Rabbits: Their Neglect and Abuse

“If you ask any RSPCA officer which animal they feel most sorry for, it’s usually the poor, forgotten rabbit sitting in a tiny hutch without the proper food, or any food at all, and some dirty water. It might once have been loved for a brief time by some child, but it has quickly been forgotten and it’s a very sad sight that I have seen countless times.”
RSPCA Officer *1

Did you know that rabbits are the most neglected pet here in the UK and no doubt many other countries worldwide?

Firstly I would like to introduce you to Patch who was one of three Rabbits we adopted.


My family and I cared for him for two and a half years, he was a house rabbit and part of our family. On March 18th Patch died after suffering a long illness during which he needed intensive care and attention. He is sadly missed, the house and garden where he enjoyed foraging and sunbathing seem empty without him. You can read about Patch on his memorial page on my website:

Patch was an affectionate, intelligent and mischievous creature, aware of himself and the world around him including those who cared for him. In other words he was a sentient being who like you or I or your cat or dog experienced both pain and pleasure, had his likes and dislikes and a personality all of his own. He loved to be stroked and fussed and communicated this need by lying in the flat position you see in the above photo. He loved his probiotic pellets and all you had to do was shake the box and he came running. Though people may say we imagined this and are anthropomorphising I am in no doubt that he was pleased to see us when we arrived home after being out for some time. This was most evident on the occasion that the car broke down and we did not arrive home until very late, his delight at seeing us was obvious. He would sulk and look indignant after having something done he did not like, such as the administration of eardrops. He listened to you when you talked to him.

The following picture shows this quite clearly, he often looked at us in this way when we talked to him or when judging our reactions. Yes he knew we were communicating with him, there is to my mind no doubt about that.

The Neglect and Abuse of Rabbits

Looking after the Patch during his illness was an exhausting and worrying experience that brought to my attention the suffering of these gentle creatures who are the third most popular pet here in the UK, though I refer the term companion animal. Without our intervention Patch like many rabbits would have died in agony alone abandoned in a hutch, his suffering unnoticed. Through care and medical intervention his life was extended by two years and when the time came that his medicine was no longer effective he was humanely put to sleep. As you will read in the link above Patch suffered with Gastro intestinal (GI) Stasis which in his case was the result of a swelling in his intestine which at first was thought to be benign but which was nonetheless causing soreness and putting him into stasis. GI stasis is a common condition in rabbits in its own right or as sign of an underlying less obvious condition. In either case unless treated immediately within twelve hours or less it becomes life threatening therefore veterinary treatment is required urgently. GI stasis without veterinary care not only has fatal consequences it is an extremely painful way to die. If during the course of GI stasis the unfortunate rabbit gets bloat his stomach may fill with gas or liquid and burst. Consequently many rabbits abandoned in hutches at the bottom of someone’s garden will die an agonising death alone and uncared for.

Rabbits are often brought for a demanding child as though the poor creature were some animated toy, the child soon looses interest and the parents can’t be bothered beyond providing water and food – that is if the unfortunate rabbit is lucky. Many are simply let loose, dumped at the local sanctuary or killed.

Below is a typical hutch, were a rabbit will spend his or her life alone, most do not have a companion.


I have seen three rabbits in a hutch not much bigger than this.

“Treacle is a Rex rabbit, this is an average sized rabbit, not a giant.
Her body fills the whole living area of the hutch. She certainly can’t stretch and run freely, and there are no toys, food bowl, hay rack in here.”

Read More
http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/reality-of-small-hutches.htm – lots of good advice about the care of rabbits. I though have to say in my opinion the ideal situation is to look after your rabbit as a house rabbit with access to the garden which includes a large hutch for when he or she wants a bit of quiet time outside as did Patch from time to time. More information about house rabbits: House Rabbit Society http://rabbit.org/

For many rabbits here in this wooden confinement like the one above he or she will remain alone in all weathers day after day, sweltering and subject to the horrors of fly strike in the summer and the rigours of bitter cold and damp in the winter until one day the negligent owner opens the hutch to feed the rabbit only to find him or her dead from a mysterious illness which is only mysterious as a result of ignorance and neglect. Fly strike is a horrific way for an animal to end his or her life as flies lay eggs in the fur and the resulting maggots eat away at the flesh until the poor creature dies of blood poisoning. There are many painful diseases that afflict rabbits which if ignored or missed results in a painful and prolonged death.

Rabbits, who are by nature pry animals, do not show their illness, they hide it so not to make themselves easy pry. This has not changed as a result of domestication and it is difficult to tell when a rabbit needs attention unless you have learned to know the signs. For example with GI stasis a rabbit will be lethargic not eating or drinking and will stop defecating. This may happen gradually with droppings getting smaller and less frequent or occur suddenly without warming and there will be no droppings at all. As a result of ignorance and neglect – to not educate yourself about your companion animal is to my way of thinking neglect- many rabbits die a painful death.

Despite their popularity rabbits are probably amongst the most neglected of the animals we humans have domesticated purely for our own satisfaction and pleasure regardless to the suffering that such domestication often entails.

It is time the law was improved regarding our responsibility to the animals we bring into our homes as so-called pets. Though there are of course laws, these laws are rarely enforced, particularly where rabbits and other small mammals such as rodents are concerned.

Do you know that here in the UK you have a legal obligation to take your animal to a vet, whether he or she is a dog, cat, rabbit or guinea pig,or whatever, species, size and or intelligence is irrelevant?

It may surprise those of you who appreciate rabbits as sentient beings that many people do not take a rabbit to the vet considering that this is not necessary or required? A neighbour once said to me “You don’t take rabbits to the vet” I knew what she meant and was tempted to resort to a sarcastic reply along the lines of “Wow I didn’t know that rabbits don’t get ill, ?” Not to question such nonsense is the height of ignorance and is neglectful and cruel. One dog owner worried about vet bills for the dog but never gave the same worry to the rabbit. Why? Rabbits like your dog or cat get ill, they suffer pain and fear just like your cat and dog and like these more pampered pets need veterinary care as do hamsters and other small furies who in the main are equally neglected.

A recent conversation at the local supermarket greatly disturbed my husband and I. The cashier after looking horrified that the herbs we were buying were for our rabbit – after all the rabbit usually gets old wilted leftovers if he or she is lucky – went on to tell us about her sister whose child had pestered for a hamster and soon got bored once the novelty had worn off and thereafter left the care of this tiny defenceless creature to her mother who openly said she hated the hamster and wanted him to die. The cashier went on to say how the hamster was now sick and her sister hoped he would soon die. No she was not going to take the poor creature to the vet. This story haunted me and still does. I told her she should tell her sister to take the animal to the vet that the poor animal was most likely in pain, but not knowing who these people were, not even a name there was nothing I could do.

There are I am sure many similar situations and far worse.

A lady known for her love of rabbits once told me that you should never give away your unwanted baby rabbits or any rabbit to anyone for free as people will take them and use them for all manner of unimaginable cruelty and intentional abuse. Also with this in mind you should really not leave a rabbit in a hutch were he or she can be seen by passersby as this makes them an easy target for theft.

Shocking how wicked people are. As cruelty and inhumanity have been around a long time, the laws of a civilised society need to do more to protect animals from such vile people.

There needs to be laws that prevent any one and everyone from walking into a pet shop and buying a rabbit or other animal including cats and dogs. Back street breeding should be outlawed for a start off, along with the sale of rabbits and other animals on-line or in newspaper adverts. Animals should not be sold as a commodity in pet shops but rather adopted from sanctuaries where the prospective owner or guardian – I prefer the term guardian as no one has the right to own another living being – is checked out for suitability by a home visit before adoption is allowed to take place and that periodic inspections continue thereafter.

Read about the reality of the pet trade:

Pet Shops: No Bargain for Animals

Pet Shops

Time for new Laws

The situation is similar worldwide. Indeed it is time for new laws and tighter regulation but the ideal as always is a cessation of the pet trade and the breeding of animals to sell in pet shops, on-line or back street breeders. Pets should only be obtained from a registered sanctuary or rescue.

It concerns me greatly whenever I go into a pet shop and see these defenceless creatures for sale, openly exposed under bright lights to the gaze of prying eyes – rabbits need places to hide from view. Even more worrying is the fact that anyone over the age of 18, sometimes younger,  can go to the counter and buy a rabbit, a guinea pig or other small fury as one would go and buy a bag of sweets or other inanimate item. The defenceless animal has no say in his or her fate, shoved into a pet carrier he or she is taken to who knows where by who knows who for whatever purpose the purchaser desires and no one is the wiser. The rabbit may be fortunate and go to a caring forever home or he may end up abused and neglected with his life expectation likely much shorter or even willfully abused.

Action to Take

Unfortunately there are few petitions currently available which goes to show how little rabbits are thought of. Though this does not imply that many rabbit organisations and charities are not struggling to change things for rabbits and have at times petitioned governments and other authorities to take action, but sadly it seems with little success.

Here are some ideas for actions you can take to help rabbits.

Visit Action for rabbits

“Hundreds of thousands of rabbits face an unhappy, lonely existence in cramped accommodation, whilst being fed an inappropriate diet and suffering from a range of painful diseases. We should re-evaluate the ways in which we have traditionally kept pet rabbits and start providing them with what we know they need to lead healthy and happy lives.”

One of the main causes is a widespread lack of understanding of their basic needs.

Help educate people by sharing posters such as the poster below and other education resources

This poster along with 24 others can be accessed from the home page of Action for Rabbits


http://www.actionforrabbits.co.uk/index.html – click the bright pink button on the rabbit photo on the right.

or click here: http://www.actionforrabbits.co.uk/posters.html


More posters and advice:
Rabbits Require Rights:
Help to change the law by taking the following actions

Please sign the following petitions – all the petitions including the one to the Scottish parliament may be signed by anyone one worldwide.

Scottish Parliament & the UK Government as a whole: Implement urgent (pet) Rabbit Specific Welfare Laws in the UK
https://www.change.org/p/scottish-parliament-the-uk-government-as-a-whole-implement-urgent-pet-rabbit-specific-welfare-laws-in-the-uk  – Though most of the comments are old the petition is active, please help it get more signatures by signing now.

Please at least sign the above petition but if you have time read through the suggestions for improvement in the welfare laws included in the petition description, such as No pet Shop Sales, No unregulated Breeding, No inadequate housing, no isolation, no suffering.

Below is the link to the Scottish parliament which is included in the above but which you may well miss if you have not scrolled down the web page far enough.

Help improve rabbit protection in Australia:

Related Links

Abandoned rabbits – it’s worse than we thought

Welfare of rabbits: the need for a suitable environment

Not all humans are cruel to rabbits, here is a story with a happy ending for a brave rabbit called Ronnie:

The Rabbit welfare problem

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Help End Foie-gras Hell in the UK

Please read the following investigation from Vegetarian’s International Voice for Animals (VIVA ) and take the suggested actions.

Apologies for the cramped formatting further down the page which makes some of this post difficult to read, try as I might I cannot improve it. The important thing is please take the suggested actions,  highlighted in purple, to help bring an end to this vile form of cruelty.


“A representation of hell” is how vet, Amir Kashiv, described footage secured inside the French foie-gras farm that supplied celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal. It is the worst foie-gras footage we have ever seen.

After being seriously threatened by lawsuits from the farm who we presume were desperate for the footage to not reach the public, they were finally shamed in the Daily Mirror newspaper recently. Heston publically declared he was dropping that producer and has since gone on to drop foie-gras from the menu at his flagship restaurant The Fat Duck.

This is a victory but we need your help to stop Heston selling any foie-gras, as he still has it on the menu at his other eateries. Tell him all production is the same – torture.

We are determined that this celebrity chef will not simply swap one supplier for another – and we are asking for your help in achieving this.

Read More and take action

This hideous cruelty has no part in any modern ethically progressive society and it must stop now!

Take Action – please click the links below if you have not done so already

“We are determined that this celebrity chef will not simply swap one supplier for another – and we are asking for your help in achieving this.”

There is a template letter for each action, please edit if you are able to do so but if this is not possible for any reason please just send the template letter.


Please email Heston and ask him to stop selling foie-gras full stop.


Email Waitrose and ask them to dump Heston if he doesn’t dumpfoie-gras!


You can also order FREE materials to protest against foie-grasin your area or spread awareness about this disgusting product.

More information
If you doubt the shocking depth of cruelty in the production of foi gras watch the following video and read the articles below which also contain the videos.
Warning! Some viewers may find the videos disturbing – frankly as I often say it you are not disturbed there has to be something wrong with you. Surely any compassionate person must be profoundly shocked by such extreme and barbaric cruelty to a sentient being who like you or I feels pain, experiences suffering and misery.
Just heart breaking, look at the pitiful state of these birds trapped unable to move from this hideous cruelty day after day. How the hell can these people go to work day in and day out and see and indeed contribute to such extreme suffering and not be moved is beyond my comprehension. The fact that we share this world with such vile heartless people is disturbing. I often wonder what a psychiatric assessment of such emotionally dead and callous people would reveal.
Shame on France and the EU that allows this evil to persist.
VIDEO: Cruelty of chef Gordon Ramsay’s foie gras supplier exposed in shocking footage

Crammed into tiny cages, caked in filth, riddled with sores and in agony from broken beaks and wings, these are the ducks used to make foie gras at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants.

Campaigners last night branded the horrific conditions the “worst ever seen” after being shown the pictures of shocking cruelty at plants that supply the celebrity chef with the posh dish.

Ducks lie dead and dying, many have painful eye injuries and abscesses and all are force-fed grain through a tube to make their livers 10 times the normal size during a two-week ordeal in a ­windowless shed before they are slaughtered.

In one pitiful scene, an exhausted and clearly distressed bird can be seen on its side with its tongue hanging from its beak.

Barbaric footage of foie gras duck ‘torture’ sees TV chef Heston Blumenthal dump supplier
The videos show ducks caked in filth and vomit from overfeeding. Some of the birds were writhing in agony from damaged throats and bloodied feet.

Campaigners described the conditions and treatment of the ducks as “torture”.

Experienced vet Amir Kashiv called the film footage a “representation of hell”.


Don’t allow this celebrity chef to simply swap one supplier for another. Please take the actions above. 

Reasons Not to Vote Conservative in the 2015 General Elections: Rise in Homelessness

Homelessness is about more than rooflessness. A home is not just a physical space, it also has a legal and social dimension. A home provides roots, identity, a sense of belonging and a place of emotional wellbeing. Homelessness is about the loss of all of these. It is an isolating and destructive experience and homeless people are some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded in our society.
Crisis – The national charity for single homeless people

Since 2010 when the coalition came into power homelessness has risen by as much as 55 percent and in London people sleeping rough has risen even more dramatically by a huge 80 percent since 2010!


Help in to Homelessness

The official figures claim that there are 52,000 homeless and that homelessness has decreased in recent years. Under the circumstances both claims would be nearing the miraculous if they were actually true.

Stagnant or falling wages, rising prices, severe cuts to in-work, out-of-work and disability benefits, the rising costs of living, the implementation of such evils as the bedroom tax and the DWP’s usually fraudulent use of sanctions: how could homelessness be so low, and falling? Of course it isn’t, anything but. The official figures are yet another example of the blatant lies concocted by this government (and governments generally).

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Flickr user Byzantine_K

Shocking facts

Today in affluent 21st century Britain 90,000 children are homeless

Homeless children ‘at highest level since 2011’

Fifty-two percent of those seeking help with homelessness are under 25.

“…there are more people sleeping on the streets in our city centres than at any point since national records began in 1998.”

“The homeless charity Crisis say the rise has been caused by cuts to benefits, government welfare reform, housing shortages and the legal injustice where homeless people are not a “priority for help.””

“On average homeless people die at just 47 years old.”

There can be few things worse than being homeless. No refuge, no sanctuary, no privacy, no hope.

“We should ask ourselves why it is acceptable that anyone has to sleep rough in Britain today.”
Rick Henderson, chief executive of charity Homeless Link quoted in the Mirror

Indeed here in the UK the tax havan for the super rich and the sixth richest country it is unacceptable – well in actual fact it is unaceptable anywhere in the world that people are homeless or live in substandard accommodation and that only 1 percent own half the wealth of fifty percent of the entire population of the world.

In the UK people sleeping on the streets has risen by 55%  since the current Government came into power. This is an absolute disgrace, while the well off have second homes, such as the eight bedroom mansion that is owned by Lord Freud who is responsible for the bedroom tax,  people have to resort to rough sleeping.

Demand an end to homelessness in the sixth richest country in the world

For the sake of the poorest in our society don’t vote Tory in the coming election.

Where do Your Political Candidates Stand on Animal Welfare

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If you do not have time to read the following introduction please scroll down to send a message concerning animal welfare to all candidates in your constituency. Also “Tweet for animals” on April 2nd.

“An English gentleman would not himself give a moment’s unnecessary pain to any living creature, and would instinctively exert himself to put an end to any suffering before his eyes: yet it is a fact that every game preserver in this country sanctions a system which consigns thousands of animals to acute agony, probably of eight or ten hours duration, before it is ended by death. I allude to the setting of steel traps for catching vermin.”

“Bull-baiting and cock-fighting have rightly been put down by law; I hope it may never be said that the members of the British Parliament will not make laws to protect animals if such laws should in any way interfere with their own sports.

Some who reflect upon this subject for the first time will wonder how such cruelty can have been permitted to continue in these days of civilisation; and no doubt if men of education saw with their own eyes what takes place under their sanction, the system would have been put an end to long ago.”
Charles Darwin referring to steel traps

Indeed the cruelty meted out to animals in the name of “sport” should have long been consigned to history.

Of particular note in the above quote :I hope it may never be said that the members of the British Parliament will not make laws to protect animals if such laws should in any way interfere with their own sports.

Unfortunately some members of the British government avoid making laws to protect animals or attempt to revoke laws which have been painstakingly passed if it interferes with their sport, Cameron’s continued attempts to reinstate hunting with dogs, fox hunting, is a case in point.

Please take the following actions

Send a message to all candidates in your constituency

Find out where your political candidates stand on animal welfare by sending them a message to question them directly on and ask them to support the five 5 key requests included in the League Against Cruel Sports’ 2015 Election Manifesto.

We are asking every parliamentary candidate to support our five election pledges.

1. To defend and strengthen the Hunting Act

 2. To ban the use of snares

 3. To conduct an independent inquiry into the commercial shooting industry

 4. To take tough action to deal with illegal dog fighting

 5. To strengthen protection for racing greyhounds”

Read more detail and take action by sending a form letter to your candidates:

Please send the message included in the above link, it is easier than it sounds as it does not require editing. The message will be sent to each candidate in your constituency.

More Action you can take

Tweet For Animals

“On Thursday 2nd April leaders from the 7 main political parties in the UK will  be taking part in a live televised debate and we want you to tweet them and tell them that animals matter at the general election.”

Click the link below to access links to each of the party leaders’ Twitter accounts. Click on the “Tweet” button and be a voice for animals.”


Hunting, shooting, deer stalking, hare coursing, snaring, dog racing and other so called”sports” should be banned outright, such should have no place in any civilised society. While dog fighting is of course banned there should be more done to enforce such a ban. Rather like fox hunting, bans of this kind are ignored which makes them meaningless.




Thought provoking Quote: The Only War Worth Fighting is the Class War…

Thought provoking Quotes

the only war worth fighting is the class war...

“The only War which is worth fighting is the Class War. The Working Class of this Country have no quarrel with the Working Class of Germany or any other Country. Socialism stands for Internationalism. If the workers of all countries united and refused to fight, there would be no war.”
Richmond Castle, 1916

The above photograph shows Graffiti from the cells of Richmond Castle, Richmond, Yorkshire where conscientious objectors were incarcerated during WW1.

Conscript is one of the greatest of all social injustices. No one has the right to determine the course of your life or demand that you risk your life in the futility and barbarity of war fought for power, greed and sometime downright insanity. I admire the conscientious objectors who had the courage of their convictions. Those imprisoned in Richmond Castle referred to as the Richmond sixteen  were finally honoured in a ceremony at the Castle.

Silence in castle to honour First World War conscientious objectors

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“Those who refused to fight for England in WWI were garrisoned at Richmond Castle. Their thoughts and prayers are written on the castle walls. Here is a sampling of their graffiti, which we found very sad, interesting, and moving.”

Read more and view other graffiti:

Richmond Castle Conscientious Objection and the Richmond Sixteen.


Stop the NHS Sell Off of £1.2 billion Cancer Care In Staffordshire


Please read the following from 38Degrees and take action by signing the petition. If we don’t take action to stop this we will loose the NHS as we know it. Don’t allow profiteering greedy businesses to put profit before people’s lives.

I have included the petition below as part of a previous article but feel that this petition is of such vital importance that it needs to be the sole focus of a blog posting.

Please read Gail’s message and sign and share the petition widely on social media.

“My name’s Gail. I’m a 38 Degrees member from Staffordshire, and I’m trying to stop the biggest-ever sell-off of NHS services.

Cancer treatment and end-of-life care in Staffs are being sold off to the tune of £1.2 billion. These services saved my husband’s life and cared for my mother – we can’t let profit-hungry companies take over. [1]

Patients who are suffering need to know that the staff caring for them are there to save lives, not help turn a profit. People in Staffs are up in arms about this sell-off – but we can’t stop it alone. If 38 Degrees members across the country pile in against this privatisation, we might be able to stop the deal in its tracks.

This government has sold off more and more of our NHS. [2] Bosses in Staffordshire are under pressure from high up – sowe need to make this embarrassing nationally. This close to an election, the last thing the government wants is a national scandal. Will you stand with me? Click here to sign my petition against the sell-off:

Twenty years ago, I lost my mother to a rare form of bone cancer. Throughout her treatment and in the last few months of her life, the care she got from the NHS here in Staffordshire was incredible.

Eight years ago, my husband was diagnosed with the same condition – and he’s still here. He had two stem cell transplants and quick treatment from the NHS. Now I want to fight to save the doctors, nurses and hospitals who saved him.

This isn’t just about Staffordshire. This is about the future of the NHS. The bigger the petition, the stronger the message: our NHS isn’t for sale. Click here to sign:

This sell-off was agreed by stealth, with a sham consultation. [3] If it goes through, we’ll be locked in for 10 years – with no way out, even if care gets worse. [4] The money in the pot is capped, so if more people need cancer treatment it will just have to stretch. The whole thing is ludicrous.

Even if we can’t stop this sell-off, a national outcry could cause a political nightmare for pro-privatisation politicians in the run-up to an election. And it could make NHS bosses in other areas think twice before giving privatisation the nod.

Click here to add your name to the petition:

Thanks for joining me,

Gail Gregory
A 38 Degrees member in Staffordshire

PS: Privatisation isn’t working in the NHS. The list of horror stories goes on and on:

  • Private healthcare company Spire denied liability for a consultant’s errors because they weren’t his direct employer. [5]
  • ATOS healthcare pulled out of a contract in Tower Hamlets because it wasn’t making money. [6]
  • Hinchingbrooke Hospital has been handed back to the NHS because Circle, a private healthcare company, isn’t turning a profit. [7]

Staffordshire will fight the privatisation of our cancer treatment and end-of-life care all the way – are you with us? Click here to sign:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/staffs-sell-off “

[1] The Guardian: Privatising NHS cancer care in Staffordshire could harm patients, campaigners say:
openDemocracy: Leak reveals worrying truth behind the biggest NHS privatisation yet:
Local campaign group Cancer Not for Profit have been campaigning against the deal:
NHS: Cancer not for profit:
[2] BBC News: A third of NHS contracts awarded to private firms – report:
[3] openDemocracy: FAQs Staffordshire cancer privatisation:
[4] The Guardian: NHS cancer care could switch to private contracts in £700m plans:
[5] The Telegraph: Cancer specialist Ian Paterson’s breakdown halts botched surgery court case:
[6] The Guardian: Atos Healthcare pulls out of NHS contract:
[7] BBC News: Hinchingbrooke Hospital: Circle to withdraw from contract:

Thought Provoking Quotes: I Do Not Regard Flesh Eating as Necessary For Us…

Every so often, I will include a quote concerning human rights, animal rights, and the environment which will focus on anything motivating, uplifting or informative concerning these issues. Often a good and simple quotation can send a quick message and be more effective in this harried world of ours when people seem to have less and less time to read lengthy articles.

Most of the quotes will include a graphic, usually a photograph I have taken but also the work of other people if copyright permits.

The idea is to spread a message via my photography and the photography and graphics of others the quotations of the famous and maybe the not so famous. Please feel free to share my images, which have a creative commons license. If the images are mine you will find a link to a full sized photograph included in my flickr album titled simply Quotations.

Today’s Quote comes from Mahatma Ghandi

I do not regard flesh food as necessary for us .....

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More information about Ghandi and his advocacy of vegetarianism

The following is an extraction from my website Think Differently About Sheep.

Animal Rights: A History
Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 2 October 1869 – 1948 was born in Porbandar, a coastal town in present-day Gujarat, India. He was commonly called by the honorific Mahatma Gandhi, which means great soul, first applied to him by Rabindranath Tagore.

Officially honoured as the father of India, Gandhi was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader during the Indian independence movement. He was a champion of Satyagraha, (‘devotion to truth’) a nonviolent way to address wrongs by peaceful civil disobedience based upon the philosophy of ahimsa – nonviolence.

Often overlooked is Gandhi’s commitment to peace also included non human animals and Gandhi was one of his eras great advocates of vegetarianism.

During his time in London he joined and was a member of the executive committee of the vegetarian society which was established 1847 with the aim of promoting understanding and respect for vegetarian lifestyles. As a member of the society he published several articles in various newspapers defending vegetarianism. Gandhi also continued his journalist support of vegetarianism during his time in South Africa.

Gandhi was born to Vegetarian parents who belonged to the Hindu sect of Vaishnavism, but he was also influenced by the religious traditions of Jainism, which included such concepts as compassion for all sentient beings, vegetarianism, fasting for self-purification, and mutual tolerance between individuals of different creeds. Such ideologies would play an important role throughout his adult life.

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The Story of Budi, the Baby orangutan

Please note because of a delay in publishing this article some of the information included may have changed, you can check up on Budi’s progress here:
http://www.internationalanimalrescue.org/orangutan-sanctuary/animals/budi   His Story is worth sharing and support is still needed.

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


Published on Jan 22, 2015

Budi is a baby orangutan that has been rescued by International Animal Rescue in Indonesia.

For the first year of his life Budi was kept in a chicken cage and fed on nothing but condensed milk which was slowly killing him.

On arrival at IAR’s orangutan rescue centre Budi’s condition was extremely critical, and he was too frail to move or sit up on his own. He was showing signs of severe malnutrition and screaming in pain every time he was moved by the vets. This video shows vet Karmele feeding Budi from a bottle and vet Jaclyn weighing him.

Our team of experts are working around the clock to monitor and treat Budi. He has a very long way to go on the road to recovery and we are appealing for donations towards his treatment and care.


More Information, photos and ways to help Budi.


“We cannot even imagine how much pain this small baby has suffered”, says Dr Karmele L Sanchez, IAR’s Programme Director in Indonesia. “His eyes fill with tears every time he’s moved by the doctors and he screams in pain. It’s really amazing that Budi has been able to survive this long.”

Please read more from International Rescues website:

Learn more about Budi including the latest update, also other animals cared for by International Animal Rescue, and ways you can help by visiting their Facebook page:

Here is one way to help

More information about Budi

From Scientific American:

Rescued Baby Orangutan Shines Light on Cruel, Illegal Pet Trade

So how did Budi come to be in such a sorry state? In all likelihood he entered the pet trade—which is banned under Indonesian law—after his habitat was destroyed, probably illegally, for agriculture or the palm oil trade, says Alan Knight, OBE, chief executive of International Animal Rescue, the organization that runs the center. “Experience tells us that his mother is likely to have been killed and Budi caught and sold,” he says. “We have countless infants in our rescue center with similar stories.”

Richard Zimmerman, executive director of Orangutan Outreach, blames the palm oil industry for the horrors faced by Budi and other orangutans like him. “The forests of Borneo and Sumatra are the only place where these gentle, intelligent creatures live—each island is home to a different species—and the cultivation of palm oil has directly led to the brutal deaths of thousands of individuals as the industry has expanded into previously undisturbed areas of rainforest at an alarming rate.” Borneo’s orangutan population has declined at least 55 percent over the past 20 years due to rampant deforestation and hunting. Palm oil, meanwhile, is used in everything from candy to cosmetics.


Read more about Budi and see more photos

A baby orangutan finally has the strength to sit up and feed himself fruit after being caged in a chicken coop and fed only condensed milk for most of his short life.

Tiny Budi stole hearts around the world when his horrific story of neglect at the hands of his owner was revealed by MailOnline. Now donations to the charity nursing him back from the brink of death have now topped £20,000 – many of them from kind-hearted readers.

Vets from the British animal welfare charity said he is strong enough to lift a bottle of milk to his mouth and suck the juice from pieces of fruit.

He was rescued in Indonesia by a Sussex-based charity from a hellish life as a family pet and cried like a human baby during the journey to his new home.

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Please Sign Petition to Save US National Forests

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The effects of Climate Change are of course not the only threat to forests in the USA  or worldwide.

Further threats to these wild places come in the form of their exploitation for oil, gas, timber and mining.

Please sign the petition below to protect National Forests in the USA from exploitation that would lead to further environmental damage. This petition may be signed by anyone worldwide. We all have a responsibility to try to persuade governments of all nations to act responsibly to protect the environment from further damage and to preserve it not only for those who are alive today but for future generations and the other animals with whom we share this world.


Tell Congress – Don’t Give Away Our National Forests

“We all own America’s National Forests and federal public lands. We watch wildlife in these great places. We hike and camp. And we connect with the natural beauty that helps make this land great. But that could soon change.

The chairman of the powerful House Natural Resources Committee, Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT), is urging Congress to hand over National Forests and other lands to states.

It’s a move that would almost certainly result in reduced public access and the sale of our shared wild spaces to oil, gas, timber, and mining interests as cash-strapped states struggle to manage National Forests and other public lands now overseen and protected by the federal government.”

Read more and please sign the petition:


The above quote came from Grinning Planet where you will find similar thought provoking quotations, such as:

“In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York. Stopping the loggers is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change.”
Daniel Howden, writing in The Independent

Impact of Climate Change as Tens of Millions of Trees Die in the Rocky Mountains in the last 15 years




Global warming is no longer a philosophical threat, no longer a future threat, no longer a threat at all. It’s our reality.
Bill McKibbe

I would like to share with you today the following which I came across from Care2s’ daily action.

Protect The Rocky Mountain Forests From Climate Change,

In the past 15 years, tens of millions of trees have died in the Rocky Mountains. Hotter and drier conditions driven by climate change have made wildfires, tree-killing insects and the stress of heat and drought more intense.

If these climate change impacts remain unchecked, the Rocky Mountain’s iconic tree species and their crucial role in our environment will significantly decrease in the years ahead. The decay of our nation’s forests is something we can’t afford to ignore.

Please take a stand for forests and watch the Union of Concerned Scientists’ short video on how we can protect the Rocky Mountain forests before it’s too late. 


Read More: http://www.ucsusa.org/forestsatrisk

Act Now! Help protect our forests before it’s too late.

The above presents powerful and indeed very troubling evidence on the impact of climate change which cannot be denied though there are many who continue to do so.

This is quite a long article and includes a message you can send to the US Senate (I think this can only be signed by US citizens), if you don’t have time to read it all please at least send the message, a link to which I have included here:

https://secure3.convio.net/ucs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4327&s_src=wac&s_subsrc=website&_ga=1.52082409.1799178019.1416743963  – If we do not act now, forests the world over will continue to die as they face the severe consequences of climate change.

US citizens please take the action above and send a message to urge your senators to protect your forests by passing a Climate Resiliency Fund and supporting policies that reduce global warming emissions.

Though it appears that this action can be taken only by US citizens please always keep in mind that climate change and its effects are of course global issues and eventually if unchecked will effect all of us worldwide, including future generations and the other animals with whom we share this planet.

More on climate change from the Union of Concerned Scientists

Tidal Flooding and Sea Level Rise: The Growing Impacts of Global Warming

Published on Nov 6, 2014

As sea level rises higher over the next 15 to 30 years, tidal flooding is expected to occur more often, cause more disruption, and even render some areas unusable — all within the time frame of a typical home mortgage.

Learn more at http://www.ucsusa.org/encroachingtides

Related links:

United States Environmental Protection Agency

The Next Generation Asks World Leaders at UN: Why Not Act on Climate Change?

Published on Sep 22, 2014

( http://askwhywhynot.org ) Thousands heard the call from all over the planet and while it wasn’t easy, we’ve been able to select eight inspiring young people to attend the United Nations Climate Summit in New York on September 23 and ask “Why not act on climate change?”

Climate Reality Project


More thought provoking quotes on climate change

“The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril. There may still be disputes about exactly how much we’re contributing to the warming of the earth’s atmosphere and how much is naturally occurring, but what we can be scientifically certain of is that our continued use of fossil fuels is pushing us to a point of no return. And unless we free ourselves from a dependence on these fossil fuels and chart a new course on energy in this country, we are condemning future generations to global catastrophe.”
Barack Obama

Climate change does not respect border; it does not respect who you are – rich and poor, small and big. Therefore, this is what we call ‘global challenges,’ which require global solidarity.
Ban Ki-moon

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
Ban Ki-moon

Some scientists believe climate change is the cause of unprecedented melting of the North Pole, and that effects these very uncertain weather patterns. I think we should listen to those scientists and experts.
Dalai Lama

Can we really be so uncaring as a country to refuse to accept our responsibility for global warming when the United States is the largest contributor to this problem? It breaks my heart to read everyday of another environmental law that is being chipped away, eroded by this Administration, and we’re not being provided with incentives by Bush to cut back on our shameful waste of energy. My husband, Bruce, wrote in one PSA that during World War II the government asked everyone to make sacrifices for the common good. We must demand this of our Administration today for we all have an obligation as citizens of this earth to leave the world a healthier, cleaner, and better place for our children and future generations.”
Blythe Danner

We have a responsibility to protect the rights of generations, of all species, that cannot speak for themselves today. The global challenge of climate change requires that we ask no less of our leaders, or ourselves.
Wangari Maathai