Category Archives: Animal Abuses

Hunting is NOT Conservation

Don’t believe the lies. Whenever you see a trophy hunter claim “hunting is conservation”, post one or more of these pins or links.


Wildlife News: Hunting responsible for sharp decline in tropical wildlife and birds

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals

Earth has lost more than half its wildlife in the last 40 years

Debunked: Five of the Most Pervasive Hunting Myths Unraveled

Trophy hunting is exploitation,  not conservation

Five reasons trophy hunting is not conservation

Hunting the murderous business

Trophy hunters - Conservation hunting because we can

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Trophy hunters - Definition conservation

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Trophy hunters - Extinction hunted to No. 1 The Great Auk

Trophy hunters - Extinction hunted to No. 2 The Hartbeest

Trophy hunters - Extinction animals hunted to No. 3 Caspian Tiger

Trophy hunters - Extinction Passenger Pigeon

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Trophy hunters - Trophy and animals know the difference

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Trophy hunters - Conservation only psychos believe

Trophy hunters - Economy we would rather have the wildlife

Trophy hunters - Stats

Trophy hunters - Economy USA

Trophy hunters - Economic benefits

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Trophy hunters - Conservation why hunters kill rare animals

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Trophy hunters - Stupidity sees rare white moose let's kill it

Trophy hunters - Conservation hunters to Jewish welfare

Trophy hunters - Conservation trophy hunters pests

Proof trophy hunters don’t save a single animal

Six grisly facts trophy hunters don’t want you to know

Over half the world’s wildlife has been wiped out in the past 40 years

Global decline of large herbivores may lead to an empty landscape scientists say

Extinction of your favorite animal more real than you realize

How trophy hunting destroys conservation

20,000 species are near extinction is it time to rethink

60 percent of the world’s largest herbivores facing extinction

Decline of top predators is a threat to ecosystems scientists warn

Top carnivores help shape every aspect of their environments

More than three-quarters of large carnivores now in decline

Here’s every single animal that became extinct in the last 100 years

13 species we might have to say goodbye to in 2015

13 animals hunted to extinction

15 endangered species that are still on the menu

Endangered species in UK decline by 60 per cent in 40 years

List of most recent extinctions

What we have lost species extinction timeline

Tiny fish on the brink of extinction and the ramifications are huge

How the Western Black Rhino Went Extinct

Study finds hunters depleting lion and cougar populations

USFWS declares Eastern cougar extinct

Killing coyotes wrong when other measures work

The silencing of the wolves despite the howling of humans

Red wolves could be declared exinct in NC

Elephants attack as humans turn up the pressure

First class article on the Taiji dolphin killings in Denmark

Resurrecting the extinct frog with a stomach for a womb

Common justifications for eating animals hunting

Why does this famous conservationist keep shooting

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Rescuing Homeless Pets from Shelters

This is a list of rescue and transport organisations with links to helpful information on homeless pets and shelters and anything else related such as food, health, etc. CTRL F will search.


Please note this list is a work in progress. It is updated about once a month.

Any GOLD text is a link, just right click on it to GO TO the link, or to COPY or SAVE then go to destination and right click PASTE to insert link.

There’s a lot of useful information and many links in this article. It’s all one page and definitely worth taking a little time to look through so you know what there is here.

Please use CTRL F to search 

Facebook Advocacy and Rescues
Crossposting Guides
New York AC&C and NYC Rescues
Rescues for Senior and Special Needs Breed Specific and Rescues for Other Animals
Pets in Military Families
Organisations Offering Aid
No Kill Solutions
TNR and Helping Feral Cats
Hoarding Information and Resources
Scam Rescues
Shelter Reform Sites
General Information and Resources
Picture Gallery


Have you decided to rescue a cat on death row? Please step up and save a life. Cats and dogs of all ages are being put to death because there are not enough fosters. Many kill-listed cats have earned their ticket to freedom as ‘bathroom cats’ in foster homes for a short time and are now in loving forever homes. “I would rather cry watching them leave our home to live a life of happiness and joy in a loving home rather than cry because no one stepped up to help them and they died alone, frightened and sad in the shelter. Fostering saves lives, try it.”

Local campaigns to find fosters can be easily set up like this one

Fostering a pet FAQs

16 reasons to foster a shelter pet

Reasons to foster

How to get started as a foster

Guardian Angel Fostering

Animal Rescue Foster Program

Fur Angels Foster Parent List

National Rescue Adopt and Foster Group

List of kitten nurseries state to state

All states animal fosters

Imagine pet rescue mainly for dogs anywhere foster scheme


Tagging local rescues when crossposting helps pets find homes

Animal rescues on Facebook listed by state etc.

Animal rescue Facebook directory etc.

To find pets, rescues, or shelters by area etc.

To find rescues or shelters

Rescues by state etc.

Click this pic for a list of specialist and other rescues by area

Bambi’s Hope rescue blogger links to shelters pullers and transporters

Shelter list by county for California only

CACC adoptable pets and info for those wanting to adopt

Find a pet or rescue etc. here

Animal Shelter adopt a pet; dogs, cats, puppies, kittens! Humane Society, SPCA. Lost and found data from hundreds of animal shelters in the US and Canada. Breed search, lost and found pet matching service. Can look up animals here with shelter’s zip code. Go to right side look for location then use this shelter list; left side click species; animals for adoption. It is updated every hour and will tell you how long an animal has been there and start getting twitchy when it approaches two weeks but if intake #’s are high, two weeks may not apply. Just need to move animals out asap

Rescue Reviews


Network to reach many more people

The love/hate relationship of social media and rescue

Facebook in animal rights advocacy by Nicole Garner

Using Facebook to help needy pets you might be doing it wrong

Click here for free Facebook course for animal rescue groups

Crossposter’s guide also a Facebook group

Starting a Facebook thread for animals who need immediate help

More immediate exposure on Facebook for urgent animals


If you are local to the NYC Tri-State area: New England, General North-east and serious about adopting or fostering this kitty, please email the URGENT help desk now at Experienced volunteers will guide you through the process.

Fostering is easy and saves lives. The rescue will cover vet bills for the duration of the foster. Help and advice is available from the rescue and other organisations. If you need advice and assistance speak to the current PODR Adminstrators.

Transport is provided for adoptions up to four hours out of NYC at no cost by Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals. Arrangements can be made to meet part-way. For fosters delivery is available within NYC and also sometimes out of town. They have been made to CT, PA, and NJ.

If you want to foster or adopt and need help or advice please email:

The following is a list of rescues that might be able to assist. Remember, time is sensitive. They begin killing at 6am, the morning after these lists are posted.

Placing applications with more than one group increases the chances of someone being able to see and respond quickly, as this improves your chances of being approved. When at all possible, please try to fill out applications and get approved to adopt or foster BEFORE the animal is on ‘the list’ and it is at the 11th hour!

MANY RESCUES HAVE APPLICATIONS RIGHT ON THEIR SITE  When writing them, be sure to indicate the animal ID number, name and shelter location in the SUBJECT line. You must include all contact info for yourself, including email and phone.  Explain to them that the animal is on the ACC euthanasia list for the next morning and that you would like to foster/adopt.

List of up to date list of rescues approved to pull from NYC AC&C

Urgent Pets on Death Row list of NY rescues

Urgent Pets on Death Row NYCACC information and news

To foster or adopt an urgent cat from NYC

Helping out of state adopters/foster save from NYACC


This list includes some breed-specific rescues as well as rescues that specialize in animals other than dogs

Rescues for Senior and Special Needs

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary Inc

Blind/Deaf Shelter Dogs Networking

Blind Deaf Disabled Injured Special Needs Dog Cat Rescue

Red Hook Dog Rescue – Brooklyn, NY
Contact: Harriet Zucker

K9Kastle – NY
Mostly rescues small, elderly, or special needs dogs. Email
Tara at, Emily at or Nancy at for an application for adoption or fostering and they will gladly send you an application. Other email:!/pages/K9Kastle/198020466874807?sk=info

Black Cats

Black cats Urgent Rescue

Black Cats in Need of Rescue

Black Cats Community

I Love Black Cats

Black Cats Need Love

Black Cats in Need of Rescue and Adoption

Black Cat Rescue

For the Love of Black Cats

I Love Black Cats

The Black Cat Society of GCHS

Siamese Cats

List of Siamese rescues by area

Siamese Cat adoption blog site

Siamese Cat Rescue Center
Tel (540) 672-6373

Siamese Rescue

Siamese Angels

Siamese “Rehome” Angels

Second Hand Siamese (Flowery Branch, Georgia)

Rocky Mountain Siamese Rescue

Southern California Siamese Rescue

Siamese Cats: Finding Rescues, Homes and Love! (Join)

Dogs Cats and Other Animals

German shepherd rescues by state

Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue
Adopt A Boxer Rescue
All About Spay Neuter
All Sentient Beings
Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption
American Bulldog Rescue
American Bullmastiff Association Rescue Service
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Angela’s Felines
Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C)
Animal Center of Queens
Animal Haven
Animal Rescue Force (ARF)
Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons
Animals Can’t Talk (ACT)
Animals Can’t Talk Rescue and Adoption (ACT Rescue and Adoption)
Animal Welfare Society
Anjellicle Cats Rescue
A Place for Us
Art for Animals
A Tail At A Time
Barbara the Cat Lady
Big Apple Bull Terrier Rescue
Bobbi and the Strays
Boxer Angels Rescue
Brooklyn Animal Action
Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC)
Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition
Cascade Beagle Rescue–East
Cat Assistance Inc.
City Critters
Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New Jersey
CSM Stray Foundation (USA) Inc.
Curly Tail Pug RescueCrested Guardians
Dalmatian Adoption
Derrek’s Gleeful Rescue
Destiny’s Pet ProjectDoberman Pinscher Club of America Rescue Committee
Dog Habitat Rescue
Eastern German Shorthaired Pointer Club Rescue Program
English Bull Terrier Rescue of New York & New Jersey
Eve’s Sanctuary
Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption
Feline Rescue Mission
Feline Rescue of Staten Island
Ferals in Peril
First Run Medical & Rescue Fund for Animals
For Animals, Inc.
Forgotten Friends of Long Island
For Our Friends
For the Love of Dog (Rottweilers)
Four Paws Sake NYC
Friendly Ferals
Friends of Rescued Mastiffs
German Shepherd Rescue of Central New York
German Shepherd Rescue of Southeastern Pennsylvania in Brooklyn, NY
Glen Highland Farm/Sweet Border Collie Rescue
Glen Wild Animal Rescue
GRROWLS (Golden Retriever Rescue Operated With Love Statewide)
Gotham City Kitties
Grateful Greyhounds
Green Mountain Pug Rescue
Heart and Hand Society
Heart and Soul Animal Rescue
HEART: Help Every Animal Restore Trust
Heavenly Huskies & Canine Companions
House Rabbit Society
Humane Society of New York
The Husky House
Internet Miniature Pinscher Service (IMPS)
Italian Greyhound Rescue NYC (IGRNYC)
Kitten Little Rescue
Kodi’s Club
Labrador Retriever Rescue – CT
Patricia H. Ladew Foundation
Le Cats on the Water
Lifeline Animal Rescue
Linda’s Feral Cat Assistance
Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center
Long Beach Humane Society
Long Island Bulldog Rescue
Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue
Long Island GreyHound Transfer
Long Island Labrador Retriever Rescue
Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue
Louis Animal Foundation
Loving Touch
MetroMalts: Metropolitan Maltese Rescue
Mid-Atlantic Basset Hound Rescue
Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Mighty Mutts
Miss Rumples for Small Dogs
Mountain Rottie ResQ (MRR) of New York
Neighborhood Cats
New England Border Collie Rescue
New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue
New Rochelle Humane Society
NJ Schnauzer Rescue Network
Northeastern Boxer Rescue
Northern New England Dog Rescue
North Fork Animal Welfare League
North Shore Animal League America
NYC Shiba Rescue
Only Hope Cat Rescue
Orphaned Pets, Inc.
Paws To Love Adoptions
People for Animals
Peppertree Rescue
Pet Adoption League Inc./Chow Rescue of NY
PET-I-CARE NYC Adoption Program
P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County
Poor Animals of St. Francis
Posh Pets Rescue
Rabbit Rescue & Rehab
Rawhide Rescue
Ready for Rescue
Red Hook Dog Rescue
R.S.V.P. Inc. (Responsible Solutions for Valued Pets)
Russell Refuge (Jack Russell Terriers)
Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue
S.A.V.E. Animal Rescue
Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center
SaveKitty Foundation
Save Our Strays
Scottish Terrier Club of Greater New York
Sean Casey Animal Rescue
The Sheltering Wing Bird Preservation and Adoptions
Shelter Survivors
Shore Hearts Golden Retriever Rescue
Small Paws Rescue (Bichon Frise)
Social Tees Animal Rescue
SPCA of Connecticut
Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare (SICAW)
Stray from the Heart
Tails of Courage
Tavi & Friends / Tavi’s Curls
Tigger Foundation
Tiny Treasures Rescue
Treasured k9s
Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue
Tri-State Weimeraner Rescue
Underdog ResQ
United Action for Animals
Urban Cat League
Waggin’ Train Rescue
Waggytail Rescue
Willing Hearts Dalmatian Rescue
Woof Dog Rescue
The Worthy Pause Thrift & Gift Shop
Zani’s Furry Friend


There are many animal transport rescue groups that are FREE or cheap!! Don’t look at the sadness in a pet’s eyes and say: “Aaaww, I’d like to adopt him, but he’s too far away…” Follow these steps find a rescue and transport and he’s as good as yours!

First you have to find two rescues, one where the pet is and one where you are. They have to be put in touch with each other so your local rescue can do the home inspection for the rescue local to the shelter.

Each rescue will have their paperwork for her to fill out. Of course the first step is to notify the shelter that the pet is wanted (by phone AND EMAIL)

Don’t tell them too much, they are on a need to know basis. Some of them will try and throw a wrench into it.


Most transport groups are run by rescuers, many on Facebook, and care about animals. Beware of rogues though who only care about the money to be made.  There is only one well known such transport. Please use the contact form if you know of another transport that ought to be on this list.

Underground Railroad Rescued Kitty Network (URRKN) on Facebook run by Tina Lablanc

Air Travel

Air travel is not recommended with the commercial airlines in the normal way as animals are put in the cargo hold. The cargo areas are not temperature controlled, and especially in the winter and summer months, they can be uninhabitable, meaning that animals may not survive. There is one airline that has a good reputation for taking care of animals.

Forum discussion

Air Animal pet movers since 1977

No pet is too far too save!!

Imagine Home

Kindred Hearts

Pets Transport Network Association (PETNA) run by Facebook ARAs and rescuers

Animal Transports Globally

Animal Transport Assistance for Precious Lives Needing Help

Animal Transport Assistance for Precious Lives Needing Urgent Help

Animal Transport List for Take Action to Help Ban Pet Gas Chambers

A New Leash on Life Rescue Transport

Animal Rescue Flights

Pilots & Paws

Wings of Rescue

Rogers Rescue

Operation Roger Truckers Pet Transport

Johns C2C Transport LLC

California Animal Rescue Transportation
Also comments for incoming/outgoing out of state transports

START Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team

Brett Adams 714 507-0566
Based in Anaheim, Ca., hauls for several of us on the West Coast from Ca. to WA/BC

Royce Bordes
Angels n’ Paws 909-743-4656
SoCal area to WA/BC border & more

Kevan Boston 760-518-7445
SoCal area to WA/BC/Montana

4 PAWS Rescue Inc.

Peace Love Paws Rescue

Pet Express Animal Transport

Animal Transport Resources

Best Friends Animal Society

Animal Resources Inc

Companion Pet Rescue & Transport of W Tn Inc

John Bloom C2C LLC coast to coast transport

Freedom Train Animal Rescue Transports

rhonda @ freedomtraintransports . com

Keith’s Rescue Transports

Debie Brown: Will transport up to 150 miles for free from any Los Angeles, CA Shelter. All anyone has to do is call her at (+1) (310) 528-6255. If she doesn’t answer she’ll call you right back.

Christopher Boyd transport at (+1) (618) 201 4449

John Hautzinger: transport within a decent range of LA shelters and only gas money is charged

The Road Home Transport (+1) (626) 502 6251

Rusty to the Rescue
(+1) (714) 415 8343

Suzy at PET TAXI in California at (+1) (424) 653-4565 National USA

GROWL Rescue & Transport

Companion Pet Rescue & Transport of W. Tn., Inc.

Rescue Puppies on the Move: community

Rural Shelter Transports

Suzanne Shaps Dog Rescue and Transport Postings

Animal Rescue Flights

P.E.T.S. Animal Rescue Road Trip LLC
(+1) (877) 560-PETS or (+1) (877) 560-7387

Pets On Board Transport
For a fast quote call: (+1) (888) 914–PETS or
(+1) (310) 899-6891

Holm to Home Transport Services
No website but transports everywhere

Animal Rescue Flights

Fly Me Home for Pet Escorts from Egypt to Everywhere


Here is the list I use to find transporters. I have collected up through the months. I am still working on it. Some are paid but most are free. Some are actual transporter pages and some are pages to post your needs and then people will offer or you can ask to be added to a planned transport. Everyone is very helpful, Each one can be found on Facebook or the web, just type the name into the search in Facebook or Google.

Please try Rescue Road Warriors

Long distance ground transport, we specialize in private rides cross country. We also have local offices in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. Locally we offer pickup and drop off for daycares, boarding, and vet appointments.

Dog Gone Taxi
Woodinville, WA 98072
Phone 1 888.761.8626

Martha’s Mutt Movers/The Rescue Railroad

Animal Transport Group

Rescue Ride Share

“Take Me Home” Rescued Pets Transport Network

Transport for NY rescue dogs

Animal Rescue Facebook Directory

Comin’ Home

Crazy Canine Crew Pet Transport LLC

Travel all parts of Ohio and Western Pa
234 567 7372 and on Facebook

Debbie Brown 310-528-6255
Phone is the best way to get in touch with me if I’m needed. 150 miles from Los Angeles, Orange County area

John Duggins
Drive 48 states
Phone 540-256-4047

PA/MD area:

Sharon K Chaffee:

Stephanie Goehring:

Bobbi McGettigan:

Rachel Vaughn:

Donna Zeigfinger:

Theresa Jones Zuccarello:

Myth Medieval Celtic through south central PA, including through Philly into Central Northern Maryland

Tammy King
Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin

Martica Heanor
Can help with a leg from NYC to NJ or PA

Rescue My Paws

Rescue Ride Share, contact


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New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

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South Carolina

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Operation Roger Truckers Pet Transport

Rescue Road Trips

Transpetters Pet Limousine Service

Animal Rescue Transfer System (ARTS)
Alberta CA
Getting animals to safety wherever that may be

Camp Cupcake For Critters, LLC

Boarding / Critters on the Go!

Lending a Paw-Ground Transportation for Animal Rescue

Pet Airways

Pet Adoption Highway

P.E.T.S. (Peterson Express Transport Service)
615 218 1589


ANIMAL home tel 540 837 1878
Bruce and Rachel Lockwood in Boyce VA
Donations toward fuel are appreciated, but not required

Road Dogs Transport, Katsrodeo’s transporting
2245 Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Get directions phone 757 724 3921

Forgotten Angels Rescue & Education Centre
TN email

Road Dogs Transport Inc Jackson TN
Tel 731-695-5790

Wheels4Paws NC
A caring organisation run by Pat Webb

H.O.P.E. Ground Services Burgaw NC
Dorothy Hall Desjarlais Tel 910-620-1001
Weekly transports NC, to VA, MD, DC, DE, PA, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA (outskirts), and NH

Rural Shelter Transports
Coordinating transports in select areas of SC/NC/VA/MD/DE/NJ/NY/MA to approved rescues

Freedom Train Animal Rescue Transports
Transports south to north west
Anderson SC 29621 Tel 864-934-8496

4 Paws Transport
Charleston, SC

Dog Runner Pet Transport, LLC
1851 Fosterburg Road, Brighton, IL 62012
Tel 618 372 8521 Mob 618 977 7171 Fax 618 372 0086

Open Arms Dog Transport OH

Cloud Nine Rescue

Pet Air
Tel 816-471-3852

Throwaway Pups
Brandy at

Roads of Hope

Truck ‘n’ Paws

Dreaming My Way Home

Animal Rescue Flights

Pet Friendly Travel

Safe Dog Express

Jay Richmond’s Pet Transportation 917 751 3406
Comfortable transport of rescue animals in the US

Group for transporting Rescued Pets anywhere in North America – a group you’ll have to join with

Lucky Dog Rescue Flights 85
LUCKY-DOG 855 825 9364
or call 85-LUCKY-DOG 855 825 9364

Colorado Animal Rescue Express (C.A.R.E.)
Transport Coordinator
Linda Fox,

Tullahoma Small Breed Rescue 931 393 3522
Tullahoma, TN 37388
A rescue friendly truck driver who regularly drives a route between Colorado and the East Coast

Companion Rescue & Transport, Nashville, TN 37221
Tel: 615 260 8473 or tel 731 217 6196

Sky Ark
Free air transportation
P.O. Box 1553, Buena Vista, Colorado 81211

Flying Paws
Message to be sent on contact page

BRATS Badger Rescue Animal Transport Services, Inc.
10602 N Port Washington Rd #204, Mequon WI 53092
Tel 414 322 1085

Alpha Dog Transport Inc
508 868 0642

Pro Pet Transport
Professional Pet Transports Inc
59154 Trafton Lane OR 97845
John Day

West Coast Dog Transports

Dogster Railroad

Shelters and transport in KY

Myth Medieval Celtic
Through south central PA, including through Philly into Central Northern Maryland

Tammy King
Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin

Martica Heanor
Can help with a leg from NYC to NJ or PA

Rescue Ride Share

Tucker Fleiss Rescue/Transport in Los Angeles, CA

Kyle Young
Tel: 661 874 7546
Volunteer with the Lancaster shelter

Animal Airlift

i95 transporters 352 585 0936

Dana Stanley 870 331 3418

Melinda Phelps Feicker 940 595 0949

Fara John 315 427 3688


Myrna Gaidry 515 707 4129

Toll Free: 1 877 560 PETS 7387
Kyle 615 218 1589

Operation Roger 682 622 1172

PetRelocation 1 512 264 9800

Animal Port Houston 281 821 2244

Express Pet Transport 979 219 3686

AirVets Pet Relocation 972 591 1342

Continental Airlines
800 575 3335 or 832 235 1541

AHeinz57 515 834 2635

Animal Transporters (US and International) 310 821 5576

Flying Paws

LNT Pet Transport
210 649 2004
210 722 4877

Pilots N Paws

Rescue Road Trips

SkyArk 719 207 8760

Pet Airways 1 888 PETAIRWAYS

Animal Land Pet Movers
877 379 8625

Animals Away 800 492 7961

TLC Pet Transport
877 495 PETS
859 428 1677

Pet Express Transport Services
859 689 7387

Happy Tails Travel
1-800 323 1718 or 520 299 3315

Air Animal 800 635 3448 or 813 879 3210

AARK Air International 800 511 AARK or 815 627 3502
Cell: 630 542 9640

Ace Relocation Services 585 637 2013

American Airlines 1-800 433 7300

Delta Airlines 800 221 1212

Delta Cargo 1 888 736 3738

United Cargo 1 800 UA CARGO or 1 800 822 2746

US Airways 800 428 4322

Southwest Airlines 1 800 435 9792


Chihuahua Rescue and Transport

All Breed Rescue (yahoo networking group)

Dogster Transport Discussion Forum

Pawsitively Texas Volunteers
I-10 and I-20 Rescue and Transport (yahoo group)
I-35 Rescue and Transport (yahoo group)
Recue Angels on Wheels (yahoo group)
Rolling Rescues (yahoo group)



Best Friends Placement for Pets of Military Families

Operation Military Pets

You get your deployment orders, and look at Fido, and wonder… “what am I going to do with my beloved furry friend?” Perhaps someone in your family or a friend can help you take care of your pet… A shelter? “No, I can’t do that to my faithful Fido”… This is such a difficult, stressful time to have to worry about Fido…

The good news is that there are organizations that can help you and your pet with temporary foster care. We have listed a few below. Contact them, and they will help you take care of your furry friend or point you in the right direction.

Reach Out Rescue & Resources

Pet resources for the military community

Adopt-a-Pet helping PCS families

SPCA helps MilFams keep their pet

Military foster program

American Humane Association Fostering military pets

FOSTER military pets

Four non-profit organizations helping military family

Sea Dog Inn helping military personnel with their pets

Military support & resources

Placement for pets of military families

Dogs on Deployment also for cats

Operation Noble Foster

Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pets

ORGANIZATIONS OFFERING FINANCIAL AID (for injured cats) (cats) (East Coast) (National) (West Coast)

http://https/ (East Coast) (AZ)


Transforming shelters to save more cats: a blueprint for change by Alley Cat Allies

Safety Net Program

To help animals, we’ve been told to do two things:

1.. Sign petitions on Facebook; and
2. Send money to the large, national organizations.

The problem is that Facebook petitions are often ignored and therefore mostly ineffective. And when it doesn’t simply sit in already bloated bank accounts, the money donated to the large, national organizations just as often is used to hinder, rather than assist, the cause in ending the killing of animals in shelters. Together, the ASPCA and HSUS take in roughly $300,000,000 per year yet have never created a No Kill community.

To save lives, animals in shelters need for people to do two different things:

1. Directly take animals out of harm’s way through rescue and 2. Reform shelters through legislation, litigation, and political advocacy.

In short, D.I.Y. Like the activist who started a No Kill movement in his community where he took on not only an entrenched shelter director, but also the mighty ASPCA, and won

Or the animal lover who became informed about the No Kill movement and immediately walked into his local shelter, announced, “There will be no more killing in the shelter,” and then proceeded to make it come true. Or the animal rescuer who almost single-handedly created the infrastructure for her local shelter to go No Kill

Or the husband-and-wife team that began marketing shelter animals and holding offsite adoption events, resulting in adoption rates of over 95 percent for their community

Or even the local volunteer group who took over operations of their shelter and now save well over 90% of the animals

There are many ways to effectively join the No Kill revolution. Here’s one: create a blog that acts as a watchdog over sheltering issues in your community or state.

Two examples:

NJ Animal Observer writes on shelters in his home state of New Jersey

Fix NC who writes about shelter issues in her home state of North Carolina

We need less Facebook petitions and less check writing and more people willing to stand up and expose the truth. We need more people willing to directly save animals from shelters intent on killing them through rescue.

We need more people willing to walk the corridors of power to lobby for reform

Nathan Winograd’s Blog

Animal Wise Radio on Animal Ark Shelter with Nathan Winograd

Get help to fight for shelter reform legislation, upcoming seminars, new guides, and updates on projects and campaigns here:

No Kill

A note on PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals known as PETA do a great deal of wonderful work helping animals. They are also responsible for destroying some homeless pets sending out entirely the wrong message to those who think it’s acceptable to hurt and kill animals.

Message - PETA kills

What’s behind PETA’s systematic killing of animals?

Why PETA kills

Local US humane societies, of which many are kill shelters

“If every animal shelter in the United States embraced the No Kill philosophy and the programs and services that make it possible, we would save nearly four million dogs and cats who are scheduled to die in shelters this year, and the year after that. It is not an impossible dream.”

Nathan and guests talk about the shelters in the US, the HSUS and Wayne Pacelle here:

Nathan Winograd on Animal Wise Radio

Nathan Winograd on Facebook


Disturbing photos capture realities of euthanization at shelters

Exposing animal abuse and neglect at shelters

Exposing the truth for victims of corrupt animal shelters

Dark places exposing animal shelter cruelty

ELSA Exposing the life of shelter animals

Kill shelters exposed name and shame

The hidden truth behind the bars

Used abused and thrown away

Shelter Exchange to help save pets


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National adoptable and lost and found database from hundreds of animal shelters in the US and Canada. Breed search, lost and found pet matching service. Can look up animals here with shelter’s zip code. Go to right side look for location then use this shelter list; left side click species; animals for adoption. It is updated every hour and will tell you how long an animal has been there and start getting twitchy when it approaches two weeks but if intake #’s are high, two weeks may not apply. Just need to move animals out asap

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Lion Farming and Canned Lion Hunting


If people knew the truth about what happens in lion farming and canned lion hunting, most would want it stopped immediately.  I believe it is a case of getting the word out there, so everyone knows. If it can be made unacceptable to be seen or heard to be petting or walking with lion cubs due to its direct and close connection to trophy hunting – then the battle will be all but won.

Lion farming is an un-policed industry and lion farmers are notorious for their deviousness, frequently telling half-truths and out and out lies. These are people who choose to make money out of a whole lifetime of misery for lions in captivity only to end their life early as fodder for psychopathic “trophy hunters”, people who choose to spend tens of thousands this way rather than help animals or people they choose to kill.

Lion farming – or canned hunting – starts with taking the cubs from their mothers a few hours after birth and keeping them separate in spite of their cries. As there is only a small window of time where cubs can be petted of about three months so there needs to be a constant supply of cubs and the lionesses are used as breeding machines. What happens to those lions once they are too old to breed, or the cubs when they are too old to be petted, and too old to be walked with at only one year old? Cubs are often declawed at least on the front paws which is an extremely painful process akin to amputation.

Canned hunting is a brutal practice where on the surface of it, outfits under various guises of safari parks, farms, lodges, reserves and retreats, appear to love and care for lions – often stated to be orphaned lions – are in fact lion farms. Tourists pay large sums of money to visit and extra to pet cubs and ‘walk with lions’ as if it were a Butlins or Pontins holiday camp. The reality behind the scenes is something far different. These places are more like concentration camps for the lions.

Also deceived are volunteers from all over the world who come from all the world and often pay thousands for the privilege of being able to help care for the so-called ‘orphaned’ lion cubs. These places are set up in such a way that even the volunteers who work there can be deceived as to what is really going on. The volunteers may stay there for week and not realize that the place where they have volunteered is far from what they thought, a place to help animals but rather it is a place where they are mercilessly tortured and used, locked up and forced to walk with tourists like a dog instead of roaming free.

Lion cubs are often used in various publicity campaigns, including being hired out for weddings or other events. For example, he ‘psychic’ ‘spiritualist medium’ John Edward claims to know about canned hunting, but nevertheless posted pictures of himself petting cubs and walking with young lions on his Facebook page. He says he did the research and the place he visited, Ukutula, are known to be involved in canned hunting and supply trophy hunters. The truth is that probably John Edward’s ‘research’ amounted to a single question during a telephone call.  [Let’s leave this unspoken but you know that I know but it’s OK.]

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No matter what they say, the vast majority of the outfits that provide cub petting and walks with lions DO provide lions for canned hunting. It is only extremely rarely that lions are genuinely orphaned. Or else what do they do with them? Lion cubs can no longer be petted with after only four months old, and no longer walked with after they are a year old.

The demand from zoos or circuses is now very much reduced due to the ever increasing legislation against animals being used in this way, but the demand for lion parts especially lion bones for so-called tiger bone wine along with people who want to eat lion meat, means that a dead lion is worth a lot of money.

It is not surprising the people who do these horrible things for profit tell lies about it. Just like the puppy mill breeders don’t want people to know or see the truth about the dogs they breed. On the face of it, it looks innocent. The terrible cruelty is carried on behind the scenes.

There are hundreds of game farms in South Africa alone with many thousands of lions who were taken from their mothers shortly after birth and hand-reared, destined for a short life to be ended in a horrible way when they are often drugged taken to fenced off enclosure – the reason it is called ‘canned’ hunting – to be killed by a trophy hunter. Anyone can go on the internet and buy a lion for this purpose from any number of establishments and suppliers.

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As many as half the lions killed in canned trophy hunting are killed by bow and arrow as the preferred weapon. It is more difficult to kill an animal with a bow and arrow and can be very distressing and painful. Many bowhunters are in fact sadists who enjoy the extra pain and distress that being killed this way usually causes. In order to preserve the head intact for the taxidermist often the animals are not shot in the head and whether shot by gun or by bow, often it takes several attempts to kill. In addition to this, many hunters are bad shots so it takes several attempts to kill the animal.

In the wild, lion cubs stay with their mother for two years where they learn how to hunt along with various social behaviours. In the natural state, lionesses have a litter about once every three years, but in lion farming, lionesses are forced to give birth over and over again, but are never allowed to keep the cubs.  They grieve and mourn terribly for cubs that are taken away from them. This is cruelty beyond belief.

The truth is that while humans enjoy petting and walking with cubs, it is not enjoyable for the cubs to be mauled by humans in that way and being made to walk like a dog. Having been taken away from their mother and hand-reared in a completely unnatural situation, the cubs simply don’t know any different.

Once reared in this way, the lions can never be released into the wild, as they have never learnt from their mother how to hunt and so they will always be magnetized to return to humans to supply their food. So the same people that hand-rear them in a false unnatural world, betray them to be sold to die an often painful death at the hands of an often amateur hunter. The lions cannot fail but understand that something is terribly wrong but there is no way for them to understand what that is.

There are pictures of lions at these farms showing that they are far too thin and clearly underfed and undernourished. Photographs also show that these animals look bored and unhappy and frustrated with their lives, as they are deprived of a natural life in the wild and all that would normally comprise. They are forced to do things that are unnatural, like walk with people as if they were dogs, and live in a unnatural way.

Often tourists are lied to, and unaware that the same lions they are petting and walking with will – at the end of their short and miserable life – be put in a field to be shot by someone who can’t think of anything better to do with thousands of pounds than kill for fun and bragging rights. Some will end up as part of a trophy room collection that can cost many millions as hunters fulfill hit-lists for various Safari Club International awards that involve travelling around the world to kill certain specific sub-species of animals.

Can you imagine the shock and horror for some people when they realize that the same cub they petted or walked with on their South African safari holiday had such a horrible life, with a future mapped out for them with an early death at the hands of despicable trophy hunters?

There are various indications that the true number of lions killed each year in Africa is far higher than we are led to believe and is possibly as high as 4,000 or even more. Many hunters from the US and elsewhere ‘dream’ of killing a male lion and see killing a lion – like some do an elephant – as a pinnacle of achievement.  The fact that most of the lions ‘hunted’ will in fact be canned lions, does not bother them. They lie about it to themselves and others.

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The sordid truth about canned hunting would offend the vast majority of people so the canned hunting operators take steps to deceive in order to pander to the pride and vanity of people that pay to kill animals, so they can boast about how they were the ‘great white hunter’.

They proudly tell their ‘hunting’ stories and show off their photographs taken next to the dead body, perhaps get a wallet or something made out of their skin, and/or take body parts, or the whole body back with them for stuffing and installing in their trophy or gun room.

Lion farming is not confined to Africa, and in the UK for example The Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire charges £250 per person to pet one of teir white lion cubs. As does the West Midland Safari & Leisure Park. As white lions are not an actual sub-species, those same white lions are known to suffer from various problems such as a high rates of both minor and serious birth defects due to in-breeding,

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Inbreeding of captive lions is causing serious problems so there is a much higher percentage of cubs being born with birth defects than would occur in the wild. These lions also suffer many nervous and other problems due to being frequently handled by tourists which is not natural for them.

The practice of hand-rearing captive lions comprises the health of the lions who are prone to suffer far more diseases and various health conditions than if they were raised by their mothers.  This makes them susceptible to illnesses such as tuberculosis which makes the threat of total extinction that much more of a realistic possibility.

These lions do not live a natural or pleasant life and this has been observed to have a profound effect on the lions, so that they are emotionally disturbed, as a human child would be. There are accounts of people who have worked in lion breeding outfits or farms who have been very distressed at what they have witnessed there, such as the account on the Sanwild Lion Rescue site.


South Africa has an appalling wildlife protection record in recent years fueled by corruption, lack of political will and pure out and out greed. Professor Pieter Potgieter, chairperson of the South African Predator Breeders’ Association, defended the industry saying there is little difference between breeding lions and any other mammal. “Chickens are killed by humans. How are lions different from them?” he asked.

“In principle a lion is not more or less than a crocodile, an ostrich or a butterfly. It’s a form of life. Breeding animals for human exploitation is a natural human process,” he said. Potgieter said that breeding and hunting lions was only deplorable in the eyes of the public because a “sympathetic myth has been created about the lion as the king of the animals”.

He justified the practice, saying the export of lion bones is a legal trade authorised by the department of environmental affairs and denied that South Africa’s approach to captive breeding and canned lion hunting was feeding into the Asian demand for lion bones. “I don’t think that market is being created by the South African situation. That would happen anyhow and the more the Asian tiger gets extinct, the more people will try to get hold of lion bones as a substitute,” he said.

The extinction risk for lions is now even greater than rhino.

The following is from an article by Faranaaz Parker in the South African newsapaper, Mail & Guardian:

“Conservationists have warned that captive breeding and canned hunting programmes in South Africa are providing a source for the lion bone trade. Canned lion hunting is legal in South Africa, as is the exporting of lion carcasses. Lion populations across Africa have been reduced by 90% over the past 50 years, but lion breeders say their operations have nothing to do with the continent’s wild populations.

Breeders can benefit financially a number of times from the same lion. Cubs are often rented as tourist attractions and visitors pay to pet and interact with them. The fee paid by visitors is then fed back into captive breeding programmes. As adults, the lions are sold to hunters in canned hunting arrangements.

Farmers and hunting operators charge in the region of about $20 000 (R160 000) as a “trophy price” and hunters can expect to pay around $18 000 (R145 000) for other services, excluding taxidermy.

But the hunters are only interested in the head and skin of the lion, and often leave the bones with the breeder, who can then sell the bones, with a government permit, to Asian buyers for use in making lion bone wine.

It’s estimated that a complete lion skeleton can sell for as much as R80 000. Last year it emerged that over 1400 lion and leopard trophies were legally exported from the country in 2009 and 2010.  [Most are exported illegally.]

The campaign against canned lion hunting

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Please read this before you volunteer or pet or walk with lion cubs

Deforestation and Palm Oil Gallery

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Did you know that most of us are unwittingly financing one of the world’s biggest ecological disasters and acts of primate genocide in history?

Borneo and Sumatra are two of the most bio-diverse regions of the world, yet they have the longest list of endangered species. This list includes the magnificent orangutan.

These two South-East Asian islands are extremely rich in life, containing around 20,000 flowering plant species, 3,000 tree species, 300,000 animal species and thousands more are discovered each year.

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Despite having an amazing biodiversity and delicate web of species, with many species and sub-species yet to be discovered, an area the size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour in Indonesia and Malaysia to make way for the production of vegetable oil. That’s six football fields destroyed each minute.

This vegetable oil is called palm oil, and is found in hundreds of the everyday products, from baked goods and confectionery, to cosmetics and cleaning agents… many of which you buy in your weekly shopping.

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Due to the massive international demand for palm oil, palm oil plantations are rapidly replacing the rainforest habitat of the critically endangered orangutan; with over 90% of their habitat already destroyed in the last 20 years.

Orangutans are some of our closest relatives, sharing approximately 97% of their DNA with humans. Orangutan means ‘person of the jungle’ in the Indonesian language. It is estimated that 6 to 12 of these ‘jungle people’ are killed each day for palm oil.

These gentle creatures are either killed in the deforestation process, when they wonder into a palm oil plantation looking for food, or in the illegal pet trade after they have been captured and kept as pets in extremely poor conditions and provided with extremely poor nutrition.

Orangutans are considered as pests by the palm oil industry. In the deforestation process, workers are told that if wildlife gets in the way, they are to do whatever is necessary in order to dispose them, no matter how inhumane. Often orangutans are run over by logging machinery, beat to death, buried alive or set on fire… all in the name of palm oil.

Rich Zimmerman, Executive Director of Orangutan Outreach has accompanied a few rescue missions in Borneo but his work is mainly in New York and online—advocating on behalf of orangutans, promoting the cause and communicating the critical need to help them before it’s too late.

Fascinating facts about orangutans

What inspired you to work with orangutans?”

“I’ve loved orangutans since I was a child. I went in a different direction professionally and it was only later in life—when I realized just how perilously close the orangutans were to extinction in the wild—that I decided I needed to do something to help them.

After traveling to Indonesia and seeing the utter devastation to their forests and the rescue center cages full of hundreds of orphaned and displaced orangutans staring out with such sadness and desperation in their eyes, I decided to dedicate my life to helping them. I created Orangutan Outreach in 2007 as a way to raise awareness of the crisis facing wild orangutans and to raise funds for the rescue projects in Borneo and Sumatra.”

“Can you tell us a brief story about an individual orangutan that was personally affected by human encroachment?”

“Every orangutan in every rescue center has been affected by human encroachment. Whenever there is a conflict, the human always wins. Orangutans—and elephants, rhinos, tigers, monkey, you name it—always fall victim to the constant expansion of human settlement and the destruction of their habitat by logging, palm oil, and mining companies. Every baby in a rescue center was torn off his or her dying mother.

“These innocent babies are traumatized—just as any human baby would be if pulled from its mother. And for each infant confiscated and brought to a rehabilitation center, it is estimated that anywhere from four to nine did not survive.

Orangutans are seen as a pest in deforestation and thousands are murdered every year. It’s horrific what is being done to these creatures… for no fault of their own they are being wiped out of existence by humans”.

Orangutans stay with their mothers for five years, longer than any other mammal. The few that can be cared for in orphanages suffer terribly from the irreplaceable loss of their mother and their whole family.

This little one will have seen his home torn down along with the jungle around in a very brutal way. He almost certainly will have seen his mother murdered along with many other orangutans and other species. Many orangutans are eaten. There are people who like to eat their brains.  The orangutans are also set alight and killed in other horrible ways.

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Government data has shown that over 50,000 orangutans have already died as a result of deforestation due to palm oil in the last two decades.

Experts say that if this pattern of destruction and exploitation continues, these intelligent acrobats of the jungle will be extinct in the wild within 2 to 12 years (as early as 2015).

It is also thought that their jungle habitat will be completely gone within 20 years, around 2033.

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Around 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually; with almost all of that being non-sustainable palm oil, that replaces 12 million hectares of dense, bio-diverse rainforest. That’s the equivalent landmass of North Korea deforested each year for palm oil alone!

Palm oil is having a shocking impact on our planet. The production of this one vegetable oil is not only responsible for polluting rivers and causing land erosion, but when the plantation workers set fire to the remaining trees, shrubs and debris to make way for the oil palms, it produces immense amount of smoke pollution that is toxic to planet earth. This has been found to be the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas in the world.

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By purchasing products that contain crude palm oil, you are helping destroy ancient, pristine rainforest, wipe out species like the orangutan, and create a large-scale ecological disaster. Think of the consequences next time you do your weekly shopping; the consequences not only for orangutans and other animals, but for us as the human race; for we cannot survive without the rainforests either. We have a choice, orangutans do not.

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You can help end the cruelty by sharing the truth about animals’ abuse. If you agree that animals feel, suffer, love and the truth about their abuse should be exposed.In the UK about 40% of the food we buy contains palm oil.

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Already more than half of the 280 sub-species of monkeys, with an amazing variety of size and appearance, are endangered, mostly due to hunting and loss of habitat, especially due to deforestation..

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Slavery driving apes to extinction

As primates along with other wildlife are made homeless – where are they supposed to go?  The truth is that just as some people think nothing of killing our closest relatives in the animal kingdom who are ‘hunted’ and killed by people for fun, there are those who kill primates for food in something known as the “Bushmeat Crisis”.

What is the Bushmeat Crisis?

In Africa, forest is often referred to as ‘the bush’, thus wildlife and the meat derived from it is referred to as ‘bushmeat’ (in French – viande de brousse). This term applies to all wildlife species, including threatened and endangered, used for meat including gorilla, chimpanzee and other primates, elephant, forest antelope (duikers), crocodile, porcupine, bush pig, cane rat, pangolin, monitor lizard, guinea fowl, etc.

Though habitat loss is often cited as the primary threat to wildlife, commercial hunting for the meat of wild animals has become the most significant immediate threat to the future of wildlife in Africa and around the world; it has already resulted in widespread local extinctions in Asia and West Africa.

This threat to wildlife is a crisis because it is rapidly expanding to countries and species which were previously not at risk, largely due to an increase in commercial logging, with an infrastructure of roads and trucks that links forests and hunters to cities and consumers.

The bushmeat crisis is a human tragedy as well: the loss of wildlife threatens the livelihoods and food security of indigenous and rural populations most depend on wildlife as a staple or supplement to their diet, and bushmeat consumption is increasingly linked to deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and Foot and Mouth disease.

“Bushmeat Crisis Taskforce” is most concerned with bushmeat that is illegally, commercially and/or unsustainably derived from wildlife, including that characterized by:

  • Illegal methods of hunting (wire snares, unregistered guns);
  • illegal species (endangered, threatened, or protected);
  • taken from unauthorized areas; and
  • unsustainable off-take for commercial trade or non-commercial uses.

It’s not only primates who suffer, all forms of wildlife suffer and die due to loss of habitat, killing and illegal trafficking. Usually the animals or birds are cramped far too close together and not given food or water for a long time, so many die in transit.

Illegal traffickers steal an estimated 40 million animals from Brazil’s forests each year, according to an annual report on animal trafficking in the country published earlier this year.

The report, produced by Brazil’s National Network Against the Trafficking of Wild Animals (RENCTAS), estimated that local traffickers of endangered animals earn about $1 billion a year, causing untold losses to the country’s natural habitat.

Flavia Morad, a RENCTAS biologist who helped produce the report, said the survey was the first that combines all data on animal trafficking in Brazil, a country with the largest number of animal and plant species in the world.

Apart from the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical forest, Brazil’s vast Pantanal wetlands are also home to countless animals and plants.

The report said that animal trafficking was the world’s third biggest cross-border criminal activity after arms and drugs smuggling, with annual global sales of up to $20 billion.

The survey, which includes detailed maps of traffickers’ routes for their live cargoes of everything from rare parrots to deadly snakes, said just 0.45 percent of the total amount of animals smuggled each year are intercepted by police.

“There is the domestic and the foreign market,” said Morad. ”The foreign market is mainly for rare species.”

Prices fetched abroad vary from $60,000 for a rare Lear’s Macaw parrot to $20,000 for a poisonous Jararaca snake. According to the report, a Jaguar skin can be bought for $20,000 in the United States.

Parrots and parakeets of all species can be bought throughout Brazil at town fairs and markets, usually taken illegally from their natural habitats. Birds sold locally fetch between $5 to $100, while rare breeds shipped abroad sell for much more.

Monkeys captured for laboratory experiments

Every year in the US alone, more than 125,000 primates are imprisoned in laboratories, where they are abused and killed in invasive, painful, and terrifying experiments. While it is well known that nonhuman primates are sensitive, intelligent beings who share many important biological and psychological characteristics with humans, these very attributes, unfortunately, make them prime targets for experimenters, who treat them as if they were disposable pieces of laboratory equipment.

The U.S. even holds the dishonorable distinction of being the only nation in the world, other than Gabon, that continues to conduct invasive experiments on chimpanzees.

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Primates are also under attack from trophy hunters who are primarily American, but also may be from Germany, Scandinavia or elsewhere, who travel the globe killing all types of  animals for fun, like a game and a holiday in one. Usually they pose with the dead animal for a trophy picture and sometimes take the animals’ bodies home with them to be stuffed and put in a trophy room.

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This picture was posted on the internet by one of the many companies who sell holidays for people to go and ‘hunt’ or more precisely kill primates – even apes, including chimpanzees, our closest relatives – for fun, in trophy hunting.  This ought not to be legal, but it is.

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This is the video that Nestle did their best to ban:

The above video of a lyre bird is both amazing and damning as it can imitate any sound it hears and imitates perfectly the sound of cameras, chainsaws and other machinery.

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New report on the damage wrought by plantations and mining in Aceh, Indonesia, released November 2014  from our friends at Rainforest Action Network …

The Last Place on Earth – The Leuser Ecosystem

At 6.5 million acres, the Leuser Ecosystem is a world unto itself—a rich and verdant expanse of intact tropical lowland rainforests, cloud draped mountains and steamy peatlands swamps. It is among the most biodiverse and ancient ecosystems ever documented by science, and it is the last place where Sumatran orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinos and sun bears still roam side by side.

But the Leuser Ecosystem exists at a tenuous crossroads. Despite being protected under Indonesian national law, massive industrial development for palm oil, pulp and paper plantations and mining threaten the entire ecosystem, as well as the continued wellbeing of the millions of Acehnese people who depend on it for their food, water and livelihoods.

Will you raise your voice today to call for the protection of the Leuser Ecosystem?

We must convince Musim Mas Group to break its ties to the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem. As the palm oil trader most at risk of trafficking Conflict Palm Oil sourced from the Leuser Ecosystem, Musim Mas Group must take action.

This palm oil giant must ensure that it is not sourcing, processing and shipping palm oil fruit grown inside the Leuser Ecosystem to its customers—including the Snack Food 20—around the globe.

At a time when the largest palm oil traders have committed to cut rainforest destruction and human rights abuses from global supply chains Musim Mas Group is delaying taking real action. This has to change and with your help it will.

Add your name. Raise your voice today to protect the Leuser Ecosystem.

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Palm oil products in most products bought at supermarkets

Please note that most of the bread, cakes and biscuits, ready meals and even all the sandwiches at Marks and Spencer contain palm oil.

Why Trophy Hunting Must End Now

People and companies - Charlotte and Dan Peyerks

You might not have heard about Dan and Charlotte Peyerk from Michigan. Charlotte was arrested for illegally killing a grizzly bear in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Her son Mark was also convicted and they were ordered to pay fines of $25,000 and $30,000 respectively.

In court, it was mentioned that the Peyerks tried to alter the date on their camera so that the trophy pictures would show that the bear was shot during the hunting season. The Peyerks also falsified the date of the kill on a state harvest tag and on a Safari Club International trophy entry form.

Later hunts were more successful, according to federal prosecutors. U.S. District Court magistrate Scott Oravec was apparently offended by the lengths to which the Peyerks went to cover up their poaching. “In imposing sentence, (he) commented that besides the illegal taking of wildlife, the more aggravated criminal conduct was the defendants’ multiple written false statements to cover up the illegal kill,” the government’s press release said.

This is typical of the behaviors of these trophy hunters. That is why usually the first thing that comes out of their mouths is “The hunt was legal“!   Killing animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebra and rare antelope, deer and sheep for sport ought not to be legal and many people amazed that it is.  Anyone with enough money can go to any one of a number of sites on the internet and buy a permit to kill these animals.

There is a bloodbath going on not just because of poaching, but through the legal killing of animals whose lives are sold for hard cash. The law must be changed to protect them before it’s too late as more and more species and sub-species become endangered or extinct.

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Astonishingly this is the hobby of many wealthy people in the US, who would rather obsessively travel the globe to kill as many animals as possible of as many different species as possible – including rare and endangered animals which most of them particularly relish and will pay small fortunes for the permit to kill – rather than to help animals or people.

Each year tens of thousands of animals are killed by US hunters in foreign countries. The body parts are legally imported back into the US. While the Endangered Species Act only allows importation of endangered species for scientific research, there are loopholes allowing trophy imports.

Pro-trophy hunters argue this is good for conservation. Their stance is that the money spent on the hunt is poured back into the community for conservation efforts. In reality, research published by the International Council of Game and Wildlife Conservation (a pro-hunting group) shows that only 3% of revenue from hunts goes back to local communities.

Other research has shown that hunting has almost no benefit whatever to the local communities, although it usually does have a detrimental effect, as it inevitably has a negative impact on local ecosystems.  There are links to a number of these articles on the Welcome page of this blog.

In contrast, ecotourism is a $77 billion global industry, employing tour operators, guides, lodge and restaurant employees. vehicle drivers, park guards and people who benefit from the sale of souvenirs.

According to the Alaska Dispatch – like so many other trophy hunters, who often become obsessed with their ‘hobby’ – big game pursuits in all corners of the globe soon became Charlotte Peyerk’s passion, and her list of accomplishments is truly impressive. Charlotte’s hunts include 26 countries on five continents. She has taken far more than 174 animals to date of which hundreds are registered with SCI (Safari Club International), and she has taken 17 species of sheep in five years.

In spite of the fact that she was convicted by a federal court for illegally hunting the bear, Charlotte Peyerk was awarded the club’s (Safari Club International) Diana Award in 2010, on top of that Charlotte is also listed as vice chairwoman of the award selection committee.

You would think that the Ethics Committee will censure Charlotte, and strip her of her Diana Award, and cancel her membership. Instead the Safari Club International promotes this “stamp collector” approach to hunting with various levels of awards. There are mutterings within the hunting community that SCI members regularly flaunt rules by engaging in shady hunts. The awards are terribly important to these trophy hunters because these Safari hunting Clubs offers dozens of awards for killing an assortment of its more than 500 different “record book” animals, ranking the biggest tusks, horns, antlers, skulls and bodies of hunted animals. Hunters receive “Grand Slam” and “Inner Circle” award trophies, among others, for shooting a prescribed list of animals. For example, the “Trophy Animals of Africa” award requires the hunter to kill 79 different African species to win the highest honor.

SCI has an award for “Introduced Trophy Animals of North America,” glorifying hunters who frequent captive hunting ranches. To earn every SCI award at the minimum level, a hunter must kill at least 171 different animals. Many members go well beyond that number. Some of these hunters have more than 600 different animals listed in SCI’s record books.

SCI has dozens of award categories like:

The Diana Award to encourage women to hunt.

The Young Hunter Award to encourage children to hunt.

The International Hunting Award, based on the number and quality of trophies, the number of countries hunted in, total number of hunts taken and the level of entries in the record book.

The World Conservation & Hunting Award, which has nothing to do with conservation. Rather, hunters must kill more than 300 species on six continents.

World Hunting Award Rings require 11 Grand Slams, 17 Inner Circle Awards at the Diamond Level, the Fourth Pinnacle of Achievement and the Crowning Achievement Award—which amounts to a huge menagerie of dead animals.

Inner Circle Awards include Trophy Animals of Africa, Spiral-horned Antelopes of Africa, Pygmy Antelopes of Africa, Wild Turkey Trophy Animals of North America, Introduced Animals of North America, Trophy Animals of South America, Antlered Game of the Americas, Trophy Animals of Europe, Trophy Animals of Asia, Trophy Animals of the South Pacific, Wild Pigs and Peccaries of the World, Antlered Game of the World, Mountain Game of the World, Wild Sheep of the World, Chamois of the World, Red Deer/Wapiti of the World, Predators of the World, Ibex of the World, Gazelles of the World, Wild Oxen of the World and Wild Goats of the World.

Grand Slams, including the African Big Five, Dangerous Game of Africa, African 29, North American 29, Cats of the World, Bears of the World, North American Wild Sheep, North American Elk, North American Caribou, North American Deer, White-tailed Deer of the World, European Deer, Moose of the World, South American Indigenous Animals and Wild Turkey.

Trophy hunters are usually very competitive and love to show off.  No wonder hunters like Charlotte, Melissa Bachmann, Olivia Nacos Opre, Corey Knowlton, the Schockey family and and many, many more must have been under sufficient pressure to kill so many animals to win these awards!

Time has come that we should stop these Safari hunting Clubs from encouraging such excesses and the endless quest for sick awards to those who have lots of spare money and who call themselves “conservationists”?

This is a matter of kill as many animals as you can in as many continents as you can in the shortest time to be awarded all these trophies.

This is the most disgusting sick sport ever and must be stopped!

I am sure that if the general public knew this was happening, the vast majority would not agree that hunting ought to be a pastime at all – particularly trophy hunting – and there are estimates that would be around 95% of the general population.

To normal right-thinking people these practices would be abhorrent and if people knew what was going on there would be such an outcry that laws would be passed to make these practices illegal.  Yet most people don’t even know that this is happening.  

Let’s share the heck out of this article, with friends, family, and anyone and everyone else we know on or outside of Facebook.

The best way to help the animals is to tell the world what is going on, as there are far too many people who don’t know.

Safari Club International Awards and animal hit lists, awards and recipients:

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Volunteering at SA Game Reserves

This list has been compiled by “Volunteers in Africa Beware”

Please visit their Facebook page for further information as they have extensive knowledge and will answer individual queries.


The updated list as of 09/11/2014 of GOOD places that we recommend so far to potential volunteers includes:

• Shamwari Game Reserve – Host to Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary – www.shamwariconservationexperi (SA)

• LionsRock – (SA)

• Drakenstein Lion Park – (SA)

• Wild cats World – (SA)

• Cat Conservation Trust – (SA)

• Wildlife ACT – (SA)

• Bahati Volunteer Programme – pages/ Bahati-Volunteer-Programme/ 610413172406914?ref=ts&fref=ts (SA)

• Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden – (SA)

• Vervet Monkey Foundation – (SA)

• Kariega Game Reserve – (SA)

• FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Gauteng – (SA)

• Kwa Cheetah Breeding Project – (SA)

• Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary – (SA)

• Monkeyland & Birds of Eden – (SA)

• Siyafunda Wildlife and Conservation – (SA)

• Samara Wildlife Volunteer Programme – (SA)

• Askari Wilderness Conservation – (SA)

• Amakhala Game Reserve – (SA)

• Kaapsehoop Horse Trails – (SA)

• Umkwali – (SA)

• Global White Lion Trust – (SA)

• Kevin Richardson Lion Sanctuary – (SA)

• Campfire Academy – (SA)

• Khamai Reptile Centre – (SA)

• Protrack Anti-Poaching Unit – (SA)

• Umkhondo Big5 Wildlife – (SA)

• Modgaji Conservation and Rehabilitation Projects – (SA)

• Daktari Bush School – (SA)

• C.A.R.E. Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education – (SA)

• Ingwe Leopard Research, Mpumalanga – (SA)

• Tuli Wilderness – (Botswana)

• Legodimo Wilderness – (Botswana)

• IDA Africa, In Defense of Animals – (Cameroon)

• Limbe Wildlife Centre – (Cameroon)

• Ape Action – (Cameroon)

• Projet Primates – (Guinea)

• Mara Naboisho Conservancy – (Kenya)

• Tsavo Cheetah Project – (Kenya)

• Colobus Conservation – (Kenya)

• Lilongwe Wildlife Centre – (Malawi)

• EHRA – Elephant Human Relations Aid – (Namibia)

• N/a’an ku sê Foundation – (Namibia)

• CERCOPAN – (Nigeria)

• Ann Van Dyke Cheetah Centre (De Wildt Shingwedzi Cheetah Ranch) – (?) Some interaction with ambassador cheetahs allowed, removing some cubs to be hand-reared and very few released cheetahs. Most are sold to zoos (SA)

• Dell Cheetah Centre – (?) Some interaction with ambassador cheetahs allowed (SA)

• Daniell Cheetah Project – (?) Some interaction with ambassador cheetahs allowed (SA)

• C.R.O.W. Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife – (?) (SA)

• International Primate Rescue – (?) (SA)

• Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre – (?) Some interaction with animals allowed (SA)

(?) – These projects are overall good but may have certain practices that some people/conservationists may disagree with. More feedback about these projects is appreciated. We are trying to identify and promote good conservation projects and wildlife sanctuaries that are not connected to canned hunting or promoting hunting as a conservation method.

These are places that, in OUR opinion, are not involved in immoral practices like forced breeding and selling animals to hunting reserves, that try their best to care for wildlife and from whom you’ll have a lot to learn from spending time there. We do not know anything about the accommodations they offer, the food, transportation etc.

WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND YOU DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH TO DECIDE IF A PROJECT IS RIGHT FOR YOU. If you book through a travel agency, you can give them a list of places that you like and you can mention that you don’t want to volunteer at a breeding farm, they will know what you mean.


WE CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR HELP. Any reason any of these places should not be on the good list? Any place you know about that should be added?




The updated list of BAD and UGLY places to avoid if you volunteer in Africa, according to our research:



• LETSATSI La Africa – – EVIL place!!! (SA)

• LIMPOPO PREDATOR PARK – – Owned by the same person Walter Slippers!!! (SA)

• BOSKOPPIE Lion and Tiger Reserve – (SA)

• MORESON Ranch – (SA)

• UKUTULA Lion Park & Lodge – (SA)

• AFRICAN DANKBAAR Lion Breeders –…/African-Dankbaar-Lion-Bree…/ 106729123983… (SA)


• MABULANI GAME RESERVE – Xara%20Mabulani/activities.htm (SA)

• SEAVIEW Predator Park – (SA)


• Mbidi Resort and Animal Sanctuary (RAMELA RANCH) – ( – Breeding, hand-raising cubs and using them to attract volunteers, allowing petting, using tigers, lions or cheetahs (cubs and adults) for walks, swiming or shows….using animals only for profit, but NO known connection to hunting (SA)

• Bagamoya Wildlife Estate – – Breeding, taking young cubs away to hand-raise them, allowing petting and sometimes selling lions (SA)

• Otavi Lion Park – (SA)

• Caring4Catz Voluntarily Project – Caring4Catz?ref=stream (SA)

• Zebula – – Breeding and petting of lion and tiger cubs, elephant rides (SA)

• Tshukudu Game Lodge – – Volunteer-program-launches – connected to the beginnings of canned hunting by the Cook Report, lion farm with a separate hunting business on the reserve (SA)

• Ingwe Wildlife Centre – – Breeding and taking cubs away to hand-raise them, using cubs to attract volunteers, allowing petting, ties to Letsatsi and Limpopo Predator Park and the owners are game traders who sell wildlife including lions (SA)

• Sondela Nature Reserve – – Using cubs to attract volunteers, offering petting, have been raising cubs for Limpopo Predator Park (SA)


We don’t believe these places are directly connected to canned hunting but they are doing practises that we don’t agree with, such as breeding and using the cubs to attract volunteers, animal interaction for entertainment or profit, elephant rides, etc.  More feedback from these sites appreciated. Please send a message or post to our Facebook page. Thank you.

• Kwantu Game Reserve – – Forced breeding lions with the purpose of attracting volunteers, but taking good care of the animals, also selling lions, possibly to hunting reserves, but NOT related to Canned hunting (SA)

• Marakele Predator Centre – za – Breeding, allowing petting and occasionally selling lions (SA)

• Buffelsdrift Game Lodge – – Offering elephant rides (SA)

• Knysna Elephant Park – – NSPCA reports cruel and abusive training methods employed to control and train baby and young elephants to use in the elephant-based tourist industry, offering elephant rides (SA)

• Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre – – Serious concerns regarding the welfare of the primates in their care, also safety related concerns (SA)

• Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary – (SA)

• Mukuni Big Five Safaris – (Zambia)

• ALERT (African Lion & Environmental Research Trust) – about-us – Part of a force breeding and lion exploitation business through petting and walks with lions, not connected to canned hunting (Zambia)

• LION ENCOUNTER – – Breeding farm exploiting lions through petting and walks with lions, not connected to canned hunting (Zambia/Zimbabwe)

• ANTELOPE PARK – – Force breeding lions, exploiting lions through petting and walks with lions, not connected to canned hunting (Zimbabwe)

The lists are based on opinions expressed by former volunteers and conservationists on Facebook, blogs, reviews and also in articles published on this subject. We do not have any connection to any of the places listed and the reason for our work is to help the volunteers avoid projects involved in immoral practices such as force breeding, petting or canned hunting. We are not engaging in undercover operations.

Please let us know if there is a good reason why any of these places should not be on these lists.

This list is a work in progress.

Trophy Hunting and Hunters Exposed MP3s

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This debate on Trophy Hunting begins about halfway through, the first half being abuse in the Catholic church.

These are both DEFINITELY worth listening to:

Barbaric Practices of Recreational Hunting

Although it was a crucial part of humans’ survival many thousands of years ago, hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation that the vast majority of hunters do not need for subsistence.

Hunting has contributed to the extinction of massive numbers of animal species and sub-species all over the world, such as three of the nine sub-species of tiger, so that now it is estimated that apart from those in captivity due to tiger farming by the Chinese and Vietnamese, there are now only around 3,000 tigers of all six remaining sub-species left in the wild.

For example, in recent times, there were five rhino species represented by 13 subspecies. Three of the subspecies are now extinct, two others (Ceratotherium simum cottoni and Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrisoni) are perilously close to extinction, and one (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis lasiotis) may already be extinct, despite unconfirmed reports of its continued existence.

Recent figures for rhino species and subspecies are:

1. Northern white rhinoceros [Ceratotherium s. cottoni]
Southern white rhinoceros [Ceratotherium s. simum] 20,405

2. Southwestern black rhinoceros [Diceros bicornis] 1,900
Western black rhinoceros [Diceros b. bicornis longipes]  0
Southern black rhinoceros [Diceros b. bicornis minor] 2,200
Eastern black rhinoceros [Diceros bicornis michaeli] 750

3. Indian rhinoceros [Rhinoceros unicornis]  (in 2007) 2,575
aka Greater one-horned rhinoceros

4. Javan rhinoceros
Rhinoceros sondaicus sondaicus 60
Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus 0
Rhinoceros sondaicus inermis 0

5. Sumatran rhinoceros
Dicerorhinus sumatrensis lasiotis 0 (unconfirmed)
Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrisoni 30
Dicerorhinus sumatrensis sumnatrensis 220

Despite these low numbers rhino 1004 were poached last year and 172 up to mid March 2014.  Poaching though is not the only reason numbers have dwindled to such a critically low number, as in recent years many rhino have also been legally hunted and killed.

In a practice called trophy hunting, it is still possible to legally hunt lions, leopards and other big cats, elephants, rhino, giraffes, hippos, and any number of deer and antelope by buying a permit at a Safari Club International auction, for example, or online from various hunting organisations.    It is also possible to kill rare animals.  The rarer the animal the higher the price ‘hunters’ will pay for the permit to kill one.

There are various different types of trophy hunters.  There are those who just kill wildlife such as cats, bears, wolves, deer, raccoons, duck, whatever.   Some of them are competitive about how many they kill and the size of the antlers, etc. others just go hunting as a hobby at weekends and typically go on hunting holidays.

Then there is a large comparatively sophisticated group of wealthy trophy hunters who travel to compete for various awards by killing certain numbers of animals of particular species in different countries and on all five continents.

There are many different types of awards which are organised by the Safari Club International (SCI).  The SCI is an international organization with more than 50,000 members and 180 local chapters.  The SCI is dedicated to protecting the freedom to hunt and – they say “promoting wildlife conservation”.

Less than 5 percent of the US population  – about 13.7 million people – hunt.  Yet hunting is permitted in many wildlife refuges, national forests, and state parks and on other public lands. Almost 40 percent of hunters slaughter and maim millions of animals on public land every year, and by some estimates, poachers kill just as many animals illegally.

Pain and Suffering

Many animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they are injured but not killed by hunters. A study of 80 radio-collared white-tailed deer found that of the 22 deer who had been shot with “traditional archery equipment,” 11 were wounded but not recovered by hunters.  Twenty percent of foxes who have been wounded by hunters are shot again. Just 10 percent manage to escape, but “starvation is a likely fate” for them, according to one veterinarian.  A South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks biologist estimates that more than 3 million wounded ducks go “unretrieved” every year.

A British study of deer hunting found that 11 percent of deer who’d been killed by hunters died only after being shot two or more times and that some wounded deer suffered for more than 15 minutes before dying.  Other studies in the US have also shown that half or more of the deer who are shot are not killed, and can live for days, weeks or months afterwards, and so die long and painful deaths.

Hunting disrupts migration and hibernation patterns and destroys families. For animals such as wolves, who mate for life and live in close-knit family units, hunting can devastate entire communities. The stress that hunted animals suffer—caused by fear and the inescapable loud noises and other commotion that hunters create—also severely compromises their normal eating habits, making it hard for them to store the fat and energy that they need in order to survive the winter.

Nature Takes Care of Its Own

The delicate balance of ecosystems ensures their survival —if they are left unaltered. Natural predators help maintain this balance by killing only the sickest and weakest individuals. Hunters, however, kill any animal whose head they would like to hang over the fireplace—including large, healthy animals who are needed to keep the population strong. Elephant poaching is believed to have increased the number of tuskless animals in Africa, and in Canada, hunting has caused bighorn sheep’s horn size to fall by 25 percent in the last 40 years. Nature magazine reports that “the effect on the populations’ genetics is probably deeper”.

Even when unusual natural occurrences cause overpopulation, natural processes work to stabilize the group. Starvation and disease can be tragic, but they are nature’s ways of ensuring that healthy, strong animals survive and maintain the strength of the rest of their herd or group. Shooting an animal because he or she might starve or get sick is arbitrary and destructive.

Another problem with hunting involves the introduction of exotic “game” animals who, if they’re able to escape and thrive, pose a threat to native wildlife and established ecosystems.

Canned Cruelty

Most hunting occurs on private land, where laws that protect wildlife are often inapplicable or difficult to enforce. On private lands that are set up as for-profit hunting reserves or game ranches, hunters can pay to kill native and exotic species in “canned hunts.” These animals may be native to the area, raised elsewhere and brought in, or purchased from individuals who are trafficking in unwanted or surplus animals from zoos and circuses. The animals are hunted and killed for the sole purpose of providing hunters with a “trophy.”

Canned hunts are big business—there are an estimated 1,000 game preserves in the U.S., with some 5,000 so-called “exotic ranchers” in North America. Ted Turner, the country’s largest private landowner, allows hunters to pay thousands of dollars to kill bison, deer, African antelopes, and turkeys on his 2 million acres.

Animals on canned-hunting ranches are often accustomed to humans and are usually unable to escape from the enclosures that they are confined to, which range in size from just a few yards to thousands of acres. Most of these ranches operate on a “no-kill, no-pay” policy, so it is in owners’ best interests to ensure that clients get what they came for. Owners do this by offering guides who are familiar with animals’ locations and habits, permitting the use of dogs, and supplying “feeding stations” that lure unsuspecting animals to food while hunters lie in wait.

While many states have limited or banned canned hunts, there are no federal laws regulating this cruel practice at this time.

Other Victims

Hunting accidents destroy property and injure or kill horses, cows, dogs, cats, hikers, and other hunters. In 2006, then–Vice President Dick Cheney famously shot a friend while hunting quail on a canned hunting preserve. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, thousands of injuries are attributed to hunting in the U.S. every year—and that number only includes incidents involving humans.

The bears, cougars, caracals, and bob cats, deer, foxes, and other animals who are chased, trapped, and even killed by dogs during – sometimes illegal – hunts aren’t the only ones to suffer from this variant of the “sport.”  Dogs used for hunting are often kept chained or penned and are denied routine veterinary care such as vaccines and heartworm medication. Some are lost during hunts and never found, whereas others are turned loose at the end of hunting season to fend for themselves and die of starvation or get struck by vehicles.

The widespread cruel practice of canned hunting of lions

There are few wild lions left in Africa, and just about all hunting of lions is of specially bred lions in a practice called “canned hunting”.  This is often ressed up to look more authentic, with so-called ‘hunts’ being staged by companies who will, for example, pretend to ‘search’ for the lion when they know where it will be as it was put there just a few days ago in a large enclosure, alone for the first time in its short life.  Sometimes the animals are drugged beforehand.  The ‘hunters’ are often bad shots, and take several shots to kill the animals which can suffer quite badly in the process.   There are videos on Youtube which clearly show this to be the case and are quite difficult to watch.

Lions - For sale killing

The hunting of the bred lions is not the only reason for complete rejection of this industry as being unethical from the point of view of animal protection. The road to suffering for the lions on the South African breeding farms begins shortly after their birth.

Separated from the mother too soon

Often the lion cubs are separated from their mothers only three days after their birth. This practice has often fatal consequences, not including the mental suffering that these animals suffer: Due to the lack of milk provided by the mother, multiple deficiencies are displayed in the young animals. The cubs frequently suffer from bone deformations, breathing and digestive problems, thyroid problems, calcium deficiencies, tuberculosis and many other illnesses, the results of which have a significant effect on the animals when they grow up.

The keeping conditions for the young animals are also often completely unacceptable: Water, food and shade are hard to come by in many of the cages. In the some cases, female cubs are shot shortly after their birth as they are rarely in demand for hunting.

Patting is stress

Even when they are only babies, the little lion cubs are abused as tourist attractions. They are raised by hand, so tourists can be charged to pet them or when they get older, walk with them. Everywhere in South Africa you can find the offers to pat a lion cub, take your photo with a lion cub or to go for a walk with a half grown lion.

This is pure stress for the motherless lion cubs: young animals have a great need for calm and so the constant contact to people and the bad keeping conditions lead to massive behavioural disturbances. Even their physical development is strongly affected. In addition, more and more people are being attacked and injured by young lions.

Lionesses as breeding machines

The breeding lionesses are in heat again very shortly after their young cubs are taken away from them and are then instantly mated again. Abused as “breeding machines”, continuously exposed to the traumatic experience of losing their young. Because they are giving birth much more often than they would be doing under natural conditions, after only a few years they become drained and weak. The cubs that are bred to these lionesses while they are in this condition also have a bad constitutions.

In the wild, lionesses usually give birth once every two years – on the breeding farms they have to give birth every six months. It is not rare for drained or small lionesses to end up being “special offers” for hunters.

Misinformation for tourists …

The lion breeders falsely describe themselves as “nature protectionists” and claim to tourists that the animals are being bred to be later released into the wild. This is obvious misinformation. Predators that are born in captivity, especially when they have been raised by hand, cannot be successfully released into the wild.

… and volunteers

Voluntary workers from Europe are often attracted to the breeding farms as volunteers, to work together with the farms to breed lions. It’s not rare for these volunteers to pay a lot of money for a six week stay in a so-called “rescue station” or a “game reserve”.

However these offers have nothing to do with the protection of species or animals. The young lions suffer on these farms. Anyone doing volunteer work or gaining work experience here is supporting the horrific lion industry – even if they don’t intend to or realize that they are doing so.

As a general rule, the sad end destination of a South African breeding lion is a Canned Hunting farm.

Please read this short but well-written article to see how badly lions suffer in this process, as the mothers cry for their cubs who are in turn crying for them, for many months, usually within hearing distance of each other.

Sanwild Lion Rescue on  the Exploitation of Lions