Thursday, May 2, 2019

#FightForFierLions, Teala Dunn, Grace Helbig, Strawberry, Tibetan Antelopes n=made into Scarves, Animal Cruelty, Animal Crimes & Animal Welfare Report

Rare Tibetan Antelopes Are Killed to Make Expensive Luxury Scarves
The market for an expensive, luxurious scarf is wiping out the population of the rare Tibetan antelope. The shahtoosh shawl or scarf is made from the down hair of these beautiful antelopes. However, it takes the death of four antelopes to make just one scarf. They are not domesticated and can’t be shorn, so the only way to make the shahtoosh is to kill the animal and strip the wool from their carcass.

The shahtoosh used to be a valued dowry item in India, and now it’s a luxury item for people in the West who pay up to $20,000 for a single scarf despite the fact that shahtoosh wool is a banned item because the Tibetan antelope is a protected endangered species under Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Even with this ban, Swiss customs officers say they’ve seized the equivalent of more than 800 Tibetan antelopes from passengers. Unfortunately, when an animal is rare and endangered, that is when people wish to have it as a trophy even more as is the case with the endangered national animal of Pakistan, the Astore Markhor. Trophy hunters are paying insane fees to kill the goat just like people are paying $20,000 for illegally and secretly made shahtoosh scarves.
Unfortunately, an accurate census of the Tibetan antelopes is too difficult to do, but estimates say that the population is probably at about 250,000 whereas at one point, they numbered close to one million. Thankfully, “China has expanded Changtang National Nature Reserve, the protected area in and around which the animals calve.” There are also customs who under CITES, are confiscating the shawls and scarves and hopefully sending the message that the luxury of owning a cruel, illegal shahtoosh isn’t even worth it when it may get taken away.

We hope the protections in place for the Tibetan antelope help the population even more than they have in recent years. It would be a shame to wipe out a precious rare animal all for a scarf.
Dog Who Had Been Attacked and Abused for Years Mustered Up All Her Strength to Crawl to Someone for Help

He Poured Boiling Water On Strawberry, A Caged Dog!

Strawberry is a darling Shiba Inu. Strawberry is also the victim of a horrible violent crime by its owner. Chen poured boiling water on the cages pup to punish the animal for defecating in his bedroom and filmed the whole thing. This is animal abuse, clear and simple, and should be treated as such.

Sign now to demand Chinese authorities charge Chen with animal abuse and punish him to the full extent of the law.

Chen filmed the incident, trying to "showoff" how he punished Strawberry while Strawberry cried out in pain. He also filmed himself beating Strawberry with an iron stick. Strawberry doesn't fight back, but just cowers and cries in the corner while suffering this beating. Now it's coming out that there may have been a cover up, the dog who authorities rescued had no burn marks from the beating earlier in the day and was clean despite a horribly dirty cage, so it's believed Chen swapped out the dog in order to avoid punishment. So now we have no idea where the real Strawberry is and whether the sweet animal is still suffering.

Everyone who has ever had a dog knows that if a dog goes to the bathroom in the house, it is always the human's fault. Either the human has not let the animal have access to the outdoors enough or the human never properly took the time to train the animal. Either way, this is something that happens during training and occasionaly later and not a reason to punish an animal.

Not to mention, punishing an animal with violence is never acceptable. Especially when it's done more than a few seconds after the animal did something. Dogs can't connect action with consequence the way we can over time, if they don't get feedback within seconds on doing something, they don't know why you're doing that. So punishing an animal for defecating once it's back in its cage later is not only cruel and abusive, it is inneffective and stupid.

This is obviously a person who shouldn't own an animal at all. He was an intern doctor at a local burn unit and honestly, a person who tortures an animal like this should really not be trusted to care for humans. Luckily, the school agrees. They have suspended him and recommended medical treatment.

Sign now for justice for Strawberry in the form of actual punishment for its abuser!
Don Lichterman
Sunset Corporation of America (SCA)
Sustainable Action Network (SAN)