Animal News Weekly - August 28, 2014
Tania the Elephant Still Suffering at Romanian Zoo
We've reached out to you for help before on behalf of Tania, a 39-year-old elephant enduring a life of solitary confinement at the Tirgu-Mures Zoo in Romania. A European Union (EU) inspections report acknowledges that Tania, despite compliance with the national legislation, is suffering. Their report describes Tania as "an isolated case, where the specific accommodation conditions of the animal would not ensure its well-being."
Tania deserves a better life before it's too late. She was traumatized during her initial capture in the wild, was rejected by other elephants as she moved from zoo to zoo, and now suffers from severe foot pain due to ulcers and laminitis. Officials claim that Tania can’t be relocated or housed with other elephants. "This is a complicated situation," explained Dr. Lesley Dickie, Executive Director of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria.
Standing alone, rocking back and forth, isn’t helping Tania either. This behavior is the tell-tale sign of psychological distress. Elephants like Tania walk over thirty miles per day in the wild. In zoos and circuses, where they are confined in small spaces, elephants suffer from serious foot injuries and joint problems which can lead to death, as we just saw happen last week with Watoto at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington.
Click here to take action for Tania.
URGENT!! Bats Need Your Voice Now!
Tell USFWS to List Northern Long-Eared Bats as Endangered Species!
The US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) is attempting to delay the listing of the northern long-eared bat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Special interest groups such as the timber, oil, and gas industries want to delay the bat’s ESA listing so they may continue to exploit their habitats. We have until 11:59 pm EST on this Friday, August 29, to submit comments to the USFWS to tell them that listing the northern long-eared bat as merely threatened is not enough to preserve the species and to save them from extinction.
Click here to take action.
Another Way to Help Elephants
Purchase a Copy of "How I Became An Elephant" and Make a Difference
The recently released documentary, "How I Became An Elephant," is the story about a young girl from Southern California who is on a mission to save elephants in Thailand. On her journey through Thailand, she meets Asia’s famous "Elephant Lady," Lek Chailert of the Elephant Nature Park, who has risked her life and freedom for more than 30 years to protect elephants from illegal trade and abuse. Together they rescue a crippled elephant, explore the horrific lives of elephants used in the tourism trade, and send an important message to the world that we need to increase our dedication to protect elephants if we want to save them from suffering and extinction.
"How I Became An Elephant" is sure to inspire you to help elephants - they need us now more than ever. Please go to the following link to download a copy of "How I Became An Elephant" and 10% of the proceeds from purchases made through this link will benefit IDA to further our work to help save elephants.
For more information or questions, please contact Melissa Gonzalez at Melissa@idausa.org.
Untangling Vegan Dilemmas
IDA's Sustainable Activism Campaign helps animal activists resolve internal conflicts and ethical dilemmas with advice columns from noted and veteran animal activists. This week, our guest columnist is Dr. Will Tuttle who answers a question most of us have faced many times before:
"Dear Dr. Tuttle, I know you must be very busy, but I have so many questions. I just heard you speak at the World Day of Peace. It was awesome! When you questioned treating people to meat-eating meals, that really struck me. I work for the Catholic Church. So it is not uncommon for me to treat a homeless person to a meal. But I'm stuck. If we order Chinese food, of course I tell the person to order whatever he or she likes. I never say that it must be vegan/vegetarian. I don't feel that that would be right. What a dilemma. Another question - what do you say to people when they say things like, "Don't go imposing your values on me or anyone else..." Just wondering how you respond to that. Thank you for all you do!" -Joyce
Click here for Dr. Tuttle's insightful response.
Starving Dogs Rescued by IDA
Recently, IDA's Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi received several phone calls reporting starving dogs at a nearby residence. Director Doll Stanley and volunteer Sharon Stone responded to the pleas for assistance and called law enforcement for back-up. Law enforcement knew the residence well because of reports of drug activity.
Upon arrival, the HAS rescue team was met by numerous emaciated puppies of varying ages - some 4-5 months old and others as young as eight weeks. They were living amongst garbage, junk cars, and old appliances with very little to eat. The family explained that they really loved the dogs, but could not afford to care for them. After some discussion and encouragement, they agreed to surrender them all to HAS.
The dogs were immediately taken to Veterinary Associates for treatment. All of the animals were grossly underweight, covered in fleas, and filled with parasites.
The dogs have since fully recovered and several of the group were transported to PAWS in Chicago through a partnership with Massachusetts-based Animal Rescue Front to find forever homes.
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