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End the Use of Elephants at Southwick's Zoo and Flea World

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12-Year-Old Boy Commits Shocking Act of Cruelty Against Family C

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A 12-year-old boy in Clinton, Iowa is facing charges of animal torture and burglary after a homeowner discovered the pre-teen in his backyard. The boy had been torturing the family's cat, Pitty Pat.

50 Years of Kitten Killing Funded by Your Tax Dollars

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A recent investigation by our friends at White Coat Waste Project uncovered the horrific and senseless killing of kittens in useless USDA experiments that have been taking place in secret for 50 years! This must stop now!

Alert New Congress to Wild Horse and Burro Atrocities!

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The 2018 mid-term elections created a considerable shift in representation, with nine new members in the U.S. Senate and 93 new members in the U.S. House. Yet, cruel factions still exist in Congress that want to do harm to America's wild horses and burros

Alligators Heads Cut off for Truck Stop Trophies

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Imagine you're on a road trip and you need to make a stop. You happen to arrive at one of the 430 Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores located in 41 states in the US.

Animals Saved Thanks to Activist Judy Carman

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This week's Activist Appreciation Month feature story honors the noble efforts of Judy Carman, who has rescued turkeys, quail, and a steer from needless suffering to live instead in safe forever homes at animal sanctuaries.

Babies Should be With Their Mothers!

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Those first precious moments of life, that special bond between mother and baby... just ripped away.

Baskin Robbins: Where's Your Dairy-Free Ice Cream?

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Baskin Robbins is known worldwide for its rich and creamy ice creams, but only its sorbets are free of animal products. Don't get us wrong, sorbets are delicious. But they're not ice-cream - not even close!

Beloved California Wild Horses Destined for Slaughter!

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The cries of frightened horses are ringing out through California's Modoc National Forest. Hundreds of mustangs are being rounded up by the U.S. Forest Service with the cruel outcome being sale for slaughter.

CBS: Stop Supporting Electrocution of Animals for Fur

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People who care about animals nationwide were disappointed and horrified as they watched rapper Big Boi prance around on stage wearing a giant fur coat during his halftime performance at the Super Bowl.

Call Out Judge Who Failed to Deliver Justice for Massacred Dogs

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A Mississippi man who boasted about gunning down four defenseless dogs has been handed the ridiculous sentence of only thirty days in the county jail.

Canada: End Your Domestic Ivory Trade Now

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Canada has an ivory trade? This might seem surprising, but it's true. In fact, at the last International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, governments across the globe were called on to close their legal domestic ivory.

Charge Animal Control Officer Who Abandoned Sick Kitten to Die in Woods

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In late July, an animal control officer was dispatched from the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare to pick up a sick kitten in Frankfort, Delaware. What the officer did next defies logic and is a violation of Delaware law.

Charge Sadistic Texas Cat Strangler with Felonies

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25-year-old Robert McCabe was recently arrested in Austin, Texas in connection with the torture and killing of his girlfriend's two beloved cats.

Close Topeka Zoo's Notoriously Cruel Elephant Exhibit!

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Despite its long and sordid history of documented neglect of elephants at its facility, the Topeka Zoo in Kansas continues to hold suffering elephants captive for profit.

Defy Pyeongchang's Dog Meat Trickery

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Dog meat is currently a hot issue around the world. Thanks in no small part to all concerned animal advocates generating awareness via social media, South Korea is no exception.

Demand Basic Fire Protection for Farmed Animals

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of farmed animals, locked in cages in massive industrial warehouses, suffer horrendous deaths in fires.

Demand False Lashes No One Has to Die For!

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Velour Lashes, a company which used to exclusively sell mink fur eyelashes has released a brand-new range of vegan alternatives.

Demand Justice for Cat Strangled to Death For Being One Too Many

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If told that you have too many animal companions living with you by your apartment complex management, you would do the normal thing, and just pick some out and kill...uh, what???

Demand Justice for Kitten Tortured to Death by Teen Girls

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Two teenage girls in Wichita Falls, Texas are accused of torturing a helpless kitten to death and proudly posting the video to social media.

Demand Justice for Therapy Dog Executed by Veteran

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Demand Justice for Therapy Dog Executed by Veteran

Demand Justice for Tortured Kitten!

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On Thanksgiving day last year, law enforcement officers in Covina, California responded to a call about a crying kitten. The caller reported the kitten had been crying for a couple of days at a neighbor's property.

Demand Sanctuary for Seattle Zoo's Elephants

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This month we spotlight the Woodland Park Zoo, which earned IDA's Dishonorable Mention on our 2014 Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list.

Demand SeaWorld Atone for Killing Baby Beluga Whale

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It is abundantly clear that beluga whales do not belong in captivity, and SeaWorld just provided the world with further proof.

Deplorable Plea Bargain Given to Man Guilty of Poisoning Animals

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In April of 2016, John Colter Pyron of Hazelhurst, Mississippi was arrested by the Flowood Police Department for animal cruelty, possession of schedule III controlled substance, and suspicion of poisoning animals following an investigation of complaints.

Dogs & Cat Left to Die of Thirst: Demand Justice

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Sarah Wilson of Bradenton, Florida was recently arrested for moving out of her apartment and callously leaving her cat and two small dogs behind to suffer and die slow and agonizing deaths from dehydration.

Don't Let Animal Abusers Hide Behind USDA Blackout

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In early February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) removed all inspection reports and records pertaining to private businesses and government funded facilities that included reports on invasive animal research, puppy mill neglect, and cruelty...

Elephant Suffering at Bronx Zoo Whitewashed by Animal Planet

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Animal Planet has just aired its second season of a very misleading series called The Zoo, which sanitizes the daily suffering of the three Asian elephants confined at the Bronx Zoo in New York State.

Elephants in the Spotlight

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2015 may be the "year of the elephant" more than any other year thus far. Most of us are now aware that elephants are on the brink of extinction. The poaching crisis death toll rises daily and we are exposed to the heart wrenching images of....

End of Orca Captivity in Sight

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Ensure Killer of Beloved Community Cat Faces Felony Charge!

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In the early morning hours of October 4, a dark sedan pulled up outside of Zeus' Place, an animal rescue located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sitting on the curb out front were two community cats.

Fight Activist Discrimination

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No one should be discriminated against for having a vegan lifestyle and for speaking out on behalf of animals. Author, journalist, and activist Nancy Holten was denied Swiss citizenship for defending the rights of animals in the media.

Fight the Dog Meat Trade

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The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is less than two weeks away and multiple organizations are holding demonstrations to speak up against this horrible torture of dogs and cats.

Final Chance to Stop the Cancerous King Amendment

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Congress is on the verge of passing a dreadful provision added into the 2018 Farm Bill called the King Amendment that could completely erase state-level animal protection laws.

Free Asha From Unnatural Imprisonment at Natural Bridge Zoo

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Natural Bridge Zoo continues to be a prison for Asha, a33-year old African elephant. Life for Asha consists of complete isolation from any other elephants.

HBO: Stop Supporting the Violent Abuse of Elephants

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HBO's series Westworld is paying a California based company called Have Trunk Will Travel (HTWT) to use real elephants in its shows. HTWT is notorious for viciously beating its elephants with bull hooks, electric prods, and stun guns.

Helpless Dog Hung to Death for Kicks by Youths in West Virginia

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The West Virginia State Police served a juvenile petition on two Alum Creek teens for the hanging of a dog. On Monday, March 27, 2017, photos of a dog hung from a tree with a smiling youth standing in the foreground began to circulate on social media.

IHOP, Let's Create a Vegan Menu!

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Imagine 1,550 restaurants across the country enticing millions to try delicious, cruelty-free dishes that cause no harm to animals. IHOP, known for its classic breakfast dishes, has just appointed a new culinary director.

IHOP: Please Flip Us Some Vegan Pancakes for National Pancake Day!

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Calling all pancake lovers! Would you like to see 1,700 IHOP restaurants entice millions of people to try delicious food that saves animals? If yes, the perfect time to speak up is now with IHOP's National Pancake Day rapidly approaching on March 12

Iceland: Stop Your Senseless Murdering of Whales

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Whales do not belong to anyone. They have the right to be alive, just as we do - the only difference is that their rights are not yet legally recognized.

Jail People Who Abuse and Torture Animals for Sick Fun

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In a world where terrible things are commonly done to animals, few can compare to the horrors of "crush videos" and "crush porn." In these horrific videos, sadists torture and kill animals.

Justice for Cat Beaten, Stabbed, & Thrown in Trash

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On the evening of February 21, 2018 in Irvine, California, Tucker, a beautiful, friendly six-year-old orange tabby cat was brutally beaten, stabbed, and thrown in the trash.

Keep Horses & Burros Out of Slaughterhouses!

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United States and driven to Canada and Mexico for slaughter every year.

Kick Out Shelter President Complicit in Death of 16 Dogs

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We must act now to ensure nothing like this happens ever again at a shelter aspiring to the high standards of a "no kill" facility.

Liberate Starving Sun Bears From Bandung Zoo

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Recent footage captured at Bandung Zoo on the Indonesian island of Java shows skeletal, starving sun bears begging visitors for food.

Mayors of Florida: Free Lolita from Miami Seaquarium!

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Lolita, the endangered orca, has been swimming in sad, lonely circles at the Miami Seaquarium for over 47 years, ever since she was ripped away from her wild family. She is forced to live as a prisoner in the smallest orca tank in the US.

Mt Barker Chicken Free-Range Fraud

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Following our investigation of a Mt Barker "Free Range" Chicken farm which revealed chickens experiencing horrific suffering and engaging in cannibalism

Mt Barker Chicken, Where's the Transparency?

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When we went undercover and exposed shocking conditions inside a Mt Barker "free-range" chicken farm, the Managing Director promised to install live-streaming video cameras.

No New Dolphin Prisons on the Gulf Coast!

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Plans to build yet another dolphin exploitation facility on the Gulf Coast are in the works.

Oregon Zoo Murders Packy The Elephant

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Despite protests from scientists, the public and his own keepers, Packy the elephant was murdered by the Oregon Zoo on February 9 a date that is now being recognized as World Zoothanasia Day.

Prosecute Breeder Who Kept Cats in Horrific Conditions

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Since late October, the Central New York SPCA has been overwhelmed with animals after taking in over 100 cats from a cruelty case involving a horrid breeder of rag doll cats and kittens...

Protect Animals and Their Habitats from Trump's Border Wall!

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The Trump administration's plan to construct a border wall may push the United States to the brink of an ecological disaster.

Protect the Last Wild Bison From Slaughter

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America's last truly wild bison live in the Yellowstone National Park area. Every year, they are harassed and killed. The Yellowstone bison's Central Herd has lost almost half of its population over the past year due to persecution.

Puerto Aventuras: It's Time For Dolphin Liberation!

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Dolphin Discovery is a notorious company that owns at least 24 captive dolphin facilities scattered across Mexico. Two of its facilities landed on our Ten Worst Tanks List last year: Six Flags in Mexico City landed at #6

Retire Bamboo from #1 Worst Zoo

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Dog meat is currently a hot issue around the world. Thanks in no small part to all concerned animal advocates generating awareness via social media, South Korea is no exception.

Save Ballona Wetlands from Massive Bulldozing

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Activists fought for over twenty years to save the rare freshwater habitat of Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, home to many endangered and imperiled species.

Save Cats from Costco's Starvation Plan!

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In February 2009, there were upwards of 80 cats living around the Costco in Kahului, Hawaii, on the island of Maui.

Save the Google Cats!

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GCat Rescue has successfully trapped and found homes for 149 cats and kittens and sterilized an additional 68 cats near Google's Mountain View campus since 2010. Now these Google cats and kittens are being villainized and need your urgent help.

Save the Lives of Dogs & Farmed Animals With One Simple Policy Change

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Did you know that cancer is an epidemic in dogs, with one in two dogs dying from the disease? The meat in pet foods most often comes from slaughterhouse offal that is unfit for human consumption.

Seal Beach Sending Coyotes to the Gas Chambers

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The Seal Beach, California city council has decided that coyotes inhabiting the area must be killed and in the most cruel method possible.

Send Buffalo Zoo Elephants to Elephant Sanctuary!

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We welcome the news that the Buffalo Zoo is finally shutting down its abhorrently frigid elephant exhibit. The Zoo has announced it will move Asian elephants Jothi and Surapa to the warmer-climate Audubon Zoo in New Orleans this fall.

Send a Valentine for the Elephants

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Have a Heart, Send Bamboo and Chai to a Sanctuary

Sharks Need Their Fins! Ban the Bloody Trade!

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Shark populations are in a global decline. Roughly 100 million sharks are killed each year, with well over half of their fins used for shark fin soup.

Shocking Dog Shooting Must Be Punished

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On a recent May morning, an English bulldog named Pearl was in her own front yard relieving herself in Greenwood, Mississippi when ex-cop Rafus Davis walked by and shot her completely without provocation.

Shocking Indianola Animal Shelter Failing Animals in Mississippi

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In Defense of Animals has unearthed shocking evidence of gross negligence and extreme suffering of dogs at a municipal pound in Mississippi.

Shut Down Dolphin Prison in the Making

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Gulfport, Mississippi is about to make another huge mistake for the state with its plans to imprison dolphins in a new aquarium - don't let it happen!

Shut Down Illegal Slaughter Farms in Fort Myers, Florida!

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Animals are being tortured, illegally slaughtered, kept in deplorable conditions, sacrificed for religious purposes, and trained for dog fighting at four illegal slaughterhouses in Fort Meyers, Florida.

Shut Down Petland's Puppy Mill Scam!

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When you welcome a new companion into the family, it should be a joyous occasion, but for hundreds of new guardians, it has led to heartbreak. Puppies bought at Petland are regularly sick.

Sign Now to Fight Wildlife Trafficking, Poaching, and Terrorism

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Illegal trafficking and poaching have devastated the world's largest remaining elephant population.

Solitary Elephant Asha Still Waiting for "Responsible" Agencies to Act on Her Behalf

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The sordid situation for Asha, the solitary elephant suffering at Natural Bridge Zoo in Rockbridge County, Virginia, has persisted despite our best attempts to shut down this horrific roadside atrocity and get Asha released to a sanctuary.

Stop Australia Shooting Cats and Kittens

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The Australian state of Victoria has passed a devastating new declaration allowing government agents to shoot all free-living cats and kittens. As if this cruel and heartless move weren't bad enough...

Stop Australia's Sick Plan to Massacre Cats with Poison

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Yes, you read that correctly. The Australian government is enlisting the use of aerial drones to poison cats.

Stop Bird Abusers at Ridgeland Pioneer Days

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A cruel celebration of violent animal abuse and death is being planned in Wisconsin. Time is running out to prevent organizers of the "Ridgeland Pioneer Days Free Chicken Fly" throwing 200 terrified chickens from rooftops.

Stop Chickens Being Scalded Alive

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a horrific new waiver system that will allow slaughterhouses to slit chickens' throats at speeds of up to 175 animals per minute.

Stop Devastating Oil Spill Threat to Endangered Marine Animals in Wildlife Haven!

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Phillips 66 is a petrochemical giant with a bad track record of oil spills that sentence entire colonies of animals to horrific deaths. This company wants to double the number of oil tankers in the San Francisco Bay.

Stop Dog Meat Satay Horror in "Idyllic" Bali

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The thought of Bali evokes a visual idyllic paradise rich with culture, rice paddies and spirituality. But now a cruel and dirty secret has been uncovered on this island of paradise - the dog meat trade.

Stop Egypt from Poisoning & Shooting & Exporting Dogs and Cats for Meat

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The Egyptian government has declared one of two fates for street dogs and cats: either be poisoned or shot to death or be exported for cruel slaughter.

Stop Egypt's Planned Massive Donkey Export to China

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The General Organization for Veterinary Services of Egypt has approved the export of 10,000 donkeys to China.

Stop Free Range Farm Misery

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New undercover footage exposes horrific suffering, misery, and even cannibalism at a free range chicken supplier.

Stop Horse Slaughter Trucks in their Tracks!

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Corrupt officials have slyly gutted U.S. law to sell thousands of wild horses and burros for slaughter. Truckloads of American mustangs are being shipped to slaughterhouses as you read this. Act now to stop these rogue agents and save the wild horses!

Stop Information Blackout at USDA That's Protecting Animal Abuse

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The United States Department of Agriculture has taken a bold and unprecedented action to protect animal abusers. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has removed all public records of animals kept in facilities such as labs.

Stop Jordan's Barbaric War on Dogs!

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We're outraged that Jordan's most senior religious leader has declared a "War on Dogs" by issuing a fatwa, which is a religious instruction to Muslims.

Stop Reckless Slaughter of Wild Animals in Alaska's Wildlife Refuges

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A recent congressional bill, House Joint Resolution 69, has passed the House and is now on the way to the Senate. This bill is a direct attack on the already insufficient protections for animals living in Alaska's national wildlife refuges.

Stop SeaWorld's Animal Cruelty Partnership with AAA

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The American Automobile Association has launched a shocking partnership with SeaWorld. The AAA is offering reduced-price tickets and encouraging its 55 million members to see the dolphins and whales forced to live and die in captivity for entertainment.

Stop Western Governors' Association's War on Community Cats!

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The Western Governors' Association (WGA) has just gone all out to criminalize animals and plants whose only crime was to be born or sprouted as a result of human oversight, laziness, or idiocy.

Stop Yale Sparrow Slaughter

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Dr. Christine Lattin is a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University who kills birds for a living.

Stop Yellowstone National Park's Bison Slaughter

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In February 2014, we asked you to oppose the slaughter of bison in America's oldest national park and you responded by the thousands.

Stop the Cruel and Unnecessary Wolf Hunts in Norway!

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Despite global opposition, the survival of Norway's endangered population of wolves is once again being threatened. Plans to allow the mass killing of the country's 60 remaining wolves spells out certain extinction for the species.

Stop the Draining of Birds' Wetland Home

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Drought-ridden areas throughout Southern California have finally received long-awaited rainwater, yet developers and state decision-makers are draining one of the region's most unique and diverse ecosystems.

Stop the SAVES Act Before It Kills Endangered Animals

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The Endangered Species Act has dramatically reduced species extinctions since it was enacted in 1973, but it could soon become extinct. Polar bears, pandas, chimpanzees, elephants, turtles, tigers, parrots and even orchids will lose protections.

Stop the Wolf Killing Frenzy in Wisconsin - Demand Emergency Pro

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Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has handed its wolf management to the wolf haters the trophy hunters and trappers, who have killed 92 wolves in six days, as of October 21.

Stop the Yellowstone Bison Massacre

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America's last truly wild bison live in the Yellowstone National Park area. Every year, they are harassed and killed because of the alleged threat that they will transfer brucellosis, a terrible disease, to domestic cattle.

Support Nomination to Protect Wild Horses and Burros!

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The lives of wild horses and burros continue to be at risk! The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking nominations for three positions on its National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

Tell Congress to Stand Up for Wolves

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Wolves are some of the most persecuted, hated, and misunderstood wild animals and, as a result, in many states have lost their Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections.

Tell Florida Mayor That Terrorizing Possums is Not Family-Friend

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Just a few weeks ago, the "Possum Capital of the World" hosted its 49th annual Wausau Possum Festival. At these yearly festivals, which originated in 1970, attendees bid on possums with the intent to torment

Tell Loro Parque Marine Park to Release Morgan and Her Calf to Sanctuary

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Loro Parque, a marine park in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands just off the coast of Spain, is holding an orca named Morgan captive in prison-like conditions.

Tell Marineland and AAA to Stop Supporting Cetacean Cruelty!

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If Marineland is good at one thing, it's stirring up controversy. The facility, located in Ontario, Canada, has wrongly accused an animal rights organization of "exploiting" children and used this accusation to oppose...

Tell Mattel that Barbie Does Not Support Elephant Abuse!

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Toymaker giant Mattel has a disturbing new toy. Barbie Dreamtopia Chelsea Doll and Elephant is marketed at kids 3-years-old and up and shows Barbie astride a bejeweled elephant who has golden shackles around her four legs.

Tell Mississippi Officials Not To Include Dolphins in Planned Aq

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The city of Gulfport, Mississippi, is planning on building an aquarium that will include a dolphin exhibit.

Tell Obama to Ban Ivory Sales in the US!

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Can the U.S. Stop African Elephants from Going Extinct in One Generation?

Tell West Lampeter Fair: No More Pig Chases!

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Pig chases are cruel, violent activities organized under the guise of children's amusement. During the chases, children and teens between the ages of 5 and 14 cover their arms in grease, then chase, tackle, headlock, and pull on a pig's legs.

Tell Whole Foods to Stop Killing Bunnies!

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Americans are now eating less animal flesh than ever before. Yet both the livestock industry and many in the food industry are not happy about this turn of events and are advocating for Americans to not only eat more flesh, but to consume more species.

Tippah County: Stop Abusing Rabbits for Entertainment

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Nearly 70,000 of you took action for the rabbits, chickens, pigs, goats, and calves being abused at Tippah County Fair's cruel "Farm Animal Scrambles" last year.

Trigger-Happy Cop Shoots Non-Aggressive Dog for Fun

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Imagine viewing the chest camera video of a cop shooting your precious dog after he mercilessly taunted him off of your porch as an excuse to open fire after he announced he planned to do just that?

United Airlines: Stop Killing Your Customers' Animal Companions

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"I'm terrified. I can't breathe! Why doesn't anyone hear me?" Is this what terrified young Kokito was thinking as he slowly suffocated to death in agony while trapped in an overhead bin on a United Airlines flight?

Urge Roger Williams Park Zoo to Give Up Bullhooks

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Using a weapon on a captive elephant is blatantly cruel. Unfortunately, this harsh treatment is simply business as usual for one New England zoo. Please urge Roger Williams Park Zoo to stop using bullhooks and to close down its elephant exhibit.

Urgent: Appeal California's Foie Gras Ruling

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California's foie gras ban was overturned last Wednesday, January 7, by U.S. District Court Judge Stephen V. Wilson in Los Angeles. He ruled that the ban, passed in 2004 and only recently in effect as of 2012, illegally encroaches on the regulatory domain

Urgent: Protect Maui Cats

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A pack of feral dogs has been running wild in the streets of Lahaina, Hawaii at night and killing feral cats, family pets, chickens, and other small dogs. The Maui Humane Society (MHS) claims they do not have the funding nor the staff to...

Urgent: Stop Bulldozing of Amazon Rainforest by Brazil President

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Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro has vowed to industrialize the Amazon Rainforest and permit even more animal agriculture and mining. Bolsonaro will build a highway that cuts through the heart of the rainforest to increase access for the ranchers.

Veterinarian Arrested for Shooting Dog Next Door

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Veterinarian Kelly Folse was arrested on December 19, 2017, on an aggravated animal cruelty charge for the shooting of her neighbor's dog, Bruizer in Gretna, Louisiana.

What is Sanderson Farms Trying to Hide From Us?

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Sanderson Farms, one of the largest poultry producers in the United States, proudly promotes its use of antibiotics as harmless, yet it won't agree to a federal government study to measure the health risks.

When Doves Cry

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On January 2, 2017, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) decided to ignore science, ethics, and thousands of pleas from animal activists. AHF proceeded with its plan and released 198 captive-bred doves during the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

Wild Horse Foals Run to Death by BLM Helicopters!

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The Bureau of Land Management is murdering young foals and older horses in its terrifying helicopter roundups in the West.

World's Loneliest Orca Screams for Freedom

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Miami Seaquarium forces Lolita to perform tricks and cry out loudly for the audience during its circus-style show. The sound of her anguished scream is heartbreaking to many, and a new study confirms that we are recognizing what Lolita is saying.

Zimbabwe Abducts Baby Elephants

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According to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, Hwange National Park visitors witnessed the capture of baby elephants by government helicopters and ground teams.



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