Day: August 22, 2020

‘Mozza’; Meat Is Murder.

‘Meat is Murder’ by the Smiths – and frontman Morrisey; dedicated animal rights campaigner; is now a famous song that has probably converted more people to vegetarianism in the UK than anything else over the years.

Morrissey; or ‘Mozza’ (as he is known to all); promotes animal rights and a meat free diet all the time.  A very well known and brilliant musical artist with a massive fan following.

Is this not the best sound ever ?

Regards Mark

The Untold Story of Dairy Production.

For the past fifteen years, my work as an animal photojournalist has taken me through the world of dairy production, far beyond the marketing campaigns, and taught me an entirely different story about milk. 

When I was a kid in the ‘80s, cow’s milk was ubiquitous in school life. Parents paid a token amount so that their child could have a personalized carton of milk every day at lunch. We needed cow’s milk so that our bones would have a fighting chance at growing strong, and preventing later-life diseases such as osteoporosis. Since 1942, Canada’s Food Guide promoted milk and dairy products as a standalone food group that we should consume, ‘as available.’ 

The Globe and Mail – Canada’s Food Guide Through The Years

However, in early 2019 sweeping changes to the Canada Food Guide provided an evolved understanding of our nutrition needs; gone are the pictures of milk and dairy products floating across the food guide rainbow, and they are no longer included in the long list of healthy options for school snacks. Milk and milk products are now lumped into the ‘protein’ food group and surrounded by disclaimers: “Among protein foods, consume plant-based more often”, and “Make water your drink of choice.”

Today, Dairy is still the largest sector of agriculture in Ontario, where I live, and according to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, the elementary school milk program serves 70% of Ontario schools.

Slick marketing campaigns still target in-school education programs that tell parents and kids that cows are happy, and their milk is a necessary building block for any child’s development.

For the past fifteen years, my work as an animal photojournalist has taken me through the world of dairy production, far beyond the marketing campaigns, and taught me an entirely different story about milk. 

In my twenties I took a deep dive into understanding animal use and food production, but even then, dairy was not on my radar. 

I understood dairy to be healthy all around; that no one was hurt in the making of it and certainly no one died. I had absorbed pictures of dairy cows living in pastures from the side of milk cartons and on TV, and had fond memories of meeting cows on a visit to The Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. I was an animal lover from a young age, and my family is particularly fond of this photo of me, aged three, admiring the Jersey cows.

I had been a vegetarian for a few years before I decided to do a one-month internship at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York. The Farm was the first of its kind: a sanctuary for animals who had been rescued from all areas of factory farming.  

Interns at Farm Sanctuary are asked to participate in a vegan lifestyle out of respect for the animals. I felt that this was extreme, but I’d do it, and resume vegetarianism upon my return to Toronto. 

It was there where I learned that animals do get killed in the dairy industry. Cows are killed when their bodies are broken down, or “spent”, from the constant cycle of pregnancies, and then typically slaughtered for cheap hamburger before the age of six. 

I learned that a healthy cow can live twenty and even thirty years, but that their health, and therefore milk productivity, declines with each pregnancy until they are replaced by younger cows.  Cows are also incredible mothers. When given the chance to stay together, they share an unbreakable bond for life. 

And about that pregnancy. I believed that dairy cows just produced milk. I didn’t consider the baby involved.

Continue reading the article at

  https://weanimalsmedia.org/2019/06/20/an-untold-story-of-dairy-production/

Bangladesh: “EVEN THE WORST DAY OF DOING SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN THE BEST DAY OF DOING NOTHING.”

WAV Comment – Wow ! – double wow ! – what a truly fantastic lady.  A dream; a vision to help and protect animals; now put into practice.  We fully support her vision for the future and wish her and her team the very best in promoting animal welfare and veganism in Bangladesh. 

Animal protection is now an issue for many across the world; and we (WAV) have seen recently from our Clustrmap (global visitors –  https://clustrmaps.com/site/1a9kn ) that people are visiting us from places we never dreamt of in the past to read and learn about protecting animals; and for us, this can only be seen as the very best news.

On the days when I feel like I don’t want to do this anymore because it’s too hard, I remind myself that there was a time when I didn’t do anything, and I wasn’t happy. Even the worst day of doing something is better than the best day of doing nothing.”

“No matter how absurd an idea may seem, if you put your mind to it, you can.”

“EVEN THE WORST DAY OF DOING SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN THE BEST DAY OF DOING NOTHING.”

Ask Rubaiya Ahmad about her proudest achievement on behalf of animals, and her answer is immediate.

Rubaiya Ahmad. Photo by Julie O'Neill.

“Stopping dog culling in Bangladesh,” she says.

Seven years ago, Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital and largest city, was a different world for free-roaming dogs. They were almost constantly hunted by government cullers as part of an ineffective bid to control the country’s rabies problem.

Friendly dogs, including beloved pets, were the easiest targets, sauntering over to anyone who stretched out a hand. Savvier victims were caught using badger tongs, devices on poles that clamped around dogs’ heads inside their mouths, causing excruciating pain. Cullers typically then injected dogs with poison and cut off their tails as proof of the kill. To inflate their numbers, cullers sometimes cut single tails into several pieces to turn in to their overseers.

One night, this happened to Kashtanka, a light brown, grinning dog who Ahmad had cared for since she was a puppy. Kashtanka was one of three street dogs Ahmad began looking after when she returned to her native Bangladesh in 2006 after a decade living in the United States. She was renting a tiny studio apartment at the time and felt it would be cruel to keep the dogs inside. But she’d had them vaccinated and sterilized, had bought them collars and fed them every day, and all of her neighbors knew they were Ahmad’s.

Rubaiya Ahmad with one of the free-roaming dogs that Obhoyaronno treats

Two of the dogs, including Kashtanka’s mother, Rosha, were able to escape. But Kashtanka was young and trusting and likely greeted the cullers who grabbed and poisoned her. Ahmad remembers it like yesterday. She got a call from her building’s night guard saying that Kashtanka was being taken. She chased after the cullers and found Kashtanka in the back of their truck, lifeless, still wearing her collar, on top of a pile of other dogs.

“Even the worst day of doing something is better than the best day of doing nothing. It’s more difficult to do nothing.”

It was an experience that changed her life’s focus. Ahmad founded Bangladesh’s first animal welfare organization, Obhoyaronno – which roughly translates to “Sanctuary” – in 2009. In 2012, after Obhoyaronno launched a program to sterilize and vaccinate free-roaming dogs in line with World Health Organization protocols for rabies control, Dhaka city agreed to end dog culling. In 2014, Obhoyaronno successfully petitioned Bangladesh’s high court for a national injunction against culling, as well as against animal sports such as bull and cock fighting. There are still occasional incidents of dog culling outside of Dhaka, but today, for the most part, the practice has ended across Bangladesh.

“Whenever people tell me that what I do is really difficult and that they could never do it, I just tell them the same thing I tell myself when things get difficult: that it’s more difficult to do nothing,” says Ahmad, formerly an IT consultant. “On the days when I feel like I don’t want to do this anymore because it’s too hard, I remind myself that there was a time when I didn’t do anything, and I wasn’t happy. Even the worst day of doing something is better than the best day of doing nothing.”

“Any platform that allows me to talk about veganism, I take that opportunity.”

With Obhoyaronno’s clinic and spay-neuter program going strong, Ahmad has turned her focus to promoting veganism. Because of her work, local schools have adopted Meatless Monday, popular hotels and restaurants have added veg choices, and Bangladesh’s top-ranking grocery store chain has installed vegan sections. Ahmad gives talks on animal welfare and vegan eating almost anywhere she is asked, shares information and recipes on social media, and writes a regular column, A Vegan’s Diary, in Bangladesh’s largest English-language newspaper. She holds vegan brunches and recently launched a new online vegan food delivery platform, The Bangu Vegan. The venture delivers vegan meals every Monday, hosts supper club events and supplies vegan food items to local retailers. Ahmad also uses The Bangu Vegan to do advocacy and offer cooking courses.

“Any platform that allows me to talk about veganism, I take that opportunity,” Ahmad says.

In Bangladesh, even things as simple as vegan menu options are a breakthrough, she notes. She says figuring out the right messages and how to present them has been difficult, but it’s also been a big key to her success.

“We got our way by speaking in a language they understood.”

“We’ve focused very much on the scientific approach to things, as opposed to being emotionally driven,” Ahmad explains. “When we started talking about our dog population management program, we didn’t talk about animal welfare. We talked about rabies control and how many kids were dying of rabies in Bangladesh. We showed the government that how they’ve been killing dogs for 50 years has not changed the rabies situation – it escalated it, if anything. And in the end, they stopped killing dogs. We got our way by speaking in a language they understood.”

Free-roaming dogs at Obhoyaronno's clinic

Obhoyaronno’s spay-neuter program has now sterilized more than 16,000 free-roaming dogs, and the organization recently entered into a partnership with Dogs Trust International that has allowed Obhoyaronno to expand its clinic and gain critical surgical training.

Ahmad has also taken a science-based approach in her efforts to reduce animal-product consumption.

“The less you create the divide of us versus them, the better, because no one likes to be judged or told what to do.”

“We focus primarily on the health aspect. Eventually, at the right time and with the right platform, we’ll bring in animal welfare, like we do with our dog work now. We openly talk about how inhumane it is to kill dogs, and no one questions that now.”

She says it’s important, too, for activists to see themselves as part of the communities they work in.

Rubaiya Ahmad and her team at Obhoyaronno
The Team

“The less you create the divide of us versus them, the better, because no one likes to be judged or told what to do. It helps me to remember that I couldn’t care less about animals when I was young, and I ate meat until I was 30 years old.”

The progress she sees, even when it’s incremental, motivates her to keep going.

“It’s the changes in the community, the changes in mindset – every time an animal is saved or someone chooses a vegetarian meal because of what I posted on Facebook,” Ahmad says. “It’s so funny, I’ll post something, and two or three people will comment, and I’ll think no one cares. And then the next week, five messages will show up with pictures of vegetarian food, saying, ‘Because of what you wrote last week, I cooked this.’”

As for what’s next, Ahmad plans to focus on legislative reforms to help Bangladesh’s animals. She knows it’s a tall order, but so was ending dog culling, and she says that’s been the biggest lesson her work has taught her – that nothing is impossible.

“No matter how absurd an idea may seem, if you put your mind to it, you can.”

Learn more and support Obhoyaronno – Bangladesh Animal Welfare Foundation and The Bangu Vegan.

Photos and interview by Julie O’Neill. Story by Corinne Benedict

Faroe Islands: Negligent killing of 6 whales

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Six whales were killed on August 17th on the island of Suduroy (Faroe Islands). The animals were stranded or in the shallow water on Sandvik Beach.

No attempts were made to save the animals or help them back into the open sea.

Sea Shepherd Deutschland

https://www.in.fo/news-detail/news/seks-doeglingar-lagt-beinini-i-sandvik/


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Gruesome whale hunts in Faroe Islands exposed by activists - YouTube

And I mean… When human animals are in need, failure to help is a criminal offense.
So this applies to our conspecifics.
It does not apply to the other animal species because they have no rights.

The whales are left in their tragic fate, and many of the native human animals have certainly received a few pieces of  ‘satisfaction’ with their murder and the reward of sliced meat.

Whale hunt in Faroe Islands turns sea red with blood - BBC News

This is the glaring example of human superiority.

The whales, like all animals in the world, from mussels to primates, have no rights, we have determined it, we human animals, those who think and act in a fascist way.

And that’s why so many natives of the Faroe Islands people, with the intellectual potential of a bookkeeper, try to justify this negligent murder with outrageous comments on the in.fo link above.

Some tradition should be banned: Pilot whales killing in Faroe Islands

My best regards to all, Venus

Additional – Mark Memories.

I can remember taking to the streets with Joanne and Trev about the Faroe whale slaughter as far back as what ? – 1991. 

We were attempting to get English supermarkets to stop selling Faroese fish – fish from the blood junky whale killers,

Tesco terrors
Gruesome whale hunts in Faroe Islands exposed by activists - YouTube

We had a lot od support from the public; and as you can read in the newspaper article on https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/about-us/  – including more photos of the annual slaughter; we got the message across.

Did we win ? – of course not; the slaughter still goes on, what, 30 years later; did we reach a message to a few ? – sure we did.