Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tigers could be extinct in 12 years if unprotected

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – Wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching, global wildlife experts told a "tiger summit" Sunday.
The World Wildlife Fund and other experts say only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, a dramatic plunge from an estimated 100,000 a century ago.
James Leape, director general of the World Wildlife Fund, told the meeting in St. Petersburg that if the proper protective measures aren't taken, tigers may disappear by 2022, the next Chinese calendar year of the tiger.
Their habitat is being destroyed by forest cutting and construction, and they are a valuable trophy for poachers who want their skins and body parts prized in Chinese traditional medicine.
The summit approved a wide-ranging program with the goal of doubling the world's tiger population in the wild by 2022 backed by governments of the 13 countries that still have tiger populations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia.
The Global Tiger Recovery Program estimates the countries will need about $350 million in outside funding in the first five years of the 12-year plan. The summit will be seeking donor commitments to help governments finance conservation measures.
"For most people tigers are one of the wonders of the world," Leape told The Associated Press. "In the end, the tigers are the inspiration and the flagship for much broader efforts to conserve forests and grasslands."
The program aims to protect tiger habitats, eradicate poaching, smuggling, and illegal trade of tigers and their parts, and also create incentives for local communities to engage them in helping protect the big cats.
The summit, which runs through Wednesday, is hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has used encounters with tigers and other wild animals to bolster his image. It's driven by the Global Tiger Initiative which was launched two years ago by World Bank President Robert Zoellick.
Leape said that along with a stronger action against poaching, it's necessary to set up specialized reserves for tigers and restore and conserve forests outside them to let tigers expand.
"And you have to find a way to make it work for the local communities so that they would be partners in tigers conservation and benefit from them," Leape said.
"To save tigers you need to save the forests, grasslands and lots of other species," he added. "But at the same time you are also conserving the foundations of the societies who live there. Their economy depends very much on the food, water and materials they get from those forests."
About 30 percent of the program's cost would go toward suppressing the poaching of tigers and of the animals they prey on.
Russia's Natural Resources Minister Yuri Trutnev said that Russia and China will create a protected area for tigers alongside their border and pool resources to combat poaching.
Leape said that for some of the nations involved outside financing would be essential to fulfill the goals.
"We need to see signficant commitment by the multilateral and bilateral indsitutions like the GlobalEnvironment Facility and the World Bank plus individual governments like the U.S. and Germany," Leape told the AP.
For advocates, saving tigers has implications far beyond the emotional appeal of preserving a graceful and majestic animal.
"Wild tigers are not only a symbol of all that is splendid, mystical and powerful about nature," the Global Tiger Initiative said in a statement. "The loss of tigers and degradation of their ecosystems would inevitably result in a historic, cultural, spiritual, and environmental catastrophe for the tiger range countries."
Three of the nine tiger subspecies — the Bali, Javan, and Caspian — already have become extinct in the past 70 years.
Much has been done recently to try to save tigers, but conservation groups say their numbers and habitats have continued to fall, by 40 percent in the past decade alone.
In part, that decline is because conservation efforts have been increasingly diverse and often aimed at improving habitats outside protected areas where tigers can breed, according to a study published in September in the Popular Library of Science Biology journal.
Putin has done much to draw attention to tigers' plight. During a visit to a wildlife preserve in 2008, he shot a female tiger with a tranquilizer gun and helped place a transmitter around her neck as part of a program to track the rare cats.
Later in the year, Putin was given a 2-month-old female Siberian tiger for his birthday. State television showed him at his home gently petting the cub, which was curled up in a wicker basket with a tiger-print cushion. The tiger now lives in a zoo in southern Russia.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Panda Cub born in Atlanta Zoo November 3th

The giant panda cub born to Lun Lun on November 3, 2010, continues to grow and thrive, affording increased visibility for observers as 24-hour monitoring of mother and cub continues. 
Last week, Zoo staff had only fleeting glimpses of the cell phone-sized newborn, with a complete view only available in the instant following the cub’s birth at 5:39 a.m. In subsequent days, keepers, curators and veterinarians had only occasional views of a tail or hind leg.  With the cub’s continued growth, observers and fans watching on PandaCam are now being treated to exciting sightings of the cub’s head, as well as its developing foot pads and claws. Once Lun Lun becomes comfortable with setting her  offspring down, the Veterinary Team plans a preliminary checkup that will confirm the cub’s sex, weight and other vital statistics.

While Lun Lun and the cub are not expected to make their debut to Members and guests until spring 2011, web users can follow the pair on PandaCam presented by EarthCam, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Fans are encouraged to stay abreast of all things panda by following Zoo Atlanta on their website and on Twitter, joining the Zoo Atlanta Facebook community, and registering for biweeklyeUpdate newsletters.

Panda Cam here

Animals Abuse Laws Lax In Ohio, W.Va.

Updated: 7:52 pm EST November 17, 2010
In August, Wetzel County police seized horses and livestock from a New Martinsville farm, living in deplorable conditions and wounded from barbed wire. A husband and wife faced eight counts of animal neglect, but in the end they were ordered to pay court costs and were put on two years probation.
More recently, in Belmont County, police found a horse tied up at a St. Clairsville Burger King, covered in sores, malnourished and neglected. The owner faced neglect and cruelty charges, but NEWS9 learned no charges were ever filed against the man.
The incidents are just two of many disturbing cases of animal abuse that have made headlines across the Ohio Valley, but the animals' owners have received little or no punishment.
"Unfortunately, in the state of Ohio, the humane laws are very lax," said Belmont County dog warden Lisa Williams.
The same goes for West Virginia. The Humane Society of the United States ranks both near the bottom of states with strict animal laws. In Ohio, a first offense is always a misdemeanor; in West Virginia, abuse can be a felony.

"You're really looking for a first offense at 90 days. You rarely see anyone go to jail for six months," said Robin McClelland of the Appalachian Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
McClelland said prosecutors will often "reduce the charges to something unrelated, such as disorderly conduct. So, you tell me, what does disorderly conduct have to do with animal cruelty?"
In Ohio, animal activists are pushing for Nitro's Law, a bill that would make animal abuse a felony. It's already passed in the House of Representatives, but it does have conditions.
"It would only pertain to kennels, boarding and otherwise. It won't apply to the public who owns a dog," McClelland said.
Even so, McClelland said it's still a step in the right direction. In the meantime, activists said population control could greatly reduce the number of abuse and neglect cases.
"Spay and neuter. Reduce the population. It's the No. 1 killer of these animals," she said.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

House Passes Ban On 'Crush' Videos

WASHINGTON — The House on Monday voted to ban so-called crush videos that depict the abuse and killing of animals.
The measure would revive, with some modifications, a 1999 law that was struck down by the Supreme Court last April on the grounds it was too broadly written and violated First Amendment free speech protections.
Congress has been trying since then to come up with a more narrowly crafted law, and the measure the House passed still differs slightly from a version approved by the Senate in September. It now goes back to the Senate.
"We need a law that stays on the books," House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said in explaining the decision to tinker with the Senate language.
The bill was the first to be taken up in the lame-duck session of Congress that opened Monday.
The legislation, which the House originally passed in July, would make it a crime to sell or distribute videos that violate bans on animal cruelty by showing animals being burned, drowned, suffocated or impaled.
Such videos appeal to a sexual fetish by showing women, often barefoot or wearing high heels, stomping small animals to death.
Every state bans animal cruelty, but it has been difficult to apply those laws to crush videos because they often do not show faces, dates or locations. The legislation makes interstate sale of such videos a crime subject to fines and imprisonment.
Conyers said the House took out a Senate provision that made punishments for attempting or conspiring to make the videos equal to punishments for a completed product. He said that could cause constitutional issues.

Betsy Dribben, vice president for government relations at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, expressed frustration at the delay. "We're concerned about the animals being killed and we're also concerned about the social ramifications," she said, citing opinions that cruelty to animals can be a catalyst to violence against humans.
Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., a sponsor of the original bill in 1999, said in a previous statement that famed killers such as Ted Bundy and Ted Kaczynski tortured or killed animals before killing people.
The legislation makes exceptions for films depicting hunting, trapping and fishing.
The bill is H.R. 5566

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Facebook pictures prompt investigation at Animal Care and Control

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Pictures taken inside Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care and Control and posted on Facebook have prompted an internal investigation and a reminder about the appropriate use of social media sites.
A former volunteer at Animal Care and Control says it is sad enough the animals are there, but now it appears someone was having fun at their expense.
Animal Care and Control says 65 percent of the animals that come there will be euthanized.
In the first picture, a cat has a cigarette in its mouth, what appears to be earphones in its ears and a knife with an exposed blade between its paws. The caption says:  “Had a little too much fun with a tranquilized feral cat."
In the second picture, someone is holding a kitten with a pen in its mouth. The caption says: "Angry kitty wants to write you a note."
The third picture shows a ferret without hair. The caption says: "Apparently somebody thought it would be fun to Nair Brenna." Nair is a hair removal product.
These pictures were posted to a CMPD Animal Care and Control veterinary technician’s Facebook page.
Animal Care and Control confirms these pictures prompted an ongoing internal investigation.
"It shows a general disrespect for the animals, a general apathy for their jobs, they just don't care,” said former Animal Care and Control volunteer April Amos. "They seem to have fun making animals suffer.”
Animal Care and Control says it is very disappointed and does not condone the act.
The pictures prompted emails to staff about the appropriate use of social media sites, saying don't show work-related activities, including animal pictures.
"All the employees were told because of the pictures,” Amos said.
ACC says a social media policy was already in place and these animal pictures prompted a reminder. 
They say they do all they can to care for each and every animal, and that employees work there because they love animals.

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There is nothing more precious then this I just had to share it with our readers

Monday, November 8, 2010

UPDATE: 340 Animals Found Dead In Reddick Home

It's being called one of the worst cases of animal hoarding in Marion County history, and a Reddick man could be facing several charges of animal cruelty.

Shocked, surprised and mind blowing. That's how one resident described her reaction when she heard the news that over 400 animals were taken from Ignacio Dulzaides' secluded residence on NW 100th St. in Reddick Thursday evening and Friday morning. 

Only giving her first name, Marilyn bought a Chihuahua from Dulzaides and says his animals always seemed well taken care of.

"I know him to sell healthy puppies," she said. "He's honest, he even let me pay off my puppy because I couldn't afford to pay it all at once, I have the highest regard for this man." 

But after finding nearly 350 dead animals all over Dulzaides' 50-acre property, including some kept in a freezer and others that had been decaying in cages for weeks, Marion County officials may not hold him in such high regard.

"Animal services is building their case so that they can send the case forward to the state attorney's office on charges of animal cruelty and neglect," Animal Services Spokesperson Elaine Deiorio said. 

While Dulzaides' future is uncertain, one thing is clear. More than 400 animals will not be returning back to his home. They are now in the hands of marion county animal services, and it could take about a month before they're able to find a new home.

OCALA, Fla. -- Many of the nearly 400 animals seized from an Ocala home in April were up for adoption at Marion County Animal Services on Wednesday night.

It was one of the worst cases of hoarding that Marion County Animal Control officials said they had ever seen.
In addition to the hundreds of animals seized, another 350 animals -- dogs, cats, birds, cows, horses, sheep and reptiles -- were found dead all over Ignacio Dulzaides' 50-acre property, animal control officials said.
"They varied from lying out in the yard to decomposing, some left in cages, placed in bags in a freezer," said Elaine Deiorio, of MCAS.
It has been nearly six months since MCAS brought in the animals, filling up two rooms at the shelter.

For details about adopting the rescued animals, visit the Animal Center at 5701 SE 66th St., call 352-671-8700 or visit

340 Animals Found Dead In Marion County Home

Marion County Animal Services removed 400 living animals and another 340 dead animals from a Reddick home. 

Animal Services say they found everything from dogs, cats, birds, cows, horses and sheep to smaller pets and reptiles residing on the property, which is located at 4632 NW 100th St. 

Officials responded following a complaint followed by a Progress Energy employee, who was fixing a power outage in the area. 

The property owner, Ignacio Dulzaides, 65, wouldn't initially allow Animal Services to enter his home. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission was able to enter the home and confirmed the incredibly poor living conditions since Dulzaides has a license to sell exotic birds. 

Animal Services later obtained a warrant to enter the home, where they found hundreds of both living and dead animals in small cages and crates. 

The Marion County Fire Rescue Hazmat team responded to the scene and declared several of the buildings unsafe to enter without a respirator.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office removed Dulzaides per the Baker Act from the property and placed him into protective custody for a mental evaluation Thursday evening.

Animal Services officials said this case is one of the worst hoarding situations they have ever seen.


OCALA, Fla. -- Many of the nearly 400 animals seized from an Ocala home in April were up for adoption at Marion County Animal Services on Wednesday night.
It was one of the worst cases of hoarding that Marion County Animal Control officials said they had ever seen.
In addition to the hundreds of animals seized, another 350 animals -- dogs, cats, birds, cows, horses, sheep and reptiles -- were found dead all over Ignacio Dulzaides' 50-acre property, animal control officials said.
"They varied from lying out in the yard to decomposing, some left in cages, placed in bags in a freezer," said Elaine Deiorio, of MCAS.
It has been nearly six months since MCAS brought in the animals, filling up two rooms at the shelter.

For details about adopting the rescued animals, visit the Animal Center at 5701 SE 66th St., call 352-671-8700 or visit

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Palm Beach County seizes guard dog as 3 dead pups found in trash

The discovery of three dead puppies in a trash bin Monday morning led county Animal Care and Control officers to what they believe is the newborns' emaciated mother - a guard dog owned by a Royal Palm Beach company that has been the target of repeated complaints.
Officers seized the German shepherd mix that was guarding an industrial property in the county's north end.
They sent the bodies of the pups, which had been born within 24 to 48 hours, for a necropsy exam to determine how they died, Animal Care and Control Director Dianne Sauve said.
The presumed mother is the 22nd dog to be seized from its owner K9 International LLC, a guard dog company that has been cited by authorities at least 13 times.
An employee of the company hiring out the guard dogs called authorities Monday morning after spotting the puppies in a nearby trash bin, Sauve said. She declined to name the company the dog was guarding.
K9 International LLC could not be reached for comment Monday .
In September, animal care and control officers seized eight K9 International guard dogs in raids at four locations from Boynton Beach to Riviera Beach.
Most recently, a dog was confiscated from another site last week when it was found to be sick.
The dogs have had a bevy of health problems, from being sickly thin to being tick-infested, animal care and control officers report.
"The owner of the guard dog company maintains that he does not breed dogs and that his dogs are in healthy condition," Sauve said Monday .
Agustin "Gus" Artiles owns the company. His home in The Acreage was among the properties searched in the September sweep. Officers removed three dogs from his home.
The dog taken Monday was found "in poor health" and sharing a cage with a large male dog, Sauve said. She had recently given birth and was still lactating. If she is not the mother of the pups, then the questions remain of where the mother is and where this dog's puppies are, Sauve said.
"I'm surprised that we continue to see health problems from this company's dogs," Sauve said, noting that Wednesday her agency will be in court to seek custody of 20 of the company's previously confiscated animals.
Sauve said the agency will also seek custody of the dog taken last week and the presumed mother of the pups found Monday.

Country Singer Troy Gentry Kills Tame Bear and Lies,

This is the video Troy Gentry and the US Government never wanted you to see.

Troy Gentry, of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, arranged to fire arrows into a tame bear named Cubby, and to then claim he had hunted a wild bear.

Gentry even had his ruse video documented. When the US Fish and Wildlife Service learned of the case, Gentry and his accomplice Lee Marvin Greenly were charged with felonies. This video is part of the evidence against Gentry and Greenly.

The story made nationwide news, but only now do you get to see just how low Troy Gentry can go.

When Troy Gentry, of the country music duo Montgomery Gentry, pled guilty to a crime
resulting from the horrendous slaughter of a tame bear inside a one-acre electrified
enclosure, he probably thought that everyone would soon forget about his cowardly and
dishonorable act. He was wrong. Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK)
waged and won a three-year battle (including a victorious lawsuit) against the US Fish
and Wildlife Service that forced the federal government to turn over the videotape of
Gentry’s canned hunt killing.
This morning, SHARK released that video on YouTube so that Gentry’s killing of an
innocent bear can be seen by everyone.
“Once you watch this video, you will see proof of how loathsome and revolting a human
being can be,” states Steve Hindi, President of SHARK. “Troy Gentry’s actions are vile;
he is a coward and a liar and he mercilessly slaughtered a beautiful animal who’s only
fault was that he was worth more dead to his owner than alive.”
In 2004, Gentry bought a tame named “Cubby” from Lee Marvin Greenly, the owner of
“Minnesota Wildlife Connection,” where people can photograph wild animals that have
been domesticated. He paid Greenly $4,650 - and then filmed himself shooting an
arrow into the poor animal, all the while pretending the bear was wild and even
Gentry was charged with a felony, but plead guilty to a misdemeanor and received a
minor slap on the wrist. Though Greenly pled guilty to two felony charges, he received
only probation.
“They literally got away with murder,” states Hindi. “But now the Court of Public
Opinion is in session. We believe that anyone who watches this video will judge them
guilty and condemn them as we do. Troy Gentry should never appear on a stage without a
massive cry of “shame” blasting toward him.”
In the video, Gentry claims with glee that he shot Cubby in the lungs. While this brought
Gentry much pleasure, as his glowing smile attests to, the reality is that when an animal is
shot in the lungs they literally drown in their own blood (note how when Gentry is
holding Cubby’s dead body, the bear’s mouth is filled with blood). Imagine someone
shooting you with a razor sharp arrow and you crawl away, blood pouring from your
mouth until hours later you finally die. That was Cubby’s fate, and how millions of other
animals that are victims to bowhunters die.