled polar bears,” said Nicole Whittington-Evans, Alaska program director for Defenders of Wildlife, in a statement.

The Arctic refuge is vital to the Gwich’in people who make their home on or near the migratory route of the Porcupine caribou herd and have depended on caribou for their way of life for thousands of years. The Gwich’in call the coastal plain “Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit” or The Sacred Place Where Life Begins, yet it remains vulnerable to development and has been proposed for oil drilling. Tradition indicates that the Gwich’in have occupied this area since time immemorial, or, according to conventional belief, as long as 20,000 years.

The integrity of the National Wildlife Refuge System is under assault from a congressional mandate to lease the refuge’s coastal plain for oil and gas development and an all-out-effort by the Trump administration to allow these activities, which would destroy it. The administration announced that it will hold an oil and gas lease sale for the coastal plain of the Arctic refuge on January 6, 2021. Despite the extreme legal and political pressures, industrializing one of the nation’s greatest wildlife refuges is becoming increasingly difficult for the companies that would do so.

Just days before the Arctic refuge’s 60th Anniversary, holdout Bank of America Corp announced that it would not finance Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling or exploration. It was the only major U.S. bank of six that had not ruled out financing for the destruction of the refuge. Bloomberg reported this week that, “The Trump administration is racing against legal deadlines and a merciless regulatory calendar in its last-ditch effort to sell drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in at noon on January 20th.

As we continue the fight for polar bears, the integrity of the National Wildlife Refuge System and the culture of the Gwich’in people, let’s be heartened by these wins! 

Here are six actions you can take to celebrate the 60th Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Anniversary:

  1. Call or write your representative and senator to show your support for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and ask them to protect the coastal plain.

  2. Sign and share Defenders of Wildlife Arctic National Wildlife Refuge online petitions.

  3. Support protecting Arctic wildlife from Big Oil’s industrial invasion.

  4. Write LTEs for your local newspaper showing support for the refuge.

  5. Become a Biodiversity Ambassador and help defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

  6. Tell the Department of the Interior not to sell off critical polar bear habitat in the refuge.

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Urgent Action Needed: Contact Your Federal Legislators To Support The Big Cat Public Safety Act Which Is Being Voted On Tomorrow!

Tragically, throughout the United States, thousands of big cats such as: tigers, lions, leopards, and pumas are kept in miserable, insecure, and unsafe conditions by irresponsible owners. The Big Cat Public Safety Act works to address this issue by banning the private ownership of these animals and prohibiting exhibitors, such as roadside zoos, from allowing public contact with cubs.

Sadly, these types of so-called zoos profit by charging the public a fee to interact with cubs and big cats for “selfies.” These facilities separate cubs from their mothers very soon after birth so they can be handled by visitors; it is an endless cycle of breeding to keep cubs available in order to make money off of them. Once cubs are grown and become too dangerous to handle, they may end up in the illegal wildlife trade, sold to other unscrupulous zoos or exhibitors, or to people who are unqualified to care for them as so-called “pets.”

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Urgent Action Needed! Tell Jimba Safaris To Stop The Lion Hunt In November Just Outside Of Hwange National Park In Zimbabwe

Photo of Mopane the lion

WAN has been informed by our partners that a lion hunt is scheduled to take place in Zimbabwe at the beginning of November 2020.

Allegedly, Wayne Dietrechsen with Jimba Safaris will be leading the hunt sometime between November 1st – 12th to kill one or more lions that have been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Cecil The Lion group and Peace 4 Animals visited these beautiful animals in Zimbabwe last year and recently discovered that the hunt will allegedly be taking place near The Hide Lodge.

“While visiting Zimbabwe, we were lucky enough to see Mopane, a very large male lion that is of breeding age and the father of eight cubs,” Mark Robinson, Founder of Cecil The Lion group, told WAN. “It’s heartbreaking to think that Mopane could be killed by these hunters who dare to call their work ‘conservation.’”

Mopane along with Humba, Netsai, and Nquwele, make up a group of male lions who bring hundreds of thousands of dollars through photo safari tourism into Hwange National Park. The revenue through photo safaris goes towards conservation, the community, and to those who work in the Park. The community has also donated thousands of dollars towards conservation efforts in and around Hwang National Park.

Allegedly, Dietrechsen’s clients will be paying him tens of thousands of dollars to kill these beautiful animals. Hindering the crucially needed revenue that goes to the villagers and local communities through photo safaris that not only keeps these lions safe, but creates lifelong memories for tourists visiting Zimbabwe.

Trophy hunting puts the “Con” in Conservation.

Urge Jimba Safaris to put a stop to this hunt immediately. Africa’s lions need to be protected for the future of Africa. (Information Below)

+263 712 605 492

+263 712 215 974

+263 773 280 243 (24hrs)

Email:

wayned@zol.co.zw
wayned@iwayafrica.co.zw
tracellechase@gmail.com

Official Booking Agent
Europe and South America
Contact: Pedro P. Alejandre
pedro@spainsafaris.es
+34 670 78 73 95

You can also leave a comment on Jimba Safaris’ website HERE!

The Cecil The Lion community has already helped to stop scheduled hunts before and we can do it again. In memory of Cecil The Lion, we must protect the rest of Africa’s lions for future generations to come.

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Breaking! Conservation Groups Take Legal Action To Speed Up Protection For Endangered Giraffes Under The Endangered Species Act

Yesterday, conservation and animal-protection groups filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to consider Endangered Species Act protections for Africa’s rapidly dwindling giraffe population.

The groups, including Center for Biological Diversity, the Humane Society of the United States, and Humane Society International, petitioned for giraffe protections in April 2017, but the species still has not received the legally required finding that was due in April 2018, nor any protection under the Act.

Last year, after a lawsuit filed by the groups, the Fish and Wildlife Service determined that giraffes may qualify for protections under the Act — but the agency has failed to make a decision or implement any protective measures.

“Giraffes are loved by people around the world, so it’s shocking and sad that the U.S. government is ignoring their tragic plight,” said Tanya Sanerib, international legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement. “As giraffe populations plummet, these extraordinary creatures desperately need the Endangered Species Act’s sturdy shield. But three years after we petitioned for protections, federal officials are still stalling on safeguards for everyone’s favorite longnecked mammal.”

With fewer than 69,000 individuals remaining in the wild, giraffes have been undergoing what has been called a silent extinction. Giraffe populations have dropped nearly 40% due to habitat loss, civil unrest, and poaching. The international trade in bone carvings, skins, and trophies puts additional pressure on these iconic animals.

“The United States has an important role to play in preventing extinction of these magnificent creatures, as the top importer of giraffe trophies, and as many Americans import giraffe parts — including bones and skins — to sell for commercial purposes in the U.S.,” said Adam Peyman, wildlife programs director for Humane Society International. “The time has long passed for the Fish and Wildlife Service to take action and put in place desperately needed protections.”

Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) decided in 2019 to regulate international trade in giraffes — including trophies and other body parts — by placing the species on Appendix II. But several key exporting countries in Africa have expressed that they do not intend to implement or enforce CITES requirements with respect to giraffes, even though the listing only requires export permits and reporting of international trade in giraffes. Protection under the Endangered Species Act is desperately needed to help curb imports of giraffe bones, trophies, and other parts to the United States and increase funding for conservation efforts for the species.

On average, the United States imports more than one dead giraffe “hunting trophy” a day, and imported more than 21,400 giraffe bone carvings between 2006 and 2015. Many of the imported giraffe parts are turned into frivolous decorative items such as pillows, boots, or jackets.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature assessed giraffes as “vulnerable” to extinction in 2016 and classified two giraffe subspecies as “endangered” and two more as “critically endangered” in 2018.

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Today Is An Important Day Of Action To Raise Awareness For American Circus Animals, Urge Your Senators To Support The Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act

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Call To Action! 300 Demonstrators Protest National Park Service’s Plan To Kill Tule Elk & Expand Ranching In California; Your Help Is Needed Before October 18th

Photos by Tony Seghal, In Defense of Animals

Yesterday, a crowd of 300 people gathered at a large-scale, modern dairy facility operating inside of the Point Reyes National Seashore. The demonstration was in response to the plan by the National Park Service (NPS) to kill Tule elk and expand ranching and other commercial businesses like Airbnbs and animal slaughter inside the San Francisco Bay Area’s only national park.

300 locals protested the killing of California’s wild Tule elk to further expand private ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore. Photos: In Defense of Animals/ForELK/Rancho Compasión

“We are devastated by the disappointing news,” Diana Oppenheim, of ForElk said in a statement sent to WAN. “This plan is incredibly reckless, cruel, and anti-wildlife.”

Despite overwhelming opposition to commercial ranching in Point Reyes National Seashore, the NPS recommended “Alternative B,” allowing the shooting of native Tule elk, who only recently recovered from near extinction, expanding ranching and dairy operations, and extending their private leases from 5 to 20 years.

The recommendation by the NPS of Alternative B is the exact opposite of what the public wants. In the Park Service’s own survey, 91% of 7,624 respondents wanted native Tule elk protected and cattle ranching removed from Point Reyes.

The announcement comes amid a growing furor over a mass-die-off of Tule elk who are trapped without enough water in the Park. Local activists previously delivered fresh drinking water to troughs for the elk, only to have it promptly taken away by NPS staff.

Tragically, locals have already discovered 15 dead elk in the park and the drought is expected to last for months.

Blocked from accessing water by cattle ranchers, fifteen elk have died from thirst and malnutrition in Point Reyes National Seashore in recent weeks. CREDIT: Matthew Polvorosa Kline polvorosakline.com

This is a repeat of similar “forced die-off” by thirst and starvation that the agency created in 2013-2014, killing over 254 elk in a herd of 540. Unfathomably, the agency did nothing as half of the herd died, trapped behind fencing preventing them from reaching water and food that were available elsewhere in the park. The fencing of wildlife in a national park unit was erected at the request of the commercial cattle operations.

The NPS recommended plan also allows all ranchers to kill and “process” farmed animals on site, to add even more cows, and introduce other species to the Seashore including goats, sheep, and chickens.

Even with a cap on animal herd sizes, this will exacerbate lethal conflicts between ranchers and Tule elk, in addition to other wild species that will predate domesticated animals living in the park.

“The NPS is going to shoot elk and allow more cows in Point Reyes National Seashore to prop up private, for-profit ranches and dairies that were paid millions of dollars and supposed to vacate the park years ago,” said Jack Gescheidt, of TreeSpirit Project. “The Seashore has a charter to favor wildlife over commercial enterprises, not the other way around.”

Over a third of the Point Reyes park’s so-called “wilderness area” is occupied by modern industrial animal businesses. Taxpayers pay for the maintenance on these concentrated animal feeding operations which supply beef and milk to brands including: Clover Sonoma, Straus Family Creamery, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, and Cowgirl Creamery. 

The public has been led to believe that these smaller companies mitigate the environmental harm that larger meat and dairy operations do, not realizing they actually contribute as much or more greenhouse gases, and greater land and water inputs.

“It is no secret that animal factories, commonly mislabeled ‘agriculture,’ are the world’s greatest contributor to air, soil, water, and ocean pollution, yet NPS is ensuring this continues at Point Reyes,” continued Gescheidt.

Local entrepreneur Miyoko Schinner of Miyoko’s Creamery told demonstrators and farmworkers to give themselves a better lifestyle by participating in the future of food, not its dying past. The award-winning plant-based cheese producer explained how she has grown her business to be twice as profitable as all the dairies on the Seashore combined, employs three times as many people, and has done so without harming wildlife or cows, or taking taxpayer subsidies.

Thousands of American citizens and dozens of local organizations including: In Defense of Animals, ForELK, TreeSpirit Project, Rancho Compasión, Save Point Reyes National Seashore, Resource Renewal Institute, The Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project, Peace 4 Animals and WAN supportAlternative F” as does over 7,600 citizens surveyed.

“Alternative F” would phase out private ranches over five years, remove fencing to allow Tule elk to roam free, and improve opportunities for the park’s 1.7 million annual visitors.

“There are more cattle in all of Point Reyes than there are Tule elk left in the world,” stated Fleur Dawes, of In Defense of Animals. “It’s ridiculous that ranchers are getting taxpayer handouts to exploit and pollute public wildlands. Tule elk are trapped and dying of thirst in the park because of ranchers. Now, they will shoot this endemic California species. We have just days left until NPS Regional Director Woody Smeck signs the Tule elk death sentence. Please act now to save what’s left of our Seashore.”

The Seashore’s “death warrant” is scheduled to be signed on October 18th, one month after the National Park Service released its Final Environmental Impact Statement.

The public is encouraged to help stop the atrocious “Alternative B” from being signed and finalized before October 18th.

In Defense of Animals is requesting that people contact three officials that can use their influence to oppose “Alternative B” on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Point Reyes National Seashore. 

You can say, “I oppose expanded ranching and shooting of Tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore, recommended in “Alternative B” of the Environmental Impact Statement. Can you stop this travesty? Please urge further inquiry, such as water quality tests and a supplemental environmental impact report on drought and wildfires, before National Park Service Regional Director Woody Smeck signs this disastrous plan.”

Please Call: California Coastal Commission, Executive Director, John Ainsworth, (415) 904-5202, John.Ainsworth@coastal.ca.gov

California Governor Gavin Newsom, (916) 445-2841, gavin@gavinnewsom.com

California Congressman Adam Schiff, (818) 450-2900, https://schiff.house.gov/contact

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Urgent Call To Action For Californians: Help Ban Use Of Cruel Rat Poison Statewide By Urging Governor Newsom To Sign Bill 1788 Into Law

Tragically, deadly poisons are still actively being used by “pest control” operators.

As recent as last week, WAN reported on the senseless death of another bobcat that died as a result of ingesting a poisoned rodent.

It is urgent that Governor Gavin Newsom sign Bill 1788, The California Ecosystems Protection Act, which will ban second generation rodenticide use in California and the use of any rodenticides in state parks. This will protect countless animals, including mice, owls, hawks, skunks, raccoons, coyotes, rats, bobcats, and mountain lions, from painful and untimely deaths.

Ironically, AB 1788 landed on Newsom’s desk just as bobcat B-372 and mountain lion P-76 both died horrible deaths from uncontrolled bleeding due to rodenticide poisoning.

These recent deaths of innocent animals are even more reason for the Governor to sign this crucial bill into law.

In Los Angeles, noted mountain lion P-22 also suffered from the uncontrolled use of rodenticide. Without treatment for rodenticide poisoning in 2014, P-22 would have perished after much suffering.

Please urge Governor Gavin Newsom to sign this bill before it’s too late for mountain lions and other wild animals.

1. Call Governor Newsom at (916) 445-2841 to support an immediate moratorium on anticoagulant rodenticide poisons.

You could say, “Please protect California’s wild animals from cruel and indiscriminate anticoagulant rodenticide poisons before it’s too late. Please sign AB 1788 into law today.”

2. Contact Governor Newsom on Facebook and Twitter. Urge him to sign AB 1788 into law to ban anticoagulant rodenticide poisons.

3. Submit In Defense of Animals’ letter by filling out the form on their page HERE.

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