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The Worst Zoo in the World: Gaza

Sadly, this “title” would probably still fit many small zoos and animal parks in the world. Luckily for the animals at the Gaza Zoo, the animal welfare organization Four Paws has started rescue efforts, but there still is much work to do.

“Dear animal friends,

FOUR PAWS has returned to the Gaza Strip.

Over the last few days, a FOUR PAWS team has been helping the desperate, suffering animals at the Khan Younis Zoo, described by some media outlets as “the worst zoo in the world”.

There are still several animals living at the zoo, including Laziz, the last remaining captive tiger in Gaza, along with monkeys, birds, emu, deer, turtles and a couple of porcupines, all of which are still sadly living in very poor conditions.

Thanks to the support of generous people like you, FOUR PAWS has been able to provide much-needed food to the undernourished animals, which has led to visible improvements in the health of the animals, including Laziz the tiger.

In addition to providing food, we were able to check on all of the remaining animals, provide veterinary treatment, and even relocate some of the animals to larger enclosures, including a pelican, the two porcupines and some turtles.

Even though our team was only permitted to stay for a limited time in Gaza, we’ve met with the responsible people on site and we will continue helping beyond our departure.

We are still working to find a permanent solution for the animals in Gaza, and we will continue to keep you updated on the situation.”

“P.S. We are 100% funded by voluntary donations. Your gift today means we can do more!”

You can read more here:
http://www.four-paws.us/news-press/press-releases/four-paws-back-to-work-in-gaza/

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A Whale’s Tale – SeaWorld & The Humane Economy Part 2

Please watch and share. Thank you to Animalista Untamed for bringing this to our attention.

Animalista Untamed

A nice glimpse into the workings of the Humane Economy where everyone’s a winner, most of all the animals, we hope.

This short video makes the perfect conclusion to A Whale’s Tale – SeaWorld & The Humane Economy Part 1

Many thanks to Our World for sharing. It’s well worth the watch.

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A Camera Can Be as Deadly as a Gun

Friends just returned from a trip to Thailand, sending me a picture of them with two tigers. They unknowingly had been lured into a typical tourist trap. The tigers were being held in a place that claimed to be a “sanctuary”, but in reality cubs of many different species are torn from their mothers, confined into tiny cages and only taken out for photo sessions with tourists. Once they grow too old or become too dangerous to handle, “acting up” despite severe punishment they are sent off to farms for canned hunting.

“Do you remember Cecil, the beloved lion who was illegally lured from a Zimbabwe park and painfully killed with a bow and arrow last summer? Unfortunately, despite the public outrage of this sad and very unnecessary death, thousands of other lions continue to suffer at the hands of the tourism industry today.

World Animal Protection has investigated the lives of captive lions in Africa and were appalled by what we found. We are desperately trying to help these lions, but they need your help too.

What We Found

Lion cubs bred in captivity are ripped from their mothers at less than a month old. At just a few weeks old, cubs will begin to be handled by tourists for pictures, often roughly, causing them chronic stress and sometimes injury. Any aggressive behavior they display is punished using fear and pain. Tourists are even instructed to hit the lions if they act unruly. When they are not being handled, they are kept in small concrete enclosures and fed inadequately.


A group of lions in a facility in South Africa. These lions will likely be euthanized or sold for canned hunting.

As the cubs grow into lions, they will become too dangerous for these tourist parks. No longer profitable as toys for tourists, the lions might be euthanized or sold to farms for “canned hunting.” Canned hunting uses whatever means necessary to ensure a kill, including drugging the lions or luring them with meat. The area is enclosed so the lions cannot escape. They do not stand a chance at survival.”

Sadly, this happens all around the world, with tigers, lions, almost any wild animal.

Please never pay for having a picture taken with a wild animal. Never ride an animal, be it donkey or elephant.

If you want to visit an animal sanctuary, ask people who know where to find a legitimate one, most animal welfare organizations will be able to point you into the right direction. Tell your family, tell you friends.

Here are some helpful links:

http://www.worldanimalprotection.us.org/take-action/be-compassionate-traveler

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/oct/04/wild-animal-tourism-think-twice

Why You Should Turn Your Back on Elephant Rides

Thailand’s Cruel Captive Elephant Industry

http://right-tourism.com/destinations/asia/thailand/#sthash.aQTnV8oh.dpbs

http://savenoseynow.org

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The Inspiring Heroes Battling the Hidden Poaching Epidemic

Thank you to Veganlynx for bringing this to my attention:

The bushmeat trade is devastating Africa’s wildlife while starting pandemics—and thousands of pounds of meat make it into the U.S. every year. Read more here.

Source: The Inspiring Heroes Battling the Hidden Poaching Epidemic

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What Does Palm Oil Have to Do with Animals?

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So you decided to eat less or no animal fats. You switched from all the butter to more soy based products. You decided to use margarine instead of butter. For your health, for the animals, for climate control a wise decision. But where does the substitute come from? Very often, palm oil is being used and this oil is derived from a plant, a palm, and this plant grows there, where urang-utans, tigers and elephants live. More and more demand for palm oil has lead to major deforestation, leaving the animals without the habitat they need to survive. It is essential for their survival to find a sustainable way of growing palm for palm oil. And here, a step in the right direction has been made.

KFC is the latest company to release a new, deforestation-free palm oil commitment.

Over the last year, SumOfUs members have added over 1.5 million signatures to petitions telling some of the world’s largest fast food corporations that there’s no excuse to continue buying palm oil that could cause climate change, loss of endangered species habitat, and tropical deforestation.

We took action. Corporations listened. And acted!

KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell — all owned by multinational conglomerate Yum! Brands, America’s second largest fast food corporation — responded to our demands. Yum! Brands recently announced a new palm oil policy that requires all the palm oil they use for cooking be deforestation-free.

Signing petitions makes a difference. If you have signed, thank you!

You can read more about this topic here:

http://action.sumofus.org/a/kfc-palm-oil/

http://greenpalm.org/about-palm-oil/what-is-palm-oil/where-is-palm-oil-grown

http://www.wwf.org.au/our_work/saving_the_natural_world/forests/palm_oil/

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