bike at 3AM in my 24-hour gym, I noticed the
brightly colored tattoo on the upper left arm of
a young woman who was sweating profusely while
doing her own workout on an elliptical machine. I now regret not approaching her to ask the meaning
of that tattoo.
A few days ago, I received an email message from an
Australian frend which read:
“We had our 269life tattoos put upon ourselves
yesterday – they are all 269.”
I immediately recalled the gym memory of where
I first saw that same message.
I then went to the World Wide Web to search the
meaning of ’269 Life’.
I crash landed at this website:
I was soon directed to this Israeli video:
Shocking demo in Israel: activists got branded by hot steel
The burning of the calf’s number, chosen by the industry to be “269″, is for us an act of solidarity and immortalization. We hope to be able to raise awareness and empathy towards those, whose cries of terror and pain are only heard by steel bars …
Shocking demo in Israel: activists got branded by hot steel
Veröffentlicht am 02.10.2012
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- Casey Affleck Supporting Animal Cruelty Bill (contactmusic.com)
- Farm-Animal Sanctuaries: Where the Torah Comes to Life (thebeeteatingheeb.com)
- Mumbai calls for abolition of animals in circus (spiritandanimal.wordpress.com)
- Animal rights activists up at arms over annual squirrel shoot contest in Western NY (syracuse.com)
- Facebook continues to take cancer survivor’s tattoo photo down (fox59.com)
- States Considering Laws That Would Make it an Act of Terrorism to Report on Abuses at Factory Farms (blacklistednews.com)
- Food activists are making a difference – the state and industry taking notice (thebovine.wordpress.com)
- Animal rights activists disrupt Just Cavalli winter show for use of fur (timescolonist.com)
- Animal Rights activists use 10-foot inflatable pig to protest Walmart’s pork suppliers in Montgomery (al.com)
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Betreff: animal protection provisions in your national Constitution
The Constitution of Romania will be changed. A Commission of 23 members have been formed in this respect. I had already discussions with 2 members asking them in helping to introduce some provisions with regards at animal protection.
We need to sustain this point by having a background of examples.
I need in this respect examples from the rest of countries who have in their national Constitution these kind of provisions.
Therefore, please help us by looking in your Constitution and send me the exact text (your language and English, if possible) that it reffers at animals (mentioning the no. of the article where the texts are). I need it till Saturday evening if posible.
Some tips: probably your Constitution you can find on internet and, as probably is very large and you can not start reading, you can find by searching inside looking for the word “animal”.
All the best
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Live Exports: A dark day for Ireland
A new front is opening up in the war on live exports. Ireland is due to re-start a trade in live cattle with Libya. The re-emergence of this trade after 10 years would be a disaster for animal welfare and the reputation of Irish farming.
Ireland to Libya – suffering piled on suffering
The journey by boat from Ireland to Libya could take 10 days – not including the journey to Waterford port and the onward journey in Libya. Animals suffer terribly during long journeys. But for these animals the end of the journey will bring no relief. Slaughter conditions in much of North Africa are frequently inhumane, with completely unacceptable practices being commonplace.
Demand the Irish Government takes action
The Irish Government has given its full support to the resumption of the live export trade with the Agriculture Minister, Mr Coveney, describing it as “progress”.
Allowing this trade to go ahead – in the face of the extreme suffering it will cause and strong public opinion – clearly shows it would be unacceptable for the Irish Minister to act as President of the EU Agriculture Council when animal welfare is on the agenda.
Inhumane journey by road and sea
Long journeys are stressful for animals and can include:
- deprivation of food and water
- lack of rest
- poor handling by humans
- insufficient headroom
- stress caused by noise and vibration
Previous Compassion investigations into slaughter conditions in North Africa/Middle East have found:
- animals being roughly – even brutally – handled
- animals dragged into the place of slaughter
- cruel methods of handling e.g. the leg tendons of cattle being severed with a knife to control them
- Ireland calls Brussels meeting on horsemeat scandal (news.terra.com)
- S&P revises up Ireland outlook to stable (news.com.au)
- S&P revises up Ireland outlook to stable (bigpondnews.com)
- ‘Sadistic’ footage may involve Australian cattle (abc.net.au)
- Ireland moves to quell horsemeat fears, calls meeting (Reuters) (newsdaily.com)
- EU to discuss horsemeat scandal (worldbulletin.net)
- Ratings agency S&P upgrades Irish outlook to stable from negative (independent.ie)
- ‘Brutality’ to Australian sheep in Kuwait (news.theage.com.au)
- by Kristina Chew
- January 23, 2013
- 4:00 pm
It is terrible enough that horse meat has been found in burgers in the UK. Two slaughterhouse workers were recently fired from the Red Lion Abattoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, after animal welfare advocates from Hillside Animal Sanctuary released an undercover video showing extreme cruelty to horses.
The video footage is sickening, showing horses being illegally stunned in groups of up to three. Under the U.K.’s Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995, horses can only be in the stunning pen individually, as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says in the Daily Mail. As Roly Owers, CEO of World Horse Welfare, says:
Horses are intelligent animals. When they see an animal stunned in front of them you can only imagine the distress that animal is going through. There are, without doubt, welfare issues here and it is plain illegal.
With that in mind, it’s even harder to think about the suffering of the horses at the Red Lion Abattoir. The video also shows them being beaten with metal rods. One horse who was stunned seems to come to consciousness while hanging upside down and just before having its throat cut.
In a statement, the Red Lion Abattoir claims that “three full time Food Standards Officers comprising of an official veterinarian and full-time meat hygiene inspectors throughout production” are “in attendance” and that the incidents were’”not the norm, but of an isolated nature.” To justify breaking the rule of only having one animal at a time in the stunning area, the abattoir says that it is “difficult” to separate horses and ponies who had “spent years together as companions.”
The RSPCA says it has asked to see Hillside’s unedited footage “with a view to investigating.” This is certainly necessary but the larger issue remains that, despite the existence of laws regulating the slaughtering of animals in abattoirs, such abuse has still occurred.
It is impossible to read these stories of horse meat in hamburgers and of horses cruelly killed and not feel outraged. But, as Jay Rayner writes in the Guardian, if you’re someone whose economic circumstances dictate that you must buy food that is cheaper –one such economically priced “value range” burger from the British company Tesco was found to contain 29 percent horse meat — then you are likely to read these stories with a “deadened sense of despair” as such “non-quality” has become the norm on your dinner table because that was all you could afford.
The discovery of horse meat in hamburgers and the abuses at the Red Lion Abattoir make it all too clear that the system of safeguards, rules and regulations is flawed. Outside and independent monitoring of abattoirs and facilities processing of our food are just plain good horse sense.
- British horse abuse (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Horses beaten with iron bars at abattoir (steppaz1961.wordpress.com)
- Horse abattoir footage is investigated (bigpondnews.com)
- ‘Shocking Neglect’ Of Horses Revealed At Abattoir Amid Row Over Horse Meat … – Huffington Post UK (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
- Exposed: How terrified horses were beaten and abused by sick slaughtermen (mirror.co.uk)
- VERY GRAPHIC IMAGES,VIDEO:Exposed: How terrified horses were beaten and abused by sick slaughtermen (preciousjules1985.wordpress.com)
- Horse Abattoir: Film Reveals Welfare Breaches (news.sky.com)
- Horse abbatoir investigated after secret filming reveals shocking abuse (guardian.co.uk)
- Horses beaten with iron bars at abattoir (telegraph.co.uk)
- Undercover film reveals abuse at horse abattoir (morningstaronline.co.uk)
These animals experience some of the worst welfare conditions imaginable. Every email sent really can make a difference to the plight of these animals. Please ask friends and family to take action now and help stop this horrific trade.
Millions of animals are transported every year from the EU to destinations including the Middle East, Turkey, Russia and North Africa. Journeys might last hundreds of hours and can even result in the death of the animals involved before they reach their destination. Please act now to stop this trade.
The footage taken during recent investigations is truly shocking: Delays at the border crossing between the EU and Turkey, and overcrowding, led to hunger, dehydration, injury and even death.
The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater our own sense of well-being becomes.
- Turkey getting prepared for EU (en.trend.az)
- INVESTIGATION into the FARMING of DAIRY COWS in EUROPE (schweingehabt.wordpress.com)
- Live animal exports going via previously unknown routes (guardian.co.uk)
Yes, Germany Must Ban Bestiality
- by Kristina Chew
- December 2, 2012
Bestiality is to be banned in Germany in a reversal of a 1969 decision which made it legal. Animal welfare advocates are praising the decision to outlaw such abuse of animals — also known as zoophilia — while contending that the focus on this issue has diverted attention from other urgent animal rights concerns.
Ilse Aigner, the German agriculture minister, is calling for a reversal of the 1969 decision on the grounds that bestiality is an “offence not only to hurt an animal but also to force it into unnatural sex,” according to the BBC. Animals should not be used “for personal sexual activities or made available to third parties for sexual activities … thereby forcing them to behave in ways that are inappropriate to their species,” says Hans-Michael Goldmann, chairman of a parliamentary committee that is discussing the measure before the Bundestag votes on it on December 14.
Under the new measure, anyone found guilty of forcing an animal into “actions alien to the species” could face a fine of 25,000 euros (about $32,300).
Michael Kiok, a librarian who is chairman of a group called the Zoophile Engagement for Tolerance and Information (Zeta), says that he plans to take legal action against the changes. “When I look at my dog I know immediately what it wants. Animals are much easier to understand than women,” says Kiok in the Guardian — statements that are (to totally understate the matter) beyond disturbing.
The topic of animal bestiality is a “tough one for people to hear and deal with,” as Care2 blogger Megan Drake writes. But it is one that we need to not only be aware of, but to take action about. As Megan points out, only 17 states in the U.S. have laws under which bestiality is a felony; fourteen more states say it is a misdemeanor. The rest do not consider bestiality a crime against animals, though some consider it a misdemeanor if a minor child or pornography is involved.
In Europe, a number of countries (including the Netherlands, France and Switzerland) ban bestiality. Prior to 2003, bestiality carried a sentence of life imprisonment in the U.K.; this has been reduced to two years. Bestiality remains legal in Belgium, Denmark and Sweden, though Sweden is considering changing this.
Animal rights advocates in Germany have put forward many other issues that must be attended to and very soon. They are seeking bans on castrating piglets and cutting off their tails and on branding horses without anesthesia. Only the castration issue has been addressed and not in a satisfactory way. According to the Guardian, after 2018 (i.e., not exactly in the very near future) it can only be carried out under a local anesthetic.
While the ban on bestiality is more than — does it need to be said? – necessary, there is clearly far more the German government, not to mention several states in the U.S. and some European nations, can do to protect animals from cruel and horrendous abuse. How we humans treat and care for all creatures great and small says a lot about us.
Polish Court Bans Religious Animal Slaughter, But Victory Could Be Short-Lived
- by Alicia Graef
- December 1, 2012
- 2:30 pm
Following a petition brought by animal welfare groups, a top court in Poland ruled this week that the ritual slaughter of animals by religious groups violates the country’s constitution and animal protection laws.
The court found regulations that allow animals to have their throats cut and to subsequently be left to bleed to death without prior stunning to be against a 1997 Polish law that slaughter should only “follow the loss of consciousness” after stunning and that the agricultural minister didn’t have the authority to issue such regulations in the first place.
The decision comes weeks before an EU law allowing the practice on the grounds of religious freedom will go into effect on January 1. According to Poland’s Agriculture Minister Stanislaw Kalemba, the EU law will take precedence and remove any doubts about the legality of ritual slaughter in Poland, reports the BBC.
Critics of the ruling are concerned about what message it will send about religious tolerance and how it will affect exports of kosher and halal meat. A similar measure was supported and approved in the Netherlands last year, but failed to pass after public outcry that a ban would violate religious freedom.
However, animal advocates still see the ruling as a victory and are arguing that Poland may still be able to request an exemption from the EU law.
In most countries, stunning is believed to be more humane and is required prior to slaughter. However, there are many exemptions for religious slaughter, where Muslims and Jews argue that animals feel no pain. Animal advocates disagree and believe it is inhumane and that it causes severe suffering and stress to animals who are conscious through the process. It’s a debate that’s likely to continue
Warning: Graphic video comparing stunning versus halal slaughter methods.
- by Judy Molland
- November 23, 2012
- 7:00 am
When you hear the word “Bali,” you probably think of gorgeous scenery, exotic dances, a deeply spiritual and unique culture, a romantic getaway, indeed a place that has often been called paradise on earth.
But there is a much darker side to the Indonesian island of Bali, one of more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, and also one of the world’s most popular island resorts.
Every year, more than 18 million dogs are killed for human consumption worldwide, and Bali is no stranger to the dog meat market.
Many dogs in Bali live on the streets in front of their owners’ houses; they are routinely snatched away, either with a lasso or in a net, then clubbed, and eventually strangled, beaten and even skinned alive.
A new documentary from indiegogo, entitled “Commercial Carnage: Dog Meat Industry,” exposes this cruel practice, showing how beloved family pets are routinely taken and sold to dog meat factories for as little as $2.50, with a typical dog catcher seizing six dogs each night.
According to indiegogo, once tied up,
the animals are transported to the abbatoir on bikes. Unfortunately the dogs suffering is prolonged as they are kept like this until they are butchered.
You can watch this shocking video by clicking here, but be warned – there are some gruesome scenes.
The dog meat industry is particularly prevalent in South-East Asia. As Care2 reported here, in Thailand, pet dogs are being snatched in increasing numbers to feed the restaurant trade in dog meat elsewhere in South-East Asia. Thai police have suggested that as many as 2,000 dogs were seized in a six-month period. Most of these are bound for Vietnam and China where dog is considered a delicacy.
In China, however, there is some reason to be hopeful. In October, 2011, nearly 800 dogs were rescued by a Chinese animal protection group in the city of Zigong, in southwest Sichuan province. A similar rescue happened earlier in the year, when nearly 200 heroic animal lovers in China saved the lives of 580 dogs that were being trucked to a Beijing slaughterhouse for their meat.
Even better, in Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong, there is a ban on the slaughter of dogs for human consumption in response both to public concern and health fears around eating these species.
Animal activists are demanding change in China, and have achieved change in Taiwan, the Phillipines, Singapore and Hong Kong, but what about Bali?
If you are concerned about the shocking practices associated with the commercial killing of innocent dogs in Bali, please sign our petition, demanding an end to the slaughter of dogs for human consumption.
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