Disaster Relief in Japan: Animal Rescue & Vegan/Animal-Friendly Resources

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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Before and after the quake, Arahama in Sendai. This image shows one continuous landscape across the rectangle–at center, see the roadway sloping slightly upward from left to right across the black bar. In the original, dynamic version of this image, the black bar can be scrolled left and right across the landscape.
Credits: Google, ABC, GeoEye
Source: cnet.com

It’s a startling picture of how dramatic and destructive Friday’s massive earthquake actually was.

The quake, which has upgraded to a magnitude 9.0 by the Japan Meteorological Agency, may have shifted the position of Earth’s axis about 6.5 inches, Richard Gross, a geophysicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told the Los Angeles Times. The quake likely sped up the Earth’s rotation, shortening the day by 1.8 microseconds, Gross said. Also, the main island of Japan appears to have moved 8 feet, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey told CNN.

To help illustrate the damaging power of the quake and the ensuing tsunami, Google has compiled a collection of high-resolution before-and-after satellite images that depict the areas affected most by the devastation.

“We’re working to provide this data directly to response organizations on the ground to aid their efforts,” Ryan Falor, Google Crisis Response team, said in a Google Lat Long Blog post. “We hope this new updated satellite imagery is valuable for them as well as everyone else following this situation to help illustrate the extent of the damage.”

ABC News has created a presentation of the images, overlaying the before and after images for each specific area for a more immediate representation of the quake and tsunami’s devastating effects.

(Source: cnet.com)

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WSPA: Animals that cyclone survivors depend on need help now

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

I have yet to receive any email notifications from an animal welfare or rescue organization regarding the recent cyclone in Myanmar.

However, I did find the following press release on the WSPA’s website:

Animals that cyclone survivors depend on need help now

A veterinary team from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is on stand-by in Thailand awaiting entry authority to cyclone struck Myanmar to assess and then relieve the suffering of thousands of animals that human survivors depend on for food and their livelihoods.

WSPA is receiving daily updates from The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) while preparing its rapid assessment and response team.

Philip Russell MBE, WSPA’s Director of Disaster Management, said: “No one else, Governments, humanitarian NGOs or owners have the resources to care for these animals, most of which are owned by poor impoverished families. If those that survived die, so too will the livelihoods of thousands of people.”

He added that, as WSPA so often finds, when operating in emergencies many families will have or be in the process of selling off their remaining livestock at severely reduced prices to ensure some monetary value for immediate subsistence, mainly because they cannot now keep them alive.

WSPA, supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will assess and respond to the needs of animals.

One way of helping to stop the spread of disease is to separate animals into temporary holding pens. Emergency feed will also be needed as it is unlikely that there is any food for surviving livestock in and around camps or spare hay of any type available in Myanmar. Any precious grass that is not ruined by the flood will be owned by individuals and not for sale.

Wet conditions, lowered immune systems, endemic disease such as Foot and Mouth and overcrowded camps create a highly disease prone and contagious environment. WSPA seek to advise government livestock veterinarians on the need for and how to deliver veterinary checks to enable preventative treatment in the form of antibiotics, vaccinations and de-worming.

“WSPA works to align animal welfare and humanitarian agendas to reduce poverty, hunger and disease in humans. Equally, by complimenting humanitarian efforts in this way we increase the number of animals we protect,” said Russell.

If you’d like to make a donation to help in these relief efforts, here are links to each of the three organizations’ disaster relief funds: WSPA, IFAW and the HSUS.

I tried searching for animal welfare/rescue groups based in Myanmar, but came up linkless. If anyone out there knows of a local group in need of aid, please let us know in the comments!

Additionally, CNN has a list of human relief organizations here.



easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 09-08-07

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Action Alerts

Defenders of Wildlife: Don’t Let Great Cats & Rare Canines Vanish Forever
Tell Congress to do its part — and join in the effort to protect these creatures world-wide.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): Stop the Spying!
Tell the government to stop surveillance of Americans’ communications without a warrant.

People for the American Way (PFAW): Tell Congress: End Warrantless Spying on Americans!
Tell your members of Congress how you feel about the Bush administration’s warrantless spying on Americans.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): ‘Bambi Butchers’ Horror
On August 26, 2007, a PETA investigator filmed the slaughter of deer at Musicon, Inc., a deer farm and venison sales company in Goshen, New York.

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS): Urge Congress to Hold Strong on a Clean Energy Bill!
Please tell your senators and representative that America’s new Energy Bill must include a 35 mile per gallon fuel economy standard AND a 15 percent renewable electricity standard.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-24-07

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Action Alerts

International Fund for Horses: Wag a Straw: HR 503 and S 311
Take Action Today Against Horse Slaughter! Wag a Straw at Congress Asking Them to Swiftly Pass The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act

The Wilderness Society: Off-road vehicles threaten largest recommended wilderness in Lower 48
Send the Forest Service your letter today to help protect the Salmon-Challis forest and its wildlands, sensitive ecosystems and wildlife habitat, and quiet recreation opportunities from unmanaged dirt bikes, ATVs, and other off-road vehicles.

World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA): Support the Bear Protection Act
End the Illegal Trade in Bear Bile.

World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA): Help WSPA end cruel contest in Taiwan
At Taiwan’s “Pigs of God” contest hundreds of pigs that have been force-fed to increase their weight to grotesque proportions are slaughtered while fully conscious as part of this so-called “festival”.

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

The Petition Site: The Wolf and the Donkey, Update
End their misery – Free this wolf and donkey in Albania

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WSPA: Needless suffering of Taiwan’s pigs

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Via the World Society for the Protection of Animals:

Needless suffering of Taiwan’s pigs

WSPA recently released shocking undercover video footage showing incredibly cruel – and illegal – slaughter practices at pig slaughterhouses in Taiwan. The footage was gathered by WSPA member society the Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) and depicts horrific cruelty including pigs being slaughtered while fully conscious.

Previous investigations by EAST in 2000 had prompted the Taiwanese government to create Codes of Practice to improve conditions at slaughterhouses. However, when EAST returned in 2006, they found that conditions had once again deteriorated and many slaughterhouses had reverted to using inhumane methods.

WSPA is calling upon the government of Taiwan to enforce their existing laws to protect animals in slaughterhouses. We are also asking supporters to take action by sending letters of protest to the Taiwanese government.

Read more and take action >>



WSPA: Tell President Bush to end commercial whaling

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Via the World Society for the Protection of Animals:

Tell President Bush to end commercial whaling

Many people believe that the whale has been saved but the sad and shocking truth is that the resumption of commercial whaling is closer to becoming a reality today than at any point over the past two decades.

Whales need protecting now as much as they ever did – perhaps even more so in the light of threats such as climate change – but over the past six years, President Bush’s team has failed to fight hard enough for that much needed protection. The United States ‘ once steadfast aim to protect the world’s whales has been replaced by a catalogue of compromises which, left unchecked, will undoubtedly pave the way for a resumption of commercial whaling.

This May, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will meet on US soil for the first time in nearly two decades. There couldn’t be a better time for the US Administration to show the world that America does not support the resumption of whaling. It is unsustainable, unnecessary and inherently cruel.

Please write to President Bush and ask him to follow the strong examples of President Reagan, the first President Bush and President Clinton. If President Bush acts now, the damage caused by US neglect on this issue in recent years can be reversed. The United States must resume its role as a leader in the fight against commercial whaling.



WSPA: Anti-Bullfighting Action

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Via the World Society for the Protection of Animals:

Anti-Bullfighting Action

The anti-bullfight Catalonia campaign continues to grow from strength to strength and continues to draw support from Bullfighting, Catalonia animal welfare enthusiasts and supporters from across the globe.

Support the Anti-Bullfighting Campaign ‘Culture without Cruelty‘ and help WSPA to end the cruel sport of bullfighting.

* Sign the global online petition!

Add your details to the online petition and join the international community calling for a ban on bullfighting in Catalonia.

* Download and print the petition!

If you have already signed up to the campaign, please download our Anti-Bullfighting petition, print this out and get signatures from friends, family or work collegues – you can make a real impact for these majestic creatures through this simple gesture of support.

Learn more

Read more about WSPA‘s work to end bullfighting >>

Visit the ADDA website (in Spanish) to read more about the anti-bullfight campaign.



WSPA: Dolphin park poised to profit from bloody drive fisheries

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Via the World Society for the Protection of Animals:

Dolphin park poised to profit from bloody drive fisheries

An amusement park in the Dominican Republic is trying to import twelve dolphins captured during Japan’s bloody drive fisheries. The Ocean World Adventure Park plans to profit from the suffering of dolphins unless the President of the Dominican Republic can be persuaded to deny this import request.

WSPA is supporting the efforts of the Save Japan Dolphins Coalition to convince President Leonel Fernandez Reyna to denounce Japans’ cruel dolphin hunts by refusing to allow these twelve dolphins to be imported into the Dominican Republic. Through a direct appeal to the President, a press conference and graphic footage of the hunt and capture of these dolphins posted on YouTube.com, WSPA hopes that President Reyna and authorities in the Dominican Republic will be convinced that the welfare of dolphins is more valuable than attracting a few tourist dollars.

The drive fisheries are an annual event in Taiji during which hundreds of dolphins and small whales are rounded up by fishermen and forced into shallow water. Once the dolphins are trapped within the nets, the fishermen use long knives or spear-like devices to kill and butcher the animals. A select few are chosen for the captivity industry to be trained to take part in aquatic shows and swim-with-dolphin programs.

To view the video of the capture of dolphins during Japan’s bloody drive fisheries, please click here. Please be aware that this footage is very graphic and disturbing.

Take Action

WSPA urges its members to write a polite email to President Leonel Fernandez Reyna of the Dominican Republic requesting that he use his authority to deny the import of 12 dolphins captured during Japans’ bloody drive fisheries. Remind him that allowing the import of these dolphins will imply support of Japan’s annual dolphin hunts and provide further incentive to the fishermen in Taiji to continue their hunts.

Please send your email to:

carolinadeleon [at] presidencia.gov.do

To learn more about efforts to stop Japan’s annual dolphin hunts, please visit Save Japan Dolphins at http://www.savejapandolphins.org



WSPA: Take action against farm animal cloning!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Via the World Society for the Protection of Animals:

Take action against farm animal cloning!

Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft assessment that moves the nation closer to the widespread sale of meat and dairy products from animal clones and their offspring.

In their assessment, the FDA states that “cloning poses no unique risks to animal health.” Yet scientific evidence has shown that cloned animals suffer from serious abnormalities including birth defects and premature death. Furthermore, many of the higher-productivity animals that are cloned often have other health issues such as leg problems and painful diseases.

WSPA has challenged the FDA’s stand on allowing the sale of meat and dairy products from cloned animals and urge our supporters to join us in speaking out. Please visit WSPA’s website to submit your concerns to the FDA and your government representatives. Please speak out for animals today and give a voice to the thousands of farm animals who cannot speak for themselves.

Read more about cloning and animal welfare.

Take action on this issue.



WSPA: Animal rescues in Lebanon and India

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Please note that you can also make a donation directly to Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) online at the following URL: http://beta.beirut.com/donate.php.

Also see PETA’s feature, “U.S. Abandons Animals in Lebanon Chaos,” for additional information (or browse through our archives to see more Middle East alerts).

Along with all Hurricane Katrina and disaster-related information, this alert is crossposted at my personal web site, KellyGarbato.com.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: WSPA Animal World e-Newsletter – listserver [at] wspa-usa.org
Date: Jul 21, 2006 3:26 PM
Subject: Animal shelter bombed in Lebanon

Animal rescues in Lebanon and India: WSPA funds will allow BETA to move dogs to a new, safer location

Shelter bombed in Lebanon

WSPA has released funds to assist an animal shelter that was partially destroyed by a missile during the conflict in Lebanon. The shelter is run by WSPA member society Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (BETA) and cares for over 200 dogs and cats.

WSPA funding will allow BETA to provide veterinary care and food for the animals and temporarily re-home dogs left without shelter because of the missile strike. WSPA will also continue to support BETA and other member societies working to help animals in Lebanon.

Click here to read more about WSPA’s work for animals in Lebanon

Flooding in India affects animals

WSPA has also provided funding to help animal victims of the recent floods in the east India state of Orissa. Over 20,000 animals were left stranded or in need of veterinary care and food after unexpected heavy rains and landslides led to flash flooding throughout the region.WSPA is supporting its member society the Visakha Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (VSPCA), who has already aided thousands of animals. More funding is needed to reach the animals who are still in need of assistance.

Click here to read more about WSPA helping animals in India

Click here to support WSPA’s disaster relief work for animals

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