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The Bond: Our Kinship to Animals, Our Call to Defend Them

I’m looking forward to reading the new book, The Bond: Our Kinship to Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, by Wayne Parcelle, the President of the Humane Society of United States. Whether you’re a fan of the organization or not, there will be things here that you can learn about the general state of animal welfare and cruelty, and how we can contribute to make it a kinder world for animals and humans alike.  See except below:

As harsh as nature is for animals, cruelty comes only from human hands. We are the creature of conscience, aware of the wrongs we do and fully capable of making things right. Our best instincts will always tend in that direction, because there is a bond with animals that’s built into every one of us. That bond of kinship and fellow-feeling has been with us through the entire arc of human experience—from our first bare-footed steps on the planet through the era of the domestication of animals and into the modern age. For all that sets humanity apart, animals remain “our companions in Creation,” to borrow a phrase from Pope Benedict XVI, bound up with us in the story of life on earth. Every act of callousness toward an animal is a betrayal of that bond. In every act of kindness we keep faith with the bond. And broadly speaking, the whole mission of the animal welfare cause is to repair the bond—for their sake and for our own.

In our day, there are stresses and fractures of the human-animal bond, and some forces at work that would sever it once and for all. They pull us in the wrong direction and away from the decent and honorable code that makes us care for creatures who are entirely at our mercy. Especially within the last 200 years, we’ve come to apply an industrial mindset to the use of animals, too often viewing them as if they were nothing but articles of commerce, the raw material of science, or mere obstacles in the path of our own progress. Here, as in other pursuits, human ingenuity has a way of outrunning human conscience, and some things we do only because we can—forgetting to ask whether we should.”

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Filed under: animal cruelty, circus, environment, farm animals, humane farming, humane organizations, hunting, international issues, local issues, puppy mills, seal hunt, Take Action

BP Oil Spill: A Sad Affair

It pains me much to think about the BP oil spill that has devastated so much of our oceans and life within. It is clear that this sad event was not an act of god or simply the fault of any one party. Sarah Palin blamed this on the Europeans, of course. What else would you expect a simpleton to say?

Sadly, this is not just a political issue, and as we all know, it’s a serious environmental (as well as business as usual) issue. Everyday, as we sit back and enjoy our lives, turn on the news to hear about the continued leaking of millions of gallons of oil into our seas, whales, dolphin, sea turtles, sea birds die. Two weeks ago was 250 sea turtles that regularly migrate in the Gulf area, last week was birds coated with oil, and this week was dead sea mammals. What’s left of our ocean’s healthy corals wither away.

We can’t, for one second, believe that things will eventually be resolved and go back to normal. The oil spill was an extraordinary event that calls for extraordinary action, on the part of corporations, government, and people. Whether you question the legitimacy of domestic oil drilling, dependency on foreign oil, alternative fuels, there is no one answer. We can only hope hat our dependence on oil and relentless rape of the earth’s natural resources need to end. The blame game of this disaster will get us nowhere, it’s no one party’s fault, it’s the fault of everyone, and every nation. BP need to plug up that hole, Obama needs to get really pissed, GreenPeace and environmental agencies need to fight hard. And we need to learn from this, and learn big.

Filed under: environment, international issues, ocean

Proctor and Gamble Helps Clean Gulf Animals

Oil covered animals via GreenExpander.net

Okay, I am first to admit that Proctor and Gamble is the enemy when it comes to animal issues. For years, P&G tested on animals for consumer goods, as with many other household brands. I’m not going to get into it right now, but kudos to them for shipping dish liquid to help animals from the BP massive oil spill. However, 1,000 bottles may not do the job, but it’s a start. Read more here

P&G has a ongoing partnerships with the International Bird Rescue Research Center and the Marine Mammal Center to provide Dawn and raise funds.

Filed under: international issues, local issues, ocean, , ,

Fur Farms

I don’t have to watch this video, because I’ve seen them all before. It’s quite upsetting, but for those of you who still thinks fur is a just cause for fashion, or if you just don’t believe how awful this industry is, watch the video. I would only warn that it might be very upsetting.

PETA or no PETA, this video exposing Chinese fur farms is evident that such atrocities exist. Google this issue if you don’t trust Peta- it’s out there, and it has nothing to do with whether you’re an extremist or not. Fur is just wrong. No animals should endure such pain and inhumanity.

Please help by telling your friends, write blog posts, and make a donation to help animal welfare agencies expose this — imagine the impact this would have if it’s on Oprah or 20/20?

Related Posts:

What’s Wrong with Fur?

Chinese Fur Farms: Horror Continue

Chinese Fur

Filed under: animal cruelty, dogs and cats, Fur, international issues, ,

Make a Difference on Earth Day 2010

The 40th Earth Day is upon us. As we face serious global climate change, take this day to take back planet earth.

You can do many things, for example:

• Plant a small herb garden or a native shrub

• Change all your light bulbs to the curly Qs

• Donate to a wildlife or environmental organization

• Bring all your old laptops to a Best Buy for free recycling

• Shred a bunch of newspaper and magazines for mailing packages, instead of using bubble wrap

• Take a walk and appreciate nature, at a park near you

• Buy organic products, groceries, and don’t forget to bring your grocery bag from home

• Don’t take taxicabs, don’t drive your car

• Unplug all unused appliances as even ones that’s not “on” suck electricity

• Don’t drink bottled water, use a filter instead

• Have your local coffee shop fill your own travel mug, save paper cups

• Save your old batteries and send them for recycling

• Get your friends together and restore a national park refuge

• Go to SumGreenIdeas.com and get ideas on how to be green. And for everything you shop through there, they contribute their proceeds to plant a tree.

Wear GREEN. It’s not just for St. Patricks Day!

Filed under: environment, friends, international issues, Take Action, , , ,

Goodbye to Blue Fin

In the film “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, the message is we as humans tend to wait until the absolutely critical point of the worst situation in order to change. This is true for the case for the Blue Fin Tuna, now on the verge of extinction.

“This week, at a meeting in Qatar, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) took a big step toward making sure that Atlantic bluefin tuna will no longer be classified as endangered.” reports Politics of the Plate.

Instead, the species soon may be classified as extinct. Read more here.

Filed under: international issues, local issues, , ,

Canadian Seal Hunt Begins

Spring is finally here again, and it brings a sense of renewal and happiness , but not so for the harp seals in Canada. As we speak , the charter boats parked alongside the ice caps , are hunters with clubs and shotguns in hand, ready to bash in the heads of 2-weeks and older seal pups, pulled from their mothers, and with their moulting grey fur (from white) stripped from their body while still alive. The snow is once again tainted in blood red, a horrific sight like that from a murder movie. But it is all too real, heartbreaking to see and hear the screaming of these beautiful creatures. This is all in the name of commercial profit, and the excuse of how the Canadians needs this to sustain employment and the economy.

As always for me, it is the way in which these animals are slaughtered. Merciless, cruel, barbaric, and just plain unnecessary and shameful. This year, the quota for seal kills is near 300,000.
With global warming, it is reported that the seals are in even more imminent danger of drowning and starvation, as the ice caps are melting away. Must we finish the job until there are none left?

Go to stopthesealhunt.org and Humane Society and sign the petition!!!!

Filed under: environment, Global Warming, hunting, international issues, Take Action, , ,

Canadian Seal Hunt 2010

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The Canadian Seal Hunt will soon begin again this winter. Each year, Canadian sealers charge their boats into the snowy territories in Northern Canada with clubs and shotguns in hand, ready for blood. Canada claims that this is necessary as it brings jobs and economical prosperity to the regions, yet many believe this explanation is unfounded. Each year, over 250,000 baby harp seals are slaughtered on the ice, for their skin and white fur. Barely 3 weeks old, they will be torn from their mothers, shot or clubbed on the head to death, while many, still alive and screaming in agony, skinned for their furs, a horrific murder scene on the pristine, beautiful snow tainted in red.There has been a public outcry against such unspeakable acts of cruelty. European countries have already banned Canadian food from import in 2009, and this will get even more attention this year. Please boycott Canadian goods and learn more about this issue and spread the word, sign as many petitions to help legislators bring an end to this. Thank you.

To learn more, please visit http://www.hsus.org/protectseal.html

Filed under: animal cruelty, environment, international issues, ocean, seal hunt, Take Action, ,

Help Rescue Groups Help Haiti

The terrible earthquake in Haiti has the world devastated. We need to get relief over there as quickly as possible. Animals, of course, come after humans, but rescue groups are working with the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti now to get workers on the ground to rescue helpless and hurt animals, as well as goats, chickens, and cattle which are the livelihood and food source for the people. Please help these animal rescue group help Haiti. The following are groups in planning mode to get to the situation – I’m donating some money so please spread the world and if you can, donate you can.

Click on the following links to learn more:

Humane Society International

American Humane Association

International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW)

World Society For the Protection of Animals

Filed under: humane organizations, international issues, , , , , , , , ,

Happy New Year but not for Dogs in China

First thing’s first. It pains me to having repeat this subject, but with Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger this year, it is ironic to imagine how such a culture that put animals as symbols of fortune, prosperity, and pride, can practice such a disgusting act of cruelty to the very same animals they supposedly adorn.

In the below post from a fellow blogger, once again, the subject of dogs and cats beings excruciating mistreated and killed in the name of fur is exposed by a Chinese pedestrian. Below, and he quotes:

“…After throwing the animals on the ground, the workers can also be seen kicking them as they lie helpless and shrieking in pain. According to the video, this inhumane way of producing fur coats is often unknown to western shoppers who buy fur products, oblivious to where the fur has come from. In an email, STOMPer Cheong says:

“What’s wrong with these people? “Circulate this and expose their deeds because they ought to be punished.”

The videos in that post is really graphic. But for those of you who are oblivious to where your furs come from, you NEED to know this, and you need to care. You may say “What’s the difference between you anti-fur people and eating steak or chicken?” Well, there isn’t really. But dogs and cats are one notch up in our world, as they are our companions, even to the Chinese. Many of these dogs are actually STOLEN from their homes illegally. So why are they suffering so, and for fashion?

Let’s make this new year one that’s informed so we can help decrease of unnecessary suffering of all living things.

Filed under: animal cruelty, dogs and cats, international issues, , , , ,

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