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Cheers for Sir Roger Moore and Tears for the Baby Elephants!

CHEERS FOR SIR ROGER MOORE!

Sir Roger Moore and his wife from website http://www.klast.net/bond/rm_bio.html

Not only was he a fantastic James Bond and a yummy Saint – he is now PETA’s UK ‘Person of the Year’.  He also has a BIG heart for vigorously fighting against the gross practice of foie gras. This is the abhorrent business of force feeding ducks and geese so that their livers enlarge and even explode. He wrote to every member of the House of Commons asking them to do whatever they could to end foie gras sales in the UK.

Because of his activism, Selfridges has stopped selling foie gras! We all applaud you, Sir Roger! What is most impressive is that this is one celebrity who uses his name to get results!  He has used his privileged position to bring positive change to the world and help stop suffering.

When the market for a product dries up then the killing and suffering stops!  Cadburys has made that very discovery. They wrote to all their shareholders to tell them that the backlash against them using palm oil in their chocolate was so great that they have stopped.  Many people are furious that jungles are being burnt down in South East Asia every hour of every day to make room for palm oil plantations. Countless animals, reptiles, birds and plant life are being exterminated by the palm oil trade. Orangutans are just one species now endangered in South East Asia because their jungles have been razed to the ground.

On my recent return from India I flew on Singapore Airlines. I was very disappointed that they served Nestle Tim Tam Cornettos for dessert. Clearly marked on the wrapper was that they contained palm oil. I refused  to eat it and complained in the airline’s survey of the flight.

As I said – When the market dries up, the killing stops.

TEARS FOR BABY ELEPHANTS!

Unfortunately, since the cessation of the ban on ivory trade in Africa, there is great concern that elephants, rhinosauruses and other wild African animals are now seriously endangered by poaching. 

Roslyn with an Indian elephant (with tusks intact)

It is so sad to see how the killing of the adult elephants has now left a generation of orphaned baby elephants. 

Bear in mind that the ivory is used in  the Chinese herbal medicine market as most countries have a ban on the importation of ivory and Ebay has banned the sale of products containing ivory. There are quite acceptable alternatives to ivory in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and although China doesn’t care to know about them, they will have to find out what they are when the elephant becomes extinct.

When the market dries up the killing will stop.

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Foie Gross

Sir Roger Moore was, I always thought, one of the best James Bonds. I also still watch reruns of The Saint. He was debonnaire and cool.  I like Sir Roger Moore. But I particularly love geese and ducks as I have raised both.  I had two geese – Lazarus and Gasper – and when I used to come home from work I would call loudly to them from the corner of the street. They would honk back to me to welcome me home. I have raised many ducks and I watched sadly as Daphne duck who had sustained a leg injury and was unable to walk, was cared for by her partner Loulie until she died.  After her death Loulie lost interest in life and soon he too was unable to walk and  passed away.

So I am thrilled to hear that Sir Roger Moore is fighting a most abominable practice – the production of foie gras.

In case you don’t know about foie gras, it is otherwise known as fatty liver. Geese and ducks are force fed for hours each day until their livers burst.  Can you imagine the way these poor animals suffer so that some  ‘privileged’ people may eat a gourmet pate on their crackers? How do you feel when you’ve eaten too much at Christmas? It certainly hurts. Imagine feeling that way all the time. The funny thing is, animals only eat when they’re hungry and birds know that when they eat too much they are too heavy to fly. It’s only people who stuff themselves silly on a regular basis.

The best way to stop this appauling practice is to discourage demand. PETA (People for the ethical treatment of animals) has been fighting to stop Selfridges in the UK from selling foie gras.

When Sir Roger Moore heard about this, he wrote a letter to Selfridges offering to buy their entire stock of foie gras provided that Selfridges never sold it again. When he didn’t receive a reply, he took to the press and airwaves in a campaign to create public aweness of the cruelty involved in producing foie gras.

You can read all about it at PETA.org.uk.

If you’d like to ask the owner of Selfridges to stop selling foie gras, write to the following address:

Mr. Galen Weston,

Selfridges, London,

400 Oxford Street,

London W1A 1AB

United Kingdom.

Good on you, Sir Roger! It’s wonderful to see someone in the public eye drawing attention to ghastly practices and fighting to end them.

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