Category: Stray Animals

Dog Meat Free Indonesia – Celebrities Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan join campaigners in calls for Indonesia to close down its Live Animal Markets.


Celebrities Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan join campaigners in calls for Indonesia to close down its Live Animal Markets

Celebrities Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan join campaigners in calls for Indonesia to close down its Live Animal Markets

18 March 2020




As the coronavirus COVID-19 continues to cause global chaos, sickness and fatalities, and Indonesia reports its first human infections, international and Indonesian celebrities join forces with campaigners from the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition to call on the Indonesian government to take action to close its cruel and filthy live animal markets to safeguard human and animal health and welfare.

18th March, Jakarta: Celebrities Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan have joined the Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition in their calls on President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to take action to close the country’s macabre live animal markets amidst the growing global health crisis.



Whilst the virus is now known to have originated from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, where a huge variety of wildlife species were being sold alongside dogs and other domesticated animals destined for human consumption, campaigners warn that these types of gruesome markets are still rife in many parts of the region, including Indonesia.




The DMFI’s latest campaign supported by international and Indonesian celebrity ambassadors is committed to raising public and political awareness of the unsanitary conditions in these markets, that, together with the contamination risks of having so many animal species caged and killed alongside one another, present the perfect breeding ground for new and deadly diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that 70 per cent of global disease-causing pathogens discovered in the past 50 years came from animals, and COVID-19 is no different.

In the video released by the DMFI coalition today, actor and comedian Ricky Gervais warns, “It’s not the first time a terrible disease has started because of people eating things they shouldn’t. I mean this one comes from eating pangolins. Pangolins! Stop eating everything that moves! It’s going to kill us all!.”

Campaigners warned President Jokowi in an open letter in January of the grave dangers of the country’s live animal markets and unregulated trade in wildlife, and called for “preventative and proactive measures to make sure Indonesia is not the next point of origin of a deadly virus.” The authorities in Indonesia are finally starting to feel the pressure after announcing the country’s first cases of the deadly disease on the 2nd March, with the numbers of infections on the archipelago steadily rising in the world’s fourth most populous country, and with the French Prime Minister calling it the “biggest health crisis in a century”.




Other countries affected by the deadly outbreak have already started to adopt landmark measures to tackle the source of the virus. Following a temporary ban in January, on the 24th February, China approved a landmark proposal which prohibits “the illegal wildlife trade, abolishes the bad habit of overconsumption of wildlife, and effectively protects the lives and health of the people”; and on the 26th February, China’s fifth largest city, Shenzhen, proposed legislation with the additional measure of a city-wide ban on the consumption of dogs and cats, to reflect the special relationship between people and domesticated companion animals, which it has called the “consensus of all human civilisation”. On the 9th March, the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to submit a directive for a ban on wildlife trade and consumption by the 1st of April. The DMFI campaigners hope that Indonesia will follow their example.

“The coronavirus outbreak has not only exposed the huge public health risks associated with live animal markets, it has also shone the global spotlight on the horrors of these animal markets and trades. Finally, governments are realising that they cannot keep these cruel and unregulated trades and practices alive and also keep their citizens safe, and we urge Indonesia to take similar urgent actions. Populations of protected species of wildlife are being decimated, companion animals are being stolen, and every month, tens of thousands of animals are illegally transported into, and slaughtered in, densely populated cities to supply the demand for dog, cat and “exotic” meat,” explains Lola Webber, co-founder of Change For Animals Foundation and co-ordinator for the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition.

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Russia: a new animal protection law – 5 important facts


On December 27, 2018, the text for a new animal protection law was passed in Russia. In 2010 the lower house of the Russian parliament received the draft law for the first time.


The Animal Welfare Act has been fully applicable since January 2020. This Animal Welfare Act forms the basis for implementing further improvements in the protection of animals in Russia.
For the welfare of animals, the Animal Welfare Act sets limits and guidelines for the coexistence of humans and animals.

Animals with owners, homeless animals and animals in captivity are affected by the law.
As a result, every individual, animal shelter and facilities such as zoos or circuses are obliged to adhere to certain standards when dealing with animals.

These 5 points from Russia’s Animal Welfare Act should be known:

1. Animals as living beings that experience emotions and suffering
The law names animals as living beings that experience emotions and suffering and turns away from the definition of “animals as possessions”.
Legal recognition is an important success for animals and forms a legal basis to fundamentally question the common way people deal with animals.

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2. Castration programs and catch-and-release procedures for dealing with homeless animals.
When dealing with homeless animals – for example if they are to be caught – they should always work together with an animal shelter and the animals should be housed there.
If a human companion can be identified for the animal, it is brought back there. Simply abandoning an animal rather than moving it to a new owner or shelter is prohibited.

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Once at the shelter, homeless animals are to be vaccinated and sterilized or castrated. The use of pain relievers is also legally required for such interventions.
They also get a brand that cannot be removed. After veterinary care, the animals return to their usual environment, i.e. to the place where they were found.
The capturing and resetting of the animals should be filmed and open to the public.

Homeless animals should remain in the shelter until the previous human companions are found, a new home is found, or the animals succumb to their age.


Killing homeless animals is prohibited.
If euthanasia is necessary, this may only be carried out by appropriate specialist staff.

3. Cruelty to animals
The law formulates an extensive definition of cruelty to animals, which includes torture through physical violence, hunger or thirst.
To better protect animals, the law also prohibits:

-Abuse animals as bait for another animal
-To promote any form of cruelty to animals
-To let animals fight against each other on purpose

This gives competent authorities an important basis for consistently preventing and punishing cruelty to animals.

elefant auf den Boden in ZirkusMore needs to be done for animals in the entertainment industry, since the license introduced for zoos, circuses, aquariums or similar establishments merely sets guidelines for the exploitation of animals instead of abolishing them.


Animals continue to be forced to behave unnaturally in these facilities for questionable cultural or entertainment purposes. Animals are not there to entertain people, which is why PETA Germany works every day to ensure that animals are not misused and tortured to entertain people.

4. Wild animals as animal roommates
The Animal Welfare Act prohibits the acquisition and keeping of wild animals as roommates in Russia. Wild animals are no longer allowed to be kept in private apartments, houses, gardens or in bars and restaurants.
Unfortunately, this regulation only applies to the purchase of animals after the Animal Welfare Act comes into force. Wild animals that already live with humans are not affected by the law.
They will probably not be able to live in a species-appropriate way.


5. Dealing with offenders
Cruelty to animals must always be taken seriously and punished. If people torture animals by inflicting them psychological or physical injuries, or even killing them, these actions must have corresponding legal consequences.
The Animal Welfare Act provides for various penalties for these cases. For example, a fine of up to 80,000 rubles (about EUR 1086.00) or up to six months in the amount of the monthly salary of the offender. If minors are present during the crime, a fine of up to 300,000 rubles (around EUR 4072.50) or up to five years in prison can be imposed.

Animal welfare laws have the potential to bring about significant changes in how humans treat animals.
The more specifically the legal texts name criminal behavior, the less excuses there are for criminals.

Although the Russian law now recognizes animals as living beings that experience emotions and suffering, there is no consistent implementation.
Facilities such as aquariums, dolphinariums, circuses and zoos that imprison animals for entertainment purposes may continue to do so.

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The condition is a valid license. It is now up to the responsible authorities and institutions to enforce the guidelines of the new law in an animal-friendly and consistent manner so that the text of the law not only reads well, but also means noticeable changes for the animals.


My comment: If we take into account that Russia is not an EU country, we have to praise the legislator.
But that’s only one dimension of the law.
The other is its practical application.

The German animal protection law is also very good on paper.
For example, the first section says:
§ 1 “Nobody may cause pain, suffering or harm to an animal without a reasonable reason.”
This also means “useful” animals.

But every day we experience conditions in factory farming as if we had no animal protection law.
An animal protection law is as good as its consistent application in practice.

We hope for Russia.
That the police, authorities, veterinarians and, last but not least, the court remain consistent and true to their progressive animal welfare laws.

My best regards to all, Venus

Officials In China Move to Stop the Cat and Dog Meat Trade. Add Your Name To the Petition to Support This.




Officials in Shenzen, China have finally moved to end the deadly cat and dog meat trade amid fears of devastating illnesses like coronavirus.


Add your voice to help save cats and dogs by urging officials to pass the proposed ban immediately.


This bill would protect wild animals, too, by outlawing consumption and sale of turtles, frogs, snakes, pangolins, and more.


These poor creatures await their deaths in small, cramped cages. Dogs and cats may be beaten, sliced and even burned alive.


This must end, and the ban in Shenzen could create a ripple effect throughout China and the rest of the world, and finally stop the cruelty.



Sign the petition to join Lady Freethinker in supporting this ban and calling to protect animals from suffering, and shield humans from future pandemics


PETITION TARGET: Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai

Officials in Shenzhen, China recently moved to ban the horrifying dog and cat meat trade amid growing concerns that eating infected meat can transmit coronavirus and other diseases. Add your voice to show your support for this proposal, and urge officials to stop all dog and cat slaughter as soon as possible.

If enacted, the law, which coincides with a larger national movement to permanently end China’s wild animal trade, would ban consumption of all animals not on a “white list.” In addition to dogs and cats, the legislation would outlaw eating snakes, turtles and frogs, which are popular in southern China.

Now a global health emergency, coronavirus has killed over 2,700 people. The only way to prevent future outbreaks is to abolish the dangerous and largely unregulated wild animal trade, according to conservationists.

It is imperative for local administrations to step up and implement their own legislation moving to abolish the cruel dog and cat meat trade. Animals’ lives and our health depend on it.

Sign this petition urging Cui Tiankai, the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S., to support the proposed dog and cat meat ban in Shenzhen, as well as other city and provincial governments attempting to adopt similar policies.

Kittbull: a nice adoption story

A cat and a pit bull make friends and flee from an evil dog owner. The Pixar film “Kitbull” is cute, dramatic – and unfortunately realistic.

“Kitbull” is not only incredibly cute and dramatic – but unfortunately also quite realistic. 💔

Actually, filmmaker Rosana Sullivan wanted to tell the story of an unusual friendship. She herself is rather shy, much like the little cat who in “Kitbull” first looks at a large pit bull fearfully, then even scratches out of sheer panic – and finally makes friends with him.
The message is clear: it is worth looking beyond apparent differences, because even a grim-looking dog is actually a playful and friendly animal.

In the end, “Kitbull” shows something else: The kitten encourages the pit bull to flee together from its owner, who chains the dog outside and injures him badly.

Unfortunately, this tethering is a reality, especially in the USA, and in Germany, too, certain dog breeds, in particular, are often kept by people who see them as a fighting tool rather than a living being – which is why we have been requesting a dog license for a long time.

The family that ultimately adopted the dog and cat in film would probably get it easily, because they approach the animals gently and treat them with love.

A happy ending that reminds us that keeping animals is a responsible task – and that you should never buy an animal because there are enough that are eagerly awaiting adoption.


And I mean…You can do that when you find an abandoned animal: adopt! thousands of them want nothing more than a house, a little food and love; thausands abandoned animals are waiting in sad shelters for someone to change their miserable lives.

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An adoption is a hard blow to the irresponsibility and ignorance of the assholes, they put animals on the street like they do with their garbage bags every day.
We correct the misery that others have created.
Because animals only have us!

My best regards to all, Venus

China: What With Yulin ? – Enforcement of Legislation or Ignorance As They Usually Do ?



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WAV Comment – an interesting article which really should be read in full.

You can do that via this link:


Quote from Daily Mail:

“Chinese firm encourages people to EAT DOGS to show ‘cultural confidence’ as it boycotts drafted law that bars pet meat from the dinner plate in the wake of coronavirus outbreak

  • The claim was made by a firm specialising in making dog meat dishes in China
  • It alleged that lawmakers in Shenzhen drafted the proposal to appease the West
  • It blasted the proposal as a ‘denial to thousands of years of Chinese food culture’
  • Animal activists have urged China to forbid the consumption of dogs for years 
  • The drafted law is currently under assessment by the government of Shenzhen


A company specialising in making dog meat dishes has claimed that eating dogs is a way for Chinese people to show their ‘cultural confidence’.

Fankuai Dog Meat from eastern China made the statement in a blog post while protesting against a proposed law which bans people from consuming pets in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

 The brand claims that lawmakers in the city of Shenzhen drafted the proposal to appease the West”.


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Yulin – the 2020 Lychee and Dog Meat Festival is scheduled to begin on Sunday 21 June and ends on Tuesday 30 June.


In 2019 over 1.5 million people signed a petition calling for China to ban the Yulin dog meat ‘festival’. It was delivered to the Chinese Embassy in London by Dame Judi Dench.

Read our link here from that time:


Guess what; the Chinese authorities ignored the petition; as they have ignored everything about improving the situation for animals in China to date.

Well now the ignorance of the Chinese government is biting back at them big time.

Their actions have spread virus across the world, and suddenly now, much too late in the midst of the crisis; they turn turtle and attempt to introduce legislation involving animals.

Take this simple fact on board – China – Too Little, Too Late. Now the price of your ignorance is being paid.


Look at the following pictures – a bloke smokes a cigarette whilst preparing ‘food’ (dog) for others to eat !!


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If the Chinese government have any sense; then can we expect the Yulin Dog Meat ‘festival’ to be banned from now on – remember all the scenes ?; we do; pitiful animals being kept in the most horrendous conditions.

Those same animals then being slaughtered in barbaric ways; blowtorch etc; by street vendors standing there proudly smoking old fags in utterly un hygienic conditions – just like the wet markets we have seen photos of since the spread of Coronavirus.

Do these people ever make any links ? – you have to ask.


Other Yulin links from our site – you only have to lok at the photographs and the conditions in which animals are kept, slaughtered, and consumed to see that this place is a hotbed for the spread of virus and disease.:



India: March Videos From ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’.

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One of the rescues we’ve featured this week is of puppies who got stuck in tar. People often want to know how is it that road tar wasn’t properly disposed, or why there is there so much garbage? The answers are not easy because so much intersects: India experienced a relatively sudden introduction of non-disposable plastics and other materials in a culture that values tolerance, even of things that are offensive. The toxins and dangers in this environment are present around the world, often more lethal, but more hidden. But wherever we live, there are beings who suffer because of human negligence. This video about removing the tar from puppies’ little bodies, however, focuses on the opposite phenomenon: human kindness. Watch the faces of the band of helpers who worked so carefully for hours and hours to make sure these little angels would be happy again.



Hours of effort saved Amber and her sisters locked in rock-solid tar.



Three gorgeous puppies were encased in hardened road tar when our rescue team arrived, and their sibling had died from the toxic hardened tar. Two of the three had made their way back to their mother with tar over half their little bodies.

But one was stuck to the earth, and to avoid pulling her skin off, rescuers had to cut and pry big slabs of stone and tar to carry with her to the hospital where all 3 puppies would undergo hours of labor as Animal Aid staff and volunteers softened the tar by soaking it in cooking oil and pulling it off little bit by bit.

The puppies’ little faces could not have looked more forlorn. By the time the tar was removed, they were soooo exhausted. But all the more WONDERFUL to see them playing in joy after a good night’s sleep in the furry warmth of their Mommy.


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After we repaired her neck wound, Sunny-day glowed!



Her skin hung heavily on her throat, detached by a 4-inch cut that exposed all of this sweet dog’s neck muscles. She would need stitches to survive, and when our rescue team arrived, she let us scoop her up without the slightest resistance. We were relieved to see that the edges of the cut were clean enough that suturing was possible. When she healed, she simply glowed. We named her Sunny-day, and wow, just look at her now!


For surgery to save precious souls, please donate.



Stitching this wound saved precious Nugget’s life.



Blood from a deep wound on this sweetheart’s thigh had soaked his hind legs and tail, but that tail wagged in the most earnest announcement of trust, enabling our rescue team to gently and quietly carry him to our ambulance and stitch him up in the hospital. Meet adorable Nugget, whose cheerful and subtle little smile will charm your socks off.


For badly injured tail-waggers. Please donate.


Celebrate the Caregivers!



Himmat Gameti has for 2 years grown in his ability at a tremendous rate. He manages the care of dogs in our Spay-Neuter Center where he ensures that both routine feeding and special post-operative medical care are provided “his” 80 ever-changing surgery patients. Himmat is observant, communicative, fast and thorough. He’s also a big sweetheart and we feel so lucky to have his brilliant help as a team leader.


Colombia Petition – Removed Because ….

Today (8/3) I issued a post about a dog in Colombia (?) which had all its puppies killed and was then teased.


Over the day a few mails have been sent in to us; some saying that the incident probably happened in Pakistan or Egypt; and not Colombia. Also, this incident may be 4 years old and the people responsible for the crime have never been caught.

So what do we do ? – I will probably now delete the post; it was done with all good intentions, but maybe inaccurate; so is effectively worthless. If accusations are made that the info is wrong, then we would really like to see it backed with factual evidence rather than just ‘hearsay’.

This, and similar petitions,  do not really give you a lot of faith in putting petitions onto the site – maybe we now need to rethink what we do in future. Do we publish anything or not ?

If anyone can give us the real facts of this case we would love to hear and see it.

For the meantime I guess we now remove the post;

Regards Mark.