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Ban bullfighting

Posted: July 9, 2009 in society
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Every year 250,000 bulls die slow and torturous deaths as a result of the bullfighting industry.

Spain’s annual bullfighting season got underway just this week. Help end the inhumane treatment of bulls by banning bullfighting today. »

While many of us imagine the matador piercing the heart of the bull with one quick movement, in reality, the bull is repeatedly stabbed, skewered and slowly weakened as it bleeds to death.

In today’s modern society, bullfighting is no longer an acceptable form of entertainment. In fact, there are millions of Spaniards and people around the world who strongly condemn bullfighting and are actively working to stop the brutality against the animals.

Help stop the gruesome killing of hundred of thousands of bulls each year. Sign the petition urging Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to abolish the cruel and barbaric sport of bullfighting.»

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Prior to every event, bulls are intentionally debilitated by having sand bags dropped on their backs, their horns shaved to throw off their balance and are drugged to reduce their strength.

Under the law, the Indian sloth bear is entitled to the same protection as the tiger. Yet crimes against it are committed openly across India as bears are made to dance. By venturing on an undercover operation and witnessing the surrender of a dancing bear, the film seeks to show how this crime can be brought to an end.

DancingBears Please click here to donate or phone Humane Society International Australia on 1800 333 737


The sorrow of the bear dancing begins in the forest where the cubs are stolen from their mother at less than 4 weeks old and the mother is killed.

The traumatized cubs barely survive the rough handling they undergo as they are moved in sacks from one trading market to another. Those who survive and reach the Kalandar villages have their canines knocked out, a brutal castration without anaesthetic; a red hot iron needle thrust through their tender muzzles and a coarse rope inserted.

They will now spend the rest of their lives tethered to a short rope, led through hot dusty streets of India, beaten and starved to perform unless we step in and help them.


In India many sloth bears spend sad and painful lives dancing for tourists and rural audiences, with a coarse rope piercing their raw infected muzzles.
Wildlife SOS in India has initiated a unique approach to end this cruel tradition and HSI is committed to help until we have rescued every bear still dancing.

To date over 350 bears have been rescued and have found safety in the spacious bear rescue sanctuary. They arrive in such poor condition, usually half their natural body weight, scared and in poor health and pain.

BearsOn arrival each bear goes through quarantine and is vaccinated for a range of diseases including rabies and TB. Their wounds are treated, painful mouths and rotting tooth stumps are cared for by special dentistry work and a nourishing diet with feed additives slowly helps them put on weight and develop glossy coats.

The bears are then released in the socialisation enclosures where they slowly learn to deal with space and make friends with other bears and begin to exercise regularly. Finally they are free to roam in the forest in free ranging enclosures. We see them climbing trees, cooling off in the ponds and wrestling with each other. A well equipped veterinary hospital and three full time resident vets ensure their continued well being.


Bear dancers are very poor and most of them feel that if they could find a kinder way to survive, they would. Wildlife SOS offers them that chance by helping with start up costs and training to set up alternative ways of earning a livelihood. They also make it possible for them to send their children to school by subsidising school fees, and the women receive vocational guidance to help them contribute to the family income ensuring that the family has other options in life besides bear dancing. In this way we hope to make the bear rescue efforts sustainable and break the cycle of dancing bears permanently.


Protecting bear habitat is the only way to guarantee a future for wild sloth bear populations. Wildlife SOS buys parcels of this land so that bears and other species that depend on this habitat will survive. The areas that Wildlife SOS is seeking to protect, contain what are believed to be some of the oldest rocks in the world and are full of natural caves which are shelter for leopards, pangolin, hyenas, mongoose, turtles, otters, crocodiles and a rich array of birds. The purchase of this land creates a wildlife reserves for a whole range of animals. A soft release rehabilitation project for returning rescued bear cubs to the wild is also being planned.

Working on anti-poaching strategies with law enforcement agencies throughout India is also curbing the poaching of bear cubs from the wild.

sanctuaryAbear in rehab SANCTUARY OF HOPE

The aim is to rescue every last dancing bear from the streets of India and to ensure that it ends forever. As important as the care and rehabilitation of these rescued bears is, it is equally important that we end the cycle. To date not one Kalandar that has been retrained has returned to dancing bears. They are all proud of their new lives and skills and their children are being educated and will not inherit the trade from their parents. Anti-poaching work is showing extraordinary results with the number of poached bears dramatically reducing. And acquisition and protection of habitat gives the bears hope for a future in the wild.


Please click here to donate or phone Humane Society International Australia on 1800 333 737

Without you there is no project. Our supporters and members make all this work possible – for the bears, for the people, and for the land. Thank you for caring about the bears who thought they were forgotten.

Kenyan elephants – Photo: ABBIE TRAYER-SMITH

I have been supporting the IFAW in the past with donations as well as posting their funding appeals because the welfare of animals is close to my heart. One of these appeals was distributed by the organisation at the end of May 2009, and I responded by donating money and posting it on this blog. The specific occasion was the planned removal of Malawian elephants from Phirilongwe to the Majete Wildlife Reserve. Reason for the resettlement according to the IFAW: “feuding” between the animals and humans in the area caused by food and water shortages the elephants are facing.

Today I received a comment to my IFAW post with a link to a UK Telegraph article (see below) that claims that

  1. the elephants in their future home in Majete might fall victim to trophy hunting, a possibility the managers of the Majete National Park supposedly do not rule out;
  2. at least one group of residents in Phirilongwe is fighting to keep the elephants, but to protect them and the villagers through a fence and to use this arrangement as a foundation for a future Phirilongwe national park;
  3. such park it is claimed would provide a viable economic foundation for the impoverished Phirilongwe community, thereby removing the perceived need to kill and maim the elephants and offer a sustainable future for both humans and animals.

I am not able to make any judgments on the various facts provided by the Telegraph and the animal welfare organisation BUT it seems more than likely that the move of the animals to a new location is controversial on at least the above three counts. I therefore feel that the IFAW’s funding appeal was most likely misleading by not spelling out the details of the controversy, thus not allowing me to make an informed choice before supporting the organisation’s request for support.

The IFAW’s claim that it did not know about the possibility of trophy hunting does neither sound credible nor plausible. The IFAW is a large worldwide NGO with very good connections to many organisations and governments around the world and in Africa. Given the controversy of trophy hunting and the relevance of African Parks Foundation, the manager of Majete and other parks in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, it is highly unlikely that it had not come to the attention of the IFAW that game hunting is an envisaged strategy considered by the park’s manager to guarantee the survival of its parks. But even if it really didn’t know, the IFAW would still stand accused of bad research – if the UK Telgraph can find out, why couldn’t a professional and well-connected organisation like the IFAW?

The Telegraph article does not talk about an IFAW response to the controversy its removal strategy has caused with at least parts of the Phirilongwe community, and I therefore have no reason to believe that this story was made up by the paper. If it is true that the IFAW’s  relocation project is in dispute, the May appeal should have taken a balanced approach by fairly presenting the differing views to allow potential donors to make a more educated choice (which could also have been supported by providing links to more background material).

I am not saying that the IFAW’s work in general is not worth supporting – I don’t have a basis for such claim. Right now though I do feel very uncomfortable with how it handled the project and the donation appeal, and I feel less willing to endorse any further IFAW support requests and donate to the organisation’s projects simply on good faith.

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Care2 Action Alert

It’s heart-wrenching.

Baby elephants are ripped away from their mothers and forced into a life of abuse and humiliation that is reinforced with bull hooks, whips and electric prods.

Don’t allow animal abuse to continue at the circus! >>

These are the elephants forced to perform with Ringling Bros. Circus, which is schedule to set-up near New York City in America this summer. New York City officials recently announced that Taconic Investments has donated land for Ringling Bros, which should help save the suffering amusement district.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has contacted the city and Taconic to inform them of Ringling’s lengthy history of animal abuse, but they refuse to sacrifice this moneymaking opportunity for animal rights!

Join people from around the world who are speaking out against animal abuse >>

Abusing circus animals for our entertainment is unnecessary and just plain wrong. Thank you for showing that you do not support this inhumane practice.

From Care2 Respectfully yours,

Karina M.
Care2 Petition Site Team

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P.S. Learn more about animal welfare issues including abuse, testing and pets in the news by checking out Care2’s Animal Welfare Cause:

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You can help us end bloodbaths like this and protect dogs in China from future culls

A death squad pursues a terrified dog.

Photo: Dog cull in Hanzhong

Please help stop the slaughter.

Dear paul,

A massive cull in the Chinese city of Hanzhong has claimed the lives of more than 30,000 dogs – and now we need your help to make sure that it never happens again.

The local government ordered the mass slaughter of all dogs as the result of a few cases of rabies deaths. Dog killing squads are stalking the streets, mercilessly beating dogs to death with sticks and rocks.

Friendly dogs – even healthy family pets – are being slaughtered right in front of their owners. Can you even begin to imagine how you’d feel if that happened to your dog?

IFAW has pleaded with government officials to stop the killing – and now we turn to you.

Please help us stop these cruel and massive slaughters once and for all.

Horrifying scenes of cruelty

Some of the pictures from culls like these are so horrifying that I can’t even show them to you. And I hate having to describe this, but I think you need to know the truth about what’s happening.

In one series of pictures, several small and fluffy white dogs – you can just tell they’re used to snuggling on the laps of their loving owners – are trapped in a makeshift cage. One by one, the dogs are pulled out with a pair of long metal tongs, and brutally beaten with a stick. And then – even though it appears that some of the dogs may still be alive – they’re tossed into a pit to be burned.

I can’t even imagine the pain and terror these poor dogs endure when the fire is set.

So many dogs will suffer slow and painful deaths…we must stop this cruelty now!

What we’re doing and how you can help

We have received so many messages in the past few days from animal lovers like you inside and outside China – pleading with us to step in and stop the slaughters like the one in Hanzhong City.

I assure you, IFAW is working to end these culls:

We CAN stop culls like this

We recently joined with concerned animal lovers in China to stop a similar mass slaughter in the city of Heihe by pointing out that the killing of dogs that have rightful owners is a violation of the basic rights of a citizen – owned dogs and cats are considered the “personal property” of Chinese citizens, and should be protected under China’s Constitution.

Plus, it has been proven that rabies can be effectively controlled by a well-managed vaccination program. In fact, a humane vaccination and neuter program in Chennai, India, has dramatically reduced rabies cases there by over 95%.

So we must act now to stop the killing! Please click here to contact the Chinese Ambassador in your country to call for an end to mass slaughters like this and to encourage China to pass legislation that protects all animals, including companion animals.

And then please donate what you can today to help us set up an emergency vaccination fund to help cities in China establish rabies prevention programs, help eliminate these mass dog culls once and for all, and to continue our mission to protect animals around the world from cruelty.

The slaughtered dogs of Hanzhong City deserved a better fate. Please help us ensure that dogs in other communities in China are protected from similar mass killings.

Thank you so much for your help,

Fred O'Regan Signature
Fred O’Regan
IFAW President

p.s. I have to tell you, the images of this dog slaughter keep me up at night. If you’ve ever enjoyed the companionship of a dog, then you know that they truly are members of our families. Please help us protect family pets by donating to our vaccination fund and our anti-cruelty campaigns around the world.

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penguinsPenguins, albatrosses, killer whales and of course people can all jump for joy at the latest news from the Republic of South Africa! The country is set to establish one of the world’s largest Marine Protected Areas (MPA) around its Prince Edward Islands. This inspiring achievement will help reduce the ecological impacts of fisheries, particularly on endangered seabirds.

The Prince Edward Islands in the Southern Ocean are amongst the world’s most important and diverse regions. But until now, the islands have been threatened by illegal and irresponsible fishing practices.

[Via Care2]


UPDATE: before supporting this IFAW project, go to my latest post on the controversy surrounding it.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has launched an urgent funding drive to save a large herd of elephants – adults and babies – that face the firing line in the southeast African country of Malawi.

IFAW2The elephants – in a desperate search for food and water – are raiding storage areas and feuding with human communities. Villagers are putting down nail-bedded planks and setting snare traps that cut through the elephants’ skin – leaving gaping wounds in their legs and trunks. Three of the elephants have already had their trunks amputated by these vicious snares.

Now authorities plan to execute the entire herd if it is not moved from the area.

Please help save these elephants now – make your emergency donation right away so that the IFAW can move them to safety.

The IFAW has located a perfect spot for the elephants in a park called the Majete Wildlife Reserve. The animals that used to live there were poached to extinction, but the Malawi government has made the new park a protected sanctuary – an ideal place for these threatened elephants. Unfortunately, Majete is over 100 miles away – so moving these giants will be a monumental task.

In order to transport over a half-million pounds of elephant 100 miles, we’re going to need major equipment, brute strength, a lot of animal-moving expertise, and funding to help pay for this urgent move.

Your contribution will help the IFAW:

  • Purchase the medicine needed to safely sedate the elephants – so they don’t hurt themselves or the handlers.
  • Pay for the helicopter needed to track the elephants down and shoot them with tranquilizer darts.
  • Supply all other ground transportation costs, including the huge trucks and support vehicles needed to carefully transport the elephants to Majete.

The organisation has a large team in place…they have a helicopter and trucks ready to go…and they have plenty of experience moving elephants…

Now all they need is your donation.

The Malawi Department of Parks and Wildlife has already agreed to partner with the IFAW on this special project. But they need to act fast. If the elephants aren’t moved by June 5th, they will be shot.

Please help to move them to safety – make your emergency donation today.

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It is shocking to read how much influence the animal testing industry has on law makers when it comes to sustaining the barbaric practices in research labs using animals. Vivisection is animal torture, and it is cruel and unnecessary, informed purely by greed and a perverted desire to control. The scientists involved in using animals in their research are the Dr. Mengeles of our time; their practices are a mirror image of the experiments undertaken by the Nazi death camp doctor that now is projected onto the animal world.There is no ethical justification for the suffering of these poor creatures!

The following post published on Care2 provides an example for the lack of respect and compassion shown by people in power and those primarily interested in profits:

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In The Name of Science: European Union confirms torture is legal

posted by: Angel Flinn

“The Parliament has produced a charter for the multibillion pound animal research industry to carry on business as usual, with scant regard either for animal welfare or public opinion…”
Michelle Thew, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection

“Vivisection is a social evil because if it advances social knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character.”
George Bernard Shaw

Last year, the Executive Commission of the European Union proposed a range of measures to ‘lessen the suffering’ of the 12 million vertebrate animals used in experiments each year. The proposed amendments to the EU’s 20-year-old animal experiments law included important protection measures regarding our closest animal relatives, the Great Apes.

This year, on May 5th, Members of the European Parliament voted on the amendments proposed by the commission. What was the result? Aside from a few crumbs scattered at the feet of animal advocates, the MEPs voted with industry lobbyists, and the animals lost… again.

According to Reuters UK,

“Researchers can continue most experiments on mankind’s closest relatives — chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans — after European Union lawmakers watered down proposals to restrict testing.”

As stated by Stephanie Ernst on,

“The European Parliament has voted to allow millions of animal ‘procedures’ to go ahead throughout the EU each year without the need to seek formal approval… Despite MEPs having voted last year to phase out all primate experiments, months of intense lobbying weakened their resolve.

According to the American Anti-Vivisection Society, wild populations of primates all across the world are being devastated to supply the research community.

On Mauritius, primates who are endangered or under threat of extinction are caught in the wild for the sole purpose of being exported for vivisection. Suffering in cages during captivity and in transit, they are often mistreated, beaten, and sometimes deprived of sufficient food. They are also transported in such dire conditions that many of them die of shock or hunger.

The Commission had proposed scaling back experiments on the 12,000 primates used each year, suggesting that they only be used ‘if the survival of their species was at stake or during an unexpected outbreak of life-threatening disease in humans’.

But according to a press release from the campaign ‘Make Animal Testing History’, “MEPs voted to continue to allow scientists the freedom to use primates in experiments with no direct application to improving human health…”

There were a few minor improvements to the law that were approved, including the decision to establish centers for developing non-animal alternatives. However, even if this does happen, and even if the meager ‘improvements’ are actually enforced (and I am not at all confident that they will be), these ‘victories’ appear to me to be little more than an opiate for the animal advocates and for the public.

Simply put, the lawmakers, at the bidding of industry lobbyists, have provided just enough positive movement to make the outcome appear balanced.

A press release from Make Animal Testing History states, “Sustained lobbying by the animal research industry has been intense, at times deeply disingenuous and certainly alarmist… “

As stated by Reuters UK, “one politician involved in drafting the laws took the unusual step of resigning her role in February, blaming excessive industry interference.”

As far as I can tell, the overall result is that animals used for experimentation are in virtually the same position as before: desperate and helpless in the unfeeling hands of those who view them as property, as tools of the industry to be used however ‘science’ deems fit. In other words, they have been betrayed, yet again, by those who have the power to protect them.

This leads me to question whether there is any point at all to advocating for animal protection at the legislative level. This defeat seems to be a perfect demonstration of the futility of fighting the animal industry where they are extremely strong and powerful. Industry lobbyists, with much to lose from the passage of tougher animal protection laws, will do everything in their power to make sure they remain free to obtain grants and funding for these procedures.

Meanwhile, our society remains in the dark ages about an issue of serious ethical concern. The individuals who carry out these procedures are, necessarily, indifferent to the suffering of non-human animals. Along with everyone who supports this practice, they must force themselves to believe in the fallacy that animals are not entitled to the basic right of a life free from unthinkable suffering. In this delusion, they are blind to the obvious truth that the eyes of these beautiful creatures are the windows into a soul that is pleading for mercy.

In order to keep the industry of vivisection going, we, as a society, demand that certain individuals desensitize themselves to a practice that most of us would experience as nothing short of a nightmare. In the name of science, barbaric practices are deemed not just acceptable, but necessary, ‘for the advancement of humanity’. Aside from demonstrating a very misguided understanding of ‘humanity’, this also indicates something deeply troubling about the ethical condition of our society.

If a person without a scientific agenda committed acts that even came close in brutality to the procedures that scientists and researchers do regularly, we would be rightfully concerned about their mental stability – specifically, about their ability to discern between right and wrong, and to empathize with others, the very qualities that differentiate a person of sanity from a psychopath.

For those readers who are under the impression that opposition to vivisection is a cause championed only by the animal-rights movement, consider the following quotes. These are but a few of many, which clearly indicate that vivisection has been opposed, throughout history, by many great minds, including some of the more enlightened individuals in the scientific community.

“Atrocities are not less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called medical research.”
~ George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

“During my medical education … I found vivisection horrible, barbarous and above all unnecessary.”
~ Carl Jung, MD (1875 – 1961)

“I abhor vivisection…. I know of no achievement through vivisection, no scientific discovery that could not have been obtained without such barbarism and cruelty.”
~ Charles W. Mayo, MD (1961), son of the co-founder of the Mayo Clinic. (The Mayo Clinic is consistently ranked among the top three U.S. hospitals.)

Experimentation on live, fully-conscious animals exemplifies the callous disregard that we humans have for the suffering of others, which is the root cause of many of our most serious problems. The continued legality of this practice serves to reinforce the hardhearted attitude we hold toward non-human animals, and thereby serves to reinforce the hardhearted attitude we hold toward our fellow humans.

For this reason, the continuation of vivisection acts as an impediment to our evolution as a society. Maintaining that such horrifically barbaric practices are socially acceptable serves to keep us in the dark about the true nature of our fellow animals. That is exactly the opposite of what we need as a civilization.

As the EU animal testing defeat shows, it is disheartening to see the results of the attempts to change legislation that regulates torture. As long as animals are viewed as property, their protection will always be less important to society than the perceived rights of the humans who own them and who profit from their use.

In short, new legislation will not fix the situation, unless it comes as a result of a crucial change in perception.

As Albert Schweitzer so eloquently said,

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

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Is it the “Mexican Flu”, the “Swine Flu” or the “Human Flu”?
What are the origins of the pandemic?

by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research


The WHO announced on May 1st that it will be dropping the designation of “swine flu”. The flu will henceforth be designated A H1N1, to be known more broadly as “the Mexican Flu”, intimating that the disease originated in Mexico through human to human transmission.

Swine influenza refers to “strains of influenza virus, that usually infect pigs”. The terminology, therefore, is important, because if the pandemic is labeled “Mexican flu”, the presumption is that Mexicans, namely humans, are the source of the disease.

The term “Swine Flu’, on the contrary, suggests that the pigs, at least initially, transmit the virus to humans, and, therefore, the issue of animal health must also be addressed.
The news reports have largely focused on the transmission from humans to humans. They have failed to address the abysmal environmental and health conditions affecting the hog population in factory farms, which are central to an understanding of two fundamental processes:


The European Parliament has just announced a ban on the trade of seal products within the European Union. This may be the most significant victory in IFAW‘s 40 year campaign to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt.

From Mexico City to Madrid to Moscow, tens of thousands of letters, postcards, and e-mails poured in – making a clear statement that the world is against this brutal hunt. The European Parliament listened, and now the end of the commercial seal hunt may be inevitable. Already, prices for seal pelts have dropped to half of what they were last year. And with this ban, 7 out of Canada’s top 10 export markets are now closed for business.

“This is a fantastic win, but we can’t rest now” says the IFAW in a statement. “We must make a final push to end this hunt once and for all!

The organisation is shifting all its focus back to where it started this fight four decades ago: For the first time in history, a Canadian senator has proposed a bill to ban the hunt – and what is needed now is to gather as much support for Senator Harb’s bill as possible.

If you already contacted your Canadian embassy, thank you!

If you haven’t yet had a chance, please contact your Canadian embassy today, and demand that they support Senator Harb’s bill to ban the seal hunt.

You can make history – by helping make the seal hunt history. Let’s put an end to this cruel hunt once and for all.

Inspirational video of Canadian Senator Mac Harb, on the ice during the hunt and delivering 200,000 petitions to the Canadian Parliament.

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