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sexta-feira, 29 de julho de 2011

Shocking: Children Forced to Stomp on Animals

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Shocking: Children Forced to Stomp on Animals

Dear Anne,

1.Contact the Philippine ambassador to the U.S. and urge him to support a new law criminalizing the sale of "crush" videos in his country. 2. Make as generous a gift as you can today to support PETA Asia's unique and groundbreaking efforts to stop horrific cruelty to animals in Asia.PETA Asia has just blown the lid off a horrifying and heartbreaking case in the Philippines that involves cruelty to two of the most vulnerable members of any society—children and animals. You will need a strong stomach to read on, but please know that for the first time in history, something is being done about what you are about to read:

For the last year, PETA's affiliate in Asia has been working to expose and stop those behind a series of pornographic snuff videos in which girls as young as 12 are videotaped torturing and killing animals. These "crush" videos depict the girls stepping, standing, and stomping on animals—from the smallest of mice to large dogs—and are made for a niche market of demented individuals all over the world who derive sexual pleasure from watching animals being abused and slowly killed. Such videos are so heinous that the U.S. enacted a federal law to ban their sale just last year.

The content of the videos associated with this case in the Philippines is beyond sickening. They show scantily clad young girls in high heels crushing puppies, cutting the ears from screaming rabbits who are then set ablaze, driving a sharp stiletto heel repeatedly into a monkey's eyes, and other scenes that are so disturbing that I will spare you the details. The abuse of these animals is prolonged as their limbs are broken and organs crushed until they bleed from the eyes and finally succumb to the agony. But please keep reading.

PETA Asia staff approached and have been working with the Filipino National Bureau of Investigations for more than a year. Finally, after overcoming painstaking hurdles, the police have now charged two people with cruelty to animals, the corruption of minors, and other crimes. The couple has now fled; warrants have been issued for their arrest, and PETA Asia is offering a substantial reward to help locate and bring them to justice.

Although the two fugitives are being pursued by law enforcement and we are working the tips hotline, there is still much more to be done. We need your help to stop similar atrocities, as this isn't the only case, and we need your support for all PETA Asia's wonderful and often lifesaving work for animals. The following are two simple ways that you can help right now:

  1. Contact the Philippine Ambassador to the United States and urge him to do everything in his power to promote the passage of a law banning the sale of these videos in his country.
  2. Make a desperately needed gift today to help PETA Asia's work. The cost of necessary legal work, support for some of the children ensnared in this case, and all PETA Asia's groundbreaking efforts to stop animal abuse throughout Asia is quickly draining this affiliate's budget to pursue cases like this one. PETA will direct 100 percent of your gift to PETA Asia.

It's difficult to imagine something as vile as what PETA Asia has helped to expose in the Philippines, but by taking the two important steps above, you can help us move closer to a day when such sickening cruelty is stopped for good.

Thank you for everything that you do for animals—both in your own neighborhood and around the world.

Kind regards,

Ingrid Newkirk
Ingrid E. Newkirk

P.S. From helping to bring "crush" video abusers to justice to being among the first animal protection groups on the ground following the devastating March earthquakes in Japan, PETA Asia is on the front lines of the fight for animal rights across Asia. You can find out more about its vital work for animals in the Philippines, China, and throughout Asia by visiting

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quinta-feira, 28 de julho de 2011

News About Animals - July 28, 2011

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July 28, 2011

Rhesus monkeyThank You For Responding For The Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute Monkeys And Beagles

Earlier this week, we sent you an alert about monkeys and beagles at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. So many of you e-mailed and called LRRI on the animals' behalf that LRRI President and CEO Robert W. Rubin called IDA headquarters, had a long conversation with our founder Elliot M. Katz, DVM, and then sent us a written statement. Thank you for your swift, powerful, and encouraging response, which no doubt caused LRRI to engage in dialogue about the animals with IDA.

We are in the process of assessing LRRI's statement, and will report our conclusions to you soon. In the meantime, please stop calling or e-mailing LRRI. Thank you for your quick response and for the difference you make for animals everywhere. We would not be able to help so many animals without your continuing commitment, activism, and support.

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elephants and babyAgony And Ivory - Help Wild Elephants Now

July's Vanity Fair features a must-read article by investigative journalist Alex Shoumatoff detailing the current state of the ivory trade and its deadly affect on the wild elephants of Africa. His travels take him from African wildlife preserves and the brave conservationists who fight for elephants, to Asia, where ivory is highly prized by China's booming "suddenly wealthy" class, which is as numerous as the entire population of Japan.

Until a ban on ivory sales in 1989, the global ivory trade threatened to wipe out Africa's elephants in the 1970s and 1980s, reducing the continent's population of elephants from about 1.3 million to fewer than 600,000 today. At the height of the slaughter, it is believed that 70,000 elephants a year were killed continent-wide. Today it is estimated that in their 37 African range states, elephants are being killed at the rate of 100 a day, and their ivory illegally exported to Asia. Though that's about half the number killed in the '70-'80s, Shoumatoff reminds us that today there are only half as many elephants left.

You can help by making a donation to IDA's Elephant Protection Fund. In addition to advocating for elephants in captivity, IDA acts for their wild kin, including providing direct assistance to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants with a grant for anti-poaching efforts; funding radio collars for calves who were rescued from the cruel elephant-back safari trade and reintroduced into the wild; and mobilizing our supporters to successfully fight the export of young elephants and other wildlife from Zimbabwe to a zoo in North Korea.

Read Agony and Ivory in Vanity Fair, then take a stand for elephants by donating to IDA's Elephant Protection Fund. Together, we can help elephants survive.

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South Korean bus funded by IDAIDA Funds South Korean Activists Protecting Dogs And Cats

IDA's partnerships with South Korean activists are creating very effective outreach for the dogs and cats of South Korea. With your donations, we helped fund a bus to travel the streets of Seoul during “the dog-eating days” in July and August. Your donations are also helping transform a vehicle into a large rescue van to travel the country. So you are helping fund two vehicles - one for education, one for rescue. Click here to read more, see photos of the outreach bus, and get involved on August 16, the International Day of Action for South Korean Dogs and Cats.

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Who hurt this kitten? $2,500 reward.IDA Offers $2,500 Reward To Catch Kitten Torturer In Oregon

IDA has pledged $2,500 to a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals who tortured and abandoned four kittens in McMinnville, Oregon. Click here to read our news release and see more photos.

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Ride to the Light - Sanctuary benefitRide To The Light Bike Ride To Benefit Three Sanctuaries

The third annual Ride to the Light is a 100 mile bike ride in Oregon to benefit Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Out To Pasture Sanctuary and IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary. The ride is on September 24, 2011. You don't need to be near Oregon to help! Visit the Ride's Facebook page to learn more, or go straight to the pledge page if you're ready to pledge a few bucks for these heroic bikers for animals.

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quarta-feira, 27 de julho de 2011

Cats and dogs are being killed for their fur

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Thousands of dogs, cats, rabbits, raccoons, and other animals are facing a violent death at Chinese animal markets, where they will be stripped of their skin-- often while still conscious. Won't you help stop the suffering of these and all animals slaughtered by the fur trade today? Donate now! Dear Anne,

It's the shameful secret that those in the international fur trade do their best to hide.

Cats and dogs in China—more than 2 million individual animals this year alone—will be killed for their fur. Animals like the ones we share our homes with as beloved family members are being routinely abused and slaughtered for their fur.

This cold fact has been witnessed repeatedly by investigators from PETA Asia and independent animal protection organizations around the world.

PETA is leading the campaign against the bloody fur industry. Please support our efforts today with a special gift to bolster this lifesaving work.

The animals suffering in these markets can't tell their own story, so I'll relay to you just some of what PETA Asia investigators have documented:

"Workers stuffed hundreds of terrified animals into cages to make the trip to the Chinese animal markets. No food or water was provided."

"The cages were packed so full that the animals couldn't move inside. And dying or dead animals were packed in with the living."

"When they arrived at the market, the cages were tossed 10 feet from the tops of the trucks to ground below, shattering the bones of the fearful animals inside."

"At the market, the killing methods used shocked even our most seasoned investigators—bludgeoning and even skinning the animals while they were still alive!"

All these horrors take place so that someone can have a fur coat or fur trim on a hat. It's outrageous and must be stopped.

The skins of these animals find their way to the international clothing retail markets, including the U.S., and are sometimes misleadingly labeled as anything from "Asian jackal" to "rabbit."

I know that it's hard to read about this cruelty. But I want you to know how you can be a part of ending this misery—by supporting PETA's work to save these and other animals from being abused in the name of a violent, greedy industry built on suffering. Please send a special gift to help fund PETA's ongoing campaign against the fur trade.

We're leading eye-opening campaigns against retailers and designers who still use fur, and we've convinced many to eliminate fur and exotic skins from their collections. We hold protests and educate the media and the public about the ugly truth behind the fur industry.

Of course, ending this cruel killing of animals will require a sustained and monumental effort. But we're up to the task and hope that you will stand with us. With your special gift today, you'll help PETA continue to fight against this suffering and abuse. And you'll help us tell the world that animal skins are not fashion.

Thank you for everything that you do for animals.

Kind regards,

Ingrid E. Newkirk

P.S. The more than 2 million cats and dogs slaughtered for their fur each year in China can't tell their own story. But that's why PETA is here—to work to end this cruelty and abuse perpetrated out of greed. Please join with us to end the bloody fur trade. Thank you!

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