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    Post  burgundia on Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:28 pm

    One of the most savage rituals of cruelty toward animals is Brazil’s Farra do Boi. Farra do boi, loosely translated as “Festival of the Oxen” or “Ox Fun Days”, involves the torture- killing of several hundred oxen each year in more than thirty communities throughout the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. In other states of Brazil, the spectacle is denounced and has stirred violent protests.

    Before the event, the ox is confined and starved for several days. To increase the ox frenzy, food and water are placed within sight, but out of reach. The Farra begins when the ox is driven from its pen and chased through the streets by crowds of villagers with sticks, knives, whips, stones, bamboo lances, and ropes. The attackers – men, women, and children – pursue the ox as it attempts to flee, even into the ocean.

    After Days of Torture, the Relief of Death
    WSPA sources in Brazil have seen cattle tormented in every conceivable way. The helpless animals are doused with gasoline and set on fire. Pepper is thrown into their eyes, which are often then gouged out. Participants break the animal’s horns and legs and cut off their tales. Oxen may be stabbed or hit as many times as possible as long as the blows are not fatal, for the cattle must survive until the end. This torture may continue for THREE DAYS OR LONGER
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    Some say the ritual is a symbolic re-enactment of the Passion of Jesus, with the ox representing Judas. Others believe the animal represents Satan, and torturing the Devil washes away their sins.

    Until recently, Farra do Boi occurred primarily during Easter week and on New Year’s Day in remote coastal villages. Today some communities hold weekly Farras to “celebrate” weddings, birthdays, soccer games and other special occasions. Prominent businessmen, citizens, cattle breeders, restaurateurs, and politicians often donate the oxen.

    See images of the moment that the police found the victim in the picture, in the garden of an abandoned house after having been submitted to all kinds of tortures.


    Lieutenant Rafael Vicente reported: "It was so hurt, it could not even move."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVXTfeWk09w&feature=player_embedded
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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:50 am

    On their way to cruel slaughter...

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    Post  burgundia on Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:53 am

    Drugged Up Horses Race To Their Deaths:

    Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/drugged-up-horses-race-to-their-deaths.html#ixzz1qF67aycb

    Would you put your money on a sport in which the athletes are routinely drugged so they can perform despite injuries? Where a stumble on the dirt can mean death and serious injury? A sport whose officials refuse to disclose accident rates and benefit from lax drug testing, as well as few if any regulations at the state and federal level?

    An extensive New York Times investigation reveals all of the above about the U.S.’s horseracing industry:

    The New York Times analyzed data from more than 150,000 races, as well as injury reports, drug test results and interviews and found that:

    Approximately 3,600 horses have died while training or racing in the U.S. in the past three years.

    Horses in lower grade claiming races have a 22 percent chance of breaking down or otherwise showing signs of injury than horses in higher grade races.

    63 horses died at the track at the Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack in upstate New York in 2011, more than double the fatalities of the five previous years.

    The risk of jockeys and horses being seriously, and fatally, injured once they dash from the starting gate has significantly increased at a time when racetracks, facing significant losses in attendance, have added casino gambling to bolster flagging revenues. The result is higher purses at the track; with more at stake, trainers are running horses who simply are not fit. Too often, trainers give horses “bute,” the shortened name for phenylbutazone, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, and other pain medicines. These might temporarily mask the pain so a horse can compete, but a drugged-up horse with pre-existing injuries is simply more likely to get injured further while running a race.

    Currently, the US has no laws regulating drug testing and penalties for overmedicating race horses. In Indiana, a first drug offense means that trainers must forfeit their winnings. But in New Mexico, trainers who are caught drugging horses with the powerful painkiller Flunixin,”get a free pass on their first violation, a $200 fine on the second and a $400 fine on the third, records show.” Only eleven states require necropsies to determine if a horse who broke down had an existing injury. While poor track surfaces and jockey errors can contribute to a horse breaking down, the “prime suspect” is drugs.

    In contrast, horses are not allowed to race on drugs in England, where the breakdown rate is about half that in the U.S. In Canada, Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto has one of the lowest breakdown rates in North America, with an incident rate of only 1.4; medication use is more closely scrutinized.

    The data reveal a grim picture of the abuse of horses as the US racing industry struggles to stay in business. Jockeys are also exposed to tremendous dangers: The New York Times article opens and closes with a portrait of national champion jockey Jacky Martin, who broke his neck in three places in a claiming race and will now most likely spend the rest of his life on a respirator. In September 2011, Martin’s horse broke a leg at the start of a race and was euthanized; the next day, another horse, Teller All Gone, broke a leg at the same track, Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains. Teller All Gone’s body was discarded in a junkyard beside an old toilet, near where he had been sold in an auction the year before.

    In the US, horseracing, once called “the sport of kings,” has become a death trap.

    Sign the petition to demand a ban on drugging race horses!

    Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/drugged-up-horses-race-to-their-deaths.html#ixzz1qF6Kitii

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    Post  burgundia on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:18 am

    http://www.naturalnews.com/035337_P&G_New_Chapter_animal_testing.html

    New Chapter's new owner (P&G) steeped in animal testing and led by directors with ties to weapons contractors, Big Pharma, Monsanto, Chevron and more

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035337_P&G_New_Chapter_animal_testing.html#ixzz1qKJpBavJ
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    Post  burgundia on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:14 am

    http://vegan.com/blog/2012/03/26/chicken-killing-foam/

    Chicken Killing Foam

    Chickens killed Foam The new invention of the processing system ‘product’ (animals) on farms and factories for the production of egg and meat. In just 15 minutes no less than 15 000 birds deemed unnecessary and “waste” can be consumed by asphyxiation with this type of foam, similar to that used for washing cars and other machinery. Engineers, agronomists and animal exploitation business congratulate themselves on “the effectiveness and profitability of this system.”

    I can’t imagine anyone who has thought about animal welfare thinks this foam is an acceptably humane slaughter method. I’d like to know what’s done with the carcasses after the birds have been asphyxiated.


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    Post  burgundia on Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:32 pm

    http://www.onegreenplanet.org/lifestyle/carnism-why-eating-animals-is-a-social-justice-issue/

    Carnism: Why Eating Animals Is a Social Justice Issue




    I don’t eat lamb…You feel guilty. It just feels kind of like…they are very gentle. Well, cows are [gentle, too, but] we eat them. I don’t know how to describe it….It seems like everybody eats cow. It’s affordable and there are so many of them but lambs are just different….Seems like it’s okay to eat a cow but it’s not okay to eat a lamb…the difference is weird.
    Interview subject: 43-year-old meat eater

    I don’t [think of animals raised for meat as individuals]. I wouldn’t be able to do my job if I got that personal with them. When you say “individuals,” you mean as a unique person, as a unique thing with its own name and its own characteristics, its own little games it plays? Yeah? Yeah, I’d really rather not know that. I’m sure it has it, but I’d rather not know it.
    Interview subject: 31-year-old meat cutter

    Consider the above statements. A meat cutter wouldn’t be able to carry on with his work if he thought about what he was doing. A meat eater is affectionate toward one species but eats another and has no idea why. Before being asked to reflect on their behaviors, neither of these individuals thought there was anything odd about the way they relate to the animals that become their food, and after such reflection their awareness quickly “wore off.” So the meat cutter kept the unpleasant reality of his job at bay and continued to process animals, while the meat eater suppressed his mental paradox and continued to eat them.

    What is perhaps most extraordinary about the sentiments above is that to most of us—including those of us who are committed to critically examining our beliefs and behaviors, and the impact of our choices on others—they are not extraordinary. All of us who are born into a dominant, meat-eating culture have inherited this paradoxical mentality: We know the animals we eat are individuals, yet we’d rather not know it. We’d feel guilty eating certain animals, yet we take pleasure consuming others. We cringe when faced with images of animals suffering, yet we dine on their bodies multiple times a day. We love dogs and eat pigs and yet we don’t know why.

    Widespread ambivalent, illogical attitudes toward a group of others are almost always a hallmark of an oppressive ideology. Oppressive ideologies require rational, humane people to participate in irrational, inhumane practices and to remain unaware of such contradictions. And they frame the choices of those who refuse to participate in the ideology as “personal preferences” rather than conscientious objections.

    It is essential that those of us who espouse progressive values and thus support social justice initiatives recognize the paradoxical mentality of meat. Because although this mentality is pervasive, it is not inherent in our species—it is the product of an oppressive ideology so entrenched that it is invisible, its tenets appearing to be universal truths rather than ideologically driven assumptions. This ideology shapes and is shaped by the same type of mentality that enables other oppressions, and it is therefore essential to address if we hope to create a more just social order. Eating animals is not simply a matter of personal ethics; it is the inevitable end result of a deeply entrenched, oppressive ism. Eating animals is a social justice issue.

    Carnism: The Ideology of Meat

    Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions us to eat certain animals. Carnism is the opposite of veganism; we tend to think it is only vegans (and vegetarians) who bring their beliefs to the dinner table. But when eating animals is not a necessity for survival, as is the case in much of the world today, it is a choice—and choices always stem from beliefs. Most of us do not, for instance, eat pigs but not dogs because we don’t have a belief system when it comes to eating animals.

    Yet most of us have no idea that when we eat animals we are in fact making a choice. When we are growing up, forming our identity and values, nobody asks us whether we want to eat animals, how we feel about eating animals, whether we believe in eating animals. We are never asked to reflect upon this daily practice that has such profound ethical dimensions and personal implications. Eating animals is just a given; it’s just the way things are. Because carnism operates outside of our awareness, it robs us of our ability to make our choices freely—because without awareness, there is no free choice.

    Carnism, like other oppressive, or violent, ideologies whose tenets run counter to core human values, must use a set of social and psychological defense mechanisms that disconnect us, psychologically and emotionally, from the truth of our experience. In so doing, carnism enables us to support unnecessary violence toward others without the moral discomfort we would otherwise feel. In short, because we naturally feel empathy toward animals and don’t want them to suffer, and yet we nonetheless eat animals, carnism must provide us with a set of tools to override our conscience so that we support an oppressive system that we would likely otherwise oppose.

    Denial: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

    The primary defense of carnism is denial: if we deny there is a problem in the first place, then we don’t have to do anything about it. And denial is expressed through invisibility; carnism remains invisible by remaining unnamed so that eating animals is seen as a given rather than a choice, an impartial act rather than an ideological practice. Moreover, the victims of the system are kept out of sight and thus conveniently out of public consciousness. Animal victims are, for instance, routinely and legally forcibly impregnated and castrated, and their beaks, horns, and tails are cut off—all without any pain relief. They spend their entire lives confined in windowless sheds, in crates so small they can barely move, and it is not uncommon for them to have their throats slit while conscious or to be boiled alive. The dismembered bodies of slaughtered beings are everywhere we turn, and yet we virtually never see these animals alive.

    Justification: Conservatism in the Guise of Progressivism

    The secondary defense of carnism is justification; when invisibility inevitably falters, we must be provided with a good reason for continuing to eat other beings. Carnism teaches us to justify eating animals by teaching us to believe that the myths of meat are the facts of meat. There is a vast mythology surrounding meat, but all myths fall in one way or another under the Three Ns of Justification: eating meat is normal, natural, and necessary. And these same myths have been used to justify violent behaviors and beliefs throughout human history, from war to slavery to all forms of bigotry against humans (e.g., misogyny, homophobia, etc.).

    The Three Ns are antithetical to progressive values. Progressives by definition are those who challenge entrenched social norms, question dominant definitions of human nature and history, and seek to transform an oppressive status quo. And historically, the Ns have been used to discredit progressive movements, framing the ideologies these movements promote as abnormal, unnatural, and unnecessary. (Consider, for instance, the reaction to the suffragists: it was widely believed that if women were to vote it would defy the natural order and destroy the nation.) Yet most well intentioned progressives have unwittingly embraced the Three Ns of carnism, either by ignoring the issue of farmed animal exploitation altogether or at best by supporting the increasingly popular “humane” and “sustainable” meat movements, movements which reflect the same conservative traditionalism that has always been used to justify ideologies which exploit a disempowered group of others.

    Eating Meat is Normal: Violence in Moderation

    What we call normal is simply the beliefs and behaviors of the dominant culture. It is the carnistic norm. And carnism as a social norm is so entrenched that it blinds us to the fact that “humane meat” is a contradiction in terms. Most of us would, for instance, never condone killing a perfectly healthy six-month-old golden retriever who “had a good life” simply because we like the way her thighs taste, and yet carnism prevents us from seeing the immorality of doing the exact same thing to cows, pigs, chickens, and other farmed animals. Any moral difference between animal species that carnistic culture teaches us to believe in is a pure rationalization.

    Eating Meat is Natural: Violence as a Tradition

    What we call natural is simply the dominant culture’s interpretation of history. It reflects not human history, but carnistic history; it references not our fruit-eating ancestors but their flesh-eating descendants. And more importantly, infanticide, murder, and rape are at least as longstanding as eating animals and are therefore arguably as natural—yet we don’t invoke the longevity of these practices as a justification for them. In the words of author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, do we really want to use the behavior of the Neanderthals as the yardstick by which to measure our current moral choices?

    The argument that eating meat is natural is a key premise of the sustainability movement. Many proponents of this movement claim that the reason we buy our meat from grocery stores rather than hunt and kill animals ourselves is because modern food production methods have removed us from the (natural) process of killing so that we have become overly sensitized to harming animals. Such an argument is reminiscent of the portrayal of slavery abolitionists as “sentimental.” The “sustainable meat” argument is founded on a traditionalist worldview which frames the progressive values of empathy, compassion, and reciprocity (doing unto others) as qualities to be transcended rather than cultivated.

    “But They Eat ____ in ____!”: Cultural Carnism

    Carnism is a global phenomenon. In meat-eating cultures around the world, people tend to feel comfortable eating only those species they learned to classify as edible; all the rest they perceive as inedible and often as disgusting (e.g., pigs in the Middle East) or even unethical (e.g., dogs and cats in the U.S., cattle in India) to consume. And all cultures tend to see their own classification of edible animals as rational and judge the classifications of other cultures as disgusting and/or offensive. So, while the type of species consumed changes from culture to culture, people’s experience eating animals remains remarkably consistent.

    Most people assume that because eating animals is universal, it is not ideological. The wide variation of species consumed across cultures—rather than being seen as evidence of carnism—often leads to the assumption that eating animals is a morally relative (and thus morally neutral) practice. Yet, just as, for instance, the marrying off of 12-year-old girls in Sudan is no reason for us to consider sexual relations with children morally neutral, the eating of dogs in Korea is no reason for us to consider eating pigs (or other animals) morally neutral. If the mere existence of analogous practices in other cultures ethically justified our own behaviors, we would have no reason to question the ethics of even the most heinous of crimes. While we of course should not condemn the traditions of other cultures as immoral, we can, as thoughtful observers, examine our own culture’s attempts to justify eating certain animals against this broader cultural backdrop.

    Eating Meat is Necessary: Violence is a Given

    What we call necessary is simply what is necessary to maintain the dominant culture. Today, the evidence that a diet without animal products is nutritionally sound (and likely even healthier than a carnistic diet) is overwhelming. For those of us who are economically and geographically able to choose what we eat, eating meat is necessary only to sustain the carnistic status quo.

    Framing eating animals as a biological necessity de-moralizes what is a fundamentally moral issue. In other words, if we believe that eating animals is unavoidable then we also believe that it is amoral, and we are alleviated of the responsibility of reflecting on the ethics of our choices.

    Institutionalized Carnism: Systemic Oppression

    The reason so many progressives have not rejected the Three Ns of carnism is because carnism is structural; it is built into the very structure of society and is therefore a form of institutionalized oppression. And when an ideology is institutionalized, it is also internalized. In other words, those of us who are progressive often don’t challenge the Three Ns because we don’t see them for what they are, as we have learned to look at the world through the lens of carnism.

    Cognitive Distortions: Internalized Carnism

    Carnism, like other violent ideologies, uses a set of cognitive defenses that distort our perceptions of those on the receiving end of our choices. These defenses act as psychological and emotional distancing mechanisms. For instance, carnism teaches us to see certain animals as objects, so that we refer to the turkey on our Thanksgiving platter as something rather than someone. Carnism also teaches us to see animals as abstractions, as lacking in any individuality or personality and instead simply as members of an abstract group about which we’ve made generalized assumptions: a pig is a pig and all pigs are the same. And as with other victims of violent ideologies, we give them numbers rather than names. And carnism teaches us to place animals in rigid categories in our minds so that we can harbor very different feelings and carry out very different behaviors toward different species: dogs and cats are family and chickens and cows are food.

    From Absurdities to Atrocities: The Mentality of Oppression

    When we look at the world through the lens of carnism, we fail to see the absurdities of the system. So we see, for instance, an advertisement of a pig holding a butcher knife and gleefully dancing over the fire pit in which she is to be cooked (“asking” to be killed and consumed) and we take no notice, rather than take offense. Or we are told by the corporate conglomerates who profit from the bodies of those whose eggs and milk we consume that the animals in their well concealed factories are free from harm, and we unquestioningly accept such a claim—despite the fact that it is illegal for civilians to obtain access to these buildings or even to photograph them from a distance.

    As Voltaire aptly said, if we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities. Carnism is but one of the many atrocities, one of the many violent ideologies, that are an unfortunate part of the human legacy. And although the experience of each group of victims will always be somewhat unique, the ideologies themselves are structurally similar. The mentality that enables such violence is the same.

    It is the mentality of domination and subjugation, of privilege and oppression. It is the mentality that causes us to turn someone into something, to reduce a life to a unit of production, to erase someone’s being. It is the might-makes-right mentality, which makes us feel entitled to wield complete control over the lives and deaths of those with less power—just because we can. And to feel justified in our actions, because they’re only…. savages, women, animals. It is the mentality of meat.

    Injustice begets Injustice: Carnism as an Interlocking Ism

    Many progressives appreciate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s declaration that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, because we appreciate that oppressions are interlocking, reinforcing one another. Progressive social change thus requires not simply liberating specific groups, but challenging the foundations of oppression itself. For if we fail to pick out the common threads that are woven through all violent ideologies, we will be doomed to create atrocities in new forms, to merely trade one form of oppression for another. To create a truly humane and just society, then, we must include carnism in our analysis.

    Including carnism in progressive analyses requires a paradigm shift: we must recognize the systemic nature of eating animals. We must appreciate that, just as feminists who challenge patriarchy, for instance, are not simply “imposing their personal views” on society, those who challenge carnism are not simply “imposing their personal choices” on others. Eating animals cannot be reduced to simply a matter of personal ethics any more than can the refusal to allow people of color to enter one’s privately owned establishment.

    Justice begets Justice: Toward an Inclusive Social Analysis

    The flip side of MLK’s aforementioned quote is that justice anywhere is a threat to injustice everywhere. The oppressive-powers-that-be depend on a divide-and-conquer mentality that pits oppressed groups against one another, as though oppressions were rungs on a hierarchical ladder rather than spokes on a wheel. And while it is impossible for anyone to take on all causes, we can and should value any cause which seeks to create a more just and compassionate society. As ethicist Peter Singer muses, “I cannot help wondering what exactly it is that [people working for human welfare] are doing for human beings that compels them to continue to support the…exploitation of farm[ed] animals.”

    Progressive social change is not merely about changing policies, but about changing hearts and minds. Genuine and lasting change requires a paradigm shift, a transformation of the mentality that propped up the old order. We must knock out the foundations of oppression and cultivate the values that form the foundation of justice, values such as compassion, integrity, and reciprocity. And to challenge injustice everywhere, we must practice justice everywhere: on streets, in the courtroom—and on our plates.
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    Post  burgundia on Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:45 am

    http://drstevebest.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/apocalpse-right-Xxxxxxxx-now-hundreds-of-orangutans-killed-in-north-indonesian-forest-fires-set-by-palm-oil-firms/

    Apocalypse Right Xxxxxxxx Now: Hundreds of Orangutans Killed in North Indonesian Forest Fires Set By Palm Oil Firms

    Hundreds of orangutans are believed to have died in fires deliberately lit by palm oil companies.

    Conservationists say the rare Sumatran orangutan could be wiped out within weeks.

    ‘It is no longer several years away, but just a few months or even weeks before this iconic creature disappears,’ said Briton Ian Singleton, of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme.


    Shocking: Hundreds of orangutans are believed to have died in fires deliberately lit by palm oil companies inTripa forest on the coast of Aceh province in northern Indonesia
    The apes, which live in the Tripa forest on the coast of Aceh province in northern Indonesia, have had to flee the flames as fires wipe out their habitat – and palm oil companies have been blamed for starting the blazes.

    The companies have already been accused of offering a bounty for the heads of orang-utans in Borneo after blaming the animals for destroying their young palm trees – but conservationists say the animals have had to encroach on the plantations because their own habitats have been destroyed.

    The Daily Mail revealed the bounty hunt earlier this year with a sad photo of a mother trying to protect her baby as Indonesian palm oil workers moved in for the kill.

    Fortunately on that occasion wildlife officials were on hand to rescue the pair and move them to a safe area.
    Sad: The apes have had to flee the flames as fires wipe out their habitat and palm oil companies have been blamed for starting the blazes

    Now the new threat to the Sumatran orangutan has erupted in the officially protected Tripa forest, which is hemmed in by palm oil plantations.

    Land clearing fires have been started inside the forest, resulting in the animals fleeing – but hundreds are feared to have died in the flames because Indonesians in the employ of the palm oil companies have been accused of driving them back into the flames.

    Dr Singleton, originally from Hull, said the remaining orangutans will die either in the fires or of gradual starvation and malnutrition as their food resources disappear.

    He added: ‘We are currently watching a global tragedy.’


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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:07 am

    The Dead Zone is an area in the Gulf of Mexico that forms seasonally where oxygen levels in the water are too low to support life. This episode of Gulf Tides focuses on the causes and impacts of the Dead Zone, and efforts to make sure that the Environmental Protection Agency takes concrete action to clean up the Dead Zone.


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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 31, 2012 5:49 am

    This is US...though it is not teh only country where morons kill for fun.
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    Post  burgundia on Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:27 am

    We all thought that wool was cruelty-free...well, think again...



    WHAT THEY NEVER TOLD YOU:

    10 Reasons to Trade in Your Wool Coat:
    Depending on where you live, it’s either already cold or going to be soon. Before you buy a new wool coat or sweater, check out these reasons to cut the wool from your closet.

    1. Keith Kendrick, a professor of physics at London’s Gresham College, discovered that sheep recognize the faces of at least 50 other sheep and can remember 50 images for up to two years.

    2. Professor John Webster of the University of Bristol found that sheep visibly express emotions. When they experience stress or isolation, they show signs of depression similar to those that humans show by hanging their heads and avoiding positive actions.

    3. Sheep will wag their tails when they are stroked, just like dogs. They affectionately nuzzle people in order to get their attention.

    4. Sheep experience fear when they are separated from their social groups or approached by strangers. Sheep’s heart rates have been found to increase by 20 beats per minute (bpm) when they’re unable to see any members of their flock and by 84 bpm when approached by a man and a dog.


    5. Most of the world’s wool comes from Australia, where the most commonly raised sheep are merinos. Merinos are specifically bred to have wrinkly skin so that they can produce more wool per animal. This unnatural overload causes many sheep to collapse and even die of heat exhaustion during hot months.



    6. The wrinkles in sheep’s skin collect urine and moisture. Flies are attracted to the moisture and lay their eggs in the folds of skin. The hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive.



    7. When sheep are still lambs, they’re subjected to mulesing, a cruel mutilation in which farmers cut huge chunks of skin from the animals’ backsides or attach vise-like clamps to their flesh until it dies and sloughs off. This is often done without giving the animals any painkillers.


    8. Mulesing is a crude attempt to create smoother skin that won’t collect moisture, but the exposed, bloody wounds often become infected or flystruck. Many sheep who have undergone the mulesing mutilation still suffer slow, agonizing deaths from flystrike.


    9. Sheep can be spared maggot infestation through humane methods, such as diet regulation and spray washing, and by simply breeding types of sheep who are better suited for the climate.

    10. Each year, millions of sheep who have begun to produce less wool are loaded onto extremely crowded, multitiered cargo ships and sent on terrifying journeys to the Middle East or North Africa, where they will be slaughtered. Many of the animals will have their throats cut while they are still conscious.

    Ready to give up the wool for good? There are fashionable, durable, and warm alternatives to wool available virtually everywhere clothes are sold.
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    Post  burgundia on Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:19 am

    http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/primates-in-laboratories.aspx

    Primates in Laboratories

    How Primates End Up in Laboratories
    Primates abused in experiments are bred in government or commercial facilities, born in laboratories, or captured in the wild in countries such as China, India, or the island of Mauritius.

    Babies born in laboratories are forcibly torn from their screaming mothers and permanently separated from them—usually within three days of birth. Numerous investigations have found that in order to abduct primates from their homes in the wild, trappers often shoot mothers from trees, stun the animals with dart guns, and then capture the babies, who cling, panic-stricken, to their mothers' bodies. Some wildlife traders catch whole primate families in baited traps. The animals are packed into tiny crates with little to no food or water and are taken to filthy holding centers where they await long and terrifying trips in the cargo holds of passenger airlines. Their destination: laboratories or breeding centers in the U.S., Israel, or Europe.

    Deprivation
    After enduring a traumatic separation from their families and/or homes, primates in laboratories are usually confined to barren steel cages—a far cry from the lush forests and savannahs where they would otherwise live. In their natural habitats, nonhuman primates may travel for miles, foraging for a variety of foods, socializing with family and friends, climbing hills, swinging from vines, swimming in rivers, scampering across fields, and cavorting with their companions.

    In laboratories, these animals have barely enough room to sit, stand, lie down, or turn around. The rich days full of sensory stimulation that they should be experiencing are replaced by days that are devoid of color, scent, and almost every other type of environmental enrichment. At most, the primates in laboratories are given cheap plastic toys, scratched mirrors, and the occasional slice of apple or banana.

    Loneliness, Boredom, and Insanity
    Research shows that 90 percent of primates in laboratories exhibit abnormal behaviors that are caused by the physical abuse, psychological stress, social isolation, and barren confinement that they are forced to endure. Many go insane, rocking back and forth, pacing endlessly in the cages, and engaging in repetitive motions such as back-flipping. They even engage in acts of self-mutilation, including tearing out their own hair or biting their own flesh.

    Video footage taken inside Covance, the University of Utah, and the Oregon National Primate Research Center illustrates the extent of the insanity that can result when primates are completely deprived of meaningful sensory stimulation.

    Pain and Misery
    Besides having their most fundamental needs and desires disregarded, primates imprisoned in laboratories are subjected to painful and traumatic procedures, including the following:

    Pharmaceutical tests: In these tests, thick gavage tubes are forced up primates' nostrils and/or down the animals' throats so that experimental drugs can be pumped into their stomachs—even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that animal tests have an appalling 92 percent failure rate in predicting the safety and/or effectiveness of pharmaceuticals.
    Vaccine tests: Chimpanzees and rhesus monkeys are given infectious diseases and then used as test subjects for experimental vaccines. Even though decades of these experiments on primates have failed to produce effective vaccines for humans, monkeys are still infected with HIV-like diseases that cause them to suffer acute weight loss, major organ failure, breathing problems, and neurological disorders before they die excruciatingly painful deaths or are killed.
    Military experiments and training: In recent experiments conducted by the military, primates were exposed to anthrax and infected with botulism and the bubonic plague. In archaic chemical casualty training exercises that were ended after protests from PETA, squirrel monkeys were poisoned with nerve agents that caused them to convulse, even though human-patient simulators exist and provide more effective training.
    Maternal-deprivation experiments: These unbelievably cruel studies began more than five decades ago when Harry Harlow infamously pulled baby primates away from their mothers, giving them only rag dolls or noxious wire "mothers" as substitutes. Even though we know the negative implications of separating babies from their mothers, similar experiments are conducted today at places such as the Oregon National Primate Research Center, Wake Forest University, and the University of Washington, where infant monkeys are torn from their mothers in order to intentionally cause psychological trauma and examine that harm that results. In some recent egregious studies, experimenters looked at the connection between maternal deprivation and whether the baby monkeys became right-handed or left-handed or how it affected the animals' alcohol-drinking behavior later in life.
    Invasive brain experiments: In disturbingly common experiments at universities across the country, monkeys have holes drilled into their skulls, metal restraint devices screwed into their heads, and electrodes inserted into their brains. Some animals have portions of their brains destroyed or removed to impair their cognitive function or cripple them. These sensitive, intelligent animals then have their bodies immobilized in restraint chairs and their heads bolted into place as they are forced to perform a variety of behavioral tasks while their brain activity is recorded. In order to coerce the monkeys to cooperate, they are sometimes deprived of water for up to 24 hours at a time. When they experiments conclude, most of the animals are killed, and their brains are removed and dissected.
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    Bushycatshared this one with me.

    Jean-Michel Cousteau's Statement on Captive Orcas & the Trainer Killed at Sea World

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp8MkPyBE5A


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    http://vimeo.com/36585799


    Every year, tens of thousands of black bears in North America are killed by being ensnared in painful traps or shot in a practice called "bait and shoot." The British Ministry of Defence continues to support this cruel "bear baiting" practice by purchasing Canadian bear skins for the royal guards' caps.
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    Stop the Slaughter: Ban Wolf Hunting

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN69cfHiB-I


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    For those who don't know; John Robbins walked away from inheriting the Baskin -Robins ice cream empire. He walked away from this industry as didn't want to be part of an industry that makes people unhealthy and makes animals suffer. He is the author of a number of books including 'Diet for a New America'

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    A very heartbreaking thread and yet so important.
    Thank you for having the guts to carry on this relentless work Burgundia.
    It needs to be done.
    May all creatures that make nature so beautifull be respected for the sacred life that
    animates them and the beauty they are bringing to the world.

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    mudra wrote: A very heartbreaking thread and yet so important.
    Thank you for having the guts to carry on this relentless work Burgundia.
    It needs to be done.
    May all creatures that make nature so beautifull be respected for the sacred life that
    animates them and the beauty they are bringing to the world.

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    Thank you mudra. yes, I think it is a very important thread, though not many people dare to visit this thread.
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    burgundia wrote:

    Thank you mudra. yes, I think it is a very important thread, though not many people dare to visit this thread.

    To the contrary burgundia.
    Check out the views. You already have 565 visitors to your thread.
    This is good.

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    The inconvenient and sad truth. (sorry for the lovers of posting pictures of tigers with monks)

    A WA wildlife ambassador has exposed the alleged abuse and illegal trade in tigers by monks at a Thai Buddhist monastery that attracts thousands of visitors.

    UN Association of WA wildlife advocate Aleisha Caruso spent eight days undercover gathering evidence against the monks of the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, western Thailand.

    The temple draws up to 900 visitors a day who are photographed with tigers supposedly rescued from poachers.

    But Ms Caruso alleges:

    * Monks kick the tigers and drag them by their tails.

    * The animals are hit with sticks and clubs to make them pose for photos.

    * Tigers are smuggled over the border to wildlife traders in Laos where they are slaughtered and their parts sold for trophies and traditional medicine.

    * They are very lethargic, raising fears they are drugged so they are placid enough for tourists to pat and feed.


    Ms Caruso said she found "very disturbing" evidence of cruelty at the monastery, which has featured on Animal Planet and is rated one of Thailand's premier tourist destinations.

    Her findings come as conservation leaders gather in Russia for a summit to find ways to save tigers from extinction.

    According to the World Wildlife Fund, only 3200 tigers are left in the wild a decline of 97 per cent.

    "There is a dark side to the temple. The monks don't support conservation as claimed instead they are illegally trading tigers, which is likely to be fuelling the underground lucrative black-market trade of tigers for their body parts, either for traditional medicine or as trophies for wealthy Westerners," Ms Caruso said.

    "It's left me feeling so heavy-hearted because Buddhist monks are supposed to be the epitome of goodness and purity, yet they are treating tigers cruelly and supporting the evil trade in wildlife.

    "What our generation does will decide if this iconic species disappears for ever."

    Care For the Wild's chief executive Barbara Maas said: "The temple's popularity is based around claims that its tigers were rescued from poachers and move freely and peacefully among the temple's monks, who are actively engaged in conservation work. But this utopian facade hides a sinister reality of unbridled violence and illegal trafficking of tigers between Thailand and Laos."

    Dr Maas said the tigers were confined 20 hours a day in small, barren concrete cages. They suffered behavioural and physical problems, including lameness, skeletal deformities and self-mutilation.

    She said the temple was a lucrative business. The entrance fee was $17, taking "special photos" cost double that and monks charged more than $150 for tourists to feed tiger cubs.

    the temple did not return emails, but its religious leader, Abbot Pra-Acharn Phusit, has denied the animals are drugged or harmed.

    http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/special-features/wa-womans-thai-buddhist-monastery-tiger-crusade/story-e6frg19l-1225984264220

    PS. Here is an update on the situation from the person who made a documentary about it...


    The tigers that I was able to identify and prove without doubt were there, were saved the fate of being lost to the wildlife trade. Because of the evidence (photographic, film, documents and scientific) these tigers were saved the vulgar fate of death via wildlife traders. That is the good. The bad - there are approxiimately 100 tigers there now, Ive got 57 solidly identified, difficult to do the others, however it is definete that at least 25 cubs born from the rampant breeding have disappeared. But, there are witnesses to some of those disappearances. I wont say more than that right now. The diet, vet care, enrichment, enclosures are the same, but the horrendous physical abuses have waned a little, but still occurring. Travel agencies are a big problem with keeping this going, and so if the Temples massive media machine which draws in new tourists, and dazzles the old blind ones. Its a bloody fight. But we never give up.



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    Post  burgundia on Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:26 am

    http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/04/british-government-euthanizes-800-war-dogs/

    This is the reward they got for their service...

    British Government Euthanizes 800 War Dogs

    807 brave dogs who served on the front lines with British soldiers have paid the ultimate price for their service.

    The scandal was revealed after government officials confirmed the figures in response to Freedom of Information requests from the Daily Mirror. Saying that many of the dogs are too fierce to be retrained as pets, the UK government has been quietly killing them off in droves. Ironically, the dogs survived the dangers of war only to die from the Xxxxx of a vet’s needle, and dog lovers worldwide are mourning their loss while demanding answers.
    Of the 807 dogs killed in the past decade, the majority were put down after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The Ministry of Defense said twenty canines were euthanized in 2002: that figure rose to 89 in 2003 when the Second Gulf War began. 95 dogs were killed in 2006, but the worst year for British war dogs was 2009, when 125 of them were put down.

    Labour MP Kerry McCarthy called the practice a tragedy. “This is shocking. It seems a great shame that animals are destroyed in this way. We need to make sure that every effort is made to find them new homes.”

    The Ministry of Defense claims that more recent euthanizations were prompted by behavioral issues or old age, and that sniffer dogs do typically retire with their handlers. But in a recent statement, a government spokesperson admitted that retraining is considered ineffective for many dogs, who are often ‘too dangerous’ be rehomed.

    The Dogs Trust, one of the largest and most respected British animal welfare organizations, has issued a strong statement against the ‘premature euthanasia’ of working dogs when retired, and said that every effort to rehome the dogs should be made before taking their lives.


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