Denmark: Does The Right Thing and Bans Religious No Stun Slaughter. Danish Minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’.



Denmark bans kosher and halal slaughter as minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’

SAV Comment – well done Denmark; a government with guts; instead of being afraid to do things because of the old ‘religious rights’ talk.  If only the UK government were so brave – but then we do have Cameron leading the ‘be quieters’ !!

The UK is a Christian country.  The UK stuns animals before slaughter.  It should be undertaken for ALL animals slaughtered in the UK with no religious exemptions.  Stunning is the UK way; so if living in the UK, abide UK law and stun all animals before slaughter !!




Various – 3 New Important Petitions. Please Sign and Pass On Links.



3 important petitions to take part in.

Please sign and pass on – thanks.


Demand Justice for Slain Gray Wolf

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Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe

Goal: Get justice for Echo, the slain Grand Canyon wolf, by conducting a thorough investigation into her shooting.

The celebrated lone female gray wolf named Echo was senselessly gunned down by a hunter who allegedly mistook her for a coyote. Wildlife and conservation groups are devastated by the loss, since Echo was the first wolf to be sighted in the north rim of the Grand Canyon in over 75 years. Genetic tests conducted at the University of Idaho confirmed that the DNA of the slain wolf was identical to the DNA gathered from Echo when she was first spotted.

Echo was not just loved by wildlife and conservation groups. Schoolchildren also adored her, and there had been a worldwide contest to give her a name. “Echo” proved to suit her well as a lone voice that reverberated around the Grand Canyon. The Fish and Wildlife Service stated that they had radio-collared her about a year before she was killed, which revealed that Echo had traveled about 750 miles, most likely in search for a mate. The story of her long journey further enticed people

Michael Robinson, a conservationist and wolf advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, expressed sadness over Echo’s untimely death and says that her death “illustrates the peril wolves face even under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.” Wolves are an endangered species in Utah, but hunters are rarely punished when they illegally kill animals due to a “mistake” of misidentification.

Please sign this petition to demand justice for Echo, the Grand Canyon’s lone wolf, and to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to conduct a formal investigation into this callous shooting.


Dear Dan Ashe,

Echo, the lone female gray wolf that was killed by a hunter who allegedly mistook her for a coyote, needs justice. She was adored by people around the globe not only for her rarity but also her determined spirit. It is tragic that she was fatally shot by a so-called hunter who should have been able to tell the difference between a coyote and a gray wolf. Even though gray wolves are protected by the Endangered Species Act, they are still extremely vulnerable to hunters.

I am urging you to look into Echo’s case. Investigate the hunter who killed her and prosecute him if he is found guilty of intentionally shooting her. Whatever the outcome may be, the hunter should not have pulled the trigger before making absolutely sure that he actually knows what species he is targeting.


[Your Name Here]



Don’t Fly Monkeys Across the World to Suffer Abuse

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Target: Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment

Goal: Don’t abuse and risk the health of monkeys for filmmaking purposes.

Film giants Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have applied for a permit, which would allow them to fly two monkeys from California to Australia. These monkeys would be forced to perform in two films, before being flown to New Zealand to act in the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Australia will likely approve the permit, since keeping monkeys as pets there is not illegal. While filming, monkeys will be kept in small enclosures and trained and restrained with leashes.

Organizations such as the Humane Society International are trying to stop this from happening, as they explain the monkeys’ health would greatly decline if forced to travel such great distances. In addition, when monkeys are used in films, it makes it easier for people who trade animals illegally to find work. It is also unnatural for monkeys to be used in this manner, as they should be left alone to thrive in the wild. Furthermore, granting such a permit would be irresponsible, since we are now able to technologically create images of monkeys that look very real with the help of computers.

Sign the petition below and demand this permit request be denied. If Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer are unable to figure out how to use technology for filmmaking purposes, maybe it’s high-time they get out of the industry.


Dear Mr. Hunt,

As you know, Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have applied for a permit which would allow two monkeys to be flown to your country for the purpose of acting in films. On March 9, 2015 those monkeys would be flown to New Zealand for the same reason. While on set, monkeys would be kept in cages. Trainers would also stringently control the monkeys’ by tightening and releasing their leashes.

Major organizations such as the Humane Society International strongly recommend the permit be denied, because traveling for that long of a distance would make the monkeys very sick. In addition, when monkeys are seen acting in films, people who illegally sell animals are often times provided with more work, making such operations difficult to shut down. Thirdly, monkeys are wild animals, and are not capable of deciding whether or not they would like to pursue a career in acting. Therefore, monkeys belong in their natural environments. Most importantly, since the film industry is able to easily replicate animal images through computer technology, allowing this permit to be granted would be irresponsible and absolutely absurd.

For all of these reasons, I urge you to stand behind this issue and to deny Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s permit request. These companies should be setting an example, not participating in the inhumane exploitation of animals.


[Your Name Here]



Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, President of Costa Rica: Rescue The Rescue Center

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The Lizano family, who run the refuge center, have been fighting for years; fighting for animals, nature, biodiversity, and justice in the case of Jairo Mora Sandoval, who was brutally murdered in 2013 by poachers. Jairo was an environmentalist who fought with the Lizanos to protect endangered nesting sea turtles on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, in Moín near Limón.

The Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary (CRWS) represents everything the Lizanos are fighting for. They already lost the fight for Moin beach, which is on the way to becoming privately owned by the Dutch company APM Terminals for the purpose of building a megaport on the very same nesting beaches that Jairo dedicated his life to protecting. Now, the Lizanos are being forced to leave the sanctuary where hundreds of injured and abandoned animals were given refuge and nearly one hundred remain.

In December, the initial letter reached the Lizanos asking them to leave the property within one month’s time. After much negotiation, the Lizanos are allowed to stay until the Supreme Court decision on the case. However, there is no documentation referencing these negotiations, and therefore no guarantee that they won’t be forced to abandon earlier! Moreover, the Costa Rican government approved the APM Terminals to start the Moin Container Terminal Project, which will result in the complete destruction of the nesting beaches and the wildlife center.


Since 2009, CRWS has provided a safe haven for many species of Costa Rican wildlife, some critically endangered. Over the past 6 years, CRWS has been one of the only local options for caring and rehabilitating injured wildlife and those that have been confiscated from the illegal pet trade such as Geoffrey’s spider monkeys, kinkajous, and sloths. The wildlife center is surrounded by undisturbed jungle, making it an ideal place to care for and eventually release rehabilitated animals. The sanctuary is also adjacent to Moín beach, an important nesting habitat for endangered leatherback turtles. Without this stretch of beach, currently undisturbed by human interference, the leatherback turtle population is sure to suffer. The Lizano family has taken drastic measures to protect this beach. They have also been in partnership with other organizations to protect and preserve this turtle nesting habitat by patrolling the beach and establishing a harvest and release program for turtle eggs. These organizations and their volunteers have gone to great lengths to protect this beach because the government will not do so. One man, Jairo Mora Sandoval, even laid down his own life for Moin beach and the leatherback turtles. What would Jairo, practically a national hero in Costa Rica, think if he knew the government is allowing all this to be destroyed? To read more about Jairo Mora Sandoval and the international attention his death sparked, click here:…..

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The Lizano family, volunteers and friends feel very strongly about the sanctuary and are outraged by its recent predicament and are requesting an urgent call to action.

With this petition, we aim to show international interest in this case by declaring the destruction of the Sanctuary by the government and by APM unethical, hopefully allowing CRWS to prosper, the jungle to be protected and animals to live.

Sign the Petition here:…..