Italy bans the use of animals in circuses

November 13, 2017 by  
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Animal rights activists are winning victories as more countries prohibit animals in circus acts. This month the Italian Parliament adopted legislation to phase out animals in traveling shows and circuses, according to Animal Defenders International (ADI). It’s a big move, as there are an estimated 100 circuses with 2,000 animals in Italy . Italy became the 41st country to pass measures prohibiting animals in circuses. ADI said on their Facebook page that Italy’s Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini promoted the legislation to phase out animals in circuses. Related: America’s largest animal circus closes after 146 years ADI president Jan Creamer said in a statement, “Traveling from place to place, week after week, using temporary collapsible cages and pens, circuses simply cannot provide for the needs of the animals. Through ADI’s undercover investigations we have shown the violence and abuse that is used to force these animals to obey and perform tricks. We applaud Italy and urge countries like the UK and the US to follow this example and end this cruelty.” It’s not yet clear how Italy’s phase-out will play out; ADI said within a year, Italy will outline how the law will be implemented through a ministerial decree. It’s not yet known how long circuses will have to phase animals out of their shows. ZME Science highlighted some of the issues with animals performing in circuses, pointing to an investigation from researchers at Wageningen University. They found 71 percent of observed animals were experiencing medical issues, and 33 percent of lions and tigers didn’t have access to an outdoor enclosure. They said circus lions spent 98 percent of their time inside on average. Elephants spent 17 hours a day shackled on average, and tigers – though scared of fire – were often forced to jump through flaming hoops. Ireland also stood up for animal rights recently , with a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses that will take effect on January 1, 2018. Via Animal Defenders International ( 1 , 2 , 3 ) Images via Wikimedia Commons and ~Pawsitive~Candie_N on Flickr

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It’s finally illegal to own wild animals in the UAE

January 6, 2017 by  
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In a move sure to please animal rights advocates around the world, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has now completely banned the private ownership of wild animals. This is big news, as owning exotic animals as pets is a sign of status in the Middle East country. Al Jazeera reported on Wednesday that the new law outlaws both dealing in and ownership of all kinds of wild, domesticated and dangerous animals. This includes wild cats such as cheetahs, which have reportedly been domesticated in the UAE and other nearby countries. While not necessarily related, the new law comes on the heels of a video featuring an excursion with five tigers on a beach near Dubai’s Al-Arab hotel that went viral on social media, and other videos of people driving around with lions. According to Gulf News , these kinds of animals can now only be housed at zoos, wildlife parks, and circuses, along with breeding and research centers. Related: China makes it illegal to eat endangered species Gulf news also reports that anyone who breaks the law by taking any kind of exotic animal “out in public” will be slapped with as much as six months in jail and a fine or $136,000 USD. Al-Ittihad , an Arabic daily paper adds that people who use such animals to “terrorize” other people will be faced with a jail term along with the stiffer financial penalty of about $180,000 USD. Needless to say, a law like this is a breath of fresh air for animal rights activists, including El Sayed Mohamed. The regional director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Dubai said this new law sets an example for not only other Arab countries, but also the world. “We welcome and congratulate the UAE Government in taking this important initiative, which we wish to be a milestone for the rest of the countries, not just in the region, but also in the world,” he told the The National , an Abu Dhabi newspaper. This adds to more good news in the animal rights world, where China made it illegal to eat endangered species last year. Via Al Jazeera Images via Mukul2u and Cecil , Wikimedia Commons

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"World’s saddest polar bear" will get temporary reprieve from tiny mall cage

November 14, 2016 by  
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Pizza the polar bear , known as the “world’s saddest polar bear,” will get a temporary reprieve from her cage at the Grandview Mall Aquarium in Guangzhou, China . As the mall makes minor alterations, Pizza will temporarily return to her birthplace, according to the aquarium . But many animal rights organizations say the sorrowful polar bear should not have to live in a mall at all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yuRaNlx0bk “Pizza the polar bear will temporarily leave Guangzhou and return to her birthplace,” The Grandview Mall Aquarium said on their social media account on WeChat . The three-year-old polar bear was born at a zoo in Tianjin, a city in northeastern China, according to The Guardian. The mall did not state when Pizza would return, but in the meantime, their facilities will undergo renovations. The New York Times said Pizza’s enclosure will be doubled as part of the alterations, based on an article in The Guangzhou Daily. Related: “World’s saddest polar bear” offered new home at UK wildlife park Several other animals, including beluga whales, arctic foxes, walruses and a wolf also live at the Grandview Mall Aquarium, and animal rights campaigners say their predicament should not be forgotten. Capital Animal Welfare Association Director Qin Xiaona told The New York Times, “We still want to see the aquarium closed once and for all, to see all the animals moved.” Back in October, three Chinese organizations and Humane Society International (HSI) spoke out about Pizza’s ongoing plight, pointing to videos of the polar bear pacing and swinging her head as confirmation of her declining mental state. The groups said the mall should be shut down. HSI campaigner Peter Li told The Guardian, “No amount of renovation could ever make a shopping mall a suitable place for this animal.” He said it would be cruel and heartless to return Pizza to the Grandview Mall Aquarium. Via The Guardian and The New York Times Images via screenshot

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Trump advisers seek loopholes to allow ASAP withdrawl from Paris climate deal

November 14, 2016 by  
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US President-elect Donald Trump has promised on more than one occasion to “cancel” the country’s participation in the historic Paris climate deal, leading many to ask, “Can he even do that?” Although ratifying nations can undo their commitment to the international climate accord, the process is not exactly simple or fast. Yet, a new report says Trump is looking for the quickest way out . An anonymous source from Trump’s climate and energy transition team told Reuters that the president-elect and his advisers are trying to find a way to bypass the typical four-year exit process called for in the terms of agreement, which activated on November 4, 2016. The source told Reuters last week “it was reckless for the Paris agreement to enter into force before the election.” The historic international climate deal (written December 2015) met the participation threshold on October 4 that called for the agreement to activate 30 days later, on November 4. As of this weekend, 109 of nearly 200 countries around the globe have ratified the agreement. The accord outlines measures for nations that wish to withdraw from participation, citing a four-year wait before exit procedures could begin. Since the deal just went into force this month, it means the first opportunity to withdraw would not come until November 4, 2020 according to Article 28 of the international agreement. Related: Trump taps top climate denier to lead EPA transition team Trump’s advisers, according to Reuters’ anonymous source, are considering other methods of sidestepping the US commitment to the Paris climate deal. The possible options include pulling out of the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (the Paris deal’s parent treaty), nullifying US participation in both agreements in one year from now, or creating an executive order to delete the US signature from the Paris deal. Any of these moves would be controversial in its own right, creating conflicts with other nations and paving the way for dangerous US policies that work against environmental protections, rather than for them. To say that climate change is a serious issue is the understatement of our lifetime; a recent United Nations report showed that global temperature increases are on track to exceed the parameters that the Paris climate deal were based on. Rather than fending off a 1.5-2C increase (over pre-industrial levels), world leaders may actually be tasked with combating a 3C increase that will wreak havoc on the globe unless drastic action is taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions. According to 2011 figures, the US is responsible for around 16 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, so the nation’s role in the Paris climate agreement is key to global survival. Yet, with a president-elect who firmly rejects the concept of climate change and has called it a Chinese “hoax,” the US may be primed to lead the charge to destroy the Earth’s environment for good. Via The Guardian Images via Gage Skidmore/Flickr and  UNclimatechange/Flickr

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Old shipping container recycled into solar-powered learning lab in Colombia

November 14, 2016 by  
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Computer Aid International first approached Squire and Partners in 2014 for a more cost-effective and enjoyable version of the nonprofit’s original Zubabox, ten of which had already been deployed in eleven locations across Africa. The architects began with the same recycled shipping container framework that defined the original Zubabox, but then maximized the number of openings in the new Zubabox to increase cross ventilation and natural light. A shaded external deck was added to expand the building footprint, while a larger roof size allowed for a greater number of solar panels . Related: World’s largest shipping container shopping mall pops up in Seoul Squire and Partners worked with Bogota-based manufacturers, furniture makers, and artists to deliver the redesigned Zubabox to Cazuca in 2016. The shipping container was locally converted and outfitted with bespoke timber seating and desks, as well as a graffiti mural by two local artists. The lab is equipped with ten donated refurbished computers. The simple modular design can operate alone or be grouped together with other units. Donated oil drums were recycled as planters for native trees and flowers to create a garden in front of the Zubabox. + Squire and Partners Images via Squire and Partners

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Chimpanzee smokes a pack of cigarettes a day in North Korean zoo

October 20, 2016 by  
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The Pyongyang Central Zoo in North Korea recently reopened its doors to flocks of curious visitors, however one of the zoo’s attractions has set off alarms overseas. Azalea is a 19-year-old cigarette-smoking chimpanzee who apparently lights up a pack a day . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPLipOhxJKc Azalea the chimpanzee reportedly lights her own cigarettes using a lighter, according to The Guardian . However, the zoo claims she does not inhale. Teaching animals to do tricks is not a new gimmick for the zoo, as there is also a monkey there trained to dunk basketballs. Exotic animals and a dog pavilion are pulling in huge crowds, despite the organization’s sordid past. Related: North Korean construction workers fed crystal meth to accelerate skyscraper project Pyongyang Central Zoo has received criticism for having “ woefully inadequate ” facilities for the animals housed there, and some suggest ties to dog fighting for profit . Animal rights activists will be unimpressed with the zoo’s so-called upgrades, as a leap from animal cruelty to exploitative entertainment isn’t that far of a leap at all. Via The Guardian Images via The Guardian (screenshot)

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140-year-old Buenos Aires Zoo is shutting down and sending its animals to sanctuaries

June 27, 2016 by  
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After years of debate, the 140-year-old Buenos Aires Zoo just announced plans to shut down, free all of its animals, and work toward becoming an ecological reserve. Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta said that 2,500 animals will be relocated to nature reserves elsewhere in the country, while the zoo grounds are set to become an eco-park. In his announcement about the zoo’s closing, the mayor admitted that the animals were living in inhumane conditions. “This situation of captivity is degrading for the animals,” he said at a ceremony last Thursday. “It’s not the way to take care of them.” Some 2,500 animals will be moved from the zoo to various nature reserves throughout Argentina, where they will live the rest of their natural lives without being caged. Related: A baby dolphin died in Argentina after being manhandled by tourists The exact closure date for the zoo hasn’t been announced, but the zoo’s website has already been taken offline. For years, the zoo had been operating at a loss, and the aging facilities were not being maintained well. The 44-acre property will be reopened later this year as an ecopark, according to city officials, where around 50 animals will remain. Older animals and those with health conditions that require additional care will continue to live on the site, but they will not be on display. In the future, the park will also run a rehabilitation program for animals rescued from illegal trafficking. The new park, according to Rodriquez, will be “a place where children can learn how to take care of and relate with the different species. What we have to value is the animals. The way they live here is definitely not the way to do that.” Embed from Getty Images Perhaps the most famous resident of the Buenos Aires Zoo is Sandra , the orangutan who won rights in a local court as a “non-human person” in late 2015. The ruling set a major precedent for legal rights of animals, although the court has yet to determine what specific actions the city of Buenos Aires must take in order to fulfill its legal responsibilities. Sandra, a hybrid of Borneo and Sumatra orangutans , doesn’t socialize with other orangutans, so she needs extra attention. She will be one of the 50 animals who continues to live and receive care at the zoo site once it becomes a park. She will not, however, be put on display for public entertainment anymore. Via Treehugger Images via Wikipedia

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China launches brutal dog meat festival this week despite worldwide protests

June 24, 2016 by  
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Animal rights activists in the United States, China, and many other countries around the world are crestfallen this week as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival kicks off in rural southern China. Although smaller than in previous years, the festival ( which also exists to celebrate lychee fruit and the summer solstice) centers around a gruesome main attraction. Thousands of dogs are brutally beaten, burned, skinned—typically while still alive, and while their abusers are smiling—and then eventually eaten. Since it began in 2010, the festival has drawn attention from around the globe, as animal lovers fight to end the cruel event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbwbD8JcJgY Warning: the above video contains graphic footage of violence against animals. This week, the 6th annual festival began as scheduled, despite global protests. Celebrities such as Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Damon, and Russell Simmons banded together to film a public service announcement produced by the nonprofit Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation , making tearful pleas to end the slaughter. This is just one example of the many ways animal lovers around the globe have been working to protect China’s dogs. Earlier this month, the Humane Society International (HSI) with a local group called Beijing Mothers Against Animal Cruelty presented a petition to Yulin and Chinese government officials containing 11 million signatures. So far, the government has taken little to no action. Related: 1o,000 dogs and cats to be slaughtered for human consumption at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival The dogs tortured at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival are collected by traders, often by dishonest means. A few months ago, an undercover video taken at a Yulin slaughterhouse showed cages packed full of dogs and many of the animals were wearing collars and tags, suggesting that they had been housepets, most likely stolen off the street. The festival has no specialties or restrictions for the age or type of dog involved in the torture, so even very young puppies may be brutally beaten this week and the breeds can include recognizable purebreds like cocker spaniels and labradors. Some of the dogs destined to be killed at this week’s festival were rescued in the nick of time, but the numbers are small. Various sources have reported that a handful of groups of dogs, ranging from 15 to 20 individuals, were rescued just days prior to the festival’s opening, and HSI has transported 54 dogs and cats to local shelters in China after they were saved from traders. HSI also reports that this year’s festival is likely to be much smaller than in years past, as political pressure may be reducing participation. In its inaugural year, the Yulin festival slaughtered as many as 15,000 dogs. HSI says the number dropped to 2,000-3,000 dogs in 2015, and the agency’s team in China says there is evidence pointing to less killing than in previous years. + Support Humane Society International + Tell China’s government officials to stop the killing Images via Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation

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Surreal sculptures use stretched bronze to connect boulders

June 24, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlec-WH6Qyw Based in Auvergne, France, Langlois is a self-taught artist who began experimenting with sculpture using only plaster and clay. He later turned to bronze and explored the process of transmuting natural materials with the metal. The artist pours melted bronze into a mold and then finishes the sculpture off with a patina . Related: Hirotoshi Ito’s Incredible Stone Sculptures Will Blow Your Mind “Everything is alive, everything is moving, everything is changing. But life cannot always show off its best side. Sometimes you have to root it out,” the artist said in an interview with Artistics . “This is what I am trying to do with my sculptures, gently, discreetly: To search for the life and to expose it to those who are going to view them.” + Romain Langlois Via Colossal Images via Romain Langlois

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Watch Hoover the tiger released into nature after 12 dreadful years in a circus cage

June 16, 2016 by  
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After 12 years living in a circus cage and enduring terrible abuses, Hoover the tiger is finally free. He was rescued from a circus in Peru last April , where he had been enslaved his entire life. Circus trainers whipped and beat him, forcing him and up to 11 other tigers to perform on demand. After a year being nursed back to health by his rescuers, Hoover now lives in southern Florida, where he will enjoy warm breezes and shady grass for the rest of his life at a natural woodland sanctuary shared by other rescued tigers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRxrJv78J3Q Animal Defenders International (ADI) released the above video, which begins with a peaceful scene showing Hoover at his new home at Big Cat Rescue  wildlife sanctuary near Tampa. Hoover creeps cautiously toward a natural pool in a wooded area and, with trepidation, the big cat dips his toes into the water. It is perhaps the first time Hoover was ever able to experience nature directly after a lifetime at the circus. (For our readers who are sensitive to violence against animals , be aware that the above video contains graphic scenes after 0:30.) Related: Tiger populations have increased for the first time in 100 years Hoover’s freedom was hard-won. Animal rights activists were able to secretly film the abuses and alert Peru’s wildlife department, SERFOR (Peru’s forestry department) and police. The circus attempted to evade the law by hiding in the mountains for eight months. Eventually, authorities caught up to them and, in a surprise raid, Hoover was rescued by ADI. Unfortunately, the other 11 tigers in Hoover’s original group perished prior to the raid. Little is known about how or when each one passed away, but Hoover’s poor health and undernourishment suggest the other tigers may have succumbed to their handlers’ neglect and abuse. “Hoover was very lucky to survive,” said ADI President Jan Creamer. “His last cage mate had died before we could get to him. We were very grateful for the public support and information that helped us to track the circus down, now he can live in peace in his wonderful new environment.” + Animal Defenders International + Big Cat Rescue Images via ADI

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