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What Is the Difference between a Dog Farm and a Hog Farm?

The only difference

If you ever have attended a western-style barbecue you will most certainly have seen a pig being roasted over a fire. And if you have traveled through some parts of Asia you might have come across a dog on a spike being roasted over a fire pit.

If you go shopping through almost any super market in the western hemisphere you will come across rows and rows of products made from animals such as pigs, cows, sheep, chickens, turkeys, and maybe some rabbits, too. They will hardly ever still be recognizable as coming from any of these beings, because how would you cook a whole cow? Even a rabbit still wearing her fur coat seems to be unappealing to the appetite of someone who would most happily chew on a part of her. There also might be different varieties of animals from the sea, some fish will be lying on ice, others have been cut into smaller pieces so that you no longer know who was chopped up into easily cookable portions. And you might see tanks with live animals like lobsters and other sea creatures.

In many Asian markets and food stores, you will see a different variety of foods, including different animals displayed either in bits and pieces or as a whole for human consumption. If you have ever walked over a farmer’s market in different parts of the world you will certainly have come across whole chickens hanging – either still alive or having been killed recently – from wooden beams. There will be goats and sheep cut open, their intestines removed, but otherwise still easily recognizable as the animals that would have walked to the market with the farmer. There will be cages with chickens, birds, and, depending where in the world you are, maybe with monkeys, maybe with dogs.

More and more stories have come up recently showing us pictures of dog farms in Korea. And of these farms being raided by animal rights organizations, taking the dogs and rescuing them from being slaughtered for human consumption. What would a farmer in Iowa, North Carolina, Germany, China, or Russia say, if a group of people would rescue their pigs and cows from the slaughterhouse? If this group of people would say that the way they have been treating these animals in their care is inhumane and therefore these beings need to be rescued? If these people would say that it is inhumane to eat such a being because it is a sentient being?

Humane education is one of the most important parts in raising awareness, in leading a path away from inhumane traditions, in bringing insight into the plight of millions of animals. Pointing with fingers at those who do something differently will probably not lead to a change of thinking. But giving someone the possibility to look at the picture from another angle, and giving someone the chance to decide on their own how to change their ways will most likely lead to a willful readiness in change. And this will not only save those  sentient beings stuck in that cage in this moment but to less cages in the future.

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Something Fishy in Paradise? Rescue Is Near

photo: National Parks Conservation Association

photo: National Parks Conservation Association

Pollution, overfishing, carelessness, and ineptitude have almost led to the complete decline of coral reefs and fishes around the Florida coasts. Before the complete wipe-out there is a sliver of hope: a marine park. With protection in sight, there might be a way to save some of Florida´s unique water wildlife. Even though there still will be fishing allowed in some areas, this is a step in the right direction.

“The National Park Service has finally announced plans to create a “no-fishing” marine reserve zone in Biscayne National Park to protect the park’s ailing reefs and to help restore fish to Florida.”

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Petition: Do You Still Eat Fish?

Photo: Greenpeace

Photo: Greenpeace

Photo: Greenpeace

Photo: Greenpeace

Where do those fish sticks come from? Most children – and some parents, too – have no idea that somewhere in there, there is a fish who used to live in the ocean. And this one fish was more often than not caught in a way that make most people stop asking for fish if they saw how this fish came to their plates.

Greenpeace has been very active in exposing companies that pretend to fish according to the rules but break them more often than not:

“All across the country, we’re preparing for Independence Day picnics and backyard BBQs with friends and family. During trips to the supermarket to stock up, let’s make sure we’re not hurting the blue — our oceans — as we celebrate the red, white, and blue.

For shoppers at Kroger stores nationwide — their seafood purchases are likely linked to ocean destruction. 

Take action today and ask Kroger to stop its damaging seafood policies that support destructive fishing and hurt our oceans.

Seafood at Kroger is sourced from some of the most destructive fisheries in the world — many that rely on gruesome fishing methods that indiscriminately injure and kill other marine animals, like sharks, turtles, and dolphins.These unintended victims — called bycatch — are just thrown back into the sea dead or dying.

Kroger has said that they are committed to seafood sustainability — even going as far to put a sustainability video online — but our independent research has shown the opposite. Kroger is the worst Red List offender out of the top 26 major grocery stores nationwide, selling 18 threatened Red List seafood species. It’s inexcusable. ”

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Live Animals: Give-Aways?

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Carnivals and amusement centers have been around for decades, if not for centuries. Strangely, some in this day and time still believe they need live animals to enhance the experience:

“DRS Skinners’ Amusements Inc., a company that supplies carnival entertainment in Illinois, reportedly doles out hermit crabs and goldfish as booth prizes. We asked the owners to do away with animal giveaways, but to no apparent avail. Your voice is needed now!

Hermit crabs in nature travel in large groups, avoiding humans, and can live up to 40 years. But when held in captivity—even if provided with fully equipped aquariums that meet their vast physical requirements—they usually die before reaching the age of 4. Peddled like trinkets, confined, roughly handled, improperly fed, and eventually forgotten, hermit crabs are doomed from the moment they’re stolen from the wild. And experts agree that fish are also highly sentient and complex animals whose welfare must always be considered. They, too, require a sizable tank, environmental controls, regular cleaning of aquariums, and ample enrichment. Most “prize winners” are hardly prepared for such a commitment, and the animals suffer as a result.

Please urge DRS Skinners’ Amusements Inc. to end animal giveaways immediately, then forward this alert far and wide!

Call or send polite comments to:

DRS Skinners’ Amusements Inc.
P.O. Box 949
Crystal Lake, IL 60039

Here is an example letter:

Dear Skinners Amusements decision makers,

people love to be entertained and carnivals always are a big favorite. Big smiles can been seen everywhere.
Do you need to give animals away to enhance the experience? I am certain your entertainment is so much fun that you do not need to put animals in misery to achieve your goal of bringing laughter and fun to the people coming to you for entertainment.
Please find other give-aways than live animals, creatures are too valuable than to be given away.
Thank you for making your carnival experiences a pleasurable entertainment for everyone.
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