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Sandy Barton , 6/21/2012 12:47:25 AM UTC

20 years ago the number of animals dying through torcher... through the practice of viasection was astronomical.  Estimated at 400 thousand per day world wide and growing at an anual rate of 5%.  Today that number is almost beyond comprehensive at 19 thousand per minute...10 billion per year.

Some uneducated persons pretend to know that less intelligent animals don't feel pain in the same way we do.  And truth is...we know very little of how specific animals may feel.  Except, that they must also submit to the universal law that causes every organizim dying by unnatural means to suffer greatly before that final release. 

But, it's nonsense to say that animals do not suffer because they have lower level of intelligence.  Pain is Pain.  Conveyed by nerves to the brain...and there are other nerves of those through intelligence.  Nerves such as sight, smell, touch, hearing and caring.  And in some animals these nerves are much more highly developed then Man.


It all comes down to pain & suffering, not intelligence, not strength, not social class or civil right.  Pain & suffering are in themselves bad & should be prevented or minimized for the respect of the race, sex or species of the being that suffers.  We are all animals of this planet.  We are all creatures and non-human animals experience sensations just like we do. They are strong, intelligent, industrious, mobile and evalutional.  They to are capable of growth.  Like us...first and foremost they are Earthlings and Like us they are surviving.  Like us they also seek their own comfort rather then dis-comfort.  And Like us they express degrees of emotion.  In short Like us they are alive...most of them being in fact vertabrates just Like us.


Nature, Animals & Human Kind - We are Earthlings.  Make the connection.


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Sandy Barton , 6/21/2012 12:27:04 AM UTC

Are Zoos valuable, educational and conservation institutions? Sure, Zoos are interesting but, they are only educational at the sense that they teach  disregard for the natures of other living things.   

Besides what can you learn about wild animals by viewing them in captivity?  Zoos exist because we are intreaged by exotic things.  To Zoo goers...zoo animals are just that.  Things.

In both cases circuses & zoos...wild & exotic animals are captured, caged, transported & chained to do what humans want them to do...For their entertainment.

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Sandy Barton , 6/21/2012 12:17:13 AM UTC

"As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: 

In their behavior toward creatures, all men were nazis.

The smugness that man could do with other species as he pleased exemplify the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right". 

- Isaac Bashevis Singer 1904-1991

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Sandy Barton , 6/19/2012 3:27:12 AM UTC

Please excuse my language but, this pisses me the F**K off!!! I am appalled by the ridiculas, unncessary and cruel acts done to animals by these men & by the men & women who support this.  I'm disapointed & embarrassed by our race.  Completely and utterly disgusted with our government for allowing these type of cruelty acts.  There is no rhyme or reason for this to even exist.  These poor helpless, defenseless, victimized animals deserve a cruel free life. 


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Sandy Barton , 6/13/2012 5:22:51 AM UTC


Animals form an integral part of the nature's ecosystem. Nature has blessed all to thrive and prosper. But, man being the intelligent of them all took undue advantage to race ahead, and thrust his supremacy over others. Rapid expansion of human population combined with the need for growth has created a situation even beyond the control of human beings.

Deforestation and encroachment of lands have led to habitat loss for many animals. It is the most important reason for animal extinction. Tropical Rainforests are inhabited by a large number of animals. Huge demand for forest resources has led to the establishment a large-scale lumbering industry. Clearing of tropical forests for timber resources, for extraction of petroleum and mineral resources, for cash-crop plantations, and subsistence farming has destroyed the natural habitats of native animals.

Habitat loss reduces the health of the ecosystem, and causes a decline in the numbers of the native species. It is believed that elimination of 90 percent of habitats will lead to the reduction in the number of species by 50 percent.

Moreover, adaptability in new environment is difficult for the relocated species. They become susceptible to demographic problems and environmental changes. Some catastrophic events and genetic disorders add to their problems.

Poaching and wildlife trade in animals and their body-parts have become a reason for extinction of many animals. Tiger bones and horns of rhinoceros are believed to possess healing properties, which are widely used in making traditional medicines in China. Elephants across the world are hunted for their ivory-tusks, which are in great demand in the international market. Animals in Africa are killed for bush meat (consumption of meat of wild animals) trade whereas several animals are captured to be kept as pet.

Furthermore, fur trade was very popular in Europe and the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. Heavy demand in fur-products led to the killing of animals on a large-scale for their pelts. It is estimated that, in late 1960s, pelts of more than 10,000 Leopards, 3,000 Cheetahs, 15,000 Jaguars, and 200,000 Ocelots were being imported legally in the United States and Europe every year.

Biomedical research has also promoted trade in animals. Animal testing has created a demand for them, which are brought by the biomedical research companies for executing their further research on drugs.

Climatic changes have immensely affected the living beings. Global warming caused due emission of greenhouse gases and depletion of ozone layer has threatened the existence of one and all. Frogs are considered to be a vulnerable species due to global warming. The disappearance of Golden toad in Costa Rica is a classic example of animals threatened with climatic changes.

In addition to the factors mentioned above, introduction of non-native species into the new habitats have threatened the existence of native species. The introduction of goats and other non-native animals in the Galapagos Islands endangered the Galapagos tortoise. The goats fed upon the tortoises' food supply, and the tortoise eggs were eaten by the newly introduced pigs, dogs, and rats.

Therefore, the endemic species of animals have become vulnerable to habitat loss caused by human factors.


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Sandy Barton , 6/10/2012 5:10:42 AM UTC


The dramatic film shows seals being killed by hunters during a hunt at the Cape Cross Reserve in Namibia and hunters armed with clubs running towards film maker Bart Smithers and Jim Wickens, from the UK's Ecostorm agency. The journalists, who were working on assignment with Dutch lobby group Bont voor Dieren were violently attacked by seal hunters before being detained by police.

The pair were subsequently held by the Namibian authorities before being freed after agreeing to pay a fine for "entering a protected marine area without a permit."

The incident has been reported around the world and shone a spotlight on the little known Namibian seal hunt.

Andrew Wasley, from Ecostorm, today said: "These are the pictures the Namibian authorities do not want the world to see. This week's violence and legal action against our journalists illustrate the lengths the seal hunt lobby and the authorities will go to to prevent images such as this from being broadcast."

Claudia Linssen, from Bont voor Dieren, said: "After watching these horrendous images one can only conclude one thing - this cruel hunt must stop. It is simply not possible for the Namibian authorities to continue promoting seal watching as a tourist activity whilst behind the scenes there is this grim killing taking place"

Boycott Namibia until this stops
She continued: "We urge the Namibian Government to cease the culling of seals and instead concentrate on sustainable tourism. As long as this cruelty continues we ask people to think twice about Namibia as a tourist destination."

Claire Bass, Head of Marine Mammals at World Society of the Protection of Animals (WSPA), said: "Every day hundreds of seal pups are suffering this barbaric treatment in this so-called 'seal reserve'. Commercial sealing is utterly cruel and unnecessary - the Namibian government must put a stop to it, to protect both seals and the seal-watching industries which depend upon them."

90,000 seal cubs clubbed
Namibia's seals number about 800,000 and more than 90,000 seals will be clubbed to death during this year's sealing season, which started in early July.

The hunt takes place secretly to avoid the glare of publicity - and to avoid upsetting tourists. Namibia is a popular tourist destination, particular for Dutch and German nationals.


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Sandy Barton , 6/3/2012 6:45:22 PM UTC


Footage covertly filmed by the Sun during a one-week stay in North Korea shows bears and monkeys being forced to perform tricks in gaudy costumes at a circus for wealthy citizens.

According to the Sun, the bears were caught in the forests of North Korea and perform three times a day while wearing tight muzzles.

In the video, the bears and monkeys are made to roller skate, jump rope and play basketball -- behavior PETA spokesperson Carney Anne Chester says could only be learned through torture.

"The only way to get wild animals ... whether they're bears, primates, elephants, tigers, to learn ridiculous tricks is through the constant threat of physical punishment," Chester told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. "They're deprived of everything that's natural to them."

Chester went on to say that even after their years of performances are through, animals such as the ones in these videos will continue to exhibit unnatural behavior due to psychological trauma.

While the U.S. has regulations for conditioning animals for performances, undercover video taken the Humane Society of the United States last month revealed rampant disregard for those rules in the training of the Tennessee Walking Horses.

In the video obtained by ABC News, stable hands can be seen allegedly applying corrosive chemicals to the horses' ankles in order to encourages the animals to lift their legs high in a prance.


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Sandy Barton , 6/3/2012 4:48:19 AM UTC

A pitbull-mix is on the mend in Vance County after animal control officers found the dog tied to pole with a telephone cord.

Frankie Nobles, lead animal control officer for Vance County Animal Control, said Friday that the dog, named Hope, is expected to make a full recovery. She has scabies and heartworms and is so emaciated that workers have described her as "a walking skeleton," he said.

Hope, who is approximately 2 or 3 years old, was found Tuesday morning in the parking lot of the animal shelter, and animal control officers are unsure who dropped her off or how long she was there.

If found, her owner could face animal cruelty charges.

"We're very upset, and we'd really love to know who turned this dog over," Nobles said. "We need the help of the public. Our community needs to gather around and just get us some information."

The Vance County Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

Nobles said that, once Hope has fully recovered, the shelter will contact out-of-state rescue groups in an attempt to help her find a permanent home.

Animal control is also looking into installing security cameras, which are currently only inside the shelter, outside the facility, as a result of Hope's case, Nobles said.


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