Category: Politics

Victory! Cambridge Bans Sales of Commercially-Bred Dogs and Cats

After a year of debate, the city council of Cambridge, Massachusetts approved an ordinance banning the retail sale of commercially-bred cats, dog, amphibians, birds, reptiles, arachnids, hamsters, and gerbils on Monday. The ordinance will go into effect next year and is aimed at the commercial animal breeding industry, one known for inhumane and irresponsible behavior. It follows a similar law passed in Boston last year banning the retail sale of commercially bred cats, dogs and rabbits, along with a recently approved ordinance in Stoneham, Massachusetts banning the sale of cats and dogs from puppy and kitten mills. This sweeping ban is...

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Canada’s New Plant-Focused Diet Guide Champions Health And The Environment

Plant-based diets are no longer just for animals lovers and health enthusiasts. Saving Earth from methane and other emissions that play a huge role in global warming requires an increase in vegetarian or vegan eating and a reduction of meat and dairy consumption. Unfortunately, many countries are politically and economically influenced by the meat industry. The $95-billion-a-year beef industry in the United States is very powerful, according to the USDA. The American Meat Institute and the National Cattlemen’s Association lobbyists in Washington dissuade the government from recommending plant-based diets despite scientific evidence linking meat consumption to global warming and illnesses like...

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California Counties are Suing Big Oil for Climate Change Cover-Up

In landmark legal action for the environment, California’s San Mateo and Marin counties and the city of Imperial Beach in San Diego County have filed lawsuits in California Superior Court against 37 fossil fuel companies for years of damages due to climate change. Claiming that the companies knew the effects of coal, oil, and gas production on the climate, the counties are suing for the damages incurred and expected as climate change wrecks havoc on the ocean. A consistently rising sea level has forced these coastal communities to prepare homes and businesses to deal with possible loss and damage from...

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Win! Animal Abuse Now A Felony In Pennsylvania

On Wednesday, a long-awaited victory was won for the animals of Pennsylvania as Gov. Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 298. Known as Libre’s Law, the legislation allows district attorneys to bring felony charges against animal abusers. Libre, the pup who spurred on the creation of the new law, approved it with a paw print signature at the event. www.Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Libre’s Law was initiated when, almost a year ago on the Fourth of July, a delivery man spotted the horribly neglected Boston Terrier pup in a cage at an Amish breeder’s farm. After convincing the breeder to surrender the dog into his...

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Scotland’s Marine Wildlife Poisoned by Plastic: Are You To Blame?

For two months, Greenpeace conducted a scientific expedition aboard the Beluga II uncovering plastic on more than 30 beaches of Scotland. From May to June, researchers sailed in remote areas of the United Kingdom (UK), around Scottish coastlines, investigating beaches and wildlife habitats. Although these areas are largely unpopulated by human beings, researchers found they are subject to loads of environmental damage due to plastic. Working with the Scottish Seabird Centre, the Marine Conservation Society, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, and RSPB Scotland, the Beluga II expedition discovered plastic and microplastic in the nests and beaks of seabirds...

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In a Win Against Cruelty, New York City Bans Wild Animals in the Circus

The largest city in the United States, New York City, has just banned the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses and other forms of entertainment. With a strong vote of 43-6 on Wednesday, NYC Council’s passage of Intro 1233A follows mounting global awareness of the intense suffering of these animals, which has resulted in similar bans in more than 125 localities across the U.S. Despite the bill’s recent success, it was a long, uphill journey to get to this point. “It has been a little over 11 years that I first introduced legislation that would ban the...

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Interior Secretary Zinke Threatens Safety of Bears Ears National Monument

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be slashed and redistributed following an unprecedented Executive Order (EO) to review the Antiquities Act. The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition issued a condemning response: “For us, Bears Ears is a homeland. It always has been and still is. The radical idea of breaking up Bears Ears National Monument is a slap in the face to the members of our Tribes and an affront to Indian people all across the country. Any attempt to eliminate or reduce the boundaries of this Monument would be...

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Maui Bans Styrofoam Containers to Save the Ocean

Maui County Council has voted to ban polystyrene (aka styrofoam) containers. Now the measure heads to Maui’s Mayor for his signature. If signed, the ban will prohibit the use of all white containers used to package takeout food and to hold coffee on the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kaho‘olawe by the end of 2018. Maui joins the ranks of many other cities and local governments that have taken action to ban single-use foam containers. From Brunswick, Maine to Minneapolis, Minnesota and in many cities and towns in California, the war is being won against these wasteful single-use,...

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