14 Reasons Not To Visit Zoos – In Pictures

Please share this information widely, brought to my attention by Animalista Untamed:

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“These tragic pictures left me speechless. Please look into the eyes of all the animals. They tell their own story more poignantly than any words of mine. And the message they give is simple. Help us. End this.”

Virginia McKenna

Haunting pictures of animals trapped behind bars in Europe’s zoos have been captured by international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation. The powerful exhibition was launched by the organisation to highlight, what they see as, the poor standards of animal care at many zoos in the European Union.

Keith Taylor, MEP and the Green Party’s animals spokesperson, said the images show the “urgent need” to improve conditions and regulatory enforcement, both in the UK and in the rest of the EU.

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Elephant in Slovenian zoo

Taylor said: “The EU has been a positive force for so many animal welfare improvements in Britain and…

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Breed Labels: When Guesses Turn Into Predictions

A wonderful post on the subject of how a label can ruin the life of a being – and what to do instead:

As we travel around the country, having conversations with shelters and rescues about the “pit bull” dogs in their care, we find that there are always a few big a-ha! moments that help people understand that all dogs are individuals just a bit better.

One of the more exciting moments typically happens during our Labels & Language presentation where we discuss the role of breed labeling in shelters and the assumptions we make about dogs based on those labels.

"pit bull" dog selfie source: @animalfarmfoundation

The talk helps shelters understand a number of concepts that apply not only to “pit bull” dogs, but to ALL the dogs in their care.

This one being of utmost importance:

How a dog is labeled or how they look on the outside, is not an indication of past or future behavior or their suitability for a particular adoption placement.

Too often, we make incorrect assumptions about dogs based…

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Why Cows Need Their Friends

Have you ever seen cows on a pasture? Most people living in urban or sub-urban surroundings probably have no idea what a real live cow looks like, much less have any idea on how they feel. Walking along a pasture the cows will probably follow you along, they are curious. They will watch you, most of the times staying close together. If it is sunny and getting too hot, they will search for some shade and you might see them all piled together in the shady spot of the pasture.
Go meet some cows! Thanks to Animalista Untamed for sharing some great information on these wonderful beings.

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“I suppose cows must be a bit like humans”

Why do cows need their friends? To improve their milk yield of course, why else? Perish the thought that the milk-production-units some call cows might actually need fulfilling social and emotional lives just like us.

cows-954002__180Cows have best friends and become stressed if they are separated, as a student discovered while researching for her PhD.

Krista McLennan set up two different cattle pens: in the first, a cow was put with her best friend; in the second, two cows who did not know each other. They were left in their respective pens for 30 minutes during which time she measured their heart rates at 15 second intervals, and also their cortisol levels – the stress hormone.

I’m certain I don’t need to spell out her results – they were exactly what we would have predicted, without the research. Who doesn’t feel…

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Libby & Louie, a Love Story

A beautiful piece of prose brought to my attention by Animalista Untamed:

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Libby and Louie’s story is a remarkable true tale of profound love and devotion, as told by an equally remarkable human  – Joanna Lucas, creator of the Be Fair Be Vegan social justice campaign responsible for the recent high-profile billboard display in Times Square & Javits Center NYC. As well as being a person of incredible vision, Joanna has a deeply empathetic insight into an animal’s heart and soul, which she beautifully reflects in her luminous writing.

It took extraordinary events – a shattering blow, like the loss of her right foot to the wire floor of the “cage-free” egg farm where she was rescued from, or a rapturous release, like her arrival at the sanctuary, or a seismic shift like Louie’s absence – to shake, charm, or punish a sound out of Libby. It’s not that her voice was frozen in fear, like so many of her fellow refugees…

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The Real Truth in Numbers about the Farming of Animals

If you ever wonder why eating animals might not be so good, here is an excellent blog post from Animalista Untamed on farming animals:

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“Holocaust: Any mass slaughter or reckless destruction of life.” Dictionary.com

If you’re anything like me you’ll see the latest meme on Facebook telling us how many animals we’ve saved in a year as vegans, or how many gallons of water it takes to produce a kilo of beef, and take it as gospel. Well, if we want the true gospel, it’s to be found here. Faunalytics is the properly researched go-to source for animal data. This is what they have to say about farmed animals, and it doesn’t make for happy reading. People protest in outrage if we talk about a holocaust. But to refer to what is happening as anything less than a holocaust does a great injustice to the animals, because that is exactly what it is.

Remember though, the enormity of the horror spelled out here in facts and figures by Faunalytics is not meant to drag…

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The Man who Makes Music for Elephants

Who says only humans appreciate art? The art of music has come a long way, and not only for humans. Enjoy some interesting facts and don’t miss out on the videos! Thanks to Animalista Untamed for this inspiring blog post.

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“The elephant has worked for humans for too long. It was used in wars, it was used to deforest its own home. What is the little thing I can do as a human to say sorry, for my species for what we have done to them?”

says Paul Barton, the man who dragged a piano up a mountain to play for aging injured elephants.

Remember Prince Charles talking to his plants to make them grow better? You probably don’t. It was thirty years ago after all. At the time he took quite a pasting in the press. But studies prove that plants do indeed seem to ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ different sounds. Clearly HRH’s plants’ taste in voices is different from mine!

Then someone discovered that plants also like music, Mozart proving top favourite on the plant-playlist. The Japanese went into this big. They found that ‘Mozart bananas’ and ‘Mozart tomatoes’…

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