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New Jersey Could Soon Ban the Slaughter of Pregnant Livestock

2.1.19Brianna, a pregnant cow that made national headlines after narrowly escaping a transport truck en route to a New Jersey slaughterhouse, has inspired legislation in the state that would prohibit the slaughter of pregnant animals as well as ban the selling and transport of pregnant livestock for slaughter.

Brianna's heroic escape occurred on December 27, 2018, after she kicked open the door of a cattle truck, leaped ten feet to the ground from the second level of the moving trailer, and began her walk down New Jersey's Route 80 towards freedom.

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New Bill Could Ban Commercial Fur Trapping in California

01.30.19On the heels of Senator Gabbard announcing the introduction of legislation that would ban the manufacture and sale of fur in the state of Hawaii, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has submitted Assembly Bill 273, which would prohibit the state of California from issuing fur trapping licenses.

Each year, thousands of fur-bearing animals are cruely captured and killed for their pelts. During the 2017-18 trapping season, the Department of Fish and Wildlife issued 133 commercial and recreational fur trapping licenses, which trappers used to capture a reported total of 1,568 animals  including 995 muskrats, 167 gray foxes, and 118 coyotes. These figures represent a whopping 215 percent increase in the harvest of fur-bearing animals compared to the 2016-17 trapping season, during which only 120 licenses were sold.

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Breaking News: Hawaii Set to Ban the Sale of Fur!

01.29.19 postOn Thursday, January 24th, Hawaii State Senator Gabbard announced legislation had been introduced that, if passed, would effectively ban the manufacture and sale of fur products in Hawaii.

The bill, "A Bill For An Act Relating To Animal Fur Products," would also prohibit the shipment or transport of "certain fur products" in the state for the purpose of selling or distributing them.

Each year, more than one billion rabbits and 50 million other animals, including foxes, seals, mink, and raccoon dogs, are raised on fur farms only to be violently killed for their fur. The vast majority of fur-bearing animals raised on these farms are kept in deplorable conditions and confined to tight cages, often resulting in self-mutilation, cannibalism, and high stress levels among the animals. Worldwide, there are also approximately ten million wild animals trapped and killed exclusively for their fur each year. 

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Take Action: Help Keep Rodeos and Rodeo-Type Activities out of Los Angeles!

01.28.19 postOn Saturday, February 23rd, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will be coming to the Staples Center for their Iron Cowboy bull riding competition.

Rodeos and rodeo-type activities like bull riding are exhibitions of animal cruelty that are sanctioned in the guise of entertainment. Throughout the events, tools of torment (spurs, tight, painful flank straps, and 5,000-volt electric prods) are used to encourage aggressive and overall wild behavior in animals. 

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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."


South Korea’s industrialized dog meat trade slaughters approximately 2.5 million dogs each year. The dogs are tortured in the belief that suffering makes the meat taste better – they may be hung, electrocuted and cooked alive. Due to the government’s longstanding apathy towards animal cruelty, South Korea has now become the only country in the world in which dogs are bred in huge factory farming facilities solely for their meat.

You are not powerless in stopping the horror! S. Korea's economy depends on people like you continuing to purchase Korean-made goods. Together, we will pressure the corporations of S. Korea to use their influence to help end the country's ruthless dog meat industry!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1 - Watch the video at StopDogMeat.com, then contact Samsung, LG, Kia and Hyundai to let them know you will not buy any of their products until they have pledged to stand against dog meat. (Contact information provided here)

2 - Write to S. Korean ambassadors in the U.S. urging them to help stop the ruthless dog meat industry (Contact information provided here)

3 - Please donate to help fund LCA's ongoing efforts to end dog and cat meat in 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. 


 At slaughter time, the torture only gets worse. The turkeys are violently shackled upside-down to a hanging conveyer belt while fully conscious, and dipped into an electrified water bath. Then a mechanized blade cuts off their heads, and the birds are plunged into a scalding water tank. Many are boiled alive because the blade fails to decapitate them. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1.   Choose delicious, plant-based alternatives for your Thanksgiving table. Most grocery stores carry vegan holiday roasts in the freezer aisle or produce section.

2.   Make every day cruelty free! Download LCA’s free Eat Cruelty Free guide to get started.

3.   Spread the word! Educate your friends and family on the suffering behind animal products, and share this page on social media.

Turkeys and other animals are smart, sensitive beings who don't deserve to be tortured for your plate. This year and every year -- have a cruelty free Thanksgiving!

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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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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bullhook Ban into Law - Effective January 1, 2018

ProgressElephantsOn Monday, August 29, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1062, banning the use of cruel elephant bullhooks! California is now the second state in the U.S. to outlaw these barbaric devices, following a ban in Rhode Island in July 2016. 

As of January 1, 2018, elephants in CA will no longer be beaten into submission with bullhooks (brutal weapons that resemble a fireplace poker). LCA applauds Gov. Brown for passing this important legislation but would like to see the ban go into effect ASAP so the bullhook is not used on elephants for another year and a half.

 

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LCA Launches New Virunga PSA Campaign With Animal Activist & Model Kenya Kinski-Jones

KenyaGorillasLCA has launched a new PSA campaign with model/actress Kenya Kinski-Jones!

Kenya -- the daughter of music legend Quincy Jones and supermodel/actress Nastassja Kinski -- is helping educate the world about the plight of the mountain gorillas of war-torn Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  

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Emmanuel de Merode & Anthony Caere of Congo's Virunga National Park to Receive the "Albert Schweitzer Award" at LCA's Annual Gala

2016 honoreesVirunga-themed gala honoring prominent animal advocates to be held October 22, 2016 in Beverly Hills.

Prince Emmanuel de Merode, Director of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Anthony Caere, Head of Virunga's Air Wing, will both receive the prestigious "Albert Schweitzer Award" at LCA's annual gala on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. 

This year, LCA's fundraising gala will be centered on the plight of Africa's Virunga National Park and its critically endangered mountain gorilla population. Defending the 2-million-acre park and its inhabitants from poachers, militants, and environmental exploitation is an ongoing battle for de Merode & Caere and Virunga's 360 park rangers who risk their lives daily. Part of their work includes protecting a third of the 900 mountain gorillas that remain in the wild.

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Five Tragic Zoo Incidents That Didn't Have To Happen

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The following zoo tragedies should never have happened. These are just five examples of the types of injuries and killings that occur all too frequently at zoos, and clearly demonstrare that animals are meant to live their lives as they were intended to and free from human exploitation.

In November 2012 at the Pittsburgh Zoo, an African painted dog was shot to death after becoming aggressive and killing a toddler who slipped from his mother's grasp and fell into the exhibit. After the incident, the observation deck was removed and the other African painted dogs were relocated to other zoos.

 


 

 

Harambe

 Harambe the gorilla

2 - A similar incident occurred in May 2016, when Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, was killed after a young boy fell into his enclosure. Harambe did not harm the boy, but was killed anyway a precautionary measure. Western lowland gorillas are already an endangered species, and now there is one fewer gorilla due to this tragic event. 

 

Lions from Santiago Zoo

Two lions killed at the Santiago Metropolitan Zoo 

3 - Just days before Harambe was killed, both a male and female lion at the Santiago Metropolitan Zoo were shot dead. They had been taunted by a suicidal man who removed his clothes and entered their enclosure. The lions would still be alive if there were safer barriers to protect the area from intruders.

 

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Zawadi the lion lost his tail here

4 - In June of 2016, an African lion named Zawadi at the Oregon Zoo had to have his tail amputated after it got caught under a hydraulic door. Zawadi was entering a training area in front of an audience of schoolchildren. A zookeeper continued to present the "show" until the kids pointed out how much blood was coming from the lion's tail.

 

Juma the Jaguar

Juma the Jaguar 

5 - In June of 2016, at the Brazilian Army's Zoo, a Jaguar named Juma was shot dead after an Olympic torch ceremony where she was reportedly chained in the middle of the event as a mascot. She escaped from her handlers and was first shot with tranquilizers before being shot with a bullet to the head as she approached a soldier. 

All of these horrific incidents could have been avoided if the animals were in their natural habitat, free from the stress of captivity. Wild animals are not here for our entertainment -- and as long as zoos continue to keep animals captive, more tragedies are certain to occur.

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Help Stop Korea's 'Bok Nal' Dog Meat Festival!! Set for Tuesday, August 16, 2016!

stopdogmeatKorean Dogs Desperately Need Your Help!

Hung. Electrocuted. Burned alive. These are just a few of the vile torture methods inflicted on innocent dogs in South Korea for the annual Bok Nal festival, a barbaric event in which dog meat soup is consumed in the belief that it provides a "cooling" effect in the summer heat. The dogs are tortured mercilessly because participants think fear and suffering makes the meat taste better.

The brutal Bok Nal festival lasts for weeks, with the main celebrations falling on what are thought to be the hottest days of the year. This year's next and final Bok Nal event falls on August 16, 2016 -- and it's up to you to speak up for the helpless dogs! Please sign LCA's petition today to tell the Korean government that the cruel dog meat trade must end.

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Los Angeles Protest Against Korean Dog Meat Trade - Thursday, July 21, 2016

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pressreleasedogmeatActivists Call to Stop the Dog Meat Trade of South Korea

Animal advocates including Nami Kim of NamiKim.orgSTART Rescue, KoreanDogs.org, and Last Chance for Animals (LCA) will be protesting the Korean dog meat trade outside the South Korean consulate on Thursday, July 21 at 10:30 am. Full details:

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VICTORY! Missouri Ag Gag Bill Vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon!

AgGagVictoryAfter tens of thousands signed LCA's petition against Missouri HB 1414, MO Governor Jay Nixon vetoed this freedom-crushing legislation on July 8, 2016. This is an important victory for the animals, and the rights of all U.S. citizens!

If HB 1414 had passed, agricultural industries would have become excluded from the Missouri Sunshine Law, a law that guarantees citizens the right to obtain all records from public government bodies.

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