Tag: Live

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • reduced maximum journey times

  • animals being given more space and headroom during transport

  • stricter rules on transporting animals in extreme temperatures

  • tighter rules for transporting live animals by sea

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

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

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

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

The post Breaking! The UK Government Moves To Ban The Cruel Practice Of Live Animal Exports For Slaughter In England & Wales appeared first on World Animal News.

Source link

Thousands Call On The University Of Memphis To Stop Using A Live Tiger Mascot Named TOM III At Football Games And Retire Him To An Accredited Sanctuary

Photo from In Defense of Animals

For over 40 years, the University of Memphis has traveled with a live tiger as the team mascot to every football game. Over the years, the University has used three tigers, who have all been named TOM (Tigers of Memphis).

All three TOMs were “presented” as youngsters to the University at football games. TOM III now serves as a fixture on Tiger Lane and in the south endzone during all games. Sadly, tens of thousands of fans have had their pictures taken with tigers over the years. 

However, big cats don’t belong at loud, crowded football games with over 60,000 cheering fans. 

In Defense of Animals supporters have written over 9,000 emails urging the University of Memphis to stop exploiting tigers as live mascots over ethical, conservation, and safety concerns. 

“Forcing wild animals who are very sensitive to their surroundings into crowds of screaming people is stressful and cruel. Taking pictures with a tiger also sends a harmful message and teaches fans that wild animals belong in cages, rather than in their natural habitats, and that they exist for our entertainment,” said Lisa Levinson, Wild Animals Campaigner for In Defense of Animals in an email sent to WAN. “It’s time to leave TOM III at home, instead of carting him around to attend games.”

Legal and ethical concerns surround the use of live animal mascots. Wild animal selfies are widely condemned by conservation and animal protection organizations. University news outlets also acknowledged the welfare concerns of the continued use of live animal mascots. 

TOM III’s used as a live mascot is especially troubling given that tigers are an endangered species in need of increased protection in the wild. Exploiting captive tigers undermines those efforts. Keeping these apex predators in conditions where their needs are not met, and putting the public in danger, has prompted Congress to consider the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which would ban their private possession in the United States.

The presence of a live tiger does not intimidate rival teams, but it does put them in real danger should the tiger escape. When the Louisiana State University (LSU) tiger mascot Mike IV escaped, he was shot with a tranquilizer gun three times before being recaptured. LSU has wisely made the decision since to stop carting its tiger mascot to games. They should also release him to an accredited sanctuary.

In addition to being extremely stressful and cruel to the tigers who are deprived of space to roam free, and everything that wild animals need to thrive, it is very expensive to care for tigers. The first TOM lived in a garage before being housed at the local zoo where he was a “popular attraction” for nearly 20 years. After living in a private home for a few months, the second TOM moved to the $300,000 Tiger House at St. Nick’s Farm and Zoological Park, where he died of cancer at 17 years old. TOM III’s enclosure cost $700,000 to build. 

“Why cause undue stress and suffering to TOM III when The University of Memphis has a perfectly capable human mascot named Pouncer?” shared Marilyn Kroplick M.D., President of In Defense of Animals. “President Rudd, this is your golden opportunity to launch an educational and ecologically sound campaign to keep wild animals in the wild.

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

The post Thousands Call On The University Of Memphis To Stop Using A Live Tiger Mascot Named TOM III At Football Games And Retire Him To An Accredited Sanctuary appeared first on World Animal News.

Source link

Breaking! 42 People & More Than 5,800 Cows Reportedly Perished During Live Transport In The East China Sea

Another tragic case in the transport of live animals overseas. A ship carrying 43 crew members and more than 5,800 cows reportedly capsized after sending a distress signal from an area affected by Typhoon Maysak in the East China Sea.

Sadly, only one person from the ship which departed Napier, New Zealand, on August 14th has been rescued, all cows have perished.

As previously reported by WAN, more than 14,000 sheep drowned off the coast of Romania last year.

“These cows should never have been at sea. To make matters worse they’re likely all pregnant,” said SAFE For Animals Campaigns Manager, Marianne Macdonal, in a statement. “This is a real crisis, and our thoughts are with the families of the 43 crew members who are missing with the ship. But questions remain, including why this trade is allowed to continue.”

As per the organization’s Facebook page, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has “temporarily” suspended live cattle exports in the wake of the devastating news.

That is not enough. The cruel trade which puts live animals at risk must end, period.

Urge The Prime Minister Of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, who has delayed his review of live animal export, to finally put an end to this barbaric trade HERE!

The post Breaking! 42 People & More Than 5,800 Cows Reportedly Perished During Live Transport In The East China Sea appeared first on World Animal News.

Source link

Demand Intensifies To End Shipments Of Live Animals Through The U.S. Postal Service To Prevent Cruelty & Deaths During Transport





Today, Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) released a video documenting the barbaric practice of shipping sentient living beings through the U.S. mail. This is especially important for those people who may be in denial about the issue.

As the uproar grows over what appears to be the deliberate sabotage of the nation’s postal service, Americans are complaining that their prescriptions, social security checks, paychecks, and other crucial items are ending up in a twilight zone of bureaucratic bungling.

Sadly, there is one group of individuals who cannot complain and who are being subject to cruelty and death. That is animals. Many Americans are not aware that it is a common practice to ship animals, like baby chickens, in the U.S. mail. This has been a controversial policy for years as it has been documented that the animals often die in transport. Others die a slow, agonizing death when the recipient fails to pick up the package.

Now, political appointees are reportedly removing crucial sorting equipment in an apparent attempt to skew the upcoming Presidential election in favor of the incumbent. As this crisis escalates, a growing contingent of animal loving Americans are demanding a change in the rules to prevent animals from being subjected to needless cruelty on a journey that would likely end in death.

“Postal employees have expressed to us their horror over the practice of live animal shipments. As it is a federal offense to tamper with U.S. mail, postal workers are forced to listen to the chirps of chicks dying inside abandoned boxes that the workers are legally not allowed to open. This is emotionally traumatizing to the postal workers. It’s also animal torture,” said Judie Mancuso, Founder and President of Social Compassion in Legislation.

The organization sponsors lifesaving animal protection legislation in California and New York, including the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act, banning animals in circuses, and ending fur trapping throughout the state.

“Given that our toxic relationship with animals is what has left our economy crippled by a zoonotic virus that jumped from animals to people, the last thing we should be doing is doubling down on animal torture. It is time for us and the Postal Service to evolve,” concluded Mancuso. “We demand that all live animal shipments via the U.S. mail end immediately and permanently, which can be done with relatively easy regulatory changes.”

Please sign this Care2 petition, to help stop the live shipments of animals via the U.S. Postal ServiceHERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

Help us continue to bring you the latest breaking animal news from around the world and consider making a Donation Here! www.peace4animals.net/donate

Please share our articles, follow us on social media, and sign up for our newsletter! Go Plant-Based!

“One Person CAN Make A Difference”




Source link