England: 29/5/17 – Huge Turnout At London Demo Against Hunting Return.

Excellent turnout sending a big message to the government.

 

 

There are a lot of photos ! –

we have repeated a few here but for Copyright purposes we need to direct you to the Shutterstock site for some great pics.

Please go to the following link to see over 35 photos of the day in London:

https://www.rexfeatures.com/livefeed/2017/05/29/anti_fox_hunting_march,_london?

 

For non UK visitors – we have a General Election here on 8/6/17 to elect a new government.  In the UK we have 2 main political parties – Conservative and Labour.  The Conservatives are basically the same as Republicans in the US – all about money, their interests and very little else.  Labour is a ‘normal mans’ party.  The Conservatives are currently the government under the PM Mrs. May. 

Labour was the party that introduced the hunting ban around 11 years ago.  May and Tories now want to try and bring it back – hence the demo in London on 29 and the several references to ‘May’ – this being T. May, the Prime Minister.

David Cameron (remember him ?) was the Conservative PM before Mrs May.  Cameron was a hunter; and the Tories are always really viewed as the hunting party of British politics.   Most now ask; with the hunt ban in place for 11 years; why do the Conservatives want to try and bring it back ?

Because Conservatives are looked on as the upper class; the land owners with a blood lust for hunting innocent wild animals.  Labour have pledged to fight to keep the ban, and improve legislation even more if necessary.  Labour is led by Mr. Corbyn.

So now we are into the last 2 weeks before the election.  A few months ago the Conservatives were way ahead, but now Labour are steadily catching up.  The Conservatives (Tories) have done a U turn on Ivory for example – https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/05/26/uk-conservatives-to-u-turn-on-ivory-ban-please-take-action-before-the-8th-june-election/  — and are not at all animal welfare friendly.  Labour are the very positive.  Hunting of British wild animals is just one of many issues, but an issue that the British public feel very strongly about.  It will be interesting to watch how the parties progress over the next few weeks and who comes out eventual winner.  Many pundits say it will be the Conservatives, but they are very un popular because of a lot of their views on certain things.

We shall see and will report the result on this site.

 

London anti hunt demo on 29/5 newspaper links – note that articles may be biased depending on which political party the newspaper supports !

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/thousands-fox-hunting-protesters-march-10523687

 

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/make-hunting-history-protest-thousands-descend-on-downing-street-in-antihunting-march-a3551691.html

 

http://www.itv.com/news/london/2017-05-29/thousands-of-anti-fox-hunting-protesters-march-on-downing-street/

 

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-hounded-furious-anti-fox-10525312

 

https://endfoxhunting.co.uk/the-london-anti-hunt-march-2017-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

Horse Sense – Or Lack Of ?? – News From The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages.

CHARLESTON

What in the world is going on in Charleston?!   On Thursday morning, May 25th, once again a horse spooked and bolted.  The driver was unable to control him and fell out of the carriage, suffering severe injuries. He was hospitalized.   Although the horse crashed into a car, he is said to be doing fine. This is media speak and we do not believe it — but these are the reports.   Charleston media is obviously trying to protect this industry from well deserved criticism. 

This is one of the first articles about the accident.  Click Here.

 

A local resident who witnessed the accident told us:  “The horse [Luke] was running at full gallop, passengers screaming like they were on a roller coaster. All the horse was trying to do was ‘run home.’ He was terrified, so he ran to where he knows. Hitting all the parked cars and then finally being stopped by running head on into a parked car.” It is bad enough that Charleston has punishingly hot heat and humidity, but it seems their drivers do not know how to handle huge draft horses.  We say once again that horses do not belong on the crowded streets of any city — especially Charleston.  Because of their sensitive nature, they can spook at the slightest provocation and bolt into traffic, causing injury or death to themselves, their passengers and driver or unsuspecting passersby.  These large, powerful animals can weigh between 1,500 to 2,000 pounds and can become unwitting weapons when they try to run away from their source of fear.

Why is the City of Charleston continuing to allow this dangerous and frivolous business to continue?  How will this touristy city handle it when a tourist gets killed or very seriously injured?  Will they continue to make excuses or will they finally put an end to this business as they did recently in Mumbai, India and other cities around the world.

NOTE:  for those who missed our recent issue about Charleston carriage horses, Click Here. 

 

 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

The City of Melbourne is trying to reign in its carriages.  This is a weak attempt but at least it is something.  NYC has done nothing to deal with crowded streets, u-turns and overloaded carriages.

City of Melbourne to stop issuing new permits for CBD horse carriages

 

HYDERABAD, INDIA

A bizarre accident in India resulted in the death of two horses who were pulling an empty carriage.   Warning:  graphic video may be disturbing.   Click Here. 

 

WHY WE SHARE THIS NEWS?

Horse-drawn carriages that engage in hack line trade in busy cities are inhumane, unsafe, antiquated  and frivolous.   There have been activist campaigns in many cities all over the world to ban horse-drawn carriages.  Only a few have been successful.   It is a very difficult task because it is institutionalized cruelty and in many cases, supported by the local media and politicians who have questionable honesty and ethics.    But is is important to share these accidents with the world.  This is not about horses doing noble work.  When used up and no longer wanted, the horses often go to auction and slaughter.

 

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Henry Beston, a writer and naturalist, eloquently said this about animals in the Outermost House, published in 1928,

For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”

 

The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages P.O. Box 20247  | Park West Station  | New York, NY 10025

 

 

USA: Breaking – The Show Must Go On – Ringling Bros Circus To Send Tigers To German Circus !

 

 

 

BREAKING: Ringling Bros. Plans To Ship Its Tigers To German Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus just held its last show ever on Sunday — but life could be getting even worse for the circus’ tigers.

Feld Entertainment, the parent company behind Ringling Bros., has applied for a permit to ship eight of its tigers overseas to a circus in Germany instead of retiring them to a sanctuary, according to documents provided to The Dodo by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF).

In the notice, Ringling claims the tigers would serve “to enhance the propagation or survival of the species,” a requirement put in place by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW) to ensure endangered species, like tigers, are only shipped for conservation purposes. But according to ALDF, this requirement doesn’t always receive the scrutiny it deserves.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has historically taken a controversial ‘pay-to-play’ approach to the enhancement requirement, often rubber-stamping permits for objectionable uses of endangered species so long as the applicant makes a nominal donation to a conservation program,” ALDF said in a statement. “It is well-established that use of tigers in circuses fails to educate the public and has no nexus to legitimate species conservation. In fact, many experts opine that the use of exotic animals for entertainment acts and other traveling shows is harmful to their wild counterparts.”

The announcement comes as a blow to animal lovers throughout the country, many of whom hoped that Ringling’s January decision to close its doors for good would mean its animals would finally be able to retire to more natural lives after years of mistreatment.

Ringling Bros. has been dogged by accusations of animal abuse for decades, ranging from suspicious deaths of elephants to the brutal training methods used on young calves who had been torn away from their mothers.

But while most of the public attention has focused on the plight of Ringling’s elephants, the circus’ big cats were living an equally depressing life.

An undercover report published last year described life as a “nightmare” for the tigers. They spent most of their lives packed into tiny cages in parking lots or behind buildings, devoid of water to swim in or room to run. Tigers are solitary, and this closeness led to frequent fighting — many tigers were covered in scars, and others had cracked paws or pressure wounds from living on the unnatural concrete.

 

Jay Pratte, an animal trainer with 25 years of experience who conducted the investigation, said he saw tigers display signs of mental distress, such as compulsively over-grooming themselves until their skin cracked or pacing their cages obsessively.

In the circus ring, tigers were trained using whips and prods, and their fear was palpable, according to Pratte. “When the goads or whips are raised, the cats flinch and shy back every time,” he said. “The cats know only fear, dominance and punishment.”

When Ringling’s elephants were retired last year, they were sent to the circus’s Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida, the controversial breeding and training ground where many of Ringling’s alleged abuses took place. It’s still unclear what life is like for the elephants there, or if they will continue performing in some capacity.

But now it seems the tigers’ future is even more murky. If the permit is approved, the eight tigers will be sent to Zirkus Crone, a circus in Munich that’s had its own share of abuse accusations — including claims that many of the circus’ animals, similarly to Ringling, are suffering from arthritis and mental distress and are denied proper living conditions.

In a statement, ALDF said it “strongly opposes Ringling’s effort to condemn these tigers to continued exploitation for ‘entertainment’ when there are humane options for the endangered animals.” For now, the best hope is that public outcry will prevent USFW from approving the permit request — which will be open for public comment for 30 days beginning on Friday — and save the tigers from years of further performances

“The curtain has come down on Ringling Bros. and an enlightened public is turning away from the outdated notion that it’s acceptable to use endangered species as entertainment props,” Stephen Wells, executive director of ALDF, said in a statement. “After spending years being carted around in cramped transport cages for 50 weeks of the year, it’s time for Ringling and trainer Alexander Lacey to let these tigers live out their lives at a reputable sanctuary where they can experience the space, habitats and peace they need and deserve.”

To help stop these tigers from being sent to another circus, you can submit a comment asking USFW to refuse the permit.

 

England: Leopard Spotted In London Town.

‘Lily’ in London to show the plight of wild big cats forced to live in urban areas.

Info at the end of the video – Enjoy ! – and its NOT a real leopard !

 

 

 

England: What If It Was You ?

Mothers trying to protect their babies – whatever the species !

 

 

 

 

Mark says – he wishes he could play Trumpet that well !

LONDON – Anti Hunt March / Demo. 29/5/17 – Bank Holiday Monday. Post Machester Bombings; Security Is Very High. Take Note Of General Rules Below.

ENJOY THE MARCH / DEMO, BUT TAKE NOTE THAT AFTER THE BOMBINGS IN MANCHESTER earlier this week, public events security is massive – military and police.  Help to make it go well by adhering to a few rules – enjoy but make it safe.

We have a proud democracy here in the UK – this event could easily have been stopped by the police after recent events; but we are allowed to continue.  Follow the rules – don’t give the pro hunters anything to use against us antis – they would love that.  Follow the simple rules and keep it safe – SAV.

 

 

As far as we know, the London anti hunt march is STILL ON – Bank Holiday Monday.

Police and military will be on patrol over the City – so make it all go as good as it could.

Because of the terrible Manchester events earlier this week, security is obviously higher.  The UK is at its highest security level post Manchester bombings – so please help to make life easier for all military security and police concerned.

The following has been put out – please take note of what it says.

“MARCH/DEMO GOING AHEAD.

The police have confirmed they will be bringing sniffer dogs into the crowd at the start of the anti hunt protest on Bank Holiday Monday.

The dogs will be searching for explosive devices this is a precaution being used for all public events under the heightened security threat.

The police are also asking all attendees not to bring flares to the protest. These have been used at anti hunt protests in the past, but anyone letting off a flare or attempting to throw one will be putting themselves and other people at risk.

Any loud bangs or smoke could lead to panic by the wider public and a reaction by armed police or soldiers along our march route.

Can I therefore call on everyone attending the march to please not bring any flares with them.”

Sources and meet details:

http://london.carpediem.cd/events/3595628-anti-hunting-march-29-05-17-at-london-united-kingdom/

https://www.facebook.com/events/241667576311495/

 

LONDON ANTI-HUNTING MARCH, Organised by KeeptheBan

Monday, May 29, 2017, 12:00 PM

CAVENDISH SQUARE,
W1 London, GB

8 Animal Rights activists Attending

This march is organised by the “Keep the Ban” group not our meetup group.See the facebook page……https://www.facebook.com/events/241667576311495/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%222%22%2C%22ref_dashboard_filter%22%3A%22upcoming%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22%5B%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22dashboard%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22main_list%5C%…

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