New nature reserve to open in London

Wildlife Extra:

London Wildlife trust will be transforming what was formerly Stoke Newington Reserve into Woodberry Wetlands, a new nature reserve in north east London set to open to the public in 2015.

The Wildlife trust has secured a total of £1.5 million in order to complete the reserve, on which will be built a bridge, boardwalk, café and visitor centre, designed to provide public access while minimising disturbance to wildlife…

Wildlife licences: can’t shoot robins, but Egyptian geese are game

Guardian:

Landowners wanting to be allowed to shoot robins, pied wagtails, starlings and other favourite birds seen eating their crops have been rebuffed by the government. But shooters will be able to legally kill or destroy the nests of Egyptian geese and trap and release protected birds like song thrushes, blue tits and dunnocks found foraging in food stores and barns…

Farm with big pizza connections accused of animal abuse

Fortune:

…Mercy For Animals, an animal protection group that regularly conducts undercover investigations, had a member get hired as part of the barn crew at Winchester Dairy, located near Roswell, N.M. He documented workers kicking and punching cows, shocking the animals in their genitals and other abuses.

Leprino Foods provides cheese to several national pizza chains, including Domino’s, Papa John’s and Pizza Hut, which is owned by Yum Brands…

PETA: Tell NIH to Stop Tormenting Infant Monkeys

At NIH, baby monkeys are bred to be prone to depression, torn from their mothers at
birth, locked alone inside cold metal cages, and subjected to years of terrifying
psychological experiments.

More than 60,000 PETA supporters have already taken action to urge NIH to stop cruel
tests on infant monkeys. Will you join them today?

Take action: PETA 

Ricky Gervais and host of celebrities help BUAV raise awareness about cruel monkey experiments at leading European laboratory

Well known for his love of animals and his outspoken defence of their welfare, Ricky Gervais has recently spoken out in support of a new BUAV undercover investigation, which shows harrowing suffering of primates in an EU laboratory.

Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrx5L7Mb5sc  (Warning graphic footage)

Further information: http://www.buav.org/undercover-investigations/a-living-nightmare

The recent undercover investigation, carried out by the BUAV and the German animal group Soko Tierschutz, at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany (MPI), found primates subjected to immense suffering through the use of severe water deprivation, physical coercion and restraint. The institute is now at the centre of a controversy after the findings of the investigation featured on national German Television (10/09/14).

Ricky Gervais has supported the BUAV on a great many of their previous campaigns and has spoken out passionately about the recent investigation, saying: ‘I was deeply saddened and shocked by the BUAV’s latest investigation, which shows the terrible suffering inflicted on these monkeys in an EU laboratory. I urge people to watch the compelling BUAV film and join me in calling for these experiments to end and a full independent inquiry carried out.’

The world famous comedian also tweeted news about the monkeys who suffered in the experiments, prompting others, actor Russell Crowe, to get involved and also share the investigations to his 1.57M followers.

Other high-profile stars who used their online presence to raise awareness over  the  monkey suffering included actors Ayden Callaghan, Carley Stenson, Sarah Jane Honeywell, Conservationist Ian Redmond, Author Jane Fallon, Journalist Wendy Turner Webster and Human Rights activist, Peter Tatchell.

The primates were used in basic research into how their brains process information. This involved the animals subjected to major surgery to implant devices in their skulls. The water deprived animals were then imprisoned by their necks inside a restraint device in a small dark, sound-proofed chamber. The monkeys were completely immobilised by a post implanted in their skulls to fix their heads in place in front of a computer screen during testing. They had to carry out repetitive tests tasks over and over for up to 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, month after month, in order to receive a small fluid reward.

Director of Special Projects Sarah Kite, BUAV stated: Our investigation has exposed the reality for primates in a top EU laboratory. Their lives are one of immense suffering, brutally controlled and manipulated in cruel experiments. We are therefore very grateful to Ricky for using his voice and  high-profile to help us raise awareness about these cruel experiments. This is an investigation that raises important ethical, scientific and legal issues which need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.’

Inquest into death of wildlife worker killed by tiger

ITV News:

An inquest into the death of a 24-year-old wildlife park worker mauled to death by a tiger in Cumbria will open today.

Sarah McClay suffered head and neck injuries after she was attacked by a Sumatran tiger at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria in May 2013. The tiger had lived at the park since it was a cub and was not destroyed…

Wildlife experts work to keep baby opossums alive

News 24:

Riverside – Wildlife rehabilitation experts are working to keep two baby opossums alive after the mother was apparently beaten to death with a sharp rock.

The 2-year-old mother with two babies in her pouch was found in critical condition by a security guard outside an industrial building in Fontana last week, the Press-Enterprise reported…