Archive for the ‘Animal Cruely’ Category

Who Lets the Dogs Die?

July 18, 2015
B & K Universal

Stop B & K

It doesn’t seem to have made the national news but a company called B & K Universal has just received planning permission to open a facility that breeds beagles for experimentation in Grimston, East Riding of Yorkshire http://bit.ly/1gGTNFX.

Yes, you read that right – in the 21st Century a company will be breeding dogs for experimentation…

There was a programme on BBC2 this week called Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners which revealed terrible details of Britain’s part in the worldwide slave trade and how, when slavery was abolished, there were massive compensation payouts … for the slave owners, not the slaves.

The connection between these two stories? I would hope that in the not too distant future, people will look back on our treatment of animals with the same disgust and disbelief as we feel looking back on slavery.

B & K have been saying about the medical benefits of animal experimentation despite all the scientific evidence against them – beagles are in no way similar to humans and in fact human reaction to medicines ‘tested’ on animals is the 4th largest cause of death in humans. Computer models are much more reliable.

But what about testing on animals for cosmetics and cleaning products? Isn’t it about time we said we have enough cosmetics and cleaning products are good enough that we no longer need new ones. Just how much make-up can people wear? How many hair colours do we need? Isn’t killing 99% of all known germs dead good enough?

And B & K’s record in the treatment of animals isn’t good with a number of prosecutions for cruelty in the past.

B & K aren’t helping anyone but themselves in this disgusting profit-making venture and it should embarrass us as a nation if it actually goes ahead.

I’ll be joining any demonstrations and protests and will do anything I can to stop this going ahead – if that means civil disobedience then so be it.

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Fox On The Run

July 1, 2015
Team Fox

Support Team Fox

Ever thought what a good idea it would be if Animal Rights groups got together to make sure the Hunting Ban stays in place?

Well, they have, they are called Team Fox and they have a new site (and an amazing logo) HERE.

Seems to me, this is another issue that shows how little humans respect animals – using them for sport, research, gambling, fashion, food.

Often they try to justify their actions with lies – greyhounds and racehorses are well looked after, experimentation is necessary to cure human illness etc.

Sometimes though, it’s just a case of money talking – murdering crocodiles for designer handbags, PETA Investigation HERE, cruelly producing up-market food, VIVA campaign HERE, cruelly producing cheap food that’s not really nutritious or good for you – the list goes on.

Governments seem reluctant to stop any of this so we really need to get behind Team Fox to keep in place the one thing they have acted on – a long awaited Hunting Ban.

Git From Bar Grilled My Hamster

March 8, 2013
Animal Cruelty

Animal Cruelty

What punishment should you give to someone sick enough to cook a hamster?

James White, a 21 year old student was banned from keeping animals for 8 years, got ordered to pay £1000 costs and do 120 hours unpaid work.

He avoided prison because the animal was dead when he started to cook it. Trouble is he still caused it to have the heart attack that did kill it so that should be treated as an equivalent to manslaughter … animslaughter?

As a student I doubt he will have the £1000 to pay his fine and he doesn’t exactly seem an animal lover so being banned from keeping them probably won’t bother him – the ban won’t extend to his family or, presumably, anyone he lives with.

But surely the judge could have ordered that his unpaid work go toward helping animals?

White claimed that he was drunk at the time –  come on, we’ve all had a few too many and done stupid things but just how sick does your brain have to be to do something like that?

Film Review – The Cove (2009)

October 30, 2011
The Cove

The Cove

I only recently came across this film.

It’s the story, as told by himself, of Ric O’Barry, the guy who  trained  Flipper the Dolphin for the original TV series (actually a number of dolphins).

After finding fame and fortune doing that, he discovered just how these and other cetaceans are captured and has made it his life goal to stop it.

If you are an environmentalist or animal lover you will find it interesting, strangely uplifting  but deeply disturbing.

If you are a techno-junkie you will love the high tech used to get the footage.

If you are interested in how Governments, corporations and vested interests (in this case the International Whaling Commission) will collude for money you will find it reinforces everything you think.

If you simply admire people who have a belief and stand up for their principles, look no further than Ric O’Barry.

Whoever you are, you will probably never want to visit a dolphin show again.

Official website HERE
Details from Internet Movie Database HERE
Campaign website HERE

Rating: Must see

Circus of Horrors.

June 24, 2011
Animal Cruelty

Animal Cruelty

Great news that the Government are looking at banning circus acts that include wild animals – let’s hope they don’t do a U-turn on this one.

I can’t understand why people would want to go and see wild animals performing tricks that are totally unnatural to them.

And despite repeated denials from circuses that cruelty goes on, who can forget images like the one here of Anne the elephant.

Does it matter that animals are treated like this? Of course it does because if as a society we find this acceptable then we are one step closer to treating cruelty to children and people who are vulnerable with less importance.

The one thing I can’t understand about this is why the MP who brought the motion, Mark Pritchard, was at first cajoled, then threatened – good for him for standing his ground but it does make you wonder if the Government has some vested interest.

Maybe they fear having to pay compensation to circus owners. I can’t undersatnd why this would be the case – all businesses go through changing times, especially at the moment, and we don’t see compensation paid when, for example, a new EU law or even a UK one, forces them to incur costs or close down.

Hopefully soon these circuses will be consigned to history but one thing is for sure – Anne will never forget.