Stop the live-capture of orcas in Russia

September 29, 2012 by  reblogged

Contact the Russian fisheries and urge them to stop the live-capture of 10 orcas per year.

Below is a list of phone numbers and email addresses to different department heads of the Russian fisheries. More contact information can be found here: original website/translated website.

You can also send two free faxes a day. You’ll need to use the Free Call Pin every day to send the faxes.

Sign our petition and share it with everyone you know. If you wish to send a letter to the President of Russia, you can do that as well by clicking here.

Sample letter in English:

Dear President Vladimir Putin,

I am writing you today to urge you to stop the live-capture of 10 Orcas per year to supply to marine parks worldwide. Not only are these captures inhumane but they are also wrong. The practice of capturing wild Orcas is outdated and should become a thing of the past.

Orcas have complex social structures that should not be disrupted by losing a pod member. When one is taken away the balance of their families are severely disturbed and can even cause members to die. The short lifespan of an Orca in captivity is horrifying; on average an Orca can live in the wild anywhere from 60-100 years of age, but in captivity they do not live as long – the average lifespan is a sad 6 years. Many Orcas suffer severe trauma from confinement and die from stress-related issues like stomach ulcers. Orcas in captivity have also been known to grind their teeth on metal bars in pure frustration. Orcas are also more prone to viral diseases leading to death. In short, these animals lives are at stake as it is in the wild, and we are jeopardizing them even further purely for our own entertainment purposes. They are far more intelligent than we give them credit and it’s ridiculous that we are not allowing them the freedom they are truly deserved.

Please reconsider the live-capture of ten Orcas per year in your country. The world is watching and we are not happy about this practice and the impact it will have on our oceans and the Orca pods!


Sample letter translated to Russian:

Уважаемый Владимир Владимирович!

Я пишу вам в надежде остановить отловы косаток в российских водах. Квота на отлов установлена в 10 особей, но такие отловы не просто антигуманны сами по себе – они поддерживают мировую индустрию дельфинариев, которые в свою очередь ради собственной прибыли превращают живое существо в товар и/или вещь – а это абсолютно неприемлимо с точки зрения воспитания в людях истинных ценностей.

Косатки в природе живут в семейных группах, поддерживая друг друга. Даже при потере всего одного члена такой группы негативные последствия могут захватить куда большее количество косаток. В неволе косатки живут очень недолго: в среднем на воле они могут жить от 60 до 100 (!) лет, а в неволе их средняя продолжительность жизни всего шесть лет. Многие косатки серьёзно травмируются самим пребыванием в неволе – и погибают от вызванных стрессом болезней, например желудочной язвы. Также было замечено, что косатки в неволе стачивают собственные зубы о металлические прутья решёток. Что в свою очередь открывает путь инфекционным и вирусным заболеваниям. Так что жизнь в неволе для косаток так же опасна, и даже намного опаснее (что бы ни говорили их владельцы) чем на воле. И цирковая, развлекательная сторона любого дельфинария только добавляет проблем. Косатки значительно интеллектуальнее, чем мы привыкли думать – и то, что мы помещаем их в неволю говорит о нашем собственном крайне низком уровне понимания и сочуствия (а это критично для _человеческого_ общества.).

Пожалуйста, подумайте ещё раз о том, что в действительности означает присутствие интеллектуальных существ в списке “ресурсов”. Мир смотрит на вас и на Россию – и мы сильно огорчены последними вестями. (как например отлов очередной партии белух якобы с начными целями -а на самом деле для продажи за рубеж).

По отлову косаток в 2003-ем году, пожалуйста просмотрите видеодокумент – со второй по шестую минуту.

С уважанием,

If you would like to send a physical copy of the letter to the President, you can send it here:

23, Ilyinka Street,

Moscow, 103132, Russia

Russian Fisheries contact information:

Mailing address:

690091, Vladivostok, ul. Peter the Great’s House 2

E-mail: (Public address) , (For a commercial enterprise reports)

Phone numbers:

Hot Line: 8-800-200-88-33 (toll-free in Russia)

Reception: (423) 226-88-60;
Head Office: (423) 226-73-10;
Mini PBX: (423) 222-66-41, 226-59-91, 226-58-60, 222-01-13, 222-19-52, 222-66-25, 220-96-81, 220 -62-43
Fax: (423) 226-72-98

Email addresses and phone extensions:

Department of Civil Service and Personal

Department Head: Saprygin Catherine K., extension: 143, email:

Deputy Head of Department: Vladimir Sobolev, extension: 151, email:

Administrative and Legal Division

Department Head: Smyatskih Vadim, extension: 134

Finance-and-economy department

Department Head: Shevtsova Angela A., extension: 104, email:

Department of International Cooperation

Department Head: Emelin Oleg O., extension: 127 (Tel.222-66-81), email:

Department RPU and artificial reproduction of FBGs

Department Head: Tatyana Zhukova, extension: 105, fax extension: 157, email:

Deputy Head of Department: Kim Denis M., extension: 113, email:

State Control, supervision, protection of FBGs and their habitats

Department Head: Snurnitsyn Alexander Akimovich, extension: 122, email:

Deputy Head of Department: Vladlen S. Yudin, extension: 130, email:

Deputy Head of Department: Ilya Ivanov F., extension 121, email:

Marine Department

Department Head: Marchenko Mikhail, extension 159, email:

Deputy Head of Department: Vasily Sitnikov, email:

Department of Logistics

Department Head: Nehlebov Sergei Leonidovich, extension: 147, email:

Robert Cohen wrote:


Not The Cat’s Meow“But I don’t want to go among mad people,”
said Alice.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the cat.
“Were all mad here.”

– Lewis Carroll

Super-Supermarket Deceptions

“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man
who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.”
– Homer

Each Thursday, the newspapers I subscribe
to are stuffed with local supermarket flyers.

I usually pay little attention to the hype,
but yesterday (September 27, 2012), something
caught my attention on Fairway’s brochure.
(Fairway is a small Whole-Foods-like chain
in the New York area).

There on page one (of four) was an ad for veal
cutlets for $8.99. The copy read:

“Literally half the market price!”

What annoyed me was the description:

“Fresh all natural humanely-raised veal cutlets.”

I am aware of how farmers raise calves, but
how does one raise a veal cutlet?

A veal cutlet is a thin slice of fat-free flesh
cut directly from a confined calf’s leg that has
first been stun-bolted in the head and then had
his neck sliced to be painfully killed in a
slaughterhouse. What part of compassion can a
deceitful con-artist apply to that?

The brochure from Kings, another upscale market
(upscale is another word for rip-off) offers
“Black Pearl Scottish Salmon portions” and the
text reads:

“Black Pearl Scottish salmon are farm raised in
the clear, cold waters of Scotland. Raised on
sustainable feed and rich in Omega 3, they have
a distinctively pure and buttery taste.”

If they sold human flesh, would they market
our meat as rich in fat? Well, just for the record,
it is. Omega 3, Omega 6, and plenty of saturated
and tasty human lard.

As for clear water, farm-raised fish like salmon
live in feces-filled water in their youth, then
are transferred to enormous sea pens in which up
to 90,000 fish can be crammed, while knocking against
each other for the remainder of their lives because
there is little room to swim free.

The water is cold because if it was not, the fish
would die. They eat orange-colored pellets as
food so that their flesh is an artificial rosy-red
which natural salmon possess because they eat
iodine-rich shells from shrimp-like creatures of
the sea. Their feed includes wheat and soy and
fats. No wonder their flesh tastes buttery.

Fish in the wild do not taste like artifucially
colored butter. In 2005, a scientific study
concluded that the consumption of farmed salmon
increased the risk of heart disease. (Lang SS, 2005,
“Stick to wild salmon unless heart disease is a risk
factor, risk/benefit analysis of farmed and wild fish
shows” Chronicle Online, Cornell University).

The pastas from Kings are absurdly marketed. At
$5.99 per 12-16 ounce portion, the copywriters

“Crafted from durum wheat semolina, and eggs in
Umbra, Italy…”

Crafted? Can the low paid signori working mixing
the ingredients and cutting the dough ten hours
per day and six days per week in a routine which
takes three minutes to teach, and a lifetime to
repeat, fairly be called craftsmen for the
macaroni they produce for Americans willing
to pay such exorbitant prices?

Pasta-making is serious business in Naples, and
there are small companies such as Gragnano where
magnificent pastas are made, but the owners are
the ones who earn large profits, not the so-called
artesian workers. Fifty years ago, the majority of
Italy’s pasta industry was industrialized, eliminating
most artists. Today, the great pastas exist, and
Kings does sell them, but artesinal is a word which
in inappropriately used in what has become mostly an
automated process.

Then there is Stop & Shop. I have saved the wurst
for last. No, not the liverwurst which is “crafted”
from pig’s livers and added fat like the spreadable
disgusting pate that it is. The good news (according
to Dr. Mercola and advocates of raw milk and raw
meat consumption) is that the fat and cholesterol
in such treats are good for your health. Burp.

Then, in large print, there is news that would
never appeal to me as a consumer looking for

“Stop & Shop will donate $150 to local food banks
every time the New York Giants get a first down.”

Let’s figure that out. They take a write-off based
upon the value of their retail prices, which essentially
costs them nothing. What does that do for me as a

On the reverse side of the NY Giant donation, there is
the good news that each time I spend $20 at this store,
they will lower my gasoline fill-up price by two
pennies. In other words, instead of spending $4.00
per gallon on inflated gasoline prices, I am overjoyed
to pay just $3.98. That’s this week.

Sometime before the election after the war against Iran
begins and gasoline is $8.00 per gallon, I will appreciate
Stop & Shop’s offer even less.

When it comes to Stop & Shop, guess what my future
intentions will not be?

That’s correct; to Stop and Shop.

Robert Cohen


Pakistan begins culling over 21,000 diseased Australian sheep | Siasat.

Islamabad, September 17:
Pakistan has begin culling over 21,000 imported Australian sheep after tests showed they were diseased, a media report said Monday.Sindh government officials decided Sunday to cull more than 21,000 imported Australian sheep and the process of killing the animals and burying them started late at night, reported Dawn from Karachi.

The government took the decision after reports from a second laboratory confirmed that the animals were diseased.

“We have culled about 150 sheep so far. The step has been taken after the animals were found suffering from highly contagious diseases. Infections could spread in our environment if the animals were allowed to live,” Abdul Hafeez Shaikh from the livestock department said.

The sheep were being buried in a 15-foot-deep ditch after being slaughtered.

Syed Abid Ali Shah, a senior official, said the sheep…

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“Nothing Biblical in Factory Farming”: C.M. Goetzee

Something has gone badly wrong in relations between human beings and other animals.

Published: December 5, 2011 – 9:19AM  Curt Goetzee

Something has gone badly wrong in relations between human beings and other animals, and it is not just animal welfare and animal rights organisations that say so. Large swathes of the public are troubled too. Even people who take their lead from Genesis, from its assurance that God has granted us dominion over the beasts in order to feed ourselves, suffer nagging doubts whether factory farming and a food industry operating on an industrial scale to turn living animals into what are euphemistically called ”animal products”, are quite what God had in mind. So it is not unreasonable that animal rights organisations are increasingly seeking to give voice to the (by definition) voiceless victims of the food industry, targeting factory farming, while not ignoring other practices – the use of animals in laboratory experiments, for example, or the trade in wild animals, or the fur trade – that might equally be condemned as cruel and inhuman. The transformation of animals into production units dates back to the late 19th century. Since that time we have already had one warning, loud and clear, that there is something deeply, even cosmically wrong, about using industrial methods to kill fellow creatures on an industrial scale. In the middle of the 20th century a group of Germans had the idea of adapting the methods of the industrial stockyard, as pioneered and perfected in Chicago, to the slaughter – or what they preferred to call the processing – of human beings. When, belatedly, we found out what the Nazis had been up to, we cried out in horror. ”What a terrible crime, to treat human beings like cattle.” we cried out. ”If we had only known beforehand.” But our cry should more accurately have been: ”What a terrible crime, to treat living human beings like units in an industrial process.” And our cry might have had a postscript: ”What a terrible crime, come to think of it, to treat any living being like a unit in an industrial process.” Animal protection groups work for the amelioration of the conditions under which animals spend their lives. In a longer time frame, some work towards the elimination of factory farming. In the case of Voiceless, the animal protection group founded by the Sherman family in 2004, this is done not by direct action but by persuasion. Its persuasive efforts are directed at the vast majority of the public who know and don’t know that there is something bad going on, something that stinks to high heaven. It offers such people practical options for what to do next after they have been revolted by a glimpse of the lives factory animals live and the deaths they die. Factory farming is a new phenomenon, very new indeed in the history of animal husbandry. The good news is that, after decades of untrammelled expansion, the industry has been forced on to the defensive. The activities of organisations such as Voiceless have shifted the onus on to the industry to justify its practices; and because its practices are indefensible and unjustifiable except on narrow economic grounds, the industry is battening down its hatches and hoping the storm will blow itself out. Thus, in so far as there was a public relations war, the industry has already lost the war. The task of animal rights organisations is to show ordinary people that there are alternatives to the animal-products industry, that these alternatives need not involve sacrifices in health and nutrition, that there is no reason why these alternatives need be costly, and furthermore that the sacrifices they are being called on to make are not really sacrifices at all – that the only sacrifices in the whole scenario are being made by non-human animals. In this regard, children provide the brightest hope. Given half a chance, children see through the lies with which advertisers bombard them (the happy chooks that are magically transformed into succulent nuggets). It takes but one glance into a slaughterhouse to turn a child into a lifelong vegetarian.

The 2003 Nobel Laureate for Literature J. M. Coetzee is patron of Voiceless and chairman of the judging panel of the Voiceless Writing Prize sponsored by Australian Ethical Investment. The Herald is media partner of the prize, which seeks to advance public understanding of the relationship between humans and animals.



Live exporters ‘appalled’ by Pakistan sheep cull


Steve Meerwald speaks from Pakistan about sheep

Director of Wellards, Steve Meerwald, speaks from Pakistan about the brutal cull of up to 9,000 sheep and how the local government there forced the company off the property under threat

Ag Minister says Pakistan episode ‘appalling’, but the system works

The Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig says the events in Pakistan are ‘appalling’ and unbelievable’. He says there will be an investigation into what has gone wrong but insists the system works as the Government can track the supply chain and find breaches and mistakes.

WA sheep farmer on sheep in Pakistan

Belinda Varischetti speaks with Tony White, a sheep farmer from Myaling, WA, about the likelihood his sheep are amongst those stranded in Pakistan

Alison Penfold…

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Hidden Agendas


Published on Sep 20, 2012 by women4truth

~support: ~credits video: French researchers secretly studied, for two years, 200 rats fed with transgenic maize. Tumors, serious disorders… full-fledged slaughter. And a bomb for the GMO industry.

Toxin from GMO crops detected in Canadian Blood: &

~FDA Deletes 1 Million Signatures for GMO Labeling Campaign – FDA slave to Monsanto

Just Say No 2 GMO:

If you are against GMO, Rate, Fav, Comment, Share, Tweet, Facebook, Digg it:

Tell Congress to Support Labeling and Safety Testing of GE Foods! It takes less than 1 min:

GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health:

GMOs are killing the Bees: …

Monsanto’s GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure: …

Union Of Concerned Scientists have some excellent reports and resources:

Failure to Yield: their investigation into the biotechnology industry’s claims…

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small house/BIG GARDEN

I took this picture on Sunday and thought it a perfect representation of solitary.

Solitary Jogger at Jaycee Beach

One second later and she’d have been gone!!! 🙂

This next image illustrates solitary gone awry….or said another way: when the hand of man interferes with the hand of God, strange things happen 😉

Mexican Donkey Ear Plantlets

See those little plantlets along the leaf margins?  Those are new Mexican Donkey Ear “daughters” coming out in force because I removed the original solitary new growth (note the notch near the leaftip.)   Not my brightest idea ➡ sensing annhilation it just produced more!

Nature’s survival instinct outsmarted my desire for less of this succulent. 😉

Time for Plan B!

Until next time….


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French researchers secretly studied, for two years, 200 rats fed with transgenic maize. Tumors, serious disorders… full-fledged slaughter. And a bomb for the GMO industry.
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