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Animal News Weekly - October 29, 2015


Success in The Arctic

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Obama Administration Revokes Drilling Leases

Now Let's Protect the Gulf and the Atlantic

In a momentous reversal for the future of Alaskan offshore drilling, the Obama administration recently announced its cancellation of two oil lease sales and further denied lease extensions for oil exploration. The two cancelled sales involve the Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea for 2016 and 2017, while the lease extension denials will ban Shell and Statoil from continuing oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean. This news, announced earlier this month, comes in tandem with oil giant Shell announcing that it will no longer be drilling offshore in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean.

Whereas just last year, the amount of Alaskan oil available for exploitation was predicted to quadruple, these announcements mark a decline in offshore drilling in Arctic waters and with it, the removal of a significant threat to Alaskan wildlife. Offshore drilling frequently leads to major oil spills, which harm countless numbers of marine animals, such as dolphins, whales, sea turtles, birds, and fishes. Harmful effects can include damage to reproductive systems, internal organs, and overall long-term health and vision issues. Drilling and oil exploration perpetuates dependence on fossil fuels which also exacerbates climate change, a threat that affects all animal species, including humans.

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Horrifying Dog Meat Trade in Paradise

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Beyond Indonesia's Tropical Paradises Lurks Torture and Death for Dogs

As a premiere holiday destination, Indonesia conjures up images of white sand beaches, turquoise waters and all the other elements that make a tropical paradise. Beyond the surface, however, lurks a dark side of rampant animal cruelty and a widespread dog meat trade.

The cruelty surrounding the dog meat trade in Indonesia is one we've heard over and over throughout Asia. The dogs (and other animals as well) are crammed into metal cages without food or water. Each animal witnesses other victims being dragged out, clubbed repeatedly and blowtorched, many times while still alive. While eating dog meat is legal in Indonesia, this gruesome cruelty, which often takes place in open markets, has many Indonesians and the international community up in arms.

While such cruelty is enough for many people to oppose such practices, Indonesia's government has recently only taken an interest due to serious disease transmission concerns that surround the dog meat trade. Among others, rabies is a serious threat throughout the region. This was brought to the forefront as Jakarta and Surakarta were recently designated as the areas consuming the most dog flesh according to the Jakarta Marine and Agriculture Agency.

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Dog Burned Alive in Mississippi

In Defense of AnimalsTorturer Fined $327.50

The October 27, 2015 sentencing of Jonathan Thompson, of 302 Cade Street, Winona, Mississippi for the heinous act of burning his dog alive astounded court attendees, and animal advocates alike. Thompson pleaded guilty to two citations issued following the September 28, 2015 investigation by Winona City Animal Control Officer Jim Smith regarding the report of a burned dog carcass on Thompson's property. ACO Smith confirmed the report and his investigation led to the arrest of Thompson for cruelty to an animal.

We're taking this opportunity to announce IDA's new Justice for Animals Campaign (JAC) which will expose the inadequacies of animal cruelty laws. It has already initiated a grassroots coalition to gain meaningful ordinances and statutes citizens, law enforcement, and judges are clamoring for.

"When Judge Donald W. Bond imposed his sentencing of a $327.50 fine for the brutal burning of Thompson's dog the shock and disbelief of attendees was audible," said JAC Director Doll Stanley.

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Despair Repair

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Sustainable Activism Webinar on Thursday, November 5

Anger, sadness, and despair often go hand in hand with awareness of the state of the world. This session will look at ways to turn these emotions into healthy positiveaction. With a few simple tools, you will be able to remain a strong and positive voice for all beings and the planet we call home.

IDA invites you to join us for a Sustainable Activism Webinar on "Despair Repair" with vegan activist Rae Sikora. Think about the most challenging situation you encounter in your life or outreach efforts and bring this description with you to the webinar.

What: "Despair Repair" Sustainable Activism Webinar
When: Thursday, November 5, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PST  (8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST)

Registration Link is here.

Bring: Description of a challenging life or outreach encounter
Replay: Registrants will receive a replay link via email a week after the webinar.

Facebook event page is here.

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Happy Birthday Rob!

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Rob came to live at IDA-Africa's Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in 2004 when he was two years old. We estimate his birth was in October of 2002, making this month the year he turns 13!

After a poacher had slaughtered his family and taken him captive, field workers with the World Wildlife Fund found him in a village in Eastern Cameroon and brought him to safety at the Center.

Today, as a large chimpanzee with a gentle nature and strong diplomatic skills, Rob is the alpha male of his group of six. He and Massamba have been rivals for dominance for some time, but the other chimpanzees in their group must have recognized Rob's potential as a strong and fair leader, because he's won their support. They share a lushly forested 3.5 acre enclosure.


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