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Lioness Removed From Cricket Hollow Zoo After Federal Lawsuit

Submitted photo/Animal Legal Defense Fund Jonwah, a lioness at Cricket Hollow Zoo, is shown July 25 after a federal judge ordered zoo owners, Pam and Tom Sellner of Manchester, to allow an Animal Legal Defense Fund veterinarian to examine the cat. The defense fund is claiming the lion was emaciated and is asking Delaware County officials to investigate the Sellners for alleged animal cruelty.

Group charges lion was starved at Cricket Hollow Zoo, asks Delaware County to investigate


MANCHESTER — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department confirmed it is investigating a claim by a California animal rights group, which won two lawsuits against the Cricket Hollow Zoo this year, that one of zoo’s lions was subjected to animal cruelty before being transferred to a Colorado sanctuary.

The lioness, Jonwah, had signs of emaciation — visible bones and vertebrae — likely caused by extreme hunger and dehydration, the Animal Legal Defense Fund said in a statement last month.

Jonwah was transferred from Cricket Hollow in August to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado after the zoo’s owners, Tom and Pam Sellner of Manchester, settled the second endangered species lawsuit.

The defense fund believes the poor treatment of the animal violates Iowa’s animal neglect law, according to Jeff Pierce, an attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

The organization contacted the sheriff’s office in October and urged it to investigate. A sanctuary veterinarian’s medical evaluation of Jonwah, along with photographs of the lion, were sent to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff John LeClere said this month he has forwarded evidence of the alleged neglect to the Delaware County Attorney’s Office to see if charges are warranted against the Sellners. LeClere said the county prosecutor has asked him to gather further information.

The Sellners and their attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

The defense fund said in the statement that Jonwah resorted to eating the hay in her enclosure as a result of not being fed and being without water.

The lion, after being removed from Cricket Hollow, required emergency veterinary treatment because the hay, which is used for bedding and can’t be digested property, caused a “severe” intestinal blockage. The treatment saved her life, the group said in the statement.

Iowa law states that animal neglect occurs when a person confines an animal and fails to supply the animal with sufficient food or water; fails to provide a confined dog or cat with adequate shelter; or tortures, deprives of necessary sustenance, mutilates, beats or kills an animal “by any means that cause unjustified pain, distress or suffering.”

A person can be charged with a simple misdemeanor for animal neglect or a serious misdemeanor if the neglect causes an animal’s death or serious injury.

“Jonwah and Njjarra (another rescued lion) are in good hands now, but what happened at Cricket Hollow is clearly against the law,” Stephen Wells, executive director of the defense fund group said in a statement. “The Animal Legal Defense Fund is hopeful that law enforcement will take this evidence seriously and hold Cricket Hollow to the standards of Iowa law.

Pierce, the defense fund’s lawyer, said the veterinarian that treated Jonwah “has offered to cooperate in the investigation and, if necessary, to testify at trial, although her preference at this point is to remain unnamed in the press.”

In July, the animal group settled its second lawsuit against Cricket Hollow. A federal judge ordered the Sellners to permit a qualified veterinarian to examine Jonwah and Njjarra, and the settlement followed that examination. On Aug. 1, the lions were transferred to the Colorado sanctuary.

The group also won a previous lawsuit against the zoo over the treatment of lemurs and tigers. The Sellners were ordered by a federal judge to transfer their lemurs and tigers to other Midwest facilities, which could provide better care.

Originally posted on Dec 25, 2016



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Animals Are My Life

This post is in response to The Daily Post: Animal

Animals are my life, everything I do revolves around them – from what clothes and shoes I choose to wear, to what foods and candy I choose to eat, to what products I choose to use and to what events and activities I choose to attend or take part in.

No one is perfect but I am an aspiring vegan, vegetarian since 97; and animal rights activist as well as environmentalist since the early 90s. These are strong passions that I hold dear to my heart and of course that I live by.

I’m all about awareness, my goal is to put the word out there and make it known. Of course, I know that not all will share my views, but I at least need to make it known. There is also no chance for change, unless we know what is happening.

My website and blog focuses on animal rights, animal welfare and environmental issues; and provides those who give a damn, if you will, with a starting point for learning what the issues are and what they can do to help. We should have compassion and empathy for animals in need, especially victims of exploitation and oppression.

I also provide resources for adopting a pet or finding and/or reporting a lost pet as well as plant-based, cruelty-free products, domestic violence/pet resources and much more. 

There is so much animal suffering in the world I hope you will take some time to browse and see what piques your interest. If you can, pledge to take action to help curb the unnecessary suffering and help better the situation.

Our daily actions can make all the difference but they can also contribute to heinous and horrendous suffering; we should be aware of our impacts on other species we share the earth with.

Thank you for visiting, I can only hope that you find my website and blog helpful, useful and worth your time. If I can help in any way, just ask.

World Animal Day 2016

Exposing the Big Game

World Animal Day is the international day of action for animal rights and welfare celebrated annually on October 4, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

We need to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.

Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilising it into a global force to make the world a better place for all animals.

Through increased awareness and education we can create a world where animals are recognised as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.

Feel free to join these great animal welfare groups on Linkedin !

Animal Welfare Europe

Animal Activists International

DOG International

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Keep Calm & Act For Animals

This post is in response to The Daily Post: Panic


Nothing Without Awareness

This post is in response to The Daily Post: Passionate


There is nothing without awareness. No plan. No action. No chance for possible change.

My passion for living is my life-long goal until the day I die. I’m a social justice activist and work in my spare time to raise awareness for animal rights, animal welfare and environmental issues.

I got my start in the early 1990’s after reading a National Georgraphic magazine and learning about the plight of elephants killed for their ivory – little did I know that some 25+ years later we would still be waging the war against poachers to protect these magnificient and gentle giants. It is an absolute abomination.

There is so much wrong in the world and needless to say it hurts me so that’s why I do what I do – I want to help inspire others to do some good. There are so many in need of our compassion and empathy; I work to help restore compassion to our society. I say restore compassion because I see how our society is and how we operate – I used to be a part of it.

I’m not saying that people are necessarily uncaring – it could be that some, or the majority I should say, are just not aware? – or it may be that they just don’t care as much as I do — or at all about things that are dear to me and that I see as vital in getting the word out about for the sake of those whose lives hang in the balance.

Yes it is clear that I am fighting an uphill battle and overwhelm myself daily in the pain and oppression of other species but because I feel it is the right thing to do, nothing will stop me from trying to do what I can to help others become involved.

I know there are many who don’t want to hear what is wrong with how they are living and I can equally relate because I was once like that too. I was raised in a meat-eating family, I bought leather without thinking twice as well as products tested on animals and went for elephant rides, trips to the zoo and marine parks, etc.

One day, my eyes were open and I was floored. Who in their right mind would want to support such cruelty? From there I started making immediate changes where I could and for some years to come — I have never looked back. I am so thankful for finding the alternate path I did and would not change a thing had I to do it over again.

I have heard that it takes nothing away from someone to be kind to animals and this is so true. We have nothing to lose by living a compassionate lifestyle and by choosing to be aware of how our choices can affect others we share the world with.

I am not perfect – no one is – but anything that one can do to help alleviate suffering for the oppressed victims should be encouraged and this cannot be done without awareness. In order to help the situation, we need to know what is happening.

Along with addressing the pain for the oppressed victims, I also provide resources to help with pet care, pet adoption, shopping guide for alternatives and much more.

It may seem like it’s all bad news but this is not true. If I haven’t scared you off, I hope you’ll take a look around and see what I have to offer.

I provide the information. You choose to use it or not. It’s your choice.

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‘Living fossil’ crabs mysteriously dying in Japan

Nwo Report

Tokyo (AFP)

Hundreds of horseshoe crabs — known as “living fossils” because they are among the Earth’s oldest creatures — have been found dead in southern Japan, confounding experts who study the alien-like sidewalkers.

Horseshoe crabs, known for their blue blood, are a regular summer visitor to tidal flats in southern and western Japan, including one near Kitakyushu city where they lay their eggs.

Some invariably die in the process, but this year a local conservation group noticed that the number of arthropods that perished was unusually high, a local official told AFP on Thursday.

“The conservation group spotted about five to 10 bodies every day during the egg-laying period, so they started to tally them,” said Kitakyushu city official Kenji Sato.

“In total the number of dead horseshoe crabs reached about 500,” Sato said.

The Asahi Shimbun daily reported the number of deaths was eight times higher…

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