Video: Good Samaritans help save abandoned dog in heart-warming river rescue

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A group of kind-hearted friends worked together to help rescue an abandoned dog left stranded on a small island.

The heart-warming clip shows the selfless group save a stricken canine from the Nišava River in Serbia.

Sasha Peši?, who works at a nearby animal shelter, was the first to climb down from a bridge and get the dog to safety.

BUAV petitions Home Office to find homes for animals used in testing

On 27 January 2015, the BUAV submitted its petition of over 33,000 signatures to the Home Office, calling for the mandatory homing of animals who have outlived their use in laboratories. The petition was delivered by Journalist and TV Presenter, Wendy Turner Webster and Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford, who were joined by Oliver, one of three beagles the BUAV was able to home from MSD Animal Health during an investigation at one of its laboratories in 2013.

Every year hundreds of cats and thousands of dogs suffer and die in experiments throughout the UK, and there is currently no law protecting the dogs, cats and other animals who survive. Instead of being found homes, animals used in experiments are routinely killed, while other animals bred for research purposes but not used end up suffering the same fate.

The BUAV homing campaign has been collecting signatures and rounding up support urging the Government to issue a policy statement that the homing of cats, dogs and other animals no longer required by laboratories for research becomes mandatory. The BUAV recently submitted a report on the subject with a list of recommendationsto the Home Office asking that laboratories work with reputable animal shelters and organisations to find them homes. A Government statement on this issue is due shortly.

Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford, who has raised the issue in Parliament, said: “I am pleased to support the BUAV with this important campaign. It is an issue that resonates strongly with politicians and the public. My hope is for this petition to raise further awareness and set in motion the process that will give animals in laboratories a second chance at both freedom and happiness.”

Wendy Turner Webster, Journalist and TV Presenter, said: “Oliver is a beautiful, healthy and vibrant dog and it is devastating to think that so many animals like him are killed unnecessarily. I join the BUAV’s call to stop the killing of animals in laboratories when they could be released into secure and loving homes instead and I back the BUAV’s efforts to make it a requirement for laboratories to work with animal shelters to find them homes. These animals all deserve a chance of a happy life.”

Other high-profile supporters of the homing campaign include internationally acclaimed singer Bonnie Tyler, writer and broadcaster Pam Ayres and actors John Nettle and Sue Johnson. The petition has also been promoted on social media by comedian Ricky Gervais, actor Ayden Callaghan and TV presenters Sarah Jayne Honeywell and Philippa Tomson.

London Marathon runner chooses to fundraise for animals in memory of heroic girlfriend who died in a fire

This year’s London Marathon will be teaming with many people who all have a personal tale to tell about why they have chosen to train for one of the most gruelling and infamous races in the UK.

Tens of thousands of people take part each year and it is the largest annual fundraising event in the world. Charities are inundated with offers of people who wish to take part so selecting candidates can be tough.

World Animal Protection were particularly touched when they were contacted last year by Oscar Silva Zeas who wished to run the 2015 race in memory of his girlfriend, Sophie Rosser. Sophie tragically died in a fire in 2012 when she was trying to alert Oscar and others in the apartment block to the danger.

Oscar Silva Zeas, said: “Last year I went to see the London Marathon and felt inspired by the all the participants who ran and raised money towards a noble cause. I wanted to be part of a group of people who dedicate their efforts to help financially and make people aware of all the constant work that World Animal Protection is doing to give animals a better world to live in.”

“I’m running in memory of my beloved late girlfriend, Sophie Rosser, a person who was devoted to animals and did all she could to help them. Sophie passed away a couple of years ago trying to alert myself and neighbours of deadly fire incident in the block of flats we used to live in. ”

World Animal Protection UK Director, Suzi Morris, said: “We are very touched that Oscar has chosen our charity to benefit through this wonderful act of honouring Sophie’s memory. He has told us what an animal lover she was and it is through the money raised through Oscar’s actions which means that Sophie’s compassion will live on and mean more animals can be helped around the world.”

Oscar’s JustGiving page to fundraise for the marathon is here

IKEA to serve up vegan meat(less) balls

Praise for Furniture Giant’s Plan to Offer Cruelty-Free Fare at Its In-Store Restaurants

As demand for delicious, convenient vegan food skyrockets around the world, top furniture retailer IKEA is tossing its hat into the fray with a scrumptious offering: a vegan twist on its classic Swedish meatball. After working with PETA US – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – for the past three years and receiving a swarm of petitions from supporters of PETA and its international affiliates asking for vegan options, the company has announced that the tasty vegan treats will be available in its store restaurants beginning in April.

“PETA hears every day from shoppers calling for animal-friendly on-the-go options”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “Vegan snacks spare animals suffering and benefit human health, which earns IKEA a round of applause from PETA.”

In addition to sparing animals immense suffering on factory farms, in abattoirs and on the decks of fishing boats, vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, diabetes, strokes, obesity and cancer than meat-eaters are. They also have smaller carbon footprints, as the meat industry is a major producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.

Director of UK facility supplying dogs for experiments convicted of animal abuse in Italy

An animal abuse conviction handed down to a director of Yorkshire Evergreen, the UK company behind controversial plans to breed dogs for experimentation in Yorkshire, has led to renewed calls by the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) to uphold the decision to refuse permission for the facility to be built.

Ghislane Rondot and two of her senior colleagues at the Green Hill breeding facility in Italy were convicted on Friday of illegally killing and mistreating animals. Italian media have reported that over 6,000 dogs died at Green Hill between 2008-2012. The three staff face between one and one and a half years in prison, with Rondot facing one of the longest sentences. Around 3,000 dogs have been rescued from the facility, and the issue has garnered huge support from the Italian public.

For over two years Yorkshire Evergreen (also known as B&K Universal Ltd and owned by the US multinational animal supplier Marshall BioResources) has been trying to push through plans for a laboratory breeding facility in Grimston, Yorkshire, where hundreds of animals would be bred and sent for experiments. Yorkshire Evergreen has appealed multiple rejections of its plans. A final decision on the latest appeal will be made by the Secretary of State in the coming months.

Jan Creamer, President of the National Anti-Vivisection Society said, “This conviction should mark the final nail in the coffin for Yorkshire Evergreen’s long-opposed plans. The NAVS calls on the Secretary of State to uphold the council’s decision to block the facility and resolve this issue once and for all.”

Yorkshire Evergreen’s plans have caused a public outcry in both the local community and across the UK, with tens of thousands of people signing petitions and speaking out in opposition. Celebrities including BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe and actor Peter Egan have joined the NAVS to oppose the proposed facility.

Latest statistics, for 2013, show that 3,554 dogs were experimented on in Britain, marking a 10% rise from the year before. Being small and docile, beagles are preferred test subjects. The dogs are commonly used for toxicology experiments where they may be force-fed chemicals and have toxic substances pumped into their veins which can make them so sick that they die in agony. Almost all dogs are killed at the end of the experiment.