Browsing: Inhumanity

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‘Last week—following criticism from bipartisan Congress members, citizens, press, and advocacy groups like the White Coat Waste Project, a nonprofit that seeks to eliminate cruel, wasteful and unnecessary taxpayer-funded animal testing—the U.S. Department of Agriculture began to reverse course on its unjustifiable animal welfare database blackout. It started by restoring documents about government and other animal laboratories. This is a crucial resource, but we’re still fighting systemic government transparency failures about $15 billion in wasteful taxpayer-funded experimentation on dogs and other animals.

Months before the recent USDA purge—a scandal first exposed by WCW—we released “Spending to Death,” a report documenting cruel and unnecessary government dog experiments, and a troubling abundance of secrecy about the practice and what it costs.’

Read more: Your Taxes Are Funding a Secret, Multibillion-Dollar Government Enterprise That Tortures and Kills Tens of Millions of Animals Every Year

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‘A Japanese zoo has killed 57 snow monkeys, nearly one-third of the species in the facility, for carrying “invasive alien” genes, zoo officials said, adding that the animals were all crossbreeds and culling them is legally allowed.

The incident took place in Takagoyama Nature Zoo in the city of Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture, some 45km from Tokyo.

Zoo officials discovered that of 164 Japanese macaques (also known as snow monkeys), at least 57 were crossbreeds with rhesus macaques.

The monkeys were killed by lethal injection, a Futtsu official told AFP, adding that the zoo operator held a memorial service for the macaques at a nearby Buddhist temple.’

Read more: Japanese zoo kills 57 monkeys for having ‘invasive alien genes’

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‘What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America.

Mother bears hibernating with their cubs and wolves raising pups in their dens may no longer be protected from a hunter’s rifle.

The lives of countless bear and wolf families are hanging in the balance today because the U.S. House of Representatives just voted to overturn a ban on cruel hunting tactics that previously protected animals on some of the most treasured wildlife refuges in America.’

Read more: People Want to Shoot Hibernating Bear Families — And the US Government Just Voted to Let Them

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‘Under the blazing East Africa sun Chikumbutzo Massina gazes hollow eyed across the baked and barren ground where his brother Fletcher once tended his tomato crop. Any plants that remain are withered and brown.

‘Here is the spot where I spotted Fletcher’s blood trail,’ he says, his voice devoid of emotion, as he moves further across the field.

‘And here is the ridge where I found what was left of his mutilated body.

In a monotone he tells how he found little more than his brother’s torso: all four limbs had been chopped off with a machete, his genitals cut off, his teeth torn out and all his vital organs – brain, liver, heart, lungs and kidneys – gone.’

Read more: Witch doctors in Malawi are hiring ‘hit men’ to murder Albinos before mutilating them so their organs can be used in highly expensive ‘medicines’ 

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‘It’s well known that the language we use to refer to nonhuman animals can be used to hide or sanitize the often egregious ways in which we use, harm and kill them. Words such as euthanize, dispatch, harvest, and cull are frequently used to refer to instances in which people with different motivations and intentions kill healthy animals. It’s about time these polite words are changed to the harsher word, murder, because that’s what it really is. However, time again, we are told that only humans can be murdered, because that’s the way legal systems view killing other-than-human animals.’

Read more: Why Can Only Humans Be Murdered? What About Non-Human Animals?

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‘Arizona has devised a new way of sidestepping an EU ban on the supply of lethal injection drugs to US jails – inviting lawyers to procure them on their clients’ behalf.

The new protocol is the latest attempt by authorities to tackle the problem of carrying out executions without two key drugs pentobarbital, a sedative and sodium thiopental, an anaesthetic.

States where the death penalty is still in force have had to adopt an array of measures to carry out executions without the drugs which were a key part of a cocktail used in lethal injections.’

Read more: Arizona invites death row inmates to bring their own execution drugs to sidestep EU ban

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‘The City of Santa Ana has come up with an innovative and despotic way of keeping their homeless population in check — imprison them. The city is now party to a federal lawsuit over unreasonable seizure, false imprisonment, and due process violations.

Heading up the lawsuit on behalf of Michael Diehl, who has lived at the encampment for three years, is the ACLU of Southern California. The lawsuit demands the immediate removal of the 6-foot-tall chain-link fences penning in 75-100 people and their belongings.

“Defendants’ actions have not only illegally restricted the liberty of the homeless people living in the encampment, but it has also cut them off from access to food, water, and medical care thus threatening their health and well-being,” the lawsuit states.’

Read more: City Erects Prison Camp To Deal With Homeless – Cutting Off Food And Water

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‘A Russian newspaper has claimed victims of domestic abuse should be ‘proud of their bruises’.

A column in Komsomolskaya Pravda, one of the country’s most popular papers, has said that women should ‘find solace’ in the fact that women who suffer domestic violence are more likely to give birth to boys.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Tuesday which decriminalises domestic violence, sparking allegations his government is ‘trivialising’ the problem.’

Read more: Russian newspaper tells women beaten by their husbands to ‘be proud of their bruises’ after Putin decriminalises domestic abuse

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‘Eighty people have died in the last two years as a direct result of homelessness in Toronto. That’s one homeless person dying every 10 days. In 1985, people fighting homelessness started keeping track of these senseless, and entirely preventable deaths. Since that time, they’ve recorded over 800 deaths – lives sacrificed in service of a perverse economic logic that demands ever more cuts from the destitute and grants ever more comforts to the rich.

Talk to anyone who has used the City’s emergency shelter system, or anyone who works with people using shelters, and a grim picture emerges of chronic overcrowding, bug infested dormitories, the recurrent spread of contagious diseases, and the perpetual lack of sufficient beds.’

Read more: Urban Homelessness in Toronto

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‘Wildlife rangers in Western Australia are eager to find a bottle-nose dolphin they believe is in danger after the unfortunate animal was apparently dressed in a t-shirt during the Australia Day celebrations.

A post on the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia’s Facebook page, shows the mammal with clothing wrapped around its body, dangerously close to its blowhole.

The department received a call from the local Dolphin Discovery Centre, which advertises itself as “Australia’s premier wild dolphin experience”, alerting them to the sea creature’s predicament.’

Read more: ‘It didn’t swim into that T-shirt’: Fears for dolphin dressed by revelers

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