EMMA'S RESCUE STORY January 2021
The ordeal of walking on blazing tarmac roads, stone surfaces and narrow streets of towns took its toll on Emma’s poor health condition, having undergone the routine for over four decades. She understood that help was never coming her way, which is why she developed the habit of lifting her weak, injured forelimbs to manage her pain and discomfort. Her delicate foot pads were torn thin with pebbles, metal scraps, broken glass and rusted nails, and she developed a condition of necrosis that intensified as no medical treatment came her way. To add to her misery, she was forced to consume alcohol by her abusive owner to alleviate her pain and continue her torment of walking.
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Exotic Pet Trade Threatens India’s Endangered Species
From their use in traditional Chinese medicine to the pet trade industry, the reasons for wild animals to be trafficked from across national and international borders in skyrocketing numbers are on the rise. According to news reports, the global illegal trade in wildlife is worth up to US$ 19 billion annually, being the fourth largest illicit market after drugs, counterfeit, and human trafficking! Wildlife trade also poses the second-biggest direct threat to the survival of species after habitat destruction.
The body parts or by-products of animals such as bear bile, rhino horns and elephant tusks, leopard skins or the use of snake and crocodile skin in the fashion industry have been in demand for a very long time. Despite a strong legal framework and the continuous vigilance on behalf of authorities within the country, tiger and leopard skins, bones and other wildlife contraband have been smuggled out for many years, fuelled by the constant demand of such products on the international black market.
Breaking News | Jai makes his way home: Updates from the field
Jai’s story is heartrending – His cruel owner forced Jai to walk thousands of miles in spiked chains which led to badly infected feet and legs. He spent the past 40 years walking thousands of miles in chains throughout Punjab, to Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, and finally to Rajasthan. His painfully infected wounds have rendered him immobile and nearly lame
Wildlife SOS has dispatched a primary response unit with our team of veterinarians to the elephant’s location to conduct a preliminary medical test on the bull. He needed immediate medical attention as he was neither consuming food or water. Our team administered broad-spectrum antibiotics and pain management for Jai’s condition to provide him relief.