This is the latest information, news, investigations and events happening around the world in other countries. It has articles from dogs, bears to sea turtles and everything in between that is going on in other parts of the world.



Abandoned Terriers Seek New Home - Because One Acts As Other's Guide Dog. Glenn the elderly Jack Russell is permanently blind and is guided by Buzz a Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Buzz (right) and his blind pal Glenn. (SWNS)Buzz (right) and his blind pal Glenn. (SWNS)

These two abandoned dogs need a new home together - because one acts as the other's guide dog.

Glenn the elderly Jack Russell is permanently blind and is guided by Buzz a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The inseparable pair were found abandoned together in a sea tunnel in Hartlepool, Durham three weeks ago.

They were rescued and are now being cared for at the Stray Aid centre in nearby Coxhoe, where staff are now hoping to find the pals a new home.
Buzz and Glenn, two abandoned dogs who were rescued from a sea tunnel in Hartlepool. (SWNS)
Buzz and Glenn, two abandoned dogs who were rescued from a sea tunnel in Hartlepool. (SWNS)

Staff say the unlikely pair - thought to be between nine and 10 - may have been abandoned because of their age. Sue Bielby said the two friends become distressed when apart for even a few minutes. She said staff had already fallen in love with them and while Glenn is 'not the prettiest dog on the block' he has a personality that more than makes up for it.
She said: 'Buzz acts as Glenn's eyes and it's as simple as that. Glenn gets his confidence from Buzz.
Jack Russell Glenn cannot see and is guided by best friend Staffordshire Bull Terrier Buzz. (SWNS)Jack Russell Glenn cannot see and is guided by best friend Staffordshire Bull Terrier Buzz. (SWNS)

'If they are separated even for a few minutes they both bark and become distressed so they would need to have a loving home together.' Centre manager John Beilby, 56, said: 'They stay together at all times and Glenn follows Buzz wherever he goes. 'Wherever one goes the other one follows.

'They have behaved well in the kennels and they are both quite playful. They both seem to be doing well.' John said they were looking for a quiet home for the pair, perhaps with someone who was retired - and ideally had furniture that doesn't move around.

He added: 'They are unique pair and we need to see they go to a good home.'

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/abandoned-terriers-seek-new-home---because-one-acts-as-other-s-guide-dog-154324110.html#ZUWShZk



I love these Folks..


Hoshi fell victim to a poacher’s trap deep in the jungle. Panicked and in extreme pain he started to chew off his own leg trying to free himself! Hoshi’s screams alerted a nearby hiker who quickly called our shelter and he was rushed to our clinic where he underwent emergency surgery.

Fill out the form now, and save dogs' lives by providing better medical treatment.

*

Hoshi’s life hung in the balance as surgeons rushed against the clock to save him.

https://angelsfordogs.soidog.org/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=FBO_PA_MagdalenaandPups1&utm_campaign=AFD




This is Horrible but we did try to stop this: Dog meat festival in China takes place despite massive online protest.


Up to 10,000 dogs and an unreported number of cats were killed this year to be eaten Sunday and Monday during China's annual Yulin festival — but not without an overwhelming amount of resistance. The Yulin dog meat festival, which officially launched in 2009 as a way to mark the summer solstice in China's Guangxi province, has been a target of animal rights activists since its inauguration. This year, dozens of celebrities, academics and international welfare organizations took up the cause as well, putting more pressure on local authorities than ever before.

Actors Fan BingbingSun Li and Yang Mi are among the Chinese celebrities who have spoken out in opposition to the festival on Weibo and YouTube, joining hundreds of thousands in China who have already been criticizing it online for years, according to Time.

Ahead of the festival on Saturday, a retired school teacher from northern China reportedly travelled to Yulin and paid about 7,000 yuan (approximately $1,400) to save 100 dogs herself. The Guardian reports that the woman, Yang Xiaoyun, also bought 360 dogs last year.

CHINA-DOG-MEAT

Animal lover Yang Xiaoyun purchased dozens of dogs to rescue them from being eaten ahead of the annual dog meat festival in Yulin, Guangxi Autonomous Region. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

Despite mounting pressure to put an end to Yulin's dog meat festival, city officials have been reticent to take action. In fact, they've been distancing themselves from the controversy altogether, calling the festival "only a local folk custom, without official sanction" in a state news agency report. "Some residents of Yulin have the habit of coming together to eat lychees and dog meat during the summer solstice," the city's news office wrote on Weibo, according to the BBC. "The 'summer solstice lychee and dog meat festival' is a commercial term, the city has never [officially] organized a 'dog meat festival.'"

Dog meat is eaten in some parts of China but is not a common dish, The Associated Press writes, explaining that owning dogs as pets was discouraged under early Communist Party rule.

Hkg10189702

Vendors were seen arranging their dog meat displays last week ahead of the 2015 dog meat festival in Yulin. (AFP/Getty Images)

"The urban value system which sees dogs and cats as companions is becoming more dominant while the more traditional and rural value system that sees animals as tools and sources of income is being challenged," said Li to the New York Times in an interview about the festival earlier this month.

When asked about criticism from dog meat traders who have said that stopping the festival could hurt business in Yulin, and that animal rights activists are "introducing a harmful Western ideology into China," he responded that "the impact of shutting down the dog meat trade would not be remotely significant for the Chinese economy." "Opposition to eating dog meat began with the Chinese themselves," he also noted. "The bond between companion animals and humans is not Western. It's a transcultural phenomenon."

Cats at Yulin dog festival

'Cats are also captured, confined, transported and slaughtered,' writes Humane Society International of this image captured ahead of the 2015 Yulin dog meat festival. (HSI.org)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/dog-meat-festival-in-china-takes-place-despite-massive-online-protest-1.3123266


Bringing back Cantor’s Cambodia soft-shell turtle


Cantor’s softshell turtle was thought to be lost from Cambodia until a 2007 survey by CI and partners found a small population in the Mekong River. Since then, CI Greater Mekong has been working with local communities to restore this population, which has been diminished by threats like habitat degradation and human consumption.

In 2011, the Mekong Turtle Conservation Center was established, and it has been bursting with baby turtles ever since. The purpose of the center is to raise wild-born turtle hatchlings until they grow big enough to survive predators like birds and snakes. After a period of about 10 months, the turtles are released back into the river. Returning animals like turtles back into the wild is a common Buddhist tradition; a previous incarnation of Buddha was believed to be a turtle.


CI also pays local community members to protect and monitor Cantor’s softshell turtle nests. Local community members, like Ke Sarith, used to collect eggs for food. Now Sarith calls the turtle conservation center once the eggs begin to hatch.

In addition to providing direct compensation for the nests they protect, the turtle center aims to expand tourism in the area, bringing money to the center and the local economy.

http://www.conservation.org/stories/Pages/Bringing-back-Cantors-softshell-turtle.aspx?utm_source=CambodiaCmpgn&utm_medium=email&utm_content=060915-link&utm_campaign=EMAIL5ND&s_src=CambodiaCmpgn_email&s_subsrc=060915-link


Giant Pandas Face Greatest Threat Yet: A Hotter World


Giant Pandas Face Greatest Threat Yet: A Hotter World

Giant pandas, with their fuzzy raccoon eyes and innocent faces, are one of the world’s most treasured endangered species. We look at them and feel compassion.

It helps explain why the latest threat to giant pandas, rising global temperatures, has raised such alarm.

Poaching and habitat destruction over the past 3,000 years have brought the total population down below 2,000. Today, giant pandas exist in an area that is less than one percent of their historical range. Several conservation programs over the past few decades have effectively prevented panda extinction and begun to boost the panda population. Unfortunately, this success may be completely offset by our steadily warming climate.

The heartbreaking truth is that giant panda habitat may be all-but gone by the end of the century, with half of it vanished by 2070, new research shows. And because they’re pandas, the animals will have difficulty adapting to change.

Climate change kills bamboo, 99 percent of panda’s diet

Using reliable data and robust modeling techniques, scientists have found that most of the current bamboo habitat will soon become unsuitable for survival, with bamboo estimated to entirely die off within 50 to 100 years, depending on the model. Without bamboo, giant pandas have been observed in the past to starve to death.

While other areas may become suitable for bamboo growth, they tend to be in regions other than where pandas live, or in areas outside current panda reserves where people – not wild animals – make their home. Fragmented habitats will also prevent the bamboo from easily shifting its habitat, especially as it has an unusually long reproductive cycle.

The result: Giant pandas could lose half their habitat with even just a couple degrees increase in global temperatures. So far, global temperatures have already risen by 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century, and they’re projected to increase by another one to six degrees by 2100.

Giant pandas have little energy to adapt

Even if the bamboo were able to successfully migrate, the lack of nutritional value in bamboo leaves the giant panda lethargic. Because nearly all of a panda’s diet consists of bamboo, it must eat between 25 and 50 pounds of it every day to survive. It’s why pandas spend almost the entire day eating, and barely moving. It is an effort to get pandas to reproduce, let alone relocate. The likelihood of these animals adapting on their own to a changing world is therefore low.

Do we still have time to save them?

In addition to taking actions to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases to limit warming, scientists suggest modifying current conservation strategies to account for a changing climate. By planting bamboo in areas that will soon become suitable panda habitat, and by moving the most threatened groups of pandas, we can further protect this precious and beloved animal from the cascading effects of climate change.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/giant-pandas-face-greatest-threat-yet-a-hotter-world.html#ixzz3budyAqgG



Fox hunting involves setting a pack of dogs on a fox and then chasing it on horseback. Once caught, the dogs will rip apart the fox until it dies a horrific death.


Hunting wild mammals (foxes, hare, mink etc.) with dogs was banned in England and Wales by the Hunting Act in 2004.  The new Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron, plans to have a free vote on repealing the act. If this happens, animal welfare in the UK will be set back years, and many innocent animals will die an unnecessary and violent death as a result.

Please sign now to email y
our MP to ask if they will vote to keep the ban on fox hunting.

IF YOU LIVE IN SCOTLAND — or know anyone who does — it's even more important to sign and share this petition. The SNP have not yet decided whether to vote on this issue, but have promised to vote against repealing the act if they do. Hunting is already banned in Scotland and this won't affect Scottish animals. Please sign to ask your MP to vote to save foxes in England and Wales. We need the SNP to vote on this.

Campaigners from the League Against Cruel Sports have vowed to defend the anti-hunting legislation with a cross-party campaign.

"The Hunting Act is the most successful piece of wild animal welfare legislation in history and it is supported by 80% of the British public,” its executive Joe Duckworth said.

“No government, regardless of the party they represent, should ignore such strong public feeling. The Hunting Act is a testimony to the fact that we are a nation of animal lovers and we have an international reputation for our hatred of cruelty in the name of sport.

Labour and Green MPs are likely to vote to keep the ban. Labour said, "we believe that causing defenceless animals to suffer in the name of sport has no place in a civilised society. But just as we celebrate the Hunting Act, the Tories plan to repeal it."


Please read more and sign:
  http://imgur.com/gallery/b5R2Agx

 

Soi dog praised for ‘saving’ baby’s life

Stray Dog Saves Abandoned Newborn Baby in Thailand

On his way to dinner, last week, a man in Thailand noticed a group of stray dogs fighting over a bundle left in the street. What he discovered was quite shocking. The bundle was an abandoned newborn baby.

Noi Pongsakorn stopped to investigate when he saw a familiar stray dog whom he regularly would feed, begin to intervene on the group of rowdy canines. He had named the yellow Lab mix Nom Sod, which translates to fresh milk. Nom Sod stuck her nose into the fray, growled at the other dogs and quickly picked up the bundle.

When Mr. Pongsakorn showed Nom Sod a stick she gently laid the prize at his feet. “At the time I didn’t think it was a baby and thought it was a doll, until I heard it crying and walked closer to Nom Sod,” he said.

Imagine his surprise when he discovered the four-and-a-half-pound baby girl whose skin looked to be a pale shade of green with bite and scratch marks on her body. She appeared to be a premature infant that was still breathing, so Pongsakorn called for help.

When police and paramedics arrived they tended to the infant and transported her to safety. Police Colonel Chuthares Yingyongdamrongsakul rewarded Nom Sod by buying her a collar and bringing her some grilled chicken to eat. You can see Non Sod getting her reward here.




Spanish hunters kill thousands of healthy dogs


Every spring, Spanish hunters kill thousands of healthy dogs -- and the owners are not brought to justice because hunting dogs are under Spanish laws classified as "working labor" and not as pets.

Spanish hunting dogs include galgos (greyhounds), podencos, setters, pointers, and more. They are extremely gentle dogs who are good with people and eager to please. Owners kill their hunting dogs when they "embarrass" their owners by losing races. They are deemed no longer useful and their owners no longer want to feed them.

One common way of killing these dogs is to hang the dogs by the neck just high enough so that they have to support themselves using their back legs.  Eventually, the dogs get too tired to stand any longer, so they collapse and hang themselves, slowly dying in agony and terror. It's called "The Typewriter" because of the noise the dogs' nails make as they skitter frantically on the ground, trying to get free. Other times, hunters abandon the dogs to starve to death or shoot them.

Cruelty towards pets is illegal, but these hunters are rarely punished for this horrifying abuse because hunting dogs are not legally protected as pets. In fact, some don't even know that it is outlawed, since people have been murdering their dogs in this way for generations.

It's outrageous that people aren't punished for these cruel killings. The laws need to protect these dogs and police need to arrest the hunters who mishandle and murder these animals.


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/356/977/962/demand-spain-strictly-enforce-penalties-for-animal-cruelty/?z00m=22907484&redirectID=1674471667




Stray Dogs Master Complex Moscow Subway System

Every so often, if you ride Moscow's crowded subways, you notice that the commuters around you include a dog a stray dog, on its own, just using the handy underground Metro to beat the traffic and get from A to B. Yes, some of Moscow's stray dogs have figured out how to use the city's immense and complex subway system, getting on and off at their regular stops. The human commuters around them are so accustomed to it that they rarely seem to notice.

"In Moscow there are all sorts of stray dogs, but... there are no stupid dogs," Dr. Andrey Poyarkov, a biologist who has studied Moscow's strays for 30 years, told ABC News.

As many as 35,000 stray dogs live in Russia's capital city. They can be found everywhere, from markets to construction sites to underground passageways, scrounging for food and trying to survive.

Taking the subway is just one of many tactics the strays have come up with for surviving in the manmade wilderness around them. "The street is tough and it's survival of the fittest," says Poyarkov. "These clever dogs know people much better than people know them." Poyarkov says that only a small fraction of strays have figured out how to navigate the maze that is Moscow's subway system.

What's most impressive about the subway dogs, says Poyarkov's graduate student, Alexei Vereshchagin, is their ability to deal with the Metro's loud noises and packed crowds, distractions that domesticated dogs often cannot handle.

"It's stressful even for people standing in a crowd," he says, "and the dogs are lying down so no one is seeing them, so anyone can put feet on them. But they get used to this." ABC News found a female stray in the Kievskaya station, and barely managed to follow her as she zipped between the legs of the bustling travelers around her to catch a ride on the Koltsevaya Line. Once on board, she settled down on the floor among the feet and legs, even dozed a bit, and occasionally got up for a brief conversation with a friendly human. She seemed to sense that such close quarters were no place to appear threatening.

VIDEO: Russian scientists describe the strays commuting skills and panhandling tactics

Moscow's strays have also been observed obeying traffic lights, says Vereshchagin. He and Poyarkov report the strays have developed a variety of techniques for hunting food in the wild metropolis. Sometimes a pack will send out a smaller, cuter member apparently realizing it will be more successful at begging than its bigger, less attractive counterparts. Another trick the researchers report seeing is the bark-and-grab: a dog will suddenly jump up behind a person in the street who is holding some snack, enough of a surprise that the food gets dropped for the grabbing.

The female we followed on the Kievskaya Line seemed at ease as she traveled among all the people packed in around her, and with reason: Moscow's subway strays even have their own statue in the Mendeleyevskaya station. It commemorates Malchik, a stray who lived there until he was stabbed by a fashion model in 2002 who didn't like how Malchik barked at her terrier.

Learn How to Live With Them

  Outraged Muscovites erected the statue. Passersby now rub the Malchik's shiny bronze nose for good luck. Despite this public admiration for the strays and their survival skills, many Muscovites still see the tens of thousands of homeless dogs as a big problem. "We have to solve it," Anastasia Markina of the Alliance for Animal Rights of Moscow said. "They're not guilty that they became homeless. We should solve this problem in a humane way." There have been sterilization campaigns, and city dogcatchers manage to get some strays into pounds, but it's all had little effect on the overall stray population.

Vereshchagin thinks that Moscow's residents need to accept the dogs as a part of life in the city. "It's not really easy to completely move the dogs out of the streets," he says. "I guess we just have to... learn how to live with them." The stray dogs of Moscow - including those who use the subway - have themselves already done a lot to work for peaceful coexistence.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/Technology/stray-dogs-master-complex-moscow-subway-system/story?id=10145833



Stop Using Endangered Condors for Bullfighting


Yawar Fiestas, are held each year in 38 villages across the Peruvian Andes at least once a year. Townspeople take turns running in front of a bull enraged by a condor tired into its back. A Condor is strapped to a bulls back and then they have a bullfight.

VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1gq24hrLQ0

The bird, long threatened with extinction, is tortured and abused as they pull at its wings, tie it onto a bull that's jumping and kicking and if it does not die then it flies away so traumatized it dies somewhere else. There are no more than 500 condors in Peru, and the population is in decline.

The condor's survival in Peru is also threatened by shrinking habitat due to development, including large mining projects in the highlands, the trafficking of its feathers and body parts and loss of food sources.

Stop this superstitious, traditional blood festival and protect the endangered Peruvian Condor.




This is every Wool Factory Farmer

If you were a sheep used for wool, this is what would happen to you:

1. You’d probably live in Australia.

Crowded Sheep

2. As a young sheep, your ears would likely be hole-punched and your tail would be chopped off. If you were a boy, you’d be castrated. Probably without any painkillers.

Sheep with Ear Tag

3. You also might die.

Dead Sheep

In Australia, it’s “normal” for millions of lambs to die every spring.

4. You’d probably have huge chunks of skin around your tail cut off.

Mulesing Sheep

Again, probably without any painkillers.

5. It’s called “mulesing,” but you probably wouldn’t care what it’s called.

6. During shearing, this might happen to you:

7. Or this: "See the video"

8. If workers sheared you too early, you might die of exposure in the winter.

Emaciated Sheep

9. Or, because you were bred to be so overloaded with wool, you might die of heat exhaustion in the summer.

Bleeding Sheep

10. When your wool production declines, you’d probably be sent to auction.

Dead Sheep at Auction

Because of the extreme crowding of animals at auctions, you might die from injuries or stress.

11. If you survived the auction, you might be sent to slaughter.

Sheep on Transport Truck

12. If you weren’t sent straight to slaughter, you might be forced to board a ship to be transported from Australia to the Middle East.

13. On the way there, you might die.

Sad Crowded Sheep

If you didn’t die, you’d travel for days—or even weeks—on the filthy, severely crowded ship.

14. Once you got there, you’d probably be killed without being stunned first.

15. If you were a sheep, you probably wouldn’t want anyone to wear wool.

Please, don’t wear wool. Sheep-friendly wool-like materials are easier than ever to find, so if the label says “wool,” leave that product on the shelf.

http://www.peta.org/features/if-you-were-a-sheep/?utm_campaign=031315%20PETA%20E-News&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News


Crack Down On The Illegal Hunting Of Birds Throughout Europe PETITION

Please sign and share this petition worldwide in an effort to speak out in Europe against the illegal hunting of birds. Because of various looplaws and inconsistencies in the laws, it appears that too many birds are losing their lives, leading to a clear extinction of various breeds. We are concerned about specific species of birds such as the Amur Falcon and Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia Curruca) along with the possibility of endangerment and extinction of these birds, among others.

The news seems to be full of stories regarding the killing and poaching of elephants and rhinos for their tusks and horns but rarely hear much about the killing of birds and other serious infractions of conservation laws on them throughout Europe. More realistic quotas and requlations need to be set and implemented to help maintain and protect various species of birds like the Amur Falcon and Lesser Whitethroat, just to name two.

The current weak laws throughout Europe actually allows the actual occurrence of organized hunting trips, targeting songbirds of the area. However, the number of birds killed and taken by the hunters is minute compared to those that were smuggled out of their habitat as a means to meet demand for traditional cuisine. It has been documented that poachers alone killed more than 2 million of the Lesser Whitethroat alone in the last couple of years.

Migratory birds like the Amur falcon are also trapped, killed and poached through human exploitation. It has been documented that tens of thousands of these birds were trapped illegally in nets and killed for food. The Amur’s relative, the Saker, is the bird of choice for Arabian falconers, and its wild populations are in extreme trouble. Many other species of birds, including the dodo bird and others are doomed unless their dangers and issues are recognized and address by the CMS and International government parties, along with the World Heritage Committee.

We are asking for your help by signing and sharing this petition worldwide with our efforts in saving and protecting the many bird species throughout Europe by implementing and more strongly enforcing laws to stop the illegal hunt, poaching, killing and smuggling of these birds. We need to encourage the Convention on Migratory Speciesa and the World Heritage Committee with steps taken to ensure that appropriate wildlife legislation is put in place, understood by the public and properly enforced.

http://www.care2.com/news/member/862450128/3858906



Alcoholic Russian Bears May Finally Get the Treatment They Need

Taken in as cubs, two bears have been living in a small trash-ridden cage at a restaurant in Sochi, Russia, for over 20 years. In an effort to help the bears, some local animal advocates notified Anna Kogan, founder of Big Hearts Foundation (BHF), an animal welfare organization that helps animal causes in Russia.

sochi6  BHF worked along with the Prosecutor General in Sochi to get the bears released and sent to a sanctuary and, on February 3, 2015, the court ruled in favor of the bears. 

The Story of Misha and Pasha

Never receiving veterinary care and given inappropriate food–as well as alcohol by restaurant patrons–the two male bears, named Misha and Pasha, have become addicted to alcohol.

Their life together has been one of abuse and neglect. The cage they were housed in does not permit them to perform normal bear behaviors like foraging for food and hibernation. Years of patrons parking directly in front of the cages at night time and flashing headlights in their eyes has caused one bear to become blind. Their emotional needs have been so thwarted they will physically fight each other, causing them both serious injuries. What a horrible life these innocent bears have been made to suffer!

Kogan told Care2 that Misha and Pasha were given to the restaurant owner as cubs by a photographer. A common practice on Sochi beaches is for photographers to take pictures of tourists with baby wild animals like bears, lions, leopards and crocodiles. Then, when the season is over, the baby animals are usually killed.

A Look to the Future

The current plan is for Misha and Pasha to be transported to Liberty Bear Sanctuary (LBS) located up in the Carpathian Mountains above the town of Zarnesti in the Transylvania area of Romania. LBS was established in 1998 and has rehabilitated many abused bears since then. Some were baiting bears who were chained and secured to the ground while hunting dogs are made to attack them. LBS has even successfully rehabilitated other alcoholic bears at its sanctuary. The problem is, their transfer is currently held up due to the logistics of transporting the bears out of Russia to another country.

BHF is looking to send the bears to Romania by boat across the Black Sea rather than flying them, so the move will be less stressful for Misha and Pasha. Kogan said after the February 3 court case ruling allowing Misha and Pasha to be removed from the restaurant owner, The Ministry of Natural Resources waited until the last possible appeal date of March 2 to appeal the ruling, citing lack of an appropriate place to house the bears and no funding available to accomplish it. The World Animal Protection organization has stepped up to assist with funding.

For now, Misha and Pasha are still living in the tiny cage at the Sochi restaurant until an appropriate place can be found for them to live in Sochi and until transportation arrangements can be made for their move to Romania.




Mastering The Art of Cat Cooking  I was appalled when I found this website on Facebook. Are you frigging kidding!!




This is some of the postings: This is so wrong !!

Before slow roasting any cat, no matter how young they are, it is essential that you hang the moggy for several days in order to tenderize them. This is best done in an open, airy and well lit area of the house, as it's piss funny to watch them struggle.
'Before slow roasting any cat, no matter how young they are, it is essential that you hang the moggy for several days in order to tenderize them. This is best done in an open, airy and well lit area of the house, as it's piss funny to watch them struggle.'

Before slow roasting any cat, no matter how young they are, it is essential that you hang the moggy for several days in order to tenderize them. This is best done in an open, airy and well lit area of the house, as it's piss funny to watch them struggle.


Maybe you can let them know what you REALLY think...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mastering-The-Art-of-Cat-Cooking/811119968937402




Save Costa Rica Puppies!

Pictures of mangled dogs have been circulating via social media in Costa Rica. It appears that some Costa Rican dog owners think nothing of cruelly slicing at their pets' throats with wires and enacting other abuses.

Animal activists swung into action and drafted a bill that will offer a wide range of protections to animals, especially companion animals. The Animal Welfare bill calls for prison sentences of up to six years for cruelty to animals. It would also bring reforms to bullfighting and restrict the use of animals in entertainment.

President Luis Guillermo has made passage of this bill a priority. However, Costa Rica's Libertarian Movement party is trying to gut the bill by adding amendments that will weaken its authority. Please tell the Costa Rica Legislative Assembly to pass the current draft of the bill without further amendments.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/202/046/527/save-costa-rica-puppies/



Help Ganga the temple elephant receive proper care


Ganga is an 8 year old temple elephant living at the Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her life is spent chained at her ankles, on the hard pavement with very little room to move. Elephants are highly intelligent, social animals and living in such a manner causes great physical and psychological suffering. She is showing stereotypical signs of stress by rocking and head-bobbing. In the picture on the right, she is sleeping while chained, in her own urine and excrement. This is absolutely disgraceful!

We are asking that Ganga be given the proper care she deserves: a corral where she is able to move around freely without chains, proper food and water, daily long walks, vet care when needed, and a proper, clean place to sleep. Sign the petition today!

(To learn more, watch a video of Ganga's treatment here.) http://www.elephantadvocacy.org/srilankantempleelephantcampaign.htm

To sign the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/384/715/776/help-ganga-the-temple-elephant-receive-proper-care/




Marine pollution incidents kill thousands of seabirds - and it could be legal!

Between 29 January and 6 February 2013, more than 500 seabirds, mainly guillemots, were killed or rendered helpless by a mystery substance from a pollution event off the south coast of England.






Between 29 January and 6 February 2013, more than 500 seabirds, mainly guillemots, were killed or rendered helpless by a mystery substance from a pollution event off the south coast of England.

Shockingly, these deaths and injuries may have resulted from legal shipping activity. The substance was subsequently identified as a man-made synthetic polymer known as polyisobutene, or PIB. This same substance has also caused the deaths of thousands of other seabirds in recent years in the Irish and North Seas.

Although it is illegal to discharge mineral oil directly into the seas (most major incidents of oil pollution now relate to shipping 'accidents', such as the MSC Napoli off Devon in 2007), it is still legal with conditions to discharge hazardous noxious chemicals, such as PIB, directly into the sea when washing out cargo tanks.

There is growing evidence, however, that some of these chemicals have highly damaging impacts on the marine environment, of which seabirds are the most obvious victims, but which are not currently considered by existing regulations. This has to change.

These birds were coated with a whitish or transparent, glue-like substance, so adhesive that it stuck their wings to their bodies, and even stones and rocks to the birds themselves. The hotspot was between Chesil Bank and Portland, Dorset but smaller numbers of similarly affected birds were reported from Devon and Cornwall.

Staff and volunteers from conservation and welfare NGOs recorded casualties. The RSPCA collected live casualties: 286 guillemots and 24 razorbills, and smaller numbers went for treatment elsewhere. Sadly, 53 of these casualties have subsequently died or had to be euthanized. Approximately 200 dead birds were recorded at Chesil/Portland in total. Many birds were emaciated, indicating they had not been able to feed for some days.

Marc Smith, Dorset Wildlife Trust, was one of the first to witness the scale of the tragedy; he and his colleagues worked with RSPCA staff to retrieve affected birds. "It was heart-breaking seeing the birds washing up along the shore. Some were so covered in this horrible substance they were literally stuck to the beach — still alive but unable to move. Others only had a small amount on them but you could see they were in distress. Exhausted, freezing and emaciated - they were the lucky ones. For every bird rescued we knew there were many more that had perished at sea. Dead birds littered the beach. What really sticks in your throat is knowing this was preventable". http://www.enn.com/wildlife/article/45601

To sign a petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/331/082/092/protect-uk-sea-birds-from-hazardous-chemicals/



Benjy the 'Gay' Bull Saved From Slaughter!

Benjy the bull was going to be sent to the butcher because he failed to show interest in female cows and seemed to be digging the fellas instead. But with help from The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon, Benjy made it to the Hillside Animal Sanctuary on Sunday, where he’ll breathe fresh air, graze freely, and never again face the threat of imminent slaughter.

Benji-the-Bull

Simon helped make Benjy’s rescue possible. “I believe in compassion and empathy for all living beings—regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or species. That’s why when PETA UK told me about ‘Benjy, the gay bull,’ I felt compelled to help,” he said. “All animals have a dire destiny in the meat and dairy industries, but for Benjy to have been killed because of his sexual orientation would have been a double tragedy.”

Bull2

“My health won’t allow me to travel to the U.K. to see Benjy in his new home, but it thrills me to know that his fate is a sanctuary rather than a sandwich, and I know the folks at PETA UK … will keep me updated on his progress,” says Simon, who’s battling cancer.

Simon also hopes Benjy’s story will inspire others to help animals. “While it will be a happy holiday season for Benjy, it won’t be for the millions of other animals on farms living in their own filth, denied everything that is natural and important to them,” says Simon. “I’d encourage anyone moved by Benjy’s plight to help other animals like him by choosing to leave all animals off their plates and opt for a vegan Christmas dinner.”

Read more: http://www.peta2.com/blog/benjy-gay-bull-rescued/#ixzz3ORX11puz



These Injured Koalas Really Need Your Mittens


If you can’t sew, now would be a good time to learn.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare has put out a plea for cotton mittens to help recovering koalas whose paws were burned during recent bushfires in Australia. The organization doesn’t know how many injured koalas to anticipate this season, but it’s preparing for an influx. Much as doctors do with humans, vets treat marsupial burn injuries with cream and bandages.

“[Koalas] then need special cotton mittens to cover the dressings,” explains IFAW Australia’s Josey Sharrad on the organization’s website. “All this needs changing daily, so we’re asking if you can help us by sewing koala mittens—as many as [you] can before the fire season truly hits.”

Summer kicked off in December in Australia. Thanks to record heat—the country experienced its third-warmest year on record in 2014—bushfires have blazed through many regions. About 31,000 acres in Adelaide in South Australia have been burned since a bushfire started last week, injuring at least 29 people. High temperatures have been forcing koalas out of the woods, but many of the slow-moving marsupials fail to escape the flames.

According to BBC News, koalas and hundreds of other animals have died in the Adelaide bushfires. Aaron Machado, president of the Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Organization, said that koalas left on their own face starvation and infection.

“Koalas don’t have immune systems, so the risk of death from infection is very high,” he told BBC News. “They get to a point where they are in so much pain…they just sit at the bottom of a tree and scream.”   Read More: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/01/08/these-injured-koalas-really-need-your-mittens?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2015-01-09

Patterns for Mittens: http://www.ifaw.org/sites/default/files/default/KOALA-MITTENS-PATTERN-A4.pdf




Claws out as Peruvian judge suspends annual cat race and feast

Magistrate upholds complaints of animal cruety in banning the eating of felines at annual Curruñao festival in San Luis, south of Lima

The cat race during the Curruñao festival
The cat race during the Curruñao festival. The judge in the case said the event 'fomented violence based on cruel acts against animals which caused grave social damage'. Photograph: Rodrigo Abd/AP

Along with rhythms of African-Peruvian music, as well as the drinking and the dancing, a cat race in which the losers wound up in the pot was the highlight of the annual festival of Curruñao in the small town of San Luis, 140km south of Lima.

Not any more. A provincial judge has banned the eating of cats and suspended the cat race at the festival held every September, upholding complaints of animal cruelty made by the animal rights commission at Lima's Law Society.

In her ruling, magistrate Maria Luyo said the event "fomented violence based on cruel acts against animals which caused grave social damage and damaged public health". She added that minors could be "psychologically damaged" watching the events, which include not only the cat race but also, allegedly, cats being tied to fireworks and the drowning and skinning of the felines for a range of stews and other dishes. Sonia Cordova, president of the animal rights commission, said the Curruñao festival "tortured and blew up cats so they could later be eaten".

The custom, say locals, dates back to colonial times and is an integral part of the religious celebrations of Santa Efigenia, an African-Peruvian folk saint who tradition holds is of Ethiopian origin. The eating of cats is a dying tradition among Peru's African-descended population – how it started is unknown although some historians say it was born out of necessity by African slaves working on sugar-cane plantations. Delia Solorzano, the mayor of San Luis, the tiny town at the centre of the controversy, told local media the cat-eating custom "through years of repetition has become part of our local identity".

The mayor of the nearby town of La Quebrada, Yolanda Medina, told local radio that the festival organisers would respect the magistrate's ruling. However, she defended the tradition, saying the cats were specially bred for the occasion and only an handful were killed to be eaten.

Animal rights campaigners in Peru have greeted the legal ruling as a victory. Corinne Schirmer, of Peru's United Association for Animals , said more than 60,000 signatures had been collected calling for a ban on the "retrograde custom". Last month, Congressman Juan Urquiza wrote to Solorzano and Peru's health minister to demand a ban on cat-eating under a domestic animal protection law. The minister, Midori de Habich, said the eating of cats should be suspended but took no further action.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/18/peru-judge-suspends-cat-race-feast



Thinking of buying UGG-style boots this Christmas?


Dogs Dying for Fake UGG Boots

Dogs Dying for Fake UGG Boots


Update #1 December 12, 2014

This is a correction. I mentioned that UGG aggressively goes after fakes and forgeries, but I contacted them and did not receive an answer. Original UGG boots are Ugg boots are known in Australia and New Zealand as a unisex style of sheepskin boot. They are typically made of twin-faced sheepskin with fleece on the inside, a tanned outer surface and a synthetic sole. I'm not in anyway recommending UGG boots. It is still made of animal skin - sheep and not dogs like the fake ones are.

                                                                                                                                                 Be careful of any deals you find on the internet! Investigation into the cheap, counterfeit "UGGs" available on the internet has shown that fur linings are likely coming from the Chinese raccoon dog fur industry.  These relatives of our beloved companions are SKINNED ALIVE and thrown on a heap! Some live and writhe in AGONY before death finally takes them. Additionally, domestic dogs are reportedly being shipped from Thailand to be slaughtered for use in Chinese fur and meat manufacturing.


                                                                                                                                                       While UGG aggressively goes after fakes and forgeries, UGG style boots are widely available, and China requires no labeling of the type of materials used in manufacturing.






Dog fighting gangs breeding "Frankenstein" animals to kill


Horrific injuries sustained by a hunting dog

Dog fighting fanatics in Northern Ireland are breeding “Frankenstein dogs” raised to kill before being sold for as much as £5,000, the Mirror reveals today.

The animals are born into backyard puppy farms before being blooded on stolen pets, fox cubs and finally badgers before they take on other fighting dogs in bloody battles where their owners can rake in thousands in bets and prize money. And animal rights campaigners are calling for Stormont to close what they say is a loophole allowing the sick trade to flourish.

Investigators from the League Against Cruel Sports told the Mirror an underworld industry in breeding dogs for fighting is exploiting the fact hunting with dogs is still legal in Northern Ireland to mask the sick trade. They say there’s an overlap between legal “terrier work” and illegal dog fighting with cruel attacks by dogs on animals like foxes used as a “smokescreen” to train dogs to take on badgers, which is against the law.

Dogs who’ve proven themselves against foxes and badgers can “graduate” to taking on other dogs in underground battles often filmed for social media or to be made into DVDs which are sold over the internet or at market stalls. Dog fighting is being linked through a criminal web to dog breeding operations, badger baiting and pet thefts with some of those involved raking in big money while inflicting untold cruelty on countless animals including the dogs themselves.

The people behind the sordid trade often film their antics on phones to keep a record of a dog’s progress from puppy to killer. The footage is then used as proof of the animal’s credentials if it is to be sold on for badger-baiting or dog fighting.

Films, sometimes found on social media, show blood-curdling attacks in which dogs are seen tearing pet cats apart, ripping out young fox’s throats and joining with others to kill badgers as people look on and jeer.

Other videos, sometimes local, some from eastern Europe, have been seen by the Mirror and show dogs tearing each other apart in homemade pits. The blood-soaked dogs are often pushed to fight to the death.

Footage of cats and a badger being attacked by dogs emerged in 2011 after the police raided homes in East Belfast and confiscated a mobile phone. There was in March this year when the men linked to the films were not jailed. However, the judge said the prosecution were “not able to prove any of the four defendants before the court had either recorded the video clip, or indeed were present at the scene”.

Visible scars of battle

The four, Jeremiah Kirkwood and his two sons Christopher and Wayne and pal Jamie Morrow, were handed suspended sentences after pleading guilty to a string of offences including keeping or training an animal for an animal fight.

Police said they were “disappointed” with the sentence. The judge said it was her understanding “dogs are blooded in this way in order to train them to fight other animals in blood sports including badgers, foxes and deer”. The Mirror can reveal cats and small dogs used in this blooding process are often stolen or obtained under false pretences.

The League even regards certain areas as blackspots for pets going missing. Animals advertised online as “free to a good home” are targeted by the dog-fighting gangs who sometimes send girlfriends with children to collect animals to give the impression it is going to be a family pet.

Instead, they are taken to alleys or waste ground where they are killed by dogs.

East Belfast has been cited as one area where pets have disappeared while at one meeting in Newtownabbey several weeks ago, locals raised fears cats are vanishing. The meeting, attended by police and political representatives, heard locals fear more than a dozen cats have been taken and killed in nearby Monkstown Wood. Locals also expressed concerns they can no longer walk their dogs in the wood for fear of ending up in traps.

The League says this says there are a number of areas where similar fears have been raised, including reports in Larne of cats were going missing – with one found in a baited cage.

The Mirror has been told a good fighting dog will sell for between £2,000 and £5,000 and sometimes more. The link or overlap between the world of dog fights and illicit breeders occurs as they cross different breeds in a quest to create the strongest, fastest, most vicious animals they can.

To read the rest:  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/dog-fighting-gangs-breeding-frankenstein-4640810



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

*

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.




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



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:

Serious 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.

hare coursing

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.”

deer stag

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.




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.






What Does SPCA International Do?06.png

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

SPCA International
P.O. Box 8682
New York, NY 10001

http://spcai.org/about-spcai/



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





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).


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.


https://www.2dialog.com/spcai/main.php/micro_sites/showpage/id/63/package_id/2517/page_number/1



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



- See more at: http://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/#sthash.1oYrYRJ6.dpuf


peta2
CONNECT WITH US

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."



Get the app and Text your feelings on this: http://www.peta2.com/achievements/free-peta2-iphone-app/

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.
- See more at: http://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/news#sthash.1FxFycuw.dpuf

News

- See more at: http://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/news#sthash.1FxFycuw.dpuf
- See more at: http://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/#sthash.1oYrYRJ6.dpuf
- See more at: http://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/#sthash.1oYrYRJ6.dpuf



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. 

Take_Survey_Button.gif

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





Tero.jpg
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.
YOU rescued four bears from the cruel blood "sport" of bear baiting logo270.jpg

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

http://www.e-activist.com/ea-campaign/action.handleViewInBrowser.do?ea.campaigner.email=J%2BXat%2FqI46MOUOM2j7d1z3SoxbaYsDsA&broadcastId=52505&templateId=38024




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 PETA Send Simulators to Save Animals!



  Deadly Training Courses Dog 1


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!


https://secure.peta.org/site/Donation2?df_id=18240&18240.donation=form1&set.custom.Campaign_Code=H14HEAXXXXG&autologin=true

 

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



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





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.

https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=B22C21041328EC108007D10BED26D35C.app321b?df_id=10200&10200.donation=form1&autologin=true&s_src=EMOSONDONBGD0714BG1YRFU&utm_source=link&utm_medium=appeal&utm_campaign=email



 

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/

 

 

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

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.


Greyhounds: SPCA International Testifies at Spanish Congress of Deputies   

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

 

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



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


 

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


New Zealand Penguins in Need of Sweaters


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.

Penguin Power
Pengy_1_1.PNG
 
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.

skeinz.com & Skeinz - The Natural Yarn Store
  
PO Box 3123, Onekawa, Napier, New Zealand
5 Husheer Place, Onekawa, Napier,
P  06  843 3174       F  06  843 3090   M 021 899 396
nzyc@designspun.co.nz  or info@skeinz.com




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


 


  Secret Military Animal-Killing Exposed!PETA 
 
  
 

Pig with surgical equipment
Donate Now!
 
 

     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.


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.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/snow-leopard-population-thriving-in-afghanistan.html#ixzz1UMSCpuav




4 Extremely Well Behaved Dogs Pray Before Eating

Trending Now


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

 

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/

 

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



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

Civet in cage for poop-coffee  
Screen capture Youtube

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.


Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0

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.



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



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


Carbon Credits for Camel Killing in Australia?


An Australian land management consultant has proposed killing large numbers of wild camels in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a major contributor to global warming. The proposal, one of several in an initiative to be debated in the Australian parliament next week, posits that eliminating the camels would generate carbon credits, which industry could then purchase to offset their carbon emissions. Northwest Carbon proposes to shoot the animals or round them up for slaughter, with the resulting meat processed for animal or human consumption.

Camels were imported to Australia in the mid 19th century, where they were used for transport across the vast, arid interior portions of the continent. When no longer needed, they were set loose. Nature took her course and now there are about 1.2 million feral camels in the country. The ruminants are highly destructive “pests” and each camel emits about 100 pounds of the greenhouse gas methane each year.

 


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.”

Multimedia
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.
The New York Times

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.

To read the who;e story: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/world/americas/17dolphins.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=all



  BBC Human Planet Explorer

Incredible stories from our world

Discover amazing human stories from around the world through television and radio clips from BBC programmes such as Human Planet, Amazon with Bruce Parry and Tropic of Cancer.

 To read more what this wonder website has to offer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/humanplanetexplorer/

Make a Free Website with Yola.