Tell USDA: Act Now to Protect Nosey and the Public
We've told you about the elephant Nosey and the exhibitor Hugo Liebel for years. Facing 33 violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), Liebel settled with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this spring and agreed to pay a meager $7,500 fine and to refrain from violating the AWA. Liebel got away with a slap on the wrist, and he has resumed dragging Nosey around to festivals this summer, using her to give rides to the public. Despite the order to cease and desist from violating the AWA, IDA has documented a string of incidents in which Liebel continues to flagrantly violate federal law by repeatedly putting Nosey and the public at risk - the same violations that led to some of those 33 charges. If this reckless handling continues, Nosey, or an innocent member of the public, could be seriously injured—or worse. IDA is urging the USDA to take immediate enforcement action against Liebel. Click here to help Nosey by sending your own message to the USDA.
Victory – North Carolina Ag Gag Bill Fails this Session!
IDA teamed up with animal advocates like you and other animal protection organizations to convince North Carolina's legislature to oppose Senate Bill 648, the state's proposed “ag gag” bill. Ag gag bills seek to criminalize individuals who document animal abuse in slaughterhouses and on factory farms. Without the evidence that undercover video provides, the worst abuses committed by the factory farming industry would go unseen and unpunished. Ag gag bills are a clear attempt by animal agriculture interests to suppress exposure of severe animal abuse. If the animal agriculture industry is not responsible for any wrongdoings and has nothing to hide, it should not be concerned about undercover investigations. Thanks to you the North Carolina legislature ended this session without passing its version of the ag gag bill.
Organizations Worldwide Join Empty the Tanks Protests On Saturday In Defense of Animals (IDA), Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Save Japan Dolphins, Direct Action Everywhere, and many other animal protection organizations came together for worldwide simultaneous protests as part of the Empty the Tanks Day of Action. There were a total of twenty-four events in twelve countries. This photo is from the event at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California. Marine Mammals suffer terribly in captivity and usually die decades before their wild counterparts. In the wild, they would stay with their families for life. Amusement parks and aquariums remove marine mammals from their families and force them to perform unnatural tricks and swim endless circles in their tiny enclosures unable to engage in most natural behaviors. Captive dolphins and orcas frequently go blind and suffer from skin problems caused by heavily chlorinated water. They can die from severe psychological stress, diseases exacerbated by stress, self-inflicted injuries or injuries caused by accidents or confrontations with other confined animals. Whales, dolphins, and porpoises use echolocation to communicate with each other and to find food, it is their most important sense. In captivity their sound waves bounce off the walls of their tiny enclosures, which can drive them insane. Marine mammals kept in amusement parks and aquariums have very little federal protection, and the few laws that do exist are often ignored. These events coincided with the U.S. opening of the new documentary film, Blackfish, which focuses on the 2010 death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau who was killed by an orca imprisoned at SeaWorld in Orlando.