PETA apologizes to Iditarod musher for alleging that she was negligent

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2013:

ANCHORAGE––Rarely apologetic about campaign statements and tactics,  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals apologized on April 8,  2013 to Fairbanks musher Paige Drobny for alleging in web postings and media statements that one of her dogs died during the Iditarod trail race due to her negligence.   Read more

Record seizures of dogs from meat traffic in China and Thailand stretch rescue capacity

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2013:

BEIJING,  BANGKOK––Stopping a truck hauling 250 dogs to slaughterhouses in Maoming,  Guangdong on April 7,  2013,  Kunming Yixin Stray Animal Shelter volunteers  had kept the truck surrounded at An Ning, in Kunming,  for 48 hours as the April 2013 edition of ANIMAL PEOPLE   went to press,  despite acts of attempted physical intimidation by the truckers and reinforcements called by the truckers.   Read more

Seals in hotels

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2013:

BEIJING––China Daily on February 22,  2013 spotlighted an Internet campaign against the fast-spreading practice of keeping seals in tanks as an attraction at hotels and restaurants.  The campaign was initiated by the Panjin Harbor Seal Protection Volunteer Association,  of Panjin,  Liaoning province,  and the Green Beagle Environment Institute of Beijing, whose volunteers have documented the presence of 43 captive seals at 20 facilities––most of them small and severely substandard.

Killing of “retired” racehorses & racing greyhounds shocks Australia

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2013:

MELBOURNE––Run since 1861 on the first Tuesday of each November, fourteen years longer than the Kentucky Derby, the Melbourne Cup is marketed as “’The race that stops a nation.” What stopped Australian attention most in November 2012, though, may have been undercover video posted online by the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, showing injured racehorses being shot dead at the Laverton Knackery west of Melbourne. Read more

Indonesian bear sanctuary fights closure

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

Balikpapan,  East Kalimantan,  Indonesia––Sun bears,  the smallest of the bear family,  are known for their seemingly ceaseless foraging in the wild.  Yet a decade after sun bears were made the official mascots of Balikpapan,  the most affluent city in East Kalimantan,  Indonesia,  in part in appreciation of their industriousness,  chief city councilor Andi Burhanuddin Solong reportedly wants to disenfranchise them because he views them as “lazy.” Read more

Animals Asia Foundation saves Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre and halts Zimbabwe/China baby elephant deal––in same week

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

HONG KONG,  HANOI,  HARARE––The Animals Asia Foundation on January 16,  2013 won a six-month battle against the ordered eviction of the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre from the edge of Tam Dao National Park,  Vietnam––and just three days later won the cancellation of a controversial sale of baby elephants from Zimbabwe to China. Read more

Bred for labs, 70 beagles find homes instead

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

CHENNAI––Seventy beagle puppies bred in China by Beijing Marshall Biotechnology Co.,  Ltd for laboratory use were instead on December 19,  2012 adopted into homes by the Blue Cross of India. Bought by the Bangalore pharmaceutical firm Advinus Thereapeutics,  the beagle pups were flown to Chennai on October 19,  2012 by Cathay Pacific Airways,  misidentified as pets on transport documents. Read more

ASPCA pays Ringling $9.3 million to end litigation after losing bid to = halt use of elephants

From ANIMAL PEOPLE Jan-Feb 2013

NEW YORK CITY —The American SPCA on December 28, 2012 announced that it has paid $9.3 million to Feld Entertainment Inc., producer of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, to settle two federal court cases originating from allegations that Ringling abuses elephants, thereby violating the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Read more

“Hobbit” premiere upstaged by animal neglect allegations

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November/December 2012:

WELLINGTON–People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was
mentioned in the first sentence of international coverage of the
November 28, 2012 world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected
Journey, perhaps the most publicized film debut ever.
The American Humane Association drew global attention to the
72-year-old AHA pursuit of broader authority to supervise the use of
animals in film making.
Wellington, hosting the world premier, billed itself “The
Middle of Middle Earth.” As many as 100,000 people attended Hobbit
screenings and a parade in honor of the cast. The New Zealand
government struck commemorative coins for the occasion.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of a planned
$500 million prequel trilogy, following the success of director
Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, also based on the
writings of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973).

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