“The Ghosts in Our Machine” Movie Review A Film by Liz Marshall

“Leaving is always the hardest thing. Leaving is the reason I am haunted.”  – Jo-Anne McArthur

The Ghosts in Our Machine – Movie Review A film by Liz Marshall


You have seen Jo-Anne McArthur’s classic photographs without having known her name. Fur farms. Puppy mills. Slaughterhouses. Experimental research labs. Animal sanctuaries.

Her pictures always record the spirit and beauty of the animal. Her photos rarely record the actual horrors. In her words:

“I photograph the predicaments that animals are in.”

She does not rescue animals, although she is tempted to. She records their lives as they are used by men. She captures their eyes for people to see what we do to them.

We see Jo-Anne prepare for a pre-dawn raid of a mink farm where 100,000 anim als are kept captive. Our adrenal glands pump epinephrine along with hers as she works quickly, snapping photographs, recording footage for this movie. You are there with her team, hoping not to be caught by fur farmers. She climbs over walls. She crawls through mud. She is a commando on a covert mission. Capture the predicament. Record truth on film.

We are there again at a fur farm as Jo-Anne captures the eyes of those caged creatures waiting to be converted from living sentient animals into coats for the wealthy. It is always the eyes. They are so human-like and she photographs them so superbly. Eyes being windows to souls, you become one with each non-human captive.

They are fated to become ghosts in our society’s machine.

It is not until the final minute of this exceptional documentary that we see the first horror of death in a slaughterhouse. That film clip lasts for all of five seconds. This is not a typ ical animal rights movie dominated by horrifying scenes of gore.

This Liz Marshall documentary of Jo-Anne McArthur and the animals whose predicaments she captures is one which will bind the plight of non-human animals to the human soul. The film experience becomes a permanent part of our psyche. Each animal becomes a ghost in our collective machine. This is more poetry than film. Ghosts becomes spiritual like Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees”. Like Carl Sandburg’s “Fog”. Like T.S. Eliot’s Jellicle cats.

I had a vision while watching Ghosts in Our Machine. I imagined a three-man forum consisting of Jesus, Muhammad, and Moses. An alliance of spiritualists.

A multitude of people waited in the valley below while three wise prophets emerged from their mountain cave called Hira, and appeared before them on a cliff. A sudden hush overcame the gathering…

The first to speak was Moses.

“L et my animals go”.

Then Jesus:

“They continue to die for your sins”.

And finally Muhammad:

“We must teach each man about the pain and suffering animals feel; that which he knew not”.

Together, their universal message of compassion immediately brought the world to an understanding. A universal oneness. And then there was peace.

And then there was this movie of perfection.

There will be six screenings today in New York City. Six more every day from November 12 – November 21. Then the documentary will be screened in Beverly Hills. Then the national tour. You will see Ghosts at summer animal rights conferences. It will be everywhere. Do not miss Ghosts in Our Machine. More importantly, have your friends and family experience the movie. This is the world changer that we have been so desperately awaiting.


“Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.”  – T.S. Eliot

Robert Cohen http://www.notmilk.com


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Posted On November 3, 2013  |  6 Comments

GHOSTS MEDIA is conducting an Oscar Qualifying Theatrical Release in the U.S. in four major U.S. markets between November – December 2013: New York; Los Angeles; San Francisco (TBA) Chicago (TBA). This follows an 11-city […]

Hoarding of Animals



So far, five sick but living cats and four dead ones have been found, according to Wendy Marano, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She told HuffPost Crime that there are surely more survivors and authorities have set humane traps to catch them.

The mounds of trash have prevented authorities from getting an exact count. Marano said there were plastic Tupperware bins “stacked 10 or 12 tall” being used as litter boxes. Trees and limbs were growing out of the gutters, and drywall had peeled off the structure.

“It was horrible,” she said. “Everything was covered in animal waste. The whole floor was covered … It’s hard to believe there were animals or human beings in there.”

She added that spiders, wild bats and rats had also infested the house. The search for surviving animals will be a several-day operation.

The owner, whose name has not been released, could face several charges related to animal cruelty. He is currently hospitalized with unspecified ailments.

“This is probably the worst we’ve ever seen,” Marano said.

The Department of Licenses and Inspections condemned the property and declared that the home must be repaired or demolished within 30 days. Otherwise, the city will tear it down, according to the Inquirer.
bats cats rats

bats cats rats

(h/t NBC New York)


For the HORSE to be considered as a pet! Pour que le cheval soit considéré comme animal de compagnie! Das Pferd soll als HAUSTIER betrachtet werden!

Animated sequence of a race horse galloping. P...
Animated sequence of a race horse galloping. Photos taken by Eadweard Muybridge (died 1904), first published in 1887 at Philadelphia (Animal Locomotion). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


For the horse to be considered as a pet!
The only way to quickly dismantle the filthy world traffic of the “horse meat” is to make the legal status it deserves in the passing of “farm animal” to “pet” in this animal. A member of the Essonne Mr Nicolas Dupont Aignan will soon submit a bill to change the status of the horse from the horse “annuity” to horse “company.” We need to show our massive support by signing this new petition!

Pour que le cheval soit considéré comme animal de compagnie! La seule et unique manière de démanteler rapidement l’immonde trafic mondial de la « viande de cheval » est de rendre légalement à cet animal le statut qu’il mérite en le faisant passer « d’animal de rente » à « animal domestique ». Un député de l’Essonne Mr Nicolas Dupont Aignan va prochainement déposer un projet de loi visant à modifier le statut du cheval le passant de cheval de “rente” à cheval de “compagnie”. Il nous faut lui apporter notre soutien en signant massivement cette nouvelle pétition !

Das Pferd soll als Haustier betrachtet werden!
Der einzige Weg, um schnell den schmutzigen Verkaufsweg “Pferdefleisch” zu demontieren, ist den rechtlichen Status zu schaffen, den es verdient, von “Nutztiere” auf “Haustiere”. Ein Mitglied der Essonne Nicolas Dupont Aignan wird bald einen Gesetzentwurf vorlegen, um den Status des Pferdes vom Pferd “Rente” verändern auf Pferd “als Begleiter.” Wir müssen unsere Unterstützung durch massive Unterzeichnung dieser neuen Petition zeigen!


Please sign and share this petition if you are against this http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Horses_eviscerated_alive_for_fun/?fQLnCab&pv=2
he pain and suffering inflicted on the horses is immense. The fact that this is a “public event” witnessed by all, including children is very harmful to all. This EVENT TEACHES THAT VIOLENCE AND CRUELTY IS FUN. They call it a feast. In the state of Yucatan, Mexico there is a “rodeo” type event called “Torneo de Lazo” where bulls ram horses and eviscerate them. THIS CAUSES A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF PAIN TO THE HORSES. These horses usually collapse and while still alive continue to get trampled by bulls and other horses during the length of this violent and cruel event where horsemen try to lasso the running, charging bulls (the bulls are specifically bred and trained to ram horses).
Although it is against the law, this is only in name. Mexico’s federal government as well as the local authorities do nothing to stop this. This event takes place state wide all year round.
Please demand the Mexican government to put and end to this barbaric event.

GreatApeProject: 43 Schimpansen im Schwabenpark bei Welzheim unter erbärmlichsten Umständen


—– Original Message —–

Sent: Friday, March 22, 2013 10:41 AM

Subject: Rundmail 3/2013: Schwabenpark

Liebe Affenfreunde,

morgen, am 23.3., beginnt im Schwabenpark bei Welzheim (nahe Stuttgart) die Saison 2013. Der Park hält unter indiskutablen Bedingungen 43 Schimpansen vor, die größte Privathaltung in Europa. Mehrere der Tiere müssen täglich, teils in lächerliche Kostüme gesteckt, in Zirkusshows auftreten.

Mit Unterstützung des Great Ape Project hat die Tierrechtsorganisation AnimalEQUALITY in monatelanger Undercoverarbeit die katastrophalen Bedingungen dokumentiert, unter denen die Tiere im Schwabenpark gehalten und ausgebeutet werden. Ein erschütterndes Dossier:


Anläßlich der morgigen Wiedereröffnung des Parks haben mehrere TR-Organisationen zudem eine Pressemitteilung herausgegeben:

Schwabenpark-Saisoneröffnung: Tierschutz- und Tierrechtsorganisationen fordern sofortiges Ende der Schimpansen-Show


Kaisersbach / Gerlingen, 22. März 2013 – Diesen Samstag startet der „Schwabenpark“ in die neue Saison. Anlässlich der Wiedereröffnung des Vergnügungsparks fordern sechs Tierschutz und -Tierrechtsorganisationen die sofortige Beendigung der umstrittenen Schimpansenshow, bei der mehrere der intelligenten Menschenaffen auf erniedrigende Weise vorgeführt werden. Die Organisationen, die seit einem gemeinsamen Ortstermin im Park Anfang 2012 mit Politik und Betreiber im Dialog stehen, mahnen zudem die strikte Einhaltung eines von der baden-württembergischen Landesregierung in Auftrag gegebenen Gutachtens über die Schimpansen im Schwabenpark an. Das im Herbst 2012 veröffentlichte Gutachten bestätigte, dass die Menschenaffen teilweise deutlich unterhalb der behördlichen Mindestanforderungen gehalten werden.

„Die entwürdigende Schimpansenshow muss beendet werden. Sie ist ethisch völlig inakzeptabel und nicht mit dem Tierschutzgesetz vereinbar“, so die Organisationen in einer gemeinsamen Stellungnahme.

Babyschimpansen werden im Schwabenpark häufig von ihren Müttern getrennt und ‘von Hand‘ aufgezogen. Ohne diese Maßnahme lassen sich Schimpansen nicht für Shows dressieren – und dennoch funktioniert ihre Dressur nicht ohne Zwang. Die sechs Organisationen weisen darauf hin, dass die Richtlinien für die Haltung von Schimpansen derzeit vom zuständigen Bundesministerium (BMELV) komplett überarbeitet und in den nächsten Monaten veröffentlicht werden. Weil die Mindestanforderungen aufgrund neuer Erkenntnisse in der Verhaltensbiologie zukünftig deutlich höher sein werden, dürften auf den Schwabenpark beträchtliche Umbauerfordernisse hinsichtlich der ungenügenden Unterbringung der Schimpansen zukommen. Die Organisationen kündigen an, die ordnungsgemäße Umsetzung der neuen Richtlinien des Bundesministeriums sowie der Anforderungen des Gutachtens zu kontrollieren.

Unterzeichnende Organisationen:

Animal Public e.V.  Animal Rights Watch e.V. (ARIWA) Great Ape Project Tierrechtsinitiative Region Stuttgart Tierrechtsinitiative Straubing – Initiative gegen die Zurschaustellung von exotischen Wildtieren PETA Deutschland e.V.

Bitte verbreitet das Dossier und die PM über euere Kanäle weiter.

 Beste Grüße und einen schönen Frühlingsanfang

Colin   www.greatapeproject.de

ps: Die taz hat als erste über das Dossier berichtet:


Petition for Horses, against Cruelty


Liebe TierschutzKollegInnen,                                        

ich lege Euch heute meine Petition vor,
die ich für Pferde erstellt habe.
Bitte, signiert die Petition und gebt
sie weiter.
Ich habe mein ganzes Herz in diese
Petition gelegt, weil ich es nicht
aushalten will, was brutale Tierquäler
– theoretisch und praktisch – unseren
Pferden antun.
Die Täter warten nur darauf, dass wir
müde werden und aufgeben.
Das dürfen wir nicht!
LG Annamaria


Robert Cohen wrote:
A few weeks ago while working out on a stationary
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


Über 269

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

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Veröffentlicht am 02.10.2012

On October 2nd 2012, world farm animals day, three animal rights activists in Israel got branded with a hot steel brand, in the same way farm animals are branded in factory farms.

Watch the official video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEAJgM…
See more footage of this demo: http://www.269life.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/269calf

Now You can help Romanian Dogs! A Letter from Dr. Carmen Arsene shows You, how!

English: 1948 Constitution of Romania
English: 1948 Constitution of Romania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Von: Carmen Arsene <cmarsene@yahoo.com>
An: my e-mail-address
Gesendet: 10:27 Donnerstag, 21.Februar 2013
Betreff: animal protection provisions in your national Constitution

Dear all 



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”.




Thank you.




All the best

Carmen Arsene

YES, Germany Must Ban BESTIALITY!

English: Painting of the Trial of Bill Burns, ...
English: Painting of the Trial of Bill Burns, the first prosecution under the 1822 Martin’s Act for cruelty to animals, after he was found beating his donkey. It is the first known prosecution for animal cruelty in the world. The prosecution was brought by Richard Martin, MP for Galway, also known as Humanity Dick, and the case became memorable because he brought the donkey into court. The painting was made at the time of the trial. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, Germany Must Ban Bestiality

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 Rules Religious Animal Slaughter illegal – but!



Polish Court Bans Religious Animal Slaughter, But Victory Could Be Short-Lived


Polish Court Bans Religious Animal Slaughter, But Victory Could Be Short-Lived


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.

        http://youtu.be/h_bZzxep87c (horror!)

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.

“It’s up to us to decide whether we want a law authorising this kind of slaughter or not,” Dariusz Gzyra of the campaign group Empatia told the AFP.

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.