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

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

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

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

For the majority of decent caring people this is shocking.

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

Take Action

Petition

Please sign and share the following petition.

Keep the Ban on Hunting Hibernating Bear & Wolf Families!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Links

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please Sign a Petition to Stop the Slaughter of Mountain Hares

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Pleases sign and share the following petition from One Kind

“We care for the mountain hare and call on the Scottish Parliament to urgently introduce greater protection for this iconic species that is native to Scotland.”

Stop the Mountain Hare slaughter

Click the link below for more information and to sign the petition:

http://onekind.scot/campaigns/stop_the_mountain_hare_cull  Please Share

These amazing creatures are being mercilessly slaughtered so that there are more red grouse for the wealthy to shoot come grouse shooting season. While the shooting of these tiny birds is an atrocity in its own right that should no longer be allowed or condoned in any ethical society, it is compounded by the killing of other creatures who may interfere with the numbers of grouse available, for instance, it is feared that hares spread a disease which kills the grouse. Hares are also shot even in the Cairngorms National Park by hunting parties simply for the sadistic thrill of killing a defenceless wild animal. As a result of this barbarity as many as 24,529 hares were killed in Scotland between March 2006 and February 2007. The mentality of such people I have to add is beyond my comprehension.

These animals have a right to their lives as do the grouse as do all animals with whom we share this world. When are we going to stop the wanton killing of defenceless animals. Most of us don’t want this to happen Most people so not know that it happens. So please share this information widely.

 

 

The Immorality of Grouse Shooting

Again another delayed article, but a reminder of the atrocity of grouse shooting season is something which can be discussed and fought against any time. Firstly apologies for the awful formatting. Not my fault, I have tried for some considerable time to sort it out and it seems that this all too common wordpress glitch will not resolve.

When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.
Marv Levy
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At the beginning of August my husband and I were in the Yorkshire Dales which is very beautiful at this time of year as the hills are covered with purple heather. All very tranquil except for the sound of gunfire.
The problem is that about the same time of year the four-month long shooting season begins where a small minority of very wealthy people go out onto the moors to shoot grouse. Grouse are tiny birds like the one below who has been shot down from the sky for no other reason than sadistic pleasure. These birds are  bread on the moors for this purpose – more about this later. During August to December they are shot in their thousands, in  2012, 700,000 red grouse were killed during the season,  as day after day shooters use them as live targets.

The Yorkshire Dales of course is not the only locality that provides this obscene form of pleasure to the elite minority, other locations include the Durham Dales, the Yorkshire Moors, Exmoor, in fact any area that has heather moorland.  Throughout the UK since the mid 1800s many areas of heather have been carefully managed to provide grouse for shooting.

 

Indeed there is a dark side to the breathtaking splendor of the heather covered hillsides that so many of us admire and that is, the… heather-rich environment is created because the grouse thrive on young heather shoots. To create fresh young shoots, the heather is burned, which can harm wildlife and damage the environment.

My family and I have enjoyed this breathtaking scenery for many years without knowing the disturbing reasons for its existence.

 

A return trip to the dales in late September and the situation was even worse with three shooting parties in close proximity.

 

The three shooting parties where in short distance from one another and many many birds who were once enjoying the beautiful windy day were shot from the sky for the pleasure of these over privileged psychopaths. I did tell one group what I thought of them along the lines of “you murdering bastards, cowards shooting tiny defenceless birds”. Yes I know I often say that verbal abuse does little good but…well… I get angry, so angry.  It is depressing, and frustrating knowing that there is nothing I could do to stop this as this country (UK) allows the annual barbaric slaughter of these innocent helpless birds. It’s all about money and abhorrent pleasure, shooting parties are charged as much as £10,000 per trip just to shoot these tiny birds. Like many of the awful things that happen in the world it is I fear the acquisition of wealth for the minority that perpetuates this atrocity.  Vast acres of this beautiful landscape are managed in order to accommodate this barbaric pleasure. Notices displayed all over the hills at the commencement of footpaths tell people not to disturb ground nesting birds or in the case of the notice below not to allow dogs except on public footpaths. No not for the welfare of the birds but so that there are more birds for these wicked people to kill every year.

 

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The Yorkshire dales is a popular place for hikers, people like to walk in the hills, myself included, and it is awful to suddenly come across these shooting parties. This aspect of grouse shooting is rarely considered.

The locals accept this blatant cruelty as a way of life, just the way things are and even make light of it. In a local tea room a notice says something a long the lines of: ” It is grouse season, be careful to duck!  Relax with a nice soothing cup of tea.

 

This day in September was a glorious day with sun wind and even a little rain with rainbows but all this was spoiled by the sound of gunfire.

The Yorkshire Dales is a peaceful place and very scenic until you become aware of the awful things that take place there to animals. The shooting season lasts from August 12th until mid December, so for four months of the year these helpless birds are shot down from the skies, walkers and other visitors to the dales are more than likely to meet up with a shooting party and even if you just drive through, stop for a picnic or admire the view you are likely to be confronted by the sound of gun fire and see men – well it is still mostly men- approaching carrying dead grouse.

I loath this time of year in the dales, when you can hear gun shots you know that birds are being killed for no reason other than the perverted pleasure of the over privileged.

Why, why do we allow this barbaric practice to continue. It is a fact the majority of the population oppose grouse shooting, yet it remains.

There has been a recent petition concerning grouse shooting  which gained 125,76 signatures, the number required to force a debate in parliament:
Ban driven grouse shooting

Grouse shooting for ‘sport’ depends on intensive habitat management which increases flood risk and greenhouse gas emissions, relies on killing Foxes, Stoats, Mountain Hares etc in large numbers and often leads to the deliberate illegal killing of protected birds of prey including Hen Harriers.

Driven grouse shooting uses animals for live target practice, with thousands killed every day. Native predators are killed because they eat Red Grouse. Mountain Hares are killed because they carry ticks that can spread diseases to grouse. Heather is burned to increase Red Grouse numbers for shooting. Grouse shooting is economically, ecologically and socially unnecessary. This is ‘canned hunting’.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/125003  This petition is now closed

The above petition by Scientist Dr Mark Avery supported by the League against Cruel Sport and wildlife TV presenter Chris Packham aimed to bring an end to this barbarity.

Prior to the debate a committee met on October 18th to consider evidence, the Committee wanted the House of Commons to have the chance to hear evidence on this issue. This is supposed to inform MPs taking part in the House of Commons debate.
Signatories of petitions were invited to share their expertise on the subject.
In particular, the Committee welcomed contributions on the following points:-
“Should the law on grouse shooting be changed? If so, how?
– What effect does grouse shooting have on wildlife and the environment?
– What role does grouse shooting play in rural life, especially the rural
economy?”
You can read more about the committee meeting and debate by clicking this link
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/125003  and go to the heading: Other parliamentary business
You can read Mark Avery’s written evidence and also the evidence of the RSPB, Countryside Alliance and
Moorland Association
The debate took place on October 31st.
You can watch this online :
I am sure that it will come as no surprise that the government rejected the petition’s call for a grouse shooting ban. Sadly we remain an uncivilised country that allows its citizens to wantonly take the lives of members of another species for pleasure and profit and simply because they can. The progress it seems towards a more ethical society has taken another step backwards, a sad day for all who worked tirelessly, all who signed the petition and a sad day also for the grouse who are shot out of the sky as living targets in a barbaric so-called sport that should now be consigned to history.
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow-creatures is amusing in itself.
James Anthony
The issue of morality

In addition to the sound arguments against grouse shooting –  such as the intensive habitat management required, which is responsible for damaging protected wildlife sites, increased water pollution, flood risk and greenhouse gas emissions – there is an even more important consideration: morality. Yet there is no mention included in the points of evidence to be considered of the ethics of killing thousands of living beings simply to fulfill some perverted pass-time of the well shod.

It is surely deeply immoral to use live animals as targets, yet morality is rarely considered in any debate concerning grouse shooting or pheasant shooting which commenced in October.

Yes I of course realise that nothing would change on the basis of morality as a stand alone argument, the rights and wrongs of killing another living being for the purpose of pleasure would sadly not alone hold any weight in such a debate, yet this issue is surely one of the most important.

Concerning the Countryside Allowances’ now familiar argument

  • For many upland communities, grouse shooting plays a pivotal role in the local economy, providing a valuable source of jobs and income for local businesses. It also underpins the social life of these communities and helps to tackle rural isolation.
The same could surely be said of just about any of the grave social injustices both past and present and the ongoing exploitation of most of the species on the planet including our own that the continuation of these abuses are important to local economies, employment and social life. I am particularly amused by the rural isolation argument which is just so ludicrous as there are few places here in the UK which are really that isolated and even if they were the influx of a relatively small number of people for three months each year would have little impact and in my opinion does not justify the slaughter of thousands of birds.
Here is more information.
Below is an account of a driven grouse shooting moor in the UK

The chilly air chaps your cheeks as your boots rustle through the heather – and when you reach the top of the hill, you can see for miles.

Stretched out all around you is moorland. Open, treeless, with not a house or farm in sight.

It looks and feels wild, so you should expect to be able to see plenty of wildlife . But there is nothing, it’s silent and still, it’s eerie.

Then you pass a log lying over a little stream. On it, inside a metal cage, is a trap and in its jaws are the smashed and tangled remains of a stoat, its eyes squeezed from their sockets, its mouth locked open in a grimace of terminal pain.

Before that, you had stood holding your nose at the side of a gamekeeper’s “stink pit”, gazing in disbelief at the rotting bodies of foxes , crows, magpies, all mouldering in a vile mess of feathers, fur and flesh and bone.

And then through your binoculars, you spot something. It’s a bird, flapping furiously, battering itself against a post. It is hanging with its feet clamped in a trap.

When you get closer, you can see its bent and bloody legs, its long black-tipped grey wings and its frayed tail. It is a male hen harrier and it has been caught in a pole trap. It will die a long, painful death.

All this so the birds of prey and natural predators won’t harm grouse – birds that have been bred and reared to be shot for pleasure.

Continue reading:
Ban grouse shooting – it’s cruel, harms the environment and we’re all paying for it
More Grouse Shooting Facts
“100,000 birds killed every day during the shooting season, the senseless massacre of wildlife on a massive scale, dubious financial claims and significant animal welfare abuses – our new report – “The Case Against Bird Shooting” – exposes the true nature of commercial shooting. This is Britain’s canned hunting industry.”
The true face of Driven Grouse shooting

“Intensive grouse shooting depends on wildlife crime – protected raptors have to be killed in order for the big ‘bags’ of Red Grouse to be possible. Even if a particular grouse moor does not kill protected raptors, they will benefit if other grouse moors, near and far, do so. Intensive grouse shooting is underpinned by wildlife crime.

Continue reading:
http://markavery.info/2016/08/09/true-face-driven-grouse-shooting/

Mark Avery’s website has more links to articles about grouse shooting:
http://markavery.info/

Another immorality is that this cruel practice is subsidised by the tax payers, most of whom do not support this barbaric so-called sport. Grouse shooting is supported to the tune of 17 million pounds which is paid to landowners and farmers, people who are already wealthy and who will accrue even more wealth as a result of the business of grouse shooting.

In addition to grouse shooting being heavily subsidised by the tax payer, it involves wildlife crime as already mentioned as the grouse’s natural predators including protected species such as peregrine falcons, golden eagles, red kites and hen harriers are killed to maintain the vast numbers of grouse required for shooting.  In England, the hen harrier remains critically endangered and on the verge of extinction as a result of persecution on grouse moors  Also the following animals are killed in large numbers: mountain hares, weasels, stoats, magpies, crows, foxes, badgers, rats, even squirrels and many more. As discussed earlier the land is intensively managed by burning and draining to create a monoculture of the heather the birds eat. This releases the carbon in the soil, pollutes rivers and helps to flood the towns downstream.
 …grouse moors are subsidised by us. At the height of his austerity programme, as essential public services were cut to the bone, David Cameron’s government raised the subsidy for grouse moors by 84%, to £56 per hectare. Some owners now harvest hundreds of thousands of pounds of our money every year. Cameron also tried to close the national wildlife crime unit, which would have pleased his friends no end. It was saved only by a public outcry.

“But through the efforts of wildlife campaigners (like Packham and the RSPB) and people whose homes have been flooded downstream, the grouse industry is now being called to account”

Continue reading
The grouse shooters aim to kill: the first casualty is the truth
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/16/grouse-shooters-kill-first-casualty-is-truth-astroturfing-botham-rspb-packham  This article discusses less obvious concerns of Astroturfing and the threat of such to democracy

Watch the real Price of Grouse: Subsidies

While 17 million is spent on subsidises for the rich to indulge their cruel sport councils throughout the country face as much as a 40 per cent cut back in government funding . As a consequence vital services such as lollipop men and women are cut with the result of a loss of their jobs and children are consequently put at risk as a result.

As a result of government funding cuts  Newcastle council are considering axing school crossing patrols.

Getting rid of the 53 lollipop men and women would save more than £200,000.

Other areas of the Labour-run authority also face big cuts, including £4m from children’s services, and more than £11m from adult social care, as well as the city’s community and information hubs.

Social care cuts take English service to tipping point, regulator warns

Read More:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-37550447

Newcastle is of course not the only council affected by government cuts which forces them to make cut backs to vital public services. While millions of the tax payer money is spent subsidising the “sport of kings “(grouse shooting) our services are cut. Grouse shooting is referred to as the “sport of kings” as it is only the wealthy elite who can afford to participate. Yet this is subsidised at the expense of poor people.

Cut backs are also affecting the NHS

Schools also suffer as a result of cuts by the government

£3billion cash crisis in schools as funding to be cut by more than £1,000 per pupil
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/3billion-cash-crisis-schools-funding-9629493

Most of the land in the Yorkshire Dales is managed to encourage the numbers of grouse to increase, this is many many acres of land. The following blog provides a good assessment as to what goes on behind the scenic facade that people enjoy all the year round, including hunting, shooting and sheep farming,

A vegan’s observations in the Yorkshire Dales
http://theveganpunk.com/vegan-observations-in-reeth-arkengarthdale-swaledale-the-yorkshire-dales/

 

The UK can never claim to be a civilised country while it allows people to use live animals as target practice. I had hoped that this debate would bring us closer to a more modern nation which respects the lives of the other beings who inhabit our beautiful countryside.

Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight. And after I’ve finished “shooting,” my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy. I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans.
Jimmy Stewart
Related Link
Grouse shooting estates shored up by millions in subsidies
Common agricultural policy money given to estates in England, including one owned by the Duke of Westminster,  the richest landowner in Britain with land holdings estimated to be worth £9bn
 
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/28/grouse-shooting-estates-shored-up-by-millions-in-subsidies  This article reveals who gets the subsidies and where grouse shooting takes place.

Ban the Vile “Sport” of Hunting Worldwide

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow-creatures is amusing in itself.
James Anthony Froude

While researching videos for this blog I stumbled upon the shocking video below of the slaughter of wild hog referred to as hunting.

Warning: This video contains images of the shooting of wild hog that many people will find upsetting – if you don’t please ask yourself why not?

This is a difficult and shocking video to watch for many people including myself. You do not need to watch more than a few moments to get the gist of what is happening. I could not complete watching this video, it was just too painful. It is absolutely appalling that modern nations allow such barbarity.

Though Google translator is of course not accurate and leaves much to be desired it is obvious that most of the comments are sickening also.

Someone questions why the commenter who complained was watching in the first place. Maybe because You Tube now introduce a continuous stream of videos after the one you have selected,  and if you don’t happen to cancel and leave your computer for a while you may well find you return to some really shocking footage, often only vaguely related if at all to the video you originally choose.

It shocks me in the extreme that there are those among us who get pleasure from the murder of helpless and defenceless animals and moreover such people have no shame or conscience and delight in showing off their cruelty and that You Tube are happy to allow such scenes of wanton animal abuse to be accessed from their website. Furthermore it is shocking that in the modern world that there is no single country that outlaws entirely the hunting and killing of the other species with whom we share this world in the name of “Sport”.

Here in the UK the hunting season for many animals is in full swing with grouse shooting commencing on August 12th and pheasant shooting on October 1st… and of course many creatures such as rabbits can be killed at any time. Millions of lives lost to satisfy the perverted and sickening pleasure of a minority, though if you noticed the number of viewers of the above video, which is over 4 million, it does seem that it is more than just a few who at least enjoy vicariously the “thrill” of the hunt by watching these vile videos.

Not only do countries the world over refuse to ban all forms of hunting many politicians such as here in the UK desperately try to overturn laws that prohibit certain types of hunting, most notably  fox-hunting. It took eighty years to get this evil “sport” banned yet Cameron and many of his ilk desperately continue their quest to get this barbarous form of hunting reinstated.

We will never have a peaceful world while we allow others to kill non human animals. The killing of other creatures is a desensitizing process taking those so inclined closer to taking the life of a human being, not to imply that a non human animal’s life is less valuable. Quite the contrary, to my way of thinking all life is of value, the life of any animal is important to that animal as our lives are important to us, and that includes insects and other tiny creatures. To wantonly kill any animal for sheer pleasure is barbaric and should have no place in modern societies.

Time to end hunting, all hunting. It is not about taking away freedom, it about what is right. No one should be free to harm anyone else whether the victim is a human or a non human animal. Consider the following quotation from Peter Singer, an Australian moral philosopher most well known for his book Animal Liberation.

“In an earlier stage of our development most human groups held to a tribal ethic. Members of the tribe were protected, but people of other tribes could be robbed or killed as one pleased. Gradually the circle of protection expanded, but as recently as 150 years ago we did not include blacks. So African human beings could be captured, shipped to America and sold. In Australia white settlers regarded Aborigines as a pest and hunted them down, much as kangaroos are hunted down today. Just as we have progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress beyond the speciesist ethic of the era of factory farming, of the use of animals as mere research tools, of whaling, seal hunting, kangaroo slaughter and the destruction of wilderness. We must take the final step in expanding the circle of ethics.” 
Peter Singer

When will we ever take this final step. It does though sadly have to be said that it is uncertain that we “… have entirely progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism..” though significant improvement has been achieved. Nonetheless racism continues to blight our moral progress.

Concerning the final step, speciesism ,the banning of hunting worldwide would be significant progress.

There appears to be no international organisation whose goal is to ban all forms of hunting outright worldwide. Here in the UK the League Against Cruel Sports is dedicated to getting rid of hunting here in the UK and also targets campaigns worldwide.

Why not click the link below and see how you can help

The League is a charity that brings together people who want to stop cruelty to animals in the name of sport.

Established in 1924, we successfully use lawful investigations, campaigning and lobbying to make a difference in the UK and around the world.

http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/hunting-with-dogs?gclid=CObjk-e1o8gCFcN92wodNHkMHA

“There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.”
Isaac Bashevis Singer

End The Cruelty of Pheasant Shooting.

“When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.
Marv Levy

No matter where you go here in the UK or anywhere else for that matter you can never escape the reality of just how morally backward we are or at least our governments are.

To add to the appalling suffering of our own species as a result of the actions of the minority is the unremitting deliberate suffering inflicted on helpless animals in the name of “sport”.

Look at the photo below which was taken by myself during a recent family day out to the Lake District, a place we occasionally visit in an attempt to appreciate the beautiful landscape and the hope of finding a little peace and tranquillity.

Intensively reared phesant realised to be targets for the perverted pleasure of hunting and shooting 2015

While travelling along one of the winding roads leading to Derwent Water we were amazed to see thousands of pheasants in the woodland, in fields and all over the road. Speeding motorists had run over some and still more came heading from the woodlands in the direction of a large field towards the sound of a tractor and a beating sound rather like that of a drum. Some were running frantically here and there flying in short spates. All of this terrorized sheep grazing in the field who bleated and ran to… well there was no where for the poor creatures to run. Yes sheep are used to birds of course and you often see black birds sitting on their backs while the sheep sit chewing the cud or sleeping quite undeterred. Yet this huge flocking of thousands of pheasants sent the sheep into quite a frenzy of frantic bleating. In a wood right at the far end was a tractor from which a man was throwing what I assume was seed into the field and this is what the birds were after.

It took a while to realise that what we were seeing were pheasants who had been deliberately and intensively reared in order for those of an aberrant way of thinking, usually the rich, to massacre these defenceless creatures in their thousands beginning October 1st, which is the official pheasant shooting season.

Please watch the video below and click the link for more information from the League Against Cruel Sport. You may find some of the footage disturbing – but please try to at least listen to the information which describes the shocking cruelty inflicted on birds reared for shooting.

Gunsmoke and Mirrors – An Exposé into the Shooting Industry

“Watch the League documentary Gunsmoke and Mirrors which reveals the truth behind the shooting industry.

Despite claims that game birds are wild, natural and free range we show the reality of the intensive breeding and rearing conditions, shocking footage of the millions of other animals killed each year, many in brutal snares, to protect this precious stock for shooting. Plus, evidence of the huge amount of wastage the industry produces making it clear that this is not about food but about sport.”
League Against Cruel Sport

Shooting

“Around 50 million birds are released each year into the British countryside to be shot for sport. Around half never get within sight of a gun. They die from exposure, cannibalism, predation, traffic collision and starvation. “

Read More:
http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/shooting?gclid=CKGH6cn1_8cCFaIIwwoduBcAxg

Take Action

Shooting – What you can do

“You can support the League Against Cruel Sports in a number of ways to help save game birds:

  • Join us! Please register your support and we will keep you up-to-date with our campaigns and invite you to take action and get involved to help protect birdlife.  The more supporters we have, the more we can bring about change to improve animals’ lives.
  • Be an advocate for animals, talk to family & friends about the cruelty of shooting. Facebook and Twitter are great placed to start the conversion, so be sure to like us and retweet us whenever you can.”
  • Report incidents of shooting on public access land to the League on 01483 524 250, especially if landowners are preventing access whilst shooting is in progress.

View more suggested actions:
http://www.league.org.uk/our-campaigns/shooting/what-you-can-do-about-game-shooting – Please note the “register your support” link brings up a “Page not found”. Maybe this is a temporary glitch and it might be worth trying again later, but there are many other actions you can take to stop all cruel “Sports” here: http://www.league.org.uk/get-involved
You may also join the League Against cruel Sports here: http://www.league.org.uk/how-to-donate/join-the-league

I have to say regardless of whether the unfortunate animal is reared for this sickening pastime or simply a bird or other animal in the wild living life as nature intended the killing of any animal is unethical, cruel and in the modern world unnecessary and should be outlawed. There is no place in any modern ethically progressive society for the wanton and brutal killing of the other species with whom we share this world – at least there shouldn’t be. The life of any animal, human or non human is as important to them as our lives are to us. No creature wants to die, the struggle for survival is a powerful instinct shared by all creatures.

Pheasants of course are not the only birds to be massacred en mass, August the 12th commenced the grouse shooting season heralding four months of the lawful killing of millions of tiny defenceless birds, disturbance of the quiet of the countryside and significant detrimental alteration of and damage to the countryside to accommodate this disgusting pastime.  The sound of gun fire during a hike or stroll through the Yorkshire Dales and elsewhere is disturbing in the extreme knowing that some poor animal has died or has been wounded and may be left to die suffering for many hours. Not to forget also the obvious disturbing nature of gunshot fire with the possibility of accidents and concern for ones own safety.

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

Why do we stand by and allow such vile and barbaric pursuits by people who are of warped mentality. It is shameful that this country which boosts of being animal lovers condones by law the wanton massacre of millions of helpless animals to satisfy the perverted pleasure of these pathetic barbarians. It is scandalous that our country’s leader is himself an avid hunter who pursues the reinstatement of fox-hunting with disturbing persistence, who has previously ridden with the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire and enjoys deer stalking. That such a vile man who finds pleasure in the sickening so-called sport of hunting down a defenceless animal and watch while the poor creature is torn apart by dogs is leader of our country and makes decision that require compassion and morality is scary, frightening, disturbing and frankly horrific. It is hoped that in the future people will look back at such atrocities to the other beings with whom we share this planet as the barbarism that it is and wonder why someone who enjoyed such blatant cruelty became leader of our country and why people voted him for a second term knowing his policies on hunting and his shameful treatment of the most vulnerable in our society, namely sick and disabled people. In The Basis of Morality the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, wrote: “Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

Also

Deliberate cruelty to our defenceless and beautiful little cousins is surely one of the meanest and most detestable vices of which a human being can be guilty.
William Ralph Inge – English author, Anglican priest, professor of divinity at Cambridge, and Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Two quotes that refer to the dubious and unsavory – in my opinion down right evil – nature of a person who is cruel to animals. Cameron most certainly fits the description of such a person yet he has the power to determine not only what happens to animals but to the 64 million people who live here in the UK and indeed elsewhere.

Time to ban out right the wanton killing of wild animals, no exceptions, including the badger cull. Why should we allow the disturbed minority to murder en mass helpless animals, rampaging through our country side taking pot shots at helpless birds, rabbits, hares and just about anything that moves,  riding on horse back chasing a tiny fox, or a stalking a majestic deer. Surely it is wrong and if you are not appalled why not? There has to be something very amiss with those who participate and those who condone by their silence. We will never have a peaceful world while we allow people of this ilk to murder defenceless animals whether it is by hunting, shooting, culling or the mass killing of incarcerated animals in farms . We most certainly will never have a peaceful world, a just world while we allow such people to govern the nations of the earth.

“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.”

Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

Related Links

“REARING PHEASANTS FOR SHOOTS By Clare Druce, Director of the Farm Animal Welfare Network Every year in the UK more than 20 million pheasants are reared for ‘sport’. Does this mean that pheasant meat (or game) is the thing to choose if you want to avoid the cruelties of factory farming? Surely these birds have enjoyed free and natural lives before the moment of instant death?”

Read More
http://www.animalaid.org.uk/images/pdf/kfrp.pdf

More Action for Cecil the Lion: Help Bring Canned Hunting to an End.

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Please take the following three actions to help bring an end to canned hunting.

Send a message

Let Cecil Be the Last – Ask South Africa and Zimbabwe to Ban Canned Hunting

“Canned hunts are nothing more than pre-packaged slaughters for people with too much money and not enough heart. Call for them to be banned!

Send a quick message to the Presidents of South Africa and Zimbabwe – two of the most popular locations for trophy hunters – and ask them to stop allowing heartless foreigners to murder Africa’s wildlife for “fun”.

Please read more and send the message
http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=40914&ea.tracking.id=DEVO_Cecil&ea.url.id=439425

Petition

Support the CECIL Act; Stop Trophy Killings!

“When Cecil the lion was shot just outside his Zimbabwe refuge, there were laws in place to protect him. But where is the law that prohibits people back home in the United States from proudly exhibiting trophies of dead endangered animals?

Clearly, action is needed to prevent poaching on the supply side.”

Read more and please sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/888/734/948/

This next petition concerns the blatant profiteering from the killing of Cecil.

Demand Costumeish.com Remove Bloody Dentist Costume Holding Lion’s Head

Costumeish.com has decided to try and capitalize on Cecil’s killing by selling a “Lion Killer Dentist” costume for Halloween, complete with blood splattered shirt/gloves and a mockery of Cecil’s severed head that Walter Palmer planned on mounting on his wall.

 

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/413/832/659/demand-costumeish.com-remove-bloody-dentist-costume-holding-lions-head/

For further action please send a comment to Costumish.com
http://www.costumeish.com/pages/contact-us

This is shocking, thoughtless and inappropriate. It is irresponsible and unethical to profit from the killing of Cecil the lion. Such a costume promotes the cruel and senseless killing of wild animals, it makes a mockery of what is a serious issue and the attempts of people worldwide to bring an end to trophy hunting and poaching . I am appalled that even in this day and age where nothing seems to matter except profit that anyone would market such a costume which promotes violence to animals.

More information
Please keep up the momentum of outrage and protest. A while ago when Palmer, the Dentist who murdered Cecil, reopened his dental practice only one person came to protest.

Never Forget Cecil!

“Yesterday the Dental office of Walter Palmer, the killer of Cecil the African Lion, re-opened.

The staff  announced that they are now open and serving their patients and that the Dr. is not on the premises.

Not only is Palmer a murderer, he is a coward.

But, what worries those of us who are outraged by Palmer’s vicious deed, is that when the office re-opened yesterday, there was only ONE person there with a sign to object!

I for one, do not want any of you, or anyone else on this Planet, to forget what this Monster has done.

Please continue reading:
https://walkingwiththealligators.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/never-forget-cecil/

Costume Company Plans to PROFIT from Cecil the Lion’s Death With A Dentist Costume

“Costume retailer www.Costumeish.com is releasing a Cecil the Lion themed halloween costume of the Dentist holding onto the severed head of Cecil the Lion. This costume features a dentist robe covered in fake blood and the head of a lion that will be sold for $59.99 99.99. 
Please continue reading:
https://cecilspride.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/costume-company-plans-to-profit-from-cecil-the-lions-death-with-a-dentist-costume/

If Cecil’s Death Meant Anything To You, This is One Act You Should Not Neglect.

What it does:
HONOR: Honors Cecil’s name so he did not die in vain!
PROTECTION: Protects lions and all other endangered and threatened species from being mere trophies for trophy hunters by making trophies harder to import into USA!
REMEMBRANCE: Cecil will forever be remembered
CELEBRATION: We need to pay tribute to Cecil and do everything we can to stop these atrocities against animals -roar loud and proud! The arrow that pierced Cecil wounded our hearts, but his spirit lives strong in us roaring!

USA should STOP protecting trophy hunters and START protecting endangered and threatened species!!!

Please continue reading:
https://cecilspride.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/if-cecils-death-meant-anything-to-you-this-is-one-act-you-should-not-neglect/

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

Canned hunting, or any hunting, has no place in a modern society and should not be condoned, it is cruel and barbaric. Those who seek pleasure in harming animals cannot as the above quote says be good people. There is surely something seriously aberrant about anyone who takes pleasure from the suffering of others and does so without qualm or conscience and who in the case of Palmer seems not to recognise just how wrong such an action is despite the outrage against him.

Please send the message and sign the petitions and share widely.

More quotes that show the how our treatment of other animals affects how we treat members of our own species.

“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

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

“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
Pythagoras 

 

Credits

Graphic Cecil the lion
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cecil_the_lion.jp

Thought Provoking Quote: Animals Give Me More Pleasure Through the Viewfinder of a Camera…

 

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Thought provoking Quote: Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera…
Jimmy Stewart American actor (1908-1997)

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/37177488@N06/16058546237/

Want to help bring an end to the barbarity of hunting and other cruel “sports”?

Please visit the following website:
http://www.league.org.uk/  – the  League Against Cruel Sports is the leading UK charity helping to prevent cruelty to animals associated with sports such as fox hunting, game bird shooting and wildlife crime. Website includes action you can take to help save animals from the exploitation and the cruelty of so-called “sports”  In fact as far as I am aware it is the only Charity or organisation devoted to ending the barbarity of hunting either here or else where though there a numerous websites, blogs, Facebook pages  and so on devoted to ending this absence anachronism of brutality.

Surely we can never claim to be a truly ethically advanced society while we allow those who enjoy the killing of the other species with whom we share this world the right to do so. For so-called democratic countries such as UK, USA, Australia and the countries of the EU it is surely a contradiction to allow hunting when clearly the majority oppose it. Here in the UK  for example 80 percent of people oppose the lifting of the fox hunting ban.

In the USA less than 5 percent of the population hunt yet this out dated barbarity is permitted. It’s not about taking away anyone’s freedom, it’s about doing what is right and that is allowing animals the freedom to live out their lives unmolested by humans beings who now have no reason to hunt and who do so only from the need to fulfill a perverted form of pleasure. How the hell anyone in their right mind can feel pleasure and satisfaction from taking the life of another sentient being I cannot imagine.

Please read the following:

Why Sport Hunting Is Cruel and Unnecessary

Although it was a crucial part of humans’ survival 100,000 years ago, hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation that the vast majority of hunters do not need for subsistence.(1) Hunting has contributed to the extinction of animal species all over the world, including the Tasmanian tiger and the great auk.

Read More
http://www.peta.org/issues/wildlife/wildlife-factsheets/sport-hunting-cruel-unnecessary/

Costa Rica Becomes The FIRST Nation To Ban Hunting!
After Congress unanimously voted to ban hunting in 2012, it became illegal to poach wildlife in Costa Rica.

Read More:
http://www.trueactivist.com/costa-rica-becomes-the-first-nation-to-ban-hunting/

This is a good beginning, more countries need to implement laws prohibiting hunting.

Time for a global ban on hunting, the murder of other sentient beings has no place in the modern world. Until we learn to quell the impulse for violence whether to non human or human animals there will never be a peaceful world.

More anti hunting quotations:

Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they’re in the game.
Paul Rodriguez

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
Henry David Thoreau

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.
Ellen DeGeneres

When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.
Joseph Wood Krutch

When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature [who] was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.
Marv Levy

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.
George Bernard Shaw

“Hunting and fishing involve killing animals with devices (such as guns) for which the animals have not evolved natural defenses. No animal on earth has adequate defense against a human armed with a gun, a bow and arrow, a trap that can maim, a snare that can strangle, or a fishing lure designed for the sole purpose of fooling fish into thinking they have found something to eat”
Marc Bekoff, Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect