David Bowie Artwork – Amazing – Must Watch !

I just had to include these as they are some of the most incredible artworks I think I have ever seen produced – Enjoy !




Thailand: A Message From John At SOI Dogs.


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Dear Mark,

On behalf of everyone at Soi Dog, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for all the help you have given to dogs and cats in need. Only because of you, can these sick and injured animals get the care they need and deserve and a second chance at a happy life.

I’d like to take a moment and share with you the inspiring stories of Aquila and Finch, just 2 of the many dogs you have saved, as well as an update on the progress of the new life-saving dog hospital and a sweet cat looking for a loving home.

I’d like to share with you the story of a little girl called Aquila and the difference you have made in her life. If you ever doubt that a small monthly gift from you can achieve anything, please read on.

Aquila arrived at our shelter fighting for her life. Just a few weeks old, she was suffering from an extreme case of mange. Tiny and weak, she struggled to eat. All her fur had fallen out, apart from a few sparse tufts on her back. She was scared and confused – and all alone in the world.

Thanks to you, Aquila was able to receive the treatment she so desperately needed and has now blossomed into a friendly, affectionate and playful pup. It is such a stark contrast to the frightened and miserable puppy who first came to the Soi Dog shelter and who had appeared to have given up on life.

When dogs like Aquila arrive at our shelter, they are completely reliant on YOU. Without your support, there is nobody else we can turn to on their behalf. Will you please click here to save more animals like her?

At just 3 years of age, Finch was hit by a speeding car, sustaining such serious injuries to both his eyes that he lost his sight. Having grown up on the streets, never knowing a loving touch or a kind word, this beautiful boy really had a tough life. It is only thanks to people like you that he didn’t lose his life.

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Finch was in agony when he arrived at our shelter. So severe was the damage to his eyes that both had to be removed. Tests also revealed that he was suffering from blood parasites and heartworm, requiring urgent treatment.

Finch recovered well from his surgery and, despite all he went through, is a friendly, affectionate dog, who loves nothing more than to have a few cuddles and give kisses in return.

Finch’s lucky day came recently, when he left the Soi Dog shelter for his new home in Canada, where he has settled in well. Finch will never have to struggle to survive again and now knows love like he has never known before.

If you think you may have room in your home and your heart for a rescued dog or cat just like Finch, please click here.

Thanks to compassionate animal lovers, work continues on Thailand’s first ever dedicated hospital for street dogs.

With the extensive tiling work now being 85% complete, we have just taken delivery of some specialist equipment funded by people like you. The air-conditioning units and ultra-violet equipment to prevent the spread of disease is now being installed and the ceiling boards are being fitted. The hospital has passed its first electrical test and there now remains just the ceiling lights and power sockets to add. Construction has also just started on a waste treatment plant.

This life-saving hospital for dogs has come so far thanks to people like you becoming Angels for Dogs. Will you please join us on our final push to save the lives of thousands of sick or injured street dogs every year?

Please click here to help give neglected dogs the care they so need and deserve.

Rej was dumped at the gate of the Soi Dog shelter as a kitten and one year later he is still waiting for a home of his own. He has seen so many other kittens and cats find new homes, so he must be wondering why he is being overlooked.

Rej is FeLV+ (feline leukaemia positive), meaning he can only be adopted to a home that has no other cats or with cats that are also FeLV+.

Rej is a real sweetheart. He is very friendly and playful and can often be found playing with his toys or playing hide and seek with you. What he loves most though is cuddles, and he would love nothing more than to have that special someone to snuggle up with.

Gorgeous Rej really does deserves better than a life in a shelter. He can easily be adopted to Thailand, the US, Canada or Europe and our Adoptions Team will organise every step of the process for you. He also has half of his travel costs already covered!

Please give Rej the chance he deserves. Please email all questions to teresa@soidog.org or click here for more information.

Without you, these dogs and cats would have no one to turn to. I cannot thank you enough for all your kindness and compassion towards animals in need. Thank you for all your support and I know together in 2016, we will save thousands more lives.

John Dalley


Soi Dog Foundation










USA: You Could Not Make This Up ! – The Farce That Is Poor Horses In New York City.


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Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages   www.banhdc.org Horses Without Carriages International     www.horseswithoutcarriages.org

our campaign is dedicated to banning the inhumane, unsafe, anachronistic and hack line horse-drawn carriage trade  in NYC

On Friday, January 22nd, the City Council Transportation Committee held a hearing of Intro 573-A, the compromise carriage horse bill.  It lasted 7 hours.  To say it was a disorganized mess would be an understatement. 

Many people were upset that most of the members of the Transportation Committee  left the room before the public began to testify.

Much time was wasted questioning representatives from the Administration who did not have answers to important questions.

Most people were given only one minute to testify.  The groups at the hearing included those of us who oppose the bill because it sells out the horses.  Besides most activists, they include the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, Friends of Animals and Catskill Animal Sanctuary.  Those supporting the bill who were at the hearing were NYClass, PETA, HSUS, and the ASPCA.  Other groups were pressured to sign on to this without ever having read the bill.

The participants also included the carriage drivers, many of whom were not happy with the bill; Teamsters, pedicab drivers whose fledgling industry will be decimated at the request of the carriage drivers because they do not like the competition; good park advocates who threatened to sue the City because a horse stable will be built on public park land — and activists supporting or not supporting the bill.

Some of the drivers told unchallenged lies about the number of accidents or that horses are calm in traffic.  Unchallenged because the Committee chair and members do not know enough about this issue to counter these pronouncements.  So once again, the drivers were able to get away with lies. 

At times it seemed liked a side show with a Northern Cheyenne Indian chief, in a full eagle-feather “peace bonnet,” testified  that he communes with the carriage horses and they tell him they love what they are doing.

The chief failed to reveal  that he is also a Bronco rider – a very cruel rodeo sport where a bucking strap is tied around a horse’s groin to make him buck.   

Then at 11:30 a.m.  Council Member Jimmy Vacca, a committee member, tweeted that he was coming out as a gay man.  He left the hearing along with several other members.

You cannot make this stuff up. 

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Links to newspaper articles.

NY Times

NY Daily News

NY Post

Associated Press

These are excerpts from my testimony:

Why does this tiny, tiny so called industry have so much clout in this city?

They are fewer than 200 people and are not a union shop.   What is their power?  They take temper tantrums if they can’t get their own way and can bring the city and the administration to its knees?

Prior to 2013, every poll showed about 75 percent in favor of a ban.  But after the primary, the Daily News ramped up and began a campaign of lies and deception, never allowing the truth to see the light of day.  Most of the rest of the media followed suit.  The Mayor and his administration turned the other way and allowed this faction to control the dialogue.  When those questionable Quinnipiac polls were done, people only had lies on which to base their vote. Street traffic was never the sole reason we advocated for a ban.  There are many other reasons including the sensitive, nervous nature of the horses; the very high turnover , which leads us to believe many of the unwanted go to the kill auctions, and punishing working conditions.  Putting the stables in Central Park, which may be illegal,  is not going to relieve this and may just exacerbate it because all the abuses will now be within the park and not so noticeable.

Besides there is no requirement for turnout to pasture in this bill – a basic requirement for horse welfare. The same number of drivers will remain while using fewer horses, reduced by about half —  still working 9 hours a day, 7 days a week between the shafts of their carriages in the very congested Central Park, where horses have also spooked.

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The owners have the right to sell their horses to whomever they want, which could mean to an Amish farm that keeps the horse for a period of time before sending him to the auctions, frequented by kill buyers who may well purchase that horse and ship him on to Canada or Mexico for slaughter.

The new law will not prevent this.    The microchip doesn’t make sense because the horse isn’t going to be wanted at an auction.  Likewise, it’s  a mistake to get rid of the 4-digit hoof number because it’s an important identifying mark.  In 2010, I found Bobby II Freedom, a discarded NYC carriage horse, at the New Holland auction, one day away from being returned to the slaughter pen – He was identified by his hoof number.  This has also allowed us to report horses who appear to be suffering because we can see this number.  The age of the horses to retire remains at 26, but this is past the life expectancy of many, especially drafts.

The temperatures for weather suspension remain at 18 and 90 degrees and there is no consideration for a humidity or wind chill factor – something we have been asking for years.

This is a link to the bill: http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2080746&GUID=0D50DEF7-90D7-4B73-9BF3-25BB8520CEEC&Options=ID