Animal News Weekly - October 8, 2015
Free Kaavan the Elephant
Chained for 28 Years at Pakistan Zoo; Remains Alone In a Tiny Enclosure
Kaavan the elephant was chained for 28 years in a small enclosure at the Islamabad Zoo (also known as the Marghazar Zoo) in Pakistan. He has gangrene-prone gashes around his legs caused from the chronic chaining and is in overall poor physical and psychological condition.
Kaavan repeatedly sways his head from side to side, one of the many stereotypic coping mechanisms of captive and depressed elephants. Other behaviors exhibited by elephants in psychological distress include rocking, head-bobbing, and various repetitive movements. Any reasonably humane and knowledgeable person would agree that Kaavan's chronic exhibition of these behaviors is a sign of experiencing psychological torment.
Samar Khan, a tourist from the United States, witnessed Kaavan's suffering this summer and started campaigning for his release with appeals to the Pakistan Government. Instead of releasing Kaavan, the zoo plans to get another elephant. This plan is highly irresponsible and misguided since the zoo is overtly abusing Kaavan.
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California Bans Ivory
AB 96 becomes Law: Huge Victory for Wild Elephants and Rhinos!
California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 96 into law, making California the third State in the United States to ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn. Since California has been so implicit in the ivory trade, this will have a major impact on poachers and traffickers worldwide.
New York and New Jersey were the first two States to ban ivory sales. We hope Washington will be next, with other States to follow suit. Current California law allows the purchase and sale of ivory imported prior to 1977, which created a parallel illegal market and made the law nearly impossible to enforce. AB 96 fixes this by eliminating the pre-1977 loophole in California’s ivory law and banning the sale, offer for sale, possession with intent to sell, and importation with intent to sell elephant, mammoth, narwhal, whale, walrus, and hippo ivory, along with rhinoceros horn. This new bill also increases penalties for traffickers up to roughly $50,000 and/or one year in prison.
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There's More To This
Than Meets The Eye...
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When we see footage of animal abuse from a factory farm or slaughterhouse, our initial reactions can range from, "How could they do this?'" to "I hate humans!" Do you ever wonder what caused these humans to become so mindlessly cruel?
A large percentage of slaughterhouse workers are vulnerable migrants who are forced to work in foul and unsafe conditions, and to endure heinous acts of cruelty and sexual abuse., Many are constantly threatened with the loss of their visas and jobs if they report these abuses. Did you know that slaughterhouse workers are often denied bathroom breaks and are forced to urinate or excrete on themselves because their supervisor won’t slow the line speed down?
Many slaughterhouse workers are desperately trying to earn enough money to create a better life for themselves and their families. What they endure on a daily basis is absolutely disgusting and, unfortunately, very common. Read this extensive investigation and study by Human Rights Watch.
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Join Our Sustainable Activism Webinar
Addressing Human Injustice in the Animal Rights Community (Thursday, October 15)
What types of human injustices exist within the animal rights community? Some activists would say the movement is more damaged by its own internal bigotries than by any outside threat. Let’s examine racism, sexism, and other -isms; explore their impact both on people who experience them and on the animal rights community; and discuss their connection to self- and community-care. In this free webinar, we will review these issues and suggest ways to create a just community for all activists involved.
What: "Addressing Human Injustice in the Animal Rights Community" Webinar
When: Thursday, October 15, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PST (8:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST)
Registration Link is here.
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On the morning of September 18, 2015, Sharon Stone, Operations Manager of IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary, received a call requesting help for a "stray" dog who the caller reported was "in bad shape." The caller texted a picture to Sharon and true enough, this dog was in dire need of immediate help.
Upon arrival, Sharon was met by the family that had called for help for this sweet dog, and they directed her to their back yard where they had provided food and water. Mercy, as she would come to be called, came running right to Sharon with her tail wagging. Her face was devoid of any fur and the skin there was very rough, not unlike an elephant's hide. Sharon knew this was one of the hallmarks of demodectic mange. While petting Mercy, she noticed sores on her sides and under her neck caused from scratching at the mites. We knew her skin was painful but Mercy did not complain, she was just happy to be safe at last!
Mercy is now with Hope Animal Sanctuary and is getting the treatment she needs for the mange and the bacterial infections on her skin. Although she will need several months of treatment, we are committed to giving Mercy the life she so richly deserves.
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