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1. Heartbreaking News As 30 Lions Suffering In A Captive-Bred Lion Farm In South Africa Had To Be Euthanized After Devastating Wildfire & Severe Neglect

Fire is one of the worst threats to farms and even more tragic when it affects innocent animals who are unfairly confined with no way to escape. Such was the heartbreaking case when a fire recently burned through a captive-bred lion farm in the Free State province of South Africa. Sadly, 30 lions had to be euthanized due to the severity of their injuries.

According to a heart-wrenching post on the Bloemfontein SPCA Facebook page, the owner of the farm knew that the lions were injured by the fire but did not administer any medical treatment for five days.

The Bloemfontein SPCA explained that it had no option, but to obtain a warrant to enter the property.


2. Biden Administration Defends USDA Wildlife Services’ Decision To Kill 8 Wolf Pups In Idaho Due To Complaints From A Cattle Rancher

In a recent letter, the Biden administration defended the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services for killing eight wolf pups from Idaho’s Timberline pack in response to complaints from a rancher who was grazing cattle on public lands.

Conservation groups learned that Wildlife Services started pursuing the pack in May when an agent killed the first three pups at the den site. The agency killed five more pups over the next two months. The groups urged USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to stop Wildlife Services from slaughtering weeks-old wolf pups on public lands.

In his October 5th response letter, Secretary Vilsack shockingly rejected the request, stating that killing wolf pups is a “humane management option.”


3. In Another Major Strike Against Our Environment & Endangered Species, Governor Newsom Vetoes The CA Deforestation-Free Procurement Act

The disappointing news comes after The California Deforestation-Free Procurement Act, (AB416), received tremendous support last month when it passed the California Senate with an astounding vote of 30-8.

This critical bill, authored by California Assemblymember Ash Kalra, would have established California as a leader in tackling the many devastating effects of tropical forest destruction. It would have required that companies that produce forest-risk commodities such as: palm oil, cattle, soy, rubber, paper/pulp and timber maintain a No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy. Establishing these strict measures would have helped to protect tropical forests and Indigenous Peoples’ rights, as well as save the lives of many species on the brink of extinction.


4. More Than 40 Organizations Worldwide Call For A Ban On The Elephant Ivory Trade In Canada To Help Save Elephants From Extinction

As the Canadian government’s public consultation on the elephant ivory trade comes to an end, Humane Society International/Canada, Elephanatics, and more than 40 Canadian and international NGOs, together representing tens of millions of supporters globally, have signed a letter calling on the new Canadian government to take urgent action to prohibit the elephant ivory trade.

Environment and Climate Change Canada launched the public consultation to hear feedback on proposed measures to restrict or end the elephant ivory trade on July 23, 2021. During the 60-day consultation period, Canadians and individuals around the world voiced their support for ending Canada’s role.

The urgent letter calls on the Canadian government to implement the strictest measures that were proposed in the consultation, including prohibitions on importing elephant ivory for commercial purposes or as hunting trophies.


5. Major Oil Spill Off The Coast Of Southern California As 126,000 Gallons Leak Into The Pacific Causing A Major “Ecological Disaster”

The City of Huntington Beach confirmed the tragic news that 126,000 gallons of oil has spilled off the coast of Southern California on October 2nd.

According to a press conference by the 
U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, the oil spill originated from a broken pipeline less than three miles off the coast of Huntington Beach connected to the offshore oil Platform Elly.

Amplify Energy Corp, which owns Platform Elly and two other offshore oil platforms, said it stopped operations and shut down the pipeline to prevent further leakage.

The company must be held accountable.


6. Namibia Auctions Off 57 Wild Elephants, Including Family Groups, & Plans To Export 42 To Zoos & Safari Parks Outside Of Africa

Conservationists and wildlife trade experts from non-governmental organizations across the globe are calling for a halt to Namibia’s controversial capture and export of wild elephant family groups. This includes the country’s unique desert-adapted elephant population, which are already threatened by years of drought, habitat loss, and trophy hunting.

According to a number of conservation NGOs, the elephants that the Namibian Government are planning to export are most-likely headed to zoos and safari parks outside of Africa. This may be in contravention of international rules under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

The Namibian government announced in August that it had auctioned off 57 wild elephants to three bidders which sold for 5.9 million Namibian dollars ($537,000). The government would end up exporting 42 of them internationally.


7. Brutal Norwegian Whaling Season Ends With Slaughter Of At Least 575 Minke Whales, The Highest Amount Since 2016

Norwegian whalers killed the highest number of minke whales in five years this season, despite dwindling public demand for whale meat.

The Norwegian whaling season came to an official close at the end of September, with at least 575 whales killed and 14 vessels participating in the hunt, according to statistics provided by the Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organization, Råfisklaget. Last year, whalers slaughtered 503 whales.

However, the higher number of whales killed this season is unlikely to drive increased profits for the whaling industry, according to a new poll commissioned by NOAH, Norway’s largest animal protection NGO, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).


8. South Korean President Suggests A Ban On Dog Meat, Giving Hope To A Possible End To The Country’s Horrific Trade

Animal activists from around the world are hopeful after South Korean President Moon Jae-in suggested that it might be time for the country to ban dog meat during a briefing on Monday.

The President first issued a Blue House pledge in 2018 to consider removing dogs from the legal definition of livestock following a petition with one million signatures submitted by Humane Society International (HSI) Korea and partners KARA.

A recent opinion poll commissioned by HSI/Korea and conducted by Nielsen shows growing support for a ban on the dog meat trade, with nearly 84% of South Koreans saying they don’t or won’t eat dogs, and almost 60% supporting a legislative ban on the trade.


9. Yves Saint Laurent & Brioni Are The Latest Luxury Brands To Go Fur-Free & Make Compassion The Fashion

One of the world’s most prolific global luxury groups, Kering, has announced that it will eliminate the use of animal fur in all of its fashion houses beginning with their Fall 2022 collections.

Yves Saint Laurent and Brioni are among the last of Kering’s design houses that will be adopting the fashion conglomerate’s new comprehensive fur-free policy. Kering is also the parent company of Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, and Gucci, which was the first to go fur-free in 2017.

In 2019, Kering formalized and published a set of animal welfare standards that will continue to be applied pertaining to animal fibers and materials.


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