This holiday season it is more important than ever to make healthy choices that save the lives of millions of innocent animals by simply leaving meat off your plate. To help spread this important message, Peace 4 Animals and World Animal News (WAN) have launched another impactful billboard campaign to encourage people to go plant-based.
“If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that significant changes must be made in order to save our planet and all of the sentient beings that inhabit it,” said Katie Cleary, Founder and President of Peace 4 Animals and World Animal News. “There needs to be a cultural shift in the U.S. and throughout the world to change the way we are conditioned to think about farm animals. One that includes recognizing animals as individuals, not food for human consumption.”
The powerful new ‘Choose Compassion This Holiday Season, Go Plant-Based’ billboard, featuring a turkey, a cow, and a pig, now stands tall above the highly-trafficked I-5 Santa Ana Freeway near Garfield Avenue in the city of Commerce in Los Angeles County.
“While many Americans are still digesting the fact that some 46 million turkeys are slaughtered for Thanksgiving alone each year in the United States, there are tragically another estimated 22 million turkeys that are killed for holiday meals throughout the month of December,” continued Cleary. “The statistics are even more staggering when considering the millions of other farm animals, all victims of the destructive factory-farming industry, who are killed for their meat. This, despite there being so many delicious and accessible plant-based options that are better for our health, the planet, and of course, for the animals.”
Peace 4 Animals and WAN’s ‘Save A Life This Thanksgiving, Adopt A Turkey’ Los Angeles County-based billboards that launched last month in support of Farm Sanctuary will also remain up throughout December 2020. They are strategically located on the 710 Long Beach Freeway near the Imperial Highway exit in the city of Lynwood and on the 110 Harbor Freeway near Sepulveda Boulevard in Harbor City.
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Born Free USA has launched a new campaign, #TrapFreeTrails, to call for an end to the barbaric practice of trapping animals on public lands, including national wildlife refuges, national parks, and natural preserves.
The National Wildlife Refuge System was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 and now encompasses 567 refuges, as well as 38 wetlands management districts. Together, they include 95 million acres of land. Within the system, more than 296 threatened and endangered species are conserved across 356 of the individual refuges.
According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Wildlife Refuge System was established “to conserve America’s wild animals and plants,” and to “provide enjoyment and beauty” to the millions of people who visit these lands each year. With more than 2,500 miles of land and water trails, these refuges are popular destinations for walkers, many of whom are accompanied by companion animals.
Yet, despite this, animal trapping is permitted on 216 of the refuges, a total of 11.1 million acres of public land.
As previously reported by WAN, traps are indiscriminate. While meant to trap specific species, which is unacceptable on its own, companion animals and humans also fall victim to them.
“By their very design, body-gripping traps are cruel, dangerous, and indiscriminate,” Angela Grimes, CEO of Born Free USA, said in a statement. “Their brutality cannot be overstated.”
Once in a trap, animals suffer in agony for hours or even days. In addition to the excruciating pain inflicted by the trap, trapped animals are also exposed to extreme stress, environmental elements, dehydration, starvation, and predation, with no chance of relief or escape.
“‘Refuge should mean just that; that both animals and people are safe from harm while within their boundaries. Clearly, this is not currently the case and it is past time that this cruel practice comes to an end. Furthermore, the fact that this activity is carried out on public lands, whose maintenance relies on taxpayer dollars, adds insult to injury,” concluded Grimes.
Sign Born Free USA’s petition to the U.S. Department of the Interior demanding an end to the use of traps on all public lands, HERE!
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Five years from its initial ‘Tickling is Torture’ video exposing the plight of slow lorises being kept illegally as pets, International Animal Rescue (IAR) has produced a sequel, narrated by actor and animal advocate Peter Egan.
The heart-wrenching video was produced in response to the growing number of videos emerging on social media platforms TikTok and Instagram showing slow lorises being kept in people’s homes as though they are domestic pets.
Graphic footage illustrates that, before the lorises are sold, the traders cut out their teeth to make them easier to handle. Many of the primates die from blood loss or infection as a result of this barbaric practice.
“Hundreds of thousands of people have already signed the pledge never to support or encourage the illegal trade in slow lorises. Yet, still there are those who think it is acceptable to keep a wild slow loris cooped up in a cage in a domestic environment, feed it unsuitable food that will leave it malnourished and may even kill it. Then they parade the poor loris on social media, portraying it as cute and funny, when really its situation is desperately sad,” Alan Knight OBE, IAR Chief Executive said in a statement sent to WAN.
“The Javan slow loris is among the world’s 25 most endangered primates,” continued Knight. “In an ideal world, social media platforms like TikTok would remove such blatant examples of animal exploitation.”
Sign the pledge not to support the illegal pet trade of slow lorises HERE!
You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg
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A galaxy of global superstars, led by comedian Ricky Gervais, pop star Mýa, actors Dame Judi Dench, Olivia Newton John, and Tzi Ma, as well as renowned conservationist Dame Jane Goodall, have all come together to record an impassioned video calling for a reset of humanity’s relationship with nature in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and its zoonotic origins.
Actor Joaquin Phoenix, who doesn’t appear in the video, is also spreading the message, appearing on social media wearing a t-shirt bearing the “The Only Cure is Kindness” message.
”I’ve been a huge admirer of Joaquin Phoenix for over 20 years – not only as a brilliant actor but as someone who has long made ‘kindness in action’ one of the prime focuses of his life. His powerful narration and involvement in Earthlings was something that turned me, like so many people across the world, into someone celebrating a plant-based diet,” Jill Robinson Founder & CEO of Animals Asia told WAN. “The whole team of Animals Asia is beyond thrilled to see this kind and influential icon involved in our Kindness campaign that will not only help our beautiful rescued bear cubs in Vietnam, but will help to shine the spotlight on why the only cure is kindness.”
In mid-July, as the celebrities recorded their video messages, Animals Asia rescued two three-month-old moon bear cubs that had been illegally trapped and listed for sale on the black market. Animals Asia is thankfully now taking care of them at their sanctuary in Tam Dao, Vietnam.
“If this crisis has taught us anything, it’s the power of leaving nature alone – and that ‘The Only Cure is Kindness,’” said British comedian Ricky Gervais in a statement sent to WAN. “We’ve got so much to learn from animals and nature – and there is so much we can do to help. Animals Asia are actively harnessing that kindness to end bear-bile farming, rescuing bears and taking care of them. Let’s be kinder to nature, and kinder and more forgiving to each other too.”
The actors, musicians, and conservationists came together – virtually – to raise awareness to the plight of the Asiatic black bear, or ‘moon bear,’ and the urgent need to end the practice of bear bile farming – where bears are held in tiny cages so that their bile can be extracted for use in ”traditional medicine.”
Animals Asia, which created the video to mark Moon Bear Day on August 8th, aims to rescue 500 bears currently in bear bile farms in Vietnam by 2022, so they can live out their lives in a sanctuary with world class care. To date, Animals Asia has rescued 634 bears, and has an agreement with Vietnamese authorities to completely end bear bile farming in Vietnam by 2022.
The video, featuring Ricky Gervais, Jane Goodall, Mulan star Tzi Ma, Dame Judi Dench, Downton Abbey stars Peter Egan and Lesley Nicol, Guns’n’Roses rockers Slash and Matt Sorum, and actors Dame Olivia Newton John AC DBE, Virginia McKenna OBE, Joanna Lumley OBE, James Cromwell, Louis Hofmann, Daniel Gillies, Celina Jade, Maggie Q, Dustin Nguyen, Kristin Bauer, Michelle Forbes, Tara Buck, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, Vietnamese TV Presenter Minh Trang Nguyen, musician Rick Wakeman and singers Han Geng and Mýa, highlights the mistreatment of animals as a root cause of pandemics such as the COVID-19 crisis.
“It’s absolutely amazing, because just as the international stars were recording their video clips, our team in Vietnam got a call saying that two baby bears needed to be rescued,” said Jill Robinson MBE, Founder and CEO of Animals Asia, who also appears in the video.
“It’s brilliant to be able to welcome all of these household names into the Animals Asia family. By helping us mark Moon Bear Day and our historic agreement with the Vietnam Government, these global stars are raising awareness about the suffering caused by the bear bile industry.
“Our supporters have been so generous in supporting our work, but the task ahead is formidable.
“Animals Asia plans to help rescue up to 500 bears from 142 farms in Vietnam, so they can live out their lives in a sanctuary with world class care. This will take time, effort and resources – by lending their voices, these luminaries are sending a message to each and every one of us that: “The Only Cure is Kindness,” said Robinson.
“With the campaign to end bear bile farming in Vietnam close to realization, Jill Robinson and Animals Asia have truly been leading the way, and I hope that their model of kindness in action will be rolled out across Asia,” said famed British ethologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace. “We’ve all now experienced what it’s like to be cooped up for a few short months and I believe people will now have more empathy for the innocent and intelligent creatures who can be trapped on farms, in horrible conditions, for decades. It’s clear, The Only Cure is Kindness.”
“As a Vietnamese-American, I am proud of how Animals Asia is working closely on a plan with the Vietnamese government to put the bears’ welfare first, in collaboration with the people of Vietnam – the overwhelming majority of whom have nothing to do with bear farming,” said actor, film star and Animals Asia spokesperson Maggie Q, who adopted a moon bear – named Phoenix – in 2019.
“Thanks to the work of Animals Asia, Vietnam’s traditional medical association has agreed to stop prescribing bear bile. Animals Asia is also working respectfully with communities throughout Vietnam, including in areas which have been bear farm hotspots. They’re educating kids in the wider community about animal welfare, and training up Vietnamese veterinarians and animal welfare specialists,” she continued. “I am proud to support the changes that will help moon bears in Vietnam – my country and my mother’s country.”
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