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SAV would like to send early wishes to everyone for a very cruelty free Christmas, and a Very Happy New Year in 2009.

Thank You for all your support with all the campaigns – we hope to have your continued support next year.




Hi everyone

if there was a trophy to be handed out for those that do wonderful work but quietly and where it is needed the most I would give it to my two friends Guzide and Ayse. They work together in the areas of Istanbul where N & R is required the most but very rarely touched.

My vote for the two most caring ladies in Istanbul goes to Guzide and Ayse.

Thank you so much you do wonderful work, I should know because I have followed you for a few years now.

With love & much respect, Tina


From: Guzide ERDEN

Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 6:08 PM

Subject: 25-26 October 2006 + 9th Nov, CAT NEUTER&RELEASE, Istanbul Archeology Museum’s Garden





Istanbul Archeology Museum is in the center of old city, a favorite place for tourists. This peaceful place has a large garden with full of trees that has been a home for several large cat groups. The number of cats have been increasing significantly for two reasons : (i) No sterilization took place beforehand (ii) Cats are being dumped into the garden from other areas. The pictures give an idea from the place and cat groups.

Initially a two-day sterilization activity was realised. The third step was done 2 weeks after. The Museum team are very cooperative with us, they allocated a place for the equipment, operation and post-operation. A team of a vet, vet. assistant and a catcher worked together during n&r.



Total number of cats sterilized : 42 (17 male, 25 female). All of them are vaccinated against rabies, besides inner and outer anti-parasite treatments applied.

Only vaccinated : 8  ( 5 of them were young enough for an operation + 3 were already sterile).

Medical treatment : 1 (sent to the clinic)


We thank very much to the below organisations, without their support this activity could not have been realised :

Marchig Trust that covered the cost of the activity (vet, vet assistant, catcher, medicine)

Actiezwerfhonden that provided the cat trap.



FIRST DAY, 25th Oct.

The vet who is in green giving injection for anaesthesia.


This vet has been very experienced in n&r. He can make the operations through a very small cut with inner stitches, so that the recovery period is the shortest possible with the minimum risks. Please see below how small cut he makes the operations from.


The traps are very useful when catching (cat trap) and keeping the cats before/after op (dog traps). The traps were provided by Actiezwerfhonden (Holland).





There was heavy shower in the morning, but the team continued the activity.




A visit was made to the place 3 days after to check the area/cats. The non-sterile ones and the ones require medical treatment were noted for the 3rd step.

Ayse Doganci is in the picture.


A sign is required to separate the sterilised one from the others  (male ones can be identified but the females!). In every sterilisation activity we catch one or two that had been sterilized before but have no sign of the operation.

As seen, the small cut to one ear given during the operation enables easy separation.

No harm to cats.


The tourists and cats are very happy to be together.

During catching, we received so many questions and curious looks. It was pleasure to tell them that “this catching was for sterilisation and vaccination only !”. Those explanations together with the team’s careful and caring attitude gave them a good relief.




The third step was realised on the 9th Nov. It was good to see the sterilized ones around.





Upper respiratory infection (viral) are very common among the cats. We observed that the rate was not below than 60%. As the winter is close, we will not do the operations till spring.

In the mean time, a vitamin and anti-biotic treatment is planned. A day-long activity can work well.

There are still non-sterile ones that are very difficult to catch. Besides, there are many young ones around.

If those are done in next spring, then the cat populations will be kept under control.


Guzide Erden        Ayse Doganci



Canada: After the Seal Pups, Now The Government Approves Mass Whale Killing !

From: Taffy Lee Williams <tlwilliams@optonline.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2008 23:16:56 -0500



The slaughter (by Nunavet) of what was thought to be 200 (which we now
know was underestimated) narwhales “trapped in the ice” was bad enough;
now the horror has turned into a blood bath of up to 500 narwhales!

This atrocity is putting the area’s population of narwhales at risk of

Please contact Minister Gail Shea and tell her to put a stop to the
slaughter of hundreds of narwhales. Tell her to call off the hunters and
send in the nearest icebreaker immediately.
  Also tell her that the annual
quota for whales 130 should be respected and any additional “takes”
applied to next year’s allotment for the Nunavet.  Tell her whale meat is
contaminated, and

the real reason the slaughter continues is for the
single ivory tusk, worth $1500 a piece.


This is not about subsistence tribal whaling, this is about wholesale
slaughter and wholesale marketing of ivory tusks.
  Here are the contact
numbers. Let’s flood the office of Gail Shea with letters immediately, to
save the lives of these whales.



Send your own letter or if you copy the letter below please add the
following statement:

I am in complete agreement with the message below; it expresses my own
thoughts and sentiments on this grave matter.

   City, State,

Mail to: Shea.G@parl.gc.ca
The Hon. Gail A. Shea
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Telephone:  (613) 992-9223
Fax: (613) 992-1974

Letter to copy and send – Send your own letter or

if you copy the letter below please add the
following statement:

I am in complete agreement with the message below; it expresses my own
thoughts and sentiments on this grave matter.

   City, State,



The Hon. Gail A. Shea
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Shea:

It is simply unfathomable that the DFO has been as exceedingly negligent
in protecting the narwhales of Pond Inlet as it has been.  Not only does
the condemnable lack of action by the DFO reveal the agency’s actual
utter disregard for the welfare of its natural resources, but supports
an illegal disregard for the rule of law established for the welfare of
marine species.

I speak for hundreds of animal welfare and wildlife specialists in my
area, and while we are far from the scene, I advise you that the concern
for these whales is exceedingly great.  We don’t need to remind you that
we are in a global crisis and the extinction of species is 100 times its
normal pace due to human activities.

If the native Nunavet could not accurately estimate the number of
entrapped whales (“200”), as it now seems there are more than double the
initial tallies (closer to 500), one can discount their statements that
the population is “healthy.”  In reality, a population could be called
“healthy” to justify a mass slaughter.

Narwhale tusks can fetch $1500 a piece on the market.  What do you think
is the real motivation force here?  The quota for hunting whales should
be adjusted over the next several years to account for the slaughter in
excess of their 130 number tally this year. This is the only proper
course to take in response to this outrageous killing spree.

It was reported that the nearest icebreaker was 50 km away from the
carnage.  In that case, the DFO should be condemned even further, as 50
km is an easy distance to travel, despite the conditions, to save an
entire population of cetaceans.

Now a major portion of the global population of narwhales, and certainly
this specific population and its genetic diversity, are poised for

-We can not urge you more strongly and with more urgency to call off any
hunting activities immediately and send the icebreaker to the scene.  In
addition, you must please advise the Nunavet to vacate the scene at
once. Otherwise the blood of this species falls on the regulatory body
that failed to act, allowed an essentially illegal mass slaughter to
occur, and brought about a collapse of the ecosystem that the narwhales
are an integral part of.

If the DFO is ridiculously concerned that “the noise of the icebreaker
will scare the narwhales,” what do you think the sound of gunshots next
to their faces, and the slaughter of their close kindred is doing to
them? That is a poor excuse for what is likely a lazy and apathetic
attitude, leading to the utter failure of the DFO’s objectives by the
DFO itself.

In addition, it is essential that the DFO create an proper marine mammal
stranding response team to immediately address future crises such as
this, for whatever measures are in place are pitifully, woefully


Taffy Williams

Taffy Lee Williams
New York Whale and Dolphin Action League
PO Box 273
Tuckahoe, NY 10707 USA

When we save whales, we save ourselves.

Taffy Lee Williams
New York Whale and Dolphin Action League
PO Box 273
Yonkers, NY 10707 USA
914-793-9186 / 407-404-2046 cell
Because when we save whales, we save ourselves.

Uk: A Message from Maria and Paul About Their SOS Galgos Gig


The following message about SOS Galgos has been sent to us by

Maria and Paul.  Please check out the links given at the end of this

 message to see the work of SOS and also Maria and Paul.  (SAV).


Dear all,http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=18DfbQ02Q3w

just a quick message to share the first few clips of our visit to SOS
Galgos. We had such a lovely time and it was truly an inspiration, I’m
sure new songs will come from the imagery and sights and sounds but
for now here is the moment we met sweet little galgo ‘Wonder’ and her
new family, the link to view is here –


We will hopefully have a slideshow of the whole event online soon &
there’s some pics on the SOS Galgos website.

Have a great weekend & keep on rockin!!!

Bye for now,

Love from Maria & Paul xx

Notes from the slide show –
On November 21st 2008 we flew to Barcelona in Spain to visit Anna and
Albert of SOS Galgos and play a benefit gig for them at City Hall, the
event was called ‘Concierto Benefico Live cantante de rock ‘Maria
Daines a favor a los galgos necesitados’ and it was fantastic! The
event started with an Egyptian fashion show where the models were all
dressed as Cleopatra, including an amazing Egyptian King! The models
walked down the red carpet each walking with a beautiful dog, most of
them galgos, it was so glamorous and unforgettable. 


Maria and Paul Perform




Egyptian Fashion Show

On the day after the event we went for a walk on the beach with many
of SOS Galgos rescue dogs and that’s where we met the precious galgo
named ‘Wonder’, she is blind but you would not believe it if you met
her, she is loveable, intelligent, happy, sweet natured, and now, the
best part of all, she has her own family because she has been adopted
and they love her very much. Of all the special memories we took home
with us from the trip, meeting Wonder and her family is something we
will always treasure and even thinking about it now I have a lump in
my throat.
My mum, Mary Coe, painted a picture of Wonder and donated it to SOS
Galgos and on the beach I was able to present the picture to Wonder’s
mum and dad, it was quite an emotional moment and as you can see,
Wonder is looking at the picture of her wonderful self!
Thank you to everyone who made us so welcome in Spain and thank you
to Anna Clements, Albert Sorde and volunteers of SOS Galgos who do
such a vital job saving and rehoming the galgos and greyhounds that
badly need help when they are cast out or neglected.
You are in our hearts always.
Best wishes, Maria & Paul xxxxxxx
To visit the brilliant SOS Galgos website, which has many photographs,

please click on the following link –


Visit Maria and Paul at:


Appeal for Overseas Homes for Serbian Shelter Dogs – Please Pass On.

As you probably know, Jelena has been sending Serbian shelter dogs

to Austria to their new homes that Animal Care Austria is finding.

For one dog to be sent it costs 100 Euros for papers / blood test on rabies
and certificate and 50 Euros for transport.

We have found someone who wants to take dogs with a van, so every second
Wednesday we can send dogs if we had money to pay the necessary expenses.

Please give anything you possibly can to help us send dogs to loving homes in Austria.





This dog is named ’Zeljko’ and there is interest in him being rehomed already. Jelena needs 70 Euros for blood tests regarding rabies so that he can cross the border without problems and 25 Euros to take him to another town, from where a van will pick him up to take him to Austria. ACA in Austria are contributing the 50 Euros needed for transport.

Please can you give a donation and help raise the money for the essential blood tests.




This dog is named ’Bane’ and is going to Austria next Wednesday.


Yesterday Nina left :







Do you remember Sirkan was shown waiting for a new home on our site recently ?

** ‘SIRKAN’  UPDATE 29/12 ***

Some great news – Jelena has informed that ‘Sirkan’

has now been given a new home.

Here he is with his new owner;


Now Jelena has sent 15 dogs and 3 kittens so far to Austria; and with your help and support, we can find loving homes for many more.



Thank you



For Jelena’s shelter information, please access the following SAV links:








and then please GIVE A DONATION  !!


Information about donating can be found at the bottom of the following link:







USA: Animals’ Angels (USA Branch) Expose Severe Horse Abuses at Slaughter

Press Release

November 2008 


Animals’ Angels

phone: 410-848-3153

fax: 410-848-0213



Results from Freedom of Information Request show severe abuse

previously undisclosed: New data provides over nine hundred

reasons for the urgent passage of bill banning the slaughter of

American horses.




Animals’ Angels, an animal welfare organization based in Maryland,

last week received over 900 pages of documents and photographs

from  the United States Department of Agriculture taken during

part of 2005 at the Beltex horse slaughter plant in Texas. 

Documents received 36 months after making a Freedom of

Information Act (FOIA) request, reveal an appalling number

of incidences and an equally appalling degree of suffering

sustained by horses. Evidence indicates alarming cruelty

corresponding directly to horse slaughter.



The large FOIA document contains hundreds of photographs

that graphically depict horses with open fractures, legs missing,

battered and bloody faces, eyeballs dangling and what appears

to be horses left to bleed to death. The document provides

unimpeachable evidence for the immediate ban on the slaughter

of American horses.


The photographs included in the FOIA document were taken

between January 17, 2005 and November 17, 2005 at Beltex,

the Belgian owned plant in Fort Worth, Texas.  Beltex was

forced to close this plant in 2007, after courts upheld Texas

law that has banned horse slaughter since 1949. Beltex has

since focused on its operations in Fresnillo, Mexico where it

continues to slaughter American horses.  In addition, Beltex

still runs the second largest slaughter horse feedlot in the

U.S. Horses from all over the country are tranported to the

feedlot in Morton,TX before being sent to the Beltex slaughter

plant in Mexico.

The FOIA request was submitted by Animals’ Angels investigator

Julie Caramante in November 2005 “I’ve been an equine cruelty investigator for a number of years,” said Caramante, “and I’ve

witnessed many horrific incidents of animal cruelty.  But nothing

could prepare me for the images contained in the FOIA.  These

pictures shocked me to the core. The pain and terror these horses

endured is criminal.  This just should not be, no excuses.” 



In commenting on the photographs, Sonja Meadows, Executive Director of Animals’ Angels USA said:


“The pro-horse slaughter lobby continues to lobby for the

domestic slaughter of horses, railing that transportation and

slaughter of horses inside the United States is ever so much

better, so much more humane than what happens in Mexico. 

These people say that U.S. humane laws protect the horses,

that Mexico has no such laws.  But this rhetoric is now exposed

as nothing but disingenuous talk. The FOIA reveals unimaginable

suffering was being perpetuated upon large numbers of horses

on a long-term basis here in the U.S. We can only shudder at

the scale of the suffering over the years.  Animals’ Angels will be investigating what actions were taken against those responsible

for this horrific abuse.”Animals’ Angels continues to send out its investigators to expose the abuse and suffering of horses and

to ensure that those responsible within this brutal industry are

held accountable for their actions.  “However difficult and

traumatic these investigations are,” said Meadows, “Animals’

Angels will remain true to its motto – ‘We are there with the animals'”

Meadows is firm in her support of a Federal ban of horse slaughter. “From our own weekly investigations at auctions, feedlots and slaughter plants, the barbaric and inhumane treatment of horses goes on and will continue to do so until a Federal law is passed to end once and for all, the transportation and slaughter of horses for human consumption. The horse has played such an important part in the history of the United States and continues to be such an integral part in the lives of millions of its citizens. It is well overdue, past time for Congress to act and to pass a law to bring this miserable trade in horses for human consumption to an end.”



Further information, video and pictures…. 

 Notes to Editors:  

1. In 2007, the slaughter of horses on US soil came to an end

when a court ruling upheld a Texas law banning horse slaughter,

and similar legislation was passed in Illinois.
However, failure by the US Senate to pass the American

Horse Slaughter Prevention Act into law has resulted in American

horses still being slaughtered for human consumption abroad.

Tens of thousands are shipped to Mexico and Canada annually,

where they are killed under inhumane conditions so their meat

can be sent to markets in Belgium, France, Italy and Japan.

Additionally, without the federal law, there remains the threat

of horse slaughter plants being established in states that have

no laws against the practice. In the beginning of 2008,

unsuccessful attempts were made to open a horse slaughter

plant in South Dakota. It is likely that pro-horse slaughter

organizations will try again elsewhere in the United States.
While a handful of horses are purposely sold into slaughter

by irresponsible owners, most arrive at the slaughter plant

via livestock auction, where unsuspecting owners sell the

animals to slaughter plant middlemen known as “killer buyers”.

Despite the fact that the US plants are no longer in operation,

killer buyers continue to purchase and haul as many horses

as possible from livestock auctions around the country to the slaughterhouses that have now relocated to Mexico and Canada.


Prevention of Equines Cruelty Act of 2008 (H.R. 6598) was

introduced to the 110th Congress by Rep. John Conyers and Representative Dan Burton.  H.R. 6598 prohibits the slaughter

of horses for human consumption in the United States and the

export of slaughter horses to Canada and Mexico.





2. Animals’ Angels is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization

incorporated in Maryland with fulltime investigators working 

in the United States and Canada. Our focus is on improving

conditions for farm animals. We work primarily in the field,

trailing livestock trucks on highways, visiting markets,

collecting stations and slaughterhouses. We seek to cooperate

with auction managers, transport companies and other

authorities, including the police, veterinarians and the

United States Department of Agriculture.  




Sonja Meadows

Executive Director

Animals’ Angels USA



Further information, video and pictures can be found here:





Loads of Petitions to be Signed

Please Sign as many of the following petitions as you can – Thank You.


Corfu Animal Rescue Establishment:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/tell-a-friend/2321933       http://www.carecorfu.com/

End Whale and Dolphin Slaughter: 


To ban animals in circuses in Ontario: 

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ban-animals-in-circuses      http://www.circuses.com

Abused and sick animals at the animal pound of Palencia – Spain: year after year, animals are mistreated and abused. Sick animals have no veterinary care. Animals have no vaccines. The employees show no regards for the wellbeing of the animals at this place. http://www.amigosdemilord.com/apoyanos-con-tu-firma.php

Mass killing of Wild American Horses and Burros: BLM (Bureau of Land Management) -proposes-mass-killing-of-Americas-wild-horses-and-burros


Tell Burberry to Stop Selling Fur:  http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/ukburberry

Introduce legislation in China: http://www.animalsaviors.org/petition.html

Celeb. Boyfriend Kills Girlfriends Cat in Jealous Rage: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/celeb-boyfriend-kills-cat-in-drunken-jealous-rage

Microwave killing of cat in Camrose Alberta – Canada: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/microwave-killing-of-cat-in-camrose-alberta.html

Undercover Video Shows Rabbits Screaming During Slaughter:  http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/armani_fur_investigation

Slaughter of Sharks:  http://www.hai.ch/Stiftung/Aktionen/08esw/08-eusharkweek-pet.html

I want the TV stations to respect animals in Portugal http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/bastadetelevisoescontraanimais

Tell the government to protect sea turtles from trawls:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/12/take-action-tell-the-government-to-protect

Edgar County Animal Shelter is a Death house for Dogs:   http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/edgar-county-animal-shelter-is-a-death-house-for-dogs

CARE: Stop animal cruelty throughout Greece:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/tell-a-friend/2321933   and/or  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/greece-protect-your-animals-or-lose-your-tourists

Save the Homeless and Abused Animals of Egypt:


Heartbreaking Cruelty – Dog Tied up like in a Crucifixtion – Limassol Cyprus: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/heartbreaking-dog-cruelty-cyprus

Bolivian Army TORTURES a dog to train soldiers: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ejercito-boliviano-tortura-y-mata-a-un-perro-en-entrenamiento


Protest against the massacre of stray animals in Bulgaria:



Maximum penalty for the men who hacked up a puppy in Australia: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/maximum-penalty-for-the-men-who-hacked-up-a-puppy


Hope for Horse made to carry Lion in China:  



STOP the killing of wild geese in theNetherlands:



Help Stop the Sadistic ‘Fire Bull’ Festival in Soria: http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/toro_de_fuego?rk=8pXfI8KqACggW


Change military Policy about animals:



Australia’s Ultra-Fine Wool Industry – Wool: Australia’s Secret Shame: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-battery-sheep-farming