Historic Day For The Animals And The Activism For Their Rights Worldwide

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

HISTORIC DAY FOR THE ANIMALS AND THE ACTIVISM FOR THEIR RIGHTS WORLDWIDE

This May 20, 2016 was an historic day for the animals and the activism for their rights worldwide.

THE ZOO OF PAYSANDÚ, IN THE CAPITAL OF PAYSANDÚ DEPARTMENT IN WESTERN URUGUAY, WAS CLOSED DOWN FOR GOOD.

The commemorative plaque, made with the cage’s door of the late zoo, says:

The Zoo of Paysandú was located in this site until May 20, 2016, date in that it has been transformed into the Botanical Garden “Paris London”.

plaque

Uruguayan children from public schools release doves who were also prisoners of the late zoo.doves
THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO ALL THE ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISM.

 

 

 

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Please Sign Petition: Save the Sick, Confined Elephant, Kaavan & Place in Reputable Sanctuary

Kaavan

Up Date 23 01 16

Thank you to mohammed manzar for taking the time to point out that the petition website link was not working. It is now functional so please sign if you have not previously been able to do so.Please let me know by sending a comment if the link does not continue to work. As Mohammed say’s something needs to be done to save this poor elephant so please take as much action as you can.

 

Please sign the following petition and share widely –  There is more action you can take further down, including details for you to send an email to Pakistani agencies urging them to release Kaavan to a sanctuary.

Please act today, every signature counts.

Petition

“A young elephant by the name of Kaavan was literally taken away from its mother in Sri Lanka back in 1985 and taken to the Pakistan Islamabad Zoo. Ever since that time this baby lived in a concrete enclosure with all four legs chained, allowing for very little movement. This has been Kaavan’s entire life. Red full story at http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/free-kaavan-the-sick-zoo-elephant/

Kaavan can do nothing more than bob his head side to side, a behavior typical of despair and depression. Because of the chains, he also suffers with several deep gashes and signs of gangrene on his lower legs. If this poor animal is not removed from this atmosphere and helped, he will not have a very long life. Living at this zoo has robbed Kaavan of the many benefits of an animal living free in the wild, like love, friendship, comfort and freedom.

Join us in our efforts to save Kaavan from this horrific zoo so that we can get him all the medical care and attention he needs and the prospect of a better life possibly in a reputable sanctuary.”

Read more and please sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/537/803/089/save-the-sick-confined-elephant-kaavan-place-in-reputable-sanctuary/?z00m=27178187

More Action

To help even further, send an email to these Pakistani agencies urging them to release him to a sanctuary:

CDA email: chairman@cda.gov.pk

Prime Minister’s office: betterpakistan@gmail.com

Pakistan Embassy: info@embassyofpakistanusa.org

Do read carefully the link included in the petition overview. The circumstances of this poor elephant are truly heart breaking. It saddens me more than I can ever really say. How can people treat an intelligent sentient creature in such an appalling way.

Please take as much action as you can to bring an end to the suffering of this poor animal, Kaavan needs to be removed from the zoo and taken to a caring sanctuary and receive the medical help he needs.

 

The Happy Kingdom of Denmark and the Unhappy Republic of Uruguay

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

THE HAPPY KINGDOM OF DENMARK AND THE UNHAPPY REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY

DENMARK (THE KINGDOM OF DENMARK) brags about being a country with high standard of living and ranking highly in education, health care, and human rights. Even though its weather can be dreary and most of days are dark in winter, the Danish people don’t give up and consider themselves to be one of the world’s happiest (according to the United Nation’s World Happiness Report, Denmark came in third in the 2015 following closely behind Switzerland and Iceland). Many of these happy Danish people are even happier when they go to the Danish zoos to watch public dissections of animals, because the happy Danish zoos will slaughter their animals if they became “surplus” and, also, they will dissect them in public for the sake of education of the happy Danish adults and children, they will claim―and in order to defy animal rights activists, they won’t ever claim. What a happy country!

On the contrary, URUGUAY (EASTERN REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY) is not a happy country (came 32 in the United Nation’s World Happiness Report 2015) in spite of being regarded as one of the most liberal nations and socially developed in the world. As in Denmark, the Uruguayan education system provides free of charge access to public primary school, secondary school and higher education, and has a universal health care system financed through taxes. Same-sex marriage and abortion are, as in Denmark, also legal in Uruguay. While BESTIALITY was legal in Denmark up until recently (in Denmark, sex with an animal had previously been allowed as long as the animal wasn’t harmed, which was hard to prove), it never was in Uruguay. Even The Economist named Uruguay “country of the year” in 2013 due to its worldwide innovative policy of legalizing the production, sale and consumption of cannabis.

As opposed to the happy Danish people, many of the unhappy Uruguayan people are even unhappier when they visit the Uruguayan zoos. Therefore, since some years ago, the unhappy Uruguayan zoos are getting rid of their exotic animals. Will they slaughter their “surplus” animals as the happy Danish zoos do every year? No, they are sending them to the American THE WILD ANIMAL SANCTUARY. The Uruguayan animal rights association ANIMALES SIN HOGAR, with the support of the The Wild Animal Sanctuary, has already sent two lionesses and one lion to the sanctuary. One bear, one lion and two tigers will also be sent in next months. “Why are these South American savages sending those great animals to a sanctuary instead of killing them and then doing a beautiful dissection?,” the happy Danish people ask. What an unhappy country!

URUGUAYAN PEOPLE SAY GOODBYE AND CLAP TO ONE LION AND TWO LIONESSES GOING TO THE AMERICAN SANCTUARY (THE HAPPY DANISH PEOPLE CLAP WHEN THEY SEE ANIMALS BEING DISSECTED)

LIONESS LUNA FROM AN URUGUAYAN ZOO TO THE AMERICAN SANCTUARY

LION SOL FROM AN URUGUAYAN ZOO TO THE AMERICAN SANCTUARY

LIONESS JULIETA FROM AN URUGUAYAN ZOO TO THE AMERICAN SANCTUARY

LION IN URUGUAYAN ZOO TO BE SENT TO THE AMERICAN SANCTUARY

ANIMALES SIN HOGAR WEBSITE
http://www.animalessinhogar.com.uy/

THE WILD ANIMAL SANCTUARY WEBSITE
http://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/

CHILDREN GASP IN SHOCK (AND HOLD THEIR NOSES!) AS LION’S INTESTINES ARE REMOVED DURING CONTROVERSIAL PUBLIC DISSECTION AT DANISH ZOO
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3273839/Is-public-dissection-lion-Danish-zoo-gruesome-educational-Decide-live-feed-event.html

ZOO’S PUBLIC DISSECTION OF LION MAKES DENMARK AGAIN A TARGET OF OUTRAGE
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/16/world/europe/denmark-lion-zoo-dissection.html?_r=0

 

 

Help Save an Elephant From Loneliness by Signing a Petition

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel


Lonely-Elephant

MALI HAS NOT FELT GRASS UNDER HER FEET OR HAD CONTACT WITH ANOTHER ­ELEPHANT FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS.

You can help Mali by signing the petition for her release at freemali.com.

This is Mali’s life

The world’s loneliest elephant has been kept all alone in a concrete ‘jungle’ since 1977

All by herself and hemmed in by bleak walls, the world’s ­loneliest elephant is a pitiful sight.

Mali has not felt grass under her feet or had contact with another ­elephant for nearly 40 years. The trees around her walls are out of reach.

She was snatched away from her ­mother in Sri Lanka aged three and sent to the Philippines as a gift to then ­president Ferdinand Marcos in 1977.

Now 40 years old, Mali spends most of her waking hours leaning against the concrete walls in an attempt to ease her excruciatingly painful foot problems.

Her only respite from the monotony of her confinement is picking up peanuts thrown into her small enclosure by visitors.

Campaigners say her stark surroundings in Manila Zoo have left her chronically ­depressed and suffering from a host of potentially ­life-threatening ailments.

A Brit-run elephant sanctuary in Thailand has offered Mali a home and the funding to transport her there, but Filipino officials have refused to let her go.

Read More:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/worlds-loneliest-elephant-been-kept-4998133#ICID=sharebar_facebook

You can help Mali by signing the petition for her release at freemali.com.

http://www.freemali.com/

Please Help Send Lonely Bear to a Sanctuary

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist Luis Leonel

Eva, a 17-year-old bear, is condemned to suffer a cruel and slow death in a prison of the Uruguayan zoo of Salto, in Salto city.

54bafa524f4fdTHEY WARN THAT THE ANIMAL IS SAD AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS MOTHER

Call Liberty for Eva bear Zoo Salto

A group of Salta citizens, supported by people from different parts of the country fighting for the same cause, has started a movement that aims to relieve a local municipal zoo bear living alone after the death of his mother.

Eva, as she is called, was born in captivity 17 years ago and lately she looks very sad and deteriorated …

Spends most of the day resting his head against a fence no matter what happens around him..

Read More:
The above is a Google translation from the following:
http://www.elpais.com.uy/informacion/piden-libertad-osa-eva-zoologico.html  In Spanish, but can be translated if you use Google or other translator.

The translation is not too good, basically this poor bear is all lone after his mother died, he is depressed and lonely and needs to be with other bears in a sanctuary.

Please write to Salto’s mayor, German Coutinho, and ask him to be compassionate with Eva by sending her to a sanctuary.

German Coutinho’s contact details:

Postal Address:

Uruguay 202,
Salto,
Uruguay

Phone: (++ 598) 4732 9898 int 107 y 167

Fax: (++ 598) 4733 2769

email:intendente@salto.gub.uy

http://www.presidencia.gub.uy/intendencias/intendentes/german-coutinho
Website:www.salto.gub.uy

German Coutinho’s Official Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/german.coutinho.7?fref=ts

German Coutinho’s Official Twitter page – Please send him a tweet.
https://twitter.com/germancoutinho

You may also wish to contact the zoo and ask them to please allow Eva to be moved to a sanctuary

Zoológico Municipal de Salt0

Address: Avenue Harriague, Salto,

Uruguay Phone:+598 4733 8677

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Help Stop the Killing of Zoo Animals For Meat

“Zoos are becoming facsimiles — or perhaps caricatures — of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all. ”
Michael Fox, Sierra, November-December 1990

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Can you imagine taking the kids for a trip to the zoo or wildlife park and afterwards eating some of the animals in the restaurant?

Just when you think you have heard it all concerning the appallingly shocking and callous treatment of the other animals with whom we share this world  you hear of yet more sickening and outrageous atrocities, which in this case are bizarre to the point of being unbelievable.

As incredible as this may seem if  you visit the Langenberg Wildlife Park zoo in Switzerland you are likely to find their “surplus animals” on the Menu! You can find boar sausages, venison in cognac and wild deer carpaccio listed on the menu in their restaurant. Since 2012, 49 deer and 10 wild boar have been shot, killed and served in the restaurant.

That’s right you read it correctly: To deal with its “surplus” of animals, the Langenberg Wildlife Park zoo in Switzerland has been killing their animals and serving the meat in it’s own restaurant.

Langenberg Wildlife Park, a zoo in Langnau am Albis in Switzerland, has been selling meat from its own animals — from deer and boar — in its restaurant.

Every year, about 100 animals are born at the zoo. Due to what are said to be “space restrictions,” the zoo says it cannot keep all of them. If the zoo is unable to place the animals elsewhere, they are killed and served to diners in the zoo’s own restaurant.

Tell Langenberg Wildlife Park, stop serving “surplus” animals in its restaurant. The zoo must stop killing healthy animals and, if it has no use for them, find other places (a wildlife refuge, for instance) for them to live.

Please read more and sign the Petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/138/520/660/tell-swiss-zoo-to-stop-selling-meat-from-its-own-animals/?z00m=22214956

Bizarre in the extreme, indifferent, callous, insensitive…

Here are some of their even more bizarre justifications.

Zoo spokesperson Martin Kilchenmann says that
“recycling” zoo animals for human consumption is “very ecological” and shows visitors the “natural cycle.” 

Wow how cold-blooded can you get. This is just so disturbing, so inhumane, so callous. Doesn’t this person consider just how shocking that statement is! To use the word recycling when referring to a living being is as callous as it gets, it shows no respect for the lives of the animals or the fact that they are sentient creatures.

For a wildlife park that is dedicated to the preservation of animals to kill the animals in its care is shocking.

Here is what  Zoo spokesman Martin Kilchenmann said in the Daily mail  “It’s hard to sterilize deer and boars and the animals’ welfare is our most important goal. We don’t want to harm them.”

So shooting healthy animals is not harming them!  Surely he cannot imply that killing healthy animals comes under the category of animal welfare. Again yet another instance of helpless animals at the mercy of soulless individuals who have no respect for the right of these animals to live out their lives.

Here is a more rational perspective that most of us share:
It’s bizarre, the whole purpose of a wildlife park is to protect animals, not make them a food item.
Martyn Griffiths from European animal welfare group Eurogroup for Animals

We need to demand a better more ethical solution such as relocation to other wildlife parks or sanctuaries. Langenberg and similar places should consider the lifelong care of its animals and their off spring.

Please sign the petition, maybe if enough people do so we can convince these thoughtless people to have respect for their animals and to value their lives.

Want to do more

Please write a letter or e-mail

Address

Kontakt/Adresse
Stiftung Wildnispark Zürich
Alte Sihltalstrasse 38
8135 Sihlwald
+41 44 722 55 22
+41 44 722 55 23 (Fax)
info@wildnispark.ch
www.wildnispark.ch
http://www.wildnispark.ch/kontakt/kontakt/#sthash.FD8ruBzT.dpuf

Time to leave animals in their natural habitat where they belong. Conservation has only been necessary as a result of the activities of man who have endangered animals and until we do something to curb such activities no animal is safe from extinction. Zoos, wildlife parks, safari parks and other pretences at conservation give little consideration to the individual lives of animals. Recall the killing of Marius the baby giraffe at a zoo in Copenhagen yet another “surplus” animal killed despite numerous offers world-wide to rehome him. Also lions at Longleat Saffari park again killed because they were surplus or did fit in with the scheme of things at the park. And only recently the animals at Ohio zoo who were about to be euthanized again there were may offers to relocate. It sickens me that humans have the power over the life and death of over beings, sentient creatures who wish to live, who have the right to their lives as much as we do.What right have we to interfere, to use  and exploit animals.We like all of natures creations are just one species among many, we have no special remit or stewardship, no rights, no domain.
 “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
Thomas Edison

 

 

Help Elephants Bamboo and Chai to relocate to a Sanctuary

watoto

Please help Bamboo and Chai –  two elephants who are presently confined in Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle   –  by writing to Mayor Ed Murray urging him to retire them to a sanctuary.

Watoto, the sole African elephant at Woodland Zoo Park in Seattle, was sadly euthanized on August 22nd. She collapsed sometime during the night and just lay there unattended and unaided without medical attention because the zoo doesn’t have staff overnight to monitor their animals. When the zoo keepers arrived in the morning they were unable to lift Watoto with straps and heavy equipment so they euthanized her at just 45 years of age. The poor creature who knows how long she had lain on the floor, shocking, just shocking. there is no excuse. No animal belongs in a zoo. An elephant in the wild may expect to live for sixty to seventy years, Watoto as a result of her confinement died a premature death in middle age. Similar early deaths are all to common place for elephants living in captivity in zoos.

There remain two other elephants at the zoo, Bamboo and Chai. We must not let the same thing happen to them.

Here is Chai pacing and swaying. This is how elephants behave when they are bored or stressed.

“Chai’s pacing is the mind’s way of coping with stress, trauma and boredom. Science and compassion obligate us to release the elephants to a sanctuary.”
http://www.freewpzelephants.com/

Help Bamboo and Chai to a better life, a more natural and enriched life that a sanctuary would provide. Please contact Mayor Ed Murray and the members of Seattle’s city council and urge them to retire Bamboo and Chai to a sanctuary now.

There are a number of actions you can take, please take as many as possible before 15th September

From In Defence Of Animals Action Center

Help Elephants Bamboo and Chai at the Woodland Park Zoo

You can use an online form from In Defence of Animals to contact Mayor Murray and take the other actions listed below by clicking the link which follows:

  1. Take action below using our online form to email the Seattle’s mayor and councilmembers to tell them that Bamboo and Chai deserve to be transferred to a sanctuary.
  2. Call Mayor Ed Murray and ask him to “Please Retire Bamboo and Chai to a Sanctuary” at 206-684-4000
    (When IDA called, the receptionist was very nice. She just asked what your message was and then said she would pass it on. Please call the Mayor’s Office and leave your message.)
  3. Post a polite message to Mayor Ed Murray’s Facebook page urging him to retire Bamboo and Chai to a sanctuary. https://www.facebook.com/MayorEdMurray
  4. If you live in the Seattle area, please attend the City Council Budget Meeting. We’re asking that the Woodland Park Zoo’s budget be cut by $1 million dollars annually, which is the approximate current amount for housing elephants at the zoo:What: Seattle City Council Budget Meeting
    When: September 15, 2014 at 10:30 am.
    Where: Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers. Floor 2, 600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA.Please RSVP (Melissa@idausa.org) for updates. Council meetings have been postponed or cancelled in the past.

Personalize and submit the form below to email your comments to:

  • Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle
  • Seattle City Council

Read more and sign the form, please personalise if you can but send as it is if for some reason this is not possible:
https://secure2.convio.net/ida/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2648

You could write and mail a letter to Mayor Ed Murry using the above form letter as a template or write your own – remember there is a deadline of September 15th so those not living in the USA might be better to e-mail, fax or telephone or leave a message on the mayors Facebook page.

Office of the Mayor Edward B  Murray:
600 Fourth Avenue PO Box 94749 Seattle, Washington 98124-4749
Tel (206) 684-4000
Fax: (206) 684-5360
Hearing Impaired use the Washington Relay Service (7-1-1)

E-mail: ed.murray@seattle.gov

You could also use this form to contact the mayor
http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/get-involved/contact-the-mayor

Official Seattle’s Mayor website:
www.seattle.gov/mayor

Official Mayor Ed Murray’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/MayorEdMurray

Send Mayor Murray a Tweet:
https://twitter.com/Mayor_Ed_Murray

More information and other actions you can take from PETA:

PETA is joining forces with other organizations to urge Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and other city officials to make the compassionate decision to send the remaining two elephants at Woodland Park Zoo to a sanctuary. We need our voices to be heard to ensure that the zoo cannot sentence more elephants to a lifetime of cruelty and captivity. Please write to the mayor and the members of the Seattle City Council and urge them to send the two remaining elephants at Woodland Park Zoo to a sanctuary.

Read more and take action:
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/captive-elephants-seattle-need-your-help/#ixzz3CpTBfTlv

Please take action before 15th September – please do the best you can even if it is only filling in your details and sending one or both of the form letters.

Why not write to the zoo.

http://www.zoo.org/  Their contact page is difficult to find but I managed to track it down:

http://www.zoo.org/page.aspx?pid=1988#.VA8RQvldWUQ

These tortuous conditions inflict serious physical and psychological damage on such smart and sensitive animals. Zoo elephants die young, often after becoming obese and infertile. They frequently develop psychological tics such as swaying and head bobbing. Citing ethical reasons, several large zoos in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and India have closed their elephant exhibits.

Scientific American

Read More About Bamboo and Chai at Woodland Park Zoo

WILL Seattle Mayor Ed Murray go down in history with a legacy of progressive change and lead the elephants of Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo to a vastly improved quality of life in a sanctuary?

After the tragic, sudden death of the elephant Watoto, Murray called the death “very sad news” and stated “I do believe that today’s news should reopen a dialogue in this city about the proper habitat for elephants.”

Read More:
http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2024455758_judynicastroopedzooelephants04xml.html

Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants
https://www.facebook.com/FreeEles