National Geographic has some eye-opening information of the horrific abuse Tigers endure in China:
A tiger farm is a facility that breeds tigers like livestock. While alive, the tigers attract tourists who come to gawk at the animals and even take selfies. Cubs in particular are a draw, encouraging speed breeding in which cubs are taken away from their mothers at a young age, forcing the females to go into heat again sooner than they would in nature. Tigers are later slaughtered for the luxury and medicinal markets. Farms range from small operations to industrial-size facilities, like those in China.
WWF – Tigers
Tigers in Crisis
Welcome to El Salvador, one of the most violent countries in the world, where even Hippos aren’t safe:
A much loved hippopotamus called Gustavito has died after being savagely beaten in El Salvador’s national zoo, sending shockwaves around the country.
Attackers apparently broke into his enclosure on Tuesday night and beat him with metal bars, rocks, knives and an ice pick, leaving him covered in bruises and puncture wounds.
Cutesy Stuff has details on a recent dog food recall that has claimed at least one life. Here’s the kicker:
An Illinois-based maker of dog and cat food is voluntarily recalling one of its products that may have been contaminated with pentobarbital, a drug commonly used to put animals to sleep.
The recall involves 12-ounce cans of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef products with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020.
Pentobarbital is also one of the main ingredients in the Lethal Injection cocktail used to execute people on death row!
Pentobarbital has a few medical uses in humans, but is often used by veterinarians to anesthetize or euthanize animals. It has also been used in physician-assisted suicide in Oregon and in Europe.
We’ve all heard horror stories like this before simply because pet food is all the crap left over at industrial ‘farms’ minced up and sold as ‘had-picked’ or ‘organic’ pet food.
The FDA has an excellent resource to keep up with pet food recalls in the USA.
If YOU wouldn’t eat it, then why the hell would you feed it to your companion animal? Many experts recommend cooking for your pet as you would for yourself.
Additionally, if you’re already vegan, or thinking about it, please consider the health benefits of a vegan diet for you pet.Here are some resources to get you started:
CNN: Vegan diet for dogs: A question of thriving vs. surviving
PETA: Vegetarian Cats and Dogs
The Guardian features an enlightening article from Nicky Campbell, titled ‘Ivory is not beautiful, it’s barbaric’, which delves into the complete shortcomings of a proposed ivory ban in the U.K.
The UK is the largest exporter of ivory in the EU, ivory is traded within our borders, and investigations into the UK ivory trade have repeatedly revealed illegal ivory items being passed off as legal. Even the planned partial ban on ivory sales – which is still being debated – would not cover items produced before 1947.
China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017