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June, 2016 - Banning of the BULLHOOK in California - SB 1062 is the bill introduced by California State Senator, Ricardo Lara.  This bill seeks to ban the cruel use of the BULLHOOK on elephants.  It has already passed the State Senate.  It will go before the State Assembly and if passed, will be sent to Governor Jerry Brown to sign into law.  The BULLHOOK (ankus) is used to inflict pain in elephants in order to "control" their behavior.  The bullhook has a sharp poker-like tip that grabs and rips its target with precision.   If you want to help weigh in, drop your state senator or congressperson an email.  Very easy to do.  Thank you!  And the elephants thank you!!
 
NBC's SPORTS NETWORK CANCELS ITS TELEVISED HUNTING SERIES, "UNDER WILD SKIES".  PUBLIC OUTRAGE ERUPTED OVER THE KILLING OF AN ELEPHANT (shot in the face) ON THE SHOW, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE NRA.  THANK YOU, NBC's SPORTS NETWORK!!!!  
CALIFORNIA Governor Jerry Brown Signed two pieces of legislation this week that will help animals immensely: AB711 requires hunters to use non-leaded ammunition to stop the incidental poisoning of many species; AB1213 adds a "no-trapping" buffer zone for BOBCATS around Joshua Tree Nat'l Park. It will stop commercial hunters from catching/killing bobcats on private property w/o the consent of the land-owner.  YAY, JERRY!!!
 
EL SALVADOR joins Bolivia, Columbia,  Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Costa Rica in BANNING ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES.  The campaign was led by Circus Sin in El Salvador and supported by Animal Defenders International (ADI). Saving countless animals from lives of misery.  KUDOS to Circus Sin and ADI for their stalwart efforts in undercover investigations, monitoring and research, and public relations/negotiations, all of the logistics, and their COMPASSION. A gigantic THANK YOU to the governments of these South American countries for their COMPASSION and RIGHT ACTION! (COME ON, AMERICA...WHAT'S HOLDING YOU UP?????????????)
USA***Please support historic BILL (HR 3359)TO END CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES!  Bob Barker and Jorja Fox (CSI actress) joined "Animal Defenders International" (ADI) and "Performing Animals' Welfare Society (PAWS) on Capital Hill w/ members of Congress to launch a bill that will PROHIBIT THE USE OF EXOTIC & WILD ANIMALS IN TRAVELING CIRCUSES.  This bill is long overdue action for the United States! PRECEDING America in humane animal action regarding 'entertainment' are the countries of Bolivia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru, Paraguay, Columbia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, & India.  Discussions of similar laws are already on the table in the UK, Brazil, Chile, and Greece.  The Bill's PASSING WILL  END THE SUFFERING OF COUNTLESS ANIMALS that endure cruelty in deprived environments (traveling circuses/roadside shows).  Whether an animal is beaten by bullhook or electric prod, chained, or lives in darkness, animals in captivity and entertainment suffer greatly. Links: See ADI and PAWS website for details (sites also provide link to your own specific congressional rep).  

Upcoming Events

November 11 - 13th, 2016: Performing Animals' Welfare Society (PAWS) presents the "International Elephant Summit Conference" in San Andreas, California.  Noted international experts will be speakers at this venue.  Please read current list of speakers on www.pawsweb.org
Ed Stewart., co-founder of the "Performing Animals' Welfare Society" will be officiating.  There will be guestspeakers from the most dynamic and effective national and international organizations on the planet, who all work tirelessly to improve the lives of animals in entertainment venues.   The 2-day conference is filled with the latest from the frontlines on animal welfare and reported by renowned animal welfare experts.  This event is for any person who wishes to learn more about captive animals as well as the status of keystone wild animals. 
Please join us and share in the celebration of success for animals! 

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