September 4, 2013

Celebrate National Wildlife Day with Amazon CARES

By Shannon Sullivan

Amazon CARES is best known as the only domestic animal charity in Peru's Amazon region. However, our organization does not limit our work to only domestic animals. We follow and believe in our mission statement:

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education, and Safety (CARES) seeks better health and living conditions for ALL living beings in the Peruvian Amazon region. This includes appropriate care, respect, and protection from cruelty and neglect.

We work to improve the lives of not only domestic animals, but also the lives of humans and wildlife. While we regularly work to protect and improve the lives of Peru's wildlife, below are some highlights from the past three years.

Earlier this year a formal complaint was filed by Amazon CARES with the environmental office of the local prosecutor's office regarding the illegal use of endangered wildlife as decoration for a carnival competition. Amazon CARES takes very seriously the protection of wildlife, especially endangered wildlife, and is working to educate communities about protecting wildlife. We work with local legislators to write new laws, in addition to strengthening and enforcing current animal protection laws.

The signed
formal complaint.

In 2012 Amazon CARES helped to raise funds for Martin, an extremely neglected monkey. It is not uncommon for monkeys to be kept as pets or be kept as an attraction for tourists. They are often kept in cramped cages with little or no room to exercise. The money that CARES helped raise was used to help Martin with a comfortable, long-term home with a responsible caretaker.

In 2010 CARES reported on the rampant illegal wildlife trade that takes place in Iquitos' Belen Market. Illegal wildlife trade is the second largest form of illegal trade in the world, just behind the illegal drug trade. Illegal wildlife trade is harmful economically, socially, and of course environmentally. CARES' humane education programs teach Peruvian children to respect wildlife and discourages the acquisition and sale of wildlife for profit.

Also in 2010, Amazon CARES reported on Otto, a jaguar, and Kimba, a puma, who were being kept by a pastor at a church in Iquitos. CARES worked to find the two large cats a more suitable home, and also used the story of Otto and Kimba to educate locals about the humane treatment of animals and respecting wildlife.



You can support our wildlife education programs and help to protect Peru's native species by making a small contribution here.

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