Category: General News

Very Close Now To Moving Little Grey and Little White To Their Sanctuary Home In Iceland.

Mark,

This really is an important and exciting time for whale and dolphin conservation and protection. In the picture above, you can see Little White and Little Grey, the two beluga whales who will be the first to come to our new Beluga Whale Sanctuary. And in the photo below, you’ll see the plane that will take them there.

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Above – The Cargolux 747 specially prepared with whale transport logo.

This project is pivotal, not only because it will give Little White and Little Grey a new, happier life in the ocean, but because if successful, it will prove that it can be done and offer hope for other captive whales and dolphins. I truly hope that the work we are doing now with the SEA LIFE Trust marks the beginning of the end for whale and dolphin captivity.

Thank you as always for your support – we wouldn’t be here without you.

On behalf of all at WDC,

Julia Pix

 

Find out a lot more about the Icelandic sanctuary being made ready for the whales at:

https://uk.whales.org/blog/2019/02/how-we-are-working-with-communities-to-build-whale-sanctuary-1?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feb%20ENL%20-%20Cargolux%20visit%20sanctuary%20and%20community%20whale%20jail%20southern%20resident%20orca%20baby%20follow-up&utm_content=Feb%20ENL%20-%20Cargolux%20visit%20sanctuary%20and%20community%20whale%20jail%20southern%20resident%20orca%20baby%20follow-up+CID_9798d6167a689f885a76d46551e7f44c&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20WDC&utm_term=FIND%20OUT%20MORE

 

How do you fly two whales half way round the world ? – read more:

https://uk.whales.org/blog/2019/02/how-do-you-fly-two-beluga-whales-half-way-around-world?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feb%20ENL%20-%20Cargolux%20visit%20sanctuary%20and%20community%20whale%20jail%20southern%20resident%20orca%20baby%20follow-up&utm_content=Feb%20ENL%20-%20Cargolux%20visit%20sanctuary%20and%20community%20whale%20jail%20southern%20resident%20orca%20baby%20follow-up+CID_9798d6167a689f885a76d46551e7f44c&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor%20WDC&utm_term=HEAR%20ALL%20ABOUT%20IT

 

 

 

USA: Petition – Justice for Skeletal Dog Locked in Basement to Starve. It Just Survived After Being Found.

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Petition:

Justice for Skeletal Dog Locked in Basement to Starve

Posted by Carly Day

 

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Petition Link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-skeletal-dog-locked-in-basement-to-starve/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

 

SIGN: Justice for Skeletal Dog Locked in Basement to Starve

 

PETITION TARGET: Butler County Prosecutor’s Office

Locked in a cage in the basement and nearly starved to death, a dog in Middletown, Ohio shocked rescuers with his skeletal frame.

With each individual rib protruding, hip bones jutting out of his body, and a sunken abdomen, this sweet boy had clearly been deprived of adequate nutrition for a long time — it’s a wonder he was even still alive in his deteriorated state.

The “reason” for this neglect? His guardian reportedly bought new furniture and claimed she didn’t have room for him anymore

A woman saying she’d “found” the dog on the street handed the animal in to Joseph’s Legacy animal rescue. Staff at the rescue center reported the heartbreaking case to the Butler County Dog Warden.

After a brief investigation, the warden discovered that the woman who handed over the dog — named Marvin by rescuers — had, in fact, been his guardian for the last two years.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has charged 27-year-old Ashley Kubilus with cruelty to a companion animal, a 1st-degree misdemeanor.

Sign this petition urging the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office to prosecute this woman to the fullest extent of the law, and work to ensure she is never allowed to have an animal again.

 

Canada’s rules for transporting animals are weak — but they’re also not rigorously enforced.

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WAV Comment – the pictures in this article are not from the column written by Mr Walkom – they are taken from our own archives.  Not only does Canada murder seals and try to blame them for taking humans fish stocks, but it seems they don’t really have a clue about the welfare of animals in transport either !

In Canada, the rules for transporting animals are already weak. Pigs can be trucked for up to 36 hours without food or water. For cattle, the number is 52 hours. Animals can be shipped in the freezing cold or broiling sun — as long as they do not suffer “undue exposure” to the elements (whatever that means).18 Sep 2018

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Canada’s rules for transporting animals are weak — but they’re also not rigorously enforced

 

By Thomas WalkomNational Affairs Columnist

Tues., Sept. 18, 2018

 

Source – https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/09/18/poor-enforcement-of-animal-transport-rules.html

 

In Canada, the rules for transporting animals are already weak. Pigs can be trucked for up to 36 hours without food or water. For cattle, the number is 52 hours.

Animals can be shipped in the freezing cold or broiling sun — as long as they do not suffer “undue exposure” to the elements (whatever that means).

But inspection reports released to the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals has revealed another glaring inadequacy: In much of Canada, including Ontario, the rules are not rigorously enforced.

To be more specific, in 2016 and 2017 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) conducted spot inspections of trucks carrying animals in only five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Exactly why Ontario and other provinces were exempted from these spot checks remains unclear. A CFIA spokesperson said only that the agency’s “highway and border inspections are conducted pending the availability of law enforcement partners and appropriate weather conditions.”

The reports, released to the animal welfare coalition by the CFIA under access-to-information laws and passed on to the Star, show that the federal agency conducted 269 highway inspections over the two-year period, mainly in Saskatchewan.

In virtually all of those inspections, the truckers were ultimately found to be in compliance with CFIA regulations — even when, initially, they weren’t.

In December 2017, for instance, an unheated truck containing 45 cows in -20C weather was stopped by a CFIA inspector in Saskatchewan. The inspector wrote that he initially deemed the transport inadequate but changed his mind after the trucker agreed to put some boards along the sides of the vehicle and after he allowed his cattle to rest for five hours in a warm barn.

In February 2016, another truck transporting 26 horses to a slaughterhouse was stopped for inspection in Saskatchewan. The inspector found that one of the horses appeared too sick to get up — a regulatory no-no.

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So he had the trucker unload his vehicle until the downed horse could struggle to its feet. The inspector then okayed the transport as compliant with the law and let the truck continue on.

The reports show that the CFIA became most engaged when the animals involved were slated for export. In June 2017, for instance, a truck containing 2,525 Canadian baby piglets was turned back at the U.S. border.

The Americans found the piglets were dirty and overcrowded. Seven had died.

This caused much consternation on the Canadian side. One of the problems, according to CFIA emails, was that for sanitary reasons the piglets could not be returned to the farm they came from. If the U.S. remained adamant, there was nowhere for them to go.

Eventually, however, the Americans relented and let the truck in. By the time it had reached its final destination in Iowa, eight more piglets were dead.

Similarly, in May 2016, 21 cattle were refused entry by the U.S. One calf was lame and one steer missing its ear tag. The trucker was persuaded by CFIA officials to let his cattle have food, water and a vet check. He then reloaded his trailer with all but the suspect calf and steer and made his way back to the border where, this time, he was allowed entry.

Later that month, another inspector found a dead pig in a load of 900 slated for export to the U.S. Nonetheless, he ruled that the other 899 were in compliance with regulations.

In November 2016, a truckload of 30 boars was refused entry into the U.S. The problem: two of the boars were dead. The CFIA reports are silent on what happened to the other 28.

Not all of the reports are negative. Many of the spot inspections — particularly those related to valuable show or breeding animals — indicate that some care was taken by truckers transporting them.

And at least, in those cases, federal agents were making inspections. In Ontario, they weren’t.

 

Further reading:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/canada-must-do-better-to-protect-freezing-animals-in-transport/article37521254/

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canada-s-livestock-transportation-rules-worst-in-the-western-world-advocate-1.2820563

 

England: What Good People Do For Wildlife – New Artificial Badger Sett Made For Schoolchildren; So They Can Learn About Badgers.

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https://youtu.be/Fnp6sw5kI4Y

From – Somerset Badger Group

http://www.somersetbadgers.org.uk/ 

An opportunity arose at the school to create an artificial sett for badgers currently living under an old scout hut on the site, which is going to be replaced in the near future.

The school felt it was important to look after their badgers so we stepped in to help them create a new artificial sett so that the children could continue to enjoy sharing their school with the badgers and learn all about them too.

 

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Indonesia: 79 Slow Lorises Seized From Poachers, 10 In Critical Condition.

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79 Slow Lorises Seized From Poachers, 10 In Critical Condition

 Posted by Dobi Finley | February 18, 2019

 

79 Slow Lorises Seized From Poachers, 10 In Critical Condition

All Images: International Animal Rescue

 

Authorities recently confiscated 79 slow lorises from poachers in West Java Indonesia, and took the animals to the International Animal Rescue primate center for rehabilitation. Ten of the slow lorises were in dire medical condition when rescued, and are currently recovering in intensive care.

These specific animals are known as Javan slow lorises, and they are critically endangered. All of the confiscated animals were poached from the wild to be sold into the illegal pet trade, and are very lucky that police intervened just in time. Tragically, four of the animals were already deceased when they were found.

All of the surviving slow lorises suffered severe stress and dehydration, due to having been confined for a very long time in highly unnatural conditions. The animals who did not require specialized veterinary care were taken to the rescue center for observation. This is to allow them to rest and recover, and to make sure that they are good candidates for re-release. Once the animals build up their strength, they will be released back into the wild, since the goal is always to get healthy animals back into their natural habitat.

International Animal Rescue is still working around the clock caring for the 10 lorises in critical condition. The animals are recovering at the rehabilitation center, where they had to to undergo further medical examinations and treatment. Medical tests confirmed that the lorises were suffering from a number of health problems, including trauma, intestinal worms, infected teeth and gums, diarrhea and wounds to the body.

Those in critical condition will be kept under close observation by the center’s medical team, who will monitor the primates’ physical condition and administer drugs and vitamins to aid their recovery.

One of the lorises, whom caretakers have named Muka, has a horrible facial wound after being shot by a BB gun. The pellet is lodged deep in his face, and another pellet has been discovered in his armpit. The veterinarians are doing all they can to ease little Muka’s suffering, and hopefully he will be able to recover.

Unfortunately, illegal wildlife trafficking is rampant throughout Asia, and is fueled by the exotic pet trade. Organizations such as IAR work with government authorities to rescue as many animals as they can. While little Muka and his friends are still in urgent medical care, several of the other confiscated lorises are already fully recovered from their ordeal.

IAR recently made a special trip to a protected conservation forest to release some of the rescued animals. Hopefully all of the slow lorises can eventually be released when everyone has a clean bill of health. It is so heartwarming to see that some of these adorable lorises are already back home in the forest where they belong!

 

 

 

 

USA: Petition – Enact Mandatory Jail Time for Animal Cruelty.

USA

 

Enact Mandatory Jail Time for Animal Cruelty

Posted by Carly Day

 

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Petition link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-enact-mandatory-jail-time-for-animal-cruelty/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

 

PETITION TARGET: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

All too often, the most heartbreaking acts of animal cruelty go unpunished, or abusers get away with just a small fine.

A new bill in Tennessee would help change that — we must speak out to help this important legislation pass!

The Tennessee P.A.W.S. Act (Protect Animal Welfare and Safety), filed by Tennessee Representative Bruce Griffey, would enforce mandatory minimum prison sentences for repeat animal cruelty offenders.

Aggravated cruelty to animals would continue to be listed as a Class E felony, with a punishment of up to six years imprisonment or a maximum fine of $3,000.

However, if someone commits a second act of cruelty involving five or more animals, the crime would be upgraded to a Class C felony, with a minimum sentence of 180 days in jail. Perpetrators would be required to complete 100 percent of the sentence.

Griffey says the bill is still a work in progress, and also wants a mandatory fine and mandatory minimum restitution paid to shelters to cover the costs of caring for abused animals. We would also like to see mandatory sentences for all cases of severe cruelty, even if just one animal is involved.

If passed by the Tennessee General Assembly, the bill would come into effect on July 1st this year.

Sign the petition urging Tennessee Governor Bill Lee to fully support this bill and ensure it passes, strengthening animal welfare laws in the state and deterring animal abusers from committing violence against the helpless.

 

England: Thanks ‘Tonka’.

 

England

 

This is not related to animals but I feel the need to write – a sad week for me personally.

The ‘Tonka’, or ‘Panavia Tornado’, to give it the proper name; spent 24 years with me.

It’s a sad week as the Royal Air Force are taking it out of service, as newer and more technologically advanced machines are now in service. Regardless, I still love it – one of the best; 200 feet, at night, in all weathers; that was Tornado.

You can see more videos and some of my pictures at https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/ – just scroll down till you see them.

I show few videos here so that you can make your own judgement on how special ‘Tonka’ was.  ‘Down and Dirty’.

Now; back to animals !!

Regards Mark.

 

 

 

Above and below – ‘Pinky’

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