Tony the Tiger Still Languishes

Lions, tigers, and other exotic cats are not suitable companions.

Lions, tigers, and other exotic cats are not suitable companions.

The Louisiana legislature has passed a bill that would exempt certain persons from the requirements for possessing big exotic cats and, therefore, would allow Michael Sandlin to continue to house Tony the tiger at Sandlin’s Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete.

Only experts with many years of experience studying and working with wild and exotic animals are capable of caring for and safely interacting with them. The general public lacks this expertise and should not attempt to keep wild and exotic animals as pets. Documented attempts by members of the general public keeping wild and exotic animals as pets have led to tragedy in many instances for both humans and animals.

Louisiana residents, please contact your governor immediately and let him know you want to see Tony freed from his captivity.  Ask him to veto this SB 250.

Humane Travel

STA Travel has taken a step in the right direction by ending tours involving inhumane treatment of animals.

STA Travel has taken a step in the right direction by ending tours involving inhumane treatment of animals.

pawsupPaws Up!
To STA Travel for ending tours that involve elephant rides and trips to SeaWorld.

According to a news story, “STA Travel, which provides flights, accommodation, tours and expeditions for 2.5 million students and young people each year, has stopped tours taking in elephant rides and Tiger Temple in Thailand, as well as trips to SeaWorld in Orlando and San Diego….”

There are many ways to teach humane treatment of animals and STA has taken one way—by no longer offering tours to locations where animals are being mistreated and abused. The old cliché, “actions speak louder than words,” is definitely at work here.

Take Action: What actions can you take that will show others you will not tolerate animal mistreatment and abuse? Take those actions now. Support organizations that are already taking action to disengage from events/locations that support animal mistreatment and abuse. You can also write a note thanking STA Tours for taking action.

John Constable, CEO
STA Travel Ltd.
Priory House, 6 Wrights Lane, Kensington
London, W8 6TA England

Amendment to Delaware Code Would Save Victims of Dogfighting

With proper care, many rescued victims of dog-fighting can live long and happy lives.

With proper care, many rescued victims of dog-fighting can live long and happy lives.

If passed into law, a new bill in Delaware would protect victims of dog fighting from being automatically euthanized following confiscation. The bill, SB 245, was assigned to the Delaware Senate Health and Social Services Committee in June 2014. Currently in Delaware, the law requires that any dog suspected to have been the victim of dog fighting must be humanely destroyed. SB 245 would change the code so that that dogs confiscated from an animal fighting situation would first be evaluated. Any dogs found to be good candidates for rehabilitation and adoption would then be transferred to a rescue organization.

In many cases, dogs who have been removed from animal fighting situations have gone on to be adopted and live long, happy lives with new families. Many dogs are excellent candidates for recovery, but they must be given the chance.

Delaware residents, please contact your legislators immediately and let them know you support SB 245. Address written correspondence to:

The Honorable Bethany A. Hall-Long
Senate Chairman of Health and Social Services
411 Legislative Avenue
Dover, DE 199013

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When you think about it…can you trust animal-based product labels?

Find vegan and vegetarian versions of popular foods at http://www.nhes.org/articles/view/588 .

Find vegan and vegetarian versions of popular foods on the NHES website.

We are bombarded by advertisements encouraging us to buy the latest and greatest, the biggest and best. Many of these products come with labels using words we think we understand but do we? For instance, when grocery shopping, do we know what “cage free” means when referring to eggs, or even what “humane” means when referring to farmed animals?

“Although USDA  [U.S. Department of Agriculture] regularly approves claims related to animal welfare, no legal definitions exist for the terms ‘animal welfare,’ ‘humane,’ or ‘animal care.’” So if there are no legal definitions, how are we as consumers to know how well, or ill, treated the animals are who produce food for our table? Sadly, we have no way of knowing.

We can, however, avoid the issue altogether. We can shop vegan. Vegans  eat no animal flesh or animal products thereby avoiding the issue of what exactly animal-based product labels mean. For, when you think about it…can you trust animal-based product labels?

 

When you think about it…garbage destroys life.

Marine animals are drastically affected by garbage, litter, and pollution.

Marine animals are drastically affected by garbage, litter, and pollution.

We’ve seen pictures of floating masses of sea junk , mounds of typically plastic garbage coming together to form sea islands larger than some countries. Other than the fact that these islands are ugly to look at, what harm are they doing to our oceans? The fact is that many sea creatures are injured or killed as a result of coming into contact with sea junk. Some sea creatures become entangled in long fishing lines, which cut into their flesh. Some ingest plastic objects floating in the sea which then cause blockages and death. Some of the sea detritus keeps orcas and dolphins from surfacing so they suffocate.

As we have polluted our land masses, we are now polluting our water masses and in the process we are destroying life. What masses are left to us? None. We must take care of the land and water masses we have for when you think about it…garbage destroys life in the ocean just as it destroys life on land.

 

 

Protecting the Helpless

 

Disaster preparedness should extend to animals too.

Disaster preparedness should extend to animals too.

HR 4525, the Animal Emergency Act, would require “a research facility, dealer, exhibitor, intermediate handler, carrier, or Federal research facility” to “follow a contingency plan to provide for the humane handling, treatment, transportation, housing, and care of its animals in the event of an emergency or disaster.” Without such plans, many animals could be a risk for losing their lives. Additionally, human lives are put at risk when people try to rescue the animals who have not been protected.

Contact your representative and ask him or her to support HR 4524.

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When you think about it…is there glory in winning the Triple Crown?

Horse racing is not fun or beneficial to horses.

Horse racing is not fun or beneficial to horses.

California Chrome didn’t go down in history as a Triple Crown winner. Should we care? Should we be upset that the prize was lost? No, we should not. Instead we should be outraged at the treatment horses in the racing industry must endure to make it to any race let alone the major races of the year. Horse racing is a dying industry—but it seems no one has told racing officials. People still buy horses with the thought of becoming the next millionaire; and with the winnings California Chrome brought to his owner, you know there are others who are just dying to get a piece of the action. Unfortunately, there are many horses that are dying because of horse racing. There’s nothing about horse racing that supports the horses—all the support is for the money people can make off the backs of magnificent animals. Racing is not a sport—the horses don’t agree to “suit up.” The owners, jockeys, trainers, and everyone else who might make a buck off a stallion or filly have a say—but not the horse. It’s time we realize that when we really think about it…there is no glory in winning the Triple Crown or any other horse race.

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