Uk: Horse Trader Faces Bail Breach Charge – Update **

UNKG0001The on-going saga of James (Jamie) Gray; originally convicted of animal cruelty, has now taken another turn this week.  Gray, who was photographed by a Uk newspaper attending a horse fair during the last week, therefore broke his bail conditions set at his original trial. 

On Friday 17th, Gray handed himself in to the police. 

Please see the latest news in the following articles.  SAV.


Our original post on the horse abuses:

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 Horse trader faces bail breach charge

2:46pm Monday 20th July 2009

By Andy Carswell »

A 45-YEAR-OLD convicted of animal cruelty has been charged with breaching his bail conditions.

jamie gray

James Gray, of Chalk Lane, Hyde Heath, was photographed at a horse fair just days after being granted bail when he appealed against his conviction for animal cruelty.

Gray’s bail conditions – given after he appealed against a 24-week prison sentence for nine counts of causing unnecessary suffering to animals and two charges of failing to protect animals from pain, injury, suffering and disease – stated he could not control, own or deal with equines.

He appeared before Aylesbury Magistrates Court on Friday, after handing himself in at Amersham police station earlier the same day.

During the hearing he was found guilty of two breaches of bail but cleared of two other similar offences.

A further hearing will be heard at the town’s Crown Court. No date has been set for the next hearing.

Gray was granted further bail with six conditions, including not to keep any horse or equine and not to be within 100 yards of any horse or equine except at his home address.

He is also barred from attending any stable or other venue currently used to house horse or equines and from attending any horse or equine fair or any other event, public or private, at which any horse or equine are present.

Gray must also live and sleep in a caravan at his property and present himself to a police officer in uniform on request. Magistrates also imposed a curfew from 11pm until 5am.

And the reason why he faces bail breach charge !!


Exposed: Horse thug at it again


CALLOUS Jamie Gray Jnr – convicted of grisly neglect at his family’s horse farm – puts every ounce of strength into dragging an unwilling nag into a trailer.

The burly 16-year-old tugged on a makeshift bridle of blue rope at a horse market, despite being banned from keeping the animals for ten years.

The snaps were taken the day after he and his father Jamie Gray Snr, 45, were exposed by The Sun inspecting horses at the dealers’ fair.

 gray horse pull

** Caught … Tuesday’s Sun – Jamie Gray Jnr

Last night an onlooker said: “It was horrible to watch. The animal clearly didn’t want to be anywhere near the lad.

“The boy looked completely unaffected by the court case and spent a couple of hours at the fair. He was quite happily getting on with his work, moving horses between trailers and speaking to other horse traders.”

The Grays were convicted last month of cruelty at Spindle Farm near Amersham, Bucks. The nation was shocked as details emerged of one of the worst cases of neglect to date seen by the RSPCA.

Its inspectors found more than 100 sick or starving horses.

Rottweilers had feasted on the rotting carcasses of 32 more – and bones, skulls and hooves were piled high.

Locals claimed father-of-three Gray Snr had mowed down sick nags for fun in his 4×4. Five rescued horses later had to be put down.

Gray Snr was jailed for six months but was freed after four days when he launched an appeal.

He was ordered in the meantime not to have anything to do with horses.

Yet on Sunday The Sun photographed him and his son back at Langley Market near Slough, Berks – popular with farmers and gipsies.

And on Wednesday they were there for the third time in seven days.

This time Gray Snr kept a low profile throughout the day after arriving in his gold coloured 4×4.

But his son was seen leading a number of horses around a muddy field.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary – still caring for 29 of the family’s horses and a donkey foal 18 months after the rescue – said: “Quite frankly, this beggars belief.”

The RSPCA said it could not comment ahead of the appeal, but said it was working with police to see if bail conditions had been breached.


“I Waited For You”

Dear friends,

I saw this picture in one the emails that i received.

i waited for you









This picture actually speaks of all the agony, trauma, helplessness, solitude, fear, heartbreak and what not that a pet goes through when any one of the following happens :

ABANDONED, REHOMED or GIFTING PETS or pet left indefinitely on a BOARDING place.

We have spoken so much about pets being abandoned, but we rarely realise that there are other circumstances which are equal for the pet as to be abandoned.

Some people gift elder puppies/ dogs to a relative or friend when the pet has lived too long with the first owner.

Or most pet owners don’t realise before leaving for vacations that for the dog a boarding place is equal to being abandoned.

Every time a pet goes to a boarding, the time is like a hanging sword for the pet, because he/she is unsure if it is the last time he is seeing his owner. We know we are coming back, but they don’t know this because we haven’t told them. In fact i have heard some people tell me that the time they spoke to their pets that they would come back in so many days, the pet was much more comfortable during the stay, than when the owner just left abruptly. The boarding facility at Jeevashram in Delhi has a unique procedure for pets coming to them for boarding for the first time.

The owner is asked to come the first day and take the dog on a walk around the place for a couple of hours. Then the owner is asked to take the dog back home. The next day the owner leaves the pet there in the morning and comes back to pick him up in the evening. On the third day, if the pet is comfortable with the place, the owner leaves the pet overnight and picks him up the next day. Then the dog is left there permanently till the time the owner is out.

Once I got a phone call from the owner of a Labrador that since the time they had got him back from boarding, the dog had become aggressive, was growling, and had stopped eating. He was hiding under the dining table for three days and would not allow anyone to touch him. The owners had started fearing that the dog had contracted Rabies or some other problem. The vets were clueless. They were even considering PTS. After talking we decided to try out something. The owner went up to the dog and apologised.

They spoke to the dog for hours without touching him and told him that they would not leave him ever and go anywhere. They all patted him for many hours and let him growl and complain. To their surprise not once did he bite them but after a few hours of growling and petting, he went off to sleep. Once he woke up all members pampered him with his favourite food and kept insisting him to eat it every time he refused to eat. After a while he ate some of it. The scene was exactly like one would try to mend things with a human being. In two days he was a different dog and more attached to the family without any medication and to the surprise of their vet who had suggested medication for behavioural problems or PTS.

The family was patient enough to realise that it was their behaviour that needed treatment and not that of the dogs’. These may seem silly tantrums to some, but our pets understands what we are doing. They read eyes and our body language (even our verbal language) to know if their stay will be temporary or permanent in the shelter/ boarding facility. So the next time your dog behaves differently when he comes back from boarding, you know what to needs to be done.

Please take a print of this poster and paste it in as many places as possible (definitely vet clinics and hospitals) so that people think twice before ABANDONING THEIR DOGS  on the streets or outside shelters or even putting their pets up for re homing.

And the next time you leave your dog in a boarding facility, first spend a few days making sure the pet feels comfortable and not alienated. And please don’t forget to tell them in as many words that  – “You will be back for them very soon”.

For them waiting a month in human time scale is actually 7 months in dog years.



Citizens For Animal Rights (CFAR),
New Delhi.

Japan: Japanese Animal Abusing Wrestlers About to Start USA Tour – Please Take Action








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Honourable Excellencies,

The European and International Community of Animal Defenders has learned from the internet that a macaque named Kora, has been abused for ten years by wrestlers belonging to ‘Dragon Gate’, a Japanese professional wrestling group.

The group is starting its first US tour.

Kora lives in the dojo and it is known that the wrestlers submitted the animal to the following :

– Choked him by the neck until it passed out. 

– Burned him with charcoal. 

– Threw him into a tub of boiling hot water. 

– Blew air into his mouth so it would defecate itself.

– Gave him sake (Japanese alcohol) regularly until it would pass out.

– Dragged it around by a chain on its neck.

– Attached fire crackers to him and lit them

– Locked him in a box and sprayed antiperspirant inside, causing it to freak out.

The wrestlers implicated are Shingo Takagi, Akira Tozawa and Katsuo/Yuki Ono, after they openly blogged about the abuse.

An other wrestler, named Yohei Fujita, alias Ryoma, considers the treatment the group gives the monkey to be very funny.

It is obvious that the animal abusing Dragon Gate group casts a slur on the good name of Japan.

As for us, we are shocked beyond words over this case of most disgusting animal abuse and consequently:

– We request Japan that the monkey will be taken away from the wrestling group and never will be returned to these unworthy people;

– We request Japan never to let Dragon Gate have an animal in their possession again;

– We request Japan to take their professional license away from the wrestling group Dragon Gate.

– We request Japan that wrestling group Dragon Gate will be severely punished and that the abusers will be put in prison.

Demonstations against the animal abusers will happen in the USA tour unless you take immediate action to stop any animal belonging to these abusers.

Awaiting your confirmation, we remain,

Yours Respectfully,



Mexico / USA: Swine Flu – Interesting Reports From Uk Newspaper


Donald Rumsfeld’s controversial links to drug company behind Tamiflu

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Last updated at 10:04 PM on 02nd May 2009

Donald Rumsfeld refuses to comment on whether he has shares in the manufacturers of Tamiflu

The drug company behind the swine flu medicine Tamiflu is at the centre of controversy over its links to former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Mr Rumsfeld, a former chairman of the company, has refused to comment on whether he still holds shares in Californian firm Gilead Sciences, which developed the drug now being desperately stockpiled by governments around the world to combat the threatened pandemic.

Last night an associate of Mr Rumsfeld said: ‘He does not publicly discuss his private finances.’

However, should Mr Rumsfeld have held on to shares in the company, he would be a major beneficiary of the surge in the global demand for the drug. The NHS alone has already purchased enough Tamiflu to treat three-quarters of the population in the UK.

Mr Rumsfeld has previously been accused of a potential conflict of interest over his links to Gilead Sciences, which sold the licensing rights for the medicine to Swiss giant Hoffman-La Roche in 1996.

Under the terms of the deal Gilead, headed by Mr Rumsfeld between 1997 and 2001, still receives between 14 and 22 per cent of the income from the wholesale trade in the drug, depending on the volume of sales.

Four years ago the value of Mr Rumsfeld’s shares in Gilead Sciences saw a huge hike from an estimated £3million to an estimated £17million over the avian flu scare.

It was partially sparked by a warning from President Bush’s top health adviser Mike Leavitt that a pandemic could cause nearly two million deaths in the US alone.


When details of Mr Rumsfeld’s shareholding became public he consulted a lawyer who advised him to keep the stock but excuse himself from any government decisions involving the flu drug.

He issued a document explaining the situation. Some months later the Pentagon ordered £39million worth of the Tamiflu drug for US troops.

When details of Mr Rumsfeld’s shareholding became public he was advised to keep the stock but excuse himself from government decisions

Dr Joseph Mercola, author of The Great Bird Flu Hoax, said yesterday: ‘The only thing all this talk of swine flu does is spread fear. President Bush sought to instil panic by telling us a minimum of 200,000 people will die from avian flu but it could be as bad as two million deaths in the US alone. This hoax was justified by the immediate purchase of 80million doses of Tamiflu.’

As well as Mr Rumsfeld, Gilead has links with a number of other Republican figures. The largest shareholder is FMR Corporation, owned by Grover Glenn Norquist, a Republican activist.

And George Schultz, President Ronald Reagan’s former Secretary of State, was a major shareholder until he sold his stake in 2005, netting around £5million.

Gilead has announced record first-quarter results, with revenues of £1billion, although a lot of revenue came from their AIDS drugs.

Michael Riordan, 51, the founder of Gilead who retired in 1997, said yesterday: ‘If the company has been successful, it’s not because of any political affiliations.’

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‘The smell is so awful that I start to vomit’:

Is this farm the Ground Zero of swine flu?

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By Sharon Churcher In La Gloria, Mexico
Last updated at 12:49 AM on 03rd May 2009

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Barricaded with double-perimeter high-voltage electric and razor-wire fences and protected by security lights and locked gates, the ominous-looking compound in the high plains five hours east of Mexico City might be mistaken for a prison – except that the inmates are pigs.

An unobtrusive sign announces that I have arrived at Site 8-2, a gigantic factory farm near the isolated hamlet of La Gloria where residents claim they are living at Ground Zero of the swine flu epidemic.

The desert wind is rank with a nauseating stench. Eight hangar-style buildings house 7,200 sows and their piglets but the complex is eerily silent except for an occasional grunt.


***  Mail on Sunday reporter Sharon Churcher at the site wearing a face mask

It is part of a chain of some 16 farms in this region that are owned by a Mexican company, Granjas Carroll de Mexico (GCM), in partnership with US-based Smithfield Foods, which, as the world’s largest pork producer, runs adverts in Britain about how it provides ‘good food in a responsible way’.

Last month, however, after hundreds of La Gloria villagers complained of flu-like symptoms, a five-year-old boy in the hamlet, Edgar Hernandez, was confirmed to be suffering from the virulent new strain of swine flu, H1N1.

Mexican officials are downplaying the epidemic, revising their estimate of deaths from the virus to 101 on Friday, a sharp drop from an earlier figure of 176, but the disease has taken a higher toll here than in any other country. And activists in La Gloria claim the pig farms are a fetid crucible for the new virus.

The company’s farming practices include burying dead pigs to rot in ‘biodigester’ containers. And pig urine and faeces are flushed into huge open-air pits, adjoining miles of cropland, which GCM disarmingly calls ‘lagoons’.

‘These farms are a disgrace,’ a subsistence farmer, Guadalupe Serrano Gaspar, 66, who is one of the leaders of the protests, said. ‘We believe they pollute the air and our groundwater and that they are directly responsible for this virus.’

Though environmentalists have criticised similar practices in the US, the La Gloria activists have not produced any scientific evidence of pollution in their little town (population 3,000).


*** Nauseating: The vast factory farm housing thousands of pigs that is at the centre of the flu outbreak

Indeed, when I requested a tour of the pig sheds, GCM’s director general, Victor Ochoa, politely refused, saying that it is people who are a threat to pigs and not the other way round.

‘Pigs cannot transmit viral infections to humans,’ he said. ‘But it is a scientific fact that swine can pick up the flu virus from humans. How do I know you don’t have the flu?

Or you could be carrying foot-and-mouth disease that will infect my pigs.’

Some scientists sharply disagree, however. They argue that in damp, cramped conditions, swine viruses may mutate into contagious new strains.

‘We are afraid they have polluted the wells’

British microbiologist Professor Hugh Pennington said: ‘It is entirely possible to transfer the flu virus both ways between species. Flu itself probably got into pigs from humans during the big pandemic in 1918. So it’s possible this [epidemic] is the pigs’ revenge.’

Experts are divided on the manure-filled lagoons. Professor Pennington said: ‘These lagoons and the accompanying smell simply mean there are lots of pigs around. You would need direct and prolonged contact with an animal with the virus to contract it.’


***  ‘Pig waste lagoons are a great danger to human health’

But Dr Michael Greger, director of public health and agriculture at the US Humane Society, said: ‘There is evidence that flies landing on animal waste can spread the flu virus for miles around.

‘Pig waste lagoons are a great danger to human health. There are many ways – the wind for example – that illness can be spread from them. In the case of this current swine flu, the virus could easily escape from factory farm facilities.’

Sows at weaning farms such as Site 8-2 live with their piglets in cages so small that they have room to lie down but not turn around, a company spokesman said.

They stand on grates over a water-filled pit. Once a week, the urine and manure is flushed into the lagoon, which has a clay lining that the company says prevents any seepage.

Half a mile away, I found Site 8-3, where sows are transferred after their piglets are weaned. Here 16,200 of them were being fattened last week for slaughter.

There are 18 sheds, connected in a similar arrangement to Site 8-2, to an outdoor cesspit. Behind the pit, there was another trench, the size perhaps of one-and-a-half football fields.

Clouds of dirt, whipped by the wind, blew in my face and the smell was so overpowering I started to vomit. Ventilation pipes rose from a concrete slab, covering the ‘biodigester’ into which the dead pigs allegedly are dumped.

A goatherd, Jose Benitez, who was tending his flock with his eight-year-old grandson on the track to the farm said: ‘When pigs get sick and die, they bury them there. I cannot handle the smell.

‘I do not think this is a good idea with all the illness that is around.’


***  Flushed out: A waste pipe leaks into a ‘lagoon’

Edgar Hernandez was among the La Gloria residents – over half the population, by some estimates – who began to suffer from sore throats, fevers and other flu-like conditions in an outbreak that began about three months ago.

Mexican authorities say they took samples of mucus from 30 victims but only Edgar’s was positive for swine flu. They claim the remaining victims had common flu or pneumonia. And some villagers point out that illness and premature deaths are not uncommon in La Gloria because of their impoverished lives and lack of medical care.

Despite the pork company’s claims that it has helped the local economy, its employees must meet a minimum requirement of the equivalent of A-levels and only a handful of people from La Gloria have obtained jobs at its farms.

Most residents eke out a living from the stony soil, which they till with horse-drawn ploughs. Many get around in carts drawn by scrawny donkeys.

A peasant called Maria said she has faith in the pork company. Standing outside her one-room hut, where she cooks on an open fire and sleeps on a mat, she said her seven-month-old son, Juan, had died suddenly after contracting a hacking cough. ‘The doctor said it was pneumonia,’ she said.

She proudly showed me the pig she is raising in the rubble behind her shanty. ‘How can you catch flu from a pig?’ she asked nervously.


***  Cramped: Pigs pressed up against each other in a Mexican pig farm

But one of her neighbours, Estefan de la Cruz, blamed the pig farms for swarms of flies that he and other residents claim have infested the village.

‘We get lots of flies. The government sent trucks here yesterday to fumigate the village,’ he said.

‘This company tips the s*** from its pigs into the ground. When it is really windy, the smell of pig s *** is very strong and we are afraid that they have polluted the wells from which we get our water.’

A company spokesman said: ‘Our lagoons do not generate any pollution. The clay with which we line them gives them a hardness equivalent to cement. They are waterproof – like a ceramic mug.’

The company added in a statement that it follows ‘industry practices’ for animals that die from ‘stress or old age’.

The bodies usually are disposed of in ‘biodigesters – a closed cement container that has a chimney. Substances like enzymes are added to accelerate biodegradation,’ the statement says.

The company says carcasses are also used for compost.

‘This is not very pleasant to look at but it deals with a natural life cycle…properly and safely,’ the statement adds.

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