Body Parts From Endangered Wildlife Sold on Facebook-CEO Zuckerberg Silent (Video)

by N.Morgan 

This screen grab from a Facebook group and photographed on a computer screen in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018, shows what appears to be a bucket of tiger teeth offered for sale on a Facebook page. In a complaint filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, wildlife preservation advocates allege that Facebook’s failure to stop illicit traders utilizing its platform for illegal activity violates the social network’s responsibilities as a publicly traded company. (AP Photo)

Facebook is under fire again, this time accused of allowing the body parts of endangered animal species to be sold globally on the website.

Watching the recent testimony of Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaves no doubt he has no issue with not telling the truth, even under oath.

Facebook is displaying advertisements for well-known American corporations on group pages operated by overseas wildlife traffickers illegally selling the body parts of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth.

In a secret complaint filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, wildlife preservation advocates allege that Facebook’s failure to stop illicit traders using its service for illegal activity violates the social network’s responsibilities as a publicly traded company.

Facebook didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The complaint, a copy of which was provided to The Associated Press, was initially filed in August on behalf of an undercover informant represented by the National Whistleblower Center, a non-profit legal advocacy group. The identity of the informant, who recorded video of face-to-face meetings with wildlife traffickers set up over Facebook, has been kept confidential out of safety concerns.

The SEC declined to comment Monday on whether the whistleblower complaint triggered an investigation of the company.

“Facebook is not an innocent bystander to these crimes,” said Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center. “Facebook sold advertisements on the very pages the illegal ivory was being marketed.”

Facebook is one of 20 technology companies that last month joined the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online, which was organized by Google and the World Wildlife Fund. Weeks after the March 7 announcement, an AP reporter was able to see scores of internationally banned wildlife products for sale in public and private Facebook groups, most based in Southeast Asia.

Among the items available were belts made from what appeared to be the fur of Bengal tigers, a critically endangered species with only about 2,500 still living in the wild. Also advertised were horns from black rhinos, a species heavily targeted by poachers with little more than 5,000 still roaming Africa.

Negotiations over price and delivery are often initiated by Facebook Messenger. Instagram and WhatsApp, two social media platforms also owned by Facebook, are also sometimes used by traffickers.

The allegations tying Facebook to the illegal trafficking of wildlife are surfacing while the company is already scrambling to recover from a privacy scandal that has wiped out $79 billion in shareholder wealth during the past three weeks.

The crisis stems from revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm connected to President Donald Trump’s successful 2016 campaign, had exploited weaknesses in Facebook’s privacy controls to collect personal information about 87 million people without their consent.

Zuckerberg will try to reverse the backlash against the company when he opens two days of testimony in Congress. His appearance will give lawmakers the opportunity to grill him about the Cambridge Analytica episode, as well as evidence that Russian agents manipulated Facebook’s network to spread false information that may have swayed the 2016 election.

The SEC complaint may trigger other lines of inquiry about how much of Facebook’s annual revenue of $41 billion has been generated by ads running on pages featuring illegal activity, such as the sale of elephant ivory and tiger teeth.

Facebook hasn’t disclosed that some of its revenue may be tied to illegal trafficking in wildlife in regulatory filings that are supposed to outline various risks and other threats that could crimp its profits or stock price.

Trafficking investigators say they have seen no drop off in the illegal products offered for sale on Facebook after prior public pledges by the company to crack down.

They are calling on federal security regulators to force Facebook to immediately freeze accounts being used by illegal traffickers and cooperate with international law enforcement to identify the individuals involved for prosecution.

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References:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/body-parts-threatened-wildlife-widely-sold-facebook-234807698–politics.html

http://www.ap.org/

AP environmental reporter Michael Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbieseck

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Dog Who Lost Her Legs Determined to Walk Again; See How She Is Now (Video)

(N.Morgan) Chi Chi, a beautiful Golden Retriever, survived insurmountable odds to overcome the scars left from her horrific past, and to find a loving and accepting family.

No one knew for sure if this golden retriever would ever walk again – but when one family refused to give up on her, she surprised everyone. Today she’s training for a very important new job.

Please be advised: The following contains information about Chi Chi’s history and treatment that led to her amputations and is graphic and disturbing: From Chi Chi’s Facebook

Chi Chi was born in January 2014 and was kept alive in immensely cruel conditions, all while her body was being prepped to one day be considered ready for slaughter and sold into the dog meat trade.

Chi Chi, whose legs had rotted from the extreme abuse, was thrown away in a trash bag in the South Korean countryside where dogs are traditionally killed for meat.

Her spirit must have surely been broken, and all hope lost.

Then she was saved.

These amazing people discovered her in that trash bag in a well-known dog meat slaughter region of South Korea. Her feet were barely attached and she was in immense pain with cuts and bruises all over her body.

However, what they also saw was this sweet girl with a bright spark showing in her eyes. They brought her to be evaluated by a veterinary clinic.

What they discovered was that her four legs were so badly rotted that in order to save her life they would have to be amputated immediately.

Due to Chi Chi showing her strong spirit and will to live, they went ahead with the surgery. 

This was made possible by The Hope Foundation (Nabiya/Irion Project to help injured Animals) when they contacted ARME to partner and find a home in America.

Chi Chi has since made a full recovery and is a joy to be around. She lights up the room, greets everyone with a happy wagging tail, and loves to share her sweet spirit with anyone who comes to see her.

She loves to be involved in everything the doctors and staff are doing, and happily scoots around the office, putting her sweet face in everybody’s business!

But Chi Chi’s journey had just started. She had been adopted by an amazing family in Arizona, USA, and was soon on her way to a new life.

Chi Chi is a true testament of what it means to be a survivor, moving from the darkest of places and coming out into the light with strength and love for all. She is THE dog saved by Dogs In The Dark with help from the guiding light that is Chula’s Compass by ARME.

Now Chi Chi is paying the kindness she received forward, and is currently training to be a therapy dog. Her new role will take her to hospitals and other facilities where she can interact with people of all ages and share her light of inspiration.

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References:

https://www.facebook.com/chichirescuedog/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnE7A3x2DrI

https://www.instagram.com/chichirescuedog/

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Southwest Airlines Fills Cabin With Pets Orphaned During Houston Storm in Dramatic Rescue (Photos)

Guest Contributor Earth Heal

After #Harvey, many existing shelter animals in affected areas had to be moved to other cities to make room for pets of displaced families.

– In scenes reminiscent of the Biblical story of Noah and his ark, Southwest Airlines took the extraordinary step this week of filling up the cabin of one of its planes with orphaned animals from flood-hit Houston.

Animal shelters all over Texas are at maximum capacity after Hurricane Harvey devastated the region, leaving many pets homeless and desperate. Enter Southwest Airlines, who together with animal rescue groups helped dozens of animals escape the floods, easing the burden on overworked shelters and creating room for more rescued pets.

Flying the orphaned animals to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego, California was literally a life-saving gesture. The Texas rescue group, Operation Pets Alive! had taken in an overwhelming number of orphaned dogs and cats who had inhabited shelters before the storm and were suddenly facing euthanasia simply because they had no place to go. The joint operation between the Helen Woodward Center and Southwest Airlines to relocate these animals allows Operation Pets Alive! to increase animal rescue operations in Houston, as it begins to recover from the effects of the devastating hurricane.

Volunteers helped board the animals into crates in the specially converted cabin of the aircraft, giving them a chance of a new life in California where it is hoped that they will eventually find homes. We don’t yet know if they had access to in-flight entertainment and meals, but we would like to think so!

 

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More articles by Earth Heal

Reference:

http://www.earth-heal.com/news/news/55-human-animal-bonding-and-communication/3637-southwest-airlines-fills-cabin-with-pet.html

Sobbing Dog Dumped at Shelter and Laughed at by Owner, Gets the Last Laugh

by N.Morgan

When you look into the sweet face of a dog and see their unconditional and unwavering love for you, it makes these kind of stories doubly heartbreaking.

Jack the pitbull was unceremoniously dumped at a nearby shelter by his one time owner, who had decided he no longer wanted sweet Jack.

What makes this story even sadder is that Jack was somehow able to tell that this moment was coming.

He cried and whimpered, desperately attempting to change his owner’s mind.

Instead of reconsidering keeping Jack, Jack’s owner cruelly laughed in the sweet pup’s face and continued onward with his evil plan.

Can you believe that someone would decide to dump a dog at the local shelter on Christmas Day…..of all the days you could possibly decide to make such a heartless choice?

Not only was Jack in good health, but was a very well behaved and a sweet natured dog and the fact his owner would abandon such a treasure is just beyond belief.

The compassionate staff quickly came to the decision that the shelter was no place for such a wonderful dog, who had been kicked out of what should’ve been his forever home, for no reason at all, so the staff began to formulate a plan to find Jack the loving home he deserved.

They utilized their social media pages as a means of promoting Jack for adoption and as you may have guessed, this gambit worked like a charm. Thanks to the assistance of a few local animal rescue providers, Jack was saved from a life on the streets and given the chance to enjoy a wonderful and full life.

The adoption offers came flooding in quickly and Jack was given several options for a forever home. We are glad to report that he has been adopted by people who love him and he will never have to suffer through the indignity of being ditched on Christmas ever again.

People need to realize that taking in a dog or any pets is a responsibility that should be taken seriously and understand it will be for the duration of that animal’s life. They are one of our most vulnerable and sweet creatures among us and should be treated as a member of the family.

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Dogs Couldn’t Stop Wagging Their Tails When Rescuers Arrived and Saved Their Lives (Video)

by N.Morgan

In a horrific discovery, rescuers from Animal Rescue Corp were forced to break down a door to what turned out to be a fake animal sanctuary to save over 100 dogs.

 

To help these rescuers save more animals, you can support the Animal Rescue Corps: http://thedo.do/corps

Invest in Compassion

We need your help to end animal suffering and confront those who profit from their abuse and torture. Your donation enables Animal Rescue Corps to reach into the darkness, remove suffering animals and deliver them into a world of compassion — a world you create through your support.

References:

https://www.facebook.com/DodoImpact/

http://animalrescuecorps.org/donate/

 

A Little Kindness and Love Can Indeed Change a Life (Photos)

(N.Morgan) It is an unfortunate and sad fact that not every dog is provided a loving and safe home. This can be due to the dog being born on the streets or being abandoned in early puppyhood because their owners were either unable to provide for them or decided that owning a dog was too big of a responsibility.

Pooches like these regularly spend the greater part of their lives capriciously meandering the streets, fighting off dangers and ailments and scarcely scrounging enough food scraps to survive.

Kelsey had been one of those dogs, living in the streets homeless and a stray, she was just barely surviving.

When rescuers recently found her on the side of the road, they were shocked: her condition was critical, so much so she hardly even resembled a dog.

The photo above shows when rescuers discovered a homeless pup they later named Kelsey on the side of a busy road, she was barely recognizable. She was thin, malnourished, and covered in sores. Not only that, but she was also desperately searching for something to eat.

As rescuers assessed the dog’s condition, they determined that her body had been completely ravaged by sores and infections. These cuts and bruises had resulted in the most of her fur falling out, which caused her to appear even more thin and sickly. They knew she was in desperate need of medical attention and they had to act fast.

Like many stray and abandoned animals, Kelsey was suspicious and very cautious, not trusting these individuals who were trying to help her. For a long time, she refused to allow the rescuers to place her into their vehicle so they could take her to get help. After a few hours of patient coaxing, the rescuers finally were finally able to gain Kelsey’s trust and get her into the car.

It was clear to the rescue team that Kelsey was in terrible shape. And the team realized if they had not found her when they did, there would have been a good chance that Kelsey might not have survived. In fact, the veterinarians at the rescue center could not believe she was still alive at all when they first saw her.

The veterinarians used all of their expertise to ensure that Kelsey would survive her horrific ordeal. They worked tirelessly to give her the proper care she clearly needed immediately. The first step, of course, was to make sure she was eating nutritious food.

Getting her to eat proper dog food wasn’t very difficult, the poor dog was starving and pretty much willing to wolf down almost anything presented to her! Even though she had a long way to go before she could be a fully healthy dog again, the veterinarians were going to do whatever it took to get her back on her feet.

By that point, Kelsey seemed to sense that she was in good hands. The veterinary staff could see her warming up to them, and her spirits appeared to be rising by the second. Just take a look at that sweet face! That’s a dog who knows she’s going to get better.

As Kelsey’s infections and wounds started to heal, her spunky spirit began to shine through. It was clear that the companionship of the veterinarians was helping her feel right at home with them. It wasn’t long before she was eagarly stepping outdoors to enjoy the sunshine whenever they did.

Another major step in Kelsey’s recovery was helping her to learn how to socialize with other dogs and animals. Thankfully, the staff at the animal hospital was quick to introduce her to a number of other dogs at the facility who were more than happy to play with her and show her the ‘doggie’ ropes!

Kelsey was blazing her way towards making a full recovery in a physical sense, but she was also becoming more social and comfortable around the people and other animals in her new environment. As her body was healing right before the staff’s eyes, so had her spirit returned. She was clearly much happier!

Once her sores and infections healed, it wasn’t very long before Kelsey’s beautiful fur finally began to grow back. Thanks to all the love and care she’d received, she no longer looked anything like the poor animal the hospital had begun treating just a few short weeks prior!

Like any pup, Kelsey was more than happy to curl up and nap in her new cozy, comfortable dog bed! It is certainly a better place than the cold concrete of the uncertain streets. It was clear she definitely felt right at home. She was finally experiencing a normal dog’s life: going for walks, taking naps, and eating lots of delicious, healthy snacks.

Kelsey has turned into a happy, healthy and beautiful dog just like any other. It was amazing to see what the veterinary staff was able to accomplish once Kelsey received the proper love and care that every dog deserves.

She was clearly thankful for their help, too.

Best of all, Kelsey was eventually adopted! She finally got the happy ending she deserved, and it was all thanks to the vets and rescuers who made all the difference in her unbelievable transformation. Bravo to them!

Finding a Dog.

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Reference:

http://honesttopaws.com/kelsey-the-stray-dog/?pas=1&as=702aol

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Sweet Dog Who Endured the Worst Is Now Happy With Loving Family (Videos)

(N.Morgan) Animal cruelty is one of the lowest and evil crimes committed against some of the innocent precious souls among us.

The abuse generally leaves the animal permanently maimed or physically disabled and emotionally scarred.

Baron the Rottweilers story is one of heartbreak, hope, and healing and love conquering evil.

As originally reported by the Detroit Free Press: An adorable Rottweiler mix from Detroit, Michigan is recovering from a brutal attack that saw someone cut off his ears and nose.

 It’s unclear what exactly happened to the dog, named Baron, but the Michigan Humane Society says it looks like a dangerous human was involved.

In a video posted to their official Facebook page, the society says Baron was found wandering in West Detroit last week when someone coaxed him into a local business.

The society then picked him up and have been treating his injuries.

In addition to the damage on his ears and nose, there were injuries on the backs of his legs.

The medical staff will soon have to amputate his tail because of the extent of damage inflicted on it, reported the Detroit Free Press.

On a more positive note, specialists may be able perform reconstructive surgery on his nose.

In the videos below, watch Baron’s courageous story of overcoming his tragic past to find healing and love.

If you have any information about the perpetrator who did this to Baron, please contact the Michigan Humane Society (313) 872-3401, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. or leave a detailed message any time.

Be sure to leave all the information requested on the voice mail message, including the complaint street address and major cross streets.

You can remain anonymous but please include your phone number if possible in case additional information is needed.

A $35,000 reward now being offered for any information that leads to the capture of the perpetrator.

Sad dog story: What an awful human did to Baron the rottweiler will leave you super sad 

Mutilated dog hasn’t given up on humans despite trauma

Justice for BARON, the Rottweiler – VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED!

$11G Reward Offered To Find Whoever Mutilated Dog’s Nose And Ears

An Update on Baron

Baron’s Adoption

 

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References:

https://www.thedodo.com/abused-rottweiler-gets-new-family-2349214544.html#

http://www.michiganhumane.org/

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