Is this cruelty worth your down Jackets or bedding

“We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”
William Inge

I bet many of you, and at one time myself included, did not know that birds such as this poor goose were plucked alive, their feathers ripped from them with callous disregard for the immense amount of suffering they are forced to endure.

You can already see even without clicking the video that this is shocking cruelty of the worst kind.

How the hell can anyone do this to a living thinking feeling sentient creature, who feels pain as much as you would. The thought of this breaks my heart and turns my stomach, it is beyond my comprehension to understand the mentality of anyone who would inflict such pain on defenseless animals in order to take by force of appalling brutality the feathers which nature gave this creature. Birds feathers are not meant to be used to make pillows, or quilts or jackets.

If you buy a quilt made of feathers you condone this cruelty . If you stop buying such products this appalling cruelty would end

There is no excuse, no justification.

As with most everything done in the modern greedy self serving world this cruelty is done for profit.

Turn on the sound if you are not yet convinced by their poor blood soaked bodies.

Such cruelty has no place in any modern society.

Wicked just wicked there is no other word more appropriate. I am sick of the cruelty that is unleashed hour after hour, day after day, week after week, year in and year out towards the helpless creatures with whom we share this world. This reminds me of a quote, the one at the beginning of this post which until now I have never used but is in this instance and certainly many others so appropriate.

Take Action End suffering. Save innocent lives.

Sign the Pledge to Be Down-Free:

Urge Volcom to Ditch Down!

Related links

Read about how ducks are farmed here in the UK

“Do you know where the feathers in your feather-filled bedding, cushions or outerwear comes from?
Feathers are highly profitable and are ‘harvested’ from birds in different ways, including live plucking.”


Read more:

Boycott Down

Do not buy feather filled products

The Dark Side of Rabbit Island

Firstly and most importantly please do not let the information below put you off visiting rabbit island and taking with you food for the estimated 1000 rabbits who live thereIf Tourists stop coming, the rabbits will starve. Take as much green veggies as you can, even a bag or two of hay which is a vital part of a rabbit’s diet and which they lack at rabbit Island. You can find out more about this and other ways to help further down.

Rabbit Island has been described as a Japanese holiday resort for bunnies but the truth is far less ideal as the rabbits struggle to survive.  Domestic rabbits live about 10 years while rabbits on Rabbit Island live at most only a couple of years or less as they succumb to hunger, disease injury and and neglect. 

Recently videos about Japan’s Rabbit Island called in Japan  Okunoshima have been gaining popularity on the internet and the island is a popular tourist destination for anyone visiting Japan. To many people rabbit island is thought of as a paradise for rabbits when in fact the truth is very different.

Most of the videos taken on the island show adorable rabbits who are seemingly very friendly and unafraid of humans whom they descend upon in great numbers. However first impressions can be very deceptive. These rabbits are in fact desperately hungry and thirsty for food and water the tourists have for them, because this is the only nourishment they will get. Without the tourists the rabbits would die of starvation. However even with the help of tourists they are malnourished as the food available, pellets and cabbage, is not healthy for them and their availability is irregular.

Here is the truth about rabbit island

Please watch the following videos which are a bit of an eye opener as the reality of rabbit island is presented to you.

The Dark, Twisted Truth About Rabbit Island Japan.

“Follow me on my journey to rabbit island, also known as Okunoshima in Japan. Here, I discover that not everything is as cute as it seems!

While I’m at a loss for how to solve the problem, the following links contain contact information you may be able to direct your feedback & grievances to:

1)   – Animal Welfare Group in Japan

2) – Email feedback for Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan

3) – Hiroshima Prefecture Contact

– Japan Times Newspaper

If you have any possible solutions or work with animal rights groups in Japan, please let me know.”

Read more:   – Click SHOW MORE

The truth about rabbit island

“Okunoshima or Usagi Shima (うさぎ島, “Rabbit Island”) is an island off the coast of Japan which is home to hundreds of feral rabbits. I visited this island in summer 2018 hoping to have a lovely time but as a bunny mom I was shocked to find many of the rabbits were sick and dying.

“Here is my documentary showing the island for what it truly is. Apologies for the way it was filmed. It was all done on my iphone so the quality won’t be amazing.

There were also children mistreating the rabbit on the island. Pushing them around and being rough with them while their parents laughed.
Many of the signs about the rabbits on the island were inaccurate, saying that rabbits were aggressive with sharp teeth and they would bite if people tried to pet them too much. Also signs saying they were wild rabbits and could not mix with domestic rabbits.”

Read more:

Please take the time to watch these videos which may be upsetting. Rabbits are shown with injuries infections and illnesses including tumours and abscesses which are untreated. Many are severely malnourished. Water bowls are empty and in the cases where they are not what little water there is is dirty. Clearly these animals receive no veterinary care or are even provided with their basic needs: Food and clean water. During winter or days when it rains, which is quite often in Japan, and few tourists visit, the bunnies starve. Rabbits require food everyday, all day, otherwise they become ill with a condition called Gastro Intestinal stasis , a fatal illness if veterinary care is not given within about twelve hours. You can see obvious signs of malnutrition in the above videos.

As you can see all is not what it seems, rabbit island is a not a happy sanctuary for happy bunnies where their every need is met, where there are no predators and their lives can be lived free as wild rabbits should. But therein lies part of the problem, these are not wild rabbits, though they live in the wild they are nonetheless domesticated rabbits who where either let free from the chemical experimentation factory on the island where in 1929 the army brought rabbits to  to test the effectiveness of the poison gas or they where bought here by school children and released. The truth of the matter is not clear, however regardless of the circumstances of their arrival on the island their present situation is dire. Though the rabbits live in the wild they are domesticated so they have not the instinct of a wild rabbit to survive, many do not know how to dig borrows and many have no shelter. However even more serious is the fact that there is no natural food on the island. No grass or other nutritious wild plants. The bunnies depend solely on tourists feeding them, mostly the pellets that are sold over on the mainland at the ferry port. There is no food for sale on the Island and no suitable green vegetables or hay, which is the main staple of a rabbits diet, for sale at the the ferry port. Unless visitors have purchased vegetables and hay before arriving at the port, and from what I can see by watching the many videos most people buy and take over only the pellets, the rabbits hardly ever have fresh food and hay.

With some changes rabbit island could be the rabbit paradise many claim it to be. Surely hay, fresh food, clean water could all be provided  along with a ranger or some kind of caretaker looking after the bunnies reporting any sick and injured animals with veterinary staff on hand to monitor the health and well being of the island’s rabbits. If funding this is a problem, maybe this can be resolved by making a small charge to tourists and also selling suitable food including hay on the island. With a store of food for times when there are less tourists.  

Ways to help

If you are planning to make a trip to Rabbit Island please try and bring as much fresh vegetables, such as leafy greens, as you can and hay which should make up 85% of a rabbits diet. Buy before you arrive at the port as you cannot purchase anything there other than cabbage and pellets which is not a healthy diet for rabbits and no food at all is available on the island.

In addition to the links included underneath the first video which I will repeat further down, you might want to try contacting the following:

Try writing to PETA Asia, send links to the videos above and explain the situation. Even if you have no experience of rabbit Island yourself you can still write and refer to these videos and ask for PETAs help in bringing an end to this neglect.


Contact  you will see several options this is the one I would chose:

Send PETA Asia a tweet, include links to the films.

This is the Official website of Rabbit island which shows a very different picture to prospective tourists. Maybe contact them with your comments:

Contact information from the first video

Please be polite, abusive communications do nothing to help and may even make matters worse.

The following links contain contact information you may be able to direct your feedback & grievances to:

1)    – Animal Welfare Group in Japan

– Email feedback for Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan

(According to this article rabbit-island is part of Japan’s National Park Resort system in the middle of the Seto Inland Sea of Japan which comes under the ministry of the environment.)

3)  – Hiroshima Prefecture Contact

4)  – Japan Times Newspaper

If you have any possible solutions or work with animal rights groups in Japan, please let me know.

Updates to this web page will be provided whenever they become available.

If you have an other ideas please share them.




All Animals Have a Powerful Will to Live – Respect Their Right To Do So

I am life which wills to live, and I exist in the midst of life which wills to live.

Just as in my own will-to-live there is a yearning for more life, and for that mysterious exaltation of the will-to-live which is called pleasure, and terror in face of annihilation and that injury to the will-to-live which is called pain; so the same obtains in all the will-to-live around me, equally whether it can express itself to my comprehension or whether it remains unvoiced.

Ethics thus consists in this, that I experience the necessity of practising the same reverence for life toward all will-to-live, as toward my own. Therein I have already the needed fundamental principle of morality. It is good to maintain and cherish life; it is evil to destroy and to check life.”
Excepts from The Ethic of Reverence for Life by Albert Schweitzer from Civilization and Ethics Part II of The Philosophy of Civilization

Animals like you or I wish to live, the fight for survival which is the most powerful instinct. Respect their right to life by changing to a vegan life style and end all animals exploitation including the most vile and cruel such as eating meat and other animal products, using animals for experimentation, for labour, for sport , entertainment and so on and on.

Here are just two examples, there are countless more of an animal’s strong will to live.

A crayfish about to be boiled alive cuts his own claw off in hopes of surviving.

A mother fights for the life of her baby.

“I must interpret the life around me as I interpret the life that is my own. My life is full of meaning to me. The life around me must be full of significance to itself. If I am to expect others to respect my life, then I must respect the other life I see, however strange it may be to mine.”

“When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another…”
Albert Schweitzer

More quotes and other information about Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer “set in motion important ideas concerning our ethical treatment of animals, and was an important protagonist in the evolution of our concept of animal rights. He struggled with the paradoxes of the relationship between man and animal as no other philosopher had ever done before. His philosophy has altered attitudes, led to the passage of laws and helped the cause of animal rights in the latter part of the twentieth century.”

Read More: Animal Rights: A History, Albert Schweither

Respect the right of animals to live by changing to a vegan diet:

The Price of Milk: Think Before You Drink!

“Every time you drink a glass of milk or eat a piece of cheese, you harm a mother. Please go vegan.” 

Milk comes to you at a high price, the cost of suffering and death for cattle.

There are many reasons why you should not drink milk. This article mainly focuses on the veal industry

Veal is a byproduct of the dairy industry

Veal: A Byproduct of the Cruel Dairy Industry

How Veal Crates Are Used in Factory Farms

Veal is a by-product of the dairy industry. Like all mammals, female cows must be kept constantly pregnant in order to lactate. In a process called “freshening,” female cows, called “wet cows” after giving birth, are kept unnaturally lactating to maximize their milk production. Male calves are taken from their mothers at birth because they are not useful for milk production. These calves are turned into veal. Some female calves are also turned into veal because they are not needed for dairy production. The excess dairy calves are the wrong breed to be useful for beef production, so they are usually slaughtered for veal when they are between 8 and 16 weeks old.

Read More

Watch the video and read the article from PETA


Veal: A Byproduct of the Cruel Dairy Industry


Milk is not a natural part of the human diet after weaning and of course the milk of another species is not natural for humans. No other animal routinely drinks the milk of another species.

Other reasons why you should not drink milk or consume any dairy product

Cows are gentle, intelligent animals, who, when given the chance, will nurture their young and form lifelong friendships with one another. But on dairy farms, cows are intensively confined and lead desperately unhappy lives, while the humans who drink their milk have an increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and many other ailments.

Read more:

Animals Raised to Produce Milk

Milk harms cows and their calves milk, it also harms humans. Here are 12 reasons why milk is bad for you.

Read more:

12 Frightening Facts About Milk


Stop the suffering

People worldwide keep about two billion pigs, one billion of whom are killed every year. That’s about an average of 23 million pigs a week!

Pig slaughter


  • People worldwide keep about two billion pigs
  • At least half the world’s pigs live in China and 85 percent of pigs live in three countries: China, European Union and United States (Table 1).
  • People kill over one billion pigs annually worldwide, an average of 23 million pigs a week
  • Three countries kill about 85 per cent of the world’s pigs: China, European Union and United States, respectively about 12 million, five million and two million pigs per week “

Illustration and information above from Animal Ethics, click this link to learn more:

All this suffering, all this killing just to provide you with a food that is not natural, that you do not need and which shortens your life. A food that involves cruelty unimaginable and the premature death of a thinking feeling self aware sentient being.

Here is how pigs suffer: Warning! some people will find this very distressing, the screams of the pigs in the first video were particularly distressful. I could not bear to hear it. 


How can anyone look into the eyes of these sensitive creatures and eat bacon or a pork chop.

Please leave meat off your plate and change to a vegan diet, good for you, good for animals and good for the planet.

Killing any animal damages us all, the unfortunate creature of course but also your own health and well-being and the well-being of this plant!

Concerning the environment, did you know that animal agriculture is one of the most destructive forces on Earth today?

Here is what animal agriculture is responsible for.

How Animal Agriculture Affects Our Planet

Please make the choice to change to a vegan diet.

The Vegan Society

Here is some helpful information about how to do so. – lots of information including recipes, an app to download and much much more.

PETA Order Your Free Vegan Starter Kit

Not in the UK click this link

Vegan Australia
Our top 8 vegan starter kits

The International Vegan Association

Click this link to go straight to the International Vegan Associations Vegan starter kit. You can read it online, save it to your computer or other device, and share it with others

Naturally Vegan: Meat is Not a Natural Diet

The fact is despite your education to the contrary meat is not a natural diet for human beings. Here is what Plutarch said over 2,000 years ago:

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

Here is what modern scientists say about our natural diet.

Eating Meat Is Not Natural

Nothing about the meat industry is natural, from the eating of the actual meat itself to the way we raise the animals we get our produce from. A lot of people’s excuse for not being vegetarian or vegan is that they think humans are meant to eat meat and always have. However, that is not the case as proven by science. Additionally, if more people were informed on the cruelty commonly seen within the industry, factory farming and agriculture would most likely see a significant fall in meat sale.

Eating meat is actually a recent revolution in human history as for most of our time on earth, humans spend their time in the middle of the food chain, living as hunter-gatherers. This meant we had mainly a plant-based diet and ate small animals that we could easily catch whilst also being hunted by other larger predators. Evidence for this is that in many ways our bodies are not adapted to eating meat as are the bodies of other carnivores in the animal kingdom. Our canine teeth are tiny in comparison, as well as our stomach acids being weaker than what is usual for other animals in breaking down flesh and destroying bacteria found in the meat. These are only a few examples of bodily functions that prove human nature as being herbivores.

Read more:

Shattering The Meat Myth: Humans Are Natural Vegetarians

Dr. T. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus at Cornell University and author of The China Study, explains that in fact, we only recently (historically speaking) began eating meat, and that the inclusion of meat in our diet came well after we became who we are today. He explains that “the birth of agriculture only started about 10,000 years ago at a time when it became considerably more convenient to herd animals. This is not nearly as long as the time [that] fashioned our basic biochemical functionality (at least tens of millions of years) and which functionality depends on the nutrient composition of plant-based foods.”

That jibes with what Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine President Dr. Neal Barnard says in his book, The Power of Your Plate, in which he explains that “early humans had diets very much like other great apes, which is to say a largely plant-based diet, drawing on foods we can pick with our hands. Research suggests that meat-eating probably began by scavenging–eating the leftovers that carnivores had left behind. However, our bodies have never adapted to it. To this day, meat-eaters have a higher incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other problems.”



By nature you are not a meat eater, a predator. You do not need the dead flesh of other animals or the milk of another species in order to thrive and survive.

Whether it is habit borne of faulty education by your parents and society or it is simply a matter of taste or convenience meat is not or should be be part of the human diet. In fact no animal product should be part of your diet. Have you ever asked yourself why after weaning you continue to drink milk and milk of another species. How many animals drink the milk of another species. Humans are herbivores, eggs are the embryos of unborn chickens and is therefore not the natural diet humans.

Here’s nine reasons why you should not eat eggs other than doing so is not natural.

Eating Just 3 Eggs a Week Is a Death Wish, New Study Confirms

Meat, milk, eggs should not be part of the human diet. Avoiding them will save the lives of billions of animals and your own life.

Please change to a vegan diet:

The Vegan Society

Animal Sentience in Photo and Video

From time to time I try to include stories about animal sentience in the hope that the realization that animals are sentient beings may help to bring an end to the cruelty and the exploitation that they suffer with increasing frequency.

“When animals express their feelings they pour out like water from a spout. Animals’ emotions are raw, unfiltered, and uncontrolled. Their joy is the purest and most contagious of joys and their grief the deepest and most devastating. Their passions bring us to our knees in delight and sorrow.” 
Marc Bekoff, The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy – and Why They Matter

The videos photos below show that animals are sentient beings with a wide range of emotion and behaviours similar to humans and maybe many unique to their own species

Sheep often show affection for one another as they are doing in the above photograph.

Doesn’t this baby elephant’s behaviour remind you of a human child?

Unfortunately unlike mammals such as dogs, cats and elephants crustaceans such as this tiny creature struggling to survive are less likely to be considered as sentient or in other words aware and conscious of the world around them. Clearly from the video below this is not the case as this poor little animal fights for his life.

The following link has more information about sentience in crustaceans

The pig in the video below is clearly aware of his brother’s plight and is obviously taking hay to him.

Watch this incredible video of an elephant rescuing people from a fast flowing river. Sentient, emphatic and compassionate surely!


The following link has more information about sentience in crustaceans

These animals are clearly enjoying themselves, what better proof can you have that animals are sentient beings

This video will show you just how intelligent animals are

Please always keep in mind that animal intelligence should really not be compared to our own and all animals are uniquely intelligent in order to function in their natural habitat.

Respect the animals with whom we share this world, respect their right to life, to live it as nature intended. Animals are not an adjunct to humans, they are not here to satisfy our desires but they like us exist for their own reasons. As far as possible harm no living being.


Related Links

Animal Sentience Stories:


Let Fish Live

Sheep abuse UK: PETA Investigation, Take the Pledge to Not Wear Wool

A disturbing PETA Asia eyewitness investigation of the wool industry in the UK shows workers beating, stamping on, kicking, mutilating, and throwing around sheep.

Please read the following information from PETA ,watch the video and share widely. Warning video contains graphic content showing animal cruelty which some people will find upsetting. Frankly if you don’t, you don’t have a heart.

“Wool is cruelly derived, no matter where it comes from.

Abuse on Australian wool farms is well documented. Now, a disturbing PETA Asia eyewitness investigation of the UK wool industry shows workers beating, stamping on, kicking, mutilating, and throwing around sheep there, too.

In PETA Asia’s investigation, an eyewitness saw cruelty in every one of the 25 English shearing sheds visited. Workers stood on the necks of panicked sheep and violently punched these gentle animals in the face and beat and jabbed them in the head with clippers.

Gaping wounds were sewed up without pain relief.

A farmer dragged two sheep who were unable to walk into a shed and left them without veterinary care. They eventually died. Several more died of a condition that a farmer called a “heart attack” during shearing.

PETA has already exposed rampant cruelty in shearing sheds in Australia, the US, and South America. PETA Asia’s investigation shows that the cruelty is global.”

Sheep in the UK Beaten, Stamped on, Cut, and Killed for Wool

Warning this video is extremely disturbing.  I could not watch it more than a few seconds. If you view on You Tube you will need to sign in the prove your age.

Please share PETA Asia’s investigation with your friends and family and let everyone know how sheep suffer for wool.

Take Action

If you wear wool please sign the pledge at the end of the web page above to stop doing so. By wearing wool you are complicit, as of course this perpetuates this awful cruelty to these gentle animals. Sheep are highly intelligent creatures, they are sentient beings and they suffer from abuse and cruelty as you would yourself.

More information:

Violent attacks on sheep have been condemned by the wool industry but they’re part of a pattern of abuse

On 22 August, Channel 4 News aired undercover footage recorded by animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia. The undercover investigation captured violent assaults on sheep bred for the British wool industry.

Read More includes suggested actions:

Read about the intelligence of sheep

It’s not very often that sheep are recognised for the intelligent creatures they are.

The following article from care two sets out ten fascinating facts about sheep which most people do not know and shows you just how intelligent they are.

Read more about sentience in sheep:

Sentient Sheep:

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.

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

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:

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


Modern Slavery: Animal Slavery

This is the third and final article in the series about modern slavery, here are the previous two posts

End Modern Slavery      Modern Day Slavery: Wage Slaves

“One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them.”
Martin Luther King, Jr

‘The reasons for legal intervention in favour of children apply not less strongly to the case of those unfortunate slaves and victims of the most brutal part of mankind – the animals.’ (In discussing the need for child labor laws)
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) (British philosopher, a founder of utilitarianism)

If you don’t have time to read the article below please at least take the following action to help elephants

BREAKING: Handler Seen Hitting Elephant’s Head 15 Times

When reading the article below consider the above petition which is an obvious example of animal slavery which is on-going right now.

Can animals be considered the victims of modern day slavery.

Here is a definition of slavery:

From the English Oxford Living Dictionaries: “Slave (especially in the past) a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey “

Note the “especially in the past” phrase in brackets which is in fact not true as “There Are More Slaves Today Than at Any Time in Human History   – 27 million to be exact. Yes the word slave brings to mind the exploitation of the past but slavery was never abolished as many people think.

The number of humans enslaved in the modern world is perhaps beyond our ability to comprehend. Likewise with animals, no doubt the numbers have increased, though there are no statistics it is a forgone conclusion as the rise in population would be accompanied of course by an increase in the use of animals for labour, entertainment and other exploitation.

“When I look at animals held captive by circuses, I think of slavery. Animals in circuses represent the domination and oppression we have fought against for so long. They wear the same chains and shackles.”
Dick Gregory

In the video below Activist Robbyne Kaamil reveals how the atrocities of slavery still exist today in the form of animal captivity.

It is suggested by many that there is no comparison, but consider for example the elephant in chains who provides rides in places like Thailand or who is forced to labour such as logging or the elephant consigned to spend all the days of his life until too old to perform in a circus, such as this poor baby being trained/tortured to perform. He has no choice does he, he would rather spend his days within his family group wandering the plains of Africa or Asian jungles not forced to perform silly ticks.

Elephants used in these ways fulfill the definition of slavery, in the example below this baby elephant is the legal property of the circus and is made to obey, in this case by means of so called training. He is not free to live his life according to his nature, his needs, his wants.

Consider also the animals used in warfare including the elephant who was exploited for war from 1100 years BC right up until World War II  when Japanese troops used elephants to cross the rugged terrain of Burma. We are all familiar with Hannibal’scrossing of the Alps in 218 BC with an estimated 40 elephants, one of the most celebrated achievements of any military force in ancient warfare.  In more recent times a number of animals were and are used in warfare including dolphins, when in 1967 the US Navy Marine Mammal Program developed a major project. The program, which is still ongoing, began training dolphins for mine-hunting and force-protection.  In addition dogs and even pigs have been used in our insane violent confrontations. In ancient times pigs where used to frighten War elephants who were reportedly terrified of the squealing and charging of pigs, so both the Romans and Alexander the Great made use of them in campaigns against enemies that fielded elephants.  

Read more about the animals used in warfare, including cats, bears, even bats “Developed by the US for use against Japan during World War II, the bat bomb was literally that. Each bomb would contain 26 trays that each held 40 hibernating bats. Each bat was meant to be outfitted with an individual incendiary device that was set to detonate after a specified amount of time.”

Did these animals have any real choice in the matter? All where property of humans, like human slaves, animals are bought and sold, all are forced to obey, all are slaves.

Surely animals imprisoned in factory farms exploited for their meat, skin and commodities such as milk and eggs are slaves, owned and exploited against their will with no say in the matter.

Look at these cows tethered in some shed in a factory farm, they are not able to roam freely in the sunshine, not able to live their lives has nature intended. Thinking feeling sentient beings, these animals suffer pain and fear, with keen maternal instinct like any animal including humans, they cry when their babies are taken from them.


Consider pigs in farrowing crates not able to move let alone stand, not able to interact with their babies. Highly intelligent creatures who go insane, trapped and imprisoned, surely these beings are slaves.

Look at this hideous contraption what kind of inhumane person devised such awful confinement, imprisoning sentient highly intelligent  beings – is this not slavery at its worse incorporating hideous abuse.

Here is the petition concerning this cruelty:

Is this animal free?

Source of photo:

Animals imprisoned and tortured (vivisection) are not only abused they are enslaved against their will and the misery of slavery is here again compounded by violent abuse by humans usually in the cause of profit.

You cannot say that a lab animal tortured everyday is not a slave, used and abused for the needs of humans, his life taken from him.

Are not these animals enslaved:

Doesn’t this cattle auction remind you of the slavery of humans in times past

Pets as Slaves?

According to two Rutgers University professors it could even be considered that pets are animal slaves.

Rutgers law professors say pets are ‘animal slaves,’ argue domestication is form of torture

“Despite living with six rescue dogs, professors Gary Francione and Anna Charlton describe their pets as “non-human refugees,” according to an article they published on this month.

“Although we love them very much, we strongly believe that they should not have existed in the first place,” the couple wrote. “We oppose domestication and pet ownership because these violate the fundamental rights of animals.

“When we talk about animal rights, we are talking primarily about one right: the right not to be property,” they continued. “We all reject human chattel slavery. That is not to say that it doesn’t still exist. It does. But no one defends it.”

The professors argued that the way animals for food are treated would be considered torture if people endured the same treatment.”

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If an animal is considered someones property and their freedom and their life is taken from them against their will for the purpose of using them to produce such  products as meat, milk, eggs, wool or fur, it fits the definition of slavery.  Their enforced confinement and the exploitation of their lives and premature deaths is surely not of their choosing. An animal is enslaved when he or she is at the mercy of experimenters, his life is not his own, its obvious right. Also animals trained for military purposes or law enforcement often hailed as hero’s yet often killed rather than retired.  Yet despite the obvious comparisons it is by no means easy to get people to consider this treatment of helpless unwilling animals seriously for what it is, namely slavery.

Even less acceptable to many is the consideration of a much loved pet as an enslaved animal, but your companion, be he a cat, dog or rabbit  does not live a natural life, his will over ridden by human need, often confined even if it is for his own good – after all your pet rabbit or even your dog would soon come to grief if allowed to roam at will. Most certainly a bird in a cage, a fish or reptile in a tank is imprisoned and lives an even less satisfactory life than your cat or dog. This is a difficult area for most of us and it is now not possible to simply liberate pets but at the least effort should be made not to increase the problem. Do not buy from pet shops or breeders, instead buying from shelters rescued unwanted animals.  However no matter what we call this whether it’s rescue or sanctuary it is still a form of slavery – think about it your dog cannot even relieve himself until you his owner takes him for a walk. We prefer to ourselves as guardians rather than owners but in reality it is simply a play on words. I like to think I gave the best life I could to my three rabbits – see I automatically referred to them as my rabbits – but in reality they had little free will. I recall my rabbit Sooty sitting by the gate peering underneath, she knew there was more out there and she wanted her freedom. But we have to live in the real world and this is not an easy problem to rectify, as I say domestic animals can’t be liberated, but there are many abandoned animals who need good homes and we need to allow them as natural a life as is possible.

Some animal rights proponents believe that humans do not have the right to own or consider animals as property under any circumstance including as pets. Ideally many animal rights advocates would like an end to our keeping animals as pets. However in the main animal rights supporters consider that sharing our lives with our pets/companion animals is an entrenched and established practice at the present time and do not advocate the releasing of pets into the wild, but advise against certain companion animals, such as caged animals and recommend that dogs and cats be given as natural a life as is possible and are acquired from a pound or shelter rather than from a puppy mill or pet shop.

Here is PETA’s position on the matter:

I conclude with another quote from Gary Francione and Anna Charlton

In a just world

“there would be no pets at all, no fields full of sheep, and no barns full of pigs, cows and egg-laying hens. There would be no aquaria and no zoos.”

“If animals matter morally, we must recalibrate all aspects of our relationship with them. The issue we must confront is not whether our exploitation of them is ‘humane’ — with all of the concomitant tinkering with the practices of animal-use industries — but rather whether we can justify using them at all,”

A controversial subject maybe and many people object to the comparison. In my opinion there are many similarities between human and animal slavery and why anyone should feel that such a comparison demeans the atrocities of enslaving human beings I cannot imagine as animals suffer in much the same way we do. An injustice such as the deprivation of life and liberty is a crime regardless of the species, intellect, gender or any other consideration. Animals like us experience pain and fear, they like us wish to live and just like us they desire their freedom. No creature should be deprived of their life under any circumstances. There are some differences as of course billions of human slaves were not slaughtered as animals are , yet for all intents and purposes millions of people lost their lives, lost the right to live as they so pleased – estimates vary from a few million to 100,000,000 people taken by European slave traders from Africa alone. 

Whether or not our use of animals amounts to slavery the fact remains causing suffering, pain and death to any sentient being is wrong in any civilized society regardless of species or any other consideration. Life is precious to all animals, human and nonhuman.

Albert Schweitzer once said:

“True philosophy must start from the most immediate and comprehensive fact of consciousness, and this may be formulated as follows: ‘I am life which wills to live, and I exist in the midst of life which wills to live’ ”

“Just as in my own will-to-live there is a yearning for more life, and for that mysterious exaltation of the will-to-live which is called pleasure, and terror in face of annihilation and that injury to the will-to-live which is called pain; so the same obtains in all the will-to-live around me, equally whether it can express itself to my comprehension or whether it remains unvoiced.

Ethics thus consists in this, that I experience the necessity of practising the same reverence for life toward all will-to-live, as toward my own. Therein I have already the needed fundamental principle of morality. It is good to maintain and cherish life; it is evil to destroy and to check life.

A man is really ethical only when he obeys the constraint laid on him to help all life which he is able to succour, and when he goes out of his way to avoid injuring anything living.”

The Ethic of Reverence for Life
by Albert Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer developed a philosophy which he called a “Reverence for Life”, for which he received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize. Basically Schweitzer considered that all creatures possess what he called “a will to live ” for which we should empathize, and that this will to live should be respected in all animals without exception, and a person wishing to live in accordance with such an ethic should avoid whenever possible harming another creature. To take the life of any being human or non human whether in the literal sense or by enslavement is a grave injustice which should now no longer be a part of any modern society.

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