Battery Hens: If this Doesn’t Make You Go Vegan I don’t Know What Will

“One robin caged and Heaven’s mad! But when to just that one you add vast flocks of battered battery birds and half starved calves in crated herds and multitudes of tethered sows in narrow stalls – these horrors rouse all Heaven to a rage so wild it’s former rage seems a wonderous mild.”
Patrick Allen

Recently I came across the following heartbreaking video concerning the abandonment of 50,000 chickens, living sentient beings trapped in tiny wire floor cages abandoned and left to starve to death.

Watch the video of the rescue in 2012 of some of the birds – sadly out of 50,000 only about 4,000 were able to be rescued thanks to the determination of Animal Place volunteers.

About the film: “Go inside the largest rescue of farm animals in California history. Follow Animal Place rescuers as they negotiate the release of 4,460 hens from a battery cage egg farm, where the egg farmer had abandoned 50,000 hens without food for more than two weeks.”

While the dedication and determination of Animal Place and other volunteers is inspiring, the way in which these poor creatures where treated is appalling. Many of those who survived the horror of two weeks without water or food where systematically piled up, shoved into tin boxes and gassed. It brought to mind the comparison of factory farming with the evils of the holocaust. The rescuers had to contend  with Animal Services who would not at first allow the hens that were still alive to be rescued. Undaunted Animal Place volunteers went to the farm but were told to vacate the property while thousands of suffering birds were gassed to death and thousands more dead animals were scoop up in dump trucks like so much garbage ;

Read the following extract from

Turklock Rescue org

http://www.turlockrescue.org/rescue-timeline.html

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

4:00 pm – “Doing a last check of an event posting when I see the headline, ’50,000 hens starved in Turlock’.” – Marji Beach, Education Manager

4:05-5:30 pm – “Calls are put into the Stanislaus County Animal Control department and Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, located an hour from the egg farm. We send two staff from Vacaville down immediately.” – Kim Sturla, Executive Director

7:00 pm – “I call the director at animal services. She is told by state veterinarians we can’t take any birds. I won’t take no for an answer. There are thousands still alive.”– Kim Sturla

8:00 pm – “We arrive at the farm, only to be told to get off the property. We watch dump truck after dump truck come to gather dead birds. We can see workers gas the suffering hens.” – David Phinney, Animal Care Coordinator

Read more from the rescue diaries

http://www.turlockrescue.org/rescue-timeline.html

Again back in 2012  half a million chickens died in a fire on an egg farm near Roggen, Colorado at Moark Hatcheries.

Image the horror, the terror the pain of these helpless animals trapped unable to escape.

500,000 Chickens Perish in Farm Fire
https://www.care2.com/greenliving/500000-chickens-perish-in-farm-fire.html

Both of the cases above and many others are shocking disasters which are often preventable. The first was claimed to be lack of communication about who was supposed to feed the birds, the second was a fire one of many that are experienced in factory farming in some cases by heating equipment malfunctions or placement too close to flammable material. However notwithstanding the truth of the matter concerning these tragedies the day-to-day suffering of these animals for the duration of their entire lives –  about two years for a hen who will be sent to slaughter when she is begins lay fewer eggs – is a tragedy itself . For the duration of these two years hens, having previously had their beaks painfully clipped, are cramped together in tiny cages with 8 or 9 others birds on wire floors stacked one on top of another, standing in their own feces, sometime with the decaying bodies of dead hens. They have never seen the light of day, the warmth of the sun. They have never felt a cool breeze ruffle their feathers, they have never walked on earth or took dust baths as is natural for chickens. Their entire life experience is a tiny cage like the one below where they will lay 200 eggs each year – normally a hen lays about forty to fifty eggs.

What of the male chicks ?

Shockingly male chicks are ground up alive, suffocated or gassed because they cannot lay eggs and they are not suitable for chicken-meat production.

“Along with defective and slow-hatching female chicks, they are trashed as soon as they hatch. Upon breaking out of their shells, instead of being sheltered by a mother’s wings, the newborns are ground up alive, electrocuted, or thrown into trashcans where they slowly suffocate on top of one another, peeping to death while a human foot stomps them down to make more room for more chicks.

Read more below about the cruelty of the egg industry
http://www.upc-online.org/chickens/chickensbro.html

While the article above focuses on the US the same applies worldwide. For example the last six years has seen an increase of 26%  in intensive factory farming here in the UK including chickens along with pigs and cattle, in fact “US-style intensive factory farming of poultry, pigs and cattle is sweeping across the British countryside – raising concerns over animal cruelty”

Here is what happens to male chicks here in the UK

https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/egg-industry

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/hatched-discarded-gassed-what-happens-to-male-chicks-in-the-uk-10088509.html

Please watch the video above. Consider if you consume eggs you are complicit in this appalling cruelty to thinking feeling creatures capable of experiencing pain and fear, capable of suffering every single day of their short miserable lives.

“I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer

You can help stop this horrific cruelty by changing your diet and going vegan

Helpful Links

From the vegan society advice recipes and information. Take the pledge.
https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan

Sign up for PETA’s vegan starter kit
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-

Other Actions to take

Petition

Will you help free her

Generations of gentle hens have been locked in cruel & unnatural battery cages. Right now, we have a chance to get them out.

https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/battery-cage/?ua_s=btbc.com

Further information and action to take such as dropping off leaflets
https://www.viva.org.uk/eggscampaignarea

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

Related Links

Consider:

“The natural life span of a chicken is six or seven years.

The original ancestors of chickens produced as few as twelve to twenty eggs each year .

Domesticated chickens originated from red jungle fowl, forest dwelling birds of south east Asia. Modern chickens despite selective breeding retain many of the natural behaviours of their wild ancestors.

Chickens contrary to popular belief are intelligent, more so than your cat or dog, and are inquisitive creatures. Researchers have discovered that they are good at solving problems. Chickens it seems are more clever in some respects than small children when it comes to understanding that recently moved objects still exist, a concept that small children do not understand. In their natural environment chickens recognise one another, they form friendships and develop social hierarchies. Chickens enjoy dust baths, more about this later, and roost in trees. They love and care for their young. In the wild they make nests to tend their offspring. The maternal instinct is strong in the hen, she bonds with her chicks before they are born by turning her eggs five times each hour while clucking to the baby chicks inside, who reciprocate by chirping in return both to their mother and each other.”

Read more:  http://thinkdifferentlyaboutsheep.weebly.com/factory-farming-chickens.html      This article includes images which some people will find upsetting.

This treatment of sentient animals is evil, pure evil there can be no excuse, no justification. The motivation is profit of course, as is everything nowadays. Such barbarity has no place in any civilized society. If you eat eggs – and don’t forget in most biscuits, cakes, puddings and any baked product there are eggs – you are contributing to this cruelty and it will never end, if we do not make it end we are part of the problem and perpetuate this cruelty. For most of us the most effective way is for you to change your diet and go vegan, doing so not only helps the chickens and other animals but improves your health and the environment.

If you are still not convinced that changing to a plant-based diet to become vegan is the right thing to do for the sake of these gentle, helpless birds who are sentient beings like you or I, like your cat or dog, than look at the information below.

Scroll down for more information.

Warming! Graphic Images

I have kept this separate as the images and videos below are disturbing and may be traumatic for caring sensitive people who may have in any case  made the compassionate choice.

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Warning some people may find the following graphics and videos disturbing

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A dumpster behind a hatchery for laying hens is filled with dead and dying male chicks who are of no economic value to the
egg industry.

Photographs courtesy of Farm Animal sanctuary.  Farm Sanctuary | Watkins Glen, NY 2

Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic

More graphics of battery hens from Farm Sanctuary:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/farmsanctuary1/albums/72157603620097482

Dead and dying male chicks behind an egg hatchery

 

This video is deeply disturbing and I could not watch it all. How these people can work day after day torturing and killing these tiny helpless creatures is beyond my comprehension. It is profoundly depressing to see such lack of compassion.  It is disturbing in the extreme to know people like this exist and live among us.

This is shocking beyond your wildest imagination

Her job was to lay eggs for Australia’s biggest egg company. But you won’t believe where this hen lives… Help end this cruelty: http://www.BanTheBatteryCage.com

“Video provided by Sandra Mohr Productions. Animal video clips at http://www.FreeAnimalVideo.org are FREE—to help animals—because most of them aren’t. Most eggs come from chickens in battery cages. These hens will never touch the ground or have room to stretch their wings. They will live above piles of their own excrement for their entire lives.”

“Our grandchildren will ask us one day: Where were you during the Holocaust of the animals? What did you do against these horrifying crimes? We won’t be able to offer the same excuse for the second time, that we didn’t know.”

Dr. Helmut Kaplan

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End Modern Slavery

“Slavery was abolished 150 years ago, right? While it is true that slavery is illegal almost everywhere on earth, the fact is there are more slaves today than there ever were…”
Robert Alan Silverstein

Millions of our fellow human beings continue to live as contemporary slaves, victims of abominable practices like human trafficking, forced labour and sexual exploitation. Countless children are forced to become soldiers, work in sweat shops or are sold by desperate families. Women are brutalized and traded like commodities. Entire households and villages labour under debt bondage.
Ban Ki-moon

We all tend to think that slavery is a thing of the past, a grave social injustice consigned to history. Unfortunately slavery still thrives ruining the lives of those exploited for their labour.  Worldwide it  is estimated that there are 40.3 million people used as slave Labour including 10 million children – and not just overseas either, but right here in the UK , USA and other western countries.

In nearly every country worldwide millions of vulnerable people are forced into working for little or no pay, coerced to do so as a result of threats, debt, and violence.

Slavery in the modern world has many guises:

Agriculture, domestic work, factories and women forced into prostitution. Many of the goods we buy are produced by child slaves in  sweatshops.  15.4 million people are enslaved by forced marriage. Vulnerable people include the poverty stricken and people discriminated by race or gender. As you will read further down, slavery presents in prisons, particularly in the US where mostly non whites are exploited as slave or cheap labour.

You can read more about modern Slavery here:

What is modern day slavery?
https://www.antislavery.org/slavery-today/modern-slavery/  
      Click the take action button to support a number of campaigns to end slavery globally:
https://www.antislavery.org/take-action/

End Modern Day Slavery
https://www.freedomunited.org/

Please help support Freedom United’s campaigns such as the one below.

Help to stop slavery in prison?

What is most sickening about it is that under Trump as usual the unjust  situation is set to get worse as Increases of prisons and detainment centers by upwards of 450%, are planned perpetuating and embedding a system that exploits mostly non whites for private benefit.

It has come to light that the immigrants detained in a private facility, CoreCivic, are being coerced into forced labour, threatened with solitary confinement or restricted visitation rights if they do not comply. While some detainees are paid a very low wage of just $1.50 per day many get no pay at all for working a variety of jobs that really should be undertaken by an employee for a fair living wage, for example kitchen staff, janitors, barbers and various other positions. It is real profit spinner of course for this private facility who save a huge amount on its employee bill .

Housing 25 percent of the world’s prison population the USA has the largest prison system globally upon which it spends a huge $80 billion per year. During the past four decades the prison population has risen by 700 percent, however crime has decreased. Sixty percent of prisoners are non white with black men six times more likely to be imprisoned than whites.

Basically detainees are being exploited through forced labor in prisons and detention centers for corporate gain.

Please add your name to the following petition:

HELP STOP FORCED LABOR IN U.S. DETENTION

https://www.freedomunited.org/advocate/forced-labor-detention/?

Help get more signatures on this petition,  we need to speak out and end slavery in all its guises wherever it is found.

Click the following link for more Freedom United campaigns and actions you can take.
https://www.freedomunited.org/advocate/

Slavery UK

Firstly please sign this petition urging the UK government to support UK slavery victims:
https://www.freedomunited.org/advocate/uk-victim-support-bill/?

Even though most people think that slavery only exists overseas, modern slavery in the UK is thriving. The British Government estimates that tens of thousands of people are in exploited in modern slavery in the UK today.

10 things you didn’t know about slavery in the UK

  1. The UK Government estimates there are tens of thousands people in slavery in Britain today

  2. Only 1% of enslaved people in the UK have the chance of seeing their exploiter brought to justice

  3. In 2015, over 3,000 people, including nearly 1,000 children, were referred to British authorities as potential victims of slavery

  4. But nearly 40% of them were still awaiting a decision about their victim status at the end of the year

  5. From those who have received a final decision, only less than half were recognised as victims

  6. Victims of slavery are four times less likely to be acknowledged as victims if they are non-European

  7. Up to 34% of victims of slavery are estimated to be re-trafficked

  8. Children are often deliberately targeted for their vulnerability

  9. One in four victims of slavery in the UK is a child

  10. 2016 saw the first conviction and sentencing of a British businessman for human trafficking

Read more about the hidden crime of slavery right here in the UK
https://www.antislavery.org/slavery-today/slavery-uk/

Please click this link and take as many of the actions as you can.
https://www.antislavery.org/take-action/

More petitions to sign and share:

STOP MODERN DAY SLAVERY!

“Libyan’s are keeping black Africans captive and using them for human trafficking, this completely goes against any human rights. We are one race, the human race. Those involved with the dealing of people need to be scrutinised and stopped. First world countries need to intervene as soon as possible it is an URGENT AND SERIOUS ISSUE!!!! ”
https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-stop-modern-day-slavery

Slavery Libya

End Modern Slavery in Libya

“Earlier this year, the International Criminal Court (ICC) expressed interest in investigating crimes against immigrants in Libya, after the International Organization for Migration (IOM) warned about people being sold at slave markets in the country.

Slave markets are springing up across Libya trading impoverished African migrants who have arrived on the Mediterranean coast dreaming of a new life in Europe. A new investigation has revealed people are being sold as modern-day slaves for as little as £300 ($400).”

https://www.change.org/p/african-union-end-modern-slavery-in-libya

I am profoundly shocked concerning the exploitation of vulnerable people, such grave social injustice has no place in any ethical progressive society. I fail to understand the mindset of those who exploit others in the name of personal gain, or in other words rampant greed. Life is short, it is precious to all of us and should be lived as much as possible in the way we wish to live. No one should have the right to enslave another, an anachronism of a bygone age many assume which unfortunately is thriving.

“Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.”
Edmund Burke

Like all weeds it must be uprooted.

 

 

 

Farewell, Nigel

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

FAREWELL, NIGEL

“If there is such a thing as a tragic life for a bird, then the life of Nigel “no mates”, a New Zealand gannet, probably fits that bill.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/02/nigel-lonely-new-zealand-gannet-dies-concrete-replica-birds

“BUT SUDDENLY YOU ARE GONE”Friends of Mana Island posted an original poem on Facebook dedicated to Nigel, the beautiful gannet bird who lived on a desolate island off the coast of New Zealand, fell in love with one of the 80 concrete birds and died next to her.To Nigel
You stayed awhile on Mana Island,
Attracted by your concrete mates
You built a nest, you did your best
But only Norman dropped on by.We weeded, we painted, we sprayed guano around.
We hoped you’d find the real thing.
Three newbies arrived, a Christmas surprise,
But suddenly you are gone.RIP ‘no mates’ Nigel

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2018/02/02/nigel-the-worlds-loneliest-bird-dies-next-to-the-concrete-decoy-he-loved/?utm_term=.80a90a295bbd

Friends of Mana Island of Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/manaislandfriends/?hc_ref=ARSMgDdg4xkAGc1tooWwjwOj-F1_20U2EYyXOZL7X7-E3jkodUl0u20GbMyG-BDhGio&fref=nf

There are people unhappy with the scientists having lured Nigel. This comment is from one of those people:

“This is an excellent example of people taking actions without even a single thought of the consequences for those involved, in this case Nigel. People like this are dangerous people with great lack of empathy, I wouldn’t trust such people for a second while their own agenda and Godlike decisions come in first place. Shame on you!”

Sheep Cam

Want to watch well cared for sheep relaxing in a clean barn or grazing in pasture, cared for, respected and loved as all living creatures should be.

It is such a refreshing change to see animals so contented, well cared for.

Below you will find live streamed videos of animals at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen. NY   Further down you will find a series of videos concerning the sanctuary’s rescued animals and the work that Farm Sanctuary do to provide a safe environment for hundreds of ill treated and abused animal victims of agriculture, particularly factory farming.

Susie Coston In the Sheep Barn – Farm Sanctuary Live Chat 10/18/17

Join Susie Coston National Shelter Director  in the Farm Sanctuary sheep barn as she answers  viewers questions and shares with us her expert knowledge on farm animals.

I spent a few hours watching these videos and the ones further down which helped restore my faith in human nature, that there are people who care and are willing to help the abused and exploited victims of factory farming who are incarcerated, tortured and violently killed to satisfy the appetites of thoughtless or  ignorant, and maybe even uncaring people, for a food that is not natural and which they do not need.

While for the most part sheep here in the UK are not confined to windowless factory farms, tethered as are cows to a stall with hardly space to move or sit down, except on concrete, or encased in crates as are pigs, sheep nonetheless suffer.

I live in close proximity to the North Yorkshire Dales and moors and other areas of sheep farming having moved some years ago from the south east to the North. I once enjoyed our many trips to these scenic places designated as National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. However as time went by the reality of the cruelty and neglect that takes place in these so-called natural places has opened up a whole new perspective and while I continue to visit and to appreciate to some degree the remotesness and semi wildness –  though in reality this land is managed not only for sheep farming but also for the cruel pastime of shooting and hunting – this location does not seem to have the appeal it once did.

In contrast to the happy contented lively and interactive sheep in the videos above, here in the cold bleakness of the dales in winter and indeed all year round to some degree, there is much suffering. Unlike the sheep in the above videos most sheep in the dales and other places, including fields you pass by in your car without much thought, have their rear ends permanently covered with mud or feces which remains until they are sheared and go through the sheep dip once each year. Many sheep limp, the result of painful arthritis, no doubt untreated with medication. I have come across sheep with hoof rot simply left to get on with it. Sometimes there are sheep who cannot put their leg to the ground, it hangs limp by their side as they struggle to walk. I report as much as possible to the RSPCA who may take action themselves or they will contact the local council department  responsible for the welfare of so called livestock . I have contacted farmers if it is possible to locate them, who assured me they are aware of the situation or will look into it. Sometimes I can’t get any help at all. One recent incident was very upsetting when a ranger in the dales fobbed off my report of a sheep walking on three legs with her front leg hanging limp from her side. He rambled on about how common it is – apparently that makes it alright – and how the sheep would soon wander off into the hills and not be located. Incidentally this type of injury or disease where the leg remains hanging limp is not in any case that common and was obviously a severe injury or condition and needed attention.

Basically he could not give a damn and would do nothing. I rang the RSPCA who agreed with me that the sheep needed attention, they  contacted the local authority for animal welfare. I never knew the outcome. Since that time I do not enjoy our trips out as it is so depressing to see these poor creatures out in all weathers, many limping, dirty, cold and bedraggled knowing there is little I can do to help them.

In general many sheep and their lambs, often born unnaturally early, die of expose, from pneumonia or as a result of predators including  15,000 sheep who were killed by loose dogs in 2016.

Life for sheep is one filled with misery until they are slaughtered or die as a result of disease, injury and neglect.

The suffering of farmed Sheep:
https://www.animalaid.org.uk/the-issues/our-campaigns/animal-farming/suffering-farmed-sheep/

Note if you see an injured animal domestic or wild make a note of the location, provide as much detail as you can of the animals whereabouts and the problem with the animal, the more detail you provide the better. Take a photo if possible which you can send them if you cannot stay with the animal.

Here are the RSPCA’s details.

Reporting cruelty or an animal in distress
https://www.rspca.org.uk/utilities/contactus/reportcruelty

Usually if the problem is urgent and lies within the remit of the local authority the RSPCA will contact them for you.

Now enjoy more Farm Sanctuary videos of happy well cared for animals and work towards a time when this cruelty will be a thing of the past.

Keep meat and other animal products off your plate:
https://www.vegansociety.com/

Down on the Farm: With Farm Animal Whisperer Susie Coston

Reel Life at Farm Sanctuary – Ep. 1: Pasture Rotation  – This is one of a series which you should be able to access on the side bar if you watch the video in Youtube.

There are live cams for cows, pigs, turkeys and the Wisconsin pasture along with many other videos of life at Farm Sanctuary. Some of the live cams do not always show much as it all depends on the time of day and what the animals are doing and the weather, right now it is snowing.

Learn more about Farm Sanctuary and the work they do to make lives better for abused and exploited farm animals.
https://www.farmsanctuary.org/

The reality of where your meat, milk and eggs come from:

“Why Factory Farming Is The Largest Cause Of Animal Abuse In History
http://www.animalequality.net/node/844

Cruel Britannia:  Life and Death on UK Factory Farms
https://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/cruel-britannia-life-and-death-uk-factory-farms

Factory Farming: Misery for Animals
https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/

Help Free Child Prisoner Ahed Tamimi

These days there is just so much injustice that it is overwhelming and you wonder if anything will ever change.People lives ruined by the greedy and powerful, by fanatics trying to shape the world the way they want it for their own advantage in total disregard for the rights and the lives of others, even those whose lives have barely begun such a Palestinian children arrested and incarcerated by the Israeli military.

Please sign and share the following petition concerning Ahed Tamimi age only 16 who could face up to 10 years in prison. Please act quickly Ahed case goes to court February 6th

Free Ahed Tamimi

Please Sign the letter to world leaders:

“We demand the release of Ahed and all Palestinian children wrongly held in military prisons.

The international community must put an end to the detention and ill-treatment of children in these prisons. Enough is enough.

To Ahed and all the children in Israeli military jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. ”

More information:

Days ago soldiers stormed my house in the dead of night and dragged my 16 year old daughter to prison. Now my little girl is in a cold cell.

My name is Basim Tamimi. I have dedicated my life to civil resistance. That’s why the army is holding my baby — they want to crush my spirit. But I have been a member of Avaaz for eight years — I have seen the power of this community if we all stand together against injustice.

My little girl’s case goes to court on February 6 — but Israel’s military courts convict 99% of Palestinians, even if they are kids. Please join my urgent call — we’ll deliver it directly to global leaders.”

Please sign and continue reading:
https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/free_ahed_global_loc/?wMsmGdb    This is a quick sign petition which I hope you will share widely.

Here are some little known facts concerning the Palestinian conflict regarding children held as Prisoners by Israel

During the last five decades 45,000 Palestinian children have been detained by the military

“Since 2000, an estimated 12,000 Palestinian children have been
detained by Israeli forces from the occupied West Bank and held in the Israeli military detention
system — many of them are as young as 12 years old. In some cases, even 6 and 7 year olds
have been detained by the military as well. Israel prosecutes between 500 and 700 Palestinian
children in military courts each year, and hundreds more are arrested and released later without
prosecution.

An average of 200-300 children are held in Israeli detention on a monthly basis.”
More information
https://avaazpress.s3.amazonaws.com/Child+Detention+Fact+Sheet.pdf

Regardless of our stance on this conflict I am sure most of us will be appalled at this grave mistreatment of children.

More information and further action from Amnesty international.

“16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi could face up to ten years in prison over an altercation with Israeli soldiers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

Ahed, charged with aggravated assault of soldiers and incitement, will also remain in custody until the end of her trial.”

According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Israel is a state party, the arrest, detention or imprisonment of children must be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.

Ahed’s detention does not meet this criteria. In fact, nothing the teen has done can justify her continued detention – it is outrageously excessive for such a comparatively small crime and entirely inappropriate for a child. The Israeli authorities must acknowledge this and release her immediately.

“Ahed’s lawyer says she has faced several long and aggressive interrogation sessions, sometimes during the night, and that interrogators have threatened the safety of her family.

Her family says she has also endured several physically-exhausting transfers from prison to court alongside other child detainees, without access to a toilet.

Continue reading and please take the suggested action
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/israel-release-ahed-tamimi

Military prisons are not the place for children under any circumstances.

 

 

 

 

Help Stop Trophy Hunting of Bears

“Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow-creatures is amusing in itself.” 
James Anthony Froude,

Wyoming want to charge tourists  $6,000 to hunt a grizzly bear!

Please add your name to the following petition.

Don’t Murder Grizzlies – Demand Wyoming Abandon Plans for Trophy Hunt

“These amazing animals should be protected, not hunted. It’s outrageous that sound scientific advice was thrown out the window in order to rush through plans to open critical habitat to trophy hunting.”

Please read more and sign and share the petition:
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/978/481/835/dont-murder-grizzlies-%E2%80%93-demand-wyoming-abandon-plans-for-trophy-hunt/?z00m=30034561     –     Further down you will find more petitions opposing trophy hunting. 

We have to ask ourselves what kind of society allows the barbaric hunting of the other species with whom we share this world. In addition to satisfying the perverse pleasure of a minority of people, Wyoming wants to charge tourists $6,000 to hunt a grizzly. Yet again it’s about money –  isn’t everything these days,

Please sign as many of the following petitions opposing trophy hunting as you can.

Germany, Stop the Import of Hunting Trophies of Protected Animals
https://www.change.org/p/the-federal-ministry-of-the-environment-and-conservation-germany-stop-the-import-of-hunting-trophies-of-protected-animals

Demand Farmers Insurance Pull Commercial Glorifying Trophy Hunting
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/802/026/289/demand-farmers-insurance-pull-commercial-glorifying-trophy-hunting/?taf_id=49025969&cid=twitter

Save Elephants and Lions – Stop Trump’s Trophy Hunting Plan
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/793/851/746/save-elephants-and-lions-stop-trump/

United Nations: BAN Trophy Hunting. STOP Poachers. END Imports.
https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-ban-trophy-hunting-stop-imports

“Few men could endure to watch for five minutes an animal struggling in a trap with a crushed and torn limb. Some will wonder how such cruelty can have been permitted to continue in these days of civilization.”
Charles Darwin

I have to wonder why hunting and indeed all cruelty to animals is allowed to continue despite the overwhelming majority of us who would like to see it banned.

Time to ban worldwide trophy hunting, any hunting.

We have to question what kind of government allows its citizens to hunt animals, any animal. The killing of other living beings simply for the sickening pleasure of the emotionally challenged, who frankly need to seriously question their psychological health, needs to be questioned and brought to an end. What kind of person enjoys killing a defenceless animal, and in one of the twitter links below one trophy hunter callously displays his sickening enjoyment, what does that say about him or her?  How will we ever have a more peaceful and just world for all, human and non human when we allow such atrocities to take place.

There is no place in our society for such barbarity.

Here are some of the latest trophy hunting outrages you might consider if you are in any doubt, and thankfully the majority of us certainly are not. Yet these atrocities continue as governments do little to nothing to ban them, even condoning, encouraging  and sometimes participating as do many MPs here in the UK and in the US Trump of course condones his trophy hunting sons.

Related Links

Information, the latest news and actions to take concerning trophy hunting

Humane Society International Trophy hunting

“Every year, hundreds of thousands of wild animals, representing hundreds of different species, are slain by trophy hunters. Join our online community to help end this cruel practice.”

Read more:
http://www.hsi.org/issues/trophy_hunting/trophy-hunting.html?referrer=https://www.google.co.uk/

Born Freee
Shooting Animals For “Sport”
“Born Free is wholly opposed to the killing of animals for sport or pleasure, whether they are wild-born or bred in captivity. We have been working to bring the brutality of this so-called ‘sport’ to the attention of policymakers, enforcement bodies, and the public, for many years.”

Please Act Now to Prevent the Execution of 14 men in Saudi Arabia.

 

Please act now to prevent the execution of 14 men in Saudi Arabia.
All that stands between these 14 men and their death is King Salman’s signature. Please click the link below for more information and to email Saudi Arabia.  Join Amnesty International in urging the Saudi authorities to stop the executions now.

STOP 14 MEN BEING EXECUTED IN SAUDI ARABIA

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/stop-14-men-being-executed-saudi-arabia#.WmWjiU2XdxM.twitter

If you do not have the time to read further please at least click the above link and take action.Please send only a polite message.

More information

Saudi execution

“On 1 June 2016, the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh sentenced 14 men to death by beheading. They are:

  • Hussein al-Rab’i
  • Abdullah al-Tureif
  • Hussein al-Mosallem
  • Mohamed al-Naser
  • Mustafa al-Darwish
  • Fadel Labbad
  • Sa’id al-Sakafi
  • Salman al-Qureish
  • Mujtaba al-Suweyket
  • Munir al-Adam
  • Abdullah al-Asreeh
  • Ahmad al-Darwish
  • Abdulaziz al-Sahwi
  • Ahmad al-Rab’i

The men were accused of spying for Iran. They endured a grossly unfair mass trial based on ‘confessions’ they told the court were obtained under torture. They were eventually charged with a series of offences including ‘high treason’ with some facing several other charges which are not recognised criminal offences under international law, such as ‘supporting protests’ and ‘spreading the Shi’a faith’.

Crushing dissent

Put simply, they are victims of the Saudi commitment to use the death penalty as a weapon to crush dissent and neutralise political opponents.”

Please click the link below to read more and send an email to Saudi Arabia.

STOP 14 MEN BEING EXECUTED IN SAUDI ARABIA
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/stop-14-men-being-executed-saudi-arabia#.WmWjiU2XdxM.twitter     –   After clicking and sending the message you will need to scroll down for more information. Please send only a polite message.

Please sign and share.

There should be no place in the modern world for the legal execution of anyone, but most particularly in cases such as the above. I find executions extremely disturbing, no one should have the right to take the life of another person for any reason, the fact that there are nations in the modern world that continue to punish people in this way is shocking.

Unfortunately this form of punishment is widespread.

Below you find out which countries execute the most people:

Death penalty statistics, country by country

https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/mar/29/death-penalty-countries-world

Surprisingly the USA is listed 5th of the countries with the most executions.