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

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Gang Of Four Admits To Killing 4-5 Leopards

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Feb. 2oth:-MUMBAI: The four persons, including two sons of forest guards, arrested by the Mumbai crime branch on Monday have admitted to killing four to five leopards.

Sources said poaching inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) could be the tip of the iceberg, and the police believe the gang sold animal skin to an international gang, which smuggles it out of the country via Nepal.

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Unit 11 busted the gang, operating with impunity in the forest for at least two months. The accused, booked under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, are Alok Khaire (27), Prashant Patel (25), Tushar Bagwe (29) and Abhishek Rane (26). They were produced before a holiday court on Tuesday and remanded to police custody till February 20.

Joint commissioner of police (crime) Himanshu Roy said, Prima facie, they have admitted they killed few animals, including leopards. But they are now putting the entire blame on the main accused, Pankaj Patel.

The police have launched a manhunt for Pankaj, the elder brother of Prashant, who was arrested along with the others when they tried to sell a leopard skin outside the park gate.

The police on Tuesday carried out searches at the residences of the accused to find out if they had hidden any skin or remains of animals. The accused, while selling the skin to a person sent by the police, had claimed that they could arrange for any animal or its skin. They claimed that they could get the skin of deer, rabbits, tigers and monitor lizards.

The police have also questioned security guards posted in the forest. Senior inspector Raghunath Dalvi said they have told senior forest officers to check the census of leopards.

The accused admitted that they had laid traps for leopards at places they would frequent to quench their thirst and then shoot them. After that they would peel off the skin and scatter away the remains or bury it to avoid suspicion.

News Link:-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Gang-of-four-admits-to-killing-4-5-leopards/articleshow/18583901.cms?

Help Stop The Killing And Poaching Of Wild Tigers In India

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“Please help stop the senseless killing of these beautiful & powerful species, before they are gone forever.” 

“Posted for & on behalf of my dear friend & animal warrior Tony Zadel”

STOP KILLING AND POACHING TIGERS IN INDIA FOR THEIR SKIN !

PLEASE SIGN & SHARE WIDELY THESE  PETITIONSPetitions below

POPULATION OF THE TIGERS IN INDIA DECLINES ENORMOUSLY FAST !
1900 – 100,000 exist
1950 – 40,000
2007 – less than 5,000 survive; 2,500 in India, IUCN status ‘Endangered’
2010 (Year of the Tiger) – only 3,500 remain in the wild globally (1,400 in India)

Tigers are a conservation dependent species, requiring large contiguous forests with access to water and undisturbed core areas in which to breed. Tiger range throughout India, Indochina, and Southeast Asia is now 40 percent smaller than it was in 1951, and today tigers occupy a mere 7 percent of their historical territory in increasingly fragmented and degraded landscapes.

Amidst this, the threats are mounting. The main threats to wild tigers include:

  • Habitat loss and fragmentation due to mining
  • Logging, farming
  • human settlement
  • Depletion of their prey base
  • Conflict with humans – villagers wander the forest for grass to feed their animals
  • Poaching for their skins, and other parts for Traditional Asian Medicines, such as bone.

Source:http://www.bornfree.org.uk/animal-future/project-focus/tigers/

Latest figures show there may only be 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world. Unless we take action now we could lose these magnificent animals forever.

Tiger skins are still in demand as luxury items in some countries, and tiger parts coveted for their ‘medicinal’ properties.
The tigers’ forest habitat is vanishing too. Destruction of forests for timber, agriculture and road building has forced tigers into ever-smaller areas, where they’re even more vulnerable to poachers.
Poachers also hunt the tiger’s prey species, and tigers are forced to target domestic animals, bringing them into fatal conflict with local people.

Watch this insightful video to see what the problems are: Please note, some scenes contain graphic images. 

101 East: India Last Of The Tigers

Uploaded on 18 Nov 2011

Conservationists are in a desperate and uphill battle to save India’s tigers from extinction. Video Link: ! http://youtu.be/VlcGI_J7Jho

LATEST UPDATE :Tiger smuggling ring busted in Nepal ….

Nepalese police have arrested 7 people involved with tiger smuggling in the country and recovered 7 tiger skins, hundreds of tiger parts and bones. Two operations were undertaken by the Nepalese authorities following specialist intelligence training by Interpol in December. 
The first operation was on 11 January.

Officers of Manaslu Conservation Area seized four tiger skins, 53 kg of tiger bones and arrested four people who were allegedly trying to smuggle the tiger parts into Tibet, China. The following day, police conducting road checks near the Chinese border seized 5 tiger skins and 114 kg of tiger bones that were concealed in bags of rice in a van also heading to China.

Here the picture:http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/408499_466351453422681_777225923_n.jpg

Investigation’s into the ring which is involved with smuggling tiger parts into China is ongoing.
Source http://wildlifenews.co.uk/2013/tiger-smuggling-ring-busted-in-nepal/

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READ MORE ABOUT TIGERS FACTS HERE : http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/tigers/

“Thank you all Tony Zadel – Copyright(©)”

Dog Tortured To Death In Sickening New Year Stunt

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“Not sure about animal laws in Siberia, but I hope when they find the bastards they do to them, what they did to the dog…then throw cold water over their naked bodies & leave them outside for a couple of nights in freezing temperatures…heartless cowards…where are the parents? Where’s the Animal Control Society that is going to deal with this?”

A shocking image of a tortured dog – killed after being tied to a rope and pulled by a car around a village – has appalled Siberians.

The helpless animal, alive at the start of this deplorable stunt, was tethered by the front feet and pulled at speed behind a silver coloured Toyota Corolla car over snow covered streets

Bloggers have united in a bid to identify the twisted killers and bring them to justiceThe dog died in a sickening New Year prank in Severniy, a suburb of Novosibirsk, say reports. “What sort of sick imbecile does this? I am sure they are born without that part of the brain that controls sympathy, empathy, right & bloody wrong!”

The helpless animal, alive at the start of this deplorable stunt, was tethered by the front feet and pulled at speed behind a silver coloured Toyota Corolla car over snow covered streets. At the time, the temperature in Novosibirsk was around minus 25C. “Novosibirsk is the  third most populous city in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg and the most populous city in Asian Russia”

After the dog was killed, the drunkards cut the rope and proudly took the picture of their victim. “Fxxxxxg Dick Heads, heartless cowards who have to be caught”

It is not known if the animal was a household pet or a stray dog – but the revolting treatment it was subjected to has resulted in a web appeal to identify and shame those responsible. “It matters not whether this dog was a pet or stray, these shit heads need catching & dragged round on the ice with no clothes on until their dicks fall off!”

The image emerged on 4 January, two days after the act of torture, and was going viral on Russian social sites.

‘We are searching for witnesses’ said one posting.

‘Yesterday, 2 January, at approximately 10 pm, some bast***s were driving around Severniy village, dragging the dog tied with a rope to a car behind them. “So, what did you do? Obviously not try to stop them!”

‘The car is silver Toyota Corolla. We didn’t spot the number plate.’

Ironically, the horrific picture emerged on the same day that famous 77 year old Hollywood actress Brigette Bardot threatened to leave her native France and seek Russian citizenship over plans to put to death two elephants at a zoo in Lyon.

The elephants called Baby and Nepal have contracted tuberculosis.

If the powers that be have the cowardice and the shamelessness to kill Baby and Nepal, I have decided to take Russian nationality and quit this country that is nothing more an animal cemetery,’ she warned. “Good for her, I do like a women who is beautiful & strong when it comes to animals!”

In 2011 Bardot, a 1960s sex symbol, hailed Vladimir Putin – who this week granted Russian citizenship to actor Gerard Depardieu as ‘my favourite prime minister’ after he banned the import and export of harp seal skins.

But after the revelation of the dog picture, one posting from Irina Serebryanaya asked in disbelief: ‘And Brigette Bardot is going to move to Russia because of the elephants….?“Well she didn’t know some sick scummy bastards were going to do this, when she said it!”

Pyotr Markov wrote: ‘They are sadists, maniacs.’

Yevgeniya Yudintseva declared: ‘I feel sick. Dear God, poor creature!’

News Link:-http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/dog-tortured-to-death-in-sickening-new-year-stunt/

Gadhimai festival in Nepal – Thousands of Animals Slaughtered

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Nepal Mass Animal Sacrifice Festival

In November 2009: The world’s biggest animal sacrifice ceremony got under way in Nepal  with the killing of the first of more than 250,000 animals for the Hindu festival of Gadhimai at Bariyapur.

The event, which happens every five years, began with the decapitation of thousands of buffalo, killed in honour of Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power. Many of the animals arrived at the festival after spending two days with no food or water. During the massacre the animals were not tethered and knives were not sharpened, and often nothing more than a kitchen knife is used. Herded into one place the animals witness the killings of other animals prior to their turn and baby animals saw their mothers killed.

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To the disgrace of Nepal, the brutal killing of over 200,000 animals at the Gadhimai Festival in 2009 was sponsored by the country’s Government.
The truth is that Gadhimai legitimises violence against the innocent. The priests make the devotees believe that their wish will only come true when offering an expensive buffalo, goat or other kind of animal.
According to the campaigners, the festival is promoted as a “spectacle” and a cultural event that enriches Nepalese culture.
In the main event, 250 appointed residents with traditional kukri knives began their task of decapitating more than 10,000 buffalo in a dusty enclosure guarded by high walls and armed police.
Other killings were carried out by any one who wanted to do so in a three kilometre radius of the Gadhimai temple, where Individual devotees killed the remaining  buffalo, an estimated 20,00 in total, and an unknown number of other animals such as sheep, rats, chickens, pigeons, pigs, goats after paying  Rs 25.
During the massacre the animals were not tethered and knives were not sharpened, and often nothing more than a kitchen knife is used .
 Everyone could kill anything, with whatever knife or sword. Many animals died an unbearable slow and violent death because the butcher was inexperienced and the knives were not sharpened properly. Thousands of buffaloes were standing in an enclosure when butchers holding swords started hacking randomly at the animals. Some heads could be severed in one cut; in other cases it took the butchers a long time to kill the buffalo.

No one was holding the animals – many tried to escape. Baby buffaloes were bleating and searching for their mothers. Soon they were walking around in a pool of blood. They were hunted down by the butchers. Needless to say, not a single animal survived the blood bath.

Other than greed, profiteering  and exploitation why? What is the reason behind such appalling brutality to such gentle creatures. To read more about this sacrificial blood bath, visit this site…We can not let this happen again in 2014.  http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/The_Gadhimai_festival_Why_it-must-never_happen-Again.htm#This_atrocity_must_end

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Save the Khokana Goats

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Baby goat is ripped apart by youths. The winner gets to lead the procession!

The Khokana Festival in Nepalis held annually in August.

During the festival a young female goat is thrown into a pond where a group of young men attack, bite and tear the goat apart while it is still alive.

The man who is judged to have eventually killed the goat is named a “hero” and leads a dance procession which follows.

The local Village Development Committee sponsors this annual festival.

Such a cruel and vicious act inflicted on an animal has no place in a civilised society and should be banned immediately.

Please sign the petition to stop this heinous act

http://www.gopetition.com/petition/39405.html

http://www.care2.com/news/member/357545291/3382557

 Please protest!

SAMPLE LETTER, courtesy of Stop Animal Sacrifice

To Whom It Concerns,

I would like to express my deep concern about extreme cases of animal cruelty being conducted in the name of religion in Nepal.In Nepal, animal sacrifice is widely practiced. There are no rules of regulation; rather, the government supports blood sacrifices by providing subsidies.Apart from regular sacrifices at Goddess temples, extreme cruelty is conducted at certain festivals including the live skinning and burning of animals, slow killings through throat slitting, killing with unsharp knives, public beheadings, et cetera.

In particular, I refer to the Khokana Festival, held in August, during which a terrified goat is thrown in the Deu-pond close to the Rudrayani temple, after which the animal is torn apart whilst still alive by a group of young men.

No one can adequately explain why this practice is carried out year after year – except to say that it is ‘traditional’. This, however, is not a valuable argument to continue this practice. Nepal, realizing the adverse effects, has abolished a number of ‘traditions’ in the past, including human sacrifice and widow burning.

I encourage the government of Nepal to abolish the above practice for the following reasons:

1. It hurts the goats – contrary to what many believe, animals suffer tremendously before and during sacrifice. They are generally hurt during transportation, starved and dehydrated, and they are often purposely killed slowly and painfully, as it is believed that the goddess prefers slow deaths.

2. It hurts us – cruelty against animals harms society as a whole; it signals and normalizes insensitivity in children who can become numb to the suffering of living beings, and it is also proven to influence certain people to commit violence on other humans.

3. It strengthens vested interests – sacrifices generally boost the interests of those who benefit from superstition-based beliefs and rituals. As Nepal is moving ahead to become a more fully democratic, egalitarian society, it is crucial to challenge age-old beliefs which are not beneficial and drain the resources of the poor and needy.

4. It contradicts the spirit of laws – Nepal is concerned about the welfare of its precious flora and fauna, and has signed a number of international Wildlife Treaties. The cruelty displayed in this so-called tradition completely contradicts the spirit and gestures of these treaties and acts.

5. It is bad for tourism – As tourists are abhorred by such practices, the festival will have an adverse effect on tourism, an industry which provides the country with much-needed financial returns. Those foreigners who experience or come to know the extent of sacrifice in this country leave Nepal traumatized, disgusted, and deeply saddened, rather than uplifted by its paradoxical beauty and friendliness.

I urge you to end the violent practice at Khokana and help Nepal move towards a truly peaceful country, and in keeping with its international image. This can be done by introducing and enforcing a much-needed Animal Welfare Act and promoting genuine animal welfare activities across the country.

I trust that the government of Nepal will support these measures, which are becoming more popular by the day, globally, and thus promote non-violent cultural practices in Nepal. Until such a time, however, it will be necessary to boycott Nepal both as a tourist and via commerce as well as encourage others to participate in a boycott as well.

Yours sincerely,

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B.P. Smriti Bhawan, B.P. Nagar, Sanepa, Lalitpur, Nepal
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Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)

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Address: Dhobi Khola
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Fax: ++ (977-1) 4211758

Rastriya Prajatantra Party
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Email: rppnepal@enet.com.np

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Email: tmdp64@gmail.com
Fax: ++ (977-1) 4462383

Nepal Workers and Peasants Party
Address: Bhaktapur
Fax: ++ (977-1) 6613207

Madhesi’s People’s Right Forum
Address: Kupondole
Fax: ++ (977-1) 5541278 

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