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What the World Needs to Hear from Philip Wollen

 

Here is a brilliant speech by a formidable man about animal rights. Thank you to Animalista Untamed for bringing this to my attention.

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What the World Needs to Hear from Philip Wollen

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What Rabbits Feel

The New England Anti-Vivisection Society – NEAVS – founded in 1895, has been fighting against animal abuse especially in the sciences. Recently, one of the scientists, Dr. Marge Peppercorn, wrote about her experiences with rabbits, a species being tortured by the millions in labs all around the world:

“The Language of Rabbits

As a physician, I understand the need for medical research. What I can’t understand is why we persist in using animals. Researchers use every kind of species in the now recognized mistaken belief that what holds true for them holds true for humans. Some, like mice, are used primarily because they’re inexpensive and easy to handle. None are used with true consideration for their suffering.

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A prime example is the rabbit. Bunnies are generally silent with unchanging facial expressions, so it’s easy for researchers to be unaware of their distress and avoid possible pangs of conscience over what they’re doing to them. People think their silence makes them unreadable but bunnies communicate constantly.

I’ve recently become a bunny parent. After having had primarily dogs and cats, I had no idea what to expect. There was no barking, meowing, whining, whimpering, tail wagging or purring. From hours of interaction I’ve learned bunnies do make their feelings clearly known. They stamp their feet when upset or sensing danger. They make a quiet grunt when angry and an extremely soft grinding noise when happy.

None of these messages could possibly be heard over the noise of a lab, but bunnies also use their bodies and ears to communicate. They hunch up when scared and totally flatten out when relaxed. Their ears pull back, eyes widen, and noses twitch rapidly when scared. Their ears stand up straight, eyes relax, and breathing slows to gentle nose wiggles when content. They literally leap for joy when extremely happy and run and hide in a flash when scared. They are affectionate, gentle creatures who will bond with another bunny or animal, groom and sleep tight against their companion, and grieve when it’s gone.

All these behaviors go generally unseen or considered unimportant by the average researcher who sees the rabbit as an inexpensive and uncomplaining test tube. What makes using rabbits even more upsetting is that as a genetically hard wired prey animal they hide feeling weak or sick, therefore making it difficult for researchers to recognize their suffering. As genetic prey animals, they are easily terrified. Even rabbits living for years in a loving home that they should know is a caring environment get terrified by loud noises and require soft voices and gentle handling.

All animals deserve lives free from human inflicted suffering…

All animals deserve lives free from human inflicted suffering, but for me, inflicting pain on gentle, helpless and terrified creatures precisely because they are so gentle and less able to make their distress known is particularly unconscionable. I hope what I’ve learned from Penny helps us all better understand the subtle language of rabbits and their clear desire not to be hurt.”

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You can find more information on NEAVS here:

http://neavs.org

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Wake Up World!

A very interesting blog that I want to share with all of you:

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The Earth sea level rising global warming Wake Up World!

Way back in 2010 an article appeared in the Guardian newspaper to make a vegan heart rejoice. It’s headline was UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet. I even printed it out and carried it around in my bag, in the hope of waving it in the face of any unfortunate omnivore who might question my choices. In the passage of time, it crumbled to bits, adding to the “fur” in the bottom of my bag. During the last five years, the report itself may just as well have crumbled into dust, for all the notice it seems to have been paid.

But the facts and figures in it were both compelling and alarming:

  • The global population is surging towards a predicted 9.1 billion by 2050
  • As developing economies grow, their consumption of meat and dairy products increases
  • Animal products cause more environmental damage than the production of…

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Should We Wipe Mosquitoes off the Face of the Earth?

This is a very insightful and informative post from a fellow blogger:

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It’s funny how certain incidents stick in our minds while others just fade away in the memory fog. Do you find that? These are a couple that stuck in mine:

The first was a friend ‘liking’ my Animalista Untamed Facebook page and adding the comment, “Love animals and love people who also love animals. I do mean all animals though, not just the pretty ones.” Look lady, I said (only to myself though, not to her!) I’m vegan. I believe in reverence for life and ahimsa. I feed slugs for goodness sake. I’m not just into fluffy bunny rabbits.

The second was a friend watching me stop kids stamping on a colony of ants that were scurrying busily about on their day’s assignments. Later, sitting in her kitchen she saw me absently touching my bare arm – a reflex to a slight tickling sensation. “Oh, so you don’t mind killing mosquitoes then!”It seemed like she couldn’t wait to say…

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Some of the Most F*%#ed-Up Family Trees From Last Year’s Crufts Winners

If you know someone who is looking for a new pet in the family help them find one from a shelter:

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I don’t normally write 4 blogs posts in rapid succession on the same topic, but that’s just a measure of my heartache at the thought of those thousand upon thousand unwanted dogs in shelters in the UK, not to mention the 5,000 strays put down every year. I rescued my own gorgeous girl Holly from Manchester Dogs Home. She has been my loving, sweet, gentle companion for 15 years.

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This is Holly enjoying Lake Coniston two years ago.

Multiply the UK numbers by a factor of thousands in the US. Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters nationwide every year, with approximately 1.2 million dogs euthanised.

The Westminster Dog Show, the biggest in the US, takes place at pretty much the same time as Crufts and is plagued with the same kind of problems.

Another petition to sign about Crufts

Some of the Most F*%#ed-Up Family Trees From Last Year’s Crufts…

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Orcas at Sea World

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One of the big news of the last couple of days is Sea World’s news release saying the end of orcas in Sea World is near. The promise is that no more breeding will take place at Sea World and that no new whales will be caught from the wild to be presented at any of Sea World’s parks. Additionally, orcas shows will be “phased out”, as CEO Joe Manby from Sea World promised.

The pressure on Sea World has increased dramatically since the release of the movie “Blackfish” to stop all orca programs and to release all captive orcas back into the wild.

Joe Manby states that setting the orcas free who have lived all or most of their lives in captivity would most certainly lead to their deaths since they would not know how to survive in the wild.

It is to be hoped that Sea World will stick to all their promises and commit themselves to rescue missions instead of animal captivity.

You can read more here:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0317-manby-sea-world-orca-breeding-20160317-story.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/seaworld-end-breeding-program-orca-whales-n540646

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