This past December you helped us put the illegal animal traffickers from Santee Alley, LA Fashion District behind bars, and because of your support, the sales have stopped. If you missed our December Newsletter, please CLICK HERE. At least for now, the traffickers are at bay… let’s hope it stays that way for a very long time!
However, we still have many Santee Alley babies that need homes and medical attention, and since it’s the Season of Love, we’re hoping you’ll find it in your heart to help these bunnies in need this Valentine's Day! Can we count on your generous donation today to help us pay the medical bills for our bunny rescues in desperate need of medical treatment and spay and neuter surgeries? Will you help us today so we can save lives and help put an end to pet overpopulation?
With all this LOVE in the air, we here at Bunny World Foundation are asking you to consider our Urgent Care bunnies and their medical needs. Flowers wilt, chocolates pack on the pounds, so why not adopt, foster, sponsor or make a donation in honor of your hunnybunny valentine? Now THAT is a real gift of love!
Please make a donation today and help our Urgent Care bunnies! Your tax deductible donation will make a positive difference and help save lives!
Thank you for your support and Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Bunny World Foundation! May you be blessed with happiness, love, health, and prosperity.
With lots of love,
~Bunny World Foundation Family
We have been waiting for over FIVE long years for this moment to come. The infamous ring leader of illegal animal traffickers, Juan Mena, finally got arrested and the People vs Juan Mena and Norma Pluma trial started on Nov 26. The traffickers were found GUILTY by the Jury and were sentenced to probation and jail. This marks the beginning of the end of the ongoing practice of animal abuse, cruelty and total disregard for the animal protection laws in Santee Alley, LA Fashion District. The cries of unweaned baby bunnies and other animals have finally been heard. To find out more about all our 'hoppenings' this year, click on our link to December 2013 Newsletter and you will be amazed at all we have accomplished.
December 2013 Newsletter
- Guilty Verdict and Jail for Illegal Animal Traffickers
- Special Thanks to Deputy City Attorney Kassandra Perez
- LA Times, NBC, ABC, Emmy, and Genesis
- Recognition by the County of LA and CA State Assembly
- Five 1/5 Years Journey / 3,000+ Rescued from Santee Alley
- Adoptions, International Outreach, 23K Facebook Fans
- What's Next on the BWF Agenda?
Please remember BWF in your holiday gift plans. Your year-end tax-deductible donation will make a positive difference as we head into the New Year. You can donate via Givezooks or via PayPal. Any amount is greatly appreciated and adds up. So, please, fellow bunny lovers....Can you slip a little something in our bunnies' stocking?
All of us at BWF are grateful for your help and support in 2013 and we wish you and your loved ones a Safe and Happy Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year!
BWF Featured in LA Times Again! "Let's get illegal vendors of bunnies and turtles off L.A.'s streets"
For immediate release:
WHO: Bunny World Foundation (BunnyWorldFoundation.org)
WHAT: The sentencing hearing for Juan Mena and Norma Pluma, illegal animal traffickers prosecuted and found guilty by LA’s City Attorney office, is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10 at 9:00 am.
On December 6, Norma Pluma was convicted for battery against a person, animal cruelty, and illegal animal sales. Juan Mena, was convicted of illegal animal trafficking. Because of his repeated criminal activities and his lengthy criminal record, he was taken into custody on the day of the verdict and currently sits in jail.
“After over five years of investigations, we are satisfied,” says Lejla Hadzimuratovic, founder and president of Bunny World Foundation, “I was personally assaulted by these animal traffickers just for coming to the aid of dying animals who they were abusing. This is a giant leap forward and the cries of un-weaned baby bunnies have finally been heard. This conviction sends a strong message to other illegal animal traffickers that our city will no longer tolerate this abusive behavior.”
Santee Alley, in the Los Angeles Fashion District, is the city's number one haven for illegal animal sales where underaged rabbits, kittens, salmonella infected turtles, parvo-infected puppies, and exotic birds are sold illegally on a daily basis. The purchase of animals on the streets of LA is also a crime. These convicted criminals defrauded buyers, telling them that the bunnies were a dwarf breed when, in fact, they were 7–10 day old babies.
“After years of trying to stop illegal animal trafficking and the abuse of so many underaged animals, we are pleased that the court finally convicted,” said Susan Tellem, founder of American Tortoise Rescue. “Baby turtles were sold illegally by the thousands in small plastic bags and while they are supposed to live 25 years or more, most died within days.”
“Finally, our city officials are taking action against illegal animal sales,” said Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director of the Companion Animal Protection Society. “Un-weaned baby animals of all kinds are horribly mistreated by these criminals on a routine basis. Downtown LA is enjoying a cultural renaissance and we are happy that the city is kicking these criminals out and we hope that they get the maximum sentence.”
“These convicted criminals, Pluma and Mena, aren’t even in our country legally. They ought to be deported immediately after serving their time. As we move forward in our battle against illegal animal traffickers in LA, we hope that the authorities will see to it that the appropriate felony convictions will apply to other animal traffickers who dare to abuse animals on our public streets. These criminals are not only a danger to animals, as this conviction proves, they are a danger to the public as well. Violent people such as these belong in prison,” says Lejla Hadzimuratovic, founder and president of Bunny World Foundation.
WHERE: Los Angeles Superior Court
Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
Floor 7 / Division 54
210 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Judge Lia Martin
WHEN: Tuesday, December 10 at 9:00 am.
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T (310) 498-8600
Bunny World Foundation (BWF), is a non-profit 501(c) 3 animal welfare organization founded in 2008 in LA, California. Its mission is to combat animal cruelty, illegal animal sales, exploitation and neglect of all animals, through rescue efforts, public education, research, investigations, legislation, special events, and media attention. BWF has rescued over 3000 un-weaned baby bunnies from Santee Alley. For more information, please visit www.bunnyworldfoundation.org.
Photo Courtesy: Ed Fuentes