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UK Racehorse Deaths – A Updated Tally

What does it matter the misery we cause, so long as we have fun or get rich doing it.

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2007: 135
2008: 184
2009: 154
2010: 145
2011: 157
2012: 143
2013: 131
2014: 161
2015: 22
Total: 1,232 (in 2,901 days)

A racehorse dies every 2.4 days.

(Source: Racehorse Death Watch – the data collection started on 13th March 2007; data correct as at 19th February 2015.)

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Larry the Lamb

Larry the Lamb

It’s your special day Larry the lamb

Your chance to earn your reward from man

We’re sending you off with all your friends

To the men with the knives where your life ends

It’s not that we don’t like you Larry the lamb

But we just want to eat you don’t you understand

We know you have feelings, but we just don’t care

To us you’re a chop, cooked up not to rare

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Oh don’t be sad now Larry the lamb

Butcher bill is a very nice man

His knives are especially sharp and thin

So you won’t feel a thing as they slide in

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We don’t have to eat you Larry the Lamb

But we love our lamb chops so we eat what we can

Somewhere deep inside we know it’s a lie

We know we shouldn’t cause the millions to die

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But who is going to stop us Larry the Lamb

Some super brain animal with a master plan

It’s not going to happen you will continue to bleed

Because man will always be driven by greed

Mijas Donkey Taxi Problems

SIGN THE MIJAS DONKEY TAXI PETITION

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Mijas typifies the problems facing donkeys in many Mediterranean tourist attractions. Fueled by tourist from all over the world looking for something to do to fill their holidays, a trip to Mijas and a ride on the donkeys seems like an innocent enough pastime.

But it’s what goes on behind the scenes that is the problem.

 

Harsh treatment, terrible stabling and inadequate veterinary and hoof care makes the donkeys lives a misery.

I spent many years working on trying to improve the working conditions for donkeys in places like Mijas and Santorini. My approach was to try to work with the owners and local authorities to improve conditions and implement codes of practice, but the sad truth is that many years down the line not much has improved.

Unfortunately it is profit that drives the owners and the authorities, unless the latter think that they can gain more votes by acting like they care.

The truth is that codes of practice and promises do not work unless they are backed up by action and in most cases the owners are left to get away with whatever they want.

I am not saying that donkeys should not have a purpose, in fact if done correctly many donkey projects, such as animal assisted  therapy and donkey walking can benefit donkeys providing stimulation and security for donkeys who may otherwise find themselves in trouble.

So what is the right way forward? Well in my opinion the only thing that makes a difference is to either effect the purses of the operators, or the credibility of the authorities. If the fee paying public refuse to ride the donkeys or the authorities receive lots of negative press then, things may just change for the better

I have a good friend Michael Owens who lives in Mijas and has worked tirelessly, not only for the donkeys of Mijas, but also for the abandoned cats dogs and many other animals.

Michael is currently running a petition to improve conditions for the Mijas donkeys which you can sign here.

Please do sign and add your voice to the growing number who are against cruelty to animals in the tourism industry.

SIGN THE MIJAS DONKEY TAXI PETITION

He Knew

He knew

The one in the middle

Crushed by a hundred of his kind

He knew as did they all

 

Trapped inside the rumbling beast

All sound stopped except his own

The light of day not welcome now

Streaming in through widening maw

 

Goaded prodded screaming in protest

No chance to evade the sticks of pain

Hearing screams in front cut short

Moving inexorably forward towards his own end

 

If only they knew he knew

If they could share his terror, his fear

In his executioner, he met uncaring eyes

As honed blade stole life, he knew

THE TWELVE DAYS OF TURKEY MASSACRE

Sing the following song to the Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas the turkey had endured

Six months of terrible torture

On the second day of Christmas the turkey had endured

Cutting of his beak, and six months of terrible torture

On third day of Christmas the turkey had endured

Cutting of his toes, cutting of his beak, and six months of terrible torture

On fourth day of Christmas the turkey had endured

Cutting of his crest, cutting of his toes, cutting of his beak, and six months of terrible torture.

On fifth day of Christmas the turkey had endured

NO PAINKILLERS, cutting of his crest, cutting of his toes, cutting of his beak, and six months of terrible torture.

On sixth day of Christmas the turkey had endured

Being genetically engineered, NO PAINKILLERS, cutting of his crest, cutting of his toes, cutting of his beak, and six months of terrible torture.

On seventh day of Christmas the turkey had endured

Hardly being able to walk, being genetically engineered, NO PAINKILLERS, cutting of his crest, cutting of his toes, cutting of his beak, and six months of terrible torture.

On eight day of Christmas the turkey had endured

Never seeing the light of day, hardly being able to walk, being genetically engineered, NO PAINKILLERS, cutting of his crest, cutting of his toes, cutting of his beak, and six months of terrible torture.

On Ninth day of Christmas the turkey had endured

Being hung upside down by legs, never seeing the light of day, hardly being able to walk, being genetically engineered, NO PAINKILLERS, cutting of his crest, cutting of his toes, cutting of his beak, and six months of terrible torture.

On tenth day of Christmas the turkey had endured

Being stunned if lucky, being hung upside down by legs, never seeing the light of day, hardly being able to walk, being genetically engineered, NO PAINKILLERS, Cutting of his crest, cutting of his toes, cutting of his beak, and six months of terrible torture.

On the eleventh day of Christmas the turkey had endured

Having his throat slit, being stunned if lucky, being hung upside down by legs, never seeing the light of day, hardly being able to walk, being genetically engineered, NO PAINKILLERS, cutting of his crest, cutting of his toes, cutting of his beak, and six months of terrible torture.

On the twelfth day of Christmas the turkey had endured

Being your Christmas lunch, having his throat slit, being stunned if lucky, being hung upside down by legs, never seeing the light of day, hardly being able to walk, being genetically engineered, NO PAINKILLERS, Cutting of his crest, cutting of his toes, cutting of his beak, and six months of terrible torture.

 

GIVE TURKEYS AND ALL LIVING CREATURES A GIFT THIS CHRISTMAS, TRY A GREAT VEGGY ALTERNATIVE AND LIVE WITH RESPECT FOR ANIMALS AND YOUR HEALTH

 

 

Farmers Fed Up With Corporate Demands

Even the farmers themselves are caught in the spiral of greed fueled by the demand for cheaper meat. This video shows another side to the chicken farming argument.

The driver of this cruelty is the consumer, spurred on by the retailer.

Don’t be a part of the cruelty, say no to Factory Farming

 

Find Your Voice

Having watched so many videos exposing instances of animal cruelty recently, it made me think about the cause of all this suffering, and what could be done about it.

The easy option is to keep our heads stuck firmly in the sand, pat our dogs or stroke our cats whilst supporting the terrible cruelty in modern intensive farming today.

The easy option is to say, well what can I do, I am just one person.

The easy option is to let the giant supermarkets and the meat industry continue to give us what we want at a price that salves our conscience.

If we all think that our lone voices will not make a difference, then nothing will ever change. But if we all make the choice as individuals to do something, we will become the united voice for change that the big organisations will have to listen to.

Just a small change by a lot of people can make a big difference, if everybody gave up eating animal products just one day it would prevent the suffering for millions of animals around the World.

Go on…. Try giving up for just one day a week, and be part of something great.

 

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