Petition: Ban Steel-Jaw Leghold Traps in the U.S.

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“We naturally feel more compassion for a timid and harmless animal, such as a rabbit, than for vermin, but the actual agony must be the same in all cases. It is scarcely possible to exaggerate the suffering thus endured from fear, from acute pain, maddened by thirst, and by vain attempts to escape.

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 speaking out against steel traps – you can read more of Darwin’s appeal further down.

Please click the link below and sign the petition and share widely

Ban Steel-Jaw Leghold Traps in the U.S.

Steel-jaw leghold traps are nasty, cruel mechanical devices designed to grasp an animal by the leg using spring-operated metal jaws. In their desperation to escape the pain and terror of being trapped, the captured animal will sometimes bite off the limb that has been caught. The traps often catch unintended animals, including birds, pets, and animals of rare species. Trappers kill millions of animals every year, but many of those animals were unintentionally trapped. They’re often refered to as “trash” animals because their fur isn’t worth any money

Please read more and sign the petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/606/715/001/ Please share widely

I have to state that I am not keen on the phrasing further on in the petition, the use of the words “innocent animals” such as in ” Innocent animals caught by mistake often have to be euthanized as a result.”This implies that there are some animal who do not matter. I am sure this is merely an unfortunate choice of words intended to show that steel traps not only harm the intended animals but any animal unfortunate enough to get caught in the trap. All animals are innocent, all animals matter whether the animal is someones pet, an endangered species or any animal including rodents and other less favoured creatures. All animals lives are important to them and no animal should be subjected to such cruelty which involves a long and protracted death , any kind of death. Animals just like you and I do not wish to die, animals value their lives as we value ours. Steel jaw traps are cruel to any animal. Such outdated and inhumane treatment of any animal regardless of species has no place in any modern society.

The ideal of course would be to see an end to all forms of trapping, shooting, hunting and killing of animals in any way. But each petition signed and each bill passed that outlaws one kind of cruelty is a step in the right direction.

It may be of interest to note that way back in the 19th century Charles Darwin spoke out against steel traps:

An Appeal

“It is a common observation that cases of brutality to horses, asses, and other large quadrupeds, are much less frequently witnessed now than they were some time ago. This is no doubt owing to the general increase of humanity, and to these animals being now under the protection of the law.

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.

Some women may never have seen a trap, and therefore I give a wood-cut of one.

The iron teeth shut together with so strong a spring, that a pencil which I inserted was cracked and deeply-indented by the violence of the blow. The grip must be close enough not to allow of the escape of a small animal, such as a stoat or a magpie; and therefore when a cat or a rabbit is caught, the limb is cut to the bone and crushed. A humane game-keeper said to me, “I know what they must feel, as I have had my finger caught.” The smaller animals are often so fortunate as to be killed at once. If we attempt to realise the sufferings of a cat, or other animal when caught, we must fancy what it would be to have a limb crushed during a whole long night, between the iron teeth of a trap, and with the agony increased by constant attempts to escape. Few men could endure to watch for five minutes, an animal struggling in a trap with a crushed and torn limb; yet on all the well-preserved estates throughout the kingdom, animals thus linger every night; and where game-keepers are not humane, or have grown callous to the suffering constantly passing under their eyes, they have been known by an eye-witness to leave the traps unvisited for twenty-four or even thirty-six hours. Such neglect as this is no doubt rare; but traps are often forgotten; and there are few game-keepers who will leave their beds on a cold winter’s morning, one hour earlier, to put an end to the pain of an animal which is safely in their power.

I subjoin the account of the appearance of a rabbit caught in a trap, given by a gentleman, who, last summer witnessed the painful sight many times.

“I know of no sight more sorrowful than that of these unoffending animals as they are seen in the torture grip of these traps. They sit drawn up into a little heap, as if collecting all their force of endurance to support the agony; some sit in a half torpid state induced by intense suffering. Most young ones are found dead after some hours of it, but others as you approach, start up, struggle violently to escape, and shriek pitiably, from terror and the pangs occasioned by their struggles.”

We naturally feel more compassion for a timid and harmless animal, such as a rabbit, that for vermin, but the actual agony must be the same in all cases. It is scarcely possible to exaggerate the suffering thus endured from fear, from acute pain, maddened by thirst, and by vain attempts to escape.

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.

We shall be told that setting steel traps is the only way to preserve game, but we cannot believe that Englishmen when their attention is once drawn to the case, will let even this motive weigh against so fearful an amount of cruelty.

The writer of these remarks will be grateful for any suggestions, addressed to A. B., Mr. Strong,1 Printer, Bromley, Kent.”

Source: darwin-online.org.uk/

It was however not until the 1950s that the UK finally outlawed steel traps.

Baby Dolphin is Rescued.

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.
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The Uruguayan non-governmental organization, SOS RESCATE DEFAUNA MARINA (SOS RESCUE OF MARINE FAUNA), not only rescues marine animals in order to return them to the sea, in most of cases after they were healed and fed, but educates society in the respect and care of nature.

Surely, animal rights activists will always remember the images of Danish children witnessing public dissections of “surplus” animals in Denmark zoos. The aim, according to the authorities of those zoos, is teaching children that the “Real World” is not the “Disney World” wherein no person or animal ever dies. The “Real World” is a place, Danish authorities affirm, where slaughtering animals for entertainment is legitimate because they are inferior creatures with no right to life, and the humans are their proprietors because of their intellectual superiority.

This photo shows Uruguayan children watching a baby dolphin recently rescued by SOS RESCATE DE FAUNA MARINA. The dolphin, a boy with less than ten days old, was found in the coast of Neptunia, in Canelones, the capital of the department of Canelones in Uruguay, with part of his umbilical cord. He has respiratory problems and his situation “is complicated”, according to the organization’s authorities.

SOS RESCATE DE FAUNA MARINA survives with small donations of animal right activists and lowly companies.

https://www.facebook.com/s.o.s.faunamarina/photos/pcb.1699758033602878/1699757430269605/?type=3&theater

Please watch the video included in this link.

https://www.facebook.com/s.o.s.faunamarina/videos/1700106626901352/?pnref=story

SOS RESCATE DE FAUNA MARINA on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/s.o.s.faunamarina/timeline

Update
The baby dolphin rescued by the Uruguayan non-governmental organization, SOS RESCATE DE FAUNA MARINA (SOS RESCUE OF MARINE FAUNA), has died on Tuesday, according to RICHARD TESORE, director of the organization. The animal had fishing nets marks on the body and respiratory problems.

Animals Frozen Alive, Crudley Gassed At Petco, Petsmart Suppliermill. Please Sign Petition

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

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THE PETITION
ANIMALS FROZEN ALIVE, CRUDELY GASSED AT PETCO, PETSMART SUPPLIER MILL
http://investigations.peta.org/animals-gassed-frozen-petco-petsmart/?utm_campaign=Pet%20Trade%20Investigation%20&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

THEIR SCREAMS COULD BE HEARD ACROSS THE ROOM”

A PETA exposé reveals the factory farm–like conditions—and suffering—at HOLMES FARM, a major supplier to the American PetSmart, Petco, Pet Supplies Plus companies, and many other stores. WORKERS PILED DOZENS OF SMALL ANIMALS AT A TIME INTO A FECES-SMEARED COOLER AND CRUDELY GASSED THEM WITH CARBON DIOXIDE. THEIR SCREAMS COULD BE HEARD ACROSS THE ROOM.

Warning! Disturbing Images

ANIMALS FROZEN ALIVE, CRUDELY GASSED AT PETCO, PETSMART SUPPLIER MILL (PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THE PETITION)
http://investigations.peta.org/animals-gassed-frozen-petco-petsmart/?utm_campaign=Pet%20Trade%20Investigation%20&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

PETCO, PETSMART SUPPLIER ACCUSED OF TORTURING, FREEZING LIVE ANIMALS (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/petco-supplier-accused-torturing-freezing-live-animals-article-1.2504475

PETCO AND PETSMART SUPPLIER CAUGHT TORTURING, GASSING AND FREEZING UNWANTED ANIMALS TO DEATH ON VIDEOTAPE
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3410753/The-screams-heard-room-Petco-Petsmart-supplier-caught-torturing-animals-videotape.html

HOLMES FARM INC. ON FACEBOOK (PLEASE TELL PEOPLE WHAT YOU THINK)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Holmes-Farm-Inc/112089375522632

PETSMART CRUELTY TO ANIMALS: BUSINESS AS USUAL
http://www.petsmartcruelty.com/

PETSMART WEBSITE
http://www.petsmart.com/

PETSMART ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/petsmart

PETSMART ON TWITTER
https://twitter.com/petsmart

PETCO WEBSITE
http://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore

PETCO ON TWITTER
https://twitter.com/PETCO

PET SUPPLIES PLUS WEBSITE
http://www.petsuppliesplus.com/

PET SUPPLIES ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/petsuppliesplus

PET SUPPLIES ON TWITTER
https://twitter.com/petsuppliesplus

Welfare Reforms: People Suffering Mental Health are the Hardest Hit

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There as been a delay in recent weeks in publishing many of my posts here on this blog due to health and other problems and I am now in the process of trying to catch up. Therefore this and other articles yet to be published which were written prior to Christmas may seem like old news, however in many cases the problems discussed have merely slipped into the back ground as others have taken their place. I have decided to publish many of these articles as more often than not it is helpful to remind people of some of the great injustices in our country and indeed worldwide.

Most certainly the subject of this post has been mentioned before but it can’t hurt to bring up this issue again, an issue that has not been resolved though the attention may have diminished.

“Sanctioning someone with a mental health problem for being late for a meeting is like sanctioning someone with a broken leg for limping. The fact that this system punishes people for the symptoms of their illness is a clear and worrying sign that it is fundamentally flawed,
Paul Morrison, Public Issues Policy Adviser for the Methodist Church

“We’re very concerned about the number of people having their benefits stopped. This causes not just financial problems but added emotional distress. It’s unjustifiable that people with mental health problems are being sanctioned disproportionately compared to those who have another health problem.

“Stopping benefits does not help people with mental health problems back into work. In fact, it often results in people becoming more anxious and unwell and this makes a return to work less likely. Sanctions are based on a false assumption that individuals lack motivation and willingness to work, but it’s the impact of their illness and the environment in which they are expected to work which actually present the toughest challenges. That’s why they should only be used as a last resort, when someone simply refuses to engage.”
Paul Farmer, CEO of mental health charity Mind

Mental health sufferers are facing a nightmare of existence as a consequence not only of the devastating affect of their conditions but as a result of welfare reforms which are targeting them in recent months, destroying already difficult lives. The government targets mental health sufferers as they are among the most vulnerable in our society.

Why mentally ill people are an easy target for the Tories

“Mind has emphasised how Iain Duncan Smith’s supposed attack on “scroungers” has turned into an attack on the mentally ill. His staff were sanctioning and removing their benefits at a rate of 100 a day.

The prejudice of Conservative officialdom is that they are lazy rather than sick. They punish them and then they fail them. Almost 150,000 people with mental health problems have been placed on the work programme – only 5% have been helped into work.

“…I believe government and the NHS bureaucracy targets the mentally ill because people suffering – if I may use the word – from autism or schizophrenia, and the depressed and the mentally broken, rarely vote.”

Continue reading the following pre-election article:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/12/mentally-ill-people-easy-tory-target

Also the government attacks mentally ill people simply because they are less able to fight back as a result of their condition which unlike the physically disabled effects their thinking processes. Suffering from the delusions of schizophrenia or bipolar or the incapacitating fear and stress of an anxiety disorder such as OCD or agoraphobia or the misery of depression it is not easy or sometimes not even possible to possess the wherewithal to challenge the social injustice of welfare reforms or the lack of treatment and services. Many people with mental health issues or autism may not be able to even pick up the phone and talk to someone, or think coherently to write or otherwise communicate. A person with severe depression may not even leave his or her bed let alone challenge such complex social injustices ignored by a good majority of the population.  This does not mean to say that the physically ill have an easier time though unless additionally afflicted with a mental health condition, or later become so afflicted as a result of welfare reforms, may be more able to get the help they need fighting welfare cuts and sanctions, including more sympathy which is often lacking towards the mentally ill.

I have personal knowledge of someone who has AS Asperger Syndrome anxiety and depression whose mental health has significantly deteriorated as result of Government welfare reforms and the Work Capability Assessment’s (WCA) requirements and frequent assessments. Simply attending the interview is an ordeal of anxiety and stress. Months ahead of his scheduled Maximus interview he is becoming increasingly more anxious and his already existing depression is deteriorating further. His Psychologist and GP says he is not well enough to work, but this gives him no comfort, no sense of security because he knows that their opinions may not be taken into account. The DWP requirements are seriously damaging this person’s health with the consequence that he increasing less and less fit to work.

For people with mental health problems the anxiety and depression made worse by such ordeals often remains long after the ordeal is over which means their overall condition may deteriorate and escalate. Mentally ill people are fragile and any added stress is a serious detriment to their health.With regard to sanctions there can be few things worse than not knowing where your next meal is coming from or whether or not you can pay your rent and as a consequence be out on the streets homeless and destitute. This is so for everyone but even more so for people who as a result of their mental health are less able to cope with the consequences or know what to do or where to turn. Often having few if any friends or supportive family members they can become quickly isolated.

Certainly people with mental health conditions wish to work but for many of them to do so they need enormous support which is not forthcoming. The work place is not an easy environment these days even for those not afflicted with mental health conditions, it is an unforgiving, uncompromising, demanding and exploitative environment and not conducive for those who suffer in this way. Certainly exploitative work fare and apprenticeship schemes are a detriment to anyone’s sense of well-being , there is nothing more depressing than to be exploited and have no say in the matter, to work for next to nothing and not be able to do anything about it must be a serious detriment not only financially but emotionally for anyone but even more so for those with a mental illness. Mental illness is a profound disability, it is a serious medical condition, though it is rarely refered to as such, there is little understanding, respect and support in society in general for mental illness even less so in the work place.

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

Benefit Sanctions:

It is a shocking fact that people with mental health conditions are much more likely to be sanctioned than someone with a physical illness or disability. Sixty two percent of people who are sanctioned have a mental illness.

How benefit sanctions punish people with mental health problems the hardest

“It’s hard enough dealing with a mental health issue – but it’s made much worse if you’re not able to work.

David (not his real name) suffers from schizophrenia and receives two types of income support to help him live while he deals with his illness. He was sanctioned twice in 2013 for not attending work focussed interviews and appointments due to his deteriorating health.

He was even sanctioned while he was very ill in hospital, and forced to rely on his family for food.”

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

‘My mental health deteriorated rapidly’: the real impact of benefit sanctions

Edited extracts of written evidence to a recent House of Commons work and pensions select committee on the impact of benefit sanctions”

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/27/mental-health-benefit-sanctions-work-and-pensions-select-committee

‘Benefit sanctions harmed my health’

‘Benefit sanctions harmed my health’

The inflexibility of the benefit sanctions system is leading to people having their support taken away unfairly, according to Labour MP Rebecca Long Bailey. Opponents claim it can be unfair and penalise the most vulnerable in society. Hayley Dunn and Lee Curry share their experiences.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p031ss4x

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34158176

Read how the government have driven people to suicide

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

Even if the claimant has not previously suffered with a mental health condition the stress as a result of the requirements of ESA as a member of the work activity group have brought about mental health issues in people that previously did not have them such as Catherine, a sufferer of ME who now suffers with severe anxiety as a result of unfair expectations by the job centre and sanctions. Listen to her story here:

Sanctioned: Catherine’s Story

List of people who have died after being declared fit to work updated October 2014

Many of the people included in the following list where mentally ill or became mentally ill as a result of the government’s vicious reforms including:

Mark Wood. Found fit for work by Atos, against his Doctors advice and assertions that he had complex mental health problems. Starved to death after benefits stopped, weighing only 5st 8lb when he died.
Mark Wood: ‘Sweet and gentle’ 44-year-old man with mental health problems ‘starved to death after benefits cut’

Paul Reekie, 48, the Leith based Poet and Author. Suffered from severe depression. Committed suicide after DWP stopped his benefits due to an Atos ‘fit for work’ decision.
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/books/this-lost-genius-the-legacy-of-the-late-scottish-poet-paul-reekie-1-1667694

Leanne Chambers, 30. Suffered depression for many years which took a turn for the worst when she was called in for a WCA. Leanne committed suicide soon after.
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/body-found-river-wear-leanne-1418087

Martin Rust, 36 years old. A schizophrenic man who killed himself two months after the government found him fit to work.
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/heartbroken-dad-blames-benefits-axemen-2292176

David Barr, 28. Suffering from severe mental difficulties. Threw himself from a bridge after being found fit for work by Atos and failing his appeal
http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/norwich_man_killed_himself_over_back_to_work_fears_1_1358116

See the complete list which includes people with other conditions who have of course been treated shamefully by this vile government.
http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2014/10/21/uk-welfare-reform-deaths-updated-list-october-21st-2014/

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 can rarely get a job or cope with holding a job for very long.

Sanctions do not help people into work in fact the opposite is true, yet the government refuse to look into this.

Minister Refuses To Examine Impact Of Benefit Sanctions On Mental Health

DWP Minister, Priti Patel, refused to examine the devastating impact of benefit sanctions on people with mental health conditions.
http://www.welfareweekly.com/minister-refuses-to-examine-impact-of-benefit-sanctions-on-mental-health/

In addition to benefit sanctions and other punitive reforms mental health services are being cut.

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

Mental health service budgets ‘cut by 8%’

Paul Farmer, chief executive of of the mental health charity Mind, said: “The treatment gap for mental health is huge – 75% of people with mental health problems get no help at all.

“Meanwhile, many more are being turned away from services when they need them the most, left to cope alone with self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31970871

‘Damning’ research on WCA deaths is ‘timely’ reminder of government’s shame
http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/damning-research-on-wca-deaths-is-timely-reminder-of-governments-shame/

The latest news concerning benefits

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/08/fit-for-work-tests-double-cost-dwp-disability-cuts

Related Links

Equality 4 Mental Health

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ruby-wax/equality-4-mental-health_b_8459466.html

David*, a father of two from Stroud, Gloucestershire, has watched his teenage son struggle with anxiety and increasing mental health problems after the WCA process found him fit for work. His son’s benefits were stopped six months ago, when he refused to attend a jobcentre.

WCA And Mental Health- A Case Study
http://perfectlyfadeddelusions.com/2015/11/24/wca-and-mental-health-a-case-study/

Fit-for-work tests linked to relapses in those with mental health problems

Tougher “fit for work” tests introduced to assess eligibility for disability benefit have caused relapses in patients with serious mental health conditions, according to a consultant with the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

http://perfectlyfadeddelusions.com/2015/11/25/fit-for-work-tests-linked-to-relapses-in-those-with-mental-health-problems-3/

Death and the State: How DWP sanctions snuff out Lives
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-2ee4-DEATH-AND-THE-STATE-HOW-DWP-SANCTIONS-SNUFF-OUT-LIVES#.Vg5sSvlVhBc

Known number of deaths while claiming incapacity benefits nears 100,000
http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2015/08/27/known-number-of-deaths-while-claiming-incapacity-benefits-nears-100000/

Please Sign a Petition and Pledge to Help Stop Fur-Farm Cruelty

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Please sign and share the following pledge and petition to help stop the cruelty of fur farming – there are more actions you can take further down to end the fur industry.

Petition

Tell Canada Goose to Stop Using Fur!

“Popular outerwear company Canada Goose uses coyote fur to trim their coats. Brand representatives claim their fur is sourced from certified trappers, but animal rights groups are still concerned.”

“With the availability of attractive and warm synthetic fur alternatives, there is no reason to continue using real fur and causing animals to suffer. Please sign the petition to urge Canada Goose to stop using real fur in their outerwear!”

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/298/785/092/tell-canada-goose-to-stop-using-fur/

Whether or not fur is acquired by certified trappers or otherwise the killing of an animal for his fur is wrong and deeply unethical. There is no need for fur with modern synthetics which are as warm and in my opinion even warmer. Besides fur belongs to the animal who was born with it, it is not ours to take, it’s as simple as that.

Take the Pledge

“A two-month PETA U.S. eyewitness exposé of Dillenburg Fur Farm, LLC, a massive fur farm in Wisconsin—the nation’s top mink-producing state—revealed that thousands of minks and scores of foxes were kept in rows of filthy, wire-floored cages until they were slaughtered—all so that their fur could be turned into coats and collars. Many animals were caged above piles of their own waste a foot tall.”

Please click the link below to read more and sign the “Take Action” pledge. The “Take Action” button appears right at the top so if you cannot cope with viewing upsetting photographs of animals you can go straight to the pledge.

Headlines. peta.org/fur-cruelty-minks-foxes-gassed-enmasse

Please sign the pledge even if you do not wear fur. Time to consign the wearing of the skins of the other species with whom we share this world to history where it belongs.There are many synthetic materials which are as warm if not warmer than fur. Fur is mostly worn because of the fickle whims of fashion by the fickle minded.

Killing other sentient beings for any reason is plain and simply wrong. The horrors of the fur industry are as horrendous as those of the meat industry and both need to come to an end now.

For more information about the fur trade and actions you can take to stop the rearing of animals for fur visit:
Fur Out of the Closet

One of the best ways of course to bring an end to this sickening cruelty is to stop wearing fur – not as straight forward as it may seem.

Keep in mind that some fake fur may actually contain real fur. If in doubt do not buy fake fur. Personally I do not buy fake fur for this reason and also I feel it promotes the trade in real fur and encourages this wicked industry.

Exposed: Real Fur Sold as Fake on British High-Street
http://www.hsi.org/world/united_kingdom/news/releases/2015/11/real_fur_as_fake_uk_112515.html?referrer=https://www.google.co.uk/

Live in the UK? Help Stop Fur Cruelty – More actions you can take to end the fur industry.
http://www.hsi.org/world/united_kingdom/work/fur/tips/help-stop-fur-cruelty.html

Is Your Faux Fur Really Dog?
http://www.all-creatures.org/articles/ar-isyour.html

 

Petition : Insist the Government keep its Target to Reduce Child Poverty

Please click the link below to sign a petition to Insist the Government keep its target to reduce child poverty in the UK

https://www.change.org/p/house-of-lords-insist-the-government-keep-its-target-to-reduce-child-poverty-in-the-uk

The Government is planning to give up on its duty to reduce child poverty, by scrapping child poverty targets. – this petition needs around 24,000 more signatures to make a target of 75,000 so please add yours by clicking the above link.

You do not have to live in the UK to sign the petition so please everyone sign and share widely.

If you live in the UK please write to your MP: http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

The news of this appalling development in the never-ending stream of social injustices inflicted on UK citizens as been around a while and somehow I missed it. It is just so difficult to keep in touch with all the detrimental changes inflicted on the most vulnerable.

This outrageous ditching of the targets to remove child poverty by 2020 is in total contradiction of promises made as recently as this year’s new year speech where among other things Cameron pledged to alleviate poverty. His audacious hypocrisy knows no bounds as it is Cameron and his government who have driven people to poverty, destitution, homelessness and the ever increasing reliance on food banks.

In his New Year speech, Cameron said that the UK is in the middle of “one of the greatest reforming decades” in its history and set out four key priorities: tackling the housing shortage, combating extremism, alleviating poverty, and improving social mobility.

“These are the big challenges of our age, some of the biggest our nation has ever faced and this year is a test of our mettle – whether we put up with poverty or put an end to it…”

“For me, there are no new year’s resolutions, just the resolve to continue delivering what we promised in our manifesto,” said the prime minister, naming the problems of low home ownership, poverty, poor social mobility and extremism as his four priorities in 2016.

Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jan/01/uk-in-one-of-the-great-reforming-decades-claims-david-cameron

Alleviating poverty must of course include child poverty. The scrapping of the 2020 target is contradictory to such promises that this liar has made throughout his term in office.

Back in October in his speech at the Tory party conference Cameron promised an ‘all-out assault on poverty’. On his first day as leader of the opposition ten years ago he made the same promise ‘the test for our policies will not be how they affect the better off, but how they help the worst-off in our country’.  

This was the kind of promise that brought him to government in the first place, with his so called new brand of “compassionate Conservatism”. Again he repeated the same promise during the first cabinet meeting after the general election when he told his ministers they should aim to “give everyone” in the UK “the chance to make the most of their life”. Children trapped in poverty do not get the chance to make the most of life, no one does.

It seems that instead of making the promised changes concerning child poverty by 2020 the government have decided to scrap this target.

All kids count. But the government plans to scrap its own targets to end child poverty. Effectively, they want to give up on the 1 in 4 children growing up poor.

When kids grow up poor they miss out – and so do the rest of us. They miss out on the things most children take for granted, they do less well at school and they earn less as adults. Child poverty costs us £29 billion a year. Making sure every child gets a fair chance in life is the right thing to do and the smartest investment we can make as a country.

Read more:
http://cpag.org.uk/all-kids-count?utm_source=Change&utm_medium=petition&utm_campaign=AllKidsCount

Take Action do not let this vile government get away with yet another grave social injustice, despite all their rhetoric  to the contrary they do not give a damn about the majority of people in the UK. Cameron and his right wing government do not care about child poverty with their policies of benefit cuts that have driven 500,000 more children into “absolute poverty” since 2010 with more than four million children now living below the breadline

500,000 more children in ‘absolute poverty’ since David Cameron became PM as Tories sharpen axe on welfare
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/500000-more-children-absolute-poverty-5947219

Please do not forget to sign the petition:

Insist the Government keep its target to reduce child poverty in the UK

https://www.change.org/p/house-of-lords-insist-the-government-keep-its-target-to-reduce-child-poverty-in-the-uk

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Now you see it…  Now you don’t.  The government’s rustled up a party trick for the kids this Christmas. They’re going to make 3.7 million of them disappear.

Britain’s children aren’t going anywhere, of course, particularly those who are growing up poor. But with a legislative sleight of hand, the government plans to quietly give up on the targets to end child poverty enshrined (with cross-party support) in the Child Poverty Act 2010.

When David Cameron became Tory leader, he wanted to end child poverty. Now he just wants to stop measuring it

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http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/welfare/2015/12/when-david-cameron-became-tory-leader-he-wanted-end-child-poverty-now-he

In his 2006 Scarman Lecture, delivered as part of this attempt to ‘detoxify’ the Tory Party David Cameron said: “I want this message to go out loud and clear: the Conservative Party recognises, will measure and will act on relative poverty.” But following the 2015 General Election his Government has scrapped Labour’s target for tackling relative child poverty with Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith dismissing it as a flawed measure.

Read More:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/10-big-policy-promises-broken-6965585

Please Share Video: 8 Horrors inside the animal industry 8 horrors you’ll wish you’d never heard about

…for the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being.

If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, then first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do it, however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel or any kind of ax
Plutarch

The following video from Animal Equality well shows the price animals pay for those who consume meat and other animal products such as dairy and eggs. Animals suffer unimaginable cruelty and torment so people can eat foods that are not natural.

Published on Aug 14, 2015

“Please watch and share. This is what life looks like inside the animal industry.”

 

“Right this minute animals are being subjected to all sorts of horrors and abuse. They need you to bring the truth to light.

Many people are still not aware of how much misery animals suffer in our society. Let’s change this together

Warning disturbing images

This one-and-a-half-minute video needs to be seen by everybody! Animals’ lives depends on it.”

Please stop the cruelty

These defenceless and suffering animals need you to reach as many people as possible.

Please share the video widely, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, websites.

Please consider a vegan ( plant based) diet

Choose Veganism
http://www.chooseveganism.org/

Also check out the vegan society’s website for more advice and recipes

Go vegan in 30 days with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge
http://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/take-vegan-pledge?gclid=CKalt4j4kckCFaQIwwodFr8MQw

Animal Equality:
http://www.animalequality.net/

Animal Equality Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AnimalEquality/

…to kill animals for the purpose of feeding on their flesh is one of the most deplorable and shameful infirmities of the human state”
Alphonse de Lamartine, 1865, Les Confidences, New York: Appleton & Co W&P p.78

Please Sign and Share for a Cruelty Free Life for Geese and Ducks

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

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE FOR A CRUELTY FREE LIFE FOR GEESE AND DUCKS

Warning!  the video is disturbing watch with caution

Petitions

Ask bedware brands and stores to fully exclude live-plucking and force-feeding from their down supply!

A cruelty free life for geese and ducks!
https://help.four-paws.org/en/cruelty-free-life-geese-and-ducks

Urge Lululemon to Ditch Down!
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/urge-lululemon-ditch-down/

Stop using goose down that may have been cruelly collected
https://www.change.org/p/marriott-hotels-stop-purchasing-down-pillows-and-down-duvets-for-hotel-rooms-and-for-sale-online

Promise not to sell products that use goose down pulled out of live geese!   – Warning!  the video included is disturbing watch with caution
https://www.change.org/p/bed-bath-beyond-promise-not-to-sell-products-that-use-goose-down-pulled-out-of-live-geese

https://www.facebook.com/AnimalLiberationHK/videos/1081062865344794/ – Warning!  the video is disturbing watch with caution

The View From Outer Space – How Would Humans Appear Through Alien Eyes.

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Telescope Kepler-NASA

I often wonder if there are any sentient beings in the universe who have evolved to be naturally compassionate and ethical and who value all life and what they would think of our treatment of one another and the other species with whom we share this world.

Recently a fascinating report emerged concerning the possibility of intelligent life forms at the edge of the Milky Way.

Has Nasa’s Kepler Telescope spotted signs of alien life?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/11937177/Has-Nasas-Kepler-Telescope-spotted-signs-of-alien-life.html

Bizarre Space Objects Could Be Sign of Alien Civilization
http://observer.com/2015/10/bizarre-space-objects-could-be-sign-of-alien-civilization/

All very exciting of course. It is unsettling to think that we may be alone in the cold vast universe and such a revelation that we are not would be earth shattering.

I hope that one day we have proof of the existence of extra terrestrial life. I also hope that whatever form this life takes it is an advanced intelligence not just technologically but ethically, in fact the main consideration for me would be their ethical progression which I hope would surpass ours – after all it couldn’t be much worse could it?

Today while sorting through my e-mail I have the usual inundation of requests to take action on behalf of animals, including the human animal. The human species of course is responsible for most of the suffering here on this earth for those weaker than himself, even his own kind and most certainly the other species with whom we share this world. Sometimes it can get depressing, I mean really depressing and the world feels as though it is a realm from some kind of alternate reality, a kind of hell dimension. To my mind the world is a seething mass of suffering of innocent defenceless beings – including other humans – their only crime is that they are weaker than their oppressors, those who determine what happens in the world, those who determine and condone the crime of genocide of millions of living beings both human and non human. Yes I know the word genocide is a word that if used correctly can be applied only to humans but I am going to apply it to animals along with the word holocaust which Charles Patterson suggests is an appropriate word to describe our treatment of non human animals. In his book “Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust” he compares how the Nazis treated their victims with how our modern societies treat animals.  The title is taken from Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer’s now familiar quotation: “In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.” The Holocaust and indeed the genocide of the animals is on going and is unlikely to end in the foreseeable future.

I have often ask myself if an intelligent ethically progressive civilisation existed in the universe what would they think of the hell we have created here on earth. How would an observer from another world view the violence, exploitation and suffering that takes place on a massive and relentless scale as a result of actions by the dominant species. Would they wonder why so many people complied and never challenged the status que.  Would they be horrified that while millions of creatures suffered unimaginable torment, tortured and confined in factory farms or subjected to painful experiments, the majority of the dominant species looked the other way whilst claiming they loved animals yet doing nothing, even mindlessly condoning the atrocities by their silence or being thoughtlessly complicit as in the case of the consumption of the dead flesh of other sentient beings who were reared in these inhumane conditions. How would a morally advanced society view these appalling facts: Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans. More than 3,000 animals die every second in slaughterhouses around the world. Though ADAPTT , an ethical vegan organization established in 1996, estimates the numbers to be even higher with More Than 150 Billion Animals Slaughtered Every Year – click this link to see the numbers of animals killed worldwide by the meat, egg, and dairy industries since you opened the webpage. An estimated 115 million animals worldwide are used in laboratory experiments every year. Untold millions of helpless animals are killed each year for “sport” for example in the USA  More than 100 million animals are reported killed by hunters each yea

Would the observer question why those who were opposed to such either didn’t speak out or were so few in number that when they did little changed.Would they wonder why the vast majority where oblivious or indifferent or never questioned the pervasive evil that befell those weaker than themselves. Would they wonder why humans never questioned that meat was not a natural diet or that it was wrong to exploit animals for entertainment including the barbaric pass-time of the so-called “sport” of hunting and shooting. Would they be astonished that some people felt that it was a right of freedom to murder helpless animals for sport or why humans thought it right to murder en masse millions of helpless people in the insane massacre of warfare in the relentless quest for wealth and power under the guise of justice, defence and even peace.

Would a civilisation for whom warfare has been abolished from living memory or for whom such had never been part of their way of life be appalled at the numbers of people who have died during earth’s most recent conflicts let alone the untold millions who have died during these unrelenting periods of mass insanity since humans evolved. Over 60 million people were killed in WW11 about 3% of the 1940 worlds population  80 million of deaths from war-related disease and famine are included, it was the deadliest conflict in history. World War 1 resulted in the deaths of over 38 million casualties with over 17 million deaths and 20 million wounded.  The slaughter continues relentlessly such as for example a result of intervention by the USA 10 to 15 million deaths during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and the two Iraq Wars – this is among the examples from 37 countries.  Don’t forget of course the involvement of many of the USA’s allies including the UK which is always keen to intervene in conflicts, most notably in the middle east in recent years.

How would a moral alien species view our brutal history of destruction and genocide that continues today unabated. They would surely be horrified by the events of brutality and violence in our past , Genghis Khan, the crusades, the inquisition, slavery,  ethnic cleansing –  the Genocide of the Native Americans Civilizations, the Australian aborigines and so on and on right to the present day with the death toll increasing with the use of ever more destructive weapons with the loss of millions of innocent lives including those of other species who of course get caught up in the insanity. Here is a list that includes many of the atrocities man has perpetrated against his fellow-man.
http://listverse.com/2012/03/02/top-10-worst-moments-in-human-history/

How would they react to see the starving millions in a world of plenty, how would they comprehend the shocking reality that every single day 21,000 people, one every four seconds, die of hunger related courses. Would they be sickend to see emaciated children with withered limbs and swollen bodies who died of hunger with access only to unclean water. How would an ethical race of beings react to the shocking fact that many thousands more died each day from preventable diseases. Such as the children who die in their thousands from the want of available medication, vaccination, or even a simple mosquito net to protect against malaria – every 60 seconds malaria kills a child. Others lose their sight because they cannot access medication or suitable treatment which in some cases costs only about 50 pence, – according to sight savers There are 31.2 million people who are blind when it could have been avoided. While an ethically advanced civilisation might think the work of charities is commendable would they be dismayed that the provision of life’s essential was left to the generosity of the few rather than distributed as a basic human right. After all “While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.”
Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah

In a just society there would be no need for charity

It would take some time to record all the atrocities, all the neglect, all the exploitation to animals both human and non human.

What would an ethical alien species think of the most powerful animal on the planet, namely human beings, the most controlling and self serving creature that ever walked the face of the earth. A powerful species determining and manipulating the lives of myriads of other species to suit his desire, even the very environment itself until seemingly obviously to his destructive agenda he hovers on the brink of extinction in the same way that his actions have brought countless other species to this untimely fate, but nevertheless relentlessly ploughs forwards hell bet on limitless acquisition at the expense of other beings even those of his own kind and the very earth itself as he plunders the ever diminishing resources.

Thanks to human beings the world is in the grip of the sixth extinction event.

Conservation experts have already signalled that the world is in the grip of the “sixth great extinction” of species, driven by the destruction of natural habitats, hunting, the spread of alien predators and disease, and climate change.”

Read More:
Humans driving extinction faster than species can evolve, say experts
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/mar/07/extinction-species-evolve

(The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources estimates that the animal extinction caused by human activity is more than one thousand times higher than the natural extinction rate with some pro-jections suggesting that this figure should actually be more like eleven thousand)

To Conclude:

The toll of human destruction, greed and exploitation is shocking but there are good people in the world.

A reminder that although it may seem that the good guys are outnumbered in this world their are many who care for other people and other animals.

Restore your faith in humanity in 4 minutes flat

Published on Jul 22, 2014

If you’re ever worried about losing faith in humankind, despair not: here is the antidote. Cue happy tears…

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

PLEASE SHARE for the good of humanity.

How to be kind to animals every day: http://animalsaus.org/t

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/faith-in-humanity-restored.php

Related Links

Sight Savers

http://www.sightsavers.org/what-we-do/

Unicef – Goal: Reduce child mortality

http://www.unicef.org/mdg/childmortality.html

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NASA Wikimedia
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Good News Stories

I would like to start this New Year off with a selection of positive stories.

We need to occasionally focus on good things, though sadly often the good seems to arise from the bad. There is so much negativity in the news, it can be and is overwhelming. But there is good in this world, there is love, caring, compassion, kindness, loyalty and friendship and much of that is given and experienced by animals. Animals are amazing creatures and these videos demonstrate that they like us are sentient beings with feelings and emotions.

Below is a selection of good news stories from Care2 concerning animals. A pleasant and refreshing change from all the horror and misery. I hope you enjoy them.

Now living wild, orphan elephant Wendi gives birth to her first baby

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Elephant Mom Brings Tiny Newborn to Meet Her Rescuers

“This week the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) shared a precious encounter with one of its ex-orphans, who brought her brand new baby to meet her former keepers.

Wendi, the new mom, was once a tiny little orphan in DSWT’s care. She is an Imenti Forest Elephant from Meru who was a newborn, barely days old herself, when she was found on a September morning back in 2002 lying on the ground all alone as a victim of poaching.”
Read more:
http://www.care2.com/causes/elephant-mom-brings-tiny-newborn-to-meet-her-rescuers.html?TAP=1660

Rescued Pigeons Fall in Love and Make Out

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Hit by a Car and Left for Dead, These Two Pigeons Have Found Love at a Sanctuary

“Life really couldn’t have looked any worse for Woodstock pigeon after he was hit by a car and dumped in the trash where he was left to die.

With his crop torn open and a broken wing to boot, he likely wouldn’t have lasted the night, but thankfully someone noticed his little face peering back at them from the dark and dingy garbage bin when they opened the lid.

Seeing he was clearly suffering and in need of help they rushed him to the vet where he underwent a dangerous operation to save his life.

He made it, but he wasn’t ever going to be able to fly again and now he needed a home where he could live out the rest of his life in peace and that’s how he ended up here with us in Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary.”

Read more:
http://www.care2.com/causes/hit-by-a-car-and-left-for-dead-these-two-pigeons-have-found-love-at-a-sanctuary.html

Mr. G and Jellybean

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Grieving Goat Transforms After Sweet Reunion With His Best Friend

“This week Animal Place shared the story of one heartbroken little goat named Mr. G who had seemingly given up on life when his rescuers realized the problem was that he was overcome with grief over the loss of his best friend, a burro named Jellybean.

The two had lived together for years but were split up and taken in by two different sanctuaries after being confiscated from a neglectful situation. Mr. G was taken in by Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch in Grass Valley, Calif.

According to Animal Place, Mr. G was inconsolable, refusing to eat and spending his days lying in the corner of his stall with his head down. No treats were enough to entice him to eat or move. After health problems were ruled out, it became obvious to his rescuers that he was mourning the loss of his best friend. They decided a reunion was in order and a volunteer took a 14 hour roundtrip to get Jellybean. They describe the reunion:

When Jellybean entered Mr. G‘s stall, he could not believe his eyes. In fact, he did a double-take! It was only when he smelled Jellybean‘s unique scent that Mr. G realized the truth – his dearest friend had returned!”

Read more:
http://www.care2.com/causes/grieving-goat-transforms-after-sweet-reunion-with-his-best-friend.html