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PAWS IS HOME TO
4 ASIAN AND 6 AFRICAN ELEPHANTS
In Memoriam: Annie
PAWS Says Goodbye To
Beloved Asian Elephant
It is with very heavy hearts that we at PAWS share news of the passing of our dear friend, Asian elephant Annie - best known for her joyous romps in the lake that is part of our Asian elephant habitat at the ARK 2000 sanctuary. She had endured severe arthritis and foot disease, which gradually worsened over many years. After it became clear that the medications and treatments used to treat her chronic conditions were no longer providing relief, she was humanely euthanized on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, while lying on soft soil and surrounded by those who cared for and loved her. At age 55, she was among the oldest Asian elephants in North America.
"Everyone at PAWS will miss Annie. She was a very special elephant," said PAWS president Ed Stewart. "I'm proud we were able to give her a peaceful and more natural life at the PAWS sanctuary for nearly 20 years. We restored her dignity and gave her the care and respect she deserved."
Annie arrived at PAWS in 1995, rescued from the Wisconsin zoo with Tammy, who passed away in 2003 at age 52, from chronic foot disease and arthritis - the leading cause of death for elephants in captivity. Despite their great intelligence and size, in captivity elephants are forced to live in small, barren enclosures that cause a multitude of physical and psychological harms. Their social, physical and psychological complexities may make them one of the most deprived of all captive wild animals.
Annie's life at the PAWS ARK 2000 sanctuary was far closer to what elephants naturally need. She had a sprawling habitat in which to roam, elephant companions, soft grass to lie down and nap on, and a lake in which she loved to bob, splash and swim. It was always a joy to see Annie enjoying her habitat - something we often shared with you on our Facebook page and on Youtube.
Over the years, Annie experienced a variety of health problems, including an injury caused by a bull elephant during forced mating. Her arthritis and foot problems had progressed, including a severe foot abscess. In 2012, Annie tested positive for tuberculosis, but never exhibited symptoms of the disease. Her general condition remained good, including normal appetite and weight, but Annie's arthritis and foot disease ultimately made movement unbearably painful for her. Tuberculosis has been diagnosed in many elephants used for circuses and to give rides, and in zoos such as the Oregon Zoo and St. Louis Zoo.
ARK 2000 - partial view of elephant barns and habitats.
PAWS — 30 Years of Rescue,
Sanctuary, Education & Advocacy
2014 has been a very special year for PAWS, and we thank you for celebrating our 30th year of rescue, sanctuary care, advocacy and education for captive exotic wildlife and performing animals, with us. It is you, our friends and supporters, who have helped realize our great strides on important issues affecting animals, and ensured that the bears, lions, elephants, tigers, eland, Canadian lynx, and many more animals at PAWS continue to live in peace. With your help we will continue to accept animals in need, including elephants, and provide the refuge and rehabilitation they so desperately need.
We look forward to sharing an exciting future with you, as we fulfill our vision of creating a better life for captive wild animals. Our vision includes continuing the process of creating habitats at ARK 2000 for the animals still living at our original sanctuary in Galt, Calif., building a veterinary clinic at ARK 2000, creating an additional facility for female Asian elephants, building additional barn space for African elephants (our 20,000-square-foot African barn is now at capacity), and completing the expansion of Bull Mountain (PAWS is the only sanctuary to take male elephants).
As always, it is you, our supporters, who really make a difference for the animals. For that we are forever grateful.
PAWS Celebrates 30-Years Milestone
With Two Outstanding Successes:
International Captive Wildlife
Conferenceand Anniversary Gala
Click here to read about both events in our November newsletter.
"The Ethics of Captivity"
New Book Includes Chapter By PAWS'
Director of Science, Research and Advocacy
PAWS is proud to announce publication of a new book, "The Ethics of Captivity," edited by Lori Gruen, that features a chapter on captive elephants written by our own Director of Science, Research and Advocacy, Catherine Doyle.
Published by the Oxford University Press, the book contains chapters authored by an array of knowledgeable writers, including Lori Marino (captive cetaceans) and Steve Ross (captive nonhuman primates), who, along with Catherine, spoke at the PAWS 2014 International Captive Wildlife Conference in Burbank, Calif., Nov. 8-10..
The book is available for purchase at Amazon.com.
Read a review of "The Ethics of Captivity" by Marc Bekoff, former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Marc was also a speaker at PAWS' International Captive Wildlife conference in November.
Through our public awareness campaigns, more and more actively concerned individuals are becoming aware of the problems inherent in the breeding of wildlife in captivity and the use of animals in entertainment. Learn More »
Above: Dr. Gai checks 45-year-old African elephant
Caring For Elderly Animals
By Dr. Jackie Gai, DVM, PAWS Attending Veterinarian
Ed Stewart (right) talks with ARK 2000 visitors from the UC Davis human-animal studies conference "All Things Great and Small."
PAWS Participates In Two
Important Animal Conferences
PAWS' president and co-founder Ed Stewart, and PAWS' director of science, research and advocacy, Catherine Doyle, traveled to the University of California at Davis for the human-animal studies conference, "All Things Great and Small," held Nov. 15-18. Ed was a featured speaker on Sunday, a day that also included noted primatologist and ethologist Dr. Frans de Waal. Catherine shared her research on keeper perception of keeper-elephant relationships on Monday, where she joined a distinguished panel of scholars discussing research on zoos and animal displays. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, conference participants and speakers visited ARK 2000 where Ed Stewart gave them a tour of the sanctuary.
Catherine Doyle then traveled to the Detroit Zoo for a symposium addressing the welfare of captive wild animals, presented by the Detroit Zoo's Center for Zoo Animal Welfare on Nov. 22-23. On behalf of Ed Stewart, Catherine participated in a panel discussion on zoo and sanctuary leadership in championing animal welfare. Ed is a member of the Center for Zoo Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, which is composed of zoo and aquarium professionals, scientists, sociologists and animal advocacy leaders.
Pat Derby out for a walk with 71. This was her favorite photo.
PAWS Co-Founder Pat Derby
It's still hard to believe PAWS co-founder Pat Derby is gone. Pat was a leader, an inspiration, visionary and dear friend. She died on February 15, 2013, after battling throat cancer. Not a day goes by that we don't think about Pat - her great accomplishments, her wisdom and experience, her sense of humor, and her special way with the animals at PAWS.
Following Pat's passing, it was no surprise that she would be recognized internationally for her life's work, and that she would be honored from city halls in Los Angeles and Toronto, to the California State Assembly, to the U.S. Congress, including having a flag flown over the nation's capitol in Washington, D.C., in her honor.
Ed Stewart, along with PAWS' staff, long-time friends and celebrities - including Bob Barker, Kim Basinger, Tony LaRussa, and Kevin Nealon - gathered together with hundreds of PAWS' supporters at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Through tears and laughter, Pat's life and legacy was celebrated. A commemorative DVD of this special evening is available from our giftshop.
Early 1990s at PAWS' sanctuary in Galt, Calif.
Pat with her beloved cougar Christopher, once the star of the "Sign of the Cat" car commercials for Lincoln Mercury. From the time he was a baby he would suck on Pat's thumb and purr.
Pat was the first to champion the cause of performing
wild animals, and she put her heart and soul into their rescue, care and protection. She was full of dreams, but unlike many people, she realized hers with a vengeance! Pat's cherished dream of creating a spacious refuge
where performing animals could express their wild
natures in an enriching, natural habitat became what is now ARK 2000 in San Andreas, Calif. - a thriving
2,300-acre sanctuary where we currently care for
11 elephants, 21 tigers, 3 African lions, 7 bears and one black leopard.
for the legislative work that we continue today. Always
at the forefront, they inspired and passed milestone legislation in California, and stormed the halls in Washington, D.C., bringing the suffering of elephants
in circuses and traveling shows to light with moving testimony before members of Congress.
Firm believers in education, Pat and Ed began presenting conferences intended to bring together disparate factions in the captive wildlife field, in order to understand, learn, and, yes, to disagree - but always with respect and with the goal of advancing the welfare of captive animals. On November 8-10, 2014, in Los Angeles, in Pat's honor, PAWS will again bring together the best and most progressive minds to discuss the welfare of elephants and other species held in captivity for human convenience and entertainment.
continues to thrive and to grow, and to help even more captive wildlife in need through rescue, education and advocacy. And we have. In 2013, PAWS did Pat proud, achieving landmark victories, like the ban on bullhooks in Los Angeles, welcoming three African elephants from Canada to ARK 2000, and helping to educate the public through our appearances in the media, including the acclaimed HBO documentary, An Apology To Elephants, narrated by PAWS' friend Lily Tomlin who won an Emmy Award for work.
In this, PAWS' 30th year of work for captive wild animals and those still performing and held in intolerable conditions, we will strive for even greater achievements and to inspire compassion and change.
All the while, we will feel Pat's presence with us - her determination, her fire, her fearless nature - urging
us to reach even higher than before, because the
animals need us, and they need you, our dedicated supporters, to stand up for them and to be their voice.
Thank You November
Amazon "Wish List" Donors
Paige A. Culler: 3 boxes of nitrile gloves. Alexis Bernstein: 1 tub of Psyllium. Carol Haft: 1 gallon Red Cell, 1 bottle Azodyl, 1 set of Motorola walkie-talkie radios. Kristin Neubauer: 1 GoPro Camera LCD Touch Display. Chrystal M. Cowdrey: 40 lbs. oranges. Sandra Loey: 2 shovels for the elephant barns; 1 bottle Cosequin DS. Amy Gustincic: 3 push brooms, 1 shovel for the elephant barns. Charlotte Hansen: 40 lbs. oranges. Anonymous donors: 1 mop, 2 tubs of Buggzo, 1 push broom.
View wish list items that are needed, but not included on our Amazon list here.
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