Tags: Animal welfare, Body & Mind, Children, Culture, documentary, film, psychology, relationships, Society, sustainable development
This documentary about Buck really touched me. What a nice man he seems to be; honest, soft and firm at the same time and with a huge sense for other living beings, and especially horses since he is a cowboy
Wonderful to see how he is so much in tune with another being, and that’s exactly how it should be! With everything and everyone! Can really recommend it. It’s possible to see this documentary for another 26 days.
Watch it on SVT Play (in English): Buck Brannaman has developed a unique and highly successful method to manage and train horses. It’s all about communicating with horses by using a responsive leadership and without penalty. Mostly he travels between ranches, where he teaches the method to horse owners. He spends most of the year on the road, without his wife and daughters. Bucks childhood was uncertain. An abusive father beat him and his brother, and they were forced to performing all sorts of tricks. The turnaround came when a football coach, after having seen the scars on the Bucks back and legs, helped him to move and find a foster family. (Translated from Swedish)
Tags: Animal welfare, Body & Mind, compassion, Spirituality, today's thoughts
I saw this on internet. I really hope that more people wake up, come to understand and begin to respect and treat all living beings in a more dignified and compassionate way…
“And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer – because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth.”
In the middle of the his fight Torero Alvaro Munera realized the injustice to the animal. From that day forward he became an opponent of bullfights.
Look, to be a talented person doesn’t make you more human, more sensible, or more sensitive. There are lots of examples of murderers with a high IQ. But only those who have a sense of solidarity with other living beings are on their way to becoming better people. Those who consider the torture and death of an innocent animal a source of fun or inspiration are mean-spirited, despicable people. Never mind if they paint beautiful pictures, write wonderful books, or film great movies. A quill can be used to write with ink or blood, and many terrorists and drug dealers of the 21st century have university diplomas hanging on the wall. The virtues of the spirit, that’s what really counts in God’s eyes. – Alvaro Munera
Tags: Body & Mind, China, environmental issues, Food, health
Illegal use of “lean meat powder,” a banned drug in animal feed, is widespread in China. Lean meat powder inhibits the growth of fat in farm animals, thus making the meat more attractive looking and better tasting, but poisonous to humans.
Mutton fed with lean meat powder from a well-known lamb producer in Yanwo Township of Shandong Province has been found in 17 Chinese provinces.
In March, lean meat powder was detected in 198 sheep from Qingyue County, Shandong Province. In late September, eight more sheep farms were found using lean meat powder in Lijin County, Shandong Province.
Lean meat powder is a chemical that belongs to the family of adrenal gland nerve system stimulants. Human consumption of such stimulants leads to dizziness, upset stomach, lethargy, and trembling hands. It is especially dangerous to people with heart disease and high blood pressure. Long-term consumption may also cause chromosome abnormality.
Many villagers in Yanwo Township make a living raising sheep. Farms raise anywhere from several hundred sheep to as many as tens of thousands.
A villager from Xihou Village, who did not want to give his name, told The Epoch Times several sheep farms were punished for using lean meat powder late last year when the news was made public.
“It badly hurt the income of the entire village, but now the condition is a little better, and about 90 percent of the farms are okay,” he said.
Sheep given lean meat powder produce 3 – 4 lb. more lean meat, and the meat looks more attractive and tastes better, he said.
Tags: Animal welfare, animals, protection of animals
Before taking your next sip of tea, check the label on the bottle because you may be drinking a cupful of cruelty to animals. Nestlé, the maker of Nestea, has tested and paid others to conduct painful and deadly tea tests on animals. The company has caused animals to suffer simply to investigate the possible health benefits linked to tea products and ingredients, even though not one of these experiments is legally required for beverage manufacturers, and regulators have stated that animal tests are not sufficient to prove a health claim about a product.
In these cruel tests, mice and rats were tormented and then killed by such means as decapitation.
Modern, cruelty-free research methods are available and are in use by other leading beverage companies around the world. We need YOU to join us in telling Nestea to ditch its cruel-tea to animals and to use non-animal methods instead.
Please take a moment to ask Nestea to stop testing on animals and join other brands—such as Lipton, Arizona, Snapple, Honest Tea, Tazo, Twinings, Stash Tea, Celestial Seasonings, Luzianne Tea, and others—that don’t experiment on animals.
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Tags: Animal welfare, animals, dolphines, Nature
The pod was swimming peacefully in the Solomon Islands when nets closed in from behind — trapping 25 wild dolphins for a luxury resort’s latest exhibit. They are now locked in tiny pens, starved of food — but we can free them.
For wild dolphins captivity is torture, their powerful sonar bounces off the walls back at them — as if they are trapped in an endless house of mirrors. Most die young from stress induced illness, but some even commit suicide. If the wealthy Resorts World Sentosa succeeds in keeping them captive then half the dolphins will die in the first 2 years — and it will legitimise the widely banned practice of capturing dolphins in the wild. We can’t let that happen — let’s use our voices to set them free.
Resorts World was forced to abandon plans for a whale shark exhibit two years ago because of the huge outcry that threatened their reputation. Let’s build a massive call now to free these intelligent, beautiful creatures — and make this a turning point in the fight to end the global wild-dolphin trade. Our petition will be delivered to Resorts World and the media. Sign now and share this with everyone!
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION! Click on the link below
Read more: Avaaz – Save the Saddest Dolphins…
Tags: Animal welfare, environmental issues, Nature, Science
Bees are more likely to make pessimistic judgements when they are stressed, according to an article published online in Current Biology on June 2.
Humans are more likely to be pessimistic when experiencing stress, and prior research has shown that other vertebrates like dogs, rats, and birds are also more likely to make decisions reflecting negative emotions due to stress.
This new study shows that bees, which are invertebrates, are more similar to humans cognitively than previously believed.
“Bees stressed by a simulated predator attack exhibit pessimism mirroring that seen in depressed and anxious people,” said Geraldine Wright, leader of the research team at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, in a press release.
“In other words, the stressed bee’s glass is half empty,” said first author Melissa Bateson in the release.
The researchers first trained honeybees to associate one scent with a sugary reward and a second scent with bitter quinine. The bees demonstrated they can differentiate the scents as they were more likely to extend their mouthparts toward the sweet odor.
Half of the bees were then shaken vigorously for one minute to simulate a beehive attack, while the other half of the bees were left alone. The bees were then exposed to the two scents again as well as to new scents made by combining the two.
The team found that the shaken bees were less likely than the unshaken bees to extend their mouthparts toward some of the new scents. “We show for the first time that agitated bees are more likely to classify ambiguous stimuli as predicting punishment,” the article summary states.
The researchers also found reduced levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the shaken bees’ circulation systems. Imbalance in serotonin levels is believed by some scientists to cause depression in humans.
“What we have shown is that when a honeybee is subjected to a manipulation of its state that in humans would induce a feeling of anxiety, the bees show a similar suite of changes in physiology, cognition, and behavior to those we would measure in an anxious human,” said Wright.
Without our bees the world’s population will die out in a few years. The most serious threat in the world I would call it!
Avaaz.org – GLOBAL BEE EMERGENCY — ACT NOW!
Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But a global ban of one group of pesticides could save bees from extinction.
Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are recovering. But chemical companies are lobbying hard to keep all killer pesticides on the market. A global outcry now for a ban in the US and EU, where debate is raging, could provoke a total ban and a ripple effect around the world.
Let’s build a giant global buzz calling for these dangerous chemicals to be outlawed in the US and EU until and unless they are proved to be safe. Sign the petition to save bees and our crops and send this to everyone:
To US and EU decision-makers:
We call on you to immediately ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides until and unless new independent scientific studies prove they are safe. The catastrophic demise of bee colonies could put our whole food chain in danger. If you act urgently with precaution now, we could save bees from extinction.
This news makes me really happy and it shows that what we do can make a difference. If you haven’t sign the petition you can do it here: http://www.savejapandolphins.org/blog.html
These people working with this are doing a great job wisely. I guess that’s why they are so successful… Please read this positive bulletin I’ve got this morning by mail. But of course I feel pity for those dolphins who have been caught for zoos and aquariums. These intelligent animals are really suffering in those.
No Dolphin Kill Policy Holds in Taiji, Japan…thus far in September
Dear Cause members,
Hans Peter Roth and Kyoko Tanaka, dedicated members of our Save Japan Dolphins Team from, respectively, Switzerland and Japan, are in Taiji checking the activity in the infamous Cove. Hans Peter reports:
“I returned alone to the cove about 2 pm. Things had completely quieted down. The nationalists had gone. But still five police cars were parked there. I had come not a moment too soon. Fishermen were just about to open the last, outermost net that had sealed off the Cove, as I unpacked the camera. Six hunting boats took position outside the cove. At first the bottlenose dolphins did not realize that they were free. Then they did and started taking off slowly, then ever faster. The hunting boats started driving them out to sea in a sort of reverse drive hunt, but not as violently as they had driven them in the day before. In the end the dolphins were just literally flying towards the open ocean, thrashing up a lot of white water. This could be seen for miles before they disappeared towards the horizon.“
The “no-kill” policy continues to be in effect in Taiji. Several dolphins, unfortunately, have been collected to be sold to zoos and aquariums around the world. That’s a tragedy in itself. The rest are being released.
Our recent trip — worldwide press attention,– and continued presence in Taiji are intensifying pressure on Japanese government to stop the dolphin slaughter. The worldwide dolphin captivity industry is also coming under withering attack for their continuing role in the Taiji tragedy.
We must keep up the pressure.
Check the full blog for further details…
Meanwhile, Dr. Lori Marino has a great interview against the captivity of dolphins posted on the Animal Planet website at:
http://animal.discovery.com/tv/blood-… Don’t miss it!
And finally, the concluding episode of Animal Planet’s “Blood Dolphin$” features Ric, Lincoln and the EII team achieving a breakthrough for dolphins in the Solomon Islands. Episode info at: http://www.earthisland.org/blooddolphins
Thanks for your continued help. It is making a huge difference.
AGADIR, Morocco, June 23 (UPI) — Pro-whaling countries and their opponents meeting in Morocco may be unable to reach a compromise, delegates to the International Whaling Commission say.
Two days of private talks have yielded little progress over a compromise package cutting Japan’s Antarctic hunt and placing existing whaling programs under international oversight, the BBC reported Wednesday.
Delegates to the commission have told the British broadcaster the talks that began formally two years ago should probably be extended for a third year.
Even though commercial whaling has been outlawed since 1986, a number of countries still hunt whales in defiance of the ban.
Iceland and Norway have lodged official objections to the ban and continue commercial whaling while Japan employs a regulation that permits hunting for scientific purposes.
The draft proposal drawn up at this year’s meeting would see Japan’s self-awarded quota of 935 minke whales cut to 200 in five years.
SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare
AGADIR, Morocco, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) announced today that a controversial proposal to legalize whaling has failed at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Agadir, Morocco.
“Under a cloud of corruption allegations the IWC is taking a safe course, opting for a cooling off period that protects the moratorium and other IWC conservation measures,” said Patrick Ramage, Director of IFAW’s Global Whale Campaign. “Had it been done here, this deal would have lived in infamy.”
The proposal, three years in the making, proposed a compromise between whaling and non-whaling nations which regularly clash at annual IWC meetings. Among the most hotly debated components of the proposal was a plan to overturn the worldwide ban on whaling, in place since 1986, by allowing legalized hunting of whales by Iceland, Norway, and Japan – the last three countries still hunting whales commercially. Japan, Norway, and Iceland have illegally killed nearly 35,000 whales since the inception of the moratorium.
“This was an intense three year effort but one conducted behind closed doors and focused on defining terms under which commercial whaling would continue rather than how it would end,” said Ramage. “The proposal it produced could not withstand public scrutiny and ignored the overwhelming global support for permanent protection for whales. Any future process of negotiation should not leave the views, expertise, and perspective of the global NGO community sitting outside.”
About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
With offices in 15 countries, IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) saves animals in crisis around the world. We rescue and provide veterinary care to individual animals and advocate for the protection of entire populations. For more information visit our website www.ifaw.org.
The Daily Herald: Talks on whaling quotas heading for failure
Tags: Animal welfare, protection of animals
Target: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Sponsored by: Care2.com
Animals all over the world are victims of cruelty and abuse.
The nations of the world must unite and create international guidelines for the treatment of animals.
Different countries with their various customs naturally treat animals differently. An international law can take into account cultural differences that affect the treatment of animals in different countries and create base standards of humane treatment. Gandhi said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals.” Guidelines for humane animal treatment would further the greatness of all nations, and help promote moral progress worldwide.
Encourage the United Nations to set standards for humane treatment of the world’s animals.
Sign Petition here: Support International Guidelines for Humane Animal Treatment – The Petition Site.
Tags: petition, The Cove
Latest news! Link: Really Good News! Keep up the good job!
Target: Japanese Government through the U.S. State Department
Sponsored by: The Association of Zoos & Aquariums
The Japanese government allows a few fishermen to slaughter thousands of dolphins and small whales in so-called drive hunts.
During drive hunts, fishermen panic and confuse migrating dolphins and other small whales with loud banging on metal pipes. They herd the dolphins into shallow coves and butcher them brutally. Every year, over 20,000 dolphins and other whale species are killed this way, including bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, spotted dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, white-sided dolphins, and false killer whales.
Dolphins are intelligent, self-aware mammals with bonded social interactions. The Jananese drive hunts have been condemned by animal welfare experts around the world as brutal and inhumane, but pleas to stop them have been ignored.
Therefore, marine scientists and zoo and aquarium professionals, are asking for your support to bring this inhumane practice to an end.
Please sign the petition asking the U.S. State Depatment to make ending the dolphin slaughter a high priority in all negotiations with the Japanese government.
Do You have FaceBook? Then you can SIGN HERE as well and post the petition on your wall.
About this Petition:
“In the feature documentary “The Cove,” a team of activists and filmmakers infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan. In this remote village they witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labeled as whale meat.
The majority of the world is not aware this is happening. The Taiji cove is blocked off from the public. Cameras are not allowed inside and the media does not cover the story. It’s critical that we get the word out in Japan. Once the Japanese people know we believe they will demand change.”
Tags: mistreatment of animals, PETA
Ask the USDA to Have a Heart for Elephants This Mother’s Day!
Print this Mother’s Day card and send it to the USDA now!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ treatment of baby elephants is every mother’s worst nightmare. Baby elephants are torn from their mothers when they are infants and are beaten into submission. But this Mother’s Day, you can make a difference in the lives of mother elephants and their babies.
This Mother’s Day (May 9), remind the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that no mom should be alone on Mother’s Day. Print out our Mother’s Day greeting card and mail it to the USDA now!
When sending your Mother’s Day wishes, remind the USDA that after baby elephants are stolen from their mothers, they are tied down, electro-shocked, and beaten with bullhooks in order to get them to perform unnatural and confusing circus tricks.
Mail your greeting card to:
ATTN: Thomas J. Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
You can also help baby elephants and their mothers by e-mailing a message to the USDA to ask the department to investigate this ongoing abuse and to implement a minimum age requirement for when babies can be separated from their mothers.
Send a message to the USDA now!
Please click on this link: Ask the USDA to Have a Heart for Elephants This Mother’s Day! | PETA.org.
Tags: whale slaughter, whales, wspa
Once I saw a very touching movie about whales, these big beautiful animals in the sea. Intuitive and compassionate they also seem to be. This movie was zooming in a whale’s eye … and I saw love. (See this dramatic event Strange experience… Woman Gets Saved by Whale). I get really sad in the heart from all the cruelty that occurs.
Click on the link: Speak out against slaughter: whales need you! WSPA INTERNATIONAL.
From another group:
|To: Members in Save The Whales!|
URGENT: Not on Earth day- not on any day- Do not suspend the commercial whaling moratorium-
Please call on President Obama (202-456-1414) to reverse his administration’s support of a deal that allows commercial whaling to resume even in the world’s largest protective whale sanctuary. There is time for the Administration to change course and join with Australia to call for a phase out and down of all commercial whaling.
Thank you for making a call for the whales–they NEED your voice now!
Quote: -”I called the number above and was transferred to an automated message by the switchboard operator (did not appear to have a voicemail, unless it was a long message!). I would recommend visiting http://www.whitehouse.gov or calling 202-456-1111 (which is the comment line), 9 am – 5 pm EST M-F.”
WASHINGTON — Kitty Block, vice president of Humane Society International, issued the following reaction to the proposal by the International Whaling Commission, announced on Earth Day:
“In a misguided effort to address the problems created by the rogue whaling nations of Japan, Iceland, and Norway and to reduce the acrimony at the IWC, a number of well-meaning nations, including the United States, have proffered a deal that if adopted in June will suspend the moratorium for 10 years and usher in commercial whaling in the world’s largest whale protective sanctuary,” said Block. “The United States government would better serve the whales and the American people by promoting a phase down and out of all whaling, rather than a proposal to prop up a dying industry.”
This deal will be the subject of a vote at the 62nd IWC meeting in Agadir, Morocco in June.
Tags: Animal welfare, China, Falun Gong, human rights, Kilgour and Matas, organ harvesting, persecution of dissidents
Can you imagine, in China they starve tigers to death during their captivity, because it’s forbidden to kill them. So instead they slowly starve them to death because they want their parts when they are dead. That gives money. How incredibly cruel!
And it’s not only tigers that experience this, but also people! Two Canadians, David Kilgour and David Matas, revealed together with eyewitnesses something very brutal. All prisoners of conscience is put in a medical database and when a buyer needs an organ it’s just to seek after appropriate involuntary donors. Under local anesthesia, while they are alive and awaken, the prisoner is plundered of all their vital organs. And of course dies a painful death. That the Chinese regime earns large sums of money on. (See my previous post Good News!, about a Nobel Prize nomination, and the book Bloody Harvest.)
This organ trafficking has greatly increased since 1999, when the persecution against Falun Gong started. A kidney (where it normally is difficult to find a suitable donor) takes only a few weeks to get.
But now back to the animals. Also here efforts for improvements are badly needed in China. Bears, dogs and cats are also having a difficult time. Bears are put in cages so cramped that they can just stand up, all the time. And there they are having tubes in their body, that takes out their gall. Cats and dogs are bred for food in appalling conditions in cramped cages. Fish cooked alive …
What a mentality of ruthless exploitation! How indifferent have you not become when you can deal with nature, animals and the environment in this way? Environmental pollution is immensely large, and also the environment is devastated. But if one read the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” one can understand how this brutal inhumane mentality has been created during decades. For us in the West it can be very difficult to understand how it really is in China today if you do not read about these things.
I believe that this information is important to give out as China have been allowed to have a considerable scope in the international arena and CCP has surely a secret agenda with that, with this mentality of ruthless exploitation as a driving force. Africa is ravaged right now by CCP on their natural resources, which those countries are rich in and China needs them for its economic growth.
The masses in China are silenced with a better standard of living, as yet, although the gaps widen. And the protests of those who lost houses and land because of expansion are being silenced brutally. Do you ask a Chinese living in China deeper questions of life and standpoints they become silent. It is dangerous to have an opinion in a dictatorship. But money can make them feel good for a while …
Tiger Farms in China Feed Thirst for Parts
GUILIN, China — The crowd-pleasing Year of the Tiger, which begins Sunday, could be a lousy year for the estimated 3,200 tigers that still roam the world’s diminishing forests.
With as few as 20 in the wild in China, the country’s tigers are a few gun blasts away from extinction, and in India poachers are making quick work of the tiger population, the world’s largest. The number there, around 1,400, is about half that of a decade ago and a fraction of the 100,000 that roamed the subcontinent in the early 20th century.
Shrinking habitat remains a daunting challenge, but conservationists say the biggest threat to Asia’s largest predator is the Chinese appetite for tiger parts. Despite a government ban on the trade since 1993, there is a robust market for tiger bones, traditionally prized for their healing and aphrodisiac qualities, and tiger skins, which have become cherished trophies among China’s nouveau riche.
With pelts selling for $20,000 and a single paw worth as much as $1,000, the value of a dead tiger has never been higher, say those who investigate the trade. Last month the Indian government announced a surge in killings of tigers by poachers, with 88 found dead in 2009, double the previous year. Because figures are based on carcasses found on reserves or tiger parts seized at border crossings, conservationists say the true number is far higher.
“All of the demand for tiger parts is coming from China,” said Belinda Wright, executive director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India. “Unless the Chinese change their attitude, the tiger has no future on this earth.”
Although conservationists say India must do a better job of policing its 37 tiger reserves, they insist that the Chinese government has not done all it can to quell the domestic market for illicit tiger parts. Anti-trafficking efforts are haphazard, experts say; China bans the use of tiger parts in traditional Chinese medicine but overlooks the sale of alcohol-based health tonics steeped in tiger bone.
It is a gray area that has been exploited by Chinese tiger farms, which raise thousands of animals with assembly-line efficiency.
If there is any mystery about what happens to the big cats at Xiongsen Tiger and Bear Mountain Village in Guilin, it is partly explained in the gift shop, where fuzz-coated bottles in the shape of a tiger are filled with “bone strengthening” wine. The liquor, which costs $132 for a six-year-old brew, is sold openly across the surrounding Guangxi region and beyond.
“This stuff works wonders,” said Zhang Hanchu, the owner of a spirits shop in Guilin. A daily shot glass of the rice-based alcohol, he said, can reduce joint stiffness, treat rheumatism and increase sexual vigor. With the Year of the Tiger nearing, demand has been soaring, he said.
Original source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/13/world/asia/13tiger.html
Tags: Animal welfare, animals, protection of animals, wspa
This is a very good website with good information. It’s important to speak up for all living beings that can’t speak up for themselves. I think.
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