Russia: Lone Bear In Utterly Depressing Zoo – Please Sign The Petition To Support Freedom Action.

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Petition link:

https://www.change.org/p/a-bear-sits-alone-in-a-pit-in-the-utterly-depressing-kaliningrad-zoo-and-please-help?recruiter=1802370&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-md-share_petition-no_msg&fb_ref=Default

A bear sits alone in a pit in the utterly depressing Kaliningrad zoo for many years. The environment is not appropriate to the species it consists only of concrete. I fight for a couple months to find a organisation to help the bear out of this bad conditions. Nobody want to help me. I think the problem is that the bear is in Russia. Its not so easy to help him, but I never give up.

Unfortunately, the bear can not be reintroduced he is too long in captivity, but I hope I can find a sanctuary for him.

Please help me, please sign the petition. If enough people sign we can help the bear to start a new live in good conditions. The petition is aimed at ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), HSI (Human Society International) and Four Paws International Vienna. Please help sign and share the petition.

Thank s to Jane for sending this.

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Petition link:

https://www.change.org/p/a-bear-sits-alone-in-a-pit-in-the-utterly-depressing-kaliningrad-zoo-and-please-help?recruiter=1802370&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-md-share_petition-no_msg&fb_ref=Default

 

 

 

Future Farmers of America – FFA.

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Serbia: Appeal For Donations For Wheelchair for Viktor.

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https://www.youcaring.com/viktor-517223

The Story

Victor, our great fighter, is getting his second chance to walk..

At doctors advice, we managed to find good quality wheelchair for Victor, wheelchair that can support his weight, to be comfortable and to last long.

Price is for our conditions and possibilities too big, but we couldn’t take risk and buy cheaper wheelchair.

Friends, we are asking you all for help, all of you who understand and feel our tries and need to save Victor.

Without moving he won’t live for long, and that is why he needs wheelchair.

Please make Victor’s second chance real, help this broken winged angel to feel alive again.. We beg you!

https://www.youcaring.com/viktor-517223 

 

 

Japan: ‘The Cove’ Star Is Kicked out of Japan.

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‘The Cove’ Star Is Kicked out of Japan

Japanese authorities deport dolphin activist Ric O’Barry after detaining him for 19 days at Tokyo’s airport.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/02/05/19-days-jail-dolphin-activist-deported?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2016-02-05-C

Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.

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Dolphin trainer turned animal-rights activist Ric O’Barry has spent the past 13 years working to expose Japan’s dolphin hunts, and now the country has sent him packing.

Japanese officials on Friday put the star of the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary The Cove on a plane at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport bound for the United States. Immigration officials barred O’Barry, 76, from entering the country on his arrival in Tokyo on Jan. 18 and held him in a detention facility for 19 days.

His son, Lincoln O’Barry, said the deportation is a desperate attempt by the Japanese government to hide the ongoing dolphin drive and slaughter in Taiji. Each year, thousands of dolphins are herded by fishing boats into a cove at Taiji, where they are killed for their meat or captured for sale to aquariums and marine parks.

“They’ve failed miserably, and all they’re really doing is bringing more attention to the issue,” Lincoln O’Barry said. He said the official reason his father was deported, according to Japanese immigration, was that he supposedly lied about his itinerary on a trip to the country this past summer and wasn’t in the country as a “tourist.”

RELATED:  Revealing the Cove Dolphins’ Toxic Secrets

“They know all about my father, so every time he comes into the country he gets interrogated for about one to five hours, about where he is going, how long, and why,” he said. “They don’t do that with any other Americans coming into the country.”

Takashi Takano, a lawyer for O’Barry’s conservation group the Dolphin Project, said in a statement: “Tourism is not just ‘sightseeing,’ but also includes such activities as visits to places of disasters or holocaust. Mr. O’Barry’s visits to the cove in Taiji and his reports on dolphin hunting should be considered a legitimate tourist activity. To those who believe Japan is an open and democratic country, it must be shocking to realize this kind of experience can happen here and now.”

Americans do not need a visa to enter Japan for visits of under 90 days, according to the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.

Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove and executive director of the Ocean Preservation Society, said O’Barry’s arrest would only strengthen the resolve of groups like his.

“He was deported because the Taiji dolphin slaughter is a huge international embarrassment to Japan, and Ric is the most vocal protester,” Psihoyos said. “He didn’t violate any Japanese laws, but he brings worldwide attention to one of the most brutal animal atrocities in the world.”

The deportation means O’Barry must stay out of the country for five years, which the Dolphin Project is protesting.

A petition on the group’s website has garnered more than 25,000 signatures asking the Japanese government to overturn the deportation. Lincoln O’Barry said the team has filed a legal objection, with a lawsuit to follow.

“This is the beginning of something, not the end,” Ric O’Barry said in a statement. “The deportation is the green light to sue the government, something we have never had before.”

 

Past SAV posts associated with this – photos and videos included with some:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/01/20/japan-now-really-feeling-the-pressure-of-taiji-and-the-whale-hunts-cove-man-ric-now-held-by-authorities-in-japan/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/01/17/england-the-taiji-demo-in-london-yesterday-some-photos-and-video/

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/01/26/many-reasons-to-detest-animal-abusing-japan/

 

 

 

Serbia: Very Sad News From Shelter Felix. Very Fond Memories From Danica Of 3 Sweeties Who Have Just Passed.

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We should’ve gotten used to it by now that whenever something good happens, something bad is right around the corner and the bad overshadows the good way too often…

Just when we relaxed a little bit after finally filling up the gas tank, we suffered a huge heartbreak totally unexpectedly, with no warning and absolutely out of the blue. We didn’t see it coming, we couldn’t possibly have seen it coming and it doesn’t make the impact of the brutal blows any easier to accept and handle.

In only the matter of a couple of days, we lost three of our protégés, three beautiful, amazing furry creatures. Joca, Veca and Luce are no longer with us and what makes things even harder to bear, if they can conceivably get any harder, is that they were not “just cats”, but our friends, our companions, our four legged furry jewels that we’ve been taking care of, cuddling, comforting and fighting for since we first laid our eyes on them.

They were the ones we vowed to love with all our hearts until the last breath, theirs or ours…until the last breath and beyond.

However heart-wrenching it may be, I simply have to write about them one last time, as if this loving final farewell to each one of these forever gone beauties will somehow release them and set them free. So here’s to our angels, our precious meowing gems…

Luce was an 18 year old kitty girl whose owner sadly passed away last year and she evidently couldn’t reconcile herself to the loss of her beloved human. She’d been protesting and behaving badly at home for months before she arrived at the shelter last autumn, terrified and confused, as she had always been the only pet. However, it didn’t take her long to nicely adjust to her new surroundings and get used to our kitty crowd, but she never really bonded with any of us here. She was gentle, quiet and lovely, she seemed to enjoy petting, but not one single time did she ever approach us first. Almost unnoticeable, she neither sought nor wanted attention; she was always in her own world where there was room for only one person, her long gone owner of many years. She didn’t exactly look sad, but her pensive and distant expression was clearly showing that she was living back in the past when her life was filled with love and joy and she was spending her days by her late owner’s side. The present without her human soulmate was totally irrelevant to her and meant nothing. Yet she was here, sweet and nice, doing what most of the cats do, until she suddenly collapsed a few days ago without any warning and we found her lying motionless on the floor of the biggest cats’ room. The vet said she probably had a massive stroke and didn’t suffer one bit, her time had come and she went painlessly, just like that. Shocked and utterly sad, we choose to believe she is finally eternally happy and cuddling in her owner’s arms, never to be separated again.

Veca was the next to leave us. At the age of 22, we knew she could fall asleep and not wake up at any possible moment, but she was holding on well, she was still the same old Veca, tiny and frail but strong willed, grumpy, untouchable and uncatchable. When she ate, no one else would come near, when she walked by, all of the cats would move out of her way. She was surprisingly agile and fast and lived her life to the fullest right up until her passing. She went quietly, in her sleep, and only now that she’s not here anymore we’ve come to realize what a big hole in our hearts such a tiny cat could and did leave…

Whoever said that “misfortune always come in threes” was right.

Joca was between 12 and 15 years old, in perfect health and great shape, a big affectionate kitty boy who was cuddly to boot. He was beautiful and he knew it, which made him absolutely irresistible and everybody, literally everybody loved him – cats, dogs and humans. Not even in our worst nightmares could we imagine that his life would be cut short. It happened in the morning, one of those gloomy and grey mornings when he was shining like a star with his mostly white fur in our otherwise dark yard. One moment he was alright, the next minute he was dragging his rear legs and we couldn’t believe our eyes. He suddenly became paralyzed and no one had any idea why. He was quickly rushed to the vet, but the X-rays showed nothing abnormal, his blood work was excellent and what had happened to him was still pretty much a mystery. He was given corticosteroids, antibiotics, vitamins, painkillers (though he didn’t seem to be in pain) and we were told to wait and bring him back tomorrow.

Around 3 a.m, when I checked on him, he was restless in his cage and evidently unable to understand why he couldn’t get up – by dawn he was already gone. The vet thinks he died of a thromboembolism; a blood clot that firstly blocked the aorta, cutting off the blood flow to both hind legs which left him paralyzed, and during the night it ultimately passed to his heart. Joca went quickly and without pain, but we are still wondering how much more sorrow can someone endure before it breaks them completely.

Godspeed and farewell, my little darlings…at least for now.

Spread your wings out wide and soar above the skies, fly free bathed in love, embraced by the light. One day we’ll meet again, somewhere where time ceases to exist.

For ways of giving donations:

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USA: El Jefe, the only known wild jaguar in the United States Needs help – Can You Support ?

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Dear Mark,

He’s magnificent. This week the Center for Biological Diversity and our partners at Conservation CATalyst released video footage of El Jefe, the only known wild jaguar in the United States. It’s the first publicly released footage of this amazing cat — and it’s stunning.

But this cat is also under serious threat.

Ever since El Jefe was discovered in southern Arizona in 2011, the Center has been fighting to provide him and any other jaguars that might arrive with protected habitat vital for their survival. In 2014 we secured more than 750,000 acres of federally protected critical habitat for jaguar recovery in Arizona and New Mexico. But powerful mining interests want to construct a massive copper mine right in the middle of El Jefe’s home range, and we need your help to stop them.

You can support the Center’s work to protect El Jefe from development that will destroy his home with a gift to the Center’s work today.

Jaguars once roamed from Louisiana to California, but were wiped out in the United States in the past century. The last female was killed in Arizona in 1963, but since then male jaguars such as El Jefe have periodically dispersed north from Mexico to claim new territories in the mountains of New Mexico and Arizona, where jaguars lived for thousands of years. We hope that El Jefe — named after the Center organized a voting contest among Tucson schoolkids and others — will be a pathfinder for the return of jaguars across their historic range. But this will never happen if El Jefe is killed or driven back across the border by the massive Rosemont copper mine project, which seeks to build a huge open pit and bury thousands of acres of public land with toxic mine waste in the heart of his habitat. This project will cut off the most viable corridor for jaguars to return to America.

That’s why we need your help. We’re watching out for El Jefe and taking on the Rosemont mine — we have a plan to stop this disaster before it happens.

The Center is headquartered in Tucson, and we’re all thrilled that the only known wild jaguar in America is in our backyard. But we’ve got to protect his home and save space for other jaguars to come. You can help by making a contribution today to the Center’s crucial work.

For El Jefe,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity
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Tanzania: Poachers Shoot and Kill Do-Gooder Pilot Who Was Trying to Save Elephants.

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http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/02/01/elephant-poachers-pilot-death?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2016-02-01-C

Poachers Shoot and Kill Do-Gooder Pilot Who Was Trying to Save Elephants

As activists mourn the loss of one of their own, they remain committed to protecting Tanzania’s wildlife.

Samantha Cowan is an associate editor and helms TakePart’s weekend coverage.

Although poachers present a deadly threat to African elephants, they can be just as dangerous for the conservationists attempting to stop them.

British pilot Roger Gower was fatally shot while trying to track down poachers in the Maswa Game Reserve in Tanzania on Friday, The Associated Press reports. The 37-year-old worked as an accountant before earning his pilot’s license in 2004, according to the BBC. Coworker Pratik Patel described him as “a great guy, a great friend, a great pilot” who loved his job.

Working with Texas-based organization the Friedkin Conservation Fund, Gower was on a joint mission with Tanzanian authorities when a group of poachers fired on his helicopter from the ground with AK-47s. His copilot was injured but survived.

“This tragic event again highlights the appalling risk and cost of protecting Tanzania’s wildlife,” Dan Friedkin, chairman of the Friedkin Conservation Fund, said in a statement. “We are profoundly saddened by the loss of our dear friend.”

Tanzanian officials have arrested three suspects in Gower’s death. “The suspects are in the hands of police,” said Jumanne Maghembe, Tanzania’s natural resources and tourism minister, according to The Guardian. “They are cooperating, and soon more people making up the poaching gang will be netted and brought to justice.”

Park rangers also discovered the carcasses of three elephants that were killed by the same group of poachers, according to the AP.

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Canine Cops Target Ivory Smugglers in Africa

Demand for ivory in foreign markets such as China has caused the African elephant population to drop dramatically, from 3 million to 5 million elephants populating the continent in the early 1900s to less than 500,000 today. Tanzania has lost more than half its elephant population in just five years, declining from 110,000 elephants in 2009 to fewer than 44,000 elephants in 2014, according to a government survey.

Conservationists fear that if poaching rates are not curbed, African elephants could become extinct within the next 20 years.

While elephants are vital to maintaining local ecosystems, killing off the species would also cause African economies to suffer. Both a decline in the likelihood of catching a glimpse of the remaining elephants and safety concerns prevent tourists from making the trip to Tanzania and other African countries. Tanzanian officials estimate that poaching will cost Africa 3.8 million jobs over the next 10 years if it continues at current rates.

As Gower’s family and friends mourn the loss of the conservationist, the Friedkin Conservation Fund continues its efforts to protecting Tanzania’s wildlife.

“We are committed to honoring Roger and his work,” Friedkin said. “We believe that Roger can best be honored by redoubling our commitment to protect elephants and our priceless wildlife heritage.”

 

 

 

USA: The World’s Largest Hunting Club Is Auctioning the Chance to Kill Hundreds of Animals.

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The World’s Largest Hunting Club Is Auctioning the Chance to Kill Hundreds of Animals

http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/02/03/hunters-safari-club-cecil-mountain-lion?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2016-02-03-C

More than 20,000 hunters are expected to attend Safari Club International’s convention in Las Vegas this week.

Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.

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The world’s largest trophy hunting organization, Safari Club International, is hosting its annual convention in Las Vegas this week, where more than 20,000 big game hunters are expected to bid on the chance to kill an animal.

It’s dubbed the “Ultimate Hunters’ Market,” and this year the club is auctioning off 300 hunts taking place in 32 countries across Africa, Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Bidders can sign up for the chance to kill African elephants, Australian water buffalo, and Alaskan bears.

The sales are expected to garner millions for the club (the 317 hunts sold last year brought in $2.7 million) and come as tensions rise among hunting advocates and wildlife conservationists.

It doesn’t help the club’s image that Cecil the lion’s killer, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, is a member. The club suspended Palmer after questions about the legality of the hunt—in which Zimbabwe’s most famous lion was lured out of a protected area and killed—arose. The club appears to have reinstated Palmer after Zimbabwe authorities only brought charges against his guide, according to the Humane Society.

“These conventions bring to light that most trophy hunters are in fact American,” said Teresa Telecky, director of the wildlife department for Humane Society International, during a press conference Wednesday.

In a new report, the animal welfare group outlined the scope of U.S. hunters’ involvement in trophy hunting.

More than 1.2 million animal trophies were imported into the U.S. between 2005 and 2014. That’s an average of 126,000 trophies a year, according to data the Humane Society obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Thirty-two thousand of those trophies came from Africa’s “Big Five” hunts; the five animals targeted are the African lion, the elephant, the cape buffalo, the rhino, and the leopard. Telecky said hunting clubs award special prizes for members who kill all five.

“It’s like a hit list, and the club honors those award winners at these conventions,” she said.

The trophy killings don’t stop with Africa. The Humane Society’s report, Cecil 2: Trophy Hunting America’s Lion, details the toll hunters take on American mountain lions, also known as cougars, pumas, or panthers.

Trophy hunters killed 29,000 mountain lions in the United States between 2005 and 2014.

The top five deadliest states for the big cats are Idaho (4,833 killed), Montana (4,047), Colorado (3,414), Utah (3,200), and Arizona (2,893).

RELATED: How Cecil Changed Wildlife Policy

Bradley Bergstrom, professor of biology at Valdosta State University in Georgia, said state and federal wildlife agencies claim that recreational hunting of mountain lions, wolves, and other predators is necessary to manage the species and protect livestock and elk herds.

“But those arguments don’t square with recent science on the issue,” Bergstrom said. “Carnivores, especially wolves, are self-regulating. Of course they’re going to affect overpopulated deer and elk pops when they are reestablished in an area, but once they are established, they control their own population growth by their own density; their population is limited by inter-pack aggression.”

Josphat Ngonyo Kisui, executive director for the African Network for Animal Welfare, said another argument clubs make is that trophy hunting funds conservation efforts through permit fees.

“But instead of relying on those trophy hunting profits, countries need to realize the income potential from wildlife ecotourism,” Kisui said. “In South Africa, $9.2 billion—approximately 2.6 percent of the country’s GDP—was generated by wildlife watching, almost 14 times more than trophy hunting. The best way to save a species is to ensure that the animals stay alive.”

 

 

 

 

Costa Rica: Together, we just won a big victory for sharks and rays!

Check out the following response from Turtle Island Restoration Network in relation to our recent post re shark protection petition – our original link is shown here:

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/01/20/petition-save-the-sharks-please-sign-this-turtle-island-very-important-petition-today-thank-you/

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Dear Mark,

Together, we just won a big victory for sharks and rays!

On Monday, Costa Rica officially announced it would support the listing of all proposed shark and ray species at an important international conservation meeting being held in Costa Rica later this month.

I personally want to thank every one of you that signed our petition asking Costa Rica to take a strong position. Our almost 5,000 voices united together helped make a difference.

The announcement came after the Ministry of Environment sided with us and not with the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute who vehemently oppose shark protections.

Read more about the victory here.

2016 is going to be a pivotal year for the protection of sharks leading up to the CITES meeting in South Africa in the fall where critical decisions will be made.

Thank you for helping protect the sharks!

Peter Fugazzotto
Strategic Programs Director
Turtle Island Restoration Network

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PS – Even though Costa Rica will be supporting the listings, a number of other countries will need to vote in favor at the meeting this month. Please make a donation today so we can advocate on behalf of sharks and rays in the upcoming days.

 

 

England: Valentine Vegan – Great Food Specials and Links For Animal Free Best Food !

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Vegan Recipe Club February Valentine Special!

The Viva! Vegan Recipe Club newsletter is back and we have some exciting new sections which will guarantee that there is something there for everyone. Alongside our usual recipes, we introduce our new Guest Chef Recipe and Viva!Health sections alongside regular news about our Viva! campaigning activities. We have a double whammy of culinary delights to tempt you with this month as we welcome both Valentine’s Day and Pancake Day! Wondering how to show your love on Valentine’s Day? Well, we don’t want to over-promise and under-deliver but if you follow our Goddess Chocolate Heart recipe, you will be sure to make your partner or friend feel special and end your evening on the sweetest of notes! Then of course, there is Pancake Day to follow so we want to share a lovely egg-free pancake recipe with a healthy filling, ideal for kids and adults alike. February also seems an opportune time to introduce the lovers section on our Viva! site. This is packed with all you need to know about giving your love life a boost as a veggie, from foods that make you feel good, to getting in shape and boosting your energy levels! Valentine Vegan Fact: veggie food is full of natural aphrodisiacs that will have your love life sizzling, including asparagus, almonds, avocados and bananas.

Guest Chef Recipe

CHEF – Rachana Sequoia

RECIPE – Raw Chocolate Goddess Love Hearts

Each month we are now going to showcase an inspiring and talented chef who inspires us with mouthwatering vegan recipes. To launch the section we introduce Rachana Sequoia.

Rachel has embraced a no meat diet since she was 12 years old.

Her mission is simple, to inspire people to make changes in the way we eat for our health, our happiness and our planet! These little nibbles of divine gorgeousness are so easy to make for yourself or your beloved on Valentines Day or any other day. The superfood raw cacao will boost your love vibes and put a huge smile on your faces, giving you a lovely burst of energy. Cacao is known as the food for the Love Generation of which, dear Viva! friends, you are fully fledged members! Serves: approx 20 Chocolate hearts | approx 50 minutes for a batch Ingredients: 100g cacao butter (melted) 10g coconut oil (melted) 70g cacao powder 30g lucuma powder 50g maple syrup or agave syrup A pinch sea/rock salt ½ tsp cacao nibs Dried raspberries A pinch of pink rose petals ½ teaspoon mucuna – bliss herb

Method:

Melt the chopped up cacao butter and the coconut oil in a bowl over  a saucepan of boiling water (also called a bain-marie). Add sweetener and all powdered ingredients.

Crumble up the dried raspberries  and rose petals and sprinkle a little in each of the moulds.

Spoon in just ¼ teaspoon of the liquid raw chocolate into each mould to cover over the raspberries/rose petals and keep them visible as pretty decoration.

Pop in fridge for 10 minutes to set. Then fill moulds to the top with the remaining chocolate mixture.

Set in the fridge for 30 minutes… then it’s over to you, sweetness, to spread the LOVE!

ALL KITTED OUT Saucepan Chocolate mould Measuring spoon Mixing bowl Ladle Thanks to Rachana Sequoia from Juiciful for the Goddess Lovehearts. To order your selection of gourmet vegan chocolates, find amazing vegan recipes and check out her workshops in raw vegan food get in touch www.juiciful.co.uk

 

Pancake Day Gorgeous pancakes without an egg in sight.

Here’s our fool proof recipe – with nice serving suggestions. Serves: approximately 8 medium pancakes | Time: 20 minutes for a batch This basic pancake batter is very versatile. If you want thicker pancakes – American or Scotch style – just reduce the liquid a little. Try using 120ml each of plant milk and water instead of 175ml. It is easier to make something too thick and thin it down rather than the other way round!

Ingredients:

175ml/6fl oz soya milk

175ml/6fl oz water

175g/6oz plain flour, sieved – we like to use half fine wholemeal and white but they work with all white or all wholemeal too! If you’ve only got self-raising flour, no problem – just halve the baking powder.

2 tbsp chickpea flour, sieved – also known as gram or besan flour. Don’t skip the sieving, it’s really hard to get the lumps out otherwise!

1 tsp baking powder, sieved

1 tbsp plain vegetable oil

Pinch of salt

Additional oil for frying – or low-cal spray if using non-stick pan

Note  • Gluten-free flour and baking powder works in this recipe (rest of the ingredients are already g/f) • Chickpea (gram or besan) flour is widely available from bigger branches of most supermarkets; ethnic shops like Indian grocers; health food shops. It’s pretty cheap! ‘Elephant’ is one brand to look out for. 

Serving Suggestions

Strawberries and cashew nut cream

Raspberry, chocolate and sprinkled almonds

Syrup: golden, agave, date or maple

Coconut palm sugar and lemon juice

Fresh fruit with syrup as above – e.g. banana, strawberries, blueberries…

Fresh fruit with chocolate sauce – click here for an easy vegan choc sauce recipe, or use a vegan chocolate spread such as Plamil Alternative To Milk or Essential Trading’s Dark Chocolate Spread

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ALL KITTED OUT Scales Measuring spoons Measuring jug Sieve Whisk or stick blender Mixing bowl Non-stick frying pan Ladle Thin spatula/fish slice, eg silicone   Method:

Place all of the ingredients, except the oil for frying, in a blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively whisk by hand until there are no lumps.

Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan until piping hot. Drain off any excess (or use low-cal spray, as above).

Pour enough of the batter mixture in to the frying pan to thinly cover the bottom. Fry on one side for about a minute. Loosen the edges with a spatula and flip. Fry the flip side for another minute or until done.

Remove from pan and keep warm in the oven on its lowest setting.

Add more oil/spray to the pan if and when necessary. Repeat steps 3 to 6 until all of the mixture is used up. Serve with your chosen accompaniments.

 

Viva! News

My Vegan Town

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This is the first phase of our new directory which showcases places to eat and stay, shops, producers, events and discounts – and we have loads of exciting features still to come. We want the Viva! Vegan Directory to be user-led, so we need you to get involved to make this THE place to go for all things veggie & vegan. You can share the vegan love by adding a listing or review to My Vegan Town.

You can submit a listing for a veg-friendly place to eat, sleep or shop. You can even add a listing for ethical events, services and like-minded local groups.  It’s super easy and completed in just six steps. Tell the world where to get the best vegan cheese or post a few snaps of that delish vegan burger served at your local café – we want it all! And if you’re a business, you can add your own listing!

We hope that My Vegan Town will be the perfect travelling companion for your animal-friendly adventures and we’d love to have your feedback at this stage. Click on the links to get there! Or if you can’t find your cherished veg-friendly thing, get in touch!

 

 

Petition: Punish Billionaire for Destroying Coral Reef With Megayacht.

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Punish Billionaire for Destroying Coral Reef With Megayacht

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https://forcechange.com/151904/punish-billionaire-for-destroying-coral-reef-with-megayacht/?utm_source=ForceChange+Newsletter&utm_campaign=83ca53e73d-606FC2_1_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_600a6911b9-83ca53e73d-278817597

Target: Cayman Islands Department of Environment Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie

Goal: Ensure man whose megayacht chain allegedly damaged most of a coral reef is properly punished for his negligence.

Billionaire Paul Allen is reportedly responsible for the destruction of a coral reef due to the fact that he anchored his ridiculously massive yacht in the middle of it.

The huge chain wrecked havoc upon the Cayman Islands reef, damaging around 80 percent of it. Almost 14,000 square feet of it was entirely destroyed, leaving untold numbers of marine organisms without food and shelter.

Paul Allen is the co-founder of Microsoft, and as such he is incredibly wealthy. His yacht is the 49th largest in the world according to Boat International. Something this massive was bound to disrupt the ocean, but this destruction of such an important aspect of the marine ecosystem is completely unacceptable.

Allen is blaming the local port authority for the destruction of this reef, but his completely unnecessary yacht never should have been near the coral reef in the first place. Due to the fact that he has so much money, it’s possible that the authorities may be reluctant to try and prosecute him for this destruction. We cannot allow that to happen as it will send the message that billionaires can get away with anything.

Coral reefs cannot be repaired once destroyed. However, justice can be done and things like this can be prevented. Sign our petition to demand that Paul Allen be punished for damaging this coral reef.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Director Ebanks-Petrie,

Recently, 80 percent of the West Bay coral reef was reportedly damaged by the anchor chain of Paul Allen’s massive megayacht. This is an incredible amount of destruction, as I’m sure you know, and will have a devastating effect on the marine ecosystem in the area. All of this is because of the greed of a rich man who apparently thinks that he can get away with anything.

This coral reef lies in a protected area and its destruction warrants much more than a simple fine that wouldn’t put a dent in his huge fortune. This is also not the first time that billionaire yachts have come along to damage these fragile habitats.

We can’t let this man get away with effectively destroying this coral reef and leaving untold numbers of marine animals without their home. Please do not let him off easy, as nothing can bring back a coral reef like this which took hundreds of years to develop. Ensure that your government presses charges against Paul Allen and makes him pay for his greedy negligence.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 

 

 

 

 

A Probable Carcinogen Is Now the Most Heavily Used Weed Killer in History.

A Probable Carcinogen Is Now the Most Heavily Used Weed Killer in History

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But don’t expect a new analysis of glyphosate use to derail Monsanto’s plans for its next-generation herbicides.

Jason Best is a regular contributor to TakePart who has worked for Gourmet and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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One of the promises made at the beginning of Monsanto’s biotech revolution some 20 years ago was that planting crops genetically engineered to withstand weed killer applications would dramatically reduce the amount of chemicals farmers used. So why are we virtually drowning in herbicide today?

An analysis published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe finds that, rather than herald a bright future where farmers had to rely less on chemical herbicides, broad adoption of Monsanto GMO crops designed to withstand the herbicide glyphosate appears to have instead led to a chemical deluge. Today, glyphosate, which Monsanto markets under the brand name Roundup, stands as “the most widely and heavily applied weed-killer in the history of chemical agriculture in both the U.S. and globally,” according to a statement released by the Environmental Working Group in response to the findings.

Indeed, the analysis finds that use of glyphosate has skyrocketed 15-fold since Monsanto introduced its line of Roundup Ready crops in 1996. Although the chemical herbicide has been around since the mid-1970s, some 75 percent of all glyphosate applied to crops during the history of its use has been sprayed in the last 10 years. That equates to 2.4 billion pounds sprayed in just the U.S. from 2004 to 2014, the equivalent of 436 million gallons of Monsanto’s Roundup PowerMax formula.

Put in another, more Web-savvy way, the Environmental Working Group translates that mind-boggling amount as enough to fill some 3 million kiddie pools a foot deep—which, put end to end, would span the country.

It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way—at least not according to the vision Monsanto sold farmers a generation ago. The problem with glyphosate was that it had a nasty tendency to kill crops along with weeds, but Monsanto said it had neatly solved that problem with its line of patented GMO crops. Because those Roundup Ready crops were engineered to thrive even when doused with glyphosate, farmers could use the potent herbicide to kill pesky weeds, in less amounts than they might with other types of herbicides.

That’s what happened—at first. But within a decade, something “unexpected” occurred—or rather, it was unexpected only if you believe it never dawned on the experts in life sciences at Monsanto that it might happen. Farmers began reporting that certain weeds appeared to have developed a resistance to glyphosate. Instead of using less herbicide, now some farmers were being forced to use much more to combat a growing epidemic of “monster weeds.”

Why does all this matter today, even beyond the staggering amount of glyphosate that’s being applied to American cropland and the broken promises of the agrochemical industry that the deluge represents?

For starters, last year the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization, made big news when it classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen, raising significant concerns about the safety for the farmworkers around the world who are charged with applying massive amounts of the herbicide to fields, as well as the health of agricultural communities where use is heaviest.

Second, rather than take a long, hard look at what’s happened in the 20 years since Monsanto sold farmers on the company’s trademarked crop “system,” the big agrochemical giants are instead rolling out a new generation of GMO crops coupled with newly formulated chemical combos.

Despite the withdrawal of the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency late last year, Dow remains committed to getting its Enlist Duo system to market, while Monsanto is developing Xtend, or what might be dubbed “Roundup Ready 2.0.” In an effort to combat the scourge of super weeds, both companies have developed powerful herbicides that pair more chemicals with—you guessed it—more glyphosate.

 

 

Petition: Stop Selling Elephant and Rhino Ivory on Yahoo.

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http://animalpetitions.org/128657/end-sale-of-ivory-on-yahoo/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=827d13d0cb-308AP2_2_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-827d13d0cb-79739337

Stop Selling Elephant and Rhino Ivory on Yahoo

Target: Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer

Goal: Stop allowing ivory sales on Yahoo Japan that threaten the endangered elephant and rhino populations.

Internet company Yahoo is still a participant in the ivory trade that’s devastating populations of endangered animals, including elephants. While Google and Amazon have committed themselves against allowing any sale of ivory through their websites, Yahoo Japan is making millions from it. These sales increased from two million to seven million in the span of just four years.

The ivory market continues to thrive as the material becomes more rare and precious due to the shrinking populations of the animals that grow in on themselves. The western black rhino has been driven to extinction, and the white rhino only has three remaining individuals left, all in captivity. Due to poaching for ivory and habitat shrinkage, elephants could be extinct in just one or two decades.

The more Yahoo Japan fuels the ivory trade, the more they put the last remaining rhinos and elephants in danger. Multiple companies and governments have already been pressured to end their roles in this brutal and devastating market, and we can do the same with Yahoo. Sign our petition to the CEO of Yahoo to demand that she prohibits all sale of ivory through her website.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Mayer,

Your company, Yahoo, is currently participating in a brutal market that’s responsible for the endangerment and extinction of multiple animal species, including the western black rhino and the African elephant. Yahoo Japan recently saw $7 million in ivory sales, up from $2 million just four years prior. This cannot be allowed to continue.

Poaching for ivory has caused the loss of so many magnificent animals, and participation in the trade of this material is what drives poachers to continue slaughtering them in incredible numbers. Experts estimate that African elephants could be extinct in as little as 10 years, largely due to this practice. The only way to stop poaching entirely is to eliminate the market for ivory. There is no other reason to poach elephants.

Companies like Google and Amazon have already committed themselves against the ivory trade. Consumers across the world are becoming more aware of the realities and consequences of this market and will not stand for your participation in the slaughter of rhinos and elephants. If you want to protect your already faltering profits, you must immediately prohibit all sale of ivory through Yahoo Japan and any affiliated sites.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 

 

 

India: Amazing Video – ‘Kalu’ – The Dog Who Grew A New Face !

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The Dog Who Grew A New Face!

Video link –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcfUdNfb808

Another very moving video which shows the superb work of all the team at Animal Aid Unlimited in India, rescuing a dog on the brink of a terrible death.  See his recovery in the video above !

Have a look at our recent post showing what the team do and view some of their other (before and after) amazing videos.

Hats off to all the team saving lives.

Past SAV post link –

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/01/03/india-some-truly-inspiring-videos-from-animal-aid-unlimited-udaipur-rajasthan-india/

If you wish to give a donation, then you can give here by clicking on this link –  Thank You.

http://animalaidunlimited.org/about-us/

Animal Aid Unlimited, India.

http://animalaidunlimited.org/

 

 

Serbia: We Are Sure You Agree – Beautiful, Healthy And Warm (Now we have the gas !) Cats At Shelter Felix – 31/1/16.

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For alternative ways of giving donations:

PayPal button is on our blog:

http://novisadcats.blogspot.com/

and our website: 

http://catshelter-felix.com/

Webshop: 

http://www.cafepress.co.uk/catshelterfelix

Dinarske uplate: Felix-Felinolosko drustvo  355-1070729-96

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England: SPANA – Helping The Working Animals Of The World.

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Check out loads more regarding the excellent work of SPANA (London) bringing help and support to working animals of the world at the following website – includes video:

http://www.spana.org/history

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At SAV we have worked with, and supported SPANA for many years – we are proud to be a SPANA ‘Stablemate’.

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Japan: Great News – Tokyo Says No To Dolphin Hunts.

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Japanese activist start their own protests about the Taiji dolphin slaughter.

Read and see more at  https://dolphinproject.net/blog/post/tokyo-says-no-to-dolphin-hunts/

Tokyo says no to dolphin hunts:

On January 29, several Japanese activists assembled outside the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Tokyo to protest the killing and capture of dolphins. The demonstration was intentionally timed to coincide with staff getting off work for the day.  (See photo above – SAV)

Despite plummeting temperatures, for about 90 minutes, people called for an end to the dolphin hunts. Some held up signs, calling for the release of Ric O’Barry.

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https://dolphinproject.net/take-action/release-ric-obarry-from-custody-in-japan/

Dolphins urgently need protection from further devastation caused by the dolphin drive hunting in Taiji Japan, dolphin slaughter and captive trade. President, CEO and Councillors of Broome Shire, your country is a member of the United Nations; The UN condemns Taiji Japan’s dolphin hunts. Australia also supports local and international efforts to protect dolphins and whales. It is unacceptable to continue as sister city to Taiji. Suspend the relationship and help save dolphins from future hunting seasons. Send Taiji a strong message so the people understand how their cruel business of dolphin drive hunting, slaughter and live capture is unacceptable and must stop now. 

While we acknowledge Broome’s historic and emotional ties with Taiji, these cannot hold precedence over such atrocities against these intelligent, bonded and social mammals, who are not only loved by millions of people around the world but extremely vital to healthy ocean biodiversity.

Taiji’s overall business and financial security is not contingent on the continuation of the dolphin slaughter; while approximately 50 hunters participate in the drive hunts, there are approximately 300 fishermen who catch only fish. It is 100% viable for the dolphin hunters to change their activity, attract visitors to see dolphins by tourist boat all year round.

During the hunts, entire dolphin pods (sometimes more than one pod at a time), are driven beyond their limits to exhaustion, and captured in Taiji Cove. Weather permitting, the hunters set out in the boats every day, from September through to March each year. They decimate whole pods, discarding young dolphins, babies at sea with no hope of survival. Doing so reduces the hunters’ quota count, allowing them to later count larger dolphins during captures.

The captured dolphins experience unimaginable horror and heartbreaking ends, witnessing one another’s fate as all are brutally slaughtered. Those poor dolphins selected for a short life-time in captivity, by dolphin trainers in the cove, witness all of this. Researchers are forbidden from recording the dolphins’ screams. Agonizing death can take more than ten minutes.

Dolphins are kept captive in small sea-pens in Taiji and immediately must learn to eat dead fish by hand or starve. Trained for months there they are later sold for large sums to marine parks, resorts and other places keeping dolphins captive around the world for display to paying public, US$150,000 – US $200,000 and more. These closely bonded, empathetic, social and incredibly intelligent dolphins are either some, kept for the captive industry, or most, brutally slaughtered in the most horrific way. This whole business is driven by the pursuit of money made from entertaining paying crowds who are largely unaware of the ongoing tragedy behind the dolphin shows.

Given what we know of the high intelligence of dolphins, this slaughter is comparable to murder and to keep them in captivity is utterly cruel. The Indian Government recently acknowledged dolphins as non-human persons; there it is now forbidden to keep them in captivity or interfere at all. In Taiji Japan’s Whale Museum, dolphins are kept in abhorrent conditions, including Angel a beautiful albino dolphin torn from her mother, captured in the hunts while her family was killed.

Dolphins need and deserve the right to protection from human harm and interference. It is unacceptable for Broome Australia to have a sister city relationship with Taiji Japan, as long as the dolphin drive hunts continue. Suspend your sister city relationship with Taiji. Send Taiji a strong message so the people understand how their cruel business of dolphin drive hunting, slaughter and live capture is unacceptable and must stop now. 

Further reading:

http://us.whales.org/issues/dolphin-hunts-focus-on-taiji-japan ‘Dolphin Hunts – Focus on Taiji, Japan’ WDC Whale and Dolphin Conservation

https://www.thedodo.com/what-motivates-the-taiji-dolph-423453688.html ;; ‘What Motivates Taiji? $1.2 Million for Captive Dolphins, Not Tradition’ – Tim  Zimmerman, The Dodo

http://www.afd.org.au/broome-australia-shame ;; ‘Broome – Australia’s Shame’ – Australia for Dolphins

 http://dolphinproject.org/blog/post/the-fate-of-angel-the-baby-albino-dolphin ‘The Fate of Angel The Baby Albino Dolphin?’ – Ric O’Barry, Dolphin Project Earth Island Institute

http://eia-international.org/toxic-catch-japans-unsustainable-and-irresponsible-whale-dolphin-and-porpoise-hunts Toxic Catch: Japan’s Unsustainable and Irresponsible Whale, Dolphin and Porpoise Hunts – EIA International

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Different Issues – Please View and Support If You Can.

Cat Choked With Wire and Bludgeoned to Death Deserves Justice

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Petition link: http://animalpetitions.org/128619/demand-justice-for-bludgeoned-cat/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=d83550d6dd-306AP1_28_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-d83550d6dd-79739337

Target: Nicole Lawrence, Humane Society Police Officer, York County SPCA

Goal: Seek maximum possible punishment against person who tied a wire around a cat’s neck and bludgeoned it to death.

A cat was recently found in the cold after someone twisted a wire tightly around its neck and left it for dead. The calico cat, named Faith by rescue workers, had several lacerations on its head when it was brought to Heavenly Paws Animal Shelter in York County, Pennsylvania for veterinary attention. Faith’s injuries were treated, and a round of antibiotics started before she was allowed to return home with a foster care volunteer.

Over the course of only a few hours, Faith’s condition deteriorated significantly. She began to pace in circles and bump into furniture, showing signs of severe brain trauma. By the time a veterinarian was able to see her, the cat was pronounced brain dead and had to be euthanized.

A necropsy revealed that the cat had a fractured skull and three distinct areas of blunt force trauma. Veterinarians suspect that the blows were caused by a hammer, and that the wire was used to hold the cat in place while someone bludgeoned it. Aside from the obvious signs of abuse, the cat was in otherwise good health, suggesting to investigators that it was someone’s pet.

This crime demonstrates extreme cruelty and is a shock to the entire community of Hanover. In order to ensure that Faith receives justice, it is important that the person responsible is punished to the fullest extent of the law. Sign the petition below to demand a harsh punishment for the person responsible, which will help deter similar crimes in the future.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Officer Lawrence,

A calico cat named Faith was recently found in the cold with a wire wound tightly around its neck. After receiving veterinary care for its wounds, Faith’s health deteriorated quickly due to brain injuries, and she was put down the next day. A necropsy found that the cat suffered blunt force trauma as well as a skull fracture, likely due to blows to the head from a hammer.

This shocking crime shows extreme cruelty toward animals and should be punished to the full extent of the law. We, the undersigned, ask that you work to bring justice to this cat by finding the person responsible and seeking out the harshest possible punishments against them.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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Help Us Set Japik Free

Japik the orangutan spent two long years chained to a tree with nothing but a narrow wooden plank to sit on and no shelter from the hot sun or driving rain. When our team arrived to rescue her all they could see on the plank was a pile of old rags. Or so they thought…

In fact that “pile of old rags” was Japik trying to shelter from the torrential rain under an old jacket. This is how Heribertus, a member of the rescue team, described her:

“Japik was placed beside a tree behind the house, without shelter or a roof to protect her from sun or rain. When we arrived it was raining heavily and she was trying to take cover under an old jacket. We could see that the jacket was soaked through and Japik was cold and shivering. Her neck was also chained and the chain was nailed to the tree. The chain was very short so Japik could go nowhere. The ground under the plank where she was sitting was covered in rubbish.”

Japik was constantly shifting her weight from side to side, perhaps to keep her balance on the slippery plank or to ease the pain of her aching limbs. After two years on the end of that short chain it’s a miracle she could move at all.

Japik’s owner finally realised that it was illegal to keep an orangutan as a pet and decided to surrender her into our care. The minute we knew of her existence, our team set off to rescue her and bring her misery to an end.  

As our vet Cha Chaapproached Japik, the desperate orangutan reached out to her. It was as though she realised that after suffering so much misery and neglect, help was finally at hand.

Please extend a helping hand to Japik by making a donation today towards her recovery and rehabilitation.

Our team immediately took action to free Japik from the tree and remove the chain from her neck. It was so heavy and had been fixed so tightly that there was a deep wound under her chin – had she been left there much longer it would have cut right through her skin.

I can’t begin to imagine how Japik endured those years alone on that narrow plank of wood, cast aside and forgotten like the rubbish on the ground around her. Japik is only four or five years old and should still be living with her mother. She must have been so lonely chained up alone without her.

When Argitoe, the head of our rescue team, took her hand to guide her to the transport crate, her legs were so weak that they shook as she walked.

A donation today will support Japik’s care and the rescue of other orangutans like her still living in misery and squalor.

Japik is in the safe hands of our veterinary team at the centre in Ketapang, West Borneo her recovery and rehabilitation can begin.

But after two years living on scraps of waste food, deprived of all the nutrition that is vital to the physical development of a young orangutan, it hasn’t yet been determined whether any permanent damage has been done to her health. But our expert team will be doing all they can in the months and years ahead to help Japik develop the strength and the skills she will need to survive in the wild. Please contribute to her care today and help us set her free.

Our immediate priority is to check her for any ailments or diseases while she is in quarantine and work to improve her overall health and wellbeing. Having lived for so long in such shocking conditions, we’re amazed that she’s even alive. Let’s hope this means she has a strong constitution and an equally strong will to survive.

 

 

Serbia: Excellent News From Felix Shelter – The Tank Of Gas Has Filled Fully And The Kitties Are All Safe And Warm – Thank You.

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Excellent news from Danica at Shelter felix – as you can see from the pictures below the new gas has been supplied and the shelter is now up and running at full warmth – with nice warm kitties !!.

We join with Danica and the cats in thanking everyone who has donated to get the new tank of gas and for helping to keep all the kitties warm.

So thank you for giving – SAV.

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Danica Mirkovic posted in Milanče – Cat Rescue Shelter Felix.

28/1/16:

Dear friends,

We’re overjoyed to announce that gas has finally arrived!

Our central heating has already kicked into high gear and most of the kitties are quickly occupying their usual sleeping places on top of the radiators :)

Those who prefer to stay in their warm and cozy cat beds change their positions from all curled up to stretched out or bent over backwards, although the very best of friends still prefer to snuggle together in their sleep.

Now that the cats’ rooms and the house are warm it can snow all it wants, we just don’t care!

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There are no words to describe our most profound thanks and appreciation to all of you for your help!

A simple thank you is not enough for all that amazing Laura Simpson, her awesome organization The Great Animal Rescue Chase & Harmony Fund and each one of you have given us.

All we can say is that we’re blessed to have such caring, thoughtful and wonderful friends :)

You’re the best!

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USA: California’s Driftnet Fishery Kills Ocean Life – Video To Watch.

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Dear Mark,

I am excited to share our new public service video announcement on the deadly California driftnet fishery for swordfish with you. 

This new video shows the true impact of ordering a driftnet-caught swordfish at a restaurant, and encourages each of us to make smart seafood choices. Together we call say ‘no thank you’ to California driftnet caught high-in-mercury swordfish that comes with unwanted sides of sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, whales, and other marine wildlife.

Watch & Share the video by clicking here!

The California’s driftnet fishery consists of a small fleet of roughly 20 active vessels that set nets the size of the Golden Gate Bridge to drift unattended through our oceans. While the primary targeted commercial species for this fishery are swordfish and shark, these nets entangle everything in their mile-wide path, resulting in high levels of bycatch (unintended catch, most thrown overboard dead or injured). Over the past ten years, nearly a thousand air-breathing whales, dolphins, and sea turtles have drowned, while thousands of sharks (that depend on constant movement) have suffocated.

Turtle Island is committed to phasing out this fishery that is harmful for marine wildlife and our health, and our video educates and empowers consumers and restaurants on the deadly California driftnet fishery for swordfish.

We’d love to have your help getting the word out about this important issue. Please post the following message on Facebook:

WATCH & SHARE @TurtleIslandRestorationNetwork ‘s video ‘Welcome to Gillnetty’s’ that encourages each of us to make smart seafood choices & say  ‘no’ to California driftnet caught high-in-mercury swordfish that comes with unwanted sides of sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, whales and other marine wildlife. https://youtu.be/Am-PK6momnc #EndCAdriftnets

Thank you for your help and support.

Sincerely,

Joanna Nasar
Communications Director
Turtle Island
Restoration Network
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165 Million Tonnes Of Plastic Waste In The Sea At The Moment – It Should Not Be Allowed. Sign The Petition Now !

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Over eight million tons of plastic ends up in our seas every year, and this environmental catastrophe is growing at a frighteningly fast rate. Take action now to save the future of our oceans and our planet’s health.

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Petition link – https://forcechange.com/151633/stop-plastic-pollution-from-destroying-our-oceans/?utm_source=ForceChange+Newsletter&utm_campaign=49647260dc-604FC1_27_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_600a6911b9-49647260dc-278817597

Target: Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Goal: Develop a plastic waste reduction plan before there’s more trash in the ocean than fish.

Dumping of plastic in our oceans has expanded by a dramatic 1,900 percent in the past half-century. Creation of the material is expected to increase twofold again in the following 20 years. If the world stands by and lets plastic pollution continue at this rate, we will lose one of our natural resources and jeopardize the futures of our children.

More than eight million tons of plastics wind up entering our seas every year, where the pieces can remain for many years. There are expected to be 165 million tons of plastic waste in the sea at this moment.

We’re dumping what might as well be called one waste vehicle’s worth into the sea every moment; that is anticipated to hop to four per minute by 2050 according to a report by the World Economic Forum and Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Furthermore, that report has a dismal cautioning–we’re on track to have more plastic than fish, by weight, in our seas by 2050.

Also, the tossed plastic that doesn’t wind up in the sea is likely be placed in a landfill; those two resting places wind up holding around 70 percent of our plastic and only five percent of plastics are viably reused. It’s not only an issue of contamination, but of reusing these plastics properly. “After a short first-utilize cycle, 95% of plastic bundling material quality, or $80 to $120 billion yearly, is lost to the economy,” the report says.

The plastic waste issue has gotten out of control and now more than ever we need more recycling, reusable packaging, and decompose plastic packaging. Sign the petition below to save the future of our oceans and planet’s well-being.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,

The amount of plastic waste in our planet’s oceans has increased tenfold in the last half century. A recent study by the World Economic Forum and Ellen MacArthur Foundation has anticipated we should expect to have more plastic pollution in our oceans, based on weight, than fish by 2050. Only five percent of plastic in landfills is actually reused properly, which raises the issue of reusability versus waste.

I urge you to take action and support the development of a plastic waste risk reducing plan that will help control plastic pollution in our seas, increase recycling, reusable packaging, and compostable plastic packaging. Also, I challenge you and your resources to find a solution for after-use plastics that can be turned into an economically valuable feedstock.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

USA: Super Bowl and Destroyed Rainforests – You Bet There Is A Link !

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Mark,

It’s 2016 and we’re back — taking on Doritos by crashing the biggest sporting event in the US again!

Last year, we made a video that looks suspiciously like one that could be in the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl marketing campaign — where budding filmmakers are pitted against each other to create the most Doritos-y commercial to be aired during the biggest sports event in the United States.

Our video demanded that Doritos and its parent company PepsiCo adopt a responsible deforestation-free palm oil policy, and it racked up a whopping 25 million views.

It worked! PepsiCo came out with a new palm oil policy at the end of last year! But it still contains massive loopholes — that’s why our fight isn’t over yet.

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As the main sponsor of the Super Bowl,

all eyes are going to be on PepsiCo. And that means it is especially vulnerable to pressure from us. If all of us share this video right now, we can make this video go viral and force PepsiCo to act.

Can you help us reach 50 million views — and force PepsiCo to act? Share this video now.

Under PepsiCo’s new policy, the rainforest will still be destroyed, endangered species like the Sumatran tiger and orangutan will still suffer, and workers — many of them children — will still be exploited.

This is because the policy does not cover PepsiCo’s business partner in Indonesia, Indofood, which produces all of PepsiCo’s products in South-East Asia.

We know that pressuring PepsiCo works. Our video made waves — it got more than three times the views of the ten official finalists in the Crash the Superbowl competition — combined. It forced PepsiCo onto the defensive — and that’s why we have to do it again.

PepsiCo’s palm oil policy is disappointing, but we can push the snack food giant to go the whole way and use only conflict-free palm oil. The SumOfUs community has already been instrumental in transforming the palm oil industry — we’ve made McDonald’s and Yum! Brands (owner of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell) commit to zero-deforestation policies.

Now let’s make PepsiCo do the right thing.

Share this powerful video with your friends now.

Thanks for all that you do,

Carys, Kat, Sondhya, Hanna, and the team at SumOfUs

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USA: Dogs are dying during severe winter storms like the East Coast blizzard – Petition To Take Action and SAVE LIVES!

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Save Dogs From Freezing During Blizzards

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Petition link – http://animalpetitions.org/128591/prohibit-owners-from-leaving-dogs-in-the-cold/?utm_source=Animal+Petitions&utm_campaign=519d7162ed-305AP1_26_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5c8ef52732-519d7162ed-79739337

Dogs are dying during severe winter storms like the East Coast blizzard because owners are allowed to leave their pets outside in the bitter cold.

Let’s ban people from leaving their dogs out during frigid and deadly weather.

 

 

USA: Burns, Oregon is a community under siege.

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UPDATE – 2030hrs GMT (UK):

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/01/27/1-dead-feds-arrest-oregon-protest-leader-ammon-bundy/79392112/

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Dear Mark,

Burns, Oregon is a community under siege.

Armed extremists from several states have flooded this small town and the nearby Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, heeding the battle call of the Bundy militia.

Locals have been traumatized by this armed occupation — residents live in fear of these gun-toting thugs, and community leaders, faced with death threats and vandalism, have sent their families out of town for safety.

I’ve been here for two weeks, and have seen Burns residents stand up bravely to these bullies and tell them to go home. But the militants only dig in deeper — and now they’re looking to export these kinds of armed standoffs to other communities across the West.

We can’t let that happen. The Center for Biological Diversity is in Oregon, organizing on-the-ground protests against the occupation and rallies in other towns in favor of keeping public lands public. We’re in a pitched fight — over not just the Malheur but the future of other public lands in the United States — against those who would rather see our natural heritage turned over to profiteers so it can be logged, mined, grazed and bulldozed.

You can help us take on the Bundys and their ilk with a contribution to the Center’s Public Lands Defense Fund. The situation took a troubling turn over the weekend, when it became clear the Bundy clan wants to sow more armed conflicts across the West. They’re pressing ranchers to stop paying federal grazing fees and, in exchange, the militia will meet attempts to enforce the law with the threat of violence. It’s clear the Bundys relish these conflicts, complete with closed schools, shuttered government services and terrorized civilians, not to mention the desecration of public lands, wildlife refuges and native sacred sites.

They’ve moved from the illegal seizure of the Malheur to coordinating an active terror network whose openly stated aim is to overthrow the federal government and steal our public lands.

There’s a bigger picture here: In Congress, Utah Republicans Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop, both heavily funded by the oil industry, have proposed to sacrifice millions of acres of our land to drilling and fracking. They want to twist our laws and do with the pen what the Bundys are attempting to do with the gun. If we don’t stop them, they can do far more damage than what’s happening in Oregon. We need your help at this critical moment to protect and save our public lands. Make a contribution to the Center’s Public Lands Defense Fund. We’ll put your donation to work opposing the takeover of our lands by armed extremists and their allies in Congress.

Author and Oregonian Ursula K. Le Guin recently wrote:

“Ammon Bundy and his bully boys aren’t trying to free federal lands, but to hold them hostage. I can’t go to the Malheur refuge now, though as a citizen of the United States, I own it and have the freedom of it. That’s what public land is: land that belongs to the public — me, you, every law-abiding American.”

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling

Executive Director

Center for Biological Diversity @KieranSuckling

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P.S. These scofflaws lack any respect for the natural and cultural heritage of sacred spaces like the Malheur. They’ve been pawing through artifacts belonging to the Burns Paiute Tribe and bulldozing a road through a fenced-off archaeological site. Ryan Bundy claimed a few days ago that American Indians had “lost their claim” to the land and that “the current culture is the most important.” It’s been inspiring to see the Burns Paiute leaders standing up to these bigoted bullies.

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EU: SAV Very Much Welcomes The Proposals Of The Current Netherlands Presidency Of The EU Regarding Animal Welfare. Journey Times Down To 8 Hours Max – Lets Hope So !!!

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For our non EU visitors – each member state of the EU holds the ‘Presidency’ of the EU for a period of 6 months. From Jan to June 2016 it is the turn of the Netherlands – Holland; a very positive nation when it comes to animal welfare.

This means that each member state currently has the Presidency once every 12-13 years, and so it has a lot of work to do to ‘push’ issues important to it at this time.

Below is a basic insight into the current situation, and the message from the Dutch which we very much welcome. SAV.

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The Netherlands presidency of the Council of the EU:

1 January-30 June 2016

The Netherlands presidency work programme focuses on four key areas: migration and international security, sound finances and a robust eurozone, Europe as an innovator and job creator and forward-looking climate and energy policy.

The presidency wants an EU that focuses on what matters to Europe’s citizens and businesses, an EU that creates growth and jobs through innovation and connects with civil society. The presidency will promote action at EU level only if it is more effective than policies at national level.

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/council-eu/presidency-council-eu/

 

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What is the Council presidency and how does it work?

A rotating presidency

The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states every 6 months. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council.

Member states holding the presidency work together closely in groups of three, called ‘trios’. This system was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. The trio sets long-term goals and prepares a common agenda determining the topics and major issues that will be addressed by the Council over an 18 month period. On the basis of this programme, each of the three countries prepares its own more detailed 6-month programme.

The current trio is made up of the presidencies of the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta.

http://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/category/press-release/

Animal welfare is a basic need: Dutch Presidency pleads for EU action for animals

 

Eurogroup welcomes statements Dutch Chief Veterinary Officer at Animal Welfare Intergroup.

Today the Dutch Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Christianne Bruschke, unfolded the views of the Dutch Presidency on the future of the European animal welfare related dossiers, saying “animal welfare is not a hype but a basic need in our society as fundamental for a sustainable future”. She also stressed that high ambitions in the field of animal welfare should be reflected in EU regulations as individual EU countries are no isolated islands.

Dr Bruschke called on the European Commission to put forward a new Communication on an EU Strategy on the protection and welfare of animals for the period 2016-2020.  In line with the recently adopted resolution of the European Parliament a new Animal Welfare Strategy should ensure the continuation of delivering high animal welfare standards across the Member States. Moreover, the Dutch Presidency would welcome the Commission to examine the perspectives of an updated, comprehensive and clear legislative framework for animal welfare. Such a framework would provide the opportunity to update existing regulations in accordance with new scientific insights, technological innovation and socioeconomic trends whilst addressing shortcomings and omissions.

Furthermore, a new EU platform on animal welfare, of stakeholder organisations and authorities of member states, run by the European Commission, could create more momentum and focus on the animal welfare challenges of the EU. Such a platform could facilitate discussions and exchange of experiences and best practices on implementation, control and enforcement of animal welfare regulations. The proposal of the platform will be presented at the next Agricultural Council meeting on 15th February.

Moreover, the Dutch Government remains to be a strong supporter of a reduction of transport times of slaughter animals to 8 hours as well as for the improvement of transport of conditions like space allowances. Although not expected during the Dutch Presidency, the European Commission should look into a revision of the current Transport Regulation and the reduction of transport times. In 2015 Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands filed a formal request for a revision of the Transport Regulation to the Commission. All three governments remain to urge the Commission for a revision.

Another point of attention for the Dutch Presidency is phasing out non-therapeutic mutilations in farming as reducing this practice will improve animal welfare and contribute to a more sustainable animal husbandry. One of the routinely applied mutilations is painful piglet castration. The Netherlands is fully committed to ending surgical castration by 2018, the deadline stipulated in the European Declaration to on Alternatives to the Surgical Castration of Pigs (Brussels declaration). Together with Germany and Denmark, The Netherlands have urged all involved stakeholders to sign the Brussels declaration and to act accordingly.

 

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Thailand: A Message From John At SOI Dogs.

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Dear Mark,

On behalf of everyone at Soi Dog, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for all the help you have given to dogs and cats in need. Only because of you, can these sick and injured animals get the care they need and deserve and a second chance at a happy life.

I’d like to take a moment and share with you the inspiring stories of Aquila and Finch, just 2 of the many dogs you have saved, as well as an update on the progress of the new life-saving dog hospital and a sweet cat looking for a loving home.

I’d like to share with you the story of a little girl called Aquila and the difference you have made in her life. If you ever doubt that a small monthly gift from you can achieve anything, please read on.

Aquila arrived at our shelter fighting for her life. Just a few weeks old, she was suffering from an extreme case of mange. Tiny and weak, she struggled to eat. All her fur had fallen out, apart from a few sparse tufts on her back. She was scared and confused – and all alone in the world.

Thanks to you, Aquila was able to receive the treatment she so desperately needed and has now blossomed into a friendly, affectionate and playful pup. It is such a stark contrast to the frightened and miserable puppy who first came to the Soi Dog shelter and who had appeared to have given up on life.

When dogs like Aquila arrive at our shelter, they are completely reliant on YOU. Without your support, there is nobody else we can turn to on their behalf. Will you please click here to save more animals like her?

At just 3 years of age, Finch was hit by a speeding car, sustaining such serious injuries to both his eyes that he lost his sight. Having grown up on the streets, never knowing a loving touch or a kind word, this beautiful boy really had a tough life. It is only thanks to people like you that he didn’t lose his life.

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Finch was in agony when he arrived at our shelter. So severe was the damage to his eyes that both had to be removed. Tests also revealed that he was suffering from blood parasites and heartworm, requiring urgent treatment.

Finch recovered well from his surgery and, despite all he went through, is a friendly, affectionate dog, who loves nothing more than to have a few cuddles and give kisses in return.

Finch’s lucky day came recently, when he left the Soi Dog shelter for his new home in Canada, where he has settled in well. Finch will never have to struggle to survive again and now knows love like he has never known before.

If you think you may have room in your home and your heart for a rescued dog or cat just like Finch, please click here.

Thanks to compassionate animal lovers, work continues on Thailand’s first ever dedicated hospital for street dogs.

With the extensive tiling work now being 85% complete, we have just taken delivery of some specialist equipment funded by people like you. The air-conditioning units and ultra-violet equipment to prevent the spread of disease is now being installed and the ceiling boards are being fitted. The hospital has passed its first electrical test and there now remains just the ceiling lights and power sockets to add. Construction has also just started on a waste treatment plant.

This life-saving hospital for dogs has come so far thanks to people like you becoming Angels for Dogs. Will you please join us on our final push to save the lives of thousands of sick or injured street dogs every year?

Please click here to help give neglected dogs the care they so need and deserve.

Rej was dumped at the gate of the Soi Dog shelter as a kitten and one year later he is still waiting for a home of his own. He has seen so many other kittens and cats find new homes, so he must be wondering why he is being overlooked.

Rej is FeLV+ (feline leukaemia positive), meaning he can only be adopted to a home that has no other cats or with cats that are also FeLV+.

Rej is a real sweetheart. He is very friendly and playful and can often be found playing with his toys or playing hide and seek with you. What he loves most though is cuddles, and he would love nothing more than to have that special someone to snuggle up with.

Gorgeous Rej really does deserves better than a life in a shelter. He can easily be adopted to Thailand, the US, Canada or Europe and our Adoptions Team will organise every step of the process for you. He also has half of his travel costs already covered!

Please give Rej the chance he deserves. Please email all questions to teresa@soidog.org or click here for more information.

Without you, these dogs and cats would have no one to turn to. I cannot thank you enough for all your kindness and compassion towards animals in need. Thank you for all your support and I know together in 2016, we will save thousands more lives.

John Dalley

Co-Founder

Soi Dog Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA: You Could Not Make This Up ! – The Farce That Is Poor Horses In New York City.

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HORSE SENSE:  PITY THE POOR HORSES  – UPDATE ON THE COUNCIL HEARING

Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages   www.banhdc.org Horses Without Carriages International     www.horseswithoutcarriages.org

our campaign is dedicated to banning the inhumane, unsafe, anachronistic and hack line horse-drawn carriage trade  in NYC

On Friday, January 22nd, the City Council Transportation Committee held a hearing of Intro 573-A, the compromise carriage horse bill.  It lasted 7 hours.  To say it was a disorganized mess would be an understatement. 

Many people were upset that most of the members of the Transportation Committee  left the room before the public began to testify.

Much time was wasted questioning representatives from the Administration who did not have answers to important questions.

Most people were given only one minute to testify.  The groups at the hearing included those of us who oppose the bill because it sells out the horses.  Besides most activists, they include the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, Friends of Animals and Catskill Animal Sanctuary.  Those supporting the bill who were at the hearing were NYClass, PETA, HSUS, and the ASPCA.  Other groups were pressured to sign on to this without ever having read the bill.

The participants also included the carriage drivers, many of whom were not happy with the bill; Teamsters, pedicab drivers whose fledgling industry will be decimated at the request of the carriage drivers because they do not like the competition; good park advocates who threatened to sue the City because a horse stable will be built on public park land — and activists supporting or not supporting the bill.

Some of the drivers told unchallenged lies about the number of accidents or that horses are calm in traffic.  Unchallenged because the Committee chair and members do not know enough about this issue to counter these pronouncements.  So once again, the drivers were able to get away with lies. 

At times it seemed liked a side show with a Northern Cheyenne Indian chief, in a full eagle-feather “peace bonnet,” testified  that he communes with the carriage horses and they tell him they love what they are doing.

The chief failed to reveal  that he is also a Bronco rider – a very cruel rodeo sport where a bucking strap is tied around a horse’s groin to make him buck.   

Then at 11:30 a.m.  Council Member Jimmy Vacca, a committee member, tweeted that he was coming out as a gay man.  He left the hearing along with several other members.

You cannot make this stuff up. 

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Links to newspaper articles.

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These are excerpts from my testimony:

Why does this tiny, tiny so called industry have so much clout in this city?

They are fewer than 200 people and are not a union shop.   What is their power?  They take temper tantrums if they can’t get their own way and can bring the city and the administration to its knees?

Prior to 2013, every poll showed about 75 percent in favor of a ban.  But after the primary, the Daily News ramped up and began a campaign of lies and deception, never allowing the truth to see the light of day.  Most of the rest of the media followed suit.  The Mayor and his administration turned the other way and allowed this faction to control the dialogue.  When those questionable Quinnipiac polls were done, people only had lies on which to base their vote. Street traffic was never the sole reason we advocated for a ban.  There are many other reasons including the sensitive, nervous nature of the horses; the very high turnover , which leads us to believe many of the unwanted go to the kill auctions, and punishing working conditions.  Putting the stables in Central Park, which may be illegal,  is not going to relieve this and may just exacerbate it because all the abuses will now be within the park and not so noticeable.

Besides there is no requirement for turnout to pasture in this bill – a basic requirement for horse welfare. The same number of drivers will remain while using fewer horses, reduced by about half —  still working 9 hours a day, 7 days a week between the shafts of their carriages in the very congested Central Park, where horses have also spooked.

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The owners have the right to sell their horses to whomever they want, which could mean to an Amish farm that keeps the horse for a period of time before sending him to the auctions, frequented by kill buyers who may well purchase that horse and ship him on to Canada or Mexico for slaughter.

The new law will not prevent this.    The microchip doesn’t make sense because the horse isn’t going to be wanted at an auction.  Likewise, it’s  a mistake to get rid of the 4-digit hoof number because it’s an important identifying mark.  In 2010, I found Bobby II Freedom, a discarded NYC carriage horse, at the New Holland auction, one day away from being returned to the slaughter pen – He was identified by his hoof number.  This has also allowed us to report horses who appear to be suffering because we can see this number.  The age of the horses to retire remains at 26, but this is past the life expectancy of many, especially drafts.

The temperatures for weather suspension remain at 18 and 90 degrees and there is no consideration for a humidity or wind chill factor – something we have been asking for years.

This is a link to the bill: http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2080746&GUID=0D50DEF7-90D7-4B73-9BF3-25BB8520CEEC&Options=ID

 TO BE CONTINUED …

 

 

Serbia: Urgent – A Loving Home Needed Or This Girl Is (Unfortunately) Returned To The Streets.

https://www.facebook.com/silvijaps/videos/10153861645258680/

Maybe some of you wants to give this wonderful girl good home and wonderful life?

She is in Serbia and I have only few days to find her safe place or I have to return her to the street. Unfortunately.

https://www.facebook.com/silvijaps

EU: Intensive Rabbit Farming – Over 415,000 Signatures To Stop It – Please Sign Now And Add Your Voice !

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A massive 415,325 people have already signed our petition to tell the European Parliament it is time to End the Cage Age for rabbits.

Can you now help secure over half a million signatures, and make this a petition that Europe’s policymakers cannot ignore.

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http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=46445

URGENT PLS SIGN –   http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action…

Please sign and share the above petition on EU breeder guidelines for rabbits – it will support Mr. Eck’s (MEP) efforts for a significantly improved animal welfare agenda 2016-2020 which will be discussed with the EU Commissioner Andriukaitis.  

Within the past week Mr. Eck managed to convince 60 MEPs from various political parties to sign the petition.

The ultimate goal however as Mr. Eck declared in a parliamentary session is to eliminate this rabbit breeding business completely.

Relevant sections translated into English below.

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Kurzmeldung aus Saarbrücken / 24.01.2016

Rekord: MdEP-Unterstützungsunterschriften für Kaninchen

In der vergangenen Sitzungswoche (18. bis 21. Januar) gelang es dem EU-Abgeordneten Stefan Bernhard Eck einen neuen persönlichen Rekord im Sammeln von MdEP-Unterstützungsunterschriften aufzustellen. Mit der Sammelaktion soll die Kommission auf die Notwendigkeit von verbindlichen EU-Richtlinien hinsichtlich der Haltungsbedingungen in der Kaninchenmast aufmerksam gemacht warden.

Trotz eines vollen Terminkalenders mit Fraktions-, Ausschuss- und Plenarsitzungen gelang es Stefan B. Eck, sechzig (60) seiner Kolleginnen und Kollegen aus unterschiedlichen Fraktionen zu einer Unterschriftsleistung zu bewegen, nachdem er jede*n einzelne*n Abgeordnete*n ausführlich über tierquälerischen Zustände in der Kaninchenmast informiert hatte. Die Reaktion und einhellige Meinung der meisten angesprochenen EU-Politiker: Klar, hier muss sich etwas ändern!

Nächste Woche geht die „Jagd nach Verbündeten“ in Brüssel mit Hochdruck weiter, denn der Tierrechtler und EU-Politiker hat sich ein ziemlich hohes Ziel gesetzt. Mindestens 20 Prozent der Abgeordneten sollen auf der Unterschriftsliste einmal stehen.

Dass damit noch eine Menge Arbeit auf den engagierten Tierrechtler zukommen wird, nimmt er gelassen, macht sein bekanntes V-Zeichen (vegan victory) mit den Fingern und sagt nur ein Wort: „Hasenpower!“

Habt Ihr bereits die Petition „End the cage age“ von „Compassion in World farming“, die EU-Kommissar Andriukaitis übergeben werden soll, unterschrieben? Es liegen inzwischen über 415.000 Unterschriften vor.

Lasst uns die halbe Million „knacken“!

Zur Petition: http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action…

Bitte teilt diesen Artikel oder die Petition weitflächig, damit noch viele Unterschriften zusammenkommen!

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http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=46445

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Bitte unterschreibt und teilt diese Petition, damit ich EU-Kommissar Vytenis Andriukaitis besser überzeugen kann, dass endlich europaweite Richtlinien für Kaninchenmast und Kaninchenzucht in die Tierschutzstrategie 2016 bis 2020 aufgenommen werden und viele Bürgerinnen und Bürger ebenfalls hinter dieser Forderung stehen.

(Please sign the petition and share this to collect a substantial number of signatures that help me convince EU Commissioner Andriukaitis even better that rabbit breeding guidelines must be included in the Animal Welfare Agenda 2016-2020 and that many citizens in Europe are supporting this).

Bitte helft den “Langohren”!

Stefan Bernhard Eck MEP

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“Diese Tierquälerei muss endlich aufhören!” – Kampfansage an die Kaninchenzüchter und Kaninchenmäster!

MdEP Stefan Bernhard Eck ist auf der „Jagd“ nach Unterstützer/innen im EU-Parlament für die längst überfälligen europaweiten Haltungsvorschriften für Kaninchen-Mastbetriebe.

In den letzten Tagen – zwischen den „Votings“, Ausschuss- und Fraktionssitzungen und den Debattten im Plenum – nutzte der EU-Abgeordnete Eck jede Gelegenheit, um Unterstützungsunterschriften für das Projekt „Kaninchenzucht in der EU: Die Notwendigkeit einer Gesetzgebung“, das er mit „Compassion in World farming“ vorantreibt, zu sammeln.

In nur zwei Tagen konnte der Tierrechtler und EU-Abgeordnete bereits annährend 50 Mitglieder des Europäischen Parlamentes von der Notwendigkeit einer tierfreundlichen Gesetzgebung für die Kaninchenzucht und Kaninchenmast überzeugen. Das ist ein sehr gutes Ergebnis zum Auftakt, denn es ist nicht einfach, während der regulären Arbeit des Parlamentes Unterstützungsunterschriften zu sammeln.

Die MdEP-Unterschriften sollen zusammen mit mehreren Hunderttausend Unterschriften von Bürgerinnen und Bürgern Europas EU-Kommissar Vytenis Andriukaitis bei einem Treffen Ende März oder Anfang April bezüglich der Tierschutzstrategie 2016 – 2020 übergeben werden.

„Diese Tierquälerei muss endlich aufhören!“, so MdEP Stefan B. Eck, der sich seit fast 2 Jahrzehnten für tierfreundlichere Haltungsbedingungen in der Kaninchenmast einsetzt und bereits im letzten Jahr den Kaninchenzüchtern Europas offen den Kampf angesagt hat. Sein „Endziel“ ist nichts weniger als ein komplettes Verbot der Kaninchenmast in der Europäischen Union. (https://www.facebook.com/Stefan.Bernhard.Eck.MEP/posts/1018557891505484).

Bitte unterstützt die Petition „End the cage age“ von „Compassion in World farming“, denn mit jeder Unterschrift hat sie mehr Gewicht, wenn der Abgeordnete Eck mit EU-Kommissar Andriukaitis über die Tierschutzstrategie sprechen wird.

Zur Petition: http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action…

Bitte teilt diesen Artikel oder die Petition weitflächig, damit noch viele Unterschriften zusammenkommen!

https://www.facebook.com/Stefan.Bernhard.Eck.MEP/posts/1018557891505484

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http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=46445

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Mastkaninchen-Züchter bezichtigen MEP Stefan B. Eck der extremistischen und terroristischen Manipulation

Am 05.02.2015 fand im Europa-Parlament in Brüssel eine von der Fraktion EFDD organisierte Konferenz zum Thema Kaninchenzucht unter dem Titel „Kaninchenfleisch: Europäische Perspektiven und Probleme“ statt, um mit Kaninchenzüchtern und Vertretern von Zuchtverbänden über geeignete Maßnahmen der EU zu diskutieren, die wirtschaftliche Krise, in der sich viele Mastbetriebe europaweit befinden, zu überwinden.

Die einzelnen Redebeiträge lieferten tiefe Einblicke in die derzeitigen Probleme, mit der die Branche zu kämpfen hat. Der Vertreter der Mastbetreiber in der italienischen Region Lazio (Italien ist der drittgrößte Produzent von Kaninchenfleisch nach China und Venezuela) forderte in seinem Redebeitrag von der EU unverzügliche Hilfsmaßnahmen (EU-Gelder und Schritte gegen die Importe von Kaninchenfleisch aus China), da aus Kostengründen schon jetzt die tierschutzrechtlichen Bestimmungen von vielen Züchtern nicht mehr eingehalten werden könnten. Selbst ein anwesender italienischer Veterinär, der für die Kaninchenzüchter tätig ist, forderte umgehende Verbesserungen hinsichtlich der Kaninchenhaltung, da die derzeitigen Bedingungen in keiner Weise den gesetzlichen Tierschutzansprüchen genügen würden.

Nach den Redebeiträgen ergriff MEP Stefan B. Eck das Wort und erklärte den anwesenden Züchtern klipp und klar, dass er als Vizepräsident der “Intergroup for Animal Welfare and Conservation” alles daransetzen werde, um die Krise in der Mastkaninchen-Branche zu vergrößern und sich für ein Verbot jeglicher Kaninchenzucht einsetzen wird. Die Zucht und Mast von Kaninchen sei eine der schlimmsten Formen von Tierquälerei!

At the end of the parliamentary session MEP Eck took to the microphone and declared in front of the present breeders that as Vice President of EUROGROUP FOR ANIMALS he will do anything to increase the economic crisis of the rabbit breeders and work for a total ban of rabbit breeding. This Business is one of the worst cruelties against animals.

Die anwesenden Kaninchenzüchter waren durch diesen unerwarteten verbalen Angriff eines EU-Abgeordneten so schockiert, dass einzelne sogar verwirrt applaudierten, die Mehrheit jedoch – wie zu erwarten war – mit protestierenden Lautäußerungen reagierten.

Ein Züchter aus der Region Puglia (Mittelitalien) meldete sich entrüstet zu Wort und warf Stefan Bernhard Eck “extremistische und verbal-terroristische Manipulation” vor.

In weiteren Gesprächen nach der Konferenz wiederholte MEP Eck gegenüber den italienischen Züchtern nochmals seinen Standpunkt: KANINCHENMAST – NEIN DANKE!

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Japan: No Legal Backing, But Japan Tells Dolphin Activist To ‘Get Out’.

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As a follow up to our recent news about Ric being held in Japan –

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/01/20/japan-now-really-feeling-the-pressure-of-taiji-and-the-whale-hunts-cove-man-ric-now-held-by-authorities-in-japan/   

– things have now moved on, with him being told to get out of the country, and banning him re entry for 5 years.

The Taiji dolphin murder – Watch the London Taiji demo which took place on Saturday – 16/1/16 by clicking on the following:

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Japan told Dolphin Activist: Get Out

Immigration officials to deport ‘The Cove’ star Ric O’Barry and bar him from entering the country for five years to campaign against Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter.

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Jan 22, 2016

Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.

Japan has ordered the deportation of dolphin trainer–turned–animal rights activist Ric O’Barry, who was featured in the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.

O’Barry, 76, was detained at Japan’s Narita airport on Monday when officials refused to allow him to enter the country using a tourist visa. On Friday, authorities denied an appeal from O’Barry’s lawyer, Takashi Takano.

His son, Lincoln O’Barry, said that since the release of The Cove, which brought international scrutiny to the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, his father gets harassed and interrogated every time he visits the country.

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Lincoln O’Barry said Japanese officials initially accused his father of being a member of the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, which maintains a constant presence in Taiji, monitoring the dolphin hunt.

“But now, they are saying he lied about where he went the last time he was in the country, so he can’t be trusted this time around,” Lincoln O’Barry said.

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RELATED: Revealing the Cove Dolphins’ Toxic Secrets

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In an email to his son, Ric O’Barry said he is being held on “trumped-up charges.”

“For the past 72 hours, I have been behind bars in a detention facility, yet I have broken no laws,” he wrote.

With his appeal denied, O’Barry has been scheduled for deportation and will not be permitted to return for five years. That’s a punishment his son says cannot stand.

“He has been working for 13 years to expose the brutal dolphin hunt there, and this is their latest attempt to shut him out,” Lincoln O’Barry said.

Takano has reportedly filed a lawsuit in Japan to fight the deportation warrant. O’Barry’s conservation group, The Dolphin Project, has started a petition on its website calling for the deportation measures to be dropped.

From Sept. 1 through March 1, fishers on boats drive thousands of dolphins into Taiji Cove, after which they are either sold to aquariums and marine parks or killed for their meat.

“January is typically a brutal month of slaughter in the cove,” Lincoln O’Barry said. According to The Dolphin Project’s count, 418 dolphins have been killed so far this year. “It seems to be adding up to be an especially bad year, and this deportation issue can’t distract from that.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Netherlands: Some Great News – The Dutch Presidency Pleads for EU Action for Animals.

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http://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/animal-welfare-is-a-basic-need-dutch-presidency-pleads-for-eu-action-for-animals/

Animal welfare is a basic need:

Dutch Presidency pleads for EU action for animals

Posted On 21 Jan 2016

By EFA People

In NEWS, PRESS RELEASE, PRESS ROOM, PRESS ROOM MAIN PAGE

Eurogroup welcomes statements Dutch Chief Veterinary Officer at Animal Welfare Intergroup.

Today the Dutch Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Christianne Bruschke, unfolded the views of the Dutch Presidency on the future of the European animal welfare related dossiers, saying “animal welfare is not a hype but a basic need in our society as fundamental for a sustainable future”. She also stressed that high ambitions in the field of animal welfare should be reflected in EU regulations as individual EU countries are no isolated islands.

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Dr Bruschke called on the European Commission to put forward a new Communication on an EU Strategy on the protection and welfare of animals for the period 2016-2020. 

In line with the recently adopted resolution of the European Parliament a new Animal Welfare Strategy should ensure the continuation of delivering high animal welfare standards across the Member States. Moreover, the Dutch Presidency would welcome the Commission to examine the perspectives of an updated, comprehensive and clear legislative framework for animal welfare. Such a framework would provide the opportunity to update existing regulations in accordance with new scientific insights, technological innovation and socioeconomic trends whilst addressing shortcomings and omissions.

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Furthermore, a new EU platform on animal welfare, of stakeholder organisations and authorities of member states, run by the European Commission, could create more momentum and focus on the animal welfare challenges of the EU.

Such a platform could facilitate discussions and exchange of experiences and best practices on implementation, control and enforcement of animal welfare regulations. The proposal of the platform will be presented at the next Agricultural Council meeting on 15th February.

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Moreover, the Dutch Government remains to be a strong supporter of a reduction of transport times of slaughter animals to 8 hours as well as for the improvement of transport of conditions like space allowances. Although not expected during the Dutch Presidency, the European Commission should look into a revision of the current Transport Regulation and the reduction of transport times.

In 2015 Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands filed a formal request for a revision of the Transport Regulation to the Commission. All three governments remain to urge the Commission for a revision.

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Another point of attention for the Dutch Presidency is phasing out non-therapeutic mutilations in farming as reducing this practice will improve animal welfare and contribute to a more sustainable animal husbandry. One of the routinely applied mutilations is painful piglet castration. The Netherlands is fully committed to ending surgical castration by 2018, the deadline stipulated in the European Declaration to on Alternatives to the Surgical Castration of Pigs (Brussels declaration).

Together with Germany and Denmark, The Netherlands have urged all involved stakeholders to sign the Brussels declaration and to act accordingly.

ENDS

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For more information please contact:

Magali Vialle

T: +32 (0)2 740 08 30 | m.vialle@eurogroupforanimals.org

Notes:
1. Eurogroup for Animals represents animal protection organisations in all EU Member States. Since its launch in 1980, the organisation has succeeded in encouraging the EU to adopt higher legal standards for animal protection. Eurogroup represents public opinion through its membership organisations across the Union, and has both the scientific and technical expertise to provide authoritative advice on issues relating to animal welfare. For more information, visit www.eurogroupforanimals.org

DOWNLOAD THE PRESS RELEASE HERE

 

 

 

England: Petition – Tell Harvey Nichols Department Store To Stop Selling Real Fur.

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Please watch the brilliant ‘Respect’ video on ‘dumb animals’

– click on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2bQHM_a10w

 

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Dear friend,

We’ve just unveiled a new petition, asking the department store Harvey Nichols to stop selling real fur and join our growing list of official fur-free retailers.

Having previously promised not to sell fur from fur farmed or trapped animals, this winter Harvey Nichols (like the last few years) is selling fur from farmed and trapped animals such as foxes, coyotes and racoons.

Animals on fur farms suffer tremendously, as our recent scientific report showed. And the cruelty imposed on animals who are trapped and then killed for their fur is shocking.

Can you help us?

We need as many signatures as possible if we are to make a difference and we need your help. Please sign our petition and then share it as widely as possible amongst your friends and on social media.

Sign our petition and help the animals by clicking here

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https://www.change.org/p/harvey-nichols-ask-harvey-nichols-to-become-a-fur-free-retailer?recruiter=469609910&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

Thank You.

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Serbia: All Funds Raised For A New Tank Of Gas For The Felix Kitties ! – Thank You To All Donors.

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SAV Comment – we knew that we would do it !

Special thanks to everyone who helped with this campaign – and a mention to my friends Clare and David here in Kent, England, who have run Kingsdown Cat Sanctuary since it was founded in 1993. Please take a look at some of the cats currently needing UK homes at http://www.kingsdowncatsanctuary.org/cats.php and visit the sanctuary site at http://www.kingsdowncatsanctuary.org/index.php – Mark.

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The following message is from Danica at Felix Shelter, Serbia:

All Funds Raised!

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Dear friends, We are delighted to inform you that we’re finally able to pay for a new tank of gas which was ordered yesterday!

Thanks to your outstanding support, all of the Felix kitties will have the proper heating over the next two and a half months :)

We can hardly find the words to express our most sincere gratitude to the amazing Laura Simpson and her wonderful organization The Great Animal Rescue Chase and Harmony Fund who stepped in again in the very nick of time!

We would also like to thank each and every one of you who found it in your hearts to help us provide our furry little fighters with everything they need!

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We are almost ashamed to ask for help over and over again, but with so many helpless creatures which depend on us for food, medical care and a home, we have no other choice and we just can’t do it all on our own.

Dozens of the Felix kitties are either above 15 years old, chronically ill, or generally in delicate health and they’re simply not able to withstand the cold; desperate times call for desperate measures.

May the kindness you’ve so generously bestowed on us come back to you all a thousand-fold!

Thank You again – Danica and the kitties.

LINA Thanks

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Finally;

Please try and support this very worthwhile campaign if you can please – URGENT !

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/01/19/serbia-can-you-provide-help-to-vaccinate-28-rescued-dogs/

 

 

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Japan: Now Really Feeling The Pressure Of Taiji and The Whale Hunts – Cove Man Ric Now Held By Authorities In Japan.

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Above – Ric.

The cove advert

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SAV comment – we are really starting to see the Jap whale and dolphin murderers in their true colours now.  We have given the links to international Japanese embassies on some of other posts, but here they are again should you individually wish to write regarding this latest incident.

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/over/

 

Watch the London Taiji demo which took place last Saturday – 16/1/16 by clicking on the following:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gjErrTO8jk

Congress Member Asks State Department to Help Dolphin Activist Held in Japan

Immigration officials have detained Ric O’Barry at Tokyo’s Narita Airport since Monday.

A California representative has requested that United States diplomatic officials intervene in the detention of an American environmental activist at Tokyo’s Narita Airport.

Jack d’Annibale, the director of communications for Rep. Ted Lieu, confirmed on Tuesday that in response to a request from the California Democrat’s office, the U.S. State Department has asked Japanese officials to immediately release Ric O’Barry, who has been held at the airport since arriving on Monday afternoon.

Ric O’Barry is a longtime leader of opposition to an annual dolphin drive and hunt in the Japanese town of Taiji. The hunt, which was brought to worldwide attention in the 2009 documentary The Cove, results in thousands of dolphins being killed for meat or captured for sale to aquariums and marine parks.

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“We don’t believe there’s any reason for him to be stopped at immigration,” said O’Barry’s son, Lincoln O’Barry. “He’s always been very careful not to violate any laws and to work with the legal system in Japan.”

RELATED: Aquariums Deal Big Blow to Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji

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The State Department would not confirm that it had intervened on O’Barry’s behalf, citing privacy concerns.

Americans do not need visas to enter Japan for visits of under 90 days, according to the website of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

O’Barry’s efforts to stop the Taiji hunt are featured in The Cove, and Japanese immigration officials have challenged his entry into the country as a tourist based in part on his presence in the documentary, said his son.

“[Japanese] immigration says the reason is that he made The Cove, which is not true. He was in the film but not part of the production company,” said Lincoln O’Barry. “They also say he’s part of Sea Shepherd,” an environmental group well known for interfering with Japan’s whale hunts, “which is not true.”

O’Barry is being held in a “deportees facility” at Narita Airport “that is more like a jail than a hotel,” his son said.

A lawyer has appealed Ric O’Barry’s detention to the Japanese courts, he added, but if officials succeed in their deportation effort, the senior O’Barry will not be able to reenter Japan for five years or more.

“This is another form of the government trying to hide what’s going on in Taiji,” he said.

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We have put together a sample letter which you can copy and send to the Japanese authorities across the world.

Click on the following links to find many Japanese ‘national’ contacts:

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/over/

SAMPLE LETTER – copy and send, or copy and personalise as you wish.

Use the above 2 links to select where you send copies of your letter.

Each year in Taiji, Japan; dolphins are chased into a small cove and butchered in the most horrific and cruel way imaginable. These hunts are subsidized by the dolphin captivity industry, which pays top money for a few “show quality” dolphins that are ripped from their families and sold on to aquatic centres in order to perform stupid tricks for a brain dead audience, whilst the rest of the captured pod is killed for meat. This dolphin meat has been proven to be laden with mercury and PCBs, all of which are very harmful to Japanese citizens who eat the meat.

Due to a major attempt to cover up the hunt by the Japanese government (which drastically fails in the rest of the world); most Japanese citizens don’t even know that the hunts exist in their land. The Japanese government very much supports the dolphin killers, whilst denying any public health issues.  Both issues are now being widely publicised to the world through international campaign networks, the internet and film such as ‘The Cove’.

The Japanese government are still attempting to resist worldwide actions taken against them for both dolphin and for whale slaughter; which takes place each year under the false guise of ‘Scientific research’.  The Japanese government may believe there are no public health issues for its own citizens regarding the dolphin slaughter, and may kid itself that it needs to undertake ‘research’ in whales as it falsely claimed for many years; but thanks to global communication processes nowdays, the rest of the world instantly knows the real truth; this is why Japan (as a nation) is hated internationally by the environmental movement and also why so many protests are taking place outside its embassies located around the world.

There is a simple way to resolve this – that is for Japan to stop the killing of both dolphins and whales now.  Animal welfare campaigners who speak out against the dolphin murders are now being directly targeted – the latest being Mr Ric O’Barry who has been held at Tokyo’s Narita airport since Monday 18th January.

Mr O’Barry is a longtime leader in opposition to the annual Taiji (town) dolphin hunt, which has gained a negative worldwide reputation since the release and viewing of the film ‘The Cove’.  ‘The Cove’ has shown the teal cruelty of Japan to the rest of the world;  which has led to a worldwide hatred for the actions of Japan on whales and dolphins ever since.

There is no reason whatsoever why Mr O’Barry should be held by Japan.  He has always been very careful not to violate any laws, whilst at the same time working within the legal system of Japan.  If Japan thinks their actions will result in bad publicity for the organisation named ‘Sea Shepherd’, which is most probably why Mr O’Barry is now being held; then Japan is very wrong.

The world largely supports the actions of Sea Shepherd whilst undertaking a national hatred of the Japanese people and what they do in murdering the natural wonders of our oceans.

It is time for Japan to change, and change now – immediately.  For only when Japan does take actions to ban both the dolphin murders and whale murders which it undertakes at present; only then will it be accepted back into the international community as a nation which has respect of others for attempts to preserve the wonderful creatures of our oceans.  All the time the Japanese led killings continue, Japan will continue to be singled out and targeted for what it is – simply murderers of the wonderful wildlife of the world’s oceans; nothing more, nothing less.

Japan needs to take action and to take it immediately – ban the killing of dolphins and whales now, today.

Yours truly,

YOUR Name and nationality.

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ALSO, please help us:

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Please try and support this very worthwhile campaign to help many dogs if you can please – URGENT !

http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/01/19/serbia-can-you-provide-help-to-vaccinate-28-rescued-dogs/

Thank You – SAV

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Serbia: Gas Tank Is Now Empty – Cats Are Getting Cold – Minus 10 – Any Donation Size Will Help Thank You.

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19/1/16:

Please share and help if you can!

Well, that’s it.

Our gas tank is bone dry empty and the electric heaters have been turned on in all of the cats’ rooms and inside the house as well.

The current cold snap will continue for at least a week, possibly more, with outside temperatures dropping as low as 10 degrees below zero. The electric heaters simply can’t warm up the indoor space sufficiently while we’re gripped by this big freeze.

The cats are already huddling together attempting to stay warm in these frosty, icy nights; nonetheless, the elderly kitties which lack the body fat are having a hard time coping with the cold.

This is our last ditch, a desperate appeal for help to fill the gas tank while the oldest of the Felix cats are still holding on!

Otherwise this winter will be a very sad and heartbreaking one, as we can do absolutely nothing else but powerlessly look at our golden oldies, wondering which one of them will give up first :( We’ve had several appeals on and put in requests for help, but the donations are still trickling in.

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Please, this is an emergency!

Every single donation counts, no matter what the size! https://www.youcaring.com/cat-shelter-felix-496539

Please Help – Thank You.

 

 

 

Serbia: Can You Provide Help To Vaccinate 28 Rescued Dogs ?

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The Story

We are 4 women from Novi Sad (Serbia) and we try to help abandoned dogs.

In this moment we take care about 28 dogs and several cats and rabbits.

We urgently have to do regular vaccination of all our dogs because their vaccines stand out, and they are close proximity to the dogs who are suffering from distemper.

Some dogs already vaccinated, and we owe to our vet, and the other will be able to vaccinate when we pay.

Please help us to protect them.

To donate, please go to:

https://www.youcaring.com/28-free-fly-dogs-from-serbia-502454/update/421720

More about our animals and me you can find here:

https://www.facebook.com/freefly3/

Thank you for your support – from all the dogs !

 

 

 

 

 

Australia: The Japanese Whalers Are In The Southern Ocean RIGHT NOW and Have Plans To Murder 333 Whales – Take Action and Get The Australian Government To Act Immediately.

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Additional –

See the London Taiji dolphin murder demo which took place last Saturday (16/1/16) by clicking on the following:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gjErrTO8jk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiy2IrzlRPY

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Dear friend,

The Japanese whaling fleet is in the Southern Ocean right now and plans to kill 333 minke whales this season.

If left unchallenged, this plan could continue for the next 12 years.

Sign below and urge the Australian Government to take immediate action to stop lethal whaling in the Southern Ocean.

Take Action 3pet2

Sign here.

Thanks for your help!

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Hi Mark,

Thanks for sending a message to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and speaking up for whales. More than 20,000 people have now urged the Australian Government to take action to end Japan’s whaling program for good.

The whaling fleet is in the Southern Ocean right now and we need more voices quick. The more noise we make, the more likely we are to get a response from the Australian Government.

Can you get your friends and family to take a stand for whales too?

Here’s how:

1. Forward the text below the dotted line to your friends by email

https://act.greenpeace.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1845&ea.campaign.id=46604&ea.tracking.id=EM3&ea.url.id=526479&forwarded=true

2. Share this link on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1Qka6qI

3. Tweet this: http://bit.ly/1RQvvd0

Thanks for being a part of this,

Nathaniel Pelle

Oceans Campaigner

Greenpeace Australia Pacific

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SAV Comment – If anyone wishes to make independent gripes to the dolphin and whale murderers of Japan, then please use the following links to find ‘your own national’ contacts:

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/over/

 

SAV Comment  – We have put together a sample letter which you can copy and send to the Japanese authorities across the world.

Click on the following links to find many Japanese ‘national’ contacts:

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/over/

SAMPLE LETTER – copy and send, or copy and personalise as you wish.

Use the above links to select where you send copies of your letter.

Each year in Taiji, Japan; dolphins are chased into a small cove and butchered in the most horrific and cruel way imaginable. These hunts are subsidized by the dolphin captivity industry, which pays top money for a few “show quality” dolphins that are ripped from their families and sold on to aquatic centres in order to perform stupid tricks for a brain dead audience, whilst the rest of the captured pod is killed for meat. This dolphin meat has been proven to be laden with mercury and PCBs, all of which are very harmful to Japanese citizens who eat the meat.

Due to a major attempt to cover up the hunt by the Japanese government (which drastically fails in the rest of the world); most Japanese citizens don’t even know that the hunts exist in their land. The Japanese government very much supports the dolphin killers, whilst denying any public health issues.  Both issues are now being widely publicised to the world through international campaign networks, the internet and film such as ‘The Cove’.

The Japanese government are still attempting to resist worldwide actions taken against them for both dolphin and for whale slaughter; which takes place each year under the false guise of ‘Scientific research’.  The Japanese government may believe there are no public health issues for its own citizens regarding the dolphin slaughter, and may kid itself that it needs to undertake ‘research’ in whales as it falsely claimed for many years; but thanks to global communication processes nowdays, the rest of the world instantly knows the real truth; this is why Japan (as a nation) is hated internationally by the environmental movement and also why so many protests are taking place outside its embassies located around the world.

There is a simple way to resolve this – that is for Japan to stop the killing of both dolphins and whales now.  Animal welfare campaigners who speak out against the dolphin murders are now being directly targeted – the latest being Mr Ric O’Barry who has been held at Tokyo’s Narita airport since Monday 18th January.

Mr O’Barry is a longtime leader in opposition to the annual Taiji (town) dolphin hunt, which has gained a negative worldwide reputation since the release and viewing of the film ‘The Cove’.  ‘The Cove’ has shown the teal cruelty of Japan to the rest of the world;  which has led to a worldwide hatred for the actions of Japan on whales and dolphins ever since.

There is no reason whatsoever why Mr O’Barry should be held by Japan.  He has always been very careful not to violate any laws, whilst at the same time working within the legal system of Japan.  If Japan thinks their actions will result in bad publicity for the organisation named ‘Sea Shepherd’, which is most probably why Mr O’Barry is now being held; then Japan is very wrong.

The world largely supports the actions of Sea Shepherd whilst undertaking a national hatred of the Japanese people and what they do in murdering the natural wonders of our oceans.

It is time for Japan to change, and change now – immediately.  For only when Japan does take actions to ban both the dolphin murders and whale murders which it undertakes at present; only then will it be accepted back into the international community as a nation which has respect of others for attempts to preserve the wonderful creatures of our oceans.  All the time the Japanese led killings continue, Japan will continue to be singled out and targeted for what it is – simply murderers of the wonderful wildlife of the world’s oceans; nothing more, nothing less.

Japan needs to take action and to take it immediately – ban the killing of dolphins and whales now, today.

Yours truly,

YOUR Name and nationality.

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England: BREAKING: TV Animal supplier ‘Amazing Animals’ exposed.

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BREAKING: TV Animal supplier ‘Amazing Animals’ exposed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPwgyWSNzRU&index=1&list=PLmcYOWwY5EHXeyZr7hXMtePBocNQoxlWR&utm_source=CAPS+enewsletter&utm_campaign=10f7ba3068-Amazing_Animals_release12_17_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a1d52fc0e7-10f7ba3068-70181421

A polar bear is brought out to a stage in front of a large crowd. Her handler makes her climb onto a podium on command. Two lions are made to stand in a line up on their back legs when ordered. A leopard is made to jump from a podium and balance on two ropes. A monkey is brought out on a lead, a sloth carried out hanging on a pole for crowds to stare at.

These scenes were witnessed at the premises of ‘Amazing Animals’ a company which provides animals for the TV and media industry with clients such as the BBC and Hollywood film makers. READ the Daily Mail coverage this morning with support from wildlife expert and TV Presenter Chris Packham As well as exposing these terrible shows we filmed animals who were mentally affected by their captivity.

A white tiger pacing back and forth at a small window in their enclosure, a hippo walking in circles in their barren home, a hyena and meerkat pacing back and forth as visitors watched.  See the full video of our findings here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPwgyWSNzRU&index=1&list=PLmcYOWwY5EHXeyZr7hXMtePBocNQoxlWR&utm_source=CAPS+enewsletter&utm_campaign=10f7ba3068-Amazing_Animals_release12_17_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a1d52fc0e7-10f7ba3068-70181421

With your help CAPS has been campaigning against the use of animals in the TV and media for years, fighting for those animals who are exploited for entertainment.

As a nation which demands the banning of wild animals in circuses, we all recognise that forcing animals to perform in anyway is cruel and outdated. We are appealing to the BBC, film makers and companies to cease working with this company and instead, embrace animal-friendly methods like CGI. Technology is improving everyday so there is no excuse to use live animals.

We need your help! TAKE ACTION!

View and share our campaign videos showing the cruel treatment of lions, tigers, leopards, a polar bear and other animals

Contact the BBC and ask them to cease working with Amazing Animals

Boycott films which use live animals

Complain to companies you see using live animals in their promotions and let us know when you spot one

Donate to help us end this cruel industry

Amazing Animals is just one company out of many which uses animals in this way but these findings give us a glimpse of what life can be like for animals when away from the cameras and TV sets. Please speak out for these animals who are held captive by Amazing Animals. Please help us to open up this industry to scrutiny, by taking action today.

For the animals.

Nicola O’Brien

Campaigns Director

P.S. Please share the shocking findings now to show the world what animals at this company are going through.

They need you to speak out. Thank you.

Our mailing address is:

Captive Animals’ Protection Society

PO Box 540

Salford

Manchester, Registered charity 1124436 M5 0DS

United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India: Illegal Jallikattu Events – As Much Evidence Required As Possible.

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Dear All,

Please see information below about a helpline number and guide to action that FIAPO has set up to help stop the illegal Jallikattu events that are being reported across the country.

I am asking for help from all the members of the group to share this within their networks and supporters so that we can reach as many people as possible and stop any such events.

Please forward this information widely!

Many thanks, Varda

Dear Members and Friends,

We know you care deeply about all animals, and bulls like Swami need you right now. In the next 5 days, hundreds of bulls will be punched, beaten, and mutilated to be “tamed” in medieval spectacles like Jallikattu across Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Going against a supreme court ban and its own policy, India’s Central Government passed a notification on 7 January 2015 sanctioning unspeakable abuse of these animals.

We have achieved a profoundly important victory towards overturning this shameful decision, but our work is not over yet. The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) teamed up with several other organisations and successfully challenged this move in the Supreme Court, and we have a stay order– for now.

But all is not well. Information is flooding in from all over the country about illegal bull races and Jallikattu events taking place.

See here and here.

Jallikattu is a barbaric activity in which it is simply impossible for bulls to escape torture.

Engulfed by screaming crowds, these terrified, gentle bulls are chased, punched, jumped on, goaded and poked with sharp sticks and dragged to the ground. In such “bull taming festivals” bulls have known to have their eyes gouged out, tails snapped and ears torn.

We have set up a helpline (09632129381) where people can whatsapp reports, photos and videos based on which we will file police complaints to prevent any such events taking place. We are also preparing for the long legal battle challenging the government permission to hold such events.

Here’s a handy guide to help you kick start work at the ground level in case of a possible event.

More here http://www.fiapo.org/our-campaigns/save-the-bulls-support-the-ban/

If you hear of it in advance – Approach the District collector and district police chief with information about the impending event along with a copy of the Supreme court order of 2014 as well as of 12 January 2015. – Submit a letter emphasising that it is the duty of the district collector to ensure that the SC’s orders are implemented, otherwise he will be liable for contempt of court.

– Send (whatsapp) a scan of the letter to 09632129381 so that we can follow it up. If you are unable to prevent it and have a chance to be present while the event happens

-Carefully video record the proceedings taking care to ensure that maximum people present at the event are recognisable in the video. Make sure you show the latest newspaper somewhere in the video to counter any arguments of it being old footage. -File an FIR against the organisers and include in it names of as many people as possible that can be seen in the video.

Also, in the video, include the owner of the land where the race takes place. If it is owned by village or Zila Panchayat then include the names of the chairman and secretary. If you can’t find names, designations will be enough. Find out the names of participants and include it. Insist that the police conducts a ‘Panchnama’ to establish the identity of all the people visible in your video. Include this request in your FIR. – Send the video and a scan of the FIR to 09632129381.

This email was sent by: FIAPO

A 64 2nd Floor

East of Kailash,

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England: The Taiji Demo In London Yesterday. Some Photos and Video.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gjErrTO8jk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiy2IrzlRPY

 

SAV Comment:

If anyone wishes to make independent gripes to the dolphin and whale murderers of Japan, then please use the following link to find your own national contacts:

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/over/

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We are sticking with the Taiji issue this weekend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbNQRrJdGQs

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sharon-bull/we-can-be-heroes_b_8960564.html

Here is a link below on the London demo yesterday, with several photos and also a video of the speech by Dom Dwyer – just scroll down on this link until you come to the video.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/01/16/david-bowie-heroes-dolphin-activists-japanese-embassy-taiji_n_8998846.html

 

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SAV Comment – We have put together a sample letter which you can copy and send to the Japanese authorities across the world.

Click on the following links to find many Japanese ‘national’ contacts:

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html

http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/over/

SAMPLE LETTER – copy and send, or copy and personalise as you wish.

Use the above links to select where you send copies of your letter.

Each year in Taiji, Japan; dolphins are chased into a small cove and butchered in the most horrific and cruel way imaginable. These hunts are subsidized by the dolphin captivity industry, which pays top money for a few “show quality” dolphins that are ripped from their families and sold on to aquatic centres in order to perform stupid tricks for a brain dead audience, whilst the rest of the captured pod is killed for meat. This dolphin meat has been proven to be laden with mercury and PCBs, all of which are very harmful to Japanese citizens who eat the meat.

Due to a major attempt to cover up the hunt by the Japanese government (which drastically fails in the rest of the world); most Japanese citizens don’t even know that the hunts exist in their land. The Japanese government very much supports the dolphin killers, whilst denying any public health issues.  Both issues are now being widely publicised to the world through international campaign networks, the internet and film such as ‘The Cove’.

The Japanese government are still attempting to resist worldwide actions taken against them for both dolphin and for whale slaughter; which takes place each year under the false guise of ‘Scientific research’.  The Japanese government may believe there are no public health issues for its own citizens regarding the dolphin slaughter, and may kid itself that it needs to undertake ‘research’ in whales as it falsely claimed for many years; but thanks to global communication processes nowdays, the rest of the world instantly knows the real truth; this is why Japan (as a nation) is hated internationally by the environmental movement and also why so many protests are taking place outside its embassies located around the world.

There is a simple way to resolve this – that is for Japan to stop the killing of both dolphins and whales now.  Animal welfare campaigners who speak out against the dolphin murders are now being directly targeted – the latest being Mr Ric O’Barry who has been held at Tokyo’s Narita airport since Monday 18th January.

Mr O’Barry is a longtime leader in opposition to the annual Taiji (town) dolphin hunt, which has gained a negative worldwide reputation since the release and viewing of the film ‘The Cove’.  ‘The Cove’ has shown the teal cruelty of Japan to the rest of the world;  which has led to a worldwide hatred for the actions of Japan on whales and dolphins ever since.

There is no reason whatsoever why Mr O’Barry should be held by Japan.  He has always been very careful not to violate any laws, whilst at the same time working within the legal system of Japan.  If Japan thinks their actions will result in bad publicity for the organisation named ‘Sea Shepherd’, which is most probably why Mr O’Barry is now being held; then Japan is very wrong.

The world largely supports the actions of Sea Shepherd whilst undertaking a national hatred of the Japanese people and what they do in murdering the natural wonders of our oceans.

It is time for Japan to change, and change now – immediately.  For only when Japan does take actions to ban both the dolphin murders and whale murders which it undertakes at present; only then will it be accepted back into the international community as a nation which has respect of others for attempts to preserve the wonderful creatures of our oceans.  All the time the Japanese led killings continue, Japan will continue to be singled out and targeted for what it is – simply murderers of the wonderful wildlife of the world’s oceans; nothing more, nothing less.

Japan needs to take action and to take it immediately – ban the killing of dolphins and whales now, today.

Yours truly,

YOUR Name and nationality.

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England: David Bowie – A Secret Hero For The Conservation Of Dolphins and Whales.

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UPDATE 16/1 – London Calling – Latest – Huge numbers outside the Japanese embassy – protesting at the dolphin slaughter.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Young/REX (100574d) David Bowie DAVID BOWIE AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - 1983

David Bowie Is a Hero to Activists Fighting the Dolphin Slaughter in Japan

https://www.facebook.com/josweb23/videos/vb.746840112092474/820137978096020/?type=2&theater

16/1/16 – latest from London – BIG march for the dolphins TODAY.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/634930/David-Bowie-dolphin-slaughter-animal-rights-Heroes-The-Cove-Ric-OBarry

 

http://uk.whales.org/campaigns/sign-now-stop-airlines-transporting-dolphins-from-taiji-hunts?utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=%7Bkeyword%7D&utm_campaign=yucca_GG&utm_source=google&gclid=CLPwrfaursoCFU2NGwodzegOiw

The rock star made sure his anthem ‘Heroes’ was licensed to the documentary ‘The Cove’ for a pittance so it could help stop the killing of dolphins and whales.

David Bowie is being remembered as a musical genius, a gifted artist, and a fashion icon. But to whale and dolphin activists, he was nothing short of a hero.

Bowie’s hauntingly moving song “Heroes,” the title track of his 1977 album, has become a rallying cry for people around the world working to end the killing and capture of whales and dolphins at the cove in Taiji, Japan.

The song, which includes the lyrics “I, I wish you could swim / Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim,” accompanies the closing credits of the 2009 documentary The Cove, which brought global attention to the annual slaughter in Taiji.

Most people don’t know that Bowie, a quiet but generous supporter of animal welfare causes who died on Sunday at 69, personally intervened to make sure the song could be licensed for a minimal fee.

Cove director Louie Psihoyos said the movie’s producer, Fisher Stevens, knew Bowie’s wife, Iman. “That’s how we got through to him,” he said. “If we’d had to go through record-company channels, it never would’ve happened.”

According to Psihoyos, the cost of licensing a rock song for commercial films starts at about $25,000 and can reach six figures. After hearing about the film, Bowie insisted that RCA Records make “Heroes” available for $3,000.

“They had to charge something so they weren’t giving it away,” Psihoyos said. “It was hardly worth the time for the record label to write up the contract.”

A licensing employee for Sony Music Entertainment, which owns RCA Records, confirmed that the fee was reduced but said the amount paid “is confidential.”

The song, reportedly about an East German and West German couple who meet at the Berlin Wall—“I, I can remember (I remember) / Standing, by the wall (by the wall) / And the guns, shot above our heads (over our heads)”—became a powerful anthem for the anti-whaling movement.

I didn’t know at the time about his support for animal rights,” Psihoyos said of Bowie. “But it turns out he had a huge heart.”

Ric O’Barry, star of The Cove and founder of Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, said that during the film’s closing credits, “people jump out of their seats and want to do something.

That song reenergizes people and helps keep the issue alive. Sometimes I meet people, and when they recognize me, they start singing ‘Heroes.’ ”

“There is nothing to galvanize a community around a movement like a movie, and with every social movement, you always needed songs,” Psihoyos said. “This was a song for that moment.”

The moment lives on.

This Saturday in London, thousands of people are expected to march to the Japanese Embassy to protest the dolphin drives, which run every September to March.

Bowie and his hit single will be featured prominently during the day.

“We’re going to make it a massive tribute to Bowie,” said protest organizer Nicole Venter, founder of MEOKO, a platform for electronic music.

Venter said some protesters will be wearing Bowie masks and brandishing banners bearing his image. Meanwhile, a vintage car will lead the march, blasting sounds of dolphins being killed at the cove—and, of course, “Heroes.”

“We will probably play it several times, and people will sing along,” Venter said. “Still, this won’t become a circus. We’re there for the dolphins, but we also want to pay tribute to Bowie.”

The singer, who later sported a dolphin tattoo, was working to save dolphins and whales as early as 1972, when Bowie and the Spiders From Mars headlined the Friends of the Earth Save the Whale Benefit Concert in London.

O’Barry will not be at the protest. He leaves Sunday for Taiji, where police briefly detained him last August. On Tuesday, his Dolphin Project said 35 to 40 striped dolphins were killed at the cove.

“I think London is one of the keys of stopping the slaughter,” O’Barry said.

“ ‘Heroes’ is our theme song, and they’re going to play it loud,” he added. “The Japanese government will have a very difficult time dealing with that PR nightmare.

Thank you, David Bowie.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgcc5V9Hu3g

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England: Remembering Bowie and Other Stuff.

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Further tributes to the legend David Bowie who  died this week.

Keyboard wizard and animal rights campaigner,

Rick Wakeman, tells of his work with David Bowie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jogv7tD18gs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v–IqqusnNQ

Nursery rhymes – can you tell in what style ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xBNImivpW8

 

(From the above, and for non UK residents – Les Dawson was a very well known comedian who could never get things quite right on the piano).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nNGlaiVypU

Rick at his awesome best:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05k8DgEXZXM

 

 

USA: Are The Few Going To Seize Millions Of Acres Of Publically Owned Land ? – Are YOU Going To Fight It ?

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Dear Mark,

I’ve had enough, and tonight I’m hitting the road — departing for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which was illegally taken over on Jan. 2 by armed fanatics who want to seize millions of acres of publicly owned lands.

These yahoos may have become a national joke, but their movement is dead serious — it’s part of a committed campaign to rob us of our wild heritage.

That’s why I’ll be heading to Burns tomorrow, and with the Center’s partners we’ll be organizing rallies in Portland and Eugene on Tuesday to stand against the armed thugs seizing public land — land that we all own.

They even whined online for their supporters to send them snacks. Well we won’t send them any snacks, but we will speak out for those who value this land, and against these creeps who think they can take it by force.

I’m deeply concerned about this bullying behavior — still undeterred by federal law enforcement — and the support voiced by some lawmakers for the occupiers’ message. Although these anti-government fanatics operate on the fringes, this seizure is happening in a broader context: There’s a growing movement afoot to take away these lands and open them up to mining, logging, drilling and other profit-driven methods of destruction.

Whether it’s against the Bundy family or politicians in Congress, the Center for Biological Diversity will fight tooth and nail to protect these special places from seizure. We need you with us to support our work to protect America’s public lands with a contribution to our new Public Lands Defense Fund. This isn’t the first time we’ve faced down the Bundys and their gun-toting bullies. We’ve gone toe-to-toe with them over their illegal grazing operations in Nevada and their paranoid attempts to steal what belongs to all Americans.

This year will be an all-out fight against those who think our public forests, deserts and prairies exist to make money for a few, instead of as places that give us clean air, water, wildlife habitat and landscapes that inspire and rejuvenate.

Selling these places to the highest bidder — or giving in to the demands of armed lunatics — robs us all. The Center will be there to fight each and every time. It won’t be easy. The Utah legislature recently committed $12 million to hire lobbyists and lawyers in a coordinated campaign to seize control of millions of public acres that they intend to parcel off to the highest bidder. We can’t match the money of the cattle, mining, logging and fracking industries, so we’ll have to organize our nearly 1 million supporters and our lean, experienced team of lawyers, scientists and activists to take this struggle to the statehouses and the courthouses, from Congress to the streets.

You can pitch in with a donation to the Center’s new Public Lands Defense Fund. We’ll dedicate your gift to defeating the radicals trying to seize our public inheritance. We won’t let them get away with it — neither the gun-toting jerks who have taken over a crucial wildlife preserve, nor their friends who would steal our land like thieves in the night.

I know what I’m getting into by heading to Oregon — I’ve been tracking the situation closely and have a clear sense of who these people are. But I’m heartened to know that you’re with me and that I’m carrying the message of all who can’t go in person to stand up for these special lands and what they mean.

Please join us at our protests across Oregon if you can, and please give to the Public Lands Defense Fund.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling

Executive Director Center for Biological Diversity

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/

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Various News And Action Issues.

We have decided to group a selection of different issues together here rather than make individual posts of them – SAV.

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Win for Canada Lynx: Idaho Must Take Action on Trapping

In a decision that will save lynx from cruel trapping deaths, a federal district court found on Monday that the great snow cats living in the Panhandle and Clearwater regions of Idaho are in danger of incidental trapping — so restrictions on trapping in those areas are needed. Lynx are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and the court found that trapping in northern Idaho is likely to illegally harm them. In 2014 the Center for Biological Diversity and allies sued Idaho for allowing trapping in lynx habitat. This week the court directed Idaho to alter its regulations to prevent future lynx deaths. It ordered the state to submit a plan to the court within 90 days, with terms that will truly protect lynx in the northern part of the state. “We’re relieved that the court has ordered Idaho to do more to protect lynx,” said the Center’s Andrea Santarsiere. “Four lynx have been incidentally trapped in Idaho in the past four years, and the court agreed with us today that the state cannot stand idly by and watch while indiscriminate traps harm these rare and federally protected cats.” Read more in The Spokesman-Review.

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Good News! African Lions Gain Protection Under the Endangered Species Act

Thank you for urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect lions under the Endangered Species Act and to prohibit the importation of lion trophies. Good news: As a result of global outrage following Cecil the lion’s death, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it will strengthen conservation efforts and crack down on trophy hunting by protecting two subspecies of African lions under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will list one lion subspecies native to India and Central and Western Africa as endangered and another native to Eastern and Southern Africa as threatened. USFWS Director Dan Ashe also issued an order that would make it more difficult for those accused of violating wildlife laws to acquire permits and licensing for importing sport-hunted trophies. All these decisions are huge steps forward in protecting African lions for generations to come. Inspired to do more to protect endangered species? Stand with the Endangered Species Coalition, and take the pledge to defend the Endangered Species Act from congressional attacks.

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Elephants Win: Hong Kong Moves to Crush Ivory Trade

Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.

Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying announced Wednesday that his government will end its legal ivory trade.

That market is considered a facilitator of illegal ivory transport into mainland China, the world’s largest consumer of smuggled ivory.

“The government is very concerned about the illegal poaching of elephants in Africa,” Leung told Hong Kong’s legislative council on Wednesday. “It will kick-start legislative procedures as soon as possible to ban the import and export of elephant hunting trophies.” He added that the government will “explore other appropriate measures,” including a phaseout of the local ivory trade and stiffer penalties for smuggling and trading endangered species.

Wildlife conservation groups are hailing the announcement as a milestone in the movement to ban all ivory trade—a position the Chinese and U.S. presidents took in 2015.

 “We expect action will be taken this year, but what we don’t know is what the timeline will look like,” said WildAid chief executive Peter Knights. “He announced a phaseout, so obviously the quicker the better. The most important thing is that they reveal a timeline this year.”

RELATED:  World’s Biggest Ivory Market Throws Elephants a Bone

WildAid has been working in China and Hong Kong since 2011 to educate the public on how the country’s legal ivory trade fuels illegal poaching of Africa’s elephants.

“We’re losing 30,000 elephants a year in Africa, and we believe most of that ivory is being traded through legal channels,” Knights said.

In a report released last year, World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong showed the loopholes in the legal ivory trade that allow illegal tusks to infiltrate the market. Ivory from the city’s stockpile obtained prior to 1990 can be legally sold. But lax enforcement has allowed the 400 or so licensed traders to use legal ivory permits as a front to sell contraband tusks.

The practice has helped lead to the rapid decline of African elephants, whose population has fallen from between 3 million and 5 million in the early 1900s to around 470,000 today. If poaching keeps its current pace, scientists say the species could be extinct within two decades.

Hong Kong’s move comes as the price of elephant ivory plummets. In a report by conservation group Save the Elephants, the cost of raw ivory on the black market has fallen by almost half over the past 18 months. Ivory tripled in value in the four years leading up to 2014 but dropped from a high of $2,100 per kilogram to $1,100 per kilogram by November 2015.

Researchers Lucy Vigne and Esmond Martin of Save the Elephants said the price drop is a result of China’s growing public awareness about illegal ivory and the government’s intent to shut down the domestic ivory trade.

“Everybody in the ivory business in China is waiting and wondering what will happen next, and are gloomy that their centuries-long tradition of ivory carving may be coming to an end, hoping at least that it can be phased out gradually,” Vigne and Martin said in a statement.

“If the trade closes, the value of ivory as an investment depreciates,” Knights said. “We see Hong Kong prices going down because of the public backlash against ivory, and that should have an impact on poaching. Couple that with stepped-up efforts in Africa to deter poachers, and the ivory trade ends up getting squeezed at both ends.”

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Deer Tortured In Texas – Take Action.

Deer slaughtered?

Not if we can help it.

Here’s the scoop:

The Sun City Texas Community Association is AGAIN reportedly planning to trap deer and ship them to slaughterhouses to try to reduce their local populations.

Think of how completely terrifying it would be to get caught in a net, not knowing what would happen next. These traumatized deer try in vain to escape and can badly injure themselves in the process. Bucks are then held down while their antlers are sawed off with loud power tools. Bleeding and scared, the highly sensitive animals are then transported in noisy trucks to the slaughterhouse, where they’re unloaded and finally killed.

These cruel methods tear wild families apart, often leaving young and weak animals to starve. And for what? These methods don’t even work! Populations have been known to SPIKE because there’s more food to go around after these mass killings.

Please urge the Sun City Texas Community Association to commit to humane control methods that work, then forward this e-mail to everyone you can.

Please send POLITE comments to:

Steve Ashlock, President, Sun City Texas Homeowners Association Board stephen.ashlock@pultegroup.com

Please also e-mail the Sun City Texas Homeowners Association Board and Wildlife Management Committee by sending your message to the following list of addresses:

info@sctexas.org; cawildlife@sctexas.org; glynn.hatley@sctexas.org; gary.preston@sctexas.org; gary.sandercock@sctexas.org; bob.glandt@sctexas.org; sandy.goodman@sctexas.org

Please act NOW before it’s too late!

For all animals,

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England / EU: Break The Cage – Take Action To Stop Rabbit Farming In The EU.

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Rabbits form an integral part of everyone’s childhood. From a family pet, to Beatrix Potter’s mischievous Peter Rabbit, to the lovable cartoon character Bugs Bunny, or the falsely accused Roger Rabbit. But, this year, the lives of 330 million rabbits in Europe will be anything but a fairy tale. 

Rabbits are the most caged farmed animal in Europe.

For them, life is a horror story, permanently confined in tiny, barren cages, unable to hop, skip or jump.

You are one of over 381,620 people who have already told Europe’s Agriculture Ministers and the European Parliament it’s time to End the Cage Age for rabbits. Thank you so much for signing Compassion’s petition.

Now, will you get us to the next big milestone? Can you help us secure over half a million signatures and make this a petition that Europe’s policymakers cannot ignore?

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Here are some easy ways you can grow the petition:

This year alone, there will be over 300 million reasons to end the caging of farmed rabbits.

With your support, we will be able to present Europe’s Agriculture Ministers and the European Parliament with a public demand they cannot ignore.

Please help us secure half a million voices to end this horror story.

Thank you,

 James West – Campaign Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Croatia: Abuse And Torture Of Dogs In Roma Villages.

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ROMA VILLAGES – MEDIMURJE REGION – CROATIA

English Translation :

Jasna has asked about Mediumurje which is quite close to Varazdin.

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“Due to articles in the national and international media, TV, Radio, and newspapers there was a public outcry about the fate of these dogs. The Croatian Ministry has ordered control in these villages  and These took place.

A number of dogs were confiscated and placed into the care of national animal rescue shelters, some also into ours Asyl SPAS (e.g. the Rottweiler dog Safira who was so emaciated she was taken to a vet clinic and will stay in our shelter).

The Croatian authorities are actively to change the conditions and stop animal abuses there. They promised to take care of the dogs castrations and chipping and take away any dog that is not properly treated or kept.

The Ministry confirmed it is in their interest to cooperate with the local animal rescue organisations. Something good has started and we hope it will continue.

We shall watch the situation and keep you up-to-date.

Kind regards, Jasna.” Unquote.

Message sent by :

Gabriele Fuge LESIKA – Hundehilfe Varaždin e.V.

www.lesika-hundehilfe.de

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To: info@medjimurska-zupanija.hr ; zupan@medjimurska-zupanija.hr ; sandra.herman@medjimurska-zupanija.hr ; zoran.vidovic@medjimurska-zupanija.hr ; opcina-orehovica@ck.t-com.hr ; gradonacelnik@cakovec.hr ; mario.medved@cakovec.hr ; romano.bogdan@cakovec.hr ; vijece@cakovec.hr ; dragica.kemeter@cakovec.hr ; lidija.jaklin@cakovec.hr ; drazen.baric@cakovec.hr ; ivica.pongrac@cakovec.hr ; vesna.horvat@cakovec.hr ; ivan.zadravec@cakovec.hr ; nedelisce@nedelisce.hr ; nacelnica@pribislavec.hr ; procelnik@pribislavec.hr ; opcina.pribislavec@ck.t-com.hr ; procelnik@pribislavec.hr ; drazen.srpak@mursko-sredisce.hr ; miljenko.stefanic@mursko-sredisce.hr ; opcina-podturen@ck.t-com.hr ; josip.lepen@ck.t-com.hr ; vjenceslav.hranilovic@ck.t-com.hr ; opcina-domasinec@ck.t-com.hr ; dragutin.furdi@ck.htnet.hr ; opcina@opcina-mala-subotica.hr ; drago.branilovic@gmail.com ; procelnik@opcina-mala-subotica.hr ; mario.moharic70@gmail.com ; ivan.blazek1@gmail.com ; virgo@ck.t-com.hr

Subject:

ABUSE, TORTURE AND RAPE OF THOUSANDS OF ANIMALS IN MEDIMURJE COUNTY,CROATIA

To :

Chief Mayor Matija Posavec

Chief Franjo Bukal

Mayor Stjepan Kovac

Chief Darko Dania

Chief Visnja Ivacic

Mayor Drazen Srpak

Chief Josip Lepen

Chief Dragutin Lisjak

Chief Vladimir Domjanic

Chief Mario Mohari

Chief  Ljubomir Grgec

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Dear Sir,

Facts

In the county of Medimurje , Croatia evidence has come to light of the most heinous acts of animal cruelty  being carried out by the Roma community who inhabit 12 villages within this region.

Some examples are:

  • Illegal dog fighting is a daily occurrence – The authorities and Police do nothing

  • Puppies and dogs being barbarically hit across heads with bricks/shovels by gypsy children and left to die – The authorities and Police do nothing

  • Animals tied with rope and dragged behind bikes and cars for entertainment – The authorities and Police do nothing

  • Animals regularly hung from trees and fences, laughed at as they writhe around terrified and dying – The authorities and Police do nothing

  • Regular rapeing of animals is deemed normal behavior among the community, puppies daily are raped by children and young teens, larger and older dogs tied down and raped by adults – The authorities and Police do nothing

  • Carcasses of animals with their genitalia sliced off, throats sliced open can be seen laying around the villages like refuse – The authorities and Police do nothing

  • Animals legs tied with rope and strong, then attachd to bikes and cars dragged along in races – The authorities and Police do nothing

The news recently visited one of these villages and the reporter witnessed itself the horror of the situation. Click here to watch the report (Warning graphic and disturbing footage) For all these reasons we the undersigned demand  that Chief Mayor Matija Posavec does

    1. To immediately stop the abuse and torture of animals within its villages by actually arresting, charging the criminals and removing the abused animals.

    2. To stop immediately dog fights and to arrest, charge the organisers/spectators to seize the animals used as bait and for fighting and work with local NGO’s to rehabilitate and provide veterinary care

    3. Order an investigation into the 12 regions under his authority and city hall officials that have deliberately disobeyed Croatian laws and failed the people they were voted in to serve.

    4. To investigate all claims of animal cruelty and order his police force to make arrests and charge appropriately the abusers. (If the police refuse to go into these villages then send the army)

    5. To collaborate , support and fund local non profit groups to benefit the animals and also the gypsy community

    6. To collaborate with outside agencies such as the UK charity Action Aid for Animals who are ready, willing and able to coordinate and organise sterilisation , chipping and vaccination programs along with local NGOs and rescuers and implement education programs and community initiatives for the gypsy children and youth.

    7. To fund and build a rescue shelter specifically for the animals within the 12 villages and to allow local NGOs to manage this with on going funding and support from local city halls.

      Sincerely,   Your name and nationality.

 

Serbia: Can You Help Please – Distemper Situation At Shelter – Vet Bills Are Big !

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/722883094416248/

So today we had inspection.

Finally that day arrived . Just in right moment to destroy that little hope that I have . What they decision will be , we will know in next days .

In Serbia we have one sentence that say “Evil never come alone”. That is case with us .

Not only that we have ( for now) 4 dogs with distemper , not only that inspection came and not only that we have no more food , something else happened . My computer exploded today. Why i do not know but that mean that I can not share youcaring . No shares – no donations . No donations – dogs will die without food and threatman .

So please SHARE youcaring for distemper . Please , that will not cost you anything and for dogs it is everything .

Please!

Donations please to  https://www.youcaring.com/lina-s-dogs-501499

 

Serbia: 11/1/16 – Some New Pictures Of The Felix Cats.

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You should have told me the white stuff was cold and wet !

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Youcaring safe site- https://www.youcaring.com/cat-shelter-felix-496539

As you can see from the photos; things have definitely got colder now.

The shelter is down to its last week of gas to keep the cats warm.

No, we wont get down !

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Some cats just love too climb, whatever the weather !

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We very recently did a post to ask for people to try and give so that a new tank of gas can be purchased – here is the link: http://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2016/01/03/serbia-3116-winter-is-getting-a-grip-now-please-help-to-keep-the-kitties-warm-thank-you/

Please give anything that you can – things are now colder and the cats need to be kept warm; especially as some of them are old and frail.

Thank you.

Did someone mention the magic of Winter !

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Direct donations if you do not want to see the post mentioned above

:Youcaring safe site- https://www.youcaring.com/cat-shelter-felix-496539

Danica Mirkovic

Last years’ fuel held up longer than usual, but now the tank’s running low. Please, help to keep the kitties warm!

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We Can’t stand being inside all day !

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England: The Passing Of ‘Hero’ David Bowie Is Announced Today – 11/1/16.

England

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Young/REX (100574d) David Bowie DAVID BOWIE AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - 1983

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Young/REX (100574d)

Here in the UK, he was simply known as ‘Bowie’.

The man with different eyes – see picture below – caused by an accident when he was young.

bowie 3

The terrible news this morning of his death has come a such a shock to millions – but one could say, very much in line with so much of what he did – silence about the issue up until the time that the world was to be informed.

The UK and the world has really lost a musical genius today – there will never be another ‘Hero’ like him.  Thanks David for walking a slightly different path, and for your massive contribution to our enjoyment in the past, today, and forever.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-people-bowie-death-idUKKCN0UP0KF20160111

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/david-bowie-dead-singer-dies-after-18-month-battle-with-cancer-a6805396.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/12092385/David-Bowie-dies-from-cancer-latest.html

bowie 1

 

Here is just some of his superb music !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLnPd7lzT4g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMThz7eQ6K0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rajof9Qigos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgcc5V9Hu3g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4d7Wp9kKjA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v–IqqusnNQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYMCLz5PQVw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kszLwBaC4Sw&list=PLJ8y7DDcrI_p8LixOD4nVgrr9P6f4n2Lv

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G4jnaznUoQ&list=PLJ8y7DDcrI_p8LixOD4nVgrr9P6f4n2Lv&index=17

 

 

England: Time Out !

 victory dog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luwAMFcc2f8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9C53IEcg_0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNuKaRvn0BM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0UcQDUR-fU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtBAyl2uJxs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCQ0vDAbF7s

 

 

 

 

 

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