Sambo: exploited for 15 years and finally dies, while she hauls tourists through Angkor Wat!

For 15 years, the elephant cow Sambo worked as a tourist attraction in Cambodia, until she suddenly overturned and died last Friday. According to the attending veterinarian Sambo suffered a heart attack “due to high temperatures, exhaustion and lack of wind cooling”. This is reported by the Cambodian newspaper “Phnom Penh Post”. For 40 minutes the elephant cow apparently had to carry two tourists through the temple complex Angkor Wat that day – without interruptions and in the scorching heat of 40 degrees.

The load was apparently too much for Sambo, who is said to have been between 40 and 45 years old. On the way from one temple to another, she just collapsed, the report said.
Recordings posted on Facebook show the lifeless body of the elephant lady on the roadside. As media reports, several eyewitnesses are said to have cried when they saw the majestic animal in that condition.

Animal rights activists around the world are dismayed by Sambo’s circumstances. With a petition they want to bring about the end of elephant riding in the archeology park Siem Reap.

“A cruel tourist attraction that has been proven to harm elephants and harm the tourism industry in Cambodia should be stopped,” reads the online petition website.

Lifelong misery for animals

“Tourists may think that an elephant ride on holiday does not harm anyone, but atrocities are often hidden, but what you need to realize is that what is a unique experience for you or just an item on your must-do list, lifelong misery for a wild animal, “say the initiators. More than 48,000 people have already signed the petition.

Since 2001, the elephant cow Sambo was owned by the Angkor Elephant Company. The temples of Angkor Wat are among Cambodia’s most famous sights. Tourists like to visit the ancient plant on the back of elephants. Thirteen more elephants are said to be owned by the company tourists have to carry through the temple complex, as the “Phnom Penh Post” writes. Oan Kiri, the manager of the Angkor Elphant Company, told the newspaper that the company was very upset about the elephant’s death.

A few words to this case:

Did anyone believe that the elephant company is really upset about the death of Sambo?
Not me!
Unrestrained businessmen, who use animals as their servants to collect money, do not feel sadness for their slaves if they die.
Such people have no conscience and do not know compassion for animals.
They are looking now for new slaves, and maybe the next Sambo is already ordered.
And visitors who cry, when a tortured animal lying on the street like a filth, don`t need to cry, because crying does not help.
Protesting, fighting, screaming in front of the temple against slavery that never finds an earth … that’s what the visitors have to do.

Ad we all too, everywhere we encounter this slavery.


Morocco: Additional Petition Now Added For Moroccan Dogs – Please Ensure You Also Sign This.


Marisol has also put the Morocco petition onto the Care 2 site as another petition.

You can sign this new petition independently of the original, which is at


Original petition at Change – still ok to sign:


The new petition at Care2 – please sign also, thank you.





China: Bear Bile Farming To End In China By 2022 ?

Proposal introduced to end Bear Bile farming in China


From Animals Asia

At the National People’s Congress and the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference meetings in March 2018 (Beijing); a proposal was raised to end bear bile farming in China by 2022 similar to the proposal put forth in Vietnam last year.


7 steps were proposed, including:


  • Banning the breeding of black bears by 2022

  • Banning bear farming by 2022

  • Eliminating everything to do with the bear industry by 2035

  • Speeding up research and approval of synthetic bear bile products

  • Working with international conventions such as CITES to improve the protection level of the black bear.


It is significant that these proposals are being raised at high level gatherings in China.

The fact alone that the motion was allowed to be made public is very encouraging.


Paws crossed that this will progress into actual legislation now.


Russia: Stray Dogs and Football Just Dont Seem To Mix.

Stray dogs and football just don’t seem to get along.

Photo – Daily Mail (UK)


Please have a look at our recent post re stray dogs being killed in Morocco:


The reason for the shooting of the dogs is an upcoming visit from the FIFA, where the city should deliver a good picture. Namely, Morocco wants the 2026 World Cup to be held in the North African country.  Sadly, stray dogs are seen as a blight on the landscape – so Morocco wants to get rid of them – by shooting.


We have a petition link for Moroccan stray dogs – you can visit it here:


Unfortunately, Morocco is not the only place where stray dogs and the football elite seem to clash.   The World Cup is being held in Russia this year, 2018.


Russia is planning a mass slaughter of stray dogs ahead of the this year’s World Cup; despite assurances this will not happen, animal rights campaigners claim.

Some £1.4million has been assigned to host cities to pay for deployment of ‘canine KGB’ death squads, according to Ekaterina Dmitrieva, director of the City Animal Protection Foundation.

Animal campaigners are furious that FIFA is turning a blind eye to the ‘butchers’ and refusing to press the Russian government over the ‘scandal’.

Deputy premier Vitaly Mutko – Vladimir Putin’s ex-sports minister mired in controversy over the Russian doping scandal – recently ordered host cities to set up temporary animal shelters for the estimated two million strays in these locations.

But Dmitrieva insisted that that cash has been paid already to pay for armed teams – nicknamed ‘canine KGB hit squads’ – and poisons to wipe out homeless dogs and other animals.

Photo – Daily Mail (UK)


She said: ‘The tenders have been signed, the money is sent to contractors.’

Her demands to switch the cash to sterilising, immunising and caring for the animals has been met with silence, she said.


Is this not typical – Serbia being another – cash which could be spent on sterilising, immunising and caring for the strays in properly run shelters is again being used to simply kill animals.  Governments and authorities appear to miss the fact that you cannot eradicate every stray dog in an area – and those left the cull will reproduce and gradually bring stray numbers back up to what they were before – or even more.  This action by stray death squads does nothing to resolve the long term issue of strays in any location.  It is a simple ‘short term hopeful fix’ by the authorities.  We predict that many strays will be back on the streets within a very short time.  Cities and towns may look squeaky clean whilst those oh so well behaved football fans roam the streets; but shooting strays to clean up any town is a short fix which will not last.  It appears that the Russian authorities, just like the Serbian government; are too thick min the head to understand this.

But then maybe they want the corruption associated with a never ending supply of stray dogs to be killed.  Some people in high places are getting very rich out of a never ending supply of strays which they can kill and claim back money off the government for.  In Serbia for example, just one stray killed can get a government bounty payment of up to 500 Euros  paid directly to regional authorities from government funds.  And the average wage in Serbia ? – about 300 Euros per month.

Big money to be made by some from endless stray dog killing as we have always said.  But the EU, OIE and the rest of the big players just do not really want to listen to us or more importantly, do anything about this corruption that is ‘stray dog control’.

Further reading:


Open shelters ??