Tigers on horseback and chained monkeys riding bicycles: Cruel Chinese circus flaunts government ban

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Zoos across China are still putting on cruel exotic animal performances, three months after they were banned by the government.

Humilating: Tigers are declawed and defanged before they are forced to jump through flaming hoops

In one show in Guangxi Zhuang yesterday, crowds cheered as a tiger teetered on the back of a horse, while monkeys, with chains around their necks, rode bicycles around in circles.

The grim spectacle is slowly being outlawed across the country – 300 state-owned zoos were notified in January they had to close their circuses – but many others claim they were never told about the ban and have no intention of stopping.

The government acted in January after increased pressure from outraged animal rights groups.

A study by Animals Asia in 2010 found bears were often whipped and beaten with sticks, elephants were prodded with metal hooks, while tigers and lions are made to endure chronic pain by being defanged and de-clawed.

“Watch the video below …A pray animal (horse) forced to carry a predator (tiger) on it’s back, is unbelievable & morally wrong!   They have obviously beaten these animals into performing these absurd stunts!  Have you ever seen a horse scared to go in a horse box? Well, it’s probably because inside the trailer it’s dark,  he see’s the horse box akin to a dark cave, were predators await to eat him…We may have evolved & made the horse a companion animal, but it doesn’t mean their instincts regarding predator fear have gone!”

“Watch the horse, before the tiger gets on…His  ears are flat to his head as he nervously trots round, a sign of anger, distress & especially fear, his every instinct, screaming at him to run, yet the fear of more incessant thrashings, makes him obey every command.  You can see his reaction when the guy grabs his head collar…Terror!!  I doubt that horse has ever been touched with kind hands, I dread to think how many beatings it has taken to get pray & predator to interact, with almost military precision.

“I wonder how many horses have been fatally wounded whilst trying to get this asinine performance to this level…. The horse looks well fed,  but he would have to be, considering the weight of the tiger, even so, it still looks a struggle for the poor horse!   As for the tiger,  how much suffering has he endured?  His natural instinct as a predator would be to eat the horse! But again, due to fear, the tiger nervously comply’ s .  All this suffering for the sake of entertainment is totally unacceptable!!

Chained: Monkeys are held on the back of bicycles by chains around their necks

In a published report, the organisation – based in Hong Kong – said: ‘All of the performances observed were based upon fear and intimidation. To force animals to perform unnatural tricks, circus showmen frequently engage in negative reinforcement, whipping and striking the animals repeatedly.

‘Animal performances portray the animal to the public in a humiliating way that does not promote empathy and respect. There is little educational value in seeing animals in conditions that do not resemble their natural habitat.’

The government was also swayed by a three-month investigation by China’s State Forestry Bureau that discovered that more than 50 zoos contained animals that had suffered severely from abus

Speaking in January, David Neale, the Animal Welfare Director at Animals Asia insisted the ban would be strictly enforced.

He told the Daily Telegraph: ‘We are hopeful it will have an effect. I visited Chongqing zoo before Christmas and their circus was clearing out, and Kunming zoo has also said its circus has been closed.’

But it was business as usual at Guangxi Zhuang zoo this weekend – and many zoo owners claim they were never notified about the ban.

Besides the complexity of policing the ban across a vast country, campaigners are also concerned zoos will be forced into bankruptcy and abandoned unwanted animals.

David Neale added: “In some cases, I am not sure where the animals will go.

‘In some cases I would recommend euthanasia, since there are animals in a very bad way after a few years of being in these performances’

A tiger is muzzled so a young girl can sit on its back during one of the banned circus performances

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“Would you let your daughter sit on the back of a lion with his muzzled tied shut with a piece of string, who is probably sedated a little too?? Just one swipe of a paw & that child could be to fatally Injured.”

“People have got to understand, animals have rights too, they are not ours to do as we please with…They have the right from their first breath to food, water, protection from, & treatment of, illness & injury, proper living quarters,  freedom to express normal behaviour, respect, kindness & dignity…till their last breath!

“They should never ever suffer for human entertainment or denied any of the above  so humans can profit from their misery”

“Anything less & it is  we that should be referred to as animals”

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Thousands of dolphins may have died in Peru’s massive die-off; cause could remain mystery

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LIMA, Peru — When a retired fisherman called to report that about 1,500dolphins had washed up dead on Peru’s northern coast, veterinarian Carlos Yaipén’s first reaction was, “That’s impossible.”

But when Yaipén traveled up the coast last week, he counted 615 deaddolphins along a 135-kilometer stretch of coastline.

Now, the death toll could be as high as 2,800, based on volunteers’ counts. Peru’s massive dolphin die-off is among the largest ever reported worldwide.

The strandings, which began in January, are a marine mystery that may never be unraveled. Experts say the causes could be acoustic impact from testing for oil or perhaps an unknown virus or other pathogen. Little marine research takes place in Peru, and even in the United States, of 55 marine mammal strandings since 1991, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has classified 29 as “undetermined.”

All of the 20 or so animals Yaipén has examined showed middle-ear hemorrhage and fracture of the ear’s periotic bone, lung lesions and bubbles in the blood. To him, that suggests that a major acoustic impact caused injury, but not immediate death. Most of the dolphins apparently were alive when they beached, or had died very recently.

“The animal would become disoriented, would have intense pain, and would have to make a great effort to breathe,” he said of the injuries.

Other experts say there is not enough evidence to draw a conclusion

Veterinarian Carlos Yaipén examines a dead dolphin calf.

Stress or toxic contaminants can make marine mammals more vulnerable to pathogens such as viruses, according to Peter Ross, a research scientist at Canada’s Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, British Columbia.

In a mass die-off, “there might be a smoking gun, but often we find that it’s two or three or four factors,” said Ross, who is one of the world’s leading experts on the effects of toxic contaminants in marine mammals.

Persistent organic pollutants, such as polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs, the pesticide DDT, dioxins and flame-retardants accumulate in fish, and the concentrations are magnified as they move up the food web to top predators such as dolphins, seals and sea lions.

Laboratory studies of rodents and cells harvested from marine mammals show that PCBs and dioxins “are very immunotoxic,” Ross said. “The immune system is exquisitely sensitive to exposure to environmental contaminants.”

Animals with weaker immune systems could be more vulnerable to stress from noise or climate change, or to diseases such as leptospirosis, brucellosis or distemper, Ross said.

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“Free To A Good Home” Craigslist Dog Killer Sentenced In West Virginia

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“OMG…I posted news about this killer back in January, Nally is a narcissistic psychopath who should never be allowed to interact with animals or humans, ever again. A mind like his is tormented & evil, just looking at his picture makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up…He truly is an abomination, the likes of which should remain behind bars”

Convicted serial dog killer, Jeffrey Nally, of New Cumberland West Virginia was sentenced by Judge Fred Fox II on Wednesday to 10-45 years behind bars. While animal advocates would rather have seen him spend life in prison, the truth is that this sentence is substantial considering that animal abuse cases seldom carry this kind of weight.  From that standpoint, the outcome is a victory. “Remember the face below, when he is free, who know’s he could live near you!!”

jeffrey Nally

It is true though, that this was no run of the mill animal abuse case. This was a brutal series of intentional mutilations, torture and execution of innocent puppies. Nally was accused of mutilating and killing 29 puppies that he received through classified ads, and Craigslist “free to good home” ads.

Nally’s house was raided by a SWAT team in March of 2011 when his girlfriend’s mother called authorities. His then girlfriend, Jessica Sellers, alleged that Nally had been holding her captive in his home and terrorizing her by torturing and murdering the animals in front of her.

Police found 29 dog carcasses on Nally’s property. They also found guns, which Nally was prohibited from possessing due to a 2010 domestic battery conviction, and collected other items including blood and hair covered tools and what appeared to be a beagle’s pelt and eyes in a jar.

During an evidence suppression hearing, Nally’s court-appointed attorney, James Carey, had argued to keep the pelt and the eyes out of evidence, citing a lack of scientific proof the items are what police claimed them to be. He also stated that he believed some of the crime scene photographs were staged.

Related: Alleged Puppy Torturer Appears in Court

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Nally, age 20, was facing 29 counts of felony animal cruelty, one count of domestic battery, one count of kidnapping and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Although he had passed on a plea deal offered to him last January, he took the plea offer he was offered this week. “Just what is it with these plea deals, why are these people making deals which let psychopaths off the hook, it’s alarming!”

Hancock County Prosecutor James W. Davis said that there had been an overwhelming outpouring of concern in the form of letters and e-mails from around the world relating to this case.

Nally plead guilty to nine charges of felony animal abuse and unlawful possession of a firearm. He will receive one to five years on each count of cruelty, and one year on the firearm charge to be served concurrently.

Nally has already spent a year behind bars while his case was continued in Hancock County Court. He will have to serve a minimum of five years before he can apply for an early release. In exchange for pleading guilty to the nine charges of felony cruelty, the sexual assault, kidnapping charge and other 20 cruelty charges were dropped. “So how does this work then, you just say ‘yep I did it’ then you get away with the majority of the bloody crimes??? Insane… I’m betting when this piece of trash gets out, he will re-offend, he is not sorry for what he did, therefore his mind can’t accept he did wrong, thus meaning, he will do it again!!!”

Nally has shown no remorse for his actions, but Davis said that he has changed during the past year. “I wouldn’t call it remorse, but he has accepted that what he did was wrong,” said Davis. “Of course, people like this, socio-paths, they are mostly only concerned with how circumstances are affecting them.”

Restrictions on Nally ever having a pet and other requirements will be addressed further down the road at the time of his eventual release. “Not just having any pet,” Davis said. “I don’t want him to be around any animals, ever. Definitely not under the same roof.”

Davis said that a few dogs had escaped the house of horrors and have been adopted. “They are having great lives.” He said.

Part of the plea deal is the condition that Nally submit to a polygraph test and debrief authorities on Seller’s involvement in the cruelty charges. Sellers reportedly told investigators Nally said the only way she was leaving his 1855 Orchard Road home was “in a body bag,” and that on the day of his arrest he forced her to hold a puppy as he bored into its head with an electric drill. However, she testified during a February pretrial motions hearing that she had left the house without Nally’s supervision on several occasions during her approximately three-month “captivity” there.

“Ms. Sellers was a problematic witness,” Davis said, “because there is some question as to her level of involvement. There is some evidence that she obtained the animals for him.  My dogs, they won’t hold still to have their nails clipped…these dogs he torturedto do what he did, somebody had to hold them still. A dog is not going to hold still while a drill is bored into its skull.”

Davis was audibly distressed while discussing details of the case, and became overwhelmed and unable to continue when it was remarked that the case had greatly disturbed him.

Following Wednesday’s hearing, Davis had noted the contributions of other people and groups involved with the investigation, including West Virginia State Police Cpl. Larry Roberts, Hancock County sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Swan and county Animal Control Officer Nicole Busick. He praised the work of forensic experts Drs. Beth Wictum of UC Davis and Melinda Merck – the latter of whom helped federal prosecutors build a case against Michael Vick – and thanked the Animal Legal Defense Fund for its pledge of financial support for the prosecution of the case.

Scott Heiser, of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, said there is still work to be done. He referred to Nally as a narcissistic psychopath, and said that he believes that Nally cannot be rehabilitated. He does not think that Nally will be released in as little as five years. “God I hope not, for anyone that comes into contact with this monster, he is evil through & through; he should never be able to interact normally with the public ever again!”

He is a clear and manifest threat to society,” Heiser said.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit that helps provide funds and support to prosecutors around the country for the best possible outcome in criminal cases of animal abuse. They provided the funds for the forensic scientists to build the case against Nally.

Heiser recommends that once Nally is transferred to the WV Division of Corrections, risk-scored, placed in one of WV’s several prisons and his projected release date set that then would be a good time to start a petition campaign urging the Parole Board to recognize Nally’s immense danger to society and ask that they deny him any concessions (e.g., no work release) and deny his release after serving the five-year minimum.

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