Last night I was captivated watching these happy dolphins play together with their pod. They are such intelligent, sentient beings swimming miles and miles per day and perfecting the art of surfing better than any human ever could. Watching them charge and leap over the waves with their friends is totally relatable and brings me to ponder how taking them from their habitat to perform for tourists is acceptable. Even breeding programs don’t help the ocean populations. True benefit to ocean mammals comes in fighting to save their habitat, stopping over fishing practices, and changing legislation to stop things like poaching and wildlife trade, not breeding them in tanks. They deserve better and so do our future generations. You can take the pledge to not buy a ticket and be an angel of these amazing creatures. 📷 @angel_of_the_animals @keiko_conservation @emptythetanksworldwide @dolphin_project #emptythetanks #dontbuyaticket #dolphins #conservation #respect #compassion @ Newport Beach, California
I am so pleased to be able to share this story with the world. Although I created this picture book with young people in mind, adults are loving it too! Please help get the word out by sharing this book with your friends and family. Don’t forget to leave a review if you purchase online! May you be blessed as you begin to see the world from the eyes of an elephant.
This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Adam, a talented coastal abstract artist that shares my heart for wildlife. I was not only amazed by his modern designs on canvas, wood, surfboards, and skateboards, but I was inspired by his work for the elephants and rhinos.
Steve often donates large portions of his proceeds from auctions and other projects to credible organizations that are fighting for the welfare of these beautiful and highly threatened animals. I am so honored to be working with Steve and his beautiful gallery nestled in a rad little nook in Laguna Beach, CA. If you’re interested in his work and the organizations he donates to, please visit his website: Steve Adam Gallery
Saving the Survivors and Different Rhythm Foundation are just two of the many wonderful organizations he donates to. Saving the Survivors takes care of the wounded rhinos that have survived poaching. DRF aids in the rehabilitation of all affected by the perils of poaching and unrest and involves intel, security, tracking, and guardianship.
We must work together to fight poaching. The need is urgent, and the victims are many.
For tigers to be used in global petting operations, here’s what MUST happen:
1. They must be separated from their mother very young and raised by a human. Or even worse, some ops are known to drug the tigers.
2. They must be trained with some sort of painful consequence in order to control them when they’re large and being used for selfies, (using that weapon/stick as a constant reminder.)
3. The majority spend their entire life in a cage and never get to roam free and run.
4. They will never be able to be released back into the wild, thus doing nothing for conservation, except creating a cruel, exploitive cycle for profit.
Unfortunately, many tourists unknowingly contribute to the plight of the elephant and its suffering while visiting parks on vacation that claim to be a sanctuary or rescue. The truth is many of these elephants suffer in chains apart from their mothers and are part of a larger industry that requires young elephants to be broken or “crushed” in an extremely painful ritual. It’s also known as “phajaan.” If you’re not sure if a sanctuary you’re visiting is ethical, here are some suggestions to make sure your money isn’t contributing to their suffering. Check the GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries) website which is a database full of accredited sanctuaries. Upon visiting ask yourself these questions, which pose red flags:
Are the elephants interacting with humans all day long 7 days a week?
Are they kept in chains and dominated by hooked sticks?
Are the needs and interest of the elephant number one, or are the tourists’?
Are the elephants being ridden?
DO NOT support any park that involves riding or chains. Elephants are highly intelligent, social, and emotional. For more information visit: this article
“The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a GFAS accredited sanctuary that has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide appropriate, humane sanctuary for animals who have been victims of the exotic and performing animal trades.” My visit to PAWS ARK 2000 in San Andreas, CA was unforgettable. Words can’t describe how uplifting it feels to observe animals in captivity that have appropriate space to roam, interact accordingly with members of their species, and that are not being dominated by fear and other training tactics that are a constant reminder of what broke their sprit when they were young.