South Africa: The Ostrich Killing Capital of the World – Take Action: Tell Hermès and Prada to Ditch Exotic Skins.

 

 

 

Take Action: Tell Hermès and Prada to Ditch Exotic Skins

 

http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=46979&utm_campaign=SKINS%20prada%20and%20hermes&utm_source=ENews%20Email&utm_medium=Promo

 

Exposed: Young Ostriches Butchered for ‘Luxury’ Bags

Never-before-seen footage shows how birds are shoved into boxes and have their throats slit at slaughterhouses that supply Hermès, Prada and other “luxury” fashion houses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-ZFejgqniw

 

Take action to help these gentle, curious birds.

In September 2015, PETA US investigators travelled to South Africa to document what happens inside the largest ostrich slaughter companies in the world, including the exclusive supplier of ostrich skins for Hermès Birkin bags. Investigators saw workers force terrified ostriches into stun boxes – causing many to slip and fall – and then slit their throats. The ostriches next in line watched helplessly as their flockmates were killed right in front of them.

Workers were caught on camera striking ostriches in the face during transport, and when ostriches stumbled over a collapsed flockmate outside a slaughterhouse, a plant director joked, “I’ll call the animal welfare officer just now”.

These slaughterhouses supply ostrich skins to Hermès, Prada, Louis Vuitton and other top European fashion houses. Feathers, some of which are ripped out of the ostriches’ skin while they are fully conscious, are used in costumes for the Moulin Rouge and festivals like Brazil’s Rio Carnival as well as in feather dusters, boas and accessories. Ostrich meat is also sold throughout South Africa and exported primarily to Europe.

South Africa: The Ostrich Killing Capital of the World

The Western Cape of South Africa is home to the largest ostrich slaughter companies in the world, which supply “luxury” ostrich skins to Hermès and other major fashion houses.

PETA US investigators saw the juvenile birds tightly packed into open-topped vehicles for the terrifying journey to slaughter. Once they reach the slaughterhouse, workers forcibly restrain each bird, electrically stun them and then cut their throats. Moments later, the feathers are torn off the birds’ still-warm bodies, they are skinned and dismembered.

The Intelligent Ostrich

While ostriches can live for more than 40 years, farmed ostriches are slaughtered when they are just 1 year old. And while young ostriches typically stay with their parents for up to three years, ostriches raised on factory farms will never even get to meet their parents.

In the wild, these intelligent birds share parental duties, with the camouflaged mother taking care of the eggs during the daytime and the father, who has black feathers, taking night-time duty. One farm manager told our investigators that he has seen ostriches take turns fanning each other on hot days, remarking, “I have a lot of respect for ostrich”. 

 

 

 

 

England / Bosnia: Take Action For Bosnian Fur Farm Animals – Before They Get Another 10 Years In Cages !

 

From friend Mark at ‘Respect for Animals’, Nottingham, England.

Please sign the petition re fur farming ban in Bosnia – and then pass the link to all your contacts – Thanks SAV.

 

Dear friend.

Do you have 30 seconds?

We are worried about an urgent procedure in the Bosnian parliament that threatens the ban on fur farming, which is due to come into force in 2018.

This proposal will prolong fur farming for ANOTHER 10 YEARS.

We need to make our voices heard for animals.  Another 10 years of suffering for huge numbers of animals who will be factory farmed in tiny wire cages is not acceptable.

We’ve already written to key Bosnian politicians and now are asking you to add your name to our letter to the Ambassador for Bosnia- Herzegovina.

 

Just click here and complete the form to sign the letter

Here is the text of the letter you will be adding your name to:

To His Excellency Mustafa Mujezinovic

I am writing to you regarding the fur farming ban which should be implemented in 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

I am alarmed about the unjustified urgent procedure in the Bosnian House of Representatives that undermines the Animal Protection and Welfare Act, which banned the cruel and unnecessary practice of fur farming.

This urgent proposal will prolong this cruel industry and the suffering of innocent animals for another 10 years, just months before the ban should take place. This is extremely disappointing.

Previously, I had admired the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina for your role at the forefront of a Europe that respects animal welfare by the passing of this Act. In the last eight years, fur farmers in Bosnia and Herzegovina were given the opportunity to transition to a more sustainable industry.

Prolonging the phase-out period would be unjustifiable to farmers that have respected the law. It would weaken the reliability of legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, given the unjustified, urgent procedure used by the House of Representatives to annul legislation that was voted upon by the Bosnian government nine years ago.

Just click here and complete the form to sign the letter

For the animals,

Mark Glover, Director.

 

Response To The Recent Post Regarding Possible Donkey Exports From Australia to China. 18/5/17.

Picture shows : On this China market live donkeys are being brutally slaughtered. 

SAV Comment:

The following relates to our recent post regarding donkeys possibly going to be exported from Australia to China.  Here is the link to the post, and we would suggest that it should be reviewed BEFORE reading the responses below:

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/05/13/australia-australian-donkeys-face-being-bludgeoned-to-death-with-sledgehammers-in-china/

 

We agree with many of the points raised below, especially those of points 2 and 5. We know that the Australian trade survives on transporting live animals over huge distances to terrible deaths in far off places.  We very much would argue about the statement made that donkeys would be slaughtered in licensed abattoirs in Australia, not transported live to China.  The original comment in the past response also talks of ‘humane’ slaughter in the street using sledgehammers rather than their use in slaughterhouses.  We have campaigned against, and shown posts in the past relating to the use of sledgehammers to kill animals in slaughterhouses.  Nothing is better – their use either on the street or in slaughterhouses is abhorrent and should be banned wherever.

Here is the response to the above links from one of our supporters which was sent to us by e mail.  We have reproduced in full with no edits.

We welcome comments relating to any issues covered.  Please use the ‘Contact’ tab at the top of the page if you would like to leave any feedback.  Comments are shown on the site under ‘Recent Comments’ which is located on the right hand side.

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Dear friends from the “Donkey Sanctuary”,

I have a few Points about the article you send in SAV from 15/5/17.

Point 1.Whilst we cannot deny the truth of the articles linked in the Serbian Animals Voice page, many of them are several years (or even decades) old, and in the case of flesh being cut off live donkeys, we had reassurance some years ago from a reliable contact in Beijing that this was rare to start with, and now no longer happens.

Criticism: How are you so sure that new photos would not be worse than the old ones?

Which is their reliable contact in Beijing?

From whom do you know that such things no longer happen? Apart from a recognized animal protection organization in the country, I would not trust anyone else that he/she is telling the truth. Especially in China, a country where there is no animal protection, one should be very careful with such statements.

 

Point 2. Whilst we do not condone the roadside slaughter of donkeys by sledgehammer, although it is brutal, as long as it is performed by someone who knows what they’re doing and does it well, it can be quicker and more humane than what goes on behind closed doors in some abattoirs rather closer to home.

Criticism: If you really consider the slaughter of the donkeys with sledgehammer as a “humane” slaughter, compared to the brutal slaughterhouses, then you can suggest to those who eat meat and wear leather that they prefer both (meat and leather) from the “human” slaughtered donkey on the street. This reminds me a little of the organic meat myth in Germany (Bio Fleisch).

 

Picture shows : Horrifying sights of the animals bashed over the head with a sledgehammer.

Point 3 :

If you go on to read the full article 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-07-14/chinese-eyes-on-northern-territory-for-donkey-farming/7628078

you will see that the logistics and economic viability are in fact far from straightforward or easy to justify. This article is dated 2016 and is far more realistic as the extract in the box below demonstrates:

The article may be up-to-date, but how can you believe that an unscrupulous businessman, such as Trier, says the truth, if he says, that they are not planning anything with live transports to China? Why does Trier give you the guarantee that he says the truth? He also says himself: “as soon as the dollars stack up, then one comes immediately into the business! We are talking about millions of business, don`t forget !!!

 

Point 4. Furthermore, the indications are that if it should happen (which currently looks unlikely), that donkeys would be slaughtered in licensed abattoirs in Australia, not transported live to China.

Criticism:  You say “the indications” but you are not sure. We aren’t either. We do not expect an email from both countries to find out that such a transport takes place. And China has never done any business with slaughtered animals. China is a country which is 100% oriented on transports of live animals. Because that is cheap!

The simple logic says that if the donkeys are previously slaughtered in “licensed abattoirs in Australia”, the business it is not worth.

Point 5.   We call for a halt to the trade in donkey skins to produce ejiao until the impact of the trade can be assessed and shown to be both humane for donkeys and sustainable for the communities that depend on them.

Criticism: You distinguish between illegal and legal action. And in addition, you demand a “halt” of trade with donkeys, which are slaughtered for the production of ejiao, not a ban. You leave a window open for Chinese medicine? Today, we know very well that the famous Chinese medicine is only a good selling myth. Just like the liquid from the bile of bears in China and Korea, which produces non detectable positive effect, but only an agonizing death for millions of animals. I think you should be much stricter in your judgments and requirements. Especially when it`s about countries like Australia, China, Romania, Turkey … etc ,,

Experience has shown us that we can never be sufficiently mistrustful and vigilant, and that is why we must act on time.

Regards

 

 

 

 

Why Animal Farts Are A Dangerous Thing !

 

 

China now eats twice as much meat as the United States, which is far too much on both counts !

“It is not possible to feed everyone so much meat,” said Wen Tiejun, the dean of Renmin university’s Agriculture school a leading advocate of rural reform. “People must simply eat less (meat)”.

Over the last 30 years, the Chinese demand for meat has quadrupled, according to figures from the USDA.  China alone now eats a quarter of the world supply, approximately 71 million tons a year.

 

With lots more money in their pockets, the majority of Chinese citizens have turned away from their traditional diet of rice and vegetables, flavored with only a small quantity of meat.  They now embrace Western diets and have become fast food junkies. But Chinese farmers are unable to keep pace with the demand, and imports of meat, breeding stock and animal feed have risen dramatically.

 

Thanks to Philip at CIWF (England) –  https://www.ciwf.org.uk/

The average Chinese still only eats half the meat that his American counterpart does. But American and European meat consumption has now started to fall, while it is still rising strongly in the developing world, of which China is considered one. Leading water scientists have also issued warnings that the world may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages.

So what is China doing about it ?  –   New dietary guidelines could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1 BILLION tonnes by 2030, and could lessen country’s problems with obesity and diabetes.

The Chinese government has outlined a plan to reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by 50%, in a move that climate campaigners hope will provide major change in the effort to avoid runaway global warming of the planet.

New dietary guidelines for citizens drawn up by China’s health ministry and only released once every 10 years recommend that the nation’s 1.3 billion population should consume between 40g to 75g of meat per person each day. The measures are designed to improve public health but could also provide a significant reduction to global greenhouse gas emissions.

The Chinese Communist party has released a series of new public information adverts encouraging Chinese citizens to consume less animal flesh each day to help the environment.   If the new guidelines be followed, carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from China’s livestock industry would be reduced by 1 billion tonnes by 2030, from a projected 1.8 billion tonnes in that year.

14.5% of planet-warming emissions emanate globally from the keeping and eating of cows, chickens, pigs and other meat animals – this is more than the entire global emissions from the transport sector. Livestock produce and release methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas.  Land clearing and the use of fertilizers also release large quantities of carbon into the atmosphere.

Tackling climate change involves many routes – scientific judgement, political decisions, entrepreneurial support, but in the main, it still very much relies on involvement of the general public to change their meat consuming behaviour. Every single meat eating person around the globe has to believe in the low-carbon concept and slowly adapt to it by making changes to their diet and cutting down on, or preferably eradicating, meat consumption.

Meat has gone from a rare treat to a regular staple part of daily diet for many Chinese people. In 1982, the average Chinese person each year ate just 13kg of meat, nicknamed “millionaire’s meat” due to its scarcity.  Beef consumption was almost non existent.

But the emergence of China as a world economic power has radically altered the diets of a newly wealthy population. The average Chinese citizen now eats 63kg of meat a year, with a further 30kg of meat per person expected to be added by 2030 if nothing is done to stop or amend the trend. The new guidelines set out in government guidelines would reduce this to between 14kg and 27kg a year – a reduction of more than 50%.

 

China currently consumes 28% of the world’s meat, including half of its entire pork capacity. Animals are reared in and spend their short lives in utterly terrible conditions – read and see much more from Phil at CIWF (England) at:  https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/04/19/england-china-ciwf-england-work-on-all-fronts-to-improve-pig-welfare-in-china-with-great-results/

But, China still lags behind more than 12 other nations in ‘per capita’ meat consumption, with the average American or Australian consuming twice as much meat per person compared to China.

 

According to a new report by Wildaid – http://wildaid.org/ –  the predicted increase in China’s meat consumption would add an extra 233m tonnes of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere each and every year, as well as put an increased strain on the country’s water supply, which is already blighted by polluted and denuded rivers and groundwater.

The report also warns that unchecked Chinese meat consumption will degrade its arable land and much worsen the country’s problems and costs relating to obesity and diabetes. Already (2017) an estimated 100 million Chinese people have diabetes, more than any other country.

Research released by the think tank Chatham House in 2014 predicted that China alone is expected to eat 20 million tonnes more of meat and dairy a year by 2020 and warned that “dietary change is essential” if global warming is to not exceed the 2C limit eventually imposed at the Paris climate accord recently.

Scientists at the Oxford Martin School found that the widespread adoption of vegetarianism around the world could bring down greenhouse gas emissions by nearly two-thirdshttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/21/eat-less-meat-vegetarianism-dangerous-global-warming .

China’s potential move to cut meat consumption in half would not only have a huge positive impact on its public health, it would also be a massive step towards drastically reducing carbon emissions and reaching the global goals set out in the Paris agreementAnimal agriculture emits more than all transportation combined. Reducing demand for animal-based foods is essential if we are to limit global warming to 2C as agreed at COP21.

Despite the Chinese government’s commitment to reducing meat consumption by 50% or more, it may be very difficult to convince the country’s big spending, rising middle classes to cut down on their meat intake. There are strong cultural traditions attached to the eating of many animals, especially pigs, which will be difficult to change.

Recently, Chinese companies have been buying farms in the United States and Australia to provide feed for their country’s dairy and beef industries. In late 2013 a Chinese company, (Shenghui), purchased the largest US pork producer, named ‘Smithfield Foods’, to help keep up with demand.

China’s demand for meat could potentially continue to grow and support hundreds of thousands of jobs in the US meat industry.  Sounds good for the USA; but also think; from a climate perspective, the methane produced by the animals will still continue to be created, but it will be shifted to the United States rather than remain in ChinaWe wonder what President Trump would have to say about this if he cared – but then does he not think climate change is a non-reality invented by the Chinese ?

Maybe he should think again, if he is capable.

– By Mark

– compiled from various sources.

 

Australia: AUSTRALIAN DONKEYS FACE BEING BLUDGEONED TO DEATH WITH SLEDGEHAMMERS IN CHINA!

AUSTRALIAN DONKEYS FACE BEING BLUDGEONED TO DEATH WITH SLEDGEHAMMERS IN CHINA!

Update via another source – 15/5/17.

Dear Louise, Mark and Kent Action Against Live Exports,

Louise – Thank you for forwarding Mark’s/KAALE’s email with link to Serbian Animals Voice webpage about the possibility of Australia (NT) exporting donkeys to China.

All – We are aware of this and are in touch with various people in Australia who are keeping tabs on the situation there, already writing articles, raising awareness etc against such a plan, and will lobby as hard as possible against it if it ever looks like becoming  a reality. Whilst we cannot deny the truth of the articles linked in the Serbian Animals Voice page, many of them are several years (or even decades) old, and in the case of flesh being cut off live donkeys, we had reassurance some years ago from a reliable contact in Beijing that this was rare to start with, and now no longer happens. Whilst we do not condone the roadside slaughter of donkeys by sledgehammer, although it is brutal, as long as it is performed by someone who knows what they’re doing and does it well, it can be quicker and more humane than what goes on behind closed doors in some abattoirs rather closer to home. The photos shown first circulated widely in a Daily Mail article a few years ago and have reappeared at regular intervals since – they are guaranteed (and therefore deliberately used) to shock our western senses. Many of us are happy to eat meat, wear leather, etc, but close our eyes and ears to how it comes to be there and are then upset when the stark truth is laid out before us.

The media statement from Australia is dated 2009 – 8 years ago. Whilst the opening sentences are clearly (in my opinion) written in such a way as to provoke reaction, the Australians had not at that time investigated thoroughly into the logistics or economic viability of such a plan.

If you go on to read the full article (link also given, http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-07-14/chinese-eyes-on-northern-territory-for-donkey-farming/7628078), you will see that the logistics and economic viability are in fact far from straightforward or easy to justify. This article is dated 2016 and is far more realistic as the extract in the box below demonstrates:

There are currently no protocols in place for the export of Northern Territory donkey hides or meat to China.

“Most importantly, we’ve also been doing some economic analysis to see whether the dollars stack up,” Mr Trier said.

“We undertook some economic analysis, using some assumptions drawn from a range of mechanisms about the value of donkeys in China and their productive turn-off.

“Our analysis, using Australian feral donkeys, is that it doesn’t seem economically viable [to farm them for export], however using Chinese donkey genetics, there could be some economics in it.

“But then, stacking that up against an existing industry, such as cattle, which [donkeys] would have to displace unless it was on other land, cattle appear more profitable.

“From our point of view, donkeys present a diversification opportunity, but it would be a mid to long-term process.”

In short, whilst it is true that Northern Territories have been, and to our knowledge still are, considering the possibility of export of donkeys to China, as far as we know this is not looking imminent. Furthermore, the indications are that if it should happen (which currently looks unlikely), that donkeys would be slaughtered in licensed abattoirs in Australia, not transported live to China.

We have a whole section of our website dedicated to the global issue of the rapidly increasing Chinese demand for donkey products, mainly skins (used in the production of a Traditional Chinese Medicine called ejiao), which is threatening donkey populations around the world, along with the communities that depend upon them for their livelihoods. To read our extensive report on this, and news and updates since it was published in January this year, please go to: www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/under-the-skin. Please feel free to circulate this link and the information contained therein to as many people and organisations as you like, and help us to raise support for our campaign.

Again, thank you for your concern. The threat to donkeys around the world is real, and we have a special, cross-departmental taskforce working specifically on this issue.

 

With kind regards,

Harriet

Harriet Pottinger

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU

Tel: 01395 578222  Fax: 01395 579266

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Petition – https://www.change.org/p/australian-donkeys-face-being-bludgeoned-to-death-with-sledgehammers-if-live-exported-to-china?recruiter=32812350&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=des-lg-share_petition-no_msg

 

AUSTRALIAN DONKEYS FACE BEING BLUDGEONED TO DEATH IN CHINA IF THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT HAS ITS WAY.

Just when Australian’s thought the live animal export trade couldn’t possibly get any worse, there is now a possibility that donkeys will be live exported to China, a country known for it unspeakable cruelty towards animals.

Courtesy of Viral Spell:

Donkeys are butchered and sold by the curbside as customers watch:

http://www.viralspell.com/bludgeoned-to-death-with-a-sledgehammer-donkeys-are-butchered-and-sold-by-the-curbside-in-a-fresh-donkey-meat-drive-thru/

In June 2009 a media statement was released by the Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland. The Honourable Tim Mulherin expressed his desire for Australian donkeys to be live exported to China.  Mr Mulherin’s first sentence really says it all.

 

Picture shows : Horrifying sights of the animals bashed over the head with a sledgehammer

Picture this: “balmy afternoon in Beijing, donkey steaks sizzling on the barbeque, a little romance in the air aided by some traditional Chinese medicine made from donkey skins.”  He went on to say that “the best part of this scenario is the donkey has been imported from Australia”.

It is extremely unlikely that ‘the best part of this scenario is the donkey has been imported from Australia’, when there are NO animal welfare laws in China for any animal, including Australian animals. Mr Mulherin may think there will be romance in the air while Australian donkey steaks sizzle on the barbeque, but the reality is donkeys in China are killed in the most unspeakable, incomprehensible ways.

There is NOTHING romantic about the horrors donkeys face when slaughtered in China.

FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

‘Donkey deal with China could reap millions’

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/Id/64639

THE REALITY SETS IN AS AUSTRALIA ONCE AGAIN DISCUSSES ITS PLANS TO LIVE EXPORT DONKEYS TO CHINA

Alister Trier, chief executive of the NT’s Department of Primary Industry, said over the past two years, the government had been approached by several Chinese companies wanting access to feral donkeys in the Northern Territory.

“The interest has been quite significant; we’ve had well over a dozen enquiries from different Chinese interests,” Mr Trier said.

“There [are] still numbers of feral donkeys in the NT — and too many for a lot of people’s liking — but not the numbers that investors from China were led to believe.”

Mr Trier toured a donkey processing factory in the Shandong province of China this year and said the industry was expanding and the demand for donkeys was incredible.

FULL ARTICLE BELOW:

 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-14/chinese-eyes-on-northern-territory-for-donkey-farming/7628078

 

THE ‘PRACTICES’ USED IN CHINA TO SLAUGHTER DONKEYS

WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2952313/Customers-watch-Chinese-vendors-sell-fresh-donkey-meat-road-killing-animals-them.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pRjCIZZBAw

INCLUDING DONKEY’S:

http://china-underground.com/2014/08/16/7-animals-eaten-alive-in-china-graphic-content/

For decades Australia has been live exporting animals to the Middle East and South East Asia, this has resulted in the most horrific treatment and slaughter of Australian animals. The Australian government and the live export industry, has grossly failed to protect animals from being slaughtered in ways that are heinous. How can the government ensure that Australian donkeys are not killed in such ways if recent talks of starting up a donkey trade to China become a reality?

The answer is it cannot. Investigators have repeatedly exposed the live export trade for exactly what it is! Barbaric beyond belief…Investigators have filmed the most sickening treatment of Australian sheep and cattle on overseas soil, yet this cruel trade continues. Recently Investigators exposed footage of Australian cattle being bashed to death with sledgehammers, the same barbaric method used to kill donkeys in China.

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT:

Courtesy of Animals Australia

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/Vietnam-cruelty-shows-live-export-industry-cant-be-trusted.php

 

 

 

 

 

England: Vote For Vinny !

The Conservative Party want a return to hunting – see more at  https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/05/10/uk-conservative-party-wish-to-see-a-return-to-hunting-after-11-year-ban/

A major campaign has now started in the build up to the UK General Election on 8th June 2017.  We must not let the Conservatives repeal the hunting act which has been in place for around the last 11 years.

 

      

Support Vinny the fox and show your disgust at animal abuse in hunting.

 

Okay, I’m a fox cub, I’m not actually taking part in the election – don’t be daft.

·         But a Vote for Vinny means that you care about animals – and you think your human government should care for animals too. I don’t just mean foxes, I mean all animals (even dogs – it’s not their fault peoples make them chase me)

·         A Vote for Vinny means that you’ve moved from the dark days when peoples liked to kill animals like me for fun.

·         And a Vote for Vinny means that you think humans should protect animals like me by punishing those bad peoples who hurt us.

Will you vote for Vinny?

 

https://votesforvinny.org.uk/

 

Some clever humans tried to ban hunting long before I was born. It wasn’t just foxes who were grateful – deer, hares and those funny little minks were meant to be saved too.

But now I hear there’s a danger your people in power might want to start hunting us again?

 

I hate hunting –  https://votesforvinny.org.uk/i-hate-hunting/

 

Fox cub investigation –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHtc78NNMYs

 

FOR FOX SAKE KEEP THE BAN !

 

Visit the League Against Cruel Sports web site(s) at  

 

https://www.league.org.uk/election

 

https://www.league.org.uk/

 

 

In response to the Prime Minister’s renewed commitment to hold a free vote, League Against Cruel Sports CEO, Eduardo Goncalves said:

 

“Britain’s voters have been waiting to hear what the next government will be doing on key issues like the NHS, education and Brexit. It’s a shame that Parliamentary time will be spent on trying to make fox hunting legal again. Given that 84% of the public – and 72% of Conservative voters – want fox hunting to remain illegal, this smacks of a small minority with a cruel hobby wielding an inappropriately large influence over the people in charge.

“Personally I want to live in a caring Britain, a country that cares for its people, its countryside and its animals. I want people who are cruel to animals to face a maximum penalty of five years, not six months as it is now. I want us to be compassionate and care about animals dying in the name of sport, such as trophy hunting and hare coursing. I think most people want the same. Are we really going to turn the clock back to a time when killing animals for fun was legal? I’m sure many current and future MPs of all colours feel the same way, so we hope they stand up and be counted when the time comes.”

 

https://www.league.org.uk/news/league-against-cruel-sports-statement-on-pms-pledge-to-hold-a-free-vote-on-overturning-the-ban-on-fox-hunting

 

 

 

UK: Conservative Party Wish To See A Return To Hunting After 11 Year Ban !

Above – Blood Junkies – Huntsman Bloodbath.

We have had a hunting ban in the form of government legislation here in the UK for approximately 11 years.  Even today, around 84% of the British general public want to see a continuation of the hunting ban.

 

It took many years to bring about, and resulted in the deaths of several anti hunt campaigners.  We are proud to have done our bit regarding the ban.  But, as we pointed out in fairly recent posts regarding the old Prime Minister (PM) David Cameron, there has always been a wish by a certain sect of the Conservative Party to repeal the ban and return to hunting wild animals with dogs.

 

Just this week (May 2017) David Cameron’s replacement, Mrs May, has announced that she would like to see a return to foxhunting.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-fox-hunting-bring-back-ban-repeal-conservative-tories-general-election-rural-vote-a7726506.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-confirms-wants-bring-back-10387487

This disgusts us.  Fortunately the UK has a General Election this June and so people can now inform potential candidates how they feel about any possible repeal of the hunting act.  The ‘League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) is already well prepared for the fight and is working very hard on a campaign.  See news here:

https://www.league.org.uk/news/league-against-cruel-sports-statement-on-pms-pledge-to-hold-a-free-vote-on-overturning-the-ban-on-fox-hunting

After 11 years we do not want to see a return to British wildlife being killed and destroyed by the blood junkies of the pro hunt lobby.  We will do al we can to fight any change in legislation, but like many things the voice of the people is not really what counts – it will be left to the votes of a few hundred politicians in the Commons.

If it does ever return, Hunt Sabs will be back out protecting wildlife, as they always have done in the UK.  Without doubt, as in the past, things will get nasty and sabs will end up being killed by the blood junkies.  Is this what we want in 2017 ?

 

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, made a recent announcement:

 “Personally, I’ve always been in favour of fox hunting.”

However, the British public have made it very clear in the years of Tory rule that they do not agree with her outdated opinions. It’s time to tell May that her ‘personal’ opinions are not representative of the country she is paid to serve. 84% of the population have shown support for keeping Labour’s 2004 hunting ban in place, don’t let May repeal this important piece of legislation.

The practice of fox hunting involves setting a pack of dogs on a fox and then chasing it on horseback, usually in traditional dress. The “sport” is to many people a vicious and outdated pastime, and the idea of repealing the ban put in place by the Labour government, so that people like May can hunt and kill helpless creatures, is a horrific one.

Please sign this petition to show the Prime Minister how archaic her view is on the topic of hunting for sport, and show your support for the animals that the ban currently protects.

Please sign the petition at:

 

https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-mp-keep-the-ban-on-fox-hunting-f3b34518-e964-4bb6-93e9-cc8a21496112?recruiter=13040565&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

 

643,000 names and rising – add yours !