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China’s Annual Dog Meat Festival Begins This Week | Take Action Tuesday @EarthFoodLife

June 18, 2019
Lucky few: Nearly 30 dogs were moved from a live dog warehouse in Yulin, China, to veterinary care during a rescue jointly conducted by Humane Society International and China Animal Protection Power on June 12, 2016. Throughout many parts of Asia, stolen pets and street animals suffer terrible abuse for the dog and cat meat trade before being killed through horrific means, such as beating or hanging. Animal rights activists are imploring China—as the country with the largest dog and cat meat trade in the world—to show leadership by ending the annual “festival” in Yulin, as well as the outward display of animal cruelty and officially ban the dog and cat meat trade in the country. (Photo credit: Mai Zi/CAPP)

Humane Society International: Right now across China, pets are being stolen, roaming dogs—owned and unowned—are violently grabbed from the streets and slaughterhouses are filled with terrified dogs. This cruelty supplies the country’s dog meat markets and the annual dog meat “festival” happening this week in Yulin. But this is only the beginning of their suffering. The journey to Yulin is a ruthless and appalling one. Crammed on top of each other and transported in trucks for days without food or water, some won’t make it alive. For those who do, they’ll wait, frightened and helpless, until it’s their turn to be pulled by the neck with iron tongs and beaten to death for someone’s meal.
>>>Urge Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to end Yulin and the dog and cat meat trade once and for all.

Oceana: President Trump is trying to expand offshore drilling by opening more than 90 percent of U.S. oceans to this dirty and dangerous fossil fuel activity. His plan could change the face of America’s beaches forever. Make no mistake, opening the floodgates to offshore drilling is a catastrophe waiting to happen for ocean wildlife, coastal communities and America’s oceans. It simply isn’t worth the risk.
>>>Tell your representative to vote “yes” on amendments to H.R. 3052 to protect U.S. coasts from dangerous offshore drilling before our oceans, marine life and communities pay the ultimate price.

Environmental Advocates of New York: New York is on the verge of passing the strongest climate legislation in the country. The Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA) would rapidly transition the state’s economy off of fossil fuels, invest 40 percent of the state’s climate fund into low-income communities and communities of color, and set high wage standards to make green jobs.
>>>New Yorkers, tell your legislators to pass the CCPA.

Cause for concern…

Killer tans: When you swim with sunscreen on, corals can absorb toxic chemicals like oxybenzone, which disrupts their reproduction and growth cycles, causing bleaching, which can kill entire coral colonies. Coral reefs, which contain Earth’s most diverse ecosystems, provide habitats and shelter for countless marine species, protect coastlines from storms and maintain healthy water quality, already face numerous threats, including ocean acidification, coastal development, pollution and over-harvesting for the coral trade. Thankfully, some sunscreens are “coral safe,” as they don’t contain oxybenzone. (Photo credit: chezbeate/Pixabay)

Round of applause…

Supporting sodbusters: State lawmakers across the United States have introduced 39 soil health bills this year alone, with more than 250 such bills introduced in statehouses and Washington, D.C., over the past two legislative sessions. These lawmakers are listening to farmers and scientists who understand that regenerative farming practices like cover crops and rotational grazing help prevent soil erosion, lower toxic runoff intro waterways, support biodiversity, improve soil moisture and nutrient content and sequester carbon, while increasing profits. (Photo credit: Binyamin Mellish/Pexels)

Parting thought…

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” —Roger Caras

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