GENERAL A/R NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
BULL FIGHTING NEWS - THE EVIL TRUTH....
Tens of thousands of animals in Spain, France and Mexico and across South America will be tormented
and stabbed before dying a grisly and painful death this year for little reason beyond emptying tourist wallets in a continuation
of a violent pastime.
Bullfighting is a horrific blood sport driven by greed, and it must be stopped. Please strengthen PETA's work to end the suffering of bulls and all animals by making a donation
online right now.
There are no winners in bullfights beyond the promoters and others who stand to make money from the public
execution of a sensitive animal before a leering crowd.
Almost from the moment a bull enters an arena, his
suffering begins. Picadores on blindfolded horses twist lances into his back and neck, causing the bull such excruciating
pain and blood loss that he may have trouble lifting his head. Banderilleros follow soon after and begin running the bull
in circles as they plunge sharpened sticks into his back.
Dizzy, weak and unable to run, the bull must next face the
matador (Spanish for "killer").
The killer provokes the terrified animal and attempts to lunge a
sword into the bull's heart. Matadors stab wildly at the animal, often piercing lungs and other organs that prolong the
agony of the exhausted animal.
If the killer succeeds, the abused animal's ears and tail will be cut off
as trophies. If the mutilated bull somehow manages to survive these attacks, an executioner will enter the ring and proceed
to stab the animal to death.
Thanks to the dedication and financial support of compassionate people around the globe, we're moving closer to a day when horrible abuses like bullfights may
finally be nearing an end. Just last year, bullfighting was banned in the entire region of Catalonia, Spain, and
through efforts like the massive anti-bullfighting march in May supported by PETA France, we're seeing new signs that
the tide is indeed turning against this cruel "sport".
Yet despite this recent progress, as many as 40,000
bulls will be killed in bullfights in Spain this year alone. With the summer tourist season having just begun, there's
no better time of the year to ramp up our efforts and remind holiday travellers to steer clear of bullfights before more animals
die. That's why I urge you, right now, to make a special gift online and help provide us with a means to do even more for bulls and all animals.
Thank you for standing up to animal abuse
whenever and wherever it occurs.
Ingrid E Newkirk
Oh boy! What a week for Caramelo (former Leão), the dog who’s owner was killed by the flash floods in Brazil! He lost his family, kept waiting beside his owner’s grave for days until he was rescued,
then taken to a warehouse for vet care, and adopted out. The next day (yesterday), he ran away from his new home.
But things seem to be coming back to normal. He has just been found!
Fabiano, the man
who rescued Caramelo from the graveyard, found him once more in a shopping mall parking lot. People say Fabiano didn’t
rest until Caramelo was safe again. Caramelo is now back home, with his new owner Marcia.
you Eduardo, Marcia and Roberta for keeping me posted! (Roberta is now fostering a dog, Tatu, from the areas affected by the mudslides. Thanks,
I never met
Vicki Moore but I'd heard of her - she was a true heroine. She fought against mankind's bestial cruelty
towards animals and in particular bull fighting, bull running and blood fiesta's - in other words animals tortured
to death for fun. Later on after Vicki's death I met her very kind husband at one of the demo's he'd
organised against the Grand National. A kinder more compassionate man would be impossible to find. Rest in peace Tony, you
are now with the love of your life, in paradise, unlike the beasts who abuse animals for sport, they will spend an eternity
THE TRAGIC DEATH OF ACTIVIST TONY MOORE
4th 2014We are terribly saddened to learn that Tony Moore – co-founder of Fight Against Animal Cruelty
in Europe (FAACE) – died last Friday from lung cancer, aged 79. For over 25 years, Tony – together with his wife
Vicki, who tragically died from injuries sustained whilst filming undercover in 2000 – campaigned against bullfights
and fiestas and in 1996 ADI awarded Tony and Vicki the Lord Houghton Award for outstanding service to animal welfare to acknowledge
their pioneering work in this area (see http://bit.ly/1gqrR44). Our thoughts are with Tony's family. The animals have lost a dear friend.
and I go back to the days when I first started INTL COUNCIL AGAINST BULLFIGHTING in Canada/USA and both, but especially Vicki
guided and inspired me right up until her death and he continued to support and guide me long after <3 !!!
:( Well he is with the love of his life now, RIP Tony - your work will carry on as always through all of us ! :( Oh
we will all miss you so much !!!! thank you for the years you gave fighting against all forms of blood fiesta's/sports
in Europe ! - Mary Alice -
Both will be greatly missed in this
world of Evil against the Voiceless Ones! They are irreplaceable, and we will continue their good work for
generations to come! ~Rich Russom~
Is this the final end to peace in the countryside?
Major Tory party donor chosen as chair of government nature watchdogVenture
capitalist Andrew Sells has been selected by ministers as the new
chair of Natural England
• The Guardian,
Thursday 28 November 2013
A venture capitalist and major Tory party donor has been chosen by ministers
be chair of the statutory wildlife and nature watchdog, Natural England.
Andrew Sells, a chartered accountant, donated
£111,250 to the Tories in
2010-11. Sells is the preferred candidate of the environment secretary, Owen
and will be questioned by MPs on the environment, food and rural
affairs select committee before being confirmed, although
their advice is
A statement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
said: "All appointments are made on merit and political activity
plays no part in the selection process." It
said Sells was identified
following a rigorous selection process chaired by an independent assessor.
Sells was chairman
of housing developer Linden Homes from its inception and
chairman of the Garden Centre Group, formerly Wyevale.
capitalist Andrew Sells. Photograph: PR
The appointment comes at a sensitive time for both Natural England and
government, which has had to defend itself from accusations from 41
conservation groups that only four of its
25 pledges on environment and
nature are progressing well.
Maria Eagle, the shadow environment secretary, said:
provides practical advice, grounded in science on how best to safeguard
wealth; it is therefore highly inappropriate for the chair
to be a former investment banker and Tory party chum. Paterson's
announcement is another example of the Tories handing out yet more jobs for
attempted to scrap Natural England earlier in 2013,
according to the Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, who said his
fight with its coalition partners on green issues was "an endless battle;
we've had to fight
tooth and nail".
Natural England has also been at the centre of the controversy over the
in England, which is intended to curb tuberculosis in cattle.
It issues the licences for the culling, which is described
scientists as mindless and a costly distraction, and its board approved long
extensions to the culls
after shooters fell far short of the minimum number
The board voted by 5-4 to approve the
extension on Gloucestershire, but its
lead scientist, Oxford University's Professor David Macdonald, said the
advice from Defra's chief vet "that killing further badgers would lead to
better disease control is not easily
reconciled with the evidence."
Environmental campaigners will be closely watching what position Sells, who
connections to housebuilding, takes on biodiversity offsetting, a scheme
which Paterson is currently pushing hard in
which property developers can
compensate for damage to the environment by improving sites elsewhere.
in September: "Offsetting is an exciting opportunity to look
at how we can improve the environment as well as grow
the economy". But some
environment groups dubbed the plan a "licence to trash nature".
to declarations to the Electoral Commission, Sells made donations
of £77,250 to the Conservative party shortly
before the 2010 general
election and made further donations of £31,500 in support of the campaign
the 2011 alternative vote referendum on proportional representation.
According to the Defra statement, Sells "lives
on a small farm in north
Wiltshire where he has planted thousands of young trees and created acres of
where none existed before". The current chair of Natural
England, who will step down at the end of 2013, is Poul
career farmer who runs a family dairy business.
• This article was amended on 29 November 2013.
The earlier version said
Andrew Sells co-founded the venture capital group Sovereign Capital. That
included in a government press release, but the company has
since contacted the Guardian to inform us that, while Andrew
Sells was a
co-founder of Nash Sells & Partners Limited, he left that firm six months
before it was reborn,
after significant changes, as Sovereign Capital in
November 2000. A later sentence about Sovereign Capital was also removed
from the article.
Thanks JB for sending this through....Judi
ACTIVISTS TRYING TO SAVE 600 CATS FROM TORTURE AND DEATH.
Activists are still holding on to save the 600 cats on board a truck that they stopped at Mei Ling Bei Lu,
It is night time there now and some of the activists have been standing in front of or sitting on the truck
to prevent the driver leaving.
Photos sourced & translation by NT.
To see the rescue from the beginning click
here and see the links to each photo:-
Guess Which Company Won’t Drop Pork Supplier After Horrific Video
At a hog farm in Oklahoma, pigs were being tortured. There’s no other word for it.
Mercy for Animals investigator spent three weeks undercover at West Coast Farm in Okfuskee County, Okla., from mid-September to mid-October 2013. The brutality he documented during this brief period is appalling and heart wrenching.
An undercover camera
caught the following during a period of less than one month:
- Workers slamming conscious piglets
headfirst against the ground and spiking them like footballs
- Piglets having their tails hacked
off and their testicles ripped out of their bodies without painkillers
- Workers viciously punching,
kicking, beating and violently shaking animals and pulling out their hair
- Pregnant pigs confined
to tiny, maggot-infested gestation crates barely able to move
- Workers shoving fingers into
- Workers hitting pigs with wooden boards
piglets tossed, still alive, onto “dead piles” and left to die without proper veterinary care
- A worker throwing a heavy bowling ball at a pig’s head
Hard to believe? Watch
this incredible undercover footage from Mercy for Animals. It’s all there. Be warned: it’s graphic and disturbing.
You may not want to watch it, but you should:
Those of you still eating pork, can
you view this video and still want that ham sandwich? Is bacon really so tasty that it’s worth this horrific price?
For those who believe this kind of abuse must be limited to only a handful of facilities, think again. Mercy for
Animals founder Nathan Runkle recently told Harper’s Magazine: ”We have never found a facility where there wasn’t abuse. Finding it is not the
issue. Our challenge is just to have a camera there when it happens.”
is Why We Must Fight “Ag Gag“ Laws, State by State
The factory farm industry despises the public furor caused each time videos like this one go viral. Inevitably, revealing
the horrors faced by factory farmed animals costs them money and customers. Almost certainly, with every such video, many
people finally decide it’s time to stop eating meat and dairy entirely. Many more boycott the companies in question.
It’s not hard to understand, therefore, why Big Agriculture is so driven and single-minded in its support of
state “ag gag” laws. Such laws make it a crime to reveal animal abuses by secretly investigating farmed animal facilities
and documenting their practices.
Imagine that — in so many places it’s not a crime
to abuse farmed animals but it’s a crime to secretly (or even overtly) videotape or photograph it. Whistleblowers are usually protected, not prosecuted. How did America’s
values become so irretrievably skewed?
To have a hope of righting these wrongs, the public must
be able to see what’s going on. “Ag gag” laws keep you from knowing what factory farms want to keep well
These Abuses “Violate Every Principle of Humane Animal
The pork industry is rushing to distance itself from this incident. The
National Pork Producers Council issued a statement in which it said, “NPPC and America’s hog farmers do not condone and, in fact, strongly condemn
practices that are not in accord with U.S. pork industry best practices.”
A panel convened
by the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) reviews animal abuse allegations like the ones in this video. The panelists reviewed the Mercy for Animals
footage and agreed that abuse unquestionably occurred.
“These behaviors violate every principle
of humane animal handling and go against everything the swine industry advocates for providing decent quality care for animals,”
according to CFI panel member Dr. Candace Croney of Purdue University. See a number of additional expert opinions gathered
by Mercy for Animals here.
“There’s abuse and egregious misbehavior by employees in their handling
of the animals in this video,” said panel member Dr. John Deen of the University of Minnesota. “What is especially concerning is that it
appears to be a culture rather than being able to attribute the behavior to individuals.”
a little saddening is that Deen also said this: “[T]his video also shows common and acceptable production practices that are not pleasant to see but
there are valid reasons for using them on the farm.”
This is, perhaps, a reference to the
gestation crates in the video. Gestation crates are those incredibly confined spaces in which female pigs spend most, if not all of their lives, churning
out piglets so America can satisfy its mania for bacon. In human terms, it’s like living in an airplane seat or a phone booth — for your whole life.
An injured piglet at West Coast Farms. Somehow, his sweet
disposition still shines through.
Pigs: The Smartest Animal You‘re
Pigs are intelligent, friendly, social beings. They’ve been shown
over and over again to be smarter than any other domestic animal. As champion problem solvers, animal experts say pigs are infinitely more trainable than dogs or cats.
Pigs are smart and aware, and yet we confine them, mistreat them, slaughter them and eat them. It’s the very
definition of evil. Future generations will rightly condemn us for it.
At the time this video was shot, West Coast Farm
supplied pork to Tyson Foods and Walmart. In the wake of angry public reaction, Tyson Foods has hurriedly dropped this supplier. Walmart, however, has not.
Walmart, what’s wrong with you? Four times now, undercover investigation revealed horrific cruelties at the factory farms that supply your stores, yet you
do nothing. In particular, you’ve kept a blind eye turned toward the outmoded use of pig gestation crates.
Walmart remains (forgive us) pigheaded about this issue. Over 60 major food suppliers, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Papa John’s, Arby’s, Chipotle, Wendy’s, Kroger,
Whole Foods, Safeway, Kmart, Target and Costco have decided to eliminate pork suppliers which still use gestation crates.
Why won’t Walmart do the same?
Care2 readers, if you want to tell Walmart to stop sourcing its pork from suppliers that still use cruel gestation
crates, sign this petition. We’ll deliver it to Walmart’s CEO, Mike Duke, so he’ll know
exactly how you feel about this issue.
|the cruelty of bear baiting in third world America.....
|PLEASE SIGN PETITION & CIRCULATE AS WIDELY
Ban Vicious Wildlife Bloodsports (Penning/Baiting)
in the United States - Please sign the following petition.
This petition represents an appeal by concerned taxpayers, citizens, tourists and visitors to the United
States, to ban the barbaric and sadistic abuse of wildlife for sport and entertainment; that is, the trapping and penning
of bears, coyotes, foxes and other wildlife in enclosures, where they cannot escape from hunting dogs that rip them apart,
tearing them to pieces, while still alive. The animals most victimized in penning are coyotes and foxes that are trapped and
taken to private enclosures or “running pens”. The trapped animals endure high levels of stress while being transported
in cages, only to be horrifically killed in penning sessions. Ostensibly, this penning is done to train dogs to hunt, but
also for the entertainment of bystanders who take pleasure in watching animals writhe in agony while their bodies are ripped
to pieces. This practice is a stain on the reputation of the United States and is banned in most civilized, western countries.
When it comes to bears, the act descends even deeper into human degradation. It is called
“bear baiting”, but in fact, is actually “bear tethering/penning” since like the other animals, these
bears cannot escape and their end is equally tortured and inhumane. Bears have their teeth and claws removed, and then are
tethered to a post to be subjected to repeated assaults by dogs until they die in extreme agony. Without teeth or claws, the
bear cannot defend himself and is tortured without mercy, until his last breath. This inhumane practice is called “sport”
and is legal only in Pakistan and the United States of America. Learn more.This is not sport. This is horrific and unconscionably
cruel and intentional animal abuse.
We ask that you ban these practices
completely in all 50 states and mandate prosecution to the fullest extent of the law, with heavy fines
and jail sentences imposed upon anyone found guilty of practicing these most repugnant acts.
STOP THESE PSYCHOPATH'S, PLEASE SIGN.....
Hundreds of South African lions are being slaughtered to make bogus sex potions for men. (And all because they can't get it up!! Uh, and they call animals pests!!) But we can stop this cruel trade by hitting the government where it hurts -- the tourism industry.
global ban on tiger bone sales has traders hunting a new prize -- the majestic lions. Lions are farmed under appalling
conditions in South Africa for "canned hunting", where rich tourists pay thousands to shoot them through fences.
Now experts say lion bones from these killing farms are being exported to phony 'medicine' makers in Asia for record
profits. Trade is exploding and experts fear that as prices rise, even wild lions -- with only 20,000 left in Africa
-- will come under poaching attack.
If we can show President Zuma that this brutal trade is hurting
South Africa's image as a tourist destination, he could ban the trade in lion bones. Avaaz is taking out strong
ads in airports, tourism websites and magazines, but we urgently need 1 million petition signers to give the ads their
force. Sign below and forward this email to build our numbers fast:
'Tiger bone wine' and other tiger-part medicines were banned after massive international
outrage -- now traders have shifted their attention to lions' bones to make all kinds of bogus remedies. Experts
say unless governments act now, lions could be the next in line -- after tigers and rhinos -- to face extinction.
There is a solution: banning and punishing the trade of lion bones and organs. South Africa is
currently the largest exporter of lion trophies, bones and organs -- it is also the only African country actively breeding
lions in large numbers to supply trophy hunting. But if we can show that allowing this senseless trade can hurt South
Africa’s booming tourism industry and make visitors flee, president Zuma could be forced to act.
Let’s build a thunderous global roar for the lions. Avaaz will show the cruelty of the lion bone trade with
stinging ads -- sign now and tell everyone about it:
Avaaz members across the world have come together to demand strong protection for rhinos, save
the world’s bees from poisonous pesticides and achieve huge marine reserves in Chagos and Australia to safeguard vulnerable
marine species. Lets come together once again and stand up for Africa’s lions.
With hope, and determination,
Jamie, Alex, Antonia, Mia, Alice, Ricken, Luca, Emily and the entire Avaaz team
Avaaz lion bones adverts were censored, finds Constitutional Court (Mail & Guardian)
Court orders Zuma lion advert to be displayed again at OR Tambo airport (BDlive)
Born to be killed (Carte Blanche)
The Lion Bone’s Connected to the … Rhino Horn? (Rhinoconservation.org)
Wildlife trafficking trail leads to SA safari man (News 24)
WELL DONE VIVA
Amazon have delisted foie-gras in the UK!! This is HUGE. Amazon are the world’s
largest online retailer! Thank you to everyone!
5,000 badgers die yet TB evidence goes up in flames
THOUSANDS of culled badgers will be thrown into
incinerators without any checks to see whether they were killed humanely or were suffering from disease.
Published: Sun, September 1, 2013
Target: Most of the shot badgers will end up in incinerators
lack of forensic checks on the 5,000 animals being shot was last night highlighted as the most serious flaw in the Government’s
controversial operation to tackle tuberculosis.
As gunmen began shooting badgers in two West Country
killing zones last week, it has been revealed that only 120 animals out of 5,000 will undergo post mortem examinations
to see whether they have been dispatched humanely. The rest will be incinerated.
Opponents of the
cull say the carnage means any scientific evidence that could help unravel how the disease is being spread in the countryside
will be destroyed.
There is growing belief among anti-cull campaigners that the Government could be
forced into a U-turn once the current trials end.
More than 288,000 people have signed Queen guitarist
Brian May’s Stop The Badger Cull e-petition, which could force a parliamentary debate.
are plans to roll out badger culls at a further 10 sites across England if the pilot schemes in Somerset and Gloucestershire
are deemed successful by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Defra has confirmed
that it will examine the carcasses of only 120 badgers shot in the current cull, an admission that angered animal welfare
Dominic Dyer, policy adviser for Care for the Wild, condemned Defra’s decision,
saying vital scientific evidence about bovine TB was being destroyed.
He explained: “Besides
losing evidence on how the badgers were shot and how they might have suffered, we are also losing the opportunity to carry
out DNA and blood tests to understand more about the transmission of the disease, what strains are involved and how it might
vary between regions.
“This is not only a great loss to science but also means that it does
not allow for a proper scientific debate. Basically, the Government has decided with the farming industry that it wants no
more debate but just wants to get on and kill the animals. It’s a numbers game.”
is committed to wiping out bovine TB which last year led to more than 37,000 cattle being slaughtered at a cost to taxpayers
More than 288,000 people have signed Queen guitarist Brian May’s Stop The Badger Cull e-petition
Thousands of innocent badgers are set to suffer and die and all for little or no benefit to anyone. This travesty
should be stopped.
Mark Jones, executive director of
Humane Society International UK, said the cull was “politically motivated, bereft of scientific credibility, morally
bankrupt and will do little to help farmers”.
He added: “It also seems that the Government
is doing little to monitor the cull. We are told the pilot culls are designed to see how effective, humane and safe the shooting
of free-roaming badgers proves to be, so that informed decisions can be made on whether the policy should be rolled out.
“However, the Government has consistently refused to release all but the sketchiest information on
how ‘humaneness’ will be assessed, and is not even intending to test the badgers that are killed to see if they
were carrying the infection.
“Thousands of innocent badgers are set to suffer and die and all
for little or no benefit to anyone. This travesty should be stopped.”
Robbie Marsland, UK director
of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said: “How can the Government press ahead with such a divisive and contentious
issue and attempt to cloak the operation in secrecy? It is vital that Parliament reviews this cull at the first opportunity
and we encourage everyone to contact their MPs.”
Secretary Mary Creagh said:"The government are not testing badger carcasses for tb as previous culls have shown that
the majority of animals killed will be healthy.
"They also know that scientists have warned that culling
if done badly can actually spread bovine tb. Ministers aren't interested in the science as they have already made up their
Defra said: “We already have evidence from previous trials that a significant
number of badgers in hot spot areas have bovine TB.”
EVIL, HEARTBREAKING BADGER KILLING TO START WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.
Badger culling will start
in the next fortnight (DAMIAN KUZDAK)
Trial badger culls to begin
Stalkers will begin shooting badgers in two trial cull zones in Gloucestershire and Somerset within the next
fortnight, scientists believe. Defra, the food and farming ministry, began laying traps on Thursday to capture DNA to identify
individual animals. After the cull, more traps will be set to measure the number of badgers killed.
a former government scientist, said this move meant it was likely culling would “start by the end of the month”.
WAAC Says - Bloody evil, truly heartbreaking that we have a government so ignorant and bereft
of all feeling that they take it out on badgers because farming has become so intensive that cattle are riddled with
disease (not just bTB). The Tories and their pay masters have been so angered by the fact the poor in this country
banned their evil fox hunting. TORIES WILL PAY THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR THEIR EVIL IN THE NEXT ELECTIONS. I have said
all along that a government that cares nothing for animals can have no feelings for its people and this has been apparent
since this vile lot came to power (albeit with an unexpected reduced vote hence the coalition). Barbaric, that is the message
I will be taking all over North and Mid Wales. Judi
ANIMAL RIGHTS, ONCE AGAIN, COME UNDER ATTACK FROM BIASED JOURNO'S.
(*) Sunday Times 14.7.13 Arson attack is first shot in badger war - Kevin Dowling and Simon Trump - ANIMAL rights extremists
are suspected of carrying out the first attack in what is feared could become a violent campaign against the controversial
badger cull. Police Special Branch is understood to have been called in after a tractor was set ablaze at Middle Tarr farm
near Taunton in Somerset…. (story) WHATS THE BETTING IT WAS EITHER AN ACCIDENT OR THE PRO-CULL FARMER DID THIS HIMSELF FOR THE
INSURANCE - I DON'T BELIEVE FOR A MINUTE THAT IT WAS GENUINE A/R CAMPAIGNERS THAT SET HIS TRACTOR ON FIRE....
Blackmore Vale Magazine 12.7.13 Police say ignore Dorset hoax badger cull posters - FAKE warning signs and threats of squatting protests
are cropping up across Dorset in the lead-up to trial badger culls. Dorset Police is urging local residents not to be alarmed
by the hoax warning signs, which state that children, pets and livestock should be kept inside while live firing takes place
through the hours of darkness from June. Although the posters carry contact information for Natural England, the organisation
says they are fake and no culls have been licensed in the county… (story)
Western Morning News 12.7.13 Badgers are biggest casualty of road kill - There may be little sign of it, but the badger cull is
happening… on the roads. The country's inaugural roadkill survey has indicated that fast-moving vehicles are proving
effective culling machines, with more badgers run over than any other creature. The wild animal accounted for 312 deaths –
nearly a quarter of the country's roadkill, according to the initial findings of Cardiff University's Project Splatter….
David Heath… whose home county of Somerset came 11th, accounting for 3% of animal deaths, said: "If you live in
the Westcountry you can see evidence of overpopulation every day of the week. "In my constituency [Somerton and Frome]
there is not a single lane where you won't see a dead badger."… (story)
Independent 12.7.13 Bullfight cruelty - Why is The Independent glorifying the Running of the Bulls (“So what’s
your beef?”, 11 July)? At the end of the frightening and hazardous chase through the streets of Pamplona, the bulls
face a long and torturous death in the bullring… Kevin Mutimer, London SE6 (letter)
Great article by George Monbiot re. the greedy and grasping NFU and their puppets in
GREEDY, GRASPING NATIONAL FARMERS UNION
- exposed by Guardian blogger, George Monbiot.
MORE LETTERS AND NEWS BELOW.
Stroud News & Journal 11.7.13 Heed the facts on badger cull - Mary Wood's letter claims to give your readers some facts relating to the imminent
badger cull. Regrettably this is a collection of the usual misinformation and nonsense we are repeatedly being given by the
farming community… Make no mistake, badger culling is not justified by the science and is a distraction from
the much more vital issues of improving the cattle testing procedure and farm biosecurity, as well as developing vaccines
for both badgers and cattle. Dr Chris Cheeseman Badger ecologist Retired head of Woodchester Park Badger
Research Station (letter)
(*) Stroud News & Journal 11.7.13 MP should state position - Thank you for the picture of the badgers. Like many people I have followed the issue of
badgers vs bovine TB. I have also been to a lot of meetings. At no time have I heard any comment from our present MP. …
Pamela Dean Whiteshill (letter)
(*) Stroud News & Journal 11.7.13 Badgers bring so much joy - Much has been said and put into print concerning the controversial badger cull which
is now underway in parts of the south west, but we must remember one important fact in the overall coverage of this Government
decision to eliminate 70 per cent of the badger population… Frank Tunbridge Local naturalist Podsmead Place Gloucester
(*) probably Western Telegraph
10.7.13 Badger vaccination will take 'five years to deliver benefits' - The north Pembrokeshire badger vaccination
project will take ‘at least five years’ to deliver significant benefits, according to a local AM. Mid and West
AM Joyce Watson made the comments in the Senedd on Wednesday, during questions to the Minister for Natural Resources and Food,
Alun Davies…. (story)
Controversial herring gull cull gets green light (thanks to DEFRA's infamous
'evil loony' Owen Patterson)
The environment secretary has ruled that the cull of the endangered
sea birds on the Ribble Estuary can go ahead
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 25 June 2013
Owen Paterson, the environment secretary, has given the green light to a controversial cull
of endangered sea birds on the Ribble Estuary in Lancashire, the Guardian has learned.
The RSPB said it is "extremely
concerned" that the cull of up to 475 breeding pairs of herring gulls and 552 breeding pairs of lesser black-backed gulls
at BAE System's Warton aerodrome could now set a precedent for similar culls elsewhere.
The Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) ruled that the cull could go ahead because it would not reduce the area's
number of breeding seabirds by more than 25% of its designated total of 20,000 birds. The RSPB said that while its recognised
BAE Systems' concerns that the gulls present a risk to aircraft using the airfield, it fears that the 25% reduction threshold
cited by Defra could now be used to justify further culls.
BAE Systems' application to cull the birds was originally
rejected in 2010 by Natural England, the government agency responsible for protecting the bird species, on the grounds that
it was not compatible with the conservation objectives stipulated by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The Warton aerodrome
lies inside a SSSI (site of special scientific interest) as well as being part of the Ribble and Alt Estuaries special protection
area (SPA), meaning that its endangered bird species are afforded further conservation status and protection by the EU.
However, BAE Systems successfully appealed against Natural England's original decision, citing in part - according
to documents seen by the Guardian - that Natural England had earlier given consent to a cull of lesser black backed gulls
on a shooting estate on the Bowland Fells , a nearby SPA in Lancashire. Chris Packham, the BBC Springwatch presenter and naturalist,
described the Bowland cull as a "travesty" when it was first reported in the Guardian last month .
Systems also successfully persuaded Defra that the site's "species diversity" was not a relevant factor when
assessing its total number of breeding seabird.
Defra granted the consent to cull on 29 May and BAE Systems now
has a year to complete the extermination of the birds. Appeal documents show that shooting the birds within two daily alternating
"cull zones" is the preferred method. Marksmen positioned in camouflaged hides will use rifles muffled with silencers.
A Defra spokeswoman said: "After careful consideration, we have taken the decision to allow a limited number
of gulls to be controlled that are impacting on air safety."
A Natural England spokeswoman said: "Natural
England has been directed [by Defra] to consent control of a limited number of gulls on the Ribble Estuary that are impacting
on air safety. We expect to issue the consent within the coming weeks. We continue to consider ways to minimise the impact
on the estuary's important colony of seabirds, taking into consideration the safety of aircraft using BAE Warton."
A spokeswoman for BAE Systems said the company legally carried out a smaller cull of 200 breeding pairs of lesser
black backed gulls in 2011 and has also been deploying "bird scaring" techniques at the airfield. However, it said
that the population of birds had "grown substantially".
She added: "The population of herring gulls
at the Ribble Estuary presents a risk of birdstrike to aircraft operating from Warton airfield. BAE Systems has sought to
reduce this risk. Following a public inquiry, and a decision by the secretary of state, we were given consent to cull up to
475 pairs of herring gulls on Banks Marsh."
The RSPB said that it acknowledged that BAE Systems had first
explored using non-lethal methods and that a cull is now necessary to the "reduce the risk [of bird strike] to a safe
level". However, it said it was "extremely concerned" with the way the Defra had arrived at its decision and
its "implications for the UK's wildlife".
Martin Harper, the RSPB's conservation director said:
"Although we recognise the air safety risk, we believe the secretary of state's conclusion is based on a fundamental
misunderstanding of wildlife protection designed to conserve the UK's best wildlife places. We strongly disagree with
his interpretation that it is acceptable to lose up to a quarter of a protected site's breeding bird population without
it damaging the conservation value of that site. This sets a very worrying precedent for this and similar sites across the
Cull saboteurs: 'We will put ourselves between the bullets and the badgers'
Sarah Morrison delves inside the secret world of the people trying to stop the mass shootings
Friday, 14 June 2013
Lynn, a 46-year-old midwife, finds a novel way to fill her days
off. The one-time hunter is now a hunt saboteur who finds herself at the centre of the Government’s controversial badger
cull. She splits her time between maternity wards and patrolling country estates of Worcestershire.
She is just
one of an estimated 700 saboteurs who are fighting the plan to use licensed marksmen to shoot around 5,000 badgers in two
pilot cull zones in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Around 500 of them are prepared to trespass on property to disrupt the cull.
“Obviously at night we’ll be finding the marksmen and putting ourselves between the bullets and the badgers,”
Lynn told The Independent.
The badger cull row tearing up the countryside shows no sign of dissipating. While
ministers argue that a cull is necessary to curb the spread of tuberculosis in cattle; critics argue that the cull is unethical
or scientifically and economically flawed.
The coalition of opponents might be diverse – it includes Queen
guitarist Brian May, TV presenter David Attenborough, and some prominent scientists – but it is the hunt saboteurs who
stand accused of directing a “reign of terror” on farmers.
But Lynn believes they have been unfairly
smeared. “The typical stereotypical image of the hunt sab is someone dressed head-to-toe in black, someone who doesn’t
work, a 20-something-year-old male, but that’s absolute nonsense. The farming industry makes us out to be terrorists,
or all evil people, but we’re individuals,” she said.
Lynn, who has a number of animal rights convictions
for her involvement in anti-hunting and anti-vivisection campaigns, founded the group 3 Counties Hunt Saboteurs, last year.
She gave up hunting after she saw some “terrible things” done to foxes, deer, hares and mink. She said that “very
committed” new people were joining the “sabs”, or saboteurs, and scouring the fields straight from work.
“We’re seeing doctors, teachers, all sorts of people,” said Lynn, who can spend up to 50 hours
a week checking badger setts, organising volunteers, or doing outreach. She also works as a midwife on a shift basis at a
local hospital, usually at night. “I’m actually quite open about things,” she said. “Some of my colleagues
do know, just as I am aware of what they do out of work.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Tudway,
national co-ordinator for domestic extremism at the Association of Chief Police Officers, told the Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) last year that clashes between protesters and cullers could pose “clear potential harm
to public safety”. He added that there was “some potential for unlawful direct action, disorder and criminality”
if the cull went ahead.
This week it emerged that officers policing the culls have carried out “wargames”
with animal rights activists and cullers to simulate confrontations that might occur. Inspector Mark Ravenscroft of Gloucestershire
Police said enforcing the cull remained a “big concern.” He stressed that the force will “allow people to
bend the law to protest peacefully” by allowing a short protest on a highway, for example, to stop a group blocking
the road all day.
But Elaine, a 49-year-old social care worker, who has volunteered as a hunting sab for over
25 years, said saboteurs “were not aggressors”. The Herefordshire-born activist treads a thin line between horse-owning
country enthusiast and animal-rights crusader.
“I ride, I have my own horses, and I have drag hunted, but
I was brought up to love and respect animals,” she said. “I don’t feel the need to go out in a balaclava.
Work knows what I’m like and they don’t mind.”
She denied sabs were using intimidating techniques
and dismissed claims that by trespassing, she could be breaching the law. “Whatever [the cull] is doing is 100 times
worse that what I’m doing. When it comes to saving lives, if I have to tread off a footpath to do it, it’s worth
it,” she said.
Michael, who is in his late sixties and has seven grandchildren, wants to help stop the cull.
The retired builder lives in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, and has been involved in animal rights for 50 years. The former
trustee of a wildlife rescue centre said: “This unscientific experiment they’re doing is wrong. I’ll help
as much as I can; [the grandchildren] are right behind me. I spend four out of five days a week surveying and mapping sites,
and checking setts aren’t baited. We’ve definitely got public support.”
A Defra spokesperson
said: “People have a right to protest but this must be carried out within the law. The pilot culls are a legal and lawful
activity and it is wholly unacceptable that those involved should be subject to intimidation or be a target for criminal activity.”
|Was this photo doctored to make the yawning fox appear threatening? It looks like it to me!
"Wounded badger patrol" volunteer appeal as Gloucestershire cull looms
group held a meeting this evening to encourage people to sign up for “wounded badger patrols”.
Against Badger Shooting (GABS) has invited people to go on patrol when the expected government badger cull begins in June.
The meeting was held at Town Hall in Tewkesbury and people were
told the aim of the walks will be to identify injured badgers which may have been shot but not killed outright.
would then call local wildlife rescue groups to provide medical treatment to the animals.
Liz Gaffer, one of the organisers
of GABS, said: “We are trying to coordinate people who are interested in walking at night to try and help injured badgers.
is a concern that badgers won’t be killed outright and might just be injured.”
The group has stressed that
it has no intention of disrupting the cull.
“Everything with us is legal and peaceful, so people would only be
walking on public footpaths,” she added.
However, the patrols could have an impact on the cull.
are seen in the vicinity of a shoot, all of which will take place between dawn and dusk, marksmen using night vision will
have no other choice than to stop where they are working.
Gloucestershire was chosen as one of the pilot areas for the
government’s proposed cull – part of a bid to tackle the spread of bovine TB.
The cull will use free shooting.
believe this way forward will lead to badger injuries which “will mean slow and agonising deaths and the possibility
of cubs being orphaned and at risk”.
Ann Widdecombe says her peerage was blocked by David Cameron because of her opposition to fox hunting
Cameron allegedly blocked a peerage for Ann Widdecombe allegedly because of her opposition to fox hunting, the former Tory
MP has said.
In a new book, serialised in the Mail on Sunday, she says that as a former Minister she ‘had
a strong probability’ of joining the House of Lords when she left the Commons in 2010.
she says Mr Cameron, who rode to hounds before he became Opposition leader, was determined to stop it.
her memoir, “Strictly Ann”, Miss Widdecombe says she knew she wouldn’t get a peerage “because I had
received private intelligence from an unimpeachable source that Cameron had set his face against it”.
Miss Widdecombe claims that Tory peer Lord Strathclyde “said in front of others it was because
of hunting,” though she observes: “I cannot believe Cameron is that petty or so much in the grip of the squirearchy.”
Miss Widdecombe could have been referring to an episode in 2011 when the then Leader of
the Lords Lord Strathclyde was challenged about why she had been denied a peerage.
In her book, Miss Widdecombe added: "I come
from a hunting family. My mother used to walk to otterhounds and I grew up with the head of one poor beast decorating the
wall, while my father rode to foxhounds in his youth, as did my grandfather throughout his life.
"I do not object
to killing foxes, but I strongly object to the chase whereby an animal runs for its life with the hounds getting closer and
closer. It is barbarous that such an activity should be regarded as a sport."
Miss Widdecombe also said that she
was against Mr Cameron becoming Tory leader because of his inexperience, claiming it was ‘madness’ to give him
the job. She added that the Tory has now become ‘image obsessed’ under his command.
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bears for 'sport' - woken in its den, terrorised & shot at point-blank range
In an exposé of the barbaric practice, we posed
as would-be hunters to obtain shocking video footage of three recent hunts.
Sitting duck ... terrified bear scrambles from it's burning
den into the killer's sights
In an office off a busy central Moscow street, The Sun was offered a
four-day trip to depart in a week’s time — with FOUR Asiatic black kills guaranteed — for the sum of £16,000.
The hibernating bears had already
been located in deep forests outside the city of Khabarovsk, 3,500 miles east of Moscow.
Gory ... Russian hunter poses by bloody corpse
Supermum to the rescue! Squirrel pulls off mission impossible after her baby is left dangling from a branch 25ft
By Daily Mail Reporter
This caring mother carries out the ultimate rescue mission
after her little baby gets itself stuck in a precarious position hanging from a tree.
The tiny squirrel, thought to be about eight weeks old, had fallen 20ft from a woodpecker's nest it had been sleeping
Dangling on a thin branch, still a further 25ft from the ground below,
it looked as though it could fall at any moment.
But thankfully help
was not far away as its mother was perching on a neighbouring tree when the accident happened.
Help! A baby squirrel (right) clings for its life from a thin branch after falling from a
woodpecker's nest it had been sleeping in 20ft above. Its mother (left) appears oblivious to the panic behind her
On a knife edge: As the mother realises the danger, she navigates her way over to a branch directly
below her panic-stricken youngster and prepares to grab her offspring
she didn't fret once she spotted her baby in a spot of bother and instead took a moment to clean her fur.
However, she soon composed herself and navigated her way over to a thin branch directly
below her panic-stricken youngster.
With the rescue operation at its make-or-break point, she
grabbed hold of her baby's tail and, with a bit of luck, managed to haul her down to safety.
The mother then put her child on her back and took to a safe point on a separate tree.
I've got you! The mother reaches up at full stretch on her hind legs to grab hold of her
In her loving arms: With a gentle tug and a bit of luck, the mother hauls her baby towards her
Photographer Carla Brandon was fortunate to capture the events on camera after her husband
had alerted her as to what was going on.
She took the pictures in her
back garden of her home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the U.S.
50, said: 'My husband called me to our back garden because he thought a squirrel had caught a bird.
'There was a scuffle high up in a tree in our garden, and we watched as a baby squirrel
fell from the tree and miraculously landed on a thin branch.
grabbed my camera and was hoping to witness a rescue and I was not disappointed.
'The baby hung to the branch for about three minutes - he never moved and seemed to be in shock.
Job done: The mother carries her baby in her arms to a safe point on a different tree
'The mother was very vocal during her rescue attempt, screeching and chattering, and
generally making a lot of noise.
'Amazingly, she took a few seconds
to clean her fur, we couldn't believe she would take the time to do so while her baby was in such peril.
'In hindsight, I think she wasn't sure what to do about his predicament and needed
a little time to figure it out.'
Carla, a piano teacher, added: 'The
mother sprang over to the tree and walked carefully onto a thin branch below her baby, testing to see if it would hold her.
'Once she was underneath the baby, she stretched up and reached for him and pulled him
'She pulled very hard, and the branch she was on snapped.
They dropped very fast, but thankfully, their momentum was stopped by another branch.
'I'm not sure how she kept her grip on him, but they then scrambled up another tree and disappeared into safety.'
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Sheep farmers face worst lambing disaster in 50 years
SHEEP farmers across North Wales are braced for the worst lambing disaster
since the snow crises of 1947 and 1963.
Hundreds, and possibly thousands, of sheep are feared dead under mountainous
snowdrifts. Animals sheltering behind stone walls get trapped in snowdrifts and families are working around the clock to find
and dig them out. Many sheep are likely to suffocate or freeze to death.
The full extent of the disaster is unlikely
to emerge until a thaw sets in.
“It’s a dire situation,” said Gwyn Williams, FUW area officer for
Conwy. “The reports we are getting indicate there is a tremendous number of sheep unaccounted for under the snow.
probably there will be substantial livestock losses once farmers account for their animals. We probably won’t know for
a while as the bad weather appears set to stay for a while.”
Llanfairfechan farmer Gareth Wyn Jones, who has sheep
up on the Caerneddau, warned of a “rural disaster”.
Helped by son Sior and two cousins, he dug out 40 sheep
on Sunday and, by mid afternoon yesterday, had rescued another 24. Scores more likely to be still missing.
12ft snowdrifts, Gareth said the chances of finding any sheep would be remote without his sheepdog, Eryri Cap.
goes along the snow, then marks a spot and starts scratching and digging,” he said.
“Some sheep are trapped
in catacombs under the snow, so can be pulled out. We found two ewes that had lambed in the catacombs but their lambs had
frozen to death.
“We’ve just found another eight heavily pregnant ewes. They didn’t have any air pockets
and only survived by drawing in air through the stone wall they were up against.
“So far we’ve only lost
one ewe – the dog has saved the lives of 63 others.”
Farmers are used to bad weather but the arrival of
blizzards just as peak lambing gets underway is the biggest challenge in living memory.
“I have never seen anything
like it – it’s unreal,” said Gareth. “My dad can’t remember anything like it either.
cousin has 150 sheep he can’t account for and I know of another farm in the next valley where loads are missing.”
FUW said one farmer in Cerrigydrudion had fortified his farmyard with big bales to stop snow drifting into lambing sheds.
Others are getting desperate because lorries carrying livestock feed can’t access snowbound farms.
attempting to clear roads around Cwmpenanner and Llansannan but snow is continuing to drift in high winds. Unless collection
wagons can reach stranded units, dairy farmers may have to start pouring away milk.
In Mid Wales, the picture is more
mixed. Farmer Aled Wyn Davies, of Pentremawr, Llanbrynmair, said it was clear in neighbouring Aberangell but “horrendous”
just three miles away.
He said: “It’s very difficult to feed sheep as we cannot get to some fields. We’re
right in peak lambing here and on Sunday I had over 120 sets of twins inside that I couldn’t send out. I've released
about half of them out now and I’m hoping for the best, but the pens are back full with today's newborns! A very
testing time to be a sheep farmer!”
WAAC says - If you care so much about your sheep then get
them all in sheds as soon as they start to lamb - how would you like to live out in a freezing cold field or hillside, with
or without snow? Judi
ROSS HARRIERS ATTACK
(*) Mail 26.3.13 RICHARD LITTLEJOHN - Who are the real animals? - Animal rights lunatics beat to death a dog belonging to a hunt master
and dumped it on his drive…. (story)
Mail on Sunday 24.3.13 Did animal rights activists beat dog to death and leave its body on hunt master's drive? - 4x4 vehicle vandalised
at home of Lee Peters, master of Ross Harriers hunt - A hunting dog was 'beaten to death' at a kennels before being
left on the hunt master's drive in an apparent attack by animal rights activists…. (story) WAAC says - IT IS HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO BE ANIMAL RIGHTS - WE CARE ABOUT THE HOUNDS AS MUCH AS WE DO THE
FOX!! IT IS MY BELIEF THAT IT WAS THE THUGGY LOOKING HUNT MASTER THAT BEAT HIS OWN DOG AND THOUGHT HE'D USE IT TO GET
BACK AT THE SABS AFTER HE WAS FORCED TO PAY COMPENSATION AFTER RACIALLY ABUSING A FEMALE HUNT SAB... HUNT SCUM REALLY ARE
A BUNCH OF NASTY LIARS AREN'T THEY???
Gloucester Citizen/Echo 24.3.13 Police investigate after hunting dog killed - AN attack on a hunt kennels in which a dog was apparently killed and
left on the hunt master’s drive is being investigated by police. Detectives are understood to be taking the incident
‘very seriously’, because it happened at the base of the Ross Harriers hunt on the Herefordshire-Gloucestershire
Western Daily Press 23.3.13 Police investigate after dog killed in attack on hunt kennels - Police are investigating a ‘disturbing’
attack on a hunt kennels in which a dog was apparently ‘beaten to death’ and left on the hunt master’s drive
and vehicles vandalised. Detectives are understood to be taking the incident ‘very seriously’, because it happened
at the base of the Ross Harriers hunt on the Herefordshire-Gloucestershire border, and is close to one of the two areas designated
for this year’s controversial badger cull… The harriers’ hunt master, who lives near the kennels’
is Lee Peters. He said it was his vehicle and pet dog attacked…. (story)
(*) Western Morning News 26.3.13 Somerset tourism 'under threat' from Government badger cull secrecy (story)
(*) Western Daily Press 26.3.13 Somerset tourism 'under threat' from Government badger cull secrecy - Somerset’s tourist economy is
under threat from Government secrecy over the badger cull, tourist leaders have warned. John Turner, vice-chairman of Somerset
Tourism Association said yesterday: “A large number of people are contacting the Visit Somerset twitter and Facebook
feed very concerned about the Somerset badger cull happening in July/ August…. (story)
(*) Oxford Mail 26.3.13 The cost will be deer - MARK Evans (ViewPoints, March 21) is correct in stating that our badger population has been
made the scapegoat for the failings of the dairy industry. It is no coincidence either that plans are now underway to massacre
half of our deer population… Since we are now ruled by the Countryside Alliance, those who genuinely care about our
wildlife have only one recourse – to join the increasing boycott of all dairy and meat products… MARK PRITCHARD,
Linkside Avenue, Oxford (letter)
Horse & Hound
25.3.13 Hunt saboteur pleads guilty to harassing Surrey Union staff - An anti-hunting activist has pleaded guilty to harassing
Surrey Union staff. Nick Maffia of Tally Road, Oxted, Surrey, appeared before magistrates on 18 March… (story) Dorking Advertiser/Surrey Mirror website
22.3.13 Fine for Oxted anti-hunting activist Nick Maffia - Surrey Union Hunt staff and supporters were subjected to a tirade
of foul language and abuse by hunt saboteurs after they returned from taking their hounds out on exercise, a court has heard.
activist Nick Maffia of Tally Road, Oxted, pleaded guilty to the charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or
behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress, which took place at the hunt kennels in Ockley, Surrey, early on August
16 last year.
Maffia was fined £150 with £350 court costs when he appeared at South East Surrey Magistrates
Court on March 18.
A member of the hunt had videoed Maffia and two others shouting abuse at the hunt staff and supporters
from the gate to the kennel yard over a period of around 45 minutes.
The incident was one of a number of times Maffia
had been seen close to the hunt kennels.
Tim Bonner of the Countryside Alliance said: "This was completely
unacceptable behaviour. Mr Maffia and others were close to homes and children and were using frankly disgusting language towards
"We are pleased that Mr Maffia owned up to his despicable actions but are sorry it took so many
months of wasting the police and courts' time for him to do so."
Horse & Hound 25.3.13 East Anglian Bloodhounds will continue hunting - Martha Terry - The East Anglian Bloodhounds (EABH)
will continue hunting, after the reaction of their followers prompted the pack’s owners to put their retirement plans
on hold…. (story)
Farmers Weekly 25.3.13 Badger cull campaigners target farms with bogus calls - Animal rights activists are reportedly masquerading asFarmers
Weekly journalists in a bid to gain information on the forthcoming badger culling trials. Farmers have been subjected to bogus
telephone enquiries by anti-cull campaigners who are trying to find out who is involved in the pilot culls. The callers reportedly
engage in general conversation then focus on bovine TB and culling, asking farmers whether their land is within the trial
zone and whether they approve of the cull…. (story)
Shropshire Star 25.3.13 Brian May in online attack on ‘smug’ Owen Paterson over badger cull - Legendary Queen guitarist Brian
May has launched a scathing attack on Owen Paterson, just days after the Environment Secretary suffered online criticism from
television presenter Bill Oddie…. (story)
Western Morning News 25.3.13 There is no place for badger cull in a caring society By Adrian Coward - In a few weeks time mercenaries paid by
the National Farmers Union (NFU) will be attempting to humanely shoot thousands of healthy badgers… (story)
ThisIsKent 25.3.13 Thanet council settles costs claim with animal exporters - THANET council has settled its judicial review and injunction
claim to three animal export companies operating out of Ramsgate port… (story)
Gloucester Citizen 23.3.13 Motion to ban pro-badger cull traders in Stroud delayed - PLANS to ban pro- badger-shoot traders from a market have
been put on the back burner. Councillors who wanted to get Stroud Farmers' Market traders to sign up against badger culling
won't ask the next Stroud District Council meeting to approve their plan. The move comes after one of the market's
organisers said it would not work and the chairman of Gloucestershire Badger Group called for a re-think… Tony Dean,
chairman and field officer of Gloucestershire Badger Group, said a ban would be unfair…. (story)
ThisIsKent 22.3.13 UPDATE: Compassion in World Farming react to Ramsgate port review rejection - COMPASSION in World Farming has had
its say after a judicial review into live animal export practices at Ramsgate port was rejected for a second time yesterday…
Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming, said: "Ramsgate is not equipped to handle animal exports…
|Father and son laugh as terrified animal dies....
|IT'S OFFICIAL - HUMAN PESTS ARE MONSTERS!!
and young son laugh as an animal
is killed in a slaughterhouse. His laughter contributes
to the cycle, How bloody evil! Let's break
this terrible cycle!
Veg and sit for the rights of animals!
A mother killed her baby and herself to end the torture of life on a bear bile farm. She hugged her cub until it suffocated, then drove
her own head into a wall.
Bear bile is prized in traditional Chinese medicine, and the demand for it has led to mass production. Bear farmers
lock moon bears into “crush cages,” so small the bears can’t move. Then farmers puncture their gall bladders
to siphon off their bile.
The resulting wound stays open because farmers force needles or shunts
into it so often. It becomes “susceptible to infections and diseases which can cause the animals unbearable pain,”
according to the Daily Mail. Also common are broken teeth from biting on the bars of cages, painful foot conditions and even malignant tumors.
This can go on for 20 years, until the bear stops producing bile and is killed. More than 12,000 bears are caged on bile farms.
The following video contains some disturbing images.
Video credit: Animals Asia
What A Mother Bear Knows
Moon bears have large vocabularies and lots of smarts. They know what is going on.
This mother reacted immediately
when her cub cried of distress because farmers were puncturing its gall bladder for the first time. She broke out of her own
cage and into her cub’s cage and did the only thing she could to save her baby from suffering.
story is heartbreaking, but it is also an illustration of moon bears’ intelligence. Consider what this bear had to understand
to do what she did: that what the farmers were doing felt the same way to someone else as it did when they did it to her;
that the farmers would keep on doing this to her baby again and again; and the nature of death — namely, that it would
Consider also the depth of her devotion to her cub: she broke out of her cage,
which she must have been able to do before but never did — or else she had one of those moments of super-adrenaline
that allow mothers to lift cars off their children; and after she hugged her baby to death, she killed herself. The Daily Mail says she killed herself to end her torture, but she could have done that before. I think that may have been
part of it, but mostly she killed herself because she had killed her cub.
This moon bear isn’t
the only mother trapped in a factory farm who has gone to extremes to protect her young. Veterinarian Holly Cheever tells
the tale of a dairy cow she treated who had given birth four times, and had her newborn confiscated every time. The
fifth time, out in pasture at night and without humans around (obviously this happened a while ago, before factory farming
had adopted near-constant restraints), she had twins. This cow understood that the farmer knew she had been pregnant, that
he was expecting a calf, and that he would take her calves away as he had all her previous babies. So she hatched a plan.
In the morning she brought one of her calves to the farmer, so that he would be satisfied. She hid the other calf
in the woods at the edge of the pasture. “Every day and every night, she stayed with her baby — the first she
had been able to nurture FINALLY — and her calf nursed her dry with gusto,” Cheever relates.
That gusto led to a glitch the poor mother had not anticipated. Her udder was
empty every time the farmer tried to milk her. Eventually he figured things out, found the bull calf, and stole him away for
a short, miserable life in a veal crate. His mother’s efforts may not have bought him that much time, but they did reveal
how smart she was and how capable of love.
Moon Bears and Their Bile
CITES lists moon bears as one of the most critically endangered species in the world. Any trade in them or their
parts is illegal. Estimates of their population vary; some estimate that in all of Asia there are only 16,000 moon bears in
Many experts, including some practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, say that there are herbal or synthetic alternatives that have the same effects as bear bile and its active ingredient, ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA).
Bile farmers are producing too much bile. The market is saturated. Rather than scale down their operations, they keep the bears caged and keep suctioning fluids out of
live bears’ bellies, then sell the result in the form of non-therapeutic products like shampoo. Those non-medicinal
products account for half of the bile farmers sell.
Please watch the above video from advocacy
group Animals Asia for more information on the plight of moon bears.
(*) Sunday Express 3.3.13 Hares horror is not over - CRUEL gangs are defying the law to hold events where hares are ripped apart by greyhounds
in front of cheering spectators…. Mark Randell, head of intelligence at the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Sadly,
the cruelty continues, with gangs travelling hundreds of miles to gamble large sums of cash on this barbaric blood sport.”…
(*) Gloucester Citizen 3.3.13 NFU warn back the badger cull and local butchers or lose "real meat" by Charles Mann, chairman of Gloucestershire
NFU - THE Secretary of State confirmed this week at the NFU Conference of the issuing of licences to both pilot badger control
areas, West Glos and West Somerset. And farmers in the pilot area are both relieved and thankful for this support…
Yorkshire Evening Post 2.3.13 Trio filmed dog attacks on animals - THREE men who filmed themselves committing a string of sickening acts of animal
cruelty have been jailed… Mark Wesley Smith, 53, Liam Patrick Ardito, 33, and Gary Cannon, 27, all from Grimsby, admitted
setting their dogs on a trapped fox on the town’s golf course after posing as pest controllers…. A collection
of more than 600 folders on computers contained thousands of photos, including Ardito stealing wild sparrowhawk chicks from
their nest and the men digging into fox dens and setting their terriers onto foxes. Others show Smith posing with a dead rook
and curlew, as well as a dead fox. A search of Ardito’s home also revealed a pit that could be created out of wooden
boards and carpets which could be used to stage animal fights… The RSPCA launched their investigation with the assistance
of the League Against Cruel Sports and Humberside Police (story)
Scotsman 2.3.13 ‘Lift ban on working dog tail docking’ - SCOTLAND’S gamekeepers have renewed calls for the ban on
the docking of working dogs’ tails to be lifted. Alex Hogg, the chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association,
told the association’s annual meeting in Perth that Scotland was now lagging behind the rest of UK on animal welfare….
Herald 2.3.13 Call for reversal of ban on docking dog tails - SCOTLAND'S gamekeepers have launched a campaign to force Scotland's
laws to be changed to allow them to cut the tails off working dogs to prevent the animals being injured… (story)
GROSS EVIL BY MEN WITH NO CONSCIENCE!!
GRIMSBY man Mark Smith has
this morning pleaded guilty to 13 animal cruelty charges.
The 53-year-old, of Broadway, appeared at Grimsby Magistrates'
Court within the last half an hour.
He was wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans, and spoke only to confirm his details
and enter pleas.
- Being present at an animal fight between a fox and a dog.
and abetting Liam Ardito in causing unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by a dog.
- Two counts
of aiding and abetting Liam Ardito and Gary Cannon in causing unnecessary suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked
by a dog.
- Being present at a fight between a dog and a badger.
- Being found, in Broadway, in possession of
a trap for the trapping of wild birds.
- Aiding and abetting Liam Ardito and Gary Cannon in causing unnecessary suffering
to two terrier dogs by causing them to fight with a fox.
- Aiding and abetting an unknown person to cause unnecessary
suffering to a fox by causing it to be attacked by a dog.
- Together with Liam Ardito, at Littlecoates Road, causing
an animal fight between two dogs and an unknown animal.
- Together with Gary Cannon, causing unnecessary suffering
to a fox by causing it to be attacked by a dog.
- With Liam Ardito, causing unnecessary suffering to a black and tan
terrier by causing it to fight with an unknown animal.
- Possessing a wild bird, namely a curlew.
a wild bird, namely a rook.
His co-defendants are also appearing in court today.http://www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk/UPDATE-Mark-Smith-pleads-guilty-13-animal-cruelty/story-18288165-detail/story.html
BRIAN MAY - GIVING HOPE TO THE FUTURE.
By Brian May
We had a great day in Bere Regis today, and that little village so colourfully named Shitterton, or, to the more coy
visitors, Sitterton! It was a public meeting, to enable me to explain our plans to restore an ancient woodland in this area,
and also to seek advice and comments from the local folks. It's a beautiful area, a wonderful place to bring up your children,
and at the time I was contemplating purchasing, there was a threat of the surrounding area being built on to the tune of hundreds
of houses. This was a horrific prospect for the villagers. Having purchased the farmland in question, we then set about evolving
a plan to return the whole site to its ancient glory as original British woodland. My hope that, under the advice of experts
who have been working in this district for generations, is to evolve better ways of Husbandry of the woodland, more humane,
with no Culling, no pesticides no herbicides, and of course no hunting for pleasure. This will be a safe place for all creatures,
and an environment in which the local people can interact with animals in a way which will benefit everyone. Well, that's
my hope anyway.
The reaction I got today was incredibly positive. The place was packed to overflow,
and in fact we had to make two presentations instead of one. We got great comments, great ideas and a real feeling of a community
moving forward in an exciting new project. I'm very excited myself. I think my favourite memory will be a tiny little
girl in purple, who came up to me afterwards and said, "Thank you for doing what you're doing".
I hope we get this right. My feeling, and my hope, is that in 100 years time people will be sitting around in Bere
Regis discussing this project and saying - "Our grandparents did the right thing for us!"
The only sour note of the whole day, was an article in the Daily Telegraph ["Brian May upsets farmers with his latest plan to save badgers"]
which was pitifully misinformed, mistakeny describing this project as a 'badger sanctuary' - with one of those quotes
from NFU boss Peter Kendall saying that a rock star should not be interfering with Farmers' affairs. Mr Kendall is such
a nice man that I'm sure he would not be slagging me off unless he's been misinformed. The project, of course,
has nothing whatsoever to do with the Badger Cull. And I should perhaps mention that we will not be bringing any animals in
from other areas – that would be a very irresponsible thing to do, especially as this is a TB affected area. The purpose
of this project is to provide care for the animals who already inhabit these parts, a corridor where they can enjoy life,
and enrich the lives of the local people. For me it's also an opportunity to learn.
soon - and the plans will be on full view to the public.
Cheers - and my big thanks to all who
attended the meeting today with such positive energy.
DAILY HATE AT IT AGAIN!
10th Feb 2013
WHAT A BUNCH OF LIARS, The MAIL on SUNDAY - WITH THEIR FRONT PAGE REPORT ABOUT A FOX BITING
A BABIES FINGER OFF. THE STORY IS SO FULL OF GAPING HOLES YOU COULD DRIVE A LONDON BUS THROUGH IT. POLICE
SHOULD HAVE DONE DNA TEST TO PROVE IT WAS NOT A FOX AND THAT IT WAS MOST LIKELY A DOMESTIC DOG. A SIMPLE SWAB WOULD
HAVE BEEN ENOUGH!! THIS JOHNSON WOMAN HAVING TO DRAG A FOX OFF HER BABY - come on!! EVEN THE MOST TAME FOXES
ARE TIMID!! THE MOTHERS A LIAR AND YOU PRO-HUNT MEDIA FALL FOR IT EVERYTIME BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BELIEVE IT, AND
BECAUSE IT SUITS YOUR VILE AGENDA!!!
|Former C/A now Tory MP Simon Hart at a dig out after a fox hunt in 2000.
FORMER C/A MAN SIMON HART MP, FAILS TO DAMAGE THE RSPCA.
Judi Hewitt - January31st 2013
No wonder Tory MP Simon Hart was trying so hard to destroy the RSPCA, he's
a former fox hunter and wait for it, a former senior member of the Countryside Alliance. His hatred for anyone opposed
to fox hunting has been apparent for a long time to those of us who campaign for wildlife - we have the measure
of this man. If you need further proof of just how low this guy can stoop then you should know that this evil creature
was present at a dig out, at the end of a fox hunt back in 2000 - see photo.
The RSPCA is beginning to win
the confidence of most of the nation - this is obvious by the increase in their donations since the story broke about
them spending a large sum prosecuting the Heythrop. The RSPCA spend far more on a yearly basis prosecuting other animal
cruelty, so why should foxes be exempt.
It is clearly sour grapes by cruel hunt supporter Simon Hart - he just
cannot stand the thought that the UK public will never allow the cruelty of fox hunting to be brought back
just to placate a small minority of self centred people with a very sick blood-lust.
Not knowing the subject when he took on the land, it seems Brian May took advice from those who
know, gave it a trial period, assessed the results and decided to halt the culling. That is the description of commonsense,
intelligence and caring. Not something which the critics display. But then, they are all part of the rabble mafia.
BRIAN MAY CRITICISED FOR CULLING DEER
26.11.12 Revealed: Brian May allowed hunter to kill 23 deer on his land... despite his role in high profile campaign to stop
badger cull By KEITH GLADDIS - As the instantly recognisable guitarist of the rock band Queen, Brian May is used to being
adored by millions. But as the figure head of the campaign to stop a mass cull of badgers the curly-haired musician believes
he is finally starting to make enemies. Because Mr May has been accused of being 'utterly hypocritical' after it was
revealed he allowed a hunter to shoot 23 'young, healthy' deer on his land…. (story)
(*) Western Daily Press
26.11.12 Farmers insist Queen guitarist Brian May is 'hypocritical' over badger cull - Queen guitarist and badger
saviour Brian May was forced to defend himself against accusations of hypocrisy yesterday, after he admitted that he allowed
deer to be culled on his West estate… The RSPCA, of which Mr May is vice-president, said there was a difference between
culling deer and culling badger… (story)
(*) Farmers Guardian
26.11.12 Brian May accused of hypocrisy for allowing deer cull By Alistair Driver - BRIAN May, the figurehead of the campaign
to halt the culling badgers, has been accused of hypocrisy after it emerged that he allowed deer to be culled on his estate.
The former Queen guitarist has responded by accusing the pro-culling fraternity of trying to ‘discredit’ him and
the RSPCA… Dr May suggested he had been set up, acknowledging that he has ‘put a lot of people’s backs
up’ out that . “I sniff Countryside Alliance involvement - they would love to find ways to discredit me…
26.11.12 Deer cull in Brian May’s grounds - QUEEN star and animal rights campaigner Brian May allowed deer to be shot
on his estate, it emerged yesterday… (story) Sunday Telegraph
25.11.12 Animal rights campaigner Brian May allowed deer to be culled on his estate - Brian May, the Queen guitarist and
animal rights campaigner, has admitted that he allowed deer to be culled on his estate. By Josie Ensor - Mr May employed a
deer stalker who killed 23 of the "mainly young, healthy animals" on his 139-acre plot of land in Dorset…
He said he had inherited the tradition of deer culling when he bought the land and was advised to continue the practice as
it would discourage poachers and "improve the health of the deer population". He stopped the culling last year,
according to the Sunday Times… (story)
(*) Western Morning News 26.11.12 In my opinion: Parting thoughts from police commissioner candidate - A few observations now that those elections
are at last over. For myself and my wife Veronica, losing is tinged with the additional sadness of leaving Cornwall again….
And finally, the hunting community can breathe a sigh of relief. I would probably, indeed almost certainly, have been the
only candidate in the country who would have enforced the Hunting Act. That would indeed have been controversial… (story)
(*) Western Morning News 26.11.12 Vet slams RSPCA's 'extremist' badger stance - A former senior vet at the RSPCA has joined critics in
the Westcountry in hitting out at the charity's "extremist" stance on the badger cull, which he claims is damaging
its long-term credibility… David McDowell, a former RSPCA acting chief veterinary adviser, said he feared Mr Grant's
controversial approach was jeopardising the charity's ability to work with farmers on animal welfare issues… he
claimed that members of the RSPCA council "did not want the hard scientific facts to upset their comfortable prejudices"….
(*) Thanet Gazette 26.11.12 Green Party Euro MP Keith Taylor writes to government over live animal exports at Ramsgate port - GREEN party Euro
MP Keith Taylor has written to the animal welfare minister calling for an urgent meeting after another shipment of live animals
was exported from Ramsgate port last week… (story)
Brian will always have my unstinted support - from his last email he
is still looking on the positive side, so well done Bri.
PATHETIC SENTENCE - ANIMAL'S DON'T HAVE ANY PROTECTION IN THIS SCUM RIDDLED, CLASS DRIVEN
COUNTRY - SO FULL OF SELFISH, IGNORANT, SUB HUMANS!!
|Justice for Anne! – Bobby Roberts found guilty|
| Bobby Roberts, owner of the Bobby Roberts Super Circus, has today become the first circus owner
to be found guilty of offences under the Animal Welfare Act for suffering caused to Anne the elephant. Mr Roberts was
given a conditional discharge of 3 years and received no fine, nor a ban from keeping animals. His wife Moira was acquitted
of all charges, as it was not proven that she owned the elephant. Despite the considerable suffering caused to Anne, the sentencing meted
out to Mr Roberts is derisory and provides no faith that the Animal Welfare Act can protect animals in circuses. For years, Animal
Defenders International has been campaigning to set Anne free from her chains and the terrible conditions in which she was
kept and, despite the obstacles we faced at every turn, we refused to give up hope. Our commitment to ensure that action was
taken has given Anne her freedom from the circus, along with the camel called Monty.|| |
Donate nowand help us expose
| The shocking footage, filmed during January-February 2011, shows a staggeringly high level
of violence. Incidents included Anne, an elderly and severely arthritic elephant, being hit with a metal pitchfork and kicked
around the face and body 48 times by workers, who were also seen beating and spitting on a camel and beating miniature ponies
and horses on numerous occasions. The disturbing footage also shows Anne constantly chained, by her front and arthritic back leg, with only enough room
to take one step forward or backwards, for the entire period of filming. Her chains were only changed to different legs twice,
Just a week after ADI exposed to
the public the abuse that she was suffering, Anne was transferred to a safari park with the owners’ consent. Although her life has improved since her rescue from the circus, we urge Longleat to find Anne a
companion as a matter of urgency; she has been on her own for too long and should finally be happy with one of her own kind
to share her days with. When it counted, ADI was the only organisation that was there for Anne. Please help ensure that
we can be there for other animals suffering in circuses worldwide. Thank you.|
|Sweet bear beaten to a pulp....
RINGLING BROS CIRCUS BEAT SWEET BEAR TO A PULP!!
Bears too can often be seen under the big top riding bikes, wearing funny clothes, balancing balls and clowning
These beautiful beings are often found in forests and enjoy foraging for food. But again to get a wild untamed animal to act
in such an unnatural way requires massive amounts of fear, intimidation and violence.
For example to get a bear to
stand on its hind legs like a human throughout the entire show, the trainers will burn the front paws so that it is too painful
and sore for the bear to walk on all fours as it would do normally. Often the bears are painfully and restrictively muzzled
as well as de-clawed.
During rehearsals the bears are so badly beaten about the face that a number of bears suffer
from broken noses. An ex-circus employee gave the following account of how the endearing bears were treated if they failed
to perform. “She was a sweet little innocent brown bear who never hurt anyone... but sometimes she had trouble balancing
on the high wire. She was then beaten with long metal rods until she was screaming and bl
oody. She became so neurotic
that she would beat her head against her small cage. She finally died.”
The suffering endured by these beautiful
animals has broken my heart into a trillion pieces. I am crying as I write this!
|Matador deserving all he gets from the poor tortured bull.
THE DISGUSTING TRUTH.
This is what everybody should read to the end!!!! The disgusting
truth about bullfights and how it is subsidized by the EU! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1034484/How-family-Britain-paying-alive-barbarism-bullfighting.html
Just yesterday the odious and egotystical, diminutive Steve
Wright (radio 2) appeared to only have sympathy for the Matador gored by a bull. Wright was heard to say, "A raging
bull gored a Matador, oh, sounds serious." He made no mention of the poor bull that had already been tortured
with knives in his neck and spine. Yes, Steve Wright, you would be raging in pain if you were being tortured
by cruel sub- humans.
of Spain's top matadors is fighting for his life after being gored in the groin during
a bullfight in Mexico.
Jose Tomas received a 17-pint blood transfusion after the half-tonne bull
plunged one of its horns 10cm into the fighter's left thigh, puncturing a vein and an artery.
had bled so profusely that bullring officials even appealed to the crowd to come forward for transfusions if they matched
his relatively rare A- blood type.
Doctors later spent three hours trying to repair a femoral
artery perforated in the fight in the city of Aguascalientes.
The director of the Miguel Hidalgo
hospital, Geronimo Aguayo, said Tomas had shown "slight improvement" but remains in a grave condition.
Mexican television footage showed the acclaimed fighter being caught out by a quick turn from the animal during the
bout, which was being held amid celebrations for an important national festival.
The beast attacked and lifted Tomas into the air, shaking its head with the matador dangling from its sharp left
Once on the ground, Tomas rolled away and held his hands up as if to say he was OK, but
a large, dark red stain was already seeping through his glittering gold suit.
has suffered a number of serious gorings since returning to the ring in 2007 following his surprise retirement five years
His comeback was met with a tremendous fanfare in Spain, whereupon Tomas told one
interviewer "living without bullfighting is not living".
In other words this so
called Matador is a psychopath - he lives for torturing and killing animals that have already been weakened and driven mad
with pain by the scum picadors who stick knives in the bulls spine and neck. I hope the rotten cruel torturer pays
the ultimate price for his barbaric cruelty. Christ, is this 2012 or the rotten dark ages?
the Sadistic 'Fire Bull' Festival in Soria
On the weekend of 15 November, a sadistic
festival called "Toro Júbilo" will take place in Soria, Spain. During this festival, balls of pitch are attached
to a bull's horns and set on fire.
The bull is then released out into the streets and can do nothing
but run around in pain, often smashing into walls in an attempt to douse the fire. The agony he must suffer is unimaginable.
These fiery balls can burn for hours, and they burn the bull's horns, body and eyes and cause tremendous stress –
all while spectators cheer and run around the victim.
Please join me in sending an e-mail to Spanish officials
urging them to put a stop to this vile so-called "festival" now.
Matador Torero Alvaro Munera - trying to show sick spectators how brave he is!!
Basically, this so called Matador has taken over the torture of this animal from
Picadors after they had tortured this poor animal (sending him mad with pain) before fatally wounding him by slicing
deep into his neck with the sword. These foul, evil gargoyles should be sectioned in mental institutions
to fathom the sickness of their depraved minds. Like hunters, they are lacking in the very quality that makes us human, compassion!
Until mankind wakes up and starts to take animal abuse seriously, then this world of ours will remain incivilised.
Our Help is Needed… «
FOR JAPANESE HERO WHO FEEDS
GORGOTTEN ANIMALS OF JAPANESE TSUNAM
Naoto Matsumura lives
in Tomioka, Japan. He is the only person living in Tomioka, Japan. Once home to over 16,000 people, the city has
been closed down by the government due to radiation dangers from the TEPCO Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the wake of last
Matsumura is a fifth-generation farmer who has
lived here his entire life. When the government evacuated the city, no plan was made to evacuate or care for the thousands
of pets and livestock left behind. Matsumura refused to evacuate without his dog, and so he remained behind. Soon
the starving and desperate animals left uncared for found their way to him, and now he does what he can to feed them all.
He sees death every day, but still he fights for life. He gives these animals food, he gives them care, and he gives
them what they lost when their people were forced to leave them behind–human love.
Mr. Matsumura is living without electricity, without running water, and with barely enough food for himself.
That’s not what struck me about his story, though. What struck me is that we all know what it means to live in
a zone with that kind of radioactive contamination. We all know the choice Mr. Matsumura is making. He is giving
his life for these animals. Literally. Thus far he has made this struggle alone.
You can read more about him here. I forewarn you that I haven’t cried so hard since the day we lost Scarlett.
I don’t talk about it a lot, but between Homer’s Facebook fans, his Facebook friends, the fans of the
book’s Facebook page, and the people who follow Homer on Twitter, there are 30,000 of us (not counting however many
people read this blog). 30,000. We could be an army, if we wanted to be.
I think we should be an army. I think we should be an army for good. Or, better yet, we should be heroes.
This man–this extraordinary human being, the kind of man who comes along no more than maybe once or twice in a generation–deserves
to know that we support him. He deserves to know that we bear witness to his struggles, his selflessness, and his courage.
I want this man to know that he may be alone in the only home he’s ever known, but he is not alone in this world.
We stand with him. He may live alone on the other side of the world, but he also lives with us in our hearts.
Our hearts have no borders.
Mr. Matsumura needs money to continue to care
for these starving, abandoned animals, and I’m asking you to give. I’m asking you to give as much as you
can, think about it a minute, and then give a few dollars more. I’m asking you to share Mr. Matsumura’s
story with your friends, your families, on your Facebook pages, on your Twitter feeds, on message boards and online community
groups, and anywhere else you can. I am asking all of you–all of us–to show what a force for good we can
be when we put our minds to it.
TO HELP NAOTO YOU WILL HAVE TO GO ONTO FACE BOOK....
Spain's King Juan Carlos,
74, underwent surgery after an accident while he reportedly hunted elephants in southern Africa.
The King appeared on the web page of the safari company, Rann Safaris, beside an elephant he killed earlier
during the trip
By Fiona Govan, in Madrid
5:17PM BST 14 Apr 2012
He was operated
on for four hours to replace his hip at a hospital in Madrid on Saturday morning, after suffering a triple fracture which
the Royal Palace said was "linked to arthritis".
The accident happened in Botswana
during what the palace described as a private hunting trip.
Many Spaniards reacted with anger,
with criticism of his expensive hobby at a time when his nation is mired in economic crisis with high unemployment and real
suffering, especially for the young.
Adding to the embarrassment for the royal family, a few
days ago on Monday his eldest grandson, Felipe Juan Froilán Marichalar y Borbón, 13, shot himself in the right
foot with a shotgun during target practice at a family estate north of Madrid.
His father was
questioned by police for allowing his son to use a firearm without a license, which can only be issued in Spain to those over
14 years old.
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It was not the king's first hunting controversy.
In 2006 there were reports that while on holiday in Russia he had shot and killed a performing bear called Mitrofan which
had first been fed honey mixed with vodka.
News of the accident broke on the day that many Spaniards
marked the anniversary of the birth of the Spain's Second Republic when on April 14 1931, the last king, Alfonso XIII
went into exile.
It set off fevered controversy within Spain and brought more unwelcome scrutiny
on a Royal family that traditionally has enjoyed the kind of privacy and respect that the Windsors could only dream of.
"The King, in this situation of economic distress and the dramas that affect millions of people, instead of
being in his office puzzling over the fate of his country is instead hunting exotic animals and endangered species, "
said Basque politician Julia Madrazo at a rally in Bilbao to commemorate the Second Republic.
April 14 has given us a fine account of a day in the life of our King, full of privileges of the past." Spain's left-leaning
daily newspaper El Pais speculated that the monarch had been on a trip to hunt elephants in Botswana, where sanctioned elephant
hunting is allowed to cull herd numbers.
Andres Gutierrez Lara, president of the Spanish Federation
of Hunting said it would cost between 7,000 and 20,000 euros to shoot an elephant on top of travel costs.
"It was a private trip and therefore not subject to official comment," Juan Carlos Zamora, private secretary
to the King, explained to The Sunday Telegraph, refusing to confirm whether the monarch had in fact been shooting elephants.
"As ever the media will come to their own conclusions," he said.
The palace also declined to disclose how the trip had been funded. It comes just weeks after the monarch publicly
expressed his worry over the state of Spain's economy.
"One of the consequences of the
crisis, youth unemployment, gives me sleepless nights," he told a group of students in Barcelona in March.
It was the 4th time the king has undergone surgery since May 2010. He had surgery on his Achilles tendon last September,
a knee replacement in June last year and a benign tumour removed from one of his lungs the year before.
What an evil, right royal, bastard!!! Mind you, what can
we expect while he allows the sick and bloody torture of animals in fiesta's in Spain. This is a country
dripping in the blood of horrifically abused animals.
AN ENGLISH WOMAN'S FIGHT - on a paradise island - TO STOP HORRIFIC KILLING
OF PET & STRAY DOGS.
The dogs on death row in paradise: One English woman's battle
to take on a holiday island which cruelly kills thousands of pet dogs a yearMore than 20,000 pet and stray dogs are brutally
slayed annually in Mauritius
Undercover investigation after alarm raised by the British-based charity
Up to 80
per cent are much-loved pets snatched from doorsteps
Pound can only be described as a concentration camp for dogs
By Jane Fryer and Allan Hall
PUBLISHED: 22:36, 10 April 2012 | UPDATED: 22:37, 10 April 2012
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The dog is flat on his back, trussed up with a rough rope, his paws scrabbling frantically in the air as a man in a
red baseball cap rams a needle deep into his heart.
There is one last desperate struggle then a monstrous howl that rips
through the muggy tropical morning, startling nearby market traders and silencing the birds.
When the howl splutters
into a whimper, the dog is dragged and kicked into a kennel to die alongside three others. It is a slow and painful death,
the result of a botched lethal injection by a canine-killing squad.
Squalid: A dog jumps up looking for its owner.
He is on death row at the dog pound in Port Louis, Mauritius. Eighty per cent of the dogs caught and killed are pet dogs not
And it takes place in the so-called tropical paradise of Mauritius — the palm-fringed holiday destination
of more than 200,000 Britons each year.
Away from the white, gleaming beaches — where the sea is impossibly blue
and tourists sip cocktails while lazing on luxury sunbeds — more than 20,000 pet and stray dogs are slayed annually
in this sickening way.
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These horrific images of the slaughter were taken during an undercover investigation by the Mail after
the alarm was raised by the British-based charity International Animal Rescue.
The Mauritian government claims it is
a humane way of controlling the island’s stray dog population, but it is neither humane nor honest.
An MSPCA dog catcher nets a dog before throwing it into the van where it will be taken off to the pound
When it arrives at the pound the dog has three days before it is thrown into a mass grave at the grave yard in Port Louis
Some of the animals are strays but many more — up to 80 per cent — are much-loved pets that have been snatched
from their doorsteps, with collars and security tags clearly marking their addresses.
They are captured as part of a
‘clean-up’ campaign, despite pleas from animal welfare organisations across the world.
And they are killed
by an organisation with a name so ironic it would be laughable it wasn’t true — the Mauritian Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Kitted out in jaunty red caps and wielding giant fishing nets, MSPCA dog-catchers snatch
animals wherever they see them — sleeping on street corners, lingering in alleys or lazing on their own doorsteps.
They are scooped up and hurled into cages in the back of roasting-hot vans where they remain — often bleeding and
with broken bones — while the officers continue their rounds.
Caged: MSPCA personnel march around in heavy
boots, brandishing sharp metal rods to punish disobedient animals. In the filthy concrete cages, most of the dogs shrink to
the back, shivering and terrified
Their destination is a pound that can only be described as a concentration camp for
MSPCA personnel march around in heavy boots, brandishing sharp metal rods to punish disobedient animals. In the
filthy concrete cages, most of the dogs shrink to the back, shivering and terrified.
Others edge forward, hopeful and
trusting, unable to understand their predicament.
The worst corner is the puppy cage — rusty, squalid with faeces,
and utterly desolate.
Only animals with owners have any hope, and even then it is slim. If residents suspect their pet
has been snatched by the MSPCA, they can come to the pound and pay a ransom to rescue it. But the charge is £30, which
is beyond the reach of most people, as the average worker earns less than £60 a month.
Nearly all the dogs spend
three days in the cages before a lethal injection and a slow, painful death.
The still-warm bodies are hurled into a
mass open grave in a stretch of wasteland. Clumps of fur, tails and ears are visible in the red soil. Skulls and bones create
splashes of white.
The MSPCA insists only stray dogs are exterminated but this is a lie. The truth is that the organisation
has a quota of more than 100 stray dogs to capture every day in a bid to reduce the island’s estimated 200,000 population.
Helpless: The worst corner is the puppy cage - rusty, squalid with faeces, and utterly desolate. Only animals
with owners have any hope, and even then it is slim
And officers will happily take pets to achieve this figure.
woman Alicia Browne can testify to this, after her two dogs were snatched while she was walking them.
Alicia, who is
staying in Mauritius for nine months to visit a friend, adopted two stray dogs — whom she called Mira and Wanda —
on the waterfront near Riv du Rempart in the north-east.
She recalls: ‘I was with them on the beach in December,
throwing sticks, just having a nice day, when these two guys ran down with their nets and threw them over Mira and Wanda.
‘I screamed, “What are you doing! These are my dogs!” Mira and Wanda could not have been more than
4ft away from me. But one of the dog-catchers said I was breaking the law: because they weren’t on a leash, they were
strays, and that was that.’
Alicia, from Redhill, Surrey, adds: ‘I was in tears and ran after them and saw
them dumped in the van like trash. Mira’s leg was cut — you can see the scars and she has a limp now.
followed the van in my car for the rest of the morning while the men scooped up pet after pet then went to the pound where
they were unloaded.
‘I had to pay to get my dogs back. Wanda will never be the same again — she was severely
traumatised by the experience.’
Jacqueline Woodridge, a British expat living in Mauritius, lost her pet dog in
January and went to the Port Louis MSPCA compound to try to find him.
Lucky ones: Alicia Browne (35) from Redhill
Surrey with her two dogs Wanda (left) and Mira (right) who she saved from the dog pound after the dog catchers snatched her
pets from the beach.
Her search was unsuccessful — and shocking. She said: ‘What I saw was horrific. There
were so many beautiful dogs, many, many with collars, including puppies, squeezed into dirty kennel chambers covered with
urine and faeces.
‘They were trembling, whining, and terrified. There was just one bowl of bread and water in each
While the population of strays is undoubtedly large and growing, the dogs are not dangerous: there is
no rabies on Mauritius, and the strays shun human contact.
Local and international vets agree that sterilisation would
stem the problem — indeed, three years ago French actress Brigitte Bardot offered to pay for a mass sterilisation for
all the island’s strays. But the government will not consider it.
Yesterday, phone calls to the MSPCA were not
returned. German vet Birgit Wellmann, who had to rescue her own dog from a pound, said: Sterilisation is the way forward but
no one will listen. It is heartbreaking.’
She claims people on the island won’t criticise the MSPCA for fear
of veiled retribution. Foreigners worry about losing residency and work permits, and locals are vulnerable to arrest if they
defame the government.
Authorities say the strays are an eyesore and jeopardise the lucrative tourism trade. But as one
European vet who used to work on
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LIVE EXPORT NEWS FROM AUSTRALIA.
animal rights activists have been arrested for boarding a ship and chaining theirselves up .....expecting to get
film of animal abuse and cruelty! There were twelve of them .....not sure where they are or what has happened
to them. . ......in the meantime the authorities are continuing to load 80,000 sheep onto the
ship!! YES EIGHTY THOUSAND little woolly souls,
Question .......who are
the criminals here?
|the face of suffering - note the metal cage on this animals face.
|poor abused camels.
BRITS BEHAVING BADLY...
I recently took a holiday in Lanzarote
and decided to check out the National Park at Timanfaya. At first I thought, wow, the scenery (albeit a bit like the
planet Mars) was stunning, then we came across around three hundred camels all tethered together and bound with metal
and leather straps around their heads.They also had double seats attached to their backs. On closer inspection I noticed that
some of these camels were actually shedding tears and I was shocked by the abrasions on their faces from the metal
strapping that had cut into their flesh. I went to stroke one of them but it turned its head abruptly away as though
I was about to hurt it - by this time I was nearly crying myself.
There was a public sign close to where all
the coaches were driving in - it read, 'Using camels is more ecological'. Hmm, I thought,
surely it is more ecological to use your own two feet. Then I noticed some camels coming back down the hillside
with fat people sat on them. When the camels were forced to kneel to let the paying punters off, I heard them
cry out in pain. I was so outraged I spent the next fifteen minutes telling people that this was truly barbaric.
I was met with stares of indifference by most, but a few people who were just watching, agreed with
me. One lady told me that these camels are killed for meat when they can longer carry people.
All in all, I found
the animals so pitiful and their plight very upsetting plus the experience has left me with an even
deeper loathing of uncaring, self centred people.
So my message to anyone who intends taking a holiday
in the Canary islands (or indeed anywhere that exploits these poor animals) please do not take
camel rides - it causes immense suffering.
How about this for
Cliffhanger! Lion cub saved by mum in dramatic
scenes caught on camera as he cries out pitifully for help Clinging on for dear life to the side of a vertical cliff, the tiny lion cub cries out
pitifully for help.
mother arrives at the edge of the precipice with three other lionesses and a male. The females start to clamber down together
but turn back daunted by the sheer drop.
Eventually one single factor determines which of them will risk her life
to save the youngster – motherly love.
Cliffhanger! Lion cub
saved by mum in dramatic scenes caught on camera as he cries out pitifully for help
Clinging on for dear life to the side of a vertical cliff, the tiny
lion cub cries out pitifully for help.
On the brink: Four lionesses look over the edge before aborting their rescue mission because of the sheer
Slowly, agonisingly, the big cat edges her way down towards her terrified son, using her powerful claws to
grip the crumbling cliff side.
One slip from her and both animals could end up dead at the bottom
of the ravine.
Just as the exhausted cub seems about to fall, his mother circles
beneath him and he is snatched up in her jaws.
She then begins the equally perilous
journey back to the top. Minutes later, they arrive and she gives the frightened creature a consoling lick on the head.
The dramatic rescue, captured by
wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot, was played out in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve.
Despite the presence of wardens to deter poachers, day-to-day life for the lions is not without its dangers …
as the cub learned the hard way.
Amid beauty we have an ugliness that has nothing to do with nature - it
is man's greed and lust for blood and power that creates such obscenities in life.
WAAC says - Why are we still seeing
so much cruelty in this world and more worrying that these human creatures are still in positions of power?
ABOVE ARE SOME
OF THE MOST UPSETTING SCENE'S RE SNARED FOXES I HAVE EVER SEEN. THEY PROVE TO ME THAT CRUELTY AND IGNORANCE ARE ACCEPTABLE
TO THE RULERS OF OUR LAND. IT'S TIME WE STEPPED IN AND SAID A RESOUNDING 'NO' TO THE BARBARIC SCUM
THAT KILL OUR BEAUTIFUL FOXES FOR THEIR OWN PERVERSE BLOODLUST.
PLEASE SIGN AND CIRCULATE WIDELY Petitions - Cat skinned alive
strung up its entire fur ripped off its body (Dominican Republic) andStop promotion bullfighting by
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Could you please spread the following protest? Spanish organizations asked us to
spread it widely Stop promotion bullfighting by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)http://www.cas-international.org/en/support-us/protest-online/real-madrid/********** Cat skinned alive strung up its entire fur ripped off its body
(Dominican Republic)Subject: Please Sign this petition!!!! My God, what depravity!!! Warning - ...
Yes, I saw this and posted
it to FB – that night I was so distressed I had to take a Xanax in order to calm down. An activist told me she
contacted a so-called authority to get them going after these demonic creatures, but the she got ONLY one reply saying
they had “gotten away” -- that is, if they went after them at all. I won’t say here what I wish
on them, there’s no point anyway. The problem is that petitions never go anywhere, it is necessary to start writing
to their politicians. Make huge international campaign to embarrass them. I do not have the time because of the
conference I am organizing for June (no time to breath), otherwise I’d do it. Rosawww.AFSConference.orgwww.antifursociety.org
"All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others.
Then whom can
you hurt? What harm can you do? ~Buddha"http://www.thepetitionsite.com/11/maximum-sentence-for-these-animal-torturers/WARNING: the picture (upper
left corner of Petition Site) is VERY DISTURBING BUT PLEASE PLEASE do not fail to sign and pass on just to spare yourself
the site. We are the voice for all who suffer and cannot speak for themselves. PLEASE add a comment, sign and pass on to all
and plead for them to do the same.
Yours in rescue
Trail of Hearts
occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." Albert Schweitzer
WAAC says -
there are two kinds of human beings in this world - intelligent and compassionate and then there are the brain dead mutants.
God bless the poor cat and God damn the bastards that tortured this beautiful animal.
JUSTICE NEEDED FOR PUPPY BURNT ALIVEI
PETITION POUR QUE CEUX QUI ONT BRULÉS VIVANT CE PETIT CHIOT A L'ESSENCE SOIENT
PUNIS COMME IL SE DOIT. NE REGARDEZ PAS LA VIDEO CAR ELLE CONTIENT DES IMAGES TRES FORTES OU L ON VOIT TOUT EN DIRECT.
CRUELTY - TO CATS IN MADRID,
South Korea Buries One Million Pigs Alive
WAAC has only two
words to say about these people - EVIL BASTARDS!!
Kat Higgins, Sky News OnlineSouth Korea has been heavily criticised for burying up to one million pigs alive as it grapples with a foot and mouth
the first case of the disease was confirmed in November the country has embarked on a mass cull.Foot and mouth disease affects all cloven hoofed
animals such as pigs, cattle and goats, and any country that has cases of it is unable to export the animals' meat.The South Korean government has so far
refused to vaccinate pigs against the disease and is now slaughtering them in record numbers despite appeals to stop.On January 4 in one area of Gangwon-Do,
33,900 pigs alone were destroyed, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) told Sky News Online that South Korea's actions contravene
international guidelines.Michele Danan from the organisation said: "Live vaccinations are the best route but if they do have to kill them
we would prefer that they were at least slaughtered humanely." The
estimated cost of the cull so far is believed to have reached around £230m when a mass vaccination programme would have
cost an estimated £63m.Some animal rights campaigners have criticised the government for putting economic considerations ahead of animal welfare.The Republic has begun inoculating cattle
in some areas and the OIE reported on Thursday that sows and boars are starting to be vaccinated but only in a few locations.It is believed the live burial of pigs
began at Christmas and the figure is likely to climb far above the one million mark.Joyce D’Silva, Director of Public Affairs for CIWF said: "Compassion
in World Farming is appalled that the Republic of Korea is allegedly throwing pigs into pits and burying them alive."This is totally contrary to international
guidelines on humane culling, which the Korean government endorsed five years ago."We urge the Korean government to end this horrendous practice
at once and to ensure that, if animals are culled, this is done humanely." http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/South-Korea-One-Million-Pigs-Buried-Alive-In-Foot-And-Mouth-Outbreak-Mass-Criticism/Article/201101115887024?f=rss
Grizzly Severely Mauls Alaska Bear Hunter May 17, 2011 12:34:03 AMANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 16 (Reuters) - An Alaska bear hunter who was severely mauled by a grizzly over the weekend has been flown to Seattle in critical
condition, authorities said on Monday.Nome resident Wes Perkins, 54, was listed in critical
condition and in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a spokeswoman for the hospital said.It was Alaska's first bear attack of 2011, officials with the state Department of Fish and Game
said."As far as I know, this is the first significant incident of the year,"
said Gordy Williams, special assistant with the department.Perkins, a former Nome fire
chief, was attacked on Sunday by a large bear that he and two companions were tracking by snowmobile in a hilly area outside
of Nome, the Alaska State Troopers said.Perkins was riding in front of his companion when the bear charged him, trooper spokeswoman
Megan Peters said.The other men in the hunting party shot and killed the bear and called
for help by radio, she said.Perkins was retrieved from the site by helicopter, taken
to the Nome hospital and then flown from there for further treatment, Peters said.The
troopers are investigating the incident, she said. (Reporting by Yereth Rosen, Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Greg McCune)
Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters.
WAAC says - it's called
karma for the hunter - but the poor bear shot dead will doubt meet these men again and that is called revenge!.
Bomb-sniffing Army dog dies of broken heart after Taliban kill his master.
In life, they were united in their tireless
work saving countless British soldiers in Afghanistan.
In death, they were united in tragedy.
Shortly after Lance
Corporal Liam Tasker was killed in a firefight with the Taliban, his devoted Army search dog Theo suffered a seizure and passed
Tragic loss: Liam Tasker was on patrol with his dog Theo at the time of the attack in Nahr-e-Saraj,
The pair had uncovered 14 home-made bombs and hoards of weapons in just five months – a record
for a dog and his handler in the conflict.
L/Cpl Tasker, 26, this week became the 358th British serviceman to die in
the ten-year conflict.
Only last month he described his joy at the close bond he had developed with Theo, a 22-month-old
springer spaniel cross.
‘I love my job and working together with Theo. He has a great character and never tires,’
he said in an interview on the Ministry of Defence website.
‘He can’t wait to get out and do his job and
will stop at nothing.’
Theo and L/Cpl Tasker, an Arms and Explosives Search dog handler of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps,
1st Military Working Dog Regiment, were part of the Theatre Military Working Dogs Support Unit based at Camp Bastion.
Tuesday they took part in a mission in the Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand, a hotbed of the insurgency.
task was to be the ‘front man’, sniffing out any hidden IEDs, weapons and bomb-making equipment.
But a firefight
broke out with the Taliban and L/Cpl Tasker was shot dead.
After his body was flown back to Camp Bastion, his beloved
Theo is thought to have died of a broken heart.
The soldier, from Kirkcaldy, Fife, leaves behind mother Jane Duffy,
father Ian Tasker, brother Ian, sisters Laura and Nicola and girlfriend Leah Walters.
Dog handler: Liam was a member of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Theo also died after the attack
a statement, his family said: ‘There are three words that best describe Liam: larger than life. He lit up every room
he walked into with his cheeky smile.
‘He died a hero doing a job he was immensely passionate about. We are so
proud of him and everything he’s achieved. Words can’t describe how sorely he will be missed.’
Walters added: ‘LT never met anyone without touching their lives in some way. I am the proudest girlfriend there could
ever be and there will be an LT-sized hole in my life forever. Sleep well, my darling, my soulmate, my best friend.’
Lieutenant Colonel David Thorpe, commanding officer 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, also paid tribute to L/Cpl Tasker,
saying: ‘He genuinely loved the dogs he worked with and was always able to get the best out of them.
the hard-working, determined and ambitious nature of our very best soldiers, he wanted to go to Afghanistan. He wanted to
ply his trade in the harshest of environments, to be outside of his comfort zone and he wanted to be successful. He was.
work he did in his five months in Afghanistan saved countless lives, of that I have no doubt.’
L/Cpl Tasker joined
the Army in 2001 as a vehicle mechanic in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. But his passion for animals led to
a transfer to the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in 2007.
He only learned about the dog unit when a friend showed him
videos of them in action. He spent 15 weeks on a handlers’ course with Theo, where they learned to work as a team and
developed their bond.
Once in Afghanistan, Theo was so successful at detecting explosives that his tour of duty was
due to be extended by a month.
Major Caroline Emmett, Officer Commanding 104 Military Working Dog Squadron, said: ‘L/Cpl
Tasker was one of the best people I have ever known. Kind, with a good heart, he always put others before himself. He and
his dog Theo were made for each other.’
Defence Secretary Liam Fox said he was ‘deeply saddened’ by
‘It is clear that L/Cpl Tasker was a dedicated and highly capable soldier whose skills in handling dogs
were second to none,’ he said.
‘He and his dog Theo had saved many lives and we will be eternally
grateful for this.’
Just heard on the ITV news that Liam was upset at having to leave his
faithful friend Theo behind.
God bless both
Liam and Theo, now together forever....................................................................................................................................
|Fabiano with Caramelo - safe at last! |
Oh boy! What a week for Caramelo (former Leão), the dog who’s owner was killed by the flash floods in Brazil! He lost his family, kept waiting beside his owner’s grave for days until he was rescued,
then taken to a warehouse for vet care, and adopted out. The next day (yesterday), he ran away from his new home.
But things seem to be coming back to normal. He has just been found!
Fabiano, the man
who rescued Caramelo from the graveyard, found him once more in a shopping mall parking lot. People say Fabiano didn’t
rest until Caramelo was safe again. Caramelo is now back home, with his new owner Marcia.
you Eduardo, Marcia and Roberta for keeping me posted! (Roberta is now fostering a dog, Tatu, from the areas affected by the mudslides. Thanks,
A dog takes its loyalty to the grave in Brazil A dog, "Leao", sits for a second consecutive day, next to the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria
Cesario Santana, who died in the week's catastrophic
landslides in Brazil, at the cemetery in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janiero, on Jan. 15. Brazilians
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survives being shot with crossbow in Rhyl
Jul 24 2010 by Andrew Gilpin, Daily Post
Seagull which survived being shot with a crossbow in Rhyl
ANIMAL rights campaigners are
trying to track down a “cruel and barbaric” yob who shot a seagull with a crossbow.
The RSPCA is appealing
for information after the bird was left with a bolt through its neck after the Rhyl attack.
The seagull was first seen
on Monday above a shop in Wellington Road, along with two of her juvenile gulls. A crossbow bolt had passed through her body.
officers visited the scene on numerous occasions in an attempt to rescue the bird and eventually they managed to take it to
a vet’s surgery on Thursday.
The gull is now receiving treatment and RSPCA inspector
Fred Armstrong is calling on Daily Post readers to help find the culprit.
He said: “This incident is highly disturbing
for a number of reasons. “Committing an act of cruelty against a defenceless animal is unpardonable, especially against
a mother who is rearing her young.
“It’s also very worrying there’s someone out there with a cross
bow who’s using it at will. It’s absolutely vital that somebody helps us catch this person.”
of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane was horrified by the incident.
He said: “Anyone who committed such a horrific attack should
be ashamed of themselves.
“Not only has this person carried out a cowardly attack on the bird but they will have
also endangered the lives of anyone nearby with their indiscriminate use of the crossbow. I would urge anyone with information
regarding this incident to contact the RSPCA as soon as possible.”
Rhyl councillor Brian Blakeley added: “This
was a cruel and barbaric attack, that poor bird must really be suffering.
“We do have a seagull problem here in
Rhyl but it’s no worse than anywhere else along the coast and shooting them with crossbows is not the answer.
is a seaside resort and these are seagulls. If people didn’t feed them they wouldn’t come into the town centre
and high street as much. I’m horrified by this attack, it’s made my blood boil.”
l ANYONE with information
can call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
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GOD SAVE THE BEARS!
Spread the word by forwarding the video footage to your friends.
Sign PETA'S Petition to stop the massacre of bears. Please help to stop cruel
hunters from trapping and killing bears for their fur, so that they can be used for the Queen's guards hats.
It's outrageous that the Queen is still allowing bear pelts to be used in royal hats.
SHOCKING CRUELTY TO ELEPHANTS FOR NEW 'ROMANTIC' FILM 'WATER FOR ELEPHANTS'.
Video just released today by Animal Defenders International shows the elephant, Tai, who appears alongside
Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in the new film Water for Elephants, being beaten
and electric shocked during training.
Watch The Shocking Video Here
The tragic irony is
that despite the trainers and industry’s insistence of the humane treatment of Tai, the fictionalized abuse of “Rosie”
on screen is undeniably actually happening off camera to Tai, the biggest star of the show.
ADI is sending copies of the DVD to the film’s
stars and makers, asking them to take a public stand against animal cruelty, and insisting the American Humane Association
strengthen their guidelines or at the least be honest when endorsing movies where animal actors appear. Right now, the shocking
video and truth about animal training brutality is making headlines around the world, and we need your help to expose the
truth. Please see the “What you can do” section below how you can help Tai and other animals in the industry.
The fictional drama, Water
for Elephants, is set in a depression-era circus, vividly and often accurately depicting a harsh life on the road under
the big top where animals and people are forced to live in cramped conditions, and endure violence at every turn. However
at the same time, the film suggests cruel animal treatment is isolated to one tyrannical circus owner or happened ‘back
in the day.’ Unfortunately violence, chains, bullhooks, and suffering is fact— not fiction for animal performers
in contemporary circuses. The abuse of Tai in this ADI behind-the-scenes footage is not an isolated event but rather the industry
The Industry Claims
In the film “Rosie,” played by Tai, is brutally attacked by the circus owner who beats
her with a bull hook. But the producers, stars, and trainers have been at pains to stress that Tai was trained with kindness,
marshmallows, and positive reinforcement.
Gary Johnson, a founder of Have Trunk Will Travel claimed: “Tai was never hit in any way
American Humane Association (AHA), observed the animal action during filming and said: “We’re
here observing prep on Water for Elephants and so we’re here to make sure that everybody knows that not only the action
on set but also the prep is humanely done, all these animals have been treated fairly and humanely throughout the entire course
of their training.”
The Brutal Truth
However, the shocking video, filmed at Have Trunk Will Travel in 2005, was posted online today by ADI after the London premier, tells a different
including Tai are repeatedly given electric shocks with hand held stun guns
• Tai cries out when being shocked
into performing a headstand
• Elephants including Tai are beaten about the body and legs with bull hooks
• A baby elephant is hooked in the
lip and cries out
• An elephant is pinned with bull hooks whilst her tusks are sawn down, close to the bone
You Can Do
• Please contact ADI today and find out how you can speak up for Tai and all animals being abused
in the entertainment industry.
• Boycott this film and tell your family and friends to take a stand against animal cruelty
by only supporting films without animal actors.
• Leaflet moviegoers at a theater near you to educate them about the abuse
of Tai and other performing animals. Click here to order leaflets from our team
your local theater with a copy of the DVD we can provide you, and politely ask them to make the right choice and
stop showing the film.
Contact ADI for a letter writing pack with sample letters to Water for Elephants actors and movie makers,
and sample letters to the editor to help you raise your voice for Tai and the other animals abused for entertainment.
If you live in the UK, please
if you live in the
U.S. please contact email@example.com and ask for a Water for Elephants Letter Writing Pack.
• Write a letter to your local paper about Tai’s abuse and educate
the public that animal suffering is never romantic and it is never entertainment. (Sample letters available in our letter
Contact the Director and Producer and politely ask that they make Water for Elephants the last film they
will use live animal actors. (Contacts and sample letters available in our letter writing pack.)
• Share the link to the video on
your Facebook and other social networking sites, to spread the word to family and friends.
From ADI’s President, Jan Creamer
We were uncomfortable with the message of this film, but the more we saw the repeated assertions
that this elephant has been treated with love and affection and never been abused, we realized that we had to get the truth
out. The public, the stars and the filmmakers have been duped. This poor elephant was trained to do the very tricks you see
in the film by being given electric shocks. This is a unique opportunity to speak up for elephants like Tai, and other animals
suffering in the entertainment industry. Our work relies on advocates like you to take a stand. Please contact ADI immediately
and find out how you can help.
At last, Anne the elephant's suffering could be over as Whipsnade Zoo offers her a home
Claire Ellicott and Andrew Levy
Created 11:31 PM on 28th March 2011
- Brian Blessed takes
protest against use of wild animals in circuses to Downing Street
Anne the elephant: She has been performing for more than 50 years and has severe arthritis
in her back legs
Hopes were rising last night that Anne the circus elephant
could be freed from her cruel captivity within days.
vet from Whipsnade Zoo and RSPCA officers were allowed to visit Anne to check her over after shocking secret footage was passed
to the Daily Mail showing her Romanian groom battering, kicking and stabbing her with a pitchfork.
Whipsnade said it would be ‘delighted’ for Anne to join the herd of elephants already
living at the zoo.
The 59-year-old Asian elephant’s owners Bobby
and Moira Roberts also appeared to be softening their stance on giving her up.
Moira Roberts, 72, said: ‘We will allow Anne to live her days out in a sanctuary as long as we can visit her
regularly and as long as she’s cared for properly.’
‘We have had the RSPCA here today and Bobby has been in talks with them.’
The police also accompanied the RSPCA and the vet, she said.
RSPCA swung into action yesterday after being ‘inundated’ by calls from the public demanding to know what the
organisation was doing about saving Anne.
David Field, the zoological
director of Whipsnade Zoo, said: ‘We were asked to provide a veterinary expert at short notice to assess the immediate
condition of the elephant. One of our specialist vets visited her and is preparing a report on her condition.’
He added: ‘If Whipsnade is her end place, that would be great. We’d be delighted
to have her.’
Whipsnade was not alone in offering support
for Anne after her plight was exposed by charity Animal Defenders International (ADI), which passed the footage to the Mail.
Protest: Brian Blessed outside No 10 Downing Street with LibDem MP Adrian Saunders, the Conservatives'
Mark Pritchard, Labour MP Jim Dows and Alexandra Cardenas of Animal Defenders International
Actor Brian Blessed today urged the Prime Minister to ban the use
of wild animals in circus acts.
The star led a delegation of MPs to Downing Street to unveil a campaign on the shocking
abuses of animals by circuses.
is mounting on ministers to stop circuses from using exotic animals after the Daily Mail exposed the treatment of Anne the
elephant at the Bobby Roberts Super Circus.
Animal welfare minister Lord Henley will reveal in the next fortnight whether the Government will
change the law to ban the use of wild animals in circuses or will allow the current system, in which owners largely self-regulate,
More than 100,000 people have watched
the footage of Anne being battered, kicked and stabbed on YouTube. It was secretly filmed
by activists from Animal Defenders International. Phil Buckley, from the pressure group, said: ‘We have had a lot of
people phoning us in tears after seeing this.
Government’s own consultation last year found that 94.5 per cent of the public wanted a ban on wild animals in circuses,
and 170 MPs have signed a motion calling for a ban.
Prime Minister has to listen to the overwhelming support for this.’
Mr Blessed reminded the Prime Minister of successive governments’ pledge to ban the use of wild circus animals.
LibDems in opposition – including Nick Clegg
– called for a ban, and the last Labour government promised to stop the use of exotic animals in circus acts but ran
out of parliamentary time to enforce it. Ministers launched a consultation exercise more than a year ago on a potential ban
on wild animals in circuses.
A spokesman for the
Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: ‘Any changes to the law would require primary legislation,
but this could be done by amending an appropriate upcoming Bill. All circus animals at present are protected from abuse under
animal welfare laws.’
Councils are currently in charge
of issuing licences to circuses but the relaxed regime means that operators are largely self-regulating.
Colchester LibDem MP Bob Russell tabled a motion in Parliament calling on the Government
to deliver Anne from the squalor and cramped conditions she lives in.
The Performing Animal Welfare Society based in California, which specialises in rehabilitating animals that have lived
in captivity, also offered Anne a place at its sanctuary after ADI approached them.
The Elephant Sanctuary, the world’s biggest, which is based in Tennessee, also offered Anne a new home.
Sources close to the case added that Anne could be taken to Longleat Safari Park, which
used to keep elephants, as a temporary measure while she undergoes health checks and tests before being rehomed.
Anne has been performing for 50 years and has severe arthritis in her back legs, making
moving her difficult.
She is also extremely old for an elephant in captivity
– generally, they live only until about 40.
her in a zoo is not ideal, there are no specialist elephant sanctuaries in Britain.
Mr Field said: ‘Fundamentally, Anne can be rehomed and integrated with other animals, but it has to be done very
carefully. The biggest and most important thing for her is she needs specialist veterinary care. Her physical state may not
be very strong and a quick assessment of her arthritis may show that she is even so bad, she needs to be put down.’
Meanwhile, ADI has vowed to keep the pressure on Mr and Mrs Roberts
if they renege on their co-operation in rehoming Anne.
The animal protection
charity will continue to build a private prosecution against the couple using the footage it acquired of the cramped conditions
the elephant is kept in at her metal shed, in Polebrook, Northamptonshire.
the case was pursued and successful, it would force Mr and Mrs Roberts to relinquish control of Anne.
ADI will also go to Number 10 this morning with actor Brian Blessed to urge David Cameron to ban
the use of wild animals in circuses.
Mr Blessed said: ‘I have seen
the evidence and like thousands of other people am shocked, upset and angry.
'Let’s make Anne a symbol of ADI’s work in the UK and I salute the Daily Mail for championing this
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1370967/Anne-elephants-suffering-Whipsnade-zoo-offers-home.html#ixzz1I4I60I8h
Anne's agony: Battered, kicked and stabbed, the desperate plight of Britain's last circus elephant
By Chris Greenwood and Clare Elicott
Last updated at 10:37 PM on 25th March 2011
With each repeated blow, the pitchfork makes a sickening
thwack as it slams into Anne the elephant's hide.
at one point even appearing to lose her footing under the weight of a particularly savage strike.
The disturbing images come from a secretly shot video which campaigners say lays bare
the cruel reality of her life as Britain's last circus elephant.
Merciless: In secretly shot video, a worker swings a vicious kick into the belly of 58-year-old
Anne the elephant. Animal Defenders International planted the device because of concerns about how Anne was being treated
at Bobby Roberts's Super Circus
It shows Anne enduring the abuse at
the hands of her so-called carers while shackled in a dingy barn during the circus's winter break.
As well as being repeatedly hit with the pitchfork by one worker employed to feed and look
after her, the 58-year-old elephant also appears to be stabbed in the face with the tool's metal prongs during one attack.
A total of 48 strikes, including kicks to her body and head, were
recorded as she was left chained to the spot by her legs.
claimed shackling Anne with leg irons is particularly cruel because she suffers arthritis and her movements are already badly
The graphic attacks were recorded over three-and-a-half weeks
by a surveillance camera concealed on a farm in Polebrook, Northamptonshire.
Experts working for the pressure group Animal Defenders International (ADI) planted the device because of concerns
about Anne's welfare.
In goes the pitchfork: The weapon is used to beat the animal and even to stab her in the head.
The graphic attacks were recorded over three-and-a-half weeks by a surveillance camera concealed on a farm in Polebrook, Northamptonshire
during the circus's winter break
They have repeatedly called for
circus owner Bobby Roberts to hand over Anne so she can live out her days in a wildlife sanctuary.
But Mr Roberts, whose Super Circus began its latest tour on Thursday, insists the elephant
is 'part of the family' and to separate her from the circus would cause her to 'pine away and die'.
The hidden camera also caught the abuse of other animals in the barn, including a camel,
miniature ponies and horses held in stables.
Ponies and horses
can be seen jumping backwards as they are kicked and slapped by a worker.
On one occasion a man spits in the face of the camel as he pushes a wheelbarrow of straw in front of it.
Anne is the oldest surviving elephant in Europe and is wheeled out in a headdress
to pose for photographs with audience members up to twice a day.
And still the torture goes on: Anne, who is shackled despite having arthritis, is battered
with a stave in the farm building
Elephants' life expectancy is around
70 years but the arthritis has taken its toll on her ageing body.
have claimed her back right leg locks and weight gain has put even more strain on her frame.
The Asian elephant has been travelling with the Bobby Roberts Super Circus since the 1950s when she
was bought by Mr Roberts's parents for around £3,000.
the time she was one of many performing elephants but since then most circuses have stopped using animals.
In 2005, the RSPCA and the Government refused to intervene in her case after claims that
she was being kept in appalling conditions.
Her plight then was
revealed by our sister paper the Mail on Sunday and angry readers sent more than 1,500 letters to Ben Bradshaw, then Labour's
Animal Health and Welfare Minister.
On show: Anne with owner Bobby Roberts, who runs the Super Circus. Anne has been with the
circus since she was a baby
However ministry vets reported that Anne
was in good health and kept clean and the RSPCA said there was no proof that she was a victim of 'unnecessary suffering'.
The distressing footage from ADI suggests a different story.
It was released as ministers prepare to announce new policies on the
treatment of wild animals in circuses.
A consultation found 95
per cent of people said it was unacceptable to use any species of wild animal in a travelling circus.
The Government has since come under pressure to ban the practice but some expect it will
unveil a framework for self-regulation instead.
Jan Creamer, who
leads ADI, said her organisation has been concerned for Anne's welfare for 'many years'.
She called on police to examine the material with a view to investigating the circus for
offences under the Animal Welfare Act.
Ms Creamer said:
'ADI is discussing the potential for legal action with its lawyers and will be in
touch with the police.
'Poor Anne has been with the circus
for over 50 years since she was a baby, having been caught in the wild and torn from her family.
'Elephants are social and extremely intelligent so this has been a living hell for her.
At last we have managed to expose this circus operation for the cruel farce that it is.
'Anne's tragic story symbolises the plight of circus animals and is a shocking indictment
of the circus industry at a key time as the Government considers a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.'
Last night, confronted with the evidence, Bobby Roberts said he would fire the Romanian
groom paid £8,000 a year to care for Anne.
so disgusted and I can't believe this has happened under my nose,' he said.
'We trusted him and we'd check on her every hour or so, but I can't be there 24 hours a day.'
Asked whether he would consider handing over Anne, he said: 'We have talked about sending
her to a sanctuary, but the only ones are in America and the journey would kill her.
'If the circumstances were right, I would part from her. But she'd pine, like I would.'
Mr Roberts's wife Moira said: 'It would break his heart to be parted from her.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1370050/Anne-elephants-agony-Battered-kicked-stabbed-desperate-plight-Britains-circus-elephant.html#ixzz1HiEDkuMx
Subject: Spain's sickening
'blood fiestas' make bullfights seem tame.
Daily Mail. 20 September 2010.
Spain's sickening 'blood fiestas' make bullfights seem tame - but the
most shocking thing about them is YOU'RE paying for them.
By Danny Penman In Tordesillas
Marcos held aloft
the bloodsoaked bull’s ears and bowed deeply to the crowd. Moments earlier he’d sliced them off the young bull,
which now lay on one side, blood pooling beneath him. But the poor creature wasn’t quite finished yet. In a pitiful
act of defiance, he mustered just enough energy to raise his
head a few inches off the ground and tried to stare down
his attackers. Marcos responded by unsheathing a vicious looking knife and stabbing him in the back of the neck for
a second time. The
bull’s head flopped back into the dust — he was finished and Marcos, the amateur matador,
yelled in triumph. As the official killer of the bull, he had won the right to parade the animal’s coveted ears,
tail and testicles around town on a ceremonial spear. He had also been granted permission to eat the bull’s testicles
- widely regarded in Spain as
the choicest of all cuts of meat and a rare honour indeed. In the eyes of many, Marcos Rodríguez San José was
truly king for the day. Casual brutality towards animals is,
of course, well known in Spanish bullrings, but the sights
I witnessed last Tuesday, during the annual Toro de la Vega ‘blood fiesta’ in Tordesillas, were as sickening as
they were brutal.
What is more, such blood fiestas are far more common than the more famous and well-known sport of bullfighting.
Blood fiestas are not performed for the entertainment of tourists. They are gruesome traditions that kill thousands
more animals than bullfighting — often in the most barbaric ways imaginable. Yet millions of the Britons who visit Spain every year will be unaware
of their existence.
The Toro de la Vega is a case in point. It’s a centuries-old tradition in which a bull is chased
through the streets by thousands of men who beat it with sticks and pelt it with stones. Although this is chilling to watch,
it is only when the bull reaches the meadows outside Tordesillas that the spectacle begins in earnest. The bull whose
brutal death I witnessed had been given the name Platanito (meaning ‘little banana’) by animal welfare officers.
I watched as men on horseback tried to skewer it with their eight-foot long spears. Spear after spear sliced open his back.
Once his strength began to ebb, the men became increasingly bold and moved in closer. This was the bit they clearly loved
most of all — a time when they could begin to play with the bull without serious risk of injury to themselves.
watched as one horseman impaled the creature and twisted and turned his spear deeper and deeper into him. This seemed
to fatally weaken the animal and he fell onto his front knees snorting and bellowing — his distress apparent.
Within moments, several more spears had pierced his body. Finally, Marcos stepped forward to deliver the fatal blows
to the bull’s heart and neck. It was, mercifully, the end of
Platanito’s suffering. Although the Toro
de la Vega is undoubtedly horrifying to witness, what is equally shocking is the fact that we are all helping to pay for it.
The European Union spends £37 million a year directly subsidising blood fiestas like the Toro de la Vega and other sports,
such as bullfighting. It also ploughs tens of millions of pounds into the towns that host them and has begun renovating dilapidated
bullrings. As if that weren’t bad enough, now some MEPs are campaigning to have bullfighting and blood fiestas
officially recognised as part of Europe’s cultural heritage. If
this should succeed, then not only will the Toro de la Vega be given an official veneer of respectability, it may eventually
become eligible for European arts and cultural funding. ‘We’re all tightening our belts inBritain and
yet our money continues to flow into bullfights and blood fiestas across Spain,’
says Jaqueline Foster, Conservative MEP and
vice-president of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Welfare
and Conservation of Animals.
‘The Spanish can support these fiestas with their own money, if they want to, but
there’s absolutely no way they should be using ours to do so. I have been unable to find a single good reason why we
are being forced to pay for these horrible sports.’
I decided to delve into the EU’s Byzantine bureaucracy
to find out why it is spending so much of our money supporting blood fiestas and why it appears resolutely determined to carry
on doing so. And, perhaps predictably, it turned into a tale of bungling, patronage and, some might say, corruption. The trail
begins 100 miles west of Madrid at
Finca Valdeolivas, the farm that bred Platanito. It’s a lavish estate set in beautiful countryside owned by the Gil
family. Judging by the number of expensive cars and pick-up trucks parked in their driveway, they must be one of the
richest families in the area. Finca Valdeolivas is in the heart of Spain’s
fighting bull country and it’s clear the Gils are taking full advantage of it. Hundreds of the animals graze contentedly
in the long shadows cast by cork and oak trees. Sleek Andalusian thoroughbred horses, raised as the mounts for bullfighting
picadores, lie in nearby sun-drenched fields. It is a rural idyll — and one largely funded by northern European taxpayers.
I tried to talk to Don Miguel Ángel
Gil Marín, head of the family that owns the Finca, but he declined to answer my questions. I was, however, able to
examine the EU’s accounts and discover that Finca Valdeolivas received at least £139,000 in subsidies last year.
It is impossible to say what proportion of this money directly supported the rearing of bulls for blood fiestas, but the farm
certainly seems to specialise in breeding them. The majority of the money flowing into Finca Valdeolivas is from the Common
Agricultural Policy’s Single Farm Payment scheme. This pays landowners a fee for managing the land, leaving them
free to farm it in any way they choose. The idea is to reward landowners for farming less intensively and to cut back on the
type of over-production that led to the infamous wine lakes and butter mountains. This scheme encouraged landowners
in Britain to progressively
switch to more environmentally friendly farming practices such as organic and freerange. In Spain,
farmers are using the money to rear animals for blood fiestas and bullfights. In effect, every bull they rear for a
blood fiesta earns them £183 for every year of its life. The EU rewarded Finca Valdeolivas with £915 for breeding
Platanito for the Toro de la Vega.
Given that Spain sacrifices
at least 40,000 bulls a year, the EU’s annual subsidy to the industry totals almost £37 million. Since the
new subsidy scheme was introduced in 2005, the EU has spent £185 million supporting blood fiestas and bullfighting.
By the end of next year, the total will likely top a quarter of a billion pounds. But even this is likely to be the tip
of an iceberg, as the exact subsidy figures are disguised within the EU’s maze of bureaucracy.
£4.3 billion in agricultural support every year. Campaigners fear that a significant proportion of this is siphoned
off to provide more animals for fiestas across the country. Spanish towns and cities also receive an array of grants
to help them preserve their cultural heritage. The country now
receives £1.1 billion a year from the EU’s
Rural Development Programme, for example, a proportion of which is being used to renovate bullrings. In the towns of
Haro, in the province of Rioja, and Toro, in Zamora, the
EU is so proud of its support that it has erected big signs outside the bullrings highlighting its contribution. It’s
virtually impossible to find out exactly how much is funnelled into bloodsports through such grants because the EU cannot,
or will not, divulge how it spends its money. Northern European taxpayers are not just helping pay for bulls for blood fiestas
but also for cows, goats, chickens and geese,
too. Up to 15,000 towns and villages sacrifice animals as centrepieces
of their fiestas — often out of the gaze of tourists and the media. Some involve hanging chickens upside down by their
feet on washing lines while townfolk ride underneath and pull their heads off to win prizes. Another involves placing
chickens in boxes with their heads poking out of the top. Local men and boys then chop off as many heads as possible while
blindfolded. In yet another fiesta, birds are sealed inside clay pots and stoned to death.
Although such cruel games
are now theoretically banned, they are still common throughout Spain. This
may be because the country’s animal welfare laws have one curious exemption: animals may be mistreated so long as it’s
necessary for the smooth running of a fiesta. Even if a blood fiesta does not
involve the immediate death of an animal,
it can still inflict grotesque cruelty. Next month, for example, Spain’s
fire-bull festivals begin. In these, burning balls of wax and paraffin are attached to a bull’s horns and the terrified
animal is chased through the streets. Most survive, but they often suffer horrific injuries. For its part, the European Commission
(the executive body of the EU) says it genuinely does not know how much money it is pumping into Spanish blood fiestas.
‘The member states and our cultural partners are responsible for selecting the projects that we fund,’ said a
spokesman for the European Commission. ‘We do not know, for example, if a bullring that has been renovated with
our help is being used to host bullfights or not.’ Perhaps this attitude is not surprising, as the EU’s accounts
are notoriously opaque.
Independent auditors have thrown out the EU’s accounts for 13 out of the past 15 years
because they failed to provide ‘a true and fair account’ of its spending. Auditors generally use such phrases
to signal either incompetence or corruption — or both. ‘It’s impossible to say how much money is being
siphoned off,’ says Tony Moore, director of the British charity Fight Against Animal Cruelty In Europe. ‘Blood
fiesta organisers certainly think it’s a lot. They tell me that in the past they could only afford to sacrifice one
or two animals whereas now they can torture and kill ten.’ He notes that support for the fiestas and
exists throughout the upper reaches of the EU.
The Portuguese President
of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso is a keen supporter. He overturned Portugal’s
76-year-old ban on ‘death bullfighting’ when he was the country’s prime minister. Animal welfare campaigners
fear that if the blood fiestas gain the official European seal of approval then the EU will start pouring even more money
into them. Ironically, just as MEPs are calling for enhanced support for bullfighting and blood fiestas, the Spanish
are increasingly turning against them. One recent poll found that 60 per cent of people opposed bullfighting. Another
suggested that only a quarter had any interest in it and that such support is largely confined to older generations. This
gradual shift in attitudes came to the fore in July when Catalonia’s
regional parliament voted to ban bullfighting. The ban has shocked many old school Spaniards who are keen to dismiss
it as no more than a bid by the independent-minded region to carve out its own distinct identity. They insist that bullfighting
and blood fiestas such as the Toro de la Vega are not cruel. Instead, they claim that it’s a beautiful form of
art that is central to Spanish culture. When I watched Platanito die last week I saw no evidence of the beautiful art
rich culture that Spain is
famous for. What I saw was a celebration of mob rule, of cruelty, of wickedness, even. As I watched Platanito’s
eyes close for the last time, I felt sick to my stomach to know that I had helped pay for his death with my taxes —
just as you had too.
LACS: YOUR taxes are subsidising bullfights
STOP THE SUBSIDIES!
League Against Cruel Sports
6 August 2010
Bullfighting has been banned in the UK since 1835 and is illegal
in many other European Union countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands. However, the European Commission is using our
tax money to subsidise the breeding of bulls for bullfights.
It is estimated that bull breeders
who provide bulls for bullfighting receive around 30 million Euros a year in subsidies through the EU. These subsidies are
dispensed through the Common Agricultural Policy, to which the UK contributes billions of pounds each year.
. . . Bullfighting is an appallingly cruel and totally outdated ‘sport.’ Bullfighting is a dying industry,
but these subsidies are helping to keep it alive. And it’s YOUR money that’s keeping it alive.
We need your help to send a strong message to European decision-makers that bullfighting has no place in a modern,
civilised society. Please join campaigners across Europe and take action now. Email Dacian Ciolo?, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and tell him to stop the subsidies.
Catalonia’s recent decision to ban
bullfighting is further evidence that this ‘sport’ lies in the past. The European Union must respect the wishes
of its citizens and stop subsidising cruelty.
Thank you so much for your support.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 9:43 AM
Wesley J. Smith
Bull fighting is like dog fighting, it seems to me. It is cruelty for sport. True, there is also the spectacle
and the tradition, etc. But it is the last remaining vestige of the Roman games in which humans and animals were set
upon each other to satisfy the blood lust of the crowd.
Now Catalonia,may have had enough. From the story:
Bullfighting in Spain could suffer its biggest setback to date on Wednesday when the local parliament in Catalonia votes on whether to ban the practice in the separatist-minded northeastern region. The assembly is scheduled
to vote on the issue on Wednesday morning after animal rights activists campaigning under the platform “Prou!” or “Enough!” in the Catalan language, collected 180,000 signatures in Catalonia on a petition calling for the motion to be debated and voted on by the assembly. The most recent indications are that a majority
of the 135 lawmakers in the regional assembly are in favour of the motion to tighten Catalonia’s animal protection law to remove an exception for bullfights from a ban on the killing or mistreating animals in shows.
If approved Catalonia, home to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, would become the first region in the country outside of the Canary Islands to ban the practice and it could inspire other regions to follow its example.
animal rights: Animal welfare. This measure doesn’t elevate the bulls to moral equivalence with people. It is
people exercising human exceptionalism by recognizing their duty not to treat animals cruelly. I hope it passes
PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY - WRITE TO THE SPANISH EMBASSY IN YOUR COUNTRY ABOUT THE ABUSES OF ANIMALS LIKE ANGEL
IN SPAIN PLEASE, IF YOU CAN, SEND A DONATION TO PILAR TO HELP WITH ANGEL’S
VET. FEES. THANK YOU
27 July, 2010
I have just finished reading Pilar's last message about Ángel, the doggie she and her colleagues
at the shelter rescued last week, and he is a little better. He was found in the street of one of the blackest spots of Spain
as far as cruelty to animals is concerned: Extremadura. Here they often go one step up from cruelty, they are true sadists and
what they can do to the animals there is unimaginable, only monsters that look like humans but are not, cannot be, would devise
the different kinds of hell they put the animals in. The names of their unspeakable places of torture and slow deaths:
pudrideros (places to rot in), el tranco (the step), ahorcaderas (places to hang them in ) still exist and are used in this
part of Spain, no matter what the Spanish government says! Angel escaped from one of such places. In his case they had
put a piece of wood in his mouth in a way to cause a very slow and dreadful death, mostly done to greyhounds we
Angel's mouth was totally infected by the splinters
that got embedded when he desperately fought to get the wood out of his mouth but his body was also badly dehydrated, anaemic,
wounded and infected and the worst part perhaps, when the ladies got close to him he lifted his head that was hanging to the
ground while he dragged one of his legs, and cried and screamed in sheer terror that would not stop, pitifully fighting
to get away. A man, perhaps his tormentor, laughed at them with great amusement and said "he´s only an old and
mangy dog!" It makes one wonder what people like that would to do to their own grandparents if they could, as they
believe that being old and sick is a good reason to being sadistically tortured to death.
This is one of the many stories I received from Spain in just one day, by the way, and most of them
would make the news in other countries; in Spain no-one is interested. Among all the other horror from last week another comes
to mind about a small dog burnt alive in Seville. Seville is in Andalusia, not Extremadura but close and with a similar
culture of extreme cruelty to animals. In what it probably was a dispute among gypsies they burned down a horse carriage.
The small dog that was tied to it suffered burns in half her body. Two other dogs bit the ropes and escaped. The horse
was knifed many times. According to a witness this happened FIVE days before the animals were found by animal rescuers! The
dog is in very serious condition at a clinic. The horse had to be put down. I will spare you the graphic material but
I can send it to you on request.
My point is, I keep hearing from visitors to Spain
that "things are better now" in regards to animal welfare and many actually believe the standard statements
the government sends out to anyone complaining. As someone that has been working in the Spanish animal protection area for
many years and who has contacts all over Spain I can inform you that things are NOT getting better in that country. The animal
defenders in Spain need us desperately, please write to the Spanish embassy in your country and ask for the strenghening of
the penal code and for more protection and respect for animals everywhere in the nation through school programs. Below a sample
letter in Spanish that you can use if you wish. Thank you.
16 year old matador kills 6 bulls in one
Spanish Government and Embassy in South Africa, Anti-bull fighting Lobby
YEAR OLD MATADOR HOLDING UP THE BULL'S EAR AFTER KILLING BULL NO 5 - AWARDED TO HIM FOR HIS 'GREAT ACHIEVEMENT'
A 16-year-old Spanish matador has killed six bulls in one afternoon. A tall and slender
boy he 'showed off his stuff' in an arena called Plaza Era de los Martires, or Time of the Martyrs. The bullfighter,
who goes by the stage name of Jairo Miguel, turned in his 'best performance' with bull No 5, a hulking black specimen
that weighed 435kg. He finished off the bull with a single deathblow from his sword, sliding it into a spot where it
severed the beast's spinal chord. With the rest of the bulls he needed around three stabs.
out the best in myself that I could," he told The Associated Press. "It was a good afternoon of bullfighting, and
people were not bored."
HELP US DEAL WITH THIS BARBARISM AND INSANITY PROFFERED AS 'BRAVERY'
AND A 'GREAT ACHIEVEMENT' - A CORNERED BULL WITH NO ESCAPE AND THIS IS
OLD MATADOR HOLDING UP THE BULL'S EAR AFTER KILLING BULL NO 5 - AWARDED TO HIM FOR HIS 'GREAT ACHIEVEMENT'
A 16-year-old Spanish matador has killed six bulls in one afternoon. A tall and slender
boy he 'showed off his stuff' in an arena called Plaza Era de los Martires, or Time of the Martyrs. The bullfighter,
who goes by the stage name of Jairo Miguel, turned in his 'best performance' with bull No 5, a hulking black specimen
that weighed 435kg. He finished off the bull with a single deathblow from his sword, sliding it into a spot where it
severed the beast's spinal chord. With the rest of the bulls he needed around three stabs.
out the best in myself that I could," he told The Associated Press. "It was a good afternoon of bullfighting, and
people were not bored."
HELP US DEAL WITH THIS BARBARISM AND INSANITY PROFFERED AS 'BRAVERY'
AND A 'GREAT ACHIEVEMENT' - A CORNERED BULL WITH NO ESCAPE AND THEY
CALL THIS BEING BRAVE?
Reminder-DEFRA ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES
see below and action ASAP. Pass as widely as possible. Thanks
FROM ANIMAL AID WEBSITE
Help Ban Animals
DEFRA has launched a public survey aimed at testing opinion on the use of animals in circuses.
Although the consultation focuses on wild animals, it is still a valuable first step in working towards a total ban on the
confinement and use of all animals in circuses.
It is important that you voice your opinion on this
issue – and please encourage friends and family to do likewise.
is 15 March 2010.
There is a Question and Answer form for the consultation on DEFRA's website, and
filling it in should only take about 15 minutes.
To save you time, we have drawn up this list of suggested responses
to the questions.
Q1 - no
Q2 - yes
Q3 - none
Q4 - other (Animals should not be
rehomed to zoos where they will endure confinement and public attention. All animals should be rehomed to sanctuaries that
can deal with their specific needs.)
Q5 - yes
Q6 - every location
Q7 - no change
Q8 - no (Please also
leave comment that the use of animals by the film industry is also inherently cruel, oppressive and abusive)
Q9 - no
(Please also comment that there are companies providing goods and services to circuses, but business and industry is in a
constant state of flux and all providers of such goods and services are required to be flexible and adaptable.)
Q11 - yes
Q12 - no
Q13 - every location (Please comment that the evidence clearly shows that circus operators
cannot be trusted to police themselves with regard to animal welfare. Therefore inspections should be frequent, thorough and
Q14 - yes
Q15 - other (Please leave comment that the evidence shows that current laws in animal protection
are routinely flouted as has been captured on film by groups such as Animal Defenders International, so there is no chance
that a Code of Practice would prevent abuse. Nor does any Code deal with the inherent cruelty of trapping or breeding animals
for entertainment, their confinement and the lack of opportunity to display natural behaviour.)
Q16 - yes (Please also
call for an outright ban on the use of animals in circuses)
Q17 - no
Q18 - equivalent (Please leave comment that
you call for a ban on the use of animals but if DEFRA does decide to create a regulatory body, then it should be independent
of the government and of the industry.)
Q19 - yes (Please call for a total ban.)
Q20 - no