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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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Mijas Donkey Taxi Problems

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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

Abstain

Do not pay for an animal show

To SeaWorld and Circuses please don’t go

For the animals there do not have a voice

They perform for you without a choice

Whales and dolphins, elephants too

All are suffering to perform for you

Ripped away from their natural home

Or bred in captivity, forced to live alone

So please spend your money cruelty free

Not on promoting pain and misery

For when you say no and abstain

Animals can live their lives free again

Be Brave

Watching videos that questions our way of life is a very hard thing to do.

I just watched this one and even though I do not eat meat, it made me realise that there is so much more I can do to help improve this world for animals

If you care about animals then please take the time to watch it. If it motivates you enough to change, then it will be worth it!

Badger Cull Works in Ireland?

Here is an interesting article about the culling of badgers in Southern Ireland.

I am still of the opinion that culling has little to do with the decline in the number of cases of bovine TB. In Ireland a whole raft of other measures were introduced at the same time, such as a much more draconian movement of livestock regime.

The Irish government has stated that their preferred control method would be to vaccinate. but at the moment it is not cost-effective.

Perhaps all the large animal welfare charities and government should, instead of fighting each other, work together to raise enough funds to vaccinate.

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.

WOULD WE CARE

If animals could say please stop

Would that halt the deadly chop

Would it make us change our ways

And give them happy carefree days

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If, as the knackers blade came down

His victim did just more than frown

If animals shouted loud and clear

Would anybody want to hear

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Would their voices newly found

Fall on fertile caring ground

Or would we all just turn away

And let the knackers have their day

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