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

IMPORTANT NEWS

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1593562964225609/

Chinese embassy (London) link =

http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/

Contact the animal abusers

http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/contact_us/

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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  http://freetibet.org/

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.

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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, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2867219/Inside-Chinese-fur-farms-breed-raccoon-dogs-tiny-cages-skin-alive-make-luxury-coats-sold-West.html

[2] http://aldf.org/resources/advocating-for-animals/farmed-animals-and-the-law/

[3] http://woodstocksanctuary.org/learn-3/factory-farmed-animals/pigs/

[4] https://arcforallsentientbeings.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/vegans-are-so-extreme-or-what-could-possibly-be-wrong-with-eggs-and-dairy-part-i/

[5] http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/confinement_farm/facts/veal.html

[6] http://fcmconference.org/img/CambridgeDeclarationOnConsciousness.pdf

[7] “Deciphering “Humane” Labels & Loopholes”, Woodstock Animal Sanctuary, http://woodstocksanctuary.org/learn-3/the-humane-farming-myth/humane-free-range/

[8] http://boingboing.net/2011/06/30/richard-dawkins-on-v.html

[9] “Behavioral Measures of Pain Thresholds” Michael S. Minett, Kathryn Quick, John N. Wood, Current Protocols in Mouse Biology, Sept. 2011, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9780470942390.mo110116/abstract

[10] “USDA plan to speed up poultry-processing lines could increase risk of bird abuse,” Washington Post, Kimberly Kindy, Oct. 29, 2013, http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/usda-plan-to-speed-up-poultry-processing-lines-could-increase-risk-of-bird-abuse/2013/10/29/aeeffe1e-3b2e-11e3-b6a9-da62c264f40e_story.html

[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 http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/chick-fil-a-suppliers-caught-torturing-animals-on-hidden-camera-by-mercy-for-animals-283166311.html

[13] http://www.butterballabuse.com/readmore.php

[14] http://pigcruelty.mercyforanimals.org/

[15] http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4655781,00.html

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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.

JILL

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

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/06/22/china-yulin-dog-eating-festival-is-under-way-china-ignores-the-wishes-of-the-world/

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 !

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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.

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/18/opinions/china-yulin-dog-festival-peter-li/

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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’

FREE TIBET !!

D Lama Tibet

 

 

 

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

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/19/humans-creating-sixth-great-extinction-of-animal-species-say-scientists?CMP=fb_gu

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 – http://freetibet.org/

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

@rickygervais

“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.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/586115/Sick-pictures-of-roasted-pets-at-Yulin-Dog-Meat-Festival-Ricky-Gervais-condemned  

For latest news from the BBC click here –  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-33220235

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11689773/Thousands-of-dogs-and-cats-slaughtered-at-China-festival-despite-government-promises-to-crack-down.html

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.

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GAR Greek Animal Rescue,=

They are based in England, UK and you can contact them at  http://www.greekanimalrescue.com/contactus

Find out how Vesna started it all  –  http://www.greekanimalrescue.com/aboutus

DUSTY WAS RESCUED FROM A RUBBISH TIP IN GREECE BY DIANE, A TRUSTEE OF GREEK ANIMAL RESCUE (GAR)

THIS POOR DOG NEEDS OUR HELP SO PLEASE MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR HER TO COME TO THE UK (SEE THE FILM)

Watch the very moving video here on Youtube  – 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF_ElWR9LJo   

PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY AND PUT ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER ETC. AND SHARE – THANK YOU

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:

http://www.everyclick.com/dustyflighttouk          

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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NORTHER IRELAND – BIGGEST INDUSTRIAL PIG FARM EVER TO BE ESTABLISHED

– PLEASE OBJECT NOW !!!!!!!

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THOSE WHO HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO – PLEASE DO NOW AND SHARE THE MESSAGE WIDELY – Thank you

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 planning@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk 

 If you have problems with that email send to info@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk   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!

http://www.youcaring.com/danica-s-cat-shelter-felix-374463

Youtube video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9o4NAeStYQ

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