Last Chance for Animals' History and Accomplishments

2022:

  •  LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL RODEO ORDINANCE AND BULL RIDING PROTEST - LCA continues to support the passage of the L.A. Municipal Rodeo Ordinance, introduced by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield in December 2020, that would ban "tools of torture" that force rodeo animals to perform at events held in L.A. The rodeo cannot hold events without the tools that terrorize animals to perform in events. The Ordinance is ongoing with a City Council vote expected in Fall 2022.
    • February 7, 2022An op-ed entitled, "It's Time to Buck the Rodeo", written by LCA's President and Founder Chris DeRose was published in the Los Angeles Daily News advocating for the passage of the Ordinance before the Professional Bull Riders' (PBR) event held at the Crypto.com Arena in late February. The hard-hitting op-ed called out L.A. City Councilmembers on their inaction to bring the Ordinance to a vote, causing further animal suffering at rodeo events held in L.A.
    • February 22, 2022: Cruelty was on full display as the PBR brought its exhibition of animal abuse to the Crypto.com Arena for the "PBR Pluto TV Invitational" bull riding competition. LCA, along with a coalition of animal rights organizations, protested this abhorrent abuse of bulls for profit. Prior to the protest, LCA started a petition urging the Crypto.com Arena to cancel the event. LCA and a coalition of animal rights groups also sent a letter to the Crypto.com Arena demanding the cancellation of the event. The Crypto.com Arena did not respond.
  • Pet Safety and Protection Act (PSPA), H.R.3187 - LCA continues to work with a Lobbyist in Washington, DC, to ensure the passage of the PSPA, federal legislation that would permanently stop Class B dealers from selling lost and stolen dogs and cats to research facilities. This was the issue LCA was founded on and historically has been a major problem throughout the United States. This legislation is currently ongoing.
    • February 2022An op-ed written by LCA's President and Founder Chris DeRose was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the largest newspaper in Pittsburgh. The op-ed called on the House of Representatives to pass the PSPA and end the heinous practice of lost and stolen dogs and cats being sold to scientific research for good.
  • SUPPORTING VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK'S AIRWING - LCA continues to be a major supporter of Virunga National Park's AirWing, providing monthly support to the program. In February 2022, LCA donated a new BatWing Aircraft to the AirWing program. The BatWing will patrol the park from the sky, increasing the efficiency of ground patrols, helping keep the Rangers and animals, including the Majestic Mountain Gorillas safe, and provide emergency evacuations for injured Rangers and animals. Throughout 2022, LCA sponsored three Virunga National Park Rangers - Bright Uzunga Bedidjo, Claude Mbaraza Nguo, and Augustin - to go to flight school to become Pilots in the AirWing. This amazing achievement made the local population proud and reached the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, His Excellency, Felix Tshisekedi. In June 2022, LCA sponsored the construction of a 300 m long and 15 m wide airstrip for the Bathawk. The construction took about one week to complete.
  •  S. KOREA DOG MEAT OP-ED - July 26, 2022: An op-ed written by Kim Basinger and LCA calling for a dog meat ban was published in The Korea Daily, the largest Korean newspaper in the U.S. with a daily circulation of about 250,000 people. The op-ed attracted major attention and was picked up by other publications, including Newsweek, which described it as "impassioned".
  •  S. KOREA MORAN MARKET DOG MEAT INVESTIGATION - Aug 15, 2022: LCA and S. Korean sister organization Animal Liberation Wave (ALW) conducted an undercover investigation between February to June 2022 that revealed the trafficking of pet dogs into the meat trade by "middle merchants" that travel by truck across S. Korea. Investigators witnessed middle merchants buying pet dogs from households, churches and factories that are first sold at dog meat auction houses, then secretly electrocuted in nearby slaughterhouses. The meat from these slaughtered dogs is sold by vendors located in the Seongnam Moran Market, S. Korea's most notorious dog meat market. A petition was created calling on Shin Sang-jin, the Mayor of Seongnam City, to end the dog meat trade at the Moran Market. The investigation was released during Boknal - the hottest days of the Korean summer when the consumption of dog meat soup, known as "Bosintang", rises to combat the extreme heat.
  • BOKNAL DEMONSTRATION IN S. KOREA - Aug 15, 2022: On the same day LCA/ALW's undercover investigation was released, about 150 people showed up to protest the Dog Meat Trade outside the Seongnam Moran Market. Wearing LCA/ALW's "Stop Dog Meat" t-shirt, protesters held signs that read, "Stop the Torture and Consumption of Dogs" in English and Korean, and photos of dogs on meat farms taken during undercover investigations. At the front of the protest, a cage stuffed with toy plush dogs symbolized the suffering dogs endure at the hands of the meat industry, and a sign read, "In Memory of the Dogs Killed by the Dog Meat Industry". Protesters left flowers and handwritten notes at the plaque. 
  • SPEAKING OUT AGAINST BELUGA WHALE DEATHS AT MYSTIC AQUARIUM - June 29, 2022: An Opinion piece written by LCA President and Founder Chris DeRose entitled, "Americans need to demand change in the face of senseless whale deaths" was published in the Greenwich Time, a Southwest Connecticut newspaper. The article detailed the tragic final hours of Havok, one of the five Beluga whales LCA fought not to transport to Mystic Aquarium from Marineland Canada, and called on U.S. policymakers to enact better protection for Marine Mammals.  

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