Mickey Rourke a Champion For Animals.

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

THE GREAT MICKEY ROURKE

Philip Andre “Mickey” Rourke Jr. is not only one of the greatest actor of his generation. Also, he is a real gentleman and a champion for animals.

When he was asked by Barbara Walters if he had considered suicide, he replied:

“Yeah, I didn’t want to be here, but I didn’t want to kill myself. I just wanted to push a button and disappear…. I think I hadn’t left the house for four or five months, and I was sitting in the closet, sleeping in the closet for some reason, and I was in a bad place, and I just remember I was thinking, ‘Oh, man, if I do this,’ [and] then I looked at my dog, Beau Jack, and he made a sound, like a little almost human sound. I don’t have kids, the dogs became everything to me. The dog was looking at me going, ‘Who’s going to take care of me?'”

PETA’s Exclusive Interview With Mickey Rourke
https://www.peta.org/videos/petas-exclusive-interview-with-mickey-rourke/

Bull is Killed at Spanish Fiesta

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

SPAIN, FILTHY STEPMOTHER

“Goodbye, filthy stepmother, country of serfs and lords…,” Juan Goytisolo,  Catalan writer and intellectual, wrote in his 1970 “Reivindicación del conde don Julián” novel, and sixteen years after he repeated the same words in the “En los reinos de Taifa” memoirs.

Filthy stepmother, country of serfs and lords, where massacring animals in the name of art and tradition is a “fiesta”.

A “fiesta” supported and defended mostly by the corrupt Spanish right wing.

Bull kills itself after horns set on fire at Spanish fiesta

Warning Graphic Footage: The frightened animal ran head first into a wooden pole and dying instantly

“A bull killed itself on a wooden post after being sent into a terrified frenzy when it’s horns were set on fire in front of a baying crowd.

Footage has emerged of the animal becoming confused and scared before it runs a short distance around a ring and hits its head on a wooden post in the small town of Foios in ValenciaSpain.

The animal, which died instantly, was initially tied to the post in front of the baying crowd during the “Bulls in the Street” festival – which is a scaled down version of Pamplona’s famous Running of the Bulls festival”

Read the complete article:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/bull-kill-itself-horns-fire-spanish-fiesta-foios-valencia-spain-bulls-defenders-united-a7861341.html?cmpid=facebook-post

 

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

 

 

 

Enjoy Cute Photos of Rats and Take Actions to Help Them

 

Rats have such a bad reputation don’t they. Few people care about them. They are classed as vermin, a word I do not like as no animal is vermin, all animals are simply living according to their nature likely oblivious to any real or perceived detriment to human beings.

Below you can read about and view photographs like the one above of rats by Diane Odamizer.

“I have been taking pictures of pet rats for years hoping to break the negative image that is often associated with these lovely animals.

Here are some of these photographs, both of my rats and of my friends’ rats and, as you may see, they are far from being dirty nasty little monsters! They are actually highly intelligent social beings that love interacting with each other and their favorite humans. They are very friendly, smart, playful, they love cuddles and are very clean: many rat owners agree to compare them to tiny dogs.”

Continue reading and view more photos:

I’ve Spent Years Photographing Rats To Break The Negative Image Of Rats By Taking Cute Pics Of Them
http://www.boredpanda.com/proof-rats-are-the-most-adorable-creatures-ever/?

Take Action for rats,mice and other small animals

Support Legislation To End Inhumane Cosmetics Testing On Animals

“Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats are regularly being blinded, poisoned, and killed to test lipstick, mascara, cologne, and other cosmetic products. Beauty should not come at such a cruel price. “

Please read more and sign and share the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/804/907/630/?TAP=1732

More actions to help rats and mice included in the final link

Related Links

Rats are highly intelligent creatures. This article discusses empathy in rats.

Do Rats Feel Empathy?

“A new study finds rats prefer helping others over eating sweets. What does that mean for the way we treat animals?”

“Over the past few years we’ve learned much about the moral lives of animals. Detailed studies have shown that mice and chickens display empathy—and now we know rats do, too.”

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/empathic_rats

In the next link you can read more about rats and mice and actions you may take to help them along with more photographs.

In Defence of Rats and Mince
“Reasons why we should defend rats and mice who are probably the most neglected and abused animals on the planet.
Continue reading:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/in_defence_of_rats_and_mice.htm

 

 

A Vote For The Tories is a Vote For Fox Hunting And Badger Culling (Massacre) June 8th Vote Labour!

When you list all the reasons why you should not vote Tory it seems inconceivable to me that many people are about to grant them five more years of power to destroy our lives!!!!!

All potential Tory Voters: If you don’t care about losing the NHS to privatisation, or are not concerned about the shocking treatment of disabled people such as denying disability benefit to 165,000 of our sick and disbaled and a £30 cut each week in benefits , the rise in food banks, the bedroom tax, low pay, zero hours, homelessness, cuts to education, increases in tuition fees and limitless austerity please at least think about what the Tories will do concerning our wildlife.

Please consider the following:

If the Tories gain power in addition to all the above, they will eventually try to repeal the fox-hunting ban and will most certainly continue their massacre of helpless badgers referred to as culling.

The Badger Cull (massacre)

Watch this lovely video of these amazing creatures as a mother her keeps an eye on her cub as they walk through a Bluebell carpeted wood.

Surely these creatures are worth saving?

Read More about the badger cull from Team Badger :

http://www.teambadger.org/

Team Badger need your help:

“We are looking for people to help with all aspects of Team Badger”
https://en-gb.facebook.com/TeamBadgerCoalition/

More information about the badger cull from the League Against Cruel Sports:
https://www.league.org.uk/badger-cull?gclid=COCPyZfL2tMCFRSeGwod60YJng

See also https://twitter.com/ally_wsm?lang=en for regular tweets concerning badgers, also graphics to use in our fight to keep the Tories from murdering these innocent defenceless animals who are a part of the countryside, living feeling sentient beings who enjoy life as much as any other animal including you or your cat or dog. Badgers have a right to life and should not be killed by the Tories or any other person simply because they are perceived as an inconvenience in the exploitation of another species, namely cattle, to satisfy the insatiable greed to acquire wealth and to consume a food – meat and milk – that is not natural.

Fox hunting – hunting with dogs

Along with the continuation of the badger massacre (cull) a Tory government will make another attempt to repeal the fox hunting ban

From the League Against Cruel Sports

THE HUNTING ACT IS UNDER THREAT

“There is a very real danger this election could deliver a pro-hunt majority in the House of Commons. This would be the very first time there has been a clear majority of pro-hunt MPs in Parliament since the Hunting Act was passed in 2004 – if we don’t stop it.

We have a matter of weeks to fight this.

Make no mistake – the hunt lobby will be doing everything they can to get pro-hunt MPs into power and destroy the landmark law protecting UK wildlife. They will stop at nothing to legalise the abhorrent cruelty of chasing terrified animals with packs of dogs and tearing them limb from limb.”

Please continue reading for more information:
https://www.league.org.uk/act-to-protect-the-hunting-act

Also check out their Twitter stream
https://twitter.com/LeagueACS?lang=en

A reminder of why fox hunting is a cruel and a wicked so called sport.

How can anyone kill these beautiful defenceless animals.

Do we really want a government comprised of people who wish to continue killing  wild animals for “sport” or profit?

A recent poll shows that 84% of British people want fox hunting to remain illegal. Opposition to hare hunting and deer hunting was even stronger, at 91% and 88% respectively.

The best way to ensure this is not to vote Tory on June 8th.

More information about fox hunting:

The League Against Cruel Sport
https://www.league.org.uk/fox-hunting

Hunt saboteurs Association
http://www.huntsabs.org.uk/

If re-elected, how many badgers and foxes will be killed over the next five years.

A few reminder of the horrors of fox hunting

At present Tory politicians and Teresa May are focused on winning the election. There is not much going on to campaign against this barbarity. However right now you can take the most important and most decisive action to stop the repeal of the fox hunting ban and the continued culling of badgers and that is not to vote Tory in the coming election. 

June 8th. VOTE LABOUR!  Our wildlife depends on it!

With the Tories gone the badger cull would be over and the ban on fox hunting would remain in place.

Save badgers, foxes, and other wild life  Vote Labour June 8th

Vote Labour for a more compassionate fair society for us all, both human and non human animals.

Congratulations To Animal Rights Activist Casey Affleck.

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

CALEB CASEY MCGUIRE AFFLECK-BOLDT is not only an American actor and director who has recently won the Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and the Academy Award for Best Actor by the “Manchester by the Sea” American drama film.

He is also an animal rights activist and vegan who has been involved with animal rights campaigns for “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” (PETA) and “Farm Sanctuary”.

Please enjoy the art of Casey Affleck and don’t forget to praise him for his compassion and love for the animals.

Casey Affleck Exposes How Big Cats Are Dragged and Hit With Sticks in the Circus.

 

Something Postive :Prisoners Care For Deaf Dogs Displaced by Wildfire

A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being
The Prophet Muhammad: Hadith

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In this world of turmoil, war, disease, greed and exploitation it can feel as though there is no one left who cares about other people or the other beings with whom we share this world. The focus of life seems to be the acquisition of wealth and power at the expense of one another, other animals and the environment. There are though many exceptions and often in the most unlikely places.

This is one of them.

Below is a heartwarming story with a positive outcome for both people and animals.

The so-called Sand Fire that burned for over a week near Los Angeles didn’t only threaten wildlife sanctuaries. Soon after the wildfire started on July 22, Mark and Lisa Tipton, owners of Deaf Dog Rescue of America (DDRA), a non-profit organization that rescues, trains and rehomes hearing-impaired dogs, decided it was better to be safe than sorry. They evacuated the rescue ranch’s nearly 50 residents.

“It was no small feat to assemble crates, pack them into trucks and trailers, and load the dogs,” Lisa wrote on the DDRA Facebook page. “Backbreaking and stressful. We have wonderful paid kennel staff here which is why we were able to evacuate the dogs so smoothly. Nobody got bitten, no loose dogs, no drugs were used. They stayed with us in our time of need and they were rock stars.”

The Tiptons were eventually able to find a temporary home for the dogs at the California state prison in Lancaster, which invited them to bring the dogs there. Mark happens to operate the Karma Rescue Paws for Life dog-training program for the prison’s inmates. It is California’s first and only dog program in a high-security prison. Many of the participants are serving life sentences.

In this program, dogs rescued from high-kill shelters around Los Angeles County live full-time with the participating inmates.

Continue reading the complete article which includes a video:

Prisoners Care for Deaf Dogs Displaced by Wildfire
http://www.care2.com/causes/prisoners-care-for-deaf-dogs-displaced-by-wildfire.html  Please do read the entire article and watch the video. This is a really positive story and shows that compassion exists in places you would least expect showing that for the most part there is good in everyone and people can change. The inmates morale was boosted by their role in the care of these displaced and disabled dogs and as a result of this scheme in just two years 75  dogs were saved from death and now have a forever home.

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw

To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.
Sophocles