‘Joe Exotic’ Files For Bankruptcy Protection After Court Ruling

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“There are 2 news pieces in this post! Now, just about everybody knows Mr. Michael Sandlin, who owns & displays Tony ‘The truck stop tiger in Louisianan  Animal advocates, the ALDF & Mr Sandlin have been at the centre of a costly court case concerning Tony. Advocates say a truck stop is not a good place for a tiger to live, which I agree with! I have posted several videos of Tony, taken by my good friend Mary! But what does this have to do with Joe Exotic; who has just filed bankruptcy??

Well, Sandlin is a good friend of Joe Schreibvogel & last year, Sandlin was quoted as saying “if he was forced to move ‘Tony the truck stop tiger’ he would send him to G.W Exotics ( now called G.W. Zoo ) So I was wondering, if it actually came down to Mr Sandlin having to move Tony the tiger, would he still go to Joe Exotics?? I don’t know what the legal stance would be, moving yet another tiger into a zoo, with a lawsuit hanging over their head? G.W. Exotics were even asking for donations, to build Tony a suitable enclosure!! 

Just six weeks after a federal judge ordered him to pay a Florida animal sanctuary nearly $1 million to settle a lawsuit, a Wynnewood man who goes by the name Joe Exotic has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.

Joe Schreibvogel, who also goes by the names Aarron Alex and Cody Ryan, lists debts totaling $1.2 million, most of which are traceable to the judgment handed down in February by a judge in Florida.

Schreibvogel, who operated what is now the G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood from the late 1990s until February, in court records lists assets of $127,739. Roughly half of that total is in the form of vehicles used to run the animal park.

Schreibvogel lists 43 tigers and five black bears as personal property. Records show the carnivores are worth an “unknown” sum of money.

Schreibvogel also owes more than $30,000 to attorneys who worked on the trademark infringement case, records show.

An affidavit signed by Schreibvogel and filed in federal court states he “became unemployed on Feb. 26, 2013, and I am not receiving any monthly income.”

During a recent interview with The Oklahoman, Schreibvogel said he would file for bankruptcy protection because he didn’t have the roughly $1 million the judge in Florida ordered him to pay the owners of Big Cat Rescue.

Schreibvogel and Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin have been publicly feuding for years over their philosophical differences on the exotic pet trade.

The suit involved Schreibvogel’s use of logos and images that were similar to those created and owned by the Florida animal park.

In the suit, attorneys for Big Cat Rescue alleged Schreibvogel and his associates launched a “counter-campaign of disinformation, misinformation and disparagement” aimed at damaging the credibility of the Florida organization.

The sanctuary’s lawyers claimed Schreibvogel used a logo and other artistic elements “confusingly similar” to materials trademarked by Big Cat Rescue.

Schreibvogel admits he did model a logo for Big Cat Rescue Entertainment — one of the many businesses he’s formed over the years — after the Florida sanctuary’s design, but said he didn’t realize it was wrong to do so.

“We thought we were in the clear,” he said. “We thought they only owned ‘Big Cat Rescue’ with a cat jumping over it.”

Schreibvogel, known for performing magic shows and bringing tiger cubs to shopping malls for paid photographs with the public, said a new company is running the G.W. Zoo. He said he will continue to house his animals at the facility, just off Interstate 35 in Wynnewood.

“They’re my animals … I’m still licensed to exhibit,” he said. “By law, I do not have to be a (business) to exhibit.”

Latest update:-http://newsok.com/article/3779178

WYNNEWOOD, Okla., April 3 (UPI) — An Oklahoma man who goes by the name “Joe Schreibvogel or Joe Exotic” filed for bankruptcy after being ordered to pay nearly $1 million to settle a trademark infringement lawsuit.

Joe Schreibvogel also known as Joe Exotic of Wynnewood said he has debts amounting to $1.2 million, most of which are attributable to a judgment filed against him in February by a federal judge in Florida, The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman reported Wednesday.

He also owes in excess of $30,000 in attorney’s fees for the trademark case.

From the late 1990s until February, Schreibvogel operated what is now the G.W. Zoo in WynnewoodThe Oklahoman reported. He listed assets valued at vehicles and other assets of $127,739, plus 43 tigers and five black bears as personal property, which are worth an “unknown” amount, the newspaper said.

The trademark infringement case stems for a feud between Schreibvogel and Big Cat Rescue founder Carole Baskin in Florida. The case involved Schreibvogel’s use of images and logos similar to those designed and owned by Big Cat Rescue.

Schreibvogel said he modeled a logo for one of his businesses, Big Cat Rescue Entertainment, after the Florida business’ logo, but said he didn’t realize he did not have the right to do so.

News Linkhttp://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/04/03/Trademark-infringement-case-bankrupts-man/UPI-16251365025565/#ixzz2PS9WFnTi

Tony the Tiger Contracted to Move to G.W. Exotic Animal Park:-http://world.einnews.com/247pr/250750

Just a reminder to continue to share Tony’s change.org petition which is nearing 25,000:-http://www.change.org/petitions/ldwf-ensure-tony-the-tiger-is-released-to-a-reputable-sanctuary

Behind The Scenes At The SPCA: Investigating Animal Cruelty

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George Bengal of the Pennsylvania SPCA is like the Ed McMahon of animal rescues. There’s just one difference: When he comes to your door, he’s not bringing an oversized check and balloons.

“I’ve had cases where the people we’re investigating will say to me, ‘I know you, I’ve seen you on TV,” said Bengal. “And to that I say: ‘And now you’re going to be on TV with me, but it’s not for a good reason.”

As the director of humane law enforcement for the Pennsylvania SPCA, Bengal has seen everything from dog-fightingas seen in the recent Germantown case, to pet hoarding. He’s also a retired Philadelphia police officer.

With 12 humane officers on the team, the group can have a workload of 30 to 50 cases at one time. They also have the daunting task of enforcing the animal cruelty laws for 16 counties.

“People often think that we’re funded by the state because we’re enforcing state laws, but that’s not the case,” said Bengal.

His team is constantly following-up on calls and investigating animal cruelty and abuse. 

“We have a twenty-four-seven hotline,” said Bengal, “calls come in everyday and we look into each one. Every time I think I’ve seen the worst case, another one will top it,” said Bengal.

A look into the world of animal fighting

Bengal says he has seen horrific scenes of animal fighting. The fights, which are motivated by money, involve high-end betting.

“In one case, my team found half a million dollars in cash at a home,” said Bengal. “It’s a blood sport. These animals are trained to fight, even to the death.”

He says the fights attract large crowds and he’s seen over 100 people in one house. Spectators can be charged just for watching.

“In many cases, women will be cooking and actually selling food upstairs in the kitchen, while downstairs the men are watching the fighting,” said Bengal.

A dog rescued from dog-fighting. (Courtesy of the Pennsylvania SPCA)

He says the animals are trained to fight from a young age. Owners may start out playing tug-of-war with the dog as a puppy using a towel or rope. Eventually, they will start training with weight pulls for a sled, which are legal.

“They train them like it’s a fun game,” explained Bengal. “Eventually, they’ll put heavy chains on their necks to strengthen them, pump them full of steroids and have them run on treadmills. Animal fighting is like a boxing match.”

The fights are so serious that the owners will even pay for a cutman to treat physical damage during the fight.

“These guys will go so far as to put a sedative or poison on their fur, so that when the other dog bites, he’ll get weak and sick,” explained Bengal. “With cock fighting, they will implant knives or gaffs on the animals claws.”

When asked if the owners ever feel remorse for their actions, Bengal says they only think of the animals as valuable property.

“They’re mad when we take their animals because some of them are worth thousands of dollars,” said Bengal.

“Some of these dogs are grand champion fighters, and their pups alone can be worth $20,000 to $50,000.”

Dangerous hoarder homes

Can you imagine 110 Chihuahua‘s living in one home? Bengal can. He says that typically, animal hoarding goes hand-in-hand with other types of hoarding, which can mean a dangerous situation for both animals and humans alike.

“These are some of the most tragic cases,” said Bengal. “These people have serious issues. They’ve lost their ability to know what’s right and wrong. They don’t having running water, they don’t get things fixed.”

He says for many hoarder cases his team must wear protective gear and breathing masks due to mass amounts of feces and garbage.

“We’ll find dead animals inside these houses,” said Bengal. “One woman actually asked if she could take pictures of the dead ones before we took them out, she was that mentally attached.”

He says homicide cases for humans mean a felony or a death sentence, but when an animal is killed, it may only mean minimal jail time or a fine.

“When we go to a location, it’s a lot like a narcotics investigation. We get forensic evidence and autopsy results to determine the cause of death,” said Bengal. “We treat these cases as if it were a regular homicide.”

The SPCA works with the Licenses and Inspections (L&I) department to get people out of these conditions and find them psychiatric help. In some cases the properties may be deemed unlivable and are condemned.

“We try to do as much as we can,” said Bengal. “You have to stay professional at all times. Our job is a combination of a cop, social worker and educator.”

Healing hands at the SPCA

Wendy Marano, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania SPCA, says the group has a “no kill” philosophy.

“No animal comes here with a clock ticking,” said Marano. “We work hard to get them better, we want to give them a second chance.”

She says the SPCA team works to rehabilitate abused animals so that they may one day enter into an adoptive home.

News Link:-http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/homepage-feature/item/52547-behind-the-scenes-at-the-spca-investigating-animal-cruelty?Itemid=1&linktype=hp_featured

Georgetown man sentenced to ten years in prison for killing his family’s dogs

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Calling the killing of two dogs “an act of an evil heart,” Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman inGeorgetown County, S.C. sentenced Bobby Joe McConnell on Monday to ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine for two counts of the ill treatment of dogs.

McConnell pleaded guilty to killing two dogs who belonged to his relatives. According to abcnews.com, McConnell’s public defender told the judge his client had been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and had been under the influence of alcohol on the day he killed the dogs.

Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced McConnell to ten years in prison for the ill treatment of dogs. Credits:   Georgetown County/abcnews.4

Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced McConnell to ten years in prison for the ill treatment of dogs. Credits: Georgetown County/abcnews.4

On July 2, 2012, a fisherman found a black Labrador retriever muzzled and tied with duct tape and left in a canal to die. Luckily after surgery to remove her spleen, the dog survived. The dog, named Dara has been in the care oSaint Francis Animal Care Center.

Two other dogs were not so lucky. Their bodies were found a few days later at the same canal. One dog had been duct taped in the same manner as Dara.

Saint Francis Animal Care Center will receive half of the $10,000 fine. McConnell has also been ordered to repay the shelter $1,872 for the cost of Dara’s lifesaving operation. Custody of Dara has now been awarded to Saint Francis Animal Care Center.

“It’s a fitting punishment for an awful crime towards innocent dogs. I just wish other judges would follow the footsteps of Judge Hyman,” stated Margaret Holman of Myrtle Beach. “Only when judges get serious about letting the punishment fit the crimes will animal cruelty ever be taken seriously.”

News Link:http://www.examiner.com/article/georgetown-man-sentenced-to-ten-years-prison-for-killing-his-family-s-dogs

Victory For Brigitte Bardot As Elephants Are Reprieved

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France‘s Council of State on Wednesday granted a reprieve for two zoo elephants who had been ordered put down because of their suspected infection with tuberculosis, to the delight of Brigitte Bardot and other animal rights campaigners.

Bardot, who had threatened to quit France for Russia if Baby, 42, and Nepal, 43, were put to sleep, called for the pair of pachyderms to be put into the care of her animal welfare foundation.

“They are old ladies,” Bardot said in a statement welcoming the ruling. “Now we have to find them a suitable place, take care of them if necessary and leave them in peace.”

Baby and Nepal have faced an execution order since last year, when municipal officials in Lyon decided they had almost certainly been infected with TB and warned they could be a threat to the health of other animals and visitors to the Tete d’Or zoo in the city.

After a nationwide outcry and a string of temporary reprieves, the Council of State on Wednesday finally lifted the threat of execution by ruling that it was unclear that having the animals put down was the only way to prevent the risk of further infection.

In light of that, the execution order could be illegal and was likely disproportionate to the actual health risk, the court, which rules on disputes arising from administrative decisions, concluded.

Baby and Nepal’s fate has been clouded since August 2012, when another elephant, Java, died at the age of 67 and a post mortem revealed she had been suffering from TB.

The order for the two younger elephants to be put down followed in December but animal rights activists had maintained there was no certainty that they were definitely infected.

“It is a great relief,” Bardot said. “We do not have the right to have animals put down as a precaution. It is disgusting. Baby and Nepal have been isolated for more than two years, they don’t represent a threat to anyone.”

Bardot’s threat to move to Russia had come in the wake of her actor friend Gerard Depardieu‘s decision to accept a Russian passport after being criticised by the Socialist government for taking up residence in neighbouring Belgium for tax reasons.

News Link:-http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2013/02/27/france-to-keep-death-row-elephants-…-and-bardot

Heartbreaking Story Of A German Shepherd Named Prince, Thrown Out Like Old Rubbish

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“Posting for Anita Kelsey, I saw your request on Twitter & so wanted to help in the only way I can. I know nothing will bring Prince back, but I hope this helps, in some small way…God bless all at Mayhew Animal Home, for their outstanding commitment to Animal Welfare.

R.I.P Prince x

R.I.P Prince, a beautiful sweet boy, taken too soon. Now running free, under the bright blue sky & soft fluffy clouds, through sweet-smelling flowers & never-ending green grass, gone to the place all animals go; just over Rainbow Bridge. Jules xx

Please read his story below:

On Friday 12th October Animal Welfare Officers from The Mayhew Animal Home were called to the emergency rescue of a dying dog. The dog had been discovered buried amongst fly-tipped rubbish in a North London park.

The elderly German Shepherd was found collapsed, surrounded by dumped rubbish, litter and a filthy mattress and was initially assumed dead.

After discovering the extent of the suffering and neglect the dog had endured, the charity – a rescue centre in North London – is appealing to the public to help them find the dog’s owner so that they can be held accountable for their actionsWhoever owned this gift from God..you don’t deserve to breathe the same air as humans because you yourself are an animal!! I hope you read this, & I sincerely hope that each time you close your eyes to rest, you will be awoken by the terrible images of the dog you let die. I hope the nightmares continue to haunt you, as you are reminded of Princes pleading eyes, burning into you, begging for some type nourishment. But you didn’t care, did you! Does it make you feel proud, knowing you let a sentient being starve, to near death? Not a lot to ask was it??”

The 13-year-old dog was wearing a collar naming him as Prince and was covered in his own faeces. His coat was matted into hard rocks of hair and he was too weak to lift his head.

The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officer, Zoe Edwards, said:

“When I initially saw Prince I thought he was dead. He was lifeless, filthy and the smell coming from him was like sewage.
I really don’t understand the mentality of some people. This was obviously someone’s pet who loved them enough to once get him a decent collar and have his name engraved on it.“To the owner of Prince, do you remember getting the dog, you must have loved him at some point…why couldn’t you have taken him to a shelter if he was no longer loved or wanted…it would have been the kindest thing to do…but you left him out like a piece of trash…well just remember Karma is a bitch!”

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It is hard to believe that someone owned this dog for this long only to discard him alongside some old rubbish in a park. The condition of the dog indicated to me that this would have taken several months, if not years, for him to get into this mess.Does anyone recognise the dog? did you have a dog live near you who looked like Prince, but who suddenly vanished? Please, ease your conscience & do the right thing by telling the police or the Mayhew Animal Home; unless you too want to be visited by Karma every night too!!

I always give people the benefit of the doubt in my job and always try to be non-judgemental but in this case there is no excuse for the way this dog had been left. Someone must have seen the state that Prince was in and you would have had to have been blind to not see how this dog was suffering.”

Mayhew vet, Gen Wilkinson, said:

“This is an absolutely horrifying case of cruelty and neglect. Prince was severely dehydrated and had irreparable neurological damage, meaning that he was unable to move his back legs or tail and was doubly incontinent.

He was suffering immensely and this had been going on some time. He was also very underweight and tried to eat when we offered him food despite being so weak.

After shaving his matted hair we discovered maggots burrowing into the pressure sores on his body which had been caused by his low weight. “OH dear lord, maggots burrowing into his pressure sores, it must have taken months for him to become like that…somebody owned that sweet dog; yet left him to starve!!”

The only decision we were left with was to bring his life to a peaceful end but he should not be forgotten. 

Someone must know who Prince belonged to”. “Someone does know who this beautiful sweet soul belonged to, & if they don’t want the same done to another animal or worse; I suggest they ease their conscience by telling the police or The Mayhew Animal Home. I’m sure it can be done in complete confidence!”

The Mayhew’s Head of Marketing, Alison Morgan, said:

“This case is certainly one of the worst cases we have seen, which is why we need to take action and urge the government to push ahead with compulsory micro-chipping for all dogs. If Prince had been microchipped we would have had a better chance of finding out who was accountable for his neglect”.

Sign the petition to enforce micro-chipping:-http://themayhew.org/get-involved/our-campaigns/petition/

Heartbreaking video of a dog named Prince

Published on 11 Mar 2013

Music: One Hundred Thousand Angels by Bliss: www.blissfulmusic.com – PERMISSION GRANTED TO USE THEIR TRACK.

This video was made to highlight the terrible suffering of a German Shepherd, called Prince, and to raise money for The Mayhew Animal Home who worked through the night to try to save him, although in vain. The Mayhew Animal Home is based in London and survives only on donations from the public. They are a registered charity.
DONATION LINKhttps://www.justgiving.com/Anita-Kelsey – All donations go directly to The Mayhew. 

Prince Facebook memorial page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/In-mem…

Official site of The Mayhew Animal Homehttp://themayhew.org/

SONG: One Hundred Thousand Angels by Bliss. Permission has been sought to use this song for this video.

Princes Page:-https://www.justgiving.com/Anita-Kelsey

I am raising money in the name of Prince who The Mayhew found dumped under a pile of rubbish in a London Park, barely alive . Sadly Prince could not be saved but I want his death to lead to something positive so that his memory can live on.

Anita Kelsey 05/03/13 13:25

Just one of the main news story:-

One of the worst cases of pet neglect and cruelty seen by the Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green

An animal charity is appealing for help to find the heartless owner of a dying dog found dumped in Roundwood Park.

The elderly German Shepherd called ‘Prince’ was found collapsed, surrounded by dumped rubbish, litter and a filthy mattress and was initially assumed dead when he was discovered last Friday (12).

He was taken to the Mayhew Animal Home in Trenmar Gardens, Kensal Green, where he was found to be covered in his own faeces, his coat was matted into hard rocks of hair and he was too weak to lift his head.

The 13-year-old dog was wearing a collar with his name but not microchipped.

Due to the severity of his condition he sadly had to be put to sleep.

Price’s plight is one of the worse cases of cruelty and neglect of a pet seen by the charity in its 126-year history.

Gen Wilkinson, a vet at the Mayhew, said: “This is an absolutely horrifying case of cruelty and neglect.

“Prince was severely dehydrated and had irreparable neurological damage, meaning that he was unable to move his back legs or tail and was doubly incontinent. He was suffering immensely and this had been going on some time. He was also very underweight and tried to eat when we offered him food despite being so weak.

“After shaving his matted hair we discovered maggots burrowing into the pressure sores on his body, which had been caused by his low weight.

“The only decision we were left with was to bring his life to a peaceful end but he should not be forgotten. Someone must know who Prince belonged to”

The Mayhew is urging anyone with information about Prince’s owner to come forward.

They are also asking people horrified by this case to sign their petition, calling for compulsory microchipping for all dogs and for the government to push ahead with this in response to the DEFRA consultation. “See petition link above or below”

Zoe Edwards, the Mayhew’s animal welfare officer, said: “When I initially saw Prince I thought he was dead. He was lifeless, filthy and the smell coming from him was like sewage.

She added: “I really don’t understand the mentality of some people. This was obviously someone’s pet who loved them enough to once get him a decent collar and have his name engraved on it. It is hard to believe that someone owned this dog for this long only to discard him alongside some old rubbish in a park.

Prince

The condition of the dog indicated to me that this would have taken several months, if not years, for him to get into this mess. “I always give people the benefit of the doubt in my job and always try to be non-judgemental but in this case there is no excuse for the way this dog had been left. Someone must have seen the state that Prince was in and you would have had to have been blind to not see how this dog was suffering.”

The Mayhew Petition can be signed at www.themayhew.org/petition.

If you have any information on the identity of Prince’s owner you cal call the Mayhew on 020 8969 0178 or email info@mayhewanimalhome.org

News Link:-http://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/hunt_to_find_heartless_owner_who_dumped_dying_dog_in_roundwood_park_1_1659460

Face Book Event: Please Help Rescue Tania The Elephant From A Small Concrete Enclosure In Romania

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“There is a Face Book event happening, to help a lonely elephant be transferred to a sanctuary, which I am hoping you can all help with. All you have to do is 3 things:-

  1. Sign 1 petition (below)
  2. Send a letter (template below) to some email addresses (below)
  3. Send a letter (template below) to some links (links are pre-addressed email web pages, so just copy & paste the template letter into the “comment or mail” section on the web page & fill in your details in the sections provided.

Or if you have Face Book Account, you can just click on the picture of Tania below which will take you to the event page!”

“Many people who are not familiar with Face Book, may think ‘Events’ such as this, have to be attended in person. True some Events are about attending a function or protest in person; but most are like the one below, which just means that you are invited to send a letter & sign a petition for a particular cause!”

“Posting for & on behalf of my dear friend & animal advocate Julie Jo – Face Book – Copied as is from the link below”

Face Book Event:-https://www.facebook.com/events/530616983650177/?ref=3

Monday, 20 May 2013

Tania At The Targu-Mures Zoo in Romania.

ACTION TAKEN BY YOU FOR THIS EVENT:
Please send sample letter to emails and links provided, and sign 1 petition.

Thank you everyone for your participation.

Letters will be sent to:

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Romanian Embassy’s, Head of the Press Office, Director for the Media and European Parliament Spokesman, Independent Times Media, Court of Justice of the European Union, Council of the European Union and European Parliament Agriculture and Rural Development.

It is CRUCIAL that all these emails be sent for this to happen.
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ABOUT TANIA:

Tania is a 37-year-old elephant suffering a life of solitary confinement in a 90 square foot area at the Targu-Mures Zoo in Romania. She was transferred from an Italian zoo in September 2012. At a young age she was sent to a zoo in France where she appears to have lived for more than 20 years. Tania is confined alone showing signs of distress due to not having enough space. She is confined to only 90 sq ft with no adequate habitat to fit her needs. It is appalling by the amount of space provided to her. Tania has no where near the amount of space needed whether she is inside or outside, the place is too small for ANY elephant. Even 10,000 sq ft. is not enough for an elephant. Please read the sample letter for the remaining information on her.
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PETITION to sign pleasehttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/755/337/604/help-to-get-tania-out-of-the-tirgu-mares-zoo/

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EMAIL – Copy & paste the following email addresses & add the template letter below:
SG-PLAINTES@ec.europa.eu; jaume.duch@europarl.europa.eu; efca@efca.europa.eu; Office@roembus.org; acsbucharest@state.gov; newseditor@independent.co.uk; drp@gov.ro

SUBJECT: Your Assistance is Needed

SAMPLE LETTER:

To Whom It May Concern:

I have just learned of Tania an Asian elephant at the Trgu Mures Zoo whom is confined alone showing signs of distress due to not having enough space. She is confined to only 90 sq ft with no adequate habitat to fit her needs. It is appalling by the amount of space provided to her. Tania has no where near the amount of space needed whether she is inside or outside, the place is too small for any elephant. Even 10,000 sq ft. is not enough for her.

Due to extreme cold winters in Romania Tania is cooped up for six months at a time, which drives them insane, whether keepers are there or not. This has added acceleration to the deterioration of her feet. No vet can correct this as long as she cannot move, even in the small outside enclosure. Her feet will eventually kill her. Even though she is alone nothing can be solved by bringing in other elephants because there is not enough room for her and if they don’t get along one could be killed.

I would also like to address Tania’s insecure fencing. If electrified it could kill her and if not she could easily bolt out and the public could be in great danger. If they are unable to provide the proper security for her it could result in her being chained and leading to mental anguish. Signs of this would be swaying and bobbing which she already does.

Tania has shown too many signs of distress as you can see in the video links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-egOg_ROYSw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar4xl_6BhEo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6ce99fZzg4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgeatP7qX-U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI__NLJsiPM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pisaO4v9FGM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLVJpFursU8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1Y95ZFBEJQ

This link is to give you an idea of the habitat size required for an animal this large:

http://www.elephantpepper.org/downloads/Concept%20of%20home%20range.pdf

I ask that Tania be given the life every elephant deserves, one of freedom. As you are aware, thousands of people are horrified at her treatment, and even though new, they are inadequate facilities for Tania. I ask the authorities in control of her be made to let advocates transfer her to a sanctuary.

Yours faithfully

Add your name

Add your Country

Please copy & paste the above letter into the pre-addressed links below:-

CONTACT LINKS:

Court of Justice of the European Union:
http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/T5_5133/

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums FB:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/World-Association-of-Zoos-and-Aquariums/103849909693281

European Parliament Agriculture and Rural Development Vasilica Viorica Dancila:
https://www.facebook.com/viorica.dancila

Citizens Inquirey: https://www.secure.europarl.europa.eu/aboutparliament/en/cites.html (CONFIRM IN EMAIL)

Romanian Embassy Facebook/Message:
https://www.facebook.com/romanian.embassy

EUROPE DIRECT- (EU CITIZENS ONLY)
http://europa.eu/europedirect/write_to_us/mailbox/index_en.htm

EU Law:  http://ec.europa.eu/eu_law/your_rights/your_rights_forms_en.htm

ROMANIAN EMBASSY’S: http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/romania

Council of the European Union:
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/contacts/info-public.aspx?lang=en#form

Thank you x

Animal Rights Group Calls For Horse Slaughter Ban; Petitions To Sign Please

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)Animal rights advocates urged members of a federal advisory board on wild horses and burros Monday to recommend an absolute ban on horse slaughtering in the U.S. and condemned the Oklahoma Legislature‘s attempt to authorize the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

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The advocates, many representing wild horse and mustang organizations across the western states, told the Bureau of Land Management‘s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Committee that Americans are against slaughtering wild horses and that poor management practices are decimating the nation’s wild horse population.

“Can you hear us?” activist Simone Netherland asked, tapping her hand against a microphone from a table where she addressed the panel. “I don’t think this thing is working. I don’t think this process is working. Please, listen to how the public loves and wants our wild horses.

Following public comments, Joan Guilfoyle, BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Division Chief, characterized the issue as “astonishingly complicated” and said there are no simple solutions.

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“It’s not a black and white issue,” Guilfoyle said.

She denied suggestions from some members of the public that the agency knowingly places horses at risk and said BLM does all it can to prevent wild horses and burros from getting into the hands of people who will harm them.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, a national coalition of wild horse advocates, is urging the advisory group to recommend ending federal wild horse roundups as well as the government’s policy of selling wild horses for as little as $10 apiece. The coalition also wants an outright ban on horse slaughter.

Coalition activist Suzanne Roy said the BLM has mismanaged the nation’s wild horse program by rounding the horses up and corralling them instead of leaving them on the range and managing their numbers.

She said BLM has removed 37,000 wild horses from native rangelands in recent years and now has 50,000 in government holding facilities — more than are left in the wild. A total of 22,000 wild horses are being held in Oklahoma, where legislation to authorize horse slaughtering has cleared the state House and Senate.horse slaughtered 4

“The end game is slaughter and everyone knows it,” Roy said. “Americans overwhelmingly oppose horse slaughter.”

Separate bills that would lift a nearly 50-year-old ban on horse slaughtering and allow a slaughtering plant to open in the state were approved last month. Each of the measures would ban the sale of horse meat for human consumption in Oklahoma but would allow the meat to be exported to other countries.

At a news conference held before the public comments portion of Monday’s advisory board meeting, Netherland described the horse slaughter industry as “fraudulent and predatory.” She said proponents claim that slaughtering horses is a humane way of dealing with starving, abused and neglected horses.

They pretend to care about the welfare of horses,” Netherland said. “They care about the welfare of the horse meat industry only.”horse slaughter1

She said the consumption of horse meat is dangerous for humans because of the drugs and medications horses consume during their lives.

Roy said the national wild horse coalition supports congressional passage of the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which would outlaw horse slaughter in the U.S. as well as the transport of horses across the border for slaughter.

Roy unveiled a five-point plan to save the nation’s remaining wild horses and burros that consists of: managing the animals on the range and stopping roundups, the use of birth control to control wild horse populations, the repeal of a law that allows horses to each be sold for as little as $10 and that she says invites slaughter, allotting more rangeland for wild horses, and returning captured horses to appropriate habitat.

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