Friday, February 28, 2014

Petitions and More, Febr. 28  Protect Wolves and Coyotes, Stop Contest Hunts!  International protest!  If not signed yet:  Say "No" to the cruel and barbaric killing of millions of animals who are killed for their fur!  The EU Commission is failing European Animals! Please take action (twice)!  More signatures needed!  Sally Jewell & President Obama, please maintain critical Endangered Species Protections for Wolves in the Pacific Northwest! US  More actions to take!  Renovate the Ain Sebaa Zoo in Casablanca, Marocco! Confirm in the mail please!  Do NOT Sponsor the 2014 Iditarod Races! Since the race began more than forty years ago, more than 140 dogs have died during the event!  Take action against Ag-gag bills; legislative alert! US States Stop Capture & Slaughter of Wild Buffalo! US  Pennsylvania only: urge your state representative to vote no on H.B. 1576 and support wildlife experts  Please take action for Ground Squirrels CA, and Wildlife in Colorado! US  Mauritius: Stop the export of monkeys for animal testing! Name, City, email  Please mail to: ; ; ;, ! GMO crops and accompanying pesticides have been wiping out the young monarch's key food source, milkweed
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Petitions and More, Febr. 27   Ohio, Stop the use of Gas Chambers!  Support The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1406/H.R. 1518)! US  Italy. By March 4, 2014 the Government will enact the Legislative Decree formally, changing the Rules on Vivisection, the use of nearly 900,000 animals per year in over 600 public and private laboratories! Art. 13 should be implemented without delay! It provides - among other things - the prohibition of farms as Green Hill, stop experiments on animals without anesthesia, give concrete incentives to alternative methods! Click also ‘si-non’  Tell Staples "Too Soon to Buy From Asia Pulp and Paper!" APP
NON-US also!  Immediate release and return of 8 dogs and a cat, wrongly seized on Febr. 25 2014, by animal protection Westphalia, Wuppertal, and payment of housing costs at the shelter Solingen! This is injustice!
                                                    ===========   News, video’s, poll’s  ===========  Romania’s Dogslaughter, letter from the Animal Welfare Intergroup, Sept. 2013; no consequences...  Craiova, Romania, please support! These dogs were rescued in time, but there are many more,  to spare them an horrific death at Breasta Death Camp!  Dog Pictures, good causes

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Turkey's plans to Kill all Stray Animals! Protest letter


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Subject: Turkey, new plans, stray animals

Council of Europe
Prime Minister of Turkey
Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs
Environmental Commission

Dear Council of Europe,
Dear Prime Minister, dear Madam, dear Sir,

Turkey being a signatory of the European Council's Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals since 2004, we would like to inform you that there is every reason to believe that Turkey plans to kill all stray animals.

In a draft document, prepared in secret and that was presented for approval mid September 2012 the Turkish Government intends to abolish the current program of TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) and it proposes that municipalities round up ALL free roaming animals (dogs and perhaps even cats) and place them in what they are calling 'Dogal hayat parklari' (natural life parks).
Bearing in mind the pathetic inability of the Turkish government to run proper a sheltering network and rehabilitation facilities, there is every single reason to believe that those so-called “Natural Parks” will be nothing but death camps of the worst kind.

These parks will just be fenced off areas, probably forests, far from populated areas where hundreds or even thousands of animals will have to fend for themselves as they will be left there to die slow and agonizing deaths without food, and water. Many will die of starvation, others will fight to the death over whatever they can find. They will end up eating each other. Many will probably suffer terrible injuries from fights over limited food sources and disease will spread through the population like wildfire.

Another crucially important change in the law is the introduction of Breed Specific Legislation. Owners of dogs whose breed is considered dangerous will be forced to surrender their animals to either be killed or incarcerated for life in those “Natural Life Parks”. These animals, too will be sentenced to death if this diabolic law passes.

Following heavy protests by Turkish citizens held simultaneously in 13 cities in Turkey with tens of thousands of people on the streets, supported by people from all around the world, tens of thousands of signatures collected via petitions and letters sent to the Turkish government, the authorities had put their evil plan on halt. Until now... February 2014.

Another regulation that was announced on February 15, 2014 and which gives reason for concerns, would make it easier to experiment on animals. An excerpt from this regulation includes the following clause:

c) Domestic pets such as cats and dogs that live as strays cannot be used in experiments. Nevertheless, those stray animals can be used in experiments if there is an emerging need for studies on animal health and welfare, if those strays pose a serious threat to environmental safety or human and animal health, or if there is scientific evidence in hand supporting the fact that such a study can only be conducted using stray animals.

The draft also doesn’t introduce any restrictions on dog breeding and sales, which is the source of the problem. Rather, it is centered on this highly profitable business of breeding, selling and then “destroying” the “surplus product.” Municipalities also have budgets for spay and neuter programs, but most of the money is transferred to other areas. Which brings us to the heart of the problem...

During the last years, civil society groups have increasingly been voicing their suspicions that corruption in shelters is the main cause for the reluctance of municipalities to control the population of stray animals on Turkey's streets, given the large amounts of funding they receive. Most municipalities base shelter funding on the number of dogs neutered. Killing dogs once they have been neutered instead of returning them to their streets where they will keep away other dogs means more dogs, which in turn means more operations and more funding coming in over the long run. The pet industry is a big industry: every birth and death, every neutering tender at every municipality, every operation and every food purchase is money that goes into somebody’s pockets, whether that be a private or municipal veterinarian, a dog breeder or a medicine or veterinary supplies company that works with the municipalities.

According to an article published in the Turkish press 'Today's Zaman' on July 29, 2012, animal rights activists say the government is actively supporting -- and perhaps is and wants to become a participant -- in this lucrative cycle of death and suffering. A source who requested to remain unnamed claims that the ─░stanbul Metropolitan Municipality is planning to open a dog food factory, adding that this is happening at a time when the government is introducing new regulations to allow the use of animal carcasses that are normally not meant for human consumption. If true, this means that the municipality plans to use slaughtered dogs in the dog food business, which might be a reason for officials to continue the cycle of breeding and destroying.

Those amendments, if passed, will bring genocide to Turkey in a scale never seen before and we are afraid that the reaction of the population in Turkey will be without any precedent, too. Protests are already planned in Istanbul on 2nd of March, 2014 and we know that animals rights organisations and citizens are determined and are organizing themselves to fight for the lives of these innocent animals. The international community also will react very harshly and if this law passes, Turkey can thus expect boycott of tourism and commerce, advertising against their country, demonstrations in front of their embassies, travel agencies, on the internet and various media.
It is our ardent plea that the Council of Europe sends a strong message to Turkey to remind them of their obligations in terms of animal welfare as a signatory of the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, and that the Council of Europe tries to bring the Turkish Government to reason and to give up their evil plans.
We thank you very much, in advance, for having taken the time to read our letter and for intervening in this matter so that this criminal law will not be passed, thus circumventing a tragedy of epic proportions for both humans and non-human animals in Turkey.


Petitions and More, Febr. 26  Please send another letter, Boycott S. Korea, 2014!  China, STOP Animal testing on Cosmetic products!  Stop the Taiji Dolphins killing! Please send a WRITTEN letter to Izumi Ishii . He will then physically deliver the letters to the Japanese Fisheries Agency!!docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073  International, for the Mexican Wolf! Go to comment please!  More attention needed  France. Also click the upper box! Confirm please; needs more signatures!
A new legal status for animals! Animals are living beings, not ‘furniture’  Turkey. Present framework of Law  5199 is good. However, application and enforcement give failures. Changes will permit all kinds of persecution, killing and torture of unwanted Animals, in the name of ‘science’; protest please!   Please sign! Needs urgently many more signatures! Romania goes against the EU rulings on behalf of Animal Protection!  11th Hour for the Wolf! More signatures still needed!  Demand that FWS Withdraw their Gray Wolf Delisting Proposal!  As well!
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