Brazil: Presidente Figueiredo, Brazil: Sad Story, No Happy Ending,


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Presidente Figueiredo, Brazil: Sad story, no happy ending

The dog at the center of a heartbreaking abuse story received a small token of justice last week, when the garbageman who killed him was fired.

Jadson James Franca was driving his garbage truck in Presidente Figueiredo, Brazil, late last month when, according to bystanders, he ran the truck up onto the pavement to hit the gentle dog.

Pictures taken of the incident show the dog collapsed on the side of the road in obvious pain.

But that wasn’t enough. While his companions laughed, Franca wrapped a chain around the dog’s neck and dragged his broken body over the rough pavement to the back of his truck.

One arresting picture shows the terrified pup lying on the pavement, his legs apparently broken beneath him as Franca pulls on his chain.

Franca then threw the injured animal into the trash compactor before driving away.

The photos sparked universal outrage after spreading online, causing police to indict the garbageman. He has already been fired, and his company, ViaLimpa, was fined.

Franca reportedly told police he was doing the dog a favor because he was badly injured and needed to be put out of his misery.

Unfortunately, the dog survived the trip to the dump but passed away a few hours later from serious injuries, Brazilian paper A Critica reported. And while Franca’s punishment might bring a degree of justice to this poor dog’s memory, Mayor Neilson Cross had some harsh words for the people who photographed the incident as well.

“People were more concerned about recording than saving the animals,” he told A Critica. “This is absurd.”





Watch Three Adorable Little Piglets Being Born at Animal Sanctuary.


Watch Three Adorable Little Piglets Being Born at Animal Sanctuary

Watching three beautiful little piglets being born isn’t something you see every day, so when we realized that Rosa one of our rescued pigs at Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary was pregnant, we knew we were in for a treat!

Getting Ready for the Birth

Preparing for any birth at the sanctuary is stressful as you never know when it’s going to happen and if everything will go to plan. Thankfully with pigs you get a little prewarning, as they always start to prepare their nest exactly 24 hours before they go into labor.

With this in mind we cut Rosa some branches and collected her some bracken from the forest so she could easily construct her nest with minimal effort. As her belly grew bigger with each passing day we knew she was going to give birth soon, but it wasn’t until we noticed that she had started carrying her nest building materials into her house that it was imminent.

Once she got to work, she built what can only be described as the Fort Knox of nests. The walls were meticulously fashioned, and completely impenetrable. Like any good mother, she wanted the best for her babies.

The Babies Are Here!

Just as expected, 24 hours later Rosa went into labor and before long the first piglet was born. It was a little girl, and she was out and about heading to meet her mom in no time. Not long after the next baby arrived, this time a little boy with a pink nose and brown stripes. He was shortly followed by his sister, who had little white socks.

Normally pigs give birth to around four to seven babies so we anticipated more were on the way. When they didn’t arrive we got a little panicked, but our fears were premature.

Once the birth was over and the three little piglets were all cleaned up, they headed straight for the milk and spent the next few hours feeding and nodding off, then waking up and doing it all over again.

Unlike a lot of other babies, piglets can see and hear at birth, and they start to walk within a few minutes of being born. They quickly find their mother’s teats, often with some gentle nudging and encouragement from mom.

The mom and her piglets use various vocalizations when it comes to feeding time, and newborn piglets will recognize and respond to their mother’s voice when she calls them to suckle.

Watch Rosa giving birth and see the babies experiencing the world for the first time in the video below:


Growing Up and Family Bonds

For the first few weeks after giving birth, mother pigs are very protective and they only leave the nest on short foraging missions to get supplies and stretch their legs. This period of time is essential for developing a strong bond with her babies.

The piglets soon start to follow mom out of the nest, rooting and playing as they go, but never straying too far. If they get separated for any reason, the piglets will call with distinct vocalizations, and the mom will respond urgently until they can find each other and everyone is reunited again.

Here at the sanctuary the pigs are able to carry out all these natural behaviors, and witnessing them growing and connecting as a family is truly a blessing. We are incredibly lucky to be able to see them happy and free, knowing that they will get to spend the rest of their lives together.


USA: Keep Sick, Suffering Calves Off the Slaughter Line.


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Keep Sick, Suffering Calves Off the Slaughter Line

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Proposed Federal Rule for Non-ambulatory, Disabled Veal Calves

Sponsor: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

ASPCA Position:  Support.

Action Needed:  Please use the form below to urge FSIS to protect calves from further cruelty by moving forward and issuing this rule as proposed.

Back in 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its intention to enact a rule banning the slaughter (for veal) of calves who are too sick, injured or weak to stand. The formal language that would turn this from good intention to law has recently been drafted, and the USDA is accepting public comments until mid-July. Please join the ASPCA in supporting this rule.

It’s already illegal to slaughter adult cattle who are in such obviously poor condition, but a strange loophole in federal law allows a “wait-and-see” approach for disabled young calves: they can be pulled from the killing floor and given the chance to “recover,” which investigations have proven only leads to animal abuse as workers use inhumane techniques to force these baby cows, most of whom are no more than a few months old, to stand up. Instead of enduring further suffering, disabled calves should, like adult cows in physical distress, be immediately and humanely euthanized instead of entering the food supply.

What You Can Do
You can tell FSIS/USDA to protect calves by simply reviewing and submitting the sample comments below. If you have time, please add your own comments so the agency knows exactly what you think about protecting baby animals at slaughter plants.

Thank you for standing up for vulnerable animals, America.

Watch Misha and Tom, Two Wild-Caught Dolphins, Return To Their Home.



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Watch Misha and Tom, Two Wild-Caught Dolphins, Return To Their Home

Whale and dolphin advocates hope a new report chronicling the successful rescue, rehabilitation and release of two captive dolphins will provide a blueprint for others who want to see these animals returned to their rightful home in the wild.

Back to the Blue, a report released by the Born Free Foundation, tracks a two-year project undertaken to save Tom and Misha, two male bottlenose dolphins who were being exploited in substandard conditions in Turkey.

According to Born Free, Tom and Misha were taken from the wild off the coast of Turkey and used to perform and provide ‘swim-with‘ opportunities for tourists. The conditions they were being kept in, consisting of a small dirty swimming pool, led to heavy campaigning by Born Free, a network of local activists and other organizations who were concerned about their welfare and believed they would die soon without intervention.

In 2010, rescuers obtained custody of Tom and Misha and the two were promptly moved to a sea pen in southwest Turkey where efforts to return them home began as part of the Back to the Blue project, which was conducted jointly with the Turkish organization Underwater Research Society.

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The report describes how they were returned to top physical condition, trained to hunt for themselves and encouraged to spend more time underwater on their own instead of relying on their human caretakers over a period of 20 months before they were finally set free.

“In captivity, we train the animals not to think on their own, to shut down their brains and do what we ask them to do. What we are trying to do when we release them into the wild is get them off autopilot and thinking again. If they can make it alive through a six-month period, then we know they have been successfully reintroduced. Within six hours of release, they were eating wild fish and swimming with another dolphin. It was fabulous,” said Jeff Foster, a marine mammal expert who led the rehabilitation team.

Born Free describes their final moments:

After about 20 minutes the team gave Tom the hand signal to swim through the gate and Tom slowly responded, swimming through the gate to freedom. Within seconds of Tom swimming through Misha joined him and hurriedly swam through the opening.  They quickly rounded the corner of the small bay and raced excitedly around the area and out to sea.

Born Free believes this is the most comprehensively documented dolphin rehabilitation and release program that has been completed yet and hopes it will be used not only to set a new precedent for what’s possible, but also to raise awareness about the harm that continues to be caused by our desire to swim with dolphins and see them in tanks.

Rescuers note that while each individual is different, and not all may be good candidates for release, the efforts here add more scientific proof that this can be successfully done, despite arguments otherwise from the captivity industry.

“The rescue of Tom and Misha has made history. We now have the hard evidence that it is possible for these animals to be successfully and humanely returned to the wild. That is a dangerous concept for a multimillion dollar captive industry that profits from their very confinement, posing new ethical and moral challenges for the future of an outdated industry,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and Born Free Foundation.

Tom and Misha’s story is thrilling, but they aren’t the only cetaceans who have been successfully released. More well-known cases involving orcas Springer (who was rescued, released and recently spotted with a calf of her own) and Keiko continue to show us we can do the right thing for these cetaceans and that if we choose to, they can thrive. All of these efforts also add fuel to calls to do the same for LolitaMorgan and hundreds of others being kept in captivity, who should be returned to the ocean where they belong.

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