Speak Out For Sheep Exploited For Their Wool

The exciting news right now is that Norway are Banning Fur Farming! 

Norway has 300 fur farms, which breed and kill approximately 700,000 minks and 110,000 foxes every year, so this is a significant progress for the rights of animals not to be exploited abused and killed simply for fashion or to produce garments which are no longer necessary in modern times when there are so many synthetic cruelty free alternatives.

We need also to turn our attention to the plight of sheep, who for many people seem less obvious victims of abuse concerning their exploitation for wool, yet another product that is not necessary and like fur involves horrific abuse

Please take action and help prevent animal cruelty in the wool industry as sheep are abused and killed for their wool.

Please help to save defencess sheep from this shocking brutality by sending a message to Urge Express and Forever 21 to drop wool in favour of animal-friendly materials.

Learn More – other action to take further down.

Warning the video is extremely disturbing.

PETA’s SEVENTH Wool Exposé: Sheep Still Hit, Kicked, Cut, Thrown

“A disturbing new PETA video exposé of the Australian wool industry—the world’s top wool exporter—reveals that extreme cruelty to sheep continues unabated. Exposés in dozens of shearing sheds on three continents show workers punch, kick, cut up, stomp on, mutilate, and throw sheep down chutes like garbage bags.

This latest exposé shows more of the same—sheep shearers in Australia violently punched these gentle animals in the face and beat and jabbed them in the head with sharp metal shears. The attacks often left the petrified sheep bleeding from the eyes, nose, and mouth.

After PETA exposed rampant extreme cruelty to sheep across Australia in 2014, the video evidence resulted in landmark cruelty convictions against shearers, and the wool industry assured the public that such abuse would no longer be tolerated. But as this exposé shows, absolutely nothing has changed for sheep, and the cruelty is as severe as ever.”

Please continue reading and send  a message to Urge Express and Forever 21 to drop wool in favour of animal-friendly materials. Click the Take Action button to send the message which you can edit using your own words if you can do so, if not please send it as it is. 

https://investigations.peta.org/australian-wool-industry-cruelty/?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=0118::skn::PETA::E-Mail::Cows%20and%20Pigs%20Cut%20Open%20and%20Chickens%20Scalded%20ALIVE::::peta%20e-news

Please take more action for sheep by signing the following petition – click the Take Action button

Italian Wool Exposed: Sheep Kicked, Cut, and Killed

https://investigations.peta.org/sheep-killed-italian-wool/

You can also help sheep by refusing to buy wool.

Leave wool and other clothing derived from animals such as mohair and fur out of your wardrobe. There are humane modern fabrics such as cotton, rayon, acrylic, hemp and nylon. Modern synthetic fibres are more versatile, warmer, easy to care for and most importantly humane.

I have a fondness for timid gentle sheep whom I often see grazing in the countryside close to where I live, out in all weathers often suffering injuries, neglected, open to the elements, predators and all manner of hazards. Sheep suffer like all farm animals for products we do not need, namely meat and wool.

Please help sheep by changing to a vegan lifestyle and keep wool out of your wardrobe and meat off your plate.

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Read more about the brutality of the wool industry

The Wool Industry

“Sheep are gentle individuals who, like all animals, feel pain, fear, and loneliness. But because there’s a market for their fleece and skins, they’re treated as nothing more than wool-producing machines.

If they were left alone and not genetically manipulated, sheep would grow just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes. The fleece provides them with effective insulation against both cold and heat.”

https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/wool-industry/

Though the next article was written back in 2014  the brutality continues, nothing has changed for sheep exploited by the wool industry.

A wool jumper is just as cruel as a mink coat

A Peta film shows workers who beat, kick, stamp on, throw, mutilate and even kill sheep as they shear them

“The investigators saw shearers violently punch struggling sheep, and beat and jab them in the face with sharp shears, leaving the gentle animals bleeding from their eyes, nose and mouth. One shearer repeatedly twisted and bent a sheep’s neck, finally breaking it.”

“Most shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, which means that they have an incentive to work as quickly as they can, with little regard for the sheep’s welfare. Investigators recorded shearers who processed up to 27 sheep per hour and up to 35 lambs. Such fast and often violent work can lead to severe cuts on sheep’s abdomens, hindquarters and limbs – even on sheep’s penises. Large swaths of skin were also cut or ripped off the bodies of many sheep by the shearers.

“…injured sheep were shot dead in full view of their companions, and one was even butchered and left in full view of other terrified sheep.”

Read the complete article includes video

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/a-wool-jumper-is-just-as-cruel-as-a-mink-coat-9610133.html

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This Year Change to a Vegan Diet

More and more people are changing to a vegan diet.

There is now much more help available for you to make this change in your eating habits, a change which not only helps the billions of animals who suffer from cruelty and abuse but also helps protect our environment and your health.

Watch this inspiring film

Here are suggestions to help you make the change if you are not already vegan and if you are the following links will help add variety to your diet and make life easier.

Here are our 10 Reasons why going Vegan will make you thrive!
https://www.vivahealth.org.uk/veganhealth?utm_source=Viva%21+emails&utm_campaign=2d10d3c506-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_db2a2ff042-2d10d3c506-49561977&mc_cid=2d10d3c506&mc_eid=9c78335ec0

Need help changing to a Vegan diet? Learn how to turn dishes that are full of animal products into nutritious lovely meals is easier than you may think:
https://www.vivahealth.org.uk/how-go-vegan?utm_source=Viva%21+emails&utm_campaign=2d10d3c506-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_db2a2ff042-2d10d3c506-49561977&mc_cid=2d10d3c506&mc_eid=9c78335ec0

Good news for vegans and potential vegans as Tessco introduce new range of 18 all-vegan meals at 600 of their stores under the Wicked Kitchen brand.
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/tesco-launches-vegan-meals/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=c75a3eb43a-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-c75a3eb43a-107260621

Veganism is on the raise,  great news for animals and the environment and our own health, a win win situation all round.

There is less and less excuse to do the right thing and change to a vegan diet.

Go Vegan for the sake of the 56 billion animals slaughtered each year some estimates have a higher figure of 70 billion , the environment – meat and dairy  contributes to global warming, widespread pollution, deforestation, land degradation, water scarcity and species extinction – and your health 57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan

Go Vegan: Change the world.

Often we feel so powerless to change the world, the onslaught of injustice to both human and nonhuman animals seems relentless overwhelming, however there is one simple thing you can do: Change your diet and go vegan.

If you need encouragement why not take the pledge:

Go vegan in 30 days with the 30 Day Vegan Pledge with  the Vegan Society

Sign up via email using the form in this link  “and for 30 days you’ll receive advice on all aspects of a vegan diet (including lots of healthy and easy recipes to try out), allowing you to really sink your teeth into the lifestyle.”

https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/take-vegan-pledge

Related links with advice and information concerning a vegan diet

Farm animals are not the only animals whose lives are saved when you change to a vegan diet

5 WAYS A VEGAN DIET HELPS TO SAVE NON-FARMED ANIMALS
https://www.livekindly.co/veganism-saves-animals/

How to Go Vegan – advice from the Vegan Society
https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/how-go-vegan

From PETA
Order Your FREE Vegan Starter Kit!
https://www.peta.org/living/food/free-vegan-starter-kit/

From VIVA

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A Christmas Message for Theresa May

A Christmas Message for Theresa May:

Spare a moment over the festive season in your warm centrally heated home with luxury food in abundance for the 300,000 people in Britain who are homeless, including 128,000 children and over 4,000 rough sleepers; the result of Tory policies which have taken money from the most vulnerable in our society and handed it to the better-off. While you enjoy your opulent Christmas sadly it’ll be a different story for homeless people waking up shivering on the pavement, families with children waking on Christmas day in cramped depressing B&Bs or hostel rooms. The children will have few if any new toys for Christmas, their parents having been made destitute as a result of Tory benefit cuts and other austerity measures.

Are you even aware that only last Sunday a thirty-eight year old man died sleeping rough in Birmingham on a bitterly cold night. 

Take time to reflect on the increase in childhood and pensioners poverty which has soared by 400,000 and 300,000 respectively since the Conservatives came to power, the worst decline in decades. Now in the world’s seventh richest country 14 million people currently live in poverty. Shameful.

This Christmas think about the disabled people whose already difficult lives have been detrimentally affected by your so called welfare reforms which the UN have condemned. Vicious attacks on the most vulnerable in our society which have resulted in an increase in poverty and the overall death rate including a high rate of suicides by disabled people after the withdrawal of welfare benefits. This also includes the mentally ill of course who now have to increasingly cope alone as there are 6,700 fewer mental health nurses and 5,000 fewer mental health beds since 2010.

Take time from your hectic schedule to spare a thought for the thousands of people on universal credit who will not receive a payment at Christmas.

Please consider the overworked and underpaid NHS staff who have seen drastic cuts in their numbers, who struggle to cope with underfunding that has resulted in such outrages as 10,000 patients a week left waiting in ambulances outside A&Es ;  Long waits in A&E which have increased by 557% in seven years  and cancelled surgery for 10s of thousands of people.

Thanks to you Theresa May and your government we are now living in a period of great social injustice of which sadly some people are not aware. You and your predecessor have managed to turn the clock back to a time most of us do not remember and thought had been consigned to history.

Tell me: How do you sleep at night?

Related Links

Perhaps Theresa May and other Tories should also consider the following questions:

“It’s like an ordinary day, to be honest”: How the cuts stole Christmas

As foodbanks stockpile and benefits are withheld, Britain faces crisis this festive season.
https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/welfare/2017/12/it-s-ordinary-day-be-honest-how-cuts-stole-christmas

As a result of conservative policies it is estimated that over 4,000 disabled and vulnerable people may have died, but this figure could be much higher as a result of welfare cuts:

Welfare Reform Deaths – Memorial Page – Please Stop Killing Us
http://calumslist.org/

Recent research shows the conservative party’s austerity policies have resulted in the deaths of 120,000 people

Landmark study links Tory austerity to 120,000 deaths
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/tory-austerity-deaths-study-report-people-die-social-care-government-policy-a8057306.html

More UK children homeless or in temporary housing than during crash crisis
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/06/more-children-homeless-or-in-temporary-housing-than-during-crash-crisis

One in every 200 people in UK are homeless, according to Shelter
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/08/one-in-every-200-people-in-uk-are-homeless-according-to-shelter

I never thought the day would come when the UK would be subject to UN condemnation concerning human rights, particularly in respect to its treatment of disabled and vulnerable people. Anyone reading this please consider the above, Theresa May is not solely responsible.  If you voted Tory and continue to support them you are complicit in this, the greatest social injustice in our country in a long time. It is shameful that so many people either are ignorant of what is happening or simply do not care.

“Stand for what is right even it that means standing alone”
Suzy Kassem

 

The Secret Life of Turkeys

“I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red coat on.”
Benjamin Franklin in a letter to his daughter.

A turkey is a sentient being they are not here to provide you with your Christmas dinner, as I hope you will see from the following article, a turkey is a thinking, feeling creature with a life of his or her own.

This Christmas please keep turkey and other dead animals off your plate. Turkeys like all animals are sentient creatures who feel pain and suffer and like all sentient being turkeys wish to live.

Below is an article I wrote for my website think differently about sheep. I have updated it and added more information concerning turkey sentience.

First some interesting Turkey Facts:

Wild turkeys are able to fly at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour

Benjamin Franklin referred to turkeys as “a bird of courage. He suggested that the turkey rather than the eagle be the national symbol of the USA.

In the wild turkeys natural life span is up to twelve years.

Turkeys have a wingspan of four to five feet.

Related to pheasants turkeys evolved about 10 million years ago.

Below you will read compelling facts and anecdotes that demonstrate that a turkey is not an automaton driven by instinct, but like all animals he is a conscious being aware of and able to interact with his surroundings: sentient.

Rather like chickens turkeys also have become a by-word for stupidity. However also like chickens such an idea is a misconception.

Intelligence.

There is a huge amount of information supporting the fact that turkeys are intelligent, below is a selection of anecdotes and scientific research concerning the intelligence of turkeys. But as always it is important to keep in mind that sentience does not depend on a creatures intellectual capacity, intelligence adds weight to the idea that an animal is sentient, however it is not a prerequisite.

In an article by Aaron Hougham for The Daily Barometer, Tom Savage, poultry scientist and animal science professor at Oregon State University says this about turkey intelligence:

“If you throw an apple to a group of turkeys, they’ll play with it together,” he said. “Kind of like football.”

Savage asks, “If turkeys are so dumb, then why do they socialize like that?”

Turkeys: much smarter than you think

here is a video of Turkeys playing with a football

Note the comment on Youtube which follows the video “These turkey seem smarter than a lot of dogs….. and yet they are slaughtered by the millions…. with no regard”

Below is an extract form the Oregon State University News and Communication services with more information about turkey intelligence and further comments by Professor Savage :

“The researcher has spent a lot of time with turkeys and feels strongly that the use of the turkey as a metaphor for stupidity is unfair and inaccurate.

“I’ve always viewed turkeys as smart animals with personality and character, and keen awareness of their surroundings,” said Savage. “The dumb tag simply doesn’t fit.”

Although the research has been conducted to improve meat quality the findings nonetheless demonstrate turkeys are intelligent. The incongruity of course between these findings and the improvement of meat quality is to me an amazing inconsistency of thinking, bizarre is it not to prove that a creature is intelligent, sentient and then to continue to kill such a being for his meat. Such amazing inconsistency of thinking is to my mind a baffling enigma.

To read the complete article

OSU animal scientist debunks dumb turkey myth
http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2003/nov/osu-animal-scientist-debunks-dumb-turkey-myth

It’s not only wild turkeys of course who are intelligent, despite selective breeding domesticated turkeys retain much of their natural intelligence as you can read in the account below:

“Many people assume that domestic turkeys lack the native intelligence of their wild relatives. I’d like to challenge this assumption by sharing my memory of Mila and Priscilla, two turkey hens who lived with my husband and me for several years in Darnestown, Maryland.

Victims of a truck accident, Mila and Priscilla would have been dead by the time we adopted them had they not been rescued. Though roughly the same age, their personalities were very different. Mila was a gentle and pacific turkey with a watchful face. Priscilla was a moody bird with emotional burdens.

In the spring and summer, Priscilla would disappear into the woods around our house, and I would have to go look for her. Eventually I’d spy her white form nestled in thick vegetation, where she laid many clutches of eggs that, since there was no male turkey to fertilize them, never hatched. Priscilla kept trying to be a mother, and perhaps because she could not, she was irritable much of the time.

When Priscilla got into one of her angry moods, you could see her getting ready to charge my husband or me, which wasn’t pleasant. With her head pulsing colors, she glared at us with combat in her whole demeanor. What stopped her was Mila. Perking up her head at the signals, Mila would enter directly into the path between Priscilla and us, and block Priscilla’s charge. She would tread back and forth in front of Priscilla, uttering soft pleading yelps as if beseeching her to stop. Priscilla would gradually calm down.”

Please finish reading this article which includes more information validating the intelligence of turkeys :

A Tale of Two Turkeys
By Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns
https://www.upc-online.org/turkeys/120106twoturkeys.html

Erik Marcus, the author of Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating, has spent a considerable amount of time with turkeys on farm sanctuaries. He reports, “Turkeys remember your face and they will sit closer to you with each day you revisit. Come back day after day and, before long, a few birds will pick you out as their favourite and they will come running up to you whenever you arrive. It’s definitely a matter of the birds choosing you rather than of you choosing the birds. Different birds choose different people.”

Read more of this interesting article:
https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/turkeys/hidden-lives-turkeys/

Emotion and sensitivity

Turkeys are not only more intelligent than we give them credit for but they are also amazingly sensitive, aware, conscious even playful creatures capable of a whole spectrum of emotion, and it is only when you get to know them that their true characteristics shine through.

Here is an excellent example:

In his book The pig who sang to the moon: The emotional world of farm animals, Jeffery Massom refers to the experiences of Jo Hutto who lived amongst turkeys for one year in the forests of Florida.

‘Nearly two hundred eggs where hatched in his presence , and he became the leader of a flock of extraordinary birds… Hutto discovered that that are extremely intelligent , not at all the creatures of human myth…He tells us ” I have never kept better company or known more fulfilling companionship.” Hutto is driven in spite his scientist self, to recognise,” that in the most fundamental sense our similarities are greater than our differences.” He considers himself privileged to be in thier presence, feeling less desolate, less isolated, as he is bathed in the warm glow of these extraordinary creatures .. “As we leave the confines of my language and culture these graceful creatures become in everyway my superiors. More alert sensitive and aware they are vastly more conscious than I. They are in may ways simply more intelligent. There is an intricate attitude, a clear distillation of purpose and design that is beyond my ability to comprehend” He describes his friendship with one particular turkey. “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.

Here is another lovely turkey story:

“After hearing accounts of how “stupid” turkeys can be, a lady and her husband were surprised to see two wild turkeys walk out onto a busy two lane country road and spread out their wings. One turkey faced oncoming traffic in one direction, the other faced oncoming traffic in the other direction. Confused drivers came to a halt. Everyone waited to see what would happen.”

To finish reading this story please click the link below.

A True Turkey Story – From All Creatures Animal Stories,

Turkeys are capable of emotion and there is physical evidence to validate this: when a turkey becomes distressed or excited the bare skin on his throat and head changes colour from grey to shades of red white and blue.

Few people know the turkey as a wild bird, sadly only associated with a Christmas, and in the USA Thanksgiving, feast. The reality is that turkeys are complex creatures, here are some facts about a creature few people ever consider is a wild bird just like a swan or an eagle to name but two examples.

Domesticated turkeys have white feathers as a result of selective breeding, but wild turkeys have dark feathers, a good camouflage which helps them blend with their environment and helps to conceal them from predators. Factory farmed turkeys have been genetically engineered to have short legs upon which they are barely able to walk let alone run, to have enlarged breasts and to grow abnormally and grossly large at fast rates; they weigh about twice as much as their natural counterparts as a result of selective breeding and abuse such as being given growth hormones and antibiotics.

The natural habitat of turkeys are hardwood forests with grassy areas, although they are able to adapt to other environments. In the wild the life of a turkey is far different than people may imagine, that is if they think about it at all. In their natural environment they have a life span of up to twelve years. Many people do not believe turkeys to be capable of flight therefore it may surprise you that they have a wing span of four to five feet with which they can fly short distances at speeds of over 55 miles an hour!They usually fly close to the ground. In the wild they have strong feet and legs for walking running or scratching to forage: turkeys can run at 25 miles per hour given the opportunity to do so. With thier strong beaks their days are spent foraging for food, they are omnivorous and eat a varied diet of seeds, berries, insects and acorns, depending on what is available throughout the year. The preferred time for eating is usually the early morning and late afternoon. At night they roost in trees on the lower branches, at first light they will fly to the ground but before the sun rises turkeys will begin to make loud sounds which continue all morning, the male makes a gobbling sound and the female a clicking sound. These vocalisations are just two example of many other sounds with which turkeys communicate, more about this later

Wild turkeys are a far cry from their unfortunate counterparts: domesticated factory farmed turkeys through selective breeding and mistreatment have very different bodies and capabilities.

Animals Rights: Turkeys

Like chickens turkeys relish the pleasure of dust bathing to clean their feathers. Dust bathing involves the turkey fluffing up his feathers and allowing loose soil in which they wallow to penetrate to their skin.

Turkeys live in flocks, they are highly social animals. Turkeys if treated well are very friendly creatures enjoying the company of other animals including humans. Like all animals turkeys enjoy pleasant tactile sensations and enjoy having their feathers stroked. Touch is important to all sentient beings. Turkeys have a zest for life, a joy that demonstrates a truly sentient creature.

During mating the male turkey called, a tom or gobbler, who is considerably larger than the female, perform quite a display to attract females, called a hen, by puffing out their bodies and displaying their feathers accompanied by making the familiar gobble gobble noise. A turkey is not monogamous and may mate with as many as four or five hens each season.

After mating the female turkey will set to building a nest under a bush to protect and care for her young, here she will roost at night until the youngsters can fly at about two weeks old. Baby turkeys, called  poults or chicks, will remain with their mother for five months. She will lay as many as 18 eggs, laying one egg each day, after about 28 days the eggs hatch. After hatching baby turkeys follow their mother everywhere, they are dependent on her for food and protection, she will fiercely protect them from predators as formidable as raccoons, foxes and hawks to name just a few of the many threats that lay in wait for her vulnerable chicks. If the poults become accidently separated from their mother they will emit loud peeping noises to which the mother responds by running up to her youngsters with loud yelling sounds.

Turkeys communicate

Turkeys emanate a variety of sounds which are not random meaningless noises.

Turkeys vocalise important information, important to turkeys that is, their vocalisations convey a variety of nuances, possibly far more varied that we can perceive, messages communicating thier needs and thier emotional states. Such nuances may well be compared to Chinese languages where the inflection conveys different meaning, with this consideration in mind the vocalisations of many creatures many be more complex than we think. This idea is postulated in William J Long’s book: How Animals Talk, he refers to the haw sound emanated by crows, which appears to take on different meanings in different circumstances, but which sounds the same to us, but is nevertheless understood by crows and indeed other creatures. Referring here to the crow who stands as sentinel keeping watch over the flock to alert them to danger he says :

“Apparently this simple haw of the crow is like a root word of certain ancient languages, the Chinese for example, which has several different intonations to express different ideas, but which all sound alike to foreign ears, and which are spelled alike when they appear in foreign print. To judge by the crow’s action, it is certain that the elementary haw has at least three distinct accents to express as many different meanings: one of “all’s well,” another of “watch out,” and a third of “be off!” Moreover, the birds seem to understand these different meanings as clearly as we understand plain English; they feed quietly while haw means one thing, or spring aloft when it means another; and though you watch them a lifetime you will see nothing to indicate that there is any doubt or confusion in their minds as to the sentinel’s message.

The numerous vocalizations  of Turkeys consist of have many sounds: “gobbles,” “clucks,” “putts,” “purrs,” “yelps,” “cutts,” “whines,” “cackles,” and “kee-kees.”

I tried without success to find audio of these sounds plus a detailed explanation. Yes there are many on youtube, also websites but all published by the sad individuals in our society who get some perverted pleasure from hunting turkeys. I included in the original article one such video which is now no longer on-line, however  I often feel uncomfortable about directing visitors to my blog and website to sites which contain information totally opposed to the purpose of both my website and blog.  There is a very short audio of Turkey the sounds a turkey makes:

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website

All About Birds: Wild Turkey

As mentioned earlier, turkey calls are important for communication between a mother and her offspring. Vocalisation is an important part of the bonding process. The bonding of  mother turkeys and their youngsters through vocal and visual signals is important for the normal social development of the poults, as these communications facilitate the learning of social activities. The gobble that the male turkey uses in early spring is a vocalisation used to announce his presence to females and competing males and can be heard a mile away. In response a hen will yelp thus informing the male of her location. Males also emit a low pitched drumming sound.

All About Birds: Wild Turkey

Turkeys also communicate by the use of visual signs, such as the mating display by the tom mentioned earlier where he displays his tail feathers, puffs out his body and struts about shaking his feathers. Toms, also called gobblers because of the noise they make which can be heard for up to a mile away, convey their aggression by the fanning of their tail feathers.

Males also emit a low-pitched drumming sound and often yelp in the manner of females. Hens likewise can gobble, though they rarely do this. Jakes, immature males, often yelp.

Pain

Sentience is the the capacity of feeling and is the basis for experience of stress and pain, in other words an animal cannot experience pain without being sentient.

Pain of course is an obvious indication that a creature is sentient and all animals feel pain and turkeys are no exception. To my way of thinking the fact that animals feel pain is so evident that it seems superfluous to have to write about something that is so obvious as the fact that night follows day. It has always amazed me that people consider that certain animals do not feel pain. We can never be certain that any creature does not feel pain even those without a conventional nervous system, but without a doubt all creatures with a nervous system from the highly sophisticated and complex to the more primitive all experience the feeling of pain. Pain after all is a survival mechanism without which we would soon sustain harm to our bodies and die prematurely.

Do turkeys feel pain? Yes they most certainly do . For more information about how Turkeys experience pain :
Animal Rights Poultry

People here in the west may see turkeys as automated walking lumps of meat but in the past it seems in other cultures turkeys were more respected. In mythology turkeys are venerated creatures.

“Turkeys have amassed a popularity and significance of mythological proportions among the many and diverse original cultures of North and Central America.

Among Native North Americans, the turkey has a long history of association with spirituality and the honouring of the Earth Mother. It’s a symbol of all the blessings that the Earth contains, along with the ability to use them to their greatest advantage.

Turkeys have an intricate mythology among the early inhabitants of the United States and Canada. Among other things, they helped create the world and showed humans how to raise corn and fight off evil spirits. The gobbler is shown outsmarting the owl (a common representation of death and the underworld) and challenging the powerful eagle in combat.”

Talking Turkey: Myth and Truth About the All-American Bird

You can read more about Turkey Methodology here:

Native American Turkey Mythology
http://www.native-languages.org/legends-turkey.htm

Finally it appears that turkeys have pecking order to which humans may be included.. .in a subservient capacity.

“Wild-turkey flocks have a pecking order. If they live around humans, some of the dominant toms may begin to include people in that order — at a level below themselves, says Jim Cardoza, a turkey expert at the Massachusetts wildlife agency. Wild turkeys “get used to people and incorporate them into their view of society,” he says. Some behaviour, such as putting out bird food and slinking quietly away, can encourage these lordly males to think that humans are a subservient life form, believes Mr. Cardoza.

Biologist James Earl Kennamer, senior vice president of the National Wild Turkey Federation, an Edgefield, S.C., hunters’ group, has studied wild turkeys for 40 years. “When they think you’re one of them, they’ll fight you to show who’s dominant,” he says. “If you turn your back, they’ll take it to mean they’re dominant.”
Animals in Translation: November 2005

I think the behaviours you have read about would not be possible if turkeys where the automatons people believe them to be. The poultry industry does not want you to understand the true nature of turkeys, as you may consider that it is time to stop rearing turkeys in miserable abusive conditions simply to eat thier flesh to commemorate events that for many people should be celebrations rather than blood baths for millions of sentient beings.

References and Links :

Wild Turkey – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Animal Facts – Turkeys

 

 

Ask NARS Cosmetics to Stop Testing Its’ Products on Animals.

“I believe I am not interested to know whether Vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. To know that the results are profitable to the race would not remove my hostility to it. The pains which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity towards it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further. It is so distinctly a matter of feeling with me, and is so strong and so deeply-rooted in my make and constitution, that I am sure I could not even see a vivisector vivisected with anything more than a sort of qualified satisfaction. I do not say I should not go and look on; I only mean that I should almost surely fail to get out of it the degree of contentment which it ought, of course, to be expected to furnish.”
Mark Twain – Letter to London Anti-Vivisection Society, May 26, 1899

The most sad aspect of the modern age is that almost anyone will do anything for money. To increase profit – what other explanation is
there – NARS Cosmetics have decided to test their products on animals.

You can help stop cosmetic testing on rabbits and other animals by signing and sharing the following petition.

Until recently NARS cosmetics has been committed to creating products without animal testing. Now, NARS has decided to test its products on animals so they can sell them in China.

Urge NARS to choose compassion over profit by signing and sharing this petition:

NARS: Stick With Commitment to Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

“NARS cosmetics is a popular cosmetics brand that has been committed to creating products without animal testing. Unfortunately, in order to sell products in China, brands must test on animals. Instead of forgoing opening to the Chinese market, NARS has decided to test products on animals so they can sell in China.”

Please continue reading and sign petition:
https://www.thepetitionsite.com/377/823/536/nars-stick-with-commitment-to-cruelty-free-cosmetics/?TAP=1732

Please urge NARS to keep their commitment not to test on animals. Testing on animals is cruel and immoral and now not necessary, profit is likely the sole motivation.

More Action

You might also like to contact NARS, this is their customer service email address for technical support from their website:
uk@narscosmetics.eu.   This appears to be the only contact information readily available:
http://narscosmetics.co.uk/en_GB/customer-care.html

Has anyone noticed how difficult it is to contact manufacturers and retailers, often the contact details are well hidden and aimed at specifcs like customer service.

You might like to contact them by letter or phone:

I Googled NARS Head office address:

Here is their address in the UK

100 New Oxford St, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 1HB
NARS Cosmetics Head Office, Address
Phone020 7313 5580
USA
Phone Number:
(212) 941-0890

Address:

900 3rd Ave Fl 6
New York, New York 10022-4792
United States

It is absolutely appalling  that NARS has chosen to take this course of action in order to boost profits rather than take a stand against China’s laws.

Read more about this issue

Rabbits Are NOT Test Subjects – Tell NARS to Go Cruelty-Free!

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/tell-nars-to-go-cruelty-free/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=66071cf590-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_05_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-66071cf590-107260621

First Vegan Cinema Advert

“The thinking person must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.”

Albert Schweitzer

This is such great news, a step towards ending the cruelty of farming, the systematic rearing torture and slaughter of sentient beings for a food that is not natural, eaten to please the appetite.

“In September 2017, Viva! launched a campaign to raise enough money to bring the first VEGAN cinema ad to the UK. One month and over 1,400 donations later, we smashed the goal! The cinema ad launched nationwide on 1st December 2017. See below to find out how you can see it on the big screen!”
VIVA Vegetarians’ International Voice for Animals

Above is the UK’s first ever VEGAN CINEMA AD launched Friday 1st December 2017

How can you watch the Ad?

For more information and to view the list of cinemas the ad is being shown and find out which films to see:
https://www.viva.org.uk/bring-hope-to-millions#showings

Don’t forget to click the following link if you have not already done so to access lots of help and advice about how to change to a vegan diet. Includes recipes, information about where to shop and to eat out. Also more about Hope the mother pig in the above video.

Easy Vegan
https://www.viva.org.uk/easyvegan

More about rescued mother pig and her piglets

Also be sure to read Hopes Story and view rescue video
https://www.viva.org.uk/hopes-story

A happier life now for Hope and her piglets rescued from the nightmare of factory farming.

Below is an example of the horror that exists for pigs like Hope and other farm animals: sheep, cows, poultry &  rabbits

After watching the film below I am sure you will agree this is hell on earth.

“But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy.”
Plutarch

If you eat meat you are complicit!

Meat is not a natural part of the human diet and comes from the suffering and death of billions of sentient beings like Hope and her piglets

Please consider changing to a vegan diet.

Warning graphic images

Benefits UK: Are We Getting Like The US?

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
Elie Wiesel

It looks like it will be a cold winter this year here in the UK. Yesterday I saw a homeless man on the street sleeping in a shop doorway, it was 09.30 and bitterly cold. I could not afford to give him money but did so as I was worried that he was not well and needed a reason to wake him.  This country is an awful place with extreme social injustice condemned by the UN, a country where many people have no money to live on. Poverty is high and getting higher – childhood poverty has soared by 400,000 since the Conservatives came to power.  While corporations get tax concessions and tax payers fund another extravagant royal wedding poor people get their benefits cut or taken away from them.

How long I ask myself is this nightmare going to be allowed to continue. We cannot have people living in poverty in the 6th richest economy. Shameful. Anyone who votes Tory should be ashamed for you are responsible for the damage to thousands of people’s lives including children. How do you sleep at night, not like the homeless man mentioned above ? The indifference of many people to the plight of those needing benefits has also played a role in consigning many people to lives of misery and despair, not knowing where their next meal will come from or if they will have a roof over their heads.

Under cover of the announcement of the royal wedding – 0dd how there is plenty of money to indulge those who already have it in
abundance – the government announced that they intend to continue the freeze on benefits:

Benefit freeze to stay for working people costing typical family £300 a year

“Millions of people will have their benefits frozen for another 12 months from April in a move that will cost a typical working family with two children about £300 a year.”

“The freeze, which has been in place since 2015, means a real-terms cut in income for millions of people because of rising living costs.”

Continue reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/27/benefit-freeze-to-stay-working-people-costing-typical-family-300-a-year

Poverty and homeless increase yet who cares, most people carry on with their own lives oblivious.

How many of us were aware that back in July 100 tenants each day where being evicted as a result of cuts to benefits, this number will no doubt rise with the introduction of Universal Credit. 

“More than 40,000 tenants in England were evicted in 2015, according to a study by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). It is an increase of a third since 2003 and the highest level recorded. The research appears to confirm fears that a mixture of rising costs and falling state support would lead to a rise in people being forced out of their homes. It will raise concerns that even those in work are struggling to pay their rent.”

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jul/22/100-tenants-a-day-lose-homes-rising-rents-benefit-freeze

It is important to note that UC is a benefit for working people paid low wages.

Three thousand people responded to an a House of Commons inquiry into disability benefits when only about a hundred responses were expected. Responses are still coming in after the deadline has passed.

Inquiry into disability benefits ‘deluged’ by tales of despair

More than 3,000 people have written to work and pensions committee in despair at system, many saying they have been driven to suicidal thoughts

“A House of Commons inquiry into disability benefits has heard from more than 3,000 people in despair at the system, including dozens who say they have been driven to suicidal thoughts by the process.

Frank Field, the chair of the work and pensions committee, said it would be usual to receive about 100 responses, but the inquiry had been deluged by people sharing stories about being denied disability benefits or battles to keep their entitlements.

The evidence includes testimony from many saying their mental health had deteriorated as a result of trying to claim the employment support allowance (ESA) for daily living costs and/or the personal independence payment (PIP) to cover the extra costs caused by long-term disability.”

Continue reading the full article:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/27/inquiry-into-disability-benefits-deluged-by-tales-of-despair?CMP=share_btn_tw

Life for many in the sixth richest economy is hell thanks to Tory polices and the indifference of other people.

Read the Story of Sue and others lives turned into a nightmare by UC

‘It’s just mistake after mistake’ – stories from the universal credit catastrophe

“It was introduced to simplify benefits and encourage people to work. Yet from a bungled rollout to Kafkaesque rules and the infamous six-week payment delay, universal credit has caused untold misery. John Harris meets people who have had their lives turned upside down. ”

With only £48 a week of child benefit coming in, Sue had effectively stopped eating. “I was trying to make stuff from the food bank last longer. I lived off cereal, so the kids could eat. That went on for three months.”

…the time it took to process her application and start paying her the right amount of money went way beyond six weeks, to almost three months.

One of her most vivid memories is of explaining what was happening to her eldest son. “I sat down with him, and I was crying my eyes out. I said: ‘I’m so sorry – I’ve got no money at all for anything for Christmas . It was only through our church’s generosity, giving us bits and pieces for the kids, that they actually had presents on Christmas day. None of it was from us.”

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/20/mistake-universal-credit-catastrophe-misery

This is the tip of the iceberg. People’s lives have been made hell on earth since Tory changes to welfare, so many people do not know where to turn or have the wherewithal to write to committees, either worn down by the misery of draconian welfare assessments, by the severity of their illness often made worse by the nature of these assessments or they simply do not have the ability to write about their situation.

The Tories are on a mission to dismantle the UK’s welfare state.

I get sick of hearing that the Tories are out of touch with reality. The implication being that it is incompetence rather than a deliberate attempt to destroy our welfare state. The truth is the Tories are using cuts  as a means of destroying the welfare state – including the NHS which they detest.

Read

How to dismantle the welfare state in five easy steps – and ways to spot the Government doing it

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/how-to-dismantle-the-welfare-state-in-five-easy-steps-and-ways-to-spot-the-government-doing-it-a7025711.html

The above article is eighteen months old but the points it makes are valid now as they were than.

Don’t be fooled with the misleading implication of Tory ineptitude, even by those opposed: benefit cuts and cuts to NHS funding are deliberate a attempt to end our welfare state.

Universal credit is not the only problematic benefit. The Tories new Personal Independence Payment PIP which replaced Disability Living Allowance DLA has left thousands of disabled people without this extra support or with a less amount of money.

The government are slowing dismantling our social security until it resembles the US –  virtually nonexistent.

If you think this is far fetched, such abuse of sick and disabled people would not happen in the UK think again.

Read the following

The staggering rise in PIP complaints shows there’s rot in the system

It’s not just the scale of the complaints, it’s the increasing evidence that disability benefits are being removed on fabricated grounds

‘Almost 80% of disabled people put through the PIP test have seen their health deteriorate due to stress or anxiety.’

Complaints about the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process rose by nearly 880% last year,

For the past four years, I’ve been reporting on the radical changes to disability benefits orchestrated by Conservative governments. The lack of humanity is glaring: there’s the Open University student with agoraphobia, Asperger’s and complex mental health problems living without a washing machine, oven or television after benefit cuts left her destitute; the 14-year-old child carer listening to her disabled dad crying because he doesn’t know how he’s going to pay the bills after having his disability benefits taken. But as the DWP’s complaints show, the scandal of this goes even further: there’s increasing evidence that benefits have been removed from disabled people based on entirely fabricated grounds.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/30/staggering-rise-pip-complaints-rot-system-disability-benefits

Note in the above article that there are “claims of  widespread dishonesty in the disability benefit system, with more than 250 PIP claimants alleging assessors repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations. ”

Claiming PIP is a harrowing and degrading experience added misery, anxiety, stress and depression to the lives of vulnerable people whose lives are already difficult as  consequence of their conditions

After reading this story why you might ask why did this person receive zero points

Cece’s epilepsy last May left her bed bound for three months!

Her “focal onset seizures ranging from between once a week to sometimes ten to fifteen a day – these leave me confused, exhausted, emotional, unaware, and unable to speak or move. I’ve caused harm to myself many times, being alone in my flat while my partner is at work.”

“The assessor was shocked when she saw that I struggled to write my own name because I’d had a seizure three days prior to the assessment; she was shocked when I told her about my job; she was shocked to hear that on bad days I can’t even walk to my GP surgery which is only a 15 minute walk away, or stand in the shower which is why we have an unbecoming IKEA stool in our lovely bathroom, that when my partner is away I can’t cook for myself because I can’t be by the stove unsupervised; she was shocked to hear that if I have a seizure while out, I become confused and lose my way and struggle to read maps – even a tube map, yet I grew up in London. Every Londoner knows that a tube map is like their children’s Bible and by the time you hit adolescence, you don’t even need that bad boy because you have it memorised. Well, not when you have recurrent seizures.

None of this was in this assessment report however… No mention of my awkward crying either, or the constant prompting for answers, because of my slow brain. Furthermore, my mobility problems, medical history and mental health issues were also relegated to thin air, and in the end I scored zero points.”

This World Isn’t Made For People Like Me – My PIP Assessment

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/this-world-isnt-made-for-people-like-me-my-pip-assessment_uk_5a11b32ce4b0e30a958507fe

While it’s bad here in the UK it could get worse. Sadly I rather think this is what the government intend for the UK

Read the following from the Washington Post

10,000 people died waiting for a disability decision in the past year

597 days.
And still waiting.

10,000 people died in the past year while stuck
in a backlog of judges’ disability cases.

What will happen to Joe Stewart?

“Stewart had first applied for federal disability benefits on May 21, 2015. The application was denied, and so was his appeal. When he appealed the second rejection, he went to the back of one of the federal government’s biggest backlogs, where 1.1 million disability claimants wait for one of some 1,600 Social Security administrative law judges to decide whether they deserve a monthly payment and Medicare or Medicaid. “A death sentence” is how Stewart, who has no health insurance, has come to think of another denial.

For other applicants, the wait itself may be enough to accomplish that. In the past two years, 18,701 people have died while waiting for a judge’s decision, increasing 15 percent from 8,699 deaths in fiscal 2016 to 10,002 deaths in fiscal 2017, according to preliminary federal data obtained by The Washington Post. The rising death toll coincides with a surge in the length of time people must wait for a disposition, which swelled from a national average of 353 days in 2012 to a record high of 596 this past summer.”

Please take time to read the full story

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/local/2017/11/20/10000-people-died-waiting-for-a-disability-decision-in-the-past-year-will-he-be-next/?utm_term=.16e88fbb0b2c

Write to your MP and demand change:

http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

Remember anyone can be ill at any time, lose their job, become homeless. None of us are immune to the suffering that is taking palce here in the UK as a result of vicious tory policies which are taking us back to a time we had hoped had faded into history.

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Apparently universal credit claimants will now only have to wait five weeks instead of six! BIG BLOODY DEAL when you have no money. Housing benefit to continue for an extra two weeks after the start of a universal credit claim. Again hopelessly inadequate, not everyone has savings for a rainy day, thousands of people here in the UK live from week to week . By way of comparison, in 2015-16, government targets for the waiting times for income support, jobseeker’s allowance and employment and support allowance were between 10 and 14 days).

An insult, a joke. .These changes as pathetic as they are  will not come in time to help claimants struggling before Christmas, as they only take effect from next year.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/22/universal-credit-wait-reduced-to-five-weeks

Keep in mind also that UC the new system’s shift from a mixture of benefits paid monthly, weekly and fortnightly, to a once-a-month payment will make people’s budgeting even more difficult.

The fact that UC depends on an internet connection makes it very difficult for a lot of people to access, not least because of the government’s closure of hundreds of public libraries.

 

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