Monday, 30 May 2011

Elephants, and "the nasty men taking their tusks!"

I have so much catching up to do!  I had a big sort out of my inbox and have got a list of campaigns to share with you, it is hard to know where to start.  So, I chose elephants! 

When I was two I watched Dumbo for the first time and it was that (and Bambi) that awakened my animal obsession.  I have always had a soft spot for elephants and one of the first campaigns I ever became involved with (at Primary School if I remember correctly) was against the ivory trade.  I remember writing a poem about "nasty men taking their tusks!".  It is painful to admit that the ivory trade is still booming, despite the partial ban.

The charity Care2 e-mailed me a few days back with some alarming news.  Back in April, 30 elephants were killed in one week in Chad for their ivory tusks, despite the partial ban.  In the last five years, Chad has lost 40% of its elephants and just 2,500 elephants are left in the entire country.  Elephants from all around Africa are at risk because the demand for ivory is outweighing the effort to protect them.  

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITIES) was formed back in the Sixties and is an International agreement between Governments whose aim is to ensure International trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.  CITIES sought to protect elephants, however, restrictions on the ivory trade have been weakened and elephant ivory has been exported to Countries such as Japan and China which reignited the market.

How to help:

Please spare a minute to sign this petition telling our leaders to call for a FULL and PERMANENT ban on the International ivory trade.  Then if you have another minute to spare please share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or via E-mail.

Thank you.

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Friday, 27 May 2011

Fluffy Friday #21 (without the fluff!)

I just had to share this story with you all.  This gorgeous dog has been on my mind all week, I would give anything to be able to adopt him (and I haven't quite given up on the idea).  This little Staffie was found abandoned and thankfully rescued by the RSPCA, he has a severe skin condition that has caused him to lose all his fur.  Read his story here.
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Thursday, 19 May 2011

Rabbit Factory Farm Planned in Nottinghamshire

Image taken from Pintrest.

Hello again, I am so sorry for my lengthy absence.  Whilst I have been away I have been inundated with Animal News and campaigns and feel awful for not having the time to share any of them with you.  Things are calming down a bit for a short period so I am going to attempt to do some catching up, starting with this unfortunate piece of news that a man named Philip Kerry from a Company called T&S Nurseries has submitted two applications to build rabbit factory farms in Nottinghamshire. (East Bridgford and Granby to be precise).

This is wrong on so many levels.  Peta has described rabbits as being "sensitive, social animals who, in the wild, build intricate burrow systems and have a strict hierarchy. Confining these normally gentle animals to cages denies them everything that is natural and important to them, such as foraging for food, tending to their young and even jumping." Having owned a number of rabbits myself, I know that they are intelligent inquisitive animals who require so much more stimulation than sitting in a hutch on their own, in the dark, all day.

The farms Philip Kerry is planning would house up to 1,100 rabbits kept in wire cages, stacked three high in barns with no windows.  Once the rabbits reached 12 weeks old they would be slaughtered.  Peta has stated "This unnatural environment – which provides no fresh air or sunlight – can cause extremely painful bone disorders and foot inflammations, and the stressed animals often resort to neurotic, self-harming behaviour."

How can you help?
If you follow this link it will take  you to Peta's website enabling you to enter a few details and generate a polite message to Nottinghamshire Council asking them to reject Mr Kerry's applications.  If you can spare some time to tell your friends to do this as well it will really make a difference.

Thank you.

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