Written by PETA
An elephant used by
a circus in Vietnam
trampled an 11-year-old
girl to death after the girl and some friends snuck into the area where the
elephant was shackled. The elephant, who had reportedly been taunted by children
earlier, lifted the child up and threw her down, repeatedly stepping on
Elephants are hardwired
to walk for miles every day. When their freedom
of movement is reduced to the length of a chain, they quickly become despondent, frustrated,
and unpredictable. In the U.S. alone, captive elephants have killed 15 people and
injured more than 135 in the past 20 years.
Never buy a ticket
to circuses like Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey that still
exploit elephants. Instead, enjoy spectacular cruelty-free productions like Cirque du Soleil
by Jennifer O’Connor
proliferation of restaurants
that serve dog meat in Vietnam has created a lucrative
moneymaking opportunity for thieves.
"Dognappers" cruise neighborhoods on motorcycles, grabbing dogs in
broad daylight and stuffing them into cages. If the owners give chase, it is
not uncommon for the thieves to hurl bricks or shoot arrows at them, sometimes
injuring or even killing them. Yet many of the same people who despise dog thieves still order dog
meat in restaurants.
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we point the finger and call such people hypocrites, think of people in the Western
world who have "pet" hens and pot-bellied pigs yet still eat fried
chicken and ham sandwiches. They balk at eating animals they "know"
but have no problem eating an animal they never met who invariably endured a miserable life on a filthy factory
farm and ended up in a very scary place: the slaughterhouse.
stop the cycle of violence against animals from Vietnam to Virginia and
everywhere in between—animals we won't
"get to know"—we must recognize
them as individuals we can help by saying "No" to flesh foods.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
The year has not started well for South Africa's rhinos. Five of the animals have already been killed since New Year's Day, and if the recent past is any indication, many more victims will follow.
Overall, it has been an atrocious few years for South Africa's rhinos. Poachers in the country continue to illegally slaughter an alarming number of the animals. Last year alone, 333 rhinos were murdered in South Africa, including 10 critically endangered black rhinos.
That total is the highest ever recorded in the country and is almost three times the previous year's death toll of 122.
At the end of the 19th century, the white rhino population stood at less than 200. Thanks to strong conservation efforts, the rhino population now exceeds 20,000. So why are these majestic animals being killed? A belief among some people that rhino horns can cure cancer is fueling demand for the horns in Asia (particularly in Vietnam).
You can help. Please step up and speak out against the slaughter of African rhinos.
Written by Joseph Mayton
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