MATADERO (SLAUGHTERHOUSE)

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

MATADERO (SLAUGHTERHOUSE)

Tras los Muros is a project for animal liberation.
MATADERO is a documentary film from Tras Los Muros about an investigation into 58 Mexican slaughterhouses between the 2015 and 2017 years.

The film shows the systematic cruelty the animals suffer in slaughterhouses, which is deliberately hidden by the meat packing industry.

Warning: Some people may find the images included in the video and the articles very disturbing.

Signing into YouTube maybe required to watch this video

Mataderos en México: investigación en el corazón de la industria cárnica. (In spanish)

“Casi nadie toleraría que los animales considerados de compañia, —perros, gatos, etc— fueran tratados como los animales considerados de granja, e intentaría evitar su abuso o matanza. Muchas personas sienten repulsión e indignación cuando conocen que en otros lugares del mundo se consume, por ejemplo, carne de perro. Pero al mismo tiempo no parece importarles que se consuma carne de vaca, cerdo, o pollo. Quizás pensemos que los animales nos importan, pero en realidad son solo algunos de ellos. Quizás no somos consientes de lo que sucede verdaderamente en granjas y mataderos. O quizás nunca hemos querido pensar con profundidad en ello.

He estado más de seis meses infiltrándome en mataderos y, sin poder mostrar mi repulsión ni casi inmutarme, he tenido que ser testigo de todo el horror de aquellos sitios y de las atrocidades perpetradas contra los animales con el único fin de mostrarte lo que sucede allí realmente.

Ahora te pido que hagas un esfuerzo y mires.”

Please continue reading the complete article:
http://traslosmuros.com/mataderos-rastros-mexico-investigacion.php

Google translation of the extraction above. You can use Google or other translator to read the entire article:

“Almost no one would tolerate that the considered companion animals, -dogs, cats, etc- were treated like the farm animals , and would try to avoid their abuse or killing.”Many people feel revulsion and indignation when they know that other parts of the world consume, for example, dog meat. But at the same time, they do not seem to care if beef, pork, or chicken is consumed. We may think that animals matter to us, but in reality they are just some of them. Maybe we are not aware of what really happens in farms and slaughterhouses. Or maybe we’ve never wanted to think deeply about it. “I have been infiltrating slaughterhouses for more than six months and, without being able to show my repulsion or getting upset, I have had to witness all the horror of those places and the atrocities perpetrated against animals for the sole purpose of showing you what really happens there”

Now I ask you to make an effort and look.”

You might also find the following interview with a slaughterhouse worker revealing though very shocking.

Entrevista a trabajador de un matadero (in Spanish)

(Interview with worker of a slaughterhouse)

http://traslosmuros.com/blog/entrevista-trabajador-matadero

Cruelty to Animals in Thirty Seconds Flat

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

CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IN 30 SECONDS FLAT

 

PRADA S.p.A. is an Italian luxury fashion house, specializing in leather handbags, travel accessories, shoes, ready-to-wear, perfumes and other fashion accessories, and, according to several footages, cruelty to animals too.

In September 2015, PETA investigators traveled to South Africa to get never-before-seen footage inside the largest ostrich slaughter companies in the world. There, YOUNG OSTRICHES ARE KEPT IN BARREN DIRT FEEDLOTS UNTIL THEY’RE TRUCKED TO SLAUGHTERHOUSES. THE 1-YEAR-OLD BIRDS ARE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN IN A STUNNER, THEN HAVE THEIR THROATS SLIT AND THEIR FEATHERS PLUCKED OUT, creating the bumpy-textured skin that Prada uses in its handbags and store sofas.

Warming!  Disturbing images

Take Action
Please send a message to Hermès and Prada:
Hermès and Prada Suppliers Exposed: Young Ostriches Butchered for ‘Luxury’ Bags
Prada on Twitter

 

Cruelty To Animals in Reptiles by Mack

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

A PETA EXPOSÉ REVEALS SUFFERING ANIMALS WAREHOUSED IN FILTHY CONDITIONS AT REPTILES BY MACK, an American reptile breeding company and another major supplier to PetSmart and many other stores.

Tens of thousands of frogs, lizards, turtles, snakes, bearded dragons, and other reptiles were confined to barren, filthy, crowded plastic tubs and deprived of even the most basic care, such as fresh food and water, heat and UV lamps, and veterinary attention, according to PETA’s investigation, which also found out that hundreds of those animals were dead or had been killed.

Please comment on Facebook and Twitter pages of REPTILES BY MACK and tell PetSmart officials that YOU WILL NEVER BUY ANYTHING FROM THEIR STORES AS LONG AS THEY CONTINUE TO SELL ANIMALS. Kind consumers can easily find companion-animal supplies at businesses that don’t sell animals, including TARGET, WALGREENS, and online retailers.

REPTILES SUFFER, LEFT TO DIE AT ANOTHER MASSIVE PETSMART SUPPLIER MILL
http://investigations.peta.org/reptiles-suffer-petsmart/?utm_campaign=0216%20PetSmart%20Investigation%20&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert  – Please click the Take Action Button and send a message to Pet Smart

REPTILES BY MACK WEBSITE
http://www.reptilesbymack.com/

REPTILES BY MACK ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/ReptilesByMack/timeline

REPTILES BY MACK ON TWITTER
https://twitter.com/ReptilesByMack

REPTILES BY MACK’S ADDRESS
37 S Detroit St # 101, Xenia, OH 45385, United States

REPTILES BY MACK’S EMAIL ADDRESS
sales@reptilesbymack.com

REPTILES BY MACK’S PHONE NUMBER
1-937-372-9570 – Toll Free 1.888.372.9570

PetSmart WEBSITE
http://www.petsmart.com/

PetSmart ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/PetSmart/?ref=br_rs

PetSmart ON TWITTER
https://twitter.com/petsmart

 

In Defence of Rats and Mice

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“People tend to care about dogs because they generally have more experience with dogs as companions; but other animals are as capable of suffering as dogs are. Few people feel sympathy for rats. Yet rats are intelligent animals, and there can be no doubt that rats are capable of suffering and do suffer from countless painful experiments performed on them. If the army were to stop experiments on dogs and switch to rats instead, we should not be any less concerned.”
Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

“Typically, defenders of experiments on animals do not deny that animals suffer. They cannot deny the animals’ suffering, because they need to stress the similarities between humans and other animals in order to claim that their experiments may have some relevance for human purposes. The experimenter who forces rats to choose between starvation and electric shock to see if they develop ulcers (which they do) does so because the rat has a nervous system very similar to a human being’s, and presumably feels an electric shock in a similar way.”
Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

Today I am going to make a stand in defence of rats and mice who are probably the most neglected and abused animals on the planet.

There are actions you can take further down to help rats and mice, please take as many of these suggested actions as you can.

Why defend rats and Mice

Facts about rats and mice that you may not know or have considered.

Rats and mice are highly intelligent, as intelligent as your dog or cat. Like your dog or cat, rats and mice learn and respond to their names. They excel at learning and understand concepts, their memories are outstanding; once rats learn a navigation route, they never forget it. Both rats and mice are social creatures, they form strong bonds with one another and sleep curled up together. Rats are good mothers and like many animals they are playful creatures.

Fact – Did you know that rats are less likely than your cat or dog to catch and transmit parasites and viruses? In fact rats are very clean animals spending many hours each day grooming themselves and each other. Yet many people continue with the misconception that rats are the purveyors of disease and should be eradicated at all costs.

Fact – Rats and mice make up about a fifth of all species of Mammals, rodents are more closely related to humans than are dogs, cats, horses, elephants, whales, dolphins, and every other order except nonhuman primates.

Why do few people defend rats and mice.

So why do few people defend the rights of rats and mice. Why is it that many turn a blind eye to the cruelty that they suffer at the hand of human beings in labs and elsewhere

The human aversion to rats and mice is often extended to other rodents, including prairie dogs, gophers, squirrels, beavers, muskrats, and nutria, who are similarly killed en masse in various parts of the world where they are considered to be “invasive.”But even people who would not countenance any mistreatment of the aforementioned animals will often kill rats and mice by horrendously cruel means, or look the other way while others do the killing, using glue-traps, bone-crushing spring traps, and an array of poisons which may not be legally used against other species.

Why are we horrified when cats and dogs are the subjects of cruel experiment yet think its okay to harm rats and mice?

There are so few people prepared to defend the rights of rats and mice as they do other animals, the exception being pet rats and mice who are usually white in colour rather than brown or grey, the colours of their undomesticated counterparts. It appears to me that of those of us dedicated to animal rights or animal welfare or whose of us who are vegetarian or vegan, few speak out against the cruel treatment of these rodents. Googling something along the lines of “do vegans care about rats and mice” and you will find little information in support of animal welfare or animal rights concerning rats and mice, few stand in defence of these rodents who are like any other mammal such as your cat, dog, rabbit or guinea pig – the last of which is of course a rodent. So far the only significant stand in defence of these animals is from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA and even they actually condone euthanasia in certain circumstances. More about this further down.

So who does care about rats or mice?

Most of us abhor experiments on animals, poisoning animals or indeed any cruelty to any creature, yet few extend such concerns to rats and mice whom it appears are the exception.

Few people, even animal rights campaigners respect rodents – at least the common brown or grey rat or the house mouse. There are exceptions but few in number.

The petition below (now closed) is somewhat unusual:

Help Stop the Suffering caused by Rat Poison!

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Click this link to read the full petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/cfrwr/

As you can see from a target of 10,000 signatures over a period of four years only 946 people signed

The petition above states:
“Every day, thousands of rats, mice and other rodents are killed across the world. This is often necessary to protect food and hygiene.”

Personally I would not kill rats or mice for this reason, there are more humane ways to deter rodents.

Your will find humane rodent deterrent information further down.

No doubt poison is used as this is the cheaper option. The petition goes on to say:

“However, most of these rodents are killed by poison- specifically ‘anticoagulant’ poisons. These are by most accounts extremely inhumane, and better methods are available. These poisons give the animal that eat them anything but a nice death. Rats and mice take an average of around 7 days to die after poisoning, and spend much of this time in severe pain. Anticoagulant poisons work by causing internal bleeding. They die paralysed and in pain, from blood loss and internal organ damage.”

Such treatment of any sentient creature is unforgivable and can never be justified.

The following from PETA has information about the cruel treatment of rats and mice in US laboratories

Please read the following even if you do not live in the USA as it gives information concerning the shocking treatment of these rodents that occurs in laboratories the world over.

“More than 100 million mice and rats are killed in U.S. laboratories every year. They are abused in everything from toxicology tests (in which they are slowly poisoned to death) to painful burn experiments to psychological experiments that induce terror, anxiety, depression, and helplessness.

They are deliberately electroshocked in pain studies, are mutilated in experimental surgeries, and have everything from cocaine to methamphetamine pumped into their bodies. They are given cancerous tumors and are injected with human cells in genetic-manipulation experiments.”

Continue reading, the list of atrocities get more and more horrific :
http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/animals-laboratories/mice-rats-laboratories/#ixzz2wbT9BvKT  warning disturbing images.

Such treatment of a thinking feeling animal is, cruel, inhumane and inexcusable.

The following article lists
Five Reasons Why You Should Care About Rats
http://www.peta.org/blog/care-rats/#ixzz2wACcaQCa

 
Please watch the following videosWarning distressing images of cruelty to rats and other animals

Investigation Reveals Hell on Earth for Animals at California Dealer

Published on Dec 19, 2012 a PETA investigator recorded abuse and neglect of thousands of rats and reptiles.

Who Cares About Mice and Rats?

Published on Oct 1, 2014
Mice and rats are affectionate and clever and would risk their own lives to save their friends. However, 95 percent of all animals used in experimentation are rats and mice.

Use the link below to help animals in laboratories now!
http://bit.ly/fMqUwK

Also see

The hidden lives of rats and mice
http://www.peta.org/features/hidden-lives-rats-mice/

“Rats are very social and affectionate animals. They love being in the company of their own species or humans. They like playing together and love to sleep curled up together. They take care of the injured and sick rats in their group. When rats don’t have companionship, they can become lonely, depressed, anxious and stressed.

Rats are intelligent animals. They are more intelligent than rabbits, hamsters, mice, gerbils and guinea pigs for instance. They also have excellent memories. Once rats learn a navigation route, they never forget it.”

Read more:
http://www.veganpeace.com/animal_facts/Rats.htm

Still not convinced rats are like any other mammal and deserve our respect and consideration.

View:
23 adorable photos that will change the way you think about rats23

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http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/23-adorable-photos-that-will-change-the-way-you-think-about-rats

Action you can take to help rats and mice

Who cares about rats and mice

Every day, mice and rats die in our nation’s laboratories—without even the most basic protections of federal law. Like dogs and cats, these animals feel pain, and studies show that they are clever and great mothers and that they would risk their own lives to save their friends. But even though mice and rats make up 95 percent of all animals used in experimentation, they are specifically excluded from the Animal Welfare Act, the only federal law offering any sort of protection for animals in laboratories.

Please read more and send a polite e-mail to your member of Congress
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1720
Stressed rats drink more than non-stressed rats

“In an expensive study of the obvious, psychologists at the Graduate Center for the City University of New York designed an experiment to see what effect stress would have on rats who drink alcohol. Of course, rats don’t drink, so first they had to get them used to drinking by mixing alcohol in their water.

Though the researchers acknowledge that “alcoholics in treatment claim that life stressors are the leading cause of continued drinking or relapse,” they somehow justified spending taxpayer money to study whether stressed rats would drink more than non-stressed rats.”

Continue reading and take action.
http://www.idausa.org/campaigns/responsible-research/the-outragies/most-outrageously-pointless/

Please also take the following action if you have not already done so: Use the link below to help animals in laboratories now!
http://bit.ly/fMqUwK

Many people however – even those who care – are concerned when rats or mice encroach their lives.

What to do about rodents in your home or elsewhere where they are not wanted: Advice to deter rats and mice.

Like any other animal, a rat or mouse may not be welcome – I didn’t like cats in my yard because of our adopted rabbit, who is now no longer with us, who used to wander about the yard. Cats can attack a rabbit and so can rats, our rabbit Sooty was bitten by a rat. I would rather not have rats in the yard or mice if they got into the house as is possible as our back door was always open for our house rabbit to come and go as he pleased. Equally I would not want someone’s cat in our house either. This does not mean I lay traps or put down poison for the rats or mice any more than I would for the cat: the cat, the rat and the mouse are all living beings with the right to life as much as you or I or my rabbit.

So what to do

Glue traps and poisons are inhumane and cruel to the extreme as the unfortunate animals often spend days suffering before eventually dying in agony. Rats and mice may not be the only victims as other small mammals get caught in traps or poisoned including wildlife, companion animals and even humans may also come to harm after contact with toxins as was indicated in the petition above. Furthermore these methods of eradication are in the long term futile not to forget the obvious that these animals have a right to life.

“Effective rodent-control programs are integrative and adaptive and focus on repellents, deterrents, and exclusion. Rodents are attracted to areas with adequate food sources and shelter, both indoors and outdoors. Eliminate access to food by keeping counter surfaces, floors, and cabinets free of crumbs and storing dry food and pet food in chew-proof containers. Seal trash (use bungee cords on lids), pick up your animal companions’ food at night and never feed them outdoors, pick up fallen fruit and vegetables in orchards and gardens if possible, and never feed wildlife. Reduce hiding places by keeping grass and vegetation trimmed back and by storing outdoor furniture, grills and barbecues, and wood piles away from buildings.

Next, determine where the animals are entering and frequenting by using a flashlight to locate entry points such as holes and cracks, gaps around pipes and doors, etc. (Rats can slip into buildings through quarter-size holes, and mice can squeeze into dime-size holes.) Faeces and signs of chewing or food-storing can also help determine the places that rodents frequent. Repel rodents by using ammonia-soaked rags or cotton balls (animals won’t like the smell and will leave), an indoor/outdoor radio (set to rock music or talk radio), or a strobe light. Once animals have left, seal entry points using foam sealant, steel wool, hardware cloth, or metal flashing.”

Please continue reading the following for more information about how to humanely keep rats and mice out of your home, your garden, yard or elsewhere.

Living in Harmony with House Mice and Rats:
http://www.peta.org/issues/wildlife/living-harmony-wildlife/house-mice/#ixzz2qXRK41IJ

I am not sure what the odd advice included in the above link says about rock music, I guess rats can’t stand it as much as I 🙂 Also unless you live in an isolated area I doubt the neighbours would appreciate music all day.

Hold on just noticed in the above article – “Rodents can also be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian or at a local animal shelter.” Apparently PETA condone killing a healthy animal! PETA it seems are not one hundred percent in their defence of the right of all animals to life. Shocked? I am indeed.

It goes without saying, but I must be clear I do not condone euthanasia – killing – of any healthy living being unless it is in self-defence or the animal is seriously ill.

The rest of the information is nevertheless sound and useful. The information is from PETA’s USA website, the ideas though are much the same anywhere.

More information from PETA
http://www.peta.org/living/humane-home/humane-rodent-control/

Cruel methods are never necessary. Read some of the comments included in the above link for more advice and accounts of how people have coped humanely with rats and mice – such as this delightful Story from Marina

“For the past year, we had mice in our house—lots of mice. We probably took out about a hundred of them, all told, using humane live traps of various types, baited with peanut butter, sunflower seeds, or almonds. If one type of trap doesn’t work, try another, and put them in the places where you see mouse poo. They like to run along edges. If you have dry cat food down in the room where you know the mice are, move it into a room where you haven’t seen evidence of mice. Who knows how many times we took the same ones out before we finally thought to look in the most obvious place for a hole in the foundation under the porch? In the middle of winter, when it was too cold to release them outdoors, we kept the ones we caught in a cage with a wheel, and fed them grain, almonds, fruit, etc. The mice ran in the wheel, groomed, and slept curled up in a little ball during most of the daylight hours. There’s no doubt it was more “work” and “trouble” than killing them would have been, but I’m a cancer survivor as well as someone who cares about all animals, and neither of us would ever consider using toxic chemicals to make war on these little creatures, who were, after all, only trying to live their lives. We’ve now been completely mouse free for several months.”

Important note:
Before using live traps please click the link below and carefully read the information, for instance: Only release rats and mice within 100 yards of where they were trapped. Releasing a mouse or rat into a strange area will almost surely result in the animal’s death because relocated animals don’t know where to find adequate food, water, or shelter and often become weak and succumb to predation or foreign parasites or disease against which they lack a natural immunity.Check traps hourly

More information:
http://www.peta.org/issues/wildlife/living-harmony-wildlife/house-mice/

Conclusion

Who has the right to say that rats and mice or indeed any creature does not have the right to live? Who has the right to say the life of one sentient being is of more value than that of another. Many would say that might equals
right – well if you think that way what can I say other than it is that kind of thinking that has made this world a place of suffering for myriads of species including our own.

We all inhabit the same world sadly many humans consider themselves superior to the other animals with whom we share this world, maybe as a result of anachronistic thinking of a bygone age which now has no place in any ethically progressive society. This world is the home to teeming millions of living creatures, rodents are among them and deserve our respect and their right to life as you or I or any living creature.

The above was originally written for my website and has been updated:
http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/in_defence_of_rats_and_mice.htm

Rare Breed Dog Found Battered in pile of Rubbish

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

POLICE PROBE AFTER RARE BREED OF DOG FOUND BATTERED AND LEFT IN PILE OF RUBBISH

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“Police are investigating after this terrified rare breed of dog was found battered and starving – among a pile of rubbish.

The male Dogue de Bordeaux, or French Mastiff, was discovered by passers-by in Newport in Wales and taken to vets where he is being treated for a skin condition.

Even though he was obviously in a lot of pain and hungry he was still very trusting to the people who were helping him.”

Read The Full Story:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-probe-after-rare-breed-6141853?ICID=FB_mirror_main

NEWPORT, WALES. PLEASE CONTACT POLICE WITH ANY INFO

Also

“An RSPCA spokeswoman confirmed that the charity is dealing with this matter and urged anyone with   information about the dog’s owners to come forward.

We appreciate the concerns that have been posted on Facebook,” she added.

“If anyone has information about this matter they can call the inspector’s information line on 0300 123 8018. All calls will be treated in confidence.”

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/people-were-openly-crying-state-9734223

The above is the RSPCAs appeal line, if you have any information please ring this number.

Protest the Cruel Slaughter of a Baby Rabbit

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel
Allan, the baby rabbit beaten to death in order to “stir a debate”
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 This is the article I wouldn’t want ever to write but, unfortunately, there will always be criminals abusing defenseless and innocent creatures.

ANIMAL ABUSERS: DANISH STATION RADIO24SYV AND ASGER JUHL

ASGER JUHL, A PRESENTER ON DANISH STATION RADIO24SYV, BEAT THE NINE-WEEK-OLD FLUFFY BLACK RABBIT, NAMED ALLAN, TO DEATH LIVE ON AIR WITH A BICYCLE PUMP, despite protests from animal rights campaigners in the studio. Then he took the animal home where he and his children cooked and ate it.

Radio24syv has defended the slaughter of the defenseless and innocent baby rabbit. “We knew we would be accused of provocation,” the station said in a statement. “And yes, we indeed wanted to provoke the public and to stir a debate about the hypocrisy when it comes to perceptions of cruelty towards animals.”

Certainly, many animal rights activists will remember that in DENMARK also, a giraffe and then four lions were killed in COPENHAGEN ZOO in 2014. BENGT HOLST, the Scientific Director at Copenhagen Zoo, defended the killings by claiming that the animals were “surplus”. Copenhagen citizens awarded “CITIZEN OF THE YEAR” to Holst that same year.

DANISH RADIO STATION DEFENDS KILLING BABY RABBIT LIVE ON AIR
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/danish-radio-station-defends-killing-baby-rabbit-live-on-air-20150527-ghacur.html#ixzz3bIbWRjF7

RADIO DJ BLUDGEONS BABY BUNNY LIVE ON AIR – AND THEN REFUSES TO APOLOGISE
http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/radio-dj-bludgeons-baby-bunny-live-air-and-then-refuses-apologise-6322443

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITIONS TO DEMAND PUNISHMENT:

Radio Host Clubbed A Rabbit With A Bicycle Pump While He Was On Air For Rating! Demand Punishment!
http://www.petitionhub.org/Radio-Host-Clubbed-A-Rabbit-With-A-Bicycle-Pump-While-He-Was-On-Air-For-Rating-Demand-Punishment-t-2080

Fire radio presenter Asger Juhl who killed ‘Allan’ the rabbit live on air and the managing director of Radio24syc Jorgen Ramskov who sanctioned the kill.
 https://www.change.org/p/fire-radio-presenter-asger-juhl-who-killed-allan-the-rabbit-live-on-air

Please boycott the radio station and ASGER JUHL’s program.

RADIO24SYV ON FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/Radio24syv?fref=photo

RADIO24SYV ON TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/radio24syv

RADIO24SYV WEBSITE:
http://www.radio24syv.dk/

ASGER JUHL PAGE ON RADIO24SYV WEBSITE:
http://www.radio24syv.dk/vaerter/asger-juhl/

ASGER JUHL ON TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/asgerjuhl

Help Save Thousands of Dogs From Torture and Death: Petition to End Yulin Dog Eating Festival

“Very little of the great cruelty shown by men can really be attributed to cruel instinct. Most of it comes from thoughtlessness or inherited habit. The roots of cruelty, therefore, are not so much strong as widespread. But the time must come when inhumanity protected by custom and thoughtlessness will succumb before humanity championed by thought. Let us work that this time may come.”

Albert Schweitzer

Please help to stop the Yulin dog eating festival from taking place this year. This is a barbaric and cruel event which doesn’t warrant the description of a festival. It takes place on June 21st to celebrate the summer solstice but is in reality an excuse for sickening cruelty to helpless animals that has no place in any modern society and should be consigned to history along with all the other inhumane atrocities perpetrated against both human and non human animals down through the ages.

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Warning very disturbing images, just so heartbreaking.

Yulin, hell on earth for cats & dogs! #StopYuLin2015

According to this video 4,000 cats are also tortured and murdered in this festival of horror.

Please help stop this hideous festival by signing the following petition and taking the actions further down.

Petition: End Yulin Dog Eating Festival

“Killing innocent dogs to eat them — and torturing them only so they have more flavor — needs to stop!!!

We at “RAISE UR PAW” are asking for you to raise the voices and paws of the world to help ban the YULIN DOG MEAT EATING FESTIVAL, which is going to occur on June 21, 2015. Countless canine lives will be sacrificed in order to fulfill a barbaric tradition that has been permitted to occur for many years – and it is now time this horror is finally put to an end.”

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/441/776/138/?z00m=22890024&redirectID=1658488466

Please continue reading more information from care2

“Over 10,000 dogs — many just puppies — were killed at last year’s summer solstice festival in Yulin, China. And it’s going to happen all over again this June, unless people like you speak out to stop the horrific event.

One of the most terrifying things about the festival is that it leads to many abductions of household pets by kidnappers looking to make a quick buck as the festival begins. CNN reports that local animal lovers often try to buy the dogs before the butchers can, but the dog sellers often refuse to sell to the activists.

The good news is that the Chinese government really is feeling the pressure. According to the Guardian newspaper, the country has started regulating the dog meat trade, and sales dropped by a third from 2013 to 2014. You have their attention on this issue, so another international outcry could very well save thousands of dogs!

Sign Elisa’s Care2 petition to Chinese President Xi Jinping: Save the puppies and end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival!”

More petitions and other actions you can take

Please take as many of the actions below as you can, lets help to make this hideously cruel festival a thing of the past.

https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-people-s-republic-of-china-stop-the-yulin-dog-meat-eating-festival – though this has the same information as the care 2 petition it is a different petition and worth signing.

Write to the Chinese embassador of your country and politely express your objections and ask for the festival to be stopped. Please don’t write abusive letters or e-mail such is unlikely to be read and may cause more harm than good.

Here are addresses of Chinese Embassies abroad
http://www.embassypages.com/china

Petition

Please Shut Down the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in GuangXi China:
https://www.change.org/p/mr-chen-wu-yulin-governor-please-shut-down-the-yulin-dog-meat-festival-in-guangxi-china

More information and ideas for action:

HELP CAMPAIGNERS STOP YULIN DOG EATING FESTIVAL 2015:
http://www.tekjournalismuk.com/animal-matters/help-campaigners-stop-yulin-dog-eating-festival-2015

Lets not forget that the killing of any animal for meat even if not in such an horrific way is reprehensible, cruel and unnecessary and has to stop. A sheep, a cow or a pig wants to live as much as your cat or dog. All are mammals, all are sentient creatures, all feel pain and suffer as a result of the meat trade, all animals fear death and wish to survive it is one of our most powerful instincts which all animals share.

The Yulin festival has nothing to do with the celebration of the summer solstice it is not even an ancient tradition

Rather like the Gadhimai festival the Yuling celebration is incongruous with a modern progressive ethical society and has nothing to do with culture, tradition or religion and only began in the 1990s.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/791868.shtml

Related Links

What are you waiting for? Stop Yulin Festival!
http://www.moonproject.co.uk/what-are-you-waiting-for-stop-yulin-festival/

More information from my blog post last year:
https://rantingsfromavirtualsoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/help-stop-the-slaughter-of-15000-dogs-for-solstice-celebrations-in-yulin-china/

 https://twitter.com/hashtag/stopyulin2015

Help End Foie-gras Hell in the UK

Please read the following investigation from Vegetarian’s International Voice for Animals (VIVA ) and take the suggested actions.

Apologies for the cramped formatting further down the page which makes some of this post difficult to read, try as I might I cannot improve it. The important thing is please take the suggested actions,  highlighted in purple, to help bring an end to this vile form of cruelty.

 appeal

“A representation of hell” is how vet, Amir Kashiv, described footage secured inside the French foie-gras farm that supplied celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal. It is the worst foie-gras footage we have ever seen.

After being seriously threatened by lawsuits from the farm who we presume were desperate for the footage to not reach the public, they were finally shamed in the Daily Mirror newspaper recently. Heston publically declared he was dropping that producer and has since gone on to drop foie-gras from the menu at his flagship restaurant The Fat Duck.

This is a victory but we need your help to stop Heston selling any foie-gras, as he still has it on the menu at his other eateries. Tell him all production is the same – torture.

We are determined that this celebrity chef will not simply swap one supplier for another – and we are asking for your help in achieving this.

Read More and take action
http://www.viva.org.uk/tell-heston-to-dump-all-foie-gras

This hideous cruelty has no part in any modern ethically progressive society and it must stop now!

Take Action – please click the links below if you have not done so already

“We are determined that this celebrity chef will not simply swap one supplier for another – and we are asking for your help in achieving this.”

There is a template letter for each action, please edit if you are able to do so but if this is not possible for any reason please just send the template letter.

 

Please email Heston and ask him to stop selling foie-gras full stop.
http://www.viva.org.uk/Heston-Blumenthal-to-dump-foie-gras

 

Email Waitrose and ask them to dump Heston if he doesn’t dumpfoie-gras!
http://www.viva.org.uk/ask-Waitrose-to-dump-Heston-Blumenthal

 

You can also order FREE materials to protest against foie-grasin your area or spread awareness about this disgusting product.
http://www.viva.org.uk/form/order-your-materials

More information
If you doubt the shocking depth of cruelty in the production of foi gras watch the following video and read the articles below which also contain the videos.
Warning! Some viewers may find the videos disturbing – frankly as I often say it you are not disturbed there has to be something wrong with you. Surely any compassionate person must be profoundly shocked by such extreme and barbaric cruelty to a sentient being who like you or I feels pain, experiences suffering and misery.
Just heart breaking, look at the pitiful state of these birds trapped unable to move from this hideous cruelty day after day. How the hell can these people go to work day in and day out and see and indeed contribute to such extreme suffering and not be moved is beyond my comprehension. The fact that we share this world with such vile heartless people is disturbing. I often wonder what a psychiatric assessment of such emotionally dead and callous people would reveal.
Shame on France and the EU that allows this evil to persist.
VIDEO: Cruelty of chef Gordon Ramsay’s foie gras supplier exposed in shocking footage

Crammed into tiny cages, caked in filth, riddled with sores and in agony from broken beaks and wings, these are the ducks used to make foie gras at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants.

Campaigners last night branded the horrific conditions the “worst ever seen” after being shown the pictures of shocking cruelty at plants that supply the celebrity chef with the posh dish.

Ducks lie dead and dying, many have painful eye injuries and abscesses and all are force-fed grain through a tube to make their livers 10 times the normal size during a two-week ordeal in a ­windowless shed before they are slaughtered.

In one pitiful scene, an exhausted and clearly distressed bird can be seen on its side with its tongue hanging from its beak.

Barbaric footage of foie gras duck ‘torture’ sees TV chef Heston Blumenthal dump supplier
 
The videos show ducks caked in filth and vomit from overfeeding. Some of the birds were writhing in agony from damaged throats and bloodied feet.

Campaigners described the conditions and treatment of the ducks as “torture”.

Experienced vet Amir Kashiv called the film footage a “representation of hell”.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/barbaric-footage-foie-gras-duck-4793888

 

Don’t allow this celebrity chef to simply swap one supplier for another. Please take the actions above. 

Horse Dismembered alive in a Village in Colombia

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist Luis Leonel

WILD PARTY IN A VILLAGE OF COLOMBIA: A HORSE IS DISMEMBERED ALIVE.

The animal had been gored by a bull during a traditional “corral”.

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“A horse was gored by a bull during the holiday village in northern Colombia was then dismembered alive with knives , denounced a citizen in a video that trended on Sunday in social networks.

In the bloody images , you see how a crowd of men approaches the fallen animal, still alive, and it shatters against other attendees to these parties occurred in the municipality of Buenavista, consisting of the fight of a bull in a square where dozens of people are thrown into the ring with rags or sticks to provoke.

“That day the bull gored the horse and the crowd, most dangerous, people armed with knives inside the corral, took the horse and dismembered alive before the whole community, “he told Radio Blu Orlando Serpa, who recorded death the horse.

The images sparked the debate on Twitter and many animal advocates asked prison for offenders.

The president of the Humane Society of Sucre, Muffit Salaimán Fayad said denounce the mayor of Buenavista, Quintilian Tapia for allowing corralejas was attacked in the horse.

Tapia, meanwhile, said he learned of those facts by the media and noted that denounce the case for the authorities to act against those who attacked the animal.

This horrific case recalls another registered earlier this month in the town of Turbaco, in the department of Bolivar where a group of people killed kicks, stones, shovels and stabbing a bull in a corral, common festivals northern Caribbean country .

In Colombia the law does not prohibit “corralejas” but the Constitutional Court has already ruled against animal abuse.”

 

The above is a Google translation

Original article in Spanish

http://tn.com.ar/internacional/fiesta-salvaje-en-un-pueblo-de-colombia-descuartizaron-a-un-caballo-vivo_563412

PLEASE REPUDIATE THIS CRIME BY WRITING TO THE COLOMBIA’S EMBASSY OR CONSULATE OF YOUR COUNTRY.

Here are address of Colombian embassies and consulates abroad
http://www.embassypages.com/colombia   –   Colombian embassies and consulates abroad are on the right of the page. Includes postal and e-mail address, telephone numbers and the embassy’s /consulates website. 

 

 

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Please Take URGENT Action: Bulls Being Chased, Beaten With Bats, and Stabbed!

“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher

I have said this before and will no doubt say it again but what the hell is wrong with people who deliberately harm animals , people who participate in cruelty for pleasure or entertainment?

Please read the following information from PETA and take the suggested action.

“Liquor forced down bulls’ throats, animals made to run while being chased, lassoed, beaten with bats, and stabbed

NO animal should ever endure such horrific cruelty, yet on February 1, this is exactly what will reportedly happen to the bulls used in the annual Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria in Tlacotalpan, a city in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

And the torture doesn’t end there: After the terrified bulls are chased down, drunken festival attendees allegedly proceed to hurl bricks and garbage at them, kick and punch them, and even cut their ears off. Their ordeal reportedly continues for HOURS.

Surviving bulls are then reportedly turned out to pasture and left to suffer from their injuries.

Even though the governor of Veracruz banned this event in 2006, it’s still taking place—and unless we do something NOW, more bulls will once again be horrifically tortured on February 1.

What You Can Do
Contact city and state officials and ask that the ban be enforced, and urge the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to revoke Tlacotalpan’s World Heritage Site status until it is!”

To send the message you will need to scroll down to the bottom. You can edit the message using your own words but if this is not possible please send it as it is. But please send it.

https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5837&utm_campaign=0115%20Caledaria%20Festival%20EA&utm_source=peta2%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

Please watch the following video and take the above action – I have included the video here as unless you have an account with You Tube you cannot sign in to view the video: signing in is required for age verification.

I don’t know why the words reportedly and allegedly are used in the above information from PETA as it is clear from the video that this barbaric festival takes place and these animals are tortured in this way.

Warning disturbing images. This has been classified by You Tube as an age-restricted Video

Bulls abuse in Tlacotalpan Mexico during Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria

Published on Oct 26, 2014
During the second day of Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria in a Mexican town called Tlacotalpan, 6 roped bulls who were previously liquored, are forced to cross the Papaloapan river by hundreds of people in canoes and kayaks. The bulls’ horns are tied to the canoe and they are pulled by the tail to “help them float”.
On shore thousands of fueled with alcohol ruffians await the already exhausted victims who are set loose in the streets to be lynched. The humans chase them, beat the terrified bulls one by one with bats, stab them with knives, kick and punch them, stone them, aggressively pull their tails, throw bricks and trash at them, and even cut off their ears. It goes on for hours.

To watch the whole article please go to:

http://only-one-solution.org/multimedia-articles/celebrating_suffering.html

 

Please send the message if you have not already done so:
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5837&utm_campaign=0115%20Caledaria%20Festival%20EA&utm_source=peta2%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

I grieve to think I share this world with such vile people. It sickens me that governments allow this to happen. What right have these loathsome people to torment and mistreat animals so shamefully.Why does no one stand against these psychopathic misfits… what normal person would do such a thing, drunkenness is not excuse or a reason, being drunk does not turn the average person into a cruel animal abuser.

It is of little use implementing laws to protect animals if such laws are not enforced as is the case concerning the above festival. Here in the UK it is similar and although fox hunting has been banned little is done to enforce violations of this law. Concerning fox hunting even if actions were taken against those responsible puny fines would be imposed upon people well able to pay them as fox hunting is mainly the prerogative of the well off.

Time to bring an end to the barbarity of this cruel festival and ensure that the law is applied. International pressure may help to bring this about so please sign the petition.

A selection of quotations associating a person’s character with his or her treatment of animals.

“If man is not to stifle his human feelings, he must practise kindness towards animals, for he who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
Immanuel Kant, German Philosopher

“He who harms animals has not understood or renounced deeds of sin. Those whose minds are at peace and who are free from passions do not desire to live at the expense of others.”
Acharanga Sutra – Jainism

“Cruelty to dumb animals is one of the distinguishing vices of low and base minds. Wherever it is found, it is a certain mark of ignorance and meanness; a mark which all the external advantages of wealth, splendour, and nobility, cannot obliterate. It is consistent neither with learning nor true civility.” William Jones

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