Pregnancy already comes with its natural discomforts. Now imagine being pregnant and confined to a cage just large enough for you to stand or uncomfortably lie down. You can't turn around. You're surrounded by others who are pregnant and suffering severe physical and psychological disorders due to intensive confinement: swaying, gnawing on cages, crying out to no one who cares.
Once you give birth, you're moved to a cage just large enough for you to lie down so that you can nurse your babies. Before long, they're taken away from you, mutilated without painkillers, and crammed into crowded pens until they're considered large enough to be killed for their meat.
Then, the vicious cycle is repeated: you're impregnated and forced into a recurring nightmare of tremendous pain, suffering, loneliness and loss. And once your body is so used and abused, you're sent to slaughter.
This is the reality for more than 70% of the nearly six million female pigs raised for breeding in the U.S.*Read More
You would think that with so many forms of synthetics and chemically engineered products permeating our world today, that fur (and leather) on clothes, shoes and accessories would have been a thing of the past … or at least viewed as undesirable and passé.
Unfortunately for more than 50 million animals around the world, they are brutally killed each year for one thing only: their fur. These millions of animals are raised on fur farms, which make up most of the world’s fur production.*Read More
I thought I had seen my fair share of the cruel and violent acts inflicted on animals, but ever since I started following Animal Freedom Fighter on Facebook, I am reminded of how endless these shockingly vicious and savage acts upon animals are as they fill up my newsfeed. But these graphic images aren't just shared for shock value, they come with two to three petitions you can sign in order to actually help the cause.
Here are just a few recent posts that I've come across that absolutely stunned me in disgust.Read More
California Fish and Game Commission are considering an amendment to Mammal Hunting Code of Regulation 265. This would allow the use of GPS collars on hounds while hunting deer, pigs and for training purposes.
Aside from the blood bath that ensues from hounds tearing into the deer (an agonizingly painful death), the use of GPS collars in hunting would also naturally disrupt other wildlife and their habitat. They could also give poachers an advantage as the GPS would show them where bears, bobcats, mountain lions and other wildlife may be trapped.
Please sign and share this petition to give wildlife a fighting chance.Read More
Recently, The Dodo posted an article about the tragic death of an elephant while giving rides to tourists in unbearable heat--up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. A veterinarian who examined Sambo after the female elephant collapsed said she died of a heart attack "due to high temperatures, heat exhaustion and lack of wind that would have helped to cool her".
These animals are literally being worked to death--shuttling tourists around under scorching temperatures. Aside from this abuse that's out in the open, there's also the abuse that these poor elephants endure behind closed doors to make them obedient and trainable. Referred to as the "training crush", this process involves beating and terrorizing elephants, including baby elephants, to crush their spirits to the point of submission.
Sambo's death from extreme exhaustion is not an isolated incident. There are about 12,000 captive elephants in Asia under similar circumstances, including Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Thailand. Many elephants just like Sambo have collapsed and died from these seemingly innocent, romanticized elephant rides, or "treks".
It's disheartening that this tourist attraction is still in high demand even as the world fights to prevent elephant extinction (with an estimated 100 African elephants dying every day by poachers).
Sign this petition urging APSARA Authority to end elephant riding in Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Next, join World Animal Protection in urging TripAdvisor Inc. to stop promoting and selling cruel wildlife tourist attractions.
The video below shows the gut-wrenching process of "crushing" elephants. Even if you can't get yourself to watch it, please spread the word to help put an end to elephant rides.
These experiments involve restraining and drugging mother macaque monkeys so that scientists can take their newborn babies. After enduring the trauma of being separated from their mothers and uprooted from the wild, the babies are put in solitary confinement where they are mercilessly terrorized with anxiety-inducing stressors like live snakes, skin biopsies, and brain scans. Once they’ve been used and abused, scientists kill them before the age of two.
This despicable scene seems like something out of a horror movie, but it’s all played out in real life … on innocent animals.Read More
There are only 50 to 100 Vaquita porpoises left in the world, and they are all concentrated in a tiny region in the northern Gulf of California, Mexico. They are the rarest marine mammal species, and the biggest threat to their existence is a gillnet, a fishing net in which they accidentally entangle themselves.
Sign VIVA Vaquita Coalition’s petition to urge Mexico's president and other highly influential people to strictly enforce the gillnet ban and make it permanent.Read More
Imagine the sickening, painful fullness you feel after eating at a buffet, and the struggle to breathe or move. Now multiply that feeling by 100, and that's pretty much what it's like to be a duck or geese brutally force-fed to make foie gras.
Foie gras is a French delicacy made of fattened duck or goose liver. And in typical industrialized food production settings, these poor ducks and geese are crammed into tiny cages (with no room to move) while pipes are shoved down their throats multiples times a day. These pipes filled with grain and fat administer up to four or more pounds per day in order for the livers to swell up, leaving the birds panting in pain and in constant fear of what's next. Aside from being in cramped cages, the liver swelling immobilizes the ducks and geese--social animals who normally like to forage and swim.Read More
Marine life heavily depends on forage fish populations. Seeing the consequences of their decline, such as weekly sightings of dead sea lions on the California beaches, is what prompted me to give up eating seafood.
Iconic marine species like Dall's porpoises as well as sea lions, tuna and puffins depend on forage fish to survive. Global expansion of aquaculture and agriculture industry is threatening the forage fish population. What's worse is that forage fish catch isn't even for direct human consumption--it's sold as food for farmed fish, chickens and pigs.Read More
Ringling Brothers' decision to retire their elephants sooner than the initial plan of 2018 made big headlines. However, this seems more like a PR move to clean up their image, because the dark side to this story is that their elephants would merely go to Ringling Brothers' Center for Elephant Conservation. This "conservation" is essentially a breeding farm where elephants are chained, confined to concrete floors, bred and used as test subjects. Even the threat of bullhooks is still very much alive.Read More
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming is moving forward with its plans to spay mares on the range, which has disastrous consequences. They're doing so under the pretense of a "research" program.
Public comments are due to BLM by January 14, 2016.Read More
The Dodo reported that Russian police recently made a macabre discovery: 37 unmarked bags containing wildlife body parts, the most egregious of them included bear paws. According to the officers, a total of 527 bear feet, a bear muzzle, gallbladders and three musk deer glands were found. All this as a result of the thriving illegal wildlife trade. It's suspected that these wildlife body parts were en route to China and other parts of Asia where there is a high demand for them.
Please help fight illegal wildlife trade by donating to animal welfare organizations like Animals Asia.Read More
I recently watched Racing Extinction, which premiered on The Discovery Channel. Although it was extremely depressing and left me both heavy-hearted and enraged, I was glad I saw it. I was obligated to see it.
In fact, everyone on this planet with a means to watch it or listen to it (i.e., not an infant/toddler nor those without all their mental faculties) have a moral obligation to see or hear it.
We can’t be a world of takers with a self-righteous, doesn’t-apply-to-me, not-my-problem, won’t-affect-my-lifetime mentality. This planet can’t sustain itself at the rate we’re destroying it, even though some say Mother Nature has a way of adapting, and others who believe in God and say that He who created the earth can also save it.
It’s time to set aside those beliefs and err on the side of caution. How many red flags does earth have to put up in order for everyone to feel that sense of urgency to do their part to save it?
If we destroy our only home, all the natural resources that sustain us, and the beauty that inspires us, what good will our money and material possessions (which drive destruction and extinction) do? They would be worthless.
For those who believe in God and the afterlife, just because we can’t take our worldly possessions with us when we die doesn’t mean we can just desecrate and dishonor what God created. It’s our responsibility to be a guardian for the earth and its inhabitants, to help nurture and care for them, and to leave this planet in better shape than it was.
We’re failing miserably at this. Although we are slowly awakening and making progress, the do-gooders are simply outnumbered by those with greed and/or apathy.
If one person can and is contributing to the pollution, destruction and depletion of the earth and its resources, then that one person can also help reverse his or her impact and turn it into something good.
Instead of being overwhelmed by what needs to be done to reverse this direction of doom we're in, let's #startwith1thing instead of tuning out and doing nothing.
Please sign Marina Kaufman's petition on Change.org to urge the Chinese government to ban tiger farms now before it's too late.
Tiger bone wine, tiger-skin rugs, and dinner parties where people watch tigers get killed for entertainment are just some of the reasons the tiger farming industry in China is thriving.
There are 5,000 to 6,000 tigers in 200 government-supported farms, which house them in deplorable conditions--with little food, tiny cages, no trees ... they lie decrepit, agitated, some even motionless due to extreme malnutrition and misery.
With only 3,000 tigers left in the wild, this magnificent species is being poached to extinction. As this tiger farming industry renews the public's demand for tiger parts, wild tigers become more at risk since poaching them is more lucrative than raising captive tigers. Plus, consumers prefer wild tigers over "farm-raised".
Please sign and share this petition with everyone you know. We need to act fast, and currently need 35,692 more signatures.
A USDA-sponsored program that reduces the number of government inspectors in hog slaughterhouses means even more cases of merciless abuse and torture of animals. It's bad enough that these innocent, sentient beings are filled with fear knowing that they're being led to their brutal deaths.
An investigation conducted by Compassion Over Killing at the Quality Pork Processors plant shows videos of hogs being slaughtered while completely conscious, squealing in pain as they bleed out.
And why? Because this program makes the slaughter process faster ... even if it means torturing animals to their deaths and potentially tainting the food supply (by disregarding safety controls).
While I wish slaughterhouses don't even exist, we have to fight to repeal this program that takes inhumane treatment of farm animals to another level of vile cruelty.
Clothing manufacturer and retailer Uniqlo continues to sell lambswool even though its best-selling item, HeatTech thermal wear, is from 100% manmade materials.
Lambs are typically sheared as young as seven months old. Since shearers are paid by the quantity of wool shorn, they are hasty and careless in the process. It's common for them to shear off large strips of lambs' skin to maximize the amount of wool. Other injuries they commonly inflict range from cuts on the skin to actually cutting off ears, udders or other body parts.
Reports of abuse are also prevalent, like sheep being kicked or punched to death. And the painful process of mulesing doesn't involve anesthesia, even when entire chunks of skin are carved out of the lambs' hindquarters to prevent parasitic infections.
Considering Uniqlo's most popular item is manmade, they should discontinue featuring wool and lambswool in their collections.
There are only about 200 white deer of Seneca Depot. They are now facing complete obliteration if the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) gives the depot's 7,000 acres to the wrong bidder. Previous plans have always designated a permanent conservation area ... but not this time.
The ideal conservation area would be approximately 1500 acres and include a 60-acre pond, which would provide a natural setting for the herd and native plants to thrive.
Please join the Seneca Depot Conservation Alliance (SDCA) in urging the IDA to require bidders to set aside habitat for the white deer who are a part of New York heritage. You would also be helping other unique species such as Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers and Short-Eared Owls who inhabit the land.