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Sep. 13th, 2009

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eu-funded monkey advert pulled

HSI UK has secured the commitment of the European Commission to replace a television advertisement that featured a monkey on a leash.
The trade in non-domesticated exotic animals, including primates, is currently a major animal welfare problem within the European Union and HSI is keen to see an end to the supply of these types of animals for the pet and entertainment industries. Indeed, the illegal pet trade is an important concern of the European Commission.

Collared Monkey

HSI was troubled when we were alerted to a EU-funded television advertisement, being broadcast across the European Union, showing a collared monkey sitting on a woman’s shoulder and ripping a cigarette packet out of her hand.

Contacting the European Commission, HSI argued that the advertisement was both highly irresponsible and incompatible with EU animal protection policy. Moreover, the advert suggested that the EU condones exotic animals as pets, thus undermining existing efforts to stamp out the cruel exotic pet trade.

This trade can have far-reaching consequences for the wild populations from which these animals are obtained at an early age. Animals involved generally go on to lead miserable lives in captivity.

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The commercial trade in wild animals threatens the survival of many species and results in the inhumane treatment of countless animals every year.

Take the Pledge: Don't Buy Wild

Whether taken from the wild or born in captivity, primates are totally unsuitable as pets.

Classified as Endangered

Barbary macaques, a species similar to the monkey exploited in the EU funded advert, are the most common victims of the illegal trade in exotic pets in Europe. Young Barbary macaques are smuggled from Morocco to Europe on a relatively large scale. The trade in these animals is so extensive that it has threatened the very survival of the species in their native Atlas Mountain habit. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has consequently classified the Barbary macaque as endangered on its Red List.

HSI was pleased to receive a response from the Commission, reiterating that “animal protection, and in particular illegal pet trade” is “an important concern at the European Commission.” The Commission has now requested that its agency replace the monkey advert.

You Can Help

Do not buy any type of primate as a pet, discourage others from buying one and don’t condone it if they already have one.
Oppose the use of primates in entertainment such as movies, commercials, television shows, circuses and the like: Don’t spend money on entertainment or products that exploit primates.
Avoid profiteers who use primates as photo props (sometimes found at tourist attractions).
Support projects to protect primates in the wild or their habitats.
Don't visit roadside type zoos that keep primates in small cages.
Don't frequent markets that sell primates as pets or hotels that keep them.
Educate others about the plight of primates.
Do not buy any type of primate product: bushmeat, hides, limbs, medicine, etc.
When buying wood products or products from rainforests and other primate habitat, make sure you seek out companies that use sustainable logging and farming practices. For example, palm oil plantations in Borneo are delving into orangutans’ natural habitat. Palm oil is used in things like soap, processed foods, and personal care products. By checking labels on these products, you can make sure you’re not contributing to the destruction.
Sign up for HSI action alerts to get involved and learn more.
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HSI offers aid after taiwan typhoon

Mudslides and flooding have ravaged the southern villages of Taiwan since Typhoon Morokot struck on Saturday, August 8, causing some of the most catastrophic damage ever seen on the island. Hundreds of people are unaccounted for and hundreds more are stranded.

Many animals drowned and others, forgotten victims of this disaster, have been left homeless or buried alive in debris and mud. Villagers have sought shelter at local elementary schools but have been unable to bring their pets or livestock with them. Left behind in the mud-covered streets to fend for themselves, these animals have no food or clean water.

Humane Society International is supporting local relief efforts to provide animals affected by the storm with life-saving food, water shelter and veterinary attention.

According on-the-ground grant recipient Animal Rescue Team Taiwan (ARTT):

“The typhoon that caused catastrophic damages in Taiwan is one of the worst in history. We have never had such a devastating natural disaster since 1958. Almost all the shelters in the southern part of our island were flooded, thousands of dogs became homeless, and hundreds got drowned instantly. ARTT is now devoting all our possible resources to helping these needy animals. We are currently out of town on rescue missions. We do hope that God will help us go through all these pains and sufferings.

"ARTT explored the most devastated area to establish some feeding and watering stations. We luckily found two puppies who survived from the village where more than 500 villagers are believed to have been buried in the landslides and floods.

“Currently we are busy with the cleaning and reconstruction of the devastated shelters. We need to help them deal with the bodies of drowned animals as well as the sanitation of the environment. We wish we had 48 hours a day so that we could do more.”
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will the senate protect our wildlife?

Members of Congress returned to Washington this week after a month-long recess, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund is working hard to ensure that animal protection is on the agenda.

Many of our key priorities have already made meaningful progress during the 111th Congress, particularly legislation protecting wildlife. Numerous wildlife bills have passed the House of Representatives, but now await action in the Senate -- we need your support to get these bills passed.

Please make a generous contribution today to help us push these bills over the finish line.

https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2360&2360.donation=form1&JServSessionIdr002=nmpqxs12b2.app303b

The House has already passed a number of wildlife bills including:

Captive Primate Safety Act -- to prohibit the interstate and foreign commerce in primates for the exotic pet trade.

Shark Conservation Act -- to end the cruel practice of shark finning (cutting off sharks’ fins and throwing the sharks back in the water, often while still alive).

Great Cats and Rare Canids Act -- to assist in the conservation of rare cats and dogs in the wild by supporting and providing financial resources for conservation programs in their range countries.

Crane Conservation Act -- to provide financial resources for conservation programs to protect cranes and their ecosystems.

Marine Mammal Strandings -- to provide grants for marine mammal rescue and disentanglement.
Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act -- to monitor and promote the recovery of the Southern sea otter, and authorize funding for scientific research to support the protection of this threatened marine mammal along the Pacific coast.

Marine Turtle Conservation Reauthorization Act -- to authorize an additional five years of grants for marine turtle conservation projects in foreign countries, expand eligibility to include projects in the U.S., and increase authorized funding levels.

Restore Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act -- to restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild horses and burros, and encourage more humane and fiscally responsible management of wild horses.
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Sep. 10th, 2009

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Sep. 4th, 2009

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four puppy mills, four states, four days

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meet the pitbull training team



Sep. 3rd, 2009

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tell the US government not to give up on bobcats

A couple days ago, I wrote to ask for your help to protect polar bears ahead of the March 2010 meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Another animal species that will be at risk at the CITES meeting is the bobcat.

Bobcats, a member of the cat family Felidae, occupy most of the continental United States. They are about twice the size of a domestic cat and are easily identified by their thick grayish-brown fur, tufted ears, and their bobbed tail, for which they were named.

One of the proposals our government is likely putting forward would completely remove CITES protection for the bobcat. In effect, this would mean that there would be no international or federal government oversight of the export of bobcat skins.

The same thick fur that makes bobcats so beautiful is also in high demand for the fur industry. Bobcats are usually trapped in steel jaw leghold traps, and then strangled, shot, or clubbed by the trapper. In fact, bobcats are the most heavily traded cat species in the world, with over 50,000 specimens on the market every year. With the recent price of $800 per bobcat skin, poaching is a serious concern in the United States. De-listing would not only decrease the population of bobcats, which is currently unknown, but also have negative effects on endangered cats that look very similar to the bobcat.

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If the bobcat is removed from CITES protection, illegal trade would likely increase and even similar-looking species would be threatened. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is accepting comments from the public about the upcoming CITES meeting until September 11th. Please urge the U.S. government to keep bobcats on CITES Appendix II.

https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=4169&JServSessionIdr001=6yk1pud4g6.app306b

Then, spread the word to everyone you know, asking them to help polar bears, bobcats, and other threatened animals.

Thank you for making a difference for animals.

Sincerely,

Andrew Rowan
President & CEO
Humane Society International
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Aug. 31st, 2009

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polar bears have enough to worry about

In March 2010, the more than 170 countries that have signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will meet in Qatar to discuss trade protections for dozens of plant and animal species.

These important meetings take place only once every two to three years, and they determine whether vulnerable animals around the world will be protected, or allowed to be killed for trade or traded alive.

The United States government is considering submitting proposals that would mean life or death for animals of several species. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be asking for your help to protect these special animals. I hope you will speak out on their behalf using our easy online action forms.

Polar bears are still hunted to make rugs

It is no secret that polar bears are on thin ice. Global warming is causing the bears’ icy habitat to erode and poses a serious threat to the existence of the species. But what many people don’t know is that international commercial trade in polar bear skins and body parts threatens to accelerate their extinction. The U.S. has the power to bring this trade to an end.

The U.S. government is considering a proposal that would move polar bears from CITES Appendix II—which allows regulated commercial trade—to Appendix I—which allows no commercial trade. The commercial trade in polar bear parts and trophies is rampant, with more than 400 polar bear skins on the market each year. If we don’t act now, polar bears might not have a fighting chance.

Polar bears should not have to face the threat of commercial trade when they are already fighting an uphill battle against global warming! But you can help give polar bears the protection they deserve by taking the following actions:

Join us in submitting comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging our leaders to go forward with the proposal to list polar bears on Appendix I of CITES in order to stop the international trade of polar bear skins and other parts! Please do it today – comments on proposals are due Friday, September 11th!

https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=4173

Sign the petition asking President Obama to support polar bears and see that this proposal makes it to the CITES meeting in March!

https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=4175

After you've taken action to help protect polar bears, be sure to tell your friends and family how they can help threatened species, too.

Thanks for all you do for animals.

Sincerely,

Andrew Rowan
President & CEO
Humane Society International

Aug. 27th, 2009

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there ought to be a law

Have you ever thought “there oughta be a law” to protect animals? Well, now is your chance to make your idea reality! I'd like to invite you to participate in the Humane Society Legislative Fund's "There Oughta Be a Law" contest to help protect animals. Submit your idea today for a new federal bill to help animals!

A blue-ribbon panel of experts will select the winning idea based on its merit and viability for passage into a new federal law, and the winner will then be announced at the next Party Animals -- our nationwide, house party event -- on October 25. Join the party and you will be the first to know the winner! Let us know if you're interested in hosting a party.

The winner will receive a trip to Washington, DC, to meet with me and the rest of the HSLF staff, and to lobby federal lawmakers to gain support for their winning idea.

The contest ends at midnight EDT on October 5, 2009. Submit your idea for a new federal bill today!

http://action.humanesociety.org/site/PageNavigator/HSLF_contest_2009

Thanks for all you do for animals!

Sincerely,

Mike Markarian
President
Humane Society Legislative Fund
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Aug. 20th, 2009

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Vick: Let's not fight

On a chilly evening last fall, a raid on a dogfight in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood on the south side turned up more than 50 people, including a pregnant woman and a few juveniles, in a basement watching dogs fight a bloody battle.

This summer, young men and their pit bulls gather on hot evenings in that same neighborhood to compete much more constructively (watch the video). The owners learn positive training methods and new ways of thinking about their dogs. The pit bulls, some of whom start the classes wildly aggressive, learn to run an agility course and show off their new obedience skills. Participants shower their dogs with praise and treats and start to see their canine companions as friends instead of fighters.

The HSUS' End Dogfighting program makes the difference in Englewood and other troubled neighborhoods where dogfighting is all too common. People from the community spread the word about our "Pit Bull Training Team" and invite dogs and their owners to attend free classes.

The healthy competition in our classes has turned around many dangerous situations. Greg and his 95-pound bruiser Bolo struggled at first when Bolo tried to attack other dogs. Greg took Bolo out of the room sometimes because of his barking and lunging. Working with Bolo alongside more advanced dogs got him to settle down and make progress. Eventually, Bolo could sit calmly while other dogs wrestled in front of him -- unthinkable at the start of the session.

One famous face symbolized the dangers of dogfighting last week: quarterback Michael Vick. To a rapt young audience in Chicago, he described his downfall by dogfighting and urged them to care for animals, not fight them.

Vick also gave his first interview since prison on last night's edition of 60 Minutes. He says he has a new attitude toward animals and that he's committed to helping boys and young men in inner cities break away from the horrors of dogfighting. On the show, I explained that we need to tackle this larger problem, and that Vick might even be able to help with it. (See my blog for more of my thoughts.)

A few years ago, Michael Vick thought he was on top of the world, while in fact he teetered on the brink of losing everything. Our End Dogfighting program brings solutions to others who may not even know they need one.

Sincerely,

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
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