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Blog for Last Chance for Animals, an international non-profit dedicated to ending animal cruelty and exploitation.

Have a Cruelty Free Thanksgiving

BeatriceThanksgiving is a joyful occasion filled with gratitude, celebration, and family. Unfortunately, it is also a sorrowful time for animal lovers who are aware that over 40 million turkeys are killed in the weeks leading up to this holiday. Let this year’s Thanksgiving be a celebration of life, rather than the reason someone’s life is taken away. There are so many reasons to leave turkeys off the table, and countless delectable dishes that require no animals to be harmed.

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A Victorious Week for Circus Animals

NoseycoverIt has been a victorious week for animals used in entertainment! In the past week, India, Ireland, and Italy all instituted bans on circus acts using animals—a huge step forward in the fight against the use and mistreatment of animals for entertainment. In further fantastic news, Nosey, a wild-caught African Elephant who has been exploited in captivity for nearly twenty years, has finally been freed to a sanctuary. A judge in Alabama issued a seizure order for Nosey, ruling that she be removed from her abusive over and turned over to local officials. This is a hard-won victory that follows years of effort from animal advocates across the globe who worked tirelessly to spread awareness about Nosey’s plight.

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Tragedy in Texas: The Link Between Violence Against Animals and Humans

Texas Church Shooting1On Sunday, November 5, 2017, a gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and injuring 20 others in the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history. As details emerge about the gunman’s deeply troubled past, the public is left wondering why someone with such a violent history was able to legally obtain a firearm. In addition to a domestic abuse conviction, the gunman had also been cited for animal cruelty charges after viciously beating his dog in 2014.

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World Vegan Day: Benefits of Going Vegan (and a Helpful Vegan Meal Plan!)

CuteCowCropVeganism has taken the world by storm! With countless celebrities adopting a vegan diet, many billionaires investing in vegan start-ups, and an ever-growing plethora of delicious and widely available vegan food alternatives—it is clear that veganism has entered mainstream culture and is becoming the new normal.

These positive changes are motivated by the tremendous impact our food choices have on animals, the environment, and our own health. Celebrate World Vegan Day by learning about the many benefits of veganism and how delicious and convenient a compassionate diet can be!

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6 Things You Didn't Know About Fish

whatafishknows wide e2b0800c202b1751ffddfae6394e3c7825e7d333 s800 c85Fish are commonly thought of as mindless, unfeeling animals and are routinely excluded from the circle of human compassion. Cognitive ethology research is debunking common myths about fish and proving that, like other farmed animals, fish are sentient individuals who experience a wide range of emotions, have complex social relations, and have an interest in their lives.

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A Historic Step Forward for Companion Animals

pupmillpostOn September 24, 2017, Puppy Mill Awareness Day, hundreds of animal advocates gathered in Lancaster, PA to spread awareness about the plight of dogs who are raised in cruel commercial breeding facilities. Puppy Mill Awareness Day serves to encourage the public to make a difference for animals by adopting companion animals rather than purchasing them.

Started by LCA and other animal activists in 2004, Puppy Mill Awareness Day brings animal lovers across the country together to host protests, adoption events, and marches that take a stand against the mass breeding facilities that produce millions of dogs and other animals each year to be sold in pet stores and online shops. Notorious for their filthy, overcrowded conditions and lack of protection from the elements, puppy mills subject animals to a nightmarish life in cramped cages, depriving them of adequate food, water, and veterinary care. Thousands of these facilities continue to legally subject animals to horrific conditions for profit.

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10 Celebrities Who Stand Up For Animal Rights

Celebs and the cute animal loves of their lives on Valentines Day.pngAs animal rights is entering the mainstream social consciousness, celebrities are increasingly using their fame to go above and beyond for animals. Each of these stars are outspoken advocates who are doing incredible work to spread awareness about the plight of animals.

Russell Brand

Russell Brand is well-known for his active involvement in many social justice movements, and animal rights is no exception. Brand has eschewed meat since the age of 14 and transitioned from vegetarian to vegan in 2011. He has spoken out against the unnecessary suffering caused by hunting, interference with wildlife, and eating animals. The comedian is a proponent for the belief that all beings—human and nonhuman alike—have an equal right to their own life. Brand uses his voice to create a more compassionate world and never fails to stand up for the most vulnerable beings in our society.

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What Do Humane Labels Really Mean?

updated humane labelsAs awareness about the horrific treatment of farmed animals grows, many people are turning to so-called "humane" animal products in hopes of avoiding food derived from animals who suffered on factory farms. Unfortunately, compassionate consumers are being fooled by clever marketing strategies employed by the animal agriculture industry to mislead the public into believing these “humane” products are cruelty free.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Chickens

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Happy National Chicken Month! Chickens are fascinating animals with distinct personalities and clever natures. Recent studies have given new insight into their remarkable intelligence and complex emotional lives. LCA is celebrating chickens this month by sharing some little-known facts about these incredible animals.

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7 Things You Can Do to Help Endangered Wildlife

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Species are disappearing at an alarmingly fast rate and scientists warn that we are on the verge of the first human-caused mass extinction. With a rapidly growing number of species on the brink of extinction, it is evident that urgent action is necessary. Humans hold the power to either exacerbate or prevent the looming extinction crisis. Through small conservation efforts you can make a difference for endangered wildlife in your area and across the globe. Here are seven steps that you can personally take to help endangered wildlife.

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Cutting-Edge Scientific Advancements Offer Alternatives to Cruel Animal Tests

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Last week, the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Testing convened in Seattle and held discussions on emerging alternatives to animal testing. Researchers presented on groundbreaking advancements in in-vitro modeling that could drastically reduce the use of animals in inhalation toxicology tests, developments in reconstructive tissue models, and strategic methods of changing government protocols to reduce the minimum number of animals required per test.

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Just Released - 2nd Edition of Chris DeRose Autobiography 'In Your Face' in Hardcover and Audiobook

2016 In Your Face CDR Book Release 2 HardcoverThe much-anticipated 2nd edition of LCA Founder Chris DeRose's autobiography, In Your Face, is now available in both hardcover and audiobook!

In Your Face takes you to the front lines of the fight to show you what direct action on behalf of the animals means; covert infiltrations into pet-theft operations, entering vivisection labs and witnessing atrocities almost too terrible to believe, getting shot in the back by an FBI informant, and being arrested and sent to jail and solitary confinement for civil disobedience.

 

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Take a Stand Against Dog Meat!

takeastand FB LinkSamsung, LG, Kia and Hyundai: Pledge to Stand Against Dog Meat in S. Korea!!

As we enter the busiest shopping weekend of the year, please use the power of your wallet to fight against the brutal dog meat trade! Do not buy products from S. Korea's most powerful corporations -- Samsung, LG, Kia and Hyundai -- until they have released the following written pledge:

"In the name of humanity, we oppose animal cruelty and agree with those working to end the dog meat industry in South Korea."

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Have a Compassionate Thanksgiving - This Year and Every Year!!

Turkey2016Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time for peace and gratitude. But for 46 million turkeys in the U.S. alone, this Thanksgiving will bring pure hell. 

The turkeys are raised on crowded, disease-ridden factory farms, and their beaks are painfully cut to the nub so the birds don't attack each other in the cramped quarters. Some baby turkeys starve to death because the pain from the beak-cutting is so unbearable, or because their beak has become too deformed to eat. Those who survive are fattened up to grow far heavier than their natural weight; many are too obese to even walk. 

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Join The Fur Free Friday Protests!! Friday, November 25, 2016!

furiscruelGet into the cruelty-free spirit and help turn Black Friday into Fur Free Friday!  For over 30 years, LCA has held protests on the day after Thanksgiving to urge shoppers not to buy fur. This year, Fur Free Friday falls on November 25, 2016 and protests are scheduled nationwide.

LCA is looking for volunteers to join us for the Los Angeles protests - all volunteers who show up will get a free T-shirt! Please reply to this email for details.

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Breaking!! LCA Investigation Exposes Severe Cruelty at Supplier to Canada's Largest Pork Processor!

ExposedCrueltyNew LCA Undercover Investigation Reveals Systematic Abuse and Neglect of Pigs

A 3-month undercover investigation by LCA exposes severe abuse and neglect at Crimson Lane Farms, a pig breeding farm in Kenilworth, Ontario that supplies Olymel, Canada’s largest pork processor. Olymel pork is sold by major retailers across Canada including Walmart, Metro and Real Canadian Superstore.

 

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Speak Up to Pass NYC Circus Animal Ban! Rally and Council Hearing 10/20/16!!

NYCCircusBanNew Yorkers, your voice is needed to help pass Intro 1233, a bill to ban the use of wild and exotic animals in the circus! 

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LCA Launches 'FBI Tracks Animal Cruelty' Campaign Urging Participation in National Animal Cruelty Database

FBItracksblogLCA has just launched the FBI Tracks Animal Cruelty campaign to support the FBI's effort to record all incidents of animal cruelty in the United States -- and your help is needed! 

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LCA Educating the Public on Cruel Dog Meat Trade at LA Korean Festival Thurs. 9/22/16 - Sun. 9/25/16

helpdogsandcatsAs part of our ongoing fight to stop dog eating in South Korea, LCA will be at the LA Korean Festival in Los Angeles, California, educating 400,000 attendees from Thursday, September 22 thru Sunday, September 25, 2016.

 

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2,000 Feral Pigs Sentenced to Death!! Act Now to Save Them!

feralpigsbogThe wild pigs of Ohio's Wayne National Forest are being systematically baited, trapped and shot to death -- all in an unconscionable cull by the USDA Forest Service and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife. Not only are government officials ruthlessly killing the pigs, but they're calling on the public to shoot them, too!

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