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Cows Sharks
Dogs Snakes
Dolphins Tigers
Elephants Whales


(Updated on 15/09/2016)

 

 

ANIMAL CRUELTY:

 

  • 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..."

    (law.justia.com)
  • 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..." 
    (animallaw.info)

 

ANIMAL ACTORS :

 

BEARS:

 

  • 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."

    (dailymail.co.uk)

  • Activists Seek Freedom for Pizza, ‘World’s Saddest’ Polar Bear - Text + Audio + Video - 21 October 2016
    "Chinese activists are demanding that a polar bear named Pizza be moved from captivity in a shopping center to a better home."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)


    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."

    (BBC)
  • Florida holds hunt to kill 320 bears - 25 October 2015
    "Florida is holding its first bear hunt in more than two decades, despite opposition from animal rights campaigners."

    (BBC)


    "Activists said Florida should focus on waste management, not killing bears."


  • Animals Asia - End Bear Farming  + More videos about Animals Asia (YouTube)

    "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...."

    (Neatorama)

    contains images which some people may find unsettling



BULLS:

  • "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." 


 

CATS:

 

CIRCUS ANIMALS :



COWS:

 

DOGS:

 

  • 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..."
    (aspca.org)
  • 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."

    (theguardian.com)

  • Yulin dog meat festival begins in China amid widespread criticism - 21 June 2016
    "The festival sees people gather to have dog meat hotpot, fruit lychees and liquor.
    About 10,000 dogs and cats are expected to be killed and eaten during the controversial 10-day festival in Yulin."

    (BBC)

 

  • 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."

    (BBC)

  • Chinese dog-meat dilemma: to eat or not to eat? - 21 June 2015
    (BBC)

  • 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..."
    (BBC)

  • Australia greyhound report finds 'barbaric' cruelty - 1 June 2015
    "In April, 55 greyhound carcasses were found dumped in a wildflower reserve on the coast of Queensland."

    (BBC)

  • 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)

  • Owners killing their pets to get insurance payouts - 13 November 2011
    "Pet insurance fraud has almost quadrupled in the space of a year, with some owners even killing their animals to get payouts."
    (telegraph.co.uk)


DOLPHINS:

  • 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."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

ELEPHANTS:

GIRAFFES:

  • 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 :-)

    (breakingnewsenglish.com)

HORSES:

  • Horse fly-tipping: why are animals being left to die? - 24 April 2018
    "Overbreeding means horses are cheap to buy, but they remain expensive to keep.
    This has led to a spike in cases of them being discarded, according to the RSPCA"

    (theguardian.com)

  • 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."

    (BBC)

    fly-tipping: illegal dumping of garbage

 

LIONS:

  • 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."

    (BBC)

 

  • 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."

    (BBC)
  • 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. "

    (BBC)
  • 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."

      (learningenglish.voanews.com)

    • 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."

      (BBC)

    • Zimbabwe 'seeks lion Cecil's killer' Walter Palmer from US - 31 July 2015
      "The US dentist who killed a lion in Zimbabwe should be extradited to face charges, Zimbabwe's Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri has said."

      (BBC)

    • Cartoon: Mac on Lion-killing Dentist Walter Palmer - 31 July 2015
      BACKGROUND + THE CARTOON + EXPLANATION + VOCABULARY + ALSO SEE + Related articles

      (englishblog.com)



    • Lion Killer - Cartoons
      (cagle.com)

 

LIVESTOCK FARMING:

ORANGUTANS:

  • '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"

    (BBC)

SEALS:

SHARKS:

  • 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."

    (theguardian.com)

 

SNAKES:

  • 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. "

    (theguardian.com)

 

TIGERS:

  • 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."

    (theguardian.com)

 

WHALES:

  • Japanese whale hunters kill 122 pregnant minke - 30 May 2018
    "Japanese hunters caught and killed 122 pregnant minke whales as part of its Antarctic summer "field survey".
    A report sent to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) reveals hunters caught 333 minkes in total...
    Figures from charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) show that many countries other than Japan still catch whales."

    (BBC)

  • ORCAS / KILLER WHALES:

    • 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."

      (BBC)

    • SeaWorld to phase out killer whale display in San Diego - 10 November 2015
      "The company has faced intense criticism by activists who say keeping the whales in captivity is cruel and unnecessary."

      (BBC)

    • Blackfish "is a 2013 American documentary film directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.
      It focuses on Tilikum, an orca held by SeaWorld and the controversy over captive killer whales." 


    • 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."

      (YouTube)