The 15 Biggest Animal Rights Wins of 2018
2018 has been an amazing year for animal rights. All over the world new policies are emerging, proving the rising animal rights movement is making its voice heard.
This year has seen considerable advancement in animal rights legislation. There have been some powerful and necessary victories for animals worldwide this year, proving the animal rights movement is progressing at a fast pace. Here are 15 animal rights wins of 2018 that will give you even more reason to celebrate the new year!
1. Thailand Ends its Famous King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament
Footage of the Elephant Polo games in Thailand, has shown elephants are repeatedly struck with sharp steel rods during games they do not understand.
The good news is, The Thailand Elephant Polo Association, which is the main organisation governing the famous King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament has announced they will not seek permission for a 2019 tournament. The Elephant Polo games will officially cease to exist in Thailand as of 2019.
2. New Zealand Finally Bans the Mulesing of Sheep
Mulesing is a highly painful practice performed in wool farms, in which big lumps of flesh are carved out of sheep’s backsides. During such a procedure animals are forced onto their backs, restrained with metal bars and often not given any painkillers.
The Good News: New Zealand just passed a law banning mulesing, which went into effect on October 1st.
3. Brazil Bans Cruel Classroom Experiments with Animals
Classroom experiments in Brazil included cutting apart animals to display the functioning of organs, injecting them with drugs, etc.
The Good News: The Brazilian government has announced they will end the use of animals in teaching activities by April 2019, and instead replace such activities with videos, computer models and other resources.
4. Australian Surgeons will Stop Mutilating Animals for Practice
The Early Management of Severe Trauma (EMST) program in Australia forces surgeons to cut holes into the throats, chest and limbs of live pigs and sheep.
The Good News: The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has declared it will stop the practice. In its place, EMST applicants will use advanced human-simulation technology.
5. Airbridgecargo will no longer transport monkeys for experimentation
AirBridgeCargo was amongst the airlines which flew caged monkeys from Asia to the USA and Europe to be tested on. Animals are electrocuted, cut and injected with many drugs in such circumstances.
The Good News: AirBridgeCargo joins the many airlines which have officially refused to transport monkeys to laboratories for testing purposes.
6. Norway bans farming of fur
Norway currently has 340 fur farms!
The Good News: The Norwegian government has just passed new legislation banning fur farming. The 340 facilities will have to close by 2025.
7. ELECTRIC SHOCK COLLARS FOR DOGS AND CATS BANNED IN ENGLAND
Many people still use shock collars to train their pets. Such collars can deliver up to 6000 volts for multiple seconds. Such devices cause anxiety and others problems in pets, which fear being electrocuted.
The Good News: The English government stated they will ban the use of electric shock collars on cats and dogs.
8. A SOUTH KOREAN COURT HAS RULED KILLING DOGS FOR FOOD ILLEGAL
Dog meat consumption has always been controversial in South Korea. 70% of South Koreans claim they refuse to consume dog meat, but 30% still do.
The Good news: A South Korean court has ruled killing dogs for their meat is illegal. Though the country has not yet banned dog meat consumption yet, it seems this rue may pave the way for a national ban.
9. SPAIN CREATES NEW LAWS TO PROTECT ANIMALS
The amputation of tails and ears or the removal of teach and claws in dogs has been widely practiced in some breeds.
The Good News: New laws in Spain have banned surgical interventions without medical purposes. The laws also regulate several aspects such as the breeding of pets and their use in advertising, contests and shows.
10. LONDON FASHION WEEK 2018 WENT FUR-FREE
Fashion Weeks worldwide have always had ostentatious displays of fur.
The Good News: Even though there wasn’t an outright ban on fur during London Fashion Week, none of the designers used fur in any of their collections.
11. ONE OF INDIA’S STATES GIVES ANIMALS THE SAME RIGHTS AS HUMANS
Animals have often been considered as lesser beings than humans, for which they have lower rights.
The Good News: The High Court of Uttarakhand, a state in India has given the status of “legal person or entity” to the entire animal kingdom.
12. SALE OF FUR IS NOW BANNED IN SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco is a great metropolitan city, and as such cities it has numerous outlets in which one can buy fur.
The Good News: Sales of Fur have now been banned in the city, becoming the largest US city to ban fur. After all, the city was named after Saint Francis was the patron saint of animals.
13. POACHERS WILL NOW FACE THE DEATH PENALTY IN KENYA
Kenya is home to several precious species living in national parks and reserves, such as lions, rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes, etc. Last year 69 elephants – from a total population of 34,000 – and nine rhinos – from a total population lesser than a 1,000 were killed by poachers.
The Good News: Kenya has passed a new law imposing the death sentence for poachers. Even though this law may seem highly controversial, it is thought it will be great deterrent to poaching. The Wildlife Conservation Act ratified in 2013 which imposed life sentences and fines of up to 200,000 USD have not curbed poaching.
14. INDIA OPENS ITS FIRST ELEPHANT HOSPITAL
India elephant population accounts for over 50% of all elephants in Asia. However, their population decreased from approximately 30,000 in 2012 to just over 27,000 in 2017. Hundreds of elephants in the country are held in captivity and forced into subordination.
The Good News: India opens its first Elephant hospital to treat injured, sick and old elephants. The hospital is equipped with digital X-ray facilities, tranquilisation devices and quarantine facilities.
15. PORTUGAL BANS ALL WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES
The use of Wild animals is highly popular in circuses. Reports have shown many of these animals have been subjected to great mistreatment. Additionally, they may teach children that it is acceptable to exploit wild animals for human entertainment.
The Good News: Portugal has banned the use of wild animals by 2024.