Archive | September, 2012

Ipswich port suspends live transport

30 Sep

It is fantastic news that Ipswich port has suspended the live transport of animals to Europe! The suspension is effective immediately and will last until further notice.

The news came about after Associated British Ports (ABP) admitted that they do not have suitable facilities to deal with animals in the case of an emergency. The live transport trade moved to Ipswich port last week following the suspension of transport from Ramsgate in Kent. The owners of Ramsgate port, Thanet District Council, decided to suspend transport from here after an incident 2 weeks ago in which sheep were unloaded from a truck. 46 sheep died, 42 had to be shot due to their lameness, 2 drowned and 2 broke their legs.

Although this is a great victory for animal welfare, the fight is not over. The National Farmers Union is trying to re-open Ramsgate, and the suspension on Ipswich port could be lifted at any time. Live transport causes considerable suffering to thousands of animals and the cruelty must be stopped.

You can encourage Associated British Ports to ban live transport by adding your name to the following RSCPA campaign:


New species discovered in Peru

29 Sep

The National Geographic website has some fantastic photographs of new animal species discovered in Peru during a recent expedition. A total of 8 new species were discovered by a team of Mexican and Peruvian biologists in Northern Peru’s Tabacona Namballe National Sanctuary.

A new species of Night Monkey found close to the border of Ecuador, was one of the exciting new finds, along with the Small-Eared Shrew, Enigmatic Porcupine and Common Shrew Opossum.

You can view a picture gallery of these exciting new species here:


Rescue dog travels the world

28 Sep

I couldn’t resist sharing this brilliant story from the Mail Online..

Rescue dog Oscar was adopted from a South African kennel 8 years ago by Joanne Lefson, just one day before he was due to be put down. Since then, Oscar and Joanne have travelled the world raising awareness of the thousands of unwanted dogs which need a home.

Since they began their journey in 2009, they have travelled over 150,000 kilometres, over 5 continents and visited more than 20,000 dog shelters.

Oscar and Joanne have visited destinations all over the world including the Great Wall of China, the Grand Canyon and the Eiffel Tower. They’ve travelled in aeroplanes, a helicopter and even a hot air balloon!

This is such an inspirational story and hopefully Joanne and Oscar will help many homeless dogs find loving new homes!

You can read the full story and see photos of Oscar’s adventures here:

Keep up the good work Joanne and Oscar!

Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme

27 Sep

I read an interesting story today on the Born Free Foundation website about the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP). This is the first time I’ve heard of this programme but it sounds like the people involved are doing great work. They aim to protect the last 500 Ethiopian wolves from disease, loss of habitat and persecution.

The EWCP recently held their first ‘Wolf Day’ in Muja, close to a wolf range in North Ethiopia. The Wolf Day celebrates the Ethiopian wolves and their habitat through sports, games, drama and competitions. It sounds like a brilliant way to raise awareness of these amazing animals which don’t get as much publicity as they deserve.

The EWCP also has education officers to inform the public about issues such as sustainable resource use. This education is essential in order to protect the four wolf populations in North Ethiopia which are close to extinction.

You can find out more about the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme and watch a short video about their work here:

Let’s support the invaluable work of the EWCP!

When floods strike..

26 Sep

As flooding continues to hit major areas of the UK, animals depend on their owners to keep them safe and dry. You should never endanger your own life in an attempt to rescue animals, but it is often up to humans to make sure our furry friends reach a safe place.

Being well-prepared is the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets. This includes:

  • working out evacuation routes in advance of flooding
  • ensuring all pets can be identified e.g. by microchip or identity tag on collar
  • regularly checking local news and weather updates
  • keeping small pet carriers and leads nearby

If your area is flooded you can help your pets by:

  • bringing small outdoor animals such as rabbits indoors, preferably upstairs
  • moving horses and other large animals to higher ground
  • taking your pets to a friend or family member in a different area
  • keeping a supply of food, blankets and familiar toys handy to keep the animal calm and happy

If an animal does get left behind in a flooded area notify the local authority or RSPCA immediately.

The Blue Cross website has a brilliant online factsheet with lots more advice about taking care of your pets during times of flooding. You can read it here:

Whatever you do.. stay safe!

100 Greatest Animal Movies

25 Sep

Well it’s that time of year again when the temperature drops, the dark nights are fast approaching and all hopes of sunbathing have disappeared. Rain is currently lashing down the window as I write this, and the heating is on full blast. But what a great excuse to snuggle up indoors and treat ourselves to a movie marathon of all our favourite animal films!

I love this list of the 100 Greatest Animal Movies from ‘Digital Dream’:

My favourites have to be Babe, Dr. Dolittle, Fly Away Home, Beethoven… oh forget it, I love them all! I’m pleased to see March of the Penguins made the list too. The 2005 documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman shows some of the most beautiful sights I’ve even seen, following the journey of Emperor penguins as they march to their breeding ground. It’s a must-watch for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet!

What is your Greatest Animal Movie of all time?

Cat crisis

24 Sep

The RSPCA has reported a cat crisis in North Wales as the Bryn-y-Maen Animal Centre, near Colwyn Bay reaches its full capacity of unwanted and abandoned cats. Many cats are staying in private catteries as the centre is completely full.

However, North Wales is not the only area suffering a cat crisis. RSPCA branches all over the country are struggling to deal with the huge numbers of felines brought in by inspectors or found abandoned by members of  the public.

Many of the cats have been family pets that were abandoned when their owners lost interest. We must remember that cats are a long-term commitment that require lots of care and attention for the rest of their lives. It is very sad that such a considerable number end up in rescue centres when they are no longer wanted.

But for those dedicated cat owners out there who want to help the Bryn-y-Maen Animal Centre in their time of crisis, you can find out more information here:

Every cat deserves a loving home!