Australia: Live Export Ship With 67,000 Sheep Left Stranded For Over A Week – Gillard Needs To Be Reminded To Stop Aus Exports In Parliament Vote This Week – Mail Her To Show Your Disgust At Aus Live Exports.

After 20,000 people across Australia attended rallies in protest of the live-export trade last Sunday, now is the perfect time to capitalise on this momentum by pressing Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to allow MPs a conscience vote on Thursday about whether to ban the hellish journeys endured by sheep (a conscience vote allows members of all parties to vote with their hearts, rather than towing the party line and risking being expelled from their party).

Every year, millions of Australian sheep are crammed onto multilevel, open-decked ships bound for ports in the Middle East and North Africa. When they arrive, they are dragged to shore as if they were sacks of coal, and their throats are cut while they are still conscious.

Please e-mail Prime Minister Julia Gillard and ask her to listen to the compassionate public around the world, which wants the hideously cruel live-export industry stopped.

Sheep Stranded Link: 

Click on link below for full video and reports:

The RSPCA says it is furious 67,000 sheep have been left stranded on a cargo ship that has broken down off Adelaide for a week.

The Al Messilah left Adelaide last Tuesday, bound for Kuwait in the Middle East with the sheep on board.

Shortly after it left the ship came into engine troubles and had to return to the Port last weekend.

The sheep remain onboard the carrier, while the ship is being repaired.

Chief Executive Officer of Flinders Ports, said feed was being taken out to the sheep while the boat was in the Port.

“Obviously being in the port for an extra week has meant that they would need more feed cargo on board,” he said.

“They’re doing the repairs at the moment and we would hope they’d be done in the next couple of days so they can leave.”

The RSPCA claims the ship involved is one of the oldest vessels in the live export fleet.

“This incident highlights the inherent risks in transporting animals over such vast distances by sea, risks that the industry has never been able to address,” RSPCA CEO Heather Neil said.

“The RSPCA’s immediate concern is for the animals on board and has requested access to ensure the welfare of the sheep is protected.”

“The journey to the Middle East was already going to take up to 20 days and that these sheep have already been in limbo for seven days is completely unacceptable,” she said.

“This is exactly the same number of sheep that were on the Cormo Express,” Ms Neil said, “Whether it’s trade disputes or mechanical breakdowns, animals in this trade are always at risk.”

Greens NSW Senator, Lee Rhiannon said the stranded sheep is a reminder of the perils of live exports.

“The welfare of the thousands of sheep contained on the Al Messilah, a former car transporter built in 1980, has been compromised before they even reach the abattoirs of the Middle East,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“The spotlight is now on this vessel and the welfare of the sheep on board because it struck trouble near an Australian port.”

“If the ship had faced problems way out at sea, would we have ever known?” she said.

Late today, the RSPCA were refused access when they attempted to board the boat.

The Federal Government suspended live trade exports two months ago, after concerns over the welfare of animals exported to Indonesia.

Only six days ago, live exports to Indonesia resumed, with the first shipment of cattle leaving the Port of Darwin.

Uk (England): Live Exports KALE Report J18 – 13/08/11.

This is KALE Report ‘J18’

 For the LIVESTOCK SHIPMENT – Friday 12th AUGUST 2011; from RAMSGATE (Kent, England) to CALAIS (France).

 VESSEL: M.V. ‘JOLINE’; very small Ro-Ro with a single, open deck; capacity six lorries. Latvian flag, registered in Riga.  Having had the opportunity to see the crew in the daylight now it has to be said they look a scruffy lot with not a uniform  amongst them. No surprise then.

 Note: members of the Thanet Group of Protesters have discovered that each time the ‘Joline’ comes into Ramsgate, she is assisted by members of the RNLI, who form the mooring gang…………………..

Read the full report at:


Watch the recent arrival of some livestock transporters at Ramsgate:


China: Mother Bear Abused (By Chinese Government Inaction) on Bear Bile Farm Kills Cub and Then Itself – Boycott Chinese Products Until Animal Welfare Legislation is Introduced and Bear Bile Farms are CLOSED DOWN.

Mother bear kills cub and then itself


 The Chinese media has reported on an extraordinary account of a mother bear saving her cub from a life of torture by strangling it and then killing itself.

The bears were kept in a farm located in a remote area in the North-West of China. The bears on the farm had their gall bladders milked daily for ‘bear bile,’ which is used as a remedy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

It was reported that the bears are kept in tiny cages known as ‘crush cages’, as the bears have no room to manoeuvre and are literally crushed.

Read the full news at:

Petitions to sign:

§             Urge China to introduce an Animal Protection Law

§             Mother bear kills cub and then itself – Close bear bile farms now!


SAV Comment:   BOYCOTT ALL Chinese products until this low life government introduce animal welfare legislation AND BAN Bear farming.

Burma / Thailand: Baby Elephant Tortured Into Submission Before Illegal Smuggling From Burma to Thailand.

Baby elephant tortured into submission before illegal smuggling from Burma to Thailand


Find your embassy and politely write to them about the ‘breaking’ of baby elephants and the illegal smuggling of !

Burma Embassy’s world wide:

Thailand Embassy’s world wide


John Brecher writes

I see almost 10,000 pictures a day, and many document some form of suffering. Some of that suffering is incidental as people try to survive, some happens in chaotic situations, and some is intentional. But in all of it, I’ve never seen an image of such a deliberate infliction of misery.

What’s particularly effective about this picture is the baby elephant’s flinch. She knows it’s going to hurt – you can see her shying away from the blow, which is the point: to cause enough pain to break her will.

To learn how you can affect the situation, read on for a Q&A with photojournalist Brent Lewin, who won a Science/Natural History Award of Excellence for this image at the Pictures of the Year competition.

Brent Lewin / Redux Pictures

A baby elephant braces for a hit during a training session in a Karen village in Burma. The training session is coined the ‘crush’ as its goal is to break the elephant’s spirit. Wild elephants are typically tied up and beaten for 3 days straight and left to starve. Burmese Karen mahouts near the Thai border operate a clandestine and illegal trade network smuggling elephants into Thailand to be sold to mahouts for the Thai tourism industry. Officials estimate that 1 Burmese elephant is smuggled into Thailand every week.

Q: What led you to this story, and how did you manage to make this picture? What were any difficulties you experienced?

A: I’ve been working on documenting the plight of the Asian elephant and their caregivers in Thailand since 2007. It started out with following mahouts and elephants that would beg on the street in Bangkok but as the story began revealing itself it started to become clear that the business that surrounds elephants is responsible for a lot of the problems. With elephant numbers on the decline for a long time in Thailand, the supply of elephants has been coming from smugglers across the border in Burma.

I went to Burma specifically to try and photograph elephants being trained. I had a contact there from an organization in Thailand but it turned out to be a bust. We drove for hours on a motorbike through a dirt path in the jungle only to find out that training had finished a few days before. I started asking around and a local did some research and found out about a young elephant that was set to be trained. We set off on another path in the jungle and showed up and managed to sweet talk our way in. The young elephant’s mother was tied up near the training device and became really uncomfortable when she saw what was about to happen. I’ve never heard an elephant scream like that before, it felt like the ground shook and she actually broke off her chain and charged at mahouts and myself. The mahouts eventually scared the mother into submission and tied her up again and then started training her baby. The baby elephant was terrified and started crying. The biggest difficulty I experienced was not being able to put a stop to it. There was a point when the elephant just resigned to what was happening and stood still, the life in her eyes disappeared. It was a look that was haunting.

Q: How common is this practice?

A: It’s a very traditional technique and quite common but it can vary in terms of the level of violence. It’s not all black and white either, some progressive camps use positive reinforcement instead of beatings. There was a time when foreigners could watch elephant training in Thailand but some negative images came out and it’s almost impossible as a foreigner to see this now.

Q: Are there organizations in the region working to prevent this treatment of elephants?

A:There are some good organizations working to protect elephants in Thailand. Elephant Nature Park and Elephant Conservation Network are doing really good work.

Q: How can tourists visiting Thailand either be part of the problem or part of the solution?

A: Though they are rare, supporting progressive elephant tourism companies that have an interest in conservation is a good place to start. Try to avoid supporting tourism that uses elephants to perform circus tricks. These outfits almost always chain their elephants up all day separated from one another. If you see an elephant being abused speak out and tell the owner. I’m confident in the coming years elephant tourism will change in Thailand and offer an alternative model to the one in place now.

Q: What has been the response to this image?

A: Disbelief and horror.

Uk: Romanian Donkey ‘Romika’ Rescued From Life of Neglect.


 Romanian donkey Romika rescued from life of neglect

PRESS RELEASE from The Donkey Sanctuary

09 August 11

A 13 year old donkey named Romika, in Costanza, south east Romania, has been rescued from a life of neglect and abuse thanks to intervention from international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary.

The charity were alerted to Romika’s plight by a member of the local community, who reported that the stallion was tied up on a short chain, and was frail and thin with visible flesh wounds and very long feet.  Hearing that the owner may be abusive, vets from The Donkey Sanctuary and partner charity Save The Dogs and Other Animals went immediately to the yard where Romika was being kept to assess the donkey’s condition.

Sara Turetta, President of Save the Dogs and Other Animals, describes the scene that the veterinary team were greeted with in Costanza:

“Romika was clearly distressed when the team arrived.  He was tied with a short chain in a small yard, had no access to food or water and was very skinny and weak.  His hooves were very long, and must have been causing him some discomfort.  There were also visible flesh wounds and scars, including a deep cut on his front leg where he had been tied with a tight wire.  To add to this donkey’s misery, it was also suspected that he had been beaten.”

Andrew Judge, The Donkey Sanctuary’s European Operations Manager, adds: “Luckily for Romika, the owner relinquished him to The Donkey Sanctuary, and he is now guaranteed a sanctuary from suffering at the charity’s holding base in Cernavoda.  Just 24 hours after his rescue, with his wounds cleaned and treated, Romika was like a different donkey – far more active, standing better on his legs, interacting a lot with people and eating non-stop! It is so encouraging to see a donkey show such a dramatic improvement in such a short period of time, and I am pleased that The Donkey Sanctuary was able step in and give Romika a safe and happy future.”

The Donkey Sanctuary has been working in partnership with the charity Save The Dogs and Other Animals in Romania since 2007.  The two charities provide outreach veterinary care for donkeys and mules working in the community, and a refuge for up to 60 rescued donkeys like Romika who have medical conditions or need specialist care.

Donkeys are still used as working animals in many of the poorer, agricultural areas of the country, and donkeys without access to veterinary care often become ill or injured, and in some cases are sold for meat when they are no longer able to work.

To find out more about the work of The Donkey Sanctuary overseas, please visit



SAV Comment:   You can read Carmen’s excellent report about the stray dog situation in Romania; the corruption and the pointless attempts to control the situation, by clicking on the following link.

Stray dog situation in Romania. Animal cruelty (August 2011) 

Take note Serbia – there seem to be so many similarities – a mirror image almost.


Dear all,

In June, a Written Declaration in the European Parliament (26/2011) was launched by Romanian MEP’s, Daciana Sarbu and Adina Valean,  Elisabeth Jeggle (German MEP), Raül Romeva i Rueda (Spanish MEP) and Janusz Wojciechowski (Polish MEP), concerning “the management of the dog population in the European Union”; asking Member States to adopt relevant strategies on this that include “measures such as sterilisation of owned and stray animals, dog control laws and the promotion of responsible pet ownership.”

To be adopted the declaration must be signed by at least 378 MEPs (up to now 140 signatures have been obtained); the lapse date for the declaration is October 6.

The society “Ärzte für Tiere e.V.” (doctors for animals) (contacts: Dr. Rumi Becker – Ärzte für Tiere,, Sonja Gollwitzer,

have launched a petition in this respect:











and also call upon all animal welfare organizations from across Europe to unite, thus putting pressure onto the EU to act. They would like to form one delegation that will personally submit the signatures to Brussels.

A European wide law gives much more chance to animals. It is more efficient to concentrate all our fights in a single place than to divide them in every country with problems. Moreover there are more chances the law to be respected, controlled, and followed by the Governments of member states.

It is the case of Romania, who has a good animal protection legislation, but the corruption and ignorance of authorities make it almost impossible. It is a case that in Romania, known by cruelties against animals, where tens of thousands of animals are left to be born onto the street every year, only to run the stray dog business – a real industry funded by the public budget.

Please click on the link above to read a report about the REALITY about the stray dog situation and animal cruelties in Romania .

Thank you.


Carmen Arsene

England; ‘Greek Animal Rescue’ (GAR) London Street Collection – Friday 19/08/11 – 7am to 7pm. Can You Help To Shake a Tin ?

London Street Collection – Greek Animal Rescue (GAR) – Victoria Station – 19/08/2011.  0700hrs to 1900hrs.

GAR website –

I would you very grateful if you could send out this appeal to anyone you know who either lives in London or near London as I need more helpers to shake a tin for the collection I have booked for Greek Animal Rescue at Victoria station on Friday, 19th August

A charity collection for Greek Animal Rescue (GAR) has been booked for Friday, 19th August at Victoria station from 7am – 7pm

Help is needed to shake a tin – could you come along and help or know anyone who could?

Collecting tins, leaflets and newsletters will be provided.

Could you contact me as soon as possible please so that a rota can be set up.  Ideally help is needed in the early morning and late afternoon shift during the rush hour session.  Any amount of time you could give would be much appreciated.

Helping GAR will make a huge difference to the strays in Greece. 

Please contact Sharon by e mail on    if you can spare any time to help.

Thank you.