Two Important Petitions – Please Sign Thank You.

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Protect Maned Wolf from Endangerment

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Target: Wildlife Conservation Society CEO Cristian Samper

Goal: Encourage protection of the maned wolf from the threats of habitat loss and human encroachment

Land development in South America threatens several unique species, among them an animal often described as a fox on stilts. The maned wolf is a unique canine, three feet tall at the shoulder, known for its shy nature and omnivorous diet. Though not yet listed as endangered, it is a vulnerable species, threatened by habitat loss and human encroachment. Petition the Wildlife Conservation Society to increase awareness, and urge the South American governments to take action to preserve the maned wolf.

The maned wolf is not yet threatened, but it is vulnerable. Long years of hunting and persecution have taken their toll on the population. Despite their small teeth and diet of fruit and small mammals, maned wolves were often suspected of killing large livestock or chickens. With greater education, the targeting of maned wolves has stopped, but they are still hunted for their body parts, particularly the eyes, considered to be good-luck charms.

Habitat loss is the biggest threat to maned wolves, and continued development of grasslands and scrub forests destroys the native range of these animals. With dwindling habitat, maned wolves are hard pressed to find enough food or territory away from human threats and encroachment. They are also killed by cars while attempting to cross roads, and may be targeted by individuals who believe them responsible for killing livestock.

Man’s best friend is also one of the maned wolf’s biggest threats. Domestic dogs may kill maned wolves, chasing them down and attacking them. They are also capable of passing on disease, potentially devastating wild populations.

Though not yet endangered, the maned wolf is in need of help. They must be protected from the threats of habitat loss and human encroachment before they become yet another species in danger of disappearing forever because of human activity.


Dear Mr. Samper,

The maned wolf is a vulnerable species, on the verge of becoming endangered as so many other species have in the face of human activity. Threatened by past years of hunting, killed in the mistaken belief that they attacked large livestock, and harvested for their body parts, maned wolves struggle to recover and survive in an increasingly developed world. Agricultural development claims the grasslands and scrub forests in which maned wolves survive, destroying habitat and bringing them closer to human habitation and all its dangers.

I urge the Wildlife Conservation Society to increase awareness of this unique canine and the threats it faces. The Brazilian government cracked down on illegal hunting and granted the maned wolf greater protection from needless killing, but more can and should be done. Unless action is taken, the maned wolf may join thousands of other species on the endangered list.


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Photo Credit: Sage Ross via Wikimedia Commons



stop predator hunts

author: John Gregoire

target: Governor Cuomo


UK / Germany Christmas 1914: German and British Soldiers Stop Fighting In The Trenches And Play Football Against Each Other.


 The 1914 Christmas Truce – German and British Soldiers Stop Fighting In The Trenches And Play Football Against Each Other.

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From The Illustrated London News of January 9, 1915: “British and German Soldiers Arm-in-Arm Exchanging Headgear: A Christmas Truce between Opposing Trenches”

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WW1 Christmas truce marked in army football teams match

The Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas 1914.

In the week leading up to the holiday, German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In areas, men from both sides ventured into no man’s land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs.

There were joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, while several meetings ended in carol-singing.

Men played games of football with one another, giving one of the most enduring images of the truce.

However, the peaceful behaviour was not ubiquitous; fighting continued in some sectors, while in others the sides settled on little more than arrangements to recover bodies. The following year, a few units arranged ceasefires, but the truces were not nearly as widespread as in 1914; this was, in part, due to strongly worded orders from the high commands of both sides prohibiting fraternisation.

Soldiers were no longer amenable to truce by 1916. The war had become increasingly bitter after devastating human losses suffered during the battles of the Somme and Verdun, and the incorporation of poison gas.

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SAV Comment – Football NOT Killing !!

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Serbia: 18/12/14 – Nani Update – She Is Alive; Has Been Moved, But Negotiations To Release Her Are Still In Progress.

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We do have very regular news and very recent photographs relating to Nani the deer.

All we can currently say is that Nani is alive, although is no longer being held at the hunters facility.

We know exactly where she is and have photographs of the conditions in which she is currently held; but all we can say at the moment is that the situation is very delicate and we are waiting on the actions of others to see if she will or will not be released back to the Mitic family.

We would hope that given the massive response to Sasha’s shelter appeal in just one week:

the government will think very carefully about the situation of Nani also.

The Sasha petition is a very clear message of the current situation for animals in Serbia from a worldwide, global supporter network.

We trust that the message of Sasha and his shelter is sending a clear message to the government and authorities.  The Nani situation is very similar – it is up to the government and authorities which way they will go; which will have implications from animal welfare NGO’s on future Serbian EU membership.

We will respond accordingly to the situation; regardless of the direction it takes.

Unfortunately this is all we can currently say – but we need to inform you that the situation is being watched and acted on constantly by Serbian campaigners.

We will give further news and actions (if necessary) when we know the outcome of current negotiations.





Serbia: Please Try And Give A Little Something At Christmas To Help Cover ‘Marko’s’ Veterinary Costs.

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Thank you to everyone who has already donated to help pay for the veterinary treatment necessary for little Marko. But the target which is needed to cover his costs are still a long way off.

We have happily donated to help this little guy; and if everyone gave just a few dollars we would get there in no time at all.

The donation link is given below and although it is an expensive time of year; please try to give this little guy something special for Christmas by making a donation – even if it is just a few dollars – they all add up.

The donation site is completely secure and you can donate either via Paypal or just using a normal card route.


Marko – Young, alone and injured…left to die. This poor little guy has had a really rough start to his life. Barely 4 months old puppy was found on the side of the road in town of Subotica. He came in with multiple puncture wounds, Demodex mites, chemical burns and a painful body. Currently he is in medical boarding while we try to get him comfortable and treat his wounds and skin. Marko deserves so much and we are committed to him but we need your help!

We need everyone’s assistance to help this poor little dog. No donation is too small and it will all go towards his ongoing medical care. Please help us help this amazing baby!!

We Thank You from the bottom of Our Hearts Your help is appreciated! 

Volunteers from “Alex Subotica”, animal rescue organization & first no-kill shelter in Serbia.

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