Monday, September 24, 2018

Elephant in the Room, Tusk After Dusk w/ Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani, Elephant Bloodbath in Botswana, Loomis Bros. Circus, Elephant RIdes, Nosey, Natural Bridge Zoo in Rockbridge County, Virginia

Tickets are going fast and this may be your last chance to secure seats for an amazing evening with Wildlife SOS cofounders Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani. 

Join us at the historic Sowden House in Los Angeles on October 6, 2018, for Tusk After Dusk!

Featuring celebrity host Fia Perera, a stunningly intense musical performance by ANML, and entertaining live painting by the talented Amy Burkman.

We plan on spoiling you with complimentary valet parking, delicious Indian vegan cuisine, specialty cocktails provided by Tito's Handmade Vodka, and a stellar auction to benefit wildlife!
With its rich and colorful history, the Sowden House is a distinctive showplace that evokes a sense of mystery and exoticism and has been an iconic Los Angeles destination for films, photoshoots, and events. 

Take a virtual tour of this amazing venue HERE.

Sowden House
5121 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. - Cocktail attire

Space is limited and tickets are going fast! Secure your all-inclusive pass to one of LA's premier venues.

Go to tuskafterdusk.com today! 
In Defense of Animals
They are trying to "steal" an elephant from the sanctuary she was placed in this year/last year!
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I'm emailing because Nosey's fate is decided in 90 days! I need your help right now to save Nosey and other elephants like her.
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When the trailer broke down for their traveling circus — among the cruelest in the country with over 200 USDA violations — the Liebels just abandoned Nosey.

They left her by the side of Alabama Highway 157.

Alone. In chains. No water, no food, no shelter. Standing in her own urine and feces.

Now they are appealing the court verdict that finally brought poor Nosey to paradise and safety at The Elephant Sanctuary.

The Liebels want to put Nosey back in the circus!

What motorists on Highway 157 that day didn't know was, they were witnessing the sad reality of Nosey's life for the last three decades.

A life that included being stolen from her home in the wild. Exploited and abused for profit. Bullhooks. Solitary confinement. High-voltage prods.

In the mugshots taken after their arrest, the Liebels show not a hint of remorse.

Media outlets reported Hugo Liebel said he may take the exhausted, middle-aged elephant back on the road if he wins the appeal. So he can "earn a living."
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Will you help Nosey and other elephants however generously you can right now so we can cover expenses for their fight?

I realize the ongoing research, investigations, and documentation for which you have helped IDA become known and respected is behind-the-scenes work.

I realize it's costly. But IDA Friend, animals are not pawns for profit.

Without your support of this tireless advocacy and defense, criminals like the Liebels will win. 

Elephants like Nosey will lose. We can't ever let that happen!

We only have a short time to make sure the Liebels never get their hard hands on Nosey or any other animals, again.

In Swaziland just three years ago 18 elephants were kidnapped from the wild to eventually "restock" three U.S. zoos. This is no joke! Elephants are STILL being taken from the wild and tragic situations like Nosey's will continue to unfold if we do not publicize, persist, and prevail. Click or tap here right now to keep IDA fighting for elephants like Nosey and against elephant captivity!
Many tourists see the colorful paint and ornate garments associated with elephant riding and assume that the elephants are pampered and doted over. And of course, the elephant-riding industry itself has a vested interest in getting people to believe that the elephants are more than simply disposable work units. 

But nothing could be further from the truth. Underneath the facade of festive colors and silky garments, these elephants live shockingly miserable lives. They are poached in the wild as babies, brutally broken in, then overworked and neglected for decades. The graphic below details some of the health problems that afflict these elephants as a result. 
For all these reasons and more, today we are formally launching a campaign called Refuse to Ride. It's aimed at educating tourists and travelers on the real issues surrounding elephant rides, specifically in the city of Jaipur. We also hope to raise awareness among authorities within India who have the power to help the abused elephants there.

So far we've published a petition and an FAQ, launched an informational website called RefusetoRide.org, and are in the process of finalizing billboards for tourists visiting Jaipur. That's only the beginning.

Thank you for all your help and support in getting us to this point! Please help spread the word to everyone you know, especially those planning travel to places like Thailand and India.
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Solitary Elephant Asha Still Waiting for "Responsible" Agencies to Act on Her Behalf. The sordid situation for Asha, the solitary elephant suffering at Natural Bridge Zoo in Rockbridge County, Virginia, has persisted despite our best attempts to shut down this horrific roadside atrocity and get Asha released to a sanctuary. We recently filed a civil and criminal complaint on Asha's behalf by partnering with the legal team at the Animal Defense Partnership and a group of other nonprofit organizations. Now we ask for you to speak up for Asha again — before her whole life is wasted in misery! TAKE ACTION
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Stop the Elephant Bloodbath in Botswana. Since July, approximately 87 elephants have been found dead with their faces hacked apart and their tusks removed by poachers for ivory in Botswana. This is a country where elephants have known protection and safety for years because of strict conservation enforcement. Urge Botswana's new president to uphold the country's protection of elephants before this once safe haven becomes a killing field for elephants! TAKE ACTION

An unprecedented slaughter of elephants is happening in Botswana after the government disbanded anti-poaching units and disarmed rangers. At least 87 elephants have been killed since the actions were taken. Elephant advocates are sounding the alarm, demanding the Botswana government restore the units and armed rangers. Nicole started a petition calling on Botswana to do just that. 

Join the worldwide outcry by signing today.

Restore Anti-Poaching Units to Prevent Future Elephant Poaching  

On September 3rd, 87 elephant carcasses were found near the Okavango Delta wildlife sanctuary in Botswana.  This is an unprecedented massacre considering Botswana has been recognized as one of the formidable defenders and conservationists of wildlife in Africa. 

Botswana is home to approximately 130,000 elephants.  Due to its steadfast conservation, elephants from other countries were crossing the borders into Botswana for safety. 

However, after the election of President Mokgweetsi Masisi in May of this year, anti-poaching units (APU) were removed from the country’s borders and the anti-poaching teams’ weapons were confiscated.  If these APUs were present, this recent killing spree of elephants could have been thwarted successfully. 

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council in 2017, 74% of travel to Botswana was by tourists compared to business travel.  Monies generated by tourists was 686.6 million USD or 7,119.6 million BWP (Botswana Pula) and this contributed to 26,000 jobs for 2017.  The obvious reason tourists travel to Botswana is to see wildlife.  If anti-poaching units are not restored, the number of wildlife will continue to dwindle and in effect lead to a loss of revenue and jobs, affecting the economy as a whole. 

Each year approximately 35,000 elephants are killed in Africa.  If their population continues to decline due to poaching, ecosystems will be affected.  The presence of elephants in the delicate ecosystem is undeniably paramount in not only supporting other wildlife but for the people who live in Africa as well.  Elephants in the wild aide in generating tourism dollars which fuels the economy that then helps to feed the hungry, finance education programs and enable health-care programs that save lives. 

The wildlife presence in Botswana has an obvious overwhelming positive effect on human life.  If we stand idly by, the loss of wildlife will have a negative effect in the quality of life for the people of Botswana.

President Mokgweetsi Masisi and the government of Botswana, your gravitas and solemnity are being beckoned by the world for you to restore the Anti-Poaching Units and arm game rangers.  Your conservation efforts to protect the wildlife will in effect help your people and maintain the economy of Botswana. Click to help!
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Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Business of Punishment, Forced Prison Labor Generates Huge Revenues, Private Prisons trade values on Wall Street depend on its occupants, Indefinite Family Detention equals huge Profits at GEO Group & Private Prisons

Tell Congress: Stop Accepting Money from Private Prisons

Private prison companies are exploiting our corrupt political system to lock people up...for profit.

The two largest private prison companies alone have spent $35 million on lobbying and campaign contributions to state and local officials from 1989 to 2015. Evidently, it was money well spent:

The number of prisoners housed in private facilities has jumped 1600% since 1990.

By buying favor with the right politicians, private prison companies have been able to secure everything from lucrative government contracts to harsher laws to guarantee a steady stream of inmates for their facilities. These companies turn our tax dollars into a lucrative business that hauls in $3 billion a year.

Add your name now to tell Congress to stop accepting campaign contributions from the private prison industry.

Nearly 4,000 of California’s firefighters are prisoners. Despite fighting the state’s largest fires, these men and women are denied the licenses they need to become professional firefighters after leaving prison because of their criminal records. The Institute for Justice is calling on California lawmakers to remove this barrier for former prisoners who want to become firefighters and EMTs.
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This year California saw its largest fire in state history, and more than 2,000 state prisoners volunteered to fight the flames. Paid just $1 an hour, the state encourages low-level prisoners to risk their lives and serve alongside professional firefighters. But once inmates leave prison, they often can’t work as firefighters because of their criminal records.

Despite their frontline experience, most counties in California require firefighters to become licensed emergency medical technician (EMTs) — and that credential is often denied to anyone with a criminal record.

Nearly 4,000 of California’s firefighters are state inmates, carefully selected to participate in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation CAL FIRE program. At least three inmates have died fighting these fires.

It’s simply wrong to deny these men and women the ability to become firefighters after they have served their time. A steady job is one of the best ways to prevent re-offending. Restoring the right to earn an honest living is crucial for ex-offenders to regain a sense of hope and a new chance at redemption.

Since 2015, at least 16 states that have already eased or eliminated licensing barriers for Americans with criminal records. Sign our petition asking California to join them and make it easier for formerly incarcerated people to become firefighters and EMTs after serving their time. Sign now with a click. Visit petition page.
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Hurricane Rescues (and more rescue stories) at Rescue TV!

If a PETA rescuer hadn't spotted Sebastian Tuesday afternoon, he'd likely not be alive today.
Sebastian was trapped in his yard, with no escape from the floodwater ...
Sebastian was trapped in his yard, with no escape from the floodwater ... 

Trapped in a flooded backyard, Sebastian was swimming for his life in water up to his neck. All it took was a little bit of kibble tossed his way to earn the exhausted dog's trust. After getting the gate open, a team member gently carried him to PETA's rescue boat and gave him food and a chance to rest—likely the first he'd had for days. He was so tired, he went straight to sleep!
... until PETA rescuers saved him.
... until PETA rescuers saved him. 

While Hurricane Florence has passed, the record flooding left in its wake is actually increasing in some areas—and many animals like Sebastian are still in danger.

Please help PETA's Animal Emergency Fund and help power our team's lifesaving rescue work. Be a part of it!

The tragic photos and videos coming out of the Carolinas give just a tiny glimpse of what our team members are finding. In the last few days, they've saved desperate dogs and cats trapped on the porches of flooded homes, waded through chest-high water to find a terrified kitten who had scurried up a tree to escape the storm, and rescued chickens from flooded coops. Sometimes it's a concerned neighbor or a first responder who alerts them to an animal in need of rescue—often it's the frightened cries of the animals themselves as our group boats through some of the hardest-hit areas.

PETA's team will be there, doing everything possible to help animals, until the water recedes.

This Incredible Man Bought and Renovated a School Bus to Transport Shelter Animals From 

It isn’t every day you get to hear about someone truly heroic. And we’re sad that it’s Hurricane Florence that is the reason we’re hearing this news. But when a pet lover buys and converts an old school bus to rescue animals left after others have evacuated, we have to share the story. Trust us! This one will put a smile on your face.

Tony Alsup, a trucker from Greenback, Tennessee, drove into South Carolina last week with one intention; to evacuate the dogs and cats left behind in shelters. He drove to shelters in North Myrtle Beach, Dillon, Georgetown, and Orangeburg, rescuing 53 dogs and 11 cats with the intention of transferring them to a waiting shelter in Foley, Alabama, safe from the storm.

Alsup has been doing this for around a year now. When Hurricane Harvey was approaching Houston, Alsup answered an online plea for anyone to help evacuate animals from shelters in the storm’s path.

He volunteered to pick them up in his semi-truck, and the rescues assumed that would mean he could take dozens of animals … unfortunately, he only had the front end of the truck – not the massive trailer. Alsup knew he needed something bigger, so he bought a school bus and immediately drove to Texas to fill it with pets for the first time.
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And he’s been doing this ever since, driving into areas about to be hit by a hurricane to get animals out of harm’s way. The bus is full of animal transport cages, water, and food to keep all the passengers happy on board!
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Here he is, with some of his four-legged charges, who might be confused but are, at least, safe and dry. Alsup refers to these animals as the “leftovers” because they are the ones that get left behind!
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Alsup said, “It’s so easy for people to adopt the small pets and the cuties and the cuddly. We take on the ones that deserve a chance even though they are big and a little ugly. But I love big dogs, and we find places for them.” These dogs en route to Foley will be taken to shelters across the country once Hurricane Florence has passed. They’ll all be ready to be adopted thanks to the kindness of this hero!
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We are always happy to hear about Good Samaritans rescuing animals left behind during storms. And we are even happier when we hear about measures put in place to protect these pets before the storms even hit. What Alsup has done here with his bus rescue has wedged a special place in our hearts. 

Thank you, Tony, we need more heroes like you in the world! Image Source: Tony Alsup/Facebook

Want to Help Support Rescues Saving Animals From Flood Waters? Check This Out

As Hurricane Florence ravages the Carolinas, Guardians of Rescue is preparing to help as many animals affected by the natural disaster as possible. The Guardians of Rescue Disaster Response Crews will be aiding the animal survivors of the hurricane to get to safety and provide them with any care they may need. The team’s work is absolutely priceless in the dire circumstances – and it is thanks to the people who support the organization that it can be put into motion.

When it comes to animals, the hurricane is bound to severely impact both pets who have already been abandoned and those who are left behind shortly before the natural disaster and directly because of it. As Guardians of Rescue stresses, the dogs in need of help will without a fail include those who are old or injured, as well as mothers and young puppies, all of whom will have extra difficulties dealing with the situation and finding safety. As it is always the case, many will also be abandoned in their homes or even chained outside – a completely devastating scenario. No matter the details, each of those animals will be in urgent need of help, which the organization is determined to provide.

In 2017, Guardians of Rescue responded and assisted with all the major hurricanes, and the organization is still suffering the financial strain this work has inevitably caused. Now, the team is once more getting ready for countless hours of assistance with animal evacuations and rescues in those places which will be most impacted by the hurricane. The charity will also be assisting small local groups which are going to urgently need crates, food, water, and other supplies.

“The days and weeks ahead will require critical response as conditions develop and damage is revealed. Time is of the essence because as waters rise, travel will be limited, communication will be impacted and power will be out,” the team writes. “Now is the most important time to donate, as your donation will enable us to make a true impact on the lives of animals in the Carolinas.”

Donations made to the organization now will go directly to the Guardians of Rescue Disaster Response. The financial help will allow the group to provide care, supplies, and support to animals in the counties affected by Hurricane Florence – and it will be life-saving.

You can help by making a donation here.

To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, click here.
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