‘Angel’ Update. Legal Proceedings Initiated On Behalf Of Taiji Hunt Dolphins.




Our previous post of January 2014 on Angel:





May 26, 2014 By David Kirby

Ever since the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary The Cove horrified international audiences with blood-drenched images of the annual massacre of dolphins in the Japanese town of Taiji, animal-welfare advocates, celebrities, and even a high-profile U.S. diplomat have raised their voices in protest. Yet the killing continues. A recently filed lawsuit may ensure that opponents of the hunt, and the dolphins, will have their day in court.

Earlier this month, Australia for Dolphins, Earth Island Institute’s Dolphin Project, and Save Japan Dolphins “initiated legal proceedings on behalf of dolphins caught in the bloody drive hunts in Taiji,” a joint statement from the three groups said. The main focus of the unprecedented lawsuit is a rare albino bottlenose dolphin calf named Angel, who, according to the statement, is “kept in appallingly inadequate conditions.”

The legal complaint, dubbed by plaintiffs “Action for Angel,” “will for the first time compel the Taiji government to defend its globally condemned dolphin hunts,” the statement said.

The suit, filed in Wakayama District Court in Japan, targets the municipal government, which owns the Taiji Whale Museum, where Angel is being held. Each year, the museum brokers the sale of dozens of dolphins rounded up in the cove (but not killed) to aquariums around the globe.

Taiji is home to the world’s largest drive hunts, in which some 2,000 dolphins typically are driven by boats into a cove and killed for food. About 250 others are sold to aquariums. In the 2013–2014 season, the numbers fell; an estimated 1,400 dolphins were driven into the cove. About 834 were killed, and 164 were taken captive. The rest were released. This marked a decline from the previous season’s figures, in which roughly 900 dolphins were killed and 250 captured.

The lawsuit accuses the museum of breaking Japanese law by blocking access to the museum’s animal collection by dolphin welfare experts and other observers, based on “their opinion and race,” the statement alleged. “This conduct is in breach of the Japanese constitution, which protects equal access to public places for all law-abiding people.”

Ric O’Barry, a former dolphin trainer and star of The Cove, told Bloomberg News, “If I tried to get in [to the museum], they would hold up a sign saying ‘No Westerners Allowed.’ We have proof of this. It’s racist and it’s illegal.”

O’Barry, who was not available for comment before publication, flew to Japan along with Australia for Dolphins CEO Sarah Lucas to personally serve Taiji officials with the legal papers on May 15. Lucas did not return emails requesting an interview.

Last January, Angel made worldwide headlines and brought renewed energy to the fight against the hunts when the pinkish-white calf (her exact age is unknown) was forced into the cove, along with 250 other bottlenose dolphins, by fishermen in speedboats. Forty were killed, 52 were taken for sale to aquariums at a hefty premium, and the rest were released.

Angel was taken from the side of her mother, who is believed to have perished in the cove.

The massacre and captures sparked a fresh round of indignation around the world, most notably from U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, who tweeted in January that she was “deeply concerned by inhumanness of drive hunt dolphin killing” and reasserted the U.S. government’s opposition to the hunts.

Soon after, a star-studded list of entertainers, politicians, and activists signed a letter to President Obama, drafted by hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Simone Reyes, who works for Simmons, urging Obama not to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement “until Japan bans the slaughter and capture of dolphins in Taiji.”

Sean Penn, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Oliver Stone, Ellen DeGeneres, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Jesse Jackson, and Ingrid Newkirk, head of PETA, were among thecosigners.

Today, the albino dolphin is “a highly valuable ‘freak’ show on display in a cramped, abusive show tank. Eyewitnesses report she floats lifelessly with her eyes closed, or swims in small distressed circles,” the plaintiffs’ statement said.

“Angel is living in hell,” O’Barry added in the statement. “This one small dolphin has become a global representative of the thousands of dolphins slaughtered and captured each year in Taiji.”

Taiji is not the only Japanese location where cetaceans are hunted and killed. Around the country, up to 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and pilot whales are butchered each year. In the past 70 years, more than a million dolphins have been killed.

If one dolphin can symbolize that staggering figure, activists believe, it is the orphaned albino languishing in a museum by the cove.








England: Gorillas Take Over London On Saturday 20th September 2014 – Great Gorilla Run To Help Save A Species On The Edge Of Extinction – Register Here Now !



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London Gorilla Run


Saturday 20th September 2014!

Hundreds of people dressed as gorillas will run, jog or walk 8km though the City of London in the 11th annual Great Gorilla Run to help save a species on the edge of extinction

Since the first Great Gorilla Run in 2003, thousands of people have donned their gorilla suits and joined the 8k fun run route starting at Mincing Court in the City and passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Now in its 11th year, this incredible event has raised more than £2 million for biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction projects in central Africa. So lets make this year extra special!

As there are no more than 800 mountain gorillas left in the wild, places in this year’s run are limited to 800 in total. So sign up now to make sure that you don’t miss out on this fantastic event!

Registration is £50 and includes a gorilla suit (which you get to keep!) and the target sponsorship amount is £400.

The Great Gorilla Run events team will provide you with great support in the lead-up to the event to ensure you reach your fundraising target and are in shape for the race.

And on the day, you’ll feel like a star as the crowds cheer you on every step of the way.

Full event details can be found on our FAQ’s page.


Register Here:


Welcome to the Great Gorilla Run 2014!

To become a Great Gorilla Runner all you need to do is to complete the registration form below and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £50.

Once you’ve registered we will send you a furry gorilla suit, which is yours to keep, and a fundraising pack full of hints and tips to help you prepare for race day and to set you on your way with fundraising. We ask that you aim to raise £400.

Gorillas are facing extinction and desperately need your help so complete the registration form (link above) to join the gorilla invasion of London!





England: Time Out for ‘Nera’ and ‘Lesi’. Please Give If You Can – Thank You.



Come on folks, please donate to the two issues we have here – ‘Nera’


and ‘Lesi’


– they need help.  These are secure donation sites.  

Thank you – Mark – SAV.

















China: Petition – Stop The Yulin Dog Eating Festival And Help Save 15,000 Lives !!



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Latest 22/6/15 – The Chinese have ignored the world and as usual doing only what they want.  The Yulin festival is currently taking place – thousands of dogs are being slaughtered by these Barbarian back street Chinese dealers.


For latest news from the BBC click here –  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-33220235


What the Chinese scumbags do to animals

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If our Cameron government does not have the balls to raise the issue, then we will – FREE TIBET !!

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Petition link:   https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Petition_the_Chinese_government_to_stop_the_Yulin_dog_eating_festival_and_pass_animal_welfare_laws/?fbss

On the 21st of June, the Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival will take place in the Guangxi province of China. 15 000 dogs are slaughtered at this festival every year. Many of the dogs are reportedly abducted from their owner’s homes and arrive in trucks at the festival with their collars still on.

The dogs are skinned and boiled alive. Some are hung upside down and beaten then left to bleed out slowly. They are killed in front of other dogs, all in an attempt to increase the adrenaline in their muscles which the misguided believe will increase their virility when eaten.

This is just one example of the horrors inflicted on animals in China every day. Dogs are treated like this and eaten year round. Bears are kept for their whole lives in cages too small to turn around in, and their bile milked from infected openings cut into their stomach. Turtles are sealed into little bags and sold as living key chains. Domestic pets and livestock are kept in appalling conditions at markets. Live chickens, turtles, quails and other birds and animals are shoved into net bags and left in the sun on the sidewalk without food and water until they are sold. Cats are boiled alive and eaten. The Chinese government must stop the Yulin dog eating festival. They must pass laws that will ensure that animals – whatever the species – are bred, held and killed in a humane and sustainable way. They must make animal abuse a criminal offense.

Young Chinese activists are starting to take a stand and demanding change from their own government (Chinese driven petitions: http://chn.ge/134YzSe and http://1.usa.gov/18tt5Hp). They are fighting for animal rights at great personal and financial expense. Avaaz is just one of the internet sites blocked in China and makes their plight so much harder to get out to the world. Please stand with them and work for change in China’s animal welfare laws.

Update 23/6/2013: Despite widespread outrage from both within China, as well as the rest of the world, the Yulin festival went ahead as planned this year. The good news is that the Chinese government has started taking note of activist’s concerns and dispatched officials to Yulin in an attempt to control the torture of these dogs prior to being slaughtered. Keep the pressure up. Sign petitions. Make your voice heard and don’t stop until China passes animal welfare laws!

Update 14/2/2014: 2800 cats – many of them pets with collars on – are rescued when activists stop a truck transporting the animals in Wuhan, China.

Update 9/3/2014: Police brutally kill pet dog in Langzhong City, Sichuan, China. https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/National_Peoples_Congress_Legislate_Small_Animals_Protection_Law/?fbss

Update 6/5/2014: China has passed laws to protect 420 endangered species by outlawing the consumption of these animal products. This is a huge step in the right direction! It remains to be seen whether the law is enforced, but change is slowly coming.


Petition link:   https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Petition_the_Chinese_government_to_stop_the_Yulin_dog_eating_festival_and_pass_animal_welfare_laws/?fbss


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Serbia: Please Help ‘Nera’ – Only 32 Euros Required To Save Her Going Back On The Streets.

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Donate funds at:


Only 32 Euros required to keep Nera ok – but additional funds / donations always welcome.

Only 6 days left to raise money for Nera.Can someone help?Please,we still need help for Nera,street dog from Serbia,can someone help?Even the smallest donation will mean a lot to us and will be appreciated.Thank you.


Nera must pay her vet bills or be put back on the streets!

Nera is recovering well from all her surgery. But there are huge vet bills waiting to be paid! Although not fully recovered, she risks going back on the street if her vet bills are not paid in full.

She was hit by a car, she suffered an open fracture and went to surgery; she also had torn ligaments, but the trouble didn’t end there. She still had a fever and started to pee blood; she had a tickborne disease, and her breath was short. The ultrasound revealed she had a torn diaphragm, so she had to undergo surgery again, and it got worse:- part of her liver had to be removed too. 

Now the rod from her leg (see photo of X ray) has been removed, we still owe  money for the second operation and €70 for the third operation with the X-ray scan.
Daycare costs €70 euros plus food for every month.

Even the smallest donation will mean a lot to us and will be appreciated.
When donating through this page, if you choose Paypal, please when you get through to the PayPal page, please remember to click on “add a memo” under “Additional information” and put “For Nera” just before you click to finish payment.

Thank you. 

See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/nera-on-the-mend-after-final-op-but-must-pay-her-vet-bills-/154707#sthash.Zjfzx4wk.dpuf




Serbia: EPAR / Slavica Write To Serbian Prime Minister Asking For Help For Animal Flood Victims – Do You Want To Mail Also ?

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Slavica has now written to ask to Serbian Prime Minister, Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, with a very kind letter, to help the animals affected by the floods by giving his support and ensuring the implementation Serbian laws

We now wait to see what he will do as a result – maybe nothing, maybe much.

Here is the e-mail address of the Prime Minister if you wish to copy and send the letter to him.

“Predsednik Vlade Republike Srbije” <predsednikvlade@gov.rs>

Alternatively, maybe you wish to write your own.  Please make sure you give your nationality at the end.

Serbian Prime Minister confirms to Slavica that the letter calling for official help for the animals has been received:
—– Original Message —–
From: “Predsednik Vlade Republike Srbije” <predsednikvlade@gov.rs>
To: “‘EPAR'”
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2014 9:46 AM
Subject: Read: Srbija: Pomozite,postovani g.Vucicu, Vi to mozete

Veterinary inspectors have declared that of early last week, around 200 tones ( 200 000 kg )  of animals have been destroyed for now.









England (UK): Kew Gardens London Campaign UPDATE – 26/5/14.



Our recent post re Kew Gardens, London:



We now have an update from Julie; which reads as follows:

Kew Cuts Petition Update (25th May 2014):   Help us reach 100k signatures!

Julie Flanagan


Thank you everyone for the amazing support. The petition has caused quite a stir – your support is definitely helping to make a difference, but we need to keep the pressure up and hit over 100k signatures!

We now have a Twitter account @KewCuts and Facebook page ‘Stop Kew Cuts’ – please follow/like/share to keep informed about updates to the campaign.

We have had a lot of direct interest from MPs, and fantastic cross-party support at the recent Parliamentary drop-in session. The first EDM received excellent backing and in the new Parliamentary session we are planning to lodge further EDMs for MPs to sign.

MPs have been writing letters to Defra and other Ministers in support of Kew, and they told us that letters from their constituents really make them sit up and notice issues like this – please do let them know of your concerns.

Please, please continue to encourage all family, friends and colleagues to sign the petition and prove how much Kew’s unique work is valued by the public.


SAV comment – ‘EDM’ means Early Day Motion –

Source – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_day_motion

An early day motion (EDM), in the Westminster system, is a motion, expressed as a single sentence,[1] tabled by Members of Parliament that formally calls for debate “on an early day”. In practice, they are rarely debated in the House and their main purpose is to draw attention to particular subjects of interest. EDMs may not[clarification needed] be signed by government ministersParliamentary Private Secretaries or the Speaker of the House of Commons. EDMs remain open for signature for the duration of the parliamentary session.

EDMs can be tabled on matters ranging from trivial or humorous topics to those of great importance. The censure motion by which the Labour Government of James Callaghan was ejected had its origin in an early day motion (no. 351 of 1978–79), put down on 22 March 1979, by Margaret Thatcher.

MPs may ensure the text of an EDM is printed in Hansard by mentioning it by number in questions to the Leader of the House of Commons after the Business Statement (normally on a Thursday when the house is in session).

Examples of trivial issues covered include pigeon-bombs: an EDM was tabled in the 2003–04 session of the UK Parliament by Tony Banks, which concerns itself with a disclosure by MI5 that it had proposed using pigeons as flying bombs during World War II. The motion condemned the proposal, describing humans as “obscene, perverted, cruel, uncivilised and lethal”, and proposed that the House “looks forward to the day when the inevitable asteroid slams into the Earth and wipes them out thus giving nature the opportunity to start again”. It was signed by only two other MPs (Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell).[2]

EDMs tabled on serious topics have included one demanding the release of Nelson Mandela when he was incarcerated in apartheid South Africa, and one calling for a consultation on the fingerprinting of children in schools without parental permission.[3] Shortly after the 2005 general election, 412 of the 646 MPs signed EDM 178 calling for a Climate Change Bill;[4] only three other early day motions had ever been signed by more than 400 MPs.