Various News and Petitions.

We have a selection of things here; and have included under one post rather than split into individuals.  Some are just news snippets; others petitions etc.

Rescued dog saves others by donating blood –




Do the world a huge favour – eat Ant and Dec! – for non UK supporters; they (Ant and Dec) are the alleged hosts of the series !

Stop Killing and Eating Live Animals on TV

Animals are being killed, abused and even eaten alive on a popular TV show.

Urge the show’s creators to stop harming and killing sentient creatures for the sake of entertainment.


Dear Mark

Last month you took action and called on the Scottish Government to close the loopholes and ban fox hunting for good. Over 2000 people did the same.

Meanwhile the OneKind team lobbied officials and whipped up the public debate online and in the press. Did you see any of the press coverage?

If not check out this fantastic article that appeared in the Herald at the start of the hunting season.

Together, we dialled up the pressure, and the Government had to respond.  We’ve been told to expect an announcement by the end of the year of an official review of the Act that was meant to have banned fox hunting. This review will then report its recommendations back to Government after the election in May and we hope it will then lead to new legislation going through Parliament. That means the next Parliament could finally end hunting with dogs for good – not just of foxes, but hares and other mammals too.

This is worth a little celebration. If we hadn’t made our voice heard, we could well have ended up with a superficial review and there would be little hope for a real ban. But it’s also the beginning of a long battle. The hunters will do everything they can to oppose change, but we believe that with the help of people like you, we will win.

Follow our campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks again for helping us to end cruelty to Scotland’s animals.

Harry, Libby & the OneKind Team – Scotland.




Petition – Pulse trawling kills indiscriminately


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Nicaragua: NO to the mega-canal through the rainforest!

Dear Friends,

I just signed the petition “Review the lenient sentences handed down for the torture of Chunky the chihuahua” and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:


Thank you! – Trudi.



Stop Torturing Pigs to Death




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Today, Respect for Animals director Mark Glover presented our new scientific report, entitled ‘The Case Against Fur Factory Farming: A Scientific Review of Animal Welfare Standards and WelFur’, at the European Parliament in Strasburg. 

This report strikes right at the heart of the fur trade’s claims of ‘high animal welfare’ and explicitly exposes the extent of animal suffering that will occur under the ‘WelFur’ programme.

The document is an example of how Respect for Animals take on the fur trade in the most effective ways possible: by campaigning with policy makers and using robust science.

We will be sending copies of it to all officials and politicians in the EU as well as to legislatures of all the member states. Hopefully the report will provide the ever increasing numbers of opponents to fur farming with more ammunition with which to fight and end this callous cruelty in their own countries.

The backlash from the fur trade is likely to be strong, but you can help end this cruel industry by contacting your MEPs (click here to find out how) or by donating to support Respect for Animals’ work.

Please visit our website: to read the report and find out more.

Rescue Eagle Abused By Violent Soccer Fans




Urge Z Gallerie to Ditch Down Bedding and Pillows!

Z Gallerie stuffs many of its decorative accent pillows and bedding offerings with down feathers, which often come from birds who either are force-fed for the cruel production of foie gras or are live-plucked.

Force-feeding is a painful process in which birds have tubes rammed down their throats and their stomachs pumped so full of corn mush that their livers swell to as much as 10 times their normal size. Foie gras producers boost their profits by selling the feathers from these force-fed birds.


A Look Inside the Angora Fur Industry

Graphic video footage shown – but a must be seen to see the cruelty involved.

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As shoppers and retailers gear up for the busiest shopping time of the year, PETA Asia is unveiling a never-before-seen look into the cruel angora fur industry. The undercover footage reveals routine cruelty to angora rabbits, whose long, soft fur is in high demand for sweaters and accessories.


The following includes video and petition


England: Over 176,000 EU Citizens Sign To Stop Live Exports.



Update from Pru at Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) regarding the Euro tour of the stop live animal exports tour – remember our post from October:

Over 176,000 Euro citizens signed to stop the trade. The EU has got to listen !

We worked with Pru re the recent live sheep exported from Serbia to Israel – see our post and all the links / photos at:

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Dear Mark,

I recently returned from Brussels, where I presented the European Commission with our #CowOnTour petition, signed by 176,062 European citizens. Our simple, united message: Stop live farm animal exports.

 Today, I want to share with you the story of #CowOnTour – and urgently call on you to use your voice once again to speak up for Europe’s exported farm animals.

Following the recent tragic events in Paris, to avoid extra pressure on the security services we cancelled our final #CowOnTour event in Brussels. However, thanks to your support, we were still able to secure a face-to-face meeting with the European Commission. They have promised us an official response to the petition, and we will share this with you when we receive it.

We also had an urgent second request for the Commission: Until a live export ban is in place, they must push EU countries not to approve road shipments to Turkey. This trade route is of particular concern because animals can be held at the border for days on end, crammed on trucks in hot, filthy conditions, without adequate rest or water. This is not only cruel, but clearly breaches EU law.

At least 12 member states have been approving exports to Turkey despite knowing that the delays make the journeys illegal.

Yet the Commission appears reluctant to intervene. If they won’t act, we will. Our cow may no longer be on tour – but let’s show those member states that Europe’s citizens are still on the case!

THANK YOU to everyone who backed the #CowOnTour, and for your ongoing support for the campaign to stop live exports from the EU. Together, we can end this cruelty.

 Pru Elliott

Campaign Officer

PS Check out the full story of Compassion’s #CowOnTour here – an epic journey for one animal, supported by more than 176,000 European citizens.









With the Death of San Diego’s Northern White Rhino, the Population Drops to Three.

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With the Death of San Diego’s Northern White Rhino, the Population Drops to Three

Decimated by poaching, the species finds test tube breeding to be its last hope for survival.

A northern white rhino was euthanized Sunday at its enclosure in San Diego’s Safari Park, leaving only three of the species left in the world.

Nola, a 41-year-old, 4,500-pound female, had been under veterinary care for a bacterial infection as well as age-related health problems. Her condition worsened over the weekend, according to zoo officials.

 “We’re absolutely devastated by this loss, but resolved to fight even harder to end extinction,” the San Diego Zoo posted on its Facebook page.

Nola was captured in the wild and brought to a Czech zoo at around two years of age. She arrived at the San Diego Zoo in 1989.

The world’s three remaining northern white rhinos—one male and two females—live on a 700-acre preserve in Kenya, under armed guard to protect them from poachers. Age and poor health have rendered them incapable of reproduction.

Northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) cow called Najin, watched over by armed guard, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia, Kenya, Africa, September 2012


In 1960, as many as 2,000 northern white rhinos roamed across Chad, the Central African Republic, southwestern Sudan, northeastern Zaire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and northwestern Uganda. By 1984, that number had dwindled to just 15 animals.

Along with habitat loss, poaching—fueled by the rise in demand for rhino horn used in traditional Asian medicines—has effectively snuffed out the northern white rhino species.

But conservationists hold out hope that technological advancements in in vitro fertilization over the next 10 to 15 years may save the species.

RELATED: Rhinos Arrive in San Diego to Become Surrogates and Help Save a Species

Earlier in November, San Diego received a shipment of six female southern white rhinos—a species with a population around 20,000—to serve as potential surrogate mothers to northern white rhino fetuses.

The idea is to harvest the remaining eggs from the remaining female northern white rhinos and fertilize the eggs with northern white rhino sperm currently in frozen storage. The resulting embryos would be implanted in the southern white rhino females. Conservationists hope to breed a northern white rhino calf by this method by 2025 or 2030.



Urgent action: ask the EU to challenge China on torture.

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Urgent action: ask the EU to challenge China on torture

The pressure on China is growing with more than 1,000 signatures in a few days and the UN’s Committee Against Torture due to issue its report on China very soon.

The European Union now has an opportunity to build the pressure even further by challenging China over torture at a crucial meeting on Monday.

Can you help us urge EU officials to highlight torture at the meeting? Time is short because the EU has only just confirmed that its next “EU-China Human Rights Dialogue” will take place on 30 November.

Last week China claimed to the UN that it doesn’t allow torture in Tibet – our research proves that this is far from the truth.

Unfortunately, torture hasn’t been discussed at the dialogue meetings for more than three years: the EU must confront China over torture now.


Please send an email to the head of the European External Action Service (the EU’s “foreign ministry”) to ask her to ensure that torture is high on the agenda for the meeting on 30 November.

D Lama Tibet

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USA: Success! NIH Will Retire Its Last 50 Research Chimps.


Success! NIH Will Retire Its Last 50 Research Chimps

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This week animal advocates are celebrating a historic victory with an announcement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that it will be retiring the last 50 research chimpanzees it owns to sanctuaries.

We have marveled over their complexity and similarities to us, but have still exploited chimpanzees for decades in unthinkable and indefensible ways in the name of science. Despite being unable to undo the past, we’re now making some big changes that will drastically impact their future for the better.

Care2 member, Brittany E.G. started a petition asking the NIH director to retire research chimps, which received more than 21 thousand signatures.

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report that concluded most research on chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research was unnecessary and unethical, and made recommendations about their future use.

Following the release of the report, the NIH announced it would be retiring most of the research chimps it owned or funded in 2013. The news meant hundreds of chimpanzees would finally be free from harm, after what had been decades in labs for some.

While the news was well received by those who have been campaigning for years to see this day come, it was also tempered by the fact that while 310 chimps would be retired, 50 would be left behind for possible use in future research.

That changed this week, with another announcement from the NIH that the remaining 50 will also be permanently retired to sanctuaries.

“I think this is the natural next step of what has been a very thoughtful five-year process of trying to come to terms with the benefits and risks of trying to perform research with these very special animals,” NIH director Francis Collins told Nature. “We reached a point where in that five years the need for research has essentially shrunk to zero.”

The news is a little surprising, but it follows a growing number of obstacles to using them as test subjects. Earlier this year, the status of captive chimps was officially changed to endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The listing set the bar even higher for anyone who wanted to use them by requiring any experiments be for the benefit of chimpanzees.

As of this fall, there have been no permit requests to use them in experiments, and while there are still many more privately owned chimps waiting to be liberated from labs, it doesn’t look like any more will be subjected to invasive research – at least not with funding from our taxpayer dollars.

Collins added in a letter that relocation will be “conducted as space is available and on a timescale that will allow for optimal transition of each individual chimpanzee with careful consideration of their welfare, including their health and social grouping.”

So far, reports indicate the next to go will be 20 from the Southwest National Primate Research Center, otherwise known as Texas Biomedical Research Institute, which was the subject of a scathing investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) last year.

Now it’s a matter of finding room for them in the national sanctuary system. Chimp Haven has said it is now ready to take 25 and will start working on making space for more next year. While the organization does receive funding from the government, it is required to partially match it through donation, so public support is hugely important in the effort to get these chimps into the long overdue retirement they deserve.

For more info on how to help, visit Chimp Haven.


Thailand: A Tiger’s Stripes Help Thailand Jail the Poacher Who Killed It.



A Tiger’s Stripes Help Thailand Jail the Poacher Who Killed It

Camera traps set up to aid tiger science allow police to link a dead animal to one of the nation’s wildlife sanctuaries.

Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.

When police found the parts, skin, and meat of a tiger in a car in western Thailand, they were almost certain a crime had been committed. There are only 100 or so tigers left in the wild in Thailand, and it is illegal to kill them.

But their chances of nailing the suspect for the crime were slim.

“Typically, in that circumstance, the poachers will just say they shot the tiger in Myanmar, where wildlife laws are lax, and traffickers have little fear or punishment,” said Peter Clyne, deputy director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Asia program.

But thanks to a technological collaboration between Clyne’s organization and Thai wildlife officials, this tiger’s remains included a vital clue to its origins. The pattern of stripes on its skin matched those of a tiger that had been photographed in Thailand’s Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary. Over the past 20 years, the team has set up hundreds of automated camera traps in the 600,000-acre reserve, capturing thousands of images of its tigers in order to estimate their numbers and study their movements.

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(Photos: Wildlife Conservation Society)

“Every tiger has those distinctive stripes, but the patterns are unique to each tiger,” Clyne said. “Once you know how to I.D. a tiger by its stripes, it’s just like using fingerprints, but less tricky.”

RELATED:  Only 3,200 Tigers Remain in the Wild; This Map Shows Where

These images allowed officials to identify the poached tiger as a female from Huai Kha Khaeng, last photographed with two cubs by a camera trap in April this year.

The fate of the cubs remains unknown. But the fate of the poacher is more certain: Police have taken him into custody, where he now awaits trial, WCS announced Nov. 18.

A poacher caught in a similar way in 2011 received a five-year prison sentence, Clyne said. “When this evidence gets before a judge, it’s going to be hard for them to say they killed this animal outside of Thailand and were just bringing it in.”

Today, only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, a decline of about 97 percent from a century ago owing to poaching for the international black market. Every bit of a tiger—its skin, bones, claws, whiskers, and meat—commands a high price in China and other Asian nations. Wildlife officials suspect the poacher was transporting the animal’s parts to a restaurant, where tiger meat is served both for its supposed health benefits and as a status symbol. Tiger hunting trophies are also in heavy demand.

Clyne said it is vital that poachers face consequences when they’re caught, to deter future poaching and save the world’s remaining wild tigers.



USA: Save Rare White Deer from Certain Death.


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Save Rare White Deer from Certain Death



Target: Varick Town Supervisor Bob Hayssen

Goal: Protect rare white deer from certain death by purchasing land around the old Seneca Army Depot to utilize as an eco-park.

Hundreds of rare white deer who roam freely at the 7,000-acre Seneca Army Depot in New York could face certain death when the land goes up for sale soon. The white deer have been able to thrive in the area surrounding the abandoned army depot thanks to a fence that has helped protect them from predators.

The Seneca Army Depot has the largest known population of the white deer. If the buyer of the depot land takes down the fence, the deer aren’t expected to survive for long due to predators and hunters.

Many groups are fundraising to buy some of the land to keep as a protected area for the deer and to turn into a tourist attraction, as the deer are a popular attraction among visitors. Bob Aronson, Executive Director of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency, is selling the land and has made an offer to the town of Varick that they can have the land that falls within their borders for a dollar so long as they market it themselves.

Varick Town Supervisor Bob Hayssen said they are considering the deal and would turn 1,000 acres into an eco-park for the deer. Urge Varick officials to save the rare white deer by taking this deal and turning the land into an eco-park safe haven for the deer.


Dear Town Supervisor Hayssen,

Hundreds of rare white deer that make up the largest known white deer population have been able to thrive within the protected area of the 7,000-acre Seneca Army Depot. If the wrong buyer gets their hands on that land, it could be the end of the white deer there.

These rare deer are awe-inspiring to locals and visitors and deserve a chance to survive and thrive. The deal you have been offered by Bob Aronson would allow the deer to do just that. I urge you to save the rare white deer by taking this deal and turning the land into an eco-park safe haven for the deer.


[Your Name Here]





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