World Animal News TOP Stories Making Headlines This Month

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1. China Bans Wildlife Trade Permanently Due To The Coronavirus Outbreak That Has Already Claimed The Lives Of More Than 3,000 People

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee in China declared an immediate and “comprehensive” ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals, as it is suspected to be responsible for the devastating coronavirus epidemic.

READ MORE: HERE!

2. Los Angeles City Council Votes To Ban The Use Of Exotic Animals For Entertainment At Private Events And Parties

The Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance led by Councilmember David Ryu to ban the exhibition of wild and exotic animals for entertainment purposes. The ordinance, which began as a motion in 2016, makes it illegal to bring wild animals to parties or use them for entertainment purposes.

UPDATE: This week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the legislation into law to ban wild animal acts in the city.

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3. Breaking! Hawaii Department Of Agriculture Commits To New Rules Protecting Farm Animals Transported By Sea After The Deaths Of 21 Pregnant Cows

Animals shipped from Hawaii to the mainland face journeys of more than 2,000 miles, and they deserve higher standards of care. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s new rules aim to ensure that these animals do not suffer or die from preventable causes.

READ MORE: HERE!

4. The Equine Welfare And Safety In Horse Racing Act Was Recently Introduced In California, It Aims To Increase Protection For Race Horses Throughout The State

Following a surge of 37 horse deaths in 2019, and three more since the beginning of 2020 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, AB 2177 would enact comprehensive reforms and improvements to racing and eliminate serious contributing factors to equine deaths on racetracks.

READ MORE: HERE!

5. Breaking! Jeff Bezos Launches $10 Billion Dollar Bezos Earth Fund To Help Fight Climate Change And Save Our Planet

“Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share,” Bezos said.

He further explained that “This global initiative will fund scientists, activists, NGOs — any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.”

READ MORE: HERE!

6. California Bill To Require Pet Microchipping Aims To Reduce Number Of Animals Euthanized In Shelters Throughout The State

The California Pet Microchipping Bill SB 573 will require local animal control agencies and public and private shelters to microchip all reclaimed or adopted cats and dogs.

More than 500,000 dogs and cats are brought into California shelters each year and more than half are euthanized. Only 15% of dogs and 2% of the cats in shelters without identification are ever reunited with their families.

READ MORE: HERE!

7. Radio-Collared Male Mountain Lion, P-56, Killed In The Santa Monica Mountains Under California’s Deplorable State Depredation Law

This tragic event marks the first time that a radio-collared mountain lion has been killed in the area under a California Department of Fish & Wildlife depredation permit.

Please call (916) 445-0411 and urge the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to stop providing licenses to kill mountain lions.

READ MORE: HERE!

8. U.S. District Court Rules That Kansas’ Ag-Gag Law Which Bans Undercover Investigations At Slaughterhouses Is Unconstitutional

The U.S. District Court of Kansas struck down nearly all components of Kansas’ “Ag-Gag” law for violating the First Amendment. The law, which gagged free speech by banning undercover investigations at factory farms and slaughterhouses, has deterred undercover investigations at animal facilities, including factory farms, for nearly three decades.

READ MORE: HERE!

9. Breaking! New Legislation Is Introduced To Protect Animals During Emergency Evacuations And Wildfires In California

The Animal Wildfire Evacuation Bill 2568 would establish protections for animals during emergency evacuations and wildfires in California. The bill would require an evacuation plan to accompany any jurisdiction that requires an owner to obtain a permit to keep animals over that jurisdiction’s legal limit.

READ MORE: HERE!

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