Big Hearts attended and presented at a first of its kind conference in Russia: ‘Problems of homeless animals: from theory to practice’

The main topic was ways that stray dogs and cats are dealt with in Russia and abroad. Anastasiya Komagina, president of Big Heart Foundation, delivered a presentation called ‘Problems and paradoxes of animals welfare in Russia’. She stated that animals welfare foundations in Russia are often divided and are unable to communicate with the authorities on basis of compromise. Our charity main tasks involve helping and advising regional shelters and NGO’s on how to improve, become more effective and sustainable.
EomLHPPdk0gVladimir Rybalko is the only one scientist in Russia who specializes on the problem of stray animals. He presented the analysis of global experience in regulating the number of stray dogs. Speaker divided all countries into two groups – with European and Asian style of dog keeping. Vladimir said that Russia belongs to the group of countries with European style dog keeping, but with some malfunctions in the form of uncontrolled dog walking, especially prevalent in rural areas, and accumulation of dogs at the territories of some enterprises. As an expert he recommended to start work on the prevention of neglect – implementation of dogs’ registration with the identification number, promotion of neutering, fight against uncontrolled dog walking (basically letting them run loose), governmental control in these areas. In addition, in Vladimir’s opinion, it is necessary to create, maintain and organise temporary shelters, and move to a non-returnable catching as the main strategy for working with stray dogs.

Legal Concentration Camps In Today’s Russia: Illusion of humanity at no-kill shelters.

Russia is raging. Not only animal advocates, but also the general public, who until yesterday didn’t seem to notice thousands of stray cats and dogs wandering around the streets, is scandalized about the recent discoveries at one of the municipal animal shelters. There are those, who are invoking “lynching” of Elena Petrosyan, the director of the organization called BANO ECO, state contractor for the management of a chain of shelters. Only between 2014 and 2016 over 340 million Russian roubles (over 5 million USD) were paid to the organization by the Russian government to be nicely laundered and landed clean in the pockets of corrupt millionaires. Find out more here


Deputy director of Almaty Zoo Akbay Azhibaev thought he was be more competent and experienced than the Senior Veterinarian of EARAZA (WAZA) Mikhail Alshinetsky. Zoo administration ignored clear recommendations to humanely euthanize Kuralay, as she had no chance of surviving. They decided to continue her “treatment” instead. 
Last night Kuralay’s body gave up not able to support the agony any longer. She is gone now and doesn’t suffer anymore.
Cruel shameless people did not even give Kuralay a chance to go peacefully without pain, instead, they extended her agony for a few more days, despite clear recommendations of an experienced prominent veterinarian. Find out more here

Why is neutering important?

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Watch the video: bear cubs hibernating in their winter enclosure

Vanessa-Mae in support of Cruelty Free International and Big Hearts Foundation


Vanessa-Mae, international superstar violinist and Cruelty Free International Ambassador, voices her support for a Bill introduced in the Russian Duma to phase out all animal testing for cosmetics and their ingredients by 2020.

Watch the video: Moscow Orcas, Killer Whales in Moscow


The documentary “Moscow Orcas” tells the story of Narnia, Nord and Malyshka. These killer whales had been captured by Sochinsky Delfinary LLC in the Sea of Okhotsk of the Russian Far East and then have been kept in the small sea pens in the Pacific Research Fisheries Centre near the city of Nakhodka. From there Narnia and Nord have been taken for a year to the temporary tank at the All-Russian Exhibition Centre (VDNKh) in Moscow. Read more

Watch the video: Tiger Stubborn has recovered and successfully released back into the wild


Stubborn was one of the lucky tigers that were caught by the authorities and UTYOS, before the local poachers could get to him. He will stay at UTYOS until the spring at the earliest, when, IF he has recovered by then, he will be released back in the wild. Utes releases their tigers in to taiga, where is much more food for tigers to survive. Read more