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turquoisefire777 11-06-2015 05:53 PM

China calls on US to follow its lead in eradicating ivory trade
Move by Beijing would be a major victory in battle to end slaughter of tens of thousands of elephants by African poachers


China has pledged to end the processing and sale of ivory, a move that – if fulfilled – would be a major victory in the battle to end the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants by poachers every year. But it has not said how quickly it will act, and a top Chinese official called on the United States in an interview last week to also tighten its rules on ivory trading.

Wildlife experts said China’s recent announcement represented a sea change in official attitudes and called the prospect of an end to the legal trade in ivory in the country the greatest step that can be taken to reduce poaching. But they added that much would depend on when China acts, and how firmly.

China agrees to phase out its ivory industry to combat elephant poaching

China’s legal trade in ivory products – largely based on a stockpile imported in 2009 – provides the cover for a vast illegal trade that fuels poaching in Africa and involves global crime syndicates, experts say.

In an interview, a top Chinese wildlife official said his country was still deciding how far and how quickly it would act, but added that China could not be expected to act alone. Meng Xianlin, China’s top representative to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) said that other countries – including the United States – also need to toughen their regulations.

“Some people say, ‘China should take the leadership, you first, you stop everything and other countries will follow,’” he said. “I understand, but I think we should negotiate with other countries to push these procedures gradually.”

Last month, China destroyed 662kg of tusks and ivory carvings in a public ceremony in Beijing, after similar events in southern China and Hong Kong last year.

In a speech, Zhao Shucong, minister in charge of the state forestry administration, surprised assembled diplomats and environmentalists by announcing that China would “strictly control the ivory trade and processing, until eventually halting commercial processing and the sale of ivory and its products”.

The remarks prompted intense discussions within the wildlife conservation community, with enthusiasm mixed with disbelief. China had long argued that ivory carving was part of its ancient cultural heritage. Was it serious about closing its network of carving workshops, advocates wondered, or would it call a halt only when its existing stockpile was depleted?

Meng said there was a commitment at the highest levels of the Chinese government to build an “ecological civilisation”, citing one of the many slogans of President Xi Jinping’s government. Now the principle has been established, he said, and it is just a matter of pushing the procedure.

“We participated in several rounds of discussion with our minister,” he said, referring to Zhao. “His attitude is very firm, his point is very clear. It is not simply a sentence; China will really put this into practice.”

Wildlife groups have been campaigning for years to hear those words. A ban on the legal ivory trade in China would make it much easier to stamp out the illegal trade, they say.

A government official carries an ivory tusk at a confiscated ivory destruction ceremony in Beijing.




A government official carries an ivory tusk at a confiscated ivory destruction ceremony in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

“Ending the legal sales of ivory is the greatest single step that can be taken to reduce elephant poaching in Africa, and we hope it can happen as soon as possible,” said Peter Knights of WildAid, a San Francisco-based group that encourages Chinese people not to consume endangered wildlife products. “We applaud the Chinese government for its leadership.”

Cristian Samper, president of the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, said Meng’s remarks should be “broadcast around the world, and should put all poachers on notice that their bloody market is no longer viable”.

“There is clearly a senior level of commitment from the Chinese government to stop the ivory industry in China,” he said. “Now, Chinese government agencies responsible for regulating and managing the ivory issue will need to develop a plan and a timeline to implement this decision. And people from all nations need to stop buying ivory.”

China imported 62 tonnes of ivory in 2008 at a time when elephant numbers were relatively healthy and limited international trade was allowed. It has been releasing that stockpile gradually to more than 30 licensed workshops to be carved into ivory products but refuses to say how much of the stockpile remains.

Meanwhile, poor enforcement of the licencing system allows the widespread sale of products made from poached ivory, fuelling the slaughter. The African elephant population has fallen from more than 1 million in 1989 to about half a million now, with more than 20,000 animals estimated to have been killed for their tusks in each of the past two years.

Although stricter enforcement has helped reduce poaching and populations are growing in some nations, Tanzania and Mozambique have each lost half or more of their elephants in the past five years. There have also been big declines in forest elephant populations in central Africa.

Meng said the government is selling five tonnes of ivory a year to carving workshops but would “gradually” reduce that annual quota to zero. He said a total ban on ivory processing and sales could come “very quickly”, but then added: “One year, two years, three years, four years, 10 years. Is that quick or not quick compared to the history of the world?”

There is a precedent: rhinoceros horn had been used in traditional Chinese medicine, but its use was banned in China in 1993.

Attitudes are also changing, with demand for shark fin soup sharply lower in recent years. Meng said his son, and the younger generation in general, no longer wants to eat endangered wildlife products. WildAid says that 95% of people surveyed in China’s three largest cities now support a ban on ivory trading.

But Meng said China should not be the only country to act.

The United States is the second-largest market globally for illegal wildlife products after China, and it still allows trade in ivory acquired before a worldwide ban in 1989. Trophy hunters, Meng pointed out, are also allowed to import ivory into the United States for non-commercial use; Europeans still trade in ivory acquired in colonial times, while some African countries encourage trophy hunting for income.

In 2014, President Barack Obama ordered a tightening of the rules on ivory trading, while New York and New Jersey have both passed laws outlawing it. But the administration has failed to reach its ultimate goal of a national ban. The National Rifle Association’s support for trophy hunting and for trade in guns with ivory-inlaid stocks remains a barrier, environmentalists say.

“China’s announcement puts the ball back in our court,” Peter LaFontaine, a campaigns officer at the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Washington, wrote in a blog post. “The US must lead by example to show we will not be an active player in the devastation and eventual extinction of such a majestic and intelligent species.

“It’s up to us to change the laws – and actually enforce them – before it’s too late.”

This article appeared in Guardian Weekly, which incorporates material from the Washington Post


turquoisefire777 12-06-2015 04:19 PM

LA Law Season 04 Episode 01 :: "The Unsterile Cuckoo"


turquoisefire777 21-06-2015 08:54 AM

Quebec bill changes animals from "property" to sentient beings and includes jail time for cruelty

Animals will be considered “sentient beings” instead of property in a bill tabled in the Canadian province of Quebec. The legislation states that "animals are not things. They are sentient beings and have biological needs."

Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis proposed the bill and wants to change Quebec's infamous image as a haven for puppy mills

The legislation specifies that animals have biological needs and includes fines of up to $250,000 for those who are cruel to animals, as well as jail time for repeat offenders.

Paradis said the bill puts Quebec more in line with other Canadian provinces like Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba. The act will apply to all domesticated and farm animals and certain wild animals. Paradis said he wants to see animals “treated with dignity as much as possible” it doesn’t matter what animal.

"If you have a goldfish you have to take care of it," he said. "Don't get a goldfish if you don't want to take care of it."

Under the bill inspectors will have the power to demand to see an animal if they have “reasonable cause” to suspect the pet or animal is being mistreated. They also can also obtain a warrant to enter a home and seize animals. Repeat offenders would also come under fire as authorities and judges would have the discretion to increase fines and sentence serial violators to jail for up to 18 months.

Read more at http://www.dogheirs.com/tamara/posts...yZsWpZMfSb8.99

South Korea Dogs Rescued from Dog Meat Farm


alf hearted 21-06-2015 08:56 AM


Animals will be considered “sentient beings” instead of property in a bill tabled in the Canadian province of Quebec.

turquoisefire777 22-06-2015 12:47 PM

Dog lovers and dog eaters square off at China's Yulin festival


Yulin, Guangxi province, China (CNN)—Boss Ning has been running a dog meat restaurant in this southern Chinese city since 1981 and she says business is thriving.

Her customers can feast on crispy dog or dog hot pot, as well as lamb, duck and other meats.

Dog is particularly popular in the region during the sweltering heat of summer and each June locals and visitors gather for a dog meat eating festival, which this year takes place Monday.

"Crispy dogs smell good and taste delicious," she says, declining to give her full name.

Her customers seem happy too:

"Dog meat is a delicacy. It's nourishing," says one man who gave his name as Huang.

Are dogs friends or food?

Dog Meat Pupplies in cage

Are dogs friends or food? 02:19


But the festival, which sees some 10,000 dogs served up as meals, has become a battlefront in China's nascent animal rights movement.

Activists say many of the animals are stolen household pets that are then transported thousands of miles crammed into wire cages and denied food and water.

Many arrive at their destination malnourished and diseased, before being slaughtered and served up to customers, they say.

Friend or food? Why dog meat trade divides China

Losing battle?

A new generation of Chinese animal lovers increasingly view dogs as companions.

Of China's estimated 130 million dogs, at least 27 million are urban pets, according to research group Euromonitor.

And there are signs that dog meat is losing its popularity in some places.

Ten years ago, it was common to see dogs being killed for meat in Beijing's suburbs, says Peter Li, at the Humane Society International.

Today, that is something that is rarely seen, he says.

And in Guangzhou, a city well-known for its exotic eating habits, a dog meat restaurant that had been in operation for 51 years recently closed.

This year, dozens of activists and their pet dogs have descended on Yulin. Some plan to hand in a petition to the local authorities demanding an end to the killing of dogs for food.

Others attempted to rescue the animals from the slaughter house. Hao Wei, an animal rights activist who'd traveled hundreds of miles from Xian in northwestern China, said he'd saved five dogs and two cats.

"We bought them at the place where the dogs are being killed," he said, adding that he'd spent up to $32 on each animal.

"I hope the government would pay more attention to food safety."

"The dogs have skin disease and all kinds of other diseases but the butcher says it should be fine once they've been scorched."

The festival is also generating outrage internationally, with celebrities like Ricky Gervais calling for it to be stopped.

CNN crew threatened

The clashes between activists and dog meat traders has led to a tense atmosphere at the city's markets where the dogs are traded.

A CNN crew was stopped from filming by security officials and stallholders brandishing mops -- one elderly lady wielded a knife.

The opposition to the dog meat trade is not just from outsiders. Xie Yanli works in a local cafeteria and says she supports the animal rights activists.

"Most of the people who eat it are middle aged men. They eat dogs and drink beer," she said.

"I don't eat dogs, I never did and won't do in the future."

Liu, a college student from the provincial capital Nanning, said it was his first time to visit the festival. He fears it might be shut down year.

"We just wanted to take a look and try things out."

Restaurant owners say the publicity the animal rights activists have brought to the city has, perversely, only been good for business.

"Originally, people from other provinces across the country didn't know about our dog meat delicacy but after our restaurant was shown on TV, they all come and try it out," says Ning, the restaurant owner.

And many in Yulin don't see what the fuss is about.

"Eating dog meat is a regular thing for me. Dog rearing is the same as rearing pigs or chickens, there is no difference," said a man who gave his name as Zhong, who was enjoying dog hot pot with a friend.

turquoisefire777 22-06-2015 01:59 PM

Chinese Woman Pays Over $1,000 To Save 100 Dogs From Yulin Dog Meat Festival, Plans To Rehome Dogs
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2190211/chi...qtKtxAxi82a.99

A Chinese woman paid over $1,000 on Saturday to save 100 dogs from being eaten during the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The animal rights activist plans to rehome the dogs.

Yang Xiaoyun, 65, paid approximately 7,000 yuan ($1,100 USD) to save around 100 dogs in the City of Yulin on Saturday, reports AFP. The animal rights activist says she plans to rehouse the dogs at her home in Tianjin, which is over 120 miles away from where the festival takes place. The former schoolteacher saved 50,000 yuan (over $8,000 USD) and traveled over 1,600 miles in an attempt to save as many dogs as she could from the 2015 Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

This is not the first time Yang Xiaoyun has saved animals from the annual Yulin festival. She spent 150,000 yuan ($24,000 USD) just last year to rescue 360 dogs and dozens of cats from slaughter at the festival, reports the Daily Mail.

According to the India Times, Yang converted her home in 1999 to an animal shelter called “Common Home for Stray Animals.” She currently houses approximately 1,500 dogs and 200 cats.

Warning: The rest of this article contains graphic content.

Each year, an estimated 10,000 dogs are brought to the city to be slaughtered and eaten. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which dates back to 2009, is held to celebrate the summer solstice, reports CNN.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the dogs and cats brought to Yulin by the truckload each year are stolen pets or strays. The animals are forced to undergo barbaric treatment before ultimately being killed for human consumption.

“As many as possible are crammed into tiny, rusty wire cages that are handled with no regard for the living creatures inside. The animals may travel for days as far as 1,000 miles with no release from their hellish prisons and no food or water. Many are injured, emaciated, sick, and dying — or already dead. The dogs may be bludgeoned to death, have their throats slit, or be skinned, boiled, or burned alive. After gutting, the body is often soaked in water until it swells to disguise how skinny a dog may be, and the skin crisped with a blowtorch for a more appealing product.”

The international movement against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is growing exponentially with help from social media. The Washington Post reports the hashtag #StopYulin2015 has been used nearly a million times over the past month. As the Inquisitr previously reported, comedian and animal rights activist Ricky Gervais recently called on his eight million Twitter followers to add their voice to the protest. As of June 21, Raise UR Paw’s Change.org online petition has garnered over 3.5 million signatures calling on the Governor of Yulin Guang Xi Province to put an end to the horrific event.



turquoisefire777 23-06-2015 12:04 PM

Playful puppy pleas for attention... unaware it is about to be skinned alive and cooked: Heartbreaking image from China's annual dog meat festival where tens of thousands of animals are killed


Thousands of dogs and cats butchered as Yulin festival gets underway
Slaughterers hit them over the head, cut their throats open then boil them
Opened mid fierce international criticism and clashes with protesters
Supporters hit back, calling for people to boycott Turkey at Christmas

By Simon Tomlinson and Jay Akbar and Kate Pickles For Mailonline

Published: 09:37, 22 June 2015 | Updated: 18:38, 22 June 2015

Playfully pawing at a man's leg, a puppy begs for attention as most young pets would do.

At first glance, this could be any cherished canine simply craving more love from a distracted owner.

But this is far from a walk round the park – this poor puppy is about to die a barbaric death at a vile dog meat festival that has sparked outrage around the world.

He is one of thousands of canines that will be skinned alive, butchered and eaten as the market in China got underway amid clashes with protesters.

As many as 10,000 dogs, many of them stolen pets, are slaughtered for the market held deep in the largely rural and poor Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to mark the summer solstice.

Condemned to die a barbaric death: A puppy paws at a man in a desperate plea for attention unaware it will soon be skinned alive, boiled and butchered at a sickening meat festival in China

Atrocious: Traders pin a dog to the floor and truss it up to prepare it for slaughter at the Yulin meat festival as onlookers gawp and take pictures

Inhumane: A dog vendor carries pets in a cage on his bicycle in Dashichang on the opening day of the dog meat festival in Yulin, Guangxi Autonomous Region, where thousands of animals are slaughtered for food

Sickening: Most dogs are stuffed inside cramped metal cages as they are lined up to be sold at the carnival

Dogs are squeezed into a cage for the Dashichang dog market before being skinned alive and eaten

Disturbing footage of dogs in cages inside the Yulin meat...

Activists including celebrities such as British comedian Ricky Gervais and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen have called for an end to the festival, saying it has no cultural value and was invented simply to drum up trade.

For the past few weeks, international social media has also seen an unprecedented movement against the industry.

However that in turn has sparked a backlash from Chinese supporters, it was reported by Cankaoxiaoxi.com.

One social media user said: 'Eating dog is a tradition for some people. Like some who don’t eat pork or mutton, they won’t object to us eating pork or lamb.

'We should have mutual respect for others. If you don’t like to eat something then don’t eat it.'

Another said: 'Let’s all get together and condemn the practise of eating turkeys at Christmas!'

Campaigners were forcibly dispersed by unidentified men Monday as they attempted to rally outside a government office.

About 10 animal rights activists unfurled banners outside the Yulin government headquarters, before a group of 20 men came and chased them off.

The campaigners held signs reading 'Crack Down on Illegal Dog Meat Trade' and 'Punish Illegal Dog Transport', but the banners were quickly torn out of their hands by the unidentified men.

Fate hanging in the balance: A dog vendor pulls a leash on a dog for sale in Dashichang dog market, where some dogs are sold as pets, while others are sold for dog meat

Forlorn: A dog looks out from its cage at a stall as it is displayed by a vendor at meat festival in Yulin

Trussed up ready for slaughter: As many as 10,000 dogs, many of them stolen pets, are butchered for the market held deep in the largely rural and poor Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

The slogans are an attempt to appeal to local government officials to enforce existing laws on health and administrative grounds, as there are no rules banning the consumption of dog meat.

'Many of these animals are stolen pets, and most of the dog meat trucks coming in are in total breach of China's very clear laws on animals for human consumption,' Adam Parascandola, director of animal cruelty issues at the Washington DC-based Humane Society, said in a statement.

'How much longer can China simply allow the Yulin authorities to flout the law like this?'

As many as 10 million dogs are killed for food annually in China, with up to 10,000 killed for the Yulin festival, according to the Humane Society.

Shocking: Local residents in Yulin host gatherings to consume dog meat and lychees in celebration of the summer solstice which marks the coming of the hottest days for the festival which this year falls on today

Crude: A butcher grills a butchered dog at a slaughter house at a dog meat market in Yulin

A vendor smokes behind a display of dog meat. Thousands are expected to be killed and their meat consumed for the festival, which authorities have tried to deny is still happening, charities say

A vendor smokes behind a display of dog meat. Thousands are expected to be killed and their meat consumed for the festival, which authorities have tried to deny is still happening, charities say

Cooks chop dog meat at a dog meat restaurant on the day of local dog meat festival in Yulin

People toast over a dog meat dish at a restaurant on the day of local dog meat festival in Yulin

The majority of 'meat dogs' in the country are stolen pets and strays, according to an investigation published this month by Hong Kong-based charity Animals Asia, though eating dog is unusual in most parts of China.

Shortly after the protest in another part of Yulin, traders openly sold dogs off the back of scooters as hundreds gathered at a market. Many dogs were kept in tightly packed cages.

Yesterday, undercover footage of the notorious Yulin meat festival, where butchered dog meat is eaten and washed down with lycee wine.

Harrowing pictures have emerged of the stolen family pets and other waifs and strays, stuffed inside cramped metal cages as they are lined up to be sold at the cruel carnival.

Campaign: Animal rights activists protest against the local dog meat festival in front of a city hall in Yulin

Men whom animal rights activists believe to be plain-clothed police snatch placards from activists in Yulin

Undercover footage shows dogs for sale at Yulin animal market

Dogs can be heard yelping as animal rights' campaigners surreptitiously film the dog markets, keeping the camera hidden from view for fear of angering locals.

And photographs, taken by members of Humane Society International (HSI) capturing brutal slaughterhouse scenes in the city, clearly show the trade in dog meat is already well underway.

Distraught campaigners and outraged locals have been going there to buy pups and save them from certain death.

Hundreds of animals have been rescued and purchased from dog meat traders, but thousands are expected to be killed and their meat consumed for the festival, which authorities have tried to deny is still happening, charities say.

'We've seen all manner of dog breeds coming in to the rescue shelters, some of them obviously someone's pet because they still have their collars on with their names,' said Adam Parascandola, from the HSI.

Taunted: A mother dog carries a basket with a sign reading 'pups for sale' as a man gleefully takes photos

Trade: A customer holds a puppy for viewing at Dashichang dog market ahead of a dog meat festival in Yulin

Sad: Dogs are kept in a cage at Dashichang dog market ahead of a local dog meat festival in Yulin, Guangxi Autonomous Region

Cruel: Some of the dogs suffer injuries during transportation from being kept in tiny cages like these

Vendors wait for customers as dogs are kept in a cage at Dashichang dog market ahead of a local dog meat festival in Yulin

Undercover footage: A campaigner records the scenes in Yulin as it prepares for the local meat festival

'There are also a lot of cats and tiny kittens rescued. It's nauseating to think that these poor guys were next to be beaten to death and eaten.

“ It's nauseating to think that these poor guys were next to be beaten to death and eaten.”

Adam Parascandola, Humane Society International

'We know that these are only a small number compared to the thousands who have already suffered and died, but every life saved is precious.'

He said there was a 'real divide' in Yulin between the older generation dog meat traders and the younger generation Chinese animal traders who want it to stop.

He said: 'We've also seen just ordinary Chinese citizens who have no connection at all to animal rights but have seen the news and felt compelled to come down and help these animals.

'It's inspiring actually, and a real sign of hope for a future China without this horrific dog and cat meat trade.

Many of the animals die on the long truck journeys from across China with others suffering such horrendous injuries that they cannot stand in the filthy pens they are transferred to.

Saved: Adam Parascandola holds one of the lucky rescued dogs as thousands are expected to be slaughtered in the coming days

A survivor? A man holding his young boy chooses a puppy at Dashichang dog market ahead of a local dog meat festival in Yulin. Some dogs are sold as pets but most as meat at the festibval

Slaughtered: Butchered dogs at a slaughter house in a dog meat market ahead of the Yulin festival

Dinner: A boy looks at a bowl of dog meat carried by a waiter at a dog meat restaurant as his family has a gathering to eat dog meat and lychees

Off to market: A man loaded butchered dogs drives past a pet dog at a dog meat market ahead of a local dog meat festival in Yulin

Shocking: A butcher holds a butchered dog at a slaughter house in a dog meat market with dozens of dead cats laid next to him

Preparations: Cooks cut dog meat at a dog meat restaurant ahead of local dog meat festival in Yulin

Controversial: A cook roasts crispy-skin dogs in a restaurant as some 10,000 dogs are expected to be killed

Those who do survive are clubbed over the head and have their throats cut open before they are thrown into boiling water. The butcher then plucks all the hair, removes all the organs and puts the dog on the grill.

Up to 10 million dogs are believed to be killed for their meat in China every year, with as many as 10,000 killed for the Yulin festival alone.

The festival itself has no cultural significance, it was invented by dog meat traders in 2010 as a way to boost their flagging business.

Although dog meat can be found in China today, it is not widely eaten by the average Chinese person and is not part of mainstream culinary practice.

Xing Hai, a Chinese activist working with HSI, said: 'I'm ashamed that around the world China has become famous for its animal cruelty, and Yulin in particular, and I want people to know that there are thousands of us here in China who are sickened by this cruelty too.

'This is not the China that we want, the old ways of treating animals have to end, Yulin is just the start.'

Inhumane: The cats whose meat will eventually be sold for around £2 per half a kilogram - are crammed so tightly into cages they can barely move

Cruel: Dogs are kept in a cage at Dashichang dog market ahead of a local dog meat festival in Yulin, Guangxi Autonomous Region

BOoming trade: Vendors wait for customers as dogs are kept in a cage at Dashichang dog market ahead of a local dog meat festival in Yulin

Poor conditions: A dog with a weeping eye lies at the Dashichang dog market before Yulin's meat festival

Fierce trade: The dogs are bought and sold before the cruel festival in Yulin, China

For sale: Caged dogs wait to be sold in a market on Sunday before the official start of the festival

Cooked: A butcher grills a butchered dog at a slaughter house at a dog meat market in Yulin

The organisation claims the local government could be violating China's national policy by allowing the cruel festival to continue.

It is legal to eat dogs in China and the country has no law protecting the welfare of pets but its Ministry of Agriculture has strict rules which require every cat and dog to have an 'inspection certificates' before they are transported.

Because most of these animals are stolen pets or strays grabbed off the street, dog meat traders do not have the right paperwork or produce 'fraudulent documents' instead, HSI claims.

Some slaughterhouse owners admitted they did not have 'quarantine certificates' and local health inspectors never visit to check out the animals - many of whom look visibly sick.

Smashed to death with a sledgehammer: Customers watch as Chinese vendors sell ‘fresh donkey meat’ by the side of the road after killing animals in front of them

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz3dt02mMaV

getagrip 23-06-2015 12:14 PM

Thank you for making this thread, op.

It's absolutely sickening to read, ( and I cant bring myself to watch the videos you've posted) but I do think people should be made aware of what's going on. Very sad, indeed.

turquoisefire777 08-07-2015 11:34 AM


Originally Posted by Getagrip (Post 1062521442)
Thank you for making this thread, op.

It's absolutely sickening to read, ( and I cant bring myself to watch the videos you've posted) but I do think people should be made aware of what's going on. Very sad, indeed.

thank you and you are most welcome. :)

I can see clearly now - The Seals Of Nam


Firefighter Carries Injured Dog All The Way Down A Mountain


By Anna SwartzFollow
07 July 2015
Like thousands of dogs all across the country, Rue had a pretty scary holiday this Fourth of July. The one-and-a-half year old vizsla got spooked by the sound of fireworks in her Salt Lake City neighborhood on Saturday afternoon and bolted into the nearby mountains.

Hikers discovered Rue the next day on a trail, frightened, thirsty and nursing injured paws. She was three miles from her home. They called the Salt Lake City fire department and a crew of firefighters hiked up to where Rue had been found.

Realizing she was too tired and hurt to walk down by herself, firefighter Tony Stowe lifted Rue up on his shoulders and began to hike down the mountain.

The Salt Lake City fire department posted some photos online of the rescue, including some group shots of Rue and her rescuers stopping to drink some water — and enjoy the view.

The firefighters delivered Rue safely to Animal Services, where a microchip scan led them straight to her worried family. Rue and her humans were happily reunited, and the lucky pup can now claim a bunch of new friends in the local fire department.


Saved from the slaughterhouse: Pets rescued from the dog meat trade find loving UK homes after surviving horrifying abuse


Soi Dog Foundation, based in Thailand, adopts rescues out to the UK
Many dogs were saved from meat trucks on their way to slaughter
The charity is now vying for a Guinness World Record to raise awareness
It hopes to gather and photograph 800 dogs wearing bandanas

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...#ixzz3fIgMXpvf

You wouldn't think it to look at them, but these dogs were once teetering on the verge of death - some of them rescued from trucks headed to Asian slaughterhouses, where they would have ended up as meat.

Thanks to Thailand-based animal rescue operation, Soi Dog Foundation, the lives of these charming canines have been transformed - and they are now all based in the UK with doting owners.

As part of an awareness campaign, Soi is inviting dogs and their British owners to an event on Saturday in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, where they hope to bag themselves a Guinness World Record for photographing 800 bandana-wearing canines in once place.

Soi, which was co-founded in Phuket by English retired couple John and Gill Dalley in 2003, sends dogs to countries including Britain and the US every week for adoption.

The ex-pats work seven days a week, often for 14 hours per day, to spay and neuter local strays, re-home desperate dogs and cats, and fight to end the dismal Asian dog meat trade.

Gill lost both her legs below the knee in 2004 to septicaemia, an infection she contracted in Thailand while carrying an injured rescue dog to safely from a flooded field.

To date, Soi has re-homed hundreds of dogs from dire straits and spayed thousands more.

Polo was found on the streets of Thailand two years ago, and had been abused, starved and neglected so badly she was not expected to live. But Gill personally nursed her back to health and she later joined her new owner Donna Freelove in Warwickshire.

She has a sister called Martha – a rescued Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Other success stories include the case of Odie and Fay, both former meat trade dogs who now live with owner Lorraine Hepburn in West Sussex.

Lorraine, who has six rescues in total, said: ‘When I saw the pictures of Odie and Fay in 2012, along with all the dogs rescued from the dog meat trucks, I was horrified that people could be so cruel to steal pets for food and kill them so barbarically.

‘This is not a cultural issue or poor people who have no money for food. The dog meat is sold at a high price with the promise of enhancing virility, among other false promises.

‘The dogs are tortured before they're killed in the belief that the adrenalin tenderises the meat. And the latest news from Vietnam, according to Soi Dog, is that a mother and pups is the new gastronomic delight.

‘My dogs adapted very quickly to their new life and and although it took some work they are now happy, intelligent, affectionate, loving dogs and I wouldn't be without them.’

Lotto, who lives with owner Marion Behn in England, was a Thai pet stolen for the meat trade.

'When I first got Lotto in October last year, he’d just about given up on life,' Marion said. 'He was in a very sorry state.

‘But now he’s a very happy boy, he took instantly to life in the UK and, because of his gentle nature, is loved by everyone he meets.’

Charlie is the latest dog rescued from the meat trade to come to new owners in Britain, and only arrived on Saturday.

Her new owner Jean Pooley said: ‘Ironically, this gorgeous little girl arrived in the UK on the eve of Yulin Dog Festival in China - 20 June. She's very shy and has a lot of obstacles to overcome but she's very loving and has put all her trust in me.’

Rug was adopted by Sue Coles in February and lives with her near Swansea with her other rescue dog Sasha.

Envie – short for Princess Envelope Wilson – is owned by Katy Murray, who lives in Tring, Hertfordshire. The Wilson part of her name came from a dog that was rescued from the same truck Envie was on, destined to be slaughtered for meat in either Laos or Vietnam, but sadly died of a viral disease in the shelter.

“Envie was stolen from her family - most dogs that end up being slaughtered for meat have had owners because wild dogs are too difficult to catch”

Katy says: ‘Envie was found in a chicken crate full of dogs on the back of a packed lorry. She must have seen many trucks of howling, terrified dogs arrive at the shelter. For this reason, she's still scared of large trucks.

‘She's also scared of string and rope, so I think she must have been noosed when she was stolen from her family.

'Most dogs that end up being slaughtered for meat have had owners because wild dogs are too difficult to catch.

‘She's also scared of sticks and brooms - I imagine she was beaten at some point. But despite all that she has suffered she loves people, children in particular.

'I imagine somewhere in Thailand there's a little boy or girl who loves her - I wish I could let them know she's safe. She's the funniest, most spirited dog and so clever. She has her own door bell that she rings to be let out into the garden.’

Taa Reua - Roo Roo to her new owners Darren and Jackie Merrick, who live in Harwich, Essex - was in a dreadful state when rescuers from Soi first found her:

‘She was found tied up on a rope 24 hours a day,’ explained Jackie. ‘The rope was so tight that it was buried into her skin, causing a two-inch wide wound around her entire neck.’

After successful treatment at Soi, Taa Reua came to Britain nine months ago and has fitted in well with her new family, making friends with their two Labradors, although she's still shy of other dogs.

Rosa had been stabbed in the chest when she was found and rescued by Soi last year.

She was adopted by Fiona Melville, who lives in the Cotswolds, in April, and has since won rosettes in dog shows.

She has also qualified for the semi finals of ‘Best Rescue Dog’ at Discover Dogs at the London Excel Centre in October – the winner goes onto Crufts next year.

‘She’s three years old, very intelligent, loves long walks and is a very fussy eater!’ said Fiona.

Makham was adopted by Clare Broom, who applied to Soi after moving to Ireland last year. She noticed her other British rescue dog Bamber had become depressed because he was missing his old canine friends. The vet suggested getting another dog so Clare went to Soi.

‘I saw her on the website and was smitten,’ admitted Clare. ‘She came to me this March and we all get along brilliantly. She’s adorable.’

Molly Mockingjay is owned by Chris Amor and lives in the West Midlands. At eight months old she was found in Thailand badly burned.

Lucy, who could be any age between two and six, is owned by Anna Allen and arrived in the UK in April this year. Her best friend Linus, about four, is an Irish Puppy Mill rescue who was adopted by Anna three years ago.

Koda is owned by Gaynor Less, and was at Soi's rescue centre in Thailand for 18 months after being hit by a car. She came to the UK 15 months ago and is joined at the hip with Gaynor's other rescue, Eli.

Soi's British event this weekend is being organised by charity supporters Isabel Van De Ven and Zat Lewis.

'We encourage everyone in the vicinity of Ross-on-Wye to come along,' they said. 'Bring your adult dog or dogs with you for a day you’ll never forget.'

turquoisefire777 08-07-2015 12:48 PM

Video Captures Tearful Moment Little Girl Realizes Where Meat Comes From


By Ameena Schelling
06 July 2015

This girl knows the truth: Animals are our friends.

A recent video shows the touching moment a little Irish girl discovers where meat comes from — and swears it off forever.

Five-year-old Indie-Rose had asked to help prepare dinner, but when she saw the turkey she was supposed to help cook she quickly put two and two together.

In the video, she sobs at the kitchen table as her mother's partner attempts to soothe her. "I don't like when people eat animals," Indie-Rose says. "I don't want them to be chopped up."

She then tearfully explains, "I don't want to kill a horsey." When her mother's partner says that they don't eat horse, she sadly responds: "But pigs are nice. And chicks are nice. And cows are nice."

"I don't like when they chop animal-people up," she adds.

This girl might be young, but she's wise beyond her years. And according to her mother, Indie-Rose has been vegetarian ever since the incident.

"She's always had a soft heart towards animals," her mother told The Independent. "She wouldn't even let me kill a fly or a spider."

You can watch the heart-wrenching video below.

I don want to eat animals


turquoisefire777 10-07-2015 02:25 PM

South Korea Dogs Rescued from Dog Meat Farm


Dogs saved from Korean dog-meat farm arrive in Calif.


Nearly 60 South Korean dogs raised for slaughter have arrived in Northern California to begin new lives as human companions instead of dinner.

The Humane Society International and the Change for Animals Foundation rescued the 57 adults and puppies from a dog-meat farm, outside Seoul, whose owner agreed to get out of the business and grow chili peppers instead. The canines, ranging from beagles, poodles and Korean Jindos to mastiff-like Tosas, began arriving this week in San Francisco, where the local SPCA is caring for them until they are ready for adoption around the region.

The dogs had lived under cruel conditions — crammed into small, dark, filthy, unheated cages. They were destined for markets where their kind are electrocuted, hanged or beaten to death before butchering.

The rescue and farm conversion was the second since January, when 23 dogs were removed from a similar operation in the South Korean countryside.

Adam Parascandola, who directed the rescue operation,
Adam Parascandola, who directed the rescue operation, holds one of the puppies at the dog-meat farm in Hongseong, South Korea. (Photo: Manchul Kim, AP, for Humane Society International)

"These incredible animals have survived unthinkable conditions and suffering as part of the dog-meat industry. They deserve to spend the rest of their lives in loving homes," said Jennifer Chung, vice chair of the SF SPCA Board of Directors. "Ultimately, we're hoping to completely end the practice of consuming dogs as food."

South Korea has thousands of dog-meat farms, and an estimated 2 million farm-raised canines there are killed for food annually, the Humane Society said. Animal activists are also targeting China, where tens of thousands of dogs — all allegedly snatched from owners or the streets — end up in hot pots during summer solstice dog-meat festivals. Since August, more than 8,000 dogs had been rescued en route to slaughterhouses.

HSI has partnered with the growing animal-rights movement in Asia to end the dog-meat trade in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

"There is a belief that dog meat is beneficial for your health, particularly during hot months," said Adam Parascandola, who headed the rescue. "It's really primarily the older population that consumes dog meat. Most of the younger population does not consume the meat and they're not interested in consuming it."

Two of the rescues from a dog-meat farm near Seoul
Two of the rescues from a dog-meat farm near Seoul rest at the San Francisco SPCA on March 19, 2015. (Photo: Sammy Dallal, AP, for Humane Society International)

Animal-rights groups see the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as an opportunity to work with the government and farmers to change attitudes about raising, eating and caring for dogs.

"In South Korea, there is a tendency to keep only purebred dogs as pets and there is little interest in adopting 'meat' dogs," writes Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the U.S. Humane Society. "We are focusing on a public awareness campaign to close the gap in perception between a 'pet dog' and a 'meat dog' — something that is already happening with the increase in the pet industry throughout Asia."


turquoisefire777 11-07-2015 01:08 PM

This Waterfall Is Filled With Hundreds Of Baby Seals Having An Epic Cuddlefest

What makes a gorgeous waterfall hike even better? Hundreds of adorable baby seals.

Every year, near Kaikoura, New Zealand, a large pod of fur seal pups swim down a stream to the picturesque Ohau waterfall, where they engage in an epic cuddlefest.

The pups play near the waterfall all throughout the winter (June through August), while their mothers hunt for food in the ocean, returning every so often to bring food back to the party.

The waterfall is part of the Ohau Point Fur Seal Sanctuary and is home to an estimated 3,000 seals.

The best part? It's only a 10-minute walk to the waterfall.

Just drive 16.8 miles north of Kaikoura via South Highway 1. Park at the second parking lot on the right-hand side of the road. This is where the hike begins.

But hurry, the pups, in all their adorable glory, await you:



turquoisefire777 14-07-2015 06:55 AM

Paralysed dog rescued, watch her amazing recovery!


Dachshund Honored After Giving His Life to Save Little Girl

In between their recess games, children at a playground in the Serbian city of Pancevo stop to see a bronze life-sized Dachshund, who looks over their play. And no one appreciates those visits more than Nikolina Vucetic.

The statue was erected in honor of Leo, who saved Vucetic, then 10 years old, from a vicious dog attack near her home last year. According to the Associated Press, Vucetic was walking home from a friend’s house when a large dog grabbed her and pinned her to the ground. Normally afraid of dogs larger than him, Leo, the neighbor’s pint-sized companion, leapt into action. He jumped on the larger dog, who released the young girl and turned on Leo instead.

Leo died of his injuries, but the community remembered him fondly for his brave act. An animal advocacy social media group fought to have him officially honored with the country’s first dog statue.


turquoisefire777 19-07-2015 10:40 AM

World's Most Badass Squirrel Takes On Snake

Don't mess with Texas.

Texas squirrels, that is. Ranger William Leggett with Guadalupe Mountains National Park heard a kerfuffle outside and went to check on it, stumbling into an epic squirrel v. snake battle.

Guess who won.


The rock squirrel then decided he was hungry, and proceeded to eat the snake. "The squirrel devoured most of the snake, bones and all, down to the last two inches," the park wrote on its Facebook page.

Rock squirrels are omnivores, and while they usually stick to plants they also eat eggs, reptiles, insects and even carrion — and this squirrel's cuteness certainly belies his scrappiness.

turquoisefire777 24-07-2015 12:55 PM

China: Beating People’s Pet Dogs To Death

Dog owners are left sobbing on the ground, in pools of their pet dog’s blood as official Dog Beaters laugh in their face. Dog owners do not even have the dignity of burying their pet, which is thrown onto a lorry of beaten, broken and bloodied dog corpses. Beaten dogs are often not killed outright, but left to die slow agonised deaths on the corpse-lorry. Pleading and begging owners are met with violence.


turquoisefire777 25-07-2015 03:54 PM

oh no! not cool!!!

NOAA Prepares for Hawaiian Monk Seal Vaccinations

Measles is a virus often associated with children. But a form of measles could threaten one of the state’s critically endangered marine mammals. And that’s got officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration jumping into action. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Armed with a 16-gauge needle attached to a long pole, NOAA Fisheries Veterinarian Michelle Bar­bi­eri, demonstrates how to vaccinate a monk seal. She takes a step forward and aims the pole at the seal’s gluteal muscles. After jabbing the needle into its behind, she quickly releases the vaccine and backs away.

This scenario played out with an artificial monk seal used for practice. Marine officials have been conducting a three-day drill to prepare for the possibility of morbillivirus, more commonly known to humans as measles. The disease has already wiped out tens of thousands of seals in Europe and has been detected in the northeastern United States. Scientists worry it could prove fatal if it reaches the islands.

“It’s a disease that’s highly lethal for marine mammals,” said Charles Littnan, the lead scientist for NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program. “It could be catastrophic for the population.” Littnan said with only 1,100 monk seals left, even losing half the population could make it so that the species could never recover. “It could be the death blow to the population,” said Littnan.


turquoisefire777 25-07-2015 05:33 PM

Breaking News: Obama Announces Landmark Commercial Trade Ban on Ivory

With Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, President Barack Obama announced that the United States will take urgently needed steps to curtail wildlife trafficking and address the devastating elephant poaching crisis, issuing a proposed rule that will establish a near-complete ban on the commercial ivory trade in America. The president made his remarks just minutes ago in Kenya, one of the countries in Africa that has seen its elephant population decline from 175,000 in the 1970s to about 35,000 today because of a merciless onslaught by poachers, including Al-Shabab militants coming out of Somalia.

We’ve been calling for U.S. leadership to combat the illicit trade in ivory, and we are glad that the President is using the bully pulpit to draw attention to this crisis and to take a critical step toward strengthening U.S. policy. According to one estimate, the United States is the world’s second largest market for ivory product sales, behind China, and we cannot claim the mantle of leadership on this issue without taking bold action commensurate with the crisis that’s unfolded. China’s recent announcement that it, too, would take action on the subject is also enormously significant, and we hope that our president’s action spurs the biggest power in the Old World to adopt a timeline to phase out commercial sales of ivory in that vast market.

It is estimated that one elephant is killed in Africa every 15 minutes – with much of the killing conducted by militias and militants turning tusks into cash and intent on destabilizing nations and looting them of their resources. At the current rates of killing, this iconic species may go extinct in little more than a few decades.

Two years ago in Tanzania, the President announced an executive order to direct action and better organize the U.S. government’s efforts to combat wildlife trafficking. The proposed rule announced today is a derivative of that prior declaration. Another positive outcome from the executive order has been the U.S. Agency for International Development’s investment of millions of dollars in new programs across more than a dozen countries to help combat wildlife trafficking. Congress has called for a study on the link between poaching and terrorism, and the Department of Defense is now getting involved to track down terrorist poachers. Private philanthropists are contributing weapons and wardens to help fight the militants in the forests of Central Africa, the savannahs in the east, and also in the mixed habitats in southern Africa. Botswana has banned all sport hunting of elephants, and is building its economy around sustainable and humane tourism.

We’ll undoubtedly hear some carping from people who want to sell ivory in the United States – people who place their own private circumstances and wishes ahead of the global interest in saving elephants and protecting the economies of African nations. I am dumbfounded by the inability of these privileged few to see beyond their own circumstances. This is an issue not just about protecting elephants, but alleviating poverty, spurring economic growth, and fighting off people intent on destroying governments and terrorizing communities.

More than any other animate or inanimate resource, it is the wildlife, especially elephants, who draw millions of people to Africa. These wildlife enthusiasts spend billions of dollars and their commerce fuels efforts to educate children, pay for vaccinations, and provide jobs to people in both urban and rural areas.

Here’s a case where protecting wildlife is bound inextricably with core concerns about economic and national security. The range states in Africa would be devastated if they lost their elephants. We can help them best by closing down our markets for ivory in the United States and China and shutting down the economic incentives for terrorists to kill elephants for their coveted tusks.

The HSUS applauds President Obama and his administration for cracking down on the commercial ivory trade. We having been working hard to ensure the release of this long-awaited rule that will help save the last remaining African elephants. We need to flood the White House with comments in support of it, to forestall blocking maneuvers by some lawmakers in Congress and by special interests.



Obama Announces Major Restrictions on Ivory Trade


turquoisefire777 26-07-2015 10:45 AM

Blood Lions documentary exposes canned hunting horrors in South Africa


Lion breeders, traders, canned hunting operators, hunters, cub petting and cuddling facility owners, beware.

The Blood Lions story will blow the lid off the claims that what you do is in the name of conservation, education and research.

On July 22, the documentary feature film Blood Lions premieres at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, exposing the practices of predator breeding and canned or captive hunting as significant blights on South Africa’s otherwise proud conservation and ecotourism record.

The film is a collaborative project between a number of committed individuals and organisations that include the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

Since the late 1990s I have been a journalist and campaigner, along with many others, working hard to have these horrors exposed and closed down.

When I started my research there were thought to be less than 1,000 predators in captivity. By 2005 when I compiled a detailed report for IFAW that was submitted to government, the numbers had grown to between 3,000 and 3,500. Today, according to breeding and government sources, there are more than 200 facilities holding anywhere between 6,000 and 8,000 predators, mostly lions, in cages or confined areas.

The numbers clearly show how the breeders and hunters on so many private South African farms continue to cash in on the commercial exploitation of lions and a variety of other species.

If we don’t act now, South Africa could well end up in the shameful situation of having over 12,000 large predators in captivity by 2020.

While there are many disturbing aspects to these industries, the false conservation claims being made in attempts to justify the activities stands out as being nothing other than fraudulent. None of these breeders or facilities is regarded as a legitimate conservation operation, and not a single recognized lion ecologist would use these captive bred lions in any relocation programme. Allowing these practices confuses conservation messages and priorities, and in some ways diverts valuable conservation funding away from where it is needed most.

Instead, these animals are being bred for use in a variety of lucrative revenue streams ranging from the petting and adoption facilities through the ‘walking with lions’ operations once they get older to being traded or slaughtered for the burgeoning lion bone trade. Most of the large males end up being shot in canned or captive hunts.

In 2013, close to 1,000 lions were killed by canned hunters.

If we don’t act now, South Africa could well end up in the shameful situation of having over 12,000 large predators in captivity by 2020.

With the release of Blood Lions, I sense we have the best chance to make a real and significant impact that will result in affective legislative change to end the commercial exploitation of lions and other predators.





the tealady 26-07-2015 12:20 PM

Tonight a girl came into our shop with a young cat that was lost. I don't care that its against the law. We didn't let it into the kitchen or anything risky like that. We were able to give her some food for it and the phone number of the council dog catcher so it can be reunited with the owner. The weather has been bad lately BUT it is July so those cute Christmas kittens will be being dumped.

huyi 27-07-2015 12:55 PM


Originally Posted by turquoisefire777 (Post 1062546188)
China: Beating People’s Pet Dogs To Death

Dog owners are left sobbing on the ground, in pools of their pet dog’s blood as official Dog Beaters laugh in their face. Dog owners do not even have the dignity of burying their pet, which is thrown onto a lorry of beaten, broken and bloodied dog corpses. Beaten dogs are often not killed outright, but left to die slow agonised deaths on the corpse-lorry. Pleading and begging owners are met with violence.


jesus christ, the chinese are ruthless and barbaric, what a disgrace, i feel sick looking at that site, i wish i could get a bamboo stick and beat them to death and chuck them in a cesspit and leave them to die.

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