Day: November 3, 2020

Serbia: We Will Be Asking You for Donations to Feed the Ex Dancing Bears Very Soon. Watch This Site For More.

– Before Rescue – Dancing Bears

Below – ‘Living’ Conditions.

Above – After the Rescues – Cutting the Chains for a new life of Freedom – see below.

From Mark; WAV;

This post is advanced information on an issue which we would like you to help with.

We are setting up a donation link with ARKA at the moment; and hope this will be ready in the next few days.  An amended version of this post will be produced when the donation link is ready.  In the meantime you can see what this involves;

Regards Mark and Venus (WAV founders).

Current Information:

We (WAV and SAV) are currently trying to help out some old friends back in Serbia who we have known (via SAV –  ) for many years.  They are dedicated ‘animal people’ as you can see and run the association named ‘ARKA’ which is based in Novi Sad in Serbia.

ARKA are currently taking care of 50 stray dogs, 25 stray cats and 3 brown bears, which were rescued dancing bears; and which ARKA have a problem in being able to provide adequate food for them. They are not starving and going without, but more support is needed. 

The dogs and cats are rescued from the streets and the bears were confiscated from illegal owners who often used them for dancing bear performances.  You can see the conditions in which they lived in a couple of the photographs below.

After official confiscation of the bears which was done in cooperation with the relevant authorities, and which took place in the year 1999, the court decided to hand over (at that time) 7 bears to our ARKA; to care for them as sanctuary. It was originally planned that bears should be with ARKA for only one or two years whilst another sanctuary was to be built in one of the national parks.

But then everything changed ! – the bombarding of Serbia and the Balkans wars arrived and the bears were never found their national park home.

Today, some 21 years later, 3 ex dancing bears named Marija, Uske and Bozana are still surviving and with ARKA (see the video above). For the last 10 years the relevant Serbian government Ministry has helped ARKA with about 20% of the total costs for their food. The bears have a good, healthy diet and are being fed with fruits, vegetables and meat; a much better diet than when they were dancing bears – see the photos of their situation then..

Now we need your help and support to aid ARKA in purchasing food for the dogs, cats and bears they have at their facility.

Above – Before Rescue

Below – After Rescue

Here is the link to the ARKA donations:

CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS – maybe a few days more.

You can make donation via this link.

As we have said, long before WAV was started; we had some links for (Pavel and Branka) at ARKA and the bears on our ‘Serbian Animals Voice’ (SAV) site.  Here is one of the links from the past which show the bears many years ago:

As soon as we have a donation link established we will update and re issue this post with the new information.

So be ready for more in the near future.

Regards Mark and Venus.

Black cats: the unlucky ones in the shelter

Did you know it?
that black cats usually stay longer in the shelter than their conspecifics with different colored fur?

“I don’t bring bad luck”

Superstition, fear, prejudice, and last but not least, infected stupidity: The reasons are so different but mostly nonsensical.
We send our message now and here, share it and you can help us to clear up these stupid prejudices:

Free of legends, myths, and prejudices, black cats and dogs are simply lovable creatures who would be in seventh heaven if they finally found their family, their new owner and a great home!

Black animals are just as beautiful, playful, cuddly, cute, funny, and elegant as their conspecifics and they bring just as much happiness and love into our lives.

They deserve the same chance!

My best regards to all, Venus

Melbourne Cup: the “disgrace of the nation”!

The Melbourne Cup is the “disgrace that stops the nation”, yet some Australian companies continue to sponsor this unethical spectacle.

Anyone with an ounce of humanity can see that whipping sensitive animals in order to win money is depraved.

Then there’s the fact that the horses often die trying. In 2018, 5-year-old Irish Thoroughbred The Cliffsofmoher fell badly, breaking his shoulder. He was killed shortly thereafter.

Other casualties include Verema in 2013, Admire Rakti and Araldo in 2014, Red Cadeaux in 2015, and Regal Monarch in 2017.

Bred for speed at the expense of health and supporting large frames on petite ankles, horses die at the rate of one every three days on Australian racetracks.

While no concrete figures exist for “wastage” – that is, foals bred but never registered for racing – estimates suggest there are approximately 2,000 such horses in the industry per year. Because these animals never represent a return on investment, they’re destroyed or neglected – and some are even left to starve.


Exposed Again and Again

Regardless of pedigree or past earnings, many horses bred for racing are discarded once they are no longer useful.

A 2020 investigation followed the fate of ex-racing Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses to two Sydney knackeries, where hidden cameras captured their slaughter and sale as food for companion animals.

Many of the horses seen there were officially listed as “retired” on the Racing Australia website. And in 2019, ABC’s 7.30 program revealed that around 300 horses used for racing went through a single abattoir in Queensland in just 22 days.

Horses bred by the Australian racing industry are also sometimes sold to the racing industry in South Korea, where they’re slaughtered for meat when they’re no longer considered useful.

A PETA exposé of that country’s largest horse abattoir shows cast-offs from the racing industry being beaten repeatedly in the face as they’re forced into the abattoir and killed for their flesh.

Take Action!

Sponsors foot the bill for much of the Melbourne Cup race day, paying for advertising and expensive marquees at the track.

Melbourne, Protest against the Cup, September 8, 2019. Copyright: ELLENxSMITHx 20190908001417766341



And I mean…The total prize money of the Melbourne Cup is approximately $ 7.3 million, of which a good half goes to the winner.
Elegant hats, high bets – and lots of alcohol: a national spectacle with a dark side, the massive animal suffering.

The Melbourne Cup is the party of the year in Australia, what the Australians call “Folk festival“.
Monarchs go too, like Prince Charles with his Camilla.

Horses are flight animals who are forced to take risks in races that they would never voluntarily take.
For high prize money, the unscrupulous horse mafia accepts lung hemorrhages, aortic tears, and stomach ulcers approvingly.

The overload often leads to falls with serious consequences or to so-called aortic ruptures, in which the main artery of the heart ruptures with the result that the animal bleeds internally within a very short time.

Bloody nostrils can be observed in many animals shortly after a race.
It is not nosebleed, but bleeding from the lungs.

Racehorses are tortured and beaten to the point of death. They either die on the racetrack or end up in the slaughterhouse as soon as their performance deteriorates. Who thinks that’s good?

Only persons who are directly or indirectly involved in this billion-dollar business. There is no justification whatsoever for the cruelty inflicted on these animals.

According to press reports, 20 horses die every year in Germany on the track or immediately after the race, eight horses in 2019 alone.  How many are killed in training is unknown.

Horses are sentient and sensitive animals. They are not sports equipment made of metal or plastic.
We are all responsible for making horse racing stop.

My best regards to all, Venus

India: Some Amazing September Rescues From the Team at ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’.

Forgiveness. In our rescue video about Bansi, whose legs were tied together so cruelly, what we marvel at is the way he gradually seems to let go of his fear of humans. There seems to be no anger in this gentle spirit. Only innocence and, somehow, the incredible will to carry on with an openness to give and take affection. How can we act in ways that are even worthy of such forgiveness? By loving them and doing all we can to protect them. As you do.

Legs tied together and left to die, Bansi recovered from unimaginable cruelty.

Bansi’s beginning was heartbreaking, but after his rescue, he is completely healed and he has flourished. When you see this video, the question that will probably fill your heart and mind is simply: why? Why would the owners tie this donkey so cruelly? What kind of mind was behind this? To what purpose? Sometimes the answer “ignorance” is not sufficient.

Immediately after receiving the call on our helpline we dispatched our ambulance and began the 2-month treatment process for Bansi. He has healed beautifully. He also happens to be adorable. He’s happy nowand the case has been filed with the police.

There are hundreds of working donkeys in Udaipur. We are working to help as many as we can, with medical treatment, police and legal aid, and donkey owner education. Please donate.

Adopt the love-bug Libby

Lovely Libby is a beautiful black Labrador mix who was abandoned after sustaining a serious injury to her front leg. Her owner made it very clear that he didn’t want her anymore. We offered to take her out of fear that her owner would abandon her or worse. Her leg had to be amputated, but wow, she’s running around on 3 legs as well as any 4-legger, and she has a lot of love to give.Calm and mellow, Libby loves belly rubs, food and being able to go outside often and examine all the plants and flowers. She tolerates other dogs, but she’s happiest around affectionate people. What a sweetheart companion she’ll be.

Please click here for adoptions:

Severe mange, wounded and starving, but sweet Antonio won’t give up!

Antonio’s truly astonishing recovery would not have been possible for a weaker spirit.Advanced mange had ravaged his body, starvation had further weakened him and then, in the ultimate blow, a serious wound between his shoulders had become infested with maggots. We weren’t sure if the combination of these extremely painful conditions had broken his spirit along with his resistance. But from day 2 onward we watched as our medical treatment, food and love went to work.Meet mange survivor, wound survivor, starvation survivor: unforgettable Antonio.

Someone hurting can glow again. Please donate.

Sponsor Birju, or one of his friends!

It’s been a year since we shared the dramatic story about Birju’s hot water burn. We forecasted then that the huge wound stretching right across his back might never fully heal. And indeed, his wound is not significantly different from the way it looked more than a year ago. But! Birju is a happy boy. He seems to have learned to accept his bandage as if it were merely a jacket.HIs bright eyes and perky disposition warm our hearts. Your sponsorship will help with Birju’s lifelong care. If you could be here, we know you’d love to wrap your arms around him tight. Since you can’t, we’ll do it for you. Thank you from all the staff whose daily wound dressings always include a session with handsome, patient, life-loving Birju.  

Please click here to sponsor a rescued animal:

Regards Mark