Rare animal hunting runs rampant in Nghe An

Comments Off on Rare animal hunting runs rampant in Nghe An

Many rare wild animals in the central province of Nghe An’s mountainous areas are being hunted.

The reporter broke into a ring which specialised in rare animal meat in the province.

Pu Mat National Park located in three districts of Anh Son, Con Cuong and Tuong Duong is home to more than 1,000 wild animals. The park is targeted by many local hunters.

Lang, who leads a hunter group in Mon Son Commune, Anh Son District, said, “Earlier, we only hunted animals for food at home, but over recent years; many traders have come to the village to buy meat. A kilo of wild boar is sold at VND200,000 (USD9.52) and a kilo of silky-haired leopard is VND500,000 (USD23.8) and a kilo of white-cheeked gibbon costs VND300,000 (USD14.2). Everyday, dozens of hunters come to the national park.”

He added that, hundreds of wild animals are hunted for sale to lowlanders.

Mr. Hung, an animal trader in Con Cuong District, said the work offers him profits of nearly VND10 million (USD476) per sale. With dead animals, he used ice to freeze them, while, those which are still alive are put in cages to be transported to customers.

“We were arrested many times for wild animal trading, but now we know how to deal with concerned agencies,” Hung said.

Under Hung’s instruction, the reporter went to a restaurant in Quy Hop District to ask for a silky-haired leopard as a gift for his boss. However, the owner said the animal was very rare so he had to book for getting the product tomorrow.

When the reporter asked to buy 10 kilos of different kinds of wild animal meat, the owner also disclosed that fox, porcupine and wild boar and tortoise meat was available and she would freeze the product for him with ice so that he could take it to Vinh City.

Staff also took the reporter to the restaurant abattoir. After being slaughtered, the animals were put into fridges to serve customers gradually. This is the largest restaurant which sells wild animal meat in Quy Hop District.

The mountainous districts of Nghe An also house dozens of such restaurants.

Trans-continental traders

Mr. Ha in Do Luong District is well-known for rare animal trading.

He said that, “Earlier, I bought tortoises, snakes, varans and geckoes to sell them to agents in Vinh City. Gradually, through relationships, I moved to the trading of rare animals.”

Now, he has set up a network of traders who specialise in buying animals for him from the mountainous areas of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces. After that, Ha will specify different kinds of animals for sale. Monkeys will be sold at glue agents and fox, chamois and some others will be brought to restaurants in big cities.

Rare animals such as of silky-haired leopard, fox and white-cheeked gibbon will be sold to agents in Lang Son for sales to China.

Hung added that he has a three-ha farm in the nearby forest for gathering wild animals.

According to Hung, many people in Nghe An trade animal meat like him. Each local district has 7-8 people who have wide networks of collectors.

Tigers and rhinos have almost exhausted in Vietnamese forests, but if the reporter needs, he can get them quickly, Hung noted.

Hung also said that tigers, rhinos, elephant tusk and tail are mostly illegally transported from Laos and Africa to Vietnam. Nghe An, Hanoi and Ha Tinh have traders specialising in these products. They are trans-continental traders who sell the products to VIP customers so that they can use them for bone paste.

News Link:http://talkvietnam.com/2012/10/rare-animal-hunting-runs-rampant-in-nghe-an/#.UIYEd2_AeSo

Advertisements

‘Noah’s Ark’ shipment of Namibian wild animals to Cuba disgusts welfare group

Comments Off on ‘Noah’s Ark’ shipment of Namibian wild animals to Cuba disgusts welfare group

Nambia has been condemned for planning to transport a “Noah’s Ark” of nearly 150 wild African animals, including elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions, antelopes and vultures to Cuba.

Elephant family group in Namibia. A consignment of key African mammals and birds is to be sent to Raul Castro’s Cuba. Photograph: Alamy

The national council of SPCAs (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in South Africa expressed “disgust” at the neighbouring country’s plan to capture the animals then fly them to the Caribbean island.

The project, dubbed “Noah’s Ark II“, fulfills a promise to the Cuban government in 2009 during a visit to Namibia by the country’s president, Raul Castro.

The plan is to relocate the animals to Cuba’s national zoological park, on the outskirts of Havana, a place that already holds captive 850 animals over 342 hectares (1.3 sq miles).

“The Namibian and Cuban governments have agreed on the translocation of 146 wild animals, valued at N$7.5m [£589,491], as a donation to Cuba,” reported the newspaper Namibian. The first consignment of the 23 species, including the ‘big five’, will leave for Cuba early in October, while the last animals will be flown to Cuba next year.”

The article added: “A group of Cuban scientists are currently in Namibia and will stay for the next two weeks to observe the capturing of the animals.”

The Namibian reported that white rhinos and black rhinos would be flown out. The full list of animals to be translocated to Cuba mentions roan antelopes, common impalas, greater kudus, Cape elands, gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest, elephants, buffalos, spotted hyaenas, brown hyaenas, lions, porcupines, leopards, black-backed jackals, cheetahs, caracals, honey badgers, bat-eared foxes, ostriches, and white-backed vultures.

“It was decided, for veterinary reasons, that warthogs, waterbucks, wildebeest and zebras will not be exported to Cuba,” the paper reported.

The paper quoted Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the environment and tourism minister, as saying: “The Namibian taxpayers are footing the bill for the capturing and transportation of the animals to Cuba and we will only know the exact expenditure once the project has been completed.”

The government had budgeted N$25m (£2m) for the relocation of the animals in the 2011/2012 financial year, the paper added. Funds were also made available for the project for this year.

The animals will be taken from the Waterberg Plateau Park and kept in temporary enclosures before being flown out.

Nandi-Ndaitwah insisted: “This exercise is being done in accordance with the Cites requirements and we have to ensure that all animals are suitable to stay in Cuba.”

The scheme is criticised by wildlife protection activists. The NSPCA in South Africa said: “[We] express disgust at the Namibian government‘s decision to capture animals from the wild for transportation to Cuba.”

The organisation said it was concerned that the long flight would be stressful for the animals, and it questioned whether their new territory would be suitable.

The NSPCA said: “It is saddening to note that these animals will be taken out of their natural habitat and sent to a strange land where they will be deprived of freedom and be totally dependent on humans for their daily needs.

“Considering the inhumane culling of seals taking place [off] Namibia at the moment and the worldwide outcry, this latest action by the Namibian government and its ministry of environment and tourism raises serious concerns regarding this country’s stance on animal welfare. Perhaps something for animal lovers to consider when considering Namibia as a holiday destination.”

News Link:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/10/noahs-ark-namibia-wildlife-cuba?newsfeed=true

Abused exotic pets find final home in Minnesota

Comments Off on Abused exotic pets find final home in Minnesota

NEAR SANDSTONE — Getting to the Wildcat Sanctuary is like trying to find a classified government facility. It has no publically listed address, takes at least an hour to get to from the nearest major city, and is surrounded by thousands of acres of farms, fields, lakes and hunting land. Once there, chain-link fences line the 40-acre compound, with signs warning “No trespassing” and “Not open to the public.”

“So many of them have been through a lot of abuse,” said Tammy Thies, founder and director of the Sanctuary. “We just want them to do what they were meant to do.”

Many come from living situations that may be indicative of thousands of exotic pets kept in homes, backyards and traveling exhibitions nationwide. The World Wildlife Foundation estimates there are 5,000 captive tigers in the U.S., compared to 3,200 in the wild in their native Asia.

Many exotic animal owners, Thies said, take on the cats and later realize they can’t keep up with caring for them.

“We (recently) got a call from people in Wisconsin who are in over the heads,” she said. “All these animals are together breeding, and unfortunately by the time the sheriff gets there, instead of 20 animals, they’re going to have 40.”

Some of the animals at the Wildcat Sanctuary still show signs of abuse and neglect from their previous owners, as well as hints of the black market exotic animal trade.

Tigers’ teeth have had to be removed after they gnawed away at their cages, while some arrivals show the effects of malnourishment. Other big cats are cross-eyed — a sign of in-breeding, Thies says — and many have been declawed.

“The problem hasn’t gone away”

The growth of the facility may indicate that despite a 2005 Minnesota law to restrict exotic animal ownership, people are still doing it — and aren’t always able to keep up with the animals.

“The law helped,” said Thies, noting that it shut down many of the state’s breeding operations. “But the problem hasn’t gone away.”

It has loopholes, and it’s not fully clear just who is supposed to enforce it. Exotic pet owners before the law took effect could be grandfathered in, so long as they registered their animals with the “local animal control authority,” according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

But just who is the “local animal control authority”? The News Tribune asked representatives from the Duluth Animal Shelter, Animal Allies Humane Society and the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department, none of whom could say who the authority was. The newspaper also asked the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, which is charged with overseeing parts of the law, and requested the number of exotic pets statewide. The agency did not respond to the request for comment.

Sanctuaries vs. ownership

Those developments are partly why the Sanctuary is starting a fundraising campaign, “No more wild pets,” Thies said.

Asked if anyone — even a responsible pet owner — should be allowed to keep a tiger, Thies says no; calling that person probably “one in a million.”

“We want people to see these animals for what they are — wild. And let them be what nature intended,” she said. “Most people that want a pet tiger, they don’t really want a pet tiger. They want a tiger that acts like a dog. It’s a false notion. What we’re trying to explain through this campaign is that’s not what they are. They don’t belong in your backyard. It doesn’t benefit the animal.”

Read the full article:-http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/234592/

Neighbors voice concerns about former Thompson farm caretaker’s lions

Comments Off on Neighbors voice concerns about former Thompson farm caretaker’s lions

When John Moore, former caretaker for Terry and Marian Thompson, moved two lion cubs to a property in Fairfield County, he knew one thing: The neighborhood would be watching.

His move to the 13700 block of Queen Road already has prompted a visit from the Fairfield County Humane Society officer and Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday.

Nice while babies!

“We have no problem with them coming here,” Moore Tuesday said as he tussled with his two cats in their cage in the back of his home. “The humane officer said the girls look very well-fed and in good shape. They should. They eat about 10 to 12 pounds of raw chicken, beef or turkey a day. There is nothing illegal about me having them here.”

Ciaran Dern, an area resident, is concerned about the possible outcomes if children in the area got too close to the animals.

“I think it is cool that they are there, as long as what happened at Zanesville doesn’t happen here,” Dern said. “I can’t understand why anyone would want to have cubs like that. Why wouldn’t they give them to a zoo?” resident Matt Schmidt said. “All I can think about is what happened at Zanesville.”

Moore said he is perfectly capable of taking care of exotic animals after helping the Thompsons as caretaker for the past 15 years. Moore recently quit that position. Moore said he knows the lions are wild animals, but they’re not vicious or man-eaters. “Could this be an accident waiting to happen, they are wild animals with wild instincts, they might well be playful things now, but what about when their mature?”

While Moore has trained the cats to walk on leashes, they are not allowed to be walked in Fairfield County. Moore said responsible and loving exotic animal owners don’t do anything that would jeopardize the well-being or welfare of their animals!  “If you loved a wild animal that much, surely you would want to see it roaming round a large sanctuary, not a cage?”

Read the rest of this post & watch the video:http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/article/20120606/NEWS01/206060304

RSPCA calls for circus wild animal ban date

Comments Off on RSPCA calls for circus wild animal ban date

Date of ban still not confirmed 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has demanded that the government confirm a deadline date by which the ban on the use of wild animals in circuses would come into force. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) announced on 1st March 2012 that a ban would be sought “at the earliest opportunity”, but did not specify a date at the time.

Commenting, the RSPCA’s Chief Executive Gavin Grant said “The question which needs to be asked is: does the government intend to stay true to its word? We have been studying the details of the plans and find them vague and littered with contradictions. Nothing short of a proper ban will safeguard the welfare of these majestic animals. Everyone who cares about these animals agrees. So let’s get on with it.”


At the time of the original announcement, DEFRA also announced the introduction of a licensing scheme to ensure that wild animals in circuses are kept to certain welfare standards until such time as a full ban can be brought into force.

Details of a consultation period to allow the general public to offer their input on the licensing scheme may be found here, and the consultation period will close on April 25th 2012.

“PLEASE USE THE LINK ABOVE OR below TO SPEAK UP!  DEFRA want people’s thoughts & opinions on the licensing scheme…PLEASE…Use your voice via the link to tell DEFRA WE WANT A COMPLETE BAN, NOTHING ELSE…You only have until APRIL25th TO SPEAK UP…HAVING DONE THE QUESTIONNAIRE, IF YOU CAN’T THINK OF AN ANSWER…Just write this in every box…BAN WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES…That’s what the British public have always wanted!!

http://www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2012/03/01/circus-animals-1203/

This is what Animal Defenders International have to say

ADI has decided that Defra’s so-called public consultation on regulations on animals in circuses is manipulative in the extreme and designed to give the Government the answer they want, with no choice of options. Defra did not like the answer they got on their genuine consultation (finalised in 2010) where nearly 95% of the public voted for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. They have now put together a set of questions that ensures they get the answer they want, which is to regulate rather than end the suffering of these animals.

The animal circus business has been shown, repeatedly, to tolerate violence towards animals and the conditions that the animals are forced to endure would not be tolerated in the worst zoo. We cannot endorse measures which we do not believe will protect animals. It is a national disgrace, when other countries are taking decisive action on this issue. We urge our supporters to boycott this farce of a consultation.

http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=2631&ssi=10

Animal Defenders International (ADI), Four Paws, Animal Aid, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), and the BVA (British Veterinary Association) want to see a clear ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

Jan Creamer: “We were promised a ban in 2006. This was followed by consultations, expert examinations, working parties, impact assessments and feasibility studies. The last public consultation gave an overwhelming 95% of public in favour of a ban. Yet Defra wants another consultation. Are they going to keep going until they get the answer they want?”

Before the last election there was a Government commitment for a ban, which evaporated after the General Election. Today, the Coalition Government claimed there would be legislation tabled by 2015, by which time there will either be a new Government or we will be in the throws of the election. And this Government will be directly responsible for all of the animal suffering that they have chosen not to end.

http://www.ad-international.org/media_centre/go.php?id=2556&si=12

“Below are just a few of the replies, I received after writing many to varying Government bodies, my MP etc, regards animals abuse & a ban on wild animals in circuses. I received the same red herring that many have spoken about!”

“Below is the link to the petition I started on Care2, to get Anne the elephant moved from her abusive home at  Bobby Roberts Circus;  many were involved but collectively, we succeeded.  Anne now lives a happier more contented life, she will never have to perform again!.” 

“I wanted to show the link to prove a point, which is, when enough people rise up together & use the voices God gave us…we can shout loud enough & be heard. We can help end the suffering of many animals around the world. YOU just have to decide if your going to let your voice be part of the choir, or not!”

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-Annie-stop-abuse-in-circuses/

Out of Control

Posted: 20 October 2011. Updated: 10 November 2011

New report shows animal circuses duped inspectors

http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=2255&cat=7&si=1&ssi=10

Britain – Circus ban? Or have we been hoodwinked?

Comments Off on Britain – Circus ban? Or have we been hoodwinked?

People all over the country were overjoyed when a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses was announced in March. But as the weeks go by the more doubts the RSPCA has over the Westminster governments true commitment to a ban and question how seriously they’re taking the welfare of the animals in the meantime.

Below outlines just a few of the RSPCA’s concerns:

  • Two circus tigers lying in cage. © Captive Animals' Protection Society www.captiveanimals.org

    In a correspondence dated 30 March a civil servant at Defra states “I am not aware we have ever suggested that the licensing scheme would be a ‘temporary’ measure”.

  • The proposals may encourage some circuses to obtain more wild animals whilst a ban is pursued, some circuses have stated that they would seek to gain more if the licensing scheme went ahead.
  • The guidelines which outline plans for a licensing scheme to be implemented in the interim, do nothing to improve the welfare of wild animals.
  • Despite the government’s stated intentions to ban, licences for a full 10 years will be available for applications by circuses.

In short, the scheme could cause even more suffering to even more animals, if only for three years until the end of this parliament, that’s three years too long and as the government have made no commitment to a deadline for a ban we remain pessimistic.

The campaign is far from won! Take action now using the form below…

Click here to take action for Wild Animals in Circuses

Related articles

A Shocking Look Inside The Fur Trade

Comments Off on A Shocking Look Inside The Fur Trade

“You may or may not, have seen this very disturbing video before, I have & the images have stayed with me; So to help stop this industry, is has to be kept in the public eye. People have to be educated & know how animal suffers.  We do not need the skins of animal to keep us warm or to make a garment look nice, not when faux fur is just as good….Would any of you want to wear fur after watching the video below?”

There are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms in China, which is the world’s largest fur exporter, supplying more than half of the finished fur garments imported for sale in the United States. Foxes, minks, rabbits, dogs, cats, and other animals pace and shiver in outdoor wire cages, with no shelter from driving rain, freezing nights, or the scorching sun.

Mother animals, who are driven crazy from rough handling and intense confinement and have nowhere to hide while giving birth, often kill their babies after delivering litters. Disease and injuries are widespread, and animals suffering from anxiety-induced psychosis chew on their own limbs and throw themselves repeatedly against the cage bars.

Warning – Viewer Discretion Is Advised – Animals Slaughtered Alive

Before they are skinned, animals are yanked from their cages, thrown to the ground, and bludgeoned. Undercover investigators from Swiss Animal Protection/EAST International found that many animals are still alive and struggling desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them.

When they begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal’s leg, the free limbs kick and writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle too hard to allow a clean cut.

When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals’ heads, their hairless, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone before them. Some are still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and blinking slowly. Some of the animals’ hearts are still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned. One investigator recorded a skinned raccoon dog on the heap of carcasses who had enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare into the camera.

When they begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal’s leg, the free limbs kick and writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle too hard to allow a clean cut.

When the fur is finally peeled off over the animals’ heads, their hairless, bloody bodies are thrown onto a pile of those who have gone before them. Some are still alive, breathing in ragged gasps and blinking slowly. Some of the animals’ hearts are still beating five to 10 minutes after they are skinned. One investigator recorded a skinned raccoon dog on the heap of carcasses who had enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare into the camera.

The Fur Farm

Eighty-five percent of the fur industry’s skins come from animals on fur factory farms—dismal, often filthy places where thousands of animals are usually kept in wire cages for their entire lives. As on factory farms where animals are raised for food, the methods used on fur factory farms are designed to maximize profits, always at the expense of the animals.

To cut costs, fur farmers pack animals into unbearably small cages, preventing them from taking more than a few steps in any direction or doing anything that is natural and important to them, such as running, swimming, making nests, and finding mates. Many animals go insane under these conditions. The anguish and frustration of life in a cage leads many animals to self-mutilate, biting at their skin, tail, and feet; frantically pace and circle endlessly; and even cannibalize their cagemates.

Rows of cages are often housed in giant, dark, filthy sheds or barns where the ammonia from the animals’ accumulated urine and feces burns their eyes and lungs, or they may simply be lined up outdoors, where animals have no protection from bone-chilling cold, driving rain, or sweltering heat. Parasites and disease run rampant on fur farms, making these animals’ already miserable lives even more unbearable.

Inside American Fur Farm – Viewer Discretion Is Advised

Animals on fur factory farms are fed meat byproducts considered unfit for human consumption. Water is provided by a nipple system, which often freezes in the winter and can also fail because of human error.

Unfortunately, no federal humane slaughter law protects animals on fur factory farms, and killing methods are gruesome. Because fur farmers care only about preserving the quality of the fur, they use slaughter methods that keep the pelts intact but that can result in extreme suffering for the animals. Some animals even wake up while they are being skinned. Animals have clamps attached to or rods forced into their mouths and anuses, and they are painfully electrocuted. Genital electrocution—deemed “unacceptable” by the American Veterinary Medical Association in its “2000 Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia”—causes animals to suffer from cardiac arrest while they are still conscious.

Other animals are poisoned with strychnine, which suffocates them by paralyzing their muscles with painful, rigid cramps. Neck-breaking is another common slaughter method on fur factory farms. The fur industry refuses to condemn even blatantly cruel killing methods.

As a consumer, you can help put an end to this cruel practice by refusing to buy any products made with fur, including fur trim.

Sign PETA‘s pledge to be fur-free today.

http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=1537

UK – Urge your MP to Sign EDM 2169:-Click here

Click Petition to End The Fur Trade

Click Petition To End To Fur Farming Of Animals Skinned Alive

Click Petition Ban On Fur Trade

Click Petition to End The Cruel Raccoon Fur Trade

Click to Read More; Inform Others About Fur Farms:- Types of Animal Used In The Fur Trade

Older Entries

%d bloggers like this: