Wildlife SOS

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To protect wildlife and conserve habitats working in collaboration with governments and indigenous communities while ensuring the welfare of captive wildlife.

Started 6 petitions

Petitioning chiefminister@maharashtra.gov.in, pccfwlngp@mahaforest.gov.in , cp.pune@nic.in , collector_pune@mahrashtra.gov.in

FOUR REASONS TO CRY: RESCUED ELEPHANTS BEING FORCED BACK INTO CIRCUS

To: Shri. Devendra FadnavisHon’ble Chief Minister of MaharashtraEmail: chiefminister@maharashtra.gov.in PCCF (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Maharashtra StateEmail: pccfwlngp@mahaforest.gov.in Smt Rashmi Shukla, IPSCommissioner of Police, PuneEmail: cp.pune@nic.in Mr Vikas Deshmukh, IASDistrict Collector PuneEmail: collector_pune@maharashtra.gov.in Respected Sirs, On May 27, 2016, four abused elephants who were blind, chained, injured, and forced to perform illegally were rescued in Pune by your Government. For this action, we applaud your leadership and compassion. Regretfully, I have just heard that the Precious Four elephants rescued from Rambo Circus have been ordered to go back and resume a life in chains. On behalf of these four elephants. I feel great outrage on this miscarriage of justice. These four elephants, who have survived decades of cruelty, were finally allowed a few weeks of freedom and peace after their rescue. For the first time they received veterinary care, baths, and nutritious food. Nothing could be more brutal and cruel than sending these elephants back to a life of misery and toil in the circus. For such cruelty to prevail in India -- the land of ahimsa and compassion -- would be seen as shameful internationally. I implore you to use your authority under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and other relevant laws to take action on behalf of the Precious Four elephants. On behalf of Lord Ganesh, please show mercy. Sincerely,NAME, COUNTRY, DATE

Wildlife SOS
54,421 supporters
Petitioning Jeff Bezos

Amazon.com: Stop Selling Snares and Leghold Traps

As an organization that focuses on helping wildlife, we are witness to animals under siege in myriad different ways. However, we have found leghold traps and snares to be among the cruelest of human-created threats to wildlife. It is distressing to imagine the millions of animals that succumb to these devices every year—and the thousands of them whimpering in a snare at this very moment. Also distressing is that Amazon.com, a company that should know better, sells these products as well as books that instruct people to build their own traps and snares. This is the case even in India, where all hunting is illegal! Recently, in India, we saved a 3-month old sloth bear who had lost one of her front paws to a wire snare. We named her Rose, and took her into our rescue center. She is currently under treatment, but will never be able to be released back to the wild. Being the victim of a poacher’s snare—as was her mother, presumably—Rose was lucky to even have this shot at survival. Each day, many animals are caught in snares and leg hold traps and dealt similar injuries. Most will not make it. For the blissfully uninitiated, snares and traps are basically booby traps set in wildlife areas. Once placed, they have no expiration date; devices placed decades ago have the ability to kill today, and devices set today can unselectively kill long into the future. Snares and traps are primitive and unsophisticated, but their use remains widespread because they can be made at almost no cost and can take down anything from small animals like rabbits and foxes to endangered elephants weighing thousands of pounds. Snare and trap use might seem humane compared to shooting or poisoning, but make no mistake: it is not. Animals caught in snares and traps often struggle for hours—in some cases days—before succumbing to thirst, hunger, strangulation, internal injuries, even predation from carnivores. Some, such as tigers, bears and leopards have even been known to chew off their own limbs in order to free themselves. Animals that manage to escape often die days or weeks later as a result of their injuries. And this is not to mention the pain, terror, and anxiety that any trapped animal will experience. We implore Amazon to stop selling snares and leghold traps, as well as books that teach people to make their own traps. These devices are cruel by design, and indiscriminate in their catch. A respected, global company like Amazon should not be complicit in the suffering caused by snares and traps. Please sign and share this petition today! Together, we can convince Amazon to stop selling these barbaric devices.    

Wildlife SOS
10,034 supporters
Petitioning Owner of Gemini Circus

Send 5 Neglected Circus Elephants to the Wildlife SOS Rescue Center

Five neglected circus elephants in India need your help! Together, we can help them retire, rest and heal. Several recent news articles have highlighted the plight of the five female circus elephants, who have been suffering since June, when they were first shackled at Fun Fort, a former amusement park in Mandya. These elephants – reportedly named Chaya, Chanchal, Kumari, Roopa and Lakshmi - belong to the Gemini Circus, which was de-recognized by the Animal Welfare Board of India after failing an inspection.   Veterinary inspection of these elephants has shown them to be in very poor condition, and in immediate need of intervention. In addition, their current living conditions do not provide for adequate food, water, or exercise. They have been in this very same spot since June, standing in their own excrement. While their future is being deliberated by humans, these elephants are deteriorating day by day. Wildlife SOS has formally offered to take them into our rescue program, and to house them with the Herd of Hope at the Elephant Conservation & Care Center in Mathura, but we need your help. Please join us in requesting that the owner of Gemini Circus use whatever influence he has to request that these elephants be released into our care. There is no time to lose. Please sign and share today! Thank you!

Wildlife SOS
2,851 supporters
Petitioning Shri Narendra Modi ji, Shri Prakash Javadekar

Save sacred elephants from being tortured and abused in India

Despite India's progressive animal protection laws (considered to be the best in the world), elephants in the country are suffering unimaginable cruelties in the name of tradition. These sacred and holy elephants are beaten and enslaved in ‘training’ camps located in Kerala and Karnataka. Many elephants have languished there for decades, chained to concrete pillars or trees. Some of them are babies who have been poached from their mothers, put in chains and beaten with rods to break their spirit. Their lives are filled with misery and despair. An article in The Daily Mail Newspaper recently highlighted the story of 57 of these elephants who have been suffering for years in the name of tradition. Click here for story. Please join Wildlife SOS in requesting the Prime Minister of India and the Forest Minister to ensure cruel practices of training and management are legislated by using existing laws that must be extended to apply to elephants held privately used for processions, begging and tourism and have the elephants live out their lives in a sanctuary setting where humane management techniques are practised and the elephants receive the dignity they deserve.

Wildlife SOS
53,300 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Der ehrenwerte Premierminister, Regierung von Uttar Pradesh

Lassen Sie Raju, den weinenden Elefanten, in Freiheit leben!

Verhindern Sie, dass sie Raju wieder in ein Leben voller Kummer und stacheliger Ketten zurückschicken!  Wir haben Raju gerettet, nachdem er um die 50 Jahre angekettet lebte, geschlagen und von Bettlern in Indien gefangen gehalten. Die Geschichte seiner Rettung verbreitete sich rasend schnell online. Der misshandelte Elefant weinte vor Freude, dass er endlich freikam und in der liebevollen Umgebung unserer Elefantenstation leben konnte. Als wir ihn befreiten war er dem Tod nahe. Er war abgemagert, dem Verdursten nahe und sehr schwach. Trotz seiner Zerbrechlichkeit war er gezwungen worden auf den Strassen zu betteln und wurde ich Ketten mit Stacheln gehalten. Jetzt versucht die grausame Besitzer, ihn wieder zu bekommen - mit einer Klage am Allahabad-Gericht. Viele von Ihnen haben damals Wildlife SOS geholft, Raju zu befreien und in unsere Obhut zu bringen. Jetzt brauchen wir erneut Ihre Stimme, damit er weiterhin frei sein kann. Die Gerichtsverhandlung wurde immer wieder vertagt und obwohl Raju derzeit sicher ist bei unseren Mitarbeitern im Elefantenzentrum in Mathura, kann dass Gericht bereits am 27. Oktober eine Entscheidung treffen (Entscheidung verschoben vom 22. September und 13. Oktober). Bitte zeichnen Sie, um von dem Uttar Pradesh Ministerium für Wälder und den Regionalregierungen zu fordern: Lasst Raju in Freiheit leben!

Wildlife SOS
468,193 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Shri Akhilesh Yadav - The Honourable Chief Minister, Government of Uttar Pradesh

Keep Raju the crying elephant free!

Don't let them put Raju back into a life of misery and spiked chains! We rescued Raju after he spent approximately 50 years chained up, beaten, and help captive by beggars in India. His rescue story went viral online because this abused elephant was crying tears of joy when he was finally set free in a loving environment at our elephant sanctuary. At the time of his rescue he was near death. He was emaciated, dehydrated and exhausted. Despite his frailness, he was forced to beg on the streets and was being kept in spiked chains. Now the cruel person who had illegal custody of him is trying to get him back through the Allahabad court. You helped free him once by supporting Wildlife SOS campaigns and our sanctuaries. We need your voice once again to keep his freedom. There have been delays in the court system, and although Raju is currently safe with our staff at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura, a decision may come down from the court as early as November 3 (this is the rescheduled date following court delays again on September 22, October 13, and October 27). Please sign to tell the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department and State governments to keep Raju free!

Wildlife SOS
468,193 supporters