IN MEMORY OF REGINA ( 29 th May 2008)

Regina was a rescue dog living in Ribercan shelter in the town of Carcaixent Valencia, Spain. On 29th May 2008, thugs broke into the shelter and Regina was sexually abused, tortured and killed during the attack on the premises. Other dogs were frightened away from the shelter when their quarters were badly damaged but Regina was petrified and too timid to fight back. Shelter volunteers said they had only just begun to gain Regina’s trust.

Namaste, Bunny

Bunny brought joy to all who knew her… from her first four decades at the zoo in Evansville, IN, to the many thousands who were introduced to her nearly ten years ago when she arrived at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee to begin her retirement. On that day, for the first time since infancy, Bunny met other Asian elephants and discovered she had the freedom to roam hundreds of acres. Bunny’s first few days were underscored by constant, cheerful trumpeting, indicating she was more than pleased with her new home and friends! On May 14, 2009, at the age of 57, our “Outdoor Girl” Bunny peacefully passed away from natural causes due to old age. Namaste, Sweet Bunny.

For more information about Bunny, visit: http://www.elephants.com/bunny/bunnyBio.php

Sad Story of Billy the Elephant confined in the Los Angeles Zoo

Pigs Slaughter in Egypt, Happening Now

A brutal operation is underway to kill hundreds of thousands of pigs in Egypt.

Graphic footage* of the mass cull backs up first hand accounts, showing pigs being hit with iron bars, kicked and burned alive with chemicals. The suffering is indescribable.

The Egyptian authorities initially claimed this is a precaution against swine flu. In fact, the relocation of pigs from densely populated areas of Cairo was decided on a year ago – swine flu has merely provided an excuse to cull the pigs rather than move them.

This unacceptably inhumane killing contradicts expert advice: the World Organisation for Animal Health has unequivocally informed all its member nations – including Egypt – that ‘the culling of pigs will not help to guard against public or animal health risks.’

Egypt has a choice and a responsibility
WSPA is able to advise the Egyptian government on humane handling and transportation methods to move urban pigs to more suitable environments. For ailing pigs, humane euthanasia options should be explored by the authorities.

Please call on the Egyptian prime minister to stop the killing immediately and use humane options

http://e-activist.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=24&ea.campaign.id=3557&ea.param.extras=Organization:WSPAUK

STOP THE INHUMANE SLAUGHTER OF PIGS

Write to the Egyptian Ambassador today
Ask the Ambassador in your country to halt this horrendous mass killing of the Egyptian pig herd.

Please point out that such inhumane treatment of animals not only contravenes the OIE Guidelines but is also contrary to Islamic teaching which regards animals as “communities like you”

http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=3556

Protect the whaling ban, protect whales!

Take action: Protect the whaling ban, protect whales!

On 22 June over 80 governments will meet to decide the future of the world’s whales. More than 25 years after the global ban on commercial whaling was passed, these intelligent mammals are in danger once more.

At the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) annual meeting in Portugal, member countries will consider a proposal to allow coastal whaling – effectively lifting the international ban and spelling disaster for whales.

Many governments – maybe even your government – seem dangerously interested in accepting the proposal; they believe it could act as leverage to control Japan’s so-called ‘scientific’ whaling.

A dangerous compromise
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Bartering with coastal whaling quotas will not guarantee that fewer whales are killed by Japan, Norway and Iceland, all of whom defy the ban.

Instead, this proposal would open the floodgates for this cruel industry to grow worldwide.

Whaling subjects gentle, warm-blooded mammals to rifle fire and exploding harpoons, and ultimately an agonising death. Many hundreds will suffer from horrific explosion wounds for up to an hour before finally dying.

If we act now we can prevent this >>

Ensure the IWC votes for whales, not whaling
The world’s whales urgently need you to tell your national representative at the International Whaling Commission to uphold the blanket ban on commercial whaling.

If your nation is not represented at the IWC, you can still take action: write to the foreign ministers of Iceland, Japan or Norway, asking them to cease commercial and ‘scientific’ whaling on welfare grounds.

Please protect whales today. You can choose to take the action in Dutch, English, German, Portuguese or Spanish >>

http://www.wspa-international.org/latestnews/2009/whaling_action.aspx

Four things EVERYONE needs to know about sharks

“While I could talk forever about why sharks matter (I am, as frequent readers know, literally writing a book about the topic), there are a few things that I would like for everyone to know. I do mean EVERYONE. I know that my blog posts reach a pretty small percentage of the world’s population, but some of you guys are pretty passionate about protecting the oceans. Please tell a friend. Please tell your parents. Please tell your children. Please tell your teachers, please tell your students, please tell your classmates. You get the idea… I really would like for EVERYONE to know these few important facts about sharks. I fervently believe that sharks are threatened today because the majority of the world doesn’t know that they are important, and not because the majority of the world wishes them ill, and that public education on a massive scale is key to saving these animals. I can’t do it without you.”

http://southernfriedscience.com/2009/05/10/four-things-everyone-needs-to-know-about-sharks/

My Name is BeetleJuice. Why did I have to die?? PETITION

Killed the day he was going to be adopted!
Hi. My name is, or was, BeetleJuice. I was given this name when I arrived at the shelter. My picture above was not my best hair day. They caught me before I could brush up and the hair fairy had visited the night before. This is the story of how and why I died on April 29th, 2009 while in the care of the Humane Society of Montgomery County, Texas.
Before I tell you about my last day alive, let me take you back a few months when I found myself in the animal shelter in Conroe, Texas for the first time. When I first got here, it took me a few days to adjust to the conditions. I got fed everyday and was treated pretty good by the staff. I stayed in my cage most of the time.
Full story and PETITION
http://www.seewhoiam.com/

Spain’s Queen Sofia Trying To Cheer Up Depressed Elephant

MADRID — Susi, the only elephant at the Barcelona zoo, lives in a small pen, has lost her best friend, and is said to be depressed. But now someone has come to her aid _ not a fairy godmother or even a princess, but a queen.

Spain’s Queen Sofia is asking Barcelona City Hall to move Susi, 36, to a larger space, perhaps at a safari-style park.

More:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/13/spains-queen-sofia-trying_n_203078.html

City Accused of Animal Cruelty Ahead of Eurovision

Moscow dogcatchers resorted to poisoning and beating stray dogs to death as they followed orders from City Hall to clean up the streets ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest, animal rights activists said Wednesday.

Read the whole story: The Moscow Times

MEPs adopt strict conditions for the placing on the market of seal products in the European Union

The placing on the market of seal products should not be allowed say MEPs. It is permitted only where the seal products result from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities. Otherwise the import is permitted where it is of an occasional nature and consists exclusively of goods for the personal use of the travellers or products that result from by-products of hunting and conducted for the purpose of sustainable management of marine resources on a non-profit basis.
Conditions for placing on the market

The placing on the market of seal products shall be allowed only where the seal products result from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and other indigenous communities and which contribute to their subsistence. These conditions shall apply at the time or point of import for imported products.

The legislative report which has been agreed with the Council in first-reading has been drawn up by Diana WALLIS (ALDE, UK). The legislative resolution was adopted with 550 votes in favour, 49 against and 41 abstentions.

The Regulation establishes harmonised rules concerning the placing on the market of seal products. It is therefore without prejudice to other Community or national rules regulating the hunting of seals.

By way of derogation from the above:

(a) the import of seal products shall also be allowed where it is of an occasional nature and consists exclusively of goods for the personal use of the travellers or their families. The nature and quantity of such goods may not be such as to indicate that they are being imported for commercial reasons;

(b) the placing on the market shall also be allowed for seal products that result from by-products of hunting that is regulated under national law and conducted for the sole purpose of sustainable management of marine resources. Such placing on the market shall only be allowed on a non-profit basis. The nature and quantity of such products shall not be such as to indicate that they are being placed on the market for commercial reasons.

Definition of Inuit

“Inuit” means indigenous members of the Inuit homeland – i.e. those arctic and subarctic areas where, presently or traditionally, Inuit have Aboriginal rights and interests – recognized by Inuit as being members of their people and includes Inupiat, Yupik (Alaska), Inuit, Inuvialuit (Canada), Kalaallit (Greenland) and Yupik (Russia)

Penalties

Member States will lay down the rules on penalties applicable to infringements of this Regulation and shall take all measures necessary to ensure that they are implemented. The penalties provided for shall be effective, proportionate and dissuasive.

Omega-3

MEPs point out that the existence of those diverse legal requirements may further discourage consumers from buying products not made from seals, but which may not be easily distinguishable from similar goods made from seals, or products which may include elements or ingredients obtained from seals without this being clearly recognisable, such as furs, Omega-3 capsules and oils and leather goods.

Entry into force

This Regulation shall enter into force on the 20th day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The article on conditions for placing on the market enters into force nine months from the date of entry into force of this Regulation.

Debate in plenary Monday 4 May

Diana Wallis (ALDE, UK) rapporteur said: “Seals are very beautiful marine animals – in fact, I have realised during this process that they have great PR – but to some they are the rats of the sea. That is how they are perceived by many fishermen: an adult seal gets through an enormous amount of fish on a daily basis. Therefore, there will remain the need for seals to be hunted to ensure the sustainability of fisheries in some area.”

But what we have not done here is to regulate hunting. If people in any of our Member States wish to hunt, they can still continue to hunt. What they cannot do is take commercial gain from the results of that hunt. But it should be the case that the results of the hunt can be used, and I hope particularly that those parts of seals that can be used by the medical community will be able to be used.”

Malcolm Harbour (EPP-ED, UK) said: “I think this is a call for action. What people have indicated so far is that this is the beginning of a process and not an end. The issue is the inhumane way in which seals are being killed and the inability of the professional hunters to deal with it. I think the Canadian Government has to reflect on that as well. There are plenty of review clauses built in here to ensure this works. I think the exemptions are well balanced because firstly they reflect the importance of supporting traditional hunting in communities.”

Arlene McCarthy (PES, UK) said: “The USA has had a ban for many years, Mexico has banned the trade; in Europe we already have national bans in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Italy; Germany and the UK are considering ways to ban the trade; bans are now in place in Russia; Hong Kong is planning a ban. This is a political issue that now has it time. After a 40 year campaign against the trade, Europe has the chance to introduce a ban in all 27 states. This year 50 000 seals have been slaughtered that Canadians hunt compared to 220 000 last year. That means that we as citizens have now the opportunity to ban this cruel trade. I know that this will be applauded by the citizens of Europe.”

Caroline Lucas (Greens/EFA, UK) said: “Today, nearly one million seals are slaughtered annually in commercial seal kills around the world, and when we vote on this package tomorrow, we will be helping to end one of the most vile examples of animal cruelty.”

Avril Doyle (EPP-ED, IE) said: “This has been a difficult debate, often emotional, with the heart ruling the head on many occasions. Great progress has been made in the survival and quality of life of cardiac patients by using the aortic, pulmonary and pericardial tissue of harp seals, the assumption being that they are sustainably hunted or killed and not in a cruel way. I would like assurances on ongoing medical research and bioprosthetic use of products from seals in the context of the compromise”.

Background

According to EC proposal, Denmark and Italy are by far the two largest importers of raw fur skin from seal for further processing/sales on the Community market, and will thus also be affected by such regulation. Denmark imports the raw fur skins directly coming from Canada and Greenland (that are not categorised as goods in transit), while Italy imports the raw fur skins from Russia, Finland and the UK (Scotland). Greece also has a noticeable trade in raw skins originating in the two latter range states.

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/expert/infopress_page/063-54953-124-05-19-911-20090504IPR54952-04-05-2009-2009-true/default_en.htm