The light of the world Fritz saw in 1963 in Cameroon. There he lived with his family in freedom, romped through the jungle and had no idea what horror would happen to him.
At the tender age of three, he was captured by pet traders. It can be assumed that hunters killed his entire family (with spears and machetes). There might have been a real family massacre as gorillas protect their young to death. Fritz had this traumatic experience until his death.
The first four years he was imprisoned in the zoo Hellabrunn, in Munich. From there he was carted to the Zoo in Nuremberg, where he had to endure almost half a century (!)
But the gorilla left Nuremberg again and again. He was loaned twice, for several months he lived in the Berlin Zoo, from 1986 to 1988 then in the Czech Dvur Kralove.
After he had fathered six children, he was barren at the young age of 14 years. A not uncommon phenomenon in captive animals. Even his male offspring are all infertile and perform a strange, sad life as prisoners in European zoos. Day in, day out in bulletproof glass and concrete jails, knowing they will never get out there again.
For Fritz ended 55 years captivity on Monday, August 20th with death. He had been euthanized due to old age.
When Fritz’s death marks the end of an era, we hope that it is the end of suffering, terror, and imprisonment, and that we humans learn that animals are not for us, but with us on this planet.
In the press we read:
“…Fritz was a real “animal personality”, he was a legend. Every Zoo visitor in the zoo knew and loved him: Gorilla Fritz died on Monday, 20 August 2018, the oldest gorilla living in European zoos.…”
And I say: because he was a personality, did this wonderful animal have to spend his life behind bars?
Because he was a personality, so every ignorant, every empathy loose with his stupid offspring came to his cell to admire the misery of this “legate” prisoner?
And because he was a Personality, that’s why he was loaned twice?
This is practiced by slaves, and those who do it do not care if the slave has personality or not. The main thing is to bring in the money.
Almost all newspapers have reported on the death of Fritz, that also brings money .
In these 55 years the press has never been interested in his misery in captivity at the zoo.
My best regards, Venus
An Animals Asia rescue team arrived in the small town of My Tho in Vietnam’s southern province of Tien Giang this morning to rescue five moon bears from a bear bile farm.
The bears were likely captured from the wild and have been held for at least 21 years in tiny cages so that their bile could be extracted for use as a traditional medicine.
At present the condition of the bears is unknown but previous rescues have revealed a litany of painful and debilitating diseases and disabilities – many of which can be terminal.
The rescue team contains experienced veterinarians and vet nurses who will be prepared for the worst.
Animals Asia Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen said:
“As with many rescues, we have no information about the bears at present – not even their genders. But we know they have never received any health care in the last 13 years of extreme captivity and abuse.
“Repeated bile extraction takes a huge toll on the bears’ health and our team will be ready for anything. Our primary goal will be to get them out of cages which were never designed to be opened, keep them alive and get them back to our sanctuary where high-quality care can begin.”
Once freed from cages, the bears will be transported 1,700km by truck to Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Vinh Phuc province where they expect to arrive on Friday 31 August.
Bear bile farming reached a peak in Vietnam in 2005 when over 4,000 bears were kept around the country on private farms.
However, years of campaigning culminated in the signing of a landmark agreement between Animals Asia and the Vietnam government in July, 2017 to close every bear bile farm and send all the bears to sanctuary by 2022.
Vietnam’s Traditional Medicine Association has also vowed to stop prescribing bear bile by 2020.
The latest figures from the Vietnamese government show the number of bears in private hands has fallen to approximately 800.
The five moon bears in Tien Giang province are being voluntarily handed over by their owner.
Animals Asia Founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE said:
“More and more farmers are beginning to realise that bear bile farming is finished in Vietnam. Demand for bile is plummeting as people learn of the cruelty behind every vial, while the government has made it clear the end of the industry is just a matter of time.
“For these five bears, the end of suffering cannot come soon enough. Now we have to get them home to our sanctuary where their new lives can begin.”
To date Animals Asia has rescued 611 bears, mainly from bile farms, in Vietnam and China.
Over 170 bears currently live at the Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre, the largest and oldest sanctuary for bears in the country.
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On Saturday we released distressing scenes of newborn calves being brutally handled on an organic dairy farm in Somerset that supplies Waitrose. The shocking footage, which our investigators filmed this summer after we received a tip-off about cruel handling practices, shows:
See the video here:
We have campaigned with many others about this to Waitrose. This is a supermarket food supplier chain who do usually have the very best animal welfare standards of all. They have won many awards for their concerns and promotion of good animal welfare. So after viewing this footage a mass phone in campaign was set up against Waitrose to get them to act against this organic dairy farm.
Today; 4/9/18; we again contacted Waitrose about this issue. We are very pleased that Waitrose has now taken action.
They e mailed us their official statement on the situation which we repeat here:
Following on from our recent telephone conversation Mr Johnson.
Please see below our statement regarding Coombe farm.
All of our farmers are carefully selected and agree to produce to our protocols covering all aspects of dairy production, including animal welfare, which we take extremely seriously.
They are subject to independent audits which in this case includes the Soil Association and the RSPCA Assured Dairy scheme.
The staff involved on this farm have been subject to disciplinary proceeding as they did not meet the high standards we set for a farm supplying us.
The farm was suspended from our supply as soon as we became aware of the footage and there shouldn’t be any of the milk they supply on our shelves.
Thanks again for getting in touch.
Waitrose & Partners Customer Care
Case Reference: xxx xxx
You can always take the best option by cutting out dairy and:
The bodies of nearly 90 elephants have been discovered close to Botswana based wildlife sanctuary, Okavango Delta wildlife sanctuary.
Many of the 87 elephants found were slaughtered for their tusks mere weeks ago, with the scale of poaching deaths now reported to be the highest recorded in Africa.
The spike among elephants poached within Botswana’s borders has reportedly coincided with the disarmament of Botswana’s anti-poaching unit, suggesting this could well be a cause.
Fearing the Botswana government is ignoring the scale of the problem in a bid to protect the country’s reputation, conservationists are now urging new president Mokgweetsi Masisi to take action to protect Botswana’s elephants.
Dr Mike Chase, from Elephants Without Borders, told the BBC:
“I’m shocked, I’m completely astounded. The scale of elephant poaching is by far the largest I’ve seen or read about anywhere in Africa to date”.