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

Photos by: Yaniv Levi, Shlomi Amran, Shlomi Ben Shimol, and Nadi Kansky from Israel Sea Turtle Rescue Center, Facebook

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.

The organization, which is affiliated with Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority and the Israel Nature and Heritage Foundation (INHF), is urging the public to immediately report any sea turtle found “alive or dead” to its 3639 hotline.

“Live turtles must come to treatment at the rescue center as soon as possible, while the dead turtles are important to document, so that we learn the scope of the disaster,” the wildlife sanctuary shared in the post.

Sadly, out of 190km of beach in Israel, 170km were hit by the oil spill, from Rosh Hanikra to Zikim. The nature reserves affected include: Shakmona, Habonim, Rosh Hanikra, Tel Dor, Palmachim, Nitzanim, Zik Gedor, Hasharon Beach.

As noted by the Nature and Parks Authority on its Facebook page, field assessments report that it is evident that these complex and strenuous operations will be required to continue over a long period of time. The Authority is working with EcoOcean and other organizations that are involved in the clean-up and are setting up information and volunteer stations at several centers along the beach.

If you are currently in Israel and would like to volunteer to help in the cleanup efforts, please find more information HERE!

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Breaking! 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

Last night, 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 so that the company could expand 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.

“This is a David and Goliath kind of victory against huge corporate animal agriculture interests and the corrupt politicians who put profits over people,” Robert Grillo, Founder of Slaughter Free Chicago, stated in a post on the group’s Facebook page.

Launched in 2018 by Free from Harm, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping end animal exploitation through grassroots activism and public education, Slaughter Free Chicago is a campaign to end slaughter in the state that once promoted itself as the slaughter capital of the world.

The group, which is part of a larger Slaughter Free Cities campaign, works tirelessly to spread the message that slaughterhouses are “bad for everyone, including animals, workers, and communities,” as well as the planet.

As per a post by Free from Harm, staggering statistics from the Food and Environment Reporting Network indicate that as of October 16th, at least 45,588 meatpacking workers, 11,348 food processing workers, and 8,471 farmworkers have tested positive for COVID-19, and at least 215 meatpacking workers, 37 food processing workers, and 17 farmworkers have died from it.

“With meat processing plants now identified as COVID-19 hotspots around the globe, and numerous scientific reports calling industrial animal farming the single most risky behavior for future pandemics, the last thing we need is more killing factories,” the nonprofit noted. “It’s clear now more than ever: slaughterhouses do not belong in a post-COVID future. They belong in the dustbin of history.”

Help Slaughter Free Chicago urge city officials to enforce the law and end illegal slaughterhouses in the state by signing HERE!

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Massive Lawsuit Challenges U.S. Regulations That Keep The Public In The Dark About Serious Harm Caused By Factory Farming & Slaughterhouses

A lawsuit was filed against the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) for new regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that will shield federally-funded factory farms — known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) — and slaughterhouses from environmental review. The new regulations also limit the ability of the public to know about and challenge harm caused by these facilities.

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations generate massive amounts of waste, contaminating air, drinking water, and surface waters, and impact the health of both people and animals; all while farmed animals are cruelly confined to small crates sometimes where they can barely stand or even turn around.

One way the federal government props up this cruel industry is by providing millions of dollars annually in financial assistance to new and expanding CAFOs and slaughterhouses.

Under previous NEPA regulations, federal agencies were required to assess and make public the environmental impact of a new or expanding factory farm or slaughterhouse before any federal funding was approved.

CEQ’s new rule allows the government to continue supporting the CAFO industry without accounting for any of the environmental impacts, all the while keeping the public in the dark.

“Factory farms and slaughterhouses already operate with little accountability or transparency for the harm they cause to animals and nearby communities,” Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Executive Director, Stephen Wells, said in a statement. “The NEPA environmental review provides the public with information about the harm these facilities cause and a chance to speak up before the government helps build and expand factory farms and slaughterhouses in their communities.”

“Often, the CAFO industry shows up in rural areas without any notice or consideration of how it will impact people’s health or the local environment, injuring residents without any chance for them to be heard or a clear remedy,” stated Kelly Hunter Foster, Waterkeeper Alliance’s Senior Attorney. “NEPA requires that people be considered stakeholders when major projects are proposed in their communities. CEQ’s new regulations attempt to rewrite these clear statutory requirements to shield a major polluting industry from environmental review.”

Without the transparency provided by NEPA’s environmental review, communities may not even be aware of the construction of slaughterhouses and new factory farms, or the expansion of existing ones, until it is far too late.

CEQ’s new rule specifically exempts Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guarantees to CAFOs from NEPA review entirely, leaving federal agencies with the ability to guarantee loans for CAFOs that are unable to receive financing anywhere else without having to conduct any environmental review first.

Additional provisions in CEQ’s rule could further limit or prevent environmental review of government support for the factory farming industry, including language that could force federal agencies to overlook the climate change impacts of factory farming.

The Council on Environmental Quality’s new rule will also make it more difficult for members of the public to bring legal challenges when federal agencies fail to adequately review the environmental impacts of the actions, further hobbling communities’ ability to protect themselves.

The coalition that filed the lawsuit includes: Animal Legal Defense Fund, Waterkeeper Alliance, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, and Association of Irritated Residents.

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Breaking! 39 Dead Dolphins Wash Ashore After Massive Oil Spill In Mauritius; Thousands Protest Against Government’s Inaction

Photos By: Greenpeace Africa 

Last month, WAN reported on the devastating oil spill that occurred in Mauritius after a Japanese cargo ship, the MV Wakashio, struck a reef off the country’s coast. 

According to Greenpeace, 39 dead dolphins have been discovered off the shore of Mauritius one month after the ship ran aground, spilling 1,000 tons of oil into the sea.

Thousands of frustrated local residents protested in the capital city, Port Louis, demanding an investigation into why the ship strayed miles off course questioning the government’s poor handling of the oil spill.

“This is a deeply sad and alarming day for the people of Mauritius and for its singular biodiversity, itself known and appreciated by the worldwide biodiversity community,” said Happy Khambule, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager in a statement. Greenpeace appeals to the authorities to carry out a swift, transparent, and public autopsy of the animals that have been killed as a result of the oil spill. 

On Monday, August 24th, Greenpeace Africa and Greenpeace Japan joined local human rights organization Dis Moi in sending a letter to the Government of Mauritius, calling for greater transparency and accountability in their handling of the crisis and calling for three key investigations. The stranding of an extraordinary number of mammals reinforces how urgent these demands are.

“The ocean is part of who we are. The whole country including coastal communities depend on its health. That is why many Mauritians woke up anguished and afraid that the oil spill may be killing it,” said Vijay Naraidoo, Co-director of Dis Moi. “Such biodiversity loss is an ominous development for what might come as a result of the oil spill.”

Cetaceans are already facing serious threats from: climate change, plastic pollution, and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and habitat loss. The long term impacts of the oil spill are yet to be determined, but will negatively affect turtles, seabirds, and much of the marine life in the area for a long period of time.

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