The Real Cost of Christmas for the Turkeys


Here in the UK an astonishing number of turkeys are killed each year.

It is estimated that around 10 to 20 million turkeys are slaughtered in the UK every year just for Christmas –  in addition millions of other animals suffer and die including pigs, chickens, geese and ducks during this so called season of peace and goodwill. Odd way to celebrate the birth of a man whom many believe to be a man of peace by the massacre of millions of sentient creatures who suffer as we do, animals whose lives are as important to them as yours is to you.

Here are the facts:


90% are kept in windowless sheds with as many as 25,000 other birds. Wild turkeys live for around 10 years, but those destined to be eaten are slaughtered when they’re between 9 and 24 weeks old. It’s not just turkeys though – millions of pigs, geese and ducks also suffer in a time of supposed peace and goodwill. According to those organisations promoting turkey meat, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a traditional roast turkey! But how ‘traditional’ is it really?

Please continue reading:

Worldwide it is really not possible to even estimate how many turkeys are massacred at Christmas time. As already mentioned here in the the UK it is around 10 to 15  million, in the USA about 20 million with around 40 million on Thanks Giving, in  Australia between 3 to 5 million

In the USA 20 million are slaughtered for Christmas and 40 million for thanks giving.

Ben Franklin called turkeys “true American originals.” He had tremendous respect for their resourcefulness, agility, and beauty. Turkeys are intelligent animals who enjoy having their feathers stroked and who like listening to music, with which they will often loudly sing along. In nature, turkeys can fly 55 miles an hour, run 18 miles an hour, and live up to 10 years.

But the story is very different for turkeys on factory farms: They will be killed when they are only 5 or 6 months old and, during their short lives, will be denied even the simplest pleasures, such as running, building nests, and raising their young.

Like chickens, the 300 million turkeys raised and killed for their flesh every year in the United States have no federal legal protection.More than 45 million turkeys are killed each year at Thanksgiving alone, and more than 22 million die at Christmas.

Read more:

Cruel Farming of Turkey’s

Here is how turkeys live their short wretched miserable lives

Stuffed! – Viva! investigation of UK turkey farms 

Warning distressing images

Undercover footage of the conditions in which turkeys are reared on six farms – including two of the UK’s biggest producers. The video shows overcrowded sheds, dead and dying birds, animals with gaping wounds, birds with one half of their beak removed and cannibalism. The companies involved are Bernard Matthews (the biggest turkey producer in Europe), Kerry Foods (owners of Home Pride, Mattessons Walls and Greens), and farms in Braintree, Sevenoaks, Chichester and Devon

Meat Your Meat: Turkeys

Warning very upsetting for people who care about animals.


Below is a longer version of the above video ( includes information about factory farming of other animals)



Every year in the United States, almost 300 million turkeys are killed for their flesh. Virtually all spend their entire lives on factory farms and have no federal legal protection.

Turkeys raised on factory farms are hatched in large incubators and never see their mothers or feel the warmth of a nest. When they are only a few weeks old, they are moved into filthy, windowless sheds with thousands of other turkeys, where they will spend the rest of their lives

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Don’t take comfort by organic or free range turkeys

The reality of a free range farm

Something To Be Thankful For
A short film from Animal Place about the rescue of a single turkey from a “free-range” farm, days before Thanksgiving. Though this film shows a positive outcome for one lucky Turkey it also shows the shocking conditions in which so called free range turkeys live.


If you think that an organic option is more humane, have a look at what happens to organic turkeys in this next video. In all cases slaughter always involves suffering, pain and fear and is never humane, there is nothing humane or ethical in bringing about the end of the life of a sentient being who like you and I  wants to live his days as nature intended. Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Seneca once wrote:

But for the sake of some little mouthful of meat, we deprive a soul of the sun and light,
and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.

Warning distressing images of turkeys being slaugtered

Xmas Special the Short life of organic Turkys   

In Great Britain about 10 million of turkeys are killed for Christmas. This film shows breeding and slaughter of free range turkeys in one of organic farms in Britain.

Comparing to traditional and factory farming, organic way of breeding animals seems to be a healthier and more ethical solution.

But even in strict organic conditions these sensitive and majestic birds suffer from unnatural conditions, decrease of living space -what leads to diseases, stress and aggressive behaviour.  And after all, they have a short life on a farm, are raised only to be killed and later their meat is sold.

If you think that an organic option is more humane, have a look at turkey slaughter in this video. In all cases slaughter always involves suffering, pain and fear.

This year’s Christmas can be truly compassionate. Surprise yourself and your family with an amazing choice of vegan food and give turkey the gift of life.


No indeed your conscience can’t really be salved can it?  At the end of their time these sentient beings are cruelly slaughtered.

Question the ethics of killing millions of living beings to celebrate a festival about which few really understand. Most people do so from habit, tradition and thoughtlessness. I know I was once of this mindset.

Those of the Christian religion please question the incongruity of this festive blood bath to celebrate the birth of a person whom you consider to be a man of peace.

What can I do?

Go Vegan is the immediate answer though not the only one as things cannot be allowed to continue the way they are in cruel factory farms and inhumane slaughter houses and the end to such cruelty needs be made law now. Nonetheless going vegan or vegetarian , though vegetarians  need to consider the ethics of of consuming milk and eggs, is a good start in bringing an end to the vile cruelty of factory farming and slaughter

The best way to end the suffering of animals is to go vegan – or at least start in that direction. We can help you do just that. Please also share this page with your friends and family so that they know how animals suffer and how they can help end that suffering.

See more from VIVA about going vegan

Lots of advice to help you go vegan:

Go straight to the Christmas recipes:

Top Five Tips for a Vegan Christmas Feast
Read more:

Vegan society all year round recipes

Make this year a compassionate and cruelty free Christmas Surprise yourself and your family with an amazing choice of vegan food and give turkey the gift of life

How to Have a Vegan Christmas Feast With All the Trimmings


Quick and easy cook alternatives

If it all seems a bit of an effort think of the Turkeys, isn’t it worth it. There are though quick and easy ready prepared alternatives for those less inclined to cooking:

Here in the UK sold at Holland and Barrett and other health food stores

Celebration Roast and other prepackaged easy to cook and prepare meals

In the USA

Tofurky® Holiday Products:

More from PETA:
PETA’s Favorite Vegan Substitutes

Here is a recipe for tofu turkey, though this does require more preparation and cooking:

If you don’t live in the UK or USA most countries now are likely to have stores that stock alternatives just enter a search such as:
Vegan and Vegetarian Turkey Alternatives or vegan substitutes

More information

End Factory farming:

Never doubt that Turkeys are sentient beings:

Sentience in Farm Animals: Turkeys

A turkey is not just for Christmas, a turkey is a thinking, feeling being with a life of his or her own. Below you will read compelling facts and anecdotes that demonstrate that a turkey is not an automaton driven by instinct, but like all animals he is a conscious being aware of and able to interact with his surroundings: sentient.

Read More:

Turkey Facts:

A random selection of interesting or unusual facts about Turkeys


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Urgent Petition to Help Save Dogs from Christmas Day Eviction From Serbian Sanctuary

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
Elie Wiesel


Please sign an urgent petition to stop the eviction of 450 rescued dogs from their sanctuary.

If you wish to include a comment when you sign the petition click the link below rather than sign the petition at the bottom of the following article which appears not to have the usual comments box. Comments add weight to your signature but please do sign with or without commenting.

Massive international pressure could save the sanctuary from closure and consequently the lives of many dogs, so please act now and share widely:

For more information and other action you can take please read the following article:

Dog Catchers to Swarm Beloved Free-Roaming Sanctuary on Christmas

Dog catchers have been told to swarm a cage-free dog sanctuary in Nis, Serbia on Christmas Day. A bitter round up of 450 rescued dogs will take place unless massive international pressure can reverse the decision to descend upon one of the most enchanting dog havens in all of Europe.

Sasa Pesic runs this breathtaking Serbian sanctuary where the dogs eat, play and run together without the traditional confines of a kennel system. At the days’ end, the dogs pitter-patter into the stable to sleep in straw-lined beds. Normally Christmas is a time when the staff prepares special surprises for the dogs, but the peace here is about to be shattered.

Sign the Petition and Receive Breaking News Updates
Animal advocates hope a major show of international condemnation will bring great influence to this crisis.

Step 1:  Please sign the petition below to stop the eviction.

Step 2: You can get breaking news updates on efforts to halt the Christmas Day dog round up. Follow the  Harmony Fund Facebook page  A follow up story will be posted here on as soon as there is a major development.

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We have only a week to help save the sanctuary so please share the petition

This is an awful situation. The municipality should be supporting the sanctuary not hindering their work with stray dogs. It is a sad world in which we live when good people devote their lives to helping animals and are thwarted and hindered in their endeavours. Lets hope that enough people sign and bring about a change of heart to government officials.



Please Sign a Petition to Help UK Pensioners Who are Going Hungry

UK pensioners are going hungry – please help!
Below is from an e-mail sent to care 2 members concerning the above petition
Please read and sign the petition

“My name is Pete Perry and I am 77 years old. I have had two heart attacks and a stroke. My wife Nikki is my full-time carer.

Our only income is the basic state pension, pension credit and carer’s benefit. It is not enough to live on – a 54% increase would be needed for it to meet the Minimum Income Standard – or Living Wage – the amount people in the UK agree is required to live on. I wanted to share with you what this means for us personally.

We are constantly worried about paying the fuel bills, the rent and buying food. We very often put only one small gas fire on, rather than the central heating, and wrap ourselves up in a blanket to keep warm. To save money, we cook from scratch rather than buy ‘ready meals’ (we don’t even have a microwave!) – and we freeze leftovers for another day. We NEVER have a takeaway, cannot afford to go to the cinema, and do not own a TV or stereo. We ‘make do’ as my mother did during the war and rationing years.

Christmas is a particularly stressful time for us, as we like to buy presents for the grandchildren, which means we have to go without our basic necessities.

I have worked hard throughout my life and paid taxes, and I believe the government should support its elderly citizens with enough income to live on – that’s why I started this petition. We need to show the government that we won’t stand for elderly people being left in poverty.Please sign my petition asking the Minister of State for Pensions, Steve Webb, to increase the state pension to match the Living Wage.” 

Thank you,

Pete Perry
Pensioner, United Kingdom”

“The Living Wage is currently £9.15 an hour in London and £7.85 an hour in the rest of the UK. This equates to £343 a week in London (£294 elsewhere in the UK) for a 37.5 hour working week for an individual. Similarly, the Minimum Income Standard for a pensioner couple is £347.93 per week.

The basic state pension however, is only £113.10 per week for those born before 1951, and although total household income can be topped up with pension credit to £148.35 (for single people) or £226.50 (for couples), a 54% increase (98% for individuals) in this level of income is required to bring this up to an amount people can live on.”

Read more and please sign the petition

The fact that elderly people, the chronically sick and disabled live in poverty is an absolute disgrace in the sixth richest country in the world. At the end of your working life you want to live in some comfort, have the means to enjoy your self not struggle to make ends meet, which frankly is impossible. You should not have to live an unheated house unable to go out and about, go to the cinema, enjoy a meal out, live the life you deserve to live after working day after day your entire life. And even if you have not worked through no fault of your own such as disability, illness or unemployment or simply to bring up your children, you should nonetheless be entitled to a livable pension –  at least in any decent ethical society.

The fact that his unfortunate couple who struggle with long term serious illness cannot afford a TV or a stereo, basic for most people here in the UK , and are confined to one heated room and struggle to buy enough food is an outrage and should be strongly condemned.

The answer is not to deprive other people such as overseas aid as so many demand, a demand born of a tiresome rhetoric of misguided people along with the well worn immigration red herring meant to distract from the real problems, namely the grossly unfair distribution of wealth .

Please do sign the petition, it is vital to let this government of millionaires know that we the people are sick of this gross unfairness in our society where people die of cold and hunger in unheated homes while the rich get richer and richer.

The answer ultimately is a more fair distribution of the country’s wealth and indeed the world’s wealth and resources, for this and more severe problems exist worldwide including other rich countries such as the USA and Australia as well as obvious so called developing countries which it seems never develop, locked in poverty and deprivation.

Time to bring an end to allowing the minority to live in decadent greed accruing money that they can never spend in a lifetime while others suffer poverty and deprivation, many after working away their entire lives to make another person rich. Why should Pete Perry and his wife and millions like them young and old live like this while the likes of Duncan Smith, Cameron and the other multimillionaire MPs continue to accrue obscene wealth for themselves and the privileged super rich.

This year the wealth of Britain’s richest rose by 15.4%:

Wealth of Britain’s richest 1,000 people hits new high of £519bn

‘Astonishing’ year for richest Britons sees fortunes rise 15.4%, according to Sunday Times Rich List:

The combined fortune of Britain’s richest 1,000 people has hit a new high of £519bn – equivalent to a third of the nation’s economic output, and double the figure of five years ago.

The worth of Britain’s rich elite is up 15.4% from last year’s total of £450bn, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Philip Beresford, who compiled the rankings, said: “I’ve never seen such a phenomenal rise in personal wealth as the growth in the fortunes of Britain’s 1,000 richest people over the past year. The richest people in Britain have had an astonishing year.

The wealth of the top 1,000 has doubled since the financial crisis, rising from £258bn in 2009.

Austerity for the poor it seems while the rich get richer.

Note in the above article that the Queen, who already has more money than she knows what to do with, saw her wealth rise by 10 million. One elderly person who most certainly will not freeze or starve to death. While people freeze in unheated homes and can’t afford a TV or even put food on the table this parasite along with her family and other hangers-on live in a decadent style unimaginable to the overwhelming majority of the world’s population. What exactly has this women done to earn an additional 10 million I have to ask.

In the same article Chris Leslie, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said: “No wonder the super-rich have got much richer over the last year when David Cameron has given millionaires a huge tax cut. Yet at the same time working people have continued to face a cost-of-living crisis and are £1,600 a year worse off since 2010.

Think what  £519bn could do to improve the lives of suffering people both here and abroad. And not just here in the UK, take into account the huge wealth owned by the one percent:“The richest one percent of the world’s population now controls 48.2 percent of global wealth, up from 46 percent last year, according to the most recent global wealth report issued by Credit Suisse, the Swiss-based financial services company.”

Here an alarming possiblity:
Hypothetically, if the growth of inequality were to proceed at last year’s rate, the richest one percent for all intents and purposes would control all the wealth on the planet within 23 years.
Think of all the lives that could have been saved by sharing this vast wealth which continues to increase at an alarming rate while most of us continue to descend into poverty. How many children in developing countries could be alive today, how many people could be properly fed and sheltered, provided with clean water. How many more people could live full and meaningful lives in warm homes?  How many new and more efficient hospitals could be built for everyone worldwide and how many more opportunities for education for all… well the list is endless.

The government should be reminded that pensions aren’t a hand out, they were earned and paid for during the person’s lifetime often at the cost of a decent standard of living, particularly in recent years when tax and national insurance, not to mention VAT and council tax, take more than half your income.

Time to demand better. Time to recognise the real problem and not be distracted by thinking that has no basis in reality or morality. Here is one suggestion some misguided person came out with, it is a well aired and misguided  notion born often of racism but mostly ignorance:
“Why not stop overseas aid and stop funding children to fund this.” I assume this person is referring to children in developing countries. It is typical of the way a lot of people in our society think.


Really would you want to deny a starving child the miniscule amount of aid the UK sends abroad? This is not the problem, rather  it is the decadent wealth accumulated and controlled by the super rich who have not in any real sense earned or deserve the vast amount of wealth they continue to amass at the expense of the minority included elderly, sick and disabled people here in the UK and starving people including children, one of whom dies every three seconds in the developing world. No one deserves such obscence amounts of money, until people realise this and stop blaming immigration and poor people over seas we will never improve the situation here in the UK or elsewhere. Time for a fair world for everyone.

Look at a few of the comments included in the petition. Such hardship in a country like the UK is an outrage and it has to stop.

“I have worked all my life, I paid into a private pension that turned out to be almost worthless. At present I am still working and will not reach retirement age for quite a while but I could easily be in this position in the future – so could a lot of other people who have spent a lifetime working.”

“I am 67 years old and I too am trying to survive on the state pension. I am registered disabled with heart problems, am diabetic and I am calcium deficient resulting in crumbling bones mostly due possibly to diet. help us to provide a staple diet . My wife is unable to draw her pension untill next year due to government rules she is 62 and hopefully, if things are not changed again will get her pension in April”


“I have paid all my taxes and so called insurance all my working like, I am still working two years passed my pension age still paying my taxs and yet I do not look forward to retirement how can anybody hope to Iive on the benefits that are paid at the moment it’s a dam disgrace. It’s time to put things right.”

Time to demand change

Urge BCBG MAX AZRIA to Stop selling angora and Fur

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist Luis Leonel

American Fashion company  BCBG MAX AZRIA refuses to stop selling angora and fur despite knowing that many animals used in these vile industries are stripped of their fur and skins while they are still fully conscious.
Shocking undercover footage of China’s angora wool industry—where about 90 percent of the world’s angora comes from—shows workers tying rabbits down and violently ripping their fur out by the fistful.

BCBG also sells fur from Asiatic raccoons ( also known as raccoon dogs ) – animals who are often slammed to the ground and beaten on fur farms.Video footage shows one skinned animal who is still alive and who musters the strength to lift her bloody face up to look at the camera. These animals, along with foxes and other fur-bearing animals, suffer and die so that BCBG can turn their fur into vests, collars, and scarves.

BCBG Max Azria’s 2014 Holiday Collection!

Warning Shocking images of animal cruelty

Official BCBG MAX AZRIA website.    – Please consider telephoning or e-mailing BCBG MAX AZRIA and ask them to stop stop selling angora and fur.
phone at 877.707.2224 or by email at
or send thme a Tweet
Official BCBG MAX AZRIA page on Twitter.
Official BCBG MAX AZRIA page on Facebook.

Urgent Action to Save Baby Elephants, Lions and Antelopes From Illegal Export and Sale

Please help by signing petitions, writing email , sending tweets and sharing a video

Please watch the video. This is an outrageous crime against animals taken from their mothers to eventually live miserable lives in China,  exploited as entertainment in a country known for its animal abuse – scroll down to watch a video which shows you the life that an elephant is likely to live in a Chinese zoo.


Published on Dec 7, 2014

Multiple reports say at least 34 baby elephants have been forcibly torn from their mothers in Zimbabwe and are about to be sent out of the troubled country. One report says they are headed to China. Another report says they are headed to the United Arab Emirates. Outrage is growing. But, it’s not enough. You help is desperately needed. After being tipped off by the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival JaneUnChained teamed up with Peace4Animals and Social Compassion in Legislation. Activists from and Friends of Animals also joined us as we sought answers from all 3 governments mentioned as part of this controversy. Watch the video and then tweet up a storm. #ZimbabweElephants

Now please sign the following petitions

Urgent: Stop the Illegal Export and Sale of Wild Baby Elephants, Lion Cubs and Sable Antelope

Please read the following and sign the petition to tell the US consulates for Zimbabwe, China and UAE that you want this deal stopped and the animals rehabilitated and released.

Just days ago, Zimbabwe’s government admitted to capturing about 36 baby elephants from the wild in order to sell them and ship them overseas. Reports now say there could also be seven lion cubs and ten sable antelopes in that group. The young animals –between 2.5 and 5 years old — are being held in wooden pens in Hwange National Park, after being separated from their families and captured.

Elephants are heavily reliant on their mothers until they are about 5 years of age. They live in very social societies and disruptions of this kind can lead to early death for these young animals. One of the elephants has already died.

Reports say the animals will be shipped to the UAE with the final destination of China.

Please read more and sign the petition:

No more baby elephants captured for Chinese zoos!

In November, four elephant calves were caught from the wild, removed from their mothers and family group and exported from Zimbabwe to China. These elephant babies were sent to two zoos in China, Taiyuan Zoo in northern China and Xinjiang Safari Park in north-west China.

Sadly one baby has already died at Taiyuan Zoo, and the surviving male calf is very sick. The photos and video footage we have seen are very distressing; this baby is physically sick and given his condition and environment, suffering psychological distress

Please continue reading and sign the petition:

Here is the video mentioned in the above petition:

RSPCA Video – End exports of wild baby elephants to zoos

Warning sensitive caring people will find this video upsetting

Published on Feb 21, 2013

Concerns are growing for baby elephants snatched from the wild in Africa then flown to Chinese zoos after one died and footage seen by the RSPCA shows another very sick.

While the export of elephants from Zimbabwe is not illegal under international trade laws, experts believe these animals are suffering greatly from the conditions in the zoos, the stress of such long transportation and the fact they have been torn away from their mothers and social groups at such a young age.

It is believed that Zimbabwe is planning to send more young elephants to China in the coming months, and even more thought to be ‘on order’ from zoos around the world.

We’ve launched a petition calling on the Zimbabwe authorities to terminate any plans to export more wild baby elephants. Take action now:

Want to do more?
Please contact the Zimbabwe Minister of the Environment –
please read the following from Peace 4 Animals facebook page and take the suggested actions

“I am deeply saddened to learn that 36 baby elephants have been brutally taken from their mothers and are currently awaiting shipment to the UAE and possibly China. We need your help and voices to protect these babies and to stop this shipment of wildlife cargo.

Please contact the Zimbabwe Minister of the Environment, Saviour Kasukuwere and ask that he release these majestic endangered animals at once. You can tweet him at @Hon_Kasukuwere or contact him on Facebook at and #ZimbabweElephants

To stay updated, please visit

to get the latest information on this gruesome situation and to stay abreast of how you can help. 

the above is from Peace 4 animals facebook page

Visit Peace 4 Animals website:

Spread the word

Tweet about this issue hastag  #ZimbabweElephants

Just when you think that you have heard it all concerning human greed and the resulting exploitation that impacts on animals you learn of yet another example of people who will do just about anything for money. And when it comes to governments who not only condone such activities but actually participate in them you have to wonder where or if ever it will all end …  Most likely with the extinction of elephants and other wild animals. Such is the case of the government of Zimbabwe which has taken baby elephants, lion cubs and antelopes from their mothers to sell to the highest bidder.  Not only is this a crime that threatens wild animals with extinction but it is also about the wretched and miserable lives these poor creatures will lead. China as we know has an appalling record of animal abuse. These poor babies were torn from their mothers to live lives of suffering for the sake of greed and entertainment and it has to stop.

Please take as much action as you can.


Furbazaar Welcomes you to a WORLD OF FUR Despite Knowing that Many Animals Used in Fur Industries are Stripped of Their Fur and Skins While They are Still Alive.

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist Luis Leonel

The Danish FURBAZAAR Welcomes you to a WORLD OF FUR despite knowing that many animals used in fur industries are stripped of their fur and skins while they are still alive.

Indeed, FURBAZAAR doesn’t give a damn about the unbearable suffering of those defenseless and innocent animals and has created a “Humoristic response to the anit-fur agendas and a tribute to human welfare “, because “some people are of the belief that human use of animals should be banned altogether. However, holders of the animal rights view never offer a perspective of the radical consequences of this view. A Perfect World is a comment to this and a tribute to human welfare,” according PRO-FUR.

Certainly, a Perfect World for those who are PRO-FUR and a hell for animals.

Fur Farming is no Joke

Here is the reality of fur farming

Warning Shocking images

More information
Inside the Fur Industry: Factory Farms
Official FURBAZAAR – website. – Please consider telephoning or sending an
e-mail  and tell them what you think of their callous disregard for the suffering of animals raised for fur.

TEL.: (+45) 3149 2004 / CONTACT@FURBAZAAR.COM

“Fell free to call us or send us an e-mail”.

or send them a Tweet
Official FURBAZAAR Twitter page. – Why not send them a Tweet and tell them what you think of their callous disregard for the suffering of animals raised for fur.

The FURBAZAAR Flurry Blog.
Official FURBAZZAR page on Facebook.

December 10th Human Rights Day

“I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account. “
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Today is Human Rights Day.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

Here is the theme of Human Rights Day 2014

“Human rights 365

On 10 December every year, Human Rights Day commemorates the date on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”

This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.

In 2014 the message from Human Rights 365 is unequivocal: the UN Human Rights Office stands by its mandate and stands with the millions of men and women globally, who risk their all for human rights.”

Read More:

Read the Universal Declaration of human rights

To commemorate this day I thought I would share a few random quotations, slogans, comments and other information.

Quotations to mark Human Rights Day.


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Human rights are praised more than ever – and violated as much as ever.
Anna Lindh

Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society.
Muhammad Yunus

The connection between women’s human rights, gender equality, socioeconomic development and peace is increasingly apparent.
Mahnaz Afkhami

It has long been recognized that an essential element in protecting human rights was a widespread knowledge among the population of what their rights are and how they can be defended. 
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Sixth UN Secretary-General, 1992-1996

Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life…”
Jimmy Carter


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“Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life…”
Jimmy Carter

In my opinion the basic human rights are to have adequate nourishing food, clean water, adequate shelter and heating  and the opportunity to live a satisfying and fulfilling life as long as doing so does not harm other people, other animals and the environment. Freedom from the treat of torture or enslavement and persecution are vital human rights issues along with the freedom of expression and self determination.

Why Human rights matter:

Official Twitter account of the United Nations Human Rights office


Human Rights Issues World -wide

Recently a student  posting on an internet forum asked for examples of human rights violations around the world.  Sadly he would not have been short of examples.

The Index below allows the user to find out about human rights issues worldwide.

Universal human rights index data base:

It is disturbing to realise that most countries are responsible for human rights violations

Here is the UKs  More information further down concerning the UKs violations of article 25 of the declaration of human rights.

More information concerning human rights violations world-wide see Storyify from the UN. The purpose of Storyfi is to help you “make sense of what people post on social media. Our users curate the most important voices and turn them into stories.

“Together, we are building a new information network that will give you the social perspective on any event”.

About Storyfi:

“Open your newspaper – any day of the week – and you will find a report from somewhere in the world of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government.”
Peter Benenson

In Tibet you can’t even say the words “Human Rights”


It’s not difficult to get tortured as a Tibetan resisting China’s regime – even when exercising everyday human rights.

Torture is used as a weapon against dissent, creating a climate of fear:

Observers: Human Rights Day Will Highlight ‘Horrific 2014’

“Wednesday is United Nations’ Human Rights Day. Many observers describe 2014 as a horrific year for human rights violations. War is the major source of abuses around the world – and in the past 12 months, major conflicts have intensified.

The Syrian civil war is approaching its fourth year. Hundreds of thousands have been killed and millions forced from their homes. In the past 12 months the conflict has splintered and spread to neighboring Iraq, with government forces, moderate opposition fighters, Islamist militants and Kurdish fighters all battling for territory.”

The international community must take some responsibility, said Steve Crawshaw, senior advisor at Amnesty International.

“[For] the failures to address the Syria conflict better and earlier and to really speak out loudly and to put the kind of pressures that were needed for human rights to be better observed,”

Read more:

LGBT are a humans rights issues


“People around the world face violence and inequality – and sometimes torture, even execution – because of who they love, how they look, or who they are.

Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse.

Human Rights Watch works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people’s rights, with activists representing a multiplicity of identities and issues.”

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There are of course many many more violations of human rights globally in varying degrees.

Don’t forget here in the UK

The UK government appears to have become the first country to face a high-level inquiry by a United Nations committee, as a result of “grave or systemic violations” of the rights of disabled people.

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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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Article 25.

  • (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.

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This Wednesday December 10th – Ask Your MP to Speak out for Tibet

If you live in the UK please take the following action to help the people of Tibet.

I know this is rather last-minute but I didn’t receive the notification below until this morning. Please ask your MP to attend the Tibet debate on Wednesday December 10th.

Please click the links below for more information and to e-mail your MP before Wednesday the 10th. There is a template letter which you can edit if possible, but please do send either way.The important thing is to show your MP that you would like them to support the people of Tibet.



“Please read the following information from “Free Tibet”and take action

Tibet is on the international political agenda this month, with a delegation from China’s Tibet government in North America, the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue next week and a debate on Tibet in the UK this Wednesday, 10th December.

The UK House of Commons debate is the first time MPs have debated Tibet since 2011. A government minister will be present to listen and respond to MPs and explain the government’s position on Tibet.

The more MPs that attend and speak in support of the Tibetan people, the greater the pressure on the government will be to stand up for Tibet. The 10th December is International Human Rights Day and the debate will focus on the denial of freedom of expression to the Tibetan people.

Please contact your MP before Wednesday 10th December and urge them to attend the debate and speak out for Tibet.

We have provided a sample text below but feel free to use your own (please keep it short and polite). MPs get a great deal of email and your email may not be opened immediately so it is very important that the subject line tells them exactly what you would like them to do.

Also as part of International Human Rights Day, supporters around the world will be showing their solidarity with Tibetans and other communities affected by China’s government. How about lighting a candle where you are this Wednesday? You can share a photo with us on Facebook  or Twitter.”

Contact details and template letter for your MP:

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Need more information about the situation in Tibet? Please visit Free Tibet :

Other Action

From around the world we’ll be showing our solidarity with Tibetans and other communities affected by China’s government. How about lighting a candle where you are this Wednesday?

If you are in London you may also like to attend this solidarity vigil:

Wednesday 10 December: Human Rights Day

Solidarity vigil outside Chinese Embassy in London

Chinese Uyghur Tibetan Solidarity UK (CUTS UK) is hosting the annual candle-lit vigil outside the Chinese Embassy to mark International Human Rights Day and to express solidarity with all those oppressed by the Chinese Communist Party regime.

Join us in our call for freedom, human rights and democracy for the people of Tibet, East Turkestan, China and, this year in particular, Hong Kong.

Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL

All welcome.

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Walmart and Amazon Workers Rights Petitions

It is no longer an unwritten law of American capitalism that industry will attempt to maintain wages at a level that allows a single wage to support a family.
Christopher Lasch

No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Wal-Mart: Stop Union-Busting and Treat Your Employees With Respect!

Please sign the following petitions to Walmart and Amazon


Even after working at Wal-Mart for three years, Jennifer McLaughlin earns just $16,800 each year. Jennifer is considered well-paid for a Wal-Mart employee, though she struggles to care for her one-year-old son.

But Wal-Mart is the world’s largest retailer, raking in over $470 billion in annual sales. They have the money and the resources to treat their workers much, much better. Instead, the company is notorious for low pay, understaffing and poor benefits. Wal-Mart is currently fending off lawsuits in multiple states for violating labors laws, including equal pay and wage-and-hour laws.

Please take action for workers like Jennifer. Demand that Wal-Mart respect their employees and welcome a union to ensure workers’ rights are upheld.

Please read more and sign the petition

Walmart”s treatment of employees is a global problem. Below is an article written before black Friday which details the problems with Walmart and workers rights world-wide:

With close to 2.2 million employees worldwide, Walmart has built a reputation for low wages, poor working conditions and inadequate health care as well as strong anti-union policies. The poorest 10% of people in the UK would take on average 11 million years to earn the wealth of its ruling Walton family, who also control Asda.

So whether it’s paying poverty wages, or destroying Mexico’s cultural heritage, it’s time we stood up to this corporate giant.

The demands are simple:

Respect Workers who assert their freedom of association in an attempt to resolve issues or improve working conditions frequently face retribution from the company. Workers are harassed and intimidated by management when they try to voice concerns. So workers are asking for respect, safety and job security when we speak out.

Living Wages: Extremely low wages along with inconsistent work scheduling makes it difficult for workers in many countries to support their families. In fact due to the low wages of workplaces Governments in effect are subsidising the company by providing entitlements.

Employment Security: The imposition of part-time work, casual employment contracts or – in the case of Walmart’s 1.4 million U.S. workers – no contracts at all, means that we have no employment security. Workers are asking that full-time, permanent work be the rule rather than the exception.

Employers such as Walmart and Amazon should pay their workers a living wage. Governments should not be making up for the short fall which is the case both in the USA and here in the UK. If you’re in work on low pay here in the UK you can apply for Working Tax Credit to top-up your earnings. All well and good but this is inadequate and is in reality a benefit given to corporations and big business which are more than able to pay their workers a decent wage for a reasonable days work, not the slave driven over worked and underpaid situation we have today in the modern workplace.


Tell Amazon: Stop abusing your workers and the environment this holiday season!

Please sign the following petition

I was an Amazon employee, but now I’m sitting outside its Seattle headquarters to protest the cruel way it abuses its workers and the environment. Employees talk to me as they head into work, and their stories are downright disturbing. That’s why I started a hunger strike Nov. 25 and will go as long as it takes — we need to spread the word about this corporate giant’s dark side.

Will you stand with my protest and sign my petition today? Let CEO Jeff Bezos know that he needs to stop abusing his workers or you’ll consider taking your business elsewhere this holiday season!

Workers’ voices are ignored by Amazon, which is why you need to speak for them. Please help send Amazon a clear message — sign my Care2 petition today!

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Read the the article below which well describes the hell of working for Amazon

Being homeless is better than working for Amazon’

Nichole Gracely has a master’s degree and was one of Amazon’s best order pickers. Now, after protesting the company, she’s homeless

I am homeless. My worst days now are better than my best days working at Amazon.

According to Amazon’s metrics, I was one of their most productive order pickers – I was a machine, and my pace would accelerate throughout the course of a shift. What they didn’t know was that I stayed fast because if I slowed down for even a minute, I’d collapse from boredom and exhaustion.

During peak season, I trained incoming temps regularly. When that was over, I’d be an ordinary order picker once again, toiling in some remote corner of the warehouse, alone for 10 hours, with my every move being monitored by management on a computer screen.

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Amazon embargo gains momentum as pledge sees £2.6m of sales diverted elsewhere in living wage protest

Pledge to go Amazon Free

Profoundly Sick Company

Time for both Walmart and Amazon to treat their workers fairly and respect their right to a safe environment and a living wage. Both make millions and in the case of Walmart billions each year in profit, time to pay their workers properly and respect the fact that their lives are impotent, their time precious. Everyone deserves a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and good working conditions. Time for Amazon and Walmart to respect that right.

Having said all that of course it is also time governments stepped in and make laws to protect workers’ rights. Governments should work in the interests of the people who elected them, for the majority of working people not the greedy grabbing exploitative minority. Time to demand better. It’s not always easy to boycott stores such as Walmart and Amazon and in general both here in the UK and the USA and no doubt elsewhere there are few businesses that respect the right to even a basic minimum wage let alone a living wage and the opportunity for full-time work not the vagaries of zero contracts. Frankly I think its time for a basic income so people are no longer at the mercy of greedy exploitative businesses, but that is probably another issue for another time.


After Gadhimai: It Must Never Happen Again

What is virtuous conduct? It is never destroying life, For killing leads to every other sin.
The Tirukural Verse 321 : An ancient Hindu text, written about 2100 years ago.

A few days after the largest animal sacrifice in the world shocking pictures of cruelty emerge that testify to the unbridled brutality and display of inhumanity. I have included some of these further down.
Please be warned these graphics are shocking.

We must not allow this horror to fall into oblivion, we need to keep up the momentum. I am never keen on sharing horrifying imagery but in this case it is essential to get the message across as without seeing what takes place people don’t really appreciate the horror and cruelty involved.

The gadhimai festival must never happen again

Read the disturbing report by Compassion in World Farming


Please note that this picture story contains graphic images of animal slaughter that may cause distress.

A young buffalo collapses on the way to the Gadhimai festival.

Slaughtering began on the morning of 28th November.

The slaughterers walked inside from the far gate, and the killing began. The crowds pressed towards the walls, people were shouting and blowing horns, bells were ringing, drums beating in the background.

Beheaded Buffalo Censored

It was clear that some men were more skilled at the job than others – it seemed like the objective was to remove the head in one cut, but we saw men taking several blows to finish the job, I can’t imagine the pain these animals must have suffered.

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Please Take Action by signing a petition:

Stop the Gadhimai Festival


Carry on Tweeting:

Send a message to the Nepalese Government and demand that the terrible Gadhimai slaughter festival must never happen again.

And don’t forget you can still write letters and e-mail to the Nepalese government and others expressing your outrage asking them to ban animal sacrifice in Nepal and to commit to never sacrificing animals at the Gadhimai festival. Express your outrage in the strongest terms but please be polite, abusive correspondence is unlikely to be read.

Addresses can be found here:

Just now there are few petitions on-line concerning the Gadhimai festival or animal sacrifice in Nepal.

Here’s an idea: Create your own petition:

Please share the following videos and photos.

Warning Shocking images of animal cruelty

Gadhimai Gopro Walk

The Gadhimai Festival takes place every 5 years in the country of Nepal. Millions attend and is the largest animal sacrifice for religious purposes in the world. Over 400,000 animals are killed to bring people luck. This is a walk through of the main kill paddock moments after the killing of over 5,000 water buffalo was over. Support

Video From Animal Recovery Mission

ARM investigators returned home this morning from Nepal, with breaking news footage from the World’s largest animal sacrifice festival, known as the Gadhimai Festival. Full report and footage coming soon!

Might be a good idea to sign up for their news letter or check their website from time to time for ARMs report.

The Road to Gadhimai 2014

This was the evening before the slaughter, we left the hotel at around 17:00 and got to the festival at around 19:45. This is a short video of that trip, Look at the goats, horses pulling carts, dogs passing and laying down at the side of the road. This ends with a short walk in the killing fields….
Filmed on GOPRO

Animal Equality reveals unique footage of the Gadhimai festival

Published on Dec 1, 2014

Animal Equality reveals images of shocking cruelty at the Gadhimai festival. During the festival several hundreds of thousands of animals were killed to honor the goddess Gadhimai.

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Why Gadhimai animal sacrifice must stop

Published on Oct 24, 2014

Learn about our work on #‎EndTheSacrifice at #‎Gadhimai festival.

The interview with the Gadhimai temple priests and villagers prove that animal sacrifice is less about the deity and more about money making and having a merry time where people like to gather, party, drink and eat meat.

Come join us in our fight to end the sacrifice at Gadhimai festival. Write to

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Gadhimai 2014

Published on Dec 3, 2014

One of the cruelest festivals on the planet, The Gadhimai sacrifice.
3256 buffalo were hacked to death in the name of God!
Not all animals have their heads chopped off. Some take up to 40 minutes to die. The numbers were considerably down on the 2009 festival but non the less, any God that demands blood is no god worthy of my time….

An exceptionally brave Nepalese animal activist facing a crowd of millions of blood thirsty devotees


Animal Sacrifice in Nepal

Animal sacrifice takes place in Nepal other than during the Gadhimai Festival

Dasain Festival in NepalDasain Festival in Nepal

Dasain – Dasain festivals is Nepal’s largest festival which is celebrated during the month of Kartik (late September and early October). During the Dashain festivals (Dasain and Chaite Dasain – see March), priests perform various Tantric rituals to Goddess Durga Bhawani, and the Living Goddess Kumari. Dasain sees the greatest numbers of animals sacrificed. During Kalrati, in Taleju Temple, the government publicly beheads 54 buffaloes and 54 he-goats, followed by the killing of 108 buffaloes by the Nepal Army. The event draws many devotees and is screened on national Television. At the same time in the palace in Gurkha 108 buffaloes are being beheaded. This marks the start of mass sacrifice by the people across the country; it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of goats are being sacrificed during Dasain as well as an unknown number of buffaloes, ducks, chicken, birds, et cetera.Dasain Bhaktapur – At Taleju temple in Bhaktapur 25 buffaloes and some 20 goats are killed by cutting their throats and spilling blood over all the images. Only then they are beheaded. The temple area is soaked with blood.

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Many people in Nepal oppose this bloody festival along with the day-to-day sacrifice of animals in Nepal

Read about Animal Welfare Network Nepal’s efforts to stop the Gadhimai festival and other animal sacrifice and abuse

Tears of Fear

Swami Agnivesh Press Release

Animal Sacrifice is a diabolical sin in Vaidik Sanatan Dharma.
Swami Agnivesh      (Vaidik SanatanDharma.)

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Photos of the 2014 festival. It must never happen again.






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During the slaughter the nearby lake is so filled with the blood of the animals that absolutely nothing can live in the water for years, it takes almost five years for the lake to regenerate; by then it is bloodbath time again.

Prior to the “Festival” The animals are made to walk up to 500 miles from India to Nepal; most are starved and deprived of water the entire trip, they are beaten and tortured to keep moving and many animals die along the way.  Once at the site the massacre takes place in an open field with spectators, including women and children, watching and cheering on mother buffaloes are killed in front of their young.  Animals sit in a pool of blood waiting for their own brutal end. Many animals try to escape but are hunted down.

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The diary of two animal welfare campaigners at the world’s biggest ritual slaughter

Driving towards the temple we saw a couple of men walking two buffalo calves with red cloth around their necks. We stopped and Manoj Gautam, president of AWNN, asked them what they were doing. One of them said they were there on their wives’ insistence, that they felt bad and wouldn’t do it again. As if on cue, the buffalo calf with him, not more than six-months-old, came over and started chewing on the tassels of my shawl. He was just a baby and wanted some affection! I could not bear to think what his fate would be in two days. I stroked his head for a while before his so-called owner directed him forward. The other buffalo calf with him had started to graze. His owner called out to him and in an act of complete trust, the calf ran to him not knowing he was being led to his death.