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Animal News Weekly - July 30, 2015


Thank You on Behalf of Elephants! 

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Great News for African Elephants – Thanks to President Obama!

President Obama's recent visit to Kenya proved to be extremely beneficial for African elephants. We recently encouraged our supporters to contact President Obama to urge him to propose a rule to end the ivory trade in the United States and we thank you for taking action. It is a result of pressure from people like you and from conservationists around the world, along with his recent visit to Kenya, that we believe sealed the deal for him to take a firm stand against the continued slaughter of African elephants.

At a press conference in Kenya on Saturday, Obama said, "We're proposing a new rule that bans the sale of virtually all ivory across state lines."

Obama's decision couldn't be timelier as this majestic species faces imminent extinction without immediate and radical action. It has been estimated that less than 500,000 elephants roam Africa today and more than 50,000 are killed each year. That translates to one bloody and violent death every fifteen minutes.

Following China, the U.S. is the world's second largest consumer of poached ivory products. In addition to protecting elephants, the new regulations will help to promote economic growth in African countries which rely on wildlife-based tourism. It will also assist in the fight against terrorist groups that fund their efforts with money from the illegal ivory trade.

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Dog Days of Summer Doom South Korean Dogs

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The dog days of summer - the hottest days of the season when we often seek relief by jumping into a nearby pool, relishing an ice-cold beverage or gaining a renewed appreciation for popsicles. In South Korea, however, beating the heat also spells doom for thousands of dogs.

As the temperature rises, so too does the demand for dog meat throughout South Korea. The reason? The outdated belief that eating dog meat dishes increases one's stamina (or male virility) in the oppressive heat. The belief is so widespread that it led to the holiday known as Boknal Days. These three days in July and August are supposedly the hottest days of the summer according to the lunar calendar. The first two Boknal Days, July 13 and 23, have passed, along with so many innocent dogs. The last of these days, August 2,is still ahead.

We are currently in South Korea and most recently joined our friends at Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) in downtown Seoul, South Korea in protest. We protested not only on behalf of the dogs, but also the other animals and humans of South Korea.

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Ten Keys to Staying Positive
When Facing Animal Abuse

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Sustainable Activism Webinar (Thursday, August 6)

As animal activists, how can we stay positive, happy, and effective while working to stop the enormous amount of animal abuse that we witness every day on the front lines, in the media, online, and on Facebook? In this webinar, "The World Peace Diet" author Dr. Will Tuttle shares techniques that help animal protection advocates to thrive including meditation, exercise, creative expression, connecting with nature, developing an empowering morning routine, cultivating gratitude, enhancing internal environment, creating supportive relationships, mentoring other activists, turning despair into action, and exchanging self with an other. Dr. Tuttle discusses the underlying principles of effective animal advocacy and responds to questions and concerns from participants.

Please join in us for this free webinar, part of our Sustainable Activism Campaign offering emotional support and self-care tools for animal activists. When you register for the webinar, you will receive a replay link following the event. You can find a list of Sustainable Activism Tips, Webinars, and Retreats here.

What: "Ten Keys to Staying Positive When Facing Animal Abuse" Webinar
When: Thursday, August 6, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PST
Registration Link: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EC50DE82844631
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/720878134690690/

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Introducing Compassionate Children's Club

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A major goal at IDA India is always to help the next generation become kind and compassionate, and so our staff created the "Compassionate Children's Club" to instill in children sensitivity and consideration for animals, as well as interest in the cause of animal welfare.  We are busy preparing easy-to-perform and enjoyable activities like essay and poetry writing, drawing and painting competitions, poster and card making, and more, with prizes to be awarded to winners in certain age groups. Most of the activities will be on-line (via parent's email id) so that children can participate in competitions from home or during free time and submitted by email.

IDA India staff also encourages children to write, compose, or draw for IDA India's new e-magazine, which will be published online every month.  To become a member, a child can fill out the enrollment form and send it back by email.

Our aim is to help children to learn as much as they can about other living beings who share this Earth with us and to understand more about them.  As an animal welfare NGO working directly with animals on the ground in India for the last two decades, we are in a perfect position to help guide them towards this understanding.


Introducing IDA Africa's New Management

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We are Delighted to Introduce Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center’s New Management Team!

This summer, IDA-Africa welcomed our new sanctuary management team! Raymond Tchimisso served as personnel manager of Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center for 11 years before being promoted to sanctuary manager last month. Since coming to Sanaga-Yong in 2004, he has been involved in all aspects of sanctuary operations. Raymond's assistant managers are Kim White of New Zealand and Nicholas Banadzem of Cameroon’s Northwest Province. Kim has worked with rescued chimpanzees for five years, including one year as a volunteer at Sanaga-Yong, and Nicholas, a highly skilled veterinary technician, has been with us for three years. All three members of this expert team are devoted to the welfare of our 72 chimpanzees and to our conservation mission!

In June, IDA-Africa said good-bye to Agnes Souchal, our general manager of nearly 12 years. Loved and respected by staff, volunteers, and the chimpanzees, she will be greatly missed! We are deeply grateful for the many years she spent at with us and wish her happiness and success as she embarks on the next phase of her life!

Pictured from left to right: Kim White, Raymond Tchimisso, Director Sheri Speede and Nicholas Banadzem; with photo courtesy of Amy Hanes.


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