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Three Baby Owls – How Does That Matter?

photo: Fund for Animals

photo: Fund for Animals

The Fund for Animals took in three young Great Horned Owls since they otherwise would not have survived. In times when daily millions of animals are slaughtered how important is the survival of three animals?

As so often, people will tend to be attracted to the fate of the young ones much easier. This interest can then be channeled into something bigger, more important, namely the survival not only of these three babies but their species. The more people get involved emotionally, the better chances are for a multitude to survive.

You can read more about the owl babies here:

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/news/2015/03/three-baby-owls-are.html?credit=em_ffa032515_web_id626681151

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Zoos and Elephants = A Deadly Mix?

Photo: Martyn Stewart

Photo: Martyn Stewart

Where should elephants live? Yes, the correct answer is either in Africa or in Asia. But there they are killed for their ivory. And in larger numbers than ever. So would it not be better for them to live in zoos that keep them safe, in an enriched environment, with enough space to walk, sleep, eat, raise their offspring, and, even though confined to a much smaller area, simply live? This discussion has been going on in animal welfare groups for a long time. Advocates of zoos will tell you how much better life is for an animal in  a well protected environment and that zoos will save the elephants from extinction. The opposition will argue that any kind of imprisonment, and that is how a zoo is seen, is worse than freedom. If you think you can compare humans to elephants ask prison inmates what they believe and you will always get the answer from most of them that living outside of a prison, no matter how poorly, fares better than being locked up.

Please share your thoughts.

Here is a situation where the safety of the elephants certainly was not guaranteed:

“Watoto, the sole African elephant at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, was euthanized on August 22, 2014. The zoo apparently doesn’t monitor the elephants overnight, and zookeepers had arrived to work to find Watoto on the ground. After being unable to lift her with straps and heavy equipment, they euthanized her. An elephant’s natural life span is similar to that of a human’s, and Watoto was only 45 years oldThis is the second elephant death in seven years at Woodland Park Zoo. The first was the death of 7-year-old Hansa, resulting from the stress-related elephant herpes virus and, like Watoto’s death, inadequate monitoring. Even though numerous zoos have closed their elephant exhibits and despite the inherent cruelty of captivity, Woodland Park Zoo continues to defend its decision to keep its exhibit open. In fact, it announced a seriously misguided five-year plan earlier this spring that would involve spending about $3 million to modify the facility and add more elephants.”

Please read more and sign the petition here

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/captive-elephants-seattle-need-your-help/?utm_campaign=Watoto%20Euthanized&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

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What to Do When Threats towards Companion Animals Prolong Abusive Relationships?

Photo: ALDF

Photo: ALDF

Women (and sometimes men, too) who are in an abusive relationship will stay when they do not know where to take their beloved pet. Holding the pet hostage therefore is another form of torture. And so far, there often is hardly any choice for those being abused.

“Many perpetrators of domestic violence threaten violence against companion animals as a way of exerting control over victims who are hesitant to leave their abusers without a safe solution for their pets. Because few domestic violence shelters are equipped to house companion animals, many survivors return to their abusers or delay leaving in the first place — out of concern for the safety of pets they must leave behind when seeking refuge at a women’s shelter. The PAWS Act fills this critical void by extending broader, more uniform protection for companion animals and by making sure victims of domestic violence have a safe place to go with their pets.”

Please read more and sign the petition here

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18322

 

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Dog Hoarding Is Hell on Earth

Photo: HSUS

Photo: HSUS

The Humane Society of the United States tries to act as fast as possible when asked for assistance. In the Mississippi hoarding case they came to the rescue of many animals suffering terribly, and having been in desperate need for help for days, weeks, months, maybe even longer.

When you see, hear or even smell something is wrong do get help. Hearing many dogs barking in one place could mean it is a terrific animal shelter. But it could also mean that someone is abusing dogs, letting them live in Hell on Earth.

“We’re finding dogs with fresh, open wounds and limbs that have clearly been broken for a long time. Many of them are terribly dehydrated and completely infested with fleas. But we’re here working with local law enforcement — and we’ll be here until the dogs are safely removed from this awful existence.”

Please read more at

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2014/08/mississippi-dogs-rescue-080414.html?credit=web_id93480558

 

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Artists For Animals

Photo: Farm Sanctuary

Photo: Farm Sanctuary

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All photos: Farm Sanctuary

Are you an artist? Have you made any art, be it a sculpture, a painting, an etching, a photography, etc. depicting an animal? Would you donate it for a great cause? Then please help:

“Every year, Farm Sanctuary commemorates the Thanksgiving season with our Celebration for the Turkeys. This event, held at each of our three sanctuaries, brings together hundreds of people from across the country to enjoy a visit with our rescued turkeys, vegan delights, and presentations from expert speakers.

Guests also have the opportunity to bid on an exciting selection of original artwork, vegan products, and gift certificates in a silent auction. We are currently seeking vegan-friendly businesses and artists interested in donating items for our Celebration silent auctions. We are particularly interested in:

  • framed, animal-themed original artwork, including paintings and photography
  • vegan jewelry
  • gift certificates
  • gift baskets of vegan products
  • vacation packages”

For more information about donating to our silent auctions, please contact Amanda Grode. Farm Sanctuary´s coordinator.

 

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Do Mountain Lions Have to Learn How to Cross a Street?

Photo: Cody S. Hoagland,Defenders of Wildlife

Photo: Cody S. Hoagland,Defenders of Wildlife

 

The names vary, the animal remains the same: whether you are talking about a mountain lion, a cougar, a puma or a panther, this could always mean you are talking about the largest wildcat living in the US. Their habitat is becoming smaller an smaller, so that tone of the threats to these animals is being run over by a truck:

“When California mountain lion “P22” crossed two eight-lane freeways and ended up in the urban wilderness of LA’s Griffith Park, he was lucky to make it across both alive.

Many mountain lions aren’t so fortunate, and are killed by fatal collisions with vehicles as they try to cross freeways that cut throught their mountain habitat.

The mountain lion known as P22 arrived in the urban oasis of Griffith Park about two years ago. And while most mountain lions have an average home range of about 250 square miles, P22 is barely surviving with just 8 square miles.

Right now, P22 is suffering from exposure to rat poisoning used in residential areas and mange. If he had a safe wildlife crossing, he wouldn’t be trapped facing such urban threats—he’d be back roaming his rugged habitat and open wilderness near the Santa Monica Mountains.”

You can read more about the mountain lion here

http://www.defenders.org/mountain-lion/basic-facts

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Where Do You Find Your New Four-Legged Love of Your Life?

Photo: Animal Rescue Corps

Photo: Animal Rescue Corps

Photo: Washington Animal Rescue League

Photo: Washington Animal Rescue League

Every day, there are people looking to find a new four legged family member. Some immediately turn to a shelter, some find their new love of their life through family or friends, but there still are too many who – mostly due to ignorance or naivety – buy their new dog in a store or, worse, on-line. They do not question where the dog comes from, where the breeder is, they just look for size (mostly small), breed (dogs sometimes are a fashion statement), age (the younger, the better), and price (strangely, some will pay huge amounts of money without questions asked). This is why puppy mills still thrive.

The Washington Animal Rescue League helped save some of these dogs, again:

“They Gained Their Freedom, Now Help Them Gain Their Independence

At this very moment, 21 sweet, but scared, small breed dogs are receiving refuge at the Washington Animal Rescue League. These canines were among more than 100 that were the beneficiaries of a Tennessee puppy mill bust by the Humane Society of the United States.

This is probably the first time any of these beagles, pugs and other small breed dogs have tasted a moment of freedom from the pain, trauma and illness caused by the miserable existence of a life trapped in a tiny, filthy cage.

Yes, they now have their freedom from the puppy mill, but they haven’t gained their independence from it. The adverse effects of that life still haunt these innocent creatures.”

You can read more about the Washington Animal Rescue League here

http://warl.org

You can read more about the  Humane Society of the United States here

http://www.humanesociety.org

You can learn more about puppy mills here

http://animalrescuecorps.org/learn/puppy-mills/

 

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