The Animal Legal Defense Fund will not stand for the sudden blackout on USDA animal welfare reports. We intend to sue the USDA. Public access to these reports is critical, and we’re gearing up for a big fight. We need your support.
Like many, when I heard about the end of the Ringling Brothers touring circus, my first reaction was exhilaration. But as executive director of Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), my mind quickly turned to the question “Where are all the animals going?”
Right now, thousands of animals are being trained to entertain for profit, bred to provide cub petting opportunities, and forced to “live” in shameful conditions.
That’s why I’m worried that Ringling’s tigers, camels, and other newly retired performing animals will soon end up in disreputable roadside zoos, private homes, pseudo-sanctuaries and even more circuses.
None of these can rightfully be called a true “sanctuary.” These animals will continue to be treated as property and used for exhibition and entertainment.
Please sign our petition to call on Ringling to do the right thing and retire its performing animals to accredited sanctuaries.
Juliette Feld of Ringling states “our commitment to all of our animals is for our lifetime,” and that it needs to find “suitable homes …”
I agree. This is an opportunity for the lions, tigers, camels, donkeys, alpacas, kangaroos, llamas and other animals to live out the remainder of their lives in true sanctuaries offering the highest quality of care in settings that best support their natural needs and behaviors. Ringling’s animals deserve a REAL retirement – not more abuse in circuses and roadside zoos.
GFAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded in 2007 to fulfill a need to differentiate and support animal sanctuaries that not only provide high-quality care for the animals but also engage in sustainable financial and governance practices. We fulfill this need as the only recognized international sanctuary accreditation program.
I am asking Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, to prioritize retiring their animals at GFAS-accredited sanctuaries. All 132 of our accredited care facilities in the United States have undergone a rigorous assessment and meet our Standards of Excellence. These Standards include valuable animal-specific guidelines for the proper space, enclosure, diet and social needs; they also offer general information for promoting organizational health and sustainability such as proper governance; safety training and protocols; financial practices; and outreach.
I hope that Ringling lives up to its responsibility to place its retired animals in “suitable homes” with the same resolve that kept them in business for 146 years. Prioritizing the placement of retired animals in certified sanctuaries offers a monumental opportunity to set a positive example for all the entertainment community with a decision to do what is right for the many that have served them over the years.
I applaud Ringling for its landmark announcement. Now Ringling must take the responsible next step by placing these animals in accredited sanctuaries. So please join me by signing this petition to urge Feld Entertainment to retire animals in GFAS-certified sanctuaries.
Ringling needs to do the right thing. These animals deserve it.
URGENT ACTION NEEDED ASAP. Comment period ends Jan 30 2017, at 11:59 PM ET
Please take the time to write a comment on the USFWS site. Click the blue “Comment Now!” button on the right side
See link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0131-0001
Before you start writing, do take the time to read this petition first, it will provide you with a lot of info about what to write or which links you can use (press more) Petition link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/nl-nl/takeaction/422/172/684/
At the moment, unfortunately…..most comments are being made by pro trophy hunters. So it’s up to US GREENIES, to invite lots of friends and make sure to share the event.
If you should have difficulties to send your comment, just let me know via pm and I will make sure to send it for you.
From the USFWS website
“Leopard (Panthera pardus): Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, and Uganda.
On July 26, 2016, we received a petition dated July 25, 2016, from The Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals, requesting that the leopard be reclassified as endangered throughout its range under the Act. The petition clearly identified itself as such and included the requisite identification information for the petitioner, required at 50 CFR 424.14(a). This finding addresses the petition.
Based on our review of the petition and sources cited in the petition, we find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that reclassifying the leopard (Panthera pardus) as endangered throughout its range may be warranted, based on Factors A, B, D, and E (for a listing of the factors, see (2) under Request for Information for Status Reviews, above). However, during our status review, we will thoroughly evaluate all potential threats to the species, including the extent to which any protections or other conservation efforts have reduced those threats. Thus, for this species, the Service requests any information relevant to whether the species falls within the definition of an endangered species under section 3(6) of the Act, including information on the five listing factors under section 4(a)(1) and any other factors identified in this finding.”
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Ace with Christian, 1972. Photograph courtesy GAWPT.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTIAN
Christian was born on the 12th August 1969 in an unprepossessing and long closed down zoo in Ilfracombe, Devon, UK. Who could have imagined after five generations of captivity in Europe, he would be returned to Africa, and be successfully rehabilitated by George Adamson of Born Free fame?
For those unfamiliar with Christian’s story, see his website alioncalledchristian.com.au.
I am most often asked what happened to Christian. No-one knows. Christian was last seen by George Adamson in early 1973 when he was nearly four years old and was growing into one of the largest lions George had ever seen. He had survived the most dangerous years, although life as an adult lion would also always be very challenging. George thought he was looking for a territory of his own, away from the aggressive local lions of Kora. We like to…
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There are a little over 100 Desert Lions that remain today.
On #WorldLionDay Tragedy has struck the 4 Remaining Musketeers (Desert Lions)
In June of this year, Musketeer Harry was shot and killed by farmers due to HWC (Human Wildlife Conflict)
Today news is coming in regarding the 4 Musketeers that remain…..
They are NO LONGER and this again is because of HWC.
HWC is a reality and it needs to be controlled and the only way it can be is if people come together for these Lions so that funds are raised for Kaarl/Bomas, collars, solar lights with sirens to keep controlling the HUMAN LION CONFLICT
If it is was not bad enough that these 5 brothers lost the 1st Musketeer (Harry who was shot and killed this past June by farmers) they have to try and survive in one of the most harshest places on Earth ~ The Namib Desert , while dealing with farmers and their cattle which are pretty much taking over any place where there are lions today.
News coming in today that 3 of the remaining 4 musketeers have been poisoned by Farmers and their bodies and their satellite collars have been burnt….
The remaining Musketeer Xpl-93 has now been relocated to a different area, and I cannot imagine how he will grieve for his brothers not to mention adjust and able to survive in unknown territory…..
For more on this terrible tragedy coming in today please see the Desert Lion Website : http://www.desertlion.info/news.html
HOW CAN YOU HELP???
Funds are needed desperately to help with HWC
Please help and support these DesertLions via Paypal.
Just got to your Paypal account and then this e-mail, amount and purpose enter “Desert Lions”
Every donation no matter how small or how much will go directly to funding for the Desert Lion/HumanWildlifeConflict.
Thank you !
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Earlier today our dear Friend and Warrior Sarita Subramaniam sat down with the Quint on #GlobalTigerDay The topic ~ the plight India’s tigers are facing today and of course our beloved Ustad.
Our blessings go to this woman for continuing to stand up and be a Voice for India’s wildlife and for Ustad. We wish there were more like her standing up for them. Thank you Sarita for all that you are doing xo
Please take a few mins. of your time and listen to what she had to say ❤
Via – The Quint