USA: American Dentist ‘Walter Palmer’ Shoots Famous Zimbabwe Lion (Cecil) With Bow and Arrow – So Useless At Being A ‘Hunter’ It Results In The Lion Having To Be Shot 40 Hours Of Agony Later.


Not just Cecil, which is disgusting enough, but Palmer is probably responsible now for the further deaths of Cecil’s six cubs which will be killed by another male lion.

The animal had a GPS collar fitted for a research project by UK-based Oxford University that allowed authorities to track its movements. The hunters tried to destroy it, but failed, according to the ZCTF.

On Monday, the head of the ZCTF told the BBC that Cecil “never bothered anybody” and was “one of the most beautiful animals to look at”.

The six cubs of Cecil will now be killed by the new male lion in the pride, Johnny Rodrigues added, in order to encourage the lionesses to mate with him.


29/7 further updates – looks as if Walter Palmer has gone on the run.

Suggest you look at the CNN last link as it appears Mr. Palmer may have past links with the illegal killing of a bear.  Lets hope that the book and everything possible is thrown at him and his hunter friends; all trying to buck pass over to each other at the moment !

BBC – Zimbabwean pair appear in court over Cecil the lion killing

Whats Up ? – So called ‘Hunter’ Theo Bronkhorst does not have such a smile now – see other photos.  The two Zimbabwean men, who accompanied him on the hunt, could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.  They are and lets hope they get the full term.

The other one is called ‘Honest’ – honest he is is NOT ! – maybe he should be called ‘moneyloverkiller’.

Killing of Cecil the lion prompts calls for EU ban on importing lion trophies

Cecil the lion’s killer revealed as American dentist

Walter Palmer: Leopard, rhino and bison among other big game hunted and killed by US dentist

Photos 1 – 4 below – thanks to the Daily Mirror UK newspaper – London.

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Cecil the lion: Ricky Gervais and Cara Delevingne lead outpouring of anger after trophy hunter is identified as Walter Palmer

The Entire Internet Is Outraged Over the Hunting of Cecil the Lion

Zimbabwean officials: American man wanted in killing of Cecil the lion

– click on this link to see the video report about the Brown bear killing in the past.


Further Update – another new petition:

Shows how much money American dentists charge their customers when they can undertake ‘hunting ??’ trips like this.

Cecil the Lion was lured from his home, shot with a crossbow, then shot with a gun, beheaded and skinned.

Prosecute the American dentist accused of committing this horrible atrocity.

Cecil justice petition links –



Bet Your Not Smiling So Much This Morning !

**  Palmer owns the River Bluff Dental practice in

Bloomington, Minnesota **

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An American Dentist Killed Zimbabwe’s Famous Lion

 Taylor Hill is TakePart’s associate environment and wildlife editor.

New reports reveal that Cecil’s killer was a U.S. citizen who paid $50,000 to have the 13-year-old male lured out of the park boundaries with bait.

Cecil the lion, a famous black-maned resident of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, died at the hands of an American dentist, conservationists claim.

They say Walter Palmer paid $50,000 to hunt and kill Cecil with a bow and arrow. The incident occurred around July 6, with a professional hunting outfit reportedly luring Cecil outside the boundaries of the protected reserve using a dead animal as bait.

“Mr. Palmer shot Cecil with a bow and arrow but this shot didn’t kill him,” Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said in a statement. “They tracked him down and found him 40 hours later when they shot him with a gun.

Cecil, who was known all over the world would have earned millions of dollars just from sightseeing. Walter Palmer apparently paid $50,000 for the kill.”

It wasn’t the first kill for Palmer, who has multiple photos posted on the website Trophy Hunt America showing the Minnesota resident posing with dead lions, rhinos, water buffalo, warthogs, and other animals.

The Telegraph is reporting from two independent sources that Palmer was indeed the hunter listed on the permit documents, and a spokesperson for Palmer told the news outlet that Palmer believes he is the one responsible for the lion’s death.

RELATED: Airline Takes On Big Game Hunters to Protect Rhinos, Lions, and Elephants

“As far as I understand, Walter believes that he might have shot that lion that has been referred to as Cecil,” the spokesperson said. “What he’ll tell you is that he had the proper legal permits and he had hired several professional guides, so he’s not denying that he may be the person who shot this lion. He is a big-game hunter; he hunts the world over.”


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This Texas Cheerleader Likes Killing Lions and Smiling in Photos With Their Carcasses

In a statement sent to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Walter said he didn’t know the lion he killed was a local favorite, or that it was radio-collared for study by Oxford University professors. 

“I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt,” tthe statement said. “Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”

Theo Bronkhorst—the professional hunter who led Palmer to Cecil—and another hunter associated with the baiting, have reportedly been arrested by Zimbabwe police over the death of Cecil. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said they are trying to reach Palmer regarding the illegal hunt, and he could face poaching charges.

The Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association said they have suspended Bronkhorst indefinitely from the organization for the way the hunt was carried out.

“ZPHGA reiterates it will not tolerate any illegal hunting or any unethical practices by any of its members and their staff,” the organization said in a statement. “We will await the completion of the current investigation by Zimbabwe Parks Wildlife Management Authority before commenting any further.”

Park rangers and regular visitors knew the 13-year-old lion as a tourist attraction, easily approached by safari guide jeeps for photo opportunities. Cecil had a propensity for lounging in the middle of roads, said Bryan Orford, a former park guide and a longtime visitor to Hwange. Hunting such an easy target only made the killing of Cecil even more wrong, he said.

“I used to drive down the railway line road following Cecil and had to wait for him to get off the road,” Orford told TakePart last week. “This walking in front of the vehicle would go on for ages. Other times he would lie in the road, and you had to drive off the road to go around him.”

The death of Cecil not only means one less endangered African lion in the world but also could mean the demise of a whole line of cubs sired by the leader of the Hwange pride.

The saddest part of all is that now that Cecil is dead, the next lion in the hierarchy Jericho will most likely kill all Cecil’s cubs so that he can insert his own bloodline into the females,” Rodrigues said. “This is standard procedure for lions.”

Now, conservationists and animal activists are flocking to a petition asking Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to stop issuing hunting permits that allow for the killing of endangered animals. The petition was started July 22 and has picked up steam with the revealing of the hunter’s name. More than 90,000 have signed the Care2 petition as of Tuesday afternoon.

 Cecil the lion video link –


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 Walt Palmer (right) with a White Rhino he shot in South Africa.

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Below – Palmer with a Cape Buffalo. (Photo: Trophy Hunt America)

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Above – Walter Palmer poses with a warthog. (Photo: Trophy Hunt America)  

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Nepal: 29/7/15 – Victory! Animal Sacrifice Banned at Nepal’s Gadhimai Festival, Half a Million Animals Saved.



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29/7/15  –  As we published last night, we can now confirm that action has been taken regarding the thousands of animals horrifically slaughtered every five years at the Gadhimai festival.

Here following is a link to the HSI site which gives a good account of the situation.

As you can see from all of our posts given at the end of this post, we have attempted to report on and provide updates relating to the most recent slaughter.  Sadly for the animals at the very recent festival, this decision came too late to help them, but we must be thankful now that many thousands of lives will be saved for the future.

Well done everyone who helped with this campaign – victory is yours ! — SAV.

HSI Link:

Victory! Animal Sacrifice Banned at Nepal’s Gadhimai Festival,

Half a Million Animals Saved

Gadhimai Temple Trust agrees to cancel all future animal sacrifice, urges devotees not to bring animals to the festival

Humane Society International, Animal Welfare Network Nepal

New Delhi—In a move that will spare the lives of millions of animals over coming years, animal sacrifice has been cancelled indefinitely at Nepal’s Gadhimai festival, the world’s biggest animal sacrifice event held every five years for around 265 years. The decision announced by the Gadhimai Temple Trust follows rigorous negotiations and campaigning by Animal Welfare Network Nepal and Humane Society International/India.

Gauri Maulekhi, HSI/India consultant & Trustee, People for Animals, who petitioned India’s Supreme Court against the movement of animals from India to the Gadhimai festival, said, “This is a tremendous victory for compassion that will save the lives of countless animals. HSI/India was heartbroken to witness the bloodshed at Gadhimai, and we’ve worked hard to help secure this ban on future sacrifice. We commend the temple committee but acknowledge that a huge task lies ahead of us in educating the public so that they are fully aware. HSI/India & People for Animals will now spend the next three and a half years until the next Gadhimai educating devotees in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal on the Temple Trusts’ decision not to sacrifice animals. Animal sacrifice is a highly regressive practice and no nation in the modern world should entertain it.”

Please thank the Temple Trustees for their compassion.

Manoj Gautam, founding member of AWNN and campaigner against the Gadhimai festival, said, “We applaud the temple committee’s decision to end this mass slaughter of innocent animals and hope that they will continue to support us in our future endeavors for protecting animals in the country. AWNN’s progressive move to work directly with the temple committee, with Humane Society International/India’s support has been the key that changed the whole face of the campaign and is the reason for the achievement we have now.”

In 2014, HSI/India and AWNN’s global campaign against the Gadhimai animal massacre captured the public imagination when thousands of national and international supporters expressed their ire and displeasure against the ruthless killing. Protests were held worldwide.

With the Supreme Court of India’s intervention to prohibit the movement of animals from India to Nepal, AWNN and HSI/India saw a reduction of up to 70 percent in the number of animals sacrificed from 2009. The Supreme Court’s order resulted in more than 100 arrests of those breaching the order, and more than 2,500 animals saved. Earlier this month the Supreme Court of India issued directions to states to set up mechanisms to prevent animals from being taken to Gadhimai in future and create awareness against animal sacrifice.

Earlier this year, following the global outrage stemming from the Gadhimai massacre, the temple committee also decided not to sacrifice any animals during the harvest festival (Sankranti). Instead, the temple officials have been confiscating the animals and caring for them until rescuers can rehome them.

Mr Ram Chandra Shah, Chairman of the Gadhimai Temple Trust, issued a statement on the decision to stop holding animal sacrifices during the Gadhimai festival, which can be foundhere.

Please thank the Temple Trustees for their decision. Then, consider donating to support our lifesaving work. You can also sign up to receive more news and action alerts about animal protection.


  • It is estimated that more than 500,000 buffalo, goats, chickens and other animals were decapitated at Gadhimai in 2009, but in 2014 the numbers had reduced by 70 percent.

  • The origins of Gadhimai date back around 265 years ago, when the founder of the Gadhimai Temple, Bhagwan Chowdhary, had a dream that the goddess Gadhimai wanted blood in return for freeing him from prison, protecting him from evil and promising prosperity and power. The goddess asked for a human sacrifice, but Chowdhary successfully offered an animal instead, and this been repeated every five years since.

  • Among others, President Emeritus of the World Council of Arya Samaj and noted social activist Swami Agnivesh were at the forefront of urging Indian devotees to boycott the mass slaughter by holding a hunger strike at the heart of the temple.

  • D. Sharma, director general of SSB, was awarded with the ‘Leadership in Animal Welfare’ award for his exemplary contribution in curbing the illegal transport of animals during Gadhimai.

Some of our recent SAV posts relating to the most recent festival:

28/7: Very Important Breaking News – Gadhimai Temple Trust agrees to cancel all future animal sacrifice.



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2150hrs GMT London – 28/7/15.

Breaking News – we are hearing today that the Gadhimai Temple Trust agrees to cancel all future animal sacrifice, urges devotees not to bring animals to the festival.

We have a lot of info on this but as this is a very important victory, we need to make a proper post.  This will be produced on 29/7.

Please check this site then for further information.

This is confirmed via more than 1 source; so we are certain that it is correct. 

More tomorrow ! – SAV.

One of our many previous posts to remind you of the campaign –

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Romania: Stop the assault on Europe’s last pristine wilderness – Petition link included – please sign.


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Link and petition:

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Romania: stop the assault on Europe’s last pristine wilderness

Bears and wolves still prowl the ancient forests of the Carpathian Mountains. Yet their days are numbered: organized criminals are illegally clear-cutting entire hillsides to supply European timber companies. Tell the Romanian environmental ministry to put a stop to the destruction.

Illegal logging is rampant in Romania. Since the fall of Communism in 1989, no less than 400,000 hectares of forest have been cleared there without permission, mainly for export as parquet, laminate and fuel pellets. “One of the last remaining virgin forests in Europe is cut being down to heat homes in Austria and Germany,” says Alexander von Bismarck, head of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

An Austrian company, Holzindustrie Schweighofer, is playing a key role in the destruction of Romania’s forests. Schweighofer has been at the heart of a scandal in recent weeks involving forged delivery notes, bribes and dubious concessions.

An EIA video documents Schweighofer’s practices. In it, von Bismarck negotiated with company representatives posing as a foreign investor seeking to sell timber. The environmentalists concluded that Schweighofer deliberately and consciously buys – and indeed, pays bonuses for – illegally harvested timber. CEO Gerald Schweighofer called the video “misleading”.

By contrast, a leaked letter Schweighofer sent to the Romanian prime minister leaves no room for misinterpretation. In it, he threatens to sue the Romanian government in international courts if it does not amend its forestry laws to the company’s advantage.

Schweighofer is now building a new €150 million sawmill in Reci. Work has gone ahead without an environmental impact assessment and Romanian environmentalist Hans Hedrich therefore considers it to be illegal. He believes that the “Schweighofer system” would collapse if the sawmill can be kept from going into operation: “It would be the first step toward rescuing the forests.”

Tell the Romanian Ministry for Environment, Waters and Forests to deny the Reci sawmill an operating permit and to do everything in its power to combat the illegal timber trade.

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Every 14 minutes an African elephant is killed.

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Dear Mark,

Every 14 minutes an African elephant is killed.

Elephant populations are crashing as a vicious wave of ivory poaching sweeps the continent. Half of the elephant families in Tanzania have been wiped out since 2009. But the Center for Biological Diversity is taking action now to stop the slaughter — petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect elephants as endangered. We are the only U.S. environmental group taking this crucial step of petitioning to save both forest and savannah elephants in Africa.

We will need your help though — getting elephants protected will be a long and costly battle. Your contribution to the Center will help us save these intelligent, social animals.

Elephants desperately need full protection under the Endangered Species Act. Their current status as a “threatened” species clearly isn’t doing enough: The United States is the second-largest market for ivory in the world.

Full protection under the Endangered Species Act will add a powerful arsenal of new tools to the fight to save these extraordinary animals. It will stop elephant parts from being sold in the United States and crack down on the practice of using the legal trade in old ivory as a cover for illegal trade in new ivory. Last month a senior Chinese wildlife official pledged to end the ivory trade if the United States does the same. This listing would do exactly that.

You can support the Center’s work to protect African elephants with a contribution today.

We’re specialists at using the Endangered Species Act to save wildlife — we’ve gotten hundreds of animals and plants protected under the Act, which has a 90 percent success rate in saving species from extinction. By acting now, we can do our best to keep Africa’s elephants from disappearing. We can’t stand by while the brutal ivory trade wipes out 100 elephants every day.

Your gift to the Center will help secure lifesaving protection for Africa’s elephants. They need your help now.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
for Biological Diversity




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Lets try and start the week with some good news.


The court has just explained the decision about Kısırkaya animal concentration camp. İstanbul 6th Administrative Court declared to cancel the concentration camp.

Thank you to all activists who have been interested in our case from across the world.

Kısırkaya concentration camp is still active. We will fight until the end.

With solidarity,

Our post of February 2015 on this specific issue:


A shelter was against the regulations of the Court Kısırka

The court said it was clearly contrary to the provisions of the legislation Kısırka shelter. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, lost his lawsuit Kısırka.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), which was built in Kisirkaya thousands of denying the request for cancellation of the animals from the shelter capacity projects, was found unlawful. He said that the construction of the shelter is clearly contrary to the regulations.

Joint review of the case to the lawyer concerned, this decision to mean the cancellation of the project.

Animal Welfare and Development Association, which is contrary to the legislation of the shelter project in Kisirkaya have applied for annulment on the grounds IMM, IMM had rejected this demand. Society, he had filed on July 22, 2014 IMM.

Court facility is “partly pasture, will also partially protected area is located on the beach and beach kumull” and said housing permits for the construction of the Cultural and Natural Heritage Protection Board and said that taking views. The decision was made the following statements:

“The dispute, he found the disputed animal shelter construction so that the approval of the relevant 1/1000 scale development plan 1/5000 scale development plan notes the scope of application can not be made, however, but remains in legends meadows and beaches will be protected and coastal kumull areas in the zoning plan Cultural and Natural Heritage Protection Board by decision 1 and the remainder in the 2nd degree natural protected areas and it is clear that about Cultural and Natural Heritage have been made without permission from the Board of Protection of the aspects mentioned above-mentioned legislation and quoted by human activities is contrary to made the policy decision. “

“In the legislation, contrary to animal rights”

Freedom of association is the original earth John, the facilities in which 500 animals should be made available immediately dysfunctional, he said:

“We said from the beginning that this place is contrary to law regulations.

Court whatever it decides, we say that it is contrary to this facility in the first animal rights. Now he sees a violation of the laws of the court in concentration camps. We will also continue to fight until the center becomes a genocide against stray animals.

“The court has given the decision to cancel the 3rd bridge on the route. 3. bridge route is already taking place beyond 3 km of the shelter Kısırka. Natural areas in this two-Kısırka Gümüşdere decision was an important step to protect.

“This needs to stop all the illegal operation. Because animal collection efforts continue for months and now has around 500 animals at the shelter Kısırka.

“The Court’s decision must be rendered useless once this facility.”

They were made by action;

Animal rights activists, exiting Taken from the streets natural habitats of stray animals city against isolation in a remote facility, if the access to the facility, saying it was far from meeting the needs of audit and animals had been opposed to the project.

Shelter construction made against both Kisirkaya in both actions before IMM, CHP and gave parliamentary questions on the subject of HDPE

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Serbia: Black Sack Puppies.

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Further donations can still be given even if the target amount has been reached.

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Three puppies, black is found in the garbage when she was five days and brought up on the bottle, the two were found on the street, abandoned, without mother, frightened and hungry but healthy yesterday were vaccinated and placed in board.

Please, help us in the payment of two immunizations (for black puppie we had the money for the vaccine) food for puppies and board for a period of one month.

Approximately 40 euros for the three of them.

Board that keeps them accepted to wait for payment.

Please help us to keep them on the safe – they are so small.

To donate please click on the following:


Serbia: Shelter ‘Alex’ – Cicko the Cat and 10 Puppies.


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Further donations can still be given even if the target amount has been reached.


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Cicko, the cat and 10 puppies

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As always, no day is boring in the shelter “Alex”.

The summer heat and temperatures above 30C are not easing the work in the shelter.

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Two days ago, we we were notified about the cat that is in a poor health state.

We named him ‘Cicko’.

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After examination by a veterinarian it was found that the problem with his eye is congenital, so now we are only cleaning and lubricating it. The upper front teeth are broken, and on his back there is an older burn that heals and looks like a cigarette burn.

Cicko is very cuddly, and as soon as someone looks at him, he immediately starts purring and really trusts people despite of everything he has been through. Since he has no upper front teeth, it is difficult to assess how old he is, but according to the veterinarian he has about 1.5 years.

When Cicko fully heals he will be given up for adoption, and we hope someone will come and offer him a home full of love and attention.

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About 2 weeks ago 8 puppies (above) were left in front of the shelter in a cardboard box. We took them, cleaned them, vaccinated them and with the food and lots of puppy fun they are really doing well. Since then 2 more pups were found and now we have 10 of them.

They all need good homes and we hope they will find them.

In the meantime we really need your help to buy food (especially canned food and salami) and to buy the building materials for the maintenance of the shelter, building of new dog houses and fixing of kennels. Please, please, share our appeals so that shelter “Alex” can continue in taking care of its 500 dogs.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

~ Please, donate to our dogs:
~ Like us on Facebook:
~ Follow us on Twitter:
~ Watch our YouTube videos:
and share our appeals, photos of our dogs and news.

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USA / China: Victoria’s Dirty Little Secret – Company Does U Turn To Gain Sales In China – At The Cost Of Animal Suffering.




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What a pity that a large organisation such as this has to put profit before animal welfare.  Should they not be using their obvious large global sales influence to put further pressure on the Chinese regarding all their animal abuse legislation ? – including asking them to undertake new Chinese legislation that prevents animal cruelty in order to make women look (allegedly) more beautiful ?

To us this is an ultimate hypocrisy from an organisation that was one given some credit and respect.  All this has now been lost by their new actions in China.  Maybe they should have a catwalk at the next Yulin festival where all their beautiful people can gorge themselves on the meats of street dogs that have been slaughtered barbarically.

Beautiful people ? – we dont think so.   

Keep watching the news to see what happens.  We will give any updates we know about this in the future.



PETA direct link to protest letter (to send):

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Victoria’s Secret, a formerly cruelty-free company, recently confirmed that it will now be selling cosmetics in China, a country that requires painful and deadly tests on animals for cosmetics.

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Suffering for Victoria’s Secret ‘Beautiful People’ !!

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It’s clear that the only “angels” associated with Victoria’s Secret are the sweet animals who will die on the company’s dime.

Tell Victoria’s Secret that you don’t support this horrible decision.

For all animals,

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After years of not testing on animals, the company has confirmed that it will begin selling in China—meaning it will pay for cruel tests on animals!

Although the company fully understands the Chinese government’s requirements for tests on animals for cosmetics, it has chosen to enter this market anyway

Victoria’s Secret has been removed from PETA’s list of companies that don’t test on animals, and will find itself on PETA’s list of companies that do test on animals until it chooses compassion over cruelty.

Fortunately, PETA has received pledges from other companies—including The Body Shop, Urban Decay, NYX Cosmetics, Yes To Inc., and morethat they will never sell in China while animal tests are required.

Please tell Victoria’s Secret that cruelty isn’t sexy and that you won’t buy its products until the company is 100 percent cruelty-free again.

PETA direct link to protest letter (to send):

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China: Please Support The Call To Stop Animal and Human Abusers To Be Awarded The Olympics in 2022.


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We all witnessed the suffering of animals at Yulin very recently –

and now we do not want the animal abusers and the abusers of the people of Tibet to be awarded the 2022 Olympics for their cruelty to both the animals and humans.  Please support the call to say NO.


Next Friday, the International Olympics Committee will decide whether to award China a second Olympics.

More than 10,000 people already have joined the call for the IOC to say no to Beijing.

Thank you for your support so far – please help us give this one last push and share the petition now.

When China last hosted the Olympics there was a violent crackdown in Tibet and since then repression in China and Tibet has only worsened.

The momentum against Beijing’s bid is building: just yesterday leading activists representing people across China wrote an open letter to the IOC, saying that “for hundreds of millions of people inside China’s borders, the Games returning to Beijing will be a green light for the government’s ongoing abuse of their rights and denial of their hopes for freedom.”

This is our last chance to show the IOC that it’s a mistake to reward China’s oppression – please help by sharing the petition.

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23rd July – Petitions and More.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Petitions and More


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If not signed yet Needs more signatures! Help to end this cruelty, ask the district manager in Anhalt-Bitterfeld to stand up for the closure of this Pig-skyscraper! Confirm please

More signatures please! Belgium, against slaughter without stunning! Confirm please Scroll down to start with the first petition link Turkey, act upon this kind of Bullfighting in the Muğla district, Akkaya! Update!;jsessionid=9AF705DBE933327B8804C6ABB9EC936C.app271a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=769  Vanderbilt University, End the Use of Animals for Emergency Medicine Training! No more hunting of bred animals! US-info. Help Save North Carolina’s State Horse, co-sponsor H.R. 152/S. 3448, the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act! US-info. Endangered Florida Panthers! US. More actions! CA-info

cropped-the-soul-is-the-same.jpg the Toro de Ronda, Bull set on Fire, as an event! Pastriz, Zaragoza, celebrates its patron saint with one of its most cruel traditions, Ronda Bull, also known as Toro Embolado, Bull on Fire! Spain, take action against the atrocities carried out by persons towards stray animals!, Tres de Febrero,  improve conditions at the Dog pound, no more animal abuse! Zero killing .. Spain, Castelldefels Council: enable a beach for dogs

monarch 1 june target.. Save the Arctic from Shell’s Oil Drilling Assault

                  =======  News and More   ======== The agency’s progress toward humane and sustainable on-the-range management continues to be slow Saving Animals, video One Green Planet

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Serbia: July 23rd Message From Shelter ‘Felix’.

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Dear friends,

I know that summer is usually a very lean time of year for donations, but the needs of the kitties certainly don’t slow down.

Over the last month we’ve barely managed to raise enough funds to purchase wet canned cat food to cover 10 days, which means we’re running into debt yet again. With or without donations, we certainly can’t let the cats starve but our personal funds unfortunately are not unlimited.

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Four new platforms and three ladders that we needed to replace the rotten ones in the yard are currently being built, but this time everything will be solid and durable; all of the platforms will have metal legs and we expect them to last a long time.

Although the meteoalarm has been raised to “red“ in Serbia and the extreme heat will continue for days, we have just had the cats’ huge outdoor sandbox enclosed with a brick wall and little by little, we’re trying to make the living space of our kitties as comfortable as possible.

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But the fact we’re not crying out for help on a daily basis doesn’t mean we don’t need it – on the contrary, we do and very badly.

Please, consider supporting our work with whatever you can afford! Any contribution you’re able to make, no matter how small, will be gratefully received!

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India: New Petitions For Kerala Dogs – Must Be Signed By 24th July.


Regarding our recent post

Please support all of the following.

Note that petitions MUST be signed by 24th July – Thank you – SAV.


Importance: High


Please sign petitions by 24 July



Donations urgently needed to help the strays and other animals in India – thank you

Eileen Weintraub

Founding Director

Help Animals India

Seattle, WA  USA






Serbia: Please Take Action For The Dogs At Loznica. Graphic Photos – Sample Letter – E Mail Addresses – Please Send !

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All photographs shown following are just some from the SAV / Serbian campaigner archives and show the past situation at the Loznica ‘shelter’ and the surrounding area.





Please send this appeal by separate email to the Town and the Ministry as per all the e mail addresses below:

Appeal to all officials regarding the animal shelter LOZNICA; we ask that they: 

STOP the suffering and mistreatment of animals in the shelter of Loznica –

EXCHANGE the brutal members of the shelter staff

Ensure that the shelter is run according to the Serbian animal welfare laws.




Mr. Vidoje Petrović – Mayor of Loznica

Mr. Jovan Todorović

mail sekretarice: Mrs. S. Mirkovic

Mrs. Vesna Stefanovic

Mr. Zoran Erić –  načelnik inspekcijske komunalne delatnost

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Please copy and send the sample letter below to all of the following:

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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

In spite of the city administration’s public denials there is irrefutable evidence that the animal shelter in Loznica is a place of sheer horror.

It is massively overcrowded – the space originally designed for 100 – max 150 dogs is now housing around 300 dogs – and members of the current staff resort to the most brutal treatment to keep the animals under control – from hitting them with shovels, stomping to death newborn puppies, pushing water pipes down the dogs throats and turning on the water fully, so the dogs almost choke to death to an alcoholic warden who relishes in mistreating the animals.

Thrice too many dogs are crammed into the shelter, unneutered males and females are mating, animals are malnourished, fresh water is scarce, animals fighting for their survival are being bitten, injured, left to die or killed by their fellow creatures. Dead dogs lying around among other dogs and puppies. Many dogs have diseases from parasites, infections are not treated and spreading. Seriously ill and injured dogs are left untreated.

All this has been regularly reported to you by the local animal rescue organisation Ljuna over years and recently documented by the independent dog trainer Mr. Bojan Stojanovic. He visited the shelter and immediately realized that the dogs are being terrorized and mistreated. The shelter staff admitted this saying they have no other way “of controlling the overcrowded shelter”. Ref.

For years the organisation Lunja Loznica and a number of Austrian and German organisations have helped the shelter with sponsoring dog houses, vaccinations, tick treatment and medication against parasites and most of all a steady food supply.

But all requests to cooperate with the city and shelter administration and all offers for free-of-charge castrations and medical treatment of the animals have remained unanswered so far.  Till yesterday a meeting with independent animal experts trying to enter into a serious conversation with the city administration has been postponed indefinitely.  All the city administration of Loznica so far has offered are misrepresentation of facts and ignorance.

This is not going to improve matters. We urge all concerned to immediately exchange the brutal staff members, and enter into serious talks with all Serbian and European animal protectors who have been offering their advice and help unconditionally and free of charge. They are willing and able to provide better sanitary and medical support and are keen to improve the overall conditions in the shelter. Almost every South European country has 2.5 Million strays they need to take care of. No country can master this task alone, this is a truly European challenge. You can make a start by seriously considering to cooperate with all those who have offered help.

Member states of the EU should act better than this – your membership is currently not welcome if you continue to abuse animals as we see here.  Shame on you.

We look forward to hearing from you,

(your name/organisation) …………………….

(your city) …………………………






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India: The Government of Kerala has approved drastic action to deal with rabies: DOG CULLING.



The Government of Kerala has approved drastic action in the entire region to deal with rabies: DOG CULLING.  

So, even gentle moms with pups and disabled dogs are being killed, using inhumane methods such as poisoning with cyanide, beating to death and throwing alive dogs at sea with tied legs.

The dogcatchers killing squads are paid $1.75 per dog they eliminate.


Kerala acts against every known law in India!


People and street dogs can get along!

The only proven method to humanely solve this problem is anti-rabies vaccination and animal birth control – spay and neuter.

Indian dogs struggle daily to survive and coexist with humans 

WE CANNOT LOOK AWAY! – We need to stand up and stop the unimaginable suffering of these dogs.


PETITION (1) Stop Killing of Stray Dogs

PETITION (2) Petitioning Government of India STOP KILLING DOGS

PETITION (3) Stop killing of stray dogs in Kerala

PETITION (4) Please stop merciless killing of stray dog’s in Kerala

PETITION (5) STOP Dog culling decision of Kerala

PETITION (6) Our most educated state Kerala is busy killing by torturing stray dogs!

PETITION (7) Government of Kerala: DROP the decision to cull stray dogs!

PETITION (8) Prevent Kerala from turning into another animal Killing STATE

PETITION (9) Boycott Kerala tourism to save animals from slaughter

PETITION (10) Steffi Graf – Do not agree to be Kerala’s Ambassador!

PETITION (11) Incorporate Right to live for animals in India

PETITION (12) Stop the barbaric killing of dogs in Kerala –India

PETITION (13) Stop dog culling in Kerala, India!

PETITION (14) Government of Kerala (India) has just approved a massive dog culling! Act Now!

PETITION (15) Animal protection laws in India!


For all animal lovers > be an active part of THE WORLDWIDE PROTEST AGAINST ‪#‎KeralaDogCulling and support ‪#‎BoycottKerala ‪#‎BoycottKeralaTourism ‪#‎BoycottKeralaProducts ‪on 26th July.

We have to make these hash tags reach every media agency and every animal lover in the world.

India is divided in half on this issue. For every person who has a problem with a stray dog, another person says: “You know what, I’m taking care of this dog. Stay out of it.”

Help Animals India ® >





England: Fox Hunt Protest Pictures – London 14/7/15.


Badger Trust with the support of other wildlife campaigners & groups held biggest wildlife protection protest ever held outside Downing Street yesterday – 14th July 2015.

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Couldn’t resist adding little girl’s letter to Cameron.

Serbia: 16 July New Pictures From Danica At Shelter Felix.

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Here are the latest July pictures from Danica of some of the residents at Felix Shelter.

The weather has been hot but they are all ok and just trying to ‘chill out’ in the cool areas of the shelter.

Take a look at the Felix shelter website and blog to see who you’re supporting!






England: Dr. Brian May – and beautiful animals and women !


I think Brian May has done really well as one of the key anti hunt campaigners this time.  In tribute to him here are a few links which show ‘Dr. Bri’ at his very best.  Doctor of Astrophysics – clever guy !!

Slash is pretty cool in the first video !

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Pluto Fly By – First Picture 14/7/15.

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England: Formal Response From The LACS About Today’s Hunting Face – 14/7/15.


14/7 – Message from the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) regarding the David Cameron U turn today.  The BBC are calling it the government’s “turn your back and run away” moment.



Dear Mark,

Following the SNPs announcement that they would vote against the Government’s proposed amendments to the Hunting Act, and the fact that there was substantial cross party support to keep the ban, the government has decided to drop the vote.  But we don’t think this is the last we’ll hear about it.

The Government knew this was a vote they would lose. Increasing numbers of MPs from all parties now oppose re-introducing bloodsports and the Government has recognised that public opinion is overwhelmingly against hunting.  

So it would be a mistake for the Government to return to this issue in the future, and any attempts to repeal the Hunting Act by the back door would clearly be wrong.

Not withstanding all the other issues facing the country, it has becoming increasingly clear that most of the UK is against the cruelty of hunting. With 8 out of 10 people in both countryside and urban areas against hunting, any attempt to bring it back would be deeply unpopular whenever it takes place. 

We had hoped that a vote would go ahead tomorrow and that debate about hunting would finally be consigned to history.  Nevertheless, we are resolved, whatever the Government does, to continue to highlight the cruelty involved in hunting and undermine any suggestion that hunting has anything to do with wildlife management or fox control. I encourage you,  Mark, to carry on speaking out against hunting and continue to make your concerns known to your MP.

We are pleased that the Scottish government have recognised that the ban in Scotland needs examining. This is actually as a result of a recent League investigation into hunting in Scotland! You can view the investigation at and take a look at this new footage we have released today.

We are looking forward to working with the Scottish government to ensure the law is as strong as possible, and those who break the law are brought to justice.

Mark, as always we are doing everything that we can to protect the Hunting Act. I say this in many emails that I send out to supporters but I truly mean it when I say none of this could be possible without people like you. Its my pleasure to extend a heartfelt thank you from everyone at the League.

 Together we are making a difference for animals.

Kind regards,

Mark McCormick
Senior Communications Officer

P.S. As I said the threat to the Hunting Act remains. We will keep you updated on developments but in the meantime why not get in touch with your MP with your thoughts on today’s developments? You can do this by going to the website Enter your postcode, scroll down until you see your MP, click on their name and write to them.

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England: David Cameron Knows He Will Fail Hunt Vote – So Pulls The Plug Less Than 24 hours Before !


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Breaking News – 11-00am 14/7 – David Cameron now cancels hunt vote on 15/7 as he knows he will not win.

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Due to Cameron rushing this through, or attempting to do it, now failing; the anti hunt protesters have had little time to react, but they have done a brilliant job in the time ! – Cameron does not know which way to turn now.

New Poll this morning shows 3 in 4 people are OPPOSED to bringing back the hunting legislation.

Cameron is running scared and has had to cancel the vote which he would fail with – the vote would have taken place tomorrow (15th).

Massive anti hunt demo in London (Parliament) today the 14th.  Click on links below for pictures !

Almost three in four British adults are against making fox hunting legal, a poll has suggested.


Photos – Mark – SAV.

Georgia: Big Multi Day Animal Events Planned in August. Spread The News !


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Today, 14th July 2015 we have been contacted by our animal buddies in the Caucasus ! – they have a big ‘Eurasian Animal Rights Gathering 2015’ several day event planned in Georgia 0n the 23-25 August this year.

It looks as if will be a fantastic event, and you can see all the planning and events in the following information.

In the true tradition that animal welfare campaigners have no boundaries, we want to wish our friends all the very best with their gathering in August.  As they state below:

The following text is taken completely from the description of International Animal Rights Gathering, which inspired us to make this event in the Eastern part of the continent: «We will meet for a weekend of workshops, talks, discussions, films, information stalls, entertainment and networking. The aim of the Gathering is to promote and improve co-operation and co-ordination between activists from many different countries, with the aim of building a strong coherent global movement to fight animal exploitation and spread compassion. This is particularly important bearing in mind that most animal exploitation and abuse is an international business which operates across international borders, so it’s vital that we as a movement also learn to think and work globally too».

If that is not a reason to support this event, then what is ?

Wishing them the very best for what sounds like a great meet – we hope that post event we will be able to bring you more news on it as well as showing some photographs.


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Main Cities:

Sukhumi, Kutaisi, Rutsavi, Batumi




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Check out the following for some of the recent news:


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Welcome to EARG 2015! (It’s not in USA! It’s in Caucasus!)

The Eurasian Animal Rights Gathering 2015 (taking place in Georgia on 23-25 August) is a second annual international event, which aims at bringing together activists from all over the world — particularly from Eastern Europe and Asia, because in countries of that regions AR activism is not connected well to the international network and exists more or less in an isolated form. Plus the problems that unite AR movement in Eastern Europe and Asia differ from the problems, that our comrades in Central and Western Europe and Northern America have to face, which makes the discussion and the unifying of the efforts essential for our cause.\

The following text is taken completely from the description of International Animal Rights Gathering, which inspired us to make this event in the Eastern part of the continent: «We will meet for a weekend of workshops, talks, discussions, films, information stalls, entertainment and networking. The aim of the Gathering is to promote and improve co-operation and co-ordination between activists from many different countries, with the aim of building a strong coherent global movement to fight animal exploitation and spread compassion. This is particularly important bearing in mind that most animal exploitation and abuse is an international business which operates across international borders, so it’s vital that we as a movement also learn to think and work globally too».

There will be also an action ( in Tbilisi centre before EARG, so we will be happy if you come beforehand and take part in it as well. And after the gathering everyone who want can go with us to Georgian sea coast to volunteer in animal shelter for about a week. So the schedule of events is:
• 22 August — Action in Tbilisi (Antispeciesist Day)
• 23 August — Going to EARG campsite and arriving there
• 24-25 August — EARG events
• 26 August — everyone who wants go to Batumi to volunteer in animal shelter; others go back to Tbilisi or any other place smile emoticon

EARG will locate in countryside, in the bosom of fabulous nature of Georgia. The events of the gathering will be held in the open air. Participants of the gathering are to stay in the tent camp; there will be also sleeping accommodations in a building (if by some reason the campsite doesn’t suite you, please inform organizers about that in advance, because the quantity of sleeping accommodations is limited). ATTENTION: participants take tents, sleeping bags and all other stuff for staying in tent camp with themselves!

On security grounds for the participation in the gathering one needs to obtain the personal invitation of the organizers OR any invited participant of the gathering. If you want to take part in the gathering but you do not know any participant, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the organizers:

We make the costs (for catering) of participants minimal. The costs for all three days for each participant are 20 lari (8 euro). The absence of financial possibilities won’t be an obstacle for participating in EARG, just let the organizers know in advance. On the same time if any participants would like to put more money in the box, the organizers would be happy, because there are already forecasts for the lack of money. Even if the expenses of EARG will be covered, the money will go for AR activism in Georgia.

Transportation from Tbilisi to EARG location will be managed by means of hitchhiking and public transport. Participants will get all the directions and tips from organizers and the maximum help with getting to the place easily.

Three vegan meals daily will be provided by the organizers. If you have any special medical requirements for food please inform the organizers about them in advance. Please take a table spoon, a soup plate and a cup with you!!!

Organizers take on responsibilities for the security of the gathering participants on the campsite.

Photo, video equipment and mobile phones
The use of any photo or video equipment and mobile phones is not allowed on the campsite. Organizers will provide a place for safekeeping of valuables.

Racists, nazi(onalist)s, sexists, homophobes and adherents of all other forms of discrimination/supremacism are not welcome at the gathering. EARG is a peaceful event for the people of different attitudes and lifestyles, so the absence of the persons with the discriminative views is caused by safety considerations, which is #1 in the list of organization priorities.

Organizers kindly ask the participants to refrain from holding any kind of spontaneous actions before, during and after EARG on the territory of Georgia. If you have any practical suggestions on activism during your stay, please discuss your ideas with organizers for the avoidance of causing problems as to organizers, so to other participants.

We highly welcome your initiative towards workshops, discussions, movie screenings and entertainment at EARG, so if you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will do our best to take into account all the feedback and make the gathering useful, interesting, comfortable and memorable. If you want to make your workshop at EARG, please contact the organizers before 15 August.

After EARG
Once again, if you do not want to leave Georgia right after the gathering, organizers will provide interesting, useful and pleasant activities (volunteering in animal shelter in sea area of Georgia) for all comers during several days after EARG. If you feel interested in this kind of pastime, please write us in a good advance, so we could plan accommodations.

If you’d like to take part in EARG or have any questions/suggestions, please contact the organizers:

P.S.: Please share this information with your friends and comrades!

In cooperation with IATLG.

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Further News:

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AR activists blocked all the exits of Tbilisi city hall

6 April one more action against the bloody draft law concerning stray dogs took place in front of Tbilisi city council


This day the council was discussing and voting for this law on the territory of the capital.

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About 500 people groupped in front of all the Five exits from the building thus blocking for the officials the possibilities for leaving. The security called forces intense of policemen. They had to press back the activists and and organize the corridor for authorities representatives.

During four hours activists chanted “Freedom to animals!”, “Let’s Help the Helpless!”, “Killers!” etc. Despite the powerful protests the bloody law was passed, which means a new stage in confrontation to arbitrary rule. Tomorrow activists will bring legal proceedings against the city council.

4 April the march against the bloody law went along all Tbilisi center up to the president palace gathering several hundreds of people.

30 March few hundred activists held an action in front of the city hall as well, appliying to the nation by the means of TV news live broadcast.

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31 January activists of Vegan Base ( in Tbilisi, Georgia, took part in the protest action against the construction of the ‘Panorama’ complex, which is to be built on the place of the wild nature resort close to the capital’s downtown. The complex should include the aquarium with sharks and other fishes.

Two sharks already died in the residence of Bidzina Ivanishvili, georgian millionaire, the main author of ‘Panorama’ project. The complex itself will ruin the unique wildlife piece of the nature situated just half an hour walking from Tbilisi center. That’s why activists of the coalition ‘Ertad’ (‘Together’), formed for the sake of demolishing the project, coined the “SOS” with their bodies on the place where the tree cutting already started.

30 December one of the activists of Vegan Base was detained together with three other green guerilleros in front of the entrance to the city council. Activists had passes for the session on the subject of taking the status of the sanctuary away from the place of the planned construction of ‘Panorama’, but the security didn’t let them in. So they blocked the entrance for the deputees as well and were arrested. They were charged according to three articles, including the one of the criminal code. As a result of the court hearings they got only verbal warnings.

Vegan Base is a social Center created in Tbilisi in November. It holds free lectures, movie screenings, workshops and different actions in the city – starting from the protest demos and ending with walking out the shelter dogs and picking up the garbage in parks.

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21 December animal rights activists held an action of protest against Tbilisi Zoo. It was conducted partly as an art project: activists were holding painted photos of the animals, taken in this very zoo. For the sake of educating people about the problems of this exact zoo and the misery of the phenomenon of animal

Israel: 100 activists block entrance to a major Israeli SLAUGHTERHOUSE.



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100 activists took over and blocked the entrance to a major Israeli SLAUGHTERHOUSE

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Date: Sun, Jul 12, 2015 at 1:08 PM
Subject: [AR-News] 100 activists took over and blocked the entrance to a major Israeli SLAUGHTERHOUSE

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Incredible video: early this morning, 100 activists took over and blocked the entrance to a major Israeli SLAUGHTERHOUSE, preventing the trucks carrying the helpless victims from getting inside.

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You can show your support to the activists on their Facebook page




England: David Cameron Prime Minister Is About To Sabotage The Hunting Act.


UPDATE – Monday 13th July 2015

For the ‘non Brits’ who visit this site; here is another angle on foxhunting – is it as ‘essential’ to get it back as David Cameron thinks ?

– the reality says NO:

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Brian May to lead fox hunting protest on Parliament ahead of vote to water down ban

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The Queen legend and animal rights campaigner will lead a rally outside Parliament against the watering down of the hunting ban

Dr May and his animal trust ‘Save Me’ will be there, along with PETA, the League Against Cruel Sports and Humane Society International will head down to Westminster to urge MPs to keep the fox hunting ban intact.

But why might the ban be revoked, where are the protests taking place and how can I get involved?

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Where and when is the protest?

The current legislation makes it illegal to hunt foxes with dogs

The protest will take place tomorrow at Old Palace Yard, SW1 Westminster, at 11am. That’s directly outside the Houses of Parliament, where the statue of Richard Coeur de Lion is.

Why not tell the world you’ll be attending, by joining the Facebook event?

Brian May is also suggesting you rally your MP to the cause by asking to meet them on the day to make your argument to them.

You can contact your MP by finding their email address/ office phone number here.

WATCH: The RSPCA video on the gruesome reality of fox hunting

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Above – A Major Pratt !

David Cameron has made no effort to hide his opposition to the hunting ban, writing in the Countryside Alliance magazine earlier this year: “There is definitely a rural way of life which a born and bred Londoner might struggle to understand.”

I have always been a strong supporter of country sports. It is my firm belief that people should have the freedom to hunt, so I share the frustration that many people feel about the Hunting Act and the way it was brought in by the last government.”

What happens on Wednesday?

Before the election, David Cameron promised a free vote on scrapping the Hunting Act altogether – a vote he would most likely lose.

But on Wednesday, MPs will get a free vote on whether to let a pack of dogs “flush out” foxes , rather than just the two allowed now.

Critics believe this is an underhand way of repealing Labour’s 2004 fox hunting ban without having to completely overturn legislation.

If passed, it may mean packs of baying hounds could be back chasing ­defenceless foxes by Christmas.

Because it’s a free vote, it means that Tory MPs don’t have to vote in line with their party policy- and with a slim majority anyway, this could mean a very close vote either way.

That’s why it’s important that if you don’t want to see the barbaric sport of fox hunting be introduced back into UK culture, you need to get on to your local MPs by writing and emailing them, and joining in the protests tomorrow so that Westminster has to listen.

Clifford Pellow, who hunted for 23 years, spoke to The Mirror about he supports the ban after exposing the full horror of the hunt.

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The ban on fox hunting was introduced 10 years ago, in 2005. It bans hunting foxes with dogs, and also deer, hare and mink.

It was introduced by the Labour government, which is thought to be one of the reasons David Cameron and the Tories criticise it- because they feel that it shouldn’t have been a priority for the government at that time.

Scotland also banned fox hunting a couple of years before England, and has separate legislation on the matter.

The act bans the pursuit of foxes with dogs as it is seen as inhumane and a cruel blood sport- a fox is no match for a pack of dogs and hunters on horseback.

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Notable supporters of the ban include Ricky Gervais and Brian May, but it also has some notable opposers, like Prince Charles (who said he “might as well leave the country and spend the rest of his life skiing” if hunting was banned.)

Andy Burnham also slammed the Tory “back door attempts” at creating law around fox hunting which was impossible to actually enforce.

Are the SNP voting on Wednesday?

The changes to the law don’t actually affect Scottish legislation- they introduced their fox hunting ban earlier and separately to us.

SNP MPs don’t normally vote on issues that don’t affect Scotland, but a spokesman for the party has said today that they will examine the precise details of the proposal before deciding what to do.

How else can I help?

One thing that you could do quickly and easily is sign a petition against the watering down of the fox hunting ban.

This one urging David Cameron not to change the ban has nearly 500,000 signatures , or this 38 degrees petition has nearly 100,000.

This one, asking the government not to make any changes to the ban has over 53,000 signatures.

Or, you could sign all three.

Vote against cruelty

We are calling on our readers to tell their MPs to vote NO to an amendment of Labour’s Hunting Act on Wednesday.

To find your MP’s contact details, go to

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Past Information – weekend 11 / 12 July 2015.


Things are going absolutely mental in England over David Cameron and his attempt to overturn the current hunting act which has been legislation for the past 10 years.  He is just doing this in a pathetic attempt to please the hunting fraternity of which he is one – sort of look after your mates and stuff the people who are anti hunt.

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It is impossible to keep track of it all things are happening at such a rate.  Lots of demos planned everywhere – including Parliament in London over the next few days.

Some Conservative MP’s (Cameron’s party) are so worried about what he doing that they have formed a group called ‘Conservatives Against Fox Hunting’.  Read some of the comments on their Facebook site (link below) to see just what a real gripe the English have as a whole about ripping foxes apart using a pack of hunting hounds.

David Cameron is hated by a large contingent of the English, despite being ‘their’ Prime Minister.  Maybe this time his off the cuff brainwave will sink him well and good – lets hope so !

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Above and earlier dead fox photo – The Result of the Hunt – Picture: Mark Johnson – SAV 

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Spain: Spanish Festival Season Set to Claim 60,000 Lives for Our (Some Sick Peoples) Entertainment



SAV Comment – we have always been a pro-EU organisation; after all, I (Mark) was involved with a fighter jet manufactured by a European consortium back in the 80’s. (See more on ‘About Us’ –   Now, the EU is getting very much out of control – the EU DOES NOT LISTEN to its own citizens and undertake the changes that they request.  They do not have any voice – instead non elected self admirers named ‘Commissioners’ now run the whole show whilst giving the two fingers to the EU citizen demanding change.  Normal people don’t want to change the world, they just want changes for the better – in our case mainly animal welfare.

The article below is very much a typical example of the stupidity / ignorance of the EU.  It is 2015 for Gods sake, not 1815; people know good from bad and they want changes to happen – now !  We are told the never ending story that we have an EU Parliament with MEP’s who will always address our concerns.  Sorry but that statement is complete and utter ‘tosh’.  For example, for many years, EU citizens have had big concerns about the abuse of animals in Spain for the very reasons outlined below – so called ‘;traditions’ which go back to the middle of time; whilst ignoring the fact that we have now moved on and (most of us anyway) do not get a kick out of causing suffering to animals.  But because it is tradition in Spain to pull the heads off live birds, or bullfight, or set light to bulls horns, the EU can do nothing about it.

Sorry but that is crap.  It is 2015 and Spain needs to get in touch with the modern world, not live as animal abusers still in the dark ages.

And what actually are our huge MEP membership actually doing about the abuses in Spain ? – answer – nothing.  They should, and this ignorance is what simply raises the anger of most European citizens.  The Commissioners say ‘shut up’, and so we must all shut up; simple as that.   The way the EU is going at present; certainly not working in defence of animals anywhere quickly enough; we will probably give our support to getting out of the EU in the 2017 referendum as promised by the UK government to UK citizens; let the UK people decide on their future in the EU.

The EU and its politicians are failing them, so who wants to remain surrounded by an institution who say that they can do nothing when the reality is they could; but probably don’t want all the trouble of doing it – an easy life I think they call it.

If we get out of Europe, the abuse will continue; but it does regardless of our position in or out anyway.  Lets (the UK) leave and get the EU masterclass to fumble their way through doing nothing except getting bigger salaries and further taking on the new abuses of Serbia, Romania and the rest.  Quite often you get to a point where no matter what you try to do to improve animal welfare, you just get kicked in the balls.  The EU and its politicians are doing this to EU citizens today, as they will tomorrow and the day after.



Spanish Festival Season Set to Claim 60,000 Lives for Our Entertainment

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Each year in Spain, more than 16,000 local and national fiestas take place which involve the torture, mutilation and murder of over 60,000 animals.

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Despite annual protests, high profile animal rights campaigns and worldwide media attention, many of these cruel festivities are now receiving new legal protection and are more popular than ever before, which begs the question: When will it end?

Local Traditions Don’t Die Easy in Spain

One of the first things to understand about Spain is that many of its people are fiercely loyal to their local town or village. Having developed over many centuries, and often being closely tied into religious ceremonies, these local fiestas are a showcase of local identity, bringing the community together in celebration.

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An abuser holds up the severed head of Goose which has just been ripped from the body.

Many of the cruel and inhumane practices that have developed would never be tolerated outside of these events and are definitely in violation of the (albeit lax) animal rights laws in Spain. Yet, when it comes to fiesta time, almost anything goes, and the scenes which can be witnessed up and down the country defy belief.

Some of the horrors which take place at different fiestas include geese having their heads ripped off, pigs having their throats slit on the streets, bulls having their horns set alight with burning tar, goats being dropped out of bell towers, and rats being thrown around the town.

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These sickening events are not just tolerated, they’re celebrated and enjoyed by all sections of society, including families who bring their young children to join in. This is not a shaming session of the Spanish people, but an observation on the power of tradition and culture in blinding us to the reality of what’s really happening.

If any of these events were to take place under different circumstances, in a different cultural setting, they would cause shock and outrage, and would certainly be stopped in an instant. But because these events have been happening for generations, it’s a different story.

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Why Isn’t the Law Protecting the Animals?

Given the cultural background to these disturbing practices, you might think that progressive modern animal welfare laws would protect the animals from suffering this horrific abuse and torture for our yearly entertainment, but the opposite seems to be true in many cases.

While some activities, such as the Andalucian festival where a live turkey is thrown from a church tower, have been made illegal due to pressure from animal rights campaigners, this has not prevented the event from taking place. Locals in the village are so intent on hosting this barbaric fiesta, that they are willing to group together to pay the 2,000 Euro fine, with the local mayor Juan Balbin Garrido stating that “if they tried to stop the turkey throwing, people would riot.”

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Many of the higher profile events, especially those involving bulls, have received new legal protection in recent years, in an attempt to protect Spain’s cultural heritage. Bullfighting, the burning bull, the running of the bulls and other events are world renowned and closely tied in with Spain’s cultural image, bringing in tourism and helping the economy to thrive. Any attempts to undermine this for animal rights reasons are now being overruled at the highest levels of government. When will the suffering end for these poor animals?

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History Needs to Be Left in the Past

There’s no doubt that modern day laws, created without the backdrop of Spain’s violent and bloody cultural heritage, would save almost all of the 60,000 animals who are mercilessly abused, humiliated and murdered for our entertainment each year.

It’s time for civilized societies to judge our actions by a new moral compass and not be swayed by what has gone before.

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Change EU, stop the animal abuse jargon, and do it very soon, or we in the UK say one thing to you:

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Serbia: 40 Euros to Help ‘Novak’ Sort His Problems.

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Come on folks, we are not asking the world !

– we have got the ball rolling by over 50% – is making up the rest from animal people around the World too much to ask ?

Our Novak really has no luck at all…

We had to bring him back to the vet.. He got sick at the pansion, got high temperature, he didn’t eat for days…

At the moment he is at the vet, in the box?, receiving treatment. Vet agreed that Novak should stay in, and he will spend July in box?

Because of our unpaid debt from June, we have to pay for his treatment, flea and tick protection and his stay, because we don’t know what to do with him and where to put him..

He is a special dog, and he needs some time to adapt to changes..

Please, help us… Novak has no choice right now.. Either street, or this…

There is a third option – adopting… 

Please, share and help. Novak depends on you…

More than 40 Euros can be given to this cause – the money will always be used where it is required to help suffering animals – Thank You.

Serbia: July 7th Latest From Danica At Felix Shelter.

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With the summer heat in full swing, life at the shelter seems quite uneventful as most of the kitties are spending their days passed out all over the place, rightfully feeling it’s too hot to even move around. However, it’s not only that their needs remain the same, but now is also the time to start and finish all of the minor repairs at the shelter.


Almost all of the platforms, ladders and wooden wire spools the cats are having so much fun with while playing in the yard need to be replaced now, after being exposed to all kinds of weather over the last few years. Autumn rains and the winter cold have taken their toll and no matter how well these wooden items were protected by paint or stain, they can’t last forever. And our kitties just love them all big time!

The old outdoor fence which became wobbly three years ago is miraculously still holding up, but the posts keep crumbling and deteriorating with every passing day  and it’s been ages since we could close the gates properly. It would be fabulous if this summer we could manage to raise the funds to rebuild the brick-made pillars and the small wall between them, clean and polish the old iron fence above and replace the sheet metal part of the gates. It’s got to be done this summer before the rotten posts completely fall apart and the whole fence goes down, that is…


And last but not the least, not by a long shot – the kitties must eat every day and now the time is rapidly coming for the mandatory yearly vaccinations against rabies. The problem is that donations regularly slow down as summer approaches and while we totally understand everyone’s busy planning their vacations, our situation is always unenviable at this time of year. The same thing has been happening forever; when the weather is nice, we’re barely keeping afloat, and when we have enough funds to do something, it’s impossible to work outside due to the weather conditions. We should’ve gotten used to it by now, I guess…


Anyways, if you have a little extra you could spare to help us out please do so! Even the smallest donation means a lot, as they all add up and get us closer to our goal. A three-digit number of lazy, relaxed kitties and a couple of their tired humans will be immeasurably grateful for your vital help!


Take a look at our website and our blog to see who you’re supporting!









Serbia / Germany: A Request For Help By German Campaigners Regarding Loznica (Serbia) ‘Shelter’ Facilities And A Mayor Who Does Not Want To Talk.

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Is there any organsiation/person out there in Loznica that can help Sina Fingerhut at the shelter or with communications with the City Mayor.

We knwo corruption is a problem – everwhere. But someone present in Loznica or near would be a great help, as Sina is running a large company and can only come once a month.

Pls advise.

Thanks and regards





Here are the details of her association :

Sina Fingerhut / Lunja – Streunerhilfe grenzenlos e.V. Deutschland – Biburg 1, D-83410 Laufen – +49 157 32116261 – VR: 201516 / Vereinsregister / Amtsgericht Traunstein –

Email:  / Internet:





Sina is a young German entrepreneur who wants to help stray animals in Serbia especially as this country is not yet in the EU. She opened a humanitarian vet clinic in Loznica – see her website – to get pets castrated for free or a very low rate to reduce increase of of unwanted animals.

She has been trying to enter into an Agreement with the local animal shelter in Loznica.

She is feeding the shelter animals, taking care of some medically as far as this is allowed by the Loznica city major but cannot come to an agreement with him. He is “unavailable” no matter what she tries to reach him.

Animals whether healthy, sick, pregnant or injured are crammed into the shelter, get infected there, no fresh water, no food except what Sina and her small team bring in – recently the shelter staff have broken open the quarantine dog cages, removed the cage doors and taken out all animals without saying whereto.

There is no cooperation from the city council of Loznica whatsoever.

DO YOU KNOW ANY LOCAL ORGANISATION – ASSOCIATION – ANIMAL PROTECTORS – ANIMAL RIGHTS PEOPLE – LAWYERS you can put in touch with or name to Sina Fingerhut to help her in her fight for the shelter animals survival.


SAV Comment – If the City Council / Mayor are Always ‘Unavailable’ to discuss the situation, then we at SAV need to go back to our photographic records and show you exactly what the recorded situation In Loznica has been like until now.  This is just a selection from our detailed records.  No wonder they do not want to talk ! – they should be utterly ashamed of what corruption does.  We are presenting this to the world with the hope that suddenly the mayor and City authorities may think differently and suddenly become available to discuss things !!










Some of our past SAV posts (Below) relating to Loznica:











USA: Not A Decent ‘Normal’ Issue – That’s Why We Need To Act – Ban ‘Zoophilia’ (bestiality) In Texas.


Ban ‘zoophilia’ (bestiality) in Texas.

Please, we need to support Brian with this and get 100,000 signatures or more – please crosspost to all:


Petition link:   

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, U.S President Obama, Texas State Representatives

Zoophilia otherwise known as bestiality is the act of having sexual relations with animals. Many people see this as love toward the animal. However, we all know better that this is not love, that this is indeed animal abuse. We must come together as a community to even think about making this illegal and or banned forever.
Not only is this a risk toward animals however, it is a risk factor for humans who have sexual relations with these animals, and their family members. Diseases can be transferred from animal to human and vice versa.

Infections that are transmitted from animals to humans are called zoonoses. Some zoonoses may be transferred through casual contact, but others are much more readily transferred by activities that expose humans to the semen, vaginal fluids, urine, saliva, feces and blood of animals.


Brucellosis in humans is a potentially life-threatening multisystem disease that can be extremely difficult to treat. There are several varieties of Brucellosis, all caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella, the most notable being B. abortus and B. melitensis which affect larger species of domestic animals, and B. canis which infects dogs and other canids. All are widely spread around the world. The most severe infections are thought to be associated with B. melitensis which primarily infects goats, sheep, and camels in the Mediterranean, Asia, Latin America, parts of Africa and some southern European countries. Humans can catch B. canis through contact with the body fluids of infected dogs, especially semen, urine and vaginal fluids. Dogs can be infected with Brucellosis without showing any signs or symptoms, and infection can only be diagnosed with specific blood tests The typical symptoms of the type of brucellosis contracted from dogs are: fever that comes and goes, loss of appetite, fatigue, weakness, malaise, sore joints, low back pain, spine pain, headache, depression, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, unsteadiness of gait, and urinary retention Heart and lung complications can occur. Infected people exhibit only some of these symptoms. Other forms of brucellosis can be more severe.

With approximately 500,000 zoonotic infections a year worldwide (source: CDC), brucellosis places a large burden on humanity. Brucellosis has been reduced to rare disease status in North America (excluding Mexico) and northern Europe through vaccination and eradication programs, but it remains rife throughout the rest of the world. In most countries up to 10% of dogs carry this bacterium, and even up to 42.7% in some provinces of China representing a major threat to the health of veterinarians and people who handle the blood or semen of infected animals. In the USA, there are only about 100 cases of human brucellosis diagnosed per year. Although some sources consider it underdiagnosed and underreported. Most other countries have much higher rates, with high risk areas including the Mediterranean Basin (Portugal, Spain, Southern France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, North Africa), South and Central America (including Mexico), Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Emerging zoonoses

New diseases that can jump from animals to humans are called emerging zoonoses. The emerging zoonosis situation changes constantly, in an upward trend. An example from the equine species is the rare Hendra virus, originally passed from flying foxes to horses. The implications for zoophilic sexual contact of each emerging disease should be carefully assessed by practitioners.

Zoophilia and human sexually transmitted diseases

HIV (the “AIDS” virus) was originally a zoonosis acquired from primates (notably monkeys) in Africa,[12] probably via hunting and eating but possibly via animal bite.[13] It only lives in primates (humans, apes and monkeys) and is not believed to survive long in other species or away from the human body and fluids.

Other STDs
Human sexually transmitted diseases (“STDs”) are not carried or transmitted by animals.
However, many human pathogens can survive in animal fluids for a limited time, and therefore STDs may theoretically be transmitted by an animal that has multiple consecutive human sexual partners in a short enough time frame to allow pathogen survival.

Petition link:

More information:

FBI Study of murderers who rape and mutilate-linked with bestiality.
-“In the murderer sample, those offenders were more likely to have the paraphilia of zoophilia (i.e., bestiality) and to begin to experience rape fantasies…”the ultimate expression of his perversion is in the mutilation of the victim.” Ressler, R.K., “Murderers Who Rape and Mutilate,” JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, September 1986, page 89.

–The FBI found high rates of sexual assault of animals in the backgrounds of serial sexual homicide perpetrators. (Ressler, R.K. (1988). Sexual homicide: Patterns and Motives. Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (American Psychiatric Association, 1994) classifies bestiality among the paraphilic disorders – deviant, forms of sexual gratification.

American Psychiatric Association (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, Fourth edition. Washington, DC: Author.

The FBI says serial sexual homicide perpetrators commonly sexually assault animals.
Alavarez, W. & Freinhar, J. (1991). A prevalence study of bestiality (zoophilia) in psychiatric in-patients. International Journal of Psychosomatics, 38, 45-57.
Dr Vizard commented: “It’s pretty revolting and no one really wants to talk about it; but cruelty to animals, if accompanied by a sexual interest in animals, is a high-risk indicator of a future sex offender.”
“The chain of cruelty”. BBC News. 9 May 2000.
Bestiality linked to ritual murder/ritual serial killing:

People argue with those who can see the truth, they’re excuse is what if the animal wants to have sexual relations. Well, to be blunt the animal surely doesn’t want to have intercourse with a human. They have instincts when their hormones are in over-drive to reproduce with their own species, this is why a dog might hump a leg or cat for that matter. It is wise to get your pets fixed, it is also wise for those in the farming business to let your animals do what is natural with their own species.

The fact of the matter is, the animals that are being raped can die, can become paralyzed and even have their sexual organs protrude from their vulva, or their rectum protrude from their anus. Which can cause serious infections and other health risks.

In order to stop this cruelty we must, protest and push our government into seeing the reality of harm this causes our animals and or people.

Serbia: Appeal To Help Many Dogs At The Vets For Sterilisations.

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Donation site link (SAFE Site):

We entered the new month having a debt from June.

At the vet we have new dogs who will be neutered as soon as possible.

Their lives were in danger because of their agressiveness. Bony, abandon Breton, is at the vet, in therapy, and she needs to recover and get stronger before she gets neutered. Besides, at the house we are taking care of six puppies found in garbage container,  theu have been fed by hand… These days it’s time for their first vaccine. Street dogs and food for them we can’t even count anymore… We are dealing with it in different ways, getting in debt, borrowing…

Please help us with paying for at least two emergency sterilizations and six vaccines for puppies. This totals at around 110 euros. Two sterilizations are about 70 euros, and 6 vaccines are about 40. Because of out old debt, the vet has stopped everything else, and we are helpless about that.

Please give anything you can via the safe site on this link, thank you.

Donation site link (SAFE Site):

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UK: Breaking News 3/7 – Bees – Expert (UK) Government Pesticides Committee has rejected the application to bring bee-killing pesticides back to our fields – But Will Liz Truss Take Note ?

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See our main post, along with the petition which you can still sign, at:


Dear Mark,

News just in: government experts have just advised environment minister Liz Truss to keep the ban on bee-killing pesticides. [1] It’s a huge step forward, but it’s now down to Liz to make the final decision.

So the race is on. It’s unusual for the government to ignore the experts, but the toxic pesticide companies will now be throwing everything into swinging her decision. They have money – but we have people power (over 425,000 of us!) and together we can persuade Liz Truss to do the right thing.

We don’t have long, the decision is about to be made – can you send a quick tweet to Liz Truss to make sure she rejects bee-killing pesticides?

Urgent: Tweet Defra Now

The Expert Pesticides Committee has rejected the application to bring bee-killing pesticides back to our fields. But the final decision rests with environment minister Liz Truss. Please tweet her now.

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The petition to keep the ban on bee-killing pesticides has an incredible 425,000 signatures. And thousands of 38 Degrees members have emailed MPs and environment ministers persuading them to stand up for our bees. [2]

Here’s why 38 Degrees member Pauline is campaigning to protect the bees:
“A world without bees is a world without humans. Bees are far too important to be killed by neonicotinoids in the interests of business and short-sightedness.”

The decision is about to be made by Liz Truss and the other government ministers. Please can you tweet environment minister Liz Truss and ask her to protect the bees?


Thanks for being involved,

Nat, James, Bex and 38 Degrees team

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[1] Farmers Guardian: NFU Neonicotinoid Emergency Use Application Rejected:
[2] Read about 38 Degrees members campaigning to save our bees here:
You can read more about some of our friends’ campaigns to protect our bees here:
Bug life: Saving the small things that run the planet:
Friends of the Earth: The Bee Cause:

Please Join Us – Help The Bees Have A Voice !

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Denise and Mark with their ‘Bee Hotel’ – Awaiting Many New Residents !!

The News Is Creating A Real Buzz Around Here (Pun Intended !)

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England: Little Time To Take Action And Stop The UK Government Abusing and Killing Bees. Please Sign The Petition Now ! – Support The Bees !!! (Buzz Buzz = Bee Thanks)




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Dear friends,

Our bees are in danger again.

Toxic chemical companies are trying to get their banned pesticides back on UK fields.

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The UK government are currently considering an application to lift the ban on bee-killing chemicals for some crops planted this autumn. [1]


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Please can you sign the petition right now demanding that we keep the ban on bee-killing pesticides?

The powerful pesticides which Europe banned last year are called neonicotinoids – and they pose a huge risk to bees. Last month an influential group of scientists concluded that these banned pesticides don’t just kill bees, they wreak “havoc” with other insects and plants in the countryside too. [2]

A huge petition will make it clear to the environment minister, Liz Truss, that she still needs to protect our bees, not the toxic profits of bee-killing chemical companies.

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Please add your name to the petition now.

Thanks, I hope you can be involved.

PS: Bees pollinate apples, cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, cauliflowers, onions, cabbages, broccoli, carrots and many, many more of our fruit and veg.

Without bees, we wouldn’t last very long!

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So please help stop this new threat to their survival – sign the petition now:

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[1] Farmers Weekly: Time running out for neonicotinoid decision:
Farmers Weekly: NFU confirms bid for neonics ban exemption:
The 2-year EU-wide temporary ban was effective from December 2013, and will be reviewed later this year. The government can overturn the ban in ‘emergency’ circumstances – chemical company Syngenta sought to do this last year.
The Independent: ‘Victory for bees’ as European Union bans neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for destroying bee population:
The Guardian: Syngenta seeks ‘emergency’ exemption to use banned insecticide on UK crops:
[2] New York Times: Pesticides linked to honeybee deaths pose more risks, European group says:
You can read more about some of our friends’ campaigns to protect our bees here: Bug life: Saving the small things that run the planet:
Friends of the Earth: The Bee Cause:
Liz Truss will take questions from other MPs about her areas of ministerial responsibility (environment, food and rural affairs) for the first time under this government on Thursday 18 June. Parliament UK Website:

Thanks – Mark – This is very important

bees are little folk, but they are a vital cog in the machine !

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We have always tried to help bees.

A few years ago we made a large ‘Bee Hotel’ (as we called it) to encourage bees to produce new offspring using our special facility.  The hotel was made from old logs; every one drilled out many, many times to make individual tunnels or chambers into which a bee could enter and lay an egg.  Different sized chamber holes were drilled for the many different bees we hoped would pay us a visit.  The adult Bee when had entered the chamber and laid an egg then left some food inside the chamber for the youngster when it hatched; and the entrance was sealed up by the adult after egg lay with mud.  When it was ready, the youngster broke its way out of the chamber by smashing away at the mud – then it was ready to fly off and pollinate all the plants and trees.

As you can see from the pictures, ours was quite large; but it became very busy and “buzzing with activity” (I know, terrible pun) within a few days, and it has been used continually over the last few years by thousands of bees since its conception.  It took lots of time to cut the logs to a rough length and to spend hours (many hours !) drilling out all the individual (egg) chambers into each log; but when we finished and saw the results; which was thousands of new visitors to our ‘Hotel'; we both agreed that it was a job well worth doing.

To give an idea of the size, you can see Denise and myself standing by the hotel on the day we finally set it all up after many weeks of preparation; ready for the grand opening ! – and a sunny day in England – Wow Bonus !!!.

Some of the other views will give you an idea of what the project involved.

Why not try to build one yourself and encourage more bees into your patch.

Regards Mark and  Denise.

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I am the bad looking one on the right getting over a busted right hand.

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All the logs in place ready for the opening

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Above – different sized chambers for the many different sized bees.


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Happy Bees – That’s What We Want !

Please sign the petition (link given above)

and help protect the little guys – Thanks.


Croatia: One Of Several Places To Watch Re Fur Production – Serbia Is Another.



We have been involved with Slavica in Serbia regarding the future production of fur and fur farming in Serbia.  We have concerns about fur farming as Serbia is currently seeking EU membership (accession) and effectively it could pick up the trade which is greatly reducing in other parts of the EU.  There is NO EU wide restrictions on fur bearing animals in the EU; it is left to individual member states to act as they see appropriate.  For example, here n the UK; and EU member state, we have banned fur farming.  Some other EU nations also have, along with others that have not.  The issue of seal skins into the EU is another issue; and the EU has legislation regarding seal skin import bans.

Our good colleagues at ‘Animal Friends Croatia’, in Zagreb, Croatia, (already an EU member nation) have been very active in supplying us with the situation within Croatia.  We (at SAV) have learnt a great deal from the research undertaken with their help and the information kindly provided by others.

Here in the main section below are a few important points which need to be considered very carefully in relation to the fur farming industry – much of which the fur producers wish to keep very quiet about; but us being us, we are gonna shout about it !.  We have given references as necessary to support our evidence.

We have had some great input from our friends in Croatia.  We understood that Croatia was currently going through a phase out of fur production there; commencing in 2007 with a 10 year phase out period; eventually leading to a ban which would be in line with some other EU nations (such as us here in UK).  But things appear to be less simple than just a straight move towards a ban in Croatia; is this not always the case ?.

It would appear that both the fur industry and politicians are trying to impose changes which would have a major influence on Croatian fur farming; and which would be very much in opposition to the Croatian public who very much support a ban on fur and fur farming.  You can read more from ‘Animal Friends Croatia’ at the end of this post; but the information they are currently providing to us is as follows:

Hi all,

unfortunately, due to fur lobbying of fur farmers both fur farming in Croatia and Serbia are in great danger (perhaps Bosnia as well, we’re awaiting info).

In Croatia we managed to get the fur farming ban in 2007 with phasing out period until 2017. However, our Minister of Agriculture plans to make an exception for chinchillas who are, paradoxically, only animals kept for fur in Croatia.

We are lobbying towards politicians to get support and keep the ban as it is. It’s a rather complex situation, but in short: we’ve gone public last week (now a few weeks ago – SAV) with info on real possibility that our fur farming ban gets dropped.

We at SAV would suggest that this is read as it is very informative

We have written argumentation against fur farming which is now online:

At this point, we don’t have our press release translated to English, only the argumentation, but we have it in Croatian -:

We are in contact with some Serbian organisations who informed us on the situation there and will continue correspondence. The situation is very similar. Although we (Croatia) are part of EU, since the EU itself didn’t issue the ban of fur farming, our Ministry of Agriculture is using that as an excuse.

We’re struggling with time and money but doing all we can to keep the ban. To make things worse, our Ministry of Agriculture is trying to legalize hunting with bows an arrows (which is currently not permitted) so we have been working so far on that issue as well:

We wanted to give you all info on situation on Croatia.

Best regards,



Some general information relating to fur production that we at SAV have found whilst doing our research:

Environmentally harmful products including chromium and formaldehyde are used in the processing of real fur garments to keep them from rotting. Many fur farmers and processors have been fined for releasing toxic waste into the environment. Far from being “natural, renewal resources,” real fur products consume more of our precious and irreplaceable energy resources than do those made from synthetic materials.

TOXIC FUR: The Impacts of Fur Production on the Environment and the Risks to Human Health

A 2009 study by the Humane Society of the United States addresses the fur industry’s claims that fur is green and demonstrates how the use of animal fur by the fashion industry is far from environmentally friendly. Rather, the production of fur for fashion imposes significant adverse impacts on both the environment and human health.

How serious is the pollution generated by the fur industry?

The 2003 European Commission Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Bureau “Reference Document on Best Available Techniques for the Tanning of Hides and Skins ”recognizes the tanning industry as “a potentially pollution-intensive industry.”

The Industrial Pollution Projection System rates the fur dressing and dyeing industry one of the five worst industries for toxic metal pollution to the land.

And in 1991, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined six fur processing plants $2.2 million for the pollution they caused, citing them for hazardous waste violations and stating that “the solvents used in these operations may cause respiratory problems, and are listed as possible carcinogens.”

The Chinese government is also notably concerned about the pollution caused by fur dyeing factories.  In December 2007, a fur trade publication, The Trapper & Predator Caller, reported that China was considering imposing a punitive tax on the fur dressing and tanning industries as part of an attempt to penalize “industries causing excessive pollution.”

Energy consumption.

Energy is consumed at every stage of fur production. This is in addition to the energy costs of transporting the animal pelts and finished fur garments around the globe, throughout all the stages of fur production—beginning with transporting feed to fur farms or trappers setting and checking their trap lines, then shipping the animal pelts to international auctions and on to dressers, dyers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and finally to the consumer.

In describing the energy input required to run intensive animal farming operations, The Pew Charitable Trusts and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health note in a2008 report that such systems are “almost entirely dependent on fossil fuels.”

A tremendous amount of gasoline is used by trappers to check their miles of trap lines on a regular basis, to remove dead and dying animals, and to reset the traps. In many of the highest-volume trapping states such as Michigan,

Ohio and Wisconsin, trappers are required to check their traps every day for the three to four month duration of the trapping season. This is done with gasoline-burning vehicles including trucks, snowmobiles, four-wheelers and even airplanes.

And when trapping in inaccessible areas of Alaska, “many gallons of expensive gasoline must be freighted in” simply to operate snowmobiles.

Because they use so much gasoline, a steep rise in price per gallon may lead many trappers to reduce or eliminate how many traps they set.

To account for the amount of energy required to operate tanneries, the European Commission maintains “it is necessary to record the energy consumption for electricity, heat (steam and heating) and compressed air, particularly for the units with highest consumption, such as waste water treatment and drying procedures.”

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A “manual for fur breeders,” the Danish Fur Breeders Association fur discuss the energy consumed during the pelting and drying process: “A pelting plant is not complete without a storeroom in which the temperature can be kept between 10 and 12oC…and the humidity at about 70-80%.” The suggested drying room similarly requires a constant temperature and an energy-powered system for discharging a controlled amount of water.

Chemical processing of fur

As soon as the pelt is removed from the animal it begins to decay. Chemicals such as formaldehyde are needed to prevent the animal skins from rotting. One of the first signs is hair loss as individual hairs begin to fall off the skin.

It’s pretty obvious really, since fur is part of a dead animal it needs protection from attack by natural decay agents including insects, bacteria and fungus.

In fact, a cocktail of harmful and toxic substances are used to process and protect raw fur skins. These include surfactants and fats, solvents, acids, tannins, biocides, fungicides, dyes and bleaches. 

Workers in the industry are at risk from acute and chronic effects ranging from skin complaints and eye irritation to cancer and even death.  Risks to the environment include toxicity to aquatic organisms, as well as air pollution.

Much of the fur processing industry has moved to developing countries such as China due to their lower environmental standards and cheap labour.  However it still takes place in a number of European countries including Italy, Greece, Germany.

A 2003 European Commission Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control study on Best Available Techniques for the Tanning of Hides and Skins recognizes the tanning industry as “a potentially pollution-intensive industry.”  The Industrial Pollution Projection System rates the fur dressing & dyeing industry one of the five worst industries for toxic metal pollution to the land. 

In 1991, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined six fur processing plants $2.2 million for the pollution they caused, citing them for hazardous waste violations and stating that “the solvents used in these operations may cause respiratory problems, and are listed as possible carcinogens.”

But now, even the Chinese government is becoming concerned about the pollution caused by fur dyeing factories.  In December 2007, one of the fur trade’s publications, The Trapper & Predator Caller, reported that China was considering imposing a punitive tax on the fur dressing and tanning industries as part of an attempt to penalize “industries causing excessive pollution.”

After animals have been killed on fur factory farms or on trap lines, their skins are  pulled off the animals’ bodies.  Now referred to as a “pelt,” the animal’s skin with the hair still attached is sent to be tanned (or “dressed”) and perhaps dyed, bleached, or otherwise treated.

Two of the main methods for dressing fur skins involve chemicals that are listed as carcinogens and are toxic to humans. 

Formaldehyde is used during dressing and dyeing, as already mentioned, to protect fur follicles. Formaldehyde is on every major list of toxic substances, including the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) Toxics Reporting Industry (TRI) list of reportable toxic chemicals, the American Apparel and Footwear Association Restricted Substances List (AAFA-RSL) and the California Proposition 65 Super List of chemicals known to cause cancer. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), “this chemical is carcinogenic.”  This expert working group of 26 scientists from 10 countries determined in 2004 that there is now sufficient evidence that formaldehyde causes nasopharyngeal cancer in humans” and strong evidence that formaldehyde causes leukemia. 

Chromium is used in the “chrome tanning” process – a common method for dressing fur skins. It is widely considered to be toxic, and even carcinogenic in some forms.  In 2003, children’s toys and other retail items made with dog and cat fur and sold in Australia and Europe were found to contain toxic levels of chromium.  Chromium is on the EPA TRI List of reportable toxic chemicals and the California Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive effects.

Other chemicals that may be used or emitted in the fur dressing and dyeing processes and that appear on one or more US government lists of toxic chemicals include aluminium, ammonia, chlorine, chlorobenzene, copper, ethylene glycol, lead, methanol, naphthalene, sulfuric acid, toluene and zinc. 

Of these typical tannery pollutants, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) recognizes toluene and lead as chemicals that are “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”  This is echoed by the IARC which classifies lead as “probably carcinogenic to humans” and toluene as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

Naphthalene-which may be used during the dyeing and finishing stages, as a component of the oxidation dyes- is also listed as an OSHA carcinogen.

Ethylene glycol, lead, toluene and zinc are among the chemicals used known to be developmentally and reproductively toxic to men and women. The Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety (4th ed.) states that “various chemicals used in the fur industry are potential skin irritants.”  Furthermore, a 1998 study of workers in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine found that women employed as leather and fur processors may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

Furthermore, the European Commission considers air pollution to be one of the chief environmental concerns of the tanning process, whereby toxic and odorous substances are typically emitted during normal tannery operations.

The chemicals listed in the section above are just a sample of all those used in fur dressing and dyeing, and all furs are dressed in order to be used for fashion.  Dressing is important as it prevents fur from biodegrading.  In the pre-dressing preservation process, “common salt is used to remove moisture from the skin, inhibiting putrefaction.” This is the explicit purpose of subjecting fur garments to a dressing process before they can be sold-to stop the natural process of biodegrading.

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Could Stopping Hunting In Albania For 2 Years (at least) Be The Answer To Serbia Starting To Protect More Endangered Animals ?

Further Important Update 2/7.  Good News Possibly ?

We have been following up today (2/7) on the issue of migratory birds being killed in Serbia; and we can confirm that Serbia IS on the route for migratory birds heading from Africa into Europe.

Serbia wishes to join the EU as soon as it can.    The EU has a Directive (the EU Birds Directive) which does not allow the Spring Hunting of birds.  Only Malta does not enforce this in the EU.

Here is the link to the EU Directive which explains a lot more —  

Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds (this is the codified version of Directive 79/409/EEC as amended) is the EU’s oldest piece of nature legislation and one of the most important, creating a comprehensive scheme of protection for all wild bird species naturally occurring in the Union.

The directive recognises that habitat loss and degradation are the most serious threats to the conservation of wild birds. It therefore places great emphasis on the protection of habitats for endangered as well as migratory species (listed in Annex I), especially through the establishment of a coherent network of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) comprising all the most suitable territories for these species. Since 1994 all SPAs form an integral part of the NATURA 2000 ecological network.

The Birds Directive bans activities that directly threaten birds, such as the deliberate killing or capture of birds,
the destruction of their nests and taking of their eggs, and associated activities such as trading in live or dead birds,

 As Serbia wishes to join EU, we at SAV think that Serbian campaigners thus have a very good case for migratory birds in Serbia being protected by EU Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament.  We think this really should form the main area for anything that they approach the Serbian government with regarding changes to the animal welfare laws which the government are currently attempting to do.

We consider that birds should get protection in Serbia with EU Directive !!


Update 1/7 –

very informative articles –  

All across south-east Europe but particularly in Romania, Serbia, Albania and Bulgaria, Italian hunters have become public enemy number one for bird lovers and conservationists.


We (in UK) are trying to help Serbian campaigners regarding the proposed new Serbian animal welfare legislation; which currently seems to be all over the place – we are attempting to get accurate information but it is difficult at present.

One of the main questions that is currently being thrown in our direction it is regarding Albania – and we’re asked “if Albania has banned hunting, then can it not be achieved in Serbia ?”

Well our response is initially that there are several very important issues which have to be considered as part of any response to what appears to be a simple question.

Issues include:

  1. Albania has introduced a two-year ban on hunting; not currently a permanent ban.  Regardless of this, as animal welfare people, we very much welcome the decision.

  2. Albania is a Balkans country (like Serbia); which lies along a major migratory flyways, and which  encompasses wetlands and other habitats that provide crucial refuelling stops for millions of migrating birds.

  3. While many Albanians, including a substantial number of hunters, realized that the situation had to change, the (old) government showed no interest in strengthening conservation laws, or even in enforcing the regulations that were in place. But elections last June brought a new party to power, with government ministers more sympathetic to conservation.

  4. Albania’s move combined with a more pro-environment government clearly highlighted the clear connection between overhunting and species loss, which so many other countries (including Serbia) have yet to address, perhaps afraid of upsetting hunting lobbies or hunting “tradition”.

Today, 1/7, we have attempted to contact the UK RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) to ask them for more information on major migratory routes from Africa to Europe; because if Serbia IS one of these prime routes then we can work with Serbian campaigners to press the Serbian government to introduce the same type of anti hunt legislation as now introduced in Albania.

Clever eh ? – especially as Serbia is seeking EU membership and wants drastically to be viewed as being very ‘pro EU’.  We say simply, and we know, that the EU does not like the killing by hunters of migratory birds, and so it is solely down to the Serbian government to review the current situation and take decisive action.  But we also have to ask will they put corruption aside and protect migratory birds and other protected animal species killed by hunters ?; or will they just continue down ‘corruption road’ as they have done; making no changes to the real benefit of any living thing apart from themselves ?

For your information, here below are a few links to the current (no) hunting situation in Albania, which we very much welcome.  We will be back at the UK RSPB tomorrow to get more info on the Africa – Europe migratory routes for birds; especially asking the question if Serbia is included as a major transit route for birds flying into Europe from Africa.



Vast numbers of European birds and other wildlife will be spared from illegal slaughter, thanks to a two-year moratorium on all hunting enacted by the government of Albania.

The Balkan country, which lies along a major migratory flyway, encompasses wetlands and other habitats that provide crucial refueling stops for millions of migrating birds. But poor law enforcement, a surge in gun ownership, and an influx of foreign hunters had made Albania essentially a year-round shooting range. Targets were not just game species but also eagles, cranes, shorebirds, and even small songbirds.

While many Albanians, including a substantial number of hunters, realized that the situation had to change, the government showed no interest in strengthening conservation laws, or even in enforcing the regulations that were in place. But elections last June brought a new party to power, with government ministers more sympathetic to conservation. 

Albania’s coast is part of what’s called the Adriatic Flyway zone – an important resting spot for birds migrating between Europe and Africa. According to figures from EuroNatur, an NGO that runs conservation programmes in the region, an estimated two million birds were being hunted along the Adriatic coast before the moratorium came into effect.  

The ban will be introduced in February. The new law suspends all hunting licenses and use of hunting areas. The government will use this hiatus to study ways to reform conservation regulations and bring control to what had become almost complete lawlessness. 

The story “Last song for migrating birds” impressively shows how bird hunting in the Eastern Adriatic is persistently ruining extensive conservation programmes in the birds’ breeding areas. “The article was circulated within the relevant ministries and was very well received”, Spase Shumka, president of Albanian EuroNatur partner PPNEA, said to National Geographic. “The article strongly influenced the debate on hunting in Albania.”

Read the interview with Jonathan Franzen and an article on Albania’s hunting ban on the website of National Geographic:

Interview with Jonathan Franzen

Article “Albania’s Hunting Ban: Birds and Mammals Get a Two-Year Break”

Interview with Jonathan Franzen about his experiences at the “Adriatic crime scene” (2013) 

Albania’s environment ministry spoke with AFP, and reported that the country’s brown bears and eagles have become “seriously endangered” and that “the number of pheasant and wild quail have also fallen dramatically.”

We have been forced to adopt strict measures to protect endangered species from illegal hunting,” Environment Minister Lefter Koka told AFP.

The ban is set for introduction later this month, and while it will only remain in place for two years (unless revised later on), Albania’s move highlights the clear connection between overhunting and species loss, which so many other countries have yet to address, perhaps afraid of upsetting hunting lobbies or “tradition”.




England: Time Out – A Bonsai For Less Than The Price Of A Shirt – Graham Shows More !



As you folk will see I am a self confessed Bonsai Nut (or should that be ‘nutter’ ?) – you can see some of my collection by scrolling down at ‘About Us’ –

Graham Potter is an Englishman who has produced many videos on the art of bonsai.  He operates Kaizen Bonsai here in the UK, which you can check out via their website:

Whilst being an absolute specialist at the production of specimen bonsai, Graham also adds the odd ‘quirk’ (an English tradition I guess) to all of his videos – everything is always light hearted, which is what makes them all the more fun to watch.

I personally do bonsai as an escape from the endless suffering and cruelty wich I see in the production of this site – it is an escape, which sometimes is very much needed.

Here for now you can see one of Graham’s videos were he transforms a nursery tree (for the price of a shirt) into the early stages of something that will improve and become ever more beautiful over the years !! – Enjoy – Mark.

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Graham Potter ( demonstrates how to use nursery stock to create interesting bonsai trees for less than the price of a shirt.

Other videos from Graham:

England: The Dalai Lama speaks at Glastonbury (Rock Festival) 2015 ahead of his 80th Birthday.

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The Dalai Lama speaks at Glastonbury 2015 ahead of his 80th Birthday. Visit the Glastonbury website at for more videos and photos



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Twyla Francois Art.

Although I do not really use Twitter anywhere as much as I should; I had an e mail come in today informing me that a lady named Twyla Francois was now following me on Twitter.

So by pure chance, I decided to look a bit deeper; and was very pleasantly surprised at what I came upon.

It turns out that Twyla has dedicated her life’s work to being an animal advocate in many different ways; Twyla is also a great artist, which she uses to raise awareness on the plight of today’s farmed animals in a more gentle, but hopefully equally compelling, way.

Find out more about Twyla at!bio/cjg9

You can view her excellent work by visiting this page of her site; and if you scroll over any of the images you will find write ups by Twyla on the inspiration for the artwork or some general words on the subject matter.

You can visit and have a look at much of Twyla’s work via the following link  –

I was very pleasantly surprised to have firstly had a notification that Twyla was following me on Twitter and then to see her art website and all the past and current work she is doing to help and save animals.

As everything Twyla shows in her art is based on a great many issues of animals and the cruelty inflicted on them; I very much would suggest that you visit her site when you have the chance.

Regards Mark.

Faroe Islands: Petition Result – SUCCESS ! – Mr. Spielberg and Dreamworks Will NOT Now Be Filming In The Faroe Islands Due To Pilot Whale Slaughter – Your Petition Has Worked !



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SAV Comment – Over 81,000 people signed the petition – you did it folks –have announced that due to the Pilot whale slaughter, they will not be filming in the Faroe islands where this barbaric murder of intelligent animals takes place.

We offer our thanks to Mr. Spielberg and Dreamworks for considering and acting on this.  Just sometimes your petition voice is heard and acted upon.  Well done everyone !

The following is a message from Kellie – who created the petition.

Congratulation Kellie !

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After being contacted for comment on the Petition by Screen Daily on the 8th of May 2015 Dreamworks have since announced that they will not be filming in the Faroe Islands.

Thank you for signing and supporting the petition.

Kellie Mcleod

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The Original Petition Overview

Director Steven Spielberg is going to the Faroe Island in july 2015 to shoot his upcoming live-action film based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book The Big Friendly Giant Please sign the petition to ask mr Spielberg to consider filming at a different location rather than the Faroe Islands where every year around 800 pilot whales (and occasionally dolphins as well) are brutally killed in an inhumane way. The hunts, called “grindadráp” in Faroese (or “The Grind”), are non-commercial and are organised on a community level. The hunters first surround the pilot whales with a wide semicircle of boats. Then they drive the whales slowly into a bay or to the shallows of a fjord. When a whale is in shallow water, a hook is placed in its blowhole so that it may be dragged ashore. Once on land or immobilised in knee-deep water, a cut is made across its top near the blowhole to partially sever its head. The dead animals are then dragged further to shore after the remaining whales have been likewise killed. These intelligent, empathic, sentient & emotional mammals don’t die instantly and often suffer prolonged agony in the blood-stained waters. These animals need not be killed for the people of the Faroe Islands to subsist. They already boast one of Europe’s best average standards of living, thus having enough meat to survive is not a major concern of the population. Women and children bear witness under the excuse of tradition and culture. It is claimed it is done for food, but with the meat being full of mercury and other poisons, this reasoning doesn’t make sense.

Please sign the petition to ask Steven Spielberg to please, please not film in the Faroe Islands, where they allow such animal cruelty to take place

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Whaling. Long-finned Pilot whalse ( Globicephala melas ) Carcass from Grindadrap on harbour in Torshavn, Faroe Islands, North Atlantic

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USA: What Do You Have To Do To Try And Protect The Environment And Very Rare Species ? – Let The World Die ?


EPA to Analyze Impacts of Roundup, Atrazine on 1,500 Species

In a historic agreement, the Environmental Protection Agency this week finally agreed to analyze the effects of atrazine and glyphosate — the two most commonly used pesticides in the United States — on 1,500 endangered plants and animals across the country. The agreement is part of a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity in litigation seeking to protect wildlife from dangerous pesticides.

Up to 80 million pounds of atrazine are used in the United States each year. In addition to causing severe harm to endangered species, the chemical may be linked to increased risks of thyroid cancer and birth defects in people. It’s the second most commonly used pesticide after glyphosate, more commonly known as Monsanto’s Roundup, which has been linked to massive declines in monarch butterflies.

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The EPA has, for decades, continued to register and allow the use of pesticides without considering their impacts on endangered species. The Center has filed a series of lawsuits to force the agency to conduct those analyses and better understand how these chemicals affect everything from Florida panthers to California tiger salamanders.

“This settlement is the first step to reining in the widespread use of dangerous pesticides that are harming both wildlife and people,” said the Center’s Brett Hartl.

Read more in our press release and consider giving to our Pollinator Protection Fund.


World’s Most Endangered Porpoise Likely Down to Just 50

A new scientific report finds that vaquitas — the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoises — declined by more than 40 percent in a single year; likely only about 50 remain. Vaquitas live exclusively in the Gulf of California and are being driven extinct by entanglement in nets cast for shrimp and for the illegal harvest of totoaba. Totoaba — fish that are also endangered — are caught for their swim bladders, which are smuggled to Asia to make soup and folk remedies.

The new report documents a 42 percent decline in vaquitas between 2013 and 2014, with additional animals killed in late 2014 and early 2015 before a two-year fishing ban was instituted by Mexico in April. While the ban is commendable, a permanent ban on nets in the Gulf is clearly needed.

The report also finds that Mexico’s previous efforts to ban fishing in vaquita habitat were unsuccessful; the number of boats in porpoise habitat actually increased during the Mexican government’s previous efforts to ban fishing. Unless these newest conservation measures are aggressively enforced, the vaquita will not survive.

Read more in onEarth.

Alaska Wolves in Steep Decline — But Hunting, Trapping Still On

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released a report confirming that rare Alexander Archipelago wolves in Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island area have declined by a shocking 60 percent in a single year. Specifically the population dropped from 221 wolves in 2013 to just 89 in 2014, and wolves on the island could now be as few as 50, with female wolves particularly hard-hit. These unique wolves are smaller and darker than other gray wolves, usually with dense, dark gray to jet-black fur.

The department’s report acknowledges that about a third of the population was killed in the last hunting and trapping season. Yet Alaska plans to allow still more trapping and hunting of the wolves this fall.

“To maintain a viable population of Alexander Archipelago wolves on this island, Alaska must cancel the season,” said the Center’s Shaye Wolf. “We won’t get a second chance to preserve these amazing animals.”

Read more in E&E News.

New Studies Show Earth on Brink of Sixth Mass Extinction

A report published Friday in Science Advances — authored by a team of scholars including Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University and Gerardo Ceballos of the National Autonomous University of Mexico — indicates the planet is on the edge of the largest extinction wave since the dinosaurs disappeared some 65 million years ago.

Though the team relied on extremely conservative assumptions about the “background” (that is, naturally occurring) rate of extinctions, its findings that a mass extinction has begun were powerful. The loss of biodiversity we’re currently experiencing, the study says, is likely to produce the swiftest mass die-off in planetary history and the only one caused by human beings — and that’s not even counting the effects of climate change, not factored into the research.

Among vertebrates alone, 477 species have been declared officially extinct since 1900 — just one example.

Read more in The Guardian.

Bill Would Halt Federal Giveaway of Sacred Land in Arizona

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) has introduced a bill to stop the U.S. Congress from trading away Oak Flat, an Apache sacred site in central Arizona, to a foreign mining company. Rio Tinto has been pushing to develop a massive copper mine in the Oak Flat area for more than a decade. A last-minute rider in a spending bill — pushed by Arizona’s congressional delegation — included a land swap for the mining project. Grijalva’s bill would repeal that provision.

The Oak Flat area is sacred to the San Carlos Apache Tribe and is also home to a diverse array of wildlife. An endangered wild ocelot was found dead on Highway 60, very close to Oak Flat, several years ago, and there may be others in the area.

The San Carlos Apache and allies will take their fight to Washington, D.C., next month, when a cross-country caravan and sacred run from Arizona culminates with rallies and events in the nation’s capital July 20–21.

Learn what you can do to support the Apache resistance and follow the progress of the sacred runners.

New EPA Rule “Good for Business,” Bad for Wild Bees — Take Action

To address the problem of toxic pesticides driving bee population crashes, the EPA has proposed a new rule. It creates temporary “pesticide-free zones” when commercial crops, such as California almond trees, are in bloom and hired bees have been trucked in to pollinate them. The rule is a small step in the right direction — but grossly inadequate as a response to a massive pollinator crisis.

Protecting commercial hives and industry crops will leave solitary bees and bumblebees all over the country to die from acute poisoning. Also, the rule (which applies only to foliar spraying) conspicuously omits any mention of the widespread industry practice of treating seeds, such as corn and soybean seeds, with bee-killing chemicals.

Act now to urge the EPA to revise and expand its rule to reflect the scope of the actual problem. The agency must protect all bees — not just commercial hives — and regulate toxic pesticides applied to seeds as well as leaves.

Hillary Clinton is hiring Monsanto lawyers to help her become President.

Jerry Crawford is a lobbyist for big agriculture in the American state of Iowa, and Monsanto is one of his largest clients. He’s also a consultant for politicians, fixing political campaigns to elect candidates most likely to preserve Monsanto’s hold on the state’s farmers, so it can continue to rake in billions in profits a year.

Now, Crawford has been hired by Hillary Clinton to help her win the critical early state of Iowa, in her campaign to become President of the United States.

Tell Hillary Clinton to fire Monsanto lobbyist Jack Crawford from her Iowa state campaign.

Since stepping down as Secretary of State, Clinton has spoken out in favor of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and established herself as a friend of the biotech industry. But by hiring one of Monsanto’s political hitmen, she’s taken it a step further.

Iowa is an ultra-rural state in the midwest US, and it is the very first state to weigh in on the US Presidential election. In order to get elected, Clinton is going to be spending an awfully large amount of time traversing the state, meeting with farmers and hearing from them about how the US President can improve their lives.

With a GMO lobbyist who has earned over $1.6 million from Monsanto embedded in her campaign, the most toxic corporation on Earth will have direct access to a potential President of the United States, helping to shape her policies on everything from corporate farm subsidies to seed patents. And those farmers she stops to meet along the way — want to bet they’ll be champions of Monsanto’s policies, rather than family farmers fighting tooth and nail to hold onto their farm in the face of growing corporate control of farming?

Time and time again, hundreds of thousands SumOfUs members have come together to speak out against Monsanto’s deplorable behaviour all around the world. Monsanto even won our award for “Most Evil Corporation” which we delivered right in the middle of this year’s annual shareholder meeting.

We can’t let one of the most powerful people in the world get to office with help from Monsanto. Clinton needs to show she’s a strong, independent leader who can stand up to big industry, and not just another Monsanto puppet. But she can’t do that as long as Crawford is part of her campaign.

Reclaim democracy from corporate power — ask Hillary Clinton to fire Monsanto mole Jack Crawford.

Thanks for all that you do,
Paul, Lisa, Nick and the team at SumOfUs

We Have All Seen The Utmost Suffering Of Dogs At Yulin – Now The Pathetic FCI Allows China To Hold The World Dog Show In 2019 !!! – Petition Link Included.




Norway has Balls; will others follow ?

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SAV comment – we have just had to witness, rage, grimace and express untold anger at the untold suffering inflicted on thousands of dogs and cats at the Yulin ‘festival’; and now we are insultingly informed that China has won the gutless FCI right to hold the World Dog Show in 2019.  Is this an utter insult to Canines or what ?

How pathetic can this be ? – these Chinese government barbarians should be punished for what they have done and what they allowed to happen at Yulin.  At the very least, these pathetics should have this event stripped from them.  Let them learn the hard way; try to teach them to be civilised; a difficult task but you have to agree; but you have to try.

The following petition asks for the event to be taken away from China who will currently be hosting in 2019.  Please support it and spread the word far and wide – thank you.

Petition link –

Petition wording:

Please say NO to China holding the World Dog Show 2019!

As many of you might know China has won a bid with the FCI to hold the World Dog Show 2019. China’s cruel and inhumane practices towards dogs are unacceptable! Dogs are being tortured by being burned, thrown in vats of boiling water and skinned alive just to end up as a main course on a plate. Despite knowing this fact, the FCI has granted permission for this barbaric country to hold one of the biggest events in the dog owners world. We respectfully ask the FCI to revoke this decision and allow a more compassionate country to hold this event. China does not deserve this extraordinary revenue that will be brought to the country if the event goes ahead!

The FCI should not allow any country that does not respect animal cruelty laws to host such an event. We have the power to change history and protect more innocent creatures from getting hurt! Please help support us to revoke the FCI decision and make the world a better place for our canine friends.

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 UPDATE 24/6/15

After the events of Yulin; which all the dog world knew about, apart from the FCI it would appear – or did they want to keep zipped about it all ? – they have, through their ‘President’, issued the following statement.  What’s the point now we say, you FCI should have taken action over this issue weeks in advance, not several days after.  Typical – no use for anything really !!

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FCI official statement

A message from the FCI President Mr. Rafael de Santiago

Always attentive to the opinion of the breeders worldwide, we took note of the uproar concerning the attribution of the 2019 World Dog Show to China and to the decision regarding the country of origin of the following breeds : DO-KHYI (230), TIBETAN TERRIER (209), TIBETAN SPANIEL (231), LHASA APSO (227) and SHIH TZU (208).

Whilst we understand the concern expressed by the breeders worldwide about both situations, the FCI wishes to inform that the decision to grant the organization of the WDS 2019 to China was taken by a decision of our General Assembly where 68 countries were present or represented and by a large majority of votes, in total transparency and according to the principles of democracy internationally recognised and accepted.

That decision was made on basis of a very open and complete presentation made by our Chinese member, CKU, during which our Chinese member delegation has clearly mentioned the cultural differences between China and most of the other countries in the world. The FCI sees it as an excellent opportunity to raise awareness among the Chinese population that the dog, our beloved friend, is a member of our families, a living entity and most of all Man’s best Friend. May we add that China won the right to organise this WDS over several other countries, namely Spain, Germany and Croatia, in a clear victory.

In addition, we find it important to clarify that our Chinese member, CKU, is an FCI full member. As such, CKU has the right to ask to be the country of origin of the breeds indicated above. It is important to know that any change in a breed standard can be implemented worldwide if and only if the FCI General Committee, following recommendations of the FCI Standards and Scientific Commissions, approves it.

Nowadays, the FCI is more than ever committed to the betterment and safeguard of the Dog and to promoting its welfare, love and respect in the four corners of the world.

For the FCI and for dogs worldwide.

Rafael de Santiago

FCI President


But following on from this paste over by the FCI, things have started to move on.  The Norwegian Kennel Club (NKC) have been brave enough to come out and declare that they want the World Dog Show 2019 removed from China, and publicly encourage all exhibitors not to attend the WDS2019 in China unless the festival is stopped.

We say Well done Norway and the Norwegian Kennel Club (NKC) ! – lets hope that in the coming days we see a lot more ‘national’ canine organisations come forward and demand that the 2019 show be removed completely from China.

If they do not; you have to ask yourself exactly where their canine standards lie – can they, as ‘national canine organisations’, happily sit by and let thousands of dogs be slaughtered for human consumption in China, or do they follow on from Norway and have the balls to get up and demand that the 2019 show be relocated to a decent nation ? – cos China sure is not decent !!

We watch with baited breath to see if any other ‘national canine organisations’ actually do put themselves or dogs first !.


The Norwegian Kennel Club urges FCI to move the World Dog Show 2019

The recent Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival has been met by strong reactions and protests all over the world, and is symbolic of the lacking animal welfare in China. The Norwegian Kennel Club (NKC) therefore wants the World Dog Show 2019 removed from China, and publicly encourages all exhibitors not to attend the WDS2019 in China unless the festival is stopped.

In conflict with ethical values

The Norwegian Kennel Club board decided, during a meeting June 23rd, to publicly advice all dog owners in Norway not to participate in World Dog Show 2019.

The NKC will also advise all judges in Norway not to accept any invitation to judge in China until the festival is stopped. Any judge accepting invitations to judge in China will be made aware that this is against the wish of the NKC board, and in direct conflict with our ethical guidelines and values.

Urges the FCI to move WDS

The Norwegian Kennel Club has in a letter to the FCI of June 23 expressed a strong wish to have the World Dog Show 2019 moved, unless the Yulin Dog Meat Eating festival is stopped. 

The Norwegian Kennel Club also encourages all national kennel clubs to both advise dog owners in their countries against participating in WDS2019 in China, and to express their wishes to have the World Dog Show 2019 removed from China.

The World Dog Show is to be a celebration of dogs.

The Norwegian Kennel Club therefore cannot accept that the WDS is given to a country where animal abuse takes place, and now urge the FCI to immediately take action regarding the matter.

Well done Norway – we at SAV are behind you 110% !

End of Update 24/6.

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USA: Monsanto Kills Monarchs — Take Them On !




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Our past post on helping the Monarch’s:

Check out our other recent post which could be associated with this:

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Dear Mark,

Monsanto’s herbicides are pushing monarch butterflies to extinction — and we need your help to make sure they don’t finish the job.

Monarch populations have crashed by more than 80 percent, and it’s clear that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is a leading culprit. These beautiful butterflies — renowned for their epic journeys from Canada to Mexico each year — used to thrive on farms across the Midwest, but Roundup has obliterated the host milkweed plants they need to survive. Without milkweed, America’s growing fields have become a vast desert for these migrating pollinators.

The Center for Biological Diversity is leading the fight to save monarchs from the products of Monsanto and other chemical companies.

You can help us with a gift to the Pollinator Protection Fund.

The Center has a plan to save monarch butterflies. We’ve petitioned to have them safeguarded under the Endangered Species Act, which will require protection of their most important habitat and the creation of a long-term action plan to ensure their survival. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service promises an important ruling by December.

In the meantime, we’re going after a whole range of industry poisons. In the largest lawsuit of its kind, we’ve sued the EPA to force it to review more than 50 different chemicals for their effects on plants and animals, including monarchs. We’ve got to stop Monsanto and other corporate giants from dumping toxic chemicals onto our fields and streams without accounting for what they do to wildlife.

You can support the Center’s litigation with a donation today to the Pollinator Protection Fund.

Without pollinators like butterflies, bees and bats, crucial food crops will fail to reproduce and complex ecosystems will unravel. We must protect these little species who carry out the big job of pollination. If we don’t the world will be a much more sterile place.

Give to the Pollinator Protection Fund today.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

Please share this message with your social networks:

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Why I’m An Animal Rights Activist When There Is So Much Human Suffering In The World.



Yulin Dogs and Cats Demonstration outside Chinese Embassy in London this Friday (26/6/15) at 2pm.

The animal abusers who are associated with the Embassy of China in London is the diplomatic mission of China in the United Kingdom. The Embassy in London is China’s only embassy in the UK.

Address:   51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL

Hours: Open today · 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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More Details below. Please forward.

Chinese embassy (London) link =

Contact the animal abusers

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Please read this excellent article below which has been penned by an activist – for both animal AND human rights.

As you can see from the tabs which run along the top of this (SAV) site, we, as animal welfare / rights people, also have something inside which says that humans also need support sometimes.  We have a real feeling for the suppression of the human way of living in Tibet, which was invaded by China some 25 years ago.

We care about animal rights in China, and we care about what the Chinese system is doing to the very peaceful people of Tibet also – so it could be argued that this site, and ourselves, are both animal and human rights activists / campaigners.  Hence we now have a ‘Free Tibet’ tab on the site which deals specifically with the issue of human rights in Tibet under the control of the Chinese government.  All the information will be provided by our friends at the ‘Free Tibet’  campaign group, which fights for justice for the Tibetan people, and which is also based here in London / South East England, just as we are.  You can visit the Free Tibet site at

Animal welfare / rights will always remain our utmost priority – and this site will continue to work along these lines.  The Free Tibet tab is just a tangent into the issue of human rights also which we feel strongly about in Tibet.

We do not see this as a bad thing – you can campaign for human rights as well as those of animals.  For example; just for the record, China has over 80 MILLION pigs currently in intensive farming systems !! – that is more pigs than the entire HUMAN population in the entire United Kingdom – think about that !!.

If only there were many more people in the world who sat on either side of the fence, or even centrally on the fence; giving both animals and humans a bit more time !, then just possibly this planet would be a much better place.

Here is the article which we feel really says so much about the whole issue of the links between animal and human rights.


Why I’m An Animal Rights Activist When There Is So Much Human Suffering In The World

“Being an animal rights activist is not about limiting our compassion to nonhumans, it’s about extending our circle of compassion to include all beings who can suffer”

By Tracey Narayani GloverFollow

20 June 2015

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Before I was an animal rights activist, I was a budding human rights activist.

While in law school, I helped victims of domestic violence obtain personal protection orders. I studied human rights and refugee law, participated in an asylum clinic, spent all my summer legal internships working with refugee organizations and focused primarily on helping women who were victims of gender-based persecution and violence such as honor crimes, forced genital mutilation, sex-trafficking, and rape.

My first client let me touch the shrapnel that was embedded under the skin in her knee after the Taliban had bombed her village in Afghanistan and killed most of her family. I also represented men when they were in need, like the gentle Congolese man who had been tortured, and had the marks on his body to prove it, because of dubious ties to the wrong political party.

Refugees and victims of gender based violence are an incredibly vulnerable and deserving group of humans. Many of them have no family, no country. Many live their lives in fear. Without the help of international aid groups and non-governmental organizations, they are at constant risk of exploitation, abuse, persecution, homelessness, and death. And yet, I have chosen to dedicate myself and my life to the animals.

I’m sure every animal activist has been challenged on this point: “How can you waste your time on animals when there are so many humans suffering?!” “Why don’t you start with the humans, and when all of our problems are fixed, then you can help animals?”

Of course this is the dominant mentality, based on a presumed superiority of humans, so much so that the slightest harm to a human is often seen to outweigh a tremendous harm to an animal. Given that the capacity to suffer is in no way limited to human beings, this bias in favor of humans is simple prejudice, favoring those we perceive as similar over those we perceive as different and therefore inferior, the hallmark of all discrimination and oppression.

For years I felt paralyzed as I looked out at the world with all of its suffering.

I desperately wanted to help but didn’t know how I could possibly choose between helping the people in third world countries living in extreme poverty, and the millions of children under the age of five dying every year from malnutrition, or the victims of ethnic and religious wars that so brutally claim the lives of innocents at any given time in modern history, genocides like that in Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur, atrocities taking place right now in Libya, Syria and Yemen. Millions of mostly women and girls are bought and sold into the world of sex trafficking every year to endure unspeakable crimes. And then there are the animals being used for painful and often cruel experimentation in laboratories, the fur-bearing animals like the playful foxes who are killed by anal electrocution so as not to damage their fur or the Chinese raccoon dogs who are routinely skinned alive in order to make knock off UGG boots or for the cheap fur trim on our winter coats .[1]

But the number of all of these animals combined is a drop in the bucket compared to the 55 billion farmed animals we kill every year for food. Fifty five billion animals. The entire global human population is about 7 billion, and we kill 55 billion animals every year for food. Each and every one of those fifty five billion was an individual with the capacity to have bonded with family and friends and to have led a joyful life like the rescued pigs seen in this video but who instead led a life of intense misery and often sadistic exploitation before enduring the terror and pain of slaughter.

All of these human and nonhuman beings suffer terribly. All of them are worthy of our compassion. I have always wanted to help them all. I still do. But the reason I choose to dedicate the majority of my time to advocating for nonhuman animals rather than all of those deserving humans is that we as a society all basically agree on human rights.

When I say we as a society, I do not mean the moral outliers of the international community like members of ISIS, or those in our own society like rapists or serial killers, but those who represent the dominant ethic in the world community, the law abiding members of our society and the international community. And according to that dominant ethic, it is wrong to abuse woman and children. It is wrong to murder innocent men. When we see humans who are starving or being exploited, raped, kidnapped, murdered or tortured, we believe it is wrong. Most governmental bodies around the world, non-government organizations (NGOs), and individuals agree that it is wrong to cause intense physical or emotional pain and suffering to human beings. We criminalize such harm, and we punish those who commit these crimes.

The same cannot be said of animals, especially not farmed animals, whose abuse is accepted by the same moral community that rejects the abuse of humans.

Even those of us who shower our dogs and cats with affection do so while sitting down to feast on a meal comprised of the body parts of equally sentient beings whose entire lives were spent in suffering. As a society, we still do not see what we’re doing to animals as wrong. While all animals in our society are still legally considered property, at least abusing dogs and cats is now a felony in all fifty states. However, what is felony cruelty if done to a dog or cat is perfectly legal if done to an animal we have designated as a food animal.[2]

We not only kill 10 billion land animals in the US every year for food, (55 billion globally) it would not be an exaggeration to say that we torture them for the duration of their short lives before we kill them. We confine them in tiny cages that drive them literally insane. [3] We take babies away from their mothers and murder them by the millions (e.g., we kill 260 million baby chicks every year because they are a “by-product” of the egg industry).[4] Dairy cows are impregnated on what the industry calls a “rape rack” in order to ensure the cow will continue to lactate and provide milk that will be denied to her baby, who will be taken away at birth. If that baby is female, she will become a dairy cow and like her mother, she too will be forcibly impregnated, and then after giving birth to four or five babies and milked so much the odds are she will suffer from a painful udder infection called mastitis, she will be slaughtered at a fraction of her natural lifespan when her body becomes too depleted to continue producing milk at the volume modern agribusiness demands. If the baby the dairy cow births is a male, he will either be killed on the spot, or turned into veal (i.e. confined all alone in a dark pen and fed an iron deficient diet to make him anemic because consumers prefer the taste and color of meat that comes from anemic babies). [5]

Nonhuman animals are conscious, intelligent, emotional beings.

If we have ever lived with a dog or cat, we probably know this from experience. If we need proof, we can ask the scientific community. In 2012, a prominent international group of cognitive neuroscientists, neuropharmacologists, neurophysiologists, neuroanatomists and computational and neuroscientists gathered at The University of Cambridge and declared that nonhuman animals are conscious — meaning they can think, feel, perceive, and respond to the world in much the same way as humans. [6]

It is hard to measure pain. Usually with humans we just ask them how much pain they feel and they tell us. But when they can’t tell us, we look for external signs of pain such as trying to get away from the source of pain, vocalizing (yelling, crying), grimacing or shaking to name a few. Nonhuman animals demonstrate all of these same signs. If we can bear not to look away, it is plain to see that the egg laying hens crammed into battery cages, or the sows confined to gestation creates so small that can’t turn around, or the dairy cows being dragged to slaughter because they are too lame to walk all suffer tremendously.

Just a few hundred years ago, Rene Descartes, the father of western philosophy, strapped living dogs to tables and cut them open without anesthesia believing that their howls were like the sounds made by machines, no more indicative of pain than was the screech made by the machine’s metal parts. Hard to imagine, that. And yet today even on so called humane farms, we routinely subject cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and other farmed animals to mutilation without anesthesia.[7] If we think what Descartes did was wrong, how can we possibly condone what we do to farmed animals every single day? There is no reason to believe that a dog feels more pain than a pig or for that matter that a human feels more pain that a dog. Some, like evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, think non humans may even feel pain more acutely than humans do. [8] In fact we are so certain that nonhuman animals do feel pain like humans do that we subject animals like mice to pain tests in labs in order to better understand human pain.[9]

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that at least a million chickens and turkeys are boiled alive every year because the production line is so fast that their throats haven’t been slit by the time they get to the tanks of scalding water into which they are dropped, only to be boiled alive.[10] More than 1 million pigs die in transport every year before they even get to the slaughterhouse.[11] They are packed in so tightly they cannot move, and can barely breathe. They die of suffocation, overheating, being trampled.

I became an animal rights advocate not because I don’t care about humanity, but because so few people care about the nonhuman animals.

The suffering of animals we use for experimentation, for fur, for our food is shocking to the conscience. Watch one undercover slaughterhouse video and we might think the vile cruelty we see is an anomaly. Watch hundreds and hundreds of these videos and we begin to realize that the disdain with which the workers treat the animals, kicking chickens like footballs,[12] kicking and stomping turkeys destined for Thanksgiving dinner,[13] slamming piglets onto the concrete floor and leaving them to die,[14] is not anomalous but is the norm.

The degree and scale of the suffering involved in animal agriculture in particular is beyond anything humanity has ever endured.

Polish-born Jewish-American author Isaac Bashevis Singer famously said “In relation to … [the animals], all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.” This refers of course to the Nazi concentration camp where close to a million Jews were exterminated in gas chambers. The first time I ever heard the comparison made between factory farming and the Holocaust was by someone who lost most of his family in the Holocaust and who himself is a survivor of it. Alex Hershaft is an animal rights pioneer who has said that his experience in the Holocaust not only contributed to his becoming a vegan and an animal rights activist, it is the cause of it. During a recent trip to Israel, he had this to say in an interview: “The Jewish Holocaust is a unique event in human history; and the best way to honor the Holocaust is to learn from it and to fight all forms of oppression. We may have been victorious in World War II, but the struggle against oppression and injustice is far from over. For me, the Holocaust isn’t a tool in the struggle, but an experience that shaped my personality and my values, made me who I am today, and drove me to fight all forms of oppression, including the oppression of the weakest creatures, the animals.” [15]

In his latest book, “The Most Good You Can Do,” one of the modern world’s pre-eminent philosophers of ethics, Peter Singer, argues that if we are interested in doing the most good we can do in the world, that is, in reducing the most suffering, there are three main areas that demand our attention. These are saving the environment, ending extreme poverty, and helping the nonhumans animals, especially farmed animals.

In addition to its importance for the nonhumans, vegan advocacy goes beyond helping nonhuman animals. Vegan advocacy seeks to raise consciousness and awareness about the ways in which we treat other beings. The animal rights movement does not just advocate for a select group of beings, it advocates for principles truly universal in their scope.

Animal rights advocates don’t just advocate for the rights of chimps or cows or fish. They advocate for a more compassionate world for all beings.

They bring awareness to structures of power that are oppressive and based on exploitation, that harm nonhuman animals, humans, and the environment. Veganism is rooted in the concept of ahimsa, a Sanskrit word meaning non-harm to all sentient beings as well as the living environment. It is a movement that above all values the reduction of suffering, and calls on us all to bring more awareness into the ways in which we relate with all beings, the nonhumans as well as humans. Fundamentally, vegans advocate for the values that all social justice movements uphold. They focus on the nonhumans, but what they are really advocating for is a society in which no sentient being is used as a means to another’s end. They are fighting for the elimination of all forms of prejudice and oppression. They work to build a world where no sentient being is discriminated against based on morally irrelevant qualities, where all beings are valued and respected, where none are enslaved or tortured, where all beings are allowed the freedom to thrive and pursue their own innate potential for happiness and joy. As long as our society is built on a foundation of brutality, oppression and exploitation of billions of sentient beings, how can we ever hope to have true justice or compassion within human society?

Being an animal rights activist is not about limiting our compassion to nonhumans, it’s about extending our circle of compassion to include all beings who can suffer.

In the world we live, there is no comparison to the enormity of the suffering endured by the nonhuman animals, especially those enslaved by the meat, dairy, and egg industries. I am an animal advocate because the screams of billions of animals remain unheard. I am an animal advocate because no being should suffer, and the suffering of nonhuman animals is so intense, so constant, so massive, and so widespread. I am an animal advocate because humanity is still in denial that it is our own daily choices that are responsible for the immense suffering of a truly unfathomable number of conscious, emotional, sentient beings. I am an animal advocate quite simply because it is the animals who need me the most.

[1] “Inside the Chinese fur farms which breed ‘raccoon dogs’ in tiny cages and skin them alive to make luxury coats sold in the West” Dan Bloom, The Daily Mail, Feb. 14 2015,






[7] “Deciphering “Humane” Labels & Loopholes”, Woodstock Animal Sanctuary,


[9] “Behavioral Measures of Pain Thresholds” Michael S. Minett, Kathryn Quick, John N. Wood, Current Protocols in Mouse Biology, Sept. 2011,

[10] “USDA plan to speed up poultry-processing lines could increase risk of bird abuse,” Washington Post, Kimberly Kindy, Oct. 29, 2013,

[11] “Research Looks at Transport Losses,” Feedstuffs Apr. 17 2006.

[12] “Chick-fil-A Suppliers Caught Torturing Animals On Hidden Camera By Mercy For Animals” Nov. 19, 2014





I think Jill would have very much approved of what is said here – her wish was for a more peaceful world in every sense.  – Mark.


China: Yulin, The Very High Rabies Risk and The Food Safety Disaster – To Which The Authorities Turn Blind Eyes !


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Further to our post of today (22/6) relating to the Yulin dog meat slaughter

We do not make excuses for the approach of these barbarians – others may but we do not.  Knowing how the Chinese clamp down on the placid people of Tibet as an example – if the Chinese authorities really wanted to gain any credibility from this planet, then they would have stopped the slaughter.  They did not.  All we can say is that possibly post event, the Rabies outbreaks in Yulin may be even larger than they are now – and they are in the big league for this anyway !

Look at the pictures (one above) of the slaughter – street vendors with little attire on, smoking fags and waving blowtorches around to remove dog hair – a facility like this in London would be shut down before it even opened.

Yulin, enjoy your new rabies outbreaks – lets hope you break all records – you deserve it !


Rabies risk

The dog meat trade is a serious threat to human health, and Chinese authorities have every reason to stand by the animal advocates.

China has the world’s second highest incidence of rabies in humans. And according to China’s ministry for public health, Guangxi province, where Yulin is located, has the largest number of cases in China, while Yulin is one of China’s “top ten cities” for cases of human rabies.

READ: Chinese city kills 5,000 dogs to control rabies

Eating dog meat of itself does not cause rabies, but the handling and slaughter of vast numbers of unvaccinated dogs exposes the traders to a high risk of rabies infection.

Transporting the dogs to the festival is an intrinsically brutal operation. Dogs for Yulin come from as far as central and north China’s Henan and Shandong, more than 1,000 miles away.

They are crammed into wire cages unable to extend their limbs, denied food and water for days during the exhausting trip. The dogs arrive at their destination malnourished and underweight, dehydrated, often dying from injuries or from being poisoned during capture. Others are already dead.

Food safety disaster

This isn’t solely an animal welfare issue; it’s also a food safety disaster.

China’s food safety regulations ban the processing, selling and serving of products from diseased or dead animals of unknown causes.

And yet the Yulin authorities seemingly ignore these rules, allowing dog meat from unknown sources to be sold to consumers, and in so doing prioritizing the profits of dog meat traders over consumer health.

When contacted by CNN, a spokesperson for the local food and drug administration declined to answer any questions.

The average Chinese citizen finds public dog slaughter inexcusably offensive.

Dogs are openly killed in crowded marketplaces, on the streets, and most shockingly next to elementary schools, imposing bloody and cruel practices on vulnerable members of the public.

Such public slaughter risks creating an indifferent and morally defunct society.

Beating and killing these struggling, crying dogs in full view of other terrified dogs showcases an industry that is devoid of humanity.

Additionally, the criminal activity of dog theft sustains much of the dog meat industry, with often violent confrontations between angry dog owners and the thieves.

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– we are proudly flying the Tibetan flag in full support for the people of Tibet; as the Chinese have banned the Tibetan flag from being flown in ….. yes, Tibet !!

They (China) do not want the Tibetan flag to be flown anywhere in the World, eradicate it effectively – so we are very proud in supporting the wonderful people of Tibet from the human (and animal) abusers that carry the name of shame – that is ‘China’


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England: (Guardian, London) – Humans creating sixth great extinction of animal species, say scientists.


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Humans creating sixth great extinction of animal species,

say scientists

Study reveals rate of extinction for species in the 20th century has been up to 100 times higher than would have been normal without human impact

Abigail Fallis’s Dodo – Death Of The Author at an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of The IUCN red list of threatened species in London in 2014.

The modern world is experiencing a “sixth great extinction” of animal species even when the lowest estimates of extinction rates are considered, scientists have warned.

The rate of extinction for species in the 20th century was up to 100 times higher than it would have been without man’s impact, they said.

Many conservationists have been warning for years that a mass extinction event akin to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs is occurring as humans degrade and destroy habitats.

But the authors of a study published on Friday said that even when they analysed the most conservative extinction rates, the rate at which vertebrates were being lost forever was far higher than in the last five mass extinctions.

“We were very surprised to see how bad it is,” said Dr Gerardo Ceballos of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. “This is very depressing because we used the most conservative rates, and even then they are much higher than the normal extinction rate, really indicating we are having a massive loss of the species.”

Previous studies have warned that the impact of humans taking land for buildings, farming and timber has been to make species extinct at speeds unprecedented in Earth’s 4.5bn-year history.

Ceballos said that his study, co-authored by Paul R Ehrlich who famously warned of the impact of humanity’s “population bomb”, employed better knowledge of natural or so-called background extinction rates. He said it was conservative because it looked only at species that had been declared extinct, which due to stringent rules can sometimes take many years after a species has actually gone extinct.

Under a “natural” rate of extinction, the study said that two species go extinct per 10,000 species per 100 years, rather than the one species that previous work has assumed.

Modern rates of extinction were eight to 100 times higher , the authors found. For example, 477 vertebrates have gone extinct since 1900, rather than the nine that would be expected at natural rates.

It’s really signalling we’ve entered a sixth extinction and it’s driven by man,” said Ceballos.

However, Prof Henrique Miguel Pereira, the chair of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network, said that the new paper did not add anything revolutionarily new.

“They argue that recent extinction rates are up to 100 times higher than in the past. I think it improves our documentation of the process but it does not yet confirm a sixth mass extinction. I tend to think we have a major biodiversity crisis, but it would take either a fast acceleration of current extinction rates or a couple of centuries at current extinction rates, for the current process to become a sixth mass extinction.”

The team behind the new analysis said “rapid, greatly intensified efforts” would be needed to stop or slow the extinctions currently underway.

Ceballos pointed to the Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, which was published on Thursday and lamented the loss of the world’s biodiversity, and interventions by Barack Obama, as signs of hope. “These important figures are starting to really grasp the problem,” he said.

On why people should be worried about the rate of extinctions, he said: “People say that’s really sad, but why does it affect me? There are many reasons we should care. We are the species that are causing the loss of all these other species.”

But the most important reason, he said, was that by losing species humanity was losing what enabled us to have a “good standard of living”.

The paper, Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction, was published in the journal Science Advances.

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China: Yulin Dog Eating ‘Festival’ Is Under Way – China Ignores The Wishes Of The World.


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 Above – how China deals with the peaceful people of  Tibet WITHIN Tibet ! – do they learn this abuse from the way they treat animals in China ?

Picture – ‘Free Tibet’ – London –

Well, here we have it – the nation of camera clickers that keep 80 million pigs in intensive farming systems abusing thousands of innocent (owned) pet dogs and cats at today’s mass frenzy of fag smoking street scum cooking up something for brain dead’s to eat.

We wish them only one thing – Rabies !

Ricky is absolutely correct –

Ricky Gervais


“It’s misleading to call Yulin a Dog Meat Festival.

It should be called a Dog Torture Festival.

Because that’s what it is”.

China – animal abusers; abusers of the Tibetan people; trying to take over the world with their pathetic views of what is ‘right’.

And our governments scrape up to them like someone on a night out in a brothel !


Latest 22/6/15 – The Chinese have ignored the world and as usual doing only what they want.  The Yulin festival is currently taking place – thousands of dogs are being slaughtered by these Barbarian back street Chinese dealers.  

For latest news from the BBC click here –

What the Chinese scumbags do to animals

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If our Cameron government does not have the balls to raise the issue, then we will – FREE TIBET !!


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Greece: ‘Dusty'; Rescued In A Terrible Condition From A Garbage Dump – Soon To Be Coming To A New Forever Home In England. Watch The Moving Video Here.



GAR Greek Animal Rescue,=

They are based in England, UK and you can contact them at

Find out how Vesna started it all  –



Watch the very moving video here on Youtube  –   


If you want to give a donation to help pay for Dusty to move to a forever home in the UK, then please click on the following:          

Daniel Turner was not asked to set up a fundraising page – what a star he his – one of GAR’s youngest fundraisers must be about 13 now and has been doing sponsored silence and walks for years

Dusty is currently with GARs best foster carer in Athens and is doing really well!

Message from GAR:

Following the video that Gar uploaded to Facebook regarding a recent trip where a lovely dog named dusty was saved!!! I think we should all club together and help pay towards her flight over to the uk when she is fit and ready! So please if you can donate and help dusty.

P.S. When you make a donation, don’t forget to check the Gift Aid box if you’re a UK taxpayer as then your charity can claim an extra 25% from the government!

UK (Northern Ireland): Say no to the NI mega pig farm! – Send A Letter Of Objection Now – Sample Below.

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Please object NOW!

We have been informed that the public consultation has been extended, but no closing date has yet been given.

We have just been made aware of plans to build a gigantic pig farm in Northern Ireland that will hold 30,000 animals at a time. These plans dwarf even those of the Foston proposal, which – as you will remember – we defeated together.

Although the proposal is in Northern Ireland it is vitally important that people from across the UK send in an objection.

If the plans go ahead it could lead to a precedent being set for more of these mega farms being built elsewhere.

Say no to the NI mega pig farm!

We have just been made aware of plans to build a gigantic pig farm in Northern Ireland that will hold 30,000 animals at a time. These plans dwarf even those of the Foston proposal, which – as you will remember – we defeated together.

Although the proposal is in Northern Ireland it is vitally important that people from across the UK send in an objection. If the plans go ahead it could lead to a precedent being set for more of these mega farms being built elsewhere.

Local activists were only made aware on these plans in the past few days. Please object NOW!

We have been informed that the public consultation has been extended, but no closing date has yet been given.

Please send the objection below. Or even better personalise it.

Please note: we have had a few technical issues with the form. We are trying to fix it, but in the meantime please copy and paste the message below into an email (with you name and address) and send to 

 If you have problems with that email send to   instead and put in the email header: “FAO Planning Department”.

Pigs are seen at a farm in Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso state in western Brazil, February 28, 2008. Industrial companies are being attracted to the western of Brazil by the abundant supply of grains and oilseeds and will be complementary on their activities in the region.  REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL)

Sample Letter (or modify to your own version;

but keep it polite please)

“Dear Antrim and Newtownabbey Planning Department

 I am writing to you to lodge a formal objection to the planned pig farm off Reahill Road, Newtownabbey, County Antrim (Ref: LA03/2015/0051/F).

Animal welfare: I know this isn’t taken into account when deciding the outcome of planning meetings, but I strongly believe it should be. Pigs are highly intelligent animals. On a development this size it will be difficult to spot diseased or suffering pigs – which poses potential dangers to other animals on site and workers and local residents.  I do not believe that it is possible to provide high welfare for 30,000 pigs on an indoor farm this size.

Risk to human health: keeping large numbers of animals near residential dwellings is a well-known potential disease risk to humans (one resident lives a mere 300 metres from the proposed site). In light of recent swine flu outbreaks a recent study that showed that potentially deadly superbugs can be spread by flies from pig farms to people living miles away this should be of particular concern.

Environmental impact: this farm will not be ‘green’. In fact, the methane from the pigs themselves will produce huge amounts of carbon equivalent gases. Local residents have said that the area is near a hill and floods regularly. It does not seem feasible that the local waterways/watertable will not be affected – especially as there will be two lagoons (one for water, and one for pig waste). In June 2012, Derek Hall of Hall’s Pig Farms (the site developer) was fined after an officer of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency traced a ‘milky liquid’ discharge found in Three Mile Water River to Mr Hall’s farm. The Rivers Agency have objected to the plans as a Drainage Assessment has not been submitted and believe that potential flooding issues have not been addressed

Earlier this year the Environment Agency rejected plans for a similar pig mega-farm in England. They said the scheme at Foston, Derbyshire would “offend human senses” and cause “significant pollution due to odour”. What is the Environment Agency’s position to this proposal?

Anaerobic digester: I understand that there will be an anaerobic digester on site. However, it is also my understanding that anaerobic digesters can actually be responsible for producing smells and toxic gases, and in the worst case scenario can be a fire or explosion risk. Good practice dictates that these should not be built near to residential areas (especially one of this size)  and to do so would potentially put lives at risk. It will also use huge amounts of water – as will the farm itself – and would potentially pollute surrounding land.

Noise: the developers say that the noise will be minimal. This is hard to take seriously, as noise will be generated by machinery and from the animals themselves as they are taken to slaughter (over a  thousand a week).

Increased traffic: industrial farms of this size generate large amounts of HGV traffic, from moving animal feed and waste products. This is likely to impact negatively on local roadways and the lives of local people.

Jobs for local people: factory farms are not big employers, so any benefit to the economy will be minimal at best.

This proposal is a significant development for the whole of the UK. Allowing it to proceed would set a dangerous precedent for the future intensification and factory farming in the UK. I strongly urge you to reject the proposed plans.

Yours faithfully”

[Very important – remember to add your name and address!] 

Serbia: Latest June News and Pictures From Danica At ‘Felix’ Shelter.

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With the summer heat in full swing, life at the shelter seems quite uneventful as most of the kitties are spending their days passed out all over the place, rightfully feeling it’s too hot to even move around. However, it’s not only that their needs remain the same, but now is also the time to start and finish all of the minor repairs at the shelter.

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Almost all of the platforms, ladders and wooden wire spools the cats are having so much fun with while playing in the yard need to be replaced now, after being exposed to all kinds of weather over the last few years.

Autumn rains and the winter cold have taken their toll and no matter how well these wooden items were protected by paint or stain, they can’t last forever. And our kitties just love them all big time!

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The old outdoor fence which became wobbly three years ago is miraculously still holding up, but the posts keep crumbling and deteriorating with every passing day and it’s been ages since we could close the gates properly. It would be fabulous if this summer we could manage to raise the funds to rebuild the brick-made pillars and the small wall between them, clean and polish the old iron fence above and replace the sheet metal part of the gates. It’s got to be done this summer before the rotten posts completely fall apart and the whole fence goes down, that is…

And last but not the least, not by a long shot – the kitties must eat every day and now the time is rapidly coming for the mandatory yearly vaccinations against rabies.

The problem is that donations regularly slow down as summer approaches and while we totally understand everyone’s busy planning their vacations, our situation is always unenviable at this time of year. The same thing has been happening forever; when the weather is nice, we’re barely keeping afloat, and when we have enough funds to do something, it’s impossible to work outside due to the weather conditions.

We should’ve gotten used to it by now, I guess…

Anyways, if you have a little extra you could spare to help us out please do so!

Even the smallest donation means a lot, as they all add up and get us closer to our goal. A three-digit number of lazy, relaxed kitties and a couple of their tired humans will be immeasurably grateful for your vital help!

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The Unseen Extinction Wiping Out the World’s Wildlife.

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The Unseen Extinction Wiping Out the World’s Wildlife

Researchers find that species we ignore, such as snails, are disappearing at a rapid pace—a sign that a mass extinction is upon us.

For years now, conservationists have warned that Earth is in the middle of the “sixth great extinction,” with dozens of species going extinct every day owing to habitat loss, pollution, climate change, and other factors.

But here’s even worse news: That may be just the tip of the iceberg.

According to new research, previous estimates may seriously underestimate the number of species that we’re losing. A paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that we may have already lost 130,000 species, or a staggering 7 percent of the world’s total biodiversity.

How could we have lost so many species without noticing?

It’s simple: The authors say most of these extinctions are not big, noticeable creatures such as rhinos and tigers. Instead they’re tiny insects and other invertebrates that don’t get much attention. These species tend to have very small ranges with specific habitat needs and aren’t often well studied. Of the estimated 1.4 million invertebrates worldwide, fewer than 16,000 have been evaluated for their extinction risk by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Red List. Of that number, nearly a third are listed as “data deficient,” meaning we don’t know enough about them to say if they’re at risk.

By contrast, every single known bird species appears on the Red List. Of the more than 15,000 birds and mammals listed, fewer than 6 percent are ranked as data deficient.

So, Why You Should Care? The authors of the new paper say that focusing on larger, more easily studied species means we’re not getting a true picture of the extent of the sixth great extinction. Thus we may be losing species that could be important to human health even before we discover them. Snails and other invertebrates form an important part of the food web for all manner of animals, so their extinctions can have a cascading effect on biodiversity.

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To close that knowledge gap, the researchers took a random sampling of 200 land snail species around the world and then looked at the scientific record to see what we know about them. They didn’t find much. Snails haven’t been studied in some parts of the globe for decades, and some entire genus groups have never been studied at all. The researchers write that a full 84.5 percent of their 200 random species would be considered “data deficient” if they were added to the Red List today.

Even that doesn’t tell the full picture. Of the 200 species examined, 79 had not been observed in more than five decades. One example was a Hawaiian species known as the Amastrid land snail. Amateur snail-shell collectors have wiped out many of Hawaii’s snails, probably including this one. However, because no formal scientific studies have gone looking for it, it can’t yet be officially declared extinct.

Another example came from Mexico, where a species known only as Eucalodium moussonianum hasn’t been seen since 1872. Is it extinct? The original scientific description doesn’t mention the snail’s distribution or habitat, and no one has looked for it since.

Chances are high that these two species—and many others—are gone. “Mollusks are the species group most affected by extinction,” said the study’s lead author, Claire Régnier of Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. The most common factors for their extinction include habitat loss, water pollution, and invasive species.

We do know of many other mollusk species extinctions because the animals leave their shells behind when they die. That’s not the case for most other invertebrates, Régnier said. The paper extrapolates this mollusk extinction risk to all other invertebrates because, as Régnier said, “they share the same characteristics as mollusks regarding their causes of extinction: size, restricted range, rarity, and specific habitat requirements.”

Régnier said the purpose of the paper is not to criticize the current ways that we look at endangered species and extinction risk but to “suggest an alternative methodology which would give us a more global idea of our current losses.”

That might not be enough to stop the sixth great extinction anytime soon, but it might help us to understand it and start to take action.

John R. Platt covers the environment, technology, philanthropy, and more for Scientific American, Conservation, Lion, and other publications.

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Serbia: For Them There Is No Hope After All… They Are Forgotten – Only 4 Days Left To Get Funds.

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We are giving donations to a lot of appeals all the time from our own pockets – we ask for no money on this site; instead that people donate directly to the groups and by pass ourselves.  Sadly many people do not bother to give anything, although a lot of  very small donations add up to a large amount that often meets the appeals need.

We are a volunteer run organisation – self funding even for this sites upkeep; we do not have loads of cash stored away to help every appeal that goes out.

Sadly, when the required funds are not met; the worst happens.  The message in red below is from Lina in her own words.  This is the sad reality of some animal ‘welfare’.  We try to put appeals out well in advance, as this appeal was no exception.  There was very little in the way of support or donations, so now the dogs will be turned back onto the streets probably to be rounded up by the Shinters.

For them there is no hope after all… They are forgotten, rejected … Nobody want to adopt them , nobody want to help them to stay on safe .. After all , they will go to street , right to death…

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Lina’s Animal Rescue is organisation for animal welfare from Serbia . . We have 23 dogs in small private unfinished shelter, 20 dogs in 2 boarding kennels and 20  kitties in one rescuers home. Funds are desperately needed to pay the boarding kennel fees. We have debt for April 510€  and for May 960€ . We are desperate ,  those dogs can not go again on the street. The life of street dogs everywhere is difficult, but here in Serbia the dog catchers kill them rather than rescue them.Those dogs urgent need help .  Each dog’s boarding fees are 60€ per month ( 40 boarding kennel + 20 food ) .With 20 dogs currently in boarding facilities, the debt is too great to even think about renovating our shelter. They depend only on help from good people.  Please share our story and  donate , this is URGENT APEL ! Thank you !


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