Justice for Baby Elephant Tortured to Death as Police Watch
Justice for Baby Elephant Tortured to Death as Police Watch
Please have a look at the photographs in the following links, which are all taken at EPAR shelter, Subotica, Serbia.
EPAR shelter is run by our good friend Slavica, a lady who dedicates her entire life to helping all stray animals as well as fighting through legal routes for the enforcement and implementation of existing stray animal legislation by the Serbian authorities:
As we are rapidly approaching winter now the animals at EPAR shelter need as much help as they can be provided with. There are nearly always around 1,000 stray dogs being cared for at EPAR shelter.
This is an appeal to ask if you would consider making a donation for the animals at the shelter. Even a small donation will provide a few feeding bowls, allow the purchase of some wood or cement for building improvements, or help with the purchase of straw bales which are very much needed to provide warmth of the animals in the coming months.
One of the best and cheapest ways to internationally donate money to EPAR shelter is by using Western Union. Transfer costs vary and are calculated depending on the amount of the donation – you only pay more in the form of a transfer cost if you donate larger quantities.
In most countries donations can be done on line, by telephone, or visiting a local agent.
Please look at the Western Union web site for further info:
Direct donations can be made to the EPAR account in Hungary, which should be used in preference to Serbian accounts:
Account number : 11775355-37518886
Account name : MAZAK-BESLIC JANOS
Address : Subotica 24000,Matka Vukovica, 9
IBAN : HU31117753553751888600000000
Swift : OTP VHUHB
Donating to the Hungarian account is best, because the tax for money transfer is very low and it avoids the payment of tax to Serbian authorities who have done nothing for stray dogs and cats, but who immediately ask high taxes for any donation given.
Please consider making a donation to help the animals at EPAR shelter this winter.
Thank you – SAV.
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European Judge Marc Jaeger has refused to suspend a ban on the import of seal products in Europe, a move that will save the lives of hundreds of thousands of harp seals, sparing them from the brutal clubs of Canadian sealers.
The European Union’s decision to ban such imports prompted Canada to mount an expensive legal challenge using indigenous Inuit groups from Canada and Greenland as their pawns in a move to elicit sympathy for the commercial hunt, which is really a slaughter and has absolutely nothing to do with Inuit traditional hunting.
Judge Marc Jaeger rejected the argument made by the Inuits that the embargo on seal products would cause severe financial damage and raise the risk of suicide among youths in their communities. The ban in question took partial effect on August 20, 2010, and included a temporary exemption for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, a native Canadian group, and 15 other plaintiffs who sought a freeze until Europe’s top court makes a final ruling. But Jaeger rejected the request, making it a total ban until the European Court of Justice decides on the legality of the prohibition.
The European ban included an exemption for seal products derived from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and indigenous communities for subsistence. The Inuit kill some 10,000 adult seals annually whereas the commercial hunt slaughters 325,000 juvenile seals. In other words the Inuit have no argument to say that they are being economically disadvantaged. They are in effect acting as Canadian government puppets when they argue for the lifting of the commercial ban on the hundreds of thousands of juveniles. They are simply using their status as indigenous people to elicit sympathy from the European courts and as a justification for the continued slaughter of juvenile seals by non-indigenous peoples.
Despite the exemption, Inuits argued to the court that they were affected because the EU ban diminishes the market for the product. Judge Jaeger was not swayed. This is great news, especially as it is well known that the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans has a history of justifying the commercial hunt by linking it to traditional aboriginal hunts. According to Judge Jaeger “The plaintiffs presented no concrete indication that would justify their fears in this regard,” the judge wrote in his October 25 decision issued in French. His decision can be appealed.
In Brussels, the European Commission said the legislation will now apply “to all, fully and without restriction.” The EU executive said the plaintiffs’ case was “misguided and clearly inadmissible.” Meanwhile, the Lawyer for the Canadian Inuit sealers responded by saying, “I can only regret this order. All I can say is that the battle continues.”
The European Parliament endorsed the ban last year after public outcry over Canada’s annual commercial seal hunt. “We appreciate and respect the wisdom of Judge Jaeger,’ said Captain Paul Watson. “He clearly saw through the deceptive charade, and now the Northern Inuit have lost ground with respect to their own seal hunt because they have chosen to support the obscenity of the East coast seal massacre.”
Native groups, hunters and fur companies from Canada, Greenland, and Norway are among 16 plaintiffs contesting the European regulation, saying it is unfair and discriminatory. “The people of Europe have a right to legislate against the destruction of the seals and to oppose the horrific cruelty of this annual massacre of innocent and biologically valuable creatures.” Said Captain Paul Watson
Canada and Norway have asked for consultations at the World Trade Organization in an effort to resolve the dispute. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has described the ban as “completely unfair” and “flagrant discrimination” against Canadian sealers who have been following established rules of animal husbandry.
Canada argues that some 5.6 million harp seals were in Canadian waters in 2009 compared to two million in the early 1970s. However the estimated population of seals off the Eastern seaboard of Canada and the United States was around 45 million at the time of the European invasion in the early 16th Century.
Seal populations are now about 10% of their original numbers.
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Conference to examine alternative approaches to animal testing
The promotion of alternative approaches to animal testing is a major issue in EU policy. Animal welfare is a value stated in the Lisbon Treaty, and strongly reflected in EU law.
As part of the policy on the promotion of alternative approaches, the European Commission Services and seven (7) sectors of the industry have created a partnership that is committed to pooling resources and expertise to promote alternative approaches in regulatory testing.
The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing, the EPAA, will dedicate its 2010 Conference on 30 November to ” The Unveiled Potential of Reduction and Refinement Strategies” (2Rs).
Whilst Replacement remains a main objective in EU policy, Reduction and Refinement strategies today already allow for the significant reduction of the suffering of animals and of the numbers of animals used in testing.
The Conference will present proposals for action on the 2Rs. Statements will be made by Commissioners Antonio Tajani, John Dalli and Janez Potocnik, highlighting the evolving regulatory landscape and its implication for the promotion of alternative approaches.
For further information, including a link to the registration form, please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/epaa/index_en.htm
Jennifer M. Granholm (Governor of Michigan), Rebecca A. Humphries (MDNRE Director), and Russ Mason (MDNRE Wildlife Division Chief )
Started by: Italia Millan
On Oct. 9 a deer hunter in Emmet Co, MI had an encounter with a mother bear and her cubs. According to a MDNRE press release , the bears were probably lured by the fried food scents on the hunter’s clothing (he had been at a family party previously).
The hunter said at first the two cubs climbed up the tree-stand ladder, and when he shouted at them, they dropped to the ground. A third cub then climbed the tree, and he punched and elbowed the cub until it fell from the tree.
Then the mama bear, who obviously perceived the hunter as a threat to her cubs, climbed up the tree and bit the hunter in the leg. He was treated in the hospital and released. The MDNRE says that black bears are shy by nature, and have a fear of humans.
However, “A sow will do whatever it takes to protect her cubs if she perceives a threat. In this case, the hunter was not threatening the cubs, but the sow apparently thought he was, and she attacked him.” said DNRE Wildlife Chief Russ Mason. Now, the MDNRE has decided to trap and kill the mother bear, and orphan her cubs.
Please don’t allow this injustice to happen! It’s unfortunate that the hunter got bit on the leg; although, some risks have to be expected when hunting in a rural area where bears are present, alone, smelling like fried food, with no scare off devices or anything else to protect himself from the wild.
Are we now going to kill animals for doing what animals do – especially a mother bear for defending her cubs, like any mother would?
As Mary Dettloff, MDNRE public information officer, said to the Petoskey News: “The situation may just resolve itself once (the bear) is in hibernation (from November to early spring), it’s not a threat to anyone.”
Please take action by sending a polite comment to Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and the MDNRE Wildlife Chief Russ Mason, asking them to allow this mother bear to live. Also, ask them to enforce rules so humans don’t attract bears and other wildlife (with garbage, mainly) to avoid future encounters that could result in an accident. You can also call Governor Granholm at 517-335-7858 or 517-373-3400 and Chief Mason at 517-335-4085 to express your request.
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28th October 2010
Landmark Donation To Transform Camden Animal Hospital
The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is pleased to announce the substantial donation of £1m from the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust towards a £1.5m refurbishment of the Beaumont Animals’ Hospital which it operates in Camden, London.
The Hospital will be renamed as the Beaumont Sainsbury Animals’ Hospital in Jean Sainsbury’s honour, as a reflection of the matched values shared by Jean and the College. The Hospital has remained open during the refurbishment, which is due to be completed in Spring 2011.
“This Landmark donation enables the College to create a 21st century veterinary primary care practice that is unrivalled in Central London,” said Graham Milligan, Clinical Services Director at the Royal Veterinary College. “We are delighted to be able to celebrate Jean’s life by renaming our Hospital in her honour, as she was dedicated to improving animal welfare and promoting responsible care of animals and sound primary veterinary care.”
Jean Sainsbury, who died in 2007, was a frequent visitor to the hospital and provided funds to assist clients in receipt of state benefit with essential care and treatment of their pets. Jean especially valued the work of the Beaumont Animals’ Hospital because it provides the highest quality first opinion services for pet owners in Camden, and that this service is based on the ethos that all treatments and procedures should be necessary and appropriate to the animal’s needs.
Colin Russell MBE, Chairman of the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust said, “The Trustees feel it is a fitting tribute to Jean Sainsbury, who was dedicated to animal welfare, to have her name added to the Beaumont Animals’ Hospital which she supported so enthusiastically during her lifetime.” For many years Jean Sainsbury was a supporter of the Royal Veterinary College and its hospital for small animals in Camden.
Grants to the College helped to fund the first phase of the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals at the Hawkshead campus in Hertfordshire and grants were used at the Camden Town site to refurbish operating theatres and waiting and reception areas in the animals’ hospital.
Since 1994 the Trust has subsidised veterinary costs for those on low incomes. Jean Sainsbury’s support was formally recognised in 1994 by the award of an Honorary Fellowship of the College. The extensive £1.5 million refurbishment of the hospital includes improvements to the reception and waiting areas for clients, refitting of the five consultation rooms; major upgrades to the dispensary and treatment room, a complete refit of the radiography suite including updating to the latest digital standards, a refit of surgical facilities including the creation of a new dedicated dental suite, the expansion of ward facilities for exotics, an overhaul of the ward space for dogs including expansion of the isolation facilities (to minimise likelihood of spread of infectious diseases) as well as complete refurbishment of seminar room facilities for students, new office accommodation and major improvements to living quarters for the veterinary nursing team.