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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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A Little Help Goes a Long Way for These Dogs: Helping Street Dogs in Thailand

photo: Soi Dog

photo: Soi Dog

One of the largest dog shelters, Soi Dog, in Thailand is run by a very few, extremely dedicated people. The founders, a couple from England, have managed to help save, heal, adopt out many dogs and have come to the aid of over 700 dogs on an island that looks like paradise but was more like hell for these abandoned beings.

You can read more here:

http://www.soidog.org/emails/KohKoodMailing2/KohKoodMailing2OnlineVersion.html

Thanks to you, the cycle of suffering has been broken…

 

Dear Friend of Soi Dog,

I recently wrote to you about the remote Thai island of Koh Kood and the horrific suffering of over 700 stray dogs there. Having been abandoned years ago by hotel construction workers, the dogs were unsterilised and continuing to breed. Innocent puppies were being born into a short, pitiful life of neglect.

This was misery on a huge scale.

A local group, Sabai Dog Koh Kood, were doing their best to care for the worst cases, but with the nearest vet over two hours away, and new puppies being born each week, the situation was out of control. In desperation, Sabai Koh Kood appealed to Soi Dog Foundation. With such a magnitude of suffering, I knew I had to turn to you

Thanks to an outpouring of donations from people like you, two teams of Soi Dog Animal Rescue Officers were able to embark on the arduous 2 day journey to Koh Kood from our base nearly 1200 kilometres away, including a sea crossing by barge – the only way to get all the equipment on to the island.

With assistance from The Department of Livestock Bangkok, who provided additional vets for the first four days, Sabai Dog Koh Kood, the local authority and local hospital, staff from local hotels (notably the luxury Soneva Kiri resort and the Tinkerbell resort), and many local people, the project was finally underway.

Dogs waiting to be sterlisedThe stray dogs of Koh Kood waiting their turn to be sterilised.
 

By the time our team returned 2 weeks later, 559 dogs and 104 cats had been spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated. With over 300 female dogs sterilised, that is a minimum of 3,000 puppies spared in the first year alone.

Our vets also performed a number of major surgeries on badly injured dogs, including some who had survived partially severed limbs that had been caught in snares. With most of the dogs suffering from skin conditions, Sabai Dog Koh Kood were provided with medication and training to care for these easily-treated cases.

With a number of jungle dogs too wild to be caught, along with many puppies too young for surgery, discussions are now underway to send a smaller team back to the island in the near future.

The endless cycle of suffering has finally been broken. YOU have had a direct impact on the lives of hundreds of desperate animals. Your support has brought a seemingly hopeless situation under control.

The vet team hard at workThe vet team busy at work sterlising the stray dogs of Koh Kood.
 

Be proud of what you have achieved because it couldn’t have happened without you.

On behalf of the animals whose lives you have changed, I simply wanted to say thank you.

Best Wishes,


John Dalley
Co-Founder,
Soi Dog Foundation

https://www.soidog.org

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Some of the Most F*%#ed-Up Family Trees From Last Year’s Crufts Winners

If you know someone who is looking for a new pet in the family help them find one from a shelter:

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I don’t normally write 4 blogs posts in rapid succession on the same topic, but that’s just a measure of my heartache at the thought of those thousand upon thousand unwanted dogs in shelters in the UK, not to mention the 5,000 strays put down every year. I rescued my own gorgeous girl Holly from Manchester Dogs Home. She has been my loving, sweet, gentle companion for 15 years.

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This is Holly enjoying Lake Coniston two years ago.

Multiply the UK numbers by a factor of thousands in the US. Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters nationwide every year, with approximately 1.2 million dogs euthanised.

The Westminster Dog Show, the biggest in the US, takes place at pretty much the same time as Crufts and is plagued with the same kind of problems.

Another petition to sign about Crufts

Some of the Most F*%#ed-Up Family Trees From Last Year’s Crufts…

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A Merger Perfect for Valentine’s Day

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There are many animal welfare organizations all over the world. And the numbers are – luckily – rising. And then there came this news: Two organizations in Washington, DC have decided to go the other way, they are merging into one. Thereby they will combine their strengths, their resources, their efforts, and together will be become stronger. A perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, because we all are stronger together.

“We have some very exciting news to share as we announce that the Washington Animal Rescue League and the Washington Humane Society are merging together to create one single, unified organization.

For over a hundred years, the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) and the Washington Humane Society (WHS) have collaborated to benefit the animals and people in the District of Columbia. Each of these outstanding organizations has a set of excellent programs and services to help rescue and protect animals, and to enrich the lives of the people who love and care for them. As we have collaborated more over the past decade, we have become more alike with regard to our philosophies and practices.

Both organizations have been on the leading edge of what are now considered best practices in the field of animal welfare, with customer- and animal-centric adoption policies; a strong commitment to saving lives; care assistance for pet owners in need; and a collaborative and open approach with community partners.

As we continued to grow and evolve, it became very apparent that we could expand our impact and reach if we created one dynamic, industry-leading animal welfare organization in the Nation’s Capital. In doing so, we would create something truly unique: the nation’s first end-to-end animal welfare organization in any major city.

As we announce this merger, our shared vision is finally a reality.

• Together, we will run every major animal welfare program in the nation’s capital, from rescue and adoption to animal control to humane law enforcement, low-cost vet care, spay-neuter services, behavior and training, humane education, and more.
• Together, we will be able to profoundly strengthen the safety net for animals in our region, offer subsidized vet care to every family in need, provide citywide behavior training to keep pets and families together, expand our spay-neuter efforts to end pet overpopulation, and protect every animal in our area from cruelty and harm.
• Most importantly, we can now create a unified vision, backed by powerful and creative programs, to establish a model urban community for all animals – pets and wildlife alike – and the people who love them.

Please join us in celebrating this historic moment in animal welfare. We are excited for what the future holds and look forward to sharing many more years of success with you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you, our devoted supporters and friends, for having done so much to make this day possible. We look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead to create a bright future for the people and animals of the national Capital region.”

You can read more here:

http://www.warl.org

http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aboutus

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Saving One Being Helps Many

Here is a wonderful, uplifting and inspirational adoption story that should be copied far and wide. It is from the Washington Animal Rescue League, an animal shelter that tries to find forever homes for all animals that come through its doors.

Home is Where the Heart Is

They say, “Home is where the heart is.”

In this case, “home” is Malta House, an assisted living community in Hyattsville, Maryland. And the “heart” is Olivia, a German shepherd mix who now shares the residence with 31 senior citizens. The story of how this once homeless two-year-old  dog came to Malta House makes you believe that some things really are just meant to be.

Olivia as a puppyOlivia arrived at the Washington Animal Rescue League in December 2013 when she was six months old, one of seven dogs from an overcrowded partner shelter down south. Given her sweet disposition and cute scruffy “beard,” WARL staff were not surprised when she was adopted just one week later. Another successful adoption…or so we thought.

Fate, however, had other plans for Olivia.

Almost two years after leaving WARL, she was returned. It turns out Olivia had severe separation anxiety, which led to excessive barking and urinating and defecating indoors. She just couldn’t handle being left alone.

Not surprisingly given her sensitive nature, Olivia found shelter life extremely stressful and her anxiety only increased…to the point that she required medication. Staff began looking for a special foster home…one where someone was home most, if not all, of the time. They knew they faced a challenge.

Enter Elisabeth Orchard, director of Malta House.

From her years of experience in eldercare, Orchard knew that animals can positively impact the quality of senior citizens’ lives, especially those of people who have little if any contact with the outside world. She already had arranged for Pets on Wheels to periodically visit Malta House but as she explained, “It just isn’t the same as having an animal around all the time.”

So she began looking for a way to bring an animal into Malta House on a longer-term basis, both for the benefit of residents and to help an animal not doing well in a shelter.

Olivia with Malta House residentsWhen Orchard contacted WARL about the possibility of Malta House fostering a dog, fostering coordinator Mandie Worsley immediately thought of Olivia; what better place for a dog with separation anxiety than a community where someone was always there.

But before proceeding, Orchard had to get the approval of residents, so she presented the idea during a Residents’ Council meeting. Most of the residents were unreservedly enthusiastic. A couple, however, who had never lived with cats or dogs were less enthralled, but they said that if having a dog around made other residents happy, they would go along with idea.

Some staff members also had reservations. Yvonne Toukam, for example, was raised in Cameroun, where keeping dogs as pets was not the norm. Plus, her grandfather had died after being bitten by a rabid dog.

But Olivia quickly put everyone at ease. “Her gentle nature charmed everyone,” recalls Caesar Dudley, head of the Residents’ Council. And that includes Yvonne, who now describes Olivia simply as, “my friend.”

Olivia has even surpassed Orchard’s expectations.                 

“She’s very intuitive,” Orchard explains. “She makes the rounds every day, nudging residents gently for a bit of attention, which they are only too happy to give.

Her impact is felt by everyone, especially residents with dementia or mental health issues. “Some of our residents have lost some of their short-term memory,” Orchard explains, “but Olivia may bring back positive memories from years ago, which adds to their quality of life. She has a calming effect on  everyone.”

“We love Olivia,” says resident Eppie Fields. “She makes everyone happy. We didn’t want her to leave.”

So Malta House residents and staff chose to make the arrangement permanent. A mere three weeks after she arrived, they voted unanimously to adopt Olivia.

And that’s good news for both the dog and the seniors in her “care.”

Olivia on the floor with childHer living arrangement may be unconventional, but it’s obvious Olivia is thriving in an environment where she is with people all the time. When not making her rounds in the common areas, she relaxes in the front office, where she has a bed, food bowl, and water bowl. She enjoys regular walks, during which she has the opportunity to socialize with many of the neighborhood canines.

When Friday rolls around, Olivia takes a break from her responsibilities and heads home for the weekend with Orchard or Gary Randall, one of Malta House residents’ caregivers. But while she enjoys these breaks from her weekly routine, she’s always happy to get back to her adoring fans on Mondays. “She gets very excited as we approach the front door and runs in and greets all the residents right away,” says Orchard. And they can’t wait to see her.

As Dudley explains, “She has brought joy into this house.”

You can learn more about the Washington Animal Rescue League here:

http://www.warl.org

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Good News: NIH Will Stop Torture of Monkeys

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Several petitions concerning the abhorrent abuse of baby monkeys were available all through this year. PeTA had brought to light the continued cruelty towards baby monkeys who were taken away from their mothers for experimentation. These studies had been going on for decades with no new information being found during the last decade.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have declared an end to these atrocious experiments, this news being confirmed by congressman Brendan Boyle.

PeTA is now discussing with the NIH when and where the monkeys will be released and retired.

You can read more and sign the petition on retiring the monkeys here:

http://investigations.peta.org/nih-baby-monkey-experiments/

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/nih-send-chimpanzees-sanctuary/?utm_campaign=121115%20VICTORY%20NIH%20Maternal%20Deprivation%20Program%20Ends&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

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At the Mall: Shopping, Restaurants and …. Animal Adoptions?

There seems to be a new trend developing in the animal shelter world. Shelters are expanding their shelter adoption places to the mall. At first it might seem scary to hear that people can stop by between buying a new pair of jeans and getting a cup of coffee to check out the kittens and puppies at the shelter’s space directly in the mall.

The Humane Society of Naples, Florida set up their first animal adoption space in a mall several years ago. Several other organizations have followed and so far, it seems to be a win-win situation. People who might otherwise have bought a puppy from a puppy mill supported pet shop see what the local animal shelter has to offer. They are then provided with information on adoptions, learn more about where the animals come from and some even decide against the baby dog in favor of a more mature dog waiting for a forever home at the shelter.

You can read more here:

https://hsnaples.org/mall-adoption-center

http://www.animall.org

https://www.cabq.gov/pets/shelters-rescue-groups/lucky-paws

http://www.retailsindy.org/adoption-center/blog

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