The successes in helping abused animals are growing, too slowly for us animal lovers, but at least they are growing more rapidly.
Photo Credits: Elephants in TZ by Kristian Schmidt.
As reported by One Green Planet, 126 dog meat restaurants have been permanently closed or stopped selling dog meat in China. Animals Asia has been at the forefront in this accomplishment. Their investigation has shown that 1039 dog meat restaurants were suspected on illegality. Some Chinese government departments have finally opened its eyes to the illegal methods of obtaining the dogs and have done something about it. Animals Asia has been tirelessly working with local groups to share information and bring greater success.Unfortunately, this is not across the board. Over 10 million dogs are being brutally slaughtered every year. Please sign the Animals Asia petition to #EndTheDogMeatTrade.
Save the Manatee Club in Michigan supports numerous conservation efforts. The races they run since 2003 have raised $175,000 towards helping manatees. These awesome beings have been downlisted from endangered to threatened. Luckily their numbers have increased but that shouldn’t stop the efforts. 2016 was the deadliest year for watercraft moralities.
Wildlife and Elephants
WildAid has reported that Ugandans value their wildlife and elephants. In a nationwide survey in Uganda, 79% indicated that it would matter a great deal if their wildlife disappeared. They indicated that elephants needed the most protection, followed by lions, then gorillas and pangolins.The Uganda Conservation Foundation, WildAid, and the Uganda Wildlife Authority will be launching a major conservation awareness campaign in June.
Peta has reported that we have a victory. The U.S. Coast Guard will end its use of animals in trauma training. The trauma training included shooting, stabbing and dismembering live animals. They will use a simulation modelling too instead.
Black Bear Cubs
CBC News has reported that Judy and Roger Stearns in Manitoba, Canada, plan to build the first black bear cub rehabilitation facility in Rockwood. It is getting much support from the community. Manitoba has been one of the only provinces in Canada that has a black bear population and did not have a rehab facility. The council will vote on this proposal June 14th.
The growth in vegan foods has been amazing. Rise of the Vegan has reported that a large dairy company Elmhurst Dairy, in Queens, New York will end its dairy operation after 90 years due to decreased customer demand. It is great to see half the dairy shelves with non-milk dairy. This company has renamed itself to Elmhurst and is now producing their own healthy plant-based milks. Research shows that half (49%) of Americans now regularly consume non-dairy milk.
In addition, people are switching whey protein powders to plant-based protein powders, which the best for building muscle.
Documenting Cruelty as well as Scams
Dovers has reported that animal rights group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) in Nebraska, is using drones to fly over livestock research facility US Meat Animal Research Center, to document cruel lamb experiments. The Times had reported abuse at this USDA facility in 2015. SHARK also investigates potential scams and fraud by animal rescue organizations.