Animal rights groups expressed outrage after an escaped circus tiger was shot dead by its owner as it roamed the streets of Paris near the Eiffel Tower.
The Brigitte Bardot Foundation, established by the film star turned animal rights activist, called for an immediate ban on wild animals in circuses in response to the tiger’s death.
“It’s a miracle that there were no human victims,” the foundation said in a statement. “It is essential to react immediately and ban this exploitation of wild animals reduced to slavery.”
Terrified Paris residents called firefighters after spotting the 440-pound feline wandering near a tram line on Friday. Services were halted as panic spread while social media relayed the news.
Valérian Fuet, a fire brigade spokesman, said: “The tiger was already dead when we arrived.” Its body was found just over a mile from the Eiffel Tower.
Eric Bormann, the circus manager who killed the animal, was briefly taken into custody. Police have opened an investigation.
Mr Bormann said he shot it “for the safety of the public” after failing to capture it alive. He said the door of its enclosure had been left open in what he suspected was “an act of malice”.
Mr Fuet said the tiger was shot in an alley. “It was not in the street, there were no passers-by.” It escaped from the Bormann-Moreno circus which was preparing to open next week.
Philippe Goujon, the mayor where the tiger was shot, said there was now “no question of allowing the circus to go ahead as planned.”
The Brigitte Bardot Foundation pointed out that 13 other EU member-states have banned animals in circuses and said it was “outraged” that France had not already done so.
The Bird Protection League, which also campaigns in defence of other animals, voiced a similar demand.
An animal rights group has targeted the Utah-based Norbest turkey plant in Moroni, releasing documents Monday that show the national producer allowed extreme confinement of birds, injured and diseased animals to go untreated, and sick poultry to be pecked to death by others in the flock.
The leader of Direct Action Everywhere also known as DxE, co-founder Wayne Hsiung says his group went undercover numerous times between January and September, collecting video, photographs and written documents from 14 turkey barns in Sanpete County that supply the Norbest plant. The group released the shocking video and photographs just days before millions of Americans gather to enjoy a turkey dinner for the Thanksgiving holiday
The alleged problems in the Utah barns ranged from intensive confinement, injuries and disease — including hepatitis and animals with tumors and cysts on their heads, Hsiung said. “Records from within the facility indicated that diseases such as hepatitis were spreading through the flock and that the farm had, in at least one case, resorted to the mass use of penicillin in the water.” Hsiung said these practices “are contrary to the company’s public statements that they are a humane facility and prohibit the routine use of antibiotics.”
Matt Cook, Norbest president and CEO, said he was disappointed to see the video and photographs because they were taken at a farm that has had problems in the past. Norbest’s animal care policy, Cook said, states that “animal abuse in any form will not be tolerated” and failure to abide by the policy “may result in disciplinary action, up to and including employment or contract termination and where appropriate, prosecution under applicable laws.’ Norbest is one of the largest marketing cooperatives in the United States, selling turkeys raised by some 40 Utah farmers. Combined, it produces 5 million turkeys annually.
In July 2017, DxE released an undercover video it says shows mistreatment of animals in the barns at Circle Four Farms in Milford, Utah. The plant is owned by the Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, one of the largest pig production operations in the United States. At the time the videos were released, officials at Smithfield Foods — which is owned by Shuanghui International, one of China’s largest meat processors — denied the allegations of mistreatment and said the video had blatant inaccuracies.
“Factory farms are inherently cruel and bad for the environment and bad for human heath,” Hsiung said. “You cannot raise 10,000 birds standing shoulder to shoulder and not have disease.”
The group also hopes cities, states and the federal government will “encourage more transparency in the country’s food system, rather than passing ag gag laws,” he said, a reference to states like Utah that passed laws that forbid undercover filming or photography of activity on farms.
In July, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby decided that Utah’s law was unconstitutional and appeared tailored toward preventing undercover investigators from exposing abuses at agricultural facilities.
As of 2008, 46 dogs have tested positive for cocaine in Florida’s cruel greyhound racing industry and now a new bill has been introduced that would make it legal for the state’s racing dogs to have trace amounts of cocaine in their systems. The extremely misleading named, Greyhound Safety Act, would allow “environmental levels” of “prohibited substances” in the systems of Florida’s racing dogs. If this act is passed by Florida state legislators, that number will likely skyrocket. Florida currently has 12 operating greyhound racing tracks, with about 8,000 dogs that could be affected.
While Rep. Jared Moskowitz said he could not speak for Florida House of Representatives Speaker Richard Corcoran, Moskowitz did acknowledge that he could not imagine any situation where Corcoran would allow a bill to be heard that would effectively legalize cocaine in dogs.
“This is not serious policy. This is satire,” said Moskowitz. “(The industry) is recognizing that dog racing is coming to an end, and they are throwing every ridiculous idea to see what sticks.”
“Wow,” tweeted Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith. “Only in (Tallahassee) would the industry solution to the epidemic of cocaine and steroid use in greyhounds be to legalize cocaine and steroid use in greyhounds.” Florida already allows steroids to be given to racing greyhounds, as confirmed by Jack Cory, spokesman, and lobbyist for the Florida Greyhound Association (FGA), a group of racing dog breeders and owners. Cory told Florida Politics that they are used “for birth control.” But according to Smith, they are given to female greyhounds to stop them from going into heat and missing money-making racing days.
Earlier this year, Smith and other legislators tried to ban the use of steroids, which can have harmful, long-term side effects on the dogs. The House version of the bill passed by a wide margin, but it did not make it into the Senate agenda for the 2017 legislative session.
Along with allowing cocaine, the Greyhound Safety Act would also require some measures that have to do with safety, like a “safe track surface” and insulating wires to protect dogs from being electrocuted. It doesn’t however include a hurricane evacuation plan for the state’s estimated 8,000 racing dogs. Although Cory claims the FGA’s No. 1 issue is animal safety, racing greyhounds were left behind in the path of Hurricane Irma two months ago.
The good news is that, in the not-too-distant future, there may be no need for the Greyhound Safety Act. Earlier this month, Florida Sen. Tom Lee filed an amendment to the state constitution that would ban dog racing in the state by 2021 and shut down its 12 remaining tracks. It could be on the ballot in November 2018.
In the meantime, a greyhound dies every three days in Florida, according to a 2015 GREY2K USA report. While Florida (and Alabama) don’t publicly report greyhound injuries, 11,722 injuries were documented nationwide from 2008 to 2015. The lives of racing dogs are already endangered by this “sport.” Allowing cocaine in their systems is a terrible idea that would only make matters worse. For more stories like this brought to your attention Donation to! www.peace4animals.net/donate
Ruffles Chips poked fun of ill-fated Thanksgiving turkeys on the holiday — and angry vegans are feeling salty about it.
The snack company posted a spoof image of “Tofu-urky”-flavored chips on Instagram with the caption, “There’s a reason tofu-urkeys are never pardoned.”
But the post left a bad taste in the mouths of animal lovers who called it cruel to laugh about killing their feathered friends.
“WOW. Tasteless much? Pun intended,” blasted hollywoodpuggle. “Plant based/vegan is the fastest growing movement at the moment so maybe switch your marketing.”
Others promised to boycott the brand.
“Have eaten your products for the last time @ruffles never again will my money be spent on your products. This is no different than a racist comment. You are a disgrace,” slammed luvlyvey.
Vegan user courtneylyyynnn called it just plain mean.
“The person who runs this page was bullied in high school. I bet you a million ruffles. #veganaf,” slammed Instagram user courtneylyyynnn
And __brentacos added, “Thanks for insulting my lifestyle!”
The posted image features a sliced tofu turkey roll on a bag of chips and proclaims, “100 percent Turkey-less.”
A company spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a show of solidarity, 20 cat owners in Surakarta, Central Java, will donate the blood of their pets to another feline, Mengil, who is a victim of animal abuse.
Mengil was attacked by a stranger with a machete on Nov. 13. She was later referred to a pet clinic and had to have one of its legs amputated.
“After the surgery, Mengil’s condition was stable. But on Monday, its condition deteriorated and it had to be given intravenous fluids. It suffered from anemia and was in need of a lot of blood,” Dhayu Irawati, who coordinated the blood donation
Dhayu said that the owners of 20 cats agreed to help out after she and Mengil’s owner, Kusuma Nastiti Ardiati, announced on Facebook and Instagram that they were looking for cat owners who were willing to donate their cats’ blood.
“Hopefully 20 cats as blood donors will be enough,” she said.
Veterinarian Yanida Talbot, who treated Mengil, said the cat lost a lot of blood after being amputated. “Even though it only has three legs, Mengil can still walk. Cats can easily adapt to their own condition and environment,” she said.
She said that, based on her examination of Mengil’s wound, she was convinced that Mengil was a victim of abuse and that her injuries were not a result of an accident.
Yanida carried out the surgery and the blood donation campaign pro bono.
A Canadian dog walker could not have survived over two days in the wilderness without the help of her border collie, a boxer and a puggle.
Annette Poitras, 56, was walking the three dogs in the British Columbia backcountry when she fell, injured herself and lost her phone.
She was rescued two days later.
Her husband says the three dogs helped Poitras stay alive during the ordeal.
Marcel Poitras told Global News that his wife and the dogs - a collie called Chloe, a boxer named Roxy, and Bubba, a pug-beagle mix - took care of each other over two days and two nights, with no supplies and periods of "torrential" rain.
Mr Poitras said Annette put her coat over Roxy, the short-haired boxer, to keep the dog warm.
She also watched one of the dogs dig a hole in the undergrowth to sleep in, and did the same.
"One of them was cuddling [her] and one of them was on guard and the other one was looking for food," he said.
He said the dogs did not leave her side.
Over 100 searchers combed the wilderness near Eagle Mountain to try and find Ms Poitras after her husband reported her missing . Two helicopters were also used in the search.
Some rescuers finally heard faint cries for help and loud barking and tracked down the small group in an area described by the Mounties as "well outside the normal trail system". The rescue team said she was "alive and in good condition".
He says they are looking forward to "quiet, peace, walking dogs, visiting family" now the ordeal is over.