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Sunder: Now and the Next Steps

July 23, 2014
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Written by PETA

Congratulations to everyone who helped with the #FreeSunder campaign! It was an enormous effort with a wonderful result. Sunder is now at his new home, as per the order of the Supreme Court.

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First, after getting off the truck, Sunder was given fruits. Along the road, he had become accustomed to and seemed to look forward to getting a treat at every stop!

Sunder has a terrible injury  on his leg from being chained too tightly for a long time. It is no doubt painful to him. Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) veterinarians and handlers say that initially Sunder will need to be kept lightly restrained until the injury is brought under control and has healed and until he gets to know the other elephants and the caretakers. He needs to trust that unlike his previous “caretakers” and mahout (handler), they are not out to hurt or trick him. Since he is a large animal who has been very badly abused, precautions must be taken to ensure that he does not hurt himself or others. Right now, Sunder may find it difficult to trust anyone, but that will change.

Sunder’s planned transition is explained in this NDTV report.

Today, officials at the park gave PETA permission to build a temporary enclosure inside the resting area where all the elephants are kept at night for Sunder, where he can be managed during treatment and also protected from rain as useful for the treatment of his injury. His injury is, however, massive and is just above a joint that will be hard to heal, but the veterinarians are working on it. BBP has also given PETA permission to build a 1.25-acre sturdy enclosure that can be used for male elephants when in musth (a period of sexual urge that makes them aggressive), where they can be kept chain-free (the traditional method in India is to keep them in chains during this time). This enclosure can be used at other times, too, such as for the gentle introduction of any other rescued elephant to the park before he or she joins the herd.

Once he is thought to be psychologically and physically ready, Sunder will be transitioned to be with his new family, with whom he will be able to walk around freely.

He has already met a few of those family members and was quite excited to see them. His loneliness and desire for the company of other elephants over the years, after being taken from his mother, must have been overwhelming.

The first elephant Sunder met was Van Raj, a giant bull elephant. Dr Manilal Valliyate, PETA’s director of veterinary affairs, reports, “When Van Raj went near Sunder, he was a little scared, but when Van Raj touched him, that was the moment I saw a glow in Sunder’s eyes. He also touched Van Raj and found himself to be in the comfort of his first friend at the Elephant Care Centre!”

Sunder was first unloaded from the truck in the forest and then moved to the Elephant Care Centre. Dr Valliyate reports, “When two female elephants and Van Raj came to accompany Sunder to the Elephant Care Centre, it was such a wonderful sight to see Sunder surrounded by company of his own species. Maybe for the first time, he tried to strike a chord with the ladies near him. He touched and smelled them.”

Another new family member Sunder met was this baby elephant, Shiva:

baby-elephant

Shiva excitedly greeted Sunder, but since Sunder may not have ever seen a baby elephant before, he was scared. With the enthusiasm Shiva showed in making Sunder a new friend, it seems likely that the two will become playmates and best buddies in time.

Other elephants in the park bathe in the pond and wander about on their own with their mahouts watchful but at a distance. Park officials have told PETA that the entire 49.5-hectare forested area for elephants will be fenced in to allow the herd of 13 elephants – which Sunder will join – to roam freely at all times except when they need medical treatment.

elephant-care-centre-sunder

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70% of Human Diseases Linked to Animal Agriculture

July 21, 2014
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E coli, Wikimedia Commons

E coli, Wikimedia Commons

Source Veganomics

A report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) links 70% of human diseases to animal agriculture.

The “World Agriculture – Changing Disease Landscapes” report published in December 2013 explains how population growth, agricultural expansion, and the rise of globe-spanning food supply chains have dramatically altered how diseases emerge, jump species boundaries, and spread.

The report says seventy percent of the new diseases that have emerged in humans over recent decades are of animal origin and, in part, directly related to the human quest for more animal-sourced food.

Its goes on to explain how developing countries face a staggering burden of human, zoonotic and livestock diseases creating a major impediment to development and food safety. Recurrent epidemics in livestock affect food security, livelihoods, and national and local economies in poor and rich countries alike.

In the push to produce more food, humans have carved out vast swaths of agricultural land in previously wild areas – putting themselves and their animals into contact with wildlife-borne diseases.

The FAO advocates a “One Health” approach – looking at the interplay between environmental factors, animal health, and human health, adding that “livestock health is the weakest link in our global health chain. Disease must be addressed at its source – particularly in animals.”.

Meanwhile farms in the US consume about 80 percent of the antibiotics supply. Such frequent use has come at a price: Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are on the rise, with more than 2 million people in the US now contract drug-resistant infections annually.

From a vegan perspective, all of these problems can be avoided if we consigned animal agriculture to history, thus negating the need to convert more land from wild to agricultural, freeing developing countries from a destructive economy, avoiding the risk of more diseases jumping species from the wild animalqs through livestock to humans, as well as addressing the rise in the meat-linked “Western” diseases of cancer, heart-disease, atherosclerosis, obesity…

The full report is available from the FAO.

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Breaking the Mother-Calf Bond: The Untold Story of Milk

July 18, 2014


Source Free From Harm
By Robert Grillo

I grew up, like almost everyone else I know, never questioning what my parents and friends’ parents fed us. And when I eventually went off on my own to college, it still never occurred to me to question the glaring ethical implications of a diet heavy in dairy products. And even after I became a vegetarian in my 30s which I attributed to my deepening connection with yoga, I still never thought to question or connect the lives of countless dairy cows and their young with my food choices.

Not until my mid-40s did I finally wake up to the many appalling facts behind dairy farming, most notably, the inherently cruel and forceful separation of a mother cow and her newborn — an unavoidable consequence of dairy farming in countries across the world. It is no wonder to me now why society hid and continues to hide this ugly truth behind caricatures of happy cows designed to protect children and even mature adults from the truth. This vortex of denial is not only a tragedy for the animals involved; it exposes a cognitive dissonance, an unhealthy disconnect from our most fundamental values of kindness, respect, justice and equal consideration that we hold very dear.

See more at: http://freefromharm.org/animal-cruelty-investigation/breaking-the-mother-calf-bond-the-untold-story-of-milk/

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

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As Rhinos Die, CITES Hands Out Certificates

July 16, 2014
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Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


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Vegan Kindergarten

July 14, 2014
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Published on Jul 10, 2014:  A story by Israel’s Vegan News: Bar Sharon tells what motivated her to make her kindergarten vegan.

Source: GaryTV

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Inspiring action

July 11, 2014



Source Sunshine and Slaughter

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Cat And Lynx Become Inseparable Friends

July 9, 2014
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OC: I don’t support zoos; they deprive animals of their natural environments and cause them to disintegrate into boredom, loneliness, and lack of physical interaction. However, I wanted to share this video in the hopes that people can realize that humans need to look to animals to learn how to act: animals teach US and not the other way around. And yet we still deprive them of what they so deserve and should have above all: their freedom.

Source Love Meow

An European Lynx had a feline friend who came to visit her everyday at the Leningrad (St Petersburg) Zoo, the oldest zoo in Russia. The calico cat bonded with the Lynx on the first day they met. They have been inseparable since. Now they are living together at the Zoo.

According to the local people, the calico was homeless and happened to find food in the lynx’s enclosure. The lynx did not reject her, rather she became her best friend. It seems as if the cat needs the lynx as much as she needs her. The zoo adopted the cat so that she and her lynx friend could live together.



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