Berkeley Council Votes To Ban Fur Clothing Sales!

The city of Berkeley, California, has passed an ordinance that bans the local sale of fur apparel products:

Berkeley Coalition for Animals founding member Jay Quigley said in a statement, “The millions of poor foxes, rabbits, minks and other animals who are bred for their fur typically spend their entire lives in cages barely bigger than their bodies. Then they’re slaughtered by gassing, neck-breaking or electrocution.”

Quigley said, “This brutal industry is radically inconsistent with Berkeley’s values.”

Fantastic news and hopefully more cities will follow!

The U.K. is failing elephants!

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.

Related:

China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017

 

Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years

146 years of animal torture, abuse and slavery comes to an end as Ringling Bros. close forever in May!

The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise.

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We hope for the day that there are no circuses, zoo’s or aquariums in the world. This is one step in right direction.

For anyone wondering what the big deal is, peak behind the facade and learn how circus trainers get wild animals to perform those ‘entertaining’ tricks!

Elephants, tigers, and other animals that circuses use to entertain audiences do not stand on their heads, jump through hoops, or balance on pedestals because they want to. They perform these and other difficult tricks because they’re afraid of what will happen if they don’t.

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Bravo to the numerous people and animal rights organizations who battled for decades to raise public awareness of the substantial abuse that goes into these shows. It turns out the public doesn’t find it entertaining after all!

ALDF presents 2016 US Animal Protection Laws rankings

The ALDF published their annual animal protection law rankings for 2016 in a handy, interactive map! See where your state ranks and get very detailed information on animal protection laws.

This eleventh edition of the Animal Protection Laws compendium contains the general animal protection and related statutes for all of the states, principal districts and territories of the United States of America, and for all of Canada.

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The ALDF do fantastic work so please consider donating to their cause!

Should Meat Come with Cancer Warning Labels?

Munchies, the food-oriented section of VICE, asks ‘Should Meat Come with Cancer Warning Labels?’

“In recent years, scientific research has led to the conclusion that processed meat and poultry increases the risk of colorectal cancer, which is the second‐leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and [is] expected to account for 49,190 deaths in 2016,” the petition reads.

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Meat is the new cigarettes. Go Vegan!

Air China bans shark fin cargo

The Washing Post reports on further animal right’s progress being made in China:

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Air China has become the first airline in mainland China to ban shark fin cargo, marking a dramatic shift in attitudes toward trade in endangered wildlife here and throwing a lifeline to shark populations threatened with imminent extinction.

 Related:

China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017

India has banned imports of reptile skins!