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Russian circus bears permanent torture

After three days of the whine and howl coming from the bus in a the parking lot in Chelyabinsk, Russia, the pedestrians called the police to discover jammed in cages fox, raccoons, ferrets and pigeons. And in a cramped cage, the bear was beating his head against the bars. Prisoners shouted and whined, writes KP newspaper.

The most monstrous were the conditions of a bear. A large brown young bear in a crooked position sat in a cage with a meter and a half. Paws stuck out: they had no place to stay. Inside the crate is covered with a layer of manure. The curve of the aluminum drinking bowl, made from an old dipper, was empty. The other animals also had dried out bowls with no traces of water KP continues.

The owner of the bus, Pavel Radaykin, explained to the police that his troupe, Soyuz-Concert LLC, was registered in Penza and they were traveling from Orenburg on tour. In Chelyabinsk we stopped in transit. But Chelyabinsk is not on this route at all. Most likely, they were looking for a place to perform here, ”said veterinarian and animal rights activist Caren Dallakyan (Карен Даллакян).

But if there was at least one corpse in the ill-starred bus, a criminal case would have been initiated immediately. In the meantime, even the federal law “On Responsible Treatment of Animals” is powerless. We need bylaws, which impose a ban on the improper maintenance of animals”, – explained Dallakyan.

The bus with caged dehydrated animals left the city with all the tortured prisoners intact, while local animal rights activists admitted absence of detailed legislation to save zoo animals from apparent torture. Russian frame legislation concerning animal welfare protection was endorsed by Duma in December 2018, however in reality it offers too little or no tools to change ongoing horrendous abuses of wild animals in zoos and circuses across Russia.

Apparently the director of the travelling zoo Pavel Radaykin, a member of the General Directors Rating, ranks # 3 in the Art and Culture industry in the Penza Region as of April 30, 2019.

Thanks to the professionalism of Pavel Nikolaevich (Radaykin), the high-quality and responsible performance of official duties, dedication and leadership qualities, SOYUZ-CONCERT LLC has achieved significant success and has taken a worthy position in the art and culture market“,  according to the site of Art and Culture Industry. 

The endemic corruption in Russia makes possible the advertisement of  Radaykin’s and alike circuses with at most perverse animal torture as “cultural” establishments, receiving subsidies of the Ministry of Culture, thus tax-payers support.

04/05/2019 AMENDED:

Fragments of video from Chelyabinsk in News programme below:

“Wild animals without water and food locked in a bus”

 

 

 

Easter transport massive lamb abuse

Yet again, lambs have been transported across the EU for days with no water, food, room to rest or veterinary care. An investigation by Animal Welfare Foundation sheds light on the systematic cruelties and violations behind the transport of lambs from Eastern Europe to Italy during Easter.

Every year during Easter, Italy imports tens of thousands of lambs for slaughter, mostly from Romania and Hungary. In 2018 Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF|TSB) and Animal Equality Italy released an investigation exposing the terrible conditions in which 800 lambs of only four weeks old were transported for at least 30 hours from Eastern Europe. At that time, AWF|TSB called the police, who fined the transporter 20,000 euros.

This year AWF|TSB teams investigated eleven trucks on 14-17 April, three of them in collaboration with the Italian police. Alarmingly, this latest investigation confirms that nothing has changed, and the story repeats itself.

This year, the three trucks inspected by the police and transporting about 2,400 lambs were fined about 15,000 euros for infringing the EU Transport Regulation (Ref. leg. 1/2005). Violations detected included overcrowding that impeded animals from moving and standing in a natural position, insufficient ceiling height, inappropriate drinking systems that cause dehydration, and incorrectly filled-in papers.

One of the drivers stopped did not even have the authorization to transport live animals, and another of the three trucks was from Hungary and had already been checked by AWF|TSB in 2018, 2017 and 2016, with the same violations recorded by the investigators in 2019. In a truck from Romania, AWF|TSB spotted a lamb that was laying on the ground, unable to stand and breath normally. Since the vehicle was lacking of emergency doors, the team of investigators was not able to help him and it was left on the truck, without any veterinary care, for transport to the slaughterhouse.

AWF|TSB will continue working with its lawyer to put pressure on the transporters, the veterinarians involved and the slaughterhouses.

A video of the investigation is available here.

 

Ukraine animal welfare activists appeal to MEPs

“Appeal of Ukraine animal welfare activists to
the Members of the Inter group for animal welfare of the European Parliament
February 14, 2019
 
Animal welfare and animal rights activists of Ukraine and compassionate citizens thank you for your support in saving wild animals from Igor Padalko zoo in Pokrovsk, Ukraine – the worst zoo of Europe.
We express special gratitude to Stefan Eck who reacted first to the problem of animal suffering and stretched his hand, we thank the chair Sirpa Pietikäinen, who took emergency measures to save dying animals, Anja Hazekamp, ​​who provided an opportunity to raise our concerns at the meeting of the Inter group, John Flack, who was ready to go to Pokrovsk immediately, and his colleague Rupert Matthews, who took the sufferings of the animals close to his heart. We highly appreciate the support that you provided by responding to our petition asking for help, signed by more than 30 thousand citizens of Ukraine.
We felt your support and, apparently, the officials of the Ministry of Ecology, too, because after five years of the failed attempts, things started to move. Unfortunately, we have to admit that it would be irrelevant to talk about success, because the situation with a handful of animals saved from Pokrovsk zoo has not been legally or practically resolved yet.
 
The evacuation of animals at the end of December last year was canceled by the Ministry of Ecology, and around hundred zoo animals disappeared without a trace, including primates, wolves, foxes, raccoons, donkeys, llamas, a camel and rare birds. The old blind lion and two bears vanished, a young lion was starved to death From hunger the bears tore off their fur to eat it, it was a hideousness abuse. To date, 11 bears and five lions have been evacuated. The fate of other animals is unknown.
According to local residents, during five years, hundreds of animals died and went missing in the Padalko Zoo. On the territory of the zoo there are still exhausted horses and dogs on chain, who do not even have bowls, they just  lick snow replacing water and food.

 
The sad epilogue of the Pokrovsk zoo story is that  laws to protect animals can’t be implemented, and officials do not regard animal welfare as a serious matter, making efforts not to save animals, but to hush up the scandal. Veterinary examinations and transportation of animals of Pokrovsk were paid from donations of citizens of Ukraine, the Ministry of Ecology did not allocate a penny to the evacuation of the animals of Pokrovsk.
The evacuated animals are not microchipped, relevant documentation is missing.
Alas, according to the Deputy Minister of Ecology, Mr. Vasil Poluiko, there are 60 zoo in our country, similar to the Padalko’s concentration camp, subsequently the problem of keeping wild animals in captivity requires systemic resolution.
 
As you know, the majority of Ukrainian citizens choose the European path, so striving for European values ​​is a sincere choice of people who do not want cruelty, they advocate for the emancipation of society, sharing humane views on harmonious coexistence with the other earthlings: domestic and wild animals.
 
In the absence of functional institutions and effective mechanisms for the protection of animals in our country, we consider the participation of MEPs in promoting the best European practices as a unique opportunity to reform our society in a meaningful way, bringing it closer to the European Union.
That is why we hope for your support of the civil society of Ukraine, which is committed to reforms, in particular, with regard to the welfare of animals, and their protection from cruelty.
We hope that Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty will be a subject of the EU Enlargement policy in negotiations with our government, which promises European way for our country.
We also hope that we will have the opportunity to personally meet with you and highlight the full range of problems faced by animal welfare movement of Ukraine. We are convinced of the importance of our cause for the emancipation and progress of society.

The story of Padalko zoo confirms: a human does not have two hearts, the animal abuser Igor Padalko was arrested accused of child abuse. The tragedy could have been avoided if five years ago the authorities had listened to the Pokrovsky animal welfare activists.

Animal protection is the protection of humanism. We hope that you can explain that to your counterparts in Verhovna Rada. They will not ignore your opinion as they ignore ours.”

The petition  to the European Parliament asking MEPs to save Pokrovsk zoo animals was singed by more than 30 thousand people. Please find further information on problems of Wildlife in Ukraine in groups #SaveUkraineBears #МишкиПокровск #LionDonetsk

 

 

Two escaped jaguars shot dead in Greek zoo

Two rare jaguars (Panthera onca) have been killed earlier this month after the escapade in Attica zoo near Athens. The animal rights groups are indignant about the incident, demonstrating the utter disregard of life of rare spices.

The incident happened earlier in December but it was only revealed through an announcement by the Attica Zoological park this week.

According to the announcement, the two big cats, named Jenny and Spotty, escaped their controlled area, triggering the security protocol.

The announcement says that there was no danger to visitors and the staff during the incident, but it does not specify exactly how the two animals escaped.

“While every effort is made to prevent the escape of potentially deadly animals, it is impossible to predict all possible circumstances, and occasionally, such animals do manage to leave their enclosures, causing a very real risk of injury or death to people in the vicinity” said the text of the statement signed by David Williams-Mitchell Director of Communications of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria  (EAZA).

The explanation of the killing given was that anesthesia cannot be effective with such animals has raised outrage in social media. Many Greek animal rights activists users cited the incident at a New Orleans zoo in July when a vet team sedated a jaguar that had escaped from its habitat and killed six animals.

Jaguars have the strongest bite force of all cats and they kill their prey by biting through the skull. They enjoy a good dip and are excellent swimmers. In fact, they typically live near water and have a taste for aquatic creatures. (Video above).

Bardot accuses Poroshenko in disrespect of EU values

The ongoing horrendous abuse of wild animals in private zoo of Palalko family in Porkovsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine, caused outrage of animal welfare defenders in Europe and beyond, provoking reaction of the leading and most respected figure of the European animal welfare movement – Brigitte Bardot.

The chair of the Fund defending animals, Ms.Bardot appeald to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to save the animals, but also accusing him of non-respect of European values, namely Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty, stating that the animal welfare is a “European value“.

This scandalous situation is causing terrible damage to the image of Ukraine and undermining the popular conviction that your country respects European values, in particular Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty, which states that animals are sentient beings. and that the implementation of Union policies must take full account of the requirements of animal welfare wrote world famous relentless campaigner Brigitte Bardot in an open letter, which original was sent today to the Ambassador of Ukraine in France.

That is why I appeal to your authority, Mr Poroshenko, to act urgently and order the immediate rescue and moving to a appropriate place of all the animals held by Mr Igor Padalko” – Brigitte Bardot wrote, appealing to President’s personal engagement. The letter was issued in two languages in French and Ukrainian.

Bardot letter PPPadalko family keeps a private zoo in outbursts of the city of Pokrovsk, in the field, in open small cages, exposed to winter minus temperatures. One of the lions was frozen to death in the beginning of December, according to the local animal welfare activists.

 

 

MEP Eck calls President Poroshenko to save freezing to death zoo lions

Stephen Eck  (Germany), the vice president of the 114 members strong Intergroup on Animal Welfare and Conservation of the European Parliament called the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to act without delay to save animals suffering the horrendous abuse in Padalko family zoo in Porkovsk, Donetsk region. (Image below: lion frozen to death in his filthy cage in urine).

The MEP called the President after the news broke out that one of the five lions was found frozen to death in his open to winter weather cage. The Ukrainian animal rights groups sill hope to save the animals including 11 bears and 83 other spices including primates if veterinarians receive an opportunity step in immediately  to take proper care of them, all suffering from freezing temperatures and malnutrition.

I assume the animals will not survive winter time, – MEP Stefan ECK said. – I appeal to President Poroshenko to do something immediately to transfer the animals to the other zoo, where they can survive the winter”.

However the vice-president did not limit himself to the concrete action, but he has challenged the President on  his ambition of the European integration, reminding about welfare of the animals being enshrined in Lisbon Treaty of the European Union.

The evacuation of these animals in three month term, proposed by the authorities is absolutely unacceptable, it is too late, all animals will be dead by then“, – Mr.Eck continued.

Ukraine is pushing forward plans of membership in the EU and in NATO, and even is willing to include this goal into the Constitution. If Ukraine wants to become a member of the EU, it should align its policies with our values, and animal welfare is a value of the European Union – Article 30 of the Treaty of Lisbon states that the implementation of the Union policies must take into consideration the full account of the animal welfare requirements, and that animals are the SENTIENT BEINGS.” – MEP said.

How Europeans can believe in intentions of Ukraine to align with the EU if it shows tolerance of barbarism and cruelty to animals?”

“President Poroshenko, I ask you from here, from the European Parliament to create legal regulations for a better animal welfare in your country, then you can knock on the door of the EU, but not before! Thank you.” the Mr.Eck concluded.

For further information about the situation of the animals in Padalko zoo, please see the Facebook group #LionDonetsk.

At present four lions and 11 bears are freezing in cages installed in the field in freezing winter temperatures (city of Porkovsk, Donetsk region, Ukraine). All funds collected by animal rights groups vanished, the conditions of animals stay unchanged. Activists hope the prosecutors will issue an order to confiscate the zoo, and as a state property the animals will be transfered to safety.Padalko Zoo cages

Chechen lion cub needs home in Africa

Russian animal rights defenders hope to transfer little lion cub Simba (pictured) from Grozny (Chechnya) to Africa via one of the international wildlife charities. With open wounds, sick, exhausted and distraught the little patient was surrendered to one of Grozny veterinary clinics, where his owners explained that he could not bear life in cage and became self-destructive, causing himself multiple injuries. The vets of Aibolit Clinic were more than happy to take care of an a-typical patient for free, however they launched call for donations for medications. At present there is an ongoing campaign to collect funds for Simba, while he still receives treatment.

Aibolit Grozny

Russian the animal rights groups are looking for contacts with experts in wildlife to secure the best possible future for Simba, returning him to Africa, where he belongs. The biggest fear is his landing in one of Russian zoos or circuses, in a barbaric show, being trained to perform tricks by electroshock  collar. The fears of activists are not exaggerated – there are no laws protecting animals against human cruelty in Russia, and numerous big cats are suffering in zoos, both private and public,  and the circuses, often travelling locked for days in small cages.

Simba cub Video

Sometimes animal sufferings in circuses accumulate, and explode on public like in a recent case of a lioness attack in Krasnodar circus. Reportedly a four year old girl who was injured during the incident is still in an intensive care in coma. “When animal circus will be banned?” raise the rhetoric question internet users, commenting on the tragedy. “Disgrace having this kind of barbaric shows in 21 century!”, “Lynching of animals is not funny”, express many their indignation.

There is growing conviction among young generation of Russians that big cats belong to the wild, and it is cruel and degrading to deprive them of freedom and their natural habitat, exploiting in barbaric circus shows or keep them locked in cages in zoos prison. Unfortunately for the animals there are plenty of hunters among Russian lawmakers, who entertain themselves in killings, perceiving animals only as game. Apparently hunting lobby is blocking any progressive legislation concerning wildlife.

It is not the first case of a tragedy in Russian circuses lately.  In the draft law “On the responsible handling of animals”, a ban is imposed on mobile forms of circuses and licensing for stationary ones. If this law had passed last July, then Kransodar tragedy would not have happened. Therefore, I believe that the blame for the incident lies more with the ecology committee of the State Duma, which has already delayed the adoption of this important bill for the third session”  said the chair of the Alliance for animals Yuri Koretsky to Europe Diplomatic.

 

With powerful hunting lobby he perspective of modern humane legislation for animals in Russia is blurred, in spite of all tragic incidents and public opinion against cruelty.

“The hunting business remains one of the most corrupt in Russia” – said managing director of ecological movement «Biom» Anna Kirilenko  at Duma hearing on October 26 on ban оf hunting some rare spices.

Anna van Densky

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