BREAKING: Historic Day for Animals-California Passes Multiple Animal Protection Laws!

Selling of fur or skins of exotic animals banned, no bobcat hunting, and protections for horses signed into bills in California.

By IDA - 12. October 2019

Historic Day for Animals! California Governor Signs Raft of Animal Protection Laws

Governor Gavin Newsom has made it illegal to sell or produce fur, hunt bobcats, use wild animals in circuses, sell the skins of exotic animals, and strengthened protections for California’s horses facing slaughter!

SACRAMENTO, CA – In Defense of Animals is thrilled to welcome news that California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a package of historic laws to protect animals.

“This is an unprecedented day in the history of animal rights,” said Fleur Dawes, Communications Director of In Defense of Animals. “Bobcats, elephants, caiman, horses, rabbits, and river otters have just won ground-breaking protections that will protect many thousands of animals.

Tim Buckley, Larry Fink and Ron O'Hanley are the three on top of the global pollution pyramid.

The CEOs of BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street together oversee assets worth more than China’s entire GDP.

Data reveals crucial role of BlackRock, State Street and Vanguard in climate crisis. World's top three asset managers oversee $300bn fossil fuel investments. 

BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street, which together oversee assets worth more than China’s entire GDP, have continued to grow billion-dollar stakes in some of the most carbon-intensive companies since the Paris agreement, financial data shows.

ALERT UPDATE: Extinction Rebellion: Police ban London protests

As the end of the first week of Rebellion draws near, it is humbling and inspiring to see that rebels show no sign of slowing down.

Berlin. Bubbles at Brandenburg Gate

By XR - 12. Oct. 2019

In fact, day 5 was marked by a series of exciting milestones: XR Dublin had their first arrests; XR Israel reached a new level of direct action, as rebels glued themselves to the National Stock Exchange in Tel Aviv; and Aussie rebels pioneered the delightful new concept of Civil Disco-bedience’ [careful: this is Facebook].

London rebels continue to apply pressure with mass actions, landed a new site and are gearing up to take more (stay tuned on the London Telegram broadcast channel). While in Paris, rebels withdrew from Chatelet but only in order to later reappear in a yet more disruptive location!

Jane Fonda arrested in Washington DC amid climate change protest

Jane Fonda arrested in Washington DC 
© Reuters /JAS

By F  - 11. October 2019

Activist and celebrity Jane Fonda was arrested during climate change protest in Washington.

Award-winning actress Jane Fonda has woken up to how bad climate change is after listening to Swedish teen Greta Thunberg. She came to Washington to protest on the steps of the Capitol, and promptly got arrested.

I’ve been a climate scientist for decades and decades," Fonda, 81, told ABC News – but it was apparently Thunberg holding a sign in from of the Swedish parliament that inspired her to actually take to the streets. So the 81-year-old actress decided to get out of her "comfort zone,"leaving her $5.45 million Los Angeles mansion to move across the country to Washington, DC for the purpose of protesting every Friday, just like Greta.

Pictured are dead coral skeletons on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The letter encourages scientists to address ecological grief

‘We’re documenting destruction of world’s most beautiful ecosystems, it’s impossible to be detached’

By Phoebe Weston - TI - 11. October 2019

The ecological disaster is taking its toll on scientists’ mental health, with top researchers saying those working in the field must be supported and “allowed to cry”. 

Leading researchers have published a letter saying many scientists experience “strong grief responses” to the ecological crisis and there are profound risks of ignoring this emotional trauma. 

The letter, published in the journal Science, calls on academic institutions to support scientists and allow them to address their ecological grief professionally. 

Professor Andy Radford from the University of Bristol, and co-writer, said: “The emotional burden of this kind of research should not be underestimated. Grief, when unaddressed, can cloud judgement, inhibit creativity and engender a sense that there is no way forward,” he said. 

Photos of the world's 25 most endangered primates

Tapanuli Orangutan
A Tapanuli orangutan. (© Maxime Aliaga via Global Wildlife Conservation)

By Melissa Breyer - TH - 10. October 2019

Meet the primate species that are among the most endangered on the planet, and the most in need of conservation measures.

In 2017, the Tapanuli orangutan was discovered in the rainforests of Sumatra, Indonesia. The rust-colored beauties made headlines for becoming the eighth known species of great ape in the world (including us humans). Their discovery was also notable for being the first great ape species to be described to science since the bonobo was discovered in 1929.

Now, just two years later, the Tapanuli orangutan has been bestowed with a much more grim distinction: A spot in the new report, "Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2018-2020." With fewer than 800 of these new-to-science orangutans left in the wild, it's going to have to be all hands on deck to keep them from slipping away altogether.

It’s time to add global justice to XR’s demands

Its Time for Real Justice
Photo: Extinction Rebellion.

Extinction Rebellion must recognise the impacts of colonialism and capitalism, and demand a just transition for all, argues Aranyo Aarjan (*)

By red pepper - 10. October  2019

At the 2019 Labour Conference, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s speech was remarkable for a number of reasons. It outlined the most radical fiscal policy proposals of a major political party in the Global North for decades, including a four-day working week, workers’ right to company shares and new universal basic services programmes. His most radical statement was however identifying the urgency and importance of the fight against climate change.

A New Bill Could Help Protect the Sacred Seeds of Indigenous People

Indigenous peoples' traditional seeds need protection from greedy multinationals.

Traditional seed varieties cultivated for generations have far fewer protections than modified or hybrid seeds. Six senators have introduced legislation to level the playing field.

By  - 09. October 9, 2019

Clayton Brascoupé has farmed in the red-brown foothills of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains for more than 45 years. A Mohawk-Anishnaabe originally from a New York reservation, Brascoupé married into the Pueblo of Tesuque tribe and has since planted at least 60 varieties of corns, beans, squashes, and other heirloom crops grown for millennia by the area’s Native Americans.

Pesticide Formulations as Sold and Used Must Be Tested for Long-Term Toxicity and Carcinogenicity

European Court of Justice ruling could challenge many pesticide authorisations

By Sustainable Pulse - 09. October 2019

Pesticide formulations as sold and used must be tested in long-term toxicity and carcinogenicity tests, according to a new ruling from the European Court of Justice that is set to challenge the authorisation of pesticide formulations throughout the EU, GM Watch reported.

Currently in EU pesticide authorisations, only the pesticide’s declared “active substance”, e.g. glyphosate in the case of Roundup, are tested for long-term toxicity and carcinogenicity in studies sponsored by the industry applicant. And the EU’s food safety agency EFSA only considers the results of these studies on the isolated “active substance”, while ignoring the toxic effects of the complete pesticide formulations as sold and used.

Corrupt UN officials helped fake refugees from Kenya resettle in EU, America

Mass detention in Dadaab refugee camp Kenya

John Sexton - 09. October 2019

CNN has a pretty remarkable story up today that reveals something everyone involved would rather remain a secret. For decades, people from Kenya have posed as Somalian refugees to take advantage of resettlement opportunities in the US and elsewhere. And CNN reports that middlemen collect large sums of money in order to bribe UN officials to make sure their clients have the best chance of being relocated.

Update 14. 10.2019: (A.C.) It's been 11 days since the leaderless uprising sparked in hashtag#Ecuador® against the corrupt US-backed government and its slavery loan from the hashtag#IMF. hashtag#LeninMoreno (Ecuador®'s corrupt leader) has declared a national state of emergency following mass protests across the country against his corrupt economic practices. Police responded to the protestors with violence using chemical weapons (tear gas), deploying armored vehicles, and employing arbitrary kidnapping (arresting in doublespeak) of HUNDREDS of citizens. Ecuadorians say that the harsh regulations against them are a direct result of Ecuador®'s $4.2 billion loan deal with the criminal organization that calls itself the hashtag#InternationalMonetaryFund (IMF). ⁠Lenin Moreno is the same scumbag politician who allowed British police to arrest hashtag#JulianAssange INSIDE the Ecuadorian embassy in London after making his imprisonment at the embassy intolerable. We are witnessing these beautiful leaderless uprisings around the world against the tyranny of central governments. A leaderless uprising deserves a likewise leaderless government. It's the only way for these beautiful protests to be successful because central governments are corrupt by definition. ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR: The disputed bill to no longer subsidize the purchase of fuel (as demanded and imposed as austerity measure by the IMF) was scrapped, but the grip of the IMF is still holding. The IMF must see the money lent to corrupt Lenin Moreno as his personal debt and not target the people of Ecuador.

Recent weeks show the spirit of resistance against neoliberalism is burning brightly, writes LEE BROWN

Lenin Moreno's draconian state of emergency has not quelled mass protests over his neoliberal 'package'

By Lee Brown - MS - 08.

ANYONE observing events in Ecuador in recent days could be forgiven for thinking they had been transported back to the Latin America of the 1990s.

Then, huge protests against IMF-imposed austerity were regularly met with violent state repression. Such events returned to Ecuador’s streets with a bang last week.

The mass demonstrations under way in Ecuador follow new attacks on living standards designed to meet the terms of a multibillion-dollar IMF loan. The immediate spark to the huge street protests was the removal of subsidies on fuel that affects not only transport costs but drives up food prices.

What do you do when the power is deliberately cut off?

By ET - 08. - 10. October 2019 (updates below)

What is common in Nigeria and other corrupt states comes now also to the USA: Deliberate power outage affects almost 2 million people in California / USA.

Household were just served with lapidar messages like: "To protect your equipment from damage during the outage, please turn off all lights, electric heaters, major appliances and unplug all electronics. We’ll restore power as soon as we can," while the mainstream-media seem to have been briefed well in advance to prepare their soft stories.

But is the "maintenance" or the "wildfire prevention" etc. all that there is to explain the outrageous situation in the USA?

UPDATE 11. October 2019: Famous activist and actor Jane Fonda arrested at the U.S. Capitol during climate protest.

60 cities around the globe already on XR.

 Rebel Day 1

It’s happening. It can’t be ignored. It’s only growing stronger.

It’s a rebellion.

We’re back on the roads – with as much joy, fear, love and courage as ever. We’re shutting down cities – not because it’s fun (though it can be), but because it’s our last option for stopping this toxic system in its tracks.

Our world is dying. To save it, we’ll need everyone – wherever and whoever you are – to do your bit.

Hundreds seized as climate action fortnight begins

Members of Extinction Rebellion pass by Government Buildings in London today

By Ceren Sagir - MS - 07. 

CLIMATE CHANGE activists across Britain demanded urgent government action to rein in global warming and wildlife losses as they launched a fortnight of action today.

Extinction Rebellion says its two-week programme of protest is part of an international rebellion, with action taking place in 72 major cities worldwide.

Thousands of demonstrators brought Westminster to a standstill, as groups of activists blocked the roads surrounding Parliament and Whitehall.

STAY INFORMED & REBELL FOR LIFE

Update 06. October 2019: Life on Earth is experiencing an unprecedented global crisis: Scientists agree – we face flooding, forest fires, extreme weather conditions, crop failure and the collapse of societies. The time of denial is over. It is time to act.

Politics and conventional approaches to political engagement such as voting, lobbying, petitions and demonstrations fail to address this crisis. History shows us a promising, democratic means to bring about social change: nonviolent, civil disobedience.

From the 7th of October we will block cities through an international rebellion and thus halt everyday routines that destroy our livelihoods. Besides Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Paris and New York are at the center of the peaceful uprising. We will be thousands embarking on non-violent civil disobedience so that the government can finally respond appropriately to the climate crisis.

We will rebel together in streets and squares and remain there – peacefully, creatively and colorfully. Be part of it!

IMPORTANT: Get latest broadcasts via Telegram: https://t.me/s/rebellionbroadcast

Lucy’s Story: Exotic Animal Exploitation

No Zoo in the world can provide appropriate habitat and freedom to elephants.  SIGN ON: Save Lucy

By Suzana Gartner (*) 

For thousands of years, humans have exploited animals for their entertainment. Zoos are a leading example of this type of exploitation. Exotic animals are often taken from their native habitat, or a falsely advertised sanctuary and placed in zoos far from their country of origin. Zoos operate mainly to entertain humans and can have devastating effects on animals if they do not adapt to their new environment properly.

In one case, in particular, an Asian elephant named Lucy did not adapt well to her new environment in a zoo in Edmonton, Canada. Lucy was brought over from Sri Lanka when she was two years old. The Edmonton Valley Zoo is the most northern location that an Asian elephant has resided. As a result, this extreme change of environment has harmed Lucy’s health and well-being.[1]

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