Welcome to the Animal Welfare Blog (Hope and Joy Network - Great Mystery Publishing) for 2015! This post will cover the whole of 2015, one enormous post we will keep adding to until 31st December 2015.
Please check out our posts for 2014, 2013 and 2012 too which contain numerous current animal welfare issues, photographs, videos, and articles.
Thank you for visiting our blog! As you have probably discovered, there are many blogs that promote themselves as "Animal Welfare" , but are actually fronts for organizations and companies who profit from cruelty and exploitation of animals; however our blog is genuine in its promotion of kindness and compassion to all animals. If you have any animal welfare related comments or suggestions, please leave them in the comment section below. We would love to read them!
Barbaric animal cruelty masquerading as science. Why animal testing is NOT the way to advancing humanity..More about animal testing here.and here.
Baby polar bear just chillin' with mama. What a gorgeous photograph!
Save the Alaskan Sea Otter from a shocking push to make them into fur trims and coats! Alaska Representative Donald Young has introduced a bill to restart the fur trade of northern sea otters. Bill (H.R. 2714), seeking to change the law to put otters (which according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, are still endangered animals!) at real risk of extinction, and certainly cruel, violent and unnecessary deaths for profit and gross vanity. Please sign and share this petition to help save these gentle, beautiful and endangered animals.
Help IFAW (International Fund for Animals) and Cocos Animal Welfare Organization set up a much needed clinic in Mexico to help street dogs and cats. See the video above for details of this animal welfare issue and proposed plan to help these poor and injured animals. Click here to read more and donate to Cocos Animal Welfare clinic.
Petition to make PetSmart heighten their standards of animal welfare practices. Petition to sign and share here. Facebook page on animal welfare and this issue can be found here.
Humanity's current food choices are not only killing billions of "food" animals every year, but wild animals, the environment, and humans too. It brings to mind the saying "If you live by the sword, you die by the sword." If we are to save ourselves, our planet, and all other creatures with which we share our small world, we need to make more compassionate and sensible food choices, each and every day.
Cecil was illegally and cruelly slaughtered by a US Dentist. Please sign and share the petition at the following link to bring Cecil's murderer to justice. https://www.change.org/p/justice-for-cecil-the-iconic-collared-lion-slaughtered-by-trophy-hunter
PUT AN END TO KILLER WHALE SHOWS AT SEAWORLD!
Killer whales are beautiful and incredibly intelligent animals that deserve so much more. Whales in captivity are subjected to conditions that are not only unnatural but also cruel. They spend their day swimming around a concrete pool when whales in the wild often swim 100 miles a day. It is a known fact that animals in captivity used for performing are subject to depression, frustration, and lack of energy. Often times whales are seen floating at the surface for hours on end which would never happen in the open ocean. Though SeaWorld has denied it, there is footage describing how they have separated mothers and calves which sadly only adds to their whales' depression. Roughly 95% of killer whales in captivity experience collapsed dorsal fins while this only occurs in 1% of orcas in the wild.
Orcas have highly developed brains which allows them to have strong family bonds and heightened emotions. Captivity deprives them of so much and their quality of life is at an extreme low which too often results in aggression.
These are just a few reasons why I strongly urge you to help me give killer whales the life and freedom that they so greatly deserve. Please sign and share the petition at this link
Update #1 May 28, 2015 SeaWorld is continuing their efforts to increase ticket sales and so far they have been successful. After the release of Blackfish, attendance declined as audiences realized that keeping whales in captivity for entertainment is wrong. However with their new commercial drawing people back in, now is the time to act and put a stop to this.
DOLPHINS AND SEA LIONS THAT WERE KIDNAPPED FROM THEIR FAMILIES SHOULD BE SENT TO A SANCTUARY IMMEDIATELY!
Dolphins who were swimming hundreds of miles a day, are now confined to tiny tanks at Parc Astérix Theme Park. Sea Lions who migrated hundreds of miles a year are living their entire lives in a pool almost the size of a plunge pool. With noisy rides close by and music blaring out of speakers, this is no environment for some of the most intelligent species on the planet to live. These animals have now sadly been torn from their natural environment, so it is impossible for them to survive in the open sea. So the only escape from this prison, is to a sea sanctuary.
These dolphins and sea lions are often trained using food deprivation, so their only motive to perform tricks is to receive food. I saw many dolphins who refused to perform being denied food by the trainers.
Three weeks ago I had seen dolphins and sea lions in the wild. The wild Dolphins were clearly engaged, jumping and swimming as a group. These dolphins however looked depressed and swam separately. The wild sea lions were socially interacting and almost constantly calling. These sea lions only called under their trainers instructions and I didn't see them socialise once.
It is obvious that these kidnapped animals are extremely unhappy here, so please join me in calling on Parc Astérix to retire the dolphins and sea lions to a sea sanctuary.
Thank you for your support,
Please sign and share the petition to help free these dolphins and sea lions at this link.
Animal torture masquerading as science. Just one more reason NOT to support animal testing of any kind! More about animal testing or vivisection here.
And a free book about animal testing to read and download free here.
Thank you, France! France has just changed its laws in regards to animals. In France, the law now states that animals are sentient beings; while in all other countries, laws still regard animals as "a piece of furniture", an object or possession with no rights to compassion treatment, just a thing to be owned, bought, sold, or used as a commodity. Let's hope the rest of the world follows France's progressive lead! Yay, France!
Teaching children how to torture and kill animals for profit and vanity, encourages a world of growing cruelty towards animals. Surely a responsible parent, and a good citizen of the world, teaches their children the value of empathy and compassion? Skinning animals for fun sounds like a tour organized by Hannibal Lecter! I suppose it is hardly surprising, that the above horror of fur and skinning tours in Denmark is brought to us by the same country whose Copenhagen Zoo decided to hold a public execution of Marius the giraffe, using a bolt to his head (in front of a crowd that included small children), then fed his body to the lions! Hardly the behaviour of a "civilized", advanced country!
Help stop koalas becoming industry casualties! Seven News report revealed shocking footage of a mother koala and baby clinging to a tree as it was being bulldozed. Please sign and share the petition at this link - http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/koalas-under-threat/ Please help these poor animals.
BABY ELEPHANT KILLED FOR PALM OIL PROFITS
Elephants, as well as orangutans and other forest animals, are being slaughtered mercilessly for the palm oil industry. Please click on this link to sign a petition to stop the deforestation and horrific slaughter caused by the palm oil industry, and please share this petition with others (aiming for one million signatures!)
And please check the labels on food and other products you buy, for palm oil (often mislabelled just labelled as "vegetable oil"). We need to insist on Government's enforcing correct labelling so we can make compassionate, ethical choices when we buy products.
If you are interested in helping protect elephants, check out this link, includes petitions.
ALL BABIES LOVE, AND NEED LOVE AND PROTECTION
Cats Intended for Eating in Vietnam Saved from Truck -- Sign and Share Petition toTell Authorities Not to Kill Them! SHOCKING UPDATE BELOW WITH NEW PETITION
AUTHORITIES IN VIETNAM BURY THOUSANDS OF LIVE CATS (3 TONS)!
Last week, authorities in Hanoi intercepted thousands of live cats (three tons) that were illegally smuggled in from China for human consumption.
While it is illegal to consume cats in Vietnam, the underground cat meat trade is big business. Every week, thousands of cats are smuggled into the country for human consumption. Regulations mandate that all smuggled goods confiscated by authorities must be destroyed. However, animal protection organizations were urging Hanoi officials to turn the cats over to them instead.
Unfortunately, this heartfelt plea fell on deaf ears. On February 2, 2015, police forces announced that all cats have been buried. It is unknown whether the cats were killed before being buried or not. Hunter Shaffer, Chief Investigative Officer with the Global Conservation Group says they are disappointed with the actions of the Vietnam government.
Because authorities do not have the resources to humanely euthanize all the cats, Shaffer says police likely buried the cats alive. The group also wrote an open letter to the Vietnam Ambassador in the United States condemning their actions.
In the year 2015, this type of animal abuse on such a large scale is simply unacceptable. Please sign and share this important petition urging authorities to change their animal handling policies to prevent another tragedy from occurring again.
Vietnam U.S. Embassy:
Phone Number:(202) 861-0737
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adopt, don't shop. This poor little baby was killed because he didn't get a home in time. There is an animal over-population problem, and breeders, backyard breeders, pet stores and online stores are still profiting from the breeding of animals, while millions of dogs and cats are killed every year because they are homeless.
If you wondered why people become vegans, and how the vegan lifestyle can help feed the world's hungry and renew and protect the environment, please check out the above video.
It is a lovely video with no horrific images.
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