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Breaking! Primarily Primates’ Issues Urgent Plea For Generators, Water & More After Animals At The Sanctuary Die During Historic Texas Freeze

Primarily Primates, a non-profit sanctuary in Bexar County, Texas, that provides lifetime care for hundreds of animals including 32 chimpanzees, is 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.

Sadly, the sanctuary has been without power since early Monday morning. While the staff and volunteers work 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.

Tragically, 58-year-old Violet, Primarily Primates’ oldest chimp, also passed away, but it was determined that she did not die from hypothermia but most-likely a stroke. While Violet, who was formerly used in biomedical research, had pre-existing conditions, it is reasonable to conclude that the extreme cold may have contributed to her having the fatal stroke.

“Every animal matters to us and we are devastated,” Priscilla Feral, President of Friends of Animals, which has managed the sanctuary since 2007, said in a statement. “We know this unprecedented Arctic blast is taking a toll on humans, which is why we are so grateful to the San Antonio Zoo staff for helping us transport and care for animals, as well as the more than 60 volunteers who have organized meetups and driven their 4x4s in treacherous conditions to bring us supplies. Their kindness brings some comfort during this nightmare. They are heroes, and so are our staff members.”

Primarily Primates’ Executive Director Brooke Chavez reports that currently all of the chimpanzees and other primates that remain on the property are doing well and keeping warm with properly ventilated propane heaters. Staff members check on them every 20 minutes around the clock.

As previously reported by WAN, Primarily Primates agreed to take eight of the chimps from the now-closed Wildlife Waystation in California, providing that they have the financing needed to expand their facilities to accommodate them. Three of the chimps have already been transferred while the remaining five are still waiting to be moved.

Primarily Primates is still currently without power and in need of the following items, as well as monetary donations. If you have any of the requested supplies below and have a four-wheel drive vehicle, please deliver them to 26099 Dull Knife Trail in San Antonio.

– GENERATORS- this is the most important item on the list!

– Peanut butter, bread, jelly

– Camping lights

– Propane tanks that are filled or help taking empty tanks to be filled

– Small disposable propane heater bottles

– Salt for de-icing pathways around the sanctuary

– Water

Monetary donations can be made HERE!

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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! Eat Just Makes Historic Move With First-Ever Sale Of Cultured Meat To 1880 In Singapore

Eat Just, Inc., a company that applies cutting-edge science and technology to create healthier, more sustainable foods, announced on the heels of its historic regulatory approval for cultured chicken, that it has made the first commercial sale of meat created directly from animal cells for human consumption. GOOD Meat Cultured Chicken will launch at 1880 Club this Saturday, December 19th, in Singapore.

When seeking out the world’s first restaurant to sell and serve cultured meat, Eat Just wanted to ensure their partner would not only satisfy guests’ appetites with a superior culinary experience, but would also connect and enlighten them with a philosophy of feeding the body and the mind. There was no more perfect partner in Singapore than 1880, which opened three years ago in Robertson Quay and has become known for its innovative menus, thought-provoking events, and social impact programming.

“This historic step, the first-ever commercial sale of cultured meat, moves us closer to a world where the majority of meat we eat will not require tearing down a single forest, displacing a single animal’s habitat or using a single drop of antibiotics,” Josh Tetrick, Co-founder and CEO of Eat Just, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to partner with 1880 to launch a product that will someday be served on the dinner tables of families living in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama, to the skyscrapers of Shanghai.”

“We are honored to host the global launch of Eat Just’s first cultured meat product. This is a revolutionary step towards solving climate change and creating the opportunity to feed the world without overwhelming the planet,” stated 1880 Founder Marc Nicholson.

Preparing a menu for the inaugural guests to enjoy GOOD Meat Cultured Chicken was a feat in and of itself. Diners will take an immersive journey through the past, present, and future of our food system. The experience culminates with three cultured chicken dishes, each bite influenced by a top chicken-producing country in the world: China, Brazil, and the United States. Eat Just is particularly proud to share that the first diners will be young people ages 14-18 who have shown, through their consistent actions, a commitment to building a better planet.

“This is a very exciting collaboration for me. It’s working with new ingredients, something very creative, something we’ve never quite seen before, and I think people are going to love it,” said 1880 Executive Chef Colin Buchan.

“Rarely does a career chef get the chance to create an entirely new category of food and help design an interactive meal to introduce that product, and the meaning behind it, to the world for the very first time. Working with Chef Colin on such a groundbreaking menu has been an exciting project. We look forward to sharing it with 1880’s clientele in the coming weeks and months,” said Chef Nate Park, Director of Product Development at Eat Just.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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WAN Exclusive With John Garcia, Founder Of Soldiers For Wildlife, As The Non-Profit Makes Historic Moves In South Africa

It is not uncommon for people who visit Africa to describe the experience as life-changing. What differs, is what people do after the experience.

For Navy veteran John Garcia, nothing would ever be the same as his life took on a profound new purpose creating the non-profit Soldiers For Wildlife, an organization dedicated to combating the poaching crisis in Southern Africa by creating elite anti-poaching units, uplifting and educating local communities, and working to preserve wild lands.

WAN had the opportunity to speak with Garcia about Soldiers For Wildlife and what makes his incredible organization so unique.

“Soldiers For Wildlife got its name in order to pay homage to the rangers in Africa that have lost their lives fighting to protect not only their heritage, but our world’s most sacred treasures,” Garcia explained to WAN, noting that the organization is focused on making a difference the “right way,” which includes empowering and giving back to the local communities.

While temporarily delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Garcia and his partners are currently coordinating flights to return to Africa to finalize plans for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

In an unprecedented move, the local Chiefdom has granted Soldiers for Wildlife the ability to sign a 99-year renewable lease and to take over the protection of more than 150,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the Central Province of Zambia. Soldiers For Wildlife already protects 20,000 acres in the region.

Garcia shared that there are an estimated 10,000 poachers in and around Kafue National Park at any given time. The organization’s increased land coverage is just east of the Park; all of which lie within the most poached region of the country.

While the land currently has no protection against trophy hunters and poachers, the goal is to ultimately have it serve as a safe haven for threatened and endangered species such as African wild dogs and elephants.

Sadly, COVID-19 has also impacted fundraising and constrained resources for this crucial project during this critical time.

“We need to rush to get it going during the dry season, so we need funds by the end of August in order to have the program up and running by 2021,” Garcia told WAN, explaining that not much can be done on the land during the wet months between late November and April.

Both a community and a conservation project, the initiative will create more than 80 jobs for indigenous people, as well as invest in infrastructure that will benefit the local community, including the building and operation of the Dung Beetle Bush School.

“Looking ahead, a primary focus of our ongoing efforts will be education and research into minimizing our footprint and allowing the ecosystem to recover and flourish,” said Garcia. “All branches of our Dung Beetle Bush School will focus on subjects such as: ecology, ethology, anti-poaching, tracking, and more. Each course educates about the crisis facing the wildlife and wilderness of the African continent, as well as the issues our natural world faces on a global scale.”

Dung Beetle Bush School will also serve as a prerequisite for the training of Game Scouts and volunteers if they are positioned in the field.

“Education is at the heart of change. We can fight back all we want against the numerous forces we are up against but if we don’t educate and hit the hearts and minds of people across the globe, we will most certainly lose,” Garcia told WAN. “The fight for our natural world is by far the greatest challenge we face today as a species. It decides if the lives of humans and those that we share the world with today will live on.”

“We should not be doing this because of our own survival, but for others,” continued Garcia, noting that the suffering of Africa’s animals and the mass genocides that are taking place across the globe, as well as the extermination of our natural world, are all due to our own negligence. “We have to do this, because, it is simply the right thing to do.”

There are many ways to help and support Soldiers For Wildlife, such as sponsoring a puppy to become a member of their canine unit team. This team will be integrated for both daily patrols and a quick reaction force in the events of security breaches. More ways to contribute to this amazing organization can be found HERE! 

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