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  1. Act for wildlife in Cambodia with FFI's urgent appeal in the Cardamom Mountains

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    I’ve had an email from Fauna and Flora International (FFI) about an impending crisis that is about to get catastrophically worse.

    The beautiful Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia are being covered in snares. 

    FFI say that the snares are shredding through clouded leopards, ripping elephant trunks in half and snapping the limbs of their calves.  Pangolins, sun bears, moon bears and indeed any mammal than a mouse are being badly impacted, as any animal larger than a mouse can be trapped in these cruel snares.

    To make matters worse, FFI’s project funding in the area has fallen through.  FFI patrol teams are still able to operate in some areas and maintain an effective resistance.  A very generous donor has enabled them to remove countless snares – and so save many, many animals.  FFI had hoped to extend the areas that they were covering.

    Unfortunately, the donor is unable to continue their support – and FFI must fill a £92,345 hole. 

    If FFI cannot fund the project, the warden leaders won’t be able to pay their patrol teams’ wages – and any who have the means won’t be able to have equipment and the backing to mount and maintain an effective resistance. 

    Funds will be spent on boots, machetes, camping gear, hammocks, rucksacks and everything wardens need to wear as they go out on one patrol after another.   The wardens need GPS kits, patrol mapping – and they need to be paid. 

    FFI say time is short. 

    What’s so important about the Cardamom Mountains?  Well, they have dense rainforest, mangroves and wetlands – and they have more than 60 globally threatened animal species and 17 globally threatened trees.  The Cardamom Mountains matter.  These include:

    • Asian elephants
    • Sun bears
    • The clouded leopard,
    • Dholes, a type of wild dog
    • The Sunda pangolin

    This elephant has been injured by a snare - the boot is protecting his leg
    Young elephant wears a protective boot
    to help recovery, after being caught in a snare.
    Credit: Charnwood Photo

    These snares are CRUEL – as the metal clasp tightens, causing the animal terrible pain.  The more they struggle, the tighter the snare gets, cutting more and more deeply into flesh and bone.  It is a terribly cruel and painful way to die.   

    At the same time, the animals have lost their habitat, because of illegal logging, land encroachment and unsustainable agricultural ways of doing things.  Over 10% of the forest has gone in 15 years  So the animals find themselves in smaller spaces, into what is known as a “wall of death”, because it is easy for them to get trapped by a snare.

    Enter the wardens. They are from the local communities and they cover over 100km every month, spotting and removing snares, watching for any signs of illegal poaching or logging, and undertaking biomonitoring and data-gathering activities.   These activities are important because they give a better understanding of the wildlife in the area, and enable the right decisions to be made about how to help them.

    The clouded leopard is well adapted to prowling through the forest

    The clouded leopard is well adapted to prowling through the forest
    Credit:  Bill – Adobe Stock

    Wardens also help by supplying the human-wildlife conflict teams with flashlights and noise-makers.  These can help deter elephants from the boundaries of farms and villages, so preventing damage to crops and property. These things make a huge impact – there have been no retaliation elephant killings since the wardens started such work.

    The warden team is essential to protect the animals of the Cardamom Mountains. 

    Please help today by making a donation.


  2. Two moon bear cubs in Laos need rescuing

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    Free the Bears have had news of two more bear cubs in Laos who need rescuing.

    They estimate that it will be a 10 hour journey to reach the two cubs and they hope to do this later this week.

    Sadly, they also had news of a tiny moon bear cub which a person was trying to sell into the illegal wildlife trade.  Before the cub could be found, it died.

    Free the Bears are hoping to rescue the two bear cubs later this week.  If you can, please make a donation and/or spread the word.

    They will have updates on their Facebook or Instagram pages for updates.

  3. Freedom for Lam the Nowhere Bear with Animals Asia

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    Wow, those amazing folks at Animals Asia do move fast when there is a bear in trouble.

    In the late hours of Sunday evening, their Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre got an urgent call from their friends at the Forest Protection Department.

    They had removed a bear in a distressed state from a bile farm in Phung Thuong – it’s a bear bile farming hot spot in Vietnam.  

    The bear needed a safe haven FAST.

    And he got it.   With just 12 hours notice, Animals Asia were able to drop everything and welcome this bear home.

    They have called him Lam.  It means forest in Vietnamese.

    Please donate to help Animals Asia help Lam and bears like Lam 

    Lam's new life

    He’s now got lush green spaces to enjoy.

    He can have fun bathing in pools, climbing structures, roam and forage – or just snooze in the warmth of the sun!

    After his 30 day quarantine period, he’ll even be able to enjoy some fun with new friends – probably the first he’s had in his life.  He’ll have enrichment exercises to improve his health and wellbeing and keep his mind active.

    In short, he’s on his way to becoming a bear and enjoying bear activities!

    What a change from being stuck in a tiny cage, his freedom stolen.   Just look at the care Lam has had since arriving at the rescue centre. 

    Please help Nowhere Bears like Lam

    Animals Asia call bears like Lam a “nowhere bear” because he’s suffering in the shadows, unseen.  There are more nowhere bears out there, waiting for rescue.

    You can help Animals Asia rescue and care for bears like Lam by making a donation.  Every single bit counts.

    These bears need to know we all care for them and love them.

    Sending bear hugs to you all!

    Please donate here.

  4. Help free bears in Armenia

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    International Animal Rescue have a petition on line.  And it needs all of us to support it. 

    They need all of us to help join their fight to end bear poaching in Armenia and to rescue the bears who are left and waiting for us to help free them.  They are being kept in terrible conditions.

    IAR has been working with the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC), their partners in Armenia.   So far they have rescued over 30 bears.

    Help International Animal Rescue free bears from captivity

    It’s time to Break the Cage!

    IAR estimate that there could be as many as 50 more bears who are waiting to be rescued.  They need all our help to set these bears free.

    The brown bears are poached from the wild and then locked up in tiny cages.  Usually their mothers are killed, and the little cubs are captured and sold into a miserable life. They may be kept in tiny squalid cages.  They eat scraps, and drink dirty water.

    Please sign IAR’s petition to end this horrible trade.

    And please spread the word!



  5. Give Montana’s wolves, bison and bears your voice and support

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    In Defense of Animals say that wildlife specialists and conservationists are concerns that some of Montana’s most loved species such as grizzly bears, grey wolves nad bison are threatened with extinction.

    For back in January, Montana’s legislature introduced ten bills which experts are saying is really a #waronwildlife.

    Best estimates suggest there are about 5,000 wild bison, 1,000 grizzly bears and 850 wolves in Montana.  But, say In Defense of Animals, lawmakers are pushing through bills which are politically driven.     They will harm individual animals with unethical and old fashioned hunting practices.

    Amongst other things, the new bills are proposing:

    • To allow wolf snaring
    • To lengthen the wolf trapping season by 30 days
    • To reimburse hunters for time they spend hunting or trapping wolves
    • To allow the killing of all wolves in the state until only 15 breeding pairs remain
    • To stop the relocation of bears who go out of protected areas (so the bears will be killed if they wander off course)
    • To allow hunting dogs to be used in the hunting of bear during the full span of their waking lives, outside of hibernation

    To establish that hunting, fishing and trapping is the preferred manner of managing wild animal populations across the state (as opposed to scientific conservation based strategies)

    So what can we do to help these bears, wolves and bison

    Please join In Defense of Animals in calling onGov. Greg Gianforte to veto these bills to protect wild animals and ensure that Montana’s reputation as a wilderness and wildlife paradise stays intact.

    In Defense of Animals says there are a number of things we can all do, including:

    1. Call the Governor’s office to ask him to veto the current slate of anti-wilderness bills - details can be found here, and there are a number of points you can make, which In Defense of Animals list on their ways to help here

    2. Comment on Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte's Facebook page and ask him to veto the current slate of anti-wildlife bills.

    3. Comment to Secretary Pete Buttigieg and the U.S. Department of Transportation on Twitter - there's a message they have put together that you can tweet

    4. 3. Please fill out the form here to email Gov. Greg Gianforte to implore him to veto these bills.