2006 New York Code - Unlawful Acts.
ex : "It shall be unlawful for any slaughterhouse,
abattoir or other place or establishment,
or for any person, to slaughter or butcher
domesticated dog (canis familiaris)
or domesticated cat
(felis catus or domesticus) to create food,
meat or meat products for human or animal consumption..."
New York statutes "A person who overdrives, overloads, tortures or cruelly beats or unjustifiably injures, maims, mutilates or kills any animal, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, food or drink, is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by both..."
The American Humane Association (AHA) "is an organization founded in 1877 dedicated to the welfare of animals and children...
AHA is best known for its trademarked certification "No Animals Were Harmed", which appears at the end of film or television credits.
It has also run the Red Star Animal Emergency Services since 1916. In 2000 AHA formed the Farm Animal Services program, an animal welfare label system for food products. The Association is currently headquartered in Washington D.C.
It is a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization."
Indonesians nabbed over sun bear slaughter: police- 3 April 2018
"A group of Indonesians has been arrested after a video emerged of them skinning and cooking four sun bears that they had slaughtered, police said Tuesday...
The sun bear -- listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature -- is the smallest of the bear species and lives in Southeast Asia's tropical forests and swamps. But their population is in decline in Indonesia because of rapid deforestation, which has led to habitat loss."
A polar bear is seen in an aquarium at the Grandview mall in Guangzhou,
Guangdong province, China, July 27, 2016.
American may face charges for spearing Canadian bear - 16 August 2016
"Officials in Canada's Alberta province have said they plan to ban spear hunting after an American posted a video of himself impaling a black bear... Spear hunting is illegal in Ontario, Canada's most populous province, but not in Alberta."
"In China and Vietnam, more than 10,000 bears are suffering a horrible existence in establishments known as bile farms.
These places regularly — and painfully — extract bile from the animals, which is used as an ingredient in traditional medicinal mixtures.
The bile extraction causes severe infections in the bears, who are often kept in cages so small they are unable to turn around or stand.
Many are caged as cubs, never knowing a life other than in these cruel circumstances, which persist despite effective medicinal alternatives...."
contains images which some people may find unsettling
"A member of Anima Naturalis holds a sign that reads "No to bullfighting"
as other activists lie covered in red paint mimicking blood, to protest against bullfighting in Mexico City as the capital's bullring Plaza Mexico celebrates its 64th anniversary."
USDA, McDonald’s suspend slaughterhouse buys - 23 August 2012
"The video appears to show workers bungling the slaughter of cows struggling to walk and even stand.
Clips show workers kicking and shocking cows to get them to stand and walk to slaughter... Federal regulators shut down the slaughterhouse Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, "after receiving the animal welfare video, and are investigating whether beef from sick cows reached the human food supply...
The suspensions by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the fast-food chain came after an animal welfare group’s video shot at a slaughterhouse operated by Central Valley Meat Co. showed cows that appeared to be sick or lame being beaten, kicked, shot and shocked in an attempt to get them to walk to slaughter."
A Closer Look at Dog Fighting "Although it is a felony offense in all 50 states, organized dog fighting still takes place in many parts of the country..."
South Korea closes biggest dog meat market in run-up to Olympics- 28 February 2017
"Animals at market in Seongnam were kept in inhumane conditions and killed using electrocution, hanging and beating...
Moran market in Seongnam sells more than 80,000 dogs, dead or alive, every year and accounts for about a third of South Korea’s dog meat consumption, according to local media."
China Yulin dog meat festival under way despite outrage- 22 June 2015
"An annual dog meat festival in south-west China has begun, amid uproar on the part of animal rights activists.
About 10,000 dogs will be slaughtered for their meat at the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin in Guangxi province on Sunday and Monday to mark the summer solstice, state media said."
Chinese dog-eating festival outrages foreigners - 1 June 2015 "Each year during summer solstice, it's thought that 10,000 dogs are cooked and eaten in Yulin, in Guangxi province in southern China, as part of the city's yearly dog meat festival..."
Dog sentenced to death by stoning
"A Jerusalem rabbinical court recently sentenced a wandering dog to death by stoning.
The cruel sentence stemmed from the suspicion that the spirit of a famous secular lawyer, who insulted the court's judges 20 years ago, had been transferred into the dog's body...
Still offended, one of the judges sentenced the poor animal to death by stoning, recruiting the neighborhood's children to carry out the order.
Luckily, the dog managed to escape...
The Let the Animals Live organization filed a complaint with the police against Rabbi Levin." (ynetnews.com)
Trending Today: Selfies Kill Rare Baby Dolphin - Text + Audio + Video - 19 February 2016
"An endangered Franciscan dolphin died recently on a beach in Argentina when beach-goers took it from the water.
The people passed the dolphin around for photos, or selfies, and it died from dehydration."
Internet fury at woman who killed giraffe (July 07, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Images of an American trophy hunter posing for a photo next to a black giraffe that she had shot and killed in South Africa have caused outrage online." Try the same news story at these easier levels:Big Game Hunting - Level 4 or Big Game Hunting - Level 5 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman,
flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
Horses 'fly-tipped and left to die', says RSPCA- 24 April 2018
"Horses are regularly being "fly-tipped" and left to die by irresponsible owners, the RSPCA has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme...
Almost 1,000 horses were rescued by the RSPCA in England and Wales last year, the highest number for four years."
fly-tipping: illegal dumping of garbage
Lions are being poisoned in Uganda's National Park- VIDEO - 28 April 2018
"Can humans and wildlife live together in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park?
Eleven lions have been killed by poison, suggesting the uncomfortable relationship is boiling over."
Poisoned lions and the fight for land around the Maasai Mara- VIDEO - 9 December 2015
"Two Maasai herdsmen have been charged after allegedly poisoning a famous pride of lions in Narok, south-west Kenya, a wildlife official said.
The lions, from the famous Marsh pride, were featured on BBC wildlife programme Big Cat Diary.
It is not the first time that lions in the area have faced hostility.
Local cattle herders have poisoned them in the past to stop them eating their cattle."
Famous lion found poisoned- 7 December 2015 "Bibi the lion has been discovered dead after being poisoned, a BBC wildlife crew has confirmed...
the Kenyan Wildlife Services has made three arrests. If found guilty, any perpetrators face hefty fines or life imprisonment. "
Second American Accused of Illegally Killing Lion in Zimbabwe- Text + Audio - 7 August 2015
"Officials in Zimbabwe have accused a second American of killing a lion illegally.
Last week, Zimbabwe’s government asked the United States to extradite American Walter Palmer.
They say he illegally killed a rare, black-maned lion. The killing of the lions has launched a debate over trophy-hunting." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
CECIL THE LION:
Cecil the Lion Could Help Protect Other Animals - Text + Audio - 2 October 2015
"The head of the animal rights group Born Free USA says the killing of Cecil the lion put a face on issues conservation groups have been addressing for years. Current campaigns aim to stop trophy hunting and cruelty to elephants in Africa."
In pictures: Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion - 1 August 2015
"Cecil the lion was a favourite with the tourists who visited Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Here's a selection of some of their photos...
Walter Palmer, a US dentist from Minnesota, is believed to have paid about $50,000 (£32,000) to hunt down Cecil."
'100,000 orangutans' killed in 16 years- 16 February 2018
"More than 100,000 Critically Endangered orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, research has revealed."
+ Video: Bornean orangutans' forest habitat is changing at an "unsustainable rate"
Great white shark dies after three days in captivity in Japan - 8 January 2015
"Cause of death at aquarium under investigation as animal rights campaigners criticise shark’s captivity as cruel and wrong...
Keeping a great white shark in captivity is extremely difficult as it needs to keep swimming constantly to get oxygen and maintain its body temperature."
Gucci owner gets teeth into snakeskin market with python farm - 25 January 2017
"Luxury group Kering says snakes will be raised in the ‘best conditions’ before they are turned into shoes, bags and belts...
Animal rights group Peta recently revealed it had bought shares in LVMH, the fashion house which owns Louis Vuitton, Dior and Givenchy, in an effort to fight what it sees as animal rights abuses. Peta has previously taken stakes in Prada
and Hermes as part of its campaign against the use of exotic skins including alligator and crocodile. "
Tiger shot dead in Paris after escaping from circus - 25 November 2017
"Police tweet that ‘all danger is over’ after tiger was killed by owner near Eiffel Tower some time after it escaped...
The Brigitte Bardot Foundation, founded by the actor turned animal rights activist, expressed horror and called on the ecology minister
to ban the use of animals in circuses."
California SeaWorld bows to conservation pressure - VIDEO - 10 November 2015
"A world-famous animal theme park is planning to phase out its killer whale displays, following years of pressure from campaigners.
SeaWorld has seen a drop in visitor numbers at its eleven facilities in the United States.
The company now says it will replace its Orca shows with a more natural experience, starting in California in 2017."
Blackfish - Official Trailer
"Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides
-- a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly -- and unpredictably
-- able to turn on them at a moment's notice. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story
of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who -- unlike any orca in the wild -- has taken the lives of several people while in captivity.
So what went wrong?
Shocking footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment
in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little
we humans truly know about these highly intelligent, and surprisingly sentient, fellow mammals that we only think we can control.
When you look into their eyes, somebody's home. Somebody's looking back at you. . . but it may not be what you think."