USA: Woman Drowns Puppy In Airport Toilet – Petition and 2 Others.

Please sign the petition and urge the authorities to treat this case with the

Woman drowned puppy in airport toilet after not being allowed to go on board with animal!

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Workers from Nebraska airport refused to let a woman board the plane with a three-week old puppy concealed in one of her bags.

So the woman went to a nearby bathroom and drowned the pooch in the toilet bowl.

56-year-old Cynthia Anderson was immediately book and charged.

Evidence suggests the woman first tried to board a plane two days before with three puppies that did not have a cage; she was denied access on board. Two of the dogs where turned over to her parents, so the woman returned to the airport with the remaining one, hidden in a carry-on bag. After being denied on board yet again, she decided to drown the Doberman puppy.

The puppy was taken to the Humane Society, where it was discovered that the puppy had significant amount of water in one of its lungs.

Please sign the petition and urge the authorities to treat this case with the utmost importance and apply the maximum penalty available, in addition to a ban on owning dogs ever again. This woman is nothing but a danger to every pet nearby and has to be punished accordingly for her deeds.

Help make sure this woman will receive a stiff jail term!



End Bobcat Trapping in California

author: Center for Biological Diversity

target: California Fish and Game Commission


Over the past few years, a rising demand for bobcat pelts in China and Russia has driven up fur prices and caused a boom in bobcat trapping in California. As a result, trappers have been targeting the boundaries of national parks — luring the cats out of these safe havens and into their deadly snares and cages.

Fortunately California’s legislature passed the Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 to protect our parks and wildlife from such commercial exploits. And yet the problem continues because trapping continues in other parts of the state, and because the law has yet to be truly enforced.

The California Fish and Game Commission is tasked with this rulemaking, and one option it is now seriously considering is a statewide ban on all bobcat trapping. But the commission will only choose that option if they hear loud and clear that we value our wildlife alive — not trapped, killed, skinned and exported to be worn as fur coats in Moscow or Beijing.

Take action — urge the commission to protect these ecologically important California natives by banning all bobcat trapping throughout the state.


Save Injured Elephant

Target: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s administrator Kevin Shea

Goal: Stop forcing an injured elephant to perform circus acts that endanger her health.

An elephant named Nosey is being forced to perform week after week for the Liebel Family Circus, despite her crippling injuries and numerous complaints made to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Nosey is beginning to show signs of severe arthritis and needs to be taken off the road immediately.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been investigating the situation and even met with USDA officials, but the officials dismissed PETA’s concerns without even checking on Nosey first. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s administrator, Kevin Shea, refused to enforce the Animal Welfare Act to protect Nosey, despite admitting that he was not familiar with her situation.

More than 160,000 people wrote to the USDA to demand that they take action to protect Nosey, in addition to PETA submitting their own documentation stating the horrible condition that Nosey is in. Despite all of this, the USDA’s only response was to say that it is “not [the agency’s] job” to physically examine animals.

Nosey needs proper treatment in order to get better and she will only get worse by being continually pushed to perform circus acts. Please sign the petition below to force the USDA to take action and protect Nosey.


Dear Mr. Shea,

I am writing to urge you to take action and save the circus elephant named Nosey from suffering worse injuries, by taking her off the road and by revoking the license of the Liebel Family Circus. Nosey is currently being pushed too hard and being forced to ignore her crippling injuries that will only get worse with time.

It is disheartening to hear that you dismissed the complaints of over 160,000 people, and PETA’s documentation stating the severity of Nosey’s injuries. These are not issues to be taken lightly and the Animal Welfare Act must be enforced in this situation. It is unethical to make circus animals perform even when they are healthy, but to force an animal to perform under duress is extremely unethical. The Liebel Family Circus needs to have their license revoked for such irresponsible behavior, otherwise this sets a dangerous precedent for other circus’s to push their animals to the limit for a profit.

Please do the right thing and address the situation accordingly. Nosey does not deserve to be pushed to such limits and needs to be taken off the road.









Global: Latest News From The Animal Food and Farm Industry.

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Minnesota Hen Slaughter Exposé: Birds Abused, Scalded Alive Daily

Investigation Is First in Nation of “Spent” Egg-Laying Hen Slaughter Plant

Author/Organization: Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

Year: 2015

Where: United States of America

Eurogroup welcomes importation ban of horsemeat from Mexico

The European Commission has banned the importation of horsemeat from Mexico following a series of audits by the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO), which identified significant traceability problems with horses slaughtered for export to the EU that had originated in Mexico and the United States.

Author/Organization: Eurogroup for Animals

Year: 2014

Where: Mexico, United States of America

Final report of an audit carried out in the United Kingdom from 29 April to 09 May 2014 in order to evaluate the animal welfare controls in place at slaughter and during related operations

This report describes the outcome of a Food and Veterinary Office audit in the United Kingdom from 29 April to 9 May 2014 to evaluate the effectiveness of controls in ensuring animals are spared any avoidable pain, distress or suffering during their killing and related operations, as required by Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009. The report concludes that Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 is not yet being implemented in the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, there are good official controls to ensure that in the main animals are spared any avoidable pain, distress or suffering during their killing and related operations, and Competent Authorities are developing tools and procedures to adapt the system of official controls to the requirements of the mentioned Regulation. Business operators, especially the large ones who are bound by industry standards, do ensure standards of animal welfare which are largely equivalent to the Regulation. The main animal welfare problem is that poultry is slaughtered after passing through an electric waterbath stunner using parameters below those prescribed in the Regulation. This happened because new requirements were not yet enforced by competent authorities and because official veterinarians did not correctly understand how this equipment worked. In addition, this slaughter was as prescribed by a religious rite which could derogate from pre slaughter stunning. The Competent Authority indicated its intention to address this problem when implementing the Regulation and to enforce the minimum parameters also for slaughter prescribed by a religious rite. The report makes a number of recommendations to the authorities of the United Kingdom to address the deficiencies noted.

Author/Organization: European Commission (DG SANCO)

Year: 2014

Where: United Kingdom

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Joint Declaration Aims to Push EU Further on Animal Welfare

Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands have issued a joint declaration on animal welfare, calling on the European Union to improve further animal welfare for those species where there are already regulations and to extend it to include others.

Author/Organization: The Pig Site

Year: 2014

Where: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands

Welfare Campaigners Urge Cage-free Eggs Sales in California

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is urging food retailers to sell only non-cage eggs in response to the the latest California egg law.

Author/Organization: The Poultry Site

Year: 2014

Where: United States of America

Californian egg welfare ruling comes into effect

As of January 1st 2015, egg producers in the US state of California need to comply with the requirements of California’s Proposition 2 , which voters passed in 2008. The initiative, backed by animal rights activists, was designed to move farmers away from traditional battery cages for laying hens.

Author/Organization: World Poultry

Year: 2015

Where: United States of America|worldpoultry|2015-01-05|Californian_egg_welfare_ruling_comes_into_effect

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NewStream Top 10: Popular farm animal care stories last year

As we kick off our coverage of the farm animal care sector in 2015, here’s a look back on some of the key stories that generated buzz and interest last year. They provide a collective window on many of the trends and developments driving change that will produce major ripples in the months ahead.

Author/Organization: Meristem Land & Science

Year: 2015

What’s in a label? Understanding animal welfare claims

Food labels that emphasize how animals are treated and cared for on the farm or ranch are popping up in grocery stores across the United States, but that does not mean that these labels are easy for consumers to understand, says Heidi Carroll, South Dakota State University Extension livestock stewardship associate.

Author/Organization: National HogFarmer

Year: 2015

Where: United States of America

Californians vote to give layer hens more room while Australian industry considers animal welfare standards

Australian egg farmers say they are closely monitoring a consumer-driven overhaul of the Californian egg production system, as it launches a review of its own industry standards.

Author/Organization: ABC Rural

Year: 2015

Where: Australia, United States of America

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Cows’ ear positions tell us how they’re feeling, study finds

Our new study on cow behaviour indicates that cows reveal their emotional state by the posture of their ears.

Author/Organization: World Animal Protection

Year: 2014

Temple Grandin: Animal Welfare Begins on the Farm

The big issues of animal welfare today are on the farm, not in the slaughterhouse, famed animal-care expert Temple Grandin told the American Farm Bureau Federation here Sunday as she accepted an award for her contributions to American agriculture.

Author/Organization: National Journal

Year: 2015

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European Commission sets out position on food safety and animal welfare in TTIP papers

The European Commission (EC) published a series of legal texts and position papers, setting out EU proposals in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with the US.

Author/Organization: GlobalMeat

Year: 2015

Denmark Leads the Way for Animal Welfare

As Denmark is becoming a leader in animal welfare, agriculture minister, Dan Jørgensen, has announced a major international conference.

Author/Organization: The Pig Site

Year: 2014

Where: Denmark


Member States sign Joint Declaration and commit to work to actively improve animal welfare

Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the Animal Welfare Declaration signed yesterday in Vught by Sharon Dijksma, the Dutch Minister of Agriculture; Christian Schmidt, the German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture and Dan Jørgensen, the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. This initiative calls on the European Commission and all Member States to acknowledge the need for better regulation, better animal welfare and to promote awareness, EU standards and knowledge in order to #Act4Animals.

Author/Organization: Eurogroup for Animals

Year: 2014

A farm-built code for animal care

This family believes their responsibility starts on their farm

Author/Organization: Meristem Land & Science

Year: 2014

Death and the goddess: The world’s biggest ritual slaughter

Motilal Kushwaha had promised the Hindu goddess Gadhimai that he would offer her a male goat if one of his children found a job.

Author/Organization: CNN

Year: 2014

Where: Nepal


Ground-breaking Animal Protection Index assesses animal welfare around the world

Our new Animal Protection Index judges 50 countries on their policy and legislation for animals, identifying where improvements can be made to protect animals and people

Author/Organization: World Animal Protection

Year: 2014

WTO is Biggest Threat to Global Progress on Animal Welfare

The World Trade Organization is blocking attempts to improve animal welfare laws around the globe.

Author/Organization: Care2

Year: 2014

Alarming Rise of Antibiotic Resistance in Europe

Antibiotic resistance in Europe has increased in the past years to the point that now constitutes a serious risk to public health.

Author/Organization: The Meat Site

Year: 2014





Serbia: News From Felix 28/1/15 – Fiona and Morgan Doing Fine – New Morgan Video Footage.

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Fiona finally seems to be doing well at last.

Her second surgery was successful and the stitches have just been removed.

She looks a lot more cheerful after the protective collar she’s been wearing for days has been taken off.

Walking on three legs is obviously not a problem for her, she’s gotten accustomed to it pretty quickly. She’s still being kept in the cage for the main reason of her own safety, as she just might get re-injured if she starts to jump around before she’s completely ready.

Long story short, we dare to hope her story will have a happy ending after all.


Above – Morgan – Earlier Times – at the vets!

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Latest pose for the camera

Morgan’s not a kitten anymore, although he’s running and playing as if he is.

He’s grown a lot, put on some weight and is already a teenager, just like that!

He doesn’t seem to have any problems now, but considering his terrible reaction to the general anesthesia during the surgery performed a couple of months ago, we can’t be sure he’s completely healthy.

However, he’s obviously enjoying life now and we take a lot of delight in his happiness :)


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England / Serbia: 28/1/15 – Update News on Serbian Animal Fighting Videos – SAV Work With MEP To Inform Enlargement Commissioner Of Failures In ‘The Rule of Law’ Enforcement.



Regarding our recent very disturbing post associated with organised animal fighting In Serbia:

We immediately followed up (this week) regarding the very disturbing videos and have been in contact with Green Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England – Mr Keith Taylor.  Keith has supported and worked with us in the past regarding Serbian stray dog issue – he is a dedicated animal welfare MEP:

In written response to us on 26/1/15; we have now been informed by Keith’s constituency office in the European Parliament, Brussels, that Keith will most probably now be writing to EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn very soon about this issue and as a result, Serbia’s joining of the EU.

The above first link gives a lot more info on what we are campaigning about.

We have informed Brussels that we are fully prepared to assist Keith with the construction of any letter if required; but we do also feel that we have supplied a lot of info and video links for him to forward to Commissioner Hahn.

Keith as always, as a dedicated animal welfare MEP, we are certain, will help us in raising this important subject of Serbian animal fighting with both the Enlargement Commissioner and also with other EU MEP’s.

We are currently waiting too hear back from Keith’s office in Brussels on the next stage, but we are always free to assist should it be necessary.  Further news will be posted on this site as and when we are able to further update.

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Keith runs an e newsletter associated with animal welfare.

To sign up for this free e publication, just mail to the following:

IMPORTANTPlease ensure that you put ‘INFO’ as the subject header of your e mail; and nothing else.

Send your mail to: –  be sure to put INFO as the subject header.

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Once again our thanks go to Keith for his support and help.

UK: Welfare concerns raised by the British Veterinary Association over use of non-stun killing methods



SAV Comment – we support the BVA on this issue 110%.  The UK is a county that abides by EU law (except for ‘religion’ (?) and stuns all animals prior to slaughter.  There should be no exemption for religious purposes.  In the UK, do what the UK wants – ALL animals stunned prior to slaughter.  Or much better still – ditch the meat and go veggie or vegan !


Vets call on Welsh Government not to spend taxpayers’ cash on North Wales halal abattoir

12:58, 26 January 2015

By Sally Williams

Welfare concerns raised by the British Veterinary Association over use of non-stun killing methods

Vets are urging the Welsh Government to end talks with a company that has been approved to deliver non-stun slaughter at a halal abattoir in Wales.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is particularly concerned that the Welsh Government is considering using public money to support the company, without prioritising the welfare of the animals.

Rebecca Evans, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, confirmed in correspondence with the BVA, that Cig Menai Cymru abattoir in Caernarfon, owned by Birmingham-based halal meat suppliers Pak Mecca Meats, has been approved by the Food Standards Agency to carry out controversial non-stun killing.

But Rob Davies, president of the BVA Welsh Branch, said the Welsh Government had failed to answer questions about whether or not they are willing to give financial support to a company which undertakes and promotes non-stun killing as a marketing tool.

Mr Davies said: “It seems that animal welfare is not a concern for the Deputy Minister in this particular discussion.

“BVA calls upon the Welsh Government to state clearly that it will not spend public money on abattoirs which don’t stun animals before killing them. I would appeal to Welsh farmers to consider the damage done to the image and reputation of Welsh meat if they knowingly take or send animals to an abattoir which doesn’t stun before killing.

Welsh meat must be welfare-friendly from birth to slaughter. ”

Current law in Wales requires animals to be stunned before slaughter but exemptions exist for animals killed for certain faith communities.

BVA is calling on the Welsh Government to end these exemptions and claims the Government also failed to give details of the species or throughput in the abattoir, without which a proper assessment cannot be made about how much meat is being used for religious practice and how much is entering the general food chain.

John Blackwell, BVA president, said: “BVA advocates that all animals which enter an abattoir be stunned before being killed; this view is based on scientific evidence that shows that non-stun slaughter allows animals to perceive pain.

“Concern about welfare of animals at slaughter is a priority not only for our members but also the general public, with the BVA’s Government e-petition reaching more than 95,000 signatures.

“This is a clear signal that the Welsh Government is out of touch with the public on this issue.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “The welfare of animals is a priority for the Welsh Government, as demonstrated by Mrs Evans’ Animal Health and Welfare Framework introduced in July 2014.

“We have implemented European Commission Regulation 1099/2009 on protection of animals at time of killing.”

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Petition stop halal.

Petition wording

Whether halal process of animal slaughtering for commercial purpose is valid?

Spread over an area of over 17 acres the plant has Adequate chillers, blast freezers, Mechanized and Hygienic Processing Area conforming to high and Stringent Quality Standards. Strategically located near IGI Airport New Delhi, chilled and frozen sheep / goat Meat can be airlifted at short notice The AL nafees group has added to Its fold a new ultra modern Integrated sheep and goat plant at Nooh, Distt. Mewat (Haryana)The abattoir is fitted with imported Italian line having a capacity of Slaughtering and processing of 1500 Animals per day, claimed by the Al Nafees Proteins Pvt. Ltd on its website, where as its slaughter house in Satakpuri, On the eve of World Environment Day, being an member of State Committee for Slaughter House (Govt. of Haryana) I have visited the said slaughter house and found that two adult sheep’s leg were broken during their cruel shifting in goods transport vehicles, which is the violation of the Cattle Transport Rules, 1978 amended in 2001 read with the Haryana Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993 section 94, two small lamb was also seen in the lairage, sheep’s were being killed adopting hallal process and it was being done in the presence of many alive sheep’s, I have got photographs with hidden camera, hence this is the violation of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001 (Copy of this rule is attached here with for ready reference), 6. Slaughter – (1) No animal shall be slaughtered in a slaughter house in sight of other animals, where as this slaughter house is duly recognized by the National Meat and Poultry Processing Board. My recommendations: 1. Shut down the slaughter house after lodging FIR against the management, official responsible and rescue all abused animals. 2. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter house) Rules, 2001 read with the Cattle Transport Rules, 1978 amended in 2001 and Haryana Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993 section 94 be strictly implemented, where as FIR No. 145 dated June 5, 2013 was also lodged with the Police station, Bhondsi in Gurgaon rescuing 170 sheep’s, while going to Satakpuri on June 5, 2013. Animal can be shifted as per their shape and size. 3. Close circuit camera be installed to check the animal abuse since transportation to slaughter the animals. 4. SPCA’s, Infirmaries, State Animal Welfare Board, State and District Committees for Slaughter Houses should be effectively managed. 5. The National Cattle Commission report, 2002 be implemented and cow progeny be declared as National domestic animals of India. 6. Camels, cow progeny slaughter be banned in India, where as transportation of camels rules may kindly be introduced with the breeding protocol for Emu and Rabbits. 7. Poultry needs attention, since hatchery to slaughter, the Govt. of Haryana issued advisory for Poultry farms be implemented strictly, all illegal slaughter houses be crack down at once, concerned officials be charge sheeted for any violation of the above said legislation’s.

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Links to some of our (SAV) past posts regarding Halal and ‘religious’ slaughter:

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Is This Not Just The Most Beautiful Thing Ever ?

A Man Amongst Wolves:

Oman: Check Out ‘Adopt A Pet In Oman’ For Some Super Buddies Looking For Forever Homes.




Adopt a pet in Oman.

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This is a great site if you are in this part of the world and are looking for a feline or canine buddy – just check out the huge selection of beautiful animals in need of a permanent forever home at

We have used a few of their images here of just a few of the super animals looking for homes.  There are many, many more.


Please check out the site at   and help in any way you can.

Thanks – SAV






England: Hillside Rescued Animal At Winter Wonderland.


There have been a lot of very depressing videos and news here recently; some things like little Tak passing away cannot be resolved as much as it is wanted; other things could be greatly resolved if some of the politicians who are able to make the change in Serbia came out from hiding behind their desks and acted to stop cruelty !

So we are giving a link to a much better video here – it is one we have shown before, but it is always great to see the excellent work of the Hillside crew up in Norfolk, here in England; feeding and taking care of the hundreds of rescued farm animals which they have at the sanctuary.

And it is the right time of year to see this, with snow on the ground in many parts of the UK.

Enjoy watching the recued animals having fun in the snow !


All funded as a charity by donations from great folk who like to see animals being cared for.

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Serbia: News From Felix Shelter 23/1 – Little Tak Has Passed Away.

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From Danica;

It’s with utmost sorrow and profound grief that we sadly announce the passing of our gorgeous little boy Tak.

Although we knew he didn’t stand a chance against the deadliest cat virus there is, a tiny glimmer of hope persisted almost until the end. Even if only one in a million is strong and lucky enough to win this losing battle, maybe he could’ve been that one? Sadly, FIP has claimed yet another angel…

Not so long ago, Tak was a joyous and sparkling kitty boy, full of life and loved to bits. But once the first symptoms of the most feared cat disease showed up, the decline was rapid and all of his youthful vigor disappeared at a frightening rate.

Only the sparkle in his big, bright eyes remained the same until the end.

Fly free now, my little sweetie. You’ll purr forever in our hearts.

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Serbia: Extreme Cruelty Exposed In Animal Fighting Videos – The EU and Serbian Authorities Have The Evidence, But Will They Act To Stop It ?

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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”  

Mahatma Gandhi


Today, we and Serbian campaigners are following up on yet another serious area of animal abuse within the Republic of Serbia – namely animal fighting.

To make it clear what we mean, here are some video links (visible to the public on Youtube) which support the cruelty we are talking about.  Please note that by the time you attempt to access some of these, it is possible that some videos may be removed once the word gets out.


By clicking on the following link, you will have access to many more (Serbian) videos which have been posted:

Note – the following videos may be removed at source, but hard copies have already been taken and are now being held as evidence where required.

Apart from specific independent actions currently being taken by Serbian based campaigners, which we cannot give any more detail on at present; copies of the (above) videos have been forwarded to specific organisations in London for review and possible further action.

During this past week, copies of the same videos were also forwarded to the EU Enlargement Commission, specifically the Head of the department associated with Serbia’s future accession into the EU, which is currently in progress –  , to make it very clear that Serbian authorities are NOT enforcing their own legislation – ie “the rule of law; which is a paramount and fundamental requirement for accession of any new member state (such as Serbia) into the EU.

Basically, by allowing this blatant cruelty to happen within its borders, by openly allowing it to be advertised and shown on web sites and media such as Youtube, and most importantly by not enforcing its own existing national animal welfare legislation, Serbian authorities are thus failing in their requirements to become an EU member state.

Serbian authorities have to prove to the EU that they are taking action – and we have seen nothing yet. 

In addition as further action by the welfare campaigners, on 23/1, Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) have been contacted about this very same issue.  Through these MEP’s; we have asked them to make direct contact with:

  • Commissioner Hahn, leader of the EU Enlargement Commission

  • The Head of the Serbian section for EU Enlargement at the same Commission

  • the EU Ambassador to Serbia, who to date has failed us at every attempt to make contact regarding other animal welfare issues, such as the future for ‘Nani’ deer.

… as well as supplying them with the video footage (above) and informing them that the Serbian authorities are not enforcing their own national legislation.

We have already had confirmation by some MEPs that our request and requirements have already been viewed by them; and now we wait to see what will result as follow up actions in the coming week.

In order to become even considered as a potential EU member state; the Serbian authorities need to be fully aware that they must take full action to enforce existing Serbian animal welfare legislation; and to prevent all the things happening which are shown in the above videos for example.

Serbian authorities must be seen to be enforcing the Serbian “rule of law” within Serbia when it comes to animal abuse issues.  Unfortunately, through a lot of our other work and posts over many years, which can be seen openly on this site, , it is possible to see that the Serbian authorities are doing very little to enforce their own national legislation concerning animal welfare.

If they do not do this, then as European citizens, do we not have the right to make the fundamental statement that Serbia is NOT enforcing its own national rules of law; a basic requirement for EU membership.

This requirement is further supported by the “Responsibilities” statement made by Commissioner Hahn on his very own EU website:  – see the 5th bullet point – “Supporting pre-accession countries in implementing democratic and economic reforms, upholding the rule of law,”


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And so, as far as we are concerned as an NGO, Serbia is NOT enforcing its own rules of law.  We see the EU Commission making it clear that it has responsibilities for ensuring that new member states DO uphold the rule of law; and we, a simple EU animal welfare NGO, continue yet again to provide the clear evidence to everyone at the EU Enlargement regarding animal abuse and cruelty within Serbia; for which very little seems to be happening as a result !

Now this latest pile of evidence has been submitted, we wait and see what is going to happen within the EU Enlargement and the EU Ambassador about all of this.

Is the EU Enlargement Commission actually going to live up to its declared responsibilities of supporting the upholding of the “rule of law” within Serbia prior to it attaining EU membership ?; or is the EU going to turn a blind eye to this animal suffering ?

More importantly; are Serbian authorities going to act relating to the existing Serbian laws by following up with actions regarding all of the footage which is shown in the videos ? – or again, are they also going to turn a blind eye and allow this to continue happening ? – blind eyes have been turned on most issues we have raised for the last 10 years or more; now we want to see positive action prior to Serbian EU membership.

The Serbian authorities have the video evidence; they know where this is happening; so why are they not acting to enforce the laws of the land and stop it ???

We wait with a great deal of interest to see what happens from all parties contacted in the coming week(s).

One thing is for sure; whatever happens or does not happen, we will report it to you, our dedicated supporters, via this site.

UK RESIDENTS ONLY – How to Take Part In the Big Garden Birdwatch – 24 / 25 January.


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Note – this event is for UK residents only.

This weekend (24-25 January) is the weekend for the annual RSPB – Royal Society for the Protection of Birds big garden birdwatch.

For 1 hour anytime over the weekend; you can record all the birds that visit your garden.

At the end, complete the form which can be downloaded from the link given above or below, and enter the numbers of each bird species which you have seen within the hour you select.

Freepost the completed form back to the RSPB who will then be able to use your data along with thousands other to build up a national picture of bird species in the UK.

For lots more info and your form, please visit the following :

This download will provide you with all the information you need for your 1 hour birdwatch in your garden.

Its easy and it is free – and it helps the RSPB to get an accurate picture of birds located throughout the UK.

Note – this Big Garden Birdwatch must be completed during the weekend of 24/25 January.

Good luck and happy watching !!

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This post will be removed at the end of January 2015.





Nani Update January 2015.

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On December 1 2014, the Enlargement Commission of the EU wrote to the Serbian Agriculture Minister regarding the situation of ‘Nani’ deer.

More importantly, the Serbian Minister was informed by the EU:

As a candidate country to the EU, Serbia is encouraged to apply best EU practices, such as engaging in dialogue with stakeholders, including NGO’s.  For this reason, I would ask you to give this case your attention”.

As of 20/1/15, we can confirm that there has been no attempt whatsoever by the Serbian government to enter into any form of dialogue and correspondence with us and other internationally based NGO’s attempting to improve Serbian animal welfare.  The Serbian government sent a document instead to the EU, which we have reviewed and from which we find many errors.

A copy of the same Serbian ministry letter regarding Nani can be found via this link:

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Also, despite several NGO’s writing many times to the so-called ‘EU Ambassador to Serbia’ specifically regarding the situation of Nani deer; he, the EU Ambassador, has completely ignored every single effort we have made to establish contact.  We have been treated as if we do not exist.

There may be many valid reasons for this; only EU officials can answer this in detail.  As you can see from many of our posts over several recent years, the Serbian government is in our opinion so corrupt and its regional authorities often so very non-compliant with their own current and existing Serbian legislation; (certainly in the case of animal welfare), we can only assume that the government will not enter into dialogue with any NGO’s as it does not know how to respond to the endless questions and proofs of non-compliance with the law that we will question them with.

With fancy letters coming from Ministers aimed at the EU to keep everything looking good in the garden, the Serbian government are literally pulling a veil over the eyes of the EU Enlargement Commission by making fancy statements to make everything look good and true; but as NGO’s working within Serbia and with ‘ears and eyes to the ground’ on many, many national issues, it is probably best to say that the NGO’s know the real situation better than anyone.  And the reality is, the current situation is very far from even acceptable, let alone any better.

For example, has the EU Enlargement Commission ever asked the Serbian government agriculture minister about the following situation for example ? – something we exposed years ago, where animals killed were simply dumped off to the side of a highway – presenting a real attraction for stray animals looking for something to eat ! – we would ask about this and what action has been taken as a result if we ever had the chance to enter into dialogue with the government.  Maybe it is because of things like this and the difficult questions that would be asked of them, the Serbian government wishes to avoid us at all costs !





Here are the links to these photos if you want to read more about what we have said in the past:

Or as another case, take this issue (below) at a Serbian farm, where NGO’s were informed by the government that everything was ‘ok’.  We were told ‘dont pressure us’ when we first drew attention to the issue shown here.

Dont pressure us !! – sorry but we assumed they were the government Agriculture Ministry who should be made aware, and act regarding things like this !!

Check out the following links for more photos and information:

At the time we were so very concerned about conditions; that we alerted CIWF here in England; asking them for a quote on what is seen (above).   As part of their response; Phil at CIWF provided the following:

It is clear beyond doubt that what is shown in these photographs does not comply with existing EU legislation, and consequently would impact Serbian accession to the EU. In the event of Serbia’s accession, these photographs could form the basis of a formal complaint to be made to the Legal Affairs Dept of the EU associated with animal welfare”.

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Read more and see more on this from our past post at:

So where are we now ? – have these issues ever been resolved by the Serbian ‘dont pressure us’ Ministry ? – or are things like this still happening ?

If the Serbian government is ignoring the wishes of the EU Commission by refusing to enter into any dialogue with NGO’s, then we now have little option but to further disclose information regarding the current situation of Nani deer.

Basically; the government works to cover up issues, whilst we work to expose the realities.

As regular visitors to this site will be aware, and which you can see from past posts on this site, we have made many attempts over many recent months to get Nani returned to the Mitic family who will take care of her.  Instead, the government has decided that Nani should be imprisoned at Zoo Jagodina.

The government letter (link further above) seems to appear very formal; but what is the actual reality of what is being said ?

Is putting Nani into a zoo a simple way of the government hopefully closing the door on the entire issue rather than actually taking the actions that are really necessary for the welfare of the animal ? – could it be the very close relationship that government officials have with the hunters that prevents them from delving deeper into the realities of the case ?

It would appear from information that we have that the Minister was actually out killing male deer with hunters on the very day that Nani was taken from the Mitic family.  This being 1/8/14.   So, would the Minister take action against those he was out hunting deer with ? – probably not.

Nani has now been sent to a zoo; to be yet another exhibit for people to look at.

Here is a link to the zoo website:

It is interesting to read one of the statements in the letter -

Article 86 on … provides that wild animals can be kept in captivity for their own needs only if their well being is not compromised, or if their living conditions that are appropriate for the type, race, gender, age and the physical and biological characteristics, behavioral traits or animal health are provided; such wild animals shall necessarily be marked n the prescribed manner“.

The zoo declares:

our animals Zoo offers a variety of facilities, all of which constitute the basic animal. In what kind of objects located 250 animal species with over 320 copies, whether certain types of their intellect reaches the human species, in which some kind of special, how big calves on arrival into the world, how certain animals can withstand under water and many other interesting things You can find out if you should come with us and take a look at this marvellous animal world situated in Jagodina. WELCOME! –”

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Above – Bear ‘living conditions’ appropriate for the type ?

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Above – Lion ‘living conditions’ appropriate for the type ?

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Above – Giraffe ‘living conditions’ appropriate for the type ?

living conditions that are appropriate for the type, race, gender, age and the physical and biological characteristics, behavioral traits or animal health are provided”

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Above and below – Tiger ‘living conditions’ appropriate for the type ?

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Above and below – Nani deer current ‘living conditions’ at the zoo.

Is this appropriate for the type of animal; and better than would have been provided by Mrs. Mitic at her home ?

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Please take a look at the photographs above and below that have been taken at the very same (Nani current) zoo during an information gathering visit made during 12/14.  We question if this is a “marvellous animal world”; but leave this for you to decide from the evidence we present.  Are the zoo conditions you see in these photos so much better than the conditions in which Nani would be kept by the Mitic family ? – No.  So we ask the question of rules and regulations only being applied when the government wants them to be; otherwise they are ignored.

We give an example of an illegal zoo further on in this post as an additional example of what we are saying.

“wild animals can be kept in captivity for their own needs only if their well being is not compromised”

Are people to assume that there is nothing wrong with the animals well being from the following pictures ?

Are we to assume that government ministries are ensuring that the welfare of the animals is paramount; just like they did NOT with  the animals kept in terrible conditions at ‘VUK’ zoo facility in Novi Pazar, Southern Serbia,? – see the following links and pictures for more proof

2 Photographs Below – Tiger and Bear living conditions at the illegal ‘VUK’ zoo facility in Novi Pazar.


Does again the EU Enlargement Commission accept everything that the Serbian government puts before them; without raising a single question as per the wishes of animal welfare NGO’s ?

Finally, take a look at a post we issued a few years back regarding another Serbian zoo; ‘VUK’ zoo facility in Novi Pazar, Southern Serbia, from which the above photos were taken:

Quote by NGO’s at the time – “We (NGO’s) now have official confirmation from the Ministry of Environment, Mining and Spatial Planning that they undertook an inspection of the facility on 5th of July 2011, and that it was found that the owner of zoo park, one Mr. Ismail Redzepovic, from Novi Pazar, does not possess any documentation in relation to this facility being operated / kept as a zoo park“.

Would the Serbian government ministry have even looked into the issue if NGO’s had first not exposed that this zoo even existed ? – or were they fully aware of the wrongs but actually decided to do nothing until exposed ?

You have to ask; regarding Nani now being moved to a zoo, and the ‘behavioural’ conditions which are shown in the photographs; have things really changed much ? – are the ‘living’ conditions for wild animals at this zoo really adequate for their behavioural traits and good health ? – there hardly seems to be a lot in the way of ‘environmental conditions’ for natural behavioural traits to be shown.  In fact, environmental conditions such as basic plants and trees don’t even appear to exist for some of the animals within their facilities!

The Ministry take no action and obviously thus think this is acceptable.  Or are there other reasons ?

Do the EU Enlargement Commission and the EU Ambassador to Serbia really take any notice of the evidence that is presented to them by the NGO’s such as we are showing here ? – do they actually ask any questions to the government Ministry about all of this ?

From their actions and the clear lack of Serbian Ministry entry into dialogue with NGO’s to this present day, it would appear not.

We will continue to expose animal welfare wrongdoings whenever we are able.

 The following photographs show animals at the zoo at which Nani deer is currently being held.

In their letter to the EU, the Serbian Minsistry declare:

Article 86 on … provides that wild animals can be kept in captivity for their own needs only if their well being is not compromised, or if their living conditions that are appropriate for the type, race, gender, age and the physical and biological characteristics, behavioral traits or animal health are provided; such wild animals shall necessarily be marked n the prescribed manner“.

 The following pictures are all of conditions at Jagodina zoo – please see the lions, tigers, bear, Nani deer and giraffe photographs from the same zoo which are shown en bloc above.  We very much question the Ministry statement that:

“wild animals can be kept in captivity for their own needs only if their well being is not compromised, or if their living conditions that are appropriate for the type, race, gender, age and the physical and biological characteristics, behavioral traits or animal health are provided”



























Serbia: Charge Made Against Subotica City Council For Non Compliance With Serbian Animal Welfare Legislation.

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Serbian campaigners have been busy – above is their charge against Subotica City Council because it still has no legal shelter within the City.

It would seem that the republic veterinary inspector had a ban in place for the catching of street dogs and cats; and also demanded a new contract be established within the next 60 days with a new shelter – because JAZIP Vrbas  city had deleted its existing contract with Subotica city because it appears they were exporting dogs to other facilities from the shelter at Subotica.

A criminal charge has been brought against JAZIP because the firm does not have enough places for Vrbas’s city dogs; a city which needs 300-400 new places every year.  JAZIP only has the capacity for 200 dogs and Subotica city is taking in 800-900 new stray dogs and cats every year.

It appears that the technical director (who you can see on the video link given in the above attachment) has declared that the (Subotica)  city will catch, sterilise and then throw out onto the streets many of the animals – which is forbidden by Serbian animal welfare laws.

This is also proof that now in 2015, Subotica city still has no legal shelter facility and that by throwing animals back onto the streets, it is also acting illegally here.  Animal welfare legislation has existed since 2009 and Subotica City does still not implement the correct Serbian animal welfare legislation.

Serbia: 18/1/15 – Further News From Felix Shelter.

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Utterly sad and totally heartbreaking, but we should’ve seen it coming :(

Our wonderful, sparkling, loving boy Tak, the only survivor out of the three kittens that arrived from a construction site in Belgrade in September has FIP. It’s a fatal and incurable viral disease which has already killed his sister Tok, and now thinking of it, it’s highly probable that the non-effusive (dry) form of FIP claimed the life of his brother Tik.

It seems all of them were doomed from the start…
We don’t really know if these three cuties were blood related, as we’ve received confusing and contradictory information about them for months, but at least one of them, if not all, were probably born to a mother who was a carrier of coronavirus.

It’s impossible to say if Tak, Tik and Tok got infected from her or from each other and if genetic or husbandry factors were involved. But the sad reality is that all of them got sick with a horrible disease with a virtual 100% mortality rate for which not only that there is no diagnostic test, but also no effective treatment.

FIP is still mysterious and the only thing that’s known for sure is that it usually starts in little kittens and strikes suddenly, weeks, months or years after the initial infection.

Just a week ago, Tak seemed to be a happy, cheerful, energetic kitty boy with no problems in the world. Without warning he began to slow down, became lethargic and his belly looked slightly swollen, but none of us wanted to see what the vet confirmed – that he too has FIP. He’s been under treatment ever since, he’s being given IV fluids, antibiotics and is being force fed as we’re hoping to make him as comfortable as possible and trying to achieve at least temporary palliation of the clinical signs.

Things couldn’t look darker at the moment and the prognosis couldn’t be worse, but maybe a miracle will happen tomorrow…

Serbia: 18/1/15 – Can You Help Keep the Cats Fed This Winter ?

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Our real winter has begun a week ago. After a couple of sunny and rather mild days for this time of year, a bitterly cold blast arrived and we were caught in its icy grip, with temperatures plummeting to 10 degrees Celsius below zero.

Although the central heating was on day and night and despite the fact that all of the kitties had grown really thick winter coats, they were eating astonishing amounts of food and the last food delivery literally disappeared in a blink of an eye.

Actually, kitties are always eating more than usual during the cold season and even though the weather isn’t so hard on us these days, it’s becoming harder and harder to keep all of the Felix residents properly fed. This winter is predicted to be brutal and it’s highly probable the worst is yet to come, so even deeper freezes are sure to be coming our way and the first big snowstorm can easily cut us off from the rest of the world.

We simply must have ample food reserves in case this happens and we get snowed in just like we did twice last year.

All of you know that we don’t usually ask for help to buy the cats’ food, but we can’t possibly feed a three digit number of kitties on our own.

If you can donate even a little, please do so, because everything adds up and it really means a lot!

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Vivisection Shorts – January 2015.

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Lab breaches causing cruel deaths

More than 1,000 laboratory animals at a secret scientific testing facility died in baking temperatures when the building’s ventilation system failed, a shocking Government report has revealed.

In total 1,132 mice and rats died because a fuse blew in the cooling system, which saw the building they were kept in warm to unbearable temperatures.  By the time technicians discovered the problem, 787 animals were already dead. Another 345 had to be killed because they were suffering so much.

In a separate incident at the lab, some genetically altered animals were found to be living in such poor conditions that 68 baby mice disappeared – presumed eaten by their own mothers. The incidents at the unnamed facility were detailed in a report by the Home Office, which conducts investigations when things go wrong at animals testing labs.

The name of the lab’s owner has not been released by the Government, for fears of reprisals from animal rights groups.  The owner is, however, understood to be a private company. The Government report said that there was a critical delay in contacting an engineer after high summer temperatures caused the cooling system to overload and cut out.

Officials said that failings at the lab included a lack of investment in suitable cooling equipment, no proper call-out procedures, shortcomings in training and resources as well as a lack of suitable contingency plans. The facility was issued with a written reprimand and a letter sent to the Chief Executive of the parent company of the lab from the Home Secretary about the incident.

Experts also said that the institution had been involved in 2 other incidents since 2010 when they were found to have breached rules. The report said: “All parties have been helpful and co-operative throughout the investigation and have expressed regret for what happened. “Once the relevant issues were identified the establishment responded very quickly to resolve the immediate situation.”   However, a spokesman for animal charity PETA claimed that the laboratory’s failings were “downright criminal”. He said: “This failure to meet even the bare minimum standards of animal care set forth in the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 isn’t just irresponsible – it’s downright criminal, and for this anonymous institution to get away with its license intact and only a slap on the wrist just beggars belief.

New animal lab planned for Cambridge

Animal rights activists have raised objections to the planned construction of an animal testing laboratory in Cambridge by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

The company has applied to include an animal research lab in the expansion of the Biomedical Campus, but the proposal has proved unpopular with the newly formed group Cambridge Against AstraZeneca Planning (CAP), as well as other environmental and animal rights movements.

The site would become its headquarters and would be the site for a significant amount of animal testing.  The company claims to use non-animal methods wherever possible, but currently experiments on over a quarter of a million animals each year. The site would be the second animal testing lab in the county, with Huntingdon Life Sciences already established in Cambridgeshire.

AstraZeneca’s building is set to have a purpose-designed rodent facility, which would support the company’s early-stage cancer research. On their website the corporation describe animal studies as “a vital part of the research process, required by regulators before they approve a new medicine to be tested on humans during clinical trials”.  Rachel Mathai, spokeswoman for the CAP campaign, explained the group’s reasons for opposing the proposal, saying: “AstraZeneca’s cruel, unnecessary experiments should be a thing of the past. Cambridge doesn’t need yet another animal testing lab.

“We do understand that AstraZeneca is big but we hope people will see that they have the legal right to challenge injustice.”  Chloe Hutchings-Hay, a second- year Psychological and Behavioural Sciences student at Gonville and Caius, said of the proposed development: “AstraZeneca should continue looking into alternatives and, when it is absolutely necessary to test on animals, minimize the harm caused to them.

“Nonetheless it seems that rodent testing at present seems to be integral in the development of safe and effective medicines.”  Should the AstraZeneca development go ahead it would finish in 2016, and employ 2000 people. The company has moved around 400 staff to the Cambridge site, working in temporary laboratories until the completion of the new facility.


Failure of mouse models

An obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed in cancer research is that mouse models do not mimic human disease well and are essentially worthless for drug development.

We cured acute leukemia in mice in 1977 with drugs that we are still using in exactly the same dose and duration today in humans with dreadful results. Imagine the artificiality of taking human tumour cells, growing them in lab dishes, then transferring them to mice whose immune systems have been compromised so they cannot reject the implanted tumours and then exposing these “xenografts” to drugs whose killing efficiency and toxicity profiles will then be applied to treat human cancers.

The inherent pitfalls of such an entirely synthesized non-natural model system have also plagued other disciplines. A recent scientific paper showed that all 150 drugs tested at the cost of billions of dollars in human trials of sepsis failed because the drugs had been developed using mice. Unfortunately, what looks like sepsis in mice turned out to be very different than what sepsis is in humans. Coverage of this study by Gina Kolata in the New York Times incited a heated response from within the biomedical research community, “There is no basis for leveraging a niche piece of research to imply that mice are useless models for all human diseases.”

They concluded by saying that, “The key is to construct the appropriate mouse models and design the experimental conditions that mirror the human situation.”  The problem is there are no appropriate mouse models which can mimic the human situation.

So why is the cancer research community continuing to be dominated by the dysfunctional tradition of employing mouse models to test hypotheses for development of new drugs?

Robert Weinberg of the Whitehead Institute at MIT, has provided the best answer.  He was quoted in the press, noting:  “Two reasons. First, there’s no other model with which to replace that poor mouse. Second, the FDA has created inertia because it continues to recognize these models as the gold standard for predicting the utility of drugs.”  There is a third reason related more to the frailties of human nature.

Too many eminent laboratories and illustrious researchers have devoted entire lives to studying malignant diseases in mouse models and they are the ones reviewing each other’s grants and deciding where the NIH money gets spent. They are not prepared to accept that mouse models are basically valueless for most of cancer therapeutics. 

In the final analysis then, one of the main reasons we continue to stick to this archaic ethos is to obtain funding.

Here is one example.  I decided to study a bone marrow malignant disease called myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) which frequently evolves to acute leukemia, back in the early 1980s. One decision I made very early on was to concentrate my research on freshly obtained human cells and not to rely on mice or petri dishes alone. In the last 3 decades, I have collected over 50,000 bone marrow biopsies, blood, normal control buccal smear cells, serum and plasma samples in a well annotated Tissue Repository backed by a computerized bank of clinical, pathologic and morphologic data.

By using these samples, we have identified novel genes involved in causing certain types of MDS, as well as sets of genes related to survival, natural history of the disease and response to therapy. But when I used bone marrow cells from treated MDS patients to develop a genomic expression profile which was startlingly predictive of response and applied for an NIH grant to validate the signature, the main criticism was that before confirming it through a prospective trial in humans, I should first reproduce it in mice! 

The time is here to let go of the mouse models at least as surrogates for bringing drugs to the bedside. Azra Raza, MD Professor of Medicine, Director of the MDS Centre, Columbia University

More drug failures

Roche Holdings’ 2 drugs recently failed late stage clinical trials for certain conditions, which resulted in more than 5% decline in its shares. These drugs include an experimental Alzheimer’s disease drug, gantenerumab, and an already marketed cancer drug, Kadcyla.

Mice injected with human brain cells grow to have ‘half human brains’ that make them smarter than other rodents, scientists have found.  Researchers claim that giving mouse pups a type of immature human brain cell, known as glial cells, caused their brains to grow differently so they became more human-like.

The results have raised the prospect that it may be possible to make animals smarter by injecting them with human brain cells but have also raised serious ethical issues about what this ‘hybrid brain’ research should be used for.  Dr Steven Goldman, who led the research at the University of Rochester Medical Centre in New York, said they had decided not to put human cells into monkeys.

Dr Goldman, whose work is published in the Journal of Neuroscience, instead believes mice with these hybrid brains could prove valuable in studying neurological conditions like schizophrenia and testing new treatments for diseases like multiple sclerosis.  The mice were also tested for memory and cognition and those with the human cells were found to be much smarter than their peers.  One test examined their ability to remember a sound associated with a mild electric shock saw the humanised mice freeze for 4 times as long as other mice when they heard the sound.


Mazor monkey farm closes

After a bitter struggle, that lasted more than 20 years, to close down Mazor Farm (Israel), which breeds and exports monkeys for medical experiments, the fight has ended and the activists have won.

The farm is set to be shut down completely and its 1,300 monkeys will be sent to a sanctuary.  The surprising conclusion came thanks to Ady Gil, a multimillionaire Israeli living in the US, who laid out $2m to spare the monkeys a life of suffering.  The festive signing ceremony included a lot of hugs and champagne.

Under a gentlemen’s agreement, it was deemed best for Dr. Moshe Bushmitz, the farm’s manager who took endless flak from the activists for almost 20 years, to add his signature to the purchase agreement elsewhere to avoid any unpleasantness for both sides. Far away, in California, Gil opened a bottle of champagne to mark the auspicious triumph.  “To be honest, I wasn’t planning on spending $2m right now,” Gil admitted from his home in Hollywood, where he celebrated the occasion with his rescue dog, Kayla, a Rhodesian Ridgeback-Pit Bull mix. “I said to myself that I don’t want to end up knowing that I had a chance to save 1,300 monkeys and didn’t do so – not that I’m entirely sure that it’s the best way to spend the money.”  “With $2m, I could save a lot more monkeys – if I manage to amend the laws that permit experiments on them by going to war with the US Food and Drug Administration.

The question is whether I can do both and I think I can. So I decided to take on the financial responsibility and act.”   Animal rights activists began their widely publicized struggle against the farm the moment it opened; and some 20 years later, an apparent solution appeared: Israel barred the export of wild animals from the country.  The decision effectively meant the closure of the farm, but the question of what would become of the monkeys remained unanswered. Last Wed, just before the farm was shut down, the attorney general approved the export of 560 monkeys to the United States – dooming them to life in a laboratory. 

“After (former) environmental protection minister Gilad Erdan decided to shut down the farm, the monkeys were clearly going to be sold,” says Anat Refuah of the Israeli Society for the Abolition of Vivisection who has led the fight against the Mazor Farm for many years.  “There were 2 options: Either they’d be sold for experiments and a fate worse than death, or they’d be sold into good hands that would save them.  Ady Gil was in Israel 2 years ago and he joined one of our rallies and when the idea to purchase the monkeys came up, I asked him if he’d be willing to save them and he agreed immediately.”  Ynet News 23rd Dec

End monkey research

Activists calling for an end to research using non-human primates have stepped up activities in Germany and Italy.

An estimated 800 animal-rights activists demonstrated in front of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany, on 20 Dec, calling for an end to the research with monkeys that takes place there.


Investigate psychology experiments on monkeys

4 members of Congress have asked the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate psychological experiments on monkeys being carried out at an NIH lab in Poolesville, Maryland.

The letter, which comes in response to an aggressive campaign by the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), claims that for more than 30 years researchers at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) have been “removing [macaques] from their mothers at birth and subjecting them to distressful and sometimes painful procedures that measure their anxiety and depression.”

From late Sept to late Oct, PETA ran more than 250 ads in Washington, D.C., Metro trains and stations, including the NIH station. It also ran ads in major newspapers. The ads claim that NIH is spending millions of taxpayer dollars to traumatize “baby monkeys by tearing them away from their mothers at birth, scaring them with loud noises and fake snakes, and addicting them to alcohol.”

The group claims that the campaign resulted in more than 150,000 phone calls and e-mails from the public to NIH and Congress.  In their letter to NIH Director Francis Collins, U.S. representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D–CA), Dina Titus (D–NV), Sam Farr (D–CA), and Eliot Engel (D–NY) reference the PETA claims and public outcry. “Prominent experts … have raised questions about the scientific and ethical justification of these particular experiments,” the letter states.

The group requests a bioethical review of the work by Feb 2015.  In response to questions about the experiments, NIH referred Science to the web page for the NICHD lab of Stephen Suomi. The page states that the lab investigates various aspects of monkey behaviour, including how this behaviour changes when the animals are raised in different environments.

This includes separating young monkeys from their mothers, measuring their addiction to alcohol, and monitoring their long-term stress levels.   In an e-mail to Science, Justin Goodman, PETA’s director of laboratory investigations, says his group is “delighted” by Congress’s response to its campaign.

The monkey experiments, he says, “have never improved human health and are superseded by modern non-animal research methods that can actually identify the causes of mental illness in people and how to treat it.”  NIH says its policy is to respond directly to Congress and that Collins will be addressing the letter in detail.

Main Sites – UK Organisation General Links:

UK – British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)

UK – National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS)


Three Petitions to support:

India: Amazing Video Of A Tar Covered Dog – Saved and Cleaned By Campaigners.


He had fallen into a pool of hot tar that smothered his body and had became rock-solid.

He was stuck to the ground and unable to move.

A passerby saw him struggling and called our help-line.

After 3 hours of massaging vegetable oil into the thick layer of tar watch his amazing recovery!

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 … and more – just one example of the great saving work:  






A Great 2014 Success Video From Greenpeace – Enjoy !


Hi Mark

We want to say a huge thanks for everything you helped to achieve in 2014! And to show how truly amazing we think you are we created this short video (click on the link below to watch):

These successes wouldn’t have been possible without you, so thank you from everyone here at Greenpeace.

Let’s make 2015 another year to remember!

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Supporter Care Manager

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Serbia / Global: Almost 250,000 People Save Dog Sanctuary from Eviction on Christmas.

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Care2 Success! Almost 250,000 People Save Dog Sanctuary from Eviction on Christmas

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Watch the great clip of Sasha and all the dogs having fun after the news of being saved:

by Laura Simpson

January 12, 2015

A quarter million dog lovers recently formed a virtual human shield around a besieged cage-free dog sanctuary in Nis, Serbia.

Care2 online petition to protect the sanctuary was an overnight sensation, delivering tremendous political impact that halted the planned Christmas eviction of the dogs (read the original story here). With just days to spare before dog catchers were scheduled to invade the sanctuary, municipal officials announced that the dogs could remain on their property for the time being. Though the city would like to use the land for other purposes, efforts are underway to persuade them to help identify a new home for the sanctuary.

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Recently, the mayor visited the shelter, and even brought a few large sacks of food with him. He stood beside the sanctuary’s founder Sasha Pesic, who was rather caught-off-guard by the appearance of cooperation from a municipal government who previously regarded the rescue center as a nuisance. Was this a simple photo op or can the sanctuary expect acknowledgment of their role in the private care of thousands of the city’s homeless dogs over the years?

One of the most amazing things to come from this experience is the change in Sasha himself. As a man who entirely devotes himself to the protection of all 450 dogs who live at the sanctuary, Sasha died a thousand deaths during the month of December when the dogs were suddenly threatened by forces he could not control. But now, we’re beginning to see something we haven’t seen in quite a while. Sasha is beginning to smile again.

If you have just a moment, watch this little video clip and you’ll be quite amazed at what crops up in the middle. Indeed, a playful Sasha seems to have rekindled his sense of joy in playing the role of pack leader to the dogs. Make sure you have your sound turned up to hear all the giggling!

The sanctuary’s ultimate objective is to persuade the municipality to provide an equally suitable property for the dogs to relocate to. The sanctuary team are waiting patiently for meetings to spell out exactly what the city is willing to offer. Those meetings are yet to be scheduled by authorities. Meanwhile, the dog sanctuary’s monthly funds to provide food and veterinary care for the dogs comes from the Harmony Fund charity.

They have established a fund to begin saving for the cost of erecting a shelter on the new property next summer. The cost is expected to be substantial. Major developments in this story will be reported here.

For weekly updates, you may follow the Harmony Fund’s Facebook page.

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Sea Shepherd’s Epic Ocean Chase of a Notorious Poacher.

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Sea Shepherd’s Epic Ocean Chase of a Notorious Poacher

A blacklisted ship is in hot water after the environmental group busted it illegally catching Patagonian toothfish.

Taylor Hill is TakePart’s associate environment and wildlife editor.

It’s been more than three weeks since the environmental group Sea Shepherd started chasing a blacklisted vessel illegally fishing in the Southern Ocean.

One thousand nautical miles later, Sea Shepherd’s Bob Barker is still in hot pursuit.

Captain Peter Hammarstedt and the crew aboard the 788-ton Bob Barker spotted the Nigerian-flagged boat, Thunder, illegally fishing in an area regulated by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. The international watchdog had put the Thunder on its blacklist of fishing operators.

“When we found them, they were actively fishing,” Hammarstedt told AFP. Sea Shepherd said the boat was using illegal gill nets to catch Patagonian toothfish, often sold as Chilean sea bass in high-end restaurants.

When it ran from Sea Shepherd, the Thunder reportedly left behind about 27 miles of gill nets in the water, which the crew of the Bob Barkers sister ship, Sam Simon, spent weeks hauling in. Sam Simon skipper Sid Chakravarty said the nets were found stuffed with more than 700 dead toothfish.

“The Sam Simon crew has given the world a chance to observe first-hand the destruction caused by this fishing method,” Chakravarty said in a statement. “Never has any conservation movement seen the recovery, confiscation, and documentation of such length of gear. The onus is now on the relevant international authorities to use this evidence to prosecute the Thunder.”

CCAMLR in 2004 outlawed the use of gill nets in its management area in the Southern Ocean, where the Thunder was fishing.

Back on the Bob Barker, Sea Shepherd, an activist group that’s no stranger to confrontation, initially threatened to “directly intervene” if the Thunder didn’t stop fishing and turn itself over to Australian authorities. But the Sea Shepherd crew decided to play the waiting game instead—chasing the vessel for more than 1,000 nautical miles to date.

On Friday, Hammarstedt told AFP the two boats were about 900 miles southeast of South Africa, and the Thunder had taken evasive maneuvers through heavy ice floes and treacherous seas in an attempt to lose the tail.

Now, it’s a waiting game. If Sea Shepherd can stay with the Thunder until it goes to harbor, Hammarstedt said the team can alert local port authorities to intervene and seize the vessel.

“Certainly we are prepared to chase these poachers to the ends of the earth and back if we have to,” he said.

Now 22 days in, the pursuit is the longest high seas chase ever, beating out an Australian patrol vessel’s 21-day chase in 2003 of the Viarsa I, suspected of poaching Patagonian toothfish.

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Tibet: Happy New Year From ‘Free Tibet’, London.

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Free Tibet (London) –

Happy New Year?

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Dear Mark,

Lovely image isn’t it?

It shows Tibetan New Year celebrations in Lhasa… but manufactured by China.

Since 2008 many Tibetans have chosen not to celebrate their New Year – there seems precious little to be happy about.

No matter when China creates lavish festivities like these. Which is ironic when the government is determined to eradicate true Tibetan culture

Propaganda like this shows how desperate China is to hide the truth. Together we need to make sure they fail.

Together we made many positive impacts in 2014, exposing the lies and sharing the reality that lies beneath:

Thousands of us supported the worldwide campaign for Khenpo Kartse’s release and the UK government took up the case after we lobbied them. He was sentenced to two years six months – indisputably unjust but much shorter than expected.

Following an appeal from Free Tibet and others, the UN demanded information from China about jailed singers and two have now been released.

We forced Twitter and YouTube to take down hundreds of fake accounts which China hoped would spread their propaganda to millions.

Our innovative ‘Tibet: know the facts’ graphic has now been seen by over 250,000 people – spreading the truth across the world.

There are simply too many real stories coming out of Tibet for China to win. Can you help us combat China’s lies and share the truth in 2015 with a donation of £10?

Namgyal Dolkar Lhagyari is part of the Tibetan exile community in India and is vice president of Gu Chu Sum, an association which provides support to ex-political prisoners and their families.

She has this message for you:

“I have so much faith in the power of the people. I’m sure a change is possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being who you are. Please continue, the battle is still not over!”

Thank you for all the support you give our work – we simply couldn’t do it without you.


Eleanor, Free Tibet Director

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Two Very Important Petitions – Please Sign and Pass On.

Importance: High


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Sent: 11 January 2015 11:47
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Importance: High

How could Farra do Boi ever be called a festival?

It is unimaginable cruelty that defies all description, since according to some estimates as the featured picture reflects that the ox having had its legs hacked off and its chest slit open?



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EU: PETITION – Reject the proposal contained in the draft of the ‘EU Animal Health Law’ that defines stray domestic animals as “wild animals”


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Reject the proposal contained in the draft of the ‘EU Animal Health Law’ that defines stray domestic animals as “wild animals”


Petition Link

Petitioning President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and 38 others

This petition will be delivered to:

President of the European Parliament

Martin Schulz

First Vice-President of the European Commission

Frans Timmermans

President of the European Commission

Jean-Claude Juncker

Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development

Phil Hogan

President of the European Council

Donald Tusk


Marit Paulsen

Member of the European Parliament

Michela Guiffrida

President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals

Janusz Wojciechowski

Minister of Agriculture – Austria

Andrä Rupprechter

Minister of Agriculture – Belgium – Flanders

Joke Schauvliege

Minister of Agriculture – Belgium – Wallonia

Willy Borsus

Minister of Agriculture – Bulgaria

Desislava Taneva

Minister of Agriculture – Croatia

Tihomir Jakovina

Minister of Agriculture – Cyprus

Nicos Kouyialis

Minister of Agriculture – Czech Republic

Marian Jurečka

Minister of Agriculture – Denmark

Dan Jørgensen

Minister of Agriculture – Estonia

Ivari Padar

Minister of Agriculture – Finland

Petteri Orpo

Minister of Agriculture – France

Stéphane Le Foll

Minister of Agriculture – Germany

Christian Schmidt

Minister of Agriculture – Greece

Karasmanis A. Georgios

Minister of Agriculture – Hungary

Sándor Fazekas

Ministers of Agriculture – Ireland

Simon Coveney and Tom Hayes

Minister of Agriculture – Italy

Maurizio Martina

Minister of Agriculture – Lithuania

Virginija Baltraitienė

Minister of Agriculture – Luxembourg

Fernand Etgen

Minister of Agriculture – Netherlands

Sharon Dijskma

Minister of Agriculture – Poland

Marek Sawicki

Minister of Agriculture – Portugal

Assunção Cristas

Minister of Agriculture – Romania

Daniel Constantin

Minister of Agriculture – Slovakia

Ľubomír Jahnátek

Minister of Agriculture – Slovenia

Dejan Židan

Minister of Agriculture – Spain

Isabel Garcia Tejerina

Minister of Agriculture – Sweden

Sven-Erik Bucht

Head of DEFRA

Elizabeth Truss

Companion Animal Project Leader, Eurogroup for Animals

Joe Moran

Eurogroup for Animals

Mr Andreas Erler

Health Commissioner

Vytanis Andriukaitis

Member of the European Parliament

Herbert Dorfmann

Reject the proposal contained in the draft of the ‘EU Animal Health Law’ that defines stray domestic animals as “wild animals”


Luxembourg, Luxembourg

This petition is a joint action by Occupy for Animals and Rescue Association Hobo Dogs Finland, started on 21st of December, 2014. The petition was submitted for official registration to the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions by Occupy for Animals on the same date.

All information about this important petition is compiled on a dedicated website, at:


Up to now, the Commission made a substantial difference between wild animals and kept animals. Unfortunately, this could now change with the introduction of the new ‘EU Animal Health Law’ which is currently being discussed in its final stage.

For the last three years, the European Commission has been drafting an Animal Health Law, which is supposed to replace and encompass most of the present EU legislation on animal health, striving for simplification and greater consistency under common principles and general rules, and under the initial draft of the ‘EU Animal Health Law’, stray domestic animals, such as dogs and cats, should have been considered ‘wild animals’.

It seemed as if, due to the voting of the MEPs in April 2014, this had been avoided and they would no longer fall under the scope of ‘wild animals’ but would be defined under a new category of ‘non-owned animals of domesticated species’. It is crucial not to let abandoned and non-owned animals fall under the category of ‘wild animals’ in order to avoid a massive eradication of them. Dogs and cats must always be considered as domestic animals, even if they are no longer under direct human control.

Unfortunately, in December 2014, FOUR PAWS European Policy Office in Brussels, reported that the proposal is presently being discussed in the last stage of the legislative process conducted through the Trialogue (which includes European Council, Commission and Parliament), and that in the present draft of the ‘EU Animal Health Law’, an opposing trend has become apparent which might now even determine the decrease of protection: the proposal tabled by the European Commission wants to consider stray domestic animals again as wild animals, despite the fact that a majority of MEPs voted against this definition in April 2014.

According to FOUR PAWS, this is happening without publicity, in the attempt to get this unacceptable definition passed without attracting criticism as it would deliberately ignore the constant requests of EU citizens to increase the level of protection granted to all animals, not to decrease it.

It is extremely important that European citizens, and compassionate people from all over the world, speak up against this  ‘two-class system’ for dogs and cats, depending if they have a family or not.

This classification is not only ridiculous, but it could lead to confusion in legal terms – to serious misunderstandings and legal uncertainty in all Member States – and be downright dangerous not only for homeless dogs and cats, but also for owned animal companions that might have got lost, or have escaped.

All in all, such an illogical distinction is scientifically wrong as it ignores the fundamental biological distinction between wild and domestic animals, and poses a serious threat to homeless animals as it would stigmatize them as ‘second class animals’. It would decrease their level of protection, ignoring the will of the European citizens who are calling for a BETTER protection of ALL animals, and it would indeed mean a major step back for the European animal welfare.

Please don’t let this happen!

Please speak up for Europe’s homeless animals by signing our registered petition and please ask your family and friends to sign it, too.  

Thank you very much, in advance.

Pia Berrend / Founder & Campaign Manager at Occupy for Animals!
Taija Jolanki / Rescue Association Hobo Dogs



Serbia: 4/1/15 – Little ‘Tik’ Has Passed Away – But Ended Life As A Happy, Loved, Warm and Well Fed Little Cat.

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SAV Comment – As Danica says below; not the start to a new year that anyone wants.  But saying this, we know that as you can see, little Tik finally got to know love, warmth and a tummy full of food, all thanks to Danica who has to be admired by us all for her dedication to helping felines in Serbia. 

Below we are showing some pictures of Tik when being cared for by Felix shelter.

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We all strongly hoped that this year would not begin with heartbreak but sadly, our wonderful and audacious little Tik gave up the ultimate struggle for life.

He was just too small and too weak and he ultimately came to the point where his exhausted body simply couldn’t carry on. Possibly he got tired of fighting a desperate but apparently hopeless fight that seemed to last forever, and it was easier for him to just let go.

He fought the hardest he could, we did everything we could, but sometimes not even everything is good enough.

Fly free now, my sweet little angel, I know we’ll meet again one day :(


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Alexander Archipelago wolf


 A unique Alaskan wolf species is being driven extinct by the clearcutting of its old-growth forest home. These same forests trap enormous amounts of carbon, slowing down global warming.

The federal government is considering listing this wolf as an “endangered species” to save it from reckless logging and hunting. This will also help slow global warming.

Alaska is home to some of the last, best old-growth forest on Earth.

By saving the forest we can save our climate too.

Please sign the petition below urging the government to protect the wolf and its old-growth forest home.






Vegan Activist DESTROYS Ignorant Reporter.

Vegan Activist DESTROYS Ignorant Reporter

Published on 14 Feb 2014

Gary Yourofsky, Animal Rights Activist, discusses common questions about veganism in this brief interview from Israeli Prime Time TV.

And destroys the ignorant reporter in the process!

Visit Gary’s website

Ol London Town; Paradise; and Wolves !

Enjoy the firework display in Ol’ London Town from last night – 31st December 2014:

In addition; we have been sent these excellent videos from Vesna in Serbia.

I am sure you will find the footage absolutely fantastic – as a self confessed ‘wolf a holic’; I especially love the wolf video.  Does this not show that these beautiful animals need to have protection from the guns of man ? – this video further increases my determination to help in the fight to get respect and justice for these animals.

America; if you kill them all off and hunt them to extinction, then there are some very serious questions to answer for future generations.

Watch the amazing videos here:

Conquest of paradise:

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Dance of wolves:

Thanks Vesna.

Regards Mark.


USA: Spy Drones Expose Smithfield Foods Factory Farms.


Published on Dec 17, 2014

“Spy Drones Expose Smithfield Foods Factory Farms”: SINCE 2012, the director of “Speciesism: The Movie” has been secretly using spy drones to investigate and expose the environmental devastation caused by factory farms.

In this video, the drones capture shocking aerial footage of several massive facilities that supply pigs for Smithfield Foods.

Find out more at




2015 Is Almost Here – Happy New Year To Everyone – and A Great Year Campaigning !


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Serbia: Felix Shelter News 29/12/14 – Fiona Has Had Major Surgery – Can You Help With A Donation ? – Thank You.

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Please share and help if you can!

Fiona arrived at the shelter about four years ago. She was one of 17 strays which had been living in a joint yard in my hometown where their caretaker was feeding them and taking care of them the best she could. That is until a cat hating neighbor hired two brutes to round up all of the cats, put them into bags, take them away and probably kill them.

All 17 cats found their safe haven here at the shelter and have been living nice, quiet and safe lives ever since, Fiona among them. She wasn’t exactly people friendly, understandably, but she’s mellowed a little over the years.

A few days ago she started to behave strangely, she was somehow too quiet and it turned out she had seriously hurt her left hind leg. Nobody has any idea what had happened, but her paw was smashed and the vet had no other choice but to amputate, which was done two days ago.

The costs of surgery and postoperative treatment will be huge, around the 250 euro mark (a little more than $300 USD) and with so many kitties to take care of, we simply can’t pay them off on our own.

Please, help this gorgeous girl who’s already been through so much!

Tripod cats can have full, quality lives and she will have that for sure, once she adjusts to walking on three legs.

Whatever you are able to give really means a lot for her!

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England: Debbie – A REAL Lady; A Brave lady and a dedicated fighter.


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Above – Debbie with musician husband Omar

As an MS sufferer of 15 years myself; I do know a little about what the illness involves.

I want to pay tribute to Debbie and Omar for their courage; tenacity and continued strength in doing what was so right for the many sick and disabled folk of the UK.

A brilliant lady – so much more in every way than the political and judicial fools that we have who often go wrongly under the title of ‘lady’..

Very much missed but always remembered.

Debbie was a REAL lady.

RIP Debbie and thanks from us all.  Omar we are thinking of you and your terrible loss at this time.

I now have to stop as I am getting very, very angry about this situation and the fact that people like Debbie had to go to court to stop her husband from being prosecuted for her killing if she decided with his help, to take her own life – the following links tell much more about this courageous lady and her husband.

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 About Us. –  Serbian Animals Voice (SAV)// // //

Mark was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2000.

He is a supporter of forward looking (non animal medical) research.  Animal testing is a thing of the past and should only be in history books now – and I say that as an MS sufferer; someone who wants a cure for something; but which will not come through animal testing, as animals dont have MS; so why artificially create it in them and then attempt to find a cure using them ? – it makes no sense.   Why not find out using genetics what makes animals different from us (autoimmune illness) and why they dont get MS and yet we do ?  – that to me is progressive research; not simply cutting up animals aka big pharma.  Marks MS causes him lots of problems every single day, but he is still one of the ‘walking wounded’.  “Despite the huge problems with MS for the last 14 years, you can still live your life and above all, fight for the better treatment of animals and their welfare”.  “That is how it has been, how it is, and that is how it will continue”.

France: Petition – French actor Gerard Dépardieu told proudly in public media that he killed a lion.



The French actor Gerard Dépardieu told proudly in public media that he killed a lion and ate the meat, this actor has to be boycotted for his ignorance towards animals and for the arrogance!!!

Petition Link:

Boycott Gerard Dépardieu for killing a lion and eating the meat and telling this in several media!!

we’ve got 586 signatures, help us get to 1,000

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Egypt: The reality of the live export trade and Halal slaughter – Warning – VERY GRAPHIC footage of animal abuse and death



WARNING – very graphic footage of animal abuse and death.

We dont like to show it but we are NOT going to sit back and pretend that everything is happy in the meat trade; this is the reality of Halal; this is the reality of Egyptian slaughterhouses; and this is the reality of the live export trade from places such as Australia.

These Egyptians are prehistoric cretins – imbeciles.

There is no way that any animal should suffer like this.

SHOCKING CRUELTY at this Egyptian Halal Slaughterhouse

Please forward this footage to the primitives at Egyptian embassies around the world.

Use the following link to find your own:

And remember; many of these animals are in slaughterhouses as a result of the live export trade from Australia.

Who is worse ? – Australia or Egypt; for both allowing this kind of thing to happen

Australia the supplier – Egypt the killer !!!!!

Boycott Halal main Facebook page:

Thailand: Hello ‘Twinnsie’ !!


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We are trying to do our little bit by adopting one little lady from Soi Dogs – her name is ‘Twinnsie’ and you can see her in the video link below:

Is she a little beauty.

Find out more about the Thai dog trade from celebrity supporters including Ricky and others by watching the following video about Soi Dogs:

Watch this amazing video below !!

This is the brief story of Soi Dog Foundation and a recap of the last few years. For more information how you can help, please visit

Thank you

Please give your support to the fabulous work of the crew at Soi Dogs.

Thank you.

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USA: A Thousand Bison Sentenced To Die This Winter !




(Photo: Mara K Tashjian/Getty Images)

December 26, 2014 By Taylor Hill

Taylor Hill is TakePart’s associate environment and wildlife editor.

With frigid temperatures and a shrinking food supply, winter can be tough on Yellowstone National Park’s wildlife. And for the area’s 4,900 bison, it’s not just nature’s elements they’re fighting against.

Upwards of 1,000 buffalo could meet their demise this winter through either hunting or shipment to slaughterhouses as park officials look to keep the herds contained and avoid a mass migration of the beasts into Montana.

It’s a balance the Park Service deals with annually, but this year’s planned culling is one of the largest since the management program was created 14 years ago, up from the 650 killed last winter. According to the National Park Service website, 300 to 400 bison will be removed by hunting, while 500 to 600 could be shipped to meat processing or research facilities starting in January.

“The plan is to capture and ship at least 50 to 100 bison per week from mid-January through mid-February without regard for age, sex, or disease status,” the Park Service website states.

But why are mass killings of Yellowstone’s iconic animal permitted in an area where they are federally protected?

The animals are flourishing within the park’s confines, but when their numbers get too large for an area, they can devastate habitat through overgrazing and push out other wildlife in the process.

And while hunting within the park is forbidden, the migratory animals often head outside the park confines north into Montana. There, Native American tribal populations have been granted rights to hunt the animals, and public hunters are given a limited number of tags for hunting as well.

That has created corridors of heavy hunting activity just outside the park’s boundaries, where hunters wait for a chance at the bison.

“This has been so tragic, and it’s way more than unsightly gut piles,” Gardiner, Mont., resident Bonnie Lynn told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Lynn said the open Forest Service land near her property becomes a bloody mess every winter, as bison move along Beattie Gulch to lower elevations—easy targets for hunters in waiting. “This year, we anticipate it will be way more than 185 [bison] killed on five acres in front of our driveway,” she said. “These animals should have a broader landscape and a safe and ethical hunt. I can understand the Native Americans’ desire to hunt, but this is not respectful of the animal.”

For National Parks Conservation Association program manager Bart Melton, the Park Service’s annual bison management program feels a little too much like Groundhog Day, and not progress.

“We have been here before, and we will likely be here again,” Melton told National Parks Traveler.

The American Bison Is Returning to Its Home on the Range

But some changes to the way park officials handle bison populations could be on their way. One option, put out by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, looked at allowing bison onto almost 422,000 acres of National Forest land with no cattle in the upper Gallatin Basin so the population could grow without severely damaging the area’s habitat.

It’s an option supported by environmentalists and bison lovers but opposed by ranchers fearful that the large animals could decimate livestock feeding grounds.

“Coming from a ranching family, I can see it from both sides. I can understand some of the concerns that ranchers have,” Kootenai wildlife manager Tom McDonald told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “But what we really need to do is just allow bison to get out and express themselves on the landscape, and over time, through our diligence, people can become accustomed to them on the landscape.”


SAV Comment – Sod the wildlife of the USA, As long as the meat producing ranchers are protected; then just go out and kill anything else that moves – Wolves, Coyote, Bison, etc, etc, – SAD !



Serbia: Marko Appeal Failed To Reach Target – Appeal Now Closed.

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Thank you to all those wonderful people who did give something; regardless of the size, towards helping Marko with recovery treatment.

We made approximately 2/3 of the money that was intended to help this little guy with his severe injuries.

As you can now see from the link above, the fundraiser closed some 15 hours ago.

I trust you all had a good Christmas with plenty of food and presents.

Marko hoped for a Christmas that would cover his veterinary treatment – sadly it did not arrive to the degree that was hoped for.

Enjoy your Christmas.

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Serbia: Christmas Day News From Felix Shelter.

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We’re still not absolutely sure if Morgan (photo above) can see anything out of his right eye.

He seems to be totally blind at times and doesn’t react at all, but then he surprises us by playing with cat string toys which he catches with unerring accuracy.

Sighted or not, he’s a miracle boy!


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Tik (photo above) is cuddly and sweet as usual, he eats normally but he’s getting weaker by the day and it seems he doesn’t have much time left :( Sometimes life is just not fair :(


Wishing you a Merry Christmas, touched with wonder and filled with love!

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On Christmas Eve,  some really great news !



Woohoo! Good news for all animal lovers!!!

This is brief update about 450 dogs from SASHA’S NO KILL, CAGE-FREE SHELTER from his sponsor Harmony Fund:

The massive international campaign to save Sasha’s dogs was successful.


The mayor made a visit to the shelter in Nis and confirmed that the immediate round up of the dogs is now halted. The dogs will be moved next year, hopefully under terms which are fair and in the best interest of dogs.

Sasha’s sanctuary is a place of love like none other. The dogs can run, play, and nap in the sun throughout the day. At night, they sleep in straw-lined beds in a stable. That is why we simply can’t let them lose their HOME.

The dogs must be relocated in about 6 months and we must work together to make sure that a new haven is ready for them.

We’re asking the city to donate a new piece of land to become the PERMANENT dog’s sanctuary and we need your help to raise the money to build the dog’s shelter on that property. After all, this dog sanctuary should be a model for others around the world. The dogs don’t suffer in tiny kennels. They live, really LIVE here, and not a day goes by when they don’t feel loved.

Thank you, thank you, thank you all for the monumental show of support.

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One of the great UK Christmas songs from days gone by and the wonderful Roy Wood – aka Wizzard !!







Serbia: Little Tok Has Finally Lost Her Fight For Life.

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It’s with a heavy heart that we inform you that our brave little girl Tok lost her ultimate battle for life.

She was diagnosed with FIP a month ago and although we all knew FIP was a death sentence, we had been doing everything we could to help this little sweetie ever since. She received dozens of antibiotic shots and who knows how many IV fluids, she had two UV scans and ate the highest quality food, but nothing we were doing could make her feel better.

In the beginning we wanted to believe the vet was wrong, that she was misdiagnosed, that she didn’t have FIP after all… Sadly she obviously did, and the final result of a battle with the deadliest cat disease against which there’s no known cure was well advanced.

Little Tok, although small, weak and still nothing but a baby, has been putting up a hell of a fight over the last three weeks, but sadly the virus always wins.

Tok’s life was brief and not an easy one and my only regret is that our paths didn’t cross earlier. She was too sweet, too pure and too good for this merciless world, but she could not have been loved more while she was with us.

Sleep tight, my little angel, you’re free from fighting and struggling now.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with Danica now – SAV.

Not what you want any time, let alone at Christmas !

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Christmas Messages From Some Of Our Animal Friends.

Hi all;

Here are a few Christmas messages from some animal buddies that we wish to share with you; including some really great video clips – Enjoy !

Jill and the fantastic crew at Animals Asia:

Dear Mark,

Wishing you a warm and joyful Christmas and a wonderful year ahead.

This has been our most challenging year to date, but with your kind support we’ve made some amazing progress. In 2014, we launched our most ambitious project so far – the transformation of a bear bile farm in Nanning, China into a sanctuary for the 130 bears inside.

To thank you for all your generous support over the past 12 months, I’d like to share with you a wonderful video of the bears enjoying their Christmas treat of fruity mince pies and coconuts!

Please go to my blog to watch the bears.

Twas the night before Christmas:

Moon bears opening their Christmas presents:

The Nanning Bears First Christmas (Free from the torture of the bile industry)

For the Now rescued Nanning bears – A Moon Bear Song – Peace by Piece:

Thank you for giving these bears the chance to experience freedom and joy!

Spreading the message about the bears really does help them all – again a huge thank you for championing them at this time.

With bear hugs and blessings,


Jill Robinson MBE, Dr med vet hc, Hon LLD
Founder and CEO

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 Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) – England

Dear Mark,

Another year of action for animals has come to an end.

Thank you so much for all you have done. The rest of the CAPS team and I hope you have a wonderful festive season and a happy New Year.

We look forward to working with you again in 2015!

With warm wishes,

Liz Tyson CAPS

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 Soi Dog Foundation

Thank you for saving the lives of thousands of dogs and cats in 2014!

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Dear Mark,

On behalf of everyone at Soi Dog Foundation, I would like to thank you for your wonderful support in 2014.

Thanks to you, thousands of dogs and cats have been saved from painful and cruel deaths.

With your support, the sick, injured and neglected have received the urgent treatment they need and you have given a second chance to orphaned puppies and kittens.

You’ve helped deliver crippling blows to the dog meat trade and thanks to you, construction for a new hospital has started, which will help save many more animals.

From all of us here at Soi Dog Foundation, we would like to wish you, your families and your beloved pets a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic 2015.

Thank you again for your wonderful support and with your help we look forward to saving more lives next year.

John Dalley 

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Serbia: Tik Is Also Very Seriously Ill, Just Like Tok. Thoughts For Them At This Time Please.

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Tik has been wasting away over the last couple of weeks even though he eats normally and I fear he won’t be able to hang in for much longer. He is just too small and too delicate, one of those angelic creatures who simply don’t belong in this world.

Something has obviously been very wrong with Tik and Tok since they were born.

Their mutual devotion is immense, they’re constantly snuggling together and it seems they’ll leave together when the time comes, maybe within days of each other.

The vet has already tried everything he possibly could and now we are waiting and hoping, but hope is rapidly fading away…



Our past links to Tok; who is also very seriously ill:

Our thoughts are with Danica at this time, and with both Tik and Tok.










EU (Belgium): Update on the Brussels Demonstration of 12/12/14.




Update on the Brussels demonstration of 12/12/14.

See our past post at     

Brussels Update/photos of massive demonstration against brutal dog killing in Romania

From: IFEEL International Hip-Hop Rapper for Animals….the Voice of the Voiceless!

Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 1:47 PM 

Here are some photos from the event:








and here are the photos on Flickr: 

We stood up for the Romanian dogs in front of the EU parliament. Demonstrations + concert + speeches. This was a mass demonstration to oppose dog killing in Romania.





Event organizer AnimalsUnited


Happy New Year to you!


SAV Comment – A reminder of why it took place:


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Serbia: Can You Help Draga To Stay Safe With Her Puppies.

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Draga was found on field  with   her puppies .. All of them were scared, sad , hungry .. Now they are on safe , but they need help . costs  of pension for one month are 40e+ 20e for food.

Please help Draga to stay on safe !!!

SAFE Donation link –

Thank you.


Serbia: 19/12/14 – Little Tok Is Very Sick – A Matter Of Time.

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Danica Mirkovic Shelter Felix

Little Tok is not doing well and sadly it seems we’re losing her.

She’s still eating and cuddling, she likes to be held, but she is getting weaker by the day. Her fur has become bristly, she is at least two times smaller than her healthy litter mates and knowing that FIP is a terminal diagnosis, all of us doubt there’s much hope left.

We’ve already tried everything we could possibly do to make her feel better, to no avail and now it’s just a matter of days, maybe even hours until she lets go.

We never gave up, she’s been trying so hard and the very best she could for weeks, but it looks like she simply lacks the strength to fight anymore.

At least she got to know how it feels to be pampered, fed and loved, if only for a short time.

So very sorry, little sweetie.



Serbia: 19/12/14 – New ‘Nani’ Photographs – We Want Her Freed Or The Campaign Moves Into The Next Phase Very Soon.

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We are releasing a few pictures of Nani in her current ‘facility’.

We are not going to say where this is at present as negotiations to release her are continuing.

All we can say to those involved is look at the international support that has been obtained for the Sasha shelter petition:

Over 157,000 signatures obtained globally in less than 1 week !!

The eyes of the world are on Serbia and how it moves (or not) regarding animal welfare.

There could be a global follow up re Nani if things remain unchanged, just as we have seen with the Sasha shelter.

Despite a letter from the EU Enlargement Commission to the Serbian authorities suggesting very much that they enter into dialogue with NGO’s; there still appears to be very little movement on this front.

We have had NO correspondence from the Serbian authorities.

We have the latest information on Nani deer, and will be publishing more very soon if we have no release news or any further dialogue information.

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USA: We’re running out of time to save Mexican gray wolves.



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We’re running out of time to save Mexican gray wolves.

After almost 40 years on the Endangered Species List, the Mexican gray wolf (also called the lobo) hovers on the brink of extinction. At the last official count, there were only 83 of these spectacular animals clinging to survival in the wild.

Tragically, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has failed to conserve the lobo, so Defenders of Wildlife has filed suit to compel them to act.

Won’t you donate to help save these endangered wolves, too? 



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