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Iceland urged to ban ‘blood farms’ that extract hormone from pregnant horses

EU concern over ‘cruel’ practice of taking blood from mares to create hormone products that increase reproduction in farmed animals
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Danish farmers turn their backs on mink after Covid mutation cull

Just a handful of mink breeders in Denmark express an interest in re-entering fur industry, even if the current ban is lifted next year
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Petition Update: Serious Environmental and Health Risks of Octopus Factory Farm Raised by Coalition

A coalition of over 110 non-profit groups and scientists, including Species Unite, have come together to urge the Canary Islands government to deny the construction permit for the farm. May 2022
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Mushroom-Grown Meat Could Be The Key To Halving Deforestation Rates

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Hundreds Of Dolphins Are Being Held Captive In ‘One Of The Largest Collections In The World’, Investigation Reveals

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5.3 Million Birds Roasted Alive On U.S. Farm As Part Of Avian Flu Cull

The Iowa egg producer killed its hens in response to a single case of bird flu on the farm before firing the majority of its workers. May 4 2022
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Dog breeds have little to do with behavior, study shows

A new study of more than 18,000 dog owner-surveys and more than 2,000 DNA sequences shows that the personality of dogs has little to do with its personality. Factors like sex, age and environment have stronger pulls. NBC’s Gadi Schwartz reports for TODAY. April 29, 2022
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Dog catches prison smuggler by sniffing out tennis ball secretly stuffed with drugs

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Avian flu has spread to 27 states, sharply driving up egg prices

So far, about 1.3 per cent of all US chickens have been affected in this outbreak Laura Reiley Monday 18 April 2022 16:12
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Officials offer $20k reward to identify beachgoers who harassed stranded dolphin that died on Texas beach

The NOAA reiterated in a statement that it’s illegal to feed or harass wild marine animals, including dolphins
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10th Circuit rules Kansas 'ag-gag' law unconstitutional

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MSPs urged to call for ban on greyhound racing amid doping concerns

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Tick Bites: Tens of Thousands of Americans Have Meat Allergy; US Health Officials Alarmed

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Trophy hunters kill two of Africa’s biggest elephants in Botswana

The surgical removal of Africa’s large-tusked elephants by trophy hunters continues. Two massive bulls have been killed in the last few weeks in northern Botswana. The tusks of the two bulls each weigh more than 100 pounds and 90 pounds respectively – marking them as among Africa’s largest elephants.
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Bald eagles dying, egg prices rising: Bird flu spreads to more than 30 states

A highly contagious bird flu has driven up egg and poultry prices, but it does not pose a health threat to people.
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Zoo anteater exposed people to rabies in first-of-its-kind case

By Rachael Rettner published 8 days ago The unusual case marks the first time that rabies has been reported in this species of anteater.
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Why Is The U.S. Slaughtering Wolves?

Wolves are facing grave threats from new laws that allow hunters to viciously trap and kill an unlimited number of these caring, intelligent animals.
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Australia Declares Koalas an Endangered Species

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Experts and animal welfare campaigners are appalled as Spanish seafood company Nueva Pescanova announced plans to open the world’s first octopus farm despite multiple ethical and ecological concerns
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Tomorrow MEPs can end EU animal export horror show

Tomorrow MEPs can end EU animal export horror show. Every year more than three million live animals are exported from the EU to third countries for fattening and slaughter.
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Stray animals find solace at Iraq animal shelter

Stray animals find solace at Iraq animal shelter. Bella the dog can barely stand after being abused, but she is now receiving care from a Baghdad refuge that hopes to become Iraq's first veterinary clinic for stray animals.
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French pet shop stops selling fish bowls – they kill fish

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900 bison at Yellowstone to be relocated, slaughtered or shot by hunters this winter

The hunting effort is a bid to prevent bison from spreading brucellosis, a bacterial disease that can cause cows to abort their calves, to cattle.
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Dozens of camels barred from Saudi beauty contest over Botox, touch-ups

Botox injections, face lifts and other cosmetic alterations to make the camels more attractive are strictly prohibited.
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California grocers sue to stop animal welfare law that could lead to bacon shortage

While an earlier study projected bacon prices soaring by up to 60 percent in California, another report estimated pork prices rising eventually by a more manageable 8 percent.
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Enquête au port de Carthagène sur l’exportation d’animaux hors de l’UE

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ROUNDUP REPORT: THE WILD HORSES OF THE WYOMING CHECKERBOARD

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Eight wolves were found poisoned in Oregon. Police are asking for the public’s help

Conservation groups call the deaths ‘shocking and heartbreaking’ and have offered a $43,000 reward for information
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Marineland charged with using dolphins, whales for entertainment without a licence

Ontario theme park says dolphins doing routine in front of crowd is 'educational'
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Historic animal protection bill passed in France

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La France interdit le broyage et le gazage des poussins

La France est le premier pays producteur d'œufs d’Europe, et sera le premier pays au monde à mettre en place l’interdiction de gazage et de broyage des poussins.
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The Humane Society of the United States sues world's largest pork producer for misleading consumers

Lawsuit alleges Smithfield Foods is misleading customers about animal abuse
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Three snow leopards die of Covid-19 at children’s zoo in Nebraska

Lincoln Children’s Zoo says deaths of Ranney, Everest and Makalu are ‘truly heartbreaking’, as two tigers recover
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Polar bear parts are being smuggled around the world

Bear parts are seized in Australia and New Zealand.
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Cause of mysterious brain-invading-fungus outbreak finally discovered

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Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia, putting poultry industry on alert

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Stray Dogs Have Right To Food, But Feed With Caution: Delhi High Court

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Bolivia arrests five jaguar traffickers following Operation Jaguar investigation

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Europe's dark penchant for trophy hunting: EU found to be world's second biggest importer

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More than 5,000 pets found dead in cardboard boxes at Chinese depot after being stranded for a week

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Bacon Rolls, Pork Sausages, And Turkey Meatballs: Outrage As Meat To Be Served At Upcoming COP26 Climate Crisis Conference

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Norway’s Slaughtered Whales Are Being Fed To Dogs

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Owner of Maryland’s Runaway Zebras Is Charged With Animal Cruelty

Jerry Lee Holly, 76, was charged a month after one of the wayward zebras was found dead in an illegal snare trap in Upper Marlboro, Md.
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Illegal construction in Corbett Tiger Reserve example of administration, managerial failure: NTCA

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Cat bacteria treats mouse skin infection, scientists find

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World Kangaroo Day 2021

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Owners offload dogs bought in lockdown by pretending they are strays

Rescue centres say they are seeing more and more pets their owners are now too busy to look after
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‘The new drugs’: Northern Ireland gateway for £150m illegal puppy trade

Animal charity says gangs shipping diseased dogs to UK mainland
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Leading huntsman fined over advice on how to hide illegal fox hunting

Mark Hankinson was filmed by hunt saboteurs encouraging others to use ‘trail hunting’ as smokescreen for the real thing
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Leprosy identified in wild chimpanzees for the first time

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Scientists officially list 23 species as extinct, including the largest woodpecker in the US

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Ndakasi, mountain gorilla who became selfie star dies in the arms of her caretaker

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Australia's koalas are in trouble. The question is how much.

Nearly a third of the koalas were wiped out in just the past three years, according to new figures released by a conservation group, although some experts say real numbers are difficult to establish.
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Helping the Environment by Going Fur-Free

This Earth Month, consider ditching the fur and going for more sustainable alternatives—these luxury labels have. 04.12.2021 by Mina Dragani
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Several Native American tribes sue Wisconsin over "unlawful" wolf hunting

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Why Won’t COP26 Take Animal Agriculture Seriously?

Animal agriculture is a huge contributor to climate change, so why hasn't COP26 put it front and center yet? BY KAT SMITH
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Covid outbreak hits lions, tigers at National Zoo

Six African lions, a Sumatran tiger and two Amur tigers tested positive for the coronavirus, zoo officials said Friday.
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10,000 People Sign Petition To Help End The Donkey Skin Trade

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This Michigan City Just Banned The Sale Of Fur

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US Trophy Hunter Exposed After He Paid $30,000 To Kill Lion

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Species Unite Is Calling For An Animal-Free Olympics

The animal advocacy non-profit is demanding an end to animal ‘sports’ in the Olympics after a horse is punched repeatedly.
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Dog deaths and illnesses may be linked to Midwestern Pet Foods, FDA warns

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Brazilian viper venom may become tool in fight against COVID, study shows By Leonardo Benassatto

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Firm raises $15m to bring back woolly mammoth from extinction

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Lawsuit challenges Biden plan to sell oil and gas leases in Gulf of Mexico

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New investigation reveals Ethiopian Airlines' role in cruel global wildlife trade

Our new Cargo of Cruelty report reveals Ethiopian Airlines is shipping live wild animals from West Africa around the world for use as exotic pets.
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Germany's modern pentathlon coach kicked out of Olympics for punching a horse

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Breaking! The UK Introduces Legislation To Recognize Animals As Sentient Beings & Publishes History-Making Action Plan For Animal Welfare

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If you want to understand what it’s really like behind the closed doors of America’s factory farms and slaughterhouses, ask Gail Eisnitz. She can tell you about the sounds—overwhelmingly loud, a mix of whirring automation and animals’ pained shrieks. She can tell you how it smells, and about the colours, and about how fast everything goes. Now more than ever, she’ll explain, the kill line stops for nothing. Not for an injured worker. Not for possible meat contamination. Not for an animal too scared or weak to move forward on its own. Not even for one who hasn’t effectively been rendered unconscious before the cutting or boiling begins. She can tell you how it feels to stand right next to the stun operator—so close that you’re spattered with brain as cows fall. She can tell you about the fear, which she says is instantly recognizable, no matter the species. For decades, as the public has largely turned away from the worst of what we inflict on animals used for food, Eisnitz has chosen to look. Among America’s most dedicated animal rights investigators, for years, she acknowledges, she immersed herself so deeply that her work was an obsession. While she is best known for her 1997 book Slaughterhouse (updated edition, 2006), which exposed horrific violations of federal law inside United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-inspected facilities, her achievements extend much further. In the late 90s, as chief investigator for the California-based Humane Farming Association (HFA), Eisnitz documented widespread use of illegal, deadly steroids by the U.S. veal industry, leading to convictions and national television coverage. In 2000, after obtaining videotaped evidence and affidavits from workers, she exposed the routine skinning and dismemberment of hundreds of thousands of conscious cattle by the world’s largest meat packer. Eisnitz was the driving force behind a highly read frontpage 2001 Washington Post article that detailed slaughterhouse atrocities across the country, which led to Congress’s infusion of tens of millions of dollars into the USDA’s budget for humane slaughter enforcement. She played a key role in stopping construction in 2003 in South Dakota of what would have been the world’s third largest pig factory—a case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to appearing in The New York Times and on Good Morning America, among many other news outlets, her work was the subject of the HBO documentary Death on a Factory Farm. Today, she continues as an investigator with HFA. “It takes repeated pounding away at the meat industry to effectuate any change—repeated blows,” says Eisnitz, who is thoughtful, soft-spoken and lives in North Carolina with her cat, Abel. “I always tell myself that if you keep pounding away, change will come.” Colleagues say that relentlessness, no matter the obstacle or cost, reflects Eisnitz’s courage and her commitment to finding truth. “She has gone after the stuff of nightmares, and kept at it,” says Patty Finch, former executive director of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. She calls Eisnitz’s investigations into U.S. slaughterhouses “one of the most impressive bodies of work by any animal activist.” “Doing that work for so long comes at a great personal cost to her. I know that as her friend,” Finch says. “But Gail never stops.” Eisnitz first felt compelled to help animals as a child growing up in New Jersey. She remembers watching a program on public television around age 12 that showed two orphaned polar bear cubs looking up at the film crew in a helicopter overhead. Their mother had just been shot. “The expressions on their faces were so helpless. It was seared in my brain,” Eisnitz recalls. A few years later, in high school, she wrote a research paper on endangered species and couldn’t believe the speed at which animals were being wiped away. “After that I was definitely hooked on saving animals,” she says. She earned a degree in natural resource conservation and began writing about and illustrating threatened and endangered species for various local publications. In 1983, she took a job as a writer and lobbyist in Washington, D.C., for the Animal Welfare Institute and Society for Animal Protective Legislation. Her next job was as a writer and editor for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). But something was missing. “You can only write about things for so long that you haven’t seen for yourself.” “I wanted to work in investigations so desperately, but it was such a small field at the time,” Eisnitz says. She got her chance in 1988 when she became one of HSUS’s two national field investigators. Soon she was working to expose puppy mills, auctions of badly abused horses, cockfighting, the use of “live lure” rabbits in greyhound racing, and cruelty in factory farming. Sometimes she put cases together by conducting in-depth interviews with whistleblowers or other insiders who she persuaded to sign affidavits. Other times, she got close to perpetrators and gathered evidence while posing as Carol Taylor, her undercover persona. Her first slaughterhouse investigation started with a tip from a USDA employee assigned to a Florida facility where cows routinely were being skinned alive. “He’d complained to everyone he could think of and no one was doing anything,” Eisnitz recalls. It was a roadblock that would stymie Eisnitz again and again as she delved deeper into slaughterhouses. She says getting inside and finding workers willing to talk often wasn’t all that difficult; significantly harder was getting people in positions to help to take action, including the media, law enforcement officials and USDA regulators. Many times she convinced network news programs to run stories using evidence she’d gathered, only to have them back out at the last minute saying the material was too graphic. With law enforcement, “They’d often say we fabricated our evidence. They’d take the side of the factory farm or the slaughterhouse.” Even HSUS wasn’t interested in supporting slaughterhouse investigations or making use of her findings, Eisnitz says. “I was definitely obsessed with getting these cases put together. I had spent so much time documenting these atrocities.” In 1992, Eisnitz left HSUS to become chief investigator for the Humane Farming Association. It was there that her colleague, HFA founder Bradley Miller, encouraged her to write a book. In all, she put almost a decade of work into Slaughterhouse, a first-person account of her efforts as an investigator, including while she underwent treatment for breast cancer. In addition to detailing horrendous cruelty to animals—animals routinely beaten, scalded and dismembered while fully conscious, live animals dragged around by meat hooks, animals arriving for slaughter frozen nearly solid after being transported in sub-zero temperatures—the book also explores other consequences of slaughterhouses’ lightning-fast line speeds, including meat contamination and mental and physical fallout for workers. “I encountered people who became sadistic from working in slaughterhouses, and they took out their frustrations on the animals,” Eisnitz says, noting that many who she interviewed were relieved to tell her about what they’d done and seen. “I encountered people who became alcoholics and became abusive to their spouses.” The book gave Eisnitz a platform to call attention to slaughterhouse violations, which she did in interviews that aired on more than 1,000 radio stations. In 2004, she was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Medal for excellence in animal welfare by the Animal Welfare Institute. After Slaughterhouse, Eisnitz threw herself into the world of pig farming, finding a whole new set of horrors. When she finally slowed down, about ten years ago, she began to understand the extent to which documenting trauma eventually becomes trauma of one’s own. “I was very troubled. It wasn’t pretty. I just tried to shut it out and not deal with it, which is not good, because it comes out in other ways.” For Eisnitz, that included trauma-induced illness that manifested itself in visual processing problems that she struggled to find treatment for. “I wish I could say something wise,” she says about how she eventually healed. “I think it was just time and distance.” One of the biggest lessons she’s learned from her decades of activism is that self-care matters. “You can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first.” While her pace may have leveled, today Eisnitz is as dedicated to helping animals as ever. She is focused now on reforming the USDA’s Livestock Indemnity Program, which reimburses farmers and ranchers for animals who die during extreme weather, even when farmers make no effort to protect them. She’s also currently working to shut down a large illegal slaughter operation. As for the sanctioned slaughterhouses she spent so many years investigating, she knows some of the atrocities she documented continue. “The infusion of millions of dollars we secured from Congress for humane slaughter enforcement has generated much more regulatory attention to the issue,” she says. “However, I did a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request pretty recently and it showed that animals are still being shackled, hoisted and bled while fully conscious.” The meat industry continues to push for ever-higher limits on line speeds, Eisnitz notes, and in the case of pigs, no cap on line speeds. Driving the increases, she explains, are industry consolidation—many small and medium-sized slaughterhouses have closed in recent years—and growing demand for meat in developing countries. Lax USDA regulatory enforcement adds fuel to the fire. “The bottom line is the meat industry can’t seem to kill animals fast enough.” At the same time, she knows her work and the work of other investigators and activists has made a difference, from hard-won media exposure, convictions and legislative improvements to the thousands of people who’ve written to her since Slaughterhouse was published to say they’ve given up animal products. And she knows more victories for animals will come, if she just keeps pounding away. “I couldn’t do this job if I didn’t have hope.” Interview by Jo-Anne McArthur. Story by Corinne Benedict. https://unboundproject.org/gail-egWhaH7UWcU0LrrRavd_Oe1Ub8Y6dat4UIYI9GBZ8

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