I know everyone is really excited about the goings on in Egypt but the animals as usual seem to be copping the brunt of things and this makes me cross. Why are the animals always left to suffer
when humanity stuffs things up or decide to have a revolution. Enough already! They need to be cared for. No longer acceptable.
Please help the tourist horses of Egypt who were left to starve tied up to trees during the excitement of change. ESMA
(Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals) are currently feeding 3,000 animals. I have been in touch with them on facebook -- the photographs are horrific and they desperately need global support. The volunteers are doing an awesome job and it is heartbreaking as well. They also have a Facebook page
, which is where I found them.
There is other good news happening around the world, but I don't have time to share it -- but it seems like people are standing up and saying "This is no longer acceptable" and change is happening.
Here are some animals who need your help also -- a bit closer to home -- as well as some fun and interesting links. (These have piled up a bit, but persevere, as there's some great stuff here.)
First, our friend Nikki Spijkman is looking for a house sitter in Perth to help care for her family of animals while she does her 4th year vet school work. Nikki is lovely, and she needs help in June and July, as well as December and January. Some details:
The animals are 9 easy-care low-maintenance chickens, 3 easy-going dogs; one border-collie who is deaf but well trained (Pigster), one great-dane/staffy-cross (Roly) and one english staffy (Basil). All three are mature-aged boys and well behaved. And indeed, Basil is the latest foster-fail :) plucked from a pound this summer.
The horses are two elderly mares (you remember Kura the paint, and her paddock buddy
Fortune the chestnut) both in their early 20s. The mares are also low-maintenance, I check hem once a week, making sure they're not getting in the "overweight" category. They live a 5 minute drive away from the house, on a large acreage with plenty of feed, a large dam and winter creek, bush and pasture.
That gives you a sense of it. Drop her an email if you'd like more information or think you can help.
Thanks to Eve Adam for letting us know about the Vegan Easy Challenge:
Animal Liberation Victoria is challenging you to go vegan for 30 days. There are many benefits to becoming vegan, including greater health, saving the lives of many animals and being much more environmentally friendly. It really is the lifestyle choice to make.
To make life (vegan)easy for you, we've provided you with a sample 30 day menu with recipes and photos for breakfast, lunch and dinner for each day, as well as sweets and side dishes on our recipe page. Of course you don't need to stick to our menu plan, it's there to give you an idea of what to eat. You will also be in the running to win fantastic Prizes! Thanks to Madeleine for sending a link to the article U of Nebraska is Dangerously Wrong about Feral Cats.
And Andrew found this one on Give Meat the Chop.
Stephanie Keedy is trying to find a home for some feline friends.
I have taken in a mother cat with three kittens and they desperately need homes, all four of them. They were found at the flooded womens shelter in Rockhampton. Rspca has said they are willing to relocate them to nsw/vic/sa for adoption. Here they are:
If you can help Stephanie, drop her an email.
From Barbara Jackson of Wildcats in Queensland:
We've just launched a fundraising appeal because of damage due to the deluge (which is continuing - can't remember what the sun looks like!) and are offering a Pandora Bead for $20 on our website to help raise funds. This is a nice change because it means that anyone donating is actually getting something back other than a receipt! Please click on the link below to our website and pass this email on to anyone you think might like to get one of these Beads. They also receive a FREE charm or spacer bead as well.
From Lee O'Mahoney:
Lee also sent this:
The Wildlife Protection Association of Australia has set up a wildlife flood appeal, supported by Animals Australia.
Funds raised will directly assist wildlife carers to rescue and assist wildlife flood victims over the next few months by covering costs of fuel to reach affected areas and for food and care of wildlife.
Ingrid's Haven, a no kill shelter, has had to move both its shelter and, now, its website, for reasons beyond their control.
They'd welcome hits at their new web address, to restore it to the number one ranking in Google and other search engines. (If you do a search for 'Ingrid's Haven' now, it takes you to the old address, where you get errors. People not being able to find the website will be a real problem for them).
New address is:
The website (and shelter!) are still being built.
Please click away. Please ask others to do likewise! You don't even have to adopt a cat or attend a working bee to help. :)
From Eileen of Charley's Angels Horse Rescue:
Hello from South East Queensland.
Obviously at this time many people are moved to donate, especially in order to assist animals affected by the floods. The Queensland flood disaster now spans 75% of the state. Due to such a large affected area there is no one central animal body able to help all parts of Queensland. The RSPCA may even struggle with such a huge undertaking. Our advice is to choose one or more organisations that you wish to support, and check if they are legitimate organisations before donating.
How do I check the organisation is legitimate?
Go to the Australian Business Registration ABN Lookup site (http://www.abr.business.gov.au).
Search for the name and/or ABN of the organisation. Their details should appear. They should have "Deductible Gift Recipient" status, which indicates that they are a registered, legitimate charity permitted to accept donations by the ATO.
Charlie's Angels Horse Rescue Inc. is a registered charity with deductible gift recipient status (abn 43 684 402 812). We are a SEQ horse rescue organisation. If you would like to assist Charlie's Angels you can visit our website: www.charliesangels.org.au, our Facebook page - which provides up to date information about emergency horse paddocks at this time, or contact us on 0401 681 908.
We currently need donations for the following:
* Horse feed and delivery: supply is very difficult to get at the moment
* Rainsheets: more rain is forecast and rainsheets are vital to help keep our horse dry and free of rainscald.
* Worming: the risk of worm burden is likely to worsen in these conditions.
* Farrier: hooves and wet weather don't mix too well, and our horses will all need their feet seen to.
* Vaccinations: for overall health
* Stable Fund: we are currently raising money to support the building of stables at Charlie's Angels HQ to house horses that have been injured or are unwell.
* General Assistance: so we can assist more horses affected by the flood situation
* Our Annual Insurance: to prepare for the possibility of future natural disasters and harsh weather in areas prone to flooding and fire
If you would like to donate please visit: http://charliesangels.org.au/donations/
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this difficult time.
With kind regards and many thanks,
The Team at Charlie's Angels Horse Rescue Inc.
Thanks to Karen Edwards for passing on this link to the newsletter to the No Kill Advocacy Center (link goes to pdf file).
Thanks to Gypsy for sending along this:
You can directly help boost protection for the world's largest
humpback nursery on the Kimberley coast.
The Western Australia Government's proposed new marine park at
Camden Sound is open for public comment, which gives you a chance
to make yourself heard for the Kimberley and register your support
for more marine sanctuaries.
Under the current plan, ONLY 13% of the proposed park will provide
real protection through creating marine sanctuaries which are free
from fishing and industry use. The park also excludes areas of
high conservation value, including the amazing Buccaneer Archipelago.
Please sign the NEW letter here at http://www.likenowhereelse.org.au/sign_the_letter.php
before the consultation period closes on February 1.
Spread the word and share the link with your friends.
Every letter emailed will be registered as a formal submission
and show the WA Government that the community supports more
protection for the Kimberley.
Thanks for your help!
Protect the Kimberley team
Thanks to Mary Gill for this bit on encouraging Israel to ban fur:
Israel has the chance to set a global precedent and become the first country to ban fur in it's entirety - including all importation, production and sale - severely denting an industry responsible for the indefensible suffering of over one billion animals every year.
I've just taken action to help end fur farming: I've written to Ministers Mozes and Amsalem to encourage the Israeli government to ban fur farming in its entirety - production and trade.
Signing the letter takes just a minute - please help end this cruelty!
Corrie sent me this one on whips in racing:
If you are in the Canberra or Southern Tablelands area, please contact Raelene
for animals in need of a home.
Thanks to Hanna Utzinger for this:
Hi to any interested in the incredible findings on water.
Scientist in europe and other countries around the world are discovering that water looks to have a memory, of anything that it comes into contact with, including thought. This in fascinating and has huge implications into our future. This is not a new concept, but it is new in the way that science is exploring it.
I have so many people to thank and a long wish list as well. But that will need to wait for next time.