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  February 24, 2011

Doll Stanley and PhoenixAnonymous Donor Will Match Sanctuary Donations Up To $100,000

Earlier this week, you heard from Hope Animal Sanctuary Director Doll Stanley, with updates about the sanctuary, the animals who live there, and an appeal for support. Now an anonymous donor has stepped forward offering to match, dollar for dollar, the first $100,000 donated! 

If you are able to send $10, it will have the impact of $20. If you can send $25, it will have the impact of $50. If you send $50, $100 or more, your contribution will go twice as far as it normally would.

Click here to donate nowThere are no strings attached. Whatever you can send will be matched – doubled! We have a rare opportunity to make a world of difference for thousands of animals in need. Please be as generous as you can today!

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Orca Tilikum, SeaWorldTell Labor Department: Keep SeaWorld Hearing Open To Public

SeaWorld is expected to submit a petition to close (exclude the public from) the OSHA vs. SeaWorld hearing into the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed by an orca at the Orlando-based marine park last February. SeaWorld reportedly will ask the judge to sign a “Protective Order” that would seal off the details of this high profile case forever. The proceedings are scheduled to begin on April 25, 2011.

Last August, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the results of its investigation, including a finding for the “willful” act of knowingly placing employees at risk. SeaWorld was fined $75,000. The company is contesting, likely to protect itself from liability in Brancheau’s death and to set the scene for trainers to work in the water again with orcas.

A Protective Order could bar the public from the hearing and would seal documentation and evidence of the inadequate conditions in which orcas are held in captivity and how trainers interact, and expert witness testimony.

Orcas generate huge profits for SeaWorld, while spending their lives in misery in concrete tanks. These animals would naturally swim great distances and live in tight-knit family groups. SeaWorld already operates under a shroud of secrecy that hides the suffering of orcas, putting profits over animal welfare and worker safety. Don’t let them get away with closing off this important hearing to the public. Click here to send an e-mail to the U.S. Department of Labor, asking that the hearing remain open to the public.

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sharkCalifornia - Support Bill To Ban Trade In Shark Fins

Shark fining is a process where the fins and tails of sharks are cut off, and the remainder of the often still living shark is thrown back into the ocean. They then sink to the bottom, unable to swim and die a slow, agonizing death. Every year, tens of millions of sharks are killed for shark fin soup. Read more in this SF Examiner article and, if you're a California resident, click here to send an e-mail in support of AB 376, a bill to ban the trade in shark fins.

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Guardian Award winner Vince Faltis with dog BlueberryGuardian Award Presented To Witness In Oakland Cruelty Case

On February 17, at a news conference hosted by Oakland (California) Animal Services, IDA Founder Elliot M. Katz, DVM presented our Guardian Award to Vince Faltis, who documented a neighbor's animal cruelty.

Video that Mr. Faltis filmed of his neighbor Charles Black striking the dog Blueberry resulted in a four-year sentence for felony animal cruelty. "This case could not have been made without the efforts and heroism of Vince Faltis," said Megan Webb, shelter director. "Charles Black is a dangerous man with a criminal record. It took a lot of courage to do what Vince did." Click here to read more!

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elephantKnoxville Zoo Elephant Intentionally Killed Zookeeper

A month-long investigation by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency found that African elephant Edie delivered an “intentional blow” when she fatally injured keeper Stephanie James in January.

This supports IDA’s contention that the death was not accidental. Leading experts agree that elephants are acutely aware of their surroundings and in control of their actions. This sad incident is another reminder of the tragic results of keeping elephants in unnatural conditions and using coercive methods to control them.

IDA has long called on zoos to end the use of the circus-style training method called “free contact,” in which keepers establish dominance over the elephants with negative reinforcement and physical punishment. Keepers use a steel-tipped bullhook, a controversial device resembling a fireplace poker, to prod, hook, strike and intimidate elephants.

About half of zoos have abandoned use of free contact in favor of “protected contact,” which is more humane for the elephants and safer for keepers, using only positive reinforcement and providing a protective barrier between elephants and trainers. IDA has asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to mandate the use of protected contact.

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