Animal News Weekly - June 26, 2014
Tell USDA and NY Officials to Do Their Jobs!
No More Killing of Canada Geese
About 25,000 Canada geese are killed nationwide each summer by USDA Wildlife Services in the name of alleged air safety. The WS agents come in the early morning hours to round up geese who can't fly during their molting period (and thus don’t have a chance to escape their brutal fate) and then these parents and their young are either gassed on site, or trucked to an undisclosed slaughterhouse...words cannot describe the panic, fear and despair of these birds.
Between 2009 and 2012, the USDA WS killed nearly 5,000 Canada geese and their goslings in New York City alone, yet, the number of bird and commercial airplane collisions merely decreased from 56 to 50 incidents over those three years.
Killing Canada geese, or any birds in the name of air safety, may give the impression that officials are doing something to protect the public, and it most certainly is a lucrative business for the USDA WS, which gets paid for their killings sprees, but mass killing of birds is not dealing with the problem.
Is mass slaughtering Canada geese really all they can do? If so, then New York's officials are not doing their job.
Tell them to stop the killing of Canada geese and other birds immediately, and implement avian radar as other airports outside of the United States have done successfully.
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Captive Orca Update
SeaWorld's Excuses for Orca Entertainment Are a Complete Flop
Earlier this month, IDA attended a roundtable discussion in San Diego where SeaWorld defended their captive orca programs and attempted to regain public trust. SeaWorld has been under fire ever since Tillikum, an adult male orca, killed a third person and the movie, Blackfish, heavily promoted by CNN, was released. The roundtable discussion was put together by the Voice of San Diego to debate what SeaWorld and Blackfish mean for San Diego. Participants included world renowned orca biologist and orca expert Dr. Naomi Rose, Susan Gray Davis, a former U.C. San Diego professor who studied SeaWorld's business model, Dr. Todd Robeck, the veterinarian responsible for SeaWorld's orca breeding program, and Kristi Burtis, a SeaWorld orca trainer. SeaWorld currently keeps 10 orcas (Kalia is pregnant with who will be the 11th) crammed into unbearably small tanks in San Diego.
Before the evening discussion, IDA spent all day observing the orcas and listening to SeaWorld's propaganda during their shows. Sadly, the orcas spent their time swimming in circles, begging for food, performing demeaning tricks or floating on the surface. From an outsiders view, they are completely bored and imprisoned in tiny SeaWorld tanks. They can never escape their cramped, barren and artificial environment. Physiologically, the impacts of captivity are far worse than what we can see on the outside and are proven to cause premature death.
To read more about IDA's involvement in the roundtable discussion, please click here.
Healing & Support for Animal Advocates
President of In Defense of Animals (IDA) Marilyn Kroplick, MD, is launching a new campaign to help animal activists. Co-chaired by Lisa Levinson, MFA, RSMT, and Judy Carman, MA, the Council of Sustainable Activism helps activists deal with burnout, stress, and secondary trauma caused by the tragedy-filled nature of their noble work. Animal activists are confronted with animal abuse in zoos, labs, animal agriculture, circuses, marine parks, and other abysmal situations. As caretakers of the voiceless, activists need physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual healing to work efficiently and to truly enjoy living in harmony with their vegan values.
The vision of the council is to empower animal activists working together to free all animals from human exploitation and domination. The council views both humans and nonhuman animals as sacred, spiritual beings and seeks to raise consciousness, promote empathy, inspire spirituality, revere all life, and practice veganism.
Why Empower Activists?
All activists are needed to make animal liberation a reality. The animals cannot afford to lose a single one of us. Yet, at times, we feel burned out or discouraged by the intense demands of our animal rights work. Sometimes we need a guilt-free break. Relaxing, taking breaks, and developing mindfulness will help sustain the animal rights movement. Above all, we need to remind ourselves that even the smallest action can sometimes make a huge difference for animals.
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A Very Lucky Pig and Friend
at Hope Animal Sanctuary
Mary Grace, part pot bellied pig and domestic white, has lived at IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary (HAS) for years, but we're sure she hasn’t been mentioned lately. We’d like to just take this opportunity to introduce you to one of the many residents of HAS, who our kind supporters allow to have a happy and full life. The truth is, she has no need to look for another home - she lives in pig paradise with her buddy Cookie, a Russian Boar.
Mary Grace was brought to us by a couple who acquired five pigs, but who lived in the city. We don’t know if they failed to keep their yard clean, but we can sympathize with any neighbor who experienced Mary Grace demanding attention – she can be a bit boisterous, especially at breakfast time. The couple actually engaged in court battles to keep their pigs, but ultimately they lost and asked for sanctuary for the pigs at IDA-HAS. We were all too happy to oblige and Mary Grace has become a fixture and good will ambassador at our sanctuary.
Ginger is Happy with Old Friends
At IDA Africa's Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center, Ginger is back in the company of old friends. After two failed attempts to integrate Ginger with groups of chimpanzees in large forested enclosures, we recently moved him back to the one-acre enclosure where he had lived for several years with Charlos, a disabled adult male, Milou, a disabled juvenile, and five younger teenagers.
Ginger had rejected all overtures of friendship from chimpanzees in the two new groups, making integration with the chimpanzees and a future within the larger forested enclosures impossible. Fortunately, all the chimpanzees he had lived with before welcomed him home with open arms. After a long grooming session with Charlos, he played and laughed for hours, especially with young Milou. While Ginger doesn’t have a large tract of natural habitat forest, he has compatible friends, which is most important for a happy life.
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