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Elephant Protest, South African Embassy

Posted in ALiberation Press Release by Glô! on the April 29th, 2008

Elephant Emergency! Ban on Elephant Cull Lifted!

ALiberation Press Release.
Activists will demand South Africa reconsider Elephant extermination.

As of 1st May, despite widespread international protests, the ban on culling of elephants as a “management practice” in South Africa has been lifted.

South Africa claims this is a “cull” (an often used euphemism for extermination) to protect the bio diversity of the region. With no proof that the elephants are causing damage nor any will to use more scientific and humane methods for environmental control, South Africa is proving again her real intentions.

South Africa has for years tried to overturn the CITIES ban on the ivory trade and are now trying to covertly restart the industry that is the very reason that elephants are endanger of being extinct.

Instead of methods including relocation, expanding park spaces, contraceptives and creating corridors between parks to allow more even population distribution, South Africa prefers to lift the ban on “culling”, putting the elephants on a death row.


As part of an international campaign to save the elephants, animal action group ALiberation will demonstrate outside the South African Embassy. With posters, leaflets and megaphone, activists will demand that South Africa reconsider banning this atrocity.

Time: 1pm - 3pm

When: Friday, 2nd May

Where: South African Embassy
Alexandra House, 2nd Floor,
Earlsfort Centre,
Earlsfort Terrace,
Dublin 2
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Aliberation Campaigns Timetable Week 28/04/08 to 04/05/08

Posted in ALiberation Noticeboard by Glô! on the April 29th, 2008

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Elephants and the Ivory Curse

Posted in General news by Glô! on the April 29th, 2008

South Africa’s War
On Elephants

As of 1st May, despite widespread international protests, the ban on culling of elephants as a management practice in South Africa has been lifted.

The slaughter of elephants is disguised under the name of “cull”, a sick euphemism for mass murder of highly intelligent and social beings, a cull that is driven by and for profits, benefiting the ivory, hunting and safari industries.

“Scientists argue that culling is a crude technique to tackle issues that grew from poor wildlife management. Although built for long seasonal migrations, elephants are being parked in reserves with permanent watering points, thus, making it easier for tourists to spot them, but also disrupting their natural movements as the population cannot spread out.

Culling is never the answer. Relocation, expanding park spaces, contraceptives and creating corridors between parks to allow more even population distribution are more efficient and humane than just to pick up a gun and resort to a violent and quick fix.

South Africa, with over 3 million hectares of National Parks, claims it does not have enough room for 18,000 elephants (although Kenya with less National

Park land has nearly 70% more elephants).

African elephants are an endangered species, and any renewal of culling policies can revitalize the ivory trade and jeopardize their survival. At the beginning of the 20th century, there were 3-5 million elephants in Africa.

Today, there are about 500,000 elephants in Africa, and in the last 35 years, over 1 million have been hunted. South Africa has tried to overturn the CITIES ivory trade ban for years and is now covertly trying to restart this industry by other means.

90% of the ivory is exported to Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, where the kilogram of ivory is sold for 80 Euro.

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Pigs Exploited for Entertainment, Naas, Co Kildare.

Posted in Blood Sports / Entertainment by Glô! on the April 20th, 2008

Pigs Racing for…
A Few Laughs

A.F.A.R has called to cancel a planned pig race that will take place in Naas, next week, on the grounds that racing pigs is cruel and inhumane.
The race will be part of a family fun day and according to Fine Gael councilor Darren Scully, pigs will “be allowed to go around the track at their own pace.” The councilor got the approval of the ISPCA.

On the other hand, Bernie, A.F.A.R spokesperson, has stated that “pigs do not deserve to be degraded or used as part of what is an event that is basically


centered around club and pub participation” and that it sends out a message to children that it is ok to use animals as entertainment for humans.
A.F.A.R and ALiberation vehemently encourage people to oppose this race as humans should not have to resort to using animals for entertainment purposes.

Please email the councillors (see post-it on the left), especially Cllr Darren Scully.

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Maggie, Confined in Dublin Zoo for 24 years. A.F.A.R Statement

Posted in Blood Sports / Entertainment by Glô! on the April 20th, 2008

Orangutan escapes from Dublin Zoo

The story An adventurous orang-utan went on-the-run on the 5th of April 08 in Dublin Zoo making a bold bid for freedom after 24 years in captivity.

Normally protective mother Maggie left her baby Mujur behind and managed to enjoy an hour on the loose wandering around in front of her enclosure. Zookeepers believe the 26-year-old ape made a long stretch for branches at the edge of the compound, grabbed a wall and climbed over at around midday.The alarm was raised within minutes but it was an hour before zookeepers managed to confront Maggie and shoot her with a tranquilliser dart gun.

The Alliance for Animal Rights (AFAR) is saddened by hearing of the Oranutan Maggie s bid to find freedom yesterday even to the point of leaving her baby The understandably frustrated animal has been confined in an enclosure for 24 years, more than the length of a sentence that would be imposed on a human for the crime of murder.

Zoos are but Prisons to non human animals, yet they have not committed any crime. Those in captivity are driven insane, deprived of a natural life and are


basically kept imprisoned for life so that our species can amuse themselves.
Zoos are a throwback to the menageries of Victorian times. They should be abolished in this day and age as they are cruel and archaic.

Just like blacks are not made for whites nor are women made for men these animals are not on this planet to serve humans. Its their world too.

Bernie Wright,
Spokesperson AFAR.
087 2651720

More Info :

  • RTE News
  • www.independent.ie
  • www.redapes.org
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    A.F.A.R. Statement on Zoos

    Posted in Blood Sports / Entertainment by Glô! on the April 19th, 2008

    Should Zoos Be Closed?…YES

    From Bernie Wright, AFAR,
    Irish Times 12th April 08

    A Zoo is simply a collection of animals. It makes money by attracting paying visitors .The quality of life for the animals varies from totally inadequate to barely adequate. 3,000 years ago, Zoos were started in the Middle East, animals were merely objects of curiosity from far away places.

    Trapped from the wild with sometimes parent animals being killed ;young animals being easier to train and manage, many of them died on their long and horrific journeys to other continents and climates. These animals were treated as prized public attractions or captive slaves. They experienced fear, hardship, an alien environment ,barren enclosures, and their mental and physical needs ignored.

    In 2008 Dublin Zoo sits on roughly 60 acres. It boasts African Plains, fringes of the Arctic, Rainforests, Kaziranga Forest Trail, shops, Restaurants .Oh yes! All of this and 600 animals as well. Ranging from tigers, elephants, and chimps to red pandas. Even with limited mathematical skills 100 animals per acre seems like a


    miraculous natural environment. To quote the Zoo, they invite visitors to “go wild in the heart of the City”.

    It’s a pity the animals cannot do the same. Indeed, it is well documented that Elephants can roam over 40 miles in a day in their natural surroundings, and that’s just Elephants. They also mourn their dead and live in family groups. Explain this to the Dublin Zoo Elephants. Instinctive behaviour is still evident in third or fourth generation captive bred animals.

    Most animals on display in Zoos are not threatened by extinction, yet Captive Breeding Programs are one of the most common reasons that Zoos use to justify their existence. They endeavour to save species that are faltering in the wild from going extinct.

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    Aliberation Campaigns Timetable Week 14/04/08 to 20/04/08

    Posted in ALiberation Noticeboard by Glô! on the April 16th, 2008

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    Greyhound Racing, Demo Report 6th April 08

    Posted in ALiberation Demo Reports by ALib on the April 16th, 2008

    Dead Dogs Don’t………..

    …do much except be Dead.When Shelbourne Park and all the other Greyhound tracks have abused and used the greyhounds to the best of their abilities then there isn’t that many options for an over the hill 2 or 3 year old greyhound.

    In fact there are really just 2; either they are lucky enough to be rehomed by overworked and underpaid shelters(and we’re not talking about the Greyhound Industry Public Relations Farce that rehomes a handful of dogs per year) or the more likely option of being Dead. And the thing about being Dead is that you don’t do much anymore. You don’t eat anymore, drink, play, walk, smell, bark, jump, roll or even dream (yep, it’s true, mind you I haven’t seen a dog sleep walk yet)………..

    But then again when you’re dead, you also don’t have to run around an odd shaped track that is designed to have you crash at speed into 5 other dogs, you don’t get given drugs, you don’t have your ears burned/cut off to hide an ID tattoo, you don’t get raced in Spain till your worn out, you don’t get abandoned, you


    don’t get maltreated and you don’t get raced/trained when you are injured.
    And the wonderful people at the Greyhound Industry have gone to all the trouble of ensuring that there is no queue to become Dead. With 40,000 dogs killed each year between the UK and Ireland, quickly turning a live dog into a Dead Dog that Don’t is what the Greyhound Industry is all about. That and the money of course!

    More Info :

  • Greyhound RAcing, Death in the fast lane.
  • www.greyhoundaction.co.uk
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    Barnados Demo Report 6th April 08

    Posted in ALiberation Demo Reports by ALib on the April 16th, 2008

    Cruelty Behind Closed Shutters

    When you’re afraid to even confront your own actions, what will you do? Well Barnardo Furriers bought brand new electric shutters so they can shave off a few seconds of seeing what the Dublin public really thinks of them. They bought them no doubt with the profits they made off the deaths and suffering of countless animals.

    Activists campaigned outside of Barnardo’s Furriers last Saturday for the closure of this shop and the closure of Irish fur farms from 1pm to 3.30pm and again from 5pm till the shutters came down.
    More Info :

  • Ban Irish Fur Farms!
  • View pictures of Barnado’s Protests.

    View pictures of Barnado’s Petitioning.

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    Donegal Demo Report 29th March 07

    Posted in ALiberation Demo Reports by ALib on the April 15th, 2008

    Donegal Town demands closure of Fur Farms!

    Campaigners for a fur farm free Ireland were in Donegal Town last Saturday raising awareness about the cruelty of fur farms and also that County Donegal is the fur farm capital of Ireland.

    The inhabitants of Donegal Town were shocked to learn that a few people are making money off the suffering of 170, 000 animals each year and welcomed the chance to demand that this cruelty ends.
    Worldwide, County Donegal is known for her beauty and does not deserve a reputation of something so cruel and ugly as being the capital of Irish fur farming.

    Donegal Town is the home of the Minister of Agriculture, Mary Coughlan, the person with the most power to end fur farms in Ireland. She can stop giving a licence to the fur farmers, she can include an end to fur farming in the Animal Welfare Bill that is currently being drafted by her department or she can bring forward other legislation of her own to stop fur farming in Ireland.

    One person from Donegal summed up the general feeling in the town “I can’t believe that this is happening in County Donegal and that our own Minister Coughlan is not doing something to ban it. It’s so cruel.

    70 animals killed for each fur coat, killed for something nobody needs. Unbelievable!”

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