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 Allen R. Sandico
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Emerald City Pet Rescue believes in making a big difference for animals.

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  • Taiji dolphin drive hunt  - Japan

    The little town with a very big secret

    Each year from September to May over 20,000 dolphins are slaughtered in Japan. Fishermen round them up by the hundreds using sound barriers to disorient and herd the frantic pods out of their normal migrations into hidden lagoons like the one featured in The Cove. Bottlenose dolphins, especially ones that look like Flipper, are pre-selected by trainers and sold off for upwards of $200,000 to marine mammal parks around the world, where they will remain in captivity performing as circus acts. After the trainers and spectators have left, the rest of the dolphins are inhumanely killed in what can only be described as a massacre.

    The butchered dolphins are later used for food, but the Japanese government has intentionally sheltered people from the dangers of eating them. Consumers of dolphin meat run the risk of mercury poisoning due to high levels of the toxin within the animals. Adding to the danger, much of the pricier whale meat they purchase is actually mislabeled toxic dolphin meat. While the Japanese government defends dolphin hunting as part of their cultural heritage, this tradition has serious health effects on its own people.

    The more lucrative captive dolphin industry is the driving economic force behind the dolphin slaughter in Taiji. In the U.S. alone, dolphinariums represent an $8.4 billion industry, while a dead dolphin fetches a mere $600. International law provides no protections against the killing of dolphins, and other slaughters occur in places outside of Japan. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) affords no protections for 71 (out of 80, known) cetacean species, including all dolphins and porpoises, which is why Japan and other countries can legally kill them by the tens of thousands.



  • Korea Animal Rights Advocates

    Korea Animal Rights Advocates

     Korea Animal Rights Advocates is a volunteer, non-profit organization.

     We believe that animals have a right to live their lives free from tyranny and suffering.

    Every year, two million South Korean dogs and cats, the majority of whom are homeless, are captured by butchers and sold in open markets. They await the most gruesome fate—dogs are slowly and agonizingly torn apart, electrocuted, strangled, or beaten to death while cats are bludgeoned and boiled alive for human consumption. The cruelty and suffering is one of unimaginable horror.

     

    A Dog's Life:

     

    Dogs live in tiny cages above the ground all their lives. They are separated from their mothers at an early age and some are slaughtered as pups; they do not feel what walking on the ground is like; they cannot mingle with other dogs other than those in cages beside them; they suffer summer heat and freezing winters outdoors; they are not given water; they have to eat human food waste such as kimchi; they get no exercise; they have been known to have their eardrums burst to prevent them from barking--every natural instinct they have is thwarted by the inhumane and tortuous conditions they must live under.

     

    A Dog's Death:

     

    Dogs are electrocuted, hanged, beaten or burned to death. There is a perverted belief that the meat tastes better if dogs have high adrenaline levels in their meat before they die. Therefore, some dogs are made to experience extreme fear and suffering leading up to their deaths. Some dogs are hanged and then beaten while they are hanging and still alive. Others are hanged and then a blow torch is used on them while they are still alive to remove their hair. Others still are simply beaten and tortured to death. Generally, at the markets, dogs are electrocuted and then their necks are broken.

    A Dog's Products:

     

    Dogs are turned into dog meat, dog meat soup, dog liquor, and dog "health" elixirs.

    Dubious health claims are made about dog products, including the typical claim that it assists male stamina and sexual prowess. Such pathetic claims are made throughout Asia with regard to all manner of animal products to attract equally pathetic male customers. In Korea, over the hottest days of the year, people follow a custom of eating dog meat because it allegedly increases energy. Exercising for health and energy is apparently too much hard work for dog meat eaters.

    South Korean's Animal Protection Law, which was passed in 1991,

    considers dogs to be "domestic pets," but the shadowy and illicit world

     of the dog and cat industry flourishes because of the shameful

    indifference of the South Korean government.

     

    "It's inconceivable to me that a being we consider "man's best friend" could be so mercilessly killed, skinned, and butchered. And that our beloved cats experience such unthinkable cruelty." --Elliot M. Katz, DVM

     

    "I asked about the eating of dogs and was told over and over that it didn't happen anymore. You can imagine my shock and horror upon getting lost in one of the huge markets in downtown Taegu. I looked down and saw the head of a dog with its legs stuffed in its mouth. I saw limbs that were skinned. Everywhere I turned there were dogs in cages. The smell was overwhelming. That market, that sweltering hot August day, was what I envisioned hell to be like." –An American teacher in South Korea

  • Soi dogs no kill shelter - phuket, thailand

    Soi Dog rescues and cares for thousands of dogs every year. You can help a special needs dog and your sponsorship will enable us to keep our promise to all the animals in our care of always providing a safe place to live and the necessary medical care they need and deserve. Soi Dog treats all animals in our care equally whether sponsored or not and your gift is used to help all the dogs including the one you have chosen to sponsor. The most effective way you can make a difference in the lives of these dogs is by sponsoring one. You can eliminate one or more animal's pain and suffering today through a monthly sponsorship. You can make a direct, personal and positive impact by sponsoring a dog today. Find out more about each dog by clicking on their pictures below. You can sponsor your dog using either PayPal or credit card for less than a dollar a day ($26 a month).

    The streets of Thailand are home to millions of stray dogs and cats. Many of them are sick or seriously injured and won’t make it without life-saving emergency treatment. This is YOUR chance to help them. Soi Dog Foundation treats and sterilises over 1,000 dogs and cats every month. With no government funding, this work is only possible because of people like you, who have become members of the Emergency Response Team. If more animals are to be saved, we need YOU to join the team. Chacris had burning hot oil thrown over him in an unbelievable act of savage cruelty. He was left with horrendous burns and blisters the length of his body and had to be rushed to our shelter for emergency medical treatment. You may not be in Thailand, but by joining the Emergency Response Team, you will be saving the lives of desperately sick or injured animals that have nobody else to turn to. Luckily, Chacris survived and overcame his ordeal. Thanks to people just like YOU, thousands of dogs like him have been rescued, but many more need help. The suffering stray animals of Thailand desperately need you on their side. You are the only hope they have. Will you please join the Emergency Response Team today to help them?

    South Korean's Animal Protection Law, which was passed in 1991, considers dogs to be "domestic pets," but the shadowy and illicit world of the dog and cat industry flourishes because of the shameful indifference of the South Korean government.

     

    "It's inconceivable to me that a being we consider "man's best friend" could be so mercilessly killed, skinned, and butchered. And that our beloved cats experience such unthinkable cruelty." --Elliot M. Katz, DVM

     

    "I asked about the eating of dogs and was told over and over that it didn't happen anymore. You can imagine my shock and horror upon getting lost in one of the huge markets in downtown Taegu. I looked down and saw the head of a dog with its legs stuffed in its mouth. I saw limbs that were skinned. Everywhere I turned there were dogs in cages. The smell was overwhelming. That market, that sweltering hot August day, was what I envisioned hell to be like." –An American teacher in South Korea

  • Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua - AKA Tiger Temple  [Thailand]

    The Tiger Temple’s success is based around claims that its tigers were rescued from poachers and live and move freely and peacefully amongst the temple’s monks, who are actively engaged in conservation and rescue work. Many Many travelers and volunteers have disputed their practices.

    Any Google search or Internet search will yield countless articles - with wildly varying accounts and opinions on this mysterious place. The close proximity in which tourists are able to interact with the tigers lends itself to both a unique, yet potentially dangerous experience, but at the same time a criticism of the animals’ rights.

     

    One story is from Turner Barr a world traveler and writer, who shared his views and experience on Around The World in 80 Jobs. Turner tried to volunteer for 30 days but left after just 18...

    Care for the Wild International's CEO Philip Mansbridge visited Thailand's famous - or infamous - Tiger Temple in March 2013

     

    Five years previously, Care for the Wild released an undercover report called Exploiting the Tiger, which uncovered disturbing evidence of serious conservation and animal welfare concerns at the Temple.

     

    Are these concerns still relevant? This video, and Care for the Wild's new report, Temple of Lies, aims to alert tourists to key issues still relevant at the Temple:

     

    1. Animal welfare issues - man-handling, aggression towards the tigers, small barren cages

     

    2. Tourist safety issues - tourists are encouraged to touch and walk with the tigers, with no training, and no obvious emergency procedures.

     

    3. False marketing - the Temple bills itself as a peaceful sanctuary for rescued tigers, but it is basically a zoo.

     

    4. Finally, anyone visiting should be aware that your travel insurance is most likely void if you get hurt, as you must sign a disclaimer when you enter the Temple.

     

    It is understandable that tiger-loving tourists jump at the chance to see these animals in close proximity. We'd ask them to think about whether this is the best way to see such magnificent animals - either for the tigers, or themselves.

    To read the full report, please see www.careforthewild.com.

    For information on how to be an animal-friendly tourist, see www.RIGHT-tourism.org

  • Vive Vita [no kill animal shelter] - Greece

    Run by Hannelore who cares currently for about 130 dogs and 20 cats.  She does not receive any funding and relies exclusively on your kind donations.

     

      WHY THE CRISIS :

    The main sponsor for VIVE VITA unexpectedly passed away over two years ago, leaving 125 of her dogs and no continuous funding for them on top of the other 75 dogs and 30 cats. The shelter is in urgent need of financial and material help to continue running and caring for the animals. Hannelore doesn't just stop at dogs and cats but also helps injured wildlife and strays. Since the sponsor passed away the shelter has since taken in more animals and was also able to re-home some.

    Please help support amazing efforts like those from Hannelore of Vive Vita.

    Hannelore takes care of 130 dogs, 30 cats and more strays. Please help her to carry on by donating, and joining her cause.

    ViveVita No Kill Animal Shelter

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    Greek  Animal Rescue

    Greek Animal Rescue is a UK based registered charity (No:802243)

     which aims to help the abused, neglected, stray and injured animals of Greece.


    The founder and Director of Greek Animal Rescue, Vesna Jones, aged 60, passed away on May 15th 2014.
    After a short spell in hospital, Vesna sadly lost her fight against an illness she had suffered with for many years.
    Below, Vesna describes in her own words what motivated her to start Greek Animal Rescue.

    It all began with a holiday in Greece in 1987 - the first proper holiday in 15 years for my husband Paul and myself and one we both very much looked forward to. We drove to Greece and intended travelling around for one month before returning home, but as we crossed the border, we encountered the first stray, not realising at the time that he was just one out of hundreds we were to see during our so called holiday.

    We spent ten days of our holiday on Crete and that’s where we saw appalling neglect of animals ... dozens of hungry stray dogs and cats begging for scraps, ‘guard dogs’ chained to rusty oil drums or to a tree (more often than not there was nothing for them to ‘guard’), not to mention numerous dead dogs and cats lying by the roadside, donkeys and mules left tied in barren fields with no food or water in sight, often hobbled and barely able to move ... We were horrified by all the terrible sights, but what was worse, we were unable to help the poor animals, or at least we didn’t know how we could help them - nobody seemed interested to listen to our complaints and we were even laughed at.

    The last few days of our so-called holiday found us helping at an animal shelter near Athens and it was there we realised that sterilising of dogs and cats wasn’t a common practice in Greece, but abandonment of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens was.

    This is something I can't understand! What is the point of bringing into this world even more dogs and cats, when their chances of ever being rehomed were virtually nil and left on the streets, most of them perish within a few months, if not weeks, either through disease, starvation, deliberate poisoning or under the wheels of the cars. The few decent shelters there are in Greece, should be there to help and to provide a sanctuary for the neediest cases - the starved, sick or injured animals, but unfortunately they also become a dumping ground for unwanted litters of puppies and kittens and for older dogs, who have been replaced by ‘younger models’.

    Greece is a beautiful country and there is no doubt many of the islands are unique in their structure like, for example, Santorini, but when I visited the island in 1989, the picturesque scenery is not what I noticed first – it was the poor ‘beasts of burden’ – donkeys and mules, struggling up the steep winding steps with either the tourists or their luggage on their backs, some were frothing at the mouth, clearly exhausted ... how pitiful they looked! Yes, the tourists also need ‘educating’!!

    Our fund-raising to help animals in Greece began as soon as we returned home from that fateful holiday in 1987 and a few months later, we also set the wheels in motion to apply for a charity status, which we finally obtained in October 1989. Thanks to several articles in newspapers and magazines, we ‘spread the word’ about the plight of animals in Greece and our membership gradually grew. GAR Newsletters feature many rescue stories and other articles, which ‘show’ people where their kind donations are going.

    Every year we receive dozens of letters, emails and phone calls from people who have returned from their holiday in Greece, distressed and unable to erase the sad memories of hungry and sick strays, often witnessing deliberate cruelty being inflicted on them. Some decide to ‘adopt’ a stray dog or a cat they had befriended and we help them all we can (though not financially), since we have considerable experience with the ‘Pet Passports’ procedure. We have in fact rehomed in the UK many dogs and cats from Greece that we have helped to rescue, either through the shelters we support or in response to a call for help, often involving an animal which requires urgent surgery (leg amputation, removal of an eye etc).

    Vesna Jones
    Founder, Greek Animal Rescue

    Greece Exposed is a news report  aggregator for Animal ABUSE, CRUELTY & WELFARE in Greece.

     

    Greece Exposed features articles about abuse ranging from hangings, to shootings, and poisoning. There are great welfare links and statistical data.

    Greek Animal Welfare Fund

    The Greek Animal Welfare Fund (GAWF), operating in Greece as Animal Action Greece, is a charity based in London and Athens that strives to improve the welfare of all animals in Greece.

     

    Our current struggle to help the forgotten victims of the Greek financial crisis is an uphill battle but we are determined to do all we can for the animals in need, wherever they live in Greece.

    Matt Barrett's - Athens Survival Guide has a featured section with a great regional list of organizations that are doing what they can  to help animals and educate people in an effort to eliminate animal cruelty .

     

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  • Soi Dog rescues and cares for thousands of dogs every year. You can help a special needs dog and your sponsorship will enable us to keep our promise to all the animals in our care of always providing a safe place to live and the necessary medical care they need and deserve. Soi Dog treats all animals in our care equally whether sponsored or not and your gift is used to help all the dogs including the one you have chosen to sponsor. The most effective way you can make a difference in the lives of these dogs is by sponsoring one. You can eliminate one or more animal's pain and suffering today through a monthly sponsorship. You can make a direct, personal and positive impact by sponsoring a dog today. Find out more about each dog by clicking on their pictures below. You can sponsor your dog using either PayPal or credit card for less than a dollar a day ($26 a month).
    The streets of Thailand are home to millions of stray dogs and cats. Many of them are sick or seriously injured and won’t make it without life-saving emergency treatment. This is YOUR chance to help them. Soi Dog Foundation treats and sterilises over 1,000 dogs and cats every month. With no government funding, this work is only possible because of people like you, who have become members of the Emergency Response Team. If more animals are to be saved, we need YOU to join the team. Chacris had burning hot oil thrown over him in an unbelievable act of savage cruelty. He was left with horrendous burns and blisters the length of his body and had to be rushed to our shelter for emergency medical treatment. You may not be in Thailand, but by joining the Emergency Response Team, you will be saving the lives of desperately sick or injured animals that have nobody else to turn to. Luckily, Chacris survived and overcame his ordeal. Thanks to people just like YOU, thousands of dogs like him have been rescued, but many more need help. The suffering stray animals of Thailand desperately need you on their side. You are the only hope they have. Will you please join the Emergency Response Team today to help them?