Is it OK to criticize the British Farming industry despite the fact I eat meat???

I have a soft spot for animals, I love animals I always have but I also love meat! Like most people in this country I was eating meat before I understood what it was or where it comes from. We have meat pushed on us by our parents who probably had it pushed on to them by their parents.

A few months ago (after watching a video exposing cruelty in a British Pig farm) I decided I was going to be a vegetarian, after six weeks of not eating meat I lost a stone (I have never been overweight losing a stone made me look very thin,) felt weak and tired and even angry and short tempered! It literally got to the stage where all I could think about was eating meat. Eventually I gave up and got myself a kebab, the feeling when I was eating meat was probably how an alcoholic feels after going months without drink only to fall of the wagon. It was a feeling of guilt but the craving for the meat was overruling my conscience and I eat it and decided that living where I live (the only shop close to me is the famously overpriced Co op) I could not carry on without eating meat occasionally. If I still lived at Wolverhampton I genuinely believe I could do it due to the large amount of vegetarian shops and options that Wolves offers. Wolves have a huge diversity of ethnic cultures Indians are one of these cultures and many Indians were brought up to be vegetarian so their are Indian vegetarian shops everywhere and I love Indian food, Co op sells disgusting Linda McCartney products made of disgusting Quorn and sell them for the same price of meat.

So I eat meat and their is no humane way of killing animals, there is however lots of cruel ways of killing and keeping animals and British farms and abattoirs use many of them! Growth hormones so that that animal grows abnormally fast to allow the farmer minimum effort and work being one them, poor living conditions is obviously another. Cruel people are also much more likely to manage to handle some bigger farm animals I mean what would you do if you wanted a Cow to move but the Cow refuses? Some people would feel no way in kicking the shit out of it until it decides it has to move.

Another thing is why are animals so frequently vaccinated? How do we even know that these vaccines do not cause illness in either the animal or in the consumers of the animal? In the case of the animal most would usually be killed before the negative side effect begin in the case of people we are the guinea pigs.

So is it OK to criticize the British Farming industry despite the fact I eat meat??? Of course it is in fact saying it is not is just another way of attempting to make people shut up and if we shut up the farming industry will just get more and more cruel, just because I eat meat does not mean that such animal cruelty is justifiable. We may want to eat meat but how many of us want to eat a cruelly treated, growth hormone and chemically filled, low quality excuse for meat?

I will attempt to cut out meat again and next time I will be better prepared and hopefully manage to cut it out for good.

 

Animal testing in the UK!!!

According to the RSPCA website: It is illegal to test on animals for cosmetics or their ingredients in the UK and other EU members, and since March 2013 it was illegal to sell cosmetics products within the EU which have been tested on animals or which contain ingredients newly tested on animals.
However Britain has voted against staying in the EU, and these laws will  no longer need to be followed by the UK, as well as many other laws and regulations provided by the EU. Britain voted to brexit in 2016, however stats from 2015 show that 4.14 million animals were experimented on in Britain. Although for now it is illegal to test on animals for cosmetics (as article 50 has not yet been used), there is always loop holes to laws, for example: As acne is a medical condition, make-up can be tested on animals as it helps cover acne.
Recently the Home Office released its annual statistics on the number of scientific procedures performed on animals in British laboratories, with a staggering 4,14 million animals being tested on. These experiments were conducted on:
  • 3 million mice
  • 21,831 on guinea pigs
  • 8,356 on Horses and other Equids
  • 4,643 on Dogs
  • 3,612 on Primates
126,000 of these animals didn’t regain consciousness after experiments that were classified as ‘non-recovery’, and a further 185,000 experiments were classed as ‘severe’ in the level of suffering caused to the animals. If that wasn’t bad enough a further 56,000 animals were forced to suffer extreme pain and distress without even being used in experiments. These are genetically modified animals which will often have painful unnatural mutations.
Its embarrassing that in 2015 we are still using methods used 400 years ago and have not yet been able to progress into a less cruel and humane society.  Although there are many new ways to test medication without harming animals, but these are more expensive ways. These new methods include:
  • human-on-a-chip
  • 3-D human skin cultures
  • high speed computer models
These methods are not only less cruel but the results are far more accurate. It has been proved over and over again that animal testing doesn’t work, that even though we share 95% of our DNA with a mouse testing on these animals doesn’t work. With FACTS such as:
  • Ninety two percent of experimental drugs that are safe and effective on animals fail human clinics because they don’t work or fail.
  • Less than 2% of human illnesses are seen in animals. Over 98% never affect animals. So, how can we test vaccines and medication on animals for human beings?
  • In the UK an estimated 70,000 people die or are severely disabled every year caused by unexpected reactions to drugs. These drugs had passed animal testing.
  • In the UK’s House of Lords questions have been asked regarding why unexpected reactions to drugs, which have passed animal testing, kill more people than cancer.
  • According to a thorough study, 88% of stillbirths are caused by drugs which have passed animal testing.
  • 70% of drugs that cause human birth defects are safe in Monkey pregnancies.
One of the things that surprises me the most is that even though in 2015 we have more ways to test medications without the harm of animals, the number has increased quite significantly in 2014 being 3.8 million. In the UK we are supposed to be living in one of the most developed countries in the world, yet we still result to torturing 4.14 million animals.
Many of my blogs have been on this topic and i have been blogging about this for over a year, and i still feel as strongly about this subject as i ever have. Animals are living, breathing, feeling things, animals have emotions, animals feel pain, if we were to do what we do to animals to humans we would be sent to prison for many years, but for some reason its okay to do this to Monkeys, Dogs, horses e.t.c. and I cant think of a good reason why its okay to do this, i suppose some people just seem to think that we are superior to animals and that its okay to torture and murder as long as its not a Human but to animals we share 95% of our DNA with.
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ANIMAL CRUELTY IN THE FILM INDUSTRY!!!!!

Films and TV shows that have used animal cruelty which has resulted in the death or harm of the animals which have been used!

Apocalypse now- Apocalypse now is an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of darkness. It is a grim vision of the Vietnam War, in which you see Special Forces sent into the jungle to eliminate a rogue agent named Kurtz. After a brutal journey they murder Kurtz with a machete. This attack is scattered among footage of water buffalo being ceremonially slaughtered. 

These animals were reported to of then been killed by the local ifugao tribe. It was filmed in the Philippines and was not monitored by the American Humane Association and not surprisingly, it earned an ‘unacceptable’ 

The Grey- 2011’s the grey is a psychological thriller, which is about a leading group of oil drillers as they flee form killer wolves. Organisations such as PETA were angered by the portrayal of wolves- which have only just began to rebound off the endangered list in the US- where it was discovered that the production had brought in 4 wolf carcasses from a trapper. Two of these corpses were used as props in the film, with the other two actually being cooked and eaten by members of the cast. 

The adventures of Milo and Otis- This is a children’s film in Japan which features a kitten and a pug puppy. It was released in 1986 becoming that year’s biggest hit in the country. An Australian animal rights organisation, which had received horrifying reports from the set, urged a boycott on the film. They claimed that dozens of kittens were killed during the shoot and that the producer actually broke a kitten’s paw to make appear as clumsy. 

The charge of the light brigade- This is a film from 1963. It details a real-life disastrous cavalry charge during the Crimean war. To make it look as if the horses were toppling after being shot after they rigged the battlefield with wire traps. At least a dozen horses were killed outright or had to be euthanized shortly afterwards, due to their legs being hopelessly splintered. A stuntman also dies during this film; the congress intervened and several laws were put in place, with an explicit ban on wire traps. 

Life of Pi- The life of Pi an adventure drama film which revolves around an Indian boy named Pi; he is stranded aboard on a lifeboat adrift in the Pacific Ocean. He is trapped on the boat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, who belonged to Pi’s family zoo. Most of the films effects were created using CGI, including many of the scenes with Richard Parker, but some were shot with a real tiger named King. While shooting a scene which involved King swimming in a water tank something went horribly wrong, and the tiger nearly died before his handler was able to pull him to safety. The water tank scene was shot in Taiwan, and was watched over by an American Humane Association representative named Gina Johnson. Despite the Tiger nearly dying Johnson reported that all went well at the set of Life of Pi. A leaked email that she had sent to colleague had this to say about the incident: “This one take with him just went really bad and he got lost trying to swim to the side. Damn near drowned. I think this goes without saying but DON’T MENTION THIS TO ANYONE, ESPECIALLY THE OFFICE! Have downplayed the fuck out of it.” Worse still, Johnson was revealed to have romantic ties with the production executive for the movie. When this became public in November 2013, Johnson resigned from her job with the AHA.

Snow Buddies- Snow buddies is a movie about a band of Golden Retrievers who are stranded in Alaska and becoming sled dogs. As puppies tend to grow incredibly fast, the production studio of Disney acquired any to fill the necessary roles. Unfortunately it appears that several puppies were brought on to the set before growing old enough to be separated from their mothers- at approximately 6 weeks of age instead of the compulsory 8 weeks of age. Many of the involved dogs became sick, over a dozen requiring veterinary treatment. Five puppies eventually dying. 

Manderlay- Manderlay is the grim tale of slavery in the 20th century in America. As the film takes place on plantation it naturally features animals One scene was suppose to feature a Donkey being butchered. When attempts to use a fake donkey went wrong, the director Lars Von Trier obtained a Donkey that was already scheduled to be slaughtered was given a lethal injection so that its corpse could be used in the movie.

In response to this, actor John C. Reilly quit his role in the film. Von Trier then eventually. Cut the Donkey scene from the movie; concerned that the scandal would destroy his project, but then went on to claim the animals fate would have been far worse if he hadn’t of purchased it.

Speed racer- this is one of the few films that the AHA refused to endorse calling it “unacceptable”. This rating had stemmed from an incident where one of the chimpanzees playing the character of “Chim-Chim” bit an actor without provocation and was allegedly beaten in response. 

Later on in this production, a Chimp was struck out of frustration by a trainer while rehearsing. This had occurred in front of an AHA monitor and was labelled as a clear violation of AHA guidelines, which forbids physically punishing animals in favour of positive reinforcement methods. The monitor then stopped the training session and immediately reported the incident to producers. Fortunately the Chimp was uninjured.

Ben-Hur- this 1925’s film is a tale of the enslaved Jewish prince and his quest for revenge during roman times. Despite the film featuring Jesus Christ, the film set the standard for animal cruelty in a film. Over 100 Horses apparently gave their lives to complete the chariot race scene, which dragged on for many weeks under the hot sun of California. Injured animals were reportedly shown little mercy. According to Francis X Bushman, an actor in Ben-Hur “if it limped, they shot it”

Heaven’s Gate- A drama centred on the conflict between land barons and immigrants in the old west.

The AHA was actually barred from the set of this film, and for good reason as the cruelty directed at the animals was unimaginable. Rumours from the set indicated that the cows were cut to provide not so “fake” blood for the actors. During one battle scene, four Horses were apparently killed, including one which was blown up with dynamite. They staged real cockfights, and gutted cattle to use their entrails as props. A lawsuit by one of the owners of a horse abused on the set settled for an undisclosed amount out of court. 

Many films still use animal cruelty in movies; even films in the 21st century, even with CGI. Animal cruelty is not needed in the film industry and should be banned and anyone who uses this cruelty should be behind bars!

 

 

Grand National

Horse racing is responsible for the death of many horses each year. One of the main contributions of this death rate is the Grand national. The Grand National is responsible for the most deaths in the horse racing industry. 

Whatever the results are for the Grand National one thing you can be guaranteed is that horses will suffer in order to entertain spectators. 

One thing that is guaranteed during the Grand National is that many horses will die while on the track, this is usually caused by bad landings after taking jumps. A few years ago at the Cheltenham races seven horses died, this statistic doesn’t even include the number of horses injured, which due to their injury are sometimes sent to slaughterhouses or if they are lucky sent to knew owners where they wont be used in the horse racing industry. 

Due to owners of horses wanting theirs to be the best, they will often force drugs on the horses to improve how well they do during races. Not only are these drugs forced on horses but a lot of the times the drugs being used are actually illegal. These drugs are often used to relief pain of the horse; but owners are not doing this because they don’t like to see their horses in pain it is so that the horse can still race. These drugs help to keep them running when they should be resting or receiving treatment. 

Usually after the horse has reached its full “potential” they are sent to the slaughterhouse. According to animal aid 1,000 horses from the racing industry are sent to slaughterhouses each year. 

When horses first begin in the horse racing industry they are usually too young. These haven’t usually fully developed with the bones not being able to stand the stress of the track. Due to their bones not being fully developed more injuries occur.

To deliberately hurt an animal in most circumstances is illegal, however horses are whipped over and over again to the finish line. 

Whipping the horse causes pain and suffering to the horse and often makes them run beyond their actual capability, which is also a contributor to injury in horses. 

Lastly, horse racing is about money more than welfare of animals. Owners do not usually care about the animal unless it brings in money for the owner. Its not because they love the animal, because if they did they would realize the horse racing industry is cruel and unnecessary in our modern world, we criticize bullfighting and dog fighting but the continuous whipping of a horse is okay.

In conclusion the horse racing industry is immoral, inhumane and unnecessary in the 21st century. How could you find horses running up and down a track entertaining? There are ways to entertain without harming or killing animals in the process. 

 

Over the years has attitude towards animals changed?

Zoos, game reserves, circuses, horse racing, aquariums and marine parks are just a few of the industries that involve unnecessary cruelty to animals in the 21st century, but have the conditions of these industries improved over the years?

One of the first known event to use animals for human entertainment was the roman games in which animals are forced to fight each other to the death, this is criticised in our modern world, yet dogfighting, roosterfighting and bullfighting are all still present in the 21st century. Although both dogfighting and roosterfighting are illegal in this country, it does still occur in Britain. Dogfighting is not illegal all around the world, and on average 16,000 dogs are killed each year.

 In the 19th and 20th century, animals were locked in small cages, for human entertainment in zoos or for personal collections for the upper classes; wild animals were sytolen form their natural habitat and placed in overly small cages which were designed more the safety of the public than the comfort of the animal. However is this still the case for zoos in the 21st century?

 People would assume that conditions of zoos have improved, over time, yet animals are still locked in small enclosures that are inadequate for their requirements.

 Some would argue, zoos help animals by breeding endangered species. Although they are breeding these endangered or vulnerable animals, they would be unable to survive in their natural environment. This is due to them being co-dependent on zookeepers for things such as food, and they are unable to fend for themselves and be independent.

 Due to over hunting, destruction of habitat and the exotic pet trade, many species have been driven to near extinction, because of the negative impact humans have had on these animals. Therefore if not driven to near extinction by humans it would not be necessary for these animals to be kept in zoos for breeding.

Conditions in many zoos have been criticised as being inhumane and sometimes outright cruel in our ‘modern world’, with Humboldt penguins at Scarborough sea life centre being prescribed anti-depressants because they are so unhappy. This is most likely due the low living standards and sheer small size of their enclosures. 

 In 2003, San Diego Zoo and Tampa’s Lowry park zoo imported 11 captured African Elephants from Swaziland. So even the biggest zoos steal form the wild, and this is occurring in the 21st century, where we are supposed to be helping endangered animals, not stealing them form their natural habitat.

However over the years there has been laws passed to try to help zoo animals such as the Animal Welfare Act which helps to protect the welfare of individual zoo animals, but this act is not always followed. 

So, doesn’t this prove that cruelty to animals in zoos and other industries that use animals have not improved much, in some cases you could argue its worse in the 21st century; with animal cruelty now being covered up so zoos such as San Diego don’t receive bad publicity, but occasionally the cruelty that occurs in these zoos are leaked, showing us what zoos are really like.

BULLFIGHTING!!!

Definition of Bullfighting 

The sport of baiting and killing a bull in an outdoor arena, with spectators. 

Before the bulls are even sent into the ring they are given disadvantages such as their horns being shaved to keep them off balance or will have petroleum jelly rubbed into their eyes to damage their vision.

Bullfighting typically occurs in Spain. In a typical bullfight- men on horses will enter the arena and drive lances into the bulls neck and back muscles. This will stop the bull form being able to lift its head and defend itself, they will twist and gouge these lances so that the bull will lose a significant amount of blood.

The matador will enter on foot and will distract the bull will running around him and plunging brightly coloured sticks with harpoon points on the end into its back. When the bull is weakened from all the loss of blood, the matador will run the bull in circles making it become dizzy and stops chasing them. 

Lastly the matador after provoking the exhausted bull with a few charges, will try to kill the bull with its sword. If he misses, an executioner is called to kill the exhausted bull. The dagger is supposed to cut the bulls spinal cord, but sometimes even this can blundered leaving the bull conscious and paralysed this bull is then chained and dragged out of the arena by horses. 

If the crowd is happy with the matador the bulls tail and ears are cut off and given to him as a trophy. A few minutes later a new bull enters and the same cycle happens again.

This so called “sport” or tradition is unnecessary and inhuman, and is not needed in modern society. Bullfighting needs to be ended. 

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