36 Baby Elephants Kidnapped from Mothers to be SOLD TO CIRCUSES AND ZOOS in Zimbabwe!!!

Originally posted on gettingonmysoapbox:

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This news just broke my heart today.  It seems that 36 baby elephants, aged 2.5 to 5 years, were ripped away from their mothers in the Hwange National Park for sale to private zoos and circuses abroad.  I can’t think of anything more traumatic and horrifying for those little creatures (and their mothers), except maybe witnessing the murder of their mothers by poachers, which occurs with wonton abandon in Zimbabwe.

To wit:

https://gettingonmysoapbox.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/91-elephants-poisoned-at-watering-hole-by-poachers-in-zimbabwe/

In the words of Rainforest Rescue:

Their chances of survival without their mothers are very slim.

Please sign and share this petition.

https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/mailalert/981/zimbabwe-stop-trafficking-in-baby-elephants#sr=rdr&md=newsletter&ct=html&cn=petition-981

Also, write to the Zimbabwe Embassy in Washington, D.C.

info33@zimbabwe-embassy.us

Hell, I even wrote to the government minister that this petition is addressed to, via his LinkedIn Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/saviour-kasukuwere/50/a54/18b

I also wrote on his Facebook wall:

https://www.facebook.com/kasukuwere

Shit, why not on Twitter too:

https://twitter.com/Hon_Kasukuwere

I’m fucking hopping mad, angry, sickened, saddened and…

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This Chilling PSA Will Be The First To Ever Address Domestic Violence During The Super Bowl

Originally posted on WOMEN. HEALING. VIOLENCE.:

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This Sunday, for the first time ever, the National Football League will run a PSA during the Super Bowl that directly addresses the country’s domestic violence and sexual assault crises.

The PSA was created by the advertising firm Grey New York for the NFL and No More, a five-year-old coalition of groups dedicated to fighting domestic violence and sexual assault. No More teamed up with the NFL to create football-focused PSAs after a number of the league’s players became embroiled in child or domestic abuse-related scandals.

A 30-second version of the PSA will air during the first quarter of the game on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. But an extended version, which you can view above, has already been released.

In the PSA, a woman calls 911 but pretends to order a pizza so that her abuser is not aware of what she is doing…

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Murderers Must Obtain the Proper Permit

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

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I’m sure you all remember Washington wolf-poacher, Bill White of Twisp. I knew him all too well, having spent a third of my life outside the same small town. Like most serial killers, he’d seem like a nice guy. Especially if you saw him chatting it up with passers-by from his booth at the farmer’s market, selling his popular “all natural” “grass-fed” beef to unsuspecting buyers of all political stripes.

Little did they know they were supporting a soon-to-be infamous serial-poacher who defied “game” laws galore while hound-hunting bears and cougars and ultimately baiting the state’s first known wolf pack, the “Lookouts,” luring them to their deaths at his 100 acre ranch on the side of Lookout Mountain.

Not only did he and his son kill most of the Lookouts before the pack was even officially recognized, the poaching ring also flouted international trade laws by trying to send a…

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Adult Onset Hedonism

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

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Practically everywhere you look lately are signs of a growing backlash against the progressive vegan movement. It seems people, many who’ve never tried going a day without eating animal products, are tired of being told vegetarian is healthier than flesh-eating and veganism is better still—its carbon footprint being only a fraction of the gargantuan impact of the standard American diet. Plus, vegans have the benefit of a clearer conscience than a person who contributes to animal suffering on a daily basis (assuming said person cares at all about animals). But many are comfortable with their meat addiction and don’t see any reason to ever change. And though they’re still the vast majority and therefore have nothing to fear from the efforts of outnumbered do-gooders, they see it as an attack on their right to be as hedonistic as they so desire and have begun a collective counterattack, just to show…

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Re-Blog: Some “Animal Advocates” Never Miss An Opportunity to Exploit Animal Exploitation

Just when I think it can’t get worse, it does.

Humane Society International is an arm of The Humane Society of the United States. Andrew Rowan is the Chief International Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of The HSUS, and President and CEO of Humane Society International.

HSI has a new campaign: rescuing dogs from South Korean farms:

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Here is a story about this campaign:

Alexandria (United States) (AFP) – A dozen dogs originally destined for dinner tables in South Korea arrived in the Washington area to be adopted as pets.

They were the first of a total of 23 dogs being imported into the United States this week as part of a campaign to combat the eating of dog meat in East Asia.

Washington-based Humane Society International (HSI) located the dogs at a farm in Ilsan, northwest of Seoul, where they were being bred specifically for human consumption.

The farmer — who acknowledged a personal fondness for dogs — agreed to give up the animals and accept an offer of compensation and grow blueberries instead, HSI director of companion animals Kelly O’Meara told AFP, as the mongrels settled into kennels Monday at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia after a long flight from Seoul.

HSI has been working with local groups in China, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to raise public awareness of the dog meat trade.

“But South Korea is unusual because it actually farms dogs to supply demand,” O’Meara said, while other countries target feral dogs as food.

Every year, between 1.2 million and two million dogs are consumed in South Korea, she said, supplied by farms that number “at least in the hundreds.”

O’Meara said it was the first time that dogs from South Korea intended for human consumption had been rescued and brought into the United States, where a brisk demand for adopted dogs and cats is met by a thriving network of animal rescue groups and shelters.

All 23 South Korean dogs — the second batch is due to arrive Tuesday — will undergo veterinarian checks in Alexandria, before being distributed among five other shelters in the Mid-Atlantic states for adoption.

“By helping these 23 dogs, we’ll be helping a lot of other dogs in South Korea” by raising public awareness of the dog meat trade, said Megan Webb, executive director of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which finds homes for about 1,000 dogs a year.

Okay. So let’s see if I have this right:

HSUS/HSI objects to the eating of dogs. Okay. I understand that. I don’t think anyone should eat dogs either. Surely, it makes no sense to object to eating dogs if you eat other animals.

But HSUS CEO/President Wayne Pacelle sits on the Board of Directors of

Continue Reading: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/animal-advocates-never-miss-opportunity-exploit-animal-exploitation/#.VLEl8Kbqn-Z

SOURCE:  Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach

 

ID Gun Nuts Start New Year With Three-Day Mass Slaughter Of Wolves And Coyotes

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

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http://news360.com/article/272715208/#

by Kerry-AnneJanuary 2, 2015

At dawn this morning, Idaho gun-lovers began a contest to kill as many wolves and coyotes as possible – with prizes of $1,000 each for the overall winners and rifles for winners in the 10-13 and 14-17 age categories.

The Predator Hunting Contest and Fur Rendezvous is organized by a group calling itself ‘Idaho for Wildlife,’ which claims on its website to be “dedicated to the preservation of Idaho wildlife.”  This seems pretty incompatible with the three days of mass slaughter, and the second mission of the group:

“To fight against all legal and legislative attempts by the animal rights and anti-gun organizations who are attempting to take away our rights and freedoms under the constitution of the United States of America.”

Clearly, the right to kill for kicks trumps the animal’s right NOT to be hunted and slain for cash.

Animal rights and…

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Why Buffalo Should be Protected by the Endangered Species Act

Originally posted on GarryRogers Nature Conservation:

By Stephany Seay

We’ve been given no other choice but to seek Endangered Species Act protection for the Yellowstone buffalo. This important action has been taken by the Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project.

Not a single Interagency Bison Management Plan affiliate seems to have the courage to defend wild buffalo — not the park, not Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, not even the tribes. The dastardly management schemes that continue to wage war against buffalo must end. There is no cause or evidence to support this brutal treatment, and none of the actions carried out in vile service to Montana’s livestock interests can be justified. The nonsensical abuse and killing of wild buffalo has become a very bad habit that U.S. taxpayers continue to fund.

Source: www.thewildlifenews.com

GR:  Like the Sage Grouse, Buffalo protection will be opposed by Congressional representatives of grazing and mining.  By now, everyone should recognize that…

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Bye Bye Biodiversity

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, you can’t really be a wolf advocate or an elk advocate, or any kind of advocate for the environment, and continue to eat beef. That message was driven home by a new Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department elk “management” proposal which includes reducing the numbers of not only elk, but also of wolves (who, logically, could have done some of the “management” for them) near Yellowstone National Park, all in the name of safeguarding cattle from the negligible threat of brucellosis—a disease which, in the past hundred years, has come full circle from livestock to wildlife and now back to livestock.

So far, it’s been the bison migrating out of Yellowstone during hard winters who have suffered the brunt of the rancher’s brucellosis paranoia. “Solutions” have included “hazing” bison back into the park and creating holding areas outside the park to warehouse bison…

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Urgent: Helpers Against Killing of Deer in Washington, DC Needed

Originally posted on Alexandra´s Animal Awareness Blog:

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The shooters come at night, killing a many deer as they can. Even though it has been proven that there are more humane ways of animal control the brutal medieval methods remain in place. In the middle of the capitol of the United States hunters may use their deadly weapons.

If you live in the area please help:

“Sadly, the killing of the Rock Creek Park deer has started.  We must show the public, the courts, and the executive and legislative authorities that we do not accept the slaughter the park has been carrying out on our deer.

We have already been out protesting on an emergency basis (when our surveillance team finds they are setting up to shoot deer) , and that will continue.  But we also want to hold scheduled daytime rallies.  I am getting ready to schedule the first one and would like your help with it. …

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Cats & Claws

Originally posted on Alcohol Cats:

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Cat adopters, particularly first-time adopters, often don’t know what to do when it comes to their cats’ claws. And the concern, oftentimes, is not, “Will my cat scratch or hurt me?” but, “Will my cat damage my stuff?”

And the short, simple answer is, “yes, probably.”

But owning an animal, whether it’s a cat or dog or other, necessitates at least some level of compromise. A dog owner can expect their couch to eventually smell like wet dog. A cat owner can expect their couch to get a little scratched. Sure, there are plenty of ways to dissuade a cat from this behavior—providing appropriate places where they are allowed to scratch, regularly trimming their nails, exercising the cat to prevent boredom, putting sticky tape on the couch to discourage scratching, training the cat not to scratch the couch (yes, cats can be trained!), and if…

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UNBELIEVABLE!

Originally posted on FUR OUT THE CLOSET::

No, these are not cute puppies and kitties for sale.

They are very realistic toys made in China and sold in various parts of the world. I have seen them in South African shops.

They are so realistic that in all likelihood they are made from real cat and dog fur.

Sadly this is not unbelievable.

While it is hard to imagine why any creature should be skinned for a fashion item or trinket, there is a booming trade in dog and cat fur in China.

There are  virtually no animal protection laws in China and many animals are skinned ~ sometimes alive ~ for their fur.

Dog and cat fur is generally less expensive than other types of furs, which results in the false labelling of items.

According to Happy Paws Haven, “cat fur is sold as rabbit and dog fur is sold as ‘asian jackal’, ‘sobaki’, ‘gae wolf’ and Asian…

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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sauteed Swiss Chard [VEGAN]

Stuff Acorn Squash [vegan]

Stuff Acorn Squash [vegan]

Stuff Acorn Squash [vegan]

Stuff Acorn Squash [vegan]

Stuff Acorn Squash [vegan]

Stuff Acorn Squash [vegan]

Ingredients:

  • 2 Acorn Squashes, halved with seeds scooped out.
  • Swish Chard — Soaked in Water & White Vinegar – rinse well to remove all sand ~ then chop
  • 1 Cup Red Lentils ~ rinsed
  • 2 Cups Filtered Water
  • 1 Package of Ground Tofurkey *Chorizo Style*
  • 1 small can of Tomato Paste
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic – smashed 3 for stuffing and 3 for sautéed Swiss Chard
  • 1-2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1 Cup of Panko (or bread crumbs)
  • Dash of Iodized Sea Salt ~ optional
  • Ground Black Pepper

 

Equipment & Method of Prep:

  • Pre-heat Oven to 400 degrees
  • One Half Sheet Pan
  • Two Large Saute Pans
  1. Slice Acorn Squash in half
  2. Coat both sides with EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  3. Salt and pepper the side you will be eating
  4. Place face down on 1/2 sheet pan (use a Silpat and it will make cleaning the sheet pan easier)
  5. Bake 20-30 minutes until you can pierce skin-side with a for

Meanwhile:

  1. Pre-heat large saute pan
  2. Once hot, add EVOO, diced onion and garlic – dash of Salt (or omit)
  3. Cook until onions are almost translucent
  4. Add Ground Tofurkey
  5. Saute until onions and Tofurkey start to lightly brown – eyeball it.
  6. Add 1 Cup of rinsed Red Lentils & 2 Cups of Filtered Water
  7. Add One Small Can of Tomato Paste – rinse can and dump extra water into saute pan.
  8. Add more salt if desired
  9. Give everything a good stir, allow to simmer until Red Lentils are tender, and all liquid is mostly absorbed.
  10. Check the Squash.  If you are able to pierce the skin side with a fork, they are cooked.
  11. Remove from Oven and Change Oven to Broil
  12. Using Tongs, flip the squashes over.
  13. Fill with Red Lentil/Tofurkey Mixture
  14. Sprinkle with Panko or Bread Crumbs (vegan cheese or parm cheese is an option at this point – I chose to not use vegan cheese)
  15. Lightly drizzle tops with EVOO
  16. Place squashes under broiler until Panko is lightly browned; then remove.

The Sautéed Swiss Chard:

  1. Pre-heat Saute Pan
  2. Smash Cloves of Garlic (as much or as little garlic as you like)
  3. Add 1-2 TBSPs of EVOO to hot Saute Pan
  4. Add Smashed Garlic & Swiss Chard — lightly saute until greens are wilted and garlic is golden – do not over-cook.

To SERVE:

Plate stuff Acorn Squash and serve with side of Sautéed Swiss Chard.

YUMMY and perfect for fall.

 

 

 

California horse auction owner charged with animal cruelty

Originally posted on TUESDAY'S HORSE:

Cross-posted from The Inquisitr »

A California horse auction owner faces felony animal cruelty charges after more than two dozen horses were found near-death or dead on his ranch. A warrant for the arrest of the Yuba County rancher Joe Cardenas was issued late last week. According to the local newspaper, the Appeal-Democrat, Cardenas said someone dropped off the ill horses at his ranch in very poor condition in August.

The probable cause court filing states that animal control officers were at Joe Cardenas’ ranch on May 13 and found at least two horses that were so underweight that the spine, ribs, and hips were clearly visible. The rancher said he took the horses in from a ranch in nearby Sutter County in March. The animal control officers maintain that photos of the horses before they left their former home and the condition in which they were found on the…

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Eggs and dairy – telling the truth

Eggs and dairy – telling the truth

Originally posted on There's an Elephant in the Room blog:

I shall start by saying that I’ve been there, I’ve been deceived – I used to follow a vegetarian diet.

I chose my words there with care; vegetarianism is a diet and the significance of this will, I hope, become clear as you read on. Until I found out about veganism, I had a nagging but unexamined notion that my consumption of eggs and dairy had to be done in an ethical manner, so I always chose ‘organic’ and ‘free-range’.  Looking back, it will always mystify me why I was able to recognise the moral significance of my victims to the extent that I realised the need to try to reduce their suffering, but I was somehow incapable of doing the tiny amount of research that it eventually took in this age of Google to realise that:

  • contrary to what many believe, all ‘products’ derived from the bodies of sentient creatures result in…

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No Empathy? Sign Up for Torture Studies at a University

Originally posted on Alexandra´s Animal Awareness Blog:

Update: Please sign the petition on change.org by Dr. Ruth Decker, thank you!

https://www.change.org/p/university-of-wisconsin-cancel-the-unethical-torture-and-killing-of-baby-monkeys

For those planning to work under such conditions as described in the following articles, it might seem natural to never express any kind of empathy. For other sentient beings knowingly administering pain to a living being feels torturous at both ends. Many experiments have been going on for centuries and no essentially new findings have come about in any recent experiments.

“Scientists at the University of Wisconsin plan to torture defenseless baby monkeys for cruel psychiatric experimentation. Newborn rhesus macaque monkeys will be traumatically torn away from their mothers and then sent into solitary confinement without nurturing. There, the isolated monkeys will be subjected to various threatening maneuvers and stimuli including live large king snakes all intended to terrorize the infants. The baby monkeys are killed by the age of two and their brains dissected.”

Please read…

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Cat rescued from animal testing lab is given first taste of freedom

Originally posted on Our Compass:



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Held in captivity his entire life, this is the moment Xander the cat is rescued from an animal testing laboratory

Imagine spending your life in the same windowless room?

That was the life of Xander the animal testing cat before he was rescued from a scientific research lab in New York six months ago.

The tear jerking video shows Xander (previously known as Jax) and a fellow former animal testing cat on the day they were first released from the windowless lab where they had been living in tiny cages.

The kitties were rescued by the Feline Freedom Project, part of charity called Beagle Freedom Project which is dedicated to legally rescuing dogs and cats from animal testing. The charity have previously posted adorable videos of rescued Beagles stepping onto grass for the first time.

According to the RSPCA, in 2010 152 cats were used in research…

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