5 Animal Victories Care2 Readers Made Possible in 2017

Face it, Care2 readers. We’ve had a rough 2017. Our country’s been through a lot — and it’s not over yet. However, you didn’t let that get you down. In fact, you rose to the occasion like never before.

Here are five stories of animals whose lives immeasurably improved this past year, thanks in large part to the work of Care2 members.

1. Nosey the Elephant Finally Goes to Sanctuary

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Nosey’s free and happy at last. Photo credit: The Elephant Sanctuary

After 33 years in captivity, Nosey the elephant finally made it to a sanctuary in Tennessee. As Care2 readers will remember, sweet Nosey spent 28 miserable years traveling with the Liebel Family Circus. Infamous owner Hugo Liebel, cited for animal violations more than 200 times, still wants to get Nosey back so he can keep profiting from displaying her.

Liebel trained Nosey with electric prods and bull hooks so she could give rides to his customers. Outraged by this situation, more than 138,000 Care2 readers signed a petition demanding Nosey be freed and sent to an elephant sanctuary.

Thankfully, authorities in Alabama confiscated Nosey in November of 2017 after reports that she’d been kept standing for days in a small trailer by the side of the road. Hugo and Franciszka Liebel were arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

Today, Nosey enjoys 2,700 acres of open space and the company of other elephants for the first time. She’s happy and well cared for at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. May she live out her life there in peace.

2. New York Blood Center Agrees to Fund Lifelong Care for its Lab Chimps

Photo credit: Thinkstock

Photo credit: Thinkstock

With the help of thousands of Care2 readers, activist Danny Moss managed to convince IBM, Citigroup and MetLife to withhold support and funding from the New York Blood Center. Moss aimed to block funding NYBC’s funding because the center abandoned 66 chimpanzees on six estuary islands near Liberia after using them for 30 years of lab experiments.

Those islands had no natural water sources and little food. To keep the chimps alive, active daily care is vita, and NYBC promised to provide the animals with lifelong care. After 10 years of support, though, NYBC funding stopped. And at $30,000 a month, it was a lot of money.

Various conservation and animal organizations like the Humane Society of the United States stepped up to help financially. Moss, hearing of this situation, started petitions on Care2 to influence NYBC to do the right thing. After three petitions to IBM, Citigroup and MetLife – along with the active support of Dr. Jane Goodall and New York elected officials — Moss got the job done.

NYBC bowed to the pressure and donated $6 million to the HSUS, which will become responsible for the lifelong care of these chimps. That success couldn’t have happened without Moss’ dedication and the signatures of so many Care2 readers.

3. Dog Grooming Salon Closed Down After Groomer Kills Terrier

Care2 readers had a direct hand in helping shut down Paw’sh Paws, a grooming facility in Cumming, Georgia. Michelle Root, the salon owner, did something shocking and unforgivable: she allegedly kicked and choked a terrier named Meko in her care.

Root dragged the dog to the front of the store, banging her against the washer and other objects before throwing her on the table to finish Meko’s grooming. Instead, Meko died. Root told Meko’s family that the dog had “a seizure” and was rushed to an animal hospital, where she died.

Heartbroken and angry that something like this could happen, Care2 reader Sean Scott started a petition on Care2, demanding that the Cumming City Council and the Georgia Department of Health shut down Paw’sh Paws. And over 78,000 people signed on. Happily, Paw’sh Paws is closed, and Root is now charged with felony animal cruelty.

4. Hank the Pit Bull Saved From Unjust Euthanasia

Hank is a pit bull who some people erroneously believe killed two goats and injured a pony. Animal control seized the dog, and the Lewis County (Wash.) District Court declared him to be dangerous. The court ordered Hank to be euthanized.

Fortunately, the staff at Animal Control recognized Hank for what he is — a lovable, well-behaved dog who “never jumps up on you, will sit politely when asked, shakes hands and loves his stuffed toys.” They couldn’t bear to see him executed, so they changed his name — from Tank to Hank — and adopted him out.

When authorities figured out what had happened, they seized Hank again, and he spend a lonely five months in a concrete kennel. During this time, over 400,000 Care2 readers signed a petition supporting Hank.

Finally, after a court battle that bounced around among several judges, one judge believed the evidence showing that Hank couldn’t have killed those goats. Hank’s now back with his new adoptive family — and let’s hope that this time it’s permanent.

5. Kalahari Resorts Stops Displaying Live Animals and Selling Photos with Tiger Cubs

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Tiger cubs deserve a better life than being photo props. Photo credit: Thinkstock

For years, Kalahari Resorts attracted visitors to its Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania locations by offering the opportunity to take a photo with a lion or tiger cub. What many patrons obviously didn’t realize is that this meant the resort contracted with actual wildlife traffickers who bred lion and tiger cubs, taking them away from their mothers shortly after birth.

When the cubs arrived at Kalahari, they went into a tiny glass enclosure until someone forked over money to pet or take a photo with them. It was no way for young lions and tigers to live.

After the dogged persistence of Care2 activist Mary Krupa, whose petition garnered over 140,000 signatures, Kalahari Resorts indicated that they will no longer display live animals in their lobbies or sell photos with tiger cubs. We may never know how many cubs are living a better life because one person cared enough to keep pushing Kalahari Resorts to change its ways.

Take action!

Inspired by the power of activism? You too can start a petition about a cause that you care deeply about. Why not do it today? Check out these helpful guidelines on how to start a successful petition, and soon the power of the Care2 community will be signing up to support your cause too.

 

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Marie W4 months ago

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Chad Anderson6 months ago

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Filomena C9 months ago

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Filomena C
Filomena C9 months ago

Great news!

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Jerome S9 months ago

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Jerome S9 months ago

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Jim Ven9 months ago

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Janis K9 months ago

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D9 months ago

It is a great honor to be a voice for the voiceless. Here's hoping 2018 brings many more success stories. Big Congrats to everyone at Care2 who helped make it all happen. You Rock!!!! :)

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