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Harling Farm exposed | Inside the British Pork Industry
Animal Equality has carried out an intensive two-month undercover investigation into Harling Farm, belonging to A. J. Edwards & Son. Harling Farm is typical of a farm in Britain.
Over 200 hours of footage and recorded conversations, and 335 photos provide a shocking insight into the British pig industry and demonstrate that regardless of whether a farm is labelled as 'Quality Assured' there exists pain, suffering and exploitation on a huge scale.
Harling Farm exposed | Inside the British Pork Industry
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Mobile home burns but firefighters save Chihuahua named Mojo
January 4, 2012 | 6:39 pm
When fire swept through a mobile home Wednesday in El Cajon, the owner managed to escape the flames and heavy smoke -- albeit it narrowly.
But when firefighters from Heartland Fire & Rescue got inside the home, they found the owner's Chihuahua unconscious and near death.
Once outside, firefighter-paramedic Travis Timmins utilized a pediatric oxygen mask to give oxygen to the dog, whose name is Mojo.
For an agonizing 10 minutes, as the homeowner watched, it was unclear if Mojo could be saved. Then it revived and was taken by El Cajon police to Broadway Animal Medical Center, where it is being treated for smoke inhalation.
The mobile home was a total loss, at $40,000. Mojo is expected to make a full recovery.
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International Organization for the Abolition of Animal Slavery
31 December 2011
Make it your New Year's resolution to Help Animals!
Each year Animal Equality carries out many vegan outreach activities and investigations in defence of animals. With this work we aim to touch peoples’ hearts, in the hope that they will discover a lost empathy towards non-human animals. We aim to show them that it is easy to create a world without animal exploitation.
Much impassioned work was carried out during 2011, and it would not have been possible without the dedication of new volunteers and supporters just like you.
Read ahead to see how we carried out activism for animal rights in the UK and elsewhere in Europe throughout the year.
2011: a year growing up!
We believe that human education is the first step to equality, and a truly kind world. During 2011, we carried out dozens of events and info-stalls in the UK.
Here are some examples of our work:
• In the UK alone, during our Demonstrations promoting veganism and free vegan food giveaways, we handed out 12,000 vegan leaflets.
• We launched a brand new website called ChooseVeganism.org, Thanks to the website’s new video, 'A message of respect', we received more than 11,000 visitors in a few days.
• Hundreds of vegan outreach events were carried out in Spain, Poland, UK and Venezuela, more four undercover investigations.
Our dedication did not stop in these countries; in India we started to work to convince the Indian Government to prevent elephant deaths on railway tracks.
Another important event during 2011, was the creation of a new branch of Animal Equality in Italy, based in Rome!
International Animal Rights Day 2011:
A fantastic celebration of the International Animal Rights Day 2011, marked this year as being such a success in terms of recruiting new activists and achieving excellent worldwide media coverage on our activities. A brief summary of our events to mark this important day are as follows:
• LONDON (UK): Crime scenes featuring the outlines of the victims of the speciesism calling on passers-by to adopt a vegan lifestyle.
Photo gallery: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjxhi5Na
• MADRID (Spain): 400 activists gathered to show 400 corpses of dead animals, and demand justice for the billions of animals who continue to die each year as victims of speciesism.
Photo gallery: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjxgLviM
• ROME (Italy): For six hours, the Pincio's square was covered with 100 crosses, each one accompanied by a photo of an animal who had been exploited and/or killed for human consumption.
Photo gallery: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjxhWfTD
Behind the closed doors of the animal exploitation centers, Animal Equality's Investigation Team with hidden cameras exposed the reality and misery of animals' lives. With our investigation work, we aim to change society into one that respects animals by promoting a vegan lifestyle.
Some examples of our investigation work are as follows:
• We recording of the brutal killing of minks on one of the biggest fur farms in Spain.
• We carried out a unique and intensive undercover investigation into the most important zoos in Spain.
- Visit the website: Spanishzoos.org
• We infiltrated Tordesillas, one of the biggest bullfighting traditions in Spain.
• We documented the gruesome ritual slaughter of 6.000 lambs for the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ in Melilla, Spain.
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This is an extension of the group "Veganism" (which I'm hoping to be able to delete fairly soon), because I'm finding it's really necessary to make the distinction that, if you think you truly love ALL animals, and support their rights, veganism (as a lifestyle) is a huge part of the solution for sentient beings.
And not to worry -- if you're not a vegan, come in and learn a bit. It won't hurt. Just be open-minded... we all are learning. I wasn't always a vegan. I wasn't always a vegetarian. I used to eat animals and, much of the time, didn't even really think about it. The food on our plates doesn't even LOOK like the animals who once lived.
The main feel of this is always going to be about animals, animals, animals... along with their rights.
Please switch over to this group. Feel free to submit anything and everything that relates to our animal friends... or anything else that can help other humans become aware of the equality our voiceless friends deserve to share with us humble human animals.
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The Dog in the Lifeboat: The Importance of Teaching Ethics to Children
by Marc Bekoff July 23, 2010 03:30 PM (PT) Topics:
Marc Bekoff, Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, is a columnist for Change.org.
Children are inherently and intuitively curious naturalists. They're sponges for knowledge — absorbing, retaining and using new information at astounding rates. We all know this, but often we forget when we're helping to develop their roles as future ambassadors with other animals, nature and ourselves. Some are also future leaders on whose spirit and good will many of us will depend. That’s where Jane Goodall's global Roots & Shoots program comes in, to engage young students in discussions about animal behavior, ecology, conservation biology and the nature of human-animal interactions through activities focused on care and concern for animals, human communities and the places in which we all live together. The basic tenets of the program are that every individual is important and every individual makes a difference.
In a third grade class that was part of the Roots & Shoots program, I posed the following question as a often-used thought experiment to a group of young students: There are three humans and one dog in a lifeboat that can only hold three bodies — which of the four should be thrown overboard?
How Would You Resolve the "Dog in the Lifeboat" Question?
(1) Human lives are more valuable than animal lives; the dog has to go.
(2) I'm with the kids; there has to be a way to save everyone.
(3) The dog should get equal consideration; if one of the humans is old or sick, the dog stays.
Generally, when this situation is discussed, most people agree that, all other things being equal, reluctantly the dog has to go. But then I started to introduce variations on the theme. For example, perhaps two of the humans are healthy youngsters and one is an elderly person who is blind, deaf, paralyzed, without any family or friends, and likely to die within a week. The dog is a healthy puppy. The students admitted this was a very difficult situation and that maybe, just maybe, the elderly human might be sacrificed because he had already lived a full life, wouldn't be missed and had little future. Indeed, this is very sophisticated thinking that perhaps the elderly person had less to lose than either of the other humans or the dog. Let me stress that all students agreed that this line of thinking was not meant to devalue the elderly human. And, in the end, the students, like most people, reluctantly concluded that regardless of the humans' ages or other characteristics, the dog has to go.
But the students didn’t give up easily.
The level of discussion overwhelmed me. Students raised considerations of quality of life, longevity, value of life, and losses to surviving family and friends. But what really amazed and pleased me was that after we discussed alternatives, the students wanted to work it out so that no one had to be thrown overboard. I experienced this line of reasoning in numerous different countries in similarly aged kids.
Why did any individual have to be thrown over? they asked. Let's not do it. When I said that the thought experiment required that at least one individual had to be tossed, they said this simply wasn't acceptable! Then they started to generate ideas about how all individuals could be saved, such as having the dog swim along the side of the boat and feeding her, having them all switch off swimming, taking off shoes and throwing overboard all things that weren't needed in order to reduce weight and bulk, and cutting the boat in two and making two rafts. All students thought that even if the dog had to go, she would have a better chance of living because more could be done by the humans to save the dog than vice versa. Very sophisticated reasoning indeed.
I've discussed this example many times with numerous different groups of older students and adults, and never before had a group unanimously decided that everyone must be saved. I sat there smiling and thinking, now these are the kinds of people in whom I'd feel comfortable placing my future.
In the future, these youngsters will be other animals' and our voices; indeed, the voices of the universe. So, it makes good sense to teach children well, to be role models, to infuse their education with kindness and compassion so that their decisions are founded on a deeply rooted, automatic reflex-like caring ethic. If we don't, the children, adults, other animals, human communities, and environments will suffer.
These children will be the ones rowing the lifeboat for all of us.
Photo credit: hillary hThe Dog in the Lifeboat: The Importance of Teaching Ethics to Children
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We are different and equal..
International organization for the abolition of animal slavery
Animal Equality is an international organization dedicated to raising awareness of the suffering and deaths of nonhuman animals as victims of speciesism and working towards the abolition of animal use.
Nonhuman animals are regarded as property. They are victims of a mentality that considers them objects or tools that exist for human benefit. Whether for food, clothes, in laboratories or as entertainment, millions of nonhuman animals are confined, forced to suffer or killed due to species prejudice. Animal Equality exists solely to help challenge this prejudice and uses all its resources to combat it and promote an ethical lifestyle: veganism.
Animal Equality is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to achieving equal consideration and respect for animals. Founded in Madrid, Spain in January 2006 we are currently active in Spain, the United Kingdom, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia.
OUR MISSION - Working for nonhuman animals
Animal Equality is dedicated to raising awareness of the suffering and deaths of nonhuman animals as victims of speciesism and working towards the abolition of animal use through the promotion of veganism.
We work to obtain respect for animals by:
• Educating the public about speciesism and veganism.
• Investigating places of animal exploitation such as farms, slaughterhouses and circuses to expose the
reality to the public.
• Carrying out open rescues from places of animal exploitation and finding long-term safe homes and
sanctuaries for the rescued animals.
• Engaging in peaceful non-violent direct action to bring attention to the plight of animals.
OUR VALUES: ABOLITION
We are an abolitionist group. Our goal is the abolition of animal use, but we do not support welfare reforms, or changes in the way animals are exploited, to achieve this. Reforms in animal treatment have shown to benefit exploiters by increasing efficiency and profit, as well as encouraging the public to feel more comfortable about consuming animal products.
We do not promote the environmental or health benefits of veganism as we believe this weighs against our moral duties to nonhuman animals. Instead we keep the focus on animal rights.
Animal Equality will only work with other organisations with these same values.
Speciesism is a form of discrimination based on the species we belong to. Since all animals, human and nonhuman, are sentient with the capacity to feel emotions and sensations such as pleasure, pain, joy or fear, and as all possess the desire to continue living, this discrimination is both unscientific and unethical. Just like racism or sexism, speciesism discriminates for arbitrary and unfair reasons. Instead of gender or skin colour, speciesism discriminates against someone simply for not being human.
Veganism is the refusal to contribute to the exploitation of animals by choosing a varied plant-based diet free of animal products, using vegan cosmetics, household products, shoes and clothing, and entertaining ourselves without the use of animals.We are different and equal..
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