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.

 

 

 

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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.

Speak Out For Sheep Exploited For Their Wool

The exciting news right now is that Norway are Banning Fur Farming! 

Norway has 300 fur farms, which breed and kill approximately 700,000 minks and 110,000 foxes every year, so this is a significant progress for the rights of animals not to be exploited abused and killed simply for fashion or to produce garments which are no longer necessary in modern times when there are so many synthetic cruelty free alternatives.

We need also to turn our attention to the plight of sheep, who for many people seem less obvious victims of abuse concerning their exploitation for wool, yet another product that is not necessary and like fur involves horrific abuse

Please take action and help prevent animal cruelty in the wool industry as sheep are abused and killed for their wool.

Please help to save defencess sheep from this shocking brutality by sending a message to Urge Express and Forever 21 to drop wool in favour of animal-friendly materials.

Learn More – other action to take further down.

Warning the video is extremely disturbing.

PETA’s SEVENTH Wool Exposé: Sheep Still Hit, Kicked, Cut, Thrown

“A disturbing new PETA video exposé of the Australian wool industry—the world’s top wool exporter—reveals that extreme cruelty to sheep continues unabated. Exposés in dozens of shearing sheds on three continents show workers punch, kick, cut up, stomp on, mutilate, and throw sheep down chutes like garbage bags.

This latest exposé shows more of the same—sheep shearers in Australia violently punched these gentle animals in the face and beat and jabbed them in the head with sharp metal shears. The attacks often left the petrified sheep bleeding from the eyes, nose, and mouth.

After PETA exposed rampant extreme cruelty to sheep across Australia in 2014, the video evidence resulted in landmark cruelty convictions against shearers, and the wool industry assured the public that such abuse would no longer be tolerated. But as this exposé shows, absolutely nothing has changed for sheep, and the cruelty is as severe as ever.”

Please continue reading and send  a message to Urge Express and Forever 21 to drop wool in favour of animal-friendly materials. Click the Take Action button to send the message which you can edit using your own words if you can do so, if not please send it as it is. 

https://investigations.peta.org/australian-wool-industry-cruelty/?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=0118::skn::PETA::E-Mail::Cows%20and%20Pigs%20Cut%20Open%20and%20Chickens%20Scalded%20ALIVE::::peta%20e-news

Please take more action for sheep by signing the following petition – click the Take Action button

Italian Wool Exposed: Sheep Kicked, Cut, and Killed

https://investigations.peta.org/sheep-killed-italian-wool/

You can also help sheep by refusing to buy wool.

Leave wool and other clothing derived from animals such as mohair and fur out of your wardrobe. There are humane modern fabrics such as cotton, rayon, acrylic, hemp and nylon. Modern synthetic fibres are more versatile, warmer, easy to care for and most importantly humane.

I have a fondness for timid gentle sheep whom I often see grazing in the countryside close to where I live, out in all weathers often suffering injuries, neglected, open to the elements, predators and all manner of hazards. Sheep suffer like all farm animals for products we do not need, namely meat and wool.

Please help sheep by changing to a vegan lifestyle and keep wool out of your wardrobe and meat off your plate.

Related Links

Read more about the brutality of the wool industry

The Wool Industry

“Sheep are gentle individuals who, like all animals, feel pain, fear, and loneliness. But because there’s a market for their fleece and skins, they’re treated as nothing more than wool-producing machines.

If they were left alone and not genetically manipulated, sheep would grow just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes. The fleece provides them with effective insulation against both cold and heat.”

https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/wool-industry/

Though the next article was written back in 2014  the brutality continues, nothing has changed for sheep exploited by the wool industry.

A wool jumper is just as cruel as a mink coat

A Peta film shows workers who beat, kick, stamp on, throw, mutilate and even kill sheep as they shear them

“The investigators saw shearers violently punch struggling sheep, and beat and jab them in the face with sharp shears, leaving the gentle animals bleeding from their eyes, nose and mouth. One shearer repeatedly twisted and bent a sheep’s neck, finally breaking it.”

“Most shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, which means that they have an incentive to work as quickly as they can, with little regard for the sheep’s welfare. Investigators recorded shearers who processed up to 27 sheep per hour and up to 35 lambs. Such fast and often violent work can lead to severe cuts on sheep’s abdomens, hindquarters and limbs – even on sheep’s penises. Large swaths of skin were also cut or ripped off the bodies of many sheep by the shearers.

“…injured sheep were shot dead in full view of their companions, and one was even butchered and left in full view of other terrified sheep.”

Read the complete article includes video

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/a-wool-jumper-is-just-as-cruel-as-a-mink-coat-9610133.html