Save These Dogs From A Cruel Death

I just watched this video about how stray dogs are smuggled and killed in Thailand and it’s so sad!

You have to be pretty emotionally dead not to want to do something to help these poor dogs who get treated worse then battery farm chickens, they’re crammed into tiny cages and then killed for their meat in horrific ways. It’s really easy to make a contribution, you can simply sign a petition HERE to influence the government in Thailand and you can also pay to buy billboards to make the Thai public aware of what is happening, you will get this option after signing the petition.

I hope you take a few seconds of your time to try and make a difference!

Lots of love

Zohra x

Walking Into A Cheetah’s Cage

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So today started of as a pretty boring day, I had nothing better to do so I accompanied my mum to a meeting. She told me on the way that this man we were going to meet had Cheetah’s and he took them hunting every Friday. I was intrigued…Cheetah’s as pets?! Its more common here then anywhere else I know but they are normally cubs and sadly they are usually housebound on a ball and chain. I’ve seen them walking around house parties before its really sad but this man apparantly let them live somewhat wildly.

We got to his office, my mum was talking business but while she was filling in a form I took the opportunity to talk Cheetah’s with him. “I would love to see these Cheetah’s, do you have a picture?”. “Oh you like Cheetah’s? They live around here.” I replied…”OMG REALLY…I would love to see them!” Half an hour later we are in a compound in the middle of the desert…somewhere behind Al Awir. It was huge, he had 2 Cheetahs, 12 greyhounds, a pitbull, 2 horses and a gazelle that the Cheetah’s caught last weekend. Apparantly they bring back animals alive and he gives them the ones he doesn’t want to eat or to keep as pets.

He raced dogs and took me to his “dogs hospital” which reeked so I asked to be excused, thank god he wasn’t offended he thought it was funny.

Anyways the Cheetah’s compound had a gate, he explained he would send one of his groundskeepers in with us but because he was dressed in A dish dash, (the local white dress) he would get attacked so he said he would wait away from the compound as they would get riled up even if they saw him. Its not that they’re racist haha, its the sudden movement of flowing clothes. I know because when I went to a Lion park in South Africa, they were all going for me because my animal print skirt kept blowing in the wind.

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Anyways, I walked in, the Cheetahs were right there. They were just lying calmly under these two trees, I asked the guy if I could touch them, he couldn’t speak English but I think he said yes so I slowly walked up to them. My mum and him were behind me, he gestured for me to sit down next to it. I bent down and one of them suddenly leapt up and moved away, the other one lay there so I slowly reached out my arm and stroked him while the keeper tried to calm the other one down. My mum kept encouraging me, she was really excited, she loves animals and she didn’t seem even a little nervous. I was scared on the way in and she kept telling me not to worry, then I pointed out she was wearing red so if anyones gonna remind them of food it would be her haha. I asked the keeper if he had a weapon just in case…he said NO…the owner said he wasn’t coming because he didn’t wanna get attacked..it made me pretty scared walking in but they were lying there so calmly that when I saw them I felt calm too. The Cheetah didn’t even mind me touching his ears and face.

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I swapped with my mum so she could play with them while I took pics. Then I asked the keeper to take one of us both. I sat behind my mum and put my hand on the Cheetah’s back and he suddenly jumped up and snapped for my hand. He was growling and barring his teeth. I don’t know if I was frozen with fear or whether my brain was telling me not to make sudden movements but either way I very still. My mum was talking to him “calm down, your so beautiful, don’t worry baby”

” I was like “mother step awaaay” haha, she was literally inches from his face looking him in the eyes and she thought it was calming him down while I thought he was about to bite her face. 20130723-022813.jpgHe suddenly flashed his teeth at her and growled and I was like “we need to go now!” I did flash a pic of them in there angry hunting pose (look at his face!!) as we slowly walked away (I wanted to run lol) but yea…..walking into a Cheetah’s cage is probably something I won’t be doing again but it was definitely an amazing experience.

Cheetah’s cage, Lion’s cage, Shark’s tank all crossed of the bucket list 🙂

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Johannesburg – 31/8/12

Hello from sunny South Africa,

I came here expecting snow as it had been snowing heavily the week before I arrived but I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy high’s of 29 degrees despite warnings of a cold front EVERY DAY! I came here 10 years ago so my memories are pretty blurred but I remember that last time I came I was surprised at how modern it is. Having been to East Africa several times I expected it to be similar but until you see the dry terrain, mountains and brown grass in the suburbs you don’t even know you are in africa. The huge highways, shopping malls, beautiful cars and houses create a divide between what we perceive as third world Africa.

Yesterday I had a real taste of Africa when me and my family entered a Lions cage in the Lion park. They were cubs and from a distance they look so cute and cuddly but its only when your up close and they snap at you with their razor sharp fangs and claws that you realise these little babies are deadly. Wearing an animal print skirt was definitely NOT a wise move, the keepers told me they HATE loose clothing and everytime the wind blew they were on guard. Then on top of that I’m sure the animal print was pretty intimidating. At one point a cub stuck his claws into my skirt while trying to bite it and he had to be pulled off me while he roared away. I assumed because people go in there every day they would be tame and used to it but they were wild and scary haha but I guess that made it more fun.

We then went through the park where the huge lions and cheetahs were being fed, that was really cool to see and one crazy gamekeeper was actually walking around with the lions in the very same park a Japanese tourist was eaten alive by the Lions recently after he got out to take pictures :s well I guess playing with lions is one thing I can cross of my bucket list 🙂