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Generous Gift from Bradley L. Goldberg Will Support Animal Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School  

Nine year old becomes Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year

wildlife-photography-wildlife-photographerSince 1964, the National History Museum in London has been organizing their annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. This year, the Grand title winner in Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which includes photographers up to 17 years of age, was Carlos Perez Naval – a 9-year-old boy from Spain, for his photo of a scorpion titled “Stinger in the Sun”.









  mistah-metro-dog-tattoo-new-york1        In New York, torturing, unjustifiably injuring, mutilating, or willfully furthering any act of cruelty to any animal is a violation of the state’s animal cruelty statute. N.Y. Agric. & Mkts. Law § 353 (McKinney). Accordingly, it would seem to be inferred from this statute that tattooing or piercing a pet for the amusement of the pet’s owner would fall within the statute as animal cruelty. Therefore, it seems reasonable to conclude that in New York an owner cannot tattoo or pierce one’s pet for the owner’s amusement, since the pain being inflicted on the animal is unjustified. However, despite the existence of New York’s animal cruelty statute and the inferences that follow, in 2011, a new bill was introduced specifically addressing this issue.

Giant Tortoises Are Back From Near Extinction

@jacklinshi Oct. 28, 2014

Livestock exporters ‘disappointed’ by reports of sheep leaking out of Middle East supply chain ahead of Eid al Adha

Updated Thu at 1:32pmThu 2 Oct 2014, 1:32pm

Australian exporters are investigating reports of Australian sheep leaking outside of approved supply chains in public markets in Jordan ahead of an annual slaughter festival.

 Animals Matter To Me Rally

Join Animals Australia, the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, Oscar’s Law, RSCPA Victoria, and the Coalition Against Duck Shooting for a joint rally at Parliament House to send a clear message to politicians that Victorians don’t support the cruelty of puppy factories, duck shooting and jumps racing.

It’s time for politicians to realise that Animals Matter in the lead up to the Victorian election.

Day: Saturday 4th October
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Where: Parliament House, 110 Spring St, East Melbourne
RSVP: At the ‘Animals Matter to Me’ homepage

The rally will feature numerous inspirational and political speakers, and afterwards there will be a cruelty-free BBQ, and plenty of stalls, at Treasury Gardens.

Lay Down Your Guns by Daniel Gregory

Published on 27 Sep 2014

Singer/songwriter Daniel Gregory’s moving 2014 protest song showcases the actions of duck rescuers and the unacceptable brutality recreational duck shooters inflict on native waterbirds in Victoria, Australia.


Sir Paul records ‘vegetarian’ song         Monday, 22 September 2014

SPL338282_002Sir Paul McCartney has recorded a song to encourage people to eat less meat and help slow global warming ahead of this week’s United Nations summit.

Joanna Lumley, Twiggy and actor Woody Harrelson are among the familiar faces to appear in the video for the track called Meat Free Monday, which McCartney has launched online.

– See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/showbiz/music/2014/09/22/sir-paul-records–vegetarian–song.html#sthash.9hadmDdq.dpuf



1080 blitzkrieg a sign of paranoia

Deer and bird repellents are next to useless. Thousands of dollars have been spent testing them, and we still poisoned kea in our national parks last winter.

How has New Zealand got this so wrong for the last 80 years? W F (Bill) Benfield has a lot of the answers. His book The Third Wave: Poisoning the Land was published in 2011. It is in all school libraries.

Bill Wallace, Golden Bay founder of the single-issue political party Ban 1080, understands how we have got it so wrong. Do you? It’s going to be an interesting election.


Allegations of emaciated horse at Echuca saleyards

horseRSPCA Victoria is making inquiries after reports an allegedly emaciated horse was assessed as fit for sale at Echuca saleyards last month.

The report surrounds the sale of a chestnut mare in pen 92 at the saleyards on Friday, May 23.

A member of the public at the saleyards that day, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she took two photos of a ‘‘severely dehydrated and emaciated’’ mare on her phone and confronted the saleyards manager about the horse’s condition.


seagulls The dining companions no one wants – Sydney’s hungry seagulls

They are the unwanted dining companions which have Sydney restaurateurs and their patrons in a flap.

So rapacious are the gulls at the Sydney Opera House’s dining precinct, management is trialling different deterrents including a giant mechanical bird of prey they say has a $6500 price tag.

The robo-bird bears a striking resemblance to the $16,000 mechanical falcons installed by Scotland’s Network Rail to scare gulls and pigeons away from Edinburgh’s main train station.

pizza-hut-pet-promotion-468x262Pizza Hut apologises for franchisee promotion offering free pets with pizzas

A Pizza Hut franchise in Victoria has come under fire from animal rights groups for running a promotion offering people who purchased 10 pizzas a “free small animal”.

Pizza Hut has since apologised for the promotion, which has now been withdrawn, running out of the Mount Waverley shop, saying it had not been approved by Pizza Hut Australia, “nor was condoned in any circumstances”.

The promotion was running in conjunction with a local pet shop Pets Story.  It was promoted in-store with a poster outlining the deal.

Accusations Fly Over Bird Sale News 8 July 2014

Father Bob Maguire leads strong turnout for candlelight vigil for death row dog Mylo

DEPI fines an Albanvale man after keeping wedge-tailed eagle in cage

Brimbank Leader Newspaper, Melbourne Australia Alesha Capone April 14, 2014 3:19PM

AN Albanvale man has been fined by the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court after he pleaded guilty to illegally keeping a wedge-tailed eagle in a cage.

The 42-year-old man has been ordered to pay a $400 fine to the Australasian Raptor Association.

He has also been ordered to pay the costs of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) but no conviction has been recorded against him.

DEPI wildlife officer Sam Moore said the eagle was found in a ‘very small cage’ at the man’s home in July last year.

Changes to the control of game-hunting in Victoria may be giving shooters the upper hand.

duck huntingAs the final shots of the duck-hunting season cracked across the wetlands of Western Victoria on June 9, the state’s agriculture minister, Peter Walsh, was firing off the first salvo in a hunt decidedly more political in nature. 

Pig are filmed in their cageThe Australian pork industry is calling for tougher penalties against animal activists who illegally film on farms.

Australian Pork Limited (APL) chief executive Andrew Spencer says an increase in activity over the past 18 months has seen animal rights activists target properties in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

“These activists are illegally entering farms, they’re illegally taking footage, they’re illegally leaving, in some cases, surveillance devices to spy on people,” he told ABC’s Landline program.

13th May 2014   The end of the woodchipping era is near


Late last night VicForests announced that the Eden based woodchip giant SEFE will stop buying east Gippy woodchips and logs at the end of this year. Clearly they were in shock and can’t seem to put a positive spin on this – besides to say they at least now have ‘certainty’ – about the industry’s uncertain future. The announcement is clearly intended to be buried under the budget today.


Prosecutor contends Bittner more concerned with economic gain than well-being of raptors; Bittner data used to justify wind and other energy projects in San Diego/Imperial Counties, Mexico & elsewhere









By Nadin Abbott and Miriam Raftery   August 13, 2013 (San

WA shark baiting trial snares 172 but no great whites May 2014


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Fifty animals shot dead, 20 found dead on hooks, 90 tagged and released

No great whites were among 172 sharks caught during Western Australia’s controversial shark baiting trial, of which 50 were shot dead.

Data released by the WA government shows that 111 of the sharks caught on drumlines were swimming near Perth’s beaches, with the rest snared in the south-west corner of the state.

If this is the ‘best’, what is the worst?

In a world-first, cameras have filmed inside the gas chambers where pigs spend their last moments before being killed for pork, bacon and ham. Industry-wide, this NSW abattoir owned by Rivalea is not only considered the ‘biggest’ — it’s the ‘best’.

But until now you couldn’t judge for yourself…

6 May 2014, 2.54pm AEST

Sugar gliders are eating swift parrots – but what’s to blame?


Swift Parrots are one of Australia’s most endangered birds, but until very recently we didn’t know why. New research shows that they’re being eaten by sugar gliders at their breeding grounds in Tasmania, but even that’s not the full story.

Victoria’s anti-corruption watchdog says Premier Denis Napthine has no case to answer  May 3, 2014

Premier Denis Napthine will not be investigated over a $1.5 million government grant to a racing associate, after Victoria’s anti-corruption watchdog found he had no case to answer.

Labor leader Daniel Andrews wrote to the Independent Broadbased Anti-Corruption Commission last week, asking it to review the matter, and accusing Dr Napthine of a conflict of interest.

The controversy arose after Fairfax Media revealed a lucrative grant had been awarded to Warrnambool businessman Colin McKenna – with whom Dr Napthine co-owns a racehorse – in order to expand Mr McKenna’s food processing company, the Midfield Group.

Premier Denis Napthine had ‘direct involvement’ in Midfield Meat expansion  Date May 1, 2014


<I>Illustration: Ron Tandberg</I>

Illustration: Ron Tandberg

Premier Denis Napthine had a ”direct involvement” in helping pave the way for the expansion of the food processing operation led by wealthy businessman Colin McKenna, who co-owns a racehorse with the Premier.

So say confidential Warrnambool council documents, obtained by The Age, which also reveal that the government pressed the council to assist the expansion of Mr McKenna’s food processing operation, Midfield Meat.

14 birds among pets rescued from burning trailer

Rescue crews evacuate woman, pets safely Apr


Town of Beloit firefighters successfully evacuated a disabled woman, 14 birds, four dogs and two cats from a burning building late Thursday night, but they were unable to save the structure.



Help Save The Taiji Dolphins

Help Save The Taiji DolphinsIn a small fishing village in Japan, dolphins and pilot whales are being herded into a quiet cove. Fishermen hold large poles underwater and bang them with hammers to create a wall of sound that disorientates the animals and causes them to swim toward the shore. Here, mothers and babies are separated by ropes, some dolphins are tied to boats, some become injured or break their pectoral fins in the watery panic, some die from stress or exhaustion.

International Court of Justice upholds Australia’s bid to ban Japanese whaling in Antarctica April 1, 2014 – 8:41AM

A great day for whales thanks to Australia

whalesJapan has been ordered to immediately end the killing of whales in the Antarctic after a UN court backed Australia’s claim that the slaughter was unlawful. WARNING: Some people may find some of the images distressing.

Canada Bans Lifelong Confinement for Pigs in Controversial Gestation Crates  March 6, 2014

HSI/Canada hails the move as an historic achievement for farmed animal welfare in North America

  • More than one million breeding sows are kept on Canadian farms, the majority of them currently confined in cages known as gestation crates. Brent Melton/istock

MONTREAL—Humane Society International/Canada welcomes the release of the ground-breaking new pork industry Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs, which includes a ban on continuously confining pregnant sows in gestation crates. These cages confine sows so tightly the animals can’t even turn around, and are standard practice on pig farms throughout North America.

New bird family discovered in Asia
By Ella Davies Reporter, BBC Nature

Elachura, a unique bird family

A unique family of birds containing just one species has been discovered by researchers.

Scientists investigating families within the Passerida group of perching birds identified 10 separate branches in their tree of life.

The analysis also revealed that the spotted wren-babbler sat on its own branch and was not related to either wrens or wren-babblers.

Experts recommend the distinctive bird should now be referred to as Elachura.

Copenhagen Zoo Staff Receives Death Threats After Giraffe KillingMarius, a male giraffe, lies dead before being dissected, after he was put down at Copenhagen Zoo on Feb. 9, 2014.

 February 10, 2014

But director Bengt Holst said it was the right decision and he would be ready to do the same with another animal if needed.

Animal owners upset after Koala Park pet cemetery in Main Ridge closes following operator’s death

ANIMAL lovers are calling for a site to lay their beloved friends to rest after the closure of the peninsula’s only operating pet cemetery.

June McCausland, who had three horses and two cats buried at the former Koala Park pet cemetery at Main Ridge, said it was essential animal lovers had somewhere to bury their pets.

New species of giant ‘snotty’ jellyfish found in Tasmania

New species: this giant jellyfish washed up on a Tasmanian beach.A previously unidentified species of giant jellyfish is invading southern Tasmania this summer, baffling scientists after one of the animals washed up on the beach.

And watch out – the new species is described as being a type of “snotty”.

Why Are Argentina’s Magellanic Penguin Chicks Dying?

The vulnerable chicks of the Magellanic penguins are dying because of severe rainstorms and extreme heat caused by climate change, according to a new study conducted over 27 years on the worlds biggest colony of Magellanic penguins on the arid Punta Tombo peninsula in Argentina.


Is Your Beauty Worth the Lives of 11.5 Million Innocent Animals? by February 5, 2014

Is Your Beauty Worth the Lives of 11…
The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 wants 11.5 million animals to undergo cosmetic animal testing experiments. Cruelty-free efforts will be undermined.

Save homeless dogs from being killed in Sochi!

Struggling to survive in a harsh winter, begging for scraps of food … the life of a homeless dog in the Russian city of Sochi is not an easy one. And, sadly, it’s becoming even harder and more dangerous.

As the 2014 Winter Olympics approach, authorities in the host city have employed a ‘pest control’ company to manage the ‘catching and disposing’ of dogs in the city.

Describing the dogs as ‘biological trash’, the company’s owner said they would likely be killed with poison or traps.

Benchmark results from Los Angeles point to bright future for no-kill February 06, 2014 – By Gregory Castle

In 2011, Best Friends laid the groundwork for a coalition-based initiative to lead the city of Los Angeles to no-kill. Working closely with Brenda Barnette, general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services, and a small group of leaders of local animal welfare agencies (Found Animals Foundation and FixNation on the spay/neuter front, Downtown Dog Rescue and Karma Rescue on dog issues, and Stray Cat Alliance and Kitten Rescue for cats), we laid out a plan based on the coalition model that we had refined in Utah several years earlier.

Parents outraged by graphic PETA flier given to children at Calabash Charter Academy

Shawn Belschner and daughter Kyla, 8, outside Calabash Charter School in Woodland Hills Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Belschner would like PETA and LAUSD to apologize after PETA distributed a pamphlet and graphic photos to children on their way in to school last week. The images depicted bulls being de-horned, infected udders, etc. and coincided with a visit by a dairy cow for a lesson plan. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)As children rushed into class at Calabash Charter Academy Thursday morning, many were handed a colorful comic book with a cute cartoon cow on the front from a small group of people gathered near the flagpole.

New land clearing laws fast-track habitat loss

Changes to bushland clearing laws could put at risk some of our most vulnerable native species. Photo: courtesy Tibor Hegedis, Wombat ForestcarePublished Feruary 2014

Just before Christmas the State Government introduced new native vegetation policy that significantly weakens the protection of native habitat across Victoria.

Eurogroup for animals

Majority of animal welfare amendments adopted in Animal Health law opinion Posted on 23/01/2014

Eurogroup for Animals is pleased that the majority of animal welfare related amendments were adopted by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee when it voted on Kartika Liotard’s draft opinion on the proposed EU Animal Health law.

27 Angry Reactions To Australia’s Shark Cull

posted on February 1, 2014 at 7:45am  BuzzFeed Staff

And sharks need to be given the respect they deserve.Western Australians are angry.

Thousands have rallied against Western Australia’s catch-and-kill policy.

Biotech startup specializing in faux leather, beef looks to open in Brooklyn  Feb 2014

Modern Meadow, a tissue engineering startup, is looking at leasing space in BioBAT in Sunset Park to be closer to the New York hubs of fashion and dining.

A lab growing test-tube leather and in vitro meat could be coming to Brooklyn’s Sunset Park.

Modern Meadow, a tissue engineering startup that now has its lab in Missouri, is in negotiations to lease space at BioBAT, the city’s biotech research park at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Crain’s New York reported.

The company — which hopes to move to New York by summer — says within a year or two it will be producing genuine leather based on biopsies of living animals.

India Bans Using Animals to Test Household Products

by February 1, 2014

What do India and Israel have in common? They are the only two countries that ban using animals to test both cosmetics and household products. The European Union has made it illegal to sell cosmetics that were tested on animals, but has no similar restrictions on testing household products. The United States doesn’t limit the testing of either kind of product, though some individual states do. The U.S. also doesn’t require animal tests for cosmetics, but sadly, that may change. There is a bill before Congress that would require every ingredient in cosmetics to undergo toxicity testing. The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act, H.R. 1385, was introduced by Rep. Janice Schakowsky, a Democrat from Illinois, last March. It was referred to committee last July and hasn’t been heard from since, so hopefully it is headed for oblivion.

 Stink over kangaroo cull By Kaitlyn Opie  Jan. 23, 2014

A PARKS Victoria spokesman says culling kangaroos and leaving them to rot in a Mallee national park is an acceptable method of disposing­ of native pests. A Mildura woman who came across the dead kangaroos while camping at Lindsay Island in the Murray Sunset National Park said she was disgusted.

Drugs, Death, Neglect: Behind the Scenes at Animal Planet

Our exclusive investigation reveals how animals suffer on the network’s top reality show. By | Tue Jan. 21, 2014

By the time three orphaned raccoons arrived for emergency care at the Kentucky Wildlife Center in April 2012, “they were emaciated,” says Karen Bailey, who runs the nonprofit rehab clinic set in the sunny thoroughbred country just outside of Georgetown, in central Kentucky. “They were almost dead.”

Australia to continue whaling flights

Updated: 22:14, Monday January 13, 2014

sea shepherdAustralia will continue to monitor the activities of the whaling and protest fleets in the Southern Ocean, even though the first flight spotted no whaling activities or safety infringements.

Australian Customs sent an aircraft on Sunday morning to observe Sea Shepherd’s the Bob Barker and the Japanese whaling vessel the Yushin Maru No 3.

This is the first monitoring mission to be undertaken during the Southern Ocean whaling season in six years, and only the second ever.

World Wetlands Day – Breakfast with the Birds

Sunday, 2 February 2014

 Details:  World Wetlands DayBreakfast with the Birds

In celebration of World Wetlands Day, the North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) invites you to attend Breakfast with the Birds.

Come along to enjoy the sights and sounds of birds visiting local Ramsar wetlands.

Date: World Wetlands Day Sunday 2nd Feb 2014

Time: 7am – 9am

Location: Hird Swamp – follow the signs on Kerang- Leitchville Rd, Macorna North

Bring: Attendees are encouraged to bring binoculars and wear hats and sturdy footwear

Cost: Free. A light breakfast will be provided.

RSVP: 29th Jan 2014 to the North Central CMA via info@nccma.vic.gov.au or on 03 5448 7124

Breakfast with the Birds is part of the North Central CMA’s Protecting & Enhancing Priority Wetlands Project.

5 Massive Animal Die-Offs That Are Probably Our Fault

by January 19, 2014

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/5-massive-animal-die-offs-that-are-probably-our-fault.html#ixzz2qwD6WC3I

We’re all familiar with the canary in the coal mine metaphor. Years ago, miners would take a canary to work with them, knowing that if the bird stopped singing (or keeled over dead) danger was imminent. So what does it mean when thousands of animals drop dead while in their natural habitat?

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.

The Dingo Didn’t Eat Your Tasmanian Devil

Dingoes were long blamed form hunting the Tasmanian devils off Australia. But a new study shows that human beings should get more of the blame

Read more: Study Shows That Dingoes Aren’t Responsible for Tasmanian Tiger Deaths | TIME.com http://science.time.com/2014/01/10/dingoes-didnt-cause-extinction-of-tasmanian-devils/#ixzz2qaWKH7Vl

Share your thoughts about saving animals in 2014

By: Azzedine Downes Mon, 01/06/2014

As a new year begins, I want to thank you for all the ways you’ve been a friend to animals.

Bolivia’s Barba Azul Nature Reserve doubles in size

Anti-shark cull activists to cuff themselves to boats

Western Australia’s Plan to Protect People from Sharks is Terrible

by December 30, 2013

Western Australia’s Plan to Protect People from Sharks is Terrible

Following seven fatal shark attacks in the past three years, the government of Western Australia (WA) has proposed a controversial new policy for dealing with sharks that is being called out for being nothing more than a cull that will hurt shark populations and non-target species, without actually doing anything to keep people safe.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/western-australias-plan-to-protect-people-from-sharks-is-terrible.html#ixzz2pKkZmx9I

Join Us for National Bird Day

National Bird Day - January 5th

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014

Why National Bird Day?

10 Reasons Why the Meat and Dairy Industry is Unsustainable by December 31, 2013

10 Reasons Why the Meat and Dairy Industry is Unsustainable

Like it or not, you can’t hide from the facts that eating animal products is becoming a massive problem for everyone on the planet.

This has been a HUGE year for animals. And it wouldn’t have been possible without you. 🙂 Celebrate this year’s best bits with our year in review video:

Australian governments complicit in brutal fate of exported greyhounds

Australian governments and greyhound authorities have completely washed their hands of the welfare of dogs exported to Macau, despite the overwhelming evidence that they face a short and brutalised existence, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. (See: ‘Australian greyhounds face horrible fate in Macau’, Sun Herald, 22 December, page 22 or click here)

2014 Thomas Hartung Tour

2014 – Thomas Hartung
2014 – Thomas Hartung
2014 – Thomas Hartung

Tulsa couple lose pet miniature sheep over city ordinance

This is the story of a shepherd who lost her sheep and what might have been. Rene Shepard, 45, stood before city councilors in October and urged them to amend city ordinances to allow her to keep her miniature sheep in her backyard.

Live Video Chat: Should Animals Have Legal Rights?

Last week, an animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York counties in an attempt to get judges to declare that chimpanzees are “legal persons” and free them from captivity. The suits are the opening salvo in a coordinated effort to grant legal personhood to a variety of animals across the United States.

Fashion Scandals: False Labeling of Fur-Trimmed Products

With the winter shopping season upon us it is important to remember the animals who sacrifice their lives for the production of many of the items commonly purchased, including leather, fur, and wool. Within the fur industry alone, millions of animals including rabbits, raccoon dogs, minks, bobcats, foxes and even domestic dogs and cats, are killed annually to make unnecessary fur products. These animals are often skinned alive. But given the advancements in technology, governmental oversight and surged ethical inquiry it must be easy to find humane fur alternatives in stores. Or is it?

Minister Promises That Full Wild Animal Circus Ban Will Go Ahead, Posted by

Good news: we’re one step closer to the full ban on wild animals in circuses that we’ve all been waiting for! On Tuesday, DEFRA Minister Lord de Mauley confirmed that the government will go ahead with plans to keep all wild animals out of circuses and rightly dismissed an absurd select committee recommendation to water down the ban so that it would apply only to elephants and big cats. “The Government cannot agree to this recommendation”, this week’s report stated explicitly – meaning that camels, zebras, reindeer and other animals will also be spared abuse and exploitation by circus owners.

Indus River dolphin calves successfully rescued in eastern Pakistan

Sukkur, Pakistan: A joint team of WWF-Pakistan and the Sindh Wildlife Department recently rescued two stray Indus River dolphin calves caught in a canal in eastern Pakistan.

Daily Cute: Tom Turkeys Love Playing Soccer

by November 28, 2013 The owner of these tom turkeys found that they love playing soccer with her daughter’s kick ball. Sadly, the ball was run over, and the turkeys haven’t found a ball they love as much. Even so, this video is fun to watch if you’ve ever been interested in what a soccer match looks like for turkeys. Enjoy!

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/daily-cute-tom-turkeys-love-playing-soccer.html#ixzz2mwQrh3cL

Bird steals camera in Australia, records journey 3.12.13

SYDNEY (AP) — A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 110-kilometer (70-mile) journey across the country’s remote landscape.

Two questioned over wildlife smuggling

AAP November 29, 2013, 8:02 amTwo Indonesian military personnel are being questioned after authorities allegedly uncovered a bird-smuggling operation. The men were among a team taking delivery of a Hercules military aircraft on Thursday at Richmond Airforce base near Sydney and were allegedly found loading birds – five galahs and two other parrots – hidden in bags on the plane.

Jakarta Says No to Dancing Monkey Shows

by November 6, 2013
No more will macaque monkeys, many wearing doll’s heads as masks, be forced to dance on their hind legs, ride tiny bicycles or carry parasols in the streets of Jakarta. Joko Widodo, the Governor of Indonesia’s capital city, has vowed that there will be no more “topeng monyet” (masked monkey) shows in the streets of the city by 2014.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/jakarta-says-no-to-dancing-monkey-shows.html#ixzz2ltgLRSVx

Horse Meat Will Stay Off of America’s Dinner Tables for Now

Horse Meat Will Stay Off of America’s Dinner Tables for Now

Last Friday bad news for horses hit when a federal judge cleared the way for horse slaughterhouses to start operating as soon as this week, but an emergency injunction may hold companies off for a little longer.We haven’t slaughtered horses on U.S. soil since 2007 when the last plants were shut down and an appropriations bill banned funding for inspections of horse meat by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), but the ban on funding for inspections was overturned in 2011. It didn’t take long after that for a greedy few to start figuring out how they could get a piece of the action and start killing horses here.

Hungry mutton birds drop from the sky on long trek from Siberia By Margaret Paul Posted Wed 13 Nov 2013, 6:47pm AEDT

Population surge responsible for muttonbird deaths The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) says a population surge is behind the large number of dead birds washing up on Victorian beaches.

Thousands of dead shearwaters, or mutton birds, have washed up on beaches between Gabo Island and Portland on their annual migration from Siberia. Wildlife officer Stan Williams says it is the largest number of dead birds since 2009.

 Help Typhoon Haiyan’s animal victims, November 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever to hit land, was devastating for both companion animals and wildlife. IFAW’s Disaster Response team is working with our local partners to rescue and protect animals affected by the typhoon.

Australian Government: Ban importation of Angora-based products in Australia!!! Nov 2013

Warning: Viewers may find the video above distressing- PETA UK Angora wool is harvested from the fur of an angora goat, angora cat but most commonly from the angora rabbit. The angora rabbit is bred to “farmed”. click heading to sign petition please!

Some Veterinarians Sell Unnecessary Shots, Tests to Make Extra Money, Says Former Vet

PHOTO:   ABC News conducted an undercover investigation at vet clinics in New York and New Jersey, using two different dogs. In this photo, Honey, a 5-year-old pitbull, gets a check-up.

Nov. 22, 2013

Eagle deaths at wind turbine farm: Duke Energy agrees to pay $1 million, Nov 2013

WASHINGTON — The government for the first time has enforced environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities, winning a $1 million settlement Friday from a power company that pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at two Wyoming wind farms.


The Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says the live export regulation system is working, despite new footage showing Australian sheep being mistreated in the Middle East.

The footage, aired last night by the ABC’s Lateline program, shows animals that had been sent to Jordan for the muslim festival of Eid being cruelly handled prior to slaughter, and brings the live animal export trade under fresh scrutiny.


1012655_408875749221901_76011842_nBill Bruce has accepted the Panel’s invitation to come to Australia under its banner to meet with decision-makers, media and others as part of a campaign to bring to public notice in Victoria, NSW and WA the merits of the Calgary model in contrast to the deficiencies of the BSL model in respect of public safety, responsible ownership, good welfare and fairness. A revolving door of VCAT hearings ; Supreme Court appeals; VCAT rehearings; and long periods of incarceration for dogs who have done nothing wrong, is unsustainable and offers no solution.

Germany spends millions on animal-only bridges

Published: 18 Sep 2013 16:32 CET

Germany is living up to its environmentally-friendly image by spending millions of euros on building bridges just for animals. Humans caught crossing them face a €35 fine. More than a hundred wildlife bridges are to be built in the next decade.

Chinese Chicken Processors Are Cleared to Ship to U.S.

The Department of Agriculture on Friday approved four Chinese poultry processors to begin shipping a limited amount of meat to the United States, a move that is likely to add to the debate over food imports.

Previously the idea of cleaning up the world’s oceans with their vast accumulations of disposed plastic material was considered an impossibility. Now a 19-year-old inventor says he and his foundation has a way to clean up the world’s oceans, and not only does he say we can do it, but that we can do it in five years time and produce a profit from it.

Elephant felled by poachers.  Photo courtesy of Gonarezhou Transfrontier Park

The ongoing slaughter of Africa’s elephants is at record levels.  The situation has gotten out of hand in many countries, especially those lacking the resources to fight the increase in demand for ivory from the Far East.

09/04/13: Despite public protests and a clear lack of scientific support, a second round of badger culls commence this week in the UK, as the British government has opted to ignore these impassioned pleas and forge ahead with its kill-first mentality. Let’s end the cull before it’s too late: Sign below to demand the Prime Minister pursue non-lethal alternatives.


Give Threatened Birds a Voice

Australia’s 20 critically endangered birds are at a high risk of extinction during the next federal government’s watch. Give our threatened birds a voice in this election campaign by clicking here:


Urge Kirkfood to stop selling the delicacy of despair known as “foie gras”

Tell Kirkfood: No More Foie GrasMelbourne- and Sydney-based wholesaler Kirkfood Pty Ltd is supporting the torture of ducks and geese through its continued sales of foie gras. “Foie gras” (which literally means “fatty liver”) is made from the grotesquely enlarged livers of male ducks and geese. Birds are confined to tiny wire cages or packed into sheds and force-fed two or three times every day.

The video Shell doesn’t want you to see, 2013
The video of our rather hilarious hijack of Sunday’s Shell-sponsored Formula 1 ceremony has been pulled by YouTube following a “Copyright” (AKA “Embarrassment”) complaint.

While the take-down appears to have been ordered by the Formula 1 organisers, we suspect Shell is pleased. They may even be behind it. Now, why would we think that? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time that a corporation has tried to silence a Greenpeace parody or critical piece by claiming they own their name and therefore any content mentioning them. Nestle attempted that with a video we made exposing Kit Kat’s complicity in forest destruction, and the result was one of the greatest Social Media brand meltdowns ever: a case study today in how NOT to respond to criticism on the internet. Shell may not have gotten the memo. Before being pulled, the Formula 1 video had earned nearly a quarter of a million views in just over 36 hours. If you’re curious why, you can see it here:

Nature Tells TalesWhen Parrot Confidential Airs

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 on PBS

Owners and rescuers of the popular bird talk about the ups and downs of caring for these colorful characters and the impact of “Baretta”

Talk to enough owners of parrots about their experiences raising an African gray or yellow-naped Amazon and, while their stories may differ, there seems to be a consensus that not everyone is cut out for the task. Unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated, they are still wild. This can have consequences, often unforeseen, for the continued care of parrots by their owners.

We’re in really exciting times with regards to shifting the tide against genetically engineered (GE) foods and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As you know, I was a big supporter of the California GMO labeling campaign, and while we lost the vote by an incredibly narrow margin last November, Proposition 37 catalyzed an enormous amount of awareness across the US. click here for more

wad We know many of you greatly look forward to our World Animal Day celebrations here at Edgar’s Mission, however as previously advised we are unable to hold any future events at our Willowmavin site due to regulations imposed upon us by the Mitchell Shire Council.When: Oct 4, 2013From: 11.00To: 18.00

2013 Be Kind to Animals Week 1 Oct – 7 Oct 2013 PeterSiddle My name is Peter Siddle and i’m an Australian Cricketer and the proud ambassador of the 2013 Be Kind to Animals Week. My love of animals began at a young age but it wasn’t until early last year that I was awoken to the truth about factory farming and the other astonishing measures of cruelty that goes on behind closed doors and hidden from the eyes of the general public. Until then, I was never aware of the  extent that humans will go to for profit and to benefit themselves at the expense of an animal.

SheepHow You Can Help End Live Export

Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit sanctuary for rescued farmed animals that seeks to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans. Edgar’s Mission is set on 60 peaceable acres in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range at Willowmavin, Kilmore, in the state of Victoria, Australia.

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At least 1000 dead ducks were found floating in a river in Sichuan, China, Chinese media reported Monday. Like the 16,000 pigs that were recently found in a different river in Sichuan, how the ducks died and why they were in the river is a mystery. They were fished out of the Nanhe river “then buried in plastic bags three meters underground,” according to Agence Free Press.The Chinese government says that the ducks have been disinfected, and water in the area is safe to drink. click here

I spy with my little fly … animal cruelty

March 31, 2013

An environment group is about to become the first in Australia to deploy surveillance drones to hunt for evidence of animal abuse on private property. Animal Liberation will operate a drone, equipped with a powerful camera, above free-range egg farms, sheep farms and cattle yards to gather evidence of abuse.

Nature’s Child deserved more than this Melbourne, Australia There was no happy retirement for race-winning thoroughbred Nature’s Child. After a racing career that won tens of thousands of dollars for her owners, her last moments were spent in fear and terror at Laverton Knackery — just a stone’s throw from Australia’s most famous racetrack. No horse deserves to die this way. Help save other animals from the same fate by taking action today.

Mafia linked to Horse Meat Scandal Feb 11, 2013

The Europe-wide scandal over horsemeat sold as beef spread overnight amid claims the mafia is behind the high quantities of meat being passed off as beef. (click above heading for more information). November 2012, Melbourne, Australia

Horseracing Kills Beneath its glamorous façade, commercial horseracing is a ruthless industry motivated by financial gain and prestige. What is concealed from the television-viewing punter and champagne-sipping patron are the unremitting challenges the racehorse is forced to endure often in its very short life. The suffering starts at a very early age. At approximately 6 months, it is separated from its mother and the training for racing begins. The average racehorse will race for less than 3 years before being discarded. October 2012, Australia

Barristers Animal Welfare Panel

The Barristers Animal Welfare Panel (BAWP) comprises well in excess of 100 barristers (including some 25 silks) from all the State Bars of Australia:

  • to promote, and foster advocacy for, the welfare of animals generally, whether in Australia or elsewhere;
  • to enable litigants in matters of public interest or prosecutions affecting animal welfare to be represented and advised on a pro bono or reduced fee basis, instructed where necessary under the auspices of PILCH or direct by different law firms;
  • to challenge publicly or otherwise deficiencies in the animal legal regime in Australia or elsewhere, and for this purpose, to formulate and prosecute proposals for law reform;
  • to advise or appear in the defence of protestors acting to promote animal welfare;
  • to promote the adoption by law schools of ‘Animal Law’ as a subject and continuing legal education programs for members of the legal profession and others;
  • to encourage the participation by other legal professionals, law students or persons with non-legal skills in our programs and cases, especially by membership of the Panel’s Secretariat;
    • to establish and maintain an informal adjunct panel of law firms to act as instructing solicitors and otherwise assist in promoting the objects of the Panel; and  click here for more

Pet Remembrance Ceremonies 2012    28 September 2012

Allison Monkhouse warmly invites you, your family and friends to attend one of our inaugural Pet Remembrance Ceremonies to celebrate the life of cherished pets no longer with us. In the ceremony we will reflect on how important pets are in our lives and how strong the pet/owner bond can be. You are welcome to bring along the pets you presently share your life with, ensuring they are properly behaved and restrained. We look forward to taking this time to remember with you. Thursday 4 October – 2PM or Thursday 4 October – 6PM Allison Monkhouse Knox Chapel Cnr Stud Rd & Burwood Hwy Wantirna South. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. For further information, or to RSVP, please phone us on 9801 9988 or email info@monkhouse.com.au If you would like a photo of your pet included in the montage, please attach your photo in JPEG format and email to info@monkhouse.com.au. Remember to include your name. Alternatively, drop your photo off at your closest Allison Monkhouse branch. We need to receive photos at least one week prior to the ceremony. Please note, we cannot guarantee the safe delivery of photos that are mailed to us. Don’t forget to collect your photo after the ceremony. For those unable to attend the Pet Remembrance Ceremonies can be viewed online via live streaming at http://jamfc.funeralcast.com.au/

12 September 2012, Australia


Oscar’s law is a very simple campaign: it enables everyone to make a stand and tell the Government that “We do not want companion animals factory farmed anymore” and “We no longer want the pet industry to mislead us about what is acceptable for our animals”. You can help fight the genocide in Australia’s pounds, promote rescue organisations and shelters as the first option to adopting, and change the way Australians gets their pets. Adoption is the intelligent alternative to impulse buying. No puppy factory whether it is ‘clean’, ‘model’, ‘state of the art’ or otherwise is the answer for mans best friend.

12 September 2012

Cat Cruelty in Melbourne, Australia TWO cases of animal cruelty in Brimbank have shocked members of a cat rescue group. President of the not-for-profit Western Suburbs Cat and Kitten Rescue Inc (WSCKRI) Nathan Miles described the two separate incidents as “shockingly cruel”. click here for more Last Wednesday a box was sticky-taped shut and abandoned at a vacant rental home’s garden shed in St Albans. The property owner discovered five eight-week-old kittens trapped inside the box.

1 September 2012, Melbourne, Australia

Pig Factory Farming Awareness Campaign – Melbourne

September 1st will see us holding our fourth Pig Factory Farm campaign at Bourke Street Mall. After the recent release of horrific undercover footage taken at Wally’s Piggery, it has never been more important to talk to the public about the terrible abuse that goes on in Australian piggeries. The treatment we have seen at Wally’s appears to have set a new low for the treatment of pigs globally. It follows other horrific footage from Oliver’s Piggery in Tasmania, Hawkesbury Valley Abbatoir in NSW and Gil… See more         21 August 2012 Melbourne, Australia

Japan Dolphins Day 2012 – Canberra, Australia

Please help Celebrate Japan Dolphins Day 2012 at the Consulate of Japan in Canberra, Australia. On August 31, 2012 rallies and peaceful protests will be held in front of Japanese Embassies & Consulates worldwide. The events are to protest the September 1 start of the annual Taiji dolphin cull as seen in the Academy-award winning documentary The Cove. The message is positive: Japan, let the dolphins live & be free!

6 June 2012, Australia

Domestic violence to include stalking, harming pets

FEDERAL Attorney-General Nicola Roxon says legal changes to the definition of domestic violence won’t tip the balance away from shared parenting in custody disputes.

From today the definition in family courts will be expanded to include derogatory taunts, stalking, withholding money and harming family pets.

Elephants are under attack!

Entire families are being wiped out by poachers greedy for their ivory. The killers are even known to trap a baby elephant and wait for its mother come to rescue it, and then kill her when she arrives. Please give now to stop the elephant massacre and protect elephants and animals everywhere.

 Blind Horses.org

This site is dedicated to the blind horses at our Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary. These special animals have shown us that a blind horse can enjoy life just like a sighted horse. However, going blind can be a frightening experience for both the horse and the owner. Your horse may be upset and scared (and who wouldn’t be?) by the encroaching darkness. You’ll worry about how to care for your newly blind friend. And plenty of people will probably start telling you to put the animal down. They’ll say your horse can’t have a good quality of life if it’s blind.

Police probe on suspected dog fight ring on the Mornington Peninsula

by: Deborah Morris From: Leader February 21, 2012 9:44AM

POLICE suspect a dog fighting racket is operating on the Mornington Peninsula after a horribly mauled dog was found near Tootgarook. The seven-year-old American bull-staffordshire terrier was found in the yard of a holiday home in Morris St, the Mornington Peninsula Leader reports.

Stop the Killing

Many of us enjoy tuna, mahi mahi and swordfish, all caught on long-lines. What is the cost to the environment

Every day around 1,000 seabirds and turtles are killed by baited hooks used on tuna long-lines. The hooked animals slowly drown, dragged down by the long-lines that can stretch across 100kms of ocean.
There are over 2 billion hooks deployed every year, killing our precious marine animals and threatening their survival and the biodiversity of our oceans.

Scientists Growing a $317,000 Burger 22 Feb 2012

Scientists from the Netherlands are working on making a hamburger with a hefty price tag — about $317,000. The hamburger won’t be just any ordinary beef patty. The meat will be made in a laboratory, grown from cow stem cells. No animal slaughter required. According to a report in The Guardian, the project is funded by an anonymous individual with the goal of drastically cutting the number of animals raised for food. Dr. Mark Post, the researcher leading the venture at University Maastricht, told The Guardian he plans to unveil a completely lab-grown burger for taste-testing this October.

Call for CCTV in all Australian abattoirs 10 February 2012

Animals Australia says the latest case of abattoir cruelty exposed in New South Wales last night reinforces the need for closed circuit television cameras to be installed in all Australian abattoirs. “We’ve had two cases in two months of appalling cruelty to animals in domestic abattoirs — last December in Gippsland and now in Sydney. It is profoundly disturbing that in these abattoirs an iron bar and a sledgehammer were kept on hand to beat animals,” said Animals Australia Campaign Director Lyn White.

Confronting campaign puts animal cruelty case 20 Feb 2012

PIGS and chickens raised on Australian factory farms are held in worse conditions than European animals and a new campaign aims to change that using confronting imagery. Australia lags the European Union, which over the past decade has passed the world’s toughest animal cruelty laws. They include banning the most cramped battery cages for hens and making it more difficult for farmers to tie up, castrate and slice the tails off pigs. http://www.animalsaustralia.org/media/in_the_news.php?article=3342

Help ban the sale of shark fins in Australia Feb 2012

Millions of sharks around the world suffer a prolonged and painful death for a mere bowl of soup — shark fin soup. With the fins being the only ‘valuable’ parts of their bodies, fishermen are often known to cut off sharks’ fins while the animals are still alive and then dump their bodies overboard. Unable to swim, mortally injured sharks sink to the ocean floor where they slowly drown or are eaten alive.

VICTORY! Labor votes animals into office   10 Feb 2012

For too long our Agriculture Ministers (responsible for animal welfare) have been answerable to the very perpetrators of industrialised animal cruelty. Now there’s hope for an end to the conflict of interest with an Independent Office of Animal Welfare. Australians were relentless last year in their efforts to give our abused live exported animals a voice but what many may not know is that this fierce advocacy has done more than that. It is set to deliver all Australian animals the independent representation they have so desperately needed — through their own office!


Animals Australia is Australia’s largest national animal protection organisation that actively exposes cruelty and promotes a cruelty free lifestyle. www.AnimalsAustralia.org
Company Overview
Animals Australia is Australia’s largest and most dynamic national animal protection organisation, representing some 40 member societies and thousands of individual supporters throughout Australia.
Animals Australia believes that we can create a better world for all through promoting kindness to animals. Our goal is to significantly and permanently improve the welfare of all animals in Australia.

 Voiceless envisions a world in which animals are treated with respect and compassion.

Voiceless is an independent non-profit think tank dedicated to alleviating the suffering of animals in Australia.  Established in 2004 by father and daughter team, Brian Sherman AM and Ondine Sherman, Voiceless:

  • Creates and fosters networks of leading lawyers, politicians and academics to influence law and public policy;
  • Conducts high quality research and analysis of animal industries, exposing legalised cruelty and promoting informed debate;
  • Creates a groundswell for social change by building and fortifying the Australian animal protection movement with select Grants and Prizes; and
  • Informs consumers and empowers them to make animal-friendly choices.

Voiceless envisions a world in which animals are treated with respect and compassion.

Holistic Equitation

Horse training that works for both horse and rider

Dear Horse Loving Friends, Holistic Equitation has a system of horse training that works, for both you and your horse, you see, we have developed a style of equine training and education which takes a natural approach to instilling a solid foundation that  delivers strong communication between you and your horse.


The Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education is a unique institution. There is nothing else quite like it even today, when a multitude of humane organizations exist. It is interesting and helpful to place Latham’s early years in a historical perspective. It is also important to know as much as possible about Milton and Edith Latham’s purpose for the Foundation, because her intentions serve both as inspiration and guidelines for our operations today. Their mandate includes:

  • To foster a deeper understanding of and sympathy with man’s relations — the animals — who cannot speak for themselves,
  • To inculcate the higher principles of humaneness upon which the unity and happiness of the world depend,
  • To emphasize the spiritual fundamentals that lead to world friendship
  • To promote the child’s character through an understanding of universal kinship.

Puppy Factory Awareness Day Rally – Sunday 19 September, 2010

Join the RSPCA and many other animal welfare organisations this Sunday on the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne. Guest speakers include Derryn Hinch, Moira Rayner (Lawyers for Animals) and Sue Pennicuik (The Greens). It’s only when the commu…nity voice is loud that key decision makers will listen – we need your help!PLEASE JOIN US and be a voice for the thousands of dogs imprisoned in Victoria’s puppy factories! Help send a strong message to the State’s political leaders that we will not tolerate the factory farming of our companion animals any longer. When:Sunday, September 19th Time:12 noon Where:Parliament House, Melbourne Followed by stalls in the Treasury Gardens afterwards http://www.rspcavic.org/campaigns_news/latest_news.htm

Tony Pridham

Tony Pridham is one of the great success stories of Australian bird painting. Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost painter’s of birds; his achievements on the International scene is testimony to an extraordinary talent. Born in Australia (1964), Tony’s works hand in the worlds leading museums dedicated to the genre of “Bird Art”. These include the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin (USA), which houses the world’s most important collectio0n. Tony Pridham’s painting of three Vulturine Guinea fowl (purchased 2002) is Australia’s only representation. Other museums in the Untied States recognizing Tony’s work are the Bennington Museum in Vermont, and the Hiram Blauvelt in New York. The Natural World Museum in San Francisco has also obtained two of Tony’s originals. Founded by America’s foremost private collector of Wildlife art, Richard V Smith, this museum is the most important of its kind.

Animal Welfare Institute YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

A Message to Teachers…You have the right to offer your students biology education without harming animals.

Sophisticated, stimulating and cost effective alternatives to dissection are available to educate without traumatizing. Ask your students about their preferences, discuss the issue with other teachers, and consider presenting the matter to your school board.

A Message to Students…

You have the right to learn without harming other living creatures.   If you learn that you will be asked to dissect an animal in a class, talk with your parents. Let them know why you don’t want to dissect.    If your parents are supportive, ask them to write a letter to your teacher explaining why you wish to be given a different assignment.    Talk to ur teacher and request an alternative project such as making your own model. See if you can come up with an exciting project that will let your teacher know that you’re genuinely interested in learning and not just trying to get out of a class assignment!    Talk with other students—chances are you’re not alone.

Annual Blessing of the Animals Ceremony – Sun 3rd Oct 2010 Published 29th Sept 2010

Calling all creatures great and small for the Annual Blessing of the Animals Ceremony

3 pm, Sunday October 3 Kilbride Centre, 52 Beaconsfield Parade, Port Melbourne The annual blessing of the animal’s ceremony marks the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, the thirteenth-century Italian friar renowned for his love of animals, which is celebrated around the world by the blessing of animals. In the spirit of diversity that is the hallmark of the City of Port Phillip, the ceremony will incorporate western and eastern traditions and all ‘pets’ including horses, budgies and rabbits as well as cats and dogs. Mayor Cr Frank O’Connor who is the proud owner of a cat called Cookie (his 18 year old dog, Rex, died a couple of months ago) will welcome participants. Franciscan Friar Matt Hufer and Buddhist Nun Ani Rigsal will bless the pets with Devonshire Tea to follow.

Mich. Gov. Granholm Signs Historic Farm Animal Welfare Measure

Michigan Humane Society, The HSUS and Farm Sanctuary applaud enactment of compromise bill to improve treatment of animals The Humane Society of the United States Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a landmark bill today that will, for the first time, extend modest yet meaningful protections to farm animals. A result of extensive negotiations between humane and agricultural groups, the law requires that certain farm animals have enough room to stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their limbs, rather than being confined in tiny cages.

International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) Philadelphia, USA

Dramatic changes in people’s attitudes towards animals and their treatment have occurred in the last 20-30 years. In almost every sphere of animals use – pet keeping, farming, research, conservation, zoos, ecotourism, hunting, and veterinary medicine – people are re-examining and re-evaluating their relationships with animals and the natural world. This process has, in turn, stimulated a growing scientific and scholarly interest in the new field of Anthrozoology: the study of the interactions between human and non-human animals.

PHOTOS: “Suryia and Roscoe” September 9, 2009

Our photographs today are about Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the dog who became best friends upon meeting each other. The more and more we hear about spending bonding between animal species, the more we wonder what happened to humanity. Both Suryia and (now) Roscoe live at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Where you lead, I will follow…best friends Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the Blue Tick hound.

Animal Rights Group Wins Award, Australia 16 Nov 2009

A northern rivers animal welfare group has won international recognition. Animal Rights and Rescue was recently presented with a Shining World compassion award. The group’s founder, Barb Steffenson, says the award vindicates the group’s no-kill policy of finding new homes for all the animals it takes into care.

Behind 60 Minutes: ‘The Hidden Truth’ Animals Australia’s investigation underpinned the recent 60 Minutes exposé on factory farming. Watch behind-the-scenes footage and read the first-hand account from one of the investigators.

Law Commission tips surge in animal rights push- Australia 18 June 2008

The body that researches legal issues for the Federal Government says animal rights will be the next big social justice movement to hit Australia. The Australian Law Reform Commission’s latest journal focuses on the rights of animals and how to legislate for better treatment.

Vegan Outreach Ninety-nine percent of animals killed in the United States each year are slaughtered for human consumption. Vegan Outreach is working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our illustrated booklets (click titles to view PDFs): Why Vegan?, Even If You Like Meat, and Compassionate Choices, along with our follow-up Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating. click here

Saving our non-human animals from unecessary death- Spay and Neuter AnimalsThere has been alot in the media surrounding an NFL player doing horrifying things that defy common sense with dogs, but at the same time, many irresponisble pet owners do the same thing by the thouands everyday in a much less fruesome manner. This is a very powerful mesage done bo Rober Valentine about spaying and neutering.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIhoF01jTD0

Association for Humane Research

Calling on Doctors, Nurses, Veterinarians and all Health Care Professionals! We are seeking the support of doctors, nurses, veterinarians and all health care professionals to show the public that our concerns are credible, scientific, and ethical and backed by scientific experts. [Find out more]

Barristers Animal Welfare PanelThe Barristers Animal Welfare Panel (BAWP) comprises well in excess of 100 barristers (including some 25 silks) from all the State Bars of Australia:

  • to promote, and foster advocacy for, the welfare of animals generally, whether in Australia or elsewhere;
  • to enable litigants in matters of public interest or prosecutions affecting animal welfare to be represented and advised on a pro bono or reduced fee basis, instructed where necessary under the auspices of PILCH or direct by different law firms;
  • to challenge publicly or otherwise deficiencies in the animal legal regime in Australia or elsewhere, and for this purpose, to formulate and prosecute proposals for law reform;
  • to advise or appear in the defence of protestors acting to promote animal welfare;
  • to promote the adoption by law schools of ‘Animal Law’ as a subject and continuing legal education programs for members of the legal profession and others;
  • to encourage the participation by other legal professionals, law students or persons with non-legal skills in our programs and cases, especially by membership of the Panel’s Secretariat;
    • to establish and maintain an informal adjunct panel of law firms to act as instructing solicitors and otherwise assist in promoting the objects of the Panel; and  click here for more

California Lawmakers Propose Shark Fin Ban

posted by: Beth Buczynski

California Assemblymembers Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) and Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) revealed a landmark proposal to make it illegal to possess or sell shark fins, on Monday. Assembly Bill (AB) 376 would essentially ban shark finning, a process where the fins and tails are cut from living sharks, and the remainder of the fish, which is often still alive, is thrown back into the ocean. Shark fins are considered a delicacy in Chinese cuisine, and are used to make a soup that often sells for more than $80 a bowl. The Associated Press reports that at a large specialty market in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, dried triangular fins are selling for $299 to $699 a pound.

Sign The Petition: Ban The Sale Of Shark Fins In California! In late December, the U.S. government passed the Shark Conservation Act which prohibited the practice of finning for almost all species of sharks. Unfortunately, loopholes in wording and enforcement have prevented this legislation from having a noticeable effect. “While shark finning is illegal in the U.S., consumption of shark fin soup in California contributes to shark finning in other parts of the world, a practice that is driving numerous shark populations to the brink of extinction, said Dr. Geoff Shester,” California Program Director at Oceana. Estimates suggest that between 26 and 73 million sharks are finned each year to feed the demand for this menu item.

Rescue of the Week: Maryland Woman Saves Squirrel

By Maxine HillaryIt was the coldest day of the season and I am so glad I thought to bring an extra sweater. I was walking back to my office from a quick trip to the drug store and I saw a squirrel at the base of a tree. I noticed he wasn’t moving, so I got closer to take a look. The little guy had blood on his nose. I scooped him up, tucked him in my sweater and took him in the office to try to get him immediate help.

My boss overheard me calling different places and freaked and made me take him outside. But I wasn’t going to leave him to the crows. I called a friend who agreed to come get him and hold onto him until I could leave work. I sat outside and waited 40 minutes for her to get there. Turns out he had a head injury. He is now at the Second Chance Wildlife Rescue and he and a few of his buddies will be released into my yard in the spring. I’m planning a squirrel release party and fundraiser for the rescue. I’m so glad we could help little Perry Arturo. To see more photos of this squirrel rescue click here

Wolf slaughter continues: Yes, some people think killing wolves is just fine

Wildlife Services continues to slaughter wolves using inhumane methods
Published on September 6, 2010

Whether wolves are listed as endangered or not, their killing, by government agencies using incredibly inhumane methods, continues unabated. “Various proposals would gas pups in their dens, surgically sterilize adult wolves and allow “conservation” or “research” hunts to drive down the predators’ numbers.” To quote Mark Collinge, Idaho director for Wildlife Services, the United States Department of Agriculture branch that removes problem wolves usually by shooting them from aircraft, “You just have to accept that part of having wolves is having to kill wolves.” Oh, really, Mr. Collinge? You and your people who think that killing wolves will solve whatever “problems” there are might think so but thank goodness this is not the majority – or even close to it – opinion.

End the Cruel Canadian Seal HuntPetition to End the Cruel Canadian Seal Hunt

Every year on the Canadian ice floes hundreds of thousands of seals are brutally bashed to death or shot by hunters for their pelts. Hunters are permitted to kill seal pups when they start to moult their downy white fur at around 12-15 days. As a result many of the seals are only babies that haven’t even eaten their first solid meal or taken their first swim when they get a bullet through their skull or a club landing on their forehead.

Save the Elephants: STOP BLOODY IVORY

Within days, two countries are seeking to break the worldwide ban on ivory trading — a decision that could wipe out whole elephant populations and bring these magnificent animals closer to extinction. But many African states and conservationists support extending the ban on elephant-slaughtering ivory trade. The decision will be made at a UN meeting in Doha starting on 13 March, and global public opinion could tip the balance!

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Should Animals Have the Same Rights as People?

Last year Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her dog, Trouble, setting off a heated courtroom battle. California just passed a proposition that says farm animals must be humanely caged. The legal line between humans and animals is blurring further everyday. When it comes to “animal rights,” should your cocker spaniel be entitled to the same freedoms and protections as your kid? Click http://www.opposingviews.com/questions/should-animals-have-the-same-rights-as-people ………for more on this topic

Circus Blowback

Posted on March 5, 2010 by David Cassuto

The good folks at Ringling Bros. (aka Feld Entertainment Inc.) have taken some time out from bullhooking elephants to file a RICO suit against HSUS and the other plaintiffs in the recent lawsuit about elephant mistreatment and the Endangered Species Act.  The gravamen of the suit lies in the claim that the plaintiffs conspired to to pay Tom Rider, the chief complaining witness, to give false testimony.  Feld alleges bribery, obstruction of justice, fraud and money laundering. Let us hope for a swift and attorney’s fees-filled end to this frivolous nonsense.

Famed trimaran is sinking in the Southern Ocean Six crew members Rescued by the Sea Shepherd Ship Bob Barker Ady Gil rammedIn an unprovoked attack captured on film, the Japanese security ship Shonan Maru No. 2 deliberately rammed and caused catastrophic damage to the Sea Shepherd trimaran Ady Gil. Six crew crewmembers, four from New Zealand, one from Australia, and one from the Netherlands were immediately rescued by the crew of the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker. None of the crew Ady Gil crew were injured. click title link above for the rest of the article

A Victorian court has denied the return of 173 exotic birds to their keeper after finding they had been illegally imported into the country. The result is a win for Australia’s fight against illegal wildlife trade, an issue taken seriously due to the risk it places on Australia’s unique flora and fauna. Mike Smith from the federal environment department said in addition to disease risks, Australia has is a signatory to an international treaty which places regulations on the global wildlife trade. “Bird smuggling can put Australia’s biodiversity at great risk and can have long-lasting, devastating impacts on both the environment and the bird keeping industry,” Mr Smith said.

  • The Cove Documentary-

    But in a remote, glistening cove, surrounded by barbed wire and “Keep Out” signs, lies a dark reality.  It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt.  The nature of what they do is so chilling — and the consequences are so dangerous to human health — they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it.

Animal Australia- Behind 60 Minutes- The Truth bout Pigs- Australia Animals Australia took the unprecedented action of sending experienced investigators, including Communications Director Lyn White, into a major commercial factory farm in South Australia to document the conditions being endured by mother pigs. This investigation was undertaken to address the dire need for Australian consumers to be made aware of the conditions endured by animals in factory farms. Watch the behind-the-scenes footage of the 60 Minutes Investigation

Andy Roddick’s amorous koalas were girls- 8 Jan 2010

VIDEO: Koala sex

Top U.S. tennis star Andy Roddick couldn’t stand in the way of true koala love.

Tennis player Andy Roddick takes time out from the Brisbane International to hold a Koala in January, 2010 / Reuters Source: Getty Images
  • Mating koalas were females
  • ‘Female bonding is mating signal’
  • ‘Roddick was lucky sex was quiet’
THE two koalas who stole the limelight from tennis great Andy Roddick with an enthusiastic mating session are both female.
The same-sex marsupial couple is now famous worldwide after being lmed bonding in the background of a Roddick interview for couriermail.com.au.