Day: December 21, 2021

The Norwegian wolf is extinct

The wolves that live in Norway and Sweden today are actually Finns, as extensive studies of their genetic make-up have shown.

Hunters wiped out the original Norwegian wolf population in the wild around 1970.

Solitary gray wolf / grey wolf (Canis lupus) hunting in the snow in forest in winter -Norway

“The original Norwegian-Swedish wolves probably had no genetic similarities with today’s wolves in Norway and Sweden,” says Hans Stenøien, director of the University Museum of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Stenøien is the lead author of a new report that looks at the genetic makeup of the Norwegian-Swedish wolf population in much more detail than has previously been the case.

“We did the largest genetic study on wolves in the world,” says Stenøien.

This is part of an extensive report on the wolf in Norway commissioned by the Norwegian Parliament (Storting) in 2016.
But by that time the real Norwegian-Swedish wolves had been gone for many years.

“Granted, some of the original Norwegian-Swedish wolves can still be found in zoos outside Norway.
But our wolves today are not closely related to them, “says Stenøien.

Disappeared and come back

The wolf came to Norway when the ice retreated around 12,000 years ago.
But around 1970 it disappeared from the Norwegian landscape and probably also from Sweden.
Above all, the high hunting pressure and conflicts with agriculture contributed to the decline in wild animals.

But apparently the species settled again around 1980.
Today more than 400 wolves roam the border area between Norway and Sweden.
They are considered to be a common population.

There used to be rumors that wolves had been released from zoos into the Norwegian wilderness, but that doesn’t seem to be true. In any case, it cannot be wildlife from the original Norwegian wolf population.
Instead, Finnish wolves seem to have expanded their territory.

“Today’s wolves in Norway and Sweden are most likely descended from wolves that immigrated from Finland,” says Professor Stenøien.

Where the wolves come from in Finland is not entirely certain, but they seem to be Finnish nonetheless.

Wolves threatened by severe inbreeding

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Italy: Fantastic News – Italy Bans Fur Farming as of January 2022!

Italy bans fur farming as of January 2022!

21 December 2021


Today marks history: after having adopted a temporary ban linked to the COVID-19 outbreaks in mink farms and the potential impact on pubic health, Italy decided today to ban fur farming for good as of 1 January 2022.

Over 60,000 minks were killed every year in Italy for the “value” of their fur. Thanks to the endless efforts of Italian animal protection organisations and the mobilisation of citizens, from 1st January 2022 this cruelty will never be repeated.

The approved amendment:

  • Fur farming ban (for all species, not only mink), as already established by almost twenty other European countries, from 1st January 2022.
  • Dismantling by 30th June 2022 of the 5 latest farms which in 2020 produced 60,000 mink per year; and, at the same time, confirmation of the breeding ban already in place since last January for the 7,039 breeders still held in these farms.
  • A Decree of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health will be issued by 31st January 2022 to regulate eventual change of ownership, sterilization and detention of mink from former fur farms to sanctuaries/shelters preferably managed directly or in collaboration with recognized animal rights associations.
  • State indemnities up to a maximum of 3 million euros for the closure and disposal of each farm, as well as 3 million euros in total for their conversion into agrivoltaic the production of clean energy, to be assigned by 31 January 2022.

A special congratulations to our Italian member organisations who have been very busy achieving this historical step during the last months: LAV, Essere Animali Animal Law Italy and Animal Equality

Italy is a more civilized country, we have put an end to a cruel, anachronistic, unjustifiable industry that has no more reason to exist in a civil society where the value of respect for animals, as sentient beings, is always more widespread and rooted

Simonhe Pavesi, Animal Free Fashion Area Manager at LAV

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Regards Mark

Prague bans horse-drawn carriages from 2023


After Czech animal rights activists were able to collect over 12,000 signatures, the city council of Prague changed the market regulations so that horse-drawn carriages are no longer allowed to drive in the city from 2023.

Berlin- Germany

Prague joins a large number of animal-friendly cities that have already abolished this cruelty to animals: Paris, Barcelona, London, Rome, Oxford, Montreal, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and many more.

We are very happy about the news.
Especially when an organized struggle is crowned with success
We continue to fight in the hope that this animal suffering will be understood as such by all countries and finally abolished.

My best regards to all, Venus

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Milky Way is not “just” a donkey. Shy, a little inward, and an essential part of the universe!

A passing vehicle must have hit this boy we named Milky Way. The laceration was very deep, and if the injury had been lower on his leg he would have surely died. Fortunately, we could give him a chance.

The bandaging was very tricky. We useda bandaging technique in which a few stitches are placed around the wound, and padded bandages are then tied down protecting the wound. This kept the wound clean and eased his pain as his healing journey began.

He’s not a very social boy, remaining quite independent and inward, but Milky Way’s eyes shine like stars.

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Snuggler’s mother “told” his rescuers that she was desperately worried…

The mother of a collapsed, comatose puppy told us everything we needed to know.

She held her anxiety in her shoulders, but most of all in her eyes, which were filled with the greatest sorrow–a mother watching her baby dying.But her worried posture alerted neighbors to look more closely at the grey mound in the soil and saw the little one still breathing. He twitched unconsciously.

The little one was in critical condition and we hurried him to our hospital and treated him for life-threatening hypothermia (cold), pain, and gave him IV fluids to stabilize him. He had no fractures but we cleaned and dressed several puncture wounds on his neck. He was still comatose when we lay him bundled in a basket, and he slept through the night. In the morning, we were delighted to find his eyes open: he had woken up from the coma! Now the next task would be to get him to eat–if he would eat we knew he had a good chance of surviving.

Watch life return to little Snuggler, and his return home to his busy siblings, and his beautiful mom and dad.

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