Friday, August 21, 2009

Take Action Today! Save Orphan Bears: End Cruel Den Hunting!

Sponsored by: IFAW

During Russia's annual bear hunt, hibernating mother bears are lured out of their dens by dogs to be shot and killed, leaving their infant cubs to freeze or starve to death.
Please urge Prime Minister Putin to ban the cruel practice of den-hunting, which orphans thousands of bears each year.
Den-hunting - scaring hibernating bears out of their dens and then shooting the frightened and confused animals - is not only cruel to the bears shot, but also to the orphaned cubs left behind.

Den-hunting kills thousands of bears each year and orphans many thousands more. In some areas of Russia, and in Western and Eastern Europe, brown bears are already extinct.
The bears being hunted in Russia are from the last healthy population in the world.
Help give these tiny bundles of fur a second chance at life
Sign the petition and tell a friend!

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Welcome: Email - Breaking News - Progress For Elephant Jewel - Act (Again) Today!

Welcome: Email - Breaking News - Progress For Elephant Jewel - Act (Again) Today!

USDA Moves to Confiscate Elephant Jewel

Belligerent Davenport Defies Federal Order

IDA has learned that on Saturday August 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) attempted to confiscate Jewel, one of three suffering and abused elephants who we have been working for over two years to rescue. The USDA temporarily aborted the confiscation attempt in the face of a defiant and uncooperative Will Davenport, the elephants' handler.

IDA members will recall that Davenport has a long history of chronic Animal Welfare Act violations including abusive and unsafe handling practices, inadequate veterinary care and negligent treatment of the elephants Tina, Jewel and Queenie. Davenport has also violated the U.S. Endangered Species Act in the illegal purchase of Tina and Jewel from the Cole Brothers Circus.

Although Davenport doesn't have a legal leg to stand on, he refused to cooperate with the confiscation and told his distorted and factually-incorrect side of the story to his local newspaper in Polk County, Texas. This newspaper appears to be sympathetic to Davenport's philosophy that the federal government is interfering with his private property rights, the elephants being his private "property."

See the story here and be sure to watch the video of Davenport - sporting a Popeye T-shirt and spouting lies - here.

IDA applauds the USDA for taking action to confiscate Jewel. We recognize this as an important step toward protecting elephants, and we hope the agency will move immediately to confiscate all three elephants and place Will Davenport behind bars where he belongs.

There are strong legal grounds for this action. Under Davenport's care, all three elephants have lost significant weight (nearly a ton between them in less than a year) and the USDA has documented their ongoing and unrelieved suffering at his hands. In addition, Tina and Jewel have been together for decades and Queenie has been with them for two years. Separating these bonded elephants, even for a short time, would cause untold and unnecessary stress and trauma. Regarding Davenport, the AWA (section 2146(b)) provides for penalties and/or imprisonment of any person who interferes with the USDA's official duties.

Follow the link to see what you can do.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Urgent Typhoon Rescue: Dogs of Taiwan

Urgent Typhoon Rescue: Dogs of Taiwan - It is a race against time for these dogs & puppies in need.

is trying to save more than 1,000 dogs left homeless after animal shelters in Taiwan were heavily damaged by Typhoon Morakot. More than 7,000 homes were destroyed in the disaster, with at least 10 shelters destroyed by mudslides and flooding.

The shelter dogs are now roaming or trapped by floods, some living on roofs or just barely surviving. In one kennel located beneath the Kaoping Bridge, dozens of dogs drowned in their cages, with hundreds more already reported dead around the island.

Please help IFAW save the dogs of Taiwan

Many more dogs will die if the shelters do not quickly receive relief supplies and help to restore and disinfect the shelters.

IF YOU CAN... Please give an Emergency Rescue Donation today.

IFAW’s Rescue Team is already on its way to help local animal groups set up temporary shelters and resurrect what’s left of their former homes, some which rest under several feet of mud. Vet assistance may also be needed to help rescue dogs likely to be suffering from digestive issues due to drinking contaminated water, as well as from distemper and even possible rabies outbreaks.
Even worse, untold numbers of these dogs could end up shot as a method of local ‘dog control’ if we do not provide them with new temporary shelters as soon as possible.
It costs approximately $1,500 for new fencing and a minimum of at least $5,000 to rebuild just one shelter. These animal groups need medical supplies, drinking water, dog food and your financial support in order to prevent further loss of life.

IFAW’s animal relief efforts are funded by compassionate animal lovers like you... and we really do need your help right now. Every dollar you donate will help the animal victims of Typhoon Morakot as well as victims of other natural disasters or cruelty around the world.


Winner of Best Documentary Short in the Durango Independent Film Festival this month, and directed by Moez Moez, “Green” is a documentary film that uses a strong visual storytelling structure and a creative sound bed, a film documenting the last moments of a female orangutan’s life.

We first see the orangutan, who we’ll later learn is named Green, in a duffel bag with head hanging out, riding in the back of a pickup truck. This initial shot is emotionally shocking and lasts for what feels like a full minute or more. The viewer has no context of the circumstances. We aren’t even sure she was alive.

Shortly after, we discover that the form of this film is absent of interviews and narration. In fact, not many words are heard throughout the entire piece. The narrative proceeds with a dissolve, from the bed-sickened Green into her life memories. We experience a lush jungle and rich ecosystem, full of primates and other wildlife.

The filmmaker uses point-of-view and dutch-angle shots to place us into the orangutan’s perspective. As the story continues, Green’s perspective is juxtaposed with the process of development destroying her home through deforestation to biodiesel production.

It’s a gradual transition into the harsh reality of globalization. The forest is destroyed, primates suffer, palm oil is manufactured, and the fast-paced urban world seems oblivious.

“Her name is Green, she is alone in a world which doesn’t belong to her. She is a female orangutan, victim of deforestation and palm oil plantations.”

“Green’s” heart-felt message addresses our current global crisis through a universal lens.

The Director can be contacted at and asks that it is promoted as far and widely as possible.

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