Day: January 4, 2019

THE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS.

THE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS

 

I am the voice of the voiceless;

Through me the dumb shall speak;

Till the deaf world’s ear be made to hear

The cry of the wordless weak.

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From street, from cage, and from kennel,

From jungle and stall, the wail

Of my tortured kin proclaims the sin

Of the mighty against the frail.

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Oh, never a brute in the forest,

And never a snake in the fen,

Or ravening bird, starvation stirred,

Has hunted its prey like men.


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For hunger, and fear, and passion

Alone drive beasts to slay,

But wonderful man, the crown of the plan,

Tortures, and kills, for play.

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He goes well fed from his table;

He kisses his child and wife;

Then he haunts a wood, till he orphans a brood,

Or robs a deer of its life.


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He aims at a speck in the azure;

Winged love, that has flown at a call;

It reels down to die, and he lets it lie;

His pleasure was seeing it fall.

 

I am the voice of the voiceless;

Through me the dumb shall speak;

Till the deaf world’s ear be made to hear

The cry of the wordless weak.

 

Poems of experience. By Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

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The brutal massacre of the lobsters

 

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Maine Fair Trade Lobster—the “largest lobster processing facility in the state”—is under fire after PETA obtained an eyewitness video showing workers dismembering conscious lobsters by tearing off their claws, puncturing their shells, and ripping their heads off.

Despite being torn limb from limb, the animals often don’t immediately die. Scientists have conclusively determined that lobsters, like humans and all other animals, feel pain. But lobsters don’t enter a state of shock when injured, so they feel every moment of their slow, painful death. Disremembering fully conscious lobsters doesn’t kill them instantaneously and causes them pain and suffering, and this kind of mutilation and torture is prohibited by Maine law.

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Business as Usual

This horrific practice is evidently standard operating procedure for Maine Fair Trade Lobster and is common in the Maine lobster industry. PETA obtained video footage showing that fully conscious animals were torn apart at the now defunct Sea Hag Seafood processing plant in 2012 and again at the Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster processing plant in 2013. Some lobsters were mutilated and left to die in garbage bins.

PETA has filed a complaint with police in Gouldsboro, Maine, where Maine Fair Trade Lobster is located, and an investigation is underway.

The company is a subsidiary of East Coast Seafood Group. Please urge grocery store chains Costco and Giant Eagle to reconsider selling lobsters who were torn apart while conscious.

Please sign the petition: https://support.peta.org/page/8454/action/

My comment: The deliberate transformation of a living being into a bundle of suffering and dumb despair is a crime – what else should be a crime? The Animal Holocaust remains the most massive and longest-running murder campaign of all time. And it makes veganism the most important aspect of animal rights.

My best regards, Venus

 

 

UK: Veganuary -Kicks Off for 2019.

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It’s January and that means one thing: Veganuary! It’s time to open your new BOSH! book, take a walk down the Free From aisle and get yourself to the next Vegan Nights event.

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Don’t forget that Love Veg is here to help you, whether you’re a new vegan or a seasoned plant-based eater!

We’ll tell you all about the incredible products out there in your local supermarket and delicious food on the menu at high street restaurants, so you can navigate Veganuary like a pro. And it’s never, ever been easier. All of the major supermarkets now have their own extensive plant-based ranges that include meat and dairy product alternatives and incredible pizzas, pies and ready-meals.There really is something for everyone, no matter what your budget might be.

Next time you’re at the shops, why not pick up the ingredients for these delicious jackfruit burgers? You can buy tinned jackfruit from all of the leading supermarkets – Sainsbury’s and Tesco even sell it pre-marinated. You can find more recipes on our Love Veg website.

Best wishes

Animal Equality – London.

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About Veganuary – https://veganuary.com/about/

 

Veganuary -2019 campaign launch – https://veganuary.com/blog/veganuary-2019-campaign-launch/

 

Try Vegan this January – https://veganuary.com/

UK- Record numbers sign up for Veganuary:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/dec/31/year-of-the-vegan-record-numbers-sign-up-for-veganuary

 
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UK: If You Want A New Dog or Cat; Then Adopt From Your Local Shelter(s) – The Simple New Legislation Message From the British Government.

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Britain Bans Sale Of Puppies And Kittens In Pet Stores

Posted by Lisa Blanck | January 3, 2019

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After a whopping 95 percent of public comments voiced support for ending the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores, the British government confirmed that it will roll out the legislation in 2019. 

Anyone looking to purchase a kitten or puppy under six months old must either get one from a rescue shelter or directly from a private breeder.

From the time the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) took the first public comment to the rollout of the new law, it took just five months to get the legislation confirmed.  Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley hailed the campaign, entitled “Lucy’s Law“, saying in part,

“We promote responsible pet ownership in our welfare codes and I urge fellow animal lovers to consider the idea of rehoming a dog from the many wonderful organizations across the country.”

Britain’s newest ban comes on the heels of previous legislation rolled out in October 2018, which blocked licensed dealers from selling dogs and cats under eight weeks old.

Lucy’s Law was founded by Dr. Marc Abraham, a veterinarian in Brighton, after the 2016 death of Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Her case brought much-needed attention to the horrific neglect suffered by animals in puppy mills; Lucy exhibited debilitating health issues such as fused hips, a curved spine and malnutrition due to unscrupulous breeding practices.

A petition with more than 143,000 signatures in support of Lucy’s Law was presented to the government in May.  Major animal charities such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and celebrities including animal advocate Ricky Gervais were extremely supportive of the initiative. Earlier this year, in case any of his 13 million followers were considering adding a pet to their family, Mr. Gervais tweeted,

“This weekend plan a visit to your local rescue shelter, where your new best friend is waiting for you. #LucysLaw”.

In addition to promoting adoption, the new law will also tackle irresponsible breeding and sale of animals from puppy and kitten mills.  Dr. Abraham stated,

“Lucy’s Law will help end puppy farming, protect the future health and happiness of dogs like poor little Lucy, as well as encourage prospective pet owners to adopt from their local rescue shelter too.”

The British Government is also raising the bar on sentencing animal abusers, and has increased the Court’s ability to assign maximum sentences to up to five years, the harshest sentencing in Europe.

 

USA: Hawaii Just Became the Second State to BAN Exotic Animals In the Circus.

 

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Huge progress is happening in the U.S. as Hawaii just became the second state to ban exotic animals in the circus.

The only other state with a complete ban on exotic animal acts is New Jersey, while Illinois and New York forbid the use of elephants in performances. More than 135 towns and cities across the U.S. have passed legislation to address circus cruelty, while the states of Rhode Island and California have banned the use of bullhooks to control performing animals.

This circus ban has been a hot-button issue in the state of Hawaii ever since the tragic death of Tyke the elephant nearly 25 years ago. Tyke was a wild-born African elephant captured from the wild in Mozambique when just a baby. She was sold into the circus industry in the U.S. and for twenty years abused and exploited. Tyke was tortured during this time, forced to wear a degrading clown costume and dance for the audience, and even forced to ride a giant tricycle.

In August 1994, Tyke spent several days locked in the hull of a tanker ship on a long ocean journey from California to Hawaii. When they finally let her out she was immediately forced into performing in from of an audience. Unable to take the abuse any longer, she snapped and killed her trainer by stomping on him repeatedly. She also seriously injured her groomer, then busted through a chained metal gate and ran out onto the street.

Hawaii Finally Bans Exotic Animal Acts, 25 Years After The Death Of Tyke The Elephant

Tyke ran for her life through the streets of Hawaii for over half an hour. Unable to calm the elephant, local police eventually opened fire and shot her over 80 times before she finally fell to the ground. She then lay in a pool of blood on the streets of Hawaii for over two hours, until she finally bled to death. The state of Hawaii then vowed to completely ban the use of exotic animals in circuses, and now decades later they finally followed through on that promise.

As tragic as Tyke’s story is, there are still hundreds of animals suffering in the circus industry across the United States, and we need all other states to step up and speak out for them. If you ever hear of a proposed circus ban in your city, county, or state, please contact your elected officials and urge them to sign the ban into law.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Hawaii’s governor David Ige for signing this historic circus ban legislation. Now the beautiful state of Hawaii can truly a be a paradise for both people and animals!

 

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Should There Be A Worldwide Ban On Fur Farming ?

 

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We don’t typically get to follow the lives of individual animals who are killed for their coats. Now, a short film is offering us a harrowing glimpse into the short and tragic lives of three fox siblings who were born, raised and killed on a fur farm.  

The film, Fur: A Lifetime, which was just released by Animal Defenders International (ADI), was taken by hidden cameras placed on a fur farm in Poland – the fourth largest fox fur producer in the world. It spans the short lives and deaths of three arctic fox cubs, who ADI named Borys, Eryk and Aleska.

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First the tiny cubs are nurtured by their mother, as best she can given the circumstances, before she is taken away from them. As they get older, their personalities come out and they attempt to play in their tiny wire cage. Soon their coats change color, and before they’re even seven months old, terrified Borys and Eryk are dragged out of their cage by a farmer, strung up by a leg and electrocuted to death.

Aleska watches as her brothers are torn away from her and killed. She is only spared because she will be used to produce more cubs, who will be torn from her to be killed for their fur as the cycle repeats.

“Over 100 million animals die for their fur every year. Our film shows the lives of these intelligent, feeling individuals and the cruelty they suffer when treated like a product. Just because they are not like us. Playfulfox cubs Borys and Eryk grow up in a small cage and die a terrifying and painful death for vanity and trinkets. This is the real cost of fur – when you buy fur, you buy cruelty, not beauty or luxury,” said ADI’s President, Jan Creamer.

The lives of these three cubs resemble nothing of their wild counterparts. They never knew the safety of a den, or the caring parents they would have had in the wild, who would have protected them and taught them the valuable skills they would need as they explored the world before setting out on their own.

Instead, they only experienced extreme confinement on the equivalent of a factory farm, and denied everything that would have enabled them to thrive. As a result, they and others like them pay a physical and psychological toll. On this single farm, ADI found foxes with bent feet and overgrown claws from living on wire floors, self-mutilation, aggression, injuries and illnesses that were left untreated, and filthy living conditions, while other investigations have found similar issues elsewhere.

According to ADI, over 15 million foxes are killed every year, usually to make trinkets, trims and accessories, but it can take up to 35 individuals to make a single coat. Sadly, foxes aren’t the only victims of this brutal industry. It’s estimated that over 110 million animals are killed on fur farms, every year, while more than 16 million are trapped in the wild, including mink, raccoon dogs, rabbits, chinchillas, coyotes, seals, otters, cats and dogs.

While the fur industry and its apologists continue to claim fur products are sustainable, eco-friendly and humane, those arguments couldn’t be further from the truth, and what few regulations and certification schemes there are do little to nothing to stop widespread suffering. While there have been major victories with nations banning fur farming, and imports, those that are still making fur are exporting products around the world.

While there are now plenty of faux options around, they still send the message that fur is trendy and open the door to other problems with mislabeling, which continues to be found to lead otherwise caring consumers to unwittingly support this industry by buying the real thing.

ADI added that the best ways to stop this cruel industry include pushing for legislation that bans fur farming, trapping and imports, urging designers and retailers to stop using and selling fur, and for us to stop buying it.

“Be comfortable in your own skin, and not that of a poor defenceless animal caged and killed to provide it. Say no to fur and yes to helping these fashion victims. Please help ADI stop this brutal trade,” said actress Joanna Lumley, who is supporting ADI’s campaign to end the fur trade, along with actor Brian Blessed.

For more on how to help, check out Animal Defenders International.

http://www.ad-international.org/adi_home/ 

This article was first published by Care2.com on 18 Sep 2017.