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« Reply #100 on: June 14, 2008, 11:26:46 PM »

Has sympathy and empathy gone the way of the 8 track? 

Are children being raised or merely allowed to grow older?
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« Reply #101 on: June 16, 2008, 05:54:54 PM »

I know many of you read the articles on the FP about Big Brown, Eight Belles and of course, Barbaro, even if you're not interested in horses or horse racing.  Today's e-mail from the Humane Society of the U.S. (www.hsus.org) says that Congress may take action to standardize the treatment of horses in horse racing.  Apparently each state has their own laws right now, and of course when there's money involved, some will not act in the best interests of the horse.  The e-mail went on to ask me to contact my U.S. Representative to support this action.  Anyway, here's the relevant part of the e-mail: 


America's Race Horses Need Protection

Dear [lilPuma],

Every year, hundreds of race horses suffer career ending and even fatal injuries on race tracks across the country. The recent, high-profile deaths of Eight Belles and Barbaro put a spotlight on the high risk faced by these majestic animals, who are literally "run to death" in some cases. Take action to protect America's race horses.

Currently, only a handful of states ban the use of steroids in horse racing, but most states do not. Decisions regarding track surfaces, young horses racing while their bones are still developing, and other horse welfare concerns are made on a state-by-state basis, resulting in widely varying degrees of protection across our country.

Fortunately, Congress is considering the formation of a national commission to address these concerns and provide uniform regulation of the horse racing
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« Reply #102 on: June 18, 2008, 07:45:10 PM »

Lil Puma~ on the subject of race horses and their treatment:  I would like to see horse whips banned as used by jockeys and trainers, for starters.  Poor Eight Belles was whipped toward the finish line, as her legs were breaking.  Terrible.  Just terrible. 
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« Reply #103 on: June 20, 2008, 11:44:18 AM »

ARUBA ANIMAL SHELTER USING CRUEL KILLING METHODS; PETA ASKS PRIME MINISTER TO ACT

Witnesses Say They Hear Dogs Howling in Pain When Injected With Painful Chemical

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July 29, 2005

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Oranjasted, Aruba — PETA has sent an urgent letter to Aruban Prime Minister Nelson Oduber, urging him to stop the use of a chemical called T-61 to kill animals in the government-run shelter in Oranjasted. PETA—which learned about the chemical’s use from a U.S. veterinarian visiting the country—points out that T-61 is considered an unacceptable euthanasia agent and that it has been withdrawn from the market in several countries, including the United States.

The visiting veterinarian told PETA that nearby residents complain of hearing dogs "wailing" and "yelling" when workers inject them and seeing the animals killed in full view of others—a practice unacceptable even by minimum standards for animal sheltering. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), if it is used at all, T-61 must only be administered intravenously, but PETA has learned that the shelter has been injecting the chemical directly into animals’ lungs.

PETA, the AVMA, and major animal protection organizations concur that intravenous injection of sodium pentobarbital is the kindest and most humane way to euthanize animals. The AVMA also states, "Distress vocalizations, fearful behavior, and release of certain odors or pheromones by a frightened animal may cause anxiety and apprehension in other animals. Therefore, for sensitive species, it is desirable that other animals not be present when individual animal euthanasia is performed."

"We are not disputing the unfortunate need for shelters to euthanize unwanted animals," says PETA Director Daphna Nachminovitch. "But we urge the prime minister to immediately direct the shelter to stop the use of T-61 and to use only recommended agents and methods of euthanasia that ensure that the animals’ deaths are painless and peaceful." PETA has offered to assist in euthanasia training.

PETA’s letter to Prime Minister Oduber is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA’s Web site HelpingAnimals.com.

 http://www.peta.org/MC/NewsItem.asp?id=6832&pf=true

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Caribbean Nation Switches to Kindest Known Method for Euthanizing Unwanted Animals  Summer 2006
PETA worked with Aruba's government to help replace T-61--an unacceptable euthanasia agent that can cause extreme burning pain and is difficult to administer humanely--with sodium pentobarbital, the most humane method of euthanizing unwanted, sick, or injured cats and dogs.
http://www.peta.org/about/victoryItem.asp?VictoryID=541

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A lot of countries, including Mexico and Puerto Rico, have a long way to go when it comes to the treatment of animals.  The newsbriefs above are the reason I don't hate PETA, although I don't always agree with them and some of their tactics.   Good to see there are some in Aruba trying to do things right, even if it's an uphill battle. 

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We hear so much bad news about Aruba but here's a link to pics of young people volunteering there time to make a positive difference.  They're  helping the Aruba Animal Shelter prepare for thei 2007 Open House. 
http://www.arubaanimalshelter.com/archive/openhouse2007/openhouse2007.html

From what I've read, quite a few Americans have adopted animals from Aruba, and they are cooperative in getting the vet clearances and paperwork needed to bring the animals back to the U.S. 


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« Reply #104 on: June 21, 2008, 04:38:06 AM »

The Aruba animal shelter has some goals - from their website -

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Goal of the Animal Shelter 
 
The Aruba Animal Shelter has just one goal. To improve the life of Aruba's pets. We do this by taking in as much unwanted animals as we can and give them the care and attention, love, affection and medical attention, that they need. We also talk to the people that bring in animals they don't want anymore and ask them what the problems are and talk to them about the solutions.
 
Most of the animals that are killed every year are puppy's and kittens so one the main focuses of the Animal Shelter is getting people to spay or neuter their animals so there won't be so many to kill.

All the animals that are adopted and 6 months old or older are spayed or neutered before they leave the shelter. The puppy's and kittens get papers so when the reach the age of 6 months the new owners can have them spayed or neutered for free.

Old and incurably sick animals are put to sleep every day. It is the task of the volunteers to go to the death cages and select who lives and who doesn't, this is one of the hardest things we have to do, but by giving the people that adopt a pet information about the most common diseases and urging them to take their pet to the vet as soon as they notice something is wrong we hope the number of incurably sick animals will go down as well as the number of unwanted (baby) animals.


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« Reply #105 on: July 03, 2008, 06:03:01 PM »

Like Katrina and other hurricanes and natural disasters, animals, both domestic and wild, pay a price.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is one of the organizations working to help animals in the flooding in the midwest.  (Fortunately this time around, no one proclaimed that animals had to be left behind to die or should be shot if found as strays.)  I've copied a message from IFAW below.  If you'd like to read more or make a donation, here's a link. 

http://tinyurl.com/6ghy5l

You have stood with us before...

When Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area, you were there to help us rescue the survivors…when a tsunami slammed into Southeast Asia, you were there to help us feed and vaccinate animals…and when the recent earthquakes rocked China, you were there to help us provide life-saving supplies for animals and people.

And now that floods are ravaging the US Midwest…will you please stand with us again?

We’ve all seen the awful images of the flooding…whole cities under feet of water, people standing on their cars on washed-out roads, residents sobbing as they pick through their destroyed homes searching for family photo albums and personal mementos.

And then there are the animal victims.

Their stories are so moving…like the 20 fawns that have been rescued after floodwaters separated them from their mothers – they now rely completely on the IFAW team, who are bottle-feeding them and watching over them as their mothers would have…Or the kitten that was plucked from the rushing water - she was so cold she didn’t stop shivering for hours, but she is now safe and warm and in the loving care of the IFAW rescue team.

Your support helps us save animals like these, and more animals are coming in by the hour.

Your life-saving gift will help us rescue and care for so many animal victims.

IFAW’s highly-skilled Emergency Relief team is caring for all of these animals at our temporary rescue shelter at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Illinois. The county has welcomed IFAW’s team – among the first animal rescue groups on the scene - and is allowing use of their barns and fairgrounds. The IFAW Emergency Relief team will care for pets and livestock that will eventually be reunited with their owners, and wild animals that will be rehabilitated and released into the wild.

The meaning of community

Midwesterners have an incredible sense of community and generosity – people have been working for days on end to bolster levees with sandbags…neighbors help each other - even those they have never met - just because they feel it is the right thing to do. And now you have the chance to do your part.

Any amount you can spare will help us care for the dogs and cats, horses, chickens, pigs, fawns and any other animals that need us. It will help provide the food and medicine to give the animals the strength they need to survive. And it will help us rescue even more animals.

You have stood with us before. Please stand with us again, by giving what you can.

Thank you,

Fred O'Regan
President and CEO

p.s. We just received word that our Emergency Relief team is planning a major rescue operation to save some farm animals stranded atop a levee. Please give now to help keep our rescue efforts going.
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« Reply #106 on: July 11, 2008, 04:23:27 PM »

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Customer complaint ... Pamela Anderson hand-delivers a protest letter to a KFC outlet on the Gold Coast.

IT was Pam-demonium at a suburban KFC outlet yesterday when Hollywood sex symbol Pamela Anderson let fly over the treatment of her feathered friends.
Leaving the KFC-sponsored Big Brother compound to stage a protest against the takeaway chain's cruelty to animals, the serial Playboy bunny created chaos as she arrived to cry fowl.

Protesters from Pammy's pet cause PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) were outnumbered by a crowd of at least 100 fans and media outside the Gold Coast store looking on as the circus unfolded.

Dressed to prove she was no old duck, in hot-pants and a strategically unbuttoned white top, the busty blonde was escorted inside to hand-deliver a personal letter addressed to Albert Baladi, managing director of KFC's parent company in Australia.

"They're boiling chickens alive, cutting off their beaks, they're just being extremely abusive,'' Anderson said.

"Everyone needs to get with the times and become more humane.''

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http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/printstory/0,25585,24002768-5016681,00.html
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« Reply #107 on: July 12, 2008, 11:57:34 AM »

Thanks for the article Whiskey Girl.  Pamela Anderson has been involved with PETA on other issues too, like fur.  Glad to see her speaking out for farm animals also.  I'm vegetarian, but if you choose to eat meat, chicken and fish, you should be aware of the cruelty involved.  There's no need to treat animals that way, even if they are raised for food.  Humane treatment of all animals, domestic, wild and farm animals is the goal.  Thanks again for contributing to the cause--awareness is key.  Many don't know what's happening.  Some would rather just look away, not think about it.  The HSUS found that downed cows -- cows that couldn't walk -- were being used for food.  They had no idea if the cows were sick or if their illness could be transferred to humans.  They were also beating and using cattle prods to try to get these poor sick or crippled animals to get up and walk to their deaths.  HSUS conducted an undercover investigation and brought this problem to light just a few months ago.  Whether or not you choose to eat animals, I hope you'll speak out for humane treatment -- your own health and that of your family might be at stake also. 
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« Reply #108 on: July 26, 2008, 05:46:24 PM »

 

Several organizations have been working to keep wolves in the U.S. from being hunted and killed.  There are many arguments on both sides; I strongly believe those who are for wolf slaughter favor unnecessary, cruel and inhumane treatment of these beautiful social creatures.  In any case, I'm posting this "temporary" victory for wolves here, because I put my own time and effort into this and, as we saw with proposed Amenesty Bills for illegals,  because it's an example of how OUR system works. 

From National Resources Defense Council: 

It's the best possible news. Seven weeks after we went to court, a federal judge has ordered the Bush Administration to restore endangered species protections for wolves in the northern Rockies until the full case can be heard.

This interim victory is nothing less than a life-saving reprieve for hundreds of wolves outside Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Since the Bush Administration stripped the region's wolves of federal protection, a total of 110 wolves have been brutally killed in as many days.

But Judge Donald Molloy ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service "acted arbitrarily" in taking the wolf off the endangered species list and turning their management over to the states.

That means Wyoming, Montana and Idaho will be forced to abandon plans to allow the extermination of hundreds of wolves this fall as part of a massive public hunt -- the first in more than three decades.

Simply put, the wolves of Yellowstone and the northern Rockies are much, much safer today than they were just last week.

This incredible, eleventh-hour victory never would have happened without your strong support. Your donations and online activism have fueled this campaign since day one.

Thanks to your backing, a tenacious coalition -- composed of NRDC, EarthJustice and 11 other conservation groups -- has worked tirelessly to save these magnificent creatures in one of America's best-loved places.

Make no mistake: the fight for Yellowstone's wolves is far from over. Judge Molloy's injunction is temporary. We must now wage the courtroom battle for a final ruling in favor of wolves.

You can help us win that fight by making an online donation now. Your contribution will also help support our grassroots operation, which is collecting thousands of Save the Wolf Petitions from tourists in Yellowstone National Park this summer.

With your support, we are going to win both in the court of law and in the court of public opinion –- for the sake of wolf survival. Thank you for making this latest victory possible!

Sincerely,

Frances Beinecke
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« Reply #109 on: July 26, 2008, 08:16:07 PM »

We have helicopters and thermal cameras, but it's the dog that goes in, risking its life, and twice takes the bad guys down.  Cool video. 


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« Reply #110 on: August 08, 2008, 06:56:13 PM »

If you go to this website, you can read about how the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering euthanizing wild horses in order to balance their budget, according to HSUS.  They have a take action link where you can send an e-mail to them telling them what you think of that.  There's a draft of a letter that you can modify. 

https://community.hsus.org/humane/notice-description.tcl?newsletter_id=26165056

 
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« Reply #111 on: August 10, 2008, 06:33:12 PM »

Aug 10, 3:53 PM EDT

La. finally quits cockfights, last state to ban it

By DOUG SIMPSON
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 BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Gory and bucolic all at once, cockfights have drawn crowds to small-time pits and full-blown arenas in towns around Louisiana for generations. By next week, they'll be against the law. Everywhere.

On Friday, Louisiana will become the last state to outlaw the rooster fights, a move that cockfighting enthusiasts say marks the end of a rich rural tradition.

"The culture, the custom of the Cajun people, it's gone," said Chris Daughdrill, who breeds fighting roosters in Loranger (lor-AHN-zher), a community about 50 miles north of New Orleans. "It's another one of the rights that big government has taken away from the people."

Maybe so, but supporters and opponents agree that the blood sport won't be wiped out entirely. Like bootlegging, cockfights will continue on the sly in remote areas, and getting caught could mean fines or even prison.

"They're still going to fight, they're still going to fight for years to come," said Elizabeth Barras, who with husband Dale ran a cockfighting pit in St. Martin Parish for 14 years. "They've still got cockfighting in every state. They just hide it from the law."

The fights between specially trained roosters are held in large arenas or in backyards. The birds are fitted with sharp metal blades or curved spikes on their legs, and instinctively attack each other. The match can last over an hour, with one or both animals dead or maimed.

In banning the fights, Louisiana relented after years of pressure from the Humane Society of the United States and other animal-rights groups. For those willing to travel, cockfighting remains legal on American soil in Puerto Rico, American Samoa and Guam and is popular in Mexico, the Philippines and other foreign countries.

High-profile defenders of cockfighting in Louisiana began softening their stance of the fights after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, seeking to improve the state's backwards reputation.

Then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco - a native of Cajun country, where the fights have deep roots - signed the ban last year, closing a loophole in state law that excluded chickens from animal cruelty laws. First-time offenders caught participating in cockfights will face maximum $1,000 fines and six-month prison terms.

Though the ban on cockfighting takes effect Friday, it has been illegal since last year to gamble on cockfights - a separate law passed last year as a precursor to the total ban. Wagering is part of cockfighting's appeal, and the threat of state police raids pushed pit owners to close their businesses, Daughdrill said.

"Cockfighting may still be going on with much smaller venues, in the back woods, but my understanding is there hasn't been any big activity since the gambling ban" took effect, said former lawmaker Art Lentini, who led the push in the Legislature to outlaw rooster fights.

Barras said the gambling ban was the reason for shutting down the Atchafalaya Game Club, a Breaux Bridge pit seating hundreds, that she ran with her husband for more than a decade. She said it wasn't worth the risk of getting arrested if some of her patrons were caught wagering on the fights.

Congress last year toughened federal animal fighting laws and criminalized commerce in cockfighting weapons - razor-like blades attached to roosters' legs during fights. Transporting roosters or other animals across state lines for fighting was boosted from a misdemeanor to a felony.

The combination of new federal and state laws has combined to sap Louisiana's cockfighting industry, which supporters said eliminated what used to be a regular source of business for the state's hotels, restaurants and feed stores.

Daughdrill, head of the Louisiana Gamefowl Breeders Association, said the number of large, active cockfighting pits has dropped from 20 last year to about six now. Membership in the association - breeders fans and the like - has plummeted roughly 90 percent, from 6,000 last year to 600.

"A lot of people are going to quit. They're just going to shut down," Daughdrill said.

Billy Duplechein, who raised fighting roosters as a boy and never stopped attending the fights, said the new law will criminalize a rich, generations-old Cajun tradition.

"I think it's a loss for us," said Duplechein, 38, of St. Martinville. "We're losing out on an opportunity to keep our heritage and our culture."

There's reason for him to take heart, however: Daughdrill said he's attended many illegal cockfights in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi and expects they'll be held in Louisiana, too.

"In all these other states," he said, "I can go up there on any given weekend and go to a rooster fight and it's wide open - like it's not against the law."

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« Reply #112 on: August 11, 2008, 01:13:45 AM »

Glad to hear it, Muffy. 

 Let's hope they enforce it vigorously. 
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« Reply #113 on: August 22, 2008, 10:41:29 PM »

Animal Planet will have a special on this case Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time. 
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« Reply #114 on: September 03, 2008, 07:07:04 PM »

Many of  you have followed coverage of the storm, some have been in the path of Gustav.  From what I've heard and read, most monkeys have come through it ok.  We will all prayer for those of you in the hurricane belt as more storms form and threaten you, your neighbors, homes and the animals of the southeast and gulf. 

This time around, several animal groups were in the area as the storms formed, helping people and their pets.  The Humane Society of the United States was one of them.  In at least one instance, there was a mega-shelter for animals set up in Shreveport, LA, ACROSS THE STREET from the shelter where the owners were staying.  So owners were able to visit with their pets each day as they all hunkered down to wait for the storm to pass. 

Here's a video if you'd like to see the happy faces of the pets, their owners and the animal rescue teams.  What a difference some letters, e-mails and phone calls have made since Katrina, where pets were considered expendable, where orders to shoot strays were given, and the resulting pain and suffering of both humans and animals was the result of lack of foresight, planning and compassion. 

http://tinyurl.com/63a57v

God bless America, where people can make changes for the better and government and private agencies will respond to calls for those changes.  We've seen it with Jessica's Law, and we've seen how it doesn't work in places like Aruba.  So keep fighting.  Even if gains are small and progress slow, it's worth it when you see the positive results. 

Stay safe, southeastern monkeys! 

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« Reply #115 on: September 12, 2008, 11:56:47 AM »

A friend just sent me an animal-themed tribute to 9/11

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoxxix0QQdU

 
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« Reply #116 on: September 17, 2008, 12:12:00 PM »

Once again, let me express my hopes and prayers that all monkeys affected by Ike are ok. 

I've gotten several reports from animal rescue groups working in the Gulf that dogs have been rescued as they tried desperately to not drown in the flood waters BECAUSE THEY WERE CHAINED UP BY THEIR OWNERS AND LEFT THERE..    I don't understand the lack of I.Q. or compassion that makes people do this, but please don't leave pets behind, and if you have to for some reason, do not leave them chained or crated so they don't have a chance in hell.  It's a death sentence in many instances.  Be aware of neighbors who might do this too and contact authorities if you can't do anything yourself.  Here's a link to the HSUS and some of the rescue stories: 

http://tinyurl.com/696o4w
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« Reply #117 on: October 10, 2008, 09:26:02 AM »

This has made me so sad  On the U of M campus 


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flbcroc1002pnoct02,0,5781296.story

Crocodile found dismembered at University of Miami
Staff Report
October 2, 2008
An endangered American crocodile was found dismembered Wednesday at the University of Miami, where the huge reptiles have become a common sight around campus.

The headless, tailless carcass was found in a canal by campus police. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the crime.

Once on the verge of vanishing, the American crocodile has made a strong comeback in the past few years, showing up at golf courses, parks and canals around the southern tip of Florida. They are much rarer than their wider-ranging, freshwater cousin, the alligator. Although alligators have killed people, there is no record of a crocodile attack on a human in Florida.




http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/miami/sfl-1010um-crocodile-death,0,6599903.story

Reward offered in UM crocodile killing
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5:36 AM EDT, October 10, 2008
CORAL GABLES - A $2,500 reward is being offered for information on the death of an American crocodile on the University of Miami campus.

The crocodile's headless and tailless carcass was discovered in a campus canal earlier this month.

The Humane Society of the United States and the HSUS Wildlife Land Trust are offering the money for information that would lead to an arrest and conviction in the case.

American crocodiles are listed as an endangered species in Florida and a threatened species under federal laws. The penalty for killing the crocodile in Florida is up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000.
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« Reply #118 on: October 26, 2008, 06:10:54 PM »

E-Bay has decided to ban the sale of elephant ivory on its site.  This is great news and a huge victory for elephants.  Here's the article and link to the page: 

IFAW applauds eBay’s decision to protect elephants
 
 
I have some great news in IFAW’s fight to save elephants.

eBay, the world’s largest online trading community, has just announced that they will institute a global ban on the sale of elephant ivory. IFAW is thrilled with this news, and congratulates eBay on this very important step to protect elephants.

Please join me in congratulating eBay by sending them a “thank you” e-mail.

Killing with keystrokes

eBay’s decision was announced just hours before the release of IFAW’s latest investigative report showing that Internet trade in wildlife poses a significant and immediate threat to the survival of elephants and many other endangered species.

The report, Killing with Keystrokes, followed a six-week investigation that tracked more than 7,000 wildlife product listings on 183 Web sites in 11 countries. eBay was singled out as the largest contributor to the problem, responsible for almost two-thirds of the online trade in wildlife products worldwide.

We couldn’t have done it without you

This is a victory we can all celebrate, as it is truly a testament to the power of IFAW’s supporters. Without your help, IFAW could not conduct the investigations that lead to these important victories for animals.

So thank you for allowing us to do the important work we do.

And, of course, we are most happy for the true winners in this – the elephants.

 
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« Reply #119 on: December 11, 2008, 10:24:14 PM »

There's a video at the link below that describes some of the victories for animals this year, including rescuing pets from hurricanes, protecting seals and getting the EU closer to banning the sale of seal skin, getting eBay to ban the sale of ivory, passing more and tougher laws about dog fighting and rescuing animals from and closing puppy mills.  (There are some sad images, but nothing too graphic, like seal slaughter or dog fighting.) 

https://secure.hsus.org/01/yearend08video_homepage

 
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