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LCA Educating the Public on Cruel Dog Meat Trade at LA Korean Festival Thurs. 9/22/16 - Sun. 9/25/16

helpdogsandcatsAs part of our ongoing fight to stop dog eating in South Korea, LCA will be at the LA Korean Festival in Los Angeles, California, educating 400,000 attendees from Thursday, September 22 thru Sunday, September 25, 2016.

 

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2,000 Feral Pigs Sentenced to Death!! Act Now to Save Them!

feralpigsbogThe wild pigs of Ohio's Wayne National Forest are being systematically baited, trapped and shot to death -- all in an unconscionable cull by the USDA Forest Service and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife. Not only are government officials ruthlessly killing the pigs, but they're calling on the public to shoot them, too!

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bullhook Ban into Law - Effective January 1, 2018

ProgressElephantsOn Monday, August 29, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1062, banning the use of cruel elephant bullhooks! California is now the second state in the U.S. to outlaw these barbaric devices, following a ban in Rhode Island in July 2016. 

As of January 1, 2018, elephants in CA will no longer be beaten into submission with bullhooks (brutal weapons that resemble a fireplace poker). LCA applauds Gov. Brown for passing this important legislation but would like to see the ban go into effect ASAP so the bullhook is not used on elephants for another year and a half.

 

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LCA Launches New Virunga PSA Campaign With Animal Activist & Model Kenya Kinski-Jones

KenyaGorillasLCA has launched a new PSA campaign with model/actress Kenya Kinski-Jones!

Kenya -- the daughter of music legend Quincy Jones and supermodel/actress Nastassja Kinski -- is helping educate the world about the plight of the mountain gorillas of war-torn Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  

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Emmanuel de Merode & Anthony Caere of Congo's Virunga National Park to Receive the "Albert Schweitzer Award" at LCA's Annual Gala

2016 honoreesVirunga-themed gala honoring prominent animal advocates to be held October 22, 2016 in Beverly Hills.

Prince Emmanuel de Merode, Director of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Anthony Caere, Head of Virunga's Air Wing, will both receive the prestigious "Albert Schweitzer Award" at LCA's annual gala on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. 

This year, LCA's fundraising gala will be centered on the plight of Africa's Virunga National Park and its critically endangered mountain gorilla population. Defending the 2-million-acre park and its inhabitants from poachers, militants, and environmental exploitation is an ongoing battle for de Merode & Caere and Virunga's 360 park rangers who risk their lives daily. Part of their work includes protecting a third of the 900 mountain gorillas that remain in the wild.

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Five Tragic Zoo Incidents That Didn't Have To Happen

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The following zoo tragedies should never have happened. These are just five examples of the types of injuries and killings that occur all too frequently at zoos, and clearly demonstrare that animals are meant to live their lives as they were intended to and free from human exploitation.

In November 2012 at the Pittsburgh Zoo, an African painted dog was shot to death after becoming aggressive and killing a toddler who slipped from his mother's grasp and fell into the exhibit. After the incident, the observation deck was removed and the other African painted dogs were relocated to other zoos.

 

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Help Stop Korea's 'Bok Nal' Dog Meat Festival!! Set for Tuesday, August 16, 2016!

stopdogmeatKorean Dogs Desperately Need Your Help!

Hung. Electrocuted. Burned alive. These are just a few of the vile torture methods inflicted on innocent dogs in South Korea for the annual Bok Nal festival, a barbaric event in which dog meat soup is consumed in the belief that it provides a "cooling" effect in the summer heat. The dogs are tortured mercilessly because participants think fear and suffering makes the meat taste better.

The brutal Bok Nal festival lasts for weeks, with the main celebrations falling on what are thought to be the hottest days of the year. This year's next and final Bok Nal event falls on August 16, 2016 -- and it's up to you to speak up for the helpless dogs! Please sign LCA's petition today to tell the Korean government that the cruel dog meat trade must end.

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Los Angeles Protest Against Korean Dog Meat Trade - Thursday, July 21, 2016

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pressreleasedogmeatActivists Call to Stop the Dog Meat Trade of South Korea

Animal advocates including Nami Kim of NamiKim.orgSTART Rescue, KoreanDogs.org, and Last Chance for Animals (LCA) will be protesting the Korean dog meat trade outside the South Korean consulate on Thursday, July 21 at 10:30 am. Full details:

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VICTORY! Missouri Ag Gag Bill Vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon!

AgGagVictoryAfter tens of thousands signed LCA's petition against Missouri HB 1414, MO Governor Jay Nixon vetoed this freedom-crushing legislation on July 8, 2016. This is an important victory for the animals, and the rights of all U.S. citizens!

If HB 1414 had passed, agricultural industries would have become excluded from the Missouri Sunshine Law, a law that guarantees citizens the right to obtain all records from public government bodies.

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L.A. - Protest Ringling Bros. Animal Cruelty July 14-19, 2016 at Staples Center!!

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Join the Protest Against Ringling Bros. Cruelty!
Los Angeles: Opening Night Thursday, 7/14/16!!

Please come speak out against Ringling Bros. cruelty to animals! This is their first Los Angeles show without the elephants, and it’s up to you to let Ringling know that ALL animals should be banned from the circus!

LCA is looking for volunteers to help with the protests! Please reply to this email if you can attend.

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L.A. Vigil for the Dogs of Yulin - 6/30/16! Join LCA and Chris DeRose!!

 

Vigil YulinDespite massive global outcry, the Yulin government failed yet again to protect the thousands of dogs and cats brutally killed for China's annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival, a 10-day massacre that starts on the summer solstice. The animals are kidnapped in faraway regions of China and trucked for hours in tiny metal cages with no food and water -- when they reach Yulin, they are beaten and killed.

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BREAKING!! Obama Signs Chemical Safety Act, Dramatically Reducing Animal Testing

ObamaVivisectionBlogImage.jpgToday, June 22, 2016, President Barack Obama signed historic legislation that will spare tens of thousands of animals from the barbaric and unnecessary torture of chemical testing.

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is a much-needed overhaul of the archaic Toxic Substances Control Act (created 40 years ago) and will steer chemical testing away from animal experimentation and toward newer, innovative and cruelty-free methods. Animal testing is notoriously unreliable, so this move benefits humans AND animals.

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LCA is On The Ground RIGHT NOW Fighting the Yulin Dog Meat Festival

LCA is On The Ground RIGHT NOW Fighting the Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Today, June 20, 2016 -- just one day before the bloody Yulin Dog Meat Festival -- LCA representatives met with local Yulin officials to demand enforcement of health regulations which would prevent the slaughter of dogs at area slaughterhouses and were told that inspectors would not be conducting inspections.  

LCA representatives have now filed a complaint with the state council to gain an official order requiring the onsite inspection of the slaughterhouses where LCA documented dogs being killed without the requisite health certificates.

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Progress in Yulin, China! Government Pledges Action to Stop Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Progress in Yulin, China! Government Pledges Action to Stop Yulin Dog Meat Festival

For the first time, the government of Yulin, China has pledged to take action to stop the barbaric Yulin Dog Meat Festival, where 10,000 dogs are ruthlessly slaughtered and eaten each year on the summer solstice. This is major progress, and follows massive global outcry including a long-running campaign and multiple groundbreaking investigations by LCA.

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LCA Undercover Investigation Exposes Cruel Slaughterhouses of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China

LCA Undercover Investigation Exposes Cruel Slaughterhouses of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China

Undercover footage released exclusively today by LCA exposes the horrific abuse and torture endured by dogs inside slaughterhouses at China's Yulin Dog Meat Festival. LCA is the first organization to document the slaughter of dogs inside Yulin's slaughterhouses. The footage was shot prior to the June 21, 2016 start of Yulin's annual dog meat festival where an estimated 10,000 dogs are killed during the summer solstice.

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California - Elephants Need You!! Help Ban the Elephant Bullhook in CA!!

California - Elephants Need You!! Help Ban the Elephant Bullhook in CA!!

California is closer than ever to passing a ban on cruel elephant bullhooks -- a move that would effectively block circuses with elephants from performing in the state. The bill, SB 1062, passed in the state senate on April 18, 2016, and now awaits a vote in the state assembly. With the assembly adjourning for summer recess July 1, 2016, the vote could happen at any time!

 

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Australian Government Pledges to Ban Cosmetics Testing on Animals

Australian Government Pledges to Ban Cosmetics Testing on Animals

In a major win for the animals, the federal governemt of Australia has pledged to ban animal testing for cosmetics. Announced on June 3, 2016 by Assistant Minister for Health Key Wyatt and Federal Liberal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood, the ban is scheduled go into effect July 1, 2017.

Said Wood, “testing the ingredients of cosmetics like mascara and shampoo on living creatures is a completely unnecessary cruelty and it’s time Australia joined a growing number of countries by banning it.”

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Good News for Elephants! U.S. Government Bans Nearly All African Elephant Ivory Sales

Good News for Elephants! U.S. Government Bans Nearly All African Elephant Ivory Sales

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has just announced a major step toward ending the ivory trade and saving elephants from ruthless poachers. New restrictions will ban nearly all African elephant ivory sales in the United States!

Under the new regulations -- proposed a year ago and finally passed -- sale of African elephant ivory will be prohibited across state lines, with the exception of antiques more than 100 years old and items containing small amounts of ivory.  

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U.S. House Resolution Condemns Yulin Dog Meat Festival, Calls to End China’s Dog Meat Trade

U.S. House Resolution Condemns Yulin Dog Meat Festival, Calls to End China’s Dog Meat Trade

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced a non-binding resolution into the U.S. House of Representatives condemning China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival and calling on the Chinese government to end the dog meat trade. House Resolution 752 acknowledges the “extreme animal cruelty” of the dog meat industry, citing its unpopularity with the Chinese people, its threat to global public health, and the countless stolen pets that are slaughtered each year.

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Look But Don’t Touch – What to Do if You See a Baby Animal in the Wild

Look But Don’t Touch – What to Do if You See a Baby Animal in the Wild

by Cynthia Baseman

A few weeks ago in Yellowstone National Park, tourists transported a newborn bison calf in their car because they thought the animal “was cold.” After numerous unsuccessful attempts to reunite the calf with its herd, park rangers euthanized the animal.

Whether you live in a rural setting or a city, spring and summer seasons bring an uptick in baby wild animal sightings.  What do you do if you stumble upon a newborn wild animal? Leave it alone. 

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