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Breaking! A Historic Win After Spain Announces Plans To Ban The Hunting Of Wolves

Animal welfare groups worldwide are elated after Spain announces plans to ban the hunting of wolves.

All wolves in Spain have now been listed as protected species after receiving approval from the State Commission for Natural Heritage of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge. Until now, only populations south of the Duero were protected and those to the north were still allowed to be hunted.

The Iberian wolf, also known as the Spanish wolf, is a subspecies of the grey wolf. There are only an estimated 1,500 – 2,000 remaining in the wild in Spain, with 90% living in the northern regions. Thankfully, this ban on hunting will help their species recover.

With this proposal for the inclusion of all Spanish wolf populations in the List of Wild Species under the Special Protection Regime, the opinion of the Scientific Committee that recommended their protection had taken into account their importance as cultural and scientific heritage.

Wolves are a key species that keep diverse ecosystems healthy and intact. Sadly, after the threats to wolves increased in Spain, action needed to be taken to protect them throughout the entire country, ensuring a healthy population and distribution in the long term.

Once the legal status of wolves has been resolved, the meeting of the State Commission for Natural Heritage and Biodiversity has proposed the constitution of a working group to develop a new strategy for the conservation of wolves throughout Spain.

The objective of this move will be to achieve the restoration of viable Wolf populations as an integral part of the ecosystems in Spain, while ensuring coexistence with humans in the territories in which wolves inhabit.

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Breaking! Biden Announces U.S. Will Rejoin The Paris Climate Agreement & Also Enact Protections For Gray Wolves

As President Joe Biden took office yesterday, his administration announced a series of steps aimed at combating the climate crisis and protecting wildlife from extinction. These include reentering the Paris Climate Agreement, cancelling the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, and imposing a moratorium on oil leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

President Biden is also launching a broad review of the Trump administration’s policies, including why the administration stripped protection for birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, their move to undo Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves, and the administration’s failure to protect monarch butterflies.

“From Paris to Keystone to protecting gray wolves, these huge first moves from President Biden show he’s serious about stopping the climate and extinction crises,” said Kierán Suckling, Executive Director of the Center for Biological Diversity in a statement. “These strong steps must be the start of a furious race to avert catastrophe,” continued Suckling.

President Biden has the power to take other major executive actions to ward off climate catastrophe and the extinction crisis, even if Congress is slow to move. In December, the Center released transition recommendations detailing key actions the incoming Biden administration can take to combat climate change, safeguard the environment and protect wildlife.

More than 500 conservation, environmental justice, youth, health, faith, and labor groups have called for the declaration of a national climate emergency. The groups’ Climate President Action Plan calls for the use of existing executive powers to take bold and foundational steps on climate, including an immediate halt to new fossil fuel leases, infrastructure, and exports.

Ending the global wildlife extinction crisis will require bold leadership from the United States, including protecting 30% of America’s wildlands and waters by 2030 and half of them by 2050.

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Breaking! McDonald’s Announces Its New McPlant Burger Which Will Begin Testing In Key Markets Next Year

This morning, McDonald’s Corporation announced a new growth strategy, Accelerating the Arches, which encompasses all aspects of McDonald’s business. As noted in a statement by the company, the growth pillars build on historic strengths and articulate areas of further opportunity including incorporating plant-based options on its menu.

This includes the new McPlant, which the company describes in a post on its website as “a delicious plant-based burger crafted for McDonald’s, by McDonald’s, and with the kind of craveable McDonald’s flavor customers love.”

McDonald’s will begin to test the McPlant burger which is served on a sesame seed bun with all the classic toppings, in key markets next year. The company reportedly may include plant-based chicken and breakfast sandwiches on its menu as well.

As previously reported by WAN, McDonald’s tested its first plant-based burger, the P.L.T., in partnership with Beyond Meat, in 28 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, last year.

We hope that the new McPlant burger is a huge success and leads to more compassionate plant-based choices in fast food dining worldwide.

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France Announces Multi-Faceted Plan To Ban Wild Animals In Traveling Circuses, End Mink Farming & The Confinement Of Dolphins & Orcas In Captivity

In a news conference today, Barbara Pompili, France’s Minister of Ecological Transition, announced numerous measures to improve the welfare of captive wildlife throughout the country.

The multi-faceted plan includes gradual bans on wild animals in traveling circuses, ending mink farming, and banning the confinement of dolphins and orcas in unsuitable dolphinariums.

While some of these steps may take years, beginning immediately, three marine parks in France will not be allowed to import or breed dolphins or orcas any longer. Solutions for all of the once-captive animals will be determined “on a case-by-case basis.”

Sadly, the ban does not apply to wild animals in other permanent shows or zoos.

“Big cats, elephants, killer whales, dolphins, or even mink, it is time to open a new era in our relationship with these animals,” said Pompili, who also noted that they should be treated with respect and integrity.

The French government also plans to implement an 8 million-euro ($9.2 million) package to assist people working in traveling circuses and marine parks to find employment in more humane industries

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Breaking! New Zealand Announces Plans To Tighten Trade Restrictions To Improve Protection For More Than 35,000 Endangered Species Internationally

New Zealand’s Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced a plan yesterday to change the law to help protect more than 35,000 endangered species internationally whose survival in the wild is threatened by unsustainable trade.

“The changes will be made by amending the Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989 to ban the domestic sale of elephant ivory in New Zealand, with some exemptions, and to improve the regulatory system at the border,” Sage said in a statement“This is a big step forward in strengthening the management of international trade in endangered, threatened, and exploited species.” 

Currently, New Zealand has no restrictions on domestic trade in elephant ivory, unlike the United States, United Kingdom, France, and China, which have already put bans in place.

The Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989 will need to be amended to implement the changes. However, the proposed law will only make its way into Parliament after the election, needing the support of the majority to pass.

“I am pleased to announce the proposal to ban the domestic sale of any items made with ivory from elephants killed after 1975, which is when elephants began to be protected from international trade under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES),” stated Sage. “The import and export of all elephant ivory is also proposed to be banned, with narrow exemptions to ensure elephant ivory items can still be traded by museums, for DNA testing, testing to determine age, and that antique musical instruments with correct permits can still be carried across the border.”

Other planned changes include improving the way the Act is implemented to ensure the regulatory system at the border efficiently and effectively manages international wildlife trade and stops illegal trade. 

“The New Zealand market in ivory is small, but banning the sale of post-Convention elephant ivory in New Zealand will send a message that New Zealand does not want to receive elephant ivory that may have been poached or illegally traded,” noted Sage.

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Beyond Meat Announces Historic Agreement To Bring Production Of Plant-Based Meat To China

Beyond Meat (Jiaxing) Food Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Beyond Meat, has signed an agreement with Jiaxing Economic and Technological Development Zone (JXEDZ) to design and develop manufacturing facilities in the JXEDZ, including a state-of-the-art production facility to manufacture plant-based meat products including beef, pork, and chicken under the Beyond Meat brand in China. The production facilities will be located in the JXEDZ, a historic and commercially important development zone with ready access to Shanghai.

Beyond Meat will be the first multinational company focused solely on plant-based meat production to bring its own major production facility into China.

“Beyond Meat is building the perfect road to long term success in China. It has the confidence to set up dedicated, cutting edge production capacity via a wholly-owned subsidiary, located on the mainland close to Shanghai,” Micky Pant, Senior Advisor to Beyond Meat said in a statement. “The JXEDZ is a visionary and proactive partner with an excellent record in supporting the food industry.”

“China is one of the world’s largest markets for animal-based meat products, and potentially for plant-based meat,” stated Ethan Brown, CEO and Founder of Beyond Meat. “We are delighted and confident that after several months of productive and collaborative discussions, we will partner with the JXEDZ to develop two production facilities, including one of the world’s largest and technologically advanced plant-based meat factories. We are very impressed by the capabilities and vision of the JXEDZ and they are the ideal partner for us in this vitally important country and market.”

“We are very happy to welcome Beyond Meat to our Economic Development Zone and to China. It is our vision to support high-quality investors in starting their ventures in China, and we are aligned with the vision of Beyond Meat to bring new, high technology food products that are nutritious and environmentally friendly to the Chinese market,” noted Mr. SHENG, Director General of the Administrative Committee of the Jiaxing Economic and Technological Development Zone. “We look forward to a long relationship and mutually beneficial partnership with this dynamic new age company.”

Work is ongoing on the project, and trial production is expected to commence within months with full scale production in early 2021. China is expected to be one of the most important markets in the world for Beyond Meat, as a production and research and development center, and as a major market in the years to come.

As previously reported by WAN, Beyond Meat recently announced the company’s expansion in Europe with the official opening of the Zandbergen co-manufacturing facility in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands.

The facility, owned and operated by Zandbergen World’s Finest Meat, will produce the plant-based Beyond Burger and Beyond Sausage. The partnership is intended to allow for more efficient distribution of Beyond Meat’s products across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)

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