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

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

See our past post at   

serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/12/10/eu-121214-brussels-belgium-12-noon-massive-demo-for-slaughtered-romanian-dogs-see-info-below/     

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

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

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

Here are some photos from the event:

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and here are the photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/musicifeel/sets/72157649816007315 

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

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Event organizer AnimalsUnited http://www.stopptdashundemassaker.de/

IFEEL www.MusicIFEEL.com

Happy New Year to you!

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SAV Comment – A reminder of why it took place:

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USA: ‘Killing Contests’ That Target Pregnant Females Threaten to Wipe Out This Graceful Ocean Animal.

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SAV – You have to be a real man to go out and kill pregnant females for your ‘kicks’. 

In the UK they are known as ‘Sicko’s’.  But then all hunters are !

http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/12/16/east-coast-killing-contests-threaten-wipe-out-cownose-stingray?cmpid=tpanimals-eml-2014-12-20-stingrays

‘Killing Contests’ That Target Pregnant Females Threaten to Wipe Out This Graceful Ocean Animal

Scientists fear the hunts will decimate the cownose ray before they can learn of its role in the marine ecosystem.

December 16, 2014 By Erica Gies

Erica Gies is an independent journalist who writes about the core requirements for life—water and energy—from Victoria, British Columbia, and San Francisco.

Each summer, bow fishers pack their beer and bravado and launch themselves onto Chesapeake Bay, competing to shoot the largest cownose rays, which they typically don’t eat.

Usually a team of about three people shoot from a platform at the back of the boat when the rays are mating. “You can see these rays skittering across the water, and then they’ll settle into a euphoric state with their wing tips out of the water,” said Robbie Bowe, organizer ofBowes & Arrows Skate Shoot and owner of an archery shop in Woodbridge, Md. “The object is to run your boat up as fast as possible and shoot ’em while they’re right on top.”

Last May, a man on a beach posed proudly with 26 dead rays, a crossbow in his hand, in a picture posted on the Tilghman Island Cownose Ray Tournament’s Facebook page. “Declare war on the rays” reads a comment.

Most killing contests are in June, when the rays have returned from the Gulf of Mexico to the Chesapeake to mate and give birth.  The biggest rays are pregnant females, and they are the contestants’ prime targets.

“It’s the luck of the draw when a man shoots it and it’s a female: A lot of the times before they get to the scale, the pups are already coming out,” said Bowe. “They try to retain the pups inside to get more weight.”

 “When I started the tournaments, I didn’t have any limit and guys would come in with their boats overflowing with these things,” added Bowe. “And I said, this is not a good thing. Some of the ‘anti’s’ would see this carnage and say, ‘Oh no, they’re going to decimate the population.’ ”

That is exactly what scientists fear.

Since many slaughtered rays are dumped at sea, no one knows how many are killed. Neither Virginia nor Maryland, where most kill contests are held, impose limits on fishing rays. Bowe’s contest saw 150 participants last year, and another contest in Virginia, Amazon Rain Chicken’s Chesapeake Bay Stingray Tournament, saw about 120 participants last year with team names like Death From Above and Bloody Decks.

The kill tournaments may seem like a throwback to the bad old days before people understood the role individual species play in the ecosystem.

But animals that people perceive to be a problem—such as wolves, coyotes, foxes, squirrels, and rattlesnakes—are still targeted in killing contests across the United States.

The “smiling” Atlantic cownose rays that “fly” gracefully through the water may seem an odd focus for such bloodletting. But shellfish farmers blame the rays for decimating their harvests. It’s an idea supported by the state of Virginia, which for several years has been trying to jump-start a seafood market for the cownose ray. Its campaign “Save the Bay, Eat a Ray” conveys the idea that the native rays are harming the ecosystem.

That supposition, however, is not supported by science, and it could be devastating for the rays—and possibly other creatures in the ecosystem.

When the Atlantic ray’s close cousin, the Brazilian cownose ray, became popular for export, it was quickly overfished and is now listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

It’s that history that alarms scientists. Cownose rays are extremely slow to reproduce, taking about seven years to mature. Females usually give birth to a single live pup after an 11-month gestation period.

“Cownose rays have been a convenient scapegoat for the insults that we’ve brought on a lot of these shellfish populations in the past,” said Dean Grubbs, a research biologist at Florida State University, referring to overfishing and pollution.

Yet people in the shellfish industry argue that cownose ray populations are booming in the Chesapeake, citing the reduction of their key predator, sharks, and changes in shrimp trawlers that allow non-target animals like rays to escape.

In fact, several local species of sharks have recovered since strict fishing limits were imposed in 1993, said Grubbs. And due to the rays’ extremely slow breeding cycle, they’re not capable of a baby boom. A paper he’s not yet published found that, with no fishing, the cownose ray population would increase just one percent annually.

And while rays do sometimes eat young oysters and bay scallops, several studies conductedacross their rangeAlabama, North Carolina, and in the Chesapeake Bay—have shown that those creatures make up a tiny minority of their diets.

Robert Fisher, a fisheries and seafood technology specialist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, wrote a report for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2010 that found that oysters accounted for no more than 8 percent of the cownose rays’ diet in Chesapeake Bay.

The public’s confusion about their biology endures in part because the science has lagged, primarily because people historically have not eaten rays.

As a result, ray fishing is completely unregulated, said Matt Ajemian, a research biologist at Texas A&M’s Harte Research Institute in Corpus Christi.

Ajemian last year gathered together scientists who are ray experts to review existing science and figure out what additional research is needed. The experts signed a resolution calling on Virginia state officials to set catch limits, convene experts to estimate the ray population, and initiate a science-based conservation plan.

“The main goal is to prevent a disaster,” said Sonja Fordham, president of Shark Advocates International. “Starting with Virginia made sense because that’s where an interest in developing the market has been centered.”

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last several years to try to develop a market for cownose rays.

“The texture and bite of it is not like fish; it’s like veal, flank steak, or pork,” said Mike Hutt, director of the Virginia Marine Products Board, who has promoted cownose ray chow at trade shows in Europe and Asia. “And it’s high in protein.”

That worries biologists.

Although the market has been slow to gain traction, if that turned around suddenly, “you could be in big trouble before you know it,” said Fordham. “We have no idea of what would be a sustainable catch.”

However, coming up with a sustainable catch number is a policy catch-22.

“There is not a fishery,” said Rob O’Reilly, chief of fisheries management with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, “and that’s why there are no guidelines.”

In other words, until the ray is being fished in significant numbers, the state won’t set limits.

That backward policy could land the ray in trouble. In his 2010 report, VIMS researcher Fisher wrote that scientists need to figure out a sustainable harvest before a market for rays really takes off.

But local oyster farmer Lake Cowart said his 47 years of experience on the bay are enough for him to know that cownose rays are preying on his oysters.

“I’ve seen them on the beds and damage done,” said Cowart, owner of Lottsburg, Va­.‑based Cowart Seafood Corp., citing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of seafood lost overnight.

Due to human overfishing, most oysters are now farmed. Cowart’s business started using aquaculture cages to protect the oysters from rays in 2005. They are effective, he said, but capital and labor intensive. “We’ve invested well over $1 million,” said Cowart.

As for the bow hunting tournaments, they are scheduled to return again in June, during prime mating and pupping time

They want to kill them while they’re still pregnant,” said Grubbs, the Florida State research biologist. “They’re getting a two for one in their mind,” he said, echoing a sentiment expressed on tournament chat boards.

“I’m a hunter and a fisher,” he added, “and I can tell you, it takes zero skill to kill a cownose ray.”

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

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

Please help Draga to stay on safe !!!

SAFE Donation link – http://www.youcaring.com/adoption-fundraiser/help-draga-to-stay-on-safe-urgent-/280188

Thank you.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

So very sorry, little sweetie.

Website: http://catshelter-felix.com/
Blog: http://novisadcats.blogspot.com/

 

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

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

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

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

serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/12/13/serbia-urgent-petition-to-prevent-sashas-shelter-from-being-closed-by-nis-authorities-please-sign-now-and-crosspost-to-the-world-very-little-time/

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

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

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

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

We have had NO correspondence from the Serbian authorities.

serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/12/01/serbia-england-eu-eu-enlargement-commission-now-writes-to-serbian-agriculture-minister-re-nani-deer-asking-for-dialogue-with-epar-and-sav-we-now-wait-to-see-what-happens/

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

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Serbia: 19/12/14 – Felix News – Early Catnip Pressies !!

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Look what we have here !

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We’ve just been pleasantly surprised with early Christmas gifts, a box full of awesome catnip toys!

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The kitties are still a bit confused and don’t know exactly what they’re supposed to do with them, it’s been ages since the last time they smelled catnip, but they’re very interested and will soon find out how magnificent their gifts really are!

Thank you so much, Claire! These are probably the most wonderful gifts the Felix kitties will receive this Christmas!

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Purrs and wet nose kisses heading your way

Website: http://catshelter-felix.com/

Blog: http://novisadcats.blogspot.com/

Two Important Petitions – Please Sign Thank You.

 Click on this following title to sign the petition:

Protect Maned Wolf from Endangerment

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Target: Wildlife Conservation Society CEO Cristian Samper

Goal: Encourage protection of the maned wolf from the threats of habitat loss and human encroachment

Land development in South America threatens several unique species, among them an animal often described as a fox on stilts. The maned wolf is a unique canine, three feet tall at the shoulder, known for its shy nature and omnivorous diet. Though not yet listed as endangered, it is a vulnerable species, threatened by habitat loss and human encroachment. Petition the Wildlife Conservation Society to increase awareness, and urge the South American governments to take action to preserve the maned wolf.

The maned wolf is not yet threatened, but it is vulnerable. Long years of hunting and persecution have taken their toll on the population. Despite their small teeth and diet of fruit and small mammals, maned wolves were often suspected of killing large livestock or chickens. With greater education, the targeting of maned wolves has stopped, but they are still hunted for their body parts, particularly the eyes, considered to be good-luck charms.

Habitat loss is the biggest threat to maned wolves, and continued development of grasslands and scrub forests destroys the native range of these animals. With dwindling habitat, maned wolves are hard pressed to find enough food or territory away from human threats and encroachment. They are also killed by cars while attempting to cross roads, and may be targeted by individuals who believe them responsible for killing livestock.

Man’s best friend is also one of the maned wolf’s biggest threats. Domestic dogs may kill maned wolves, chasing them down and attacking them. They are also capable of passing on disease, potentially devastating wild populations.

Though not yet endangered, the maned wolf is in need of help. They must be protected from the threats of habitat loss and human encroachment before they become yet another species in danger of disappearing forever because of human activity.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Samper,

The maned wolf is a vulnerable species, on the verge of becoming endangered as so many other species have in the face of human activity. Threatened by past years of hunting, killed in the mistaken belief that they attacked large livestock, and harvested for their body parts, maned wolves struggle to recover and survive in an increasingly developed world. Agricultural development claims the grasslands and scrub forests in which maned wolves survive, destroying habitat and bringing them closer to human habitation and all its dangers.

I urge the Wildlife Conservation Society to increase awareness of this unique canine and the threats it faces. The Brazilian government cracked down on illegal hunting and granted the maned wolf greater protection from needless killing, but more can and should be done. Unless action is taken, the maned wolf may join thousands of other species on the endangered list.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Sage Ross via Wikimedia Commons

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STOP PREDATOR HUNTS FOR PRIZES IN NY

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author: John Gregoire

target: Governor Cuomo

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/455/519/815/stop-predator-hunts-for-prizes-in-ny/

 

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