Dobrynia: Animals shouldn’t be Employed “in the fight against terrorism”

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

Animals shouldn’t be employed “in the fight against terrorism”. Terrorism is a problem of humans.

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Russian authorities have gifted France with DOBRYNIA, a furry new companion named after a Russian folklore hero to help “in the fight against terrorism,” in a show of support following the massive terror attack that killed 130 people and a shepherd named DIESEL who was blown to pieces by a suicide bomber.

Dobrynia “is the personification of force, of goodness, of bravery and altruism,” officials wrote on the Russian Interior Ministry Facebook page, adding that the legendary hero defended Russia against foreign invasion.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/russia-gifts-france-service-puppy-police-dog-dies-p-article-1.2441511

Animals should not be used to fight human wars and other conflicts.

 

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Petition: Ban The Use Of Orangutans In The Boxing Ring

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Please sign and share the following petition to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand

Ban The Use Of Orangutans In The Boxing Ring

“Orangutans are interesting and amazing animals that should be living happily in their own natural habitat, climbing from tree to tree in fun and to forage for food.  They do not belong in a boxing ring as a form of entertainment for humans.  If people want to fight each other in an effort to entertain those watching for whatever reason, that is a choice. However, these animals do not choose to be boxing stars and it is cruel!

Such an activity seems to be a popular form of entertainment at Safari World, Bangkok…”

“We are attempting to stop such an activity through the actions and please presented in this petition.  You can help us in our efforts by signing and sharing this petition.”

Please read more and sign the petition.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/224/778/849/ban-the-use-of-orangutans-in-the-boxing-ring/

Is there any animal we humans do not exploit? Animals are not here for our entertainment. Like us they evolved to live their own lives according to their natures, in their natural environment.

Orangutans are extraordinary creatures of high intellect, they are very like us in so many ways. This great ape is one of our closest relative with a huge 97 percent of DNA in common.

Watch the following orangutan videos for an insight into these highly intelligent creatures

In this film with David Attenborough you can watch orangutans enjoying wood work, rowing canoes and washing socks.

Attenborough: Amazing DIY Orangutans – BBC Earth

 

See orangutans in the wild

Orangutans feeding in the trees – Wild Indonesia – BBC

 

The  next video shows a moving scene when a mother and her baby bond.

Injured Orangutan Mother and Baby Bonding in Borneo! Video

“These are endangered, wild Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) at the Semenggoh Nature Reserve in Malaysia (Borneo). A mother and her small baby descend from high in the forest canopy to collect and feed on items provided as part of their rehabilitation. It turns out to be a rather endearing bonding session as the mother watches over, cradles, and feeds her playful baby, ultimately feeding him with her mouth. Lots of interesting behavior in this film!”
To read more click the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Aa2UuAURcY

We share this world with myriad other species none of whom are here for us to exploit in any way. Enslaving these highly intelligent animals for the purposes of entertaining silly fickle people is unethical, inhumane and should be stopped. Please sign the petition if you have not already done so. And don’t forget to share widely.

More orangutan information

The World According to Orangutans: Photos

OUT OF THE FIRE

“In recent months, man-caused fires in Indonesia have destroyed an enormous amount of land. Orangutans have suffered greatly, having been driven from their homes in desperate escapes – if they’re able to escape at all.

This week we learned of the story behind the photo above. For animal lovers, it’s hard to look at, but at least there’s a happy ending.”

Read more and see the photos:
http://news.discovery.com/animals/endangered-species/the-world-according-to-orangutans-photos-151114.htm

Do take the time to view these amazing photos:

More information about orangutangs from the World Wild life Fund
http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/orangutan

 

Please Take Action for Bulls Torn Apart in Barbaric Festival

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“Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.”
Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

Please read the following from PETA and take action by sending a message to South African officials and urge them to ban the bloody First Fruits Festival “tradition,”.

Please share widely. 

“The First Fruits Festival, which occurs annually on the first Saturday of every December in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is a cultural event to celebrate the coming of age of Zulu warriors. During the festival, teenagers as young as 14 years old are tasked with killing a bull using only their bare hands. During this ghastly attack, approximately 40 young men reportedly force sand or mud down the terrified animal’s throat, gouge his eyes out, and twist his genitals before kicking and beating him to death and manually tearing his flesh apart. Click here for more information.”

Please contact South African officials and urge them to ban this bloody First Fruits Festival “tradition,” then spread this alert far and wide!

Click the following link to send the messages by using the email address included. There is a sample letter. Please edit to personalise if possible but please do send.
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/bulls-torn-apart-barbaric-zulu-ritual-take-action/?utm_campaign=111315%20PETA%20E-News&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News

I have said it time and time again but there is no place in any modern society for such cruelty. Tradition cannot and is not and never will be an acceptable excuse. The same reasoning could be applied to any of the atrocities that once took place in the name of tradition that now no longer exist: Public pressure has ended the Gadhimai Festival, fox hunting as been banned here in the UK , though the struggle continues to reinstate it, foot binding of young girls in China, a crippling and agonising tradition that went on for thousands of years, was banned in the 1900s.  Cockfighting, which has been around for 6,000 years, as been banned in many countries worldwide including here in the UK where it was banned in 1835, in England and Wales and in 1895,in Scotland. Bullfighting was banned in 2011 in Catalonia Spain and in Mexico a few years later. Wild animals in circuses have been banned in Belgium, Croatia, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, and the city of Tel Aviv in Israel. There are many traditions that have had to give way to what I would call our ethical progress.

Read more about five barbaric treatments of animals which have been banned, many of which were traditions of long-standing.

These 5 Barbaric Animal Uses are Now Banned –– What’s Next?
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/these-5-barbaric-animal-uses-are-now-banned-whats-next/

It is interesting that while trying to find traditions that have been banned I came across many appalling traditions that continue that few of us are aware of. Also it is not easy to find cruel traditions that had been banned entirely, while slavery came up many times as an example in truth this practice continues today though not in the form that most of us recognise as slavery, namely the slavery of Africans.

Kindness and compassion towards animals and indeed other humans along with plain and simple morality is more important than tradition. Many of the former traditions of less enlightened times need to be modified to avoid the involvement of animals or banned altogether in order to avoid animal cruelty.

More information

More festivals using culture as an excuse –  makes disturbing reading.

SPANISH FESTIVALS OF ANIMAL TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL TRADITIONS
http://www.animal-rights-action.com/spanish-festivals.html

‘Tradition Is Not an Excuse for Cruelty’

“In Spain, the bullfight is on its way out. In Britain, it was fox hunting, which is now illegal. In the U.S., we have our own shameful traditions, including slavery, to dwell on. And in South Africa, apartheid may be a thing of the past, but another cruel custom persists.”
http://www.peta.org/blog/tradition-excuse-cruelty/

Tradition is no excuse for cruelty

Of all the useless arguments I’ve heard to defend the carriage horse industry, none is more maddening than the argument of “tradition.” How can anyone think that honoring a tradition can be more important than basic compassion?
http://www.idausa.org/tradition-is-no-excuse-for-cruelty/

5 Cruel Animal Traditions That Make No Sense Today

Certain customs and practices in our society are passed down from generation to generation. Some stand the test of time like celebrating Thanksgiving or having a groundhog predict the weather in February when we know meteorologists have already determined when Spring will come. Others we outgrow as times change and that’s not always a bad thing.

While we may have a tinge of nostalgia looking at old photos and think, “I wish things were like that still,” we can all agree slavery, a tradition for centuries, is no longer considered one.

Animals have been victims of human traditions for a long time, and in these five cases, it’s about time it stopped:
http://www.care2.com/causes/5-cruel-animal-traditions-that-make-no-sense-today.html#ixzz3rSV7TDKZ

Lets bring an end to yet another cruel tradition

Please send the following message if you have not already done so:
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/bulls-torn-apart-barbaric-zulu-ritual-take-action/?utm_campaign=111315%20PETA%20E-News&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News

Animals Don’t Hate Those Who are Different

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

Some time ago, a perverted Danish man, who supports the bloody zoos of Denmark, told me that “animals have no morals”.

No. Humans, like him, have no morals. Humans hate other humans just because they’re different. Animals are more tolerant and compassionate.

 

 

 

Please Sign Urgent Petition: Murphy Creek community, you took our homes and now you want to kill us?

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“Life is life’s greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life’s scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest.”
Lloyd Biggle Jr.

Prairie dogs outside outside Denver need your help NOW! The Murphy Creek colonies fate will be decided on Nov. 18th – Let’s get the petition over 100K signatures before that. Please share.

Please sign this urgent petition

“Metro District Board of Directors has voted to exterminate a prairie dog colony in their Murphy Creek neighborhood in Aurora, Colorado. They are now in the process of contacting vendors for proposals to annihilate the entire healthy colony.

At one time the area used to belong to the prairie dogs where they jump-yipped, stretched, played and loved each other as well as maintaining the prairie flora and fauna. Man has encroached upon their territory and has not stopped killing this keystone species ever since. If the pace of persecution continues, prairie dogs in Colorado will soon be gone along with many other species that depend on these prairie dogs for their very survival.”

“Please ask the Metro Board of Director to show compassion and give WildLands Defense until June of next year to find viable land to relocate these prairie dogs to or to come up with a plan so the prairie dogs can remain on their prairie habitat with mitigation efforts in place to keep them out of the golf course and neighborhood they claim they are disrupting. Thank you!”

Continue reading and sign the petition.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/926/546/771

Please help to save these innocent animals who have as much right to their lives as we do, as do all creatures. The earth belongs to no one, humans have no right to murder the other beings who share this planet with us.

Be sure to watch these lovely videos of these amazing creatures


Please act now without delay.

Children Free Turtles To The Sea

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

While Danish children are exposed to dissections of defenseless and innocent animals in zoos of DENMARK after they were found “surplus”, and consequently, are taught to despise the right to life of animals, in URUGUAY, five-year-old children from the school Santa Elena are taught to respect that right.

Scientific Director of the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark, Bengt Holst, after they slaughtered the giraffe Marius, said they teach Danish children the “real world”. What is the “real world”? The world of children watching the dissection of “surplus” animals in zoos or the world of children returning turtles to the sea?

Information about the video 

Published on Nov 7, 2015

“Montevideo, 7 nov (EFE).- (Imagen: Rubén Figueroa) Decenas de niños de educación inicial de Uruguay devolvieron hoy al mar en una playa de Montevideo cuatro tortugas marinas que llegaron lastimadas a las costas del país y que durante un año fueron rehabilitadas como parte de un proyecto educativo y solidario. Palabras clave: efe,uruguay,tortugas,rehabilitacion”

English translation for those who do not speak Spanish

“Montevideo, November 7 (EFE) .- (Image: Ruben Figueroa) Dozens of children from preschool of Uruguay returned today to the sea on a beach in Montevideo four marine turtles that arrived hurt to the coast of the country and for a year were rehabilitated as part of an educational and charity project.”

School of Horror

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

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The video in this page  shows Spanish teenagers, students from a Madrid bullfighting school, digging with passion and wickedness the “descabello”, the “estoque” and the “puntilla” into terrified calves.

Warning some people may find this video upsetting

Magnificent spectacle of cowardice and cruelty that the MINISTRY OF CULTURE OF SPAIN rewarded with the BULLFIGHTING NATIONAL PRIZE, worth EUR 30,000.

Bullfighting were declared officially CULTURAL HERITAGE OF SPAIN with the only votes of the corrupt conservative and Christian democratic PARTIDO POPULAR (PEOPLE’S PARTY) in the Senate on 2013. Consequently, bullfighting is regulated, protected and promoted in all Spain except CATALONIA. In Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain, where a majority of its citizens voted to become independent from Spain and found a new republic on past September, bullfighting has been banned since July 2010.

The Partido Popular has even proposed that UNESCO recognizes bullfighting as INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE HUMANITY. Current president of Spain, MARIANO RAJOY; the former regional president of Madrid, ESPERANZA AGUIRRE, a strong supporter of bullfighting schools; and mediocre Nobel Prize in Literature winner, MARIO VARGAS LLOSA, support that proposal.

http://pacma.es/brutales-imagenes-de-una-clase-practica-en-una-escuela-de-tauromaquia-de-madrid/

BULLFIGHTING IS INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE
http://spanishnewstoday.com/bullfighting-in-spain-now-protected-by-law_19021-a.html

BULLFIGHTING IS DECLARED CULTURAL HERITAGE OF SPAIN (ARTICLE IN SPANISH)
http://www.rtve.es/noticias/20131106/toros-son-declarados-patrimonio-cultural-espana-como-proponia-ilp/785640.shtml

MARIANO RAJOY, PRIME MINISTER OF SPAIN, ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/Mariano-Rajoy-Brey-54212446406/?fref=ts

ESPERANZA AGUIRRE, FORMER PRESIDENT OF MADRID, ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/esperanzaaguirre/?fref=ts