Serbia: News from Felix Shelter – Kasper Is Very Sick.

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Kasper’s ghostly appearance says it all.

His kidneys are barely working, his blood levels of creatinine and urea are six times higher than normal, his pace has become significantly slower and he eats almost nothing now.

Heartbreaking as it is, he probably doesn’t have much time left as his entire body seems to be shutting down. However, he still spends his days in the yard together with his long time kitty friends, he enjoys cuddling and soaking up the sun and he doesn’t show any signs of pain, so we’ll let him live out whatever time he has left the way he wants and let him leave us on his own terms.

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Lovely Kasper, who was saved from a shelter that burned to the ground in 2011 and has been through hell and back already is seriously ill. He’s had episodes of diarrhea every six months or so for years now and it was as though he had some gastrointestinal disorder, but when his stools have become loose and watery again, for the zillionth time, a UV scan was done and showed Kasper’s real problem is CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease).

His kidneys are failing and that’s why he’s had diarrhea on and off for ages. 
He’s currently being fed a specific veterinary therapeutic diet with a restricted protein and phosphate content designed to support kidney function and minimize the complications of CKD. We’ve ordered Ipakitine, a chitosan-based phosphate binder and uremic reducer from Hungary for him and Sneska, as we can’t find it here in Serbia. At this point, it’s impossible to tell how much time he has left, but we’ll do our best to improve the quality of his life and slow the progression of the disease.

Any help for this sweet kitty boy is more than welcome!



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Well, Hannah and Chantal have grown big and old enough to handle surgery, so both of them were spayed three days ago.

To our huge surprise, Chantal turned out to be a boy (who will most likely have his name changed to Chanty) as we’ve never even checked his gender – we were told he was a she and we accepted that statement at face value. However, he is definitely a boy and he was an abdominal cryptorchid; one of his testicles normally descended into scrotum, but it was almost totally stunted, while the other one was retained in the abdominal cavity and significantly bigger.

The result is that instead of a routine neuter surgery which would have lasted 15 minutes at most, the vet needed to make an incision along Chanty’s abdomen to remove the retained testicle and perform a surgical procedure which resembles a spay surgery for a female cat.

Both Hannah and Chanty were operated on under inhalation anesthesia and are now receiving antibiotics but they are recovering nicely and most importantly, they are not touching their wounds.

Please help us cover the costs of their surgeries with whatever you can spare. No amount is ever too small!

Please use the above ‘youcaring’ link to give any donation – thank you – SAV.

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Kenya Fires Tusks Of 6,700 Elephants – The Asian Want For Ivory.

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SAV Comment – 6,700 elephants die just because of the Chinese want for Ivory.  China – A pathetic animal abusing nation, who no doubt will not be happy until they have caused global elephant extinction.  Then what will they do ? – turn to other abuses no doubt.




Canada: Hunt Latest – Over 64,000 Harp Seal Pups Killed – Take Action – See Below.




May 6, 2016

Dear Mark,

The seal ‘hunt’ in Canada has taken the lives of over 64,244 harp seal pups.

This is the official figure from Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans, as of May 4th, and excludes seals who were wounded but got away, which officials refer to as “struck and lost.”

Sealers are supposed to kill seals only if they have buyers for their pelts (according to the government), and the two main processors, Carino and PhocaLux Int’l announced that they would purchase a combined total of about 60,000 pelts.

We are investigating whether all 60,000 pelts, plus those that have been stockpiled in past years, will be sold to fur coat manufacturers this year, or whether seals were killed this year in order to add their pelts to stockpiles. We will keep you updated on any information we are able to gather about this.

Please keep speaking out for the seals and please keep boycotting tourism to Canada, especially Atlantic Canada, and seafood from Canada.


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Russian Federation: Good News – Russia Leads The Way and Builds a Tunnel to Save Endangered Leopards andTigers.

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Russia Builds a Tunnel to Save Endangered Leopards, Tigers

The Narvinskii Pass tunnel allows the endangered big cats to avoid a deadly road as they move between Russia and China.

Richard Conniff is the author of House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth, and other books.


Maybe it’s a little perverse of me, but today I’m going to celebrate a piece of good news about leopards and tigers: Russia has just opened its first roadway improvement designed to protect big cats, on its Siberian border with China.

The Narvinskii Pass tunnel runs for about a third of a mile underneath a major migratory route for Amur leopards and tigers. They’re two of the most endangered big cats in the world, and just to give you a sense of the hazard they face from increased highway traffic in the region, check out this dash-cam video (skip to about 30 seconds in).

Until recently, there wasn’t all that much traffic from Vladivostok down to the border, and there was just a gravel road across the Narvinskii Pass. But over the past 15 years, according to Dale Miquelle, a tiger specialist in the region for the Wildlife Conservation Society, a major city has sprung up on the Chinese side of the border, and a busy four-lane highway now crosses through critical leopard and tiger habitat, with the usual highway barriers on the sides. Miquelle credited Sergey Ivanov, chief of staff to Russian President Vladimir Putin, with taking the initiative to protect the leopards.

So what’s so perverse about celebrating that? Well, pretty much all the recent news for tigers and leopards alike has looked grim. A few weeks ago, I reported that recent claims of a sharp increase in tiger numbers were just wishful thinking—and that tigers have lost 93 percent of their historic range, with a 40 percent decline just since 2010. This week Panthera, the cat conservation group, piled on with a study demonstrating that leopards have lost 75 percent of their historic range. Make that 95 percent in West Africa and up to 87 percent in Asia, where several leopard subspecies totter on the brink of extinction. The study recommends uplisting those subspecies to critically endangered and endangered status and also reclassifying the entire species as vulnerable—meaning in urgent need of conservation—on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The Amur leopard is considered critically endangered, and while estimates of the total population of the subspecies have more than doubled from just 30 or so individuals earlier in this decade, that’s misleading. As with those wishful tiger estimates, the increase doesn’t mean there are more big cats out there. Instead, it’s mainly a product of better methods of counting highly elusive animals. Back then, said Miquelle, researchers tried to estimate population based on tracks the leopards left in the snow. Camera traps dramatically improved those estimates, but only in the past couple of years have these cameras become available with the battery life and price to make them practical across the Amur leopard’s entire habitat.

Now Russian researchers believe about 50 of these leopards live on their side of the border, and their Chinese counterparts report somewhere between 33 and 42 leopards on their side. But the leopards go back and forth across the border, so researchers on both sides have recently agreed to share their data to produce a combined population estimate. For now, the best guess is that the total population is around 80 leopards.

The importance of the Narvinskii Pass to these travels came to light more than a decade ago. The Wildlife Conservation Society was funding research then by Linda Kerley and the late Mikhail Borisenko of the Zoological Society of London. They were “actually out trying to track and collect scat for DNA analysis and noticed animals moving repeatedly across this ridge,” said Miquelle. “It’s a really good example of how basic scientific research can help define necessary conservation actions. The work was being done for other purposes, but the tunnel was by far the most valuable outcome of that research.”

According to Miquelle, Ivanov heard about the pass and the threat from the proposed highway. He started to focus on the plight of Amur leopards at about the same time that Putin was adopting the Amur tiger as a favorite cause. Plenty of politicians talk, but Ivanov made things happen, designating Land of the Leopard National Park to protect 1,100 square miles of leopard and tiger habitat in the region in 2011. At the time, the possibility of a tunnel running under the park to separate the big cats from highway traffic was just a topic of discussion. Today it’s an accomplished fact, the price tag (not made public so far) be damned.

That’s an example Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi could take to heart—for instance, in the Western Ghats, prime tiger and leopard habitat where bumper-to-bumper car and truck traffic on winding mountain-pass roads interferes with animal movements around the clock.

The United States could also profit from Ivanov’s example. It might be tempting to mock Moscow’s political strongmen for the macho character of their interest in the natural world. But would it be so terrible if President Obama—or really, any American political leader of the past half-century—demonstrated that level of passionate and patriotic attention to our native species, starting with wolves and grizzly bears?