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. More....