From birth baby elephants are quickly separated from their mothers. Circuses force animals to perform tricks that have nothing to do with how these magnificent creatures behave in the wild. These unnatural acts range from a tiger jumping through a flaming hoop to bears riding bicycles. Training animals to perform acts that are sometimes painful or that they do not understand requires whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods and other tools.
Elephants are trained through the use of an ankus—a wooden stick with a sharp, pointed hook at the end to discourage undesired behavior. An elephant handler will never be seen working with an elephant without an ankus in one hand or discreetly tucked under his arm. Although an elephant’s skin is thick, it is very sensitive—sensitive enough to feel a fly on her back. The ankus is embedded into elephants’ most sensitive areas, such as around the feet, behind the ears, under the chin, inside the mouth, and other locations around the face. Sometimes it is used to smash them across the face. Circuses claim to use “positive reinforcement” and to base their tricks on behaviors that animals carry out naturally. If this were true, however, the trainers would be carrying bags of food treats, not a metal weapon.
Animal testing does not protect human health or the environment from exposure to harmful chemicals.
“Please write Seventh Generation and tell it that reform of chemical safety legislation will succeed only by moving away from reliance on animal tests. As a company that enjoys the financial support of the cruelty-free market, Seventh Generation has a responsibility to stop promoting animal testing and to actively promote nonanimal testing methods wherever possible. And until it does this you will refuse to purchase its products.
“We have provided some text for you, but we encourage you to personalize your message to make it stand out. If you decide to write your own e-mail, please be polite. Here are some talking points:
Animal testing is a questionable practice. There are alternatives. Besides, we should avoid cruelty to animals anyway. Take a minute and send your letter.
“On the 8th of August, cat lovers around the world will celebrate a day dedicated to all things fantastic and fascinating about felines.
“There will be homes around the world where cats and kittens are lucky enough to spend their lives protected by the security of a loving family. Sadly, behind other closed doors – not of homes but of laboratories – there will also be many other cats and kittens suffering in silence.
“This time last year, one of our investigators, Suzie, was undercover at a MSD Animal Health laboratory and reflects on the time she spent with the kittens used in research. Please read her words and take action to stop this suffering by signing up to our Thunderclap for World Cat Day to raise vital awareness about the investigation and to end these cruel and unnecessary practices.”
GR: Cats are a distraction; one that rests our minds and clears our thoughts.
Animal Cruelty No Contest Plea from CA Livestock Auction Owner.
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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The owner of a Southern California livestock auction house is facing probation and fines after pleading no contest to animal cruelty charges under California’s “downer” law.
Charges were brought against Horacio Santorsola after an animal-rights group secretly videotaped workers at the auction house beating, throwing and neglecting injured, lame or sick animals. Matt Rice, director of investigations for Mercy for Animals, said this case graphically illustrates the cruel, inhumane and often illegal abuses of farm animals.
“This conviction should serve as a warning to auctions across the state and the country that animal abuse will not be tolerated,” he said.
Target: Honorable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources.
Goal: Ban the use of cruel leghold traps in British Columbia.
Leghold traps are cruel devices designed to hold an animal against its will.
GR: Nothing more dismal than a broken animal lying licking a bloody paw while waiting to die.
By Free From Harm Staff Writers | June 24, 2012 | Philip Wollen, Australian Philanthropist, Former VP of Citibank, Makes Blazing Animal Rights Speech.
“Intelligence Squared’s 2012 series of debates kicked off with a look at the ethics of eating meat. Six speakers are divided into two teams for lively and insightful arguments for and against the proposition, Animals Should Be Off the Menu. Out of an audience of hundreds, 73.6% agreed meat should be off the menu upon hearing all of the arguments.”
“Animals must be off the menu because tonight they are screaming in terror in the slaughterhouse, in crates, and cages. Vile ignoble gulags of despair.
I heard the screams of my dying father as his body was ravaged by the cancer that killed him. And I realised I had heard these screams before.
In the slaughterhouse, eyes stabbed out and tendons slashed, on the cattle ships to the Middle East and the dying mother whale as a Japanese harpoon explodes in her brain as she calls out to her calf” (Philip Wollen).
GR: Great speech. The arguments on behalf of animals overpowered the arguments for eating meat. Ten minutes well spent.
“Grey parrots are one of Africa’s treasures, and seeing them bank and wheel in the skies in noisy flocks, or chatter in the canopies as they forage is a delight and privilege. They surely represent freedom in its purest form. But grey parrots are also the epitome of life behind bars. These intelligent, enigmatic birds are perhaps best known as the feathered entertainers that chirp, wolf-whistle and mimic their way into our hearts from cages in homes across the globe. So this is the story of a special bird that is vanishing from Africa’s forests as fast as morning mist under a tropical sun, and how our fascination for a species can lead to its extermination from the wild.
“The history of the grey parrot’s domestication dates at least as far back as 2000 BC with Egyptian hieroglyphics clearly depicting grey parrots as pets. The ancient Greeks also valued them, as did wealthy Romans who often kept them in ornate cages….”
by SIMON ESPLEY
GR: We have no moral right to capture and imprison wild animals. The species we take have families and societies, they feel fear and loneliness, and they play important roles in natural ecosystems. This insensitive practice by humans has created a commercial enterprise that threatens extinction for many species.
Stop Transporting Primates For Research
Source: American Anti-Vivisection Society
“Animal advocates have been successful in international efforts to convince every major passenger airline to stop its transport of primates for research, except for one: Air France. While the airline claims that nonhuman primates are vital for research into human disease, the fact remains that it has no expertise in this area, particularly concerning the care, treatment, and special needs of monkeys.
“We need your help in encouraging Air France to say NO to transporting primates for research!
“AAVS documents the research industry’s importation of monkeys and the suffering those monkeys are forced to endure in its 2011 report entitled “Primates by the Numbers: the Use and Importation of Nonhuman Primates for Research and Testing in the United States.” Primates who are caught in this trade are typically juvenile monkeys torn from their families, who are then packed into crates and sent on grueling journeys that can last for days. An estimated one percent of imported primates die each year at quarantine facilities, having suffered from conditions including bloat, pericarditis, hemorrhagic enteritis, pneumonia, dehydration, trauma, stress, pulmonary edema, rectal prolapse, and parasitic worm infestation.
“The vast majority of imported primates are macaques, and according to records from the Fish and Wildlife Service, over 57,000 monkeys were imported into the U.S. between 2010 and 2012. In 2012, laboratories reported using nearly 30,000 nonhuman primates in research involving pain and distress, representing 45 percent of the total number of primates used in labs that year. Further, over 1,200 of those primates were reported as having been used in experiments involving unalleviated pain and distress.
“The alarming facts surrounding primate transport and laboratory use have not gone unnoticed. China Southern Airlines, United Airlines, and Air Canada are the most recent companies to adopt policies prohibiting the practice. It’s time for Air France to do the same!
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO END PRIMATE TRANSPORT
“Please contact Air France and urge the company to stop transporting primates for research. Tell them that primates require special care and treatment from trained individuals and the nature of transport environments only exacerbate their susceptibility to illness and suffering.”
Go here to send your request.
China has virtually no animal protection laws and is flooding the market with “budget” fur. Chinese exporters frequently label cat or dog fur as “faux fur” or as fur from a different species to circumvent international law.