Please Take Action to Help Sheep

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Please read the following information from PETA and take the recommended actions

“PETA recently revealed cruelty to sheep at “sustainable” farms in the Ovis 21 network in Argentina and is now exposing another wool farm there. At this farm, workers cut off parts of gentle lambs’ ears, put tight rings around their scrotums, and cut off their tails—all without any pain relief. Shearers hit sheep with electric clippers, slammed them to the floor, and kicked and stood on them. Fast, rough shearing left many sheep cut and bleeding, and they weren’t given any painkillers before workers used a needle and thread to sew up their gaping wounds.

After receiving the footage, Chargeurs—a company that supplies wool to retailers around the world—cut ties with the farm, which it had trusted for years. The cruelty documented on this farm is not unique, and similar abuses have also been found at dozens of farms and shearing sheds across Australia and the U.S. There’s simply no such thing as “humane wool,” and that’s why rejecting wool is the best way to help protect lambs and sheep from abuse.

Please thank Chargeurs for cutting ties with this farm, and ask that it move completely away from buying and selling wool—as more and more consumers look for clothes that are not the product of cruelty, it’s a good time for it to make the switch to vegan wool.

Take Action for sheep

Please click the following links to send messages to Chargeurs , Ralph Lauren,  J.Crew, and Patagonia. 

Do read the information if you can. Warning there are upsetting graphics and videos. If you wish to take the actions without seeing the graphics Click the Take Action Button which takes you directly to the message.

Chargeurs  

Please thank Chargeurs for cutting ties with this Argentinian farm, and also urge the company to move away completely from buying and selling wool. It’s time for the company to shift to sourcing vegan wool as more and more consumers look for clothes that are not the product of cruelty.

http://investigations.peta.org/argentine-wool-farm-lambs-mutilated-exposed/?utm_campaign=Argentine%20Wool%20Investigation&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

Ralph Lauren,  J.Crew,

Please ask leading sellers of wool to drop it immediately in favor of animal-friendly materials. For Ralph Lauren, click the following link and use the form at the bottom of the webpage. For J.Crew, send an e-mail to mdrexler@jcrew.com from your personal account.

http://investigations.peta.org/australia-us-wool/

Patagonia

Please thank Patagonia for dropping Ovis 21, but urge them to drop all wool in favor of animal-friendly materials because there is simply no such thing as humane wool.

http://investigations.peta.org/ovis-lamb-slaughter-sheep-cruelty/

There are template letters to help you, please personalise if you can but if for some reason this is not possible please send anyway.

More information about sheep

Sheep suffer from the abuse of farming worldwide:

Animal Rights: Factory Farming
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal-Rights-Sheep.htm

Help Our Sheep:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/help_our_sheep.htm

Sheep are Sentient Creatures

Sheep are amazing creatures more intelligent than you may realise. They are sentient beings and feel pain and suffer as you or I your cat or your dog. There should be no place in any modern ethical society that allows the mistreatment and terrible cruelty that is handed out to sheep the world over day after day after suffering day.

Please send as many of the above messages as you can and please stop buying wool and change your diet to vegan to help not only the horrific exploitation of sheep but other helpless defenceless animals who suffer unimaginable cruelty very single day of their short lives.

Here is a lovely story that shows sheep to be sentient creatures capable of compassion, caring and forming bonds.

Jeffery Massom in this book The pig who Sang to the moon tells the story of Rammo, ” a macho two-year old Ramouillet ram” who formed a special and compassionate bond with Whisper, a cow who was born blind.

“Rams tend to be loners, and he was a pretty tough ram, so it seemed unusual that he would take up with a blind member of another species. But he did”

“He would graze next to her all day and guide her about the field, making certain she did not bump into the fence or posts…When she had a calf , Shout, sired by an Angus bull, Rammo behaved paternally toward the young animal, more so than even to his own offspring, several bouncy lambs. Whisper lived to be four years and than died in 1996 of a viral infection. Rammo mourned her a long time, standing by her dead body, calling and calling.

Read more about sentience in sheep:
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20sheep.htm

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Cameron: A Sociopath?

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Graphic Flickr User Byzantine_K
https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/21250893246/in/dateposted/

Is Cameron a sociopath?

What kind of person deliberately makes life more difficult for people who already struggle with disability and chronic illnesses by forcing them to seek work they are too ill to do, work that does not in any case exist or sanction their meagre benefits. What kind of person allows children to live in poverty and sick and disabled people to die for want of food which has happened here in the UK as a result of vicious welfare reforms. What kind of mentality allows others to continually live in a state of anxious dread and insecurity which is now a way of life not only for the sick, disabled and the unemployed but for most people here in the UK except the very rich? In fact what kind of person allows people to die or suffer these and other dire consequences or deliberately causes any preventable detriment?  What goes on in the mind of a person who considers that the rich should thrive at the expense of those less fortunate and endeavours to assist them in the abhorrent pursuit of wealth?

Such a person has to suffer from some kind of psychopathic condition, a sociopath perhaps. Another explanation is that he or she is evil. Ask yourself: what other reasons could there be? What other reason is there to explain the cold callous behaviour of a government whose leader condones profiteering at the expense of other people, other animals and the environment, puts the interests of the rich over those of the poor, who is hell-bent on the destruction and pollution of the environment as a result of fracking which most people are against? What kind of person allows the deliberate profiteering and manipulative practices of the energy companies for example, whose greed driven price hikes cause the premature deaths of thousands of people not to mention the misery of being cold and perhaps ill as a result.

What reason other than insanity or evil is causing the government to demonize the disabled and long-term sick, blaming them for the failing economy much like the Nazi party did in pre-war Germany when government propaganda singled out the disabled as the reason for their dire financial problems. We cannot describe such people in any other term than evil or sociopathic, what other reasons can there be for their extreme behaviour.

In the main Tory policy is responsible for the misery and suffering here in the UK and elsewhere. The people who are mostly responsible for the present evil here in the UK are most notably David Cameron, Ian Duncan Smith, George Osborne and… no doubt many others. Any MP who votes for any of the detrimental policies in recent years is complicit even if they themselves are not the instigators of these damaging policies.

Are such politicians sociopathic or evil

Jim Kouri, vice president of the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police, has collected a series of personality traits common to a couple of professions. These traits are superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse and manipulation of others.

According to Kouri such traits are common to psychopathic serial killers and American politicians. Obviously any politician.

“Kouri notes that these criminals are psychologically capable of committing their dirty deeds free of any concern for social, moral or legal consequences and with absolutely no remorse.
“This allows them to do what they want, whenever they want,” he wrote. “Ironically, these same traits exist in men and women who are drawn to high-profile and powerful positions in society including political officeholders.”

Read more in the article:
In the article Oh-oh! Politicians share personality traits with serial killers: Study:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/06/politicians-and-serial-killers.html

Profile of the Sociopath

“This website summarizes some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.

  • Glibness and Superficial Charm
  • Manipulative and Conning
    They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
  • Grandiose Sense of Self
    Feels entitled to certain things as “their right.”
  • Pathological Lying
    Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
  • Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
    A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
  • Shallow Emotions
    When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.”

Read the complete list:
http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html
Most of the above list of traits readily fits Cameron’s persona. Note the inclusion of “aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals”

Cameron so enjoys cruelty to animals he continues to push for the repeal of the fox hunting ban (hunting with Dogs) despite the fact that most people do not want a return to this barbaric pass time – I am not going to call it sport. Brian May says that Cameron has “no compassion for animals whatsoever.”
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brian-blasts-david-cameron-over-5698905

Note the following quote:

The behavior of men to the lower animals, and their behavior to each other, bear a constant relationship
Herbert Spencer

More on political sociopaths:
http://capitalism-creates-poverty.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/tories-and-sociopaths.html

Don’t get sociopathy confused with mental illness, there is no comparison.Sociopaths are not mentally ill, they do not suffer the torment of mental illness. Though it is listed in the DSM – more recently as “antisocial personality disorder”-  it is not in the same category as more common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Sociopathy is in my opinion not a mental health problem. Mental health problems cause severe disruption of one’s life, these conditions are a serious detriment and most people would rather not suffer in this way and wish to be rid of such afflictions. Sociopaths on the other hand do not see themselves as ill or wish to be anything other than who they are.

It is important to note that mental health sufferers are facing a nightmare of existence as a result not only of the devastating effect of their conditions but as a result of welfare reforms which are targeting them in recent months with the consequence of deteriorating mental health and many suicides.

Here is how government polices are destroying the lives of those with mental health problems

Cuts to services

Cuts to UK mental health services are destroying young lives and families

£80m has been cut from the NHS mental health budget for children and adolescents in the past four years, including £35m in the last year alone
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/27/uk-child-mental-health-services-destroying-lives-families

Benefit Sanctions:

How benefit sanctions punish people with mental health problems the hardest

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/how-benefit-sanctions-punish-people-5005786

New data: More than 100 people per day with mental health problems are having their benefits sanctioned

http://www.methodist.org.uk/news-and-events/news-releases/new-data-more-than-100-people-per-day-with-mental-health-problems-are-having-their-benefits-sanctioned

I hope to write more detailed information concerning the government’s deliberate targeting of people with mental health problems in another entry.

The shocking fact is despite all the government rhetoric that work is good for mental health generally speaking the opposite is true. The sad thing is that a person with a mental health condition cannot get a job or cope with holding a job for very long yet sociopaths rule the world, destroying our lives, the lives of other creatures and the planet itself.

Of course the mentally ill are not alone in their suffering as a result of Tory policies, people with all kinds of disabilities and illnesses, the unemployed and the low paid now live difficult lives as a result of the detriment of conservative ideology that favour’s the rich over the poor.

In my opinion the answer to the question posed in the above graphic is a resounding yes!!!!!!

Whether or not Cameron or his cohorts fit the diagnostic criteria of a Sociopath according to the DSM I couldn’t confirm. Nevertheless there is no doubt that he and his accomplices are evil and if we stand by and do not speak out we are in some small way complicit.

If we do not oppose this vile government all the progress of the last 60 years will be destroyed as the Tory’s dismantle our welfare system.

Consider the following which is very very loosely based on a poem below by Pastor Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller who was an anti-Nazi and Lutheran pastor. You can read the original further down

“First they took away incapacity benefit, replaced it with a new benefit Employment and support allowance which was lower paid and made disabled people work, but I was healthy and able to find well paid work, so I did not speak out.

Than they paid the unemployed a pittance, not enough to support their families and forced them to work the hours of a fully paid employee for their job seekers allowance with the threat that if they did not do so their meagre benefit would be reduced or taken a way, but I was healthy, well educated and able to find well paid work so I did not speak out.

Next they proposed to take away the attendance allowance, but I had no dependents in need of attendance so I did not speak out

Than they came for DLA a benefit that once transformed the lives of the disabled and chronically sick allowing them to participate more fully in society and give them a greater independence. But I was well and able to get about so I did not speak out

They reduced and privatised the free health service until it finally dwindled to nothing but I was well, I had a well paid job and good insurance so I did not speak out.

Finally they phased out the retirement pension beginning with the warm front payment. Now I was old and sick and I could no longer be employed in my well paid job, recessions and continuing ill health had robbed me of my wealth. I died alone, destitute, impoverished and in pain, as by now there was no one left to speak out or support me in my time of need.”
Anonymous 2011

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

Martin Niemoller

Source:
http://hmd.org.uk/resources/poetry/first-they-came-pastor-martin-niemoller#sthash.Eqm5XJNX.dpuf

Related Links

David Cameron is a sociopath who picks on the vulnerable – Gaza a step too far:
http://4bitnews.com/uk/david-cameron-a-sociopath-who-picks-on-the-vulnerable/

What if David Cameron is an evil genius?
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/01/david-cameron-moriarty-downing-street-radical-thatcher

Mocking the poor
https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/man-douses-himself-in-petrol-inside-ashton-under-lyne-jobcentre/

https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/

http://www.thenational.scot/comment/letters-to-the-national-august-27-beware-ids-the-empathic-assassin.6832

Ban the Vile “Sport” of Hunting Worldwide

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow-creatures is amusing in itself.
James Anthony Froude

While researching videos for this blog I stumbled upon the shocking video below of the slaughter of wild hog referred to as hunting.

Warning: This video contains images of the shooting of wild hog that many people will find upsetting – if you don’t please ask yourself why not?

This is a difficult and shocking video to watch for many people including myself. You do not need to watch more than a few moments to get the gist of what is happening. I could not complete watching this video, it was just too painful. It is absolutely appalling that modern nations allow such barbarity.

Though Google translator is of course not accurate and leaves much to be desired it is obvious that most of the comments are sickening also.

Someone questions why the commenter who complained was watching in the first place. Maybe because You Tube now introduce a continuous stream of videos after the one you have selected,  and if you don’t happen to cancel and leave your computer for a while you may well find you return to some really shocking footage, often only vaguely related if at all to the video you originally choose.

It shocks me in the extreme that there are those among us who get pleasure from the murder of helpless and defenceless animals and moreover such people have no shame or conscience and delight in showing off their cruelty and that You Tube are happy to allow such scenes of wanton animal abuse to be accessed from their website. Furthermore it is shocking that in the modern world that there is no single country that outlaws entirely the hunting and killing of the other species with whom we share this world in the name of “Sport”.

Here in the UK the hunting season for many animals is in full swing with grouse shooting commencing on August 12th and pheasant shooting on October 1st… and of course many creatures such as rabbits can be killed at any time. Millions of lives lost to satisfy the perverted and sickening pleasure of a minority, though if you noticed the number of viewers of the above video, which is over 4 million, it does seem that it is more than just a few who at least enjoy vicariously the “thrill” of the hunt by watching these vile videos.

Not only do countries the world over refuse to ban all forms of hunting many politicians such as here in the UK desperately try to overturn laws that prohibit certain types of hunting, most notably  fox-hunting. It took eighty years to get this evil “sport” banned yet Cameron and many of his ilk desperately continue their quest to get this barbarous form of hunting reinstated.

We will never have a peaceful world while we allow others to kill non human animals. The killing of other creatures is a desensitizing process taking those so inclined closer to taking the life of a human being, not to imply that a non human animal’s life is less valuable. Quite the contrary, to my way of thinking all life is of value, the life of any animal is important to that animal as our lives are important to us, and that includes insects and other tiny creatures. To wantonly kill any animal for sheer pleasure is barbaric and should have no place in modern societies.

Time to end hunting, all hunting. It is not about taking away freedom, it about what is right. No one should be free to harm anyone else whether the victim is a human or a non human animal. Consider the following quotation from Peter Singer, an Australian moral philosopher most well known for his book Animal Liberation.

“In an earlier stage of our development most human groups held to a tribal ethic. Members of the tribe were protected, but people of other tribes could be robbed or killed as one pleased. Gradually the circle of protection expanded, but as recently as 150 years ago we did not include blacks. So African human beings could be captured, shipped to America and sold. In Australia white settlers regarded Aborigines as a pest and hunted them down, much as kangaroos are hunted down today. Just as we have progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress beyond the speciesist ethic of the era of factory farming, of the use of animals as mere research tools, of whaling, seal hunting, kangaroo slaughter and the destruction of wilderness. We must take the final step in expanding the circle of ethics.” 
Peter Singer

When will we ever take this final step. It does though sadly have to be said that it is uncertain that we “… have entirely progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism..” though significant improvement has been achieved. Nonetheless racism continues to blight our moral progress.

Concerning the final step, speciesism ,the banning of hunting worldwide would be significant progress.

There appears to be no international organisation whose goal is to ban all forms of hunting outright worldwide. Here in the UK the League Against Cruel Sports is dedicated to getting rid of hunting here in the UK and also targets campaigns worldwide.

Why not click the link below and see how you can help

The League is a charity that brings together people who want to stop cruelty to animals in the name of sport.

Established in 1924, we successfully use lawful investigations, campaigning and lobbying to make a difference in the UK and around the world.

http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/hunting-with-dogs?gclid=CObjk-e1o8gCFcN92wodNHkMHA

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

Homeless Man Screams in Horror as French Animal Welfare Group Take His Dog: Please Sign Petition

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

HOMELESS MAN SCREAMS IN HORROR AS FRENCH ANIMAL WELFARE CAUSE ANIMALE NORD RUN AWAY WITH HIS DOG

Disturbing footage has emerged showing members of the French animal welfare CAUSE ANIMALE NORD association, including its president ANTONY BLANCHARD, accosting a homeless man who struggles in vain as they run off with his canine companion.


While it’s unclear if the dog was actually being mistreated or not, at least one other local animal welfare group is critical of Blanchard’s actions regardless. Grégory Malfait, president of the Animal Protective League, told French media that he was maddened by the incident, adding that Cause Animale Nord took the dog illegally.

Are they animal rights activists or just thieves?
https://www.thedodo.com/homeless-man-dog-stolen-video-1366445941.html

CAUSE ANIMALE NORD on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/CauseAnimaleNord

CAUSE ANIMALE NORD on Twitter
https://twitter.com/can_nord

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS SEIZE PUPPY FROM HOMELESS MAN
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/paris-animal-rights-activists-seize-puppy-homeless-man-1521093

PUBLIC OUTCRY AFTER ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP CONFISCATES HOMELESS MAN’S PUPPY
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/09/24/cause-animale-nord-steal-homeless-mans-puppy_n_8191792.html

PLEASE SIGN PETITION TO INVESTIGATE CAUSE ANIMALE NORD

Petitioning Tribunal de Grande Instance de Lille

Ouvrir une enquête sur le fonctionnement de l’association Cause Animale Nord

https://www.change.org/p/vid%C3%A9o-du-chien-arrach%C3%A9-%C3%A0-un-sdf-signez-pour-une-enqu%C3%AAte-sur-l-association-causeanimalenord