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Battery Hens: If this does not make you go vegan I don't know what will.

April

Finally the shocking truth about live transportation

May

More Action to help bring an end the to exportation of animals.
 

Further action to end live export

June

Please Help to Finally Stop The Yulin Dog Meat Festival
 

 

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March

Battery Hens: If this Doesn’t Make You Go

Vegan I don’t Know What Will

“One robin caged and Heaven’s mad! But when to just that one you add vast flocks of battered battery birds and half starved calves in crated herds and multitudes of tethered sows in narrow stalls – these horrors rouse all Heaven to a rage so wild it’s former rage seems a wonderous mild.”
Patrick Allen

Recently I came across the following heartbreaking video concerning the abandonment of 50,000 chickens, living sentient beings trapped in tiny wire floor cages abandoned and left to starve to death.

Watch the video of the rescue in 2012 of some of the birds – sadly out of 50,000 only about 4,000 were able to be rescued thanks to the determination of Animal Place volunteers.

 

About the film: “Go inside the largest rescue of farm animals in California history. Follow Animal Place rescuers as they negotiate the release of 4,460 hens from a battery cage egg farm, where the egg farmer had abandoned 50,000 hens without food for more than two weeks.”

While the dedication and determination of Animal Place and other volunteers is inspiring, the way in which these poor creatures where treated is appalling. Many of those who survived the horror of two weeks without water or food where systematically piled up, shoved into tin boxes and gassed. It brought to mind the comparison of factory farming with the evils of the holocaust. The rescuers had to contend  with Animal Services who would not at first allow the hens that were still alive to be rescued. Undaunted Animal Place volunteers went to the farm but were told to vacate the property while thousands of suffering birds were gassed to death and thousands more dead animals were scoop up in dump trucks like so much garbage ;

Read the following extract from

Turklock Rescue org

http://www.turlockrescue.org/rescue-timeline.html

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

4:00 pm – “Doing a last check of an event posting when I see the headline, ’50,000 hens starved in Turlock’.” – Marji Beach, Education Manager

4:05-5:30 pm – “Calls are put into the Stanislaus County Animal Control department and Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, located an hour from the egg farm. We send two staff from Vacaville down immediately.” – Kim Sturla, Executive Director

7:00 pm – “I call the director at animal services. She is told by state veterinarians we can’t take any birds. I won’t take no for an answer. There are thousands still alive.”– Kim Sturla

8:00 pm – “We arrive at the farm, only to be told to get off the property. We watch dump truck after dump truck come to gather dead birds. We can see workers gas the suffering hens.” – David Phinney, Animal Care Coordinator

Read more from the rescue diaries

http://www.turlockrescue.org/rescue-timeline.html

Again back in 2012  half a million chickens died in a fire on an egg farm near Roggen, Colorado at Moark Hatcheries.

Image the horror, the terror the pain of these helpless animals trapped unable to escape.

500,000 Chickens Perish in Farm Fire
https://www.care2.com/greenliving/500000-chickens-perish-in-farm-fire.html

Both of the cases above and many others are shocking disasters which are often preventable. The first was claimed to be lack of communication about who was supposed to feed the birds, the second was a fire one of many that are experienced in factory farming in some cases by heating equipment malfunctions or placement too close to flammable material. However notwithstanding the truth of the matter concerning these tragedies the day-to-day suffering of these animals for the duration of their entire lives –  about two years for a hen who will be sent to slaughter when she is begins lay fewer eggs – is a tragedy itself . For the duration of these two years hens, having previously had their beaks painfully clipped, are cramped together in tiny cages with 8 or 9 others birds on wire floors stacked one on top of another, standing in their own feces, sometime with the decaying bodies of dead hens. They have never seen the light of day, the warmth of the sun. They have never felt a cool breeze ruffle their feathers, they have never walked on earth or took dust baths as is natural for chickens. Their entire life experience is a tiny cage like the one below where they will lay 200 eggs each year – normally a hen lays about forty to fifty eggs.

What of the male chicks ?

Shockingly male chicks are ground up alive, suffocated or gassed because they cannot lay eggs and they are not suitable for chicken-meat production.

“Along with defective and slow-hatching female chicks, they are trashed as soon as they hatch. Upon breaking out of their shells, instead of being sheltered by a mother’s wings, the newborns are ground up alive, electrocuted, or thrown into trashcans where they slowly suffocate on top of one another, peeping to death while a human foot stomps them down to make more room for more chicks.

Read more below about the cruelty of the egg industry
http://www.upc-online.org/chickens/chickensbro.html

While the article above focuses on the US the same applies worldwide. For example the last six years has seen an increase of 26%  in intensive factory farming here in the UK including chickens along with pigs and cattle, in fact “US-style intensive factory farming of poultry, pigs and cattle is sweeping across the British countryside – raising concerns over animal cruelty”

Here is what happens to male chicks here in the UK

https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/egg-industry

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/hatched-discarded-gassed-what-happens-to-male-chicks-in-the-uk-10088509.html

Please watch the video above. Consider if you consume eggs you are complicit in this appalling cruelty to thinking feeling creatures capable of experiencing pain and fear, capable of suffering every single day of their short miserable lives.

“I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer

You can help stop this horrific cruelty by changing your diet and going vegan

Helpful Links

From the vegan society advice recipes and information. Take the pledge.
https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan

Sign up for PETA’s vegan starter kit
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-

Other Actions to take

Petition

Will you help free her

Generations of gentle hens have been locked in cruel & unnatural battery cages. Right now, we have a chance to get them out.

https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/battery-cage/?ua_s=btbc.com

Further information and action to take such as dropping off leaflets
https://www.viva.org.uk/eggscampaignarea

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

Related Links

Consider:

“The natural life span of a chicken is six or seven years.

The original ancestors of chickens produced as few as twelve to twenty eggs each year .

Domesticated chickens originated from red jungle fowl, forest dwelling birds of south east Asia. Modern chickens despite selective breeding retain many of the natural behaviours of their wild ancestors.

Chickens contrary to popular belief are intelligent, more so than your cat or dog, and are inquisitive creatures. Researchers have discovered that they are good at solving problems. Chickens it seems are more clever in some respects than small children when it comes to understanding that recently moved objects still exist, a concept that small children do not understand. In their natural environment chickens recognise one another, they form friendships and develop social hierarchies. Chickens enjoy dust baths, more about this later, and roost in trees. They love and care for their young. In the wild they make nests to tend their offspring. The maternal instinct is strong in the hen, she bonds with her chicks before they are born by turning her eggs five times each hour while clucking to the baby chicks inside, who reciprocate by chirping in return both to their mother and each other.”

Read more:  http://thinkdifferentlyaboutsheep.weebly.com/factory-farming-chickens.html      This article includes images which some people will find upsetting.

This treatment of sentient animals is evil, pure evil there can be no excuse, no justification. The motivation is profit of course, as is everything nowadays. Such barbarity has no place in any civilized society. If you eat eggs – and don’t forget in most biscuits, cakes, puddings and any baked product there are eggs – you are contributing to this cruelty and it will never end, if we do not make it end we are part of the problem and perpetuate this cruelty. For most of us the most effective way is for you to change your diet and go vegan, doing so not only helps the chickens and other animals but improves your health and the environment.

If you are still not convinced that changing to a plant-based diet to become vegan is the right thing to do for the sake of these gentle, helpless birds who are sentient beings like you or I, like your cat or dog, than look at the information below.

Scroll down for more information.

Warming! Graphic Images

I have kept this separate as the images and videos below are disturbing and may be traumatic for caring sensitive people who may have in any case  made the compassionate choice.

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Warning some people may find the following graphics and videos disturbing
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A dumpster behind a hatchery for laying hens is filled with dead and dying male chicks who are of no economic value to the
egg industry.

Photographs courtesy of Farm Animal sanctuary.  Farm Sanctuary | Watkins Glen, NY 2

Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic

More graphics of battery hens from Farm Sanctuary:  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/farmsanctuary1/albums/72157603620097482

Dead and dying male chicks behind an egg hatchery

This video is deeply disturbing and I could not watch it all. How these people can work day after day torturing and killing these tiny helpless creatures is beyond my comprehension. It is profoundly depressing to see such lack of compassion.  It is disturbing in the extreme to know people like this exist and live among us.

This is shocking beyond your wildest imagination

 

This is shocking beyond your wildest imagination

The Forgotten Battery Hens

Her job was to lay eggs for Australia’s biggest egg company. But you won’t believe where this hen lives… Help end this cruelty:

 


“Video provided by Sandra Mohr Productions. Animal video clips at http://www.FreeAnimalVideo.org are FREE—to help animals—because most of them aren’t. Most eggs come from chickens in battery cages. These hens will never touch the ground or have room to stretch their wings. They will live above piles of their own excrement for their entire lives.”


“Our grandchildren will ask us one day: Where were you during the Holocaust of the animals? What did you do against these horrifying crimes? We won’t be able to offer the same excuse for the second time, that we didn’t know.”


Dr. Helmut Kaplan

 

April

Finally the shocking truth about live transportation

Shocking image of the suffering of sheep as a result of live transportation. Please continue reading and take suggested actions.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please sign and share the following petition and take other suggested URGENT actions

Finally the heartbreaking shocking truth about live transportation - Please click the link to watch the video and ADD YOUR NAME to a petition to End sheep ship terror NOW

https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/live-export-shipboard-cruelty/

Please read more about live transportation from Animals Australia. The Australian Government is about to condemn more animals to suffer on live export ships. Please read more and take the suggested actions

If you’re outraged that the Australian Government is willing to let more animals languish on live export ships, you can let them know by:

  1. Calling the Prime Minister’s office on 02 9327 3988 (International callers: +61 2 9327 3988)
  2. Calling Australia's Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud’s office: 02 6277 7630 (International callers: +61 2 6277 7630)
  3. Calling your MP’s office: click here for the number (Australian residents only)
  4. And if you haven't yet, make sure you click here to take action for animals online

Read more here:
http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/live-export-ship-cruelty-exposed-worldwide.php

I am found of sheep and for me this is just so shocking, but at least the truth is out. I could not watch all the video, it would break my heart but watching just a few minutes is more than enough to know that the suffering of these animals is horrendous AND MUST BE STOPPED.

May 9th

More Action to help bring and end to the exportation of animals.

 

More about the horrific export of animals by sea including further developments, a petition from the on-line Global activist group Avaaz and other action you can take.

Please read the following from Avaaz which arrived in my email box yesterday and take the suggested actions.

"A whistleblower has secretly filmed thousands of sheep, crammed on a filthy ship, cooking alive in the blazing heat. 

It's a giant floating death camp -- and MILLIONS are transported like this every year. But now we have a rare chance to save them!  

The World Organisation for Animal Health meets in weeks, and in the wake of this horror footage, some of the biggest animal exporters are considering a full ban on live shipping for slaughter! 

A public outcry already won this in New Zealand. Now, if enough of us build a massive global call we could save millions from this cruel fate. Sign now and tell everyone!  

Sign now: Stop the animal death ships! - After signing the petition you will be taken to a page with other suggestions for actions you can take. Please take as much action as you can including sharing.


Right now, countries like Australia, Brazil and the UK are reviewing their trade rules. And if we make this campaign huge, get the film everywhere, and run opinion polls showing massive public demand for compassionate animal welfare, we’ll ramp up the pressure before this global meeting, and win. 

The live export trade is horrific. Cattle, sheep, and other animals are loaded onto giant ships, trapped in overcrowded conditions with limited access to water and food. But the worst part is the heat -- so extreme that vets say many animals actually cook to death. Then the dead animals are thrown overboard to hide the evidence!  

Add your name
 -- let's show the world's people are united against this barbaric, needless suffering.   

Sign now: Stop the animal death ships!
 
Avaazers have powered undercover investigations and raised the alarm about cruelty to animals time and again. Now, let’s take on and take out the live export trade.

If you are in any doubt as to the terrible conditions and the dreadful suffering of animals in the export trade click this link which will take you to a video included in the previous post from Animals Australia:

https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/live-export-shipboard-cruelty/   

Please also take the suggested actions included in the above link if you have not already done so.

Please take as much action as you can.

More information: 


Ban on live animal exports considered (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42916291

Live export review will be ‘short and sharp’ (The West Australian) 
https://thewest.com.au/business/agriculture/live-export-review-will-be-short-and-sharp-ng-b88807979z

Australia 'shocked' by 2,400 sheep deaths on export ship (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-43663969  - this link contains a video concerning a BBC investigation into the live export trade in the UK and Europe last year.

Live exports: mass animal deaths going unpunished as holes in system revealed (The Guardian)
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/10/live-exports-mass-deaths-going-unpunished-as-holes-in-system-revealed

Frankly the videos are so heartbreaking I can't bare to watch.

This sickening barbarity has to end and if enough people speak out there is a good chance things will change. This cruelty has gone on for a very long time, now it is more out in the open we must continue the momentum. There is no place in any civilised society for such exploitation of thinking feeling sentient beings. Please take action and SHARE SHARE SHARE everywhere.

As always in all cases of animal abuse and exploitation for the meat industry a course of action we can take at anytime is to change to a plant based diet, keep meat and other animal products off your plate and go vegan. End the demand for meat, no demand, no profit, no cruelty.

May22nd

Further action to end live export

Before I begin I have to say that changing from an omnivorous/carnivorous  diet and becoming vegan is ultimately the most effective way of ending the abuse, cruelty and exploitation of just about every living creature on the planet.

However to be realistic it will take many many years before enough people adopt such a diet that animal farming and other exploitation will be a thing of the past. In the meantime animals are suffering in the most shocking and appalling ways imaginable and it has to stop now!  It is bad enough that people continue to eat meat and animals continue to suffer in factory farms, confined, abused and slaughtered but the additional cruelty of shipping these poor creatures to their destination in these appalling conditions only to be brutally slaughtered in much more cruel ways than takes place in their country of origin such as the USA, UK and Australia adds an extra dimension of suffering and misery for these helpless animals. Note there is no such thing as humane slaughter when an animal does not want to die - and no animal wishes to die of course, survival is one  of the most powerful of all instincts present in both human and non human animals.  However some forms of slaughter are far more cruel than others and these poor animals often finish their short brutalised lives with a very painful and protracted death in countries that import live animals. 

Here is more action to take to help bring an end to live export

This morning I received the following in my e-mail box concerning the latest developments regarding the Animals Austraila campaign helping to being an end to live export.

New Action to take, please read the following from Lyn White AM
Animals Australia - scroll down for petitions and other actions if you do not have time to read all the information.

This is not a dream.

15 years. ... that's how long I've dreamed of seeing a headline like this. Since I first set foot in a Middle Eastern slaughterhouse and documented the brutal fate of sheep exported live from Australia. 15 years of investigations. Of relentless campaigning. The millions of animals we fought for and lost in that time. And the millions of people who united on their behalf — and refused to give in. I can't tell you what it means to finally wake up to this headline:


"Live export ban faces prospect of passing Parliament


It's been 5 weeks since the world glimpsed the of a live sheep
real life horror export ship. The outcry has only been getting louder. Now, for the first time, an end to this cruel trade is in sight...

For decades, gentle sheep like him have been crushed, starved, and literally cooked alive on live export ships... Historic Bills are coming before parliament that, if passed, could finally bring an end to this nightmare. Historic, because there is cross-party support from key Liberal MPs as well as Labor, the Greens, Derryn Hinch and Andrew Wilkie.

I've been walking the halls of Parliament and I am seeing traditional political foes, emboldened by people like you, set aside their differences to work together to help animals. This is our political system at its finest.

The next weeks and months will test all of us. We must stay loud, and stay strong like never before. Because until these Bills are debated, voted on, and (I pray) passed, live exporters will be fighting tooth and nail to kill any chance of this legislation becoming law.

They too are walking the halls of Parliament. I see them knocking on the doors of every politician who will give them time. They currently have the Prime Minister, lobbyists and big money on their side. We have the truth.


As I write this, our campaign team is gearing up to run the biggest rally the port of Fremantle has ever seen. We're broadcasting powerful TV ads Australia-wide. We've launched strategic public awareness campaigns in importing countries. Every day we're fuelling media stories and working behind the scenes with advocates and influencers around the world...

But all this would be meaningless if it weren't also for you, it's your name on our petitions, behind e-mails and phone calls to politicians — that has gained animals the political attention they have today. And I know you'll be with us to see this through.

It is this level of effort, determination and commitment to give a voice to those who cannot represent themselves, that leads to where we are now — on the precipice of historic change.

While live exporters continue to send shiploads of frightened animals into harm's way — no act of kindness, no e-mail, phonecall or message you send on their behalf, will be wasted. These simple actions can help change their world:

  1. Letting the Prime Minister (Australia) know what you think of live export (click here)

  2. Donating to support our work (click here)

You don't need to be an Australian citizen to take either of the above actions.

If you have not yet taken the actions suggested in the previous two blog entries above please do so now. I have included the links to the petitions directly here but please see the previous two entries for additional actions:

Animals Australia: End sheep ship terror NOW
https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/live-export-shipboard

Avaaz: Stop Animal Death Ships
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/live_exports_loc_uk1/?twi

Action from Compassion in World Farming concerning animals exported from the UK

PLEASE SUPPORT A COMPREHENSIVE BAN ON LIVE EXPORTS

Discussions are underway in governments across the UK about the possibility of a ban on live exports. But the positive impact of any ban will be compromised if it only prevents exports for slaughter, and not for ‘production’ (fattening).

Will you take a moment to email your elected representative(s), and call on them to ensure a comprehensive ban on the export of live animals for both slaughter and fattening?

It is essential that any ban should cover slaughter AND fattening.

Please read more and send a message to your MP. https://action.ciwf.org.uk/page/24417/action/1?

If you live outside the UK, please click here to take action to end live exports.https://action.ciwf.org.uk/page/24362/petition/1?chain

On Thursday 14 June, campaigners across the globe will be joining together to call for an end to long distance live transport. Find your nearest event, or get information on how to set up your own event, here.https://stoplivetransport.org/  link also includes five petitions and other actions.

June 16th
Please Help to Finally Stop The Yulin Dog Meat Festival

It's that time of year again, the summer solstice and the barbaric Yulin dog meat festival June 21st for ten days. What should be a celebration of the changing of the seasons is used as an excuse to slaughter helpless animals. Please read the information below and sign the petition:

"Every summer, thousands of dogs — many just puppies — are killed during the ten days of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. And it's going to happen all over again, unless people like you speak out to stop this year's horrific festival.

One of the most terrifying things about the annual festival is that many household dogs, cats and other pets are abducted by kidnappers trying to make a quick buck as the dog festival begins. Local animal lovers often try to buy the dogs before butchers can, but dog sellers often refuse to sell to activists.

Join the Movement to Stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in 2018

Please continue reading and sign and share this petition  urging Chinese President Xi Jinping to save the puppies and stop the 2018 Yulin Dog Meat Festival now."

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/228/934/251/join-the-movement-to-stop-the-yulin-dog-meat-festival-in-2018/

More information

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/join-movement-stop-yulin-dog-meat-festival/

While there are less animals killed than when the event was first introduced in 2009 as a result of global outrage and protest and the work of animal charities, such as the humane society, the entire event regarding the brutal slaughter of dogs and cats needs to end, each animal's life is important to the individual animal and no dogs or cats should be killed.

There is a lot less publicity for this year's so called festival, maybe as a result of the reduction of the number of animals killed as explained in the petition link above. I had in fact forgotten about this "festival" until seeing the above petition today, so please remind everyone by sharing widely. Until zero animals are killed the protest needs to continue. 

One less barbarity in the world makes the world a better and safer place for us all. It is very difficult and indeed depressing to realise that in this world there are people who can so willingly be brutal towards both one another and the other species with whom we share this planet, who seem without conscience or remorse to so easily kill and maim the helpless and vulnerable simply for some perverse pleasure or as a result of misguided ignorance.

More Action

Please take the time to help end the dog meat trade by taking as many of the following actions as you can

The Dog Meat Trade
http://www.hsi.org/issues/dog_meat/