Wednesday, September 2, 2015



We applaud Bill Cunningham - owner of Carden International Circus (the largest producer of US Shrine circuses) - who announced with PETA that he’s retiring all wild animal acts due to “immense psychological stress to the animals.”

James Hamid of Hamid Circus, agrees circuses “must keep up with the modern audience. … we see all circuses moving to non-animal productions.” ADI urges Hamid to commit to humane entertainment.

Earlier this year, ADI  Animal Defenders International presented circus suffering evidence to Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate for Shriners International, urging the organization toward entertainment more consistent with its stated principles of love, relief, and truth. YES!!!

Monday, August 24, 2015


 **UPDATE**  We know as of today is that Feisal Mohammed Ali is still under arrest until Wednesday Aug 25th when the high court will make a decision on the bail he was granted by a lower court – AFTER the Kenyan High Court had stated he was not eligible for bail as he was a high flight risk….

Mombasa, Kenya, Aug 24 – A court in Kenya on Monday suspended the release on bail of a suspected ringleader of an ivory smuggling gang following an appeal by government prosecutors.

Kenyan national Feisal Mohammed Ali, who figured on an Interpol list of the nine most wanted suspects linked to crimes against the environment, was arrested by international police agents in Tanzania in December after fleeing Kenya and was extradited to face charges in the port city of Mombasa.

In March, bail was granted on medical grounds, but Kenyan prosecutors successfully appealed that decision at the High Court.

On Friday, magistrate Davis Karani again granted him 10 million shilling ($96,900/85,800 euro) bail, but that was again suspended on Monday.

Prosecutor Alexander Muteti repeated his argument that Ali was a flight risk.

“Mohamed fled from justice when he knew he was being sought for,” Muteti told the court.

The next ruling on the bail application is scheduled for Wednesday.

Ali is charged with possession of and dealing in elephant tusks weighing more than two tonnes — equivalent to at least 114 slaughtered elephants and worth an estimated $4.5 million (4.2 million euros).

Prosecutors allege he is a key player in the organised crime network stretching from African parks to Asian markets, where demand for ivory is high. He has denied all charges.

The haul was discovered by Kenyan police in June 2014 when they raided a car dealership in Mombasa, after which Ali fled to Tanzania.

The case is seen as a key test of Kenya’s resolve to tackle poaching.

A recent five-year study of wildlife cases before Kenyan courts, carried out by conservation organisation Wildlife Direct and published in 2014, found that only seven percent of those convicted of offences against elephants and rhinos actually went to jail, despite the crimes carrying a maximum 10-year sentence.

Save the Elephants estimates an average of 33,000 elephants have been lost across Africa to poachers each year between 2010 and 2012.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


A man counts ivory pieces at the KWS offices in Mombasa on August 17, 2015 before the proceedings of a case against businessman Feisal Ali Mohammed and five others. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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The 314 pieces of ivory, allegedly found in possession of Mombasa businessman Feisal Ali Mohammed, were extracted from 160 elephants, a court heard on Wednesday.

The trophies, weighing 2,152 kilograms and valued at Sh44 million, were harvested from elephants of different age brackets, according to Dr Ogeto Mwebi, an animal heritage scientist.

Dr Mwebi is a senior research scientist and head of osteology at the National Museums of Kenya.

“In the forensic analysis I conducted, I (found) all of them to be elephant ivory of different ages. I estimated they belonged to 160 elephants. I put them as juvenile, mature or adults,” said Dr Mwebi.

He, however, explained that his analysis did not focus on establishing which country was home to the elephants.

He was testifying in the ongoing trial of Mr Mohamed and four other people for alleged possession of the ivory and dealing with the tusks without a licence.

The other suspects are Mr Abdul Halim Sadiq, Ghalib Sadiq Kara, Praverz Noor Mohamed and Mr Abdulmajeed Ibrahim.

They have all denied committing the offence on June 5 last year at the business premises of Fuji Motors East Africa Limited, on Tom Mboya Avenue, Tudor Estate, in Mombasa.


Friday, August 14, 2015


As the world agonized over the death of Cecil the lion late last month, poachers in Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park – less than 300km from the UN Environment Programme world headquarters in Nairobi – illegally slaughtered five elephants, plundered the carcasses and fled the country with their ivory prize. Compared to Cecil, the slaughter barely registered on the world’s radar.

The slaughter of five elephants in Kenya was no anomaly – it’s a symptom of a global epidemic. Estimates show some 100,000 elephants out of a population of 420,000–650,000 were killed in Africa between 2010 and 2012. In 2014, poachers slaughtered 1,215 rhinos in South Africa alone, an increase of over 9,000% from 2007. Great apeslost to illegal activities number in the thousands worldwide.

These killings are extremely upsetting. But while we often view them as an aesthetic loss or an ethical shortfall, we frequently fail to see how such tragedies reverberate deep within our societies.

The global illegal trade in wildlife has very real consequences for the world, beyond an ethical quandary. It ruins ecosystems, destroys livelihoods, undermines governments, threatens national security and sabotages sustainable development.

The illegal wildlife trade is deeply disruptive to our ecosystems. A dramatic population collapse triggers knock-on effects throughout the entire system. Removing elephants in large numbers, for example, means that plant seeds are not spread widely. Other species, whose diets rely on plant diversity, must endure this shift. As species populations dwindle, their genetic diversity decreases and disease is more easily spread.

If the animals are the first victims of these criminals, then good governance and the rule of law are not far behind

And the changes are equally unbalancing for communities. Those reliant on their immediate surroundings for sustenance find themselves suddenly facing inhospitable environments. Where magnificent animals like rhinos and gorillas attract tourists, those who rely on the tourism industry suffer the animals’ absence. Where tourism drives the economy, the effect is devastating.

A look at the money involved explains why. A recent report by the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) and Interpol estimated the value of transnational organised environmental crime, including illegal exploitation of wildlife and forest resources, at up to US$213bn (£137bn) annually. This economic loss is particularly felt in developing countries where natural resource wealth represents a foundation for sustainable development. That this revenue instead goes to line the pockets of criminals compounds the issue.

Where crime flourishes, corruption blooms. As the rule of law is undermined, criminality multiplies. If the animals are the first victims of these criminals, then good governance and the rule of law are not far behind.

Indeed, illicit wildlife trade supports organised crime and non-state armed groups. Ivory funds militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, and horse gangs in Sudan, Chad and Niger. READ MORE HERE

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