Someday They Won’t Be Laughing

As Earth warriors, we choose to be participants in the ancient battle between good and evil.. On our side stand the waters and wind, and all things wild and of the Earth.. On the other side, consumed with greed and in pursuit of power, control and money, stand all the dark forces that lay waste to Her.
( Rodney Adam Coronado )

Cruel Parade Of Mutants At Crufts…
Flat faced pugs and bulldogs (French or otherwise) a snorting and a snoring, apparently smiling you could surmise but, infact, are gasping not grinning.. Their airways compressed and a life expectancy of barely five years, the owner faces huge vet bills to keep them alive.. We breed them too short faced, too heavy, too small, too long faced, too wrinkly, too bald, too tall.. Sixty percent of dobermans die of genetic heart disease while pugs can’t reach round to clean themselves.. This year’s Crufts winner, an American cocker spaniel, named Afterglow Miami Ink, open to ridicule I think after coming first in ‘Best gundog’ with his long trailing coat, couldn’t retrieve a downed bird from a wide water filled moat.
( Ken Johnson, Sunderland Echo, 20.03.2017 )

All great movements, it is written, go through three stages..
Ridicule, discussion, adoption.
It is the realisation of this third stage, adoption, that requires our passion and our discipline, our hearts and our heads.. The fate of animals is in our hands.
( Tom Regan )

Increase In Number Of Otters…
By the late 1970s, British otters were mainly confined to north-west Scotland – Shetland still has 12% of the UK breeding population.. But now otters are no longer hunted (since the ban in 1978) and a reduction in the use of insecticides that accumulated in its food has greatly increased its numbers.. Less water is abstracted from rivers, which also helps and there is little or no use of their pelts.. There has also been habitat improvement work (even building artificial holts and ledges under bridges) and in some places otter tunnels under roads have greatly reduced road kills.. Otters are highly territorial animals with large home ranges.. Depending on the quality of the habitat and availability of food, males can range along rivers for 35km.. Sadly, otters will continue to try and use routes across busy roads if alternatives are not included in a mitigation strategy.. One authority recently stated that there were at least 8,000 otters in Scotland.. Otters have been spotted on the river Medway and the Eden in Kent and in Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester, on the Thames and the Lea in north London and in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, though we must remember that some conservationists see these sightings as evidence of otters roaming further afield into cities due to food shortages rather than a big increase in numbers.. It’s not all good news for humans either.. There has been a growth in heavily stocked fisheries (mainly carp), which has seen otters invading in search of easy feeding.. Even the owners of back garden Koi ponds have had expensive nocturnal or early morning visits from otters.. Like the reintroduced Red Kite and Buzzard the boom in populations is not without its side effects.. Non-native Mink, which feed on similar prey to the otters, are also impacting on fish and small mammal stocks.
( An extract from an article by Steve Windsor, October 2015 )

150 years ago, they would have thought you were absurd if you advocated for the end of slavery.. They laugh at us now for suggesting that animal slavery be ended.. Someday they won’t be laughing.
( Gary Smith )

Just Off To Feed The Halals…
A friend and neighbour here in North Yorkshire turned up at her office, not far from the now notorious slaughter-house in Thirsk, to find a few old Swalesdale ewes and lambs having their bellies clipped (which is what abattoirs now require) in a field next door.. ‘Are they going for halal slaughter ?’ my friend asked the farmer.. ‘Yes, I’ve seen it – it’s unbelievable what they do to them,’ he said.. He reckoned he would be paid £73 for each lamb, £40 for each ewe.. My friend said she would buy them.. He replied she could – at the escalated price of £100 for each animal.. They are now in a paddock next to her house.. She keeps sending me emails, saying, “Just off to feed the halals”.. Why isn’t there a Ministry of Animals to protect them ?.. And why aren’t farmers protesting about the way they are killed ?
(Liz Jones, 08.02.2015)

The Bone-Heads Bloodlust To Restore Fox ‘Hunting’…
Their bloodlust to restore fox hunting symbolises the backwardness of a Conservative Party stuck in the past.. The bone-heads who like to whip hounds into a frenzy to rip apart hares, deer and foxes scream that it’s a tradition and a part of British life.
Really ?.. Other traditions once part of British life include bear-baiting, burning witches and hanging poachers.. All consigned to history.. David Cameron, who enjoys riding with the snooty Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire, is doubly out of touch because most country folk as well as city dwellers view bloodsports as barbaric.
(Daily Mirror, 15.04.2015)

Beating Donkeys Is The Will Of Allah…
In Ethiopia, I was shocked the people didn’t give water or shade to their donkeys.
The woman from the charity I was travelling with, trying to stop me wrestling a whip from a man to use it on him instead, said, ‘Give these people time.. They have to learn compassion’… ‘But they have had enough time !’ I shouted.. ‘They were the first humans on Earth !’
In Somalia, in a refugee camp, I snatched a whip off a young boy who was beating his donkey, and lectured him furiously.. The aid workers from Save The Children couldn’t believe their eyes at my behaviour.. But surely, if you are hungry, thirsty and exhausted, you should have empathy with another creature in exactly the same boat ?
On a dusty road in Ethiopia we stopped a group of boys beating a donkey that could go no further.. ‘Why are you doing this ?’ I asked them.. ‘It is the will of Allah’, they said, thinking I was the insane person for crying over an animal’s wounds.
In Romania, I saw cars swerve to run over dogs and puppies..
(Liz Jones, 01.06.2014)

The only way we can guarantee our continued survival on earth is to recognise the importance of other non human life forms and stop pretending we’re on top of some pyramid of domination over other beings.
( Rodney Adam Coronado )

I was vegan for a while up until recently.. Then I started eating people.. Only free-range, of course, which is humane.. I gave them a little space, didn’t terrorise them (too much), then slit their throats.
( Chris Hannah, Lead Singer and Guitarist, Propagandhi rock band )

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