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1. WAN Talks With World-Renowned Scientist Dr. Reese Halter About The Controversial Wolf Hunt That Happened Last Week In Wisconsin & How To End It

Tragically, last week, 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 ran through Sunday or until hunters hit their ‘kill limit’ of 200 innocent lives, which sadly happened early this year.

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.

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2. A Massive Oil Spill Off The Coast Of Israel Wreaks Havoc Covering Sea Turtles In Thick Tar; Rescue & Cleanup Efforts Are Underway

Israel is in an urgent race to save wildlife after an oil tanker leaked in the Mediterranean Sea. This is Israel’s most serious ecological disaster in recent years.

As per a statement from Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, sticky, black tar began washing up and contaminating the beaches last Wednesday, as a result of the stormy weather. It is feared that another storm with high waves will begin this week.

Thousands of trained volunteers across Israel are helping with beach restoration efforts, which include rescuing marine animals. Israel Sea Turtle Rescue Center confirmed in a post on its Facebook page that it is treating multiple turtles covered in tar.

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3. The Jane Goodall Act Was Recently Introduced In Canada And Will Become One Of The Strongest Animal Welfare Bills In History!

Canadian Senator Murray Sinclair has partnered with Dr. Jane Goodall to introduce the Jane Goodall Act, which, when passed, will become one of the strongest animal laws in history. This bill could send shockwaves that transform the legal standing of animals, not only in Canada, but across the world.

We need to urge the Canadian Senate to pass this landmark bill to give elephants, dolphins, great apes, and other animals the right to live free from hunting, captivity, and abuse.

The Jane Goodall Act, S218, would ban new captivity of great apes and elephants, and the use of them, including cetaceans, in performances. It would also strengthen an existing but flawed ban on the importation of elephant ivory and other hunting trophies, and would grant legal standing to great apes, elephants, whales, and dolphins. Granting animals legal standing would be a watershed event that would transform the landscape of animal protection in Canada.

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4. Following The Historic Texas Freeze, Primarily Primates Is Still In Need Of Water, Produce, Cleaning Supplies, and Donations For Chimps & Other Rescued Animals At Their Sanctuary

Primarily Primates, a non-profit sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas, that provides lifetime care for hundreds of animals including 32 chimpanzees, was among millions without power in the state after an Arctic blast created blackouts due to frozen power lines, natural gas production freezing under pressure, pipes bursting, and increased demand for power.

While the staff and volunteers worked tirelessly around the clock to evacuate dozens of animals from the 78-acre sanctuary and use heaters and generators to keep the remaining animals warm, they are also mourning the loss of approximately 12 animals, including monkeys and lemurs due to the cold.

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5. Norway Plans To Slaughter More Than 1,200 Minke Whales During Their Gruesome 2021 Whale Hunting Season

In defiance of a global moratorium on commercial whaling, Norway has again issued an annual kill quota of 1,278 minke whales for their barbaric 2021 whaling season.

Last week, Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, Norway’s Minister of Fisheries, announced the quota, which remains unchanged from last year. Ingebrigtsen said he hopes the “upward trend in demand for whale meat will continue.” Sickening! Echoing Ingebrigtsen’s sentiment, the whaling industry also claims that demand for whale meat has improved, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Norway’s 2020 whaling season ran from April 1st to September 30th. Slightly more than 500 whales were killed, compared to 429 in 2019. This is the highest total since 2016, when nearly 600 whales were killed. Sixteen whaling vessels requested a permit to hunt whales last year, but only 13 participated.

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6. The Horse Transportation Safety Act Was Recently Reintroduced In The U.S. With 105 Bipartisan Co-Sponsors

The Horse Transportation Safety Act (HTSA) was recently reintroduced in the U.S. to ban the transportation of horses across state lines in double-decker trucks or trailers containing two or more levels stacked on one another.

As previously reported by WAN, the bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives last July as part of a larger federal transportation package, but the Senate failed to vote on the legislation. This year’s version of the bill currently has 105 bipartisan co-sponsors.

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7. European Zoos Urged To Phase Out Keeping Giraffes In Captivity Following Born Free’s New Report

On February 9, 2014, a healthy two-year-old giraffe named Marius was culled and subsequently dissected in front of the public at Copenhagen Zoo. The zoo shockingly justified this action, claiming his genes were already represented in the captive giraffe population in Europe, and that there was limited space available for a young, male giraffe in zoos that were members of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

Parts of Marius’ body was then fed to the zoo’s carnivores. On the seventh anniversary of that appalling act, Born Free called for European zoos to phase out keeping giraffes in captivity, and instead, focus their conservation resources on the protection of giraffe populations in the wild.

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8. WAN Exclusive Update On A Controversial Case Of Alleged Neglect Of 20 Farm Animals In Colorado

After receiving a tip about an alleged animal hoarding situation in Colorado, that included starving pigs left outside in freezing conditions, WAN did some research and uncovered an abhorrent case of animal cruelty.

Sadly, the complex case involves a group of 20 farm animals and others that are innocent victims of severe neglect, allegedly under the care of Halina Morley and Laurel Burchell.

One of the reasons this case is unlike most animal hoarding cases, is the small ‘manageable’ number of animals on the property. The authorities are currently investigating.

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9. California Wants To Help Farmers Transition To Growing Plant-Based Crops With The Introduction Of The Smart Climate Agriculture Program

Last week, Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), along with cosponsors Social Compassion in Legislation and The Good Food Institute, introduced AB 1289, The Smart Climate Agriculture Program. Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) co-authored the bill which was created to support California farmers who want to transition from animal agriculture to plant-based agriculture.

Helping local farmers transition will solidify California’s position as a leader in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, creating jobs in a burgeoning industry, providing wholesome, sustainable food for its growing population, and helping to keep family farms in business.

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1. Dallas Safari Club Holds Ego-Driven Trophy Hunting Convention Virtually February 10-14 Auctioning Off Threatened & Endangered Species

Tragically, despite the pandemic, Dallas Safari Club’s annual trophy hunting convention took place again this year, but this time virtually. 

The notorious trophy hunting organization once again auctioned off hunts of some of the most beautiful, rare, and endangered species on the planet, all to raise an estimated 3.5 million dollars for their organization. The Safari Club promotes the ruthless killing of defenseless animals, with guns, as well as bows and arrows, for so-called ‘sport,’ putting the future of our wildlife in jeopardy.

“While walking into the Safari Club International Convention in Las Vegas, the feeling of horror and anxiety was overwhelming,” said Katie Cleary, President and Founder of Peace 4 Animals and WAN. “The glorification of killing some of the world’s most endangered and threatened species on the planet was on display in such a shocking and heartless manner, it is a wonder how any human being can participate in such a cruel and selfish industry. We must do something to end the travesty of trophy hunting once and for all.”

Members of the public who are opposed to this senseless cruelty can sign the pledge against trophy hunting HERE!

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2. Despite Public Outrage, Namibia Moves Forward With Their Controversial Plan To Auction Off 170 Wild Elephants

WAN was shocked to read the official statement from the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism of Namibia in response to their controversial auction of 170 wild elephants. We were appalled by the attacks against conservationists and the animal welfare community who have worked so hard to protect and save the elephants from being auctioned off for so-called ‘conservation’ and financial gain. 

Reportedly, while the details of the elephant auction have yet to be publicly shared, the travesty took place on January 29th despite over 100,000 concerned petitioners who have urged the Namibian government and the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism to stop its plan.

The Namibian government said in a statement that the ‘offtake’ of the 170 wild Namibian elephants is extremely ‘conservative’ and below sustainable ‘offtake’ levels. The government does not define the term ‘offtake’ or specify what will happen to the elephants who were auctioned off. This leads us to believe that the elephants were auctioned off to trophy hunters.

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3. Qatar Airways Cargo Saves Wildlife With ‘WeQare’ Initiative By Flying Endangered Species Back To Their Natural Habitat

Qatar Airways Cargo recently announced that it is launching Chapter 2 of WeQare: Rewild the Planet.’ The cargo carrier is committed to preserving wildlife and endangered species and has pledged to transport these animals back to their natural habitat, free of charge.

The airline has released a series of advertisements and a special video to commemorate the announcement and importance of Chapter 2. Through them, Qatar Airways Cargo aims to raise awareness of such issues among its customers and air cargo stakeholders.

All the chapters of WeQare’ are based on the core pillars of sustainability – environment, society, economy, and culture, and are supported by the employees of Qatar Airways Cargo.

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4. South African Customs Seize More Than USD $3.5 Million Worth Of Rhino Horn Headed To Malaysia

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) Customs Unit seized a shipment of rhino horn that was destined for Malaysia. The estimated value of the recovered horn is R 53 172 000, which is worth more than $3.5 million U.S. dollars.

The Customs Detector Dog Unit at O.R. Tambo International Airport found a suspicious shipment that was declared as ‘HP Cartridges Developers.’ The three-piece shipment was taken to a X-ray scanner for inspection, where the image analysis reflected objects resembling the shape of rhino horns. The shipment was then taken for physical inspection and that’s when 18 pieces of rhino horn weighing 63kg were found concealed in clothing.

This is the fourth rhino horn bust by SARS Customs at the O.R. Tambo International Airport between July of 2020 to February of 2021. The overall weight of the rhino horn seized in these four cases was 277.30kg with an estimated value of R 234 114 206, which is worth more than $15.7 million U.S. dollars.

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5. Peace 4 Animals, SCIL, NRDC & FOE Introduce California Anti-Deforestation Bill To Protect Critical Rainforest Habitat & Endangered Species

Following a year of devastating fires throughout the Amazon rainforest and the forests throughout Indonesia, as well as continued degradation of boreal forests throughout North America, Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) and bill co-sponsors, Peace 4 Animals, Friends of the EarthNatural Resources Defense Council, and Social Compassion in Legislation, announced the introduction of Bill AB 416, The California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act.

If passed, all California state contracts involving commodities that put tropical and primary boreal forests at risk, such as palm oil, soy, cattle, rubber, paper/pulp and timber, would require contractors to maintain a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy, and provide evidence that their operations in sensitive tropical and boreal regions are not linked to forest destruction and degradation or abuses of indigenous peoples’ rights.

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6. Whale Entanglement Prevention Act Aims To End The Suffering & Death Of Endangered Marine Life Off The Coast Of California

This month, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, along with co-sponsors Social Compassion in Legislation and The Center for Biological Diversity introduced AB 534, The Whale Entanglement Prevention Act.

The measure was created because of changing ocean conditions and the fact that while California has long been a leader in wildlife conservation and sustainable fishing operations, the crabbing industry continues to use antiquated trapping gear that needlessly kills and injures critically endangered whales, sea turtles, and other marine wildlife.

This critical bill will require the California Dungeness crabbing industry, and other trap fisheries, to use ropeless gear by November 1, 2025.

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7. 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.

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8. A Generous Donor Protects 300 Acres Of South Oahu’s Rainforest To Save Native Species In Hawaii

A 300-acre parcel of rainforest in the southern Ko‘olau mountains in Oahu will now be protected indefinitely, due to a generous donation by a compassionate landowner in the Pia Valley. The Hawaiian Department of Land and Resources (DLNR) announced that Patricia Godfrey gifted the irreplaceable rainforest land to protect Hawaii’s native species.

Expected to be called the Pia Natural Area Reserve (NAR), the donation removes the land from private hands and makes it public land managed by the DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). The new reserve will most-likely be accessible by foot and could be visited for recreational uses, hiking, and education.

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9. A Historic Win As Spain Announces Plans To Ban The Hunting Of Wolves To Protect The Last 1,500-2,000 Remaining In Spain

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

All wolves in Spain are now listed as protected species, along with the Iberian Lynx and the Cantabrian Brown Bear, after receiving approval from the State Commission for Natural Heritage of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge. Until now, only wolf 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.

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10. PepsiCo & Beyond Meat Partner To Launch ‘The PLANeT Partnership’ To Create New Plant-Based Protein Offerings

PepsiCo, Inc. and Beyond Meat recently announced that they will form The PLANeT Partnership, LLC, a joint venture to develop, produce, and market innovative snack and beverage products made from plant-based protein. The joint venture will leverage Beyond Meat’s leading technology in plant-based protein development and PepsiCo’s world-class marketing and commercial capabilities to create and scale new snack and beverage options.

While WAN and Peace 4 Animals were previously wary of promoting PepsiCo due to its former use of Conflict Palm Oil, in February 2020, the company notably pledged to no longer purchase palm oil from any direct or indirect supplier involved in deforestation over the last four years. A step in the right direction.

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1. 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.

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2. WAN Talks With Endangered Habitats League After Judge Blocks L.A. Development That Would Have Threatened Imperiled Mountain Lions

In a victory against a destructive project threatening local mountain lions in northern Los Angeles County, a judge issued a ruling Monday blocking a 1,300-acre Northlake development.

The development was planned to be constructed on fire-prone wildlands, and would have imperiled rare species of wildlife and buried 3.5 miles of Grasshopper Creek, a pristine stream that feeds into Southern California’s last free-flowing river, the Santa Clara.

In response to a lawsuit brought by conservation organizations, including the Center for Biological Diversity, along with Endangered Habitats League, Judge Richard L. Fruin, Jr. found that the development’s environmental review failed to consider less harmful plans.

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3. North Carolina Court Rules For The Release Of Captive Red Wolves To Save The Last Seven Remaining In The Wild From Extinction

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled in a case brought by the Southern Environmental Law Center that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must develop a plan by March 1, 2021, to resume its longstanding and successful practice of releasing captive red wolves into the Red Wolf Recovery Area in North Carolina. The case was brought on behalf of the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and Animal Welfare Institute.

As reported by WAN last month, there are tragically as few as seven red wolves remaining in the wild today. The court order temporarily prohibits the agency from implementing its recent policy change that would prevent the release of captive wolves into the wild.

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4. 30 Slow Lorises Reportedly Kept As ‘Pets’ Are Rescued & Released Back Into The Rainforest In Indonesia

A team of conservationists has reintroduced 30 Javan slow lorises back into their rainforest home in Indonesia. Mount Halimun Salak National Park (TNGHS) carried out the release operation, along with the Center for Natural Resources Conservation (BKSDA) and International Animal Rescue (IAR) Indonesia. 

As per Ammy Nurwati, the head of BKSDA, most of the lorises had been surrendered by members of the community to various sections of BKSDA in West Java, and had been entrusted to the IAR Indonesia Primate Center in Bogor to undergo treatment and care. Before being released back into the wild, the lorises had undergone a recovery and treatment process to stimulate their natural behavior. Starting with medical examinations and time in quarantine, they also underwent behavioral observations until they were declared healthy and ready to be translocated for habituation and then final release.

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5. Three Rhinos Brutally Killed For Their Horns In South Africa; Massive Manhunt To Find The Criminals Responsible 

The SAPS Endangered Species Unit in Limpopo, the northern province of South Africa, have launched a massive manhunt for suspects who reportedly poached three rhinos in separate incidents.

Limpopo Provincial Police are appealing to anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects.

Credit: Warriors for Africa’s Wildlife & The Last Horns of Africa

6. Compassionate City In New Zealand Closes Busy Road To Protect An Endangered Nesting Sea Lion & Her Pup

A city in South Island, New Zealand, is closing a busy road for a month to allow an endangered sea lion to nest safely with her pup. The heartwarming news was recently shared by the Dunedin City Council.

“We’ve closed John Wilson Ocean Drive to vehicles for the next month to allow some special residents to use the road safely. A New Zealand sea lion and her pup have taken up residence at the golf course next door and are regularly crossing the road to get to the beach,” the Dunedin City Council noted in a post on its Facebook page.

According to the New Zealand Department of Conservation, there are only an estimated 12,000 New Zealand sea lions left. Sadly, their main breeding population remains in decline due to numerous threats including: fisheries interactions, pup mortality, diseases, and food availability. Human impacts also threaten the sea lions. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, tourists often encroached on the sea lions beach habitat for selfies and photographs.

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7. Help ‘Free From Harm’ Stop The Cruel Treatment Of 6-Week-Old Chicks At Aden Poultry Slaughterhouse In Chicago

Last week, Free from Harm documented the misery and neglect of six-week-old chicks at Aden Poultry Slaughterhouse located at 2725 W. Lawrence Ave. in Chicago. The Founder of Free from Harm, Robert Grillo, was conducting an undercover investigation when he witnessed first-hand the horrific treatment of innocent chicks being delivered to the slaughterhouse.

The heartbreaking investigation at the Chicago slaughterhouse also uncovered that the birds showed clear signs of suffering, some with splayed legs forced to squat in their own waste, while others flapped their wings continuously in a desperate attempt to be ambulatory.

Free from Harm is urging people to help stop the unlawful operation of this slaughterhouse, which violates multiple city health department rules, by calling the Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady at (312) 747-9870. Please leave a message about the appalling situation at Aden Poultry Slaughterhouse, which should be permanently shut down. Please follow up with an email to allison.arwady@cityofchicago.org.

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8. Taco Bell Goes ‘Beyond’ In New Partnership With Beyond Meat Bringing Plant-Based Options To The Fast-Food Chain In The U.S.

Taco Bell‘s CEO Mark King recently shared some delicious news for the new year in a video featuring King’s voice announcing a new partnership with Beyond Meat.

King explains that Taco Bell had to simplify its menu last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic by eliminating their signature potatoes, but they will be available again beginning on March 11th. King also teased that Taco Bell will be going “above and beyond” in the new year.

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9. Veggie Grill Launches Más Veggies Taqueria In The United States; All Plant-Based Mexican Restaurant Featuring Beyond Meat

Más Veggies Taqueria, a new virtual concept by Veggie Grill, launched this week, marks the first national Mexican restaurant offering all plant-based and planet-friendly food for delivery only. The virtual taqueria features an innovative menu in partnership with plant-based leader Beyond Meat and offers a range of crave-worthy tacos, burritos, bowls, and nachos, made entirely without animal products.

Partnering with popular delivery platforms including Doordash, Postmates, Uber Eats, and Grubhub, Más Veggies Taqueria will run a delivery-only operation out of all Veggie Grill kitchens for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The virtual restaurants have launched in HollywoodPasadena, and Long Beach, California, as well as Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, and in Downtown Seattle, Washington. Other locations throughout Southern CaliforniaPortland, and Seattle will follow at the end of January.

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1. Heartbreaking News! Six Park Rangers Have Been Attacked & Killed By Armed Assailants In Virunga National Park

It is with immense sadness that Virunga National Park confirms the deaths of six Park Rangers in an attack by armed assailants, that occurred on Sunday, January 10, 2021.

One Ranger was seriously wounded in the assault. Fortunately, the Ranger has been taken to a hospital in Goma and his injuries are no longer considered life-threatening.

At approximately 7:30am, the Rangers were ambushed while on foot patrol inside the Park. The attack took place near Kabuendo, which is located near the border of the Park, in the Central sector, between Nyamilima and Niamitwitwi.

According to a statement by Virunga National Park, preliminary investigations indicate that the Rangers were taken by surprise and had no opportunity to defend themselves, and that those responsible for the attack are local Mai-Mai groups.

The identities of the Rangers who lost their lives are:

BURHANI ABDOU Surumwe, age 30 years

KAMATE MUNDUNAENDA Alexis, age 25 years

MANENO KATAGHALIRWA Reagan, age 27 years

KIBANJA BASHEKERE Eric, age 28 years

PALUKU BUDOYI Innocent, age 28 years

NZABONIMPA NTAMAKIRIRO Prince, age 27 years

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2. After 19 Days Trapped In Japan’s Infamous ‘Cove,’ Young Minke Whale Brutally Killed By Taiji Fishermen

It is with heavy hearts that WAN shares the tragic news that an adolescent minke whale, who was trapped for 19 days in fishing nets in Taiji, Japan, was brutally slaughtered by fishermen aboard boats owned by the Taiji Fisheries Association.

Ren Yabuki, Campaign Director of Life Investigation Agency (LIA), who, in collaboration with Dolphin Project, had been documenting the plight of the confined minke whale that they named Hope. He shared the news in a statement which included the horrific details of the whale’s struggle at the hands of Taiji fishermen.

“While shooting with a drone, I witnessed the agony of the minke whale, and my hands were trembling with sadness,” noted a distraught Yabuki. “I lost my voice and felt as though my blood was boiling.”

Help us put an end to the infamous “Cove” for good! 

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3. Five Orangutans Formerly Kept As “Pets” In West Borneo Are Rehabilitated & Released Back Into Their Rainforest Home

Five orangutans were released back into the wild in West Borneo after they were all rescued from captivity. Sadly, their mothers had been killed so that the babies could be captured and sold on the black market as “pets.”

Prior to their release, the orphaned orangutans had spent years undergoing rehabilitation at an orangutan center in Ketapang, West Borneo.

The release was carried out by the Natural Resources Conservation Agency for West Kailmantan (BKSDA), the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR), and a team from International Animal Rescue (IAR) Indonesia.

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4. 135 Groups Call On President-Elect Joe Biden To Sign An Executive Order Declaring The Extinction Crisis A National Emergency

135 groups recently called on president-elect Joe Biden to take immediate action to confront the rapid extinction of wildlife by signing an executive order to halt the global extinction crisis and restore wildlife.

The order illustrates how Biden can take bold, aggressive action to save endangered species without the involvement of Congress. The United States could be positioned as a leader in the fight to combat extinction, protect public lands and waters, curtail the international wildlife trade, and restore abundant wildlife populations across the nation.

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5. WAN Exclusive With Filmmaker James Kleinert, The Warrior Who Is Saving America’s Last Wild Horses

Tragically, 455 of America’s wild horses recently became the latest victims unfairly targeted by helicopters during yet another controversial Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup under the guise of ‘herd management.’

Not surprisingly, little information about this travesty, which took place between December 5th and December 18th within and outside of the herd areas located in Lincoln County, Nevada, has been shared publicly.

According to James Kleinert, who has dedicated his life to saving America’s wild horses and has also produced several award-winning documentaries about their plight, the lack of information by the BLM is intentional.

WAN had the opportunity to talk with Kleinert about his decades-long career advocating for wild horses as the oil, gas, mining, and cattle industries continue to take away their legal and environmental protections. This is one of the many issues Kleinert addresses in his latest documentary series, Mustangs & Renegades.

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6. Plant-Based JUST Egg Added To The Menu Of More Than 500 Dicos Fast-Food Restaurants In China

Eat Just, Inc., a plant-based and cultured meat company that applies cutting-edge science and technology to create healthier, more sustainable foods, just announced that Dicos, one of the leading fast-food chains in China, has added JUST Egg to its menu at over 500 locations.

The chain’s conventional egg patty will be replaced with JUST Egg’s pre-baked, folded egg, marking the first time a major quick service restaurant has swapped an animal-based product with a plant-based one across multiple menu offerings.

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7. New California Law Protecting Wildlife From Super-Toxic Rat Poisons Took Effect On January 1, 2021

Increased safeguards to protect California’s native wildlife and domestic animals from super-toxic rat poisons began on January 1, 2021.

The California Ecosystems Protection Act (A.B. 1788) places important restrictions on the use of super-toxic rat poison, known as second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides, to protect animals.

“This common sense step to better protect our wildlife from these dangerous rat poisons should be adopted across the nation,” said Jonathan Evans, Environmental Health Legal Director at the Center for Biological Diversity in a statement. “When there are literally hundreds of safer, cost-effective solutions on store shelves, there is no reason to leave the worst of the worst poisons on the market.”

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8. Bill Aiming To Stop The Wildlife Trade For Human Consumption Just Reintroduced In The U.S. House Of Representatives

The Preventing Future Pandemics Act was just reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to address the spillover of emerging infectious diseases from wildlife to humans.

As previously reported by WAN, the bill, which was first introduced in the House in September of 2020 by Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Fred Upton (R-MI), aimed to prohibit the import, export, and interstate trade of live wildlife for the purpose of human consumption.

The bill also allocates $35 million for the implementation of this ban and calls on the State Department to pursue live wildlife market closures abroad through international coalitions and other diplomatic measures.

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1. New Documentary, Why On Earth, Uncovers The Vital Connection Between Humans & Animals In Order To Create Positive Change For The Betterment Of Our World

Why On Earth is a compelling new feature-length documentary by Katie Cleary, which takes a comprehensive look into our current condition as a people; uncovering many issues that are affecting our natural world and the animals who inhabit it.

Three years in the making, the powerful documentary was shot on a RED camera by Director of Photography, Hunter Nolan, in five countries including South Africa, Kenya, and Indonesia. The film includes a host of exclusive interviews with well-known leaders in the animal welfare and conservation world including fellow filmmaker and animal advocate, Clint Eastwood

Why On Earth establishes a vital connection between humans and animals through rarely before seen footage exposing the rapid rate of deforestation in Borneo and Sumatra due to the careless and inhumane extraction of palm oil, along with the rescue of endangered orangutans in Indonesia.

READ MORE, HERE!

2. WAN Exclusive: Urgent Help Needed To Rehome 32 Chimps From The Wildlife Waystation To Sanctuaries In The U.S.

When the Wildlife Waystation in Southern California closed its doors in 2019, hundreds of exotic and domestic animals needed to be rehomed. While the majority of the animals were relocated, 32 chimpanzees remained. Now, with a little more than three weeks left before the new year, it is more important than ever to help ensure that these precious chimps are placed in their new homes in 2021.

While the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has been temporarily caring for the chimps, the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) has been working to secure the chimps forever homes in four reputable sanctuaries throughout the United States.

Most of the chimps have been rescued from animal testing labs, as well as the so-called “entertainment” and “pet” industries, and reportedly cost $100,000 to care for each month.

Please help these 32 precious chimps relocate to their new homes in 2021 and make a donation HERE!

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3. Major Progress Made By Yahoo Japan In Stopping Japan’s Harmful Ivory Market With 100% Drop In Online Stores In 2020

In a promising new report, Teetering on the Brink: Japans online ivory trade, TRAFFIC finds that the trade in ivory has dropped by as much as 100% this year on Japan’s largest online ivory trading platform, Yahoo Japan. This resolve must become nation-wide and be enforced by the Japanese government if the country is to put an end to its role in the international ivory trade.

In a snapshot survey, TRAFFIC compared the number of shops selling ivory on Yahoo Shopping before and after the ban, and found a remarkable 100% decrease, from 58 shops in 2017 to 54 shops in 2018, now down to zero in 2020.

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4. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Sued For Failing To Protect The Last Seven Wild Red Wolves That Are On The Brink Of Extinction

On behalf of Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and Animal Welfare Institute, the Southern Environmental Law Center sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina recently for violations of the Endangered Species Act. The violations were caused by illegal agency policies that bar the use of proven management measures to save wild red wolves.

Rather than resolving those violations, the agency has doubled down on its abandonment of those measures and invented a new policy that it claims does not permit the release of red wolves from the captive population into the wild. The agency also now claims that its rules do not allow the agency to address hybridization with coyotes. As a result, the world’s only population of wild red wolves is now on the brink of extinction.

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5. U.S. Government Signs Off On Seismic Airgun Blasting In The Gulf Threatening The Survival Of Endangered Whales & Marine Life

The National Marine Fisheries Service has broadly authorized seismic airgun oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. The long-awaited final rule comes in response to a court-ordered settlement of a lawsuit brought by environmental groups.

The move promotes the expansion of oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico as the Trump administration leaves office. President-elect Biden promised to end fossil fuel leasing on federal lands and waters during his presidential campaign.

The rule estimates that seismic blasting will disturb and harass the Gulf’s Bryde’s whales more times than its entire population of just 33 remaining individuals.

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6. New Bipartisan Bill, The ‘CATS Act,’ Aims To Stop The VA From Conducting Barbaric & Unnecessary Experiments On Cats In The U.S.

United States Representatives Brian Mast (FL-18) and Dina Titus (NV-01) recently introduced the bipartisan Cat Abuse in Testing Stops (CATS) Act to permanently end cruel and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on cats conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Documents released by the VA, including disturbing photos and videos of cat testing, show that taxpayer dollars have been used to purchase cats and kittens, sever their spinal cords, implant electrodes into their brains, and perform other abusive and even deadly procedures.

This Must Stop!

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7. 550 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 plastics, tightening up regulations of the petrochemical industry, ending fossil fuel subsidies, and protecting environmental justice communities from pollution.

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8. High-Level Corruption Has Made West & Central Africa The Epicenter For Ivory And Pangolin Scale Trafficking To Asia

A new report finds that West and Central Africa have emerged as major sourcing and export hubs for the illegal trafficking of elephant ivory and pangolin scales to Asia.

The report by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Out of Africa: How West and Central Africa have become the epicenter of ivory and pangolin scale trafficking to Asia, details how endemic corruption, weak or absent rule of law, low levels of development, and hotspots of armed conflict have left the region wide open to exploitation by well-organized transnational criminal gangs.

At a time when the world is grappling with the crippling impacts of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, such high-volume of trade in wildlife poses a serious risk for the spread of zoonotic diseases – those arising from animals – such as COVID-19.

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9. New York Is The Latest State To Offer Plant-Based Options In Hospitals; Washington D.C. & California Have Passed Similar Legislation

New York State hospitals must now make a healthy plant-based option available to patients at every meal. The new rule went into effect this week, following a landmark bill that was signed into law last year.

Bill (S1471A/A4072), introduced by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, requires hospitals in New York to offer plant-based meals and snacks containing no animal products or by-products that are nutritionally equivalent to other menu items. The bill also requires hospitals to list the plant-based options on all written materials and menus.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which supported the bill, is a member of a nonprofit coalition that offers support, resources, and hands-on training to help hospital culinary teams provide more plant-based meals to patients.

READ MORE, HERE!

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1. Victory! The Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR1380) has passed the U.S. House of Representatives

Starting off with a huge victory, the Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR1380), has passed the U.S. House of Representatives!

The bill would ban private ownership and public contact with lionstigersand other big cats, as well as restrict their breeding, trade, and exploitation. The bill now moves to the Senate for a vote.

Contact your senators today and urge them to pass this critical bill to help protect big cats.

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2. Cher Helps Kaavan, The World’s Loneliest Elephant, Finally Relocate From The Marghazar Zoo In Pakistan To The Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary

Kaavan, the world’s loneliest elephant, has finally relocated from the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary, with global animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS International overseeing the transfer.

As WAN reported in 2017, Free The Wild Co-founder, music legend Cher, had been fighting for Kaavan’s rescue since 2016.

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3. WAN Exclusive: A Heroic Community Unites In Months-Long Effort To Save An Injured Deer Whose Antlers Were Tangled In Wire Mesh

An example of compassion, inclusiveness, and the power that each person has to make a positive difference in the world occurred over the past several months when a community united to save the life of an adult male deer in peril, in Glendale, California.

WAN had the opportunity to speak with many of the individuals in the community who worked together to help free the buck whose antlers were tangled in a life-threatening combination of discarded heavy-duty construction wire and mesh.

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4. Breaking! New Report By Oceana Finds That Plastic Pollution Is Responsible For Entangling & Choking 1,800 Marine Animals In U.S. Waters

In a recently released report, Oceana reveals data on marine mammals and sea turtles becoming entangled and swallowing plastic off the coast of the United States. After surveying dozens of government agencies, organizations, and institutions that collect data on the impact of plastic on marine animals, Oceana found evidence of nearly 1,800 animals from 40 different species swallowing or becoming entangled in plastic since 2009.

Of those, a staggering 88% were species listed as endangered or threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act. Perhaps even more concerning, Oceana says that the animals reflected in this report are far fewer than the true number of sea turtles and marine mammals that consume or become entangled in plastic in U.S. waters.

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5. Undercover Investigation Exposes South African President’s Secret Ties To Trophy Hunting, Including A 50% Stake In Tsala Hunting Safaris

PETA has uncovered South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s hidden connections to, and investments in, the trophy hunting industry. The revelations came after the group released video footage of an American tourist who ineptly shot and killed a young elephant on a nature reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park.

PETA’s recordings of Ramaphosa’s managers reveal that he is quietly developing and expanding a trophy hunting property called Diepdrift and stocking it with animals from his personal wildlife-breeding operation, Phala Phala. He also owns a 50% stake in Tsala Hunting Safaris.

Please sign PETA’s form to urge UPS to ban the shipment of hunting trophies HERE! (Bottom of their page)

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6. 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.

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7. Six Trafficking Arrests Made In Mexico For The Illegal Poaching Of Protected Totoaba; The Main Reason For The Decline Of The Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise

In a precedent-setting legal development, Mexican authorities have arrested six suspected totoaba traffickers under charges of Organized Crime and Crimes Against the Environment. This is the first time that charges of this nature have been applied in Mexico.

Earth League International’s confidential data on Totoaba Cartels from Operation Fake Gold’ helped support the work of Mexican authorities.

Totoaba poaching is the primary cause of the decline of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise, the world’s most endangered marine mammal, which exists only in a small region in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California. There are sadly fewer than 15 vaquitas remaining in the wild. 

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8. Peace 4 Animals’ & WAN’s New Billboard Campaign Urges People To Save Millions Of Lives This Holiday By Choosing Health & Compassion On Their Plate

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 them off your plate. To help spread this critical message, Peace 4 Animals and World Animal News (WAN) have launched their ‘Choose Compassion This Holiday Season, Go Plant-Based’ billboard featuring a turkey, a cow, and a pig.

While 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. There is no reason to support this cruelty when there are so many delicious and accessible plant-based options that are better for our health, the planet, and of course, for the animals.

READ MORE, HERE!

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1. Victory! Colorado Approves Reintroduction Of Endangered Gray Wolves Bringing Hope To Their Species Throughout The West

An unprecedented state ballot initiative requiring wildlife officials to reintroduce endangered gray wolves in Colorado passed the recent election with a 20,000-vote majority and hundreds of pro-wolf precincts left to be counted. Opponents conceded that the measure has passed.

Proposition 114 requires Colorado Parks and Wildlife to develop a wolf restoration and management plan based on science and statewide public hearings. Reintroduction to areas west of the Continental Divide must begin by December 31st, 2023.

“Since time immemorial wolves were one of the most influential animals in shaping the ecology of Colorado’s forests and grasslands,” Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity told WAN. “Federal wolf poisoning and trapping on behalf of the livestock industry a century ago continues today to harm a myriad of other animal and plant species. Colorado voters wisely decided to begin to undo that harm.”

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2. Greek Parliament Votes To Make Animal Abuse & Torture Punishable With Up To 10 Years In Prison

In a landmark move, the Greek Parliament voted unanimously to make serious animal abuse and torture crimes that can result in a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of 25,000 to 50,000 euros.

The Minister of Rural Development and Food, Makis Voridis, drafted the amendment to tighten the legal framework governing the torture and killing of animals, after consulting with Minister of Justice, Konstantinos Tsiara.

In less severe cases, people who mistreat animals will also be sentenced to a minimum of one year in prison and will have to pay a fine of 3,600 to 18,000 euros.

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3. Lawsuit Launched After U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Expands Hunting On 2.3 Million Acres Of Land That Jeopardizes Endangered Wildlife

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s new rule expanding hunting and fishing on 2.3 million acres, in 147 wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries across the United States. The rule authorizes damaging practices like the use of lead ammunition and killing of ecologically important top predators such as mountain lions.

The rule opens hunting on numerous refuges previously reserved for protecting endangered species or other wildlife. The recent notice asserts that the agency has violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to analyze and mitigate harmful impacts from the hunting expansion on endangered wildlife, such as: grizzly bearsocelots, and whooping cranes.

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

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 Burger, which will begin to test in key markets next year. The company reportedly may include plant-based chicken and breakfast sandwiches on its menu as well.

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5. $12,600 Reward Offered To Find The Hunter Responsible For Killing A Second Wolf In Oregon Within The Last 5 Weeks

$12,600 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the poaching of a 1.5-year-old female wolf in Baker County, Oregon, on or about October 29th. 

After speaking with Yvonne Shaw, the Stop Poaching Campaign coordinator for The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, as well as Oregon Wild and Defenders of Wildlife about the case, WAN and Peace 4 Animals are contributing an additional $2,000 which is reflected in the current total of the reward fund.

Sadly, this is the second known wolf poaching in Wallowa Whitman National Forest, Baker County, in the past five weeks.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Oregon State Police Sergeant Isaac Cyr through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. The Department offers a $300 reward for information regarding wolf poachings.

Tips can also be submitted via email to TIP@state.or.us.

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6. Born Free USA Exposes Dire Situation Within The Horrific Fur Farming Industry In The United States

Born Free USA published a new report on the fur farming industry in the United States. The new research titled Silent Suffering in Our Own Backyard: Fur Farming in the United States highlights serious failings in animal welfare regulations, oversight, and a negligent disregard for public health in light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in multiple fur farms in UtahWisconsin, and Michigan.

Sign the Petition to urge Utah, Michigan, and Wisconsin to address COVID-19 on fur farms, HERE!

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7. The U.S. Senate Increases Funding For The Protection Of Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales By $2 Million Dollars

The United States Senate recently released its fiscal year 2021 Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill, increasing funding for monitoring and protecting the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale by two million dollars.

The additional funds will also help develop and test new anti-entanglement fishing gear technologies. The funding levels are similar to those adopted in the House’s companion CJS bill. The House and Senate must now work to reach an agreement over the final appropriation bill levels and language.

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8. Plant-Based Meats Are Becoming Mainstream As Nearly 1/4 Of Americans Are Now Consumers

Nearly one-fourth of U.S. consumers report eating plant-based meat or seafood products, revealing that plant-based eating is going mainstream and no longer niche, according to market research firm Packaged Facts in the new study Meat, Poultry, & Seafood Alternatives: Plant-Based & Cultured Cell-Based Types.

The report explains that more consumers than ever want to eat plant-based foods because:

  • They think products that come from plants are healthier.

  • Ongoing publication of news stories about animal abuse and poor conditions at industrial farms are causing people to think more about where their food is coming from and what impact it has on the world and the animals being killed for their meat. 

  • Concerns about climate change are leading consumers to question whether meat is part of a sustainable diet.

READ MORE, HERE!

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1. VICTORY! Jimba Safaris Has Officially Cancelled Their Lion Hunt In Zimbabwe Thanks To Animal Advocates Worldwide

Victory! The Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association issued a statement that Wayne Dietrechsen, the owner of Jimba Safaris, who had a permit to hunt a lion outside of Hwange National Park, has officially cancelled the hunt and lion safari.

“We have no shortage of supporters on the ground in Zimbabwe monitoring his concession to make sure that this hunt does not take place. Trophy hunting is a dying practice, as it should be, and those who provide safaris that preserve and protect these magnificent animals will continue to flourish,” Mark Robinson, Founder of Cecil The Lion group, told WAN. “It is time to relegate trophy hunting to the trash heap of human history where it belongs.”

The collaboration of World Animal News, Peace 4 Animals, and Cecil The Lion group, along with the action taken by animal advocates worldwide, helped bring this would-be travesty to an end. Together, we can make a difference!

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2. 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.”

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

Estonia took an important step towards banning fur farms recently when a draft for the amendment of the Animal Protection and Nature Conservation Act passed the first reading in the Riigikogu, the Parliament of Estonia. The bill reportedly provides a phase-out period until 2023. 

“We are very happy that the members of Riigikogu made an animal-friendly decision and did not reject the bill,” Regly Johanson, a board member of the animal advocacy organization Loomus, said in a statement. Johanson also called the decision historic and important because the bill to ban fur farms in the country has never before passed the first reading.

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4. A Plan By Strauss Meats To Build A Massive Slaughterhouse That Would Kill 500+ Cows Per Day Has Been Rejected By The Common Council Of Franklin, Wisconsin

Earlier this week, the voices of animal advocates were heard and plans by Strauss Meats to build a massive new slaughterhouse in Franklin, Wisconsin, were rejected. This is the same company that reportedly fired 29 workers who complained about unsafe working conditions after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

After what was described as “five hours of heated debate,” the Franklin Common Council voted 4-2 against issuing a special use permit to Strauss for expanding into a more than 150,000 square foot facility where a minimum of 500 unwanted dairy calves and mother cows would be slaughtered each day.

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5. 118 Elephant Ivory Tusks Seized By Customs Officials In Cameroon, Central Africa; We Must End The Ivory Trade!

Customs officials in Cameroon seized 118 ivory tusks weighing approximately 626 kg last week. The tusks were hidden in a truck of merchandise in Ambam, in the southern region of Cameroon in Central Africa. As per TRAFFIC, this marks the largest seizure made in the area, where the three countries of Cameroon, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea meet.

According to Cameroonian officials involved in the investigation, one suspect was caught at the scene and was reported to be a Cameroonian arriving from Gabon. The suspect reportedly has connections to an international wildlife trafficking network.

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6. Beyond Meat Launches Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links In Grocery Stores Throughout The United States Beginning This Month

Beyond Meat announced the addition of Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links to its line of innovative and delicious plant-based meat offerings. Designed to deliver the same taste and texture as pork-based links, Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links have no GMOs, bioengineered ingredients, synthetic colors, hormones, antibiotics or cholesterol, and have 40% less sodium than leading brands of traditional pork breakfast sausage links.

Marking the brand’s fourth new retail product of 2020, following the launch of Beyond Breakfast Sausage Patties, Cookout Classic, and most recently, Beyond Meatballs, Beyond Breakfast Sausage Links will roll into grocery stores nationwide, including at select: Krogers, Albertsons, Sprouts, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, Whole Foods Market, and more throughout October.

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7. Endangered Species Act Protection Shockingly Stripped From Gray Wolves In The Lower 48 U.S. States Putting Their Species In Jeopardy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) finalized a rule today that removes protection from gray wolves in the lower 48 states, except for a small population of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. The USFWS made its decision despite the fact that wolves are still functionally extinct in the vast majority of their former range across the continental United States.

In July, WAN reported that almost two million Americans opposed the Trump administration’s plan to remove Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves. The number of comments submitted were the highest ever recorded on a federal decision involving endangered species, yet the administration still chose to move forward with this disastrous plan.

Even the scientific peer reviews written at the behest of the USFWS state that the agency’s proposal contained numerous errors and appeared to come to a predetermined conclusion, not even supported by its own science.

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8. The Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act Was Introduced To Tackle The Climate Crisis & Protect Marine Life In The U.S.

House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) unveiled the Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act, along with House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), and original cosponsors, and supporters. This landmark legislation was introduced by more than a dozen members of the House of Representatives to address the ocean impacts of climate change and reform federal ocean management to better account for climate mitigation.

“A healthy ocean is key to fighting the climate crisis,” Grijalva said in a statement. “This bill provides a roadmap for ocean and coastal climate resilience, and uses them to curb the pollution that is intensifying the climate crisis. We must stop the ongoing damage to our oceans to protect the food, jobs, and coastlines that millions of Americans depend on.”

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