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Pigs to Ewe!

If mankind disappeared today

What would all the animals say?

Birds, koalas and even bees,

Would sing with joy – they’d now have trees!

Tigers, elephants, all kinds of bear,

Could now roam free- without a care.

Their rivers would run unpolluted

Man and Earth are so unsuited!

That poem is my catchcry. I want to hear something cheerful but it’s not often that you get to read some really good news about the treatment of farm animals is it?

So it is with great joy I read that in July, Jan Cameron, the founder of the clothing store Kathmandu, pledged $5 million to establish the Animal Justice Fund. The fund will pay up to $30,000 for successful prosecutions of cruelty relating to farm animals. The fund will also finance legal action.

It is also cheering to hear that a body called the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel exists.  This comprises a group of more than 100 Victorian and New South Wales barristers who offer their services gratis.  In 1997 Tracy-Lynne Geysen started BLEATS, Autralia’s first animal law practice. BLEATS can call on more than 150 lawyers providing pro bono services for animal welfare cases.

A lot of consumers are disgusted by hens being held in tiny, permanently lit cages till their claws become twisted and their feathers fall out. It worries us that most hens for eating live for only forty days and yet they weigh over one kilo when slaughtered.We are disturbed by sows being kept in stalls (https://roslynmotter.com/2010/05/04/happy-mothers-day-but-not-for-pigs/). We abhore the thought of live sheep being transported to foreign lands where they have been known (if they actually arrive alive) to have been purchased and then promptly deposited in the boot of a car. And so it goes on…animals in zoos and circuses, animals used in research… there is no joy in being a captive animal unless it is as a fluffy cat or doggy held by a doting owner.

When we read about research such as  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100727201515.htm which recounts a recent experiment which proved that pigs are capable of complex emotions, it is even harder to bear the thought of their suffering at our hands.

A hen's dream!

 It’s also not much fun being an animal in the wild as there seems to be either endless hunters trying to take a pot shot at them for fun or profit; or no end of farmers, developers and other greedy parties chopping away at their forests and jungles.

However, things are slowly changing.

Following a vigorous campaign by the RSPCA and other animals groups against sows in stalls, Coles said it would not buy pork from producers using sow stalls from 2014. And Tasmania has announced that from 2014 sows would not be able to spend more than six weeks in a stall at any one time. Furthermore, the stalls would be banned from 2017. I don’t know why these dates are so far in the future but at least there’s hope.

Furthermore, now Section 52 of the Commonwealth Trade Practices Act can be used against food producers who falsely claim that their animals are being well looked after. With this section of the Act and the monies provided by Jan Cameron, there is a much greater chance of obtaining successful prosecutions than previously. This is because powerful and well funded industry groups (and it seems the government),  have supported the primary producers and helped them to fight against meddling do gooders. In the past no one except the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League has been able to initiate action under the NSW’s Prevention for Cruelty to Animals Act unless they had permission from the minister or director-general of the Department of Primary Industries. 

Another inspiration in the field of animal rights are Ondine and Brian Sherman, the founders of Voiceless.  In the space of 5 years, Voiceless has become renowned as one of Australia’s leading, influential and cutting-edge animal protection groups.

Photo of the Shermans and Hugo Weaving from Voiceless

Voiceless is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote respect and compassion for animals.

According to http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200507/s1415933.htm Voiceless says its approach is “mainstream”: they use a grants program to support the work of existing animal protection organisations, they have a legal arm which works on public policy and law and they have an educational arm which promotes compassion for animals to school-aged children.

“At Voiceless we don’t do raids, we don’t support any illegal activities,” Ondine said. “We are taking a very mainstream and inclusive approach.

“[We need to be] able to put out a very professional image so we can talk to the corporate sector, we can talk to the industry, we can attract people that perhaps aren’t as comfortable being associated with the more protesting style.”

Now these actions are occurring in Australia but don’t forget the great work done by Sir Roger Moore in the UK who managed to get Selfridges to agree to stop selling pate foie gras.

So animals still have a way to go before they can jump for joy but they can feel heartened that many people do really care about their rights. I suppose animals won’t feel totally comforted until they hear that everyone is going vegetarian.

PETS IN CRISIS IN GULF OIL CRISIS!

It seems that the BP oil disaster is a disaster in more ways than one. If it isn’t bad enough that native animals are losing their lives after ingesting gallons of oil, the pets in the region are also suffering.

Since most people in the region make their income in one way or another from the Gulf, the economic impact has meant that as locals lose their jobs they can’t afford to feed themselves, neverlone a pet. So record numbers of pets have been given in to animal shelters.

So if you can, please donate to the Friends of the Animal Shelter of St Bernard who are looking after many of these animals – http://sbpanimal.homestead.com/

Just this Wednesday 100 dogs were loaded up in a truck headed to a shelter in Madison, N.J. The Louisiana SPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and American Humane Association have teamed up for this big transport. The animals are from various shelters around the area including St. Bernard Parish and Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society. So you might also like to donate to these charities.

For more information on this disaster for animals see –

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/pawprintpost/post/2010/08/dogs-from-gulf-oil-spill-up-for-adoption/1

http://goodgriefpetloss.wordpress.com/2010/07/11/pets-are-victims-of-the-gulf-oil-spill-too/

http://www.ecosalon.com/the-forgotten-gulf-oil-spill-victims/

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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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