Day: May 1, 2019

Hunters are psychopaths

 

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Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft has made an emotional call to the government to follow the lead of the US and the Netherlands and ban the import of “barbaric” captive lion trophies.

It comes as he reveals his findings from an investigation in to lion farming in South Africa.

In the year-long investigation, called Operation Simba, he claims that lions are being bred en mass, with the aim of killing them and using them in “medicine” or as trinkets in the far east – so that hunters can make a profit.

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He also revealed that wealthy trophy hunters, some from the UK, pay thousands of pounds to shoot the captive animals, often from short distances, so they can be photographed with them and take the skin as a reward.

In his investigation, he followed one person, allegedly from Britain, who paid £3,000 for a lion named Simba to be released into a compound, so that he could shoot it and be photographed with it.

-lion-simba_4652713Simba was eventually released into the wild. Pic: Lord Ashcroft

Lord Ashcroft also shows evidence of a text conversation he had with a British man who advised him of the best way to smuggle the dead animals into the UK.

He says the slaughtered lion skins are being brought into the country inside deer carcasses, making it almost impossible for them to be detected by customs officials.

His probe into the lion farms also showed that in the space of two days, 54 lions were killed in a single slaughterhouse, so that their bones could be harvested and sent to companies who want to use them in “traditional” Asian medicine.

Reporting in the Mail on Sunday, he said: “Dead lions, some skinned and others waiting to be skinned, littered the blood stained floor.

skynews-lions-lion-farming_4652711Lions are slaughtered on an industrial scale. Pic: Lord Ashcroft

“A pile of innards and skeletons lay elsewhere inside. While discarded internal body parts were piled high in overflowing black plastic bags on a trailer outside.”

The harrowing findings did not stop there though, as he also discovered that lions and tigers were being cross-bred, in an attempt to create bigger, and “more imposing” animals, that are worth more to those who want to hunt them.

Lord Ashcroft has vowed to lobby the government over what he calls the “failure to close a glaring loophole” that encourages imports of lion skins into the UK.

The number of lions in the wild has fallen dramatically over the last 100 years, with only an estimated 20,000 left, compared to around 200,000 a century ago.

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https://news.sky.com/story/lion-farming-investigation-reveals-hunters-spend-thousands-to-shoot-captive-lions-in-south-africa-11705841

This time I have no own comment, but a very intelligent analysis of the hunter`s  nature from: https://wildbeimwild.com/2016/12/20/jaeger-besser-verstehen-psychopathie/:

What kind of human must be one who enjoys taking the life of another creature?

At first glance, it may seem unlikely, but what if the same sick psychology that makes a man hunt a fox and shoot him, make a man invade a house and stab a knife into a human body?

These people are among us. They are military officials, veterinarians, gynecologists, dentists or guide scout groups. A whole range of factors such as genes, family relationships, education, intelligence and opportunities form a psychopath!

Neuropsychologists confirm: Violence leaves traces in the brain after a short time. The amygdala, the feeling-sorting office in the brain, is conspicuously regressed or disturbed by violent perpetrators and psychopaths. If this central part of the brain is defective, the feeling of disgust, among other things, is eliminated. The amygdala is also known as the almond kernel.

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Even monkeys whose amygdala does not work properly do very stupid things. For example, they try to pick up cobras from the ground.

Some serial killers are of the opinion that a higher power would make them kill something. The cannibal Richard Chase pushed the door handles of the strangers’ homes. When the door was locked, he took it as a sign that he was not welcome in this house and left. An unlocked door, on the other hand, was an invitation: he was “destined” to kill the person in the house.

John Douglas was one of the first criminal profilers at the FBI. According to him, serial killers take “mementos” of their victims to extend their violent fantasies.

Some take jewelry or hair strands, other photos or body parts. Hunters, and especially trophy hunters, proudly present the severed head of their prey on the wall and share pictures of themselves – smiling next to a corpse – on social media.

Just like serial killers, hunters have to prove their status as a person who has power over life and death.
Trophies and souvenirs remind them of the power they once had over another creature.

Some hunters also commit murder to humans.
Why? Because hunting non-human beings was not exciting enough anymore.

“Killing people is so much fun,” the Zodiac killer wrote in one of his letters. “It’s even better than killing game in the forest, because humans are the most dangerous of all animals.”

Both types of killers, serial killer and hunter, could leave their fantasies as such. Hunters could shoot photos instead of deadly bullets.
But both decide – with enthusiasm – to take a life to satisfy their own selfish desire. They plan their bloodlust carefully and then kill again and again, with no chance of an end.

It is time for us to recognize hunting as what it really is: a pastime for psychopaths with low moral hygiene.

It`s time to hunt the Hunters

 

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Government Announces a New Law to Ban Travelling Circuses From Using Wild Animals. Finally, We Get There !

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I can remember attending circus demos as long as 25 years ago; and including the issue of wild animals in circuses as part of my contribution to the Animal Welfare Act for the UK.

Now, today, May 1st, we have been given the following news:

Wild Animals Are To Be Banned From Circuses.

Finally, we get there ! – It is such a massive victory for the UK animal welfare movement I cannot even start to describe. Very mixed emotions today; about another issue.

Celebrate !

Regards Mark.

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Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced a new law to ban travelling circuses from using wild animals.

For as long as they have been around, the shows have been known to use wild animal performances, alongside their acrobatics. But the government intends to put a stop to this.

Mr Gove said: “Travelling circuses are no place for wild animals in the 21st Century and I am pleased that this legislation will put an end to this practice for good.”

The government’s official website explains: “The use of wild animals in travelling circuses has no place in modern society and does nothing to further the conservation or our understanding of wild animals.”

Some of the animals that still perform in these circuses include reindeer, zebras and camels.

The Wild Animals in Circuses Bill means that circus operators in England will no longer be able to use wild animals as part of a travelling circus.

Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said: “The general public can still enjoy a trip to the circus, but it is good to know that wild animals will no longer be a part of that experience.”

The move comes after years of campaigning by animal rights groups.

The government also made a promise in February 2018 to introduce a ban by January 2020.

It’s not the first time that the government has got tough on animal rights. Two laws recently have marked a significant change in how animals are treated according to UK law.

Rules banning the trade of ivory in the UK were passed at the end of 2018, which aim to protect wild elephants.

Meanwhile, Finn’s Law was passed in Parliament recently to strengthen the protection of service animals.

 

What is legally classed as a ‘wild animal’?

Wild animals are defined as animals that are not normally domesticated in Great Britain and would not naturally be found here.

Although this ban only applies to wild animals, other domestic animals – such as horses, donkeys and dogs – will continue to be inspected regularly by officials.

New animal welfare regulations were introduced in 2018 making sure that the highest welfare standards are met.

David Bowles from the RSPCA said: “We’ve campaigned against having wild animals in circuses for many years. They have complex needs that cannot be properly met in a circus environment. It’s high time keeping wild animals in circuses is consigned to the history books and we look forward to the day that it is banned for good in England.”

http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=4699&ssi=10

https://www.freedomforanimals.org.uk/news/breaking-government-announces-bill-to-ban-the-use-of-wild-animals-in-circuses-in-england

 

A May 1st for animals…

 

We wish that!
A revolution against injustice, exploitation, a revolution against rulers.
For a world without slaves, subjects, lawless beings.
We are not the victims. No more.

Our conspecifics fought for it 130 years ago, so today we have the right to 8 hours of working time, protected and paid properly.

The time of human proletarians is over.
When everything started it was May 1, 1886.

 

The slaves of yesteryear are the dominant species of today.
Those have the acknowledged privilege to exploit other species as a sign of a good and high standard of living.

Just belonging to the same species automatically increments a person to those who have rights. In (almost) all areas of life.
It is the special right of the ruling species that only the oligarchs had before the May Revolution.

Therefore, the first of May is the reminder of a bitter and unjust reality for us: people have rights, or they can fight for it. Animals still have no rights because they can not fight for it.

But we can do it for them, and we do it. And we will continue to fight for it so that slavery and the massive exploitation of non-human proletarians will cease.

 

Love is Liberation ALF_n

 

My best regards and a beautiful May 1st at all, Venus

New Zealand: An Expose Into The Chicken Meat Business.

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We have all seen recent tv about NZ telling everyone how wonderful it is to live there.

Well here is the other dark side of NZ. Maybe it should think about the welfare of animals rather than just humans.

 

All of the following text and videos relate to a campaign being run by ‘SAFE’ in New Zealand – here is the link to their site – https://www.safe.org.nz/  – check them out and give them your support – WAV.

 

Sick and Deformed Baby Birds 

 

New Zealand Chicken Meat Industry Cruelty Exposed

At just five weeks of age, she stands with difficulty. Although still cheeping like a little chick, her adult-sized body is in so much pain, with swollen feet and legs which barely hold her up. Her skin is red-raw from lying in the ammonia-soaked litter. Around her are the bodies of other chicks who have died of heart failure – their bodies unable to cope with the unnatural growth rate. Tomorrow those who can no longer walk will be culled.

She wants to go outside, to breathe the fresh air, feel the sun on her back and the earth under her feet. But the so-called “pop-holes” to the outside are far away, there are thousands of other birds in the way and her legs hurt so terribly under the weight of her overgrown body.

The only time she will get outside is next week when the truck arrives. She and those around her who are still alive will be picked up, shoved into crates and taken for slaughter.

She is a free-range chicken.

 

 

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Please sign the petition to help chickens – use this link:

https://safe.org.nz/campaigns/ecards/nz-chickens

Baby birds, bred to suffer

 

Chicken Meat Industry Cruelty Exposed

Confronting footage of an Auckland chicken farm shows dead and dying chickens. As previous investigations have shown, these scenes are replicated across New Zealand inside the industrial sheds where chickens are bred for meat.

The sick and deformed (SAD) chickens in the footage are just five weeks old, but because of selective breeding, they are already the size of adult chickens. The chicks struggle to stand up because of the size of their abnormal bodies. They are so top-heavy, that they can get stuck on their backs, and are left to struggle desperately trying to get back up.

The chicken industry’s own figures show that thousands of birds die every day of heart failure and other health problems, even before they reach the slaughter age of six weeks. Almost a third suffer from painful lameness. When their legs fail, they may be unable to reach food and water.

 

Life as a chicken used for meat

Around 120 million chickens were slaughtered for meat in New Zealand in 2017. Four out of every five land animals killed for meat in NZ are chickens.

These birds (often referred to by the poultry industry as ‘broilers’) have been selectively bred for their meat, rather than eggs. They are completely separate breeds from those used for egg laying.

The majority are housed in large, windowless sheds holding around 40,000 birds. The floor covering (litter) is only changed when the birds are removed for slaughter at around six weeks. This causes urine and faeces to build up in the litter, resulting in high ammonia levels in the air and burns to the soles of the chickens’ feet and ankle joints (hocks).

Birds are packed closely together, especially in their last weeks, and have little space to move. The legal maximum stocking density is 38kg per square metre, (which equates to 19 birds per square meter), giving each bird a floor area of less than the size of an A4 sheet of paper.

As the birds grow, conditions deteriorate and the sheds become increasingly overcrowded. They must constantly compete to reach food and water supplies. Antibiotics are routinely fed in an attempt to prevent diseases that can spread in these poor conditions.

 

Bred to Suffer

In NZ, nearly all farmers breed Cobb and Ross chickens, both of which have been selectively bred over many generations to put on weight very quickly. They double in size every week, reaching the desired slaughter weight of about 2.5kg at only about six weeks of age. Chickens would normally take six months to fully mature.

Horrifyingly, the net effect of this fast growth is that the industry has made a breed of bird that has severe health problems and is a ‘non-survivor’. This means that if any of these birds were fortunate enough to be rescued and allowed to live naturally, they usually would not survive past one-year-old due to their poor genetic disposition.

https://safe.org.nz/campaigns/issues/chickens-bred-for-meat