Day: December 31, 2022

England: Keep On Keeping On For ALL Animals In 2023.

This is one of my favourite U2 tracks – and it is always the first to be played by me on new years day – this has now become a kind of tradition.  Enjoy:

I want to wish all fellow activists and campaigners a wonderful 2023 in their continued fight for better welfare and the rights of animals.   You can see some very positive progress on several issues in the last few posts. 

The campaigns can, and will, get stronger every day.  If you saw progress in 22, then wait to see what wonders happen in 2023.

Keep up the fight to gain the victories you all deserve;

Best wishes and all the best for 2023.

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Sometimes you have to step off the path a bit !

As you can read in the link (Part 2) below, things got a little edgy to start with – especially when the Belgian police took out their guns and threatened us – but after some discussions all settled down and we carried on.

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Cut to Charing Cross station sometime around Easter 1997. – I had made the relatively short journey up to London from my home in North Kent, to the place where everybody on the campaign that day had planned to meet, which was just outside the entrance to Downing Street. Once off the train, I shot down into the underground toilets at Charing Cross station, where I changed from my travelling clothes into those of this ‘Russian seal hunter’.

London – home of the Brash, Outrageous, and Free !

I must admit, the walk from the station through Trafalgar Square and up the Mall to Downing Street did get me a few glances from all sorts of people going about their business in the city.

The fact that I was carrying two life-size whitecoat seal pups splattered in blood and wrapped in transparent plastic bags, plus a large baseball bat sort of added to my ‘interest appeal’ I suppose you can call it ‘interest or attention grabbing’ on that walk. But what the hell, I was there to get attention for the campaign to stop Russian seal pups being butchered, so what did it matter
what I personally looked like walking the streets of London ?; After all, there are probably many people who walk around the city dressed in similar kind of garb every day.

But who cares ? – I did not.

See Downing St. photo below.

Regards Mark

Looking Back – Crating the British Prime Minister Instead of the Calves.

Fighting to Stop the Russian Seal Pup Slaughter – Downing Street London. By the way, we won, it was stopped !

A 2022 Year End Message From Animals Asia – Watch the Video to See Massive Bile Bear Progress In Vietnam.

2022. This is your kindness in action.

17 December 2022, 08:00AM

The brilliant Jill – dreams into reality !

As you’re reading this, please smile and take a bow. Because you’re responsible for exposing and closing one of the most egregious crimes against the welfare and conservation of animals that the world has ever seen.

Today, because of your constant faith and encouragement, a cruel, barbaric and utterly unnecessary industry is coming to an end. And perhaps just as extraordinary, the perpetrators of this industry are not being punished, but thanked.

Read more at  2022. This is your kindness in action. (

Regards Mark

England: Animal Welfare Campaigners Recognised In New Years Honours – Congratulations to Them All.

New Year Honours

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The New YearHonours is a part of the British honours system, with New Year’s Day, 1 January, being marked by naming new members of orders of chivalry and recipients of other official honours. A number of other Commonwealth realms also mark this day in this way.[citation needed]

The awards are presented by or in the name of the reigning monarch, currently King Charles III or his vice-regal representative. British honours are published in supplements to the London Gazette.

Great to see that see that several campaigners have been presented this new year in relation to animal welfare issues.

Dr. Brian May; ex ‘Queen’ guitarist, founder of the ‘Save Me’ animal welfare organisation – Home page – Save Me Trust – , and huge campaigner against the culling of Badgers in the UK, has now been knighted, and is to be known as Sir Brian May.  We end huge congratulations to him.

Fight the Cull.

Virginia Anne McKenna,has now become a dame.  Virginia founded the Born Free Foundation – International Animal Welfare Charity | Born Free Foundation – she was originally a British stage and screen actress, author, activist, and wildlife campaigner.

Above – From the past – Virginia with my mum – another days animal campaigning !

A leading marine conservationist has been appointed an MBE in the New Year Honours list for being a “driving force” in the study of a seal species.

Sue Sayer, founder of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT), received the honour for services to wildlife protection and conservation.

Ms Sayer, 60, has helped protect the globally-rare grey seal for 20 years.

New Year Honours 2023: Cornish seal conservationist awarded – BBC News

Photo – Johnny Weeks / BBC.

There are lots of celebrities and sportspeople who are honoured in the new years lists, so it is great to see that this time animal welfare persons have also been rewarded.  Congratulations to all of them.

Regards Mark