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NIH should release the "Rockville 15" chimpanzees to a sanctuary
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Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH): Release the Rockville 15 to a chimpanzee sanctuary

Started by: Elizabeth, Washington, District Of Columbia

We request that you use the considerable influence of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to ensure that the fifteen young chimpanzees used at BIOQUAL, Inc., in Rockville, Md., are released to a sanctuary.

We request the 11 chimpanzees who were leased by NIH and housed a BIOQUAL until recently to be transferred from New Iberia Research Center, Louisiana, to Sanctuary and the four remaining chimpanzees (Loretta, Ricky, Tiffany and Torian), being housed at BIOQUAL, Inc, be transferred directly to sanctuary.

These chimpanzees, collectively known as the Rockville 15, range in age from just 2 to 7 years old and were likely born in violation of NIH's own 1995 breeding moratorium.

Considering that they are unnecessary for human health research, as detailed in the recent Institute of Medicine report, they should be released to sanctuary where it is cheaper for you to house them, and a much better environment for these chimpanzees to live. Why condemn these intelligent beings to lives of misery when scientists have clearly stated the benefits of alternative research models?

They must not live out their days in a laboratory that has repeatedly violated the Animal Welfare Act.

New Iberia is currently under investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture for an incident in which the decomposing bodies of three monkeys were found trapped in a metal chute. In addition, between 2000 and 2008, 14 infant chimpanzees died as a result of traumatic injury at New Iberia.

We ask you to please ensure that the Rockville 15 are retired to a sanctuary immediately.

Thank you.

Click here to sign Elizabeth's petition, "Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH): Release the Rockville 15 to a chimpanzee sanctuary".

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Hi Jon,
My name is Gina Montoya I am Missy's mom. Attached is a picture of her. She is fixed and current on all her shots. She's about 2 years old, weighs 32 pounds. Recently I had a stroke and although I have no visible side effects from it I get dizzy and am weak. Therefore the little bit of exercise she used to get has been greatly reduced, I feel sorry for her because she loves to run.
She is sweet and loving and I have grown very attached to her. She needs someone who can run with her, play with her and spend time with her. She gets along great with my cat but I don't know about children. She is skiddish so maybe children wouldn't be ideal.
Having said all that you may publish my email on your website however please guide me on this, I am leary about handing her over to someone I've never met. If I give her to someone who was recommended by a friend of a friend I would be ok with that. Handing her over to complete strangers is a bit unnerving.
Gina
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Gabby, an Umbrella Cockatoo, is already greeting everyone with "Hello Gabby."
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June 13, 2012
Dear Jon,
Former Lab Monkey Gets New Life Video
Please donate to our
Independence Day Cause
and help lab monkeys
find freedom.

Whew, this has been a record spring for Jungle Friends. We welcomed 5 new capuchin monkeys and a bird.

KC and Max, both former pets, came to us from different parts of Michigan, Pip and Zeke from a mid-western college, and last week we rescued little Annabelle right here in Florida.

We also welcomed Gabby, an umbrella cockatoo, to our sanctuary. He is getting acquainted with the other cockatoos and having words with the macaws. And for all you bird lovers -- we need to build another parrot habitat, so please send a donation -- just earmark it 'For the Birds'!

Jungle Friends also has an Independence Day Cause to help us build another new habitat. We have monkeys on our waiting list right now who are living in laboratories, waiting for their chance at freedom. Stop Animal Exploitation Now will match up to $2,000! Our goal is to raise $5,000 by the Fourth of July, let's make that happen!

We have been lucky to have the room to give forever homes to so many monkeys, but we are running out of room and there are more at the door. Please help us with our Expansion Project.

Lots of monkey love from Kari
Featured Video: Annabelle Goes from Rags to Riches
Annabelle's First Day Video
We rescued Annabelle, a 7-year-old weeper capuchin, from a hoarder where she was kept in shocking conditions last week. Now she is living the good life at Jungle Friends.
Learn more about Annabelle's back-story.

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No Blues for these Brothers
After a long drive to Florida last month, Pip and Zeke, two brothers retiring from research, were both terrified when they finally arrived at Jungle Friends. But it didn't take them long to start investigating their new home, compliments of the National Anti-Vivisection Society, New England Anti-Vivisection Society and the Beige family.

If you walk by Pip and Zeke's habitat, the first thing
Pip and Zeke on GTN
Watch news coverage of Pip and Zeke's arrival at Jungle Friends
you will notice is how friendly Pip is. He will run to you, climb up 15' high, and then show you where to find his shy brother Zeke.

Pip and Zeke were born at the college where they were being studied for their social behavior. And had the good fortune of staying together as they grew to maturity.

Soon they will have the chance to meet girl monkeys, so let's hope sibling rivalry doesn't get in the way of two love matches!

And special thanks to Claudia, the professor at the college where Pip and Zeke were born, who made a large donation toward their on-going care. Zeke was just sponsored tonight, don't let Pip feel left out -- Sponsor Pip!
The Sebastian Sanctuary, in memory
Beiges
Maxine, Lilliana, & Joel Beige present a sign for the habitat they helped fund
We always hope every monkey story will have a happy ending like Annabelle's rescue last week. But in the case of Sebastian, a pet whose guardians just wanted him to have a more natural life, the story ended sadly.

Sebastian never got the chance to live at Jungle Friends, because he suffered a heart attack and passed away just days before he was due to arrive.

Fortunately for two monkeys on the Jungle Friends waiting list, the Beige family donated funds toward a new habitat called Sebastian's Sanctuary, which helped provide a home for Pip and Zeke.

We are so sorry that we never got to meet Sebastian, but we will keep his memory alive with his special habitat. Read Sebastian's Memoriam.

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Kari and MFA Founder, Nathan Runkle
Jungle Friends founder Kari Bagnall is more than just a passionate primate advocate. She is an active advocate for the compassionate treatment of all animals everywhere.

This past weekend, Kari traveled to California to participate in a fundraising event for Mercy for Animals, a leading national force for the respectful and compassionate treatment of farmed animals.

The event raised nearly half a million dollars for MFA, and Kari's attendance helped raise awareness of the Jungle Friends mission among an elite group of animal advocates.

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A email from Mark Barone and Marina Dervan to Talkin' Pets:

Hi Jon, Thanks for being so caring and passionate about animals, and for all that you do to help them. Please take the time to read about our Project, and watch our 3 minute intro:http://youtu.be/Lu3lp5p9ldY You will quickly discover what we have set out to accomplish, and how you can invest kindness into our Cause by using your media platform to share our life saving project. Mark Barone and Marina Dervan, have taken extraordinary action, by creating the first Museum-Memorial of its kind in the world; which will exhibit 5500 Shelter Dogs, raise $20 million dollars (100% to be donated to No-Kill Shelters/Rescues) and usher America to become a No-Kill Nation.... find out more at: http://anactofdog.org It will be 2 Football fields long and over 10 Feet high; half the size of the Sistine Chapel, & it will take Mark 2 years to paint, what we kill in 1 day! “This idea was born out of our desire to adopt a Dog, but instead of finding a Dog, we found out all the ways in which our archaic shelter system was killing approximately 5 million animals every year. It would have been much easier for us to just turn away and tell ourselves that we were powerless to do anything, and to simply carry on with our comfortable lives... but we couldn’t. We realized that the only ones who were actually powerless, were the Animals themselves, and, that they were completely dependent upon us to do the right thing. With the deepest empathy, we were moved to action, and are now making our voices matter by speaking up for them all.” Our Most recent press coverage: FOX, ABC, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Broadway Barks, PET MD, Tails, The New Barker, Kentucky Living Magazine, etc. Please consider using your voice to help too. We look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Warmly, Mark and Marina

Mark and Marina will be heard on Talkin' Pets 5/12/12 at 540 PM EST please tune in and support the cause...

 The Movement Spreads Quickly Through Every Walk of American Culture, Bringing Together Hollywood, Fashion, Politics, Business and Sports in Support of Katy Butler’s Protest Against the MPAA.

NEW YORK, NY (March 13, 2012) – “BULLY,” the highly anticipated anti-bullying documentary (in theaters March 30th), has sparked a protest and now a movement, as a number of major movie stars, theater owners, and Members of Congress have joined forces to protest the film’s R rating. In a clear triumph for the film, Gerry Lopez, CEO of AMC Theaters, one of the most prominent theater chains in the world, spoke out against the R-Rating, saying, “To 'automatically default' BULLY is a mistake. Automatic default to a rating, a category, a genre... doesn't matter, is a mistake.  The message, the movie and its social relevance defy that kind of formulaic, conventional thinking. AMC will show this movie, and we invite our guests to engage in the dialogue its relevant message will inevitably provoke.” 
 
Mr. Lopez is one of almost 300,000 people to get behind a petition started by a junior in high school named Katy Butler. Ms. Butler, who has experienced severe bullying herself, started the petition on Change.org after the MPAA ruled by one vote that “Bully” should receive an R rating due to six swear words. When Mr. Lopez asked one of his sons about the film, curious as to whether the debate had reached the demographic the film is geared toward, his son had already signed onto Ms. Butler’s petition. 
 
The support from Hollywood has been on a steady increase since Katy Butler launched her petition. On March 20, Meryl Streep and her daughter Mamie Gummer will co-host a screening of the film with and David Boies, one of the two attorneys responsible for overturning Proposition 8 in California, and his daughter, Mary Boies.  The screening will be held in New York City. 

Johnny Depp has also signed on to lend his support; Ellen DeGeneres has devoted time to the film on her television show; and in the sports arena, Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, has also added his voice to the movement.  Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper came on board as news anchor partners, hosting a screening in New York City last week, that was presented by Bing, the search engine from Microsoft. In addition to the screening in NYC, Bing will also be supporting the film in a number of ways, including hosting an additional screening in LA.


 
Iconic American designer Tommy Hilfiger will design an exclusive t-shirt inspired by the Bully movie poster which will be sold in Tommy Hilfiger stores with a portion of proceeds benefiting Facing History and Ourselves (http://www.facing.org/). Mr. Hilfiger is the first of ten designers that The Weinstein Company will ask to donate their services on behalf of the fundraising effort.  IMG, renowned global sports, fashion and media agency continues to support the film in a number of ways, and famed photographer David LaChapelle has offered to donate his talents towards an advertising campaign.

 

 

In Congress, Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) issued a bipartisan letter to the MPAA, supporting Katy Butler’s petition, to urge former Senator Dodd, now Chairman of the MPAA, to overturn the ruling. Over 20 Members of Congress have signed on to the letter. The political engagement continues to grow this week while Congress is in District Work Session, with additional support coming from the Senate. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) called for a PG-13 rating on Twitter today, and has told The Weinstein Company she intends to play a more active role in this protest.

Last Friday, Justin Bieber joined the cause, telling his fans on Twitter about the movie and encouraging them to stand up for each other. He is currently working with The Weinstein Company on how he can do more for the film.

“We’ve got the MPAA’s attention, and with nearly 300,000 signatures and support from celebrities and politicians, there’s now a national movement of people calling on the MPAA to drop the ‘R’ rating for ‘Bully,’” Katy Butler said. “As someone who lived through bullying day in and day out in school, including having my finger broken by bullies, this film is too important to silence with an ‘R’ rating. Everyone should have a chance to see ‘Bully.’”
 
Click here to view Katy Butler’s petition:
 http://www.change.org/petitions/mpaa-don-t-let-the-bullies-win-give-bully-a-pg-13-instead-of-an-r-rating
Click here to view the trailer:  http://youtu.be/rjjeHeAzZZM <http://youtu.be/rjjeHeAzZZM> 

 

For group sales: http://thebullyproject.com/#/ticketing


ABOUT “BULLY”
Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America’s bullying crisis. BULLY follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals’ offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. As teachers, administrators, kids and parents struggle to find answers, BULLY examines the dire consequences of bullying through the testimony of strong and courageous youth. Through the power of their stories, the film aims to be a catalyst for change in the way we deal with bullying as parents, teachers, children and society as a whole. 

 

LOS ANGELES’ ACCLAIMED WILD AND EXOTIC ANIMAL SANCTUARY, THE WILDLIFE WAYSTATION 

FACES THE “FINAL CHAPTER.,” SAYS FOUNDER MARTINE COLETTE. 

FINANCIAL SITUATION “THE WORST” IN 35 YEARS. 

             

            Martine Colette, founder and director of the Wildlife WayStation, is facing what she calls – bluntly – the “final chapter” of the acclaimed wild and exotic animal sanctuary that has long been a Los Angeles fixture and is home to around 400 animals, birds and reptiles. 

            But home for how long? 

            That is Colette’s predicament and it’s crunch time for the animal supporter and her life’s work. 

            Says Colette: “If the WayStation does not find a way out from under the horrific financial burden it is currently facing, caused by the current recession and disastrous economic downfall, then all these animals that came to us for safe haven are in real jeopardy. 

            “And sooner rather than later.”

            Funded solely through corporate and foundation grants, private donations, animal sponsorship and bequests, the non profit WayStation, situated in the Angeles National Forest just outside Los Angeles, has seen the results of fundraising activities drop abruptly.

            “Donations are down,” notes Colette. “This is the worst I have experienced in my 45 years of animal welfare and rescue..

            “We have been forced to cut back severely on WayStation staff, relying on volunteers and supporters day-to-day. They do a great job but it’s frustrating not having a complete, permanent staff to serve our animal population.

            ”The economic situation adversely affects our work on the County of Los Angeles-required WayStation improvements that would allow us to reopen our sanctuary to the public, another way we raise money. The work is proceeding, but slowly.

            “All in all, this has been one horrific year.”

            Colette views the upcoming Thanksgiving-Christmas period – a peak time for donations and fundraising – as “crisis time,” the make-or-break period for the WayStation.

            Facing the reality of the WayStation’s downward financial spiral, Colette and fellow board members are looking to change the Waystation’s business methods and philosophy.

            Colette’s opinion is that the WayStation management, herself included, must become more progressive and proactive,

            Says Colette: “We are putting real emphasis on the possibility of some organization going into partnership with the WayStation, a company that sees a real advantage in aligning with the WayStation brand that could take us – and them - in a different direction. An organization that will find the WayStation image and history advantageous to them.

            “Frankly, we are open to any and all suggestions – a merger with another like-minded animal organization is not out of the question. A wedding chapel with the WayStation has background has even been suggested! Just as long as respect for the animals is part of the package, the first priority.”

            While the WayStation is seeking an organizational partner with deep pockets, the small change is not being neglected in the fundraising drives.

            “People can sponsor a particular animal, or contribute to a food bill. I can tell you to the last cent how much it costs to feed one tiger or one chimp for one day. If someone wants to help that way, I am just as grateful. The most important thing is that the Wildlife Waystation must survive

            “A large part of the WayStation’s appeal is its connection with the public, whether in the school room or the other outside events that feature the Waystation’s animals.”

                        Martine Colette acknowledges: “Animal rescue and protection has never been a money making business and those operations with large animal populations are especially vulnerable. Two respectable large animal sanctuaries in Texas have just gone belly up, victims of the same financial crisis that’s affecting the WayStation. And the blunt fact is that, in these cases, there is no place for the animals to go.

            “If the worst happens, there is no place in Los Angeles County that can take in an animal population of 400 – tigers, chimps, bird, reptiles.

            ”This must never happen. We do good work here.”

 

Wildlife WayStation Particulars:

 

Address:

Wildlife WayStation

14831 Little Tujunga Canyon Rd.

Sylmar, Ca. 91342-5999

Web-Site:

www.wildlifewaystation.org 

Phone:

 818-899-5201

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

People/Business’s can make donations by: Mail, In-person, Phone, Web-site, Facebook

The WayStation accepts: Cash, Checks, Money Orders, Credit/Debit Cards

Text Wildlife to 20222 on your cell phone to make an instant $10 donation that will show up on your next bill.

Like us on Facebook

For more information & other ways to help please visit www.wildlifewaystation.org

 

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NEWS RELEASE
 
Help In Suffering (HIS) Tends Animal Population in Jaipur


Despite making significant economic progress, modern India is a country where millions of animals continue to suffer severe neglect or abuse. Overpopulation, poverty, superstition, apathy and ignorance all contribute to their plight.
 
Fortunately, improvements are starting to take root thanks to the work of animal welfare organizations striving to provide immediate health benefits for animals, while fostering a more caring culture in Indian society.

Help In Suffering, Jaipur
A good example of this noble effort is Help in Suffering (HIS) {
www.his-india.in <http://www.his-india.in> } a registered Indian charitable trust that for 30 years has championed animal care and welfare in Jaipur, a city of almost four million in the province of Rajasthan.
 
Located in a shaded two-acre compound on the outskirts of Jaipur, Help in Suffering provides shelter and medical treatment for injured and sick dogs, cats, cattle, donkeys, ponies, horses, camels, monkeys, and birds – and until recently even elephants! It also does its best to educate people to make a better world for animals in India.

HIS employs about thirty-five staff and has three rescue ambulances and two mobile clinic vehicles. Six separate animal welfare projects are conducted, each headed by a veterinary surgeon.
 
Chief Vet Dr. Jack Reece
Dr. Jack Reece, an English vet, has been the cornerstone of the HIS veterinary staff for the past 12 years. He is recipient of the first Trevor Blackburn Award by the British Veterinary Association for work in the field of animal health and welfare in a developing country.
 
“Working to help animals in India is no more or less important than helping animals anywhere else on the planet,” he says.  “The plight of animals is global and even in the more prosperous nations of the West there is still much to be done to improve their lot. The big difference is that India is a huge country with a rampant population of street, working, and wild animals and very few resources to help them. That’s why I chose to offer my services here.”
 
 
Some would cast Jack as a modern day James Herriot, the kind-hearted Scottish veterinary surgeon who wrote the best-selling book All Creatures Great and Small. Dr. Reece will have none of that and prefers to stay out of the limelight, selflessly going about his work and lavishing praise on others for the accomplishments of HIS. And certainly, there are others who are well deserving of credit.

Helping Camels
Dr. Pradeep Singhal heads the HIS Camel project. Each day his team visits parts of Jaipur and nearby villages where large numbers of working camels congregate. Pradeep’s team also organizes an annual treatment camp at the Pushkar Camel Fair and has helped build a Camel Treatment Centre at nearby Bassi.  Common among camel ailments are parasites, worms, infections, and incorrect use of nose pegs. “As much as we treat wounds and injuries, we focus on educating owners so that improved management practices can be introduced,” he says.

 

Equine Care
Dr. Sudhir Swami splits his time between work in the compound’s dispensary and traveling in a mobile clinic to minister to the working donkeys, ponies and horses of Jaipur.  Sudhir and his staff provide free care to these animals that frequently suffer from exhaustion, lameness, debilitation, and disease from cart overloading, inadequate diet and water supply, and general overwork in extreme heat. “We are reducing these problems, many of which are preventable,” says Sudhir.  “For example, daily hoof care helps prevent injury, infection and lameness and so we distribute hoof picks together with information on how to properly clean the hoof.”
 
Sudhir and his assistants also tend to hundreds of animals brought to HIS each year by concerned owners, or rescued from street accidents by its large ambulance with a hydraulic lift. Some of the suffering, crippled and injured animals with no hope of recovery have to be humanely destroyed.
 
Animal Birth Control/Immunization
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) provides technical support for an Animal Birth Control (ABC) and Immunization program pioneered by Dr. Reece to create a friendly, stable, rabies-free street dog population in Jaipur. To date over 68,000 dogs have passed through the program and the incidence of human rabies in Jaipur has been reduced to zero for the past four years.
 
According to Dr. Reece, 71 percent of the city’s female dogs are now sterilized and 72 percent of the entire street dog population has been vaccinated against rabies. “Visitors to Jaipur report that our street dogs looks extremely healthy and friendly, sharply in contrast with other cities and towns of India where such programs are not yet in operation,” he says.

 

Animal Rescue and Rehoming
HIS also operates an Animal Rescue program that makes at least ten animal rescues a day. Dr. Mukesh, a clinical surgeon who works in the dispensary says this includes monkeys (often injured or burnt on power lines), birds such as peacocks, pigeons, and raptors, ponies and donkeys, pigs and camels, cattle, dogs, cats and even squirrels.
 
“We treat about 450 cases a month, from a small boy with a sick pet rabbit, to a village woman whose goat has mange, to a family in tears because the street dog living at their gate has been injured on the road,” says Mukesh. “Animals are held at the clinic for treatment and recovery as needed, after which they are returned to their owners, placed for adoption or put down if their injuries or illness cannot be cured.”

Funding and Donations
Timmie Kumar, HIS managing trustee says that caring after India’s animals is a never-ending endeavor. “We are making progress thanks to many dedicated and kind people, who help fund and provide our medical supplies, food and equipment. However, having the resources to keep going and growing is always a challenge. Unfortunately, the only thing that is not in short supply is the number of animals in need.”
 
HIS receives funding from various government agencies in India as well as donations from groups such as Humane Society International of the USA, Animaux Secours of France, the Marchig Trust and ELSU Foundation of Switzerland, and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and Carpenter Trust of Great Britain.
 
HIS has organized an Adopt a Pet program, and also sells postcards of animals online as a means to raise funds. Donations from caring individuals are always welcome and can be made at www.his-india.in/ <http://www.his-india.in/>;   
 
Volunteer Vets
Help in Suffering gladly accepts experienced or newly qualified veterinary surgeons to assist with surgery, radiography, treatment or nursing care. The organization prefers a minimum stay of three months. Veterinary students are also welcome and will find plenty of opportunity for “hands on experience.”  
 
However, due to funding challenges, HIS requires volunteers to pay for their own transportation, accommodations and meals. Veterinary surgeons and veterinary students interested in volunteering should email Dr. Reece at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
“At HIS we gladly share duties and responsibilities to look after the animals in this part of the world,” says Dr. Reece.  “It is a labor of love. We get immense satisfaction from what we do, and enjoy a strong bond of friendship among ourselves in helping the animals of Jaipur.”     

Resources:

YouTube Video Link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHaouopP89I



HIS Website

www.his-india.in <http://www.his-india.in>



Facebook

www.facebook.com/pages/Help-In-Suffering/319028590596 <http://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-In-Suffering/319028590596>


NEWS RELEASE

 

Animal Welfare Group Provides Medical Aid and Promotes Humane Treatment of Camels

 

Jaipur, India, August 17, 2011The province of Rajasthan in Northwest India is home to kings of legendary wealth, vast deserts, fairytale fortresses and a dazzling array of colors and culture. From time immemorial, the camel has been a fixture of this blisteringly hot desert landscape, as a means of personal transportation and beast of burden.

 

Known as the ship of the desert, thousands of camels continue to populate the region and, sadly, as they have throughout history, many continue to suffer the ills of neglect, disease, ignorance and maltreatment. In 2001, Dr. Devi Shankar Rajoria of Help in Suffering (HIS), a charitable trust working for the benefit of animals in the city of Jaipur, established the HIS Camel Project as a result of the extreme suffering of working camels.

 

To further help these legendary beasts of burden, a Camel Rescue Center (CRC) was recently built at Bassi, on the Agra Road, where many camels work, and much help is needed to reduce their plight. A resident vet and two assistants staff the Center around the clock, providing free treatments for injured or sick beasts.

 

This past June, Dr. Pradeep Singhal and a team from Help In Suffering comprising of five veterinary physicians from India and the United Kingdom plus six veterinary technicians, joined the staff at Bassi to assist with camel care. “Camels are among the most noble and regal of animals, and we are committed to doing as much as we can for them,” he said.

 

Equally important, the HIS team was able to provide treatment to all other animals in the locality. “There’s not much in the way of veterinary support in this area, and we got the word out that we were also here to take care all other animals,” said Pradeep.

 

The team from HIS treated a total of 985 animals during a one-month stay, including camels, cattle, buffalo, sheep, and goats.

 

Most of the camels were treated for parasites such as worms, external ticks and mites. Others suffered from lameness, or wounds indicating poor management and awareness by camel owners towards their animals.

 

 

According to Dr. Singhal, special considerations must be taken into account when your patient weighs around 1,000 pounds, especially if you are going to do surgery! But unlike the popular misconception of a spitting and stubborn animal, the camel is a model patient. “You might come up against one that doesn’t want to behave, but not very often,” says Pradeep. “They are actually quite friendly.”

 

As always, the HIS vets advise the camel owners to follow better management practices to take care of their poor companions, handing out prepared leaflets in Rajasthani that explain why the animal is suffering, and how this can be avoided in future.

 

For example, a common method of treating throat and cold infections, or lameness, has been to inflict a deep burn wound by means of a heated iron rod applied to the skin of the affected area. Owners are advised that this is not only useless and needlessly painful, but can threaten the life of their camel.

 

Another major cause of camel injury is the incorrect use of the nose peg. “Friction caused by the nose peg results in suppurating, non-healing wounds which attract flies which lay eggs that turn into maggots,” says Pradeep. “Parts of the nose and face can then be eaten away. This not only causes the camel to become worthless to the owner, but the animal suffers the constant pain of exposed nasal passages and bone.”

 

Sheep and goats were treated for heavy infestations of worms, especially internal parasites that show up in symptoms of rough skin coat. Cattle and Buffalo were treated for infertility problems, skin infections, general anorexia and debility.

 

“The Bassi experience was intense, frustrating, enchanting, bewildering and rewarding all at the same time,” says Pradeep. “We awoke each morning to stifling heat and humidity so intense that we kept troughs of drinking water near the entrance so that the animals would not collapse while waiting for treatment. 

 

“People came from miles away and were very grateful for the help and more so that it was for free. They were very kind in thanking our Help In Suffering staff and in appreciating the support of our generous donors in providing this service in their locality.  There’s still much to be done and we will definitely be returning.”

 

Timmie Kumar, managing trustee of Help In Suffering says that caring after India’s animals is a never-ending endeavor. “We are making progress thanks to many dedicated and kind people who help fund and provide our medical supplies, food and equipment. However, having the resources to keep going and growing is always a challenge. Unfortunately, the only thing that is not in short supply is the number of animals in need.”

 

How You Can Help:

Donations from caring individuals are always welcome and can be made at www.his-india.in/ Help in Suffering also accepts experienced or newly qualified veterinary surgeons from all countries to assist with surgery, radiography, treatment or nursing care. The organization prefers a minimum stay of three months. Veterinary students are also welcome and will find plenty of opportunity for “hands on experience.” 

 

  

About Help In Suffering (HIS)

HIS is a registered Indian charitable trust established in 1980 for the benefit of animals in India.  Its mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and give better lives to stray, working, abandoned and wild animals. The organization will help any animal in distress or suffering and will work towards educating people on the humane treatment of all animals in India.  The scope of animals treated by HIS includes dogs, cats, camels, donkeys, mules, horses, monkeys, cattle, buffalo, goats, elephants and birds.

 

 

YouTube Video Link (Camel team at work)

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HIS Website

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Eight animal welfare groups recognized with $10,000 grants for
going above and beyond to save animals

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced it will provide eight animal welfare groups each with a $10,000 grant to recognize their efforts for going above and beyond to save animal victims of cruelty or natural disasters this year.

Each group is part of the ASPCA’s Response Partner Program, a network of animal welfare organizations from across the country that assists the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team by providing qualified personnel and services to respond to cruelty investigations and natural disasters. The network also helps the ASPCA’s field operations by taking in animals and placing them into permanent homes.

Among the 173 animal welfare and rescue groups in ASPCA’s Response Partnership network, the following groups have been recognized for their outstanding efforts in 2011:

• Columbia-Greene Humane Society in Hudson, N.Y.;
• Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colo.; 
• St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J.;
• Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C.;
• Spay and Neuter Kansas City in Kansas City, Mo.;
• Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Mo.;
• Charleston Animal Society in North Charleston, S.C.; and
• Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“The ASPCA wanted to thank those agencies that helped us make it possible to do our life-saving work, especially in communities that were affected by devastating disasters this year,” said Jessica Rushin, partnerships manager for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “We work collaboratively with numerous agencies on cruelty cases and disaster response operations, and these agencies have stepped up to the plate and done an exceptional job by dedicating resources, time and personnel to help us in the field. We are grateful for their assistance and look forward to saving countless more animals in the New Year.”

Each of the grant recipients were selected based on the following criteria: taking in a significant number of animals from cruelty cases and disasters and placed into permanent homes; deploying multiple response teams to assist the ASPCA with operations in the field; and providing spay/neuter services and personnel to assist disaster and cruelty victims. All of these agencies have made immense contributions to the ASPCA’s disaster relief efforts this year, including the catastrophic tornadoes in Joplin, Mo. and Tuscaloosa, Ala., and severe flooding in Memphis, Tenn., Caruthersville, Mo., and Binghamton, N.Y.

In addition to this year’s devastating disasters, the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team has responded to major events like Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The ASPCA is commonly called upon by state and municipal governments and other animal welfare agencies to lend expertise during large-scale animal rescue operations. This year alone, the ASPCA has assisted more than 20,000 animals in communities throughout the U.S. that were devastated by tornadoes, flooding and storms.


About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.

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It's hot, dark and foul inside a Matson Navigation shipping container, where 115 pigs are crammed in tight. Without even room to lie down, the pigs stand in their own waste, which pours out the bottom of the container whenever the ship hits rough water on the way from Oakland to Honolulu.

Up to 1 out of these 5 pigs transported from places like Montana, Iowa and South Dakota won't even survive their week-long journey to the slaughterhouse in Hawaii.

Leilani Farm Sanctuary is a nonprofit farm animal sanctuary in Maui that wants this cruelty to stop. The folks there started a petition on Change.org calling on Matson Navigation to join other shipping companies -- including its main competitor, Horizon Lines -- in committing to end its inhumane practice of live pig transport to Hawaii. Please sign Leilani Farm Sanctuary's petition to stop the live transport of pigs from the mainland to Hawaii now.

Thousands of pigs are transported in terrible conditions like this to Hawaii every year. Video obtained by the Handle With Care Coalition shows pigs being held in metal containers in the hot sun before they even get on a Matson ship in California -- already a violation of U.S. animal transport laws. Perhaps the worst part, though, is that none of this suffering and cruelty is necessary -- not when there are locally raised pigs and other more humane alternatives.

One Hawaii resident explained that he signed the Leilani Farm Sanctuary's petition because "it is not pono to inflict cruelty on these animals by subjecting them to shipping across the ocean." (Pono means "righteous" in Hawaiian and is a fundamental ideal in Hawaiian culture -- it's even in the state motto.) Neither local Hawaiians nor tourists want to be associated with this kind of severe animal cruelty.

Sign the Leilani Farm Sanctuary's petition calling on Matson Navigation to end the live transport of pigs to Hawaii now:

http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-shipping-live-pigs-from-the-mainland-us-to-hawaii-for-slaughter

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Stephanie and the Change.org team

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