Link to the video on You tube
and accompanying information:
The most immediate action you can take and one which you can do every single day of your life is to stop consuming dairy products and adopt a Vegan diet and way of life.
Links to help you go Vegan
How to be dairy-free:
Free Vegan Starter Kit
Go vegan in 30 days with
the 30 Day Vegan Pledge
The Animal Welfare Bill Amendment was
passed on Tuesday.
In January 2015 France
recognised animal Sentience.
If you are not already vegan consider taking the following pledge to go vegan in thirty days:
Go vegan in 30 days
with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge
This is a good target to
set but please don't give up if you don't manage to
go vegan in thirty days, all progress is good and it
might take longer for some people. So please do not
give up if you do not reach your target in a set
Animal Sentience Stories
Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.
Luis will be writing from time to time for this blog and my wordpress blog Rantings From a Virtual Soapbox with information about the latest animal rights issues and actions that you can take to bring an end to the cruelty and exploitation of animals.
Protest the Slaughter of a Baby Rabbit
This is the article I wouldn't want ever to write but, unfortunately, there always be criminals abusing defenseless and innocent creatures.
Radio24syv has defended the slaughter of the defenseless and innocent baby rabbit. "We knew we would be accused of provocation," the station said in a statement. "And yes, we indeed wanted to provoke the public and to stir a debate about the hypocrisy when it comes to perceptions of cruelty towards animals."
many animal rights activists will remember that
in DENMARK, a giraffe and then four lions were
killed in Copenhagen Zoo in 2014. BENGT HOLST,
the Scientific Director at COPENHAGEN ZOO,
defended the killings by claiming the animals
were "surplus". Copenhagen citizens awarded
"CITIZEN OF THE YEAR" to Holst that same year.
DANISH RADIO STATION DEFENDS KILLING BABY RABBIT LIVE ON AIR
BLUDGEONS BABY BUNNY LIVE ON AIR - AND THEN
REFUSES TO APOLOGISE
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITIONS :
Radio Host Clubbed A Rabbit With A Bicycle Pump
While He Was On Air For Rating! Demand
Fire radio presenter Asger Juhl who killed
'Allan' the rabbit live on air and the managing
director of Radio24syc Jorgen Ramskov who
sanctioned the kill:
Please boycott the radio station.
Also published on my blog :
Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.
Please sign a petition demanding justice for Cecil the lion:
Demand Justice for Cecil the Lion’s Killer
WALTER JAMES PALMER
Another of many animals Murdered by Palmer
CECIL THE LION'S KILLER REVEALED AS AMERICAN DENTIST
WALTER JAMES PALMER was accused in 2009 of SEXUAL HARASSMENT by a former employee who was also a patient, according to the Pioneer Press. He settled with the Minnesota Dentistry Board and his insurer paid $127,500 to his accuser.
WALTER PALMER: 5 FAST FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
ANIMAL MURDERERS: BUSHMAN SAFARIS ZIMBABWE
This is the company that arranged for Cecil's murder:
TED NUGENT CALLS
PEOPLE 'STUPID' FOR BEING UPSET ABOUT THE KILLING OF CECIL THE LION
TED NUGENT ON
TED NUGENT ON
Ted Nugent is an American musician, singer, songwriter, hunter, and conservative political activist noted for his advocacy of hunting and gun ownership rights.
Demand Justice for Cecil the Lion’s Killer
"When I was twelve, I went
hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was
laying there and something struck me. Why do we call
this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as
I was when I woke up this morning."
No matter where you go here in the UK or anywhere else for that matter you can never escape the reality of just how morally backward we are or at least our governments are.
To add to the appalling suffering of our own species as a result of the actions of the minority is the unremitting deliberate suffering inflicted on helpless animals in the name of "sport".
Look at the photo below which was taken by myself during a recent family day out to the Lake District, a place we occasionally visit in an attempt to appreciate the beautiful landscape and the hope of finding a little peace and tranquillity.
While travelling along one of the winding roads leading to Derwent Water we were amazed to see thousands of pheasants in the woodland, in fields and all over the road. Speeding motorists had run over some and still more came heading from the woodlands in the direction of a large field towards the sound of a tractor and a beating sound rather like that of a drum. Some were running frantically here and there flying in short spates. All of this terrorized sheep grazing in the field who bleated and ran to... well there was no where for the poor creatures to run. Yes sheep are used to birds of course and you often see black birds sitting on their backs while the sheep sit chewing the cud or sleeping quite undeterred. Yet this huge flocking of thousands of pheasants sent the sheep into quite a frenzy of frantic bleating. In a wood right at the far end was a tractor from which a man was throwing what I assume was seed into the field and this is what the birds were after.
It took a while to realise that what we were seeing were pheasants who had been deliberately and intensively reared in order for those of an aberrant way of thinking, usually the rich, to massacre these defenceless creatures in their thousands beginning October 1st, which is the official pheasant shooting season.
Please watch the video below and click the link for more information from the League Against Cruel Sport. You may find some of the footage disturbing - but please try to at least listen to the information which describes the shocking cruelty inflicted on birds reared for shooting.
Gunsmoke and Mirrors - An Exposé into the Shooting Industry
"Watch the League documentary Gunsmoke and Mirrors which reveals the truth behind the shooting industry.
Despite claims that game
birds are wild, natural and free range we show the
reality of the intensive breeding and rearing
conditions, shocking footage of the millions of
other animals killed each year, many in brutal
snares, to protect this precious stock for shooting.
Plus, evidence of the huge amount of wastage the
industry produces making it clear that this is not
about food but about sport."
"Around 50 million birds are released each year into the British countryside to be shot for sport. Around half never get within sight of a gun. They die from exposure, cannibalism, predation, traffic collision and starvation. "
Shooting - What you can do
"You can support the League Against Cruel Sports in a number of ways to help save game birds:
more suggested actions:
I have to say regardless of whether the unfortunate animal is reared for this sickening pastime or simply a bird or other animal in the wild living life as nature intended the killing of any animal is unethical, cruel and in the modern world unnecessary and should be outlawed. There is no place in any modern ethically progressive society for the wanton and brutal killing of the other species with whom we share this world - at least there shouldn't be. The life of any animal, human or non human is as important to them as our lives are to us. No creature wants to die, the struggle for survival is a powerful instinct shared by all creatures.
Pheasants of course are not the only birds to be massacred en mass, August the 12th commenced the grouse shooting season heralding four months of the lawful killing of millions of tiny defenceless birds, disturbance of the quiet of the countryside and significant detrimental alteration of and damage to the countryside to accommodate this disgusting pastime. The sound of gun fire during a hike or stroll through the Yorkshire Dales and elsewhere is disturbing in the extreme knowing that some poor animal has died or has been wounded and may be left to die suffering for many hours. Not to forget also the obvious disturbing nature of gunshot fire with the possibility of accidents and concern for ones own safety.
Non-violence leads to
the highest ethics, which is the goal of all
evolution. Until we stop harming all other living
beings, we are still savages.
Why do we stand by and allow such vile and barbaric pursuits by people who are of warped mentality. It is shameful that this country which boosts of being animal lovers condones by law the wanton massacre of millions of helpless animals to satisfy the perverted pleasure of these pathetic barbarians. It is scandalous that our country's leader is himself an avid hunter who pursues the reinstatement of fox-hunting with disturbing persistence, who has previously ridden with the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire and enjoys deer stalking. That such a vile man who finds pleasure in the sickening so-called sport of hunting down a defenceless animal and watch while the poor creature is torn apart by dogs is leader of our country and makes decision that require compassion and morality is scary, frightening, disturbing and frankly horrific. It is hoped that in the future people will look back at such atrocities to the other beings with whom we share this planet as the barbarism that it is and wonder why someone who enjoyed such blatant cruelty became leader of our country and why people voted him for a second term knowing his policies on hunting and his shameful treatment of the most vulnerable in our society, namely sick and disabled people. In The Basis of Morality the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, wrote: “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
"Deliberate cruelty to our
defenceless and beautiful little cousins is surely
one of the meanest and most detestable vices of
which a human being can be guilty."
Two quotes that refer to the dubious and unsavory - in my opinion down right evil - nature of a person who is cruel to animals. Cameron most certainly fits the description of such a person yet he has the power to determine not only what happens to animals but to the 64 million people who live here in the UK and indeed elsewhere.
Time to ban out right the wanton killing of wild animals, no exceptions, including the badger cull. Why should we allow the disturbed minority to murder en mass helpless animals, rampaging through our country side taking pot shots at helpless birds, rabbits, hares and just about anything that moves, riding on horse back chasing a tiny fox, or a stalking a majestic deer. Surely it is wrong and if you are not appalled why not? There has to be something very amiss with those who participate and those who condone by their silence. We will never have a peaceful world while we allow people of this ilk to murder defenceless animals whether it is by hunting, shooting, culling or the mass killing of incarcerated animals in farms . We most certainly will never have a peaceful world, a just world while we allow such people to govern the nations of the earth.
"We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace."
Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization
"REARING PHEASANTS FOR SHOOTS By Clare Druce, Director of the Farm Animal Welfare Network Every year in the UK more than 20 million pheasants are reared for 'sport'. Does this mean that pheasant meat (or game) is the thing to choose if you want to avoid the cruelties of factory farming? Surely these birds have enjoyed free and natural lives before the moment of instant death?"
JEREMY BERNARD CORBYN has been a long-time campaigner on animal rights issues. He was one of the first signatories to Tony Banks' "Pigeon Bombs" Early Day Motion and in 2015 signed a motion calling for a ban on the importation of foie gras into the United Kingdom and sponsored a motion opposing the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. He also sponsored two Early Day Motions relating to the McLibel case.
“Alongside our shared commitments to human rights and environmental justice, our party has a strong commitment to animal welfare. As a vegetarian all my adult life, I have used my position in parliament to advocate for greater animal welfare protection.
The last Labour government achieved much to reduce animal suffering: banning hunting with dogs, securing an end to cosmetic testing, banning fur farming, and introducing the Animal Welfare Act. I supported all these measures.
One of the first set of questions I tabled after I was elected to Parliament in 1983 was about the use of animals in tobacco research experiments. I also campaigned against the use of primates in research, and I negotiated tougher regulations with ministers on how they are imported for use in research, and as pets, under the Animal Welfare Act.
In this Parliament I will continue my lifelong opposition to hunting with dogs. I have also voted, spoken and campaigned for a ban on wild animals in circuses and I opposed the badger cull in the last Parliament.
I was a childhood opponent of fox hunting growing up in Shropshire. Back then we had otter hunting, badger baiting and hare coursing. Gradually we got legislation to end all these awful practices. It was my old friend Tony Banks who finally got the badger as a protected species – I was quoted in the press calling it ‘A Good Day for Brock’ when it finally went through.
I have supported the campaign against the dog meat trade, as well as campaigning to ban imports of foie gras, following India’s welcome lead on this issue.
Our country and our party have much to be proud of on animal welfare, but we still have further to go to match the best practice around the world. This is another reason why we must resist the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which would threaten the European and national legislative protections that we have campaigned together to achieve.
If elected leader, I pledge that a Labour government in 2020 will continue to advance our animal welfare protections so that they are the best in the world – and I hope that you will hold me to that pledge.”
Aslan, a 17-year-old Syrian teenager refugee has walked more than 300 miles (500 kilometers) to the Greek Island of Lesbos in his quest for a new life with Rose, his puppy.
"I love my dog. I need her," Aslan said.
GOOD LUCK, ASLAN AND ROSE!
A teenager walked more than 300 miles to escape war-torn Syria with his puppy.
Refugee Aslan, 17, took his dog Rose all the way to the Greek island Lesbos as he felt he couldn't leave his pooch behind.
The Syrian teenager is one of 300,000 migrants
who have arrived in Greece this year, even making a
passport for Rose.
Greece: Syrian Aslan and his puppy Rose
Please read the following information from PETA and take the recommended actions
"PETA recently revealed cruelty to sheep at "sustainable" farms in the Ovis 21 network in Argentina and is now exposing another wool farm there. At this farm, workers cut off parts of gentle lambs' ears, put tight rings around their scrotums, and cut off their tails—all without any pain relief. Shearers hit sheep with electric clippers, slammed them to the floor, and kicked and stood on them. Fast, rough shearing left many sheep cut and bleeding, and they weren't given any painkillers before workers used a needle and thread to sew up their gaping wounds.
After receiving the footage, Chargeurs—a company that supplies wool to retailers around the world—cut ties with the farm, which it had trusted for years. The cruelty documented on this farm is not unique, and similar abuses have also been found at dozens of farms and shearing sheds across Australia and the U.S. There's simply no such thing as "humane wool," and that's why rejecting wool is the best way to help protect lambs and sheep from abuse.
Please thank Chargeurs for cutting ties with this farm, and ask that it move completely away from buying and selling wool—as more and more consumers look for clothes that are not the product of cruelty, it's a good time for it to make the switch to vegan wool."
Take Action for sheep
Please click the following links to send messages to Chargeurs , Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, and Patagonia.
Do read the information if you can. Warning there are upsetting graphics and videos. If you wish to take the actions without seeing the graphics Click the Take Action Button which takes you directly to the message.
Please thank Chargeurs for
cutting ties with this Argentinian farm, and also
urge the company to move away completely from buying
and selling wool. It's time for the company to shift
to sourcing vegan wool as more and more consumers
look for clothes that are not the product of
Ralph Lauren, J.Crew,
Please ask leading sellers of wool to drop it immediately in favor of animal-friendly materials. For Ralph Lauren, click the following link and use the form at the bottom of the webpage. For J.Crew, send an e-mail to email@example.com from your personal account.
Please thank Patagonia for dropping Ovis 21, but urge them to drop all wool in favor of animal-friendly materials because there is simply no such thing as humane wool.
There are template letters to help you, please personalise if you can but if for some reason this is not possible please send anyway.
More information about sheep from this website
Sheep suffer from the abuse of farming worldwide:
Animal Rights: Factory Farming
Help Our Sheep:
Sheep are Sentient Creatures
Sheep are amazing creatures more intelligent than you may realise. They are sentient beings and feel pain and suffer as you or I your cat or your dog. There should be no place in any modern ethical society that allows the mistreatment and terrible cruelty that is handed out to sheep the world over day after day after suffering day.
Please send as many of the above messages as you can and please stop buying wool and change your diet to vegan to help not only the horrific exploitation of sheep but other helpless defenceless animals who suffer unimaginable cruelty very single day of their short lives.
Here is a lovely story that shows sheep to be sentient creatures capable of compassion, caring and forming bonds.
Jeffery Massom in this book The pig who Sang to the moon tells the story of Rammo, " a macho two-year old Ramouillet ram" who formed a special and compassionate bond with Whisper, a cow who was born blind.
"Rams tend to be loners, and he was a pretty tough ram, so it seemed unusual that he would take up with a blind member of another species. But he did"
"He would graze next to her all day and guide her about the field, making certain she did not bump into the fence or posts...When she had a calf , Shout, sired by an Angus bull, Rammo behaved paternally toward the young animal, more so than even to his own offspring, several bouncy lambs. Whisper lived to be four years and than died in 1996 of a viral infection. Rammo mourned her a long time, standing by her dead body, calling and calling.
Read more about sentience in sheep:
The extraordinary Uruguayan animal organization ANIMALES SIN HOGAR has rescued, healed, and is sheltering and feeding, hundreds of animals. They have also, with the wonderful support of the American sanctuary THE WILD ANIMAL SANCTUARY, sent two lionesses and one lion from Uruguayan zoos to that sanctuary in past year. One bear, one lion and two tigers will be sent in next months too. These two videos show animals being rescued by ANIMALES SIN HOGAR
DOG BEING NEAR DEATH INTO A DEEP WELL IS RESCUED (THANKS TO THE URUGUAYAN POLICE AND FIREMEN)
STARVING MOM DOG AND HER CHILDREN ARE RESCUED
ANIMALES SIN HOGAR, as most of animal organizations all over the world, survives with only small donations from animal rights activists and some lowly private companies.
¡QUIERO AYUDAR! (I WANNA HELP!) http://www.animalessinhogar.com.uy/quiero-ayudar/colaboraciones-puntuales.html
ANIMALES SIN HOGAR WEBSITE http://www.animalessinhogar.com.uy/
ANIMALES SIN HOGAR ON FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/AnimalesSinHogar
ANIMALES SIN HOGAR ON TWITTER https://twitter.com/ASHcomUY
The photo at the beginning is from Animales sin Hogar of a little dog called Koko, one of many receiving loving care.
You can read about how the
compassionate people at Animales sin Hogar are
helping this unfortunate little dog who has lost two