USA: Michigan Momma Bear on Death Row – PLEASE SIGN Petitions !!!!!


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.

Uk (London): Landmark Donation To Transform Camden Animal Hospital

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.

China: Zoo Cruelty, Abuse Crackdown: Facilities Face Closure For Animal Performances, Wildlife Product Sales And Inadequate Food & Shelter


China Zoo Cruelty, Abuse Crackdown: Facilities Face Closure For Animal Performances, Wildlife Product Sales And Inadequate Food & Shelter

BEIJING — China has urged zoos to stop serving wild animal products and holding wildlife performances in an attempt to improve the treatment of tigers, bears and other animals amid concerns over widespread abuse in zoos and wildlife parks.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development posted the suggestions on its website Tuesday and said inspections would be carried out to see if zoos were complying.

Animal welfare groups have documented widespread abuse in Chinese zoos and wildlife parks, including animal neglect, beatings, and the illegal sale of wine or soup made from the bones of endangered tigers.

The Hong Kong-based animal welfare group Animals Asia Foundation released a report in August that said bears in Chinese zoos were regularly whipped and beaten with sticks, while elephants were prodded with metal hooks, and tigers and lions were defanged and declawed, causing them chronic pain.

Earlier this year, 11 rare Siberian tigers died at a wildlife park in China’s frigid northeast and zookeepers there said they didn’t have enough funding to feed or take care of them properly. Rights groups said the zoo might have been selling the tiger skins and bones on the black market.

Sales of tiger bone, penis, pelts and other parts are illegal in China but persist because some consumers believe the products increase potency or can cure ailments from convulsions to skin disease.

The housing ministry said zoos should provide adequate food and shelter for their animals, halt all sales of wildlife products in zoo restaurants or stores and stop staging animal performances.

It said zoos could be shut down or receive a citation if they disobey the guidelines during the three-month inspection period that began Oct. 18. But it did not say whether the requirements would eventually be made permanent.

The Animals Asia Foundation said black bears are the most popular animal performers in China, typically forced to ride bicycles, tricycles and even horses, and regularly whipped or beaten with sticks by their trainers.

Sun Quanhui, a Wildlife Conservation Society researcher based in northeast China’s Hunchun city, said Wednesday that the suggestions from the housing ministry were “very welcome news,” but that they did not amount to a long-term solution to China’s animal abuse problems.

China has been working on a draft animal protection law, but it has yet to be finalized and it’s unclear when it will be passed.

“We feel that these new guidelines are a good thing because they could improve the welfare of animals in zoos and help standardize the conduct at zoos,” Sun said. “We hope that in the future we will be able to have an actual animal welfare law that helps guarantee the basic needs of animals in zoos and elsewhere.”

Urgent: 58 dogs in France to be euthanized in the next days.


Urgent:  58 dogs in France to be euthanized in the next days.

There are currently 58 dogs which are looking for a new home; can you help ?

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