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February

March

Shell to Hell

April

Sadly our much loved adopted rabbit Patch died after a long illness.


A Mother's Love And The Reality of the Dairy Industry

May

New Zealand Declares Animals as Sentient Beings

Protest the Slaughter of a Baby Rabbit

June

No Entries

July

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August

Demand Justice for Cecil the Lion

September

End The Cruelty of Pheasant Shooting.
 

Animal Hero: Jeremy Bernard Corbyn

The Ballad of Aslan and Rose.

Please Take Action to Help Sheep

Animal Hero: Animales Sin Hogar

 


 

Animal Rights Blogs I read

animalrighter.blogspot.

animalblog.

veganelder.blogspot.

beaelliottvegan.blogspot.

veganmenu.blogspot.

walkingwiththealligators.

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Entries for the year 2015

January and February

No entries - Unfortunately due to personal reasons and the need to tend a sick rabbit this blog has not been updated as much as I would like and there are no entries for January and February.

This year I would like to introduce a new contributor to Vegan Rambles Luis Leonel a human and animal rights activist.

March

Shell to Hell by Luis Leonel

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

Luis will be writing from time to time for this blog and my wordpress blog Rantings From a Virtual Soapbox with information about the latest animal rights issues and actions that you can take to bring an end to the cruelty and exploitation of animals.

Below is Luis' first entry.

SHELL TO HELL - Please watch the video and sign and share the petition that follows.

A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation at a Maple Leaf-owned hatchery in Ontario reveals chicks thrown by their fragile wings, drowned in scalding water, and ground up alive.

Warning some people will find the following video disturbing

Watch Baby Chicks Ground up Alive at Maple Foods Hatchery


 

Read More and sign the petition
http://canadahatchery.mercyforanimals.org/

Boycott and comment on Maple Leaf Foods Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/MapleLeafFoods?fref=ts

Maple Leaf Prime Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/MapleLeafPrime
 

Maple Leaf Foods Twitter
https://twitter.com/mapleleaffoods

 

My comment

What kind of person goes to work each day and wantonly throws defenceless baby chicks into a grinder or scold live helpless chickens in boiling water. One callous women says she has no sympathy for them anymore. Did she to begin with that attitude I wonder, does such abusive behaviour carried out everyday desensitise further already insensitive people.  Unless these people are sociopaths, such abuse to living feeling sentient beings must certainly impact on the emotional well being of those that carry out the abuses, hardening and desensitising the person's natural feelings of compassion towards other animals and eventually even to the suffering of their own species.

There is no comment facility on this blog.

The above article was first published in my blog Ranting From a Virtual Soapbox, which concerns animal and human rights and the environment, where you can make comments:

https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/shell-to-hell-please-sign-a-petition-to-speak-out-against-horrific-cruelty-to-baby-chicks/

March

Sadly our much loved adopted rabbit Patch died after a long illness.

Read more about Patch: a memorial to Patch

April

A Mother's Love and The Reality of The Dairy Industry

“The very saddest sound in all my memory was burned into my awareness at age five on my uncle’s dairy farm in Wisconsin. A cow had given birth to a beautiful male calf…On the second day after birth, my uncle took the calf from the mother and placed him in the veal pen in the barn—only ten yards away, in plain view of his mother. The mother cow could see her infant, smell him, hear him, but could not touch him, comfort him, or nurse him. The heartrending bellows that she poured forth—minute after minute, hour after hour, for five long days—were excruciating to listen to. They are the most poignant and painful auditory memories I carry in my brain.”
Michael Klaper, M.D.

I would like to share with you the following video that clearly shows the love of a mother for her baby and her distress when an attempt is made by the farmer to forcibly take away her calf. 

The reaction of mother cow when farmer tries to steal her precious baby

 

Link to the video on You tube and accompanying information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkzU7TVtbHc

Such cruelty is the price you pay for milk, a food you have not needed since you were weaned, a food that is in any case meant for another species. Human milk for humans; cows milk for cows. No other species drinks the milk of another species. No other animal drinks milk after weaning. A cow is made pregnant over and over, again and again to produce milk for humans. Her baby is taken away on the day he or she is born so humans can consume milk. As you can see from the video, cows love and want to care for their young just like human mothers. 

The shocking Reality of Dairy Farming

"Cruel separation of mothers and calves

Like all mammals, cows only produce milk to feed their young. Humans are able to consume all the milk and dairy they want (but don’t need) only by keeping cows pregnant and lactating, then taking away the calves for whom the milk is intended. And while it’s common knowledge that humans have no nutritional need for breast milk after infancy, we rarely question the bizarre practice of consuming, into adulthood, the specialized breast milk from mothers of other species—milk that these mothers produce for their own babies, babies we force them to become pregnant with, then cruelly tear from them at birth, so we can drink the devastated mother’s milk. The dairy industry is based on the systematic sabotage of mothering."

Please read more of this very informative article:
http://woodstocksanctuary.org/learn-3/factory-farmed-animals/cows-for-dairy/

Such appalling abuse takes place worldwide

In the above article please be sure to read the link to the following:

Veganism Is For Mothers
http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=4391&catId=7

A poignant extraction from which follows
 

If you’ve ever been around infants, you know that they come with a lot of down time. And it was during one of those quiet spells, with my nursling happily dozing in my arms that I stumbled upon an undercover video taken from inside a dairy operation. It had been such a long time since I’d watched anything like that, and maybe because I was sleep deprived and not thinking clearly, I figured that I was due for a refresher.

I was witness to all manner of sickening reality unfolding over the next few minutes. The filth and the feces, the torture at the milk machines, the beatings and blood, and eventually, the slaughter line. But what I remember most is something that still haunts me: A beautiful heifer, a brand new mother still slick with sweat from her labor, was screaming as she paced and bucked and fought for the calf that two men were dragging away from her. I remember feeling the weight of her agony crashing over me. My chest clenched tight, and I looked down at my own sweet baby snuggled against me. And I wept for her.

 

The shocking reality of life for dairy cows

The price of milk, cheese (dairy) and veal - separation of a cow and her calf (English)

 

 

Link to the video on You tube and accompanying information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYJPbrxdn8w

 

A Calf and a Half' -- Cadbury Milk Investigation -- Reality Behind the Ads

 

 

Link to the video on You tube and accompanying information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaYRWRq-whs  - the link in the video does not work you can access this information in the first link below.

 

Take Action

The most immediate action you can take and one which you can do every single day of your life is to stop consuming dairy products and adopt a Vegan diet and way of life.

 

Links to help you go Vegan

How to be dairy-free:
http://www.whitelies.org.uk/health-nutrition/how-be-dairy-free


How to Go Vegan
http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/

Free Vegan Starter Kit
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=23376   - Canada, Indian USA, UK, Germany, Ireland.

Go vegan in 30 days with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge
https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/take-vegan-pledge?gclid=CIWvz_uXk8UCFajHtAodfToAaw

May 22nd

New Zealand Declares Animals as Sentient Beings


Some good news for a change as New Zealand officially recognises animals as sentient beings:

Animals are now legally recognised as 'sentient' beings in New Zealand

"The New Zealand Government has formally recognised animals as 'sentient' beings by amending animal welfare legislation.

The Animal Welfare Bill Amendment  was passed on Tuesday.

The Act stipulates that it is now necessary to 'recognise animals as sentient' and that owners must ‘attend properly to the welfare of those animals'."


Read More:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/animals-are-now-legally-recognised-as-sentient-beings-in-new-zealand-10256006.html

To my way of thinking the recognition of animals as sentient beings should mean an end to their enslavement, exploitation and cruelty including killing them for any reason.

Unfortunately this is not the case.

While this is excellent news representing a significant step forward and may improve life for many animals it does not of course bring to an end animal slavery, exploitation and abuse such as killing. No matter how good the welfare laws are to protect animals at the end of the day animals still cannot live out their lives as nature intended free from negative human interference, and for farm animals ultimately a premature death. According to the above article that while cosmetic testing is banned, testing for research purposes continues though the New Zealand government now demands that checks be made as to whether there has been 'assessment of the suitability of using non-sentient or non-living alternatives in the project' and 'replacement of animals as subjects with suitable non-sentient or non-living alternatives'. I assume that if there are no non sentient alternatives they are still prepared to use sentient creatures for research, animals who suffer pain and fear and wish to live as you or I do.

Hunting also appears to continue if it "is part of a generally accepted practice in New Zealand for the hunting or killing of wild animals of that type or animals in a wild state of that type".

"30AWilful or reckless ill-treatment of wild animals or animals in wild state

“(1)A person commits an offence if the person wilfully ill-treats a wild animal or an animal in a wild state.

“(2)A person commits an offence if the person recklessly ill-treats a wild animal or an animal in a wild state.

“(3)A defendant has a defence to a prosecution for an offence against subsection (1) or (2) if the defendant satisfies the court that the conduct alleged to constitute an offence is or is part of a generally accepted practice in New Zealand for the hunting or killing of wild animals of that type or animals in a wild state of that type.


Animal Welfare Amendment Bill:
http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2013/0107/latest.html?_sentient_25_se&p=1

Nonetheless all things considered at the least we now have another government which officially recognises that animals are sentient beings.

In January 2015 France recognised animal Sentience.

Recent amendments to French Civil Law have modified the classification of animals from ‘personal property’ to ‘living beings gifted with sentience’.

“We wholeheartedly congratulate France on the passage of the new amendment which formally establishes what we already know in our hearts: animals are ‘living, sentient beings' that deserve protection."
Mike Baker, Chief Executive of World Animal Protection:
http://www.worldanimalprotection.org/news/we-welcome-frances-recognition-animal-sentience

Also in the EU treaty of Lisbon animals are considered as sentient beings.
http://eurogroupforanimals.org/what-we-do/category/eu-animal-welfare/the-lisbon-treaty-and-animal-welfare

Sadly ethical progress takes times with small incremental steps rather than great leaps forward, but progress is progress. However we should not become complacent as there is still a long way to go before animals are free from cruelty, harm and exploitation at the hand of man.

The next step is to recognise that as a consequence of their sentience all animals should be allowed to live free them from any kind of exploitation or the negative interference of man including but not exclusive to the following purposes: rearing for meat or other animal derivatives, labour, research and entertainment .

There is only one way to go if you truly recognise animals as sentient creatures and that is to go Vegan and campaign to improve the lot of animals everywhere in order to bring an end to the mistreatment of the myriad other species with whom we share this world.

If you are not already vegan consider taking the following pledge to go vegan in thirty days:

Go vegan in 30 days with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge
https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/take-vegan-pledge?gclid=CJzsm7zJ1MUCFUWWtAodYjIA3Q

This is a good target to set but please don't give up if you don't manage to go vegan in thirty days, all progress is good and it might take longer for some people. So please do not give up if you do not reach your target in a set time.

This news is welcome progress indeed and hopefully other countries will follow New Zealand's lead.

Related Links

New Zealand Declares Animals Are Sentient Beings
http://www.peacefulsoulblog.com/new-zealand-declares-animals-are-sentient-beings/

Animals have feelings, French parliament rules:
http://www.thelocal.fr/20150129/animals-do-have-feelings-french-parliament-rules

Read morehere on this website about animal Sentience

Animal Sentience Stories
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_Sentience_Stories.htm

 

May

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

Luis will be writing from time to time for this blog and my wordpress blog Rantings From a Virtual Soapbox with information about the latest animal rights issues and actions that you can take to bring an end to the cruelty and exploitation of animals.

Protest the Slaughter of a Baby Rabbit

Allan, the baby rabbit beaten to death in order to “stir a debate”

This is the article I wouldn't want ever to write but, unfortunately, there always be criminals abusing defenseless and innocent creatures.

 
ANIMAL ABUSERS: DANISH STATION RADIO24SYV AND ASGER JUHLASGER JUHL, A PRESENTER ON DANISH STATION RADIO24SYV, BEAT THE NINE-WEEK-OLD FLUFFY BLACK RABBIT, NAMED ALLAN, TO DEATH LIVE ON AIR WITH A BICYCLE PUMP, despite protests from animal rights campaigners in the studio. Then he took the animal home where he and his children cooked and ate it.

Radio24syv has defended the slaughter of the defenseless and innocent baby rabbit. "We knew we would be accused of provocation," the station said in a statement. "And yes, we indeed wanted to provoke the public and to stir a debate about the hypocrisy when it comes to perceptions of cruelty towards animals."

Certainly, many animal rights activists will remember that in DENMARK, a giraffe and then four lions were killed in Copenhagen Zoo in 2014. BENGT HOLST, the Scientific Director at COPENHAGEN ZOO, defended the killings by claiming the animals were "surplus". Copenhagen citizens awarded "CITIZEN OF THE YEAR" to Holst that same year.
 

DANISH RADIO STATION DEFENDS KILLING BABY RABBIT LIVE ON AIR

 

RADIO DJ BLUDGEONS BABY BUNNY LIVE ON AIR - AND THEN REFUSES TO APOLOGISE
http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/radio-dj-bludgeons-baby-bunny-live-air-and-then-refuses-apologise-6322443

 

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITIONS :

Radio Host Clubbed A Rabbit With A Bicycle Pump While He Was On Air For Rating! Demand Punishment!:
http://www.petitionhub.org/Radio-Host-Clubbed-A-Rabbit-With-A-Bicycle-Pump-While-He-Was-On-Air-For-Rating-Demand-Punishment-t-2080

 

Fire radio presenter Asger Juhl who killed 'Allan' the rabbit live on air and the managing director of Radio24syc Jorgen Ramskov who sanctioned the kill:
https://www.change.org/p/fire-radio-presenter-asger-juhl-who-killed-allan-the-rabbit-live-on-air

 

Please boycott the radio station.

 

RADIO24SYV ON FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/Radio24syv?fref=photo

RADIO24SYV ON TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/radio24syv

RADIO24SYV WEBSITE:
http://www.radio24syv.dk/

ASGER JUHL PAGE ON RADIO24SYV WEBSITE:
http://www.radio24syv.dk/vaerter/asger-juhl/

ASGER JUHL ON TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/asgerjuhl

 

Also published on my blog :

https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/protest-the-cruel-slaughter-of-a-baby-rabbit/#comments


 

August 2015

Demand Justice for Cecil the Lion

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

Please sign a petition demanding justice for Cecil the lion:

Demand Justice for Cecil the Lion’s Killer
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/821/738/351/demand-justice-for-cecil-the-lion-in-zimbambwe/?TAP=1007&cid=causes_petition_postinfo

ANIMAL MURDERER: WALTER JAMES PALMER
is an American dentist 
WHO HAS PAID £35,000 TO SHOOT AND KILL CECIL, THE MUCH-LOVED ZIMBABWE'S LION, WITH A BOW AND ARROW.

Another of many animals Murdered by Palmer

CECIL THE LION'S KILLER REVEALED AS AMERICAN DENTIST
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/zimbabwe/Cecil-the-lions-killer-revealed-as-American-dentist.html


More Information

WALTER JAMES PALMER was accused in 2009 of SEXUAL HARASSMENT by a former employee who was also a patient, according to the Pioneer Press. He settled with the Minnesota Dentistry Board and his insurer paid $127,500 to his accuser.

WALTER PALMER: 5 FAST FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
http://heavy.com/news/2015/07/walter-palmer-minnesota-dentist-hunter-killed-cecil-the-lion-dead-shot-zimbabwe-illegal-arrested-photos-video-cubs-theo-bronchorst-trymore-ndlovu/

ANIMAL MURDERERS: BUSHMAN SAFARIS ZIMBABWE

This is the company that arranged for Cecil's murder:

https://www.facebook.com/bushmansafaris.zimbabwe?fref=ts
ED NUGENT DEFENDS WALTER JAMES PALMER AND SAYS ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE STUPID

TED NUGENT CALLS PEOPLE 'STUPID' FOR BEING UPSET ABOUT THE KILLING OF CECIL THE LION
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ted-nugent-cecil-the-lion_55b91bcde4b0074ba5a736f5?ir=Entertainment&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000024

TED NUGENT ON FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/tednugent?fref=ts

TED NUGENT ON TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/tednugent

Ted Nugent is an American musician, singer, songwriter, hunter, and conservative political activist noted for his advocacy of hunting and gun ownership rights.

Related Links

Demand Justice for Cecil the Lion’s Killer
http://www.care2.com/causes/demand-justice-for-cecil-the-lions-killer.html

September

End The Cruelty of Pheasant Shooting.

"When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning."
Marv Levy

No matter where you go here in the UK or anywhere else for that matter you can never escape the reality of just how morally backward we are or at least our governments are.

To add to the appalling suffering of our own species as a result of the actions of the minority is the unremitting deliberate suffering inflicted on helpless animals in the name of "sport".

Look at the photo below which was taken by myself during a recent family day out to the Lake District, a place we occasionally visit in an attempt to appreciate the beautiful landscape and the hope of finding a little peace and tranquillity.

While travelling along one of the winding roads leading to Derwent Water we were amazed to see thousands of pheasants in the woodland, in fields and all over the road. Speeding motorists had run over some and still more came heading from the woodlands in the direction of a large field towards the sound of a tractor and a beating sound rather like that of a drum. Some were running frantically here and there flying in short spates. All of this terrorized sheep grazing in the field who bleated and ran to... well there was no where for the poor creatures to run. Yes sheep are used to birds of course and you often see black birds sitting on their backs while the sheep sit chewing the cud or sleeping quite undeterred. Yet this huge flocking of thousands of pheasants sent the sheep into quite a frenzy of frantic bleating. In a wood right at the far end was a tractor from which a man was throwing what I assume was seed into the field and this is what the birds were after.

It took a while to realise that what we were seeing were pheasants who had been deliberately and intensively reared in order for those of an aberrant way of thinking, usually the rich, to massacre these defenceless creatures in their thousands beginning October 1st, which is the official pheasant shooting season.

Please watch the video below and click the link for more information from the League Against Cruel Sport. You may find some of the footage disturbing - but please try to at least listen to the information which describes the shocking cruelty inflicted on birds reared for shooting.

Gunsmoke and Mirrors - An Exposé into the Shooting Industry

https://youtu.be/prbPW-eNGG0

"Watch the League documentary Gunsmoke and Mirrors which reveals the truth behind the shooting industry.

Despite claims that game birds are wild, natural and free range we show the reality of the intensive breeding and rearing conditions, shocking footage of the millions of other animals killed each year, many in brutal snares, to protect this precious stock for shooting. Plus, evidence of the huge amount of wastage the industry produces making it clear that this is not about food but about sport."
League Against Cruel Sport
 

Shooting

"Around 50 million birds are released each year into the British countryside to be shot for sport. Around half never get within sight of a gun. They die from exposure, cannibalism, predation, traffic collision and starvation. "

Read More:
http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/shooting?gclid=CKGH6cn1_8cCFaIIwwoduBcAxg

Take Action

Shooting - What you can do

"You can support the League Against Cruel Sports in a number of ways to help save game birds:

  • Join us! Please register your support and we will keep you up-to-date with our campaigns and invite you to take action and get involved to help protect birdlife.  The more supporters we have, the more we can bring about change to improve animals’ lives.

  • Be an advocate for animals, talk to family & friends about the cruelty of shooting. Facebook and Twitter are great placed to start the conversion, so be sure to like us and retweet us whenever you can."

  • Report incidents of shooting on public access land to the League on 01483 524 250, especially if landowners are preventing access whilst shooting is in progress.

View more suggested actions:
http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/shooting/what-you-can-do-about-game-shooting - Please note the "register your support" link brings up a "Page not found". Maybe this is a temporary glitch and it might be worth trying again later, but there are many other actions you can take to stop all cruel "Sports" here: http://www.league.org.uk/get-involved
You may also join the League Against cruel Sports here: http://www.league.org.uk/how-to-donate/join-the-league

I have to say regardless of whether the unfortunate animal is reared for this sickening pastime or simply a bird or other animal in the wild living life as nature intended the killing of any animal is unethical, cruel and in the modern world unnecessary and should be outlawed. There is no place in any modern ethically progressive society for the wanton and brutal killing of the other species with whom we share this world - at least there shouldn't be. The life of any animal, human or non human is as important to them as our lives are to us. No creature wants to die, the struggle for survival is a powerful instinct shared by all creatures.

Pheasants of course are not the only birds to be massacred en mass, August the 12th commenced the grouse shooting season heralding four months of the lawful killing of millions of tiny defenceless birds, disturbance of the quiet of the countryside and significant detrimental alteration of and damage to the countryside to accommodate this disgusting pastime.  The sound of gun fire during a hike or stroll through the Yorkshire Dales and elsewhere is disturbing in the extreme knowing that some poor animal has died or has been wounded and may be left to die suffering for many hours. Not to forget also the obvious disturbing nature of gunshot fire with the possibility of accidents and concern for ones own safety.

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Thomas A. Edison

Why do we stand by and allow such vile and barbaric pursuits by people who are of warped mentality. It is shameful that this country which boosts of being animal lovers condones by law the wanton massacre of millions of helpless animals to satisfy the perverted pleasure of these pathetic barbarians. It is scandalous that our country's leader is himself an avid hunter who pursues the reinstatement of fox-hunting with disturbing persistence, who has previously ridden with the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire and enjoys deer stalking. That such a vile man who finds pleasure in the sickening so-called sport of hunting down a defenceless animal and watch while the poor creature is torn apart by dogs is leader of our country and makes decision that require compassion and morality is scary, frightening, disturbing and frankly horrific. It is hoped that in the future people will look back at such atrocities to the other beings with whom we share this planet as the barbarism that it is and wonder why someone who enjoyed such blatant cruelty became leader of our country and why people voted him for a second term knowing his policies on hunting and his shameful treatment of the most vulnerable in our society, namely sick and disabled people. In The Basis of Morality the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, wrote: “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

Also

"Deliberate cruelty to our defenceless and beautiful little cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty."
William Ralph Inge - English author, Anglican priest, professor of divinity at Cambridge, and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral.

Two quotes that refer to the dubious and unsavory - in my opinion down right evil - nature of a person who is cruel to animals. Cameron most certainly fits the description of such a person yet he has the power to determine not only what happens to animals but to the 64 million people who live here in the UK and indeed elsewhere.

Time to ban out right the wanton killing of wild animals, no exceptions, including the badger cull. Why should we allow the disturbed minority to murder en mass helpless animals, rampaging through our country side taking pot shots at helpless birds, rabbits, hares and just about anything that moves,  riding on horse back chasing a tiny fox, or a stalking a majestic deer. Surely it is wrong and if you are not appalled why not? There has to be something very amiss with those who participate and those who condone by their silence. We will never have a peaceful world while we allow people of this ilk to murder defenceless animals whether it is by hunting, shooting, culling or the mass killing of incarcerated animals in farms . We most certainly will never have a peaceful world, a just world while we allow such people to govern the nations of the earth.

"We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace."

Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

Related Links

"REARING PHEASANTS FOR SHOOTS By Clare Druce, Director of the Farm Animal Welfare Network Every year in the UK more than 20 million pheasants are reared for 'sport'. Does this mean that pheasant meat (or game) is the thing to choose if you want to avoid the cruelties of factory farming? Surely these birds have enjoyed free and natural lives before the moment of instant death?"

Read More
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/images/pdf/kfrp.pdf

September

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

ANIMAL HERO: JEREMY BERNARD CORBYN

JEREMY BERNARD CORBYN has been a long-time campaigner on animal rights issues. He was one of the first signatories to Tony Banks' "Pigeon Bombs" Early Day Motion and in 2015 signed a motion calling for a ban on the importation of foie gras into the United Kingdom and sponsored a motion opposing the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. He also sponsored two Early Day Motions relating to the McLibel case.

“Alongside our shared commitments to human rights and environmental justice, our party has a strong commitment to animal welfare. As a vegetarian all my adult life, I have used my position in parliament to advocate for greater animal welfare protection.

The last Labour government achieved much to reduce animal suffering: banning hunting with dogs, securing an end to cosmetic testing, banning fur farming, and introducing the Animal Welfare Act.  I supported all these measures.

One of the first set of questions I tabled after I was elected to Parliament in 1983 was about the use of animals in tobacco research experiments. I also campaigned against the use of primates in research, and I negotiated tougher regulations with ministers on how they are imported for use in research, and as pets, under the Animal Welfare Act.

In this Parliament I will continue my lifelong opposition to hunting with dogs. I have also voted, spoken and campaigned for a ban on wild animals in circuses and I opposed the badger cull in the last Parliament.

I was a childhood opponent of fox hunting growing up in Shropshire. Back then we had otter hunting, badger baiting and hare coursing. Gradually we got legislation to end all these awful practices. It was my old friend Tony Banks who finally got the badger as a protected species – I was quoted in the press calling it ‘A Good Day for Brock’ when it finally went through.

I have supported the campaign against the dog meat trade, as well as campaigning to ban imports of foie gras, following India’s welcome lead on this issue.

Our country and our party have much to be proud of on animal welfare, but we still have further to go to match the best practice around the world. This is another reason why we must resist the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which would threaten the European and national legislative protections that we have campaigned together to achieve.

If elected leader, I pledge that a Labour government in 2020 will continue to advance our animal welfare protections so that they are the best in the world – and I hope that you will hold me to that pledge.”

Jeremy Corbyn

September

The Ballad of Aslan and Rose.

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

Aslan, a 17-year-old Syrian teenager refugee has walked more than 300 miles (500 kilometers) to the Greek Island of Lesbos in his quest for a new life with Rose, his puppy.

"I love my dog. I need her," Aslan said.

GOOD LUCK, ASLAN AND ROSE!

A teenager walked more than 300 miles to escape war-torn Syria with his puppy. 

Refugee Aslan, 17, took his dog Rose all the way to the Greek island Lesbos as he felt he couldn't leave his pooch behind.

The Syrian teenager is one of 300,000 migrants who have arrived in Greece this year, even making a passport for Rose.

Read more:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3245224/Syrian-teen-refugee-walked-300-miles-puppy-Lesbos.html

Greece: Syrian Aslan and his puppy Rose

 

 

October

Please Take Action to Help Sheep

Please read the following information from PETA and take the recommended actions

"PETA recently revealed cruelty to sheep at "sustainable" farms in the Ovis 21 network in Argentina and is now exposing another wool farm there. At this farm, workers cut off parts of gentle lambs' ears, put tight rings around their scrotums, and cut off their tails—all without any pain relief. Shearers hit sheep with electric clippers, slammed them to the floor, and kicked and stood on them. Fast, rough shearing left many sheep cut and bleeding, and they weren't given any painkillers before workers used a needle and thread to sew up their gaping wounds.

After receiving the footage, Chargeurs—a company that supplies wool to retailers around the world—cut ties with the farm, which it had trusted for years. The cruelty documented on this farm is not unique, and similar abuses have also been found at dozens of farms and shearing sheds across Australia and the U.S. There's simply no such thing as "humane wool," and that's why rejecting wool is the best way to help protect lambs and sheep from abuse.

Please thank Chargeurs for cutting ties with this farm, and ask that it move completely away from buying and selling wool—as more and more consumers look for clothes that are not the product of cruelty, it's a good time for it to make the switch to vegan wool."

Take Action for sheep

Please click the following links to send messages to Chargeurs , Ralph Lauren,  J.Crew, and Patagonia. 

Do read the information if you can. Warning there are upsetting graphics and videos. If you wish to take the actions without seeing the graphics Click the Take Action Button which takes you directly to the message.

Chargeurs  

Please thank Chargeurs for cutting ties with this Argentinian farm, and also urge the company to move away completely from buying and selling wool. It's time for the company to shift to sourcing vegan wool as more and more consumers look for clothes that are not the product of cruelty.

http://investigations.peta.org/argentine-wool-farm-lambs-mutilated-exposed/?utm_campaign=Argentine%20Wool%20Investigation&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

Ralph Lauren,  J.Crew,

Please ask leading sellers of wool to drop it immediately in favor of animal-friendly materials. For Ralph Lauren, click the following link and use the form at the bottom of the webpage. For J.Crew, send an e-mail to mdrexler@jcrew.com from your personal account.

http://investigations.peta.org/australia-us-wool/

Patagonia

Please thank Patagonia for dropping Ovis 21, but urge them to drop all wool in favor of animal-friendly materials because there is simply no such thing as humane wool.

http://investigations.peta.org/ovis-lamb-slaughter-sheep-cruelty/

There are template letters to help you, please personalise if you can but if for some reason this is not possible please send anyway.

More information about sheep from this website

Sheep suffer from the abuse of farming worldwide:

Animal Rights: Factory Farming
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal-Rights-Sheep.htm

Help Our Sheep:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/help_our_sheep.htm

Sheep are Sentient Creatures

Sheep are amazing creatures more intelligent than you may realise. They are sentient beings and feel pain and suffer as you or I your cat or your dog. There should be no place in any modern ethical society that allows the mistreatment and terrible cruelty that is handed out to sheep the world over day after day after suffering day.

Please send as many of the above messages as you can and please stop buying wool and change your diet to vegan to help not only the horrific exploitation of sheep but other helpless defenceless animals who suffer unimaginable cruelty very single day of their short lives.

Here is a lovely story that shows sheep to be sentient creatures capable of compassion, caring and forming bonds.

Jeffery Massom in this book The pig who Sang to the moon tells the story of Rammo, " a macho two-year old Ramouillet ram" who formed a special and compassionate bond with Whisper, a cow who was born blind.

"Rams tend to be loners, and he was a pretty tough ram, so it seemed unusual that he would take up with a blind member of another species. But he did"

"He would graze next to her all day and guide her about the field, making certain she did not bump into the fence or posts...When she had a calf , Shout, sired by an Angus bull, Rammo behaved paternally toward the young animal, more so than even to his own offspring, several bouncy lambs. Whisper lived to be four years and than died in 1996 of a viral infection. Rammo mourned her a long time, standing by her dead body, calling and calling.

Read more about sentience in sheep:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20sheep.htm

November

ANIMAL HERO: ANIMALES SIN HOGAR

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

The extraordinary Uruguayan animal organization ANIMALES SIN HOGAR has rescued, healed, and is sheltering and feeding, hundreds of animals. They have also, with the wonderful support of the American sanctuary THE WILD ANIMAL SANCTUARY, sent two lionesses and one lion from Uruguayan zoos to that sanctuary in past year. One bear, one lion and two tigers will be sent in next months too. These two videos show animals being rescued by ANIMALES SIN HOGAR

DOG BEING NEAR DEATH INTO A DEEP WELL IS RESCUED (THANKS TO THE URUGUAYAN POLICE AND FIREMEN)
https://www.facebook.com/AnimalesSinHogar/videos/10153280582001733/?pnref=story  

STARVING MOM DOG AND HER CHILDREN ARE RESCUED
 https://www.facebook.com/AnimalesSinHogar/videos/10153280791866733/?pnref=story  

ANIMALES SIN HOGAR, as most of animal organizations all over the world, survives with only small donations from animal rights activists and some lowly private companies.

¡QUIERO AYUDAR! (I WANNA HELP!) http://www.animalessinhogar.com.uy/quiero-ayudar/colaboraciones-puntuales.html

ANIMALES SIN HOGAR WEBSITE http://www.animalessinhogar.com.uy/

ANIMALES SIN HOGAR ON FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/AnimalesSinHogar

ANIMALES SIN HOGAR ON TWITTER https://twitter.com/ASHcomUY  

The photo at the beginning is from Animales sin Hogar of a little dog called Koko, one of many receiving loving care.

You can read about how the compassionate people at Animales sin Hogar are helping this unfortunate little dog who has lost two legs:
http://www.animalessinhogar.com.uy/noticias/534-koko.html