bigcatrescue:

Big Cat Rescue rescued a lame cougar named Mickey from a rundown backyard zoo in Alabama.

Mickey is 11 years old and desperately needs medical attention… We believe he has not had vet care in many years. Big Cat Rescue also helped a number of other sanctuaries make arrangements to remove most of the owner’s other cats. We are still trying to make arrangements for others.

We need YOUR help to give Mickey the cougar the love and care he has been deprived of for so long. Help us put an end to back yard breeders who use the cubs for pay to play schemes and then warehouse them in cramped, dilapidated cages. Please DONATE as generously as you can, Thank you for your support!

Read more about Mickey and donate here: http://www.razoo.com/story/Animalhouse

(via mulishmusings)

Reblogged from bigcatrescue

fightingforwhales:

loltias:

sorry to ruin such a lovely day, but I’m going to bring up the Grind since it’s August.

every year, the faroe islands kill thousands of endangered long-finned pilot whales for sport. it is considered a tradition that goes back to the 1500s and is carried out still today. it is called The Grind.

some argue ruining a tradition so old is immoral and disrespectful to those living there, but considering the endangerment of these animals and the brutality that takes place, it should be easy to say that a stop needs to be put to this.

long-finned pilot whales travel in nearby, warmer waters to give birth. those that take part in The Grind could care less that they are slaughtering, torturing, and ripping out fetuses from pregnant whales. 

what happens to the meat? some of it is divided up among the locals, yet most of it is left to rot on the beach. the meat is also quite poisonous due to pollutants in the water and is not considered okay for consumption.

WARNING: Gruesome Description

So how does an entire community manage to go out and kill pilot whales? Do they use harpoons like Japanese whalers, or large boats? No.

Boats go out to herd up the whales who are usually far from the shore area. They push them towards the shore in a similar way the infamous Taiji Cove does; by creating loud noises and vibrations in the water to get the whales in the direction they want. the whales are chased to shore, where they become stranded and trapped. Those that are not lead to shore are hooked near the blowhole and dragged.

then the community begins the slaughter. those that are stranded are stabbed with knives. Their veins and arteries are cut to prevent blood from reaching their heads. The process is not only gruesome and gory, but long. it can take 30 seconds to 5 minutes for a pilot whale to die. not only do the individual whales face this ordeal, but they are surrounded by family going through the same thing and are aware of everything that happens to them. 

children take part in this, often getting help from parents to slaughter the whales. they pose on dead carcasses for pictures and smile. others rip out the fetuses of the whales or continue mutilating them for enjoyment. 

This event is technically illegal, considering the species most often killed is endangered. However, the Faroese government allows it. 

Sea Shepherd is beginning to take part in ending it. They are going out this year to try and prevent the Grind from happening and bringing awareness to those performing the actions to understand that the cetaceans they are killing are fully aware of themselves, their family, and have the same emotions as humans and perhaps more. 

if you’d like to help, please sign petitions (xxx) or support Sea Shepherd and other organizations to help bring this to an end.

This year, luckily, the presence of Sea Shepherd prevented the whaling from occurring. No whales have been killed this year.

Whales have been killed, actually, just in the past few days. A pod of bottlenose whales stranded and they slaughtered them rather than try to push them back out to sea.

Reblogged from loltias
earthsoldiers:

4thecetaceans:

In six days, the horrific slaughter will once again begin.
Every year in September dolphins are herded into the infamous #the cove. The dolphins are slaughtered mercilessly (see the quota in an earlier post) the ones not slaughtered will be taken by marine mammal trainers for swim with the dolphin programs and shows.
By supporting marine parks who do this, you are supporting the slaughter.
So what can you do?
Donate to @dolphin_project Or save Japan’s Dolphins.  Volunteer, right a letter to the Japanese embassy. Sign a petition!
But most of all DONT BUY A TICKET to marine parks that have cetaceans.
#taiji #stoptheslaughter #dolphins #procap #anticap #whales #thecove #blackfish

PLEASE DON’T BUY A TICKET
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earthsoldiers:

4thecetaceans:

In six days, the horrific slaughter will once again begin.

Every year in September dolphins are herded into the infamous #the cove. The dolphins are slaughtered mercilessly (see the quota in an earlier post) the ones not slaughtered will be taken by marine mammal trainers for swim with the dolphin programs and shows.

By supporting marine parks who do this, you are supporting the slaughter.

So what can you do?

Donate to @dolphin_project Or save Japan’s Dolphins.
Volunteer, right a letter to the Japanese embassy. Sign a petition!

But most of all DONT BUY A TICKET to marine parks that have cetaceans.

#taiji #stoptheslaughter #dolphins #procap #anticap #whales #thecove #blackfish

PLEASE DON’T BUY A TICKET

Reblogged from 4thecetaceans

Petition Victory!

I have great news to share with you today: the U.S. Department of Agriculture has finalized a rule prohibiting the import of very young puppies into the United States for resale from foreign puppy mills. This is a major advance for dogs, pet parents and for animal advocates like you who have worked for decades to end the import of dogs bred in foreign puppy mills and sold to unsuspecting U.S. pet owners.

Over the years, we have heard hundreds of sad stories resulting from this indiscriminate import and sale of puppies, like bulldog puppy Otis and teacup Maltese puppy Tink. Read Otis and Tink’s stories, plus more about this historic news, on my blog»

This is a long-awaited victory for us at The HSUS. We started the process in 2008, when Congress passed the Farm Bill with an HSUS-backed provision to stop puppies bred in foreign puppy mills from being imported into the United States for resale. It took six years for the USDA to finalize the rule implementing the ban, but today we have a strong outcome on the issue and will finally stem the tide of sick puppies coming into U.S. airports, some of them dying in long-distance transport for resale.

With the advent of global commerce — and what we’ve seen in the form of trade with exotic animals, ivory and rhino horn and factory farming — this ban comes just in time to prevent a massive influx of puppy mill dogs from China, eastern Europe and Mexico.

This is the second leap forward that the USDA has taken to protect puppies over the last 12 months. Last September, the agency finally passed another HSUS-backed rule that brings internet puppy sellers under the Animal Welfare Act regulations and requires them to be federally licensed and inspected. That rule went into effect last November and will finally bring standards of care and oversight to thousands of online puppy mills.

Again, this significant step forward would not have been possible without your help. Thank you for all you do to help animals.