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Take Action: Ask EU for Companion Animal Welfare Law

The European Society of Dog and Animal Welfare (EDSAW) are calling on the EU to implement standard legislation across all states, concerning welfare for companion animals. EDSAW state that legislation across EU member states varies wildly, and that one unilateral benchmark is needed to adequately control and effect animal related crime and mistreatment.

If you’d like to lend your voice to the cause and ask the European Parliament to consider all animals on their watch, please click the link below.

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http://www.thepetitionsite.com/129/219/560/eu-stop-to-consider-give-the-companion-animals-protection-in-the-eu-treaties-now/

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Take Action: Implement Scanning Procedures for Road Killed Pets

Last November, a family in north east England’s beloved dog Harvey ran away. Shortly after, he was killed on the M62.

Incredibly, Harvey was not scanned or logged after his death, and the family kept up the search for him for 13 weeks. The family are now calling on changes to Department of Transport legislation to help identify potential pets being killed on our roads. Specifically, they ask for:

  • compulsory scanning of all domestic animals retrieved from the highways
  • log report filed and circulated to both Police and Dog Warden
  • photographs of the deceased to be held with the log report to be used for identification purposes.

The petition has reached over 24,000 signatures, however the Department of Transport have maintained their position, stating “the Government has no plans to enforce adherence to the Network Management Manual through legislation”.

We all know how devastating it is to discover your beloved pet has been killed on the roads. Please take a moment to sign Harvey’s petition; which will remain open to signatures and will be considered for further debate by the Backbench Business Committee should it pass the 100 000 signature threshold.

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http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62490

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Take Action: Ban Eating of Cat Meat in Peru

The festival of Curruñao, in Peru, has historically tortured and blown up cats so they could later be eaten by baying mobs. While a recent ruling has outlawed this, the rule applies only to Curruñao, south of Lima.

Let’s act now to get the sickening ritual killing and eating of cats banned throughout the whole country. Ministry of Health, act now before it’s too late for thousands of defenceless felines.

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http://linkis.com/thepetitionsite.com/XIWLc

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Critter Web Smiles: The Lion Whisperer

Kevin Richardson, aka ‘The Lion Whisperer‘, is an animal behaviourist based in Africa. He has worked with wild lions for years, focusing on rehabilitation to the wild. In this short clip, he returns to the grasslands of Africa to greet some of the lions he has worked with.

What happens next is utterly incredible. For anyone who loves lions, this is a pretty special clip.

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Watch The Lion Whisperer here.

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Primates as Pets: No Ban from DEFRA

The UK government has described a potential ban on keeping primates as pets as ‘draconian’. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are refusing to take steps to implement an outright ban before more compelling evidence in support of this can be collected. They want to see independent research carried out by the government on, “the number and living conditions of such pets,” and are seeking to ensure that through research and implementation of results, pet primates will be kept in conditions ‘as well as’ those in zoos, circuses and pet shops.

A worrying lack of evidence around primate pet numbers in the UK means the estimated figure varies wildly. RSPCA suggest between 3,000 and 9,000 pet monkeys are kept in Britain, however the report issued by DEFRA suggests this figure could be as high as 20,000. The majority of monkeys currently kept as pets are marmosets, capuchins and squirrel monkeys. Conversely, primate numbers in the wild are dwindling. Capuchins in particular are suffering marked decline due to habitat loss and degradation by humans, a plight which has seen the IUCN class them as Critically Endangered priority species.

Various animal welfare organisations have stepped forward to oppose the keeping of primates as pets, with Care for the Wild suggesting that, “primates are wild animals that cannot have their needs met in a household environment”. In addition to lack of data surrounding primate numbers, there is also a worrying lack of regulation on the sale of primates. Many are thought to be traded illegally over the internet, with many more feared to be kept in captivity for breeding and resale.

DEFRA have called on the UK government to begin conducting research into where and how primates are being kept, before deciding on the next steps. They claim that a ban is not being entirely ruled out, but that solid evidence and existing frameworks must be exhausted before this will be considered. They also state that a review of the Primate Code 2010 is due to be undertaken next year.

What do you think – should primates be kept in captivity? Is there any difference between keeping captive bred primates and captive bred birds, rodents or reptiles?

It’s an interesting debate; I am sure many primate owners out there are as responsible and loving with their furry friends as the rest of us are with our dogs and cats. Is it fair to take the animals away from committed, dedicated owners, some of whom may have kept these monkeys for many years? Undoubtedly, close bonds can be formed between primates and humans, and I would suggest it’s fairly evident that each case must be dealt with as an individual set of circumstances.

Personally, a blanket ban on all primates as pets I fear could potentially do more harm than good in terms of established primate-human bonds between pet and owner. However, I am slightly concerned at DEFRA’s requirement that their welfare be akin to that of captive animals in zoos and… circuses?! That’s the part that got me about this particular statement. I would suggest using the term ‘animal welfare’ in relation to circuses is akin to calling a slaughterhouse humane, and if that is DEFRA’s only condition for establishing a primate welfare baseline following their ‘solid evidence,’ then this particular government research proposal  is one we should all be watching very closely indeed.

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Paws for Thought: The Shocking Truth About Non-Stun Slaughter

The last few weeks have seen increased media interest in the procedures and politics surrounding Halal meat, obtained from animals which have not been stunned pre-slaughter. Typically, the animals involved have their throats slit, including the windpipe and blood vessels in the neck – all while fully conscious. The level of suffering and pain the animals feel is being debated now more than ever, with seemingly everyone wading into the debate.

Most recent to speak out against the Halal industry is Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming. In his piece for the Huffington Post, Lymbery refers to the process as causing “millions of farm animals [to] suffer an unnecessarily painful and hugely distressing death every year”. He references the recent petition created by the British Veterinary Association, calling on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to legislate for all animals to be pre-stunned before slaughter, ‘rendering them insensible to pain until death supervenes’.

Of course, portrayed in the wrong manner, this increased pressure on the Halal industry could be taken in all manner of directions – many of which, it has to be suggested, seem to be trotted out (pardon the pun) to distract from the real issue. Quite simply, this is not about politics. It is not about religion. (Nor, in this case, is it even about meat eating as a practice). This call to arms is about the simple fact that sentient creatures are being led terrified to an agonising death, every single day. Once their throats are slit, they are left, still alive, to ‘bleed out’. For chickens this can take minutes. For cows, pigs and sheep, the reality is very different. And the UK government allows this process to continue.

Now, more than ever, it’s time to step up and speak out against the Halal practice.

The RSPCA says slaughter without pre-stunning causes "unnecessary suffering".

The RSPCA says slaughter without pre-stunning causes “unnecessary suffering”.

To sign the British Veterinary Association’s petition to DEFRA, please click here:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/64331

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