animal sanctuary, animal welfare, Marine Mammal Center, saved for now, seal, Tierrettung, Tierschutz

Blind Cuteness

Solar, the seal. Photo: Adam Ratner, the Marine Mammal Center

Solar, the seal. Photo: Adam Ratner, the Marine Mammal Center

With their big eyes seals seem to be looking straight into the hearts of onlookers. That some of these animals are blind is something most people never thought about. The Marine Mammal Center in San Francisco has been successful in giving some of these seals their vision back thanks to cataract operations.

“When Solar the northern elephant seal arrived in our care, he appeared to be just another young, malnourished animal. But when our veterinary experts took a closer look, they realized he was blind in both eyes due to cataracts that may have been congenital, meaning he was born with them.

If this story sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Just a year ago, you may remember we rescued and treated another young, blind elephant seal: Cappy. After successful cataract surgery, Cappy was able to return to the wild. He’s since been spotted several times and seems to be thriving. Using what we learned from Cappy’s case, our veterinary team is working hard to ensure a similar future for Solar.

Blindness in seals and sea lions is not as uncommon as you might think, and over the last few months, we’ve rescued a number of animals that are blind in one or both eyes.”

animal abuse, animal welfare, Baeren, bear, Keine Tiere im Zirkus, legal, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PeTA, Petition, say no to animals in entertainment, Tierrettung, Tierschutz

When Does the Transition Happen From Holding a Toy Teddy Bear Lovingly To Your Heart to Torturing the Animal Who Looks Just Like This?

Photo: PeTA

Photo: PeTA

Bears have been mistreated probably since the moment humans were able to capture them. There is no horrific torture humans have come up with that has not been performed on bears.

People grow up holding a cuddly toy teddy bear in their arms. But some time later some humans change into bear haters.

“Bears, who have natural ranges of up to thousands of miles in the wild, are being kept in cramped cages and concrete pits at deplorable roadside facilities across the country that exhibit the animals for profit while disregarding their most basic needs. Many bears at roadside zoos spend most of their waking hours pacing, head-butting the cages, and engaging in other abnormal behavior that is indicative of suffering—all because the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has disregarded the space, enrichment, dietary, and behavioral needs of captive bears, who recent studies show are just as complex and intelligent as primates.

We need your help to make sure that the USDA enacts stronger regulations for captive bears without further delay—take action now!”

You can read more here and sign the petition


animal abuse, animal sanctuary, animal welfare, Loewe, Refugium, release, saved for now, say no to animals in entertainment, Tierrettung, Tierschutz, Vier Pfoten

Freiheit für Löwen – von Holland nach Südafrika

Foto: Vier Pfoten

Foto: Vier Pfoten

Foto: Vier Pfoten

Foto: Vier Pfoten

Foto: Vier Pfoten

Foto: Vier Pfoten

Solche Nachrichten sind zwar selten, aber machen immer Mut, sich weiter für Tiere in solchen Notsituationen einzusetzen:

“Gypsy, Simba, Nora, Neida, Pregan und Kongo haben es geschafft: Die sechs Löwen aus der niederländischen Rettungsstation FELIDA sind wohlbehalten in unserem Großkatzenrefugium LIONSROCK angekommen. Am 3. Juli haben wir sie in ihrem neuen Zuhause freigelassen.

Die sechs Löwen haben eine bewegte Vergangenheit: Bevor sie in die Rettungsstation FELIDA kamen, die 2013 von VIER PFOTEN übernommen wurde, mussten sie im Zirkus Kunststücke vorführen oder führten ein trauriges Dasein im Zoo.

Dank der Unterstützung vieler Tierfreunde können Gypsy, Simba, Nora, Neida, Pregan und Kongo in LIONSROCK nun leben wie richtige Löwen. Die weite Reise von Holland nach Südafrika haben sie gut überstanden; bereits nach wenigen Schritten in ihrem neuen Zuhause zeigte sich, dass sich die sechs hier sehr wohl fühlen.

Lesen Sie mehr.

Mehr über diese Löwen erfahren Sie hier


animal abuse, animal sanctuary, animal welfare, elephant, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PeTA, Tiernothilfe, Tierrettung, Tierschutz

Sunder´s Rescue

Photo: Animal Rajat

Photo: Animal Rajat

Photo: Animal Rajat

Photo: Animal Rajat

Photo: Animal Rajat

Photo: Animal Rajat

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This kind of news is something we crave for: a happy ending for an animal who nearly had no chance:

“The most exciting news of the month is that the nightmare is finally over for Sunder! For the past two years, we’ve been fighting to free this young elephant from a temple where he was used as a living begging bowl. He spent almost 24 hours a day immobilized by chains in a dark shed and lived under the constant threat of beatings from which he bore numerous scars.

PETA affiliates worldwide launched campaigns to free him, and PETA India sued for his freedom and won. The court required that Sunder be released to a sanctuary, but the owner refused to comply and hid Sunder instead. Meanwhile, the owner’s allies used religious blackmail and political corruption to thwart efforts to free him.

After months of sleuthing, Animal Rahat discovered where Sunder was hidden and released video footage of his beatings and injuries—the tight chains had cut deeply into his legs. This new evidence was the tipping point that caused the court to demand Sunder’s release.

We arranged transportation to the sanctuary, and even then our crew was threatened by men who followed the truck on motorcycles and put nails under our tires to try to stop us.

Just this month, Sunder arrived at his new sanctuary home, free from violence for the first time in his life. A fatherly bull elephant, Van Raj, has already reached out to him—possibly the first elephant friend that Sunder has ever had! He walks with Van Raj and the female elephants and has met a baby elephant who initially scared him but now fascinates him.”

Animal Event, Animal Rights Conference, animal welfare, humane education, legal, Tierschutz

A Cornucopia of Animal Rights Information Coming Up

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If you are in the Los Angeles area please go and attend this truly interesting conference:

“The Animal Rights National Conference is the U.S. animal rights movement’s annual national conference. It is also the world’s largest and longest-running animal rights gathering, hailing back to 1981. It is the only conference open to all points of view on achieving animal liberation.

AR2014 will take place July 10-13 at the Westin LAX Hotel located at 5400 West Century Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.

Why Attend?

The Animal Rights National Conference is designed for people who wish to improve their animal advocacy skills or simply to network with other animal activists. The Conference offers a number of educational and networking opportunities, including:

  • 100 sessions on animal abuse, organizing, tactics, and issues
  • 100 speakers from 60 organizations
  • Eyewitness reports on key campaigns
  • 90 free exhibits
  • Video premieres
  • Newcomer Orientation
  • Nightly networking receptions
  • Awards Banquet on Saturday evening
  • Closing celebration on Sunday evening
  • Protests on Monday”

You can read more about the conference at

animal abuse, animal shelter, animal trade, animal welfare, HSUS, saved for now, The Humane Society of the United States, Tierrettung, Tierschutz, WARL, Washington Animal Rescue League

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

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

You can learn more about puppy mills here


animal sanctuary, animal welfare, Jane Goodall Institute, release, saved for now, Tierrettung, Tierschutz, Wildtierschutz

Kefan´s New Home

Kefan. Photo: Jane Goodall Institute

Kefan. Photo: Jane Goodall Institute

The Jane Goodall Institute is well-known for there exemplary research, rehabilitation, and rescue programs of chimpanzees.

Here is a report on one of the chimpanzees, Kefan:

“Kefan is a male chimpanzee who lives at JGI’s Tchimpounga sanctuary in the Republic of Congo. Recently, Kefan made an exciting move from the current, over-crowded santuary site to Tchibebe Island, one of three lush, forested island habitats JGI is readying for the transfer of over 100 chimpanzees.

Kefan is extremely gentle and calm, and it is these characteristics that made him an excellent candidate for release onto Tchibebe. Kefan is now able to roam the forest of Tchibebe with other chimpanzees, climbing trees and foraging for food in a completely safe environment.

The only individual who is not so happy about Kefan’s move is Kefan’s friend, Yoko. Yoko is a shy, low-ranking chimpanzee who frequently looks to his friend Kefan for protection when the other chimpanzees in their group got a bit too rambunctious. Generous Kefan would also often share food with Yoko. But now, with Yoko still living at the old sanctuary site, they are separated.

Happily, once Tchibebe is prepared for the release of more chimpanzees, Yoko will be reunited with his buddy Kefan once again.”

You can read more about Kefan at

You can learn more about the Jane Goodall Institute at

animal welfare, National Wildlife Federation, red wolf, release, Tierschutz, wolf

Red Wolves Adopted into the Wild

red wolf. Photo: USFWS

red wolf. Photo: USFWS

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For ages, wolves have been hunted and killed by humans. They have been vilified immensely, coming close to extinction in the recent past. Some animal welfare organizations are trying to save wolves from this fate:

“Two small red wolf pups just joined their new foster family in the wild. The young wolves are crucial additions to an endangered species that is slowly recovering from the brink of extinction.
The biggest danger for these endangered red wolf pups and their foster families is being killed by poachers who are hunting them down.
Through a red wolf recovery program in eastern North Carolina, a few pups born in captivity every year are placed in dens to be fostered by wild parents. And the program has worked wonderfully! The pups are usually embraced by their new parents, learn to survive in their natural habitat and eventually go off to have their own families.
Right now, only about 100 red wolves exist in the wild—so the survival of the two young pups is crucial.
But these endangered red wolf pups may never have a chance to grow up and reproduce in the wild if they are killed by poachers who are breaking the law.”

Please read more about this program at

You can learn more about red wolves at

animal abuse, animal welfare, dolphin, release, say no to animals in entertainment, Tierrettung, Tierschutz, whale

Petition: No Dolphins and Whales as People Attraction in Vancouver

free whales and dolphins

free whales and dolphins


More and more aquariums, zoos and circuses are learning that the public no longer wants to see damaged, unhappy, suffering animal souls.
The Vancouver Aquarium is no exception.

“In exciting news for cetaceans in Canada, the Vancouver Park Board is considering a ban on marine mammal displays at Vancouver Aquarium. This decision would be a 180-degree turnaround from the board’s former mission of actually expanding the number of whale tanks at the aquarium and would place Vancouver’s aquarium on par with Toronto’s, which does not display any large marine mammals. You can read more about the Vancouver Park Board’s change of heart here.

We need you to contact the members of the Vancouver Park Board and ask them to follow the lead of Toronto’s aquarium and reject the continued display of whales and dolphins at Vancouver Aquarium. By taking action, you will be playing a huge part in ensuring a better life for marine mammals who are denied everything that is natural and important to them in captivity.

Please sign the petition;jsessionid=6D726093D17A8077816E070683D0EDE0.app321b?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5491&autologin=true&utm_campaign=062014&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News

You can learn more about dolphins in captiity

You can learn more about wahles in captivity

animal abuse, animal trade, animal welfare, Deutscher Tierschutzbund, Massentierhaltung, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PeTA, release, Tierrettung, Tierschutz, Wildtierschutz

Menschen sind schoener ohne Pelz



Schoene Tiere und haessliche Menschen tragen Pelz

Wer jemanden mit einem Pelzmantel oder Pelz-Accessoires sieht, sollte freundlich nachfragen, ob dies wirklich von einem Tier stammt (heute kann man da nicht immer sicher sein) und wenn ja, den Menschen bedauern, der totes Tier braucht, um vermeintlich schoener auszusehen. Boesartige Angriffe sind nie hilfreich! Niemals sollte man jemanden angreifen, beschimpfen, oder schlimmeres. Das ist in jedem Fall kontraproduktiv und fuehrt zu nichts Gutem.

“Über 100.000 Nerze müssen noch immer auf deutschen Pelzfarmen vor sich hinvegetieren, obwohl diese Farmen seit knapp drei Jahren illegal betrieben werden.
Wir haben alle tierquälerischen Betriebe angezeigt, die die verschärften Vorschriften der Verordnung zur Pelztierhaltung nicht einhalten. Mittelfristig kann es nur ein Ziel geben: Alle deutschen Pelzfarmen müssen geschlossen und das Leid der Nerze beendet werden.”

Wer mehr ueber das Elend der Tiere in Pelztierfarmen lesen will, findet hier weitere Informationen