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Petition · Ask Memphis Zoo to end Pandas YaYa & LeLe’s suffering and send them back home now! · Change.org

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End Pandas YaYa & LeLe’s suffering and send them back home now!

In 2003, Giant pandas YaYa and LeLe travelled to Memphis Zoo in Tennessee US, as lovely, impressionable little furballs. After 18 years serving the zoo, today, they look extremely malnourished and sickly. YaYa, the female panda’s fur has been shedding profusely. Yet Memphis Zoo claims they are perfectly healthy.

I am asking you, my fellow animal lovers, to encourage the Memphis Zoo CEO Jim Dean to return YaYa and LeLe back to their hometown where food is abundant and medical care is accessible.

  • From 2007, the zoo performed 4 artificial inseminations on Yaya in 5 years, none of which were successful, possibly causing irreversible health damage to her. As early as 2008, YaYa was already shedding patches of fur. 13 years later, YaYa’s shedding has spread throughout her entire body.
  • Beijing Zoo has confirmed that as early as 2014, YaYa has parasite infections that are causing her skin disease. Yet Memphis Zoo continues to claim that YaYa has a seasonal hormone fluctuation that causes hair thinning and that she looks thin due to her small frame. They also told fans YaYa is just “not photogenic”.  Both the Zoo and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums who credited the zoo stated that “she is perfectly healthy!”
  • Panda’s diet is 99% bamboo and only eat certain species. The Zoo only provide 4 species from its 10 acres bamboo farm for BOTH pandas. Research has shown that at least 17 acres (100 mu) bamboo is sustainable for ONE panda.
  • From 2013 – 2016, Memphis Zoo’s bamboo were sold to Toronto Zoo. This no doubt caused shortage, since Memphis Zoo asked for bamboo donations from public.
  • The bamboo quality is also questionable, Yaya LeLe often rejected the bamboo provided. Even the panda in Toronto Zoo rejected the bamboo purchased from Memphis zoo.
  • YaYa and LeLe not only suffer physically from disease and hunger, which is already incredibly heartbreaking, they also suffer psychologically from being caged in a small “den” every day for up to 18-HOURS! In the past 4 weeks, YaYa was allowed to go outdoors only 4 times!  Consequently, both YaYa and LeLe show severe signs of stereotypical behaviours, an irreversible mental impair caused by abnormal environment.  

These unspeakable sufferings of YaYa and LeLe was not just a recent discovery but have lasted for more than a DECADE! Years of apparent neglect on pandas as well as other animals, and the lack of transparency seems to indicate that the zoo has little interest, if any, on animal welfare.

We ask you to encourage Memphis Zoo CEO Jim Dean to send YaYa and LeLe back to their homeland China immediately! They have already sacrificed their entire lives to entertain humans. Now they are senior pandas reaching to the end of their life span, YaYa and LeLe deserve a retirement life without sufferings!

Please sign and share this petition to help bring YaYa and LeLe one step closer to a healthier and happier life.  On behalf of Yaya and LeLe, we sincerely thank you for your support!

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Petition:Please sent Matilda and her 10 piglets to a sanctuary

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Lucy Booth started this petition to Animal Health Department and 3 others

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A mother pig was discovered in a woodland by a dog walker along with her 10 piglets. She has been named Matilda and has been offered immediate rescued by Brinsley Animal Sanctuary, with a lifelong home with her piglets at Surge Sanctuary where they can all live out their natural lives. They are appealing to the farmer to let her be rescued as she has shown such bravery, determination and strong love for her babies. The dog walker was quoted as saying “she has earnt her freedom now” and we couldn’t agree more.

 Her motherly instincts kicked in and she knew she had to get herself and her babies to safety to protect them. Pigs would naturally live for 15-20 years, but are generally slaughtered at around 6 months old, unless kept for breeding. Pigs are extremely intelligent, one of the most intelligent species on earth. They can be smarter than some primates, dolphins, dogs and even human toddlers! They are highly social and emotional beings and can pick up on the emotions of other pigs in their group and naturally would live in very complex social groups, similar to wolves or great apes. Pigs communicate to each other with different grunts and oinks, signalling danger or just saying hello. They also have exceptional memories and can distinguish familiar and unfamiliar faces, even remembering who has treated them with kindness or cruelty.  The more we learn about pigs the more we come to understand that they see the world in many of the same way’s humans do.

 While people may think all pigs look the same, they all have very distinct personalities and while one pig may be confident and independent, another may be sensitive and shy. They love to run, frolic and even wag their tails when they are happy and full of joy, just like a dog would. They interact and play with each other and given the opportunity will even play with toys, such as balls, rope tugs and soft toys.

 Pigs make amazing mothers to their young, naturally they would build a nest and even sing to their young while nursing. Piglets quickly learn to recognise their mothers voice and will run to her when called. Pigs will learn to forage from their mother, in a natural behaviour called rooting. They can smell 2,000 times more than humans and can locate food deep underground. Unfortunately, Matilda has nose rings pierced into her snout, which prevents her from rooting and finding food for herself and teaching her piglets.

 Brinsley and Surge are appealing to find the farmer and Louise Smith has said “We are really hopeful the farmer allows us to commence the rescue and get Matilda and her family to a sanctuary where they can live out the rest of their natural lives.”

 Please sign the petition and get Matilda and her babies to freedom with the life they all deserve!

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“The driver stopped the train… What happened next is incredible!”

50 exotic cats seized from Tiger King Park were relocated to Colorado

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A young tiger relaxes in his open enclosures at the Wild Animal Sanctuary on April 1, 2020 in Kennesburg, Colorado. These tigers are among 45 animals the sanctuary rescued from Joe Exotic’s Greater Wynnewood Animal Park in Florida. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

The majority of the exotic animals seized this year by federal agents from a park made infamous by the “Tiger King” docu-series now reside in Colorado.

Pat Craig, executive director of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, said that since January, his facility has taken in 50 animals from the Tiger King Park in Thackerville, Okla. That includes 10 tiger cubs with four mothers that were seized in January, and 36 adult lions, tigers and liligers — a hybrid lion and liger — that were seized this month.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary was already home to 39 tigers and three bears previously moved from Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, which was owned by Joseph Maldonado-Passage, a.k.a. Joe Exotic, who starred in Netflix’ “Tiger King.” The Colorado sanctuary was in charge of physically removing all of the animals seized in this most recent raid, including ones that went to other sanctuaries, Craig said.

Sixty-eight big cats total were seized in May, according to NPR.

RELATED: Where are the tigers from “Tiger King” now? Many of them live in Colorado, just 45 minutes from Denver.

Tiger King Park is owned by Jeff and Lauren Lowe, who were featured in the namesake documentary. Jeff Lowe was put in charge of Maldonado-Passage’s exotic animal park after the owner was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot. The park was eventually closed — under disputed circumstances, according to Men’s Health — and Lowe announced plans for a new one in Thackerville, near the border of Oklahoma and Texas.

According to NPR, the Justice Department sued the Lowes in November for allegedly violating the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act. The couple is accused of exhibiting the animals without a license and failing to adequately care for them.

An affidavit said, “inspectors found that the animals were receiving a nutritionally deficient diet, inadequate and untimely veterinary care, and insufficient shelter from the weather” during welfare checks conducted since December of 2020, NPR reported.

Located on a 789-acre tract of land in Weld County, the Wild Animal Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization that began housing animals rescued from Maldonado-Passage’s Oklahoma compound as early as 2017. The company also operates the Wild Animal Refuge on more than 9,600 acres in Springfield, Colo. and a Wild Animal Sanctuary on 41 acres in Boyd, Texas.

The company currently cares for more than 650 lions, tigers, bears and wolves, according to its website.

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See the adorable friendship between a piglet and a bull calf rescued from a dairy farm

Marley the pig and Eli the calf running around a farm

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Sometimes, the most unlikely connections turn out to be the best friendships one will ever come across.

That’s exactly what a piglet named Marley and her cow best friend Eli found in each other.

When Erika and Joseph, the couple who owns Sisu Refuge, learned about a piglet that had fallen from a factory farm truck, they immediately went to the local animal shelter she was brought into.YouTube

When they got there, they saw how badly injured she was. Poor Marley had bumps and bruises all over her tiny body, and she was also clearly traumatized. She couldn’t stop shaking and was terrified by her recent experience.

Even though they didn’t have space for her at the time, Erika and Joseph took Marley home to their sanctuary. Under their care and with the company of other animals, the pig slowly began to calm down. However, she still wouldn’t drink any milk.

A piglet being fed with milk via syringe

They kept trying to get her to drink, but Marley preferred to sleep most of the day away. Her foster parents were extremely worried, so they decided to try something else—a flavored sports drink.

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Thankfully, it worked! Although Marley was picky, she began drinking the Gatorade. Erika and Joseph then mixed it with a milk replacer so the piglet will get all the nutrition she needed. By the 6th day, the piglet was starting to interact with the couple’s baby goats.

Even though letting her go was difficult, they knew Marley would be better off in a sanctuary with more space. So Erika and Joseph decided to let her go and sent her on a road trip to Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary.

Marley the pig and Eli the calf in the back seat of a car

That’s when Marley met her would-be best friend, the baby calf Eli.

Eli was also on his way to the sanctuary and had just been rescued. Jason Bolalek, who operates Destination Liberation Rescue, picked up Eli and was soon joined by Marley for the ride.YouTube

The animal was rescued from an organic dairy farm in Vermont. Since dairy farms had no use for males like Eli, most of their kind are sent to the slaughterhouse right after they’re born. A select few are raised a little longer to be turned into veal.

Erin Amerman, who founded Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary with her husband Chris in 2015, are both vegans, as is the rest of their family. They often hold public events to educate people about being kind to animals.

“It’s so sad to think he was on his way to the slaughterhouse,” Erin said of Eli.

Marley the pig and Eli the calf in a farm

During the pair’s journey to Gainesville, Florida, Marley and Eli got to bond and found comfort in each other. The two orphans became fast friends, and before long, the pair were cuddling in the back seat on the way to their new home.

When they got to Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary, they were greeted with open arms by the volunteers and were spoiled with love right away.

“When animals come to us, healthcare is obviously important, but love is what really helps them thrive,” said Erin.

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Marley and Eli are thriving in their 45-acre home, especially now that they have a massive yard to explore and a variety of animal friends to play with.

Eli is a friendly calf who rubbed lovingly against everyone’s pants. He also loves head scratches.

On the other hand, Marley remained as picky as ever, especially when it comes to her milk. She only likes it warm and would tip her bowl over if the temperature isn’t right.

“She is very particular,” Erin said. “She’s kind of a diva.”

Nevertheless, everyone in the sanctuary loves her!

Click on the video below to see Marley and Eli’s sweet friendship.

If you would like to help these sanctuaries save more animal lives, you may visit their website to learn how you can contribute.

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Stray puppy looking for love follows couple to their home and ends up getting fostered

A little brown puppy

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In an ideal world, every pet would have a home. But sadly, that is far from the reality we are living in.

Every day, countless pets are being abandoned by their owners for many different reasons. Some dump them because of old age and sickness, while others leave them because they’re moving to a new place that doesn’t allow pets.

Unfortunately, many people across the world do this, leaving many pets homeless and animal shelters too overwhelmed to take every stray in.YouTube

A little brown puppy

Bulgaria’s streets are full of homeless animals, and it seems like the situation is far from being regulated.

Although animal rescue and shelter organizations in the country can take them in, it’s nearly impossible to help them all due to their overwhelming numbers.

These poor animals are often left to fend for themselves, but this brown puppy decided to take action and ask strangers for help.YouTube

A little brown puppy following a woman

This little dog directly approached a couple in Bulgaria named Stoyan and Dessy. The pair were waiting outside a grocery store when the pup took an interest in them.

The puppy looked friendly, so the pair didn’t hesitate to pet him. After finishing their errands, Stoyan and Dessy left the dog a few sausages so he can eat. However, the pup seemingly didn’t want to let them go.

He started following them around and wouldn’t stop, no matter where and how far they went. The couple even tried shaking him off, but he would still find his way to them.

The stray walked with them for a while, clearly desperate for companionship. The pup walked such a long distance that he managed to follow Stoyan and Dessy back home. They really felt bad for the pup and couldn’t resist him anymore, so they decided to welcome him into their home.YouTube

At first, the puppy was hesitant to step inside. But the moment he did, his life was changed forever.

Stoyan and Dessy first gave him food and water. After that, they gave him a warm bath and washed off all the dirt and smell stuck to his fur.

After all the pampering, the dog fell asleep on the floor, clearly feeling relieved. With nothing to worry about anymore, the pup enjoyed the sweetest slumber.

As it turns out, this isn’t the first time that Stoyan and Dessy had helped an abandoned animal.

Seeing that their local government is taking no action to address the stray animal issue in Bulgaria, Stoyan and Dessy do what they can to help animals find their forever home.

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They currently have four cats under their care that they rescued from the streets. Despite having many animals in their home, they continue to foster more strays.

Aside from using their own money to provide for the cats, they’re also very lucky to have people supporting them through donations, including their 451K subscribers on YouTube.

A wet brown puppy wrapped in a white towel

Stoyan and Dessy have but one dream—to build their own animal shelter.

“Bulgaria is a small and poor country with lots of stray cats and not enough kind people to take them in. Our dream is to build a shelter where we could take care of many stray cats with the help of Dessy’s mom,” they wrote on their YouTube channel.

You can support Stoyan and Dessy with their mission of helping abandoned animals by simply following their PawMeow YouTube channel. Hopefully, we’ll see them fulfill their dreams someday!

Here’s a video detailing their encounter with the little brown puppy.

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One more gone…

Advocating for True Sanctuary for Hercules and Leo

A close-up photograph of chimpanzee Hercules at Project Chimps. Credit: Crystal Alba

A close-up photograph of chimpanzee Hercules at Project Chimps. Credit: Crystal Alba

By Courtney Fern on March 22, 2021

Today is the first day of our week of action in recognition of the suffering our clients have endured as a result of their imprisonment and with the hope they will soon be able to live freely and with peace and dignity.

A close-up photograph of chimpanzee Leo at Project Chimps. Credit: Crystal Alba

A close-up photograph of chimpanzee Leo at Project Chimps. Credit: Crystal Alba

Yesterday, March 21st, was the third anniversary of Hercules and Leo’s transfer from the New Iberia Research Center to Project Chimps. Last year, whistleblowers brought to light well-documented information that showed Project Chimps and the Humane Society of the United States (Project Chimps’ primary funder) were not fulfilling their commitment to provide true sanctuary to Project Chimps’ chimpanzee residents, including the NhRP’s clients Hercules and Leo. The NhRP called on Project Chimps and HSUS to take whatever steps and devote whatever resources are necessary to immediately provide Hercules and Leo with daily access to an outdoor habitat. To our knowledge, Hercules and Leo still spend a majority of their time confined to their housing structure.

Actions of the Day:

  • Email Kitty Block, President and CEO of HSUS, and ask that Hercules and Leo are immediately provided with daily access to the outdoor habitat at Project Chimps. Kitty Block can be reached at kblock@humanesociety.org. A sample email: Dear Ms. Block, I am writing out of deep concern for Hercules and Leo, two chimpanzee residents of Project Chimps. Hercules and Leo suffered for years in a basement laboratory at Stony Brook University where they were subjected to invasive locomotion studies. Three years ago, Hercules and Leo were transferred to Project Chimps, which, at the time, claimed that they would spend the remainder of their lives at the sanctuary napping, foraging, and climbing pine trees. However, three years since their arrival at Project Chimps, their lives resemble nothing of what was promised. Hercules and Leo are confined to an indoor housing structure and an enclosed porch for all but a few hours a week. Outdoor access is integral to Hercules and Leo’s ability to exercise their autonomy and their physical and psychological health. Your organization took on the responsibility to provide lifetime care to Hercules and Leo and it is HSUS’ duty to provide them with true sanctuary, which includes the freedom to choose how to spend their days. I am deeply troubled that an organization with as ample resources as HSUS has not allocated funds to either expand the existing habitat at Project Chimps or build out a new one. Please take all steps necessary to immediately provide Hercules and Leo with daily access to an outdoor habitat. Sincerely,
    [Your name]
  • Tweet at HSUS and Project Chimps asking that they do whatever necessary to provide Hercules and Leo with daily access to the outdoor habitat. A sample tweet is: “The @HumaneSociety and @ProjectChimps have deprived Hercules and Leo of true sanctuary for the past 3 years, confining them to housing structures for all but a few hours every week. This is unacceptable. Please immediately provide them with daily access to the outdoor habitat.” If you do not have Twitter or prefer to advocate on another social media platform, you can still help by sharing this blog post.

Thank you! Courtney Fern is the NhRP’s Director of Government Relations and Campaigns.

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People are filling their cars with rescued sea turtles to save them from the winter storm

Turtles rescued in Texas

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Dozens of volunteers on South Padre Island are coming together to rescue cold-stunned turtles amid Texas’s deadly winter storm.

The power is out, and the water has stopped running for most of the typically warm beach town, but many residents braved the freezing temperatures to rescue the endangered sea turtles. The people ventured on foot and by boat, working tirelessly to gather as many turtles as possible.

Volunteers working with Sea Turtle, Inc. had transported over 3,500 comatose turtles by late Tuesday. The reptiles were brought to the town’s rescue center to be rehabilitated. Conservationists hope to gradually increase the turtles’ body heat as they lay them on tarps and kiddie pools indoors.

But Wendy Knight, the local rescue group’s executive director, fears that hundreds of the recovered turtles may have already succumbed to the cold.

“It’s unprecedented. A cold stun like this could have the potential to wipe out decades of hard work, and we’re going through it with no power and a unique, more catastrophic challenge to our efforts,” she told The Washington Post.

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Below zero temperatures and prolonged power outages have left more than a dozen people dead around the U.S. as of early Wednesday. And it’s not just the turtles; other animals have also felt the brunt of the Arctic Chill that has ravaged Texas and other areas in the southern part of the country.

According to conservationists, it often takes days for them to know how many turtles were able to survive as the animals slowly regain warmth.

These turtles play a significant role in keeping the ecosystem balanced. Dubbed as the “lawnmowers of the ocean,” they consume the area’s thick, underwater vegetation.

However, when temperatures drop below 50 Fahrenheit—which rarely happens in South Padre Island—the low temperatures can cause them to become cold-stunned.

When this happens, a turtle’s heart rate lowers and its flippers become paralyzed. Its body will then float comatose above the water and will sometimes be washed ashore. This phenomenon can put them at risk of predators, boats, and even drowning.

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In a typical year, Sea Turtle, Inc. volunteers expect to rescue anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred cold-stunned turtles, warming them inside the group’s facility. But this time, they were already filling up the rescue center to the brim before the weekend was up.

They put out a call for help, and the community didn’t disappoint. Soon, much of the island transported the turtles to an overflow facility at the South Padre Island Convention Center. The generators and good insulation in the place could help keep the animals warm.

Turtles rescued in Texas

On Monday and Tuesday, boats went out to scoop up cold-stunned turtles from the freezing water. Other volunteers on foot scanned the beach for any reptiles and loaded them into their trunks and truck beds to bring them to the rescue center. 

Gina McLellan, a 71-year-old retired professor and longtime volunteer, said this is “a huge, huge community effort.”

“We very often don’t even think about the [cold’s] impact on animals, because we’re so worried about our own electricity and water. With this kind of event, it’s a classic display of humanity toward animals,” she said.

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Although she’s grateful for the volunteers, Knight said that their efforts would be in vain without the power grid’s help.

Turtles rescued in Texas

The “dry dock” rehabilitation method used inside the centers can only do so much. The dozens of injured and sick turtles need to be treated inside massive, heated tanks.

“If we don’t get some relief from a power standpoint, we’re not going to be able to sustain this,” Knight said.

Hopefully, each of these turtles will be returned to their habitat once the harsh weather has subsided.

You can help by donating to Sea Turtle, Inc. You may also follow their Facebook page for more updates.

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Petition: Rescue the dog and condemn them for forcing the animal to drink alcohol

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I believe that people who mistreat animals deserve effective prison sentences, no fines or no suspended jail or anything, that they go to prison, that they learn that animals should not be mistreated in any way. This person from San Juan forced his dog to drink alcohol and recorded it and uploaded it to his social networks, because we already know that these people, in addition to being bad, are stupid because they always leave evidence of their crimes as seen in the video in which one of them takes the animal by the head, opens its mouth and makes it drink fernet.

Many people do not know but if one gives alcohol to an animal they can suffer serious health problems and even die because they cannot process the alcohol and go into an ethyl coma and then die.

It is known who these criminals are and I hope that the San Juan Prosecutor’s Office will take action on the matter and initiate a criminal case for violation of the Sarmiento Law and sentence them to effective prison terms.

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To a better life

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Hoping someday they all have a forever home filled with happiness and love 🐾💙

 

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Video of hissing feral cat calming down and falling in love with rescuer goes viral

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Stray cats are a common sight on many city streets, and people either stop and try to pet them, or ignore them altogether. To differentiate, stray cats are socialized to people, while feral cats are more likely the offspring of strays, are not socialized to people, and have reverted to a wild state. Catching feral cats is thus important to reduce health risks and control their population.

One animal champion endured some pain while out catching feral cats, but the cat soon calmed down and seemingly fell in love with its rescuer!

The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) defines a feral cat as “any cat who is too poorly socialized to be handled … and who cannot be placed into a typical pet home.”

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals estimates that there are between 60 million and 100 million feral cats in the U.S.

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These cats often form colonies and live in areas where shelter and food can be found, such as vacant lots and old cars. They eat from trash cans and face infection, disease, and suffer extremes in treatment and weather. Feral cats are known to decimate bird populations and pose health risks, including flea infestations.

They also go through endless cycle of breeding, since females can become pregnant as young as 16 weeks of age and produce two to three litters a year. In seven years, a single female cat and her kittens can create 420,000 more cats.

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Catching feral cats as part of neutering programs help bring down the population and reduce the challenges that they bring.

According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, neutering programs entail that stray and feral cats are “humanely trapped, examined, vaccinated, and surgically sterilized by veterinarians.”

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They are then returned to their environment where they are hopefully cared for. Volunteers can provide food and shelter and monitor them for sickness.

But catching feral cats is certainly not easy. Hissing and biting comes with the territory, but for cats that may still be in that borderline between stray and feral, they may be able to appreciate human care.

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One animal advocate certainly found out the hard way. On a routine mission of catching feral cats, he chances upon a cat with its head trapped in can, most likely in an attempt to get the last morsel of food in the container. Carefully carrying the cat back to his car, he gently dislodges the can, and is immediately faced with an angry and terrified cat.

Wary about bringing the feral cat back into a rescue center, he talks to the cat and gives it a chance – go back to where it came from, or maybe have food and warmth in a safe environment. Fortunately, the cat decided that it was time to be saved!

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After some food and gentle loving care, the cat still lets out a few hisses every now and then, but grows more comfortable around human company.

The cat soon accepts the hand of its rescuer and shows some love! Catching feral cats may be risky, but certainly has its rewards. See the feral cat transform into a tranquil pet in the video below:

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Hopefully he will go to a sanctuary

First Taste of Freedom

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

Photos By: Humane Society International

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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Hundreds of stolen pets are rescued from an illegal Chinese slaughterhouse amid coronavirus crisis

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  • Images show frightened dogs being driven away from the abattoir this month
  • A total of 423 dogs, most believed to be stolen pets, were saved in the operation
  • Activists have urged Beijing to ban people from eating dogs and cats nationwide 
  • The coronavirus pandemic has been linked to the eating of exotic meat in China
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Hundreds of stolen pets have been rescued from an underground abattoir in central China as animal lovers urge the country to ban citizens from eating dogs.

Pictures provided to MailOnline show frightened, wounded and helpless dogs being driven away from the illegal slaughterhouse in the province of Henan this month.ADVERTISEMENTAd

The news comes as more than 137,000 people around the world have lost their lives to the coronavirus, which has been linked to the eating of exotic meat in China.This picture provided by Humane Society International shows dogs being transported by a lorry on April 3 after being rescued from an underground abattoir in central China this month A rescuer is pictured petting one of the dogs after they were confiscated by local authorities Animal activists and volunteers are pictured helping dogs getting off a lorry after freeing them from an illegal slaughterhouse in Henan. A total of 423 dogs, including stolen pets, were saved

Activists have called on Beijing to bar wild animals, as well as dog and cat meat, from the dinner plate after the global outbreak emerged in Wuhan city in December.

A total of 423 dogs, most believed to be stolen pets, were saved in the operation on April 3, according to animal charity organisation Humane Society International (HSI).

Rescuers then transported 25 of the sickest dogs to Beijing to be looked after by an animal shelter jointly operated by HSI and its Chinese partner, Vshine.  

The rescue effort took place after police received a tip-off from animal rights activists and pet owners who had lost their dogs and were looking for them. 

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‘This is such a typical story in China, bereft pet parents searching for their lost dogs, animal activist and netizens mobilising to help, and a nightmarish dog slaughterhouse being uncovered in the process,’ a spokesperson from HSI told MailOnline.

‘It’s too early to say if any of the rescued dogs will turn out to be the missing pets being searched for, but the majority of the dogs saved will have once been someone’s companion,’ she added.  Activists have called on Beijing to bar wild animals, as well as dog and cat meat, from the dinner plate after the coronavirus outbreak emerged in the city of Wuhan in December Activists and legal experts have in the past proposed animal protection law to ban the eating of dogs and cats completely. But so far, no national legislation has been released to ban pet meat In February, China banned all trade and consumption of wild animals in response to the coronavirusShenzhen and Zhuhai have also banned their residents from eating dogs and cats The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs have listed dogs as ‘companion animals’

Several groups took part in the operation, including Vshine’s partner groups in Henan and Zhengzhou Animal Protection Association.

Assisted by volunteers, the charities worked together to apply pressure on local authorities, urging them to confiscate the dogs.

Staff from Vshine led the negotiations with law enforcement officers and participated in the confiscation.       Animal charity workers are seen carrying some of the rescued dogs off a lorry on April 15 Volunteers give water to some of the rescued dogs, which have been put into separate cages Those dogs were saved from a slaughterhouse in Henan, central China, this month after police received a tip-off from animal rights activists and pet owners who had lost their dogs

In February, China banned all trade and consumption of wild animals in response to the coronavirus.

Two cities, Shenzhen and Zhuhai, have taken further steps and banned their residents from eating dogs and cats.

Last week, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs excluded dogs from farm animals in a proposal, which could see canine meat being barred from the dinner plate across the country.

The authority said it recognises dogs as ‘companion animals’ and ‘not suitable’ to be treated as livestock.

Experts have called the Ministry’s proposal ‘a significant step in the right direction’.  Volunteers are pictured taking the dog to an animal shelter. Activists have demanded China prohibit the eating of dogs for years, but no law has been passed so far on a national level One volunteer is pictured providing dogs with water in an animal shelter after the rescue While no evidence suggests that dogs can spread coronavirus, the global crisis has prompted the international community to press on their demands for China to halt its dog meat trade Some of the dogs are pictured at an animal shelter after being saved from the dinner plate

Animal rights advocators have demanded the Chinese government prohibit the eating of dogs for years, but no law has been passed so far on a national level.ADVERTISEMENT

The annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival is one of the most controversial food festivals in China.

It sees thousands of dogs cruelly killed, skinned and cooked with blow-torches before being eaten by locals on the summer solstice every year.

While no evidence suggests that dogs can spread coronavirus, the escalating global emergency has prompted the international community to press on their demands for China to halt its dog meat trade.

The exact source of the coronavirus remains unclear. 

But an investigation carried out by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January showed that the virus was passed onto humans by wild animals sold as food at the market, state media Xinhua reported. 

The market traded various live animals, including foxes, crocodiles, wolf puppies, giant salamanders, snakes, rats, peacocks, porcupines, koalas and game meats, according to the South China Morning Post. 

Wuhan officials ordered the market to shut on January 1 in the wake of the outbreak.

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Animal Activist gave two dogs a second chance

Going Home 🐨

Man Keeps Promise By Re-Adopting The Dog He Was Forced To Surrender 4 Months Ago

by Jennifer Nelson

Lewis Jiminez adopted Titus as an 8-month-old puppy from the Austin Animal Center in 2013, never imagining that fate would force him to return the pup in November of 2017 over a dispute with a landlord.

On February 25, Jiminez finally found new housing that allowed Pit Bulls and he was able to adopt Titus again. Thankfully, he hadn’t been adopted by anybody else while Jiminez searched for affordable housing that would allow Titus to come home again. Shelter staff, who had watched Jiminez repeatedly visit Titus during his stay, were delighted to see the two finally reunited for good.

In a post on Facebook, Austin Animal Center says,

“These pictures right here make our hearts so happy.

Titus has been with us for 4 months. His family was forced to surrender him due to problems with their apartment complex, but they’ve been moving mountains to bring him home ever since.

Titus has been stressed out at the shelter and generally having a tough time. His family would come visit him, but we can’t imagine the heartbreak for them or him every time they had to leave without him. They had raised him from puppyhood; they were the only family he’s ever known.

Yesterday was the day we’ve all been waiting for. With new housing in place, Titus’ dad came to take him home. And as you can see from the photos, happiness is an understatement for this moment. 😍❤️”

One of Jiminez’s neighbors resented sharing an apartment building with a Pit Bull and repeatedly complained to management. Jiminez had even resorted to walking Titus at 4 am when nobody was around. But the situation came to a head in November when Jiminez’s 10-year-old grandson took Titus for a walk and met the problematic neighbor, where Titus “nipped the neighbor’s finger” according to TODAY. While Jiminez didn’t witness the incident, he believes Titus was trying to protect his grandson.

Worried about being evicted, Jiminez did the last thing he ever imagined – he returned Titus to the Austin Animal Center. During Jiminez’s repeated visits to Titus in the shelter, he kept promising Titus that he would come back for him one day — he only hoped he would be in time. Luckily, Austin Animal Center has a 97.9 percent live release rate, so there was little chance of Titus being euthanized; the only concern was that he would be adopted before Jiminez could change his living situation.

In late February, Jiminez and his girlfriend found an affordable house to rent that needed fixing up – something Jiminez does for a living. Austin Animal Center spokesperson Jennifer Olohan told TODAY:

“Titus got lots of love here at the shelter from staff and volunteers. He went on regular walks, played with toys, and got lots of treats. News of Titus’ reunion spread through the shelter pretty quickly and there were tears from everyone.”

Jiminez is immensely grateful to have Titus back. He told TODAY:

“Animals are our family. He’s home. He’s home, and he’s happy.”

We’re so glad their story had a happy ending!

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Joaquin Phoenix Liberates Mother Cow And Her Baby Calf From Slaughterhouse

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Joaquin Phoenix visited a slaughterhouse in Los Angeles and helped liberate a mother cow and her baby calf following his rambling Oscars speech that touched on the dairy industry and humans’ treatment of cows.

The 45-year-old actor recently took a trip to Manning Beef in Pico Rivera, California, and had a sit-down chat with the President and CEO of the company, Anthony Di Maria, according to TMZ in a piece published Thursday. (Related: Joaquin Phoenix Wins The Academy Award For Best Actor For ‘Joker’)

Though the two men didn’t completely see eye to eye on everything, the discussion between the two led to a form of mutual understanding, and Phoenix along with the LA Animal Save group were able to free a mother cow and her newborn calf, a daughter. (RELATED: Jane Fonda Tells Woman To ‘See The Parallels’ Between Trump And Hitler)

“I never thought I’d find friendship in a slaughterhouse, but meeting Anthony and opening my heart to his, I realize we might have more in common than we do differences,” the actor shared of the meeting. “Without his act of kindness, Liberty and her baby calf, Indigo, would have met a terrible demise.”

In the video shared from the visit, we see the “Gladiator” star carrying the baby cow away from the holding area and placing into a trailer with her mom. The cow family will now live out the rest of their days at a Farm Sanctuary location in northern L.A. County. The pair are the fifth set of mother and baby cows liberated by the group, accroding to TMZ.

It all comes after the “Joker” star’s speech at the Academy Awards in which he talked about a variety of subjects, including social justice, human solidarity and cancel culture.

The speech then turned toward a discussion about plundering “natural resources” before talking about bovine insemination.

“We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth, we steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable,” Joaquin went on. “And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal. And I think we fear the idea of personal change because we think that we have to sacrifice something to give something up.”

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A pigeon that can’t fly befriended a puppy that can’t walk. Yes, it’s as cute as it sounds

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Meet Herman and Lundy, recent cuddle buddies and rescue animals.

The two are an unlikely pair: Herman, a pigeon, suffered neurological damage more than a year ago. He can’t fly. Little Lundy, a newborn chihuahua puppy, can’t use his back legs.

But stick them together, and the two will snuggle up as though they were members of the same litter — or nest.

The two met through the Mia Foundation, a rescue organization in Rochester, New York, that rehabilitates animals with birth defects and physical deformities. Sue Rogers, the nonprofit’s founder, sends most of her rescues to foster homes around the US but keeps a few of them for school programs about bullying.

Their interspecies friendship has inspired scores of supporters to donate to the foundation. And the animals, Rogers said, make each other better.

Two rough beginnings

Herman was found over a year ago in a car dealership parking lot, where he sat on the pavement, unmoving, for three whole days. Eventually his rescuers realized the poor pigeon couldn’t fly.

Neighboring wildlife rescues said he couldn’t be rehabilitated and would need to be euthanized, so Rogers took care of him herself.

He now rests in a baby crib for some of the day, but she takes him outside daily to stimulate him.

Little Lundy, an infant chihuahua, is a new arrival. His breeders in South Carolina sent him to Rogers because he had trouble using his hind legs, a condition known as swimmers syndrome.

At just 6 ounces, he was small enough to fit in a shirt pocket. Rogers said she suspects Lundy’s difficulty walking is due to damage to his teeny spinal cord.

When Lundy met Herman

The two were bound to meet eventually. Rogers set them together while attending to Lundy and saw the way the two snuggled up almost immediately — Herman didn’t peck, and Lundy didn’t nibble.

Rogers snapped some pictures of their cuddles. The “oohs” and “ahhs” followed soon after.

People from every corner of the world flooded Rogers’ inbox with donations, messages of support and, naturally, pleas to adopt Lundy or the other cute pups in her care.

“I was blown away,” she said.

And the donations keep coming — the foundation raised $6,000 in two days, she said. That’s enough to cover the high-end cost of a veterinary surgery that many of her rescue animals require.

Lundy needs to get stronger to be adoptable

Herman will likely stay in Rogers’ care for the rest of his life. She’s hopeful Lundy stays strong and survives.

“With animals born with defects, there’s a chance we could lose them,” she said. “So we don’t want to make anyone really excited. But now I think we’ve gotten a thousand emails asking, ‘Please, don’t ever separate those two!'”

One of Lundy’s rescuers fell in love with him while traveling with him to Rochester, so he may already have a new home lined up. The question, then, is if Herman will ask to tag along too.

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