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Lolita, Held v. State of Montana, Utah Supreme Court, Juliana v. U.S., Navahine F. v. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation, Survival at Stake: How Our Treatment of Animals Is Key to Human Existence, PETA town hall, Rodside Zoo’s, Kevin Cooper

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Lolita’s Necropsy Report Will Make You Livid—Take Action for Corky Now

The necropsy report on Lolita the orca—who was held captive for over five decades and forced to perform at the Miami Seaquarium—is now public, and as you’ve probably guessed, it’s not pretty. Don’t let Corky suffer the same fate at SeaWorld. WHAT LED TO LOLITA’S DEATH?

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The 16 young people we represent in Held v. State of Montana made history with their colossal win in August. Then recently, as expected, the State of Montana filed their notice of appeal. 

We are now preparing to present our arguments to the Montana Supreme Court on behalf of our young clients and we are confident that Judge Seeley’s ruling will be upheld! Once the Montana Supreme Court rules, that will be the final word because state constitutional cases like this don’t go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In an exciting update, we have made progress in our youth-led case in Utah, where we have submitted our opening brief to the Utah Supreme Court. Alongside our brief, several other groups have submitted amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” briefs. These groups include the ACLU and ACLU of Utah, the American Academy of Pediatrics – Utah Chapter, Voices for Utah Children, Utah Moms for Clean Air, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, and a group of 37 law professors from 25 law schools. Their involvement in the case shows broad support for our cause. We look forward to the court’s decision on the matter, and will continue to fight for the rights and future of our youth and the planet.

We’ve advanced our youth-led case in Utah, submitting our opening brief to the Utah Supreme Court, alongside amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs by the ACLU and ACLU of Utah, the American Academy of Pediatrics – Utah Chapter, Voices for Utah Children, Utah Moms for Clean Air, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, and a group of 37 law professors from 25 law schools.

In youth-led advocacy news, last month Juliana v. U.S. youth plaintiff Isaac testified at a virtual public meeting with the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Isaac urged members to:

  1. Recognize that children have fundamental, constitutionally-protected rights to a safe climate that should be protected by courts.
  2. Advise the White House Council of Environmental Quality and White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council to align their policies to allow youth, especially children within environmental justice (EJ) communities, access to courts.
  3. Tell the U.S. Department of Justice to cease its efforts to preclude the Juliana plaintiffs access to their courts to seek judicial protection of their rights.
  4. Urge Congress to pass the Children’s Fundamental Rights and Climate Recovery resolution that recognizes children’s rights and demands a climate recovery plan!

You can join Isaac in his plea to the U.S. Department of Justice to end their opposition to his case proceeding to trial. Contact the DOJ today and tell Attorney General Merrick Garland: Let the Youth Be Heard!

We are actively preparing the next wave of climate litigation building upon the win in Montana, including preparations for trial in Navahine F. v. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation.

We also anticipate decisions soon from the courts hearing Juliana v. United States and La Rose v. His Majesty the King, as well as dates to be scheduled to appear before the Montana Supreme Court and Virginia Court of Appeals.

  • TIME named Rikki Held to the Time100 NEXT list for her leadership and determination to create a better future.
  • The Climate Change Leadership Institute presented Our Children’s Trust with their 2023 Climate Courage Award “for most commendably representing young people and honoring their right to a healthy and livable climate”
  • The International Center for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of MultiGenerational Legacies of Trauma honored Julia Olson with the Repairer Excellence Award “for founding Our Children’s Trust, trailblazing an inspiring path to victory and hope in the first U.S. children’s constitutional climate trial.” 

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Tuesday, October 31
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

PETA is stopping deadly experiments on animals, and we want to tell you how!

PETA has been stopping horrifying experiments on animals since our very first undercover investigation into a dungeon-like Maryland laboratory more than four decades ago.

Today, PETA’s team of campaigners, scientists, and investigators is leading a global movement that’s preventing countless dogs, rabbits, monkeys, mice, and other animals from ever experiencing the nightmare of a laboratory cage.

This Halloween, we want to show you how—together—we’re stopping deadly tests, shutting down experimenters’ torture chambers, and promoting effective, modern research methods that don’t harm a single animal.

Please join us for our special PETA town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 31, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. You’ll get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at our vital work for animals in laboratories—with three committed PETA scientists and me as your guides.

To participate, simply log on to PETA.org/OctoberTownHall at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, October 31. We’ll send you a reminder e-mail shortly before the meeting begins.

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Now that the “Worst Roadside Zoo in America” has been stripped of its filthy crown and shut down, which decrepit, broken-down hellhole for animals has taken the number one spot? The notorious Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation.

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Since 1995, Kirshner has acquired over 100 baby wild animals from breeders and other roadside zoo operators. More than 80 of these animals were under 3 months old when they were shipped to the facility. From January 2021 through June 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited Kirshner 13 times—an average of one citation every six weeks.

Compassionate people everywhere are turning away from shady roadside zoos, and Kirshner is at the top of the garbage pile. Please e-mail its operator, Roberta Kirshner, and urge her to close this cruel facility and send the animals there to reputable sanctuaries. E-Mail Roberta Kirshner.

Then help other animals suffering in the entertainment industry: Take Action Now

fox in carrier at auctionUrge Greedy Dealers and Roadside Zoos to Dump Horrific Mt. Hope Auction

Animals at this auction have been emaciated, suffering from obvious injuries or illnesses, or even left for dead. One fox—who was given a number instead of a name—was trapped in a small plastic carrier with a broken leg and, instead of being treated, was forced into the auction ring by someone trying to pocket some cash. We already asked you to message the auction owners—now we’re urging everyone to take the next step by e-mailing the dealers selling animals at the auction. E-MAIL DEALERS AND OTHERS NOW

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Kevin Cooper lawyers urge CA Gov. Gavin Newsom to reject
biased and inaccurate innocence investigation of his case

We wanted to update you on the Kevin Cooper case, which we have written extensively about over the years.

Cooper, who has been on California’s death row for 35 years, is asking California Gov. Gavin Newsom to reject the findings of an investigation into his case by the law firm Morrison Foerster that was released in January.

He included his request in a detailed rebuttal to the Morrison Foerster report. Orrick’s 77-page response (and an additional 364 pages of exhibits) methodically debunks the report point-by-point, and asks Newsom to appoint a new special counsel consistent with his May 2021 Executive Order.

Morrison Foerster failed to conduct an independent innocence investigation and has produced a report “riddled with a steadfast commitment to ‘stick to the script’ the prosecution has been peddling for the last 40 years,” Orrick states.

Newsom’s order called for an investigation into Cooper’s 1985 death penalty conviction for a quadruple murder in San Bernardino County in 1983. The instructions were to “conduct a full review of the trial and appellate records in this case, and of the facts underlying the conviction, including facts and evidence that do not appear in the trial and appellate records. The firm’s review shall include an evaluation of all available evidence, including the recently conducted DNA tests.”

But Morrison Foerster didn’t do what was asked. Instead, its report was shockingly and openly biased toward the San Bernardino County District Attorney and Sheriff’s office. The law firm relied on “expert” witnesses who weren’t experts, dismissed legitimate questions about evidence that had been destroyed, gone missing, and showed signs of tampering. It ignored documented Brady violations, and the pervasive racism surrounding the case, and failed to interview relevant witnesses.

Orrick’s report states that “Special Counsel’s Report is filled with confirmation bias, incompetent analyses, and conclusory statements that are unsupported by any reasoned analysis. Incompetently, Special Counsel did not seek to uncover significant issues bearing on Mr. Cooper’s innocence, including an improper police investigation, prosecutorial misconduct, and ineffective assistance of counsel.”

The rebuttal refers to a similar recent investigation of the Richard Glossip case in Oklahoma, another man sentenced to death despite similar credible evidence of innocence. That pro bono investigation, conducted by the law firm Reed Smith, involved 30 lawyers, three investigators, and two paralegals devoting more than 3,000 hours to interviewing jurors, experts, and witnesses, including civilians and members of law enforcement. The result was five reports that concluded that Glossip’s trial could not “provide the basis for the government” to take his life.

“This serious and comprehensive review. . . stands in conspicuous contrast” to Morrison Foerster’s report “that is devoid of even identifying what process Special Counsel followed. . . and perhaps most importantly, what witnesses he interviewed and what documents he reviewed,” Orrick stated.

“When Mr. Cooper was tried almost 40 years ago, law enforcement failed to pursue the multiple, concrete leads on all possible suspects in their investigation of the Ryen/Hughes crimes and instead utilized all their resources to pin the guilt on a man who is innocent. Special Counsel tragically repeated this senseless and grave error,” Orrick said.

As a result, Cooper is now asking Newsom to “select new unbiased and fully vetted special counsel to conduct such an investigation and ensure that such counsel has the requisite experience to conduct that investigation with professional, experienced, and qualified investigators.”

You can read Orrick’s full report here.

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Survival at Stake: How Our Treatment of Animals Is Key to Human Existence by PETA U.K. Senior Vice President of International Affairs Poorva Joshipura is available to order—and the reviews are in:

Survival at Stake may be the most fascinating and troubling book you will ever read. Tracing the path that brought us HIV, COVID-19, and other killers, it shows exactly how to protect against future threats. More than a wake-up call, it is an alarm bell for environmental and health risks, along with a well-mapped escape route. The real gift of this book is its optimism. It shows how the steps that protect our health and those that protect our planet and the animals with whom we share it are one and the same.”

Dr. Neal D. Barnard, president, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, D.C.

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“There is absolutely no doubt that a vast array of diverse nonhuman animals (animals) are sentient and have rich and deep emotional lives. The important question is not if animals are emotional beings, but why emotions have evolved and why it is essential to pay careful attention to these well-established scientific facts in all of our interactions with them. We also know that caring for nonhumans spills over into caring for humans, and Poorva Joshipura’s wise words show that when we treat other animals with respect, dignity and compassion, it’s a win-win for all. Survival at Stake is a must-read for a global audience, and animals around the world will thank us for doing so.

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology, University of Colorado–Boulder, and author of The Animals’ Agenda

So don’t wait another moment—order your copy today! Order Here

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Just How Deadly Are These Racehorse Auctions? See What PETA Caught on Video

PETA’s latest investigation goes “behind the screens” of the killing of juvenile horses at auctions, where the animals are whipped and driven to run as fast as they can possibly go—sometimes to their deaths. URGE AUCTION COMPANIES TO SPARE HORSES

 

 

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Blind Cat Dies and Four Kittens Escape From EGYPTAIR Crates

PETA is alerting federal officials and calling for an investigation after an airline shipped more than three dozen cats and kittens overseas, several in broken crates held together with duct tape. HELP ANIMALS BEING SHIPPED LIKE CARGO

 

 

 

Bobo and Burt have apparently been defanged (i.e., mutilated) to sell photo op tickets by the greedy Banana Derby. In addition to being treated like props, these two middle-aged capuchin monkeys are tied by their necks to the backs of running dogs. Shockingly—and despite the inherent cruelty—the Columbia County Fall Fair in Georgia is still planning to host this heinous event.

In addition, the North Georgia Fair is hosting a callous show in which tigers are exploited by Felicia Frisco, who last year greedily forced tigers to endure the distress of traveling thousands of miles for six straight months. Urge These Georgia Fairs to Stop Hosting the Suffering of Wild Animals!

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Will Spear, Harvard University, Oregon Health & Science University, University of Massachusetts–Amherst, LSU, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Deaths in Prisons, Mother’s Cookies, a Fox Caught in Tire on Rescue TV at Sustainable Action Now & on SAN TV!

Without a doubt, there are no good laboratories for the animals imprisoned in them. Learn which university facilities are mutilating owls, sewing baby monkeys’ eyes shut, cutting into pigs, and more—then take action to help shut down this senseless cruelty.

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1. Harvard University

Newborn baby monkeys at Harvard University are torn from their loving mothers’ arms. Some of these infants have their eyes sewn shut, while others are raised by experimenters wearing welding masks. In both cases, the terrified animals don’t see any human or monkey faces for an entire year, damaging their development. This is the work of Harvard experimenter Margaret Livingstone, who conducts these depraved sensory-deprivation experiments to tell us what we already know: Being confined to total darkness is damaging.

A person bottle feeds a baby monkey. Their face is hidden by a black mask

In cruel experiments that have no relevance to human health, baby monkeys in Livingstone’s laboratory are torn away from their mothers and raised in emotionally impoverished conditions, without the possibility of seeing any faces—human or monkey—for a full year.


2. Oregon Health & Science University

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is hooked on animal abuse, and it’s time for a serious intervention. University experimenters have given prairie voles the equivalent of 15 bottles of wine a day, and they’ve subjected monkeys to a plethora of abuse within the school’s primate research center. If that weren’t enough, PETA recently discovered that university doctors-in-training mutilate live pigs by using them as human stand-ins during obstetrics and gynecology residency training. They cut into live female pigs, dissect their organs, perform invasive surgeries on them, and then kill any survivors. OHSU apparently isn’t aware that humans and pigs have very different anatomies.

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3. University of Massachusetts–Amherst

Tiny marmoset monkeys don’t experience menopause, yet experimenter Agnès Lacreuse at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst still zip-ties them into restraining devices, shoves them into plastic cylinders, and implants electrodes in their skulls in attempts to study age-related changes in human cognition. She removes the monkeys’ ovaries and uses hand warmers—yes, hard warmers—on these animals to mimic hot flashes. It’s no wonder that these experiments haven’t amounted to anything useful. The laboratory is only accomplished in doing two things without fail: killing delicate monkeys and racking up animal welfare violations.

Marmoset experiments at UMass


4. Louisiana State University

Birds “born” on the bayou may end up dead in a laboratory, thanks to Louisiana State University experimenter Christine Lattin. Fond of kidnapping and terrorizing wild birds, she conducts experiments that have included feeding crude oil to birds and starving sparrows. In her latest tests, she injects chemicals into sparrows’ heads to damage their brains. She then exposes them to various objects, such as cocktail umbrellas and pipe cleaners, to frighten them and record their reactions. After this torment, she kills them and chops up their brains.

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5. University of Wisconsin–Madison

Newborn baby monkeys were torn from the arms of their panic-stricken mothers. Frustrated monkeys mutilated themselves compulsively and plucked themselves bald. Stressed animals were forced to live together in small cages, resulting in fights and injuries. Babies were starved, and their limbs were broken. Animals were killed due to staff negligence. This is a snapshot of life before experimentation for the thousands of monkeys trapped within the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. If they survive these grisly conditions, they will then endure an array of painful procedures. As just one example, experimenters restrain monkeys and electroshock their penises until they ejaculate.

Baby monkeys Cora and Turnip at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center


6. University of Washington

Cut from the same soiled cloth, the Washington National Primate Research Center at the University of Washington (UW) is yet another ghastly monkey prison with a long history of animal welfare violations. Monkeys have been strangled to death, died of thirst, been mauled by other stressed monkeys, and choked to death on their vomit. To add insult to injury, the center also has a facility dedicated to experimenting on baby monkeys. UW’s other laboratories are also rife with issues, having let animals starve, suffocate, and slowly bake to death under a heat lamp.


7. Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University experimenter Shreesh Mysore cuts into the skulls of barn owls, screws metal devices onto their heads, inserts electrodes into their brains, forces them to look at screens for hours a day, and bombards them with noises and lights. In some experiments, he restrains fully conscious owls for up to 12 hours in cramped plastic tubes that prevent them from moving. In the end, he kills them. Since owls are nothing like humans, these abominable experiments do nothing to further the understanding of human disorders.

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This owl is one of many imprisoned in Shreesh Mysore’s laboratory, where he cuts into their skulls and screws metal devices onto their heads in curiosity-driven experiments that have no relevance for human health.


8. Utah State University

In a cruel Utah State University psychology course, rats are imprisoned inside barren metal boxes and blasted with random bursts of bright light while being trained to push a lever to receive food pellets. Although the course had previously used an effective and humane “online rat simulator,” the university made the backward decision to torment animals instead.


9. Simpson College

Simpson College in Iowa also imprisons rats inside tiny boxes. In a psychology course, students attempt to train them to push a lever to receive a drop of flavored water. After the course ends, the rats who don’t get adopted are killed.

“None of us really like talking about that too much,” Don Evans, Simpson’s chair of psychology, said publicly.

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Yeah, don’t worry, we’ll do that for you. We’ll keep talking about this until the university ditches this cruel curriculum and switches to effective, non-animal methods.


10. Lackeys bankrolled by the U.S. Navy: Duke University, University of California–San Diego, University of Maryland–Baltimore, and University of South Florida

The U.S. Navy pays these four universities to do its dirty work and conduct sickening decompression experiments on animals. In tests at the University of California–San Diego and Duke University, experimenters force rats and mice to run on a treadmill and electroshock them if they can’t keep up. Experimenters also lock them inside pressure chambers and induce seizures in baby mice. At the University of Maryland–Baltimore, experimenters lock mice in decompression chambers, probe their rectums, drill into their skulls, and inject chemicals into their brains and eyes. At the University of South Florida, experimenters cut open rats and run wires through their bodies, induce seizures in them, and drill into their skulls. In the end, experimenters at all four universities kill the animals—sometimes by bleeding or gassing them to death.

This doomed animal in a hyperbaric chamber is one of the countless rats who University of South Florida experimenter Jay Dean has used to supposedly study oxygen toxicity in humans, even though human-relevant, animal-free methods are widely available.

This doomed animal in a hyperbaric chamber is one of the countless rats who University of South Florida experimenter Jay Dean has used to supposedly study oxygen toxicity in humans, even though human-relevant, animal-free methods are widely available.


Looking to Do Even More?

PETA’s Research Modernization Deal is a comprehensive plan to phase out all animal experimentation in favor of modern, human-relevant methods. Please voice your support today.

 

NO JAIL DEATHS

Over the course of the past two years, the City of St. Louis has exhibited an alarming trend within its correctional facilities. Shockingly, at least 10 individuals, who were fathers, brothers, uncles, and sons to their loved ones, have passed away while being held in the jurisdiction’s jails. To make matters even worse, three of these men lost their lives in the last 90 days alone. This disheartening revelation serves as a stark reminder that jail facilities should never be facilities of punishment to the extent that individuals are losing their lives. Of the ten deceased individuals in question, it is important to note that they were not even convicted of the alleged crimes that landed them in incarceration in the first place. This grievous situation demands immediate attention and action to ensure that preventable deaths are not permitted to continue.

EJUSA, with other partners on the ground in St. Louis, is demanding accountability and transparency about what is happening inside St. Louis’ so-called “Justice Center.” Please join us!

The harsh reality is that incarceration is not the solution to our problems. We cannot forget that when we lock someone away in jail, we are effectively isolating them from the rest of society, and subjecting them to unbearable shame and trauma. This experience often makes it difficult for them to reintegrate back into the community, and often fuels the cycle of violence that leads them right back to where they started.

It’s important to recognize that instead of incarcerating individuals, we should be investing in programs that are dedicated to tackling the root causes of violence. By focusing on programs that empower communities and foster healing from past traumatic experiences, we can truly build safer societies.

As a society, we must come together to transform the current criminal legal system and put an end to mass incarceration. This begins by recognizing that we need to do what’s best for all members of our communities, and work towards providing them with the support they need to heal and thrive.

Demanding individuals don’t die while awaiting trial is the absolute bare minimum.

Please join us and others on the ground in St. Louis to demand that conditions inside city jail be improved, those in positions of authority are held accountable for these deaths, and that no more innocent people die awaiting trial.

We demand the following: 

1. Jail warden Jennifer Clemons-Abdullah must resign or be fired. 
2. The Detention Facilities Oversight Board must be given immediate and unfettered access to do its work. 
3. There must be a full transformation of the city’s jail policies and practices including ceasing the use of chemical spray, 23 hour lockdown, adequate and sanitary conditions in the jail. 
4. All information regarding jail conditions, practices, and policy changes must be shared transparently with the public. Anything less than these changes is unacceptable. 

Learn more about private prisons, the Innocence Project, and the criminal justice system.

It has recently come to light that the Ferrero North America brand Mother’s Cookies has displayed insensitivity towards the harm that animals face when they are exploited and subjected to cruel treatment in circuses. The packaging of these cookies depicts images of elephants, camels, and lions as “circus animals”, which unfortunately contributes to the harmful ideology of speciesism. This derogatory language conveys the message that using animals for human enjoyment is acceptable and perpetuates a cycle of cruelty. The depiction of animals in such a manner is offensive and can further desensitize people to the fact that animals have feelings and deserve to be treated with respect and kindness. This messaging runs counter to the belief of many people who recognize the importance of animal rights and strive to promote ethical practices.

The treatment of animals in circuses is not something that should be taken lightly. It is a deeply concerning issue, which sadly involves the horrendous and inhumane practices of separating babies from their mothers, confining them in cages or chaining them up. These animals are forced to endure a constant state of fear and anxiety, knowing that any moment they may be subjected to brutality and torture wielded by the cruel and often heartless hands of the circus trainers. Forced to perform acts that are unnatural to their species, such as balancing on balls, spinning on pedestals, walking on two legs, and even riding bicycles, these animals are robbed of their fundamental freedom to live their lives according to their own natural instincts. It is a travesty that Mother’s Cookies would turn a blind eye to this suffering, and it is high time that we as a society stand up for animal rights and give these creatures the respect, dignity, and care they deserve.

Just last year, Dukal Corporation stopped making bandages featuring images of animals in circuses, joining Nabisco, which redesigned its animal crackers box, and Trader Joe’s, which redesigned several packages to no longer feature images of elephants in circus settings or performing circus-style tricks. Hundreds of venues and dozens of communities nationwide have banned or restricted circuses with animals. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returned without using living, feeling beings, and UniverSoul Circus has ditched its cruel animal acts.

Please use the form to urge Ferrero North America to stop promoting animal circuses on its Mother’s Cookies packaging and to be truly animal-friendly by ditching the dairy and confectioner’s glaze—which comes from insects—in its products.

Just three and a half months ago, Texas named Will Speer as the first Inmate Coordinator for the Death Row Faith Based Program. Now, the State plans to execute him on October 26, 2023.

Will Speer is one of the original members of a voluntary, immersive evangelical Christian program for people incarcerated on Texas death row.

Through the program, Will has deeply studied the way of Christ and recommitted his life to Him. He has developed deep faith in God and grown to feel sincere remorse for the violent acts of his past. His newfound relationship with God and the tools he learned in the program have enabled him to heal from the trauma, neglect, and abuse he experienced as a child.

Will now ministers to others who are incarcerated, carrying a message of healing, redemption, and love to people in Texas’s prisons.

Despite all that Will overcame and the positive impact he is making in his historic new role as the first Coordinator for the Faith Based Program, the State plans to execute him in a little over a month. If allowed to live, Will wants to devote the rest of his days to serving as a prison minister.

The answer is that we aren’t against older people in government. We just want to make sure younger people are represented at a level that more closely reflects our population, too. Given the unique issues facing young people today, it’s pretty important that we have leaders who understand where we’re coming from!

Make sure to read more, and then please be a part of electing young leaders all over the country.

Since we launched Leaders We Deserve, there is one question that I keep getting asked. It’s a question I’ve been getting asked regularly since I started my activism with March For Our Lives, where we were an organization run by young people.

“If you want more young people in office — Why do you support Joe Biden?”

Leaders We Deserve is not about young people vs. old people — it’s always been about making sure Gen Z and Millennials have representation that reflects that we make up a third of the country’s population.

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“The Torture of Solitary Confinement” w/ Mike Farrell, Will Speer on Death Row in Texas, National Park Foundation, Dog on Menu, Jim Irsay, Danai Gurira & If you want more young people in office — Why do you support Joe Biden at Sustainable Action Now!

The discussion will air on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at noon PT /3:00 p.m. ET, and is free of charge.

Death Penalty Focus is marking the 21st World Day Against the Death Penalty with a webinar featuring a conversation on “The Torture of Solitary Confinement” with DPF President Mike Farrell, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez, and Rachel Meeropol, who, as a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, represented those imprisoned in solitary confinement in California in their landmark lawsuit, Ashker v. Governor.

Death Penalty Focus is marking the 21st World Day Against the Death Penalty with a webinar featuring a conversation on “The Torture of Solitary Confinement” with DPF President Mike Farrell, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez, and Rachel Meeropol, who, as a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, represented those imprisoned in solitary confinement in California in their landmark lawsuit, Ashker v. Governor.

Just three and a half months ago, Texas named Will Speer as the first Inmate Coordinator for the Death Row Faith Based Program. Now, the State plans to execute him on October 26, 2023.

Will Speer is one of the original members of a voluntary, immersive evangelical Christian program for people incarcerated on Texas death row.

Through the program, Will has deeply studied the way of Christ and recommitted his life to Him. He has developed deep faith in God and grown to feel sincere remorse for the violent acts of his past. His newfound relationship with God and the tools he learned in the program have enabled him to heal from the trauma, neglect, and abuse he experienced as a child.

Will now ministers to others who are incarcerated, carrying a message of healing, redemption, and love to people in Texas’s prisons.

Despite all that Will overcame and the positive impact he is making in his historic new role as the first Coordinator for the Faith Based Program, the State plans to execute him in a little over a month. If allowed to live, Will wants to devote the rest of his days to serving as a prison minister.

The National Park Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that is committed to ensuring that our country’s national parks are protected, enjoyed, and preserved for generations to come. The foundation works closely with the National Park Service to support initiatives that promote conservation, education, and recreation in our parks. It also strives to raise awareness about the importance of preserving these precious natural and cultural resources, as well as to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to visit and explore these incredible places. By partnering with individuals, businesses, and communities, the National Park Foundation is able to harness the power of philanthropy to protect and preserve America’s national parks both now and in the future. So whether you’re an avid adventurer, a history buff, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of nature, the National Park Foundation is here to help you connect with and support our nation’s most treasured landscapes.

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PETA Latino Put Barbecued ‘Dog’ on the Menu in Mexico

Disturbed by a canine carcass cookout? This demonstration will make you think twice before putting a cow, pig, or chicken on the grill.

If you wouldn’t barbecue a dog, why put a cow, pig, or chicken on the grill? That’s the question PETA Latino and Animal Heroes supporters—complete with chef hats and aprons—asked this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in three cities across Mexico.

BBQ Dog, Anyone?

The demonstrators served up some food for thought in Guadalajara, León, and Querétaro by “barbecuing” a lifelike “dog” and vegetables while other animal defenders handed out vegan starter kits and held signs reading, “End Speciesism—Go Vegan!”

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Beyond the Game: Jim Irsay Is a Trailblazer for Animals

PETA sat down with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay to learn about the motivations behind his compassionate decisions and his heartwarming connection with his beloved dog, Drake.

It’s not every day that someone pledges $20 million to help one individual, but to Jim Irsay, the life of Toki the orca—who had been kept in a small concrete tank for over 50 years—was priceless. A few months before Toki (also known as “Lolita”) passed away, the well-respected NFL team owner announced that he was funding and working to achieve her move to a seaside sanctuary in her home waters.

How Black Panther's Danai Gurira Became Our Most Interesting Action Star |  GQStar of Black Panther and The Walking Dead Goes on a Mission to Save Dogs

Warrior for animals Danai Gurira teamed up with PETA to warn people about the dangers dogs face when left in hot vehicles, even for just a few minutes. Do you know the five simple steps to help a dog in a hot car?

Danai Gurira, celebrated for her roles in The Walking Dead and Black Panther, has once again stepped into the spotlight, but this time it’s not to fend off zombies or fight for the survival of Wakanda. Instead, she has taken on the role of a real-life hero—with her sidekick, Papi—to remind citizens of every universe never to leave dogs in hot cars, no matter the reason or season.

Danai Gurir saving dog from hot car for PETA adHundreds of dogs die in parked cars every year because someone brought them along to run errands when they should have been left at home. Mild weather can be misleading—the temperature outside might be a lovely 78 degrees, but the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100 degrees in minutes.

The answer is that we aren’t against older people in government. We just want to make sure younger people are represented at a level that more closely reflects our population, too. Given the unique issues facing young people today, it’s pretty important that we have leaders who understand where we’re coming from!

Make sure to read more, and then please be a part of electing young leaders all over the country.

Since we launched Leaders We Deserve, there is one question that I keep getting asked. It’s a question I’ve been getting asked regularly since I started my activism with March For Our Lives, where we were an organization run by young people.

“If you want more young people in office — Why do you support Joe Biden?”

Leaders We Deserve is not about young people vs. old people — it’s always been about making sure Gen Z and Millennials have representation that reflects that we make up a third of the country’s population.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signed the SB 300, the Heartbeat Protection Act, and in August, DeSantis Signed to have Michael Zack be the first Execution of Convicted Murderer on Death Row since 1997 (Lethal Injection happens at 6PM EST Today)!

Recently, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has signed into law the Heartbeat Protection Act, which is aimed at protecting the sanctity of human life and is also known as SB 300. However, people are questioning the Governor’s commitment to life due to his recent action in August. Governor DeSantis signed a death warrant for a death row inmate, which will be the first execution carried out in the state since 1997. This leads to some to question with regard to the Governor’s stance on human life and whether or not his decision to sign the Heartbeat Protection Act was simply a political move rather than a genuine concern for life. In light of these other events that will kill a human, it is critical to consider the Governor’s actions and how they contradict anything with regard to his stance on human life.

Death Penalty Focus is marking the 21st World Day Against the Death Penalty with a webinar featuring a conversation on “The Torture of Solitary Confinement” with DPF President Mike Farrell, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez, and Rachel Meeropol, who, as a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights, represented those imprisoned in solitary confinement in California in their landmark lawsuit, Ashker v. Governor.

We’re asking for your help again because Florida has scheduled its sixth execution this year. Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a death warrant for Michael Zack and scheduled an execution date of Tuesday, October 3, at 6 p.m.

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It brings us immense pleasure to share the groundbreaking news that one of the most significant bills of today’s time has officially been given the green light. Proposed by Maxwell Frost, this piece of legislation has gained immense support and momentum from Leaders We Deserve, young activists, organizers, and leaders across our movement. This landmark decision will come to fruition via the Biden Executive Action, marking a pivotal moment not just for our organization but for the entire nation.

UniverSoul Circus has set a commendable example for other circuses to follow by taking this bold step. The decision to end animal acts represents a momentous step towards a fairer and more just society, where animal entertainment doesn’t come at the cost of innocent creatures’ well-being.

As a result of this decision, UniverSoul Circus can now concentrate on promoting human talent, creativity and entertainment without compromising the welfare of its animals. Additionally, this decision marks an important move towards preserving our planet’s biodiversity by ensuring the well-being of animals, which play a crucial role in our ecosystem. This is a positive development for animal lovers, as it brings hope that other companies will follow in the footsteps of UniverSoul Circus.

An undergraduate psychology course at Utah State University (USU) requires students to torment live rats in a psychology experiment, forcing the animals to endure cruel training involving pushing a lever in order to obtain food while being blasted with disorienting lights.

As an individual who values ethical treatment of animals and the importance of academic research, it is concerning to hear that an undergraduate psychology course at Utah State University (USU) involves the tormenting of live rats in a psychological experiment. Animal welfare is an issue that has been increasingly emphasized in recent years, as awareness spreads regarding humane treatment of all living creatures. While psychology research is valuable in advancing our understanding of behavior, it is important to question the methods used and ensure that the well-being of animals is not compromised. It would be encouraging to learn more about the details of this experiment, whether ethical guidelines were followed and how the results can contribute to psychological knowledge. Ultimately, we must balance the pursuit of academic research with compassion for all living beings.

Landlords are failing to offer humane rodent control methods to students at Baylor University in Texas after complaints regarding mice and rats at an off-campus apartment complex, so PETA is stepping in to help.

Glue Traps Are Death Traps! PETA Offers 8 Humane ‘Rodent Control’ Tips Instead

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Sustainable Action Now, Utah State University (USU), Baylor University in Texas, National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring 35 Latino and Latina Celebrities brought to by PETA & UniverSoul Circus Is Finally Animal-Free!

As someone who upholds strong moral and ethical values regarding the humane treatment of animals and recognizes the outstanding significance of academic research, it is vastly concerning to have been made aware of an undergraduate psychology course conducted at Utah State University (USU) that reportedly involves subjecting live rats to cruel and inhumane experimentation.

Given the immensely distressing and agonizing circumstances revolving around this alleged practice, it raises enormous concerns and deeply troubling questions about the extent to which animal cruelty is being permitted in the name of scientific research. Particularly when it involves deliberately harming and inflicting emotional and physical pain on living beings, such practices not only contradict the values and principles embedded in modern society, but also blatantly disregard the welfare and dignity of innocent creatures.

As a result, it is essential that, as a community, we continue to voice our concerns about such practices, and advocate for more responsible and ethical measures that prioritize the safety and humane treatment of all animals alongside furthering scientific progress.

Baylor University, a renowned educational institution located in Texas, is presently making use of glue traps at their off-campus housing facilities. This practice has raised concerns from various stakeholders who are advocating for the humane treatment of animals. It is worth noting that glue traps are notorious for causing immense suffering to animals that get caught in it. The inhumane nature of this approach is not only cruel but also ineffective in the long run. Considering that there are numerous humane ways of managing pest infestations, such as utilizing live traps or exclusion methods, it is important for Baylor University to halt its use of glue traps and explore more ethical and effective methods of pest control. We, therefore, call on the University to review its pest management policies and take action towards embracing more humane practices that prioritize the welfare of all animals.

Next, PETA, short for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is proud to present the National Hispanic Heritage Month, an incredibly inspiring celebration showcasing over 35 prominent Latino and Latina figures. Throughout this impressive and exciting event, we will be highlighting the rich culture, traditions, and contributions of our diverse Hispanic community, as well as bringing attention to important topics such as animal welfare and cruelty-free living. From accomplished musicians, actors, athletes, and activists to chefs, writers, entrepreneurs, and beyond, our lineup represents a wide array of talents and backgrounds, all of whom share PETA’s commitment to creating a kinder world for all species. We invite you to join us in this momentous occasion as we honor the amazing achievements of our Hispanic icons and strive towards a brighter future for animals and the planet.

And last, UniverSoul Circus, a renowned traveling circus, has recently made an important and significant decision to become animal-free. After numerous discussions and consultation with animal welfare organizations, the circus has taken a firm stance in support of animal rights and ethical treatment of all living beings. By eliminating animal acts from their shows, the circus is setting an example for other entertainment industries to follow, and is paving the way towards a more compassionate and humane world. In addition to this, the removal of animal acts will allow the circus to focus on other exciting and awe-inspiring performances, showcasing the talents of human performers from diverse backgrounds. This move signifies a positive stride towards promoting a more sustainable and responsible future, where entertainment options are not at the cost of animal exploitation and abuse.

It brings me great pleasure to inform you of a groundbreaking decision made by UniverSoul Circus. The circus has finally decided to end its animal acts, marking a significant shift in attitudes towards animal welfare. This is fantastic news for animal rights activists, as it signifies a growing awareness of the suffering of animals in entertainment industries.

UniverSoul Circus has set a commendable example for other circuses to follow by taking this bold step. The decision to end animal acts represents a momentous step towards a fairer and more just society, where animal entertainment doesn’t come at the cost of innocent creatures’ well-being.

As a result of this decision, UniverSoul Circus can now concentrate on promoting human talent, creativity and entertainment without compromising the welfare of its animals. Additionally, this decision marks an important move towards preserving our planet’s biodiversity by ensuring the well-being of animals, which play a crucial role in our ecosystem. This is a positive development for animal lovers, as it brings hope that other companies will follow in the footsteps of UniverSoul Circus.

An undergraduate psychology course at Utah State University (USU) requires students to torment live rats in a psychology experiment, forcing the animals to endure cruel training involving pushing a lever in order to obtain food while being blasted with disorienting lights.

As an individual who values ethical treatment of animals and the importance of academic research, it is concerning to hear that an undergraduate psychology course at Utah State University (USU) involves the tormenting of live rats in a psychological experiment. Animal welfare is an issue that has been increasingly emphasized in recent years, as awareness spreads regarding humane treatment of all living creatures. While psychology research is valuable in advancing our understanding of behavior, it is important to question the methods used and ensure that the well-being of animals is not compromised. It would be encouraging to learn more about the details of this experiment, whether ethical guidelines were followed and how the results can contribute to psychological knowledge. Ultimately, we must balance the pursuit of academic research with compassion for all living beings.

Landlords are failing to offer humane rodent control methods to students at Baylor University in Texas after complaints regarding mice and rats at an off-campus apartment complex, so PETA is stepping in to help.

Glue Traps Are Death Traps! PETA Offers 8 Humane ‘Rodent Control’ Tips Instead

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a highly significant and celebratory time in the United States that runs from the 15th of September to the 15th of October. During this time, we honor and pay tribute to the many important, powerful, and life-changing contributions that Latino and Latina individuals have made to society. In light of this auspicious time, PETA, an organization that advocates for the ethical treatment of animals, is proud to recognize and pay homage to the many Latinos and Latinas who are working tirelessly to break down the barriers of speciesism and pave the way for a better future for all creatures. We are excited to name these incredible celebrities and give them the recognition they rightly deserve for their efforts to create a kinder, more compassionate, and more just world for animals everywhere. Their inspiring work is having a profound impact on the world, and we are honored to be able to acknowledge their achievements.

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1. Aislinn Derbez

This meat-shunning actor—known for starring in EasyLa Casa de las Flores, and De Viaje con los Derbez—was featured in a striking PETA Latino ad encouraging guardians to spay or neuter their animal companions. The campaign artwork, which she personally unveiled at a PETA Latino event at the famous Olvera Street in Los Angeles, featured a stunning pair of wings painted by Derbez herself!

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2. Alicia Machado

Venezuelan model Alicia Machado rose to stardom as Miss Universe 1996. Now based in Miami, she has since honed her advocacy for animals by partnering with PETA and PETA Latino to appear in a body-positive “naked” ad proclaiming herself “proud to be me and fur-free.”

But that’s not all. Machado has also starred in a campaign calling on her fans to have their animal companions spayed or neutered and had passionately advocated for the transfer of the long-suffering orca Lolita to a seaside sanctuary.

In 2023, plans for Lolita’s move were finally announced, but they came too late—she died before experiencing a moment of freedom.

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3. Alisun

Mexican American singer Alisun encouraged people to change their tune by going vegan for Earth Day to benefit animals—including humans—the planet, and their own health.

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4. Ana Bárbara

Award-winning singer and actor Ana Bárbara joined PETA Latino for a powerful video in which she experiences firsthand what dogs go through when they’re left in hot cars.

5. Ana María Polo

Straight-talking TV judge Ana María Polo throws the book at animal abusers by making sure everyone knows that it’s never OK to force cats or dogs to live outside in all weather extremes. She had also called on the Miami Seaquarium to release Lolita from a life sentence in the smallest orca tank in the world before the orca’s tragic death.

6. Camila Cabello

Singer-songwriter Camila Cabello is a role model to millions of fans around the world. She used her platform as a former member of the band Fifth Harmony to advocate for animals, once starring in a PETA video asking folks to adopt animal companions and have them spayed or neutered.

7. Bella Thorne

This Cuban American singer and actor threw some serious shade on SeaWorld in a stunning PETA ad. Check it out:

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8. Carla Morrison  

Latin Grammy Award winner Carla Morrison and her beloved animal companions, Tino and Chawiwi, joined PETA to remind people to celebrate with music, not explosions.

 

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9. Chris Pérez

This guitar player from San Antonio is known as a former member of the band Selena y Los Dinos. He stands up for dogs and encourages his fans to adopt animals, not buy them.

10. Clarissa Molina

Univision TV host Clarissa Molina has joined PETA Latino to remind guardians of the importance of having an emergency plan in place to keep their entire family—including animals—safe during natural disasters.

11. Constance Marie

Actor Constance Marie—star of George Lopez and Switched at Birth—decided to ditch meat in the ’90s, after an eye-opening experience while shooting the movie Selena had her holding a chicken for long periods of time on set. She realized that chickens are sensitive animals with their own interests and a strong will to live and could no longer justify eating them.

She has also advocated for orcas trapped at SeaWorld and asked her fans to have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered.

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12. Daniel Suárez

Daniel Suárez is the first Mexican-born professional driver to win a national NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship. He’s also dedicated to helping animals. He races to the rescue of dogs in hot cars and gently releases mice visitors outdoors.

13. Daniella Monet

These days, former Nickelodeon star Daniella Monet is an influencer and a vegan mama of two. She encourages kids to say no to dissection at school and to keep fish and other animals off their plates.

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14. Edward James Olmos

This Chicano icon is a Hollywood legend and a native of East Los Angeles who’s also vegan! He calls on his fans to treat their animal companions like members of the family and keep them safe from fireworks. Additionally, he has lent his voice to the coyote in our Council of Animals display in Washington, D.C., to spread the message that if our fellow animals could be understood by humans, we’d hear them begging us to stop harming, exploiting, and slaughtering them. He recently received a PETA Humanitarian Award for using his celebrity platform to promote compassion for all species.

15-16. Emilio Rivera and Theo Rossi 

These stars of the television shows Sons of Anarchy and Mayans M.C. prove that real strength comes from protecting animals and never chaining them. They’re showing the world that being tough doesn’t mean being heartless and that the greatest strength of all is the power to love and care for all sentient beings.

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17. George Lopez

George Lopez is a well-known comedian and actor from Los Angeles. This Dodgers fan is also a big fan of adopted dogs! That’s why he’s called on his fellow Angelenos to have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered.

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18-19. Jesse & Joy Huerta

Mexican American singer-songwriter duo Jesse & Joy are wonderful friends of PETA (and played at our 2020 40th anniversary virtual celebration) as well as reliable champions for animals. They have starred in multiple PETA Latino campaigns calling on fans to adopt animals and have them spayed or neutered, keep animal companions safe during natural disasters, and ditch fur.

20. Juan Pablo Di Pace

This Argentine actor and LGBTQIA+ heartthrob won the 2019 PETA Libby Award Brightest On-Screen Star for Animals. He once played Jesus and is, thankfully, also a savior for other species—he has called on his Fuller House fans to stay away from circuses that exploit animals.

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21. Julio Torres

Julio Torres is a comedian, an actor, and an activist who hilariously incorporates his experiences as a vegan into his standup routines. The Salvadoran comic was featured as one of PETA’s Most Beautiful Vegan celebs of 2021.

22. Kate Del Castillo

Kate Del Castillo, the star of La Reina del SurIngobernable, and The 33, is a member of PETA’s honorary board of directors. The actor and activist has taken part in many PETA and PETA Latino campaigns, including these.

23. Lucía Méndez

Lucía Méndez is a soap opera star, a top model, a singer, and an angel for animals. She and her dog, Aura, starred in a beautiful ad to remind people that animal companions are members of the family.

24. Marco Antonio Regil

Marco Antonio Regil is a Mexican American TV host known as the face of popular game shows, including 100 Latinos Dijeron and Minuto Para Ganar.

Regil is vegan and the very first celebrity supporter of PETA Latino. He even helped us conceptualize, develop, and launch the program in its earliest days—just one of many reasons he was the recipient of PETA’s 2015 Humanitarian Award. He has starred in multiple videos calling on his fans to go vegan and also helped PETA garner media attention at a spay-a-thon event in Cancún, Mexico.

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25. María Celeste Arrarás

In addition to hosting a show on CNN en Español, Maria Celeste Arrarás is a longtime staunch supporter of PETA and PETA Latino. She has spoken out against bullfights and circuses that exploit animals and was the winner of PETA’s 2001 Humanitarian Award.

 

 

26. Nicholas Gonzalez

This Texas-born Mexican American actor shares his home with two adorable adopted dogs. He is anti-fur and joined with PETA to encourage people to treat their dogs like their best friends.

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27. Oriana

Argentine singer, model, and actress Oriana’s beautiful ad reminds people that we are all animals and deserve the same consideration, regardless of what some humans think.

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28. Patricia De León

Actor, reality star, and Miss Panama 1995 Patricia De León helped launch PETA Latino and has starred in campaigns urging fans to go vegboycott bullfights, and be kind to animals. She even has her own line of cruelty-free lipstick.

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29. Paulina Rubio

Legendary Mexican singer Paulina Rubio has a history of defending animals, asking her fans never to leave dogs in hot cars or give animals as holiday gifts.

30. Carmen Carrera

Model and actor Carmen Carrera is known for fearlessly using her platform to raise awareness of transgender and LGBTQIA+ issues. And making a bold statement of another sort, she bared all to draw attention to the suffering endured by animals who are caged and killed for their fur—and to encourage her followers to transform their wardrobes by going fur-free.

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31. Roselyn Sánchez

Roselyn Sánchez was the first Latina celeb to take part in PETA’s iconic “rather go naked than wear fur” campaign.

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32. Sie7e

Based in Puerto Rico, vegan singer-songwriter Sie7e is all about good vibes for humans and other animals.

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33. Sofía Sisniega

This Mexican American actor who stars in the hit shows Club de CuervosLa Casa de las Flores, and Aquí en la Tierra is 100% committed to ending animal exploitation. Sisniega has also starred in multiple PETA campaigns, including ads asking consumers to use cruelty-free makeup and personal-care products, calling on people to go vegan, and asking fans not to wear wool.

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In addition, she’s led several PETA Latino protests in Mexico City, such as one asking Forever 21 to drop wool and another giving away vegan holiday roasts for Nochebuena.

34. Stephanie Sigman

Bond girl and star of Narcos and S.W.A.T. Stephanie Sigman is an angel for animals who promotes responsible dog adoption.

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35. William Valdés

Cuban actor, singer, and television host William Valdés joined PETA Latino to share the naked truth behind the fur industry and spread the word that compassion is always in fashion.


Honor the Contributions of Latinos and Latinas This National Hispanic Heritage Month and All Year Round

When it comes to the huge contributions of the Latine community to the animal rights movement, this post only scratches the surface! If you learned something new about one of your favorite stars, be sure to share this page with your friends, family members, and social media followers. Encourage them to discover all the ways they can speak up for animals any day of the year.

 

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Park Eun-bin from Netflix Series, Extraordinary Attorney Woo, Elephants Beaten and Chained for Shrine Circuses & Sustainable Action Now Highlights Recent Protests!

Check out the highlights from some of our recent actions:

We hope you’ll join us at the next protest near you!

If you are you someone who is passionate about fighting for animal rights and if you want to make a difference to create change in the world, look for a protest near you.

Whether you are a seasoned activist who has been protesting for years or someone who is just starting out and has never attended a protest, we want to extend a warm invitation to you to join us in the fight for animal rights.

We believe that everyone has a role to play in creating a better world, and that no matter where you come from or what your background is, you can make a difference.

Our movement is inclusive and welcoming, and we strive to create a space for people of all walks of life to come together and work towards a common goal. So whether you are a student, a parent, a professional, or anything in between, we hope that you will join us and be a part of this important work.

Let’s stand together and fight for a better future for all beings.

Here are some highlights from some of the more recents protests:

The new hit series on Netflix from South Korea, Extraordinary Attorney Woo, is attracting international attention. For those of you who are not familiar with the show, it features a young woman, Park Eun-bin, who is an attorney starting her first job in South Korea and who happens to be autistic. Rotten Tomatoes rates the show 100% for critics’ endorsement.

But the big surprise of the show is that Attorney Woo is a passionate lover of whales and dolphins. While the show is not expressly about whales and dolphins, they appear here and there in every episode as her psychic muses. Attorney Woo herself is a passionate opponent of captivity and the killing of dolphins and whales.

Capitalizing on the stunning popularity of the series, the International Marine Mammal Project’s (IMMP’s) office in the Philippines came up with the ingenious idea to feature a look-alike Attorney Woo as part of their demonstration against the Taiji dolphin hunts on September 1st. The demonstration garnered wide media attention in the Philippines, and appeared in news stories in Japan Today and the Global Mirror.

PETA supporters with heavy chains blocked the entrance to the Yaarab Shrine Circus, which continues to exploit elephants and other animals, on its opening day. Padlocked together to the chains, activists prevented anyone from entering the circus grounds. PETA is asking Shrine circuses to end all animal acts.

The world’s largest Starbucks location closed temporarily after several PETA supporters wearing cow masks sat down and demanded that the coffee chain stop charging extra for vegan milks. Would-be customers were offered a free vegan latte instead.

Just before Easter, PETA’s thought-provoking baby barbecues in Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; and Jacksonville, Florida, reminded everyone that animals are just babies when they’re slaughtered and that there’s no real difference between them and human babies. We asked everyone to keep all babies off the grill this Easter holiday and every day by going vegan.

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PETA continued to push forward with its campaign against Budweiser, the King of Tears, to urge the beer company to stop mutilating Clydesdales by cutting off their tailbones. PETA supporters crashed Budweiser’s 90th anniversary party in St. Louis and protested at other Clydesdale appearances throughout the U.S.

PETA supporters continue to pressure Whole Foods to stop enabling the rampant abuse of the Thai coconut milk industry, which uses cruel forced monkey labor. PETA “monkeys” have been seen dumping hundreds of humanely picked coconuts and smashing them in protest outside Whole Foods stores in Austin, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Washington, D.C.

Whole Foods closed its D.C. location for several hours after protesters entered the store and held a sit-in on top of the checkout counters.

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The Blue Whale: A Marvel of the Ocean

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The Blue Whale’s Heart is So Large That a Human Could Swim Through Its Arteries

Whales are among the most majestic creatures to roam the vast oceans. Among them, the blue whale stands out not only as the largest animal currently known to exist but also for its awe-inspiring physiology. It is fascinating to imagine a creature so massive that its heart alone is big enough for a human to swim through its arteries. In this article, we delve into the remarkable world of the blue whale’s heart and the wonders it holds.

The Blue Whale: A Marvel of the Ocean

Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) are true wonders of the natural world. They can reach lengths of up to 100 feet and weigh as much as 200 tons. To put this into perspective, their tongue alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Despite their enormous size, they primarily feed on tiny shrimp-like creatures called krill, filtering them through baleen plates.

The Enormous Heart

The blue whale’s heart is an organ of superlatives. It is the largest heart in the animal kingdom, with an average weight of 400 pounds and a size comparable to a small car. When examining its dimensions, it’s mind-boggling to comprehend that a single organ can be so substantial.

A Human vs. Blue Whale’s Heart

To grasp the sheer magnitude of the blue whale’s heart, let’s make a comparison. While a human heart is about the size of a clenched fist, a blue whale’s heart can be as large as a Volkswagen Beetle. It’s almost inconceivable to envision a heart of such proportions beating rhythmically inside a living being.

Function of the Blue Whale’s Heart

The primary function of the blue whale’s heart, like any other heart, is to pump blood throughout the body. However, the scale at which it operates is astonishing. With each beat, it can pump several hundred gallons of blood, and the heartbeat itself can be detected from more than two miles away.

The Circulatory System of a Blue Whale

The blue whale’s circulatory system is a marvel of adaptation. The heart’s structure and blood vessels are uniquely designed to withstand the tremendous pressures exerted by the whale’s sheer size. Additionally, the intricate network of blood vessels ensures efficient distribution of oxygen to all parts of the massive body.

Challenges of Studying Blue Whales

Studying blue whales is a challenging endeavor. Their elusive nature and vast oceanic habitat make observation difficult. However, advancements in technology, such as satellite tagging and underwater drones, have provided researchers with valuable data about these elusive giants.

Blue Whales: Conservation and Protection

Despite their impressive size and historical abundance, blue whales have faced significant threats from human activities, such as whaling and maritime collisions. Today, conservation efforts aim to protect these gentle giants and ensure their continued existence for future generations.

Blue Whales in Popular Culture

The blue whale’s grandeur and the astounding size of its heart have not escaped popular culture. References to blue whales and their hearts can be found in literature, movies, and other forms of media. They serve as symbols of power and wonder in the natural world.

The Significance of Whale Research

Studying blue whale hearts goes beyond fascination; it contributes to scientific knowledge and medical research. Understanding the unique physiology of blue whales could offer insights into human cardiovascular health and inspire new medical innovations.

The Beauty of Marine Biodiversity

As we marvel at the blue whale’s heart, it’s essential to remember that the oceans are teeming with life and diversity. Each marine species plays a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of marine ecosystems, making the protection of all marine life a global responsibility.

The blue whale’s heart is a testament to the magnificence of the natural world. Its extraordinary size and function leave us in awe of the wonders that exist beneath the waves. As we continue to explore and understand these gentle giants, let us also strive to protect their habitat and preserve the beauty and diversity of marine life for generations to come.

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Govt Action Looms for Twitter after Viral Video of Manipur Women Paraded Naked

Manipur Unrest: CM Urges Thorough Probe into Viral Video’s Authenticity

 

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Kenya: A Traveler’s Guide | NewsTrack English 1

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Kenya is a country located in East Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the northeast, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and the Indian Ocean to the southeast. Kenya gained its independence from British colonial rule on December 12, 1963. The country has diverse geography, including coastal plains along the Indian Ocean, highlands in the central region, the Great Rift Valley running from north to south, and arid areas in the north. Kenya is renowned for its rich wildlife and is famous for its national parks and game reserves.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is particularly well-known for its annual wildebeest migration, attracting tourists from around the world. The country’s highest peak, Mount Kenya, is an extinct volcano and the second-highest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The country is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its wildlife safaris, beautiful landscapes, cultural diversity, and coastal attractions. Kenya’s history, culture, and wildlife make it a unique and captivating country, drawing visitors and researchers alike to explore its many facets.  Popular places to explore in Kenya are :

Masai Mara : Is a well-known national reserve area of Kenya. It is an extremely popular tourist spot as well, on account of the wildlife and exotic bird species that exist here. Masai Mara is blessed in terms of the variety of its topography. The topography of this area ranges from bushes and soft sand to vast grasslands. It is also a haven for animal lovers. The Big Five can be most easily spotted here – the lion, the elephant, the rhino and the buffalo. This is a prime area for nature and wildlife lovers, as the flora and fauna is rich and varied and more than enough to leave you with an unforgettable experience.

Amboseli National Park : Is located in southern Kenya, near the border with Tanzania. It is situated approximately 240 kilometers  southeast of Nairobi. The park is known for its iconic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, which lies just across the border in Tanzania. Amboseli National Park covers an area of about 392 square kilometers  and is home to a large herds of elephants, considered some of Africa’s largest. In addition to elephants, Amboseli is home to a wide variety of other wildlife and big 5, including lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and a plethora of bird species. Visitors to Amboseli have the unique opportunity to witness these majestic creatures up close, observing their social interactions and witnessing their bathing rituals in the park’s numerous waterholes. 

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Mombasa :  one of Kenya’s most popular tourist destinations. The coastal city is located along the Indian Ocean and is the second largest city in Kenya. From thrilling safaris to relaxing beaches, this city has it all. It’s also famous for its nightlife. Mombasa is culturally diverse – a blend of Indian, African and Arabic cultures. Mosques, Jain temples and more can be found dotted across the city.

The Mombasa Tusks are an important landmark, built to form the letter M back in 1956 to commemorate Princess Margaret’s visit. Other famous spots include the Spice Market and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fort Jesus. Mombasa has developed into one of the busiest ports in Africa and an economic hub owing to its natural beauty, cultural diversity and rich history. With coral reefs, seafood, architectural wonders, and white sand beaches, there is so much to do in Mombasa.

Nairobi :  The biggest city and also the capital of Kenya, Nairobi is best known for its charm and architecture that has been well preserved since colonial times. The rich history and the tribal culture of the capital city is well depicted by the astounding landmarks, attracting vacationers from all across the globe. The city of Nairobi, which has shown significant development in the last few decades, gives you a wholesome experience, from the lavish extravagance of the tented camps to the local hustle and bustle of the native tribes.

The city once neglected by the vacationers is a tourist hub today. Nairobi’s landscape comprises plains, cliffs and forests which make up the famous Nairobi National Park. Nairobi is a beautiful amalgamation of cosmopolitan streets and the city’s dynamic culture and its people. Home to amazing landmarks, delightful eateries and vibrant nightlife, it is a must-visit if you are in Kenya. 

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Malindi Marine National Park :  located along the stunning coastline of Mombasa in Kenya, is recognized as the oldest marine park in Africa. Renowned for its breathtaking coral reefs, pristine sandy beaches, diverse marine life and huge population of endangered green turtles, the park covers an area of approximately 213 square kilometres of the Indian Ocean coastline. The park boasts fringing reefs, stunning coral gardens in the lagoons, sea grass beds, mangroves, mudflats, and a diverse range of marine mammals with over 600 species of fish, and shorebirds.

The park’s abundant marine life showcases a vibrant array of fishes, invertebrates, and benthic cover, with crabs, corals, sea urchins, jellyfish, sea stars, and sea cucumbers. It is home to various coral species such as Acropora, Turbinaria, and Porites. Apart from the captivating marine ecosystem, Malindi National Park also boasts mangrove forests and scenic coastal dunes, providing a habitat for a variety of bird species. Birdwatchers can spot a range of coastal and migratory birds, including herons, egrets, pelicans, and flamingos. 

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People frequently travel for vacations to spend time relaxing away from the fatigue brought on by the daily rush. Many people plan to travel abroad frequently, but India has many stunning locations where you can have a wonderful vacation. One of these places is Arunachal Pradesh.

Everyone enjoys taking frequent trips. People frequently become very upset as a result of the daily rush and the ever-increasing pressure of work. People schedule vacations in such circumstances to escape their hectic and monotonous schedules. People frequently pick these types of destinations for their vacations, where they can relax for a while.

You can travel to Arunachal Pradesh if you’re planning a vacation of your own in the near future. This state, which is abundant in natural beauty, will prove to be the ideal setting for some quiet time. In this article, we’ll discuss a few such locations in Arunachal Pradesh where you can have the ideal vacation.

Tawang Monastery

The largest monastery in India and one of the most significant Buddhist monasteries in the entire world is Tawang Monastery. It is situated in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district, not far from the Chinese border. The monastery was established in the 17th century by the Tibetan monk Merak Lama. A sizable collection of Buddhist artifacts, including sculptures, paintings, and manuscripts, is kept in the monastery. Additionally, it is a well-liked location for Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world.

Ziro Valley

The beautiful Ziro Valley can be found in Arunachal Pradesh’s Lower Subansiri district. The valley is renowned for its verdant hills, terraced farms, and old-fashioned towns. The Apatani, Nyishi, and Gallo tribes are just a few of the tribal cultures that call it home. Ziro Valley is a well-liked tourist destination, particularly during the November Ziro Music Festival each year.

Namdapha National Park

The largest national park in India and one of the most biodiverse regions on earth is Namdapha National Park. It is situated in the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, not far from the Myanmar border. A variety of fauna, including tigers, elephants, rhinoceroses, and clouded leopards, call the park home. A number of rare and endangered species, including the Mishmi takin and the hoolock gibbon, call it home.

Sela Pass

Arunachal Pradesh’s West Kameng district is home to the high-altitude Sela Pass. The pass is the highest motorable road in India and is located at an elevation of 4,180 meters (13,700 feet). This pass provides a stunning view of the nearby mountains and valleys. Additionally, mountain biking and trekking are popular activities there.

Mechuka Valley

The beautiful Mechuka Valley can be found in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district. This valley is renowned for its hot springs, deodar forests, and verdant hills. Several tribal cultures, including those of the Tagin and Hill Miri tribes, call it home. Particularly during the winter, when the valley is covered in snow, Mechuka Valley is a well-liked vacation spot.

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Jumbo job: Women join mahout’s profession

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By Basanta Parajuli,Bharatpur, July 22: A giant elephant tamed by a woman – quite surprising, isn’t it? Well, meet Meena Chaudhary from Bachheuli, near the tourist town of Sauraha, she is accomplishing the incredible feat of being a mahout. Even among wild animals, taming the largest beast and making it obey your commands is an exceptionally challenging task. However, Meena has been fearless in her undertaking, for the past 12 years.

In 2011, Chaudhary passed the Public Service Commission exam for the position of mahout, responsible for taking care of elephants. “Since women with normal literacy were also eligible to apply for this post, I decided to give it a try,” she stated. “I successfully passed the exam,” she added. 

Currently, Meena is working as the caretaker of Devikali, at the Elephant Breeding Centre. Recently, she was diligently cleaning the elephants and preparing their food, known as ‘Kuchi’, which consists of grasses, small plants, bushes, fruits, twigs, tree bark and roots.

 A mahout is considered the lowest level of staff, responsible for cleaning and feeding them, while the Pachhuwa graze and mow them. 

The mahout is the master of an elephant and works together with three people to guide the elephant, whether it’s for patrolling, carrying tourists, or any other tasks. Meena currently holds this unranked post of a caretaker at the Elephant Breeding Centre.

Meena describes her regular tasks, “If you push the joints of the head and ears with your feet and say ‘sit,’ the elephant will obey you immediately. If you want the elephant to sleep on the ground, you push the joints with your feet and say ‘sleep,’ and the elephant sleeps. ‘Agat’ makes it go forward, and ‘everagat’ brings it back towards you.”

These commands are taught to elephants during their training, and since most mahouts and caretakers who provide training are Tharu, the ethnic group indigenous to the Tarai in southern Nepal, the elephant is trained using the Tharu language. Meena, being a Tharu herself, found it relatively easy to learn the language of the elephant.

“After passing the public service exam, I felt overwhelmed by the duty I was expected to accomplish. However, I gradually got used to the job,” she explained. 

She also mentioned that her husband, Rameshwar Chaudhary, a retired non-gazetted Subba, too was a mahout at Hattisar, which made it easier for her to adapt to certain situations in her work.

Back then when the headquarters of the Chitwan National Park was in Kasara, female soldiers used to drive elephants themselves during patrols. Meena recalled, “Maybe because we are women, when we go to the forest, only women are allowed to go. During forest patrols, female soldiers would always take me on an elephant.”

After being transferred to the Elephant Breeding Centre, she no longer had to go on patrols and focused on her responsibilities in the forest, where she was assigned to feed elephants. As a mother of an eight-year-old daughter, Meena now has the opportunity to take care of her child along with the elephants. 

She mentioned that her daughter was born after she started her job and added, “After taking care of the elephants, I spend my spare time at home looking after my daughter. The proximity between work and home has made it easier for me.” 

In the park, a total of 139 mahouts work, including those at the Elephant Breeding Centre. Among them, five are women, with three stationed at the breeding centre and two at Chitwan National Park.

According to the park authorities, Meena Mahatto, Meena Chaudhary, Chinmaya Kumal, and Sunaina Panjiyar of Bachyyuli are currently working as mahouts. Some of these women entered the profession due to their fathers’ or husbands’ association with the profession.

Furthermore, there are two women serving as elephant mahouts in Koshi National Park, and one each in Bardiya, Banke, and Shuklaphata National Park.

The head of the centre, Manipuran Chaudhary, acknowledged that when the Public Service Commission introduced inclusivity, women like Meena got the opportunity to work as mahout.

“It’s a challenging job to train an elephant. It requires bravery and involves risks, especially when chasing wild elephants at night. One has to go to the forest carrying fire making it an even more arduous job for women,” she stated.

Sunaina Panjiyar, another mahout at the Elephant Breeding Centre, does not agree with this notion. Panjiyar’s husband was also a mahout, and she firmly believes that she is no less capable than a man, as she handles everything from cleaning the elephants to guiding them during jungle safaris.



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