Day: November 10, 2022

UK / Canada: Remembering The Fallen Animals – Victims Of War That They Did Not Volunteer To Serve In.

Coventry to hold purple poppy service to remember fallen serving animals

COVENTRY will remember the animals lost to war on Sunday with the laying of a wreath of purple poppies.

The special service will get under way at 2.30pm at the War Memorial Park Peace Garden and will see Coun John McNicholas, who laid the city’s first purple poppies as Lord Mayor last year, joined by animal rights and welfare groups.

The purple poppy was introduced in 2006 by the charity Animal Aid, which felt our four-legged friends who died in war, mostly horses and dogs, should also not be forgotten.

The appeal has since been adopted by the Murphy’s Army charity, which has since raised thousands of pounds for causes including K9 Heroes, The Horse Trust, Smokey Paws, Household Cavalry Foundation, Bravo Working Dog Rescue and Fireside K9.

Coun McNicholas said: “This year, as every year, I will be proudly wearing my red poppy to remember all the brave service personnel who have given their lives to protect us, and I will be wearing my purple one alongside to remember our faithful animals of all descriptions that have served in conflicts around the globe, and continue to do so.

“They are a part of our Armed Forces, and their love and loyalty deserve recognition.

“Last year’s event was very well supported, and this year I look forward to seeing even more people and their pets at the service to help our city pay tribute and remember.”

Visit to buy purple poppies from the Murphy’s Army charity.

Animal rights activists hold ceremony at National War Memorial for animals lost in war

Animal rights activists held a memorial ceremony for animals lost in war at the National War Memorial on Sunday, distributing purple poppies in their honour.

Groups such as the Animal Alliance of Canada, which helped organize the memorial ceremony, say they are fighting against the modern-day use of animals in live training and experiments, and condemn their use in wars throughout the world. The purple poppy is meant to mirror the red poppies worn in memory of people who served in war.

Not far from the National War Memorial, in the centre of Confederation Park, there is a smaller memorial honouring the animal casualties of war. A dog sits patiently at its base, tongue permanently stuck out and set in stone. Hoof marks and paw prints are etched into the concrete around the memorial.

So, why did Animal Protection Party member Kimberly LaMontagne hold Sunday’s ceremony for fallen animals half a kilometre away at the National War Memorial?

“I decided to host the memorial service here because although there is a memorial to the fallen pets of war, it does not do justice to the millions of animal victims incurred. I wanted to equate the lives of these animals with the human veterans.”

LaMontagne emphasizes how, in Confederation Park, the South African war memorial overshadows the animal one, setting the dog’s statue at the feet of a soldier with his helmet outstretched.

LaMontagne also states that the animals were victims, not heroes.

“They did not sacrifice their lives for their country, they had no say in the matter. And those who did survive the horrors of war were often discarded on the battlefield after being injured. We are here to honour these animals, and to help prevent more from falling in their wake.”

The animal protection cause has close ties with veganism and some people who were at the service had been in the city for the previous day’s International Vegan Film Festival. Among these was activist Peter McQueen from Toronto.

“When I heard at the film festival that Kimberly was hosting this event, my wife and I knew we had to come here to show our support.

“I really feel as though we need to treat animal veterans as well as our human veterans, finding them placements once they are no longer in service, so they are not just abandoned after they have served their purpose.”

Regards Mark

Coventry to hold purple poppy service to remember fallen serving animals – The Coventry Observer


Animal rights activists hold ceremony at National War Memorial for animals lost in war (

In London, England; there is a beautiful memorial tribute to remember animals that have fallen in war:

The Animals In War Memorial

A major monument designed for London.

This monument is a powerful and moving tribute to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century.

The trustees of The Animals in War Memorial Fund obtained planning consent from Westminster City Council to erect the memorial at Brook Gate, Park Lane, (map here) on the edge of Hyde Park. It was unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal in November 2004, the 90th anniversary of the start of World War I.

See real animals in war photos here:

England: Leicestershire Pig Farm Fined £4,500 After Pleading Guilty to Breaching the Animal Welfare Act.

The owners of a Leicestershire pig farm have been fined £4,500 after pleading guilty to breaching the Animal Welfare Act.

Siblings Alan and Rachel Elvidge, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning, charged with a minor breach of the Animal Welfare Act.

The case was brought by Leicestershire Trading Standards over the care of pigs at the farm in Gilmorton, near Lutterworth.

This guilty plea is one of 66 charges following inspections at their father’s farm near Lutterworth in Leicestershire in September 2020, all but one of which were dropped after he died.

The court heard that their father, a pig farmer for 50 years, had been the only operative at the farm during the time of the investigation.

The farm failed to provide suitable flooring, suitable enrichment for the pigs and there was a broken panel on one pig pen.

The Gilmorton pig farm were charged over the care of their pigsCredit: ITV News

How did the pig farm investigation unfold?

In 2020, Flat House Farm, which no longer keeps pigs, was the subject of an undercover investigation by animal rights group Viva! Campaigns.

The animal welfare group released footage it claimed shows “barbaric conditions” at the farm.

Over a four month period, the campaigners placed hidden cameras in sheds at the farm.

They subsequently submitted the footage to the RSPCA, Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards, and Red Tractor.

The farm, which is based in Gilmorton, was then placed under investigation by Trading Standards, with Red Tractor also removing Elvidge Farms Ltd from its scheme and launched its own investigation.

This footage, released by the welfare group, played no part in the court proceedings, which representatives of the charity say is “the perfect example that the law just doesn’t exist to protect farm animals”.

Another representative added: “I was horrified and I’ve been working with animals for a long, long time and you do get used to it.

“The horrors at that pig farm stayed with me for a long, long time.”

Sentencing District Judge Nicholas Watson told the court the case had started with a large number of wide ranging charges against the company, Elvidge Farms Ltd.

These include:

  • Pigs being kept in unsuitable conditions
  • Too high a density of animals in areas
  • Dark and dirty conditions as well as insufficient water and stimulus

He said the charges suggested the problems had been long standing but that these had been discontinued at Crown Court because the prosecution had either failed to provide enough evidence or it was no longer in the public interest.

The court heard that Elvidge Farms Ltd had once enjoyed an annual turnover of £1 million, but now no longer trade as a pig farm business as they have no money.

The siblings left court today by a back entrance to avoid reporters, Alan and Rachel Elvidge have been told they have just three months to pay the fine.

Siblings Alan and Rachel Elvidge, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning Credit: ITV News

Leicestershire pig farm fined £4,500 after pleading guilty to breaching the Animal Welfare Act | ITV News Central

Regards Mark

Australia: From ‘Free Online’ – Farmers Injecting Vaccines To Stay In Business – But Animals Dying Instatly As A Result !

Dairy farmers in Australia are being forced to inject dangerous mRNA vaccines that contain spike proteins into cattle just so they can remain in business. Just like in humans, the jabs are causing severe reactions in many of the animals and a large percentage of them are dying instantly.

South Korea: Never Trust Politicians – Especially If They Propose To Help Dog Meat Farm Animals As Was Stated Pre Election All Those Years Ago !

Animal rights activists accuse ex-president of abandoning North Korean dogs

‘A commitment to be an animal’s guardian is a commitment for life’

By Jung Min-ho

Animal rights activists are criticizing former President Moon Jae-in for his decision to return his dogs ― given by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a gift following their 2018 summit ― to a government facility, saying that he should not treat the dogs as if they are objects.

“Mr. Moon should not abandon the dogs or be forced to abandon them. As their guardian, it is his responsibility and privilege to care for their physical and emotional needs,” Patti Kim, head of Jindo Love Rescue, an animal rights group, told The Korea Times. “A commitment to be an animal’s guardian is a commitment for life.”

The statement came after Moon decided to give up a pair of white Pungsan dogs ― “Gomi” and “Songgang.” While they are currently undergoing medical examinations at a veterinary hospital in Daegu before being sent to a state facility, which remains undecided, their puppy named “Daun” will continue to live with Moon at his house in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province.

A lack of government support was the main reason behind the decision. In his message on social media, Wednesday, Moon said the Ministry of the Interior and Safety has delayed approving an enforcement ordinance for him ― an agreement made while he was in office.

The administrative rule change would strengthen the legal basis for his right to keep the dogs ― state property as a gift given while in office ― and provide him with the proposed financial support of about 2.5 million won ($1,800) a month.

But given that “an institution” ― the secretary office of a former president, in this case ― is already allowed to manage animals under Article 6 of the current enforcement ordinance on presidential records management, critics believe the key issue was money. After being elected, Yoon Suk-yeol, known as a dog lover, also openly supported the idea of Moon taking the dogs with him. They lived with Moon for more than four years.

“There are people talking about the cost of dog food. I do not know whether they know the retired president (I) paid for all the expenses,” Moon wrote. “I even paid for the expenses of bringing the dogs to Yangsan (from the presidential office) and taking them to a Presidential Archives-designated place (the veterinary hospital). It should be appreciated that I took care of them with affection free of charge over the past six months.”

Moon added he would continue to live with the dogs only if he can gain legal ownership.

Regardless of legal issues, animal rights activists say his view of animals is deeply flawed.

“Animals are not objects, and they are not our property. Gomi, Songgang, and their puppy should never have been misclassified as state property, when in fact, they are part of former President Moon’s family,” Kim said.

Eun-young, lead organizer at the Korea office of Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights organization based in California, lamented that the sorry episode of the Pungsan dogs shows how Korean society as a whole treats animals.

As a presidential candidate, Moon pledged to strengthen animal rights in an apparent bid to appeal to more than 10 million voters living with their animal companions. After a summit in Pyongyang in September 2018, Moon’s office uploaded the pictures of him interacting with the animals from the North on social media from time to time. Many viewed them as the symbol of ― or at least meaningful progress toward ― peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Beagle Rescue Network, a Korean animal rights group, expressed disappointment in Moon, questioning the sincerity of his political steps supposedly for animal rights.

“Regardless of the reasons, giving up adoption is giving up responsibility, which is the virtue of a leader who was once respected as the (South) Korean president,” the group said in a statement. “We are witnessing the leader giving up the responsibility for life due to political reasons. We implore you to end the era in which living creatures are being used for politics. Animals are not objects.”

Animal rights activists accuse ex-president of abandoning North Korean dogs (

We (WAV) covered a lot on ex President Moon over the years on our other site, SAV which campaigned for stray animals in Serbia; and his election pledge to do a lot better for animals – especially animals kept on South Korean dog meat farms.

Sadly, like so many election promises, once elected, the politicians turn their backs on the subject in question.  Check out our past posts below which show the dire conditions in which S. Korean dog farms operate.

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