Uk (England): What the Majority of Brits Want – Uk Circus Owners to Be Prosecuted for Abuse to Anne the Elephant.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-15675102

 

Anne is now safe and free from the circus – living at Longleat Wildlife Park

Elephant cruelty case: Bobby Roberts’ Circus owners charged

Anne the elephant was moved to Longleat Safari Park earlier this year

Two circus owners have been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an elephant.

Action was originally brought by Animal Defenders International (ADI) which investigated the elephant’s welfare at Bobby Roberts’ circus in Peterborough.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it had now taken over the prosecution of husband and wife Bobby and Moira Roberts, who run the circus.

The elephant, Anne, was later moved to Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.

Mr and Mrs Roberts will appear before Corby Magistrates’ Court, in Northamptonshire, on 16 November.

Shock and dismay

They are accused of keeping the 58-year-old elephant chained to the ground at all times.

They are also accused of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating Anne.

The elephant was brought from Sri Lanka to The Bobby Roberts Super Circus in Peterborough in the 1950s.

A CPS spokesman said: “Given the public concern over the case, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has now agreed that the CPS take over and continue the legal proceedings against the Roberts.”

Moira Roberts told the BBC News website: “We are shocked and dismayed, we honestly felt this would get thrown out.

“We’ve done nothing wrong. It’s been the worst year of our lives.

“We’ve been in business a long time and financially and mentally we’ve had the worst year of our lives.”

The ADI, a worldwide animal welfare organisation, carried out an undercover investigation between 21 January and 15 February this year and filmed the elephant in a barn in Polebrook, Northamptonshire.

Jan Creamer, ADI chief executive, said: “We are delighted that the CPS are taking on this prosecution and will assist them as necessary.”

CPS STATEMENT ON ANNE THE ELEPHANT

The Crown Prosecution Service has today agreed to take on the prosecution of Bobby and Moira Roberts in relation to the mistreatment of their circus elephant “Anne”.

The prosecution was originally brought as a private prosecution by Animal Defenders International (ADI), a worldwide animal welfare organisation which carried out an investigation into Anne’s welfare at the Roberts’ circus in Peterborough during the period of 21st January to 15th February 2011.

Earlier this month, the CPS was approached by the legal representatives in the case with a view to the CPS taking over the prosecution. Given the public concern over the case, the Director of Public Prosecutions has now agreed that the CPS take over and continue the legal proceedings against the Roberts.

Mr and Mrs Roberts are jointly charged with the following offences:

1. Causing the elephant to suffer unnecessarily, by requiring the elephant to be chained to the ground at all times, contrary to section 4(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
2. Failing to take reasonable steps to prevent their employee from causing unnecessary suffering to the elephant, by repeatedly beating it, contrary to section 4(2) of the same Act
3. Failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that the needs of the elephant were met to the extent required by good practice, contrary to section 9 of the same Act

The private prosecution was commenced by ADI on 18th July 2011 at Northampton Magistrates Court. Now that the CPS is prosecuting the case, the adjourned first appearance will take place at Corby Magistrates Court on 16th November. At that hearing the court is likely to give directions in preparation for the trial.

Anne is a 58 year old female elephant brought from Sri Lanka to The Bobby Roberts Super Circus in the 1950s. Anne was subsequently transferred to a safari park with the owners’ consent. These defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice their trial.

SOURCE:
Animal Defenders International
Millbank Tower
Millbank
London SW1P 4QP, UK.
Tel.  +44 (0)20 7630 3340
Fax.  +44 (0)20 7828 2179

ADI calls for Anne the elephant’s plight to become symbolic of UK wild animals in circuses ban

Source: Animal Defenders International – press release

Sir Paul McCartney pledges support for ADI’s campaign

Following the announcement by the Crown Prosecution Service that it has agreed to take on the prosecution of Bobby and Moira Roberts in relation to the mistreatment of their circus elephant Anne, Animal Defenders International (ADI) is now calling for her plight to become symbolic of a UK wild animal circus ban.

And Sir Paul McCartney has pledged his support to ADI’s campaign.

Sir Paul said: “I hate to see wild animals in circuses. It is heartbreaking to see these poor animals confined in small cages and carted around the country with little respect for their welfare and well-being. I have made my feelings known previously on this subject and I believe an outright ban is long overdue.”

Jan Creamer, ADI’s Chief Executive said: “We are very grateful to Sir Paul for supporting our campaign and helping to highlight the plight of wild animals currently languishing in UK circuses during this crucial time.

“Government has recently announced that a ban is not an immediate possibility and has decided to proceed with a licensing system instead. This decision flies in the face of what MPs and the British public demand and it is high time that this Government started listening to the will of the country.

“Let’s make Anne the elephant symbolic of a UK ban and ban the use of wild animals in circuses for good.”

In June this year, a backbench debate saw over 50 MPs from all of the major parties vote unanimously for a motion tabled by Mark Pritchard MP, calling on the Government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses by July 2012.

Following the Parliamentary recess, MPs have continued to put pressure on the Government, with cross-party MPs tabling Parliamentary Questions on the issue of wild animals in circuses and ADI is continuing to work with them.

Zac Goldsmith, Tory MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston said: “A motion calling for a ban passed unopposed through Parliament, and is backed by a big majority of people. I sincerely hope the Government will take steps now to implement that ban for the sake of the animals involved.”

Adrian Sanders, the Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay said: “The will of parliament as expressed on the 23 June 2011 is not being actioned by the Government through its proposed licensing system. It falls well short of the welfare standards parliament demanded.”

Kerry McCarthy, the Labour MP for Bristol East said: “A ban on the use of wild animals in circuses is long overdue. The old fashioned practice of removing wild animals from their natural environments for the purpose of entertaining an audience is inhumane and cruel. Behind the curtains the brutality that these wild animals receive is utterly deplorable and should have no place in our society. I am urging the Government to act now, the overwhelming support this campaign has received demonstrates that the public agrees that this outdated and cruel form of entertainment should be banned without delay.”

Earlier this year, ADI released the results of its independent online poll carried out by YouGov, which asked impartial participants aged over 18 to what extent they would support or oppose a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. A massive 72% of the public backed a ban with only 8% against – almost 3 out 4 members of the public therefore wanted a ban.

In 2010, a public consultation by Defra (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) resulted in a huge 94.5% public support for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

National measures to prohibit or limit the use of animals in circuses have already been adopted in Bolivia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Luxembourg, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Singapore, Costa Rica, India and Israel and similar laws are being discussed in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Greece.

Jan concluded: “All of these countries have looked at the evidence and then taken the right decision for animal welfare and protection.

It is time that the UK Government now did the same.”

ENDS

Various News and Actions From Our Animal Friends at LA4AR.

All news from LA4AR:

World Wide – Legal Action 4 Animal Rights is:

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Please visit the LA4AR site to see a lot more news, informationn and petitions.

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Ask Village of Little Chute, Wisconsin, to Oppose Cruel Bowhunting!

Officials in Little Chute have approved the use of cruel bowhunting to control resident deer populations. Bowhunting is among the cruelest forms of hunting. Bowhunters often spend hours following bloody tracks before finding wounded deer. Many are not found, and their deaths are slow and painful. It can take weeks for them to succumb to their injuries.

Families are then torn apart, and young and weak animals starve or die of dehydration.

Please urge Little Chute officials to halt all bowhunts.

Please send polite comments to:

Michael Vanden Berg
Little Chute Village President
presidentvandenberg@littlechutewi.org

Please also e-mail the members of the Little Chute Board of Trustees using the following e-mail addresses:

trusteeberken@littlechutewi.org
trusteefrassetto@littlechutewi.org
trusteehietpas@littlechutewi.org
trusteepeerenboom@littlechutewi.org
trusteemahlik@littlechutewi.org
trusteesmith@littlechutewi.org 

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Victory! Army Ends Use of Live Monkeys in Chemical Casualty Courses

The U.S. Army will stop poisoning live monkeys in chemical weapons training exercises. After PCRM’s recent legal complaint and more than 30,000 e-mails sent by PCRM supporters to the Army, the Department of Defense has agreed to switch to nonanimal training methods.

In a recent meeting with Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, an outspoken Congressional opponent of the practice, generals from Fort Detrick and Aberdeen Proving Ground confirmed that the Department of Defense will soon end the use of monkeys in these exercises.

“I congratulate the military on moving away from the cruel, ineffective method of poisoning monkeys to try to teach medical personnel about nerve agent exposure,“ says John J. Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of academic affairs for PCRM. “Military medical professionals should be fully prepared to cope with a chemical weapons attack, and the best training involves human-patient simulators and other high-tech methods.”

While Army officials have agreed to end this animal use in favor of such high-tech methods, they have not committed to a timeline, stating only that the use of monkeys will stop in the near future.

To thank Army leaders and ask them to end the use of monkeys immediately, visit PCRM.org/Research.

TAKE ACTION:

Please take a minute to let Army medical leaders know that you appreciate the U.S. Army’s agreement to end the use of live vervet monkeys in chemical casualty management training, and that the transition should happen immediately.

Here are some talking points:

Thank you for agreeing to end the use of live vervet monkeys in chemical casualty management training.

Medical simulation will provide a superior educational experience for Army trainees.

Since the U.S. Army already owns hundreds of medical simulators, this transition should be implemented quickly.

Until this transition is completed, monkeys will continue to suffer the effects of simulated nerve attacks, with symptoms including vomiting, excessive sweating, and seizures.

Please end this cruel use of live monkeys immediately and release the monkeys to sanctuary.

send your message:

https://secure2.convio.net/pcrm/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=447

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 Dog Survived Gas Chamber, Up for Adoption

A stray beagle mix that cheated death in an Alabama dog pound’s gas chamber is up for adoption in New Jersey. (Oct. 28)

He was checked out by a veterinarian and found to be in good health, so after a brief stay at a foster home in Tennessee, Daniel made the trip to Eleventh Hour Rescue in New Jersey, where he is now up for adoption.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/10/29/miracle-dog-survives-gas-chamber-now-up-for-adoption-in-nj

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/21095798

He has the sweetest, happiest personality!  He appears to be a Beagle or high Beagle mix.  He weighs about 20 lbs and is approximately 5 years old.  He just wants to be near you and be loved!

See below for his horrific and miraculous survival story:

He is doing fine!  No after effects of the gas chamber!!!   Walked out of the gas chamber when they opened the door.  All of the other dogs were dead…and he stood there WAGGING his tail!

He needs a furever, loving family that will never throw him away again!  He is special and has been touched by the grace of God!  He is a miracle dog!

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Stop St. Petersburg Police from Shooting Dogs

Why this is Important

When a police officer’s first line of defense in restraining an animal is to reach for a weapon, it is sending the wrong message to the community that they swore to uphold and protect. If the police officer is the first responder involving an animal, then the police officers should be trained in animal control techniques. The “uncooperative animal” that the police officer may kill could be someone’s senior pet who could be afraid, deaf, or in pain and not able to respond to the officer’s request.

Boomer, the 12-year-old arthritic Golden Retriever shown in this photo, was shot and killed by St. Petersburg Police in October. His death is tragic enough on its own, but the fact that he was the 7th dog killed by the police department this year shows that the officers not only need training, but a clear policy that encourages non-lethal dog handling techniques.

St. Petersburg Police Department must adopt a new policy for standing operating procedure when they deal with canines that incorporates a force continuum, with lethal force as a last resort.

Read more and sign the petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-st-petersburg-police-from-shooting-dogs

Boomer’s Family and Fans Want St. Petersburg Police to Stop Shooting Pets

It’s a pet owner’s worst nightmare: their senior, arthritic dog gets out of the yard, but instead of finding his way home or to the safety of a friendly neighbor, he’s shot and killed by police.That’s what happened to Boomer, the 12-year-old golden retriever of Lauren and Roy Glass of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Boomer’s story also touched Peter Fitzgerald, a Professor of Law at Florida’s Stetson University who is involved in dog rescue. “Proper training for police officers and others likely to be involved in dog related incidents is crucial,” said Professor Fitzgerald. “While there may be circumstances where lethal force is appropriate and required in an encounter with a dog or any animal, that should be the very last resort. There are certainly many more situations where non-lethal alternatives might be more appropriate, especially when the animal is collared and tagged and appears to be socialized as a pet.”

Read more:

http://news.change.org/stories/boomers-family-and-fans-want-st-petersburg-police-to-stop-shooting-pets

Romania: The Proof That PDL Paid People to Gather Signatures for the Killing of Strays.

Our recent SAV post:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/romania-unprecedented-killing-dogs-campaign-by-pd-l-party-romania/

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The proof that PDL paid people to gather signatures for the killing of strays

http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-po

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English Translation of the article:

A strange story.  Young PDL supporters accused the party of abandoning them at a mountain… camp: “They said it’s not their business to take us home. We should manage ourselves how we can, call our relatives to pick us up”.

Several young supporters accuse the organization of PDL Sector 4 Bucharest, 18 college and its president, municipal councillor Calin Murg, as they went on a trip to Bran that was supposed to be “all inclusive”, but has turned into a “big mockery”. “We didn’t had enough space in the room, we slept in shifts, we were not given enough food, and the departure we had nothing to go back. They said it’s not their business to take us home. We should manage ourselves how we can”, it’s Cristina Gimba’s declaration, one of the young supporters  that went on the mountain trip.

Radu Mihai, the man who was in charge of organizing the trip, (OTPDL District 4)  contacted by HotNews.ro, denied the allegations: “There are people who have something with me. They are lies and do I do not understand their purpose and really do not know why .. . At any time there is political tension and jealousies. ”

“The camp was organized by Mr. Calin Murg from PDL.  

The camp was a reward for the group of young people who have served the party tents for gathering petition signatures for stray dogs on euthanasia.

Camp took place between 25 and 30 October in Bran, “said Cristina Gimba, one of the young people who participated in the trip to Bran.

According to the girl, young people were informed that “the road round trip, accommodation and food” were provided, but during the trip occurred “problems one by one.”

“I were staying 4-5 persons in a room for two people. We sleep in shifts’

“The first problem was sleeping in the rooms. We were 15 people and I got to sleep in shifts  or 4-5 persons slept in one bed. The room was a double bed. Another problem was the food, there were suppose to be three meals a day. After that there are times when food was announcing served, food was insufficient and came less than how many people we were in the group. We were 15 people and only 8-9 food plates were served, sometimes up to 10 “, Cristina Gimba told us.

The girl’s story is supported by Ion Samoil,  the one who organized the PDL mountain trip in District 4,  College 18.

“We got there. We were staying even 4 people in each room. We sleep in shifts. The food was very, very little. You got to eat for breakfast only if you were the first one to wake up. I had colleagues who remained didn’t got to ete even the small breakfast and lunch, “said Ion Samoil for HotNews.ro.

“At departure they said we have they had no means to take us back and we should handle ourselver”.

The big problem, according to two of them, occurred at the departure when Radu Mihai, the trip organizer of the party announced that they will have to return to Bucharest on their own.

“Sunday morning, on leaving, we had no transportation to leave with. Let’s see with what can we leave, minibus, bus, for all that you must have money, but Mr. Murg assistant shrugged and said he doesn’t cares. Everyone asked “what do we do in this situation?”. He said he does not care, he did not know, he can not solve this problem and he will leave. And than  left. We said how we handle eventually we would call relatives. The situation  seemed the most awkward and I think a big mockery, “Cristina Gimba told us.

According to Cristina Gimba, the young people who participated in the trip to Bran “were mostly students. They are sympathizers of the party and helped with the tents for a week to gather signatures for the PDL petition for euthanasing the stray dogs. As far as I know, some are members of youth organizations and others are simply sympathizers. Camp was a reward for the work the young people served at the tents.

The organizer of the trip: “They lie. There are some people who think about them they are very smart and have something with me ”

HotNews.ro contacted by telephone and asked about the situation, the trip organizer, Radu Mihai, the youth organizations PDL District 4, has denied all accusations, qualifying them as lies.

It is not true. How to do this? They lie. There are some people who think they are very smart about it and tried to make me seem evil. Do they have something with me. I wanted to do good and they seem like …. liyng. There are just lies and I do not understand the purpose and I really do not know why …”, says Radu Mihai.

“In every rooms there were just 2 persons, just in one room 3 people were staying together but because they wanted it that way. At each table there were two servings each plus and were provided three meals a day. It is true what they say. Everything was provided. People have returned with carriage paid, not their money. When we returned back by train and bus and much of them returned with their cars. Return travel was provided. There the payment was young, “said Radu Mihai.

Asked about the trip and municipal councillor Murg Calin, Mihai Radu said the trip “is a youth project. It was financed by Mr. Calin Murg trip. Mr. Murg had nothing to do with this trip. I do not think she knows this. ”

PDL District 4: Funds for the trip came from donations made by seniors from the College 18

Ask by HotNews.ro of the money was funded trip and what it cost, PDL District 4 representatives stated that the funds come from the seniors of the College 18, but could not say how much money was spent.

“It was a social meeting organized by her young. Funds for the trip came from donations on behalf of the College 18 seniors. The young people are doing a social project, we propose and, if funding is found, it’s approved. Mr. Calin Murg is President of the College 18, PDL District 4, but he didn’t personally financed the trip “, said District 4 representatives PDL.

The organizer of the trip: “In any moment there are political tensions and jealousies. I suppose that is the case here”

In a subsequent discussion, this time worn by e-mail to request, trip organizer OTPDL from District 4, asked what he had with people who criticize the trip, Radu Mihai said that “any time there are tensions and political jealousies. I suppose that is the case here.

“I can only say that the trip was a successful time for at least 15 young people who were transported to the camping trip and bacl home, staying and who have received pre-set conditions,” said Radu Mihai.

The young PDL man also said there is no conflict between himself and any participant in the trip “If you have a person that I can bring any a person who can accuse me of anything, bring evidence also, not just words and inventions, I would like to nominate me. We live in a rule of law and each is responsible for what they say and do, “said Radu Mihai.

Asked about what motivated the young people to criticize the organization and would have to lie about the trip, Radu Mihai said: “For scandal, affirmation, tabloidisation. I do not know if one person or more, but the team works hand than I do, well organized many successful actions, and that bothers some less capable persons. “

England: Special Little ‘Pebbles’ – Departed This World 01/11/12. Take Care Beautiful ‘Pebs’; Until We Meet Again.

RAINBOW BRIDGE – For ‘Pebbles’

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

 All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

 They all run and play together, but the day comes when Pebbles suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent. Her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster.

 You have been spotted, and when you and Pebbles finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved little head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

 Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Thank You ‘Pebs’ for being  such a little, loving sweetie;

and for bringing such joy into our lives.

Take care baby – and we will meet up with you again one day.

You were a very special; beautiful little lady.

God Bless xxx