Who is responsible for humanity? Only humans. Animals and fish have feelings of joy and pain just like humans. They feel sorrow, loneliness and fear. Many animal species have strong family bonds just like humans (e.g., elephants, wolves, orcas, dolphins, lions, chimpanzees)1. All this has been proven in many ways2. Even fish feel3 as can be witnessed by a Japanese diver kissing a giant fish ‘Yoriko’ that he’s befriended for 25 years, after nursing her to health. The fish remembers her savior with love.
A Call to Action to All the Television News Stations
It’s time all of you showcased the realities, to help fight for Animal Rights.
Successes in Helping Abused Animals
Many people and rescue organizations are helping abused animals. Many love animals dearly. There are many success stories in helping abused animals. A sample listing of rescue organizations are identified in our directory https://helpingabusedanimals.net/directory-view/. Awareness about animal abuse is growing. Companies are creating products that are cruelty-free. Sample businesses that care are listed at https://helpingabusedanimals.net/join-the-center/friends-business/. Many people risk their lives to save animals. These are the positive stories. But not all humans are innately humane. Instead, too many cause torture and slaughter of animals directly or indirectly.
Educating the Public about Animal Abuse
Why isn’t society providing early education in order to raise children that will care about the plight of animals and love animals rather than harm them? Instead, society is more interested in leather goods, slaughtered food. Some don’t know the depths of the torture that gave them the things they buy. Some actually enjoy torturing animals.
Advertisers offer specials so that people can buy dozens of pairs of leather shoes easily. Do we really need so many pairs of shoes? Advertisers show ‘happy cows’ giving us their milk. That is so far from the truth. Cows are constantly raped in a brutal way, only to have their babies taken away and the milk given to humans instead. Eggs are very healthy. Not to all the male baby chicks that are killed by drowning or shredding of their tiny bodies (because male chicks are ‘useless’). Advertisers showcase leather products, again without showing how the leather was created.
People don’t connect the torture to the final product. What would people do if they saw how their meal or clothing was made? What can they see in the eyes of the abused animals? If they really looked, they would see fear, pain, horror, sorrow, confinement and a lifelong abuse, torture till slaughter.
Some Statistics around Animal Abuse
The abuse is global. 65 billion farm animals are slaughtered yearly (3000 every second). 6000 African rhinos have been slaughtered since 2008, with the West African Black Rhino now extinct. 100,000 elephants have been slaughtered by poachers in 3 years. 80% of the herds are lost. One billion rabbits, foxes, seals, minks and dogs are slaughtered every year for their fur. 11,000 dogs and cats are killed at shelters daily in the US alone. Thirty million dogs are first tortured then slaughtered for meat in Asia.
And all done in a brutally, barbaric, inhumane, sickening way.
So why don’t humans do more to enlighten and change behaviors? Easy answers: money, selfishness, lack of time, lack of knowledge, hiding from truths… many reasons.
Some Witnessed Examples of Animal Abuse:
In the United States, some kill wildlife for fun 6. Some abuse dogs out of revenge 7. Yellville Arkansas drops live turkeys from planes and buildings to their deaths, all to enjoy the town’s annual festivals 8. Every year more than 100,000 American horses are brutally packed for shipping and long drawn-out painful deaths as they are dismembered while conscious 9. The Government spends $15 million tax dollars yearly on experiments that torture animals for useless experiments 17. Factory farms are beyond abusive, torturous, barbaric and heartless 10. Mother cows learn what happens to their babies after birth, and try to hide their newborns to protect them from being taken away by farmers, never to be seen again by their mothers4. Universities are cited for animal abuse 18. Companies are showcasing kids as trophy hunters 19.
Children have been seen taking Snapchat photos of them torturing animals 13. And what are kids learning in high school? How to jump rope with cats’ intestines 14. Museums educate and entertain people with hatching of baby chicks, only to slaughter the chicks after they are used in the museums 22.
In Canada, baby seal hunters use an axe to bludgeon the seals, right in front of their babies 16. And they continue such slaughters even though the demand for fur has decreased. Why? Money!
In China, they skin cows while alive, after cutting off their legs so that they can’t move 5.
In Africa, ivory poaching continues, baby elephants are stolen for abuse in animal entertainment with a life-long abusive jail sentence across the world 11, trophy hunters continue to enjoy the slaughter of treasured animals 12.
In Korea’s dog meat trade, they first torture the animals on purpose (they feel that they become more virile this way), then they slaughter brutally 15.
In Japan, whale slaughter is explained away as research 20.
In Spain, Indonesia and many places… bull fighting, cock fighting, dog fighting, boar fighting… all for fun entertainment! 23
Live animals are used as prizes, stuffed in enclosed containers, to die of suffocation 21.
But it’s time for everyone to recognize the realities and become more humane. CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX, and all the rest…. take a stand to help abused animals. It’s long past due. What you’ve done already to help is not enough.
‘Feeling gratitude’ is discussed in many books. How can you feel gratitude when, as you are helping abused animals, you see the realities of horror? Studies have show that when people write down 5 things they were grateful for on a daily basis, they feel better about their lives. I feel total gratitude for everything in my life. But I also have a sad cloud hovering around and embedded in my heart and mind because of all the abused and harmed beings in the world… both human and animal. It pains me deeply. It is beyond frustrating and excruciating that I can’t solve all the problems of the world, rather, that I can only help minimally.
Books about developing gratitude as a daily philosophy don’t discuss how you can feel better with gratitude when the problems of the world are beyond overwhelming. Maybe I missed the book that helps in this arena. I would love to read it if someone can point me in that direction.
So regarding ‘helping abused animals’, I thought that maybe I should have a gratitude list that highlights improvements and success stories. More people are aware of the abuses. More are changing their lifestyles to consider helping animals with vegan diets and vegan clothes. More companies are producing more products that are cruelty-free. More petitions are established and shared to help attack the problems. So many groups and individuals are rescuing animals and fighting for animal rights. Gratitude for all this helps, rather than focusing only on the daily information and knowledge about how animals are tortured and slaughtered for food, clothes, furniture, medicine, practice, and yes, for fun and revenge.
As reported by One Green Planet, 126 dog meat restaurants have been permanently closed or stopped selling dog meat in China. Animals Asia has been at the forefront in this accomplishment. Their investigation has shown that 1039 dog meat restaurants were suspected on illegality. Some Chinese government departments have finally opened its eyes to the illegal methods of obtaining the dogs and have done something about it. Animals Asia has been tirelessly working with local groups to share information and bring greater success.Unfortunately, this is not across the board. Over 10 million dogs are being brutally slaughtered every year. Please sign the Animals Asia petition to #EndTheDogMeatTrade.
Save the Manatee Club in Michigan supports numerous conservation efforts. The races they run since 2003 have raised $175,000 towards helping manatees. These awesome beings have been downlisted from endangered to threatened. Luckily their numbers have increased but that shouldn’t stop the efforts. 2016 was the deadliest year for watercraft moralities.
Wildlife and Elephants
WildAid has reported that Ugandans value their wildlife and elephants. In a nationwide survey in Uganda, 79% indicated that it would matter a great deal if their wildlife disappeared. They indicated that elephants needed the most protection, followed by lions, then gorillas and pangolins.The Uganda Conservation Foundation, WildAid, and the Uganda Wildlife Authority will be launching a major conservation awareness campaign in June.
Peta has reported that we have a victory. The U.S. Coast Guard will end its use of animals in trauma training. The trauma training included shooting, stabbing and dismembering live animals. They will use a simulation modelling too instead.
Black Bear Cubs
CBC News has reported that Judy and Roger Stearns in Manitoba, Canada, plan to build the first black bear cub rehabilitation facility in Rockwood. It is getting much support from the community. Manitoba has been one of the only provinces in Canada that has a black bear population and did not have a rehab facility. The council will vote on this proposal June 14th.
The growth in vegan foods has been amazing. Rise of the Vegan has reported that a large dairy company Elmhurst Dairy, in Queens, New York will end its dairy operation after 90 years due to decreased customer demand. It is great to see half the dairy shelves with non-milk dairy. This company has renamed itself to Elmhurst and is now producing their own healthy plant-based milks. Research shows that half (49%) of Americans now regularly consume non-dairy milk.
In addition, people are switching whey protein powders to plant-based protein powders, which the best for building muscle.
Documenting Cruelty as well as Scams
Dovers has reported that animal rights group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) in Nebraska, is using drones to fly over livestock research facility US Meat Animal Research Center, to document cruel lamb experiments. The Times had reported abuse at this USDA facility in 2015. SHARK also investigates potential scams and fraud by animal rescue organizations.
Pets are family. Animals have feelings, they fear, they suffer pain, they have emotions and love for their owners. How can people dump their pets in the cold or at shelters? This is heartbreaking. These pets are devoted to their human families. They mourn lost owners.
There are organizations that are helping abused animals. Leave No Paws Behind is one that lovingly helps these poor senior betrayed animals. They offer end of life support and specialized medical services to these loving animals. Foster care assists until the healthy pets are adopted. The more medically challenged rescues that suffer with terminal and/or severe medical conditions are placed in hospice/long term foster care for as long as needed. Some of the rescues arrive in mutilated conditions from abuse.
Here is a great way to save taxpayer dollars. And even better, a way to save animals.
The government is supposed to protect all our country, yet they spend about $12-$15 billion tax dollars every year for wasteful experiments on loving animals … cats, dogs, monkeys and other animals. These experiments are brutally cruel. They are useless. Animal lovers and taxpayers aren’t aware of all of this and haven’t approved these experiments.
The White Coat Waste Project, under the leadership of its president Anthony Bellotti, is fighting back. The White Coat Waste Project is the recipient of six “Congressional Waste Warrior” awards. They are helping abused animals by
investigating and analyzing these government experiments, the abuse, and the cost,
educating the public about these abuses,
building a coalition to resolve the issues.
Sample abuses (as per http://www.whitecoatwaste.org/the-facts/):
For the first time, there will be an audit of the government’s animal labs, thanks to the bi-partisan support, led by Representatives Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Dina Titus (D-NV). See http://www.FactAct.org
Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Reps. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) and Dina Titus (D-Nev.) were honored by the White Coat Waste Project for their efforts in these initiatives.
Animal lovers are
Urged to sign a petition at http://www.whitecoatwaste.org/take-action/