Cheers and Jeers

Cheers and Jeers
We have a huge cheer today for the news that bobcat hunting/trapping season is officially off the table in New Hampshire. The department announced on its website Wednesday that it had withdrawn the proposal, ending a process that began a year ago when the Fish and Game Commission, having been approached by trappers, asked the department if the state’s bobcat population could sustain a hunt.
The plan to authorize fifty permits to hunt and trap bobcats had faced vocal public opposition from groups, including Friends of Animals and its members, many of which submitted official comments a few months ago opposing the bobcat hunting/trapping season.
And this month a legislative committee which reviews rules proposed by state agencies objected to the plan, saying bobcat traps could harm Canada lynx, a threatened species.
Democratic state Sen. Dan Feltes of Concord, who sponsored the motion against the hunt on the joint legislative committee, said, “Fish and Game made the right call.”

We’re thrilled for this victory for the state’s bobcats and hope it sends a strong message to the neighboring states who allow the barbaric and cruel practice of hunting and trapping these beautiful animals. Regardless of what hunters may argue, trapping is abusive no matter what type of trap is used. Period. Animals are not commodities and it is about time we end all trapping. Trophy hunting does not belong in New Hampshire and this state should set a precedence for other states to follow.


We have a big #cheer today for the new adaption of The Jungle Book movie, which was created without exploiting any live animals and relied entirely on extremely realistic computer generated images (CGI)!

The movie, a remake of Disney’s 1967 animated musical comedy of the same name, based on Rudyard Kipling’s beloved 19th- century stories about Mowgli, a boy separated from his family and raised by wolves, showcases amazing CGI animals and a jungle environment so photo-realistic, they are often barely distinguishable from the real thing.

The new animated adaptation of The Jungle Book, which is now showing in Singapore cinemas, and borrows techniques from other groundbreaking visual- effects films, notably Avatar (2009), Life Of Pi (2012) and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011).

The result is a story where the only live-action character is Mowgli, played by 12-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi. All the animals and much of the environment were created using computer-generated and motion-capture techniques and is being heralded in the film world as an “technologically artistic masterpiece.”

We’ve been following the wave of CGI technology that has been inundating the entertainment industry in the last few years and are thrilled with the positive effects it has been able to have for animals who are too often exploited for movies and TV shows. Check out our article from Action Line magazine, “No animals were used in the making of this movie,” to learn more about how CGI is reducing animal exploitation in the entertainment industry.