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Victory! Ringling Bros. To Stop Using Elephants In Their Circus





Thirteen Asian elephants will continue to tour with the company before retiring to Ringling’s Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida by 2018.



Animals belong in the wild, not captivity. This is a message being heard loud and clear this year, as  marine parks and zoos continue to receive flack from animal rights activists.  The efforts of outspoken activists have paid off, however. Increased concern over the treatment of SeaWorld’s orcas has forced the marine park to end its killer whale show. And now, the famous circus company, Ringling Bros., has revealed that it will be removing Asian elephants from its act in an effort to help protect an endangered species. BBC reports that Feld Entertainment, the parent company Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, told the media in March that it would begin phasing out elephants removing them completely from their shows by the year 2018.

At present, the circus has 13 elephants traveling with three different acts and plans to place those elephants at the conservation center in Florida by 2018. More than 40 elephants are presently cared for by the conservation center, the company said. According to multiple sources, the change was not spurred by animal rights activists, but instead the growing public concern about how the animals are treated. Either way, it’s a win being celebrated around the world.

“This is the most significant change we have made since we founded the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation in 1995,” Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment said in a statement. “When we did so, we knew we would play a critical role in saving the endangered Asian elephant for future generations, given how few Asian elephants are left in the wild.”

The circus will continue to tour with other animal performers, including tigers, lions, horses, dogs and camels. What are your thoughts on this news?


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Eastern Daily Press

08:00 12 November 2015

Brian, who has three ears, is believed to be between four and ten years old.

Brian, who has three ears, is believed to be between four and ten years old.

We’ve all heard about cats having nine lives but have you heard the one about the cat with three ears?

Staff at a Norfolk rescue centre were equally perplexed when one intrepid feline arrived sporting an extra ear.

As Feline Care Cat Rescue in East Harling continue to care for the moggie, it is hoped its owner will now step forward. Brian, as he has been affectionately called, arrived at the centre on Monday after being caught in one of the centre’s traps after setting off security alarms at a nearby business.

Manager of the centre, Molly Farrar, said: “We expected it to be one of our own cats who’d been causing problems so this handsome, mature gentleman was quite a surprise to us.

“We’ve cared for plenty of cats with one eye, three legs or six toes and several cats with no tail left, but this is our first three-eared cat.

The centre is hoping that Brian has not been dumped but has simply got lost.

Miss Farrar, 38, said: “He’s obviously very distinctive with his extra little ear so someone must be missing him or recognise him.

“He’s in a bit of a tatty and skinny state. He’s been in the wars a bit and has a fractured canine tooth and ear mites so he obviously needs looking after.


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Before Marnie found herself in the arms of Tina Fey and Taylor Swift, she was a partially blind stray living on the streets. Now her internet fame is helping others

Marnie the dog

Marnie the dog at the supermarket. Photograph: Twitter

Marnie the dog – a 13-year-old Shih Tzu known for her ever-present tongue and head tilt – has risen from a stray to a star. Now, the Instagram celebrity is using her fame to advocate for senior pups like her.

Shirley Braha, who adopted Marnie three years ago, is using her dog’s growing popularity to shed light on the adoption of senior dogs. She’s created a fund – Marnie’s Old Pals – to help senior dogs in shelters receive necessary veterinary care.

To celebrate Marnie’s 13th birthday and the launch of her new book, Braha’s group held its first fundraiser on Monday night in New York, and asked those who attended to donate $5 to the fund.

I can’t make the meeting, sorry! 💤
“I think it’s just as important to raise awareness about how great it is to welcome a homeless senior dog into your life,” Braha said. “They tend to be calm and sweet and, above all, extremely grateful to get out of a terrifying situation and have a new loving home.”

According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters nationwide each year. Of those, 3.9 million are dogs and approximately 1.2 million have to be euthanized.

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Rebecca Shinners

When an adorable seal named Celebration was only a few days old, she found herself already fighting for her life: After being separated from her mother, the baby was stuck in the mud in Frampton Marsh nature reserve in the UK.

Luckily, help quickly arrived on the scene, but Celebration’s rescuers were certainty not who you’d expect. Ian Ellis, who was bird-watching nearby, spotted a herd of 30 cows all gathered in one area. Upon closer inspection, he was surprised to see a little seal pup in the middle of the group.

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Source: Anatoly Tuptey

“My soul could not stand the cries.”

That’s Russian man Anatoly Tuptey speaking with The Siberian Times after the animal-lover braved treacherous conditions to save to kittens trapped in an oil spill.

“My soul could not stand the cries, I went to see. You never know what is going on, I had to check,” said Tuptey after an oil spill in Nefteyugansk, Russia (we can’t pronounce it either).

Tuptey reportedly waded into the oil to rescue the kittens then, using his t-shirt, dried them off and kept them warm.

Source: Anatoly Tuptey

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Retired K9 Spared From Likely Death After Community Rallies To Save Him

Let’s hope Rex gets the retirement he deserves.

A retired police dog who was likely destined for euthanasia has been spared after animal lovers condemned the police department’s decision to send him to a municipal shelter.

Facebook/Operation Save K-9 Rex

The 9-year-old Belgian Malinois, Rex, had served with the Albuquerque Police Department since 2013, and spent several years in the military before that, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Rex was present during the shooting of homeless man James Boyd that led to criminal charges for two APD officers, and appears in video of the incident.

When Rex’s handler, Scott Weimersckirch, retired, the APD said Rex was too old and too bonded to Weimersckirch to be transferred to another handler. But the officer couldn’t adopt Rex due to concerns that the dog would be a threat to his young child, APD spokeswoman Celina Espinoza told local news station KRQE.

A city shelter took Rex in, but the APD said Monday it was likely the dog would be euthanized, since his military and police background would make finding a suitable home difficult.


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“He is totally unaware of his limitations and disfigurement!”

The story Anne Graber heard was that Bjarni — the smiling dog with half a nose — was found roaming the streets by an animal control officer.

He had a family, but when they were contacted, they said they didn’t want him back. So Bjarni was brought to a local shelter.

This part Graber knows for sure: Shelter staff reached out to Graber, who is the founder of a Texas-based animal rescue group called St. Francis’ Angels, and asked her if she could help.

Graber immediately said that she’d make sure this dog was loved and made whole.

“He will remain with us until such time he has fully recovered and been adopted,” she says.

St. Francis’ Angels

Graber says this gorgeous boy is having a hard time eating and breathing, since what nose he has left is covering his sinus cavities.

But his personality is intact. He loves to play with other dogs. He loves to be around people. He loves, all around.

“Vivacious and engaging. He is totally unaware of his limitations and disfigurement,” Graber said. “He loves everything that moves.”


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Whitecaps players Kekuta Manneh and David Ousted helped release the rehabilitated marine mammals, which were named after them.

Eleven rescued seal pups are released into Burrard Inlet on Friday.

Courtesy Vancouver Aquarium

Eleven rescued seal pups are released into Burrard Inlet on Friday.

Eleven seal pups were released back into the wild Friday after being rescued and rehabilitated at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

The harbour seal pups, many of which were sick, injured or orphaned before they were rescued over the summer, were released into Burrard Inlet from Cates Park in North Vancouver on Friday morning to the delight and collective “awws” of dozens of rescue workers and onlookers.

Emily Johnson, manager of the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, said her heart swelled with pride seeing the seals make their way back into the sea Friday.

Staff at the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre prepare to release 11 rehabilitated seal pups into Burrard Inlet on Friday.

Courtesy Vancouver Aquarium

Staff at the Marine Mammal Rescue Center prepare to release 11 rehabilitated seal pups into Burrard Inlet on Friday.

She said each seal seemed to have its own unique personality, with some raring to go once the gates of their crates were opened, while others appeared to be less enthused.

“We have a couple that are a little more apprehensive,” she said with a laugh. “And then you have one that just totally doesn’t get it. It takes them a bit to get acclimated.”

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Amy Rossi

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Examiner

Cookie, waiting for a forever home
Cookie – The Forgotten Dog FB page

There is nothing wrong with Cookie, who was dumped at Yonkers Animal Shelter at just six months old and spent the next six years of her life there.

The only thing that is wrong is that she remained homeless all of these precious years instead of enjoying life as a loving family member.

Cookie, now seven, was lucky to land at Yonkers, where she was given all the time she needed to find her match. Unfortunately, the shelter admits to having very little foot traffic in Cookie’s younger years.

So there she sat, waiting. Safe, not urgent, and overlooked.

And there she remained, hoping the right person would come along to take her home.


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There have been many stories of survival come out of the April 27 tornadoes that devastated many communities in Arkansas. Towns like Vilonia and Mayflower are now left to pick up the pieces as neighborhoods were left shattered, causing a loss of both human and pet lives.

Out of this tragedy there are a few miracles taking place with the pets misplaced. One such story is that of a dog found wandering Tuesday in Vilonia. As it turns out, this old guy is 15 years old.

Now under the care of Fuzzy Hearts Rescue, he’s in a foster home due to his owner’s losing their home. The house was leveled, and the family had nowhere to go.

Even though this sweet senior had difficulty walking with bad hips, plus being stressed out from the trauma, his family had feared he was killed by debris. They’re so relieved he’s safe, and being cared for until they can find a place where he can rejoin them.


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