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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

 

 

The Story of Lamby

WARNING, THIS STORY CONTAINS DISTURBING SCENES OF VIOLENCE, ABUSE AND DEATH.

There were once three sheep. Rammy sheep, Ewey sheep and Lamby sheep.

One day Rammy sheep’s owner decided he would like some lambs, so the big sheep farmers grabbed Rammy and held him tight whilst they jammed a probe up his anus and pushed the button to send a jolt of electricity through his prostate. Poor old Rammy could do nothing except ejaculate. His owner was very pleased and let poor traumatized Rammy go….for now.

Then the thrifty farmer’s men grabbed Ewey, turned her upside down and forced a syringe full of Rammy’s semen into her womb. Poor Ewey found this very distressing; she was only six months old. This wasn’t how she had imagined her first time at all!

Now, little Ewey would normally have her babies in the spring, so they have best chance to thrive on the fresh grass and warming weather. But clever old thrifty farmer found a way to fool her into having her babies in the winter, so he can get the best price at market.

Lamby is born on a freezing cold winter’s day, along with lots of other cold shivering babies. Lamby is such a lucky lamb not to die like many of the others. A few days after birth, Mr thrifty farmer grabs Lamby and puts a plastic band on his tail and gentiles, and a nice big tag is punched through his ear with his very own number on it. This hurts poor Lamby for many days, but after a while his manhood and tail drop off, and he is free to jump and play with the other lucky lambs.

After six months Lamby’s life is getting better, until Mr thrifty farmer rounds him and all his friends up, and puts them all into a big lorry. Poor Lamby and his friends shout for their mums, but no one listens and off they go to the market. The big lorry is very frightening as it roars down the road, all the lambs squeeze together. Then they reach the market which is a frightening place, full of sticks and loud voices.

After hours in the frightening market, it’s back on a lorry. Lamby and all his friends are now in shock and tired. They just want the safety familiarity of the fields and the company of their mums.

But when the lorry stops again there is no green field to greet Lamby and his friends, and no Mummy’s to comfort them, just the smell of death and the touch the electric probe that rips the life from Lamby in violent convulsions, ending his short sad life.

Some of Lamby’s friends are not so lucky, they are not killed with the shock so feel the cold steel of the knives on their necks and convulse with pain as their lives bleed away.

Some days later little James asks his Mummy,

“What are we having for lunch Mummy?” His mommy replies,

“How you would like some nice roast Lamby dear?”

ALL THE CHARACTERS IN THIS STORY ARE FICTIONAL, BUT THE STORY REFLECTS THE LIVES OF BILLIONS OF SHEEP AND LAMBS USED TO FEED HUMANS EVERY YEAR

IF YOU WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE FOOD YOU EAT THEN VISIT http://www.saawinternational.org/sheepandlambs.htm OR ANY OF THE ORGANISATIONS TRYING TO STOP THIS NEEDLESS CRUELTY.

Are Five Freedoms Enough

I read  on a large animal welfare organisations website this morning about the five freedoms for animals.

Freedom from hunger and thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.

Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment, including
shelter and a comfortable resting area.

Freedom from pain, injury and disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.

Freedom to express normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.

Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid
mental suffering.

Whilst any changes that improve the welfare of animals are to be welcomed, I can’t help thinking that all the circumstances described, apply to animals that have already lost their freedom.

What do you think?

Paul Svendsen

Who’s the Boss!

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For the last week it has been quite cold in the mornings, so we have been re-kindling the fire from the night before. This morning I decided to have a cup of tea first.

I had only just sat down when one of our two dogs “Chiquita” did her, you need to do something noise. (which sounds like a mix between a soft growl and a purr) She was sat in front of the cold fire looking at me as if to say “Hey you’re not going to sit there and drink tea whilst I  freeze are you!”

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Fifteen minutes later I could finally finish my tea once her ladyship was warm enough. As I sat there watching her, I realised that she had me and my wife Stef fully trained!

This is her list of commands

  1. Let me out. Scrapes with her paws on the door
  2. Let me back in. As above (if we are not quick enough the intensity builds, now both our dogs know how to do it!)
  3. Its time for food. Soft growl/purr and stares until we give in.
  4. Its time for our evening treat. Follows us into kitchen and stares at cupboard where treats are kept
  5. I want to get up on the couch or bed. Soft growl/purr accompanied sometimes by pawing leg or furniture
  6. Ratting on the cats. If they are misbehaving she keeps running up to you and then shoots off to show you what they are up to.

She actually saved the life of one of our rescued cats by growling at me until i got out of bed to follow her into the garden, where a still wet newborn kitten was lying on the path.

I am sure everyone who has pets has similar stories to tel, and it just reminds me of the intelligence and feelings our pets have. I am sure it is the same for all animals.

Do you have an interesting animal story to tell?

Common sense comes late in the day for hundreds of Badgers!

Click the link below to see the BBC report on the Badger Cull.

What a shame so many badgers had to die before they realised they were wrong! I just hope that they will now go down the vaccination route.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-25155208

BADGER

BADGER

Dusk red light through leafy roof

Reveals a nose sniffing for proof

That no danger exists close by

Now head with stripe exposed to sky

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Moving off no time to wait

Down well-worn path and under gate

She completes her tasks along the way

The same as she does every day

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Then back to den so much to do

Clean out the set and rouse her crew

Five perfect cubs from down below

Emerge and play in the moons glow

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With bedding changed and chores all done

Now is the time to have some fun

She gives one cub a playful nip

He jumps and rolls and makes a yip

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She looks after all her family

It is just how nature should be

But humans being what we are

Will decide her fate from afar

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And one night soon her cubs will learn

That mother never will return

And so alone under a dark cold sky

The cubs will one by one all die

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We justify our killing spree

By saying badgers must not run free

Because they spread death and disease

Will bring our farmers to their knees

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It’s not the badgers we should blame

There guilt’s not proven it is a shame

Its farming that has caused this grief

And all because we want cheap beef

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When will we stop and realise

That all creatures under the skies

Deserve respect, a place to live

It is a gift only we can give

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Paul Svendsen

September 2013

Eating Horses is Nothing New!

The recent revelations over the use of Equine meat is shocking many people but I and many animal welfare organisations have been investigating the export of horses and donkeys for meat for decades.

In some cases the investigative teams have been warned that there is criminal involvement from smuggling drugs within the animals and in most cases the stated purpose of the transport is to supply meat for the non human market.

Campaigns carried out by Animals Angels and The Donkey Sanctuary along with several other welfare organisations exposed that thousands of equine were travelling from Eastern Europe to Italy in horrific conditions.

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Horses and donkeys were making journeys in excess of 40 hours in terrible conditions, crammed illegally into double-decker lorries and without feed or water. Donkey foals crushed to death, horses with horrific injuries were all witnessed by welfare officers.

After the production of so much evidence agreements were made to tighten up the legislation and organisations like Animals Angels have continued campaigning to further improve conditions.

The problem is that where there is money to be made welfare standards will always be the first thing to suffer and greed will result in animal misery. These latest stories show that the low price of equine meat is a tempting alternative to other more expensive species.

Identifying what is on the shelf in the local supermarket is not something that can be done by taste or eye, you can never be sure what meat you are eating and this latest revelation is just the tip of the iceberg.

If you buy meat from unknown sources there is always going to be a good chance that you will be eating products other than what is on the packaging, apart from it being from animals other than the one stated on the package it could also have been condemned or originally destined for pet food!

All over Europe thousands of horses donkeys and mules are nearly worthless and destined for the abattoir, because of their low value they will be treated in ways that would if witnessed by most people would cause outrage.

If most people visited an abattoir and saw what is involved in bringing meat to the table they would seriously consider if they wanted to continue eating meat.

The problem as always is in the hands of the many, organisations like Animals Angels and others will continue to work tirelessly in often dangerous conditions to bring the facts out in the open but the real change will have to come from a change in the way we see and treat  other sentient beings.

Paul Svendsen

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