Living on the street without a house, food, warmth, shelter or security is a miserable life. And that is the life of all stray animals. Around the world. Exposed to human indifference, ignorance and very often to human crime.
Most of them had a warm, private house before.
This may have started in Christmas or in Easter, when the family decided to have an animal as a gift for the offspring. And with the splendor of the holidays, the interest in the animal is also extinguished.
No neighbor or friend or even authority will ask what has become of the dog or the cat when an animal no longer lives in the house. And no one is also punished when the “Christmas gift” has to find his new home on the street.
From that moment begins the fierce fight of the abandoned against psychopaths of all kinds, who, because of sadism and hate poisoning the strays, hanging, killing, shooting or throwing them in plastic bags in the garbage container.
So begins and ends the misery of the strays on the street. A misery that recurs several times when the newborns come. They are sealed with the same sad fate and learn from their first days how human crime and fascism work in everyday life.
In Spain, 200,000 animals are abandoned annually, more than in other EU countries. If they bring no benefits to their owners or cause too many costs, innumerable innocent animals are simply abandoned or sent to terrible killing stations, the so-called Perreras. Here, the poor dogs are squeezed into dozens of small cages and have to endure 21 days completely frightened, weak and without food, before they are cruelly killed. The operators of these Perreras are not interested in the suffering of the animals. They are unscrupulous wheelwrights, and they only target the bounty they get for every dog they catch.
In Greece there are about 1.8 million stray dogs and even more stray cats. Greece is also a country with a high crime rate against strays. More than 20,000 murdered strays per year is the balance in this country.
700 000 dogs live on Italian roads!
Within five years, the number of stray dogs in Italy has doubled. In the south of the country, the situation is out of control.
There are very likely 6 million stray animals throughout Romania.
Bloody “cleansing” and “genocide” of stray dogs is still common practice. And lucrative business. There is still a high premium per dog for capturing stray dogs.
In the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Abeba more than 8,000 stray dogs are euthanized in 2018.
In Moldova there is no animal protection law, above all the suffering of the dogs is unimaginable. Due to the large number of dogs, especially in the capital, the people in charge pull out all the stops. The dogs are primarily poisoned in the street and die here a slow and painful death. Many dogs are also captured and taken to death camps where they are killed. To “calm down” the animals, they are starving.
We in Germany used to think that stray cats only exist in the southern countries, where they are known to be seen on every corner of the land during our vacation.
Wrong thought ! There are now around 2.1 million stray cats in Germany. Most of them are sick, neglected and malnourished, and painfully roam cities and cities. Ascending trend. And last but not least, hunters shoot around 250,000 street cats a year in Germany.
It’s hard to list all the countries where the misery of the stray animals happens every day. Because there is no country in this world where these victims of human crime do not exist.
Left alone, abandoned, life and death means suffering and pain for stray animals. Everywhere in this world. And almost everyone in this world does not care if animals are kicked, beaten, poisoned or locked up in killing stations.
But there are also some, few people try to reduce this misery and correct the tragic results of human crime. They open their house and their heart and win a loyal friend for life.
Someone who has experienced so much hate, rejection and cruelty in his live will be happy with every little bit of love and tenderness. And forever grateful!
I mean: a life without animals is possible, but meaningless!
My bet regards to all, Venus
Target: Stefanie A. Salavantis, District Attorney for Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Goal: Punish the person who used baited fish hooks to trap stray cats.
A stray cat nearly died after he was trapped with a baited fish hook. At least two more cats are still out there suffering. Demand justice in this case.
“This bastard used hooks. He fed them hooks. Omg.” These words began a post on the Happy Hearts and Tails Safe Haven Animal Rescue Facebook page. Included was a horrifying picture of a stray cat with a fishing hook, complete with string, hanging out of his mouth. A veterinarian also found a hook, baited with cat food, in the poor animal’s stomach. Emergency surgery saved this cat’s life, but he suffered torn lips and gums, gangrene in his mouth, and a 106 degree fever.
The rescuer spotted two other cats with strings hanging out of their mouths, but she has been unable to catch them. The Plymouth police are investigating and they have not named any suspects. Sign below to demand that the person responsible for this heinous crime is prosecuted and punished.
Dear District Attorney Salavantis,
An unknown assailant is baiting stray cats with fish hooks containing cat food. This person is still at large and dangerous. I demand that justice be served in this case.
A rescuer with Happy Hearts and Tails Safe Haven Animal Rescue rushed a stray cat to the vet after he appeared to have ingested fish hooks. One hook clung to his lips and gums, the line still attached, and another was found inside his stomach. The cat endured intense pain and would have died if not for the quick actions of the rescuer and the veterinarian. He is not the only victim out there, though. Two other stray cats were spotted with similar lines hanging from their mouths and they are likely still suffering terribly.
The person who is setting these sadistic traps is clearly a danger to animals of all kinds. They must be stopped. I demand that you prosecute them and seek the maximum penalty in this case.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Happy Hearts and Tails Safe Haven Animal Rescue
All photos – Naturewatch (England).
From ‘Naturewatch’ – England.
We’ve teamed up with Hidden-in-Sight to bring professional training to Ukrainian Police on how to fight animal abuse and why it’s important.
Allegations of animals being poisoned, hung, beaten, shot and dropped from multi-storey buildings flood social media sites in Ukraine. Dog fighting is also reported to be a thriving money-making industry.
There are at least 32 studies worldwide evidencing the link between animal abuse and human violence. We’re therefore training police how to recognise cases of animal abuse, not as isolated incidents, but as possible signs of other serious violent crimes.
Our project aims to reduce victims of animal crime and bring suspected offenders to justice.
For the first time ever, police in Kyiv are receiving training on how to fight crimes against animals and the alarming connections between the abuse of children, vulnerable adults and animals.
Animal-loving Vitali Klitschko (Mayor of Kyiv and former Professional Boxer) gives the project his full support and states:
Our most recent video includes a beautiful reunion of a puppy, almost blinded by maggots, with his whole family–several tail-waggers and a human neighbour who, you’ll see, all love the sweetheart we named Tinker.
Sometimes people wish all our patients could live forever in Animal Aid. But not only are the number of street animals in India so vast that it’s only possible for us to keep a very select few in our sanctuary, but street animals in India often have caring friends. Many people leave food and clean water out for the dogs and passing cows, and many animals we rescue are–apart from their wounds or their illness–healthy. And they’re often psychologically healthy too–mentally agile in contrast to the dogs whose whole world is inside a house, whose only time outdoors is on a leash. Tinker’s problem was just awful, but with our rescue team ready to help in his time of need, he is back with his loving family. Your help made you part of his family too, in the gift of your understanding that we’re all in this world together. You relieve their pain, you share their burdens, and when they’re happy, you’re happy too.
Puppy nearly blinded rescued–watch til the end
Tinker wasn’t even a month old when he emerged for the first time from his nest in the bushes and neighbors saw that his eyes were stuck together oozing pus and blood. To our horror we saw the signs of maggots. In the hot season, maggots can cause irreparable damage in even just one day. Watch the amazing rescue of this brave boy, and see his life light up again. Kindness can open up a world: Please donate today.
Whisper survived a terrible brain injury, but meet her now!
Seeing this girl collapsed in a pool of blood, it was hard to believe she was even alive. Fluid bubbling out of her nose, her rescuers scooped her up and rushed her back to our hospital where we immediately began treating her for brain trauma. Her whimpering was heartbreaking, and it took days for her to begin eating on her own. Walking again took even longer. But patiently helping this sweetheart was easy because in her quiet way, her efforts were courageous. Meet Whisper today.
On the road to recovery, every step is precious. Please donate.
Lottie’s skin was red and raw; watch dying dog’s happiness after healing
Hiding in terror, her hairless body bright red and raw from tearing at the inescapable itching that covered every inch of her, this brave spirit was close to death. As soon as she saw her rescuers, she darted away, and we chased her with full heart for an hour, because we knew if we didn’t manage to catch her, she would surely die. But we got her! and so began her 3 month long journey to health and the most
playful new chapter in her life.
Your gift can save someone lovely. Please donate.
Celebrate the care-givers: Shankar
Our surgical team includes a surgeon of course, an anaesthesia nurse–and Shankar Rana who prepares dogs for surgery and monitors their vital signs post-op. He’s been with us for 8 years and can recognize if a dog scheduled for sterilization might be suddenly less energetic than normal and surgery should be postponed, or if a dog is slow to recover from anaesthesia. He sees animals’ whole auras. It’s easy to spot a wound that is healed or not; but is an animal feeling good? Is she feeling low? We know many animals who are alive today because Shankar spotted a problem early. That takes real talent, and we’re grateful to Shankar for using his talent with so much love.
Photo – Beyond Meat.
South Korea is not an exception from the growing global trend of vegetarian diets with a newly imported plant-based meat product becoming an instant hit in the country.
According to multiple sources from the industry on Sunday, about 10,000 packages of meat-free patty product of Los Angeles, CA-based Beyond Meat were sold in just one month after being introduced to Korean consumers last month. Several online malls including Dongwon Mall and Gmarket started offering Beyond Meat’s plant-based meat products, as well as four vegan restaurants.
An official from Dongwon F&B Co., the exclusive supplier of Beyond Meat products in Korea, said that the brand has been well received in the marketplace given that it offers specially targeted products and are sold online.
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WAV Comment – Sounds good; all they need to do now is stop the dog meat trade and it will be very much better !
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 2, 2019
SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today signed bipartisan legislation that prohibits organizing, sponsoring or participating in coyote-killing contests in the state. Several conservation organizations praised the governor for signing the progressive, science-based legislation into law.
During these contests, participants compete to kill the greatest number, the largest or even the smallest coyotes for entertainment and prizes. At least 30 such contests are known to take place annually in New Mexico.
The bill, SB 76, was spearheaded by state senators Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque) and Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces). The bill was carried on the House floor by Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo).
“Killing contests are just blood sports. All they are about is killing as many animals as you can, and not about protecting livestock or property,” said Sen Moores. “No one is trying to restrict landowners’ ability to kill offending coyotes, but celebrating mass killing is just not good wildlife management.”
“With the signing of this bill, New Mexico is sending a powerful message that we value our wildlife and humane treatment of them,” said Sen. Steinborn.
“This victory has been nearly two decades in the making, the culmination of a homegrown campaign waged by thousands of dedicated New Mexicans appalled that these gruesome blood sports are hosted in our state,” said Jessica Johnson, chief legislative officer for Animal Protection Voters. “Today, we as a state are taking a giant step toward thoughtful, humane wildlife management and basic human decency.”
“This law makes New Mexico a leader in following sound science in its treatment of wild carnivores,” said Michael Robinson, senior conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity. “We celebrate for coyotes, for endangered wolves that might have been mistakenly killed and for our children learning that humane values are New Mexico values.”
“There is no documented scientific evidence that coyote killing contests serve any legitimate wildlife management purpose,” said Albuquerque-based Project Coyote Science Advisory Board member Dave Parsons, a retired career wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We applaud Gov. Lujan Grisham for taking a strong stance against these ethically and ecologically indefensible events.”
“Coyotes as a species don’t deserve to be vilified. They are important ecosystem managers that regulate populations of rodents and rabbits which are significant competitors for forage with other native herbivores and even livestock,” said Mary Katherine Ray, wildlife chair of the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter and long-time resident of rural Socorro county. “The random mass killing of coyotes that occurs with killing competitions is like targeting every cocker spaniel, a similarly sized canine, for death because one may have behaved problematically. The governor was right to sign the bill to stop this.”
“This is a huge victory for New Mexico’s wildlife and New Mexicans,” said Amanda Munro, communications director for the Southwest Environmental Center. “Our wildlife deserves management that reflects broad public opinion, respects all wildlife, and is informed by modern ecological understanding about the value of all species. This bill takes New Mexico a giant step in that direction.”
“These contests are abhorrent and unjustifiable — they are neither hunting nor wildlife management,” said Christopher Smith, southern Rockies wildlife advocate for WildEarth Guardians. “Banning this activity is a step towards science-based and ethical wildlife management and we are grateful to the bill’s sponsors and supporters and the governor.”
In January, New Mexico State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard signed an executive order prohibiting wildlife killing contests for unprotected species on State Trust Lands. California banned the awarding of prizes for killing furbearer and nongame species in 2014, and Vermont banned coyote killing contests in 2018. Cities and counties in Arizona, New Mexico, and Wisconsin have passed resolutions condemning wildlife killing contests.
Wildlife-killing contests occur throughout the United States. The best available science indicates that indiscriminately killing coyotes disrupts pack social structures, which can lead to increased depredation and compensatory breeding.
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View a statement signed by more than 70 conservation scientists condemning coyote killing contests here.