Welcome to the Animal Welfare Blog (Hope and Joy Network - Great Mystery Publishing) for 2017! This post will cover the whole of 2017, one enormous post we will keep adding to until 31st December 2017.
Please check out our posts for 2016 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 too which contain numerous current animal welfare issues, photographs, videos, and articles.
Thank you for visiting our blog! As you have probably discovered, there are many blogs that promote themselves as "Animal Welfare" , but are actually fronts for organizations and companies who profit from cruelty and exploitation of animals; however our blog is genuine in its promotion of kindness and compassion to all animals. If you have any animal welfare related comments or suggestions, please leave them in the comment section below. We would love to read them!
Welcome to the Animal Welfare Blog (Hope and Joy Network - Great Mystery Publishing) for 2016! This post will cover the whole of 2016, one enormous post we will keep adding to until 31st December 2016.
Please check out our posts for 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 too which contain numerous current animal welfare issues, photographs, videos, and articles.
Thank you for visiting our blog! As you have probably discovered, there are many blogs that promote themselves as "Animal Welfare" , but are actually fronts for organizations and companies who profit from cruelty and exploitation of animals; however our blog is genuine in its promotion of kindness and compassion to all animals. If you have any animal welfare related comments or suggestions, please leave them in the comment section below. We would love to read them!
LAUNCH OF WONDERFUL NEW WILD ANIMAL SANCTUARY!!
WILD PAWS ANIMAL SANCTUARY LAUNCH EVENT 20TH OCTOBER!!
“Cheers to Wild Paws!” A Special Launch Event to Introduce Wild Paws Midwest Animal Sanctuary on October 20th, 2016
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. Wild Paws Midwest Animal Sanctuary (Wild Paws) is excited to announce their launch event on Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6-9 pm, at Insight Brewing Company, one of Minneapolis’ premier craft breweries. Wild Paws’ mission is to rescue and provide a safe habitat for wild animals using sustainable resources; to promote coexistence between humans and wildlife; and to educate the public about the preservation of wild animals and their ecosystems.
Our team will be at the “Cheers to Wild Paws!” event to meet and greet attendees, as well as share a short presentation about our goals for the future of our organization. We are a collection of animal lovers passionate about protecting our Minnesota resources for today and beyond, and are excited about this opportunity to introduce Wild Paws to the public.
This special event is free and will be hosted at Insight Brewing Company, located in Northeast Minneapolis, 2821 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Children are welcome to join as well, as long as they are being supervised. Limited edition pint glasses will be available for purchase, and Insight Brewing will graciously be donating $2 to Wild Paws for every pint sold. Sasquatch Sandwiches food truck will be on-site selling their Minnesota inspired monster sandwiches and sides!
Wild Paws is 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of wild animals as well as educate the public about the natural history of native species and focus on human-animal relationships and how we can coexist. Wild Paws will not breed, buy or sell animals and believes wild animals should not be kept as pets.
Contact: Julie Lillie
Thank you to Julie for this post.
New Zealand's dairy industry exposed: days-old baby calves being ripped from their mothers, and treated with horrendous cruelty. This new undercover footage by Farmwatch & SAFE is just beyond words. Please share so people will know the truth.
Cows are pregnant for nine months, before enduring a difficult, painful labour to give birth to their little ones. Their babies are taken from their mothers a few hours after birth, sometimes a few days after delivery. Their babies are taken away so the mother cow's milk (and dairy products produced from their milk, such as cheese, butter, ice-cream, and yoghurt) can be consumed by humans. The babies are sent to slaughter for veal. The treatment of baby cows in this video is pretty commonplace in the dairy industry all over the world. In order to produce milk, and other dairy products for humans, cows must be continually pregnant or lactating. The mother cows are not allowed to keep their babies because the milk would then be used to feed their young ones, so the babies are killed and we get their milk. For things to change we must learn what is actually going on in our world, especially caused by our own choices and actions. Ignorance is not bliss if innocent animals suffer due to our ignorance. We need to take our blinkers off in order to create a kinder world.
Urge the Australian Government to Ban Scientific Research Experiments on Dogs
Thousands of dogs, particularly greyhounds and beagles, are dying in Australian laboratory research every year. Check out the details regarding a petition aimed at stopping this cruel and unnecessary practice on our petition page here. Please sign and share.
Taiji Dolphin fighting to jump net to avoid being slaughtered by divers 2015-12-21 9 15am
Above and below: What happens to Tajii dolphins. This needs to be stopped NOW!
This dolphin committed suicide because her family just got slaughtered.
A cow lead into the place of its own execution, sees another animal dead on the floor
The most sensible, as well as humane, use of available land resources.
Nearly all humankind's greatest thinkers were either vegetarians or vegans. So much for meat being brain food!
The horror which is the fur industry!
No kind, humane, or civilized person would ever wear fur.
One of the ways animals are killed for fur. This fox struggles to try to save its life; it dies being electrocuted via its anus.
Animals raised for fur, suffer unspeakable cruelty during their lives, then finally suffer the most horrendously barbaric methods of death, simply so some humans may wrap themselves up in vanity, believing their viciously stolen skins show they have "made it", when it simply tells the world, this is a cruel and callous person, who has no fashion sense beyond the cavemen.
Above, a poor animal, violently and tragically murdered via electrocution for its fur.
How can anyone be proud to wear something that was gained by such immense horror and cruelty?!
The hardship and abuse suffered by the working animal, like these poor mine donkeys working in hazardous conditions until their subsequent deaths.
Baby pig kissing her mother, comforting her through the bars.
Whether you are an atheist or a member of a religion, we can all agree the above sign is a great one! :)
Nothing is as beautiful as compassion.
Welcome to the Animal Welfare Blog (Hope and Joy Network - Great Mystery Publishing) for 2015! This post will cover the whole of 2015, one enormous post we will keep adding to until 31st December 2015.
Please check out our posts for 2014, 2013 and 2012 too which contain numerous current animal welfare issues, photographs, videos, and articles.
Thank you for visiting our blog! As you have probably discovered, there are many blogs that promote themselves as "Animal Welfare" , but are actually fronts for organizations and companies who profit from cruelty and exploitation of animals; however our blog is genuine in its promotion of kindness and compassion to all animals. If you have any animal welfare related comments or suggestions, please leave them in the comment section below. We would love to read them!
Barbaric animal cruelty masquerading as science. Why animal testing is NOT the way to advancing humanity..More about animal testing here.and here.
Baby polar bear just chillin' with mama. What a gorgeous photograph!
Save the Alaskan Sea Otter from a shocking push to make them into fur trims and coats! Alaska Representative Donald Young has introduced a bill to restart the fur trade of northern sea otters. Bill (H.R. 2714), seeking to change the law to put otters (which according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, are still endangered animals!) at real risk of extinction, and certainly cruel, violent and unnecessary deaths for profit and gross vanity. Please sign and share this petition to help save these gentle, beautiful and endangered animals.
Help IFAW (International Fund for Animals) and Cocos Animal Welfare Organization set up a much needed clinic in Mexico to help street dogs and cats. See the video above for details of this animal welfare issue and proposed plan to help these poor and injured animals. Click here to read more and donate to Cocos Animal Welfare clinic.
Petition to make PetSmart heighten their standards of animal welfare practices. Petition to sign and share here. Facebook page on animal welfare and this issue can be found here.
Humanity's current food choices are not only killing billions of "food" animals every year, but wild animals, the environment, and humans too. It brings to mind the saying "If you live by the sword, you die by the sword." If we are to save ourselves, our planet, and all other creatures with which we share our small world, we need to make more compassionate and sensible food choices, each and every day.
Cecil was illegally and cruelly slaughtered by a US Dentist. Please sign and share the petition at the following link to bring Cecil's murderer to justice. https://www.change.org/p/justice-for-cecil-the-iconic-collared-lion-slaughtered-by-trophy-hunter
PUT AN END TO KILLER WHALE SHOWS AT SEAWORLD!
Killer whales are beautiful and incredibly intelligent animals that deserve so much more. Whales in captivity are subjected to conditions that are not only unnatural but also cruel. They spend their day swimming around a concrete pool when whales in the wild often swim 100 miles a day. It is a known fact that animals in captivity used for performing are subject to depression, frustration, and lack of energy. Often times whales are seen floating at the surface for hours on end which would never happen in the open ocean. Though SeaWorld has denied it, there is footage describing how they have separated mothers and calves which sadly only adds to their whales' depression. Roughly 95% of killer whales in captivity experience collapsed dorsal fins while this only occurs in 1% of orcas in the wild.
Orcas have highly developed brains which allows them to have strong family bonds and heightened emotions. Captivity deprives them of so much and their quality of life is at an extreme low which too often results in aggression.
These are just a few reasons why I strongly urge you to help me give killer whales the life and freedom that they so greatly deserve. Please sign and share the petition at this link
Update #1 May 28, 2015 SeaWorld is continuing their efforts to increase ticket sales and so far they have been successful. After the release of Blackfish, attendance declined as audiences realized that keeping whales in captivity for entertainment is wrong. However with their new commercial drawing people back in, now is the time to act and put a stop to this.
DOLPHINS AND SEA LIONS THAT WERE KIDNAPPED FROM THEIR FAMILIES SHOULD BE SENT TO A SANCTUARY IMMEDIATELY!
Dolphins who were swimming hundreds of miles a day, are now confined to tiny tanks at Parc Astérix Theme Park. Sea Lions who migrated hundreds of miles a year are living their entire lives in a pool almost the size of a plunge pool. With noisy rides close by and music blaring out of speakers, this is no environment for some of the most intelligent species on the planet to live. These animals have now sadly been torn from their natural environment, so it is impossible for them to survive in the open sea. So the only escape from this prison, is to a sea sanctuary.
These dolphins and sea lions are often trained using food deprivation, so their only motive to perform tricks is to receive food. I saw many dolphins who refused to perform being denied food by the trainers.
Three weeks ago I had seen dolphins and sea lions in the wild. The wild Dolphins were clearly engaged, jumping and swimming as a group. These dolphins however looked depressed and swam separately. The wild sea lions were socially interacting and almost constantly calling. These sea lions only called under their trainers instructions and I didn't see them socialise once.
It is obvious that these kidnapped animals are extremely unhappy here, so please join me in calling on Parc Astérix to retire the dolphins and sea lions to a sea sanctuary.
Thank you for your support,
Please sign and share the petition to help free these dolphins and sea lions at this link.
Animal torture masquerading as science. Just one more reason NOT to support animal testing of any kind! More about animal testing or vivisection here.
And a free book about animal testing to read and download free here.
Thank you, France! France has just changed its laws in regards to animals. In France, the law now states that animals are sentient beings; while in all other countries, laws still regard animals as "a piece of furniture", an object or possession with no rights to compassion treatment, just a thing to be owned, bought, sold, or used as a commodity. Let's hope the rest of the world follows France's progressive lead! Yay, France!
Teaching children how to torture and kill animals for profit and vanity, encourages a world of growing cruelty towards animals. Surely a responsible parent, and a good citizen of the world, teaches their children the value of empathy and compassion? Skinning animals for fun sounds like a tour organized by Hannibal Lecter! I suppose it is hardly surprising, that the above horror of fur and skinning tours in Denmark is brought to us by the same country whose Copenhagen Zoo decided to hold a public execution of Marius the giraffe, using a bolt to his head (in front of a crowd that included small children), then fed his body to the lions! Hardly the behaviour of a "civilized", advanced country!
Help stop koalas becoming industry casualties! Seven News report revealed shocking footage of a mother koala and baby clinging to a tree as it was being bulldozed. Please sign and share the petition at this link - http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/koalas-under-threat/ Please help these poor animals.
BABY ELEPHANT KILLED FOR PALM OIL PROFITS
Elephants, as well as orangutans and other forest animals, are being slaughtered mercilessly for the palm oil industry. Please click on this link to sign a petition to stop the deforestation and horrific slaughter caused by the palm oil industry, and please share this petition with others (aiming for one million signatures!)
And please check the labels on food and other products you buy, for palm oil (often mislabelled just labelled as "vegetable oil"). We need to insist on Government's enforcing correct labelling so we can make compassionate, ethical choices when we buy products.
If you are interested in helping protect elephants, check out this link, includes petitions.
ALL BABIES LOVE, AND NEED LOVE AND PROTECTION
Cats Intended for Eating in Vietnam Saved from Truck -- Sign and Share Petition toTell Authorities Not to Kill Them! SHOCKING UPDATE BELOW WITH NEW PETITION
AUTHORITIES IN VIETNAM BURY THOUSANDS OF LIVE CATS (3 TONS)!
Last week, authorities in Hanoi intercepted thousands of live cats (three tons) that were illegally smuggled in from China for human consumption.
While it is illegal to consume cats in Vietnam, the underground cat meat trade is big business. Every week, thousands of cats are smuggled into the country for human consumption. Regulations mandate that all smuggled goods confiscated by authorities must be destroyed. However, animal protection organizations were urging Hanoi officials to turn the cats over to them instead.
Unfortunately, this heartfelt plea fell on deaf ears. On February 2, 2015, police forces announced that all cats have been buried. It is unknown whether the cats were killed before being buried or not. Hunter Shaffer, Chief Investigative Officer with the Global Conservation Group says they are disappointed with the actions of the Vietnam government.
Because authorities do not have the resources to humanely euthanize all the cats, Shaffer says police likely buried the cats alive. The group also wrote an open letter to the Vietnam Ambassador in the United States condemning their actions.
In the year 2015, this type of animal abuse on such a large scale is simply unacceptable. Please sign and share this important petition urging authorities to change their animal handling policies to prevent another tragedy from occurring again.
Vietnam U.S. Embassy:
Phone Number:(202) 861-0737
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adopt, don't shop. This poor little baby was killed because he didn't get a home in time. There is an animal over-population problem, and breeders, backyard breeders, pet stores and online stores are still profiting from the breeding of animals, while millions of dogs and cats are killed every year because they are homeless.
If you wondered why people become vegans, and how the vegan lifestyle can help feed the world's hungry and renew and protect the environment, please check out the above video.
It is a lovely video with no horrific images.
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 email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Welcome to the Animal Welfare Blog (Hope and Joy Network - Great Mystery Publishing) for 2013! This post will cover the whole of 2013, one enormous post we will keep adding to until 31st December 2013! Please check out our 2012 post too, for lots of animal-related photographs, videos, and articles. After checking out this very long and important post, please check our 2014's Animal Welfare Blog post.
Wild Swans Enjoying a Surf on Australia's Gold Coast! (video)
Four playful black swans decided surfing looked like fun and decided to give it a go...repeatedly! Certainly shows these birds are smart and well as know how to have a good time!
The Animal Welfare Party UK is looking for your support. If you care about animal welfare you can assist this new party make a real difference by either voting for this party (if you live in London, England) share their information to help build up their support basis, and/or send AWP a donation (large or small donations will be gratefully accepted) to help achieve the AWP goal to assist animals.
The Animal Welfare Party UK needs around 140,000 votes in London (target constituency) in order to win a seat. With a huge number of pet owners, wildlife and animal enthusiasts, plus an estimated half a million people following some kind of vegetarian diet in the electorate of London, the required number of votes is highly possible.
The Animal Welfare Party's vision is of a fairer, more equitable and sustainable society for all and some of their key policies are to:
Redirect subsidies from livestock and fisheries farming to plant-based agriculture
Phase out the failed practice of animal experimentation with binding
targets for reduction and funding and support for alternatives
Phase out farming practices with poor welfare consequences for animals
Increased penalties for those convicted of animal cruelty
AWP is aiming to raise around £85,000 for the EU Election Campaign by the end of 2013, for more info on fundraising click here
Please sign the following petition to help stop the horror and inhumanity that is animal testing - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/287/409/935/stop-all-animal-testing-in-the-uk/
Save All Elephants8 hours ago
THE TRAGEDY OF STREET BEGGING - Kidnapped Too Young - Defeated by Pajaan - Exhausted from Walking - Lifeless Eyes and Heart - Lonely, Filthy and Dying A heartfelt plea from Lek Chailert of Save Elephant Foundation “ Lives so full of tragedy, such as the baby elephant taken away from their mother and forced to work in strange and dangerous places for their living . Some babies are way too young and they still need the mother's milk, but they eat so poorly. Many of them become very weak and their bodies have growth defects due to malnutrition - some are falling down and die, while others suffer in the street for many years, blinded by lights or injured by vehicles and other hazards such as sewer drains and electric shock .” “If you come to Thailand , see the baby elephant walk along the street with their mahout .They sell bananas and food for the elephant. Many people support and buy food for the baby elephant because of they feel so sorry and want to feed the poor elephant. It means you help and support the elephant suffering in the streets." "The only way to stop this : Thailand needs to issue the law to protect the elephant!...If you come to Thailand, please do not support street begging elephant. Your money prolongs their suffering, and harms others!" Please learn more at www.saveelephant.org Photo credit: A profoundly heartbreaking photo of a street begging elephant by Sirisopark Khajornpimanmas Powered by socialditto 11 likes · 11 comments
Zero Tolerance For Animal Abusers1 day ago
Please read the below, it is a deeply disturbing reality, and then SIGN & SHARE the below petition, to expose and end the dark truth behind the dancing bear. Here is what bear cubs suffer: 1. First few days are spent in the dark under an upside-down basket without food, water, or contact of any kind. 2. Tied to a post in the village where the children torment it. 3. At 6 months, a red-hot poker is forced through the bone, cartilage and nerve membrane in the top of the muzzle and a coarse rope pulled through the wound - a second piercing is necessary, usually done before the first wound has healed. 4. At less than one year of age, their teeth are knocked out with a hammer -- with no anaesthetic. Between 60% and 70% of the cubs die before they can be trained due to the punishing regime of beatings and starvation. 5. To train the bear to dance, hot coals are placed under their feet and the muzzle pain is exacerbated as the trainer pulls on the rope forcing the cub to stand upright. Under their thick collars, cuts are made to inflict more pain, thus the bears' undivided attention and complete compliance. A total of 60% to 70% of the cubs die before training. 20% from shock of separation from their mothers 20% to 40% die during transportation 20% die during early handling 40% of the remaining cubs die during their first year. http://www.change.org/petitions/ministry-of-environment-and-forests-director-ministry-of-finance-we-ask-the-indian-government-to-end-this-cruel-and-barbaric-practice?share_id=dPpzROWhMh&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition Powered by socialditto 98 likes · 132 comments
Petition to stop cruelty to bears as pictured above - http://www.change.org/petitions/ministry-of-environment-and-forests-director-ministry-of-finance-we-ask-the-indian-government-to-end-this-cruel-and-barbaric-practice?share_id=dPpzROWhMh&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition
Animals Australia8 hours ago
49 Australian cows have suffered and died on an airplane destined for Kazakhstan. It seems that nobody checked on them for the entire 17 hour flight, and when ventilation systems failed – they suffocated to death (http://yhoo.it/1helnGw). It would have been a terrible way to die. These animals have become the latest victims of an industry that continues to put animals at risk of extreme suffering for the sake of profit. Ninemsn want to know what you think. Should live animal exports be banned? Have your say NOW at www.ninemsn.com.au #BanLiveExport #poll Powered by socialditto 948 likes · 456 comments
Every day enormous tree harvesters are cutting down around a thousand eucalyptus trees in Australia. Each tree is cut down within seconds, trimmed and then piled up. No plant biodiversity can be found in the mono-cultures of the Australian eucalyptus plantations. Please sign the petition here and share.
The natural habitats of the koalas are vanishing which forces many koalas to live on eucalyptus plantations. The endangered animals are slow and cannot escape the approaching harvesters. They hold on to the trees until their painful death.
Loggers have recently informed Australian television broadcasting services about the slow and horrible deaths of the innocent koalas. If the animals are badly injured, they will just be left on the plantations until they die.
“How often does it happen?” the journalist asks the logger. “Sometimes two koalas per hour are killed, sometimes it’s only one koala a day. And the injured animals are left out here to die”, the man answers.
“We have found the animals in horrible condition. Broken limbs, impact wounds, broken backs, dead mothers with babies that are still alive and trying to survive”, says animal rights activist Tracey Wilson. Animal rescue centres are treating some of the injured koalas, but it is very rare for a company to call for help for injured animals. They do not want to be associated with dying koalas.
Instead, they refer to the certification label of the ‘Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)’. In 2006 the plantations were recognised as ‘responsible forest management’. The painful death of large numbers of koalas does not seem to be as important as the profits the industry makes, says the journalist.
The logs are chipped and exported to China and Japan, where they are processed in pulp and paper mills.
Please help to protect the beautiful koalas with your signature.
Petition provided by The Rainforest Rescue
Tiger Protection Petition - Tigers threatened by Deutsche Bank Only 1.800 Bengal tigers can be found in India today. Their last habitats are threatened by Coal India. The biggest coal miner in the world plans the establishment of new coal mines right next to the last tiger reserves. - Sign petition here and please share.
Deutsche Bank is helping Coal India to finance the construction of these coal mines. Please sign our letter of protest and ask Deutsche Bank to cut ties with Coal India.
Petition shared by Klaus Schenck - Rainforest Rescue (Rettet den Regenwald e.V.
The Indian state-controlled coal mining company Coal India needs money to persue the construction of new coal mines. The company has mandated Deutsche Bank to organise the increase of capital in return for stock worth a total of US $ 1 billion. Coal India is not only the largest company in the world in terms of coal production, it is also one of the worst. It has forcibly displaced forest communities, destroyed critical tiger habitat and even used child labour.
In Central India, thirteen new coal mines and numerous coal-fired power plants are about to be constructed. Greenpeace India has researched the effects of these construction projects on the tigers. About 1.1 million hectares of tropical rainforest and at least ten tiger sanctuaries are at stake.
The environmental officer of a subsidiary of Coal India, Mr. Shinde, makes it simple: “We have to choose if we want electricity or we want tigers.” Environmentalists and locals strongly oppose the project due to its negative impact on the tigers.
Deutsche Bank, however, has made a decision against the tigers. They have hoped that helping to finance environmental destruction would go unnoticed. The bank’s support for Coal India can only be stopped by public backlash.
Please help us to change Deutsche Bank’s view on this issue. Sign our letter of protest and force Deutsche Bank to rethink their decision and to cut ties with Coal India.
Animals Australia4 days ago
GREAT NEWS! The Australian Greens today announced that if re-elected they will reintroduce legislation to end live export AND establish an Independent Office of Animal Welfare!(www.bit.ly/1fnvjtp) These two key policies have the potential to impact the lives of millions of animals – and with political support, could spell a revolutionary change (for the better!) in the way animals are treated in Australia. The Greens’ promise today will ensure that animal welfare becomes one of the first issues a new or re-elected government will be forced to consider. Find out what other parties are standing up for animals this election: www.AnimalsAustralia.org/election #BanLiveExport #AusPol Powered by socialditto 1,000+ likes · 221 comments
More on above story here www.AnimalsAustralia.org/election
Cop Spike Project5 days ago
Click here to read story relating the picture above- www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/12/la-deputies-shot-dog_n_3586993.html
Support Adoption For Pets Adoption Centres
Support Adoption For Pets have increased their fundraising efforts year-on-year and have so far raised £608,636 for rescue and rehoming centres across the UK this year. But how is this money used? Here we look at a couple of rehoming centres from different parts of the UK to discover how this money can benefit pets in need of help!
The first of these is the Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter, which cares for more than 3,000 lost or unwanted animals every year, and has been working for the benefit of animals since 1896. Whilst it is named a Dogs and Cats shelter, it has also provided refuge, care and love for a number of extra animals who have graced its doorstep in recent years; including guinea pigs, chickens, donkeys and even pigs! The annual costs for the shelter are close to £800,000; £50,000 of which are spent on vet’s bills which is a necessity when looking after around 250 dogs and 100-150 cats at once. Help from Support Adoption For Pets is therefore vital to the continued success of this great animal charity.
A more specialised rescue centre can be found in the west of England. Greyhound Rescue West Of England (GRWE) cares for up to 80 of these wonderful pets each year, taking care of dogs of all ages. They literally go the extra mile to help greyhounds in need, just last year rescuing two Lurchers and their 9 puppies from being put to sleep at a pound in West Sussex.
Their 100 volunteers also hold regular collections at Pets At Home stores and have also received a number of grant awards from Support Adoption For Pets to help them continue their valuable work caring for the dogs and their puppies. They are also running their own emergency appeal this summer, hoping to raise £10,000 for animals in need of their help.
These are just two of the hundreds of rescue centres that Support Adoption For Pets help every year. Their animal fundraising events and charity drives help Pets At Home staff and their customers to support their local animal rescue centres, giving unwanted or abandoned pets across the nation a second chance at happiness.
More here: www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk
Look into the eyes of sadness and pain. This poor goose, suffering the daily injury of having food forcefully jammed down its throat, until its liver is ill and swollen, and this dejected bird's life of suffering is ended violently so some human can enjoy their (cruel) "delicacy" of foie gras.
Please sign the petition at the following link and share, to help stop this gross cruelty to these sad creatures.- http://www.thepetitionsite.com/10/we-the-undersigned/
Man helps save thousands of animals from cruel and unnecessary deaths and sentenced to prison!
Peter Young, at his sentencing before the court
"This is the customary time when the defendant expresses regret for the crimes they committed, so let me do that because I am not without my regrets. I am here today to be sentenced for my participation in releasing mink from 6 fur farms. I regret it was only 6. I'm also here today to be sentenced for my participation in the freeing of 8,000 mink from those farms. I regret it was only 8,000. It is my understanding of those 6 farms, only 2 of them have since shut down. I regret it was only 2.
More than anything, I regret my restraint, because whatever damage we did to those businesses, if those farms were left standing, and if one animal was left behind, then it wasn't enough.
I don't wish to validate this proceeding by begging for mercy or appealing to the conscience of the court, because I ...know if this system had a conscience I would not be here, and in my place would be all the butchers, vivisectors, and fur farmers of the world.
Just as I will remain unbowed before this court- who would see me imprisoned for an act of conscience- I will also deny the fur farmers in the room the pleasure of seeing me bow down before them. To those people here whose sheds I may have visited in 1997, let me tell you directly for the first time, it was a pleasure to raid your farms, and to free those animals you held captive. It is to those animals I answer to, not you or this court. I will forever mark those nights on your property as the most rewarding experience of my life.
And to those farmers or other savages who may read my words in the future and smile at my fate, just remember: We have put more of you in bankruptcy than you have put liberators in prison. Don't forget that.
Let me thank everyone in the courtroom who came to support me today. It is my last wish before prison that each of you drive to a nearby fur farm tonight, tear down its fence and open every cage.
Please help us find this soldier's dog?!!!
Soldier on deployment,while he was gone, the person who was watching his dog sold it or gave it away on Craigslist...(nice friend grrrr)...have you seen this dog?? Please help this soldier reunite with his pup!
LAKEWOOD– A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was devastated when he returned home from deployment to find his dog was missing — and possibly sold on Craigslist.
Brandon Harker returned last week after an 8-month deployment to Afghanistan. He was excited to see Oakley, his 2-year-old purebred yellow Labrador retriever.
Harker had asked a friend to take care of Oakley while he was deployed. When he contacted the friend to pick him up, he was told the dog had been given away.
He turned to social media to find his dog and was contacted by numerous people who said they’d seen Oakley listed for sale in February on Craigslist. Harker has been calling local veterinarians and shelters, hoping for word on his dog since Oakley is micro-chipped and registered.
“I am just trying to get him back since he was wrongfully given away or sold without my permission while I was deployed,” Harker said.
To see the Craigslist ad or to contact Harker, click here:http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/pet/3956713351.html
Olympia Memes10 hours ago
Help this soldier reunite with his pup! LAKEWOOD– A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was devastated when he returned home from deployment to find his dog was missing — and possibly sold on Craigslist. Brandon Harker returned last week after an 8-month deployment to Afghanistan. He was excited to see Oakley, his 2-year-old purebred yellow Labrador retriever. Harker had asked a friend to take care of Oakley while he was deployed. When he contacted the friend to pick him up, he was told the dog had been given away. He turned to social media to find his dog and was contacted by numerous people who said they’d seen Oakley listed for sale in February on Craigslist. Harker has been calling local veterinarians and shelters, hoping for word on his dog since Oakley is micro-chipped and registered. “I am just trying to get him back since he was wrongfully given away or sold without my permission while I was deployed,” Harker said. To see the Craigslist ad or to contact Harker, click here: http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/pet/3956713351.html Source: http://q13fox.com/2013/07/25/deployed-soldier-returns-home-discovers-his-dog-was-sold-in-his-absence/#ixzz2a6iY05N4 Powered by socialditto 342 likes · 132 comments
Save free-range in Queensland (Australia)! Don't let the Queensland government increase stocking densities by 66.7% to 10,000 birds per hectare!! 10,000 birds per hectare is not free-range! It's wall-to-wall birds without a roof! Please sign the petition (plus more information)here.
Due to a 'loophole' in the laws on exporting live animals, Australia was able to send thousands of pregnant dairy cows to die in Qatar. Photos and reports from two whistleblowers reveal that within one week, one in four of the animals died of thirst or malnutrition. Mothers watched as their baby cows died in agony.
Despite these photos and eye witness accounts, the Australian Government didn't investigate this incident because breeding animals are excluded from live export regulations. The dairy cows were pregnant when they were shipped, so they weren't part of any Government-sanctioned 'supply chain.' When breeding animals are shipped out of Australia, no one knows where they'll end up or what suffering they'll face.
So far, it looks like no one will be held accountable for the deaths of these animals, and nothing is stopping this from happening again -- unless we speak out! Sign thepetition here.
If you are an Australian Citizen phone or email your local MP to close the loophole on exporting breeding animals!
Mercy For Animals Canada1 day ago
Japanese scientists are hoping to receive approval to GROW HUMAN ORGANS IN PIGS! When the pig is slaughtered, the organ will be harvested and transplanted into a needy human. It is not only bad enough that these animals are raised in hell for food, but now they will also have to carry some of our organs? When will this selfish insanity and depraved tyranny stop? Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/m363vm9 . Powered by socialditto 93 likes · 69 comments
Read more about the above story at this link.
Please sign and share this petition to help this poor tiny baby! The terrible fate of Raja the baby elephant, chained and held hostage by an angry mob: An image that will haunt you and a story that will enrage you. In this shocking expose the Duchess of Cornwall's brother reveals how baby elephant Raja was shockingly mistreated as he was kept captive in Sumatra. Following the deforestation of the land to produce palm oil, elephants have been forced to live with humans, destroying farms, flattening houses and sometimes killing people. Villagers took Raja, and demanded compensation after his family ruined crops in the area.
Article and petitions courtesy of Andres.Grijalva.Vi
In all the 30 years I have been working in Asian elephant conservation, I thought I had seen it all – blatant corruption, the rape and total disregard of our beautiful planet and sickening wildlife atrocities, to name but a few. All due to the most dangerous animal of all: homo sapiens.
Not much shocks me any more, but something happened in recent weeks that shook me to the core when the charity Elephant Family and the Ecologist Film Unit set out to document the environmental genocide that is out of control on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.
Sumatra is special to me because I spent a lot of time there on expeditions when I was younger. It was a paradise – vast pristine forests, intact coral reefs and abundant wildlife.
All this has changed now and their elephants are the most endangered on the planet. In a single generation, the population has been cut in half, with countless other animals disappearing at breakneck speed.
During the filming, a helpless, emaciated baby male elephant called Raja, who was barely a year old, was found in a village, shackled with heavy chains to a tree. He had been taken hostage by the villagers, who were demanding compensation from the Sumatran government for the damage his family had done to their crops.
Can you believe that we are now living in a world where people are actually holding baby elephants to ransom? It is almost unthinkable. But just look at the photographs – look at Raja, as he strains against his chains, waving his little trunk for food and reassurance. He is bellowing in desperation for his mother.
I have heard that sound of distressed calves many times in my life. It never fails to haunt me. But it is his eyes that haunt me more than anything – pleading for help – innocent, desperate and helpless.
A war is being waged across Asia. In the face of relentless deforestation, elephants are being forced out of their natural habitats and they have no choice but to share their living space with humans. As the elephants’ forest home is destroyed, stressed and starving herds flee from the chainsaws straight into villages.
They demolish everything in sight, trampling crops, flattening houses and often killing people. Frankly, you really cannot blame the villagers for taking such drastic steps in the sheer desperation to survive and feed their own families.
Capturing a baby elephant and holding it to ransom is grisly and depressing, but it is reality as humans and elephants fight for space.
People need to know why this is happening. They need to understand what is driving this madness.
The cause is an innocently named product called palm oil. It’s a constituent part of almost everything that we use and consume – biscuits, margarine, ice cream, soap, shampoo. The list is endless.
And the blame lies firmly with the greed of the large corporations in the East that produce it as a cash crop to fuel the insatiable consumerism of the Western world.
The thirst for palm oil is apparently unquenchable and its cultivation is ripping out the last great rainforests.
Although forest destruction and its lethal impact on endangered species are plain to see, palm oil is practically an invisible ingredient, listed under the generic term ‘vegetable oil’.
April, Duta Palma, Sinar Mas and Sime Darby may not be household names, but these are just some of the companies producing palm oil in Indonesia and selling it on to the market for about £500 per ton.
L’Occitane, Ferrero, Cadbury, Ginster’s pasties, Clover margarine, Pringles, Kellogg’s, Haribo, Nestlé and Mars are just a few of the more familiar names of those that use palm oil.
All the major supermarkets use palm oil in their own-brand products. Some are better than others in getting palm oil from responsible sources, but the point is that it is everywhere and in everything. It is a silent assassin. Not until 2014 will there be a legal requirement for manufacturers to label palm oil on their products.
And, to make matters worse, the only certification body to monitor the production of so-called ‘sustainable’ palm oil is immensely flawed. Consumer industries are hiding behind a fallacy.
The verdant rainforest of Aceh in North Sumatra is one of the largest left in South-East Asia. It is the only place in the world where elephants, tigers, orangutans and rhinos all still live together – a real life Jungle Book.
But, right now, the Aceh government is close to adopting a plan that would see hundreds of thousands of hectares of this forest opened up for the cultivation of palm oil. This ironically titled ‘Spatial Plan’ is nothing more than a deforestation plan – an extinction plan, seeking to legitimise the illegal felling that is already happening.
They will become unrelenting and vast areas of land will flood.
Wildlife will be forced into ever greater conflict with people, and elephants like Raja won’t stand a chance.
Sadly for him, it is too late. He died alone, still chained to that tree, though Elephant Family worked tirelessly for a week to negotiate his release.
Already we’ve discovered that another calf, this one just a month old, has been captured and held to ransom by local farmers. Everyone is working around the clock to make sure that this little calf survives. I am doubtful.
But in the grander scheme of things there is hope. If there wasn’t hope, I would have packed up my bags a long time ago.
If we can protect these forests and stop the new plan in Aceh from going ahead, then we’re taking a giant step in the right direction.
Hundreds of supporters have already written to the Aceh government urging them to stop destroying their forests. But we need help. We need everyone to write.
Increased knowledge of palm oil and compulsory labelling will finally allow shoppers to make informed choices about what they buy. We need to push food manufacturers and retailers to support a transformation of the industry towards genuine sustainable palm oil, and we need to do it quickly.
The most useful thing we can do to help is educate ourselves and avoid buying products that contain palm oil whilst urging companies to stop destroying the rain forests.
More information about palm oil and the products to avoid: http://a-z-animals.com/palm-oil/products/
You will also find more ways to help at: http://www.elephantfamily.org/
Read the full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2351609/The-terrible-fate-Raja-baby-elephant-chained-held-hostage-angry-mob-An-image-haunt-story-enrage-you.html#ixzz2XeMYaH00
"Fur is Green" is greenwash - a petition to counteract pro-fur propaganda by the Canadian government, and help protect animals from the gross cruelty and death the fur industry inflicts upon defenseless animals. Please follow the link here to read more and sign. Canadian tours to bludgeon baby fur seals to death, then sell the fur to the wealthy with no conscience, are getting a boost from the Canadian Government's pro-fur stance.
CCTV for ALL Slaughterhouses1 day ago
As for cages themselves, an ordinary citizen who kept dogs in similar conditions for their entire lives would risk prosecution for cruelty. A pig producer who keeps an animal of comparable intelligence in this manner, however, is more likely to be rewarded with a tax concession or, in some countries, a direct government subsidy. -Peter Singer, Animal Liberation Animals suffer so much just so humans can turn them into sewage. There is no reason/excuse that justifies consuming the flesh/secretions of our fellow Earthlings. No amount of denial will change that fact. Taste is not an excuse or... You would eat dog as you do pig. You would eat cat as you would chicken. You would eat horse as you do cow. The greatest threats to animals are ignorance, arrogance and apathy...be the change you want to see in the world. Peace is the future..it starts on the plate. (v) CCTV for ALL Slaughterhouses Powered by socialditto 209 likes · 49 comments
How sad does this poor baby look? What a terrible life...and terrible death...:((
Finding Fudge4 hours ago
(Janet) FINDING FUDGE PAGE HAS BEEN FAIRLY QUIET RECENTLY. It is time for us to remind the necessary organisations and individuals out there by re-sending emails and 're-posting' on Facebook Pages. If you have assisted in the past by posting Fudge's LOST POSTER on Facebook pages or by emailing it to organisations can you please help by DOING IT ALL OVER AGAIN? We cannot afford to be complacent or to let people forget that FUDGE is still out there somewhere. It's a bit like catching a fish...if you want to catch the fish you have to keep casting the line :) Can you please help......I have attached the poster for you to share :) Powered by socialditto 26 likes · 7 comments
WWA Animal Awareness30 days ago
The anti-trapping group Footloose Montana reposted this photo of Idaho trapper Josh Bransford. The trapper in the photo indicated in his online post that the wolf was bleeding from bullet wounds inflicted by other hunters. However, outrage over the photo was intense. “Unlike a normal kind of hunting picture, this is one where the animal’s still alive and obviously trapped, and it’s been bleeding," Gary Macfarlane said at the time. He is with the environmental group Friends of the Clearwater, based in Moscow, Idaho. "It’s sadistic, is what it is.” Environmental groups called for legal action. But wildlife managers said they’ve investigated and Bransford was properly licensed and broke no laws. Powered by socialditto 78 likes · 328 comments
Sadistic trapper, proud of his cruelty... Such a sad indictment on human society...
I LOVE DOGS!!6 hours ago
SHARE TO SAVE SNOOPY http://hendrickboards.com/s/snoopy Hanged with shoestring, beaten, tied with duct tape and left to die, Snoopy is battling for his life. Our friends at Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs in New York rescued Snoopy just a couple of days ago from a housing project in the South Bronx. When found, he had a string or shoelace tightly tied around his neck & had apparently been hanged & beaten. A simple shirt can save Snoopy : http://hendrickboards.com/s/snoopy Powered by socialditto 1,000+ likes · 997 comments
Real men are kind to animals...
Show Your Soft Side14 hours ago
WAKE UP BALTIMORE: “I rarely, if ever, post graphic pictures on Facebook and I apologize in advance if anyone is offended by these pictures but I'm so tired of the abuse coming in to BARCS. The blue pup, Queenie, is currently in critical condition after intentionally being starved to the point of almost dying. The holes all over her body are from the small confinement she was purposely kept in. Nemo, the white dog, is stable after hours of surgery to repair horribly infected bite wounds that caused the skin around his neck to die off. Nemo was seen by citizens being thrown from a car and landed in Clifton Park. Maryland lawmakers are SO focused on making it nearly impossible for “pit bulls" to find homes but where are they when it comes to making it nearly impossible for irresponsible owners to have these dogs. Where are the laws that put strict, harsh, deserving punishments on those that commit these awful acts? At what point will lawmakers and society stop blaming dogs and look at their “owners"? Queenie licked everyone in intake when she arrived and Nemo sat in my lap crying in pain but never stopped wagging his tail. The dogs are so forgiving of the horrendous acts done to them yet we, as a state, still find a way to s*it on their forgiveness by labeling them inherently dangerous based off physical appearance and set them up to be denied loving homes and instead face euthanasia. So incredibly tired of it.” Powered by socialditto 832 likes · 653 comments
A Peaceful Planet33 minutes ago
Cruelty and violence to others is never the solution or the side to take in any way, shape, or form. When you consume flesh and dairy you are taking part and responsible for transporting, confining, caging, raping, beating, kicking, electrocution, scalding, grinding babies, cutting off testicles, beaks, teeth, toes. depriving living beings of air and sun, drinking mothers secretions (their milk that was make for their babies), shooting bolts into skulls, slicing, slitting throats, dismembering, packaging and paying the powerful animal agro system for doing all of it for you- there is only one side to the truth - Thou shalt not kill- is not exclusive -Thou shalt not steal- baby animals from their mothers -- Powered by socialditto 15 likes · 2 comments
SHE'S SO LONELY SHE HOLDS HER OWN TAIL! Heartbreaking...
Animal Quotes, Animal Rights & Religions15 days ago
Her name is Mali, and she has been in Manila zoo in solitary confinement for the past 35 years. Please like and share her FB pages, we need to get her out!! 1. Free Mali PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/FreeMali 2. Free Mali the Elephant: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Mali-the-Elephant/264127640360151 Powered by socialditto 505 likes · 113 comments
To help Mali, follow these links:
1. Free Mali PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/FreeMali
2. Free Mali the Elephant:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Mali-the-Elephant/264127640360151 — with Ana Carolina Vigo León.
Mother Bear Kills Cub and Self to Escape Life of Bile "Milking" Article by Piper Hoffman (original post here.)
A mother killed her baby and herself to end the torture of life on a bear bile farm. She hugged her cub until it suffocated, then drove her own head into a wall.
Bear bile is prized in traditional Chinese medicine, and the demand for it has led to mass production. Bear farmers lock moon bears into “crush cages,” so small the bears can’t move. Then farmers puncture their gall bladders to siphon off their bile.
The resulting wound stays open because farmers force needles or shunts into it so often. It becomes “susceptible to infections and diseases which can cause the animals unbearable pain,” according to the Daily Mail. Also common are broken teeth from biting on the bars of cages, painful foot conditions and even malignant tumors.
This can go on for 20 years, until the bear stops producing bile and is killed. More than 12,000 bears are caged on bile farms.
What A Mother Bear Knows
Moon bears have large vocabularies and lots of smarts. They know what is going on.
This mother reacted immediately when her cub cried of distress because farmers were puncturing its gall bladder for the first time. She broke out of her own cage and into her cub’s cage and did the only thing she could to save her baby from suffering.
This story is heartbreaking, but it is also an illustration of moon bears’ intelligence. Consider what this bear had to understand to do what she did: that what the farmers were doing felt the same way to someone else as it did when they did it to her; that the farmers would keep on doing this to her baby again and again; and the nature of death — namely, that it would end everything.
Consider also the depth of her devotion to her cub: she broke out of her cage, which she must have been able to do before but never did — or else she had one of those moments of super-adrenaline that allow mothers to lift cars off their children; and after she hugged her baby to death, she killed herself. The Daily Mail says she killed herself to end her torture, but she could have done that before. I think that may have been part of it, but mostly she killed herself because she had killed her cub.
This moon bear isn’t the only mother trapped in a factory farm who has gone to extremes to protect her young. Veterinarian Holly Cheever tells the tale of a dairy cow she treated who had given birth four times, and had her newborn confiscated every time. The fifth time, out in pasture at night and without humans around (obviously this happened a while ago, before factory farming had adopted near-constant restraints), she had twins. This cow understood that the farmer knew she had been pregnant, that he was expecting a calf, and that he would take her calves away as he had all her previous babies. So she hatched a plan.
In the morning she brought one of her calves to the farmer, so that he would be satisfied. She hid the other calf in the woods at the edge of the pasture. “Every day and every night, she stayed with her baby — the first she had been able to nurture FINALLY — and her calf nursed her dry with gusto,” Cheever relates.
That gusto led to a glitch the poor mother had not anticipated. Her udder was empty every time the farmer tried to milk her. Eventually he figured things out, found the bull calf, and stole him away for a short, miserable life in a veal crate. His mother’s efforts may not have bought him that much time, but they did reveal how smart she was and how capable of love.
Moon Bears and Their Bile
CITES lists moon bears as one of the most critically endangered species in the world. Any trade in them or their parts is illegal. Estimates of their population vary; some estimate that in all of Asia there are only 16,000 moon bears in the wild.
Many experts, including some practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, say that there are herbal or synthetic alternatives that have the same effects as bear bile and its active ingredient, ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA).
Bile farmers are producing too much bile. The market is saturated. Rather than scale down their operations, they keep the bears caged and keep suctioning fluids out of live bears’ bellies, then sell the result in the form of non-therapeutic products like shampoo. Those non-medicinal products account for half of the bile farmers sell.
Please watch the above video from advocacy group Animals Asia for more information on the plight of moon bears.
The following video contains some disturbing images - Video credit: Animals Asia
The following article explains how our use of palm oil is causing the cruel killing of the gentle orangutan and other forest animals. http://www.saynotopalmoil.com
Veganism Is The Future3 days ago
http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/ ''Did you know that each and everyone of us is fueling one of the world's biggest ecological disasters and acts of primate genocide in history? Borneo and Sumatra are two of the most bio-diverse regions of the world, yet they have the longest list of endangered species. This list includes the magnificent orangutan. These two South-East Asian islands are extremely rich in life, containing around 20,000 flowering plant species, 3,000 tree species, 300,000 animal species and thousands more being discovered each year. Despite this amazing biodiversity and delicate web of species, an area the size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour in Indonesia and Malaysia to make way for the production of one vegetable oil. That's 6 football fields destroyed each minute. This vegetable oil is called palm oil, and is found in hundreds of the everyday products, from baked goods and confectionery, to cosmetics and cleaning agents... many of which you buy in your weekly shopping. Due to the massive international demand for palm oil, palm oil plantations are rapidly replacing the rainforest habitat of the critically endangered orangutan; with over 90% of their habitat already destroyed in the last 20 years. Orangutans are some of our closest relatives, sharing approximately 97% of their DNA with humans. Orangutan means 'Person of the jungle' in the Indonesian language. It is estimated that 6 to 12 of these 'jungle people' are killed each day for palm oil. These gentle creatures are either killed in the deforestation process, when they wonder into a palm oil plantation looking for food, or in the illegal pet trade after they've been captured and kept as pets in extremely poor conditions and provided with extremely poor nutrition. Orangutans are considered as pests by the palm oil industry. In the deforestation process, workers are told that if wildlife gets in the way, they are to do whatever is necessary in order to dispose them, no matter how inhumane. Often orangutans are run over by logging machinery, beat to death, buried alive or set on fire... all in the name of palm oil. Government data has shown that over 50,000 orangutans have already died as a result of deforestation due to palm oil in the last two decades. Experts say that if this pattern of destruction and exploitation continues, these intelligent acrobats of the jungle will be extinct in the wild within 3 to 12 years (as early as 2015). It is also thought that their jungle habitat will be completely gone within 20 years (approximately 2033). Around 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually; with almost all of that being non-sustainable palm oil, that replaces 12 million hectares of dense, bio-diverse rainforest. That's the equivalent landmass of North Korea deforested each year for palm oil alone! Palm oil is also having a shocking impact on our planet. The production of this one vegetable oil is not only responsible for polluting rivers and causing land erosion, but when the plantation workers set fire to the remaining trees, shrubs and debris to make way for the oil palms, it produces immense amount of smoke pollution that is toxic to planet earth. This has been found to be the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas in the world. By purchasing products that contain crude palm oil, you are helping destroy ancient, pristine rainforest, wipe out species like the orangutan, and create a large-scale ecological disaster. Think of the consequences next time you do your weekly shopping; the consequences not only for orangutans and other animals, but for us as the human race; for we cannot survive without the rainforests either. We have a choice, orangutans do not.'' Powered by socialditto 1,000+ likes · 969 comments
CCTV for ALL Slaughterhouses45 minutes ago
A Baby's Story I am born, just one second old, My wriggly red body first feels the cold- As I fall to the floor, there is no soft landing, And the stench in the air, beyond my understanding- My first moments on earth seem somehow all wrong… Where’s mama’s nuzzle? What’s taking so long? Finally my mouth finds the liquid I crave, With no sign of a nuzzle, I try to be brave- My tiny frame quivers, from fear and from cold Until finally sleep saves me, this naive one-day-old. When my eyes finally open, and I see this awful place, I will see my mama’s misery, the sadness in her face- The reason she can’t touch me - rusted bars that enslave, The waste on the floor of this huge sunless cave. Soon I will feel the suffering that billions have to know- Corporate greed surrounds me, as I begin to grow. By Heather Leughmyer Powered by socialditto 165 likes · 66 comments
A couple of very cute hug bunnies!
CCTV for ALL Slaughterhouses6 minutes ago
Tail docking - the amputation of the lower half of a pig’s tail - is carried out when there is a risk of pigs biting each others tails. There is ALWAYS this risk on an intensive farm! Almost 100% of pigs killed for meat are raised on indoor units and almost 100% of indoor units tail dock. Pigs do not bite each others tails and ears in the wild. It is accepted by the pig industry that tail and ear biting are manifestations of the bad conditions of factory farms. The piglets are rarely given anaesthetic when their tails are cut and a vet does not have to be present if the amputation is carried out in the first week of the piglet's life. Remarkably, the reason for tail docking is the belief that once part of the tail is cut off, the remainder is more sensitive and pigs quickly escape when others try to bite it. This implies that the cut tail is painful. Badly performed tail docking can lead to infection which may spread to the spinal cord causing spinal abscesses and deep pain. Wounds can become infected, resulting in abscessations of the hindquarters and spinal column. Secondary infection may occur in the lungs, kidney, joints and other parts. Tail biting is caused by several factors inherent in intensive farming such as poor housing, early weaning, bad diet and build up of gases such as ammonia and carbon dioxide. It is not due to general aggression. Tooth-clipping is also widely carried out by pig farmers - including almost 100% of indoor and more than two-thirds of outdoor farms. Tooth-clipping exposes the pulp cavity and causes pain. If the teeth are cut too close to the gums, the teeth splinter and pulp infection sets in. Any farm that feels that it must undertake mutilations of animals to prevent them injuring one another has very poor management systems. http://www.viva.org.uk/campaigns/pigs/pigreport03.htm (jb) Powered by socialditto 23 likes · 4 comments
CCTV for ALL Slaughterhouses18 minutes ago
Live Export Must Stop! The picture below shows cattle from Australia being unloaded in East Java, by having ropes hung around their necks. The live export trade is barbaric, no matter what country the animals are shipped from and to. Don't for one minute believe that animals in the UK and Europe are treated much better when exported abroad. Please make people aware of the truth and ask them to speak out. The only way to stop this is to keep putting pressure on the greedy, money-grabbing farmers and governments. Use your voice and never be silenced by the ignorant. More info and pictures on the link. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-07/anger-over-indonesian-pictures-of-cattle-mistreatment/4455902 Thanks to CCTV for All Abattoirs in Australia for sharing the link with us. https://www.facebook.com/CCTVforAllAbattoirsAustralia Photo: AFP Juni Kriswanto (m) Powered by socialditto 35 likes · 32 comments
The horror and cruelty that is the Live Animal Export Industry needs to stop!
The picture above, shows that this industry is today's equivalent of being hung,
drawn and quartered. For anyone who has watched the end of "Braveheart" will know how painful and barbaric this truly is!
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See the clip of this mama and her baby, and you will be surprised!
Helped by Animals5 hours ago
Dog who can't see taken for walks by guide cat, Pwditat and Terfel have become firm friends after the cat began acting as a guide for the blind dog. Terfel was diagnosed with cataracts and confined to his basket to stop him bumping into things. But after owner Judy Godfrey-Brown let a stray cat into her home the dog has been given a new lease of life. Rather than fighting like cats and dogs, the cat softly approached Terfel and seemed to know that he could not see. The cat led the blind dog out of his basket and out into the garden. 'Pwditat immediately seemed to know that Terfel is blind through some sort of sixth sense that animals have. 'She uses her paws to help guide him around the house and in the garden. 'They are glued to each other and even sleep together now.' <3 Source - Daily Mail 28/12/12 Powered by socialditto 1,000+ likes · 176 comments
Animals Australia2 days ago
These are the last moments of a bull named 'Madness'. He suffered a broken leg yesterday at the Myrtleford Golden Spurs Rodeo in Victoria, while desperately trying to free himself of a rider and a 'bucking' strap that was pulled tightly around his sensitive organs. Rodeo proponents claim that bulls 'love to buck', but such was his distress that even with a bone protruding an inch outside his knee, he continued to thrash while the strap remained fastened. This sickening spectacle unfolded in front of children - and Animals Australia investigators (read more: www.bit.ly/V5tIiG) 'Madness' was the lastest casualty of a brutal 'sport' that torments and abuses animals in the name of 'entertainment'. If you don't think animal cruelty is 'fun' then please raise your voice and send off an instant message through our website today. TAKE ACTION NOW: www.AnimalsAustralia.org/rodeo Powered by socialditto 1,000+ likes · 932 comments
Take action here - www.AnimalsAustralia.org/rodeo
For Animals.18 minutes ago
Anahareo and the beavers. Gertrude Bernard was born in Mattawa, Ontario to a Mohawk Iroquois family on June 1906. Gertrude married Grey Owl, an English trapper. One day Grey Owl found a mother beaver in one of his traps and two tiny beavers. His wife urged him to take them home and during the course of raising them he realized he would never hunt animals again. "Their almost childlike intimacies and murmurings of affection, their rollicking good fellowship not only with each other but ourselves, their keen awareness, their air of knowing what it was all about. They seemed like little folk from some other planet, whose language we could not quite understand.To kill such creatures seemed monstrous. I would do no more of it" "Pilgrims of the Wild" by Grey Owl Powered by socialditto 42 likes · 3 comments
What came before...Meet someone you will never forget. Farm Rescue video from the Farm Sanctuary.
The Bloody Dairy Industry73 days ago
VEAL = DAIRY This is a male calf stolen from his mother after birth. This newborn can barely stand on his wobbly knees yet people have already planned the day of his execution. As his mother, who has a maternal instinct equivalent to that of a human mother, is crying over him, he is all alone on an auction floor to be sold to veal producers. And how much is his one and only life - that his mother would guard with her own - worth? A couple of dollars. HOW IS VEAL = DAIRY? Because the veal industry is a "by-product" of the dairy industry; that is, the veal industry exists because the dairy industry exists. Just like us, cows are mammals, and the only way they can lactate is if they give birth. To ensure cows lactate milk uninterruptedly, the dairy industry uses cows as baby-making machines by forcibly and repeatedly impregnating them on "rape racks." Approximately, half of the babies born are male. Since male calves do not lactate, the dairy industry regards them as useless so whether it is a factory dairy farm or an "organic" dairy farm, all male calves (and many female calves considered "excess") are killed. Basically, the dairy industry wants the milk but they don't want the babies that come with the milk. Another standard practice within the dairy industry is to steal all calves (male & female) from their mothers to ensure they have no access to their mothers' milk. Here is a 22-second video that shows babies being stolen from their mothers: http://tinyurl.com/c3j8w47 By not funding the dairy industry and opting for delicious dairy alternatives, you will no longer be funding the veal industry, will no longer be breaking the family unit of others and will be saving countless babies from being murdered. DAIRY ALTERNATIVES: http://tinyurl.com/d6nxogj Powered by socialditto 57 likes · 43 comments
AELLA2 hours ago
This photo is from the annual cove dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. This is not a call to boycott Japan. That will not help dolphins and most citizens in Japan who know about what happens in the cove, are against it. What this post is for, is a call to boycott all facilities that exploit and enslave marine species for entertainment or display purposes. What happens in the cove is an integral and direct part of that industry. When you buy tickets at places like Sea World, this is part of what you're paying for. Make the connection and don't buy their brutal slaughter or slavery. Spread this message far and wide. Support groups like Sea Shepherd's Cove Guardians and endeavors like the "Cove" movie. Tell everyone who will listen that this is what their ticket to Sea World and other ocean aquarium circuses pays for. What else can be done? You can sign the many petitions against this senseless slaughter, such as the official "Cove" movie petition here:http://www.takepart.com/actions/cove-help-save-japans-dolphins Also, even more helpful, please do an internet search to find the Japanese embassy in your nation and write them a strong, professionally worded letter or phone them. Do not threaten them, do not curse at them. Tell them how you feel about what is happening to dolphins in Taiji's cove. If you don't yet know about this issue, or need a better way to explain it to others, please send them here:http://thecovemovie.com/home.htm to the "Cove" movie website. The movie can even be downloaded for free. Please stand up for our friends, the dolphins:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8JC_239vnc Powered by socialditto 70 likes · 17 comments
EVOLVE! Campaigns3 hours ago
Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless Christmas dinner's dark and blue When you stop and try to see it From the turkey's point of view. Sunday dinner isn't sunny Easter feasts are just bad luck When you see it from the viewpoint Of a chicken or a duck. Oh how I once loved tuna salad Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too Till I stopped and looked at dinner From the dinner's point of view. ~Shel Silverstein (Photo: Jenny and Beatrice from Woodstock Animal Sanctuary) Powered by socialditto 361 likes · 16 comments
Meet Billy! Saved from a puppy mill in Carolina, this sweet dog had a terrible start in life, but thanks to some very compassionate people, he is now safe and loved. Please help support these wonderful people and organizations that do such worthy work, and do not buy animals in shops, markets, or online (which supports puppy mills) adopt shelter animals. Support shelters, animal welfare organizations, and stores that only supply shelter animals.
CCTV for All Abattoirs in Australia40 minutes ago
With Christmas on the horizon, we will be doing lots of posts on Supermarket Facebook pages to encourage shoppers to avoid pork for Christmas (and always). The misery pigs endure for humans to eat roast pork and bacon just isn't worth it. Will you help support our posts when we need you to? Powered by socialditto 31 likes · 12 comments
ALERTA VERDE1 day ago
Translation of post above by Bing - Lucki, the elephant in the Zoo of Maracay, died. He was 80 yrs old, he spent all of them in prison. For them and for all the animals that are still trapped, we are too late. The whole world should kneel down & apologize. :(((
CCTV for ALL Slaughterhouses24 minutes ago
The gruesome details of what Pakistan did to Australian sheep has been revealed. At least 10,000 have been buried alive, stabbed and clubbed to death. Another 10,000+ are awaiting a vicious murder. And the Australian Government still think there is nothing wrong with Live Export. (m) http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-27/reports-australian-sheep-buried-alive-in-pakistan/4284028 Two facebook groups for us all to support: https://www.facebook.com/CCTVforAllAbattoirsAustralia https://www.facebook.com/AnimalsAustralia Powered by socialditto 21 likes · 20 comments
Another huge reason why the live export of animals for slaughter overseas is so very wrong! If this was a shipment of dogs or cats, how would we react? These sheep have the same capacity, as any cat or dog, to feel pain and fear, endure the same type of suffering when subjected to cruel conditions. These animals, whether we eat meat or not, deserve the same respect we afford native animals, entertainment and companion animals. No living, feeling creature should be treated with such barbarism in our so-called civillized, modern world.
Find out more about the above situation, and how YOU can help put an end to this inhumane treatment of these poor, gentle animals here - http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/pakistan-live-export-disaster.php
cee4life1 day ago
Mistreated Lion, ROMANIA - Now this is what I call team work :) Yesterday a cry for help went out via Wild Cats World South Africa about this Lion in urgent need. He is starved, not cared for at all, and is crying all the time. Cee4life (Australia) saw it and posted up the call for help on Animal Liberation Worldwide The wonderful @Drew Abrahamson in Sth Africa see's it, and gets the information through and now FOUR PAWS Romania, is going in, right now to get some help to this boy! :) Will update when possible. Now that is working together united :))))) Praying for this boy to hang on and make it through xoxox Powered by socialditto 190 likes · 89 comments
Animal Shame7 minutes ago
The life of a lion in the canned hunting industry: A few days after the lion is born it is taken from its mother, this is highly destressing for the cubs and the mother. The mother is taken away and made pregnant again, her sole purpose is to be a breeding machine for the trophy hunting outfitter. She spends her whole life giving birth and having her cubs ripped away from her, and she never gets the chance to be a mother. Once her body is useless and can no longer have cubs she is either offered to be shot for a bargain price or just thrown in for free as part of another hunt. When the cub is taken from its mother it is sent to a petting zoo or a volunteer project, where tourists pay to interact with the cubs. This is very distressing for the cubs who have no means of getting away, cats sleep a lot and cubs especially, but they cannot do this because of been constantly picked up for photographs. Volunteers pay thousands of dollars to work on projects that promise that they will be one day released. Volunteers do not care to do any research and realise that any hand raised lion in South Africa cannot be released. These volunteers believe they are doing a good thing but they are just filling the pockets of these murderers and keeping this sick industry alive. Once the lion is no longer a cub it is sent back to the trophy hunting farm, where it can grow into a suitable trophy for a tourist to shoot. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=352193494860952&set=a.315784881835147.72724.225598740853762&type=3&theater When it comes time for the lion to be shot, it is released into the larger enclosure. The killers drive around the enclosure looking for the tame, hand raised lion. Meat is often hung out and they wait for the lion to start eating and then open fire as it eats. I have seen many videos of these hunts and they are shocking, any person who takes part in one of these hunts is a disgrace to the human race. Often the tame lion will be laid undreneath a tree and as it sees the people approach it just glances over and glances away, as it does not see people as a threat. The cowards open fire and take pleasure in watching the animal roll around the floor in agony, then watch the life drain out of its body. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.357811990965769.83230.225598740853762&type=1 The aftermath is shocking as they parade the dead lion for ridiculous photos as they stand over the lifeless corpse of the tame, hand raised lion. They then return home to their countries to tell tales of how they killed a big bad dangerous man eating lion (they never mention they killed a tame, bottle fed lion inside an enclosure). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPMZ9mRcn50 Trophy hunting companies have now found another way to profit from the lions they kill, they are now starting to sell the bones to the Asian medicine market. This is the same market that has wiped many species off the face of the planet and is the biggest threat to tigers and rhino today, the scariest thing is that the South African government are allowing them to do this legally. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVPxfYFj7Yg Illegal rhino poaching has risen 3000+% in the past five years and this could happen to lions as well, we are starting to the the exact same patterns with lions as what happened to rhinos, but the SA government do not appear to care. South Africa are even allowing tigers to be shot inside enclosures and their bones sent to Asia. http://www.lionaid.org/blog/category/canned-lions Avaaz recently started an advertising campaign in airports calling for president Zuma to put an end to the sick lion bone trade. It took around one week for president Zuma to order the posters be pulled down. Avaaz have started an online petition which already has over 700,000 signatures calling for an end to the lion bone trade. http://www.avaaz.org/en/1_million_to_ban_the_lion_trade_fbb/ Powered by socialditto 10 likes · 5 comments
The "canned lion hunt industry" is the equivalent to the puppy mill industry but with people feeling "proud" that they have mercilessly slaughtered a majestic animal that has suffered from birth to death. Who is the wild beast, the ruthless beast, here? It certainly is NOT the lion! Their pride is killing, bestows shame on humanity...
Fin Free Ranges2 days ago
Sharks populations world-wide are declining fast. We need action and we need it NOW! We want a Fin Free Australia. This is a picture of a Grey Nurse Shark, that was found washed up still alive on a beach in NSW last month. Grey Nurse Sharks, The labrador of the sea are now slaughtered for there fins in a country where it doesn't apparently happen. This is Critically Endangered species- http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/44070/0 Join with us and protect Sharks email@example.com #Love Sharks Powered by socialditto 33 likes · 29 comments
Animal Shame20 hours ago
The company that allowed one of their clients to shoot and kill Leonardo (an endangered electronically collared lion that was part of a conservation project) are once again been brought under question, this time over the killing of a critically endangered black rhino. http://mg.co.za/article/2012-06-28-questions-over-namibian-rhino-hunt/ Other than Leonardo (pictured below), in the last two years trophy hunters/thrill killers have killed many collared lions, destroying many years of conservation work. Some of the other collared lions killed have been Grandmother, Lez and Big Boy. Leonardo was also the last adult male in the whole Hoanib & Hoaruseb region. In the end the whole pride were wiped out by humans in one year (trophy hunting and poisoning). The reading of his collar showed he was shot in a cave at around 4am, he was likely sleeping. It is also illegal to hunt at this time in Namibia but what is legal and what is not legal does not really matter any more in the trophy hunting industry, it is all immorally wrong. Tourists kill around 1000 lions each year in Africa and are driving them closer and closer to extinction, there is estimated to be only 2000 male lions left on the whole African continent. There are also around 160 lion hunting farms in South Africa with around 6000 lions where tourists pay to shoot tame hand raised lions in enclosures. You can read here how his whole pride were wiped out in a single year: http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/desert-lions.html#cr Here is the link to the website of the desert lion conservation project. You can read all about each of the lions the news section month by month, following them until their deaths: http://www.desertlion.info/news11jul.html Here is a link to a report of the killing of Grandma and Lez: http://www.namibian.com.na/index.php?id=28&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=85922&no_cache=1 Powered by socialditto 79 likes · 346 comments
CCTV for ALL Slaughterhouses20 days ago
"But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun, and light, and of that proportion of life and time they had been born into the world to enjoy." Plutarch Photo - Animal Aid - Pigs huddling together in the lairage area of a slaughterhouse in Somerset, awaiting their death. (jb) Powered by socialditto 155 likes · 36 comments
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Coalition of FB Sites for the Rescue of Animals in the Fukushima No-Go Zone20 days ago
つぶやきかさこ kasakoblog.exblog.jp : The blogger writes about one of the captains for Nyanderguard, Akira Honda. Akira Honda used to live in Nagoya until the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. He became concerned about the animals that had survived the disasters. When he found out that without any help, cats only had about a 10% chance to survive, he quit his job, moved from Nagoya to Ishinomaki, Miyagi. It was the start of Nyanderguard and their efforts to save animals in Fukushima. They have been working ever since to help the animals. *Our deepest respect to Akira Honda for his conviction to save the animals of Fukushima. つぶやきかさこ kasakoblog.exblog.jp : Der Bloger schreibt über einen der Kapitäne von Nyanderguard, Akira Honda. Akira Honda lebte bis zum Erdbeben, mit anschließendem Tsunami und Atomkatastrophe in Nagoya. Er wurde besorgt bezüglich der Tiere, welche die Dreifach-Katastrophe überleb5t hatten. Als er herausfand, dass Katzen ohne Hilfe nur eine 10i%ge Überlebenschance hatten, kündigte er seine Arbeit, zog von Nagoya nach Ishinomaki, Miyagi. Es war der Beginn von Nyanderguard und ihren Bemüghungen die Leben der Tiere Fukushimas zu retten. Seitdem haben sie ununterbrochen dafür gearbeitet, den Tieren zu helfen. *Anm. d. Red.: Unser tiefster Respekt geht an Akiro Honda für seine Überzeugung im Kampf um das Leben der Tiere Fukushimas. http://kasakoblog.exblog.jp/18226428/ Powered by socialditto 55 likes · 10 comments
Dedicated to the mystery surrounding the 2 tsunami dogs21 hours ago
My Fukushima cattle story continued: While the Radiation Researchers were starting their studies and running their Radiation Research Farm, all financed by the Government of Japan; killing pens were being put into place to capture more of the cattle that had been freed by their owners. When some people tried to tell the public about these killing pens, OTHER people told the public that the stories were made up. They said that the people saying that the cattle were being killed in the pens were EXAGGERATING and making it all up. Those pens were to "hold" the cattle not to kill them. However, the initial claims about the pens being set up to kill the cattle were correct. The confusion generated by the other people made people confused as to what to believe. And, a chance to alert the public was lost. The pens were set up to let cattle enter but not leave. The pens had delicious food and water for the cattle, BUT, once the food was gone, no one replaced the food or water for the cattle. There was no shelter for the cattle, if it rained, snowed, or was excessively HOT, the cattle had no where they could go to get out of the elements. Some, already weakened by starvation, died. Others became sick exposed to the snow, rain, or heat and then died. The very young died first. There mothers could not make milk after the food was gone and every piece of vegetation had been eaten, regardless of whether it would make the cow sick or not. One of the cruelest photos shows the cattle, thirsty and hungry. Their killing pen was set up next to a pond of water that the cattle could not reach to get a drink. They were all crowded on that side of the fence, looking at the water they could not have. Some animal feeders started to bring the cattle food to eat and water to drink. They would keep doing this until the cattle finally were killed by the officials that had finally gotten around to killing them. There were people that called to complain that the cattle in the pens were being treated terribly and had no food or water. The officials ASSURED those people that the cattle were being cared for. Some people called to complain that the cattle in the pens were injured, that they had gaping wounds on their sides and why were they not being helped. Again, the officials assured them that the cattle were being helped. Then, the cattle would disappear. Killed. This practice continues. The cattle that are lured into the pens are diminishing. The Government of Japan is winning the war to eliminate the "trash" that are the Fukushima cattle. Powered by socialditto 4 likes · 1 comments
C*A*R*E ~ Children*Animal*Rescue*Effort6 days ago
L'OrHéLL! Senseless torturers of animals L'Oréal Subsidiaries: The Body Shop http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'Or%C3%A9al Boycott Companies that Test on Animals! Avon, Estee Lauder And Mary Kay Allegedly Testing Makeup On Animals http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/20/avon-estee-lauder-animal-testing_n_1289244.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009 Avon, Mary Kay, Estée Lauder Paying for Tests on Animals http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2012/02/16/3-companies-booted-off-cruelty-free-list.aspx AVON, MARY KAY, AND ESTEE LAUDER SECRETLY PAYING FOR TESTS ON ANIMALS IN CHINA http://rushprnews.com/2012/02/16/avon-mary-kay-and-estee-lauder-secretly-paying-for-tests-on-animals-in-china Avon, Estée Lauder, Mary Kay Resume Testing Cosmetics on Animals http://www.ecouterre.com/avon-estee-lauder-mary-kay-resume-testing-cosmetics-on-animals/ Animals in Product Testing Every year, thousands of new cosmetic, personal care and household products are introduced into the marketplace. Virtually all of them have been animal-tested at various stages of their development. Long before they appear on the shelves of your local supermarket, these products have gone through a long and complex testing process that leaves millions of animals mutilated, burned, poisoned and gassed in outmoded and unnecessary tests. The manufacturers of cosmetics and household products claim that they perform tests on animals to ensure the safety of their products under customary use or possible abuse when in reality it is to limit the company's liability to its customers in case of a lawsuit. It is believed that the law requires animal testing on cosmetics. This is untrue. Animal testing on cosmetics is not required by the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does urge companies to conduct whatever toxicological tests are appropriate to substantiate the safety of their products. As a result, millions of rabbits and other animals continue to be the innocent victims of painful eye and skin irritancy tests. (See Animal Tests.) Toxic products that have been tested on animals such as permanent wave solutions, oven cleaners, soaps and detergents are regularly introduced into the marketplace. That's because no amount of animal testing can change the fact that many of these products are harmful if ingested or used in a way not intended by the manufacturer. Animal testing merely determines the level of toxicity. Despite the fact that they have been animal-tested, these products are no less deadly if a person eats or drinks them accidentally. Cosmetics and personal care products that are also intended to treat or prevent disease, or affect the structure or functions of the human body such as antiperspirants and fluoride toothpaste are considered drugs. These products must comply with the drug requirements of the FDA. Animals are almost always utilized as the test models. The Draize Test http://navs.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=ain_pt_animal_tests&AddInterest=1022 ►The High Cost of Animal Testing http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/high-cost-of-animal-testing/ • Who is and who isn't testing on Animals http://navs.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=ain_pt_whois • Do they or Don't they? http://www.tagnwag.com/testsonnanimals.html • The BAD list: companies that DO test on Animals http://vidacompassion.org/main/list/company.html • Here is a list of the companies that still use Animals for their research: http://chrispalko.tumblr.com/post/843423855/companies-that-still-test-on-animals-if-you-like • Companies that 'DO' test on Animals / companies that 'DON'T' test on Animals http://www.gan.ca/lifestyle/animal+testing/choose+cruelty-free+products/index.en.html ♥ Search for Cruelty-Free companies and products http://search.caringconsumer.com/ Questions?: But the Bottle says...There are No regulations concerning labels using phrases like 'No Animal Testing,' 'Product Not Tested', Or 'Animal-Friendly'. Since there is No repercussion, other than smarter consumers knowing better, many companies choose to simply LIE about their policy. Powered by socialditto 97 likes · 112 comments
CCTV for ALL Slaughterhouses5 days ago
Here is a beautiful photo of Julia and her babies. Poor Julia has been through so much, but look at her bundles of joy she has to love and care for! If you haven't heard about Julia, her story is here: http://action.farmsanctuary.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=25161.2&printer_friendly=1 (m) Powered by socialditto 330 likes · 35 comments
CCTV for ALL Slaughterhouses16 days ago
Elephants that ''work'' in Thailand and other tourist destinations have to go through a ritual called phajaan, or “crush”. It begins with the baby elephants (usually three to four years old) being taken from their mothers and placed in a small, wooden pen. To get them securely in the pen, these babies are beaten with bamboo, sticks with nails attached to the tip and bull hooks. Once in place, the crush lasts for roughly a week. During this time, they are beaten, bludgeoned, have hooks attached to their sensitive ears, and are deprived of food and water as well as sleep, all in the name of breaking ties with their mothers and becoming domesticated. While in the crush, through the infliction of pain, they learn how to accept riders, do circus tricks and paint. This is designed to break the animal's spirit which it certainly achieves, often taking its sanity too. Used for centuries to domesticate wild elephants, this torture training method is still accepted as the only viable training method for elephant handlers and is used in almost every elephant attraction in Thailand. And, once they have their souls stomped out, they are simply vessels entertaining people. They are chained. They don’t eat enough. Like humans, elephants have the capability to form relationships and have emotions. But, not the elephants working for the tourists. People who visit Thailand — and other countries with elephant tourism — don’t realize the damage they cause these elephants when they support trekking camps, go to circuses or buy the paintings done by these creatures. Without knowing, they send a clear message to the elephant tourism industry that shows they support the torture these animals go through early in their life, as well as the horrific conditions they live in as cogs in the tourism wheel. Please never support this horrible practice, never ride an elephant. (Andres Grijalva) Please sign the letter on here http://action.petaasiapacific.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=110&ea.campaign.id=2644&fb_source=message and for more impact please send emails to The Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra: firstname.lastname@example.org (the Secretariat to the Cabinet) The Minister of Commerce: email@example.com The Public Relations Depertment: firstname.lastname@example.org Ministry of Foreign Affairs: email@example.com Email block.... firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (jb) Powered by socialditto 664 likes · 1,000+ comments
Animals SOS Sri Lanka does a wonderful job helping help neglected, sick, and abused animals. The sad dog on death's door pictured beneath is now in their care. Donations to this worthwhile cause is always appreciated. Just contact them via their facebook page.
Originally, this Animal Blog "lived" in Great Mystery Publishing's - The Gallery, so with the launching of this new part of the GMP not-for-profit, community service venture, it seemed highly appropriate to move the Animal Blog to the Hope and Joy Network.
Since our Animal Blog, in its' previous incarnation, had some wonderful posts, we thought it was important to move a selection of the old posts across to get things started on this site. You can see these posts below.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and private physicians are asking local prosecutors to stop animal abuse at Johns Hopkins University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland.
PCRM, along with Martin Wasserman, a pediatrician, and his wife Barbara, an internist, who are both graduates of Johns Hopkins’ medical school, are arguing that the use of live animals at both schools to practice surgery and other techniques not only causes unnecessary suffering, but is in violation of the state’s animal cruelty laws.
The two schools are among a very small number of programs that still use live animals to teach students, as most have made the switch to simulators. According to PCRM, Johns Hopkins already has one and USUHS could use of the National Capital Area Medical Simulation Center.
“Simulation is not just an alternative but better training" as well as "an opportunity to teach medical students about compassion," said Wasserman.
Wasserman, who also happens to have a law degree, points out that while animals used in research are exempt from state law, it does not exempt animals who are used in surgery or who are used for students to practice on.
Animals, such as pigs and gerbils, are used to teach students surgical, suturing and intubation techniques, among other things.
For some reason, these schools are sticking with tradition instead of joining the majority of accredited medical school programs in the use of alternatives, while clutching the thin argument that they’re following applicable laws and guidelines.
A spokesman for the state attorney's office said they received the request for an investigation and will determine what to do after they review it.
Send a letter to Dean Edward D. Miller, M.D., and Chair of the Department of Surgery, Julie A. Freischlag, M.D., at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine asking them to stop letting students practice on live animals.
15/3/2011 Sharon Seltzer
Japan Rescuers Pull Together To Save Pets
While international relief organizations are pouring into Japan to help people after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, a handful of animal welfare groups are pulling together to take care of the nation’s displaced pets.
Japan is a country that loves pets so it is no surprise that rescue groups have teamed up to help the estimated thousands of cats, dogs and other animals that were injured or left homeless after the quake.
Assisting pets after a natural disaster is nothing new for Animal Refuge Kansai (ARK.) The organization which has locations in Tokyo and Osaka took in 600 animals after the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995.
Elizabeth Oliver who chairs the group said, “Here at ARK we are preparing for what might be a huge influx of animals. We already have some facilities in place and a team of experienced staff able to deal with traumatised animals. We may have to build emergency shelters as well.”
Ms. Oliver explained that rescuing many of the animals will be more difficult than the previous earthquake.
“The logistics of getting animals from the Tohoku/Sendai area is immense since roads and other transport links have been cut and may take time to restore. Our only means to get animals down to Osaka may be by helicopter, which was one method we used after the Kobe earthquake.”
Three other rescue groups have joined together to save animals.
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support is a collaboration of 3 No-Kill animal welfare organizations in Japan: HEART – Tokushima, Animal Friends Niigata and Japan Cat Network. The coalition quickly joined forces after the disaster struck.
Japan Cat Network posted on their website, “We are all greatly saddened and have been continually horrified by news of the devastation, following the recent earthquake here in Japan. We, the kitties at the JCN Kansai shelter, and the shelter itself, are all fine. However, we remain very concerned about the animals in the severely affected areas who may be overlooked in the midst of so much immediate need to address human concerns. We are working with two other no-kill organizations to coordinate plans for getting animals from these areas out to safety, and have already begun helping people with pets in crisis.”
Organizations outside of Japan are coming to the aid of injured and homeless pets. World Veterinary Association, a nonprofit organization that provides global veterinary care has sent a first-responder team to treat animals.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is sending their own team of veterinarians on Tuesday. Their goal is to help pets whose
families can't take care of them while they are being housed in temporary emergency shelters.
Dr. Ian Dacre and Dr. Damian Woodberry from WSPA are both veterans at saving animals after natural disasters.
The vets also have a meeting with the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to save wildlife caught in the aftermath of the quake and tsunami.
WSPA is coordinating their efforts with Kanagawa Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – another Japanese based organization.
And as with every disaster, heroes from the Search Dog Foundation are already on the ground with six Canine Disaster Search Teams locating people who are trapped in fallen buildings and other debris.
Melissa Breyer link (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ways to Help Japan's Animals-
So many of us want to do what we can to help the victims of Japan’s catastrophe, and fortunately there are numerous ways to do so that are being widely publicized. But what about the animals? They may not be first and foremost on many people’s minds, but I can’t stop thinking about them. The Conscious Cat has collected a group of places where you can give your support to the four-legged victims, here are the recommendations:
• World Vets is a non-government organization (NGO) providing veterinary aid around the globe in collaboration with animal advocacy groups, foreign governments, US and foreign military groups and veterinary professionals abroad. They are getting supplies and a first responder team ready to deploy to Japan.
• The American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services Team is monitoring the situation closely and is reaching out to its international partners in order to provide a joint response to this global emergency.
• The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation has deployed search and rescue teams to Japan.
• The Animal Refuge Kansai is an organization in Kansai, Japan, that is preparing for a huge influx of animals from the disaster areas.
• Japan Cat Network, together with Heart Tokushima and Animal Friends Niigata has formed Japan Animal Rescue and Support.
• The Animal Miracle Network Foundation is collecting cell phones to send to volunteers helping animals in Japan.
Many thanks to The Conscious Cat, and you can check back at their site for regular updates.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/help-japans-animals.html#ixzz1GlG0Sn8O
6/4/2011 Stephen Messenger
Although it has been well over three decades since Georgie Seccombe first met Sally, a baby chimpanzee that had been rejected by her mother at a nearby zoo -- the passing of time has done little to weaken the bond they formed back then. Their story begins in the 1970s, when Georgie's husband, the head-zookeeper, brought home orphaned Sally as a way to offer the animal a chance at life. Over the next two years, Georgie served as foster mother to the young chimp, hand-raising and doting on her with the affection she required. Eventually, Sally was relocated to be among her kind and the pair lost touch. Just recently, however, now 95-year-old Georgie and 38-year-old Sally had occasion to reunite -- and it seems in all that time they haven't missed a beat.
Georgie, now well into her Golden Years, recently made it to Sally's home for a visit with her former ward after decades apart. Despite the fact that Sally has been residing at New Zealand's Hamilton Zoo, among other chimps for most of her life, the memories of her earliest years with her foster mother have yet to escape her mind.
"She's just really lovely. She knew my voice straight away. She was up on a hill and I called out 'hey Sal' and she came bounding down," Georgie told The Waikato Times. "They are really intelligent," she added, as proud mothers are prone to do.
Sally's keeper at the facility, primate specialist John Ray, says that he was "blown away" by the chimpanzee's ability to recognize her foster mother after so many years. "[To] be part of this reunion has been an incredible experience."
Some might question to what extent the emotional experience of primates mirrors our own, but for those who work with chimps on a daily basis, their feelings are often as transparent as ours.
"She got very excited. When she gets excited she'll do a bit of a dance, put her hands in the air, reach out to people that she wants to get closer to ... It's her happy dance, which she did when she saw Georgie," Ray told The New Zealand Herald.
It could be said that the less-than-human status of primates like chimpanzees is what makes them subject to the less-than-humane treatment they experience in their ever-dwindling natural habitats -- or worse, in test labs throughout the world -- but both formal research and informal observations seem to challenge these notions of a profound difference between our species.
Such realizations aren't uncommon in folks like Georgie, who opened her heart and home to an orphaned chimpanzee decades ago, or Sally for that matter as the beneficiary of this uncommon-human bond.
Reflecting on the experience after being reunited with the chimp she raised for a time in the 1970s, for Georgie it seems the words and labels that divide human and animal emotions lose their footing in light of their bond -- a lesson so simply expressed by the oldest and wisest among us.
"It was pretty hard to give her back," says Georgie. "She's just like a human being."
Megan Drake 6/4/2011
Dog Washed out to sea for three weeks on rooftop by Tsunami reunited happily with owner! (clip posted on Animal Welfare and Info Page)
Out of the rubble of earthquake- and tsunami-devastated Japan comes a happy tale!
On Friday, April 1, while the search continued for survivors, a brown mixed breed dog was found floating on the roof of a house washed out to sea about one mile by the tsunami wave. It is believed the canine may have been surviving there for the past three weeks.
It took the Japanese Coast Guard--aided by U.S. rescuers on the scene--several hours to rescue the pup. Initially, a helicopter lowered a man to the rooftop, but he was unable to coax the shy dog into joining him. As the helicopter started running low on fuel, the project was turned over to coast guard personnel in a nearby boat. Mission successful!
The initial hope of the helicopter crew was that the dog would lead them to his humans, but none were found among the debris.
Local news reported on the amazing discovery and then the unexpected happened. The dog's owners saw the broadcast and delightfully claimed their beloved dog. His name is Ban and he is two years old. The owners wish to remain anonymous.
After the horrors of experiencing such a natural disaster, this story is giving hope to those searching for their loved ones. The expectation of finding many alive after three weeks is diminishing. Ban's special rescue warms the heart.
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