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Appeal to raise funds for rescued circus animals
Kimba is one of the three lions rescued by Animal Defenders International.

Three lions saved after Guatemala circus ban 

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has launched an appeal to raise funds for the rescue of circus animals in Guatemala.

The appeal comes in response to Guatemala’s ban on the use of circus animals, which came into force in April 2018. Circuses were given 12 months to relocate their animals, yet many animals remain, including monkeys, lions, tigers and pumas.

ADI has already rescued three lions - Sasha, Nena and Kimba - from one zoo and is now working with authorities to remove two lions and nine tigers from a second.  

The animals will be cared for in temporary units until ADI has completed the documents and permits needed to take them to their ‘forever homes’. This process could take many months, after which the lions will move to a sanctuary in South Africa whilst the tigers will relocate to various sanctuaries in the USA.

ADI said that money raised from the appeal will be used to build holding units and to feed, care for and treat the rescued animals until their relocation.

“Sasha, Nena, and Kimba will no longer suffer in the circus and a new life awaits them in Africa,” said ADI President Jan Creamer. “With many more animals in desperate need of our help, we need the support of the public to save them all.”

ADI has rescued hundreds of animals across the globe, including more than 60 lions and tigers from circuses in Latin America. The organisation is also providing food, care and veterianry treatment for animals afftected by the Fuego volcano eruption.

To make a donation towards the appeal, visit

Image (C) Animal Defenders International

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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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BSAVA announces winner of 2019 Bourgelat Award

One of the world’s leading small animal medicine specialists is set to receive the prestigious Bourgelat Award at BSAVA Congress 2019.

Professor Mike Herrtage will be recognised for his major research into metabolic and endocrine diseases, including diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease.

During his career, Prof Herrtage has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and written more than 200 other publications such as abstracts, books and chapters. He also continues to be a source of inspiration for thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary surgeons.