HUICHOLS PROTEST OPEN PIT  MINING AT WIRIKUTA, ONE OF THEIR SACRED MOUNTAINS
HUICHOL YARN “PAINTING”

They are seen walking around town, the women wearing long,  gathered and brightly colored skirts and long sleeved blouses and the men in white or natural colored cotton pants and long shirts, both elaborately embroidered (electric pink is a favored color) with images of the natural world.   In Puerto Vallarta, there are several shops selling Huichol art, which includes yarn “paintings,” woven bags, embroidered clothing, beaded jewelry, beaded animals and beaded pictures frames, etc.

HUICHOL SKIRT AND SHIRT

Known to themselves as the Wixarica people and “the healers,” they were named Huichols by the Spaniards in the 16th century. With a long tradition of rejecting Catholicism, many of the Huichols have maintained their Shamanistic customs,  and like many indigenous groups in America, peyote is used in their religious practices.  
Because of droughts, damage to their lands and loss of wildlife, thousands of Huichols have had to leave their villages for towns and cities, far from their sacred mountains.  Wirikuta, located between Sierra Madre Occidental and the Zacatecas ranges and encompasses 140 hectors of desert land.  It is considered the Huichols´most sacred mountain because it is the place where they believe the sun was born.   Every year between October and March, Huichols make a 250 mile ceremonial pilgrimage to Wirikuta, which is important to them for the peyote hunt and for the deer dance.  

The Mexican government has granted 36 mining concessions to First Majestic Silver Corporation.  Seventy percent of the land to be mined is in the Wixarika (Huichol) zone.  Open pit mining, practiced by First Majestic Silver, effectively strips the landscape. High levels of cyanide are used, poisoning the environment, and enormous amounts of water in an arid land will be used for the mining sites.  The Huichols have been peacefully protesting the Wirikuta mine, which transgresses legal covenants that protect the Wirikuta area and the Wixarika (Huichol) peoples at national and international levels.
 

HICHOL BEADED BRACELETS

HUICHOL WOVEN BAG AND BEADED FRAME

HUICHOL BEADED DEER

www.galeriaigioniuweme.mx.tl
To read more on Wirikuta:  http://www.opendemocracy.net/civilresistance/lilian-palma/struggle-for-sacred-land-case-of-wirikuta

Note:  In last week´s blog, I incorrectly identified the pole ceremony as being performed by the Huichol Indians, instead of the Totonaca Indians.  Thanks to an astute  reader, a correction was made immediately.  If you didn´t see the correct version:   http://gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.mx/2014/05/lopez-mateos.html

HOT CLINIC AT PLAZA CARACÓL

UNDER THE TENT AT PLAZA CARACÓL

DR. ANTHONY PERFORMING SURGERY IN THE HORSE TRAILER “MOBILE CLINIC”

It was the second scheduled visit of the PEACEAnimals mobile clinics to Plaza Caracól, a busy shopping mall about 15 minutes south of the airport.  On Wednesday, the team and volunteers spent a suffocatingly hot day either inside the horse trailer, which serves as a mobile clinic when we have no indoor space, or under a small canvas tent.
 

KITTENS PANTING IN THE HEAT UNDER THE TENT

On the following days,  the vet team was invited to move inside the empty end of the mall at the McDonald´s entrance, where it was still very warm. A sweating employee at McDonald´s said the AC had been out for fifteen days.   The rains on Friday and Saturday nights and gave relief from the heat and high humidity.

STERILIZATIONS AT PLAZA CARACÓL- June 4-7

Female dogs – 33;  Male dogs – 14;
Female cats -54; Male cats – 33
TOTAL:  134!!

PLUS pregnancies terminated for the following:  1 cat with 4 fetuses; 1 cat with 3 fetuses; 1 dog with 5 fetuses = 12 animals saved from being born to suffer.

PLAZA CARACÓL CLINIC

THIS CLINIC WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT FROM THE SUMMERLEE FOUNDATION. 

DONATIONS AT PLAZA CARACÓL:  2,754.50 PESOS
DONATIONS TO CLINICS:  Anonymous- 1,000 pesos
Michael Turner – $50 USD
GreaterGood – $379 USD (monies are distributed quarterly)
Dr. Juan Tamayo – Administration of chemo to dogs with TVT, which we see so often in unsterilized dogs.  PEACEAnimals and/or Pets for Life will supply the meds, depending on at which clinic dog is diagnosed, PEACEAnimals or Pets for Life.

CLINIC SCHEDULE FOR JUNE:



11-14   San Pancho- Casa de la Tercera Edad – on the main road (Pets for Life clinic)
15        Tepic (Pets for Life clinic)
18-21   Pitillal – main plaza (la delegación)

25-28   La Cruz – Address: calle delfin #1,

carretera punta de mita,

On the highway, approx. 2 KM Carretera Punta de Mita
Delfin and the Highway – ocean side of street.
Easily visible
Almost directly across the street from Roberto’s Xcholtal Restaurant
Coming from Puerto Vallarta, the location is before the street light into La Cruz

PLAZA CARACÓL CLINIC
RIDES FOR RESCUE DOGS NEEDED:  For Edmonton, Calgary and
Vancouver.  Expenses for dogs paid for.  Please contact [email protected] if you can help.

SOS RE ISLAND CATS:  There are basically only two people feeding about 60 cats and kittens and catching them to take to clinics.  Help is desperately needed to do both.  Contact:  [email protected]

WAITING FOR ADOPTION AT THE ACOPIO
WAITING FOR ADOPTION AT THE ACOPIO

HOMES NEEDED:  For the thousands of dogs and cats on the streets here and for dozens of healthy and beautiful dogs and cats at the Centro de Acopio, the city´s  no-kill pound. Open Monday-Saturday from 8 AM-2 PM.  293-3690. The Acopio is now holding adoptions every Saturday from 11 AM-2 PM at Plaza Caracól (back end of building near McDonald´s entrance).


LOST AND FOUND CHIHUAHUA WITH OWNER

LOST AND FOUND:  On her way home from the clinic, director Paulina Stettner saw a tan Chihuahua on a main road running frantically under cars.  She caught the dog, took it home with her and brought it to the clinic the next morning.  Serendipitously,  the owners were located the following afternoon.  They were visiting from las Palmas and had left their two Chihuahuas in the car with partially opened windows.    Relieved to be reunited with their pet, they weren´t angry that the dog they had planned to breed had been spayed.  


BABY POSSUM FOR ADOPTION


RESCUED:  An adorable four-week old baby possum.   The original rescuer was a young female cat that gently carried the tiny animal to the back of a local hotel, where several cats are fed.  Fostered by excellent dog trainer, Marianna Berdejo, she says the possum eats everything, with a strong preference for mangos.   Ideally the possum would be returned to the wild, but having been fed and having learned to trust humans, it would be at great risk.  Possums, who have pouches like the kangaroos,  are in danger.     Contact:  [email protected]  if interested in helping with food and milk for the babies.
A member of the marsupial family, possums made their way up to Mexico from South America in fairly recent times.   They are harmless animals that do no damage to gardens and are not dangerous to anyone.  Defenseless against larger animals and humans, these slow moving animals are sometimes beaten to death with a shovel or poisoned in gardens.  Very sad and unnecessary.

RESCUED AND NEEDS HOME:  “Mollie” was rescued by local artist, Judith Ewing Morlan,   who is moving to Hawaii and can´t take all of her rescues with her.  Mollie is a small, leggy, four-year old who is spayed and vaccinated. She is a darling dog.

Please contact Judith if you would like to meet Mollie.:  jemcontempart

@prodigy.net.mx
ABANDONED AT CLINIC AND ADOPTED

ADOPTED: A pretty little brown female puppy left at the clinic for spaying this week.  The man registering the puppy gave a fake telephone and address and didn´t return for her. Paulina, who rescues so many animals, found a home for the ten-week old puppy.  This is Paulina´s fourth rescue and fourth adoption this week.  

RESCUED BY ADRIANA AND ADOPTED

ADOPTED:  The little orange male kitten found  Adriana, who lives across the street.    I took him to the clinic and he was adopted the next day by her sister, Josefina, who lives a block away.  The kitten looks very happy romping with a Chihuahua on the terrace.


GREATERGOOD – MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Allison Wexler, director of development for the GreaterGood, submitted our name to the Gift that Gives More(™) for approval to be the “Click Project” in June, and it was selected for June 20.   This means that for about 3 days, the GTGM will be featured on the www.GreaterGood.comlanding page.  CLICK ON the blue button for free to raise money for PeaceAnimals:  http://greatergood.me/1iMH7r8

INDOORS AT PLAZA CARACÓL


GREATERGOOD – PLEASE CLICK!  Your daily clicks or direct donations help animals, people and the planet.  www.greatergood.org; www.greatergood.com  

To donate to PEACEAnimals clinics, please click on this link.  http://bit.ly/1cWY0lP

SMILEAMAZON– When ordering on Amazon, if you click on the following link you can designate PEACEAnimals as a recipient of Amazon´s donation of  0.5% of your purchase.  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-3726038


REGINA, STAR VOLUNTEER, CLEANING SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AT PLAZA CARACÓL CLINIC
FRANK OHLY, OTHER STAR VOLUNTEER, AT PLAZA CARACÓL CLINIC

VOLUNTEERS:  PLEASE SIGN UP WITH PAULINA STETTNER.  WE NEED  YOUR HELP!  [email protected]

PAULINA SHAVING FEMALE CAT IN PRE-OP AT PLAZA CARACÓL


PEACE ANIMALS CLINICS OPEN at 9 AM Wednesday to Saturday, which is half-day only. Arrive early.  No food or water after midnight before surgery day.  Animals must be at least 8 weeks old.  They will be treated for parasites, fleas, ticks and mange, if it is present.  Pregnancies terminated on request.  Euthanasia performed if animal critically ill or injured.  All services are free.

 


PEACEANIMALS CLINIC AT PLAZA CARACÓL

Schedule, including directions and other miscellaneous information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.org

PEACEANIMALS HAS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE STATUS IN THE U.S. AND CANADA.  Re Canadian donations:   NOBARS, a Canadian-based dog rescue organization, is able to process donations to PEACEAnimals without taking a commission.   Please contact: [email protected] or visit our website:  www.peaceanimals.org

DR. POLI PREPARING FOR SURGERY AT PLAZA CARACÓL CLINIC

COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY  $1,700 USD. 
AVERAGE NUMBER OF CATS AND DOGS STERILIZED PER SURGERY WEEK IS 93.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

 


GreaterGood.org

  

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT.

Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors – PEACEAnimals

www.gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com

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NECESITAN SER RESCATADOS:  Los miles de perros y gatos en las calles.  Las docenas de gatos y perros en el Centro de Acopio.  Abierto lunes-sábado apartir de las 8 hasta las 2. 
El Centro de Acopio ya tiene adopciónes cada sábado apartir de las 11 hasta las 2 en Plaza Caracól –  cerca de la entrada de McDonald´s.
Tel.:293 3690.
HORARIO PARA LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS DE PEACEANIMALS:  ARRIBA EN LA PARTE INGLÉS.  

POR FAVOR,  AVISE A PAULINA STETTNER CUANDO PUEDE SER VOLUNTARIO.. [email protected]
El horario, con direcciónes, está en mi blog cada semana. www-gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.com  y también en el website:  www.peaceanimals.org
Miércoles, Jueves,  Viernes y Sábado  (medio dia Sábado)
 Llegue temprano. Los animales están tratados para parásitos, garrapatas, pulgas y sarna, si existe. Los perros y gatos deben tener de 8 semanas o más de edad .   Favor de no dar ni comida ni agua después de la medianoche antes del día de la cirugía.  Todo es GRATIS.

El costo para nosotros de una clínica cada semana  es  $ 1,700 EE.UU.  Estamos revisando los costos porque los prescios de los suministros y medicinas han subido, además los salarios.

LAS CLÍNICAS  NECESITAN FONDOS. Por favor, considere donar.

Para obtener más información sobre las clínicas y del rescate de animalitos:

www.peaceanimals.org

https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals?fref=ts

Gracias por su interés y su apoyo.

Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente – Mesa Directiva de PEACEAnimals