Please Take Action Nosey the Elephant Needs Your Help Now.



Please read the following from PETA and take action by sending a message to Howard’s Flea Market and the USA Flea Market urging them to make the prudent and compassionate decision never to host Liebel again.

“When Hugo Liebel isn’t hauling Nosey the elephant around the country, he’s forcing her to give rides at seedy flea markets in Florida while he lies low for the winter. Howard’s Flea Market in Homosassa and the USA Flea Market in Port Richey regularly host her, despite abundant evidence of Liebel’s decades-long neglect of her.”

Please join PETA in urging Howard’s Flea Market and the USA Flea Market never to host Nosey again!

There is a template letter which you may edit but if for some reason this is not possible please send as it is.

The campaign to end the suffering of this poor elephant continues with the latest action above. Why this poor suffering animal is not removed from this abusive situation and sent to a sanctuary I cannot understand.

The fight for justice for Nosey cannot be abandoned so please send the message and share widely:

More Information About Nosey

Facebook : Nosey The Elephant Needs Our Help

Please Sign Urgent Petition: Stop a Woman From Being Stoned to Death in Saudi Arabia!

Please sign and share this urgent petition, this sentence could be carried out in only a few days.


“A poor unnamed Sri Lankan housemaid with no powerful government backing her and no other means to save her own life from capital punishment in Saudi Arabia will be stoned to death. Perhaps in the next few days. Only world outrage might save the housemaid.

Death penalty is cruel. Stoning is barbaric. It is slow. It is inhuman. The poor mother-of-three’s so-called “crime” was to have had sex with another migrant worker who had been given 100 lashes and set free.”

Please read more and sign the petition

Please share widely the more signatures the more hope there is of a change of heart. Every signature counts. Please help save this unfortunate woman’s life.  The death sentence is never an acceptable punishment and in most countries worldwide what this woman did would not be considered a crime.

Please Have a kinder Christimas

“As we leave the confines of my language and culture these graceful creatures become in every way my superiors. More alert sensitive and aware they are vastly more conscious than I. They are in many ways simply more intelligent. There is an intricate attitude, a clear distillation of purpose and design that is beyond my ability to comprehend”
Jo Hutto referring to Turkeys who lived amongst for one year in the forests of Florida.

“Each time I joined him he greeted me with his happy dance, a brief joyful display of ducking and dodging, with wings outstretched and a frisky shake of the head like a dog with water in his ears. Occasionally he would jump at me and touch me lightly with his feet. His anticipation and enthusiasm made it difficult for me to refuse him.
Jo Hutto describing his friendship with one particular turkey, quoted in  The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

The following video is a commercial but nevertheless makes a powerful statement. Please watch, you will not be disappointed, and hopefully  if you’re a meat eater and consume turkey or other poultry or indeed any meat at Christmastime you may reconsider.

Terry the Turkey ad is further proof that kindness sells.

“If you’re anything like us … you’re probably wondering where you can find a turkey like Terry to cuddle right now! These misunderstood animals are actually very affectionate and chances are they’d love nothing more than a cuddle with their human friends (just ask Lydia … the famous ‘hugging turkey’.)”

Read more from Animals Australia.

Take Action 

Tweet facts about Turkeys which may make people think twice before buying a turkey

15 Tweetable Facts About Turkeys

Turkeys are fascinating birds, and like all animals, they deserve to be kept off the table this (and every) Christmas.

Were you moved by the heart-warming tale of Terry the turkey in the recent Vodafone Christmas ad? Why not be like the family in the advert and save a life this year – opt for a delicious nut roast instead! Viva! has lots of great recipes for a perfectly kind celebration:
Read More: – includes alternative vegan meat free recipies

Please watch the following video from Vegetarians International Voice for Animals VIVA which shows the suffering behind the traditional Christmas dinner.

Published on Dec 11, 2015

If you believed the TV adverts, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Bernard Matthews turkeys enjoyed Christmas like the rest of us. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.

In the early 2000s, Viva! filmed undercover three years in a row at Bernard Matthews sites. This year we returned to see if anything had changed. It hasn’t, turkeys are still crammed into massive industrial sheds and are sent to slaughter at a fraction of their natural lifespan.

Give turkeys a break this year and try vegan: (visit for lots of recipe ideas!)

Find out more about our turkey campaign:

Read more and take action – go vegan:

Pledge to go vegan or at least vegetarian over Christmas and have a kinder Christmas

Be sure to scroll down and watch the videos including the one about Paul the Turkey. A disturbing video.

“Wondering how a turkey is feeling? You might be able to tell from the colour of his head and throat — they change according to mood! Turkeys also form strong social bonds, sometimes travelling in the wild with groups of 200 or more. A wild turkey’s home territory often exceeds 1,000 acres, and they can fly at up to 89 km per hour. Sadly, turkeys in factory farms are confined to sheds, and are bred for such enormous ‘breast’ growth that they can’t even mate naturally.”

Read more and watch the videos – Turkey, pigs, cows, fish- and please pledge to stop eating meat not only at Christmas but all year. 

Here is the video about Paul the Turkey

The truth about turkeys from Animals Australia on Vimeo.  – includes recipes and  pigs, cows, fish, video

Why sheep are not included I don’t know maybe sheep are not eaten at Christmas time as much as the animals mentioned above.Sheep suffer as do all animals and Animals Australia has launched many campaigns to stop cruelty to sheep:

Recipes and advice about changing to a vegan diet

Christmas recipes

21 Ways to Veganise Your Christmas Dinner

If you are not into cooking here are some suggestions for vegan Christmas snacks you can get in your supermarket.

Vegan Christmas Products on the High Street – New for 2015

Celebrate a Vegan Holiday

There are ideas and recipes included in the VIVA and Animals Australia links above

Help and advice


How to go vegan

Going vegan is easier than ever before, but we are here to make it even easier—as easy as 1, 2, 3!:

From the Vegan Society

Facts about Turkeys

The following video will make you see turkeys in a new light as intelligent sentient creatures capable of affection, self aware, curious and fun loving.

You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Hugged a Turkey

“Published on Nov 17, 2012

Turkeys: Who are they?

“This movie captures marvellously one of our culture’s most misunderstood species. It will change forever how you perceive these gentle, intelligent birds.”

Dr Jonathan Balcombe

“This movie opens our hearts to the presence of these birds as the subjects of their lives. In a meditative way, it allows our preconceptions to melt away as we feel the reality of their beauty, curiosity, intelligence, and unique personalities. A must-see antidote to our culture’s disharmony and diseases.”

OPINION: Talking Turkey: Reflections on a Misunderstood Bird:

Sentience in Farm Animals: Turkeys:

Take Urgent Action to Stop the European Union squirrel cull (massacre)

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Please sign Urgent Petition to :Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs & Fisheries and Daniel Calleja Crespo, EU Director-General for Environment

“Politicians from the European Union have introduced a new law obliging the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy to organise the killing of hundreds of thousands of grey squirrels, every year from 2016, using methods that include poisoning, bludgeoning to death or trapping and shooting [1].

This horrid and inhumane “programme” is to be sponsored from the money of taxpayers from all EU countries.

Killing squirrels is to be conducted even in the time of year when females nurse their dependent kittens. Killing thousands of nursing females will cause tens of thousands of baby squirrels starve to death over several days. Starving animals is a torture in breach of animal welfare standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health.”

Read more and sign and share the petition:

Please read More about the grey squirrel and take part in the suggested actions (includes the petition above) from Vegetarians International Voice for Animals VIVA

“Native to North America, the grey squirrel was brought to Victorian Britain as an ornamental species by the aristocracy. today, these highly intelligent and adaptable animals can be seen in woodlands, parks and gardens across the country.

While many people have great affection and respect for grey squirrels, they are hated by members of certain groups, most notably those with shooting or forestry interests, and some ‘conservationists’ who believe that the mass killing of greys is justifiable in their quest to boost the number of red squirrels. What is even worse is that the European Union is introducing a new law obliging the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy to organise the killing of hundreds of thousands of grey squirrels, every year from 2016.

What can I do?

Sign the petition telling the EU to scrap the grey squirell ‘cull’

Boycott Duchy Originals over Prince Charles’ advocating killing grey squirrels

Click the following link for more information and campaign materials

It is time to leave these defenceless animals alone, they are now a part of our environment, they are a part of nature, they are sentient beings with as much right to live in the world as you or I or the more favoured red squirrel.

Please take action and share share share. You do not have to live in the EU, atrocities against animals is of concern to ethical people everywhere, the injustice of animal abuse and the wanton murder of helpless beings is the responsibility of all decent caring people worldwide. There is no place in a just society for the mass killings of other species simply because they are deemed an inconvenience. We will never have a peaceful world until we stop treating animals as though they are expendable, as though their lives do not matter. We are not the lords of the entire damn universe, we do not have the right to decide who should live and who should die. Culling ( killing, murdering) animals is grossly unethical, it is a crime against nature.

Grey squirrels are amazing creatures.

Clever little creatures they are so adept at stealing food put out for birds. I have seen the squirrel below tip up a bird feeder and sake the seeds loose.

The three photographs including the one at the top are among those my husband and I have taken recently.



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Self Destruction

Technology instead of producing the once promised “better world” has instead been abused (predictably enough) to increase the profits and power of the few at the expense in all sense of everyone else.

Instead of a world were everyone works less and has a better quality of life – and the financial resources to have a real life – we instead have ever fewer people working ever longer and for decreasing pay. And automation has a major role in this.

Thousands of jobs in the UK alone – and many more worldwide – are being lost to automation. It is so out of control that some shops now have nobody working the tills for much of the day. Shops where I no longer “shop”.

This trend is not sustainable. Fewer and fewer people able to find suitable work leads to fewer and fewer ‘customers’ which means more business failures and so on. This shouldn’t have to be pointed out but such a basic concept seems to be too difficult for some to grasp.

While this ridiculous state of events lasts – and worsens – more and more people will be suffering. Bullied to find work that simply is not there, left with little or no money for food, clothing and housing – or any kind of life – because of a lack of a sufficient wage, or any wage, or because of welfare cuts by governments determined to bully, exploit, or – it has to be said; exterminate people who don’t or can’t conform to their profit and power hungry agenda.


Graphic by flickr user Byzantine_K

I adamantly refuse to use self-service checks outs and if that is the only option I will walk out without making a purchase. When approached and asked to use a self-service checkout I will explain to the assistant that doing so contributes to unemployment. I am more often than not met with a blank stare which may indicate that previously this may not have occurred to this person. But the fact is when an employee of a store encourages customers to use automatic checkouts they are in effect talking themselves out of a job, the same applies to banks and the post office. In my nearest city Barclay’s Bank was recently entirely automated, at least six or more people now are out of work joining the growing number of people whose lives are made miserable by being bullied by the Job Centre to find jobs that increasingly do not exist.

Automation is fine in a just society, it provides more leisure time from the drudgery of work and make no mistake that work for most is a drudgery undertaken merely to pay the bills and put food on the table, if you are lucky that is and earn enough not to need to go to a food bank, which increasingly is the case in recent years.

In his book , Economic Prospects for Our Grandchildren, economist John Maynard Keynes argued that with the expected improvement of technology and production in the future we would have more leisure time. He wrote: “For the first time since his creation man will be faced with his real, his permanent problem—how to use his freedom from pressing economic cares, how to occupy the leisure, which science and compound interest will have won.” By the present day Keynes expected that we would be working for only fifteen hours per week.

So why is this not happening? Here are some suggestions.

If automation can replace the need for people to perform many of the tasks that we do in the work place we would have more leisure time not less as increasingly is the case today.

Sadly such a state of progress despite the amazing advancement in technology has not come about and neither will it while the world is ruled by the ideology of greed and the acquisition of profit for the few at the expense of the many and while success is measured by how much money you have in the bank – in short capitalism. While the capitalist system dominates, the progression to less working hours and the even distribution of work will never happen.

Here are more suggestions

A new book* of essays by some of the world’s leading economists explores the reasons Keynes was mistaken about a new era of leisure.

One possible explanation is that many of us actually enjoy work, despite what we say to pollsters and to each other. To be sure, work can be boring, repetitive or exhausting, but it is also an arena where people get pleasure out of their achievements and enjoy mixing with other people.

Some economists argue that we have taken the benefits of our increased productivity in increased consumption. Sociologists argue that busyness has gained status as an end in itself. Psychologists argue that work is more inherently satisfying than we think.

For the most part I disagree with the two statements above.

Frankly I think most of us are taught or dare I say brain washed to think that working away the precious hours of your short life until we are too old to do much of anything is the be-all and end-all of our existence. I don’t see that many people get pleasure out of their achievements through work, much of which is undertaken with the sole purpose to earn barely enough to live on while making another person rich. Most people in today’s world hate their jobs, they work from necessity with little compensation for the waste of their lives often producing products that are not necessary – really who needs dozens of different types of washing power, shampoo, soap, breakfast cereals and so on and on, there is so much choice, too much choice. The world is pillaged and plundered for resources that are squandered in pointless or superfluous products which benefit the few, the capitalists, the one percent, the super rich at the expense of most everyone else, other animals and the very earth itself. My husband worked many years for sixty hours each week helping to produce keys rings and coasters, the sole purpose of which was advertising. These pointless items did not even offer an aesthetic value but were emblazened with the logo of corporations and the like. Most people receiving such would no doubt throw them in the bin. This is all this firm did, a small business owned by one person which after he retired was sold off and run down deliberately for complex but no doubt profitable reasons and the workers made redundant

The incentive to work , or at least work hard, other than to pay bills is to consume more of the materials things that we are again taught/ brain washed to believe are so vital to life and for which keep people slaving away their existence with the addition of debt which gives the illusion of wealth enslaving them still further to lives of unsatisfying drudgery. Few people even question the status quo, again their minds poisoned against the more fair and more satisfying alternatives of socialism or communism, deliberately confused into the misconception that these economic systems are synonymous to fascism and totalitarian, both of which could be applied to capitalism.

The notion that work fulfills our lives as …”an arena where people get pleasure out of their achievements and enjoy mixing with other people.” is is simply not true, at least for the vast majority.

Both of these fundamental requirements for a satisfying life are not dependent upon work, with few exceptions most people achieve little from their work either satisfying or financial.  It is sad that we cannot envision a life without work or less work, a life where we can be engaged in art and other creative pursuits, where we can cultivate our talents for the betterment of all , where we have time to enjoy the company friends and family .

When it comes down to it the reality is most people want more time to themselves and their friends and families.

This article shows that even when high wages are on the table that family life comes first.

Family Life More Important Than Big Wages, Study Finds

When we say work we automatically think the only work of value is that for which we get paid even if such wages are nothing more than a pittance. Work in its own right can and is fulfilling, a person who enjoys gardening, helping other people, even house work – indeed many gain pleasure from improving their environment – are all satisfying. Many gain satisfaction from hobbies and sport or the acquisition of knowledge for the sake of knowledge. Life is rich and full of wonders, there is no need for boredom or an aimless existence. And perhaps the only purpose of life as the Dali Lama points out is happiness: “I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy.”

While work has its value, and I envision a future where work will be much reduced though not entirely eradicated, slaving away your existence for greedy money grabbing corporations should be questioned. It should be questioned why automation has only enhanced the lives of the rich with still more money at our expense and is in fact for most a detriment.

The only compensation is at the end of the day automation will play a role in the downfall of the capitalist system. After all if few people have a job how the hell can they buy the over priced material crap that they are brain washed into believing they “must have”, the labour of the exploited over worked and under paid few that have a job.

When I stopped working to have a child many years ago I admit I did not miss work for one single moment, looking after a baby was work enough. We did not have much money but we managed. Now today for many this is not possible both partners now need to work for the equivalent of one living wage and sometimes not even that. Many users of food banks are couples whose combined wages don’t allow them to live comfortable lives not even to feed their families.

In the past hard work was inevitable but today things could be so much better with whatever work that could not be automated fairly shared among those of working age and appropriate health and ability. Naturally some jobs can and will never be replaced, a doctor for instance, but with a fair education system that provides quality education for all, where financial considerations do not count there no doubt would be more people able to qualify for specialist jobs with the consequence of even specialist people having more time, if they want it of course. I admit that some people may find satisfaction in work, though I rather think that very few enjoy and find work fulfilling, I doubt if the person who works eight hours a day on a conveyor belt in a factory turning out surplus goods for basic minimum wages with a zero hours contact, no paid holidays and no rights at work really enjoy their work.

Maybe a fifteen hour week is a pipe dream, a fantasy, naivety, who knows. Not in my lifetime that’s for sure when people are working longer hours and work is considered the crowning glory of achievement, when thanks to government Nazi style propaganda you are despised if you are disabled or too ill to work or you cannot find a job because there are so few jobs.

Automation could transform your life but right now it can take away what meagre income you have. Until people wake up and come to their senses and oppose the current unfair capitalist system, automation is a detriment.

In the mean time people need jobs so boycott shops that provide only self-service checkouts, banks and the post office. If asked to use a self-service check out refuse and explain why. Complying makes you an unpaid worker. Ask yourself why you should get your own shopping – remember in times past self-service supermarkets did not exist – most of which is hugely overpriced and then run it through the check out yourself. More profit for big business at your expense, fewer jobs for people, more unemployment.

Related Link

Half of all British jobs could be replaced by robots, warns Bank of England’s chief economist

15m jobs in the UK are “at risk of automation” over the next two decades, according to Andy Haldane

“As many as 15m jobs are under threat of replacement by smart machines, the Bank of England’s chief economist has warned.

Andy Haldane has said that new generation of increasingly creative robots could replace “at risk” jobs over the next 20 years, such as those held by accountants and sales people.

“Occupations most at risk including administrative, clerical and production tasks,” he said, noting that “those most at risk from automation tend, on average, to have the lowest wage”.

There are presently 33.7m jobs in the UK, meaning that the number at threat represents close to half of all positions. In the US, he estimates that up to 80m jobs are “at risk of automation”.”


Fantastic News!!!! Monsanto is to Stand Trial for Crimes Against Humanity and Nature


“How could intelligent beings seek to control a few unwanted species by a method that contaminated the entire environment and brought the threat of disease and death even to their own kind?”

“It is also an era dominated by industry, in which the right to make a dollar at whatever cost is seldom challenged.”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Monsanto on Trial for Crimes Against Humanity and Nature

“In an announcement made at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, Monsanto will stand trial for ecocide and crimes against humanity and nature.  The trial will take place next year at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands on October 16, 2016 (incidentally and aptly, on World Food Day).  Dozens of international food, agriculture and environmental justice groups, including: Millions against Monsanto, the Organic Consumers Association, Regeneration International and IFOAM Organics International—an umbrella organization of over 800 affiliated organizations in 100 countries, are involved in the legal action

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Finally this evil corrupt greedy corporation may be brought to justice for developing and selling deadly chemicals that poison the earth, wild life and of course ourselves and future generations. I hope that finally justice will prevail and this pernicious corporation will be made to pay for its vile crimes against nature. Why has Monsanto been allowed to indiscriminately spread its toxins, its time they were made accountable? Since 1960s with the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring we have known about the damage to health and the environment by toxic chemicals, fertilisers and pesticides, yet not only does this contamination of our environment continue more and more toxins are added to the list. Colony Callapse Disorder a condition in which honeybees die, disoriented, far from their hives, a  threat to much of our food supply which must be pollinated by bees, has been linked to the use of pesticides. All in the name of profit for the few at the expense of the many. When will it ever end. When will we make a stand against these greedy self-severing corporations who care nothing for our world or its inhabitants including other species –  including you and I and future generations.

Be sure to read the following:

“Since the beginning of the twentieth century, Monsanto has developed a steady stream of highly toxic products which have permanently damaged the environment and caused illness or death for thousands of people. These products include:

 • PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl), one of the 12 Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) that affect human and animal fertility;

 • 2,4,5 T (2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid), a dioxin-containing component of the defoliant, Agent Orange, which was used by the US Army during the Vietnam War and continues to cause birth defects and cancer;

• Lasso, an herbicide that is now banned in Europe;

 • and RoundUp, the most widely used herbicide in the world, and the source of the greatest health and environmental scandal in modern history. This toxic herbicide, designated a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization, is used in combination with genetically modified (GM) RoundUp Ready seeds in large-scale monocultures, primarily to produce soybeans, maize and rapeseed for animal feed and biofuels.

Relying on the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights” adopted by the UN in 2011, an international court of lawyers and judges will assess the potential criminal liability of Monsanto for damages inflicted on human health and the environment. The court will also rely on the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2002, and it will consider whether to reform international criminal law to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense. The International Criminal Court, established in 2002 in The Hague, has determined that prosecuting ecocide as a criminal offense is the only way to guarantee the rights of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected.”

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More quotes from Rachel Carson

“All this has come about because of the sudden rise and prodigious growth of an industry for the production of man-made or synthetic chemicals with insecticidal properties. This industry is a child of the Second World War. In the course of developing agents of chemical warfare, some of the chemicals created in the laboratory were found to be lethal to insects. The discovery did not come by chance: insects were widely used to test chemicals as agents of death for man.”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.”
Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us

“But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”
Rachel Carson




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


The word “chocho” has at least four definitions in Spanish language. One of them is “candy”. Chocho is also the name of this beautiful Uruguayan puppy who was born with no eyes, and is as sweet as a candy.

Chocho is not a handicapped animal because he has already demonstrated he is able to love, and only the creatures who are unable to love should be considered “the handicapped”.

The handicapped are the humans. Never the animals.