Cockroache Milk!!!! Whatever next?

This post includes a petition to sign concerning a related issue for a kit for children to experiment and mutilate live cockroaches to be withdrawn. Please scroll down to sign.

Just when you think you have heard it all something comes along which really shocks you on so many levels for just so many reasons.

According to a scientific journal, IUCrJ,  the milk from cockroaches might well be the next new superfood.

Frankly I am not in the least interested in superfoods or any other faddy diets for the over privileged while millions starve or the yuk factor – for want to a better word – regarding the drinking of milk from cockroaches.

What really concerns me is the misconception that we need milk to thrive, whether it be cockroach milk,cows milk, sheep’s milk or even buffaloes’ milk – apparently cockroach milk is better than buffalo’s milk – I had not realised that people drank the milk from a buffalo. What next, snakes milk.

Attention all those misinformed blind followers of dubious nutritional advice concerning milk please note the following: No one needs milk to thrive be it from cattle or insects or indeed any other creature. After weaning no animal requires milk and this is so for the human animal as it is for any other  animal. Furthermore no animal requires milk from an animal of another species.

What concerns me about this – and is more important than human stupidity in such matters –  is the continuous and it seems endless exploitation of any creature which exists.

In case you do not get it, in simple terms a cows’ milk is for her calf, a cockroaches’ milk is for baby cockroaches. While the thought of drinking milk from an insect makes you cringe in revulsion – an insect who rather like a rat is much despised simply for being what he is by his very nature –  consider the following.

What I find most revolting and sickening is the exploitation and killing of countless billions of these tiny sentient beings to provide a well fed and I would imagine a fairly affluent person with a food he or she does not need.

Sentient ? Indeed cockroaches are sentient creatures, here is what  a study by the Queen Mary University of London says about cockroach sentience

A new study by scientists at Queen Mary, University of London has found that cockroaches are social beings who “talk” to one another about food and prefer to dine in groups. When presented with two identical slices of bread, the roaches repeatedly gathered around the same slice, rather than splitting up. In an earlier study, researchers used computer simulations to show that, even with their tiny brains, insects have enough neural circuits to possess consciousness, and they may even be able to count. According to professor Lars Chittka, one of the researchers, “Animals with bigger brains are not necessarily more intelligent.” If you’re not ready to roll out the welcome mat, though, here are a few simple steps to help you keep unwanted bugs at bay:

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The proposed exploitation of cockroaches in the way described above is by no means the only way these animals are exploited.

Take Action

Backyard Brains is selling a kit the purpose of which is for children to experiment and mutilate cockroaches

Roaches are sentient beings who exist for their own reasons, but Backyard Brains only sees them as a way to make money. The company sells live cockroaches and mutilation kits as cruel “science projects” for kids.

No matter what you think of cockroaches it is cruel and inhumane to mutilate them and moreover it is deeply unethical to teach children that it is okay to harm any creature.

Please send a message  to  Backyard Brains: Stop Mutilating Cockroaches!

Whether you like them or not, cockroaches are living, feeling animals—and it’s not OK to torment and mutilate them just because we can. These “experiments” teach kids the dangerous lesson that animals who aren’t soft and cuddly don’t deserve compassion.

Please, tell the cofounder of Backyard Brains to stop torturing roaches:

Please everyone sign even if you do not like cockroaches as they have a right not to be militated and children do not need to be taught how to be cruel. Rather children need to learn to respect life, all life.

Read more here about Cockroach milk:

Cockroach Milk Might Be The Hot New Superfood, According To Science  –   If that annoying and totally revolting graphic of someone spitting out milk makes you nauseated I highly recommend scrolling past it.

I know a lot of people hate insects, in particular cockroaches. I am phobic about certain types of insects and arachnids however this does not prevent me from being concerned about their well-being or feeling sick inside regarding the mutilation of these helpless animals who just wish to live their lives as nature intended as does every creature that lives. Writing this article has produced a certain amount of what I will call phobic anxiety yet I feel strongly that this mutilation kit is profoundly wrong in so just many ways, it not only abuses the cockroaches but it is in my opinion a form of child abuse. We need a kinder gentler world and this will never happen if we teach our children that it is okay to inflict harm on any living being. Frankly the thought of this cruelty disturbs me greatly.

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Be Kind to Cockroaches

Simple steps to keep cockroaches at bay with out deliberately harming them

Please help the Free Tibet Campaign to defend religious freedom in Tibet and ensure that any Chinese-appointed Dalai Lama is shunned internationally.

Below is a message from the Free Tibet society concerning China’s plans to appoint the next Dalai Lama. It was inevitable that China would take this step in its campaign to subjugate the Tibetan people. Please read the following information and sign the petition and share widely. We must not allow this to happen, the nations of the world must not accept China’s interference in the religious beliefs of the Tibetan people, an obvious manipulation by the Chinese government to strengthen its power in Tibet.

Take Action

Please sign a simple petition:



This campaign has been around a few months but is still on-going so please do sign the petition and share.

China sees the present Dalai Lama as a threat because of the support and reverence shown to him by Tibetans and also his popularity world-wide. The Chinese government’s claim that it is only they who can select the new Dalai Lama is erroneous and manipulative. Who would believe such an obvious deception is difficult to imagine but like everything else in time people would accept this in much the same way as many of the nations of the world accept that Tibet is part of China. The choosing of the Dalai Lama is a religious matter not a secular one. According to the beliefs of Tibetan Buddhism the Dalai Lamas are a succession of reincarnations only identified some years after their death by certain appointed religious authorities through meditation, divination, written instruction, examination ( the reincarnation reliably recounting his previous life and speaking about it; identifying possessions belonging to the predecessor and recognizing people who had been close to him) and other religious practices . In other words the current Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of the previous one. Therefore the Dalai Lama is not chosen but rather he is found.  Considering this the Chinese government has no legitimate authority in the context of Tibetan Buddhism than for example the Italian government or any other has to choose the Pope.

For more information from Free Tibet concerning this campaign please continue reading.

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“This week (May ) saw the 21st anniversary of the notorious abduction by China of Ghedun Choekyi Nyima, the six-year-old boy who had been chosen as the Panchen Lama, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most senior figures. Within months of his disappearance, China had appointed its own Panchen Lama, the son of Communist Party officials.

For China today, persecuting monks and nuns and exercising suffocating control over every aspect of religious life in Tibet is not enough: now it plans to appoint its own puppet Dalai Lama after the current Dalai Lama dies.

Free Tibet is launching a major new campaign to defend religious freedom in Tibet and ensure that any Chinese-appointed Dalai Lama is shunned internationally.

The selection of the Dalai Lama is of the deepest importance to Tibetans and a fundamental issue of religious freedom. They will reject a Dalai Lama forced on them by the Chinese government. Please, sign our petition calling on religious authorities and governments to support the Tibetan people and publicly declare that they will not recognise any Dalai Lama appointed by Beijing.

Please sign the petition

For more on our Beyond Belief campaign see our news story here. For more information on China’s control of religion in Tibet see our website.”

“When I am about ninety I will consult the high Lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public, and other concerned people who follow Tibetan Buddhism, and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not. On that basis we will take a decision. If it is decided that the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama should continue and there is a need for the Fifteenth Dalai Lama to be recognized, responsibility for doing so will primarily rest on the concerned officers of the Dalai Lama’s Gaden Phodrang Trust. They should consult the various heads of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions and the reliable oath-bound Dharma Protectors who are linked inseparably to the lineage of the Dalai Lamas. They should seek advice and direction from these concerned beings and carry out the procedures of search and recognition in accordance with past tradition. I shall leave clear written instructions about this. Bear in mind that, apart from the reincarnation recognized through such legitimate methods, no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including those in the People’s Republic of China.”

The Dalai Lama

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Below is a recent example of the suppression of the Tibetan people concerning religious matters


Lobsang Tsering’s protest captured on film shortly before his arrest off camera

“A Tibetan monk, Lobsang Tsering, was arrested after carrying out a solo protest in Ngaba County,eastern Tibet yesterday. The protest took place at around 4pm local time in Lhade Ghabma, a community near to Kirti Monastery.”

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As you will read in the above article one monk was given an eighteen year prison sentence for allegedly being caught with images and recordings of the Dalai Lama!!!!


And in Ngaba a mother of two is arrested after a solo protest

“Demolition work has begun at Larung Gar, the largest centre of Buddhist teaching in Tibet. The demolitions are part of a plan announced last month to dramatically scale down the size and population of the academy and monastery, which is located in Sertar County in Kardze, eastern Tibet.”

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Brian May: Animal Rights Activism’s Hero

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

The English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist BRIAN HAROLD MAY, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, is one the world’s best guitarists, he’s written some of the most memorable rock anthems of all time, and his band Queen is a global phenomenon. He’s also an animal rights advocate who, along with Anne Brummer, founded “Save Me” in 2010, an animal welfare organisation that campaigns against fox hunting and badger culling.

“Someone asked me recently what I wanted to be remembered for,” May wrote. “We Will Rock You? Playing atop Buckingham Palace? You? Playing atop Buckingham Palace? I said, given the choice, I’d rather be remembered for hastening the end of cruelty to animals and sowing the seeds for true respect in the way we treat all creatures.”

Be sure, Brian May, animal rights activists will remember you with profound gratitude. And don’t worry, too much love from them won’t kill you.


BRIAN MAY on Facebook

BRIAN MAY on Twitter


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Brian May: Me and my animal passions

Dr. Brian May (‘Queen’ Guitarist) Tells Why He Has to Speak for the Animals

Rock star Brian May honoured for animal charity work

Please Sign a Petition to Help Elderly Dolphin to Retire


Dolphins are social mammals, capable of enjoying their lives. They form close bonds with other members of their group.
Peter Singer

Sadly dolphins in captivity do not enjoy their lives confined in an unnatural environment unable to do much of anything that is natural for their species.

Please send an urgent message to Dolphin Marine Magic demanding Bucky’s immediate retirement, and freedom to live the rest of his days in peace with his pod in an accredited sea sanctuary  – there is more action you can take for Bucky and other dolphins further down.

Bucky has worked entertaining people for many years confined and restricted from living a full and normal life. He is a highly intelligent animal and deserves better, he has been seriously ill with cancer and he is also getting old, surely it is time now to for him to retire and spend the remainder of his life in peace. He deserves this surely after so many many years of captivity.

Bucky, a 47-year-old dolphin at Australia’s Dolphin Marine Magic, is forced to perform tricks and participate in swim-with-dolphin programs daily despite the fact that he is recovering from cancer. Although Bucky is equivalent in years to an 80-year-old human and has been sick, he is regularly forced to jump through hoops, do flips, give guests “dolphin kisses,” and even carry tourists across the water on his back.

Please read more and sign and share the petition:

DMM: Retire Bucky, the Elderly Dolphin With Cancer Forced to Carry Tourists on His Back!

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“Since the day he was found, Bucky has spent his entire life in tiny concrete tanks. Bottlenose dolphins typically live 40 to 50 years, which means Bucky will likely die soon, without ever seeing his ocean home or his pod again.”

No animal should be kept in captivity, no creature should be forced to entertain fickle minded people. Dolphins belong in the sea free to roam ,free to live the life that nature intended. Help free Bucky from enslavement by sharing this petition widely.

Further Action

You could also write polite correspondence by either e-mail or letter to Paige Sinclair, Dolphin Marine Magic

Dolphin Marine Magic contact details  also includes telephone Number

More information This link includes a further petition concerning dolphins in Australia.

You may also be interested in –  note that there is a comment which states that Bucky’s cancer is back

“Buckys Cancer is Back. The Veterinarian at Dolphin Marine Magic told AFD recently.
Bucky is still WORKING, doing shows!!!!!

We have also heard that the park has also NOT been issued a license to hold dolphins……the future is unwritten. These dolphins deserve a sea sanctuary.”

Paul Franklin Watson: Hero of Animal Rights and Environmental Activism

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



PAUL FRANKLIN WATSON, the 65-year-old, silver-haired marine wildlife conservation and environmental activist, founder of the influential SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY and co-founder of GREENPEACE, is a celebrity. His job and passion is to ram whaling boats.

Paul promotes veganism and a biocentric, rather than anthropocentric, worldview. Of course, he is on Interpol’s international fugitives list, but now, France has granted him political asylum.


Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Official Website

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on Facebook

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on Twitter

Something Positive

I regret as a result of personal issues which are still ongoing I have not been on-line for a while writing or publishing for this blog. From time to time I will try to post a blog entry from either myself or guest blogger Luis Leonel but these may be sporadic at best. Apologies if I am not always able to respond to comments or comment on the blogs I follow and those who follow me.

For the first blog after such a long break I thought it might be good to include something positive. In fact I hope to include more positive posts than previously in order to create a better balance. With the emphasis on unbalanced and often biased negative aspects of the news the world can seem like a bleak place with little of any good taking place. While there is much evil in the world perpetrated towards both human and non human animals there is also much good.

So many people in their everyday lives contribute to a better world not necessarily in momentous actions but in little ways often not noticed or deliberately ignored – frankly I consider there is a deliberate emphasis on negativity. Why this is so I hope to discuss in another post.

But for now today something positive!!!!

“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”
Robert F Kennedy

It was in fact difficult to make a selection because contrary to what we tend to think there are many good people in the world, kind caring people. Here is a selection of positive items from the internet which I have personally found uplifting

Please check out the You tube Channel of Erin who has 17 pets  Pets Palace TV

“My name is Erin, I own 9 guinea pigs, 2 bunnies 3 gerbils, a hamster, a cat and a dog. I am very  passionate about animals and I try to give all my pets the best life that I can provide for them. My  aim is to inspire many people to do the best that they can for their small pets.”

Erin really looks after her numerous pets very well and it is good to see animals so well cared for. Furthermore it is also good to include something positive about a young person as so often young people are maligned and stereotyped as selfish and uncaring which is most certainly not the case at all.

There are just so many videos included in Erin’s You tube channel it was hard to choose a small selection, so if you get a bit of spare time I highly recommend that you watch some of these videos: Pets Palace TV.

It is heartwarming to see animals so well cared for, especially guinea pigs and rabbits, two pets often so neglected.

Furthermore if you are going through a difficult time or when the cruelty, brutality, greed and selfishness of the world gets you down remind yourself by watching videos such as those above and below that there is goodness in the world, there are good and caring people who try to make a difference when and wherever they can.

Middle Schoolers Create 3D-Printed Boot for Injured Penguin (WATCH)

Children help and injured penguin

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Here is another positive story form Good News Network

50 Good Samaritans on Train Help Refugee Family Navigate New Country

“When a Canadian woman offered to help a refugee family, appearing lost and confused at a train station, little did she know she’d be just one of 50 people coming to their aid.”

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It often appears that there is little sympathy for refugees and it is my opinion that the issue of immigrants and refugees was sadly the deciding factor or the only factor upon which many people here in the UK based their Brexit vote on. It is therefore such a refreshing change to read about so many people who went out of their way to help this Syrian family

I like this website from The Good deeds organisation. Simple stories of acts of random kindness by ordinary people.

In the great scheme of things maybe the people above seem to make only a small difference yet they make a meaningful difference to the lives of the people or animals whose lives are enhanced by their kindness and caring.

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A selection of positive news items






Historic Day For The Animals And The Activism For Their Rights Worldwide

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


This May 20, 2016 was an historic day for the animals and the activism for their rights worldwide.


The commemorative plaque, made with the cage’s door of the late zoo, says:

The Zoo of Paysandú was located in this site until May 20, 2016, date in that it has been transformed into the Botanical Garden “Paris London”.


Uruguayan children from public schools release doves who were also prisoners of the late zoo.doves