Three Shocking Facts About Eating Meat

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The Surprise

A humorous take on the issue of eating meat, with a reminder of some of the harm it causes to us individually and to the wider world.

Source: Byzantine_K https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/14996938526/ – includes larger sizes  for down load with a creative Commons License.

Though the above poster is satire the message it conveys is one of a shocking reality that few people fully comprehend.

Shocking fact: 65 billion animals are slaughtered worldwide each year

That right! Approximately 65 billion land (farm) animals are slaughtered worldwide every year  to sate the appetite of wealthy people in the west for a food they do not need and is not natural. A further 90 billion marine animals are also killed worldwide every year!

Here in the UK alone over 900 million farm animals die each year, in 2011 this included 8.5 million pigs, nearly 15 million sheep, 17 million turkeys, 15 million ducks, over 931 million chickens and 2.8 million cattle. Add to that 4.5 billion fish and 2.6 billion shellfish you have a total of over 8 billion animals killed in the UK each year.

This equates to 22 million animals slaughtered every day; 919,000 an hour; 15,000 per minute and 255 every second.

Read More:
http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/slaughter/slaughter-farmed-animals-uk

Cruel Britannia – the shocking truth about animal farming in Britain today
Warning!!! some people may find this video upsetting. If you don’t there has to be something very wrong with you!

Source of video

http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/cruel-britannia-life-and-death-uk-factory-farms – Scroll down the page for more information

The worldwide figure of 65 billion amounts to nine animals per person however keep in mind that this is an approximate average as of course millions of people in developing countries are starving and have never eaten meat.

This brings us to the next…

Shocking Fact: Meat contributes to the starvation of millions of people

Meat is a food that not only harms the defenceless animals who are killed after spending their short wretched lives in the shocking conditions of a factory farm, but also contributes to the starvation of millions of people in developing countries.

The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied-up in producing beef and livestock-food for the well-off, while millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition and starvation. 

Dr. Walden Bello, executive director of Food First, Institute for Food and Development Policy.

There is enough plant food available on this planet to feed everyone yet over 850 million people are estimated to go hungry, at least 800 million people go to bed hungry every night, every five seconds one child dies from hunger. The annual UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report says, present levels of hunger cause the death of more than five million children a year.

Almost a third of the Earth’s ice-free land surface is utilised to raising the animals we either eat or milk.

One third of the world’s grain goes to feed animals, the food from which goes to feed only about a third of our population of six billion. Consider : The amount of vegetable protein fed to the US beef herd would feed almost the entire populations of India and China. If animals where allowed to live out their natural lives, in their own environments, left to breed and graze in the way that nature intended, land used to feed animals bred to an unnatural proliferation could be utilised to directly feed people, with the result that there would be enough food to feed everyone. Without the interference of man, particularly concerning factory, farm animal’s would not in nature breed to the huge numbers that there are today.

Our world is capable of producing more than enough plant food to meet the needs of all its six billion people. If people used land to grow crops to feed themselves, rather than feeding crops to animals, then there would be enough to provide everyone with the average of 2360 Kcal (calories) needed for good health.

826 million people around the world are seriously undernourished – 792 million people in developing countries and another 34 million in industrialised countries (18). Two billion people – one third of the global population – lack food security, defined by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as a “state of affairs where all people at all times have access to safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.” (5) Today, some 12 million children die annually of nutrition-related diseases. The Food and Agriculture Organisation says, “Doubtless, far more are chronically ill.” (19)

For more information concerning this issue please read the article Feed the World from which the above quotations came:
http://www.viva.org.uk/resources/campaign-materials/guides/feed-world – The pdf file and the online file are free. The pamphlet is £1 which goes towards helping animals.

Shocking Fact: Meat is harmful to the environment and contributes to global warming.

“If anyone wants to save the planet , all they have to do is to stop eating meat. That’s the most important single thing you can do. It’s staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.
Paul MaCartney

Eating meat harms the environment and may be one of the largest factors to climate change.

According to a new documentary the agriculture industry is one on the main contributors of climate change.

Please take the time to read the information below and watch the trailer for Cowspiracy

There is one single industry destroying the planet more than any other.
But no one wants to talk about it …

Read More and watch the video:
“Cowspiracy” …. a new documentary!!

http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/cowspiracy-a-new-documentary/

Cows don’t conspire, that’s for sure. But they’re involved in a conspiracy of silence and misinformation, created by humans, which aims to hide from public knowledge the real impacts of our eating habits. When it comes to Meat, most of us are living inside the Matrix. By that I mean that most of us, of course, don’t care that much about knowing where the meat in our Big Macs or chicken nuggets came from. We doesn’t establish the connection between bacon and slaughtered pigs, or between the milk in our breakfast table and cows who are forcibly separated from their offspring. We prefer not even remembering that a living and sentient creature had to be killed and cut into pieces in order for us to enjoy our fleshy repasts inside a McDonalds or a Burger Kings.

Read More:

COWSPIRACY – THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET (The Connections Between Animal Agriculture and Global Warming)

http://awestruckwanderer.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/cowspiracy-the-sustainability-secret-the-connections-between-animal-agriculture-and-global-warming/

http://cowspiracy.com/
https://twitter.com/Cowspiracy

6 Myths the Beef Industry Wants Us to Believe

http://nackpets.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/6-myths-the-beef-industry-wants-us-to-believe-one-green-planet/

Rain forests are still being felled to graze hamburger cattle. Going vegan saves one acre of forest every year.
Cornell University

Whole tracts of forest are cleared for grazing, one of the reasons that one and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second. That is over 200,000 acres each and everyday!

“Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation.”
Rainforest Facts

Methane from live stock causes global warming. The erosion of soil by cattle and the contamination of water by slurry are further detriments along with the general processing techniques of the meat industry. Over grazing of live stock is causing deforestation. I personally find this concept confusing and we need to be careful here how we react to such as these environmental problems should not imply that cattle as a whole are a detriment and should not exist. No it is simply the exploitation and over breeding of cattle to provide meat and milk that is the problem; a source of food which we do not need in order to thieve, in fact meat and other animal products are a detriment to health. Furthermore every animal on the planet ceases to consume milk after weaning except humans, it is neither healthy nor natural. In their natural state cattle are like any other animal simply part of the environment and have as much right to exist as any other creature. All creatures impact in some way on the environment and have always done so. Imagine the problems dinosaurs created, the huge and veracious herbivores must have laid waste to whole swathes of land. However of course they probably did not exist in such proliferation as to become a serious detriment which threatened the survival of the whole eco system. It is man’s interference with nature and enforced breeding of live stock that has resulted in the potential destructive consequences mentioned above. Nonetheless these problems should not imply that it would be in order to cull these animals but rather in the future to allow animals to exist in their own indigenous habitats, to breed, graze and have a natural impact on the environment. I am of the opinion that the earth is self-regulating to some degree and it is only man’s interference that has resulted in nature’s inability to bring about such self regulation.

Not only upon land of course has man’s interference with nature and his insatiable need to consume meat impacted unfavourably, man has also caused devastation to our oceans and water ways. From lakes and rivers to the vast oceans of the entire world the disastrous effects of over fishing and other activities such as pollution has resulted in the extinction or significant decrease in populations of many species. This not only threatens the survival of many species of fish but also threatens to wreak havoc with entire ecosystems. For example fishing is threatening the world’s populations of whales, dolphins and porpoises, tuna, plaice, monkfish and cod. Other creatures adversely effected as a result of fishing include, birds, seals, turtles, mink and otters. Coral reefs and aquatic plants are similarly effected. For more information refer to information included in the following link to the Vegetarian society’s website: https://www.vegsoc.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=531

I consider that the greatest problem concerning the planet is man’s inference with the natural evolution of all creatures and none more so of course than in factory farming or the depletion of sea creatures for food. Such activities create an imbalance, a chain reaction that disturbs the whole ecosystem. Perhaps if nature where left to her own devices and her animals left unmolested, unexploited and not interfered with, such as selective breeding, the outcome of the aforementioned natural activities of grazing and the prolific production of methane, which is of course produced by all living creatures, would be less dramatic and would in time balance out.

Time to stop eating meat

Try Vegan For 30 Days – Sign the Pledge!

http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=20593&ea.tracking.id=GA&gclid=CPT84uiVscACFUsOwwodaTAAsg

Want some help:

Change your diet
http://www.viva.org.uk/going-vegetarian-vegan

How to go vegan
http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/

Vegan Recipies
http://www.unleashed.org.au/change_the_world/go_veg/vegan_recipes.php

Can’t live without your bacon here is a cruelty free alternative which does not require the death of these intelligent creatures:

The Vegan Bacon That Meat Loving – Foodies Can’t Get Enough Of: Recipe Included !http://freefromharm.org/vegan-recipes/vegan-bacon/

 

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Help Stop Cruel Pig Wrestling

Below is a guest blog by Luis Leonel an animal rights activist.

“The mission of St. Patrick Parish is to be one with Christ in making the reign of God a reality,” claims the American Catholic church St. Patrick Parish. Seemingly, in this reign of God they’re allowed to torture pigs for fund-raising, because, according to PETA, the pigs participating in the pig wrestling –  also known as Pig Rassle, which is held every year in these churches – “screamed in terror as they were clamped into headlocks, tackled, and dragged at the St. Patrick Parish‘s fundraiser near Stephensville, Wisconsin, last weekend. Finally, they were so exhausted and stressed that they gasped for breath, and they struggled to make it back to the holding pens (where an eyewitness reported that the pigs had little or no potable water, food, or access to shelter from the scorching sun all day).

 

 

Look at the Photo published on the Facebook StPatrickparish Round Up page by a mom who is happy and proud because the children had a lot of fun with the pigs:
https://www.facebook.com/stpatrickparish.roundup
Ken Bilgrien, a deacon at St. Patrick, has disputed the claims against the long-standing event and has insisted it is not an animal fight and the parish doesn’t support cruelty to animals.”In 44 years, we’ve never injured a pig,” Bilgrien said and added: “It’s strictly fun.” Since his statements weren’t as convincing as they hoped, St. Patrick Parish wrote in its mission statement: “The Roundup Days have taken place for more than 40 years, and the Pig Rassle has been part of this event for several of those years. Consideration is taken to ensure that the pigs are safe and free from any abuse. After consultation with local authorities, it has been determined that there is no illegality associated with this event. St. Patrick Parish does not condone animal abuse.”

The pigs participating in this “Christian” pig wrestling were slaughtered the next day.

Events where animals are mortified and killed are still common in some countries and, even, are legal and popular. For example, bullfighting in Spain, Portugal, southern France and some Hispanic American countries, and fox hunting in Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, the United States, and certain modified forms of hunting foxes with hounds in Great Britain. On the other hand, such events are banned in other countries, as Uruguay, where as early as the beginning of the twentieth century, bullfighting, pigeon shooting, cockfighting, and any other game or entertainment that may be a cause of mortification to animals, was prohibited by law.

Please sign and share the petition to ask St. Patrick Parish-Stephensville to cancel the Pig Rassle definitely:
https://www.change.org/p/st-patrick-s-parish-cancel-animal-fighting-contest

Official St. Patrick Parish-Stephensville website:
http://www.stpatrick-stephensville.org/

Facebook page supporting and promoting pig wrestling in St. Patrick Parish:
https://www.facebook.com/stpatrickparish.roundup

 

 

Stop Slaughterhouses From Boiling Animals Alive

This is just so shocking; the suffering these poor creatures must endure is unimaginable. How can people be so cruel, how can they bear to hear these poor animals cry out in pain and fear? What kind of mentality must they have to cause this awful suffering day after day? It really turns your stomach to think we share this world with people capable of such horrific abuse.

I have signed the petition, I hope many others will do so and share it widely. We must get this brutality stopped.

"OUR WORLD"

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UK Government Subsidise the Super Rich While Children Scavenge in Waste Bins

While millionaires here in the UK receive subsidies to shoot grouse poor children forage through garbage bins for food

It is a scandal that the UK government subsidises gun licenses to the tune of £17 million while cutting benefits to sick and disabled people and the unemployed.

As a result of the coalition’s draconian welfare reforms millions have been plunged into poverty. Since the present government weren’t elected in 2010 nearly a million people have been forced to use food banks and millions have seen their incomes reduced  to well below the poverty line.  Low wages, high rents and unaffordable homes  have pushed hundreds of thousands more people into extreme poverty. I have used the word extreme rather than absolute poverty. The classification of absolute poverty  refers to a set standard which is the same in all countries and which does not change over time. An income-related example would be living on less than $X per day, typically $1 or $2 per day. This normally would not apply here in the UK where the category relative poverty is used. However when people receive no income as a result of benefit sanctions as has been the case surely than the term absolute poverty applies for the person is not even receiving the equivalent of a $1 per day!

For an explanation concerning the terms absolute and relative poverty click this link:
http://www.poverty.org.uk/summary/social%20exclusion.shtml#poverty

While reducing and even stopping the incomes of seriously sick and disabled people and sanctioning job seekers, including disabled people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance, for as long as three years with zero benefits in some cases, Cameron has refused to increase the cost of a gun licence, which at present stands at just £50. It costs the police £196 to conduct the background checks in order for these gun touting well-heeled sociopaths to run amok in the countryside shooting defenceless animals such as grouse, partridges, rabbits and hares. It seems that in addition to allowing and even condoning the primitive barbarity of murdering defenceless creatures for pleasure there is the added immorality of subsidizing this pursuit at the expensive of tax payers while leaving poor people to starve to death – yes that’s right people here in the UK have starved to death from want of food as a result of benefit cuts and sanctions.

To further outrage those of us with a sense of social justice, it should be noted that while thousands are driven from their homes as a result of government cuts, including the bedroom tax, the government has announced it would raise the subsidy it provides for the so called management of grouse moors from £30 per hectare to £56. The super rich own most of this land, the 1% of the 1% – remember grouse hunting is the perverted pass-time of the extremely rich.

“While the poor are being forced out of their homes through government cuts, it is raising the payments – across hundreds of thousands of hectares – that some owners use to burn and cut the land (helping to cause floods downstream), shoot or poison hen harriers and other predators, and scar the hills with roads and shooting butts.

While the rest of us can go to the devil, the interests of the very rich are ringfenced.

So back we go to the hazy days of Edwardian England: a society dominated by rentiers, in which the city centres are set aside for those with tremendous wealth and the countryside is reserved for their bloodsports. As the queues lengthen at the foodbanks, our money is used to subsidise grouse and shotguns. That is all you need to know about how and by whom we are governed”

Read more, this is an excellent article which I cited in a previous post and which I want to draw more attention:

This cash for grouse scandal shows how Britain has become a plutocrats’ paradise
We subsidise the landed gentry and their shotguns. While the poor are plunged into brutal insecurity, the rich are untroubled
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/28/britain-plutocrats-landed-gentry-shotgun-owners

Read about the environmental damage and the harm to wildlife this land management causes in order for the wealthy to indulge in this sick pleasure.
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/images/pdf/booklets/callingtheshots.pdf – this document explains Animal Aid’s investigation into the public subsidies paid to millionaire grouse shoot owners. Grouse shooting is a pursuit staged and undertaken by  some of the wealthiest individuals in the land – Bankers, government ministers, landowners, heads of industry and royalty. These people hardly need the subsidies do they.

What’s the difference between a subsidy payout and a benefit payout – subsidies are free handouts while benefits are an entitlement, insurance payments received upon making a claim. National insurance as the name implies is simply a state insurance into which millions of people have paid, and those who claim are simply making an insurance claim. In most cases it is not a handout. Yes of course not everyone has paid into this scheme but we are supposed to be a civilised country or at least we were until the last few years, and payments therefore should be made to those unfortunate to have not been able to make a contribution, such as those born with a disability that prevents them from working. Reasonable surely?

Note

If you’re an average tax payer, most likely not earning a living wage, your hard-earned money is used to subsidise the priviledged in our society, the vastly wealthy,  while poor people struggle to keep a roof over their heads and provide food for their children.

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While the above poster is a parody one has to wonder if in the not too distant future we will indeed be seeing people without shoes. Though the very idea may be difficult to envision, who would have thought that in twenty-first century Britain children would be foraging in waste bins and people would die of hunger.

Credit Poster:

Flickr user Byzantine_K
https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/14683982849/in/photostream/
Larger sizes available under a creative commons license.

Related Links

Sanctions against those on sickness benefit up 350 per cent in Government crackdown
http://infernalseason.tumblr.com/post/94906481149/sanctions-against-those-on-sickness-benefit-up-350-per

Welfare Reform? No such thing. Cuts and “reforms”…
http://infernalseason.tumblr.com/post/94907589469/welfare-reform-no-such-thing-cuts-and

Starving British children are looking for food in rubbish bins
http://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2014/07/03/starving-british-children-are-looking-for-food-in-rubbish-bins/

 

Oxfam

Poverty in the UK

The UK is the world’s six largest economy, yet 1 in 5 of the UK population live below our official poverty line, meaning that they experience life as a daily struggle.

Oxfam as a vision of everyone in the UK having enough to live on, and of all men, women and children being treated with respect and dignity no matter how much money they have. We believe it is unacceptable that over 13 million people in the UK do not have enough to live on, and most do not have the power to speak out about what this feels like and why it is wrong.

http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/our-work/poverty-in-the-uk

 

Sick and disabled suffer due to benefit sanctions

Thousands of sick, disabled and unemployed Scots are being left in poverty as their benefit payments are stopped – according to Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).

Based on real case evidence, CAS shows in its latest report Sanctioned: what benefit? that many people hit by benefit sanctions are forced into poverty and ill health, often having to rely on foodbanks. The report also reveals that many who are hit by a sanction are not told the reason for it or how to appeal against it.

Read more at :
http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/social-justice-and-poverty/news/review-of-sanctions-regime-called-for#ywx6CcMQL5tRfxFm.99

 
Poorest and the Youngest Suffer as Poverty Rises and Living Standards Tumble

Responding to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK, which was funded by JRF, Head of Poverty Research Chris Goulden said:

“This research provides further proof that a shortage of affordable homes and the high cost of renting or buying a home is pushing hundreds of thousands more people into absolute poverty: 600,000 more people have found out what life is like below the poverty line after paying their housing costs.

http://www.jrf.org.uk/media-centre/poorest-and-youngest-suffer-as-poverty-rises-and-living-standards-tumble-65735 – I have to say the statement “Pensioners… face relatively favourable conditions” is in my opinion rather misleading, those on a basic state pension of  £113.10 a week  –  that’s just over £5,880 per anum! with pension credit brings it to £148.35 a week for a single person – surely must be struggling. Also I cannot understand the constant validation of the financal crisis excuse with statements such as, “Even at a time where resources are limited, measures can be taken to reduce the hardship now facing almost a quarter of households.”,  surely by now it is obvious that the government have intentionally reduced people to a state of poverty and have no intention of doing anything to rectify this intolerable situation. The UK is a wealthy country, if it can afford to give handouts to millionaire grouse shooters it can provide benefit payments for a decent standard of living to the most vulnerable in our society.

 

 

 

 

Guest Blog: Help to stop Bull Fighting

Below is a guest blog by Luis Leonel an animal rights activist – warning some people may find the videos disturbing.

Bullfighting (corrida de toros in Spanish), also known as tauromachia or tauromachy is a traditional spectacle of some European countries (Spain, Portugal, southern France) and some Hispanic American countries (Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru), in which one or more bulls are tortured and finally slaughtered in a bullring.

Supporters consider bullfighting a traditional art form on par with dancing, painting, sculpting and music, perhaps, in the same way as the gladiator confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals, in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire, may have been defended with a similar argument.

The politician and physician Carmen Moriyón Entrialgo is the Mayor of Gijón, the largest city and municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain, and one of those bullfighting supporters.

http://www.carmenmoriyon.es/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carmenmoriyon?fref=ts

Twitter: @carmenmoriyon

Video

Get Involved

Help us get bullfighting relegated to the history books.

PETA video: Bull fighting in 60 seconds

The European Union is spending approximately £30 million per year to support Spanish bullfights. Please send a message to European Commissioner Dacian Cioloş today and ask him to end the EU’s shameful financial support of bullfighting:
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=29408

Ban Bull Fighting in European countries now:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Ban_Bull_Fighting_in_European_countries_now/

Bullfighting: How You Can Help:
http://www.hsi.org/issues/bullfighting/tips/bullfighting_how_help.html

The Glorious Twelfth

Unless you are a grouse that is.

One saw a bird dying, shot by a man. It was flying with rhythmic beat and beautifully, with such freedom and lack of fear. And the gun shattered it; it fell to the earth and all the life had gone out of it. A dog fetched it, and the man collected other dead birds. He was chattering with his friend and seemed so utterly indifferent. All that he was concerned with was bringing down so many birds, and it was over as far as he was concerned. They are killing all over the world. Those marvellous, great animals of the sea, the whales, are killed by the million, and the tiger and so many other animals are now becoming endangered species. Man is the only animal that is to be dreaded.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti

The Glorious Twelfth is a term often used to refer to 12th August, the start of the shooting season for Red Grouse, and to a lesser extent the Ptarmigan in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Today is one of the busiest days in the shooting season, and large numbers of these defenceless tiny birds will be shot. Birds like the one below.

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Sadly our unethical laws, implemented by those who indulge in such barbarity, allows so-called hunters, usually the more affluent members of our society, to do this:

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Did you know that “Grouse shoot operators – whose well-off clients can each pay more than £3,000 for a single day’s shooting – receive millions of pounds annually from the taxpayer via the Common Agricultural Policy?” Please read the following:
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/images/pdf/booklets/callingtheshots.pdf  – this document explains Animal Aid’s investigation into the public subsidies paid to millionaire grouse shoot owners. You can read more about other aspects concerning the gross injustice of these subsidies further down under the heading related links.

I have written about grouse shooting and other hunting before here

Although hunting with dogs, is banned, hunting these tiny birds continues. Furthermore it even continued throughout the foot and mouth outbreak when footpaths in the country side were closed to everyone else.

Until governments ban such barbarous practices we can never truly be considered civilised. It is not about freedom . No one has the right to kill another animal, banning such a practice is not taking away freedom from anyone anymore than denying people the right to kill each another.

Nine Reasons to Oppose Grouse Shooting
  1. Killing birds for sport is cruel and uncivilised.
  2. A large number of native birds and mammals who are perceived to interfere with grouse shooting are trapped, poisoned or snared. Victims include stoats, weasels, and even iconic raptors such as hen harriers, red kites and golden eagles.
  3. An unnatural, heather-rich environment is created because the grouse thrive on young heather shoots. To create fresh young shoots, the heather is burned, which can harm wildlife and damage the environment.
  4. The Committee on Climate Change has recently put a figure on the damage. Some 350,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year is emitted from upland peat in England, it noted,the majority of which (260,000 tonnes) is from areas that are being rotationally burnt.
  5. The harsh ‘management’ of moorlands causes grouse numbers to boom. But as they overburden the landscape, they become weakened and fall prey to a lethal parasite – Strongylosis. This attacks the gut and leads to a collapse in the population.
  6. A cycle of population boom and bust is the norm on Britain’s grouse moors.
  7. Large quantities of lead shot are discharged, which is toxic to wildlife.
  8. Grouse shooting estates use the Countryside and Rights of Way Act to restrict public access to mountain and moorland.
  9. Grouse shoot operators – whose well-heeled clients can each pay more than £3,000 for a single day’s shooting – receive millions of pounds annually from the taxpayer via the Common Agricultural Policy.

Read more :http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/CAMPAIGNS/pheasant/ALL/1847// – includes free action pack and PDF files.

Also see

Grouse-shooting popularity boosts global warming:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9722-grouseshooting-popularity-boosts-global-warming.html#.U-em9fldXy0

Action you can take

Please sign a petition:
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/65627

Please send for the action pack:
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/h/n/ACTIVE/action/ALL/1125//

To mark the commencement of yet another year of the legalised killing of these tiny sentient beings I have included a list of anti hunting quotes in the hope that in some way someone, somewhere, somehow will change his or her mind about hunting and see it for the barbarous brutality it is.

As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.
Pythagoras

Hunting is a relic of the barbarism that once thirsted for human blood, but is now content with the blood of animals.
Christian Nestell Bovee

When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.
Marv Levy

“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 A. Froude

“Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they’re in the game.”
Paul Rodriguez

“When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity.”
George Bernard Shaw

“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”
Ellen DeGeneres

“There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer

“Deer hunting would be fine sport, if only the deer had guns.”
William S. Gilbert
“Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventures, and for hides and furs is a phenomenon which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging in such acts of brutality.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.”
Joseph Wood Krutch

“The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.”
Henry David Thoreau

The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.”
P.G. Wodehouse, The Adventures of Sally

“Wildlife, we are constantly told, would run loose across our towns and cities were it not for the sport hunters to control their population, as birds would blanket the skies without the culling services of Ducks Unlimited and other groups. Yet here they are breeding wild animals, year after year replenishing the stock, all for the sole purpose of selling and killing them, deer and bears and elephants so many products being readied for the market. Animals such as deer, we are told, have no predators in many areas, and therefore need systematic culling. Yet when attempts are made to reintroduce natural predators such as wolves and coyotes into these very areas, sport hunters themselves are the first to resist it. Weaker animals in the wild, we hear, will only die miserable deaths by starvation and exposure without sport hunters to control their population. Yet it’s the bigger, stronger animals they’re killing and wounding–the very opposite of natural selection–often with bows and pistols that only compound and prolong the victim’s suffering.”
Matthew Scully, Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy

“Hi! handsome hunting man
Fire your little gun.
Bang! Now the animal
is dead and dumb and done.
Nevermore to peep again, creep again, leap again,
Eat or sleep or drink again. Oh, what fun!”
Walter de la Mare, Rhymes and Verses: Collected Poems for Young People

Although I do not live in the Yorkshire Dales or other areas of grouse shooting I visit often and besides the awful feeling of knowing that every time I hear a gun shot an innocent animal has died for no other reason than to bring perverted pleasure to someone, it is unnerving in the extreme just to hear the very sound of the discharge of a deadly weapon. August is a busy time in the dales with increasingly more and more tourists, people who have come to enjoy the scenery, the peace and quiet, families with children who have come to hike or visit the many scenic and historic places in the area. It is not right that anyone should be exposed to the possibility of injury just so the privileged few can indulged in their sadistic pleasure. Just before publishing this entry my husband and I whilst collecting grass for our rabbit down a nearby, usually peaceful, country lane heard repetitive gun fire. There are few grouse here, maybe a pheasant or some poor rabbit or fox lost his life. So sad, so sickening and there was not a damn thing I could do. I couldn’t even see who was shooting or even the direction from which the shot came. There was also a group of children and their dog, gun fire is not a sound I would want my child to hear and a sensitive child could well be unnerved or frightened as indeed could an adult. No country should allow anyone to own a gun, no one for any reason whatsoever. Remember the case of Derrick Bird, a big brave hunter who normally shot defenceless rabbits, who went on the rampage and killed several people in Cumbria:

People who knew the 52-year-old loner say he prided himself on his shooting ability although he never boasted of his prowess. Bird’s friend Stephen Gillespie, 43, said: “Derrick used the guns for hunting. He liked to shoot rabbits, rats and pigeons out in the fields. He looked at it as helping the farmers but he was obviously getting a sick thrill out of it.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/179430/We-talked-Derrick-Bird-out-of-killing-himself

Also

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10259982

Obviously every person who hunts is not going to go on a killing spree – other than the helpless animals he or she kills of course. However neither would Bird if he did not have ready access to a weapon.

Make no mistake these people whom you are likely to bump into in the countryside at this time of year are armed with a deadly weapon. For the sake of animals and indeed other people it is time to ban hunting in all its hideous and loathsome forms.

Time to ban guns, time to ban the murder of animals, until we do so we will never truly be civilised.

All you hunters out there consider taking a camera rather than a gun – prove you are not the sadistic psychopaths you appear to be. Maybe strong words you say, unfair, but really if your first thought when looking at a tiny defenseless bird, a deer or a rabbit is to kill it than there has to be something wrong with you – at the very least you have failed to recognise the preciousness of life for all creatures.

“Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight. And after I’ve finished “shooting,” my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy. I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans.”
Jimmy Stewart

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This cash for grouse scandal shows how Britain has become a plutocrats’ paradise
We subsidise the landed gentry and their shotguns. While the poor are plunged into brutal insecurity, the rich are untroubled

 …David Cameron has intervened to keep the cost of gun licences frozen at £50: a price that hasn’t changed since 2001.

The police are furious: it costs £196 to conduct the background checks required to ensure shotguns are issued only to the kind of dangerous lunatics who use them for mowing down pheasants, rather than to the common or garden variety. As a result they – sorry, we – lose £17m a year, by subsidising the pursuits of the exceedingly rich.

…the government announced it would raise the subsidy it provides for grouse moors from £30 per hectare to £56. Yes, you read that right: the British government subsidises grouse moors, which are owned by 1% of the 1% and used by people who are scarcely less rich.

While the poor are being forced out of their homes through government cuts, it is raising the payments – across hundreds of thousands of hectares – that some owners use to burn and cut the land (helping to cause floods downstream), shoot or poison hen harriers and other predators, and scar the hills with roads and shooting butts.

While the rest of us can go to the devil, the interests of the very rich are ringfenced

Read More:http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/28/britain-plutocrats-landed-gentry-shotgun-owners – please take the time to read the entire article.

Take Action to Help the People of Gaza

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Like most people world-wide I am shocked by the horror that is unfolding in Garza. The killing of defenceless children who have tasted and enjoyed so little of life and indeed adults who like most of us simply wish to live out their lives in peace. I do not understand fully this complex situation, all I know is that people are dying and it has to stop.

The pictures seen below bear undeniable witness to the horrific suffering taking place in Gaza as a result of Israel’s indiscriminate attacks on the civilian population. Most of the dead are civilians – men women and children, no one is spared the onslaught of death and destruction raining down on them. Also animals suffer, caught up in the conflict as you will see further down.

The recent weeks of violence has resulted in the deaths of at least 1,922 Palestinian deaths – 448 of them children- with more than 9,000 injured.

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Source link and more photos:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/09/15-images-of-gaza-under-attack-as-israel-responds-to-hamas-rockets-_n_5570579.html

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Source and more pictures:

Israel Gaza Conflict: The Innocent Children Paying The Terrible Price Of War (GRAPHIC PICTURES)
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/18/israel-gaza-conflict-innocent-children-paying-terrible-price-war-pictures_n_5598867.html

Names of 373 Children Killed In the Gaza Conflict.

The names of  children killed in Gaza during the past month have been Published In UK Newspapers.

The charity Save the Children has used full-page ads in numerous UK newspapers to name the hundreds of children killed in Gaza over the past month:

“To see the names of the children, some as young as a few months, written in stark black-and-white brings home the tragedy that has befallen Gaza’s children.”
Save the Children’s CEO, Justin Forsyth

Read more and view the ads

http://www.buzzfeed.com/richardhjames/names-of-373-children-killed-in-gaza-conflict-published-in-u -Please click this link and take the suggested action and send a message to the UK government calling for a permanent ceasefire.

Please take the time to take as many of the following actions as you can.

Write e-mail or letters

Amnesty International

Please send an e-mail to the foreign secretary

GAZA: STOP THE ARMS, STOP THE KILLING

Call on the UK government to halt the supply of arms to Israel. We must not facilitate war crimes.

It began just after four o’clock on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. Four young boys, all cousins from the same family, were playing football on a Gaza beach.

The Israeli shelling rained down – killing all four children.

Indiscriminate targeting of civilians and medical facilities is against international law. And if countries, including the UK, continue to supply weapons to Israel they will be potentially facilitating war crimes

Please read more and send the e-mail:
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/gaza-israel-stop-arms

Do edit to personalise if you can but if this is not possible please send it as it is.

You could also write a letter to the foreign secretary :

Contact Details of Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP
http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-philip-hammond/105

Petitions

Those who have survived death continue to suffer as a result of the lack of adequate medical care and attention.

Please sign the following petition asking The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP to send
Send RFA Argus hospital ship to Gaza

A health crisis is looming in Gaza for trapped civilians, with dire conditions in the main Gaza City El Shifa hospital. Doctors operate on the floor and in corridors. People die untreated. Media reports say only one x-ray machine is working with a lack of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and the most basic equipment. With borders closed, casualties are unable to leave to seek treatment elsewhere.

The hospital ship RFA Argus is moored in Falmouth. She is uniquely designed for this type of necessity. We request that the British Government unilaterally and rapidly deploys RFA Argus to Gaza.

Please read more and sign the petition:

https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-rt-hon-philip-hammond-mp-send-rfa-argus-hospital-ship-to-gaza?alert_id=OBGCGaiMgv_F8o3abxhkSymiG9RSPmGWG0L8D0sFB%2FUxaZcxxhnU2k%3D&utm_campaign=114975&utm_medium=email&utm_source=action_alert

As with the above you could also send a letter or e-mail to the foreign secretary:

Contact details
http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-philip-hammond/105

There are just so many petitions, there can be few people who do not care about the suffering of the people of Gaza.

Here is a petition from Save the Children:

Gaza and Israel conflict: Stop killing children

We must act now to protect children.
Join us in calling on the UN Secretary General to do all he can to put permanent ceasefire in place.

Read more and sign the petition:
http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/donate/actions/gaza-and-israel-conflict-stop-killing-children#sthash.ZWc6sHlE.dpuf

The above is a simple click and send petition

Next is a petition from 38 degrees directed to:

DAVID CAMERON UK GOV’T/WORLD/ARAB LEADERS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA

Immediate and direct political intervention, with world Leaders political pressure to stop israel killing the people of Gaza, Palastine and to completely quit the terrorisation and illegal occupation of Palastine for good. The UK Government to address the serious War Crimes being carried out by israel in Palastine. The killings of innocent Gaza/Palastinian men, women and children needs to stop immediately and the illegal occupation of the Palastinian land and homes that have been occupied illegally needs to be put right.
Read More and sign the petition

STOP ISRAEL NOW..! STOP THEM KILLING PEOPLE IN GAZA/PALASTINE

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-isreal-now-stop-them-killing-gaza-palastine-peoples-1

Donations

The Disasters Emergency Committee has launched an appeal

The Gaza Crisis Appeal

200,000 people are displaced needing urgent help:

http://www.dec.org.uk/?gclid=CPXH5ZyihsACFUjHtAodIVcAcg

Protests around the world this weekend and the following
ACTION PROTESTS AROUND THE WORLD RESPOND TO ASSAULT ON PALESTINE

More information:
http://inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/action-protests-around-the-world-respond-to-assault-on-palestine/

Don’t forget the suffering of animals caught up in this shocking massacre.
Please give a thought to the animal’s killed or harmed on both sides of the border.

Mideast Israel Palestinians

Palestinians walk past a donkey, still alive, as he lays wounded on a debris-filled road in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Link to source of image:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/26/gaza-destruction-photos_n_5623908.html

War as practiced by humans is unknown among other animals. But we drag them into all our wars regardless – either actively as conscripts, or just by destroying them and their homes with barely a passing thought.

Reports of animals caught up in the current war between Israel and the Gaza Palestinians are few and far between, but three particular stories did surface this week:

Read More:
http://www.earthintransition.org/2014/07/in-israel-gaza-war-animals-pay-price/#sthash.GLPrzlN3.dpuf

Related Information

Never Ask Me About Peace Again

August 07, 2014 “ICH” – “Al-Monitor.” – Tears flowed until my body ran dry of them when I received a telephone call on Aug. 3, informing me that my family had been targeted by two F-16 missiles in the city of Rafah. Such was the fate of our family in a war that still continues, with every family in the Gaza Strip receiving its share of sorrow and pain.

Read More:
http://inprisonedwomen.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/never-ask-me-about-peace-again-2/

Gaza protests: tens of thousands gather in London to call for end to conflict
Pro-Palestine groups hold march in hopes of raising more than £4.5m to help victims of attacks on Gaza:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/09/gaza-protest-march-london-raise-funds-victims-conflict-israel-palestine

Hospital attack as three day truce ends
http://news.sky.com/story/1315105/israel-denies-targeting-hospitals-in-gaza-strip