This my friends is what the power of coming together and speaking out against blatant disrespect of animals can do. A few days ago, Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer shared some abhorrent photos of himself with some animals he killed while on a hunting trip with his wife in Africa. We've all seen these types of photos, you know the ones where the assholes are standing behind these beautiful animals smiling away like they've accomplished some great feat while the corpse of the animal lays before them? There was however, a major problem with the photos the Mr. Fischer decided to share.
Needless to say, the backlash was swift and Mr. Fischer was forced to resign from his position today. If the Idaho Fish and Game Commission suggests you resign despite the fact that it's kind of a hunting protectionist group, then you know you fu<ked up. Looks good on him and I hope in the future he thinks about his actions before proudly showing off his "kills" with his perverted smile in the background.
This is definite proof that if we all come together and speak out on something, our voices can and will be heard. Together, the world was able to pressure him in to resigning after something he thought he did that was ethical. Let me remind you all, trophy hunting is not ethical unless you lack empathy or compassion. There is nothing ethical about killing animals that don't want to die, specifically those that are already endangered. Enough is enough here, we must continue to speak out on trophy hunting until we see the end of it before we unfortunately see the end of animals like giraffes, elephants, leopards, and lions.
Check out the original story below and the updated resignation story at the top of the page.
Another day, another factory farm exposed for having less than stellar conditions. This time, we're headed to Ray-Mar Farms in California where activist group DxE filmed and exposed some gruesome findings on the farm that supplies beef to Costco and In & Out burger among others. The undercover filming exposed what I can only describe as complete and utter neglect and disrespect of the animals and the products that they claim to be proud of.
Their findings exposed baby calves sitting in cages barely bigger than their bodies. These poor babies were clearly suffering from respiratory issues thanks to the stench of ammonia in the air. The worst part, a short distance away from where the babies were being kept was a dumping ground for corpses. DxE discovered several cow and calf corpses piled on top of each other covered in maggots and emitting a foul stench into the air which was likely also contributing to the breathing issues the baby calves were suffering from holed up such a short distance away from this graveyard.
Despite Prop 2 having been in effect in California now for over 3 years which bans the confinement of certain farm animals to cages where they cannot freely stand up, lay down, or turn around, there has yet to be a prosecution under this law despite several undercover exposures. Californian is one of the states in the United States of America that has truly demonstrated that they have a genuine care for animals which is why atrocities like this are often shielded from the public. Without these undercover busts, these sorts of cruel treatment to animals would never be exposed for what they were.
As the world continues to move away from fur, cosmetics testing, and the banning of the dog and meat trade, we mustn't turn our backs on the meat industry. Factory farmed meat is destroying our planet every single day, this is a fact. Factory farmed animals suffer from the minute they are born until the minute they are killed, this is a fact. If we continue to contribute to factory farmed meat, we contribute to the biggest problem our planet currently faces.
In what is being described as an unprecedented move, Unilever, maker of such beauty brands as Dove, Degree, and TREsemme, has joined Humane Society International in a campaign to end cosmetics animal testing globally by 2023. Recognizing that technology today makes animal testing completely outdated, cruel, and unnecessary, Unilever has pledged their support to ending cosmetics testing across the board.
The European Union has banned cosmetics tested on animals since 2013 with countries like India, New Zealand, and several states in the United States and Brazil also banning the cruel practice. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of countries and states that are still utilizing this barbaric method of testing for cosmetics. Also amazing, their brand of Dove beauty products will receive the PETA stamp of approval beginning January 2019 indicating that they do not and will not test their products on animals. This ensures vegans and vegetarians looking to purchase cruelty free products will be able to easily do so thanks to the PETA stamp of approval.
Animals used for cosmetics testing suffer immensely for the sake of beauty products. Skin irritation tests involve shaving of the skin and applying various products to the skin looking for rashes, blistering, or irritation, all of which cause unnecessary harm and suffering to animals. Other tests include skin allergy tests and force feeding tests that can monitor the potential harm for weeks or months inevitably leaving these animals suffering throughout the entire duration.
These poor animals can suffer from open sores, skin irritation, organ damage, swollen eyes or blindness, among other ailments that they do not deserve. I remember a quote I read from a former Cancer research doctor who stated that we have cured cancer in mice for decades, the results do not translate to human success stories, this to me sums it all up. Animals will not react the same way to products that we do, we are not the same! There is absolutely no excuse for the torture and emotional distress these animals endure for their short lives. Not to mention, they are rarely given pain medication and when they are deemed used up, they are asphyxiated, decapitated, or have their necks broken to end their lives. What a completely disrespectful manner of slaughtering animals that we deem hold no value any longer. Can you imagine being tested on for months only to have some piece of shit researcher put a bag over your head and throw you out? Despicable!
This move by Unilever to help end cosmetics testing globally is a big step in the right direction for animals. Along with this, more and more big name fashion labels are turning their backs on fur. There is a shift in the way animals are being perceived and these big companies are taking note. Wtheter they're doing it for their own ethics or morals or because they recognize this shift is to be determined but frankly, doesn't matter to me. I don't care why you stop abusing animals, I just care that you do <3
Check out the original story from WORLD ANIMAL NEWS at the top of the page!
Diane Von Furstenberg is the newest big name fashion label turning their backs on fur with their new collections. Not only are they ceasing fur in their new lines, they are also joining with PETA and The Humane Society of the United States to help end the exploitation of animals used for fur. This is major news for the fur industry and also a big step in the right direction for one of the largest and most recognizable labels in the world. Recognizing the environmental impact as well as the torture these animals endure for the sake of fashion, the company said they can no longer continue to support utilizing fur.
They join a growing list of big name labels who are turning their backs on using fur. The fact is y'all, fur is repulsive. There's nothing sexy, fashionable, or upscale, about wearing the skinned remains of a once living animal that endured mental, emotional, and physical torture right up until the minute it was slaughtered. These animals are confined to the tiniest of cages often times crammed in in multiples, they live amongst their own feces and urine which cause infections that are most often left untreated, and they suffer mentally and emotionally as they attempt to find a way to escape their living hell. Tere's nothing fashionable about contributing to the needless suffering these animals endure.
As these big name labels turn their backs on fur, my hope is that other big name label continue to join in the fight to end the fur trade entirely. One can argue until they're blue in the face about the necessity of meat but there is absolutely no argument for fur. What can you possibly say to defend the use of fur? Our own sickening desire to look a certain way trumps the suffering of animals bred solely for their fur. As I've reported before, these animals are not wholly used, it's not as though they are then used for meat as well. Their corpses are disregarded as trash the minute their pelts are removed, it's a despicable industry that needs to be wholly shut down.
Big congrats to DVF fashions and big thanks for joining in the fight to end the fur trade <3
For the second time this year, lions were poisoned and killed by unknown assailants after cutting their way through protective fences at a South African Wildlife Park. 5 of the lions were poisoned and one of them had their paws and face cut off during this horrific event. What a sick and despicable thing to happen to these beautiful creatures on a protected wildlife park where they should be safe from shit like this.
What I can't seem to understand is, what would somebody have to gain from doing something like this? What exactly does this do for someone? In my mind, it's a sick and twisted perversion that makes someone want to do something like this. This person or persons needs to face criminal charges for what they've done and I hope that the punishment when they are caught is appropriate for what they've done to these poor animals.
I find myself wondering, if this sort of thing has already happened before, why are there not better protections for these animals? Clearly a wire fence surrounding the property is easy enough to infiltrate and clearly there is evidence that there are people who are sick enough to try and commit this sort of atrocity, so why the lackluster security? These animals rely on the owners and operators of this park to protect them and care for them and unfortunately, they did not hold up their end of the bargain. As I said, after the first situation involving the poisoning of 6 lions, there should have been added security right away. Whether that was in the form of additional cameras and security, or an added security feature that amps up the wire fence surrounding the enclosure, it should have been done.
It saddens me to think that there are people out there who get their kicks out of poisoning and playing around with the corpses of lions especially considering these beautiful animals are at risk of going extinct if they are not better protected. Shame on these people and my only hope is that they are caught and handed the worst punishment available to them.
Learn more by visiting the link at the top of the page from World Animal News!
Dear Mayor Gates,
It is my understanding that the Big O Coyote Hunt will take place this weekend involving the slaughter of hundreds of animals including foxes, coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions. Upon first reading that there were points allocated to the specific animals, I almost thought of this to be some kind of joke until I investigated further. I am appalled and horrified at the idea that a community would engage in this sort of activity in the name of fun. There is a perverse nature to any kind of sport where someone gets off on taking the life of a living creature that simply wants to live. All of these animals have complex personalities and relationships that will cease after this weekend if this horrendous activity is permitted to commence.
Humans have a salacious need to demonstrate their dominance over other species. This salacious desire is the exact reason animals like elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, rhinos, and orcas, currently face the risk of extinction. If we continue to promote these sorts of activities as fun, we will see the end of some of the most majestic species that have ever walked our planet. Promoting slaughter in the name of fun is the opposite of the morals and ethics we should be instilling in the children who are our future. There is nothing fun about shooting animals and leaving them horrified and in fear if not already dead, until the moment they are finished off. For goodness sake, I beg of you to reconsider this event before 100's of animals are left to die in the worst circumstances. There is absolutely nothing humane about killing a living creature that doesn't want to die and I hope that you too will agree that our future must promote love and respect of all living beings as opposed to a future that promotes violence, bloodshed, and torture in the name of perverted fun.
Upon first reading this story, I almost thought this was some kind of a joke, it's that unbelievable to me. Beginning Saturday, a city in Arizona will begin a "game' that involves killing as many animals as possible. You heard that right folks, there are rewards for those who kill the most animals and receive the most points. The points are allocated based on the animal you are killing. Foxes will earn you 1 point, coyotes will earn you 2 points, bobcats will earn you 3 points, and finally, mountain lions will get you 4 points. Doesn't this sound like some kind of Hunger Games otherworldly nonsense??
There are so many things that i could say about something like this but I've already said it all when it comes to hunting. If you're the kind of person who takes pleasure in ending another living being's life, you probably have other emotional or mental issues that are going unnoticed. Every single one of these animals has only one desire, to live. What the hell gives any of these people the right to decide that all of these animals deserve to die? Humans continue to demonstrate their salacious greed and their continued demonstration of dominance among other species manipulating the planet to their advantage. We have absolutely no right to go out and decide what lives and what dies and we certainly have no right to make a fucking game out of killing as many animals as possible. What kind of world are we living in here?
"It is morally, scientifically, and ethically reprehensible to slaughter animals for some kind of perverted thrill."
I am extremely opposed to this and although there is limited time to speak out, there is still limited time. Head to the original story at the top of this post from World Animal News and follow the instructions at the bottom of the post to send the mayor emails or phone calls politely urging her to reconsider this atrocious sport.
Limited time or not, any voice still needs to be heard before this god awful game commences and hundreds and thousands of animals are killed all in the name of fun.
Despite joining several large companies in the fight to stop the sale and export of wild and endangered animals in Thailand, it appears Facebook has been caught selling ads on the pages of groups that do just that. They claim their policy is to shut down these groups and close their pages to prevent the dsale of these exotic animals and yet, there are approximately 1500 wild and exotic animals currently for sale on groups in Thailand. Something doesn't add up here.
I remember first seeing a photo of a Fennec fox, teeny tiny, gigantic ears, and full of energy. I thought, what an amazing and fun pet that would be to own. I decided to do some research online and actually found some breeders who seemed legit to me and began doing some background research. Amidst my research, I discovered there were hundreds of varieties of exotic or wild animals for sale that were super unique and fun. Videos of slow loris' for example flooded my screen depicting a cute, bug eyed animal that seemed wholly content on being pet and contained within a household. The reality is far more sinister.
Often times, these animals are stolen from the wild and bred under suspicious circumstances for profit. The fact of the matter is, wild animals need to remain just that, completely wild. In some cases, these Thailand groups were selling animals that were listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act which is horrifying. As the article suggests, plucking even one of these endangered animals from the wild leaves these animals at risk of going extinct in the wild. There is absolutely nothing positive about purchasing a wild or exotic animal. In almost every case, you are contributing to the decline of the species in the wild. I've read several stories about sugar gliders that died within weeks of being contained within someones home / cage. The fact is, these animals are not destined to be house pets and need to remain in the wild.
Facebook needs to step up their efforts to shut down these groups and condemn their actions to demonstrate that they are truly committed to stopping the sale of these exotic and endangered animals. Profiting off of ads within these groups while also speaking out and supposedly committing to shutting them down is complete hypocrisy and suggests that money is the ultimate motive here. As I said, Facebook should be ashamed and should ramp up its efforts to shut these groups down entirely and prevent the future sale of exotic animals.
Look guys, the allure of owning an animal that is exotic and unique is undeniable, but the fact is, you will be contributing to the species' demise and contributing to an industry that is deplorable. There's no such thing as a wild animal that suddenly becomes a house pet, if it seems suspicious, it most likely is and has involved some shady and cruel methods of obtaining the animals. Always do your research before purchasing any kind of animal but stay far away from the exotic ones. Also, always adopt over shopping for pets. Pure bred animals are great but the fact is, there are people who are profiting off of breeding these gorgeous animals while dogs, cats, and other small animals die waiting for forever homes in shelters. Always opt to adopt over shopping <3
I've been following the Trump administration and their antics for some time now and every time a story involving animals comes out, it's always a negative one. Most recently, I shared with y'all a story about how the Trump administration is failing giraffes as their numbers plummet, unfortunately, giraffes are not the only animals that this shithole administration is failing. Allow me to explain a bit further.
BLACK RHINO TROPHIES
A picture recently emerged of a happy billionaire and friends posing behind the corpse of an endangered black rhino they so happily slaughtered. He applied for a permit from The Fish and Wildlife Services that would allow him to return to the United States with a life size mount of the rhino to add to his collection of dead animal trophies. The Fish and Wildlife Services gave notice of their intention to allow this action because the money spent on slaughtering these animals goes towards conservation. Remember how much I like this line guys? What a load of horse shit!
Billionaires evidently can get whatever they want despite the fact that everyone knows the Endangered Species Act technically works to protect and prevent the hunt of these endangered animals but because the Fish and Wildlife Services believes that money from trophy kills aides conservation, they are allowing these atrocities. What a corrupt system this is that demonstrates that money is the core of everything in the world. No amount of petitioning or pleading will ever get through to these jerks so long as billionaires are willing to pay lots of money to kill these animals.
As I've said before, there is no more hypocritical of a line than killing endangered animals will help conserve them. The statement works against itself and is frankly, a load of shit. How can someone honestly argue that killing endangered animals will help them? Has it so far? NO! There are approximately 5, 500 black rhinos left in the wild, 5, 500, and here we are, arguing that killing them is helping them. Thank you Trump administration.
GRAY WOLVES AND THEIR PROTECTIONS
The House Committee is currently considering removing the Endangered Species protections of gray wolves along with several other bills that undermine the federal protections of endangered species. Because gray wolf populations have increased, it's obviously time to stop protecting them so that more and more people who want to hunt them can have access once again.
The story of the gray wolves is a success story under the Endangered Species act because it is proof that through protecting them and funneling money into their conservation, their population has risen. They do not occupy nearly as much space and range as they once did, but their numbers have risen and that's what the endangered species act aims to do. Bring these species back from the brink of extinction and prevent further damage to their habitat and numbers. If these protections are reversed or removed, the gray wolves will once again fall victim to the same problems that landed them on the endangered list initially. Why can't the U.S. committee see this? I truly believe selfishness and money are the reason for this. It's blatantly obvious that the current U.S. government has absolutely no fucks to give for animals and it's a frightening thought to think that so many animals are at risk because of the government's lack of empathy.
Good ol' President trump of the United States is really setting a record for one of the worst presidents in history in my opinion especially when it comes to animals. His administration is failing to protect animals and in this case, some of the most beautiful and threatened animals on the planet.
Last year, President Trump's administration was proposed an opportunity to protect giraffes under the Endangered Species Act which would help prevent the import and export of their parts, funnel more money into conservation, and essentially keep them from going extinct. Giraffes are currently listed as vulnerable meaning they are on track to be wholly extinct in the wild at this rate. It's a frightening thought, one that you would think any president would want to prevent, not President Trump however.
Now, the Trump administration is being sued by various conservation and animal protection groups for their lackluster response to the proposed protection of giraffes after failing to respond to a 2017 petition calling for their protection. The fact is, it's clear that the Trump administration has absolutely no empathy for the plight of the giraffes or any endangered species for that matter and this lawsuit is evidence that conservation groups are fed up.
We are in a dangerous situation on this planet as some of the most beautiful creatures on our planet are suffering immensely. Giraffes, leopards, rhinos, elephants etc., these animals face a plethora of dangers to their survival and if things don't drastically change and quickly, we will inevitably see the extinction of these creatures in the wild. Can you imagine a world with no Savannah animals? A world where we now teach our children, nephews and nieces, and school children, about animals that once roamed the earth, much like the dinosaurs. A planet where we are solely responsible for their demise? What a horrible and frightening future we have before us if we do not speak out and voice our concerns!
I regularly roast the president on twitter and other social media, reminding him of his lackluster performance and lack of empathy for anything and anyone aside from himself. If you feel that you can not take that step, take the time to write or email his administration and voice your disapproval of his track record with animals. The more people that stand up and speak out, the more of a chance that his administration will see that this planet does not belong to them and it is their responsibility to do their part to preserve the other living creatures who are seriously at risk.
Here's the contact information for his administration;
AAAAND, should you feel so inclined, here's his twitter handle where you can let him know exactly what a jackass he is <3
Let's rally together and save these animals before it's too late!
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