Uk: Petition – The First Ever Animal Bill Of Rights

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http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/903969325

The First Ever Animal Bill Of Rights

 

Target: Anyone relevant to the accomplishment of our goal.
Sponsor: Matt DeLuca

The love and loyalty of Animals is one that the human animal can learn from, and thus, it is time that we finally give animals their due, and consider them the precious, feeling, living, breathing, Spiritual beings that they are. (Some say that I am dreaming…that this Earth will never treat Animals with such love, kindness, and equality. To that, I say this: The first man on the moon had a dream once. He dreamt of someday walking on the moon. Elvis Presley and Jon Bon Jovi were both told to give up their dream of being succesful musicians, because “it would never happen”. Dont tell me that dreams dont come true. They do. Moral of the story. I will NOT “aim low”…I will not give-up and accept the way of the world….I will not accept that this cannot become a reality, because, if enough of you share the dream with me, it WILL become a reality. Do you share the dream? Do you refuse to allow Animals to suffer and die because of human animal ignorance, arrogance, egotism, and speciesism? If so, please sign this petition. Every act of positive change that this world has ever seen, was first a dream of a rare few. We have a dream. It CAN and WILL come true if enough of you share this dream with us. Do you share the dream? If so, you understand that it doesnt end with your signature on this petition. If you truly share the dream and have a passion to it see it become a reality, you will work to make this a better world for Animals. How? BY MAKING THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR ANIMALS. You have the power. Dont wait for politicians to tell you its ok to change the world. Change it yourself! One human at a time, making life better for one Animal at a time, and we will change the world. Society’s flawed perceptions (I.E. We’re “supreme beings” and Animals are “second rate beings”) allow Animal cruelty, suffering and death to continue. Change the world’s ignorant, and arrogant perceptions towards Animals, and you change the way that the world treats Animals. And you change the laws in the process, thus, this dream CAN come true, and it WILL come true…….. if enough of us want it to. Believe. Achieve. Animals are beautiful people. Treat them as such. And enlighten this dark world with the light of the truth.)

 

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Photos: Animals Asia, Animals Angels, SAV Alliance

Uk (London): GBGB Greyhound Awards Demonstration – London – 25th January

Greyhound killers’ annual awards

Tony Peters 20.01.2009 20:56

Greyhound protection group to stage demonstration:

Hilton Metropole Hotel, London W2
Sunday 25th January, 5.30pm
This Sunday, January 25th, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) will be holding their annual awards ceremony at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, 225 Edgware Road, London W2 1JU.

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Demonstrators at last year’s event

This is a yearly booze-up, dance and banquet, where the GBGB (formerly known at the British Greyhound Racing Board) hands out trophies to their various pals within the greyhound racing industry.

As at last year’s event, supporters of international greyhound protection group Greyhound Action will be there, outside the hotel, carrying banners and placards, to loudly protest at the annual suffering and slaughter of many thousands of dogs caused by the greyhound racing industry and for which the GBGB is directly responsible.
Greyhound Action’s UK coordinator, Tony Peters, said: “We’re not going to let the GBGB get away with their wining, dining and mutual back-slapping without vociferously bringing home to them exactly what we think about their disgusting so-called “sport” that makes them all a nice living from the ruthless persecution of innocent creatures.
“The British greyhound racing industry, overseen to a very large extent by the GBGB, is responsible for the deaths of many thousands of greyhounds every year. These dogs are killed, either because they are not suitable for racing or because their racing careers are over.
“Our research indicates that about 15,000 young greyhounds, bred for racing on British tracks, are put to death every year after being judged unsuitable for the purpose.

“In addition, the greyhound racing industry itself admits that around 2,000 ex-racing dogs are ‘put down’ annually when their ‘careers’ on the track are over.

“This means that about 17,000 greyhounds are put to death every year because of dog racing in Britain and that each of the 28 major tracks is, on average, responsible for the deaths of over 600.

“There are various greyhound rescue groups, who do excellent work in finding homes for some of the dogs that ‘retire’ from racing at the tracks, but this only amounts to a minority of the greyhounds disposed of because of the existence of the British dog racing industry.

“In recent years there have been many media exposés of the wholesale slaughter of greyhounds disposed of by the racing industry and several mass graves, containing the bodies of shot greyhounds, have been discovered.

“Greyhound racing also causes the death of many thousands of other dogs apart from greyhounds, as places in homes and rescue kennels, which could go to other stray and ‘unwanted’ dogs, are taken up by greyhounds got rid of by the racing industry, meaning that those other dogs are ‘put down’ because there is nowhere for them to go.

“In addition there are thousands of injuries, many of them serious, caused to greyhounds running on British tracks every year, because the shape of the tracks, with long straights leading into tight bends, creates a very dangerous environment for the dogs to run in.

“Greyhound Action believes that the only real solution to this horrific state of affairs is for the greyhound racing industry to be outlawed, which is why we are calling on the government to do this, through the simple measure of making it illegal to place or accept bets on dog races.

“Nine states in the USA have abolished commercial greyhound racing in recent years, so there is no reason why a ban shouldn’t be imposed in the UK.

“In the meantime, we are urging the public to boycott the dog racing industry. If enough people refrained from attending greyhound racing and stopped betting on races, then the activity would die out through lack of financial support.”

Source:  Indymedia:  http://www.indymedia.org.uk:80/en/2009/01/419571.html

Tony Peters
e-mail: info@greyhoundaction.org.uk
Homepage: http://www.greyhoundaction.org.uk

 

For more information contact Tony Peters on 01562 700 043 or 07703 558724
Greyhound Racing – You Bet ………………. They Die !!

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See also the Greyhound Action website at  http://www.greyhoundaction.org.uk
 

Hong Kong: Manufacturers to Avoid Effects of EU Ban on Cat and Dog Fur Trade

(CN – HK) : English translation of article on EU cat and dog fur ban

Posted by: “Angela Leary” aleary@animalsasia.org

Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:29 am (PST)

*SingTao Daily (A16) 14 January, 2009*

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such as knee pads, waist pads, abdomen
pads, shawls, mattress covers, car-seat covers, boots and gloves.
Bidding prices range from RMB30 to 2,000. There are pictures and
descriptions of the products on the website, and some of the sellers
have even posted a note explaining the benefits of the products and
teaching consumers how to differentiate dog fur from other fur and how
to maintain it.

Find out about our recent rescue of 149
dogs heading for slaughter in China <http://www.animalsasia.org/index.php?UID=OCMBEQ6OOVL>

Hong Kong manufacturers to avoid effects of EU ban on cat and dog fur trade

The European Parliament’s ban on trade in cat and dog fur became
effective on 1 January, 2009. This means EU members are prohibited from
manufacturing, selling, importing and exporting cat and dog fur and
related products.

Animals Asia said that there were over 2 million cats and dogs being
slaughtered in China each year. Their fur is used for clothing and toys,
and some of it is exported to other countries labelled as “fake fur”.

Some fur hair-accessories sold in Hong Kong are made with cat and dog
fur, so consumer should avoid buying products that carry pelts. But the
fur, clothing and toy sectors in Hong Kong all said that the chances of
cat and dog fur being mixed in with other fur products was very low.
However, our reporter searched the web and found it was not difficult to
find cat and dog fur products for sale, with one Chinese auction website
claiming that they could cure rheumatism.

The US banned the trade in cat and dog fur in 2000, which directed the
fur market to Europe. Therefore, from 2006, the EU began discussions on
banning the trade.

According to research into the sale of cat and dog fur in Europe, the
pelts of dogs and cats are widely used in the manufacture of clothing,
accessories and toys. They are also being labelled as “faux fur” to
deceive consumers, which was causing much resentment among consumers and
animal welfare groups and eventually led to the ban on the trade.

Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland have also banned the trade, and
some members of the EU, such as Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece and
Italy had already introduced the ban before the EU’s move.

Mark Jones, Animals Asia’s Animal Welfare Director said the ban could
harm the world trading activities of cat and dog fur from the
perspective of consumer demand, so it was definitely good news for dogs
and cats.

Mr Jones said most of the factories for cat and dog fur were located in
China’s northeast provinces. He said Shangdong province was the biggest
supplier, and the trading markets were mostly in Beijing and Heibei. He
also said that as well as catching stray dogs and cats, manufacturers
also stole pets from their owners and locked them in tiny cages with
little food or water. They endured much suffering and were slaughtered
and skinned in various inhumane ways.

Fiona Woodhouse, Assistant Animal Welfare Director of HKSPCA welcomed
the EU ban on the trade, but she said “the ban only applied to cats and
dogs. I hope that the ban can extend to other animals in the future.”
She also said that Europe, the United States, Russia and China were the
biggest markets for fur in the world; she believed that the ban could
raise awareness of animal welfare among consumers and reduce their
purchase of the fur related products and minimize the demands.

According to a spokesperson for Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation
Department, Hong Kong has no law banning the trade in cat and dog fur,
but under the Rabies Regulation, Article No. 421A, importers are
required to obtain a permit before importing cat and dog fur products.

Mr Jones pointed out that there was a high probability that products
containing cat and dog fur were being sold in Hong Kong, especially at
the low end of the market. He said that it was very difficult to tell
whether fur was from cats or dogs, and it was better that consumers did
not buy any products containing fur and so avoided supporting the trade
unknowingly. A few years ago, Animals Asia purchased some fur
accessories, and laboratory testing proved that these were made from cat
and dog fur.

A Hong Kong clothing manufacturer who runs a factory in China said he
would not rule out the possibility that some raw-material suppliers
might mix cat and dog fur in with the “real fur” to lower the cost. He
said that even manufacturers would not be able to tell when they bought
the material. “For example, using fleece to make a ball of wool – since
the fleece is expensive, some unethical suppliers mix the fleece with
other fur to lower the cost, and some might use cat and dog fur. This is
just like putting hair into ‘fat choi’ – it is not uncommon in China.”

A fashion merchandiser said that for some export-brand fashion,
synthetic fur was used and the cost was higher than cat and dog fur.
“Using fibre to make synthetic wool is very costly if it is made to be
like real fur, in terms of the look, the feel, making it fire-retardant
and using non-toxic dye.” But she also said that because of the strict
export regulations and the requirement for test certificates, it was
difficult to use cat and dog fur disguised as real fur. She said that if
export fashion contained fur, it was usually the fur of rabbit, fox or
coyote.

Mr Lam, a clothing manufacturer in Hong Kong, said he had never heard of
cat and dog pelts being used. He said the chance of mistakenly buying
these raw materials in China was very slim, because manufacturers could
distinguish between the fur of different animals.

“If it is down, it will be either from duck or goose, the material comes
in a sack and it is impossible to mix it with cat and dog fur, as the
down is much lighter than cat and dog fur,” Mr Lam said. “Ninety per
cent of the fur used as trimming for fashion items, is man-made fur
since the cost is low; the low-end ones only cost HK$10 each. If it is
higher-end fashion, they will use real fur, such as rabbit or fox and
the pelts come in a whole piece. Therefore it is easy to distinguish
which animal it is from, plus real fur requires many sterilisation and
test certificates.”

Ms Yip from the Hong Kong Fur Trade Association said Hong Kong fur
manufacturers would never use cheap pelts without knowing the source.
Also as a professional fur manufacturer, one can tell right away the
quality of the fur, she said. “Our source is usually one of the auction
houses in Europe. Most of the animals are farmed in Europe and have
certificates. Real fur is usually from mink, fox or raccoon.”

Hong Kong Fur Association Director Mr Sun, who is also a fur
manufacturer, said he had never heard of the use of cat and dog fur in
the trade. “Ninety-five per cent of the pelts that are being used in our
industry are from farms, and some are from the wild, such as Canadian
water rat, Australian kangaroo, and those countries exported them with a
limited quota.” He also said that Denmark was the largest supplier of
fur, with almost 3,000 farms. The second-largest supply is Finland.

Toy manufacturer Mr Chiu said, about eight to 10 years ago, he heard of
some entrepreneurs in China using cat and dog fur to make plush toys, in
order to make them look real, plus the cost of cat and dog fur was low.
But he hasn’t heard of this practice lately. He believes that Hong Kong
manufacturers would not dare take this risk, “If exporting to the United
States and Europe, they have very strict requirements, all the raw
materials or end products need to have proof, so the manufacturers are
very cautious. They will check the background of the supplier, test
their samples and send the required certificates to their customers in
the US and EU for approval before they will actually manufacture the
products, as they will suffer a big loss if there is any problem when
they export the products.”

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Although a lot of manufacturers in Hong Kong said they had never heard
of the use of cat and dog fur, our reporter found that the auction
website in China, http://www.taobao.com <

Mr Sun said people in northern China believed that dog fur could cure
rheumatism, therefore dog-pelt products were very common there. “In
northern China, you see dog-fur products everywhere. If there is a
market, there will be people manufacturing them. However I believe most
of them are made by small individual factories,” Mr Sun said. “The
farmers in northern China catch dogs and make products for their own
use, which is very natural.”

*Photo captions: *

Animals Asia bought some fur accessories in Hong Kong a few years ago
and laboratory testing proved them to be made from cat fur.

Coat trimmings might be mixed with cat and dog fur, but Hong Kong
manufacturers stress that 90 per cent of these decorations are made from
synthetic fur.

Animals Asia has launched an awareness campaign asking consumers not to
buy any fur products if they couldn’t distinguish between real and fake fur.

*Photos provided by Animals Asia: *

These rugs are made from cat and dog fur. Each rug is made from the fur
of 12 dogs or cats. The one on the far right is made from dog pelts, the
rest are made from cat pelts.

It is easy to find dog-pelt products online at this Chinese auction website.

*Angela Leary *Media Manager
Animals Asia Foundation
Tel: + (852) 2791 2225
Fax: + (852) 2791 232

Website:   http://www.animalsasia.org/

 

 

Uk: VERY URGENT – Please Help to Save These 3 Gorgeous UK Death Row

VERY URGENT – Please Help to Save These 3 Gorgeous UK Death Row Pound Dogs – ALL ARE DUE TO DIE IN A FEW DAYS!

These dogs are very young!! One of them is just 18 months old please give them a chance. Please help if you can.

 

Please see appeal below for full details of dogs.

 

Please contact Dogwatch UK Immediately if you can help to save these precious lives- 0121 242 0369 Email- dogwatchuk@hotmail.co.uk

 

Any rescue centres that kindly offer help please meet the following criteria:

1- A NO DESTRUCTION POLICY

2- HOMECHECK ALL PROSPECTIVE OWNERS

3- DOG GETS RETURNED TO THE SANCTUARY IF OWNER CAN NO LONGER KEEP

Kind individuals offering foster or forever homes will be homechecked

 

Time is rapidly running out for these precious souls!! Please do all you can to help.

Many thanks

SWAP team UK

 

—– Original Message —–

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Bonnie – Dog Friendly Staffie Girl. 18 mth female Staffie cross. Bonnie has been used as a puppy machine from a young age. She loves a fuss and can easily be trained with food
She is fine with other dogs , Bless her!
Due to be Put To Sleep 28th Jan !!! Help this baby!

 

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Kizzy – Dog Friendly Staffie. 3 yr female Staffie. Kizzy is a nice friendly girl she is clean in her kennel and is well mannered. She is good with other dogs, and loves her walkies. Put To Sleep date 28th Jan. 

 

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Tegan – Nervous Staffie Girl. 2-3 yrs female Staffie cross. Tegan is a very timid girl who needs to go to a quiet home who has the time to build up her confidence. Can be choosy about her doggy friends. But I think this is to do with her nerves. Put To Sleep date 28th Jan. 

 

 

 

‘The Cove’ Movie – Dolphin Slaughter (and More) in Japan

The Cove Crew on the Wakamaya Coast near Taiji

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The Cove Movie a documentary about the

slaughter of dolphins in Japan

http://thecovemovie .com/small- movie-trailer/

More information about the movie at:

In the 1960’s, Richard O’Barry was the world’s leading authority on dolphin training, working on the set of the popular television program Flipper. Day in and day out, O’Barry kept the dolphins working and television audiences smiling.

But one day, that all came to a tragic end.

THE COVE, directed by Louie Psihoyos, tells the amazing true story of how Psihoyos, O’Barry and an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate a hidden cove in Japan, shining light on a dark and deadly secret.

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The mysteries they uncovered were only the tip of the iceberg.Secret Dolphin Cove in Taiji Japan, site of annual dolphin slaug

The Cove, an intelligent/action/adventure/Ocean’s Eleven-like horror film wrapped around a tale of redemption and ultimate revenge

– oh, and it’s a documentary.

World Champion Freediver Mandy-Rae Cruickshank and Humpback Whal

 

China: Animals Asia Rescue Dogs From Meat Traders

Rescued from meat traders, they need your help now!

For us, it was a bumpy start to the year – elation at being involved in the first major rescue of “meat dogs” from a trader in China, but also sadness at seeing the state of the dogs and the knowledge that millions of others are still trapped in this brutal industry.
It all started on New Year’s Eve when the Qiming Rescue Centre, a dog shelter in Chengdu, asked for our help. The authorities in nearby Pengzhou had just confiscated 149 dogs from an unlicensed trading station (after a tip-off from Qiming staff) and the dogs were on their way to the shelter.

 

A small team, including one of our vets and a vet nurse, quickly grabbed medical supplies and headed for the shelter. We arrived just as the truck carrying the dogs pulled in. I couldn’t believe what we were witnessing! It was horrible in every sense of the word – the stench (so familiar from our visits to live animal markets), the blood-curdling cries coming from the cages as the terrified dogs bit into each and, as always, the terrible feeling we all get when we look into the haunting, sad eyes of these beautiful animals.

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The First Sight
I hate to think how long they had been in those cages, many of them packed in so tightly that they were piled on top of each other. Some of the dogs were shaking with anxiety, while others were rigid with fear. Many were suffering terribly and showing symptoms of parvovirus, distemper and kennel cough. Most were skeletal and their coats filthy from being excreted and urinated on by the top layer of dogs.

 

Animals Asia is health-checking the dogs, treating their wounds, vaccinating them and, sadly, euthanising those that are just too sick to save or so aggressive that we could not rule out rabies or other diseases; these dogs are also a serious risk to other dogs and handlers. The process is ongoing, but we hope many of the dogs will recover and find good homes. However, these are the lucky ones – this year alone, millions of other dogs (and cats) will be slaughtered in the most brutal manner in hellish meat markets in China.
They will be crammed together into tiny cages, loaded onto trucks and driven day and night for four or five days with no food or water (if they are lucky, they might be hosed down, just to keep them alive). Once at the markets in southern China, they will be bludgeoned across the face, stabbed and bled out, or slowly, torturously beaten to death in the misguided belief that their meat will taste better if they are panic-stricken at the point of death. The same fate awaits millions of cats – some of them are even boiled alive.

What is so encouraging about this rescue is that it was a local animal-welfare centre that alerted the authorities about the unlicensed trader and, for the first time, the authorities actually confiscated the dogs! This is a wonderful example of Chinese people standing up and saying “no” to the cruel dog-eating trade – and it underpins our education efforts to stop demand and bring this industry to an end.

Many of the dogs were wearing collars and a number of them were pure-bred; these were possibly stolen pets; others had been collected as strays from the streets, bred in dingy cages on dog farms or raised in rural houses purposefully for meat.

At the moment, Qiming Rescue Centre has only cramped room to house these new dogs – at least temporarily – as we revamp and upgrade the facility and help them recover from their terrible trauma while they await adoption.

 

We have much work to do, as the bitterly cold winter months close in on us, including more weatherproofing, extending the roof to cover many more dog runs, concreting the enclosures and runs and making dry, wooden-box beds.

With the added expense of food and medical care, this is going to be a costly process.
All the money raised in this appeal will go directly to the care of the dogs at the Qiming shelter. Any remaining when our work there is finished, will go to our ongoing campaigns to end dog-and-cat eating.

Already, dogs that ran away whenever we walked into the enclosures are now slowly approaching us with cautious tail wags and trusting eyes. Some will stand nervously as we gently stroke their fur – but when we stop they will turn towards us shyly asking for more. Somehow I think they know they’re the lucky ones – but there is still a long way to go. 

 

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Many of the Dogs are very ill and weak

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An Animals Asia nurse tends to survivors

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AA providing comfort for the survivors
Warm wishes,
Jill Robinson MBE
Founder and CEO
Animals Asia Foundation

PS: Don’t forget to check my blog for regular updates on how we’re helping the rescued dogs and to read their brave stories.

Visit Jill’s Blog: www.animalsasia.org/blog
To donate now, please go to our website: www.animalsasia.org

 

 

 

India (Delhi): Little ‘Gauri’ Needs a Home – Can You Help ?

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This is beautiful little Gauri.  She is one and half months old, furry and very playful and intelligent. Please we need to find a home for her.

 

She is currently with me in Delhi.

 

For adoption, please contact:


Rishi Dev,

09868881566

 

Thanks – SAV

 

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