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ESMA thanks IFAW for a generous grant

Monday, March 7th, 2011

We thanks the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for a grant that has helped us to cover our additional expenses at this difficult time.  Thank you IFAW!  For more information on IFAW’s efforts worldwide, see

The Worldwide Veterinary Service sends a team to Egypt

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Read the report of Dr. Luke Gamble on the current situation.

Egypt welfare assessment report

Harrod’s in London will host ESMA fundraiser Feb. 12 and 13

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Please let your friends in London know–we will be raising funds in the pet section of Harrod’s in central London from 11am to 7pm.  Our UK supporters will have a table set up with information about ESMA and will be collecting donations.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us at this difficulty time, so please help us spread the news.

Here are two posters that our UK supporters will be displaying at the event (click to enlarge)

The tragic results of breeders and pet shops

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

On the 17th of January 2011, I received a phone call from a friend and fellow animal lover about a 5 month old Great Dane puppy that had been rescued from a pet store. The poor baby was suffering from an advanced case of canine distemper, as well as pneumonia, and was merely skin and bones when she arrived at my house.

My fiancee Laura and I dedicated our lives to caring for her, giving her injections, IV solutions, and force feeding her regularly, as she was too weak to eat on her own. In the process of tending to her needs, we failed to realise how deeply in love with her we had fallen.

One day while we sat with her keeping her company, I decided to call her “Lulla”, and for the first time since we had gotten her she looked up at me with her beautiful brown eyes. It was settled, she was our “Lulla”. We spent countless hours sitting with her and cuddling with her; the bond between us grew.

Slowly but surely, “Lulla’s” condition started to improve as she fought the distemper, and she slowly started to become more active; a ray of hope. However, she had her good days and her bad.

This morning we decided she needed to go for a walk, to see the sun, and to feel the wind on her face. Surely this would give her the will to live; the will to fight. As we strolled through the gardens by my house, I saw what i could only describe as a smile on her beautiful white and grey face.

Later today, “Lulla’s” condition rapidly started to complicate, and the discharge and fluids in her chest made it almost impossible for her to breathe. She lay her head on Laura’s shoulders, almost as if asking for help. I got the car ready to take her to the vet, and rushed out of the house with her in my arms. We weren’t fast enough. As we made our way to the car, she took in a deep breath, sighed, and became lifeless in my arms.

Our baby “Lulla” had lost the will to live, but I was not ready to stop fighting for her. I lay her down on the stairs of my house, and started to perform CPR. After 2 or 3 minutes of fighting for her, she surprised me and came back to life. She took a deep breath and looked at me with the beautiful brown eyes we had fallen so deeply in love with. 

We got in the car and raced towards the closest vet, who was making her way back to the clinic especially for us. We arrived, abandoned the car in the middle of the road, and raced up the building towards the clinic. Having arrived a few minutes before the vet, we waited impatiently, praying that “Lulla” would hold on; every minute felt like a century. 

Once again it was too late. With another deep breath and a sigh, she closed her eyes and went limp in my arms. She lost the power to fight for any longer. I attempted CPR one more time, hoping to see her looking up at me once again, but it was done; it was her time to go.

I lay on the floor next to her with my head between my knees as Laura broke into tears of disbelief. Our baby, our “Lulla”, she was gone….

Today a part of us died…

“Lulla” is just one in thousands of poor, neglected, and mistreated animals in pet stores in Egypt, and all over the world. 

Together we can put an end to this cruelty…

Say no to pet stores…

Say no to breeders…

Crocodile hunting is on the rise in Egypt

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Crocodile hunting is on the rise in Egypt–read the full story here:

The incredible story of the blind cat Smokey

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Watch it here:

Live Animal Exports from Australia to Egypt Must Stop

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Live-export furyNarelle Towie Environment Reporter

24 October 2010

Sunday Times (Perth)

Inquiry reveals cattle cruelty at sea

ALMOST 300 cattle that perished on a live-export voyage from Fremantle to Egypt suffered a slow, cruel death, a Federal Government inquiry has found.

During 22 days at sea about 7400 cattle on the lower decks of Wellard Rural Export’s MV Ocean Shearer were “panting and gasping” for air and suffering from heat stress while standing in their own excrement, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service report says.

Seventeen animals were too decomposed to determine death and some cattle had to be treated for lameness, infections and stomach problems.

Some of the animals were in such bad condition they were slumped on the deck or hunched over and drooling. Others were agitated and panting.

The investigation was launched after nearly 300 cattle out of 16,460 died on the voyage in February.

More than 360 sheep out of 40,282 also perished on the same trip, which continued to Qatar, but because the number was below 1 per cent of deaths the sheep incidents were not investigated.

 The cattle that suffered most were kept in enclosed lower-level compartments that, after 10 days, were given the worst possible condition ranking.

The report, released this week, stated: “Mortalities for the first few days were low and started to rise on day five of the voyage as deck temperatures and humidity increased. The main cause of cattle mortality was reported to be pneumonia.”

Several factors were found to have contributed to the pneumonia, including heat stress, deck conditions, lack of crew, infectious pathogens and breed.

 Twenty-five animals had to be euthanased in the last three days of the voyage.

The animals were the first to be exported to Egypt since a ban was imposed in 2006.

Animal activists have condemned conditions on the ship, calling the live-export trade cruel and demanding that a ban be reintroduced.

“The formal report confirms the absolutely squalid and horrid conditions that these cattle endured,” Animals Australia director Glenys Oogjes said. “This tragedy is just another in a long line of similar tragedies when you send live animals to the other side of the world. The live-export profit motive overshadows any care and proper concern for the animals.”

 “The trade is inherently risky. No amount of PR can protect Australian animals once they step foot on a ship.”

 Wellard Rural Export managing director Steve Meerwald said the incident was  “disappointing” but isolated. The result for the cattle on this particular voyage is particularly disappointing for Wellard, which ships sheep and cattle week in, week out from ports all around Australia without incident,” Mr Meerwald said.

He said that in 2009, 99.9 per cent of Australian cattle arrived fit and healthy at their destination.

Federal Fremantle MP Melissa Park said: “Live export is inhumane and it also has a detrimental effect on the local meat-processing industry, affecting jobs and the economy. It makes no economic sense to continue with the live-export trade when a high-value alternative exists.”

 Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service recommended special conditions be placed on consignments of cattle exported through the Middle East or North Africa by Wellard Exports.

A bittersweet good-bye from Mammie

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Dear all,  ‘bittersweet’ letter from Mammie follows :
Dear All, each and every one of you…..
I wanted to tell you I had a lovely week at ESMA with all my new friends, and enjoyed laying in the sun and fresh air and eating good food….
On Friday Mona stayed with me all day till late at night.  I wanted to please her and felt better so I finally opened my eyes (I could see out of one) and looked up at her and saw ‘an angel’.  I was also able to ‘do my business (both)’ in front of her to please her further… first time also in a week, but my lungs were still filled with fluid…
So after that lovely week and when Mona went home late at night and all the human keepers were asleep, I decided to ‘fly’ to the Rainbow Bridge…Please don’t be sad for me, all, humans and animals, are happy at the rainbow bridge reunited with the ones they love.
Thank you all for loving me and wanting to help me, I will never forget that and I will be watching you from above with the Angels.
I only ask one thing from you please….Please all of you, all over the world try and stop the breeders…they cause so much misery, I ask this on behalf of of my brothers and sisters in servitude  who have had to serve these breeders for their greediness with no thought to how we feel.  I know one day you will do it, I will be looking down watching you.
Love you all and will always remember your kindness,

Our newest rescue Mammie–thrown away by a breeder

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Please do not but animals from breeders!  Here is just one more reason why buying from breeders and pet shops is the direct cause of animal cruelty:

This beautiful female Rotweiller (estimated  age 7-8 years old), was brought to ESMA’s shelter on Friday night by one of our Founders.  She had been found at the local PDSA, just about to be eauthanised on the instructions of her owner, a callous breeder, as she ‘was no longer any use to him’.
This is the condition we found her in :
-She couldn’t stand on her hind legs.
-Couldn’t defecate or urinate by herself.
-Has just a few very bad teeth due to constant pregnancies and poor diet.
-She has ulcerated eyes (we initially thought she did not have eyes at all until they started appearing after drops and ointment yesterday)
-Her nipples are the size of lemons due to non stop feeding of her constant litters.
-When she was brought to us she didn’t even have the strength to sniff pureed food (as of last night she is now swallowing food being given to her by hand)
Yesterday we took her to a very experienced vet (we have young vets but needed to take her to someone with a lot of experience).  He took two hours to examine every part of her and do x-rays.  This is his report :
-The eyes are ulcerated but with extensive cleaning, use of drops and ointment she will regain part of her vision.
-Due to laying constantly in the same confined position  for years and years she has 2 discs pressing on each other, this maybe can be rectified by acupuncture, massage, homeopathy treatments and vitamin treatment.
-She has water on her lungs (she is being treated for this).
-The lack of teeth and bad skin condition  is due to constant pregnancies and nursing, depleting her body of calcium.
This is her treatment plan.  She needs intravenous fluids till she regains strength and correct fluid levels.  Eye treatment already outlined above, back treatment also outlined above.  She needs to have thorough blood tests done and also kidney and renal function tests.
We therefore ask our supporters to please help us with the costs of her treatment.  Her medications will be costly and extensive.  The vet estimates it will take about 3 months for her to achieve a significant improvement but she will get better!   WE CAN DO IT WITH YOUR HELP AND LOTS OF LOVING CARE
Please help ‘Mammie’ if you can,  by contacting me or Mona Khalil (locally).  Or if you live overseas go to our web site for details of how you can donate to ‘Mammie’s’ treatment…please state that this sum is for use in Mammie’s treatment.

October the Horse, now safe at ESMA

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Thank you to everyone who responded to our appeal to help October the horse.  Recent pictures and an update will be posted soon.