Stop the trump administrations from lifting ban on extreme hunting in Alaska

Below are two petitions concerning the reinstatement of hunting in Alaska.

The trump administration is planning to roll back a 2015 regulation that bans aggressive hunting tactics in roughly 20 million acres of federal lands in Alaska including using dogs to hunt black bears, luring black and brown bears with bait, shooting bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens or killing caribou (reindeer) from motor boats.

All hunting is wrong, barbaric and totally unnecessary and only encourages callous violent behavior in those who participate in it

“Allowing the killing of bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens is barbaric and inhumane. The proposed regulations cast aside the very purpose of national parks to protect wildlife and wild places” Jamie Rappaport Clark,Defenders of Wildlife president and CEO.

National parks should protect wildlife not encourage the more backward sociopathic element of our society to use live animals as target practice for whatever perverted pleasure it gives them. The proposal is extreme as are the methods of hunting and needs to be stopped.

                                                    Please sign and share the following two petitions

Please read the following and sign the petition.

“In Alaska, you might soon be able to teach your children the wonder of the great outdoors by killing helpless bear cubs and wolf pups in their dens or mowing down swimming caribou from the comfort of your own motorboat.

The Trump administration wants to open the door to extreme hunting techniques of some of Alaska’s most iconic animals. The proposal is an attempt to rollback a 2015 Obama administration regulation that banned the same practices.

Besides the horrific caribou slaughtering methods that would be permitted, the rollback would also allow hunters to “lure brown and black bears with bait, hunt black bears and their cubs using artificial lights, […], and use dogs to hunt black bears.”

Please read more and sign the petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/871/496/885/the-trump-administration-wants-to-make-it-easier-to-kill-baby-bears-and-wolves/?z00m=30524484

Please now sign the next petition

Take a Stand to Protect Alaska’s Bears and Wolves!

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has directed the National Park Service (NPS) to allow extreme hunting methods in Alaska’s national preserves, like baiting brown bears, killing black bear mothers and cubs in dens, and killing wolves and pups by trapping during denning season. This is shameful and outrageous.

Please read more and sign the petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/605/906/551/?z00m=30528759

More details if you have not already seen them

Trump Team Moves To Lift Ban On ‘Extreme’ Hunting Tactics In Alaska

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/alaska-preserve-predator-hunting-interior-proposed-rule_us_5b032131e4b0a046186ecabe

 

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Take Action to support Sainsbury’s shop floor staff’s working rights and other matters.

“A fair days work for a fair days pay” motto of the American Federation of Labor.

Over 9,000 of Sainsburys staff are to loose up to £3,000 per year as a result of pay changes including a loss of paid breaks, the Sunday and bank holiday premium and a shortening of night shift hours where staff will only be paid nightshift rates between 12am to 5am. A bonus is also set to be scrapped.

However there’s money for a £1.8 million share bonus for CEO Mike Coupe as 9,000 staff who do the real work are set to lose up to £3,000 per year.

Please sign and share the following petition – other actions further down

Support Sainsbury’s shop floor staff’s working rights. We’re NOT in the money

In March, Sainsbury’s announced wholesale contract changes across the organisation and spun them to the media as an ‘increase in basic pay’. But, because of these changes, I will be one of the thousands of long standing and loyal Sainsbury’s staff who will see our wages plummet.

Here is the reality for shopfloor staff like me:

  • Those of us who work unsociable hours over weekends will see our earnings slashed.
  • Those of us who work through the night will only receive nightshift pay between 12am and 5am.
  • We’ll all lose our bonuses (although not our “we’re in the money” CEO).
  • We’ll no longer be paid through our breaks.
  • And if we don’t accept the changes by September, then Sainsbury’s will dismiss us from our jobs.

I personally stand to lose over £1,000 per year. Some of my colleagues will lose as much as £3,000.

Read more and please sign and share the petition:

https://www.change.org/p/support-sainsbury-s-shop-floor-staff-s-working-rights-we-re-not-in-the-money

Want to do more?

Write a letter or e-mail Sainsbury’s head office let them know in no uncertain terms what you think of their unfair changes to pay – – but please be polite.

Letter

Head office

Sainsbury’s Store Support Centre
33 Holborn
London
EC1N 2HT

Switchboard
020 7695 6000

Email

https://help.sainsburys.co.uk/help/contact_us

Sainsburys FB https://en-gb.facebook.com/sainsburys/

Sainsburys Twitter https://twitter.com/sainsburys

If you think that all supermarket staff should be paid a fairs days work for a fair days pay, a living wage , please sign the SumofUs Petition

Asda, Aldi, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose

The Living Wage: it’s time big supermarkets paid it.

https://actions.sumofus.org/a/the-living-wage-it-s-time-big-supermarkets-paid-it

Its all about money of course, increasing profits, nothing else seems to matter nowadays and the people who actually make a contribution to the functioning and well being of society get paid the least while big businesses and corporations exploit them and all us for huge profits.   These insatiably greedy supermarkets and food producers exploit staff with low wages for long hours while selling produce and commodities vital to life at huge prices which increase in significant increments day after day. Frankly food, without which we would all not survive for long of course, should not be sold for profit, doing so leaves many people worldwide hungry, malnourished, starving, including right here in the UK thanks to Tory austerity measures, including vicious cuts to benefits for disabled, sick and unemployed people . Low wages also are common place,  an obvious method of exploitation which leaves thousands of people needing to use food banks. The whole system sickens me. We need a fair world with a fair distribution of food not dependent on how much money you have or otherwise. While this may not happen in the foreseeable future as capitalism has such a tight grip on people’s hearts and minds, but hopefully one day, one day, no one will go hungry, struggle to feed or clothe themselves or secure a home, no one will work for inadequate wages yet go to bed hungry or live on the pittance of government handouts increasing cut . However for now we must fight the system that is allowing others to exploit so many of us and take as much action as you can even it if is only to sign a petition or write a letter.

What with one thing and another as a customer of Salisbury’s I am seriously considering taking my custom elsewhere.

Here is the latest outrage!  The DWP (Department of Works and pensions) are colluding with Sainsbury’s to spy on benefit claimants including disabled people!!!! You couldn’t make it up. UNBELIEVABLE!

Read more information from the Canary

“The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been colluding with Sainsbury’s to spy on welfare claimants and disabled people.

The DWP: in bed with Sainsbury’s?

“CCTV screens are being placed above self-service checkouts in hundreds of supermarkets across the UK.”

“The UK has a ‘hostile environment’ where welfare claimants and disabled people live under a cloud of suspicion and unworthiness. It’s this which makes Sainsbury’s colluding with the DWP all the more concerning. If we have reached the point where welfare recipients can’t even do their shopping without fear of being ‘shopped’ to the DWP, then the system is even more broken than we thought.”

Extracts from the Canary article

The DWP has been colluding with Sainsbury’s to spy on disabled people

Please read the entire article and take the action suggested

https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/05/29/the-dwp-has-been-colluding-with-sainsburys-to-spy-on-disabled-people/

All very worrying to say the least, having lived in a time when such shocking invasion of a privacy was unthinkable outside Orwells book 1984 it comes as a huge shock.

Another worry concerning the ‘creepy’ CCTV screens placed above self-service checkouts as shoppers claim some key pads are clearly exposed if entering pin numbers. Read the article below for more information:

Sainsbury’s customers voice concern over ‘creepy’ CCTV screens placed above self-service checkouts

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/sainsburys-cctv-self-service-checkouts-supermarkets-customer-reaction-a8359411.html

The following may also alarm many of us: the UK has the most CCTV cameras than any other country worldwide

I never use self service check outs because firstly it takes jobs away from people and secondly I have no intention of doing unpaid work for Sainsburys – checking out your own purchases is of course unpaid work as you are doing work that Salisbury’s should be employing someone to do. You are making more money for this greedy money grabbing supermarket. The fact that while using self service checkout you are being spied on is yet another reason to avoid them.

Concerning pay, it is of no use to raise wages but take away unpaid tea breaks, additional pay for working unsociable hours and reduce nightshift increased payments to between between 12am and 5am only.

Credit photograph
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sainsbury%27s_at_Northumberland_Park_-_May_2018.jpg

Speak Out Against The Cruelty of Glue Traps.

This is the second post concerning glue traps which are among the most cruel methods of killing an animal. Though to my mind the taking of the precious life of any creature is a profound act of cruelty whatever the method.

If you are not convinced of the cruelty of glue traps please watch the video which will be disturbing to caring compassionate people.

Rodents feel pain, fear, and stress, just as the cats and dogs and they need your help. No creature deserves such cruelty. Rodents – mice & rats – are after all living only according to their nature, they are not pests except from the perspective of human beings. They like all animals have a right to their lives, it is their world also. No animal should die a long protracted death under any circumstance.

Remember: There is no right way to kill someone who does not want to die no matter what the method is.

Please urge airports to commit to banning glue traps today!

Speak out against the cruelty of glue traps by sending a message to air ports urging them to Ban Glue Traps

“After having been informed that glue traps cause extreme, prolonged suffering to rodents, more than 100 U.S. airports committed to banning these vile devices. But some have been unresponsive or have flat out refused to ban them.”

“Rodents may be small, but they feel pain, fear, and stress, just as the cats and dogs who share our homes do. They need your help. Please urge airports to commit to banning glue traps today!”

Please urge airports to ban the use of glue traps by clicking the link below to send a message:

https://support.peta.org/page/4722/action/1?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=E-News&utm_campaign=0318::wld::PETA::E-Mail::Mice%20Rip%20Themselves%20Apart%20Trying%20to%20Escape::::peta%20e-news&ea.url.id=56500

Please use your own words if possible but if for some reason you cannot do so just send the message as it is. It is most important that as many messages are sent as possible.

More Action to take

Advice concerning how to humanely deal with so called pests.

Ideas about what to do if you see an animal caught in a glue trap and actions you can take to stop the sale of these cruel traps. Includes humane ways to Send Rodents Packing: 

https://www.peta.org/issues/wildlife/wildlife-factsheets/glue-traps/

The RSPCA are opposed to the sale of glue traps

“We’re opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all glue traps because they cause unacceptable suffering and are totally indiscriminate in what they catch, often ensnaring wild animals like birds and even pets!”

The RSA ask you to do the following if you see anyone selling glue traps

What are the RSPCA doing and how can I help?

“For the past year, we’ve been running our “Wild Animals and Glue Traps” project. We agree that, as outlined in the Code of Practice Humane for the Use of Rodent Glue Boards, if these traps have to be used, they should only be used by, trained professionals. As part of this project, we’re asking that anyone who sees glue traps on sale to the general public to write to us at wildlife@rspca.org.uk with:

  • Name and address of the store where the traps are being sold (include postcode where possible).
  • The manager or owner of the store concerned (if known) and the address if different to above.
  • The date you saw the traps on sale.

We’ll then write to the retailer and ask them to consider stopping the sale of glue traps at their store, remove all glue traps from their stock and not to re-stocking them in the future – to prevent the problem reoccurring. The project has been very successful and many stockists have taken these traps off their shelves. Among our success stories, we made Amazon UK aware of the sale of rodent glue traps on their site and, in line with their pre-existing policy against such traps; they then promptly had the items removed.”

Continue reading the full article:
https://blogs.rspca.org.uk/insights/2016/05/10/the-problems-with-glue-traps/#.WfVyhmi0NPY

It is worth reporting this to the RSPCA , it’s quite simple just fill in the above information. Yes I felt uncomfortable reporting our local iron mongers, a friendly family business, but it is more unconformable –  which is putting it mildly – for the unfortunate animals trapped in this way. The RSPCA will simply send them a letter pointing out the cruelty of glue traps asking the retailer to discontinue selling them. Like anyone else retailers may simply not think it through as often is the case when people unknowingly commit cruelty, only doing so because they do not recognize how cruel such methods are.

Albert Schweitzer once said:

“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”

This and other information is included in the first article here:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/snake-rescued-from-glue-trap/

Take Action to Help Older People Get The Care They Need.

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the  children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy  and the handicapped.”
Hubert H. Humphrey

As a result of Tory austerity polices the most vulnerable in our society are suffering and continue to suffer.

Here is but one example:

In the 6th richest country in the world, the UK, more than 1.2 million older people in England currently can’t access the basic care they need to do everyday things, like get dressed and make themselves a meal. Things need to change for vulnerable people, things need to change for everyone.

Right now, the government is devising new plans for social care in England. We need to make sure that the needs of older people are addressed.

Please sign petition

Sign our petition for fair care:

Dear Jeremy Hunt

We believe that everyone should be supported to lead the lives they want for as long as they can.

That’s why we are calling for a care system that:

• Makes sure that everyone who needs care gets it.

• Gets rid of poor quality care.

• Values carers and care workers.

Read full petition and please sign and share:

https://campaigns.independentage.org/node/82/utm_source=email&utm_campaign=GP1&utm_term=b1#

Please sign even if like me you loathe and detest the Tories for the misery and suffering they have inflicted on vulnerable people such as children, the sick and disabled, low paid workers, the elderly and do not forget the NHS upon which the vast majority of us rely be we rich or poor and which they are systematically destroying with cuts to funding.

While it is good to sign petitions and work within the existing government to bring about change to the unfair policies of the Tories , we must in the end be rid of them if anything is to really change for the good of the majority of us.

Petitions are always well worth signing

Signing a petition sends them a message, lets them know that we do not approve of the grave injustice inflicted on our most vulnerable citizens.

“We need leadership in this country, which will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick     and the poor. We need leadership which brings our people together and makes us stronger.”
Bernie Sanders US senator

The above quote applies to the UK and anywhere else that fails to improve or even makes worse the lives of the majority of it’s citizens, particularly the most vulnerable such as those with disabilities, elderly people and children. It may shock you to know that one fifth of our citizens – 14 million people – live in poverty with the worst decline among children and the elderly. There are  1.9 million pensioners (16 percent) living in relative poverty according to these statistics:
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/reports-and-publications/reports-and-briefings/money-matters/rb_aug17_briefing_poverty.pdf

Fifth of UK population now in poverty amid worst decline for children and pensioners in decades, major report reveals

“Britain’s record on tackling poverty has reached a turning point and is at risk of unravelling, following the first sustained rises in child and pensioner poverty for two decades, a major report has warned.

Nearly 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are now living in poverty than five years ago, during which time there have been continued increases in poverty across both age groups – prompting experts to warn that hard-fought progress towards tackling destitution is “in peril”. ”

Continue reading:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/poverty-britain-joseph-rowntree-foundation-report-theresa-may-social-mobility-commission-million-a8089491.html

This country is in a really sorry state, most people are suffering as a result of the misery inflicted by a bunch of over privileged bastards who have never known a day of poverty in their lives, who have never known what it is like to be hungry and cold shivering on the streets, no home, no hope no future. Never felt the anxiety of financial insecurity, never felt the anxiety for the future of their children, never had to work for all the hours god made to eke out a pittance now often not even enough to buy food or pay the rent. How many Tories have had to send their children to school hungry, how many go home to an unheated house, how many face retirement struggling on a pittance which barely pays the huge council tax , food, rent, repairs if you own your own home after paying an extortionate mortgage for the best part of your life! Most older people watch their home fall apart unable to afford the huge cost of repairs! Recently I had an estimate to fix a lock on a window – I can’t open the window without this – cost £ 145, more than a single pensioners entire income for a week. How about clothing or  a holiday – A Holiday!!!!!! how many elderly people get even a weeks holiday?  Not many. Things have to change we cannot allow our lives to be ruined by the greedy few, not only here in the UK but the world over.

We must rid this world of the vile cancer of greed and exploitation namely right wing ideology of social inequality. We must end the society of greed, the corrupt exploitative capitalist system that is destroying lives, destroying the very air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat. Our land, our oceans, our planet is dying as are the myriad species with whom we share it, killed by the voracious  greed of the few at the expense of the many.

Please sign and share this petition and every petition that sends a message that you have had enough of social injustice which treats our citizens so shamefully, enough of inequality, of environmental damage to our world, of the exploitation of human and nonhuman animals.

Support Stop Live Transport: International Awareness Day June 14th

Watch the following videos if you are unaware of the cruelty of the live export trade and please take as much of the following actions as you can, most require only adding your name to a petition.

These hard-hitting TV ads are speaking up for live export victims


More information and videos

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/tv-ad-spots-live-sheep-export.php

Now please visit: Stop Live Transport https://stoplivetransport.org/

Stop Live Transport:
International Awareness Day

Stand up for farm animals on 14 June 2018.

United we can force change.

All the different ways to get involved

You can share campaign action selfies, sign a range of petitions from different groups, take to the streets, organise a social event with friends, or… try all of the above

https://stoplivetransport.org/

Other actions and petitions

Animals Australia: End sheep ship terror NOW

“A live sheep isn’t ‘cargo’. He breathes. He thinks. He can suffer.  This simple fact may be lost onwealthy live export companies. But it wasn’t lost on one concerned crew member who was horrified by the suffering he witnessed on live export voyages…”

Read more and please sign and send a message
https://secure.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/live-export-shipboard-cruelty/       you will need to scroll down to send a message.

Also from the above website

“While live exporters continue to send shiploads of frightened animals into harm’s way — no act of kindness, no e-mail, phonecall or message you send on their behalf, will be wasted. These simple actions can help change their world:

  1. Letting the Prime Minister know what you think of live export (click here)
  2. Donating to support our work (click here)

Anyone worldwide can take the above actions , you don’t need to be an Australian citizen

Avaaz: Stop Animal Death Ships

“A whistleblower has secretly filmed thousands of sheep, crammed on a filthy ship, cooking alive in the blazing heat.

It’s a giant floating death camp — and MILLIONS are transported like this every year. But now we have a rare chance to save them!”

Read More and sign a petition
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/live_exports_loc_uk1/?twi

Action to stop live transport from the SumOfUs

“Around 40,000 sheep and 23,000 young calves are exported from Britain every year by the livestock industry, destined for slaughter on the continent.

Suffering and death plague animals on these cramped long-haul journeys. And many of those sheep end up slaughtered by painful and illegal practices, investigators have found. ”

Please read more and sign a petition to:
Michael Gove: ban the export of live farm animals after Brexit!
https://actions.sumofus.org/a/michael-gove-end-cruel-long-distance-live-animal-transports-in-the-uk

Action from Compassion in World Farming concerning animals exported from the UK

PLEASE SUPPORT A COMPREHENSIVE BAN ON LIVE EXPORTS

Discussions are underway in governments across the UK about the possibility of a ban on live exports. But the positive impact of any ban will be compromised if it only prevents exports for slaughter, and not for ‘production’ (fattening).

Will you take a moment to email your elected representative(s), and call on them to ensure a comprehensive ban on the export of live animals for both slaughter and fattening?

It is essential that any ban should cover slaughter AND fattening.

Please read more and send a message to your MP. https://action.ciwf.org.uk/page/24417/action/1?

If you live outside the UK, please click here to take action to end live exports:
https://action.ciwf.org.uk/page/24362/petition/1?chain

Take Action with Animals international

WEALTHY COMPANIES ARE USING LIVE ANIMAL TO TRANSPORT ‘MEAT’ IN LIVING BEINGS 

“A live animal is not a sack of potatoes. He breathes. He thinks. He can suffer. But to the live animal export trade his suffering is just a cost of doing business. Every day, right across the world, vulnerable animals are enduring dangerous journeys on trucks and on ships, just to be killed for their meat — often horrifically — at their destination.

An 8-month Animals International investigation has revealed a global animal welfare crisis that requires a global response.

Stand with us against animal cruelty”

Please sign a petition calling on the OIE (World Animal Health Organisation) to oppose live animal export globally and a pledge:
https://www.animalsinternational.org/take_action/live-export-global/

Change Org -Ban Live Export

Live Export it’s a Crime Against Animals

“I started this petition because I have seen a lot of evidence involving incredibly cruelty to livestock that leave Australian Soil.  If we do not speak up and take action these horrendous acts will continue. The latest pictures I have seen involve cows being hit numerous times on the head with a sledgehammer. I have seen video footage of cows and sheep having their throat cut without being sedated before the slaughter.”

Please read more and add your name to the petition:
https://www.change.org/p/david-littleproud-it-s-time-to-end-live-export

Help stop long distance transportation of Horse from Wild Horse Welfare

“Every year around 50,000 horses are needlessly transported thousands of miles across Europe to slaughter. These mares, stallions, youngsters and geldings are given little chance to rest, eat or drink during arduous journeys which can last for days on end.  They arrive at their destination severely dehydrated, in pain, stressed, completely drained of energy and broken in spirit.”

Please read more and sign petition
https://e-activist.com/page/9211/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=live%20transport

More information and video:
http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/Live-transportation

Referring to the above petition concerning horses.

Shorter journeys would be better but no journeys is the ideal. In fact ending the breeding and rearing confinement and slaughter of over 56 billion animals worldwide would be ideal.

I have to say that changing from an omnivorous/carnivorous diet and becoming vegan is ultimately the most effective way of ending the abuse cruelty and exploitation of just about every living creature on the planet.

Why you might ask. The simple answer is greed. When the money hungry capitalists realise that more profit can be made from producing vegan foods, the cruelty will stop.

However to be realistic it will take many many years before enough people adopt such a diet so that animal farming and other exploitation will beome a thing of the past. In the meantime animals are suffering in the most shocking and appalling ways imaginable and it has to stop now!  It is bad enough that people continue to eat meat and animals continue to suffer in factory farms confined, abused and slaughtered, however the additional cruelty of shipping these poor creatures overseas in appalling conditions only to be brutally slaughtered when they arrive at their destination adds an extra dimension of suffering and misery for these helpless animals.

Also keep in mind that methods of slaughter in destination countries are much more cruel than takes place in the country of origin such as the USA, UK and Australia. In the exploitation of animals for their meat and other derivatives there are of many degrees of cruelty and one of the worst is the live export of animals to countries where there are no animal welfare laws whatsoever and where these animals are treated with appalling cruelty after spending a grueling hellish journey by sea to their destination.

Note – there is no such thing as humane slaughter when an animal does not want to die, and no animal wishes to die, survival is one  of the most powerful of all instincts present in both human and non human animals.

If you are a meat eater please take action, if you are a vegan or vegetarian please take action. Whether you eat meat or you are an abolitionist vegan who consider petitions and similar actions hinder the progress towards worldwide veganism, you cannot stand by and allow this appalling suffering. These animals are suffering NOW! They cannot wait. Take action now and help prevent the suffering of countless millions of gentle helpless animals.

Please share these actions widely – Remember June 14th 

Stop Live Transport:
International Awareness Day

https://stoplivetransport.org/

Meat eaters please consider going vegan, try a vegan recipe and you will know you can live well and enjoy good food without harming an animal. Here are some ideas to help you make the transition.
https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan

Recipies: https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes

Frankly even if vegan food tasted lousy I could no longer condone eating meat. It’s no good saying that its okay as long as the animals are cared for. Beside the fact that in the huge majority of situations to varying degrees few animals live a good life and all are slaughtered at the end, no farm animal dies of old age, no not even free range chickens, all farm animals face execution – yes execution for that is what it is except no crime has been committed.

Live Export and its cruelty is not a new, though it has become increasingly more cruel and abusive, in the early 1900s W.H Davis in this poems Sheep and A Child’s Pet describes the hardship of live exportation.

Sheep

When I was once in Baltimore
A man came up to me and cried,
“Come, I have eighteen hundred sheep,
And we will sail on Tuesday’s tide.

“If you will sail with me, young man,
I’ll pay you fifty shillings down;
These eighteen hundred sheep I take
From Baltimore to Glasgow town.”

He paid me fifty shillings down,
I sailed with eighteen hundred sheep;
We soon had cleared the harbour’s mouth,
We soon were in the salt sea deep.

The first night we were out at sea
Those sheep were quiet in their mind;
The second night they cried with fear —
They smelt no pastures in the wind.

They sniffed poor things for their green fields,
They cried so loud I could not sleep:
For fifty thousand shillings down
I would not sail again with sheep.

A Child’s Pet

When I sailed out of Baltimore,
With twice a thousand head of sheep,
They would not eat, they would not drink,
But bleated o’er the deep.

Inside the pens we crawled each day
To sort the living from the dead;
And when we reached the Mersey’s mouth
Had lost five hundred head.

Yet every night and day one sheep,
That had no fear of man or sea
Stuck through the bars its pleading face,
And it was stroked by me.

And to the sheep-men standing near,
‘You see,’ I said, ‘this one tame sheep?
It seems a child has lost her pet,
And cried herself to sleep.’

So every time we passed it by
Sailing to England’s slaughterhouse,
Eight ragged sheep-men — tramps and thieves —
Would stroke that sheep’s black nose.

The situation is more dire nowadays and the cruelty and abuse more extreme and extensive.There are most likely few people such as Davis who made some attempt to avoid cruelty when possible. I cannot understand the mindset of any person who participates in such abuse of another living being.

The barbarous cruelty of the live export trade needs to end now consigned to history where it belongs.

Read more about W.H. Davis and live export:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/end_live_export.htm

URGENT ACTION: Please help 19-year-old Noura sentenced to death for killing her rapist.

Please take the two actions below from Amnesty International and Change Org to help get justice for Noura Hussein by sending an email and signing a petition. 

Please read the following and take the suggested action to help 19 year old Noura Hussein who has been sentenced to death for killing her husband who helped by two brothers and a cousin raped her. At only 16 years of age Noura was forced into marriage.

From Amnesty International

Please read the story here from Anmesty International and take Urgent Action to help prevent Noura’s execution by sending an email to the Sudanese Authorities  :

“Noura Hussein had already endured rape by the man she was forced to marry. Her husband and rapist, Hammad, got his two brothers and a male cousin to pin her down while he did it.

When he tried to rape her again, she used a kitchen knife to protect herself. In the ensuing struggle, Hammad sustained fatal knife wounds.

Now, at just 19 years old, Noura has been charged with murder and sentenced to death.”

We can’t allow this injustice to happen – please click the following link and help by  sending an urgent email now to try and get justice for Noura:

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/sentenced-death-killing-her-rapist?from=issue

Please help, after sending the urgent email please share widely. 

“Noura Hussein was 16 years old when she was forced into marriage by her family.

When she defended herself against her husband and rapist, resulting in his death, Noura went to her family and told them what happened. Her father took her to the police station, and her family disowned her.

A medical examination report from the fight with Hammad indicated Noura had sustained several injuries, including a bite and scratches. But at her trial, the judge applied an outdated law which does not recognise marital rape. She was charged with ‘intentional murder’, though she was clearly defending herself.”

Tell the Sudanese authorities to repeal Noura’s death sentence, and allow her a retrial considering her mitigating circumstances

Every email sent helps, please ask for justice for Noura now. – Please always be polite, abusive messages do not help. 

From Change Org

You may also wish to sign the following petition from Change org

Free Ms Noura Hussein from death sentence, DEATH BY HANGING

Petition to the United Nations and the European Parliament

“The terrified girl’s lawyers have 15 days to appeal the decision.”

“Petitions appealing for Norma’s release have gathered thousands of signature please sign and show your support”

Please read the information and  please sign and share this petition widely

https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-free-noura-hussein

Please take as much action as you can.

Anyone who has read my blog will know I am opposed to the death penalty in all cases. However my objections are even more strong in cases such as Noura Hussein who was merely defending herself. These are mitigating circumstances that cannot be ignored. Please take action and help get Noura’s death sentence repealed.

 

 

 

Help Stop the killing of live Octopuses in Canadian restaurants

What the hell is wrong with people eating live animals, callous, cruel disgusting. Please take action Tell Canadian restaurants to STOP mutilating and serving live animals.
https://us.e-activist.com/ea-campaign/action.handleViewInBrowser.do?templateId=9035

Please send a message to Tell Toronto restaurants to stop mutilating and serving live animals!

https://campaigns.peta2.com/animals-pinned-down-dismembered-and-served-while-still-writhing/? includes video which some people will find distressing.

If you don’t believe octopuses are intelligent please read the following:

Alien intelligence: the extraordinary minds of octopuses and other cephalopods

“In captivity, they have learned to navigate simple mazes, solve puzzles and open screw-top jars, while wild animals have been observed stacking rocks to protect the entrances to their dens, and hiding themselves inside coconut shell halves.”

Read more
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/28/alien-intelligence-the-extraordinary-minds-of-octopuses-and-other-cephalopods

Read:
Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life by  Peter Godfrey-Smith. I have almost finished this fascinating book ,which after reading you will be in no doubt that octopuses are intelligent fully aware conscious beings.

Are octopuses smart?

“On Thursday morning, workers filing into the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California were surprised to find 200 gallons (750 liters) of seawater soaking into their spanking new, ecologically sensitive flooring. It turns out that a curious two-spotted octopus had disassembled a water recycling valve and directed a tube to spew out of the tank for about 10 hours, according to the Los Angeles Times.”

Read More:
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-octopuses-smart/

Whether intelligent or otherwise all animals with a nervous system, feel pain and suffer. Therefore the cutting up and eating of live Octopuses and other animals is just appalling cruel and needs to come to an end.

Please Take action and share widely
https://campaigns.peta2.com/animals-pinned-down-dismembered-and-served-while-still-writhing/?