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UPDATE BABY ELEPHANTS: Victory for Animal Welfare in Zimbabwe

Animals  (tags: wildlife, elephants, goodnews, animalrights, animalwelfare )

- 1885 days ago -
Johnny Rodrigues said he suspects a fraudulent and shady deal between inter-government officials, brokered by a corrupt Chinese syndicate member.

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Gudrun D (447)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 8:18 am
Thanks for the update Jill!

Teresa W (782)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 8:23 am
great news, thank you

. (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 9:06 am
Thanks for the update Jill. Great news

Barb K (1684)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 9:50 am
Yes, thnx for the update Jill. One of my concerns is the truck; it looked window-less. I hope the elephants were given a sedative before they boarded the truck.

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 10:10 am
Thanks!! noted

Rock H (254)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 10:54 am
This victory confirms the power that activists yield in bring about change and stopping corruption. Never give up the fight and make lots of noise (get the word out to magnify your efforts).

Thanks Jill for this great news!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 10:58 am
thanks Jill very informative...I've always known that when the laws and policies are not obeyed a lot of bribery of some type or another is taking place.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:50 am
From the article; Warnings from Zimbabwe’s own wildlife authorities that the facilities in China were not appropriate were allegedly ignored at a senior level. “If the Zimbabwe CITES representative signed off on the permits with the knowledge that the facilities in China were neither acceptable nor appropriate, then Zimbawe would have been in breach of the convention,” he added.
Environmental lawyer and Chairman of Space for Elephants Peter Rutsch said by legalising and allowing the transfer of these elephants under the circumstances they were captured and shipped, undermines the entire purpose of CITES.
“On the face of it, if they have no authority to intervene, then they are like a toothless tiger. It’s certainly time for CITES to re-examine its role in the protection of wildlife,” he said.
Independent News obtained exclusive updated photographs of the surviving infant Friday from Animals Asia which has been monitoring its welfare at the zoo.
The NGO’s Hong Kong based Welfare Director, Dave Neale called on the public to show the authorities that the world will not tolerate such gross exploitation of wild animals.
“In Chinese zoos, enclosures are limited in size and lack necessary behavioral and mental opportunities.
“Unhealthy body weight due to poor diet and lack of exercise, inadequate flooring, unhygienic conditions, boredom, chronic stress, and abuse from the public and occasionally from animal keepers, make these destinations inappropriate. Often inhumane methods are used to ‘train’ elephants for public performances,” he said.
So will the three that are in China be returning back to Africa where their home is? We should not be leaving them behind in China, they deserve to be sent to Umfurudzi National Park as well! Thanks Jill.

Inconsolable T (44)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:41 pm
Excellent news, but this does not end here, an ongoing vigil needs to be maintained.

I'd like all the elephants to be reunited with their mothers and families, complete intact the bodies of the baby elephants to be returned and buried in their native country and habitat,

All efforts be made to restore and reforest the elephants environment, give them and other animals their land back and stop human intrusion by implementing a shoot unauthorized trespassing policy against people.

I posted this below, on the other site -

" China, a member of Cites, this is laughable, china and its people have proved and shown time and time and time again their sick depraved attitude towards animals.

China is also a member of the UN, but do they vote in favor of what is right, no they do not, they always vote or veto in favor of their own self interests, so this is obviously their arrogant way, they'll become members of anything, for no other purpose than their own self interests and gain, and to undermine, instead of voting in favor of things being done for right and good causes.

China should be kicked out of cites, and be blacklisted by the whole world from importing animals, whether they are alive or dead, blacklisting should be applied to all country's which have the same or similar sick attitude and total lack of compassion, respect for and towards animals !!. "

Inconsolable T (44)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:47 pm
Some of my text went missing in above post, here is what should have appeared -

I'd like all the rescued elephants to be reunited with their mothers and families, and the complete intact bodies of the baby elephants whom had died, to be returned and buried in their native country and habitat,

Get those elephants out of china, including the deceased.

Mary T (178)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:03 pm
Thanks Jill for the update.

aj E (164)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:57 pm

De D (96)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 10:51 pm
Great News - thanks!

Leslene Dunn (84)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 10:57 pm
Noted - am so thankful to everyone who made this possible. No animal is safe in that barbaric country.

Vanessa Wolfe (26)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:50 pm
Thanks for the update. It does show the power we yield when we unite. Kudos to all who helped.

Robert O (12)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 12:09 am
Thank you Jill.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 12:10 am
At least now they will have some kind of a life, even if it's not with their families. Poor babies, they should never have been taken. I pray the three in China will be as fortunate, but I don't think so. Thanks Jill.

MmAway M (504)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 12:14 am
Jill ~ Thank you for all you do to get out this news! xx

Giana P (398)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 12:24 am
Good news! Thanks Jill.

Nancy Black (308)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 1:57 am
Noted, tweeted, read, tweeted, and share. For every small step forward we make to protect elephants; there's a huge step backwards, but at least we have advanced more than not having any step.

P A (117)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:30 am
The article warns "On Friday Rodrigues warned the battle was far from over.

“We believe a fraud has been committed, and we are calling for the CITES permits to be made public documents and open to scrutiny. If we can prove that, then CITES must be held accountable. They should send a team of investigators to Zimbabwe immediately,” he added.

He told Independent News he has information there are more captive facilities in Zimbabwe that he suspects are also holding animals destined for shipment to these horror zoos.

“We believe there are currently orders for about 50 or more elephants to go overseas. This is out of control and we are investigating”.

ZPWMA Public Relations Manager, Caroline Washa Moyo, confirmed an agreement had been reached Friday, but denied the authority had buckled to international pressure. However, she conceded that the secretariat at the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) had asked the wildlife authority for a report on the facts surrounding the capture and sale of the elephants to China.

“They had been in the bomas too long and we reached a decision to rehabilitate the elephants.

“We assessed the situation on the ground, and the result is that we decided the elephants had grown too big and used to human beings. Hence we felt we needed to release them in order for them to be rehabilitated,” she said.

Most zoos and safari parks in China offer animal entertainment shows that vary from the bizarre to the inhumane. Elephants have even been trained to stand on their heads, a practice deemed cruel and barbaric."

We must stay on the alert to try and stop future kidnapping of baby elephants - this is iniquitous! Thanks so much Jill.


Danuta Watola (1248)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 3:24 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 4:11 am
Hope it's a start of the awareness on animal welfare

Frans B (582)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 4:39 am
good news, thanks for the update Jill

jaya Sinha (26)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 4:49 am
Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:02 am
Noted thx:)

Teresa Cowley (274)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:17 am
While I, too, am glad that these elephants have escaped a horrid life, I feel that they should be returned to Africa and their families.
Though I am sure there are many wonderful and compassionate animal activists in China, the country seems to have complete disregard for animals as sentient beings--to the point of cruelty and depravity. IMO, no country should EVER sent so much as a toenail to China and/or numerous other countries of their ilk.

Tanya W (65)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:34 am
The best news thank you.

Sara P (57)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 6:57 am
Thanks for this last update Jill!

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 7:18 am
Terrific news, thank you Jill.

Veronique L (209)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 8:31 am
Thanks Jill! Noted...

Evelyn B (79)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 8:51 am
Noted Tks. Jill...Precious Babies...

Amy E (66)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 8:53 am
Thanks for sharing the victory! noted

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:38 am
Thank you for the update

Susan S (187)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 12:27 pm
Thanks for posting Jill.

Süheyla C (234)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 4:25 pm
Thank you Jill for posting

Julia R (296)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 2:57 am
Thanks for the update! A true victory for animal welfare and shows that if people make much noise about something that is wrong, and are persistent that we can change outcomes for the better! So happy to hear that right won out over corruption and inhumanity!

Merike Lillenberg (52)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 1:31 am
Thanks for good news!

Yvonne F (181)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 8:26 am
Thanks for sharing this great news, Jill!

Yvonne F (181)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 8:28 am
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