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47 Dogs And Cats Have Been Rescued From Iraq And Adopted By U.S. Military Service Members That Were Deployed Overseas & Their Families

SPCA International has organized the rescue of 47 dogs and cats from Iraq, befriended and adopted by U.S. service members and contractors deployed overseas in the Middle East. Each animal will be reunited with their service member in the U.S. and adopted by their families.

Since COVID-19 grounded flights worldwide and severely restricted international travel, especially from Iraq, many of these animals had been waiting months for their trip. The pets were transported on a flight chartered by SPCA International from Erbil, Iraq, on August 12th and arriving early August 13th at JFK International Airport in New York City. A crew member inspected and oversaw the animals’ health while on board the flight.

SPCA International is leading the project, bringing together Puppy Rescue Mission, Pet Rescue Pilots, Monarch Air Group, and JFK’s The Ark in support of this highly complicated rescue mission.

After comprehensive health inspections and care at JFK’s The Ark facility, the animals will be transported to their new homes with their service member families in locations across the country with the help of Pet Rescue Pilots. Thirty-one of the dogs and cats will be transported to homes with service members coordinated by SPCA International; the additional 16 dogs will be homed with service members by nonprofit Puppy Rescue Mission.

As one pilot waiting for his pup put it so well, “It’s hard to believe that it has been four long months since I last held Toby. I have missed being able to see him daily and watch him grow and bond with me. When he gets home, I can’t wait to take him down to the beach with me and my other dog Roxxie. I know that they will have an amazing time together running free and playing. Our family is very excited to get him home so we can shower him with love and affection.”

Through its rescue program Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide, SPCA International reunites U.S. service members with the dogs and cats they befriend in countries where they’re deployed. Our brave U.S. military members endure long deployments and cope with the harsh realities of the battlefield, as well as loneliness and separation from their families. Local dogs and cats they find and befriend abroad often play a key role in building companionship and bringing them joy in difficult times.

At the end of deployments, soldiers are forced to leave their beloved animals behind – but SPCA International enables these wonderful relationships to carry on by rescuing these animals overseas and reuniting them safely with their service member in America.

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Washington Department Of Fish & Wildlife Kills The Last Two Members Of The Wedge Wolf Pack Over Livestock Conflict So That People Can Eat Meat

It is with heavy hearts that WAN shares the news that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has killed the last two remaining members of the Wedge wolf pack on August 13th. This is sadly due to conflicts between wolves and livestock. Despite public outcry from around the world to change how the department manages endangered species throughout the state, WDFW still went ahead and killed the last two remaining members of the wolf pack.

“The nonstop killing of wolves in Washington has to end now,” Sophia Ressler, Washington wildlife advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “These wolves shouldn’t be gunned down just for trying to feed their families. It’s ludicrous that Washington officials aren’t implementing appropriate preventive measures and instead choose to slaughter a state endangered species.”

The state has now killed 34 wolves, almost all of them for livestock conflicts in the Kettle River Range, an area of prime wolf habitat. Twenty-nine of the wolves killed have been for the same livestock owner.

Washington is killing endangered species so that livestock can be killed for their meat for human consumption. This should be illegal.

The most recently eradicated Wedge pack wolves occupied very similar territory to the previous Wedge pack. The department killed seven of that eight-member pack in 2012, effectively destroying it. Yet, the 2012 eradication failed to prevent wolves from quickly reoccupying the territory.

The Center for Biological Diversity and several other conservation groups have urged Washington Governor Jay Inslee to require formal rules that would dictate required nonlethal deterrence measures and extra steps that must be taken in areas of chronic conflict. The current guidelines are created by Washington’s Wolf Advisory Group and are not considered enforceable requirements by the state.

Just last week, the state removed a vocal wolf advocate from the advisory group for disagreeing with the department’s choices. This decision outraged conservation groups and prompted a new call to Governor Inslee for wolf-management reform.

“There is no scientific support that killing wolves is an effective long-term solution for preventing conflict,” continued Ressler. “Mandating effective range riding or other appropriate deterrence measures would help to deter conflict and, in turn, save both wolves and livestock.”

The state also has an active kill order out for wolves in the Leadpoint pack, whose territory borders the Wedge pack’s territory.

The killing of these endangered wolves to satisfy human greed is unfathomably, sickening, senseless, and must end.

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    Governor Jay Inslee

    Office of the Governor

    PO Box 40002

    Olympia, WA 98504-0002

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    360-902-4111

    TTY/TDD call 711 or

    1-800-833-6388.

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    360-753-4110

Thank you for speaking on behalf of the voiceless! 

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9 Members Of South Africa’s Most Notorious Wildlife Trafficking Gang Sentenced To More Than 56 Years In Prison

After years of investigations and collecting evidence, nine members of one of Southern Africa’s most prolific wildlife trafficking gangs were sentenced by a Malawi court to a total of 56.5 years in prison.

The convicted were members of the Lin-Zhang syndicate and each was found guilty of at least one wildlife trafficking offense of a listed or protected species including: pangolins, rhino horn, ivory, and hippo teeth.

Among them was Mrs. Quinhua Zhang, who was convicted of possession of rhino horn and an illegal firearm following her arrest at a raid in May 2019.

Zhang is the wife of Yunhua Lin, the alleged kingpin of the syndicate, who was arrested in August of 2019 following a three-month manhunt. Lin, reportedly, was also recently sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for the possession of rhino horn, conspiracy, and money-laundering.

“Following years of concerted efforts and overcoming countless obstacles, this small nation has demonstrated how, with political will and determination, to dismantle one of Africa’s most prolific organized international crime syndicates,” Mary Rice, Executive Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), said in a statement.

The Lin-Zhang syndicate has been operating in Malawi for more than a decade.

“Fighting crime on this scale demands sophistication, collaboration, courage, and tenacity,” continued Rice. “Malawi should be immensely proud, and other African countries currently battling the scourge of illegal wildlife trade would do well to follow this example of global leadership.”

The sentiment was echoed by Brighton Kumchedwa, Director of Malawi National Parks and Wildlife. 

“It is critical that wildlife criminals can expect to feel the full weight of the law and the message needs to be loud and clear: Malawi is no longer a playground for the likes of the Lin-Zhang syndicate that exploit our natural heritage, damage our economy, incite corruption, and pose a risk to national security,” stated Kumchedwa. This is indeed a victory for the Malawi, and a victory for wildlife in particular.”

The sentences handed down yesterday at the Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court, in Lilongwe, were:

  • Quinhua Zhang – A total of 11 years in prison (seven years for possession of rhino horn and four years for an illegal firearm, to be served consecutively);

  • Li Hao Yuan – A total of 11 years in prison (seven years possession of rhino horn and four years for an illegal firearm, to be served consecutively, plus 1.5 years for possession of pangolin scales, served concurrently);

  • Yanwu Zhuo – A total of seven years in prison (possession of rhino horn);

  • Ya Shen Zhuo – A total of seven years in prison (possession of rhino horn);

  • Jinfu Zeng – A total of eight years in prison (five years for possession of pangolin scales and three years for possession of worked ivory, to be served concurrently);

  • Guozhong Zhang – A total of three years in prison (two years for possession of pangolin scales and three years for possession of worked ivory, to be served concurrently);

  • Guohua Zhang – A total of three years in prison (possession of worked ivory);

  • Cosmas Sakugwa – A total of 1.5 years in prison (possession of worked ivory);

  • Steven Daza – A total of 1.5 years in prison (possession of hippo teeth).

In total, 14 members of the syndicate were apprehended last year. Of the remaining syndicate members arrested in May of 2019, one Chinese and two Malawian nationals, Cheng Qiang, James Mkwezalamba, and Julius Sanudia, have each been sentenced to three years in prison for possession of live pangolins or pangolin scales.

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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