I must admit, I have been struggling with Canada's lackluster animal rights for a long time. In my fine country, bestiality is still legal under certain pretenses and farm animals still have basically no rights, so when an animal news story that shines a positive light on Canada's animal rights movement comes along, I must share with the utmost excitement!
Canadian senate has passed bill S-214 which will prohibit the sale of cosmetics that were tested on animals. This means that any cosmetic that was developed or manufactured using animal testing will be prohibited from being sold in the country! This is monumental, and Canada will join a slew of other countries that have already put this ban into place. It's long overdue and a definite step in the right direction when it comes to animal welfare.
As I've said in the past, animal testing for cosmetics is the most unnecessary form of animal cruelty on the planet. Cosmetics aren't going to save lives, cosmetics aren't going to find a cure for disease, cosmetics are a luxury that we don't even need. To think that we put animals through such emotional trauma, giving them rashes and skin irritations, open sores, and potential blindness or death, is unfathomable to me. These animals live in cages until they're forced to endure more testing which I can only imagine puts an immense amount of stress on these animals. It's just a horrible way for any animal to live.
With the law passing senate, it just needs to be approved by the House of Commons before becoming a law and I have faith that we will see the end of cosmetics testing in Canada!
Three cheers for animals in Canada <3
With a vote of 9 - 0, the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act was passed this week in California. This is exceptionally good news for animals and certainly proves that people want cruelty free products. It proves that the general populous is against the needless suffering of animals who endure various forms of testing in the name of beauty products. This bill will effectively make it illegal to knowingly sell any product that has been tested on animals at any point through its manufacturing.
As the article suggests, consumers want the peace of mind that the products they're purchasing are cruelty free, and this bill, once it becomes law, will make sure of that. It will mean more and more companies will either need to adapt to a cruelty free structure or risk losing significant amounts of business. I'm expecting this bill to force more companies to turn away from animal testing in favour of other proven cruelty free methods. There are currently over 3000 cosmetics companies that operate without any animal testing so it's entirely achievable and possible for these companies that are still testing on animals.
As I've said before, animal testing in the cosmetics industry is the most unnecessary of all forms of animal exploitation. To put animals through that kind of emotional, physical, and mental turmoil all for the sake of a new beauty product is so unbelievable selfish of us. Beauty products are not necessities in any way, shape, or form, so there is absolutely no need for animal testing whatsoever. Given that there are other methods of formulating products and perceiving reactions and results, there should be no need for animals in this equation. There should be no reason why animals are kept in cages their entire lives, repeatedly smeared with products, suffering skin reactions and becoming ill, for some stupid cream or lipstick.
Congratulations California! I will report again when the bill becomes a law and we see the end of animal tested products in California. My hope is that this kind of starts a chain reaction and more and companies turn against animal testing as well as more and more communities start to ban the sale of these products.
A south korean dog farm was recently charged and convicted of killing dogs for their meat after animal advocacy group Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (Care) recently sued them. Although this doesn't mean that all of the potentially 17, 000 plus dog meat farms will shut down, it is a step in the right direction when it comes to seeing the end of the dog meat trade.
Over 1 million dogs are killed in South Korea for their meat every year so a ruling like this certainly paves the way for more action taken against the dog meat trade. After the most recent Olympic games where athletes from around the world were adopting dogs in an effort to spare them slaughter for their meat, a light was definitely shone on the industry and brought attention to the trade itself. With international attention brought to this issue, it put pressure on the government to relook at the industry itself.
Again, this is not going to be the end of the dog meat trade overnight, but it certainly demonstrates that the South Korean government is aware that it is an industry that is frowned upon and not well received internationally. With this ruling, I am hoping that more and more animal advocacy groups rally and continue to target these farms in an effort to reduce the amount of dog meat farms in operation. It is my hope that within the next 5 - 10 years, we see a complete abolishment of the dog meat industry and can move forward to tackle other animal welfare issues.
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In what I can only describe as shocking, a lady by the name of Sara Ross, from England, was recently convicted of over 20 counts of animal cruelty. 20 counts of animal cruelty is definitely shocking, but what makes this especially unnerving is the fact that Sara Ross is responsible for helping on the Animal Welfare Act.
Originally pleading not guilty, she recently admitted to some of the charges which involved failing to provide adequate shelter. There were several horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, and tropical birds, all in various states of anguish or suffering, discovered on her property. It's extremely hard to plead not guilty to these charges when the evidence is staring you directly in the face, begging for help. Animals starving or without shelter, animals in desperate need of help, and animals without hope, all under the care of someone who helped with the Animal Welfare Act in the U.K..
It's absolutely unacceptable and outrageous to think that she neglected the very same animals she helped offer protection through the law.
After Parliament received a petition signed by over 425 thousand people, they recently held a debate involving MPs in regards to banning the import of furs. Many of the MPs spoke out against fur calling it "vile", "loathsome", and "the grimmest of human activity".
The petition calls for a complete ban of any furs from entering the U.K.. Fur farms are currently illegal in the United kingdom, so the argument is that it's hypocritical to ban the production of furs but still import them from other countries. If they consider fur farming to be so atrocious, they shouldn't be supporting it in other countries, paying for the cruel treatment of hundreds of thousands of animals for something as despicable as furs.
Big names have spoken out against furs with Stella McCartney leading a lot of the discussions against fur. Stella has been a vocal advocate for animals especially when it comes to fur, calling it unnecessary and barbaric.
"Fur is not a byproduct; it is an industry that capitalizes on death, slaughtering more than 100 million animals per year."
In my opinion, fur farming is probably the worst of all animal industries because it couldn't be any less necessary. No one needs fur to survive, to prosper, to be healthy etc., there's literally no need for it. It's an awful industry that literally profits off of the undeniable cruelty animals suffer in these conditions. Living amongst dead animals and feces, covered in sores, emotionally and mentally broken, these animals are often fattened much beyond their natural ability to produce more skin / fur for pelts. The fact is, there's not a damned thing redeemable about the fur industry and the planet needs to come together to end fur farming entirely.
I'm happy to see so many people speaking out against fur and my only hope is that we will continue to see countries turn their backs on fur until it has fizzled out entirely across the globe. With so many other options available that don't involve the inhumane treatment of animals, it's time to ban fur once and for all!
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Montreal is set to ban horse drawn carriages by the end of 2019 after 150 years. This is a serious win for horses, but also as far as animal rights go as a whole. Horse drawn carriages are utterly unnecessary and a complete abuse of our privileges as a dominant species. By forcing these animals to pull us around and to treat it as some kind of luxury, truly demeans these horses on top of putting them in a very dangerous position.
The moral of the story here is that it's a defining moment when something like a tradition of over a decade is finally recognized for exactly what it is. "Tradition" is the excuse used when bullfighting is defended but this hardly makes it acceptable. Thank you Montreal for recognizing that despite being a tradition, it's one that deserves to be buried in our history. :)
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The very first Elephant Sanctuary for former Circus elephants is under construction in France. With support from various animal welfare groups, Elephant Haven is beginning construction of a facility that will house the elephants in the most natural way possible for them.
The facility will be like a natural environment for the former circus slaves which will allow them to live out their remaining years as naturally as possible amongst other elephants. Elephant Haven points out that there will be little to no human interaction and that visitors will have an opportunity to watch the elephants from a platform on site.
Other positive things about this facility include;
5 large cats and 1 bear seemingly escaped their enclosures after a devastating flood hit the German town of Lunebach where the Eifel Zoo is located. While the large cats were found huddling in their enclosure, the bear had wandered out after the flood destroyed the fence of its enclosure. Once discovered, the bear was shot dead wandering on one of the public paths of the zoo in what I can only assume was their attempt to keep people safe.
NO OTHER OPTIONS?
This also raises the question of whether this is proof that animals don't belong in captivity under these pretenses. I support any zoo that is using its facilities to help rehabilitate animals or aid in the conservation and repopulation of a species but this is not the first instance of an animal being shot or killed due to human error. I've reported on several zoos in the last year that have had incidents with people getting in to enclosures or animals escaping and inevitably being killed, so why is nothing changing?
In my opinion, the educational value of a zoo is greatly diminished with each tragedy like this. It's getting harder and harder to argue in support of zoos when stories like this are repeatedly coming up. These stories remind us that these facilities are sorely lacking in the safety department. When animals can escape or people can get into enclosures inevitably putting these animals at risk of being killed, can we really continue to support them?
Hopefully at the very least, this zoo recognizes its lackluster security measures and secondly, recognizes that there HAS to be other options when dealing with these situations because immediately slaughtering these animals shines a very negative light on the safety of the animals. All I can think is that poor bear innocently wanders off, likely scared, only to met with bullets. It's so disturbing and sad to me.
What do you guys think? Can you still support a zoo when these stories are repeatedly popping up?
Virginia has taken the steps to become the 4th U.S. state to ban cosmetic animal testing following New Jersey, New York, and California. This bill prohibits the import and/or sale of any cosmetics or personal hygiene products that have been tested on animals. Anyone who knowingly imports or sells products that have been tested on animals faces fines that increase with each violation.
This is fabulous news for animals who suffer tremendously in labs. Confined to tiny cages, repeatedly hooked up to machines, forced to have products rubbed all over them looking for blistering or rashes, and emotionally tortured, these animals suffer immensely in the name of cosmetics.
I've said this a million times but I can't stress it enough, cosmetics testing is the most absurd and unnecessary of all animal testing. Although I disagree with animal testing as a whole, there's much to be said about discovering a cure for a disease versus discovering that a face cream can give you an itchy rash. Cosmetics are a luxury and novelty item that no animal should have to suffer for to benefit us. It's ridiculous to think that animals are subjected to intense emotional and mental trauma for some stupid lipsticks or makeup.
In 2015, a legislation was put into place to protect bears and wolves from being baited and hunted on National Parks in Alaska. Flash forward to today, and a proposal has been introduced by the Department of Interior to reverse that legislation. By reversing this legislation, hunters would be allowed to;
Now, we can only assume that there has to be a semi reasonable excuse for wanting this legislation reversed but we would all be mistaken. The Department of Interior is headed by an avid hunter whose intentions are simple, decrease the predators in these areas allowing for moose and caribou to repopulate so that sport hunters have more targets during hunting season. Essentially, they want to kill animals to help repopulate other animals that they also intend to kill.
WHAT THE FU<K?
You heard that right. Their only intention is to make their sport hunting more fruitful. Literally baiting and slaughtering innocent animals is as sickening as it sounds, but then you consider their reasoning which essentially is even more despicable than the act itself. Allowing these huntable animals like moose and caribou to repopulate only to slaughter them as well, this has to be a joke! How can anyone justify these actions?
Sport hunting is such a disgusting activity that only the strangest and least compassionate people engage in. Anyone who likes to kill living creatures for fun needs to have their head examined. What kind of human being gets their kicks out of taking lives? These people are sick in my opinion and this whole attempt to overturn the legislation protecting bears and wolves is proof in the pudding. Kill predators so that there are more animals to kill in the future. Sounds pretty ridiculous right?
Stay educated and remain involved in animal welfare. Together, we can all make a difference!