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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



Yes, Fish Feel Pain

Please research overfishing and bycatch then you will know the injustice you are supporting when you consume any fish product.

Not only do fish feel pain but in addition to causing them immense suffering, we are decimating significant (non-target species aka bycatch) marine life populations to provide for our enormous appetites.

Please consider a plant-based lifestyle, it works just as well — or even better.

Please think before you eat.


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Confessions of a Speciesist

Where do nonhuman mammals fit in our moral hierarchy?

The case for exploiting animals for food, clothing and entertainment often relies on our superior intelligence, language and self-awareness: the rights of the superior being trump those of the inferior. A poignant counterargument is Mark Devries’s Speciesism: The Movie, which I saw at the premiere in September 2013. The animal advocates who filled the Los Angeles theater cheered wildly for Princeton University ethicist Peter Singer.

In the film, Singer and Devries argue that some animals have the mental upper hand over certain humans, such as infants, people in comas, and the severely mentally handicapped. The argument for our moral superiority thus breaks down, Devries told me: “The presumption that nonhuman animals’ interests are less important than human interests could be merely a prejudice— similar in kind to prejudices against groups of humans such as racism—termed speciesism.”

I guess I am a speciesist. I find few foods more pleasurable than a lean cut of meat. I relish the feel of leather. And I laughed out loud at the joke about the farmer who castrates his horses with two bricks: “Does it hurt?” “Not if you keep your thumbs out of the way.” I am also troubled by an analogy made by rights activists that animals are undergoing a “holocaust.” Historian Charles Patterson draws the analogy in his 2002 book Eternal Treblinka, and Devries makes visual reference to it by comparing the layout of factory-farm buildings to that of prisoner barracks at Auschwitz.

The flaw in the analogy is in the motivation of the perpetrators. As someone who has written a book on the Holocaust (Denying History, University of California Press, revised edition, 2009), I see a vast moral gulf between farmers and Nazis. Even factory-farm corporate suits motivated by profits are still far down the moral ladder from Adolf Eichmann and Heinrich Himmler. There are no signs at factory farms reading “Arbeit Macht Frei.”

Yet I cannot fully rebuke those who equate factory farms with concentration camps. While working as a graduate student in an experimental psychology animal laboratory in 1978 at California State University, Fullerton, it was my job to dispose of lab rats that had outlived our experiments.

I was instructed to euthanize them with chloroform, but I hesitated. I wanted to take them up into the local hills and let them go, figuring that death by predation or starvation was better than gassing. But releasing lab animals was illegal. So I exterminated them … with gas. It was one of the most dreadful things I ever had to do.

Just writing those words saddens me, but nothing like a video clip posted at freefromharm.org. Appropriately entitled “saddest slaughterhouse footage ever,” the clip shows a bull waiting in line to die. He hears his mates in front of him being killed, backs up into the rear wall of the metal chute, and turns his head around seeking an escape. He looks scared. A worker then zaps him with a cattle prod.

The bull shuffles forward far enough for the final death wall to come down behind him. His rear legs try one last time to exit the trap and then … Thug! … down he goes in a heap. Dead. Am I projecting human emotions into a head of cattle? Maybe, but as one meat plant worker told an undercover usda inspector, who inquired about the waste stench: “They’re scared. They don’t want to die.”

Mammals are sentient beings that want to live and are afraid to die. Evolution vouchsafed us all with an instinct to survive, reproduce and flourish. Our genealogical connectedness, demonstrated through evolutionary biology, provides a scientific foundation from which to expand the moral sphere to include not just all humans—as rights revolutions of the past two centuries have done—but all nonhuman sentient beings as well.


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Russell Simmons Says He Won’t Apologize for Comparing Animal Abuse to the Holocaust

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Russell Simmons talks about his new book, "Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple" at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on March 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 05: Russell Simmons talks about his new book, “Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple” at Barnes & Noble Tribeca on March 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)


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Animals Are My Life

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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.

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