In the wake of dramatic climate change news and the controversial discovery that the global wildlife population is shrinking every day it is always a bit uplifting to see that nature continues to find a way, as they say.
The traditional Spanish-style tours on horse-drawn carriages in the Colombian city of Cartagena have come under scrutiny in the wake of the collapses of four horses this year, with animal rights activists campaigning to shut down the popular tourist attraction.
The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund. The report’s finding on the populations of vertebrate wildlife found that the biggest declines were in tropical regions, especially Latin America.
An undercover video showing the seldom seen conditions and treatment of monkeys being experimented on has caused a media and political storm in Germany. An animal rights activist using a false name allegedly went undercover with a hidden camera at the Max Planck Institute for biological cybernetics Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany, outside Stuttgart.
The federal government reportedly has spent more than $3 million to get monkeys drunk in order to study the effect the alcohol has on body tissue. The monkey project, which reportedly has cost taxpayers $3.2 million so far, is being led by the Oregon Health & Science University.
Mexico City has become the latest place in Mexico to ban the use of animals in circuses. The city council voted overwhelmingly for the prohibition, which carries fines of $45,000 to $60,000.
Alternattiva Demokratika meet junior minister for animal welfare and present proposals on the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses. Green Party officials today met the parliamentary secretary for animal welfare, Roderick Galdes, to present their proposals concerning animals and circuses.
Based on sworn affidavits from numerous people who report witnessing handlers with the notoriously cruel Kelly Miller Circus whipping and striking animals during its recent tour of eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey—including a June 17 stop in Lakehurst—PETA has submitted a formal complaint to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for multiple and repeated apparent violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
Circuses will be banned from using wild animals, the government announced. From December 2015, only dogs, cats, rabbits, and other “domesticated” animals in Britain will be allowed in travelling circuses. The announcement follows mounting pressure on the government with overwhelming Commons support for a blanket ban.
So gut-wrenching are the images — cows being shocked, turkeys being stomped, horses being burned with chemicals, piglets kicked like soccer balls — that the videos recorded by animal rights organizations at factory farms are almost impossible to watch. That, though, has helped make them effective tools in the fight against illegal and cruel treatment of farm animals.
Animal rights activism has taken a radical turn with a virulent new movement that has roots in Israel. Sasha Bojoor, 27, started 269life in order to create solidarity with a white calf that was branded with the number 269 within the first few days of its short life. Fattened at a private cowshed in Azor just outside of Tel Aviv, the calf will be shipped to a slaughterhouse for processing just over a month after its first birthday.
A Raeford man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of animal cruelty that stemmed from a December 2011 raid at a Hoke County Butterball turkey farm.