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What I think about vivisection is that if people admit that they have the right to take or endanger the life of living beings for the benefit of many, there will be no limit to their cruelty.
( Leo Tolstoy )

Over-thinking ruins you, ruins the situation, twists things around, makes you worry and makes everything much worse than it actually is.

The disgusting, blood-soaked ‘meat’ industry is concerned only with one thing..
Maximising profit, regardless of people’s health, and the social or environmental costs.

We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of fear and pain.
( Robert Louis Stevenson )

Sarcasm is the ability to insult idiots without them realising it.

Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.
( Robert Louis Stevenson )

In their behaviour towards animals, farmers and the ‘meat’ industry are Nazis.

Cock-fighting was illegal in Oklahoma, USA until 1963, when a judge ruled that chickens are not animals and therefore unprotected by anti-cruelty laws.

The problem with experiments has always been that human beings make the decisions on whether or not the animals have benefited from the treatment.
( James Randi )

We humans don’t even give token acknowledgement to the fact that we push animals off their lands.. We are the thieves and trespassers, not they.

Wildlife animals are being forced to live in closer proximity with humans.
With few alternatives available, they have no choice but to enter our towns, our gardens, and our parks, in search of food and shelter.

In a perfect world, animals would be free to live their lives to the fullest.. Raising their young, enjoying their native environments and following their natural instincts.. However, domesticated dogs and cats cannot survive free in our concrete jungles, so we must take as good care of them as possible.. People with the time, money, love and patience to make a lifetime commitment to an animal can make an enormous difference by adopting from shelters or rescuing animals from a perilous life on the street.. But it is also important to stop manufacturing pets, thereby perpetuating a class of animals forced to rely on humans to survive.
( PETA )

Everyone is my teacher.
Some I seek.. Some I learn from simply by observing them.
I am grateful to both.

Cruelty has cursed the human family for countless ages.. It is almost impossible for one to be cruel to animals and kind to humans.. If children are permitted to be cruel to their pets and other animals, they easily learn to get the same pleasure from the misery of fellow-humans.. Such tendencies can easily lead to crime.
( Frederic A. McGrand )

The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters and all automobile accidents combined.. If beef is your idea of real food for real people, you’d better live real close to a real good hospital.
( Neal D. Barnard, M.D. )

Results from animal tests are not transferable between species and therefore cannot guarantee product safety for humans.. In reality these tests do not provide protection for consumers from unsafe products, but rather they are used to protect corporations from legal liability.
( Herbert Gundersheimer, M.D. )

When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird.. He was laying there and something struck me.. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature who was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning ?
( Marv Levy )

Humans .. The only animal in the world to fear.

An animal’s life has been sacrificed to bring you a meal.

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
( Martin Luther King, Jr. )

The attitude of the farmer and the medical research scientist is ..
“Nothing matters but the convenience of man.”

The suffering which some people deliberately inflict upon animals is beyond the understanding of all good, decent people.

Anyone who tries to improve the lives of animals invariably comes in for criticism from those who believe such efforts are misplaced in a world of suffering humanity.
( Jane Goodall )

At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non-humans.. To perceive this and to do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of perception akin to a religious conversion.. Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society.
( Sir Arthur Conan Doyle )

The Will Of A Dog ..
When I die, please do not say, “I will never have another pet.”
Instead, go and find an unloved shelter dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him.. The place I had in my human’s loving heart, my happy home, my cozy bed, and all my toys.

If any kid realised what was involved in factory farming, they would never touch meat again.. I was so moved by the intelligence, sense of fun and personality of the animals I worked with on Babe that by the end of the film I was a vegetarian.
( James Cromwell )

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he’s been given.. But up to now he hasn’t been a creator, only a destroyer.. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild lifes become extinct, the climate’s ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
( Anton Chekhov )

The art of angling, the cruelest, the coldest and the stupidest of pretended sports.
( Lord George Gordon Byron )

I despise and abhor the pleas on behalf of that infamous practice, vivisection.. I would rather submit to the worst of deaths, so far as pain goes, than have a single dog or cat tortured to death on the pretence of sparing me a twinge or two.
( Robert Browning )

Life is the most difficult exam.
Many people fail because they try to copy others, not realising that everyone has a different question paper.

I am America’s only native marsupial.. I am an Opossum.
Some people think I look like a rat, but I am more closely related to the kangaroo and koala bears, who are also marsupials.. I clean up your environment, eat ticks, and keep snakes away.
If you leave out food, I will eat it.. I get hungry too.. I don’t have an easy life, so if you can leave table scraps and water outside for me, that would be a great help for me and my family.
I may look scary, but I don’t have rabies, and I will do you no harm.
Please don’t harm me or my family.

You Either Care, Or You Don’t

British Milk Production Branded Inhumane ..
Vegan campaigners have been granted the right to brand British milk production inhumane.. Dairy cows are bred to produce milk and are therefore pregnant most of the time.. They lactate following the birth of their calves, after which they’re separated from them, then hooked up and milked daily until they die after five or six years’ work.
You either care.. Or you don’t.
( Fiona Phillips, 29.07.2017 )

Deadly Experiments On Animals ..
During a school field trip to a nearby laboratory, a worker wheeled out a monkey strapped to a chair.. The clicking noise of a button was used to prompt this abused animal to jut out his arm for a drug injection — a response that he had been conditioned to make through pain and fear.. That trembling, frightened primate has been seared into my memory ever since.
Today, I’m a scientist, and I’m sad to say that since that day 24 years ago, I’ve seen many more animals tormented in crude, and often deadly, experiments.
( Jeff Brown )

Has The RSPB Lost Sight ? ..
I read with interest that wild birds in the UK are in decline.
The number of farmland birds is half that of 40 years ago.
There have been dramatic falls, too, in woodland birds such as the lesser spotted woodpecker, the tawny owl and the wood warbler.
These startling figures were churned out by the RSPB, a hugely rich, powerful organization – the most potent conservation group in this country.
I believe the RSPB has lost sight of its job, which is to protect birds.
It was set up in 1889 by a group of women concerned about the large numbers of birds slaughtered to provide feathers for hats.
Now, it fetishises the rare while it is happy for the many to be persecuted.
It has persuaded successive Governments that species conservation is about bird conservation only.. So it has backed or initiated mass culls including the Lundy rats – these rodents are genuinely a rare species but the RSPB justified its actions by saying the rats were not native – as they were only introduced 400 years ago!
The RSPB accused and convicted the rats of causing the decline of the puffin and the Manx shearwater.. In fact, the birds decline was due to the overfishing of sand eels, used in feed for fish farms.
The RSPB also orchestrated the slaughter of thousands of ruddy ducks (first brought to this country in the Forties by Sir Peter Scott) to stop them travelling to Spain to cross-breed with the rare white-headed duck.. The RSPB is peopled by pure-breed fascists who think nothing of annihilating a species for their own elitist reasons.
What makes me particularly angry is that the RSPB does not take a stance against the thousands of birds raised intensively in cages and sheds to feed the shooting industry.
Nor does it object to the other animals and birds – the members of the crow family, weasels, stoats and foxes – killed to protect this ‘sport’.
I don’t pretend to understand our attitude towards wild animals.
I am, by law, not allowed up in my loft, or to enter the space above my stables, because of roosting bats.. But farmers, even on Sundays and Christmas Day, can slaughter indigenous creatures with impunity.
And by the way, does the RSPB campaign on behalf of chickens ?
They have feathers.
( Liz Jones, March 2011 )

Britons Pretend To Like Animals ..
We claim to be deeply offended and upset when we read about other countries mistreating animals.
But we are no better here.. We treat animals like garbage.
Britons pull on fancy dress and chase perfectly innocent animals across the countryside for hours.. Britons breed animals, stuff them into lorries, carry them for days without giving them anything to eat or drink.. And then let foreigners kill them and eat them.
Britons kill and eat millions of animals every year.. And they allow evil, white-coated scientists to torture and kill millions more – for pleasure or money.
We are just as barbaric as other countries.. Indeed, we are worse.. We are hypocrites because we claim to love animals.
We consider ourselves to be the most intelligent and most civilized species on Planet Earth.. We already eat any non-human creature that takes our fancy.
We then ‘hunt’ and chase (assholes call it sport) and kill any living creature that takes our fancy.. If creatures get in our way, or are a nuisance, or are too noisy, or make a mess, or become too many – we kill them.. We choose to have domestic pets (cats and dogs) then we castrate them, abandon them, drown them, starve them, make them fight each other, torture them, experiment on them, and kill them if they are homeless.
We are supposed to be the ‘civilised’ species and yet no animal or creature on Earth is as nasty, or as cruel, or as wicked as human beings.
Nature (and God) must be ashamed of us.

MPs Accept Expensive Treats

Plastic Fantastic ..
During the Second World War, many of Britain’s toy factories were requisitioned for munitions work, and although toy making ceased, this war work indirectly led to a new product which would revolutionise the industry – plastic.. Although plastic was known before the war, various techniques were developed and refined in the factories, where it was used for numerous things including aircraft fittings.
When toy making recommenced, plastic was the obvious choice of material to develop, especially for dolls.. Plastic was light, robust, cheap and easy to mould, and it quickly replaced the traditional composition (plaster mix) or porcelain that was the norm before the war.
( Extract from an article by Susan Brewer, November 2015 )

UK MPs Accept Expensive Treats From Bookies ..
Bookies and sports organisations top the list of donors treating MPs to gifts and hospitality.. The revelation has fuelled claims that the gambling industry is trying to influence Parliament.. Ladbrokes Coral Group treated 15 MPs to trips to Ascot, Doncaster and Cheltenham races, football at Wembley and dinner at the Tory Party conference.
( Sunday Mirror, 03.09.2017 )

Are The Ministry Of Defence Covering Up Rape ?..
A rape is reported by female soldiers once every fortnight in the Army.
Ministry of Defence figures show there were 130 sexual assault claims by women against male colleagues in the past five years, including 31 in 2016.. Out of 55 allegations of rape in the past two years, 32 soldiers were prosecuted but just three were found guilty.
A serving Army lawyer fears the number of rapes may be higher as victims do not press charges due to low conviction rates.. Women Against Rape said there was a “concerted cover-up” by the Ministry of Defence.
( Sunday Mirror, 24.09.2017 )

Lowest Number Of Public Sector Workers Since 1947 ..
Nearly a million public sector jobs have been axed since 2010, official figures show.
Seven years ago 6.4 million people worked in the public sector.
Under Tory PMs David Cameron and Theresa May that number has fallen to 5.44 million.
Among the losses are 164,000 posts in education, 44,000 in the police force and 41,000 in the Armed Forces.. The NHS workforce has grown by 4%, but 134,000 posts have gone in other health and social work, and 186,000 in public admin.
Office for National Statistics figures show public sector workers now make up just 16.9% of the labour force.. That’s the lowest proportion since 1947, the year before the NHS was founded.
( Nicola Small, 17.09.2017 )

East-West Economy Change ..
In 1411, Western Europe was a backward periphery far from the fabulous riches of East Asia, the world’s centre of economic and cultural gravity.
Now fast-forward 500 years to 1911:  Western Europe and its overseas colonies have humbled Asians and bestride the world like a Colossus.
Now go another 100 years or so: The West is staggering under a crushing burden of debt and is looking to the East to revive its flagging economy.
What has happened ?.. Is it because our leaders in business and in government have been greedy and selfish ?

A Strange Coincidence Of Fate ..
On December 5, 1660, a ship sank in the Strait of Dover.
The only survivor was noted to be Hugh Williams.
On December 5, 1767, another ship sank in the same waters.
127 lost their lives, and the only survivor was Hugh Williams.
On August 8, 1820, a picnic boat capsized on the River Thames.
There was one survivor, Hugh Williams.
And on July 10, 1940, a British trawler was destroyed by a German mine. Only two men survived, one man and his nephew – both were called Hugh Williams.

Black Holes Are Spinning Faster ..
Giant black holes in the centre of galaxies are spinning faster than at any other time in the history of the universe, research shows.
When the universe was half its present size, nearly all the super-massive black holes had very low spins.. But nowadays a fraction of them have very high spins.
Scientists still don’t have a clue as to the purpose of black holes.. In fact, they don’t have a clue about most things in the universe.
A black hole, and there are probably millions of them, is a region of space in which the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing, including light, can escape its pull.
The black hole has a one-way surface, into which objects can fall, but out of which nothing can come.
It is called ‘black’ because it absorbs all the light that hits it, reflecting nothing.
( Originally posted in May 2011 )

The Righteous Stand Firm For Ever

Words Of Solomon ..

The prospect of the righteous is joy,
But the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.

The righteous will never be uprooted,
But the wicked will not remain in the land.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
But with humility comes wisdom.

Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath,
But righteousness delivers from death.

When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes;
All he expected from his power comes to nothing.

The righteous man is rescued from trouble,
And it comes on the wicked instead.

A gossip betrays a confidence,
But a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

A kind-hearted woman gains respect,
But ruthless men gain only wealth.

A kind man benefits himself,
But a cruel man brings trouble on himself.

The truly righteous man attains life,
But he who pursues evil goes to his death.

Be sure of this.. The wicked will not go unpunished,
But those who are righteous will go free.

A generous man will prosper;
He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
But the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

A man cannot be established through wickedness,
But the righteous cannot be uprooted.

From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things,
As surely as the work of his hands rewards him.

The way of a fool seems right to him,
But a wise man listens to advice.

Reckless words pierce like a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.

The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
But the hope of the wicked only in wrath.

One man gives freely, yet gains even more.
Another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
And he who wins souls is wise.

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
But he who hates correction is stupid.

The plans of the righteous are just,
But the advice of the wicked is deceitful.

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
But the speech of the upright rescues them.

Wicked men are overthrown and are no more,
But the house of the righteous stands firm.

A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal,
But the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk,
But a righteous man escapes trouble.

A fool shows his annoyance at once,
But a prudent man overlooks an insult.

Truthful lips endure for ever,
But a lying tongue lasts only a moment.

There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil,
But joy for those who promote peace.

The Lord detests lying lips,
But he delights in men who are truthful.

Ill-gotten treasures are of no value,
But righteousness delivers from death.

The man of integrity walks securely,
But he who takes crooked paths will be found out.

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
But violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all wrongs.

Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you..
Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
For she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
She is more precious than rubies.. Nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand.. In her left hand are riches and honour.
Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who embrace her.
Those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

The wages of the righteous bring them life,
But the income of the wicked brings them punishment.

He who heeds discipline shows the way to life,
But whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

When words are many, sin is not absent,
But he who holds his tongue is wise.

Preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight.
They will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid.
When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
Shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
But the heart of the wicked is of little value.

The lips of the righteous nourish many,
But fools die for lack of judgment.

Keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Bind them upon your heart for ever.. Fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you.
When you sleep, they will watch over you.
When you awake, they will speak to you.
For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life.

A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct,
But a man of understanding delights in wisdom.

When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone,
But the righteous stand firm for ever.

Family Pets Abandoned

Family Pets Abandoned By Callous Owners ..
Hundreds of family pets are facing a summer of misery with one abandoned every hour, says the RSPCA.. More dogs and cats are dumped over the school holidays than after Christmas as cruel owners jet off abroad, leaving their animals to fend for themselves.. July is the toughest month for the charity as it struggles to deal with hundreds of cases of pets left to rot.. The RSPCA says one reason this happens is owners book a holiday and then fail to find anyone to look after their pet while they are away.. RSPCA Supt Simon Osborne said, “Every day inspectors face cases where animals have been left abandoned in fields, dumped in boxes, left for dead at the side of roads and even outside our animal centres and hospitals.”
( Lewis Panther, 09.07.2017 )

Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God.. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realise that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.
( Christopher Hitchens )

A dog reflects the family life.. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one ?.. Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.
( Arthur Conan Doyle )

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.
( Orhan Pamuk )

No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog.. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself.. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish, consciously or unconsciously, that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.
( Dean Koontz )

Dogs are the leaders of the planet.. If you see two life forms, one of them’s making a poop, the other one’s carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge ?
( Jerry Seinfeld )

You always fed strays and bent down to talk to the dogs you met on the street, looking straight into their eyes as if they were old friends.. You liked to go to the pound and look at them.. You tried to send them messages of comfort.. I couldn’t go because I started crying the one time I tried.. All those eyes and the barks like sobs.
( Francesca Lia Block )

When I am feeling low all I have to do is watch my cats and my courage returns.
( Charles Bukowski )

It may be a cat, a bird, a ferret, or a guinea pig, but the chances are high that when someone close to you dies, a pet will be there to pick up the slack.. Pets devour the loneliness.. They give us purpose, responsibility, a reason for getting up in the morning, and a reason to look to the future.. They ground us, help us escape the grief, make us laugh, and take full advantage of our weakness by exploiting our furniture, our beds, and our refrigerator.. We wouldn’t have it any other way.. Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life.. They can be trusted, they keep us safe, and they sure do smooth out the ride.
( Nick Trout )

If animals go into slaughterhouses alive and come out chopped up into hundreds of pieces, how could anyone claim that they aren’t being mistreated, abused, tortured and terrorised ?
( Gary Yourofsky )

Because I’m a civil rights activist, I am also an animal rights activist.. Animals and humans suffer and die alike.. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel and vicious taking of life.. We shouldn’t be a part of it.
( Dick Gregory )

Why doesn’t a horny person have as strong a claim to raping an animal as a hungry one does to killing and eating it ?
( Jonathan Safran Foer )

Killing For A Living ..
The slaughter-house is the limbo between life and death for billions of animals every year.
There are around 150 slaughter-houses in the UK.
Slaughter-house workers are increasingly reporting symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder including extreme anxiety, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and social withdrawal.
Criminologists at the University of Windsor in Canada reported in a study that there is a strong relationship between the location of a slaughter-house and high crime rates in American communities.

In a world where even humans are treated brutally, it’s no wonder that so many animals live their entire life trembling with fear.
( R.S. Hutchison )

A Vegetarian Saves More Than 25 Land Animals Each Year ..
The way a vegetarian saves animals is by reducing the demand for meat and causing fewer animals to be born into a harsh life owned by the meat industry, where callousness abounds and mercy is scant.
Even a vegan diet causes a certain number of deaths and some amount of suffering.. Mice, moles and other small animals die in the cultivation of grains and pulses on modern farms.. They get run over by agricultural equipment such as tractors or they die as a consequence of the disruption of their land.. Many small animals also die from poisoning by pesticides.. But, the animals we eat do not just exist in isolation waiting for us to eat them.. They eat grains too.. In fact, almost all the animals we eat are ones kept caged by us inside desolate barns and kept fed by us on grains we grow just for them.. We grow soy, corn, wheat, barley, sorghum and other grains on vast tracts of land, all of which also cause large numbers of deaths.. Meat consumption remains an inherently inefficient process in which we grow far more crops to feed to the animals we eat than we would need if we ate the crops directly ourselves.. So, while the cultivation of crops to feed a vegetarian does kill some animals, far more animals die in the cultivation of crops to feed the animals we eat.. A large number of animals in our factory farms die even before they reach the moment of slaughter.. They die of untreated illnesses and injuries, rough transportation, and various skeletal and other problems caused by intense genetic selection for excessively rapid growth.. Many of them also die during or after their use as breeders.. Some die in research experiments serving the meat industry.. Some live long enough to get to the slaughter plant but are condemned by federal inspectors during the required ante-mortem screening because they are too sick, injured, or otherwise unfit for human consumption.
A vegetarian saves more than 25 land animals each year.
( An extract from an article by Harish, March, 2015 )

The real difficulty in being vegan doesn’t involve food.
The hardest part about being vegan is coming face-to-face with the darker side of humanity and trying to remain hopeful.. It’s trying to understand why otherwise good and caring people continue to participate in needless violence against animals – just for the sake of their own pleasure or convenience.
( Jo Tyler )

Thousands of people who say they love animals sit down once or twice a day to enjoy the flesh of creatures who have been utterly deprived of everything that could make their lives worth living and who endured the awful suffering and the terror of the abattoirs.
( Jane Goodall )

Caged Foxes Fattened Up And Killed For Their Fur In Finland ..
An undercover investigation in western Finland found bloated animals barely able to move, five times their natural weight, with thick rolls of fur over their eyes.. Claire Bass, of anti-fur campaigners Humane Society International, said: “Just when you thought the fur industry couldn’t get more unethical, it hits a shocking new low with foxes bred so large the poor beautiful creatures can hardly move, or even see.. The fur industry is about profit and cares nothing for welfare.”
Over the last five years more than £2.5million of fur items have been imported into the UK from Finland.. Despite the UK banning fur farming in 2000, campaigners insist we still import huge amounts from other countries.
( Tom Parry, 26.08.2017 )