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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!

A War on Ethics: A New Culture of Cruelty Threatens Animals

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US Rep. Steven King of Iowa believes that animal protection laws should not exist. In the past, he has attempted to legalize dog fighting, cockfighting, the consumption of cat and dog meat

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.

Anchors of CBS This Morning Celebrate Pig Slaughter

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CBS This Morning is a major morning news program that has recently been attracting new viewers with the charm of its anchors. That charm misfired when anchors Nora O'Donnell and Gail King went off-script to giggle about bacon.

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.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the Crosshairs!

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Both the United States Congress and Senate have passed budget resolutions that help clear the way for dangerous and polluting oil drilling and other energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last truly wild places in the U.S.

Ask Canada to Pass Dolphin Captivity Bill!

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Do you want to see the Taiji slaughters and Russian orca captures stopped for good? Then you need to support this Canadian bill...

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.

Ban Cruel Traveling Animal Performances in the USA!

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Circuses have been allowed to cage exotic animals and ship them from town to town, hundreds of days per year, making money off of their chronic suffering. Elephants, tigers, camels, lions, monkeys and so many others are denied their natural instincts.

Ban Eating Dogs & Cats in the United States

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Good news! Many of you signed our alert to support the bill that would end dog and cat consumption in the United States, H.R. 1406. We're pleased to report that the bill just passed the House of Representatives.

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.

Call Out Judge Who Failed to Deliver Justice to Habitual Animal

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The time has come for Charoyd Henrence Bell, infamous for his repeated abuse of animals, to be brought to justice for his horrific acts of cruelty.

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.

Death-Defying Pig Enjoys New Life

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Earlier this month, witnesses driving on Interstate 90 outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota saw a pig struggling to open the back gate of a transport truck four or five times before he succeeded and then jumped from the truck as it sped down....

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 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 Legislators Uphold Protections for Yellowstone Grizzlies!

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Just weeks ago, animal advocates celebrated the federal court's ruling to re-list Yellowstone grizzly bears on the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife which restores Endangered Species Act protections for these bears against trophy hunting.

Demand Maximum Sentencing for Dogs Starved Almost to Death

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It is difficult to imagine being intentionally starved to death by the very people you depend on to love and care for you.

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.

Don't Allow the Poisoning of Endangered Animals

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The United States Congress has just passed a bill nicknamed the "Poison Our Waters Act."

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...

Don't Let Texan Supermarket Kill Pups

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Texas-based supermarket chain H-E-B is planning to kill puppies and dogs who live behind one of its stores. Don't let them get away with it!

Don't Let Wisconsin Throw Baby Birds Into Gas Chamber

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Don't Let Wisconsin Throw Baby Birds Into Gas Chamber

Don't Snatch Vegan Lunches From Los Angeles School Kids

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Young animal activist students of Los Angeles Unified School District fought hard for two years to gain cruelty-free lunch choices at school, but now these popular vegan meals are being snatched away!

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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Support the ORCA Act

End the Imprisonment of Big Cats

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Tigers, lions, jaguars, and other large felines belong in the wild. Unfortunately, somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 of these wild creatures are kept in captivity in the United States as pets or in roadside zoos.

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.

Eye Spy a Cruelty-Free Lie: Take Action!

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Velour Lashes is an internationally recognized brand that sells 100% mink fur eyelash products while inexplicably marketing itself as "cruelty-free." Yes, you read that right.

Factory Farms, Your Health, & Dirty Bill That Wants to Ignore Them Both!

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Not only are factory farms horrifically cruel to animals, but they also create massive pools of waste that emit chemicals into the soil, water and air that are harmful to our health.

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 Attempts to Weaken the Endangered Species Act!

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Two bills introduced by Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, would greatly weaken the Endangered Species Act. The first, S. 375, would give local governments, industry, and other parties opposed to a species being protected under the ESA.

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.

Help Student Coalition Get Vegan Lunches in LA Schools

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All hands on deck to send an email to LAUSD administrators and Board Members! For two years, students led by Earth Peace founder Lila Copeland have worked hard to reach a point where LAUSD will even test the idea of offering a vegan lunch pilot program.

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.

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.

Justice for Dog Hung By Angry Ex

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"u made me kill bear bear." This chilling message and a disturbing video showing Bear the dog struggling as he hangs by his neck were sent by Larry Wesley Furr to his estranged wife.

Keep Tortuous Wild Horse Sterilization Out of U.S. Budget!

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The Bureau of Land Management is moving forward with its depraved plan to sterilize wild horses and burros in a procedure condemned as "butchery" by a prominent veterinarian.

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.

Missouri State Representative Brutally Kills Chicken to Somehow Protest Abortion

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Missouri State Representative Mike Moon has come under fire for a video he posted to his official Facebook page in June. The video begins with Moon standing beside a chicken who is strung upside down by her feet, fully conscious.

Mobilize to Save Wildlife Rescue Under Attack!

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Animal Rescue Team (ART), a wildlife rehabilitation center located in California's Santa Ynez Valley, saves hundreds of animals each year, but the center is under threat.

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.

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.

Prevent the Execution of Endangered Wolves!

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has killed two wolves from the Smackout pack and has authorized further lethal action. Wolves were once numerous in Washington state but were killed off by ranchers and farmers.

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

Punish Cruel Dog Fighters Caught Red-Handed

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The Madison County Sheriff's Office received an urgent 911 call on the afternoon of November 4 and dispatched officers right away. When deputies arrived at the Canton, Mississippi address, they heard barking and growling coming from the woods.

Reject World Dog Show in China

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International outrage followed the announcement that the 2019 World Dog Show would be held in China.

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.

Russia: Stop Poisoning Stray Dogs and Cats for Soccer

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Thousands of stray dogs and cats are being brutally poisoned by the Russian government right now. Russia is to host the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup starting in June and running through July.

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 Millions of Animals and Cut Environmental Baggage

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Last week, Air India made one simple change that will save hundreds of thousands of animals from short, brutal lives and untimely deaths - it stopped serving non-vegetarian meals.

Save Wild Equines from Murderous Budget Proposals

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Once again, the enemies of wild horses and burros are looking for new ways to rid America's western ranges of its free-roaming herds, this time brandishing torturous sterilization devices in one hand, and cash-for-kill buyers in the other.

Save the Endangered Species Act

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In July, Republicans in Congress introduced a series of bills intended to gut the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These bills are the latest of over 300 legislative attacks directed at the ESA since 2011.

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 Grieving Zoo Elephant to Sanctuary Before it's Too Late!

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We are deeply saddened by the death of Sujatha, an Asian elephant at the Santa Barbara Zoo who was euthanized in October.

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.

Shut Down the Natural Bridge Zoo Roadside Atrocity for Good!

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We're calling for the immediate closure and sanctuary retirement of animals suffering at Virginia's Natural Bridge Zoo in Rockbridge County, following a new round of animal welfare violations found by the USDA during a June inspection.

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 Big Dairy from Stomping on Ethical Competitors

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Big dairy is at it again. This time, it's put all of its might behind an outrageously desperate proposal - which, unbelievably, the FDA is taking seriously - banning plant-based foods from carrying the term "milk."

Stop Bow Hunting Massacre of Whitetail Deer in Silver Lake, Ohio

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In a scenic Ohio village, authorities have cleared a path to lure the few remaining deer of Silver Lake to their brutal and bloody deaths by bow hunters.

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 Corruption in Dairy, Egg and Meat Marketing

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Did you know that a Supreme Court ruling on the beef checkoff program concluded that "Beef, It's What's for Dinner," has effectively become government speech?

Stop Dairy Industry From Forcing Milk Down School Kids' Throats

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Recently, the House of Representatives was presented with H.R. 4101, deceptively named The School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017, a bill designed to "reverse declining milk consumption in schools."

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'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 Eviction of Point Reyes Tule Elk!

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U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman (D-California) and Rob Bishop (R-Utah) just threw a legislative curve ball in an attempt to evict native Tule elk from California's Point Reyes National Seashore.

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 Pigs Being Scalded Alive!

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Pigs, who are well-known for being as intelligent as three-year old children, may be facing slaughterhouse conditions that will increase their probability of being boiled alive in scalding-hot water.

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 Ridglan Farms from Breeding Puppies for Barbaric Experiment

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Ridglan Farms has been in the puppy breeding business since the 1960's, with almost 4,000 dogs imprisoned at its facility in 2017. This is no small operation.

Stop School Glorifying Bullfights

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We recently received a call to our Animal Activist Support Line from a person who shared her grief, anger, and disgust after watching a bullfighting performance at a school.

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 Bow Hunting of Deer by City of Charlottesville

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Bow hunting is one of the most inhumane and utterly barbaric ways to kill any animal. Injury rates are very high and many deer are tracked for long periods by the blood trail they leave.

Stop the Federal Lands Hunter Giveaway!

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A fatally wounded wolf limps back to her den, but dies before she can feed her pups. Fish swimming peacefully in a lake are brutally hooked in the mouth and yanked out of their home to die on the floor of a fishing boat.

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.

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 Congress to Stop Funneling Money into Factory Farms

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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.

Tell Florida Mayor That Terrorizing Possums is Not Family-Friend

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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 Supara to the warmer-climate Audubon Zoo in New Orleans this fall.

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 President Moon: Keep Your Pledge to Ban Dog Meat

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South Korea just elected one of the world's most pro-animal presidents. President Moon Jae-In has promised a better life for animals, which reportedly includes a phased ban on dog meat.

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.

Thank Ephrata Fair for Ending Pig Chases!

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For 39 years, the Ephrata Fair, held in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, included an annual pig chase. Grease-covered pigs were put in the middle of a field surrounded by hundreds of spectators while children and adults chased, tackled...

The Dairy Pride Act is Unjust: Take Action!

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If Wisconsin Senator Baldwin has her way, the next time you go to the supermarket for a half gallon of almond milk, you might not be able to find it. Why? Because there is a new bill entering Congress called the Dairy Pride Act

The Moth Story Hour Promotes Animal Torture and Speciesism

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The Moth Story Hour is a nationally syndicated radio show featuring tales by professional storytellers and amateurs who want to share their stories, which are often inspiring and transformative.

This Man Was Fired for Caring About Animals!

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In January of 2018, animal activist Curtis Vollmar was fired from his job for sending an email to his co-workers encouraging compassion for animals. Sign our letter to protest discrimination on all levels and support a fellow activist!

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?

UPDATE: Fish Springs Horses Spared! Act Now to Protect All Wild Horses!

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The Bureau of Land Management is planning to subject a herd of Nevada wild horses to a terrifying and ultimately deadly roundup. The world-famous Fish Springs wild horses need your help right away, because the roundup will happen any day now!

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?

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: Free Innocent Dogs from Imprisonment

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Innocent until proven guilty, that's the standard on which our laws are based. Yet living, breathing, animal victims of crime and abuse are being sentenced to long periods in prison.

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: Tell Congress to Ban Horse and Burro Slaughter Now!

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The sale of wild horses and burros to slaughter has been banned by Congress, but loopholes have allowed the killing to relentlessly continue.

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.

Veterinarians Endorse Brutal Form of Wild Horse Sterilization & Killing!

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The American Association of Equine Practitioners has released a draft position paper endorsing both sterilization and unrestricted sale (slaughter) of America's wild horses and burros!

Violent Video Leads to Arrest of Texarkana Dog Abuser

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Texarkana, Texas resident LeGus Holloway has been arrested for violently whipping, strangling, and slamming a dog named Lady to the street, breaking her rear leg.

Virgin Airlines: Cut Emissions by Switching to Default Veg Menus

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Virgin Atlantic recently announced that it will be removing beef from its in-flight menus in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint.

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 Burros Under Threat From Trump's Budget Plan

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As the new year begins, let us take a moment to remember a species whose members are noble, long-eared animals, so often maligned, who have already had so much taken from them for humans' collective benefit over the centuries.

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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