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GOOD NEWS from Botswana
Most tourists go on elephant rides because they love elephants, so says World Animal Protection, unaware of the intense physical and psychological pain involved.
Now, no elephants will be permitted to be ridden in Botswana. Abu Camp, the only facility that previously allowed elephant back riding in the country, has been directed to terminate its elephant back safaris.
Botswana is considered the international custodian of the African elephant and has the world’s greatest herds. At the CITES convention it voluntarily changed to the maximum Appendix One status, seeking their further protection.Botswana has also refused to sell it stockpiled ivory and has disallowed all hunting on state land.
We commend the Jeffrey's Bay mayor and committee on making an animal friendly decision, and we look forward to more positive actions from members of the public around the country, approaching their municipalities and mayors, to promote only animal free circuses.
The facts are simple: there is inherent cruelty in keeping animals captive, with constant travel, noise, lights and forced training and performances. It takes thousands of years to domesticate animals, not just one generation or so born in captivity, and for anyone owned by a cat, well, we know how trying to train them works...
It is certainly not about 'oh but they are well fed and safe' - they shouldn't be there in the first place.
No, they can never go to the wild, but there are sanctuaries where they can live as close to a normal life as possible, with as little human interaction as possible.
We know now what we may not have a couple of decades ago, about animal needs and emotions, so these days, there is no excuse. And the only justification for animals circuses now is the human demand for what they want, regardless of the cost to others.
These photos were taken in Hermanus ; white lion Cubs who are being shlepped around the country to pose with customers so the circus owners can make money. As seen on the circus's own social media.
It was extremely hot in Hermanus, and besides a little hay, the cage was barren. Is this the life for any being? Constant travel, a destitute environment, caged, no stimulation, being pawed at by people.... this will be their life until they too end up being forced to learn tricks and perform on demand, day in and day out. How is this educational ? Which is the circus excuse. Because little Johnny or Ntembu deserve to see a lion up close. Utter bosh.
How is this better than the possibility of being shot by poachers after living a normal life?
The constitutional court has recently legally recognized the sentience of animals which means they understand animals have emotions and can suffer.
While we may work on other methods, we strongly urge the public to support animal free circuses and entertainment. No two-for-the-price-of-one, or freebie, tickets can justify supporting and encouraging the exploitation of animals who have the right to live a natural life.
We won't stop until circuses are animal free.
This article in which the circus owner suggests only Elite White Women are against the use of animals is racist, condescending and untrue. Often this is dependent on the area in which the circus is found. The inference that only white women care about exploitation is insulting. Furthermore, the fact that there are protests against the circus when they are in town does not mean that the issues of hunting, cub petting and other exploitative issues are not addressed or protested. Kenesias Dambakurima, of Voices for African Wildlife was published thus: "Whether animals in circuses are taken good care of or not, what we should be discussing here is whether animals belong in circuses/cages or not..... Or should animals continue to be viewed solely as resources, commodities to be harnessed, exploited, abused and used by humans? Fellow Africans, I'm a black African and have attended a lot of protests against the use of animals in circuses because I do understand that life in a cage is not life at all. In circuses, animals will never experience anything that’s natural and important to them, such as running, playing, jumping, or socializing with their mates as is their birth right. Most of them will never see their family again. No to animals in circuses!"
After 146 years, the owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus confirmed that the show will close forever in May. The circus was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise.
FROM THE SPCA ON ANIMAL CIRCUSES
CIRCUS ARRIVAL IN WESTERN CAPE BANKS ON MISERY OF CAPTIVE ANIMALS Local animal lovers in the Western Cape are up in arms over news that a well-known circus will be displaying their captive animals in a series of shows scheduled for January and February.
To ensure the well-being of the animals is in strict in compliance with the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 and to ensure the terms and conditions of the PAPA permit are being adhered to, please be advised that our Wildlife Unit will be enforcing a thorough inspection on site this week.
There will be peaceful and legal protests held before each circus performance. For details of these times, please contact the offices of Beauty Without Cruelty on firstname.lastname@example.org
The 26 registered NGO members of the Cape Animal Welfare Forum also morally and ethically does not condone the use of animals in circuses and currently have a Petition available for the collection of original signatures which will be presented to local Government.
The SPCA movement in no way condones the use of animals, be they domesticated or wild, in the circus and appeals to the public to refrain from attending such events where animals are exploited for commercial gains.
Please report any cruelty to the SPCA on 021 700 4158/9 or a/h on 083 326 1604
The CAW Forum supports the CoGH SPCA Inspectorate officers in their work to ensure the wellbeing of circus animals. For Anti Circus Animal petition copies, please contact the Cape Animal Welfare Forum on email@example.com
PROTESTS AND DEMOS
The circus is back in the Cape, so BWC attended 4 great circus demos and protests in Hermanus, along with supporters and residents. The following week on Thursday we had 15 people in Stellenbosch for a permit free demo, while on the Saturday we had almost 110 people for the legal permitted protest there. We had Eyewitness news attend, and this clip is from that interview with Mclarens and BWC. Although the interview with BWC was almost 20 minutes long, only one sentence was ultimately included. So it goes.
While the circus is in the Cape, we will have weekly Saturday protests - This Saturday is in Tableview, corner Blaauwberg and Pentz rds, from 2-3pm. Please join our Facebook page to get the info. We need YOU to help us. Animals are not born to perform. We are also working with various councillors in the Cape on this matter.
This article is about the Hartenbos demos and this vlog (video blog) with BWC supporter Norah Hudson and the Mclarens, and who also owns the wonderful Ell269 restaurant.
This is unethical, immoral and goes against everything decent. It's bad enough we use animals in experiments to fix what is often self induced illness or disease, but this is horrifying on a while new level.
The recent discovery of more than 5000 donkey hides in a container in Benoni has shed light on the illegal slaughter and trade in the animals for meat and skin, allegedly by a Chinese syndicate. Beauty Without Cruelty is proud to have been able to assist in the saving some of these donkeys and horses destined for slaughter, with a donation made just before the auction.
Donkeys are being killed for 'medicine' Two men were arrested and have been charged in terms of the Animals Protection Act and the Meat Safety Act, following confirmation by the NSPCA of a horror operation on their farm, and witness reports of donkeys being bludgeoned with hammers and being skinned alive.
The demand for donkey skins, supposedly for medicinal purposes, continues in our country. Donkey hide contains a gelatine which is claimed to be valued for medicinal purposes: - according to the China Daily newspaper, “having anti-aging properties, able to treat insomnia and improving blood circulation”.
Before you blame the Chinese, note they have had nothing to do with the thefts of, appalling treatment and terrible deaths meted out to the donkeys by South Africans.
RADIO INTERVIEW on veganism, with BWC
FIRST KID'S ROAD SHOW OF 2017
Held in the Strand, together with Voices for African Wildlife, Heather Howe, our CT educator, taught the almost 70 children the five freedoms for animals, using children's rights as a comparison. Afterwards there was a singalong about how to care for companions. Kenesias Dambakurima, our fabulous Voices for African Wildlife representative got the kids excited about being the voice for animals after his talk and q & a about the big Five. There was a really interesting chat about owls, and Leozette Rhoode of Humane Society Int (and Green Monday) joined us, supplied hot dogs courtesy of Fry's Family Foods, and helped Heather and the teachers paint animal faces on the children.We also supplied 60+ wrapped sandwiches for the children. Read Leozette's Blog about the day
BAD NEWS FOR HUNTERS
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) can confirm that a zero quota for the hunting of leopard (Panthera pardus) has been extended to 2017.
The decision is based on the review of available scientific information on the status and recovery of leopard populations in South Africa. The Scientific Authority recommended to the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa that, based on the information received and reviewed, a zero quota for 2017 for the hunting of leopard, with the possibility of introducing a precautionary hunting quota in 2018.
The zero quota for the hunting of leopard has been in place since January 2016 following an evidence-based decision by the Scientific Authority.
INDIA BANS IMPORT OF CERTAIN ANIMAL SKINS
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has issued a notification amending the trade policy of India that prohibits the importation of the skins of reptiles and the fur of chinchillas as well as minks and foxes “whole, with or without head, tails or paws.
Two farms that say they supply skins to a tannery owned by Louis Vuitton’s parent company, LVMH, which, by the way, has not denied the specific allegations – confirmed that reptiles lay motionless in thousands of tiny concrete cells,often shorter than the length of their bodies, for uop to 15 months before being killed. Another farm saw workers hacking into thrashing crocodiles’ necks and ramming metal rods down their spines while one crocodile was shown moving after being live-skinned.
Snakes are commonly nailed to trees, and are skinned alive.
Often these animals don't get sympathy because people are afraid of them and they aren't fluffy and cuddly, but they suffer just the same as cows, rabbits, ostriches, buffaloes, sheep, goats and other animals killed for shoes, bags, belts and car seats.
It affects us all, and this article goes beyond shorter showers! Don't live in denial.
Please consider the animals before you walk, pet, prod, pose or ride them.
A Melbourne University study found that post-race, 50% of racehorses have blood in their windpipe, and 90% have blood deeper in their lungs. 127 horses were pronounced dead on Australian racetracks in the past 12 months and many thousands more killed for not running fast enough.
Please make this the year that you choose to never again support animal racing. If you want to gamble, choose human races! http://www.horseracingkills.org/6_3.htm
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