Protection of Exotic Animals Backed by Animal Support

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The non-profit Animal Support is a new supporter of PAWS, a non-profit which advocates for and rescues large, exotic animals following their performance careers in the entertainment industry and animal trades.

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Animal Support and its co-founders Dr. Michael Omidi, Julian Omidi and Maria Abaca are pleased to support the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), an organization that builds and maintains exotic captive animal sanctuaries. PAWS, a champion for exotic animal rights for nearly 30 years, currently operates three sanctuaries where rescued animals live in peaceful and natural habitats, free from fear, confinement and harsh conditions.

“We enjoy seeing animals in zoos or circuses, but we fail to realize that once these creatures are outlive their usefulness, zoos or circuses are no longer able to care of themremoved from their natural habitats, it and it is very difficult – if not impossible – to reintroduce them to their natural habitatsonce the zoos or circuses are no longer able to care for them,” says Julian Omidi, co-founder of Animal Support. “PAWS provides a safe home for large and exotic animals that are either retired from performing or rescued from the exotic animal trade. We are very proud to support this excellent organization.”

Pat Derby, a PAWS co-founder, was moved to open an animal sanctuary after she saw the treatment of exotic animals during her tenure as an animal trainer for many popular ‘70s television programs. The industry was rife with animal abuse and neglect and other trainers employed harsh and frightening methods for controlling the animals. Her book, “The Lady and Her Tiger” was the first public exposure of an entertainment industry culture that blinded itself to truly deplorable animal abuses.

PAWS currently cares for 29 tigers, three female African elephants, three female Asian elephants, two bull Asian elephants, eight bears, six African lions and five primates on a 2,300 acre plot of land in San Andreas, California. Within the sanctuary, animals are at complete liberty to act out their natural behaviors. In addition to maintaining large sanctuaries, PAWS also is instrumental in the oversight of animal treatment in circuses, zoos, and the television and film industries. PAWS also helped to establish wildlife reserves in Cambodia, India, Mexico and Africa in order to protect exotic animals from the exotic animal trade.

PAWS (http://www.pawsweb.org ) is not generally an open facility, but it is hosting several public events in the near future, including the Wines, Tigers and Beers event in June; the Elephant Grape Stomp n’ Chomp in October; and a Holiday Open House in December.

Animal Support (http://www.animalsupport.org) is dedicated to addressing pet over-population and abuse by promoting charities working on behalf of animal well-being. The organization was founded by brothers Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi along with long-time friend Maria Abaca to advocate for animal protection, rescue, adoption, and spay and neuter laws. Animal Support does not accept donations but encourages direct contributions of money and talents to the charities and organizations featured on our website. For more information about Animal Support, send a message using the website’s Contact Us function, check out Animal Support on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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