Saturday, October 31, 2015

Blood Lions, South Africa
Forwarded letter via Chantal
To :
Minister of Tourism:
Hanekom, Derek Andre 
Cape Town
Tel :021 469 5027
Fax: 021 465 0542
Tel:  042 230 0454
Fax: 042 230 0454,
Deputy Minister of Tourism:
Tokozile Xasa
Cape Town
Tel :021 462 1777
Fax: 021 465 2664,
Head of Ministry/Chief of Staff:
Ms Nurunessa Moolla
Telephone: +27 (0) 12 444 6769
Fax: +27 (0) 12 444 7027,
Cape Town:
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 465 7240
Fax: +27 (0) 21 465 3216,
Private Secretary to the Minister of Tourism:
Ms Melanie Titus
Telephone: +27 (0) 12 444 6775
Fax: +27 (0) 12 444 7027
Cape Town:
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 465 7240
Fax: +27 (0) 21 465 3216,
Media Liaison Officer to the Minister of Tourism:
Mr Praveen Naidoo
Telephone: +27 (0) 12 444 6772​
Cell: +27 (0) 81 475 1056,
Parliamentary Liaison Officer: Cape Town:
Shama Nathoo
Telephone: +27 (0) 12 444 6780
Cape Town:
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 469 5809
Fax: +27 (0) 21 465 3216 ,
Office of the Deputy Minister
Director: Office of the Deputy Minister:
Nonzwakazi Sifanele
Telephone: +27 (0) 12 444 6757
Fax: +27 (0) 12 444 7027,
PA to Deputy Minister:
Nandiswa Adonis​
Telephone: +27 (0) 12 444 6758
Fax: +27 (0) 12 444 7027​/8
Minister, Sir, Madam, to whom it concerns:
I am very concerned and shocked about the Canned Lion, Cheetah and Tiger Industry, raising concerns about visiting SA and inadvertently supporting a Breeding Farm that supplies Hunting Outfitters.
Currently, almost 8 000 predators are being held in cages or confined areas, and none of this has anything to do with conservation. If we don’t act now, that number could well be over 12 000 within the next few years.
This industry is unregulated, uncontrolled and is responsible for untold cruelty. It is a tragedy that our wild animals are reduced to profit making machines.
South Africa’s failure to address the canned hunting industry has emboldened those who make a living out of the death of lions bred, raised and slaughtered on a ‘no kill, no fee’ basis.
Canned lion ‘hunting’ is nothing less than a bargain basement opportunity for foreign hunters to engage in one of South Africa’s most sordid practices. Hunting of captive bred lions entirely dependent on human fingerprints from cub to trophy.
Breeding magnificent wild creatures like lions in camps so that they can be slaughtered for ego and money is pseudo-hunting, a complete sham and does not even qualify as hunting on a sustainable use basis.  It is immoral, unethical and against all animal welfare concerns. unconscionable and should be outlawed. 
Wildlife conservation has to evolve into practices that are ethical, humanitarian and sustainable.
This will not be achieved if there is not real and fair community involvement which has not been part of the hunting fraternity’s evolution.
Lions have the right to live in the wild and to continue playing their unique role within the ecological communities of Africa. 
The continued existence of the canned hunting industry is a moral outrage that diminishes us all. 
The canned hunting industry delivers compromised animal welfare and zero education. It undermines conservation and creates a moral vacuum now inhabited by the greed and grotesque self-importance of those who derive pleasure in the taking of life.
With the constant pressure on wildlife, every effort must be made to keep our last vestiges of natural fauna and flora protected.   
Canned hunting of any kind, along with the related consequences, must be condemned by humanity as not only a travesty of nature but also as an utterly inhumane practise!


Here Are The Faces Of Baby Lions Bred Just To Be Shot

Blood Lions threatens to bring down lion breeding industry

Petitions and More, October 31 Scroll down for the petition please, US-info Tell ODFW: Science, not politics, should guide wolf protection in Oregon  After signing (ingresa), click on inicio, to scroll down for other petitions Once more. Yerkes National Primate Research Center Urgent measures are needed to restore/apply the law in the dogpound of Moinesti, Bacau, Romania; the conditions are unacceptable and contrary to law no. 258/2013 ! Scroll down for English text Russia. Moscow. Finally stop the lawlessness, the inhumane treatment of animals in the municipal dogpound , the embezzlement of money by the monopoly Contractors Bano IVF; apply Article 245 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation! Russia. Stop the killing of animals for their fur use and the production of fur products Justice! ricardo manzo and lucesoli soledad, neighbors Guaymallén, Argentina, Mendoza, who set a quiet dog afire, prosecute and imprison these dangerous criminal psychopaths! Argentina. Effective penalty for Ricardo Manzo for setting fire to a stray dog in Mendoza Russia. We, the volunteers of the shelter at Solikamsk, 271 require the dismissal from office of a veterinarian ISU, "ASG, to regulate the number of stray dogs and cats," Sonnenberg FF, who commits criminal acts Finance a Clinomobil for animals on Tenerife for free sterilizations and castrations Argentina. Isla del Cerrito. Implementation of a program to control stray dogs, to sterilize them Russia. Close the petting Zoo in the shopping center, Twin Plaza, Moscow   Provide sufficient food and care for Kiri and Seila, and all other animals Protect Threatened Birds in New Mexico's Pristine Gila River Area
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Kerala, India, October 2015  Once more, it hasn’t stopped after so many petitions and letters
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Subject: Kerala, October 2015

Mr. President Pranab Mukherjee,
Honorable Ministers,
Honorable Governors,
Mr. / Mrs.

We bring to your attention the following report :

1. Shri.K.P.Mohanan (Animal Husbandry Minister) | Mob : 9496255500, 9447203535
2. Shri. Subrata Biswas, Principal Secretary - Animal Husbandary & Agriculture :Mob: 9446581100
3. Shri. Dr. S. Chandrankutty; Director (in charge) Mob : 9447504147
To the Health Dept - regarding Garbage Management and also implementing ABC & ARV as a part of Public health and Safety.

1. Shri. V.S. Sivakumar; Minister for Health, Family Welfare and Devaswom Mob : 9496266600
2. Dr. K. Ellangovan Secretary, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Mob : 9495511200
3. Dr. P.K. Jameela Director of Health Services; Ph-0471-2302490
Cc : 1) Mr. Shubhankar Chowdhury, Sr. Correspondent, The Telegraph 2) Mr. Amartya Mukhopadhyay, Sr. Correspondent, The Times of India 3) Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Hon'ble Union Minister & Chairperson of People for Animals (PFA)
This is in regards to the recent observation by the Law Secretary of Kerala concerning dog culling and that there are not legal hurdles regarding the killing of strays in Kerala.

At the outset, it may be pointed out that the killing of stray animals without just cause is prohibited by the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. Some other points may be worth noting.
The judgment of 2006 by Hon. Justices Bali & Koshy cited by the Law Secretary has a lacuna in that it refers to a situation where Animal Birth Control has failed. However, in the current case there has been no sustained ABC program at all in the state, thus rendering the point moot; the reference is therefore invalid.

Previously, other cities have attempted to wipe out stray dogs thus creating space for other disease carrying animals. Surat is a case in point where plague was spread by rats due to the misguided efforts of the local corporation who had little understanding of urban ecology.

ABC - ARV is a scientific and proven method to contain and resolve this issue.

This problem is further compounded in Kerala by the fact that there is no proper garbage disposal either.

The war-cry of rabies is again unjustified. Studies show that dog bites are most often caused by domesticated dogs and not stray animals. The ill treatment of constrained animals, deprived of proper care, freedom and an exercise of their fundamental rights and instincts causes them to suffer mentally which in turn leads to aggressive behavior. This point must also be addressed forcefully.

It is imperative that given greater awareness about the role of all animals in the ecosystem, with species being declared extinct every say, we must foster greater understanding and empathy towards all animals that share this planet with us. Retrograde policies and decisions taken without fully understanding the legal, ecological and moral implications will have extremely dangerous implications for public health.

So it is our humble submission to your kind self, to take steps to bring all stake holders (Residents Organizations, Animal Welfare orgs, Local Bodies, Animal Husbandry Dept, Public Health Dept etc) to the table to draw up a plan for the long term sustained implementation of ABC - ARV in the state and to not implement the culling of dogs in the state.…/3729-stop-brutal-slaughter-of-dog…

Stop it now please
Kindest regards.

foto van Sudeshna Ghosh.

Urgent! Stop the planned trapping of the Bluestem Wolves!

Send your message now please, very urgent, planned for Nov. 1!

To : ,,

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Regional Director
Dr. Benjamin Tuggle

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator
Sherry Barrett
Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator: 505-346-2525
Main Office: 505-248-6920

Sir, madam, to whom it concerns:

Again, I'm very outraged to read that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) quietly issued a decision last month to trap wolves from the Bluestem Pack in Arizona if its members depredate on livestock by November 1st.

With only 110 in the wild, every wild Mexican wolf is important, yet USFWS continues to treat these wolves as expendable.  If the USFWS is truly concerned about the growth of the population and its genetic health why do you continue to trap wolves ?!

1) Instead of scapegoating and removing rare wolves for livestock losses, the government should release more wolves into the wild and work with livestock owners to implement the full range of available, proven-effective prevention measures.

In this case, the affected grazing permittee indicated a willingness to move his cattle away from the wolves over a month ago if he could get the necessary assistance to do so. As it is, the grazing season in this area ends November 1st and helping to move these cattle a few days early would likely cost USFWS far less than trapping these endangered wolves. And it would avoid the risk of wolves being injured or killed, which is invaluable.

The decision to leave the Bluestem wolves in the wild is the right one, and it should not be conditional. The government should not target critically endangered wolves for death or permanent removal.
The Bluestem pack has pups born this summer. Removing wolves will disrupt this family and will place all of its members  nearby at risk, since capture carries a high risk of accidental death or injury. And it perpetuates a failed policy of scapegoating wolves who occasionally prey on livestock.
2)Trapping critically endangered animals over livestock depredations is unacceptable.
Livestock businesses on public lands are reimbursed for losses and can receive government and non-profit assistance for non-lethal measures to avoid depredation. They have a responsibility to do so

So Moving Mexican gray wolves closer to extinction is not the solution to livestock conflicts.
Regardless of the species involved in these types of contest USFWS is overlooking the inherent value of the wild animals they’re so determined to destroy. It’s been well established that coyotes and wolves play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems as apex predators.  If USFWS is really interested in working towards balancing wildlife or protecting livestock, then this contest and the mass killing that will ensue would not be taking place.

While many supporters continue to argue that these contests are a reasonable method for controlling predator populations and protecting livestock, scientists counter that they do more harm than good and can, ironically, lead to more livestock predation.

Their findings suggest that ‘trophic downgrading’ — the ecological consequences of losing large apex consumers from nature — causes extensive cascading effects in ecosystems worldwide, especially when exacerbated by factors such as land use practices, climate changes, habitat loss, and pollution,” according to a statement from the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, which provided major funding for the study, along with Pew Charitable Trust.
Some of the additional consequences noted were changes in vegetation, water quality, the frequency of wildfires, invasive species and the spread of infectious diseases. The review cited examples from the vegetation recovery after wolves were reintroduced at Yellowstone to the increase in intestinal parasites spread from baboons to each other and humans as a result of the loss of lions and leopards in Africa.

“By looking at ecosystems primarily from the bottom up, scientists and resource managers have been focusing on only half of a very complex equation,” said lead author Dr. James A. Estes, professor of ecology and evolution at the University of California at Santa Cruz. “These findings demonstrate that top consumers in the food web are enormous influencers of the structure, function, and biodiversity of most natural ecosystems.”

Hopefully the people that support this type of massacre will one day realize that they are part of a world where all species, even dreaded predators, have a role to play so that all life can continue. Hopefully they will recognize the importance of fostering compassion toward all life around us.


Here are some facts about Mexican gray wolves and livestock:There are only about 110 Mexican gray wolves in the wild in the Southwest and they are listed for protection as an Endangered Species.

There are millions of domestic livestock in the Southwest, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.  From 1998-2014, only 266 livestock deaths and 51 livestock injuries in the Southwest were attributed to wolves.

In Arizona, wolves are responsible for less than one percent of livestock losses; in New Mexico, wolves are responsible for less than one half of one percent of livestock losses.

To minimize the costs to individual livestock owners of losing livestock to wolves, multiple compensation programs are in place, as well as help to implement coexistence measures that significantly reduce the likelihood of depredations occurring in the first place.

In spite of repeated warnings from scientists that the wild population desperately needs genetic rescue to combat inbreeding that threatens the wolves’ future, USFWS only released 4 new Mexican gray wolves into the wild from 2007-2014.
During the same period, USFWS killed or removed 5 wolves from the wild over livestock conflicts, including a mother wolf who had young pups at the time she was trapped.

Black Wolf:

Petitions and More, October 30

BLM Illegally Sells Protected Wild Horses for Slaughter: Hold Them Accountable Today! Obama Administration Revokes Drilling Leases, Now Let's Protect the Gulf and the Atlantic Once more. UK-info. Ask your MP to sign EDM 153, Mandatory Installation of CCTV in Slaughterhouses! Final closure of the slaughterhouse in France, and prosecution of those responsible! More attention needed, confirm please An appeal to the Government of Sri Lanka to pass the Animal Welfare Bill! Ivory trade. Re-write the future of Elephants Global pledge for Wildlife  After signing (ingresa), click on inicio, to scroll down for other petitions Commissioner Cañete, Europe,  engage in concrete animal product reduction targets! Confirm please France. We demand the creation of a parliamentary commission of inquiry on slaughter methods for meat animals! Russia. Moscow. We demand to stop the chaos/inhumane treatments in shelters managed by the contractor - Bano EKO Peru. Chalhuani, Abancay, Apurimac region, this village has a long history of cruelty to animals. Every year, during a religious celebration dedicated to the Virgin Mary and called Virgen de la Asuncion, people tie a dog to a bull during the local bullfight! Spain. Gov. of La Rioja. We demand a dignified life for the chained Dogs at the Caserio furniture factory in Recajo Italy,  Mayor and City Council of Monreale, Sicily, the scandal of letting dogs starve to death, resign! Each year thousands of bulls are cruelly mistreated in various rodeos throughout Chile, end the rodeo’s in Chile! Malta. Provide water and shade for the thirsty horses Animal welfare is not just a word for TASSO but is a socio-political responsibility, revise the registration guidelines Government, Instigate One Kilometre Exclusion Zones Around all Leadbeater's Possum Colonies Government, Stop a Residential Development that Will Destroy Vital Habitat of the Powerful Owl and Gang-Gang Cockatoo President Obama: Reject Keystone XL before the Paris climate conference Government, Protect Seagrass Meadows to Help Preserve Sea-Life and Mitigate Climate Change
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