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Happy Mother’s Day – But Not For Pigs!

 

Aren't they cute?

This Sunday it’s Mother’s Day – so happy Mother’s Day for Sunday!

Maybe some of you are familiar with the above picture of a tiger with piglets. This came from a widely circulated email about a mother tiger whose baby died. She was inconsolable and the zoo feared she’d die so they thought of an ingenious method to cheer her up. They dressed some piglets in tiger material (golly, I hope they didn’t use tiger skin!) and introduced them to the tiger. This could have gone so very wrong! However, as you’ll see, the experiment was a huge success and the result was one happy tiger and a number of very relieved piglets.

I just received an email from Animals Australia Action Network http://www.animalsaustralia.org/action/ . To quote from their email –

Many Australians are still unaware that in Australia it is legal to confine mother pigs in metal and concrete sow crates for their entire 4 month pregnancy in a space that only allows them to take one step forward or back. Mother pigs in a natural environment will spend the 24 hours prior to giving birth gathering together straw and twigs to make a nest to give birth to her babies in comfort. One can only imagine their distress at being forced to give birth on a hard concrete or metal floor in the same area that they toilet and then being unable to nurture their piglets due to the bars that surround their body. Their distress continues as they have no choice but to watch on helplessly as their piglets’ tails are cut off and needle teeth brutally clipped without pain relief in the first week of their life.

They ask us to write to the editor of your local newspaper to encourage people to spare a thought for the sad plight of factory farmed mother pigs on Mother’s Day and urge consumers to stop supporting this cruelty by refusing to purchase factory farmed pork products.

Have a look at their website. They are committed to animal welfare and list the latest actions in helping the plight of animals. If you decide to write to your local paper about cruelty to pigs, have a look at their tips and let them know on this link http://www.animalsaustralia.org/action/get_active.php?action=&feedback=1

Of course, it would be inaccurate to think that pigs will be the only animals suffering this Mother’s Day. We all know this isn’t true! Pick an animal! If you trawl through my blog you’ll find a plethora of animal issues.

But we are talking about pigs today.

The RSPCA has put together a fact sheet on the plight of pigs http://www.rspcaqld.org.au/campaigns/quitstalling/Kids-fact-sheet.pdf  .  Have a read of it as it debunks popular myths about pigs.  They’re not dirty – they roll in mud to keep cool because they can’t sweat. They love to socialize and they are very smart.

Pigs have an excellent sense of smell and are used to hunt truffles in Europe. They can solve puzzles and be trained to perform tricks.

However, our poor treatment of pigs extends not only to farming practice and often cruel treatment in abattoirs, but to medical practice where they are used in experiments.  Recently PETA reported that they were able to save a large number of pigs in Europe which had been earmarked for an experiment. The plan was to bury the pigs in snow and then see which ones survived! The premise of the experiment was that when skiers are buried in an avalanche, some survive and others don’t – so are there pockets of air in the snow? So what? Why would they have to kill a lot of pigs to do such a silly test? http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/01/avalanche-study-will-bury-pigs-in-snow-to-watch-them-die.php Luckily, due to the outrage of animal lovers, they dropped the proposed experiment. But there’ll be others…

People who have pigs as pets love them dearly. George Clooney had a pot bellied pig as a pet whom he kept until it died. They are faithful pets and are excellent company at home. But if you can’t keep a pig, then maybe you’d like to sponsor one.  The following organisation allows you to sponsor one of their farm animals.

A number of times I have spoken about the Catskills Animal Sanctuary. They rescue abandoned and ill treated farm animals and nurse them back to health. They have a regular newsletter in which they advertise farm animals searching for homes. Go to http://www.casanctuary.org/ and you’ll see a pig on the homepage today. They have a number of pigs in their care.  Incidentally, last year a very kind benefactor offered to meet donations to the Sanctuary dollar for dollar to the amount of $1.5 million up to 31st. December, 2010. It’s wonderful to know that someone cares enough to make that offer! So if you donate $10 to the welfare of their pigs, they’ll actually get $20!

I just checked their adoption alerts for today and would you believe – there is one for a pig! Here it is – ring them if you are in the US.

URGENT Miss Piggy is a very friendly, elderly pot belly pig. Her family’s farm is in foreclosure and she must be placed ASAP. Located in Orange County, NY. Please contact Paula at 845-551-5765.

By the way, I used to prepare the  financial  accounts for a piggery and I noticed an awful lot of antibiotics in their every day purchases. I got the impression that it was put in all the pigs’ feed. So beware, if you eat pork, you’re also getting a big dose of antibiotics which you didn’t order! And don’t forget – due to the over the top consumption of antibiotics throughout the world, there are now super germs which are antibiotic resistant. Don’t eat pork (sorry but that includes ham and bacon) and you won’t be contributing to their suffering and you won’t be getting an unknown dose of antibiotics. Anyway, why would you want to eat processed pork products? They’re full of unknown preservatives and the method used in curing the pork uses toxic materials which are carcinogenic.

Hire the movie “BABE” on Mother’s Day in sympathy for pigs.

MORE ON THE BEARS

If you read my last blog on the bears, you might like to read the latest from Animals Asia.org  http://www.animalsasia.org/emailupdate/html/emailUpdate_en_30042010_bearAppeal.html?tkn=m1081507&eid=719&sou=AL10MBRGENEM&b=html  . I urge you to read it.

THE DOOFUZZ DUDES GO TO MUSWELLBROOK

Last week I travelled to Muswellbrook as guest of the Muswellbrook Library.  During the week I visited six of their regional libraries and spoke to a large number of local schools. I had a wonderful week and would like to thank the library for their kindness to me. I also found a fantastic olive grove which sold wonderful, freshly squashed (extra virgin)  olive oils. It’s called Pukara Estate at Denman. I was thrilled when the library gave me a bag of goodies from Pukara Estate as a present. Lucky me.

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Would you like to be an animal in China?

Some people have asked me how I get subject matter for my blogs.

Well, very sadly I have only to open my eyes and I see something unsavory in the news or on the internet.

This week I could hardly not notice the horrendous news that eleven Siberian tigers in the Shenyang Forest Wild Animal Zoo in northeast China’s Lianoning province have died of starvation. They were kept in little cages (this is something that we all find depl0rable) and because the zoo had run out of funds the tigers were fed only a couple of  chicken carcasses a day. They eventually died of hunger. In one case, six tigers died in one day.

With only a handful (20) of Siberian tigers still alive on the Chinese – Russian border area, this is just deplorable and disgraceful. The South Chinese tiger is believed to be extinct.

A zoo official said: “The zoo is in a financial crisis and we haven’t been able to provide the  tigers with sufficient food for the last two years. An adult tiger eats about 20lb of meat a day, but the tigers here can barely get a chicken to quench their hunger every one or two days.”

The W0rld Wildlife Fund has staged rescues of animals from war torn zoos – where were they in this instance?

A live Siberian tiger!

The Navhind Times in Goa expressed beautifully and succinctly the deeper meaning behind the fate of the tiger in its editorial dated 10th February, 2010,  titled ‘Living with Tigers’.  I quote –

Saving the tiger means saving humanity. The tiger is a symbol of the protection of all species on our earth since it is at the top of the food chain. Saving tigers means saving the animals the tiger lives on, such as buffalo and deer.

As these animals live on plants, saving them for the tiger means saving the forests. And saving the forests means more oxygen in the atmosphere, protection of soil and storage of rain water, which are necessary for the survival of man.

Thus, saving tigers means saving humanity. If tigers are not there, our future generations won’t be there.”

However, Chinese zoos are a disgrace. Live antelopes and chickens are fed to lions as a ‘show’ to patrons. One of my friends confirmed that she saw this horrendous spectacle in China. A little bus full of blood thirsty locals travelled around the zoo to watch live animals being thrown to beasts of prey. Furthermore, the lions (for example) who had no hunting skills due to being in captivity for so long, did not know how to quickly kill their dinner and hence the poor creature suffered a slow and unpleasant death.

It appears that the only interest Chinese show for animals is in relation to food or Chinese medicine.

A primary factor in the decline of many shark species around the world is the market in shark fins. The fins are the principal ingredient in Chinese Shark Fin Soup which is considered to be a delicacy and has been served at Chinese banquets for centuries. The sharks are caught – their fins chopped off and the finless shark thrown back in the ocean to die. Despite the fact that wildlife organisations deplore the brutality involved, and certain shark species have been listed as endangered, there appears to be no abatement to the insatiable appetite of the Chinese for this soup.

Bear paws are hacked off live bears for banquets.

But even more horrendous is the harvesting of bear bile for traditional Chinese medicine. For centuries, bears have been kept prisoners in small cages – a tube inserted in their livers. Each day bile is sucked out of their livers causing the bears agonizing pain. Can you imagine such a horrendous life? No freedom – never to see the sun and grass – and kept in a filthy cage with a tube into your liver?  Furthermore, there are many substitutes for bear bile in medicine so bile farming is totally unncessary. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWODyeO5wKU&feature=player_embedded to see the disgraceful way the bears are treated in China.

Apparently, 5000 tigers have been bred on farms in China in the hope that the ban on tiger bones and other tiger parts will be lifted and China can once again use these products in their medicine.

Although many countries in the world view the ivory trade with aborrhence and trading bans are in place throughout the world, certain countries in Africa which had a stockpile of ivory, lifted the ban recently, immediately precipitating a resurgence in elephant hunting. See my blog https://roslynmotter.com/2010/01/06/victory-for-lab-animals-sadness-for-elephants/ . It is reported that 37000 elephants were slaughtered in Africa for their ivory last year. This was to provide ivory for Chinese medicines and whatever else they do with it. They won’t be able to sell it on Ebay as they are no longer advertising products containing ivory.

The rhinosaurus has nearly been wiped out due to the Chinese demand for their horn.

Sea horses are also endangered because of their use in Chinese medicine.

It does appear that any animal that the Chinese set their sights on for food or medicine soon becomes endangered. For some strange reason they do not seem to realize that once these animals or fish are gone, they are gone forever.  Please show your concern by never ordering shark fin soup in a restaurant, and make your feelings known. If you are buying Chinese herbal products study the list of ingredients to make sure there are no sea horses or bear bile in the ingredients. I have personally seen ivory chips in the drawers of a Chinese herbalist in Sydney in the last twenty years. And this is after ivory importation was banned.

Wild animals around the world are of course already under threat because of loss of territory. The panda bear in China is one of those animals  endangered due to loss of habitat to farming and building. Their daily diet requires significant quantities of bamboo from plants spread over a large area and without the ability to move widely to eat, their numbers have dwindled to dangerously low levels. Recent earthquake activity in their area also had an impact and now there are just a handful left in the wild. In the past they were slaughtered with gay abandon for their furs. They are not particularly fertile animals and now they are on the verge of extinction everyone is suddenly appreciative of their beauty and there is a great push to save them. They have no value in Chinese medicine and the world loves them as a cute fluffy bear.In this regard they are luckier than the shark, which inspires fear more than engendering appreciation for its prehistoric beauty and formidable power. Or the elephant,sea horse, rhinosaurus, tiger and bear which are considered to be more beautiful in a bag of herbs or bottle of pills than they are running around free.

We are now at five minutes to midnight in terms of saving many species. 

Dr Anish Andheria wrote in Dropped Hints in Sanctuary Magazine in April 2007 that his job is to work with a diversity of others to protect what survives of wild nature, until this task becomes the very purpose of life for the teeming millions who seem currently lost in false ambition. He was writing about protecting wildlife in India, but the same could well be said about China and the world.

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Bear Tales

I was overjoyed to read that the last dancing bear in India has just been released into a bear sanctuary and that there will no more dancing bears in India.
What a horrible life they must have lived!
Furthermore, so many bear cubs were stolen for the dancing bear trade that sloth bears are now an endangered species in India. It is only because of the marvellous work of WSPA,  Save the Bear (a Western Australian organisation) and other animal conservation organisations that this has been accomplished.

Sadly, the brown spectacled bear (the inspiration for Paddington Bear) in South America is now under threat. Only a couple of thousand bears now survive in the jungles and farmers and their cattle have encroached on their territory so much that the bears have started to supplement their traditional diet of berries and insects with meat from cattle they have killed. Of course this has enraged the farmers who are shooting the bears. There are caring scientists who are trying to work out a strategy to appease the farmers – hopefully with cash restitution.

It is definitely not an easy life for bears now that we have encroached so far into their territory.
Even the black bears in Yellowstone National Park are having a hard time of it. Their reduced territory now overlaps with the territory of the Grisly Bear and scientists have for the first time ever, found the bodies of three black bears who who were killed in separate brutal attacks by Grislys. Grislys lead a solitary existance and do not take kindly to other bears in their territory. However, the Grisly Bear territory has been so reduced that they have been entering people territory and have been shot. In fact, Grisly Bears are also now endangered.

Hard days for bears!

On a more cheerful note, these are the last few days for you to make a donation to the Catskills Animal Sanctuary which rescues abandoned farm animals.
A most generous benefactor has offered to match up to $1.5 million, any donation made before 1st January, 2010. So, for the sake of donkeys, hens, horses, cows, pigs and goats who have suffered so much at the hands of brutal humans, please give a donation so they can have new sheds and plenty of food!
http://www.casanctuary.org/challenge-grant

In my next post I will tell you about a wonderful entomologist I met yesterday who is saving endangered species on Lord Howe Island.

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