Serbia: Little Tok Has Finally Lost Her Fight For Life.

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Tok dies

It’s with a heavy heart that we inform you that our brave little girl Tok lost her ultimate battle for life.

She was diagnosed with FIP a month ago and although we all knew FIP was a death sentence, we had been doing everything we could to help this little sweetie ever since. She received dozens of antibiotic shots and who knows how many IV fluids, she had two UV scans and ate the highest quality food, but nothing we were doing could make her feel better.

In the beginning we wanted to believe the vet was wrong, that she was misdiagnosed, that she didn’t have FIP after all… Sadly she obviously did, and the final result of a battle with the deadliest cat disease against which there’s no known cure was well advanced.

Little Tok, although small, weak and still nothing but a baby, has been putting up a hell of a fight over the last three weeks, but sadly the virus always wins.

Tok’s life was brief and not an easy one and my only regret is that our paths didn’t cross earlier. She was too sweet, too pure and too good for this merciless world, but she could not have been loved more while she was with us.

Sleep tight, my little angel, you’re free from fighting and struggling now.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with Danica now – SAV.

Not what you want any time, let alone at Christmas !

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Landmark Ruling: An Orangutan Is a “Non-Human Person” With Rights, Says Argentina.


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Landmark Ruling: An Orangutan Is a “Non-Human Person” With Rights, Says Argentina.

by Susan Bird

One orangutan in Argentina has just done something no other ape has ever done. She has achieved the unprecedented legal status of a “non-human person.” A court has recognized that she has rights and that being kept in a zoo unlawfully deprives her of her freedom.

In November, the Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) filed for habeas corpus, a petition usually used to challenge the imprisonment of a human who has been illegally detained. Instead, this petition sought freedom for Sandra, a Sumatran orangutan.

Sandra has spent the last 20 years of her life at the Buenos Aires Zoo. In 1986, she was born into captivity at a German zoo. Nine years later she was sent to Argentina. Sandra is described as very shy, with a marked preference for avoiding the stares of zoo visitors. A lady likes her privacy, after all.

AFADA’s case asserted “the unjustified confinement of an animal with probable cognitive capability” illegally deprived a “non-human person” of her freedom. AFADA insisted Sandra was a person in a philosophic sense, rather than a biological one. In other words, she’s not human, but she deserves certain equivalent rights.

A three-member panel of Argentina’s Second Chamber of the Criminal Appeals Court unanimously granted habeas corpus, deciding that Sandra is a “juridical person” rather than an object. Under the law, a juridical person is a non-human entity — for example a corporation — that possesses the legal status of personhood.

translation of the Argentine court’s decision said, in part:

From a dynamic rather than static legal interpretation, it is necessary to ascribe to the animal the character of the subject of rights, since nonhuman subjects (animals) are rights-bearers, and thus their protection is guaranteed in the corresponding area.

AFADA asked that Sandra “be able to live among individuals of the same sort and in an appropriate place.” Having been raised in captivity, Sandra can never return to the wild. However, if the Buenos Aires Zoo does not appeal to the country’s Supreme Court within 10 working days, Sandra will move to the relative freedom of an ape sanctuary in Brazil.

New York Says a Chimpanzee Is Not a Person

Those who follow this issue closely will remember that this isn’t the first time activists have sought personhood for an ape. In New York, on Dec. 4, 2104, an appeals court ruled that Tommy the chimpanzee is not a person.

The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) sought to free Tommy from his “dungeon-like” cage and remove him from his “owner” by having him declared a person with a right to be free. The court disagreed with this stance. It held:

So far as legal theory is concerned, a person is any being whom the law regards as capable of rights and duties. Needless to say, unlike human beings, chimpanzees cannot bear any legal duties, submit to societal responsibilities or be held legally accountable for their actions.

NhRP activists say they’ll appeal on behalf of Tommy. Perhaps Sandra’s case will influence that appeal? Time will tell.

Waiting to See if the Zoo Will Appeal

The Buenos Aires Zoo isn’t happy, of course, and says the court’s decision unduly humanizes an animal.

“Orangutans are solitary, tranquil animals that only come together to mate and care for their young,” the zoo’s chief biologist Adrian Sestelo told La Nacion newspaper. “Unjustifiably claiming abuse, stress or depression of the animal, out of ignorance of the biology of the species, is to fall into one of the most common mistakes of human beings, which is the humanization of any animal behavior. Sandra enjoys exceptional care and lives in solitude because it is required of her kind.”

Perhaps so, Mr. Sestelo, but living in a zoo is most certainly not “required of her kind.” Forcible captivity — not whether an orangutan prefers solitude — is the question being resolved here.

“This opens the way not only for other Great Apes, but also for other sentient beings which are unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in zoos, circuses, water parks and scientific laboratories,” AFADA lawyer Paul Buompadre told La Nacion.

Buompadre foresees the possibility of other lawsuits on behalf of animals in captivity, if Sandra ultimately prevails. Let’s hope she does. Sandra deserves sanctuary and freedom, not captivity. She doesn’t want people staring at her anymore.

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Christmas Messages From Some Of Our Animal Friends.

Hi all;

Here are a few Christmas messages from some animal buddies that we wish to share with you; including some really great video clips – Enjoy !

Jill and the fantastic crew at Animals Asia:

Dear Mark,

Wishing you a warm and joyful Christmas and a wonderful year ahead.

This has been our most challenging year to date, but with your kind support we’ve made some amazing progress. In 2014, we launched our most ambitious project so far – the transformation of a bear bile farm in Nanning, China into a sanctuary for the 130 bears inside.

To thank you for all your generous support over the past 12 months, I’d like to share with you a wonderful video of the bears enjoying their Christmas treat of fruity mince pies and coconuts!

Please go to my blog to watch the bears.

Twas the night before Christmas:

Moon bears opening their Christmas presents:

The Nanning Bears First Christmas (Free from the torture of the bile industry)

For the Now rescued Nanning bears – A Moon Bear Song – Peace by Piece:

Thank you for giving these bears the chance to experience freedom and joy!

Spreading the message about the bears really does help them all – again a huge thank you for championing them at this time.

With bear hugs and blessings,


Jill Robinson MBE, Dr med vet hc, Hon LLD
Founder and CEO

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 Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) – England

Dear Mark,

Another year of action for animals has come to an end.

Thank you so much for all you have done. The rest of the CAPS team and I hope you have a wonderful festive season and a happy New Year.

We look forward to working with you again in 2015!

With warm wishes,

Liz Tyson CAPS

Liz and the CAPS team xx


 Soi Dog Foundation

Thank you for saving the lives of thousands of dogs and cats in 2014!

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Dear Mark,

On behalf of everyone at Soi Dog Foundation, I would like to thank you for your wonderful support in 2014.

Thanks to you, thousands of dogs and cats have been saved from painful and cruel deaths.

With your support, the sick, injured and neglected have received the urgent treatment they need and you have given a second chance to orphaned puppies and kittens.

You’ve helped deliver crippling blows to the dog meat trade and thanks to you, construction for a new hospital has started, which will help save many more animals.

From all of us here at Soi Dog Foundation, we would like to wish you, your families and your beloved pets a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic 2015.

Thank you again for your wonderful support and with your help we look forward to saving more lives next year.

John Dalley 

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