Welcome to the Animal Welfare Blog (Hope and Joy Network - Great Mystery Publishing) for 2014! This post will cover the whole of 2014, one enormous post we will keep adding to until 31st December 2014.Please check out our posts for 2015, 2013 and 2012 too which contain numerous current animal welfare issues, photographs, videos, and articles.
Koalas Threatened With Extinction Due to Habitat Destruction
Australia has one of the highest land clearing rates in the world. 80 percent of koala habitat has already disappeared.
Although koalas themselves are protected by law, around 80 percent of any remaining habitat occurs on privately owned land and almost none of that is protected by legislation.
The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that as a result of the loss of their habitat, around 4,000 koalas are killed each year by dogs and cars alone.
New government approved land clearing and development in the Byron Bay area threatens the extermination of a colony of 240 koalas. A Byron Residents’ Group is trying to stop this development, but the government remains firm in their resolve to create an enormous housing development which will see the deaths of these animals. To stop the development from moving forward, the Byron Residents’ Group members, together with animal welfare activists, came up with a creative delivery strategy to make sure the Save the Koala petition receives the attention it deserves and lands into the hands of its intended target, the NSW Planning Minister, Pru Goward.
Please follow this link to read the full article and sign the petition to help save these koalas from death.
Australia's Government and Prime Minister Tony Abbott plans to reintroduce live animal export to Iran after a 40 year ban.
The ban was introduced due to the rampant animal abuse and cruelty suffered by animals in this region, and these abhorrent conditions have not improved. Read the complete article by The Guardian here.
Lovely Feel-good Animal Video
Help protect animals from horrendous abuse! Please sign this important petition (just click on this link to the website to sign petition) to help protect animals such as elephants, lions and other "exotic" animals from a lifetime of cruelty.
In order to "train" wild animals to perform, they're abused, and reactions are attained using negative reinforcement from humans physically striking them using their hands, whips, and bullhooks; often electric shock prods are also used. Animals that are forced to perform during entertainment shows are housed in small, temporary facilities and/or also restricted via chains to minimize mobility. Also, during arduous journeys between performance locations, they're again housed in cramped areas and elephants are also chained. During travel, the creatures are forced to live in their feces and urine.
All of this abuse, living conditions, and overall inhumane treatment of wild animals leads to physical ailments, stress, trauma and often leads to death. There have been several documented cases of circus animals having physical injuries from bullhooks, diseases, lack of veterinary care, and mental stress that is portrayed by the body pacing, rocking, swaying heads; all of this leads to animals "snapping" and posing threat to the public, which leads to animals being gunned down in cities.
Almost 30 countries have taken action to end animal cruelty that stems from traveling circuses and it's time for the U.S. to do so as well. I understand circuses have been a part of our culture, but we shouldn't subject animals to a lifetime of trauma and a grueling death for the sake of entertainment.
Please sign this petition and share.
Brave little pig, Leon Trotsky! Check him out in the lovely video below, and read about his story so far here.
OUTRAGE OVER VIDEO SHOWING MISTREATMENT OF PIG TOO DISABLED TO ENTER GAS CHAMBER
The Corowa Abattoir in NSW Australia kills up to one million pigs per year, using carbon dioxide gas (CO2) to render the pigs unconscious before their throats are slit. Complete article from Daily Telegraph here. View the full footage plus photos and more info at www.aussiepigs.com
"These pigs are terrified. As they're moved from the holding pens up through the different sections of the race, they can hear the screams from inside the gas chamber up ahead."
If you are interested in animal welfare, please check out - The Animal Co-operative Community - an application created to help those involved in animal welfare to connect with each other. It is really simple to add yourself, and you can find other animal lovers by location. Excellent way for people interested/involved in animal welfare to coordinate rescues, sterilizations, and arrange meet ups. Thank you to Joellen and friend for designing this important site, and thank you to Joellen's small animal welfare group and animal lovers in their community for volunteering their time and effort to provide animal neutering in West Delhi. To check out and join The Animal Co-operative Community just click here .
How amazing! Ambam, the Silverback Gorilla walks like a man and stands 6 feet tall!
A little animal humour to lighten the mood. :)
Exquisite! A bouquet for you...
Demand Justice for Spanish Hunting Dogs
When they have "outlived their"usefulness" or displeased their owners, Spanish hunting dogs are often subjected to unbelievably inhumane deaths. Please sign this petition to help stop the cruelty.
Absolutely beautiful video! Man reunited with a gorilla he raised, after five years. You can feel the love!
Volunteer at the Tiger Temple Raises Concerns About Possible Wrong-Doing and Tiger Abuse - Read the full article by Turner Barrclick here.
Faulty Pet Toys Can Kill Your Pet!
Alisha's beautiful little puppy was killed by a pet toy!.
A nylon string pet toy was the cause of her poor little puppy's death. To read more about this real danger to pets, and sign her petition to ensure these unsafe pet toys are removed from sale here .
Current plans for the Pacific Highway upgrade in NSW, Australia endangers the survival a critical koala colony in Ballina. Please sign this petition and share.
Update: This petition has now closed, but keep in mind the plight of Tania and other animals suffering a similar existence, and be their voice, so they may be saved and live a happier life.
Tania the elephant has been stuck in solitary confinement in a Romanian zoo called Tirgu Mures for more than 35 years. She is ill, mistreated and desperately lonely. Please sign this petition and share.
CONCERT IN AID OF ANIMAL WELFARE CHARITIES
Sunday 23 March 2014, 6.30pm
Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming Piano Recital 2014
With special guest Vasko Vassilev
Cardogan Hall - Cadogan Hall is a 900-seat venue two minutes walk from Sloane Square tube station in the heart of Chelsea, (London, UK)
Concert includes: Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Ravel, Brahms
Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming piano - Vasko Vassilev violin
Ingrid Fuzjko Hemming returns to Cadogan Hall for a special one off performance. Japan’s legendary and best loved concert pianist is performing with special guest Vasko Vassilev, the Concertmaster of the Royal Opera House and Bulgaria’s most popular violinist.
Fuzjko is a staunch animal lover and this concert is in aid of animal welfare charities.
The performance features the works of Chopin, Liszt and Beethoven. Fuzjko uses her unique talent on their works and breathes new life into them.
She has her own style and with Vasko, this will make for an enthralling musical experience!
Tickets: £35, £25, £15
To book your ticket, click here
900 Dead Piglets Fed to Their Mothers at Horrific Kentucky Farm
An undercover investigation at Iron Maiden Hog Farm in Owensboro, Ky., recently exposed not only the horrific conditions pigs endure at factory farms, but also the disgusting lengths to which operators will go to save a buck.
Secret film footage (view the footage below) taken earlier this year by an investigator working for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reveals that after 900 piglets died from diarrheal disease in a 2 day period, their intestines were ground up into “a smoothie” and fed to their mothers and other sows. Kentucky state law prohibits the feeding of dead pigs to pigs, and for health and hygiene reasons. Read of complete storyhere.
Why FUR reveals the ugly side of humanity!
The video below shows how animals are killed for fur (and human vanity) using anal electrocution. All methods used to murder animals killed for fur, ensure the pelt is relatively unmarked and the animal suffers an extraordinarily painful death. Aside from electrocution, popular methods for executing animals used for fur include hanging, throat cutting, bleeding to death, and hot poker thrust into the anus. If you care about animal welfare, do not wear fur and avoid most items labelled "faux fur" too, as up to 80% of faux fur is (intentionally) mislabeled, and actually real fur (usually raccoon dog, or cat or dog fur mostly from China).
Another clip showing the horror that results from humans wanting to drape themselves in dead animals ie fur. "Over seven months, 30 fur farms, seven hours of footage and one and a half thousand photographs, Animal Defenders International investigated a random sample of Finnish fur farms. This investigation exposes the terrible suffering that is part and parcel of the fur industry. Foxes and mink are wild animals but in fur farms, they cannot cope with the unnatural environment they find themselves in. Worse still, the conditions in these farms are awful: their short, miserable lives are spent in squalid surroundings full of fear and distress, suffering injuries, infection and deformities. All for an unnecessary product for which a variety of alternatives are available. It is time for designers who use fur, and the people who wear it, to take responsibility for the way that the product they are wearing has been produced."
Living, feeling creatures, the same as any swan, eagle or hummingbird, treated as inanimate products to be thrown, shoved, stuffed and cut These birds feel pain and suffering like any other creature, like our pets and nature's wild-life. What gives us the right to treat any feeling creature, capable of great suffering and misery with such distrain, lack of respect, downright cruelty? Our choices, on how we live and what companies we choose to fund with our buyer dollars has led to the inhumanity and lack of compassion we see above. If we can live a healthy, happy life without harming others, why wouldn't we?
THE HORROR AND INHUMANITY THAT IS "CANNED" LION HUNTING
The photos above show a glimpse of the shocking treatment and environment that captive lions endure on lion farms in South Africa for "Canned Hunting" purposes.The image of the lion being dragged out in preparation for being drugged and put in a restricted area so a human can shoot it (like shooting a fish in a barrel) was posted yesterday by a South African reporter on Twitter. The photo was taken at a Canned Lion Farm.
Thank you to the Anti-Fur Society for this informative, disturbing share.
What is wrong with any human being that they could think killing a "battery lion" is a way to prove their "manliness"? We humans often declare our superior nature, that we are the most intelligent, most compassionate, most civilized. We are the only animal (humans are primates) that kills for the fun, aims to profit from the suffering of others - other humans and non-human animals, and lives out of harmony with the balance of nature. To be worthy of the title human, we must first be humane.
Marius, healthy 18 month old baby giraffe, one day before his scheduled
execution by Copenhagen Zoo
Marius, a healthy, adorable 18 month old giraffe is to be killed tomorrow by Copenhagen Zoo and fed to their lions and other meat-eating display animals. The C.Zoo says that it is because they have not found another place for Marius and they cannot keep him due to possible inbreeding. But TWO zoos (one in Sweden and the other in Yorkshire) HAVE offered to take Marius but they receive no reply to their requests to Copenhagen Zoo; Secondly, when this giraffe was conceived, why didn't the zoo vets remove the fetus before it was born if inbreeding was an issue? Thirdly, why did the zoo wait until Marius was large enough to feed a significant group of meat-eating 'exhibits" to schedule his death? If Marius is killed,many people will not forget!!
Click here to sign the petition before it is too late.
Update on Marius
The above photo shows Marius after a bolt gun was used on his head. He was executed in front of a crowd, including small children. This public execution of Marius was nothing short of disgusting, and not only did they kill him for an audience (seems like some humans have not moved far from the vicious rabble of 2000 years ago who enjoyed the public spectacle of animal deaths in the Collessium?!) but they proceeded to dissect his young body into portions to feed to the lions. Marius was labelled surplus and the excuse for killing him was that the zoo feared inbreeding, but we have all been lied to. If they feared inbreeding, the fetus that was to become Marius would have been removed by vets before his poor giraffe mother went through the long and difficult pregnancy which lasts between 13 to 15 months, and even more difficult and dangerous birth. The zoo WANTED Marius to be born, as baby animals are a real crowd draw card so more cash in their zoo coffers. They also wanted him to grow to a large size before announcing his pending execution because they ALWAYS intended to slaughter him to feed to the lions to save one weeks lion feeding budget. That is why Marius was not given to either of the two zoos that were eager to adopt him. That is why they didn't bother to have him desexed to avoid "inbreeding". The fear is that if Copenhagen Zoo got away with this once, they will try again, not necessarily with another giraffe but any animal born in that zoo is in danger.
Thank you to Marina La Placenta and the Anti-fur Society for the following information.
Please take action for Marius who was murdered this morning at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark and butchered in front of a crowd His brutal execution was turned into a public spectacle. This perfectly healthy young giraffe had many offers to be rehomed but they just went ahead and murdered him anyway. They can't be allowed to get away with this.
Please take these actions to demand justice:
1) Sign these 3 online petitions:
2) Write a 1 star review and leave a message on their page https://www.facebook.com/zoo They won't want the bad publicity!
3) Email them to express your disgust firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
4) Contact the Embassy of Denmark to make a complaint:
Embassy of Denmark
3200 Whitehaven St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel.: +1 (202) 234-4300
Fax: +1 (202) 328-1470
5) BOYCOTT ALL ANIMAL ATTRACTIONS. Urge your friends and family to do the same. These places only exist as visitors fund them. Murdering animals like Marius because they are no longer required is common practice in all zoos. Animals are not entertainment, they are not fashion, they are not food, they do not exist to serve us. Want to stop animal cruelty? GO VEGAN and help end ALL animal abuse. Marius was not the only one who was murdered today. BILLIONS of innocent animals were murdered. If you are not Vegan please watch these: http://youtu.be/oDdlDYWG7nohttp://youtu.be/9TCJGz-v5zg and http://youtu.be/GzS8p727gvM
For more information see this article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2555079/Danish-zoo-kills-young-giraffe-deemed-surplus-feeds-lions.html
Please take action and share.
More than 80 per cent of Australians oppose the shark cull. So why has Western Australian, remier Colin Barnett began the massacre? Please sign this petition to help stop this madness and brutality.
Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages in Chicago
Collapsing while pulling carriages during summer heat waves, being forced to stand stationary in the sub-freezing, bitter cold while awaiting the next fare, being tethered to a carriage while being forced to inhale the exhaust fumes of the automobile just inches in front of them - Carriage horses are overworked in the harshest weather and most polluted conditions.
There is nothing charming about this.
Built for soft ground and pastures, these horses are suffering from early lameness, respiratory disease, heat prostration and spooking (which can lead to accidents and injury).
Watch a trailer for the 2008 NYC based documentary "Blinders" here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31GgmMsFzOM
Many cities in the United States and around the world have already banned the use of carriage horses. And as both major candidates for mayor of New York City support legislation banning this, it's about time Mayor Emanuel get's on board too. Let's demonstrate our compassion by supporting the ban of horse-drawn carriages in our city. Cruelty to animals does not belong in the streets of Chicago.
Please sign this important petition here - http://www.change.org/petitions/ban-horse-drawn-carriages-in-chicago?share_id=FdRnyCfuJl&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
Thank you to Michael Spencer for this petition.
Two wild Orcas have just been captured by Russian hunters to be kept for display at the Sochi Olympics (Update - Due to the public outcry regarding displaying these animals at the Olympics, these two orcas will not be put on display at the Olympics, HOWEVER authorities say they will NOT return them to the wild. They are to be sold to an "entertainment venue" like Seaworld for maximum profit. Horrendous! These two poor, highly intelligent animals, stolen from the wild. and ripped from their close knit families, will be sold into captivity and entertainment slavery, living in tiny enclosures for the rest of their natural lives and made to perform tricks to "entertain humans".) - petition here - http://action.sumofus.org/a/sochi-orca-whales/4/156/?sub=fb …
Documentary "The Cove" (2009)
(The horror seen in this important film continues today. We need to stop this immediately!
Buy the DVD: http://amzn.to/SWMTN1
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, The Cove follows a high-tech dive team on a mission to discover the truth about the dolphin capture trade as practiced in Taiji, Japan. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide.
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Writer: Mark Monroe
Producer: Fisher Stevens
Co-Producers: Olivia Ahnemann
Executive Producers: Jim Clark
Awards & Nominations: Academy Award® winner for Best Documentary Feature
Sign the petition to help save Japan's dolphins: http://bit.ly/Rv5Hzp
"Blackfish" Killer Whales Documentary (complete film)
Film about the abuse and stress suffered by whales in captivity. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite investigates what happens behind the scenes, and why, if most people knew the truth, we would no longer be amused by the antics these poor animals are forced to perform, or accept how these animals are kept in small confined areas for the duration of their natural life.
"Blackfish - Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides -- a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly -- and unpredictably -- able to turn on them at a moment's notice. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who -- unlike any orca in the wild -- has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what went wrong?"
"Shocking, never before seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans truly know about these highly intelligent, and surprisingly sentient, fellow mammals that we only think we can control."
Please sign the petition at this link to help save and protect Orcas.
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