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2017 Bruning Animal Service Awards
This page is dedicated to the people who make this world a better place, who fight to protect animals, who care for them, who make sure they are are fed and safe. This page is dedicated to the good guys. The nominations for 2013 will run until December 20th, so you have lots of time, but please help us recognize the good work being done.
I have created an award to give to these people to acknowledge their dedication and hard work. Every year this page will be updated, hopefully with a bit of information about them and what makes them so special.
This is what the award looks like and will be available to the winners to display however they like. If you wish to see the fullsize image, just click the thumbnail on the left.
Showing our appreciation is the very least we can do to encourage people to continue working to help animals and protect our environment.Previous Years:   
Firstly, thanks go out to Ian Somerhalder (@Iansomerhalder) and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Your fans overwhelmed us with the majority of the responses we received.
Secondly, we also want to throw appreciation in the direction of the Barbi Twins (@Barbi_Twins). Your voters also said a great deal to support and recommend you.
From their website at www.twinbunnies.com: "The Twin Bunnies Liberation Front or Twin BLF (formerly known as "The Kitty Liberation Front") is an animal rights organization formed by Shane and Sia Barbi ("the Barbi Twins") in an effort to promote awareness of every animal's right to a safe and free life, support the promotion of companion animal population control through spay and neuter and trap and return programs (TNR) and to build public awareness of acts of animal cruelty both on the part of individuals and corporations. We are all "guardians of nature" and it is our duty to protect animals from harm."
Captain Paul Watson (@CaptPaulWatson) and Sea Shepherd (http://www.seashepherdglobal.org/)
From their website:
Sea Shepherd's Mission Statement
Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd Australia uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd Australia works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Usually the Bruning Award is given to individuals, but this years award goes to the men and women working hard to protect the critically endangered animals: The Reserve and Park Rangers
Every year about $19 Billion Dollars in illegal wildlife trade occurs. Rhinos, elephants and other animals are facing extinction as every year their numbers drop. Three elephants are killed every hour, every single day. These numbers are simply not sustainable.
As we join together to try to limit and prevent poaching, it's important to remember there are men and women that spend every day out in the wild trying to protect these animals. It is an IMPORTANT job, and one which is worthy of our respect.
Keep up the good work!
Every year there is an annual festival in Yulin, China where an estimated 10,000 dogs are killed and consumed every year. Often these dogs are stolen animals and are subjected to absolutely brutal treatment, sometimes dying in agony while crammed into cages awaiting their fate.
Often these animals are intentionally injured prior to being killed due to the cruel belief that pain enhances the flavor of the meat. Naturally this brutal spectacle is resisted by activists who do what they can to save as many dogs as possible. Market vendors are willing to sell the dogs to activists trying to save them, often at inflated prices, often taunting and threatening to hurt the animals if they aren't paid. You can find more information on the festival here and here.
This year's Bruning award goes to Yang Yuhua from Chongqing, China. Yang has saved over 130 dogs this year to protect them from the festival, and has been going above and beyond for over 12 years - she currently houses over 500 stray dogs on her dog farm where she cares for the animals.
Regardless of a person's stance on the ethics of eating dog meat, these animals are still living beings capable of feeling pain. The manner in which these animals are treated is both grotesque and inhumane. The vendors promoting how this "festival" tortures animals should be deeply ashamed of themselves.
Every year there is a campaign to suspend the festival both at the festival as well as online (for example #StopYulin on Twitter), please consider giving your support to help stop the cruelty that this festival embodies.