Day: November 3, 2018

England: 1605 – The last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions !



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Like all good plots; it begins in an English pub !


November 5th is known in the England as ‘Bonfire Night’.

Across the land, large fires are lit and firework displays take place

to commemorate an event in London from the year 1606.

Guy Fawkes is also known as “the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions

– many today would still say this is very true !

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As the English say – “remember, remember, the 5th of November – a gunpowder treason and plot; there is no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot”.


Why ? – to celebrate the ‘Gunpowder plot’ –  or ‘Guy Fawkes night’.

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in earlier centuries often called the Gunpowder Treason Plot or the Jesuit Treason, was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby.

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The plan was to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of England’s Parliament on 5 November 1605, as the prelude to a popular revolt in the Midlands during which James’s nine-year-old daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was to be installed as the Catholic head of state.

Guy Fawkes, who had 10 years of military experience fighting in the Spanish Netherlands in suppression of the Dutch Revolt, was given charge of the explosives.

The plot was revealed to the authorities in an anonymous letter sent to William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle, on 26 October 1605. During a search of the House of Lords at about midnight on 4 November 1605, Fawkes was discovered guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder—enough to reduce the House of Lords to rubble—and arrested. Most of the conspirators fled from London as they learned of the plot’s discovery, trying to enlist support along the way. Several made a stand against the pursuing Sheriff of Worcester and his men at Holbeche House; in the ensuing battle Catesby was one of those shot and killed. At their trial on 27 January 1606, eight of the survivors, including Fawkes, were convicted and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.


A gruesome death

To be hanged, drawn and quartered was from 1351 a statutory penalty in England for men convicted of high treason, although the ritual was first recorded during the reigns of King Henry III (1216–1272) and his successor, Edward I (1272–1307).

Convicts were fastened to a hurdle, or wooden panel, and drawn by horse to the place of execution, where they were hanged (almost to the point of death),emasculateddisembowelledbeheaded and quartered (chopped into four pieces). Their remains were often displayed in prominent places across the country, such asLondon Bridge. For reasons of public decency, women convicted of high treason were instead burned at the stake.


WAV Comment – many people were behind the views of Guy Fawkes and the other conspirators – he was an explosives expert for his time.  His actions were betrayed by a letter sent in secret. There is a saying in England today – “Come back Guy Fawkes; all is forgiven !”. 

With the political system as it is now, many feel the need for a major overhaul of the system.

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See the BBC video and more at

Enjoy this track from Siouxsie –  not related to 5th November but great anyway –

Link – the Gunpowder plot society –    – lots on Guy Fawkes and more.


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The Guy Fawkes Mask is often worn today in animal rights campaigns across the world.

Why ? – a symbol of rejection of existing government legislation probably.


USA: “Nosey’s Law” to Ban Wild Animals in the Circus Passes NJ Assembly!



“Nosey’s Law” to Ban Wild Animals in the Circus Passes NJ Assembly!

“Nosey’s Law” to Ban Wild Animals in the Circus Passes NJ Assembly!

Image Credit: The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

The New Jersey Assembly approved “Nosey’s Law” by a landslide 71-3 vote this week. If the bill is approved by Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey will become the first state in the US to ban the use of all exotic animals in traveling acts.

Sponsored by Assemblymen Raj Mukerji, Andrew Zwicker and Jamel Holley, “Nosey’s Law” was named in honor of an elephant named Nosey who spent decades chained up, abused, sick and suffering as she traveled around the US in the name of entertainment.

Thanks to a 14-year battle by animal activists, Nosey is now enjoying life in a sanctuary, after undeniable evidence was produced showing her abuse and neglect at the hands of her “guardian” — including a number of painful, chronic infections, crippling arthritis, skin problems and more.

While Nosey’s heartbreaking story was the inspiration for this bill, the sponsors want to ensure that all exotic animals — not just elephants — are protected from lives of suffering in captivity.

“These are wild, endangered animals, and they should be cared for according to the highest ethical standards to ensure the survival of their species,” said Mukerji. “We cannot allow ill-equipped handlers of traveling animal acts to mistreat and exploit endangered species.”

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) praised the Assembly’s decision, describing the horrific conditions that circus animals are forced to endure.

“The elephants, tigers, monkeys and other wild animals used in performances are deprived of nearly everything that is important to them,” said Cathy Liss, president of AWI. “They are confined to small cages, denied the opportunity to meet their physical and social needs, and subjected to endless hours in transit. Unlike human entertainers, exotic animals do not choose to join the circus, and should not be forced to endure these abusive conditions.”

The use of elephants in traveling shows is banned in certain areas of the US such as New York and Illinois, and there is a variety of different legislation throughout municipalities addressing the abuse of circus animals. However, very little action has been taken on a wider scale, until now.

“Increasingly, the tide of public opinion is turning against the archaic and outdated practice of using exotic animals in circuses,” said Liss. “New Jersey has the opportunity to establish itself as a leader on this issue, and set a strong example for other states to follow. We urge Governor Murphy to take the last step needed to put New Jersey in the forefront of efforts to end the abuse of exotic animals in traveling shows.”

And On The Theme of Animals Rescuing Others – Pigs Return Stranded Fish To The Water.

When this family of pigs noticed a fish stranded on the shoreline, they sprung into action and worked together to return the animal back to the water.

Although it seems surprising that the pigs somehow knew exactly what to do to help the fish, it probably comes as no shock to the animals’ biggest fans. Pigs are highly intelligent and social beings and have reportedly saved countless humans and other animals from danger, including fires, drowning, and intruders. They’re also known for their compassion – when a pig notices another creature suffering, it tends to start exhibiting signs of distress. It’s no wonder, then, that they’re also quick to step in and help any way they can!

This video is just one example of these amazing animals engaging in a heroic act.

England: Freedom For Animals (Formerly CAPS) – Read Latest Newsletter Here.


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Release Winter 2018:

Dear Mark,

I love writing your Release newsletter. It always delights me when I see the fantastic progress you are making for animals. 

From the Welsh Government announcing it will ban wild animal circuses; to SEA LIFE finally bowing to pressure and retiring the beluga whales to a sanctuary… you have made all of this possible!  


Read Release here:


It has been over six months since we changed the name and look of our organisation from ‘Captive Animals’ Protection Society to ‘Freedom for Animals’. And I hope you can see that we are still fighting for animals and still making a difference in the same way. 

Making a difference for animals like Little White and Little Grey, the beluga whales who now, thanks to you, will no longer be exploited in cruel shows and will instead make it back to the ocean where they belong.

Wow! A huge, multinational company has bowed to pressure from YOU and other animal advocates. This doesn’t happen every day! 

With your help, we launched our Shine a Light campaign this year. To be able to tell the complex and always sad stories of the animals we are all fighting to free.

And I am delighted to say that it is starting to make a difference. We have been out at events with the campaign cards and have found that people are really touched by the stories as they start to see the suffering behind these industries.

Finally I am excited to share a brand new way that you can help animals: by becoming a Freedom Champion! By setting up a monthly gift to animals, you can ensure we can plan ahead and always be there for animals in the future.


So, check out your copy of Release. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Thank you again.


Best wishes,

Nicola O’Brien

Campaigns Director

P.S. Thank you so much for another fantastic few months of action for animals.

Your actions are seeing results that the animals so desperately need.