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Many Circuses Are Still Exploiting Animals—Here's How You Can Help!

2.28.19As of late, there have been numerous victories for animals used in circuses: on December 14, 2018, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Nosey's Lawlegislation named after "Nosey", a 36-year-old elephant that made headlines after being rescued from the decades of horrific abuse and neglect she experienced in a traveling circusmaking New Jersey the first state to outlaw the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling acts; and just one week later, on December 21, Hawaii followed suit by becoming the second state to ban wild animal circus acts!

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3 Ways to Help Polar Bears on International Polar Bear Day

2.27.19Observed annually on February 27th, International Polar Bear Day aims to raise awareness for the challenges polar bears commonly face in the wild. Due to the ever-rising global temperatures, International Polar Bear Day also highlights the threat of habitat loss that polar bears are currently facing as a result of global warming.

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LCA's Bull Riding Protest at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Was a Success!

2.25.19On Saturday, February 23, 2019, LCA held a demonstration at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to protest the Professional Bull Riders' (PBR) Unleash the Beast Tour showcasing its exhibition of animal cruelty for their "Iron Cowboy" bull riding competition.

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LCA and ALW Launch "Stop the Villain Truck" Campaign

2.21.19LCA and S. Korean sister organization Animal Liberation Wave (ALW) launched the "Stop the Villain Truck" campaign today in Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, S. Korea's capital city, to raise awareness for the barbaric slaughter of dogs in S. Korea's dog meat trade ahead of the upcoming session of the country's National Assembly.

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February 26th is World Spay Day!

2.18.19February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, and February 26th marks the 25th Annual World Spay Day, an international day of action that draws attention to the importance of spaying and neutering pets for the purpose of reducing the overpopulation of dogs and cats.

Each year, over 6 million companion animals wind up in pet shelters across the nation; the lucky ones are adopted out into loving, forever homes.

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Victory for NYC Carriage Horses: Horse Hack Line to Be Moved into Central Park!

2.15.19On August 30, 2018, the NYC Department of Transportation submitted new draft rules outlining NYC Mayor de Blasio's plan to move the current horse-drawn carriage hack line out of busy traffic and into car-free Central Park. In a major victory for NYC carriage horses, the Department of Transportation has announced this move will finally be taking place!

The hack line move will officially take place once the Department of Transportation installs signage and completes minor construction in Central Park. 

This was a long-awaited victory for carriage horses that LCA has worked tirelessly to achieve as carriage horses are often forced to work nine hours a day, seven days a week in extreme weather conditions, surrounded by blaring horns, noisy construction, and exhaust fumes that are prevalent on New York City's congested city streets.

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February 14 is Pet Theft Awareness Day—Here's How to Keep Your Pets Safe!

2.14.19Founded by LCA in 1988 to raise awareness for the issue of pet theft and educate the public on how best to protect their companion animals from the hands of unscrupulous thieves, National Pet Theft Awareness Day (PTAD) is observed annually on Valentine's Daya day that often sees a considerable spike in pet thefts.

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LCA's PSA "Casa de Carne" Wins First Place at Animal Film Festival

Feb.11.19The 6th Annual Animal Film Festival (AFF) was held this past weekend at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, CA. With a mission of raising awareness for the issues animals around the world commonly face, the AFF showcased a myriad of feature films, documentaries, and short films that explored a wide range of animal welfare topics, including animals used in entertainment, factory farming, and animal testing.

LCA's PSA Casa de Carne premiered at the 2019 AFF, which was hosted in partnership with the Tarshis Foundation, and won the first place award from the Tarshis Short Film Awards for "successfully, creatively, and convincingly highlight[ing] the issues of animal suffering," and for "provid[ing] messages that influence people to pursue a more plant-based lifestyle."

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5 Tips to Protect Your Pet from Being Stolen

2.7.19Observed annually on February 14 — a day that sees a noticeable uptick in pet thefts — Pet Theft Awareness Day is now only a week away, and there's no better way to prepare than by learning how you can protect your pet from being stolen!

All it takes is a few seconds for your dog or cat to be taken — snatched from your yard or dragged off of your front porch. In fact, in the time it takes you to read this sentence, someone could have stolen your pet!

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5 Reasons to Ditch Dairy Now

2.6.19In an attempt to make up for declining milk sales, the dairy industry has relaunched a social media campaign aimed at highlighting the benefits of milk and promoting products derived from cows in a more positive way.

Needless to say, the campaign, dubbed "Februdairy," has backfired.

The accelerating disapproval of the milk industry coupled with the ever-expanding non-dairy market has left dairy producers worried and desperate.

The reality is, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the abhorrent cruelty prevalent in the animal agriculture industry and are ditching milk products in favor of cruelty-free, plant-based alternatives like soy and coconut milk.

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Year of the Pig: 5 Amazing Facts about Pigs

2.4.19February 5, 2019 marks the start of the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year. Each year, this annual celebration — which occurs between January 21 and February 20 in conjunction with the cycles of the moon — is represented by one of 12 animals based on the Chinese Zodiac.

While last year marked the year of the Dog, 2019 is the Pig — the last Zodiac animal listed in the Chinese lunar calendar, which represents happiness, honesty, and good fortune. While unfavorable characteristics are generally associated with pigs, such as dirtiness or laziness, nothing could be further from the truth! Keep reading to learn of five amazing facts you didn't know about pigs!

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New Jersey Could Soon Ban the Slaughter of Pregnant Livestock

2.1.19Brianna, a pregnant cow that made national headlines after narrowly escaping a transport truck en route to a New Jersey slaughterhouse, has inspired legislation in the state that would prohibit the slaughter of pregnant animals as well as ban the selling and transport of pregnant livestock for slaughter.

Brianna's heroic escape occurred on December 27, 2018, after she kicked open the door of a cattle truck, leaped ten feet to the ground from the second level of the moving trailer, and began her walk down New Jersey's Route 80 towards freedom.

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New Bill Could Ban Commercial Fur Trapping in California

01.30.19On the heels of Senator Gabbard announcing the introduction of legislation that would ban the manufacture and sale of fur in the state of Hawaii, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has submitted Assembly Bill 273, which would prohibit the state of California from issuing fur trapping licenses.

Each year, thousands of fur-bearing animals are cruely captured and killed for their pelts. During the 2017-18 trapping season, the Department of Fish and Wildlife issued 133 commercial and recreational fur trapping licenses, which trappers used to capture a reported total of 1,568 animals  including 995 muskrats, 167 gray foxes, and 118 coyotes. These figures represent a whopping 215 percent increase in the harvest of fur-bearing animals compared to the 2016-17 trapping season, during which only 120 licenses were sold.

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Breaking News: Hawaii Set to Ban the Sale of Fur!

01.29.19 postOn Thursday, January 24th, Hawaii State Senator Gabbard announced legislation had been introduced that, if passed, would effectively ban the manufacture and sale of fur products in Hawaii.

The bill, "A Bill For An Act Relating To Animal Fur Products," would also prohibit the shipment or transport of "certain fur products" in the state for the purpose of selling or distributing them.

Each year, more than one billion rabbits and 50 million other animals, including foxes, seals, mink, and raccoon dogs, are raised on fur farms only to be violently killed for their fur. The vast majority of fur-bearing animals raised on these farms are kept in deplorable conditions and confined to tight cages, often resulting in self-mutilation, cannibalism, and high stress levels among the animals. Worldwide, there are also approximately ten million wild animals trapped and killed exclusively for their fur each year. 

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Take Action: Help Keep Rodeos and Rodeo-Type Activities out of Los Angeles!

01.28.19 postOn Saturday, February 23rd, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will be coming to the Staples Center for their Iron Cowboy bull riding competition.

Rodeos and rodeo-type activities like bull riding are exhibitions of animal cruelty that are sanctioned in the guise of entertainment. Throughout the events, tools of torment (spurs, tight, painful flank straps, and 5,000-volt electric prods) are used to encourage aggressive and overall wild behavior in animals. 

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Take Action: Proposed Bill to End Whale Captivity in Canada

GiaBlogHeaderAfter months of delays, Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, is finally being considered by the Senate for a committee report. This critically important bill would ban the capture, confinement, breeding and sale of cetaceans in Canada. LCA conducted a five-month investigation into Marineland Canada—one of the two Canadian facilities currently confining cetaceans—and documented care that falls below the prescribed standards in medical treatment, food, protection from elements, water quality and psychological well-being. Our investigation revealed the plight of Gia (pictured left), a young beluga whale who became undernourished and emaciated following Marineland’s failure to provide her with adequate treatment and care. Devastatingly, Gia passed away in August 2017. LCA is determined to ensure that no further cetaceans endure the cruelty of captivity.

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‘Fur-Free’ Brands are Still Using Fur

Shearling.HeaderWidespread public outcry has pushed a growing number of designers to announce that they will no longer use fur in their clothing and accessory lines. Disappointingly, some of these brands are now using the pelts of other animals rather than transitioning to faux alternatives. Shearling is being processed by some ‘fur-free’ luxury brands to imitate the appearance of mink and fox fur. Considering the numerous luxurious faux alternatives—many of which are virtually indiscernible from animal fur in both appearance and feel—it is indefensible that designers continue to choose cruelty over compassion.

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Animal Farmers Going Vegan: Moving Quotes from Former Animal Agriculture Workers

FarmerQuoteHeaderFrom slaughtering farmed animals to fighting for their rights, these former animal agriculture workers experienced a profound shift in perspective. As ‘family farmers,’ they once justified their cruel trade by shrouding its horrific reality in illusory rationalizations about ‘humanely raised animals’ and 'happy meat.' After coming to realize this narrative is deceptive and damaging, they were inspired to become part of the solution. Transforming their life’s work from perpetuating cruelty to promoting compassion— these vegan advocates now dedicate their time to creating meaningful change for farmed animals.

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Aren’t Zoos Educational and Humane?

ZooBearSadRecently revived efforts to free Billy (pictured below), an elephant who has lived in captivity at the LA Zoo for over thirty years, have led to zoo proponents arguing in favor of the continued confinement of wildlife. At a recent City Hall meeting, LA Zoo members and employees presented idealized accounts of captive animals’ lives to support the belief that zoos are a humane and ideal setting for wildlife. While these individuals may have positive intentions, this biased and inaccurate stance is detrimental to the thousands of animals who remain behind bars. Read on to learn the most common arguments in favor of zoos and how these claims fail to justify the inherent cruelty of keeping wildlife captive for human entertainment.

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The Horrifying Reality of Live Export

LiveExportAnimalsAusWhen Manny, a young steer, was loaded onto a live export ship with thousands of other terrified animals, his treacherous journey had only just begun. Victims of this horrific industry are sentenced to a life of terror and misery upon arrival to countries where animal welfare laws do not exist. Fearful and desperate to survive, Manny made an incredible escape by jumping overboard into the water and frantically swimming away. When the brave steer made it to shore, he continued to run for his life, tirelessly traveling for miles and carefully hiding from capturers for more than a day. In a devastating ending to his amazing escape, Manny was caught and passed away after being over-sedated by authorities.

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