Best Friends By Far ……….

With thanks to Jan for sending these over.

‘Clustrmap’ Archive – 11th March 2012

You may have noticed that our global map “clustrmap“ is showing less red dots at the moment.  This is due to the fact that the system has undergone an annual archive which took place on 11th March.

So all the red dots you now see on the global map are visitors from 12th March (2012) only.

We are including below a couple of copies of our past, but recent year maps so that you can review our past visitors if you wish.  We are growing in visitors every year, which is great news !!

Please keep visiting us and spread the SAV word.

We have had around 500 hits over the last couple of days, so hopefully by next March, when our next archive takes place; the map will be swamped in red visitor dots.

Thank you for visiting us, and we look forward to your company in the future.

For animals everywhere !



Thailand: Horrifying Conditions at Thailand Animal Shelter Revealed – We Need to Close Down This Hell Hole for Animals NOW ! – Please Sign the Petition.

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Shelter Skelter: Horrifying Conditions at ThailandAnimal Shelter Revealed

Tony’s Shelter, in Pattaya, Thailand, has been under fire for years from PETA and compassionate people all around the world for keeping animals in filthy conditions and failing to provide them with even basic veterinary care. Here are just a few of the animals who have suffered at the hands of Tony, a wealthy local businessperson:

A dog with at least two broken bones and who was unable to walk was left to die on the concrete floor of a pen with several other dogs. A kind-hearted visitor to the shelter tried to bring the dog to a local veterinarian, but the dog died before he could be moved from the shelter.

This dog—whose rear legs were both paralyzed—was forced to drag himself around a filthy, mud-bottomed cage.

Frequent complaints from shelter visitors have reported that puppies are sometimes eaten by starving adult dogs and that adult dogs eat the bodies of their dead companions.

This dog had a prolapsed uterus that was left untreated.

One dog had a maggot-infested wound on his or her paw.

Dogs are not separated by age, sex, size, or temperament, which leads to frequent fights and severe competition for food.

A dog with a gaping wound on his shoulder was confined to a cage with several other dogs and was apparently given no treatment for his injuries.

Even though Tony’s Shelter claims to be in desperate need of supplies, medicine that PETA took to the shelter to help alleviate the suffering of animals who were infected with mange was never used.

The vast majority of the dogs housed at Tony’s Shelter are underweight or emaciated.

Please help PETA keep the pressure on Tony’s Shelter to improve conditions immediately or close the shelter altogether by writing to your local Embassy of Thailand asking the ambassador to intervene on behalf of the animals at Tony’s immediately.

Posted by Ashley Fruno

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** UPDATE 13/03/12 ** – Nearly 3,000 Cattle Die On A Stranded Ship – ** UPDATE 13/03/12 **

Nearly 3,000 Cattle Die On A Stranded Ship ** UPDATE 13/03/12 ** 

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Nearly 3,000 Cattle Die On A Stranded Ship

by Sharon Seltzer

March 9, 2012

One of the worst live export tragedies is finally over leaving 2,750 cattle dead out of 5,600 on board a Brazilian ship headed to Egypt. The remaining animals are on land, after being stranded in the Red Sea for a week.

Animal welfare group, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) said the Gracia Del Mar was carrying 5,600 animals from Brazil to Egypt to be slaughtered for food. The ship first got into trouble after running into bad weather. Later the converted livestock ship had problems with its ventilation and food systems. The combination of these complications caused half the cattle on board to suffer and die.

Animals Australia called the incident, “one of the worst shipboard disasters the live export industry has seen in many years.” The animal rights group pleaded with the Australian government to send resources to help the surviving cattle.

When the Gracia Del Mar arrived at Port Said, Egypt which should have been the end of their journey, they were refused permission to dock because of the dead animals. The captain made the decision to sail through the Suez Canal to the Red Sea and try three more ports in Djibouti, Sudan and Eritrea, but they were turned away again.

Ultimately the ship became stranded in the Red Sea with the suffering cows inside.

Animals Australia reported that authorities considered moving the remaining cattle onto smaller boats in the Horn of Africa and then sailing them to shore. Activists urged officials that this was inhumane and to unload the cattle directly onto dry land.

Finally on Tuesday, word was received that all of the live animals had been taken off the ship. Animal groups are now trying to learn the whereabouts of the cows.

“We have been unable to verify the latest reports but are continuing in our efforts to find out what is happening with the surviving cattle and trying to ensure their humane treatment after the harrowing journey they have been forced to endure,” CIWF said.

“What is clear at the moment is the incident is another example of why long distance travel for farm animals should be ended.”

Lyn White, Director of Animals Australia worried about the consequences to the animals if the ship had “broken down on the open ocean.” “It would have caused a catastrophe,” she said.

Peter Kane of the Australian Live Export Council condemned some of the guidelines of the Brazilian cattle export business, but touted the many safeguards and high-standards his country has in place to protect the animals being shipped overseas for slaughter. He assured the public this sort of situation would never happen to Australian cows.


SAV Comment:

Mr. Kane – these may be cattle from South AAmerica, but have you ever seen the abuse of Australian cattle in Indonesian slaughterhouses ? – yes you have for sure, and still you export.

Have a look at the AA Footage and then tell us this kind animal abuse would never happen to Australian cows – all a result of the Aus live export trade.

You may think the Aus live export trade is squeaky clean; but the real world knows otherwise.