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January

Palm Oil: Help Save Orangutans and Other Animals From Extinction

Please help stop cruelty to angora Rabbits

February

Circus Elephants Need Your Help

March

Lambs: The Cruel Side of Spring

April

It Is Hard to Believe That People Can Be So Cruel: Fish Fights For His Last Breathe While Being Eaten Alive
 

June

Cadbury’s Dairy Farms: The Cruelty Behind Every Bar of Chocolate
 

July

Enjoy photos of cute rats

No entries for August

September

Disgusting callous Tories set to massacre 33,000 badgers

Help Stop Cruel Sheep Racing

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January

Personal Updates and blog entry Palm Oil: Help Save Orangutans and Other Animals From Extinction

As a result of personal circumstances I have not updated this blog or the website for some time. I hope this year that things will change and I can once again update the website more regularly.

I would like to begin by publishing here an article along with petitions which has previously been published on my blog which until recently has not had any updates for some time either.

Before doing so I would briefly like to explain why the website may have glitches or odd formatting such as those lines under some links in the selection bar but no under others.

In recent years progress on my website has been impeded by the ever changing way things are done on-line . In the case of this website concerning the software I now struggle to use with increasing difficulty, namely Microsoft's Front Page, is now obsolete. While it continues to function it does not do so well and formatting, editing and just about anything can be problematic. There is no way I can transfer my website to any other website code writing software or apt such as Microsoft's replacement Expression web 4. It would mean transferring the entire website page by page, a huge task which would be time consuming and make it even more difficult to update any time soon. I have transferred some of the website to Weebly, but this again is enormously time consuming and is after a year still incomplete. So for now I continue to struggle with outdated software.

 

Palm Oil: Help Save Orangutans and Other Animals From Extinction.

Help save Orangutans and other animals from extinction as a result of the irresponsible cultivation of palm oil.

I am sure you are aware of the environmental damage as a result of the cultivation of palm oil, in particular the loss of habitat for many animals including Orangutans who in countries such as Sumatra are under threat of extinction as their forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm plantations on a massive scale.

Firstly please sign and share the following petition:

“The habitats of iconic endangered species like tigers, orangutans, and rhinoceros are going up in flames, and being replaced with palm tree plantations.

Palm tree oil is one of the hottest commodities on the planet — it’s inexpensive, trans fat-free, and can be found in roughly fifty percent of all market products, according to Rainforest Action Network. But our excessive use of palm oil has come with a significant cost: the homes and lives of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.”

Please read more and sign and share the petition

Save Our Planet By Putting An End To Unsustainable Palm Oil
http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/petition/Indonesian-Fires?  

You will find more suggestions further down for actions you can take concerning palm oil and its disastrous effects on wildlife.

More information and actions you can take

How This Baby Orangutan Feels About the Fact Their Population Might Be Extinct in 15 Years

“Listen up, people. See this super adorable baby orangutan? See his cute lil’ pout? And that hair? That hair! Blowing in wind. All innocent and cute. Well, if we humans don’t do something aboutdeforestation and palm oil in the next fifteen years, this cutie and her family will no longer exist.”

Continue Reading:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/how-orangutan-feels-about-extinction/  – includes actions you can take to help save orangutans

Sumatran Orangutans – on the edge of extinction

“The orangutans’ forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm plantations on a massive scale, logging continues even within national parks, and road networks divide the remaining forests into isolated fragments. Human-orangutan conflict is now frequent in farmlands, as orangutans raid crops in search of enough food for survival.”

Continue reading, includes Actions you can take to help Orangutans
http://www.orangutans-sos.org/orangutans/crisis?gclid=CPeIhvWMmssCFXMz0wod3LUIOw

Orangutan Project

“Indonesia is home to some of the most rich and biodiverse rainforest in the world.

It contains over 80 endemic species and some of the world’s most unique and iconic endangered wildlife such as the orangutan, elephant and tiger. “

Continue reading  also suggested actions such as Join the Palm Oil Resistance Movement
http://www.orangutan.org.au/palm-oil

Be sure to check out this page with information about buying palm oil free:
https://www.orangutan.org.au/about-orangutans/palm-oil/buy-palm-oil-free/

While palm oil is an ingredient of so many things you consume or use it can seem like a daunting task to cross it off your shopping list but try to avoid if an alternative exists or the product is not vital or failing that buy from manufacturers that use a sustainable source – more about sustainable palm oil further down. I think it may put people off if it is suggested to avoid palm oil entirely which may be virtually impossible and as such may make it seem like the situation is hopeless.

Help to stop the destruction of habitat for the cultivation of palm oil by writing to manufacturers and food producers

Take Action

Where a product lists palm oil as one of its ingredients why not write to the manufacturer stating your objections and ask them to use another type of oil or use palm oil from a sustainable source

Here is an example of a letter to Sainsbury’s which sell products produced by palm oil from sustainable sources and also palm oil from unstainable sources,  – in other words grown on land from cleared rain forests, sources that result in deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and extinction.

Sample Letter

Hi

I have been buying your products for many years, and it has been awhile since I checked out the ingredients.

However recently as a result of worldwide concern over the use of palm oil I decided to once again look at the ingredients and was shocked to find that in many cases these ingredients include palm oil.

Is your palm oil from a sustainable source?

If it is it might be an idea to indicate this on the packet, if it isn’t please consider switching to a sustainable source or using another type of oil.

I am sure you are aware of the environmental damage as a result of the cultivation of palm oil in particular the loss of habitat for many animals including Orangutans who in countries such as Sumatra are under threat of extinction as their forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm plantations on a massive scale: http://www.orangutan.org.au/palm-oil

Yours Sincerely

The contact details of all retailers are available on their websites. Don’t forget to check with less well known retailers and don’t assume that if a product is vegan or vegetarian that this means that the palm oil that they invariably use is from a sustainable source. 

You can read more about sustainable palm oil here:
http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/Whats_the_issue.php  – as you will read there are still problems with sustainable forest. The best solution would be not to grow palm oil at all.

However this is unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future. Please therefore consider the following:

Should we boycott palm oil?

Palm oil is here to stay for the indefinite future. The vast majority is consumed in countries in Asia and the Middle East where rainforest conservation is a low priority and consumer demand for sustainable products is negligible. If the American, European and Australian NGOs fighting to save the rainforests call for a boycott, then the companies that use palm will have no incentive to purchase it from sustainable sources. After all, why would companies spend more money on sustainable palm if the people who care about sustainability aren’t buying it? That is why many NGOs argue that demanding and buying responsible palm oil will, over time, protect the remaining forests more than boycotting it will.

Continue reading:
http://theirturn.net/2015/04/02/sustainable-palm-oil/

Try to avoid palm oil or buy from sustainable resources only

Simply check the ingredients list

Here are a couple of lists of palm oil alternatives which may or may not be available in your country. When it doubt check with the manufacturer.

Borneo Orangutan Survival Austraila
http://www.orangutans.com.au/Orangutans-Survival-Information/Helping-you-buy-responsibly-Palm-oil-free-alternatives.  - scroll down for a list of palm oil free or CSPO  )Certified Sustainable Palm Oil) products

Rain Forest Foundation UK
http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/what-you-can-do/others-ways-to-support-us/be-an-ethical-shopper/ - has a pdf downloadable product guide you can keep with you

January

Please help stop cruelty to angora Rabbits

Who would wish to harm such beautiful and gentle animals?

cilantro

You cannot imagine it can you but TJX a global retailer who claims to "deliver great value to [its] customers through the combination of brand, fashion, price, and quality." most certainly condones shocking cruelty to rabbits and is complicit in its perpetuation by selling products made from angora.

PLease read the following From peta and help stop this cruel trade in suffering by sending a message to TJX

"This global retailer sells angora in its U.S. and Canadian stores—including T.J.Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls, Sierra Trading Post, Winners, and HomeSense—even though it knows that every three months, angora rabbits are dragged out of tiny, filthy cages and their fur is violently ripped out as they scream in pain. It looks like this:

More than 200 major retailers have dropped angora because its production is so unethical. But TJX doesn't seem to care."


"And it's not only angora rabbits who are suffering.
Marshalls, Winners, and HomeSense in Canada also sell items trimmed with the fur of animals who were killed for fashion and home décor in painful, gruesome ways. Fur-bearing animals such as minks, foxes, rabbits, and even dogs and cats often spend their entire lives confined to cramped wire cages, and fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and poisoning. Animals trapped in the wild can suffer for days from blood loss, dehydration, and injuries sustained in attacks by predators."

Please continue reading and send a message
 

Urge Global Retailer TJX to Stop Selling Angora and Fur

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/global-retailer-tjx-angora-fur/

Please try to edit and personalise but if for some reason this is not possible please send the template messages as they are. Please Share widely

For additional impact you may wish to contact TJX directly. Here are TJX’s Corporate Headquarter's contact details:
https://www.tjx.com/contact/contact.html

I cannot understand the mind-set of any person who inflicts  such cruelty on another living being who feels pain and terror as these helpless rabbits experience for their entire lives. Furthermore I cannot understand how anyone who knowing what happens to these rabbits than continues to sell or buy these products of cruelty.

Please sign and Share

Photo Credit:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cilantro.jpg

February

Circus Elephants Need Your Help

"Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns. Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are carted across the country in cramped and stuffy boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or caged in barren, boring, and filthy enclosures; and are separated from their families and friends—all for the sake of human “entertainment.” Many of these animals even pay with their lives."
PETA

Warning the following video is hard to watch, it turns my stomach and I can't watch it all. Elephants must be gentle creatures as they seem rarely to defend themselves or attack when being subjected to such treatment. Or maybe it is because they know that doing so will bring about even harsher abuse.

The video below shows the head trainer of Carson & Barnes' viciously attacking elephants with a bullhook and shocking them with electric prods as they scream in pain.

 

"This video shows behind-the-scenes elephant training, bears pacing and bouncing abnormally in cages, and tigers inside cramped, barren prisons in Carson & Barnes Circus."

The manager of Garden Bros regularly beats the animals, he withholds food from them and denies them veterinary treatment.

Take Action

Please send a message to ask venues still planning to host this cruel circus to consider these facts carefully and at least require that scheduled performances go forward without animals.

Tell Venues That Garden Bros. Circus Needs to Drop Its Cruel Animal Acts!

"Garden Bros. Circus, along with its elephant act provided by Carson & Barnes Circus, is on tour in the South, and we need your help to let the venues planning to host it know about its decades-long history of abusing animals.

Carson & Barnes' head trainer was caught on video viciously attacking elephants with a bullhook and shocking them with electric prods as they screamed in pain."

Please read more and send the message. There is a template letter which you can edit to include your own words but if this is not possible for some reason please just send it as it is, but please send the message and share .

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/garden-bros-circus-cruel-animal-acts/?utm_campaign=022417%20peta%20e-news&utm_source=peta%20e-mail&utm_medium=peta%20e-news - there is more action further down that you can take to help animals in circuses.

I cannot understand why there appears to be no laws to stop such abuse happening when clearly there is proof that these animals and others are mistreated. Here in the UK the RSPCA would I am sure take action and prosecute the circus and have the animals removed. It sickens me that such evil people get away with this vile abuse and so little can be done to stop it.

Recently Romania has banned wild animals in circuses and joins 19 other EU member states which have fully or partially banned the use of wild animals in shows.

Year of Liberation Continues as Romanian Capital Bans Wild-Animal Acts
http://www.peta.org/blog/year-liberation-continues-romanian-capital-bans-wild-animal-acts/

You can take further action to help circus animals by clicking the button at the bottom of the webpage above or by clicking the following link:

Urge UniverSoul Circus to End All Cruel Animal Acts
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/universoul-circus-stop-cruel-elephant-acts/

It is time the USA and indeed other countries, including the UK, BANNED performing animals in circuses.

Related Links

These 17 Countries That Have Banned Wild-Animal Circuses Are Making the UK Look Really Bad
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/these-17-countries-banned-wild-animal-circuses/

Tory MP delays bill to ban use of wild animals in circus shows
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-mp-delays-bill-ban-9918931

Credits
Photograph of mother and baby elephant:
http://quotesgram.com/img/circus-animal-cruelty-quotes/3781446/

March

Lambs: The Cruel Side of Spring

“During the course of a Sunday lunch we happened to look out of the kitchen window at our young lambs playing happily in the fields. Glancing at our plates, we suddenly realized that we were eating the leg of an animal who had until recently been playing in a field herself. We looked at each other and said, “Wait a minute, we love these sheep–they’re such gentle creatures. So why are we eating them?” It was the last time we ever did.”
Linda and Paul McCartney

If you have time for nothing else please take the following
action to help sheep:

Please take the following recommended action concerning the Italian wool industry:
Italian Wool Exposed: Sheep Kicked, Cut, and Killed
http://investigations.peta.org/sheep-killed-italian-wool/

There are more actions you can take to help sheep further down. Please take as many as you can.

Spring is here – well if you live in the northern hemisphere it is. Nothing says spring more than baby animals, particularly lambs, though sadly the fate of these tiny creatures mars the pleasure of seeing these sweet gentle beings frolicking in meadows and uplands here in the British countryside. It breaks your heart to know that soon these innocent helpless creatures will be taken from their mothers and brutally slaughtered to provide meat eaters with a food that they do not need and is not natural.

The life of a tiny lamb is short, in general only about four months unless he or she is required for breeding. Some are killed after only 10 weeks, a cruel end to a life which begins with such exuberant joy.

“I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed. I saw and felt their pain. They felt the approaching death. I could not bear it. I cried like a child. I ran up a hill and could not breathe. I felt that I was choking. I felt the death of the lamb.”
Vaslav Nijinsky

Watch the Life of a Lamb in 60 seconds.
Warning! very shocking images of cruelty.

Video From Animal Animal Equality: http://www.animalequality.net/node/683

This was filmed in farms and slaughter houses in Italy, but much the same happens worldwide. Though the campaign, which was to reduce lamb consumption in Italy for Easter 2015, is a couple of years old the problem of course  remains and with the approach of Easter yet more innocent tiny lambs will meet the same fate.

If you eat meat and consume lamb it is likely on average you will have been responsible for the death of 23 lambs in your lifetime.
Lambs just like this one

or the adorable lamb in the video further down who is now safe in a sanctuary.

How about knit wear made from wool, even lambs wool?
 

Lambs have so little wool so please do not think that someone comes along with a pair of shears and gently cuts their fleece. Lambs wool is of course always taken from slaughtered lambs. Adult sheep inevitably suffer the same fate, even though they may be sheared for a few years prior to slaughter eventually they will be killed for meat. In the meantime other than provide wool, a ewe’s main purpose is to give birth every year until they are too old to do so, at which time they too will be mercilessly killed. Ewes are sent to slaughter from four to eight years old when their breeding days are over.

What of rams? Ever wondered why you see so few rams?Usually there are about 38 ewes to one ram.
Ram lambs not required for mating are killed within a day or two after being born – they will never smell the sweet air of spring or leap and play in the fields.

Wool and meat are all the products of the slaughter and other abuse of a gentle defenceless animal who wishes to live as much  as you or I.

Shearing is often a brutal savage experience as you will see in the following video.

Watch Wool in 60 Seconds Flat. Warning very shocking images
of cruelty

Video From: PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

If you buy a garment made of wool you support a cruel and bloody industry. There is no excuse, there are plenty of synthetic fibres many of which are in my opinion warmer than wool, easier to care for and are more durable. However even if this was not so, there is never any justification for such cruelty to another sentient being. Wool belongs to lambs and sheep. It evolved to protect them from severe weather, their fleece effectively providing  insulation against both cold and heat. At one time prior to human interference  sheep grew just enough wool to protect them from extreme temperatures, they naturally shed their wool in warmer weather.

Read about the cruelty that lies behind the wool industry including museling :
“In Australia, where more than 50 percent of the world’s merino wool—which is used in products ranging from clothing to carpets—originates, lambs are forced to endure a gruesome procedure called “mulesing,” in which huge chunks of skin are cut from the animals’ backsides, often without any painkillers.”

Read More and please click the Action Button

http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/wool-industry/

It all seems so idyllic when you see tiny lambs gambolling on a warm summer’s day and you see all the hype on TV and elsewhere about lambing.

The truth of the matter is much different.

Did you know that rather than being born in the spring as the farming industry would have you believe, millions of lambs are born in January when it is bitterly cold and when a million of these babies die of hypothermia. This is done to provide meat eaters with lamb for Easter. Over the years farmers have interfered with the natural breeding cycle. High prices are paid for Easter lamb and many farmers have changed this cycle so that lambs are born earlier.

Read about the truth that lies behind  sheep farming that the BBC’s popular Lambing Live programme glosses over .

“Although many see it as the ultimate in free-range farming, the seemingly idyllic scene of a ewe and her lambs grazing is misleading. These animals spend their entire lives under human control. Behind the pastoral image lies an industry that relies on the mutilation of baby animals – and where life for many sheep and lambs is short and filled with pain, disease and fear.”
Lambing Lies Fact Sheet
http://www.viva.org.uk/resources/campaign-materials/fact-sheets/lambing-lies-fact-sheet

Meet Lucky the Lamb:
http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/sheep-and-lambs

Action to take.

Don’t buy wool, without exception it is a product of cruelty and death.  

Go Vegan and help others to do so.

Click the following link to ORDER A FREE ACTION PACK

Each year in Britain over 14 million sheep are slaughtered for the meat trade. Around half of those are lambs under a year old.
http://www.viva.org.uk/form/order-free-action-pack

Please take the following recommended action concerning the Italian wool industry if you have not already done so:
Italian Wool Exposed: Sheep Kicked, Cut, and Killed
http://investigations.peta.org/sheep-killed-italian-wool/

My husband and I are regular visitors to the Yorkshire Dales and Moors  and the Durham Dales. It is a delight in spring to see the mothers with their curious playful lambs. They ‘re so full of joy, skipping and jumping or lying close to one another in the summer sunshine. This is of course in April or later. Earlier in the year it is a sad experience to see these tiny lambs huddled near their mothers who also are struggling to survive against the cold of winter, yes I have seen lambs as early as January and most certainly by mid February and early March when the wind can be bitter with driving rain, sleet and snow. The Yorkshire Moors and Dales are beautiful scenic places and on a visit in spring or summer many people are oblivious to the realities of this harsh climate in which these fragile animals have to endure. The lucky ones who survive, if lucky is indeed the correct word, will in a few short months be rounded up and taken to slaughter. There is definitely a different feel to the place when all these tiny beings so full of life are taken away. One weekend you can be driving through or hiking and see hundreds of lambs and their mothers and the following week the hills are bare of these baby creatures, only the mothers remain to face another autumn when once gain they are impregnated and endure the whole miserable cycle again.

Lambs are beautiful creatures, gentle often friendly. We have had lambs and sometimes their mothers come up to us curious about us as we are about them, though the mothers can be very protective of their offspring and you can be met with loud angry bleats. So unless they readily approach you when hill walking it is best to leave them alone as many sheep are timid creatures.

Lambs and sheep of course are sentient like your dog or your cat:

“Sheep show compassion! Form bonds!

Judge for yourself.

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://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20sheep.htm

Look at the video of this adorable lamb, surely there can be no doubt that this little animal is a thinking, feeling, aware being.

Related Links
Read more about the cruel abuse of sheep and lambs :

“Each year over 4 million sheep die of cold and hunger, the complications of pregnancy, injury, infestation and illness such as pneumonia and exposure. Each year one million lambs die of exposure. Often blamed on foxes, in reality the high losses are the direct result of neglect and exploitation by farmers themselves.”

“The life of a tiny lamb is short, in general only about four months unless he or she is required for breeding. Some are killed after only 10 weeks.  Ram lambs not required for mating are killed within a day or two after being born. Ewes are killed from four to eight years after their breeding days are over. The meat from older sheep is called mutton and is less popular than lamb and used for processed foods.”
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal-Rights-Sheep.htm

Horrifying truth of wool industry laid bare as sheep are skinned alive in undercover video:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/horrifying-truth-wool-industry-laid-8155711

A wool jumper is just as cruel as a mink coat:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/a-wool-jumper-is-just-as-cruel-as-a-mink-coat-9610133.html

First Published for my blog Rantings From a Virtual Soapbox:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/lambs-the-cruel-side-of-spring/

April

It Is Hard to Believe That People Can Be So Cruel: Fish Fights For His Last Breathe While Being Eaten Alive

Fish are more intelligent than they appear. In many areas, such as memory, their cognitive powers match or exceed those of ‘higher’ vertebrates including non-human primates
Culum Brown University of Edinburgh

Fish do not get a lot of sympathy in quite the same way as other animals, yet their lives are just as important. Fish are sentient creatures who suffer both physically and psychologically. The poor creature in the video below struggles vainly for breath, an horriffic way to die and as the article which follows says, it is the stuff off nightmares

Please click the link below to watch the video which you are advised is difficult to watch. I regret I cannot show this video directly on this page as I usually do, for some reason I can't embed it as I can with You Tube videos.

“Fish Gasps for Air While Being Eaten Alive https://www.facebook.com/IamCeciltoo/videos/1048867108590831/

BUT I JUST EAT FISH
Fish are tortured in so many ways from being cut apart alive on the fishing boats to being cut apart alive in restaurants…. DON’T TAKE PART IN THIS BARBARITY TO ANOTHER LIVING BEING…..Leave them and ALL Sea Life off of your plate!

The fish in this video isn’t the only animal who has had to live through this horror: Frogs, lobsters, octopuses, and other animals are eaten alive by humans all around the world.”

Please continue reading:
https://www.peta2.com/news/fish-gasps-air-eaten-alive/?

Please take the actions suggested in the article including sending the message linked below to Urge legislators in California and New York to introduce laws that will stop restaurants from mutilating and serving live animals :

http://campaigns.peta2.com/restaurants-hack-apart-and-serve-live-octopuses-and-other-animals/

Fish are sentient creatures.
Watch Some Screams Can’t Be Heard
 

Fish feel pain and suffer psychological distress. Below is an excellent article by Marc Bekoff with links to numerous essays and studies which validate the fact that fish feel pain and are sentient beings like any other animal.

Science Shows Fish Feel Pain, So Let’s Get Over It and Do Something to Help These Sentient Beings

A set of essays in the new journal Animal Sentience concerning the question of whether fish feel pain is a must read. Fish are not mere streams of readily available unfeeling protein.

Continue reading:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-bekoff/fish-feel-pain_b_8881656.html

If you don’t think fish are intelligent watch the following video. While I don’t condone making animals perform tricks this video nonetheless shows how intelligent fish are. Yes a fish is an animal. Obvious to most people right? Unfortunately there are those who do not consider fish to be an animal. I had a friend who insisted she was vegetarian regardless of the fact she ate fish. You could not convince her otherwise. A fish is an animal along with other aquatic creatures such as jelly fish, crustaceans and so on.  If you eat fish and other sea creatures you are neither a vegetarian nor a vegan. 

 

“Leading scientists are in agreement that fish feel pain. As biologist Victoria Braithwaite writes, “there is as much evidence that fish feel pain and suffer as there is for birds and mammals” – a conclusion hardly surprising to anyone who has seen a fish struggling and fighting for his or her life when pulled from the water.”

Read more and please take the pledge to go Vegan

Fish and Sea Animals:

http://www.peta.org.uk/issues/animals-not-eat/fish/

Fish are intelligent animals who lead complex lives that rival those of your dog and other mammals.

Dolphins and whales are accepted without doubt as intelligent creatures, sensitive, aware, conscious: sentient. But what about other aquatic creatures, the myriad species of fish, 27000 in all, which is more than all vertebrate species combined, are they sentient? Approximately three new species of fish are discovered each week! And even more vast are the huge numbers of species of invertebrate creatures such as molluscs – Octopuses, squids, snails, slugs, do they possess sentience? The ocean is a vast habitat teeming with life, astronomical in number and diversity, creatures dwell even in the most inhospitable of environments.
Read more:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20Farm%20Animals%20Aquatic%20Animals%20Fish.htm

Stop the cruelty to fish and other aquatic animals and go vegan


How to Go Vegan:

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

If you can’t resist the taste of sea food try vegan alternatives which taste much the same but are cleverly prepared and flavoured but do not contain the flesh of a dead animal.

Here is PETA’s  list of the best places in the UK where you can eat faux fish and chips and other Vegan sea food.

The UK’s Best Vegan Fish and Chip Spots:

http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/uk-best-vegan-fish-and-chip-spots/

Eating at home? Why not try  VBites  fish streak, fish cakes and fish fingers, these products and others may be available at Holland and Barrett in the refrigerator section or in any health food store. Yes they really do taste of fish, though frankly I have never been that keen on fish. Ever noticed the stench of fish at a market or a seaside town, not pleasant. The stench of death in one small fishing village in Scotland was so overpoweringly awful I never visited again. Over so many many years millions of sentient beings met their deaths here and out in the sea, caught in nets they were dragged aboard a fishing vessel and left to die gasping for air.

We do not need sea food to be healthy, we do not need the flesh or any other derivative from any animal, it is neither natural nor humane.

First Published for my blog Rantings From a Virtual Soapbox:
it-is-hard-to-believe-that-people-can-be-so-cruel-fish-fights-for-his-last-breathe-while-being-eaten-alive/

June 

Cadbury’s Dairy Farms: The Cruelty Behind Every Bar of Chocolate

The human body has no more need for cows’ milk than it does for dogs’ milk, horses’ milk, or giraffes’ milk.
Michael Klaper

Cadbury’s want you to adopt a cow!

The cruelty behind your Cadbury’s Dairy Milk

 

A CALF AND A HALF (VIVA!’S CADBURY FARMS INVESTIGATION)
https://www.viva.org.uk/why-you-dont-need-dairy-animal-welfare/calf-and-half-cadbury-investigation

White Lies
https://www.whitelies.org.uk/

Cadbury’s ludicrous promotion comes with a bizarre offer for families to adopt one of 20 cows and enter a draw to win a family farmyard weekend away to meet the animal. I say bizarre because the reality of the situation is nothing like the one they would like to have you believe.

The idea aimed at families is to submit an on-line a code number from packets of selected Cadbury’s chocolate and choosing the cow they would like to adopt “based on photos and qualities” provided on the site.

In the lead-up to the prize draw in late September, Cadbury will be interacting with families by providing families with “small moments of joy” through regular news and updates from the herd.

Cadbury brand manager David McDermott says: “This latest campaign will remind consumers that the great taste of Cadbury Dairy Milk is created using fresh ingredients from British and Irish farms while creating moments of joy over the summer with a moo­nique and engaging family campaign.”

McDermott adds: “For many people, Cadbury Dairy Milk was their first taste of chocolate thanks to the iconic glass and a half credentials but in research, we uncovered that one in five children do not know that milk comes from cows!”

They also do not know the terrible conditions of cows in factory farms where in reality Cabury’s milk is produced. The milk from the much promoted “Glass and half” does not come from cows grazing in some peaceful idyl in fields of buttercups, with the sun warming their backs and their calves by their sides, in most cases nothing could be further from the truth.

Here is the grim reality behind your, glass and a half milk.

Two or three times every day, dairy cows are hooked up to milk machines. They are commonly pushed to produce ten times more milk than is natural.”

Like other factory farmed animals the lot of a cow is a life filled with suffering and exploitation in dreadful conditions.

The dairy cow is kept constantly pregnant in a continuous and exhausting cycle of misery. Within two to three months of giving birth cows are impregnated again, mostly by artificial insemination. As lactation lasts around 10 months the cow is simultaneously pregnant and lactating for 6 to 8 months during each calving cycle. Cows have a 6 to 8 week period between lactation ceasing and their next calving.

In order to provide you with milk,  a food that we like every other mammal no longer needs after weaning, she is milked two or three times each day and often much more frequently. After giving birth her calf is taken away within twenty-four hours after the calf has taken the colostrum, which in all animals protects the young one from disease. However the calf is removed before he or she can have any of the milk which must all be kept for humans, a calf never has any of his or her mother’s milk. Cows are good mothers, they are severely traumatised when their calves are taken away from them, they can bellow for days. In his book, The Pig Who Sang to the Moon Jeffrey Mason tells of an account given him by an RSPCA officer concerning one particular cow, who was considerably distraught for a period of six weeks by the loss of her calf. When the calf was removed she was beside herself with grief, gazing into the empty pen bellowing for hour after hour, only moving when forced to do so. Even after six weeks she would stare into the pen, it was as though her spirit was broken as she gazed into the pen in the forlorn hope that she would find her calf there.

Because of man’s interference a cow will produce as much as 7,000 litres of milk each year, an enormous amount far in access of that required by her calf, and three times the amount produced a century ago. This drastic increase is the result of injecting the cow with growth hormones to produce more milk. An outrageous and inhumane abuse of another living being; treating a cow as though she is nothing more than a milk producing machine, spouting milk rather like a spring spouts water.

The atrocities of course do not stop there. What happens to her calf? If he is male he is considered an unwanted by product of the dairy industry and unless he is required for breeding he is shot after barely a week of life. Here is an eye witness account of what happens in an intensive factory farm:

‘When I got to the farm, I could see that a cow had just calved. The young calf was just a few hours old and was suckling. I stood watching and smiling. There is no more beautiful sight. The farmer came over and – I thought – tousled the calf’s ear. But there was a gun in his other hand and he put it to the calf’s head. When the shot fired, the mother jumped and ran. The calf went down kicking but he didn’t die outright. He was dragged away, still kicking as the milk spilled from his mouth.’ :
https://www.animalaid.org.uk/secret-filming-reveals-rise-collapse-battery-cow/

 

Cows are selectively bred, genetically manipulated, and fed with concentrated feeds and hormones, as a result they produce ten times more milk than their calf would have needed to suckle. The dire consequences of over milking result in the painful, distressing and potentially fatal condition of mastitis, an infection of the udder, the antibiotics forced up her udders do little to control the disease: antibiotics to treat mastitis are painfully injected up the teat canal. As a precaution many farmers inject their entire herd. And keep in mind such treatments are not to ease the cow’s suffering but rather to improve the cow’s continued viability as a milk producing machine. Her udders as a consequence of man’s interventions are oversized, as many as two thirds of cows become lame from foot and leg disorders that result from difficulties walking due to the huge size of her udders. Often she can barely walk, so heavy and cumbersome are her udders. The dairy cow is forced in the way described above to produce ten litres of milk per day, normally a cow’s udder will hold only 2 litres. The overload of milk causes the udder to become so heavy that it drags on the ground.

Furthermore she becomes exhausted and her muscles waste away as a result of the enormous expenditure of energy required to produce these unnatural amounts of milk. After three years of such misery cows are utterly spent, exhausted and many die well short of their life expectancy of 21 years or more. There is a case of a cow in Ireland living until she was 39, so who knows cows may live longer in the wild than we realise. Those who somehow cope with the exhaustion, survive mastitis and other diseases are in any case slaughtered for their meat after giving birth to as many as eight calves, after between four to seven years of exploitation. Moreover as many as 25 percent of dairy cows are actually pregnant when they are killed.

Yes you will see cows in fields of course but most are in milking sheds, like you see in the Animal Aid video above, dark dank places with concrete floors – a major cause of lameness – tethered in a narrow stall unable to graze or follow their natural inclinations. Rather like battery hens many cows are kept in such conditions all year round, only a very few are put out to pasture. Grass and other feed consisting of high protein diet to increase milk yield is brought to them. This is called zero grazing and takes the cruelty of dairy farming to another level; grazing is a strong natural instinct as is the rearing of their young. In even more severe and inhumane scenarios cows are intensively milked day and night by computer automated machines, the old fashion farm where a cow is milked twice a day, twelve hours apart is becoming a thing of the past.

Any modicum of freedom is denied them, instead of standing in grass, in the warmth of the sun and the cool of the breeze they now stand on concrete floors in their own excrement, there is no mental stimulation, they suffer lameness and the misery of mastitis. Such intensive farming results in high levels of stress, disease and psychological damage.

Help to bring an end to this cruelty, please do not enter this promotion, eat chocolate or other dairy products

"Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures
none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures"


Thomas de Quincey

July 23rd

Enjoy photos of cute rats

Rats have such a bad reputation don't they. Few people care about them. They are classed as vermin, a word I do not like as no animal is vermin, all animals are simply living according to their natures likely oblivious to any real or perceived detriment to human beings.

Below you can read about and view photographs like the one above of rats by Diane Odamizer.

"I have been taking pictures of pet rats for years hoping to break the negative image that is often associated with these lovely animals.

Here are some of these photographs, both of my rats and of my friends' rats and, as you may see, they are far from being dirty nasty little monsters! They are actually highly intelligent social beings that love interacting with each other and their favorite humans. They are very friendly, smart, playful, they love cuddles and are very clean: many rat owners agree to compare them to tiny dogs."

Continue reading and view more photos:

I’ve Spent Years Photographing Rats To Break The Negative Image Of Rats By Taking Cute Pics Of Them
http://www.boredpanda.com/proof-rats-are-the-most-adorable-creatures-ever/?


On this website you can read more about rats and mice and actions you may take to help them along with more cute photographs.

In Defence of Rats and Mince
"Reasons why we should defend rats and mice who are probably the most neglected and abused animals of the planet. This is first of a serious of web pages featuring rats and mice."
Continue reading:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/in_defence_of_rats_and_mice.htm

September

Disgusting callous Tories set to massacre 33,000 badgers

What gives the vile disgusting Tories the right to massacre 33,000 defenceless badgers who have as much right to exist as any other creature. A total of eleven new licenses have been issued.

The majority of people oppose the massacre of badgers but yet again the Tories do what the hell they like regardless of democracy,ethics -sadly an alien concept to the Tories - or plain and simple common decency.

Huge increase in badger culling will see up to 33,500 animals shot

Up to 33,500 badgers will be shot this autumn in an attempt to control tuberculosis in cattle, a huge rise from the 10,000 killed in 2016.

The government has announced that 11 new badger cull areas have been licensed, adding to the 10 already in place. Devon now has six badger culls under way, with Somerset and Wiltshire having three each, with others in Cheshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

Continue reading:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/11/huge-increase-badger-culling-see-up-to-33500-animals-shot

As usual it's all about money, they don't give a damn about the cows. It is simply killing one animal, badgers, so that there are more of another animal, cows, to kill to satisfy the palates of meat eaters in order for them to eat a food that is not natural and eaten simply for pleasure, while making a profit of course. That's what it is all about these days profit profit bloody profit at the expense of most people, other animals and the environment.

Take Action

Please sign and share:
Stop the UK Badger Cullhttps://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-the-badger-cull/

Also

#CANTHECULL

“In 2013 the British Government started its current and unrelenting campaign of badger culling to counteract the devastation and spread of bovine TB in cattle. In response to the mass opposition by over 300,000 members of the public, badger groups, and wildlife campaigners DEFRA appointed an Independent Expert Panel to assess the effectiveness of the culls; the IEP assessed the culls as ‘ineffective and inhumane’.”

Continue reading for current detailed information and other actions you may take:

https://www.badger.org.uk/can-the-cull

Write to your MP particular if he or she is a Tory

Contact your MP:
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Labour have pledged to end the kill but it might be an idea to write to them anyway and make your protest as it will show the level of public opposition to this disgusting massacre of animals who have a much right to inhabit the countryside which is their natural environment as we have.

A message from Bill Oddie

Related petition

Demand those responsible for the illegal snaring and shooting of badgers in the Peak District area of England are prosecuted.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/504/817/429/demand-an-end-to-the-mass-wildlife-slaughter-on-peak-district-shooting-estate/

Related Links for more information

The government has just admitted the badger cull isn’t working. But it’s going to kill another 30,000 of them anyway.

On Monday 11 September, the government released a report [pdf] showing that the so-called ‘Badger Cull’ hasn’t actually worked. But at exactly the same time, it also announced a sharp increase in the cull; which could mean up to [pdf p13-14] another 33,841 being killed (more than a 200% increase on 2016).

Read more and do check out the report by clicking the link report [pdf]
https://www.thecanary.co/2017/09/11/the-government-has-just-admitted-the-badger-cull-isnt-working-but-its-going-to-kill-another-30000-of-them-anyway/

League Against Cruel Sport
https://www.league.org.uk/badger-cull?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI44rDz-qf1gIVzJPtCh2hGgq0EAAYASAAEgK7L_D_BwE

Stop the badger cull

Facebook

https://en-gb.facebook.com/stop.the.cull/

Keep an eye on what's happening and join the action if possible:

Hunt Saboteurs Association on Twitter https://twitter.com/HuntSabs




September 23rd

Help Stop Cruel Sheep Racing

In recent months there has been a spate of sheep racing here in the UK. During these races a stuffed toy such as a teddy bear is strapped to the back of sheep and the sheep are made to run in a so called race for entertainment, usually at some kind of village fair.

The latest takes place in Masham in the Yorkshire Dales September 30th -October 31st.

These races are stressful for timid sheep. Participating in such a race will be terrifying for them.  Concerning this particular event the sheep are probably sacred enough as it is being exhibited amongst a crowd of people, this race is an additional fear for them and is unnecessary. Animals are not here for our entertainment. This event is extremely crowded with loud music and so on. It is not really a race,  sheep are thrown into a panic and stampede.

Please sign the following petition

Cancel the Cruel Sheep Race element of the Masham Sheep Fair on 30th September-1st October

"Following on from the success of three sheep races and a pig race cancelled using Care2 petitions:

The Masham Sheep Fair in Yorkshire will be help on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October. Sheep races are due to be held on both days.

Sheep are naturally timid and quiet animals. Sheep are not natural runners and making them race is unnatural, exploitative, degrading and frightening. Animals are not ours to use for entertainment. There are many other things going on at this fair - the sheep race is totally unnecessary.

Please sign my petition to tell the organisers to cancel this event! "

Please continue reading and sign and share the petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/276/574/789/cancel-the-cruel-sheep-race-element-of-the-masham-sheep-fair-on-30th-september-1st-october/

Please note the update at the end of the petition and take as many of the actions as you can:

"Thank you to all who have signed so far. I have set up a Facebook Online Action for this weekend. I would be really grateful if you could all take part in that also. Please see below for the link to the event with all the details.
https://www.facebook.com/events/269741096878396
Please could you all do as many of the following as you can:
Email organiser Susan Cunliffe-Lister: susan@burtonagnes.com
Send a Facebook message and leave a 1 star review at:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/mashamsheepfair"

Maybe many people would think that this is no big deal in a world of turmoil and appalling suffering but for the animals concerned it is a significant trauma and it is animal cruelty. Maybe the organisers simply do not see it this way so please try and persuade them that this is cruel by writing a polite and persuasive e-mail to the organiser Susan Cunliffe-Lister: susan@burtonagnes.com   and taking the other suggested actions. There are after all other events and this sheep show is popular in the area and has been so for many years without this race.  My family and I went a long time ago before we knew better. I am fond of sheep but this is not a place for people who love sheep or any animal. It is exploitative, even if the organisers do not see it that way. I think there are few people who are deliberately cruel, it's just that they do not realise the harm that they do.