Social Animal News: Hunting dogs in Spain, Vegan protest in India

Animal News: Hunting dogs in Spain, Vegan protest in India
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Hundreds of people protested on Sunday in Barcelona to ask the Spanish government to remove the amendment that excludes hunting dogs from the future Animal Protection Law. 

“Every year, at the end of the hunting season, thousands of dogs are abandoned. Some are killed in terrible ways; hanged, thrown in wells, burned,” the Spanish political party PACMA, which organized the protest, said on its website

“The conditions in which many hunters keep these animals are appalling: permanently tied to short chains, drinking unhealthy water and sleeping on their own faeces,” PACMA added.

Vegans protest in India
Vegans of Bengal protested against animal-based food in Kolkata, India. An animal rights activist is seen lying on a plate with red colouring on her to spread the message that animals also have the right to live and how a vegan diet can reduce world hunger and carbon emission around the globe.

Macaques rescued from animal market
“The baby pet trade in macaques is responsible for a lot of suffering. These babies were on their way to animal markets, but luckily we could rescue them,” animal welfare organization Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) said on Instagram.

Macaques and other primates are common in animal markets in Indonesia. “There are hundreds for sale on the markets. And, for every monkey someone buys, a new one will be caught from the wild and torn away brutally from his mother,” JAAN said.

Rescued rhino gains weight
“When Daisy arrived with her umbilical cord still attached and feet wet from the womb, she weighed under 60kg. We fought every day for her precious life, and today she hit the 200kg milestone!” the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary celebrated as it shared an update on rescued rhino Daisy, who is 10 months old.

Daisy arrives at the sanctuary in South Africa in December last year, estimated to be only 12 hours old. She was found alone and struggling.
Rhinos are one of the most poached animals worldwide.

Obese pets in Australia
“In Australia, almost one-half of dogs and one-third of cats are overweight or obese. What’s worse – the owners of these pets often don’t know their pet is overweight,” Animal Welfare League Queensland shared on National Pet Obesity Day.

Pet obesity can cause serious physical damage to animals, which will likely influence their lifespan. Obese pets are more likely to get sick, and being overweight causes stress for their limbs and heart condition.

Animal welfare organization Animal Defenders International (ADI) warned about animal-exploiting businesses pretending to be sanctuaries and rescues, which according to them, are widespread.

“As public attitudes about animals in entertainment shift, animal enterprises are increasingly rebranding themselves as sanctuaries, refuges, rescues, preserves,” ADI said.

“The United States does not have a federal definition of sanctuary, nor requirements for who can use it. Some places have Animal Welfare Act violations that are still licensed to operate and can market themselves as a sanctuary or charity,” ADI added.

Animal cruelty case against circus
Indian animal welfare organization People For Animals (PFA) filed a so-called FIR (First Information Report) against the Great Bombay Circus, India’s oldest circus company.

PFA filed the report for various offences and violations against animals at the circus, such as causing unnecessary pain and suffering, mutating birds, and forcing animals to perform unregistered tricks.

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