Important Actions You Can Help With – NOW !

Update – new addition (12/7) as follows:

At Tri-State Zoological Park, a roadside zoo in Cumberland, Maryland, deplorable conditions make life miserable for the animals—including tigers whose cages contain disgusting, murky pools and a solitary capuchin who has pulled his own hair out, apparently in sheer frustration.


It’s time that these animals get the care and attention that they deserve at reputable sanctuaries.

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Thank you for speaking up for animals.




Stop Cruel Pig Wrestling Event at Restaurant

A “pig wrestling” event in which people chase a terrified pig in an enclosed area is scheduled to occur at a restaurant. This event is cruel and must be canceled.

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The largest swath of protected ocean ever (!) could be created in weeks, simply with President Obama’s signature.

But Hawai’i’s powerful fishing lobby is ferocious and is working hard to stop the deal from closing and without a wave of voices supporting the dolphins, sharks, turtles, and more who depend on this sea, everything could be lost.  

Insiders say that Obama wants to hear from the international community, knowing that protecting the ocean is a global task, and a failure not only threatens the majestic creatures in the sea, it threatens all of our survival. Add your name to the petition below with just one click to show him we’re all in this together — when enough people have signed we’ll deliver our voices directly to the White House and to the local leaders in Hawai’i who need our support:

To President Obama, Hawai’i Governor Ige, and Senators Hirono and Schatz:
“To secure the future of our planet, we need to protect the beautiful biodiversity that sustains it. The proposed marine national monument at Papahānaumokuākea is an opportunity for your government and the world to take the kind of dramatic steps we need. As concerned citizens with a stake in our seas, we call on you to make Papahānaumokuākea the largest protected space in the world, one with the maximum possible boundaries, a place we can look to for hope and inspiration.”


To save our oceans, experts say we need to set aside as much as 30% in protected areas as soon as possible. This reserve — in a sacred place Hawaiʻians call Papahānaumokuākea and that some see as the source of humans’ connection with the holy — would be a huge step in that direction, protecting 1.6 million square kilometers of ocean habitat home to over 7,000 species. A quarter of these can’t be found anywhere else on the planet — it’s a stunning piece of our precious biodiversity that we can’t afford to lose.

But Papahānaumokuākea is also unique because experts say it’s an exceptional ‘climate refuge’. As our oceans heat up, marine life is traveling to cooler waters — and this reserve is big enough and placed perfectly to span both tropical and more temperate ocean. That means it could maintain coral reef — and the critical biodiversity it sustains — in a way that most other places on Earth won’t be able to.

President Obama — who is from Hawaiʻi, a local hero — has overseen the creation of several critical protected areas, but this could be a new crowning achievement — one that he could announce at home in Hawaiʻi at a major conference in September.

We’ve fought for and won protected areas around the world, including off the coast of Hawaiʻi just two years ago — where we beat these very same lobbyists. Let’s show everyone from the locals behind the project to Obama himself that the world is 100% behind this plan. Add your name to the petition now with just one click, and protect Papahānaumokuākea:

The fishing industry doesn’t have a leg to stand on in the debate. They want to be able to keep fishing big-eye tuna in the area — but they’ve already fished out 86% of the world’s stock of the species. And not only that, they only get about 5% of their catch from within these waters, and would be free to keep fishing elsewhere. But they’re powerful lobbyists and they’re making their case heard — let’s make sure we drown them out!

With hope,

Danny, Nick, Luis, Lisa, Nell, Risalat, Ari, Emma, and the rest of the Avaaz team


Native Hawaiians Call for World’s Largest Marine Reserve (Pew Trusts)…

Obama’s moving closer to creating the world’s largest marine reserve — in Hawaii (Washington Post)


 Dear Mark ,

PETA has pulled back the curtain on rampant abuse on factory farms and in slaughterhouses for the chicken meat and egg industries many times over the years. Every time, people wake up and changes are made, sometimes even by the companies involved.

This time, a PETA exposé of a massive hatchery operated by Sanderson Farms, Inc., which supplies chicken to Kroger, Sysco, Arby’s, Chili’s, and others, has provided shocking footage of unwanted chicks there born alone and left to languish before finally being ground up alive.

When chicks hatched later than expected, including this one named Jessie by the eyewitness, they were left alone for hours, deprived of warmth, before finally dying or being killed.

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Click here to learn more about this eyewitness exposé and find out what you can do to help animals like Jessie who suffer in the meat industry.

Thanks for everything you do to help animals!

Danielle Katz
Associate Director of Campaigns



USA: News From ‘Project Coyote’ – Coyote Gunned Down In LA.


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The news was shocking – a coyote in Los Angeles, gunned down by a sniper on a residential street. As reported on July 1st in the Los Angeles Times, the gunman shot the coyote in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood, in what the Times called an act of “coyotecide.” 

As Los Angeles’s Animal Cruelty Task Force looks into the shooting, and the Department of Animal Services investigates, Project Coyote is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible.

Our reward offer is helping to generate news coverage about this act of barbarity, while exposing the stark reality that coyotes are the target of so much hatred and violence and have no protections as afforded their domestic cousins. 

Had the killer shot a domestic dog, it would be considered a felony under state anti-cruelty laws. 

Ironically, just last week Project Coyote’s Southern California Representative, Randi Feilich testified before the Los Angeles City Animal Welfare Committee in support of a proposed non-lethal coyote management plan being considered by the Committee. The plan emphasizes public education and coexistence. At the meeting, Feilich offered the support of our Coyote Friendly Communities program, which provides tools and expertise to peacefully live with coyotes and other wildlife. 

Since the shooting, media coverage has increased public awarness of the cruelty suffered by coyotes and other wildlife, as well as the threat this poses to human safety.  

Please help us prevent such senseless acts and help us change laws so that coyotes are no longer treated as vermin that can be killed in unlimited numbers. 

With your support we can continue to equip communities across the country with the information, support and tools they need to live peacefully with wild animals who also call this planet home.

With gratitude,

Camilla H. Fox
Founder & Executive Director

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Spain: Matador Killed During Bullfight. Bull Mother Slaughtered to Stop Bloodline !


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Matador Víctor Barrio’s death prompts fresh calls for bullfighting ban

Critics of sport accused of exploiting the first death of a professional torero in the ring in Spain since 1985

Animal rights activists in Spain have renewed calls for a total ban on bullfighting after the death of a young matador in front of a crowd on Saturday.

Víctor Barrio became the first professional torero to die in the ring in Spain since 1985 when the bull, Lorenzo, gored him in the thigh and chest during a fight in the eastern town of Teruel.

The animal’s horn pierced the 29-year-old’s lung and aorta. The matador was pronounced dead late on Saturday. Hundreds of people gathered for the funeral in his hometown of Sepúlveda, in Segovia, on Monday.

His death – and the news that the bull’s mother will be killed to sever the animal’s bloodline – prompted the animal rights party, Pacma, to demand an end to the sport in Spain.

“We reject traditions based in violence, revenge and blood,” it said in a statement. “Bullfighters say the mother of Lorenzo, now known as a ‘killer bull’ after ending the life of Víctor Barrio, will be sent to the slaughterhouse to ‘end the lineage’.”

Pacma said no rite, tradition or custom rooted in a series of deaths and nourished by blood and hatred could be seen as healthy in any society, adding: “We know of only one ethical means to do away with all this: the total abolition of bullfights.”

Over the weekend a 28-year-old Spaniard died during a bull run in the village of Pedreguer, near Valencia. According to the regional government, the man died after a bull’s horn pierced his lung and heart while he tried to help another runner.

There were further injuries on Saturday at the San Fermín festival, in which bulls and runners rush through the cobbled streets of Pamplona.

A 33-year-old Japanese man was gored in the chest, a 24-year-old Spanish man in the arm, and 12 others sustained minor injuries, according to the local government’s website.

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To the Death of Victor Barrio!

The matador Victor Barrio was well prepared for the murder of Lorenzo.
Like every time he has entered the execution site.
His profession was bull killer!

Bullfighter is a profession with a high risk,that is something, wich have to know every torero.
Just like as minesweeper.
The difference: the one saves people from death, the torero tortures animals to death!!

Victor Barrio carried his Shiny Suit, said goodbye to his family and shortly thereafter he entered the place of the murder.
It should be like every time:
Six banderillias stabed deep into the flesh of the animal, then the sword (Estoque) is deeply engraved in the neck, in the gap between the shoulder blades.
This is the “Rejón de muerte”, we know it from the famous picture:
A bull with eyes on the ground, with a bleeding mouth, a torn body, still shrugs his last movements before his agonizing death!

It should not come this way on that day!

The roles were reversed, the bull was the winner, and Victor Barrio died shortly after the stabbing of the horn in his heart.

Actually, a more pleasant death, compared to the agony, the pain, the mortal danger, in which Lorenzo must suffer and all other victims of the Arena.

Queen Letizia and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy send their condolences, our philanthropic society cries for the 29 year old with bitter tears.

If the matador wins, the bullfight is “tradition”.
If the bull wins, the bullfight is a tragedy.

I have no sympathy for people who torture, torment, murder in name of tradition.
I have no sympathy for toreros.

I do not regret the death of Victor Barrio.