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Helping Homeless Cats Through the Winter


Street cats, alley cats, wild cats, feral cats, homeless cats … there are a lot of different names we give to these free ranging felines. Most of the time, they take care of themselves, scavenging and hunting for their meals while also depending on the kindnesses of cat lovers, but things can get a lot chancier when the weather turns frigid.

Before we go on, let’s consider why you might want to help your neighborhood’s feral cats. In any neighborhood that supports a healthy (i.e, neutered and released) feral cat population, rodent populations are kept in check, eliminating the need for harmful chemicals and poisons, and protecting the residents of these neighborhoods from the diseases and damage rodents can cause to life and property. Cats are a practical and “green” solution to this universal problem. In addition, a family and neighborhood commitment to caring for a controlled feral cat population teaches our children that we respect life and appreciate the work these cats do for us.

This is why many animal supporters encourage community participation in maintaining their local feral cat population. If you count yourself amongst these supporters, there are ways you can help your local cats to get through the winter with a minimum of hardship. If you can get your neighbors involved, so much the better. 

Providing Shelter

Cats don’t need a lot of space, just a space that is large enough for them to stand and move about and stay safe from the harshest outdoor elements. When the weather is at its coldest, the cats will be relying on each other for warmth, and will create their own tight spaces within their shelter. With that in mind, you can use whatever space and materials available to you to create a small haven.

Homemade shelters can be crafted out of nearly anything: from a sturdy cardboard box (think of the heavy cardboard used for packing television sets) to an anchored plastic garbage can to a few pieces of scrap wood that have been arranged as a buffer against the wind and snow and rain. The shelter should be large enough to accommodate several cats comfortably, but not too wide or tall. In fact, the smaller the size, the better the space will be equipped to retain the cats’ body heat.

When creating the entry opening into the shelter, keep in mind that the opening should only be large enough to allow a cat to enter, so that as much of the wind and snow stay outside of the shelter as possible and the interior of the shelter remains dry. If space allows, you can create an awning or plastic “curtain” to shield the entry. Plastic sheeting or heavy garbage bags are quick and inexpensive options for this. If it is not possible to cover the opening, you can try placing the shelter close to a wall, with the entry facing the wall. 

If you are able to put a little more work and material into the shelter, try adding insulation to the interior roof and walls of the structure and line the seams of the shelter with caulk so that it is as draft free as possible. Also, elevate the shelter off of the ground to prevent ground moisture from seeping into the floor of the shelter. Of course, you do not want the shelter to be entirely sealed. Some amount of ventilation is necessary, perhaps as some small holes along the bottom of the structure. Bedding material can be added, but blankets and towels are not a practical idea, since they can get wet and moldy and can even freeze, making them unusable. Straw is an excellent material, since it does not hold onto excess moisture, and helps to retain heat. 

Finally, be sure to locate the shelter in a safe, concealed spot where the cats feel securely hidden from predators and can watch their surroundings.

Food and Water Access

The cats will require extra calories and fat during the cold weather months in order to maintain their energy requirements. If you can inspire your neighbors to be involved in the project, even if only through drop off donations of food to the designated “feeder of the cats,” the project will have a much better outcome. A dry kitten formula is an excellent source of extra calories and balanced nutrition. Canned cat foods are also a great source of high calorie nutrition, but because of their higher liquid content they may freeze during the coldest temperatures.

Feeding and water stations should be protected from the cold and placed as near to the sleeping shelter as possible so that the cats do not have to be exposed to harsh conditions when they need to eat or drink. 

Feeding the cats at the same time each day will allow them to expect and rely on a schedule. If they do not know whether they will be eating or not, they will venture out into the cold to look for food, defeating the whole purpose for the care project. Having a dedicated “feeder,” or a small group of scheduled “feeders” who take turns, can make the process much smoother. Also important to the cats’ survival is fresh, clean water. Of course, snow is an excellent source for water, but don't forget to check the water bowl regularly to make sure it hasn’t frozen during the night.

While the cats may not be able to thank you in ways you can understand, you will know that they have repaid your kindness with the absence of rodents, and you will know that it is all worth it. 

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This is why you don't leave your animal out during the cold seasons.

The B.C. SPCA has rescued two starving terrier-cross puppies that were found tied outside a Vancouver Island home in icy weather last week.

Senior animal protection officer Tina Heary said the puppies, which are both only a few months old, were severely emaciated and covered in urine when the SPCA arrived at the Ladysmith-area home on Nov. 10. “There were no fat stores, let alone muscle mass for warmth for these little guys,” Heary said. “So they were huddled together, filthy and wet, and extremely flea-infested.”

There was a plastic doghouse on the property but it had no insulation or bedding. There was also no water or food in sight. Heary said the dogs, Casey and Finnegan, each weighed between two and three kilograms, and their hips and spines were shockingly pronounced. “One puppy in particular was so weak and skeletal that it had difficulty standing for a period of time. It would take a couple steps and fall over,” she said.

The SPCA is still investigating the dogs’ treatment but said it expects to recommend animal cruelty charges. The puppies were seized and taken to a veterinarian, where they have been receiving around-the-clock care. Both are expected to fully recover, but Heary said it could have ended much worse if a Good Samaritan hadn’t alerted the SPCA about their condition.

“They may have actually perished out there had it not been for that person who reported them,” she said. “Thank goodness they did.” The animal welfare agency is asking for donations to help pay the vet bills to nurse the puppies back to health.





Buy a billboard that tells Thai people about the dog meat trade and offers a reward to help shut it down.

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The dog meat trade in Southeast Asia is the most disgusting form of cruelty that humans inflict on animals. Yet most Thai people don’t even know it is going on in their beautiful country. Will you please buy a billboard to tell them about it, and recruit them in the global campaign to shut down this horrific trade? When anti-dog-trade charity Soi Dog put up trial billboards, local people passed on information that lead to arrests – and the lives of hundreds of dogs were saved.

Please help us take this campaign even further. Buy a billboard that will go up in a town or along a highway on the dog-smuggling route in Northern Thailand. It’s a powerful and effective way you can personally stop the suffering and torture of dogs.

With just a few dollars, you magnify your impact – and spare many more dogs from this horrific trade.




Save 500,000 Animals! Stop the Gadhimai Festival Animal Sacrifice!



Save 500,000 Animals! Stop the Gadhimai Festival Animal Sacrifice! 


Every five years, the month-long Hindu festival of Gadhimai is held in the Bara District of Nepal. Thousands of water buffaloes, pigs, goats, chickens and pigeons are slain in honor of Gadhimai, the goddess of power. The world's third largest sacrificial slaughter of animals occurs at this event.

An estimated 500,000 animals died at Gadhimai in 2009. On just one day, more than 20,000 water buffaloes were sacrificed.

Not only are vast numbers of animals killed during the festival. It is very likely that the animals die slow and painful deaths as the men who sacrifice them know little about humane methods of slaughter.

The majority of the 5 million people who attend Gadhimai are from the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, where animal sacrifice is banned. Nepalese Hindus and activists have been pleading with Nepal's government to end the bloody ritual. But the government says it does not want to interfere with a centuries-old tradition.

The next Gadhimai festival will be held this November. We need to do everything we can to tell the government of Nepal that people around the world, and many Nepalese residents, are outraged about such a massive killing of animals.

Tell Nepal to stop the Gadhimai festival now!


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/247/361/264/stop-the-gadhimai-animal-sacrifice-event-//?z00m=22259361&redirectID=1512344562





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First Ever Taiwan Raid: Police Bust Pigeon Racers

Update: Following PETA’s groundbreaking exposé and in response to the detailed complaint submitted to authorities, local police have raided the largest pigeon racing club in Taiwan, brought club officials to the station for questioning, confiscated thousands of dollars as well as computers and other equipment used for races, and frozen nearly $4 million of apparent illegal gambling proceeds in the club’s bank account. The tens of thousands of bird deaths per racing season are still being investigated by authorities for violation of Taiwan’s cruelty-to-animals laws.

More than a million homing pigeons die every year during Taiwan’s seasonal pigeon races, grueling sets of seven races over open ocean from ever-increasing distances. Young birds—not even a year old—are shipped out to sea, released in the middle of the ocean and forced to fly back home even in the midst of typhoon-strength winds. Most often, less than 1 percent of these highly intelligent birds complete each seven-race series; many drown from exhaustion, perish in the storms, or are killed afterward for being too slow.

PETA investigators went undercover at the largest pigeon-racing club in southern Taiwan from June to October 2013. They infiltrated this secretive industry, obtaining access to racing lofts, to “shipping night” (when the birds are registered and put in cargo crates), and even to a ship from which the pigeons were released. Investigators recorded officials and participants as they admitted to the millions of dollars in illegal bets and the massive losses of birds in this ruthless “sport.”

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Top racers and high-ranking club officials admitted to deadly conditions for the birds, who fly with untreated injuries, without enough rest between races, and through heavy rainstorms. PETA investigators captured video of a race in which tens of thousands of birds disappeared in a matter of hours and were presumed to have drowned. Even birds who survive these extreme conditions may be killed or discarded by their owners if they do not make the qualifying time for the next race in the series. Pigeons are smart, gentle, and loyal birds. They bond for life and can live more than 20 years. Yet almost all of the birds who begin their lives as racing pigeons in Taiwan perish in their first year of life.



Family Sells Cat With House for an Extra $140,000

Family Sells Cat With House for an Extra $140,000

A couple in Melbourne, Australia made $2.2 million on the sale of their house. But the contract included a strange clause that may surprise some pet owners—the buyer asked that the family’s 4-year-old cat be included in the sale. 

According to the Herald Sun, Michael and Fran Perceval auctioned off their five-bedroom home and attracted a buyer at $2,060,000. But, the buyer’s child had loved the Percevals’ cat named Tiffany so much that they offered an additional $140,000 for the addition of the furry feline. 

The couple agreed to the deal—much to the dismay of the family’s 19-year-old son Sam, who purchased Tiffany from a pet store when she was a kitten. The Percevals told reporters that they are still negotiating with the teenager. “We’re thinking we’ll put $20,000 in a pile next to the cat and say to Sam: you choose,” said Fran.

Real estate agent Glen Coutinho orchestrated the deal and said that this is the first time one of his contracts included a “cat clause”

The Perceval family also includes two dogs, two rabbits and a fish. And while the family says that parting with Tiffany will be “difficult,” the offer of $140,000 is too good to pass up for this family. 

Fran Perceval explains that Tiffany already acts like she owns the home and the family doesn’t foresee the cat having a hard time settling in with her new family. 

The Percevals did say that they will likely adopt another cat from the RSPCA when they move to a new home. Would you ever sell your pet if someone offered you $140,000 and you knew it was going to a good home?


http://www.pet360.com/cat/lifestyle/family-sells-cat-with-house-for-an-extra-140000/D4V_1BtHrkqMmrF0zkd3_A?roi=echo3-23152598763-23193867-df90c490bb477274e48a92c0d4cf6e45&email=jkbullivant@yahoo.com&utm_campaign=TREND&utm_source=EmailProspect-User-Trend&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Trend_10-27-14-EmailProspect&extcid=EML1716



OMG, It's about time, this is the 21st century !
Denmark moves to ban bestiality: Controversial right to have sex with animals will be outlawed

Denmark is planning to ban bestiality after long-running international pressure over animal welfare. Denmark is one of the few European countries which still allows bestiality. Norway, Sweden and Germany have all banned the practice, leading to a rise in the underground animal sex tourism in Denmark.

Minister of Food and Agriculture Dan Jørgensen, who is planning an amendment to the Animal Welfare Act for next year, said to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet: “I have decided that we should ban sex with animals.” He indicated the damage done to Denmark’s reputation by allowing animal sex was a factor in his decision, but added: “The most important is that in the vast majority of cases it is an attack against the animals. “And under all circumstances, any doubts about it should go to the animals’ benefit. They naturally cannot say no to going along with it,” the Danish minister said.

A recent Gallup poll revealed 76 per cent of Danes supported a ban on the legality of animal sex. Although the amendment was already tabled by Denmark's government, Mr Jørgensen's comments are an explicit indication the change will specifically include the banning of bestiality. However, the decision by Mr Jørgensen has been labelled unnecessary by animal ethics committee president Bengt Holst.

Mr Holst argues the law already protects animals, as existing legislation prohibits animal suffering, pain, distress or lasting harm. Ethics committee president Holst claims that the Animal Welfare Act accounts for animals’ protection, adding it was not the position of the Animal Ethics Council to moralise.

To read the rest: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/weird-news/denmark-moves-to-ban-bestiality-controversial-right-to-have-sex-with-animals-will-be-outlawed-9790829.html



Brutal Festival is Unacceptable Nem Thuong village, Vietnam

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Every year, a brutal festival is held in Nem Thuong hamlet, Khac Niem commune, Tien Du district in Bac Ninh province, north Vietnam.  (This village is near Hanoi.) This “festival” involves chopping a LIVE pig into two halves with a sword so that people can smear paper money with its blood, believed to bring prosperity, reproductive ability, vitality and good harvest, according to asian.town.net in the belief that it would bring luck.

 

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Organized by the villagers, this brutal festival is held on the 6th day of the first month of the lunar calendar to worship the village’s deity Doan Thuong, a  general in the Ly Dynasty, who reclaimed this land in the 13th century.  Every year, thousands of people from the village and nearby villages will gather to smear the blood of the pig on their banknotes in the belief that it would bring luck in the new year. The festival is known as the most brutal in the country and is condemned by many, including some who called on the government to stop the festival.

To read the rest: http://www.animalbliss.com/brutal-festival-vietnam/


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"I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." - Mahatma Gandhi





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Action Alert

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Tell Soria officials to stop torturing bulls!


Every year in November, a festival called Toro Jubilo is held in Soria, Spain, during which balls of flammable tar (or pitch) are attached to the horns of bulls and then set on fire. The terrified animals, either tied to stakes in public squares or released to run madly through the streets, burn in agony for hours, the blazing tar scorching their faces and bodies. Video footage of this horror can be seen here.

Please urge Soria officials to ban Toro Jubilo. Remind them that this sadistic, archaic event has no place in today's society, and let them know that you and everyone you know will boycott travel to Soria until this cruelty has stopped.

And please, forward this alert far and wide!

Thank you for speaking up for bulls.

Sincerely,

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Kristin Simon
Cruelty Casework Associate Manager
Cruelty Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals




He Rescued a Baby Swan. The Price? An Angry Mom (Video)


Swans have a reputation for being aggressive — and dare we say it — mean. This witty rescuer doesn’t let that stop him from removing a cheeping baby cygnet from a chain link fence. Watch this funny and adorable clip of a good doer getting beat up by a swan.


Dog Found Covered In Tar Unrecognizable After Hours-Long Rescue

With an estimated 35 million stray dogs roaming the streets of India, the fate of a single dog might seem trivial to some — but not for the dedicated rescue volunteers from Animal Aid Unlimited. The volunteer organization, based in the city of Udaipur, recently spent hours to save the life of a dog who had found himself in what looked an awful lot like a hopeless predicament.

"He had fallen into a pool of hot tar that smothered his body and had become rock-solid," writes the group. "He was stuck to the ground and unable to move. A passerby saw him struggling and called our help-line."

Volunteers were dispatched to help the desperate animal, who appeared to be struggling to breathe. The team applied vegetable oil to soften the hardened tar, carefully removing the sticky black substance from the dog's fur, clump by clump.

Slowly but surely, the exhausted dog was freed from the encasing tar. Animal Aid Unlimited reports that the entire cleaning process took three long hours, spread over two days.

By the time all the tar had been removed, the dog was virtually unrecognizable.

Every year, Animal Aid Unlimited volunteers help save thousands of stray animals who, like the dog in this remarkable rescue, would likely perish without the intervention. To learn more about the group, and to find out how you can get involved, visit their website here.

https://www.thedodo.com/dog-found-covered-in-tar-unrec-744840472.html



Wow A Pet Tortoise Found Alive and Well After 30 Years in Storeroom

Pet Tortoise Found Alive and Well After 30 Years in Storeroom

Thirty years ago, a family in Rio Janeiro, the Almeidas, concluded that Manuela, their red-footed tortoise, had escaped through a door left open by workers renovating the house. But just this week, Leandro Almeida was more than startled to discover that Manuela was very much alive, having lived for three decades in an upstairs storeroom.

For years and years, Leandro’s father, Leonel Almeida, had been stowing away electronic equipment (some of it broken) and other junk in the second floor of his house. After his death earlier this January, Leandro and his siblings cleaned out their father’s residence.

It was while Leandro was taking out bags of trash that a neighbor asked him if he was throwing out a pet, too. Leandro then discovered Manuela inside a box holding an old record player. “At that moment I was white and did not believe,” he says to Globo.com.

Veterinarian Jeferson Pires explains that Manuela was able to survive for nearly a third of a century surrounded by old televisions because red-footed tortoises like her can survive for long periods (two or three years) without eating. In the wild, the tortoises eat “fruit, leaves, feces, dead animals.”

Red-footed tortoises (Chelonoides carbonaria) are native to northern South America. Adults are about a foot long and can grow to be over 16 inches; Almeidas suspect that Manuela survived by living on termites. Globo.com does not say how long Manuela was after years of a very stringent diet.

It goes without saying that it is remarkable that Manuela survived for all those years, given that red-footed tortoises should ideally have water “at all times and at least every other day” to drink and soak themselves in; without these, they are likely to become dehydrated. A “wet muddy area” is also a plus. In addition, the tortoises also need UVB light to bask in, for vitamin D3 synthesis.

Manuela has now resumed the routines she enjoyed prior to her 30-year stay in the storeroom (which, the Almeidas suspect, someone may have placed her into). The tortoise is back to walking around the garden, eating leaves and getting to know a new generation of Almeidas. In captivity, red-footed tortoises have lived for about 30 years. Here’s to hoping that Manuela, now that’s she been set free after so long, can enjoy her time in the sunshine, with some wet mud never too far away for her to wallow in.






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Advancing the Safety and Well-Being of Animals

Operation Military Pets

We've helped over 100 military families' pets since 2013!

When military families are ordered to a new base in the U.S. or around the world, moving bills pile up. The military pays for many moving costs, but they do not help relocate their beloved pets. The cost for pet transportation can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Military families are being torn apart due to financial strain. All over the U.S., animal shelters near military bases report high surrender rates when military families cannot afford to relocate their dogs or cats. To help keep military families together and animals out of shelters, Operation Military Pets provides financial assistance to military families for pet relocation costs.

Shelter Grant Program

We've helped hundreds of animal shelters since 2007! We give direct support by awarding Shelter Grants to many animal organizations in need of assistance throughout the U.S. and all over the world. These much needed funds go toward helping animal shelters improve their facility, as well as supporting spay and neuter programs and ultimately reducing euthanasia rates.

Animal shelters always try to plan for an influx of animals, an emergency situation or an unforeseen expense. Many times organizations become overwhelmed. SPCA International distributes Emergency Grants to shelters when they need it the most, in urgent crisis situations.

Global Animal Veterinary Assistance

We've provided many millions in supplies since 2009! Each year SPCA International distributes critical veterinary medical supplies to animal shelters throughout the world. As a result, organizations in developing countries have been able to treat more sick and injured animals. These donations along with financial grants have allowed organizations to provide successful spay and neuter events throughout the year. Through this program we have distributed millions of dollars in veterinary medical supplies to shelters on almost every continent.

Operation Baghdad Pups

We've helped over 500 U.S. service members' animals since 2008!

U.S. troops deployed around the world befriend local animals as a way to cope with the emotional hardships they endure every day far from home and loved ones. These animals, often called military mascots or patriot pets, not only help our heroes while stationed overseas, but also help them readjust to life when they return home.

This highly successful and celebrated program has been reuniting U.S. service members with their companions since 2008. Operation Baghdad Pups provides veterinary care and coordinates complicated logistics and transportation requirements in order to reunite these beloved pets with their service men and women back in the U.S.

Education Programs

We've reached hundreds of thousands of people and animals worldwide! SPCA International's education outreach reaches hundreds of thousands of pet parents and animal activists every year. Both online and off, we serve as an information and referral resource for animal lovers throughout the world. Skilled staff research questions, find answers, offer advice and connect those requesting assistance. Every year we provide support and help to thousands of individuals in need of animal assistance. Our educational programs reduce animal suffering and abuse by raising awareness and facilitating action among like-minded advocates.

We encourage you to continue exploring our website to get the latest news, learn more about our programs and how you can directly help us make a difference! Meet SPCAI's Founder and Board President: Pierre Barnoti has been a dedicated animal activist for over 20 years.

The Pedigree Certificate of Recognition

In 2009, Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters from Broadway Barks presented SPCA International with the Pedigree Certificate of Recognition honoring the success of our popular program "Operation Baghdad Pups".

In the News

Many publications and media outlets have featured our work including CNN, Fox News, the Early Show, The Washington Post, USA Today, hundreds of local NBC, ABC, CBS channels nationwide, Headline News, The Military Channel, Military Times, NY Daily News, NY Post, Los Angeles Times, Woman's World, Reuters, Associated Press, Guideposts, Forbes.com, ZooToo.com, Seattle PI and the Animal Planet shows "Must Love Cats" and "Underdog to Wonderdog".

Primary Mailing Address for all Correspondence and Donations

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P.O. Box 8682
New York, NY 10001

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Foster Homes in Puerto Rico Urgently Needed

Help save a life by opening up your home for a few weeks to a dog or puppy in need. All Sato Rescue is looking for people to temporarily care for some of our rescued dogs until they are ready to fly to partner shelters in the northeast. The time commitment is approximately 3-6 weeks. If you are interested in helping out, or have questions, please email edi@allsatorescue.org and aaron@allsatorescue.org.

All Sato goes to DC

In Washington, D.C. we attended the Taking Action For Animals conference hosted by The Humane Society of the United States. We had a great meeting with the legislative assistant to Puerto Rico's Resident Commissioner/U.S. Congressman, Pedro Pierluisi. We discussed many important issues, especially those pertaining to animal welfare in Puerto Rico.

2014 Rescue Reunions

We had a fantastic reunion weekend in Massachusetts!

See more Sato Reunion photos

#Muttbombing to help Noah!

Noah was found crying in a big pile of trash on a dead end street in Rio Piedras. He must have been so scared being all alone. Now he is safe with All Sato Rescue and we want to help him by #muttbombing! Join us in sharing the tweet here.

Where to adopt: http://allsatorescue.org/where.php



They sure could use some help now.

Time is running out. Earlier this month I told you about the agonizing pain TVT inflicts. And now we only have 5 more days to raise the $35,000 that is needed to save helpless, unloved dogs from contracting it and suffering a slow, painful death.

I MUST believe you will stand with me and pitch in. I’ve seen what their lives are like and what life on the streets with TVT does to them. I am haunted by it. But trust me when I tell you this: With your help, we will end their pain.

This is urgent. Please donate now so we can reach our goal. We only have 5 more days.

TVT is Transmissible Venereal Tumors. And here’s what happens when a dog contracts this disease. This is what I saw with my own eyes: These poor creatures become covered with open wounds and cauliflower-like growths. For some, TVT reaches their extremities, eyes protruding out of their heads, noses disfigured. Others scream when they urinate because it is so painful. For too many, it kills them in agonizing ways.

I do what I do to speak for the animals who cannot, to hold and to love the unwanted and the otherwise left behind.

And if I have to beg you for even a dollar to help these precious animals, I will. They deserve nothing less.

Spay and neuter is the best way to prevent TVT from spreading. It is the way to stop the pain. Please donate right now. Our team needs to begin in just 5 days. I will work night and day. But I need your help. $19 sterilizes one dog. That’s one life saved and many litters of puppies who will not be born into suffering. I am begging you… please give.

Sincerely,

Lori Kalef
Program Manager


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Security Guard Stabbed by Mob While Protecting Dog Orphanage

Security Guard Stabbed by Mob While Protecting Dog Orphanage

Just weeks into his new job as a security guard for the Ukrainian animal shelter in the city of Kiev, Petro Dibrova was forced to become a human shield when a mob of angry men appeared with the intention of killing the animals and taking the compound for themselves.

“The attackers tried to enter the heart of the shelter but Petro would not let them,” Shelter founder Tamara Tarnawska explains from Petro’s hospital bedside. “Then they attacked him and inflicted several stab wounds. Staff at the shelter had to call the police and they managed to detain one of the attackers.”

The attack happened in the evening hours and was the second in a series of attempts to harm the animals at the shelter. Back in February Molotov cocktails were thrown over the shelter wall, causing extensive damage to the puppy zone, but thankfully no animals were harmed. Yet this ambush was bolder and far more hands-on.

“In the evening Petro heard the barking of dogs and some shouting in the street,” Tamara explains. ”Our shelter is located in a field, not near people’s homes, so Petro went over to see what was happening. He saw several of the dogs behaving very hectically. Petro did not see anyone so he went to get them some food, assuming the dogs were hungry. When he started to feed them, several men ran toward him shouting, ‘There are many war refugees and destruction, and you feed the homeless animals!’”

“The men started beating the dogs on their paws and Petro immediately threw himself at them,” Tamara continued. “The men were punching Petro and stabbing him with a screwdriver. They knocked out one of Peter’s teeth and stabbed him in the cheek and leg. The shouts and the barking of the dogs alerted the women employees at the shelter who came forward instantly. Then the men started screaming more and threatened to burn down the shelter with all the dogs in it. Our female employees managed to call the police who arrived pretty quickly and arrested one of the attackers.”

The timing of this event is simply uncanny. For the past 20 years the shelter, known locally as the dog orphanage, has never had a guard. Petro was hired by the Harmony Fund just weeks before the attack.

“Had Petro not been there, the animals would be dead today and we fear for what may have happened to our female workers,” Tamara continues. “This one man single-handedly protected more than a thousand lives.”

Female workers at the shelter are afraid for their lives.

Petro (Peter in English) is expected to fully recover and to return to the shelter later this month. At his own home, Petro cares for several dogs he has adopted from the shelter, and now he is compelled to defend them all. He has vowed never to leave the dogs.

“Now the shelter is very tense situation,” Tamara continues fretfully. ”Shelter staff are afraid to come to work, afraid that they might ignite in flames along with the animals.”

The dogs seem to be on alert now, always watching for intruders.

Food Drive Underway for the Animals Here – Take Action

The Harmony Fund has put additional security measures in place and a second guard will now be on duty at all times. And although these sporadic violent attacks on the shelter are chilling, the threat of hunger and cold are of equal concern.

A full scale mission is underway to raise funds to continue to pay for the guards here and to provide food, electricity and heating fuel for this shelter and two others under considerable threat here in the Ukraine. Because the supply of food and goods are already sporadic, there is a real urgency here and the goal is to gather sufficient supplies to be ready for the worst. Nearly half of the funds to complete this effort have been raised.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/security-guard-stabbed-by-mob-while-protecting-dog-orphanage.html#ixzz3E97pw8cp




7 Ways Your Cat Improves Your Health

  Do yourself a favor: It is already well-established fact that having cats or dogs (or bunnies, etc.) in the family is good for your health. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges it. Many studies have found a variety of health benefits we derive from petting and interacting with companion animals. But purring in particular? A new study has discovered that purrs aren’t just adorable, they are also therapeutic. Daily Infographic illustrates: Do yourself a favor: rev up your cat’s purr motor. You will both feel great.

Pets Help Sick People Feel Better WebMD describes a number of benefits ill people derive from living with companion animals.

1. “Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts” if they live with a companion animal.

2. “Pet owners with AIDS are far less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.”

3. People who suffer from high blood pressure, then adopt a cat or dog, navigate stressful situations with lower blood pressure than people who don’t have pets.

4. “Heart attack patients who have pets survive longer than those without.”

Pets Also Help Prevent Health Problems

5. Taking care of a pet provides elderly people with “exercise and companionship,” with such a positive effect that one company gives bonus points to elderly life insurance applicants for having a pet.

6. “Male pet owners have less sign of heart disease — lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels — than non-owners.”

7. Want your kids to breathe easy? Make sure they have furry family members. That lowers the risk that they will have allergies, asthma and even eczema, plus it strengthens their immune systems.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/14-ways-your-cat-improves-your-health.html#ixzz3DyDXLIKG


Man who put puppy in washing machine threatens to kill more dogs


A man called Jacky Lo posted photos of him cleaning a dog inside a churning washing machine on Facebook. — PHOTO: FACEBOOK/JACKY LO

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police said Sunday they had launched an animal cruelty investigation after a man joked online about killing a dog by trapping it inside a churning washing machine.

An image uploaded to Facebook by a man calling himself Jacky Lo shows a small, white dog attempting to climb out of the machine, while another apparently portrays the animal struggling to keep its head above water with the washing cycle in full flow. A police spokeswoman told AFP that a case of suspected animal cruelty was under investigation. “A picture has been posted onto the internet about an animal suspected of being tortured. It is a case of animal cruelty,” the spokeswoman said. “Lo” said he posted the pictures to show “a super quick way to bathe a doggy.”

In reply to another user who asked if he had killed the dog, he replied in comments under the pictures: “Yes (it’s dead). Do you wanna see?”

An online petition which had urged the authorities to take action after the pictures were posted last month and went viral last week has drawn nearly 20,000 signatures. “If you really are a pet lover you will not (be) so cruel to kill such a cute little dog. Come on you are a man, not a beast,” wrote Belinda Heng, a signatory of the petition. “Stop! Dogs also have life!!” a user named Vivien Tsui posted under the online appeal. Despite living in a densely-populated city filled with tiny apartments, many Hong Kong residents are passionately devoted to their pet dogs.

Last month, protests were held at one of the city’s subway stations after rail workers failed to stop a stray dog from being run over by a train. Under Hong Kong laws, animal cruelty offences carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine of HK$200,000 ($25,800). Police said no arrests had been made so far.

Rebecca Ngan, a spokeswoman for local animal protection group the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told AFP: “It’s truly horrific. No one should do that. Police should arrest him.”




SPCA teaches animal empathy at summer camp in Victoria

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Empathy and Animals Magazine: International News and Information about Empathy and Compassion with, by and for Animals

Article: SPCA teaches animal empathy at summer camp in Victoria
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"While the BCSPCA is well known for teaching animal care and safety at its youth camps, it’s hoping children will walk away with another important skill this summer — empathy.

"The group’s Among Animals summer camp program, created last year, runs for a week and is open to ages six and seven.

“That’s the age when we really have to start teaching them about empathy,”
said Breeanna McDonald, camp co-ordinator. “They’re interested in animals, a lot of them have pets at home, but they haven’t started thinking about the animals’ point of view.”" by Drew McLachlan

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Manchester Dogs' Home donations soar past £1m after deadly fire.


Guardian,
A dog rescued from a blaze at Manchester Dogs' Home

A fire-ravaged dogs' home has been flooded with over £1m in donations after a suspected arson attack killed more than 50 dogs. Firefighters were called to Manchester Dogs' Home shortly after 7pm on Thursday night after reports of a blaze in one of the kennels. About 150 dogs were rescued from the burning sanctuary in Harpurhey, north Manchester, as firefighters and onlookers kicked down kennel doors on the sprawling 4.6 hectare site.

On Friday morning, Greater Manchester fire and rescue service said 53 dogs had died. Many of those rescued were taken to the charity's sister home in Grappenhall, Cheshire. A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of arson and was questioned in police custody throughout Friday.

Speaking at a press conference at the scene, DI Neil Jones said: "Last night a local neighborhood officer was passing and saw a plume of smoke coming up from the dogs home and responded really quickly, as did a vast number of the local community and the fire service. "The public reaction immediately and overnight has been really, really overwhelming. We're really, really grateful for the response that we've had." Jones added: "I'm treating it as an arson investigation at the moment based on the extent of the fire and the initial outpouring from the community and some of the information we've been provided with so far." Station commander Paul Duggan, of Greater Manchester fire service, said: "A number of the local people had made an attempt to try and rescue the dogs because, obviously, they could hear them in some distress.

To read the rest and see a short video: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/12/manchester-dogs-home-donations-fire



Care2 Success! Live Pony Carousels Banned in Spanish City, Spain


  At the beginning of this year, I published an article here at Care2 about the horrific treatment of ponies used for carousel rides.

Shackled to the carousel all day and forced to walk endlessly in monotonous circles, these poor helpless ponies are denied access to food and water and are subjected to continuous bright lights and fairground music.

Caught on camera by members of the public, ponies from these carousel rides have been found lying motionless on the floor, severely exhausted, dehydrated and sometimes even dead.

A 65,000 Signature Strong Petition

Along with my article, I also published a petition for you to sign to help put an end to this cruelty. Over the following months the petition was shared more than 10,000 times, and signed by more than 65,000 people from all over the world.

After garnering such incredible support, the petition caught the attention of long term animal rights activist Michael Owens who had witnessed this cruelty first hand in and around his home town in Mijas, Spain.

Owens, who previously worked with Born Free Foundation, had already been campaigning his local council for more than 20 years to ban circuses, pony carousels and donkey taxis, and wanted to present the petition to the people who had the power to put a stop to live pony carousels once and for all.

Live pony carousels have already been banned in many parts of Spain, with Mijas being one of the only remaining communities to still allow this tradition to go ahead.

Once we knew exactly who to target for the petition to gain the most traction, we added the name of Mijas major Angel Nozas, and specifically called him out so he would have to take notice and hear what people all over the world were asking him to do.

Believing that this petition would give the major of Mijas the push needed for him to finally take action, we attached a letter and downloaded the signatures and Owens presented everything to the town hall and informed the press to help add extra pressure.

After much anticipation, we recently heard in August the amazing news that the Mijas town hall had issued a complete ban on live pony carousels, stating that they will no longer allow horses or ponies to be used in any fairground rides.

A Victory We Should All Celebrate

To confirm the official ban, The Olive Press, an English newspaper in Spain, reported on the story after speaking directly with the government officials in charge of ensuring this unethical practice never happens again.






I had no idea what it was. I had no idea that we could prevent it. And I had no idea so many dogs suffered in such agony because of it: A condition known as Transmissible Venereal Tumors (TVT).

TVT



Transmissible Venereal Tumors are highly contagious and transmitted via skin-to- skin contact -- primarily during mating. They grow rapidly. And they lead to inflamed ulcers, bleeding open sores, and eventual death. It’s a horrible way to die. The answer is simple: Spay & Neuter. Won’t you please join me in stopping the spread of TVT to these innocent dogs? Please click, give, and save a dog’s life

My name is Lori Kalef. I’ve been in the field for SPCAI, and I want to personally thank you for your donations. I’ve had the privilege of witnessing sick, injured, starving animals being saved because you gave us the resources to do it. I’ve also had the horror of watching hopelessly as dogs suffered from TVT. These poor creatures were covered with open wounds and cauliflower-like growths. For some, it had already reached their extremities, eyes protruding from their heads, noses disfigured. For too many, it had already taken their life in unimaginable agonizing ways.

I knew I had to find out if and how we could stop to transmission of TVT.

Here’s what I learned: TVT is common in areas where street dogs run rampant. The tumors are passed from one dog to another primarily during mating... And that’s the key to the very simple, cost-effective solution. If the dogs don’t mate, the possibility of becoming infected is greatly reduced. THESE DOGS DO NOT HAVE TO SUFFER. The answer is spay & neuter.

We are sponsoring an event in Panama from Sept. 30-Oct 5, where we hope to fix HUNDREDS of street dogs. To do that, we must raise $35,000 by Sept 30th. Please help these innocent dogs. PLEASE STOP TVT.


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Can you believe that the leather industry thinks it's OK to starve, beat, and skin live animals?!

All for shoes, wallets, purses, and jackets.

It's true.



Gross.

One step that you can take toward ridding the world of cruel, nasty, zombified skins (aka "leather") requires only a marker, a pair of leather-free sneaks, and the hash tags: "#nothanks to #leather."



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September 08 2014
Today, over 80 captive wild bears in tourism hotspot Ha Long Bay in Vietnam are a step closer to freedom from the illegal bear bile tourism industry.
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World Animal Protection


Help us move the world to protect animals



Thank you for all your support of World Animal Protection and for helping us improve the lives of animals around the world. We really appreciate you and we value your feedback. Today, we need your help.

We are conducting a survey to help us better understand how we can work together to protect animals around the world. Depending on what your answers are, the survey will take between 8 to 12 minutes to complete. 

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We are working with Lonergan Research to conduct this survey and any information you provide is confidential.
The more we know about our supporters, the more we can do to help animals. If you can give us just a few minutes of your time, we would really appreciate it. We are aiming to complete the survey by September 19, 2014.  On behalf of the animals, thank you in advance for your participation.
Silia Smith
Interim US Executive Director







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Tell the Indian Beauty & Hygiene Association to stop challenging India’s progress on ending animal testing!


India is well on its way to becoming a cruelty-free country following its recent ban—enacted, in part, thanks to PETA India's efforts—on testing cosmetics on animals as well as the proposed ban on importing animal-tested cosmetics into the country. Now, the Indian Beauty & Hygiene Association (IBHA)—an organization representing L'Oréal, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, and other companies—is actively challenging these efforts to end animal testing.

Weakening or reversing India's progress for animals would be a huge step backward. If the IBHA succeeds in weakening or reversing India's efforts to end animal testing, four poisoning tests on animals for cosmetics ingredients could be permitted in India again. We can't let this happen.

Please join PETA in urging the IBHA and its members to support—not obstruct—progress on ending animal tests in India.

Thank you for speaking up for animals who are subjected to cruel and archaic tests.

Sincerely,

PETA



This Stuffed Dog Is About To Play The Ultimate Prank On These Dogs. See the video below and laugh out loud !!





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Tero, one of four bears rescued, is now safe from being viciously attacked; he is now enclosed within the quarantine area of our Balkasar Sanctuary, Pakistan.
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Through your dedicated support, World Animal Protection and our local partner organization recently teamed up with local law enforcement officers and wildlife authorities to stop a brutal baiting event in Pakistan. As a result, four bears were rescued from a life of suffering and abuse. Police also arrested the bear owners and event organizers, as bear baiting is illegal under Pakistan’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. This rescue was only possible because of your dedicated support - thank you! The four bears, named Alba, Tero, Luz and Zoe, have begun their new lives at the World Animal Protection-funded Balkasar Bear Sanctuary in Pakistan.

While we are so pleased to share with you this fantastic news, we know that there are still around 40 bears imprisoned for bear baiting in Pakistan. With your dedicated support today, together, we 
can continue to rescue bears from bear baiting and protect animals around the world.

Sincerely,
World Animal Protection Team

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Animal Welfare League NSW is extremely disappointed to announce the outcome of a recent case regarding the beautiful Labrador cross CJ.

AWL had been holding CJ on behalf of NSW police, while the case was brought before Waverly Court, where CJ’s owner was found guilty of animal cruelty. Despite the guilty verdict, during the sentencing the Magistrate found no reason why CJ should not be returned to his owner.

At AWL’s request, NSW Police put forward a request to appeal this decision, but the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has declined to appeal the Magistrates decision, despite a strong public outcry and the fact that over 10,000 people had signed AWL’s petition to appeal this decision and award custody of CJ to AWL.

Animal Welfare League NSW works tirelessly to protect and care for companion animals who cannot speak for themselves, and this outcome is both surprising and bitterly disappointing.

AWL would like to thank NSW Police for their hard work and for requesting this case be brought to appeal. AWL would also like to thank the media for allowing CJ’s story to be told and most importantly the public for providing a strong and unified voice for CJ.

AWL Inspectors work diligently to rescue animals from cruelty and bring offenders before the courts. Says Damien Thiele, Chief Inspector “Our job is to protect animals and remove them from situations where they are at risk.”

CJ has been in the care of AWL for over six months while this case has been ongoing and the League have fought strongly for the right to rehome CJ to a new, loving family. AWL hopes to see changes in the legal system, so that these types of decisions are not handed down in future.

AWL and NSW Police are bound to comply with the final decision handed down by the Court. AWL will continue to fight for stricter laws and tougher penalties for anyone found guilty of mistreating an animal, so that other animals like CJ are not placed at risk in future.

We strongly believe that animals should not be placed back in the hands of those who have mistreated them.

To voice your concerns over this decision, you can contact the NSW Attorney Generals Department. https://www.causes.com/campaigns/34211-expose-all-animal-abusers-support-registries-for-animal-abusers

 

The Battle To End The Dog Meat Trade Continues…Because of you great progress has been made in stopping the illegal trafficking of dogs from Thailand to Vietnam. You have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of dogs!

For me, the story of Bob underscores the importance of what you are accomplishing…Bob was rescued from dog thieves and taken to a shelter in NE Thailand funded by Soi Dog supporters. Bob suffered spinal injuries when the cage he was in was brutally loaded onto a truck. After being freed from the cage he’d been crammed into alongside with ten other dogs, Bob’s back legs were no longer working. Thanks to you, Bob is little by little, day by day slowly learning to walk again. Please take a moment and watch this inspiring video of Bob’s road to recovery…

Many battles have been won but the war to end the dog meat trade is far from over. Following success in all but stopping the trade to Vietnam, smugglers have now changed tactics and are smuggling live dogs to China through Thailand’s Northern provinces. Just last month the dogs you see below were rescued from a truck destined to China.

 

Thailand’s current military administration who are doing much to stamp out corruption in Thailand are giving strong support in bringing the trade to an end.

Last month locals in the Vietnam village where most dogs stolen from Thailand were taken prior to moving to Hanoi and elsewhere, confirmed that they are no longer seeing dogs arriving from Thailand. In the past several trucks a day, each carrying hundreds of dogs from Thailand would stop and the dogs would be force fed and graded. The Thai Veterinary Association estimated that around 500,000 Thai dogs per year were going to Vietnam!

But, stopping the dog meat trade and caring for the rescued dogs is expensive.

In Thailand alone over $700,000 per year is being spent caring for rescued dogs, on undercover investigations and on public awareness/education. Only because of your support is the war being won and only with your continued support will the dog meat trade be brought to an end.

http://www.soidog.org/en/newsletter-sign-up/past-newsletters/23-08-2014/mailingforweb.html


Help End the Cruelty of Bear Baiting

In Pakistan, crowds gather to watch helpless bears battle trained dogs. The bears endure immense pain even before they fight - teeth broken, muzzles painfully pierced and claws often removed

Photo: Help End the Cruelty of Bear Baiting 

http://www.change.org/p/help-end-the-cruelty-of-bear-baiting 

In Pakistan, crowds gather to watch helpless bears battle trained dogs. The bears endure immense pain even before they fight - teeth broken, muzzles painfully pierced and claws often removed

http://www.change.org/p/help-end-the-cruelty-of-bear-baiting




Center for Biological Diversity


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Each year about 700 polar bears are legally hunted in Canada -- many of them reduced to pelts and flogged on the international market.

And millions of at-risk animals across the globe are plucked from their wild homes every year and shipped away -- sometimes dead, sometimes alive in deplorable conditions -- to feed a worldwide appetite for pets, decorative "items" and traditional medicine supplies.

It needs to stop. The Center has been working for years to stem this trade, and now we need your help.

In 2016, at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in South Africa, world leaders will choose which animals will be given special protection from trade -- a move that could decide some species' fate.

Act now and urge the U.S. representatives to propose significant reductions in trade of polar bears, pangolins, turtles, nautiluses, walruses, sea cucumbers and sea horses.


http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/o/2167/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16324


 

Demand an end to fur farming in Finland/Exiga que las granjas de peleterías se cierren en Finlandia

Demand an end to fur farming in Finland

About this Petition

Animals are kept in small wire cages in Finland to produce fur. This cruelty is done to maintain the livelihoods of a group of people who have traditionally been fur farmers, and because of tax income generated by the fur industry. Finland is the biggest farmer of foxes and raccoon dogs in the world, and one of the largest of minks! Tell Finnish Parliament that there are always choices, and animal abuse shouldn't take place for the sake of money!

More information please visit the following video:

http://www.peta.org/videos/finnish-fur-farm-investigation-2/

(A link to the source of the photo, and an article of Fur Farming in Finland):

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/video-real-price-fur-coat-3171710


PUT A STOP TO THIS killing galgos in spain — A STICK IN THEIR MOUTH . SO THEY DIE SLOWLY OF HUNGAR

PUT A STOP TO THIS killing galgos in spain — A STICK IN THEIR MOUTH . SO THEY DIE SLOWLY OF HUNGAR

About this Petition

 PLEASE EVERYONE  , SIGN SHARE TWEET  WE NEED TO PUT A STOP TO SPAIN BARBARIC ACTS  THESE DOGS DONT DESERVE THIS DEATH .   THESE VILE SO CALLED HUMANS NEED DEATHPENALTY  TO MANY ABUSERS GETTING AWAY WITH  THIS LETS PUT A STOP TO IT NOW   THIS NEEDS TO GO VIRAL   WORLD WIDE

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Help PETA Send Simulators to Save Animals!



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Right now, in cities around the world, stray dogs are being dragged away from alleys and roadsides and taken to filthy rooms, where they often receive inadequate anesthetics before being cut open and killed in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training courses. Homeless dogs aren't the only animals being harmed—pigs, goats, and sheep are also cut into during these courses.

While non-animal simulation is the standard for ATLS training in the U.S., Canada, and other countries, many nations still use archaic methods that hurt animals to train students, simply because they lack the financial means to switch to a state-of-the-art human-patient simulator called TraumaMan. National ATLS directors in Cyprus, Greece, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates have told PETA that they want to use modern simulators instead of harming animals, but they need our assistance in order to make the change.


In many Advanced Trauma Life Support programs, doctors still cut holes into the necks of dogs, pigs, goats, and sheep; stab the sacs surrounding the animals' hearts with needles; and cut into their abdomens with scalpels before finally killing them.

Unlike with small, fur-covered four-legged animals, these simulators replicate human anatomy—including realistic layers of skin and tissue, ribs, and internal organs. The simulator allows trainees to practice surgical procedures repeatedly until they're confident and proficient—a sharp contrast to cutting into live animals, in which there are no do-overs. Studies have found that people who've trained using TraumaMan perform better than those who've trained on animals.

Through the generosity of compassionate supporters like you, earlier this year PETA was able to donate TraumaMan simulators and completely replace the use of animals in all ATLS courses in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago. The addition of Cyprus, Greece, and Pakistan to this growing list could potentially save thousands of animals!


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Animals Beware: Now Gangs Are Getting in on Wildlife Crime, Too


   The word “poacher” typically brings one clear image to mind. We see a lowlife type of big game hunter who skulks through the African or Asian wilderness, illegally bringing down elephants, tigers, leopards and other rare species for fun or profit.

A new report from the U.K. reminds us that poaching and other wildlife crime come in many forms. Often it’s significantly under-reported, despite the critical harm it does to animals and biodiversity. Here’s something you might not expect to hear. Criminal gangs are raking in big bucks committing wildlife crimes, according to World Animal Protection (WAP), a British charity with a mission to save animals from needless suffering.

With No Way to Track Wildlife Crime, the Animals Suffer

Surprisingly, according to WAP’s report, the U.K. doesn’t have a consistent way to track and prevent wildlife crime.  The most common types of wildlife offenses “still cannot be independently recorded, despite many of them being imprisonable crimes.” WAP charges that U.K. law enforcement authorities are therefore unable to analyze “trends and crime rates, and accurately estimate the true scale of wildlife crime across the U.K.”

In short, there’s a lot of wildlife crime in the U.K. that’s not being reported or investigated. That’s not good news. The report notes that a wide variety of U.K. wildlife is at risk from organized crime, because these criminals know the risk to them is comparatively low:

[S]erious and organised criminals are increasingly viewing wildlife crime as a lucrative source of funds for other illegal activities including drug smuggling, money laundering and even terrorism. Poor detection rates and disproportionately low penalties mean that there are currently few deterrents for those seeking an ‘easy’ way to make a quick profit.

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Hare coursing is just one of many wildlife crimes.

WAP says gangs are actively engaged in — and making money from — “sporting” crimes such as hare coursing and badger-baiting. In addition, there are the standard issue animal crimes such as smuggling rare animal flesh and bodily parts for food, trinkets and “alternative” medicines. The report adds:

This is not just a threat for “exotic” species. There are increasing fears that native protected wild species such as birds of prey, eels and deer, and their parts, may be illegally targeted and exported from the U.K. This is to satisfy a demand for luxury items in the Middle East and Asia.

Even fish species such as carp are not immune from smuggling. Because carp found in England are substantially smaller than elsewhere, there’s an active underground demand for French carp. A single such live fish can weigh over 70 lbs. and command a reported £12,000 ($20,000) inside the U.K.

Wildlife Crime Awareness in the U.K. is Startlingly Low

WAP polled U.K. citizens to determine how many of them knew about the wildlife crime going on in their country. The results surprised and disappointed the group.

“It really brought to life for us how low awareness is in the U.K.; 86% of the public didn’t know that the police had wildlife crime officers,” Alyx Elliott, WAP campaigns manager, told The Guardian. “If they don’t know that – if they don’t know that this is a crime – then the big worry is that they won’t be reporting it.”

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Another frequent wildlife offense is deer poaching

Shockingly, although every U.K. police force has a Wildlife Crime Officer of some type, the job is not considered a “formal” one. Most of these officers get no help or resources and must work on wildlife crime issues in their spare time. WAP believes this is unacceptable. Most animal lovers would heartily agree.

Its Not Just Organized Crime, Either

Lest you get the impression that the problem of wildlife crime is solely tied to gang activity, it’s not. Everyday people are sometimes caught doing all manner of illegal things:

  • Poisoning squirrels, foxes and other “nuisance” species
  • Poaching deer with a crossbow
  • Killing a swan for its meat
  • Erecting electric fences to kill foxes
  • Eel fishing
  • Fox baiting
  • Shooting at birds and foxes with air rifles
  • Stomping on ducks

These crimes are terrible, but only a fraction of them are discovered and meaningfully dealt with. With that in mind, what WAP seeks is twofold. It wants harsher penalties for wildlife crimes and a more comprehensive and consistent approach to the problem by law enforcement.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/animals-beware-now-gangs-are-getting-in-on-wildlife-crime-too.html#ixzz3B2DexA6R




Puppy Protects 3-Year-Old Lost for 11 Days in Bear Country


   Never underestimate the power of a puppy. A three-year-old girl who had spent 11 days in a Siberian forest has been rescued after her puppy helped lead rescuers to her. In the remote Sakha Republic, a place that is home to many bears and wolves, Karina Chikitova was discovered huddled in tall grass after wandering from her home on July 29th. The girl and her dog had reportedly followed her father as he left their home in Olom, but she got lost along the way.

It's a miracle that Karina survived the elements and potential predators.

Karina seems to have stayed alive on river water and berries with the puppy by her side. With overnight temperatures dipping dangerously low, her family felt that her only chance of survival was that she may be huddled with her dog for warmth. But two days before Karina’s rescue, the dog suddenly appeared back home — without the girl.

“That was the moment when our hearts sank, because we thought at least with her dog Karina had chances to survive — nights in Yakutia are cold and some areas have already gone into minus temperatures,” said Afanasiy Nikolayev, spokesman for the Sakha Republic Rescue Service. “If she was to hug her puppy, we thought, this would have given her a chance to stay warm during nights and survive. So when her dog came back we thought ‘that’s it’ –even if she was alive — and chances were slim — now she would have definitely lost all hopes. Our hearts truly and deeply sank.”

But the puppy turned out to be Karina’s only hope at survival, and he helped lead rescuers to her location where she was awake and alert, although very thin. Karina is now recovering from her ordeal in the hospital and doctors will work to help her regain her strength.




Citizen Scientists Saving Snow Leopards

Nomadic herders work to help an endangered species and conserve Asia’s High Mountains

snow leopard in Mongolia© WWF Mongolia

Atop the windy, frozen steppes of Mongolia’s Khar Us Lake National Park, Byambatsooj guides his herd through the rocky canyons of Khovd Aimag’s Jargalant Khairkhan Mountain. An outsider might think he is lost or wandering aimlessly. But Byambatsooj knows the mountain inside and out: every cliff and spring, where to find each kind of plant, and the locations favored by rare species like argali (the Asiatic bighorn sheep), Siberian ibex, and Altai snowcock, the primary diet of local snow leopards.

This knowledge, combined with his respect for snow leopards—the spotted phantoms of the mountains—makes him the ideal “citizen scientist,” able to put his skills and passion to use protecting the grasslands and mountain both he and the snow leopard call home.

Empowering Local Communities to Protect Wildlife

This region that Byambatsooj knows so well endures some of the world’s harshest winter weather. As climate change intensifies, the frequency of livestock-killing winter snow disasters, known as “dzud” in Mongolian, is increasing. Such disasters can have a huge impact on Byambatsooj’s community and their pastoral way of life as well as on local wildlife. If Byambatsooj and his community fail to adapt to climate change impacts, one of planet’s last remaining nomadic cultures could disappear forever along with the endangered snow leopard.

However, WWF has found a way to protect the snow leopard while also benefiting nomadic herders. As part of the USAID-funded Conservation and Adaptation in Asia’s High Mountain Landscapes and Communities (AHM) project, local herders like Byambatsooj are now being trained and equipped to collect basic data on the remote mountains they know better than anyone else.

To read more: http://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/citizen-scientists-saving-snow-leopards?utm_campaign=species&utm_medium=email&utm_source=enews-wwf&utm_content=1408c







Man Hides Wolves in His Basement and Dreams of Mountain Sanctuary


Serbia is landlocked and borders Hungary to the north; Romania and Bulgaria

The stars hang expectantly above the summer meadow on Gledic Mountain in Serbia, a place that is about to become the cradle of recovery for 25 wolves aching for freedom. The wolves are living in small household nooks, a basement and backyard pens which have been salvaged by their rescuer Dejan Gacic, a man who would lay down his life for any animal in need.

Caring for all the dogs and wolves is a monumental daily task.

Dejan began as a dog rescuer. Working alongside his mother Svetlana, he saved nearly 300 dogs who had been in dire need on the streets of Serbia. The dogs were housed at a home-based sanctuary and at a second sanctuary on the grounds of his deceased grandfather’s home.

Daily care of the dogs was a team effort, but when Svetlana died quite unexpectedly during routine surgery, Dejan was suddenly alone in caring for the dogs. At the same time, local residents who had heard of his heroic efforts for the dogs began to ask if he might help with a wolf who had been in captivity for quite some time and the “owner” was about to release her to a canned hunt.

This is Dejan's mother Svetlana. She started the family legacy of rescue many years ago

Dejan thought to himself, “What would my mother do?” and then he did the only thing he could. He leapt in with both feet. He purchased the wolf from the man for a single bottle of liquor.

“They usually call and tell me to come and take the wolf or it will be killed,” Dejan explains of the many times he has been granted permission to rescue a ‘defective’ wolf who simply won’t bring in a premium price when released from his cage and sent running into the woods to be chased by hunters. “I just have no strength to watch them suffer and I have no power to stop it. I never met a hunter who feels sorry for the wolves or for any other animals.”

The wolves would be doomed without Dejan's intervention.

Over the last three years, more than two dozen wolves have made their way into Dejan’s custody. And though he didn’t have a solid plan on what to do with them, Dejan couldn’t stand to see the wolves come to a terrible end. More times than he can count, he has simply hung his head and walked through a group of amused spectators who can’t fathom why on earth this man has arrived to save some “dumb” wolf.

“I’m going early in the morning at 4 am to see injured wolves,” Dejan told us recently. “I am going with my uncle and a vet will come with us. God knows what we will find there. I’m very worried. The last information I have from 2 hours ago is that both injured wolves are still alive and have a chance to survive.”

A pair of muddy pups, discarded by their former "guardian", are now counting on Dejan for food.

“Without you all these animals would be lost,” Dejan told the Harmony Fund last year after receiving his first round of emergency funding to feed both the dogs and the wolves. “To live a hundred lives would not be long enough to thank you. I wish that my mother was alive to see all this. My animals just had their first proper meals after a long, long time.”

Wolves Could Soon Be Roaming Mountain Sanctuary

Over the past year, the Harmony Fund has provided monthly supplies of food and veterinary care for all of the animals and relocated the dogs to a single location. After a series of inquiries and applications at the government level, they are now poised to begin getting the wolves out of their cages and into the mountain air by October.

The wolves could soon enjoy a natural habitat and live in packs.

Though it will not be possible to completely release the wolves, the animals will have a “soft” release in which they will be grouped in packs and set free on large, fenced enclosures. Land is already secured and the municipality is offering use of some of their heavy machinery. The charity would like to begin construction in late August and is scampering to pull together funds for all the materials to create the wolves’ new home.  To get involved, click here.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/man-hides-wolves-in-his-basement-and-dreams-of-mountain-sanctuary.html#ixzz3AMyYsOAz





Return bears to the wild

World Animal Protection - August 2014


Return bears to the wild

For more than three years Lily was held captive for use in the brutal blood sport of bear baiting in Pakistan.

At each event she would be tethered to a pole, enduring at least three rounds of fighting dogs trained to attack her. While each round lasts only three minutes, before judges decide whether the dogs or the bear ‘wins’, in reality none of these animals win — bear or dogs.

Can you imagine what those 180 seconds of terror felt like for Lily?

Thanks to generous World Animal Protection supporters like you, Lily was surrendered to the care of our Balkasar sanctuary where she gets to be a bear again. There are about 40 bears in Pakistan urgently in need of protection from the misery that Lily endured. With your support we aim to protect Pakistan's bears by ending this cruel practice for good.

Please donate now to protect Pakistan's bears and other animals from suffering.

On behalf of Lily and the other animals who will have much better lives because of your gift today — thank you.

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Bears are forced to fight for their lives in Pakistan
Bears in Pakistan are forced to fight for their lives. With your support we can fight to end this cruel practice and give these bears and other animals a much better life. Image: Bioresource Research Centre

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This Shiba Inu lives and is “employed” at a little cigarette shop in Japan.


His owner runs the shop.

He is locally famous because he opens the window and greets customers when they come to buy cigarettes.

LIKE THIS!

He also has a little resting place right below the counter, where he likes to hang out and chew on cucumber.

He likes to nap on cucumber too.

He and cucumber are very good friends.

Basically, he is the most very so much many worker, ever.

GOOD DOG.

See this in youtube.com




whales

Our planet’s whales will get their day in court soon -- but we need your strong support to help us wage and win this legal fight to save them from the Navy’s sonar and explosives. As I wrote you last week, just recently, beaked whales mass-stranded and died -- for the fourth time -- on the beaches of Greece during U.S. Navy joint exercises offshore. Make no mistake: Whales are going to keep dying -- unless we prevail in court and force the Navy to change course and start protecting them.

NRDC has already filed suit against the Navy. And our attorneys are moving quickly to get these matters before the court. The Navy’s reckless plan for training and testing with deadly sonar and explosives could kill nearly 1,000 marine mammals over the next five years. They have conceded there could be more than 13,000 serious injuries, such as permanent hearing loss or lung damage.

Yet the Navy has adamantly refused to take precautions that would help save whales -- such as avoiding vital areas where whales are known to migrate and raise their young -- even though putting these simple safeguards in place would not compromise military readiness one iota. And the National Marine Fisheries Service -- the agency charged with defending marine mammals -- has not delivered on its promise of protective action. Instead, it has authorized the Navy to inflict an unprecedented level of harm on whales and dolphins.

That’s why, as we challenge the Navy in court, we’ll also be turning up the heat on President Obama to intervene and grant whales the kind of protections they so urgently need and deserve.

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Cat Waits At Bus Stop, Rides the Bus Routinely

The ginger moggy, who was named after the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist, has taken to hopping on and off the public transport at the bus station near his home. The 15-year-old Tom even sits on bemused passengers' laps as the bus makes up to 10 mile round trips from Bridport to Charmouth in Dorset.  Dodger is such a regular customer that some of the drivers take tins of cat food to work with them to give to him. They even know what stop to let him off at.  At the end of his journeys the roving moggy returns to his home and owner Fee Jeanes. 

Mrs Jeanes, 44, believes Dodger first took a liking to the buses as they are warm like greenhouses when the sun is on them. But the adventurous pet has since ended up being taken for several rides. Mrs Jeanes, 44, said: "We moved here 19 months ago and our house backs onto the bus station.  "He is an old boy and is very friendly. At first Dodger kept going to the bus station because people there fed him tit-bits and scraps of food.  "But then he started climbing on board the buses because they are almost like greenhouses when it is sunny.  "Then last week I found out he had travelled to Charmouth and back, which is a 10 mile round trip. 

"I hadn't seen him all morning until my daughter Emily told me one of her friends had just seen him on the bus at Charmouth.  "I couldn't believe it and panicked. I got into my car to go off and look for him and then at that moment the bus pulled up near our house and low and behold he got off.  "He had fallen asleep on board and nobody knew about it. When the driver realised he knew who Dodger was and where he lived and kept him on board.  "That afternoon I saw Dodger climb on board another bus and I rushed to tell the driver.  "I was shocked when she told me Dodger was always on there and liked to sit on the seats because they are warm from where people have been sitting.  "The drivers buy cat food for him and he sits on people's laps.  "Sometimes he just sits in the middle of the road and waits for the bus to turn up before he gets on."

Dodger is familiar to regular bus passengers and drivers, but Mrs Jeanes still receives several calls a week asking if she has lost a ginger cat.  A spokesman for bus firm First said they didn't mind Dodger on their buses but didn't actively encourage him.  He said: "The drivers have been asked not to feed it because we recognize that cat has an owner and we do not want to discourage it from returning home for food and shelter, but in principle we do not have a problem with it being around the bus station. 

"Given this cat is elderly we suspect it would be eligible for free travel, perhaps a bus puss, if such a thing existed."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/pets/8958012/Owner-surprised-to-find-cat-regularly-catches-bus.html

 

 
 
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Just 85 Irrawaddy dolphins survive today In Cambodia. We wanted to share some promising news with you.

Two weeks ago, after nearly 200,000 supporters responded to our call to sign the petition asking dam developers along the Mekong River to stop moving forward with their proposed hydropower project, the Laos government told the developers it would have to go through a formal consultation process.

This consultation is likely to delay construction and requires Laos to conduct further studies on the project's environmental and social impacts and share the results with key groups.

Despite Laos' decision, we cannot call it a victory. The fight is not over yet.

Just 85 Irrawaddy dolphins survive today in a small stretch of the Mekong River in Cambodia. The Don Sahong Dam is not just bad news for Mekong dolphins: It will have dire consequences for the food security and livelihoods of the people who rely on the Mekong River's rich fisheries.

 

 

International Exposé: Sheep Killed, Punched, Stomped on, and Cut for Wool

PETA’s video exposé highlights just some of the cruelty observed in all 19 shearing sheds visited by investigators, who documented 70 workers employed by nine shearing contractors who abused sheep in Victoria and New South Wales—Australia’s top wool-producing states—and South Australia. Annually, these contractors’ workers may shear a total of more than 4 million sheep.

In the U.S., PETA’s investigator documented workers’ abuse and neglect of sheep at 14 ranches across Wyoming—the country’s second-leading wool producer—as well as Colorado and Nebraska. In 2013, 3.7 million sheep were shorn in the U.S.

Sheep are deprived of food and water before being sheared, in part so that they’ll feel weak and put up minimal resistance. As one shearer explained, “Imagine if someone attacked you after … you’d been starved for 24 hours—you wouldn’t have much of a fight.”

But when these prey animals panicked—terrified of being pinned down—the shearers stomped and stood on their heads and necks. Workers threw scared sheep around and slammed their heads and bodies against hard wooden floors.Global reaction to PETA’s video exposé has been a firestorm of outrage—industry groups and politicians condemned the documented behavior, and officials on two continents have opened investigations.

Read more here: http://investigations.peta.org/australia-us-wool/?utm_campaign=Wool%20Investigation&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

Updates: http://investigations.peta.org/australia-us-wool/campaign-updates/

 

 

This is what we can and did together/You're a hero to animals

 
You're a hero to animals

In February, Mount Sinabung in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, came back to life after 400 years of inactivity. In a series of eruptions lasting weeks, the volcano spewed hot gas, ash and rocks miles into the air, killing 16 people and displacing thousands of people and the animals they depend on.

We quickly responded to the many livestock and pets facing starvation by evacuating them from the toxic ash-covered surroundings, where the local food sourced had become contaminated, and provided them with life-saving food, water and essential medical attention.

 YOU enabled us to help approximately 750 animals in the aftermath of this deadly disaster.

Our team returned to the ground in March to monitor and evaluate the health of the animals they helped evacuate one month early. All the animals were found to be healthy and safe. We will continue to closely monitor the situation as there is a remaining risk of further eruptions. 

See more at: http://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/hero#sthash.bMxV2a85.dpuf

 

 

FREE ARTURO: The Polar Bear In Despair

Arturo is the last captive polar bear in Argentina and his life and health are slowly fading due to extreme heat and poor conditions in which he is enslaved in.  For some time animal activists/advocates and many animal angels around the world have been determined and dedicated in campaigning to get Mendoza Zoo to free Arturo so that he can be brought into a more suitable and adequate environment - where temperatures are appropriate - to free him into a sanctuary in hopes of saving his life and get him the appropriate medical care that he needs.

Unfortunately the pleas/cries of countless people are going unheard and ignored by Mendoza Zoo officials -- and it is time that we raise our paws united so that they have no choice but to hear and acknowledge our demand for Arturo's Freedom.

You can help: http://www.change.org/petitions/president-of-argentina-cristina-fernandez-de-kirchner-free-arturo-the-polar-bear-in-despair

 

 

Raju the Elephant Cries Tears of Joy While Being Rescued From 50 Years of Captivity

Rajus 50 Years of Abuse

Raju never had a normal life. As reported in The Independent, Raju’s life consisted of frequent beatings and intentional starvation to control him. The poor elephant often had to resort to consuming paper and plastic to fill up his large belly.

He was plucked from the wild by poachers as a baby. The calf’s life was riddled with many different owners — possibly, as many as 27 — who probably weren’t too concerned with his welfare.

The last owner was one of the worst. The drug dealer exploited Raju daily by parading him around for tourists in the streets of Allahabad. He also preyed on religious pilgrims claiming that Raju would bless them for a price. The elephant’s tail was practically hairless since his owner would rip his hair and market it a type of good luck charm.

Raju never had a home, or anything close to the bond of a herd. Even during India’s blazing summers, he lived chained outside with no shelter. It’s a miracle that he survived so long.

He probably wouldn’t have made it much longer without the help of Wildlife SOS charity. The starving and aging elephant lived in constant pain. Imagine what having spikes penetrating your flesh every second would feel like for 50 years? Raju had abscesses, wounds (from the spikes and the spear that was used to dominate him) and chronic arthritis. Every step Raju took was accompanied by oozing pus from his wounds as the spikes dug deeper into his flesh.

Raju also had a type of pain that we may not scientifically understand — a broken spirit.

As reported in Mirror Online, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, explained that the drug dealer vehemently tried to stop the rescue operation; he put even more chains on Raju, he tried to block them from reaching Raju and he tried to get the bull to charge his rescuers with verbal commands. But Wildlife SOS rescuers were determined to save the elephant.

Raju’s first steps as a free elephant were on the American Independence Day holiday Satyanarayan describes the beautiful moment: “We stood our ground and refused to back down – and as we did so, tears began to roll down Raju’s face. Some no doubt were due to the pain being inflicted by the chains, but he also seemed to sense that change was coming. It was as if he felt hope for the first time in a very long time.”

Raju is one of the lucky ones. Indian elephants are the victims of overwhelming cruelty. As reported in USA Today, not even Paul McCartney’s star power has saved Sunder, an abused 14-year-old elephant. In 2012, McCartney shared the elephant’s predicament, and the Indian government agreed to release Sunder to the wild. Fast-forward to 2014, news broke that a local politician took the elephant to his home and shackled him to a shed instead, much like Raju.

SEE the video below:

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/raju-the-elephant-cries-tears-of-joy-while-being-rescued-from-50-years-of-captivity.html#ixzz37GkwjU00

 

If Plastic Bags Are Causing Infertility in Pigs, What Are They Doing to Us?

Pig farmers in Spain noticed a worrisome problem in 2010. Their pigs weren’t producing offspring anymore — or if they were, the litters were decidedly smaller. The disturbing reason for this phenomenon may give you pause.

It began happening in the spring of 2010. On 41 farms around Spain, the size of pig litters took an unnatural nosedive between April and June. Many sows couldn’t produce any piglets at all. These were large-scale farms, having between 800 and 3,000 pigs apiece.

It was no small problem and it threatened the farmer’s livelihoods. They scratched their heads in confusion. What was going on?

Investigating Pig Reproductive Failure Across Spain

The farmers called in investigators to find out. They examined everything, looking for a common denominator. Nothing was wrong with what the pigs were eating and drinking. They weren’t infected and hadn’t ingested any toxins. They even tested the boar semen used to impregnate the sows. Everything seemed perfectly fine.

The investigators delved deeper and looked at how the semen was being stored. These farms bred 100 percent of their sows via artificial insemination — a process routinely requiring that extracted semen be stored for future use.

Farmers stored semen doses collected from the boars at 17 degrees Centigrade in plastic bags for between 24 hours and approximately one week, according to a new study that examined this situation. As they reviewed these practices, investigators realized that every one of the farms experiencing this sudden breeding decline stored boar semen in the same type of plastic bag.

plastic baggie with strawberriesAs it turned out, chemical compounds in adhesives within the Chinese-manufactured plastic were leaching into the semen, damaging the sperm’s DNA. This was happening despite the fact that the semen was stored only for a few days. That’s just scary.

Cristina Nerin, an analytical chemist at Spain’s University of Zaragoza, studies packaging materials. The company that sold these bags to the Spanish farmers reached out to Nerin to request that she help them find out why these particular bags caused this problem.

“They were desperate,” she told National Geographic, “because they didn’t find a reason why reproduction failed.” Nerin’s research team looked at what was going on and came up with some sobering realizations. They believe the adhesive compounds used to create these multilayer plastic bags were the culprits.

“This is the first described relationship between reproductive failure and toxic compounds released from plastic bags,” reported the team in its newly released study, published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Why You Should Care About Problems with Pig Semen Bags

Here’s why this story should matter to you. Some of the same chemicals found in the pigs’ semen storage bags are — wait for it — also in the plastic you’re probably using to store food. They are chemicals known to migrate from plastic to food. Not so appetizing, is it?
Want to know more:
http://www.care2.com/causes/if-plastic-bags-are-causing-infertility-in-pigs-what-are-they-doing-to-us.html#ixzz36bKGqk8i

 

 Our mission and vision

When did you last walk on a sprained ankle?  Imagine carrying heavy loads for miles, where every step is agony.  For more info about the plight of working animals, please check out this site: http://www.thebrooke.org

When did you last walk on a sprained ankle? Imagine carrying heavy loads for miles, where every step is agony. For more info about the plight of working animals, please check out this site: http://www.thebrooke.org

You can help these folks help these poor animals.

Our mission and vision

The Brooke is determined to do whatever it takes to ensure that the right elements are in place for working horses, donkeys and mules to be healthy and happy in the long-term.

Our mission

The Brooke works directly and through partners to do whatever will most improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules through the alleviation of existing suffering and the development of equine welfare practices and facilities to prevent and reduce suffering in the future.

Our vision

The Brooke's vision is of a world in which working horses, donkeys and mules are free from suffering.The Brooke delivers practical programs and provides support, advice, funding and infrastructure to its global network of employees, partners and supporters to make that vision a reality.

 

Stop Electrocution of Tigers

Four tigers have been killed by electrocution since November 2012; three of them in the forests of the Katni district in India.

In one death, the tigress was electrocuted after it came in contact with live electric line connected to an 11-KV high-tension line, connected to a pole that was only 8 feet tall instead of 27 feet. The electricity department re-erected a pole from its broken end instead of replacing it with a new one.

Wildlife officials believe that electricity has spread to rural areas without any supervision electric companies, and poachers are using homemade electrocution tripwires made from power lines. 61 elephants have been poached this way.

Section 149 of Electricity Act 2003, reads "Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person who at the time of offence committed was in charge of and was responsible to the company for the conduct of the business of the company, as well as the company shall be deemed to be guilty of having committed the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly."

We ask that the electric company be held responsible for the deaths of endangered tigers. They have been long aware, and neglected several remedies, including building taller, more insulated power lines, to help ensure the safety of wildlife.

SOURCE: http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Bhopal/Another-tiger-dies-of-electric-shock-in-Katni/Article1-1017584.aspx

 

This is one of the good things all your free clicks do on this wonderful website. To participate:  http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/

Meet Smudge - The Moon Bear Cub Saved from a Chinese Bear Farm

This little bear cub has captured the hearts of 300,000 people worldwide. But lucky little Smudge, who is now in the care of Animals Asia, has a past that will break your heart.

She was born on a notorious bear farm in China and destined for a life of terror, hidden from the world in a filthy, dark cell.

For Smudge and almost 130 other bears trapped inside, the nightmare is almost over. Many of these bears spent years enduring the horror of bile extraction for the traditional medicine market. But Animals Asia is transforming this former bear bile farm into a beautiful sanctuary.

For today's Daily Action, please watch this adorable video of Smudge, share if you care and help Animals Asia give her the life she deserves.    

See the link below to see the video:      

 

http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2014/06/10/adorable-moon-bear-cub-rescued-in-china-video/

 

Sheep Survives Fire and Gives Birth to Miracle Lamb

After narrowly escaping death when the bushfires raged across Victoria, Australia earlier this year, Bridget the sheep found herself in another life or death situation.

Still singed and blackened from the fire, her horrifically broken back leg flopped around beneath her as she hobbled across the paddock. Predicting a hopeless future, the farmer went for his gun while his wife pleaded for a second chance.

When Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary came to the rescue, they could see that despite Bridget’s broken leg, her spirit was as strong as ever and she wasn’t ready to give up yet.

As they bundled her into the rescue ambulance to make a dash for the vet, they were in for another surprise as they heard the words, “she may be pregnant too.” Armed with the knowledge that this poor girl could also be due to give birth, they had one more incentive to ensure that she pulled through.

After supporting her leg with a plaster cast, Bridget’s battle was far from over. As Edgar’s Mission awaited Mother Nature to see how well the injury would heal, their attention turned to nourishing Bridget in every way possible to prepare her for birth, with one of the most important challenges to overcome being Bridget’s fear of humans.

Never forgetting the terrifying look in her eyes as she was delivered into their care, they knew they had a mammoth task before them, and healing Bridget’s broken leg was going to prove easier than healing her broken heart.

A sheep’s natural defense is too flee, so it was no surprise that after all Bridget had been through, she was nervous about what to expect as she found herself in a new and unfamiliar environment.

Animals possess an amazing and humbling capacity to forgive, and fortunately Bridget was no different. Over the first few weeks that she spent at Edgar’s Mission, she grew more fond of her new caregivers and in time began looking for and appreciating their company, realizing that they may in fact be “the good guys.”

Coming into the world in the early hours of the morning, a happy and healthy baby girl was born. As Bridget tenderly licked her newborn baby and gently guided her to her teat, Edgar’s Mission knew that nothing short of the name Miracle would do for this tiny lamb after witnessing the incredible journey that the pair had been through to make this day a reality.
Read more:
http://www.care2.com/causes/sheep-survives-fire-and-gives-birth-to-miracle-lamb.html#ixzz35OZnpMqG

 

 

A Victory for Virunga Africa!

Breaking News:SOCO International plc announced it will abandon its controversial oil exploration in Africa's Virunga National Park, a key part of the home range for more than half of the world's endangered mountain gorillas and a vital natural resource to hundreds of thousands of people.

Not only did the London-listed oil company commit to pulling out of Virunga, but it went one step further: It has committed to staying out of all other World Heritage sites.

It's with great pride and relief for the people and wildlife of Virunga National Park that I'm writing to you directly from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa to say: we did it!

You helped us make this happen, and we cannot be more grateful. From petitioning SOCO to encouraging leaders in the US Congress to stand up and protect Virunga National Park, you've continued to speak out for what's right.

Thank you for believing in this campaign and taking action to make a difference.

This victory is being celebrated around the world. And it is being met with well-deserved joy and hope by many of the people I am with in Africa. We are grateful for your continued activism and the leadership and efforts of the US State Department and members of Congress on this issue.

Because of you, Virunga is saved from oil exploration that was already under way. 

Please remember this victory when obstacles seem insurmountable and know we will keep on fighting together to protect our planet.

Thank you for remaining a loyal activist,

Allard Blom Managing Director, Congo Basin  World Wildlife Fund

 

Please teach your children about animals and cruelty while they are young.

Teen lad’s life ban on pets after brutal attack on cat and dog

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has been banned from keeping animals for life after kicking a cat and brutally beating a dog.  The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was seen attacking the animals in chilling video footage.

The 16-year-old juvenile from Luton, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also sentenced to an 18 month Youth Rehabilitation Order at Luton Magistrates¿ Court on Tuesday ( 20 May) including a supervision order and a three month daily curfew from 7pm to 7am.

Lad is seen kicking cat in chilling footage

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/5643235/boys-life-ban-on-keeping-animals.html?CMP=SOC-Sun-Facebook-11_20_2013-191-0-0-0

 

Disaster Alert: Bosnia / Serbia Flood

Image:  Reuters

Image: Reuters

 

Massive flooding in Bosnia and Serbia has left millions of animals and people in a dire situation and in desperate need for help.  World Vets is deploying to the region to provide support for animals that have been impacted by this disaster.  Thousands of animals have died from the immediate impact of the floods, but many more livestock and companion animals require urgent assistance. Animals are often not the primary focus during massive disasters and World Vets is committed to bridging this gap and helping them during their greatest time of need.  We depend on your help to provide life saving support for these animals.

http://worldvets.org/2014/05/disaster-alert-bosnia-serbia-flood/

 

This is very sad to see in TANZANIA

TANZANIA::DOG MEAT KILLERS ARRESTED: the people in the photograph were arrested last year when they were caught flaying the flesh off dogs which they had captured and killed for DOG MEAT

The purpose of killing dogs was to sell the meat as ...
fake beef or goat to food vendors, who would then sell it to unsuspecting customers.

The people said it was easy to sell dog meat to food vendors because the dog meat was very cheap and vendors like buying cheap meat, to make better profits, according to UUN.

In Tanzania, meat eaters need to be wary of eating barbecue meat unless they see the meat ingredients in large pieces ahead of time, to identify the type of meat being cooked.
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The Tanzania Parliamentary Group on Sustainable Natural Resources Conservation and Utilization have joined the Tanzanian government in slamming a British newspaper that accused President Jakaya Kikwete of laxity in fighting poaching of elep...
hants.
Addressing a press conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, the chairman of the group Athumani Mfutakamba said the group has been shocked by the report that accused President Kikwete’s administration of closing eyes on poaching.

The group, with 20 Members of Parliament who have declared themselves as defenders of natural resources, said reports by Britain’s Mail On Sunday showed that the paper knows nothing about poaching in Tanzania.
Statistics indicate that at present about 30 elephants are being slaughtered daily in the country’s national parks and game reserves.
 
 


Australian Magpie Playing with A Dog.. So Cute..

See the video below:

 

Austrailia: This guy is a trainer but I really don't like his methods and his cruelty. You don't have to hurt a dog to get them to learn.

Apparently, Christopher Upton, is advertising that he is putting on a training day, Please, share this vid so people will know his methods before they go and can therefore make their own mind up with knowledge

THIS MAN IS AN ABSOLUTE IDIOTIC MORON. THIS BLATANT DISGUSTING ABUSE IS ON THE INTERNET? I WOULD LIKE TO PICK HIM UP BY THE EARS AND SMACK HIM AROUND.

https://www.facebook.com/rickygervais/posts/1420905501506775

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This poor baby was found and is now in good care.  A slow death in the forest. 

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It was three in the morning. Someone sent me an urgent email and a picture.

A dog was trying to survive in the forest but she was loosing the battle. The person had given her a bag of food before leaving. She had no water. She barely had any hair. Her skin was full of scars. She must have lived in total agony for months.

I went to bed but I couldn´t sleep. All I could think of was that heartbreaking image…. All I could think of was finding her and make it all right for her. I had to go… there was no time to waste.

We searched for hours. She was nowhere to be found. At last, she was there…. hiding in the bushes.

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The glaring sun showed us the extent of her injuries. It was heartbreaking… We have named her Sweetie, to reflect the beauty and kindness of her character.

We immediately put all our resources to work towards saving her life. The damage done by Mange on her skin is as terrible as the ravages of Leishmania and Erlichia on her insides…. She has anemia… her blood is thin as water.

But there is hope. Her conditions are treatable, and if she has survived for so long, if she has held to life for as long as deserves all the help we can give her.
Right now Sweetie, is in intensive care in our clinic, connected to IV fluids … She was about to die when we found her. It´s time for Sweetie´s life to turn around.

Update 12 of May… 

Little by little life starts to come back to a dog that everyone thought would die…

One step at a time..

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Please Help Sweetie by sharing this post on Facebook.  

P.S. After Sweetie is saved, she is going to need a wonderful family to call her own. Are you that family? Please write to me: viktor@myletsadopt.com

http://blog.myletsadopt.com/2014/05/06/a-slow-death-in-the-forest-help-us-save-her/

 

These folks are overwhelmed and sure could use some help..

Animal’s Protection Association Minis

APAM is a non-profit organization, a sanctuary where dogs and cats found shelter, animals that are old, blind, epileptic, some with 2 or 3 legs, animals without adoption chances! Within the space limit, we try to save also the puppies and kittens abandoned without mercy! We develop also continuously spay/neuter campaigns for the animals with owner because we know that the only solution is this one and we hope to the day we’ll go on the street and we’ll see no abandoned dog or cat! Also, continuously, we develop adoption campaigns in the attempt to find wonderful families for the animals saved by us! We get involved also in children education, they are the future, they are the chance to a better life for animals! APAM is a family and absolutely each of us have our daily job and our care for animals is done voluntary, beside our jobs!

If you'd like to help in any way: http://www.apam.ro/index.php??

 




DON'T BUY GOLF GLOVES FROM THAILAND OR ASIA...

Crack Down on Dog Skin Imports!

Crack Down on Dog Skin Imports!

A dog can be somebody's best friend, but not if he is killed and skinned to make golf gloves.

That's exactly what's happening to many dogs in Asia where illegal smuggling of live dogs and dog meat and skins continues with little regulation. And it's not just stray dogs that end up in the back of a smuggler's truck. Not even family dogs are safe from theft when smugglers can sell their parts for ten dollars.

The most recent evidence of rampant dog slaughter is an abandoned pile of hundreds of dog skins, discovered in Thailand and presumed to have been dumped by smugglers. Though Thailand has laws prohibiting dog slaughter for trade, the demand for dog meat and skin throughout Asia continues to threaten even the most beloved family pets. Ask Thailand to set an example to the rest of Asia by cracking down on dog smuggling and trading.

http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3759579


 

Soi Dog Foundation’s Street Dog Sterilisation Programme Covers All Of Phuket

   In mid-March, Soi Dog Foundation completed a campaign to sterilise stray dogs in every area of Phuket, in order to create a healthy, sustainable dog population on the island. With cooperation from the province’s local authorities, Soi Dog has sterilised and vaccinated more than 15,000 dogs and over 2,000 cats throughout Phuket in its 2 year mobile clinic programme. Sterilization is the only effective and humane way of addressing the root cause of street animal suffering – overpopulation.

   Soi Dog Foundation co-founder and vice president John Dalley said, “Our current 3 year programme in Phuket, working closely with the local governments has had a large impact on the stray animal population. The situation on Phuket has already vastly improved from when we first started here 10 years ago.”

   The second phase of the programme will re-visit every area of Phuket to catch those dogs who have not yet been spayed or neutered. It is expected to be completed in 2015, after which only a low level of maintenance sterilisations will be needed and the population will continue to decline. Soi Dog will then shift its attention to widespread sterilisation programmes in Bangkok and other areas of Thailand where little or nothing is being done.

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Adoption Opportunity

 

Did you know you can also adopt cats from Soi Dog? We have many beautiful cats looking for loving homes and the travel expenses are far less than adopting a dog. To learn more about the loving cats looking for a home currently living at the Soi Dog shelter, please click here: Cats For Adoption. If you would like to offer a loving home to one of the cats in Soi Dog’s care, please email paula@soidog.org

 

Biscuit & Bounty - Just 2 Of The Many Adoptable Cats!

 

 


  Secret Military Animal-Killing Exposed!PETA 
 
  
 

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     Recently released photographs showing live pigs as they're being shot illustrate why we need your support today for the campaign by PETA to end cruel military trauma training on animals. We've made tremendous progress already, but your support now is critical to helping us promote modern, superior non-animal methods of training and testing.

Pigs and other animals suffering in these exercises need us to stop their misery. 


The never-before-seen photographs obtained by PETA and released on our website reveal the invasive and deadly trauma training exercises taking place at a secret facility in Denmark. The British military participates in these exercises, informally known in military circles as "Danish bacon."

Photographic evidence shows live pigs hanging upside down in a shooting range, tied by their legs to a wooden frame, their bodies marked with targets. They were about to be shot with rifles and pistols, intentionally leaving them with bloody wounds, broken bones, and severe organ damage. Dead and dying pigs were put on stretchers, and maimed and bleeding pigs who survived would then have invasive surgery performed on them to patch them back together.

You may recall that like the drills undertaken by Denmark and the U.K., PETA has previously reported that the U.S. military stabs, shoots, dismembers, burns, and kills nearly 10,000 animals each year and that the Canadian military cuts up and poisons live pigs with toxic chemicals. This continues even though strikingly life-like human-patient simulators that breathe and bleed are available and all these countries have laws and regulations stating that non-animal methods should be used whenever possible. There may be no Geneva Convention to protect these animals, but as the heartbreaking photos reveal, these exercises are torture for the animals condemned to participate in them.

To read more: http://www2.peta.org/site/MessageViewer?amp;autologin=true&dlv_id=0&dlv_id=209366&em_id=144984.0&pgwrap=n

 

THE WORST SHELTER IN THE WORLD?

A Hell On Earth For Dogs & Cats...

Dear Friends & Supporter of Soi Dog,

I recently visited the dog shelter at Bangkok’s Suan Kaew temple, known locally as “Dog Condo”. Kelly O’Meara, the Director of Companion Animals for the Humane Society International accompanied me and described it as the worst sheltering situation she had ever seen anywhere in the world!

The photos and video will give you some idea of the conditions here, though it is impossible to accurately get across how bad this place is using photos or video.

All the green areas you see (photo at top) are not grass, but open sewerage pits, which are filled with sludge. The green you see is floating plants thriving on the nutrients below. The waste goes nowhere.

 

Over 1000 dogs and 500 cats live here! The cats are kept in small cages suspended from the ceiling, dogs are seen in wire cages suspended on the side of the building.

Cats live in constant fear and many have had paws bitten off. Some of the dogs are kept in cages and are also trembling in fear. Dogs who are aggressive spend their entire lives locked in small cages, with barely enough room to turn around.

Many of the cages are inches deep in dried feces. The entire floor area is a carpet of waste. The buildings are falling to pieces, and dogs and puppies frequently fall from the upper level to their deaths or are attacked by the dogs on the lower level.

The entire “shelter” is cared for by 2 elderly ladies, who live amongst the over one thousand animals. How can such a place exist?

 

Why Has This Happened?...

Suan Kaew temple is famous in Thailand. It has its own foundation and the abbot Phra Payom Kallayano is rightly revered for his good works, which involve providing work and care to the poor, setting up local industries to provide work for homeless children, drug addicts, the elderly etc.. He is a great example of a religious leader providing for those in need.

Dog Condo was started with the best of intentions. Prior to the 2003 APEC conference a purge on Bangkok’s stray dogs occurred. Phra Payom ordered the construction of the shelter to save the dogs. Unfortunately, since that time many pet owners have taken advantage of the temple, and dumped their unwanted pets there. With the other human related projects taking precedence, dog condo has deteriorated into the squalid place it is today.

What Is Being Done & How Can You Help?...

Soi Dog Foundation is determined to improve the conditions for the poor dogs and cats that live there but can only do so with your help!

 

Improved sheltering for cats has already been built because of your support and more cat shelters are going to be built to provide accommodation where the cats can move about without fear, away from the dogs. The electricity supply, which no longer works is being replaced. New roofs are being fitted and new fencing will be installed on the upper levels to prevent dogs and puppies from falling to their deaths below. More staff are needed, as it is impossible for 2 elderly ladies to care for this place on their own. Much more needs to be done and we are in talks with the temple authorities to seek approval to make major improvements and changes.

Only with your help can this be accomplished.

It is nothing less than a disaster area! And something we cannot turn our backs on. Other organizations have come and gone without making any real improvement, leading to a sense of distrust amongst temple staff. Soi Dog Foundation does not get involved with any project where it cannot deliver. It will be expensive to make a real difference here, and we need your help to do so. Please donate generously and together we will make a difference in the lives of these dogs and cats.

Best wishes,

John Dalley

john@soidog.org

www.soidog.org

P.S. These dogs and cats need your help. Please make a generous donation now!

"I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." - Mahatma Gandhi

US Residents - Soi Dog is a registered charity in the USA and your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by US law.

United Kingdom Residents - Soi Dog is a registered charity in the UK and your donation qualifies for HMRC gift aid.




Kate Middleton, Prince William Pose With Adorable Police Puppies in New Zealand: Pictures

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Prince George may have some competition for cutest photo op on the royal tour. On Wednesday, April 16, Kate Middleton and Prince William visited the Royal New Zealand Police College in Wellington, where they bonded with some adorable police puppies from the Dog Training Centre. 

The visit to the College -- which was originally opened by Prince William's father, Charles, Prince of Wales -- started on a somber note, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge acknowledged the New Zealand police officers who had been killed in the line of duty over the past 127 years. This involved, among other things, a traditional Maori greeting and prayer, as well as music from the Police Kapa Haka group.

PHOTOS: Kate Middleton and Prince William's royal tour of New Zealand

Later in the morning, the royal couple watched some recruit training, which included a dog-handling demonstration. They were then introduced to a couple of 12-day-old police puppies.

The Duchess, 32 -- who wore a chic skirt suit from New Zealand-based designer Rebecca Taylor -- was immediately smitten with the tiny German shepherds. She asked police commissioner Mike Bush what they ate and whether they could see, and affectionately stroked their fur as she talked.

"It wants to hide under my jacket," she said as she picked up one of the puppies. Then, referring to her 8-month-old son, she quipped, "I think it can smell George."

PHOTOS: Duchess Catherine's royal tour outfits

After holding the puppies, the royal couple met three foster families and the police dogs they're helping to train. One of the families -- parents John and Sarah Bole, daughters Morgan, 14, Madison, 10, Monet, 8, and dog Gessy, 4 months -- gave the Duchess a stuffed toy dog for baby George.

"Aw, that's so sweet. He'll love it," Middleton said gratefully. "Does it have a name? Maybe we should call it Gessy." She added that she was sorry George couldn't come. "He was asleep," she explained. "He's a very podgy baby." 

PHOTOS: Prince George's baby album

The first-time parents were also given a police onesie for the future King of England. "Fantastic. Brilliant," Prince William raved of the little garment, which had "Junior Recruit" printed on it. "He'll love that. Thank you. Will it fit him? He's grown!"

Following the engagement in Wellington, the couple headed to Wellington Airport for their flight to Sydney with Prince George. The rest of their tour will take place in Australia.

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Kate Middleton, Prince William Pose With Adorable Police Puppies in New Zealand: Pictures





4 Extremely Well Behaved Dogs Pray Before Eating

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So, four dogs sit together in a Chinese kitchen. No, that is not the start of an awful joke, but rather the premise for a YouTube video with almost 90,000 views.

The pets featured in the clip are a poodle, a yellow lab and two golden retrievers. All of the dogs sit in front of a bench as a woman in the background prepares their meal. Just before the food is placed in front of them, the woman instructs them to bow their heads. The animals obediently keep their heads lowered as she says a quick prayer. Once she concludes with "Amen," all of the dogs lift their heads and begin to eat.

And they're are just getting started. When the dogs finish, they lick their bowls empty, pick them off the bench and hand them to the owner -- dogs that pray, eat and clean up after themselves.

The video came from China, and naturally viewers are astounded by it.

"I am dumb founded," Dennis Dougherty commented. "Bravo on you!!!!"

Other people are simply calling the dogs "cute" or saying how the animals' actions made them happy.

Somewhere, Cesar Millan is smiling. There is probably also a parent watching and asking, "Now, how can I get my kids to do that?"

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/4-extremely-well-behaved-dogs-pray-before-eating-192653166.html?soc_src=copy


 

Stop Militaries' World War on Animals!

military training exerciseMore than 80 percent of NATO nations have confirmed to PETA that they do not use any animals for military medical training exercises—including Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey. This is clear evidence that there is no need to harm animals to prepare military medical personnel to save lives.

Only five NATO nations—Canada, Denmark, Norway, the U.S., and the U.K.—continue to use animals in these barbaric exercises. The Canadian military cuts apart and poisons live pigs with toxic chemicals, the military of Norway shoots live pigs with high-velocity bullets and inflicts numerous life-threatening injuries and bone fractures, and the military of Denmark—with participation from the U.K. Ministry of Defence—subjects live pigs to horrific bullet and blast wounds. The U.S. military stabs, shoots, dismembers, burns, and kills thousands of animals each year as well.

PETA has released disturbing, never-before-seen photographs of live pigs hung from a wooden frame and shot with rifles and handguns during a military training course in Denmark.

Lifelike human simulators that "breathe" and "bleed" and can be used in realistic battlefield scenarios have been shown by military and civilian studies to prepare doctors and medics to treat injured humans more effectively than mutilating and killing animals.

These barbaric animal laboratories also go against the spirit of Canadian, British, Norwegian, and Danish national laws and regulations as well as likely violating European Union law, which requires the use of non-animal training methods whenever possible.

Please take a moment to contact military officials in Canada, Norway, Denmark, and the U.K. and politely and urge them to stop harming and killing animals by joining the overwhelming majority of their NATO allies who use exclusively modern non-animal methods for military medical training exercises.

To read more: https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5371

 

Britain’s Honeybees are Dying, So Why is the UK Objecting to a Pesticides Ban?

Britain’s Honeybees are Dying, So Why is the UK Objecting to a Pesticides Ban?

A new survey of bee populations across Europe reveals the different ways honeybee numbers were impacted by the 2012-2013 winter. What does the study tell us and why are its findings important?

This month European officials released a new survey called “A Pan-European Epidemiological Study on Honeybee Colony Loses 2012-2013.” The European survey included data about 31,800 colonies from across 17 European member states. This research, the first of its kind, compiled data from a variety of smaller studies that was used to create a broad database and therein generate a more representative analysis of the state of honeybee die offs in Europe.

It’s nice to say that, for once, there are some encouraging signs. The survey reports that there have been “acceptable” mortality rates (under 10 percent) for almost half of honeybee colonies across the European nations that were surveyed (Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Slovakia and Spain). Those figures are revisions of earlier speculative figures that had put the rate of mortality quite a bit higher. They are also in stark contrast to preliminary U.S. figures, which appear to show that during the 2012-2013 winter, around 31 percent of honeybee colonies were lost.

The research found that bee diseases in Europe were perhaps less prevalent than the smaller studies might have suggested, and that overall colony collapse disorder doesn’t, for honeybees at least, appear to be an imminent threat. Among the nations whose honeybees seem to be doing particularly well were Italy and Greece. Unfortunately, why this might be isn’t yet known.

There were a few nations that were just over the acceptable limit, and they include Germany, France, Latvia, Poland and Portugal, where mortality rates were between 10 and 15 percent. Those figures aren’t overly concerning and might be accounted for by a particularly bad season and perhaps not yet indicative of a worrying downward trend — though future data might show that to be the case.

However, the survey did find that there are several places in Europe where honeybee mortality rates are considerably higher than the European average. In fact, one third of the EU’s bee colonies exceeded the 10 percent die off rate, and there may be more because this research didn’t take survey data from around 20 percent of the EU’s bee colonies.

The research found that northern countries in particular are seeing high honeybee mortality. Belgium had the highest mortality rate at 33.6 percent, while the UK wasn’t far behind at 28.8 percent. Other nations above the so-called “unacceptable threshold” included Denmark, Estonia, Finland and Sweden.

That said, the commission believes this research should be encouraging. The Guardian quotes the commission behind the report as saying, “These data show that, while higher bee colony mortalities do exist in some parts of the EU, bees are neither disappearing, nor is colony collapse disorder taking place.”
To Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/britains-honeybees-are-dying-so-why-is-the-uk-objecting-to-a-pesticides-ban.html#ixzz2yaRJBNQY

 

China: Punish Buyers of Poached Tiger Body Parts

In Zhanjiang, a city in China's Guangdong province, prominent business people and local officials have found a grotesque form of entertainment: watching tigers be electrocuted alive. These so-called "visual feasts" were followed by the tigers being butchered and fed to the attendees. Then the body parts were given as expensive gifts or sold on the black market. 

The English-language website of the China News Service has reported 15 suspects have been arrested in a raid. One of the butchers responsible for the slaughter of at least 10 tigers jumped to his own death trying to evade arrest. The tiger trade is technically banned in China, and anyone convicted of poaching faces the death penalty.

Tiger bones and genitals are believed to contain medicinal properties in China, and tiger body parts and meat can sell for the equivalent of thousands of dollars per kilo. This black market industry is a major contributing factor to declining tiger populations worldwide. While the perpetrators of the butchery in Zhanjiang will be prosecuted, so too should anyone implicated in the participation of these grotesque displays, purchasers of these tiger products, and those who accept them as gifts.

Sign this petition to demand that China crack down on people who buy tiger products and watch their execution.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/790/294/887/china-punish-buyers-of-poached-tiger-body-parts/


Greyhounds: SPCA International Testifies at Spanish Congress of Deputies 
 

By Meredith Ayan and Stephanie Scott   SPCA International is delighted to announce that last week, along with local Spanish animal rescue organizations, we testified about the cruel treatment of hunting Greyhounds before the Spanish Congress of Deputies.  This was an amazing opportunity to speak out on behalf of the over 60,000 Greyhounds abused, tortured and discarded in this country every year. We joined forces with many other incredible Spanish NGOs who are entirely dedicated to this work - it was a true honor to stand side-by-side with them. History was made and it was an extremely successful day speaking out for the Greyhounds of Spain! In addition to these great honors, we also prepared and delivered an official letter to the Congress from SPCAI urging for changes to laws and pleading for the enforcement of those laws that are already in place to prevent this cruelty.

Spain is the only country in the European Union that allows this type of hunting with Spanish Greyhounds or Galgo. It has been outlawed in every other country. In attendance were over 130 activists, members of congress and concerned citizens. Although we know that we have an uphill battle ahead of us, our hearts are optimistic for the future of these dogs after seeing the wonderful representation of concerned citizens present at this meeting. We will not rest until we have urged Spain to enforce the laws in place against this abuse, and ultimately end this cruel sport altogether.

Have you signed the petition to make your voice heard? And, check out our infographics that demonstrate the horrible reality of what’s happening to Greyhounds in Spain.

Together we can make a difference! Please spread the word.

http://www.spcai.org/index.php/news-and-blog/spcai-news/item/858-spca-international-testifies-at-spanish-congress-of-deputies.html

 

The moment a giraffe 'says goodbye' to a dying zoo worker "Mario"

It was a touching moment between a zoo worker and one of his favorite animals. The moment a giraffe 'says goodbye' to a dying zoo worker Friday 21 March 2014 The touching moment was captured on film. Photo: Stichting Ambulancewens A 54-year-old zoo worker suffering from terminal cancer was 'kissed' by a giraffe while on a visit to say goodbye to the animals whose pens he cleaned. Mario was wheeled around the Blijdorp zoo in Rotterdam in his hospital bed thanks to the charity Ambulance Wish Foundation. While visiting the giraffes, one approached Mario and appeared to nuzzle him. ‘It was a very special moment. You saw him smile,’ the foundation’s director Kees Veldboer told the AD. ‘It was special that the animals knew him and could sense all was not well with him.’ Mario, who had learning difficulties, had worked at the zoo for most of his adult life. - See more at: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2014/03/the_moment_a_giraffe_says_good.php#sthash.4GdIKTlg.dpuf



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Again a dog severely beaten and tied with a cable on his neck, was lying in the street in a Arad neighborhood.
Our desperation was big because we didn’t know how to reach to him but again two friends of ours jumped into the dog’s help and went there to take the dog to the clinic and so we thank from our souls to Tavi and Corina for this wonderful gesture!
The dog was severely mistreated, having also a whole in his head, blood in the mouth and nose…we hope in his full recovery and we kindly ask you to help us with publicity, donation or anything you consider possible, even a good thought is necessary in such situations. Thank you!
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SPCA International
Thank You!


Dear Johni,

Thank you for supporting our campaign in February to fight cruelty toward Greyhounds in Spain! We are very excited to announce that our team will be heading to Spain next week to join a coalition of groups meeting with the Spanish Congress of Deputies about eradicating this horrific abuse. Your financial support makes this incredible opportunity possible. Together we are making a real difference for the Greyhounds of Spain. Thank you!

I also wanted to share this new infographic with you that we are rolling out online. Please share it with your friends and, if you haven’t already, please sign the petition against Greyhound abuse that we will bring to the Spanish Congress during our meeting on March 12th.

Thank you for your ongoing support. You are the backbone of this organization.

With great thanks,
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JD Winston
Executive Director
SPCA International

P.S. Watch our Facebook page for updates about our meeting with the Spanish Congress of Deputies next week.



Stop Battery Farming Rabbits in the UK

Stop Battery Farming Rabbits in the UK

  • author: Judith B.
  • target: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK
  • signatures: 2,574

    Battery farming chickens is no longer legal in the UK. The intensive farming of rabbits in the same or worse conditions continues.

    Keeping chickens in such a way could lead to prosecution, yet it is still, unbelievably, perfectly legal to keep rabbits, animals as intelligent, sociable and sensitive as cats or dogs, in battery-style units.

    In these unspeakably brutal systems, rabbits are packed into wire cages with barely enough space to stretch, turn around or lie down, let alone hop, run or socialise. They have no bedding, no shelter and no opportunity to exhibit any sort of natural behaviour.

    The RSPCA reports that rabbits are often kept crammed together with less space per rabbit than would be covered by an A4 sheet of paper. Breeding animals are often kept alone and the does forced to have litter after litter of babies before being killed after two years or less, when they can no longer breed so fast.

    The current situation is intolerable. Tell DEFRA to immediately introduce proper welfare legislation for farmed rabbits.

  • http://www.thepetitionsite.com/820/553/222/demand-an-end-to-the-battery-farming-of-rabbits-in-the-uk/


 

STOP Cruelty to animals in China

STOP Cruelty to animals in China

  • author: michael mclaughlin
  • target: EMBASSY OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
  • signatures: 3,043
  • The way China savagly kill animals is way beyond cruelty to animals.They say they do it to clean there street but if that is the case they need to see a Psychologist because everywhere else in the world allows animals and doesn't torture them as much as China.

    Then they have the Olympics where they kill animals like it's christmas dinner.

    Sign the Petition and tell them what they are doing is wrong.The animals are just like humans just trying to live there lives.

  • http://www.thepetitionsite.com/912/738/848/stop-cruelty-to-animals-in-china/

 

End Bear Bile Farming In China

End Bear Bile Farming In China

On January 9th 2013, six lucky moon bears arrived at Animals Asia's Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu -- the only sanctuary in China built to care for bears rescued from the barbaric practice of bile farming. Battered and broken from their time on an illegal bear farm, these bears are already starting to mend under the expert care of Animals Asia's dedicated vet team.

And while the nightmare is over for these six bears, across China more than 10,000 moon bears remain in tiny cages never feeling the sun on their backs or grass under their feet. They can be kept like this for up to 30 years. This cruel practice continues despite the availability of many effective and affordable alternatives.

Animals Asia applauds the Chinese Government for rescuing these six bears and
closing the illegal farm, but the suffering of 10,000 must be made a priority and a firm date set when bear farming will end! Add your name to our petition today!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/374/432/912/

 

Stop Zoo's Plan to Kill a Second Healthy Giraffe

Stop Zoo's Plan to Kill a Second Healthy Giraffe

 


December 2013

trim the sato treeHelp Trim the Sato Tree

You can bring happy holidays to our rescues by trimming our Sato tree and stacking a pile of gifts beneath it. We need your help to meet this year’s ambitious Vagqueragoal of $5,000. Select a decoration or gift by clicking here.

Your donations will help special cases like Vaquera (at left), who needs a $300 heartworm treatment before she can find Bollyher forever home, and Bolly (at right), who is waiting for expensive orthopedic surgery to be able to walk without pain.


Together again: Sato mom and son reunite

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After giving birth to her puppies in an abandoned house in 2009, Bella knew they needed a safer place to live. So, she picked up each one in her mouth and moved them all to a security station across the street where the guards gave them food and shelter. A kind woman named Ivonne contacted us for help and soon the pups were on their way to MA to find homes. Bella took the same trip a year later. Recently, Bella, (on left), her son Saxon, and their adoptive families had an emotional meeting with Ivonne (center). Read the whole story.


Home for the Holidays

RicoRescued boxers Daisy and Rico (at left) will be in homes for the holidays, thanks to our new partnership with The Boxer Rescue. (Though most of our rescues are mixed breeds, we often help purebreds.) Both dogs had been abandoned on the streets and were very underweight. But that’s in the past. Now in their respective new homes, Rico can’t stop wagging his tail (even in his sleep) and Daisy spends every second playing with her new big brother (another boxer), as you can see in this video. (She’s the light brown one with the crazy moves.)

 

First Snowfall brings mixed reactions

snowFor Satos recently adopted in the Northeast, December brings a major milestone--their first experience with snow. We find that Satos have a love/hate relationship with the white stuff. Some can’t wait to get outside to roll around and chase snowballs. Others are so horrified that they refuse to leave their indoor heat source. In this photo, Caspian faces a decisive moment as he steps out in his first snowfall.


Need help with your Christmas list? 

We have some ideas….How about a 2014 Sato calendar with 12 months of Puerto Rican pizzazz? Val tshirtOr an All Sato Rescue T shirt (modeled here by Valiente)? Or a ribbon magnet to express your Sato pride? These items are available through facebook and our website or by emailing info@allsatorescue.org.


Satos Give Back

For some of our rescues, their tough early lives inspire them to give back. We want to salute some of these good Samaritans. Bella (in the reunion story) is a certified therapy dog who helps people with mental illness. OdieA certified Canine Good Citizen, Odie (left) is working toward becoming an Emotional Support Animal, and Sassy was recruited into the Hearing Dog Program at NEADS, a national nonprofit that trains dogs for the deaf and disabled. Sassy's full story is just below the story on Bella and Saxon.


Thanks to our recurring donors:

All Sato Rescue is fortunate to have some incredibly committed supporters, who donate every single month of the year. We would like to send a special thanks to these people: Marena Bard, Fonda Beard, Jenifer Burns, Lisa Hugo, Beth Jasniewicz, Kristen Kinnally, Mari Perez-Alers, Barbara Sager, and Kirsten Smith. To become a recurring donor, click here.

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Contact twig@allsatorescue.org

 


Thanks to caring supporters like you, 70 Romanian bears are free and now able to live as bears. But we still need you to help free the remaining estimated 15 illegally captive Romanian bears.

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Holidays are for warmth and togetherness. Yet for bears held captive illegally in Romania, it's a time for despair. These bears pace relentlessly in tiny cages alone, freezing and hungry.

Romanian bears have been captured illegally, stolen as cubs and sold for private or commercial use. Some have even seen their own mothers brutally murdered.

Confined in metal cages with damp floors that can cause paw deformity and arthritis, these bears are tormented, often existing without shelter from harsh weather and suffering from malnutrition. After many years in these brutal conditions, many bears resort to abnormal behavior that includes chewing metal bars - their only way of coping. 

Last year,
your kind support allowed us to complete the final enclosure of the Zarnesti Bear Sanctuary, providing a natural home for 70 Romanian bears that you helped free.
 
Gheorge and Doru (the last two remaining bears rescued from the closed Onesti Zoo), along with other bears you helped rescue, are now free to live as nature intended.
Thanks to helpful donors like you - these bears now have a life far from the prison-like cages they once knew.
 
Please make an urgent donation today to help illegally captive Romanian bears and other animals across the globe. We can't do it without you.

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It turns out cat poop-coffee is not just weird, it's also cruel (video)

Civet in cage for poop-coffee  
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False labels claim most is "wild sourced"

Civet coffee, aka Kopi luwak, sounds like an interesting concept at first glance. Coffee made from beans that have been partially digested by the Asian palm civet, a weasel-like member of the Viverridae family (they aren't cats, but they look a bit similar, hence the "cat poop coffee" name). Civet coffee amateurs argue that this coffee is better because special enzymes and fermentation processes inside the civet's digestive tract apparently improves the "flavor profile" of the coffee.

It all sounds good as long as you imagine the animals running around the Indonesian jungle, eating coffee beans as they please, and then workers walking around trying to locate civet droppings that contain that rare poop-coffee. It sounds like an Indiana Jones quest...But the reality is otherwise, sadly. The high popularity of this coffee, combined with its high price, has created an industry that shouldn't exist. See for yourself:

A PETA Asia investigator visited several civet coffee farms and villages in Indonesia and the Philippines, two of the world’s top producers of kopi luwak. Undercover footage from these farms, some of which advertise their coffee as “wild-sourced”, shows sick civets suffering from skin infections and exhibiting signs of zoochosis, a condition in which captive animals display neurotic behaviour such as pacing, spinning and bobbing their heads – indications that the animals are going insane from boredom and depression.


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http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/it-turns-out-cat-poop-coffee-not-just-weird-its-also-cruel-video.html


Remembering the 750,000 Animal Casualties of World War II  

It happened in Britain at the beginning of World War II. Right before war was declared on September 3, 1939, a government pamphlet led to a massive cull of British pets.

Clare Campbell recounts the incident in The Daily Mail:

As the air-raid sirens sounded for the first time and families hastily covered up their windows with black-out curtains, countless cats and dogs were shooed out into the street, or tied up in sacks to be thrown in canals or dumped in back streets and alleyways.

It is estimated that as many as three quarters of a million adored pets were destroyed in the first week of the war.

In the summer of 1939, just before the outbreak of war, the National Air Raid Precautions Animals Committee (NARPAC) was formed. It drafted a notice, Advice to Animal Owners, which read in part, “If at all possible, send or take your household animals into the country in advance of an emergency.” It concluded, “If you cannot place them in the care of neighbors, it really is kindest to have them destroyed.”

Whatever happened to the notion of the British as animal lovers? As a new book entitled Bonzos War: Animals Under Fire 1939 -1945, written by Clare Campbell with Christy Campbell, recounts, a year later, in September 1940, the first bombing of London prompted even more pet owners to rush to have their pets destroyed.

Basically, the government had persuaded the British that putting down the family pet was a patriotic and humane thing to do. The reasoning was that people needed all the food they could get, and there were no extra rations for pets.

The government sent out MI5 agents to watch animal rights activists, considered the mass euthanasia of all ‘non-essential animals,’ sponsored a clandestine anti-dog hate campaign and sanctioned the criminal prosecutions of cat owners for giving their pets saucers of milk.

The day Hitler invaded Poland, a BBC broadcast confirmed it was official policy that pets would not be given shelter. Panic-stricken people flocked to their vets’ offices seeking euthanization for their pets.

That night, distressed animals cast out by their owners roamed the blacked-out streets, and five days of mass destruction followed.

London Zoo was also decimated. The black widow spiders and poisonous snakes were killed, as were a manatee, six Indian fruit bats, seven Nile crocodiles, a muntjac and two American alligators. Two lion cubs were put down, too.




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Good Reason to Kick Up Your Hooves in Botswana
October 16, 2013  
 

Collars for Conservation--The Scoop on Large Herbivores

Lechwe (above) are being monitored to address possible reasons for their population declines in the Okavango Delta. Other hoofed species are also being radio-collared to gather more information about their habits. (Photo by Kelly Landen, Elephants Without Borders)

The vast landscape of Botswana in southern Africa is home to a plethora of species, including humans. Researchers with Elephants Without Borders have been studying the migratory behavior of elephants—and their inevitable conflicts with people—for several years. With the success of that project, the government of Botswana realized that the "key to effective wildlife conservation and management is long-term, science-based research," so Dr. Mike Chase, Henderson Endowed Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow, and his team were granted a research permit to study other large herbivores in northern Botswana.

With the support of San Diego Zoo Global, the Large Herbivore Ecology Program got under way, which entailed deploying GPS-monitoring collars on buffalo, giraffes, sable and lechwe antelope, wildebeest, and zebras. "This is only the beginning to try and answer so many questions," said Mike. Find out more of those pressing questions in his blog post.

Kelly Landen (left) and Dr. Mike Chase work together to place a GPS radio collar on a wildebeest. (Photo courtesy of Elephants Without Borders)

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What to Do When You See A Dog in a Hot Car

What to Do When You See A Dog in a Hot Car

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on June 30, 2012. We are republishing it for your reading pleasure, and just in time for the summer heat. Enjoy!

Most of us are all too familiar with the feeling of dread that comes upon us when we pass by the window of a car and realize that a dog has been left inside on a hot day.  What should I do?  Do I break the window?  Do I call the police?  Do I try to find the car owner? There’s no easy answer, unfortunately, and those decisions are ones that only you can make, but now you can be better prepared for your next encounter.

“My Dog is Cool” is a campaign designed by the RedRover animal protection charity to educate people about the dangers hot weather poses to dogs. Through their “Don’t Leave Me in Here — It’s Hot!” fliers and posters, you can have what you need on hand to try and influence the behavior of dog guardians who need a reminder about the dangers of hot cars.  These are great to place on a wind sheild of an offender’s vehicle or to hang on the door of a local business willing to notify their customers that leaving pets in the car is not okay during warm weather.

RedRover advises that if you see a dog in distress in a hot car, you should call the local animal control agency, police or 911 right away and, if possible, you can also try to find the dog’s owner by going into the adjacent business and making an announcement.

RedRover provides the following signs of an animal who is in danger of  death by heatstroke:

    Excessive panting
    Excessive drooling
    Increased heart rate
    Trouble breathing
    Disorientation
    Collapse or loss of consciousness
    Seizure
    Respiratory arrest

According to RedRover, at least 14 states and many municipalities have laws that specifically address the problem of animals left in cars in extreme temperatures. And some states without these provisions may consider leaving an animal in an enclosed car to be animal cruelty.  However, many of us have hit a road block when calling the police to report these crimes as the dispatcher or the department itself often don’t consider these situations a priority.  Heat stroke can take hold in just 10 minutes or less, so sometimes the dog simply cannot wait for authorities who may or may not be on the way.

The last time I came upon a dog in a hot car, I waited by the vehicle for the owner to appear.  He approached slowly with his companion carrying their Starbucks coffees, in no hurry and with no awareness of the dog’s plight.  Truthfully, I found it hard to maintain my composure as I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes, but I wasn’t the one who needed to be embarrassed. He needed to know that someone cared about the soul in his car. He needed to feel shame that a mother and daughter were standing by his sedan, looking after his dog, even though he had not.  He needed to know that I had called the police.  Though he left in a hurry reassuring me over and over again that his dog was fine, I do hope he’ll think twice about taking the dog along for the ride again on a summer day.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/what-to-do-when-you-see-a-dog-in-a-hot-car.html#ixzz2WPOFFgkv


 

Sheepdog ‘Bodyguards’ Protect Endangered Penguins from Foxes

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Sheepdog ‘Bodyguards’ Protect Endangered Penguins from Foxes

Written by Michael Graham Richard

This is clever. Very clever. Sheepdogs are bred and trained to protect sheep against wolves, but that doesn’t mean that their skills can’t be used to protect different animals against other species of predators. This is exactly what the Maremma Project did on Warrnambool’s Middle Island, off the south coast of Australia. They took 2 Maremma sheepdogs, a breed originally from central Italy, and brought them to the island to protect a dwindling and seriously endangered population of Little Penguins from foxes.

The situation was dire around seven years ago when the sheepdogs were introduced: Where a colony of around 1,500 Little Penguins once thrived, only 4 breeding pairs remained. The colony was truly on the brink of extinction, at least on the island. We first wrote about this about four-and-a-half years ago, and since then things have kept improving, surpassing the expectations of pretty much everyone involved. The last census showed about 200 breeding adults, but most importantly, not one Little Penguin has been killed by a fox since their dog bodyguards landed on the island!

The Little Penguin (aka Fairy Penguin or Little Blue Penguin) is the smallest species of penguin. It only grows to about 13 inches and is found on the coastlines of southern Australia, New Zealand, with possible sightings in Chile.


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Above is an Australian fox. They can reach Middle Island when the tide is low.

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Pammi's Story

A Beautiful Soul Who Lost Her Mother...

Dear Friends and Supporters of Soi Dog,
Thank you for your continued support in helping the neglected and abused dogs and cats of Thailand. For me, Pammi's story underscores the importance of your support.

Several weeks ago May-May Pichamon contacted Soi Dog alerting us to Pammi’s situation. Pammi was found, alone and frightened guarding her mother’s corpse and refusing to leave her mother. Eventually locals buried Pammi’s mother at a nearby tree in the park where Pammi and her mother lived. Pammi still continued to mourn at the spot where her mother was buried.

Imagine for a moment the grief that Pammi felt and knowing that her chances of survival without her mother were slim at best.


Passers-by had placed food and blankets under a stone seat where Pammi lay, but this was only a temporary make-shift home at best. Our animal rescue team found Pammi and brought her back to the shelter.  Sadly, Pammi tested positive to Parvo Virus. Parvo is a serious illness and often fatal for puppies like Pammi. Given Pammi’s serious condition and in order to avoid spreading the virus to other dogs at the shelter my wife Gill made the decision to bring Pammi to our home and care for her there. Pammi had a very poor start in life and Gill was desperate to save her. Gill spent several sleepless nights caring for Pammi and coaxing her to eat and drink.


For days it was touch and go with Pammi’s life hanging by a thin thread. Some days she would eat well and even play with her new toys. She was clearly a clever girl making a soft, cosy bed out of several towels! But other days she would lay listless, not moving and having to be hand fed. From hour to hour Gill did not know if Pammi would survive or not.

Pammi had to make regular trips to the shelter to receive injections from Dr. Tuk to boost her immune system.

Over several days Pammi’s condition progressively improved much to our relief. I have no doubt this was because of Gill’s constant love and attention. Without Gills tender loving care and the interferon injections, Pammi's future looked bleak.

 

p.s. – Great news! – Pammi has now been adopted and will be flying to her new home in Canada. Please join Shiver’s Puppy Care Club so that we can continue to save puppies like Pammi.


A Real War Horse: Sgt. Reckless, Korean War Hero



 A Real War Horse: Sgt. Reckless, Korean War Hero

Heroes come in all sizes and shapes – and species.  This is the story of a real “War Horse” and her name was Sgt. Reckless.

The Korean War is known as the Forgotten War and Sgt. Reckless — although popular in her time – was all but forgotten, too. We are all familiar with the admired animals of the day including Rin-Tin-Tin, Mr. Ed, Lassie and Seabiscuit.  But unless you were of a literate age in 1954 – when The Saturday Evening Post shared her story with the world – you’ve probably never heard of Sgt. Reckless.

The Story of Reckless
A Korean youngster, Kim Huck Moon, sold the racehorse for $250 to U.S. Marine Lieutenant Eric Pedersen.  The boy didn’t really want to sell his horse but did it because his older sister, Chung Soon, had lost her leg in a mine accident and needed a prosthetic.  In Part I of a 1955 book written by Andrew Geer about the little red mare Kim had named Flame-in-the-Morning (Ah Chim Hai), he describes in detail how Kim came to sell her to Lt. Pedersen.

Reckless got her American name from the nickname of the weapon used by the 75mm (millimeter) Recoilless Rifle Platoon of the 5th Marines.  The anti-tank weapon had a brutal back blast.  The platoon was also affectionately known as Reckless Rifles.

The horse was trained to step over communication lines, ignore battle sounds and get down when incoming fire arrived.  The little Mongolian mare weighed only 900 pounds and was used to transport ammunition for the company.  She ended up providing much more than that when she transported injured soldiers back to base camp and provided cover for soldiers during battle.  And amazingly, she did this all on her own.

In one particularly bloody battle — Outpost Vegas in March, 1953 — Reckless made 51 trips up steep hills and through rice paddies carrying ammo and saving soldiers.  She carried over 9,000 pounds of ammunition that day and covered more than 35 miles.  Artillery was exploding at the rate of over 500 rounds per minute.

You can listen to a first-hand account by Harold Wadly — a soldier who witnessed Reckless in Korea — in a radio broadcast. This battle took place mostly at night so Reckless was given the nickname of “Nightmare,” affectionately intended.

She was injured twice in this battle; once in her left flank, and once above an eye.  Her ears were also hurt from barbed wire, but the injury was not a serious one.  She was awarded two purple hearts for her troubles. Reckless fought so bravely, she was officially promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps while in Korea.  And she retired with the additional rank of Staff Sergeant at Camp Pendleton, California.

Other medals include the Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with star, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. She wore them proudly on her red and gold blanket whenever she was paraded around at official functions and simple fun outings.


Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/a-real-war-horse-sgt-reckless-korean-war-hero.html#ixzz1kF0MUtcu


 

Video Games For Pigs


Video Games For Pigs

It turns out that humans and pigs have one more thing in common! We both enjoy playing video games. When researchers at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) and Wageningen UR set out to help address the need to curb boredom in pigs, they discovered that they could do so in a very playful way! In Europe, legislation requires farmers to provide entertainment for their pigs to reduce boredom which can lead to aggression and tail biting. Farmers have been experimenting with all kinds of games and ways to provide the entertainment, but have found that it was hard to provide enough of a challenge for the intelligent animals.

The Playing with Pigs project has developed a game called Pig Chase. Farmers have worked closely with the researchers during the development process, and both have been excited about the results thus far. It seems that the pigs really enjoy playing the video game, and the farmers enjoy it as well. The game helps fulfill the pig’s need for play, and raises new and interesting questions about the relationship between humans and pigs.

The game is played through a large sensitive touch display in which the pigs use their snouts to touch lights. Curious about the lights, they will follow them with their snout. The human uses an iPad to control a ball of light on the screen, and when the pig and person get it just right, it lights up in a fireworks style display on the wall. The person can even see a pig snout on the screen while playing! You can see how it works in this video:

To learn more about the project be sure to visit the Playing with Pigs website.
Video and photo via Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU) and Wageningen University and Research Centre

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/video-games-for-pigs.html#ixzz1jmqmHb4l


New Zealand Penguins in Need of Sweaters

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A yarn store in New Zealand is making an unusual request that is pulling at the heart-strings of the world—they are asking people to sew knit sweaters for penguins affected by the country’s oil spill. The “penguin jumpers” are intended to keep the birds warm until they are well enough to be scrubbed down and to prevent them from consuming oil on their feathers while preening. The yarn store is called Skeinz and is located in Napier, New Zealand. They posted the request along with instructions and patterns on their website and have already received a “deluge” of jumpers.

“It’s really precious and overwhelming,” the store posted on its blog along with photos of piles of penguin sweaters. On Oct. 5, a cargo ship ran aground in New Zealand, pouring 350 tons of oil into the ocean. The accident has been regarded as the country’s worst environmental disaster in decades. More than 1,000 sea birds have already died as a result of the spill, including birds from the country’s native blue penguin population.

Oil can be extremely harmful to penguins, whose feathers are very different from other birds. They have very dense and tiny feathers of different lengths that stick onto them like Velcro, creating a waterproof pseudo-wetsuit. “Basically, when you get even a drop of oil on these birds, it opens up a channel so water can penetrate,” Kevin McGowan of the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology told ABCNews.com. “It’s like a hole in their wetsuit.” McGowan said the sweaters could be the equivalent of the plastic cones sometimes put on dogs to prevent them from scratching stitches after surgery or poking at head injuries. “When they’re wet, the cold can penetrate, especially in water,” McGowan said. “You don’t want anything to penetrate through that wetsuit armor and oil is a pretty bad thing.” To read more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/10/new-zealand-penguins-in-need-of-sweaters/

Specifications and instructions for the penguin PJ’s can be found on the Skeinz website as well as the address where penguin-loving knitters can send them.

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Penguin Jumper in 8ply  - Must be 100% Wool Yarn
1 pair 3.25mm , 1 pair of 3.75mm needles , 1 set of 3.25mm dpn’s or circular
Cast on 36 stitches using 3.25 needles.K1, P1 to end of row. Repeat this row 7 times.  Change to 3.75mm needles and K2, P2 rib. Work 4 rows increasing at each end of every row. (44 sts)
Continue until work measures 15 cms.
Decrease 1 st at each end of every row until 28 sts remain.
Decrease 1 st. in middle of next row (27 sts.)
Leave on needle.
Make second side the same.
Transfer the 54 sts from both pieces to 3 of the set of 4 3.25mm needles.(18 sts on each.) and work a round neck in K1 P1 rib for 10 rows.
Cast off.
Stitch up sides to decreasing to 27sts (opening for flipper). Add elastic to the top and bottom to prevent the penguins getting out of them. Top: 15cm of elastic; bottom 17 cm (knots allowed). Flat elastic OK.

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The Sato Dogs Of Puerto Rico

If you would like to donate something from our wish list of medical, veterinary, kennel, and food supplies, you would make some dogs very happy.
The crisis facing dogs in Puerto Rico is a dark legend in animal welfare circles. Due to a mix of cultural opposition to sterilization, lack of education about responsible pet ownership, poverty and an apathetic government, thousands of dogs across the island are in desperate need of help and the crisis continues to escalate. Here in a place where the suffering of dogs is so widespread it frightens most away, there are a group of women who stand their ground, and have developed a plan that holds great promise.

All Sato Rescue is also taking aim at animal cruelty. Cofounder Edilia Vazquez is a founding member of the first-ever Animal Rights Commission of the Puerto Rican Bar Association. In this capacity, Edilia has reached out to experienced animal rights attorneys and national animal welfare organizations off the island to learn more about what might be done to curtail and prosecute animal cruelty.

To also help: Keep in mind that Puerto Rico is part of the United States. Please make your voice heard to Governor Luis Fortuño to let him know that animal abuse, overpopulation, and abandonment are not acceptable. Ask him to take an active role in finding a humane solution to these terrible problems.

Governor Luis Fortuño
La Fortaleza

P.O. Box 9020082
San Juan, PR 00902
Phone: 787-721-7000
Fax: 787-724-6942

To read more: http://www.animalrescuechase.com/harmony_fund/x-harmony14.html


These 2 are responsible for many Crush videos. THEY ARE finally are caught!!!!!!

The two notorious suspects in producing a series of films showing animals being tortured and crushed to death has been arrested in La Union province. Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of AnimalsPETA) shared some details about the manhunt operation for the couple Victor and Dorma Ridon. (

"Dorma (“Chita”) and Vicente Ridon, the couple charged with crimes related to the production of a series of "crush" videos in which scantily clad young girls engage in the torture killing of animals, were arrested by the police early on Tuesday morning in Burgos. The arrests came as the result of a year-long investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). The Ridons, who have posted bail, have been charged with violations of child abuse (RA 7610) and animal welfare (RA 8485) laws. They are expected to face trial within the year." "PETA's hotline received more than 200 reports in the week following the group's appeal for help. "

"The vicious disregard for the animal suffering shown in these sadistic videos must be severely punished," says PETA Asia's campaigns manager, Rochelle Regodon. "This is a warning to anyone who would commit cruelty-to-animals crimes: The public takes it seriously and will do all it can to see justice served."

"The "crush" videos depict extreme cruelty to animals, including a rabbit as he or she was skinned alive, rabbits as they flailed and screamed while their ears were cut off and as they were set on fire, a dog as he or she was burned with a clothes iron, a monkey and several dogs as they were repeatedly hit in the eye with the sharp end of a stiletto heel, and puppies as they were crushed until they vomited their own internal organs."

 


This was pretty eye opening when you buy leather goods MADE IN Thailand and China..

PETA - Are you wearing dog leather?

Where does the leather for purses, shoes, and belts come from?

Many of us may think that we know the answer but don't know what animal the skin was taken from or how that animal suffered. The truth is quite disturbing. Undercover investigators have provided PETA with horrifying photographs of dogs in Thailand as they were being slaughtered so that their skins could be tanned for leather. The photographs show terrified dogs sitting in crowded cages, awaiting their own violent death as other dogs are killed right in front of them. The skins ripped off their bodies will join those of other animals at leather auctions or go to private dealers to be sold by wholesalers throughout Asia who feed the global leather trade. Will they end up as a leather belt or a furry cat toy in a store near you? 

Many believe that leather comes from cattle and calves in the U.S., a "coproduct" of the hideous and well-documented abuses in the meat industry. But the skins used in some leather products come from animals some would never suspect could have been slaughtered to manufacture a belt, a pair of gloves, or a leather trinket. From zebras and kangaroos to snakes and even dogs, the majority of the skin sold to the U.S. comes from developing countries throughout Asia. PETA is leading the fight to save animals' skins—from old Indian bullocks whose skin is worth far more than their meager flesh to dogs strung up in the jungles of Thailand. 

There's no justification for sentencing an animal to even a moment's suffering for a pair of shoes or a wallet. And with your help, we will work to ensure that everyone connected to the bloody skins trade from the wholesalers who peddle the skins of abused animals to the designers who are still buying and promoting fashion products made from skins — is aware of the terrible harm inflicted on animals for leather goods. We have an immense task on our hands, but together, we can reduce the cruelty and abuse of animals.

Help Peta continue to help stop this tragic cruelty to dogs and other animals: https://secure.peta.org/site/Donation2?df_id=6321&6321.donation=form1&set.custom.Campaign_Code=H11HEBXXXXG&autologin=true


Snow Leopard Population Thriving in Afghanistan

 

In a press release issued July 13, the Wildlife Conservation Society revealed the discovery of a healthy snow leopard population in the mountains of Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor. Rangers trained by WCS installed “camera traps” at 16 different locations across the region to document the rare felines. Their findings are the first camera trap records of snow leopards in Afghanistan.

“This is a wonderful discovery — it shows that there is real hope for snow leopards in Afghanistan,” Peter Zahler, WCS Deputy Director for Asia Programs, said in the press release. “Now our goal is to ensure that these magnificent animals have a secure future as a key part of Afghanistan’s natural heritage.”

The snow leopard is an endangered species native to the rugged peaks of Central Asia, roaming at altitudes between 9,800 and 17,000 feet. The WCS estimates that only 4,500 to 7,500 snow leopards remain in the wild. Experts believe this population has declined by 20% over the past 16 years. The elusive big cats are threatened by local shepherds, illegal capture for the exotic pet trade and poachers who covet their dense, spotted coats.

The WCS is developing several conservation initiatives to protect the snow leopards in Afghanistan. The group will partner with local communities to do educational outreach about the species and train additional rangers. Schools in the Wakhan region have already begun incorporating conservationist lesson plans, and 59 rangers have been trained to monitor the snow leopard population and enforce anti-poaching laws.

“We believe snow leopards will be conserved in Afghanistan over the long term,” said Anthony Simms, WCS Technical Advisor.

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Fishermen in Amazon See a Rival in the Pink Dolphin


Lalo de Almeida for The New York Times

Pink dolphins in the rivers of the Amazon rain forest compete for the same fish that fishermen try to catch to feed their families. Many are illegally killed.

IGARAPÉ DO COSTA, Brazil — Along the rivers of the Amazon rain forest, people still recount legends in which pink dolphins are magical creatures that can turn into men and impregnate women. Brazilian musicians write songs about them, singing lovingly about the “eye of the river dolphin.”

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Lalo de Almeida for The New York Times. Ronan Benício Rego, a fisherman in Igarapé do Costa, said he had used his harpoon to kill river dolphins. Miguel Miguéis, who studies the river dolphin, searched for his subject in the Rio Trombetas reserve.
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Environmental agents have not visited Igarapé do Costa. But for Ronan Benício Rego, a fisherman in this tiny settlement, pink dolphins are both rival — and prey. Standing on the muddy banks of the river here recently, he said he had killed river dolphins many times before, to use as bait to catch a catfish that is sold to unknowing consumers in Brazil and Colombia. “We want to make money,” said Mr. Rego, 43, the president of the community here. Two dead dolphins could yield about $2,400 in catfish sales in a single day of fishing, he said. But bait is not the only objective. Though the pink dolphins are protected by law, the fishermen see them as nettlesome competitors for the catches that feed their families, and their frustration sometimes boils over.

The illegal slaughtering of dolphins is on the rise here, threatening one of the storied symbols of the Amazon and illustrating the challenge of policing environmental law in such a vast territory, researchers and government officials say. Hundreds, if not thousands, of the estimated 30,000 river dolphins plying the Amazon region are dying every year, they say. Miguel Miguéis, 41, a Portuguese researcher from the Federal University of Western Pará who studies river dolphin populations around the city of Santarém, said the high rate of killings could lead to their extinction. “They are killing their culture, their folklore,” Dr. Miguéis said. “They are killing the Amazon.”

Brazil’s environmental laws strictly prohibit the killing of dolphins and many other wild animals. Violators could face up to four years in prison. But enforcement in the vast Amazon is a huge challenge for Ibama, the Brazilian environmental protection agency, which has 1,300 agents covering the entire country. The Brazilian Amazon alone is larger than India.

Local legends, dating to before Columbus arrived in the New World, have long warned Amazon residents to be respectful but wary of the river dolphins, which they believe have magical powers and can do evil. “I always tell my daughters to stay away from the water during their menstrual cycle,” said Maria Siqueira, 59, who lives in Trombetas. “Just like my mother told me, I tell them the dolphin will impregnate them.” Legends aside, the slaughtering of Amazonian dolphins has become a serious concern for Brazilian officials. Mr. Evaristo said Ibama planned to investigate the possibility that Brazilian fishermen were involved in an organized criminal operation with ties to Colombia. Myrna Domit contributed reporting from Igarapé do Costa, and Toby Muse from Bogotá, Colombia.

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