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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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Orcas at Sea World

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One of the big news of the last couple of days is Sea World’s news release saying the end of orcas in Sea World is near. The promise is that no more breeding will take place at Sea World and that no new whales will be caught from the wild to be presented at any of Sea World’s parks. Additionally, orcas shows will be “phased out”, as CEO Joe Manby from Sea World promised.

The pressure on Sea World has increased dramatically since the release of the movie “Blackfish” to stop all orca programs and to release all captive orcas back into the wild.

Joe Manby states that setting the orcas free who have lived all or most of their lives in captivity would most certainly lead to their deaths since they would not know how to survive in the wild.

It is to be hoped that Sea World will stick to all their promises and commit themselves to rescue missions instead of animal captivity.

You can read more here:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0317-manby-sea-world-orca-breeding-20160317-story.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/seaworld-end-breeding-program-orca-whales-n540646

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Elephants and Endless Agonies

Many studies have been made on elephants, elephants in the wild as well as elephants in captivity. All have proven how intelligent, social, loving, caring, and emotional elephants mostly are. And how depressed they can get when deprived of their basic needs for well being.

Elephants will help their kin when in need, elephants will come to the rescue when they see another one hurting. They will stay with their dead, mourning vigilantly.

Knowing all of these facts, it is even more appalling what some of these beings have to live through. In Japan, there is Hanako. Hanako has been living in a concrete prison for over 61 years. In the United States, Nosey has been forced to “perform” even though she visibly shows signs of pain and has not been treated for the severe arthritis in her joints. Lucky, also in the United States, has been in captivity since 1962 and has been forced to stand on concrete floors most of her life.

All these stories could have a happy ending. All these elephants could be brought to one of the amazing elephants sanctuaries there are. One of them is the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. This sanctuary has already agreed to take in Nosey if her owner would only let her go.

There are many other sanctuaries around the world. The animals would all be better off if only they could get there.

Please read more and share:

https://www.thedodo.com/hanako-japan-elephant-61-years-1473985023.html?xrs=RebelMouse_fb

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/congress-action-nosey/

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/the-stories-of-4-elephants-in-captivity-and-how-you-can-help/

https://www.elephants.com/meetElephants.php

http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/

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Sharks Need Their Fins. Soups Do Not.

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Cutting off the fins of sharks and then throwing the helpless animals back into the water is an extremely horrific way of killing these beings. The more people who speak up against this animal cruelty, the better chances are for a succesful ban on fin trade.

“On Saturday, June 20, Texas became the 10th U.S. state to ban the trade of shark fins. The new law ensures that Texas will no longer participate in the global fin trade that is largely responsible for the decline of sharks around the world.”

Whenever you see shark fin soup on a menu speak up.

You can read more about the ban here:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/22/us-usa-shark-texas-idUSKBN0P21Y920150622

http://sharks-racingextinction.nationbuilder.com

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Chimpanzees Who Are Not (Yet) Safe Through Laws Need Help

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photo:International New York Times

The news about the day in court for two chimpanzees (see Animals in Court) coincides with the story of 66 chimpanzees being abandoned in Liberia. These chimpanzees had been used by an American company but have been left behind to fend for themselves.

“This year, the New York Blood Center (NYBC) abandoned more than sixty chimpanzees that it had used in research and testing for decades. These animals, located in Liberia — a country on the west coast of Africa — are now in danger of dehydration or starvation and need our help.

In the 1970’s, NYBC worked with the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research to create Vilab II — a laboratory that obtained and bred chimpanzees for use in research and testing. Once NYBC decided that the chimpanzees were no longer needed for research, it was determined that they would be permanently retired on islands near the lab in Monrovia, Liberia. The chimps still live there today and are completely reliant on humans for their survival, as there is no natural fresh water supply throughout the year, nor enough food.

As The New York Times recently reported, NYBC withdrew all funding and oversight for these chimpanzees in early March, despite previously committing to a lifetime of care.Since then, the situation has quickly deteriorated. The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International have given emergency funding to help provide food and water for the chimpanzees and several dedicated individuals on the ground are doing what they can to help these chimpanzees survive.”

Please read more and sign the petition:

https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=6921

http://www.vice.com/video/the-lab-apes-of-liberia

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/29/science/chimpanzees-liberia-new-york-blood-center.html

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Sea Lion Saved from Streets of San Francisco

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Sometimes, it simply is a wonderful feeling to see some good news in the world of animal awareness.

Here is a story that shows you there are some good moments in life – in this case especially in the life of this sea lion.

“It’s not unusual to see a sea lion in San Francisco. For more than 25 years, California sea lions have been frequent visitors to San Francisco’s PIER 39, hauling out on the floating docks by the hundreds.

What is unusual, however, is to see a sea lion haul out of the water at a marina and cross the busy streets of San Francisco. But that’s exactly what happened last week when a sea lion pup found himself lost in San Francisco’s Marina District.

Luckily for this lost pup, he didn’t get far before the San Francisco Police Department arrived on the scene to keep him out of harm’s way until The Marine Mammal Center’s trained rescue team could bring him back to our hospital for care.”

Watch the video here:

http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/about-us/News-Room/2015-news-archives/rubbish.html#video

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Saving Lives With a Click

photo: Korie Marshall

photo: Korie Marshall

Signing petitions can save lives:

“The “Valemount dogs” Max, Zeus, Rango, and Timber were all spared from euthanization and adopted into loving homes.”

You can read more here:

http://www.therockymountaingoat.com/2015/01/new-lease-on-life-shoot-out-dogs-valemount-beuhler/

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