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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! 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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Breaking! The UK Government Moves To Ban The Cruel Practice Of Live Animal Exports For Slaughter In England & Wales

UK Secretary of State for Environment, George Eustice, announced plans to ban the export of live animals for slaughter. The move marks the beginning of renewed efforts from the UK Government to raise standards on animal welfare even further, including taking steps to ban primates as pets and crack down on the illegal smuggling of dogs and puppies.

“We are committed to improving the welfare of animals at all stages of life. Today marks a major step forward in delivering on our manifesto commitment to end live exports for slaughter,” Eustice said in a statement. “Now that we have left the EU, we have an opportunity to end this unnecessary practice.”

Live animals commonly have to endure excessively long journeys during exports, causing distress and injury. Previously, EU rules prevented any changes to these journeys, but leaving the EU has enabled the UK Government to pursue these plans which would prevent unnecessary suffering of animals during transport, making it the first country in Europe to end this practice.

An eight-week consultation on the plan launched today in England and Wales to review ways on how to better protect animals during transport.

The government is also consulting on plans to further improve animal welfare in transport more generally, such as:

  • reduced maximum journey times

  • animals being given more space and headroom during transport

  • stricter rules on transporting animals in extreme temperatures

  • tighter rules for transporting live animals by sea

An estimated 6,400 animals were transported from the UK directly to slaughter in continental Europe in 2018.

“There is absolutely no reasonable justification to subject an animal to an unnecessarily stressful journey abroad simply for them to be fattened for slaughter,” stated Chris Sherwood, CEO of RSPCA. “Ending live exports for slaughter would be a landmark achievement for animal welfare.”

More plans to improve standards and eradicate cruel practices is expected to be announced in the coming months.

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Breaking! Estonia & Poland Are One Step Closer To Becoming The Latest European Countries To Ban Fur Farming

According to a recent survey carried out by Kantar Emor, 75% of people living in Estonia are not in favor of raising and killing animals such as foxes and minks for their fur. The percentage of people that support closing fur farms is not only high in urban areas, but also in rural areas. The survey further revealed that 74% of the people living in Tallinn do not support fur farming, nor do 78% of people living in nearby towns, or 72% of people living in rural areas.

The animal welfare organization Anima International shared on its Facebook page that the Polish Senate also approved a bill to ban fur farming that includes amendments.

“Next, the bill will return to the lower parliament for the amendments to be approved. Then, the President needs to approve the bill, at which point, if all goes well, the bill will become law,” the organization noted in the post. “Poland is the third largest producer of fur in the world. A ban on fur farming here would strike a huge blow to this cruel industry.”

Currently, in Europe, fur farming is banned in the: United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Czech Republic. Denmark and Sweden have banned fox farms.

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Vermont Becomes The 12th State In The U.S. To Ban The Sale Of Elephant Ivory & Other Parts Of Imperiled Species

Governor Phil Scott signed H.99 (ACT 169) into law last week, making Vermont the 12th state in the nation to ban the trade of imperiled wildlife parts. The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2022.

State bans are critical to ending demand in the United States, one of the largest importers of imperiled wildlife parts in the world. Federal law only restricts import, export, and interstate trade. If there is no state law, the trade is free and clear once the item arrives in the state. 

The new law will stop trade within the state of Vermont of imperiled wildlife parts from 15 of the world’s most at-risk species, including: elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, hippos, jaguars, leopards, lions, pangolins, rays, sea turtles, sharks, tigers, primates, and whales. This also includes elephant ivory that is poached and disguised as ancient ivory from Wooly Mammoths and Mastodons. 

As per the new bill, people are allowed to keep ivory that they already possess, pass it down, or give it away, they just cannot sell it. Exemptions include musical instruments.

“This legislation is vitally important because any sale of ivory, whether new or old, fuels demand,” Brenna Galdenzi, Co-Founder and President of Protect Our Wildlife said in a statement. As long as we, right here in Vermont, place a monetary value on endangered animal parts, it fuels wildlife trafficking and poaching.”

Protect Our Wildlife has been working with Vermont for Wildlife’s Co-founder Ashley Prout McAvey, making this effort a focus of their work since they first started their nonprofit in February of 2015.

“My hope is that Vermont’s latest action will encourage the remaining 38 states to act swiftly to close their markets in these imperiled animal parts,” shared McAvey. “When all 50 states take a stand, the nation will be making a resounding impact in the battle against extinction.”

States that have enacted similar legislation include: New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, California, Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, Illinois, Minnesota, and New Mexico.

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Breaking! Columbia Sportswear Becomes The Latest Brand To Ban Alpaca Fleece, Let’s Urge Anthropologie To Do The Same

After viewing a first-of-its-kind PETA exposé revealing that crying alpacas are roughly shorn, cut open, and left bleeding from deep wounds, Columbia Sportswear, one of the largest outdoor apparel and footwear companies in the world, has banned alpaca fleece across all of its brands, including SOREL, prAna, and Mountain Hardwear.

PETA’s investigation into the world’s largest privately owned alpaca farm in Peru, Mallkini, shows that workers slammed alpacas—some of whom were pregnant—onto tables, tied them by the legs into a device reminiscent of medieval times, and pulled hard, nearly wrenching their legs out of their sockets. Terrified of being pinned down, the animals spit, cried out, and vomited in fear as workers grabbed them by the ears, roughly sheared them, and threw them to the concrete floor. Their bloody cuts were crudely stitched up with a needle and thread. In response, Peruvian authorities are investigating Mallkini for possible violations of the country’s animal protection laws.

“Columbia Sportswear’s decision will go a long way in helping to prevent vulnerable alpacas from being abused and shorn bloody for their fleece,” PETA’s Executive Vice President, Tracy Reiman, said in a statement. “PETA is asking kind consumers to do their part to end this cruelty by leaving alpaca items on the rack.”

Columbia Sportswear joins Valentino, UNIQLO, and Esprit in banning alpaca fleece. PETA is now calling on Anthropologie to do the same.

There is also a letter posted on the website with suggested copy that people can use to urge retailers to stop selling items with alpaca fleece. While this is intended for Anthropologie, it can also be used to convince other retail outlets as well.

“Please, think of gentle alpacas who, like all animals, feel pain and fear, and make the compassionate decision to stop selling their fleece today,” stated the letter.

The best thing that you can do for alpacas is refuse to buy anything made of their fleece. It’s easy to check the label when you are shopping. If it includes the word “alpaca,” leave it on the shelf.

Please sign a petition urging Anthropologie to stop selling items with alpaca fleece HERE!

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Breaking! Israel Is On Its Way To Becoming The 1st Country In The World To Ban The Immoral Fur Trade

The historic move to ban the fur trade, which results in the senseless suffering and death of thousands of animals each year, was recently set in motion in Israel. The news was shared on numerous social media posts over the weekend, including one from the country’s Environmental Protection Minister, Gila Gamliel. Once instituted, Israel would become the first country in the world to ban the barbaric trade.

“This morning an important move I initiated is on its way to being implemented; the ban on the fur trade in Israel. There is no need and no justification for the use of fur in the garment industry,” Minister Gamliel shared on her Facebook page. “I call on all countries to join us and together we will show benevolence and act kindly towards animals.”

Gamliel also recognized noted Israeli Animal Liberation and vegan activist, Tal Gilboa, with whom the Minister collaborates with on critical animal welfare issues in the country.

“Tal Gilboa, thank you for your partnership,” Minister Gamliel continued in the post. “Together, we will continue to promote other important decisions for animals in Israel.”

Gilboa responded to the Minister’s message on her own Facebook page, calling Gamliel, “The right woman in the right place!” Good will is not enough, explained Gilboa, who emphasized the need for action, before acknowledging the Minister’s courage, determination, and huge heart.

“At the initiative of the Minister, we published draft regulations to ban permits for wild animal fur trade, except for limited purposes,” the Sviva Ministry confirmed on its Facebook page. “The exploitation of the wildlife’s skin and fur for the fashion industry is immoral!”

In Israel, many men wear shtreimels, which are fur hats worn by married Jewish men on Shabbat as well as on other religious holidays and festivities. Traditional shtreimels are commonly made from the pelts of sables, foxes, and other fur-bearing animals. They reportedly cost thousands of dollars as it takes an estimated 30 animals to make one shtreimel.

Fortunately, many Jewish leaders now support the wearing of shtreimels made from synthetic fur.

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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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Victory! Florida Becomes The 15th State To Ban The Shark Fin Trade After Governor DeSantis Signs Landmark Bill Into Law

In a major victory, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Bill SB680 into law, making Florida the 15th state to officially ban the shark fin trade. The new law, which comes into effect on October 1st of this year, bans the import and export of shark fins in the state, which was once a hub for the deplorable trade in the United States.

The bill was recently renamed the Kristin Jacobs Ocean Conservation Act, after Florida Representative Kristin Jacobs, who sponsored the House version of the bill. Sadly, Jacobs passed away after a years-long battle with cancer, one month after the Legislature approved the measure.

“Making it through all six committees and ending up with a victory for sharks is something most people believed would never happen,” said Stefanie Brendl, Shark Allies’ executive director, in a statement. “There is more work to be done, but ending the import of fins immediately is a massive accomplishment and a bold first step in the right direction.”

Unfortunately, the newly-signed measure does permit the “sale of shark fins by any commercial fisherman who harvested sharks from a vessel holding a valid federal shark fishing permit on January 1, 2020.” It also allows “the export and sale of shark fins by any wholesale dealer holding a valid federal Atlantic shark dealer permit on January 1, 2020.”

The movement to ban the shark fin trade began in Hawaii in 2010 when Brendl spearheaded the first-of-its-kind legislation that was introduced by Hawaii Senator Clayton Hee. After Hawaii implemented a ban on the trade, sale, and possession of shark fins, 14 states in the U.S. followed along with many Pacific Island Nations. Canada also banned the shark fin trade.

According to Animal Welfare Institute, as many as 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins alone. Horrifically, after the fins are cut off, most of the sharks are then tossed back into their ocean home to suffer a slow death.

Shark Allies thanked their lobbyists, Senator Travis Hutson, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Fin Alliance, and the #NoFinFL partner organizations.

In conclusion, Shark Allies stated they wanted to thank the ocean warrior herself, Representative Kristin Jacobs.

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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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Victory! Washington Becomes The Seventh State To Ban Cruel Wildlife Killing Contests

A coalition of state and national wildlife protection organizations is applauding the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for its vote to ban cruel wildlife killing contests, in which participants compete to kill the most, the largest, or even the smallest animals for cash and prizes.

The news comes after WAN issued an Urgent Call To Action back in July, that called for Washington residents to submit comments in support of the ban throughout the state.

The new rule, put forth by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, prohibits the killing of unprotected species including: coyotes, bobcats, crows, foxes, and raccoons in a contest. Contest participants killed at least 1,427 animals in these events in Washington between 2013 and 2018.

Washington joins six other states including—Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Vermont—that have taken a stand against cruel, unsporting, and wasteful wildlife killing contests. California banned the awarding of prizes for killing furbearing and nongame mammals in 2014; New Mexico and Vermont outlawed coyote killing contests in 2019 and 2018, respectively; Arizona and Massachusetts prohibited killing contests that target predator and furbearing species in late 2019; and in April 2020, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted to ban wildlife killing contests for furbearing and certain small species in the state.

“The majority of Washingtonians respect and value wildlife and this step forward by our Commission is in line with those values,” said Washington Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Barbara Baker, who championed this issue with her fellow commissioners, in a statement. “As stewards of our state’s wildlife, prohibiting a practice that contravenes sound wildlife conservation, fails to increase game populations, and harms ecosystems is simply the right decision.”

“Wildlife killing contests are a bloodsport just like dogfighting and cockfighting, which have been outlawed nationwide,” said Camilla Fox, Founder and Executive Director of Project Coyote. “We commend Commissioner Baker and the entire Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for relegating these ecologically and ethically indefensible events to the history books.”

In 2018, Project Coyote’s Science Advisory Board, together with more than 70 renowned conservation scientists, issued a statement citing peer-reviewed science that refutes claims that indiscriminately killing predators permanently limits their populations, increases the number of deer or other game species for hunters, or reduces conflicts with humans, pets and farm animals. In fact, randomly shooting coyotes and other wild carnivores can disrupt their social structures, leading to increases in their populations and more conflicts.

Nonlethal, preventive measures are most effective at reducing conflicts with wildlife. Wildlife killing contests are also destructive to healthy ecosystems, within which all wildlife species play a crucial role. For example, coyotes and other targeted species help to control rabbit and rodent populations and restrict rodent-and tick-borne disease transmission.

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Finland Takes A Historic Stand Against Fur Farming & Sales Moving One Step Closer Towards A Ban

In a historical vote, the Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP) committed to working toward ending fur farming and fur sales both in Finland and in the EU within a reasonable transition period. News on the decision was released last week during the Social Democrats’ party congress, held in Tampere, Finland.

Finnish animal rights organizations Animalia and Justice for Animals appreciate the Social Democrats’ forward-thinking conclusion. The SDP is Finland’s largest party, and their newly confirmed party leader Sanna Marin is Finland’s current Prime Minister. The ruling party’s decision comes at a time when the acceptability of fur farming is increasingly questioned both among EU citizens and in daily politics.

“Seventy-four percent of Finnish citizens oppose current fur farming practices. For years, animal advocacy organizations have been working hard for a ban on fur farming in Finland. It is brilliant that Finland’s largest party has updated their position in line with the popular opinion. The majority of the Government parties are now in favor of a fur farming ban,”Heidi Kivekäs, Executive Director of Animalia said in a statement. We expect Sanna Marin’s Government to take the necessary steps to end fur farming. The next logical move would be to propose legislation to prohibit fur farming.”

Initiatives to ban fur farming have entered the parliamentary process in several European countries. Many countries have already introduced full bans, one of the latest being Norway. A ban is highly possible in Finland now that three out of five Government parties are committed to ending fur farming for good.

“We are extremely pleased with SDP’s freshly formed stance. Animals need everyone for their defense, and an important new ally has now joined the ranks. There are politicians opposing fur farming among other parties as well, even if there is no official party line yet. There is still a lot of work to be done so that this party position does not turn into an empty promise,” stated Kristo Muurimaa of Justice for Animals.

Both Animalia and Justice for Animals are members of Fur Free Alliance (FFA), a European anti-fur organization.

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