Welcome to the Animal Welfare Blog (Hope and Joy Network - Great Mystery Publishing) for 2013! This post will cover the whole of 2013, one enormous post we will keep adding to until 31st December 2013! Please check out our 2012 post too, for lots of animal-related photographs, videos, and articles. After checking out this very long and important post, please check our 2014's Animal Welfare Blog post.
Wild Swans Enjoying a Surf on Australia's Gold Coast! (video)
Four playful black swans decided surfing looked like fun and decided to give it a go...repeatedly! Certainly shows these birds are smart and well as know how to have a good time!
The Animal Welfare Party UK is looking for your support. If you care about animal welfare you can assist this new party make a real difference by either voting for this party (if you live in London, England) share their information to help build up their support basis, and/or send AWP a donation (large or small donations will be gratefully accepted) to help achieve the AWP goal to assist animals.
The Animal Welfare Party UK needs around 140,000 votes in London (target constituency) in order to win a seat. With a huge number of pet owners, wildlife and animal enthusiasts, plus an estimated half a million people following some kind of vegetarian diet in the electorate of London, the required number of votes is highly possible.
The Animal Welfare Party's vision is of a fairer, more equitable and sustainable society for all and some of their key policies are to:
Redirect subsidies from livestock and fisheries farming to plant-based agriculture
Phase out the failed practice of animal experimentation with binding
targets for reduction and funding and support for alternatives
Phase out farming practices with poor welfare consequences for animals
Increased penalties for those convicted of animal cruelty
AWP is aiming to raise around £85,000 for the EU Election Campaign by the end of 2013, for more info on fundraising click here
Please sign the following petition to help stop the horror and inhumanity that is animal testing - http://www.thepetitionsite.com/287/409/935/stop-all-animal-testing-in-the-uk/
Save All Elephants8 hours ago
THE TRAGEDY OF STREET BEGGING - Kidnapped Too Young - Defeated by Pajaan - Exhausted from Walking - Lifeless Eyes and Heart - Lonely, Filthy and Dying A heartfelt plea from Lek Chailert of Save Elephant Foundation “ Lives so full of tragedy, such as the baby elephant taken away from their mother and forced to work in strange and dangerous places for their living . Some babies are way too young and they still need the mother's milk, but they eat so poorly. Many of them become very weak and their bodies have growth defects due to malnutrition - some are falling down and die, while others suffer in the street for many years, blinded by lights or injured by vehicles and other hazards such as sewer drains and electric shock .” “If you come to Thailand , see the baby elephant walk along the street with their mahout .They sell bananas and food for the elephant. Many people support and buy food for the baby elephant because of they feel so sorry and want to feed the poor elephant. It means you help and support the elephant suffering in the streets." "The only way to stop this : Thailand needs to issue the law to protect the elephant!...If you come to Thailand, please do not support street begging elephant. Your money prolongs their suffering, and harms others!" Please learn more at www.saveelephant.org Photo credit: A profoundly heartbreaking photo of a street begging elephant by Sirisopark Khajornpimanmas Powered by socialditto 11 likes · 11 comments
Zero Tolerance For Animal Abusers1 day ago
Please read the below, it is a deeply disturbing reality, and then SIGN & SHARE the below petition, to expose and end the dark truth behind the dancing bear. Here is what bear cubs suffer: 1. First few days are spent in the dark under an upside-down basket without food, water, or contact of any kind. 2. Tied to a post in the village where the children torment it. 3. At 6 months, a red-hot poker is forced through the bone, cartilage and nerve membrane in the top of the muzzle and a coarse rope pulled through the wound - a second piercing is necessary, usually done before the first wound has healed. 4. At less than one year of age, their teeth are knocked out with a hammer -- with no anaesthetic. Between 60% and 70% of the cubs die before they can be trained due to the punishing regime of beatings and starvation. 5. To train the bear to dance, hot coals are placed under their feet and the muzzle pain is exacerbated as the trainer pulls on the rope forcing the cub to stand upright. Under their thick collars, cuts are made to inflict more pain, thus the bears' undivided attention and complete compliance. A total of 60% to 70% of the cubs die before training. 20% from shock of separation from their mothers 20% to 40% die during transportation 20% die during early handling 40% of the remaining cubs die during their first year. http://www.change.org/petitions/ministry-of-environment-and-forests-director-ministry-of-finance-we-ask-the-indian-government-to-end-this-cruel-and-barbaric-practice?share_id=dPpzROWhMh&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition Powered by socialditto 98 likes · 132 comments
Petition to stop cruelty to bears as pictured above - http://www.change.org/petitions/ministry-of-environment-and-forests-director-ministry-of-finance-we-ask-the-indian-government-to-end-this-cruel-and-barbaric-practice?share_id=dPpzROWhMh&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition
Animals Australia8 hours ago
49 Australian cows have suffered and died on an airplane destined for Kazakhstan. It seems that nobody checked on them for the entire 17 hour flight, and when ventilation systems failed – they suffocated to death (http://yhoo.it/1helnGw). It would have been a terrible way to die. These animals have become the latest victims of an industry that continues to put animals at risk of extreme suffering for the sake of profit. Ninemsn want to know what you think. Should live animal exports be banned? Have your say NOW at www.ninemsn.com.au #BanLiveExport #poll Powered by socialditto 948 likes · 456 comments
Every day enormous tree harvesters are cutting down around a thousand eucalyptus trees in Australia. Each tree is cut down within seconds, trimmed and then piled up. No plant biodiversity can be found in the mono-cultures of the Australian eucalyptus plantations. Please sign the petition here and share.
The natural habitats of the koalas are vanishing which forces many koalas to live on eucalyptus plantations. The endangered animals are slow and cannot escape the approaching harvesters. They hold on to the trees until their painful death.
Loggers have recently informed Australian television broadcasting services about the slow and horrible deaths of the innocent koalas. If the animals are badly injured, they will just be left on the plantations until they die.
“How often does it happen?” the journalist asks the logger. “Sometimes two koalas per hour are killed, sometimes it’s only one koala a day. And the injured animals are left out here to die”, the man answers.
“We have found the animals in horrible condition. Broken limbs, impact wounds, broken backs, dead mothers with babies that are still alive and trying to survive”, says animal rights activist Tracey Wilson. Animal rescue centres are treating some of the injured koalas, but it is very rare for a company to call for help for injured animals. They do not want to be associated with dying koalas.
Instead, they refer to the certification label of the ‘Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)’. In 2006 the plantations were recognised as ‘responsible forest management’. The painful death of large numbers of koalas does not seem to be as important as the profits the industry makes, says the journalist.
The logs are chipped and exported to China and Japan, where they are processed in pulp and paper mills.
Please help to protect the beautiful koalas with your signature.
Petition provided by The Rainforest Rescue
Tiger Protection Petition - Tigers threatened by Deutsche Bank Only 1.800 Bengal tigers can be found in India today. Their last habitats are threatened by Coal India. The biggest coal miner in the world plans the establishment of new coal mines right next to the last tiger reserves. - Sign petition here and please share.
Deutsche Bank is helping Coal India to finance the construction of these coal mines. Please sign our letter of protest and ask Deutsche Bank to cut ties with Coal India.
Petition shared by Klaus Schenck - Rainforest Rescue (Rettet den Regenwald e.V.
The Indian state-controlled coal mining company Coal India needs money to persue the construction of new coal mines. The company has mandated Deutsche Bank to organise the increase of capital in return for stock worth a total of US $ 1 billion. Coal India is not only the largest company in the world in terms of coal production, it is also one of the worst. It has forcibly displaced forest communities, destroyed critical tiger habitat and even used child labour.
In Central India, thirteen new coal mines and numerous coal-fired power plants are about to be constructed. Greenpeace India has researched the effects of these construction projects on the tigers. About 1.1 million hectares of tropical rainforest and at least ten tiger sanctuaries are at stake.
The environmental officer of a subsidiary of Coal India, Mr. Shinde, makes it simple: “We have to choose if we want electricity or we want tigers.” Environmentalists and locals strongly oppose the project due to its negative impact on the tigers.
Deutsche Bank, however, has made a decision against the tigers. They have hoped that helping to finance environmental destruction would go unnoticed. The bank’s support for Coal India can only be stopped by public backlash.
Please help us to change Deutsche Bank’s view on this issue. Sign our letter of protest and force Deutsche Bank to rethink their decision and to cut ties with Coal India.
Animals Australia4 days ago
GREAT NEWS! The Australian Greens today announced that if re-elected they will reintroduce legislation to end live export AND establish an Independent Office of Animal Welfare!(www.bit.ly/1fnvjtp) These two key policies have the potential to impact the lives of millions of animals – and with political support, could spell a revolutionary change (for the better!) in the way animals are treated in Australia. The Greens’ promise today will ensure that animal welfare becomes one of the first issues a new or re-elected government will be forced to consider. Find out what other parties are standing up for animals this election: www.AnimalsAustralia.org/election #BanLiveExport #AusPol Powered by socialditto 1,000+ likes · 221 comments
More on above story here www.AnimalsAustralia.org/election
Cop Spike Project5 days ago
Click here to read story relating the picture above- www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/12/la-deputies-shot-dog_n_3586993.html
Support Adoption For Pets Adoption Centres
Support Adoption For Pets have increased their fundraising efforts year-on-year and have so far raised £608,636 for rescue and rehoming centres across the UK this year. But how is this money used? Here we look at a couple of rehoming centres from different parts of the UK to discover how this money can benefit pets in need of help!
The first of these is the Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter, which cares for more than 3,000 lost or unwanted animals every year, and has been working for the benefit of animals since 1896. Whilst it is named a Dogs and Cats shelter, it has also provided refuge, care and love for a number of extra animals who have graced its doorstep in recent years; including guinea pigs, chickens, donkeys and even pigs! The annual costs for the shelter are close to £800,000; £50,000 of which are spent on vet’s bills which is a necessity when looking after around 250 dogs and 100-150 cats at once. Help from Support Adoption For Pets is therefore vital to the continued success of this great animal charity.
A more specialised rescue centre can be found in the west of England. Greyhound Rescue West Of England (GRWE) cares for up to 80 of these wonderful pets each year, taking care of dogs of all ages. They literally go the extra mile to help greyhounds in need, just last year rescuing two Lurchers and their 9 puppies from being put to sleep at a pound in West Sussex.
Their 100 volunteers also hold regular collections at Pets At Home stores and have also received a number of grant awards from Support Adoption For Pets to help them continue their valuable work caring for the dogs and their puppies. They are also running their own emergency appeal this summer, hoping to raise £10,000 for animals in need of their help.
These are just two of the hundreds of rescue centres that Support Adoption For Pets help every year. Their animal fundraising events and charity drives help Pets At Home staff and their customers to support their local animal rescue centres, giving unwanted or abandoned pets across the nation a second chance at happiness.
More here: www.supportadoptionforpets.co.uk
Look into the eyes of sadness and pain. This poor goose, suffering the daily injury of having food forcefully jammed down its throat, until its liver is ill and swollen, and this dejected bird's life of suffering is ended violently so some human can enjoy their (cruel) "delicacy" of foie gras.
Please sign the petition at the following link and share, to help stop this gross cruelty to these sad creatures.- http://www.thepetitionsite.com/10/we-the-undersigned/
Man helps save thousands of animals from cruel and unnecessary deaths and sentenced to prison!
Peter Young, at his sentencing before the court
"This is the customary time when the defendant expresses regret for the crimes they committed, so let me do that because I am not without my regrets. I am here today to be sentenced for my participation in releasing mink from 6 fur farms. I regret it was only 6. I'm also here today to be sentenced for my participation in the freeing of 8,000 mink from those farms. I regret it was only 8,000. It is my understanding of those 6 farms, only 2 of them have since shut down. I regret it was only 2.
More than anything, I regret my restraint, because whatever damage we did to those businesses, if those farms were left standing, and if one animal was left behind, then it wasn't enough.
I don't wish to validate this proceeding by begging for mercy or appealing to the conscience of the court, because I ...know if this system had a conscience I would not be here, and in my place would be all the butchers, vivisectors, and fur farmers of the world.
Just as I will remain unbowed before this court- who would see me imprisoned for an act of conscience- I will also deny the fur farmers in the room the pleasure of seeing me bow down before them. To those people here whose sheds I may have visited in 1997, let me tell you directly for the first time, it was a pleasure to raid your farms, and to free those animals you held captive. It is to those animals I answer to, not you or this court. I will forever mark those nights on your property as the most rewarding experience of my life.
And to those farmers or other savages who may read my words in the future and smile at my fate, just remember: We have put more of you in bankruptcy than you have put liberators in prison. Don't forget that.
Let me thank everyone in the courtroom who came to support me today. It is my last wish before prison that each of you drive to a nearby fur farm tonight, tear down its fence and open every cage.
Please help us find this soldier's dog?!!!
Soldier on deployment,while he was gone, the person who was watching his dog sold it or gave it away on Craigslist...(nice friend grrrr)...have you seen this dog?? Please help this soldier reunite with his pup!
LAKEWOOD– A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was devastated when he returned home from deployment to find his dog was missing — and possibly sold on Craigslist.
Brandon Harker returned last week after an 8-month deployment to Afghanistan. He was excited to see Oakley, his 2-year-old purebred yellow Labrador retriever.
Harker had asked a friend to take care of Oakley while he was deployed. When he contacted the friend to pick him up, he was told the dog had been given away.
He turned to social media to find his dog and was contacted by numerous people who said they’d seen Oakley listed for sale in February on Craigslist. Harker has been calling local veterinarians and shelters, hoping for word on his dog since Oakley is micro-chipped and registered.
“I am just trying to get him back since he was wrongfully given away or sold without my permission while I was deployed,” Harker said.
To see the Craigslist ad or to contact Harker, click here:http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/pet/3956713351.html
Olympia Memes10 hours ago
Help this soldier reunite with his pup! LAKEWOOD– A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was devastated when he returned home from deployment to find his dog was missing — and possibly sold on Craigslist. Brandon Harker returned last week after an 8-month deployment to Afghanistan. He was excited to see Oakley, his 2-year-old purebred yellow Labrador retriever. Harker had asked a friend to take care of Oakley while he was deployed. When he contacted the friend to pick him up, he was told the dog had been given away. He turned to social media to find his dog and was contacted by numerous people who said they’d seen Oakley listed for sale in February on Craigslist. Harker has been calling local veterinarians and shelters, hoping for word on his dog since Oakley is micro-chipped and registered. “I am just trying to get him back since he was wrongfully given away or sold without my permission while I was deployed,” Harker said. To see the Craigslist ad or to contact Harker, click here: http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/pet/3956713351.html Source: http://q13fox.com/2013/07/25/deployed-soldier-returns-home-discovers-his-dog-was-sold-in-his-absence/#ixzz2a6iY05N4 Powered by socialditto 342 likes · 132 comments
Save free-range in Queensland (Australia)! Don't let the Queensland government increase stocking densities by 66.7% to 10,000 birds per hectare!! 10,000 birds per hectare is not free-range! It's wall-to-wall birds without a roof! Please sign the petition (plus more information)here.
Due to a 'loophole' in the laws on exporting live animals, Australia was able to send thousands of pregnant dairy cows to die in Qatar. Photos and reports from two whistleblowers reveal that within one week, one in four of the animals died of thirst or malnutrition. Mothers watched as their baby cows died in agony.
Despite these photos and eye witness accounts, the Australian Government didn't investigate this incident because breeding animals are excluded from live export regulations. The dairy cows were pregnant when they were shipped, so they weren't part of any Government-sanctioned 'supply chain.' When breeding animals are shipped out of Australia, no one knows where they'll end up or what suffering they'll face.
So far, it looks like no one will be held accountable for the deaths of these animals, and nothing is stopping this from happening again -- unless we speak out! Sign thepetition here.
If you are an Australian Citizen phone or email your local MP to close the loophole on exporting breeding animals!
Mercy For Animals Canada1 day ago
Japanese scientists are hoping to receive approval to GROW HUMAN ORGANS IN PIGS! When the pig is slaughtered, the organ will be harvested and transplanted into a needy human. It is not only bad enough that these animals are raised in hell for food, but now they will also have to carry some of our organs? When will this selfish insanity and depraved tyranny stop? Read more here: http://tinyurl.com/m363vm9 . Powered by socialditto 93 likes · 69 comments
Read more about the above story at this link.
Please sign and share this petition to help this poor tiny baby! The terrible fate of Raja the baby elephant, chained and held hostage by an angry mob: An image that will haunt you and a story that will enrage you. In this shocking expose the Duchess of Cornwall's brother reveals how baby elephant Raja was shockingly mistreated as he was kept captive in Sumatra. Following the deforestation of the land to produce palm oil, elephants have been forced to live with humans, destroying farms, flattening houses and sometimes killing people. Villagers took Raja, and demanded compensation after his family ruined crops in the area.
Article and petitions courtesy of Andres.Grijalva.Vi
In all the 30 years I have been working in Asian elephant conservation, I thought I had seen it all – blatant corruption, the rape and total disregard of our beautiful planet and sickening wildlife atrocities, to name but a few. All due to the most dangerous animal of all: homo sapiens.
Not much shocks me any more, but something happened in recent weeks that shook me to the core when the charity Elephant Family and the Ecologist Film Unit set out to document the environmental genocide that is out of control on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.
Sumatra is special to me because I spent a lot of time there on expeditions when I was younger. It was a paradise – vast pristine forests, intact coral reefs and abundant wildlife.
All this has changed now and their elephants are the most endangered on the planet. In a single generation, the population has been cut in half, with countless other animals disappearing at breakneck speed.
During the filming, a helpless, emaciated baby male elephant called Raja, who was barely a year old, was found in a village, shackled with heavy chains to a tree. He had been taken hostage by the villagers, who were demanding compensation from the Sumatran government for the damage his family had done to their crops.
Can you believe that we are now living in a world where people are actually holding baby elephants to ransom? It is almost unthinkable. But just look at the photographs – look at Raja, as he strains against his chains, waving his little trunk for food and reassurance. He is bellowing in desperation for his mother.
I have heard that sound of distressed calves many times in my life. It never fails to haunt me. But it is his eyes that haunt me more than anything – pleading for help – innocent, desperate and helpless.
A war is being waged across Asia. In the face of relentless deforestation, elephants are being forced out of their natural habitats and they have no choice but to share their living space with humans. As the elephants’ forest home is destroyed, stressed and starving herds flee from the chainsaws straight into villages.
They demolish everything in sight, trampling crops, flattening houses and often killing people. Frankly, you really cannot blame the villagers for taking such drastic steps in the sheer desperation to survive and feed their own families.
Capturing a baby elephant and holding it to ransom is grisly and depressing, but it is reality as humans and elephants fight for space.
People need to know why this is happening. They need to understand what is driving this madness.
The cause is an innocently named product called palm oil. It’s a constituent part of almost everything that we use and consume – biscuits, margarine, ice cream, soap, shampoo. The list is endless.
And the blame lies firmly with the greed of the large corporations in the East that produce it as a cash crop to fuel the insatiable consumerism of the Western world.
The thirst for palm oil is apparently unquenchable and its cultivation is ripping out the last great rainforests.
Although forest destruction and its lethal impact on endangered species are plain to see, palm oil is practically an invisible ingredient, listed under the generic term ‘vegetable oil’.
April, Duta Palma, Sinar Mas and Sime Darby may not be household names, but these are just some of the companies producing palm oil in Indonesia and selling it on to the market for about £500 per ton.
L’Occitane, Ferrero, Cadbury, Ginster’s pasties, Clover margarine, Pringles, Kellogg’s, Haribo, Nestlé and Mars are just a few of the more familiar names of those that use palm oil.
All the major supermarkets use palm oil in their own-brand products. Some are better than others in getting palm oil from responsible sources, but the point is that it is everywhere and in everything. It is a silent assassin. Not until 2014 will there be a legal requirement for manufacturers to label palm oil on their products.
And, to make matters worse, the only certification body to monitor the production of so-called ‘sustainable’ palm oil is immensely flawed. Consumer industries are hiding behind a fallacy.
The verdant rainforest of Aceh in North Sumatra is one of the largest left in South-East Asia. It is the only place in the world where elephants, tigers, orangutans and rhinos all still live together – a real life Jungle Book.
But, right now, the Aceh government is close to adopting a plan that would see hundreds of thousands of hectares of this forest opened up for the cultivation of palm oil. This ironically titled ‘Spatial Plan’ is nothing more than a deforestation plan – an extinction plan, seeking to legitimise the illegal felling that is already happening.
They will become unrelenting and vast areas of land will flood.
Wildlife will be forced into ever greater conflict with people, and elephants like Raja won’t stand a chance.
Sadly for him, it is too late. He died alone, still chained to that tree, though Elephant Family worked tirelessly for a week to negotiate his release.
Already we’ve discovered that another calf, this one just a month old, has been captured and held to ransom by local farmers. Everyone is working around the clock to make sure that this little calf survives. I am doubtful.
But in the grander scheme of things there is hope. If there wasn’t hope, I would have packed up my bags a long time ago.
If we can protect these forests and stop the new plan in Aceh from going ahead, then we’re taking a giant step in the right direction.
Hundreds of supporters have already written to the Aceh government urging them to stop destroying their forests. But we need help. We need everyone to write.
Increased knowledge of palm oil and compulsory labelling will finally allow shoppers to make informed choices about what they buy. We need to push food manufacturers and retailers to support a transformation of the industry towards genuine sustainable palm oil, and we need to do it quickly.
The most useful thing we can do to help is educate ourselves and avoid buying products that contain palm oil whilst urging companies to stop destroying the rain forests.
More information about palm oil and the products to avoid: http://a-z-animals.com/palm-oil/products/
You will also find more ways to help at: http://www.elephantfamily.org/
Read the full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2351609/The-terrible-fate-Raja-baby-elephant-chained-held-hostage-angry-mob-An-image-haunt-story-enrage-you.html#ixzz2XeMYaH00
"Fur is Green" is greenwash - a petition to counteract pro-fur propaganda by the Canadian government, and help protect animals from the gross cruelty and death the fur industry inflicts upon defenseless animals. Please follow the link here to read more and sign. Canadian tours to bludgeon baby fur seals to death, then sell the fur to the wealthy with no conscience, are getting a boost from the Canadian Government's pro-fur stance.
CCTV for ALL Slaughterhouses1 day ago
As for cages themselves, an ordinary citizen who kept dogs in similar conditions for their entire lives would risk prosecution for cruelty. A pig producer who keeps an animal of comparable intelligence in this manner, however, is more likely to be rewarded with a tax concession or, in some countries, a direct government subsidy. -Peter Singer, Animal Liberation Animals suffer so much just so humans can turn them into sewage. There is no reason/excuse that justifies consuming the flesh/secretions of our fellow Earthlings. No amount of denial will change that fact. Taste is not an excuse or... You would eat dog as you do pig. You would eat cat as you would chicken. You would eat horse as you do cow. The greatest threats to animals are ignorance, arrogance and apathy...be the change you want to see in the world. Peace is the future..it starts on the plate. (v) CCTV for ALL Slaughterhouses Powered by socialditto 209 likes · 49 comments
How sad does this poor baby look? What a terrible life...and terrible death...:((
Finding Fudge4 hours ago
(Janet) FINDING FUDGE PAGE HAS BEEN FAIRLY QUIET RECENTLY. It is time for us to remind the necessary organisations and individuals out there by re-sending emails and 're-posting' on Facebook Pages. If you have assisted in the past by posting Fudge's LOST POSTER on Facebook pages or by emailing it to organisations can you please help by DOING IT ALL OVER AGAIN? We cannot afford to be complacent or to let people forget that FUDGE is still out there somewhere. It's a bit like catching a fish...if you want to catch the fish you have to keep casting the line :) Can you please help......I have attached the poster for you to share :) Powered by socialditto 26 likes · 7 comments
WWA Animal Awareness30 days ago
The anti-trapping group Footloose Montana reposted this photo of Idaho trapper Josh Bransford. The trapper in the photo indicated in his online post that the wolf was bleeding from bullet wounds inflicted by other hunters. However, outrage over the photo was intense. “Unlike a normal kind of hunting picture, this is one where the animal’s still alive and obviously trapped, and it’s been bleeding," Gary Macfarlane said at the time. He is with the environmental group Friends of the Clearwater, based in Moscow, Idaho. "It’s sadistic, is what it is.” Environmental groups called for legal action. But wildlife managers said they’ve investigated and Bransford was properly licensed and broke no laws. Powered by socialditto 78 likes · 328 comments
Sadistic trapper, proud of his cruelty... Such a sad indictment on human society...
I LOVE DOGS!!6 hours ago
SHARE TO SAVE SNOOPY http://hendrickboards.com/s/snoopy Hanged with shoestring, beaten, tied with duct tape and left to die, Snoopy is battling for his life. Our friends at Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs in New York rescued Snoopy just a couple of days ago from a housing project in the South Bronx. When found, he had a string or shoelace tightly tied around his neck & had apparently been hanged & beaten. A simple shirt can save Snoopy : http://hendrickboards.com/s/snoopy Powered by socialditto 1,000+ likes · 997 comments
Real men are kind to animals...
Show Your Soft Side14 hours ago
WAKE UP BALTIMORE: “I rarely, if ever, post graphic pictures on Facebook and I apologize in advance if anyone is offended by these pictures but I'm so tired of the abuse coming in to BARCS. The blue pup, Queenie, is currently in critical condition after intentionally being starved to the point of almost dying. The holes all over her body are from the small confinement she was purposely kept in. Nemo, the white dog, is stable after hours of surgery to repair horribly infected bite wounds that caused the skin around his neck to die off. Nemo was seen by citizens being thrown from a car and landed in Clifton Park. Maryland lawmakers are SO focused on making it nearly impossible for “pit bulls" to find homes but where are they when it comes to making it nearly impossible for irresponsible owners to have these dogs. Where are the laws that put strict, harsh, deserving punishments on those that commit these awful acts? At what point will lawmakers and society stop blaming dogs and look at their “owners"? Queenie licked everyone in intake when she arrived and Nemo sat in my lap crying in pain but never stopped wagging his tail. The dogs are so forgiving of the horrendous acts done to them yet we, as a state, still find a way to s*it on their forgiveness by labeling them inherently dangerous based off physical appearance and set them up to be denied loving homes and instead face euthanasia. So incredibly tired of it.” Powered by socialditto 832 likes · 653 comments
A Peaceful Planet33 minutes ago
Cruelty and violence to others is never the solution or the side to take in any way, shape, or form. When you consume flesh and dairy you are taking part and responsible for transporting, confining, caging, raping, beating, kicking, electrocution, scalding, grinding babies, cutting off testicles, beaks, teeth, toes. depriving living beings of air and sun, drinking mothers secretions (their milk that was make for their babies), shooting bolts into skulls, slicing, slitting throats, dismembering, packaging and paying the powerful animal agro system for doing all of it for you- there is only one side to the truth - Thou shalt not kill- is not exclusive -Thou shalt not steal- baby animals from their mothers -- Powered by socialditto 15 likes · 2 comments
SHE'S SO LONELY SHE HOLDS HER OWN TAIL! Heartbreaking...
Animal Quotes, Animal Rights & Religions15 days ago
Her name is Mali, and she has been in Manila zoo in solitary confinement for the past 35 years. Please like and share her FB pages, we need to get her out!! 1. Free Mali PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/FreeMali 2. Free Mali the Elephant: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Mali-the-Elephant/264127640360151 Powered by socialditto 505 likes · 113 comments
To help Mali, follow these links:
1. Free Mali PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/FreeMali
2. Free Mali the Elephant:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Mali-the-Elephant/264127640360151 — with Ana Carolina Vigo León.
Mother Bear Kills Cub and Self to Escape Life of Bile "Milking" Article by Piper Hoffman (original post here.)
A mother killed her baby and herself to end the torture of life on a bear bile farm. She hugged her cub until it suffocated, then drove her own head into a wall.
Bear bile is prized in traditional Chinese medicine, and the demand for it has led to mass production. Bear farmers lock moon bears into “crush cages,” so small the bears can’t move. Then farmers puncture their gall bladders to siphon off their bile.
The resulting wound stays open because farmers force needles or shunts into it so often. It becomes “susceptible to infections and diseases which can cause the animals unbearable pain,” according to the Daily Mail. Also common are broken teeth from biting on the bars of cages, painful foot conditions and even malignant tumors.
This can go on for 20 years, until the bear stops producing bile and is killed. More than 12,000 bears are caged on bile farms.
What A Mother Bear Knows
Moon bears have large vocabularies and lots of smarts. They know what is going on.
This mother reacted immediately when her cub cried of distress because farmers were puncturing its gall bladder for the first time. She broke out of her own cage and into her cub’s cage and did the only thing she could to save her baby from suffering.
This story is heartbreaking, but it is also an illustration of moon bears’ intelligence. Consider what this bear had to understand to do what she did: that what the farmers were doing felt the same way to someone else as it did when they did it to her; that the farmers would keep on doing this to her baby again and again; and the nature of death — namely, that it would end everything.
Consider also the depth of her devotion to her cub: she broke out of her cage, which she must have been able to do before but never did — or else she had one of those moments of super-adrenaline that allow mothers to lift cars off their children; and after she hugged her baby to death, she killed herself. The Daily Mail says she killed herself to end her torture, but she could have done that before. I think that may have been part of it, but mostly she killed herself because she had killed her cub.
This moon bear isn’t the only mother trapped in a factory farm who has gone to extremes to protect her young. Veterinarian Holly Cheever tells the tale of a dairy cow she treated who had given birth four times, and had her newborn confiscated every time. The fifth time, out in pasture at night and without humans around (obviously this happened a while ago, before factory farming had adopted near-constant restraints), she had twins. This cow understood that the farmer knew she had been pregnant, that he was expecting a calf, and that he would take her calves away as he had all her previous babies. So she hatched a plan.
In the morning she brought one of her calves to the farmer, so that he would be satisfied. She hid the other calf in the woods at the edge of the pasture. “Every day and every night, she stayed with her baby — the first she had been able to nurture FINALLY — and her calf nursed her dry with gusto,” Cheever relates.
That gusto led to a glitch the poor mother had not anticipated. Her udder was empty every time the farmer tried to milk her. Eventually he figured things out, found the bull calf, and stole him away for a short, miserable life in a veal crate. His mother’s efforts may not have bought him that much time, but they did reveal how smart she was and how capable of love.
Moon Bears and Their Bile
CITES lists moon bears as one of the most critically endangered species in the world. Any trade in them or their parts is illegal. Estimates of their population vary; some estimate that in all of Asia there are only 16,000 moon bears in the wild.
Many experts, including some practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, say that there are herbal or synthetic alternatives that have the same effects as bear bile and its active ingredient, ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA).
Bile farmers are producing too much bile. The market is saturated. Rather than scale down their operations, they keep the bears caged and keep suctioning fluids out of live bears’ bellies, then sell the result in the form of non-therapeutic products like shampoo. Those non-medicinal products account for half of the bile farmers sell.
Please watch the above video from advocacy group Animals Asia for more information on the plight of moon bears.
The following video contains some disturbing images - Video credit: Animals Asia
The following article explains how our use of palm oil is causing the cruel killing of the gentle orangutan and other forest animals. http://www.saynotopalmoil.com
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http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/ ''Did you know that each and everyone of us is fueling one of the world's biggest ecological disasters and acts of primate genocide in history? Borneo and Sumatra are two of the most bio-diverse regions of the world, yet they have the longest list of endangered species. This list includes the magnificent orangutan. These two South-East Asian islands are extremely rich in life, containing around 20,000 flowering plant species, 3,000 tree species, 300,000 animal species and thousands more being discovered each year. Despite this amazing biodiversity and delicate web of species, an area the size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour in Indonesia and Malaysia to make way for the production of one vegetable oil. That's 6 football fields destroyed each minute. This vegetable oil is called palm oil, and is found in hundreds of the everyday products, from baked goods and confectionery, to cosmetics and cleaning agents... many of which you buy in your weekly shopping. Due to the massive international demand for palm oil, palm oil plantations are rapidly replacing the rainforest habitat of the critically endangered orangutan; with over 90% of their habitat already destroyed in the last 20 years. Orangutans are some of our closest relatives, sharing approximately 97% of their DNA with humans. Orangutan means 'Person of the jungle' in the Indonesian language. It is estimated that 6 to 12 of these 'jungle people' are killed each day for palm oil. These gentle creatures are either killed in the deforestation process, when they wonder into a palm oil plantation looking for food, or in the illegal pet trade after they've been captured and kept as pets in extremely poor conditions and provided with extremely poor nutrition. Orangutans are considered as pests by the palm oil industry. In the deforestation process, workers are told that if wildlife gets in the way, they are to do whatever is necessary in order to dispose them, no matter how inhumane. Often orangutans are run over by logging machinery, beat to death, buried alive or set on fire... all in the name of palm oil. Government data has shown that over 50,000 orangutans have already died as a result of deforestation due to palm oil in the last two decades. Experts say that if this pattern of destruction and exploitation continues, these intelligent acrobats of the jungle will be extinct in the wild within 3 to 12 years (as early as 2015). It is also thought that their jungle habitat will be completely gone within 20 years (approximately 2033). Around 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually; with almost all of that being non-sustainable palm oil, that replaces 12 million hectares of dense, bio-diverse rainforest. That's the equivalent landmass of North Korea deforested each year for palm oil alone! Palm oil is also having a shocking impact on our planet. The production of this one vegetable oil is not only responsible for polluting rivers and causing land erosion, but when the plantation workers set fire to the remaining trees, shrubs and debris to make way for the oil palms, it produces immense amount of smoke pollution that is toxic to planet earth. This has been found to be the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas in the world. By purchasing products that contain crude palm oil, you are helping destroy ancient, pristine rainforest, wipe out species like the orangutan, and create a large-scale ecological disaster. Think of the consequences next time you do your weekly shopping; the consequences not only for orangutans and other animals, but for us as the human race; for we cannot survive without the rainforests either. We have a choice, orangutans do not.'' Powered by socialditto 1,000+ likes · 969 comments
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A Baby's Story I am born, just one second old, My wriggly red body first feels the cold- As I fall to the floor, there is no soft landing, And the stench in the air, beyond my understanding- My first moments on earth seem somehow all wrong… Where’s mama’s nuzzle? What’s taking so long? Finally my mouth finds the liquid I crave, With no sign of a nuzzle, I try to be brave- My tiny frame quivers, from fear and from cold Until finally sleep saves me, this naive one-day-old. When my eyes finally open, and I see this awful place, I will see my mama’s misery, the sadness in her face- The reason she can’t touch me - rusted bars that enslave, The waste on the floor of this huge sunless cave. Soon I will feel the suffering that billions have to know- Corporate greed surrounds me, as I begin to grow. By Heather Leughmyer Powered by socialditto 165 likes · 66 comments
A couple of very cute hug bunnies!
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Tail docking - the amputation of the lower half of a pig’s tail - is carried out when there is a risk of pigs biting each others tails. There is ALWAYS this risk on an intensive farm! Almost 100% of pigs killed for meat are raised on indoor units and almost 100% of indoor units tail dock. Pigs do not bite each others tails and ears in the wild. It is accepted by the pig industry that tail and ear biting are manifestations of the bad conditions of factory farms. The piglets are rarely given anaesthetic when their tails are cut and a vet does not have to be present if the amputation is carried out in the first week of the piglet's life. Remarkably, the reason for tail docking is the belief that once part of the tail is cut off, the remainder is more sensitive and pigs quickly escape when others try to bite it. This implies that the cut tail is painful. Badly performed tail docking can lead to infection which may spread to the spinal cord causing spinal abscesses and deep pain. Wounds can become infected, resulting in abscessations of the hindquarters and spinal column. Secondary infection may occur in the lungs, kidney, joints and other parts. Tail biting is caused by several factors inherent in intensive farming such as poor housing, early weaning, bad diet and build up of gases such as ammonia and carbon dioxide. It is not due to general aggression. Tooth-clipping is also widely carried out by pig farmers - including almost 100% of indoor and more than two-thirds of outdoor farms. Tooth-clipping exposes the pulp cavity and causes pain. If the teeth are cut too close to the gums, the teeth splinter and pulp infection sets in. Any farm that feels that it must undertake mutilations of animals to prevent them injuring one another has very poor management systems. http://www.viva.org.uk/campaigns/pigs/pigreport03.htm (jb) Powered by socialditto 23 likes · 4 comments
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Live Export Must Stop! The picture below shows cattle from Australia being unloaded in East Java, by having ropes hung around their necks. The live export trade is barbaric, no matter what country the animals are shipped from and to. Don't for one minute believe that animals in the UK and Europe are treated much better when exported abroad. Please make people aware of the truth and ask them to speak out. The only way to stop this is to keep putting pressure on the greedy, money-grabbing farmers and governments. Use your voice and never be silenced by the ignorant. More info and pictures on the link. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-07/anger-over-indonesian-pictures-of-cattle-mistreatment/4455902 Thanks to CCTV for All Abattoirs in Australia for sharing the link with us. https://www.facebook.com/CCTVforAllAbattoirsAustralia Photo: AFP Juni Kriswanto (m) Powered by socialditto 35 likes · 32 comments
The horror and cruelty that is the Live Animal Export Industry needs to stop!
The picture above, shows that this industry is today's equivalent of being hung,
drawn and quartered. For anyone who has watched the end of "Braveheart" will know how painful and barbaric this truly is!
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