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News - December 2009

Animal welfare history is made as the final curtain falls on dancing bears in India

18th December 2009

A coalition of conservation and animal rescue groups has today made animal welfare history by taking the last dancing bears off the streets of India - bringing an end to a centuries-old tradition that inflicted terrible cruelty on thousands of highly endangered sloth bears.The groups behind the... read more »

Circus legal action in Malta criticised

16th December 2009

The Circus Animal Rights Coalition in Malta, of which International Animal Rescue is an active member, has expressed its full support for a number of individuals who are being sued for libel by circus organisers. Acting on behalf of Circo Fantasy, J S Productions Ltd has filed suits against Ms... read more »

Walk for animal rights and against animal circuses in Malta

11th December 2009

The Circus Animal Rights Coalition, consisting of 20 local organisations and backed by a number of European groups, organised a Walk for Animal Rights and Against Animal Circuses as a symbolic protest at the presence of 'Circo Fantasy' in Malta. The walk left at 6pm from City Gate Valletta and... read more »

Large male orangutan safe in the wild thanks to rescue and conservation groups

11th December 2009

International Animal Rescue has successfully relocated a large male orangutan into a safe area of forest purchased and protected by conservation group Fauna and Flora International (FFI). The majestic male with large cheek pads had been displaced by the destruction of his habitat for a palm oil... read more »

Jail sentence for Maltese drug trafficker in possession of dead protected bird species

4th December 2009

Jean Pierre Abdilla, 31, a former police force member in Malta, has been jailed for 16 years and fined €40,000, and had all his property confiscated after he was found guilty of conspiring to deal in heroin, trafficking in the drug and breaching administrative law enforcement regulations. These... read more »

Circus owners claim discrimination after ban on school visits to the circus in Malta

1st December 2009

A hardhitting campaign against the use of animals in circuses by a coalition of NGOs in Malta has prompted anger among circus owners and their representatives. The campaign made significant progress recently when the Maltese department of education banned state schools from organising visits to the... read more »

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