Australia: New Appointment of Independent Inspector General for Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports.


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Today is an important day for animal welfare in Australia.

Hundreds of thousands of people have called for more accountable and transparent animal welfare standards, and today we’ve won.

Thanks to your voice the Rudd Government is today announcing an Independent Inspector-General of Animal Welfare and Live Animal Exports.

This is a big step forward in protecting animal rights, and animal welfare groups including the RSPCA and WSPA have welcomed the announcement.

This new Inspector General will:

  • Provide assurance and oversight – similar to an audit function – of the role of Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry as the regulator of live animal exports.
  • Ensure that the regulator is working within the regulatory framework.
  • Review the regulator’s compliance and investigations function.

Last time I wrote I promised you I’d keep fighting to ensure that Australian animals are treated more humanely.

I know that there’s still more to be done, but I hope you’ll take a moment to celebrate what you’ve been able to do – your voice has made a real difference.

Steve Georganas

Member for Hindmarsh

International: Dozens of Petitions – Please Select and Sign.

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Urge the South African government to halt the devastating betrayal of its Wildlife

Say NO to Cruel Crates for Pigs

Take Urgent Action To Help Mother Pigs!

Tell the Indian Government to Enforce Animal Protection Laws!

Send Bijlee to a Shelter!

Australia, ban sow stalls NOW!

Ban Animal-Tested Cosmetics in Australia

Don’t Allow Crocodile Hunting in Australia’s Northern Territory!

Stop Killing Healthy Race Horses!

Prevent cruelty to dogs and cats in China

Ban Calf-Roping Cruelty in Rodeos!

Support EU Food Labeling Laws!

Save 10,000 Horses from a Death Sentence

Put an End to Intensive Hen Confinement

UK: Stop Funding Bullfights with Taxes

Australia: Cease ALL Live Animal Exports to Egypt

Require Higher Inspection Standards On California Egg Farms!

Tell the WTO: Stop Ignoring Hen Welfare!


Lots more at:

and there are more; click on ‘more’ on the bottom right hand corner of any page.

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USA: National Geographic Channel – INSIDE: SECRET AMERICA – ANIMAL UNDERCOVER – Wednesday, July 31, 10PM ET.


National Geographic Channel is airing a series called INSIDE: SECRET

Its current episode is related to ANIMAL UNDERCOVER.

Next Airing: Wednesday, July 31, 10PM ET.

From its web site:

The images are disturbing; animal cruelty and abuse at the hands of food
industry workers and research technicians. Van Zeller and Foster first
meet with covert animal activists who lead hidden camera exposés that have
resulted in increased scrutiny of slaughterhouses, farms and research

While activists push for stricter enforcement of animal cruelty laws
and increased criminal prosecutions against offenders, industry executives
and lawmakers are mounting their own counterattack.

Check your local television provider for channel details and additional

Indonesia: Ban The Masked Begging Street Monkeys ! – Petition and Sample Letter.


What pathetic Minister for the Environment allows this kind of animal abuse / suffering on a daily basis ? –

Please sign the petition and write now using the sample guide below.

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Petition Link:

Please Sign NOW !

Further information:

If you wish to write, here are contact details:



Subject: FW: Ban Masked, Begging Street Monkeys in Indonesia
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 23:05:16 +0200

Mr. Dana A. Kartakusuma
Ministry of Environment
JI. D. I. Panjaitan Kebon Nanas
Jakarta – 13410
Tel: + 62 21 851 7148, + 62 21 8590 4937
Fax: 011 62 21 851 7147

Mr. Wiwit Wirsatyo
Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC – 20036
Tel: +202 775 5304; 202 775-5216
Fax: +202 775 5217

Dear Sir,

Masked street monkeys in Jakarta, Indonesia are forced to wear bizarre costumes and give street performances as their owners collect money from spectators.
The emaciated long-tailed macaque monkeys are made to wear doll masks, wigs, and clothes and perform human tasks such as riding bikes, rocking horses and scooters.

Many are brutally trained to walk upright by being hung upside down, or having their hands tied behind their backs. In the first two weeks of being trained to perform cruel circus activities, countless monkeys suffer incredibly and die.

Animal activists in Jakarta have said the practice is cruel, and illegal. 
I ask the Indonesian government to stop this cruel exploitation.

Further information and lots of photographs at:

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USA: Mountain View California.

Hello Mountain View, California – thanks for visiting us so often.

Hope you like ‘our stuff’ !

Keep visiting please.

Regards SAV

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Serbia: Latest Pictures From Shelter Felix – Danica.

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Latest pictures of the cats from Danica at cat shelter Felix:

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Ukraine / France: Hopefully Some Positive Action From Royal Canin Who Pledge Money To Save Up To 20 Ukraine Bears.

SAV Comment:  Public Pressure to expose works !!

***IMPORTANT UPDATE – 28/07/2013***

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A COMPANY linked to Britain’s most popular pet foods sponsored a barbaric fight between fierce dogs and a tethered bear in the Ukraine.

By: James Murray

Published: Sun, July 28, 2013

French-based pet food makers Royal Canin, which sponsors hundreds of dog shows in Britain each year, even gave two cups to the owners of dogs involved in horrific fights with the terrified bear.

The scandal has caused an international storm and infuriated Royal Canin’s  French bosses who had no idea workers in Ukraine were supporting bear baiting.

Now, after strong protests from the Austrian-based Four Paws bear charity and pressure from the Sunday Express, Royal Canin will this week pledge to give £250,000 to find and save up to 20 bears.

Royal Canin is owned by Slough-based Mars, which makes Kitekat and Whiskas cat foods and Pedigree dog food (formerly known as Pedigree Chum). Mars prides itself on animal welfare and executives are said to be shocked by Royal Canin’s involvement in the Ukrainian savagery.

These sickening pictures, supplied by Four Paws, show a clearly frightened bear tied to a tree by a 30ft rope while hunting dogs taunt and bite it.

Sick gamblers place bets on the bloody outcomes of these appalling encounters. Bears seldom die but many suffer horrific injuries to their necks, bleeding profusely from deep wounds as fights progress.

Our Animal Welfare Policy states that we do not undertake, support or sponsor research that harms animals.

Herve Marc, global corporate affairs director for Royal Canin

Hunting dogs are deliberately trained to attack their necks to try to bring them down, often hanging on for several minutes when they sink their teeth into the bears. As one dog clenches the animal’s neck, another bites its legs.

On Tuesday, Four Paws chiefs will show Royal Canin executives in Ukraine the full horror of the fights.

Initially, the company said the support was “inadvertent” but after the Sunday Express showed executives pictures of Royal Canin cups presented for bear fights they changed their tune.

Herve Marc, global corporate affairs director for Royal Canin, originally wrote to the charity saying: “It appears that these photos were taken during a dog show in Dubovy Gay in the Ukraine, on April 27-28, 2013.

“Our colleagues in the Ukraine confirmed that we sponsored brand placements with one banner, two cups and a free product for a dog show and nothing else. There was no mention of the demonstration using the bear.

“As a result of our investigation, we have decided to immediately pull out of future sponsorship of this event and undertake some additional actions, such as reminding our sales and marketing teams around the globe of the relevant policies in place.

“Our Animal Welfare Policy states that we do not undertake, support or sponsor research that harms animals.”

By Friday afternoon, the company issued a very different statement saying: “Royal Canin unreservedly apologises for sponsoring the event where the bear baiting took place. As a company with knowledge and respect for animals at our heart, we condemn any activities that harm or endanger animals.

“Royal Canin has been absolutely horrified to see these images linked with our brand. The sponsorship of this event is not consistent with Royal Canin’s animal welfare policy, our philosophy of Pet First or our vision.

“This has been a humbling experience for Royal Canin. We again thank Four Paws International for bringing this practice to our attention and in doing so reminding us that diligence in ensuring our policy is followed is paramount.

“We look forward to working with all our partners to prevent animal cruelty through policy change and improved animal welfare practices. Specifically, Royal Canin will work to improve the welfare of the Ukrainian bears and dogs involved in bear-baiting.”

The Four Paws picture shows the name of the company on a bear baiting cup with an inscription for the “field champion” in the contest between two dogs and one bear. Another cup is for the winner of a contest between one dog and one bear.

Four Paws spokesman Dr Amir Khalil said: “The branded trophies for the contest made clear reference to bear baiting, carrying the following inscription ‘second championship between hunting dogs for bears and wild boar’. During our research material was passed to us which proves that a similar contest in February 2012 was sponsored by Royal Canin.”

The bear in the pictures on this page  survived and is being tracked by the charity which wants it to be taken to a bear refuge. Four Paws wants to see a bear refuge built to house the estimated  15 to 20 baiting bears in Ukraine.

A spokesman added: “Royal Canin has officially contacted Four Paws and a meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday.  In this meeting Four Paws will emphasise the need for a swift and lasting solution for the bears in Ukraine.”

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