Congratulations are in order for our friends over at PETA India today! After a nine-month-long investigation of circuses across the country revealed widespread cruelty, the Animal Welfare Board of India has just decided to end the registration of elephants for performances – effectively putting a stop to the suffering of circus elephants.
PETA India’s investigation of 15 circuses documented rampant apparent violations of animal-welfare laws, including animals dying from inadequate care, mysteriously “going missing”, denied veterinary care for injuries and being handled by drunken staff members. Elephants – who roam over … Read more.
After Blackfish won plaudits from the likes of Ewan McGregor, Leona Lewis and Stephen Fry, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the must-see documentary of 2013 – which tells the story of Tilikum, the orca held captive at SeaWorld – couldn’t get any bigger fans. But then you’d be overlooking Mr Parkinson’s Year 5 class at Davyhulme Primary School, which has been writing and narrating stories and creating adorable videos about the cruelty of keeping orcas in captivity. For his efforts, Lee Parkinson of Davey Hulme Primary School in Manchester has received … Read more.
Blackfish has been making waves around the world. Since we first blogged about it back in May, the film has received rave reviews from the media as well as massive support from celebrities, including Stephen Fry, Leona Lewis and Ewan McGregor, who have spoken out on Twitter. Most importantly, the documentary has shone a light on the cruel practices that orcas face in marine parks such as SeaWorld and Loro Parque.
Now, everyone in the UK will have the chance to watch this must-see film. Blackfish is set to air … Read more.
We’re doing the equivalent of wagging our tails at the news that Bolton Council has accepted plans to close down Westhoughton Greyhound Stadium, ending unethical dog races in Bolton!
In June, we shared the promising news that an application had been submitted to close the only remaining track in Bolton and redevelop the site for housing. A handful of dog-racing enthusiasts were threatening to derail those plans, so we asked you to take action. Thousands of you responded and wrote to Bolton Council to support the closure of the stadium, massively … Read more.
A Nottingham shopping centre, intu Broadmarsh, has seen sense this holiday season and turned its back on an ill-conceived plan for an event showcasing penguins on a busy shopping day.
The compassionate people of Nottingham joined us in expressing their objections to the shopping centre, which announced last night that “[f]ollowing talks and meetings with members of our local community, and with animal charity PETA, we have decided not to include live penguins in our Christmas Extravaganza event. We came to this decision after listening to people’s views and we believe this … Read more.
Good news: we’re one step closer to the full ban on wild animals in circuses that we’ve all been waiting for!
On Tuesday, DEFRA Minister Lord de Mauley confirmed that the government will go ahead with plans to keep all wild animals out of circuses and rightly dismissed an absurd select committee recommendation to water down the ban so that it would apply only to elephants and big cats. “The Government cannot agree to this recommendation”, this week’s report stated explicitly – meaning that camels, zebras, reindeer and other animals will also … Read more.
Morgan has an upcoming court hearing, and she needs your help!
The young orca was found emaciated off the coast of the Netherlands on 23 June 2010. The Dolfinarium Harderwijk, in consultation with the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, captured her and transported her to the dolphinarium under a permit that specifically provided for her recovery, with the purpose of subsequent release.
But in November 2011, the Dutch government allowed Morgan to be shipped off to Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain, where Morgan is kept in pitifully small tanks … Read more.
Pamela Anderson has just appealed to the Spanish Senate urging it to reject a bill to protect bullfighting and grant it cultural heritage status. The disgraceful proposal is currently under consideration by the Senate and has been opposed by hundreds of thousands of compassionate people both in Spain and internationally.
“Tormenting bulls for entertainment belongs to the Dark Ages, not the 21st century”, writes the former Baywatch star, who visited Spain last month. “Please take a compassionate stance against this cruel pastime by rejecting the bill to protect bullfighting. I guarantee that … Read more.
After months of build-up, Edinburgh Zoo has at last admitted today that its giant panda, Tian Tian, is not pregnant.
Long before this announcement, the news was awash with frivolous panda articles. Stories about panda love tunnels, hormone changes, mood music and even panda porn, all released by the Edinburgh Zoo, have helped the zoo to profit from these captive animals. Despite all the headline-grabbing mating gimmicks, the zoo failed to override the notoriously detrimental impact of captivity on the natural desire of the animals to breed.
The Edinburgh Zoo is … Read more.
Progress! Thomas Cook and Brittany Ferries have agreed to implement a formal policy against promoting bullfighting and the Running of the Bulls after receiving letters from PETA.
As we pointed out to the companies, following the bull run – during which many bulls and spectators have been injured – the animals are tormented and killed in cruel and archaic bullfights. This year, several people were seriously hurt in Pamplona and a 16-year-old boy was gored to death during a bull run in northern Spain.
Despite the blood and barbarism during the festival … Read more.