“Killing an animal to make a coat is sin. It
wasn't meant to be, and we have no right to do it. A
woman gains status when she refuses to see anything
killed to be put on her back. Then she's truly
The skinning of live animals is the most
hideous cruelty you can imagine. Yes it does happen, the fur trade
continues amidst the most unimaginable cruelty as animals have their skins torn from them
while they are still alive. The thought of the pain is
Such hideous practice occurs in China,
the world's largest exporter of fur garments, half
of which is imported into the
There are no laws against the abuse of
animals on fur farms in China were animals are treated in any way the owners
of fur farms please. Animals including rabbits, mink, foxes and in many
cases cats and dogs - more information about this further down - are housed
in out-door cages in cramped conditions exposed to the elements, in freezing
cold, rain, and heat from the unrelenting scorching sunshine.
When undercover investigators made their way onto
Chinese fur farms, they found that many animals are still alive and
struggling desperately when workers flip them onto their backs or hang
them up by their legs or tails to skin them. When workers on these farms
begin to cut the skin and fur from an animal's leg, the free limbs kick
and writhe. Workers stomp on the necks and heads of animals who struggle
too hard to allow a clean cut.
Read more and watch the video by clicking the link below. Please note
the video is shocking and many people will find it deeply disturbing, so
if you are very sensitive please do not watch. I think we can
imagine quite well simply by reading , and that in itself can be
difficult, the horror that awaits defenceless animals at the hands of
these callous brutal people.
It is shocking that we share our world with
people who are so cruel and sadistic and often as we go about our daily
lives the horrors of barbaric brutality to human and non humans alike can
seem unreal, as most decent people cannot quite grasp the mentality of
such callous behaviour.
Though it is of course wrong to raise any
animal for fur, particularly in such brutal conditions as those in China,
many people will however be shocked to realise that cats and dogs are also breed
for fur. Moreover it has been the case of family pets being
taken from the streets, thrown into lorries in cramped cages and
transported to fur farms where they meet the same fate as other mammals
such as rabbits and foxes. To my mind the cruelty to any animal reared
for the fur trade regardless of species is equally abhorrent.
An investigation by the Humane Society
United States HSUS revealed that animals were hung by the neck while
water is poured down their throats so that they drown. Other animals are
skinned alive. Scenes of this kind of horrific treatment of cats and
dogs came to light as a result of an eighteen month undercover
investigation into the cat and dog fur trade in China. The result of
this investigation showed that the extent of this heinous practice is bigger than was
first believed with more than 2 million animals killed in this brutal
way for the fur trade. Fur from cats and dogs has been found not only in the USA but also in
Britain, Italy, Germany and Spain. Usually the fur is made up into coats
- it takes 24 cats to make one coat and 10 to 12 dogs - hats and
gloves and the skin used for drums.
You have to ask what kind of person can so
callously skin a breathing sentient animal alive than throw is or her
flayed body still alive into a pile with others who have suffered a
similar fate. The contemplation of such is sickening.
The globalization of the fur trade has made it impossible to know where
fur products come from. China supplies more than half of the finished
fur garments imported for sale in the United States. Even if a fur
garment's label says it was made in a European country, the animals were
likely raised and slaughtered elsewhere—possibly on an unregulated
Chinese fur farm. Besides the fur trade is wrong even if the fur comes
from else were where animals receive better treatment. At the end the
day there is nothing humane about causing the death of any creature even
to sate the appetite for a food that is not natural for humans let alone
for the whims of silly fickle women who give little or no thought to the
suffering of animals in order to adorn their bodies with clothing that
symbolises the most appalling cruelty.
What can we Do
Here are some suggestions
Stop Wearing Fur
The only way to bring an end to the fur
trade is of course to stop buying fur. For the sake of the fickle
fashion of the equally fickle minded animals suffer unspeakable cruelty.
It has to stop.
Faux fur looks the same. However beware
that if it comes from China it may contain some animal fur.
Here is a video with suggestions about how
to approach someone wearing fur. While the temptation is strong of
course to really give them a piece of your mind in no uncertain terms,
even tip paint over the garment, a better approach is to be friendly and
have some leaflets handy. Furthermore it never helps to break the law as
often doing so shifts the support to the wearer of fur.
I would like to share with you today a couple
of fascinating studies about bird song. While most us enjoy the song of
birds on a spring morning few of us realise that behind what we perceive
as a joyful twittering is a more complex form of communication, the
language of birds.
In our garden here in the UK our regular
bird visitors consist mainly of sparrows, the occasional green finches
and the odd visit by a robin and during the spring and summer there is
the pleasing chirping of a regular blackbird who frequents our garden at
the beginning of spring. It is the sparrows though that fill the
air with their wonderful boisterous twitters. Some sixty or so in number
their tweets vary according to circumstance, two of which are the most
noticeable: the frantic tweets when they are squabbling and the loud
excited chirping when it is raining. The later frantic singing
appears to be chirps of pleasure at least that is the way I interpret
A sparrow's tweeting is complex and conveys
messages to other birds. The background cacophony of tweets you hear on a
spring day is actually the language that species of birds share. These,
to us, indecipherable twitters are used to mark territory, alert
neighbouring birds to predators, alert nesting birds to one another's
location when seeking food and to identify potential mates. The song of
a bird can also identify his or her age or state of health.
Even more surprising - well to those of the
mindset that animals live by instinct alone - bird song has to be
learnt. Just like humans, birds learn to sing from listening to parents
and neighbours .
More amazing facts:
Birds speak in accents according to
Male sparrows react differently to songs
sung by young and older sparrows; a male sparrow maybe more aggressive
towards the calls of a mature sparrow than that of a younger bird.
Mocking birds have a more than a hundred
Learn more fascinating information about
the complex language of birds:
More and more research evidence is showing how intelligent animals are.
Though to us it may appear as though animals do not have language and of
course if we compare animal communication to that of our own then no
animals as far as we know do not have such a sophisticated and complex
means of communication. But they are not without a language.
It is often said that humans are the only
species who have evolved grammar, however research is beginning to prove
While surfing the net recently I came
across some examples of research that demonstrates that Bengal finches
have evolved a form of syntax, a major component of grammar, which shows that humans are not the only creatures to
have evolved grammatical rules.
Though these birds do not have verbs,
nouns and so on, nonetheless Bengal finches have their own unique form
of syntax and says Kentaro Abe of Kyoto University, Japan
"Songbirds have a spontaneous ability to process
syntactic structures in their songs,"
challenges the idea that only humans have evolved grammatical rules.
To show a sense of syntax in the animals, Abe's
team played jumbled "ungrammatical" remixes of finch songs to the birds
and measured the response calls.
Although many animals, including dogs, parrots and apes are known to
interpret and construct "sentences", and recognise human words for
individual objects, Abe says that only his finches have been shown to
have a form of grammar in their utterances. Similar claims have been
made for whale song, however.
In the wild, Bengal finches call back vigorously whenever they hear
unfamiliar songs, usually from intruding finches. In the lab, Abe and
colleague Dai Watanabe of the Japan Science and Technology Agency in
Saitama exploited these reactions to gauge whether finches could notice
Constance Scharff, who works on birdsong at the Free
University of Berlin, Germany, says the work is important
because it is often claimed that humans are the only species
that uses grammar.
ingenious experiment showing that birds are sensitive to
changes in song that are consistent with different
grammars," she says. "More and more, we are seeing
similarities between humans and animals, and that makes some
Unfortunately towards the end of the article
some birds were subjected to an experiment whereby their anterior nidopallium,
the area of the brain in some birds thought to register faulty grammar,
was chemically destroyed. Sad that after such a momentous discovery of
finding another species capable of grammar researchers see fit to treat
these intelligent creatures in such an inhumane way. After reading this
I was hesitant to include the above information here. However as
this research supports the mounting evidence that animals are intelligent, and in the
case of these birds have evolved a form of grammar, I decided to include
it along with my condemnation concerning animal experiments. The fact that these
birds have such remarkable capabilities was surely enough without the
need to practice cruel experiments to find out the whys and wherefores.
More information about the same study from
After loosing Joey in September of last
year Sooty his companion seemed so lonely and for this reason we decided
to adopt another bunny and also it is good to be able to do something to
help an unwanted animal.
In such circumstances you really do not
know if you are doing the right thing however as we cannot speak rabbit
you have to make some decision and take a leap in the dark. Sooty has
been alone most of her life and as an elderly bunny it is just so sad
that after only five months of companionship with Joey she is now once
again all alone. People often say that many rabbits who loose a partner
grieve, they stop eating, become depressed and some even die. Outwardly
none of this appeared to happen with Sooty, though she sat for a day on
Joey's grave and continues to do so now and again. Joey and Sooty
had a perfect companionship sitting side by side, grooming one another,
never fighting , no fur pulling or any other aggression. Occasionally
they appeared indifferent to each other and who knows perhaps this was
the result of some rabbit squabble of which we were oblivious. They
bonded so easily it looked like love at first sight; they bonded in less
than twenty-four hours which I am told is really good going as bonding
can take weeks, even months.
So early in November we contacted the RSPCA rehoming service
and a Dutch rabbit, whom we named Patch, was bought round to meet Sooty. Nothing of anything
momentous happened when they were first introduced. Sooty chased Patch a
bit and tried to mount him once and that was that. Thereafter she ran away
from him. At the time there was no serious confrontations so we decided to
keep Patch after all rabbit bonding is usually a long process, we were
lucky the first time.
Sadly though things did not turn out too
well, Patch seemed to want to be the dominate rabbit and would take a
chuck of fur from Sooty's backside. Many people seem to take this for
granted but I find it alarming. At one time when trying to bond them in
the more confined space in the kitchen Patch groomed sooty than pulled
more fur out. A couple of days later in what looked like a great leap
forward Sooty groomed Patch for a long time than when her back was
turned he again pulled out a large chuck of fur. Throughout the week of
attempted bonding for the most part Sooty ran away from Patch. There was
the occasional nose sniffing but in the main she avoided him. So for now
enough is enough and we have separated them. Hopefully in time they may
bond. But for the meantime I am not happy to allow Patch a take chucks
of fur from Sooty. I think you have to be very
careful not to allow well-intentioned bonding sessions to deteriorate
into what could well be considered as animal abuse.
I have read some shocking stories on
the internet of forced bonding when owners are in my opinion overly
persistent and try again and again even though the rabbits sustain
injuries that draw blood. One example was a woman putting two rabbits in a
bowl in the bath where neither could escape the aggression of the other with both rabbis
often sustaining bites that drew blood. This person tried this
method several times with no success and tried other bonding
methods in less confined spaces with both the rabbits showing serious
aggression. Time to stop I would think before such over overzealous bonding sessions however well intentioned become animal
abuse. Some people even advise putting rabbits side by side in a carrier
in a car. This method assumes both rabbits are frightened of the car ride,
which some rabbits are, and as a consequence of their shared fear they
will cuddle up side by side and bond. However fear often produces
aggression, so again I find this method extreme.
Rabbits are like people
they do not get along with every member of their species and when there
is little to choose from being constantly confronted with the rabbit you
cannot stand the sight of is stressful to say the least. Try and imagine
that you are being forced into a friendship with a person you do not
like or even hate or fear and somehow you have to spend the whole of
your life in a confined space with this person. Well the same goes for
bunnies I would think.
We have not given in yet and consider a
very very slow approach is far better and in the meantime the rabbits
are kept separate. If they do not bond or at least stop the aggressive
behaviour they will have to be kept separate.
Yes the RSPCA will take back any rabbit
they have re-homed but Patch's case is somewhat different and we hesitate
to return him.
He is a six year old rabbit who has like
Sooty lost his bonded partner. Sadly Patch and his partner were been kept in a tiny cage, sitting in inches of their own
droppings for a long time, they and other rabbits were taken away from
their owner. I do not fully understand all the details but Patch ended
up in some home rescue situation were he did not have the space of
freedom he has here, also he is getting on in years as sadly people want
young rabbits. He does love it here free to roam the garden, he
loves exploring the shed and he gets to come inside at night or when the
weather is awful and stay in the warmth.
So we have decided to keep him.
Yes it is a bit of a nightmare keeping both
rabbits separate and as the
saying goes we do not know if we are coming or going. I had had mixed
thoughts on the matter but when the re-homer brought Patch back after we
had sent him back not fully understanding the situation I knew
we had made the right decision to keep him. The situation with the home rescue
person is even worse than I had imagined and I hope the RSPCA do
something about it soon.
As for Patch, as soon as he was freed in the garden you could tell he was
glad to be back. It will be difficult but it is a matter of getting into
a routine. In the spring it might be easier to bond them. We have a
large allotment from which the rabbits cannot get out but can run around
freely, as this is neutral territory we can take them there for a couple
of hours now and again and hope they learn to at least live together
There is another reason we decided to keep Patch. Sadly right now there
is a desperate need to find homes for abandoned rabbits. Rabbits so
often get abandoned as soon as the novelty wears off and also right now
due to the financial fiasco and the resulting austerity for some of us,
people are abandoning their pets.
So good loving homes desperately needed for rabbits and other pets of
So if you can offer an animal a good home please contact the RSPCA for
details of how you can give a home to an unwanted animal:
Well it's that time of
year again. Just when I thought the Canadian
government were going to abandon the seal hunt I
receive an e-mail asking me to sign a petition to
get the Canadian government to ban their annual seal
slaughter. It is tragic and so sad of course
for the poor animals who will be shot, have their
skulls bashed in or even skinned alive. It is
pathetic that the Canadian government continue with
this senseless slaughter as there is no market for
the pelts as the US, the European Union, Taiwan,
Mexico and Russia have now all banned seal-fur
Please take action by
writing to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
and demand that he bring the massacre to an
There is a template,
please edit and personalise if you can, but if for
some reason you are not able to do so than do send
it as it is. Please be polite. I know how much you
may want to tell him in no uncertain terms what you
think about this shocking cruelty, but abusive
letters are unlikely to be read.
Only your name and
e-mail is required to send your request to the
Canadian Prime Minister
TV wildlife presenter and Viva! patron Wendy Turner-Webster
"Just for the sake of making more money out of what
some of us eat (not me) ... these people wanted to exterminate a whole
population of innocent wild animals who have as much right to live in this land
as we humans do."
If you read no further please at
least take the actions included on the
following websites to stop the cull
A form letter to Owen Paterson,
Secretary of State for Defra, for more
affect you may personalise and
edit. Please be polite, although I can
well understand the urge to tell him
what you think in no uncertain terms,
aggressive and abusive comments are
rarely read let alone considered.
Thursday October 25th 2012 the government were defected by a majority vote of 119
to ban the badger cull:
MPs voted the following motion
That this House
notes the e-petition on the planned
badger cull, which has gathered more
than 150,000 signatures; and calls on
the Government to stop the cull and
implement the more sustainable and
humane solution of both a vaccination
programme for badgers and cattle, along
with improved testing and biosecurity.
right an overwhelming
vote of 147 votes to
28, against the cull.
Very disturbing the MP who advocated
the eradication of badgers.
However it was just wonderful that the vote was
so huge from all parties in favour of banning this
cruel cull, a vile abuse of another species.
However in defiance of the will of the
majority at the end of the debate DEFRA minister
David Heath reiterated the government's stance and
confirmed that it intends for the culls to proceed
in summer 2013.
Creagh tries to
David Heath if
is not obliged
tells MPs that
the vote by MPs
to abandon the
badger cull is
not binding on
is binding he
cull defeat on
government - as
Surely if the government was
defeated and by a huge majority the cull should be
stopped. Isn't that what democracy is about. What is
the point of a debate if the government than goes on
to ignore the results?
If the government go ahead with the
cull this summer in total disregard for the
democratic process it will be a sad day not only
for the unfortunate badgers but for democracy.
It is a tragedy when power supersedes the will of
the people and the tiny minority do whatsoever they
please, when might triumphs over right.
Isaac Bashevis Singer once wrote
As often as
Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and
fish, he always had the same thought: in their
behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazis. The
smugness with which man could do with other species
as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist
theories, the principle that might is right.
Extract fromEnemies, a Love Story
Unless we take action the government will do as it
pleases, at least the small minority of the
government whom it appears have all the power and
override not only the will of the people but the
will of parliament, ignoring even their own back
benchers. One has to ask what is the point of
parliament if the tiny minority do as they please
regardless of such an overwhelming majority. I admit
to not understanding the intricacies of our
political system but common sense tells us that if
the government are defeated in a debate upon a
matter which the majority of citizens support it is
not democratic to than ignore that outcome.
Badger culling is an ethical Issue
The German philosopher Schopenhauer once wrote
The assumption that animals are without rights and the
illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively
outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the
only guarantee of morality.
Regardless of the science the mass killing of our wildlife is an ethical issue.
At the end of the day the whole system of live stock farming needs to be
eradicated. Sadly in these days of rampant greed and exploitation of both human
and non humans little is ever said about the basic ethics of an issue such as
this. We have to ask ourselves do we have the right to systematically
slaughter another species simply because they are considered an hindrance. Is it
right that we massacre mercilessly a whole society of sentient creatures in
order to exploit other self aware animals namely cattle for our own needs or
rather our greed. Need does not enter the equation for the reality of the matter
is we exploit cattle and other animals for a food we do not need
and is not natural and
which results in the deaths of other human beings as land is given over to grow
feed for farm animals rather than directly feed humans.
Even if your view of animal rights is not as "radical" as mine and I doubt
that all 160,000 people who signed the petition are vegetarian or vegan we all
know that this cull is an atrocity against another species and must be stopped.
The vast majority of British people value our wildlife and consider the culling
of badgers as a disgusting form of barbarism.
Ghandi once said:
The greatness of a nation and its
moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.
I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more
entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.
Mohandas Gandhi is revered the world wide for his advocacy of nonviolence
and justice. Gandhi's philosophy and compassion extended to all people and
actively included animals.
What does this say about the morality of our nation or rather the
morality of our government as the majority of the people of this nation is clear
on this issue and want the cull banned.
We have to keep up the pressure we have only a short time to stop this atrocity.
We must not become
complacent, we must continue the campaign to get this
HSI/UK and their partners in Team Badger,
will be working hard to
ensure that the planned culls are abandoned once and
for all. Keep an eye on developments
...the fate of badgers and foxes are intertwined. The perpetrators of fox and
badger persecution are the same and their modus operandi clear. The motivation
is the same too, straight forward pleasure from cruelly taking life.
In the above article David Heath Defra Minister says:
"Our priority has always been to ensure that any culling of badgers is
carried out in a safe, humane and effective way"
I would like to ask Mr Health what is humane about death? Particularly a death
that is not necessary Every creature has a right to his or her life. What right
have the government or anyone else to deny these animals their right to life?
Certainly no ethical right that's for sure, but the government are not really
concerned with the ethics of this or any other matter are they.
Why not write to David Heath and state your objections to
Minister of State for Agriculture and Food
"Until one has loved
an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
There is just so much heartbreaking suffering
inflicted upon nonhuman animals by humans that at
times it can feel just so overwhelming that one can
so easily forget there are people who love animals
and the relationship between a human and a nonhuman
animal can be just so deep, a real bond of
Such is the case of
Misao, an 88 year old Japanese grandmother who found
the odd eyed cat abandoned in a shed on her land.
Since than the pair have barely been apart.
Misao named her new
companion Fukumaru, the word
good fortune in
Japanese. Fukumaru suffers
more commonly known as
‘odd-eyed’: the cat has one
iris that is orange while
the other is blue.
Click the link below to
view the photograph series of the beautiful nine
year friendship between a grandmother and her odd
eyed white cat.
Sadly Sooty our much loved
Netherlands Dwarf companion rabbit died April 24th 2013,
she was nine years old. Before Sooty came to live
with my husband son and I, she had previously lived
with a neighbour of ours who was unable to look
after her. Until she found a home with us she spent
much of her life alone in a tiny hutch.
Unfortunately so many
rabbits live lives of neglect abandoned at the
bottom of someone's garden when the novelty has worn
off. Mostly people do not intend to be cruel or
neglectful and simply are ignorant of the
requirements of a rabbit.
Rabbits are social animals
and need the company of other rabbits and also lots
of attention from those who care for them. They
require annul vaccinations against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD).
There are many illnesses from which rabbits suffer
and if whoever looks after the rabbit is ignorant of
signs and symptoms of these conditions their rabbit
or rabbits are likely to suffer a lingering and very
painful death. Dental problems are very common in
rabbits when their teeth continue to grow as a result of
poor diet or simply as a result of a genetic
tendency for their teeth to grow at an awkward
angle. Left untreated the poor rabbit will suffer
ulcers and agonising pain as the teeth grow through
the cheeks or tongue which of course prevents
eating. A miserable and painful death which I am
sure that most people would not wish any sentient thinking
feeling creature to suffer under any circumstances.
Rabbits are not
suitable companion animals for children, in fact to
my way of thinking no child under the age or sixteen
should have sole unsupervised responsibility for any
The following are links to
websites that offer advice concerning the care of rabbits.
If you can offer a rabbit
a home please avoid going to a pet shop. There are
thousands of neglected rabbits who need a home. To
adopt a rabbit - and any other animal- click the
It is best to adopt a
bonded pair or try and find a rabbit companion for
your lone bunny. Though not all rabbits get along
with each other so you will need to supervise
bonding as rabbits can fight and harm each other if
left alone. You cannot simply put two unbonded
rabbits together. The RSPCA rabbit rehoming scheme
will help with rabbit bonding.
When all the trees have been cut down, when all
the animals have been hunted, when all the waters
are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money. Cree prophecy
We need to act fast to save the Sumatran
rainforest and the species that depends on this
habitat for their survival.
Please art now to prevent the destruction of 1. 2
million hectares of some of the most bio diverse
rainforest in the world, replacing them with gold
mines, oil palm plantations, logging, and roads.
It is more shocking then you can imagine as a local
Sumatran Governor "...wants to let mining and
palm oil companies move in to decimate areas the
size of a million football fields!"
Astounding as this may seem in our more
environmentally aware society the national Forestry
Ministry of Sumatra may allow this to happen.
The forests under threat are the only place on
Earth where orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos
co-exist - and all are critically endangered. If
these plans go ahead it is predicted that in ten to
twenty years these species will be extinct.
Before reading further
please sign the petition below and pass
on by social networks such as Twitter,
Facebook, websites, forums and so on.
Include on your blog as I have done
The above website includes a link to the UK
government's petition and also a petition to Scottish parliament on
behalf of Rabbit's Require Rights (Scotland)
Please sign and widely share both petitions
on Twitter, Facebook, forums websites and blogs.
Also posters like the one above to download
and print and display or add to your blog or website.
Rabbits are sensitive and intelligent creatures, it is time they were treated
with respect and accorded the same protections as cats and dogs. Like you
or I and all animals rabbits suffer pain, stress, and
depression. Sadly the usual outcome for many rabbits is abandonment at the
bottom of someone's garden after the novelty has worm off, consigned for a life
time to live alone in a cramped hutch suffering from untreated conditions, often
dying in pain that could be prevented.
As bizarre as it may seem to those of us who care
for animals, all animals, many people consider that rabbits do not need veterinary care and many
rabbits end up dying in pain and living miserable wretched lives. A neighbour of
mine actually said you don't take rabbits to the
vet. Why Not! Are they immune to disease, pain and
death? Of course not they are mammals just like a
cat or a dog, just like you in fact. The fact is
rabbits have delicate health and complex care needs.
They say that ignorance is bliss but for rabbits the ignorance of owners concerning the needs of their
pet is anything but bliss for the unfortunate rabbit.
As a nation of so called
animal lover's the way many people treat their rabbits is shocking. Really
ignorance is no excuse these days with information so readily available.
As for deliberate abuse this is never acceptable
behaviour towards any animals and people need to be
taken to account and punished for abusing a rabbit
as they do for a cat or dog.
time for the government to tighten up on rabbit welfare and provide better
protection for rabbits.
Please now click the link below and sign the
petitions if you have not done so.
“But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”
Lawrence Anthony, The Elephant Whisperer
Every fifteen minutes a poacher kills an elephant. Unless something is done to stop poaching, elephants could become extinct within twelve years!
The Bloody Trade in Ivory
The largest land mammal on earth, the African elephant, faces constant threat from poachers whose greed has decimated elephant populations despite attempts to control the trade in Ivory.
It is shocking when any animal is killed simply as a result of greed and exploitation. Though among the seemingly infinite cases of animal exploitation and cruelty there can be few more shocking examples of man's barbarity than the killing of elephants for their tusks.
Elephants are amazing creatures who are highly intelligent, rather like us they form strong emotional family bonds, they mourn their dead and may even mourn humans with whom they have had a close association. One such remarkable case is the story of two herds of South African rogue elephants who travelled for twelve hours through the Zululand bush to attend the funeral of conservationist and author Lawrence Anthony who saved their lives. Just a few years previously these once violent elephants who were considered as pests and destined to be shot were rescued and rehabilitated by Anthony who was known as the "elephant whisperer".
“A good man died suddenly , “and from miles and miles away, two herds of elephants, sensing that they had lost a beloved human friend, moved in a solemn, almost ‘funereal’ procession to make a call on the bereaved family at the deceased man’s home.”“If there ever were a time, when we can truly sense the wondrous ‘interconnectedness of all beings,’ it is when we reflect on the elephants of Thula Thula. A man’s heart’s stops, and hundreds of elephants’ hearts are grieving. This man’s oh-so-abundantly loving heart offered healing to these elephants, and now, they came to pay loving homage to their friend.”
Even if these creatures were not possessed of such faculties their lives are important to them, all creatures wish to live. Intelligence, size, whether or not they interact with man or whatever criteria we humans place on animals which elevate their worth are irrelevant. Regardless of such qualities or lack thereof every animal which draws breath has a right to life, and furthermore a life free from abuse and exploitation by humans.
Statistics of the death toll vary but are always shockingly high. According to the Wildlife Conservation society in 2012 poachers killed 35,000 African elephants for their tusks:
Elephants are still being killed in their thousands for no other reason than
for their tusks in the continuation of the bloody trade in Ivory. Thousands of elephants die as tons and tons of Illegal ivory, including the 24 tonne Malaysian consignment mentioned above, is still being smuggled out of Africa.
Action you can take to save elephants
The greatest threats facing elephants today are poaching, conflict with humans, and habitat loss and degradation. Elephants across Africa and Asia are being poached for their ivory at increasing levels.
World Elephant Day
August 12th was world elephant day. I didn't know this until it was passed. More promotion for such is necessary if these events are to be effective. Having said this there are many suggestions for actions you can take that are of course helpful at any time and lots of useful information so please check out the link below:
However it has to be
considered that all of these issues are
interconnected. What happens to the environment
effects animals of course and human rights is an
issue that obviously effects us all and is related
to how we treat the other beings with whom we share
“There will be no justice as long as man will stand
with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are
weaker than he is.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Hunting is to my mind one of the most abhorrent
forms of animal abuse, the whole idea sickens me.
Here in the UK it is the open season on deer.
Autumn is stag hunting season. You cannot image it
can you that the law allows for such vile brutality
towards another sentient being whose life means as
much to him as your does to you. A creature who like
all other animals feels pain because he has a brain
and a nervous system and also like all creatures he
wants to survive, he wants to live. He is an
intelligent animal who shares this world with us, he
is one of the many myriad species subjected to man’s
Please help with a campaign to save a stag called
Red who is in grave danger.
Red is a stag who is in eminent danger of being
shot. The League Against Cruel Sports are trying to
protect him from a local hunt.
Please read more from the League Against Cruel
Sports about this situation which requires urgent
“At the peak of the autumn
stag hunting season, the League has grave concerns
for the future of ‘Red’, one of the nine estimated
adult red deer stags left on the Quantock Hills,
fearing that he could be the next victim of the
local Quantock Staghounds hunt after hunt supporters
were heard saying that if they couldn’t find a stag
to hunt on the hills, they would come after him."
"Red is currently residing on League owned
sanctuary land, but will be in immediate danger as
and when he leaves this area. There is a stag hunt
local to him who already know where he is, and who
would like to claim him as a kill for the season.”
Please take the above actions to stop these sadistic
monsters from killing this animal.
It is time that all cruel sports were banned. Until
such time we need to do all we can to protect
vulnerable animals and increase public awareness of
the atrocities that take place in our countryside
where helpless animals can be shot and killed on a
Through the painstaking process of teaching dogs to
sit perfectly still to undergo MRI scans it has been discovered that there are
remarkable similarities between the brains of dogs and humans both in the
structure and function of a region of the brain called the
In humans this area of the brain has a key role in our anticipation of pleasures
such as food.
"FOR the past two years, my colleagues and I have
been training dogs to go in an M.R.I. scanner — completely awake and
unrestrained. Our goal has been to determine how dogs’ brains work and, even
more important, what they think of us humans.
Now, after training and scanning a dozen dogs, my one inescapable conclusion is
this: dogs are people, too."
"The prospect of ferreting out animal emotions
scares many scientists. After all, animal research is big business. It has been
easy to sidestep the difficult questions about animal sentience and emotions
because they have been unanswerable.
The ability of dogs to experience positive emotions
means that these animals have a level of sentience much like that of a child. I
think though most loving people with a dog as a companion animal know this about
their dog only too well but it is interesting to have scientific confirmation
nonetheless which will go a long way towards rethinking how we treat dogs or how
dogs should be treated. The ideal outcome would be that dogs - and other
animals- would be given the status of personhood.
"Dogs, and probably many other animals (especially our closest primate
relatives), seem to have emotions just like us. And this means we must
reconsider their treatment as property."
"If we went a step further and granted dogs rights of personhood, they would be
afforded additional protection against exploitation. Puppy mills, laboratory
dogs and dog racing would be banned for violating the basic right of
self-determination of a person."
In my opinion all animals regardless of degree
of sentience or level of intelligence should be treated as one would treat a
fellow human being.
The elephant is a friend to man More than the dog, it’s constant. And now indeed
our turn has come to be the Friend of the elephant.”
From the song, Friends of
the Elephant, composed by Paul Hippeau, for the Society of the Friends of the
Elephant at their 1906 banquet.
Four poachers have been jailed for at least 15 years each for the crime of poisoning with cyanide
over 300 elephants and other animals in Zimbabwe's largest game park. These animals
include lions, vultures, painted dogs , buffalos, antelopes and hyenas. It is
unlikely that even a 15 year prison sentence will deter other poachers from
carrying out a similar horrendous and callous atrocity and elephants continue to
be under serious threat of extinction. This is an urgent situation and drastic
action is needed.
“The affection shown by a mother
elephant to her calf does not
cease when she gives birth to
another. Often a family unit of
two or three siblings is
created, the calves playing
together and the older ones
looking after the baby.”
Elephants, the Vanishing Giants"
"More than 300 elephants and other animals have
died of cyanide poisoning by poachers in Zimbabwe’s largest game park, a
wildlife conservation group said Monday.
Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force told AFP."
"The authorities only stepped in in September and by then the numbers had
escalated. As at last week, about 325 had died altogether.".
"Rodrigues accused the authorities of downplaying the toll, adding that poaching
masterminds often got off scot-free.
"The problem is that a big cover-up is going on," he said.
"Those who have been arrested and convicted are the small fry who are being used
as scapegoats while the big and dangerous fish are untouched. These include
politicians and big business people,"
If poaching is not stopped elephants could become
extinct in twelve years.
“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our
grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?”
I think most decent caring people are horrified about
what is happening to elephants and the strong possibility that poaching could
bring about the extinction of this animal. The atrocity above is appalling to
say the least if not outright depressing and one begins to wonder if there are
any caring people left in this world who do not exploit animals for their own
ends. This is one of the most callous and shocking poaching incidents
imaginable, the cruel and horrific murder of these animals who died in agony is
It must stop now.
The trade in ivory must cease before it is too late.
The population of the African Elephant was estimated to be around 10 Million in
1900, today there are approximately
550, 000 African elephants left in the world,
half as many as 1979, between 1979 and 1989 about 50% of the world's elephant population
was shot or poached because of the high demand for ivory.
wonderful, intelligent and caring animals are being brutally slaughtered and
their calves orphaned and left to die because their tusks are so highly valued.
An estimated 38,000 Elephants are killed each year.
The country most responsible for 40 per cent of the world's trade
in Elephant tusks is China, one of the main markets for Zimbabwean
Click the links below for more information and action
you can take to bring an end to the sickening ivory trade.
Note: The Asian elephant is also a target for the heinous trade in ivory, there
are now less than 50,000 Asian elephants left in the world.
In contrast to the previous entry here is a positive story that shows that
there are people who care about elephants:
With all the shocking and horrific rise of elephant
and also Rhino poaching it's refreshingly heart-warming to read about
people who struggled for hours in the hot African sun to rescue an elephant.
"Images of an elephant being rescued from a
potentially fatal set of circumstances in Damaraland on Sunday 17 February have
captured the hearts and minds of Namibians and animal lovers the world over."
"A few brave souls struggled for hours under the
searing African sun to rescue an adult female elephant trapped for more than 11
hours in a drain at a campsite in the vicinity of the Burnt Mountain."
“It was clear that she realised we were helping her,” said Archie van der
Merwe, one of her rescuers, after the time. The elephant remained calm for most
of her ordeal, patiently going along with the game plan devised to release her
from her predicament.
"On inspection, it emerged that she had stepped onto a
drain cover, which had broken under her weight. Her body was stuck solidly in
the 1.6-metre hole and she could barely move. By that time she had already been
trapped for seven hours."
Their plan was to gradually fill the pit with sand and stones, 20 centimetres at
a time, to enable the elephant to manoeuvre herself step by step onto higher
And so they continued patiently under the blazing
son for the next three hours, the distressed elephant only centimetres away from
them. Eventually, when she was standing about 70 centimetres deep, she was able
to heave her tired body completely out of the drain that had become her living
The above are excerpts
from Elephant Rescue in Namibia By Jana-Mari Smith
I never ceased to be shocked by the cruelty of some
human beings towards non human Animals. The story below is just so heartbreaking
and I have to wonder about the mentality of whoever harmed this poor little dog
by either setting fire to his fur or throwing acid at him. The pain this poor
little animal suffered is unimaginable, the thought of which is too dreadful to
contemplate, yet this lovely little dog was so courageous and despite his
suffering is one of the sweetest little creatures you could imagine. He has
found a new home with people who care for him . Click the link below and watch
the video: Firefly - Tails of Hope
While this may break your heart it has a happy ending
"The Lange Foundation rescued Firefly who had burns
over eighty percent of her body. Within three months, her burns had miraculously
healed but leaving her permanently scarred. When Jeff adopted Firefly he was
getting over the loss of his three dogs. Together, they are mending each other's
hearts. Lange Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving
homeless and abandoned pets, and preparing them for a journey to a new, safe,
For more information contact
If you 're looking to care for a dog or any other
animal please obtain one
from a rescue such as the one above in the USA.
"Millions of unwanted pets are euthanized every year,
but if more people adopted pets from local shelters rather than purchasing them
from pet stores, that number would drop significantly.
Animal Haven, a pet shelter in New York, is doing everything it can to save the
lives of unwanted animals. They bring love and care to these abandoned animals
and give them a new life and a second chance at happiness."
And please do not forget about small furies such as
rabbits and guinea pigs who are often more neglected than cats or dogs. The
RSPCA arrange adoptions for rabbits and guinea pigs. Enter your post code and the
type of pet in the search field
for dogs, cats,
rabbits, horses and others - this will bring up guinea pigs, ferrets,
mice, parrots and more.
This is an amazing set of photographs of a frog
rescuing a mouse from drowning, it is a fine example of altruism in animals
- For more information about altruism on this website see the section:
Sentience Stories: Altruism
Surely none could doubt that these creatures are sentient beings. Establishing
the fact that animals are sentient creatures should help to shape how they 're
treated by human beings and these photographs I think you will agree go a long
way towards confirming that animals are sentient intelligent creatures who
should be treated with the respect that they deserve and not exploited and treated as
property or in any way abused to satisfy human beings.
More about this story from the Daily Mirror:
"Unable to swim, the frog offered a helping hand
allowing the rat to board his back before he swam to
the safety of the shoreline."
Azam said: "I had parked my scooter on the shore
near the pond. I noticed something floating and soon
realised it was the rat holding onto some piece of
“For hundreds of thousands of years the stew in the pot has brewed hatred and resentment that is difficult to stop. If you wish to know why there are disasters of armies and weapons in the world, listen to the piteous cries from the slaughter house at midnight.”
Ancient Chinese verse
Living animals such as fish, tiny lizards and small turtles sealed in plastic keychains are sold across China. These are considered by the Chinese as good-luck charms and have become very popular. Even though many people will buy these key rings, which to my mind are symbols of cruelty rather than talismans to bring good-luck, there will be many people who buy them just to free these poor creature from their tiny plastic confinement.
Unbelievable cruelty: LIVE animals kept inside keyrings in China street trade "Tiny turtles, lizards and fish are kept alive in the bags by crystallyzed oxygen and nutrients, which are claimed to last for two months.But activists claim that the animals last as little as a day as their oxygen supply runs out.David Neale, animal welfare director of Animals Asia told CNN: "Lack of food and diminishing oxygen concentrations within both the water and the small amount of air in these plastic pouches will cause the animals to die in a relatively short period of time after the pouches are sealed."
There are more petitions further down for you to sign
Frankly I feel sick to the stomach at the very idea. How can anyone be so cruel. I have heard of this before and this horrendous cruelty has been going on for some time. What is the matter with people, have they no sensitivity, no moral compass, no sense of right and wrong. This world will never be a good place to live while cruelty continues unopposed, while governments allow people who seemingly know no better or even worse are deliberately cruel to do exactly what they like with the other creatures who inhabit this world with us. Shame on the Chinese government for allowing this to happen. China has made some great leaps forward in technological advancements yet still continue the most appalling barbarity towards other animals. Yes all countries allow the exploitation of animals and wanton cruelty such as hunting here in the UK and most everywhere else and that has to stop also. However in China with few exceptions it seems to be possible for anyone to do whatever they like to animals no matter how cruel.
There are people in China of course who oppose such cruelty and are struggling to bring about change.
China has a long way to go despite some moderate progress
In a country that pioneered the eating of shark’s fin and tiger penis, and where zoo visitors are known to amuse themselves by assaulting caged animals with everything from rocks to sulfuric acid, calls to respect the rights of animals have long fallen on deaf ears. But there are signs that attitudes are beginning to change.
While there are some positive improvements, I have to say again China has a long way to go and indeed, though perhaps to lesser degree, so do western countries which, while not allowing such overt violence and cruelty, nonetheless allow appalling suffering to take place day after day to millions of living beings in factory farms, in laboratories and other less obvious abuses such as the wanton massacres of thousands of animals as a result of hunting.
Mahatma Gandhi acutely observed that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” To seek to reduce the suffering of those who are completely under one’s domination, and unable to fight back, is truly a mark of a civilized society.
Charting the progress of animal-welfare legislation around the world is therefore an indication of moral progress more generally. Last month, parallel developments on opposite sides of the world gave us grounds for thinking that the world may, slowly and haltingly, be becoming a little more civilized.
The best hope for further progress, it seems, lies in animal welfare becoming, like human rights, an international issue that affects countries’ reputations.
I hope that Mr Singer is correct in his assumption that moral progress is being made though when you consider what is happening in the world today with regards to our treatment of animals it can seem as though we take one step forwards and another step back. While the UK have liberated circuses animals the same UK government has orchestrated the massacre of thousands of badgers.
Currently only endangered species are protected in China, this has to change and new legislation introduced to protect all animals from abuse. Lack of legislation makes it very difficult for good progress by Non Government Organisations such as Animals Asia and grass routes organisations to bring about any real change.
Chang Jiwen, the law professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, leading the drafting of animal welfare legislation, said, 'China has begun to be aware of the importance of animal welfare because it touches on the economy, trade, religion, and ethics ...' he added that enacting such legislation will be no easy task, 'The future is bright, but the path ahead will be tortuous.'
While animal welfare is important, it is time animals were granted rights in the same way human beings are. Animals have the right to live their lives free from man's negative interference, exploitation and abuse.
As a supporter of animal rights I have come across some shocking instances of cruelty but what follows turned my stomach at the very thought of the sheer cruelty involved. How the hell can any sane rational person commit such an atrocity against a living feeling sentient creature is beyond my ability to comprehend. The pain suffered by these defenceless animals is unthinkable.
Bleeding bunnies scream in pain as they are plucked alive for hats, socks, scarves and jumpers.A PETA Asia investigation into angora farms in China – the world's top producer of angora wool – has revealed shockingly cruel treatment of rabbits.
Warning this film is shocking I could not watch
for more than a moment or so, the screams from
these poor rabbits is unbearable to hear.
How can anyone be so cruel. Rabbits are stoic creatures, as pry animals they have evolved to hide their pain, it is only when pain is extreme that a rabbit will scream.
Please spread this far and wide and do not buy angora products particularly those from China.
Ninety per cent of the world's angora comes from China where there are no animal welfare laws, no penalties for the abuse of animals on farms and no standards to regulate the treatment of the animals.
Similar atrocities would likely take place in any country where there are no laws to prevent such abuse and cruelty. Did you know that in seventeenth century Ireland wool was once plucked from live sheep rather than shearing. The first legislation directly against animal cruelty in the English speaking world was a bill passed in Ireland in 1635 that prohibited the unimaginable cruelty of pulling wool off sheep and attaching ploughs to horses tails. This bill was the first known animal rights law in history:
There is something deeply wrong psychologically
with anyone who callously harms any animal in
such an horrific way . To be so unmoved by the
screams of an obviously sentient being
is disturbing. The mentality shocking, the kind
of mentality of
the individuals who perpetrate cruelty towards
their own species, such as those who ran
concentration camps and those who torture
people. There is no place in any ethically progressive society for people who can so readily inflict such harm. Such people need to be tightly controlled and until China introduces laws to protect animals, sadly such inhumane behaviour will continue.
Who can believe that there is no soul behind
those luminous eyes!
Concerning the previous
Rabbits Scream in Pain as Their Fur is Plucked While
They Are Alive! I have to say it is beyond
my comprehension how anyone could harm these sweet
gentle creatures or any animal for that matter. I
cannot get the thought of the terrible cruelty
described in the previous entry or the sound of
their screams from my mind even though I watched the
video for only a minute or so.
Below is a small
selection of videos of rabbits in much more
favourable circumstances that show that not only are
rabbits cute but they are sentient beings full of
life, playful happy creatures who have the right to
live their lives free from pain, torture,
exploitation and premature death in order to provide
the fickle minded with a luxury product that they do
not need. In the modern world there is no need to
harm any animal. Animals are harmed in the most
horrific ways imaginable for profit. In the case of
angora, synthetic alternatives are just as warm and
even if they were not it still does not justify such
exploitation and barbaric cruelty.
One of the best ways to
stop cruelty and exploitation is to go vegan and do
not buy any product derived from an animal.
a bunny eating in slow motion - so cute
Rabbit Eating in Slow Motion
Baby Bunnies Eating A Carrot
Rupert knows how to manipulate me....
Just a few of many
similar videos of rabbits you can find on You Tube
Please read the above carefully and sign the
This is just so shocking, is there no end to the
atrocities inflicted on the other creatures with
whom we share this world. I am horrified , as most
decent people world-wide will be to learn about this
the latest in the never ending abuse of animals. I
hope that everyone who cares about animals will sign
this petition and write to the African government
officials concerned. Giraffes must be protected from
people who sadly have no sense of right and wrong,
have no moral code and do not care for animals who
have as much right to live as we do. What is wrong
with people like this who derive pleasure from
shooting such a gentle and beautiful creature or
indeed any creature. There has to be something
seriously wrong with their mentality. I wonder what
a psychological assessment would reveal. The thought
that people get some sick pleasure from this appalls
me in the extreme. To add further to the shock
factor is the photograph included with the petition
which shows a little girl among the hunters proudly
displaying their heinous deed. Sad that such
corruption of a child’s ethical values is allowed
encouraged and condoned. Our world is a sad place of
increasing abuse meted out to defenceless animals.
With a fee of $3,800 to go and shoot giraffes, once
again it is all about money for which it seems
people are willing to allow the most horrendous of
Please help to Stop Trophy Hunting
Please everyone at least sign the petition included
in the blog entry above but if you can please also
write to the addresses included with the petition.
Here again is the photo included in the petition.
I have just noticed in the background two older
children. The whole things looks like some bizarrely
sick family trip out. Shocking, just appalling there
are just no words adequate to describe how awful,
how disgusting and unethical this is on just of