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...updated as of 1/17/11

Below were received from various news and animal protection sites...

Rehoming Former Bolivian Circus Animals

Bolivia's ban on the use of animals in circuses meant that new homes were needed for many animals.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has been undertaking an operation with the authorities to seize every animal from all of the circuses that remain following the ban. We currently have in our care 17 lions and there may be more to come – the biggest lion rescue ever.

We have also rescued six monkeys, a coati mundi, a deer and a horse – these animals have been successfully re-homed or returned to the wild in Bolivia. Other new animals in our care this year include Baloo, Betty and Boo, three ex-lab monkeys saved from a European laboratory; Tilin, the baboon we saved from a circus in Bolivia earlier this year and now in our care in the UK Daktari, Bambek, Simba and Camba - four ex-circus lions, we moved to California in May who now roam a massive ADI enclosure.

Then there was Orlandito and his family of capuchin monkeys, snatched from the wild by the pet trade, but finally returned to the forests of Colombia by ADI this year.

And we still care for old friends like Sarah and Caesar the rescued Portuguese circus lions; and Toto the chimpanzee we saved from a circus in Chile and took home to Africa.

Anti-Shark Finning Bill Passes Senate

Shark-fin soup is a delicacy that sometimes comes at a cruel cost. Hacking the fins off sharks and dumping them back in the ocean is banned in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, but the technique continues off the West Coast. On Monday, however, the Senate passed a groundbreaking shark conservation bill that bans the practice in the Pacific, closing a loophole that has allowed for an explosion in the often-barbaric practice as demand for shark fin soup skyrockets in Asia.

Truth in Fur Labeling Act Signed Into Law

Under past law, clothing companies were not required to disclose whether an item features real fur if the fur was valued at $150 or less, which is often the case with fur-trimmed apparel. In fact, an estimated 13 percent of fur items sold in the U.S. fall into this unlabeled category, allowing consumers to buy them in warm, blissful ignorance. Oftentimes, people purchased dog and cat fur without knowing it.

Since the 1950s, any fur garment sold in the U.S. had to include a label indicating the species of animal used and the country of origin, but there's a gaping loophole in the current law that excludes fur-trimmed garments if the value of the fur is $150 or less. At recent pelt prices, that means a jacket could have fur on its collar or cuffs from 30 rabbits ($5 each), nine chinchillas ($16 each), three foxes ($50 each), or three raccoon dogs ($45 each), and be sold without a label indicating the fur species.

The new Bill requires real fur to be labeled as such, no matter how much it costs. This will inform people about the kind of animals their "fur" used to belong to.

From a Canadian Animal Rights Activist

When animal protectionists are invited to China, and report support, I’m happy. When a politician’s choice to show his family coated in fur becomes a news event, I’m heartened. We can’t be complacent, but we can and must celebrate the fact that here and there, now and then, we do have victories and there is no such thing as a small victory...they are all important.

From International Primate Protection League (IPPL)

Here’s how your donations have made a difference this year:

From Animals Asia

Two months after Animals Asia released a damning report on the cruelty of wild-animal performances in Chinese zoos and safari parks, the Chinese government’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development ordered zoos to end the use of animals in abusive performances. The directive, issued on 26 October 2010, also calls on zoos to improve the living conditions of their captive animals. Please see the full story here.

From Endangered Species Coalition

From Compassion Over Killing (COK)

Within week of launching our campaign website,, the company contacted Compassion Over Killing to announce its plan to remove all eggs from its products in 2010. The company stated:

I am pleased to let you know the BOCA brand will be eliminating eggs in all of its products by the end of this year. We anticipate all BOCA products will be egg free in 2010.

From Oceana: Protecting the World's Oceans

From Win Animal Rights (WAR)

Once being used for "testing" in New Jersey, 118 beagles left small cages and stepped onto grass for the first time Friday at the Pets Alive no-kill animal shelter on the July 4th weekend, 2010. The dogs were among 120 taken from the Aniclin Preclinical Services in Warren County, N.J., after Aniclin's parent pharmaceutical company couldn't pay its bills. WAR had fought for control of the 175 Aniclin animals — including 55 primates — and coordinated their release to animal rescue agencies.

From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

From In Defense of Animals (IDA)

From Elephant Aid International

From Humane Research Council

From Sea Turtle Restoration Project

From Vegan Outreach

From Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)

From Animals and Society Institute (ASI)

From Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

From Last Chance for Animals (LCA)

From The National Humane Education Society (NHES)

From The Gentle Barn

From Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)

From Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)

From Action for Animals (AFA)

From Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK)

Fighting for pigeons

Fighting for rodeo victims

As in past years, SHARK activists exposed rodeo animal abuse and deaths from one end of the country to the other.  Due to SHARK’s documenting and exposing rodeos nationwide, rodeos are losing money, losing sponsors and many no longer exist.

SHARK’S Angels aircraft takes flight

Once again, SHARK has created another evolutionary tool to be used in our fight against animal cruelty.  Introducing “Operation Angel” - remote control aircraft with a video camera to expand the fight against animal abuse in new and previously thought impossible ways. Animal abusers can run, but they can no longer hide.

SHARK fights cruel celebrities

SHARK fights for bears

More SHARK accomplishments in 2010

If you know of more 2010 victories for animals, send them to and we'll add them! Thank you...