Ask BrewDog to Stop Producing Beer Bottles Made Out of Stuffed Animals!

Below is a guest blog by Luis Leonel an animal rights activist.
BrewDog wants to push and to challenge.

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According to BrewDog, “In true BrewDog fashion we’ve torn up convention, blurred distinctions and pushed brewing and beer packaging to its absolute limits.”

Therefore, they decided to produce BEER BOTTLES MADE OUT OF STUFFED ANIMALS to push those limits and to challenge people’s perceptions.

Please sign and share the petition to ask BrewDog to stop producing these “artistic” beer bottles.

The above petition is from You Sign Animals

Comment on Facebook
Official BrewDog Facebook page.

Send them a tweet
Official BrewDog Twitter page:

Official BrewDog website:

Contact Page: postal and e-mail addresses.


The End of History (as per BrewDog):

International Rabbit Day: Take Action to Help Rabbits

Patch sitting in the sun throguh the window

Above is a photo by my adopted rabbit Patch.

He is a wonderful little creature so full of life, he has his own personality, his little habits, his likes and dislikes. He loves to be stroked and fussed, he gets lonely if he is left, he enjoys his favourite foods and has his favourite place to sleep. Though a timid animal he is curious and likes exploring new things. He like you and I, like your cat or your dog, feels pain and suffers. In short he is a sentient being, aware of himself, his surroundings, his environment and my family and I.

How could anyone hurt such a sweet and inoffensive creature you might ask,  if you ‘re a normal rational sensitive human being that is .

Yet these animals suffer greatly.

There are just so many ways in which these gentle creatures are harmed including being hunted for pleasure, kept in captivity and confinement for meat production and fur farming or in the case of angora for their wool, which in China, where most angora wool is produced, is plucked from them while alive every three months for five years until they are slaughtered. Rabbits are also used in cruel medical experiments or for cosmetic testing.  Many rabbits are exploited in the pet trade and often left abandoned in tiny hutches in someone’s garden. Unlike a cat or a dog people tend to neglect rabbits, for example rabbits receive less veterinary care than cats or dogs.

International Rabbit Day

Held on the fourth Saturday in September International Rabbit Day promotes the protection of rabbits both domestic and wild, this year it takes place on Saturday September 27th.

International Rabbit day is a time to promote the wellbeing of these often overlooked companion animals. Not only the millions of rabbits kept in hutches throughout the world but also wild rabbits, rabbits in zoos, in laboratories, in factory farms both for meat and fur and indeed suffering rabbits everywhere for indeed the vast majority of these creatures suffer terribly at the hand of human beings.

On International Rabbit Day we are encouraged to consider, not only the companionship offered by these gentle and lovable animals but the various ways in which rabbits are harmed.

International Rabbit Day is a good time to get active for rabbits or get to know rabbits by learning about them.

Suggested Actions to help rabbits – You can read rabbit stories and other information further down.

Please help rabbits by sharing photographs, signing petitions, sending messages and making a pledge. Please take as much action as you can, the petitions require only a few minutes to sign them.

Share a Photo and messages on Twitter or Facebook:

Humane Society International’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign estimates that every year around the world, approximately 500,000 animals suffer and die to test cosmetics. Rabbits are often used in painful eye and skin tests, so this International Rabbit Day, the #BeCrueltyFree campaign is shining a spotlight on their suffering and YOU can help.

Every rabbit who endures cosmetics testing is just as lovable and unique as the rabbits with whom we share our homes. So HSI is asking for supporters to donate a photo of their beloved rabbit companions (or a selfie of you in bunny ears!) with the following message:

Take part on Twitter by tweeting your photo with this message:
I WANT BUNNIES TO #BECRUELTYFREE WITH @HSIGlobal for #InternationalRabbitDay & end cosmetics cruelty!

Take part on Facebook by posting your photo with the message:
RABBITS SUFFER in cosmetics tests. I WANT BUNNIES TO ‪#‎BECRUELTYFREE! Take the pledge: and help Humane Society International end cosmetics cruelty.

Rabbits are commonly used in painful eye and skin irritation tests for consumer products. Developed in the 1940s, skin and eye irritation tests involve holding rabbits in full body restraints so that chemicals can be dripped in their eye or spread on their shaved skin. These tests are notoriously unreliable as well as extremely cruel, causing eye reddening, swelling, ulceration, even blindness, or skin cracking and bleeding. Unlike humans, rabbits have no tear ducts so they can’t cry out the harmful substances.

#BeCrueltyFree is the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Globally, Humane Society International and our #BeCrueltyFree partners are leading the charge to end cosmetics cruelty in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan, and #BeCrueltyFree USA is spearheaded by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund.

Follow #BeCrueltyFree on Facebook here.

Original source:   –  Most people don’t click the links included here, however it may be well worth giving this link a click as it is a useful resource for cruelty free cosmetics. One way to stop the abuse of rabbits in the testing of cosmetics of course is to boycott cosmetic manufacturers who test on animals.

Pledge to be cruelty free

Sign Petitions and and write letters

Please sign the following petitions:

Petition to MSD animal Health

Last year British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) uncovered the shocking killing of baby rabbits animals Born To Die in a UK laboratory.

Thirty innocent and defenseless rabbits arrived at the MSD Animal Health laboratory on 1st November 2013. Within just a few days, a number of rabbits were found dead.

During the experiment some of the rabbits suffered with swollen eyes, black tumours on their genitals, eyes and noses, swollen, lumpy ears and laboured breathing. They had to be killed due to the severity of their symptoms.

All 30 rabbits either died or were killed by the laboratory by the 9th December 2013.

Please remember these animals this International Rabbit Day.

Sign the petition:


This is the official MSD Animal Health website: – You could also write a letter or send an e-mail:

MSD Animal Health
Walton Manor
Milton Keynes

Tel: +44 (0)370 060 3380


BUAV website:

This petition is directed to the president of China, asking them to stop cruel angora wool production:

For more information and action you can take concerning the cruel torture of plucking live rabbits in the production of angora wool in china please see the previous entry:

Petition: Justice for Percy! Shaved, Set Fire To, Thrown Out The Window! Demand Jail Time For The Culprits! – you don’t have to have a Facebook account to sign

Ask Brazil to end cosmetic testing:

UK government Petition – Ban the sale of Angora rabbit fur products in the UK

Petition Scottish Parliament & the UK Government as a whole: Implement urgent (pet) Rabbit Specific Welfare Laws in the UK

Petition to: Tell Ralph Lauren to Stop Using Angora Fur From Tortured Rabbits:

Petitioning Walter Robb
Please do not sell rabbit meat in any Whole Foods stores:

Rabbits deserve better, please take as many of the actions above as you can.

Rabbits are not just a bundle of fur, if you have ever met a rabbit you cannot believe he or she is not a little person. Rabbits have their own personalities, like us each individual is different with his or her own little personality traits and ways of being.

Rabbit Stories

Rabbit Stories from Celebrating rabbits

Adventures of Mopsy Bunnytail
by Charmaine Blaisdell

Our Mopsy, a natural entertainer, leaped onto the couch, jumped up on the back, then ran along it and bounced down. Then she eyed my Dad, who wasn’t paying attention to her—he was sitting in his chair, intently reading the newspaper. Mopsy must have wanted him to notice her because she tore across the floor and with one jump was on his lap, knocking the paper out of the way. She put her front feet on his chest and looked up at him with her soulful dark brown eyes. Then she nipped a small hole in his shirt pocket! Just that quick, she bounced down again. Dad laughed so hard, along with the rest of us.

Read the full story – Do at least read this story which shows so clearly that rabbits are sentient animals, little beings who enjoy life, who are inquisitive and sociable just like a cat or dog.

Lucky Jasmine
by Marie Mead

At eight weeks old, the dainty lionhead was so cute. The little girl who saw him exclaimed that the black eye rings and ears made the diminutive bunny look like a panda! And so the rabbit was taken home, a live Easter bunny.

By nine weeks old, the rabbit’s novelty had worn off. He was no longer showered with attention and had lost his status as darling Easter bunny.

When the rabbit was ten weeks old, the young girl’s father took over care of the unnamed bunny, but he didn’t know how to interact with an increasingly defensive and frightened rabbit.

At twelve weeks old, one down-on-his-luck Easter bunny needed a new home.

Read the full story here:

Chester, the Lop-Eared Rabbit:

The first three years of his life were spent in a wire cage in a basement, separated from others. Oh, he had some of the necessary requirements to sustain life: food, water, and shelter. And now and then he was allowed a taste of what lay beyond his confines, if only for a short while. Days, weeks, and finally months secluded from the world beget lethargy, boredom, and depression.

Yes — even in an animal.

Upon entering the murky basement my eyes began to burn from the stench of ammonia that had built in the air from an unclean cage. Lonely, isolated, cold, huddled on wire — this was not how any being should be forced to live.

No — not even an animal.

Read the full story here:

More rabbit Stories from Celebrating Rabbits:

We have looked after three rabbits each of whom was and is very different. Sadly two of our rabbits have died, I have included information about these wonderful little beings in their memorials on my website.

Also information about both Sooty and Joey after we adopted Joey:

Related Links



Urge French Connection Not to Resume Selling Angora

“There can be no justification for causing suffering to animals simply to serve man’s pleasure or simply to enhance man’s lifestyle.”
The Dean of York

Update September 21st – I have added a further petition, please scroll down to sign a petition directed to the president of China, asking them to stop cruel angora wool production

Warning some people may find the photo and the video below upsetting.

Please take action to help rabbits. 

It is said that there is no sentiment in business, and seemingly there is no compassion for the pain and suffering of helpless animals, no empathy and no ethics as high street retailer French Connection resumes selling angora. As usual profit comes before all else including their promise not to sell angora because of the most horrendous animal cruelty you can imagine when gentle rabbits have their wool ripped from their bodies. What kind of sickening mentality allows people to make such an inhumane decision knowing full well the details of this shocking abuse?

Some of you may recall the PETA campaign to persuade retailers to stop selling angora:

As a result of this campaign many retailers discontinued selling angora.
Major retailers including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Forever 21, and ASOS are now angora-free.

Sadly, though not surprisingly, one retailer French Connection has decided to resume selling angora despite the horrendous cruelty of live plucking from screaming helpless rabbits. Rabbits are stoic creatures, as pry animals they have evolved to hide their pain, it is only when pain is extreme that a rabbit will scream.

If you have any doubts concerning the level of cruelty involved please watch the following video:

A PETA Asia investigation into angora farms in China – the world’s top producer of angora wool – has revealed shockingly cruel treatment of rabbits.

The undercover footage, shot by PETA Asia, reveals routine cruelty to angora rabbits, whose long, soft fur is often used in sweaters and accessories. The investigator filmed workers who were violently ripping the fur from the animals’ sensitive skin as they screamed at the top of their lungs in pain. After this terrifying and barbaric ordeal, which the rabbits endure every three months, many of them appeared to go into severe shock. After two to five years, those who have survived are hung upside down, their throats are slit, and their carcasses are sold.

Please take Action

Though French Connection is a UK retailer anyone from anywhere may of course take action.

Send a message to French Connection


French Connection has made the heartless decision to resume its sales of angora, despite being fully informed of the fact that angora is torn from the bodies of live rabbits. PETA Asia’s investigation into the angora wool industry shows how rabbits suffer when the fur is removed from their bodies. Workers rip the fur out of rabbits’ skin, causing the animals to scream in pain. And those who have their fur cut or sheared instead still suffer greatly: Their front and back legs are tethered tightly—a terrifying experience for any prey animal—and they’re stretched out on boards or suspended in the air. The cutting tools that are used invariably wound the rabbits as they struggle to escape. Afterward, these highly sensitive social animals are left in shock—they lie motionless inside their tiny, filthy cages, where they’re denied solid flooring and bedding.

Read more and send the message: – scroll down to send the message.

Preferably please personalise before sending or use as a template for your own message or if this is not possible send as it is.

Even more effective if you have the time is to send a letter, you can use the PETA message above as a template if you like:

French Connection
3rd Floor
Matrix Beta
Matrix Business Park

You can also contact French Connection in the following ways:

Contact by e-mail
General Enquiries:

Contact by using their on-line form:

By Telephone :
0333 400 3285 if calling from within the UK,

or +44 1792 784 150 if calling from overseas,

or 0333 400 3284 for Retail customer service queries

Also please send them a tweet: – How shocking they even feature a cute little rabbit on their Twitter banner while being complicit in the torture of angora rabbits in China!

Comment on Facebook:

Update September 21st –
This petition is directed to the president of China, asking them to stop cruel angora wool production:

Please share share share.

We must do all we can to urge retailers not to resume selling angora. This has come as no surprise. I was only recently thinking that we need to keep an eye open for retailers reneging on their promise to not sell angora. French Connection may be the first to do this probably hoping no one would notice but I would be surprised indeed if they are the last. We need to be vigilant.

Sign the Pledge

Please click the link below if you have not already done so and take the pledge to keep angora rabbit wool out of your wardrobe. It’s easy to check the label when you’re shopping—if it says “angora,” leave it on the rack.

What kind of human being can hear the screams of these rabbits and continue plucking the wool from this defenceless animal. It just turns your stomach to hear those awful screams. Retailers who buy angora from China are complicit, there is no excuse, no justification.

Show Your Solidarity for the Tibetan People Living in Occupied Tibet

I am confident I will set foot again in Tibet in my lifetime.
Dalai Lama


This week the people of Scotland will choose their own future. Other countries are less fortunate and will never have the opportunity or the freedom to make such a decision. Tibet is one of them.

The people of Scotland are free to choose their own future this Thursday

In occupied Tibet such freedom does not exist and all expression of nationality is brutally suppressed.

Scotland’s referendum respects a people’s fundamental desire and right to choose their own path – something for which Tibetans will never cease fighting.

Free Tibet’s Facebook Page:

Please share the above graphic on Facebook, Twitter, your blog or other social media and show your solidarity for Tibetans in Tibet.

Here’s what it is like to live in Tibet:
“The police went to the house of a Tibetan community leader to arrest him. When they found he was not home, they dragged his son out of the house, into the courtyard and held a gun in his mouth. The boy was only about 12 or 13. He looked so frightened.”
Eyewitness account, Drango county, Tibet, January 2012

Read more about how China’s brutal occupation of Tibet effects children:

In 1990 Ngawang Sangdrol participated in a peaceful protest and was held for nine months.

She was interrogated, severely beaten with iron water pipes and tortured with electric cattle prods – she was only thirteen years old.

She was arrested again in 1992 for “counter-revolutionary propaganda and incitement”, and this time received a three-year sentence at Drapchi Prison – Tibet’s largest and most-feared jail.

Read more of Ngawang Sangdrol story and about how the Chinese authorities persecute Tibetan Bhuddist Monks and Nuns:

Read More:

In Tibet, Buddhist nuns, monks and religious institutions are seen as a threat to the occupying Chinese state.

Since March 2011, more than 125 people are known to have set themselves on fire inside Tibet in protest against the repressive Chinese occupation of Tibet. The youngest was only 15 years Old, another only 16, 18 , a young mother, a heartbreaking list of desperation.

Read More:

The people of Tibet need your support, we must not allow them to be forgotten.

Actions you can take

Please click the following link to take part in a number of actions to help the Tibetans such as signing the Petition below

Petition to help free at least eleven singers imprisoned by China in Tibet since 2012. They are among thousands of other political prisoners in this occupied country.

Ask your government to speak up for Tibet

E-mail your government. There is a template e-mail please personalise if you can but please do send and ask your government to speak up for Tibet:

A mailed letter is even more effective, when I wrote a letter I received a reply from one of the foreign secretary’s assistants. Below is the address of the UKs foreign secretary David Hammond:


David Hammond
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 020 7219 4055
Fax: 020 7219 5851


David Hammond
Runnymede, Spelthorne and Weybridge Conservative Association,
55 Cherry Orchard, Staines, TW18 2DQ
Tel: 01784 453544

You can easily find the contact details for the foreign minister of your own country using your favourite search engine.

More action to take From Free Tibet:

Also if you have the time check out and take whatever action you can to help the campaigns by the Tibetan Society, another charity fighting for the rights of the People of Tibet:

Read more from the Tibet Society about the brutal suppression of Tibetans:
Chinese police open fire on Tibetan protestors in Loshu

On 12 August 2014, Tibetans took to the streets in Loshu town, eastern Tibet to protest against the arbitrary arrest of a village leader. Chinese police violently suppressed the demonstration using live ammunition and tear gas. At least ten Tibetans were seriously injured and many, possibly hundreds, have been detained. The Chinese authorities are denying medical treatment to those injured. Six Tibetans have since died, four succumbing to their injuries and two committing suicide.

Please continue reading and take the suggested actions:

Take Action:

Visit The Tibet Society’s Home Page for more news and other ideas as to how you can help:

The Dali Lama has said that China has tuned Tibet into an hell on earth

“Today, the religion, culture, language and identity, which successive generations of Tibetans have considered more precious than their lives, are nearing extinction,”
The Dali Lama

Something needs to be done to change the horrific situation in Tibet, the violations of human rights, the suppression of freedom, the brutality and the injustice. Yet the world does nothing. Preferring to kowow to china while Tibetans suffer and die. All the Tibetans want is a right to self determination, the right to live as they so please.

“If we accept that others have an equal right to peace and happiness as ourselves, do we not have responsibility to help those in need? The aspiration for democracy and respect for fundamental human rights is as important to the people of Africa and Asia as it is to those in Europe or the Americas. But of course it is often those people who are deprived of their human rights who are least able to speak up for them selves. The responsibility rests with those of us who do enjoy such freedoms.”

The Dali Lama – Human Rights, Democracy and Freedom By Tenzin Gyatso, H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama

Help Stop a Living Nightmare for Monkeys in EU Lab

“I abhor vivisection’. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty.”
Charles W. Mayo, MD (1961), son of the co-founder of the Mayo Clinic.

Another post concerning more hellish cruel experiments on helpless monkeys


In the previous entry you may have seen a reblog concerning cruel experiments on monkeys by in NIH labs in the USA: heart/ – please take the suggested actions if you have not already done so.

Now please read and take action to stop horrific experiments on Monkeys at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany, a leading research institute in the EU.

If you don’t have the time to read all the information or watch the video please at least sign the petition below:

Petitioning Navinchandra Ramgoolam, Prime Minister of Mauritius
Mauritius is one of the world’s largest suppliers of monkeys for the research industry, exporting thousands of animals every year to the USA and the European Union.

And write to the authority in Germany calling for an end to this research and the removal of the laboratory’s licences:

Regierungspräsidium Tübingen (Government of Tübingen),
Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 20,
72072 Tübingen,


There are more actions you can take further down.

These excitements which are intended to study basic brain processes are horrific in the extreme. Frankly I am concerned about the brain process of the hideous people who conduct these experiments without remorse, with callous cold indifference and who knows maybe even some measure of perverted enjoyment. Sick individuals – who in their right mind could go to work everyday and torture sentient beings, animals who feel pain and suffer as do you or I? What kind of person here’s the scream of an helpless animal and remains unmoved? One has to ask, what the hell is wrong with them?

The joint investigation by BUAV and Soko-Tierschutz was carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany and provides a
…“a disturbing insight into the use of primates by the research industry. For the monkeys, it is a nightmare world from which death will be their only escape“.
It also provides a disturbing insight into the mentality of the experimenters who are no doubt respected within their profession but who are despite all their intellectual achievement nothing other than psychopaths, souless individuals who torture sentient beings with no remorse. Such mentality regardless of window-dressing – I am sure they have some argument to justify their cruelty – is incomprehensible to me and to most decent people.

Here is what happens in this Laboratory/ torture chamber in one of the EU’s leading research institutions.

Subjected to major brain surgery to implant devices in their skulls; deliberately deprived of water for days; controlled by a pole attached to a collar around their necks; held in a restraint device (called a primate ‘chair’) with their heads immobilised by a post implanted in their skulls, the monkeys were imprisoned inside dark, silent chambers and forced to carry out mundane tasks over and over for hours at a time, day after day, month after month. It is a living nightmare for the animals and death is their only escape.

Read more:

Now watch the video – Warning absolutely horrific, will break you heart if you like most rational sensitive people have one to break.

A joint BUAV and Soko Tierschutz undercover investigation at a leading research institute in the European Union has revealed the shocking and disturbing use of monkeys in research.

To read the investigation in full please visit:

The investigation carried out at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany uncovered the brutal way in which the lives of monkeys were controlled and manipulated in cruel experiments.

The monkeys were subjected to immense suffering through the use of severe water deprivation, physical coercion and restraint. They underwent major surgery to have devices implanted in their skulls and were then held rigid for hours in ‘primate chairs’ inside dark chambers to carry out repetitive tests. It is a living nightmare and death will be their only escape.

To read the investigation in full please visit:

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The above is an introduction to the video:

Please take action to stop this cruelty

Please read all the information but most importantly please take the following actions if you have not already done so:

Write to the authority in Germany calling for an end to this research and the removal of the laboratory’s licences:

Regierungspräsidium Tübingen (Government of Tübingen),
Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 20,
72072 Tübingen,


You could also write to the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and tell them what you think of their cruel experiments and ask them to stop experimenting on Monkeys

Mail Address

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
P.O. Box: 21 69
72012 Tübingen
Phone: +49 7071 601-510
Fax: +49 7071 601-520


This is the only e-mail address I could find:

Head of administration – Rainer Hirt:

Please be Polite

I know it’s difficult to be polite in the face of such shocking abuse but nothing much is achieved otherwise. By all means express your disgust and anger in no uncertain terms, but please no abusive language, as such communications are rarely read or responded to.

Please sign the petition

Help expose the plight of these monkeys by watching and sharing the above film.

And or make a donation by clicking

Please also send the message included in the link below to the (NIH) National Institutes of Health, (information included in previous post) if you have not already done so, you will need to scroll down.

“Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.”
George Bernard Shaw

I am so angry, the continuing brutal and barbaric abuse of animals seems to get ever more horrific as with each passing day new and more shocking mistreatment of animals is revealed. There is no place in any civilised country or society for the use of cruel experiments on helpless animals. I am ashamed to be human. I often wonder if there is life out there in the vast expanse of the universe and if such life is intelligent in the sense of reaching the highest ideal of ethical treatment towards one another and other sentient beings. If such advanced beings do exist and if they observe us I wonder what they must think of the horrors we impose upon the myriads of sentient beings with whom we share this world simply because we can. Maybe they view us as we view the perpetrators of the many atrocities that we have committed and continue to commit against one another with the disgust and revulsion that many of our species so deserve.

Anti Vivisection Quotations

I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.
Mohandas Gandhi

“During my medical education – I found vivisection horrible, barbarous and above all unnecessary.”
Carl Jung, MD

“Vivisection has done little for the art of the doctor at the bedside, but it has done immeasurable harm to the character and mind of the rising generation of doctors.”
Dr. Rudolph Hammer, LLD

“By and large students are taught that it is ethically acceptable to perpetrate, in the name of science, what from the point of view of the animals would certainly qualify as torture. By the time [the students] arrive in the labs they have been programmed to accept the suffering around them.”
Jane Goodall, PhD


What This Lab Does to Babies Will Break Your Heart

This is just so shocking, heartbreaking and unbearable to watch. What is wrong with people who can abuse helpless animals so readily without remorse, regret or any natural feelings of compassion? What kind of mentality do such people have? I think it is the experimenters who need a psychiatric assessment and treatment for psychosis. There has to be something seriously wrong with such people. This has to stop now. I hope as many people as possible share this and send the message to NIH Labs.


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Help Elephants Bamboo and Chai to relocate to a Sanctuary


Please help Bamboo and Chai –  two elephants who are presently confined in Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle   –  by writing to Mayor Ed Murray urging him to retire them to a sanctuary.

Watoto, the sole African elephant at Woodland Zoo Park in Seattle, was sadly euthanized on August 22nd. She collapsed sometime during the night and just lay there unattended and unaided without medical attention because the zoo doesn’t have staff overnight to monitor their animals. When the zoo keepers arrived in the morning they were unable to lift Watoto with straps and heavy equipment so they euthanized her at just 45 years of age. The poor creature who knows how long she had lain on the floor, shocking, just shocking. there is no excuse. No animal belongs in a zoo. An elephant in the wild may expect to live for sixty to seventy years, Watoto as a result of her confinement died a premature death in middle age. Similar early deaths are all to common place for elephants living in captivity in zoos.

There remain two other elephants at the zoo, Bamboo and Chai. We must not let the same thing happen to them.

Here is Chai pacing and swaying. This is how elephants behave when they are bored or stressed.

“Chai’s pacing is the mind’s way of coping with stress, trauma and boredom. Science and compassion obligate us to release the elephants to a sanctuary.”

Help Bamboo and Chai to a better life, a more natural and enriched life that a sanctuary would provide. Please contact Mayor Ed Murray and the members of Seattle’s city council and urge them to retire Bamboo and Chai to a sanctuary now.

There are a number of actions you can take, please take as many as possible before 15th September

From In Defence Of Animals Action Center

Help Elephants Bamboo and Chai at the Woodland Park Zoo

You can use an online form from In Defence of Animals to contact Mayor Murray and take the other actions listed below by clicking the link which follows:

  1. Take action below using our online form to email the Seattle’s mayor and councilmembers to tell them that Bamboo and Chai deserve to be transferred to a sanctuary.
  2. Call Mayor Ed Murray and ask him to “Please Retire Bamboo and Chai to a Sanctuary” at 206-684-4000
    (When IDA called, the receptionist was very nice. She just asked what your message was and then said she would pass it on. Please call the Mayor’s Office and leave your message.)
  3. Post a polite message to Mayor Ed Murray’s Facebook page urging him to retire Bamboo and Chai to a sanctuary.
  4. If you live in the Seattle area, please attend the City Council Budget Meeting. We’re asking that the Woodland Park Zoo’s budget be cut by $1 million dollars annually, which is the approximate current amount for housing elephants at the zoo:What: Seattle City Council Budget Meeting
    When: September 15, 2014 at 10:30 am.
    Where: Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers. Floor 2, 600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA.Please RSVP ( for updates. Council meetings have been postponed or cancelled in the past.

Personalize and submit the form below to email your comments to:

  • Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle
  • Seattle City Council

Read more and sign the form, please personalise if you can but send as it is if for some reason this is not possible:

You could write and mail a letter to Mayor Ed Murry using the above form letter as a template or write your own – remember there is a deadline of September 15th so those not living in the USA might be better to e-mail, fax or telephone or leave a message on the mayors Facebook page.

Office of the Mayor Edward B  Murray:
600 Fourth Avenue PO Box 94749 Seattle, Washington 98124-4749
Tel (206) 684-4000
Fax: (206) 684-5360
Hearing Impaired use the Washington Relay Service (7-1-1)


You could also use this form to contact the mayor

Official Seattle’s Mayor website:

Official Mayor Ed Murray’s Facebook page:

Send Mayor Murray a Tweet:

More information and other actions you can take from PETA:

PETA is joining forces with other organizations to urge Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and other city officials to make the compassionate decision to send the remaining two elephants at Woodland Park Zoo to a sanctuary. We need our voices to be heard to ensure that the zoo cannot sentence more elephants to a lifetime of cruelty and captivity. Please write to the mayor and the members of the Seattle City Council and urge them to send the two remaining elephants at Woodland Park Zoo to a sanctuary.

Read more and take action:

Please take action before 15th September – please do the best you can even if it is only filling in your details and sending one or both of the form letters.

Why not write to the zoo.  Their contact page is difficult to find but I managed to track it down:

These tortuous conditions inflict serious physical and psychological damage on such smart and sensitive animals. Zoo elephants die young, often after becoming obese and infertile. They frequently develop psychological tics such as swaying and head bobbing. Citing ethical reasons, several large zoos in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and India have closed their elephant exhibits.

Scientific American

Read More About Bamboo and Chai at Woodland Park Zoo

WILL Seattle Mayor Ed Murray go down in history with a legacy of progressive change and lead the elephants of Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo to a vastly improved quality of life in a sanctuary?

After the tragic, sudden death of the elephant Watoto, Murray called the death “very sad news” and stated “I do believe that today’s news should reopen a dialogue in this city about the proper habitat for elephants.”

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Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants

A message to Fox Hunters

All you fox hunters out there, you are killing a sentient being. Look how playful the fox is in the first video, just like your pet dog upon whom you may lavish your attention – odd but true people who enjoy killing foxes may like any of us have a dog as a companion animal.

Foxes are thinking feeling creatures who wish to live as do you or your dog.

Watch the videos and see for yourself what extraordinary creatures they are

A Fox Steals A Man’s Golf Ball And Has The Time Of His Life!

In this cute animal video, a baby fox has a great time messing with these golfers golfball. Adorable!


Dawn the Fox wags her tail

This is Dawn, one of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary’s 6 resident foxes that cannot be returned to the wild. The majority of animals we get in is injured wildlife that is aimed to be returned into the wild, however, Dawn was a young fox that was took into a dog rescue centre as the member of public that found her thought she was a dog! When they realised they bought her into us but it was too late, because she was too tame and this meant that she wouldn’t be able to look after herself in the wild. Dawn is not a pet, and we do not recommend any fox or wild animal as a pet.


Jack the Fox – A Day in the Life

Join Jack the Fox on his daily routine including a quick game of football and a shampoo and blow dry!

Fox hunting has been banned here in the UK though no doubt in more isolated areas it continues.

We need to make sure that fox hunting remains banned and is not reinstated:

Fox Hunting Season Starts:

League Against Cruel Sports’ Investigators will be out in force throughout the Season gathering evidence of wildlife crime in order to bring the criminals to justice. The team combines the knowledge and skills of experienced investigators, legal experts including a solicitor and ex police officers.

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Keep the wildlife crime telephone number handy and report anyone fox hunting or hunting with dogs:

An offical explanation of hunting with dogs: – sadly the barbarous cruelty of hunting rabbits and rats and retrieving hares that have been shot is still allowed as is drag hunting and trail
hunting – this could easily be used as a cover for fox hunting – and the supposed flushing out of pests.

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The Government is trying to bring back fox hunting

The Government has indicated that they have been considering amending the Hunting Act by using an Affirmative Statutory Instrument (SI), a type of legislation that can be used to push unpopular changes through Parliament with less scrutiny than a full vote on repeal would require.

Read More and send a message. Tell your MP that you don’t want a repeal by the back door.

Not convinced of the cruelty of Fox Hunting? Watch the videos.

Warning desturbing images for those of us who are sensitive to the suffering of another sentient being.


Regarding one of the You Tube comments following the 2nd video:

“David Cameron has promised a free and fair vote on the issue, no party whips, no being told how to vote, its highly democratic.”  Democracy has nothing to do with this issue which is about what is right and what is wrong, what is ethical and what is unethical. The murder of a sentient being for amusement can never be ethical, nor allowed in any country that wishes to make moral progress. The consensus or otherwise of cruelty whether it be hunting or other form of abuse, and there are just so many,  is irrelavant.  The hunting of any creature has no place in any modern civilised society. I find the fact that our prime minister,  who is responsible for the suffering of millions – including thousands of deaths – as a result of welfare reforms, pursues the so-called sport of hunting very disturbing.

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
St. Francis of Assisi

Regardless of religious affiliation or other wise the above statement is just so true in the case of Cameron and in the case of anyone who mistreats animals. Such people are more likely to mistreat their own species as they have so little regard for the sanctity of life, the right to life.

“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

Interesting fact

David Cameron’s local hunt, The Heythrop Hunt, with which the Prime Minister has ridden six times before the law changed was the first to be convicted and fined for illegally killing foxes:

There certainly is little justice in this country and never will be under the dictatorship of someone who has little respect for the rights of other living beings. One should indeed consider the strong possibility that Cameron will try to reinstate Fox hunting if he and his detestable Tory party are elected next year. Yet another reason not to vote Tory

For Fox sake Don’t Vote Tory – To warn people of the risk to wildlife if Tories (or UKIP) are re-elected



Reasons Not to Vote Tory: Violations of Disability Rights as a result of Benefit Reforms

A few years ago who would have thought that the UK would come under the scrutiny of the UN in regard to human rights violations against sick and disabled people?

During the lead up to the next election here in the UK I am going to include a series of entries under the simple heading: Reasons Not to Vote Tory. These periodic postings will as the title suggests concern the many reasons why we should not vote conservative in the next election. Each post will centre on one issue beginning today with the shocking fact that sick and disabled people are suffering and dying as a result of the present government’s welfare reforms.  Always though keep in mind that the Tory’s were invariably aided and abetted by their coalition partners the Liberal Democrats without whose support many of their draconian polices could never have been implemented.

“For a government to be so implacable in insisting on its course of action without any resort to due care and attention is appalling.

“The breaches are now so blatant, the fact that people are dying and the coroner’s courts are recognising suicides or lack of care as direct results of benefit reform… there is a limit to how much can be said without anybody listening, and if it has to be from outside the country, so be it.”
Julie Newman, acting chair of the UK Disabled People’s Council


This issue has certainly not gone away. Still every week I hear of someone who has committed suicide due to some aspect of benefit or service cuts – and that’s just the very few that are ever reported. Many more people are in dire poverty due to cuts – and to needless sanctions. The Jobcentre has targets to move people off of benefits whether it is justified or not. Usually not. And the consequences are appalling.

Many of our politicians and many civil servants need literally imprisoning for their part in fueling mass poverty and in particular for their responsibility for so many deaths.
Flickr user Byzantine_K

Credit Poster: Flickr user Byzantine_K  – larger sizes available of this and other posters with a creative commons license, ideal to spread the word about the coalition’s treatment of sick and disabled people and other issues. You would be amazed at how many people have fallen for the government’s scrounger propaganda, a deliberate and shameful Nazi Style campaign designed to turn people against the most vulnerable in our society.

Here’ s an idea, why not print a few out and stick in public places, for example on the doors of public toilets for a captive audience. (Please use only blue tack or other method which does not damage surfaces.) People need to know what is happening to genuinely sick and disabled people in our society as a result of Tory Benefit reforms.

Below is a list of some of the deaths that are connected to welfare reforms, there are thousands more.

Some Welfare related deaths:

Nick Barker – RIP

Former sheep farmer, Nick had a brain haemorrhage which left him struggling to walk. The father of two shot himself after the DWP claimed he was fit to work. Recording a suicide verdict, coroner Michael Oakley said the benefits assessment was key to the tragedy.

Robert Barlow – RIP
Robert worked as a Government scientist but gave it up when diagnosed with severe cardiomypathy. The DWP deemed him fit to work. He died penniless under 2 years later.

Cecilia Burns – RIP
Cecilia had cancer. Atos called her in for one of their assessments. The DWP declared her fit to work, but she appealed the decision. She died shortly after winning her appeal.

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As a result of ATOS work capability assessments People with serious health problems and disabilities have been declared fit for work.

…a 39-year-old woman from Livingstone with a brain tumour was fit to work just weeks before she died and a double heart and lung transplant patient from Essex dying nine days after being declared well enough for employment.

Colin, 59, from Flint, worked in the steel industry for more than 25 years, before a car accident and a nasty fall down the stairs finally forced him to give up work. His left hip and leg are so damaged that he is in constant pain and uses a stick to walk. But Atos assessors said he was fit to work, leaving him to live off Red Cross parcels while he waited for the reassessment.

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People with serious disabilities and health conditions are being left for weeks with no financial support as a result of Government changes to benefit assessments.

Under new rules implemented by the Tory government

…anyone wanting to appeal a decision that they are fit to work first has to have all their paperwork looked at again, while receiving no sickness benefits. The Citizens Advice Bureau believes this will result in thousands of people being wrongly forced to survive on no income at all.

The Government said that this “mandatory reconsideration” would cut down on bureaucracy and take just two weeks, but some disabled and sick people are being wrongly assessed and left with no support for months on end.

The UN are investigating the UK welfare reforms.

The above and other Benefit reforms have resulted in a UN investigation.

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has opened an investigation into the recent welfare reforms instigated by the present government. Concerning disability rights the UK, which once led the way internationally for decades, is now, thanks to the Tory government, set to be the first country to be investigated for violations regarding disability rights.

Disabled activists have welcomed the UN’s apparent decision to launch an inquiry into allegations of “grave or systematic” violations of its disability convention by the UK government.

Disability News Service (DNS) revealed last week that the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) appears to have made the UK the subject of its first inquiry into alleged violations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

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According to the declaration of human rights:

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  • (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 25 – clearly the government are in breach of this article and and many others as you will see if you read the entire declaration.

As a result of benefit reforms many disabled people are facing absolute poverty, a far cry from the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being...

Reforms such as the bedroom tax, unfair Work Capability Assessments with seriously ill and profoundly disabled people being declared fit for work, benefit sanctions for people on Employment and Support Allowance and other unfair reforms have left thousands in poverty, hopelessness and despair.

According to Disability News Service the figures show that 2,882 decisions were made to sanction claimants of employment and support allowance in December 2013, rising to 3,750 in January 2014, them 4,698 in February and 7,507 in March, an increase of nearly 580 per cent since March 2013.

Sanctions in some cases can mean no income – no money for food, gas and electricity, rent and so on.
“Sanctions are cruel and can leave people utterly destitute – without money even for food and at severe risk of homelessness. It is difficult to see how they are meant to help people prepare for work.
Matt DownieDirector of policy and external affairs, Crisis quoted in ‘Shocking increase’ in ESA sickness benefit sanctions:

Over ten thousand people have died after being found fit for work, still others have taken their own lives as a result of fear, anxiety and stress as a consequence of vicious welfare reforms and unfair assessments. Untold thousands more have suffered serious detriment to their lives because of these  reforms. According to the DWP’s own figures 10,600 people died during the months of January and November 2011. There are no records for 2012 and 2013. Therefore the number of deaths are much higher.

The list of injustices to sick and disabled goes on, for instance DLA (Disability Living Allowance).

Thousands will lose benefits as a result of the change from DLA to PIP including
100, 000 people in Scotland where a roll out of PIP began in January of this year..

Scottish ministers said the Personal Independence Payment, which replaces disability living allowance, would result in thousands losing benefits.

Well I could go on the list of injustices is extensive. Even if there were no other reasons not to vote Tory or Liberal Democrat surely the coalition’s treatment of sick and disabled people alone is enough not to vote for either of these right-wing parties whose interests are only for the rich and privileged in our society.

What about Labour? Why not write to your MP or Milliband and ask him or her what they intend to do to rectify the injustices of the present government.

At the time of writing as far as I am aware with the exception of the bedroom tax Labour have been quiet on the matter.

The UK has a long way to go concerning its treatment of the disabled and human rights in this regard are not as good as they once were. In some cases there are shocking discriminations which have been around for a long time and about which few people are familiar for instance regarding the abortion act:

The 1967 Abortion Act permits babies to be aborted right up to the moment of birth if the baby has a ‘serious’ disability? – See more at:

Related Information

Number of Sick And Disabled Claimants Facing Sanctions Triples In Just Six Months:

Never Forget, it is David Cameron Who is Ultimately to Blame for Welfare Reform Deaths

Mark Unravels After Sanctions: “The process left me feeling Suicidal”

KB’s list. ”Benefit Reforms Death Scandal Must Stop”