1. Update On Kabul Small Animal Rescue Trying To Evacuate Their Animals From Afghanistan.
It is with a heavy heart that WAN shares the news that American, Charlotte Maxwell-Jones, the Founder of Kabul Small Animal Rescue, is currently still in Afghanistan.
She remains there with many of the dogs who were tragically abandoned in Kabul after being denied access to planes that were evacuating the war-torn country.
These companion animals, rescued dogs and cats, as well as contract working dogs, were allegedly left behind based on decisions made by the United States government. None of the animals were U.S. Military dogs.
In a statement from Kabul Small Animal Rescue, “Those on the ground have no intention of giving up on our animals, despite the grueling setbacks, we will work with a growing and dedicated team to continue efforts to evacuate all of our animals and staff.”
Thank you to SPCA International, War Paws, Puppy Rescue Mission, and Marley’s Mutts that have worked tirelessly to help Kabul Small Animal Rescue evacuate their staff and animals.
WAN will continue to update this developing story. We pray for all of the people and animals that were abandoned in Kabul.
2. Pen Farthing & Nowzad Rescue Animals Arrived Safe In The UK After Evacuating Kabul; They Are Still Working On Evacuating Staff
Good news as close to 200 rescue animals arrived in London over the weekend and are currently in quarantine.
Nowzad Rescue organization and its heroic founder shared the news on social media, with Farthing calling Operation Ark a ‘partial success.’
While the evacuated dogs and cats are not available for adoption yet, they will be in the coming weeks.
The priority right now, according to Farthing, is securing the evacuation of the Nowzad staff and their families who were not allowed to leave the country, yet.
Donations to continue to help Nowzad Rescue with Operation Ark, and to find out when the evacuated animals are available for adoption, please visit Nowzad.com.
3. Hong Kong Passes History-Making Amendment Bill That Targets The Criminal Networks & Syndicates Behind Illegal Wildlife Trafficking
In an unprecedented move to combat wildlife trafficking, Hong Kong’s lawmakers voted this week in favor of an amendment Bill that means certain wildlife offenses, will for the first time, will be treated as serious and organized crimes.
The action allows for a refocusing of investigations and prosecutions, from the previous approach of prosecuting carriers and mules, to instead target the organized criminals and networks behind the crimes. The same networks involved in wildlife trafficking have been linked by leading experts, to weapon and drug trafficking, underscoring the serious and organized nature of this criminality.
In the midst of a biodiversity crisis, in large part driven by the illegal wildlife trade, and exacerbated by climate change, which has altered habitats, Hong Kong has become a hub for these criminal activities. Authorities seized 929 metric tons (MT) of rare and endangered wildlife in 1,680 seizures from 2018 to 2020.
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4. South Korea Legally Acknowledges Animals As ‘Sentient Beings’ Not ‘Objects’ In New Amendment To The Civil Act
The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in South Korea has announced plans to legally recognize animals as ‘sentient beings’ rather than ‘objects’ in an attempt to prevent cases of abuse and abandonment. The current Civil Act defines animals as “corporeal things,” which means they are visible, tangible, and can be managed.
Once the clause is incorporated into Article 98.2 of the Civil Act, South Korea will become one of a handful of countries to recognize animals as beings, with a right to protection, enhanced welfare, and respect for life. The amendment is anticipated to be approved this month by the South Korean National Assembly.
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5. New Report Confirms That For The First Time In A Century, California Has At Least Two Wolf Packs Consisting Of 12 Pups
Two of California’s three existing wolf families, the Lassen and Whaleback pack, have given birth to 6 pups each this year, according to a new quarterly report published by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This marks the first time that California has at least two wolf packs with pups in more than 100 years.
“This is a red-letter moment in wolf recovery for the Golden State,” Amaroq Weiss, senior West Coast wolf advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “These little ones are here because of legal protections that are crucial to their survival and made it possible for wolves to return.”
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6. For The First Time In Indonesia, Dog Meat Traders Will Be Prosecuted After Truck With 78 Traumatized Dogs Is Intercepted By Police
A gang of dog meat traders in Indonesia was caught with 78 dogs bound and gagged in the back of a truck headed for slaughter in Central Java. Officials have confirmed that the criminals will be prosecuted for the first time in the country’s history under animal health laws.
On May 6th, Kulon Progo District Police intercepted a truck illegally transporting the dogs to be sold for human consumption. This was the first ever such interception in Indonesia, and followed discussions with the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition which campaigns for a nationwide ban on the brutal trade. As per a statement sent to WAN by Humane Society International, The Kulon Progo District Attorney’s Office has now confirmed its intention to prosecute the criminals.