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Updated 8/11/2011


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Feb. 2011
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Shannon Keith is focusing her camera’s lens on the world of sanctuary monkeys.
Some of Jungle Friends’ best-loved monkeys will soon become documentary stars!
We are excited about this opportunity to put the plight of captive primates before a mainstream audience.
ARME/Uncaged Films’ previous productions include Behind the Mask and Skin Trade.
Their latest work, Sanctuary, is currently in production and is planned for release in 2012.
Shannon and her film crew visited Jungle Friends in September to begin filming. They will return in 2011.
View the Sanctuary trailer
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
13915 North SR 121
Gainesville, FL 32653

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FreeKibble.com
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Possible Kangaroo Death at Party
Blog
DSPCA investigating possible kangaroo death
October 19th, 2010
Gardai are investigating an incident at a Dublin hotel where a kangaroo was set loose at a 30th birthday party and is thought to have died as a result.
The animal, thought to be either a baby kangaroo or a wallaby was reported to have been a gift for the man whose party it was and was smuggled into the Clarion Hotel in Liffey Valley by party guests on Saturday night.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Orla Aungier, Operations Manager for the DSPCA said the society is concerned following reports that the kangaroo died several hours after the incident.
“We know that the animal was videoed and you can imagine the fear and stress it must have felt. It is completely unacceptable that an animal would be used in this way” she said. The said the DSPCA have passed on any information it has received to the Gardaí and both are investigating the incident.
Anyone with information is advised to contact the DSPCA on 4994700 or the Gardai in Ronanstown at 01 – 6667700

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TANTHONG
Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital/FAE Thailand
Soraida Salwala, Founder
Update 10/14/2010 6.35 a.m.
'Granny' Tanthong collapsed and died today.
Tanthong is gone but she will remain in our hearts forever. RIP :'(
We'll bury Tanthong behind her infirmary, it was her last home and she'll be there forever.
Mosha was told that Granny has gone into deep sleep and that she would be up there in the sky watching over her.
Mosha made a loud cry as the last tribute to her dear Granny.
Thanks to all the support for FAE throughout these years,
the help we received had given us chances to take good care of Tanthong
until the last moment of her life!
We all love you, Tanthong!
Soraida


Flowers from Mother
"Rest in Peace My Child"
Soraida
Free at last, trumpet loudly in Heaven dear Tanthong, Love jj.

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Sept. 12, 2010

Carol Buckley's Lawsuit
PDF

Carol Buckley Comment Board March 19, 2010
Breaking the silence
"On November 21, 2009 I was placed on an involuntary leave of absence. I was told by the Board that some staff had complained that they felt intimidated by my management style. I was instructed not to speak to staff, media or you, the donors. I voiced my concern about the donors not being told of my status as it was the end-of-year giving time. I did not want to be party to the donors being misled. My concerns fell on deaf ears. I hired an attorney because the Board would not communicate directly with me.

On January 19, 2010, I was removed as CEO, President, and Board member. I was offered employment as Director of Global Outreach which would effectively remove me from the Sanctuary; from my on-grounds home of 15 years and my access to the elephants, including Tarra. This job would further restrict me from doing any elephant welfare work in the United States.

Even though the request was made numerous times, the Board refused to mediate. Elephant experts from around the world wrote letters of support asking the Board to reconsider. Among them were Cynthia Moss of Ambosili Trust, Joyce Poole of Elephant Voices, Gay Bradshaw renowned expert in elephant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Will Travers of The Born Free Foundation. Also former Executive Council Emeritus Presidents of The Elephant Sanctuary wrote letters of concern regarding Board action and asking for mediation. All communications to the Board went unacknowledged.

On March 17, 2010, I was called into the office of Mary Baker, Acting CEO. I was terminated from the Sanctuary.

As you can probably imagine I never thought that this could happen at my beloved Sanctuary that I envisioned, co-founded and built. When I was put on leave, removed as CEO, President and Board member, I was restricted from communicating with donors. These past four months of silence have weighed heavily on me. I had hoped through mediation or some reasonable action the Board would have found a solution. At this time I feel a moral and ethical responsibility to inform you of the situation. Your support and trust in me has been the life blood of the Sanctuary and for all you have done I am eternally grateful."
Carol Buckley

Thank you to The No Animals In The Circus Team for these links
Please speak up for Carol. Below are contacts.
The board of directors of TES are as follows (Please be polite)
Charles Trost, Partner, Waller, Lansdon, Dortch and Davis, 511 Union Street, Suite 2700, Nashville, TN 37219-1791; 615-850-8534. Home: 317 Harpeth Ridge Drive, Nashville, TN 37221-3107; 615-353-0710
Sandra Estes, Financial Services Representative, Regions Bank, 554 East Main Street, Hohenwald, TN 38462-2006, (931) 796-6511; home 310 Vine Street, Hohenwald, TN 38462-1825; 931-796-3170
Dr. William Schaffner, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1500 21st Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212, e-mail william.schaffner@vanderbilt.edu. Home: 809 Timber Lane, Nashville, TN 37215; 615-292-7140
Janice Zeitlin, President, Zeitgeist Gallery, 1819 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212-3705, 615-256-4805; home, 1919 Linden Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212-5019, 615-292-6326
The No Animals In The Circus Team

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28 July 2010
Catalonia bans bullfighting in landmark Spain vote

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4/27/2010
The Gentle Barn
rescues, rehabilitates and gives sanctuary to severely abused animals.
The Gentle Barn is an educational facility that teaches children about animals in a way that will change their
perspective about themselves and the world around them.
The Gentle Barn
15825 Sierra HWY Santa Clarita, CA 91390

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Saving Animals For Everyone
3/21/10
Many thanks to Paula for telling me about this new (to me) and very interesting Animal Sanctuary.
The picture I noticed immediately was of the Camel.
For years I have had a picture of a circus Camel chained to a truck on my circus site.

It is one of many pictures I rarely go back to look at, it's too painful because this abuse continues.
So to see this beautiful camel living in peace, not to mention in a pasture, soothes my soul and warms my heart.
It's a wonderful thing to see, it makes me smile.
Thank you so much!

"Rasjha is a Dromedary Camel that has come to stay with us."

SAFE sanctuary is basically a one woman operation. It is small, around 50 animals, but it is a 24/7 job.
"We are an animal sanctuary located in Anthony, Florida, just 15 miles north of Ocala.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe haven for animals. We have a Class 3 License issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which enables us to take in many types of animals: domestic, farm, and exotic, including small primates.
The Sanctuary provides a place for animals to live that are in need of a home.
Many animals come to us because of unfortunate circumstances - some have been lost or abandoned, or just no longer wanted.
We work with a number of state and local organizations, including animal welfare agencies, to make sure that animals they are unable to shelter or place are given a home.
We are also contacted by owners when they are unable to maintain the level of care the animals needs, due to relocation, financial, or health reasons.
In rare cases, the animal may require special handling by a professional. In most cases, the owners want to make sure that good care is provided to the animal.
If the Sanctuary is unable to take in the animal, we will work with the owner to find another facility that is able to help."
You may contact us at:
Phone: (352) 671-6797
Address: S.A.F.E Sanctuary
12525 NE 30th Court
Anthony, FL 32617
503(c)(3) 04-3779732

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Travis the Chimp
The New York Times Feb. 24, 2010
In an interview in Stamford police headquarters on Tuesday, Officer Chiafari, 53, a husband and a father of three,
described that day and the crippling depression and anxiety that followed.
He was haunted not just by the frightening encounter with the bloody and enraged chimp who outweighed him by 50 pounds,
but also by images of the victim in the driveway.

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Wigeons
If you are familiar with JodysJungle.com, you know I have a "go to" bird guy.
His photos are beautiful, his blog informative and worth checking out
Thanks Dea.
"Millions of years ago the Earth's land mass was arranged differently.
A group of birds formed in to what would become known as the duck species of today.
In that nebulous bird soup a smaller group forged it's own identity, we know them today as Wigeons."

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PANOM, Cousin to the Clouds
A Story of Elephants and Humans
"In PANOM, Galen Garwood prods and suggests in his powerfully gentle way
that a change in human attitude is the first step to restoring the dignity and future of these ancient
and highly intelligent creatures."- Peter Gore-Symes
PANOM, Cousin to the Clouds
a documentary DVD Supporting Friends of The Asian Elephant Hospital
Galen's new blog entry: A Day at the Elephant Hospital, February 3, 2010
For every DVD sold, $5.00 goes to the FAE Elephant Hospital near Lampang Thailand

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OurPack.org
Our Pack is a Pit Bull rescue, education and training organization in the South San Francisco Bay Area
Our Mission
Promote compassion and kindness toward Pit Bulls by creating breed ambassadors through both in-shelter and foster-home training.
We will empower potential adopters to be responsible Pit Bull owners and assist, as needed, in the life-long bond between a Pit Bull and its person.
Our Pack will also educate the public about Pit Bulls as wonderful pets.
Our Vision
Eliminate the negative stereotypes surrounding the breed and avoid the unnecessary euthanasia of sound Pit Bulls that arrive at shelters in the South Bay.
A well-socialized, properly trained Pit Bull makes an excellent pet.
Our Pack members are committed to socializing and training unwanted Pit Bulls to unite them with their "forever" family.
Meet Leo, one of the Michael Vick dogs...
Become a fan on Facebook
OurPack Rescue is a 501c3 non profit.

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Friends of the Asian Elephant/FAE Update 1/1/2010
Baby Mosha with her new prosthetic leg

Mosha Jan. 1, 2010

A New Year's Present for Mosha from the Prostheses Foundation
Soraida

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Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital, Thailand/FAE
BABY NAMFON
Update 12.18.09
I am sorry to share with you this sad news.
Baby Namfon could not make it, she died early this morning at 2.50 a.m.
We shall bury her next to Baby Dumbo, Tiny and Toansai.
We are all very sad but there are many more lives to be saved.
MaeNoi who is expecting the baby needs our care,
Somsri, Jok and other elephants are waiting to be tended to.
Even though our hearts are heavy we shall move on with our strong determination to help the elephants in need.
Thanks to you all for the support.
Soraida and all at FAE

At 8.55 p.m. Baby Namfon fell on the sand and we helped her up,
trying to walk her to the mattresses but she resisted.
Now she is standing but shaking, urinated what we think has blood in it but will check for certain.
The owner has been contacted for final decision.
If he puts it in our hands, we shall do all we can to take good care of the Baby until the final moment comes.
Bless her, Soraida

Rest in Peace Baby Namfon
Rest in Peace Dear Baby Namfon

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Christmas Returns
Author Unknown
Santa comes quietly long before dawn
While shops are still busy and lights are still on
While dinners are cooking and kitchens are warm
And children count presents they will open by morn.
He slips past the trees in windows aglow
Through the gate to the backyard
As icy winds blow
To find the pup he brought last year
Chained up in the snow
And, kneeling, he whispers, "Are you ready to go"?
There are too many stops like this one tonight
Before the beginning of his regular flight
He leaves not a note or footprint in sight
Just an unbuckled collar
On a cold Christmas night...
Please don't give animals as gifts.

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Wild Animal Sanctuary
Nature's Blind Miracle

"Nova" the Red Fox was found as a 6 week-old kit in a Nebraska back yard in March, 2009.
He was taken to a rehab facility in Omaha, where it was determined that he had severe eye dysfunction, and was blind in both eyes.
He lived there for many months learning how to navigate in a world of darkness, and even made friends with a young female fox.
Yet, when it came time for his pen mate to be released back into the wild, Nova couldn't go.
Being blind, he would not be able to successfully hunt or defend himself from other predators... Click Here To Read More

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Lake Jackson Ecopassage Update
11/11/2009
"Dear Ecopassage Supporters,
I have great news to share with you. The construction of the Lake Jackson Ecopassage on US Highway 27 has finally begun. The design includes three large under highway culverts that will provide safe passage for wildlife and a 4 1/2 ft. tall specialized wildlife barrier wall that will extend for one mile on each side of the highway to keep animals from being killed on the highway. The construction funding came from Federal ARRA stimulus funds that were part of the overall allocation of transportation dollars to the Florida Department of Transportation. The low bid for the construction was $2.5 million and the contractor is M of Tallahassee, Inc. M, Inc is a great company and I have full confidence that they will do an excellent job on this project. The completion date will be July 2010. The Lake Jackson Ecopassage Alliance has entered into an agreement with FDOT to do the regular monitoring and maintenance of the Ecopassage once it is completed.

I would like to thank all of our hundreds of supporters who attended public meetings and wrote letters and emails of support over the years to various government agencies. I would also like to thank those who generously donated funds so that we could keep maintaining the temporary fences that saved thousands of animals from being killed on the highway over the last 9 years. This project would never have happened without all of your help and support. It has been a true grassroots effort and one that we should all be proud of. We should also thank the Florida Department of Transportation and the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency for all that they did to ensure that this project was constructed. We will post photos of the construction on the web site as the work progresses."
Matt Aresco
Matthew J. Aresco, PhD
President, Lake Jackson Ecopassage Alliance, Inc.
P.O. Box 180891
Tallahassee, FL 32318
Phone: (850) 585-5415
email: aresco@lakejacksonturtles.org
http://www.lakejacksonturtles.org/

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From The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee:
Sanctuary Transition
2009-11-06
"Dear friends and colleagues:
I wanted to write and tell you that after many years of dedicated service, Scott Blais will be leaving his position as Sanctuary COO on November 30.
He will continue to serve the organization in a project-based position for several more months as he continues to oversee
several key operational projects currently underway..."

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JodysJungle.com has been a supporter and online friend of Sanctuary Owner/Director, Terry DeGaw at SerenitySpringsSanctuary.org for many years.
A few of the animals I have adopted/supported, Swampy, the most beautiful pig you will ever see, Kandu, a three legged cat, Pork Chop, the cutest piglet ever.
I highly recommend this Sanctuary. This woman is doing it all, by herself, please help.
Thank you, Jody
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Serenity Springs Sanctuary and Animal Rescue
is a non-profit, "no-kill", 501(c)(3) tax-exempt facility dedicated to the rescue of potbellied pigs and other porcine.
The Sanctuary's efforts are not confined to pigs.
Other species including horses, goats, dogs, cats, fowl and any others needing sanctuary are welcome,
as long as there is room and finances to assure the very best of care.
No animal will be euthanized unless there is a terminal illness or mortal injury.
All reasonable measures will be taken prior to making this decision.
Breeding is not condoned or practiced by the sanctuary.
All males are neutered and females are spayed if appropriate.
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Personal Statement from the Executive Director/Terry DeGaw
"In all honesty, there are times when I wonder why I ever got involved in the rescue of animals. There are days when I wonder if I can continue. Even when I don't feel very good, the animals are still foremost on my mind, and I know I must be there for them. My one and only vacation in the last 16 years was the two days spent in the hospital having a stent implanted to make sure I could continue my work. Some days I need more time than is available, as the work never ceases. It's not just about feeding, watering and providing a clean environment. It's about interacting with them, so they have direct contact with someone and know that they are loved. The latter is so very important! Everything I do revolves around them, and sometimes, I wonder why. The answer is that the unconditional love and acceptance they offer rewards me. They depend on me, and in turn, I depend on them. In essence, we need each other. My "kudos" come from seeing them happy and healthy. That is all I need. They are my life and the rest of it will continue to be dedicated to them."
Terry's Blog

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FAE/Friends of the Asian Elephant Housekeeper And Sister Stole Money From Donation Box!
16th October, 2009

Pavinee Meesong age 25 Tanitha Chaewsoongnearn age 28

Pavinee Meesong, 25 years old, worked as housekeeper at FAE Elephant Hospital since end of June, 2009 until yesterday.
She was caught on camera using the stick applied with glue and put in the donation box so the bank notes would come up.
We had suspected that something was wrong because the donations in the box reduced, so we set up a camera during her leave.
The police came to arrest her but she refused, however, when the VDO was shown she could not refuse any more but confessed that she did it with her sister.
Her sister, Tanitha Chaewsoongnearn, 28, was hired only once during the making of Motala's Prosthetic Leg in August and we decided not to continue to hire her.
Pavinee told the police that her sister taught her how to do it and would come to our hospital to get the money so the stolen money would not be with Pavinee.
Our staff put the bank note in the donation box after making a photo copy of it and the police found that note on Pavinee.
She claimed that was the money her sister gave her but we have the photo copy of that bank note.
She even confessed she and her sister did this since she first came to work which makes us all feel very bad.
Working with the charity with the intention to steal from day one or any day in their employment here or anywhere are unacceptable.
I am most sad and disappointed, the former staff, Napassaya Panyopor, who embezzled the money from the t-shirts and souvenirs
has been convicted earlier this month and is ordered to return the money she stole.
I could not help thinking why these people did what they did and why FAE always has all the troubles and mishaps.
Thank you for your support. I am on sick leave and this case has weakened me and let me down even more.
Soraida
The News in Thai

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Please Contact and Complain
BET/Black Entertainment Television
re: The Michael Vick Project
General Inquiries
If you have any questions or comments, click here
While we do our best to answer your questions, we aren’t able to respond to every email we receive.
Don’t let that stop you though; we read and appreciate all your suggestions and comments.
To send your questions, suggestions and ideas through the mail or to call us directly,
here are the BET Network and BET.com mailing addresses and phone numbers:
BET Networks
1235 W Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20018-1211
202-608-2000

BET Interactive
General Inquiries
1235 W Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20018-1211
202-608-2000 or 212-258-1000

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Good News! 10/15/09
FBB/Fondation Brigitte Bardot
transferred another 10,000 Euros to
FAE/Friends of the Asian Elephants.
Thanks to them,
Soraida Salwala

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Oct. 7, 2009
This guy was reported to us by a reliable source.
He had 2 dogs that were taken by animal control. One was a pit bull and the other a Boggle purchased at All Pets Club (ugghh).
Instead of properly training the dogs, he would blow pot smoke in their faces to calm them down and was physically reprimanding them.
Our source fears he may just go and buy another dog, but in the case that he tries to adopt, we would not recommend adopting to him.
His name is:
John Phelan
43 Prospect Place Ext., East Haven, CT
He may try to use his fathers info:
Charles (Chuck) Phelan
13 Grouse Lane, Madison, CT
Warm Regards, Cindy Peregolise
President & Co-Founder of Bikers Against Animal Cruelty, Inc.

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FAE Update 10/01/09
Motala's New (2nd) Prosthetic Leg
"The Prostheses Foundation Team will be here to try the prosthetic legs on Mosha and Motala today at ten.
Shall send photos."
Soraida

Motala and the banana trees
Beautiful Motala walked to banana trees
Click HERE to see more new photo's of Motala.

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Elephant Awareness Month
Hohenwald, TN — September 28, 2009
In recognition of the commitment, perseverance, and milestones achieved by The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee,
which is entering its fifteenth year in operation, the State of Tennessee, Lewis County and the City of Hohenwald
have declared October 2009 as Elephant Awareness Month.
Congratulations to Carol and Scott. You have achieved so much! Bless you and thank you again and again!!
jj

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Oct. 1, 2009
"Mosha, Daughter of the Star"
NHK Japan has kindly published a story of Mosha, written and illustrated by FAE Vet, Dr. Kay/Dr. Kruethong Kayan
who has painstakingly taken care of Baby Mosha all these years.
As of this date it is available in bookstores in Japan in Japanese language.
Anyone interested please contact NHK-Tokyo:
culturalprofiles.net
www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld
Soraida Salwala

Book about Mosha by Dr. Kruethong Kayan

Cat Survives Kick in Face with Steel-Toe Boot
On September 14, 2009, Bronx resident Ronald Ross, 33, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Adam Gankiewicz
and charged with felony animal cruelty
for allegedly kicking his mother’s cat, Meow, in the face.
According to Ross’s mother, the incident occurred on the morning of August 21,
when after searching the apartment for her missing cat, she found Meow hiding under her son’s bed—her face traumatized.
When confronted about the cat's condition, her son reportedly laughed before admitting to kicking the cat repeatedly in the face with his steel-toe boots.
The woman rushed Meow to ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, where the cat was treated for injuries,
including several broken teeth and a ruptured eye that was surgically removed.
Following the attack, the Bronx District Attorney filed a restraining order against Ross
on behalf of his mother, who subsequently had the locks of her apartment changed.
Under these conditions, Meow returned home where she is now recuperating.
Ross was indicted by a Bronx grand jury on charges of felony aggravated animal cruelty and misdemeanor animal cruelty,
which is a lesser offense. If convicted, he could face up to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement,
applauded the swift action of the grand jury in indicting Ross on multiple counts in this case.
“Inflicting such severe injury on a helpless cat signals the potential for violence directed at other vulnerable victims,
including human family members. Serious criminal sanctions are a vital tool in the fight against these vicious crimes.”
If you know of an animal who is being hurt, please report it,
those who intentionally hurt animals may move on to abuse the people in their lives.
To report animal cruelty in New York City, call the ASPCA’s tip line at (877) THE-ASPCA.
Visit our Report Cruelty FAQ to learn how to report cruelty elsewhere.
Read more about ASPCA Arrests
Warning: Some may not want to read these reports. jj

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Animals Matter To Me
Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare 9.25.09
Every day millions of animals are born into lives of unspeakable suffering.
Every day millions more suffer terrible deaths.
The only way to stop this cycle of cruelty is to get Governments to agree to end it.
That is what a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare is all about and why you should vote to support it.
By signing the petition you will be conveying to your Government that animals – and their welfare – matter to you.
Please add your name. Governments are beginning to listen. Soon they will act. Every vote counts.
Please Sign the Petition
Source: WSPA

 

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The Animal Rescue Site is hosting a special challenge for eligible Petfinder.com member shelter and rescue groups.
The grand prize is a $20,000 grant, and they will be awarding many other grants to rescue groups with the most votes
a total of $100,000 in grants for animal welfare organizations.

The Animal Rescue Site

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BirdmanDea Update 9/17/09
"Each season has one irrefutable sign that signals the change.
It may be a smell, a breeze, a color, a feeling or something just beyond the grasp of words..."
Continue

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Here Comes Babe!
9/16/09

Babe

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is pleased to announced that Babe,
a 25-year-old African elephant currently residing at Cleveland Amory's Black Beauty Ranch in Texas,
will soon be joining Tange and Flora at the Sanctuary.

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Action Alert

Swampy at Serenity Springs

JodysJungle.com has been a supporter and online friend of Sanctuary Owner/Director,
Terry DeGaw at SerenitySpringsSanctuary.org for many, many years.
I just received this email from her.
"I thought you might be interested and willing to share this news story with as many people as you know."
Montague County Animal Rescuer In Need Of Help
"I also have a critical vet bill at about $7,000 and am running short on feed.
It's gotten a bit scary for me. Thanks"
Terry

A (partial) History of Serenity Springs Sanctuary:
To read the rest, please go to Terry's site, thanks, jj
"Serenity Springs Sanctuary was founded in 1992 in Dallas, Texas. The main focus at that time was the rescue of cats and rabbits, along with the raising of two capuchin monkeys for an organization that trains them to aid quadriplegics. One day, a call came in from Animal Control regarding a situation involving 11 piglets from two different litters that needed care, as their moms had rejected them. Would I be willing to take them in and care for them? I said yes, and it forever changed my life.
There was little information on hand at that time, and to this day I am grateful that they managed to live in spite of me. I pretty much made things up as I went along. The next two weeks were spent sitting on the couch in a frantic feeding frenzy. I used different colors of nail polish to identify them and moved them from one playpen to another after feeding."

Terry is a wonderful, dedicated woman who loves animals and needs your help.
If you can afford to donate even one dollar, please do so..
instructions and the address are on her site
SerenitySpringsSanctuary.org
and if you happen to live anywhere near her, please donate your time..at the very least please send her an email
Thank you so much!
Jody@JodysJungle.com

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Sept. 12, 2009
Update
Baby Namfon at Friends of the Asian Elephant/FAE
New pictures of Namfon and her keeper Chai,
playing football and bathing in her own bathtub as Motala looks on.
"Motala is quite interested in Baby Namfon.
When Namfon walked down, the baby was only looking for what was new to her.
Now, Motala is always watching the Baby and Namfon is fond of playing in the bath tub.
She is getting to know Aunty Motala, standing there, talking together and climbs into the bath once again.
What a sight!"
Soraida

   Namfon with her keeper, Chai   Namfon and Chai

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The Cat House on the Kings
is California's largest no-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center located on 12 acres along the Kings River in Parlier, California
which is in the central San Joaquin Valley, southeast of Fresno.
The Cat House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, receives no government or public funding, and relies entirely on donations from the public to carry out its mission.
Since its founding 17 years ago, The Cat House on the Kings has saved over 18,000 cats and 5,000 dogs
(not counting the 40,000 animals we have spayed and neutered!) and currently cares for more than 700 cats and kittens in a unique, cage-free environment!
Please Watch The Video
What a wonderful place, what a wonderful woman, JodysJungle is embarrassed and ashamed to admit that this is the first we have heard of it...
Source: Dave (thanks!)

Our September 2009 newsletter is now available in PDF format for you to read online.
You may need the free Adobe Reader to view the PDF file.
Sincerely,
The Cat House on the Kings

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Motala's Prosthetic leg has been repaired
FAE August 22, 2009

Motala's Prosthetic Has Been Repaired..Aug. 22, 2009

Link to Motala's Page
Link To Motala's Page

Motala, Thai elephant damages newly fitted artificial limb
Thursday, August 20, 2009
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP)
An elephant fitted with an artificial limb 10 years after stepping on a land mine has had a minor setback, damaging the device attached to her left front leg.
Soraida Salwala of the private group Friends of the Asian Elephant said Thursday that 48-year-old Motola bent the prothesis when she lay down on it.
Motola, who weighs three tons, was fitted with the custom-made device Sunday at the Elephant Hospital in Lampang, northern Thailand.
Soraida said the device was removed for repair by its makers, the Prostheses Foundation, which also produces artificial limbs for human amputees. It will be reattached on Saturday.
In 1999, Motola underwent amputation surgery after her left front foot was shredded by a land mine blast near a logging camp along the Myanmar-Thai border.
Source: SFGate.com

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Trauma Training 101
Every year, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) conducts trauma and chemical-casualty training exercises in which animals are used as "stand-ins" for wounded soldiers. Medical officers at military installations across the nation critically injure thousands of live animals before killing them. In trauma training exercises, live pigs are shot, stabbed, and set on fire and live goats have their legs broken with bolt cutters and cut off with shears. During chemical-casualty training exercises, live monkeys are poisoned with harmful chemicals. These animals are also often forced to suffer through hellish conditions as they are transported to facilities for this training.
Tell Obama: Ban Military's Torture of Animals

Motala walking for the second time today.

Motala walks for the second time

Motala walks on her new prosthetic leg..8/16/09

Motala's prosthetic leg has been scheduled to 15-16 August, 2009.
Ten years after her tragic accident.

The Eyes of Thailand Updates
and Friends of the Asian Elephant

Motala and Mosha
Motala will receive first prosthetic leg 10 years after stepping on a landmine
Tomorrow (August 13, 2009)
I head to FAE in Lampang to begin filming the preparations for the prosthesis fittings this weekend.
August 15th, 2009
Today was one of those days I am reminded why I am a documentary filmmaker.
I arrived at FAE a little before 9am and Mosha’s 3rd prosthetic fitting was already underway
P.S. I will be filming in Thailand until August 24, 2009.
If you’d like to make a tax-deductible contribution to help fund the production,
please click here to donate through the film’s fiscal sponsor, The San Francisco Film Society.
Thank you!
Please stay tuned for more updates!
Sincerely,
Windy Borman
Producer, Writer, Director, The Eyes of Thailand

Motala
August 1, 2009
Everyone is excited, we have to prepare the place for this big event.
Tents, equipments, tables for machine, electric fans, electricity should not go out during the process,
more soil to pave the ground so the container truck could be parked next to the Resting Unit to unload the heavy machines.
The baby infirmary next to Motala will be used for the doctors and technicians.
I had the constructor in yesterday to extend the roof at the infirmary. I shall send photos while the work is in progress.
Everything should be ready by next Sunday. It is breaking news here in Thailand.
I do not know if Motala will accept it but I am hopeful and pray a lot for the succcess.
I want to see her walk on four legs.
When I saw her trying to walk to Kamchan the other day, I thought "Oh dear, if only you had your lost leg!"
Soraida

MOTALA IS SCHEDULED FOR THE PROSTHETIC LEG
Date: 7/31/2009
MOTALA PROSTHETIC LEG IS DUE TO BE MADE ON 15th-16th AUGUST, 2009
Motala, the female elephant who stepped on a landmine across Thai border on 15th August, 1999 and has been treated, operated at FAE’s Elephant Hospital from the 18th August, 1999 and the operation on her right shattered leg on the 28th August, ten days after her arrival was successful. The artificial leg we had planned for her before the operation could not be made due to the problems of her wounds that healed rather slowly.
It has been ten years now but all these long years Motala enjoys a happy life and walks out of her shelter for a sun bath. We are very happy that the day Motala will be fitted with the prosthetic leg is two weeks away. Thanks to all concerned, individuals, well wishers and donors, contributors across the country and around the world who keep sending their concern for her. Thanks especially for the team of Asso. Prof. Therdchai Jivacate from the Prostheses Foundation who dedicate their time and efforts to make it possible for BABY MOSHA, AND NOW MOTALA.

THE DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE!
You are cordially invited to come and witness the process and please let everyone you know learn of this good news!
Thank you.
Miss Soraida Salwala
Founder & Secretary General
Friends of the Asian Elephant
Direct Mobile : 081-936-3500, 081-838-1356
For more Info please call:
Dr. Preecha Phuangkam : 081-936-3681
Director of FAE’s Elephant Hospital
295 Moo 6, Lampang-Chiangmai Road (k.m.28-29)
Viengtan, Hangchatr, Lampang 52190
Thailand

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APASFA
Bear Baiting- Bear Bile Farming- Dancing Bears

APASFA
Campaign Against Animal Control in Brazil /Carrocinha Nunca Mais
The Animal Control in Brazil have been killing animals in barbaric ways.
We cannot be indifferent to the carnage that happens
in the Animal Control Centers in all of Brazil.

APASFA
Petitions Against Cruelty To Animals

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Stop Cruelty to Bovines
El toro del Fuego - Farra do Boi - Bullfighting - Rodeos

The Official Website of FAE/
Friends of the Asian Elephant
The World's First Elephant Hospital is:
www.elephant-soraida.com
Updates & Photos
Page 1. FAE Updates 2008
Page 2. FAE Updates 2001 to 2007
Page 3. FAE Updates 2009
FAE Mobile Vet
Motala Landmine Victim 1999 to 2009
Baby Mosha's Photo Album

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Motala stands..2008
Motala

Dear Miss Jody:
Motala's prosthetic leg has just been scheduled to 15-16 August, 2009. Ten years from her tragic accident. I just cannot wait. This morning she tried to walk to Kamchan and I believe they were talking because both trunks were up and Motala wanted to walk to be as near her as much as she could.
Good news! Mosha's new infirmary will be next to Motala's. I have the plan since January now the money to build it is from our fixed account. We cannot wait any longer.
Thank you for these ten long years of support and hope and the encouragement you have given Motala and me and the staff.
Thanks and thanks and thanks.
Soraida

Motala tries to walk to Kamchan

Somchai tries to call Motala back

MOTALA IS SCHEDULED FOR THE PROSTHETIC LEG
Date: 7/31/2009
MOTALA PROSTHETIC LEG IS DUE TO BE MADE ON 15th-16th AUGUST, 2009
Motala, the female elephant who stepped on a landmine across Thai border on 15th August, 1999 and has been treated, operated at FAE’s Elephant Hospital from the 18th August, 1999 and the operation on her right shattered leg on the 28th August, ten days after her arrival was successful. The artificial leg we had planned for her before the operation could not be made due to the problems of her wounds that healed rather slowly.
It has been ten years now but all these long years Motala enjoys a happy life and walks out of her shelter for a sun bath. We are very happy that the day Motala will be fitted with the prosthetic leg is two weeks away. Thanks to all concerned, individuals, well wishers and donors, contributors across the country and around the world who keep sending their concern for her. Thanks especially for the team of Asso. Prof. Therdchai Jivacate from the Prostheses Foundation who dedicate their time and efforts to make it possible for BABY MOSHA, AND NOW MOTALA.

THE DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE!
You are cordially invited to come and witness the process and please let everyone you know learn of this good news!
Thank you.
Miss Soraida Salwala
Founder & Secretary General
Friends of the Asian Elephant
Direct Mobile : 081-936-3500, 081-838-1356
For more Info please call:
Dr. Preecha Phuangkam : 081-936-3681
Director of FAE’s Elephant Hospital
295 Moo 6, Lampang-Chiangmai Road (k.m.28-29)
Viengtan, Hangchatr, Lampang 52190
Thailand

Link To Motala's Page
Link to Motala's Page


Mosha and Motala meet for the first time, 2008. Both girls are severely injured and unable to walk very far.
With Motala's upcoming operation, I hope they will meet again.
jj

Please Light
A CANDLE FOR MOTALA

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CATCH AN ABUSER, GET A REWARD
Animal Fighting Hurts Animals, Children, Communities and You
Be Part of the Solution

Humane Society Dog Fighting Poster

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction
of anyone involved in dogfighting or cockfighting.
HSUS Rewards
HSUS also offers rewards for tips leading to an arrest and conviction for:
General cruelty and neglect
Horse soring
Pigeon shoots
Poaching
HSUS.org/animal cruelty and fighting

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CHARLA NASH Updates
August, 2009

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The Animal Rescue Site

Help Animals in Shelters, Click Daily, It's Free!

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Dok Ngeon has given birth to a healthy baby boy, at 4:20 this morning, Thai time.
Such wonderful news! He is called Chang Yim (smiling elephant) and the first male elephant born in the freedom of Elephant Nature Park.
Chang Yim

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Michael Vick
News Alert: July 24, 2009
Vick Released from Federal Custody—ASPCA President Speaks Out
"…the facts are clear: Mr. Vick participated in a six-year pattern of illegal activity.
His plea clearly stated that along with these activities, he savagely electrocuted and beat dogs to death after they lost their brutal fights[…].
This was not a one-time transgression or crime of passion—this was a multi-year pattern of behavior that demonstrates a startling lack of moral character and judgment.”
ASPCA.org

ASPCA Update
ASPCA ASSISTS IN LARGEST DOG FIGHTING CRACKDOWN IN U.S. HISTORY
On Wednesday, July 8, 2009, the ASPCA began assisting federal and state agencies in what is believed to be the largest crackdown on dog fighting in U.S. history.
The raid spans eight states so far--Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska and Mississippi. Arrests have been made in all eight states.
Nearly 400 rescued dogs were safely transported to a secure facility under the direction of the Humane Society of Missouri's (HSMO) Animal Cruelty Task Force, where they will be cared for until final disposition is determined by the U.S. District Court.
"The ASPCA is determined to protect the nation's pets from dog fighting and other forms of brutality," says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. "Animal cruelty cannot be tolerated, and we are proud to lend our support to federal and local agencies to ensure that these abusers are brought to justice."
At the request of HSMO, the ASPCA is lending the services of its special forensic cruelty investigation team--including disaster animal rescuers, field service investigators and Dr. Melinda Merck, the nation's premier forensic veterinarian—to collect evidence for the prosecution of the criminal case. The ASPCA's Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation Unit, outfitted with medical equipment tailored specifically for animal patients, is also on hand.
The ASPCA will also eventually assist in behavior evaluations of the dogs.
Dog fighting is banned throughout the United States and is a felony in all 50 states. If convicted of animal fighting charges, those arrested each face up to five years in prison.
Your support makes it possible for the ASPCA to rescue animals from this horrendous life. Your generosity allows our experts to collect the evidence needed to build cases against and prosecute animal cruelty offenders.

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Born Free Action Alert
7/03/09
California Residents:
Help Protect Baby Animals Sold on Street Corners
Your voice is urgently needed to help prevent the cruel treatment of baby animals sold on street corners and in parking lots.
Young — and often sick — puppies, bunnies, turtles, birds, and other animals are being sold on street corners, along roadsides, and in parking lots. These animals often are kept in overcrowded pens or cages that are unsanitary, without food and/or water, in extreme heat and direct sunlight. Although they might be harboring transmissible diseases, they are handled by shoppers and purchased on impulse.
There are reports of animals sold in this manner dying of illness a few days later. These illnesses could have been prevented if the animals had received proper care from those breeding them for profit. Not only do the animals suffer, but those who purchased them are left heartbroken as a result of this early neglect. Legislation currently pending in California would protect these animals. AB 1122 would prohibit the sale of puppies, kittens, and other animals on street corners and in parking lots.
Please contact your state Senator today and urge him or her to strongly support AB 1122. Time is of the essence. It is of particular importance for you to contact your Senator if he or she serves on the Senate Public Safety Committee (Senators Benoit, Cedillo, Hancock, Huff, Leno, Steinberg, Wright). AB 1122 is sponsored by the California Animal Association, a coalition of which Born Free USA is a founding member.
This action alert is for residents of the following states only: California
© 2003-2008 - Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute - All rights reserved.

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Max’s Project
Hi Jody, Bikers Against Animal Cruelty, Inc. (B.A.A.C.)
is in need of your assistance for a new initiative, Max’s Project. We are looking for out-door kennels and doghouses to be donated to our organization. The kennels are needed to help us get dogs chained for unhealthy periods of time on the path to more freedom and better living conditions as well as with appropriate shelter from the elements.
In October of 2008, we rescued a 10 month old pup, Max, who had been chained to a tree in North Carolina since he was a young pup, and basically left there to suffer only being fed once in a while. Two collars were imbedded into the skin of his neck and he was severely underweight. At some point, the imbedded collars were inhumanely ripped off of Max, leaving the skin around his neck raw, bleeding and open to infection. During the rescue process, Max was in a lot of pain but never showed any sign of aggression. Instead, he showered affection to those around him showing what a very sweet dog he was and one who deserved a better life. With the help of some great people, he was brought to Connecticut and to a veterinarian for surgery to clean out the infected tissue in his neck and close the wound. Unfortunately Max did not make it through the surgery. His liver and kidneys were greatly deteriorated due to the severe neglect. Even if the surgery had been successful, his quality of life would have been poor and short lived. Each person who had the opportunity to meet Max expressed how fortunate they were to have experienced his brave and unconditional loving presence.
In his memory, we started Max’s Project. Our goal leaves no dog outside without shelter or chained up to a tree for an extended period of time. To meet this goal, members of B.A.A.C. and a special corporate supporter, MCM Restoration, Inc., built dog houses. These dog houses are provided to animals in need as identified by Animal Control Officers throughout the state. Unfortunately, we only have small to medium sized doghouses and are in great need of large doghouses. We are now looking to expand the project and offer kennels for our poor friends that can't speak for themselves, and get them unchained. Max’s Project does not only involve the dog houses or kennels but a network of support providing education on proper pet care education and training. Through each effort, we hope to save many!
We know that with your support, many dogs like Max will have a greater chance of longer life.
Thank you all for all that you do.
Warm Regards,
Cindy Peregolise
President & Co-Founder of Bikers Against Animal Cruelty, Inc.
BikersAgainstAnimalCruelty.org
CTNPBAD.com (CT National Pit Bull Awareness Day)
PitbullSaloon.com (Personal Website)

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FAE Update..6/15/09
Namfon has been rejected by her mother and not fed. FAE is trying to save her life. Namfon's mother killed her first child.

Meet Baby Namfon

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6/10/09
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary has set a goal to raise $1,025 by June 25, 2009
Goal: Habitat for Miki Moo & Meko Monster
Dear Friends of Jungle Friends,
We have two monkeys arriving in a few weeks and need the balance of the funds for the materials to build their new habitat at Jungle Friends. I first learned about Miki Moo & Meko Monster over a year ago. Both had attacked their caregivers - not only were they at risk due to the attacks, but one is a diabetic on insulin. This makes finding sanctuary placement almost impossible. After extensive consultation, exploring other avenues, and much consideration, we concluded that Jungle Friends was the best – and maybe the only — possible sanctuary home for these two monkeys, so we must find a way to accommodate them! And with the price of Lantus insulin continuing to rise ($114 per bottle!) and the economy continuing to fail, we could sure use support for our Memorial Medical Fund! Donations to the Medical Fund are used to meet our ongoing medical expenses in providing veterinary care for our monkeys, and to purchase medical equipment and supplies needed for our on-site clinic. The Memorial Medical Fund was set up to honor the monkey residents of Jungle Friends who are no longer with us. Each of these special beings touched our lives, and we will always remember them with love.
Jungle Friends Clinic
Lots of monkey love, Kari and the monks
To learn more about the goal or donate, follow the link below:
apps.facebook.com/causes

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FarmSanctuary.org
Current Press Releases
Watkins Glen, NY – June 4, 2009
Local Goat Makes Valiant Dash for Freedom from Ithaca Slaughterhouse
Leading Farm Animal Rescue Organization to Provide Safe Haven for Courageous Young Goat

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The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald,Tennessee
BUNNY
2009-05-15
57-Year-Old Bunny the Elephant Lives to a Ripe Old Age
On May 14, at around 3:30pm Central Time, Bunny, the second to the oldest elephant resident of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee,
died peacefully in the company of her caregivers. Bunny's long time elephant companions, Shirley and Tarra, kept a round-the-clock vigil nearby.
Read more...
Bunny's Bio

NED
21 Year-Old Captive Born Male Elephant Dies from Long Term Illness
On May 15, at 3:42 am CT, Ned, the second elephant ever confiscated by the United States Department of Agriculture,
died peacefully in the company of his caregivers at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
Ned
In Memory of Ned

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Michael Vick is out of prison, now what?
Humane Society...May 20, 2009
There was nobody tougher on Michael Vick than The Humane Society of the United States.
After sufficient facts came to light about the happenings at Bad Newz Kennels in Surry County, Virginia
—the sometime residence of Vick that had morphed into a dogfighting staging ground—
The HSUS urged state and federal authorities to prosecute him and we made a key confidential informant available to federal authorities, which proved vital to the case.
What’s Next for Michael Vick?
May 21, 2009
More Thoughts on Michael Vick
About Wayne Pacelle

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Good news from PETA   5/12/2009
Hi Jody,   I hope you’re doing well. I just wanted to drop you a line to share some good news for animals that you helped us to accomplish.
Your continued support is appreciated more than words can express.
Have a wonderful day,
Teresa
P.S. I hope you’ll consider attending one of PETA’s monthly events at our Oakland office.
They’re always inspirational, and a great way to meet other members who share your passion in helping animals.
After learning that popular clothing chain URBANOUTFITTERS was selling fur items, we sent several e-mails to Urban Outfitters' CEO and followed up with a PETA action alert. Just a few months—and a few thousand e-mails—later, Urban Outfitters has become fur-free! In an e-mail we received from the company, a representative wrote, “There is no fur in our stores, and this will continue to be the case.” This decision means that countless animals will be spared from being trapped, electrocuted, or bludgeoned to death for the fur industry.
Also…
Thanks to PETA’s persistence, the killing and skinning of rabbits in an animal-science class at a Texas high school has been ended permanently. In this day and age, when there are sophisticated “virtual dissection” software programs and models, there’s no excuse for harming animals in science classes. After receiving a complaint about the rabbit-killing from a student at Elsik High School in Houston, PETA contacted the school and worked with them to ensure it would never happen again.
Teresa Cooper
PETA Foundation
323-373-6727 cell
323-644-7382 ext. 58 office
TeresaCo@petaf.org
petaVanguardSociety.org

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JungleFriends Update...5/5/09
Hi Jody,
Because CJ, our office manager, is only here on weekends now we have not been able to do as many Jungle News posts,
so we have started groups and causes on Facebook, which is easier for me to post announcements and such, I hope you will sign up on Facebook too!
FaceBook.com/Causes
Thanks, Kari
JungleFriends.org

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Dear WSPA Supporters
5/1/2009
You can help rescue more orangutans like Peanut and Arnold

Picture courtesy of WSPA

Peanut (pictured) was found in a palm oil plantation in Borneo, cowering and covered in blood but was rescued by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), a partner of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and taken to their sanctuary Nyaru Menteng. Peanut and Arnold, another orangutan at the sanctuary, had been rescued after their mothers were brutally killed in a palm oil plantation. The sanctuary is full of orangutans like Peanut and Arnold. Some were injured in machete attacks. Some were rescued after being sold into the illegal pet trade. Some were found starving to death. Others were rescued from purposely-lit forest fires. Your support will help us rescue and care for more orangutans. Whilst Peanut continues to thrive at the sanctuary, it’s with great sadness we report that despite the best efforts of the sanctuary’s medical teams, Arnold, has lost his fight against meningitis.
Help rescue orangutans like Arnold and Peanut

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Attention Birders
Check out Jodys Jungle's "go to bird guy"
BirdmanDea
All About Birds Site Search Results, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Truth Behind Labels
A Farm Sanctuary Campaign
"Dear friend of animals,
We live in a country where 95 percent of eggs on the market come from birds kept in cages so small they can barely move,
where mother pigs are treated like piglet-breeding machines and made to live in crates barely larger than their own bodies,
where chickens raised for meat are kept in crowded barns where the air is almost unbreathable,
and where castrations, tail dockings, toe clippings, brandings and other mutilations
are done routinely and without regard to the pain they cause.
Kept out of the public eye, these cruelties and others constitute the daily experience of hundreds of millions of farm animals....."

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Elephant Boonpan and Baby Namfon
Friends of the Asian Elephant..FAE..Thailand 4/27/09

Namfron

We are facing a real problem, Boonpan refuses to nurse her baby, trying to hurt (or kill) her at every chance.
We tried to persuade Boonpan to recognize her own baby but her behaviour this morning was the intention to kill.
They have to stay in different Infirmaries away from each other.
It might take days or weeks and if Boonpan completely rejects her we have to feed Namfon with powdered milk for the next two years.
Boonpan killed her first offspring and this is her second. We would not risk the baby's life and shall do our best to make the two happy.
Soraida Salwala
Founder
Friends of the Asian Elephant

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The Story of Bootsana
"...We heard the calls of a newly born bat pup and went into the fruit bat’s flight cage expecting to see that all was well. However, instead of clinging to Bianca’s stomach, the pup was dangling from her back. Bianca resisted any help when we gently tried to scoot the baby around to her front, making a hasty retreat and almost knocking her pup loose as she dragged it along the plastic screening of the cage. The pup desperately hung on for dear life but the mother made no attempt to help it. We kept a watchful eye on the pair for the next hour, noting sadly that the mother was not attempting to nurse or even nurture her pup. Two hours passed, and on our last inspection at midnight we found the precious baby girl lying cold on the floor of the flight cage..."
"The tiny girl clung to life, she looked forward to her meals,
greedily sucking down her goats-milk formula from a small latex puppy nurser."
Later she was propped up in front of a bowl..look at those cheeks!!!!

Bootsana's Binky   Bootsana's Breakfast

RESCUE, REHAB, RELEASE & SANCTUARY
BATWORLD.org
"Bats are among the most beautiful and gentle animals on earth. They are vital to the ecosystem and enhance our lives in many ways. Insect eating bats eat millions of bugs nightly, and fruit bats bring us approximately 450 commercial products. Yet for all they do, bats are continually killed due to myths, superstition and fear. The life expectancy of a single bat exceeds 20 years, but slow birth rates limit their population growth. When just 5 bats are needlessly killed, a potential 100 years of animal life is destroyed."

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Help Protect Endangered Grizzlies
In the next few weeks, the U.S. Forest Service plans to reopen a road that runs through the heart of grizzly bear habitat in Wyoming's Sweetwater Valley. Please go to savebiogems.org/bears/takeaction and urge the Forest Service to keep the road permanently closed. With encroaching development on nearby lands, the Sweetwater Valley -- inside the Shoshone National Forest -- has become a secure oasis for threatened and imperiled wildlife. In the eight years that the road has been closed, an abundance of wildlife has thrived here, including grizzly bears, wolves, lynx, cougars and moose. In fact, grizzlies that have just come out of hibernation are grazing right now on grass and other plants found in the valley. There is no rationale for the Forest Service's proposal to reopen the road, which leads nowhere and has languished for years. Reopening the road would only disturb and threaten the Sweetwater Valley's wilderness and wildlife. Please go to savebiogems.org/bears/takeaction right away and urge the Forest Service to leave the road closed. Time is running out, as forest officials plan to reopen the road in the next few weeks. Thank you for taking action to protect our remaining western wildlands. Sincerely,
Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

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Do You Believe Animals Deserve Basic Human Rights?
Deprived of legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. Through the Animal Bill of Rights, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to show Congress a groundswell of support for legislation that protects animals and recognizes that, like all sentient beings, animals are entitled to basic legal rights in our society. More than a quarter-million Americans have already signed the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Bill of Rights. Please, if you haven't already, sign on your support and speak out to your lawmakers today!
Animal Bill of Rights

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Farm Sanctuary Virtual Experience
2009
Farm Sanctuary Experience Banner

Click the banner to visit the Farm Sanctuary Virtual Experience,
a new digital environment that enables anyone to investigate and explore a richly-detailed simulation of two very different worlds:
the factory farm and the sanctuary.

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Stupid Human Jumps into Polar Bear Enclosure
I wish I could add the picture of her stupid happy face as she swam into the enclosure.
You should be able to see it when you click the link...at the same link is a video of this idiot.
How high do we have to build enclosures to keep people from harming animals? Fortunately, none of the Polar Bears had to be killed..You Stupid Woman

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MOSHA
4 April 2009
"When Mosha walks I have noticed something is wrong on Mosha's right hind leg. She has no pain, no swelling but it is as if her weight makes it difficult for her knee to hold. I shall try to send the VDO clip later. The X-ray is scheduled this afternoon. I am preparing myself, the vets and the staff for the worst (if Mosha's legs could no longer bear her weight), she would not be able to stand. For the past few days Mosha has some difficulties standing up. Poor Baby! How she loves to walk, to run, to climb the fenced area to show the strength she has but she does not know what is happening. She sees other elephants come and go but Granny is always there, Palahdee is there , Mother is always there for her, comforting her.
She loves to see people visiting her, talking to her. She is a happy baby, loved by all. We shall do our best, please join us to pray for Mosha that she will grow and survive. She fought for her life when she was seven months old. She is now almost four and may we pray she will enjoy more years of happy life with us, Friends of the Asian Elephant.
Please forward to as many people as you can.
FAE needs support so we could help, not only Mosha but other unfortunate elephants too.
Thank you very much."
Soraida Salwala
Founder
Friends of the Asian Elephant/(FAE)
Mosha April 2009 Update, Video's

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Charla Nash Updates
August, 2009

The Charla NashTrust.com
On February 16, 2009, Charla Nash was brutally attacked and mauled by a 200-pound chimpanzee at her neighbor's home in Stamford, Connecticut.
At the present time, Charla remains in critical condition at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. She is receiving care from a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and surgeons whose expertise is caring for patients with significant injuries and complex facial reconstructive needs. It will be a while before the full extent of her injuries will be known.
The family and friends of Charla Nash wish to thank all of the treating physicians and staff for their tremendous effort, concern, and professionalism in the care and treatment they have provided.
The family would also very much like to thank everyone for the tremendous amount of support and assistance they have received throughout this ordeal. From law enforcement, from local churches, and especially from the public at large, the outpouring of support has been overwhelming and uplifting and has been a source of strength for them during these difficult days.
It should be known that people who were complete strangers to the family have selflessly offered their assistance and they are eternally grateful to them. The family asks that everyone continue to keep Charla in their thoughts and prayers and that the privacy of the entire family is respected during her recovery from these very serious injuries.

You Can End the “Pet” Primate Trade
Born Free USA
2/24/2009
Just moments ago the United States House of Representatives passed the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 80) by an overwhelming vote of 323-95. This legislation, championed by Born Free USA, prohibits the import, export, and interstate commerce in nonhuman primates if they are going to be kept as “pets.”
The swift House action comes in the wake of the Travis the chimpanzee tragedy in Connecticut, where a pet chimpanzee attacked a 55-year-old woman and was shot by police as a result.
Now, you can help us ensure swift action in the US Senate
so the bill becomes the law of the land this year.
Please take one minute to send a letter to your United States Senators
urging them to pass the Captive Primate Safety Act right away.

Button Courtesy of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
So you think you want a monkey?

TAKE ACTION!

Please Support the Captive Primate Safety Act
Source: JungleFriends

TRAVIS
Rest In Peace

Travis

Pet Chimp Given Xanax Prior to Attack
Owner Stabs Animal Repeatedly
By STEPHANIE REITZ, AP
HARTFORD, Conn. (Feb. 17, 2009) - A 200-pound domesticated chimpanzee who once starred in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola was shot dead by police after a violent rampage that left a friend of its owner badly mauled. Sandra Herold, who owned the 15-year-old chimp named Travis, wrestled with the animal, stabbed it and hit it with a shovel after it inexplicably attacked her friend Charla Nash, 55.
Here I must add a link to Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary/JungleFriends.org
"So You Think You Want a Monkey?"
Primate Fact Sheet

(Travis ran back into his house, his bed, his safe place, where he had lived all of his life, to die. Lying there, riddled with bullets, multiple stab wounds, Travis died in pain, alone, wondering why his owner had hurt him so badly and what he had done wrong.)
jj

Bless your soul Travis, rest in peace, I am so sorry!
Animals are Innocent, Always

Travis
4 teams of surgeons operate on chimp's victim
Feb. 18, 2009
‘I had to’ stab him...
Sandra Herold talks about the frightening attack by her pet chimp.
Today show
911 tape captures chimpanzee owner's horror as 200-pound ape mauls friend
Shocking 911 Call

News.Yahoo.com/chimpanzee_attack
Chimp in Conn. attack had unusual bond with owner

news.yahoo.com/nphotos/Pet-chimp-mauls-Conn-woman
The gated driveway to the home
where a woman was mauled by a chimpanzee this week in Stamford, Conn.

For those of you who are wondering what kind of damage a primate can inflict on a human:
Photo courtesy of
JungleFriends.org

Photo courtesy of JungleFriends.org

The young woman whose hand is pictured here says: "I thought Kaylie was the perfect child. I bottle-raised her from infancy. She slept with me, went to do shopping errands with me and was part of the family. When she was a baby capuchin, I would never have imagined that as a three-year-old Kaylie would attack me with no warning." "The nerves in my hand and wrist were so severely severed that I will likely never regain use of my hand despite all of the surgeries I have endured." "Kaylie lost her life. She was euthanized by authorities. Anyone who acquires a monkey thinking it will be a suitable pet is embarking upon a tragic journey… painful and heartbreaking."

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Baby Elephant Mosha
injured by landmine when she was only seven months in 2006
Friends of The Asian Elephant/FAE/Thailand
(Obviously Mosha was Cleopatra in a former life)
jj

Photo By Laathi

Photo Source
blog.seniorennet.be/laathi/

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SAVE WASHINGTON PETS!
savewashingtonpets.org
"My dear friends and family, please just take a moment of your time and send a note! This is just so easy to do and it means so much to the 1000 animals put down in this state EVERY WEEK! It is just not fair that we can not do something! We "domesticated" these animals and to them we are God and with that comes responsibility! I am just so sad after all these years that we barely are making a dent in the unwanted animal population! Spaying and neutering is so simple but so far from some folks minds and financial capability. We can help! (Jody is this something you could put on jodysjungle.com for Washington followers?)
Thanks everyone for your support and time. All the contact info is in the link savewashingtonpets.org and there is even a form letter to send if you want to just cut and paste it.
I am not affiliated with the group Pawsitive Alliance at all (not that I doubt they are a good organization) but I do support this legislation, feel strongly is it is a good one and hope you will too.
Please pass this info on to all of your dog loving friends,
thanks so much
Heidi, 2/18/09"
Pending Washington State Spay/neuter Legislation Could Save Thousands of Dogs' and Cats' Lives
Pawsitive Alliance, a volunteer organization devoted to ending the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Washington state, is proud to support two bills currently in the Washington State Legislature: Senate Bill 5329 and House Bill 1406.
"We've all seen the pictures of lonely pets in cages and without owners, and we know the only fate waiting for most of them is to be put down," Pridemore said. "It doesn't have to be that way. This is a problem we can solve for pennies."
Pawsitive Alliance's mission is to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Washington by increasing shelter adoptions, programs for spaying and neutering of family pets and providing educational resources and training to the public.

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Salmonella Outbreak and Pets
2/18/2009
The peanut product recall seems to have taken on a life of it’s own. It’s not just peanut butter–the list wanders all over the place from brownie and donut products to salad dressings and pet food and treats. The FDA says that the risk of animals contracting salmonellosis is minimal, yet you should check the pet food products on the lengthy FDA Pet Food Recall List to avoid any unnecessary risk.
Signs that your pet may have salmonella
Source: Care2.com

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Demand Michael Vick Be Barred From NFL Until Tested
2/06/09
Dogs need your voice right away.
Please take a few moments now to send a message directly to the NFL. Michael Vick is going to be RELEASED FROM PRISON ANY MINUTE, and in light of recently released government evidence that he ENJOYED putting his own family "PET DOGS" into the ring with fighting pit bulls, PETA is urging the NFL to make Vick take a test for anti-social personality disorder (ASPD), or psychopathy. Vick seems to fit the profile for ASPD, which includes lying, manipulating others, enjoying others' suffering, and being aggressive and charming. If Vick has ASPD, the NFL needs to know. That's because people who have ASPD cannot be truly remorseful and are likely to repeat the anti-social behavior that pleases them. If he isn't a psychopath, that's fair enough, but if he is, he shouldn't ever be presented to children as a hero. He needs to take the test!

Following the release of a damning USDA report on Michael Vick's dogfighting activities—and an ominous silence from Vick's camp when we brought it to their attention—PETA has sent a letter to the NFL calling for the league to require that Vick undergo a new brain-scanning procedure already in use at a New Mexico corrections facility that can test for psychopathy (anti-social personality disorder) before he is allowed to be a children's hero again.
Some of the most disturbing parts of the USDA report are:
Vick enjoyed placing family pets in the ring with fighting pit bulls
Vick lied both to the NFL and again during his lie-detector test
Vick's behavior seems to fit the American Psychiatric Association profile for anti-social personality disorder (APD).
People with APD are commonly referred to as "psychopaths". They are usually male, often charming, prone to lying and manipulation, and incapable of genuine remorse.
They can also take pleasure in inflicting cruelty.
Before the NFL even considers the possibility of allowing Vick back into the League, where he will be in a position to influence many fans, including countless children, PETA wants the League to require him to undergo a brain scan, coupled with a structured, standardized test (e.g, the Psychopathy Checklist, approved by the American Psychiatric Association). If Vick emerges from these examinations without evidence of psychopathy, this may mean that he has the capacity to express true remorse. If he is a psychopath, the chances of recidivism are great and remorse is virtually impossible.
Please add your voice to this urgent request now.
Source: PETA
501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510
United States

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The Eyes of Thailand
“U.S. documentary features the Friends of the Asian Elephant”
In 1993, Thailand boasted 40,000 Thai Asian Elephants. Fourteen years later, there were less than 2,600 left in captivity. In response to this staggering decline, a North American theatre company, known as “The Chiang Mai Project”, traveled to northern Thailand to raise international awareness about the rapid extinction of one of Thailand’s national icons. Once there, they learned that not only are the Thai Asian Elephants endangered, but the remaining elephants are overworked, abused, or disfigured from landmine injuries. Soraida Salwala, the passionate founder of the Friends of the Asian Elephant, continues to risk her life every day to treat and protect the elephants from further abuse at the first ever Elephant Hospital. Witnessing her tireless commitment, love and determination, the actors began to look at the world, their lives, and their craft from a new perspective.
Produced, Written and Directed by Windy Borman, with music provided by Singer/Songwriter Amie Penwell, D.V.A. Productions presents a documentary that asks you to question your ideas, believe art can change lives, and look at the world through “The Eyes of Thailand.”
View the film’s trailer at:
youtube.com
video.yahoo.com
dailymotion.com

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Good News: Critical Grizzly Bear Habitat Saved
2/6/2009
Dear Jody,
Great News from the Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC) Cody Office!
Critical habitat for grizzly bears, wolves, bighorn sheep, moose, mule deer and elk was safeguarded this week when Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar withdrew three parcels of land adjacent to the Shoshone National Forest from oil and gas leasing. GYC staff gathered the wildlife data needed to justify the withdrawal and also worked closely with partner organizations, The Wilderness Society and Wyoming Outdoor Council, to make Governor Freudenthal aware of the impact oil and gas development would have on the wildlife and wild lands of the Absaroka Mountains. As a result, the governor requested the Bureau of Land Management withdraw these three parcels as well as five others in southwest Wyoming from leasing. A total 9,423 acres are now protected. This is an important victory for some of the wild lands in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and we want to thank you—our supporters—for helping us with this victory. It takes all of us to achieve these successes and ensure prime habitat is unimpaired for our nation's wildlife, now and for future generations.
Sincerely,
Rick Reese
Interim Executive Director
Greater Yellowstone Coalition

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The Death of Thongmee
January 30, 2009
Sixty year old male elephant, Friends of the Asian Elephant/FAE
The World's First Elephant Hospital

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ASPCA News Alerts
1. ASPCA Guide to a Pet-Friendly Valentine's Day
In the week prior to Valentine's Day 2008, our poison control experts saw a 74% rise in cases involving chocolate--this year they warn against two toxic dangers. Please check out our expert's advice on keeping pets healthy this holiday.
2. ASPCA Success Story of the Week: Southern Gentleman
How far would you go to find true puppy love?
One couple drove 1,200 miles to adopt their perfectly polite shepherd, Moose.
3. 19-Year-Old Busted for Animal Cruelty
After an injured poodle was brought to the ASPCA's New York City animal hospital, our agents launched an investigation--and the alleged perpetrator has now been found.
More Articles:
Get Your Degree in Animal CSI
Cast Your Vote in the Bounce 15 Most Lovable Shelter Pets Contest
ASPCA Job of the Week
Become an ASPCA Member
Want to make sure you receive all of the ASPCA's latest newsletters and alerts? To prevent ASPCA email from being caught by your spam filter, please put website@aspca.org in your email address book.
© 2009 The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®
424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128
Visit us online at ASPCA.org

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Union of Concerned Scientists
Citizens and Scientists for Environmental Solutions
Our lakes, rivers, forests, grasslands, wetlands, and native animals and plants are threatened every day by the worldwide movement of non-native species that can spread disease, alter ecosystems, and cause serious economic harm to industries and communities. Scientifically evaluating these organisms for their potential to take over native areas before permitting them to be imported is a common sense and cost-effective method to avoid ecological and economic harm. By requiring this practical “screening” of animals, Congress can help prevent loss of wildlife and habitat, introduction of diseases, and economic losses. Urge your representative to co-sponsor the Non native Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act to protect the United States from invasive species.
Urge Your Representative to Protect Native Wildlife

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Oceanfilmfest.org
1/28/2009
Dear Jody,
For the second straight year, Oceana is proud to support the upcoming San Francisco Ocean Film Festival. Now in its sixth year, SFOFF 2009 will feature more than 30 films from around the globe, touching on subjects like marine science, coastal cultures and saltwater sports. Dozens of filmmakers and nearly 4,500 film lovers from around the world are expected to gather at San Francisco's Cowell Theatre between February 19 and February 22, 2009
Now in its sixth year, the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival returns to present more than 35 documentary, fictional, and animated films from around the world. The films, many largely not available to the public, are intended not only to entertain the audience but, more importantly to educate and encourage active participation in ocean conservation. To achieve this goal, each program is followed by in-depth discussions with filmmakers and content experts, creating a unique public forum on the environmental, social, and cultural importance of marine resources. SFOFF 2009 will attract more than 4,500 people to one of the most anticipated and inclusive ocean events of the year.
FESTIVAL TICKETS & PASSES ARE NOW ON SALE
Source: OCEANA.ORG

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SHARKONLINE.ORG/Showing Animals Respect and Kindness
"Dear Friends,
SHARK has posted the first of a long series of videos that will expose a deeper, darker corner of the Rodeo Mafia than ever before. The video is "Rodeo Cowboy Criminals, Part 1." Based on the records of rodeo connected criminals already in our possession, the series is likely to run a dozen or more video exposes'. The crimes range from animal abuse to child abuse, to racial crimes to rape and murder. This is a grisly job, but someone has to do it. Perhaps the most disgusting aspect of these Cowboy Criminals is that many of them are still involved in and embraced by the rodeo industry. "Rodeo Cowboy Criminals, Part 1" looks at three dastardly criminals. Zeb Lanham we reported on in our last update. Lanham beat his pregnant girlfriend so badly that she had to be airlifted to adequate medical care. Larry Lancaster is a child sexual predator, which is of course sickening and repulsive all by itself. Worse yet, Lancaster ran a rodeo school and was a sponsor of high school rodeo! Jimmy David Brazile is also a child predator. This sixty year old predator repeatedly had sex with a sixteen year-old girl, and then had the incredible nerve to tell the girl's father that he had sex with the girl to show her that it wasn't a big deal!
SHARK's "Rodeo Cowboy Criminals" series will show the link between those who abuse animals and human abuse. I hope you'll take a few minutes to look at this important new effort to expose the cruelty of rodeo.
Link: Rodeo Cowboy Criminals, Part 1
Kindest Regards,
Steve Hindi and Your SHARK Team"
Although JodysJungle.com has been a supporter of SHARK for many years,
and fully believes in what they do,
sometimes, for the sake of my readers, I have to say...I don't recommend watching this video.
My readers know all about animal cruelty and do not need to be reminded with images that will never leave their minds.
jj

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Bob Barker pledges $1.5M to move LA elephant, Billy
Jan 26, 2009 AP
LOS ANGELES
Longtime "Price is Right" host Bob Barker pledged $1.5 million Monday to move the lone elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo to a sanctuary in Northern California, a move that could end a dispute about where the pachyderm should live. Barker said in a letter he would donate the money to move Billy the elephant to the facility run by the
Performing Animal Welfare Society/PAWS
There, Billy would be reunited with Ruby, another elephant previously moved from the zoo. The sanctuary "offers the nearest thing possible to life in his natural habitat," Barker said in the letter.
Read Full Story
And leave a comment

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January 25, 2008
ASHLEY 1982-2008   ODIN 1992-2009

Ashley and Odin, JungleFriends.org

Ashley and Odin
Dear Friends of Jungle Friends,
It is with great sadness that I tell you we lost little Odin Tuesday morning. Odin and his long-time companion Ashley were retired from laboratory research and came to live at Jungle Friends in July 2008, along with eight other tamarins. Ashley was the oldest cotton-top tamarin on record (26 years old); she passed not long ago and Odin was never the same. He didn’t eat well or go outside as early as he did when Ashley was at his side. Odin and Ashley were inseparable; you never saw one without the other. These two tiny monkeys had a profound relationship. His grief at her loss was painful to witness. Odin mourned Ashley’s passing very deeply. The once playful Odin seemed to have lost the will to live. I believe he died of a broken heart. I like to think Ashley and Odin are now together again in death, liberated from the cages that confined them -- their spirits set free.
Lots of monkey love,
Kari and the monks
Kari Bagnall, Director
JungleFriends.org

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Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat
National Wildlife Federation.org
Why Garden For Wildlife?
Watching wildlife in action can be fun and relaxing for everyone. Your habitat may attract beautiful songbirds, butterflies, frogs, and other interesting wildlife for viewing from your very own window.
Curb appeal! Replacing grass lawns with native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees will increase the beauty of your property and provide a nurturing refuge for wildlife.
Bring wildlife home! Restoring habitats where commercial and residential development have degraded natural ecosystems can be your way of giving back to wildlife.
Eco-friendly! Gardening practices that help wildlife, like reducing the use of chemicals, conserving energy and water, and composting also help to improve air, water and soil quality.
Community! Gardening for wildlife can help you share your love of wildlife with your neighbors and help them get involved in creating a home for wildlife.
Adobe PDF Format Backyard Tip Sheets
Attract Butterflies
Backyard Ponds
Bird Feeders
Bird Friendly Habitat
Help Amphibians
Lawn Reduction
Nesting Boxes
Wildlife Gardening
OR you could just do it for your love of wildlife!
jj
Perfect Example: BirdmanDeaBlog

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ANIMALS ASIA
RESCUED DOGS - SUCCESS AND SADNESS
Some three weeks after the rescue of 149 dogs in China from the horrendous meat trade, the dogs remaining are attempting to recover from their terrible ordeal. Unfortunately, we have not been able to save them all given the sick and diseased state many arrived in, and with the dreadful spectre of more serious disease looming, some difficult decisions have had to be made.
To read the full, sad story, please click here

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California Only
Oppose the Sales Tax on Veterinary Services
Veterinary Care is NOT a Luxury;
Medical Care for our Animal Family Members is Essential.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to extend the state sales tax to veterinary services to bring in new state revenue. According to some estimates, the tax could raise the cost of vet care by about 9 percent. This tax could have very serious consequences for animals and for their human companions. Many animal shelters already are seeing animals relinquished due to the housing crisis and economic downturn. This situation will only be exacerbated if the cost of veterinary care increases. If a veterinary sales tax is levied, it could discourage guardians from getting their animals the care they need, and ultimately more animals could end up at shelters. Your voice can help make a difference. Please urge the Governor to reconsider his proposal to place a sales tax on veterinary services and ask your elected officials to protest the proposed tax.
Veterinary care is not a luxury; medical care for our animal family members is essential. Now is the time to act!
For telephone information, more details, and to send email, click here

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Mosha Update 2009Baby Mosha's Second Prosthetic Leg, New Pictures
Including "Mosha Arrives 2006"

Mosha 2006 FAE

Mosha is the bravest, sweetest little girl ever. jj

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IN MEMORIAM
MINNIE 1955-2009
January 22, 2009

Minnie..PAWS

"Minnie, our 54 year old circus retiree whose vocalizations and sweet disposition charmed everyone at ARK 2000, died peacefully in her barn with Rebecca, her long time companion, and Pat Derby, Ed Stewart and her keepers at her side. Her peaceful posture and the serenity with which she slipped away were a great comfort to all of us. Minnie, who had endured years chained in railroad cars died tranquilly among her old friends."
pawsweb.org

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January 22, 2009
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
In Memory

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Sammy the Post Office Cat Banned From the Post Office
By Jordan Breindel– Jan 16th 2009
Story and Video Link
There's news at the Notasulga Post Office, and it's not even a shooting. Sammy, the Notasulga PO's unofficial resident cat has been banned from the building. Apparently an angry customer called in a complaint, citing the fact that Sammy doesn't pay taxes as grounds for barring him from federal grounds. An outraged group of Notasulgans (including, we're happy to say, at least one of our readers) has taken swift and decisive action to rectify the situation. They bought Sammy the Cat his very own P.O. Box. If you want to send Sammy a letter to show your support, you can write to:
Sammy the Cat
P.O. Box 173
Notasulga, Alabama, 36866
(If we all got together, we could pay Sammy's taxes,
whatever they may be, let's ask Sammy!) jj

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GIORGIO ARMANI..Union Square..San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 12 noon–1 p.m.
Please join PETA in highlighting Giorgio Armani's most unfashionable feature: his lies about going FUR-FREE. To protest Armani's continued use of fur despite his promise to stop, PETA will unveil its "Pinocchio Armani" posters—depicting the designer with a long, lie-detecting Pinocchio nose—outside his San Francisco boutique store.
Please join us to hold signs and hand out leaflets to encourage Armani to make good on his word and go fur-free.
Contact JenaH@peta.org or 757-374-5340 with any questions or to RSVP.
When:   Tuesday, February 3, 2009 12 noon–1 p.m.
Where:  Union Square, 278 Post St., San Francisco (near the Giorgio Armani Boutique entrance)
Whether you are able to attend the demonstration or not, please call 415-434-2500 on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 and politely voice your concerns about Armani's use of rabbit fur to the store's manager. Let the designer know that you refuse to shop at Armani until he discontinues his use of fur.
Visit FURISDEAD.com for more information about the cruelty of fur and to watch our undercover exposé of rabbit fur farms, narrated by Gillian Anderson.
Thank you for all that you do to help animals!
For all animals,
Sarah Gawricki, Assistant Activist Liaison
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
SarahG@peta.org

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Mercy for Animals
TheVoice
Vegan School Lunches, Truth About "Humane" Meat, Valentine's Party, VegNC.com, and more!
Urgent Action Alert: Vote For Vegan School Lunches TODAY!
Join MFA at our 4th Annual Vegetarian Valentine's Party
New Online Resource:
The Truth About "Free Range," "Humane" and "Organic" Animal Products

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Read More@
ASPCA News Alerts
January 16, 2009
Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested After Striking Puppy
Early last month, five-month-old pit bull Gigi and her owner were crossing the street near their Staten Island home when suddenly a car struck the puppy. According to Gigi’s owner, the car was on the wrong side of the street. The driver left the scene of the accident without providing any information to the puppy’s devastated owner. Sadly, Gigi succumbed to her injuries and died at a nearby animal hospital. The ASPCA was notified of the incident two days later and promptly began an investigation.
On December 27, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement agents arrested the alleged hit-and-run driver, Rafael Lauda, on multiple charges stemming from the accident. Lauda, 22, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury to an animal and driving with a suspended license. If convicted of all charges, he faces more than a year in jail.

ASPCA's Animal CSI Called Into Action—Rapper DMX Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty
On December 30, 2008 rapper DMX—known legally as Earl Simmons—pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty, among other charges for theft and drug possession. The charges stem from a raid in August 2007, when Maricopa County sheriff's deputies descended on Simmons’s Arizona home, finding 12 malnourished pit bulls and the remains of three dogs.
To assist law enforcement officials in their efforts to prosecute Simmons, the ASPCA’s Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit was called into action. Leading the forensic investigation, the ASPCA’s Dr. Melinda Merck examined the remains of the dead dogs recovered from his property."I was very impressed with the level of commitment from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department on this case," says Dr. Merck. "I have worked with many different law enforcement agencies all over the country, and the team working on this investigation was extremely dedicated."

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Why Does A Cat Do That?
Written by Glenda Moore
Why does your cat wash your hair or face?
Why does a cat "knead" or "make biscuits"?
Why does a cat go to the visitor who doesn't like cats?
Why does your cat push it's head against you?
Why does a cat do a stiff-legged hop/touch against a human?

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Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
News 2009
Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown, brown capuchin

Charlie is a 4-year-old brown capuchin with a very sweet disposition. Charlie’s humans met Charlie when he was up for sale at a PAWN SHOP where he was being persecuted by the customers. They bought him to get him out of the horrific situation he was in and cared for him until it was obvious that Charlie needed to be with other monkeys.
Monkeys Do Not Make Good ‘Pets’!

Jungle Friends News
January 11, 2009

Kid Stuff, Volunteer Stuff, Events Stuff

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ZULA

Zula

On January 11, 2009, Carol Buckley wrote in the African Ele-diary,
"It is with great sorrow that we report that today we lost another of our precious elephants. Even if we were prepared for the loss, even if we had received some advance notice, the shock and sadness would not be diminished. But the suddenness of Zula’s passing has shaken us to our core. Zula, “big sister” and dearest friend to Tange, the nurturer, mature and kind, known to be gentle to everyone she ever met, left us tonight just after 11pm".
Zula's Bio

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George The Lobster Earns His Freedom

At the age of 140 years

George the lobster

NEW YORK (Jan. 10, 2009)
A 140-year-old lobster once destined for a dinner plate received the gift of life Friday from a Park Avenue seafood restaurant. George, the 20-pound supercentenarian crustacean, was freed by City Crab and Seafood in New York City.

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CDC/Centers for Disease Control
Says 1 in 200 Kids Is Vegetarian
By MIKE STOBBE, AP 1/11/09
Other surveys suggest the rate could be four to six times that among older teens who have more control over what they eat than young children do. Vegetarian diets exclude meat, but the name is sometimes loosely worn. Some self-described vegetarians eat fish or poultry on occasion, while others -- called vegans -- cut out animal products of any kind, including eggs and dairy products. Anecdotally, adolescent vegetarianism seems to be rising, thanks in part to YouTube animal slaughter videos that shock the developing sensibilities of many U.S. children. But there isn't enough long-term data to prove that, according to government researchers.

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Dailymail.co.uk
Friday, Jan 09 2009
Cruel dog owner starved German Shepherd Hobo to point of death.

Hobo, German Shepherd

A dog owner whose German Shepherd lost more than half his body weight
and was days away from death
has been banned from owning an animal for 25 years.

Joy Battison

JOY BATTISON starved Hobo to the point where his weight plummeted to 40lbs. Covered in mange, suffering from severe malnutrition and with claws so long he couldn't walk Hobo was given just three days to live. But Hobo has fought back and the 12-year-old now faces the new year with a spring in his paws happy in his new home with animal-lover owners Peter and Val Butcher. Yesterday 56-year-old Battison was banned from owning another animal for 25 years and was also given a 12-month supervision order. She admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal when she faced Northhampton Magistrates Court after initially denying to vets that she was Hobo's owner.
Read full story and see Hobo today.

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The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
is one of JodysJungle.com's favorite places and has been for over ten years.
Please click here
to see the January 8th, 2009 CBS news story and video featuring Tarra the elephant,
(the reason for the Elephant Sanctuary) and "her" dog, Bella.
And yes, the barking you hear is Tarra.

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Farm Sanctuary
Says Goodbye to Legendary Cow

Cincinatti Freedom

Cincinnati Freedom won hearts all over the nation in 2002 when she took a courageous leap of faith, cleared a 6-foot fence at a Cincinnati, Ohio slaughterhouse, and engaged citizens in a dramatic chase that still has people talking. As she resisted capture time and again, staying hidden in a park where she foraged and rested when she could, the courageous cow demonstrated an unbendable will, and her tremendous fight for survival resonated with the public.
Watch a special slideshow and read her memorial here.

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More Stupid Human Tricks

Panda Attacks Third Intruder at Zoo
AP Thursday 1/08/09
Gu Gu the panda has struck again, mauling someone who jumped a barrier to retrieve a child's toy, in his third attack on a visitor at the Beijing zoo. A tourist from China's Anhui province went over a 4-foot, 7-inch barrier surrounding the panda's outdoor exercise area Wednesday to retrieve a toy dropped by his 5-year-old son, said a zoo spokeswoman surnamed Gong. Gu Gu, a panda at Beijing's zoo, mauled a man who entered his exercise enclosure Wednesday, a zoo official said. The man jumped over a barrier to retrieve a toy that his son had dropped.

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Mules Rule!
Lou the Mule

McMinnville, Tenn. Jan. 7, 2009
Lou the Mule is being hailed as a hero for saving the life of his owner in McMinnville, Tenn. Jolene Solomon, 63, says she stepped outside her home on New Year's Day to see why Lou was braying and saw that her house was in flames. It burned to the ground, but she and Lou are safe.

UPDATES 12/31/08

Subject: ELEPHANT TUMAI
To: info@pawsweb.org

You used to have a link to Elephant Tumai.
I have had it on my site for years and now I cannot find it,
thanks for any help.
Jody

We have an electronic version of the book
“Everything You Wanted to Know About Elephants”
which has Tumai’s story in it.
Sincerely, Tamara
Note from jj...
this electronic book also has the stories of
Elephants Bindu, Hannibal, Tyke, Stoney
and the picture "Breaking of a three year old Asian elephant".
Heartbreaking.
"We have a campaign to help all captive bull elephants. The fundraising part is critical, and YOU can help! In these challenging economic times, we are not expecting people to send huge chunks of money. We are encouraging all of our friends and supporters to network with their friends in our campaign, "Dollars for Bulls." If you and one hundred of your friends each sent a dollar, we could build almost a foot of fencing around the bull mountain habitat. Our goal - 5,000 feet of fence to provide a spacious habitat for neglected and forgotten bull elephants."
Please click here to donate, today.
Performing Animal Welfare Society
Telephone: (209) 745.2606
Fax: (209) 745.1809
PAWS.ORG

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Monkey Thanks
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
December 2008
Dear Friends of Jungle Friends,
We asked the Jungle Friends monkeys what they are thankful for, and here are just a few of the things we heard…
(Please click the links to see a picture of each monkey and find out more. jj)

Mela – our latest arrival!
"I am thankful to be in a place where there are lots of other marmosets like me! As the new girl, I had the starring role in the marmoset “Dating Game” with all the bachelors here lining up to meet me! My new boyfriend Chachi is the best. The gourmet cuisine is pretty terrific too. Bananas and Jungle Jelly, mmm...

Travis
"I am thankful for keys. I can hide them and find them, then hide them and forget where I hid them and somehow, more keys magically appear! (Everyone at Jungle Friends will be very thankful if you make a donation today!)

Howard
"I am thankful that Gainesville Pet Rescue donated a bag of great little toys just our size! I love new toys as much as I love peanuts. Whenever I get a peanut, I get so happy I have to do a dance. My caregivers call it my “peanut dance.” I hold the peanut behind my back and chirp happy sounds to it over my shoulder. When I got my new toy, I just had to bust the same move! Toys and peanuts are my favorite things."

Lulu
"I am thankful that I am taming the pinecones in my habitat. They were very scary and rude! They have these little spikes shooting out the side, so I have to pick them up very carefully. The staff knows about their wild ways, and they help me. When I sound the pinecone alarm, they pick it up, throw it to the ground and stomp on it and then throw it out of my sight! I am so happy that they have the same mission as I do! It’s been hard work battling those pinecones, but we’ll show them."

Ebi
"I am thankful that every morning, when the staff checks my water, I get to play “teeter-totter” on the pipe. I think they plan for me to do that now. They always give me time to climb on top and jump up and down. It’s great to have caregivers who know the importance of monkey play."

Jimmy
"I am thankful that everyone here understands my need to be pampered and my need for flare. Every morning, the staff brings around aromatherapy, which I eagerly take (more than one, if I can) and rub it all over my body. It promotes good health, you know. It makes me feel good. I also love my bright blankets. I say, bright and fluffy means fabulous. And that is exactly what I am."

Andy
"I am thankful that I have such an expressive face. I love the attention it gets me! When the staff walks by my habitat and I want to play, they know it! They call it my ‘big play face.’ I like to play! They also say I look so human. I’m not sure… is that a compliment?"

Phil & Lil
"We are thankful for the fuzzy sleeping bag hammock that hangs in our habitat. Especially during the cold months, we love to curl up together and snuggle in it. We are each other’s best friend, and we are so grateful that the caring staff at Jungle Friends took us in and allowed us to stay together. But oh, how we love that hammock!"

Volcano and Tripoli
"We are thankful to be out of the laboratory and into the Florida sunshine! Now we can enjoy plants: you can eat them, you can swing on them, you can even find bugs living in them and eat those too. We just love the great outdoors!"

Jak
"I am thankful for my best friend, Abby. When I first got here, I was shy and timid and not sure how to act around other monkeys. Abby taught me that it’s okay (and lots of fun) to run wild. That’s what we do all day – swing, jump, chase and play. Oh yeah, I’m also thankful to have plants in my habitat! Not only are they fun to bounce on, they’re delicious, too!"

Noah
"I am thankful for my roommate Fala and for branches. Fala is my first girlfriend, and I think I may keep her around for a while. She is very sweet. She came from a lab in California and has had kind of a rough past, but she feels safe with me. I protect her. And I am thankful that there are branches in my habitat, just what I need to be who I am. Ever since I was little I’ve had an acrobatic talent, and I love to just ‘hang around’ Now I have Fala and branches – who could ask for anything more?"

P.S.
If you missed the Inside Edition broadcast, the Jungle Friends segment is now up on our website!
You can find it on our "Monkeys in the Media” page.

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
www.junglefriends.org
(386) 462-7779 Executive Director
(386) 418-0808 Main Office

Sponsor-A-Monkey…
and the monkeys will be thankful that you’re helping to provide food, shelter and care for them every day!
Shop
at our online Jungle Store and your friends and family will be thankful that they are getting great monkey gifts this year!
Contribute to the Research Retirement Fund
and monkeys in research labs will be thankful for the chance to have a sanctuary home!
Give to the Memorial Medical Fund
and all our monkeys will be thankful that our on-site clinic can handle their medical needs!
Make a General Donation
and our office manager will be very thankful that she can pay the bills!
Donate from our monkeys’ Wish List
and we’ll have even more thankful monkeys!

The Jungle Friends Staff
We are very thankful for the opportunity to serve the 118 monkeys in our charge, and to know each one of them as an individual with a unique personality, quirks and all. Please keep the monkeys in mind this holiday season of giving, and remember that our mission to give them a forever home would not be possible without the support of amazing people like you!
JungleFriends.org/archive

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GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

Mosha Update
12/7/2008
"Mosha with the new walking aid. Dr. Preecha Phuangkam, Co-Founder and Director of FAE's Elephant Hospital has worked tirelessly with FAE staff to make this new walking aid. The straps have to be adjusted every day making it a very difficult task since Mosha grows every day."

Mosha's Newest Walking Aid

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JodysJungle.com is always happy to announce a new entry from:
BirdmanDea's Blog
"I had promised a friend that I would document how I made a fountain for my yard to make it more of a habitat...
Water is always a challenge and by adding a reliable and safe watering spot you have the power to change the landscape. With power comes responsibility."

Photo by ©Birdman Dea

A drop of water on a hummingbirds head.
~BirdmanDea has been JodysJungle.com "wildlife go-to guy" for years.
For more of BirdmanDea's amazing wildlife photos please click here~
jj

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Nation's Two Elephant Sanctuaries Collaborate to Provide Home for Ned
A Captive-Born Male Elephant
Welcome Ned!!!
On Saturday, November 8, 2008 an emaciated Asian male elephant named Ned was confiscated from Florida based circus trainer Lance Ramos by the USDA for failure to comply with the Animal Welfare Act and was placed by USDA authority with The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. On Sunday, November 9th, at about 12:30 p.m., Ned arrived at The Elephant Sanctuary. Ned will reside only temporarily in his private facility at The Sanctuary until a permanent facility is ready for him.

Ned

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Dear Ecopassage Supporters,
On Monday, November 17, 2008 the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) will vote on whether or not to prioritize the construction of the Lake Jackson Ecopassage project for FDOT's Transportation Enhancement funds. These are Federal funds that are allocated to each State for projects such as wildlife crossings.
Just to refresh your memory about justification for this project, the Lake Jackson State Aquatic Preserve near Tallahassee, Florida is bisected by 4-lane U.S. Highway 27, which is a virtually impassable barrier to turtles and other wildlife with 25,000 vehicles traveling on it per day. Road mortality and attempted crossings of turtles is higher on U.S. 27 than has ever been documented anywhere in the world ­ over 9,000 turtles in 7 years on a one mile stretch of highway. Over 12,000 reptiles and amphibians of 45 different species have been saved from death on the highway by temporary fences (silt fence) installed in 2000 by the Lake Jackson Ecopassage Alliance (and monitored and maintained for over 8 years), but over 2,000 animals have still been road-killed. Including mammals, 60 different species have been found killed attempting to cross US 27. This project will be the first wildlife crossing project built in Northwest Florida and will consist of a wall and multi-culvert system to allow for safe passage of wildlife.
We need your help to contact the members of the CRTPA to ask them to vote in favor of this project at: crtpa@lakejacksonturtles.org
If you live in the Leon County, Florida area, please attend the meeting at 1 pm in the Tallahassee City Commission Chambers and express your support of the funding for this project using the Transportation Enhancement funds.
For more information please see lakejacksonturtles.org/crtpameeting.htm
Thank you for your help.
Dr. Matt Aresco
Matthew J. Aresco, Ph.D.
President
Lake Jackson Ecopassage Alliance, Inc.
P.O. Box 180891
Tallahassee, FL 32318
(850) 835-2457
Email: aresco@lakejacksonturtles.org
Website: lakejacksonturtles.org

JodysJungle.com supports

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November 9, 2008
Tell the Bahamas to Stop the Killing of
Sea Turtles
"While you may think of the Bahamas as a place of great natural beauty, believe it or not, it is perfectly legal there to kill every species of sea turtle except the hawksbill. Since turtles are highly migratory, what happens in the Bahamas affects turtle populations in the U.S.
We need your help today
to get the Bahamian government to end the killing of sea turtles. The World Conservation Union (IUCN) lists all seven sea turtle species as 'threatened' or 'endangered.' Five of the seven species inhabit the Bahamas -- green, loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill, and olive ridley sea turtles. Since sea turtles are known to migrate between waters of the U.S. and Bahamas, turtle conservation efforts in the US are hindered by the lack of adequate protections in the Bahamas. The Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources has proposed a rule that will enhance sea turtle conservation by prohibiting all harvest, purchase, and sale of sea turtles and turtle products.
We need your help to convince the Bahamas to move forward with this rule to protect sea turtles. Please take action today to help us get better international protection for these ancient mariners".
For the oceans,
Elizabeth Griffin
Marine Wildlife Scientist
Oceana.org
Oceana | 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20036

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"We'd like to ask you a favor"
Date: 11/7/2008
Dear friend of DaVero,
We're writing today on a more serious note than usual. Obviously, the economy is in trouble at every level, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon. One part that is particularly vulnerable (and understandably near and dear to our hearts) is small family farmers: even in the best of times, they operate on razor-thin margins, and in an environment like this many of them are at real risk. So we’d like to ask that as you think about holiday gift-giving this year you consider giving gifts from small family farms. Certainly, we would be grateful if we were one of them, but this really is a request on behalf of small family farmers everywhere. Simply put, all of us depend on you.
If you appreciate real food, please do your best to support this essential resource.
Thank you
DaVero.com
Having sent gifts from DaVero I know how much they are appreciated.
And what a good start to Christmas Shopping Ideas!   jj

Hey! I'm trying to help you guys out! Christmas is five days earlier this year! jj

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Otto the Octopus Wreaks Havoc
(re: confinement, animals are smarter, jj)
Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany
An octopus has caused havoc in his aquarium by performing juggling tricks using his fellow occupants, smashing rocks against the glass and turning off the power by shortcircuiting a lamp.
"We knew that he was bored as the aquarium is closed for winter, and at two feet, seven inches Otto had discovered he was big enough to swing onto the edge of his tank and shoot out a the 2000 Watt spot light above him with a carefully directed jet of water."
"Once we saw him juggling the hermit crabs in his tank, another time he threw stones against the glass damaging it. And from time to time he completely re-arranges his tank to make it suit his own taste better - much to the distress of his fellow tank inhabitants."

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October 26, 2008
Jungle Friends/Inside Edition this Tuesday, October 28, 2008.
Dear Friends of Jungle Friends,
Wow, so much has gone on in the past few weeks I hardly know where to begin. Well, let me begin with our newest monkey arrivals Dharma and Darwin. I would tell you all about the little darlings, but that would spoil their television debut that will air on Inside Edition this Tuesday, October 28, 2008.
Yes, that's right: Dharma and Darwin were filmed first at their prior home in Michigan and then during their release at Jungle Friends in Florida. Please watch Inside Edition Tuesday and let me know what you think. Meanwhile, you can read more about these two on our website.

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October 24, 2008
Treat Your Pets to a Safe Halloween
Chocolate, bowls of candy and lit jack-o-lanterns go far in creating that All Hallow's Eve ambience, but sweet and scary fun can present untold dangers for pets. Please check out the ASPCA's tips for ensuring a safe and fun Halloween for you and your furry loves.

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VICTORY!
For Beluga Whales
(With only 375 left)

Beluga Whale picture courtesy N.R.D.C.

Dear Jody,
We just got life-saving news for the last 375 beluga whales of Alaska's Cook Inlet.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has decided to place these imperiled whales -- one of the smallest populations of marine mammals left on the planet -- on the endangered species list.
It's a huge win for beluga whales, whose population has plummeted due to the industrialization of Alaska's most populated and fastest-growing waterway. And it's a huge win for the NRDC Action Fund. More than 118,000 online activists like you sent messages to the Bush Administration demanding protection for the whales.
Our messages accounted for some two-thirds of all 180,000 comments received! This outpouring of national pressure put the White House on notice that the American people expect swift action to save beluga whales from extinction.
But the Bush Administration still dragged its feet. That's why our partner organization, NRDC, and 10 other conservation groups filed suit and put a halt to the administration’s delays. The beluga's newly won protection will help scientists deal with the many dangers now facing the whales: oil and gas exploration, increased pollution, and plans for massive new projects that could endanger the whales' survival.
We will hold the government's feet to the fire and make sure that habitat protections are put in place under the Endangered Species Act, while there is still time to save the belugas of Cook Inlet.
Meanwhile, I want to thank you for standing up in defense of Alaska's most vulnerable whales. We'll be sure to keep you informed as soon as there are new developments.
Sincerely,
Frances Beinecke
President
NRDC Action Fund
P.S. You can support our ongoing campaign to save beluga whales by making an
online donation

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CA: Fight Farm Animal Cruelty—Vote for Prop 2
Dear California Animal Advocates,
When you go to the polls to cast your vote for U.S. President, don't forget to vote YES! on Proposition 2 for California's farm animals! On November 4, you will have the opportunity to take a stand against some of the most cruel and unnecessary aspects of factory farming. If passed, Prop 2 will end the practice of keeping veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens in cages and crates so small that they cannot turn around. This law will not only prevent cruelty to animals--it also will improve food safety and reduce the devastating environmental impact of factory farms.
Join the ASPCA and more than 150 other animal-protection organizations, more than 700 California veterinary professionals, and over 100 elected federal, state and local officials in supporting Prop 2!
What You Can Do
Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to learn more about Proposition 2
and send a note to fellow California animal lovers asking them to vote YES! on Prop 2.
Thank you for your support, California!
© 2008 The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®
424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128
Visit us online at aspca.org

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Yielding to Conservationists, eBay Will Ban Ivory Sales
By Felicity Barringer, New York Times
October 21, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — In response to growing pressure from international law enforcement agencies and conservation groups, eBay, the online auction giant, announced Monday that it would ban all commerce in ivory, including most heirlooms, to avoid providing a market that will encourage the slaughter of endangered elephants.
The announcement, made to the company’s merchants and customers, came as a conservation organization based in Massachusetts prepared to issue the latest in a series of reports documenting how online auction sites, particularly eBay, have become a magnet for trading in items derived from endangered species, among them rare birds and reptiles sold to collectors, ivory-handled walking sticks or bracelets and figurines carved from elephant tusks.
The report, to be released here on Tuesday by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, analyzes data gathered in a six-week survey that tracked more than 7,000 listings of wildlife or their feathers, teeth or pelts offered for sale on more than 185 Web sites in 11 countries. Nearly three-quarters of the items were elephant products, the report said.
The vast majority of the online trade in endangered animals, the report says, is done on eBay. Law enforcement officials and specialists in illegal wildlife trade said it was impossible to determine how much of the estimated $10 billion spent each year in the illicit trade happens online....continued
Source: Savetheelephants.org

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AnimalPeopleNews.org
Weaning Zoos From Elephants
This article, written May 2005, is a valuable piece of information and a good read
for all who are interested in elephants and would like to know the whole pcture.

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ASPCA Newsletter
October 17, 2008
1. Top 10 Drugs That Poison Our Pets
2. Extraordinary Dogs: In the Line of Duty
3. Queens Man Arrested for Animal Cruelty
4. Dogs With Jobs: Working K-9 to 5!
5. Animal Hoarding 101

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Plai Boon Mee
Young Elephant Killed by Drunk Bangkok Truck Driver
bangkokpost.com October 17, 2008
Soraida Salwala, founder of the Friends of the Asian Elephant foundation, said the problems of elephants roaming the streets had gone on for too long. The authorities paid only lip service to improving the welfare of the roaming elephants and the mahouts. ''This accident could have been prevented. Elephants should not roam about in cities. They should stay where they belong,'' Ms Soraida said. She would ask Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin to make sure Bangkok is free of roaming elephants. She was also seeking legal avenues for action against people involved in abusing elephants and against high-ranking officials who turn a blind eye to the problem.
Young Elephant Killed by Drunk Bangkok Truck Driver
pattayadailynews.com October 16, 2008

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thepetitionsite.com
10/11/08
The Roadless Area Conservation Rule is the most significant forest conservation measure in U.S. history
and the Bush administration is trying to dismantle it.
We need your help to stop the changes and preserve the last wild forests.

Dear Jody,
We need your immediate help to turn back the U.S. Navy's latest assault on whales off the coast of California. Last year, the California Coastal Commission ruled that the Navy must follow common-sense safety measures while using high-intensity sonar off southern California. The Navy refused to comply with those recommendations, even after two subsequent court orders. Now, the Navy is asking the Commission for an even more expansive use of sonar in the area.
Please go to nrdconline.org right now and urge the California Coastal Commission to reject the Navy's request, unless it commits to simple precautions that will protect marine life. We only have until October 14, 2008
The Commission's staff has already concluded that, without additional protections, the Navy's extensive use of sonar would cause significant harm to California's marine mammals. It recommended that the Navy avoid biologically sensitive areas (especially during key migration periods), turn off sonar when marine mammals are sighted close to the sonar ship, and improve monitoring for marine mammals before the sonar is turned on.
Go to Tell the CA Coastal Commission to save whales from sonar right away.
It's crucial that the Commission hear from concerned Californians before October 14, 2008
Thanks again for taking action in support of marine mammals off the coast of California.
Sincerely,
Frances Beinecke
President
NRDC Action Fund
The NRDC Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Jungle Friends
Monkey Art comes to Havana, Florida!
An Exhibit of Artwork created by the Jungle Friends monkeys
October 11 through December 2008 at
Light N Up Art Co-Op and Studios
208 NW 1st St. Havana, FL 32333
850-539-0006
Opening Night Reception and Party
Saturday, October 11, 2009, 5-8 pm
Invitation Flyer (pdf format)
Visit the Monkey Art exhibit Saturday evening for a first look at the monkeys' paintings, and meet Kari Bagnall, founder and director of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. Along with music and refreshments, the event will include a brief PowerPoint presentation by Kari introducing Jungle Friends and the monkeys.
Admission is free. Proceeds from sales of artwork and a variety of monkey gifts will benefit the sanctuary.

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National Wildlife Federation Oct. 2008
"Be one of the first to visit our new adoption center!
Based on National Wildlife Federation's popular children’s magazine, Wild Animal Baby®, you can choose from 15 adorable baby animals for just $35.00, adopt a Beaver, Chimp, Clownfish, Dolphin, Elephant, Giraffe, Panda, Penguin, Polar Bear, Tiger, Seal Pup.
Your adoption includes a soft, cuddly plush, a birth certificate, and a beautiful story about the wild animal baby you adopt. You also have the option to enhance your gift with a subscription to one of our award-winning magazines—Wild Animal Baby®, Your Big Backyard®, Ranger Rick®—or one of our children’s music CDs and DVDs. And, they’re available just in time for the holiday gift-giving season!"
Check out these adorable Wild Animal Babies!

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What a wonderful sight!
On September 24, 2008, Motala and Mosha finally met.
A joyous day indeed!

Motala hugs baby Mosha..Sept. 27, 2008

These two lovely ladies, each injured in the same way, so many years apart,
can now share their sorrows and hopes.
May Mosha find a new mom in Motala and may Motala find great comfort in Mosha.
In this picture taken Sept. 27, 2008 Motala gives Mosha a hug.
To see earlier pictures of their first meeting and learn baby Mosha's story, please visit FAE Updates
Thank you, jj

FAE September 24, 2008
Mosha and Motala Meet for the First Time!

Motala waits for Mosha  Mosha and Motala meet at last!
Mosha was shy at first

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Leaving a Legacy
PAWS' Beloved Elephant Passes Away
9/21/2008

African Elephant #71

#71, one of PAWS' cherished African elephants, peacefully passed away this weekend. Her PAWS family was with her. She was 26 years old. #71 was born in Africa and shipped to the United States after her mother was killed in a cull. Assigned and tagged #71, and slated to be sold as a baby circus elephant, she and a few others in the group ended up being purchased by a man in Florida who owned a large estate. Without her mother's care she was malnourished, chronically sick and nearly died. In an attempt to save her young life, Pat Derby and Ed Stewart, founders of PAWS, offered to give her sanctuary.
"71 was the cornerstone of PAWS. She was the reason for everything that guides PAWS' founding mission. She leaves a legacy for the other African elephants, Mara, Ruby, Lulu and Maggie, whom she led. ARK 2000 was truly hers," Pat Derby said.
When 71 first arrived at PAWS her veterinarian said she would never be a healthy elephant. But Pat and Ed committed themselves to giving her a chance. They slept with her for months, and bottle fed her until she was strong enough to eat on her own. They gave her love and encouragement. They gave her a family.
"When 71 first arrived and walked out of her crate," Derby recalls, "we immediately cut the chains from around her neck. We promised her right then she would never again be chained. She would never be beaten. She would never have to do anything she didn't want to do. We kept that promise to her."
Captivity, and the practice of capturing elephants-tearing them away from their families, forcing them to live in confined spaces, often cruelly trained-is ultimately what destroys them.
"I hope everyone who hears 71's story will remember her when they see elephants languishing in small spaces, rocking and swaying, deprived of their freedom and their families," Derby said.
A necropsy will be performed this week.
PAWS
P.O. Box 849 | Galt | CA | 95632
This email was sent to joema2@aol.com by newsletter@pawsweb.org

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Are you familiar with "Hell's Kitchen" Chef Gordon Ramsay?
Ever wondered what Gordon Ramsay's biggest nightmare is? Well, you don't have to anymore--
In a recent interview, Ramsay revealed: 'My biggest nightmare would be if the kids ever came up to me and said
"Dad, I'm a vegetarian." Then I would sit them on the fence and electrocute them.'
Isn't he a charmer?

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Gustav Update: 9/12/08 ASPCA
Pets and Their People Return Home
Last Sunday, the ASPCA Disaster Response Team helped to send the last of more than 1,000 evacuated animals home with their human families--all grateful to have remained together throughout the hurricane.

American Humane in Louisiana, Sheltering Animals Evacuated From Areas Affected by Hurricane Gustav
Caring for More Than 1,000 Animals in Mega-Shelter; ‘Rescue Rig’ Arrives in Baton Rouge.
American Humane’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services™ responders are in Shreveport and Baton Rouge, La., to assist in animal sheltering, as well as animal rescue efforts, as needed, in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.
American Humane is part of a collaborative animal emergency response team assisting the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) in animal sheltering at the Mega-Shelter in Shreveport. The team is composed of other national animal welfare organizations, including ASPCA, HSUS, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Noah’s Wish.
In Baton Rouge, American Humane, in collaboration with IFAW, has been asked by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry to have an animal search-and-rescue team ready to deploy, if needed.

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Animals Asia 8/27/08
Dear Jody,
Our wonderful friends at Abracadabra Teddy Bears in Saffron Waldon, Essex, UK are once again running a Big Summer Online Teddy Bear Auction to help raise funds for our rescued bears in China and Vietnam. Abracadabra Teddies has already raised a phenomenal £23,058 for the bears via monthly auctions and this summer auction is one of the biggest yet with over 80 bears and teddies on offer, there really is something for everybody. Bidding has already begun so don’t delay -- get a bid in for your favourite teddy today.
Please click here
to see the teddies. All of the bears have been donated by collectors or bear-makers wanting to make a difference to the lives of the moon bears incarcerated in cages across China and Vietnam. The online auction will run until 31 August 2008, so get your bids in soon. Please bid generously and remember that every donation no matter how big or small will help to end the barbaric practice of bear farming.
With warm wishes and sincere thanks for your support,
Dave Neale
UK Director
Animals Asia Foundation
Reg Charity: 1086903
For anyone who collects Teddy Bears, Steiff, Gund, Vintage, etc.
Please check out this auction, bears make great gifts for an upcoming HOLIDAY that shall remain nameless for now.
jj

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W.S.P.A.
Blind bears start new lives in world’s largest bear sanctuary
August 2008
Two blind bears that spent their lives in tiny, rusting cages found new homes in the large woodland enclosures of the world's biggest bear sanctuary last week - part of a groundbreaking project funded by WSPA.
Please click the above link to see Max as a former blind, captive, tourist attraction with his
captor (grrrr) and watch the video of him now, a free blind bear with a home.

Max and captor

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ASPCA
"We are getting more calls and emails than ever from people who cannot afford to feed their horses..."
Learn how you can donate to the Emergency Hay Fund.
Horse sanctuaries and rescues around the country are in crisis over the soaring cost of hay!
Today's struggling economy isn't just affecting people at the gas pump; the horse industry is also plagued by the escalating cost of hay. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's market report, hay costs have risen from $160 per ton in 2006 to $235 per ton last week.
Faced with these rising costs and ongoing drought conditions many horses are left to starve on arid land. Equine rescues are being flooded with calls from caring horse owners to relinquish their beloved pets simply because they can no longer afford to purchase hay. As a result, horse sanctuaries have become crowded with horses for which they too are struggling to care, and are reporting a sharp increase in the number of emaciated horses being surrendered to them. The situation has become even more dire in areas where wildfires, drought, or flooding have affected hay crops causing wild horse sanctuaries to cut back on their services as a result of the staggering costs.
In order to address this crisis, the ASPCA has created an Emergency Hay Fund; this Fund will provide much needed financial assistance to horse sanctuaries to help reduce the burden of escalating hay costs. Every dollar we receive will be used exclusively to provide Emergency Hay Relief grants to struggling horse sanctuaries and rescue organizations.
Please, help us make a difference in the lives of horses by supporting this important Fund; every dollar will truly make a difference!
Thank you for your support!
Always remember to Make Pet Adoption Your First Option®!
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ASPCA News Alert August 22, 2008
Animal Witness:
"The Michael Vick Case”
Premieres Sunday, 8/24/08
Last year’s federal case against Vick dominated the media for months, generating public concern for the dogs seized from Bad Newz Kennels—and for animal victims across the country still involved in this brutal “sport.”
Many of these questions will be answered this Sunday night during “Animal Witness: The Michael Vick Case," the premiere episode of Animal Planet’s new series on animal forensics. The one-hour show offers an in-depth look at Vick and exposes the hidden world of dog fighting—and for the first time on national television, lead investigator Bill Brinkman talks about the inner workings of the case.
animal.discovery.com

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Jungle Friends Update
August 2008
"I am happy to share that Kari was recently recognized by the National Interfaith Council as recipient of their Beacon of Light award. The Council's founder, Reverend Paula Webb, offered these moving words in tribute:
"Your tireless, loving, compassionate energies have brought such light and love to all those beautiful creatures in your care, that as Founder of the NIC, I honor you and your staff for all that you do."
We are honored indeed to receive this beautiful award, and wish to recognize in turn our many supporters, whose loving donations and efforts have made all of this possible. Many thanks to Reverend Paula, the National Interfaith Council, and to all of you for your generous help and support."
Congratulations to Kari and the staff of JungleFriends!..jj

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Summer is Still Sizzling at the ASPCA Store
Shop Now
Put the heat on animal abuse. Sport an HLE badge in our cotton T-shirt.
Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Navy T-shirt
"Show your support for the fight against animal cruelty by wearing an HLE t-shirt. The t-shirt features the HLE badge in the upper left. This is a reproduction of the same badge worn by ASPCA humane law enforcement agents on the job. It has become a symbol for treating cruelty to animals as a serious crime. Now you can wear it too."

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"It's Raining Cats and Dogs at Wild Bryde Jewelry This Month!
We've discounted all our Dog and Cat Jewelry by 20% throughout August! Calling all dog and cat lovers!! You can make some great savings this month on some of our most popular companion animal jewelry!
We're celebrating the "miracle birth" of our new kittens! Proud Mom, Feather, took us all completely by surprise when we found her nursing her newborns beneath a plastic swimming pool in our backyard! Feather came to us from an animal shelter last December. Everyone believed she had already been spayed since her left ear was neatly "clipped". A typical sign of a feral cat who has been caught, spayed or neutered, and then re-released into the wild.
Not so in our Feather's case!! We are all enjoying the adorable fruits of her very-present womb! Hopefully the kittens will pose long enough for Mike to create some gorgeous new feline designs!

Wild Bryde Photo

Just a reminder though of the importance of having your companion animals spayed and/or neutered in order to avoid such surprises!!
In the meantime, why not indulge in some of our cat and dog jewelry and make the most of our August sale prices!"
Wild Bryde Jewelry
Exquisite Hand-Crafted Wildlife and Nature Designs
Made Entirely in the USA Since 1981

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CONGRATULATIONS!
The Prostheses Foundation has announced that Asso. Prof. Dr. Therdchai Jivacate is one of the Magsaysay Awardees this year. The awards will be presented on 31 August, 2008 in the Philippines. Dr. Therdchai has been recognized for his public services in helping the people who need the protheses legs and the latest is for Baby Mosha, the elephant.
Soraida

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Hi Everyone:
"I encourage you to please sign the petition (it only takes about 10 seconds) and pass it along to everyone you know and ask them to sign. We must send a concerned message to the Chinese government asking them to not support these inhumane practices towards dogs and cats! I have been a long time volunteer, rescuer and helper with pets in Marin County and it breaks my heart to know that these animals are treated so cruelly. We can help!
Thank you for your support."
Trudy
animalsaviors.org/petition

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Mouse Trap Project
This humane mouse trap has no moving parts, does not need to be set, can be made in 10 minutes or less, using inexpensive and readily available materials that you probably already have, and best of all
IT WON’T HURT THE MOUSE

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July 2, 2008
WSPA releases grocery store survey on humane food choices
Do you want to know how well your favorite grocery stores stack up when it comes to offering animal friendly foods on their shelves? WSPA surveyed about 200 individual stores throughout the US and recorded the availability of humanely labeled dairy, eggs, meat and poultry products. The results were used to rank the 23 largest US grocery corporations according to both the quantity and quality of their humane food selection. Both Trader Joe's and Wal-Mart ranked far lower than their chief competitors and we need your help in urging them to offer more humane food choices in their stores. Take action now.
Visit our website at EatHumane.org to see the results of the survey and to download WSPA's grocery store comment card and pocket food guide.

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June, 2008
Dear Miss Jody:
These photos were taken on the day Asso. Prof. Therdchai and his team came to make the prosthetic leg and the last photo was on the 24th when his team came to visit Mosha. The colour of the prosthetic leg has been changed and will be adjusted to make Mosha feel comfortable. She even tries to pull the artificial leg back after the staff take it off her leg each day. She is now very possessive of her new leg.
Cheers!
Soraida

 

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VIDEO
Elephant Mosha Walking on Prosthetic Leg

Mosha's New Leg
6/22/2008

Mosha is walking in her playground with the prosthetic leg successfully made by the Prosthesis Foundation at Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital on 21st June, 2008. It took twelve full hours of twenty technicians from PF under Asso. Therdchai Jivacate. It is believed to be the world's first elephant artificial leg. Thanks to PF and everyone of our staff who has as worked tirelessly to make it possible for Mosha to stand high.
Soraida Salwala
Founder
FAE

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Prosthetic Leg for Baby Elephant Mosha
June 2008

"Baby Mosha who was injured by landmine when she was only seven months old back in 2006 has fully recovered. And Asso. Prof. Therdchai Jivagate, from the Prostheses Foundation will be at Friends of the Asian Elephant’s Hospital in Hangchatr, Lampang Province on Saturday the 21st of June, 2008 around 9.00 a.m. to proceed with the prosthetic leg for Baby Mosha who is now two years and seven months old. She has been prepared to put the artificial leg since February after she weaned off in December 2007, her mother had to go back to the owners while Mosha has been donated to FAE to take care of her for the rest of her life. Mosha has been walking on the pre-prosthetic leg since February and in good health and her spirit is high."
Soraida Salwala, Founder
Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE)
FAE updates @ JodysJungle.com

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Bizarro 6-1-08...Used with 
Permission of Don Piraro
Visit
Bizarro's Blog Spot

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"Dear Friends of Jungle Friends,
Jungle Friends has had two emergency arrivals in the past two weeks! Both monkeys came to us from a life or death situation, and now I must ask our Jungle Friends family to help provide for
Tessa and BamBam
Please help us give these little girls the life they deserve."

Tessa   BamBam

AP 05-15-2008
Eight Belles' Necropsy Report Released
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 15) - Eight Belles had no diseases or pre-existing bone abnormalities that caused the filly to break down after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby. Autopsy results reviewed by The Associated Press on Thursday confirm compound fractures of both front legs at the fetlock joints. They also describe lacerated skin on both legs, an absence of joint fluid in the damaged areas and congested lungs.

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For those of us interested in birds, beautiful bird photos and fascinating, informative articles...
Please visit BirdmanDea's Blog
Put it in your favorites and visit often, it is ever changing, from Hawks to Humming Bird fountains and beyond.

Newly hatched Killdeer
A true marvel of survival no bigger than a ping pong ball.

newly hatched killdeer.
photo courtesy of birdmandea

Blink and you will never know you missed it.

Finding It
with
BirdmanDea
"I am addicted. I have been for years. The withdrawal is brutal and unbearable. The fix is cheap and always leaves me wanting more. I do it everyday. I do it when I am drinking coffee in the morning. I do it while I am driving. I do it when I am talking to people about doing it. I gotta have more. Chores do not matter. Work does not matter. The weather does not matter. The cost of gas does not matter. I need more and I need it as soon as possible".

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Kindred Souls Foundation
"Kindred Souls Foundation provides sanctuary to abandoned, abused, and neglected cats and dogs of all ages, a holistic approach to their care, and education on the rewards and responsibilities of animal companionship.
Kindred Souls Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to animal welfare advocacy. Through our specially designed programs, community involvement, and networking with other organizations, we strive to ensure all animals with whom we come into contact are given the opportunity to be loved and well cared for.
Our Board Members and Volunteers are dedicated to encouraging compassion towards all animals."
P.O. Box 88627
Steilacoom, WA 98388
Phone: 253-226-3135
Email: info@kindredsoulsfoundation.org

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Trader Joe's stops carrying eggs from California farm
Trader Joe's announced Thursday that it will stop carrying eggs from a central California farm where an animal rights group shot undercover video showing chickens being mistreated by workers.
Footage released earlier this week by the Chicago-based nonprofit Mercy for Animals showed hens at Gemperle Enterprises' farms confined in crowded metal cages with rotting bird corpses.
jj Alert
Mercy for Animals is a hard core site with some terribly disturbing videos.

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Meet the Winners
of American Humane’s 2008 Be Kind to Animals™ Kid Contest
"This year’s Be Kind to Animals Kid Contest brought us more than twice as many entries as last year. We received nominations of special kids and teens from coast to coast. Their humane values and actions serve as an example to others".

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5/4/08
Big Brown Wins Tragic Kentucky Derby
Eight Belles Euthanized on Track After Second-Place Finish
Eight Belles

   

Kentucky Derby May, 2008
"Eight Belles" Should Sound the End of Racetrack Betting

News & Issues
Kentucky
Epidemic of Horse Neglect Cases Plague State Where Animal Protection Laws Rank Last in the Nation
Source: Animal Legal Defense Fund eNewsletter

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Action Alert Update!
(5/2/08)

Man Accused of Killing "Baby" the Dog With a Power Drill May Never Go to Trial
3-year-old pit bull named "Baby" Dies After Being Attacked With a Power Drill
(Plainville, CT)
3/26/08
Arrested in January 2008, Severino Cruz and his brother Enrique Cruz face charges of animal cruelty for alleged neglect and malicious abuse. Reportedly in a rage upon hearing that a 3-year-old pit bull named Baby had bitten his nephew’s arm, Severino Cruz grabbed the dog by her chain, pushed her up against her cage and drilled a series of holes into her skull with a power drill. Baby was euthanized shortly thereafter.

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May 2008
Kentucky Derby
Eight Belles Tragedy: Never Again
Target: Alex Waldrop, Chief Executive Officer, National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Sponsored by: Horse lovers and animal welfare advocates everywhere.
The time has come for animal lovers everywhere to demand accountability and reform of the horse racing industry.
The death of Eight Belles after finishing second at this year's Kentucky Derby is a horrible reminder of the toll race horses have taken recently in an increasingly dangerous sport. According to a recent study, an average of two horses die every day in horse racing. This loss is unacceptable.
The horse racing industry must reform to put the welfare and safety of horses first and foremost
if not, we will boycott the sport.
Sign Petition
Source:
The Petition Site.com
There are many of us who would like to see horse racing abolished. jj
See Also: Horses@JodysJungle.com

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From Retiring to Rescuing
Alayne Marker and Steve Smith retired from their lucrative jobs 15 years early. The couple then moved to Montana and started The Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary with their own savings.
"The Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Montana
rescues and shelters disabled animals. Every animal who arrives at the sanctuary gets another chance to have a safe and loving home. Our residents include blind dogs, blind horses, deaf dogs, blind cats, and others with medical issues like muscular dystrophy.
Although these animals may have disabilities, they do not consider themselves handicapped. They just want to get on with life and enjoy themselves. Thanks to the support of the sanctuary's friends, that's what they get to do here."
The sanctuary is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that is supported entirely by private contributions. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
About The Sanctuary

"This site is dedicated to the blind horses at our Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary. These special animals have shown us that a blind horse can enjoy life just like a sighted horse." BlindHorses.org

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5/3/2008
Cloud Rat

cloud rat

This cloud rat, found in a mossy forest about 7,700 feet above sea level in Mt. Pulag National Park in the Philippines, was the first of its species to be seen in 112 years.

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Japan's Oldest Giant Panda, Ling Ling, Dies
Apr. 30, 2008
Associated Press

Ling Ling

TOKYO - Japan's oldest giant panda, Ling Ling, a longtime star at Tokyo's largest zoo and a symbol of friendship with China, died Wednesday of heart failure, zookeepers said.
Ling Ling was 22 years and seven months old, equivalent to about 70 human years, the Ueno Zoo said. It said he was the fifth-oldest known male panda in the world. Ling Ling began losing his appetite and strength last August because of his old age, and recently suffered from heart and kidney problems, zoo official Motoyasu Ida said.
Keepers and visitors mourned the panda, which was the zoo's most popular attraction for more than 15 years. Public broadcaster NHK showed many visitors writing condolence messages, with some brushing away tears. Ling Ling's portrait was displayed inside his cage, along with bouquets and offerings of his favorite bamboo shoots.
An autopsy found he died of heart failure, Ida said. Fukuji Sugimoto, chief panda keeper at the zoo, said he felt something was wrong as soon as he entered Ling Ling's cage early Wednesday. "He always turned around when I called Ling Ling.' This morning he didn't. I rushed to him and touched his head, and he was already cold. That broke my heart," Sugimoto said. "He was such a darling." Ling Ling died just one day after the zoo withdrew him from public view because of his worsening health.
Born at China's Beijing Zoo in 1985, Ling Ling came to Tokyo in 1992. He had traveled to Mexico three times in recent years for unsuccessful mating. Ling Ling was the only giant panda owned by Japan, with eight other pandas elsewhere in the country all loaned by China, according to media reports.
With Ling Ling's loss, Ueno Zoo is without a panda for the first time since 1972, when the first panda couple arrived from China to mark the signing of bilateral peace treaty. Ida said the zoo is currently consulting with the Foreign Ministry about obtaining another panda from China.
The regional newspaper Tokyo Shimbun reported Tuesday that Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda may ask Chinese President Hu Jintao to consider loaning a pair of pandas to Japan.
Giant pandas are one of the world's rarest animals, with about 1,600 living in the wild in China, mostly in Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces.

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Please take action
'Washington Post' Investigation
Reveals Government Testing Sham

mouse used for testing, how sad

Source: Peta.org

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AnimalsAsia.org
April, 2008
Dear Jody,
Just a quick email to update you on the news that many of you have patiently been waiting for. Madam Xiong (literally Madam “Bear”!) of the Sichuan Forestry Department has kept her promise of closing a farm before the end of March – and, in the final hours of this month, our newly rescued bears are here! At 8pm tonight (Monday, China time), three trucks carrying 28 terrified, emaciated, but soon-to-be-free Moon Bears drove through the gates of our sanctuary in Chengdu, bringing our new family members “home”.
The next few days and weeks are going to be frantically busy as our wonderful team of vets, nurses, bear managers and workers get to grips with pioritising those bears in most urgent need of medical attention and begin their magic of repairing damaged bodies and minds. As always, this is a time of emotional highs and lows as we cry inside for animals that have spent decades in cages on barbaric farms, but put tears and anger behind as we become the professionals the bears need us to be.
Our first priority has been to ensure the safety of our staff by securing the rusty, dilapidated cages of these tortured, understandably aggressive bears, before offering them simple pleasures which they have never experienced on the farms. Free access to clean water for the first time in their lives, fruit piled high and tasty medicated shakes which will start them on the healing process – preparing for emergency health checks and major surgeries so necessary to get them through. Even straw placed on the roof of their cruel crush cages will see them quickly pulling it through, making nests on unrelenting bars which have hurt and scarred their bone-thin bodies for years.
It is the best and worst of times for everyone here in Chengdu – not least the bears – and, in between this new rescue, we want to thank you for having the faith to stay with us and for now being a profound part of this latest good news. Please come back and visit my blog where you’ll see updates and photos whenever there’s time over this coming week. Take a quick break and visit so that you can join the bears as, together, we start the first tentative steps towards freedom.
Finally, please bear with us (excuse the pun) as we try to balance caring for the bears and keeping you updated. I know you’ll have questions, but we may not be able to respond to you all individually as we start working round the clock at the sanctuary. Please keep checking the blog and I’ll try to answer them as much as possible there.
These bears may not be “smiling” like Jasper and friends just yet – but experience tells us that most will pull through ….with a little luck, and time, on their side.
Bear hugs,
Jill
Jill Robinson MBE
Founder & CEO
Animals Asia Foundation, Hong Kong

A Bear Named Watermelon

A bear named Watermelon in crush cage

"One of those bears was a handsome young male, who we’ve nick-named “Watermelon”. On arrival, this brave boy was clearly in agony with crippling back pain. He’d been rammed into a tiny, tiny cage, and all he had the energy to do was whimper quietly – and breathe.
Watermelon was cramped painfully on his side, his majestic head pressed flat against the unrelenting bars and his belly weeping a putrid mix of bile, blood and pus. His left forepaw was poking through the cruel bars to rest on the concrete floor outside, the only place it had to go. There was a gentleness about this beautiful bear that just broke our hearts. His breath was dangerously shallow, but the depth of his pleading brown eyes spoke of a thousand sorrows.
Among the melee, one of the bear workers noticed Watermelon wasn’t eating and offered him a piece of apple, then some banana on a long skewer. Widening his eyes, he sniffed at the fruit, but still he didn’t eat. It wasn’t until she gently lifted a piece of juicy watermelon to his lips that this beautiful boy slowly edged open his mouth and nibbled on the tender flesh – almost certainly the most delicious food he’d ever eaten. His whimpers gradually lessened. I’d like to think this small act of kindness gave him the will to fight on."

Watermelon

Please visit Jill's Blog
Please Care, Please Help.
jj

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IT'S A WIN!
TAI THE ELEPHANT WON'T BE FORCED INTO RIDICULOUS BUBBLE STUNT!
From: davidkca@earthlink.net...3/14/2008
Your efforts -- the phone calls, emails and letters to the editor (great one in the L.A. Times today) -- made a difference! The Discovery Science Center has cancelled the elephant stunt because of the overwhelming response against this senseless spectacle. The science center listened to informed, concerned and compassionate people and made the right decision.
Please send a brief email to the Discovery Science Center at news@discoverycube.org and thank them for doing the right thing and canceling the elephant stunt. It's important to acknowledge that they listened to the public and did the right thing in the end.
Thanks to everyone who took action on this important issue. You really do make a difference for the animals!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Discovery Science Center on March 18 Guinness World Record attempt
SANTA ANA, Calif. ­ March 14, 2008 ­ The following is a statement from Discovery Science Center regarding the Guinness World Record attempt planned for Tuesday, March 18, 2008.
"The feedback that Discovery Science Center has received on attempting to set a Guinness World Record with an elephant in a soap bubble during BubbleFest has been overwhelming. We appreciate that so many people took the time to voice their opinions on this matter. We want to let our public know that we are listening to you. We look forward to a fun and educational three-week BubbleFest.
Tai, the elephant will not be part of our event,
but beginning on Saturday, March 15, we¹ll offer hands-on bubble fun that is bigger and better than ever before. Four daily Mega Bubble Shows under a big top and the chance to have your picture taken inside a soap bubble are some of the highlighted activities available at BubbleFest XII." For more information on Discovery Science Center or BubbleFest, visit discoverycube.org

From: davidkca@earthlink.net...3/14/2008
Science Center takes the elephant out of the bubble

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The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee
March 11, 2008
Delhi
"In the early hours of the morning while her sisters and caregivers slept, Delhi made her transition. Her passing was silent and peaceful, she passed without waking. We are all spending the day honoring our last precious hours with her; caregivers are still fussing around her, whispering quiet goodbyes. Misty carefully touched all over Delhi’s body and then gently stepped over her, sheltering her dearly departed friend. We are honored to have been Delhi’s caregivers, thankful to be loved by such a kind and wise being. The gifts that Delhi has bestowed upon all of us have been immeasurable. We are ever grateful".

Delhi

"Namaste our dearest Delhi".

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Eliminate the Live Animal Lab at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University is the only top-ranked U.S. medical school still practicing cruelty - not compassion - when they claim to be teaching medicine. As part of the third year surgery rotation, live pigs are anesthetized and cut open to teach surgical procedures. At the end of the class, the pigs are killed and disposed of as waste.
Sponsor: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

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Pledge to Fight Animal Cruelty

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February 2008
BRAZIL
IWAB.ORG  (International Web Against Bullfights)
Protest against the "Farra do Boi"
Source: WSPA
One of the most savage rituals of cruelty toward animals is Brazil's Farra do Boi. Farra do boi, loosely translated as " Festival of the Oxen" or "Ox Fun Days", involves the torture- killing of several hundred oxen each year in more than thirty communities throughout the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. In other states of Brazil, the spectacle is denounced and has stirred violent protests.
Until recently, Farra do Boi occurred primarily during Easter week and on New Year's Day in remote coastal villages.

Today some communities hold weekly Farras to "celebrate" weddings, birthdays, soccer games and other special occasions. Prominent businessmen, citizens, cattle breeders, restaurateurs, and politicians often donate the oxen.

The Farra begins when the ox is driven from its pen and chased through the streets by crowds of villagers with sticks, knives, whips, stones, bamboo lances, and ropes.The attackers men, women, and children pursue the ox as it attempts to flee, even into the ocean.
WSPA sources in Brazil have seen cattle tormented in every conceivable way. The helpless animals are doused with gasoline and set on fire. Pepper is thrown into their eyes, which are often then gouged out. Participants break the animal's horns and legs and cut off their tales. Oxen may be stabbed or hit as many times as possible as long as the blows are not fatal, for the cattle must survive until the end. This torture may continue for THREE DAYS OR LONGER. Finally the animal is killed and the meat is divided among the participants to eat.

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Animals Asia
Jill's Blog
The horrors of Maoshan – Part 1

Monday, February 4, 2008, 07:34 PM
Recently, I visited Maoshan Live Animal Market in Guangzhou with two of our China team, Christie and Rainbow. Such visits are probably the hardest part of our work at Animals Asia, but they’re also among the most important. We must keep monitoring this situation and exposing the truth about these hell-holes. These are my notes from the visit:
It’s 8am and I just don’t know how Christie and Rainbow can cope with the pain. You feel it in every fibre of your body, as you breathe the rancid, acrid smell of disease and taste the dust of death and decay. It lingers for hours after you've left one of these obscene live animal markets in China.
The place is Maoshan Market in the southern province of Guangdong and even as the taxi pulls up outside the open courtyard the screams of terrified animals makes us wince. These cries echo around each avenue of the market until we finally meet the eyes of petrified dogs and cats that are minutes or hours from death. Panting from thirst and dehydration, crying with terror, confusion and pain, their suffering is profound. Sometimes their tails wag in hopeful anticipation that the soft apologies of people recording their pain will lead to release – until their eyes fade once again into hopeless reality and they turn away.
We promise they will never die in vain. Rainbow is saying “please look at the camera; let me turn your agony into change for the animals of the future”. I can only say sorry to the eyes that turn my way – and I do out loud – and try to reassure them that their next life will be better.
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of dogs are piled into tiny wire mesh cages in pyramids teetering high into the air on the backs of the trucks. Cats are stacked in cages that wobble precariously on industrial weigh-scales as their mass of body weight is calculated for the local restaurants.
Jill's Blog Continues

The horrors of Maoshan – part 2
The market also doubles as a slaughterhouse – a round metal drum with orange spikes used for “de-furring” the cats and dogs sits just outside a burning cauldron that will be cooking their meat for customers towards lunchtime.

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JungleFriends.org
February 17, 2008

Buddy Boy Outside

"It is a very sad day for us here at the sanctuary since
Buddy Boy,
our little blind squirrel monkey, left us this morning."

Bless you Buddy Boy, rest in peace.
Kari, thank you for giving him so much in his final years.
Jody

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February 11, 2008
What DO you get for a lady with 101 monkeys??
"Dear Friends of Jungle Friends,
It’s birthday time again at Jungle Friends! Now that February has rolled in, we’re officially in the ‘birthday zone’ counting down to Kari’s birthday on February 24th! In 2007, Jungle Friends provided a safe sanctuary home for 21 more monkeys, and still more monkeys will be released to Jungle Friends from another lab very soon. So, Kari has lots to celebrate on her birthday this year, and lots more work to look forward to in 2008! Once again, on the top of Kari’s birthday wish list is more tools and supplies to keep everyone busy working for the monkeys. She’s also noticed that the toy box is getting a bit low. The monkeys would love to have some new toys to shake, rattle and roll."
To help, please visit The Birthday Zone
JungleFriends.org has been a highly recommended and a supported favorite of Jodysjungle.com for many years.
Please visit the monks, thanks! JJ

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JungleFriends.org
2/07/08
Meet Pat

Pat At Jungle Friends

Pat arrived at Jungle Friends on January 27, 2008 from Plano I.S.D’s Outdoor Learning Center in Plano, Texas. Pat had been placed there in 1996, when the City of Dallas Animal Services Department received a call that a spider monkey had been discovered sitting on a fence in the freezing cold. Pat’s fingers, toes and tail all had severe frostbite. Pat would sit in the corner and bang herself in the head with her back foot. All but one of the veterinarians consulted wanted to euthanize Pat! Fortunately, that one felt that Pat deserved a chance to live and recover. All of her toes, all but one finger on her left hand, and the tip of her tail had to be amputated. Pat adapted very well to her loss. Three days after her surgery she was bouncing around and hanging from her tail. She finally began to eat, and after about a week Pat’s psychological well-being was much improved. Pat is now at JungleFriends.org. Please go and read the story of how she got there and what is happening with her now.
JungleFriends.org

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2/05/08
Dear Natural Resources Defense Council Supporters,
Your generous support got us back to federal court, where we've scored another big victory for whales -- this time over the President of the United States! Last night, a federal judge struck down a waiver issued by the White House that would have exempted the U.S. Navy from obeying a key environmental law during sonar training exercises that endanger whales.
In doing so, the court affirmed the bedrock principle that we do NOT live under an imperial presidency. Both the White House and the military must obey and uphold our environmental laws. President Bush's waiver was a last-ditch attempt to let the Navy unleash an onslaught of military sonar off the coast of southern California -- home to five endangered species of whales -- without taking precautions to protect marine mammals from a lethal bombardment of sound.
Last month, the same judge -- U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper -- ordered the Navy to put safeguards in place during the sonar maneuvers in order to protect marine mammals from needless injury and death. Shortly after that ruling, President Bush issued his "emergency" waiver, attempting to override the court's order. In last night's ruling, Judge Cooper called the Navy's so-called emergency "a creature of its own making," and reaffirmed that the military can train effectively without needlessly harming whales. The Navy's maneuvers would take place near the Channel Islands -- one of the world's most sensitive marine environments. The Navy itself estimates that the booming sonar would harass or harm marine mammals some 170,000 times -- and cause permanent injury in more than 400 cases.
The far-reaching precautions imposed on the Navy by Judge Cooper include a ban on mid-frequency sonar within 12 miles of the California coast -- a zone that is heavily used by migrating whales and dolphins -- and between the Channel Islands. Make no mistake: we must be fully prepared to keep fighting for those humane restrictions -- especially if the White House or Navy appeals this decision to a higher court.
Your support and activism have taken us this far. I know you will continue standing with us in the courtroom battles ahead -- until that day when whales no longer need to die for the sake of military practice.... Here's a great segment about our victory from today's
"Morning Edition" on National Public Radio.
Sincerely,
Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

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On May 21, 2003
JodysJungle.com posted this article to congratulate Badrap.org on receiving its 501c3 status

CONGRATULATIONS!

"BAD RAP has received its 501c3 status from the IRS as of today! (5/21/03)
We'd like to think that the letter was mailed out on the day of the lunar eclipse.
A most auspicious 'birthday' for our pit bull group.
As always, thank you for believing in us!"
Donna Reynolds @ Badrap.org

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Badrap.org is a group I have supported and recommended for 5 years. I am proud to post this next article and take some time to brag about this group.
Thank you for all you do! Bless you, keep up the great work!
JJ

ASPCA 2008 Press Release, Michael Vick
The Curtain Comes Down on Michael Vick Case With Final Sentencing Hearing.
ASPCA thanks all involved.
"In addition, BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls), a San Francisco-based non profit organization that is an educational resource for pit bull owners and the shelters that house them, also worked with the ASPCA-led team to help identify dogs that could be absorbed into experienced foster programs for further observation and possible re-homing into appropriate homes. BAD RAP was represented on the evaluation team by co-founders Tim Racer and Donna Reynolds. Finally, Justin Phillips, shelter supervisor/behavior supervisor of the SPCA of Monterey County, Calif., was also part of the BAD RAP team."
Meet The Michael Vick Rescue Dogs
No group of pit bulls has received as much media attention as the dogs from former NFL player Michael Vick's yard. While it's certain nobody would've known about these victimized dogs had they not been part of a fallen sports figure's dog fighting venture, they earned celebrity in their own right by surviving two certain deaths, thanks to a large scale rescue effort led, in part, by the federal government - a first of its kind.
Public opinion fell strongly in favor of helping the dogs. In this landmark animal welfare case, federal prosecuting attorneys, federal agents, the USDA, six Virginia animal shelters, a court appointed animal law expert and several rescue organizations including BAD RAP all teamed together to reach the goal of evaluating 49 fight bust victims and then sending them to new and better lives with rescue organizations around the country.
In the past, shelters have been encouraged to put all fight bust dogs to their deaths because it was assumed that they were each going to be dangerous, uncontrollable animals. They’ve been called ‘Kennel Trash’ and accused of taking up space normally reserved for other dogs. Evaluating them as individuals revealed new information about dogs from fight busts and helped shatter old myths previously used to condemn them.
Michael Vick Rescue Dogs Timeline

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NRDC Action Fund
The Bush Administration has just handed down its long-awaited “License to Kill” rule for wolves.
This is the equivalent of a death sentence for hundreds of endangered gray wolves in Greater Yellowstone and across the Northern Rockies. Rest assured that NRDC will be going to court immediately to challenge and block this cruel attack on America’s wildlife. At the same time, our partner organization, the NRDC Action Fund, is moving swiftly to mobilize nationwide opposition and force the White House to call off the guns. The Action Fund has produced a powerful ad that will run in the national edition of The New York Times within the next week, where it will alert both the public and Congress in time to stop the slaughter.
Please click here to view a preview of the ad. Thanks to this ad, millions of Americans will soon learn that the Bush Administration is planning to spend our tax dollars to slaughter hundreds of wolves -- while they are still protected under the Endangered Species Act. And thousands of them will go online and urge their members of Congress to unite in opposition to this outrageous attack on an endangered species. Working together we’re going to give America’s wolves a fighting chance. Thank you, as always, for making all our work possible through your most generous support.
Sincerely,
Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

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Dear WSPA Supporter
For some, it's the ache of an empty stomach. For others, it's the soreness of an open wound, the pain of a devastating infection, the sharp sting of an icy cold winter night, the boredom and loneliness of life in a tiny cage, or the terror and confusion of being shot at, poisoned, and abused.
For billions of animals around the world, hurt is a part of everyday life. But you can change this. Make your 2008 WSPA membership gift and watch the video (optional) to see how you can make a difference.

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WSPA Petition Attracts 1 Million Signatures!
Just before Christmas, the President of Costa Rica became the one millionth person to sign the ASPCA-supported
Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.
(Click the link and scroll almost to the bottom of the page to sign.)

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ASPCA ANNOUNCES ARREST OF SUSPECT IN BRONX KITTEN KILLING
January 18, 2008
In late November 2007, the ASPCA was alerted to suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a stray kitten who had been socialized, cared for and fed by the residents and employees of a building at 1581 Fulton Avenue, The Bronx. Witnesses told ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement investigators that 17-year-old Robert Tull, a resident of the area, struck the 4 1/2-month-old male kitten with a garbage pail lid on the night of the kitten’s death. Back at ASPCA headquarters in Manhattan, an examination of the kitten’s remains proved that he had suffered head trauma and that he had been drowned. ASPCA Special Agent Patrick Breen arrested Tull without incident on December 17, just a short distance away from the Fulton Avenue building. At 17, Tull is considered an adult by New York City law. He has been charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty and faces up to two years in prison and a $2,000 fine. It is a well-documented phenomenon that those who hurt animals without provocation—especially young people—often move on to commit acts of violence against humans. Please report animal abuse in New York City by contacting the ASPCA's anonymous tip line at (877) THE-ASPCA. To learn how to report cruelty elsewhere, visit the ASPCA's Report Cruelty section.

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Stop Deceptive Labeling of "Natural" Meat
Have you noticed how confusing meat labels have become? What does "naturally raised" or "natural" mean when applied to a side of beef? Well, not much, as it turns out. Yet the federal government is about to approve the use of the term "naturally raised" -- even though it doesn't mean that the animal was physically unaltered, able to roam freely, or graze on pasture. It will mean it didn't get growth promoters, although there is no verification of even that more limited claim. The existing term "natural" only means that no artificial ingredients were added during processing.
Source: Care2 The Petition Site

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Zimbabwe's elephants fair game to feed sports fans
Zimbabwe plans to kill hundreds of elephants and turn them into biltong, a local dried meat snack usually enjoyed with a beer in front of a game of soccer or rugby, officials here have said. "It is in our plans. We plan to start this year," Zimbabwe National Parks director-general Morris Mtsambiwa was quoted as saying in the state-owned Herald newspaper. At least 500 elephants will be shot, skinned and their flesh dried and processed.

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Vick's Prison Sentence May Be Shortened
Michael Vick might be back sooner than we think.
Humane Society and PETA picketers better keep those posters ready, as there's a chance Michael Vick could be back on the field for the 2009 season. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Falcons quarterback could end up serving as few as 12 months of his 23 month sentence thanks to his entry into a drug rehab program in prison. By connecting the dots, the story speculates that Vick could be back in the NFL for the 2009 season, as he would likely wrap up his sentence early next year.
Apparently the drug treatment program, which is only in place at the Leavenworth, Kan., federal penitentiary, allows inmates to wipe off up to a year of their sentence if they complete the drug treatment program. Vick has tested positive for marijuana, which ended up likely adding time to his prison sentence. But now that same drug test might end up helping him cut time from his current sentence. Vick has to be in the program for a year, which apparently hasn't begun, so he's likely looking at a February or March 2009 release.
Now, there are several other obstacles to Vick getting back onto an NFL field. Commissioner Roger Goodell will have to end his indefinite suspension, he'll likely have to pass frequent drug tests, and probably most importantly, he'll have to find a team willing to have a dog killer on their roster, with all the bad publicity that will come with it. But getting his prison sentence over six months or more before the 2009 season does make it much more likely that Vick will end up getting back onto the field.

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Pet Poison Safety for Bird Owners
Did you know that many common household items could be harmful to your pet? To help raise awareness on this sixth annual National Bird Day, January 5, 2008, ASPCA experts are offering some poison prevention tips to keep your companion avian in the "sing" of things.

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Dear Jody,
The crew members of the Esperanza (Spanish for "hope") are true heroes of the ocean. Having trumped through three typhoons, at this very moment they are seeking out the Japanese whaling fleet -- in hunting grounds equivalent to twice the landmass of the United States. This expedition is no easy task. It requires fuel, food, logistics, skill and guts -- lots and lots of guts.
Help the crew of the Esperanza save the whales »
Japan has responded to international pressure, and announced that humpbacks will not be hunted this season. But whaling has not ended. Japan still plans to murder 985 Minke and Fin whales this year. The cycle of greed behind the global whaling industry drove one whale population after another toward oblivion. It is still not known if some species will ever recover, even after decades of protection. Saving one species is not enough. We all need to do more NOW to stop the hunt forever.
Your donation to Greenpeace can help the crew members of the Esperanza succeed in protecting whales!

The Esperanza in the Southern Ocean.
Donate Now!
It costs $247,000 a month to keep the Esperanza and crew on the heels of the Japanese whaling fleet. But with your support, Greenpeace can continue to fund this incredible effort.

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Arna the Elephant
Stardust's Arna officially a killer
By Rhett Watson
January 04, 2008 12:30am

Arna rocks back and forth in an effort to relieve boredom

ARNA the ELEPHANT 2007
Arna has been mired in controversy since animal liberationists took civil action against the circus in 2002, alleging animal cruelty. Animal Liberation NSW fought its cruelty case for two years, but the matter was dismissed in court. Since then the group has lobbied councils around the state to ban circus acts that include wild animals. Animal Liberation NSW executive director Mark Pearson said last night Arna was a "time bomb'' ready to explode. "It's like any highly intelligent wild animal incarcerated - they're under extreme distress all of the time,'' he said. "When you put an extremely powerful, essentially wild animal that can't be domesticated that can only be tamed or broken in, well then you have a time bomb ready to go off. "To train an elephant to perform ridiculous tricks like Arna does, they have to go through a great deal of brutality. When all different things come together, they will get revenge,'' he said. "It's very interesting that they kill their trainers first," Mr. Pearson said.
Arna 2002 @ JodysJungle.com
Arna's Plight @ Circus Watch WA

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Turkey Dinner

Turkey Dinner

Please Join
Farm Sanctuary
for the
Adopt-A-Turkey Project
and
Celebration FOR the Turkeys
November 17, 2007, 2008, etc.

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Adopt a penguin

Mumble the Penguin

"Remember Mumble, the penguin chick from the movie Happy Feet?
Well, he's no longer dancing - he and his fellow penguins are on the march in search of food because their home is melting.
We can help protect penguins from global warming.
Adopt a penguin for the holidays and help
Defenders of Wildlife
save penguins from extinction."

Penguin Family

Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team
Care2.com, Inc.
275 Shoreline Drive, Suite 150
Redwood City, CA 94065

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Maggie the Alaska Elephant

Maggie in Alaska

Maggie Update@PAWS.org

Air Force agrees to move elephant on C-17

Maggie in Alaska

Friday Oct 26, 2007
For a bunch of loadmasters, life will truly imitate art the day after Halloween,
now that the Air Force has agreed to fly Maggie, a sick elephant,
aboard a C-17 Globemaster from Alaska to California.
The Performing Animal Welfare Society, PAWS.org which runs the sanctuary near San Andreas, CA
will pay all of the Air Force’s costs, an Air Force statement said.
Estimates put the bill around $200,000.

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Monkeys Retiring From Laboratory Research
More research...
or a new life?
This marmoset is one of many primates in labs awaiting funding for a sanctuary home
Ernie is one of the monkeys in jeopardy.

"Dear Friends of Jungle Friends
One of the laboratories called us last week with some bad news; we need to move their monkeys to Jungle Friends as soon as possible or they will be sold back into research! Originally we thought we had until spring, but that is no longer the case. There are 5 marmosets and 4 juvenile squirrel monkeys at risk. We are anxious to get these little guys out of danger.
We need $2,500 more for the indoor enclosures that will provide these monkeys with a safe haven. The manufacturer has promised he will rush our order as quickly as possible; we just need the funding that will allow us to place the order.  If I can assure the ‘powers that be’ that we will be able to accept these monkeys within 30 days, they will not sell them!  Please help me make that call to the lab by making a donation today!"
Lots of monkey love,
Kari and the monks
Kari Bagnall, Director

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Sunday, November 4, 2007
The NYC Marathon.... and the Run for Albie.
"Mild-mannered book publisher Martin Rowe is running his very first NYC marathon.
After reading our newsletter story about a little neglected goat named Albie facing a possible amputation of an injured leg,
Martin was inspired to raise money for him and the other rescued critters at our sanctuary.
The response has been amazing -- dozens upon dozens of kind folks have been pledging a dollar a mile or more to embolden Martin to finish all 26 miles. These funds are essential to help keep the animals healthy, fed and warm over the upcoming winter. Plus, an anonymous donor has stepped up to match the first $5,000!
You too can cheer Martin on and at the same time help many four-legged and winged creatures".
All the details:

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Action Alert:
Binoculars for the Birds
Published 11/01/07
Please send The Animal Protection Institute/API your used or new binoculars
to help Indonesian children learn that birds are more beautiful wild.
API is teaming up with the Indonesian Parrot Project (IPP) to provide binoculars to Indonesian schoolchildren.

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"Flattened to the bars of his crush cage for 15 years, Jasper, like thousands of endangered Moon Bears
had a crude metal catheter implanted in his gall bladder causing unimaginable infection and pain.
Years of frustrated bar rubbing and biting also left Jasper with wounds, hair loss and worn canine teeth.
Despite this horrific physical and mental abuse, Jasper is a sweet, forgiving bear and one of the friendliest bears
at our sanctuary in Chengdu.
Spending long afternoons tumbling around before collapsing, exhausted and happy, into his cozy hanging-basket bed,
Jasper's love for bears and people alike shows just how forgiving and affectionate this beautiful species can be.
Jasper is now immortalised in a portrait painted by David Shepherd,
of the
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
This is David’s first oil painting of a Moon Bear and Jasper is in good company
as David has also painted the British Queen Mother."

Jasper by David Shepherd

Please
Click Here
for an opportunity to buy a print (much larger than the one shown here) and support
Animals Asia Moon Bear Rescue

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DOG SHOOTS MAN
Oct. 30, 2007
DES MOINES, Iowa - A hunter is recovering after he was shot in the leg at close range by his dog, who stepped on his shotgun and tripped the trigger, an official said Tuesday.

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Dear Jody,
I hope you'll take a look at this month's online version of
Nature's Voice
and read about our urgent campaign to save Chile’s breathtaking Patagonia region
from a massive hydroelectric scheme.
You’ll also get the latest on our courtroom fight to block destructive oil drilling off the coast of the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Judge Gives Idiot 3 Years For Tossing Puppy Off Balcony
Charleston, S.C.   Oct. 26, 2007
An incredulous judge sentenced an idiot to three years in prison
for tossing a 10-week-old puppy off an apartment balcony during an argument with his girlfriend.
The puppy was in a soft-sided container, suffered head injuries and had to be put to death.
JAVON PATRICK MORRIS, 22, apologized for throwing the puppy off the balcony
last March and pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.

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Oct. 11, 2007
Jill Robinson of AnimalsAsia.org
was specially interviewed on StarNewsAsia's "Talk with Deborah Kan" on World Animal Day.
Jill tells Deborah about her organisation and its work to defend creatures from human cruelty.
You can now watch this great 3 minute interview.
JodysJungle.com contributes to...supports and highly recommends AnimalsAsia.org.
Please visit their site to learn about Moon Bears and the cruelty of Bear Bile Farming. And PLEASE get involved!

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ShameOnCheyenne.com
The Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo is one of the most cruel and brutal rodeos in the country. All the graphic images shown on this site were documented by SHARK investigators at the Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2005 and 2007. The pictures and videotape tell the truth as many animals are injured, abused, and even killed. Be prepared to see photos on this site taken by SHARK investigators that make the suffering all too clear. For a more extensive look at SHARK's documentation of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, click on the photo pages in the left column of the site.
Warning
The images that SHARK captures are virtually impossible to erase from one’s mind, but are truly impossible to erase from the lives of these animals, and indeed all the animals to come, as long as corporations support rodeo.

Action Alert:
Def Leppard and Bon Jovi performed at CFD Rodeo
Please contact each band at the information on this site and nicely but firmly let them know that you'll never be able to look at or listen to them the same way since their participation in a show whose history is the maiming and killing of untold numbers of animals. The Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo is one of the most brutal and deadly rodeos in the world, as it features both steer busting and the infamous wild horse race. In 2005, SHARK investigators shot pictures and video exposing Cheyenne's cruelty, including horses and bulls being shocked, and calves, steers and horses injured and killed.

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On Sept. 29, 2007

American Humane's 82-foot-long Rescue Rig
as well as staff from their Red Star Animal Emergency Services team deployed to Buxton, Maine. The team was responding to a request from Maine's Animal Welfare Program, which had seized approximately 200 dogs, many sick or injured, from an unlicensed kennel or "puppy mill." These dogs had been living in deplorable conditions. Many of them were malnourished, injured and afflicted with infectious diseases. American Humane is currently providing care and rehabilitation to these poor dogs who have suffered so much in their first months of life.
Please Take A Moment to Thank American Humane
for helping these dogs, and for their work fighting against puppy mills!

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Stop Fast Food Chains From Using Paper From Endangered Forests
Packaging symbolizes the disposable society we have become. More than half of all paper produced in the United States is used in paper packaging. Fast Food Industry giants including Yum! Brands (which brings you Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and more) are big buyers of paper packaging from the forests of the Southern US. With nearly 100 packaging mills in the South, forests are being destroyed to bring you fried chicken, burgers, fries and super-sized convenience in a glut of wrappers, boxes and cups. On top of this, millions of pounds of food packaging waste litter our roadways, clog our landfills and spoil our quality of life. Over half of landfill waste is paper and wood products. Send an email to Yum Brands CEO David Novak asking him to reduce the company's packaging, stop using paper from endangered Southern forests and use more recycled paper!
Petition

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Dear Miss Jody:
Kamprai has given birth to a male baby just five minutes past midnight last night. Both mother and the baby are fine. Kamprai had shown sign since the evening of Sat 22nd September. We are so glad that she accepts her baby well within eight hours. I have named the baby "Zeno" since his elder brothers' names are Songkran and Auro. I thought it would be nice to have this name for him. The photos will be on the website soon.
Cheers!
Soraida
Friends of the Asian Elephant/FAE

Kamprai and Baby Zeno

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Care2 Action Alert: Speak out against animal cruelty at Mendes Calf Ranch!

Did you know the dairy products you buy could be associated with baby calves being taken from their mothers just hours after birth and shipped away to live in cramped, filthy crates with barely enough room to move?

This shocking scenario is a sad reality for the young calves at Mendes Calf Ranch in Tipton, California. Take Action >>

The calves live by themselves in crates so small they can’t even turn around or lie down naturally. They have to contort their bodies simply to move around in the small space, which is often covered with their own excrement.

This confinement violates animal cruelty laws! Sign the petition to Free Baby Mendes – and the up to 12,000 other calves that Mendes confines every day of the year.

Land O’Lakes and Challenge Dairy are two of the major dairy producers who use milk from calves who were confined at Mendes Calf Ranch.

Let dairy corporations Land O’Lakes and Challenge Dairy know that these practices are unnecessary — and unacceptable!

Thank you for alerting Land O’Lakes and Challenge Dairy about what's going on at Mendes Calf Ranch — and telling them consumers won’t tolerate this animal cruelty!

From Care2 Sincerely,
Breeana L.
Care2 Campaign Team

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Change Wendy's Frosty Attitude Towards Hens
Dear Jody,
Wendy's attitude toward animal welfare is, well...frosty. After months of discussions with The HSUS, the company still lags behind its competitor, Burger King, when it comes to reducing cruelty to egg-laying hens. The freeze extends to concerned consumers, too -- now Wendy's refuses even to accept email on this issue! In March, Burger King began phasing in the use of cage-free eggs. Yet all of the eggs that Wendy's uses come from birds crammed in cages so tiny they can barely move. Since Wendy's is as chilly towards emails from customers as it is towards animal welfare,  it's critical that you call Wendy's right now at 1-800-443-7266, ext. 2032.Ask the company to follow in Burger King's modest footsteps and start moving away from eggs from caged hens. Then let us know you called here.

POINTS TO REMEMBER

  • Battery-cage eggs are produced by cruelly confining hens in barren cages too small for the birds even to spread their wings.
  • The least Wendy's should do to reduce animal cruelty in its supply chain is to follow in Burger King's footsteps and implement the same modest improvements that Burger King has already made.

Please also let your friends and family know how they can help, too. Thank you for all you do for animals!

Sincerely,

Wayne Pacelle
President and CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

P.S. Learn more about Wendy's feeble defense of battery-cage eggs here.


Copyright ©2007 The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). All Rights Reserved.
The Humane Society of the United States | 2100 L Street, NW | Washington, DC 20037
humanesociety@hsus.org
| 202-452-1100 | humanesociety.org

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AAF Rescues Two More Moon Bears in Vietnam.
Safe at last; our Tam Dao family has grown to five.

Dear Jody,
Great news! Because of you and your ongoing faith and support, two beautiful Moon Bears are now safe and sound at last in their new home at our Sanctuary in Vietnam. These two gorgeous girls have spent almost four years in a cramped cage in the care of the Forest Protection Department after being rescued from smugglers.
Thankfully the FPD officers realised they could not provide the proper care the bears needed, so asked if we could take them at our new Moon Bear Rescue Centre near Hanoi. Of course, we said yes, and now the three mischievous cubs that joined us in June have two foster mums! To read the full story of the rescue and to see photos of our new family members, please visit:
http://www.animalsasia.org/index.php?module=2&menupos=11&submenupos=2&lg=en
Soon I hope to be sending you more exciting news from Vietnam - the start of our major rescue will see a group of lucky bears enjoying freedom from years of suffering and torment on the farms.
Until then, as always, thanks from the heart on behalf of these grateful bears and those to come,
for your faith and generosity.
Bear hugs,
Jill
Jill Robinson MBE
Founder & CEO
Animals Asia Foundation, Hong Kong
Animals Asia is one of my favorites..please visit the site to see the good work and get involved! jj

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Support a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare and protect animals like these.


"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged on the way its animals are treated." - Mahatma Gandhi
Hi Jody,

Animals give us so much - loyal companionship, productivity in work situations and insights into the beauty and mystery of nature. That's why it's so hard to fathom how animal cruelty could be so shockingly prevalent - both in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Support a world where animal welfare matters, and animal cruelty ends >>

All animals should be able to live their lives free from misery. But instead they struggle in a world that is often indifferent.

For example, the illegal and inhumane trade in wildlife and wildlife parts is a soaring black market worth $10 billion a year. An estimated 80 percent of the world’s cats and dogs are unwanted and suffer from hunger, disease, neglect and persecution as pests. And, though seldom considered, animals are also affected to an enormous degree by disasters, both natural and human-caused.

This global problem requires a global solution. Take Action!

The road toward better animal welfare is through cooperation, information and a strong international commitment. Urge the United Nations to adopt a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare >>

A Universal Declaration by the UN would:

  • Recognize animals as sentient beings, capable of suffering and experiencing pain.
  • Recognize that animal welfare is an issue of importance as a part of the social development of nations.
  • Act as a catalyst for better animal welfare provisions worldwide.

The declaration would have a real, long-term impact on the welfare of billions of animals worldwide! Your signature will be one more toward the goal of 10 million signatures on the "Animals Matter to Me" petition. Sign now >>

Thank you for taking part in the most ambitious global initiative on animal welfare that has ever been attempted!

From Care2,
Breeana L.
Care2 Campaign Team

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Dogs Seized from Rapper Earl Simmons (DMX) Home
Aug. 25, 2007
Judi Villa and Cyrus Karimi
The Arizona Republic
Maricopa County sheriff's deputies found three dead dogs and seized 12 undernourished pit bulls Friday
from the Cave Creek-area home of rapper-turned-actor DMX.
Suspected Drugs, Weapons Found In DMX's Home
12 Dogs Seized; Others Found Buried
kpho.com: News, Pictures, Video, Slideshow

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greyhound racing deserves same Vick shame
By DERRICK Z. JACKSON
Boston Globe
Published on: 08/23/07
As Michael Vick plummets from celebrity to our national symbol of animal cruelty, there is an unsettling question unanswered in all of the press coverage. Was he uniquely brutal, or merely a spectacular outlier for canine atrocities we allow every day?

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Friends of the Asian Elephant
MOTALA 8/25/07
Dear Miss Jody:
On Tuesday 28th August, 2007 will mark the 8th anniversary of the success of Motala's operation. Associate Prof. Therdchai Jivacate from the Prostheses Foundation will be present to visit Motala and have a meeting with me and Dr. Preecha. The conclusion will be released to the reporters after our meeting around 2.30 p.m.
We have some photos and info (in Thai) on www.elephant-soraida.com
It would be very kind of you to please let FAE's supporters know. Thank you so much.
Soraida

FAE's NEW ADDRESS:
Friends of the Asian Elephant
687/2 Ram-Indra Road Soi 32,
Tharaeng, Bangkhen,
Bangkok 10230
Tel. 0-2509-1200
Fax. 0-2509-3533
e-mail fae@elephant-soraida.com
web site www.elephant-soraida.com
motala@jodysjungle.com (page is slow to load)
F.A.E. updates@jodysjungle.com

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Pet-Abuse.com
"I just wanted to let you know about our latest chart, which breaks down the US states based on the type of cruelty. So, for example, our chart indicates that in 2006, California, Florida and Texas were the states with the highest number of animal fighting cases. The report can be narrowed down by year. For 2007's numbers, please see: State Ranking. We hope that this may serve as a valuable tool for those of you who are working on regional legislation or anti-cruelty initiatives. For a listing of all of our available charts and graphics, you can always go to: Animal Abuse Statistics. As always, any questions or comments are welcome, and you may feel free to share this with colleagues."
Sincerely,
Alison L. Gianotto
President/CEO
agianotto@pet-abuse.com
1-888-523-PETS ext. 100

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The horrifying allegations of animal abuse at Michael Vick's property in Virginia have shocked everyone, but just as heartbreaking are the many similar stories that don't make the news. PETA receives thousands of calls and e-mails every year from people who have witnessed animal abuse or neglect. They are desperate to help but don't know what to do.
Here are some steps you can take if you observe cruelty to animals

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Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
August 17, 2007
Dear Friends of Jungle Friends,
Since I last wrote, we have had several new monkey arrivals.
Mitzi, Zima and Fala are three female marmosets who were retired from a California university and shipped to Jungle Friends for permanent sanctuary care. Please Click Here to meet them.
Lots of monkey love,
Kari and the monks

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California Action Alert   8/15/07
Urgent Help Needed for Kangaroos
SB 880, a bill that would allow the sale of kangaroo skins and body parts in the state of California, has passed the Senate and is now facing a full vote in the Assembly. If this bill passes, it would invalidate a law implemented in 1970 to protect kangaroos by prohibiting the sale of their skins. Sadly, a similar bill passed the legislature last session that reversed similar protections for alligators. It is very important that the same fate does not now befall kangaroos.
Cruelty in the Outback as detailed by Savethekangaroo.com,
Kangaroos are shot at night in the vast outback, miles from civilization and away from public scrutiny. Hunters are supposed to adhere to a Code of Practice, a flimsy guideline document which is neither legally-enforceable nor linked to the Australian Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. According to the Code, to kill kangaroos ‘humanely’ hunters should shoot them once in the head, but frequently this does not happen and the animals may be shot in the throat, the neck, or have their jaws blown off. The Australian RSPCA released a report last year which concluded that at the very least 100,000 adult kangaroos each year are not killed ‘humanely’, but admitted that number was a conservative estimate as it did not take into account the unquantifiable number of injured animals who escape only to die slow, agonizing deaths from their injuries.
Official numbers for the kill do not include the baby kangaroos who also die as a result, the worthless ‘waste’ of the industry. Each time a female kangaroo is killed, it is likely she will have two baby ‘joeys’ - one in the pouch and one ‘at foot’. Tiny joeys are pulled from their dead mothers’ pouches and stamped on, clubbed, decapitated, shot or simply left on the ground to die. Older joeys hop away into the night invariably to die of starvation, predation, cold or neglect. Similar hunting methods are used in Canada’s seal hunt; both California and Federal laws prohibit the sale of seal products from Canada because of the cruel killing methods used.
How You Can Help
If you live in California, please help maintain protections for kangaroos in the state by doing the following:
1. Please call, email, or fax your state Assembly member today and ask that he or she vote
NO on SB 880.
For your legislators' contact information, go to leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg
2. Also, contact the Governor and urge him to veto (oppose) SB 880 should it pass the Assembly.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-445-2841
916-445-4633 fax
governor@governor.ca.gov
Thank you for taking the time to speak out for the kangaroos.
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Animal Legal Defense Fund
170 East Cotati Avenue, Cotati, CA 94931
Phone: (707) 795-2533 • Fax: (707) 795-7280
E-mail: info@aldf.org • Web: aldf.org

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World Champions is a new book that features heartwarming stories of 25 charities,
Save the Manatee Club is one of the featured organizations. Through September 30, 2007, consumers will be able to log onto the publisher's web site and vote for the charity of their choice (from the ones featured in the book).
Cast your vote for manatees now!
You can show how much you love manatees by casting your vote for Save the Manatee Club.
The winning charity will receive:
20% of the gross sales from between June 1, 2007 and September 30, 2007.
25% of gross sales from all future books sold (once the promotion ends).
Cast Your Vote by September 30th!
The 32-page hard cover book features beautiful full-color photos, a mission statement, and contact information for each charity and celebrates the impact each organization has on society. The Club receives 100 votes each time a book is purchased.
Find out more about the book.
And be sure to cast your vote for manatees by September 30th.
Thanks for your support!
Save The Manatee Club
500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, Florida 32751
United States
About SMC: Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and singer Jimmy Buffett. To learn more about manatees and our work, go to savethemanatee.org
Join Us! Adopt-A-Manatee and join Save the Manatee Club. Your contribution will support work to help protect endangered manatees and their habitat. For more information, go to adopt a manatee

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National U.S. Animal Cruelty Maps
"Pet-Abuse.Com now offers interactive animal cruelty maps on a national level, to help provide the media and the public a visual representation of where specific types of cruelty are being reported. Like the local and street-level maps, a colored icon appears where an incident of animal cruelty has occurred. The national maps allow you to display only cases of a particular type, starting from a specific year. We are pleased to finally make this available to the public. Since the mapping project began in 2006, we have manually mapped over 6,000 cases of animal cruelty in the United States based on latitude and longitude of the incident location. Using this new tool, we hope to be able to continue to assist law enforcement, researchers and task forces in recognizing patterns and problem areas for criminal animal cruelty."
Contact Pet-Abuse.Com
PO Box 5, Southfields, NY 10975
888-523-PETS
© Copyright 2001-2007 Pet-Abuse.Com. All rights reserved.

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Dear Jody,
"In the wake of the high-profile indictment of Michael Vick, the nation has been awakened to the cruelty of animal fighting. Members of Congress, corporate leaders, and people like you are speaking out. And Louisiana and New Mexico enacted laws this year to outlaw cockfighting -- the last two states to join the fold. Online retailer Amazon is now in the lonely position of promoting animal fighting activities. It's the only online retailer of subscriptions to animal fighting magazines in the United States, and these magazines advertise the sale of fighting animals and cockfighting weapons -- sales made illegal by federal law! The Feathered Warrior even advertised fighting dogs from a dogfighter whose operation makes the enterprise described in the Michael Vick indictment look like a bunch of amateurs.

This nonsense from Amazon must stop --
tell them so right now.

Amazon sells subscriptions to cockfighting magazines like The Gamecock and The Feathered Warrior and claims the right to sell dogfighting videos. These materials are not only offensive because of the cruelty they glorify, but their shipment is also a federal felony under the recently-enacted Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act. Amazon claims that its commercial sale of these publications is protected by the First Amendment. But the First Amendment does not protect companies advertising illegal contraband, and that's exactly what the magazines sold by Amazon are doing. Dogs and chickens suffer grievous injuries or death in fights produced for depraved fun and shameful profit. Please ask Amazon right now to stop selling animal fighting magazines. And don't forget to tell your friends and family how they can help, too."
Thank you for all you do for animals.
Sincerely,
Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

HSUS Animal Cruelty and Fighting Campaign

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We Did It! Nike Drops Vick
Source: Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

Many people have been painfully aware of dogfighting for years..
here is something for those just starting out.
Pit Bulls
Mark Ebner
As a result of his investigations of animal cruelty in 1996,
Mark Ebner won the Genesis Award for his syndicated newspaper article PIT BULLIES
JodysJungle presents this article, in its entirety, with the permission of the author.
"Spanky lies bleeding from his torn ear and neck. His 250-pound owner lumbers over, grabs the dog by the skin of his back, and with both hands slams him into a chain-link fence. Spanky bounces off and lands in the dirt where he curls up, whimpering and pissing in fear. The man then rams a work-booted foot into the dog's rib cage, and Spanky lies motionless."

I have received requests for petition sites concerning dogfighting and/or Michael Vick,
here a just a few to get you started.
For more sites and articles please Click Here
'Against Dog Fighting @ JodysJungle.com'

Suspend NFL Quarterback Michael Vick for Dogfighting
thepetitionsite.com

Dogs and Shelters Pay the Price for Dogfighting
HSUS

Ask Nike to drop Michael Vick as a spokesperson immediately.

Tell the NFL to Suspend Michael Vick

Michael Vick's "Rape Stand"
and other equipment used in dogfights

July, 2007
This week, a federal grand jury indicted NFL star quarterback Michael Vick and three cohorts on felony dogfighting charges. The abuses described in the indictment are almost beyond belief, and include a report of Vick being consulted before the execution of the losing dog "by wetting the dog down with water and electrocuting the animal."
The indictment also describes "the execution of approximately eight dogs that did not perform well in "testing" sessions ... by methods including hanging, drowning and slamming at least one dog's body to the ground."
Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Michael Vick should be suspended from the NFL immediately!
The NFL expressed “disappointment” and said, “We believe that all concerned should allow the legal process to determine the facts.” That’s just not good enough. The alleged acts were not petty or harmless; they were nothing short of gruesome and barbaric.
PLEASE sign the petition to the NFL today, and tell the league to suspend Michael Vick.
Suspend NFL Quarterback Michael Vick for Dogfighting!
The excecution of the dog is the least of it. Most dogs are left to bleed to death, some are tossed in the trash to die. There is unimaginable suffering during the training and the fighting. Dogfighting is despicable in so many ways, if you think you want to learn more and get involved, be sure to
Google "dog fighting bait"
to learn about stolen pets, innocent victims of dog fighting.
We have so much more to learn, but I really don't recommend it, it hurts too much.

Mans inhumanity never ceases to amaze me.
See Also
'Against Dog Fighting @ JodysJungle.com'
jj

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6/27/07
Jill Robinson (Animals Asia)
is presently on a very busy roadshow in England and yesterday was a guest on the well known BBC Radio 4 talkshow - "Midweek". You can listen to the show anytime on the internet by visiting:
www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/midweek.shtml
Then click on "Listen to the latest edition".
Enjoy!
Warmest wishes,
Annie
Annie Mather
Executive Director, Head of Media
Animals Asia Foundation, Hong Kong
Jill Robinson is the founder of Animals Asia Foundation which is dedicated to saving bears from the barbaric practice of farming them for their bile (for traditional Chinese medicines) across China and Vietnam. Jill is taking part in the Moon Bear Dinner, a fundraising event for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation at the RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey on Wednesday 27th June, 2007.

6/20/2007
Dear Jody,
I just wanted to share with you some good news – the Animals Asia team has three new family members and they couldn’t be more adorable. Thanks to your generous support, we have been able to rescue three tiny Moon Bear cubs that were being smuggled into Vietnam – they are now safe and sound and enjoying the good life at our rescue centre near Hanoi.
So far, it’s been quite a tough year for us in Vietnam – unexpected construction delays have meant that we have had to postpone the beginning of our major rescue of 200 farmed Moon Bears in Vietnam until later this year. These rescued bears will be central to our education efforts, so despite the frustrations, long-term, we are still on track to end bear farming in this country.
Vet Nurse Candice and Senior Bear Manager Annemarie are certainly going to have their hands full looking after these little bundles of energy in the meantime!
To read the full story of how Olly and his step-sisters, Mara and Mausi, came into our care
click here: Animalsasia.org

Olly with new 

toys
Mischievous Olly loves playing with his new toys.

As always, a million thanks for your faith and continuing support.
Bear hugs, Jill
Jill Robinson
Founder & CEO
Animals Asia Foundation
Hong Kong

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Four Paws Foundation Animal Rights Activists
Free Bulgaria's Last Three Dancing Bears
Associated Press Jun. 15, 2007
SOFIA, Bulgaria - After a lifetime of brutal treatment, including walking on burning embers, Bulgaria's last three dancing bears will get to rest their paws at a mountain sanctuary, in an apparent end to the centuries-old performance tradition in the Balkans. Activists on Friday bought the freedom of Mima, 8, Misho, 19, and Svetla, 17. Bulgaria is believed to have been the last country in the Balkans where dancing bears still performed, even though the practice was outlawed in 1993, when there were 20 to 30 such bears in the country. The three bears will join another 20 brown bears on Mount Rila at a 30-acre sanctuary for former dancing bears 110 miles south of Sofia.
"Our aim is to make their life more bearable in their remaining years," Ioana Tomescu of the Austria-based Four Paws Foundation, which created the sanctuary, told the Associated Press. Throughout the Balkans, families - mostly among the Gypsy or Roma community - have long earned a living through performing bears. But the techniques to train them led the practice to be banned, and animal rights activists have moved to find the bears new homes. The bears are captured while still young. Their nose or lips are pierced, and a metal ring attached to a chain is inserted; the pain ensures instant submission. The cubs are forced to walk on burning embers or a hot sheet of metal, and hop from one hind leg to the other in order to escape the burning, while their trainer beats a drum. The process is repeated until the bear learns to connect the drum to the pain. Because dancing bears are illegal, authorities could simply have taken Mima, Misho and Svelta away from their owners in the eastern village of Getsovo. Instead, the Four Paws Foundation decided to pay for their freedom by giving their owners small grants to set up new businesses. It did not reveal how much was paid. In return, the owners signed declarations pledging never to take up the bear dancing business again.
Four Paws International   MSNBC

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Coria/Spain
Campaign Against the Barbarity of the Bull of Darts
Date 23rd to 29th June, 2007

Bull of Darts

The bull walks and runs for hours in the streets while people throw darts at him. When he is too tired and weak from loss of blood to continue to escape, the villagers shoot him and cut off his testicules.

According to the legend, every year by the celebrations of San Juan, a selected young person to drawing between those of the city was run by the streets and she defended with two knives or daggers of the attacks of the others. It almost always used to die. But a year touched in luck to the son of a rich lady of the town. This one, distressed, changed it by a bull, and since then, this cruel confinement is the center of the celebrations of Coria.
At the moment, to the bull a currency nails to him and it loosen to him in the seat of the town, a person selected by the city council begins to throw soplillos to him with blowpipes. Soon, the bull rambles by the town during two hours and receives in its meats the soplillos blown with blowpipes that throw the peculiar neighbors to him and. When its exhaustion wins is ended to him him of a shot in the head and the testicles are cut to him.

Please go to
Campaigns Against Bloody Fiestas
and send protest letters to authorities concerning this and other cruel "festivals."
Source: www.iwab.org
Please also visit
The Extreme Cruelty of BULLFIGHTING... Shame of Humanity
Corridas de toros - Vergüenza social@JodysJungle.com®

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Rare blue lobster found at mouth of Conn. river
Associated Press
Jun. 12, 2007

Blue the Beautiful

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Call it crustacean discrimination.
A lobster caught last weekend by Steve Hatch and his uncle Robert Green was spared from being cooked and ripped apart on a plate because of its color. The 1 1/2-pound clawed creature is bright blue, the result of an extremely rare genetic mutation. It turned up Sunday morning in one of Hatch and Green's lobster traps at the mouth of the Thames River. "I've heard about them but this is the first one I've ever seen," Hatch told the Day of New London newspaper. Later that afternoon, he put the lobster in a cooler and brought it to the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration, where it will live out its days in an elementary school classroom for children to learn about.
Catherine Ellis, curator of fish and invertebrates at the aquarium, said only one in 3 million lobsters are "true blue," meaning their color is the result of genetics and not the environment.
The one caught Sunday will join two other blue lobsters at the aquarium. Researchers at the University of Connecticut found that the blue coloring occurs when lobsters produce an excessive amount of protein because of a genetic mutation. But if blue lobsters are cooked like their red brethren, they too turn red, Ellis said.
Scroll down to the end of this page to meet Barney the lobster.

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Yellowstone
The Bush administration wants to triple the number of noisy, polluting snowmobiles roaring through America's oldest national park. But we have a narrow window of opportunity right now to speak out against this dangerous proposal, which ignores warnings from Park Service experts and puts Yellowstone's wildlife, visitors and staff at risk. Please go to Take Action and tell the Bush administration to abandon its reckless plan and instead protect the park's iconic wildlife, clear views and natural serenity. Four consecutive National Park Service studies have shown that only a complete ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone can adequately protect the park's natural values and safeguard the health of visitors and staff. Yet the Bush administration recently proposed increasing the average number of snowmobiles in Yellowstone from 250 to 720 per day. Seven former National Park Service directors have signed a letter urging Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to reject this scheme. The administration should instead ban snowmobiles while expanding the use of environmentally friendly "snowcoaches," which are quieter, less polluting and offer breathtaking panoramic views of the park. Thank you for helping to safeguard Yellowstone and all of our national parks, which are such an important part of America's natural heritage.
Sincerely,
Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

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SpayOurStrays.com
S.O.S. is an animal rescue association dedicated to eliminating animal overpopulation, mistreatment and abandonment. We spay/neuter, vaccinate and provide medical treatment to all our rescued animals. Tame or socialized animals are placed in quality permanent homes. Feral or unsocialized cats are released back to their colonies when it is a safe managed environment. We educate the public about the need for spaying and neutering thereby reducing the number of unwanted animals.
P.O. Box 44280
Las Vegas, NV 89104
702.363.8616

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Sign Petition
Polar bears are in such trouble that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has proposed listing them as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. So why does this same agency allow American trophy hunters to kill Canadian polar bears and bring them home?
Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to stop issuing polar bear trophy permits immediately! Canadian polar bear populations -- like those in America -- are declining due to global warming and other threats. In fact, the World Conservation Union's Polar Bear Specialist Group predicts that polar bear populations could drop 30% in the next 35-50 years and that polar bears may disappear entirely from most of their range within 100 years.
Hunting polar bears is already banned in the U.S. But half of the world's polar bears live in Canada, where hunting is legal. And due to a huge loophole in the Marine Mammal Protection Act, American trophy hunters can travel to Canada, kill a polar bear, and bring back polar bear trophies. We may not be able to stop Canada from allowing hunting, but we can stop the U.S. from allowing Americans to import polar bear trophies. Please act today and urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop issuing polar bear trophy permits immediately!

Polar bears already face a daunting future because of global warming, oil and gas exploration and toxic chemical pollution. But there's another threat that many Americans aren't aware of – trophy hunting. The United States does not allow sport hunting of polar bears in their Alaskan habitat. But more than half of the world's polar bears live in Canada, where hunting is legal. And due to a huge loophole in the Marine Mammal Protection Act, American trophy hunters can travel to Canada, kill a polar bear, and bring back polar bear trophies. From 2002-2005, a total of 298 requests were made by US citizens to import sport hunted polar bear trophies from Canada. Of these, 252 - a staggering 85 percent - were issued. We may not be able to stop Canada from allowing hunting, but we can stop the U.S. from allowing Americans to import polar bear trophies. Please act today and urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop issuing polar bear trophy permits immediately!
Thank you for taking action today,
Rebecca Young,
Care2 and ThePetitionSite team
Care2.com, Inc.

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AnimalsVoice.com
If you want to become involved with animal issues, Animalsvoice.com is the place for you.
"The Animals Voice is the premiere online resource for helping animals. We are an award-winning, independent, networking source of recent media coverage, timely information, and an incalculable volume of resources for animals and their defenders. We feature the latest animal rights news, multimedia, calendar, victories, thought-provoking and inspirational editorial, graphic and compelling photography, and in-depth investigative reports."

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Beautiful weather in California today, I decided to water the yard when I spotted something next to the fence. A beautiful little fawn waiting for it's mom to return. I didn't want to frighten the fawn so no watering occurred today. This little sweetie waited all day, what a well behaved child.

fawn

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Manatee Mother and Calf

Ask State Agency to Make Manatee Management Plan Stronger
Urge Revision of Imperiled Species Listing/Delisting Rule
To JodysJungle.com
When the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) adopted new imperiled species listing/delisting criteria, they incorporated the international criteria for "endangered," but they elected to call those species that met the endangered criteria "threatened" instead of "endangered." As a result, the FWCC voted to downlist manatees to "threatened" status. We are highly critical of this move, as are a host of other environmental organizations and eminent scientists.
Now, the FWCC has drafted a Manatee Management Plan (Plan), which is the final step in the species' reclassification from "endangered" to "threatened." However, the current Plan will not ensure adequate protection for manatees and, together with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's recent recommendation to also downlist manatees at the federal level, the Plan will greatly hamper our chance of securing the manatee's future in the face of increasing human-related threats.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recommended downlisting the manatee due to political pressure. An April editorial in The Bradenton Herald said, "The declassification is not being made because the manatee has made a 'landmark' recovery, as the USFWS' field supervisor asserted. Rather, it is a concession to the boat, dock-building and development interests that have lobbied for relaxing manatee protection rules for years. In the anti-environment posture of the Bush administration facing term limits, it has finally found a friendly reception."
The two greatest threats to the manatee's long-term survival are:
A growing number of boats on Florida's already dangerous waters
The probable future loss of both natural and artificial warm water habitat.
Ironically, because of these threats, both the state and federal governments are projecting substantial to catastrophic decline in the manatee population unless strong new protections are implemented.
Act Now! Click this link to send a quick and easy online letter to FWCC Executive Director Ken Haddad and Florida Governor Charlie Crist, asking them to revise Florida's imperiled species listing/delisting rule and to retain the manatee's current "endangered" status. In addition, the letter asks them to make the Manatee Management Plan much stronger.
The formal comment period for the Management Plan is from May 7, 2007 - June 14, 2007. Please send the letter immediately and ask your family and friends to do the same. Thank you for your help on this important issue for manatees!
Our postal address is:
500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, Florida 32751
About SMC: Save the Manatee Club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 by former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and singer Jimmy Buffett. To learn more about manatees and our work, go to savethemanatee.org

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Save Wild Horses
Critical Week in Washington DC
Take Action before Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Two pieces of legislation critical to the welfare of America’s wild horses will come under consideration this week in Congress. Your help is urgently needed to push them through. Please call your members of Congress in support of these two measures.
1) Have your U.S. Representative vote YES on H.R. 249
Contact Information
This Thursday, April 26, H.R. 249, which would restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild horses and burros, will come for a vote before the US House of Representatives. Please contact your U.S. Representative and urge them to vote ‘Yes’ on H.R. 249
2) Have Senate Commerce Committee members Vote YES on S. 311
Contact Information
This Wednesday, April 25, 2007, the Senate Commerce Committee will consider S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. It is critical that all Committee members, including cosponsors of the bill, hear from constituents urging them to vote in favor of S. 311 and to stand strong against any misinformation that is being spread by the pro-horse slaughter lobby.
Presented by The Animals Voice

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Dear Jody,
I am writing to inform you about the forthcoming title "Cow", by Hannah Velten, livestock reporter for Farmers Weekly. This book provides an informative and comprehensive cultural and scientific survey of cows throughout history ­ covering cows in art, advertising, science, literature and Bovine studies. We were hoping that you might be able to announce this title to members and friends - is it possible to have it listed on your website, or sent as an e-message? Any help would be kindly appreciated. I do hope this book is of interest to you.
Best wishes, Sophie Powell
Marketing Department

~COW~
224 pages
100 illustrations, 60 in colour
Paperback 978 1 86189 326 0
Forthcoming June 2007

"From the milk we drink in the morning to the leather shoes we slip on for the day, to the steak we savour at dinner, our daily lives are thoroughly bound up with the cow. Yet there is a far more complex story behind this seemingly benign creature, which Hannah Velten explores here, plumbing the rich trove of myth, fact and legend surrounding the cow, bull and ox."

Reaktion Books is a publisher of high-quality non-fiction in many fields including animal studies, architecture, art, cultural studies, design, film, food studies, history, photography, and travel writing.
To be added to the Reaktion mailing list please specify your interests and email to
sophie@reaktionbooks.co.uk
under the subject title 'Mailing List'.
For further details please see the book on our website
reaktionbooks.co.uk
33 Great Sutton Street
London EC1V 0DX, UK
Ph +44 (0)20 7253 1071
Fax +44 (0)20 7253 1208

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Hooray!

Gypsy and Nic

Nic and Gypsy, Elephants in the Mud at PAWS
In spite of his size, approx. 10,000 lbs, Nic is just a baby at age 12 or 13?, aww!

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Kovels Komments
April 12, 2007
Kovels.com
Could your old dishes be making you or your pet sick?
Lethal pet food is big news everywhere. The wheat gluten in the food is contaminated by melamine, a slow-release fertilizer also used to make plastics. Collectors have a special concern. Hard plastic melamine dishes have been made since 1937. The first really popular melamine dinner set was designed by Russel Wright in 1944. By the 1950s most people referred to melamine dishes by the brand name Melmac. They were unbreakable but scratched and stained and were out of favor by the late 1970s. But they are collected now and used. Are they safe? Does the hard plastic have any of the problems of the gluten mixture? Is it dangerous to heat Melmac dishes in a microwave or dishwasher? Our advice--- For now, use ceramic or stainless steel dishes for your pets and the family.

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PLEASE
Help Stop the Elephant Cull in South Africa
Between 1966 and 1994 more than 16,000 elephants were killed in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, as a method of 'population control'. A moratorium on elephant culling was thankfully put in place in 1995. However, it now seems that elephant culling is once again in the cards for South Africa’s elephants.  
On 28th February, 2007, Born Free was deeply disappointed to learn that the South African Minister for Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Marthinus van Schalwyck, had announced that as part of the new Draft Norms and Standards on Elephant Management, culling would be one of the options considered. Born Free is extremely concerned about this decision, which not only has serious implications for South Africa’s elephants, but also for the wider elephant population. For more details, see Born Free’s Press Release

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ASPCA Pet Health Insurance
Protect your pet and support the ASPCA

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Dear Friends,
April 1, 2007
Perrier, the French bottled water company, sponsored bullfights in France in the "Feria du Rhony" festival that took place in the city of Vergeze from 23 to 25th March this year.
To see the poster announcing this festival please visit our WEBSITE.
The Perrier company belongs to Nestle. Please send protest letters to Perrier and Nestle. Sample letters and translations can be found on our WEBSITE.
For the Animals
Maria Lopes
Coordinator
International Web Against Bullfights.org
Sample Letter
Dear Madam/Sirs,
I was informed that the Perrier Company sponsored bullfights in Vergeze/Feria du Rhony in March this year. The main events of this Feria were a bullfight and other activities connected with bullfights. Bullfights are spectacles that consist of torturing an animal to death with a range of instruments. Using picas, banderillas and swords each bull is tortured for 20 minutes before being killed. As to the horses even if they are not killed during this horrible supposedly artistic show they also suffer enormously. According to several polls 80% of French people are against bullfights. Your monetary support to this kind of spectacle is outrageous and I must reconsider buying not only Perrier but also any products of the Nestlé Group.
Sincerely
Name/Country

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ANIMALS THROUGH THE WORLD
March 2007
International Movement Against Bullfights
Dear Friends,
The Written Declaration 0002/2007 (calling for a ban on bullfighting and bull breeders subsidies) had been signed by 176 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) on the 15th of March, according to European Union official numbers. Probably the real number is higher because the EU does not update their website regularly. It hasn't been updated since that date. The lapse date is 15th April, 2007 and we are far away from the 393 signatures needed. It's not brilliant but hope is the last thing to die so please continue to send emails to convince the MEPs of the importance of signing this document to end the subsidies to bull breeders. Please send emails to Italy, Sweden, Danemark, Germany, Hungary, Romania, etc, because the majority of British MEPs have already signed. All details can be found at our WEBSITE
For the Animals
Maria Lopes
Coordinator

How can this be allowed to happen?
I am disgusted, we should all be disgusted. Please, help stop bullfighting..jj

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Ask Morningstar to Cut Out Cruelty
Use of eggs from battery hens in vegetarian foods sparks national campaign
Too often, the dark side of vegetarian foods is that some contain ingredients like dairy or eggs that cause animals to suffer. Advocacy groups are calling on consumers nationwide to urge vegetarian food maker Morningstar Farms® to remove battery cage raised hen eggs from its foods, bringing ethical integrity to products often seen as a cruelty-free substitutes to meat.
As industry trends move in a cruelty-free direction, Morningstar Farms has unwisely lapsed behind its competitors. Last year, Gardenburger®, one its largest business rivals, eliminated eggs from all but one of its products. By continuing the use of eggs from hens raised in cruel conditions, Morningstar tarnishes its image as provider of conscious alternatives, and shuts out a large portion of its target market. Costumers who follow a vegan diet are a fast-growing demographic, comprising approximately 1% of the population. With its use of eggs, Morningstar effectively eliminates 3 million potential and likely customers. For a food additive that no one would miss were it gone, Morningstar has cut into its potential customer base, compromised its ethical standing, and sparked a national campaign by animal advocates.
Birds raised on egg farms are probably the most abused of all farmed animals. Nearly 300 million hens live confined inside wire battery cages so small that they can barely move. Battery caged hens are typically provided with a meager 67 square inches of space in which to live -- that's less than the size of one sheet of notebook paper. These birds are so intensively confined for their entire lives that they are denied their natural inclinations to spread their wings, perch, or even walk.
Many consumers purchase vegetarian foods as a compassionate alternative to meat, believing these items are cruelty-free substitutes for flesh. Kept from the public eye are the images of thousands of birds in darks sheds, living in cages so small they are unable to lift a wing. Morningstar is making a positive change through their production of meat alternatives. Eliminating eggs is the last step needed to create a truly humane product.
What We Can Do:
Please contact Morningstar Farms and politely remind them their use of eggs, especially from battery hens, is injurious to both their business and their credibility. Ask them to maintain their credibility and competitive edge by dropping eggs from their product line.
Morningstar Farms
c/o Kellogg Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box CAMB
Battle Creek, MI 49016
Tel: (800) 962-1413
Submit Your Comments to Morningstar Farms
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Compassion Over Killing and Vegan Outreach
are teaming up with compassionate people everywhere to
Ask Morningstar Farms® to stop using eggs in its product line.

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Pet Food Maker Announces Huge Recall
Reports of Pet Deaths
By Andrew Bridges AP
March 16, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - A major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart , Safeway , Kroger and other store brands recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food Friday after reports of kidney failure and deaths.
An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, Menu Foods said in announcing the North American recall. Product testing has not revealed a link explaining the reported cases of illness and death, the company said.
"At this juncture, we're not 100 percent sure what's happened," said Paul Henderson, the company's president and chief executive officer. However, the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, since dropped for another source, spokeswoman Sarah Tuite said. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.
The recall covers the company's "cuts and gravy" style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches between Dec. 3 and March 6 throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The pet food was sold by stores operated by the Kroger Company, Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc., among others, Henderson said.
Menu Foods Recall
Consumers with questions can call (866) 463-6738.
The company said it manufacturers for 17 of the top 20 North American retailers. It is also a contract manufacturer for the top branded pet food companies, including Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co.
P&G announced Friday the recall of specific 3 oz., 5.5 oz., 6 oz. and 13.2 oz. canned and 3 oz. and 5.3 oz. foil pouch cat and dog wet food products made by Menu Foods but sold under the Iams and Eukanuba brands. The recalled products bear the code dates of 6339 through 7073 followed by the plant code 4197, P&G said. Menu Foods' three U.S. and one Canadian factory produce more than 1 billion containers of wet pet food a year. The recall covers pet food made at company plants in Emporia, Kan., and Pennsauken, N.J., Henderson said.
Henderson said the company received an undisclosed number of owner complaints of vomiting and kidney failure in dogs and cats after they had been fed its products. It has tested its products but not found a cause for the sickness. "To date, the tests have not indicated any problems with the product," Henderson said.
The company alerted the Food and Drug Administration, which already has inspectors in one of the two plants, Henderson said. The FDA was working to nail down brand names covered by the recall, agency spokesman Mike Herndon said.
Menu Foods is majority owned by the Menu Foods Income Fund, based in Ontario, Canada.
Pet Food Recall Links
Safeway
P&G Pet Care
Pet Deaths Prompt Recall of Pet Food

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~GIDEON~
After Dog's Death, A Warning

By Josh Kovner
Courant Staff Writer
March 14, 2007
MIDDLETOWN, Connecticut -- Law officers are asking for the public's help in combating instances of dog-fighting in the city, after a 2-year-old pit bull - likely used as "bait" to train aggressive dogs - was dumped on the side of Wilderman's Way and left to die of bite wounds, punctures and infections.
A man out for a stroll on Sunday found the dog lying on the ground, beyond a silt fence, near the high school construction site. He called police, and Assistant Animal Control Officer Karen Sullivan took the dog in her van to the Pieper-Olson Animal Hospital on Randolph Road. Doctors and technicians worked for hours, warming the 50-pound male with blankets and hot-water bottles in order to raise a vein so fluids, antibiotics and pain medication could be injected.
The dog died Monday night. "There wasn't a dry eye at the hospital," Animal Control Officer Gail Petras said Tuesday. "It's unthinkable that someone could put an animal through this, not once, but many times. "I would love nothing more than to know where this dog came from, so I could find the people responsible for doing this to him," Petras said. The staff at the hospital had named him Gideon. Over the last couple of years, a half-dozen dogs have been brought to the animal shelter with the signs of having been involved in organized fights: bites and punctures covering the face, neck and front legs; torn ears, torn noses. "We get the losers, or the bait dogs," Petras said. "They've had good temperaments and we've been able to place them with families." But no dog had been injured or abused as badly as Gideon had been. Some of his wounds appeared to be months old, and he had contracted raging infections because he'd received no treatment for more recent cuts and tears.
Seasoned police officers couldn't look at the series of digital pictures that Petras took of Gideon to show other animal control officers for education purposes. Petras said she has received complaints of suspected dog fighting in the past, but she has not been able to find the participants. "I don't believe we have organized pit bull fighting; I do believe we have street stuff going on, where young people may gather in a parking lot or a remote location at 2 a.m. and let the dogs go at it. It's hard to pinpoint, because it moves around," Petras said. In 2004, two city police officers were bitten by a pit bull-mix during a drug raid on Ferry Street. The dog was a mother protecting a litter of five or six puppies. Petras said puppies in that situation are often sold to dog fighters. Sullivan and Petras were able to find homes for all of those dogs. Petras asks the public to call city police, or her office at police headquarters at 860-344-3298, if they see a dog with what looks like fighting wounds, or have any information about Gideon.
Contact Josh Kovner at jkovner@courant.com.
Copyright 2007, Hartford Courant
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Reward Offered In Death Of Dog
By JOSH KOVNER
Courant Staff Writer
March 15, 2007
MIDDLETOWN -- Jeffrey Jump cringed when he read the story about the death of an abused pit bull in the city this week. "The brutality, the senselessness of it, is just about beyond belief," said the former Middletown resident. "It's awful, and I've had enough." Jump on Wednesday offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who dumped the mortally wounded pit bull - likely used as bait to train aggressive fighting dogs - on the ground off Wilderman's Way sometime before Sunday afternoon. The dog, a 2-year-old, 50-pound male, died Monday. The staff at Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital had named him Gideon. They worked for hours to try to save him. He had fresh wounds, infected wounds, and a massive amount of scar tissue. Jump offered the reward the morning after Animal Control Officer Gail Petras asked for the public's help in combating dog-fighting in the city. "It's wonderful that someone is as concerned as we are about finding the people who did this," Petras said Wednesday. Jump also requested that the Connecticut Humane Society take action - and received a positive response. Spokeswoman Jody Angell said she'll discuss the Middletown case with society president Richard Johnston today. The Newington-based agency has offered rewards of up to $5,000, Angell said. Jump, 55, a donor to the humane society, also e-mailed other animal advocacy groups to which he belongs. "I asked them to match my offer - or to do something. I wish I could do more," said Jump, a labor-union representative who lived in Middletown for 18 years before moving to Wolcott about five years ago. Angell said that dog-fighting persists despite a greater public awareness of animal cruelty and relatively tough penalties for offenders. Those convicted of possessing or training fighting dogs, or of betting on fights, face up to five years in prison and $5,000 in fines. Spectators and those who act as judges or referees are subject to the same penalties.
Petras can be reached at 860-344-3298.
Contact Josh Kovner at jkovner@courant.com.
Copyright 2007, Hartford Courant

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The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500
Associated Press
Mar. 15, 2007
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A 17-year-old girl who spent weeks looking for her missing dog unwrapped a box left on her doorstep and found the pet's severed head inside, authorities said.
Homicide investigators were looking into the case because of the "implied" terroristic threat, St. Paul Police Sgt. Jim Gray said. The Humane Society of the United States said Wednesday it was offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
"This was extraordinarily heinous," said Dale Bartlett, the Humane Society's deputy manager for animal cruelty issues. "I deal with hundreds and hundreds of cruelty cases each year. When I read about this case, it took my breath away. It's horrible."
After Crystal Brown's 4-year-old Australian shepherd mix wandered away last month, she put up "missing" posters in her neighborhood and went door to door looking for him. She called the St. Paul animal shelter and rode the bus there several times. "I felt empty," Crystal told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. "I couldn't talk to anyone. He was my dog. It was just me and him. ... I told him everything and he never shared any of my secrets." Two weeks ago, a gift-wrapped box was left at the house Crystal shares with her grandmother. The box had batteries on top, and a note that said "Congratulations Crystal. This side up. Batteries included." Crystal opened the box and found her dog's head inside. The box also contained Valentine's Day candy. Crystal screamed when she saw her dog's face. "She was just hysterical," said Crystal's grandmother, Shirley Brown. "She was screaming. She said, Grandma, it's my dog's head!' "I said, no it can't be!' " Authorities say the case is an isolated incident and the suspect likely knew the family. A motive is unclear. "This was so cruel," Crystal said. "This is one sick, twisted person."

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FAE's Elephant Hospital/Lampang...Updates
Dear friends:
Once again it is my regret for not being able to contact all our friends and send you updates on FAE. We have had an enormous setback, documents lost, domain and server were down several times and our website could not be used for so long, unpleasant things happened that we never believed before that they had anything to do with planned foul play.
Documents, computers, almost all the files of fourteen years have lost/stolen and damaged. We do not have the lists of our friends, no donor names and addresses and I feel it is not just we went back to the starting point but further behind. However, I am trying to start anew. With just one staff in Bangkok office now and three staff short here at FAE's Elephant Hospital, it is very difficult to work efficiently. I believe it is the fate and I do have faith for FAE and thanks to you all for the support you have given to us all these years.
Thank you so much.
Soraida Salwala, Founder
Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE)
New website: http://www.elephants-soraida.com/
(Website is Thai, click ENG at bottom of page for English)
News and Pictures from FAE's Elephant Hospital
Motoo and Mojay, the sisters who stepped on landmines in October last year have returned home this morning. Both of them are doing well, the wounds are completely healed. They did not want to leave and Motoo cried out loud and refused to go on the truck. I had to get on the truck myself to persuade her.

Motoo and Soraida
Motoo & Soraida on the truck

It hurt so much that we could not keep them with us since the owners wanted them back. I fear most that they would be sold away. I talked to the owner and begged her not to sell them. Their mother, Lamou, is pregnant and I hope they would form a big family and stay where they areMosha, the injured baby is doing good. The wounds have almost healed. Thanks to the donor who donates the medicinal herbs to cure her.
The five permanent residents are the same and enjoy their routine. The warm sun is bathing Motala as she strolls outside. Life has spared her.
Kamsoong, the bull with the bullets in his leg, has been with us over 21 months and is almost ready to go back.
Many patients came and went this year as well as those that we have treated on the Mobile. The hospital is now quiet with only the sound of the birds singing, insects buzzing to let us know that the forest we live in are alive. Cold breeze tells us that the rain will stop soon and the cold season is on its way. Baby Mosha's cries every now and then lets us know that life goes on no matter what.
Soraida Salwala, Founder
FAE
FAE's NEW ADDRESS:
Friends of the Asian Elephant
687/2 Ram - Indra Road Soi 32,
Tharaeng, Bangkhen, Bangkok 10230, Thailand
Tel. 66-(0)-2509-1200
Fax. 66-(0)-2509-3533
E-mail: fae@loxinfo.co.th
E-mail: fae@elephant-soraida.com
Website
FAE's ELEPHANT HOSPITAL (The World's First)
LAMPANG-CHIANGMAI RD. (KM. 28-29),
HANGCHATR DISTRICT, LAMPANG PROVINCE, THAILAND
TEL: 66-(08)-1914-6113, 66-(0)-5424-7869/70
If you were a friend of FAE, please send an email with your information..Thanks! jj

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Act Now | Animal Bill of Rights

Animal Bill of Rights

The struggle to end cruelty to animals is not an easy one.
But there is something easy you can do right now to make a difference in the lives of abused animals.
It's as quick and simple as typing in your name.

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Dear Ecopassage Supporters

red bellied turtle close up courtesy savetheredbelly.org

I am writing to ask for your help to save the endangered Alabama red-bellied turtle from being killed by vehicles on the Mobile Causeway (US 90) in Alabama. This turtle is a Federally Endangered Species and is designated as the Official State Reptile of Alabama. The Alabama red-bellied turtle has one of the smallest species ranges of any turtle in the world, only occurring in the Mobile-Tensaw, Alabama delta, making it very vulnerable to extinction. The Mobile Bay Causeway between Spanish Fort and Mobile, AL was built across islands and bays at the deltas of the Apalachee, Tensaw, and Blakeley Rivers. These sandy islands are key nesting sites for the Alabama red bellied turtle. Each year, gravid females come on shore to lay eggs and many of these females and their hatchlings are killed on the highway. At least 444 endangered turtles have been killed in just 6 years on this highway! Even though the killing of turtles has been documented for over 14 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Alabama Department of Transportation, and the Alabama Department of Conservation have done nothing to stop the slaughter. I am asking for your help to write to the agencies responsible and urge them to spend the money to build a proper fence to solve this problem. Please see the web site that has been set up at   savetheredbelly.org   to see how you can help.
Thank you.
Matthew J. Aresco, Ph.D.
President
Lake Jackson Ecopassage Alliance, Inc.
P.O. Box 180891
Tallahassee, FL 32318
3/8/2007

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Jungle Friends, Cody Update 3/4/07
Cody has left this life for the next, he is here with us now at Jungle Friends and the humans and monkeys have all said good bye, we will miss Cody and think of him often. Cody was one of the kindest souls I have ever met. Thank you everyone for all you did for Cody, I know your prayers helped him through his journey. Cody is free and at peace now.

Cody

Jungle Friends, Cody Update 3/3/07
Dear Friends of Cody,
Lee is with Cody now and he is out of surgery and sitting up! They did not find a tumor or a tear or anything obvious to ‘fix’; however, they flushed him out and got a lot of the gunk out of him. Cody does have pneumonia on top of everything, so his breathing is labored and he may need to go on oxygen and his liver does not look good. They have a catheter in providing him fluids and antibiotic. They took biopsies and cultures, so we may have a better idea for a diagnosis as the results come in. They want to keep Cody in the hospital for a couple of days and keep a close watch over him; we hope to have Cody home by Monday.
Cody is critical and the prognosis is guarded. Please keep him in your thoughts and in your prayers, he has an uphill battle, but he is a fighter and I know he wants to be home running and playing again with his best friend Murphy.
Thank you for your prayers and your kind compassion for Cody.
Lots of monkey love,
Kari and the monks

Jungle Friends is one of my favorite and most worthwhile organizations.
Kari is not asking for money, only for prayers. Please Pray for Cody..and please add a prayer for Kari, it's almost too much for her to bear after the recent death of dear sweet little Curri. Bless you Kari...jj

Dear Friends of Jungle Friends

Cody is one of the most loving monkeys here at Jungle Friends and he is very sick. Lee took Cody to the vet school today and he appears to have peritonitis. Cody’s white blood cells are very high and point to an infection in the early stages (about 24 hours); right now the infection is contained in the abdomen, but it could spread, so Dr. Heard will be doing emergency surgery in the morning to clean out the infection and if there is a tear in his abdomen he will suture it. Dr. Heard will also be looking for a tumor; we hope there will not be one, but there is a chance that there is a cancerous tumor. Cody has diabetes and has been doing very well beating the disease; we hope he can beat this one too! Please say your prayers for Cody and send him your love and healing thoughts.
Lots of monkey love,
Kari and the monks
kari@junglefriends.org
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary

13915 North State Road 121
Gainesville, FL 32653
(386) 418-0808 Fax

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PUPPY TORTURERS RECEIVE STRONG SENTENCE
Prosecuting District Attorney Paul Howard should be applauded for his commitment to justice and the humane treatment of animals - please sign this petition today to congratulate him on success!
It's not easy to think about a puppy being killed - it's almost too horrific for words. And too often the sentences for such crimes are weak and far too short. But there is good news in a case where a puppy was tortured and killed in Georgia - justice has finally been served. Just last month, the two brothers charged with torturing and killing a three month old puppy received the maximum sentence allowable in each of the nine counts under which they were charged. And Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard felt so strongly about seeking justice in this case - describing the death of this puppy as "so egregious it cries out for special attention" - that he sent a letter to Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue requesting that the penalty for animal cruelty be raised above the current five-year maximum. The horrific death of this poor puppy touched animal lovers around the world - a dedicated Care2 member even created a petition that generated over 17,000 signatures in the last few months!
DA Howard should be applauded for his commitment to justice and the humane treatment of animals
please sign this petition today to congratulate him on success in this case!
Thank you for taking action today,
Care2.com, Inc.
275 Shoreline Drive, Suite 150
Redwood City, CA 94065

STORY
Urge D.A. to Prosecute Teen Puppy Killers
Two teen brothers in Atlanta, Ga. have been accused of aggravated cruelty to animals for cooking a five-month-old puppy to death in the oven of a community center they burglarized and vandalized. Please "Take Action" to urge Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, Jr. to prosecute the teens to the fullest extent of the law to ensure that they pay for the innocent life they remorselessly took and to help prevent future cases of animal abuse in Georgia.

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POLAR BEAR S.O.S.
Polar bears are completely dependent on Arctic sea ice to survive, but 80 percent of that ice could be gone in 20 years and all of it by 2040. Polar bears are already suffering the effects: birth rates are falling, fewer cubs are surviving, and more bears are drowning. The Bush Administration's proposal to list the polar bear as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act is a crucial first step toward ensuring a future for these magnificent Arctic creatures. Yet the administration's proposal does not designate "critical habitat" for protection, even though melting habitat from global warming is the main threat to the polar bear's survival.
Submit your Official Citizen Comment urging the Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize the listing of the polar bear and designate its critical habitat.
Source:
NRDC
NRDC (the Natural Resources Defense Council) is America's most effective envionmental action group. Supported by 1.2 million Members and online activists, NRDC's mission is to safeguard the earth: its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. By fighting in court, working through Congress, and mobilizing millions of people worldwide, NRDC has stopped powerful corporate interests from destroying our clean air and water, public lands and wildlife habitats.

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The Most Amazing Hummingbird Pictures
I received these pictures today via email with this explanation: "This lady lives in a Hummingbird fly zone. As they migrated, about 20 of them were in her yard. Just for a fun, she took the little red dish and filled it with sugar water and these are the results."
I have no idea who the lady is, where she lives or what kind of camera was used.
I am grateful to the sender, envious of the lady, happy they were taken and just plain delighted to share them! What a wonderful moment in time.

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Coats for Cubs: Donate Your Old Furs to Wildlife
Do you have an old fur coat in your closet? Is your grandmother's mink stole stored in the attic? Many of us have fur apparel that we no longer want or that was left to us by a family member. Some aren't comfortable selling it or giving it to charity, because they feel people should not wear animal fur. So what should people do with it?
Give it back to the animals. If you would like to see that old fur put to a good use, donate it to The Humane Society of the United States' Coats for Cubs program. The fur will aid and comfort wildlife. The HSUS accepts all fur apparel, fur trims, and fur accessories (such as hats, gloves, and muffs).
Donating is easy: Place your fur in a sturdy box (a large padded envelope is fine for small items) and mail it to The HSUS at the following address:
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Attn: Coats for Cubs
For more information go to:
HSUS

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February 9, 2007
Dear Friends of Jungle Friends,
There has been an Elvis Sighting!
Elvis, a young brown capuchin, is now in quarantine at a Texas-based sanctuary. Following a biting incident, Elvis faced a death sentence until the sanctuary stepped in. Soon Elvis will be on his way to a permanent sanctuary home at Jungle Friends.
Claude, Lee and Hannah are heading to Primarily Primates (PPI) in Texas next week to lend a hand there, and on their way home they will pick up Elvis and bring him back to Jungle Friends. Elvis is only about 3 years old, so we think he will be a good friend to Jack, who is also a youngster.
Please 'Share Your Heart' and sponsor Elvis today.

Another biting monkey - imagine that!
Simon is a squirrel monkey in South Florida who also needs a home. Simon was rescued from an abusive situation and awaits a sanctuary home. To build a home for Simon here at Jungle Friends, we need to raise $3,225 for an indoor enclosure and small outdoor habitat. Simon’s new home will be situated right next to Buddy Boy.

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Burberry: When Plaid Goes Bad
Burberry may be best known for its distinctive plaid, but its use of real fur is making the design house synonymous with cruelty to animals. Burberry continues to use fur in its designs despite the fact that leading clothing retailers like Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Ann Taylor, Polo Ralph Lauren, and others have pulled fur from their stores forever.
Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages, where they are exposed to all weather conditions. They often go without adequate shelter, clean water, and veterinary care, and they are denied the opportunity to engage in natural behaviors like climbing, burrowing, and swimming. The intensive confinement causes many of them to go insane.
Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and poisoning. Many animals are electrocuted by having rods inserted into their rectums and 240 volts sent through their bodies. The animals convulse, shake, and often cry out before they have heart attacks and die. Crude killing methods aren't always effective, and sometimes animals "wake up" while they are being skinned.
Burberry knows about the suffering that goes into every fur-trimmed coat, hat, and bag, yet the company continues to use fur in its designs. With so many fashionable, comfortable alternatives available, there is no excuse for Burberry to continue using dead, tortured animals in its designs.
What you can do to help.
PETA'S Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing
BloodyBurberry.com

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API/Animal Protection Institute
Animals in circuses spend about 11 months of the year traveling. For thousands of hours, over long distances, they may be chained while not performing, transported in vehicles that lack climate control, and forced to stand or lie in their own waste. Please Help End The Use of Wild and Exotic Animals in Circuses
Sign Petition
How many times must this information be made available to be ignored?

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Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
Herbie Update Jan 07
Herbie is the young calf who became a celebrity last December when he escaped a slaughterhouse truck and tied up traffic in Brooklyn (CBS News story). We brought him up to our farm for all the medical treatment and affection he needed. Soon after he arrived he was joined by a companion: Lily, a two-week-old Jersey calf rescued from a dairy operation. Last weekend we said goodbye to Herbie as he and Lilly moved to their new adoptive home in New Jersey.
Lillie and Herbie at  Woodstock
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Nederlands
A Tale of Two Cockatoos
A Story of Love, Compassion, Friendship & Loyalty
About eight years ago a wild Australian Sulphur Crested Cockatoo flew into a car and broke its wing. The motorist took it to the Vet in Nerang, Queensland, who had to amputate the wing. We adopted her - for which we needed a National Parks and Wildlife permit - and kept her in a cage outside where she was often visited by wild Cockatoos. One of the things that impressed us was how she would push lettuce leaves through the bars of the cage, offering food to visitors...
One day she had a very special visitor:

A Tale of two Cockatoos

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January 2007
Jody,
After hearing from thousands of NRDC Members and activists, the California Coastal Commission has agreed to enact lifesaving precautions that will protect whales from sonar training in California waters!
Earlier this month, NRDC Members and activists sent over 15,000 messages urging the Coastal Commission to safeguard whales and other marine life from ear-splitting sonar during Navy training exercises.
A number of you also showed up in person to voice your support for whale protection at the commission's public hearing in Long Beach. You stood strong against claims by the Navy delegation that they were already doing all they could to prevent harm to whales.
As a result of our powerful outcry, the commission voted 8-1 to require the Navy to commit to life-saving measures during sonar training.
Those measures include: staying out of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and other important whale habitat; powering down Navy sonar during night-time exercises and in other conditions of low visibility; and enforcing adequate "safety zones" around sonar vessels, to prevent the blasting of nearby whales.
The commission's actions show, once again, that the Navy can and must minimize harm to whales and other marine life while training with sonar. If the Navy chooses not to abide by the commission's decision, we may be forced to fight yet another round in this battle. If that's the case, I know you will fight alongside us!
Thank you, once again, for making this historic victory possible -- and for all your efforts to protect whales and other marine mammals from lethal sonar.
Sincerely,
Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council
P.S. You can read more about our victory in a news story that ran in the "Los Angeles Times" and more than 90 other papers worldwide.

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Where do 15 stray dogs, 21 stray cats, and 18 pachyderms, all from diverse backgrounds, live peacefully alongside white tail deer, wild turkeys, migrating armadillos, shy skunks, squirrels, soaring turkey vultures, screeching red tail hawks, snapping turtles, and a precocious river otter?
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee! (As of 12/30/06)

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Ask Cartier Not To Sponsor 'Elephant Polo'
Elephants used for "entertainment" are kept in constant confinement
Cartier, the company best-known for its high-end jewelry, sponsored an absurd event in which elephants were made to play polo in Jaipur, India, on Saturday, November 18, 2006. Elephants who are forced to participate in such events are captured from the wild and taken away from their families and homes. In order to force them to play polo, elephants are cruelly beaten with sharp metal bullhooks and are kept chained up. Please demand that Cartier stop sponsoring elephant polo. Let the company know that Cartier can find other ways to promote its fine jewelry without causing harm to animals. Be sure to forward this alert to your friends and family members and ask them to speak up today.
Please Take Action on This Issue

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Animals Asia rescues 12 more Moon Bears, but it’s too late for two
Just recently yet another group of caged and farmed bears joined the Animals Asia family in Chengdu.  “Two are blind, some missing limbs, some with shattered teeth, some with worn and scarred heads and bodies from bar-rubbing, and all out of their minds with fear.” Please read about their horrific plight, about the heartbreaking death of two, and then use your frustration and sadness to help us help more.  Just click on the link below for our latest press release and help the bears here at our Sanctuary and those yet to come by sending it far and wide.
AnimalsAsia.org

Urgent!
Bears in Vietnam need your help!
Three Legged Vietnam Moon Bear
Caged Three Legged Vietnam Moon Bear
Vietnam Bear Rescue

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The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
Oct 18th, 2006
Our dear Jenny has passed away.

Jenny 2004
Jenny
1972 - October 17, 2006
Jenny Video

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Shanghai Animal Olympics
Cruelty in the name of entertainment!
Take action to end cruel live animal entertainment!
Many of you will have heard that the Wild Animal Park in Shanghai has been staging a cruel "Animal Olympics" during the October Golden Week holiday in China. Our Executive Director, Annie Mather, visited the park over the weekend and documented the appalling treatment to many wild and domestic animals.


Brown bear with muzzle wired shut
(photo op)

Please click into the link below to find out more and how you can help put an end to barbaric shows such as these:
Take action to end cruel live animal entertainment
We are appealing to the Mayor of Shanghai and calling for the immediate cessation of all live animal performances in Shanghai once and for all. As a gesture of our concern and in an attempt to provide a solution for at least one of the miserable animals Annie saw, we are offering a permanent home at our Moon Bear Rescue Sanctuary in Chengdu for the poor blind bear made to pose for pictures. If our offer is accepted he will live with our other blind bears, Mityan and Snoopy, in our special care area known as the "Secret Garden".


Declawed, blind Moon Bear
(photo op)

Please take time to write a protest letter, together we really can make a difference!
Warmest wishes,
Jill
Jill Robinson MBE
Founder & CEO
Animals Asia Foundation
Hong Kong

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Class B-Dealer C.C. Baird Out of Business PERMANENTLY!!!
A settlement has been reached in the USDA’s case against C.C. Baird -- one of the country’s largest USDA-licensed Class “B” animal dealers selling “random source” animals to research facilities. Many random source animals are stolen pets, strays, seized shelter animals, or obtained through “free to good home” ads under false pretenses. As a result of a 15-year investigation by
LCA/Last Chance for Animals
the USDA charged C.C. Baird with hundreds of violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

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Handlers give circus Elephants the bullhook
© Copyright 2006 OC Weekly
"The elephants are led away to be outfitted to perform for tonight’s show. The handlers march with them, their arms stiffly holding black bullhooks tight against their black pants. They direct the elephants past the tent where they sleep, past a platform strewn with heavy chains, past a baby elephant rocking back and forth."

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Sacramento, CA.
July 2006

B.J. Great Dane Pup

B.J., a six-month-old Great Dane puppy, was found by a volunteer from the
Allen Babcock Dog and Cat Rescue in Florida.
He had been shot through the nose, jaw, foot and groin.
In addition to the gunshot wounds, B.J. was covered in ticks and extremely emaciated. B.J. was immediately taken to the Hollywood Animal Hospital, and he is now recovering in a safe place.
United Animal Nations/UAN
issued a
LifeLine grant to help B.J.’s rescuers meet the high cost of his veterinary care.
Allen Babcock, who founded the rescue, says B.J. has a sweet disposition and a strong will to live. In an interview with WTVJ-TV in South Florida, Dr. James Dee of Hollywood Animal Hospital reported, “He’s been trying to play. He’s wagging his tail. It’s amazing to think that somebody who had this number of injuries inflicted on him could have this good of an attitude.”
Read the full story here.
To date, there is no information about who might have done this to B.J., but UAN has issued its Zig Zag Memorial Reward for any information leading to the capture or conviction of the person(s) responsible for what happened to him.
Anyone with information in this case is encouraged to call
the Seminole Police Department at (863) 983-2285
© 2006 UNITED ANIMAL NATIONS
P.O. BOX 188890 | SACRAMENTO, CA 95818
(916) 429-2457 TEL | (916) 429-2456 FAX
WWW.UAN.ORG WEB

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Action Alert, Please click the links!
Help Stop the Expansion of the Rabbit Meat Industry in Alabama!
For several years, Alabama EARS has been concerned about the rise of the rabbit meat industry here in Alabama. Our Agricultural Director, Ron Sparks, has made the development of the rabbit meat industry his “top priority”. He wants to hugely expand the rabbit farming that has started up here.
On June 21st, 2006, the Birmingham News ran an article entitled “Another White Meat” which glowingly described the growing rabbit meat industry in Alabama. The article is temporarily available here:   The Birmingham News
Right now the industry is relatively small, however, if Ron Sparks and the Tri-State Rabbit Growers Association have their way it will be as large as the chicken industry. The Birmingham News is apparently supporting them. Please help nip this in the bud! We need as many people as possible to write to Ron Sparks and the Birmingham News, as well as stores and restaurants that feature rabbit meat, to let them know that rabbits are companion animals, not food.
We've set up a webpage with all the information on what has been happening and sample letters Alabama Ears.org   A Chapter of The House Rabbit Society
It's extremely urgent that as many people as possible write, especially to Mr. Sparks and the News. We really need to act now while this is relatively small!
Ruth Fledermaus
Treasurer, Educator and Fosterer
Alabama EARS

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"Either That, Or It's All The Whiskey"
Catagory: Stupid Human Tricks
American may be paralyzed after Spain's first running of the bulls
Paul Haven
Associated Press
Jul. 7, 2006 01:16 PM
PAMPLONA, Spain - An American man was partially paralyzed after a mock bullfight following the first running of the bulls Friday in Pamplona, and seven other people were hospitalized after being gored or trampled by the massive beasts. Danger is what draws throngs of revelers to Spain's most famous festival each year, and danger is what they got in the narrow streets of this ancient Spanish city. Ray Ducharme, a 31-year-old bond trader for Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C., was injured in what is known as a vaquilla, in which hundreds of people chase five cows around the bull ring, pulling their ears and tail. The cows are smaller than fighting bulls and have less imposing horns, but they still weigh hundreds of pounds and can be threatening. advertisement Ducharme, a Bath, N.Y.-native, was thrown by a young cow in the event and underwent a 90-minute operation at the Hospital de Navarra to reattach two vertebrae. "He is paralyzed in the legs, and will have partial use of his arms," said Pello Pellejero, a Pamplona government spokesman. "He is in very serious condition." Ducharme's father, Ray, described him as an avid soccer player and said his family hoped his high level of physical fitness would help his recovery. Seven injuries were reported during the run itself, at least two of them serious: New Zealander David MacDowell, 25, was gored in the thigh, and a Pamplona native, Ramon Garayoa, 46, fell and was trampled. The bull run began at 8 a.m. when six bulls, each weighing about 1,500 pounds, stormed out of a corral where they spent the night, then zoomed up packed Cuesta Santo Domingo street at the start of the 900-yard run. They were accompanied by six castrated steers who know the route and are meant to keep the bulls in a single pack. Thousands of runners, most wearing traditional white shirts and pants and sporting red handkerchiefs, dashed in front of them. Each pack ran with the bulls for a short distance before darting out of harm's way. The rampage ends in minutes. The bulls rush into the Plaza de Toros, where some of Spain's better-known bullfighters awaited them in the afternoon. The festival lasts nine days. Before Ducharme's injuries became known, runners said their brush with death was everything they had hoped for. "It was total emotion. It was absolutely crazy. The bull was right next to me and I touched him," said Norman Rilling, 25, from Bakersfield, Calif. Bulls are surprisingly fast animals, and many of the runners had been up all night drinking. Police are instructed not to let anybody who looks too inebriated take part in an effort to cut down on injuries. That is easier said than done, and many participants had clearly had long nights. Julio Bernavides Alvaran, 65, who came to the festival from Valencia in southeastern Spain, said he wandered the streets for hours looking for a place to sleep before deciding to use his credit card to get into an empty bank machine cubicle. Still, he only had a couple of hours of rest before the run, which he described as the thrill of a lifetime. "Life disappears, and you feel your blood moving in your veins," he said. "Either that, or it's all the whiskey." Since record-keeping began in 1924, 13 people have been killed during the runs. The last death was in 1995.
Associated Press writer Ben Dobbin in Rochester, N.Y. contributed to this report.

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Yahoo News...Fri Jul 7, 2006
Crow Believed to be Oldest in World Dies

Tata the Crow

BEARSVILLE, N.Y. - There's no way to prove Tata was the world's oldest crow when he died Sunday at age 59. But an expert on crows says it's possible.
Tata's tale began in 1947 when a thunderstorm blew the fledgling out of his nest in a Long Island cemetery, a mishap that likely led to his long life. Injured and unable to fly, the bird was scooped up by a cemetery caretaker and brought to a local family with a reputation for taking care of animals, Tata's most recent owner, Kristine Flones, told the Daily Freeman of Kingston.
"He was never able to fly, so he became their family pet," said Flones, a wildlife rehabilitator in the Woodstock, N.Y., hamlet of Bearsville, 95 miles north of New York City.
The Manetta family took care of Tata for more than half a century but gave the bird to Flones in 2001 because of their own health problems.
Blinded by cataracts and 54 years old when she got him, Tata was still a wonderful pet, Flones said. "When you came around him, his energy was very beautiful," she told the newspaper. "It was as if he were exuding or giving off a loving energy."
"It's an incredibly old bird," said Kevin McGowan, an ornithologist at Cornell University who has studied crows for more than 20 years. "They don't live that long in the wild."
McGowan said the oldest living crow he has documented in the wild is a bird he banded as a fledgling and has tracked for 15 years. There is an unsubstantiated claim of a 29- or 30-year-old crow in the wild, but he knows of no older crows, tame or otherwise.
While claims of animal longevity are tough to verify, McGowan said, "This one sounded pretty reasonable to me."
In an environment without predators, communicable disease or the likelihood of a fatal accident, a crow could grow as old as Tata, he said.
Flones said Tata was still active and alert in his later years, to the point each spring that he called out from inside the house to crows outside, often loudly and beginning at 5 a.m.

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Tennessee Treasures
The Elephant Sanctuary® in Tennessee

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Lake Jackson Ecopassage June, 2006
Dear Supporters,
Many of you may have seen in the media that Lake Jackson is once again drying down due to drought conditions in northwest Florida. Over the weekend, the main sinkhole drained the central basin of the lake. Luckily, the area of the northwestern part of the lake along US Highway 27 is controlled by a different sinkhole that holds water during the early stages of drought and, at this time, we have not yet seen a mass migration of turtles attempting to cross the highway.
However, as we saw in 1999-2000, extended drought conditions will lead to most of the lake drying and the mass migration of thousands of turtles and other wildlife to Little Lake Jackson located on the west side of the highway. The temporary fences are currently in good shape along the nearly one mile stretch of US 27 where it crosses the lake and will continue to protect most of the animals from the highway only if they are monitored and maintained daily. If a mass migration occurs this summer, we expect 100-300 turtles per day will attempt to cross and they must be carried across the highway to safety if they do not locate the single culvert under the road. This was accomplished effectively in 2000 only by working 10 hours per day, 7 days per week, for several months.
Clearly, Lake Jackson is a dynamic lake and water levels will always fluctuate. The only real solution to the ongoing wildlife mortality and habitat fragmentation problem on US27 is the construction of the Ecopassage and we are working hard toward that goal. Upon completion of the project development phase (PD&E) of the project in September, we are hopeful that the Florida Department of Transportation will quickly allocate the funds necessary for the full design of the Ecopassage. I ask that you please contact the Secretary of the FDOT, Mr. Denver Stutler at stutled@eog.state.fl.us and urge him to designate the funds required for the design of the Lake Jackson Ecopassage upon completion of the PD&E so that we can move forward with this project.
Please also check the web site at
lakejacksonturtles.org
for updates and the other key individuals to contact.
Thank you for your continued support.
Matt Aresco
Matthew J. Aresco, PhD
Lake Jackson Ecopassage Alliance, Inc
P.O. Box 180891
Tallahassee, FL 32318
aresco@lakejacksonturtle.org
(850) 562-3093

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Dateline June 2006 - 205 Bears rescued so far!
It has been a hectic few months for the team as our China Bear Rescue Sanctuary has been full of political and celebrity guests, the media....and new bears! With Animal Planet filming an exciting one-hour special, we've also hosted the beautiful and very famous singer/actress Karen Mok together with Neil Parish MEP (Member of the European Parliament) from the European Parliament - both talking to camera about their revulsion of the bile farming trade and desire to see it end.
With an ugly metal catheter embedded into her abdomen for 8 years, previously farmed bear "Angel" is lucky to be alive. One of seven recently rescued bears, "Angel" is well on her way to enjoying her new life in our Sanctuary which has now saved 205 bears from agony and exploitation. We are also working hard in Vietnam to construct a quarantine area for the first of 200 farmed bears in Hanoi who will start to arrive in October.
Please spare a second to read all the latest news at:
China Bear Rescue
Rescue Diary

- knowing, with our gratitude, that you are helping these bears on their way, as we take the next step to build the public area of the sanctuary to showcase them to a much wider audience.
Bear hugs, Jill
Jill Robinson MBE
Founder & CEO
Animals Asia Foundation
Goodbye to Andrew - Feb 2006
In Loving memory of Beloved Andrew - Animals Asia’s first rescued Moon Bear

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Questionable Fund-raising
A Note Concerning The Elephant Sanctuary® in Tennessee
It has come to our attention that an organization called Animal Save International is soliciting money for several animal organizations including “an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee”. The Elephant Sanctuary® in Tennessee has not, to date, received any funds from this organization, nor have we given permission for this organization to use information about our Sanctuary.

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ELEPHANT MONA
Mona was born in the wild lands of Asia (approx. 1951). She was captured, and brought to The Birmingham Zoo in 1955. Susie, Mona's companion for 48 years, was wild-born in India (approx. 1952). She was captured and brought to The Birmingham Zoo in 1957. Susie died in January 2005. Mona has been alone ever since. Mona's enclosure at The Birmingham Zoo is small and barren. She stands either on concrete or hard-packed dirt, in an area estimated to be less than 1/2 acre. These unforgiving surfaces are causing the break-down of her feet , and what appears to be arthritis in her right shoulder and right front leg. She spends her days pacing in a monotonous circle inside her barn stall, or outside searching for something to engage her highly intelligent mind. Mona has been in this enclosure since she was (approx.) four years old - 51 years.

For over a year, The Elephant Sanctuary® in Tennessee has offered a standing invitation to accept Mona in retirement. Dr. Foster, CEO of Birmingham Zoo, Inc. continues to reject The Elephant Sanctuary's offer. His rejection denies Mona companionship with her species, denies Mona a natural habitat of more than 2,700 acres of forests and meadows, natural streams and mud-holes, and denies Mona the free-will to choose her elephant companions. Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid and the majority of the Birmingham City Council appear to prefer not getting involved. The City of Birmingham owns the majority of the zoo's land and ALL of the zoo's animals. The City of Birmingham continues to contribute $250,000 of taxpayers’ money to the zoo annually.

The time has come for Birmingham City Government to address their accountability in Mona’s suffering. It is time for Birmingham City Government to enable Mona’s retirement to The Elephant Sanctuary.
Please Sign the Petition to Free Mona

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To All Animal Lovers - your help is needed!
Stop Federal Bill That Would Require the Cruel Air Transport of Birds
As many air travelers know, animals flown in plane cargo compartments—which are meant to store luggage, typically have no heat or air conditioning, and quickly reach extreme, deadly temperatures and die by the thousands every year. A dangerous piece of legislation that would force countless birds into these Death Traps has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Charles Grassley (R- IA), to accommodate the baby bird and cockfighting industries at the expense of the animals’ lives. Please ask your federal representative and senators to oppose this bill today! It's easy to do with the links and sample letter below that you can cut and paste, and you will help prevent countless suffering and death, not to mention the risk of bird flu.
If it becomes law, S.2395 would direct the U.S. Postal Service to require air carriers to accept “shipments” of live animals that postal regulations currently allow to be mailed, such as birds. No provisions are made for food or water. Air carriers would be required to fly animals as long as outside temperatures were as low as 0°F and as high as 100°F. (Chicks become dehydrated at temperatures above 95°F.) Few animals - especially creatures as fragile as birds - will survive this.
Basically, S. 2395 would:   Compel the USPS to require certain airlines to transport birds. Require those airlines to transport birds through connecting cities, not necessarily on direct flights. Require those airlines to transport birds in any temperature conditions between 0 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. THIS IS UTTERLY RIDICULOUS AND SIMPLY INSANE. More birds will arrive dead than alive.
Here's how you can help! (a sample letter that you can cut and paste and send is at the end of this message)
Contact your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators (not State Senators) and ask them to oppose S. 2395. Let them know that animals should not be treated as common cargo and that baby birds can quickly become dangerously dehydrated! The names and contact information for all legislators can be found by simply entering your zip code at vote-smart.org; or visiting senate.gov for your senators and house.gov for your representatives. There is usually an e-mail contact form right on your senator's/representative's website and you can strip in the sample letter below and send it right off.
Contact U.S. Postmaster General John E. Potter to urge the Postal Service to stop shipping live birds or, at the very least, to require the U.S. Postal Service to ship baby chicks under humane conditions.
The Honorable John E. Potter
Postmaster General & CEO
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20260-1000
fax: 202-268-5211
And please forward this information to your e-mailing lists and ask your friends to help too!.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING!
Arlene
Sample letter:
Dear ____________,
I am writing to ask that you please oppose Senate Bill 2395, which would cause untold suffering and terrible deaths for countless birds shipped across the country. If it becomes law, S. 2395 would direct the U.S. Postal Service to require air carriers to accept "shipments" of live animals that postal regulations currently allow to be mailed, such as birds. Air carriers would be required to fly animals in life-threatening temperatures as low as 0 degrees and as high as 100 degrees, with no regard for food and water.
Animals flown in cargo compartments - which are meant to store luggage, typically have no heat or air conditioning, and quickly reach extreme, deadly temperatures - already die by the thousands every year. Birds in particular, are extremely delicate creatures, particularly the newborn chicks. They need more and better legislation regulating humane shipping methods, not a worse way to manhandle and kill them, which this plan will most certainly accomplish. Aside from the humane issues, the issue of bird flu makes this idea extraordinarily dangerous and ridiculous beyond belief.
This is an exceptionally bad piece of legislation. Please vote against Senate Bill 2395.
Thank you.

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FAE's Elephant Hospital/Lampang, Thailand
Tuesday 23rd May, 2006
Dear friends:
It is with deep sadness to announce the death of Manguay-low. She collapsed this morning at 5.30. We tried to help her get up but she had lost all her strength. I had to decide to let her go peacefully. Dr. Tossapol performed the euthanasia and she was gone at 7.37 a.m. You may recall that Manguay-low came only a month after Champen who shared the same tragic injuries from landmines in 2003. While Champen is heading home in Tak province a few days from now, Manguay-low has left for her home too, not in Tak, but another destination up in the sky. We shall bury her this afternoon and plant trees as I always do to give shades to her friends. I'd rather not say "Goodbye" to her but there was no other word.
Soraida Salwala, Founder
Friends of the Asian Elephant

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The Chattanoogan.com
Saddened By The Circus
May 25, 2006
I am sad to see that the circus is again in town. I feel that the animals used in circus acts were never intended by their creator to be taken from their wild habitats, cruelly trained to perform unnatural tricks for the amusement of people, and shipped around from city to city.
Please consider these points: Training methods are often abusive, cruel and stressful. Circus trainers use whips, tight collars, electric prods, bullhooks, and other tools to break animals’ spirits and teach submission. In fact, The ASPCA, the Fund for Animals and the Animal Welfare Institute brought a lawsuit against Ringling Bros. under the Endangered Species Act for its mistreatment of elephants.
Wild animals can attack trainers and audiences, rebelling against mistreatment and cruel training methods. Living conditions of circus animals are inhumane. The animals live in cramped spaces -- tigers and lions live and travel in cages measuring just four by six by five feet. Elephants are chained by their legs during training, transport, and between shows.
The circus is not educational. It portrays wild animals as approachable and playful – teaching nothing about the animals, their natural habitats, lifestyles or behaviors. Many circuses entertain audiences without using animals. And it's these circuses that we should welcome to our town. Using animals as a form of entertainment, especially when it involves such cruelty, is barbaric.
Kelly Paulk
kellypaulk@comcast.net

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Memphis Commercial Appeal May 25, 2006

FedEx Ad

"I write in response to a FedEx advertisement inside Sunday's paper, which honors the 100th anniversary of the Memphis Zoo. Pictured is one of the zoo's African elephants. I would like to point out, that regardless of what the ad claims, captive African elephants in zoos across the United States do not have "great memories." Instead, they have memories of the destruction of their herd, the slaughtering of the adults in that herd and their subsequent capture as the babies who were too bewildered and shocked to put up a struggle. In recent years, this gruesome process has been accomplished by helicopters hovering over a herd. The adults are machine-gunned down as the helpless babies watch. The young elephants are then crated and shipped overseas to zoos throughout the world. Research is under way in the field of post-traumatic stress disorder in culled elephant offspring. Results suggest captive elephants' erratic and unruly behavior can be directly related to the trauma they experienced in youth. This included "swaying" back and forth, as I have seen the Memphis elephants do. These elephants are usually deemed "dangerous" and often wind up secluded, abused or dead. Is this the mission of the Memphis Zoo? Are we to celebrate the lifelong trauma and nightmarish — not "great" — memories these magnificent animals must live with for decades?"
ALYSE M.
Cordova

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California Residents: Prevent the Killing of Crocodiles and Alligators
California legislators are currently considering a bill (SB 1485) to allow the sale of crocodile and alligator parts. Current law makes it a misdemeanor to import into California for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of a number of species including polar bears, tigers, sea turtles, kangaroos, or elephants.
SB 1485, introduced by Senator Dennis Hollingsworth, deletes crocodiles and alligators from this list of protected species. SB 1485 is supported by Louisiana alligator farms, not California residents. And it will increase the illegal trade and poaching of alligator and crocodile species as much or more than the legal trade. SB 1485 passed the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Wildlife on May 9 and will soon be considered on the Senate floor.
There is a great deal of difficulty in distinguishing products from non-protected species of alligator and crocodile from endangered species. Federal law requires that American alligators' bodies or whole hides be marked with a unique tag; however, products made from the hide are not required to carry such identification. Therefore, it is nearly impossible for authorities to know whether a product was made from a legally obtained crocodilian hide. Allowing the sale of products from certain species will inevitably open the door to the sale and use of other protected species.
Learn More & Take Action On This Issue
Source:
In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel.: +1 415 388 9641 Fax: +1 415 388 0388

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America, Take a Step to Ending Oil Addiction
May 22, 2006
America consumes over 19 million barrels of oil per day. Most of that is wasted in gas guzzling cars, trucks and SUV's. It's time for change... It's time to break our addiction.
Oil exploitation endangers ecosystems from America’s parks and wilderness to the deepest jungles in the Amazon and Africa. Our climate, our national security, universal human rights, our economy, and our health are threatened by our addiction to oil. For our forests, for the rights of indigenous peoples, and for the natural systems that sustain life, Rainforest Action Network is committed to help break America’s oil addiction.
We can begin by Jumpstarting the auto industry. The single largest cause of our oil addiction comes from passenger vehicles, and Ford Motor Company's vehicles guzzle more gas than any other automaker in the country. Ford's global warming emissions threaten our environment while rising gas prices threaten our economy. That's not American innovation. That's just bad business.
We must demand that our nation's leaders, both civic and corporate, make a real commitment for change. It's time to take action, starting with automakers like Ford Motor Company.
Source:
Michael Lawley,
Care2 and ThePetitionSite team
Care2.com, Inc. 275 Shoreline Drive, Suite 150
Redwood City, CA 94065
care2.com

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FAE's Elephant Hospital/Lampang
Obituary Announcement: Kamsri
Monday 8th May, 2006
On Saturday the 6th of May, 2006 around eleven a.m. we were informed that a full term pregnant elephant would be coming to our hospital.
Kamsri, 35 years old, arrived at 12.20 p.m. Upon arrival we found mucopurulent discharge and blood from her vagina. She was restless and suffered from pain and dehydration. Kamsri opened her mouth and stretched her foreleg and hind legs every two minute showing signs of great pain.
Supportive treatment of IV , gluclose, antibiotics and vitamin were given. Kamsri could not eat nor drink.
Result of ultrasound showed no sign of baby movement. More blood came out. Kamsri was under close observation the whole night.
Subjective data from the owner of Kamsri:
Kamsri was attacked by another elephant at the elephant camp in Chiangmai since early April, 2006 resulted in Kamsri's fall. She was still at work until the 2nd of May when she showed sign of pain, depress and anorexia.
At 1.14 p.m. on Sunday 7th May, Kamsri choked, shivered and collapsed at 1.23 and died at 1.25
Result from post mortem performed by Dr. Preecha Phaungkum:
Mucopurulent discharge in vagina, bleeding in abdomen cavity and hemorrhage spots in omentum and abdomen cavity, rupture of uterus and trauma in diaphram and spleen.
The male baby was about eighteen months old with the height of 80 cm. and weighed 120 kg. We were indeed saddened by her death because we have been advising all the camps and elephant owners to rest the pregnant elephants and bring them to our elephant hospital for delivery at the earliest time of pregnancy. Overworking and still at work for the pregnant elephants could result in accidents and death.

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Downbound.com
offers a wide assortment of products that promote animal rights (all vegan), human rights (no sweatshop and fair trade), and the environment (organic wherever possible). The name “Downbound” represents an ideological shift down the corporate ladder, down the food chain and down to earth. For instance we have over 200 organic hemp clothing, footwear and accessories, vegan cat and dog food, animal rights videos and much more. The founder of Downbound.com, Adam Wilson has been a vegan for nine years, and he is also a founder of the Toronto Animal Rights Society.

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Today there are over 6.5 billion people in the world.
Support U.S. International Family Planning
to protect the health of families, wildlife and the planet, now and for generations to come.
Over the last 100 years, the world's human population has quadrupled. And at current rates of growth we will add more people to the planet in the next 50 years than we did during the first 500,000 years of human history!
Human population growth is a critical environmental issue. It places enormous pressure on limited natural resources and exacerbates many environmental problems including deforestation, water scarcity, pollution and loss of biodiversity and habitat. Ask Congress to take action.
By providing access to basic healthcare and education, international family planning is one of most cost-effective ways to help countries voluntarily reduce population pressures, improve maternal and child health, protect the health of our environment, and ensure our children’s future well-being.
The world is at a critical juncture. Across the globe over one billion teenagers are now entering their reproductive years. This is the largest group of teenagers in history, and their level of access to basic family planning services will shape the world for generations to come. Take action.
Unfortunately, as unmet need for family planning programs continues to rise drastically, U.S. funding has plummeted.
This Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to show your support for international family planning. Mothers represent a promise for the future of our children – a future with love, a clean environment, good health and education.
Please ask Congress
to support increased funding for U.S. international family planning programs – such programs are essential for protecting the health of families, wildlife and the planet, now and for generations to come.
Thank you for making a difference today,
Agata Gussmann
Care2 and ThePetitionSite Team
P.S. “Unless we can find some way to slow down population growth, the stresses and strains on the natural resources will be too great to bear.” - Jane Goodall, primatologist
Care2.com, Inc
275 Shoreline Drive, Suite 150
Redwood City, CA 94065

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California..5/5/06
Speak Out to Put a Stop to Cruel Killing Events!
Thanks to the efforts of concerned California animal advocates like you, we're getting closer to passing legislation (A.B. 2110) a stop to field coursing competitions -- contests in which dogs track, pursue, and often tear apart live animals. Once popular in England, this activity was recently banned due to the cruelty involved. You can help end these gruesome games in California.
A.B. 2110 makes a person who knowingly engages in a competition in which dogs are, by the use of live rabbits, hares or foxes, assessed as to skill in hunting guilty of a misdemeanor. A.B. 2110 passed the Assembly Committee on Public Safety on April 4, 2006. The next hearing on this bill will take place on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. Please take action today to help this important bill clear the next legislative hurdle.
TAKE ACTION
Please contact the members of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and urge them to support A.B. 2110 and ban the harassment and killing of wildlife in field coursing events.
Click here to automatically send an e-mail to all of the committee members and your own state assemblymember.
Please tell your friends and family in California about this important legislation and how they can help. With your continued commitment to taking action on behalf of animals, we can end these shameful killing contests.
Sincerely,
Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
P.S. If you haven't seen the excellent KGO-TV San Francisco I-Team
investigation on coursing, click here to view it now.
Copyright © 2006 The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). All Rights Reserved.
The Humane Society of the United States | 2100 L Street, NW | Washington, DC 20037
humanelines@hsus.org | 202-452-1100 | www.hsus.org
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On May 9, 2006,
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee will be Charity of the Day again on
Because of the Sanctuary's early support of and positive response on Goodsearch.com, we have been selected as Charity of the Day for the second time on May 9. It is a new and easy way to raise money for The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. It's simple. You use GoodSearch.com like any other search engine — but each time you do, money is generated for our girls. Each time you search $.01 is donated to The Elephant Sanctuary. Just 1,000 people searching an average of four times a day will generate nearly $15,000 in a year for The Elephant Sanctuary!
In using this search engine, it is important to remember that repeated manual clicks in order to generate money is not appropriate. Please use this search engine only as you would use any other search engine.

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Restaurant Fined for Cruel Lobster Display
ROME 4/28/06
An Italian restaurant was fined 688 euros, or $855, for displaying live lobsters on ice to attract patrons, in an application of an anti-cruelty law usually affecting household pets. A court in the northeastern city of Vicenza ruled the display was a form of abuse dooming the crustaceans to a slow death by suffocation. "We're appealing," said Giuseppe Scalesia, who runs La Conchiglia D'Oro, or "Golden Shell," restaurant along with his brother Camillo. "They said that the lobsters, laying on the ice, suffer... They compared them in court to other animals, like cats and dogs." The case was brought by Gianpaolo Cecchetto, a former environmental activist, who took his two young children to the Vicenza restaurant in May 2002. "They were shocked by the display," said Cecchetto adding he immediately got in touch with the ENPA national animal protection entity. "ENPA took care of the lawyers and legal proceedings."
Italy has some of the world's toughest animal rights laws. The city of Rome in October banned goldfish bowls, seen as cruel, while Turin passed a law last year that would fine dog owners 500 euros unless they walked their canine friends at least three times a day.

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"Dear Friends,
The first book against bullfights written in the English language has just been published.
"When Bulls Cry: The Case Against Bullfighting"
By Michael A. Ogorzaly, is a must read.
Go to Review
There are some books against bullfights by Spanish and French writers but this is the first one in English. One of our members is part-way through this book and can thoroughly recommend it.
The book is available at authorhouse.com at the cost of $14.95 + $5 shipping/handling for U.S.A.
From Europe you can buy it at authorhouse.co.uk, prices depend upon which country you are ordering it from.
For the Animals, Maria Lopes
Coordinator
International Movement Against Bullfights

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Humane Society Newsletter
Here are just a few of the articles in this months newsletter
please follow the link to learn more and take action, thank you. jj

4/26/2006

Your Chick Is in the Mail
Poultry hatcheries commonly ship day-old chicks in cardboard boxes with no provision for food, water or temperature regulation. These chicks are shipped across the country in all kinds of temperature extremes, from sweltering summer highs to freezing winter lows. While no statistics are kept on just how many of these birds survive their journey through the mail, anecdotal tales abound of baby birds who never made it to their final destinations alive. Just this year, The HSUS has heard from several postal workers across the country whose daily encounters include boxes of dying baby birds.

Kenneth Cool or Kenneth Cruel?
Designer Kenneth Cole claims that "what you stand for is more important than what you stand in," but animal fur has recently popped up in his stores and on his website. Ask Kenneth Cole to stand for being kind to animals, not for being cruel.

Picture Worth 1,000 Words
Take a look at The HSUS's gripping full-page ad urging Congress to pass the PETS Act. The ad is running in major newspapers across the country as part of the "No Pet Left Behind" campaign. If you have not already, ask your legislators to support the PETS Act.

Recent Victories
AOL deleted the use of battery-cage eggs from all of its corporate dining facilities.
Alabama outlawed hog dog fighting.
Chicago's City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of foie gras.
Kansas banned exotic animals as pets and made animal cruelty a felony.
Bar Harbor, Maine-based College of the Atlantic made the switch to cage-free eggs in its student dining facility.
Pennsylvania tabled a proposal to allow use of the atlatl, a Stone Age hunting tool.

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All Rights Reserved.
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News from Friends of the Asian Elephant, F.A.E
Dear Miss Jody:
Our Elephant Hospital was hit by a hail storm on the 14th April, 2006. Fortunate enough that no elephant nor staff was hurt but there are damages. Trees fell over the roofs and debris were everywhere. Motala's Infirmary was hit by the hails and the roof was broken but she is all right. No harm to her except over 30 pieces of the roof tiles were broken.

Hailstorm

Motala@JodysJungle.com

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Help The Mantees
Faced with the largest number of manatee deaths in a decade, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is considering an inconceivable reaction: downlisting the manatee, a gentle creature known to body surf or barrel roll when playing, from endangered to threatened.

Manatee

Last year was the second highest manatee mortality year on record. Just in the last five years, 1682 manatees have died in Florida waters and of those, 398 were killed by boats. That is almost an 18% increase over the previous five-year period. Furthermore, state scientists estimate the manatee population could drop by half in the next 50 years because of habitat loss, red tide poisoning and boat collisions.
This latest move is a triumph of politics over science. Manatees are poised to be downlisted regardless of how they are faring in the wild because of a calculated effort by special interest groups opposed to boat speed zones and restrictions on development.
And Gov. Bush's conservation commission — he appointed the members — doesn't offer wildlife much hope for protection. Commissioners include a banker, a real-estate investor, a ranch owner, a developer, and a vice president of the St. Joe Co., Florida's largest landowner. Another belongs to the Safari Club International, which offers recipes for antelope, bear, moose and other wild game on its Web site.
Later this summer, the FFWCC will vote to finalize the manatee’s listing status. Gov. Bush once called the manatee his favorite animal. Urge him to take a stand and ensure that protections for the manatee remain in place.

Manatee Mom and Calf

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Namcha Home for Wayward Animals Newsletter
Tir-Na-Nog Farm
P.O. Box 145
Elverson, PA 19520

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Animals Asia's hosts China's First Ever Companion Animal Symposium!
3/31/2006
Dear Friends,
Just this past weekend Animals Asia hosted and organised the first ever China Companion Animal Symposium which saw 32 local Mainland Chinese groups voting unanimously for a ban on the slaughter of dogs and cats for their meat and fur!   Held in Guangzhou - the dog eating capital of China - five important resolutions were passed with 100% majority, as everyone pledged to work together in the years ahead to improve the lives of all companion animals in China. It is thanks to each and everyone of you reading this message and supporting our pioneering
Friends...or Food
campaign that major inroads such as this are being made. The next step will see us working on developing these crucial resolutions into practical solutions and regulations that will create real change for dogs and cats.
Please help us to accelerate this work by reading and forwarding the news of the
Symposium
to friends and family:
Please give what you can to help our beloved companion animals - as ever, we are dependent upon your support to create a world where dogs and cats rightly take their place as our friends,
not food or fur.
Warm wishes,
Jill
Jill Robinson MBE
Founder & CEO
Animals Asia Foundation

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Aviarios Sloth Rescue Center
(Preguiça)

rescued mama sloth with broken arm holding her infant

In 1992 Judy and Luis Arroyo completed construction of a bed and breakfast in Costa Rica.
Their destiny changed when neighbor girls brought them a wee surprise--an orphaned three-toed sloth.
They named her Buttercup.

Buttercup

Finding scant literature on sloths, they learned from experience. Then another one arrived, and another.
Before long the Arroyos became known as authorities on sloth rescue and rearing.

What is a Sloth?

Picture Gallery

Rescue Center

Sloth Video

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Dear U.S. Friends of Animals Asia
Help spread the word of the China Bear Rescue, by requesting that PBS book the
"Natural Heroes" series!
"Many of you are aware that Animals Asia has made a short film on our work called "China Bear Rescue....the beginning". The film has won many awards at Film Festivals and is now part of a "Natural Heroes" series of environmental short films that is being offered to PBS Stations across the USA. Of course, for Animals Asia, this is a great opportunity for many more people to learn about the issue of bear farming and our work with the beautiful Moon Bears.
Can we ask you to help? We need you to urge your local PBS Program Manager to schedule the series. Please contact PBS affiliates in your area, alerting them to the fact that you support Animals Asia and the great work being done in China to help the farmed bears. In fact, the series has been underwritten, so it is completely free to the PBS Station!
This is so easy to do:
Simply go to this website:
www.greentreks.org/naturalheroes/wheretowatch.asp
Click on your state and write a short note encouraging your local stations to carry the "Natural Heroes" series (which includes our China Bear Rescue film). There is also a sample letter included. Please ask your friends and colleagues do the same in their areas!
PBS Program Managers are making spring scheduling decisions now. Each PBS affiliate's Program Manager decides which programming best fits the needs of their local audience. They listen to their members, and they know that "looking local" is important. If you want to get more involved, call your local stations and speak with the Program Manager directly.
Our China Bear Rescue film is being shown in an episode entitled "International Animal Rescue"   Click here to view a trailer
Thank you so much for your help!"
Warm wishes,
Annie
Annie Mather
Executive Director, Head of Media
Animals Asia Foundation
China Bear Rescue
Wonderful organization, Jill is truly a hero...I cannot recommend them highly enough, please get involved..jj

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Heart of a Lioness
I first read about Kamunyak several years ago and posted her story on JodysJungle.com Page 3
I saw the story on Animal Planet the other night and wanted to share it with those of you who may have missed it.
Kamunyak the Lioness and the Oryx Calf
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, January 2002
The lioness was fully aware that the calf was not a lion cub
as she did not try to hunt meat for it.

Kamunyak and Oryx calf, nose to nose.

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2006
The 2nd Annual Elephant Advocates Rally Support
~EAR'S~

This year's event will be held in Hohenwald, Tennessee on Oct 5 to 8th, 2006.
See our Website for details.
The Elephant Sanctuary® in Tennessee
will once again be the beneficiary of our efforts.
We are now open for registrations

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ocean-alert@oceanconservancy.org
To: jody@jodysjungle.com

sea turtle

Strong public support is urgently needed to prevent the Bush Administration from slashing funds for sea turtle conservation and other programs aimed at protecting endangered species. In its federal budget request for next year, the Bush Administration has proposed budget cuts for international sea turtle conservation in the new Marine Turtle Conservation Act (MTCA) and similar legislation for other imperiled species. This year the administration's request cuts the Marine Turtle Conservation Fund by 57%, from $691,000 to $297,000, despite the fact that less than a third of the proposals received were funded!!! Instead of cutbacks, these funds need to be increased, particularly since these species face increasing threats from poaching, habitat destruction and civil unrest.
The multinational species conservation funds were established in 1990 to help conserve some of the world's most threatened and magnificent creatures. These relatively small but critical programs have grown annually by small increments because they can demonstrate significant success.
Last year Congress approved a modest increase for the five mammal and reptile programs to $6.5 million and the neotropical migratory bird fund to $4 million. The President's new budget cuts the funding to $8.2 million for fiscal year 2007, a steep cut of 22%. In fiscal year 2006, Congress appropriated $691,000 for marine turtles. Click here for more information.
Please take action today! Tell your Senators and Representative to do all they can to increase funding for these vitally important endangered species conservation programs.
Please Take Action
Sincerely,
Marydele Donnelly
Sea Turtle Scientist

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"But for the use of physical punishment by,
and fear of their oppressors,
animals would never be a part of a circus."
Richard Pryor

PRYOR AWARD GOES TO ELEPHANT RIGHTS ACTIVIST
1/20/06
Late comic RICHARD PRYOR has been honoured for his animal rights campaigning with an award in his name, by the People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA). The STIR CRAZY funnyman died of a heart attack on 10 December (05) after years of battling degenerative nervous system disease multiple sclerosis. fter consultations with his widow JENNIFER LEE PRYOR, PETA created the Richard Pryor Memorial Award, which was presented to ALDERMAN MARY ANN SMITH for her work with the Elephant Protection Ordinance in Chicago's City Council - a cause close to the late comedian's heart. Pryor's wife says, "Of all the issues Richard worked on over the years, cruelty to elephants was dearest to his heart. "He felt for elephants who are robbed of their freedom and families and sent to circuses where they endure chains, bullhooks, and beatings or banished to zoos where they spend a lifetime of boredom, confined in small, concrete enclosures."

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Jungle Friends News
Curri's Story
Date: 11/2/2005
Curri is a squirrel monkey that arrived at Jungle Friends last Saturday night. Curri is in pretty bad shape. When the breeder sold Curri to the people who brought her to Jungle Friends, she was not well. We are told that when Curri was sold she was very frail with hair loss. They paired Curri up with Moe, another squirrel monkey, and we are told that she got much better. Unfortunately Moe died and Curri went down hill after the loss of her companion. The University of Florida Vet School referred the owners to Jungle Friends.

Curri

By the looks of Curri, I would say she is an elderly monkey that had a very rough life. Currie cannot stand or walk, she is very stiff, her fingers and toes curl up and she has the shakes. We are working with her to get some strength in her limbs. She is quite a fighter and is already moving about more than when she arrived. Curri cannot eat or drink on her own, so we are hand feeding her every two hours until about 8 pm with a midnight feeding. She has surprised us all at the amount of food this tiny monkey can eat. She weighed under a pound when she arrived and has already gained 40 grams. We have Curri set up in an indoor enclosure next to the other squirrel monkeys in Jody's Jungle. We feel that her improvement has a lot to do with having the other squirrel monkeys near her. They talk back and forth to each other all day; it is wonderful to see how she lights up at the sound of their voices.
We hope that Curri will be a companion for Bowser, who recently lost his friend Skeeter to illness. But Bowser is such a robust boy; he may be too much for Curri, if so, we may be able to socialize her with Buddy and Howard who are much slower paced and visually impaired. Time will tell. Curri has a long road of recovery ahead of her.
Please help us with Curri. We could use a small refrigerator and microwave to put in Jody's Jungle to help with the feedings. We could also use some receiving blankets or baby blankets for her. And of course, money is always welcome! It would also be great if we could get Curri sponsored. Curri is not up on the website, so if you are interested in sponsoring her, just click
HERE for the form, fill it out and mail it to me.
Please pass Curri's story on to your friends and relatives. You never know who may be interested in our work here at Jungle Friends. Thank you in advance for helping us help those who cannot help themselves!
Lots of monkey love,
Kari and the monks

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Updates of FAE's Elephant Hospital
Date: 10/17/05
Dear friends:
I would like to let you know how the two babies that got injured by the landmines are doing. Mo-jay, the elder sister is very cooperative even though her injuries are so severe. Mo-too, the younger one, is difficult to handle because she does not stay still and we have to use all the tricks imaginable, putting medicines in bananas, grinding them in condensed milk and put in her mouth. She managed to spit it out and kicked the mahout. Dr. Preecha escaped by an inch. We only hope she will be more friendly with our mahouts, if not the vets soon. They are playing with her to gain her trust.
For the elephants,
Soraida

Date: 10/13/2005
Dear Friends:
Once again please accept my apologies for the long silence in updating our activities here. I have just arrived here at FAE's Elephant Hospital last night and we have had a busy and tough time trying to save lives. Four elephants arrived yesterday with critical conditions. At four o'clock this morning another two arrived with the same conditions, anorexia, depressed and bloated. We suspect it is from the grass they ate that were contaminated with pesticides. One out of the seven (one came on the fourth of October) with the same conditons, was in the most serious condition. He lay down and sat up and completely restless. He collapsed this morning at 7.35 a.m. There was no life sign and then he was gone.
His name was Boonnum, 35 years old. They all came from the same elephant camp in Chiangmai. The other six are under close observation but they are gradually gaining back their health. Our vet team led by Dr. Preecha performed the enema, giving intravenous followed by letting them walk to exercise. I hope they would be better soon. A warning message from me has been sent out to all camps for the precaution and prevention of feeding the elephants with grasses. There might be some foul play as some camps are close to the orchards. Another factor is it is getting colder in the north this time of the year, the contaminated fodder causes indigestion. Young and too overgrown grass are also the cause. Elephant would eat soil when their bodies are lack of minerals could cause obstruction in the intestines. However, there are other serious cases coming. Two elephants stepped on the landmines are going to be transported from Nongbua, Tak Province to our hospital. They could not find the trucks but eventually would. It is a distance of 400 kilogrammes and the roads are quite dangerous. They have to come slowly.
I shall write again when I can.
For the elephants,
Soraida Salwala
Founder & Secretary General
Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE)

Landmine Victims
Two Seriously Injured Babies
10/13/05
Dear Friends:Finally the two elephants that stepped on landmines arrived at 6.15 a.m. this morning. I was shocked when they opened the truck and saw two babies seriously injured.The two are sisters, walking alongside their mother but the mother was not hurt. Mo-jay is 6 years and 10 months old, severely injured on the right hind leg. Her foot is shredded and there is no foot pad left while Mo-too, her sister who is two and ten months old, is severely injured on the left front leg. The injuries are almost the same, no foot pad left. Mo-too has not weaned off and she cries for her mother but is always consoled by Mo-jay. She would reach her trunk out to touch her young sisiter in a way of saying, "I am here with you". It is a heart rending sight to see the two young ones suffering the same plight but do not lose courage. They have each other now and all of us as their only family. We have treated them with painkillers, anti-infection, dressed the wounds, etc. My staff shall send photos on a separate mail...Soraida

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October 6, 2005
Buddy's Big Adventure

Buddy outside.10.05

Dear Friends of Jungle Friends,
I am happy to report that Buddy, our blind retired research squirrel monkey, went outside for the first time last week! We first thought it was an accident or a fluke; however, Buddy went right back out the next day. And he went outside again yesterday!!
Buddy lives with Howard, another retired research monkey, who is nearly blind. We have their indoor enclosure and outdoor habitat set up with many PVC perches so that they are able to negotiate their space easily and safely.
When we discovered that Buddy had gone out on his own, we brought him several bowls of food to scatter around wherever he traveled so that he was sure to find them. He would hang by his tail searching for the food bowls that his heightened sense of smell told him were near. We also put up half a dozen water bottles for his convenience.
During Buddy's adventure he climbed around much more than we had expected. He did not appear to be nervous at all, just very happy about being outside, feeling the warm sun on his little body. Buddy had not felt the sun in nearly two decades. It was a little breezy that day and Buddy seemed to enjoy the wind in his face that brought the fragrance of other parts of the sanctuary to him. He would reach down to the earth floor grabbing at pieces of plant and grass. All of Buddy's senses were engaged.
Howard joined him; I am not sure if he stayed near Buddy to protect him and comfort him or because I had some special treats. Either way, I feel that Buddy felt more secure with Howard nearby.
We sat with Buddy for the better part of the day, until it was nearing evening and then we helped him back inside. We hope that Buddy's Big Adventure will be repeated again soon and often. One of the things that we have noticed about the monkeys here at Jungle Friends is that they definitely seem to prefer being outside rather than inside! Our eBay store is called Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. We also have monkey art listed and are listing new items all the time, so please visit our eBay store today! Also, if you have any items that are monkey related that you would like to donate, just send them to us and we will list them on our eBay store.

Stacey DiBiccaro, one of our past interns, made a wonderful 10-minute video of the Jungle Friends monkeys. We will include a DVD with all orders. If you just want to order the DVD itself, we will send it to you for a donation of $15. Thank you Stacey!!
Please make a donation to Jungle Friends today!
Lots of monkey love,
Kari and the monks
Jungle Friends Newletter

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The Death of Narripi
10/4/2005

Dear Jody,
Narripi's short life was plagued with insurmountable obstacles, and today the 4th of October at 4.00 pm he slipped into a coma and drew his last breath. He was always a subdued little elephant from the day he arrived but hardly surprising having lost his whole herd one fateful night when he fell into a man made well and his herd was unable to retrieve him. Later that same night his trunk was ravaged by a hyena, but good fortune shone on him briefly when a Maasai discovered him tapped in the hole and went to seek help, and Narripi was rescued and brought to us at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. But that was just the beginning of a five week battle for this unfortunate little baby, who seemed to have been dealt such an unfair start to life. He underwent surgery on his trunk which actually healed beautifully,

and then immediately began the teething process which seems to bring on enormous problems for baby elephants being raised on a milk formula that is the best we know, but still a poor substitute for mother's milk. He had the dedicated love of his Keepers, which he returned in heaps, and he later had the company of little Makena who he adored and was very protective of, always bringing her back into the fold gently guiding her the first few days when she was constantly in search of her mother. He was however plagued with stomach problems for weeks, but it was the dreaded pneumonia that snatched his life, as his own immune system became weakened by the many antibiotics that he had to take for both his wound and stomach problems, and slowly and insidiously it took hold, with the only warning sign being his reluctance to sleep last night, instead standing for most of the night. In the morning he fed, slower than usual, and his stools seemed to be normal finally, so we were all beginning to feel like we had won the battle, and then at 1.30 pm his trunk began to shiver, and then his legs began to shake. These are the all too familiar signs of pneumonia that fill each and every one of us with horror. We immediately administered another antibiotic desperate to try and catch the pneumonia in time, but the rapid rate he deteriorated shocked us all. We walked him slowly back to his stable, as he desperately gasped for air but soon he slipped away as the Keepers in a last desperate effort rubbed essential oils into his chest. For all of us it was another heartbreak, the Keepers leaving the stable, tears streaming down their faces, as no one was prepared for what the day delivered, and for these grown men who had dedicated night and day to saving this calf to have it all amount to this was more than they could bare. None of us thought the little elephant that was playing in the dust outside Kwale's stockade for Kwale's two days in the nursery would end up buried beside him a few weeks later. For those of you who are foster parents of Narripi we will automatically be transferring your fostering to Kora, another brave little male elephant in the nursery who managed to surmount unbelievable obstacles. However, should you prefer to foster another orphan please let us know. We are so sorry to have to be the bearers of such sad news.
Most Sincerely,
Dr. Daphne Sheldrick M.B.E.
sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

Narripi
A baby bull elephant named Narripi owes his life to the compassion of a Maasai Warrior, who, instead of walking away, walked 10 miles on foot to alert the Amboseli authorities of his presence.
There is a place, near the Tanzanian border, where the Maasai tribesmen have dug a shallow well to water their herds. It is known as Narripi which in the Maa dialect means Male Guide. In the early morning of 29th August 2005, when a Maasai Warrior who is, indeed, a male guide, happened to be passing, and spotted a tiny elephant calf trapped deep inside the hole. The ground around the hole was well and truly churned up, indicative of the herds, desperate attempts to haul the baby out, but in the end, fearful of humans, they had to leave, abandoning all hope of being able to save this very precious new member of the family, who was just 3 weeks old. It was evident too that the hyenas had also found the trapped baby, and bit off the end of his trunk, as it waved helplessly in the air searching for help and his mother.

Narripi

Source: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Orphan's Project

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World News
September 21, 2005
10,000 Elephants Facing Slaughter to Protect Trees
From Fred Bridgland in Johannesburg
UP TO 10,000 elephants are facing slaughter as South Africa prepares to end its ten-year ban on culling the beasts. The Government is expecting a global outcry from animal welfare groups, so there will be an 18-month consultation period before the cull which would involve rounding up and shooting entire family groups begins.

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Support The Elephant Sanctuary® in Hohenwald, Tennessee
As there are many supporters of The Elephant Sanctuary on Care2Connect, we are in favor of a new daily 'click to donate' that would directly benefit the sanctuary, a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization. Sanctuary founder and executive director, Carol Buckley has stated that she supports this idea.
Click to sign the petition for The Elephant Sanctuary

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Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
NEW eBay Store

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PETA Demands Necropsy of Elephant Gildah
Gildah's death brings to 23 the number of Feld Entertainment elephants who have died since 1992, including three baby elephants. At least eight of the adult elephant deaths were attributable to osteoarthritis or chronic foot disorders. Feld Entertainment also operates Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Gildah the Elephant Dies
Gildah the 4-ton Thai elephant used in the Siegfried & Roy show has died of natural causes, the performers said Thursday. Gildah, 57, died August 30, 2005 at The Mirage hotel-casino's animal habitat in Las Vegas.

Gildah performing   Gildah in The Secret Garden  

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Motala the Elephant
Motala August 2005
Update/Pictures

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Gypsy
Pit-bull horribly mutilated: Gaston County, NC - US
Aug. 25, 2005
Crime Date: April 11, 2005
Please Sign the Ongoing Petition
Vigorous Investigation of Dog-Fighting in Gaston County, NC
A horribly mutilated pit-bull, named Gypsy, was found on April 11, 2005 dumped on a main highway (Wilkinson Blvd) and her wounds appear to be the result of dog-fighting. We petition Hon. Michael K. Lands to vigorously investigate and prosecute dog-fighting crimes in Gaston County.
According to North Carolina state law Chapter 14, Article 47 (? 14-362.2), this is a Class H felony case:
(a) A person who instigates, promotes, conducts, is employed at, provides a dog for, allows property under his ownership or control to be used for, gambles on, or profits from an exhibition featuring the fighting or baiting of a dog is guilty of a Class H felony. A lease of property that is used or is intended to be used for an exhibition featuring the fighting or baiting of a dog is void, and a lessor who knows this use is made or is intended to be made of his property is under a duty to evict the lessee immediately.
(b) A person who owns, possesses, or trains a dog with the intent that the dog be used in an exhibition featuring the fighting or baiting of that dog is guilty of a Class H felony.
(c) A person who participates as a spectator at an exhibition featuring the fighting or baiting of a dog is guilty of a Class H felony. (1997-78, s. 1.)
Source and Updates: Pet-Abuse.com

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PETA Asks Benetton to Be the First to Buy New Australian Wool Brand
PETA is asking Benetton to take a leadership role by becoming the first retailer to give purchasing preference to a new brand of wool being created to accommodate retailers? desires not to buy the wool of animals who have been subjected to mulesing or live export.
Benetton has so far refused to follow the lead of other major retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, and Limited Brands, which supported PETA's campaign to end mulesing and live exports by pledging to not use cruelly obtained Australian wool. The plan devised by PETA and the Australian Wool Growers Association (AWGA) provides a timetable for phasing out mulesing, ends exports of live sheep to countries that don?t meet Australian welfare standards, and establishes a new wool brand that would be available to retailers internationally.
Please ask Benetton to take a leadership role by being the first retailer to take advantage of this new wool brand rather than to continue purchasing wool from farmers who mutilate lambs and ship sheep to gruesome deaths overseas:
Write to:
Luciano Benetton, Chair
Benetton Group
Villa Minelli
31050 Ponzano Veneto
Treviso
Italy
(fax) 39 0422 969501
(email) info@benetton.it
~ Cashmere and Other Kinds of Wool

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Save a sheep?don't buy wool.
Most people have no idea that sheep raised for wool are often mutilated and castrated without painkillers, then disposed of by being shipped thousands of miles on open-deck, multitiered ships through all weather extremes, and eventually slaughtered while fully conscious.
Much of the world's woolFROM CLOTHING TO CARPETScomes from sheep raised in Australia or New Zealand, where farmers restrain sheep using metal bars and, without any pain relief, slice away large chunks of flesh from the animals' backsides. Sheep are gentle individuals who, like all other animals, feel pain, fear, and loneliness. But because of the market for their fleece and skins, they are treated as nothing more than wool-producing machines.
Anyone who buys wool helps foot the bill for a cruel and bloody industry that no amount of fluff can hide. There are plenty of durable, stylish, and warm fabrics available that aren't made from animal skins. Please join the millions of people who know that compassion is the fashion.

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Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary News: August 22, 2005
Louie has moved on to his next journey

Louie or Little Lou

Little Lou
Free at Last

Dear Friends of Jungle Friends,
In the early morning hours on Friday, August 19, 2005 Louie died in his sleep and at peace, knowing how much he was loved. Louie is free of the body that betrayed him and free of the bars that held him captive. We will all miss him.

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California:
Increase Penalties for Cockfighting
California legislators are currently considering S.B. 156, introduced by Senator Nell Soto, which strengthens penalties for cockfighting. S.B. 156 passed the Senate on May 31 by a vote of 33 to 3 and is now in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. But time is running out -- the bill must move out of the Committee soon or it will die.

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Judge Dismisses Animal Cruelty Charges in Cockfighting Case
Calls Cockfighting "mean, nasty, dirty and bloody," but says Kentucky Statute Only Applies to Four-Legged Animals
Citing ambiguity in the wording of state law, Montgomery District Judge William Lane recently dismissed animal cruelty charges against over 500 people caught at a cockfight when police raided the Jeffersonville farm of Marvin C. Watkins, seizing more than $420,000 in cash. Judge Lane threw the case out because of an obscure clause in the law that pertains to people "at an event where a four (4) legged animal is caused to fight for pleasure or profit." Chickens, of course, have only two legs, exempting them from anti-cruelty protection, at least according to Judge Lane's interpretation. "The decision to let these criminals off the hook is misguided, and could affect how cockfighting cases are tried in courts all over Kentucky from now on," stated IDA President Dr. Elliot M. Katz. "A higher court should review the case, but ultimately the statute must be rewritten to firmly establish the illegality of this vicious and disgusting blood sport." State police, hoping to convict those involved in cockfighting, have put their support behind Assistant County Attorney Kevin Cockrell's plan to appeal aspects of Judge Lane's ruling. Meanwhile, their investigation into Watkins' activities continues.
Please call Judge Lane at (859) 498-6622 and politely ask him to interpret the law differently if he handles a cockfighting case in the future to ensure that the guilty are punished and justice is served.

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Horse Dies in Omak Stampede's Suicide Race Rodeo
Omak Stampede, Inc. Should Be Held Accountable for Animal's Death
Regular e-news readers may recall that IDA previously reported on an event that takes place every August called the "The World-Famous Omak Suicide Race," in which horses and riders rush 210 feet down a steep 62-degree angle slope and plunge into the rocky Okanogan River. The horses must then swim more than a football field in length to face a grueling uphill sprint. Over the last two decades, the ordeal has killed over 20 horses, and additional horses lose their lives during unofficial practice runs, but these deaths are not documented. It is almost incredible that there were no fatalities in this year's race. Yet one horse did die while "competing" in the rodeo held in conjunction with the Suicide Race. During the Team Bronc Riding event (in which a flank strap is tightened around the horse's sensitive abdomen, causing him to "buck" in severe discomfort), a horse tripped over a rope attached to another horse's halter and smashed to the ground, breaking his neck. Urge corporate sponsors to withdraw their financial support from the Omak Stampede's rodeo. Remind them that rodeos routinely abuse animals and endanger their lives, and that this death is only one of many caused by this cruel "sport." Visit the Progressive Animal Welfare Society's website and scroll down the page for contact information, sample letters and a petition.
Source: In Defense of Animals.org

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Earth Fare Puts the Chicken Before the Egg
With its recent decision to sell only cage-free eggs, Earth Fare, a natural foods chain with 12 locations in the southeast United States, has spared thousands of egg-laying hens from intensive confinement in battery cages?coops so small they do not even allow the birds to flap their wings.

With its decision, Earth Fare also joins a growing list of grocery chains and universities that have pledged never to purchase eggs from caged hens, who produce roughly 95% of all eggs sold in the United States. Earth Fare itself sells more than four million eggs per year. "Because of our commitment to corporate responsibility and the humane treatment of animals, Earth Fare is proud to have a policy against the sale of eggs from caged birds," Earth Fare President Mike Cianciarulo recently announced.

Earlier this year, Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, two of the nation's largest natural foods retailers,likewise pledged to stop selling eggs produced by hens in battery cages. Some universities have seen the cage-free light, too, including George Washington University, Marist College, Vassar College, University of Arizona, University of Connecticut, and University of Rochester.

Unfortunately, Trader Joe's is still clucking about its need to sell battery-cage eggs. The grocery chain refuses to heed the request of thousands of its customers to make the socially responsible decision and sell only cage-free eggs. You can help shoppers understand how cruel battery cages are by passing out our new brochure, Why Won't Trader Joe's Give an Inch?," at the Trader Joe's nearest you. When unfolded, the brochure is almost exactly the size of a battery cage.

Learn more about our 'No Battery Eggs' Campaign.
Learn more about The Hen Factory Farm
Source:The Humane Society of the United States HSUS

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Mariah's Promise
Toni Phillips, Hero to Denver's Pit Bulls
IDA's Guardian of the Month for August:
Toni Phillips started rescuing dogs in 1990 after moving to a rural area in Dallas/Fort Worth, Tex. Having grown up in Seattle, Wash. and fresh from living in San Francisco, Calif., Toni had never before experienced the tragedy of finding dogs and puppies "dumped" along the highway in the remote country to survive on their own. She immediately began bringing these abandoned dogs home, an effort that was supported by her husband Mike, who quickly took an active role in the cause. The couple fostered and sought loving homes for all the deserted dogs they could find, and continued rescuing canines when they moved to Branson, Mo.

In 1998, the Phillips moved to Colorado, and in 2003 bought property in the forested mountains of Divide where they founded Mariah's Promise, a safe haven and sanctuary for dogs named for a five-week-old puppy who fought a losing battle against parvo when their land purchase was being negotiated. Located just south of Denver, Mariah's Promise was perfectly placed to become the hub of an urgent rescue mission when an indiscriminate ban on pit bulls began to tear beloved canine companions from their guardians in May 2005.

Toni and Mike heard in April that the ban would soon be reinstated, so they posted signs around Denver offering to find permanent homes for pit bulls with new families or temporarily foster people's dogs at their sanctuary until they could relocate to new cities. Sadly, just weeks later, many guardians stood helplessly by as their dogs were driven away in Denver Animal Control vans, the majority to be killed because of their breed. Dogs taken in by Mariah's Promise were the lucky ones, having survived the mass extermination that is still well underway in Denver. Mariah's Promise has so far saved the lives of 73 pit bull dogs and puppies victimized by the ban, with more arriving by the week. Of those, 22 have been given a fresh start in new, loving homes outside of Denver's city limits. Mariah's Promise has also worked with other no-kill rescue organizations outside of Colorado, transporting dogs across state lines to make room for the constant influx of Denver exiles, which will only increase should breed-specific bans pass in neighboring communities.

Toni and Mike have managed to keep Mariah's Promise going while simultaneously running a family business, and have built their "Denver Refugee Camp" (which includes numerous dog houses and kennels) from donations provided by generous dog lovers. With the long, cold winter on the way, Mariah's Promise is now focused on building 10' x 10' climate controlled doghouses with outside runs to keep the dogs warm through the frigid winter months. Seed money provided by the Max Fund was essential to get this project off the ground, but now the sanctuary needs all the funds they can get to continue saving the lives of as many dogs as possible.

To help pay for food, shelter, veterinary care and other necessary expenses,
please send checks to:
Mariah's Promise
4027 CR 5
P.O. Box 1017
Divide, CO 80814

You can also donate using your credit card on IDA's website at and designating "Mariah's Promise" or "pit bulls" in the First Name field of the "in honor of" section of the form.

Mariah's Promise has many loving dogs who need permanent, loving homes and families to take care of them.
Click Here to see a listing of their available dogs.

If you are interested in adopting a new friend, contact Toni at mariahspromise@msn.com
(719) 687-4568 or (719) 651-4733.

Learn more about the ban and the efforts being made to help pit bulls at idausa.org/denver.

In Defense of Animals/IDA is proud to salute Toni Phillips and recognize her dedication to dogs by naming her our Guardian of the Month for August 2005. Congratulations, Toni, and keep fighting the good fight!

Denver's Pit Bulls and Guardians Under Siege
Because They Registered Their Dogs in Accordance with the Law!
Please Read
FROM THE FRONT LINES
As of midnight on May 9, 2005, harboring a pit bull in Denver, Colo.
became a crime punishable by a $1,000 fine and possible jail time.
Since then,
Denver Animal Control (DAC) officials have gone door-to-door
seizing pit bulls from guardians who registered their dogs in accordance with the law.
And that is the least of it!
Many families have suffered helplessly as their beloved companions were led to a DAC van and taken away to be killed. A dog's only chance for reprieve then is for his or her guardians to convince someone living outside of Denver to sign an affidavit that they will adopt the dog upon release, but guardians have only a few days to arrange this before DAC takes the dog's life. Only by sending their dogs out of Denver or defying the ban and keeping them hidden can guardians protect their canine friends from execution.

The lives of hundreds of dogs have already been taken since the start of the ban, yet with an estimated 4,500 pit bulls residing in Denver, the killing may have only begun. In addition, Denver suburbs like Aurora and Commerce City are now moving to pass their own pit bull bans to prevent guardians from moving to their communities with their "dangerous" animals. This will only increase the number of innocent pit bulls killed out of breed-based prejudice.

In this dark time for Denver's pit bulls and their guardians, IDA's Rita Anderson is heading up the Pit Bull B.A.N.D'.s (Breed Awareness, Not Discrimination) "underground" rescue effort. She partners with Mariah's Promise, a sanctuary for dogs nestled among pine tress in the mountains south of Denver, to save as many pit bulls as possible. Sanctuary owners Toni and Mike Phillips are devoted to the dogs living there, whether they come from families who plan to take them back after moving out of Denver or they need new homes. Mariah's Promise has so far managed to rescue 60 canines since the ban became effective, but to continue coping with the demands of their devotion to Denver's demonized pit bulls, they need the help of dog lovers everywhere.

Mariah's Promise desperately needs money to pay for the dogs who are already at the sanctuary and to expand their capacity for taking in more needy dogs. Your donations will help pay for food, shelter, veterinary care and other necessary expenses.

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Last year alone, more than 65,000 American horses were killed in the United States and processed for human consumption overseas. In addition, thousands of live horses were transported across the border to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. After these horses are killed, their flesh is shipped to Europe and Asia for human consumption. This grotesque and inhumane practice must be stopped. Please, help us raise $100,000 to ensure that the legislation passes, despite our opponents' efforts to stop it. Click here to make your donation to help save horses today.

downed horse
The weeks ahead are critical to our efforts to stop the slaughter of these beautiful animals, and your support today will help us move closer to victory. Please make a donation to put an end to the slaughter of America's horses and to support our other legislative initiatives.
Copyright©2005 The Humane Society Legislative Fund
August 11, 2005

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URGENT!
CAMPAIGN TO STOP SWAN KILLING
UPDATE 8/10/05
Source: Arlene Steinberg   Buffyenta314@aol.com
I am working in affiliation with the incorporated organization, Save Our Swans, USA. (website under construction). Please contact Kathryn Burton, president, at SaveOurSwansOrg@aol.com for more information.

"To everyone who cares about animals and the environment:
I am starting a grass-roots letter campaign to save swans. Specifically, the swan with the "S-curve" neck that is on the Valentine's Day card you give your sweetheart, the swan whose beauty and grace inspired Tchaikovsky to write his famous ballet, "Swan Lake."


photo by Robert Bateman

This particular species is called the Mute Swan, and it is being targeted for total extinction in a very cruel way, by the hunting lobby and the politicians that cater to that lobby. Because most people are fond of this bird, the plans are being made under the radar and are being pushed through secretly and quietly in what are called "silent takings." Very few people are aware that this is happening. Animal and environmental organizations are not really doing much about it at this point. However, I am joining with some people who are working on several lawsuits to help prevent this secret slaughter from happening, so I know what is actually going on.
The short story is that long-standing major legislation giving federal protection to all migratory birds - the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) of 1918 - was recently gutted by a disastrous amendment sneakily attached to the Federal Budget, without a vote from the Congress or the Senate, and no one even knew it was there. It was unknowingly signed into law. The primary purpose of this legislation was to get rid of federal protection, thereby paving the way to allow for the mass killing (not hunting, KILLING - "silent takings") of the mute swan, with the ultimate goal of replacing this swan's territory with another species, the trumpeter swan, which is the latest trophy animal for hunters. This will be accomplished by allowing 80% of the mute swans to be DESTROYED, with the remainder neutered and surgically amputated by a procedure called "pinioning" (removal of the lower wing so that they can't fly). This will be a one-generation extinction in this country."
Please Click Here for complete information, detailed background and sample letters.

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Omak Suicide Race
Please Thank Jack Daniels for Withdrawing Sponsorship
After receiving your numerous phone calls and letters, Jack Daniels officially withdrew its sponsorship of the Omak Suicide Race, the brutal annual event which causes needless injury and death to horses that "participate" in it each year. David Stang, Jack Daniels sponsorship director said they "have advised the PRCA that we want no affiliation with the Omak Stampede now or in the future."
The power of the pen (or keyboard) is indeed mighty and these amazing results are proof-positive that your time and action can make such a profound difference.
To find out what else you can do to help click here.
Thank you!
What is the Omak Suicide Race?

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Rabbit Abusers Plead No Contest
Rescue Group Demanded Strict Accountability for Cruelty
RICHMOND, CA
Lucky the Rabbit gained national attention after her "owner" taped her to explosives and threw her into an East Bay lake. This Wednesday, the men responsible pled guilty to animal cruelty charges in a crime that animal rescuers have called an atrocity. They received a sentence of jail time, probation, counseling, restitution for Lucky's medical care, and community service.
Full Story, Letters, Media Coverage and Lucky's Latest Photos

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Source: Voices for pets
Voices for Pets, a non-profit organization, is a committed group of volunteers working to stop violence against animals. We track animal abuse cases through the court system, advocating for pets and animals who have been victimized.

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Dog "Owner" Charged with Extreme Animal Cruelty
When ABEL HERNANDEZ moved out of his Las Cruces, N.M. home, he left his dog in the backyard to languish for a week with no food and only an algae-filled water bowl to drink from. Hernandez left the helpless dog chained so tightly by his neck that he suffered an open wound where the collar cut into his flesh. Animal Control officers found the dog infested with thousands of ticks, many of which clogged his ears so that he couldn't even hear. This two-to-three-year-old dog was so anemic and weak that he was unable to get into the Animal Control truck without help, and later testing confirmed that he suffered from heartworm. With his life beyond saving, Animal Control officers euthanized the dog to end his unbearable suffering.
The 35-year old Hernandez, a self-described "bad pet owner," was recently released from the Dona Ana Detention Center on a $10,000 bond, and faces a possible 18-month prison term for Extreme Animal Cruelty. Please help us see that he receives just punishment for his unconscionable neglect, which caused this dog tremendous suffering and ultimately cost him his life.
Please write or call prosecutor Lisa M. Roybal at the Third Judicial Court District Attorney's Office and urge her to seek the maximum penalty in this case, which will send a message to others that animal abuse is a serious crime. (Be sure to specify the case number, which is CR2005-0972.)
Third Judicial Court District Attorney's Office
Attn: Lisa M. Roybal
201 West Picacho Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Tel: (505) 524-6370, ext. 138
Source: IDA

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Lab Capuchins Retired to Jungle Friends
Nine lab capuchins were retired to Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary on April 6th and 8th, 2005..
Please Click Here to view the pdf file and heart warming pictures.
To Kari, bless you, thank you!

Click Here
to read the July 2005 edition of Jungle Friends Newsletter.

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Boycott Canadian Seafood:   Attend Red Lobster Protest
Where: The Red Lobster at 1210 El Camino Real, San Bruno
When: Saturday, July 30 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
The horrific slaughter of over 300,000 harp seals each year by Canadian fishermen continues despite massive worldwide protests. We can end this atrocity once and for all by hitting the seal hunters where it hurts: their paychecks. While Canadian exports of seafood to the U.S. are worth at least $3.3 billion, Canadian fishermen make a mere $16 million from the seal hunt every year - a fraction of a percent of their total annual income. By boycotting the Canadian seafood industry, we can ensure that Canadian fishermen pay a high price for choosing to continue the cruel seal hunt.
A boycott against Canadian seafood is already well underway, with restaurants and retailers such as Legal Sea Foods, Down East Seafood and Whole Foods Market on board. Now it's time for Red Lobster - one of the largest importers of Canadian seafood - to stop supporting the seal hunt.
Following in the footsteps of the Humane Society of the United States' (HSUS) successful day of action in June, HarpSeals.org is coordinating another day of action against Red Lobster in July, when activists will be organizing demonstrations at Red Lobster locations across North America. Please join IDA activists and other animal advocates at a Bay Area protest to let the public know that the franchise's purchasing decisions directly subsidize the inhumane seal massacre.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Karen Steele at karen@idausa.org
You can learn more about the international campaign to stop the seal hunt at harpseals.org
Sea Shepherd reveals their new Dead Lobster T-shirt campaign!

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Aerial Hunts in Hawaii Forest Reserves Continue
Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) says that feral cattle and goats pose a threat to native flora and forest habitats on the island of Maui. This is the justification they offer for an eradication program being carried out by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). Because cattle and goats often go to remote areas of the forest that are generally inaccessible to most hunters, the DOFAW is using aerial gunning to exterminate the animals. Hunters on the ground use trained hunting dogs to chase down animals who escape helicopter gunfire, then kill them by restraining their hind legs and slicing them open or beating them to death.

If the DLNR wishes to control the population of feral cattle and goats on Maui, they should do it in a way that is sensitive to the lives of the animals. Some of the viable alternatives to eradication include contraception, sterilization and relocation to another area.

DOFAW has set aside six days in July, August and September to carry out their slaughter of feral goats and cattle. The first scheduled hunt date was Friday, July 22, 2005. There is still time to call or write the DLNR and urge them to order a halt to the aerial gunning of feral animals on Maui and to implement a more humane solution.
State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources
Kalanimoku Bldg., 1151 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: (808) 587-0400
Fax: (808) 587-0390

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Join Silicon Valley IDA in protesting Mel Cotton's first-ever "murder of animals" event.
What: Hunting Expo Protest
When: August 6 and 7, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: 1266 West San Carlos Street, San Jose
Click for Map
Mel Cotton's Sporting Goods prides itself on giving back to the community by supporting charitable causes such as child welfare and protection organizations. So why are they hosting a fall hunting and shooting expo at their San Jose location? Billing this event on their website as "a fun filled day at the store" is odd, given that they are essentially promoting the brutal murder of helpless animals with high-powered weapons. Perhaps stranger still is that a sporting goods retailer would promote hunting, which cannot even be considered a sport because the animal "participants" would not take part in it if given the choice. Hunters define the activity as a sport only because they basically see living beings as sporting goods, akin to moving targets expressly made by nature for their shooting pleasure.
Mel Cotton's also claims on their website that they hold on-site events to "educate" customers. The only thing a hunting and shooting expo teaches people is disrespect for the lives of our fellow beings and their habitats. Of course, as a business Mel Cotton's Sporting Goods aims to make money, and this expo gives them an excellent opportunity to sell more guns and hunting equipment. Obviously, Mel Cotton's real purpose for holding this event is to make a pretty profit from the blood of innocent animals.
Schools, teachers and students are welcome at this protest. Signs will be provided. If you are unable to attend the protest, please call or write Mel Cotton's and politely let them know that you will not shop there if they continue to promote the killing of wildlife. Let them know that being hunted, shot and killed for "sport" is no "fun" for the animals.
Contact information:
Mel Cotton's Sporting Goods
1266 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95126
Tel: (408) 287-5994
Fax: (408) 298-3536
eMail: MelCottons.com

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Samora Designs Rejects Australian Wool From Cruelly Treated Sheep
After learning about the stunningly cruel treatment of sheep at the hands of the Australian wool industry, Hollywood-based fashion designer Samora?whose clients include Gwen Stefani, Penelope Cruz, Joss Stone, Teri Hatcher, Tyra Banks, and Sheryl Crow?has announced that she will not use Australian merino wool in any of her designs until Australian farmers stop mutilating lambs and shipping sheep to gruesome deaths in the Middle East. .
Read more about mulesing and live export. (Warning: Graphic Information)

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Help Shine the Light on Puppy Mill Cruelty
If you could put a federal inspector inside a puppy mill -- one of those large, unsanitary and largely inhumane breeding operations that has never known regulation before -- would you? Well, now's your chance.
The Pet Animal Welfare Statute, or PAWS, will allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to inspect puppy mills that are currently beyond the reach of federal law. These mass commercial breeders are taking advantage of a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act that allows them to sell puppies directly to the public and avoid all federal oversight. This means that no matter how horrific the conditions may be at the puppy mill, the USDA is NOT PERMITTED to even look at the animals.
PAWS would change all this. Carefully written to avoid covering smaller "hobby breeders," PAWS would make sure that large breeding operations (those that sell seven or more litters in a year) are subject to the minimum requirements of the AWA.
Despite the bill's humane intentions, businesses that profit from mass producing puppies are opposing PAWS. These individuals have launched an aggressive misinformation campaign to scare animal rescue groups into believing that they would be covered under PAWS. Nothing could be further from the truth. Don't let those who profit from the factory-style breeding of puppies win in their effort to keep the doors shut on puppy mills.
Without PAWS, mass breeding operations will continue to escape federal oversight, and the animals will continue to suffer. Thank you for taking action and for all you do on behalf of animals,
Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
humanelines@hsus.org | 202-452-1100 | www.hsus.org
July 26, 2005

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Help Someone Kick the Meat Habit with FARM's Meatout Monday Newsletter

If you know someone who says they'd like to cut meat out of their diet but thinks it's too hard, then tell them about Meatout Mondays, a free weekly e-newsletter designed to help those who don't want to quit "cold turkey" kick the meat habit one day at a time - starting with Mondays! Easy and fun to read, Meatout Mondays encourages individuals to make changes at a pace that is comfortable for them, and is an excellent tool for introducing vegetarianism to anyone.
Every week, Meatout Mondays includes tasty vegan recipes, new product and book reviews, important health information, and inspirational stories of people who have changed their lives for the better by cutting animal products from their diets. This week's Meatout Mondays discusses a study linking vegan diets with weight loss and maintenance in women. Click Here to read the latest issue which includes Terrific Tempeh Fajitas and The Saucy Vegetarian.
Please visit meatoutmondays.org to review past issues and to subscribe your friends and family members. Meatout Mondays is a free e-newsletter, and individuals can easily unsubscribe at any time.
See also The Half @st Vegetarian

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Congratulations!
Outstanding Woman
Soraida Salwala

Soraida, Motala and Children

Founder and Secretary General of Friends of the Asian Elephant
was honoured as an Outstanding Environmentalist for her devotion to protect and save Thai elephants. The Social Development and Human Security Ministry gave her the award to mark the International Women' s Day on the eight of March 2005. Soraida' s work and her fight for the righteousness of elephants is not only recognized nationwide but has received international attention. Her success includes the building of the World' s First Elephant Hospital and her persuasion to the Thai government to banish elephants from roaming on the streets. She still fights to put a stop to the export of elephants from Thailand. "Attitudes need to be changed or there will be no elephants left in Thailand," commented Soraida.

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6/27/2005
Dear Friends of Animals Asia,
We are very pleased to let you know that on Saturday, 25th June, Disney management announced that they have decided to drop Shark's Fin Soup from the menu at Hong Kong Disneyland! The decision represents a solid victory for animals in Asia, and it couldn?t have happened without you. Thanks to all of you who sent letters, emails, and support. This proves that your voice really does matter!
Warm wishes,
Jill Robinson MBE
Founder & CEO
Animals Asia Foundation

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Meet Marvin
Jungle Friends Newest Resident

Marvins Tooth   Marvin Relaxing

"Like so many of the unfortunate displaced monkeys, little is known about Marvin's life except that he was surrendered by an owner who no longer wanted him. Because of his emaciated condition and bone disease, it is apparent that Marvin has not received proper nutrition nor space for exercising. He is such a sweet man. He had some terrible dental problems, but most of it was corrected, they left the one snaggle tooth (you can see it in the photo) in since it was healthy and didn't appear to be causing him problems. Marvin has severe bone disease and is quite hunched over, but with a good diet and sunshine, the disease will halt. The poor old boy was so emaciated they could not do the vasectomy while he was under for the dental, but he has gained some weight and we plan to get some more on him so that he can get that done and meet LUCY up close and personal!   Marvin does play, so he just loves balls and his activity center, his life has greatly improved already."
6/26/2005
I am happy to say that Marvin is having a pretty good day, he has been visiting with LUCY, and eating everything he can get his little hands on!
  jj

Marvin does not as yet have his own page on Jungle Friends, however you can still help sponsor or donate any amount to his cause by going to JungleFriends.org

~ABOUT LUCY~
News From Jungle Friends
April, 2005
Our two newest monkey arrivals are Lucy, a weeper capuchin, and Jimmy, a marmoset. Jimmy and Lucy arrived just over a week ago. One of the members of the Humane Society of Tennessee drove the two monkeys to their new home at Jungle Friends and stayed the night to settle them in. Jimmy is doing just great and is very enthusiastic about all of the new sights and sounds. We do not have any marmosets here at Jungle Friends, so we are hoping to find another marmoset to keep Jimmy company. For now, Jimmy and Lucy are in neighboring habitats and seem to keep a close watch over each other. Lucy has a docked tail and several missing toes, was horribly abused and diagnosed with Lupus. After a raid by the authorities, where most of the animals were found dead or died shortly thereafter, Lucy was taken in for tests. The vet noticed that her tiny little hands were clenched into fists. When the vet pried them open, he found her holding onto maggots, which we assume she had been eating to stay alive. Fortunately, Lucy's abuser is in jail!

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Breaking News From PETA.org
Major Clothing Retailers Take Stand Against Cruelty to Animals
Mega-retailer American Eagle Outfitters joins Timberland and Limited Brands?which operates stores under The Limited, Express, Henri Bendel, Victoria?s Secret, and other major names?as the latest major company to join the retailer-led movement to reform the Australian wool industry by pledging to not use Australian merino wool until lamb mutilations and live sheep exports end. Along with Abercrombie & Fitch, J.Crew, SmartWool, and others, these companies have made a compassionate decision that sends a powerful message to the Australian wool industry: Cruelty to animals will not be tolerated. Find out more at SaveTheSheep.com.

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Stop Japan From Ending the Humpback's Song Forever
The humpback's song is one of nature's greatest wonders. The grace, power, and beauty of the humpback whale as it glides underwater, leaps toward the sky, or simply lifts its flukes and slides into the sea puts us in touch with the deepest mysteries of nature. These magnificent, endangered creatures should be appreciated for their natural beauty and have their beautiful songs heard, not eaten. There is no need to cruelly kill whales in order to research them, especially when other non-lethal research methods exist.
Say NO to Killing "Protected" Humpback Whales
Source: IFAW ? 2005

"The most effective way to protect whales is to destroy the ships that kill them."
Capt. Paul Watson
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society/seashepherd.org

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Feral Cat Fund for Homeless Animal Lifeline
Homeless Animal Lifeline (HAL) has started a Feral Cat/TNR Outreach Fund. This fund will be used to distribute feral cat/TNR educational materials and help concerned, proactive people assist feral cats in their neighborhood. Please consider donating to this fund and help us help feral cats. HAL is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; all donations are tax-deductible. You can donate securely through PayPal by visiting teamhart.org. Please earmark your donations "Feral Cat Fund." Even the smallest donation is appreciated.
Thank you!
Shell
FeralPlace@aol.com
HAL Volunteer, Feral Cat Issues

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Alley Cat Allies' Website
Alley Cat Allies feels it is important to let our supporters know about a recent report that was broadcast on national TV, even though it did not directly involve feral cats. John Stossel, of the ABC program 20/20, recently defended puppy mills and others who neglect and abuse animals against SPCAs who try to bust them for cruelty. For the animals' sake, we need to encourage 20/20 to take greater care in their reporting, so we invite you to read the full story on Best Friends' website and then to write a respectful note to 20/20.

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Do You Live in a Guardian Community?
Every day in your city, veterinarians, animal shelter staff, humane society officers and police officers see overwhelming evidence of animal abandonment, neglect, and physical abuse. To honor these dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to improve the lives of animals, some cities now recognize them as animal guardians. Guardian cities also appropriately recognize citizens who are animal caretakers by using the term ?guardian? on animal tags, public park signs, veterinary forms, adoption forms, kennel forms, and on all animal companion-related publications. They also ask residents to do their part by adopting and spay/neutering their animals and by reporting abuse to the local humane society or police station. Currently, 2,716,785 Americans and Canadians are officially recognized as Animal Guardians

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Sabah Govt Alarmed By Brutal Killing Of Pygmy Elephant
June 09, 2005
KOTA KINABALU, (Bernama) -- The state government is seriously concerned over the brutal killing of a protected Borneo pygmy elephant which was discovered in the Kinabatangan area Wednesday. "The state is taking this seriously and I want to make sure that the Wildlife Department will look into the matter seriously," Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman told reporters after launching Progressive Insurance Bhd's new hospital and surgery insurance policy here Thursday. A report from a local daily today showed the photo of the dead elephant's head with decapitated trunk and cut out tusks floating in the Kinabatangan river and being witnessed by a group of foreign tourists who were cruising the river in a boat. The people of Sabah were sad with such brutal act which should not happen at all, he said. Therefore, Musa said he would ask the Wildlife Department to send an immediate report on the incident to him and to conduct investigations to find out the culprit of such inhuman act. The Borneo pygmy elephant is the world's smallest elephant species and is protected under Schedule 2, Section 25 (2) of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment of 1997, which provides a penalty of RM50,000 or a five-year imprisonment if found guilty of its killing.
Source: BERNAMA.com

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PETA Breaking News
5/17/2005
"Today, at a news conference in Washington, D.C., PETA revealed the findings of its 11-month undercover investigation into Covance, the international drug-testing giant (formerly known as Hazelton).
PETA's investigator worked as a technician inside the Vienna, Virginia, Covance laboratory, where she documented workers who were striking, choking, taunting, and deliberately tormenting terrified monkeys. She documented monkeys with broken arms left without proper veterinary treatment and animals in desperate need of euthanasia, who were kept alive and in agony just to please drug companies. Other primates, used in lethal irradiation experiments, developed open wounds on their stomachs.
When PETA called the U.S. Department of Agriculture for help during our investigation, the agency took five days to respond. Please help these suffering primates, who live in constant fear of the next horrible thing that will happen to them. Read about our investigation and watch our video at CovanceCruelty.com

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Animal Torturer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
A 20-year-old Colorado man convicted of stealing four puppies from a shelter and setting them on fire was sentenced to 10 years in prison late last month. According to the Rocky Mountain News, Ryan Turtura told investigators he got a "rush" from hearing the screams of the animals. The animal lovers and humane society staffers who filled the courtroom on the day of sentencing were glad to hear that District Judge Tom Woodford gave Turtura the maximum permissible sentence for his horrendous actions--though some wished it could have been longer. "How do you protect the animals in our care from that kind of sinister behavior?" Mary Warren of the Colorado Humane Society stated to the Rocky Mountain News. "We can't imagine it, but we need to learn to protect against it." Judge Woodford's ruling sends out a strong message, and we hope it makes other prosecutors take animal cruelty just as seriously. Thank you to Judge Woodford for treating this disturbing incident with the severe punishment it deserves, and thank you to the many compassionate individuals around the country who wrote letters to the judge prior to sentencing, asking that Turtura receive the maximum punishment.
Source: ASPCA

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Bring Kei the Wolf Home

Kei

Kei, a North American Timber Wolf, lives alone in a barren concrete enclosure at the Okinawa Children's Zoo in Japan. She was brought there in 1992, when she was less than four months old, and has lived a lonely, solitary life ever since. Unlike other wolves who live in packs, Kei never experiences the joys of companionship and belonging. When not eating or sleeping, she paces her enclosure in boredom, her natural need to explore wide-open spaces constantly frustrated. Fortunately, there is still hope for Kei. The Rocky Mountains Wolf Sanctuary has agreed to take care of Kei if the Zoo will relinquish her, and a campaign is underway to convince them that it is in Kei's best interest to live out the remainder of her life in a natural habitat with other wolves. Please use your voice to help Kei return to where she belongs.
Please visit Kei to learn about the many ways that you can help bring Kei home, including signing the petition, sending her a belated birthday card, and writing polite letters to Japanese officials urging them to do what is best for Kei. Here's a poem by 15-year-old Sam McCreesh to inspire you to action:
One day Kei will return home and her misery will be ended
Until then we will fight for her release - will you?
One thing's certain - we won't give up until things are mended
Please spare some time in your life to help Kei too.

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Karakul Lamb Fur

As if peddling the skin and fur of a tortured, electrocuted adult animal weren?t bad enough, some heartless designers take fashion cruelty to a whole new level with a particularly grisly killer look: astrakhan, also known as broadtail or Persian wool, the fur of newborn and fetal karakul lambs who are bred by the thousands in Central Asia for the bloody fur trade.
Because their unique, highly prized curly fur begins to unwind and straighten within three days of birth, many karakul lambs are slaughtered when they are only 1 or 2 days old. The rest don?t even make it that far. In order to get a karakul fetus?s hide?called ?broadtail? in the industry and valued for its exceptional smoothness?the mother?s throat is slit and her stomach slashed open to remove the developing lamb. A mother typically gives birth to three lambs before being slaughtered along with her fourth fetus, about 15 to 30 days before it is due to be born. As many as 4 million karakul lambs are slaughtered for their fur every year.
The fur industry tries to justify karakul lamb fur as a byproduct, but with a single karakul lamb coat selling for up to $12,000 and broadtail fetus coats fetching as much as $25,000, it?s little surprise that the mother sheep and her baby's skinned carcass are usually regarded simply as trash.
And who?s profiting from such disgusting cruelty? Designers Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jean-Paul Gaultier use astrakhan, and Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale?s sell it on their own racks.
What can we do about karakul lamb fur?
Source: FURISDEAD.com

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Sign the Pledge to Protect Seals
Don't Buy While Seals Die:
Boycott Canadian Seafood. Help save the seals by signing the pledge to boycott Canadian seafood. (Don't worry, once you've signed we'll tell you how to spot Canadian seafood.) We'll deliver your pledge to Canada's government so the politicians will know you've joined our international "Protect Seals" team to end this awful hunt.
HSUS

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Please Sign the Petition
Target: The Canadian Parliament
Sponsor: International Fund for Animal Welfare

baby harp seal

Nearly 1 million baby seals will be clubbed or shot to death in Canada in just three years.
Shockingly, the hunt is subsidized by the Canadian government!
Every winter, Northwest Atlantic harp seals migrate to Eastern Canada to give birth and mate. Following their birth in late winter, mothers leave in search of mates, while the pups remain helpless and vulnerable on the ice until they can swim and catch their own food. It?s during this time when they are most vulnerable that they are mercilessly slaughtered for their pelts.
Hunters armed with clubs and rifles will bludgeon to death hundreds of thousands of baby harp seals. About 96% of the seals killed will be less than three months old and more than 40% may be skinned alive.
Canada's seal hunt is the largest deliberate slaughter of marine mammals in the world. But the killing of baby seals doesn't make sense economically or ecologically, nor is it sustainable. It's simply a tragic slaughter of defenseless animals that benefits a small minority of boat captains armed with big ships, snowmobiles and even personal helicopters. This isn't about small town survival or tradition, it's an industrial killing machine for profit.
But Canada wants the media and public to believe that no one cares about the innocent blood spilled each year across the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This year's hunt will continue until the industry reaches its quota of 319,500 seals!
That's why we must raise a public outcry. Please tell the Canadian government that you do care and that this practice is unacceptable. We must show the Canadian Parliament that the rest of the world will no longer stand for this cruel and senseless hunt!
Seal Campaign Central

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Pet-Abuse.com Action Alert!
Pit-bull puppy severely beaten - Fairfield, OH
18 year old Christopher Allen Jones was arrested on March 2, 2005 for brutally beating a pitbull puppy. Jones is charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and several other crimes.
In addition to the 4-month-old puppy that was discovered by residents of the Village Green on March 2, Jones also allegedly killed another dog on Jan. 6, according to Fairfield Police Department records. Jones was sent back to jail Thursday because he was considered a threat to his former girlfriend and her family. This case goes to court on March 30, so your immediate action is needed!
Click Here For Full Case Details

Action Alert!
Cat beaten, sodomized - Ellicott City, MD
Howard County Court documents show charges against a man (warrant issued on Nov 10, 2004) for one felony count of Animal Mutilation, 2 misdemeanor counts of Animal Cruelty, and one misdemeanor count of Perverted Practice. In part, the Statement of Charges reads as follows:
The exam showed that the animal had been sodomized during the abuse causing internal injuries. It is suspected that Schatz would wrap Clyde up the yellow and blue fleece shirt to protect himself from Clyde?s claws. Once the animal was secured Schatz would inflict abuse upon the animal by hitting him and sodomizing him. The Tape Recording of the abuse obtained by (his girlfriend) provided Audio Recorded Evidence of the Animal?s Abuse with the voice of the suspect Steven Schatz and the screams of the animal being abused. This voice was identified and confirmed by Schatz to be his voice.
Click Here for Full Case Details

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Tourists Flee Zimbabwe's Largest Game Reserve
'Famine relief' may conceal poaching ring backed by the Mugabe regime,
reports Christopher Munnion
Horrified tourists have fled from Zimbabwe's largest game reserve after witnessing the "wholesale slaughter" of animals, part of what conservation groups fear is an officially sanctioned poaching ring. Operation Nyama, or "Operation Meat", is ostensibly a campaign to feed starving villagers in northern Matabeleland. But independent observers say it is a cover for corruption and ivory smuggling approved by President Robert Mugabe's regime.

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Lota..free at last
Lota is Gone

Lota was finally able to lay down for the first time in decades at The Elephant Sanctuary

Lota was forced to spent most of her life in "the entertainment industry".
She was finally rescued and lived free for a short while at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
Whenever you hear the word "circus", please remember Lota.

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The Homeless Pets Foundation
is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1998 by Dr Michael Good, an Atlanta veterinarian who saw a need to create an organization that could help assist animal shelters and pet owners in need. Homeless Pets Foundation will protect the family pet in the event that it is lost through its national pet tracking service. Homeless Pets Foundation will assist pet owners in need with unexpected veterinary bills. Homeless Pets Foundation will assist animal shelters with fund raising efforts and increasing their pet adoptions.
Homeless Pets Foundation
P.O. Box 7194
Marietta, GA 30065
404-451-9494

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Jennifer Lopez Loves Fur
J. Lo knows what animals who are killed for their skins endure-PETA has contacted her with letters and videos no less than a dozen times. Lopez may try to convince her fans that her rabbit-trimmed jackets are a must-have, but what she won't tell you is that bunnies killed for fur coats scream as they are skinned alive! Whether they're trapped in the wild or raised and killed on fur farms, animals used for their skins endure prolonged, painful, early deaths.
Through the years, Lopez has worn the skin of just about every animal imaginable, from foxes, who are bludgeoned to death and often skinned alive, to small, gentle chinchillas, who are killed by electrocution or have their delicate necks snapped and 100 of whose skins are required to make just one coat. As if wearing hundreds of dead animals weren't enough, in her first catwalk collection for her clothing line, Sweetface, Lopez proved that she is anything but sweet when she featured grisly garments made of white fox and mink. Lopez may try to market this line as "high end" and all about the "bling," but there is nothing upscale or elegant about how the original owners of these coats met their gruesome deaths.
Most people agree that wearing fur is wrong. Please don't support Jennifer Lopez or her bloody business. Many hot designers, including Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Todd Oldham, Marc Bouwer, and others have turned their backs on fur and created synthetic alternatives that are hip, humane, and easily available and don't turn animals into fashion victims.
Write to J. Lo and tell her that promoting the violence of the fur industry is a low-down, dirty, rotten shame.
Jennifer Lopez c/o BWR
9100 Wilshire Blvd., 6th Fl. W.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
More Information:
JLoDown.com
furisdead.com

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Stop the Use of Cruel Traps at Our National Parks
PETA recently discovered that steel-jaw leghold traps and other cruel devices such as body-gripping traps and snares are routinely used at National Parks to capture and kill animals. In June 2004, for example, North Carolina's Cape Hatteras National Seashore was using leghold traps and snares to capture and kill cats, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and other animals.
Find out more.

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California Residents: Help Stop Animal Fighting!
Listen up, Golden State animal advocates. Senator Nell Soto has introduced Senate Bill 156, which would strengthen animal fighting laws. The current law in California prohibits persons from causing or permitting animals to engage in fighting, as well as bans owning or training animals for those purposes. If passed, SB 156 would strengthen subsequent violations of these laws from a misdemeanor to a felony.
To help Senator Soto in her quest to end animal fighting in California, please visit the
ASPCA Advocacy Center today.
Don't live in California? Find out how to get involved in passing humane legislation in your state at the ASPCA Advocacy Center.
Source: ASPCA

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Hip-hop mogul, entrepreneur, political activist, and animal lover Russell Simmons has joined the ASPCA in encouraging Americans to be vigilant for animal cruelty in their neighborhoods and to visit Cruel's Not Cool to learn how to identify animal cruelty.
Source: ASPCA

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Tell Congress to Enact Tougher Penalties for Animal Fighting
Animal fighting, although illegal in virtually every state, is still prevalent throughout the country, fueled in part by a subculture naively fascinated with the illicit and thuggish nature of dogfighting. As the 109th Congress gets underway, we are determined to get the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act enacted, and we need your help more than ever.
On Tuesday, Senator John Ensign (R-NV) introduced S. 382 and Representative Mark Green (R-WI) introduced H.R. 817, a pair of bills known as the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act.The act will do two things: strengthen current federal law by authorizing felony-level jail time for the interstate and foreign movement of animals used for fighting, and ban the interstate and foreign commerce of the barbaric implements used in cockfights. Eleven senators and 26 representatives joined as original co-sponsors of the bill.

Clamping down on these brutal blood sports benefits both animals and humans:
Animals forced to fight are drugged to intensify aggression, and are frequently pushed to keep fighting even after suffering grave injuries.
Stolen pets are regularly used as "bait" to train dogs to fight, and some dogs are abandoned after being forced to fight for years, putting them and communities in jeopardy.
Cockfighting has been implicated in the spread of dangerous and costly diseases that kill poultry and can hurt people. (At least four children in Asia died from bird flu in 2004 due to cockfighting exposure.)
Animal fights are also frequently associated with illegal drug trafficking and acts of human violence.
It is critical that your federal legislators know that you oppose all animal fighting and that you want Congress to quickly enact this legislation.
Phone calls and personal letters on this issue will have the most impact. Thank you for taking action!
What We Can Do
? Contact your federal legislators today and urge them to co-sponsor the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act.
? Read more about the spread of animal fighting and how law enforcement is cracking down on it.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

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Dear Friends of Jungle Friends

Portrait of Howard
Howard is going blind. He is very curious with every aspect of his surroundings and enjoys his toys, including his favorite ball. Howard has a very high regard for peanuts. When given a peanut, he responds with his famous ?peanut dance?, he holds the peanut behind his back and turns in circles singing in an upbeat tone.

Jungle Friends has been given the opportunity to extend our compassion to 13 monkeys who are currently at the lab and are being retired from research. There are 9 capuchins and 4 squirrel monkeys ready to relocate to Jungle Friends. We have been given until spring to prepare a home for the monkeys retirement here at Jungle Friends. To do this, we are asking for your help. Sandie Friedland, Jungle Friends monkey sponsor, is hosting our Share Your Heart campaign this year. Sandie painted a beautiful Portrait of Howard for this year's Share Your Heart card and campaign. Howard is one of the squirrel monkeys recently retired to Jungle Friends from the same lab. We will send this beautiful Share Your Heart card to your loved one(s) for Valentine's Day.
We will include with the card, original monkey art on a 3 x 5 canvas for a donation of only $25 and original monkey art on a 5 x 7 canvas for a donation of $50. We are making the cards right here at Jungle Friends, so we are able to type in any sentiment that you would like, from "Be My Valentine" to "Happy Birthday". Just let us know by filling out the donation form that you will find on the
Share Your Heart Donation page.
Sandie is also donating beautiful 8 x 10 canvas Portraits of Howard to Jungle Friends. Howard's Portrait will be your gift for your $100 donation to Jungle Friends. All of the donations in the Share Your Heart campaign will go directly toward the lab monkeys retirement.
Lots of monkey love,
Kari and the monks
JungleFriends.org
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
13915 North State Road #121
Gainesville, FL 32653

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No.1 TV Drama Exposes Animal Suffering
From: stopcannedhunts@hsus.org
To: Jody@JodysJungle.com
Tomorrow night, America's #1 rated TV drama, CSI, will feature a storyline about one of the ugliest forms of animal cruelty, canned hunting. Canned hunting is the killing of a fenced-in animal who has no chance of escape, for the sole purpose of obtaining a trophy. That's right: animals -- often tame, exotic mammals -- are put into an enclosure for rich individuals to "hunt." It is as horrible as you can imagine. Learn more about this outrageous "sport" here.
In the CSI episode, which airs Thursday, February 10, 2005 on CBS (check your local listings for exact times), characters investigate the killing of a Kodiak bear found in the Nevada woods. Evidence leads them to discover that the bear was killed during an illegal canned hunt.
This is critical public exposure for an animal protection issue that deserves serious attention -- and you can help to make an even bigger impact.
Thank you for all you do on behalf of animals every day, and be sure to tune into CSI on Thursday, February 10!
Sincerely, Wayne A. Pacelle
President & CEO, Humane Society of the United States

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Birmingham Zoo Mourns Loss

Susie
Susie
Susie, a 55-year-old Asian elephant, died late Monday in her indoor enclosure at the Birmingham Zoo. Susie had been in declining health and was being monitored and treated for medical conditions related to her advanced age. Susie is survived by her friend and "exhibit companion", Mona, who arrived at the zoo in 1955. There are concerns that Susie's death might adversely affect Mona's health. Susie arrived at the Zoo in 1957.

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Pet Theft Awareness Day
Most people are unaware of the dangers faced by letting their companion animals roam outdoors. Each year, nearly TWO MILLION animals are stolen and used in research laboratories, dog fighting rings, puppy mills, or abused and killed for entertainment by their captors. Only about 10% of the animals taken are ever returned to their homes. Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is sponsoring National "Pet" Theft Awareness Day this Feb. 14th. You can help by leafleting and tabling to inform the public, and petitioning for the "Pet" Safety and Protection Act (to be reintroduced to Congress in February).
For more information, or to order materials, go to: StolenPets.com

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UPDATE! 1/28/05
Class B-Dealer C.C. Baird
Out of Business
PERMANENTLY!!!

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Elephant Acquitted
1/30/05
Pepsi, a six-year-old show elephant that gored a rubber tapper in Pendang on Friday, has been acquitted of killing its victim. Pendang OCPD Deputy Supt Mohd Sukri Awang said police had classified the case as ?sudden death? and found that no criminal action was involved. The Kedah office of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) also said no action would be taken against the elephant and classified the case as an accident. DSP Mohd Sukri said a post-mortem revealed that Prawat Din Chu, 50, from Kampung Padang Pusing, died due to severe injuries to his lungs. The elephant was among a herd of five, aged between two and six, which were brought to a Buddhist temple in the village for a show to mark the opening of its new building. Police investigations found that Prawat had teased Pepsi with sugarcane at the Wat Padang Pusing before it rushed towards him.

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Animals Asia Receives Another 46 Farmed Moon Bears
These last weeks of January 2005 have been a busy time for all the team, as we have just received 46 pitiful, farmed Moon Bears in their tiny cages at the Centre in Chengdu. The horror of this despicable industry never stops and you can view our press release and some pictures on our website, which show the reality of the trade - and why we so much value your support in helping us to bring it to an end. Animals Asia has now rescued 185 bears from the farms. Please pass the news onto your family, friends and colleagues and help us to end bear farming once and for all. For now, the team is working hard to ensure that these suffering victims pull through and we will send a further update on progress soon.
With very warm wishes,
Jill Robinson MBE
Animals Asia Foundation

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Tests Rule out T.B. in Tatima and Peaches
Preliminary laboratory tests have ruled out tuberculosis--a disease that can be transmitted between humans and animals--as cause of death for the two Lincoln Park Zoo elephants who died in recent months, according to results released Tuesday. Zoo officials had suspected that Tatima, a 35-year-old female African elephant, had been tuberculous because of lesions found on her lungs. Test results now show she died of a rare infection with a bacterium similar to TB, called Mycobacterium szulgai. Preliminary necropsy results also released Tuesday indicate Peaches died of age-related maladies that had no connection with Tatima's death, zoo officials said.

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Campbell Campaign Update
Date: 1/17/2005
From: SHARKWest@cox.net
To: Jody@JodysJungle.com

Campbell Soup has finally responded to our calls and letters regarding their indefensible sponsorship of rodeos. The Campbell letter came in an envelope that proclaimed, ?Everything we make contains our business reputation.? Clearly, Campbell is impressed with itself. We are somewhat less impressed.
The person responding for Campbell is John W. Faulkner, Director ? Brand Communications. He wrote the following:
"We appreciate your recent communication regarding Pace Food?s sponsorship of events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). We share your concern for the welfare of the animals used in these events.
Based on our direct experience with PRCA rodeos, we believe that the members of the PRCA provide excellent care to their horses and livestock. We understand that the PRCA enforces approximately sixty rules related to the care and safety of horses and livestock at PRCA-sanctioned events.
Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns with us. We encourage you to contact the PRCA with your concerns."
This is nothing short of outrageous. Our video documentation of rodeo animal abuse spans well over a decade, and the footage gathered in 2004 is the worst we have to date. At the Amarillo steer roping finals last November, nine injured animals were dragged out of the arena. Another staggered out suffering obvious internal injuries while bleeding from the nose and mouth. And Campbell is going to try to defend this abuse?
Since Campbell is claiming it has ?direct experience? with the PRCA, it must realize that the PRCA?s humane rules are profoundly inadequate and very rarely enforced. Campbell must also know that rodeo's animal victims are regularly injured and killed.
Perhaps most important, since Campbell believes the PRCA provides ?excellent care to their horses and livestock,? the company won?t mind if our Tiger video truck starts showing Campbell employees, shareholders and customers examples of some of that ?care? on the streets and at its headquarters.
So far we have 155 animal protection organizations worldwide that have signed on to a statement decrying rodeo animal abuse. Campbell has now officially given all of those organizations and all of their members the brush-off. It is time to expose Campbell as the cruel and unethical company that it truly is, thanks to its insensitive leadership.
Please join me in contacting Campbell and telling them that you will not purchase their products as long as they sponsor the animal cruelty and exploitation that is inherent in rodeo. Below is contact information and a list of Campbell products. The calves, horses, bulls and steers who are victims of rodeo are counting on you, and on their behalf, I sincerely thank you for your help.
Kindest Regards,
Steve Hindi

CONTACT:
Mr. Doug Conant, President and CEO
Campbell Soup Company
1 Campbell Place
Camden, NJ 08103-1701
(856) 342-4800
(Corporate Headquarters is open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST M-F. You may stay on the line beyond the menu and get an operator, or you can key in C-O-N-A-N-T to the company directory and be connected to someone in his office.)

Mr. Harvey Golub
Chairman of the Board
Campbell Soup Company
Consumer Response and Information Center
1 Campbell Place
Camden, NJ 08103-1701
email: directors@campbellsoup.com

You can also communicate with the Campbell Board of Directors by calling
(800) 210-2173
the toll-free hotline telephone number for the U.S. and Canada. Please see instructions on the website for placing calls from other countries. This line is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An operator will ask you a number of questions, and you will be given a report number, meaning that you should get some kind of follow-up.
VERY IMPORTANT -- PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU GET A RESPONSE!

CAMPBELL BRANDS WORLDWIDE
United States Campbell Condensed Soup, Campbell Chunky Soup, Campbell Select Soup, Campbell Soup at Hand, Campbell's Supper Bakes Godiva Chocolates, Pace Foods, (800-433-7223) or (800-433-PACE) Pace Picante Sauce, Pace Chunky Salsa, Pace Chipolte Chunky Salsa, Prego Pasta and Spaghetti Sauces, Pepperidge Farm Cakes and Cookies, Swanson Broth, V-8 Juices

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January 13, 2005
HSUS

Bison Picture Courtesy of H.S.U.S.

Temporary Reprieve for Montana Bison
The 2003 Montana Legislature approved the creation of a bison hunting season. The season was supposed to begin on January 15. However, largely at the urging of Montana's newly elected governor, Brian Schweitzer, the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission voted to cancel this year's bison hunt, citing the likely public relations nightmare the hunt would have caused for Montana. In addition, Governor Schweitzer expressed that the hunt would do little to address disease or population management issues. The hunt represented another senseless management strategy in Montana?s misguided battle against Yellowstone?s magnificent bison. The state and the National Park Service continue to slaughter bison to ostensibly protect cattle from brucellosis despite the fact that there has been no documented case of brucellosis transmission from bison to cattle in the wild and that the risk of such transmission is negligible. Although cancellation of the hunt is a temporary reprieve from one assault, the ongoing, unnecessary capture-slaughter regime continues.
Please click here for more information

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Since the 1950s, federal law has required that animals be rendered "insensible to pain" before slaughter. Yet this most basic requirement does not extend to more than 95 percent of the animals slaughtered for food in this country - 9 billion a year - simply because it excludes poultry.


Please click the banner to sign the petition.

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Subj: I Am Safe!
Date:1/5/2005 8:19:44 AM PST
To: Jody@JodysJungle.com

Dear Miss Jody:
My family and I are safe. None of us went there during that tragic disaster. I planned to go there right after Christmas but because of other meetings I changed to go after 28th Dec. I am still in deep mourning for the loss of lives, so many and so sad. No wildlife or elephants were hurt, however, some dolphins are caught in the current to the beaches. Today they were rescued out to the sea.
Thank you so much for your kind concern. I am thankful.
May you have a great year! All the elephants are good.
I shall write more later with photos of Motala.
Good night!
Soraida
Friends of the Asian Elephant

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~Bamboo~
Woodland Park Zoo Elephant Heads to Tacoma, WA
1/15/05
Bamboo, a 38-year-old elephant at Woodland Park Zoo, has limited tolerance for the high jinks of baby Hansa, and is packing her trunk and heading for the zoo in Tacoma, which welcomes prickly pachyderms. The 4-ton Bamboo, an Asian elephant, was born in the wild in Thailand. She has lived in Seattle since she was a year old. "She'd never been exposed to a calf" and has not done well with 4-year-old Hansa, daughter of 26-year-old Asian elephant Chai, Woodland Park spokeswoman Gigi Allianic said yesterday. Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a national leader in handling elephants considered too dangerous to be kept and trained using traditional methods. Handlers keep barriers between themselves and the elephants at all times.

seattlepi.nwsource.com
www.tallahassee.com
webcenters.compuserve.com

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New Website Against Pet Cloning
1/05
The American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) has launched a new website on the issues surrounding "pet" cloning. The website corresponds to a public education campaign by AAVS to inform the public about this new and frightening trend. Though millions of cats and dogs are euthanized each year, private companies encourage individuals to clone their "pets" (for a hefty fee--say $50,000) rather than provide a home to one of these needy animals. The cloned animals are, of course, not truly identical to the pets they are supposed to replace, and may suffer from a variety of health problems. Though 84% of people in the U.S. believe it is wrong for companies to sell genetically engineered animals as "pets", the remaining 16% unfortunately provide a perverse market for an undertaking both frivolous and cruel. For more information on pet cloning and the AAVS campaign, see the new Website

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January 7, 2005
Kota Kinabalu:
Two Borneo pygmy elephants stuck in a mud hole at an oil palm plantation in the east coast Lahad Datu district for about four days managed to get out of their predicament. The weakened female elephants managed to extricate themselves out yesterday after the area around the mud hole was flattened, said Sabah Wildlife Department officer-in-charge for Lahad Datu Stephen Gibin Sira. He said wildlife rangers had initially thought of using ropes and an excavator to lift the elephants out. ?However, the animals looked as if they could make it out by themselves if we flattened the area around the hole and that was what happened,? Stephen said. He said immediately after getting out, the elephants went to the nearby 5,000ha Kalumpang forest reserve. ?We believe they were part of a herd which had moved on when the two elephants got stuck in the hole,? he added.

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Buddie Needs Your Prayers!
Date: 1/5/2005 9:00:42 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: VCOffice@earthlink.net
To: JodysJungle.com
Dear Friends of Jungle Friends,
I write to you through my grief of losing our dear Precious (you will find the details below), to tell you that Buddie is now very ill. On New Year's Day Buddie did not come to greet me for her morning meds; Buddie is diabetic. When I found her she was having trouble breathing, just as Precious was. I called to Lee and Larry for help and we got her into a transfer cage and rushed her to the vet school. She was diagnosed with a nasty pneumonia. Her blood tests were all normal, so it was not an auto immune problem, like Precious, which I first suspected. Because of her diabetes, Buddie is more susceptible to disease. We almost lost her and feared for her life up until early this afternoon. We feel that she is stable now, but not out of the woods by any means. Bacterial pneumonia is difficult and our vets tell us that it could be fatal or have long term problems, if she recovers. Buddie is in a makeshift oxygen tent with a humidifier here at Jungle Friends. We are using all of Larry's diving tanks and gauges to get the oxygen to her. We are with her 24/7; Lee and I are taking shifts being with her at all times while Larry is running twice a day for more oxygen.
A very special thanks to Erin, Sara, Shannon and Jessica for rushing to our aid to help us with Buddie and keep Jungle Friends running smoothly in our time of desperation.
Please light a candle, pray, send healing energy and thoughts to Buddie. She will hear you!
Lots of monkey love,
Kari and the monks
Buddie's oxygen tent   Please Pray For Buddie
Dear sweet Buddie
Buddie

Dear Friends of Precious,
I am terribly saddened and sorry to report that Precious left us last night about 10 PM. We do not know how this all came about, she was fine, then she was not. They suspect an auto-immune disease or cancer. We are having a necropsy done to find out all that we can.
Thank you all for your caring compassion for Precious, she was a friend and a dear soul. I am glad that she had the chance to make monkey friends and to do monkey things before she left this life for the next. Precious made wonderful monkey friendships during the past four months here at Jungle Friends. She had a real pal in Tyler, she slept with Buddie most of the time and of course, Cody was her first monkey friend. Precious' last time spent at Jungle Friends was with Connie grooming and caring for her. I believe that Connie knew that Precious was ill and wanted to make her feel better. It has been a sad Christmas for us. Precious will be missed by all who knew her.
Lots of monkey love,
Kari and the monks
JungleFriends.org

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Pygmy Elephants Stuck in Mud
KOTA KINABALU: Thursday January 6, 2005
A rescue is underway for two Borneo pygmy elephants trapped in a mud hole at an oil palm plantation near Kunak in the east coast of Sabah. Ten state Wildlife Department rangers and a veterinarian assisted by plantation workers have been trying to extricate the two female elephants since Tuesday. Lahad Datu Wildlife Department's officer-in-charge Stephen Gibin Sira said the rescuers were racing against time to pull out the weakened elephants aged about four to five years with an excavator. ?Pulling them out is difficult as the area is slippery,? he said in noting that the rescue effort had been further compounded by persistent rain in the area. Stephen said the elephants were believed to have been trapped in the mud hole at the Mycom Plantation about 100km from Lahad Datu for at least three days before they were discovered. He said Wildlife rangers were hoping to pull out the elephants by today before sending them to the protected Danum Valley nearby. The manager of a plantation nearby, Mohammad Sairi, discovered the animals, Stephen added.
thestar.com

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TSUNAMI'S ANIMAL VICTIMS
Tsunamis have devastated thousands of families and entire communities bordering the Indian Ocean in South Asia. While the world turns toward humanitarian agencies to help the people who are gripped with incredible suffering, many of us are also thinking of the forgotten victims of natural disaster....the animals.
WSPA
Tsunami Wave Claims Member Society Victim
"It is with great sadness that WSPA has learned of the death of Leone Cosens, co-founder of member society, Phuket Animal Welfare Society, killed by the tsunami wave. All at WSPA extend our heartfelt condolences to Leone's family, friends, and all who knew her, at this immensely difficult time."

Soi Dog Foundation
Soi Dog = Street Dog
Soi Dog Foundation is a legally registered foundation in The Netherlands.

Noah's Wish Animal Disaster Relief
Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Update
Noah's Wish is a not-for-profit, animal welfare organization, with a straightforward mission.
We exist to keep animals alive during disasters.

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Food for Life Global
Representing the World's Largest Vegan/Vegetarian Food Relief

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Elephant Nature Park
Chiang Mai, Thailand
1/1/2005 5:10:45 AM Pacific
Dear All,
Thanks for all the concerned e-mails sent to us from around the world, to check that our project is safe from the Tsunami Wave. The elephant Nature Park is safe and we far away from the disaster - but we have to work now to help the families and friends of our visitors who visited us before they went to the beach. Many of them are still missing and we have to contact the government officials to help to find out about them. We are very sad for all the families of missing people, and we will do everything we can to help find out what information we can.
Best Regards
Lek (Ms Sangduen Chailert)
Elephant Nature Park - Founder
Office: 23-25 Charoenpratet Road, Soi 6
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66(0)53 272855, 818744 Fax +66(0)53 271681
email: lek@elephantnaturepark.org
URL: elephantnaturepark.org

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AERIAL HUNTING OF WOLVES CONTINUES IN ALASKA

Tell me, oh mighty wolf killer, why is your face covered?"

In early 2004, 147 wolves were killed in just over two months in Alaska's controversial aerial wolf hunting program. Now nearly a thousand more wolves are scheduled for extermination. In airborne hunting, wolves are tracked in the snow and chased with airplanes to the point of exhaustion and are then either shot from the air or by a shooter after the aircraft lands. This is extremely stressful and can also result in wounded wolves too physically compromised to survive in the wild. Even pups born this year may be killed. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Alaska Board of Game have approved the killing of 900 wolves this winter via airborne hunting. When combined with all hunting and trapping, some 2,500 wolves are likely to be killed, almost one-third of Alaska?s wolf population. The aerial wolf killing program caters to hunters who complain, without scientific support, that wolves eat too many moose calves, and that natural predation leaves too few moose for recreational hunting. Alaska?s Governor Frank Murkowski, has decided to side with trophy hunters and resume the aerial killing of wolves, even though Alaska voters have twice?in 1996 and again in 2000?affirmed a long-standing moratorium on aerial hunting.
Visit our website for information about last year?s hunt
WHAT WE CAN DO:
Tell Governor Murkowski that the wolf slaughter is unethical and inhumane. Remind him that voters in Alaska have twice affirmed their desire to ban aerial hunting. If you are from Alaska tell the Governor that Alaskans don't want wolves killed; if you are not an Alaska resident, remind him that this killing spree tarnishes AK's image.
Governor Frank Murkowski
P.O. Box 110001
Juneau, AK 99811
Fax: 907- 465- 3532   Phone: 907- 465- 3500
JJ
I had the extreme misfortune of witnessing the wolf killings on television a few years ago. I saw the wolves running and running, looking up at the humans, I saw them being shot, quivering, convulsing, dying as they continued to look up at the humans..how horrible. I screamed and cried and wanted to vomit. It was easy to see that the wolves were protecting their territory, their lives, the lives of their offspring and as they slowly died, you could see in their eyes, they didn't understand what had happened...neither did I.
And so I was left with another image that will never leave my mind.
Man's inhumanity never ceases to amaze me.
Save Alaska Wolves.org

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ANIMALS WIN BIG IN THE COURTS IN 2004
When future historians comb through the year 2004, they will find that The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals helped secure a series of important legal victories, from protecting gray whales in Washington State to preserving the integrity of the citizen initiative process. A string of lawsuits challenging voter-approved animal protection measures came to a close in 2004, all in the animals' favor and victories were plentiful in the areas of wildlife and marine mammal protection.
Yet, as good as 2004 was, 2005 promises even more. The HSUS and The Fund will formally combine their advocacy programs on January 1, 2005 and will be launching a new Animal Protection Litigation section. With a staff of seven full-time lawyers, as well as numerous law clerks, administrative staff, outside counsel, and pro-bono attorneys? we will take the legal fight for animals to the next level. Located in the nation's capital, The HSUS's Animal Protection Litigation section will be the largest in-house animal protection litigation department in the country.
Visit our website to learn more about the Animal Protection Litigation section, our legal victories in 2004 and our plans for 2005.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR ANIMALS --- TODAY!!
Humanelines.org

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UPDATE ON MASSIVE FARM ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE
On Monday, January 3, 2005 California ranchers Paul Keller and David Guice are scheduled to be sentenced for felony animal cruelty for starving to death scores of animals under their care. The men were each convicted of one count of felony animal cruelty after last March when authorities found approximately 100 dead cows, horses, goats and pigs on Keller?s property (where Guice was the caretaker), alongside dozens more severely emaciated animals still clinging to life.
Felony convictions for animal abuse are rare, and this is especially true in the case of farm animals. The felony conviction against Keller and Guice for cruelty to farm animals establishes an important precedent in acknowledging that all animals, including farm animals, deserve protection from egregious abuse.
WHAT WE CAN DO:
Keller and Guice each face 3 years in jail for their felony animal cruelty conviction. The hearing date is January 3. Fax your letters to Judge Dennis Murray today, asking him to impose significant jail time on Keller and Guice, and to especially ban each of them from keeping animals in their custody. The hearing date is January 3 thus all letters MUST be faxed.
The Honorable Dennis E. Murray
Tehama County Superior Court
445 Pine Street Red Bluff, CA 96080
Fax: 530-527-5431
If you are a resident of Northern California, please try to attend the sentencing hearing. A strong showing in support of the prosecution of this animal abuser will be important in ensuring that he does not get off with a mere slap on the wrist:
Where: Department 2, 445 Pine St. in Red Bluff, CA
Click here for directions and parking information.
When: 9:45 a.m., Monday, January 3, 2005
RSVP: Meghan Beeby from Farm Sanctuary at mbeeby@farmsanctuary.org

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GREYHOUNDS WIN IN THE NORTHWEST!
We are pleased to announce that the last stronghold of greyhound racing in the Pacific Northwest will be closing when its lease expires on December 31, 2004. Oregon's Multnomah Greyhound Park (MGP) has been struggling to survive for several years, but "competitive pressures" have forced its doors to close.
The adoption kennel of the Oregon Greyhound Association has pledged to find homes for all the remaining dogs at MGP, and will remain open until all the dogs are placed. If you would like to bring home one of these former racers, please call (503) 669-2129 today.
2004 The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)


"I had bought two male chimps from a primate colony in Holland. They lived next to each other in separate cages for several months before I used one as a [heart] donor. When we put him to sleep in his cage in preparation for the operation, he chattered and cried incessantly. We attached no significance to this, but it must have made a great impression on his companion, for when we removed the body to the operating room, the other chimp wept bitterly and was inconsolable for days. The incident made a deep impression on me. I vowed never again to experiment with such sensitive creatures."
--Christian Barnard, MD, who performed the first human heart transplant

Dear Friends:
Year 2005 is coming,
may I wish you and your family happiness, good health and success in your life.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Soraida Salwala
FAE

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Happy Holidays from IDA!
12/25/2004
With the holiday season upon us, all of us with In Defense of Animals (IDA) would once again like to express our deepest gratitude and sincere appreciation for your support, compassion, and caring - for all you do - and for all you have enabled IDA to do for our animal friends. In 2004, your support allowed us to continue the fight for animals on many fronts, making this year one of extraordinary achievements and precedent-setting victories.
Across the nation and around the world, IDA's programs continue to enlighten and inspire. Through our Foie Gras Campaign , coordination of World Week for Animals in Laboratories, Global Day of Action Against Procter & Gamble, and Fur Free Friday,
IDA educated millions of people to the outrageous cruelty that is inflicted on so many innocent animals.
Thanks to your dedication and support, IDA's staff continues to be on the front lines of the fight for animal rights. From the rescues of hundreds of abused and starving animals to investigations of dog fighting rings and puppy mills, to the hundreds of educational events, protests, marches and vigils against industries that harm and kill animals (including the horrendous Korean dog and cat meat trade), to giving protection and sanctuary to the Chimpanzees of Cameroon, Africa and the abused and abandoned animals of Rural Mississippi, we are fulfilling our mission to protect animals wherever they are in danger.
Your help this past year has enabled IDA to achieve truly historic, precedent-setting achievements on behalf of our animal friends. For example, in 2004 we witnessed the dramatic transfer of two ailing elephants from their abusive conditions at the San Francisco Zoo to an elephant sanctuary with enough space to provide the quality of life they so desperately need and so rightly deserve. IDA has vowed to never again allow the SF Zoo to hold elephants in their antiquated enclosures. In December we celebrated the SF Board of Supervisors' vote to become the first city to require a zoo to have at least fifteen acres for their elephants. This is in reality a de-facto ban on elephants ever returning to the San Francisco Zoo. What a great victory for the Elephants!
Another significant victory in 2004 occurred when, for the first time in U.S. history, criminal charges for animal cruelty were filed against an animal research laboratory for its operator's alleged institutional neglect and abandonment of chimpanzees. Information supplied by IDA allowed New Mexico District Attorney Scot Key to file the unprecedented complaint. Thanks to you, our campaign to Free Chimpanzees from the horrors of vivisection is truly gaining momentum.
Our efforts to raise the status of animals beyond that of mere property continues to expand as five more cities--Woodstock, NY; Wanaque, NJ; Albany, CA; St. Louis, MO; and Windsor, Ontario Canada--successfully added the term Guardian to their animal related ordinances.
In 2004, IDA was also honored with our third consecutive four-star rating by the independent ratings bureau, Charity Navigator.
Please remember the animals during this season of love and charity by putting IDA in your year-end contribution plans. You can make a tax-deductible donation today via our on-line secure Donation Form. Please make as generous a year-end gift of love and life that you can. Your donation of will go a long way toward helping us protect, rescue and save countless innocent lives. We thank you for your trust, generosity and caring. Happy Holidays!

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Lake Jackson Ecopassage Project
12/22/2004
From: aresco@bio.fsu.edu

Dear Friends,
I wanted to thank everyone for their support over the last year in continuing to help ensure that the Lake Jackson Ecopassage becomes a reality. The progress towards the design and eventual construction of an ecopassage on US 27 at Lake Jackson has moved slowly forward in 2004. The Feasibility Study has just been completed by the consulting firm - Kimley Horn - and the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency (City and County Commissioners) recently approved the preferred conceptual design which would include 4 large under-highway culverts and a 5-ft tall recessed guide-wall along both sides of the highway. While this was good news, this does not guarantee that it will be constructed. We still have a long way to go to complete the design and secure the funding, and we may have to compete with other local or state transportation
projects for funding.
The Florida Department of Transportation is also requiring that a Project Development and Environmental Study (PD&E) be completed before we can move forward to the design phase. Hopefully, that will be completed this spring. In the meantime, I will continue to monitor, maintain, and replace the temporary fencing along the highway to ensure that turtles and other wildlife are protected from being killed by vehicles.
Please take a look at our web site for updates on the project.
2005 will certainly be a key year for the ecopassage project and I will need your help along the way to remind our public officials that this important conservation project needs to be completed.
Thank you, Matthew J. Aresco
Lake Jackson Ecopassage Alliance, Inc
P.O. Box 180891
Tallahassee, FL 32318

Lake Jackson Ecopassage
Florida
8,100 Turtles Rescued
After discovering 90 bloody turtle shells one day along a 1/3 mile stretch of Highway 27,
Matt Aresco built temporary fences to keep turtles and other wildlife from crossing the highway.
The fences directed the turtles into a culvert which allowed them to cross under the highway.

"We have documented over 10,200 animals of 60 different species (not including birds) attempting to cross the half-mile section of US Highway 27 at Lake Jackson in the last 43 months. Clearly, a permanent solution to this significant wildlife mortality problem is needed."

LakeJacksonTurtles.org
Contact Information:
Lake Jackson Ecopassage Alliance, Inc.
P.O. Box 180891
Tallahassee, Florida 32318 USA
email: turtles@lakejacksonturtles

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Shark Finning

sharkfins for sale

It's too barbaric to imagine, but it happens everyday. Fishermen catch a shark, slice off its fins, and cast it back into the water to bleed a slow, painful death. What's worse, this practice has accelerated in recent years, driven by increased demand for shark fin soup in Asia, where it's considered a delicacy. Shark finning is pushing the species dangerously close to extinction, with shark numbers down roughly 90% since the 1950s. But the oceans cannot thrive without predator species. Indeed, sharks play a critical role in maintaining the health of our marine ecosystems.
But there's reason for hope. Just last month, the 63 nations that comprise the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) approved a binding U.S. proposal to ban shark finning in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. This is a big step forward, as it's the first time there has been a multilateral effort to ban this cruel practice on the open seas.
We must not lose momentum! Urge U.S. officials to pursue a global ban on shark finning and an end to this barbaric practice once and for all.
Please Sign the Petition
Thank you for taking action today!
If humans must kill an animal for food, just to stay alive, that is one thing..but for cruel, greedy, brainless humans to cut the fins off of a shark, for the trendy and popular shark fin soup...it's like killing a rhino for its horn...and leaving the meat...or an elephant for it's tusks, and leaving the meat.

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Supreme Court Spares New Jersey's Bears
12/2/2004
The Supreme Court of New Jersey today ruled in favor of Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley Campbell's bid to block the bear hunt that was to take place in the state later this month. This means that the bear hunt in New Jersey has been cancelled! Click to read the full Supreme Court ruling
Or
Click here to go directly to the PDF
This is a monumental victory. A huge thank you to everyone who made it happen.
In Defense of Animals/IDA

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December 9, 2004
To Jody@JodysJungle.com
From International Fund for Animal Welfare /IFAW

Boiling water is poured over the head of a tiny puppy named Kiko to punish him.
A gentle tan and black dog is beaten every day and tortured, a wire collar left around its neck to tear into her flesh.
A shepherd mix is locked in a cell to die an agonizing death from mange, every bit of fur gone from his bald body, his rib cage prominently showing.
These are the dogs of the death row round up shelters. And time is running out to save them.
I am asking you today to step forward this holiday and help me stop this suffering. Each year thousands of dogs are locked away in round-up shelters to die by gas chamber or electrocution. People "lose interest." They consider animals "dumb throwaways" to be left behind when they move. They think animals feel no pain.
I am writing to you because I know you believe that a puppy is a precious life that depends on us when it is hungry, cold, hurt or sick.
But in Mexico, South Africa, China, Russia, and even here in our own backyard, thousands of street dogs will be abandoned this holiday season and suffer terribly. I believe we can save these dogs but I cannot do it alone.
If you could see the reports as I have ? the dogs trembling, with sunken, pleading eyes, bone sticking through their rib cages, their fur gone ? and yet still trying to muster a wag of the tail ? still looking to us for any sign of hope ? I know you would help these dogs.
We need to help courageous groups in rural Mexico like the IFAW-supported PRODAN. This unique foster program made entirely of volunteers removes these suffering animals from death row shelters and places them into loving homes. This past year alone, PRODAN found caring homes for 1,300 needy animals about to die. You have helped save animals from desperate situations before. Please help again today, during this special season, to make sure these animals live to see the new year.
Save a puppy from death row and make this holiday truly special.
Thanks for all you do,
Fred O'Regan
President and CEO
P.S. I recently learned about a house fire in Northern Mexico that left two dogs severely wounded. PRODAN has taken these dogs under their care but one dog has already lost his life. We are hopeful the other pup will pull through but anything you can do now to aid in this sad tragedy would mean the world to the family of these dogs.
? 2004 International Fund for Animal Welfare
PO Box 193 ? 411 Main Street Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
IFAW ? 2004

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Hurricane Francis Hits Jungle Friends
Damage included both indoor and outdoor habitats.
All donations are greatly appreciated.

Update


Meet Howard

Howard

Howard is a squirrel monkey estimated to be in his late teens. He arrived at Jungle Friends on August 19, 2004 when he was retired from research. His monkey companions Buddy, Moses and Gilbert McGreedy accompanied him. Howard, along with his friends, was stolen from his natural habitat in the rainforest and used in the lab for nearly two decades and housed alone. These monkeys were given a new life at Jungle Friends. Unfortunately, Howard is going blind. He is very curious with every aspect of his surroundings and enjoys his toys, including his favorite ball. Howard has a very high regard for peanuts. When given a peanut, he responds with his famous ?peanut dance?, he holds the peanut behind his back and turns in circles singing in an upbeat tone.

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Campaign Against Fur - Ann Taylor
The fur industry is celebrating upscale fashion retailer Ann Taylor's decision to introduce fur garments into its fall fashion lineup. The September 27 issue of Fur World exclaims that Ann Taylor's new fall styles "include a fur component that is exposing fashion conscious women, especially the younger ones, to a category they have never really known about."
Although Ann Taylor has not sold fur in many years, its current catalog includes at least eight fur items -- predominantly of rabbit fur -- that include jackets, a scarf, a hat, and gloves.
What we can do:
Because this is Ann Taylor's first foray into the sale of fur in many years, the company may be more responsive to public opinion on the issue. Contact Ann Taylor executives and let them know how disappointed you are to see fur in their fall catalog:
Ann Taylor Stores
J. Patrick Spainhour, Chairman and CEO
100 Ann Taylor Drive
P.O. BOX 571650
Taylorsville, UT 84157-1650
Tel.: (800) 342-5266
Fax: (866) 232-9266
E-mail: clientservices@anntaylor.com or nyclientcare@aermail.com
We can also send comments through their website

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SIGN THE PLEDGE TO SUPPORT ENDANGERED SPECIES:
For over 30 years, the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) has served as a safety net for our nation's wildlife and plants on the brink of extinction. Since 1973, the ESA has provided critical protections for endangered species and the places where they live. Unfortunately, in recent years the ESA has been under assault, thanks to a string of regulations and legislation meant to weaken the act.
In a nationwide effort to help protect the ESA, the Endangered Species Coalition (a group representing hundreds of organizations including The HSUS) has created an Endangered Species Act Legacy Pledge. By signing the pledge, people across the country can collectively demonstrate support for the ESA and its crucial protections for wild animals and their habitat.
To sign the pledge, click here.

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Excellent News!
IndiaTimes.com
10/19/04
COIMBATORE/BANGALORE: India's most wanted bandit, Veerappan, accused of murdering police officers, slaughtering elephants, and smuggling millions of dollars of illegal sandalwood and ivory was shot dead in a joint operation by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Special Task Forces at Papparapatti village, near Hogenakal Falls in Tamil Nadu's Dharmapuri district on Monday. Three of his associates were also killed in the 20-minute gunbattle. Veerappan, known for his trademark handlebar moustache, reportedly poached several hundreds of elephants for their ivory tusks and illegally felled thousands of sandalwood trees.

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Boycott Australian Wool
PETA has announced an international boycott of Australian wool. The announcement comes after multiple protests on three continents, years of campaigning by Australian activists, and repeated warnings to the Australian government to curb the worst abuses of sheep raised for wool. Australia is the largest producer and exporter of wool, accounting for 28 percent worldwide. PETA has been urging the Australian government to ban live sheep exports and mulesing but to no avail.
Mulesing is the cruel procedure whereby Australian farmers mutilate lambs?without any painkillers?by carving chunks of flesh from the animals? backsides in a crude effort to reduce flystrike, even though more sophisticated and humane control methods exist. When they are no longer viable for wool production, millions of frail wool sheep are shipped thousands of miles through all weather extremes, mired in their own waste aboard open-deck, multitiered ships, ending up in the Middle East, where their throats are slit while they are fully conscious. Many sick and injured sheep, treated as mere cargo, are thrown overboard or ground up alive in mincing machines. Last year?s Cormo Express disaster captured international headlines as more than 5,000 sheep died at sea.
Prestigious international retailer Abercrombie & Fitch joined the international boycott of Australian wool after PETA contacted the company about the cruelty involved in the Australian wool industry. Abercrombie & Fitch is the first company to pledge not to use Australian wool in any of its garments until both mulesing and live exports are stopped. This has set a precedent in the world that we hope other retailers will quickly follow, ending the needless suffering of sheep who are raised for their wool. Please write to representatives of Abercrombie & Fitch to thank them for their commitment to animal welfare:
Michael S. Jeffries, President and CEO
Abercrombie & Fitch
6301 Fitch Path
New Albany, OH 43054
1-866-681-3115
1-614-283-6710 (fax)
e-mail A&F
Please also join us in an international boycott of Australian wool, and contact Australian government officials to urge them to immediately end mulesing and the live export of sheep raised for wool in Australia:
The Honourable John Howard
Prime Minister of Australia
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
(02) 6277 7700
(02) 6273 4100 (fax)
primeministers@naa.gov.au
The Honourable Warren Truss, Member of Parliament
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
(02) 6277 7520
(02) 6273 4120 (fax)
W.Truss.MP@aph.gov.au
Today, there are so many warm and wonderful alternatives to wool that there?s no need to wear other animals? hair. Click Here for some of the great alternatives and to order our free ?Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing?
For more information: SaveTheSheep.com
Thank you for all you do for animals.
All the best,
Matt Rice
Wool Campaign Coordinator
PETA
501 Front St Norfolk, VA, 23510

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Campaign Seeks To Put Damper On Trophy Killers
In an effort to stamp out cruel international trophy hunting, activists in Europe have launched a campaign to "take the thrill out of the kill" for trophy hunters. They are asking the airlines that transport trophy hunters to some African countries and other appealing trophy hunting destinations to bar the transportation of "sporting" rifles. In doing so, trophy hunting would be far less appealing to European hunters, because part of the big game hunters' culture is the pride of killing an animal with their own, personal weapon. So far, two British airlines have instituted policies against transporting sporting rifles. Now activists are asking one of Britain's largest airlines, Virgin Airlines, to also adopt a similar policy. Virgin Airlines CEO Richard Branson owns a large wildlife reservation in Africa where hunting is strictly banned, so adopting a policy against sporting rifles on his airlines would be both appropriate and commensurate with his goal of ethical business practices.
What We Can Do:
Ask Virgin Airlines CEO Richard Branson to uphold his ethics
and ban sporting rifles on Virgin flights.
Sir Richard Branson
Virgin Management Limited
120 Campden Hill Road
London W8 7AR
Email: press@Virgin.com
For more information, see the website for the League Against Cruel Sports
This site has been launched by the League Against Cruel Sports to expose companies promoting, endorsing, participating in or in any way profiting from cruelty to animals in the name of 'sport'.

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Enforcement Of Texas Felony Law Making Progress
The past month has seen significant progress in Texas justice for animals. On September 2, 2004, the Dallas Morning News reported that a Dallas man convicted of felony animal cruelty in the death of his neighbor's dog received the maximum possible sentence allowable under the law: ten years in prison and a $14,000 fine. Carey McMillan was convicted and sentenced after jurors watched a videotape of him goading his two pitbulls to tear apart and kill his neighbor's dog, Cisco.
A few weeks earlier, in Denton County, Texas, prosecutors filed felony animal cruelty charges against a man who reportedly caused the death of Bull, a one-year-old black Labrador retriever. According to the Dallas Morning News, Richard Swift wrapped duct tape around Bull?s snout, head and neck on a 95-degree day, reportedly to stop the dog from barking. Bull later escaped his yard and collapsed from heat stroke at a neighbor?s feet. Despite efforts to save him, Bull suffered multiple seizures and swelling in his brain, and he later died at a veterinary hospital.
These developments are significant because although Texas passed its felony animal cruelty law in 1997, there have been few, if any, successful prosecutions under the law to date. These latest cases show that the tide may be turning for animals under Texas' legal system.
What we can do:
We can help ensure this upswing in prosecutions of violent animal abusers in Texas continues. Contact the Denton County District Attorney and thank him for pursuing the animal cruelty case against Richard Swift. Encourage him to maintain the felony charges against Mr. Swift and to seek significant jail time upon conviction.
Mr. Bruce Isaacks
District Attorney
1450 E. McKinney St
Ste. 3100
Denton, TX 76209
Fax: 940-349-2601
Thank you for making a difference for animals.
To receive directly, call 202-955-3668 or email humanelines@hsus.org
For more information on legislation, how to find your legislators,
or past HUMANElines, go to HSUS.org or FUND.org

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Finally, The Chase Is Over
In a landmark decision taken today by the UK Parliament, the cruel sport of hunting with dogs will be banned in England and Wales. This follows a ban in Scotland two years ago. This decision will save countless foxes, deer, hare and mink from being chased to exhaustion and cruelly torn apart alive by dogs. Since 1989, IFAW has been leading the campaign in the UK for a total ban on hunting wild animals with dogs. This is a ruling that will put a final end to centuries of cruelty. It will resonate throughout the world: animal suffering and bloodshed will no longer be justified in the name of sport. The passing of this historic bill is a victory for compassion and justice Elected members of parliament (MPs) have repeatedly voted overwhelmingly for an end to this barbaric practice. But the unelected House of Lords has continuously blocked the legislation. However the Parliament Act, which prevents the House of Lords from blocking legislation if the House of Commons passes the same legislation two sessions in a row, has finally cleared the way for the ban to become law with today's vote. The ban will come into effect in July 2006.
IFAW's hunt monitors have braved threats and abuse to follow hunts and expose the cruelty and hypocrisy of this barbaric practice. For over a decade they have documented this cruel activity in the hope their video footage would one day help secure a ban. Today is their day. But it is also your day and a great day for all animals around the globe. Dedicated IFAW supporters really do make a difference for animals in need.
So please share this great news with other animal lovers and tell others about the work IFAW is doing to make a better world for both animals and people. And if you'd like to help IFAW win more victories like this one, please make a donation today. We've won a major battle, but opponents will be working hard to try and undo this victory for years to come. We need your support to defend this decision and make sure no more animals suffer needlessly from this cruel sport ever again - so please give what you can.
Source: International Fund for Animal Welfare

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News Story: August, 2004
Ricardo, an eight month old Asian Elephant with Ringling, was euthanized after breaking two legs from falling from a 19-inch pedestal. The elephant was euthanized. (Ricardo was chained and beaten while being trained to SIT on the pedestal.)

Years ago I had a picture of a small child with her arm around an elephant, it was from a greeting card. I thought it was so sweet I posted it on my site. Sometime later, Carol Buckley of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee wrote to me and told me that this poor animal had been beaten and chained in order to make it "sit" on the stool. I took that picture off of my site and apologized to Carol and all elephants everywhere, then and now, for not seeing the exploitation, and in fact, furthering it. I told her I would not forget this lesson and would pass it on and I did. Carol accepted my apology and was happy that I was using it as a learning tool. Now, years lated, I see another wretched picture turning up...same elephant..the one who was chained and beaten so that parents could pay money to have their childrens picture taken with an elephant.
The new picture and poster have to do with a movie about a book about an elephant named Modoc.
~ Kevin Costner: A Man and His Elephant Actor-director Kevin Costner is going out on a limb--or a trunk, as it were--with his next project. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he is in negotiations to direct and possibly star in Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived, described as a cross between Black Stallion and Forrest Gump. Intrigued? The film tells the joint biography of a man, Bram, and his elephant, Modoc, both born in a small German circus town on the same day in 1896. Bram was the son of an elephant trainer, and Modoc was the daughter of the trainer's prize performer. The boy and the elephant grew up side by side, and when the Wunderzircus and its animals were sold to America, Bram stowed away on the ship to avoid being separated from the elephant. ~
I don't care about the movie or the book, what I care about is this horrible picture. The one I removed from my site. The one that showed a little girl instead of a little boy. It has now become a poster. And so it goes, on and on.

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BUSTED
Help Shut C.C. Baird Down - For Good!
Date: 9/10/2004
As a result of Last Chance for Animals' (LCA) undercover investigation, USDA licensed Class B dealer C.C. Baird, owner of Martin Creek Kennels in Arkansas, was recently charged with over 500 violations by the USDA for cruel and inhumane treatment of animals at his facility. It has now been six weeks since the USDA requested an expedited hearing on the Baird case. Meantime, hundreds of animals are still on Baird's premises and he is still operating! Time is of the essence! We NEED YOUR HELP to urge Chief Administrative Law Judge Marc R. Hillson to schedule the earliest available date for a hearing to put an end to C.C. Baird's operations and to save hundreds of animals!
What You Can Do:
Please send RESPECTFUL letters requesting a hearing date as soon as possible to:
The Honorable Marc R. Hillson
Chief Administrative Law Judge
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: 202-720-8305
Fax: 202-690-0790
marc.hillson@usda.gov

A synopsis of CC Baird's, USDA violations
Source:
Last Chance for Animals.org
8033 Sunset Blvd. #835 ? Los Angeles ? CA ? 90046
310-271-6096 x 30
campaigns@lcanimal.org

Last Chance for Animals? (LCA) Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has concluded a 15-year investigation into Class B-dealers, cumulating in the bust of America?s largest and most notorious Class B-dealer, C.C. Baird. LCA?s undercover investigations acquired over 70 hours of video surveillance footage, shot at Baird?s facility ? Martin Creek Kennels ? detailing overwhelming amounts of cruelty, abuse, neglect, and unsanitary conditions, as well as dogs being shot to death on the property.
LCA needs our help to put C.C. BAIRD OUT OF BUSINESS!
Despite the recent bust at Martin Creek Kennels, C.C. Baird continues to abuse and slaughter the approximately 600 animals that remain in his custody! We need your help to put an end to this senseless cruelty! We urge you to contact the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Ann M. Veneman, to demand that she seek an immediate injunction against Martin Creek Kennels to suspend Baird?s Class B license, forcing him to cease and desist his operations.
Sample Letter
Sick/Injured Animals Photos... Warning: These images are graphic in nature
Page 1 Page 2

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Dog Shoots Man, Puppies Saved
PENSACOLA, Fla. Sept. 9, 2004
A man who tried to shoot seven puppies was shot himself when one of the dogs put its paw on the revolver's trigger. Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, was charged with felony animal cruelty, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday. He was being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his wrist. Bradford said he decided to shoot the 3-month-old shepherd-mix dogs in the head because he couldn't find them a home, according to the sheriff's office. On Monday, Bradford was holding two puppies - one in his arms and another in his left hand - when the dog in his hand wiggled and put its paw on the trigger of the .38-caliber revolver. The gun then discharged, the sheriff's report said. Deputies found three of the puppies in a shallow grave outside Bradford's home, said sheriff's Sgt. Ted Roy. The other four appeared to be in good health and were taken by Escambia County Animal Control, which planned to make them available for adoption.
(The authorities stated that the mother may be returned to her owner...I don't agree, however, she should be spayed. jj)
Copyright 2004 The Associated Press.

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Update:
'Slasher Cup' Videos
Earlier this year, we reported on Sabong Press' ongoing sale of the "World Slasher Cup" video, a compilation of bloody, staged cockfight scenes (see HUMANElines Issue 279). Sabong Press, based in Kentucky, sold these videos in clear violation of the recently-passed federal law that prohibits the sale or distribution of depictions of animal cruelty.
In response to hundreds of letters requesting prosecution of Sabong Press owner John Purdy,
U.S. Attorney Greg Van Tatenhove merely warned Mr. Purdy of the federal law prohibiting the sale of cockfighting videos. Now, over a year later, evidence has surfaced that Purdy and Sabong Press continue to flout federal law, unabated. Not only does Sabong Press continue to sell "Slasher Cup" videos online, but its advertisement for "Slasher Cup" videos has resurfaced in the July 2004 issue of The Gamecock (a magazine devoted to illegal cockfighting). Clearly, the U.S. Attorney's response to evidence of Mr. Purdy's illegal activities has had little effect.
What we can do:
Let U.S. Attorney Gregory Van Tatenhove know that in order to stop this illegal promotion of animal cruelty, his office needs to take decisive action! Ask him to take action immediately to prosecute John Purdy and Sabong Press for ongoing, blatant violations of federal laws.
U.S. Attorney Gregory F. Van Tatenhove
110 West Vine St.
Suite 400
Lexington, KY 40507-1671
Phone: 859-233-2661
Fax: 859-233-2666
Source: HSUS.org

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Update:
Justice for Tigger
The Star Beacon reports that a judge has given the maximum sentence allowable to an Ashtabula, Ohio couple who deliberately drove their car over Tigger, a tiny pomeranian puppy (see HUMANElines Issue 300). As part of their sentence, Barry Shellot and Cassie Warsing must pay a $750.00 fine each and restitution to Tigger's owners, serve a 90-day jail sentence (with 60 days suspended), undergo pyschological evaluation and treatment and perform community service. Ashtabula City Solicitor Tom Simon reported receiving "pounds" of mail on the subject, including many letters from as far away as Singapore and Australia.
Source: HSUS.org

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Petition to Keep Pets Safe During Disasters
Ask Red Cross to Adopt National Program
In case of evacuation, did you know you would not be able to take your pet?
And you may be forbidden from going back to retrieve it?
Pet Safe is a Red Cross program in Nassau County, NY that is a cooperative effort of local groups and government working together to assist people and their pets during times of disaster. Please ask the American Red Cross to adopt it as a national program.
Read/Sign Petition

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Ten Year Sentence For Cruelty
Houston Chronicle, 2 Sept. 2004 AP
DALLAS
A 23-year-old Dallas man who unleashed his two pit bull terriers on a neighbor's dog and watched as they mauled the hound-Dalmatian mix has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $14,000. Carey D. McMillian received the maximum possible sentence on Wednesday at the animal-cruelty trial.
A witness to the September 2003 attack in Pleasant Grove described seeing McMillian goad his dogs to attack and ultimately kill the dog named Cisco. "The only reason for killing Cisco was for his own perverse pleasure," lead prosecutor Rick Jackson said in closing arguments. "This case cries out for the max."
When the panting and exhausted pit bills let up, McMillian would grab Cisco and shake the dog to provoke the pit bulls to "tear the dog apart," the neighbor said. A neighbor surreptitiously videotaped a portion of the attack. Jurors watched the tape three times before deliberating for 30 minutes and returning a guilty verdict.
The charge of animal cruelty carries a maximum punishment of two years in a state jail, but the offense was enhanced to a third-degree felony after prosecutors proved that state law could define the two dogs as "deadly weapons," The Dallas Morning News reports in its Thursday editions. Jurors also found McMillian guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge of dog fighting. "This happens every day, but in most cases it's not caught on tape," Ken Qualls, an investigator with the SPCA of Texas, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for its Thursday editions. "This shows that behavior like this will not be tolerated."

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Kenya to Oppose Wildlife Trade
Nation Reporter 8/27/04
Nairobi
Kenya will renew its opposition to trade in wildlife or their products at the Cites conference in Bangkok in October. The position is based on the fact that many wild species are vulnerable to poaching, illegal trade and habitat loss. Spelling out the position Kenya is to take at the 13th Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, assistant minister George Khaniri said poachers had killed 108 elephants and 33 black rhinos in the past two years.
(CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.)

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Update:Hog-Dog Fights
In February, we reported on the proliferation of cruel "hog-dog rodeos"-- bloody spectator events conducted in many Southern states in which trained fighting dogs are set upon penned hogs to attack, mutilate, and sometimes kill the animals (see HUMANElines Issue 284).
On Wednesday (8/18/04), Louisiana's Times-Picayune reported on the efforts of The HSUS to increase awareness of Louisiana's newly-enacted law banning hog-dog fights. The law, which went into effect on Sunday (8/15), makes it illegal to organize, conduct, promote or attend a spectator event in which it can be "reasonably foreseen the canines or hogs would be injured, maimed, mutilated or killed." It is the first such law passed in the U.S., and it follows a nationwide outcry over the release of a graphic expose showing the cruel and brutal nature of hog-dog fighting.
Charles ''Chuck'' Harris Jr., of Clinton, LA disagrees that there was a problem, but he is apparently taking no chances. He told The Associated Press last month that he will no longer stage hog-dog events. ''It's gotten so it's just not worth it. I may get 20 or 30 people. Everybody's scared because of this new law.''
Source: HSUS.org

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Burger King Ends Sponsership of UniverSoul Circus

The King Rules!

Burger King was the first of the major fast-food chains to introduce a veggie burger. Now, the fast-food giant has joined General Mills and Ford Motor Company to become the third corporation to end its national sponsorship of the UniverSoul Circus. PETA had written to Burger King officials, describing the abysmal animal-care records of the animal exhibitors who supply UniverSoul-records that include violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, tiger escapes, and animal deaths.
Please send letters of appreciation to Burger King for making the compassionate decision:
Bradley Blum, CEO
Burger King
5505 Blue Lagoon Dr.
Miami, FL 33126
305-378-3000
305-378-7262 (fax)

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UPDATE
Motala 2004

Motala's dust bath

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Subj: China Bear Rescue Diary - July 2004
Date: 7/14/2004
From: info@animalsasia.org
To: jody@jodysjungle.com
Thank you so much to everyone who has written in with such wonderful feedback on our new website - we are so pleased that you are enjoying it! I am happy to let you know that the latest July 2004 update of our Rescue Diary is now available.
The update tells the full story of our Tianjin Bear Rescue and gives you a snapshot of the trials and tribulations of working on the ground rescuing farmed bears in China.
There is so much activity at the Rescue Centre at the moment as we are busily building new dens and rehabilitation areas whilst also training new vets and vet nurses in preparation for the arrival of at least another 50, but anything up to 90 bears from the farms later this year.
As ever, from everyone on the team, thank you so much for your ongoing help and support!
Warmest wishes,
Annie
Annie Mather
Executive Director, Head of Media
animalsasia.org

Rescue Diary
Dateline March 2004
"Ashley" all alone in a dark little shed.

Ashley

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Adidas
7/9/04
Thanks to your voices of opposition, AB 2915,
a bill to allow for the sale of kangaroo skins in California, was defeated.
At least two Senators were lobbied very hard by the author, Assembly Member Firebaugh, his aides and the lobbyist for Adidas. They were lobbied even after they voted and were strongly encouraged to change their votes: They did not. These Senators include: Torlakson & Ortiz.
We are asking everyone to please MAIL (through the post) a thank you card to them as well as to Senators Kuehl, Bowen and Sher. If you cannot hand write and send a card, please do not do anything. We want this to be something that is appreciated not something that gives them more work (please, no faxes, calls or e-mails).
We were told by one of the Senators that we directly affected their vote and received compliments on how we handled this issue. We thank everyone for that.
The Votes
NO
Senator Bowen
Senator Sher
*Senator Ortiz
YES
Senator Alpert
Senator Oller
Senator Hollingsworth
Senator Denham
ABSTAINED
*Senator Kuehl
*Senator Torlakson
Please address your letter(s) to:
The Honorable [full name of Senator]
California State Senate
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
THANKS FOR BEING A VOICE FOR THE ANIMALS!
Sincerely,
Jill Buckley, Esq.
Legislative Liaison, Western Region
National Shelter Outreach
Legislativeservices@aspca.org

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Is Killing Endangered Animals the Best Way to Protect Them?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) thinks so.
Find out more by watching this clip about the Preservator 3000,
the newest weapon being used to destroy the Endangered Species Act. (ESA)

The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing a rule change to the Endangered Species Act that will allow endangered animals and body parts to be imported into the U.S. This change essentially eliminates the need for a permit before an endangered species can be imported.
The proposed change would dramatically increase the likelihood of extinction for more than 550 endangered species. Let the Bush administration know this is unacceptable.
A new FWS proposal to the ESA would legalize commercial exploitation of endangered species. If we don't act quickly, it will be LEGAL to import endangered species into the US without a permit.
History has shown that promoting endangered species trade leads to overexploitation, increased poaching and illegal activity. The proposed change creates a direct incentive to speed up the pace of extinction of more than 550 foreign species currently protected by the ESA.
Learn More & Take Action

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Mans Inhumanity Never Ceases to Amaze Me..jj
What Does It Take To Make a Bear Dance?
For the ?dancing? bears of India, their journey of pain and torture begins in the cruelest way imaginable. At just a few weeks old, each cub must watch as their mother is slaughtered by gunmen. The cubs are then stuffed into sacks and taken on long journeys to markets where they are sold into slavery. Many die of shock or suffocation. They?re the lucky ones.
It is now illegal in India to capture bears in the wild. But these laws are not enforced. There are still over 1,000 gentle sloth bears suffering unimaginable torture at the hands of Kalendar nomads.
Before the bear is ready to 'perform', his "owner" pushes a red hot poker directly into the bear?s sensitive nose then forces it up and out through the bone, cartilage and nerve membrane in the top of the bear's snout. Next, through this terrible wound, a rope is threaded.
To make his bear 'dance' the owner pulls the rope upwards. The agony of this rope pulling against open wounds is what quickly teaches the bear to stand on it?s back legs. Of course the bear isn't dancing, he's desperately trying to relieve the pain as the rope is pulled above his head. The slightest bit of resistance from the bear is often met with a savage beating.
The pain these defenseless cubs have to endure is nothing short of horrific. To ensure that he won't be bitten or clawed while teaching his bear to 'dance', a new owner will brutally remove the bear's teeth and claws without the use of anesthetic.
Trained to dance through a regime of pain and starvation, these animals rarely survive to more than eight years, a third of their life expectancy.

Please send protest letters to:
Ministry of Environment & Forests secy@menf.delhi.nic.in

Attn: Minister:
The Dancing Bears of India are a tragic spectacle, which takes place as a cruel tradition. There is a law, which was made to stop the capturing and trading of bears in India under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act in 1972. Even thought this has been made illegal. This law barely exists. I request that the Indian Government enforce the law and ban completely the capture of bears.
Sincerely, Name/Country

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IAMS
Tell Iams That You?re Not Buying!
For nearly 10 months in 2002 and early 2003, a PETA investigator went undercover at an Iams contract testing laboratory and discovered a dark and sordid secret beneath the wholesome image of the dog- and cat-food manufacturer: dogs gone crazy from intense confinement to barren steel cages and cement cells...
iamscruelty.com

Date: 6/18/2004
From: newsmanager@peta.org
To: jody@jodysjungle.com
URGENT:
In typical misleading fashion, Iams is trying to fool people into believing that it is no longer conducting laboratory tests on dogs and cats. This is not true! Iams continues to keep dogs and cats confined to cages in order to conduct cruel tests on them. The animals suffering in Iams? laboratories spend days, months, and even years living in fear, pain, isolation, and loneliness?all so that Iams can test dog and cat food.
What makes this abuse even more outrageous is that these tests are not necessary and are not required by any law or regulation.

Please e-mail Iams President Jeffrey Ansell at Ansell.jp@pg.com
and tell him that you?re not buying Iams? distortions and half-truths. Iams must immediately end all laboratory tests on animals.
Almost 40 companion-animal food companies rely on tests conducted in homes or veterinary clinics using dogs and cats who have been volunteered by their guardians, as well as other humane methods of testing their products, and Iams needs to do the same.
Please be sure to forward this e-mail message to your friends and family.
For more information about Iams? cruel tests on dogs and cats, visit IamsCruelty.com

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Environmentalists = Terrorists
Have you ever signed a petition in support of an environmental or animal-rights issue? Do you belong to the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, or Greenpeace? Have you publicly protested some environmental or animal rights outrage? If legislation crafted and promoted by the ultra-conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) becomes law, these fundamental rights of American citizenship could become ILLEGAL

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Diaries of Despair
The secret history of pig-to-primate organ transplants.
Horrific reality of vivisection revealed by sensational legal victory.
Uncaged Campaigns

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Procter & Gamble is a multi-billion dollar corporation that, despite the development of more advanced methodologies continues to blind, poison and kill animals unnecessarily to test deodorants, laundry detergents and other products.
Procter & Gamble refuses to stop testing its products on animals, despite the fact that these tests are not required by any law, and despite the fact that more reliable and humane alternatives do exist.
In reality, Procter & Gamble relies on these archaic tests strictly for its own protection from liability lawsuits. The truth is that Procter & Gamble could stop animal testing today without hindering anyone's safety.

Alternatives to Procter & Gamble Products
Join the Procter & Gamble boycott today. Refuse to buy Procter & Gamble products.

Write to Procter & Gamble CEO, A.G. Lafley, and let him know that until Procter & Gamble ends all testing, you will boycott their products.
A.G. Lafley
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Procter & Gamble
1 Procter & Gamble Plaza
Cincinnati, OH 45202
1-800-543-1745
513-983-9369 (fax)
Get in touch with Procter & Gamble
Resources:
In Defense of Animals.org
Procter & Gamble Kills.org
UNCAGED.co.uk

I cannot tell you how sick and tired I am of Procter & Gamble...
For years and years and years, I have boycotted their products and advised others to do the same...
But they never stop..they never listen..they don't care..
Campaigns do not work against them..products not made by Procter & Gamble are few and far between, not readily available and more expensive than many people can afford moneywise and/or timewise.
I once sent Procter & Gamble an idea...why not have a small line of readily available, affordable products that have not been tested on animals...?
A pilot program, a consumer reaction test...
Needless to say, I never heard from them...I still think it's a good idea.
If you agree, why not send Procter & Gamble an email or letter suggesting it..
What could it hurt?...For once, not the animals..
P.S. and by the way, here is a Large Shovel Courtesy of JodysJungle.com HUGE PILE in pdf form on Procter & Gamble's reasons for continuing to test on animals...
jj

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UPDATE: Kabul Zoo
April 4, 2004
Donatella, the female black bear at Kabul Zoo, was put to sleep on March 19th 2004, following an extensive examination by Dr. John Lewis from the International Zoo Veterinary Group.
Donatella had been under treatment for long periods during the two years after her condition was first identified. There has been various speculation over the initial cause of the infection
(the initial cause of her infection?..humans)
Donatella/Sambu

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"There is one person that can put an end to this [bullfighting],
stop it all just like that,
and that's the Pope. But he won't do it."

Jens Romundstad, Brigitte Bardot International Award Winner/Genesis 2004

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Premarin
StopWyeth.org
Join The Boycott
New Website
3/30/04
A new website has been launched targeting Wyeth Pharmaceuticals asking them to stop the slaughter of PMU horses. Please visit and take action against the many horrors these horses are undergoing.
For a list of Wyeth Products, go to Boycott
Then scroll down page for PDF "How to Participate"

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From: Soraida Salwala [FAE]
"Picture of Little baby elephant at FAE's Elephant Hospital"
Date: 3/14/2004
"BB & her mom, Jokia"

BB and Jokia, her mom

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From: AnimalsAsia.org
To: JodysJungle.com
In the past fourteen months our China Bear Rescue grew beyond all belief and saw an incredible total of 61 bears arriving at our Rescue Centre,
bringing the total number of confiscated bears today to 139!
Our new Follow the Rescue update
- shows the rescue of a large group of 38 bears received just before Christmas last year and the harrowing story of their suffering as living bile machines before finding "sanctuary" with
Animals Asia.
Please never underestimate your help and support in this rescue - mountains are being moved as a direct result of people like you who are helping us to spread the word and end the horrific practice of bear farming in China. Animals Asia has just this week rescued two more bears from a bear farm in Tianjin and is now gearing up for another significant rescue of dozens of bears in the Summer!
I also wish to alert you to the fact that in just a matter of weeks, the brand new Animals Asia website will be launched! Not only does it have a completely new look which is more reflective of who we are today, but it has lots and lots of new content and is engineered to be very easily updateable - which means that we will be able to keep you fully informed of our progress on a timely basis. We hope that you will like it!
Heartfelt thanks from all in the Animals Asia team
together we WILL end bear farming!
Bear hugs,
Jill
Jill Robinson MBE
Founder & CEO
Animals Asia Foundation
Hong Kong

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HumaneLines.org
Congress Considers Steps to Reduce Roadkill:
Reducing roadkill is just one issue being considered in the surface transportation reauthorization bill moving through Congress. The Senate included provisions in its bill, S. 1072, aimed at reducing habitat fragmentation and wildlife/ vehicle collisions? ultimately saving millions of animals while increasing public safety. The Senate provisions would require states to formally consider the need for wildlife crossing structures (underpasses, culverts, or overpasses) when constructing or improving highways -- a critical preventative step in solving the roadkill problem. However, as the transportation bill is taken up in the House of Representatives, these important wildlife protection provisions may be lost. If they are, it will be another six years before we have another opportunity to put into law these common sense provisions on behalf of wildlife and public safety. In the meantime, millions of animals will lose their lives trying to cross highways in search of food and mates, and the very survival of many species -- from box turtles to grizzly bears -- will be compromised.
What we can do:
Please contact your U.S. Representative today.
Ask him or her to contact
Transportation Committee Chairman Don Young
and Ranking Democrat James Oberstar
and urge them to include in the Committee?s transportation bill the wildlife crossing provisions approved by the Senate (Section 1501 of S. 1072).
All U.S. Representatives can be reached through the U.S. Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121. You can look up the name of your Representative by going online to Congress.org
or by calling The HSUS at 202-955-3668.

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Animal Abuse Inherent In Rodeo
Veterinary Perspective
What does an experienced veterinarian say about rodeos?
Rodeo Cruelty Evidence at Slaughterhouse:
"I am a veterinarian and have spent almost 30 yrs. in meat inspection for the federal government. The rodeo folks send their animals to the packing houses for slaughter, where I have seen them held for several days before being slaughtered. I have seen cattle so extensively bruised that the only area in which the skin was attached was the head, neck, legs, and belly. I have seen animals with six to eight ribs broken from the spine and at times punctured lungs. I have seen as much as two and three gallons of free blood accumulated under the detached slip."
C. G. Haber, D. V. M.

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Provocative Art
Animals Die for Art or Awareness?
The "artist", Mrs. Eedenmont (born in Yalta, former Soviet Union, year 1970), shows pictures of killed animals. The Wetterling Gallery calls them beautiful; they are not photo-montages: this lady puts animals to death 15 minutes before taking her pictures. Most people think this is unscrupulousness.
Warning: Photos
Source: Animal Freedom

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1/29/2004
HELP PROTECT EFFORTS TO REDUCE ROADKILL
S. 1072
Humans kill more wild animals with their vehicles than in any other manner. Highways break wildlife habitat into pieces, often too small to support healthy populations. Animals are then forced to attempt road crossings to find enough food, search for mates, and travel to breeding areas. As news reports of accidents frequently remind us, wild animals in the road pose a substantial public safety risk.
Provisions in S. 1072, the massive transportation bill headed to the Senate floor, are aimed at reducing roadkill and highway-caused habitat fragmentation while increasing public safety. Thanks to Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Jim Jeffords (I-VT), this legislation requires state departments of transportation to include in their formal planning process consideration of wildlife crossing structures, such as underpasses, culverts, or overpasses, as they plan new highways or improvements to existing ones. The few crossing structures that exist in the U.S. are proving invaluable in saving animals? lives, yet most states do not assess the need for passages in their planning. S. 1072 would fix that, but some have vowed to remove the wildlife-friendly provisions and others aimed at protecting the environment from negative impacts of roads, when the Senate begins debate on the bill on February 2. Since the transportation bill is reauthorized only every six years, this is a key chance to reduce the suffering and death of millions of wild animals.
What we can do:
Please contact your U.S. senators today and ask them to vote against any amendment to strip the wildlife crossings or general environmental protection provisions from S. 1072, the transportation bill.
To reach your senators, call the switchboard at 202-224-3121
or Click Here
Source: The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals
humanelines.org

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Donate Your Old Furs to Wildlife

baby fox on fur

Do you have an old fur coat in your closet? Is your grandmother's mink stole stored in the attic? Many of us have fur apparel that we no longer want or that was left to us by a family member. Some aren't comfortable selling it or giving it to charity, because they feel people should not wear animal fur. So what should people do with it? Give it back to the animals. If you would like to see that old fur put to a good use, donate it to The Humane Society of the United States. The fur will aid and comfort wildlife. All of the furs received by The HSUS are sent to wildlife rehabilitators, who use the furs to warm and comfort orphaned and injured wildlife. More than three dozen rehabilitators from across the United States now participate in the program.
The furs are cut into an appropriate size for the animal, whether it be a chipmunk, raccoon, squirrel, or opossum, and placed inside the animal's enclosure. The furry blanket becomes a surrogate mother to orphaned animals, reducing stress and giving comfort. One rehabilitator related a story about a restless orphaned river otter who chirped constantly. Once she was given a fur blanket, she settled right down. Turning the sleeve of a fur coat inside out, a rehabilitator can also create a warm nest for a burrowing animal such as an opossum. Some animals adopt a piece of fur as a playmate, jumping on it and wrestling with it.
The HSUS accepts all fur apparel, fur trims, and fur accessories (such as hats, gloves, and muffs), including shearling. Donating is easy: Place your fur in a sturdy box (a large padded envelope is fine for small items) and mail it to:
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Attn: Andrea Cimino
Source: HSUS.org

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ALL FOR SHOW
Ringling Brothers? Circus Claims to Promote Conservation.
A Really Big Shovel

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
1/10/04
Should Denver ban circuses with exotic animals from coming to town next year?
A national tussle between animal-rights activists and circus officials is coming to Denver - one of the largest communities in the country to consider a ban on the display of "exotic animals."
Source/Story & Vote
DenverPost.com
aside to blinky the clown
I have no interest in your opinion, or the opinion of any other clown.
so zip it..
jj

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IDA Alerts
IAMS Dumped By Major Animal Shelter
Wood Green Animal Shelter in England recently announced that it will be severing all ties with animal-testing "pet" food company IAMS. Iams Co., manufacturer of the Iams/Eukanuba line of dog and cat foods, has been harming and killing dogs and cats, claiming that doing so helps them to make a better brand of pet food. In dozens of painful and invasive experiments, hundreds of dog and cats just like your animal companions were made to suffer and, in some cases, die in the name of "nutrition research." These innocent victims were all healthy animals who were used simply as disposable objects.   Uncaged Campaigns led the efforts to encourage Wood Green Animal Shelter to break ties with Iams.
Please write to Wood Green to thank them for taking this stand against animal cruelty.
Wood Green Animal Shelter:
Dennis Baker, Chief Executive
London Rd - King's Bush Farm
Godmanchester, Cambs PE29 2NH
info@woodgreen.org.uk



Join IDA
in demanding that Iams/Eukanuba cease this sort of harmful research. Do not purchase any products made by Iams/Eukanuba, and encourage your friends, family, and local shelter to do the same until the company takes steps to eliminate its sponsorship of highly invasive and unethical research on animals.
Ask Iams to cease all invasive and harmful studies performed on healthy animals, to stop purchasing animals from companies that breed animals for sale to laboratories, and to engage only in clinical research that utilizes non-invasive procedures on dogs and cats who are enrolled in the study by their guardians.
Learn more about Iams

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In Defense of Animals
Join IDAToday
The many goals and campaigns of In Defense of Animals depend on the support of its members: caring and thoughtful people like you who realize the importance of immediate, focused, and unrelenting action.
In Defense of Animals has field staff working throughout the United States and in western Africa protecting and defending the rights, welfare, and habitat of all animals. To become a member of IDA or to make a donation today, please visit their site. jj

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Each year approximately 10 MILLION animals are trapped in the wild,
so that they can be skinned for fur coats. jj
PRO-TRAPPING STAMP
Letters Needed
A pro-trapping postage stamp is currently under consideration by the U.S. Postal Service
says the Mill Valley, CA-based
In Defense of Animals (IDA)
The National Trappers Association is pushing for its release, and it is expected that its members will inundate the USPS with their requests for the stamp. ASPCA News Alert readers, please join IDA's letter-writing campaign and politely tell the USPS that animal cruelty shouldn't be promoted in a stamp.
Letters can be sent to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee,
c/o Stamp Development,
U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 5670
Washington, D.C. 20260-2437
For more on the cruelties involved in fur trapping, please visit ASPCA.org

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Mad Cow Disease
"If you eat meat, you already have to worry about salmonella, E. coli, campylobacter, heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, and cancer, as well as your weight. Now, add mad cow, chicken, fish, pig, and turkey disease to the list. If there?s a brain, it could have a spongy brain (spongiform encephalopathy); we?ve already identified mad cow disease variants in humans, sheep, mink, cows, elk, deer, and fish."
PETA/MadCowUSA .org

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Catagory: Animal Exploitation
Albino Bear Cubs HAD To Be Shot
Vassfaret is the only spot in southern Norway with a bear family,
the animals are the entire reason for the park's existence.

Park manager Caroline Lehman:
"If we didn't have bear cubs I am afraid that the park would have to shut down.
No animal park can survive without its young and we are no different."

She-bear Berte with two new-born cubs at Vassfaret Park in 2000.
PHOTO: JOHN MYHRE

The Story: Albino cubs Embrigt and Sevat were shot after their mother stopped caring for them, Vassfaret Bear Park said this is normal procedure.
The Reality: Vassfaret only has permission to have one male bear and two she-bears, so cubs are only allotted two years of life, no matter how adorable or famous they become.
www.aftenposten.no/english

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Captive Wildlife Safety Act
Last month, the U.S. Senate passed S. 269, which prohibits the keeping of lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, and cougars as pets by prohibiting the interstate transport of them for this purpose. A similar bill has passed in the House of Representatives as well (H.R. 1006)! This bill would not only benefit many states that are considering similar legislation, but will also establish a consistent policy for all states. To show your support for this crucial legislation, please consider sending the sample letter to President Bush asking him to sign this important bill! You may add your own comments to personalize the letter. We hope that your letter will convince President Bush to sign on to the bill.
Take action now!
Source: ASPCA.org

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Is Fur Trim Harmless to Animals?
Check out the tale of the Fufanu, a three-minute operatic mini-musical animation that tells the story of Penny, a young woman who has just purchased a fur-trimmed coat and handbag, only to have a creature called the Fufanu emerge from her collar.
The animals need your voice, so please take action to "speak for those who can't"!
Click The Fund for Animals
to:
Sign the Pledge to be fur-free
Write to the "Dirty Dozen" Fur Retailers... Join a nationwide letter writing campaign to the "dirty dozen" department stores that still support the cruel killing of animals for fur.
Help Stop Lord and Taylor from Selling Fur
Tell "Neiman Carcass" to Stop Selling Fur
Send a Postcard to Your Friends
Spread the Word

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Taiwan Parliament Bans Selling of Dog Meat
Dec 17, 2003
Taiwan's parliament has banned the selling of dog meat in an effort to deter the slaughtering of strays, a lawmaker's aide said. The original law barred the killing of pets, including dogs and cats, for their meat, skin (news - web sites) or other parts for financial benefit. But it failed to stop vendors from selling slaughtered dogs or to stop restaurants from offering dog meat as a delicacy. They were able to evade punishment by claiming that they did not kill the animals themselves, said the aide to Wang Sing-nan, who proposed the amendment. "We hope by stopping the sale of dog meat, the killing will stop too," the aide said. The amendment, passed Tuesday, also increased penalties for violators, with the fine raised to a maximum of 250,000 Taiwan dollars (7,355 US dollars), from 10,000 dollars. Help-Save-A-Pet Fund in Taiwan, a non-profit organization advocating animal rights, welcomed the bill and planned to offer small rewards to those providing tips on dog meat sellers. Secretary-general Liu Yu-tung said she hoped for a further law change to ban the eating of dog meat altogether.

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Keiko Is Truly Free

Keiko died of pneumonia, December 12, 2003

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Wolf Gift Adoption
The Alaska Board of Game has now approved permits that allow for the aerial gunning of wolves. Soon, families of wolves in Alaska will be stalked by airplanes and helicopters, run to exhaustion in the deep snow and then slaughtered while they are too fatigued to escape. Defenders of Wildlife is hard at work to stop this barbaric practice. But to succeed they need your caring help. Please consider making a wolf gift adoption today and help Defenders protect Alaska's magnificent wolves. Adopt One Wolf for $25.00
What a Bargain!
Wolf Adoption

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One of Many Holiday Gift Ideas
Sponser a Shelter Pet
Six very special animals, to name just a few, need a friend as they wait to find a permanent, loving home. Thousands of shelter pets have found safe homes throughout the year thanks to the compassion of people like you. Can you take a moment today to sponsor one of those "still waiting" animals this holiday that have yet to find a home? Please take a moment to read selected rescue stories below or visit our site to see their pictures and make a sponsorship gift to support their care at the ASPCA while they wait for a forever home.
See shelter pet pictures. Make a sponsorship gift.
ASPCA.org

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Wild Animal Slaughter Surges for Fashion's Sake
The return of fur to the world's fashion catwalks has spelled death to thousands of endangered animals with a boom in demand for their skins, a top wildlife protection officer said on Friday. Only last month, Chinese officials impounded 1,276 illegal pelts in their biggest seizure to date. They said the skins had come from 32 tigers, 579 leopards and 665 otters.
Source: PlanetArk.com

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Get Neutered It Didn't Hurt Clay Aiken

snips Triumph the Insult Comic Dog in a new PETA ad aimed at the widespread problem of dog and cat overpopulation. The foulmouthed but lovable dog puppet is best known as a regular guest on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. In his PETA ad, Triumph wears a post-surgery Elizabethan collar and chomps on his trademark cigar as he takes aim at the high-ranging American Idol contestant.

Triumph chose to make Clay Aiken the target of his humor in the ad because Aiken recently told Rolling Stone, "I think cats are Satan. There's nothing worse to me than a house cat. When I was about 16, I had a kitten and ran over it." PETA deals with dozens of cases of cruelty to cats every week and knows firsthand how damaging statements like this can be,impressionable kids often mimic what their "idols" do. Aiken never responded when PETA wrote to him.

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Tell the Girl Scouts to Stop Torturing and Killing Animals
In a shocking article in the September 2003 issues of Alaska Magazine, Girl Scout Troop 34?s participation in a beaver-killing program conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game was featured. It described how the Girl Scouts LEARNED to trap and kill these ingenious animals using cruel Body-Gripping Traps?traps so cruel that their use is banned or restricted in many states.

Victory! Palermo Beaver Receives Reprieve
John Rice, a highway superintendent, had planned to trap and kill a beaver who took up residence in a small pond in Palermo, New York. The Body-Gripping Trap that Mr. Rice intended to use would have caused immeasurable suffering. Following an article that appeared in The Post-Standard, Mr. Rice received numerous phone calls, faxes, and letters offering nonlethal solutions to the perceived problem. Now, a wildlife-control company is slated to relocate the beaver to a privately owned pond. Please send a letter of appreciation to Mr. Rice for his decision to grant the beaver a reprieve.

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PETA's
Helping Animals 101 For 2004
Helping Animals 101 is a two day conference packed with information and advice for people who want to turn their compassion for animals into action. Whether you?re new to the animal protection movement or have been active for decades, this conference is for you!
For more information on where and how to register go to:
Helping Animals
Where Are the Conferences?

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Norwegian Fur Farming Industry in Decline
Date: 11/5/2003
By January 1, 2003 there were approximately 600 fur farms in Norway. The number has been reduced by 43% from 1998 to 2003, when the number of fur farms was approximately 1100. During the past five years, 119 fur farms on an average have been closed down every year. The average annual reduction in number of farms is of 13%. The Fur Farmer?s Association is now desperately trying to recruit new fur farmers. They say they succeed, but are not willing to show any documentation.
Source:   BanFur
Norwegian Animal Welfare Alliance

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Of Great Interest

Green Glass, Inc
"Greetings from Green Glass, Inc. - The Friendliest Glasses on Earth! We take ordinary bottles that were headed toward the landfill, and transform them into stylish, unique goblets and tumblers. Rather than reaching landfills, we put these bottles through a magical process of metamorphosis, and they become useful, and beautiful glassware."

'Motive Change. Spread the Word'
"Our new campaign supports the superb work of the following organizations we have chosen:
Project Concern International - Saving children's lives and building healthy communities worldwide.
West Africa Rainforest Network - Providing international support to West African community-based organizations protecting the rainforests in which they live.
Water Partners International - Providing clean drinking water to communities in developing countries.
International Marine Mammal Project - Making oceans safe for marine mammals worldwide.
Childrens Hunger Fund - Serving children in need across America and around the world."
Sean Penrith
President & Co-Founder
Green Glass Inc., Schofield WI USA
sean@greenglass.com
greenglass.com
Toll Free: 866-599-8798

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Jane Goodall Asks Film & TV Industry Leaders
To End Use Of Great Apes

LOS ANGELES, CA
Dr. Jane Goodall, widely recognized as one of the world?s most eminent primatologists, met with leaders of the Hollywood-based film and television industries in Beverly Hills on Tuesday Oct. 14, 2003 to ask them to end the use of chimpanzees and other great apes as performers. "The time has come to move beyond the misuse of creatures who are vulnerable to our exploitation precisely because they are so like us," Goodall said. Dr. Goodall, who was joined by members of the Collaboratory, also introduced Sarah Baeckler, a young woman who spent the last 14 months working with Hollywood animal trainers, researching the often cruel and inhumane methods they use to make chimpanzees and other primates perform. Baeckler?s testimony included numerous references to abusive behavior she observed while working at the Amazing Animal Actors training facility in Malibu. Baeckler logged over 1,000 hours at the facility, which features five chimpanzees among its menagerie. Baeckler said she saw trainers repeatedly kick, punch and beat chimps with hammers to make them obedient. The Chimpanzee Collaboratory?s appeal kicked off the ?Serving a Life Sentence? For Your Viewing Pleasure? campaign, which will seek to get actors, writers, directors and producers in Hollywood to cease the use of great apes in films, TV and advertising. It is estimated that approximately 150 chimpanzees, orangutans and other great apes are held at entertainment training facilities in the U.S., yet the fact that most are ?retired? after the age of eight condemns them to more than 50 years of idle imprisonment. The Collaboratory is asking leaders in Hollywood to sign a pledge calling for an immediate end to the use of great apes in entertainment and stating that they will refuse to work on productions that do.
Source: Animal Rights Online

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Wanted
Georgia
 Thomas Spencer and Bonny Wilson
Thomas Spencer and Bonny Wilson

Thomas E. Spencer/Case Report/PetAbuse.com

Thomas E. Spencer/LCA's Most Wanted

The police were called to a Fulton County residence on December 31st, 2000. They entered Spencer's home and reported they "heard a dog squealing in pain" and personally witnessed him "pounding the dog in the face again and again." Spencer had the dog trapped between his legs and did not stop the beatings when the police entered his bedroom. Police said the dog's eyes were swollen shut and bleeding. The bed, Spencer's pajamas and a nearby towel were all soaked with blood. They confiscated the 4-month old pup and took him to a veterinarian. He was treated and then the police, unbelievably, returned the dog to Spencer several hours later.."
LCA wants justice served. "We want it so badly we are offering $5,000.00 for the arrest and conviction of this man:
Thomas E. Spencer
D.O.B.: 01-17-47
His prior record: history of domestic violence/abuse and vandalism.
Indictment #01SC06390 for felony animal cruelty and now terrorist threats,
felony arson and property destruction."
Source and Story: Last Chance for Animals Wanted
(This horrible story brings up other issues, why did the police, who had witnessed part of the beating, take this 'beaten to near death' pup, back to the owner who beat him, and eventually killed him? And, why has it taken THREE YEARS to bring this to our attention? How many other pups have suffered and died at the hands of this maniac?)
Please, take the time to send a letter to:
Chief of Police, Gary George
Alpharetta Police Department
P.O. Box 366
Alpharetta, GA 30009
ph: 678-297-6300
Prewritten Letter

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Kinship Circle
is a letters-for-animals service. Its primary mission: To generate sample letters to legislators, businesses, and the media that address a broad spectrum of animal cruelty/protection issues.
Kinship Circle is a letter/editorial service. It doesn't post petitions or action alerts, conduct cruelty investigations or run rescue/shelter requests. You may copy/cut/paste letters on this website-to reformat into a personalized version. Or, you may print out any letters on this website to sign and mail as written.
Kinship Circle
Brenda Shoss, Director
ph: 314.863.9445   fax: 314.863.9443
email info@kinshipcircle.org

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Don't Let Columbia Get Away With Murder!
A PETA investigation has revealed grotesque abuses of animals in laboratories at Columbia University, including subjecting baboons to invasive surgeries and leaving them to suffer and die in their cages without any painkillers. Please ask the NIH to look into the millions of dollars given to Columbia for cruel experiments that do not hold any promise for improvements to human health. Be sure to mention the fact that Columbia does not, with all the money that it gets, give these imprisoned primates any socialization or environmental enrichment at all, which it is required by law.

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Help Break California Couple's Pattern of Abuse
In September, California residents Kathy and Reed Carman each pleaded guilty to 11 felony counts and one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals after 289 sick puppies, 23 of whom later died, were allegedly found at the couple's business, The Puppy Store. Officials also reportedly discovered dead puppies stuffed into garbage bags at both the store and the Carmans' residence. After the couple was arrested on related charges and ordered to neither sell nor possess animals, they were allegedly found transporting more than 40 puppies in deplorable conditions. The court has declared that neither of the Carmans will spend more than one year in jail. Please urge the judge to follow the prosecution's sentencing suggestion of three years' jail time and prohibit the Carmans from all contact with animals.

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Maryland Wildlife Needs Your Help!
PETA has obtained a videotape taken by a Somerset County landowner that shows footage of dead and dying animals captured and killed in devices known as bank traps. Commercial fishers use bank traps to capture crabs, but when high tide submerges these traps, any animal without gills caught inside-including reptiles, mammals, and birds-drowns. Since every other county in Maryland has banned the use of bank traps, please contact Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and ask him do everything in his power to put an immediate and permanent end to the use of these traps in the entire state of Maryland

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Demand Justice for Oklahoma Animals
Pocola police officers found 24 pit bulls, many of whom were without water or food and displaying injuries consistent with dogfighting, in the yard of Matthew Campbell, who reportedly confessed to fighting the animals. We have learned that the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office does not plan to file charges. Please urge District Attorney Robert Wallace to vigorously prosecute all animal abusers, for the sake of his community as well as its animals.

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Pioneering Vet School Rejects Vivisection
Students at Western University's new College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California will practice what is known as "no-harm" medicine - without vivisection. At most veterinary schools live animals are bought from pounds or biomedical firms. The animals are operated on by students and later euthanized. At Western University, however, only donated animals will be used - either those that have died of natural causes or have been euthanized because of illness or old age. School leaders say this new technique will be a revolution in the way veterinary medicine is taught and practiced in the United States.

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BREAKING NEWS 10/21/03
Today PETA has publicly released disturbing videotape taken secretly inside Columbia University's primate laboratories. A veterinarian who worked at Columbia has come forward with details of the university's pattern of systemic animal abuse and neglect that she witnessed firsthand while working in the labs. PETA is calling upon the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to close Columbia's animal laboratories for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act and NIH's own guidelines. For more information, visit
PETA.org.

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T MOBILE CELL PHONE AD PROMOTES RODEO
T Mobile Cellular Phones is selling their product using rodeo footage of a bucking bull.
Please ask T Mobile to remove these commercials and implement a permanent policy against using animal abuse in their ads.
Email them here: t-mobile.com
Thank you! jj
And an addition from SHARK:
Here is a fax number for T-Mobile: 505-998-3775. Let's bombard them!
Just in case you're not aware, Catherine Zeta-Jones is T-Mobile's spokesperson.
For the Animals,
Jodie Wiederkehr
SHARK

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State-Sponsored Canned Hunts for Kids in Oregon (!)
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), the state agency charged with protecting Oregon's native wildlife, is sponsoring the September Youth Upland Bird Hunts in wildlife areas across the state. In the program, children as young as 12 are encouraged to kill just-released pen-raised pheasants. In Defense of Animals likens ODFW's unethical, unsporting hunts to canned hunts, where pen-raised birds are released only for kids to kill them. Ringneck pheasants are native to China, not North America, and ODFW is stocking this non-native species just to kill them, flying in the face of its mission to protect wildlife. IDA coordinated a demo, attended by a dozen activists, to voice opposition at the ODFW Northwest Regional Office. A group of concerned citizens went to the killing fields at an Oregon wildlife area to witness one of the canned hunts. State troopers blocked activists from accessing the area, the activists found the ODFW officials on site and peppered them with questions on camera about their position of supporting such a cruel event.
What we can do:
Please write a letter to the Director of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
and ask them to put a stop to these hunts.
Lindsay Ball, Director
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
3406 Cherry Avenue NE
Salem, OR 97303-4924
503.947.6044 Phone
503.947.6042 Fax
Source: In Defense of Animals
October 16, 2003

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ACCUSED WEST VIRGINIA ANIMAL ABUSER APPREHENDED
October 15, 2003
Thanks to the good work of a concerned citizen, an arrest has been made in one of West Virginia?s most notorious cases of animal cruelty. Hubert Wilmer, a fugitive being sought in connection with the starvation death of a chocolate lab named Sun Bear, was apprehended last week in Indianapolis, Indiana, after a colleague learned that he was wanted for animal cruelty and called law enforcement. With the cooperation of Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Wilmer was arrested in Indiana and now awaits extradition to West Virginia to face animal cruelty charges. Sun Bear was found last August locked in Wilmer?s West Virginia condominium, with no food or water, weighing only one third of his normal body weight. He died soon afterwards at a veterinarian?s office when attempts to save him failed. Neighbors told local news that they believed Sun Bear died of "a broken body and a broken heart." The Sun Bear case is particularly important because it was by all accounts a heartless case of inexcusable animal cruelty, and because it inspired the introduction and passage of West Virginia?s felony animal cruelty law.
What we can do:
Contact the Kanawha County District Attorney and respectfully urge him to fully prosecute Hubert Wilmer for animal cruelty and to settle for nothing less than significant prison time. Also thank him for agreeing to extradite Wilmer to West Virginia so he can finally face animal cruelty charges.
Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Clifford
111 Court St 3rd Fl
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-357-0300
Fax: 304-357-0750
Source: humanlines.org
A Project of The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals

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BOOMERANG UPDATE
November 15, 2003
Boomerang, the baby lion that nearly died in a New York Post stunt gone wrong, is now at the center of a custody battle. In a move that defines chutzpah, the Ohio man who helped the Post purchase the 8-day-old cub has sued the sanctuary where he abandoned it last month. He wants the sanctuary to give him the cub back. William Long filed a lawsuit against Ellen and Doug Whitehouse, the owners of Noah's Lost Ark.
Source & Story: New York Daily News

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10/18/03
BOOMERANG UPDATE
Baby Boomerang took his first steps yesterday as New Yorkers opened their hearts
and wallets to help the ailing lion cub.
New York Daily News
Sports collector and auctioneer Brandon Steiner was so heartbroken by Boomerang's story that he's selling two baseballs autographed by Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez on his Web site, www.steinersports.com with the proceeds to benefit the cub. Steiner is throwing in a photo autographed by Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer, whom Martinez tossed to the ground during Saturday's melee in Game 3 of the playoff series.

Boomerang

Boomerang and ruler

the 9-day-old lion cub bought on the Web and dumped by a Post reporter, was dangerously sick yesterday. The lion cub was dumped in Ohio after a New York Post stunt went bad was struggling to survive yesterday as a pride of animal experts sank its claws into the paper. Suffering from dehydration and possible pneumonia, little Boomerang was breathing a bit easier as he cuddled in a blanket at the animal sanctuary where Post reporter Al Guart abandoned him Saturday. "They're lucky he hasn't died," said Ellen Whitehouse, director of the Noah's Lost Ark near Cleveland. "He [Guart] did nothing but pull a publicity stunt." The ASPCA, the Bronx Zoo and the veterinarian treating Boomerang all lined up to slam the Post for its plan to expose the trade in exotic animals by buying a newborn lion over the Internet for $1,000. Guart hoped to transport the cub to an animal reserve in California but panicked when the animal got sick. He dropped off the cub at Noah's Lost Ark, according to officials there and a police report. The sanctuary is the same place where authorities brought Ming, the pet tiger who lived in his owner's Harlem apartment
Story Published October 14, 2003
nydailynews

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Unhappy Campers at KOA
People go to Kampground of America (KOA) campsites to enjoy nature, not see wildlife locked up in cages. But that hasn't stopped KOA from putting animals on display in dismal enclosures, according to eyewitness reports. Please remind KOA officials that caged animals at a campsite are an oxymoron and ask them to encourage campers to view animals in their natural habitats.

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Help Strengthen Canada's Anti-Cruelty Statutes
According to articles in the Ottawa Citizen, a Qu?bec man kidnapped a bear cub from his mother and proceeded to torture him in an effort to "break his spirit." Because of the lack of adequate anti-cruelty laws in Qu?bec and Canada, the only penalty that this abusive man faces is a minor fine. Canada's laws against cruelty to animals have not undergone significant revision since 1892. But that may be about to change. Bill C-10B would make more forms of animal abuse punishable by law, as well as increasing penalties that could be imposed on perpetrators. Please ask government officials to support Bill C-10B.

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KUDOS TO SENATOR LIZ KRUEGER FOR SPONSORING DOWNED ANIMAL BILL
This past weekend, New York State Senator Liz Krueger and the Watkins Glen, NY-based Farm Sanctuary announced the senator's sponsorship of S. 5735, known as the Downed Animal Bill. At the Saturday press conference held in New York City, the legislator also proposed the formation of a nonpartisan coalition that would promote a humane agenda. "Creating a more humane and healthier New York is not an issue of partisanship," said Senator Krueger. "The Downed Animal Bill is a perfect example of legislation that we should work together to pass. It is a common-sense bill that both deals with the humane treatment of farm animals and issues of public health. Animals too sick to stand, often a direct result of inhumane farming practices, are commonly slaughtered and sold for human consumption in the United States." Adds ASPCA President, Edwin J. Sayres, "The promotion of humane legislation in New York State is an important priority for the ASPCA, and we support Senator Krueger's sponsorship of the downed animal legislation."

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JUST LAUNCHED: ONLINE FERAL CAT RESOURCES
In recognition of the third annual National Feral Cat Day October 16, 2003 and to promote Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method of managing feral cats, the ASPCA has launched online resources to help feral cat colony caretakers implement TNR in their communities.

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Stop Canned Hunts

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BDR Officer Kills Elephant in Sanctuary
At least 51 bullets were found in the trunk, eyes, head, throat, ears, legs
and torso of the elephant.

A BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) officer killed an elephant last month at Pablakhali sanctuary, a forest reserve in Rangamati. The shooting took place even though the Wildlife Act of 1973 prohibits entry into the sanctuary without the permission of forest officials. The Act also makes killing of any wild animal a punishable offence.
(An elephant can be killed only if it is declared a rogue elephant by the government's wildlife experts.)
According to sources in the forest department, Lt. Col. KM Mominur Rahman visited East Raznagar with his troops on September 8, 2003. He heard from the locals that a 12-year old girl had been killed the night before by an elephant. The locals also informed him that the elephant was roaming around in the Pablakhali forest reserve.
Rahman entered the teak forest reserve without permission and came face to face with a stray male elephant.
In the official report, the zonal office informed the Rangamati BDR headquarters that when the elephant started to move forward, Rahman shot it with his sub-machine gun, killing it on the spot.
Later, the forest officials visited the spot and the Barkal upazila livestock officer conducted a postmortem on the elephant. At least 51 bullets were found in the trunk, eyes, head, throat, ears, legs and torso of the elephant, according to the report.
After the postmortem, the forest officials buried the elephant to guard against the theft of its tusks as a trophy.
The divisional forest officer of the wildlife management and nature conservation wing has served legal notice on Rahman.
Source & Story:   The Daily Star

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Baylor Scraps Bear Policy
Bears will continue to be kept at the Hudson Bear Plaza in the center of campus, which is a designated and certified zoo facility. Plans are to enlarge the plaza and to add more grass, trees, and water facilities. Baylor was the target of worldwide protests by an Illinois based animal rights group (S.H.A.R.K.) which encouraged it to end the practice of keeping a live bear as a university mascot. University officials say while the protests were not directly responsible for the decision not to take the live bears to football games, it did prompt the university to rethink the way the bears are handled.
Story and Source: woai.com

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Wildlife Rescue League Serves Chicken & Pig at Picnic
The Wildlife Rescue League is just one of the many animal rescues/organizations that chooses to serve the remains of dead animals at public events. It's time for animal advocates to act in a consistent manner and stop eating animal carcasses while claiming to help animals. Enough is enough. With so many vegan food choices available for people, there is absolutely no excuse to serve anything else. We cannot expect the public to care about other species when animal advocates don't care.
If you know of an animal rescue/organization serving the remains of animals at their events, please contact them and politely explain why a plant-based vegan diet is the only logical, considerate, and compassionate choice to make.
CONTACT:
Wildlife Rescue League
P.O. Box 704
Falls Church, VA 22040
Phone: (703) 391-8625
Email: wrl@wildliferescueleague.org

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Lulu, a Half-Blind Kangaroo Saves Life Of Unconscious Man
September 29, 2003
A farmer who suffered serious head injuries after being struck by a falling tree branch was rescued by a partially blind kangaroo who is being hailed as a hero. Lulu the kangaroo banged on the door of the family's home in Morwell, Gippsland in southeast Australia after discovering the farmer lying unconscious in a field.

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Mario
Newborn Calf Survives Being Discarded On Dead Pile
by ANC Staff and Farm Sanctuary
Posted on September 26, 2003

Mario and Teddy Bear
Mario and Teddy Bear

Against unbelievable odds, a newborn calf named Mario, who was discovered recently on a dairy farm's dead pile, has survived and gone from pain and despair to a new and happy life at an animal sanctuary. A rendering truck driver, who arrived at the dairy farm to pick up dead cows, was horrified and distraught to find the 45-pound Jersey calf helplessly lying atop a stack of corpses, alive and healthy except for an injured leg. It was clear to the driver that Mario had been discarded not only due to the injury, but because, as a male calf, he was considered worthless by the dairy and undeserving of humane euthanasia. Though accustomed to the ugly side of animal agriculture, the driver was so deeply disturbed and moved by Mario's plight that he immediately called friends on his cellphone to ask them for help getting Mario to California's Farm Sanctuary. Placing Mario gently on the front seat of the truck, he drove him away from the horror of the dead pile toward his new future.
Mario's Story

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Great News! No More Lethal 'Dog Labs' at UCSD
This fall, students signing up for basic physiology and pharmacology classes at the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), will not be performing invasive procedures on live domestic canines. Up until this semester, dogs were used in six-hour teaching labs and were killed once the class was over.
Says UCSD professor Larry A. Hansen, M.D., "UCSD now joins the nation's best medical schools, all of which have done away with crude, obsolete labs and replaced them with more exciting, clinically relevant, and humane teaching methods. Medical students are learning to preserve and prolong life, and the lethal dog labs ran counter to that basic goal."

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Breaking News From PETA.org
Saturday, September 20, 2003
Subject: FW: Iams Cruelty
PETA launches international campaign against Iams after years of the company's empty promises to improve its treatment of animals used to test Iams products. A recent PETA undercover investigation revealed deplorable conditions at an Iams contract laboratory. At least 27 dogs were destroyed, while others died of illnesses that went untreated, despite assurances from Iams that no animal in any Iams test would ever be deliberately killed.
For more information, visit:
Iamscruelty.com
Cincinnati-based The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), which is notorious for animal testing,
is the parent company of Iams, which is based in Vandalia.

Other "Pet Food" Companies: Menu Foods

Pesticide Testing on Animals
Pesticides are by far the most extensively tested substances on the U.S. market, and are already required to undergo dozens of separate animal-poisoning studies before they are marketed, which spells suffering and death for at least 9,000 rats, fish, birds, and even dogs. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency?s (EPA) pesticide office wants to raise the body count even further by expanding its ?data requirements? for pesticide chemicals, including the addition of a test for ?developmental neurotoxicity,? which kills upwards of 1,300 animals at a time.

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ETERNAL SLEEP
A Poem from qcgreyhoundadoption.org
I've never recommended a heartwrenching poem that makes me cry when I read it and everytime I think about it forever after, but to me, this poem perfectly describes the true "value" of animals, in the eyes of some....

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SHARE?
Ask Governor Davis to VETO AB 396,
a bill that would open up thousands of acres of private lands to sport hunting!
AB 396 would require the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) to create the Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement or SHARE Program -- a program that would offer financial compensation to landowners who permit hunting on their property. Proponents of the bill, including Safari Club International, California Waterfowl Association, The California Sportsman's Lobby, and the California Rifle and Pistol Association argue that this bill is necessary to "increase hunter access and opportunities."
However, AB 396 is actually an attempt to expand sport hunting in California. Specifically, it would:
Significantly increase killing of wildlife. While California regulations set "bag limits" for hunting of some species, there are no limits for many other species. By promoting more hunting on private lands, species with no "bag limits" such as coyotes, raccoon, fox, and skunk could be killed in even greater numbers.
Ignore the interests of the majority of Californians. Hunting is a dying sport in California and across the nation. Less than 1% of California residents hunt. According to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, substantially more Californians enjoy wildlife watching than hunting. The agency concluded that 5.7 million California residents participated in wildlife watching activities while only 278,000 hunted. The FWS report also noted that hunting expenditures in California totaled just $315,207,000, while wildlife watching expenditures in California totaled $2,580,874,000.
This bill has passed both Houses and is on the Governor's desk. Please tell Governor Davis to VETO this inhumane bill.
Click here to view a sample letter and TAKE ACTION NOW! Please be sure to add your own personal comments to the letter.

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PUFFINS & WALRUSES
Bristol Bay, nestled just north of Alaska's Aleutian Island chain, is described by the National Marine Fisheries Service as the "single most important region of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf for the conservation of marine mammals and endangered species and the protection and management of fishery resources."
Save Puffins and Walruses in Alaska From Oil Pollution
Bristol Bay, home to the world's premier walrus breeding areas and a critical habitat for many fish, seabirds, and marine mammals, is in danger of being destroyed by oil drilling. Tell your senators and representative to protect Bristol Bay.
Join the nearly 30,000 Americans who have already taken ACTION!

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Get Animals Out of Yahoo! Auctions
Despite its policy stating that ?any item that infringes the rights of a third party? is prohibited from being listed or sold, Yahoo! Inc.?s Auction site for Taiwan has been allowing the sale of dogs, cats, birds, and many other animals. Please contact Yahoo! Inc. officials to politely let them know that animals are not trinkets or objects and that selling any live animals is unacceptable.

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Stop Cruel Tests at Arch Chemicals
Refusing to wait for the results of a test on a chemical that is already under way at the National Toxicology Program?s (NTP) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences laboratories, Arch Chemicals plans to conduct several tests on the same chemical that will kill more than 700 animals. Please tell Arch Chemicals that this duplicative testing would waste money and?much more importantly?animal lives.

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Horrifying news from the front lines of the fight to protect the whales

minke whale

After 14 years of respecting the global whaling ban, Iceland has again taken up the harpoon. A few weeks ago, Icelandic whalers brutally slaughtered a young minke whale in the North Atlantic. As I write, three whaling boats fitted with Explosive Harpoons are hunting dozens more whales off the Icelandic coast. To learn how you can stop them, please click here.

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Tell Veterinary Pet Insurance CEO to Stop Killing Animals
The Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) Company is the number one insurer of companion animals in the United States, but PETA has received reports that the CEO, Jack Stephens, D.M.V., is a ?trophy? hunter and that a lion and a cheetah will be his next victims. Please tell Mr. Stephens that as long as he continues to hunt and kill wildlife, you won?t be using VPI.

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Press for Cruelty Charges Against Sadistic Workers at Tyson Slaughterhouse
PETA received a chilling written, eyewitness account from an ex-employee of a Tyson Foods, Inc., chicken slaughterhouse in Grannis, Arkansas. Virgil Butler described routine cruelty by workers and management, including intentionally scalding conscious birds, blowing them apart with dry-ice bombs, and manually ripping them apart and stomping on them, as well as breaking their legs in order to fit them into shackles that were too small. Please politely ask the Polk County prosecuting attorney to investigate all potential corroborators to the incidents and file cruelty-to-animals charges against all those responsible.

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NAVY?S NEW TARGET: ISLAND WATER BUFFALO
In Guam, the U.S. Navy has hired sharpshooters to kill members of the island?s water buffalo population, claiming that the animals have been INTRUDING on Navy space. Water buffalo are docile animals who were imported to Guam by the Spanish decades ago. Since then, they have become an integral part of island culture, and their ruthless extermination now by the U.S. Navy has shocked and upset local Guam residents.
In the past, the Navy has allowed local islanders to ?adopt? water buffalo calves, and it has also implemented immunocontraception programs (akin to ?birth control? for wildlife) to help control water buffalo numbers. The Navy?s sudden decision to switch over to lethal control of the population is both reckless and cruel and sets a terrible precedent for dealing with wildlife.
What we can do:
Contact the Navy?s Resources Manager for Guam and ask him to stop the massacre of the island?s water buffalo. Tell him to give non-lethal methods, especially immunocontraception, time to work.
Robert W. Wescom
Natural Resources Manager
COMNAVMARIANAS N456
PSC 455 Box 152, FPO AP 96540
Phone: 671-339-4366
Email: n456@guam.navy.mil

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LORD AND TAYLOR TAKING STEPS TOWARD CRUELTY:
Barbaric Fur Trade
The May Company?s ten-year old, anti-fur salon policy is in danger of being undermined. Lord and Taylor, one of May Company?s subsidiaries, is considering opening a fur department in its flagship store in New York. The implications of such a move are obvious: once a fur department is opened in the flagship stores, other Lord and Taylor stores around the country are sure to follow. It may be just a matter of time until other department stores owned by the May Company--- Hecht's, Filene's, and Robinsons-may?follow suit and invest in the barbaric fur trade as well. The death toll from the fur trade has been rising steadily in recent years; let?s not let it rise any further.
What we can do:
Please contact Lord and Taylor and The May Company to express your opposition to the opening of fur departments in May Company or any of its affiliated stores.
Lord and Taylor, Jane Elfers, CEO
424 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Exec. Offices: 212-391-3344 x7789
Julio Rios, Coat Dept Mngr.: 212-827-6057

The May Company
Gene Kahn, CEO
611 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63101.
Exec. Offices: 314-342-6300
Email : roycie_earvin@may-co.com (customer service)
Source: hsus.org

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New Site
Aid for Animals
Large selection of gifts, 100% of the net profits go to various animal sanctuarys, from American Sanctuary Association to The Wildcat Sanctuary (including on of my favorites Serenity Springs Sanctuary & Animal Rescue, where Swampy, "the most beautiful potbellied pig you will ever see") lives.

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Software Replacing Animals in Drug Research
The Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), which is located in Lucknow, India, has begun using a computer program that will allow the organization to reduce the number of experiments it conducts on animals by approximately 90 percent.
If you don't think that means much, then you don't know much about Animal Experimentation

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Tell Anheuser-Busch to Sever Its Ties to Cockfighting
Recent visitors to Saipan, a commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, were surprised to find a huge banner with Anheuser-Busch?s Budweiser trademark advertising cockfights on the island. In the U.S., cockfighting is prohibited in all but two states and is a felony in many. Please tell Anheuser-Busch that you won?t buy its products until it stops sponsoring archaic and cruel cockfights.

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Jungle Friends
Samantha
Samantha is how all of this monkey business began.
"Samantha came on the scene when she was just four months of age,
she lived on my body for the first year of her life."
Kari Bagnall, Director

Rainbows by ChichiChichi
"Chi Chi is one of the most cherished monkeys at Jungle Friends.
Estimated to be in her late thirties, she is probably the oldest monkey here."
Jungle Friends
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
13915 North State Road #121
Gainesville, FL 32653

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In Defense of Animals'
6/27/2003 Victory!! New York State Bans Canned Hunts!!
The New York legislature passed last week a ban on the shooting of tame, exotic mammals for trophies at fenced "canned shoots." The legislation is now on Governor Pataki's desk for him to sign into law. New York State law currently bans the shooting of non-native mammals only if they are staked, tied, or kept captive on ten acres or less.
This last piece of legislation bans the trophy shooting of these animals in captivity regardless of acreage. The legislation, S2735 and A4609, was sponsored and led to victory by Senator Frank Padavan of Queens and Assemblyman Scott Stringer of Manhattan.
Canned hunts are promoted under a variety of names such as game ranches, hunting preserves or shooting preserves. Don't be fooled by the conservation type name. Canned hunts are cruel and barbaric. In many cases the animals may be shot within pens or cages, giving very little opportunity for the animal to escape. Some game animals are tied to a stake or drugged for an "easy" kill. The types of animals vary from native species such as elk and deer to exotic animals such as zebras, Corsican rams, blackbuck antelope, and water buffalo.
Visit The Fund for Animals
for more information.
Source: IDAUSA.org

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GE Brings Suffering and Death to 2,600 Animals
One of the worst offenders in the EPA?s notorious high production volume (HPV) chemical-testing program has been General Electric, which, time and again, proposes to kill large numbers of animals in chemical toxicity tests while ignoring existing data and public comments on its testing proposals.
Please contact the CEO of GE and tell him that GE does not ?bring good things to life? when it condemns thousands of animals to painful, slow deaths by poisoning.
Jeffrey Immelt, Chair and CEO
General Electric Company   One Plastics Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tel.: 203-373-3214     Fax: 203-373-2884
E-Mail: Jeffrey.Immelt@corporate.ge.com
 Kathleen.Lorenz@corporate.ge.com

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Burger Business Ready for Big Time
Two veteran carnivores are about to franchise their vegetarian eatery, Mr. Goodburger's.
From their small restaurant on Queen and Alakea streets downtown, which opened in February 2002, two local entrepreneurs are getting ready to shake up both the fast-food world and vegetarians nationwide.
Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

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Downer Cows Investigation
Meat From Dying, Sick Or Diseased Cows Getting into Food
They're called "downers," getting that name because healthy cattle walk into the slaughterhouse but the "downers" are too ill or injured to do so. Downers are delivered by pick-up truck horizontally, in a pile of manure. This meat gets to your dinner plate with the help of some hoisting and dragging. Video shot by KIRO Team 7 Investigators raises serious questions about the quality or safety of this kind of beef.

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SAVETHETIGERS.com
7/11/03
This website is devoted to covering the facts behind the current criminal case surrounding John Weinhart and his "Tiger Rescue" in Colton, California.
Be advised that you may find some of the content on this site offensive and graphic. This case involves animal neglect to an extent that most people are not used to seeing. We are not censoring any of our materials - we believe that the truth must be told - and the truth IS offensive and graphic.
Please understand that this isn't about animal rights. This is about a man who exploited these animals while giving them grossly substandard care which led to the slow and painful death of so many. His actions (or rather lack of actions) are not just morally horrifying, they are criminal.

UPDATE ON MASSIVE TIGER CRUELTY CASE:
6/19/2003
In one of the largest animal cruelty cases ever uncovered involving captive wildlife, prosecutors have filed sixty-three criminal charges, including sixteen felony animal cruelty charges, against John Weinhart, the former operator of Tiger Rescue. The charges stem from the discovery of nearly ninety dead animals and several dying animals, mostly tigers and other big cats, during a raid on the property last April. (see HUMANElines Issue 245). Fifty-eight of the dead animals found were small cubs whose bodies had been stuffed into freezers, and the remaining dead animals were found scattered about the property. Chuck Traisi of The Fund for Animals' Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, where several of the rescued tiger and leopard cubs are now recovering, said, ?You had to walk through feces to get anywhere. There were bodies everywhere . . . It was like out of a horror movie." The formal indictment of Weinhart on so many criminal charges, especially the multiple felony animal cruelty charges, is a great step forward in the prosecution of cases involving captive wildlife, where often the cruelty aspect is ignored.
WHAT WE CAN DO:
Send your thanks to Riverside County deputy district attorney Paul Dickerson for his diligent investigation and work on this case. Let him know that you how important his work is to you, and especially to the animals.
Paul Dickerson
Riverside County Deputy District Attorney
4075 Main St 1st Fl
Riverside, CA 92501
Fax: 909-955-5469
You can also take this opportunity to support the Captive Exotic Pets Safety Act, which will help put the brakes on the trade in exotic ?pets? such as tigers, lions, and other big cats. Contact your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 1006 and S. 269, respectively.
All federal legislators can be reached through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, and you can identify their names at Congress.org or by calling The HSUS at 202-955-3666.

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"DON'T FEED THE BEARS ACT"
HSUS
The trophy hunting lobby and bear hunting guides and outfitters are pulling out all the stops to block passage of H.R. 1472, the ?Don?t Feed the Bears Act,? which will be the subject of a hearing in the House Resources Committee on June 12th. The bill, introduced by Reps. Elton Gallegly (R-CA/23rd) and James Moran (D-VA/8th), directs the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to adopt anti-feeding regulations that would prevent bear baiting on federal lands (as the National Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service have already done). The Safari Club International and the U.S. Sportsmen?s Alliance are testifying against the legislation, and they are organizing calls to members of the House and Senate. Baiting is a favored technique of hunting guides and outfitters, who set up dump sites on federal lands and provide easy opportunities for fee-paying and unskilled trophy hunters to shoot bears feasting on jelly doughnuts, rotting meats, and grease and honey. Baiting is not only an unsporting practice, but it also habituates bears to human food sources, encouraging dangerous and damaging encounters between people and bears. The Forest Service and BLM warn visitors to ?never feed the bears,? but they allow baiting on federal lands in the states that allow the activity.
WHAT WE CAN DO:
Call or fax your U.S. Representative and urge him or her to cosponsor H.R. 1472, the ?Don?t Feed the Bears Act.? It is especially important to contact your Representative if he or she is on the Resources Committee. Look the members up at Congress.org
Also, call your two U.S. Senators and urge them to co-sponsor the ?Don?t Feed the Bears Act? when it is introduced. You can reach your legislators through the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. To identify their names and members of the House Resources Committee, check Congress.org or call The HSUS at 202-955-3668.

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CALIFORNIA
KANGAROO BILL DEFEATED.
5/29/2003
California activists: Give yourselves a hand--make that two!! Because of your superb efforts, the California Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee did not approve SB 233 - the inhumane piece of legislation introduced by Senator Hollingsworth. This bill would have repealed the current penal code that prohibits the sale of kangaroo, crocodile & alligator skins/body parts in California. Currently, the sale of these skins is a violation of California State Law.
Please send a note of thanks to the four out of seven senators who voted against this bill.
Click here to do so now!

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Armchair Activism
How would you like to help animals in impoverished areas while never leaving the comfort of your computer chair? The HSUS and Care2.com have teamed up to launch the "Race for Pets in Need" section on the Care2 web site. The race is only a symbolic one, but the urgency is real. With each click of the mouse on the "Race for Pets" section, you will help raise money for The HSUS's Rural Area Veterinary Services, which delivers desperately needed veterinary services to underserved areas in the United States and abroad.
Source and more information: HSUS
Follow this link to Race for Pets
and visit every day.

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The Animal Rescue Site
It takes less than a minute to go to this site and click on "feed an animal in need" for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. We can do this once a day, so let's do it.

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From: AnimalsAsia.org
4/11/2003

To: Jody@JodysJungle.com
Update: China Bear Rescue
As the news each day focusses on the war and the SARS virus, we are heartened to receive messages from people around the world who still very much have the animals in their thoughts and hearts. The Animals Asia team remain healthy (thank goodness) and working tirelessly on programmes in Asia to help wild and domesticated species in the region. The past few months have been particularly hectic in completing the first phase of our sanctuary in China, seeing the joyful release of the first group of Moon Bears into bamboo forest - and receiving more pitiful, caged victims of the barbaric bear bile trade. We urge you to read our latest update on the website which, whilst acknowledging that there is still a long way to go, is also showing that incredible steps are being made on the issue of bear farming as a whole:
AnimalsAsia.org
The animals are so easily forgotten during these times of sad and depressing news - more than ever they need your help as the simple truth rings home: funding = freedom...... Please pass this message to family, friends and colleagues, so that our valuable work in Asia can continue.
As ever, grateful thanks for all your support, Jill
Jill Robinson MBE
Animals Asia Foundation
Hong Kong

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SKINNED!
As you may recall, Famous Players, Canada's biggest movie exhibitor, is advertising Pappas Furs Designers Ltd., Canada's largest independent furrier. With public disapproval of their decision to promote the fur trade mounting, Skinned! has taken its campaign against Famous Players to at least eleven cities across Canada. We need YOUR help to intensify our efforts even further by:
1) Asking people to sign our on-line petitions at: gopetition.com   and   PetitionPetition.com
2) Requesting animal rights, or other sympathetic businesses or groups to link to our petitions on their websites.
If you are able to help with the campaign in your city, please contact Raheema Vasudevan at pup63@hotmail.com
Your continued support is very much appreciated.
Raheema Vasudevan
Skinned!
BanFur

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DANCING BEAR SANCTUARY OPENS

Rani, a female bear, checks out her new surroundings. Bless you little girl

Rani
Agra, India   March 2003
28 bears have been given a new lease on life at WSPA's newly built sanctuary in India. Before the sanctuary was built, they were forced to "dance" on the hot, dusty streets to entertain tourists. The gypsies who used to own the bears have been provided with job training and the tools they need to make a living without their bears. Read more about this win-win story! Click here.

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Puppy Mill Booklet
To give people more facts and figures about puppymills, Hearts United for Animals/HUA has created a thirty page booklet. You can download the booklet at their website

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HELP PROTECT A CRITICAL WILDLIFE CORRIDOR
The Bureau of Land Management's Dillon Resource Area encompasses 900,000 acres in southwest Montana. Areas within this landscape are increasingly used by grizzly bears and also serve as a critical wildlands bridge between Greater Yellowstone and ecosystems like central Idaho's Salmon Selway to the north. The BLM has begun a planning process that will determine the fate of important wildlife habitat, protections for roadless lands, management of off road vehicles, and eligible Wild and Scenic Rivers over the next 10 to 15 years. For more on how to become involved please go to:
Dillon Resource Area

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"The LA Times recently ran a shocking article entitled: "Chinese Zoos: Burden of Beasts in China; many captive animals face starvation, overwork, abuse and death. When private zoos fail, the results can be devestating." Once Animals Asia was alerted to the plight of these poor zoo animals, Jill (our Founder), Gail (our Veterinary Director) and Hugh (our interpreter) set off with 6 sacks of dog biscuits to help alleviate the immediate suffering of these animals and to investigate further.
Following a horrendous 8 hour journey by road from Guangzhou, they were involved in a horrible, scary head-on collision with a couple on a motorbike, who went into the car windscreen and ended up unconscious on the dual carriageway. Gail and Jill comforted the two casualties, who slipped in and out of consciousness, until the police and ambulance arrived. The motorcyclists were rushed to hospital and thank god are apparently doing OK.
The police were wonderful and upon realising why Jill and Gail had made the journey and owing to the damaged car, they promptly offered to drive them the final hour to Yulin Zoo in a police car! The press release and pictures of the Zoo trip can be found at:
Animals Asia
Warm wishes, Annie
Annie Mather
Media Director
Animals Asia Foundation
Hong Kong
And find out more about the historic China Bear Bile Farm Rescue by visiting
Animals Asia Foundation

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Hope for India's Dancing Bears
India's first bear sanctuary has opened its doors to 16 animals formerly used to earn money as "dancing bears". The sanctuary has been paid for by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), working with an Indian group, Wildlife SOS. The sanctuary, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, will hold between 40 and 50 bears when it is full. Less than a year old, a cub may have a rope or chain forced through its nose and most of its teeth removed, without anaesthetic. WSPA says the bears are trained to dance "through a regime of pain and starvation", with few surviving to much more than eight years. In the wild they can live up to three times as long.

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First-Ever Felony Conviction for Cruelty to Farmed Animals
NewsOK.com 1/16/03
A Guymon man has pleaded no contest to three counts of animal cruelty after an animal-rights activist videotaped him beating pigs at a Seaboard Farms Inc. hog farm. Alejo Pena, 30, withdrew his innocent plea Monday and is under supervised probation until his judgment and sentencing, which was deferred until January 2005, Karen Parish, Texas County court clerk, said Thursday. Pena was charged with four felony counts of animal cruelty in September 2001 for beating young pigs with a hammer and a metal gate hook at Seaboard's farm in Guymon. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, whose activist secretly videotaped the 2000 incidents, said Pena is the first to receive a felony conviction for animal cruelty at a corporate farm.
Source:Compassion over Killing/cok.com
Please write a letter to the district attorney thanking him for taking cruelty to farm animals seriously and for filing the charges.
Write to:
Don E. Wood
District Attorney for Texas County
319 N. Main St.
Guymon, OK 73942
Peta Investigation

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Wildlife Conservationists Forming Militia
Permission to Shoot Poachers in Africa

ANC.org
IRINnews.org
National Geographic
Bushmeat Crisis Task Force

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Civil Disobedience in Sweden
Three wise Swedish people have lit a candle against the largest evil in the world - the slaughterhouse. Killing centers, abattoirs, slaughterhouses, knackeries or whatever you want to call them, are more entrenched in our midst than Hitler's holocaust could ever dream of. The trauma and sheer extent of never-ending slaughter is overwhelming. Now three young people filled with faith and resolve have stood tall at the front line and said NO.
Source: Bye Bye Meat Industry

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FREE ME
"For those who still have not seen the presentation made by the Portuguese website
Pelos Animais please check this link.
Please note: the images are cruel.
(to see the presentation you need to have Macromedia Flash installed.)
Those who want the music can download it from my website:
International Web Against Bullfights"
For The Animals
Maria Lopes
December 2002

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Subj: Great news from Animals Asia!
Date: 12/17/2002
From: info@animalsasia.org
To: jody@jodysjungle.com
Yesterday saw the Official Launch of the Animals Asia "Moon Bear Rescue Centre" in China with the opening of the first phase of our bamboo forest sanctuary for the bears. We have pleasure in enclosing our PRESS RELEASE with the full story. Most exciting of all is the fact that today the story of Animals Asia's work with the bears is splashed all over television and print media across China!!! This is a major breakthrough for our China Bear Rescue and we believe is another giant step on the road to ending bear farming forever!
Heartfelt thanks for your support and faith in our work.
Warm wishes,
Annie
Annie Mather
Media Director
Animals Asia Foundation
Hong Kong
Bile-Siphoned Bears Given Refuge
CBSNEWS.com

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Bear Bile Farming
Of the 8 species of bears in the world, all except the giant panda have seen their numbers reduced as a result of the bear bile trade. The Asiatic Black Bear (Ursus Selenarctos) is most impacted through the demand for bile acid. This species of bear is more commonly know as the Moon Bear as a result of the beautiful yellow crescent on their chest. They are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) as Appendix I, the most critical category of endangerment.
In countries across Asia, bears, surgically implanted with catheters into their gall bladders, are confined in restraining cages so that bile can be extracted and used as cures for ailments spanning headaches to hemorrhoids. The surgery to insert the implants is crude and unsanitary and many of the bears die as a result. Those that survive spend the rest of their lives suffering a confined existence in tiny wire crates, where they cannot even stretch, enduring painful daily extraction of their bile.
Only a small percentage of the medicines produced are accepted as efficacious by eminent traditional Chinese medical practitioners, who stress that all bear bile products can be replaced by herbs or synthetic alternatives which, they say, are cheaper, more readily available and just as effective.
Tragically, because of the market saturation of bear bile, many farmers have now turned to producing non-essential products, such as throat lozenges, shampoo, wine and tea, in order to utilize the surplus. The products have no benefit to health, but allow the farmer to continue making a profit using the symbol of a majestic species and the trusting minds of naive consumers.
In a major breakthrough in our campaign to free thousands of bears suffering on farms throughout Asia,
The Animals Asia Foundation
and Chinese Authorities have signed a new agreement which will see 500 suffering endangered Moon Bears rescued from the worst farms in Sichuan Province.
Importantly, the goal of this agreement is to work towards the future elimination of bear farming in China, and pledges to promote the herbal alternatives to bear bile. Because of this unprecedented partnership, 500 bears are being rescued. The Animals Asia Foundation has agreed to pay a level of compensation to the farmers in an effort to ensure that none of these bears are slaughtered for their parts and to help impoverished farmers move into alternative areas of employment. The Sichuan government is passing the original copies of all confiscated licenses to Animals Asia and a countrywide policy in China ensures that no new bear farm licenses are being issued."
Follow the Rescue

Meet Belton, on stretcher, awaiting surgery.
Belton on stretcher
"Belton Kleberg has the affection of all in the team - with a missing back limb from being snared in the wild, but with front paws the size of snowshoes - has now perfected his original trick of hurling his bowl across the floor in gleeful anticipation of food - his consuming passion! Unbelievable trust from a bear whose gallbladder was removed by the shocked surgical team after it was found to contain over two liters of pus stained fluid."
Beltons first steps
Belton's first steps in freedom

What we can do to help
AnimalsAsia.org Rescue

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Canned Hunt Bill
Today (11/14/02) the Senate Judiciary Committee passed by voice vote the Captive Exotic Animal Protection Act, a bill to combat the practice of private ?canned hunting? operations throughout the United States. S. 1655, which was introduced by Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), is now ready for a vote in the full Senate. The U.S has as many as 1,000 canned hunts ranches, facilities where trophy hunters pay a set fee to shoot tame or habituated animals in a fenced enclosure, typically in a ?no kill, no pay? arrangement. While gazelles may sell for $800, other exotic animals such as African lions and giraffes sell for fees ranging into the thousands of dollars.
For more information on canned hunts including a "price list" go to: HSUS
What we can do:
Thank Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for moving the canned hunt bill through his committee:
Phone: (202) 224-4242
Fax: (202) 224-3479
Email: senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov

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The Humane Activist Network
Do you wish you knew more about the legislative process and how you could become an important part of it? Would you like to become a member of our team of activists and work in concert with thousands of others who care deeply about protecting animals and are in a position to make things happen?
Join the Join Humane Activist Network
Source: HSUS.org

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I would like to introduce you to Swampy, a more beautiful pot bellied pig you will never see!
JodysJungle.com is his sponsor at Serenity Springs

Swampy the Pot Bellied Pig

But there are many other animals waiting for sponsers.

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Keiko under a rainbow
Keiko

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Reminder
Animals are still caught, broken, trained, beaten, chained & deprived
all for your entertainment.

Is that alright with you?

CIRCUS ANIMALS

Breaking Baby Elephants

A Circus Vargas Elephant's Day

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When Doves Cry
If you, or someone you know, is thinking about releasing doves at a ceremony as a sign of hope and inspiration, please read the following letter which was published in The Asbury Park Press (NJ) on 7/20/02... "A dove landed in my driveway the other day. This snowy symbol of peace and love was starving to death. Doves that are released in celebration or memorial are raised domestically. They are hatched and fledged in cages, cared for and fed by humans. When released, they have no way of knowing how to feed themselves and so they die. Release of domestically raised birds should be outlawed. It is hardly a fitting tribute to a tragic loss or a bride and groom to use the dove as a symbol of hope, only to kill it."
Source: The Animal Spirit

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund
continues to push for a long lasting legal solution to the problems of cruelty and other atrocities animals endure.

Animal Legal Defense Fund ~Abuse an animal, go to jail~

Join The Animal Legal Defense Fund
As a member of ALDF, you're an essential part of the nation's most effective animal advocacy group. ALDF's highly skilled attorneys and more than 100,000 members and supporters are dedicated to winning animals the legal protection they so desperately need -- and deserve.

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Korean Dog Meat

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Elsie the Bordon Cow

What Do Cows Eat?

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Promoting Compassion for America's Most Abused Animals
SentientBeings.org
a Farm Sanctuary Campaign
Industry's Attitude:
"The breeding sow should be thought of, and treated as, a valuable piece of machinery
whose function is to pump out baby pigs like a sausage machine."

I love you mommy

"The slatted floor of the hog factory farm seems to have more merit than disadvantage. The animal will usually be slaughtered before serious deformity sets in."
"We are a business, not a humane society, and our job is to sell merchandise at a profit. It's no different from selling paper-clips or refrigerators."

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"While not everyone who abuses animals will become a serial killer;
virtually every serial killer first abused animals."
Dr. Randall Lockwood, Psychologist, Vice President, The Humane Society of the United States

  • FACT: Animal abuse is now recognized as a sign of mental disorder.
  • FACT: 70% of those who have been convicted of abusing animals have also been convicted of violent or anti-social crimes against people.
  • FACT: Twenty-nine states now treat some form of animal abuse as a felony, up from five in 1986.
    Even more are expected to follow suit.
Source: The Center for Mental Health Services

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VEAL
HARD ROCK CAFE International
has joined the quickly growing list of over 100 establishments who have pledged to Not Sell Veal. Many restaurants are speaking out against the unnecessary cruelty of WHITE VEAL production.
Please send an email thanking The Hard Rock Cafe International for their compassionate choice.
customer_care@hardrock.com

In order to produce veal, young calves are taken from their mothers and chained by the neck in crates measuring just two feet wide. They cannot turn around, stretch their limbs, or even lie down comfortably. This severe confinement makes the calves' meat ?tender? since the animals' muscles cannot develop. Scientific research indicates that calves confined in crates experience ?chronic stress? and require approximately five times more medication than calves living in more spacious conditions. It is not surprising, then, that veal is among the most likely meat to contain illegal drug residues, which pose a threat to human consumers. Researchers have also reported that veal calves exhibit abnormal coping behaviors associated with frustration. These include head tossing, head shaking, kicking, scratching, and stereotypical chewing behavior. Confined calves also experience leg and joint disorders and an impaired ability to walk.

Veal calves are fed an all-liquid milk substitute which is purposely deficient in iron and fiber. It is intended to produce borderline anemia and the pale-colored flesh fancied by "gourmets." At approximately twenty weeks of age, these weak animals are slaughtered and marketed as "white" veal (also known as fancy, milk-fed, special-fed, and formula-fed veal.)

For more information about this, or other Farm Sanctuary campaigns,
please visit Farm Sanctuary.org
or call 607-292-3030
&
Veal Production @ All-Creatures.org

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BOYCOTT PREMARIN

A Big Golden Book of lies...
Foal, now known as "by-product"

An Unnecessary and Cruel Drug. Learn why Premarin and Prempak-C, drugs made from the urine of pregnant mares, should be replaced by safer and less cruel alternatives.
PREMARIN

Giving American Women the Compassionate Choice. Get a closer look at the industry that considers its pregnant mares as "working girls" and the tens of thousands of baby foals born every year as expendable "by-products." Also, find out more about the cruelty-free alternatives to Premarin.
United Animal Nations Anti-Premarin Campaign

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The Rodeo - America's Answer to Bullfighting
S.H.A.R.K. along with every other national animal protection organization in the United States, is working to put an end to the rodeo, an abusive spectacle that has no place in a civilized society.

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~Extreme Cruelty~
Some of the cruelest things in the world are done in bullrings, at festivals, even in the name of patron saints...too horrible to have here, too horrible to ignore.
Bullfighting - Shame of Humanity
One of the most violent rituals of cruelty toward animals is the FARRA DO BOI
Loosely translated as 'Ox Fun Days'. This event involves the torture and killing of dozens of animals in 23 coastal communities throughout the Brazilian southern state of Santa Catarina, including the capital city of Florianopolis.

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"If you agree that a dog or cat (or a chimpanzee or lion or gorilla) is significantly different than a book or a car or your shoes, then the notion that they should be treated differently in the eyes of the law is common sense. That animals see, hear, breathe and feel is undisputed -- books, cars and shoes do not. The idea of guardianship versus ownership flows naturally from the distinction and simply recognize

"When we return wild animals to nature,
we merely return them to what is already theirs.
For man cannot give wild animals freedom,
they can only take it away."
~Jacques Cousteau~

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BARNEY THE LOBSTER

Barney the Lobster

Source: BBC NEWS Oct. 17, 2001
William Cooper, head chef at the Kaspia restaurant in Mayfair, central London, said the 96 centimetres (3ft 1in) long lobster was too big to cook. "I couldn't bring myself to do anything with it because he has been around much longer than I have." (Barney was returned to the sea on Wednesday.)

Releasing Barney

I love this story! Especially because the chef takes lives everyday, for a living, and yet he spared this one. I know this is the kind of thing that gets people labeled as "Animal Rights Whackos"...but I still love this story! Here is the address, in case any other of you other "whackos, hanky twisters, tree huggers, etc." want to write Chef Cooper a thank you....
William Cooper, head chef
Kaspia Restaurant Mayfair, central London
Kaspia 18-18a Bruton Place
W1 0207 493 2612


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Sweet Mama..She used to hang around on the fence, by the back door

The reason I started JodysJungle in 1997, (which was first called "Welcome To My Backyard" and consisted of one page) was to tell people that they can do simple little things to help wildlife in their own backyards or window gardens or decks. Plant a wildlife friendly garden, hang a feeder, put out a container of water. I also had many animal issues and wanted to share my concerns with others.
Since I've been on the web, I have run into hundreds of other animal causes. So my site seems to wander without focus. However, the focus is animals. It is for those of us who love and want to do whatever we can for them. It is for those of us who are aware of animals. All of them, even the skunks!
Almost everyday I receive mail from animal welfare groups. The problem I have is that they feel compelled to include the most gruesome photo's and stories. I am already involved with animals and am fully aware of mans inhumanity. I hope to have a page that does not horrify anyone. If you care about animals, you already know the bad news. You do not need graphic images that will never leave your mind. You just need to know that you may be able to help and that others are trying. It's up to you to determine the value of a web page. If you are affected by something you read and you
write a letter, sign a petition
donate to a cause, pass on the information,
put out a container of water or hang a bird feeder
only then does the page have value. My one page has turned into approximately 30 pages and unfortunately is still growing. So many things have not changed, so many animals still suffer, this web site has not made a difference. I believe what may have helped a little is petition signing, letter writing, emailing, (hopefully encouraging others to do the same) and donations to animal organizations. My proudest moment was when I earned enough money on eBay to underwrite a well for the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. I have donated to the Free Arna fund, adopted monkeys, helped porcupines, pot bellied pigs, dogs, cats, on and on. I am not able to raise funds as a charitable organization because I have never applied. I raise funds myself and donate as I see fit.
P.S.
I receive email from hunters and other carnivores, why they are at my site I couldn't say. But they are just as offended by me as I am by them. And they don't get my point. I realize man will never stop eating animals or exploiting them. I just want them to realize that all the suffering is not necessary.

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