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THE People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced that the Japanese government has decided to stop conducting year-long tests on dogs, particularly beagles, to study the potential effects of pesticides on people.
After hearing from PETA U.S. scientists for the past three years, the Japanese government made the decision to end the cruel tests wherein beagles are forced to eat pesticide-laced food or inhale pesticide fumes daily for a year and are then killed and dissected. PETA U.S. repeatedly provided evidence that data from these tests are not used to protect humans.
At the urging of PETA U.S., the U.S. ended this same test in 2007, the European Union ended it in 2013, and Canada followed suit in 2016, sparing thousands of dogs annually. Japan will now join the growing list of countries that have made the right decision for dogs and for science.
PETA U.S. and PETA Asia are urging other countries, including South Korea, to end their requirement for one-year pesticide testing on dogs, and are working to end all pesticide testing on dogs and all other animals. -- MetroPets
THE People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia is offering up to P50,000 reward for information that could help find the person or group that killed innocent cats from Dasmariñas Village in Makati City.
On Jan. 13, a dozen community cats from the posh village went missing and some were found dead, apparently from unnatural causes. In a circular released by the village management, one cat was reported to have died from chemical burns after paint thinner was poured over him.
The community cats in Dasmariñas Village have been spayed and neutered through CARA Welfare's Trap-Neuter-Return program and are fed by residents of the village. Before the cats' disappearance and deaths, a note was found saying: “You stop feeding cats. Our village is no cat sanctuary. Or else...”
The management and security of Dasmariñas Village are looking into the barbaric series of crimes against the cats, but so far no suspects have been identified.
"It's imperative that any community faced with a violent act such as the vicious killing of the community cats of Dasmariñas Village take measures to find the culprit or culprits and bring them to justice," says PETA Asia Vice President for International Operations Jason Baker. "Animal abusers are a danger to everyone: They take their issues out on whomever is available to them, human or nonhuman, and must be caught before they act again. We're appealing to anyone with information about those responsible for these cruel crimes to come forward now so that the perpetrator or perpetrators can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
PETA hopes to bring the person or persons responsible for the cats' deaths and disappearances to justice. Aggravated cruelty to animals carries a penalty of up to P250,000 and three years imprisonment under the Animal Welfare Act of 1998 as amended by Republic Act No. 10631.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the PETA Asia hotline at 0999-888-7382.
THE People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is appealing to professional boxer Floyd Mayweather to turn over his "pet" tiger to a sanctuary instead of keeping and caging it in his home.
The boxer posted in his Instagram account his photo with a two-month-old tiger from India, which he supposedly received as an early Christmas present while he was in Russia. Mayweather asked his Instagram followers to suggest a name for his new "pet".
Animal rights advocates and wildlife conservationists, however, saw a high possibility of a bad future for the tiger, even in the home of a rich athlete. PETA released the following statement to make this point:
"Mayweather can have anything he wants, and what he should want is an end to the wild-animal trade, not to be a facilitator of it. Tigers do poorly as “pets” – they belong in their native habitats, not in a cage in a celebrity’s home as a “show-off” prop, 100 percent certain to be discarded at a roadside zoo or a cheap circus or to meet some other tawdry end after they become too strong to handle and begin to show a will of their own.
"Wild animals kept as amusements never have a fighting chance at a natural life. Having been torn away from their mothers at a young age, many are violently beaten by trainers and all are deprived of what’s natural and important to them. PETA appeals to Floyd Mayweather to be a real champ for animals and allow his “Christmas present” to be moved to a wildlife sanctuary."
According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), wild tiger numbers are at an all-time low, with 97 percent of them gone now, in just over a century. "Tigers may be one of the most revered animals, but they are also vulnerable to extinction. As few as 3,200 exist in the wild today," said the WWF.
Good news! Ellen the puppy which was found sitting alone on top of a grave inside the Sarhento Mariano public cemetery in Pasay City last October has been adopted.
Ellen was rescued by Ashley Fruno, a senior campaign manager at PETA Asia who also runs Pasay Pups. News of Ellen's good luck was posted over at Pasay Pups Facebook account.
Ashley earlier sent out emails about Ellen who she found to have a bad case of sarcoptic mange (or galis). "Ellen was almost totally hairless, and she was also malnourished and riddled with parasites. I asked around, but everyone said that she had no owner. It's been more than three weeks since I found her and took her home, and now she's flourishing. Her hair has grown back, she's gained weight, and she's been vaccinated. She's ready for her forever home," said Ashley.
Ellen's new home has two animal-loving children, which is a perfect match for Ellen's never-ending energy, the post said.
(Reuters) - Animal rights group PETA has slammed the Discovery Channel's 'Eaten Alive' show, which claims it will show a man being eaten alive by an anaconda, as a publicity stunt that will torment the snake.
Trailers of the show, which will be aired on Dec. 7 on the cable network, show naturalist and wildlife filmmaker and author Paul Rosolie donning a custom-built snake-proof outfit.
"I am about to be the first person that is going to be eaten alive by an anaconda," Rosalie says in the trailer as his team is shown catching a snake. "I don't expect anyone to believe us until we show it."
Although PETA said the premise of the show sounds far-fetched, if the description is accurate the snake will be tormented. It added that whether it is a hoax or note, it has asked the network to pull the show.
"Anacondas go days without eating and expend the energy needed to do so selectively. Making this snake use up energy by swallowing this fool and then possibly regurgitating him would have left the poor animal exhausted and deprived of the energy that he or she needs," PETA said in a statement.
Apart from the trailer, which also shows the search and capturing of an anaconda, the world's largest snake species in a South American rainforest, the network has not released any information about the show.
No one at the Discovery Channel was available to comment about the show, but a spokesman said the snake is alive and healthy.
Rosolie, whose suit was slathered in pig's blood to help entice the snake to eat him, and to also make the snake regurgitate afterward, sent a message on Twitter on Nov. 4 saying he would "never hurt a living thing."
Fully grown Anacondas can grow to more than 29 feet (8.8 meters) in length, weigh over 550 pounds (249 kilograms) and measure more than one foot (30 centimeters) in diameter.
The Discovery Channel is owned by Discovery Communications Inc., along with TLC and Animal Planet.
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