- Okinawa Prefectural Police launched an animal cruelty investigation following the discovery of over 30 stabbed green sea turtles on a beach in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, on July 14.
- The turtles were reportedly found with stab wounds to their necks and flippers, and many of them were unmoving.
- The Kumejima Municipal Government and local police are currently investigating the incident.
- The turtles were believed to have been stabbed by fishers after getting tangled in fishing nets.
- “I disentangled some of them and released them into the sea, but I couldn’t free heavy ones, so I stabbed them to get rid of them,” one fishery operator reportedly admitted, according to the Mainichi Shimbun.
- Green sea turtles are considered an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Japanese Environment Ministry.
Okinawa Prefectural Police launched an animal cruelty investigation following the discovery of over 30 stabbed sea turtles on a beach in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
Employees of the Sea Turtle Museum of Kumejima rushed to the beaches of Kumejima island after residents reported dozens of green sea turtles found with stab wounds to their necks and flippers on July 14.
- Two Costco shareholders, Krystil Smith and Tyler Lobdell, launched a lawsuit against Costco for animal cruelty, claiming that the company “illegally neglects and abandons its chickens,” which, in turn, broke its fiduciary duties.
- The lawsuit, filed at a Seattle court in June, also mentions that Costco executives had "consciously disregarded clear signs of Costco's ongoing mistreatment of chickens."
- The member-only grocery reportedly sold 106 million chickens last year, selling the chicken at a loss to entice potential members and draw in more foot traffic.
- In 2021, an undercover video filmed by Mercy for Animals revealed the inhumane conditions the chickens were housed in, such as tens of thousands of broilers being cramped in small warehouses where they live for weeks in their own filth.
- The lawsuit and the Mercy for Animals exposé claim that Costco had intentionally bred the broilers unnaturally fast and large so that they could no longer stand on their own. It also claimed that the "disabled birds slowly die from hunger, injury and illness."
Two Costco shareholders have launched a lawsuit against the company for animal cruelty after reports found that the membership-only grocery has been mistreating its chickens in its $450 million poultry processing plant in Freemont, Nebraska.
The lawsuit, filed by shareholders Krystil Smith and Tyler Lobdell at a Seattle court in June, claims “Costco illegally neglects and abandons its chickens,” which, in turn, broke its fiduciary duties. It also mentions that Costco executives had “consciously disregarded clear signs of Costco’s ongoing mistreatment of chickens.”
- Tong Cheuk-him, 19, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after running a business that performs animal sacrifices for clients with romantic problems.
- The Hong Kong student created an Instagram account for his “fortune-telling” business in August 2021, and he offered services such as the “love ritual” and “break-up ritual.”
- The rituals involved slashing a small animal with a knife to drain their blood to improve his clients’ luck in romance or put a curse on a couple.
- He had reportedly earned about 118,600 Hong Kong dollars (approximately $15,114) for his “violent and cruel” ceremonies on animals such as rabbits, frogs and mice between July 25, 2021, and August 11, 2021.
- Tong is currently serving time at a rehabilitation center for participating in an unlawful assembly protest in 2019. His sentencing is set for June 14.
A Hong Kong student pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after running a business that performs animal sacrifices for clients with romantic problems.
Tong Cheuk-him, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of cruelly ill-treating animals, one count of attempting to do so and six counts of conspiracy to commit the offense on Monday.
- The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) — a nonprofit committed to alternatives for use of animals in research — lodged a federal complaint against the University of California, Davis, for allegedly torturing macaque monkeys in experiments conducted for neurotechnology company Neuralink.
- In the experiments, chips were surgically inserted into the monkeys’ brains, which allowed them to connect to computers via Bluetooth.
- Neuralink has stated the research could eventually help those with neurological impairments use computers with their minds, while Elon Musk, the neurotechnology company’s co-founder and owner, has also said future breakthroughs could lead to “superhuman cognition.”
- In its complaint, PCRM accused researchers of torturing the monkeys and failing to provide adequate veterinary care.
- Only seven of the original 23 monkeys reportedly survived and were then transferred to a newly-completed Neuralink facility in 2020.
- In response, Neuralink denied allegations of animal cruelty but confirmed that there had been animal deaths, some due to surgical complications.
Elon Musk’s Neuralink has denied allegations of animal cruelty in their attempt to develop a brain-computer interface but confirmed that some had been euthanized for various reasons.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) — a nonprofit that advocates for alternatives to the use of animals in research, amongst others — filed a federal complaint alleging animal cruelty to the Department of Agriculture last week.
An award-winning photo of an elephant swimming has reignited a fierce debate on animal welfare in Thailand
An image of a young elephant performing for an audience while submerged in a tank in Thailand has reignited conversations on the issue of animal welfare.
Award-winning photo: Taken at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Australian photojournalist Adam Oswell’s winning entry for the Natural History Museum’s (NHM) prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) award for Photojournalism attracted international attention in October this year, reported CNN.
‘They’re sentient’: Scientists, activists sound alarm as world’s first octopus farm nears completion
Scientists and environmental conservationists are opposing the development of the world’s first commercial octopus farm, arguing that it would torture an animal research has repeatedly proven to be sentient.
Driving the news: Spanish multinational firm Nueva Pescanova, which focuses on seafood commercialization and farming, succeeded in breeding the octopus in July 2019. According to their reports, the company will begin selling farmed octopuses in 2023.
An activist in Thailand is calling for change for an ailing 70-year-old elephant which is allegedly forced to work consecutive nights at a festival in Kandy, Sri Lanka despite her alarming condition.
A woman travelling in Thailand could only cry helplessly as she watched her roommate abuse her cat in their residence in China through live home security footage on April 27.
The woman claimed that her roommate, identified as Dong, chased, beat and kicked her gentle British Shorthair, Mian Mian, for over an hour.
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A clip from “This Morning,” a weekday morning talk show for British network ITV, received negative attention online for insensitivity towards Korean culture in regard to eating dogs.
Chinese netizens are up in arms over a man’s brutal killing of a dog in an alleged form of “blood sacrifice” for a new car.
An unnamed man from the province of Hunan reportedly bought a new Volkswagen SUV and decided to kill a dog to “ward off evil spirits” and “ensure safety” in his future driving. The incident was captured in disturbing footage posted on video sharing site Pear Video, reports Shanghaiist.
A California man was arrested after allegedly pouring piping hot water on an unsuspecting caged dog five times, then justified his actions by claiming he thought it was cold water.
San Bernardino authorities nabbed Enping Qu, 22, on suspicion of animal cruelty.
A group of Chinese tourists chasing down endangered Tibetan antelopes to take good photos ended up paying a total fine 105,000 yuan ($15,840) last Wednesday instead.
Tibetan antelopes are considered endangered due to excessive poaching. Chang Tang Nature Reserve in Nagqu County is home to 200,000 Tibetan antelopes, according to CGTN.