Twitching In Agony – The Suffering of Our Equine Companions.


WARNING – This following video shows continual animals suffering.

But if you care about horses, then it must be watched, even if just the once.




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UK: The Welsh Government Decides to Introduce Compulsory Microchipping for All Dogs.


Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, has greatly welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision to introduce compulsory microchipping for all dogs.

Dogs Trust has long campaigned for the introduction of compulsory microchipping, which has proven to be the most effective way of ensuring lost dogs are returned to their owners.

The compulsory permanent identification of all dogs means that more dogs found lost or straying can be returned to their owners and in a timelier manner. The total number of stray dogs in Wales increased from 9,482 in 2011 to 10,230 in 2012, equating to a staggering 28 dogs being picked up each day by Local Authorities in the country. We believe compulsory microchipping will help reduce the burden on animal welfare charities such as Dogs Trust, who have a centre in Bridgend, and reduce the cost to local authorities of kennelling.

Welcoming the Government’s announcement, Dogs Trust CEO Clarissa Baldwin OBE said:

“For many years Dogs Trust has led the campaign for the introduction of compulsory microchipping and we are delighted with the decision the Welsh Government has made on this important issue for dog welfare.

“Reducing the stray dog population in Wales and throughout the UK is at the very heart of what Dogs Trust does, which is why we have committed a considerable amount of money to ensure no dog owners in Wales will lack the financial ability to microchip their dog. Currently, microchipping involves a minimal one-off cost, but the benefits last a life-time.

“The reality is that no matter how responsible an owner you are there is a chance your dog could get lost or stolen – microchipping is the most effective way to assist in a lost dog being returned to their owner.  Whether it’s an abandoned stray or much loved family pet, there is no such thing as hierarchy in dog pounds.”


  • Dogs Trust has 18 rehoming centres, including one in Bridgend, and is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 abandoned and unwanted dogs a year.
  • Dogs Trust has a non-destruction policy, and will never put a healthy dog to sleep. The charity is working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

“Chip facts”

  • A microchip on its own is ineffective. Responsible owners need to register the chip number and their personal details with an appropriate database and update as necessary. It is important to remember that getting your dog chipped is just one slice in the pie of responsible dog ownership.
  • The cost of microchipping is minimal, and is just a one-off cost for the lifetime of the dog. Most vets will charge between £10-£20 for microchipping.
  • A 2011 You Gov survey reveals 83% of the public strongly in favour of compulsory microchipping

Serbia: This Man is Running Out of Food to Feed 400 Rescued Dogs From the Streets – Can You Give A Donation ? – Thank You.

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PLEASE support the work of this brilliant man now by giving any donation you can

– see the donation options link at the end of the post – Thank You – SAV.

Subject: This Man is Running Out of Food to

Feed 400 Rescued Dogs

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Written by Jovana Ivastanin

Sasha Pejčić is a rare kind of man who has been rescuing dogs in Nis, Serbia for years.

His animal shelter is absolutely breathtaking. The dogs all follow Sasha around and it’s amazing to watch their interaction with each other. They all eat together peacefully, play, run and sleep together. Most of the dogs have been taken off of the streets and nursed back to health (as well as spayed and neutered) and now live in a large pack in a disused riding school. At night they sleep in stables in groups of about 15. However, Sasha is now facing a major crisis over how to feed these dogs.

The Austrian organization that was supporting him is no longer able to cope with all the financial needs and the dogs did not eat for two days recently. Sasha has now run out of food totally. His four workers who help with the feeding and cleaning have not been paid since the New Year and the rent hasn’t been paid for four months.

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How the Shelter Was Born

Over the years, Sasha has witnessed so much suffering amongst the Serbian dogs and it has affected him deeply. Ever since he can remember, he always felt sorry for little puppies and would always try and feed them whenever he saw them. It was in 2008 that he really started to notice that many of dogs he was trying to help were disappearing – what he realized was that the Nis pound was killing more and more dogs daily as a way of ‘managing’ the population.

Sasha would often notice that his friends, the street dogs he fed on regular basis, would suddenly go missing. They were being caught by the dog catchers and murdered (the methods used to ‘euthanize’ dogs are unspeakable).

One day, Sasha found four puppies near a very busy street and he moved them somewhere safer as he was so scared they would be killed and he began feeding them in that safer place. A few days later, he found another eight puppies on the way to feeding the first four. He bought them a couple of dog houses for shelter and came back every day to feed and water them. People noticed this and started to drop off more and more puppies. In no time, there were 70 of them. Sasha managed to finance all of this on his own as he was working full time. If he was ever short due to an illness of the pups or something similar, he’d turn to friends and family for help and they’d lend him the needed money for the treatment.


Sasha managed to find a disused riding school that he could rent and the owner agreed he could keep dogs there. A homeless man, Zoran, noticed him feeding the puppies and started to help. Since Sasha was working, he offered Zoran a part time job so that he could look after the weaker puppies while Sasha was at work.  Together, they started to help the really sick and injured dogs. Sasha would nurse them back to health and bring them to the ‘shelter’ Zoran and he had started building. When he first rented the disused riding school, it was overgrown and the roof of the stable was in a bad way. With the help of friends, family and a lot of hard work, Sasha and Zoran transformed it into the shelter that it is today.

Years later, Sasha is now responsible for more than 400 dogs who he has rescued. Several of them came in via a former humane organization who rescued dogs from the pound as they were being spayed but not stitched up properly after surgery before being put back on the street, which led to a terrible end for so many dogs. Some of the dogs have been left outside the gates, but Sasha is not actively rescuing more dogs now as he has reached full capacity. Sasha cannot manage on his own and he has some workers who come and help him (Zoran is one of them still).

As there are 400 dogs to be fed, the food bill is now very high. To start off with, Sasha could buy the food but as the numbers grew, he depended on donations from local abattoir and bakeries. This was a great solution for a while, but eventually they couldn’t keep up with the amount of food that Sasha needed for his ever-expanding pack.

To feed the dogs every day, Sasha needs between 100 and 120 kg worth of kibble. The cheapest kibble available in Serbia (dog food is a novelty, most people feed their dog stale bred dunked in their own leftovers) it is about Euro 16.4 ($21 US dollars) for a 20kg bag. The shelter mixes meat, dry food and donated bakery goods at a total of Euro 3,600 a month. A couple of years ago, he managed to find an organization in Austria who started to help him, but sadly this year they have not been able to cover all the costs and for the first time since Sasha has rescued his dogs, they have no food.

Here’s What’s Being Done to Help Feed the Dogs

While volunteers try to begin networking on Facebook to build a base of supporters to help with regular contributions, the Harmony Fund is offering to help raise immediate funds to feed the dogs as well as to pay the rent, the veterinary costs and the workers’ wages.

More wonderful photos of the sanctuary


and several donation options  ( can be found on their website.

** VERY IMPORTANT ** – ‘donation options’ link above:

Once you have entered the ‘Donation options’, you must specify from the drop down that you wish your donation to be given specifically to:

Please Direct My Donation To:  Sasha’s Dog Shelter in Serbia.

If you do not select  ‘Sasha’s Dog shelter in Serbia’ specifically from the drop down, then your donation will only go into a general fund. 

You must therefore be specific and selective of where you wish your donation to go.

Read more:

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Mexico:: Eyes Gouged Out and Penis Hacked Off With A Knife – Sign the Petition Demanding Justice for Angelito NOW Plese.


Gobierno del estado de Ensenada Baja California:

I want justice for Angelito, the dog that was tortured, burned and maimed!!


Petition by

Sandra Rivera

Oxford, AL

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Here’s the link:

Without eyes, his sexual member ripped with a knife and burned on the back was located in Colonia Gomez Morin (Ensenada Baja California Mexico) an stray dog that was tortured by “humans”.

Hector Manuel Lopez Carrillo the person in charge of Canine Care Center explained that the dog is a stray, has no name, this dog that one time was white was found by staff of the center in the worst conditions. They indignantly reported the event due to the cruelty that this animal was attacked with.

The dog was on the main street of Colonia Gomez Morin, awaiting death, blind and very hurt, when they picked him up and moved him to the center, where he is since Monday.

This is the first time an animal is detected in these conditions, with obvious marks of torture, by one or more people who “apparently” gouged out his eyes, burned his back with a cigarette lighter and finally removed his penis with a knife or stabs.

The person in charge said that it is the first time that the center has reached an animal with such traces of torture.

He added that they daily collect injured animals and in poor condition because they are sick or have been run/hit by cars, but in this case the evidence of torture, made ​​the drivers to see the dog and report the matter to the Director of Medical Services.

This Tuesday they even doubted if it was better to put him to sleep or attempt to rescue, but he is suffering a lot and could be very difficult to rehabilitate without pain, plus he is completely blind.

He disclosed that there had been cases of animal in bad conditions but not that tortured, he acknowledged that unfortunately there is no law to protect them. Even when citizens have animals in an abusive situation, there is no law that obligates them to surrender their pets. If the dogs are in their property, the rescue cannot enter by force because their work is on the street.

PLEASE HELP ANGELITO SIGNING THIS PETITION because stray dogs such as Angelito deserve to be treated with respect. Whoever did this to him has to pay! This is such a horrible crime! Angelito is an innocent creature. The government needs to be severe with this kind of crimes!

Gobierno del estado de Ensenada Baja California, Gobierno del estado de Ensenada.
4 Patas – Asociacion Protectora de Animales de Ensenada, Asociacion Protectora de Animales de Ensenada

I want justice for Angelito, the dog that was tortured, burned and maimed in Ensenada Baja California Mexico!!

I want him to be taken care of no matter what.

[Your name]

Here’s the link:


USA: EARTH MEANDERS – What Would John Muir Say ……….

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SAV Comment:

As someone who has had the pleasure and experience of visiting Yosemite and the beautiful South West States (Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico  etc) many times, I feel it necessary to include the following article simply as a discussion topic.

Standing at the base of El Cap is awe inspiring; visiting the giant redwood forests on the way up to half Dome is something everyone should have the opportunity to do once in their lives.

So, yes, as the following article says, what would John Muir have said !!


SAV Founder – Kent, England.


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What Would John Muir Say..

About the Sierra Club being led by Michael Brune, Accountant-in-Chief, and old-growth forest logging apologist? And as we prepare to celebrate Earth Day, will Madison Progressives see through his greenwash of logging ancient, sacred wildlands for toilet paper and books?

An Ecology Essay by Dr. Glen Barry, Ecological Internet
April 20, 2013

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir

“Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; and if they could, they would still be destroyed — chased and hunted down as long as fun or a dollar could be got…” – John Muir

“The battle we have fought, and are still fighting for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong, and we cannot expect to see the end of it.” – John Muir

“By choosing to sell FSC-certified wood, The Home Depot is walking its talk.” – Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

John Muir was one of the greatest protectors of forests and nature that ever lived. He was connected to my hometown Madison, Wisconsin, where he attended college. He later went on to drive the creation of the National Park system and to found the Sierra Club.

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Most importantly, Muir took an uncompromising position that old-growth forest wildernesses must be protected for their intrinsic values. He was bold, and brash, and waged verbal and written warfare with the likes of Gifford Pinchot, the founder of the U.S. Forest Service, over the fate of old-growth forest wildernesses. Their battle over the relative merits of preservation versus conservation of natural wildlands continues to rage today as Earth’s final naturally evolved primary forests are industrially cleared and diminished.

Given Muir’s absolute commitment to not logging primary forests, I am certain he would be deeply troubled over the ascendency of old-growth logging greenwasher extraordinaire Michael Brune as the head of the Sierra Club. Mr. Brune is speaking today in Madison, Wisconsin, yet he is unlikely to mention his years promoting old-growth forest logging.

Mr. Brune is an accountant who has built a record of success, first with Rainforest Action Network and now with the Sierra Club, of raising money from celebrities and foundations, without much ecological policy substance. His record is also one of unequivocally supporting “sustainable” industrial old-growth forest logging around the world for throw-away consumption.

Much has been made of the myth that Mr. Brune in the late 1990s forced Home Depot into using Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) old-growth products (try to find any sold there now, not available in many stores). But as John Muir knew nearly 100 years – and is even more true today as globally old-growth forests dwindle to such a point that biodiversity, climate and the biosphere are collapsing – there is no such thing as ecologically sustainable old-growth forest logging [1].

Industrial desecration of primary forests through even selective logging irretrievably diminishes ecological function, form, structure, composition, and dynamics. You might as well cut out little squares from the Mona Lisa and sell them, claiming the whole has not been damaged. Choosing to work for better old-growth forest logging rather than outright protection is a bit like working to treat slaves better, rather than freeing them. Both slavery and industrial old-growth forest ecocide are irredeemable and must end.

As practiced, selective logging almost always means selecting all the high quality, large trees, and logging them. Such high-grading leaves behind trees but not an old-growth forest with all the soil organisms, wildlife, and naturally evolved genetic diversity. Such forests are on there way after two or three harvests to being a tree plantation, with much reduced or even lack of ecosystem services that make life possible.

Under Mr. Brune’s leadership, Rainforest Action Network pursued a failed secret deal – along with pals Sierra Club of Canada, Greenpeace, and ForestEthics – which legitimized first time industrial logging of 2/3 of Canada’s Great Bear temperate old-growth rainforest – the largest in the world – for vague promises of protection of the other third, which have since been broken.

Mr. Brune has been a staunch supporter of “certified” old-growth forest logging by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Others and myself have estimated that some 200 million hectares of old-growth forests are threatened by the greenwash behind the FSC label – a massive area two times the size of Texas. Mr. Brune and successors’ RAN market campaigns in support of FSC herald certified old-growth logging for books, furniture, and even toilet paper as being sustainable [2]. Such environmental NGO greenwash is critical to FSC’s business model of dressing up business as usual old-growth plunder as being green.

Perhaps the saddest part of Mr. Brune’s ascendency within the forest conservation community has been his unwillingness to dialogue with ecological scientists and others who question whether logging old-growth forests provide protection. Some five years ago my organization Ecological Internet approached Mr. Brune to discuss the matter of RAN, under his leadership, greenwashing old-growth logging and consumption. Mr. Brune didn’t even know basic facts about RAN’s forest positions – not knowing they falsely claimed FSC old-growth logging was “sustainable” – or that their Great Bear “victory” did not even achieve FSC standards, instead settling for meaningless promises of “ecosystem management”.

Since then, tens of thousands of global forest conservationists wrote to Mr. Brune [3] asking for RAN to reconsider their position and resign from FSC to focus upon protecting and restoring old-growth forests. New York activists disrupted his book signing campaigns with protests. We simply asked for far more ecological science based policies; that Mr. Brune and RAN stop greenwashing old-growth forest logging, insist FSC limit itself to certifying secondary and non-monoculture plantations, and instead work for old-growth protection and small-scale community eco-forestry.

Mr. Brune and associates appeared outraged that their “Great Rainforest Heist” be questioned [4]. RAN first promised to review their FSC membership, then broke their promise, choosing instead to stonewall and vilify their critics – including his staff publicly calling me mentally ill. This after I had worked closely with RAN for 15 years, doing many action alerts together, and being granted a rainforest protection award by them. Apparently Mr. Brune is above reproach, and does not have to answer basic questions or account for his organization’s public policies.

Mr. Brune is speaking today in Madison for Earth Day. I don’t think John Muir would appreciate a bean counter running the organization he founded, his past reckless and clueless support for logging Earth’s last naturally evolved forest wildernesses, or his remaining silent on old-growth forest logging since taking over Sierra Club. I would go and protest his presence if I felt he had any moral bearing or ecological prowess on the matter of old-growth forest protection. So instead I write ecological truths, hoping reason prevails before global ecological collapse engulfs us.

Even given this scathing critique, I have seen some reason for hope. Mr. Brune abandoned his similar reckless and misinformed promotion of natural gas as a bridge fuel upon moving to the Sierra Club, where he quickly exposed and dispatched their secret funding from the natural gas industry. He has been particularly effective on coal and tar sands campaigning, and getting Sierra Club board approval for civil disobedience against the Keystone pipeline. Yet this too little, too late, play it safe strategy isn’t going to stop global ecosystem collapse.

Sierra Club doesn’t really speak out much about protecting remaining large and connected old-growth globally, or working to end markets for FSC and other primary forest timbers. Sierra Club under Mr. Brune continues to support FSC on its web site and in public statements, without mentioning the majority of its products come from old-growth. And Sierra Club – and even – remain silent on the at least 18% of carbon emissions coming from old-growth forest logging, even as they take an important – yet at this time largely symbolic – stand on tar sands’ 1% of global emissions.

At this juncture in converging ecological crises, it is more important to seek ecological polices that will actually prove sufficient to avert global ecosystem collapse if successful; than it is to pursue piece-meal reforms, that even if achieved, would prove inadequate. For the human family to thrive much less survive, together we need to end coal, tar sands, AND old-growth forest logging all at the same time. Large, connected, and ecologically intact old-forests power the biosphere and provide for local livelihoods forever; their loss threatens all life’s existence.

Mr. Brune personifies everything that is wrong with the corporate, PR, and image driven environmental NGOs. He is an accountant making decisions based upon maintaining his environmental bureaucracy rather than developing and implementing ecologically sufficient solutions to global ecosystem collapse. Sadly, he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

John Muir would certainly call out Mr. Bruin as a clueless San Francisco hipster that managed to latch onto celebrity and foundation money, and incautiously promotes logging old-growth forests, while stifling the grassroots ecological sustainability movement that expose and resist his old-growth forest logging policies. There is no more treacherous betrayal to John Muir’s legacy than greenwashing old-growth forest logging, and profiting personally from doing so.

Mr. Brune’s emphasis upon style over substance is ill-placed to address looming ecological crises. He will however feel right at home with clueless Madison Progressives who preen and pose, without really knowing what they are talking about. Namely, that global ecological sustainability, and human and all life’s well-being, depend critically upon protecting and restoring old-growth forests. Let’s hope – for old forests and Earth’s sake – that Mr. Brune and the Sierra Club are capable of self-reflection and turning over a new leaf that doesn’t including logging old-growth. Until they do, they are legitimate protest targets.


[1] Terrestrial Ecosystem Loss and Biosphere Collapse

[2] EARTH MEANDERS: Earth Is Dying, Yet Climate and Forest Movements Lack Urgency and Substance

[3] Action Alert: As Rainforest Action Network Prepares to “Revel”, What Has Become of Their Old Growth Forest Campaign?

[4] EARTH MEANDERS: The Great Rainforest Heist
How environmental groups gone bad greenwash logging Earth’s last primary old forests

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Spain: Animal Abuser Matador Gets Gored By Bull Before It Is Tortured To Death.


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How many times by how many people was the bull ‘stabbed’ by various torture instruments before he finally was able to get his own back ?!

Feel sorry for El Juli,  ….. NO !  NO !  NO !

He gets everything he deserves – he is an animal torturer !

Lots more pictures by Reuters photographers at:

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Nepal: Completely Disgusting Animal Abuse Exposed by ”Animals Nepal’ In New Bhairab Brick Factory. Please Take Actions Given.


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Worked literally to the bone – exposed backbone

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The  mule’s spine and vertebrae were exposed

Animal Nepal shocked by conditions in New Bhairab brick factory

15 Apr 2013

 Lubhu, April 12, 2013 – Animal Nepal’s working equine outreach team today was shocked to find a grave case of animal abuse in New Bhairab brick factory in Lubhu, Lalitpur.

A mule, which was literally worked to death, died this morning from deep trauma saddle wound on its back. The wounds were so severe that the mule’s spine and vertebrae were exposed.

Donkey Sanctuary India’s managing vet Ramesh Kumar said he had never come across such a serious case of equine abuse. “I am deeply saddened to see the conditions of equines in Kathmandu’s brick factories, and vow to do whatever possible to improve their lives,” said Dr Kumar.

Already 15 equines died in a similar manner in the factory since December.

Over 30% of surviving 47 equines suffer from malnutrition, saddle wounds, blindness or other injuries.

Animal Nepal’s team of paravets is presently being trained in wound management, PRA methods, hoof cutting and tooth rasping.

Animal Nepal, apart from providing training to equine owners and child handlers, conduct regular mobile clinics in brick factories. The organisation has launched a campaign to improve the conditions of ‘brick donkeys’.

Actions – Letters and Petition

Supporters are requested to send a letter to the Federation of Nepal Brick Factories and to sign this petition on

Animal Nepal is a founder of Brick Clean Network Nepal, which promotes a responsible brick industry. A write up on ‘Blood Bricks’ , produced with the blood of countless working equines, child workers and bonded labourers, by Animal Nepal’s volunteer directors Pramada Shah and Lucia de Vries, can be found here.