AfA February Newsletter

Welcome to AfA’s February Newsletter
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Dear Sylvia,

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year of the Rooster from all of us at the Asia For Animals Coalition! Here’s to making sure the year of the Rooster is a great year for all animals!

Updates and Calls for Action!

Great News from Vietnam: Another cruel festival halted in
Vietnam following public outcry

A Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival in which a live buffalo is hung has been ended after angry citizens protested after footage of last year’s Dong Cuong New Year festival went viral in Vietnam. Thankfully, the central and local authorities are in agreement and have ordered organisers not to allow such animal cruelty to taint the village’s Lunar New Year celebrations.

Read more here

It’s Time to End Cruel Animal Attractions in Indonesia!

Zoos and ‘safari parks’ throughout the country are exploiting animals to attract visitors.
Based on the ongoing monitoring of wildlife attractions in Indonesian zoos by “Scorpion”, these activities conducted for visitors’ entertainment are based on abuse and exploitation, resulting in immense animal suffering.

We believe that the keeping of wildlife in captivity for the purposes of entertainment is not ethically justifiable, and are committed to raising awareness of the plight of these animals, whilst lobbying for the strengthening of laws to safeguard the welfare of wildlife in captivity.

Please join us in calls to end cruel animal attractions in Indonesia

We have written to the Ministry urging immediate action be taken to halt this brutal and cruel exploitation of animals, but we need you to make YOUR voice heard too!

Please sign and sharing Scorpion’s petition, calling on the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to ban all cruel animal attractions in Indonesia
Sign petition
Find out more about animal exploitation in the name of entertainment and how YOU can help

Lasah The Elephant Still Needs Your Help!

For the last 20 years, an elephant named Lasah has been nothing more than a prop to humankind. From hauling logs to being gawked at in zoos to performing in shows and commercials, Lasah hasn’t had it easy. Now, he is at Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) in Malaysia where he’s been giving rides to tourists for the last decade.

But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Friends of the Orangutan (FOTO) has secured a place for Lasah at a wonderful elephant sanctuary called Kualah Gandah

To those of you who made your voices heard for Lasah by signing the petition, you may have received an email from the wildlife department in Malaysia regarding this situation. Sadly, the government has made no indication when they will transfer Lasah to the sanctuary here.

View the Malaysian government’s response to us and Friends of the Orangutan’s reply
We won’t give up on Lasah… Will you?

Please continue to sign and share the two petitions:

FOTO petition: Help Free Lasah The Elephant In Malaysia
Change.org petition: Free Lasah the elephant from daily abuse

Thank you !

Find out what you can do to continue to support Friends of the Orangutan’s efforts for Lasah

Indonesia: Calling on Sriwijaya Air to Stop
Transporting Dolphins for Travelling Circus Operators

The Asia for Animals Coalition is supporting our friends at Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) in their campaign to end the exploitation of dolphins in travelling circuses in Indonesia.

We are committed to ending the captivity of cetaceans globally, many of which are wild-caught. The welfare of dolphins used in travelling circuses is further compromised by their training, frequent transport, and the lack of suitable resting and holding facilities at circus venues. The dolphins are held in close confinement for almost all of their lives, forced to travel for hours on end, and exposed to regular human handling and excessive noise… All in the name of ‘entertainment’…

Circus dolphin packed into a dry crate in between shows
(Photo credit: JAAN)
There is growing international recognition of the role airlines play in permitting the captive cetacean industry to continue its exploitation, and of the severe stress cetaceans suffer during hours of restricted confinement during air transportation. Globally we are seeing an ever-growing number of airlines pledging to no longer transport these animals.

Please join us in supporting JAAN in calling on Sriwijaya Air to stop transporting dolphins for travelling circus operators in Indonesia! Please sign and share the petition below urgently

Sign Petition

Elephants in Tourism: Please Don’t Pay For Their Suffering

Elephant tourist parks, camps and shows exist in many parts of Asia, and the tourist demand to get close to these iconic animals is fuelling the cruel and abusive treatment of elephants…

Tourists may think activities like riding an elephant do no harm, but the brutal truth is that breaking these animals‘ spirits to the point that they allow humans to interact with them involves cruelty at every turn.
Read more here
Elephant training methods which keep the animals in constant compliance are based on fear and pain: Calves are “broken” by removal from their mothers, physical restraint and fear. Adults are forced to perform in a certain way through the abusive use of the bullhook (ankus).
Whilst it is often claimed that tourist elephants are “rescued” or being kept for conservation. The reality is that encouraging human-elephant interactions is contrary to conservation and rehabilitation efforts. Teaching animals to perform inappropriate tricks portrays them to the public in a humiliating manner, instead of showing their natural grace and beauty. And this compromises efforts to promote empathy and respect.

What can you do?

You can make a difference. Most elephants in captivity are part of tourist-driven businesses. Please don’t pay for the elephants‘ suffering.

  • NEVER go on elephant rides
  • NEVER visit attractions with elephant shows or performances
  • NEVER stay in resorts or hotels that have captive elephants
  • NEVER use tour operators that book elephant rides or tours to elephant camps
Find out more

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