Archive for the ‘Animal Welfare’ Category
by Jamison Maeda
Last week’s defeat in the Dáil by 114 votes to 20 for the banning of live hare coursing will no doubt disappoint many animal rights activists. The support from the general public for the ban is overwhelming. But again, our politicians lag behind public opinion; stuck in a conservative mindset that would stand over a violent and barbarous cruelty because they lack the vision and decency to bring this backward behaviour to an end.
But the campaign must continue for the sake of the defenseless animals that are victim to abuse and cruelty in the name of entertainment. After decades of tireless efforts by animal welfare activists in the U.S., Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus phased out its live elephant acts and moved their elephants to the Ringling Bros. center for elephants in Florida.
On May 1, 2016, Ringling Bros. held its final live elephant performance. Feld Entertainment stated that the retirement of the elephant acts was due to increasing animal safety regulations and restrictions in cities where they performed. In addition to legislation protecting animals, Ringling Bros. faced multiple lawsuits regarding its treatment of animals. In 2011 Ringling Bros. was fined by the United States Department of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act. For this, Ringling Bros. paid $270,000.
To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question Number 255 of 25 June 2015, the action, if any she has taken since June 2015 to stop bait digging on Bull Island, a practice described by naturalists as inconsistent with the Nature Reserve status of the island and which is having a negative impact on birds on the mudflats.
by Jamison Maeda
Canada is set to start what can only be described as insanity- the slaughter of up to 450,000 seals.
Though the 2016 seal hunt is expected to kill far less than the quota, Canada’s annual seal hunt has claimed the lives of more than 2 million seals in the last 14 years. It is the largest slaughter of marine mammals on the planet. And not only is the seal slaughter staggeringly inhumane and highly controversial, the commercial seal industry is in no way profitable.