Joanna Lumley Backs Long Distance Animal Transport Ban

Actress Joanna Lumley Has Backed a Campaign To End Long Distance Animal Transportation.

Joanna Lumley wants to see a ban to long distance animal transportation

Joanna Lumley wants to see a ban to long distance animal transportation

Compassion in World Farming, which launched its campaign in London’s Trafalgar Square, wants an end to “the horrors of the live export trade”.

It said 80,664 sheep, calves, pigs and goats were exported to the continent in 2011.

The only UK port used for live animal exports is Ramsgate, in Kent.

The National Farmers Union said shipments were strictly controlled.

‘Cramped Conditions’

A campaign against shipments from Ramsgate has been backed by Thanet District Council.

Ms Lumley said: “The numbers involved in live exports is shocking. While we are part of the EU, we are a country in our own right and we need to act on this now.

“2012 is the year to make a change. We need to raise the price at the ports, so that it is more profitable for farmers to have their animals slaughtered close to their own farms.”

She added: “They [animals] can’t get off, unlike human beings who can just ring the bell and jump off the bus once they’ve reached their short destination.”

Compassion in World Farming claimed it had found sheep being transported across Europe in cramped, overloaded trucks with no water.

But speaking in November, NFU spokesman Mr Frank Langrish, who raises Romney Marsh lamb in Winchelsea, East Sussex, said exports were strictly controlled.

“The vehicles they travel on are superb. They are fitted with drinkers and fans to control the temperature,” he said.

Source: BBC UK News

Protection 4 Animals Worldwide

Protection 4 Animals Worldwide

Protection 4 Animals supports the total banning of the Fur Trade. Currently while officially Dog and Cat Fur is banned in many countries, this does not apply to the Raccoon Dogs being Skinned Alive for their Fur.

Make no mistake this is a Barbaric process carried out by Brutal Chinese workers, that Beat the Dogs with Iron Bars, Kick Stomp, Slam them against concrete walls/floors to stop them struggling. 

Then the Fur is Slowly Torn from their bodies in the most agonising and sickening way. They are then thrown to one side where they suffer the most horrendous deaths, that can last up to 3 hours.

Please Sign Our Petition To Stop Raccoon Dogs Being Skinned Alive and Suffering a Slow, Sickening, Horrendous Deaths. Click Here To Sign Our Petition These poor animals need your support, tell all your friends and family, thank you.

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Theo The Hero Dog, Given The Top Bravery Award, For Saving Soldiers,

Deceased Theo, Was A Bomb-Sniffing Springer Spaniel, Has Now, Been Awarded, The Top Prize For Animal Bravery, The Animal Victoria Cross.

Theo, a bomb-sniffing springer spaniel, has been awarded the top prize for animal bravery.  He was given the animal Victoria cross for saving soldiers' lives in Afghanistan where he worked with his handler to detect roadside bombs.

Theo, a bomb-sniffing springer spaniel, has been awarded the top prize for animal bravery.
He was given the animal Victoria cross for saving soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan where he worked with his handler to detect roadside bombs.

He was given the Animal Victoria Cross for saving soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan where he worked with his handler to detect roadside bombs.

Sadly Theo and his handler Lance Corporal Liam Tasker died while on patrol in the country in 2011.

The Medal was accepted by Sergeant Matthew Jones and search Dog Grace, who served with Theo and his handler Lance Corporal Tasker.

Since 1943 the Dickin Medal has been awarded to animals serving with the military, police or rescue services for acts of bravery.

Pigeons, horses and cats have all been awarded the medal in the past.

British military Dog, Theo Gets Posthumous Medal

Theo, a springer spaniel, died from an undiagnosed seizure hours after his handler Lance Corporal Tasker was killed on March 1, 2011 in a firefight.

The British Military Dog called Theo Died in Afghanistan has been awarded the highest bravery award for any Animal for finding hidden weapons and improvised explosive devices planted by the Taliban.

Theo, a Springer Spaniel, Died from an Undiagnosed Seizure Hours After his handler Lance Corporal Tasker was killed on March 1, 2011 in a firefight.

Theo worked for five months in Afghanistan with Royal Army Veterinary Corps, searching out roadside bombs.

Theo has now been recognised with the Dickin Medal by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).

It is the highest award any animal can receive and is given for gallantry or devotion to duty in military conflict.

The PDSA Dickin medal recognises that in finding IEDs and bomb-making equipment, Theo prevented soldiers and civilians from being killed or wounded.

Tasker’s mother, Jane Duffy, said she was “so, so proud” of the award given to Theo.

“It’s like they were a team. “

“One couldn’t have worked without the other out there, doing the job they were doing.”

Theo still holds the record for the most operational finds made by an arms and explosives search Dog in Afghanistan, with 14, the BBC reported.

Theo is the 64th Animal to receive the PDSA Dickin Medal.

Other recipients include 27 Other Dogs, 32 pigeons, three horses and a cat.

Bomb-sniffing military dog honored with Britain’s highest animal bravery award

It’s never too late to say, “Thank you, for saving our lives,” and today in London a gathering of British soldiers and military dogs honored a fallen hero named Theo, a Springer Spaniel who died the same day his soldier partner was killed in Afghanistan.

The soldier and his canine partner lived together, served together and died together.

From London’s AP:

British soldiers and military dogs gathered at a London army barracks Thursday to honor a fallen hero with selfless courage, nerves of steel — and four legs.

Theo, a bomb-sniffing Springer Spaniel who died in Afghanistan on the day his soldier partner was killed, was posthumously honored with the Dickin Medal, Britain’s highest award for bravery by animals.

Theo worked alongside Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, searching for roadside bombs in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold.

Tasker, 26, died in a firefight with insurgents in March 2011, and Theo suffered a fatal seizure hours later. Tasker’s mother, Jane Duffy, says the pair were inseparable. She’s convinced Theo died of a broken heart.

“They’ll be watching us, and they’ll be so proud,” she said. “I just wish they were here to get it themselves.”

During their tour together, the successful soldier and dog team uncovered over a dozen bombs intended to kill British soldiers. Tasker, a Sagittarian, was reportedly an excellent dog handler and trainer and the dogs he worked with were exceptionally responsive to him.

ABC World News reported in March, 2011:

Tasker and Theo had worked together uncovering roadside bombs in Afghanistan and were remarkably successful, finding 14 bombs meant to kill and maim British soldiers.

They had more operational finds than any other individual team in Afghanistan to date, the Ministry of Defense said.

They were featured in a video released by the Army before Tasker’s death, showing a perky Theo on patrol with his handler.

The two were so good at what they were doing that their tour of duty had been extended by a month.

Theo, 22 months old and on his first tour of duty, was with Tasker when he was felled by a sniper’s bullet during a firefight and died.

Watch the video to see this heroic team in action. These animals serve us the same way they love us…unconditionally.

Other animal heroes

Dogs are not the only animals used in the military and honored with awards for service and heroism. Over the years, there have been pigeons, horses and one rat-killing cat bestowed with bravery and service awards.

While these animals may not consciously understand their valuable roles during these dangerous missions, something in them must sense the importance of their life-saving tasks, as they seem to perform them with incredible courage, determination and flawless skills.

Perhaps it’s just simple, unconditional love in action.

The Dog in Chinese Astrology

Dog people possess the best traits of human nature, just like their animal counterpart. They have a deep sense of loyalty, they’re honest, and inspire other people’s confidence because they know how to keep secrets.

Dog people care little for wealth, yet somehow always seem to have money. Dog people make good leaders.

Occupying the 11th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dog symbolizes character traits such as loyalty, compatibility and kindness.

Dogs frequently offer kind words and useful advice, always listening and lending a shoulder when necessary. Dogs often become deeply involved in others’ lives and are sometimes perceived as nosy. Ensuring others are happy is more important to the Dog than wealth, money or success.

Dogs are determined individuals; always wanting to master a new subject before moving on and always finishing what they start. Dogs value friendships; they’re loyal, honest, trustworthy and reliable and have strong morals and ethics.

People born during the following years are considered Dogs in Chinese Astrology: 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2006.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker and Theo, thank you…may you rest in peace after having lived and served with such courage.

Animals Are Just Like Us

Joanna Lumley, On Why Animals Are Just Like Us

Joanna Lumley: My mother early on taught us to respect all animals, and I mean all animals—not just cats and dogs but rats and snakes and spiders and fish and wildlife, so I really grew up believing they are just like us and just as deserving of consideration.

Joanna Lumley On Why Animals Are Like Us

Joanna Lumley On Why Animals Are Like Us

Q: How did you become a vegetarian?

A: Way back in the 1970s I was eating a steak, and I looked down and for the first time it suddenly looked like flesh to me—like a dead creature. In a flash, I realized that every time I ate any kind of meat, something had been killed for me, and I stopped eating all animals, not just cows and pigs but chickens and fish. I feel so much happier not being a part of the blood chain. It wasn’t too difficult then, but of course it’s so easy now. It’s nice when you happen into a vegetarian restaurant, but really you can find veggie food everywhere. Pastas, salads, a vegetable plate—I actually like ordering vegetarian in a meaty place because it gives them a jolt to come up with something and recognize the demand.

Q: What do you have to say to stores like Fortnum & Mason that continue to sell foie gras?

A: I’ve had my run-ins with department stores, like Harrods, which stopped selling fur coats, but I found some there with fur trim, which is just as disgusting. Foie gras production is appalling—there’s no excuse for selling it. But I would tell people who don’t eat foie gras or veal but eat other meats that chickens and pigs, who are so intelligent, are living a life of hell and are just as deserving of their attention. Now, of course, the holidays are coming up, which means love is in the air and death is on the table. Poor turkeys.

Q: You played an infamous fashionista—Patsy Stone—on Ab Fab. Any comments to real-life fashion editors who push animal skins?

A: It’s sad. I thought we had gotten over this, but when you see the designers and models and fashion editors still featuring fur so callously, you realize that humans are by far the most horrid animals on the planet. I can’t bear people who are so thoughtfully unkind.

Q: What do you think of the campaign to replace The Queen’s Guards‘ bearskin hats with fake fur?

The Queen next to Prince Phillip Wearing a 'Bearskin' Hat
The Queen next to Prince Phillip Wearing a ‘Bearskin‘ Hat

A:I read about the efforts of Stella McCartney and the Ministry of Defence while I was abroad, and I just said, “This is the way to go!” Cruel traditions are hard for some to shake, but I’m thrilled there is progress”

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

The list of celebrities who have been spotted wearing Stella McCartney’s luxe animal-friendly fashions reads like aHollywood who’s who: Jada Pinkett Smith. Kate Winslet. Charlize Theron.

Could the Queen’s Guards be next?After a faux-fur prototype of a Queen’s Guard‘s bearskin cap was presented during a meeting earlier this week with several Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials, we’re encouraged by the possibilities. Stella, who collaborated with Canadian eco-designer Atom Cianfarani on the prototype, has been working to develop a faux-fur hat that will pass the MoD’s rigorous water-resistance tests.

“Historically, England has a very high regard for animals, so it makes perfect sense that the MoD should continue shedding ceremonial furs from uniforms,” she says.

The new material is lighter and more breathable than bear fur, is less expensive, and of course, no bears were killed to make it. Currently, one bear is killed for every hat that’s produced.

Q: Horse-drawn carriages are banned from the streets of London and Paris but still carry on in Manhattan. Any thoughts on this?

A: People have an old romantic notion about it. I would just say, “Please think again—think of the freezing and boiling weather they are forced to work in, and think of the cramped city stables where the horses are kept.” I wish they would just allow the horses to remain inCentral Park, but I understand that’s hard to achieve with the city. I love the bill aimed at replacing the horse-drawn carriages with Great Gatsby–era cars. That is glamorous!

Q: The EU just postponed the deadline on the ban of cosmetics tested on animals from 2013 to who-knows-when. What do you think of that?

A: I’m so hotly opposed to cosmetics tests, as is everyone who has learned about it—that’s outrageous. There’s no need for this to go on, there never was. There are such sophisticated cell cultures and tissue cultures.

Source: Alisa Mullins

Slaughter House Live Pigs Abused, Burned, Beaten 30 Times in 1 Minute

Animal Cruelty Pair Jailed After Being Caught Stubbing Out Cigarettes on Pigs Faces and Hitting Them with Baton

  • One Pig Was Beaten 30 Times in Just One Minute
  • Defendent Claimed Abuse Was Part of The Slaughterhouse ‘Culture’
  • Animal Rights Groups Say Animal Abuse is Widespread

Two Slaughtermen Who Were Filmed Beating Pigs and Stubbing Cigarettes Out Their Faces Were Today Jailed.

Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta, 30 and Kelly Smith, 40, Were Secretly Filmed by Animal Rights Group Animal Aid, Who Hid Cameras in Pig Pens at Cheale Meats in Brentwood, Essex England, UK.

Members of the charity group wept today as the pair admitted cruelty charges and were sentenced to a total of 10 weeks behind bars at Westminster Magistrates Court, London, England, UK.

Beating- Kelly Smith is filmed striking the pigs with a 'slapper'


Shocking in one excert from the video a pig is seen bleeding to death on the abattoir floor

Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta

Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta, 30 Convicted of Animal Cruelty charges and was sentenced to a total of 6 weeks in Jail.

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith, 40 Convicted of Animal Cruelty charges and was sentenced to a total of 4 weeks in Jail.

In the distressing video, Wasiuta can be seen pushing a lit cigarette onto the forehead and snout of three different pigs and forcing hot ash into one of the animals’ faces as it squirms to get away.

His actions earned him a six-week jail sentence.

In another clip, Smith, an experienced slaughterman of 14 years, is seen beating the animals with the edge of a ‘slapper’ used to move the pigs around the pens before slaughter.

He is later filmed hitting one pig 30 times in a minute – forcing the animal to sit down and pant heavily during the tirade of blows.

The 40-year-old father-of-three was jailed for four weeks.

Prosecutor Duncan Penny explained to the court how the footage was obtained by a contractor at the slaughterhouse who had ties to Animal Aid.

The filmed abuse took place in March and April 2011.

Duncan Penny Describing abuse carried out by Smith, he said: ‘These acts were pointless, served no purpose and demonstrated to his colleagues his contempt for the animals he was dealing with”

Piotr Wasiuta is seen stubbing out a cigarette on a pig's forehead. The abuse earned him a six week jail sentence

Piotr Wasiuta is seen stubbing out a cigarette on a pig's forehead. The Animal Abuse of the 'Pigs' earned Wasiuta a Six Week Jail Sentence

Caught- Kelly Smith was Filmed Beating One Pig a Horrifying 30 times in 62 Seconds.

Caught- Kelly Smith was Filmed Beating One Pig a Horrifying 30 times in 62 Seconds.

Jeremy Sirrell, defending Smith, said the beatings happened when he was under ‘extreme pressure’ at work.

‘They were expected to slaughter 1500 animals, or units as the company would call it,’ he said.

‘It is a matter of some irony, that this extreme pressure bore out of more animals being taken from another slaughter house in proximity having been closed down as a result, quite rightly, of activity by Animal Aid.’

Sundeep Pahkhania, defending Wasiuta, said he had been working in the slaughter house for under two months, and the abuse was part of a wider culture and couldn’t explain he behaviour.

‘In the CCTV, you can see another operative walking by, and he mentions nothing,’ he said.

Animal Abuse: Wasiuta will spend six weeks behind bars after admitting stubbing cigarettes out in a number of pigs in his care.

Animal Abuse: Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta will Spend Six Weeks Behind Bars After Admitting Stubbing Cigarettes Out in a Number of Pigs in His Care.

‘I suggest there was an established culture of this kind of behaviour.

‘He walks into it as very much a newbie.

‘He realises now it was unacceptable, unlawful and is disgusted with himself.’

As he sentenced them both, Magistrate John Newgas told Wasiuta and Smith: ‘You have both seen the pictures of what took place.

‘They show clear animal cruelty no doubt about it.

‘You should have known what you were doing was wrong, and must have known it was wrong.’

Both men have since been sacked from their jobs at the slaughterhouse.

Stress Smith claimed he was under intense pressure when he carried out the abuse

Stress: Kelly Smith claimed he was under intense pressure when he carried out the abuse.

Animal Aid’s Head of Campaigns, Kate Fowler said the organisation was pleased with the result of the case – but urged the government to investigate two further slaughterhouses, claiming animals abuse is widespread across the industry.

She said: ‘We are satisfied that Wasiuta and Smith have now been brought to justice.

‘Their acts of cruelty were inexcusable and caused untold suffering to animals who were already scared and vulnerable.

‘However, many other slaughterhouse workers, who also caused serious and deliberate suffering to animals, have escaped justice because this government refused to act.

‘We are now calling on the Food Standards Agency to look again at two other cases to see whether charges may be brought under the Animal Welfare Act.

‘Our detailed investigations have found illegality in eight of the nine slaughterhouses we visited, despite government-appointed vets being present in all of them.

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‘The current regulatory system does not work.

‘It does not catch those who abuse animals. But this case proves that properly placed and independently-monitored cameras do work, and we renew our call for Defra to make CCTV mandatory to catch those who abuse animals and to act as a disincentive to those who might consider it.’

Cheale Meats have not commented on the case.

Source: Daily Mail