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« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2013, 10:19:24 AM »
California Biotech "Santa Cruz" Found Mistreating Goats for Antibody Extraction
http://www.topsecretwriters.com/2013/01/california-biotech-found-mistreating-goats-for-antibody-extraction/

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"An environment where the animals are treated like factory machinery, used primarily for the extraction of blood so that antibodies could be produced for sale."
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Even worse, a more recent 2012 report from October noted that SCBT “knowingly made false statements” to the USDA when staff there denied that there was even such an antibody production site in the facility, a site that USDA inspectors discovered housed 841 goats.
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It appears to be the state of both food and medical production in the world today – where animals are treated as nothing more than tools to an end, only there for the benefit of humans.
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« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2013, 08:30:07 AM »
Ladbrokes is gambling with fish extinction – and so is the government
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2013/feb/01/ladbrokes-gambling-fish-extinction

While all our commercial species teeter on the edge of collapse, the government will only heed to the fishing industry's interests
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The gambling company Ladbrokes has been offering odds on the conservation status of various fish species. Earlier in the week it was taking bets on mackerel after it was taken off conservationists' "fish to eat" list last month. Recently it has encouraged people to punt on the survival prospects of stocks of yellow fin tuna, swordfish and haddock. You can, if you wish, gamble on extinction.
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Just before Christmas (which could explain the paucity of coverage the story received), the British government gleefully tore up the scientific advice, trampled the evidence, ignored the pleas of conservationists and gave two fingers to common sense by fighting to prevent the European Union from cutting the catch in the seas surrounding this country.

Thanks to British lobbying, a proposed 55% cut in the tonnage of haddock caught in the Celtic Sea was reduced to 15%, while off other parts of the British coast, plaice, sole, scampi, whiting and herring quotas were increased, though the stocks are at a tiny fraction of their historic levels. All our main commercial species are constantly teetering on the edge of ecological collapse, as the industry fishes right up to and often beyond the point at which they can sustain even their desperately depleted numbers.

All this was accompanied by what the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) called "another major success, achieved during the first day of negotiations, when the UK successfully stopped a cut in the number of days that fishermen are allowed to spend fishing at sea". The cut was to have been a central feature of the EU's cod recovery plan. Defra boasts that it "overturned this agreement". Another triumph for British diplomacy, seeing off the dark forces of science and reason.

The minister responsible, Richard Benyon, describes this idiocy as "the best possible deal for the UK fishing industry". For 2013 perhaps. And the worst possible deal for its future prospects, let alone for the health of our marine ecosystems.

Last month the UK topped this madness by successfully resisting the other means by which cod stocks were to have been allowed to recover: a 20% cut in the quota. Thanks to the UK government, there is now no cut at all. The owners of the trawlers are delighted: once again they'll be allowed to destroy their own prosperity.

The chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, Bertie Armstrong, who plainly has a lively sense of humour, called it "a good outcome based on the science". To show how badly this industry has been rolled up in its own nets, he added that "the decision [by the EU] to set our overall share of the mackerel at the traditional level was also a sensible move."

What he is celebrating here is the EU's refusal to resolve the mackerel dispute with Norway, Iceland and the Faroes. All four players insist on awarding themselves a quota way in excess of what the stock can tolerate, with the result mackerel, until a year ago one of the few species not in serious trouble, is now being fished at a completely unsustainable rate. That, dear reader, is a "sensible move".

Again and again over the past few decades, our fishing industry has clamoured noisily to cut its own throat, then responded with astonishment and fury when it collapses as a result. Is there a clearer example of being blinded to your long-term interests by short-term greed?

All this has been accompanied by the government's failure to establish the 127 marine conservation zones it promised, and even more astonishing refusal to exclude industrial activities (principally commercial fishing) from any of the 31 it deigns to designate. (I'll write about this next week). The fishing industry - principally the owners of the biggest industrial trawlers - is the only interest this government will heed. It too is gambling with extinction.

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« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2013, 01:07:47 PM »
Dog walkers discover sausages laced with NAILS
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2276443/Dog-walkers-discover-sausages-laced-NAILS-playing-fields-deter-using-public-park.html

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Around 40 cooked cocktail sausages embedded with up to ten one-inch long metal nails have been found and could be lethal for any animal attempting to eat them.

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« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2013, 11:54:56 AM »
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« Reply #35 on: February 18, 2013, 04:13:00 PM »
Pigs of God
http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/size-does-matter-at-controversial-pigs-of-god-festival.html

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Pigs of God is a controversial Taiwanese festival and contest where pigs that have been force-fed for years are publicly slaughtered, then put on floats and paraded through the city streets.

The origins of this gruesome event aren’t very clear, but while some say it’s part of the religious beliefs of the Hakkas, an ethnic group with a population of over four million in Taiwan, animal rights activists claim that in the last few decades it has become a simple meaningless contest used by families to show off their wealth and power. They are currently fighting for the banning of a clear form of animal cruelty, and the substitution of real pigs with ones made of dough, rice or flowers.

Getting a pig ready to enter the Pigs of God festival takes up to two years. During this period of time animals are constantly force-fed to a point where they are incapable of standing. This kind of procedure is both psychologically and physically damaging to the pigs, who often suffer from organ failure and pressure sores caused by lying down for long periods of time. Some owners castrate the pigs without anesthesia, in the belief this will help them get even fatter, and then pen them down so they cannot move.

Days before the Pigs of God contest, the animals are reportedly force-fed sand and heavy metals like led, to make them as heavy as possible. On the day of the festival, they are brutally dragged in front of a huge crowd, onto a scale, before having their throats slit. The animals are terrified, they scream loudly and some of them can’t even control their bowls, but this never seems to impress the public, who returns every year to Shanhsia, New Taipei City, to watch this twisted spectacle. After they’ve been killed, the fattest pigs are painted, put up on colorful floats and paraded around the city. The pigs often exceed 700 kilograms in weight, and there have been reports of some weighing around 900 kilos, which is just disturbing…

The funny thing is, force-feeding of animals and slaughtering them in public are illegal in Taiwan, but animal rights activists say the government is unwilling to do anything about what happens at the Pigs of God festival, for fear of backlash from numerous religious groups who claim it’s part of their cultural heritage.

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« Reply #36 on: May 30, 2013, 07:24:18 AM »
For New Breed of Rustlers, Nothing Is Sacred
GARDINER HARRIS | NYTimes | May 26, 2013

NEW DELHI — When night falls in this gritty capital, gangs troll the darkened streets looking for easy prey among a portion of the city’s vast homeless population; thousands have been rounded up and carried off in trucks in recent years.

The police say they have increased patrols and set up roadblocks in an effort to stop the trafficking. In some cases, officers have infiltrated gangs in hopes of catching them in the act. But the brutal kidnappings continue, and the victims — scrawny cows, which are slowly losing their sacred status among some in India — are slaughtered and sold for meat and leather.

Cattle rustling, called “lifting” here, is a growing scourge in New Delhi, as increasingly affluent Indians develop a taste for meat, even the flesh of cows, which are considered sacred in Hinduism. Criminals round up some of the roughly 40,000 cattle that wander the streets of this megacity and sell them to illegal slaughterhouses located in villages not far away.

Many of the cattle in Delhi are part of dairy operations and their owners have neither the land nor the money to keep them penned. So the animals graze on grassy medians or ubiquitous piles of trash. Others too old to be milked are often abandoned and left to wander the streets until they die — or get picked up by the rustlers.

Posses of police officers give chase to the outlaws, but the desperados — driving souped-up dump trucks — think little of ramming police cars and breaking through barricades. They have even pushed cows into the pathways of their pursuers, forcing horrified officers to swerve out of the way to avoid what for many is still a grievous sin.

“These gangs mostly go after stray cattle, but they will also steal motorcycles and scooters,” one police officer, Bhisham Singh, said in an interview. “They kidnapped a woman recently and gang-raped her.”

Behind the cattle rustling is a profound shift in Indian society. Meat consumption — chicken, primarily — is becoming acceptable even among Hindus. India is now the world’s largest dairy producer, its largest cattle producer and its largest beef exporter, having surpassed Brazil last year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Much of that exported beef is from buffalo (India has half of the world’s buffalo population), which are not considered holy. But officials in Andhra Pradesh recently estimated that there are 3,100 illegal slaughterhouses in the state compared with just six licensed ones, and a recent newspaper investigation found that tens of thousands of cattle are sold annually for slaughter from a market in just one of that state’s 64 districts. Killing cows is illegal in much of India, and some states outlaw the possession of cow meat.

Much of the illicit beef is probably sold as buffalo, an easy way to hide a sacrilegious act. But sometimes it makes its way to meat sellers in Delhi whose cellphone numbers are passed around in whispers. Steaks can be ordered from these illicit vendors in transactions that are carried out like drug deals.

Beef from cattle is also widely consumed by Muslims and Dalits, among India’s most marginalized citizens. Indeed, meat consumption is growing the most among the poor, government statistics show, with overall meat eating growing 14 percent from 2010 to 2012.

Anuj Agrawal, 28, said he grew up in a strictly vegetarian Hindu household but tried chicken for the first time in his teens when he was at a restaurant with friends. He now eats every kind of meat, including beef steaks and burgers. “Once you taste meat, you’re not going back to just fruits and vegetables,” Mr. Agrawal said.

He says many of his friends have made similar transitions. But he never eats meat with his grandparents: “I would be excommunicated if I did, so I go pure ‘veg’ when I’m with them. I want to inherit something.”

To some extent, the growing acceptance of beef is a result of the government’s intense focus on increasing milk production, which has led to a proliferation of foreign cattle breeds that do not elicit the same reverence as indigenous ones, said Clementien Pauws, president of Karuna Society for Animals and Nature, an animal welfare agency in Andhra Pradesh.

“Cows are all about business and money now, not religion,” Ms. Pauws said. “They’re all taken to slaughterhouses. It’s terrible.”

This is not to say that eating beef from cattle is widely accepted. The vast majority of Hindus still revere cows, and the Bharatiya Janata Party, one of the country’s two major political parties, has demanded that laws against cow slaughter be strengthened.

Some landlords even refuse to rent to those who confess to a taste for meat.

But the demand for beef keeps rising, many here say, and with it the prevalence of cattle rustling. Last year, the police in Delhi arrested 150 rustlers, a record number. This year, arrests have continued to surge, Mr. Singh said.

Typically, the rustlers creep into the city at night. When the criminals spot stray cattle and few onlookers they stop the truck, push out a ramp and use a rope to lead the cow to its doom.

The thieves can usually fit about 10 cows on a truck, and each fetches 5,000 rupees — about $94. In a country where more than 800 million people live on less than $2 a day, a single night’s haul of more than $900 represents serious temptation.

One man who has helped the police in neighboring Uttar Pradesh said the rustlers were often able to bribe their way to freedom. “Even if they’re sent to jail, they come out in 10 to 15 days and commit the same crimes again,” said the man, who did not want his name used for fear of reprisals.

The unfortunate fate of some of Delhi’s cattle has led some Hindus to establish cattle shelters on the fringes of the metropolitan region. One of the largest is Shri Mataji Gaushala, where thousands of cattle live on about 42 acres.

Sometimes, the rescue comes too late. Brijinder Sharma, the shelter manager, whose office walls are decorated with drawings of Lord Krishna hugging a calf, showed a video of a truck packed with cattle that was seized on its way to an illegal slaughterhouse. Many of the cows had already died of heat exhaustion.

“The social and religious status of cows has been under attack in India,” Mr. Sharma said. He hopes that his shelter, which has an annual budget of $5.4 million, underwritten almost entirely by wealthy Indians who have emigrated to the United States, will help reverse that trend.

The afternoon feeding at the shelter attracted a crowd of happy onlookers. Abhishek, a one-named cowhand, called out among the lowing throng: “Sakhi! Sakhi!” A large cow with huge horns rushed to the front of the herd, and Mr. Abhishek kissed her on the nose. The cow responded by licking one entire side of his face, and Mr. Abhishek beamed.
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« Reply #37 on: June 23, 2013, 05:03:58 PM »
Fuck Nature
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqMcLwOZYjg

Elephant
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLcEnjIlzgU

"Um bando de idiotas caipiras torturam e dançam em cima de um cavalo desmaiado em goias"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRJVsEBZ8h0

Inflatable Animals by Artist Yang Maoyuan
http://yangmaoyuan.com/Page/contentcatalog/contentcatalog.aspx?workcontenttypeid=21

The Art of Twinkle
http://imgur.com/a/FEUBU/

Guy demonstrates eating "Three Squeaks" listed in Chinese cuisine
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9dc_1371560196

Elected Town Mayor, Clay Henry, Mutilated For Drinking Last Beer, Attacker Walks Free
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/goat-mayor-nuts-dogs-cats-mini-jackass/story?id=16815631
http://abcnews.go.com/US/CrimeBlotter/story?id=91387&page=1

Incarcerating Pigs In Toilet's Is Ancient Human Custom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_toilet

Among families if there is a death of the elderly, it is definitely a great thing, immediate family members should "cut cow"
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=a6a_1371359002&safe_mode=off

When the War Among Human's is Over. Let the Animals Clean Up Your Mess
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f99_1185693673

Dian Fossey, Author of "Gorillas In The Mist", Murdered For Protecting National Park Gorilla Population
http://www.funtrivia.com/en/subtopics/The-Murder-Of-Dian-Fossey-96928.html

Rodeo Suicide Run
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4pig67unHo

Dashie
http://imgur.com/a/a5OUb

"The worker actively keeps the animal alive, as it is believed that it is easier to skin the animal while it is still warm and blood flows through its veins"
http://vimeo.com//10152570

Kill 365 Cows For 1 Rhino
http://now.msn.com/matt-hartley-plans-to-bbq-every-day-for-a-year-to-adopt-rhino

Environmental Police try to salvage the meat in a situation such as this by giving it to a local sportsmen's club
http://newton.patch.com/articles/backlash-over-bear-shooting

Men Behind The Sun
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDpYTmCoQzY

Hundreds of Geese Eggs "Destroyed" By Officials For "Human Safety"
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2013/05/10/mb-goose-eggs-destroyed-winnipeg.html

Circus Lion Fails To Eat Oppressor. Human Survives, Lion Shot. Typical Day on Earth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJjZHdw5UZY

Rebellious donkey slaves put to death?
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4934995/oap-dragged-off-scooter-and-mauled-to-death-by-donkeys.html

Indoctrinating children into speciesism and abuse.
http://our-compass.org/2013/04/28/wtf-are-they-doing-to-goats/

Cops practice their sportsmanship with hand-guns upon a young calf who has become seperated from the herd.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G8SkBNFvgM

Goat Head
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZpVji0051w

Garden shears, Goat & Humanity Shake Please
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e04Wc7o92XU

Planet Earth is a giant food machine.
http://qz.com/93900/we-produce-6-times-more-meat-than-we-did-in-1950-heres-what-that-means-for-animals-and-the-earth/

Texas Horse Hunts
http://texashorsehunts.blogspot.com

"If there are so few true vegetarians, what about all those books that claim we are in the midst of a dietary revolution? Don't believe them." -- Hal Herzog
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animals-and-us/201109/why-are-there-so-few-vegetarians

Canine Meat
http://i.imgur.com/CxkXtU9.jpg

Emaciated Tiger
http://i.imgur.com/nDsjdO8.jpg

Tazered For Existing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/02/llama-taser-florida_n_3376186.html

Other Species Are Slaves Even In The "Perfect" Afterlife
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidrun
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« Reply #38 on: June 25, 2013, 11:49:48 AM »
Mooseback in the USSR: A Would-Be Communist Cavalry
Atlas Obscura | Slate | June 21, 2013

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"Even the civilized Europe these days has failed to domesticate the moose, the animal that doubtlessly can be of great utility. Our government ought to apply all possible efforts toward the domestication of this animal. This is doable. The reward would be great, and so would be the glory."

These are the words of Russian zoologist Alexander von Middendorff to the czarist government of 1869. Middendorff was ahead of his time on the issue of moose domestication.
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