Care2: Disney’s new film “Frozen 2” has already made almost a billion dollars at the box office. These numbers should be good news to environmental activists, since the plot of Frozen’s sequel deftly combines successful children’s entertainment with an eco-friendly theme. But unfortunately that’s where Disney’s efforts stop, since they have already begun mass-producing unrecyclable plastic toys associated with the film. In the film, protagonists Elsa and Anna must battle with unstable and dangerous natural elements in order to bring peace to their world. Many have applauded the obvious connection to the fight against climate change, noting that Elsa and Anna’s stewardship of their fictional world will inform the way children interact with our own dying planet. Sadly, Disney would rather appear environmentally conscious than take any real action. It’s clear their bottom line is more pressing than saving the Earth.
>>>Urge Disney to halt the production of unrecyclable plastic toys.
Last Chance for Animals: Introduced on December 2 by Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman, Bill 156 seeks to limit access to farms, slaughterhouses and tranpsort trucks, and would make it a crime to uncover and report the truth about how farm animals are treated. Undercover footage routinely shows farm animals subjected to abuse and neglect. However, instead of imposing welfare standards or ensuring the proper treatment of farm animals, the Ontario government is looking to conceal animal cruelty by preventing whistleblowers and journalists from reporting animal cruelty and neglect. It’s a moral obligation to report any crimes of cruelty and neglect. If passed, Bill 156 will severely undermine Ontario’s animal welfare laws and will allow companies and individuals to continue business as usual.
>>>Urge Ontario Premier Doug Ford to oppose Bill 156.
PETA: Investigations of angora farms show workers twisting and pulling terrified rabbits into unnatural positions in order to pluck the hair from all over their bodies, including their genitals, as they scream out in pain. They’re forced to endure this terror up to four times a year. After two to three years, the animals who survive this repeated ordeal are hung upside down and their throats are slit. As American Vintage continues to sell angora, despite knowing that rabbits are abused on angora farms, we need to ramp up the pressure on the brand to ditch the cruelly obtained fiber.
>>>Urge American Vintage to follow the lead of over 340 other retailers worldwide and ban angora.
Cause for concern…
- Donald Trump Jr. went to Mongolia, got special treatment from the government and killed an endangered sheep (Jake Pearson and Anand Tumurtogoo, ProPublica)
- U.N. climate talks end with few commitments and a ‘lost’ opportunity (Somini Sengupta, The New York Times)
- Actress Rooney Mara tells of ‘awful’ and ‘devastating’ conditions inside British animal farms including mother pigs ‘trapped and crushing their own babies’ (James Wood, Daily Mail)
- 1.9 billion people at risk from mountain water shortages (Jonathan Watts, The Guardian)
- The world’s oceans are being starved of oxygen (Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine)
- Most states have cut environmental budgets, staffing since 2008 (Valerie Volcovici, Reuters)
- The rapid expansion of cities around the world is having an enormous impact on biodiversity (McGill University)
- Penguins threatened by climate change and human activities (University of Saskatchewan)
- He spent years rescuing sick, dying animals from factory farms—now he’s facing up to 60 years in prison (Ezra Klein, Vox)
- Subway accused of hiding Facebook comments highlighting animal cruelty (Liam Gilliver, Plant Based News)
Round of applause…
- Vegan climate activist Greta Thunberg becomes TIME’s youngest “Person of the Year” (Anna Starostinetskaya, VegNews)
- Researchers have identified U.S. forests that should be preserved for their potential to mitigate climate change and enhance biodiversity (Steve Lundeberg, Oregon State University)
- NOAA unveils $97 million plan to save Florida’s coral reefs (Earle Kimel, Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
- World Bank urged to rethink investment in one of Brazil’s big beef companies (Alexandra Heal and Andrew Wasley, The Guardian)
- Pamela Anderson offers to adopt dogs used for animal testing at Texas A&M University (Carson Blackwelder, Closer Weekly)
- ‘It’s the life we’ve chosen’: Couple dedicates life to saving unadoptable farm animals (Chris Venzon, WFMY)
- Male piglets become first nonhuman animal to sue German government in animal abuse case (Oli Gross, Totally Vegan Buzz)
- Organic label doesn’t guarantee that holiday ham was a happy pig (Michael Haedicke, The Conversation)
- 11 cruelty-free makeup picks for festive holiday looks (Kat Smith, LIVEKINDLY)
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” —Anatole France
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