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Enlightenment for Dear Animals  Activities for 2011


 

Below is a brief glimpse of our activities so far for 2011:

 

  • Tania Duratovic, EFDA Director is requested by an international animal welfare organization to lead a veterinary team to rescue animals during record floods in south-east Queensland, Australia.
  • Led veterinary team to rescue wildlife during Cyclone Yasi far north Queensland, Australia.
  • Tania Duratovic, EFDA Director, is sponsored by an NGO to provide training together with veterinarian on burns and their management in wildlife in Tasmania, Australia.
  • Provided training together with veterinarian on wound treatment and management in Tasmania, Australia.
  • In partnership with MAITRI, 10 goats rescued from death and EFDA provided funds for the life-long care.
  • Stall at His Holiness, the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Stall at the Happiness and Its Causes conference 2011 in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Stall at His Holiness, the Dalai Lama’s public talk in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Campaign undertaken and flyer produced and distributed regarding Australia’s appalling practice of live animal export.
  • Rescued several yaks in Tibet from death and provided with long-term sanctuary.
  • Encouraged activities at FPMT centres for World Animal Day in early October.
  • Fundraising dinner in partnership with Chenrezig Institute held for World Animal Day.
  • Continued care and advice provided in Nepal at the Animal Liberation Sanctuary.
  • Health checks on animals at the Animal Liberation Sanctuary Nepal and meetings held to discuss with veterinarian standard of health care required.
  • Meetings and discussions held with Kopan Monastery manager, Ven. Tenpa Chöden, and architects regarding feasibility and design of shelters and facilities on previously purchased land.
  • 4th annual global web auction to help the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal.
  • Stall at the 'Mind and Its Potential' conference in Sydney, Australia.
  • Funds provided to Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal to purchase straw for bedding and for food.
  • Continued to rescue and care for, rehome, or rehabilitate where possible, and provide Dharma for animals at our base in Sydney, particularly wild animals. All animals are circumambulated around holy objects, and read Dharma, including the dying and dead. The dead have additional practices done for them in accordance with Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice.
  • Continue to respond to inquiries and provide advice to people on various animal issues.


Enlightenment for Dear Animals  Activities for 2010


Below is a brief glimpse of our activities for 2010:

  • Took part in animal liberation and pet blessing at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore with Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • Visit to MAITRI, Bodhgaya to discuss and support their animal care program.
  • Meetings in Dharamsala, India with various people/ organizations involved in animal rescue/care including Vets Beyond Borders and Tibet Charity
  • Discussions held with Vets Beyond Borders on how to help the dogs at Sera Monastery in South India
  • Field trip with Tibet Charity to view their street dog ABC program in McCleod Ganj/Dharamsala
  • Private meeting with His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa to let him know of the EFDA project
  • Donated funds to Tibet Charity, McCleod Ganj (Dharamsala), India to purchase new surgical instruments and a humane dog cage trap for their dog sterilization program in the Dharamsala area.
  • Rescued sheep from slaughter in the Dharamsala area with long-time student and FPMT teacher, Jimi Neal, for the long lives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Khadro-la. Animal liberation prayers and practice were done for the sheep and they are living their lives out in peace under the compassionate eye of Jimi Neal.
  • Health checks on animals at Kopan and meetings held to discuss with veterinarian standard health checks required and sterilization methods.
  • Visit to original land purchased for the Animal Liberations Sanctuary, Nepal with Directors, Ven. Tenpa Chöden, manager of Kopan, Kopan’s surveyor and builder to reassess options with using the land.
  • Meeting held with Khen Rinpoche, Lama Lhundrup, abbot of Kopan Monastery, Nepal about the Animal Liberation Sanctuary and current land situation.
  • Upon the recommendation of Khen Rinpoche, advice provided to Ven. Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche (reincarnation of the late great Geshe Lam Konchog) about care (diet, housing etc) of pet rabbits.
  • New brochure produced for EFDA and distributed to various FPMT centres around the world.
  • Stall at the Happiness and Its Causes conference 2010 in Sydney, Australia
  • Stall at His Holiness the Dalai Lama teachings in Bloomington and Indianapolis, USA
  • Visit and meeting with Farm Sanctuary, NY, USA, (the largest organization in the USA that deals with farm animals) to seek advice on best practice in the care of farm animals.
  • Tania Duratovic, EFDA Director, is sponsored by an NGO to attend the National Wildlife Rehabilitation conference in Adelaide, Australia (She has been a speaker at the conferences in 2004, 2007, and 2008).
  • Extensive report prepared regarding animal care and shelter for the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal
  • Initiated Compassion for Animals weekend in August which was taken up by various Dharma centres and people around the world including prisoners at Long Bay Prison, Australia
  • Led the first animal blessings in Slovenia and Lithuania
  • Blessing of the waters (and some animals) in Iceland and the Faroe Islands (areas known for whaling activities)
  • Encouraged activities at FPMT centres for World Animal Day in early October
  • Visit to Farm Sanctuary’s California shelter to discuss animal care issues and bless some animals for World Animal Day
  • Visit, advice, and donation provided to Buddhist dog rescue and rehabilitation group in Santa Cruz, California (dogs on death row generally classified by the authorities as ‘dangerous’ or ‘aggressive’)
  • Stall at His Holiness, the Dalai Lama’s teaching in San Jose, California
  • 3rd annual global web auction to help the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal
  • Stall at the Cruelty Free Festival in Sydney, Australia.
  • Continued to rescue and care for, rehome, or rehabilitate where possible, and provide Dharma for animals at our base in Sydney, particularly wild animals. All animals are circumambulated around holy objects, and read Dharma, including the dying and dead. The dead have additional practices done for them in accordance with Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice.
  • Continue to respond to inquiries and provide advice to people on various animal issues.
  • Visit to the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal, to check on animals' health and progress of the project. Provided advice on care and treatment, discussions with manager of Kopan Monastery and architect regarding building designs for the shelters on the new land.


Enlightenment for Dear Animals Activities for 2009

Below is a brief glimpse of our activities for 2009:

  • EFDA as an FPMT entity was formed in January 2009 when Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave the project the name.
  • Website established with the help of volunteer web designer, Nik Thiessen
  • Visit to potential new Animal Liberation Sanctuary land outside of Kathmandu, Nepal with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, Ven. Tenpa Chöden, manager of Kopan, and others.
  • Meeting held with Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, abbot of Kopan Monastery, Nepal about the Animal Liberation Sanctuary.
  • Attended animal liberation and pet blessing at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore with Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
  • In early January, at Kopan, brought the newly rescued and pregnant female goats from the Animal Liberation Sanctuary to Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, abbot of Kopan, for blessing.
  • Visit to MAITRI, Bodhgaya, to discuss and support their animal care program.
  • Visit to Metta Cats rescue shelter, Singapore and advice provided. Arranged to have stupa at the shelter for the benefit of the animals and people.
  • For 3 weeks worked around the clock in rescuing and treating (and giving Dharma to) numerous animals, domestic, farm and wildlife, during the tragic bushfires in Victoria, Australia where nearly 200 people and thousands of animals perished.
  • Attended the FPMT CPMT meeting in France and gave a presentation on both the Animal Liberation Sanctuary and EFDA projects.
  • Cared for orphaned migratory bird during 100,000 mani retreat in France
  • Newsletter distributed to various FPMT and other Buddhist centres around the world.
  • New veterinarian and an animal manager engaged at the Animal Liberation Sanctuary.
  • Stall at the Happiness and Its Causes conference in Sydney, Australia.
  • Animal Liberation Sanctuary volunteer Ana Schneider gets things moving for the animals at Kopan – Kopan waste area fenced off, new shed built for goats.
  • Initiated Mani-thon, Compassion for Animals weekend in August.
  • Initiated activities at FPMT centres for World Animal Day in early October.
  • Led World Animal Day events at FPMT’s Vajrayana Institute in Sydney, Australia.
  • 2nd annual global web auction to help the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal and other projects helping animals.
  • Stall at the “Mind and Its Potential” conference in Sydney which His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke at.
  • Stall at His Holiness the Dalai Lama teachings in Sydney, Australia.
  • Stall at His Holiness the Dalai Lama teachings in Long Beach, USA.
  • Donated $10,000 to the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal.
  • Donated $3,000 to MAITRI’s Animal Care Program in Bodhgaya, India.
  • Contributed financially towards the cost of surgery for a rescued stray cat with cancer on nose taken in by a Buddhist student and animal rescuer in Australia.
  • Continued to rescue and care for, and rehome or rehabilitate where possible, animals at our base in Sydney, particularly wild animals (or those roaming the streets). All animals are circumambulated around holy objects, and read Dharma, including the dying and dead. The dead have additional practices done for them in accordance with Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice.




 
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