The Greed and Agony Behind the Curtains of the Chinese Circus

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Target: Chinese legislators

Goal: To prohibit the use of animals in China’s circuses.

In China, much like in other parts of the world, circus animals are treated cruelly in a life of captivity. These animals such as monkeys, lions, tigers, and bears are wild and deserve to live in their natural habitat. They are kept behind bars and beaten mercilessly so that they will perform for the people who pay to see them. In many ways these spectators are also innocent victims of this industry because they are fooled into believing that the animals actually enjoy the tricks they perform. This could not be further from the reality of this grim situation.

Tigers teeth are ripped out and they are de-clawed so they cannot fight back as their trainers beat them into submission. Lions jump through hoops of fire because they know if they don’t they will be subjected to even more immense fear. The highly emotional elephants are prodded with bull hooks and electric shocks so they will continue to do the same mindless tricks day after day to be trapped in lonely concrete prison by night.

Perhaps if spectators knew the cruelty that exists behind the curtain of this callous industry they would decide not to support it. The fact that humans are amused by the exploitation of animals is so far removed from the natural world, it is disturbing that we have let it come to this. There is nothing educational about the circus, it teaches our children that this treatment of animals is okay harming future generations of animals and perpetuating these industries filled with so much greed. It is up to us to create a movement towards animal free circuses, there are many other forms of entertainment, there is absolutely no reason to support this industry.

The government of China must be persuaded to ban circuses that use wild animals. Over and over I find that it is the insatiable desire for profit that drives these industries to inflict suffering upon sentient, voiceless beings

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Wittmann woman accused of animal abuse

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A woman was arrested in Wittmann on suspicion of 14 counts of animal crueltyWednesday morning, officials said.

Charlene Scott, 56, was arrested in Wittmann on suspicion of 14 counts of animal cruelty. Officials went to her home after finding a 3- to 4-month old puppy in need of emergency medical treatment

The Animal Crimes Unit of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at the home of Charlene Scott, 56, after finding a 3- to 4-month old puppy in need of emergency medical treatment, according to Officer Christopher Hegstrom of the Sheriff’s Office.

In their search, deputies found one dead puppy and seized three adult female dogs, two adult male dogs and nine puppies, Hegstrom said.

He said the animals received medical attention after being taken from the home.

The Sheriff’s Office had been in contact with Scott about her animals since September, according to officials.

Police said she was negligent and that her animals had chronic tick infestations that caused hair loss and skin inflammation.

Scott had failed to treat her animals after police said they had given her recommendations over the past several months, according to Hegstrom.

Deputies said Scott showed an inability to properly care for her animals.

Wittmann is located about 35 miles northwest of Phoenix.
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Eight starving animals found among the rotting bodies of two others in ‘deplorable’ Miami ranch

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A 65-year-old Florida woman has been arrested after eight starving animals, a dead horse and a decaying cow, were found in her care.

Migdalia Ameller was arrested on Wednesday on charges of animal cruelty, confinement of animals, and illegal disposal of dead animal bodies, after an officer on a routine patrol spotted several emaciated horses outside her southwest Miami-Dade property.

Upon closer inspection, the policeman discovered the bodies of a decaying cow covered with blue tarp and a deceased horse surrounded by the eight neglected animals, with little food in sight.

Malnourished: A 65-year-old woman is facing charges in the case of eight emaciated animals found Sunday in Southwest Miami-Dade 

 Five horses, two cows, and an emu that appeared to be severely malnourished with bones protruding through their skin were seized by police and the South Florida SPCA.‘A check of the property revealed illegal structures, deplorable conditions, [and] decaying animals,’ the police report said.‘The horses were all emaciated with rib bones, spinal columns [and] hip bones all showing.’

The police officer found only three pounds of grain and no hay for the animals. ‘These animals have been deprived [of] proper grain [and] hay to sustain body condition,’ the affidavit said.

Close-up: Migdalia Ameller, 65, was arrested on Wednesday on charges of animal cruelty, confinement of animals and illegal disposal of dead animal bodies

Sick: The horses were all emaciated with their rib bones, spinal columns and hip bones showing 

Fed: The sick animals were taken to the South Florida SPCA's rescue centre, where they are still being nursed back to health 

History: The emaciated horses that were found in Southwest Miami-Dade on March 5th, 2012

‘The horses’ coats (fur) was falling out in chunks from lack of nutrition.’

Ameller was allowed to leave custody because she cares for her elderly mother on the condition that she promises to appear at a future court appearance.

The sick animals were taken to the South Florida SPCA’s rescue centre, where they are still being nursed back to health.

On Monday, a stray, injured and emaciated horse was also seized near Ameller’s property.

Both incidents occurred just blocks away from a March 4 rescue effort when 11 horses and a dog were impounded. On that occasion, an additional eight horses were found dead on the property in question.

The bones of a small horse were also found in a basin in February, and a horse’s head was found in a canal in December in the Miami-Dade area.
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Ban whips in horse racing

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“As a horse owner & lover for more than 40 years, I have seen the raised welts, left on horses by their frustrated mounts, so I would love to see a ban be enforced. Thoroughbred horses gallop flat out as it is, whipping them is not only counter productive, it is positively cruel!” 

Voice your concerns regarding the unacceptable use of whips in racing by sending a letter to the Australian Racing Board calling on them to introduce whip-free racing in Australia.

Study reveals unacceptable use of whips in racing

The use of whips as a performance aid is back in the spotlight following the release of a study which analysed race footage provided by the RSPCA and found evidence of the unacceptable use of whips and the inability of stewards to adequately police Australian whip rules.

Published in 2012 and conducted by veterinarian and Professor Paul McGreevy at the University of Sydney, the study reignites calls for the racing industry to review the use of whips in racing.

This study also builds on a previous study released in 2011 which found that whipping a horse does not increase the chance of a horse finishing first, second or third and that 98% of horses were being whipped without it influencing the race outcome.

The latest study revealed:

  • An unacceptable number of apparent breaches of whip rules
  • So-called padding of a whip is not effective in safeguarding horses from possible pain.

The results of this study do not offer any support for the retention of whipping in horse racing and are contrary to the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering to which the Australian Racing Board is a signatory. This International Agreement lists specific prohibitions for whip use, including using the whip on the flank. The results of the latest study indicate that Australian racing authorities are not meeting their obligations regarding this International Agreement.

Voice your concerns regarding the unacceptable use of whips in racing by sending a letter to the Australian Racing Board calling on them to introduce whip-free racing in Australia.


 Read more on the study Whip use by jockeys in a sample of Australian Thoroughbred races.


In March 2009 the Australian Racing Board  introduced new rules to reduce the number of times jockeys can whip their horses in a race. After outcry from jockeys, owners and breeders, these rules were wound back twice. Only forehand-style whipping is limited from the start of a race and jockeys can still use the whip at their discretion in the last 100 metres – that means within the rules horses could be struck up to 13 times in a row.

The RSPCA believes a top performance horse needs great genetics, great preparation and great horsemanship. Whipping does not come into it.

The RSPCA would like to see:

  • a commitment from jockeys to adhere to the rules
  • a commitment from the racing industry to encourage reduced reliance on whips
  • mandatory training programs in place for jockeys to help them adapt
  • a ‘hands and heels’ series introduced into Australia
  • an end of the use of whips as performance aids.

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Freedom! Switzerland Bans Dolphins in Captivity

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This barbaric act—forcing dolphins to perform tricks for food—will be outlawed in Switzerland, following the country's decision to ban dolphins in captivity. (Photo: Tambako the Jaguar / Flickr)

In a major victory for dolphins and dolphin advocates, Switzerland’s House of Representatives has voted to outlaw the keeping of dolphins in aquariums or for entertainment purposes.

The Swiss Senate also banned the importation of dolphins going forward, meaning that the three dolphins currently “living” in Connyland, the country’s only dolphinarium, will not be replaced when they die, reportsSwissInfo.

 “We’re very excited about it,” says Mark Palmer, in an exclusive interview with TakePart. He is the Associate Director of Earth Island Institute’sInternational Marine Mammal Project.

“The grassroots group Ocean Care deserves a great deal of credit for working on this for many years, working with Ric [O’Barry, of The Cove] in Switzerland. We also think that Ric’s appearance last year during the Bambi Awards, which aired in Germany and Switzerland, and in which he said, ‘Don’t buy a ticket to these shows’ played a big part.”

The ban comes in the wake of two dolphin deaths last year at Connyland, an amusement park in Lipperswill.

Autopsies conducted in mid-January revealed that eight-year-old Shadow and 30-year-old Chelmers died from brain damage after overdosing on antibiotics.

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Their deaths, which occurred days apart last fall, ignited international outrage after it was at first suspected that they were poisoned by hallucinogens thrown into their enclosure by ravers. Shortly before their deaths, a two-day techno party was held on the grounds of the amusement park.

Switzerland joins Norway, Luxembourg, Slovenia, and Cyprus as countries that ban dolphins in captivity.

In the boundless waters of the open ocean, a free, wild dolphin can live up to 50 years. A caged dolphin, on the other hand, circles its tiny tank without purpose—often to the point of depression and suicide. Even in the largest aquarium facilities, captive dolphins have access to less than 1/10,000 of 1 percent (0.000001) of the swimming area available to them in their natural environment. Compare this to the fact that some wild dolphin pods can swim up to 100 miles a day hunting for food, and you’ll begin to grasp why holding one captive in a tank amounts to nothing more than the cruel deprivation of basic cetacean rights.

Twizzle’s story — from hell to heaven in one year

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In late 2008, Twizzle was one of 149 “meat” dogs en-route to the cruel live-animal markets of Guangzhou when the truck was stopped by Qi Ming, a Chengdu rescue group, which asked for Animals Asia‘s help.

On New Year’s Eve our vet team were confronted with a truck piled high with cages holding squashed and whimpering dogs inside. Despite their amazing efforts, we lost 102 dogs that were too sick or diseased to pull through.

Volunteer vet nurse Helena Malloy was one of the team helping, one of the dogs that caught her attention was “Mummy dog”. A sweet and gentle dog, it wasn’t long before she captured Helena’s heart. Now safe and happy in the UK, this is her story.

Please help us help more dogs like Twizzle and become a Champion for Change.

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Avaaz – Save the Rhinos – Please Sign Petition

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The rhino is being hunted into extinction and could disappear forever unless we act now. Shocking new statistics show 440 rhinos were brutally killed last year in South Africa alone — a massive increase on five years ago when just 13 had their horns hacked off.

Avaaz - Save the Rhinos!

European nations could lead the world to a new plan to save these amazing creatures but they need to hear from us first! Fueling this devastation is a huge spike in demand for rhino horns, used for bogus cancer cures, hangover remedies and good luck charms in China and Vietnam.

Protests from South Africa have so far been ignored by the authorities, but Europe has the power to change this by calling for a ban on all rhino trade — from anywhere, to anywhere — when countries meet at the next crucial international wildlife trade summit in July. The situation is so dire that the threat has even spread into British zoos who are on red-alert for rhino killing gangs!

Let’s raise a giant outcry and urge Europe to push for new protections to save rhinos from extinction. When we reach 100,000 signers, our call will be delivered in Brussels, the decision-making heart of Europe, with a crash of cardboard rhinos. Every 50,000 signatures will add a rhino to the crash — bringing the size of our movement right to the door of EU delegates as they decide their position. Sign the petition on the right then spread this campaign widely:

Please click this link to sign the petition via Avaaz – Save the Rhinos!.

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