Orphaned kangaroo and wombat are BEST FRIENDS.
Anzac the joey was brought to the Wildlife Kilmore Rescue Centre in Victoria, Australia; at five months old, he was three months too young to be out of the pouch. The Kilmore staff placed him with Peggy the womat, and they reportedly spend every minute—sleeping and waking—together.
Do yourself a favor and check out all the giant, adorable photos of these two little marsupials, because they are hands-down the BEST. Goodbye, California, I am going to Australia to spend the rest of my life with Anzac and Peggy.
Meet orphaned baby burrowing owls Linford and Christie, a.k.a. the only reason to look at the Daily Mail! These owlets are six weeks old and living with Jimmy, an employee of the Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, England. They need 24-hour care, which is provided by Jimmy and his dog, JT. Look at this!
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Top 10 links of the week! A breezy ride through veganism! »
[your animal viral video of the week! I don’t understand what’s going on. Where is this? Is this like a private dolphin?]
I can tell you guys have big things to worry about but if you have time to care about the seal hunt, you should keep an eye on the Humane Society’s “Live from the Ice” reporting.
Yo, did you know there’s a debate about whether or not it’s ethical for vegans and vegetarians to eat mock meat? Me neither! This Dish is Veg has a post about it, read it and tell me what you think.
Some 20-year-old killed a cat to perfect her outfit for a Lady Gaga show. I don’t want to talk about it.
Treehugger has good news about the gorilla population in the Congo! Gorillas are just amazing. Like, you can’t not be amazed when you look at them. Plus, they’re nearly vegan (I hear sometimes they eat bugs)! They don’t eat cows and they still manage to be all strong and diesel.
If you didn’t get enough Laura this week, check out The Week in Vegan. She mentions Shakira, who rules. I’m sold. Read it and comment!
News gets cute this week: “Research shows that man’s best friend categorizes people as generous or mean by keeping tabs on how they treat others.” That’s how everyone’s dog knows YOU’RE the softy! Read all about it at the Daily Mail.
Read Ricky Gervais’ letter calling for the director of NIH to help 14 chimpanzees that have been sent to a research facility in Texas. Ricky Gervais is just the man. I don’t know what he could do to make me like him more but I think it would involve free vegan cinnamon rolls. Or roller-skates.
Wolves can’t catch a break. Groups are in the process of trying to de-list wolves as an endangered species in the Great Lakes area. The New York Times has the story. I’m getting fucking sick of this. It’s like, you almost wipe out a species and then after hard work, the species begins to flourish and then you want to kill them again. WTF?
Friends of Animals has a brief update on the wolf de-listing rider in the budget proposal. It’s on it’s way to the prez! Fucking awesome!
More good news: Anne arrives at new home, U.K. may ban live animals in circuses! »
Here’s a picture of Anne from the Daily Mail being greeted at her new home at Longleat Safari Park! She has a six-acre enclosure there, which is a far cry from the miles and miles wild elephants usually roam, but her arthritis tells me maybe that’s OK.
I am still so impressed by how quickly the people in the U.K. reacted to Anne’s terrible situation, and how quickly she was moved to a brand new home. Amazing. What’s more, it looks like Britain will ban live animals in circuses (dead ones, I presume, are totally OK). The ban hasn’t happened yet but Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is “minded” to pass the ban. The public shock of Anne’s treatment is the catalyst: “The tragic plight of Anne once again mobilised the people. From protesting on the streets, to lobbying MPs, the past week has been filled with cries for a ban.” AWESOME! I’m so jealous! Maybe we can just get the Brits over here and they can care about all the captive animals in the United States.
Update on Anne the elephant: good news?! »
Yesterday I was totally bummed about Anne the elephant being abused but I’m feeling a bit better today! The Daily Mail did an update today and it looks very much like Anne will be retired from the circus! After public outcry regarding the terrible video of Anne being abused, an RSPCA representative and a vet specialist from Whipsnade Zoo visited Anne to assess her condition. They haven’t reported any information on her health or the condition of her severe arthritis yet but Anne’s release looks very promising!
There are a couple of great international elephant sanctuaries that have offered to take Anne but that may be a problem. There are no elephant sanctuaries in Britain and moving Anne could be especially difficult due to her health. She could end up at the Whipsnade Zoo instead of a sanctuary or the situation could be even worse, according to the Whipsnade zoological director: “Fundamentally, Anne can be rehomed and integrated with other animals, but it has to be done very carefully. The biggest and most important thing for her is she needs specialist veterinary care. Her physical state may not be very strong and a quick assessment of her arthritis may show that she is even so bad, she needs to be put down.”
But I think Anne is a tough girl! I’m not giving up hope. I hope she is strong enough to make it to a real elephant sanctuary where she can live out the rest of her days with other elephants and miles to roam. Below is a picture of some happily retired elephants at California’s Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary—one of the sanctuaries offering a home to Anne. Can you imagine her there?! That would be the best thing ever!
Help Anne, the abused UK circus elephant »
Animal Defenders International released some really disturbing footage of Anne, Britain’s last circus elephant, being kicked, stabbed and beaten. ADI secretly filmed the elephant for three and a half weeks over which period, the elephant was beaten repeatedly. You can read more and watch the video at the Daily Mail website. It’s pretty awful. I was so sad, that I made this picture for Anne. Sometimes Illustrator makes me feel better.
From ADI, here are some things you can do to help Anne:
- Write to your MP at: The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
- Write to Lord Henley, the Minister responsible for animal welfare at: The House of Lords, London, SW1A 0WP.
- Join our Street Team and raise awareness in your local area.
- Make a donation and help fund our campaign to end circus suffering.
- For more information, contact ADI. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- For press enquiries, please contact ADI Media Relations Director Phil Buckley on 07716 018 250
UPDATE!: Like the Facebook page to get justice for Anne!
2010: the Year of the Tiger—and all cats. »
(Image Courtesy of Daily Kitten)
This post goes out to our feline friends—the ones that jump on our laps, sleep on our faces and inspire hilarious websites. As we say farewell to 2009, we also hope to say farewell to the bastards who have taken advantage of kitties and their kin.
Last week, the Daily Mail reported that the last known wild tiger in China was killed and eaten by a man who was then sentenced to 12 years in jail for the crime. This week, National Geographic posted pictures of the illegal trade of tiger parts in Asia.
From National Geographic:
On the eve of 2010—the Year of the Tiger in Chinese astrology—the big cats remain highly coveted. A dead adult male can sell for U.S. $10,000 or more on the black market. Tiger bones and penises are often used in traditional medicines, and some restaurants serve tiger meat, including, a recent DNA test suggests, the restaurant at Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Park, according to the National Geographic magazine article.
The National Geographic article referenced is a 15-page spread detailing the hunt and capture of the most notorious figure in the illegal exotic animal trade. Shit is real. The dude is such a scumbag!
As upsetting as the story is, we’re glad that an animal rights issue gets attention from a big mainstream magazine like National Geographic. If it’s in National Geographic, people will take it seriously (at least we hope they will!). And with that, we would like to leave you with the inspiring video of Christian the Lion. Christian was originally purchased by Australians John Rendall and Anthony Bourke from Harrods department store of London in 1969 (wow, Harrods really does have everything!) and reintroduced to the wild. One year after being released, his former owners decided to go looking for him to see whether Christian would remember them. He did, and with him were two lioness girlfriends who greeted the men as well. The video shows the truly remarkable bond between humans and animals. Seriously, get your tissues out, maybe call your mom and definitely hug your cat.
This Blog Rules has some amazing photos of animals inside the womb. Actually, they’re created through a combo of ultrasound, cameras, and perhaps a little help from photoshop? I’m not one to judge because there is no way in hell I could do that with photoshop. The best I can do with photoshop is make a horse gay so haaaaay. I’ll stop. Nevertheless, click on that link. Seriously, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a dolphin in utero. It’s like a miniature dolphin. Actually, it is a miniature dolphin. INSANE(ly awesome).
If you enjoy English Humour, you can read more about the National Geographic documentary the photos came from the Daily Mail.
Time to set the record straight: the rumor of Stella McCartney and Morrissey teaming up on a new shoe line turned out to be lies, all lies, even though it was confirmed at the time by the Daily Mail. Which is all another way of saying, never believe anything printed by a UK tabloid. I would have killed for a men’s line from Stella, and I would have gone gay for Morrissey, but now neither is in the cards. Take that, jerks.