600 Dead Olive Ridley Sea Turtles Wash Ashore In India After Being Caught By Fishing Trawlers And Dumped – Sea Voice News

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Roughly 600 dead Olive Ridley sea turtles and two dolphins have washed ashore in the last two days on beaches for Hukitola to Eakakula in the Garirmatha marine sanctuary areas in India.

The suspected death of the turtles were result of being hit by fishing trawlers or entangled in nets out at sea. Fishing is not allowed within 20 kilometers fof the Garirmatha marine sanctuary but according to Hemant Rout, an environmentalist and secretary of Gahirmatha Marine Turtles and Mangrove Conservation Society, fishing trawlers routinely do fish there without being interrupted.

Bycatch is one of the biggest concerns to marine animals across the world, particularly sharks, sea turtles and whales whose overall numbers are sharply declining world wide.

The Olive Ridley sea turtle, which are closely related to the severely endangered Kemp’s Ridley, is considered the most abundant of sea turtles but numbers are sharply declining due to people taking eggs out of nests, the female turtles being slaughtered when they come ashore to lay eggs, and due to bycatch.

Olive Ridley sea turtles come to the Gahirmatha, India in large numbers for annual nesting. As they make their way to the shorelines, they get swept up by fishing trawlers where they drown due to not being able to reach the surface. Once aboard the vessels, the trawlers toss any unwanted catch back into the sea, dead or alive. Most likely, the sea turtles washed ashore were caught this way and were dead as the current brought them to the coastline.

Speaking to The New India Express, Forest Range Officer of Gahirmatha Srirampada Arabinda Mishra said the State Government has imposed a ban order on fishing activities inside the marine sanctuary from November 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 to protect the sea turtles.

Forest officials have already arrested around 380 fishermen and seized 83 fishing vessels on charges of illegally fishing in Gahirmatha.

http://seavoicenews.com/2019/02/03/600-dead-olive-ridley-sea-turtles-wash-ashore-in-india-after-being-caught-by-fishing-trawlers-and-dumped/

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Two Blind Cows Saved From Slaughter Find Friendship At Farm Sanctuary

 

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The gentle moo of a cow named Tricia was one of the first sounds to reach Sweety upon her arrival at our New York Shelter. Unfamiliar places are frightening to blind animals like Sweety, so this simple greeting from another cow must have been a great comfort to her. By the next morning, Sweety had already begun to relax. It was clear that this new place offered only peace, comfort, and kindness.

 

life began at a dairy farm in Canada where she was kept on concrete floors inside a bleak industrial building with no access to the outdoors. Once she was old enough to be impregnated, Sweety entered production. Like all dairy cows, she endured an unrelenting cycle of insemination, pregnancy, and birth. All of her babies were taken from her just moments after they were born. Because they are of no use to the dairy industry, her sons were sold for veal or cheap beef. Her daughters were raised as replacements for the dairy herd, but none were ever allowed to remain with their mother.

In large industrial farms, dairy cows are typically considered “spent” at around four years old and are then sent to slaughter. Sweety was kept in production for eight long years, which is unusual. When she began suffering from a foot infection that rendered her lame and after giving birth to two sets of twins, Sweety’s value to the dairy dropped considerably. The birth of twins is undesirable to the dairy industry because the males are usually small and the females in fraternal pairs are typically sterile.

Emaciated, ailing, and exhausted from years in production, Sweety was soon slated for slaughter. The slaughter line is awful for all animals, but it is especially terrifying for those who are blind. With their other senses heightened, these creatures are overwhelmed by an onslaught of alarming noises and odors: the clanking of metal gates and shackles, the bellows of their herd mates, the smell of blood. Sweety was already bound for the slaughterhouse when the dairy owner relinquished custody of the cow.

Someone at the dairy had recounted Sweety’s story to an acquaintance named Rose who runs a horse rescue organization named Refuge RR. On learning of Sweety’s plight, Rose quickly persuaded the dairy to spare the cow. Unable to keep Sweety, she began seeking permanent placement. When Rose’s search came to our attention, we eagerly offered Sweety a home in hopes that the arrangement would benefit not only Sweety but also one of our other rescued residents named Tricia.

Like Sweety, Tricia is a blind dairy cow. In 2008, we welcomed her to our New York Shelter when she too was being sent to slaughter because the farmer felt it was too difficult to handle her. At that time, we introduced Tricia to Linda, a cow with a hip injury, because both had disabilities that kept them from living with our larger main herd. The two became best friends, forming one of the closest bonds we’ve ever witnessed. After Linda passed away last year from cancer, it was plain to see that Tricia was at a loss without her cherished friend. Companionship is profoundly important to cattle, so it was exciting to think that by giving Sweety a new life, we might also give Tricia another chance to enjoy her own.

Tricia and Sweety nuzzling.

Rose transported Sweety to our shelter with a Farm Sanctuary team following behind to ensure that all went smoothly. The caravan made it to our shelter at night, and Sweety stayed up late to savor a feast of hay before settling into the deep bedding of her pen, a comfort she relished after a lifetime of standing and lying on concrete. From an adjacent pen, Tricia could smell Sweety immediately. Although the two would not meet face to face until the following day, Tricia circled and mooed, clearly eager to get acquainted.

When it was time for the introduction, we led Sweety into Tricia’s stall. Tricia was busy enjoying some hay, and it took her a moment to realize that the newcomer was beside her. As Sweety leaned in for a sniff, however, Tricia perked up and began investigating this intriguing stranger. Within moments, the two cows were gently nuzzling one another and sharing a meal. By evening, they were nestled together for a night of quiet comfort.

In the days to come, Sweety will be examined by our veterinarian to ensure that her eyes aren’t causing her any pain, and she’ll need to be carefully monitored as she puts on some much-needed weight. Because Sweety was kept indoors, she does not have a winter coat so she’ll wear a horse blanket until the warmer days of spring arrive. With Tricia by her side, Sweety has already ventured outside to enjoy the winter sunshine and fresh air. We can already see a beautiful friendship blooming.

https://www.farmsanctuary.org/the-sanctuaries/rescued-animals/2014-rescues/sweety-blind-cow-gets-a-new-life-and-a-new-friend/

 

 

Sign Petition: Trump Wants to Plow Down a Butterfly Sanctuary Crucial to Monarchs for His Border Wall

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Congress

13,867 SUPPORTERS – 14,000 GOAL

Who’s the latest casualty of Trump’s horrendous war on asylum-seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border? Butterflies.

That’s right, his already stupid border wall idea is now projected to plow down a butterfly sancutary! Please sign this petition to save the butterflies!

Is nothing sacred anymore? The Supreme Court just upheld a ruling saying that Trump can bypass 28 federal laws (including the Endangered Species Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Clean Air Act) for his ridiculous border wall.

The butterfly sanctuary is home to 200 species of butterlies. Plus, the sanctuary serves as a crucial stopping place during migration for the “King of Butterflies,” the Monarch butterfly, which is in so much danger right now thanks to human pollution. The wall would literally require bulldozing most of this land and splitting the rest up, not allowing the sanctuary to grow new plants that are required to save the butterflies. The wall would even be too high for some birds and butterflies to get over, thus cutting them off completely!

As for the human effect in this specific area in Texas, there would be extreme flooding and humans would be cut off from their water supplies.

We are living in a nightmare world and we won’t get to wake up without intense activism.

Please add your voice to this call for some kindness, reason and a check on an administration that is running amuck with anti-science, anti-environment and anti-wildlife policies and rhetoric. Congress doesn’t have to fund the dumb wall — that’s why every American must tell their representative to say no on what could be one of the silliest solutions to a non-existent problem ever to be brought to the floor (and that’s saying something).

Sign this petition to tell Congress that these beautiful and endangered butterflies are just the latest reason NOT to build a dang wall.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/658/587/246/

 

26 Squirrel Monkeys That Were Used For FDA Nicotine Research Finally Find A New Home At Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary – World Animal News

26 Squirrel Monkeys That Were Used For FDA Nicotine Research Finally Find A New Home At Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
By Karen Lane –
December 4, 2018

On the morning of Wednesday, November 14th, Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary (JFPS) welcomed 26 squirrel monkeys to their 50 acre monkey sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida. These monkeys had formerly been used in a terminated nicotine research study conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They were transported to JFPS for retirement, where they will live in as natural a habitat as possible for the remainder of their lives.
The $5.5 million study, which began in 2014, was named “Aspects of Nicotine Self-Administration in a Nonhuman Primate”. The research was to determine how different doses of nicotine affect addiction in adolescents.
Taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project first discovered the FDA’s nicotine addiction tests on monkeys in the Fall of 2016, and uncovered videos and other details about the experiments using the Freedom of Information Act and a related federal lawsuit.
In September 2017, Dr. Jane Goodall joined the campaign and sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb urging him to cancel the study. In late September 2017, the FDA halted the study. Gottlieb then appointed an independent review team to investigate. This team found that the study was not consistent with the agency’s high animal welfare standards. In January 2018, Gottlieb ended it permanently and announced plans to retire the primates to a sanctuary.
JFPS, the largest New World Primate Sanctuary in the United States, was chosen as the most appropriate sanctuary to retire the monkeys. JFPS, founded in 1997, provides permanent, high-quality sanctuary care for New World monkeys being retired from laboratory research, ex-pets, or monkeys who have been confiscated by the authorities.
JFPS is one of the few primate sanctuaries in the nation who has experience in squirrel monkey care. The 26 squirrel monkeys will enjoy their retirement in neo-tropical natural habitats, as close to their natural wild habitat as possible.
Thankfully these squirrel monkeys no longer have to suffer in a laboratory for human research and can finally live their life in peace.

https://worldanimalnews.com/26-squirrel-monkeys-that-were-used-for-fda-nicotine-research-finally-find-a-new-home-at-jungle-friends-primate-sanctuary/

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Sign Petition: Save Mufasa the White Lion

Mufasa is a white lion. There are less than 300 of his kind left in the world, of which only 13 exist in the wild.

Mufasa was confiscated by law enforcement and handed to a wildlife rehabilitation center to be cared for. The rehab centre acquired a second cub Suraya, as a companion for Mufasa. Mufasa and Suraya are now three years old and are inseparable.

Nature conservation officials refused permission for Mufasa to be relocated to a sanctuary, who offered to care for both Mufasa and Suraya for their natural lives, free of charge. Instead, the rehab centre was told telephonically that Mufasa will be auctioned to raise funds for the department.

We ask you to sign our petition, asking for both Mufasa and Suraya to be donated to a sanctuary chosen by the people who took care of them for the past three years, to prevent them from being exploited.

The Honourable Member of the Executive Counsil, Department of Rural Environmental and Agricultural Development, North west South Africa.

RELOCATION OF CONFISCATED LION MALE- MUFASA AND FEMALE SURAYA

We hereby petition you to review the decision of the Northwest Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural development (READ) to refuse a relocation permit for Mufasa and to grant a permit only for the lioness who has been Mufasa’s companion for almost three years.

In terms of an agreement with READ , the rehab centre who cared for the two lions, and carried the costs thereof up to date, has the right to propose a sanctuary, where the lions are to be cared for. Sanwild has agreed to take the lions and to care for them free of charge, and the rehab put in an official proposal for the two to be released in Sanwild. This proposal was refused

The reasons why we believe the existing decision should be overturned are as follows:

1) Mufasa has had a vasectomy and is no longer able to breed and is therefore of no interest to a breeder. The only commercial value he has, is to be hunted in a put and chase hunt, otherwise known as a canned hunt.

2) Mufasa and Suraya have formed an inseparable bond. If the two are separated, both will suffer trauma and stress.

3) You are no doubt aware of the decision reached at COP 17 of CITES in Johannesburg during 2016 and the amendment noted in Conf 17-8 concerning the Disposal of illegally traded and confiscated specimens of CITES-listed species. We specifically draw your attention to the decision tree analysis for captive options, formulated in Resolution Conf. 17.8 – 14. We will not dwell on the contents, but only wish to highlight the first two requirements

a. As a point of departure the confiscating authority should consider releasing the specimen in the wild.

b. If that is not feasible and there is space available in non-commercial captive facility (e.g. a lifetime-care facility) the confiscating authority should execute an agreement and transfer the animal.

4) Mufasa is a text book case of the above and we believe it will be a transgression of both the spirit and the fabric of CITES to treat him otherwise.

5) There are no other suitable sanctuaries in the North west province that are able to care for both lions and the best practical nvironmental option in the interest of the welfare of the two lions are to be released to Sanwild.

We therefor petition you to intervene and to authorise the relocation permit for both lions to Sanwild.

Yours truly

Friends of Mufasa

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/894/071/669/save-mufasa-the-white-lion/

Breaking! Animal Defenders International Rescues 6 More Tigers From Circus In Guatemala – World Animal News

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By WAN –
November 13, 2018
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Animal Defenders International (ADI) has rescued six more tigers from suffering in a circus in Guatemala, as the organization continues to help enforce the country’s ban on animal circus acts. ADI has in total removed 21 lions and tigers, only one circus with animals remains.
Adult female tigers Bimbi and Lupe, parents Itsa and Sombra, and their two unnamed cubs, were removed from the circus on Saturday. During the day-long rescue, which ran into the night, the tigers were taken from the scrapyard where they had been living, and transported to ADI’s Temporary Rescue Centre in Guatemala. They join six lions and nine other tigers already rescued by the organization.
Previously, the circus had refused to hand over the six tigers when ADI removed two of the lions and nine other tigers in June. ADI is working with the government’s Animal Welfare Division UBA and wildlife department CONAP to enforce the ban on animals in circuses.
“We vowed to not let these six tigers down, and we kept our word. ADI’s mission is to ensure that no animal will suffer in circuses in Guatemala ever again,” Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International said in a statement. “With the public’s support we can save them all.”
At the ADI Temporary Rescue Centre, the animals have more space than they have ever known. Enrichment such as swinging tires, hay bags filled with catnip, and pools for the tigers to bathe and play in, keep the animals entertained and healthy. Such simple pleasures also help build muscles and improve coordination.
It is expected to take several months to complete the documentation needed to take the animals to their forever homes. For the lions, this will be to the new 450 acre sanctuary ADI is establishing in South Africa, their natural homeland. The first nine tigers rescued by ADI have been offered permanent homes at United States tiger sanctuaries Big Cat Rescue and Tigers for Tomorrow, and ADI is actively seeking permanent homes for the six new tigers.
Following this latest rescue, there is just one circus with animals in Guatemala, reported to have 15 big cats. ADI is raising funds to save the remaining animals, and care for the 21 big cats now in their care.
Donations to ADI can be made here

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-animal-defenders-international-rescues-6-more-tigers-from-circus-in-guatemala/
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Petition · End Happy The Elephant’s 10 Years of Solitary Confinement · Change.org

Joann Burrows started this petition to Director of the Bronx Zoo James J. Breheny and 1 other

The Bronx Zoo has been given the shameful title of the 5th worst zoo for elephants in the country. The New York Times calls Happy the Bronx Zoo’s loneliest elephant. That’s because this highly intelligent and social being is one of the only zoo elephants in the entire United States who is being held alone. And it looks like her living conditions won’t change anytime soon unless we do something about it.

I am asking you, my fellow animal lovers, to encourage the Bronx Zoo Director James J. Breheny to release Happy to a sanctuary where she can be in a more natural setting and live the rest of her life in peace.

New standards regarding the keeping of elephants were recently passed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the accrediting organization for American wildlife institutions. Among their recommendations was that elephants be held in groups of three or more, as they are highly social creatures. Now, zoos around the country are scrambling to comply with the regulations by AZA’s 2016 deadline. Yet, the Bronx Zoo seems steadfast in its opinion that Happy is “happy” with her solitary life. This goes against all scientific data about elephant behavior.

Happy and 6 other elephant calves were captured in the wild from Thailand and brought to the States in 1977. For 25 years, she and her companion, Grumpy, were kept as a pair in the Bronx Zoo. When Grumpy passed away, she was paired with Sammy, who sadly died in 2006. It was then that the zoo decided to end its elephant program, but it didn’t relocate the elephants it currently had.

For 10 years, Happy has been in a sort of solitary confinement, unable to truly interact with the other elephants held at the zoo. This is a social being like a monkey or a dolphin. Elephants thrive in the company of their own kind, where they form multi-generational family groups that remain loyal to one another for life, and the elders pass wisdom down to the younger ones to help them navigate their world.

Happy is likely not at all happy. She has endured a decade of loneliness and deserves the chance to be with others of her kind in a sanctuary. Please join me in telling the Bronx Zoo to release Happy to a sanctuary and let her really have a chance at happiness.

https://www.change.org/p/end-happy-the-elephant-s-10-years-of-solitary-confinement?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13640461&grid_position=3&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAJx7OgAAAAAAW9ThXTdp6jxiN2U5MmQ0Yg%3D%3D

Breaking! 200th Bear Arrives At Animals Asia’s Vietnam Sanctuary After Suffering 17 Years Of Bile Farm Misery – World Animal News

By WAN –
October 26, 2018

Animals Asia’s rescue team arrived at their Vietnam Bear Rescue Center on Tuesday, October 23rd after rescuing another female Asiatic black bear from a bile farm in Vietnam’s Cao Bang province.
The rescue marks Animals Asia’s 200th in Vietnam, with the charity having saved a further 418 bears in China.
As a result of the rescue, the bile farm has been shut down and the owners will never again be able to keep bears.
“Rescuing the 200th bear is certainly a milestone for the team, but most importantly, this is another individual rescued, another farm closed, and another step closer to completely eradicating bear bile farming in Vietnam,” said Animals Asia Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen in a statement.
The bear, who does not yet have a name, was originally thought to have been around three years old when registered in 2005. However, her owner claims she bought the bear 17 years ago when she was just a cub weighing an estimated 75 pounds. Moon bears can live to be up to 30 years old.
The rescued bear will now begin a 45-day quarantine period during which she will also receive health care and be introduced to a healthy, species-appropriate diet.
After quarantine, she will be moved to a spacious den where she will begin her rehabilitation process and regain her strength. Eventually, when she is physically and mentally ready, she will be introduced to other bears and given access to an outdoor enclosure.
“We’re delighted that this long-suffering bear is finally safe and we can begin to make her well again,” said Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear and Vet Team Director, Heidi Quine. “Overcoming such extreme cruelty and isolation is never easy, but each bear reacts differently. So far, she seems calm but there have also been signs of psychological trauma.”
In August of this year, Animals Asia successfully rescued five bears in South Vietnam, while last month, a female moon bear named Sky was rescued from the mountainous Lao Cai province.
Bears on bile farms in Vietnam suffer from poor nutrition, egregious health and living conditions, and no proper veterinary care. As a result, they often display physical and emotional symptoms such as pacing and hitting their bodies against the bars of cages.
Moon bears are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, and categorized as endangered by CITES. More than 10,000 are held on bear bile farms in China, and around 800 are also trapped in cages as part of the industry in Vietnam.
Animals Asia began to take on the issue of bear bile farming in Vietnam in 1999, opening its Vietnam Bear Rescue Center (VBRC), the first sanctuary devoted to bears in that country, in 2008.
Bear bile farming has been illegal in Vietnam since 2005 when every bear in captivity was micro-chipped. However, without facilities to hold the over 4,000 bears on farms at the time, those holding the bears were permitted to keep them, and the practice persisted.
However, in 2017, the government signed a landmark partnership agreement with Animals Asia to ensure that every farm is closed and the remaining approximately 800 bears are sent to sanctuaries by 2022.
Today, nearly 200 bears live peaceful lives at Animals Asia’s VBRC, while a further 190 are cared for by the nonprofit organization in China.
No-Name is in bad shape. She’s suffered in silence for many years. She will need extensive care and rehabilitation in the coming weeks and months.
To help, please donate to Animals Asia https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-200th-bear-arrives-at-animals-asias-vietnam-sanctuary-after-suffering-17-years-of-bile-farm-misery/ #EndBearBileFarming

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“Hikers Saw That This Neglected Sheep Could Barely Stand, So A Shelter Begged For Experts To Save Him” published October 6 2018

“This Elephant Spent 30 Years Neglected By A Zoo – Until Activists Stepped Up To Set Him Free” Published October 10 2018

Petition- Save Elephants Cora and Tembo From Horrible Topeka Zoo!

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Animal advocates are mourning another tragic loss for captive elephants with the death of Sunda, a 58-year-old Asian elephant who died at the Topeka Zoo this week – but they’re also not giving up on the two surviving elephants there who should be immediately moved to an accredited sanctuary given the zoo’s inability to properly care for them.

Sunda’s passing marks the second elephant death in less than two years at the Topeka Zoo, following the death of Shannon last December. She was only 35-years-old, but the zoo left her unsupervised for at least 10 hours knowing she was chronically ill and needed monitoring, and that inexcusable negligence cost Shannon much unnecessary suffering and, most likely, her life.

Sadly, these heartbreaking deaths are part of much bigger problems at this zoo. In Defense of Animals (IDA) noted that the Topeka Zoo has been cited numerous times by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Not only has the zoo proven it’s unable to properly care for its elephants, many of the health problems they are suffering are likely also made worse by a cold climate in Kansas, which isn’t appropriate for them.

The ongoing mistreatment of its elephants earned the Topeka Zoo the shameful distinction of being named the ‘worst zoo’ last year on IDA’s annual list of the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in North America.

While it’s too late to save Shannon and Sunda, there are still two survivors there who need our help – Asian elephants Cora and Tembo.

In the wake of this most recent loss, IDA and their advocates are calling on the Topeka Zoo to do the right thing by closing its elephant exhibit and retiring Cora and Tembo to an accredited sanctuary where they can finally get the care they need – and where they’ll be able to live out their days in a far more appropriate environment in a suitable climate.

Please sign and share this petition urging the Topeka Zoo to act immediately to secure a sanctuary retirement for Cora and Tembo before it’s too late.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/529/336/449/topeka-zoo-send-your-surviving-elephants-to-a-sanctuary-before-its-too-late/?TAP=1732&utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=14f17ead09-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_07_COPY_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-14f17ead09-106049477

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Petition: Nine Animals Just Died at Audubon Zoo Proving Once Again That Animals Should Be Free

by: Care2 Team
target: Audubon Zoo

Nine animals died this week after a 3-year-old jaguar named Valerio escaped his enclosure at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. Zoo officials said the killings resulted from territorial disputes among the animals, and that Valerio was just “doing what jaguars do.”

This is exactly why wild animals don’t belong in zoos in the first place. Please sign this petition urging Audubon Zoo to shutter its doors and send their animals to sanctuaries.

According to reports, Valerio’s escape was just an accident and no one person is to blame. But that’s just the problem. Accidents do happen, and when you’re keeping predatory animals in close proximity to prey animals and humans, those accidents can lead to deadly incidents. Luckily, no humans were injured or killed, but multiple alpacas and foxes and one emu are now gone forever.

On top of that, keeping animals in zoos is just bad for animals, plain and simple. Wild animals need ample space to roam, to run, to forage, and to explore. Social animals needs to be out in their natural habitat where they can interact with other animals. They should not be isolated in cramped cages so people can gawk at them.

Staff at Audubon Zoo were deeply saddened by the loss of animals this week. But if they really care about the animals, they should seek to give them a better life.

Please sign this petition, and together let’s urge Audubon Zoo to shut down and send their animals to sanctuaries where they’ll be able to have a better, more natural life.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/764/886/564/

 

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8 Endangered Black Rhinos Die in Kenya After Relocation

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Eight critically endangered black rhinos are dead in Kenya following an attempt to move them from the capital to a national park hundreds of kilometers away, the government said Friday, calling the toll “unprecedented” in more than a decade of such transfers.

Preliminary investigations point to salt poisoning as the rhinos tried to adapt to saltier water in their new home, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said in a statement. It suspended the ongoing move of other rhinos and said the surviving ones were being closely monitored.

Losing the rhinos is “a complete disaster,” said prominent Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu of WildlifeDirect.

Conservationists in Africa have been working hard to protect the black rhino sub-species from poachers targeting them for their horns to supply an illegal Asian market.

In moving a group of 11 rhinos to the newly created Tsavo East National Park from Nairobi last month, the Kenya Wildlife Service said it hoped to boost the population there. The government agency has not said how the rhinos died. Fourteen of the animals were to be moved in all.

“Disciplinary action will definitely be taken” if an investigation into the deaths indicates negligence by agency staff, the wildlife ministry said.

“Moving rhinos is complicated, akin to moving gold bullion, it requires extremely careful planning and security due to the value of these rare animals,” Kahumbu said in a statement. “Rhino translocations also have major welfare considerations and I dread to think of the suffering that these poor animals endured before they died.”

Transporting wildlife is a strategy used by conservationists to help build up, or even bring back, animal populations. In May, six black rhinos were moved from South Africa to Chad, restoring the species to the country in north-central Africa nearly half a century after it was wiped out there.

Kenya transported 149 rhinos between 2005 and 2017 with eight deaths, the wildlife ministry said.

According to WWF, black rhino populations declined dramatically in the 20th century, mostly at the hands of European hunters and settlers. Between 1960 and 1995, numbers dropped by 98 percent, to fewer than 2,500.

Since then the species has rebounded, although it remains extremely threatened. In addition to poaching, the animals also face habitat loss.

African Parks, a Johannesburg-based conservation group, said earlier this year that there are fewer than 25,000 rhinos in the African wild, of which about 20 percent are black rhinos and the rest white rhinos.

In another major setback for conservation, the last remaining male northern white rhino on the planet died in March in Kenya, leaving conservationists struggling to save that sub-species using in vitro fertilization.

https://www.voanews.com/a/endangered-rhinos-dead-in-kenya-relocation-bid-official/4481300.html

Breaking! South Korea’s Last Remaining Polar Bear, Tongki, Will Live The Rest Of His Life In Peace At Yorkshire Wildlife Park In The UK – World Animal News

By WAN – June 11, 2018

Photos from Yorkshire Wildlife Park
WAN is thrilled to share that the only living polar bear in South Korea is being relocated later this year from the Everland Zoo, to the world-class facilities of Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) in Doncaster, United Kingdom.
Tongki, 24, will be re-homed at YWP’s award-winning Project Polar, an international center for the conservation and rehabilitation of polar bears both in captivity and in the wild, which is especially important as Polar Bears are increasingly threatened by global warming.
YWP staff and vets have already visited Tongki and performed health checks to check if he is fit to travel the 5,500 miles from Korea to Yorkshire this November.
“We are delighted to accept Tongki and give him a wonderful retirement in the ten-acre reserves here at YWP,” John Minion, CEO of the park said in a statement. “Our top priority is to keep him healthy and happy. The journey from Korea will be long, but we have plans in place to make it a smooth and comfortable transition.”
Tongki was born in a zoo in Masan, Gyeongsangnam, and relocated to Everland in 1997.
Reaching the age of 70-80 in human years, the retired polar bear is ready to enjoy a comfortable life alongside current residents of Project Polar, Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby, who can often be spotted roaming in Project Polar, which includes dens, pools, lakes in a rolling landscape, and is designed to reflect the habitat of the summer Arctic tundra.

Working in association with Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation (YWPF), which was created in 2013 to be a dynamic catalyst for inspiring people to support conservation and welfare, and Polar Bears International (PBI), Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Project Polar is YWP and YWPF’s flagship project. It combines all three key objectives, conservation, welfare and education, working towards saving and improving the welfare of one of the most iconic species, the polar bear.

YWP welcomes 750,000 visitors annually who enjoy the spacious reserves and walkthrough animal areas. In addition to the polar bears, YWP is also home to some of the most endangered and beautiful animals on the planet, including Amur Leopards, Amur Tigers, Giant Otters, Grevy’s Zebra, and the latest addition, the rare Okapi.

Since opening in 2009, YWP has become the UK’s fastest growing and most innovative wildlife sanctuary, combining conservation, welfare and education all in one.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-south-koreas-last-remaining-polar-bear-tongki-will-live-the-rest-of-his-life-in-peace-at-yorkshire-wildlife-park-in-the-uk/
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Petition · Send Asha the African Elephant to Sanctuary · Change.org

Voices for Asha started this petition to Mark Herring and 3 others

Asha, a 35-year-old female, African elephant has been alone at the Natural Bridge Zoo in Virginia for an accumulative 22 years. She is forced to give over 10,000 rides a year, despite active tuberculosis findings in monkeys held at the zoo. This is a huge risk to the public who are in close proximity to her on a daily basis. Her toenails are cracked due to lack of foot care, and the zoo has been cited for failing to provide adequate veterinary care across the board. These are just a handful of the issues she faces on a daily basis.

In April 2015, the Natural Bridge Zoo’s permit to publicly exhibit wild animals was suspended by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). The zoo has since reopened despite numerous, ongoing complaints and inspections.

To call this zoo anything short of a roadside attraction would be an injustice to those animals who have suffered and died during the many decades it’s been allowed to operate. The zoo has made it in the list of top 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants by In Defense of Animals for the last four years, and after public pressure and undercover footage from the Humane Society of the United States was released, the zoo has been cited uncountable times by the USDA for issues including, but not limited to, contaminated food, sanitation issues, rodent infestation, and improper containment.

Due to the nature of these citations and disregard of many of them, we are asking that the DGIF step up and take permanent action. The DGIF has fallen short in assisting the USDA despite the fact that these issues are entirely within their jurisdiction. We ask the Attorney General to hold the DGIF accountable to taking appropriate action. Please consider sending Asha to a sanctuary, revoking the zoo’s license permanently, and finding placement for the zoo’s remaining animals that will meet their needs as a species.

https://www.change.org/p/send-asha-the-african-elephant-to-sanctuary?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=3723388&grid_position=11&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAGIvygAAAAAAWx7VobrG1PxlNjYxZjM3OA%3D%3D

Costa Rica Makes Santa Elena Bay a Mrine Protected Area

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Thanks to the effort of neighbors of the areas of Cuajiniquil, El Jobo and Puerto Soley in La Cruz, Guanacaste, the 732.1 hectares that make up Santa Elena Bay are now a Marine Protected Area. The objective of establishing this zone as a Marine Management Area is to reserve it for particular purposes, among them the conservation of marine life, the promotion of recreation and tourism and the sustainable use of its resources, particularly fishing resources. Santa Elena Bay receives several marine species with reproductive purposes, among them, dolphins, whales, turtles and other pelagic species like the whale shark, which…

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Help Animals Imprisoned by SeaWorld! | Save Animals

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Orcas aren’t ours to use.
They aren’t ours to force to perform tricks or to confine to tanks that can never compare to their homes in the wild.

Orcas at SeaWorld—some of whom were trapped and stolen from their families in the ocean—are miserable. Instead of swimming as far as they want in open seas, they can only swim in endless circles in tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. They languish in chemically treated water, are forced to breed, and are viewed as money-making machines.
Tell SeaWorld that orcas are #NotOurs and that they belong in more natural seaside sanctuaries, where they won’t be forced to perform tricks for food and denied everything that is natural and important to them.

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Petition: Lyka the Blind Lioness Kept in a Rusty Cage

Lyka the Blind Lioness Kept in a Rusty Cage

by: Care2 Team
target: Arthur Defensor Sr., Governor of Iloilo – Philippines

43,287 SUPPORTERS – 45,000 GOAL
The young lioness, named Lyka, lies listless in a narrow, rusty cage. Born with an eye condition, the 5-year lion has deteriorated to the point where she even can’t see the zoo visitors gawking at her enclosure.

Recent video footage of Lyka — blind, alone, and depressed in her tiny cage — is heartbreaking. Please sign and share to convince Maasin Zoo in the Philippines to send Lyka to a sanctuary and close this zoo of horrors.

The zoo has said that Lyka receives “adequate” food and care but visitors — and photos — tell a different story. One woman told the Mirror that Lyka looked weak and unhealthy, saying “I felt so sorry for her … She looks so neglected and depressed.” She said zoo staff had called Lyka a “breeding mistake.”

Visitors were also quoted as saying that other animals near Lyka were also in very poor health and living in extremely unhealthy conditions. Maasin Zoo is government-funded but staff have said that they don’t have enough money to improve the enclosures or properly care for the animals.

It’s unacceptable that Lyka and other animals at the Maasin Zoo continue to suffer from neglect in captivity while zoo officials and government do nothing.

That’s why Lyka needs your help right now! Please sign the petition to call on the Governor of Iloilo to immediately close the Maasin Zoo and free Lyka to a sanctuary.
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https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/246/850/602/

Petition: Niño, Tiger Found Unconscious in a Duffle Bag, Belongs in a Sanctuary

Niño, Tiger Found Unconscious in a Duffle Bag, Belongs in a Sanctuary

by: Care2 Team
target: Gladys Porter Zoo

108,148 SUPPORTERS – 110,000 GOAL

Niño the tiger has become the latest victim in the multibillion-dollar illegal animal trade. The two-month-old cub was found on the U.S. side of the Mexican-American border in Brownsville, Texas.

When three smugglers realized that U.S. Border Patrol was on to them, they hightailed it back across the border. But before they did so, they left a black duffle bag for the agents to find. In it was a small unconscious tiger that was very, very lucky to be alive.

Fortunately, the agents found it in time. Niño would surely have died of overheating, hunger or suffocation if he hadn’t been rescued.

Now the young cub is at the Brownsville Gladys Porter Zoo which has previously taken in tigers that were seized by officials in the area. The zoo sent some of the past rescued tigers to a sanctuary, while others remained at the park and still another died.

Care2 is asking that Gladys Porter Zoo consider what is best for Niño and, instead of keeping him at the zoo, it should send him to a sanctuary so he can live his life in relative peace. Please sign the petition and help ensure Niño, a tiger that has already gone through so much, doesn’t have to suffer anymore. Sign the petition telling the zoo that Niño belongs in a sanctuary.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/127/907/684/ni%C3%B1o-the-tiger-found-unconscious-in-a-duffle-bag-belongs-in-a-sanctuary/

What to Expect From North America’s First Dolphin Sanctuary

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As more people come around to the idea that cetaceans are animals that deserve freedom and not to be stuffed into tanks for entertainment purposes, a real shift is occurring.
Soon, North America will see its first-ever dolphin sanctuary built — designed to rehabilitate aquarium dolphins in their natural habitat.

According to the Associated Press, the National Aquarium has begun a three-year program designed to get its seven dolphins ready for release into this sanctuary. Fortunately, they just received a major boost from tour company Virgin Holidays, which pledged $300,000 to make this sanctuary a reality.

The AP reported that the years-in-the-making project is in the early stages of shopping potential locations in Florida and, in the meantime, is painstakingly readying the dolphins for the habitat transition.

For example, the aquarium is raising the temperatures of the dolphins’ tanks so that algae will grow and start to emulate the real waters to which they’ll be relocated.

This donation by Virgin Holidays fits right in line with the company’s stance.
Virgin Group, founded by philanthropist Richard Branson, has long been interested in cetacean issues.

TV3, which is owned by Virgin Media, reported that in 2014 the company pledged to stop working with agencies that took captive cetaceans from the wild. In 2017, they ceased to work with hotels and entertainment attractions that housed captive dolphins and whales.

They also teamed up with the World Cetacean Alliance to forge new whale-watching rules that better respect the animals in their natural habitat.
In pledging money to help create a marine sanctuary for these dolphins, Virgin Holidays is propelling the company’s pro-cetacean policies forward to effect change.

The Independent reported that Virgin Holidays’ managing director, Joe Thompson, is hoping to re-shape how people interact with these wild ocean animals. He said the company aims to steer its clientele away from using animals in “theatrical shows” and places an emphasis on tourism that promotes animal welfare.

So helping build a sanctuary would allow tourists to view dolphins as they rehabilitate, rather than perform. Virgin Holidays hopes to have guests witness these animals beginning in 2020, according to the Independent.

But while tourism factors into Virgin Holidays’ hopes for the sanctuary, John Racanelli, CEO and president of the National Aquarium, told the Independent that the aquarium is thinking only about the dolphins at this point. “It’s the driving force behind the why, how and what’s next for this project,” he said.
“Put simply, we place the welfare of the dolphins above all else — science, the public, donors, whatever.”

Plans for the sanctuary are still in development, but TV3 reported that the $10 million to $15 million project is aiming for a site that is 100 times the size of the dolphins’ current tank — putting it at a cool 100 million gallons of water that will allow the dolphins to dive and swim freely.
Per the Independent, the sanctuary will also feature tides, temperature changes and other fish and plants that are native to the dolphins’ natural environment.

It’s a massive undertaking, and it’s not the only one in the works. According to Mother Nature Network, in 2016, a nonprofit called the Whale Sanctuary Project pledged to create a cold-water sanctuary for orcas and beluga whales to be retired to.
As of early 2018, that three- to five-year plan was still in the works.

These sanctuaries would be the first of their kind in North America and would drastically change the options for entertainment facilities’ captive cetaceans.

The tides have long been changing on how humans view sea animals in captivity, so it’s great that the industry is catching up with the times. Hopefully this all goes according to plan, and all seven dolphins can begin to get their lives back in just two short years with the hope of many more joining them in the future.
It’s the very least these magnificent animals deserve.

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Petition: Bolingo the Gorilla Doesn’t Belong at an Amusement Park

by: Care2 Team
target: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

29,967 SUPPORTERS
30,000 GOAL
Busch Gardens, in Tampa Bay, is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the area. The amusement park is a place where all of us, young and old can go to unwind and be entertained. But while the tourists are laughing, some of the other guests are having far less fun.

Recently, the park shared a seemingly harmless video of Bolingo the gorilla and his trainer. The trainer does a handstand on one side of the glass and the gorilla agilely does one on the other. It truly is an astounding sight to see something so big, be so quick and flexible. What’s more, it’s amusing to see the gorilla mimic his human companion.

But it’s very likely that Bolingo isn’t as amused. Busch Gardens says these kinds of tricks provide the primate with “mental and physical stimulation.” And that’s the problem — in the wild, gorillas like other animals would not need stimulation. Their natural existence would be stimulating enough. In the wild, gorillas would be able to traverse wide ranges, explore the landscape, eat at their leisure and interact with others of their kind.

The fact that Busch Gardens has to devise things to keep Bolingo occupied is a sad reminder of just how boring life in captivity can be.

What’s worse is that Busch Gardens isn’t even a zoo, it’s a theme park where families go to ride waterslides and rollercoasters. Its abuzz with activity and noise, no place for a gorilla who would normally be tucked away in the thick jungles of the mountains of Africa, hidden from the noise of the cities far below.

Please ask Busch Gardens to stop subjecting their gorilla to a boring life. Sign the petition and ask them to release Bolingo to a sanctuary.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/380/307/816/

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Updates

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After months of hard work, we are delighted to announce the completion of the Meru Rhino Sanctuary extension and upgrade. The project, which we undertook in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), was funded entirely through donations from supporters and offers Kenya’s rhinos a brighter future in a larger and more viable Sanctuary within the beautiful Meru National Park.

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Meru Rhino Sanctuary Meru Rhino Sanctuary Fenceline

To celebrate the completion of the upgrade, on 5th of April, the DSWT and KWS held a handover ceremony attended by Robert Carr-Hartley from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Principle Secretary of Tourism Dr. Margaret Mwakima, and KWS Mr. Julius Kimani along with senior management from Meru National Park. During the ceremony, the DSWT also donated to KWS Meru National Park a fully customized land cruiser, to be used to further boost security within the Park.

Handover of donated landcruiser

The Meru Rhino Sanctuary is an important stronghold for Kenya’s rhino population and one that at the request of KWS DSWT has been able to extend and upgrade to better accommodate the rhinos that call it home, and hopefully see the existing population increase substantially in the future. Through the support of DSWT donors, we have been able to expand the Sanctuary from 48km² to 83.5km², providing more space for the growing resident rhino population that live within the sanctuary’s protected boundaries, which according to a KWS report in 2017, stood at 61 white rhinos and 28 black rhinos.

As part of the upgrade, we have also built two security bases which house KWS Security rangers and DSWT funded fence maintenance teams. This brand new perimeter electric fence line has been redesigned to be unobstrusive and has been extended a further 25.6 km, we have also incorporated 20 strategically located wildlife corridors with a design that allows the free movement of elephants and other wildlife in and out of the Sanctuary, with the exception of rhinos. These simple but effective corridors consist of thick, short posts spaced across a gap in the fence and prevent rhinos from moving beyond the Sanctuary since they are unable to climb over, or squeeze between, the posts.

Part of the Fenceline

The DSWT has a long and rich history of rhino conservation in Kenya and was involved in establishing the country’s first fenced special rhino sanctuaries in both Lake Nakuru National Park and later in Tsavo West National Park in conjunction with the Eden Wildlife Trust and African Wildlife Foundation. Moreover, in the early 1960s, our Founder Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick pioneered the milk formula and the husbandry necessary to hand rear orphaned black rhino calves and, over the years, Daphne and DSWT have hand-raised 16 orphaned black rhinos and rehabilitated them successfully in Solio Ranch, Tsavo East National Park and Nairobi National Park.

As we strive to help KWS protect these iconic creatures from the threat of poaching, fuelled by the demand for rhino horn, The DSWT will continue to support KWS in Meru National Park with a second phase being the redoing of the boundary fence lines for Meru National Park, rebuilding them into a 14 strand unshortable barrier electical fence along with the ongoing operations of DSWT/KWS Veterinary and De-snaring Teams based there, and these two teams have already been active in this area now for six years.

In particular, since its launch in 2013, the DSWT/KWS Meru Mobile Veterinary Unit, headed by KWS Veterinary Officer Dr Bernard Rono, has directly supported Meru’s rhino population attending to 165 rhino related veterinary incidents in the greater Meru ecosystem, comprising of ear notching excercises to ensure that individuals are easy to identify and to treat wounds brought about due to fighting and wounds made from the filarial fly, and a further 529 cases of other wildlife species in total have been treated by this Unit. Additionally, since its inception in 2014, the DSWT/ KWS Meru De-Snaring Unit (comprising of graduates from KWS Field Training School in Manyani) has confiscated 5,236 illegally lain snares and significantly contributed to deterring illegal activities due to regular patrols along the vulnerable boundaries of the National Park.

Some members of the DSWT funded Meru De-snaring team DSWT/KWS Meru Desnaring Team

DSWT KWS Mobile Veterinary Unit

Given the suitability of habitat for rhinos in Meru National Park, the Meru Rhino Sanctuary offers them a secure sanctuary and a place for sustainable growth, and it is our hope that in the coming years, it will house one of the largest rhino populations in Kenya. Our sincere thanks to everyone who donated towards this vital initiative to protect and preserve Kenya’s black rhino population, and special thanks goes to our conservation partner the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Petition · Eric Denhoff: Allow the Rehabilitation of Orphaned Bear Cubs Left Behind Due to Trophy Hunting. · Change.org

Lisa Madsen started this petition to Deputy Minister Environment and Parks Eric Denhoff and 9 others

If you would like to know the background for this petition: please check out:

http://www.change.org/p/minister-of-justice

Currently our Alberta government allows the killing of bear cubs left behind by trophy hunters who “accidentally” kill mother bears for a head to mount on their wall. Bear cubs are shot by Fish and Wildlife or left to starve to death, or be victims of predators. This includes both black bear and grizzly bear cubs , as well as many other species found in Alberta.

A petition was delivered to the Legislature in March by MLA, Dr. David Swann. Albertans and people throughout the world made it clear that allowing injured wildlife to succumb to “Nature taking its course” is unacceptable.

The Alberta Environment & Parks Department, as stewards of Alberta’s wildlife, have failed in their responsibility towards orphaned bear cubs and other indigenous wildlife species. This government has failed their clear duty by omitting to provide Alberta Environment & Parks, AEP’s approved “applicable protocols” that they, themselves, require before orphaned bear cubs, lynx and bobcat kittens, fox cubs, and elk calves can be rescued, reared and released back into the wild.

To quote from Alberta’s 2018/2019 Wildlife Rehabilitation Permits “…the permittee may only rehabilitate that animal in accordance with the applicable protocol that has been adopted by AEP”

To quote from Brett Boukall AEP, (3/29/2018) “As of right now, there are no approved protocols for orphaned black bear cubs in Alberta. When AEP approves a protocol for any species or updates existing ones, the wildlife rehabilitators will be the first to know.”

Does this matter? Yes, and for many reasons, but the most vital, for bear cubs is the most immediate.

The Spring Bear hunt opens on Sunday (April 1, 2018) and though it is illegal to do so, every year hunters accidentally kill female bears with cubs. The cubs are tiny, they can weigh less than a newborn baby… the hunters are up a tree over their bait barrels, so they often can’t sex the bear they are shooting, nor see the cubs. This is why it is a legitimate concern for bear cubs in Alberta. This is why Alberta Environment and Parks need to complete protocols for bear cubs and the other species listed in “Schedule A”.

On this day, 3 orphaned bear cubs were found in a Banff National Park bathroom (no doubt due to the accidental killing of their mother during hunting season) and were allowed to be transported to a wildlife sanctuary in Ontario, the plan, to be rehabilitated and returned to the park this year for release. Why is this acceptable when the rehabilitation of bear cubs like Russell are not allowed, because of supposed threats to public safety? The government has no science to back this view. The government needs to act responsibly and do the right thing: complete written protocols so approved wildlife rehabilitation sites may rehabilitate the orphaned animals in accordance to the “applicable protocol”. If our Alberta government wants to allow trophy hunting to continue in our province, then they need to be responsible for the orphans who are left behind. We urge Alberta Environment and Parks to complete the protocols necessary so orphaned wildlife may be rehabilitated by a responsible organization and these orphans may be released back into the wild.

Thank you so much for your support!

Please share!

Lisa xo

https://www.change.org/p/eric-denhoff-allow-the-rehabilitation-of-orphaned-bear-cubs-left-behind-due-to-trophy-hunting?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13094943&grid_position=2&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAPbLxwAAAAAAWtEaezGhySxlMzMxNzE1ZQ%3D%3D

Petition · Buttonwood Park Zoo: Please Allow Ruth & Emily to be Relocated to The Elephant Sanctuary · Change.org

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Buttonwood Park Zoo: Please Allow Ruth & Emily to be Relocated to The Elephant Sanctuary
Sarah Maddux started this petition to Buttonwood Park Zoo Director Keith Lovett and 2 others

Ruth and Emily are aging Asian elephants living in deplorable conditions at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts. They endure extreme heat/cold and live in an enclosure that would be much too small for a single elephant. Both elephants, especially Ruth, regularly display behavioral patterns consistent with extreme stress.

Even by the lowest of standards, Ruth and Emily are incompatible- a violation of the USDA’s Animal Welfare Act. Emily has attacked Ruth over 30 times and has been seen ramming, biting, and tusking Ruth, leaving lacerations. In 2006, Emily bit off 6.5 inches of Ruth’s tail. The Buttonwood Zoo has documented these attacks, but instead of granting Ruth the life she deserves at the Elephant Sanctuary, they falsely claim that Ruth is now too fragile to relocate.

Ruth is 56-58 years old. In the wild, she would be coming into her own as a matriarch of her herd. Instead, Ruth was taken from her mother as early as age 1 and shipped to Bensons Animal Farm, where she was trained by a circus elephant trainer named Silvers Madison. In 1978, she was sold to Brian Watson, who used her for parties, parades, and commercials. There is substantial evidence that Watson beat Ruth. Eventually, all of his animals were confiscated. Watson then stole his animals back, including Ruth, whom he had loaded onto a trailer. After his vehicle broke down, he left Ruth at a waste transfer station in Danvers, MA. She was found two days later, still chained to the trailer. Ruth then made her way to the Buttonwood Park Zoo.

Emily was taken from Thailand at age 3. She first lived at the Southwick Zoo before being purchased by the city of New Bedford in 1968. She spent her time in an unheated barn or chained in a dirt yard. Due to her deplorable living quarters, the USDA ordered Emily sent to the Baton Rouge Zoo, where she spent 3 years. Here, she was trained by Alan Campbell. Emily was both a victim and an aggressor in a number of adversarial encounters with other elephants. When Emily’s barn was complete, she then was moved back to the Buttonwood Zoo, where she continued to be forced to perform stressful and frightening “tricks” for the entertainment of viewers.

The Elephant Sanctuary (Hohenwald, TN) welcomes captive elephants that are elderly, sick, and/or in need of a peaceful place to spend the remainder of their lives. The sanctuary provides each elephant with individualized care, the companionship of a herd, and the ability to live the lives they have earned. Ruth and Emily deserve to roam The Elephant Sanctuary’s 2,700 acres of hills, trees, meadows, and ponds but are currently confined to an outdoor space of less than half an acre.

A dedicated group, Friends of Ruth and Emily, has campaigned on behalf of these exploited elephants since 2014. They have raised awareness through tabling, petitioning in person, and meeting with zoo staff and city leaders. The Friends of Ruth and Emily have recently taken legal action against the city of New Bedford, as there is an abundance of evidence that the treatment of Ruth and Emily is a violation of the Endangered Species Act. There are fewer than 40,000 Asian elephants remaining in the wild and the Buttonwood Park Zoo is not affording Emily and Ruth the protection they deserve. Before the case is heard, it is imperative that we bring as much attention as possible to this dire issue. Ruth and Emily can’t wait any longer; they have suffered enough. Please join me in asking the Buttonwood Zoo and the city of New Bedford to grant Ruth and Emily the life they deserve at the Elephant Sanctuary!

Thank you for being a voice for Ruth and Emily,
Sarah

Please follow Friends of Ruth and Emily on Twitter: https://twitter.com/retireruthembpz

Please click here to show additional support by becoming a (free) member of Friends of Ruth and Emily: https://friendsofruthandemily.jimdo.com/free-membership/

Sign Petition Urging San Diego Zoo Safari Park Release Rescued Bengal Tiger Cub To A Sanctuary – World Animal News

http://worldanimalnews.com/sign-petition-urging-san-diego-zoo-safari-park-release-rescued-bengal-tiger-cub-sanctuary/

By Care2 –
March 5, 2018

As previously reported by WAN, 18-year-old Luis Eudoro Valencia was recently sentenced to six months in prison for attempting to smuggle an endangered Bengal tiger cub from Mexico into the U.S. last year.
Animal advocates agree that the sentence is not nearly long enough.
Worse is the fact that the innocent tiger cub received what may be a life sentence when he was sent to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
Our partner Care2 currently has a petition urging that the cub is transferred to a sanctuary.
It is feared that if the cub is forced to live in captivity, he may suffer from “zoochosis,” a condition that causes animals to hurt themselves and behave in other unusual ways, due to the stress of confinement.
In the wild, tigers typically roam across large distances, climb trees, run and swim, all with minimal human contact. This is not the case in captivity where animals are exploited for corporate profit.
Instead of being driven to madness, this Bengal tiger should be able to live his life in a sanctuary where he will have access to proper care, protection, and veterinary care, all without being forced to be on public display.
Please sign the Care2 petition urging the San Diego Zoo to send this precious cub to a sanctuary.

Petition: Send Endangered Bengal Tiger Cub to a Sanctuary! Care 2

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Breaking News! Surprising Arrest Made In Alleged Case Of Animals Stolen From Florida Wildlife Sanctuary – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
March 7, 2018
Josue Santiago is accused of removing dozens of exotic animals and staging a burglary at a wildlife sanctuary. (Miami-Dade Police)
An arrest has been made in the case WAN reported on earlier this week about dozens of animals that were allegedly stolen from a Florida wildlife sanctuary following a post of a false Craigslist ad that stated that the animals were available for free. But the person arrested is not who you may think.
According to various local news outlets including WHDH, the person facing charges for committing a crime turns out to be the owner of the We Care Wildlife Sanctuary himself!
Reportedly, police now believe that Josue Santiago made the fabricated report and lied to authorities. A partner of the sanctuary claimed the stolen animals were worth $53,400.00.

As per the arrest report, Santiago drove seven lemurs, three red-handed tamarins, five marmosets, one cotton top, and one white face capuchin to either North Carolina or South Carolina prior to staging the burglary to look like the animals had been stolen.

Santiago reportedly wanted to hide the animals to avoid wildlife authorities who had been looking into the sanctuary.
“At the time, they were telling me that the FWC was being unreasonable, the animals were well taken care of when that wasn’t really the case,” a woman who wants to be referred to only as Diane who is currently working with investigators and in possession of the relocated animals told WHDH. “It was all planned. It was all a farce. It was all a lie.”

Santiago is charged with filing a false report and providing false information to law enforcement.
Meanwhile, as per WHDH, six exotic birds were mysteriously returned and left outside of the property yesterday morning, but more than a dozen tortoises and birds remain missing.
People with any information about these animals should immediately call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or 305-471-8477.

http://worldanimalnews.com/update-surprising-arrest-made-alleged-case-animals-stolen-florida-wildlife-sanctuary/

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Mussa The Rescued Baby Chimp Arrives Safely At Primate Sanctuary In The Democratic Republic Of Congo – World Animal News

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Mussa The Rescued Baby Chimp Arrives Safely At Primate Sanctuary In The Democratic Republic Of Congo
By Lauren Lewis –
March 1, 2018

Virunga National park pilot Anthony Caere and Mussa, Facebook
It has been a busy few days for Mussa, a baby chimpanzee that was rescued from poachers in the Congo earlier this week.
Fortunately, Mussa has arrived safely at his new home at the Lwiro Primates Rescue and Rehabilitation Center located in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“Every rescue is an effort from a lot of people from different organizations who work together to save lives,” the organization which is the only sanctuary in the DRC to accept all great ape and monkey species, shared in a post on its Facebook page. “It is a beautiful moment to see the result of everybody’s implication, in this case, we saved the life of Mussa.”

In a previous post, the organization credited Virunga National Park for rescuing Mussa from an uncertain future and for facilitating his transport further noting that, “Rescues are always a mix of feelings… happy because we are saving them but sad at the same time for what it means for wild populations.”
A remarkable Virunga National park pilot Anthony Caere, who assisted with Mussa’s rescue from poachers earlier this week, is among those responsible for sparing this young animal’s precious life.
A heartwarming video also posted on Facebook documents the two as they bonded while en route to safety at the sanctuary.
“This looks cute but is actually a sad story,” Caere posted on his Facebook page. “He should be with his mum… But happy we could give him a new good home! Thanks to the whole team! This is conservation!”

Mussa is reportedly playful while being treated for intestinal parasites and responding well to treatment.
According to its website, the CRPL currently cares for 72 chimpanzees and 92 monkeys of 11 different species, along with parrots, turtles, hyrax and porcupine. Sadly, all the animals have been victims of poaching and the pet trade.
“It is illegal in the DR Congo to keep any primate as a pet. As with chimpanzees, all of the CRPL residents are removed from the forests illegally by poachers and have been confiscated by the ICCN before being transported to the CRPL for long-term care,” the organization explains on its website. ”Most of these animals arrive in very bad physical and psychological condition due to the trauma they experience during the hunting process, and as a result of being kept as a pet. It is the long-term goal of the CRPL to be able to reintroduce our monkeys to the forests of DRC if their forest homes can be made safe enough to do so.”
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Two White Tigers And Two Bears Rescued Thursday In Texas From Owners Housing Them Illegally – World Animal News

Lauren Lewis –
January 22, 2018

A white tiger and a snow-white tiger, along with two bears were seized late last week according to In-Sync Exotics, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the rescue of neglected, abused and unwanted exotic felines.
On the organization’s Facebook page, it explained the situation and shared the good news that the tigers, named Assad and Zahra were relocated to their new home at the In-Sync Exotics’ sanctuary located in Wylie, TX. The bears were transported to Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville, TX.

A joint operation between In-Sync Exotics, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the local county Sheriff’s office, who reportedly seized the animals from owners who did not have the proper permits and were housing them illegally.

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“Both tigers will be in mandatory quarantine for 30 days. Their quarantine area is located in the sanctuary’s on-site veterinary clinic where staff veterinarian, a veterinary technician and keepers will provide the highest quality of medical care to diagnose and treat any issues they have currently,” noted the post, “as well as maintain their health throughout the rest of their lives.”
Formed in 2000, In-Sync Exotics maintains an extensive Community Outreach Program through which it educates the public on the unique attributes and characteristics of its residents; the realities of irresponsible and or illegal exotic wild animal ownership and captive breeding; and the need for stronger and enforceable legislation against those who abuse exotic wild animals.

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“Our goal is to rescue mistreated and or displaced cats and provide them with a lifetime of excellent care is an expensive labor of love.” “It costs $168,000.00 a year to feed our animals and it can be upwards of another $150,000.00 for veterinarian care.” Plus, we have the added expenses for utilities, enrichment, equipment and supplies.

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