Perrysburg High School Should Stop Goldfish Swallowing Tradition

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To Perrysburg High School for allowing students to swallow live goldfish on school property.

It is hard to imagine why anyone would want to swallow a struggling, still-alive, goldfish whole. This file000481436678behavior is so heartless and disgusting, it strains belief that school administrators and public health officials have been condemning the stunt, historically propagated by college students, since as far back as 1939. Unfortunately, the egregious practice is still occurring in at least one American high school. According to three different news articles from 2013, 2014, and 2015, Perrysville High School students in Perrysville, OH, are continuing to obtain pet-store goldfish, which are swallowed en-mass during the annual boys’ varsity basketball game against Maumee High School.

Swallowing live goldfish for attention is a pathetic practice that delights in the pointless destruction of a defenseless animal. Taking part in an activity like this not only causes suffering and death to a living creature, but glibly proliferates a complete lack of regard or respect for life.

Take action.

Contact the administrators of Perryville High School and respectfully urge them to pass and enforce a school policy prohibiting the harming of animals.

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Town of Pacific, MO, Passes Ordinance to Allow TNR

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To the city council of Pacific, MO, for the approval of a new law that would allow TNR permits in the city

According to a recent news article, the number of stray cats that roam the city of Pacific, Missouri are in

TNR effectively reduces feral cat populations while reducing burden on  animal shelters.

TNR effectively reduces feral cat populations while reducing financial burden on animal shelters.

the hundreds. Cat overpopulation is the result of human irresponsibility. The residents of Pacific were divided on how to handle their ever-increasing feral cat situation. A solution needed to be determined quickly before the stray cat population proliferated. In an article by the emissourian,a new law was passed to enable the city to issue trap, neuter and release permits, also known as TNR. After the measure was approved by the city council, a permit was issued for the Open Doors Animal Sanctuary, a local no-kill shelter. The sanctuary is thankful that they can now perform this humane service to the residents and cats of Pacific, Missouri.

Take Action: For the residents of Pacific, Missouri, please contact the city council and thank them for approving this permit. For non-residents, please contact your local city council and petition for TNR permits to be approved.

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MA Legislators Seek to Stop Trafficking of Ivory, Rhinoceros Horns

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Representative Lori Ehrlich of Marblehead and Senator Jason Lewis of Massachusetts for introducing H.B. 1275 that aims to outlaw the sale and import of ivory and rhinoceros horns in the state.

Reducing the international demand for ivory is a primary means of stopping the slaughter of elephants overseas.

Reducing the international demand for ivory is a primary means of stopping the slaughter of elephants overseas.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. is one of the largest global consumers in the illegal wildlife trade. In July 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order to combat wildlife trafficking. Representative Lori Ehrlich of Marblehead and Senator Jason Lewis of Massachusetts hope to reinforce this initiative with the enactment of H.B. 1275, which would prohibit the import, sale, purchase, barter, or possession with intent to sell any product derived from ivory or rhinoceros horn in the state of Massachusetts.

Take action. Massachusetts residents, contact your legislators and encourage them to pass H.B. 1275 as a means of protecting endangered species in the wild.

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Do Your Part This “Kitten Season”

daffThe melodious singing of birds, flowers getting ready to don their vibrant colors, trees preparing to awaken from their slumber and the sounds of baby animals all announce that spring is here! Spring shares with us these new and exciting moments, but there is also a somber side to it as well – the birth of too many kittens. Currently, pet overpopulation is a serious problem in the United States. It is imperative that as caretakers of our environment we spay and neuter our companion cats and feral ones as well. Domestic cats can breed often and in large numbers. A single unspayed female can begin having kittens at four months of age, and can have as many as four litters per year.

When orphaned, newborn kittens have a 50/50 chance of surviving to adulthood.

As an orphaned newborn kitten, Lil has a 50/50 chance of surviving to adulthood.

At The Briggs Animal Adoption Center (BAAC), a program of The National Humane Education Society, kitten rescuing has already begun. Phil, a pure black kitten, and Lil, a tabby kitten, were under a week old when they came to BAAC after being found by someone’s dog.  These precious little bundles have a 50/50 survival rate.  They are being lovingly cared for by an employee at BAAC.  Their care regiment includes bottle feeding every two hours, stimulating and cleaning of urine and bowel movements, nurturing contact and a heating pad for warmth. Caring for orphaned kittens is not for the faint of heart.

Please educate others by making them aware of the loving care that kittens will need if they are found by an animal or abandoned. If you have a “big” heart and are willing to foster any kittens, please contact your local animal shelter or rescue group. And above all, make sure that all pets in your care are spayed or neutered in order to prevent homeless and orphaned animals in your community.

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U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC, Rejects Entertainment Featuring Exotic Animals

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To the city of Asheville, NC, for banning exotic animal performances at U.S. Cellular Center.

U.S. Cellular Center will no longer serve as a venue for entertainment featuring exotic animals.

U.S. Cellular Center will no longer serve as a venue for entertainment featuring exotic animals.

U.S. Cellular Center, the largest event venue in Asheville, NC, will no longer host entertainment acts that include wild or exotic species as performers. According to a recent news article, the change arose out of concerns for the welfare of the animals involved. The ban only applies to U.S. Cellular Center, not the entire city of Asheville. However, this decision could be indicative of a city-wide ban in the future. In modern-day circuses, many of the world’s most threatened and majestic animals are held captive and transported long distances to perform tricks for masses of people.They cannot hunt, migrate, socialize, or reproduce as they would in the wild and have no choice but to perform for paying crowds, often under coercion. For reasons like these, individuals, families, venues, and entire cities are foregoing exotic animal entertainment in favor of acts that do not include animal performers.

Take Action: Contact U.S. Cellular Center and thank them for refusing to host exotic animal entertainment.

Chris Corl, General Manager
ccorl@ashevillenc.gov
828-259-5452
87 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Hotel Promotes Adoption of Rescue Dogs During Stay

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To Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville, NC for partnering with local rescues to increase adoptions.

Photo credit Aloft Hotel Asheville Downtown Facebook

Photo credit Aloft Hotel Asheville Downtown Facebook

While most travelers are expecting a warm bed and cable TV while checking into a hotel for the evening, guests at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville, NC are also greeted by a friendly adoptable dog at the front desk. Since Aloft Hotel began their parnership with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue in July, 14 dogs have been adopted and rescue placements have doubled. Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue saves dogs from local shelters who are at risk for euthanasia.

Aloft Hotel has several dog-friendly areas designated throughout the hotel, and visitors can also spend some one-on-one time with the dog while exploring the downtown area. This also allows the dog for much-needed socialization and interaction with humans and the environment.

While more dogs have been placed in loving homes thanks to Aloft’s new program, the hotel has yet to receive one negative complaint regarding allergies, noise, or uncleanliness related to the dogs. It does seem, though, that visitors are rather fond of their warm welcome from a furry friend.

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Loss of life…for lipstick?

Consumers must use their purchasing power in order to support those companies offering cruelty-free products.

Beauty shouldn’t rely on pain and suffering.

When the European Union, which consists of 28 countries, along with Israel and India ban cosmetic testing on animals, it’s time the United States joined in. HR 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act, will bring the U.S. in line with these countries in banning the use of animals in testing personal care items, such as shampoo, lipstick, and hand lotion. It is totally indefensible to continue to use animals in cosmetic testing when non-animal alternatives have existed for years.

To learn more about the cruelty done to animals in laboratory settings, read Is a Mouse a Human.

Please contact your representatives and urge them to support HR 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act.

 

 

 

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