I wanted to touch base with all of you on the World Wildlife Foundation and all of the wonderful work that they do. I would assume a lot of you are familiar with the organization but there's so many wonderful things that they are doing. I frequently visit their website to find out the current state of many of the world's animals. As an animal lover, this organization is definitely one I support wholeheartedly and here's why you should as well!
Poaching continues to be the leading cause of animal endangerment and unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be slowing down. At this very moment, there are 10 species that are being poached to near extinction and if something is not done to stop this, we will be witness to the extinction of some pretty important animals.
Can you believe we could actually witness the extinction of tigers and lions so soon? Something drastic has to be done to protect these animals. There are so many conservation efforts being put into place as well as anti poaching forces, but it appears that it is not working to its full extent. More money and time MUST be funneled into these programs otherwise we could witness the end of some seriously important animals.
What I want to know is, what are these poaching bastards going to do after they've extinct all of their profits? What do they do then? They will not only be responsible for the extinction of some beautiful, majestic creatures but they will also be setting themselves up for a massive profit loss after all is said and done. Where do you go after you've slaughtered everything you make money off of? Have they even considered ANY of the repercussions of their actions?
All of the countries that accept these kinds of products NEED to step up and tackle the black market. Without the need for these products, there would be no more need for slaughter. Attacking the black market and cracking down on the import of ANY product related to an endangered species is a crucial step to protecting what animals we have left.
We are on track to witnessing the 6th mass extinction and this story certainly stands to prove that theory correct. Want the full list? Head to the link at the top of the page for the full story.
I can't be the only one making this obvious connection to animal cruelty and factory farmed animals. I've previously shared articles and commentaries about big named animal suppliers being busted for unimaginable animal cruelty. Animals like chickens, turkeys, cows, and fur farmed animals including foxes and minks are some of the cruelty busts that I've shared in the past.
Here we are now in California where animal advocacy group Compassion Over Killing has recorded the first ever footage of a lamb slaughterhouse. As you can imagine, several instances of neglect and abuse were documented on camera in violation of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
Is this surprising?
Not at all, here's why!
Factory farmed animals will never be treated with respect or dignity. They are kept in the worst conditions, fearful every minute until they die. Their slaughter means absolutely nothing to the people tasked with ending their lives. No matter what animal it is, if it's being mass produced I can pretty much guarantee to you that it has suffered some kind of cruelty at the hands of workers.
Here's where family owned farms come into play. I don't agree with eating meat and would never eat it again, with that being said I am an avid supporter of family owned farms. My obvious reasoning is that it's wonderful to support locally run businesses but you can bet that the animals on these farms live the highest quality of life. They are fed proper diets, have clean and cared for areas to sleep / eat, and room to roam around. Do they inevitably meet slaughter? Yes, but if you're going to eat meat and support the industry, do so in a manner that also supports your community and promotes the better care of farm animals.
It's blatantly obvious that factory farming is destroying the environment. It's blatantly obvious that the animals are treated like worthless crap the minute they're conceived until the minute they die. It's blatantly obvious that a lot of the people working for factory farms clearly don't care for animals whatsoever. Where's the confusion here?
Factory farming NEEDS to be ceased. Go undercover to any of them and I'm sure you'll find at least one instance of blatant neglect or cruelty. Unless they are heavily monitored and regularly checked up on or simply put to an end, then animals will continue to be massed produced, mistreated, and exposed to horrible conditions. End of story.
The annual seal hunt is one of the most disturbing and barbaric activities on this earth. Every year, almost 400, 000 seals are clubbed and prodded to death for their fur. They are not stunned prior to being beaten making this one of the most barbaric methods for killing animals imaginable.
Norway is the first country to end government funding for the seal hunt and it is the first time in decades that this kind of action has been taken. What this means is that despite the tradition, there is a shift away from this activity. With the government pulling funding, this could potentially save thousands of seals from unnecessary slaughter every year.
The Nordic countries are so far ahead of us in regards to animal rights and environmental preservation efforts. They are world leaders in these areas setting the bar high for the rest of us and we are sorely lagging behind.
With Norway ending its funding of this yearly slaughter, there is an opportunity for the other participating countries to take note. Canada, Greenland, and Namibia participate in the yearly hunt that contributes to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of seals every year. I'd like to think that the remaining countries would recognize that this hunt is incredibly unnecessary but there has been protest of the seal hunt in Canada for years.
It's sad to admit considering our values as a country that we support an activity this heinous. I have said time and time again that our country, despite being incredibly progressive and empathetic to the needs of people, is very behind in the animal rights department. As you all know, I am currently fighting for our bestiality laws to be upgraded and have been met with a cold reception at every turn. Quite surprisingly, despite the shift in our people's attitudes towards animals, our government hasn't gotten the message yet. It is my hope that Canada wakes up and realizes it needs to step up for animals especially as Norway demonstrates compassion in the face of animal abuse.
Click the link at the top of the page for the full story!
**This story was published in 2015 but after searching online I discovered that the lack of demand for seal products has virtually abolished the seal hunt in Norway. 2017 saw not a single boat head out for the annual hunt!
I love this story!
All too often, animals are labeled "dumb" and written off before being given the opportunity to prove us wrong. Chickens for example have a reputation for being quite unintelligent that is not deserved. The story above is the experiences of someone who worked closely with chickens over several years. She details some of the things she discovered about the birds involving their ability to learn, speak, and crave affection. The story is quite touching and certainly proves that there is much more to these birds than what we've allowed ourselves to think.
When I initially heard about the truck of skittles crashing in Wisconsin I was a bit curious as to what the hay it was doing there but never really thought about it again. I now know where that truck was headed and it is such an unfortunate and frustrating story.
Turns out, there was a farmer using the skittles as cheap carbohydrates for the cows. They were feeding them skittles in an effort to reduce costs associated with their feed. Basically, their already unnatural diet is even more so than what we thought. These poor cows are forced to eat soy, corn, and skittles; all of which are unnatural to their diet.
What this basically demonstrates is the lack of supposed respect for the animals. Farmers claim their animals are treated so well and respected, but yet we hear of stories like this where they're using cheaper, unnatural methods to feed their animals. There's no respect or care there, all there is is greed. Looking for disgusting and abusive ways to save money with no regards to the animals' welfare whatsoever.
There is no such thing as "humane meat". The facts are, no matter how great they're treated prior to being slaughtered, they're still being slaughtered. You can sugar coat it however you would like but it's pretty black and white. Animals don't want to die, don't deserve to die, and certainly don't deserve to be demeaned or disrespected prior to slaughter.
It's time that people (The government for the most part) wake up to the injustices that animals endure everyday and recognize the problem. Inspect and demand better treatment for animals. Every farm should be inspected regularly to ensure certain quality standards. How does something like this go unnoticed? There needs to be stricter inspections and that's it.
What do y'all think?
First off, I would like to make it clear that I was EXTREMELY excited to see this movie when it came out later this month. The whole concept of the film really spoke to me and I was prepared to watch, cry, and repeat. This was all before the reports emerged of possible animal abuse on set.
The videos taken show a terrified German Shepherd being forced into the water to film. You can see the dog resisting the trainers attempts to get it into the water and the fear of the animal is quite evident by the video. This is absolutely unacceptable behaviour by the trainer and should not have happened in this manner. Clearly the dog was hesitant and forcing it to perform that way is so wrong.
The director of the film has spoken out claiming he was not aware of this and that he is working to investigate and punish anyone involved should it be deemed animal abuse. Good on him for taking responsibility and investigating to get to the bottom of this. Unfortunately, the damage has already been done as the movies' premiere was cancelled amidst these allegations.
When animals are involved in films, there is an illusion that they are happily involved but this is not always the case. I hope that after this investigation the truth comes out fully and those responsible will be punished for their actions. Until then, I will be refusing to see the movie simply based on being unable to support a film that may have contributed to animal cruelty.
I'll keep y'all posted on any updates to this story!
INDIA BANS IMPORT OF EXOTIC FUR
Wowzers! This is seriously monumental! India has taken a major step forward for animals and banned the import of exotic furs. What's exotic? Foxes, Minks, Chinchillas, and Reptiles are all deemed exotic animals under this law. Hundreds of thousands of these animals are slaughtered inhumanely every year for ridiculous things like scarves, bags, coats, and shoes. The entire fur fashion industry sickens me to the core.
A) How do you kill an animal? How do you work in a place where you physically kill animals all day? It's repulsive.
B) How do you enjoy WEARING animals? When synthetics and fauxs are equally as fabulous, what is it about the skinned remains of an animal that are so enticing?
Good on India for taking charge and three cheers for all the animals that will hopefully be spared as a result of this law.
SWITZERLAND BANS THE SALE OF ANIMAL TESTED COSMETICS
Another win for animals. Switzerland has stepped up and officially banned the sale of any cosmetics tested on animals. This is seriously great news for all of the rabbits and mice that are confined, painted, and tortured their whole lives in the name of cosmetics. There are so many other ways to go about learning about your own products without forcing animals to endure all of the harassment and frankly, I'm surprised the whole world hasn't jumped on this bandwagon. There's no need for cosmetics and animals to have anything to do with one another so here's to hoping this inspired other countries to take note!
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What better way than a massive animal victory to get 2017 kicked off?!
The Nertherlands has passed a motion in parliament to completely ban animal testing by the year 2025. This is seriously monumental news with The Netherlands being the FIRST country in the world to set a time frame for the complete ban on non-human testing.
Several men and women who have previously worked in animal testing have come forward to state that they did not believe animal testing was accurate. Animal testing is conducted in various forms and for various reasons. Cosmetics companies, shampoos, cleaning products, and most notably, disease research. With a complete ban on all of these, hundreds of thousands of animals will be spared a life of torture including being infected by diseases such as cancer.
Although it is slightly hard to fathom why it will take 8 years to fully phase out animal testing, what's truly important is that it is being phased out. It is hoped that other countries will follow The Netherland's lead and work towards banning animal testing altogether.
I think that this further proves Canada needs to step up in the animal rights department. We now have countries working towards banning animal testing yet I can't seem to convince anyone in my own country that having sexual attraction to animals is wrong. Cripes!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NETHERLANDS FOR BEING TRAIL BLAZERS IN THE RIGHTS OF ANIMALS AND AN INSPIRATION TO ACTIVISTS ACROSS THE GLOBE!
This is the email I recently sent to the city's mayor urging him to keep our city's spay / neuter program going. This program has spared hundreds of cats from euthanasia and helped reduce the amount of feral cats on the streets. It is such an important program that MUST be retained especially considering the measly amount of money that goes in to it.
If you're from WINDSOR ON, send the mayor an email urging him to keep the program going!
Good morning Mr. Dilkens,
I am writing to you in regards to the city's decision to potentially cancel the spay / neuter program in Windsor Essex. This is an extremely bad decision that will result in the lives of hundreds of cats in the coming years. The program has been successful in spaying / neutering over 3000 cats since its inception and this is nothing to balk at. Growing up, it was commonplace to see feral cats everywhere including dead on the road and I can confidently say that in my experience, this is not happening as much anymore. This is directly related to the spay / neuter program currently being offered.
It is so important to retain this program for the sake of feral cats and for the sake of our community. I beg of you to reconsider this as the money that would be saved is so insignificant and it would be saved from a program with proven results. Our country is already sorely lacking in the animal rights department and by canceling this program, you are nailing another nail in the coffin of animal rights. A program with such proven results should not even be considered for a budget cut when I could easily find other things our city has spent money on that frankly, aren't as important.
Mr. Dilkens, please keep the program going. By vetoing this program, hundreds to thousands of cats will end up euthanized all for a measly budget savings. No life is worth saving pocket change but when it comes to hundreds of lives, I would hope the choice was a simple one.
Stay educated and remain involved in animal welfare. Together, we can all make a difference!