Breaking! Humane Society International Saves 70 Dogs From South Korean Dog Meat Farm & Helps Farmer Transition To Growing Vegetables Instead – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis – May 7, 2020

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More than 70 dogs found languishing on a South Korean dog meat farm by  Humane Society International (HSI) have been given a second chance by the farmer’s decision to quit the dog meat industry once and for all. Mr. Nakseon Kim has been breeding dogs for nearly 40 years, but decided to leave dog farming behind when HSI offered to help him start a new life growing cabbages and other vegetables instead.

Dogs are shown locked in a cage at a dog meat farm in Hongseong, South Korea, on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

Amid growing South Korean opposition to eating dogs and new regulations and court rulings cracking down on the industry, farmers like Kim are increasingly looking for an exit strategy.

The HSI Animal Rescue Team rescues a dog at a dog meat farm in Hongseong, South Korea, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

“I don’t think there are many people in South Korea who are willing to run dog meat farms anymore. There is no future in this dog meat industry. Once HSI helps me close my dog farm, I think I will start to grow crops instead like lettuce, cabbage, or other greens to sell to restaurants,” Kim said in a statement. “That is a business with a future.”

The HSI Animal Rescue Team rescues a dog at a dog meat farm in Hongseong, South Korea, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

Tragically, up to two million dogs a year are bred and raised on thousands of dog meat farms across South Korea.

Dogs are shown locked in a cage at a dog meat farm in Hongseong, South Korea, on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

On his property in Hongseong, Kim breeds tosas, Jindos, poodles, beagles, huskies, golden retrievers, Pomeranians, Chihuahuas, and Boston terriers for two abusive industries; the meat trade and the puppy mill trade.

Nara Kim, Campaign Manager of HSI Korea, pets a dog at a dog meat farm in Hongseong, South Korea, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

In rows of dilapidated cages, surrounded by animal waste, junk, and garbage, some dogs are destined for the slaughterhouse, and others the unscrupulous puppy mill trade. Despite Korea’s dog meat industry attempting to claim a difference between pet dogs and “meat dogs,” they are all just dogs whose fate ultimately depends on where greatest profits can be made.

The HSI Animal Rescue Team rescues a dog at a dog meat farm in Hongseong, South Korea, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

“Unfortunately, it is still very common in South Korea to witness live puppies for sale in pet shop windows. But, what most Koreans will be shocked to learn is that these same puppies could easily have ended up being killed for human consumption instead. Whether they live or die, they are all born in this miserable place, their mothers intensively bred over and over until they are exhausted and eventually sold to slaughterhouses,” stated Nara Kim, HSI/Korea’s dog meat campaigner. “I am so glad that this nightmare has ended for these lovely dogs, but until the government commits to phase out this dreadful industry, the nightmare continues for millions more. As Koreans, we need to be their voice and call for an end to the dog farming and dog meat industries.”

A dog is chained to a dog house at a dog meat farm in Hongseong, South Korea, on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

Marking the 16th dog farm that HSI has closed since its farmer transition program began in 2015, all the dogs will eventually be flown to partner shelters in Canada and the United States to seek adoptive homes.

The HSI Animal Rescue Team rescues puppies at a dog meat farm in Hongseong, South Korea, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

First, they are being relocated to a temporary boarding facility in South Korea while the organization waits for COVID-19 travel restrictions to relax. Once safely off the farm, the dogs will immediately receive a full veterinary check-up and settle into their temporary quarters where they can begin their rehabilitation.

Nara Kim, Campaign Manager of HSI Korea, holds a puppy at a dog meat farm in Hongseong, South Korea, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

Dog meat consumption has been steadily declining in South Korea, and is banned or severely restricted in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines.

The HSI Animal Rescue Team rescues a dog at a dog meat farm in Hongseong, South Korea, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

In 2018 both Indonesia and Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi pledged an end to the dog meat trade, and most recently in April 2020, the Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai banned dog and cat meat consumption following a public statement by the Chinese government that dogs are considered companions and not livestock.

Nara Kim, Campaign Manager of HSI Korea, organizes the crates after the dogs were rescued at a dog meat farm in Hongseong, South Korea, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The operation is part of HSIs efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

As global pressure builds for countries across Asia to permanently close wildlife wet markets amid coronavirus risks, the array of undeniable human health risks by the dog meat trade in South Korea and across Asia is strengthening calls for action to end the trade across the continent.

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Germany: Zoos plan emergency slaughter of inmates

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The zoos and animal gardens in Germany are also suffering from the corona crisis. Due to the lack of income, they are under increasing pressure.

Bankruptcies are imminent – but what will become of the animals?

The animal park Neumünster has drawn up emergency plans for the slaughter of its animals because of the existential corona forced closure. It also says who will be the last to go to the slaughterhouse in the event of a fall: the 3.60 meter tall polar bear«Vitus», said Zoo Director Verena Caspari.

Vitus, the polar bear- Neumünster

The background is that the zoo currently has no income from visitors and is only kept alive by donations.

“We are an association,” said Caspari. “We do not receive any urban funds, and everything we have applied for so far has not yet been received by us. We currently only survive with donations.”

That’s enough.

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Coronavirus: WHO urges China to close ‘dangerous’ wet market as stalls in Wuhan begin to reopen.

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Coronavirus: WHO urges China to close ‘dangerous’ wet market as stalls in Wuhan begin to reopen

’75 per cent of emerging infections come from the animal kingdom… It’s partly the markets, but it’s also other places where humans and animals are in close contact,’ says Dr David Nabarro

The World Health Organisation is urging countries across the world to close “dangerous” wet markets amid warnings about the risks posed by environments where humans are in close contact with animals.

Wet markets in Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus outbreak first emerged, have begun to reopen following the lifting of lockdown restrictions. This move comes despite the virus being linked to the city’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.

But WHO, as well as other public health organisations and campaigners, have said the markets pose a “real danger” as pathogens can spread easily and quickly from animals to humans.

Dr David Nabarro, a WHO…

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An Australian zookeeper took home animals in order to keep them safe from bushfires

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An Australian zookeeper took home animals in order to keep them safe from bushfires
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Ongoing since September 2019, wildfires across Australia have ravaged more than 7.3 million hectares, obliterating entire towns and burning through habitats of the country’s wildlife. Those in the path of the wildfires do their best to save their properties, but one zookeeper went the extra mile – he took home most of the animals in his care to ensure their survival.

Mogo Wildlife Park is a popular tourist destination along the South Coast of New South Wales. It hosts about 200 endangered and exotic animals, including Sumatran tigers, southern white rhinos, zebras, and giraffes, as well as the largest collection of primates in Australia.

Lying directly in the path of wildfires, an evacuation order was sent out, but staff decided to stay behind to keep their wards from harm. All the animals were saved following the zoo’s established fire defense protocols.

Mogo Wildlife Park Director Chad Staples described the situation as “apocalyptic” and that it “felt like Armageddon.” The zoo was encircled by fire and smoke. “The scariest thing was how fast those winds were,” Staples said. “It got so dark it felt like it was midnight which was such a scary feeling.”

A precise plan for the safety of the animals was already in place, and as the fires moved in the zookeepers went into action. The first step was to remove all flammable materials from the area. The zoo staff had already collected thousands of liters of water, which were then placed in smaller tanks and loaded on vehicles so that staff can drive around and put out spot fires.

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Then they turned their attention to the animals. Giraffes and zebras who had large enclosures where left there since there was room enough for the animals to move away from spot fires. Lions, tigers, orangutans, and other larger animals were placed in night enclosures to keep them calm and safe. The smaller ones, however, needed extra shelter.

So the chief zookeeper took some of them home! Most of the animals were kept on site, but Staples’ house provided temporary lodging for monkeys, pandas, and even a tiger. Staples said that these were mainly the animals that were highly stressed, not by the fires, but by the flurry of activity as zookeepers and vehicles moved quickly around the small zoo to battle the flames.

Mogo Wildlife Park

Mogo Wildlife Park staff Sara Ang said that “some of the smaller monkeys had to be moved to the house, the red panda is in the house and there’s a tiger in the back area of the house.”

Staples added, “Due to the amazing staff here and a well-executed plan, no one is hurt, not a single animal. Any species of animal that was small enough, or was in an area we couldn’t protect, we caught up. Right now in my house there’s animals of all descriptions in all the different rooms, that are there safe and protected… not a single animal lost.” Another staff member is keeping a tiger in their backyard.

Mogo Wildlife Park

Almost 30 people, including firefighters, have died due to the rampaging bush fires. Thousands have lost homes and properties and face an uncertain future. More than a billion animals, including thousands of koalas, are also believed to have perished in this devastating, and ongoing, fire season.

Staples said that the team battled spot fires at the 65-acre park for several hours. He expressed his gratitude to all the passionate staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to protect the animals because they “love them like their own family.”

Mogo Wildlife Park

Temporarily closed, the zoo, however, confirmed that every animal was “safe and in wonderful care.” The heroic efforts of the zookeepers of Mogo Wildlife Park is a bright spot in this long battle against wildfires and continuing measures to save precious wildlife.

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Romanian Pound Won’t Feed Dogs for 12 Days of Christmas.

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We’ve learned that more than 400 dogs at the Mioveni pound in Romania will be on their own for 12 days beginning on Christmas Eve. No workers are expected to come in over the holidays, leaving the dogs without food and water. Especially during the cold weather when these dogs have only minimal shelter from the cold, mealtime is the most important time of day. We can’t let them go hungry.

 

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Typically, these dogs receive leftover food from the local prison and from a car factory. It is a mix of food scraps that also includes toothpicks, orange and banana peels, napkins and other garbage. We’re in negotiations now to try to change that diet and to make sweeping improvements to the dog pound over the next few…

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Meet Narwhal: The ‘Unicorn’ Puppy With A Tail On His Face

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All dogs are perfect — but a 10-week-old golden retriever named Narwhal is extra special.

The puppy has an adorable “unicorn” tail growing out of his forehead.
Narwhal the magical unicorn puppy with an extra tail
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Last week, Narwhal was found outside in the freezing cold along with another dog. Narwhal’s foster mom, Rochelle Steffen, founder of Mac’s Mission in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, stepped up to help the “different” puppy as soon as she heard about him.

“We were tagged in a social media request for help because he was special and had been dumped,” Steffen told The Dodo. “All my friends and fellow rescuers know I love the hard cases.”

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The moment Steffen met Narwhal, it was love at first sight: “I melted,” Steffen said. “I literally smiled so big because he lights up the entire room with how happy he is. His butt tail never stops wagging — too bad his face tail doesn’t wag!”

Narwhal’s extra tail is a rare birth defect, a third of the size of his regular tail. X-rays show the tail to be made of skin and fur, and otherwise not connected to anything. “It just kind of hangs down like a lock of hair like Superman,” Steffen said.

Besides a case of worms that can be treated with medication, Narwhal is completely healthy. And his special tail is staying — for the time being. “At this point, there is no medical reason to remove it and it does not bother him,” Steffen said. “He has no idea he’s different.”

The carefree pup is currently living it up at Steffen’s house and loves to be held and give kisses.

“He loves humans and he loves to romp around with the other dogs,” Steffen said. “He is very partial to the adult dog that we rescued him with and another Chihuahua mix dog named Ash. They play in a big giant pile!”

In a few months, Narwhal will start his search for a forever home. But for now, Steffen is watching him grow and making sure his extra tail does not get in the way of him living life to the fullest.

And the magical unicorn puppy couldn’t be happier.

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Saving the dogs of BARK ARK shelter in Prnjavor, Bosnia

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Animal Webaction launched a campaign to collect food for the in Prnjavor. There are over 700 dogs in this shelter and food and medical care are only provided by outside donors, even though this is a ‘public shelter’. The Government only covers a one-time fee that barely covers vaccinations. They have an amazing advocate, Bojan Veselica, and he along with supporters have managed to do a lot for the dogs and to try to make the shelter safe, but without food, the situation is impossible. The dogs come from a hard life as strays on the streets of Prnjavor, Samac, Celinac, Modrica and other cities in Northern Bosnia. Others are surrendered by their heartless owners after a life on a chain because they are too old or got sick. All of them have one thing in common: they need to eat to survive.

More than 150 dogs find warm and loving…

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Punish Daycare Workers Accused of Confining Dog in Hot Crate Until She Died – ForceChange

A dog named Luna overheated and died after daycare workers reportedly confined her in a tiny crate in scorching hot temperatures. The dog reportedly could not stand up, straighten her legs, or properly pant in the restrictive cage. Demand justice for Luna.

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PETITION: Justice for 29 Dogs Burned to Death in Kennel Fire

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PETITION TARGET: DuPage State’s Attorney Robert Berlin

Crammed into tiny, filthy cages stacked atop one another, 29 dogs burned to death in a kennel fire in Carol Stream, Illinois. With nobody there to watch the dogs and zero fire safety measures in place, the dogs had no hope of escape as the building quickly became engulfed in flames.

A six-month investigation by local authorities revealed abhorrent practices at the kennel long before the fire. Officials discovered dogs with puncture wounds, lacerations, abrasions, weight loss, and dehydration.

Investigators say the house reeked and water bowls lay empty. One of the dogs that perished in the fire was tied to a bathtub so tightly that the canine wouldn’t have even been able to lie down to rest.

While firefighters and police managed to rescue 22 of the 58 dogs housed on the property, they were unable to reach those trapped on the second floor of the building.

Police have charged owner Garrett Mercado with 14 counts of animal cruelty and 14 counts of violating his duties as an animal owner. Now, we must urge prosecutors to treat this case with the severity it deserves, and call for a lifelong ban on the defendant from ever having another animal in his care.

Sign this petition urging DuPage State’s Attorney Robert Berlin to ensure that justice is served in this tragic case, and protect future animals from neglect.

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Sign Petition: This Miracle Dog Survived Euthanasia! Can You Help His Friends?

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Most of us remember the film “Rudy” which tells the story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger who, against all odds, went from being a groundskeeper’s assistant to miraculously playing in one of Notre Dame’s biggest football games of the season. “Rudy” taught us the power of hope and perseverance and touched all of our heartstrings.

Recently, another Rudy made headlines, but this time the miracle didn’t happen on the field, rather in the veterinarian’s office instead. Rudolph, a 7 to 8-month-old pup survived the impossible. The young pooch was being kept at a crowded overflow shelter in Oklahoma. The shelter, unfortunately, didn’t have a “no-kill” policy, and because the shelter was too crowded, employees decided Rudolph’s time was up and they put him down.

Or at least they thought they did.

The vet had injected Rudolph with a dose of anesthetic strong enough to kill him. But when they returned to make sure he had been successfully euthanized they found a fully awake puppy!

Luckily, the vet didn’t attempt to kill Rudy again. And when news got around that there was a “miracle puppy” in an Oklahoma shelter, the people of King’s Harvest Pet Rescue in Davenport, Iowa, decided to step in and save him.

Rudy was taken to Iowa and has already been adopted out. Now he can bring joy to a new family for years to come, and they can’t wait to give him all the love he almost lost out on when he was nearly put to death.

Unfortunately, Rudy’s story is so remarkable because most of the times dogs are killed successfully. In the United States alone around 2.7 million animals are euthanized each year. That’s almost 7,500 dogs and cats killed every day!

This isn’t the way it should be. Animals deserve the to have a long, healthy and loved life, and if kill shelters are allowed to euthanize their rescues whenever convenient, that can’t happen.

Care2 wants to challenge the state of Oklahoma and the rest of the state governments to put an end to kill shelters and make every shelter a no-kill shelter. There are better, more humane ways to handle pet overpopulation. It’s time the states did something to make them happen.

Sign the petition and tell your state you are against kill shelters. Then write your state government and tell them to take action.more

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Petition · American Belgian Malinois Rescue: BRING K9 ENDY HOME · Change.org

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Earlier this month K9 Endy, a Retired U.S Customs and Border Patrol K9, escaped from his handler’s yard due to fireworks. Endy was found wondering the streets nearby and was given to Kingsville Animal Advocates who turned Endy over to the American Belgian Malinois Rescue.

K9 Endy is microchipped, which comes back to the US Border Patrol but American Belgian Malinois Rescue failed to make the right calls and is now refusing to give the K9 Endy back to his handler, Brian Buchanan, who has proof of ownership, vet records, dental records, pictures and videos of Endy at home with his family.

After many failed attempts to get Endy home, Brian Buchanan contacted us to see if we could help. Retired Police K9 Foundation has made a commitment to get Endy back home. Please contact the rescue and ask them to release K9 Endy back to his family! Retired Police K9 Foundation will make sure Endy has proper vet care needed now and for the rest of his life!

Please contact Marcia Tokson, National chairperson, and ask her to give K9 Endy back!

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Justice for Pit Bull Mother and Puppies Reportedly Wrongly Put Down

A mother pit bull was reportedly euthanized by an animal shelter while she was in labor, with her puppies being put down just moments later. This is seemingly another act of hateful cruelty against pit bulls, who are constantly mischaracterized as dangerous aggressors when nothing could be further from the truth. Sign this petition to hold the shelter responsible for their alleged actions.

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Breaking! Animal Cruelty Lawsuit Filed Against The Farmers Inn Roadside Zoo In Pennsylvania – World Animal News

By WAN –

January 16, 2019

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit against The Farmers Inn, a roadside zoo in Sigel, Pennsylvania, for maintaining animals in squalid conditions in violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and state animal cruelty laws.Many endangered species, along with other animals, are held in grossly deficient conditions at Farmers Inn. These include Queen Louise, a ring-tailed lemur, who despite belonging to a highly social species, is kept alone in a small, filthy cage. Other ESA-protected animals were also found to be confined in cramped cages. These include Russell, a black leopard; Jack and Jill, two black bears; a gray wolf and a hyacinth macaw.

“These animals, including endangered species, are being held in conditions that are not just abhorrent but illegal,” Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells said in a statement. “State and federal animal protection laws exist so that animals won’t be forced to live in these conditions. The animals held at Farmers Inn deserve to be in naturalistic sanctuary environments that allow them to engage in activities natural to their species and necessary for their health.”

Visitors have reported seeing animals at Farmers Inn who are sick and injured. For example, the bears, Jack and Jill, were seen in what appeared to be heat distress on a day where the temperature exceeded 90 degrees. A kinkajou, a small rainforest mammal, was noticed with an injured eye. An emaciated goat, significantly stressed guinea pigs, and foxes suffering from apparently untreated mange were also observed.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund previously sent a 60-day notice of intent to sue, a requirement under the ESA. The organization has also offered assistance in transferring the animals held at Farmers Inn to reputable sanctuaries where their unique needs can be met, and they can thrive. Farmers Inn has thus far not responded to the offer.
As previously reported by WAN, sadly, the problems at Farmers Inn are not unique. Roadside zoos such as Farmers Inn continue to be able to operate due to lack of enforcement of state and federal animal protection laws.

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Heartbreaking News! Beloved Bear Named Cinder Who Was Rescued & Rehabilitated From Wildfires Was Killed By A Hunter In Washington – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
December 13, 2018

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It is with heavy hearts that WAN shares the sad news that Cinder, the inspiring bear who was brought to recover in Idaho after her paws were tragically burned in a wildfire four years ago, was shot dead a little more than one year ago, by a heartless hunter.
According to Idaho Black Bear Rehab (IBBR), which cared for Cinder before her release into the wild, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) shared the devastating update with the nonprofit organization yesterday.
As noted in one of numerous posts on the IBBR’s Facebook page, WDFW explained that the department had recollared Cinder in her den two years after her initial release. When Cinder’s collar stopped transmitting in October 2017, the department believed she was still hibernating in her den.

Due to heavy snow in the spring, and the cougar creek fire in the summer, the department was not able to go back and retrieve their cameras until September 2018.
“Unfortunately, instead of finding a den,” noted the explanation on Facebook, “we found Cinder’s skeletal remains. It appears that she was killed by a hunter in October 2017.”

Sally Maugan of IBBR shared memories of Cinder, as well as insight into the countless animal rescuers who worked so hard to save her life.
“Not many of us can know the pain and suffering that accompanies burns of that magnitude, the pain of recovery, bandage changes, and all that goes along with it. Yet Cinder was a definite inspiration to humans who also knew that pain and suffering, and to the many supporters around the world who followed her story,” Maugan shared in an emotional post. “I think most of us felt if she could do it, if she could fight to recover, if she could regain her freedom, then we humans could also face our own traumas and survive to live again.”

“As wildlife rehabilitators, we all face the goal of recovery and release,” continued Maugan. “However, we also face the inevitable knowledge that once released, the animals are in charge of their own lives and there is little we can do to impact that.”

IBBR has helped save more that 200 bears over the past 29 years.
“I never met a bear who would consider living in captivity as really living,” said Maugan. “Our tribute to Cinder is to never forget her, to thank her for showing us how to heal in the worst of times, and for her courage and fight to survive to live free again.”
Maugan also made a point to appreciate the WDFW, Pilots N Paws, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Inc., and everyone involved for all of their “care and kindness in giving Cinder a second chance.”

WAN echoes their appreciation! R.I.P. sweet angel Cinder!

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One Of The World’s Most Critically Endangered Species, A Snow Leopard, Was Killed After Escaping His Enclosure At The Dudley Zoo In The UK – World Animal News

One Of The World’s Most Critically Endangered Species, A Snow Leopard, Was Killed After Escaping His Enclosure At The Dudley Zoo In The UK
By Lauren Lewis –
December 3, 2018

It is beyond comprehension that one of the last remaining critically endangered species, a snow leopard, was shot dead last week at The Dudley Zoo in West Midlands, UK.
Was there a dangerous escape by the snow leopard? Was the zoo open? Were members of the public on the premises? The answer to the above is an resounding, No!
The fact is that the eight-year-old snow leopard, named Margaash, simply wandered out of his enclosure where he resided after a zookeeper left the door open. It wasn’t the snow leopards fault.
Despite the snow leopard remaining on the premises which was closed at the time and void of visitors, it was somehow decided by zoo staff to kill the animal because, as the zoo claims, “public safety is of uppermost importance.” What about the protection of the animal forced to live in captivity?
Why would the zoo choose to euthanize a critically endangered species instead of tranquilizing it?
Outraged animal advocates are now demanding a thorough investigation of the tragic event that sadly occurred on October 23rd but was not announced by the zoo until November 30th.
“While this is a sad incident that is undoubtedly very distressing to those who cared for Margaash, it brings into sharp focus, once again, that zoos simply cannot guarantee the safety of people and their animals,” Dr. Chris Draper, Born Free’s Head of Animal Welfare & Captivity, said in a statement. “It is perhaps all the more tragic when you consider that Margaash was destined to live and die in captivity, far removed from his natural range and habitat.”
The nonprofit organization addressed that “there will be those who claim that zoos contribute to conservation,” which may, or most-likely may not, be accurate.
Wild Animals Do Not Belong In Confinement Nor Should They Ever Be Used For Profit To Satisfy Human Greed!
Regardless, continued Dr. Draper, “The life and death of a snow leopard at Dudley Zoo should serve to remind us just how we are failing wild animals, both in captivity and in nature.”
In the wild, snow leopards are generally solitary and secretive cats inhabiting mountainous areas of Central Asia, where males have an average home range of 77 square miles: completely incompatible with life in captivity.
According to Defenders of Wildlife, only an estimated 3,500 to 7,000 snow leopards are remaining in the wild, with 600 to 700 held captive at zoos around the world.
Born Free is not only calling for an urgent investigation into this incident, it is advocating for the system of licensing and inspection of zoos to be reviewed and overhauled to prevent a similar tragedy in the future.

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Breaking! Whales & Dolphins In Captivity And Shark Finning Are One Step Closer To Being Banned In Canada – World Animal News

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By WAN –
October 25, 2018

National animal law organization Animal Justice is applauding the Senate for passing Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act in Canada. If passed, Bill S-203 would outlaw keeping whales and dolphins in tiny concrete tanks for display.
After years of delay and obstruction, the legislation passed late on Tuesday evening in a surprise vote, and will now move to the House of Commons where it will be sponsored by Green leader Elizabeth May. Bill S-203 was originally introduced by Senator Wilfred Moore in December 2015, then sponsored by Senator Murray Sinclair after Senator Moore retired.
Conservative Senate Whip Don Plett repeatedly used procedural delay tactics to slow down the legislation. Fed up with his efforts to block Bill S-203 from reaching a final vote, MPs from all parties joined Animal Justice and Humane Society International at a press conference in June to call for an end to the stalling tactics.
“Canadians understand that whales and dolphins are complex, intelligent beings who deserve far more than a life of boredom and misery in captivity,” said lawyer Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice in a statement. “That’s why Bill S-203 has attracted such tremendous support from the public as well as politicians from all parties. Animal Justice is calling on the House of Commons to swiftly pass this groundbreaking measure to protect whales and dolphins. Canada has some of the worst animal protection laws in the western world, but banning whale and dolphin captivity would demonstrate international leadership on animals.”
After passing Bill S-203, the Senate also voted in favor of Bill S-238, the Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act, sponsored by Conservative Senator Michael MacDonald. Bill S-238 also has strong support across party lines.
Fast facts about Bill S-203:

Bill S-203 would make it an offence to keep captive, breed, import, or export a whale, dolphin or porpoise. There are exemptions for cetaceans currently in captivity, as well as for rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
Bill S-203 was studied for nearly a year by the Fisheries Committee, which heard evidence from countless experts over 17 committee meetings.
Only two Canadian facilities still keep whales and dolphins in captivity—Marineland and the Vancouver Aquarium. There is only one surviving dolphin at the Vancouver Aquarium after a spate of deaths, and the facility has publicly committed not to acquire any further cetaceans.
Over a dozen other jurisdictions around the world have already banned keeping some or all cetaceans in tanks, including Mexico, France, South Carolina, and California. Ontario banned keeping orca whales in 2015, and the Vancouver Park Board voted to ban cetacean display and captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium in 2017. (The ban is being challenged in court.)
The Whale Sanctuary Project plans to build a seaside sanctuary for retired whales and dolphins in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, or Washington.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-whales-dolphins-in-captivity-and-shark-finning-are-one-step-closer-to-being-banned-in-canada/

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WAN’s Most Wanted: Urgent Help Needed To Identify Sub-Human Who Left A Severely Emaciated Pit Bull To Die; $3,000 Reward – World Animal News

WAN’s Most Wanted: Urgent Help Needed To Identify Sub-Human Who Left A Severely Emaciated Pit Bull To Die; $3,000 Reward
By Lauren Lewis –
October 16, 2018

Another heartbreaking case of animal cruelty has resulted in the death of an innocent pit bull in Syracuse, New York.
The painfully emaciated dog, named Mavis, may tragically be gone but the sub-human that abhorrently abused her remains at large; and now, there is a $3,000 reward for information that results in the perpetrator’s arrest and conviction.
“It is with immense heartbreak and sadness that we let you all know Mavis passed away this morning,” Fetch A Friend Rescue, which was caring for the dog who was at an animal hospital, posted on its Facebook page yesterday. “Her extremely frail state could not handle all that occurred within the last week. She put up a good fight and is now free from her pain.”
On October 12th, Mavis had exploratory surgery after a foreign body was discovered in an ultrasound.

Cuse Pit Crew, which originally rescued Mavis and is offering the reward, also handed out flyers Sunday around Rider Avenue in Syracuse, near where the suffering pit bull was found by a Good Samaritan.
Yesterday, in an updated post on its Facebook page, Cuse Pit Crew updated Mavis’ status sharing that “Sweet Mavis passed away this morning, but we’ll continue to advocate for her. Please share.”
This sad case should also create more awareness about the tragic consequences of abuse and neglect of animals.

“So, if you see something, say something,” said Stephanie Heath, Cuse Pit Crew founder.
Anyone with information about Mavis and her former abuser, or any other tips of suspected animal abuse, should contact the Cuse Pit Crew at (315) 442-5336 or email cusepitcrew@gmail.com.

https://worldanimalnews.com/wans-most-wanted-urgent-help-needed-to-identify-sub-human-who-left-a-severely-emaciated-pit-bull-to-die-3000-reward/

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Petition · fire Amber and the 2 animal officers above her and charge them with murder and NEVER let them around animals; get Heather her job back. and to prevent anything like what happened to Mystiqu…

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Petition · fire Amber and the 2 animal officers above her and charge them with murder and NEVER let them around animals; get Heather her job back. and to prevent anything like what happened to Mystique to happen to any other animal. Justice for Mystique!!!!!! · Change.org
Rhonda Travis started this petition to Mayor Ron Button
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JUSTICE FOR MYSTIQUE!!!!!

Yesterday, adorable 3 year old deaf Mystique who had just given birth a couple of months ago was killed even though she had several rescues as well as a qualified vet that were willing to save her from being put down by the shelter. Adding insult to injury, a compassionate volunteer who worked at the shelter was fired because she contacted No Kill Coalition as well as several rescues to help save Mystique from being put down. This volunteer had been asked by the shelter to look for someone to take Mystique.Complaining about an animal shelters treatment of animals is a constitutionally protected right. A volunteer, rescuer, or any other member of the public not only has the First Amendment right to speak out, he or she also has a constitutionally protected right to demand that the government correct the wrongs that are identified.
There was no reason to put Mystique down since she was being successfully treated for heart worms and had no other major condition that couldn’t be resolved with treatment by a qualified vet. Here’s another example of shelters who ignore pleas from legitimate rescues and act with disregard for the life of the animal. We must work towards changing this mindset. We can do so by speaking up for the rights of the animals. All calls from rescues and vets to the shelter regarding Mystique were ignored. The local Humane Society a separate entity also wanted to help Mystique!! Monroe Animal control in Sparta, Wisconsin. Fire Amber and the two animal control officers who approved the killing of Mystique. Charge them with murder and NEVER let them around animals; Help volunteer Heather get her job back and prevent anything like what happened to Mystique from happening to any other animal. https://www.facebook.com/Monroecountyanimals/

All these people should be held accountable for what they did to Mystique!!

Governor: Scott Walker

Mayor: Ronald Button

County Administrator- Jim Bialecki

Please Sign Petition…

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Petition: No more dogs sacrifices in the Canine Control Centers!

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A few years ago it was forbidden to kill dogs with electrocution, but we know that in some CCC like that of Tláhuac just a few months ago they have killed hundreds of dogs electrocuting them. They continue to kill them, painfully or without pain, injecting poisons or other things that we do not know they are, without respecting the Laws, they continue to kill them, since hundreds of thousands of animals die every year in these places.

We must fight so that there is no longer the sacrifice of dogs in the anti rabies centers of Mexico. We must fight to prohibit the sale of animals, if you want a dog, adopt it. We must fight so that stray dogs are sterilized so that they do not reproduce so their numbers will decrease. We must enforce the Laws so that abusers and murderers pay their crimes with prison.

Let’s fight to live in a better country, without sacrificing animals, where they are respected, where they are taken care of and where those who do not pay for it.

SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION

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Petition: Shelters in Hurricane Affected Areas May Have to Kill Their Animals If They Don’t Get Help

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Governor Roy Cooper

33,106 SUPPORTERS – 35,000 GOAL

It happens every year. When hurricanes come to shore and evacuation warnings are given, people pack up and head out in the hopes of avoiding disaster. But as people leave their homes and cities, they sometimes find themselves forced to leave their pets behind. Many of these animals end up in local shelters who quickly become overwhelmed by the sheer number of new pets they had to accept.

When a shelter usually reaches capacity, they can often rely on locals to open their homes to homeless cats and dogs. But if the entire city is evacuating because of a storm, fewer people means fewer chances for adoption.

That’s just what’s happening now at the Pender County Animal Shelter, an animal rescue organization in North Carolina currently in the path of Hurricane Florence. The shelter says they are overcrowded and may have to begin euthanizing animals to make space.

Clearly, for any animal shelter, killing the animals they care for is the last resort, but if no one can take these pets in, or they can’t get the resources they need, they will have no other choice.

While North Caroline officials are working hard to ensure their human residents survive the storm, they should also take their feathered and four-legged citizens into consideration as well. One way to do so would be to provide resources to affected county animal shelters, like the one in Pender County, so they don’t have to put down any of the animals they were hoping to save.

Please sign this petition and tell Governor Roy Cooper to take immediate action to aid animal shelters in the eye of Hurricane Florence. Together, we can help save hundreds of pets in need.

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Petition: Zoning Approval For EliteK9K and Aladdin Khalifa · Change.org

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Jimmy Brennan started this petition to Mayor of Amhurstburg Ontario Aldo Dicarlo and 4 others
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Local Man Seeking to Reinvest in Community Facing Slanderous Opposition from 2 Residents and Town Council.

Windsorite Aladdin Khalifa returned to Essex County after 2 decades overseas. He’s invested millions of dollars into the Amherstburg community where he and his family reside. His plan is to open a state-of-the art dog facility and he has applied to Town Council for a zoning permit, however, two residents are busy making false statements and creating mischief to oppose his application. In the meantime, Aladdin has huge support from his community that want his “State Of The Art” kennel to train their dogs, and to provide jobs. (Aladdin’s supporters believe in Essex County’s goals of attracting new wealth and investment to benefit residents.)

Aladdin Khalifa grew up in Windsor, Ontario in a small downtown house. When he was 19 years old, he left Windsor to pursue his dreams to make it big. Most of his dreams came true , he worked hard in the oil and gas industry, saved his money, met and married his childhood sweetheart, together they have a family with 4 beautiful children ages 2-21 years old. But Aladdin still nursed two dreams – first, to return home and raise his children in the quiet beauty of Essex County, and second, being a dog-lover, to build a “State Of The Art “dog kennel and training facility.
Two years ago Aladdin chased his dreams and returned to the Windsor area. In 2016 he bought a house and 50 acres of land in rural Amherstberg and spent millions building his dog facilities, however, two residents are protesting the opening of his facility. These residents allege that the dogs will be noisy, can escape and harm someone, and that the dogs waste will pollute their adjacent properties.
Am800 reported that no dog noise is heard on the property, and attested to the fact that Aladdin had built 8 foot steel fences and ground guards around the property so none of his personal pets can escape, or dig under, these fences alone cost a whopping $1.5 million dollars, all of this in good faith and to be a good neighbour. As for the dog waste, Aladdin feeds his dog a homemade specialty raw food diet, kept in a custom-built walk in freezer, that is organic enabling the waste to be composted.
The organic food is purchased from local suppliers and farmers, his weekly purchases are to the tune of approximately $12,000.00

In fact, Aladdin has been a generous presence from day 1.

He has spent in excess of $7million (seven million dollars) renovating his home and created the “Ritz Carton” of kennels all the while utilizing and employing local contractors. His property and home have more than 24 local people on payroll – and will have more when his dog facility is green lighted .
Aladdin has donated to local community events such as the Belle Vue House restoration project ,the Amherstburg’s Harvest Festival, as well as participating in Woofa-Roo. Despite his setbacks he continues to donate to his community as well as keep his staff employed.

Aladdin has invited the public and town councilors to visit his property anytime, and he will personally give them a tour on his golf carts.

Residents supporting Aladdin have come out in droves on social media. “We need people like Aladdin in this town” said one, while another said “We need a top class dog facility and training.” A third comment read “his dogs can’t get out and anyway they are super friendly. In this country, an escaped horse is way more dangerous and is not kept anywhere near as secure as Aladdin’s friendly dogs”. Aladdin has had more than 500,000 social media followers that check in daily to follow his pups and see them ride the zip lines or run with parachutes attached to there bodies for exercise.

If you support Aladdin please sign this petition below:
I support Aladdin Khalifa’s plan to start his business of a premium dog boarding and training facility on his property in Amherstburg Ontario, and his bringing of jobs and investment into the Amherstburg area. I support the zoning variance allowing 160 metres distance between his property and adjacent properties.

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