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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.Since animals do not have citizenship or voices, only people can roar on their behalf. The ACTIVISTS category here at Global Animal contains video interviews with people who, in ways big and small, take a stand for animals. They roar. They act. They inspire us.
April 29, 2011 – JAPAN (ANIMAL RESCUE/VIDEO) – Japan’s federal government and Fukushima Prefecture officials announced new, but incomplete, action plans for the pets and farm animals left behind in the 20km radiation evacuation zone. Initiatives include 5-hour access for evacuees, Fukushima officials taking custody of animals in the nuclear power plant zone, and sadly, culling farm animals that are near death. Read on…– Global Animal
ALABAMA (ANIMAL RESCUE) – Tornadoes ripped through nine states, wreaking havoc on people and pets alike. Read about the effects of this natural disaster and find how you can help animals who are lost and injured as a result and assist in reuniting pets with their families.
CANADA (ANIMAL WELFARE) — Animal activist and famed ‘Price is Right’ host, Bob Barker, is lobbying for the Toronto Zoo to relocate three elephants to a sanctuary in California, which has a more suitable climate. Barker proposes replacing the zoo’s elephant exhibit with an interactive digital exhibit. Take action and show your support for Barker’s plan to help these animals as well as make the zoo more educational. — Global Animal
(ANIMAL RIGHTS) Trucks filled with chained Barnum & Bailey Circus animal “performers” are rolling into cities across the country to “entertain” kids with tricks taught by torture. Here’s how to join the circus protest near you. Also, find info on how you – and your children – can get involved in an alternative animal-friendly event that celebrates animals and compassion.
(ANIMAL CRUELTY) Some realities are so horrific, so barbaric, that they pain the heart. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus torture and neglect of circus elephants is one such intolerable reality. Lend your voice to Karen, Nicole, and Sara – three female elephant “entertainers” who urgently need help – and stop the circus animal cruelty now!
(ANIMAL LOVERS) From swimming with dolphins (we’re talking ocean expedition) to feeding lion cubs in South Africa to caring for pandas in China, Global Animal uncovers ten utterly wild volunteer vacations for animal lovers. Check them out and let us know which travel adventures with animals you’d do in a heartbeat.
CANADA (HELP ANIMALS) – (VIDEO) With the recent oil spills polluting our oceans, we know that oil tankers are a risk to marine life, but the noise pollution caused by these vessels is just as dangerous. Whales are confused and frightened by the unnatural noises, and squids are literally being torn apart by sound waves. Watch the video that depicts the last silent sanctuary left to many whales, and the consequences that would befall the area if the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is approved.
ROMANIA – Though stray dogs have long been a problem in Romania, killing them is not the answer – instituting spay and neuter and adoption programs is the humane solution. Romanian parliament plans to vote on this draft law and the cull may be authorized shortly. Please take a few minutes of your day to send an email, sign a petition, or share this story so that the lives of thousands of innocent dogs may be saved. – Global Animal
COLORADO — Imagine waking up to 80 decibel explosions right outside your window; now, imagine that they are coming from a “pest control” device which slaughters entire families of prairie dogs by filling their burrows with fire — sometimes not killing them immediately. Read on to learn about how the “Rodenator”is threatening the well-being of prairie dogs and people alike, and, if you are outraged like many Boulder residents, sign the Change.org petition to encourage the Colorado Wildlife Commission to ban this barbaric device. — Global Animal
IOWA — Agribusiness has crafted a bill to silence animal welfare activists from exposing the truth about the suffering animals endure in slaughterhouses, factory farms, and other places where animals are a voiceless commodity. Images are powerful facilitators of change, and the animal welfare movement is no exception as people rally together to fight against such injustices as puppy mills, barbaric testing on animals, and slaughterhouse cruelty. If passed, Senate File 431, nicknamed “The Whistleblower Bill,” will punish the recording and distribution of animal cruelty footage with fines of up to $7,500 and up to five years in prison.
Many of the most shameful chapters in history were born to silence those who stood up for those who were defenseless. Too many horrors have taken the lives of too many because the truth was intentionally and systematically hidden. Global Animal is proud to be part of the growing community worldwide that believes the way animals are treated is the great moral struggle of our time. If this agribusiness bill stinks to you, please sign the petition to urge the Senate to vote NO on SF 431. — Global Animal
(PHOTOS) The Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS) team and Kinship Circle continues to work diligently in the aftermath of Japan’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and radiation threat. Thanks to generous donors, like Global Animal readers who’ve donated over $27,000 in support, these volunteers are on the ground making a huge difference in the lives of animals and people alike. In the photo gallery below are some of those lives. – Global Animal
On a trip to a Africa, GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons shot and killed an elephant (grinning photo above). He felt compelled to film the elephant dying and set it to music to share as a video. Here’s a way to fire back that this businessman might understand.
SENDAI, JAPAN – More stories emerge from Japan of valiant rescues and the ongoing care of the animal survivors from the tsunami. In a struggle against sometimes daunting odds, dedicated volunteers make the difference, rounding up lost pets and making sure they get medical care, food and love as they are attempted to be reunited with their guardians. The latest on the ground in Sendai… – Global Animal