Urgent Action: Stop Gadhimai festival Slaughter

‘This inhumane event is not part of the mainstream Hindu faith.
‘It is little more than a bloodlust which allows people to revel in the gory deaths of thousands of terrified creatures.’
Joanna Lumley

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“Beheading is no easy task and it has been reported that it often takes several attempts to behead the buffalo. Some reports state that buffalo are brought to the ground first by cutting the tendons in their legs. Furthermore, in this festival setting, with thousands of unfamiliar animals penned in together, they will experience huge levels of stress and fear, not least when other buffalo are slaughtered all around them.” CWF

This is my second post concerning this horrific slaughter of half a million helpless animals which is due to take place in Nepal on November 28th and 29th. You can read this first entry here:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/stop-the-gadhimai-festival/ – Please note it would be better to take the latest actions below rather than those included in the above page.

This barbaric slaughter is funded by the Nepalese government to the tune of over £32,000, which is the sum paid last time in 2009 for the animals to be sacrificed.

Here is a 2009  eye-witness account from Asia for Animals coalition:

The animals were not provided with any water and food in the days before the sacrifice. Many young animals had in fact already died from stress, exhaustion and dehydration before the killings started. Their bodies were left among the live animals.

Everyone could kill anything, with whatever knife or sword. Many animals died an unbearable slow and violent death because the butcher was inexperienced and the knives were not sharpened properly. Thousands of buffalo were standing in an enclosure when butchers holding swords started hacking randomly at the animals. Some heads could be severed in one cut; in other cases, it took the butchers a long time to kill the buffalo.

No one was holding the animals – many tried to escape. Baby buffaloes were bleating and searching for their mothers. Soon they were walking around in a pool of blood. They were hunted down by the butchers. Needless to say, not a single animal survived the bloodbath.

After witnessing the suffering inflicted on these gentle, loyal animals, I feel deeply upset and ashamed of my country.

If you are not convinced of the shocking brutality Enter Gadhimai festival in Google’s images or other search engine. I was going to include a selection of photos here but feel it may put off sensitive people from reading further. Frankly if you do not find the images shockingly distressing you are in the minority.

Please Take Urgent Action

There are a number of actions you can take. Please take as many as possible. All Actions may be taken by anyone anywhere in the world.

Compassion in World Farming CWF and Animal Welfare Network Nepal have made a huge effort to campaign against this festival in an attempt to get it stopped. Please support them.

The simplest and quickest action is to sign the following petition – But please do not stop there:

The Nepalese Government provides significant funding, which makes this festival possible at its terrifying scale. In 2009 the Government paid over £32,000 for animals to be sacrificed. That’s almost 50 times the minimum Nepalese annual wage. We are calling on the Nepalese government to stop this funding. Please join us and sign our petition!

http://action.ciwf.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=29144&ea.tracking.id=79a6928a&gclid=CIrVx9C40sECFWL4wgodm4EA_A – Scroll down the page of this petition for more action you can take or click the following link. (You will find more petitions further down)

Please take the following action for a more powerful protest by downloading the action pack:

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/media/5697537/Gadhimai-Action-Pack.pdf

In the pack you will find five activities you can undertake to support CWFs
campaign:

1. The Petition
In this pack is a blank petition sheet, please ask your friends and family to
sign, then send it back to us by September 30th at the latest.
(The deadline for the print out paper petition has been missed but you can still take part in on-line petition and the other actions below.)

2. Visa Application
A blank Nepal Visa application form is enclosed and an example of how
you could fill it out. Feel free to also add your own comments at the
bottom. We need you to let the Nepalese Embassy know you will not be
visiting Nepal until this festival is stopped. (If you are not a resident of the
UK, you may wish to download a visa application from the Nepalese
Embassy in your country)

3. Letter to the President, Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism in Nepal
Three letters are enclosed which you can sign and send. If you are able to
personalize your letter, or hand-write your letter this will help to make
sure more attention is paid to it when it arrives with it’s recipient.

4. Tell your friends and families
Not many people know about this festival and that’s part of the reason it
has gone on relatively unchallenged for so long. We must spread the
word, so please let your friends and family know and encourage them to
take action too.

5. Additional campaign letters
You may also like to write to some additional contacts to campaign on
this issue. If you do, you will find some additional names and contact
addresses enclosed within this pack

 

Extract from the Action pack which you can download:
http://www.ciwf.org.uk/media/5697537/Gadhimai-Action-Pack.pdf –

Please take action as soon as possible, particularly if writing letters. I wrote last time to government officials. However last time there was not the support to get this stopped as there is this time round. This time if we spread the word as widely as possible we may be able to stop this cruel festival that has no place in the modern world or as a part of Hinduism.  It is an anachronism of a bygone age used by unscrupulous people to make money. These people prey on the superstitious dread of gullible people.

Maneka Gandhi, an Indian politician and activist, is outspoken in her disapproval of the tradition. She has explained that many villagers refuse to end the slaughter for fear that they will dishonor the goddess of power, called Gadhimai. In addition, Gandhi explained that the festival is an incredibly profitable enterprise for priests, moneylenders, and animal sellers, who have incentive only to continue the inhumane practice out of greed.

More Actions to take

Petitions

Stop animal sacrifice Gadhimai Festival Nepal mass animal sacrifice
http://www.change.org/p/stop-animal-sacrifice-gadhimai-festival-nepal-mass-animal-sacrifice
End Gadhimai: The World’s Largest Animal Sacrifice
http://forcechange.com/59185/end-gadhimai-the-worlds-largest-animal-sacrifice/

Other Actions
“We urge you to do all you can to encourage the Nepalese government to stop this slaughter.”
A sample letter to send to Nepalese Embassies and a petition:

http://asiaforanimals.com/coalition-voice/latest-news/item/100-mass-animal-sacrifice-at-nepal-s-gadhimai-festival

ACT: The Killing Fields – End Animal Sacrifice In Nepal:

More information and more action including a sample letter and Nepalese embassy addresses in a number of countries:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/action_center/letter_new3.asp?LetterID=1913

Click this link to contact your local Nepalese embassy or consulate in your country:
http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/Nepal

To the disgrace of the Nepalese government, the brutal killing of over half a million animals at the Gadhimai Festival in 2009 was sponsored by the country’s Government. Nepal is the birthplace of Buddha, a religion revered throughout the world as a religion of peace and non violence. Nepal is predominately Hindu, according to the 2011 census, 81.3% of the Nepalese population was Hindu, 9.0% was Buddhist, 4.4% was Muslim, 3.0% was Kirant/Yumaist, 1.42% was Christian, and 0.9% follow other religions or no religion. There is no place in Hinduism or Buddhism that allows for or condones or demands such barbarity.Compassion in World Farming say the mass killing is opposed by the global Hindu community and that there is no religious justification for it.

The Nepalese Hindu Forum UK completely opposes animal sacrifice as Hinduism does not sanction the killing of living beings… There should not be any place for this inhumane, barbaric sacrifice of innocent animals in the name of any religion.

Surya Upadhya, Chairman

Furthermore Nepal is a secular state predominately socialist/communist. There is no place in communism for superstitious belief. The fact that the Nepalese government support such barbarous festivals based on primitive superstition is incongruous to say the least.

To avoid any misunderstanding Please Note:
The Gadhimai Festival is Not a part of mainstream Hinduism. Please read more about this in the following link from my website:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/The_Gadhimai_festival_Why_it-must-never_happen-Again.htm
Scroll down to the section
What Has The Gadhimai Festival Got to do With Hinduism

More information:

End Nepal’s festival of slaughter: Joanna Lumley calls for ban on sacrifice of 250,000 animals to Hindu goddess

“I love Nepal – both the land and its people. 

‘The Gadhimai festival entails horrendous suffering and is a complete anomaly in this wonderful country.’”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2789504/end-nepal-s-festival-slaughter-joanna-lumley-calls-ban-sacrifice-250-000-animals-hindu-goddess.html#ixzz3HbcpYMkh

Two articles from my website concerning the last festival in 2009:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/The_Gadhimai_festival_Why_it-must-never_happen-Again.htm

http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Useful_Links_Action_You_Can_Take_The%20Gadhimai%20Jatra%20Festival.htm

Stop the Gadhimai Festival

http://www.stopanimalsacrifice.org/how_to_help.php

Home Page:
http://www.stopanimalsacrifice.org/

 

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Help Stop the Killing of Zoo Animals For Meat

“Zoos are becoming facsimiles — or perhaps caricatures — of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all. ”
Michael Fox, Sierra, November-December 1990

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Can you imagine taking the kids for a trip to the zoo or wildlife park and afterwards eating some of the animals in the restaurant?

Just when you think you have heard it all concerning the appallingly shocking and callous treatment of the other animals with whom we share this world  you hear of yet more sickening and outrageous atrocities, which in this case are bizarre to the point of being unbelievable.

As incredible as this may seem if  you visit the Langenberg Wildlife Park zoo in Switzerland you are likely to find their “surplus animals” on the Menu! You can find boar sausages, venison in cognac and wild deer carpaccio listed on the menu in their restaurant. Since 2012, 49 deer and 10 wild boar have been shot, killed and served in the restaurant.

That’s right you read it correctly: To deal with its “surplus” of animals, the Langenberg Wildlife Park zoo in Switzerland has been killing their animals and serving the meat in it’s own restaurant.

Langenberg Wildlife Park, a zoo in Langnau am Albis in Switzerland, has been selling meat from its own animals — from deer and boar — in its restaurant.

Every year, about 100 animals are born at the zoo. Due to what are said to be “space restrictions,” the zoo says it cannot keep all of them. If the zoo is unable to place the animals elsewhere, they are killed and served to diners in the zoo’s own restaurant.

Tell Langenberg Wildlife Park, stop serving “surplus” animals in its restaurant. The zoo must stop killing healthy animals and, if it has no use for them, find other places (a wildlife refuge, for instance) for them to live.

Please read more and sign the Petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/138/520/660/tell-swiss-zoo-to-stop-selling-meat-from-its-own-animals/?z00m=22214956

Bizarre in the extreme, indifferent, callous, insensitive…

Here are some of their even more bizarre justifications.

Zoo spokesperson Martin Kilchenmann says that
“recycling” zoo animals for human consumption is “very ecological” and shows visitors the “natural cycle.” 

Wow how cold-blooded can you get. This is just so disturbing, so inhumane, so callous. Doesn’t this person consider just how shocking that statement is! To use the word recycling when referring to a living being is as callous as it gets, it shows no respect for the lives of the animals or the fact that they are sentient creatures.

For a wildlife park that is dedicated to the preservation of animals to kill the animals in its care is shocking.

Here is what  Zoo spokesman Martin Kilchenmann said in the Daily mail  “It’s hard to sterilize deer and boars and the animals’ welfare is our most important goal. We don’t want to harm them.”

So shooting healthy animals is not harming them!  Surely he cannot imply that killing healthy animals comes under the category of animal welfare. Again yet another instance of helpless animals at the mercy of soulless individuals who have no respect for the right of these animals to live out their lives.

Here is a more rational perspective that most of us share:
It’s bizarre, the whole purpose of a wildlife park is to protect animals, not make them a food item.
Martyn Griffiths from European animal welfare group Eurogroup for Animals

We need to demand a better more ethical solution such as relocation to other wildlife parks or sanctuaries. Langenberg and similar places should consider the lifelong care of its animals and their off spring.

Please sign the petition, maybe if enough people do so we can convince these thoughtless people to have respect for their animals and to value their lives.

Want to do more

Please write a letter or e-mail

Address

Kontakt/Adresse
Stiftung Wildnispark Zürich
Alte Sihltalstrasse 38
8135 Sihlwald
+41 44 722 55 22
+41 44 722 55 23 (Fax)
info@wildnispark.ch
www.wildnispark.ch
http://www.wildnispark.ch/kontakt/kontakt/#sthash.FD8ruBzT.dpuf

Time to leave animals in their natural habitat where they belong. Conservation has only been necessary as a result of the activities of man who have endangered animals and until we do something to curb such activities no animal is safe from extinction. Zoos, wildlife parks, safari parks and other pretences at conservation give little consideration to the individual lives of animals. Recall the killing of Marius the baby giraffe at a zoo in Copenhagen yet another “surplus” animal killed despite numerous offers world-wide to rehome him. Also lions at Longleat Saffari park again killed because they were surplus or did fit in with the scheme of things at the park. And only recently the animals at Ohio zoo who were about to be euthanized again there were may offers to relocate. It sickens me that humans have the power over the life and death of over beings, sentient creatures who wish to live, who have the right to their lives as much as we do.What right have we to interfere, to use  and exploit animals.We like all of natures creations are just one species among many, we have no special remit or stewardship, no rights, no domain.
 “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
Thomas Edison

 

 

Tory Mindset: More reasons not to vote conservative in the next election.

“The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life . . . the children; those who are in the twilight of life . . . the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life . . . the sick . . . the needy . . . and the disabled.”
Hubert H. Humphrey

In just eight months time here in the UK we have an important choice to make at the next general election. Don’t be led astray by Tory lies as many people where last time, such as promises not to privatise the NHS.

The reality is, The Tory party are the party of the rich for the rich, it has always been so and continues to be so. There is a certain Tory mindset which belongs to a time of great social injustice and unfairness that we had thought was consigned to history.

Here is a recent example of this mindset concerning the disabled.

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 A Freudian Slip?

That this man continues to have such an influence over the lives of the sick and disabled – and for that matter the unemployed plus the many underpaid workers on benefits – is an outrage. Some have tried to defend him but his alleged intentions don’t compensate for the rampant bigotry, the second-class citizen perception of the disabled which he perpetuates.

Read More:
Fickr User Byzantine_K :
https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/15574139462/

Lord David Freud Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Reform doesn’t think disabled people are worth the minimum wage:

The above poster refers to a recording, made during a fringe meeting at the Conservative conference where Freud said that some disabled people could be paid just £2 an hour if they wanted to work.

 “Now, there is a small … there is a group, and I know exactly who you mean, where actually as you say they’re not worth the full wage and actually I’m going to go and think about that particular issue, whether there is something we can do nationally, and without distorting the whole thing, which actually if someone wants to work for £2 an hour, and it’s working can we actually …”

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/10/15/lord-freud-minimum-wage_n_5988374.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D300549

These comments are discriminatory and offensive yet Freud has gotten away with a weak apology and gets to keep his job.

Please sign the following petition

According to the Centre for Welfare Reform, recent Government cuts absolutely hit the disabled hardest, with the burden of cuts on the disable 9x as painful as those affecting the general public, and the cuts on those with the most severe disabilities 19x worse than those on the rest of the population.

Lord Freud, the Minister for Welfare Reform has suggested that disabled people in the UK could be paid £2.00 per hour!  The Current minimum wage is £6.50 (£8.80 in London).

These comments are offensive and demeaning to all disabled people and he should be sacked immediately.

This Government seems keen to abolish slave labour in the UK, but £2.00 per hour is just that – Slave Labour!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/246/951/429/?z00m=22232375&redirectID=1495188941

Why not write a e-mail or letter to tell him what you think. Please be polite you can express yourself in the strongest terms without being abusive. Abusive correspondence doesn’t get read and is unlikely to receive a response.
http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/lords/lord-freud/3893

This kind of mentality is yet another reason we need to get rid of the Tories in the next election

It is more than likely that Freud is voicing the Tory party’s opinions but has made the mistake of  voicing them in public. Freud has made previous unacceptable comments including saying that families affected by the”bedroom tax” can “go out to work” or use a sofa bed when the children come to stay.

What right has this millionaire with his eight bedroom house to say that disabled people are not worth the minimum wage, which in any case is grossly inadequate. Lets see him live for a year on a £2 per hour wage – no not in his mansion but in the real world were most of us live from day to day struggling to make ends meet with extortionate rent or mortgages, rising prices, low wages, unemployment and increasing poverty.

Who can live on £2 per week, it’s simply not possible. It appears that the Tories are determined to make wages as low as possible and are desperately looking for places where this may be implemented. Right now so called apprentices get only £2.95 ! I used the term apprentice lightly as do the Tories who consider such jobs as retail placements in shops such as Shoe Zone as an apprenticeship rather than the more usual trade apprenticeships such as a mechanic, a plumber or a hairdresser. Even if this applied to genuine apprenticeships this wage is inadequate and is nothing other than exploitation, but to use the excuse of apprenticeships to make paying people a low wage for learning a trade is unacceptable.  This low wage is applied to anyone between 16 and 18 and anyone over that age for one year. Cameron intends to reduce the benefit cap further in order to finance these sham apprenticeships.
http://news.sky.com/story/1356326/pm-ill-cut-benefits-to-fund-apprenticeships

Here are more comments by Freud

November 2012: Appeared to compare welfare claimants to corpses.

Asked whether he could not understand the reality of life on benefits because of his wealth, he replied: “You don’t have to be the corpse to go to the funeral, which is the implied criticism there.”

Argued that the benefits system allowed claimants to “have a lifestyle” on the state.

In the same month, he told a magazine reporter that the welfare system discouraged people from “taking risks” to make money.

“People who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks; they’ve got least to lose,” he said.

July 2013: Insisted the increase in numbers of families using food banks was not necessarily linked to benefits sanctions or delays.

Suggested more people were going to food banks because more of them existed – and even denied they were even part of the welfare system.

May 2013: Said children of families affected by the so-called “bedroom tax” could use a sofa bed when visiting a separated parent.

Added that families with young children in social housing who have more than their allocated number of bedrooms could “earn more money”.

March 2014: Claimed it was “hard to know” why people turned to food banks.

“Clearly nobody goes to a food bank willingly. However, it is very hard to know why people go to them,” he said in response to a question on welfare cuts “driving families” to the facilities.

Read More:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/lord-freud-past-gaffes-on-welfare-food-banks-and-bedroom-tax-revealed-9797082.html

Freud’s remarks, particularly his latest, are not really much of a surprise are they considering the Tory party’s discriminate attitude to sick and disabled people with their unfair welfare reforms. This government’s assault on the most the vulnerable and poor in our society is just so typical of the Tory right wing mindset.

Freud’s comments well demonstrate the mindset of the Tory government concerning people with disabilities. Never forget the many deaths that have resulted from unfair benefit assessments by ATOS as instructed by the DWP which have found seriously ill people fit for work. Also benefit sanctions that have seen claimant’s benefits cut or stopped altogether. Welfare reforms are not an issue of incompetence but a deliberate attempt to leave sick and disabled people and the unemployed without an adequate income or in many cases no income at all. It is an attempt to slowly whittle away at our welfare system to eventually eradicate it altogether.  The government deny any culperbility in the deaths by suicide and even starvation of benefit claimants, yet there is no doubt that in one way or another welfare reforms have been responsible for the deaths of many vulnerable people along with the suffering and misery of insecurity, poverty and in some cases homelessness and destitution with charity from a local food banks as the only means for people to feed themselves and their children.

Freud played a leading role in the vicious welfare reforms that have destroyed lives and continue to destroy the lives of society’s most vulnerable.  The government’s reforms, which have come to the attention of the UN, have no place in any progressive society.

Here is comprehensive information concerning the affects of benefit reforms now and in the future. 

Welfare Reform Changes Affecting Disabled People

How are welfare benefits changing for disabled people?
No group will be more affected than disabled people under welfare reform changes. This is due to the culmination of multiple cuts to disability and carer’s benefits, the abolition of entitlement to some benefits and tax credits under universal credit (2013-2017) and increased restrictions to benefits linked to wider welfare reform changes.

By 2017/18 these include key changes such as:
– the 1% capping of rises to benefits and tax credits
for three years
– the abolition of the disabled element of Child Tax
Credit, Working Tax Credit and Severe Disability
Premium (SDP) under Universal Credit (UC)
– Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and
Workplace Capability Assessment (WCA) changes
under Universal Credit (UC)
– the abolition of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and
introduction of Personal Independent Payment (PIP)
– housing benefit restrictions due to the Benefits Cap
and ‘Bedroom Tax’
– the abolition of council tax benefit
– the abolition of the Social Fund including
Community Care grants.

Research by Demos/Scope show that by 2017-18 around 3.7 million disabled people will collectively lose £28 bn in benefits.

The table below shows how many disabled people will be affected by each benefit change.

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Read More:
https://www.unison.org.uk/upload/sharepoint/On%20line%20Catalogue/21709.pdf

Comments from else where on the net:

The Tory message to disabled people: you’re just not worth it

Lord Freud’s comments on the minimum wage articulates what we already know – that this government sees disabled people as less than human
This news does not come in isolation. We are in the climate of the Work Programme and employment and support allowance travesties, in jobseeker’s allowance sanctions and personal independent payment delays. Coerced, free labour and a shrinking, ever conditional benefit system. Freud has not spoken out of turn, but encapsulated Conservative attitudes to both disabled people and workers: pay them as little as possible and they will be grateful for it.

The Tories are not content with forcing disabled people into work. They want to pay them a pittance when they get there…

Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/15/tory-message-disabled-lord-freud-minimum-wage?CMP=twt_gu

Anyone who thinks Lord Fraud ‘mispoke’ or was just ‘thinking outside the box’ when he made the shameful comment that some disabled people are not worth the minimum wage has really not been paying attention.

This is the man that helped devise the despised Atos benefit assessments that have driven disabled people to suicide and ill health in the name of strippping their benefits or forcing them into endless ‘work related activity’.  The same Minister whose department introduced the Work Programme, on which sick and disabled people can be sent on workfare, potentially for months on end.

Read More:
http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/freud-must-go-urgent-call-out-monday-october-20th-caxton-house-12-30pm/– I love this blog, Johnny Void speaks with unreserved passion against this government and speaks out for people who are vulnerable in society.

David Cameron vows to create 3m apprenticeships

Cut to welfare cap and removal of housing benefit from 18- to 21-year-olds on jobseeker’s allowance will pay for new scheme

The reduction in the welfare cap will have an impact on an estimated 70,000 households, with 40,000 hit for the first time according to figures released by the Conservative party to the Press Association.

Up to 30,000 young people will be hit by the removal of housing benefit from those aged from 18 to 21 who will see their jobseeker’s allowance replaced by an allowance limited to six months. Claimants who fail to find a job or an apprenticeship after six months will be forced to perform community work.

Read More:
 http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/oct/20/3m-apprenticeships-david-cameron-welfare-cuts

 

 

 

Urgent Action Deadline 22nd October : Please Help Save Exotic Animals From Being Euthanized!

Please help with the following petition and take action today to help save the lives of animals at a sanctuary in Ohio.

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This week, the Tiger Ridge Exotics animal sanctuary in Ohio wants to needlessly euthanize its animals, which includes endangered tigers, black leopards, lions and bears.

Once an exotic animal breeding facility, the sanctuary failed to update its facility to ensure a safe environment for the animals. Now, the state is giving the owner until October 22 to turn over his animals to a safer sanctuary. However, he is threatening to euthanize the animals instead!

Please sign a petition to urge Ohio’s state officials to stop the owner from senselessly euthanizing the sanctuary’s animals!

Please click the following link for more information and to sign the petition by October 22nd, so please do not delay. This is a simple petition which requires only a signature and an optional comment.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/278/484/083/urgent-petition-save-the-threatened-wild-animals-of-tiger-ridge-exotics/?z00m=22224112

Now Please Share

There is not much time, but still time to share, so please share widely on facebook Twitter and other social media.

This is just so appalling, these animals are literally at the mercy of this person, all the animals are healthy and have been offered places at more suitable sanctuaries where they will have a better life. It is sickening that people such as Hetrick have the power over other living beings and are able to decide that they should die as though their lives are worthless. Animals have a right to their lives as do we, animals value their lives as much as we do and wish to live. Survival is a basic instinct common to all creatures.

Please take action to save these animals and sign the above petition. Anyone from anywhere in the world may sign.

Please Take Action to Help Rabbits

Rabbits it seems are among the most mistreated of animals, from cosmetic testing to live plucking of Angora rabbits in China, to factory farmed rabbits in tiny barren cages who suffer unimaginable pain and misery.

Today I would like you to please take action concerning the factory farming of rabbits in Europe.

Watch the video from Compassion in World Farming, it will break you heart.

Warning: This video contains scenes of a distressing nature


Please sign the petition

Through the summer of 2014, Compassion’s Investigation Unit operated undercover in 16 separate rabbit farms throughout Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland and Cyprus. What they found was appalling.

Time and again, our team found unspeakable welfare conditions, the most barren environments imaginable, and hotbeds for disease, dependent on the routine use of antibiotics just to keep animals alive.

Read More and sign the Petition:
http://action.ciwf.org.uk//ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=32239&ea.tracking.id=1174f49c&utm_campaign=cageage&utm_source=shared&utm_medium=link  Important: this petition can be signed by anyone anywhere in the world.

Eye witness accounts:

Italy

Just a machine, each doe is pulled from its cage for a few seconds to be inseminated artificially. She’s still rearing her un-weaned young but the next litter is already being planned out. By the end of the investigation I realised this was the only time the does spend outside of their cages. Their production charts show they’ve been here for 2 years –across the shed the males have been cage-bound for 4 years.

They produce big litter sizes but with an inherent ability to be unable to look after them all – resulting in as many as 6 baby rabbits being culled from a litter of 16.

Greece

For these rabbits, it’s a life encased in wire. But I shouldn’t call it a life really. It’s a three-month existence. An existence that takes away from these young animals everything that makes life worth living. What brief moments they get outside of their cages consist only of rough handling as they are moved between cages. The only fresh air they will ever breathe is on the drive to the slaughterhouse. The last time they’re lifted out of a cage it’s by a worker at the slaughterhouse; grabbing them by their ears and shoving them head first into an electrical stunner before having their throats cut.

More information including more eye witness accounts:
http://www.ciwf.org.uk/our-campaigns/investigations/rabbit-investigations/the-biggest-secret-of-the-cage-age/

Please note as a vegan and an animal rights activist I am an abolitionist and would therefore prefer to see an end to the farming of animals for their meat and other derivatives. However  I occasionally sign Compassion in World Farming’s petitions because any improvement in the conditions for farmed animals, particularly in such dire circumstances as appalling as those in these European farms, is a positive move in the right direction.

Want to do more

Join the campaign to end the Cage Age:
https://ciwf.e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=119&ea.campaign.id=32141&ea.tracking.id=2d57aea1 I am not certain but I think anyone anywhere, not just the EU countries, may join the End the Cage Age campaign which requires only that you enter your e-mail address.

Go Vegan
I have to say again that while improving conditions is a positive step towards a better life for animals the ideal situation is to STOP eating meat or consuming any other animal derivatives and go vegan.

Anyone wishing to go vegan may find this useful:
http://features.peta.org/how-to-go-vegan/

Please take as many of the suggested actions as you can and share share share

You could write to your EMPs

Contact Your EMPs:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/search.html?country=DE

Agricultural Minister, Dacian Cioloş :
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/ciolos/contact/commissioner/index_en.htm

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/ciolos/

A word about petitions – Actions can be successful

Never think it is a waste of time signing petitions, writing letters and e-mail. Such actions often have the desired effect and bring about changes that would otherwise not take place.

Here is the latest example.

Last year a campaign by PETA and similar animal rights groups concerning the live plucking of Angora rabbits was very successful with many clothing retailers stopping the sale of Angora.

Unfortunately French Connection recently resumed selling Angora in its stores.That is until a successful campaign by PETA and other activists changed their minds. In fact I was about to include details of the campaign here again today but as I was about to publish I saw this great news:

Thank FCUK! French Connection Listens to YOU, Drops Angora

JUST IN: French Connection has announced that it is ending the use of angora in the production of its clothing and accessories with immediate effect. This is wonderful news for rabbits, and for everyone who believes in compassionate fashion!

This victory comes after more than 100,000 compassionate people flooded the store with emails, tweets and Facebook messages asking it to stop supporting cruelty to rabbits, who often have the hair torn from their bodies as they scream in pain on Chinese angora farms.

Please read more
http://blog.peta.org.uk/2014/10/thank-fcuk-french-connection-listens-drops-angora/

So you see every signature, every share on facebook and twitter, every letter and e-mail makes a difference.

Pleases sign the above petition, it is quite simple and requires only entering a few details.

 

Tax Payers Money Used to Fund Bull Fighting!

Did you know that your taxes help fund the cruelty of bullfighting ?

Most people are unaware that their hard earned money is going to fund this abhorrent barbarity.

All British taxpayers subsidise this cruelty. Yet the majority of British people are opposed to bullfighting, according to a 2008 poll conducted by the League Against Cruel Sports 89 per cent would not visit a bullfight.

Here is the reality of bull fighting: – A very distressing video, make me ashamed to be human.

It is time that this barbarity was banned by the EU.

Take action against bullfighting

At least lets impede this brutality by urging your MEP to vote to stop European subsidies for bullfighting this coming Wednesday 22nd.

This morning I received the following notification in my e-mail from the League Against Cruel Sports. Please read and take the suggested action. There is a deadline of  Wednesday 22nd October which doesn’t give us much time. There is a suggested template letter which I will included further down.

Next week, on Wednesday the 22nd October the European Union will vote on budgets for 2015. Each year the European Union provides an estimated £110 million through Common Agriculture Policy payments to farmers who breed bulls for bullfights.

£13.5 million comes from the UK alone. Yes, this means that some of your hard earned tax is helping to support this barbaric industry.

Next Wednesday your MEP will have an opportunity to support and vote for an amendment to prohibit the use of European funds to support farmers who breed bulls for bullfights.

Green MEP Indrek Tarand has tabled a proposal to prohibit European subsidies being used to support these farmers. This amendment will be voted on in the European Parliament next Wednesday, with a roll call vote. That means that we will know exactly who supports these subsidies and who does not.

The European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes is clear: Animals should not suffer pain, injury, fear or distress.

Farmers breeding bulls to be tortured slowly for public display can never comply with these conditions and therefore should not be eligible for agricultural subsidies.

Bullfighting relies heavily on the backing of European funds and also funds from Spanish Administrations. Without these payments, trends show that this bloodthirsty industry would be on the brink of collapse.

We need to demonstrate political and public support against the use of our taxes being used in this way.

Please contact your MEP and urge that they vote to stop European subsidies for bullfighting on Wednesday and please do let us know how they respond by emailing us at campaigns@league.org.uk. You can choose to contact any or all of your MEPs that are listed as there will be several representing your region.

You can find out who your MEPs are by going to www.writetothem.com and entering your postcode.

We have provided some suggested text for you to use if you wish, but please use your own words as much as possible.

The links to  www.writetothem.com are perhaps not the best way to contact your EMP if you are not able to personalise your e-mail with your own words as according to the website’s information, cut and paste e-mail is deleted: Use your own words; we block copied-and-pasted identical messages”.

If for some reason you are not able to personalise your e-mail it might be better to use the following link:

European Parliament / Information Office in the United Kingdom:
http://www.europarl.org.uk/en/your_meps.html#shadowbox/1/b – EMPs for your region, you will have more than one.

Template Letter:

Dear (INSERT MEP NAME),

As one of your constituents I am asking if you would please vote for an amendment which opposes the use of our taxes being used to help fuel the bullfighting industry.

As you know, next Wednesday the European Parliament will be voting on budgets for 2015. Each year the European Union provides an estimated £110 million through Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) payments to farmers who breed bulls for bullfights. £13.5 million comes from the UK alone.

Next Wednesday you will have an opportunity to support an amendment to prohibit the use of European funds to support farmers who breed bulls for bullfights. The specific amendment on bullfighting is amendment 12 of the Green/FHA group, submitted by Indrek Tarand MEP.

Bullfighting and fiestas which involve the torture of bulls for public display would not be legal here in the UK (as stipulated within the ‘five freedoms’ outlined within our own Animal Welfare Act 2006.) Similarly the European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes states:

Animals should not suffer pain, injury, fear or distress.

The CAP allocations toward the bullfighting industry are a clear violation of this Convention.

Bullfighting relies heavily on the backing of European funds and also funds from Spanish Administrations. Without these payments, trends show that this barbaric industry would be on the brink of collapse.

I sincerely hope you will be able to take a few moments to support this important initiative.

Thank you for your support.

Also please take the recommended actions included in a previous entry if you have not already done so:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/help-stop-cruelty-to-bulls-in-spain/

Information About Bull Fighting:

http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/bullfighting

 

Say No To Fracking Under Our Homes.

Help protect your home, your health and our countryside, say NO to fracking.

The government are engaged in more covert underhanded schemes, this time they intend to change the law with regard to fracking under our homes without our permission despite the fact that the majority of us would not want this to happen and, given the choice, would deny permission. Again out of the window goes democracy. The government have ignored over 40,000 formal objections.  Never mind what you or I want the government intend to do just as they please and frack under your property.

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It gets worse: As part of the Infrastructure Bill the UK government intend to allow fracking companies to put “any substance” under our homes and property and leave it there.

UK to allow fracking companies to use ‘any substance’ under homes

Proposed amendment in infrastructure bill would make mockery of world class shale gas regulation claims,

Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/14/uk-to-allow-fracking-companies-to-use-any-substance-under-homes?CMP=twt_gu

The government propose to do exactly as the please and despite 99% of responses to a public consultation saying no, the government intend to frack under our homes.

Fracking trespass law changes move forward despite huge public opposition

Ministers reject 40,000 objections to allow fracking below homes without owners’ permission

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said:“This sham consultation exposes the government’s disregard for the growing public concern about the major environmental and health risks of fracking. The decision to deny people the right to say no to fracking under their own homes is outrageous. It shows that ministers are putting the greed of oil and gas companies above the public interest in tackling climate change.”

Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/26/fracking-trespass-law-changes-move-forward-despite-huge-public-opposition

Fracking threatens our air and water, our health, our countryside and towns. Fracking will industrialise the UK, including our national parks, such as the Yorkshire Dales , the North York Moors and the South Downs.

Fracking is a serious environmental and health hazard that cannot be over stated. In the USA fracking has resulted in the contamination of drinking water as is the case right now during one of the most serious drought in California:
 http://www.care2.com/causes/fracking-ruining-californias-already-depleted-water-supply.html.

Fracking has also led to, air pollution, health problems from headaches to cancer, multiple earthquakes, water shortages and rocketing greenhouse gas emissions. Needless to say we don’t want it here, the only people to benefit are company’s such as Cuadrilla.

Here is what is happening in the USA

All across the USA people are rising up against fracking. They don’t believe the process is safe and think it causes wide-scale land contamination. Ever more extraction sites are being approved and developed with new plant being built in once idyllic landscapes.

 

Take Action

If we don’t act this could happen here. Already licences have been issued to frack on 60% of land here in the UK!  As more and more action camps spring up everywhere the government is getting worried and this is the reason they want to change the trespass law so they can frack under your land without permission.

Please read the following and sign the petition from Green Peace

We already knew that fracking was a bad idea, but this is astonishing.

Last night, David Cameron’s plan to allow fracking firms to drill under our homes was rubber-stamped by the House of Lords.

But here’s where it gets even worse: At the very last moment, the draft of the law was updated to allow fracking firms to pump “any substance” under people’s homes and property — and leave it there!

This makes a mockery of the prime minister’s claim that UK fracking regulations are some of the most stringent in the world. And it absolves fracking firms of any responsibility for clearing up the mess they create.

Our MPs are now the last defence before the laws are approved by Parliament.

Please sign the following petition:
https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/fracking-backlash-2

Petition from the Sum Of Us 

Sign the petition to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The government just declared war on the British people over fracking. It’s going to allow companies to frack under our homes without our permission — despite 99% of responses to a public consultation saying an emphatic NO.

A massive 40,000 people formally objected to proposals to change trespass laws so that fracking companies can extract oil and gas from under people’s land without permission.Showing utter disdain for democracy, the government has decided to ignore this outpouring of public opposition, and go ahead with changing the law in favour of the frack-happy 1%.

It’s clear that this government is far more interested in helping fossil fuel companies than it is in building a green economy or being democratically accountable. But we can still stop this.

Read More and Sign the Petition:
Tell the government to ditch plans to frack under our homes without our permission.

Please share both petitions with your friends and family, on facebook, Twitter, blogs and other social media.

Write to your MP

Letters and e-mail from constituents are often very effective, particularly letters, though my MP responds to both.

Contact your MP: http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/contacting-your-mp/

And while we are about it we must stop fracking in the National Parks and other rural areas.

“Unconventional gas exploration poses a significant threat to Britain and Ireland. Licenses and planning applications have already been granted by the Government with little or no community consultation. The scale of the industrialisation and impacts is never discussed.”

If you don’t want the UK industrialised take action such as join a local group

If you want to do more than sign petitions or write letters click this link for the latest news and actions:
http://frack-off.org.uk/

For example.

You can join a local group:
http://frack-off.org.uk/local-group-specific-pages/

Want to know more about Fracking and the threat it poses to your community, the UK and the planet? Want to get organised? Want to take action? You’ve come to the right place…
http://frack-off.org.uk/get-stuck-in/

FRACKING UK: THREATENED AREAS

http://frack-off.org.uk/fracking-hell/frontline/

More Information

http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/calderdale/rural-crisis-warning-as-frackers-target-yorkshire-region-1-6839968

http://www.cravenherald.co.uk/news/national/11466525.Shale_gas_national_park_bid_blocked/?ref=var_0

More information From Green Peace

The fracking industry has already been mired in accidents and mistakes. In April 2009, cattle were discovered dead near a drill site in Louisiana. An investigation later found fracking fluid had leaked from the well pad and run into an adjacent pasture. And in July 2013, US fracking firm XTO Energy was forced to shell out $100,000 in compensation after a spill of contaminated wastewater in Pennsylvania.

Despite claiming that the UK has tough regulations to prevent disasters like this, the government is now rushing to remove obstacles, muddling through laws that will put the interests of shale drillers before the safety of our environment and our climate.

We don’t have long before MPs will get their final say on Cameron’s plan to allow drilling under our homes. If we can show them how unpopular his idea is, they’ll think twice before voting it through.

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/search/node/fracking