Help Stop Cruel Sheep Racing

In recent months there has been a spate of sheep racing here in the UK. During these races a stuffed toy such as a teddy bear is strapped to the back of sheep and the sheep are made to run in a so called race for entertainment, usually at some kind of village fair.

The latest takes place in Masham in the Yorkshire Dales September 30th -October 31st.

These races are stressful for timid sheep. Participating in such a race will be terrifying for them.  Concerning this particular event the sheep are probably sacred enough as it is being exhibited amongst a crowd of people, this race is an additional fear for them and is unnecessary. Animals are not here for our entertainment. This event is extremely crowded with loud music and so on. It is not really a race,  sheep are thrown into a panic and stampede.

Please sign the following petition

Cancel the Cruel Sheep Race element of the Masham Sheep Fair on 30th September-1st October

“Following on from the success of three sheep races and a pig race cancelled using Care2 petitions:

The Masham Sheep Fair in Yorkshire will be help on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October. Sheep races are due to be held on both days.

Sheep are naturally timid and quiet animals. Sheep are not natural runners and making them race is unnatural, exploitative, degrading and frightening. Animals are not ours to use for entertainment. There are many other things going on at this fair – the sheep race is totally unnecessary.

Please sign my petition to tell the organisers to cancel this event! “

Please continue reading and sign and share the petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/276/574/789/cancel-the-cruel-sheep-race-element-of-the-masham-sheep-fair-on-30th-september-1st-october/

Please note the update at the end of the petition and take as many of the actions as you can.

“Thank you to all who have signed so far. I have set up a Facebook Online Action for this weekend. I would be really grateful if you could all take part in that also. Please see below for the link to the event with all the details.
https://www.facebook.com/events/269741096878396
Please could you all do as many of the following as you can:
Email organiser Susan Cunliffe-Lister: susan@burtonagnes.com
Send a Facebook message and leave a 1 star review at:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/mashamsheepfair

Maybe many people would think that this is no big deal in a world of turmoil and appalling suffering but for the animals concerned it is a significant trauma and it is animal cruelty. Maybe the organisers simply do not see it this way so please try and persuade them that this is cruel by writing a polite and persuasive e-mail to the organiser Susan Cunliffe-Lister: susan@burtonagnes.com   and taking the other suggested actions. There are after all other events and this sheep show is popular in the area and has been so for many years without this race.  My family and I went a long time ago before we knew better. I am fond of sheep but this is not a place for people who love sheep or any animal. It is exploitative, even if the organisers do not see it that way. I think there are few people who are deliberately cruel, it’s just that they do not realise the harm that they do.

 

 

 

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New Action to Stop cull: Help VIVA’s Campaign to Save Badgers

Please help stop the killing of 32,000 badgers who were once a protected species now the victims of mass slaughter in order for misguided people to consume a food they do not need after weaning, milk.

Please read the following from VIVA and order campaign materials and take whatever action you can. If you can’t door drop or take your protest on the streets you can still share leaflets with friends and colleagues and share the campaign on the internet via social media.

“Against science, common sense and basic decency the badger ‘cull’ in England is not only continuing it is being extended to new areas. Up to 33,500 badgers will be shot this autumn in a futile attempt to control TB in cattle (the vast majority of which is caused by bad farming practices), a massive rise from the 10,000 killed in 2016.

We know this isn’t effective, humane or necessary. The dairy industry are the real culprits – and we want to let the public know that!

Please, order some leaflets today and door drop – our leaflet makes the link between the ‘cull’ and dairy farming in no uncertain terms!”

Help VIVAs Save a Badger campaign get out onto the streets door drop leaflets share them with friends and family

Order your free materials today:
https://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/badgers/help-stop-persectution-badgers-britain/order-materials

There is a pdf file you can download and much information concerning the badger “cull”

Below is an extract from the leaflet:

“If you don’t support killing badgers don’t support the very industry that is driving the mass slaughter of British wildlife. The surest way to
save badgers is to stop buying meat and dairy. You will also no longer play a part in cows’ suffering, it’s healthier and you will be protecting
the environment.
“I support Viva!’s call to boycott English dairy products. By pointing the finger of blame at wildlife the farming unions and politicians are attempting to sidestep a mess of their own making. Namely a highly intensified dairy industry, scandalously bad testing regimes, fraud and mass cattle movements across the country. We mustn’t forget that these are the real reasons for the TB crisis. Yet the humble badger  will soon be in the crosshairs; a victim of political backslapping and unfounded hysteria – and that is nothing short of a scandal.”
Martin Shaw, actor and Viva! patron”

Please share widely we must not allow this atrocity against another species, badgers, to continue or for that matter the daily cruelty of the dairy industry towards cows and their calves. As human beings we do not have the right to get rid of another species who inadvertently interferes with what we want or what in this case we are led to believe we want or need, such as milk and or meat. Milk belongs to the calves, it is not produced by nature for our consumption, we like any other animal do not need milk after weaning. Neither are cows a source of food:  As mentioned in the previous post on the subject, we do we need meat, we are not natural meat eaters

Ditch milk, try any of the following plant based milk substitutes all can be used instead of Cow’s milk.

A Vegan’s Guide to Non-Dairy Milks:

https://www.peta.org.uk/blog/vegans-guide-non-dairy-milks/

My family and I use soya milk which is excellent for cooking , the results are the same as cow’s milk , also for cereals we use oat milk. Both soya and oat milk are sugar free or low in sugar and both come in different flavours such as chocolate or vanilla for an extra treat.

Please help VIVA’S campaign to save badgers and free cows from suffering in the dairy and meat industry.

 

Disgusting Callous Tories Set to Massacre 33,000 Badgers

What gives the vile disgusting Tories the right to massacre 33,000 defenceless badgers who have as much right to exist as any other creature. A total of eleven new licenses have been issued.

The majority of people oppose the massacre of badgers but yet again the Tories do what the hell they like regardless of democracy,
ethics -sadly an alien concept to the Tories – or plain and simple common decency.

Huge increase in badger culling will see up to 33,500 animals shot

Up to 33,500 badgers will be shot this autumn in an attempt to control tuberculosis in cattle, a huge rise from the 10,000 killed in 2016.

The government has announced that 11 new badger cull areas have been licensed, adding to the 10 already in place. Devon now has six badger culls under way, with Somerset and Wiltshire having three each, with others in Cheshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

Continue reading:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/11/huge-increase-badger-culling-see-up-to-33500-animals-shot

As usual it’s all about money, they don’t give a damn about the cows. It is simply killing one animal, badgers, so that there are more of another animal, cows, to kill to satisfy the palates of meat eaters in order for them to eat a food that is not natural and eaten simply for pleasure, while making a profit of course. That’s what it is all about these days profit profit bloody profit at the expense of most people, other animals and the environment.

Take Action

I waited a couple of days before posting but so far there are no current petitions, at least none that I can find, relating directly to this new round of killings, if anyone knows of a petition please leave a link in the comments.

Update Sept 16th – Thank you to Animalista Untamed for finding the following petition and information concerning the latest culling.

Please sign and share:

Stop the UK Badger Cull

https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-the-badger-cull/

Also

#CANTHECULL

“In 2013 the British Government started its current and unrelenting campaign of badger culling to counteract the devastation and spread of bovine TB in cattle. In response to the mass opposition by over 300,000 members of the public, badger groups, and wildlife campaigners DEFRA appointed an Independent Expert Panel to assess the effectiveness of the culls; the IEP assessed the culls as ‘ineffective and inhumane’.”

Continue reading for current detailed information and other actions you may take:

https://www.badger.org.uk/can-the-cull

Here is a related petition

Demand those responsible for the illegal snaring and shooting of badgers in the Peak District area of England are prosecuted.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/504/817/429/demand-an-end-to-the-mass-wildlife-slaughter-on-peak-district-shooting-estate/

In any circumstance a letter or e-mail is helpful to leave the government in no doubt concerning public opinion.

Write to your MP particularly if he or she is a Tory expressing politely your objects to the cull/killing

Contact your MP:
http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Labour have pledged to end the cull/killing but it might be an idea to write to them anyway and make your protest as it will show the level of public opposition to this disgusting massacre of animals who have a much right to inhabit the countryside which is their natural environment as we have.

A message from Bill Oddie

Related Links for more information

The government has just admitted the badger cull isn’t working. But it’s going to kill another 30,000 of them anyway.

On Monday 11 September, the government released a report [pdf] showing that the so-called ‘Badger Cull’ hasn’t actually worked. But at exactly the same time, it also announced a sharp increase in the cull; which could mean up to [pdf p13-14] another 33,841 being killed (more than a 200% increase on 2016).

Read more and do check out the report by clicking the link report [pdf]
https://www.thecanary.co/2017/09/11/the-government-has-just-admitted-the-badger-cull-isnt-working-but-its-going-to-kill-another-30000-of-them-anyway/

League Against Cruel Sport
https://www.league.org.uk/badger-cull?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI44rDz-qf1gIVzJPtCh2hGgq0EAAYASAAEgK7L_D_BwE

Stop the badger cull

Facebook

https://en-gb.facebook.com/stop.the.cull/

Keep an eye on what’s happening and join the action if possible:

Hunt Saboteurs Association on Twitter https://twitter.com/HuntSabs

All Animals Deserve to Live And to Live as Nature Intended.

The earth is not ours to do with as we please, we share this earth with an estimated 8.7 million other species,  the vast majority have not been identified – and cataloguing them all could take more than 1,000 years. Yes we share this earth, the earth is not ours and the other animals who inhabit this world are not here for our convenience, they do not exist for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation or for use as labour.

Animals for meat, fur and wool

The millions of species of nonhuman animals do not exist to provide you with food that you do not need and is not natural. You do not have the anatomy of a carnivore, even Plutarch recognised this obvious fact some 2,000 years ago when he said:

…it is absurd for them to say that the practise of flesh-eating is based on nature. For that man is not naturally carnivorous is, in the first place, obvious from the structure of his body. A mans frame is in no way similar to those creatures who were made for flesh-eating; he has no hooked beak or sharp nails or jagged teeth, no strong stomach or warmth of vital fluids able to digest and assimilate a heavy diet of flesh. It is from the very fact, the evenness of our teeth, the smallness of our mouths, the softness of our tongues, our possession of vital fluids too inert to digest meat that nature disavows our eating of flesh. If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, than first kill for yourself what you want to eat. Do, it however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel of any kind or axe. Rather, just as wolves and bears and lions themselves slay what they eat, so you are to fell an ox with your fangs or a boar with your jaws, or tear a lamb or hare in bits. Fall upon it and eat it still living, as animals do. But if you wait for what you eat to be dead, if you have qualms about enjoying the flesh while life is still present, why do you continue, contrary to nature, to eat what possesses life? Even when it is lifeless and dead, however, no one eats the flesh just as it is; men boil it and roast it, altering it by fire and drugs, recasting and diverting and smothering with countless condiments the taste of gore so that the palate may be deceived and accept what is foreign to it.

If you eat meat consider the points that Plutarch made centuries ago, ask yourself what other animal cooks its food to make it edible, the fact that you need to cook meat is an indication that this food is not natural for humans.

Animals have their own lives, their own natures and purposes. A rabbit, a mink or a fox, to name just a few of the unfortunate creatures to be killed to provide some humans with a fur coat, are not on this earth for that purpose. The fur of these animals belongs to the creature who was born with it. Way back in time the killing of animals for meat or fur was the only option available, but now no human on earth needs meat or fur or the wool of sheep. Yet the fur trade thrives throughout the world with millions of animals killed for their fur to satisfy human greed and fickle fashion.

Read more about the horror and cruelty of the Barbaric Fur Trade:
https://www.peta.org.uk/issues/animals-not-wear/fur-trade/

Each year, more than 1 billion rabbits and 50 million other animals — including foxes, seals, mink and dogs — are raised on fur farms or trapped in the wild and killed for their pelts. 

Fur and wool are now easily replaced by synthetic materials which are warmer and more hard wearing and yes for the fickle followers of fashion who are prepared to kill another animal for their vanity, natural fabrics appear very similar, so similar in fact it is virtually impossible to tell the difference. Meat of course is no longer required, eating meat is now a detriment not only to animals but to other humans: Did you know that if “If the whole world became vegan, there would be plenty food to feed all of us””more than 6.3 billion people.” 

See also

Could veganism end world Hunger

“In order to ensure that every person on the planet has enough food to eat, and ultimately protect our own survival, humans must look deep within themselves and choose the path that is the most compassionate, healthy, and sustainable. That path is veganism.”
http://gentleworld.org/could-veganism-end-world-hunger/

Meat is also a detriment to our environment, for example 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, eating meat causes pollution and uses up huge amounts of water to name just a few of the problems to our environment we ignore in order for wealthy people in western countries to eat meat.

Meat and the environment:
https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-environment/

Most importantly meat is a detriment to animals 

“Over 56 billion farmed animals are killed every year by humans. These shocking figures do not even include fish and other sea creatures whose deaths are so great they are only measured in tonnes.”
http://www.animalequality.net/food

Over one billion animals are killed in the UK alone each year and there are 278 slaughter houses:

The Slaughter of Farm Animals in the UK
https://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/slaughter/slaughter-farmed-animals-uk

Indeed it breaks your heart that those affectionate calves will soon be killed in order for you who eat meat, to consume a food that you do not need and is now merely a luxury, which not only causes the harm mentioned above but is for you the meat-eater a serious detriment to your health and well being.

Also keep in mind that in many countries both dogs and cats are killed for meat. It was estimated in 2014 that worldwide, 25 million dogs are eaten each year by humans. In China alone roughly 20 million dogs are killed for consumption each year, making China the world’s largest consumer of dog meat.

Animals as Entertainment

Whether it’s circuses, zoos, horse or dog racing or even here in the UK the bizarre but ever more popular sheep racing, hunting, shooting, fishing, the use of animals for entertainment is wrong. As Rodger Moore quoted above says there are now “boundless opportunities for amusement“, circuses and other animal entertainment including the obviously sickening pastime of blood sports are now anachronisms of a bygone age and are barbaric abuses of sentient beings, animals who have as much right to live their lives as they so please, as nature intended not as an adjunct to human activity.

Below is a petition which shows that even sheep cannot escape being used and abused in so called entertainment;

Cancel The Cruel Event of “Mutton Bustin'” at the National Western Stock Show & Rodeohttp://www.thepetitionsite.com/943/055/292/cancel-the-cruel-event-of-quotmutton-bustinquot-at-the-national-western-stock-show-denver/         Please sign and share.        

Animals as use in experimentation

“Once one allows that animals are part of the moral community…then one’s act of inflicting pain and suffering upon them or killing them must be justified…

In my view pain is pain, as much evil for an animal as for a human, and I agree with animal liberationists that it is a form of speciesism or discrimination to pretend otherwise.”

R. Frey, ‘The ethics of the search for benefits: Experimentation in medicine’, in Principles of Health Care Ethics, ed. by R. Gillon (Chichester: John Wiley, 1994), pp.1068-69.

Nothing shames the human species as its use of helpless animals for experimentation. There is no excuse for this cruelty, no justification, whether it is testing a defenceless rabbit, guinea pig, or rat for cosmetic or medical purposes for which in addition to the aforementioned animals primates may be used, also dogs and cats in medical testing. Life is precious to any animal as your life is to you, what right have any human to assert that their life is more important than that of another animal.

In the process of experimentation animals suffer both physically and psychologically as much as humans or maybe even more so, in fact Richard Dawkins asserts that our non human, animal cousins may be “capable of feeling more intense pain than we are.” 

Right now, millions of mice, rats, rabbits, primates, cats, dogs, and other animals are locked inside barren cages in laboratories across the country. They languish in pain, ache with loneliness, and long to be free. 

Instead, all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next terrifying and painful procedure that will be performed on them. The complete lack of environmental enrichment and the stress of their living situation cause some animals to develop neurotic types of behavior such as incessantly spinning in circles, rocking back and forth, pulling out their own fur, and even biting themselves. After enduring a life of pain, loneliness, and terror, almost all of them will be killed.

Read the truth about the hideously cruel experiments inflicted on helpless animals and why they are unnecessary.

Animal Testing 101
https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/animal-testing-101/

My own opinion is simple, there is no excuse ever and no reason that can ever justify such cruelty because animals have as much right to their lives as we do , and moreover to live their lives without the negative interference of humans, if is after all their world also .

This link has a wealth of quotations regarding the ethics of animal experiments such as the following, which in my opinion is one of the main reasons that still today animals suffer the agonies of experimentation.

“Results from animal tests are not transferable between species, and therefore cannot guarantee product safety for humans…

In reality these tests do not provide protection for consumers from unsafe products, but rather they are used to protect corporations from legal liability.”

Herbert Gundersheimer, M.D., Baltimore, Maryland, 1988.
http://animalliberationfront.com/Saints/Authors/Quotes/quotes10.htm

Animals as Labour

In the modern age there are few tasks now that need the labour of an animal, yet still animals are used in warfare, the enforcement of law, to provide transport, carry goods and so on. Such labour may cause exhaustion, often physical pain, for example if animals are used to carry heavy loads, which is still the case in many parts of the world today. Animals may often be made to comply by the use of whips and other violent forms of coercion. Animals used by law enforcement or the military are exposed to danger and death, remember unlike policemen or women or a soldier the animal has no choice. Not only is this physically exhausting and stressful but at the end of the animal’s useful life he or she is more than likely to be killed if they have not already died of exhaustion.

For detailed information concerning the many uses and abuses of animals used for labour the following article is  recommend

Animals used as workers
http://www.animal-ethics.org/animals-used-workers/

You can also read here in this blog about the plight of animals used in warfare:

How War Affects Animals

During WW1 eight million working horses lost their lives, along with countless donkeys and mules. Also one million dogs and pigeons and other birds whose numbers are not known. During this war 16 million innocent animals with no say in or understanding of the matter were forced into war. During the  the battle of Verdun in 1916 7,000 horses died in one day alone.

Read more, also includes the deaths of animals affected by war as a result of their being abused in other ways such as trapped in zoos , used to detonate landmines.
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/how-war-effects-animals/

The following article questions why carriage rides continue to exist when clearly they cause much suffering to horses:

Image of a Beleaguered Working Horse Begs the Question of Why Carriage Rides Still Exist:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/why-do-carriage-rides-still-exist/?

Animals as Pets

Animals used as Pets may well come under the category of animals used as entertainment but it a bit more complex and less clear cut than that as often these animals provide companionship. Regarding the word pet I prefer the term companion animal, but for ease of writing I will use the word pet which is often an endearment also used to imply fondness of our fellow humans, so for some of us it does not have the same negative connotations.

In a perfect world no animal should be kept as a pet, and I wish this situation did not exist, but this is by no means an ideal world and the domestication of dogs and cats and other animals has progressed beyond the point of turning back. The opposition by many animal rights advocates including myself towards keeping a companion animal should not be considered as a call to release domesticated animals. Domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits and so on are now dependent on us for their survival, it would not be in the best interests of these animals to release them into the wild or let them lose in our streets where in both cases they would starve to death or come to other harm.

Moreover no advocate of animal rights wishes to remove companion animals from their homes. However we have a moral duty to take responsible care of the animals that we take into our homes and you will find that many animal rights activists and supporters have companion animals or take into their homes rescued animals in need of care. The stance by many animal rights activists is that companion animals who are already here should live long, healthy lives, in as natural a way as is possible, cared for with love and respect by the humans who take them into their homes as their guardians rather than their owners. I would personally like to see the phasing out of confined animals as pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, rats, fish, reptiles and end deliberate breeding of such creatures as companion animals. These creatures still exist in the wild where they should remain to live the lives that nature intends.

The above is my position on the subject of pets adapted from my website’s statement on Animal Rights. You can read the entire statement by clicking the following link and scrolling down to the section Companion Animals (pets):
http://think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal_Rights_Our_Statement.htm

Having a pet or pets is a difficult subject and there are many conflicting opinions. I had three pet rabbits whom a miss very much. However all three came from rescue situations and needed homes. Whatever you decide regarding caring for a pet please adopt one from an animal rescue, if you live in the UK you can also go to the RSPCA who have many unwanted animals for adoption.

https://www.rspca.org.uk/findapet

Please do not buy from a pet store and most certainly not backstreet breeders as this perpetuates the trade in and breeding of animals.

Please do not adopt an animal you cannot adequately care for or can afford, keep in mind vets fees can be considerable but a vital part of an animal’s well being and here in the UK a legal requirement. More advice is available in the above link.

There are just so many ways that animals are used by humans, some less of a problem than others but I firmly believe that in general animals are better off in their own environments to live their own lives as nature intended and are most certainly not here to feed you, clothe you, entertain you or keep you company, unless they so desire, or for use as labour. Life is as important to an animal as our lives are to us , it is their world to and each and every creature has a right to be here regardless of how useful or otherwise they are to humans.

Credits:

Graphics Animals in a fur coat and The Animal Holocaust :
http://www.animalethics.org.uk/index.html

Tories Out: Protest the Tory Conference

The world is now ever more turbulent and it is increasingly more difficult to know where to begin to protest the onslaught as equality, social justice, decency, compassion fight against a seething mass of bigotry, social injustice, racism, right wing subjugation of the poor, increased abuse of animals, war … well the list is just so long. The headlines, as biased to the right as they are here in the UK, mostly seem more interested in Sport, the new opiate of the people,  than much else. Seemingly sport is more important  than the misery mostly inflicted by the right wing and those of right wing mentality – the other night a sports segment on the BBC came before any mention of the fiasco in North Korea where two psychopaths who hold so much power rattle their sabres with the resulting possibility of  leading us to the brink of nuclear war.

Undercover of all this the Tories continue their agenda with increasingly more austerity as if the disaster of Grenville Tower, the result of austerity, greed and neglect had never happened.

Right wing political ideology, particularly in its extremes as is the case today, will never bring about social justice, a fair world and a just society, it therefore must be eliminated permanently.

The world it seems is becoming more right wing, more fascist, racist and intolerant and the struggle to procure a decent existence for us all more of a challenge. I am shocked by the displays of open racism in the USA, the violence, hate, bigotry and intolerance.   What an appalling display of hate in Charlottesville as an ugly crowd of vile racist thugs, emboldened by the bigoted rhetoric of Trump’s extreme right wing agenda, wreaked mayhem. Such has no place in the modern world, it is sickening to every decent person.

We need to bring about change in the world urgently including here in the UK. We need to stop the spread of the right wing chaos that is making the lives of millions a living nightmare.

We have to keep speaking out against the rise in right wing agendas which are changing our world, taking it back to a time we once thought had passed into history.

Here the Tories systematic destruction of our social progress seems to go unnoticed lately.

Take Action –  Join a protest in Manchester. 

If you live in or can get to Manchester here is an opportunity to voice your protest.

Please Join a protest organised by The Peoples Assembly

“TAKE BACK MANCHESTER FESTIVAL 2017 – #TORIESOUT

Saturday 30 September – Wednesday 4 October – Protest the Tory Party Conference

Join us this autumn in Manchester for a huge political and cultural festival to coincide with the Tory Party conference.”

You can find more details about the protest here:
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/manchester2

Please read the following from the People’s Assembly’s Facebook Page

“NO MORE AUSTERITY | SCRAP THE PAY CAP | TORIES OUT
FOR DECENT HEALTH, HOMES, JOBS & EDUCATION

The People’s Assembly will be holding a week of protest, demonstrations, cultural events, rallies, comedy, music and public meetings all across Manchester while the Conservative Party hold their conference there.

The week of action will include a national demonstraiton on the day the Conservative Party Conference opens:

National Demonstration, Sunday 1 October
Assemble 12pm, Castlefield Arena Rice Street, Manchester M3 4JR

The election result has left Theresa May and the Conservative Party with a weak, unstable Government and represents a rejection of their vicious policies that only benefit those at the top.

The week of action will demonstrate the huge opposition to the politics of austerity, racism and war and demand an alternative that works for everyone. Full timetable avaliable soon – accomodation & transport will be avaliable.

We are compiling the timetable of events for the week. Keep checking our website for details. If you are part of an organisation, band, performer or speaker who would like to take part in the week, please email us.”

www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

You can access this and other information here:
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesAssembly/

This is great opportunity to speak out please consider taking part.

Please share information about this event widely.

If you need some encouragement here are some reminders of the Tories huge contribution to the misery of life for the majority of us.

List of Tory policies we need to get rid of along with the Tories

Austerity which transferred wealth from the majority, including the poorest made increasingly more poor, to the already fabulously wealthy.
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/are-people-finally-waking-up-to-fact.html

The more severe cuts were to families with children

As always, poor and vulnerable women bear the brunt of austerity
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/16/women-austerity-poor-vulnerable-gender-inequality

The severest cuts are to already poor families with children
https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/10447/ifs-report-almost-1-3-children-be-poverty-2022-due-uk-austerity-push

Which resulted in:

Massive increase in child poverty by 400,000 since 2010 and still rising WITH WORSE YET TO COME

David Cameron’s legacy is soaring child poverty – with worse to come:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/10/child-poverty-david-cameron-austerity

And an increase in the use of food banks which continue to rise to name just some of the more serious consequences of austerity for the many for the advantage of the few.

Cuts to the NHS
“Between 2010 and 2015 the Tories slashed £20 billion off the NHS budget. Their current spending plans involve a further £22 billion in funding cuts between 2015 and 2020.”
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/why-you-need-to-speak-to-someone-who.html

Cuts to benefits and services to disabled people so extreme that it has brought condemnation from the united nations

The systematic Tory abuse of disabled people
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/the-systematic-tory-abuse-of-disabled.html

Cuts to fire and police services Tories have reduced police jobs by 34,000 with the result of an astonishing rise in the crime rate with more cuts on the way. A similar situation exist concerning fire fighters with 10,000 job cuts , again with more cuts planned by 2020.

Cuts to education Continued cuts to education are planned.

The education system is broken says one teacher:

I’ve been a teacher for five years, but cuts are making me say goodbye to education:
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/cuts-to-education-teachers-bbc-food-banks-public-money-austerity-driving-phones-a7857846.html

Education cuts forced back in Hackney
http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/25886

Also keep in mind the huge increase in student tuition fees of £9.000, 2/3 of students will never be able to repay their debts

Well the list is long.

The above are highlights of the damaging Tory policies which affect the vast majority of us and which are the more familiar.

Here is a detailed list of thirty damaging Tory policies which includes some of the above links and from which much of the information above was scoured.

30 things you should know about the Tory record
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/30-things-you-should-know-about-tory.html

For a thorough run down of the detrimental policies of the Tory government the above article and its links are highly recommended

We must do all we can short of violence to rid ourselves of this blight to humanity (namely RIGHT WING POLITICS) the other species with whom we share this world and the plant itself if we are to ever have a decent existence which values the right to life, and a good quality of life, for every being that exists. Ousting the Tories and replacing with a real socialist Jeremy Corbyn is a good way to start.

 

It’s approaching That Time again The Glorious Twelfth

When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.
Marv Levy

If you don’t have time to read the information below but would like to bring an end to grouse shooting scroll down for action you can take, including two demonstrations on the 12th August.

It’s approaching that time again, the so called  Glorious Twelfth (August 12th), the beginning of the Grouse shooting season. I have written about this atrocity of barbarism several times in this blog here here and the latest here

From beasts we scorn as soulless,
In forest, field and den,
The cry goes up to witness
The soullessness of men.
M. Frida Hartley

As I have said time and time again I cannot understand the mentality, the cold indifference to taking the life of another sentient creature by hunting or shooting, but to get pleasure from doing so is even more baffling.

Moreover few people who participate in blood sports ever question that there is anything wrong with killing animals for fun. In the video below the shooter shoots from the sky a beautiful bird in full fight, ending the life of this defenseless unsuspecting creature simply for pleasure. It turns my stomach, makes me sick inside as it does most people. That is why the majority of people in the UK and worldwide would rather see an end to such wanton killing as a result of so called sport.

Grouse Shooting is the sport of kings says the shooter in this video.

The sport of kings indeed, is this saying meant to elevate this cruelty? Hunting and shooting is more like the sport of psychopaths! It is sickening that anyone can glorify such a vile act of cruelty against other feeling thinking sentient beings. It shames us as a nation that we allow this barbarity to continue.  To be fair there may be a few who simply fail to comprehend what they do and there are those who even give up blood sports  however for the majority it is a much anticipated pass time undertaken with disregard to the suffering caused.

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow-creatures is amusing in itself.
James Anthony Froude,

The reality of grouse shooting

While for many people grouse shooting is deemed undesirable because of the harm it does to other creatures – including Hen Harriers and Peregrines as is emphasis of the video below – it has be said that grouse shooting is inhumane simply because it kills 700,000 grouse each year.   All animals to my mind are equal and for each individual animal his or her life is important. However if the concern over the killing of endangered species rather than the grouse itself brings about an end to grouse shooting all well and good. The important thing is that no animal is harmed or killed whether it is a grouse, a fox or a hen harrier.

A number of animals are killed deliberately because for one reason or another their existence interferes with the number of grouse available for shooters to use as living targets.

Published on Jul 7, 2017

“This film sets out the case for banning driven grouse shooting both on the grounds of its dependence on the illegal killing of birds of prey and for its wider impacts.”

So you see it is not only the unfortunate tiny grouse who are killed or harmed and left to die a slow painful death but other wild animals and even domestic animals become victims of this outdated cruelty of a bygone age.

Look carefully at the photo in the tweet below a  vehicle filled with beautiful mountain hares murdered –  yes I am going to say murdered what else is it – in order to protect grouse from hare-born disease. Basically killing one animal in order to have plenty of another animal to kill, simply for pleasure.

Humans also get maimed or killed participating in blood sports such as hunting and shooting. There are no statistics for the UK . However as far as I can ascertain there have been fatalities here.  A woman in Oxford back in March 2016 was left shaken after deer hunting accident when a bullet was shot through her window.  Whilst no one was injured things most certainly could have been quite different. There have also been significant and serious incidences of hikers killed during hunting in the USA and Canada,   Also in Italy during, a four month period 35 people were killed in hunting accidents. It can only be a matter of time before something like this happens here, in areas such as the Yorkshire and Durham Dales the Yorkshire Moors, anywhere where people have the right of way there is always that risk.

Concerning the UK and indeed world wide the licensing of guns to hunters and shooters puts a deadly weapon into the hands of people who have violent tendencies – there is surely no one who can argue that hunting and shooting is not an act of violence.  It is bizarre when you think about it but most licenses are issued to people to kill animals, though some licenses of course are issued to people for sports such as clay pigeon shooting. Here in the UK 567,015 people have a shotgun license ,  any one of them can use their weapon to kill not only helpless animals but people also, as was the case of Derrick Bird in Cumbria who shot twelve people with the gun he used to kill rabbits. Make no mistake these are deadly weapons which maim and kill helpless animals with the potential of killing defenseless humans also. The less weapons in public hands the less the chances of people being killed.

The following article includes a short video of the cruel and untimely death of animals killed by a gamekeeper in one of the UK’s National Parks. These animals are deemed to interfere with the numbers of grouse available for the shooters to kill.

Footage shows animals trapped and shot in a UK national park

Warning images which some people may find disturbing. 
http://www.aol.co.uk/travel/2017/07/11/footage-animals-trapped-shot-uk-peak-district-national-park/?ncid=webmail

I found the images upsetting, sickening as I find it disturbing that anyone can wantonly shoot helpless animals who have as much right to their lives as the person who shoots them, as do the grouse and every other being that lives.

Vast areas of our countryside are managed in this way to prepare for the massacre of these tiny helpless birds for no other reason than some disturbed sense of pleasure and enjoyment.

Why should a large percentage of our countryside be used and it’s inhabitants abused simply to satisfy the bloodlust of a very small group of over privileged people to kill helpless wild animals simply for enjoyment for four months of each year. Shooters are wealthy, some extraordinarily so as are the people who profit from organised shoots. A few years ago now while in a pub in the Yorkshire Dales my husband and I got into conversation with a former sheep farmer who was now retired. He told us that he had sold his land for the purpose of shooting as he was approached to do so and made an offer he could not refuse. A considerable amount I assume paid simply to have access to the land for four months of the year just to kill helpless birds, shoot them from the sky after driving them into the line of fire by terrifying them by a method referred to as grouse beating – hunting for grouse by trying to drive them towards the shooter by using flags, sticks, and other devices.

As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.
Pythagoras

Ten Reasons to oppose grouse shooting – note the petition is now closed
http://markavery.info/2014/06/05/ten-reasons-sign-epetition-ban-driven-grouse-shooting-england/     – The most important reason in my opinion is that the grouse are sentient beings and have the right to live as do all the other creature mained and killed during the preparation for grouse shooting.

While shooting and hunting are categorized differently they amount to the same thing and that is wanton violence and the massacre of defenseless sentient creatures for fun.

The article below from PETA focuses on reasons why hunting is cruel and nowadays unnecessary. The same is the case for grouse shooting

“Hunting accidents destroy property and injure or kill horses, cows, dogs, cats, hikers, and other hunters. In 2006, then–Vice President Dick Cheney famously shot a friend while hunting quail on a canned hunting preserve.16 According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, thousands of injuries are attributed to hunting in the U.S. every year—and that number only includes incidents involving humans.17″
https://www.peta.org/issues/wildlife/wildlife-factsheets/sport-hunting-cruel-unnecessary/

Actions you can take to end grouse shooting.

There is limited organised action and as far as I am aware no current petitions. The last petition resulted in a debate in parliament but despite 123,077 signatures failed to bring about a ban on grouse shooting

Here is what I have been able to find, please take action if you possibly can.

Join protest ramble August 12th

If you live near or are able to get to Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire there is a protest ramble on August 12th.

Protest Ramble: No New Grouse Shooting Licence for Ilkley Moor
https://www.facebook.com/events/1956927037862012/

Here is more information about about grouse shooting and the protest ramble on Ilkley moor:
https://stoptheshoot.com/

At least the Bradford District council warn people of shooting.

In the Yorkshire and Durham dales which my family visit frequently for walking and just enjoying the countryside there are no such warnings. You can suddenly came across a shooting party in proximity to a popular foot path. While it offers an opportunity to express your opposition this is distressing for many people and could be a safety hazard. On one occasion police ignored our reports of shooters worrying sheep chasing after them in an attempt to remove them from the area saying that there was nothing they could do.

Join a protest to Make badger culling, fox hunting and driven grouse shooting history

For more information about the above protest:
https://www.facebook.com/events/239082489919954/

Also more information from the badger Trust

Thousands to descend on Downing Street

If you have a Twitter account you might post your protest and comments using hashtags such as the following:

#bangrouseshooting

#grouseshooting

Continue to write to your MP

http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

It may well be a challenge to say the least particularly if your MP is conservative as the Tories tend to support blood sports, this is probably because a good majority participate in them and they therefore continue to put their own pleasures first, however dubious or unethical, before those of the vast majority who wish to see an end to such barbarities as shooting and hunting. Nonetheless please be persistent keep in mind fox hunting was eventually banned as a result of public pressure. 

Related links

Chris Packham calls to end Ilkley Moor grouse shooting

“Wildlife presenter Chris Packham is campaigning for an end to grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor, calling it “moorland vandalism”.
He made his comments in a statement to moor owners Bradford Council ahead of the grouse shooting season next week. The council said it permits shooting for just eight days each year, under a contract to be reviewed in 2018.
Ilkley Moor is the last publicly owned place in the UK to allow grouse shooting during the season.”

Continue reading
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-40815624

Grouse

“According to industry statistics an estimated 700,000 grouse are shot every year in Britain for ‘sport’ all over the UK. In driven shooting, red grouse are frightened from their heather homes by a line of beaters shouting and stomping to drive them towards eagerly awaiting men with guns. The grouse don’t stand a chance, as it is basically a massacre. Many will not be killed outright, but will be shot and wounded before hurtling to the ground where they will lie maimed, suffering and terrified.”

Read more this article contains suggested actions you can take to end grouse shooting:
https://www.league.org.uk/grouse?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwJqPqfXG1QIV5xXTCh1jSwMpEAAYAiAAEgLxsfD_BwE

Whats Wrong with Grouse shooting

  1. Grouse shooting is a bloodsport People pay vast sums of money (1000-2000 a day) to blast a sentient creature out of the sky for enjoyment. A creature that has been driven towards them to make it easier. Whether or not money changes hands is not the issue though – shooting or hunting animals for amusement is something the Hunt Saboteurs Association is unequivocally opposed to. Grouse are known as the king of gamebirds because of their fast flight. This speed makes a clean kill difficult and results in birds being shot without instantly falling to the ground, and many fly on wounded.

Continue reading:
https://www.huntsabs.org.uk/restore/archive/features/wwwgs.html

Wildlife crash on Ilkley Moor prompts fresh calls to ban grouse shooting

CAMPAIGNERS have renewed calls for a ban on grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor as figures emerge which reveal a decline in over half of protected breeding bird species

Ban Blood Sport on Ilkley Moor (BBIM) has written to the leader of Bradford Council Susan Hinchcliffe noting that populations of breeding birds have fallen as a result of grouse shooting and related moorland management, and called on the local authority to end the blood sport on public land.

Read More:
http://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/15422768.Wildlife_crash_on_Ilkley_Moor_prompts_fresh_calls_to_ban_grouse_shooting/

Videos

This video shows the shocking use of cruel traps. Note the petition referred to is closed.

Published on Sep 9, 2016

“Well done Terry Pickford for speaking the truth, exposing what gamekeepers would obviously prefer no-one to know. It is a terribly sad situation, but I for one must applaud your efforts over the last 4 decades, working to support and protect Hen Harriers and Peregrine Falcons in the Forest of Bowland, under such difficult circumstances. ” The petition referred to failed.

Please Take Action to Help Sheep

As anyone who has visited my website will know I am very fond of sheep, one of the most gentle of animals on the planet. The shocking cruelty below sickens me, it is one of the many atrocities inflicted upon these defenceless animals, it is brutal and unnecessary and it has to stop. I say unnecessary but frankly there can never ever be any situation where any cruelty to any animal is necessary.

Please read on and take as many of the suggested actions as possible to bring an end to this horrifying inhumane treatment of sheep

Warning! Disturbing images of cruelty to these defenceless gentle animals

“Two years ago, PETA exposed Patagonia’s wool supplier for skinning sheep who were still alive. Once word got out, the brand stopped buying wool from that supplier and made a list of “stringent” standards for its new suppliers.

Yet once again PETA has exposed disturbing abuse connected to a Patagonia-approved wool producer.

Please read the following and send a message to tell retailer Patagonia to stop selling wool

Patagonia says its mission is to “cause no unnecessary harm,” so why is a wool supplier associated with whipping and mutilating pregnant sheep and forcing them to give birth in a freezing desert on its approved list?

PETA has exposed horrific cruelty at dozens of shearing operations around the world, and our most recent exposé of a Patagonia-approved wool supplier is further proof that any “rigorous” standards or “strong supplier partnerships” are meaningless.”

Shearers pulled heavily pregnant sheep into a trailer and onto the hard floor

In April 2017, PETA observers went to Utah to visit a shearing operation associated with Red Pine Land & Livestock, LLC, which was listed on the company’s website as an approved supplier until the day it saw PETA’s expose. Here’s what that looked like:

Please continue reading and send a message to tell Patagonia to drop all wool immediately!

https://campaigns.peta2.com/pregnant-sheep-whipped-mutilated-for-patagonia-approved-wool-supplier/?utm_campaign=0717%20patagonia%20approved%20wool%20supplier%20expose%20EA&utm_source=peta2%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

Further action

Please consider contacting Patagonia in the following ways:

Corporate Office and Headquarters – Contact by post, a letter is often very effective,  e-mail or telephone

Patagonia Corporate Office Address

Patagonia International, Inc.
259 W Santa Clara Street
Ventura, California 93001

Contact Patagonia

Phone Number: (805) 643-6074

Fax Number: (805) 648-8020

Website: http://www.patagonia.com

Email: Email Patagonia  :
customer_service@patagonia.com

http://corporateofficehq.com/patagonia-corporate-office/

Send a tweet
@patagonia

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/PATAGONIA/

Please also take action if you have not already done so concerning Chilean sheep farms:

More Proof the Wool Industry Is HEARTLESS – warning distressing images. How people can be so cruel is beyond my comprehension. Just heartbreaking.

“The cruelty documented on these Chilean sheep farms is not unique, and similar abuses have been documented in the United States, Argentina, and Australia—the world’s largest wool exporter. Please, don’t forget the gentle sheep who suffer in the wool industry all around the world, and choose clothing that doesn’t contain wool. It’s easy to check the label, and if it says “Italian wool”—or any kind of wool—just leave it on the shelf.

Sign our petition urging Chilean officials to prosecute workers who cut into the necks of fully conscious sheep—without doing anything to minimize their pain—in apparent violation of Chile’s animal protection law.
https://campaigns.peta2.com/chile-wool-industry/#pledge       The link takes you straight to the petition 
There is more information at the beginning of the petition however the images included are extremely distressing.

Even in the most ideal situation sheep suffer from exploitation when they are farmed for their wool. The most effective way to bring an end to this aspect of cruelty to sheep is to stop buying wool.

Sheep are sentient beings. Like us they are mammals and like us they feel pain and suffer fear. 

In the articles below you can read about sentience in sheep and about the exploitation of these gentle animals.

Sentient Sheep: http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sentient%20sheep.htm

Factory Farming: Sheep http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Animal-Rights-Sheep.htm

Please take action, send the PETA messages to retailer Patagonia and to Chilean officials and share widely and take as many of the other suggested actions as you can. There is a template message, edit with your own words if possible but if for some reason you cannot do this send it as it is. 

If you do not have a lot of time at least please send the PETA messages.

Please stop eating meat and wearing wool the most effective way to bring an end to cruelty to sheep.

Here is some light relief , enjoy a video showing lambs happy, well cared for and loved in a sanctuary

Related Links

The following link has more information about the exploitation of sheep and more actions you can take to being an end to their suffering and exploitation.

Help stop sheep cruelty
http://www.animalsaustralia.org/issues/stop-sheep-cruelty.php

Further information from PETA about the cruelty of shearing and the exploitation of sheep for their wool

What’s wrong with wearing wool?

“As with other industries where animals are raised for a profit, the interests of the animals used in the wool industry are rarely considered. “

Please continue reading
https://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/whats-wrong-with-wearing-wool/

The following article shows that investigations by animal rights groups such as PETA are effective, however the best way to stop this cruelty is to STOP WEARING WOOL. Be aware that although this prosecution was successful many many similar cases of abuse go uninvestigated and unreported. As already mentioned even in ideal conditions of welfare sheep suffer, they suffer to provide you with a clothing material you now no longer need as synthetic materials are much better, more comfy, warmer and easier to care for.  Sheep also suffer to provide you with a food you do not need. At the end of the day most sheep are brutally slaughtered and most of your wool comes from slaughtered sheep.

Animal cruelty case against sheep shearers has changed industry forever, peak body says
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-03-01/sheep-shearers-plead-guilty-animal-cruelty-western-victoria/8314678