Breaking News – Judge Agrees With IDA, Says Los Angeles Zoo Elephants Are Not Healthy, Happy, Or Thriving

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On July 24, 2012 California Superior Court Judge John L. Segal released a scathing decision in a lawsuit regarding the elephant exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo. He concluded that the elephants are not “healthy, happy or thriving.” The judge said the zoo’s new $42 million exhibit is injuring the three elephants who live Tina and Jewel at the Los Angeles Zoothere, Billy, Tina and Jewel, but stopped short of closing the exhibit.

Instead, the judge ordered the zoo to make changes such as increasing exercise and rototilling to soften the soil in the exhibit, and banning bullhooks and electric shock devices.

IDA has been working for the last five years on this lawsuit, providing valuable expertise and experience. Elephant Campaign Director Catherine Doyle testified during the six-day trial as a rebuttal witness.

The judge wrote: “The evidence at trial shows that life at the Los Angeles Zoo for Billy, Tina, and Jewell is empty, purposeless, boring, and occasionally painful. Their lives are supervised, managed, and controlled by zoo employees who appear to be in the dark about normal and abnormal behavior of elephants, in denial about the physical and emotional difficulties of the elephants they manage and whose lives they control, and under the misconception that the elephants prefer to live their lives in an exhibit with human companions rather than with other elephants.”

Sadly, the issues raised in the lawsuit and in the judge’s decision are not limited to the Los Angeles Zoo, but are shared by zoos around the country, including the same delusional approach to managing elephants, believing that abnormal repetitive behaviors are a sign of contentment, like a dog wagging a tail; that use of the bullhook is no different than a leash on a dog; and that elephants can thrive in tiny exhibits in which they are emotionally and socially deprived.

IDA will build on this landmark decision in our work for elephants. With your support, we will continue to work for Tina, Jewel and Billy until they are released from the zoo. We also fight to protect those in the wild. Some of our activities that you have funded include:

  • Providing direct assistance to the Amboseli Trust for Elephants with a grant for anti-poaching efforts. Your donations paid for rewards leading to the arrests of poachers.
  • Your donations purchased radio collars for nine young elephants who were rescued from the cruel elephant-back safari trade and reintroduced into the wild in Zimbabwe.
  • Successfully fighting the export of elephant calves and other wildlife from Zimbabwe to a zoo in North Korea. Now, we are fighting to stop the export of elephants from Namibia to a zoo in Cuba.
  • Mobilizing IDA supporters to send a loud and clear message that the U.S. government should never support the sale of ivory by African countries.
  • Generating thousands of messages urging the government of Sri Lanka to protect elephants both in the wild and in captivity and end the export of elephant calves to foreign zoos.

There’s so much more work to be done. Please make a contribution today so IDA can continue to make a difference. Together, we can help elephants survive. Thank you!

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Dancing Bears at the Circus in Pyongyang, North Korea

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Dancing Bears at the Circus in Pyongyang, Capital of North Korea

How can anyone think this type of entertainment is ok? Is it just me that finds this upsetting, knowing how the bears have been beaten, to perform such degrading tricks…brings me to tears!

“Please, don’t’ contribute to their pain by going to this type of circus. Report this kind of abuse!”

Like all species of bears, sloth bears are inquisitive, flexible and opportunistic, adept at exploiting their mountain forest habitat.  Sloth bears are under threat, due to loss of habitat and because they suffer terrible exploitation at human hands.  Sloth bears are caught from the wild and trained on hot plates to ‘dance’ to entertain audiences.  Born Free is taking action to stop this exploitation and help care for rescued ex-dancing bears.

“This is just beyond stupid… people realise the abuse these poor bears have endured, just to entertain us?? I think it is appalling that people on holiday accept this as fun…it’s not fxxxxxg fun for the bears who are beaten repeatedly until they know each & every move they have to make. And at the end of the degrading show, these poor souls are shut back into their dilapidated cages; ready for another performance….tomorrow!”

A comment by someone on Youtube

“I’m sorry but this is disgusting. I’ve worked with bears, and grew up around wild bears. These bears that are ‘trained’ for our amusement are almost always in very abusive situations using painful stimulus to get them to ‘perform’. They are housed in horrible conditions and usually die young, unless they are picked up by a rescue organization. Check out WSPA for more information. Bears deserve better than this. All animals deserve better.”

Please if you see any animal made to perform; contact Born Free, WSPA  or any animal charity!

The WSPA campaigns and provides practical support to bears that are, or have been:

Korean Government Will End Bear Farming

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WSPA welcomes the news shared by our partner organization, Green Korea United (GKU), that the Korean National Assembly has demonstrated political will to end the cruel bear faming practice.

The Budget Committee of the National Assembly recently voted through a proposal to “prepare measures to end the practice of bear farming through investigation of the current status of bear farming and its management plan.” The approval of this proposal means that the government has cleared a budget of 200 Million Korean Won ($175,000 USD) to ascertain the current situation of bears on farms in Korea, and design ways to end the practice. The approval of this proposal is a compelling sign that the Korean government recognizes the need to end bear farming.

Without the positive action being initiated by the South Korean government, thousands of bears could be born into lives of untold suffering,” added Emily Reeves, Director of Programs for WSPA Asia Pacific. “Once this process is complete and bear farming ended in South Korea, the country would be setting a great example for those other countries in Asia where, unfortunately, this cruel practice is still tolerated by governments.”

South Korea’s Cruel and Gruesome Dog Meat Industry – “Two faces of Traditional Markets”

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Moran Market (Traditional Outdoor Market) in Seongnam-city, Kyunggido-province, South Korea. This video exposes the horrific reality of dogs and cats being sacrificed as meat by double standard that categorize some dogs as meat dogs and some dogs as pet dogs.

Whether a captured stray or a farmed dog, many marketplace slaughter methods are deliberately designed to intensify and prolong the animal’s suffering. This is the result of a misguided belief that torturing a dog prior to death results in better tasting, adrenaline-rich meat.

Killing methods include clubbing to death, throat-slitting, hanging by the neck and electrocution

Read the following:- Korea Animal Welfare Association (formerly Animal Freedom Korea) Korean Dog Meat Report 2008;

If like me you are disgusted at the thought of eating sentient beings we class as pets;  Please sign the petition to stop it:-

There are lots of petitions to sign on dog meat

Little has changed over the years regarding the dog meat industry in Korea. The selling and processing of dog meat is still technically illegal. The situation could be summed up with this paradox: it is illegal to produce and consume dog meat but it is not against the law.Debate continues on its legalization but an impasse remains at the moment between the Korean government and animal welfare groups, meaning that everything continues on now as it has done in the past

Warning – Viewer Discretion is Advised

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