Cruelty to Animals in Thirty Seconds Flat

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



PRADA S.p.A. is an Italian luxury fashion house, specializing in leather handbags, travel accessories, shoes, ready-to-wear, perfumes and other fashion accessories, and, according to several footages, cruelty to animals too.

In September 2015, PETA investigators traveled to South Africa to get never-before-seen footage inside the largest ostrich slaughter companies in the world. There, YOUNG OSTRICHES ARE KEPT IN BARREN DIRT FEEDLOTS UNTIL THEY’RE TRUCKED TO SLAUGHTERHOUSES. THE 1-YEAR-OLD BIRDS ARE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN IN A STUNNER, THEN HAVE THEIR THROATS SLIT AND THEIR FEATHERS PLUCKED OUT, creating the bumpy-textured skin that Prada uses in its handbags and store sofas.

Warming!  Disturbing images

Take Action
Please send a message to Hermès and Prada:
Hermès and Prada Suppliers Exposed: Young Ostriches Butchered for ‘Luxury’ Bags
Prada on Twitter


Urgent Action: Help Free Language Campaigner Tashi Wangchuk


Please join Free Tibet’s Campaign to help free peaceful campaigner Tashi Wangchuk by contacting your government’s foreign affairs minister.  Also action from Amnesty International.

Free Tibet’s Campaign

“Tashi Wangchuk faces 15 years in jail after speaking up for Tibet in a New York Times documentary. Help us to free him”. Read more and take action: – scroll down the page to access details of your country’s foreign minister

“Tashi Wangchuk conducted a peaceful and non-political campaign to protect Tibetan language education in Tibet. Late last year, he was interviewed in the New York Times, talking frankly and openly about his campaign and the threat to Tibet’s culture. For that courageous decision, he has now been arrested and, if convicted, faces fifteen years in jail. Tibetans charged with political crimes are rarely found innocent in China’s courts. Many are convicted after confessions are extracted through torture…”

Please join the campaign to free Tashi Wangchuk by contacting your government now.

Further Action from Amnesty International

China: Release Tashi Wangchuk

“A young Tibetan, Tashi Wangchuk, who advocates for Tibetan language education has been detained and charged with “inciting separatism”, with no access to family and lawyer. He could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

1) Please write immediately in English, Chinese or your own language…”

Read More information about action you can take to help Tashi:

More information

Free Tibet launches appeal for language campaigner

It is shocking the way in which human rights are violated in Tibet and indeed China itself while the nations of the world stand by and do very little other than make weak objections. More interested in trade with China and the exploitation of its people for the benefit of the wealthy and powerful such grave injustices are ignored and many people lose years of their lives and suffer torture in prisons for doing what most of us take for granted and that is the right to free speech. Simply for agreeing to an interview with the New York Time this unfortunate man has to spend fifteen years in prison!

Please take as many of the above actions as you can.



Demand Punishment for Youths Who Set a Dog on Fire

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


COWARDLY YOUTHS  set a dog on fire in the SANTA MATILDE community in the municipality of SANTO DOMINGO in SAN LUIS POTOSÍ, MEXICO and recorded him in a video.

The authors of the cruelty to the dog have uploaded the video to YouTube.

Warning! Very disturbing images included in the Video featured in the article below:

Please message JUAN MANUEL CARRERAS LÓPEZ, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF SAN LUIS POTOSÍ, to ask the that these criminals be punished.







Designer Shoe Warehouse Knows Some Animals are skinned Alive for Fur But Sells it Anyway


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


DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW), formerly Designer Shoe Warehouse, is a speciality branded footwear retailer, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

They said they are great people with deep values and a whole lot of shoe love who have the mission to be the #1 place that America turns for shoes. THEY FORGOT TO SAY THEY ALSO SUPPORT CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.

Fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods available: suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and poisoning. But retailer DSW doesn’t seem to care—let it know that you do.

Please sign and share the petition

Urge Footwear and Accessories Retailer DSW to End Fur and Angora Wool Sales

Please contact DSW and urge them to end fur and angora wool sales.

DSW Contact Info
Call Us:
Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m.–9 p.m. ET

Send a Letter:
DSW Customer Service
810 DSW Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43219

DSW Inc. Websites

DSW Inc. on Facebook

DSW Inc. on Twitter

Please Sign Petition: Stop the Horrific Ripping-Apart of Baby Foxes in Illegal Fox-Hunt ‘Cubbing’!


Please sign and share the following petition. Despite the fact that fox hunting, hunting with dogs, is outlawed the horrific cruelty of so called cubbing continues it seems regardless of the law. Enforcing this law is ignored and a blind eye is turned concerning this barbaric obscenity. More suggested action to take further down.


” ‘Cubbing’ starts in August and ends in November each year. In the name of hunting, young fox-cubs are used to train young hounds, in a reduced woodland with little to no chance of escape before being ripped apart. Underground holes – fox earths and badger setts – are blocked to prevent the cubs having a safe place to hide. If these poor creatures escape underground, ‘terrier-men’ are on hand to ensure that they dig out the fox-cub. Hunt followers surround the woods to ensure that any terrified fox-cubs trying to escape are ‘flushed out’ and scared back into the mouths of the pack of hounds.

There need to be much tighter controls on ensuring that the illegal act of ‘cubbing’ does not take place and strict sanctions for those whom aid and abet it. 80% of people in the United Kingdom are against hunting in the United Kingdom. Please sign this petition and demand that our government and Defra uphold the law against this cruel and outdated practice, so that ‘cubbing’ is consigned to the history books forever. “

Stop the Horrific Ripping-Apart of Baby Foxes in Illegal Fox-Hunt ‘Cubbing’!     This petition may be signed by anyone worldwide. Please sign and share. 

It is well worth signing this petition even though Cameron himself actively supports the reinstatement of fox-hunting being a keen participant of this barbaric “sport”. It is time he was made aware of the full impact of public opinion and that his own personally warped views on the issue does not negate his responsibility to ensure the law is enforced and prosecutions and penalties enacted.

You have to wonder at the sick mentality of those who derive pleasure from the torment and death of any animal being torn apart by dogs. To allow such barbaric behaviour to continue is not in keeping with any progressive society. Sadly it seems that in recent years in one way or another the UK cannot claim to be a progressive society in regards to improving and reforming unethical and monstrously cruelty treatment of animals.

Further Action

“One way in which you can play an active role in protecting foxes and other wildlife is by supporting The Hunt Saboteurs Association (HSA). The HSA has a policy of peaceful direct action, placing themselves between the hunters and the hunted. For information telephone 01273 622827 or visit the website at

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“A huntsman who knows his salt knows there is a vixen in a particular cover and that there are five cubs with her. He goes into the cover and soon the hounds pick up the vixen’s scent and speak to her. They rattle around a bit. She’ll try to warn them off and, when the going gets tough, put her cubs to what she considers safety underground, in the earth.

“She will then break cover to take the hounds away from the cubs… never mind that there are 50 frightful people out there making noises and shouting. She’ll run across the fields…The hounds will come out and chase her a bit.

“After a field or field and a half, the huntsman will call them back. Now they go to the earth where the cubs are and they dig them out. And they don’t kill one or two or three but every one of them, after which they congratulate themselves on a beautiful morning’s cubbing.” Former hunter Clifford Pellow.

Cub hunting takes place in the three months prior to the start of the official fox hunting season in November. The hunt gathers in the early morning when the foxes’ scent is strongest or, occasionally, in the evening before the sun sets. Mounted hunters and foot-followers surround the perimeter of a small wood, or covert, where foxes are known to reside. The earth is dug up and any cubs attempting to flee are driven back by the circle of hunters and supporters shouting and clapping their hands.”

Read more:

Watch the video featuring a vixen and her adorable family. How anyone could set dogs onto these helpless animals is beyond my comprehension.

Fox Cubs Born in my Garden



Thought provoking Quote: The Thinking Man Must Oppose all Cruel Customs…

The Thinking Man Must Oppose all Cruel Customs-

This is one of a series of posts which includes a quote concerning human rights, animal rights, and the environment which will focus on anything motivating, uplifting or informative concerning these issues. Here is the first which includes an introduction:
Thought Provoking Quote

“The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo…We need a boundless ethic which will include the animal also.”

“Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”

To be more accurate today’s thought provoking quote is actually two quotes from Albert Schweitzer who had so many profound things to say concerning our relationship with animals that it was difficult to select which quote to include.

Please read the following which is taken from my animal rights website Think Differently About Sheep

“Albert Schweitzer, born 1875 in Kaysersberg in the province of Alsace-Lorraine in the German Empire, is perhaps mostly remembered for his work in Africa as a missionary. He was however also a theologian, organist, philosopher, and physician. He also set in motion important ideas concerning our ethical treatment of animals, and was an important protagonist in the evolution of our concept of animal rights. He struggled with the paradoxes of the relationship between man and animal as no other philosopher had ever done before. His philosophy has altered attitudes, led to the passage of laws and helped the cause of animal rights in the latter part of the twentieth century.

Albert Schweitzer developed a philosophy which he called a “Reverence for Life”, for which he received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize; he considered this philosophy his greatest contribution to mankind. He thought that Western civilisations were decaying as a result of the abandonment of its ethical foundation, namely the affirmation of and respect for life. Reverence for life was an essential part of Schweitzer’s personal Philosophy which he hoped would be made known throughout the world by means of his books and talks and through his own example.”

“At sunset of the third day, near the village of Igendja, we moved along an island set in the middle of the wide river. On a sandback to our left, four hippopotamuses and their young plodded along in our same direction. Just then, in my great tiredness and discouragement, the phrase, Reverence for Life, struck me like a flash. As far as I knew, it was a phrase I had never heard nor ever read. I realized at once that it carried within itself the solution to the problem that had been torturing me. Now I knew that a system of values which concerns itself only with our relationship to other people is incomplete and therefore lacking in power for good. Only by means of reverence for life can we establish a spiritual and humane relationship with both people and all living creatures within our reach. Only in this fashion can we avoid harming others, and, within the limits our our capacity, go to their aid whenever they need us.”
Reverence for Life , Albert Schweitzer

Schweitzer’s reverence for life philosophy has had a profound effect on the environmental movement. Rachel Carson dedicated her book A Silent Spring, widely attributed to the beginning of environmental awareness, to Albert Schweitzer. Moreover Schweitzer’s article published in 1936, The Ethics of a Reverence for life may have influenced the rapid growth of ethical and charitable organizations of all kinds throughout the world.

Basically Schweitzer considered that all creatures possess what he called “a will to live ” for which we should empathize, and that this will to live should be respected in all animals without exception, and a person wishing to live in accordance with such an ethic should avoid whenever possible harming another creature…

Please continue reading the complete article, includes more quotations, a small selection of which appear below:
Animal Rights: A History Albert Schweither 

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.

“The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret…. It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”

“A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as well as that of his fellowman, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.”

“It is the fate of every truth to be an object of ridicule when it is first acclaimed. It was once considered foolish to suppose that black men were really human beings and ought to be treated as such. What was once foolish has now become a recognized truth. Today it is considered as exaggeration to proclaim constant respect for every form of life as being the serious demand of a rational ethic. But the time is coming when people will be amazed that the human race existed so long before it recognized that thoughtless injury to life is incompatible with real ethics. Ethics is in its unqualified form extended responsibility to everything that has life.”

“Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.”


Sentient Animals: Animals Who Suffer With Depression and Mental Illness

This is part of a series of blog posts concerning animal sentience.  Here is the first post and introduction:

Sentient Animals: Animals Who Suffer With Depression and Mental Illness

Many animals experience pain, anxiety and suffering, physically and psychologically, when they are held in captivity or subjected to starvation, social isolation, physical restraint, or painful situations from which they cannot escape. Even if it is not the same experience of pain, anxiety, or suffering undergone by humans- or even other animals, including members of the same species- an individual’s pain, suffering, and anxiety matter.
Marc Bekoff, Animals Matter

This story is really heart breaking
“A rescue dog now spends his days staring at a blank wall after his would-be adoptees pulled out at the last minute.

Photographs of March, a pit mix, show the canine in the depths of depression.”

Living in animal rescue shelter ACCT in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since he was brought in as a stray, the 58 lbs dog was finally due to be rescued.

But at the last minute, his new family pulled out of the deal and March was taken back to the shelter.
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I hope this unfortunate dog finds a loving forever home soon.

It couldn’t be more plain could it; animals are sentient beings capable of a wide range of emotions including depression. You can clearly see how dejected this poor creature looks, how miserable and unhappy. Depression is a serious and devastating illness in human beings and it is the same for animals.

If you think of depression and other mental illness as a uniquely human trait you would be wrong. Indeed the presence of mental illness including depression in non human animals is confirmed by both scientific and anecdotal evidence.

In the following article which is well worth reading you will find information concerning depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in chimpanzees; Obsessive -Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in birds and dogs and there is even an example of autism presenting in a coyote:

“He didn’t quite get what it was to be a coyote,”  “He was socially very maladaptive, and he didn’t seem to understand what other coyotes were saying to him or doing. And he didn’t seem to know how to play.”

In his 2008 book The Emotional Lives of Animals, Bekoff suggested that “Harry suffered from coyote autism”.

Read More:  – Please note, reference is made in the article to animal testing. I do not approve of animal testing for any reason whatsoever and have only included this article because of its invaluable information concerning animals and mental illness.

More stories concerning mental health in animals.

Below are two examples, but please click the following link to read many more – includes information concerning Zoochosis, a new term coined to refer to a range of psychological problems exhibited by animals confined in zoos or other places of long term captivity :

Animal Sentience Stories:Mental Health  – This is a long article and includes videos with many examples of mental illness presenting in animals.

Agoraphobic German Shepherd

Sam is a German Shepherd who does not like going for walks, in fact he is terrified of going outdoors. Any attempts to take him for a walk and Sam arches his back digging his feet into the ground, he is adamant he does not like the great outdoors. His fear may be the result of being kept in a small flat when he was a puppy by an elderly woman who had him for company but was too infirm to take him for walks. When she died the Dogs trust tried with difficulty to rehome him, his agoraphobia deterring prospective guardians from giving him a home. In the end staff decided to house him in one of their kennels. Sam refusing attempts over the years to take him for a walk in the fields opposite his kennel is taken only for very short brief walks in a paddock with a handler.

Sandra Owen, assistant manager at the centre quoted in the Daily Mail , said:

“Unfortunately, for Sam the great outdoors is anything but.”

“He finds staying inside so much more comfortable and reassuring, especially in the winter when the weather is cold and grey.”

“I think his fear of the outside world is borne out of his background, he used to belong to an elderly lady, who although doted on him, was too old to take him out.”

Read the full story

A service dog with PTSD

It is a well known fact that servicemen and women experience symptoms of PTSD as a result of their horrific experiences, now however it is becoming apparent that the dogs who serve along side them are also affected with PTSD

Before going to Iraq as a highly trained explosive detection dog two year old German Sheppard Gina was a happy and playful animal. As a door to door bomb sniffing dog Gina rather like the humans in her company was exposed to flashing lights and the noise from explosions. Sadly also rather like some of her human companions this experience changed the once happy dog into a fearful and cowering animal wanting nothing to do with people. Now when her handlers tried to take her into a building she would resist by stiffening her legs. When inside she would slink to the floor tucking her tail beneath her legs.

A vet diagnosed her with PTSD

Master Sgt. Eric Haynes, the kennel master at Peterson Air Force Base said:

“She showed all the symptoms and she had all the signs,”

“She was terrified of everybody and it was obviously a condition that led her down that road.”

A year on and Gina was improving and overcoming her fears thanks to frequent walks, friendly people and a slow reintroduction to the noises associated with military life. Unfortunately it is doubtful that Gina will overcome her fears entirely though there are hopes that she will resume her duties in Iraq but that will not be for a while yet.

For more information

What a sad story not only from the perspective of the psychological trauma of Gina but the fact that human beings use animals in their dreadful conflicts, animals who really have no say in the matter.

Related Links

More stories and information
Animal Sentience Stories: Mental Health

Mental Disorders in Animals

Do Wild Animals Suffer From PTSD and Other Psychological Disorders?
Observations of autistic- and bipolar-like coyotes and wolves suggest they do
Marc Bekoff Ph.D

Here is a more recent article by Marc Bekoff Ph.D with links to further information and review of the BBC article cited earlier

Psychological Disorders in Animals: A Review of What We Know

An essay in BBC Earth summarizes what we know about mental illness in animals

Goodbye to the Jails in Paysandu

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


The only zoo in the capital of PAYSANDÚ Department in western URUGUAY (since now a First World City in animal rights activism) has closed down a few weeks ago.

All the animals of the zoo, about two hundred animals which include birds, mammals and reptiles, were recently released from their jails, after many years of being kidnapped in order to amuse humans. Some of those animals have already been freed in the wild, others were sent to the sanctuary Bioparque M’Bopicuá in Uruguay, and the most domestic ones were found homes at the Uruguayan animal rights organization Animales Sin Hogar’s farm.

Some years ago, a lion and a lioness from that same zoo were sent to the American sanctuary Wild Animal Sanctuary.

The place where the zoo was will be transformed into a botanical garden with recreational and sports.

Thank you very much to the Uruguayan animal rights organizations Amigos de los Animales and Animales Sin Hogar, to the thousands of animal rights activists of Uruguay, and to the authorities of Paysandú, specially its intendant, Guillermo Caraballo.

Finally, in name of the decadent human race, I ask those animals for forgiveness.

Goodbye to the jails in Paysandú (In Spanish)

Amigos de los Animales on Facebook

Animales Sin Hogar on Facebook

The Uruguayan animal rights organizations Amigos de los Animales and Animales Sin Hogar are releasing the animals from the Paysandú zoo. These two videos documented the liberation.



Do Animals Die Differently in Organic Slaughter Houses?

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


The images filmed underground at the certified organic slaughterhouse of the commune Vigan in the Gard department in southern France, show the extreme violence in that animals are killed in the same way as in any standard abattoir.

For Nili Hadida, singer of the group Lilly Wood and the Prick who presents the video, “even in a slaughterhouse turned to organic, animals die in suffering. The happy meat does not exist.”

There are very few instances of suffering that can be compared with that which one of these innocent and defenseless animals suffer before dying in this and any slaughterhouse in order to satisfy the consumption of animal flesh by humans.

Warning: Graphic and extremely upsetting images 

Please sign the petition – Written in French please use Google or other translator.




Please Take Action to Help The People of Tibet

Ask the UK to challenge China over torture


Please support the following campaign to help the Tibetan people by contacting the UK’s foreign secretary about Torture in Tibet

“The next “UK-China Human Rights Dialogue” is due to take place in a few weeks’ time.

The dialogue is a meeting which normally takes place twice a year in which the UK raises human rights concerns directly with China’s government. The next meeting follows China’s review last November by the Committee Against Torture at the United Nations which found that “the practice of torture and ill-treatment is still deeply entrenched in the criminal justice system” in China and Tibet.

China’s response was simply to claim that torture is not allowed. China’s government has proved that it is unwilling to meet its obligations to end torture under international law. The UK government rarely speaks up strongly on behalf of human rights in Tibet. This is an opportunity for the United Kingdom to add to the pressure put on China by the UN and press for action.

Please send an email to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to ask them to ensure that torture is high on the agenda for the meeting. Fill in the details below to send the email – you can also change the subject line and the wording for more impact, if you wish.”

Read More an send the e-mail  – anyone may take part you do not need to reside in the UK.

Try and include your own words but if this is not possible just send as it is.

More than 500 Tibet supporters have emailed the UK Foreign Secretary, asking for torture in Tibet to be high on the agenda in the upcoming UK China Human Rights dialogue.

Please take action and share widely we need much much more than 500 signatures so please please send the e-mail.

You might also consider sending a letter or an e-mail from your own e-mail address. Here are contact details for the foreign secretary The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP:  

It is time the UK took more action to defend the Tibetan people against the grave and continuing violation of human rights that has taken place in Tibet since the beginning of China’s occupation in 1950

Like to do more? Please read the following information and click the link to Free Tibet’s Take Action Page


A protester in London with the banned Tibetan national flag

“We campaign for an end to China’s occupation of Tibet and for international recognition of Tibetans’ right to freedom. It’s our job to generate more support for Tibet and to do what we can to protect Tibetans’ human rights. We also campaign to make sure governments, companies and individuals don’t do anything which could sustain the occupation or help the Chinese government deny Tibetans their freedom.

You can help us. Our campaigns aim to achieve concrete outcomes which help Tibetans in their struggle and weaken China’s rule. From speaking up for political prisoners to challenging politicians who turn their backs on Tibet, we depend on the actions of individuals to give our campaigns the power to make a difference. Find out more about our current campaigns and how you can help below.

Support peace, justice and freedom: support Tibet.”

Continue reading and take more action:  – please take as many of the suggested actions as you can

Learn More About Tibet

If you are not familiar concerning the situation in Tibet please check out the following:

“Tibet today is one of the most repressed and closed societies in the world.”
 Senator Robert Menendez, Chair of US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 2012

Read more about the situation in Tibet:

Read the Latest news From Tibet

The nations of the world it seems have turned their backs on the plight of the Tibetan people, it is up to us to speak out in any way we can. Please support the above campaigns. There is no place in our world for torture, suppression and other violations of human rights. Yet the nations of the world fail to speak out and oppose the brutal suppression of the Tibetan people,the genocide of over 1 million people, torture, imprisonment and the destruction of their culture..

I am in the process of reading a book Tibetan Venture written in 1949 by explorer Andre Guibaut who was among the last people to visit Tibet as it once was untouched by the progress and conflicts of the rest of the world. In the preface he writes:

“But though Tibet, protected by its high mountains as by its boreal climate, has managed to escape for a few years from the tragic community of nations, it is not likely to preserve its anachronistic state much longer.Already men of strange purpose armed with wooden pegs and sighting apparatus have penetrated into its territory, and subsequently roads have bitten into the soil of the Lamas and airfields have flattened it.

The Tibetans do not understand these wooden pegs with which the Chinese mark out their tracks, and which bear some resemblance to the pegs which the wild tribes of the eastern mountains , on the far fringes of Tibet, plant around their settlements to drive away evil spirits. They do not realize that these pegs are warning signs that a very ancient civilization, now condemned, is about to disappear. Will that which is to come be an improvement? The time is obviously near when it will be possible to penetrate Tibet by car or plane. Than the Lama civilization will dissolve into tourism . Perhaps I shall be one of the last to have known that very ancient epoch of mankind. ” (Emphasis mine)

That which was to come is certainly no improvement with the genocide of over 1 million people, the eradication of the Tibetan culture, ongoing torture and other human rights violations. Maybe in time Tibet would embrace the modern world with all its advantages but in their own time in their own way not by force, coercion, exploitation and brutal suppression and the continuing violation of their human rights.