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Born Free Calls on UK Government to Implement Ivory Trade Ban Without Delay
UK ivory ban must inspire further international measures, take the commerce out of the ivory trade and pay attention to the plight of other ivory-bearing endangered species
Horsham, England -- March 4, 2018 -- Born Free today welcomes the long-awaited announcement of a ban on the commercial trade in elephant ivory within, to and from the United Kingdom. However, Born Free is seeking greater clarity about the appointment of a special regulator who will manage the accreditation of exempt items.
Born Free's co-founder and President, Will Travers OBE, said: "We applaud the government for its recognition of the need for the U.K., which has been the largest exporter of ‘legal’ ivory items in recent years, to take action on commercial ivory trade. African elephant range states, the international conservation community, and the British public, have all been calling for a comprehensive ban as the only way to help end the poaching epidemic which threatens the very future of wild elephants. We implore Parliament to pass the proposed measures into law without delay.”
Born Free believes the proposed online ivory registration process establishes, importantly, that the burden of proof now resides with the applicant. Furthermore, the range of penalties and fines for those who offend should have a suitably deterrent effect.
According to the government, the provenance of items exempted due to their rarity or cultural/historical importance, will be determined by independent advisors who will be accountable for their decisions.
Travers said: “In practice, it will be essential that anyone who seeks to trade ivory or facilitate the trade in ivory – including those who are responsible for its certification – must be held to account. Only a robust and highly precautionary approach will prevent these exemptions becoming loopholes that traffickers can exploit.”
Exempt items will include:
- Items made before 1947 containing less than 10 percent of ivory by volume
- Musical instruments containing less than 20 percent of ivory made before 1975
- The “rarest and most important items” that are more than 100 years old, including portrait miniatures
- Items traded between accredited museums.
Africa's elephant numbers have plummeted from perhaps 5 million a century ago, to less than half a million today, and upwards of 20,000 continue to be killed across the continent by poachers each year to supply criminal networks with ivory. Asian elephants, where only the males carry ivory and which number below 30,000, are also targeted for their tusks.
The U.K. has, in recent years, been the world's biggest exporter of legal ivory, largely in the form of antique worked items which have been in big demand among Asian buyers. This trade stimulates demand for ivory products and provides traffickers with a means by which they can launder new ivory from recently slaughtered elephants into trade.
Travers concluded: “Ending legal commercial trade in all ivory products is vital if we are to provide hope for beleaguered elephant populations. We need all countries that continue to operate legal markets and act as sources of ivory in international trade to step up and introduce similar measures to those announced here in the U.K. and, in particular, we urge the European Commission to announce far tougher restrictions on trade within, between and from EU countries without delay.
“We must also take into account the impact that closing elephant ivory trade and markets could have on other ivory-bearing species. For example, indications are that trade in poached hippo ivory is on the rise and official data confirms that since 2006 more than 50,000 kilograms of hippo ivory was released into trade – this from a species that may number as few as 130,000 individuals. Tackling the trade in ivory from other threatened species, such as hippos, narwhals and walruses, needs to be part of our immediate plan.”
Born Free has been campaigning for a global ban on commercial trade in all ivory products since 1989. The charity's advocacy, awareness-raising and public mobilization efforts have played a major part in informing recent decisions and persuading the UK government to take action. Born Free will continue with these efforts until the poaching of elephants and other ivory-bearing species has been brought to an end, and their future secured.
Today Mercy For Animals released never-before-seen footage of the commercial driftnet fishing industry—otherwise known as the death net industry. The horrifying footage, taken by Mercy For Animals, Turtle Island Restoration Network, SeaLegacy, and Sharkwater, shows vulnerable species—like dolphins, sea lions, and seabirds—killed by the driftnets and workers viciously mutilating and cutting apart live stingrays and sharks. Mercy For Animals has teamed up with these organizations to ban cruel death nets once and for all. Driftnets, so indiscriminately lethal they are called “walls of death,” are giant nets dumped into the ocean by the commercial fishing industry. The industry is notorious for the staggering number of sea animals—callously referred to as bycatch—who are caught, killed, and thrown away like garbage each time one of these death nets is pulled back onto the ship. The commercial driftnet fishing industry is responsible for egregious animal cruelty and devastating depletion of ocean habitats. Over three-quarters of marine animals killed by driftnets are bycatch, and this loss of life is a massive threat to ocean habitats.We can’t allow this horrific devastation to continue.
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ALT-VET: THE REVOLUTIONARY PET CARE AND LONGEVITY SOLUTION BY DR. VARGAS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Winter Haven,Fl ) – Alt-Vet: The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution by Dr. Vargas, offers a new way to look at alternative pet care and is available for sale at Amazon.com and book stores everywhere.
Alt-Vet: The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution shares with readers Alt-Vet- The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution. explores the alternative therapies that are available to your pet through a network of alternative veterinary medicine practitioners throughout the country, but offers some simple and safe therapies you can do at home with your pet that will them maintain a high level of health and happiness. TCVM is not some new concept- it has been practiced for thousands of years, yet surprisingly, many Americans have not heard of it or tried it with their pet.
Alt-Vet contains real life stories of animals that have been brought to my clinic by pet owners that were looking for some hope of saving their animal, reducing their pain, and increasing their quality of life. Many of those pet owners come in skeptics and leave believers. Alt-Vet offers chapters on pet massage, healing diets and emergency response care. The techniques offered are low cost and simple to implement.
Dr. Vargas is excited to share with readers:
- Alternative treatment options for your pet's care
- Massage techniques for pet owners
- Discussion on herbal remedies that can be used as home therapies
- Simple recipes and advice about food therapy for ailing pets
- Exposing the facts about risks and benefit of vaccinating your pet
About The Author:
Dr Vargas received her DVM from Tuskegee University in 1994. In 1996 she established her AAHA accredited Orchid Springs Animal Hospital in Winter Haven, FL. In 2009 she started her studies at Chi Institute, eventually garnering certifications in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal medicine, Food therapy and Tui Na. She is an assistant teacher at both Chi Institute campuses in Florida and Latin America. Dr Vargas is currently completing a Master's Degree in TCVM. In addition she has worked as a TCVM consultant for Disney Animal Kingdom.
Dr. Vargas is also a sought out speaker and has presented at the Ferret International Congress in 2008, AVMA convention in 2011 and the World TCVM Congress in 2015,2016,2017, AAVA conference 2017 & 2018 and Veterinary Partners Conference in 2018. She is a certified veterinary journalist and has published hundreds of articles including her bi-weekly Lakeland Ledger newspaper pet care column. Dr Vargas is a prolific author of both scientific and motivational articles. She is a guest blogger for Allthingshealing.com and a writer for Woman to Woman Magazine. She also wrote a chapter on Jack Canfield’s Amazon Best seller book “The Soul of Success”. She served as an AVMA Spokesperson for Hispanic market and has recorded many PSA’s and radio interviews promoting responsible pet ownership.
Her passion for helping animals and her voluntarism has awarded her state and national recognition. Among her awards are the Purina National Pet Care Award, Bay News 9 Medical Hero Award, Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Business Award, Brighthouse Regional Business Finalist, Girls Inc “She knows where she is going award” and the FVMA Gold award. She was honored by the American Veterinary Foundation as "America's Favorite Veterinarian" in 2015 and by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2018.
She lives in sunny Winter Haven, Fl with her husband, her two daughters and a menagerie of pets.
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Best And Worst States For Animal Protection Laws, 2017 Report Released
Posted on January 18, 2018
Illinois holds on to first place, Kentucky bottoms out for eleventh year in a row
SAN FRANCISCO—The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, released the 12th annual year-end report (2017) ranking the animal protection laws of all 50 states. For the 10th year in a row, Illinois is in first place—followed by Oregon (2), California (3), Maine (4), and Rhode Island (5). Kentucky holds firmly to last place for the 11th consecutive year. It trails Iowa (49), Wyoming (48), Utah (47), and North Dakota (46) as the state with the weakest animal protection laws.
The patchwork of state and local laws is animals’ primary protection. The strength of these laws varies widely, making the Rankings Report a vital resource for anyone interested in helping animals. The Rankings are based on a comprehensive review of each jurisdiction’s animal protection laws including over 4,000 pages of statutes. This is the longest-running and most authoritative report of its kind, and tracks which states are taking animal protection seriously.
Pennsylvania is the most-improved state this year, jumping 20 places up to number 24. This achievement is thanks to major improvements like a new felony provision for first-time offenders of aggravated animal cruelty (including torture), and granting civil immunity to veterinarians who report suspected animal abuse.
The 2017 Rankings Report also highlights a trend in laws aiming to end the tragedy of animals dying in hot cars. Public awareness campaigns have helped improve the situation, but legislation is also a key component. This year’s Rankings Report is promising, showing more states granting civil immunity for removing animals from hot vehicles. Immunity laws ensure that people who rescue animals from vehicles in emergency situations are not then faced with lawsuits from owners. Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Oregon all enacted these “reckless endangerment” provisions this year. In all, more than 25 states now have some type of “hot cars” law on the books.
More than half of all states significantly improved their animal protection laws in the last five years. Improvements come in many forms including stiffer penalties for offenders, stronger standards of care for animals, animal cruelty reporting by veterinarians, mental health evaluations and counseling for offenders, banning animal ownership following cruelty convictions and including animals in domestic violence protective orders.
“Unfortunately, laws protecting animals can vary widely from state to state,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Our annual U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings provides a tool for animal advocates, shelters and even legislators to gauge the relative effectiveness of their state’s animal protection laws and provides guidance for making positive changes.”
The full report, including details about each state, is available here for download (PDF). The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s complete “Animal Protection Laws of the U.S.A. and Canada” compendium, on which the report is based, is available at aldf.org/compendium.
The concept of conservation through hunting big game animals has no merit, Prashant Khetan, Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel at Born Free USA, an animal advocacy organization, recently told CNN.
Born Free USA is leading the resistance against trophy hunting. From speaking out against the lifting of the federal ban on importing elephant trophies from two African nations to making the case on the CNN documentary “Trophy,” Born Free USA champions the humane treatment of animals and condemns barbaric practices.
Prashant is scheduled to participate in a debate on trophy hunting tonight at 9 p.m. on CNN. “Trophy” will air on the network at 9 p.m. this Sunday. On Thursday, CNN.com posted an article on the issue in advance of the documentary.
With more attention being placed on trophy hunting, it is important that Born Free USA speak out with passion and reason.
Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
The Greatest Showman
Twentieth Century Fox, TSG Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment present a PG, Biography, Musical, Drama, directed by Michael Gracey, screenplay by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon with a theatre release date of December 20, 2017.
Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Columbia Pictures, Radar Pictures, Seven Bucks Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach Productions present a PG-13, 119 minute, Action, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Jake Kasdan, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers with a theatre release date of December 20, 2017.
Pet Safety Crusader™ Relocates to Villa Rica
15,000 Students, 10 Books and More to Accomplish!
DENISE FLECK, Founder of Sunny-dog Ink, the company she started in 1999 To
Help People Help Their Pets™, recently relocated to Villa Rica, Georgia from Los
Angeles and is pleased to continue teaching, writing and speaking on behalf of the
animals in the Peach State. "It is so rewarding to help pet lovers rescue Rover or
help Fluffy feel better BEFORE they can get to veterinary care, and I have been
blessed to have so many students jump to the task bandaging a wound, alleviating
choking, heatstroke or performing CPR,” she explains.
Dog mom Shirley DeFazio says, “I just can’t believe I saved my pet’s life thanks to
Denise’s class!” DeFazio performed life-saving measures when her beloved Doberman suffered
Fleck is an award-winning author & radio show host and animal care instructor who developed the curriculum for her Pet
First-Aid & CPCR (Cardio Pulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation) Classes after training, practicing, attending seminars and
practicing some more. She has taught more than 15,000 animal lovers life-saving skills and has appeared on Animal
Planet’s “Groomer Has It” and “Pit Boss,” A&E’s “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” CBS-TV’s “The Doctors,” CNN Headline
News, PBS-TV’s “Lassie’s Pet Vet,” “K9Corner” and KTLA Los Angeles, on radio and in magazines. She is honored and
delighted to be on the Board of The Grey Muzzle Organization as her soft spot lies with caring for senior pets, as well as
the Board of the Emma Zen Foundation which provides pet oxygen masks to First Responders.
Fleck’s 10th book, “The Pet Safety Bible” will be available in early 2018 but her most recent release, “The Pet Safety
Crusader’s My Pet & Me Guide to Disaster PAWparedness,” discusses an important topic in light of Mother Nature’s
recent rampages. Fleck has assisted Homeland Security with their K9 Border Patrol First-Aid Program and received
kudos from the Burbank (California) Police Department & Animal Shelter for drafting their Animal Emergency Plan. She
has been twice-named a finalist as Pet Industry’s Woman of the Year and has won 2 Muse Awards from the Cat Writers
and 3 Maxwell Medallions from the Dog Writers Associations including Best Children’s Book for “Don’t Judge a Book
by its Cover,” which according to Fleck, “Teaches kids from 0-99 to not judge animals, people, anything on the surface
but to look for the treasures that lie underneath.”
“I was born in Florida and after years on the West Coast, I am delighted to call
Georgia home amongst all the beautiful greenery, rainfall and friendly people –
I’m really anxious to see the first colors of Fall!”
Fleck just returned from a road-trip to New Orleans where she once again had the
honor of speaking at the Pet Sitter World Educational Conference which was
attended by hundreds of professional pet sitters and industry experts from the
U.S. and Canada. Said Beth Stultz, PSI's Vice-President, Marketing &
Operations, “Because professional pet sitters spend more time with clients' pets
than most other pet professionals, it is particularly important that they stay current
on the latest in pet health and care. The Sunny-dog Ink pet first aid training
provides pet sitters with the skills they need to administer aid and respond to
emergency situations before a veterinarian is available.”
Fleck is available to come to your location for children’s book readings, Pet
First-Aid & CPCR Classes, Pet Disaster Preparedness & Senior Pet Care talks as
well as other animal-related topics. Learn more at www.PetSafetyCrusader.com