Lambs: The Cruel Side of Spring

“During the course of a Sunday lunch we happened to look out of the kitchen window at our young lambs playing happily in the fields. Glancing at our plates, we suddenly realized that we were eating the leg of an animal who had until recently been playing in a field herself. We looked at each other and said, “Wait a minute, we love these sheep–they’re such gentle creatures. So why are we eating them?” It was the last time we ever did.”
Linda and Paul McCartney

If you have time for nothing else please take the following action to help sheep:

Please take the following recommended action concerning the Italian wool industry:
Italian Wool Exposed: Sheep Kicked, Cut, and Killed
http://investigations.peta.org/sheep-killed-italian-wool/

There are more actions you can take to help sheep further down. Please take as many as you can.

Spring is here – well if you live in the northern hemisphere it is. Nothing says spring more than baby animals, particularly lambs, though sadly the fate of these tiny creatures mars the pleasure of seeing these sweet gentle beings frolicking in meadows and uplands here in the British countryside. It breaks your heart to know that soon these innocent helpless creatures will be taken from their mothers and brutally slaughtered to provide meat eaters with a food that they do not need and is not natural.

The life of a tiny lamb is short, in general only about four months unless he or she is required for breeding. Some are killed after only 10 weeks, a cruel end to a life which begins with such exuberant joy.

“I do not like eating meat because I have seen lambs and pigs killed. I saw and felt their pain. They felt the approaching death. I could not bear it. I cried like a child. I ran up a hill and could not breathe. I felt that I was choking. I felt the death of the lamb.”
Vaslav Nijinsky

Watch the Life of a Lamb in 60 seconds. Warning very shocking images of cruelty

Video From Animal Equality:http://www.animalequality.net/node/683 This was filmed in farms and slaughter houses in Italy, but much the same happens worldwide. Though the campaign, which was to reduce lamb consumption in Italy for Easter 2015, is a couple of years old the problem of course  remains and with the approach of Easter yet more innocent tiny lambs will meet the same fate.

If you eat meat and consume lamb it is likely on average you will have been responsible for the death of 23 lambs in your lifetime.

Lambs just like this one

or the adorable lamb in the video further down who is now safe in a sanctuary.

How about knit wear made from wool, even lambs wool? Lambs have so little wool so please do not think that someone comes along with a pair of shears and gently cuts their fleece. Lambs wool is of course always taken from slaughtered lambs. Adult sheep inevitably suffer the same fate, even though they may be sheared for a few years prior to slaughter eventually they will be killed for meat. In the meantime other than provide wool, a ewe’s main purpose is to give birth every year until they ‘re too old to do so at which time they too will be mercilessly killed. Ewes are sent to slaughter from four to eight years old when their breeding days are over.

What of rams? Ever wondered why you see so few rams? 

Usually there are about 38 ewes to one ram.

Ram lambs not required for mating are killed within a day or two after being born – they will never smell the sweet air of spring or leap and play in the fields.

Wool and meat are all the products of the slaughter and other abuse of a gentle defenceless animal who wishes to live as much as you or I.

Shearing is often a brutal savage experience as you will see in the following video

Watch Wool in 60 Seconds Flat. Warning very shocking images of cruelty

Video From: PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

If you buy a garment made of wool you support a cruel and bloody industry. There is no excuse, there are plenty of synthetic fibres many of which are in my opinion warmer than wool, easier to care for and are more durable. However even if this was not so, there is never any justification for such cruelty to another sentient being. Wool belongs to lambs and sheep. It evolved to protect them from severe weather, their fleece effectively providing  insulation against both cold and heat. At one time prior to human interference  sheep grew just enough wool to protect them from extreme temperatures, they naturally shed their wool in warmer weather.

Read about the cruelty that lies behind the wool industry including museling :

“In Australia, where more than 50 percent of the world’s merino wool—which is used in products ranging from clothing to carpets—originates, lambs are forced to endure a gruesome procedure called “mulesing,” in which huge chunks of skin are cut from the animals’ backsides, often without any painkillers.”
Read More and please click the Action Button

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

It all seems so idyllic when you see tiny lambs gambolling on a warm summer’s day and you see all the hype on TV and elsewhere about lambing.

The truth of the matter is much different.

Did you know that rather than being born in the spring as the farming industry would have you believe, millions of lambs are born in January when it is bitterly cold and when a million of these babies die of hypothermia.This is done to provide meat eaters with lamb for Easter. Over the years farmers have interfered with the natural breeding cycle. High prices are paid for Easter lamb and many farmers have changed this cycle so that lambs are born earlier.

Read about the truth that lies behind  sheep farming that the BBC’s popular Lambing Live programme glosses over .

“Although many see it as the ultimate in free-range farming, the seemingly idyllic scene of a ewe and her lambs grazing is misleading. These animals spend their entire lives under human control. Behind the pastoral image lies an industry that relies on the mutilation of baby animals – and where life for many sheep and lambs is short and filled with pain, disease and fear.”

Lambing Lies Fact Sheet

http://www.viva.org.uk/resources/campaign-materials/fact-sheets/lambing-lies-fact-sheet

Meet Lucky the Lamb:

http://www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/sheep-and-lambs

Action to take.

Don’t buy wool, without exception it is a product of cruelty and death.  

Go Vegan and help others to do so.

Click the following link to ORDER A FREE ACTION PACK

Each year in Britain over 14 million sheep are slaughtered for the meat trade. Around half of those are lambs under a year old.
http://www.viva.org.uk/form/order-free-action-pack

Please take the following recommended action concerning the Italian wool industry if you have not already done so:
Italian Wool Exposed: Sheep Kicked, Cut, and Killed
http://investigations.peta.org/sheep-killed-italian-wool/

My husband and I are regular visitors to the Yorkshire Dale and Moors  and the Durham Dales. It is a delight in spring to see the mothers with their curious playful lambs. They ‘re so full of joy, skipping and jumping or lying close to one another in the summer sunshine. This is of course in April or later. Earlier in the year it is a sad experience to see these tiny lambs huddled near their mothers who also are struggling to survive against the cold of winter, yes I have seen lambs as early as January and most certainly by mid February and early March when the wind can be bitter with driving rain, sleet and snow. The Yorkshire Moors and Dales are beautiful scenic places and on a visit in spring or summer many people are oblivious to the realities of this harsh climate in which these fragile animals have to endure. The lucky ones who survive, if lucky is indeed the correct word, will in a few short months be rounded up and taken to slaughter. There is definitely a different feel to the place when all these tiny beings so full of life are taken away. One weekend you can be driving through or hiking and see hundreds of lambs and their mothers and the following week the hills are bare of these baby creatures, only the mothers remain to face another autumn when once gain they are impregnated and endure the whole miserable cycle again.

Lambs are beautiful creatures, gentle often friendly. We have had lambs and sometimes their mothers come up to us curious about us as we are about them, though the mothers can be very protective of their offspring and you can be met with loud angry bleats. So unless they readily approach you when hill walking it is best to leave them alone as many sheep are timid creatures.

Lambs and sheep of course are sentient like your dog or your cat:

“Sheep show compassion! Form bonds!

Judge for yourself.

Jeffery Massom in this book The pig who Sang to the Moon tells the story of Rammo, ” a macho two-year old Ramouillet ram” who formed a special and compassionate bond with Whisper, a cow who was born blind.

“Rams tend to be loners, and he was a pretty tough ram, so it seemed unusual that he would take up with a blind member of another species. But he did”

“He would graze next to her all day and guide her about the field, making certain she did not bump into the fence or posts…When she had a calf , Shout, sired by an Angus bull, Rammo behaved paternally toward the young animal, more so than even to his own offspring, several bouncy lambs. Whisper lived to be four years and than died in 1996 of a viral infection. Rammo mourned her a long time, standing by her dead body, calling and calling”

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

Look at the video of this adorable lamb, surely there can be no doubt that this little animal is a thinking, feeling, aware being.

Related Links

Read more about the cruel abuse of sheep and lambs :

“Each year over 4 million sheep die of cold and hunger, the complications of pregnancy, injury, infestation and illness such as pneumonia and exposure. Each year one million lambs die of exposure. Often blamed on foxes, in reality the high losses are the direct result of neglect and exploitation by farmers themselves.”

“The life of a tiny lamb is short, in general only about four months unless he or she is required for breeding. Some are killed after only 10 weeks.  Ram lambs not required for mating are killed within a day or two after being born. Ewes are killed from four to eight years after their breeding days are over. The meat from older sheep is called mutton and is less popular than lamb and used for processed foods.”

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

Horrifying truth of wool industry laid bare as sheep are skinned alive in undercover video
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/horrifying-truth-wool-industry-laid-8155711

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

Please Help Save The Lives of Defenceless Hibernating Bears, Wolves and their Families.

“We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity. “
Rachel Carson

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If you have time for nothing else please at least sign the petition and for US citizens please also write to your senators – information about how to do so can be found further down the page

Can you really believe this, there are people who enjoy killing hibernating bears and their cubs and wolves raising their pups in dens? Even more shocking, the House of Representatives has just voted for a resolution which will allow them to do so. If the resolution becomes law, hunters will be allowed to enter the dens of these defenceless animals and their families and kill them. Unfortunately 225 voted in favour of the resolution with 193 against.

For the majority of decent caring people this is shocking.

Please help save the lives of these defenceless creatures who will die for the pleasure of a tiny sadistic minority who delight in killing helpless animals.

Take Action

Petition

Please sign and share the following petition.

Keep the Ban on Hunting Hibernating Bear & Wolf Families!

“The House of Representatives just voted to allow hunters to kill bears hibernating with their young. If their decision passes into law, hunters will be allowed to enter dens where bears are hibernating and kill their entire families. They would also be allowed to shoot and kill wolf families, including their pups.

Slaughtering entire families of hibernating bears is cowardly and inhumane. Bears pose no danger to humans or livestock when they’re sleeping through the winter. Culling wolf families is a short-sighted plan that will push their numbers toward extinction again.

There is still hope to protect bears and wolves from this barbaric slaughter. Please sign the petition to urge United States Senators to vote against this resolution!”

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/670/081/728/hunting-hibernating-animals-should-stay-illegal/?z00m=28894310  – Anyone world-wide may sign this petition.

US citizens please contact your senators and ask them to vote against this resolution Only the U.S. Senate and President Trump can now stop this.

https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

The resolution is now before the Senate, where it must be passed and sent to President Trump for signature before it can take effect. So please write with your objections as soon as possible.

Be sure to read the article cited in the petition if you have not already done so:

People Want To Shoot Hibernating Bear Families — And The Government Just Voted To Let Them

“What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America.”

Mother bears hibernating with their cubs and wolves raising pups in their dens may no longer be protected from a hunter’s rifle.

The lives of countless bear and wolf families are hanging in the balance today because the U.S. House of Representatives just voted to overturn a ban on cruel hunting tactics that previously protected animals on some of the most treasured wildlife refuges in America.

On 76 million acres of federal refuges in Alaska, hunters will be permitted to enter dens where vulnerable bear families are hibernating and kill them if the resolution becomes law. They will also be able to shoot entire wolf families raising young pups if the Senate and President agree with the vote.

“What the House did today should shock the conscience of every animal lover in America,” Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), said on Thursday. “If the Senate and President concur, we’ll see wolf families killed in their dens, bears chased down by planes or suffering for hours in barbaric steel-jawed traps or snares.”

Please continue reading, this is a very informative article concerning further implications such as

“The overturning of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) ban would also allow hunters to lure animals with food and shoot them at point-blank range.”

https://www.thedodo.com/us-house-alaska-bear-wolf-2268102226.html

Watch the video which is also included in the above article of a bear and her cubs.

Bears just like this mother and her family will be mercilessly killed if this bill is passed. 

It seems to me that any and every positive advancement during Obama’s time in office is to be systematically destroyed seriously setting back society’s ethical progress.

Now we know don’t we that the overwhelming majority of US citizens would not want this to be allowed by law: “a 2016 poll of Alaska voters showed that most agreed that these practices should be banned”. The fact that the House of representatives voted to allow this is therefore not democratic as it defies the wishes of the majority. They know this of course but instead prefer to favour the abhorrent wishes of a tiny section of society who should not be encouraged to carry out such shocking acts of violence against animals.

Here in the UK we have a similar problem with the Tories hell-bent on repealing the fox hunting bill despite the fact that they know that the majority of UK citizens are opposed to fox hunting.

How can we ever make any ethical progress and make the world a better more civilised place to live for all creatures when one government imposes a ban to protect animals from cruelty than another – usually right-wing – over turns it. Yes the majority who voted in support of the resolution where republicans, only 10 republicans voted against, and five Democrats who voted with the Republican majority.

What kind of society are we living in when any government allows it citizens to wantonly kill helpless animals.The fact that this is even being consider is disturbing.  It is bad enough that hunting is allowed to continue but this is even worse than hunting. What sane person enjoys killing sleeping animals?

I am shocked that this is even being considered. I find it quite disturbing that there are people among us who find pleasure in killing defenceless animals, no wonder there is so much violence in this world. If you can kill a helpless animal, any animal, you are one step closer to killing a human being. Animals have a right to their lives as do you and I, when, as supposedly the most intelligent advanced species, are we ever going to respect that right.

Related Links

U.S. House sanctions killing hibernating bears, wolf pups in their dens on federal refuges in Alaska.

Read More:
http://blog.humanesociety.org/wayne/2017/02/u-s-house-sanctions-killing-hibernating-bears-wolf-pups-dens-federal-refuges-alaska.html

“Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is–whether its victim is human or animal–we cannot expect things to be much better in this world…”
Rachel Carson

Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventure, and for hides and furs is a phenomena which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging is such acts of brutality.
The Dalai Lama

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
Thomas Edison

Quotes from
http://www.betterworld.net/quotes/animal-quotes.htm

Gustavito: Another Victim of Cruelty To Animals Update March 6th

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

Update 06 03 2017
Please sign a petition demanding the
CLOSURE OF THE NATIONAL ZOO PARK OF EL SALVADOR
CIERRE DE EL PARQUE ZOOLOGICO NACIONAL DE EL SALVADOR

GUSTAVITO: ANOTHER VICTIM OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

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The Secretary of Culture of El Salvador’s government announced Sunday that the hippopotamus Gustavito had died four days after being tortured with metal bars, knives and rocks by strangers at the National Zoological Park of San Salvador capital.

That Secretary should have announced that Gustavito, in fact, had died almost thirteen years before, in October 2004, when he was condemned to suffer in the pool of the zoo to please the despicable people that protect, promote and finance the animal abuse in that country.

Authorities investigate fatal bashing of Gustavito the hippo at El Salvador zoo

Reasons to Go Vegan

The following from PETA was in my e-mail box a while back.

Chicks Burned to Death for Eggs

“There’s only one industry in which throwing babies into a blazing fire, crushing them alive in packed drums, and pouring soapy water into a bucket of them to drown them slowly is standard practice: the one that uses animals for food. What these hatcheries in India do to baby chicks is beyond sickening and must stop now.”

The Indian egg and chicken meat industry—just like in the U.S.—kills millions of unwanted chicks every year. These are some of their stories.

Please read more and sign the pledge to go vegan.

http://campaigns.peta2.com/chicks-struggle-to-escape-being-burned-to-death/?utm_campaign=0217%20bi%20weekly%20recap%20feb%20twenty%20six%20EA&utm_source=peta2%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert  – Warning! Disturbing images. I could not watch the video, just reading about what happens to these helpless tiny birds is horrifying enough. The pledge is right at the bottom of the webpage if you cannot cope with seeing the suffering inflicted on helpless creatures.

I have seen via the internet some shocking abuse to animals that makes my heart ache, such as the Gadhimi festival (now banned as a result of intensive campaigning) and the day-to-day abuse in abattoirs, it never ends and you think there can never be anything more awful until you see the next shocking cruel treatment of helpless animals. Burning alive baby chicks is vile, it turns my stomach makes my heart sink ..well it not easy really to described how awful this makes me feel. The agony of these baby animals cannot be underestimated.

It is important to note that it is standard practice here in the UK and elsewhere for baby male chicks to be ground alive along with other horrific abuses.

Please read the following article, be aware that there are disturbing images and video

In China baby male ducks  are caught in a net and spooned into hot water, in which they are scalded to death.

Be outraged at China for killing male ducklings, but remember it happens here too:

“Thousands of baby ducks are caught in a net and spooned into hot water, in which they are scalded to death.

This horrific, mass-scale killing is all because they are deemed useless to the commercial egg industry.”

Sound familiar?

If not, it should – because everyday on British farms, thousands of male baby chicks are ground up, suffocated and gassed to death for exactly the same reason.”

http://metro.co.uk/2017/02/23/be-outraged-at-china-for-killing-male-ducklings-but-remember-it-happens-here-too-6467648/

Warning! Shocking horrifying. The fact that people can do this to tiny chicks is beyond my ability to comprehend. Heartless, callous, inhuman.

“Baby chicks’ first day of life is hell. Experience what it’s like from their perspective.”

In all cases thousands… well it has to be millions world-wide of these defenceless animals are horrifically killed because they are considered useless to the commercial egg industry – they can’t lay eggs. This happens also here in the UK, the USA , Australia and most other countries

Thinking about this –  and yes it is often hard to shift such images from ones mind, such thoughts of dreadful cruelty linger a long time – I thought it might be useful in considering why it is important to go vegan. The more of us who become vegan the less suffering there will be for animals, obvious right?

Go vegan for the sake of helpless animals, the environment, other people and for your own personal well-being.

Take Action

Please sign the pledge but most importantly consider going vegan. Cut eggs from your diet today. It is easier than you think. It will stop this cruelty and will improve your health and is a factor against heart disease.

Here are some links to help you make the transition:

Go Vegan
https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan  be sure to click this link which tells you how to become vegan: https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/how-go-vegan

Free Vegan Starter Kit
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=23376&ea.tracking.id=GA&gclid=CJWDoveLt9ICFYu6Gwod1NgJCw

VEGAN STARTER KIT USA
http://www.peta.org/living/food/free-vegan-starter-kit/

Choose Compassion – Go Vegan!
http://www.peta.org.uk/living/stop-supporting-cruelty-go-vegan/

How to go Vegan
Vegan Australia:
http://www.veganaustralia.org.au/getting_started

There is just so much help and advice available to you, it is not possible to include it all here. Just enter Go Vegan, Vegan recipes or similar into your favourite search engine and you will find an abundance of advice along with delicious recipes.

Try some of these tasty egg free vegan recipes:

Roasted Tomato and Herb Quiche [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/roasted-tomato-and-herb-quiche/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=b87abc93c1-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-b87abc93c1-107260621

This recipe for blueberry muffins is my favourite:
https://theflexitarian.co.uk/recipe-items/blueberry-muffins-vegan/

More recipes from the vegan society:
https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes

There is no need to feel deprived. You can still cook cakes which satisfy even a very sweat tooth which tastes like any other cake. Try this yummy trifle my family and I enjoyed this last Christmas: https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes/cakes-desserts/trifle   –  it’s really delicious with the use of thick Soya cream instead of dairy cream . I used SoyaToo! Soy Whip.

Even if you don’t like vegan alternatives, please think of the animals. Really should tiny defenceless chicks and other animals be so cruelly treated so you can have food that you do not need to sustain you, so that you can have a brief moment of pleasure?

Related Links

More Reasons to Go Vegan
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/reasons-go-vegan/

Take Action to Help Circus Elephants

“Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns. Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are carted across the country in cramped and stuffy boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or caged in barren, boring, and filthy enclosures; and are separated from their families and friends—all for the sake of human “entertainment.” Many of these animals even pay with their lives.”
PETA

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Warning the following video is hard to watch, it turns my stomach and I can’t watch it all. Elephants must be gentle creatures as they seem rarely to defend themselves or attack when being subjected to such treatment. Or maybe it is because they know that doing so will bring about even harsher abuse.

The video below shows the head trainer of Carson & Barnes’  viciously attacking elephants with a bullhook and shocking them with electric prods as they scream in pain.

“This video shows behind-the-scenes elephant training, bears pacing and bouncing abnormally in cages, and tigers inside cramped, barren prisons in Carson & Barnes Circus.”

The manager of Garden Bros regularly beats the animals, he withholds food from them and denies them veterinary treatment.

Take Action

Please send a message to ask venues still planning to host this cruel circus to consider these facts carefully and at least require that scheduled performances go forward without animals.

Tell Venues That Garden Bros. Circus Needs to Drop Its Cruel Animal Acts!

“Garden Bros. Circus, along with its elephant act provided by Carson & Barnes Circus, is on tour in the South, and we need your help to let the venues planning to host it know about its decades-long history of abusing animals.

Carson & Barnes’ head trainer was caught on video viciously attacking elephants with a bullhook and shocking them with electric prods as they screamed in pain.”

Please read more and send the message. There is a template letter which you can edit to include your own words but if this is not possible for some reason please just send it as it is, but please send the message and share .

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/garden-bros-circus-cruel-animal-acts/?utm_campaign=022417%20peta%20e-news&utm_source=peta%20e-mail&utm_medium=peta%20e-news   – there is more action further down that you can take to help animals in circuses.

I cannot understand why there appears to be no laws to stop such abuse happening when clearly there is proof that these animals and others are mistreated. Here in the UK the RSPCA would I am sure take action and prosecute the circus and have the animals removed. It sickens me that such evil people get away with such vile abuse and so little can be done to stop it.

Recently Romania has banned wild animals in circuses and joins 19 other EU member states which have fully or partially banned the use of wild animals in shows.

Year of Liberation Continues as Romanian Capital Bans Wild-Animal Acts
http://www.peta.org/blog/year-liberation-continues-romanian-capital-bans-wild-animal-acts/

You can take further action to help circus animals by clicking the button at the bottom of the webpage above or by clicking the following link:

Urge UniverSoul Circus to End All Cruel Animal Acts
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/universoul-circus-stop-cruel-elephant-acts/

It is time the USA and indeed other countries, including the UK, BANNED performing animals in circuses.

Related Links

These 17 Countries That Have Banned Wild-Animal Circuses Are Making the UK Look Really Bad
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/these-17-countries-banned-wild-animal-circuses/

Tory MP delays bill to ban use of wild animals in circus shows
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-mp-delays-bill-ban-9918931

Credit Photo:
http://quotesgram.com/img/circus-animal-cruelty-quotes/3781446/

Some Comments on the The Great Wall of Mexico

“The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

… well its not really great is it? How many of us thought Trump would really seriously go ahead with such an outrageous project! Though of course at the present time it is only a proposal.

I know so much has been said about the wall but I want to add my two peneth.

Firstly some light relief. A spoof concerning Trump’s Mexican Wall using footage from the new Chinese film The Great Wall.

I love the following condemnation of the wall by Vicente Fox Quesada,  it is one of many tweets by the former president of Mexico.

Finally someone who is outspoken.

‘s ego monument real cost is around 25 billion USD. I ask you, America, what would you prefer instead of that ?”

https://twitter.com/VicenteFoxQue  

Some estimates put the cost even higher at £40 billion

It is time world leaders including our PM Teresa May spoke out in an honest and forthright manner. Sadly trade agreements are worth overlooking one of the great social injustices of our time and one of the most insane proposals to come out of the white house. I so support this recent Tweet by Vicente Fox Quesada:  “UK beware of , he likes to manipulate so he can look good to the world. You need to be united, don’t yield to him, STAND UP!”

Who the hell does Trump think he is Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China who built the Great Wall of China or the Roman Emperor Hadrian who built the defensive fortification known as The Roman Wall or Hadrian’s wall here in the UK.

Here is an interesting article comparing walls from times past, the great wall of China, Hadrian’s wall and the Berlin wall with the Proposed Mexican Wall:

Trump’s Wall Vs The Great Wall Of China, Hadrian’s Wall & the Berlin Wall:
http://www.newhistorian.com/trumps-wall-vs-great-wall-china-hadrians-wall-berlin-wall/7944/

The huge amounts of money required to build the Great Wall of Mexico could be far better spent on improving the lives of the American people, such as health care, the relief of poverty and education to name just a few more pressing needs.

Thousands of Americans are dying from preventable illness and lack of adequate health care yet there is money to build a wall.

Millions of tax payer dollars are potentially going into a wall not education, not housing.

The wall is a monument to racism, so says the former Mexican president. And he is right.

While people die as a result of lack of proper health care and veterans sleep on the street Trump plans to spend billions, some estimate as much as 25 billion, on a wall to keep out a few desperate immigrants who simply wish to find a better life. Though one has to ask if this is possible in Trump’s America.

Not only is the wall a detriment to human beings, a monument to racism and human stupidity but it is a hazard to the environment and a threat to endangered species

Nearly 2 million tons of carbon dioxide will be emitted into the air as a result of making the cement needed to build the thousand mile long wall. The wall will also cut off endangered animals from part of their territory. Also the Mexican Wall will block migration routes for jaguars, ocelots, mountain lions and deer .

The Environment

The great wall of Mexico is a detriment to the environment

Trump’s Wall Would Also Be Terrible for the Environment

“Now that this terrible idea could actually become a reality, scientists and conservationists have also voiced their concerns. In addition to allegedly blocking people from entering the U.S., a concrete wall along the border with Mexico would obstruct important wildlife migration routes for jaguars, ocelots, mountain lions, deer and other animals.

Of these animals, the wall would be the most harmful to highly endangered jaguars, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. If the small population remaining in northern Mexico becomes blocked off, the U.S. population will never be reestablished.”

Continue reading:
http://www.care2.com/causes/trumps-wall-would-also-be-terrible-for-the-environment.html

“Donald Trump’s Great Wall on Mexican border will damage environment in ‘insane act of self-sabotage’

Making the cement needed for a 1,000-mile concrete wall would emit nearly two million tons of carbon dioxide and cut off endangered animals from part of their territory.”

“Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall between the US and Mexico is “insane, useless” and an “act of self-sabotage”, environmental activists claim, as they say it will have a noticeable impact on climate change and threaten endangered species such as jaguars and ocelots without actually affecting immigration.”

Read More:
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/donald-trump-great-wall-mexican-border-damage-environment-insane-self-sabotage-wildlife-mexico-a7548861.html

Here is the latest information to take into consideration. Sixty-Two miles of the proposed Mexican wall belongs to the Native American Tohono O’odham Nation. For the past 150 years their land has been divided between these two boarders. The wall will split tribal land the most of which is in Arizona with a small portion in the Mexican state of Sonora.

Wall would split tribal territory

“Our roots are here,” Richard Saunders said, standing by a border gate in San Miguel, which he and his wife pass through — when it is open — to visit her grandparents’ graves, 500 yards into Mexico. “Our roots are there, too, on the south side of this gate.”

The Tohono O’odham — they call themselves “desert people” — have been around since “time immemorial,” Jose likes to say; they and their predecessors were nomads in the region for thousands of years, roaming for water and food on mountains and lowlands.”

Read More:
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/wall-would-split-tribal-territory/article_18debf95-9732-5131-9ae6-9309706c554e.html

Better things 25 billion could be spent on.

Health Care

“We doctors have many new ways to prevent deaths from hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease — but only if patients can get into our offices and afford their medications.”
It’s estimated there are between 20,000 and 45,000 deaths a year due to lack of health insurance.

This is the face of health care in America, yet Trump’s priority is to build a wall in addition of course to repealing Obamacare also called Affordable Care or Affordable Health Care Act.

I admit to not know a lot about the Affordable Care Act, it is so complicated. What really is needed is a universal system of health care like we have here in the UK. However as it appears to me Obama Care is thus far the best option.

This is how American health care kills people:
http://theweek.com/articles/666799/how-american-health-care-kills-people

Key Facts about the Uninsured Population
http://kff.org/uninsured/fact-sheet/key-facts-about-the-uninsured-population/

What is needed is a publicly funded universal health care plan, the USA is a rich country there is no reason why people should die simply because they cannot afford insurance, the cost of which gets higher as people become chronically ill, have a preexisting condition or as they get older.

Poverty and Hunger in the USA

In the USA 17 million children go to bed hungry. Forty-Five Million Americans Struggle to put food on the Table More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, it’s 1 in 3.

What Urban Hunger Looks Like Now
http://www.citylab.com/politics/2016/03/what-urban-hunger-looks-like-now/474846/

In 2015 there were 43.1 million people in poverty. 19.4 million Americans live in extreme poverty. This means their family’s cash income is less than half of the poverty line, or about $10,000 a year for a family of four”

Click the link below for more facts and stats, while there has been some improvements over time in some areas the huge number of people suffering hunger and poverty in one of the richest countries in the world is extreme. Frankly it is a grave social injustice that anyone anywhere dies of hunger when in the right circumstances enough food can be produced to feed everyone, however anyone suffering such deprivations in a rich country where food and other of life’s essentials is readily available in abundance is just appalling.
http://www.worldhunger.org/hunger-in-america-2015-united-states-hunger-and-poverty-facts/

Here is a shocking and shameful statistic
Majority of Holocaust survivors in US live in poverty, charity says
https://www.rt.com/usa/375354-20-growth-need-holocaust-survivors/

Homelessness

Tied in with poverty and hunger is of course homelessness

There are an estimated 1.56 million people who are homeless in the USA though these estimates vary. Estimates show that nearly 1.4 million children are homeless in the USA every year.

Number of homeless children and adults in America has increased:
http://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/number-of-homeless-children-and-adults-in-america-has-increased/article_08d18cac-6d3c-55ab-92f1-857321b82252.html

Millions of people in the US are evicted every year because they cannot pay the rent.

No place like home: America’s eviction epidemic

Soaring rents and low wages have hit the poorest families in the US hard. Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond introduces an extract from his heartbreaking book about the crisis

“In America, families have watched their incomes stagnate, or even fall, while their housing costs have soared. Median rent has increased by more than 70% since 1995. Meanwhile, only one in four families who qualify for housing assistance receive it, and in the nation’s biggest cities the waiting list for public housing is not counted in years but decades. The typical poor American family does not live in public housing but receives no government assistance whatsoever. The result? Today, the majority of poor renting families in America spend more than half of their income on housing, and at least one in four dedicates more than 70% to paying the rent and keeping the lights on.

It is estimated that millions of Americans are evicted every year because they can’t make rent…”

Please read the complete article:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/12/americas-eviction-epidemic-matthew-desmond-housing-crisis

Homeless Veterans

Shocking fact around 47,725, or about 8% of the homeless population, are veterans. 

“Homeless veterans have served in several different conflicts from WWII to the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Washington, D.C., has the highest rate of veteran homelessness in the nation (145.8 homeless veterans per 10,000). 45% of homeless veterans are black or Hispanic. While less than 10% of homeless veterans are women, that number is rising.”

A further1.4 million veterans are at risk of homelessness. This may be due to poverty, overcrowding in government housing, and lack of support networks. Research indicates that those who served in the late Vietnam and post-Vietnam era are at greatest risk of homelessness. War-related disabilities or disorders often contribute to veteran homelessness, including physical disabilities, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, depression and anxiety, and addiction.”

Read More: http://www.socialsolutions.com/blog/2016-homelessness-statistics/

I don’t know about putting America first, but its time to put people first, all people regardless of race, creed, nationality, rich or poor – though frankly it is time that there were no rich and no poor, it is greed and capitalism that is the root cause of poverty, hunger and homelessness.   It is time for equality, genuine equality including material equality. It is time to do away with greed and the struggle for power, the roots of all the evils of this world. We do not need to be building more walls that’s for sure.In the twenty-first century whether it be the USA or Africa no one should die because they cannot afford to eat because others have more than their needs, because others have so much power they can squander resources to bolster their own prejudices and egos and destroy lives including that of other animals and the very planet itself.

If anyone is in any doubt concerning the sheer stupidity of such a huge project as the Mexican wall, the following video may add some perspective.

Here’s the entire US-Mexico border in 6 minutes.

Related Links

Donald Trump’s #MuslimBan sparks outrage and fear:
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/donald-trump-muslimban-sparks-outrage-fear-170128070007650.html – maybe a different kind of wall but a wall nonetheless.

https://twitter.com/hashtag/MuslimBan?src=hash

What it would take to build Trump’s border wall – includes video
http://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/02/16/trump-border-wall-explainer-animation-orig-nws.cnn/video/playlists/donald-trump-immigration/

 

 

Help Stop Animal Experiments: Please Send Messages and Sign Petitions

“Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.”
George Bernard Shaw

Scroll down for actions to take including petitions. If you don’t have time to read the information below please at least take some of the suggested actions to help stop the awful suffering inflicted on helpless animals in laboratories.

Recently I noticed the following disturbing article about animal testing which adds more support to the many reasons why this shocking cruelty to animals needs to end once and for all, forever. No exceptions, no excuses. The fact that still today we treat helpless innocent animals so appallingly shames us. There is not one country in the world that does experiment on animals. Yes there has been some progress such as the EU’s ban on cosmetic testing, but animals are still used in experiments and medical research and continue to be tested for cosmetics in many countries such as China and the USA.

According to the Huffington post there have been cases of cannibalism, drowning, starvation, pain and distress such as from the lack of anesthesia as a result of neglect by staff in laboratories in the UK. That is of course in addition to all the other horrors of vivisection which our government and others permit as routine and acceptable.

Cannibalism Among ‘Horrendous’ Cases of Animal Testing Neglect Revealed By Home Office Report

Mice who hadn’t been fed for up to four days ate each other.

Please read the complete article:
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/animal-testing-disasters-slammed-cruelty-free-international-home-office-report_uk_58947a98e4b0768562160bfc?utm_hp_ref=theresa-may

The answer of course to such neglect and harmful practices is to discontinue animal testing.

Note: “In 2015 there was a 7% rise in the number of experiments conducted on animals in the UK, which anti-vivisection campaigners said made a “mockery” of the government’s pledge to the ‘3Rs’ – replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in scientific research.”

“The number of completed animal experiments rose from 3.87 million in 2014 to 4.14 million the following year.”

That’s right in 2015 4.14 million animals suffered in ways unimaginable and died. That’s here in the UK alone! Each year, more than 100 million animals are killed in laboratories in the USA 

The use of animals in experiments including medical research should be banned entirely.

Animals have a right to their lives as we do. To an animal his or her life is important. Animals have a brain and a nervous system, so feel pain, experience fear and suffer much as we would if subjected to the same abuses.We have no right to use animals in this way, there is no ethical justification, there never will be.  We set ourselves above the other creatures with whom we share this planet, but in reality we are no better than any other animal, all animals wish to live, all animals try to avoid pain and suffering. All animal experimentation should come to an end, it’s barbarity at its worse, torture beyond our ability to imagine. Look at the picture of a rabbit at the beginning of the video below fitted with a cannulas, I have shown this before in a previous post because it is just so shocking.

The video below is difficult to watch. Vile wicked evil people, shame on them though I doubt they have the decency to feel shame, let alone compassion or empathy, – guilt also has no part to play in the lives of such callous unfeeling people.

Take Action

There are many petitions and other actions you can take to help bring an end to this form of suffering, here are just a few of them.

Please take as many of the actions below as you can to help save animals from the cruelty of vivisection ( animal experimentation)

From PETA

Send a message Victoria’s Secret

ANIMALS IN LABORATORIES NEED YOU!

SPEAK UP TO END EXPERIMENTS ON ANIMALS

Want to help the countless thousands of animals suffering in laboratories. Click the link below where you can send a message to Victoria’s Secret, which will be selling their products in China where tests on animals are required.

http://features.peta.org/stop-animal-testing/  Scroll down to send the mssage

Petitions

Tell Windex: Stop Animal Testing!  – The list of cruelty by S.C Johnson the makers of Windex in these experiments is utterly sickening

“Windex is a window cleaner company that is manufactured by S.C. Johnson. S.C. Johnson tests the ingredients in Windex on animals in experiments that often result in their death. Each year, more than 100 million animals are abused in the procedures and killed. Please sign this petition to refuse purchasing Windex because the company tests on animals!

S.C. Johnson’s use of animal experimentation is an unethical and inhumane practice where animals such as dogs, rabbits, birds, mice, and monkeys are forced to comply with painful experiments. Some methods that take place during animal testing include:

  • Pouring corrosive chemicals on their bare skin
  • Injecting chemicals into their eyes
  • Repeatedly force fed large substances
  • Forced inhalation of toxic gases”

Please read more, sign and share the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/637/327/302/?TAP=1007&cid=causes_petition_postinfo

Petition

Demand safer medicines, using better science than animal tests (*UK only*)

“Our medicines are killing us! Adverse drug reactions have reached epidemic proportions, sending a million Britons to hospital and killing more than 10,000 every year.

Currently, new medicines are approved for human testing on the basis of animal tests, as required by the government. But 9 out of 10 drugs fail in human trials because they are unsafe or ineffective, despite appearing safe and effective in animal tests.”

Read More and please sign

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Safer-Medicines/  At the time of publishing this blog post there were 4,760 signatures, 10,000 are required, so please share widely

The above petition was set up by Safer Medicines: http://www.safermedicines.org/

Animal Defenders International

Immediate action needed to end the use of animals in experiments!

“I believe that it is wrong to carry out experiments on animals when there are better, safer and humane alternatives available.

I urge the government to take action immediately to replace the use of animals in research. Animal experiments are unreliable, unethical and unnecessary.”

Please read more and sign the petition.

https://www.ad-international.org/petitions/?a=sign&pid=4&l=UK  This petition may be signed by anyone worldwide.

Ongoing campaigns and organisations fighting to abolish vivisection

NEAVS

Lots of ideas from NEAVS (New England Anti-Vivisection Society)for ways to help animals suffering in labs
http://www.neavs.org/support/take-action

Home Page: http://www.neavs.org/

CARRE

Citizens for Alternatives to animal Research and Experimentation
http://www.caareusa.org/

National Anti-vivisection Society

Advancing Science Without Harming Animals.
Home Page: http://www.navs.org/

One Green Planet

5 Awesome Organizations Fighting to End Animal Testing
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/5-awesome-organizations-fighting-to-end-animal-testing/

Cruelty Free International
https://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/

To finish do watch this moving video about rabbits rescued from a lab.

Six rabbits rescued from lab testing – Seis conejos rescatados de la experimentación animal

A couple of the bunnies are hesitant to leave the confines of the pet carrier, no doubt as a result of being imprisoned in a tiny cage they are not used to their freedom

Its good to know that there are people care about animals and that some abused animals find happiness, love and freedom.

Related Links

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/2015-animal-experiment-statistics-home-office-rise-in-animal-testing_uk_578f4136e4b0b545e5cbf920

5 Horrific Animal Experiments Happening NOW
http://www.peta.org/features/current-animal-experiments/  – There is suggested action you can take at the bottom of the webpage