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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AQUARIUMS AND MARINE PARKS!!!

Aquariums and marine parks are homes to many aquatic animals, the most common Dolphins and Whales. Dolphins and Whales are both extremely intelligent animals; that like to live in complex, social groups. When they are are placed in captivity they are usually taken away from their families, often after a cruel hunt when they are very young and vulnerable.

A whale or Dolphin can manage to swim 100 miles in just a day: hunting and praying. A concrete tank could never replace its natural home.

Aquariums and marine parks use chlorine and copper sulphate to clean the water and tanks of these animals and has been known to cause Dolphins skin to peel off and may even cause them to become blind. Many marine animals have been known to suffer from peptic ulcers which will often lead to death, due to their unnatural lives in captivity. Due to the mental, emotional, and physical stress that captive whales and dolphins suffer from can weaken their immune system and therefore make them more prone to disease. Even though when they are captivated they have no predators, free of pollution and have other threats taken away from them, they still die young. The death rate from infant whales and dolphins is much higher in captivity.

There are many stories of cruelty at aquariums and marine parks, one of which is about a male killer whale called Tilikum; the largest orca in captivity, weighing 12,500 pounds and measuring over 22 feet in length. Tilikum was caught when he was only 2 years old and teared away from his family, and his ocean home.

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This is a picture of Tilikum, covered with lanolin, which is extracted from sheep wool, and applied to the whales skin  to prepare them for a long transport without water.

After he was captured, he was kept in a cement holding tank for up to nearly a year at Hafnarfjörður Marine Zoo, Iceland. He was held captive against his will, with all he could do was swim in circles and float aimlessly in the water.

He was then finally transferred to the sealand of the pacific in British Colombia, Canada and forced to call his 100-foot-by-50-feet pool, just 35 feet deep his ‘sad’ new home.

As a training technique they withheld food, and would often suffer from painful attacks by two dominant females, Haida and Nootka, He was forced to perform over many hours, eight times a day, 7 times a week. This constant stress and exhaustion gave him stomach ulcers.

When the park closed its doors at the end of each day, three orcas including Tilikum were crammed into a tiny small-round for more than 14 hours until the park would reopen the next morning.

If tilikum did not perform a trick correctly, food would be withheld from him and his tank mates, which would cause a great deal of tension and as a result of this Haida and Nootka would bite Tilikum all over his body.

On February 21, 1991 sealand trainer Keltie Byrne fell into the pool with these three orcas and was dragged to the bottom by Tilikum and tossed around by all three orca’s. She was the first of three to be killed by Tilikums stress, frustration and confinement.

Shortly after Kelties death sealand closed its doors for good and put Tilikum up for sale.

When the seaworld heard that a 12,000 pound bull, the largest orca on the market was up for sale, they quickly purchased him for their breeding program, giving little though into his reputation for killing and aggression.

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Tilikum has a collapsed dorsal fin which is a sign of an unhealthy stressed orca. This never really occurs in the wild.

Over the course of the 21 years at the seaworld, he was confined to a tank containing just 0.0001 percent of the quantity of water that he would travel in just one day in the wild. Tilikum has been involved in a few incidents of aggression. The stress he is under due to being captivated has led to him to show abnormal repetitive behaviour not seen in the wild. This includes chewing on metal gates and the concrete of sides of the tank- so now most of his teeth have been completely worn down to nothing.

The stress Tilikum has suffered form has caused him to become aggressive towards Humans, causing him to take two more lives- those of Daniel P. Dukes in 1999 and Dawn Brancheau in 2010. Tilikum had scalped and dismembered Dawn as well as crushing many of her bones throughout her body before drowning her.

Following Dawns tragic death, Tilikum was kept in a small enclosure that limited his ability to swim, communicate with other orca’s and interact with Humans even further. He was reportedly seen floating endlessly in the water for hours at a time, a behaviour which has never been seen in wild orcas.

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In the aerial view of the Seaworld you can see how little room the Orcas have. Inside the red circle is Tilikum, whose nose and tail seem to be bale to touch both sides of the tank at the same time.

After one year in isolation he returned, to performing.

Aggression towards humans is nearly non-existent in the wild but the constant stress of captivity has led to Orcas and other animals in aquariums to become aggressive towards Humans.  They also pose a threat to other Orcas they live with.

Facts about aquariums

  1. Repetitive harmful behaviour is common, such as the Orca banging his head on a landing platform.
  2. The constant stress of confinement causes abnormal behaviour that likely wouldn’t happen in the wild such as vomiting.
  3.  At Seaworld 37 orcas have died before the age of 30 years old, whereas the average life expectancy in the wild is 30 to 50 years old. No captive orca has come close to the maximum ages of 60 to 70 years  for males and more than 100 for females.
  4. Stress, boredom, and depression also results from life in a cramped tank

 

SHARK FINNING.

Shark finning refers to the removal of shark fins, while the remains of the shark is discarded back into the ocean; while often still alive,  because it has no fin the Shark can not swim effectively so it will either sink to the bottom of the ocean and die of suffocation or eaten by predators. Shark finning at sea enables fishing vessels to increase profit and can increase the numbers of sharks that are harvested for their fins, as they only have to transport the fin, which is the most profitable part of the shark; but this means that they kill more sharks, because their vessels can then transport more because they don’t have the full weight of a Shark to carry. Some countries have banned this and require that the whole shark should be transported and be brought back to a port before being de-finned. But the fact that this is allowed is a disgrace; for most species of shark are endangered or vulnerable according to their conservation statuses.

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Shark finning has increased since 1997 largely due to the increasing demand for Shark fins for things such as shark fin soup and traditional cures.The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s shark specialist group has said that shark finning is one of the most serious threats to shark populations. The estimates of shark fin trading businesses are between US$540 million to US$1.2 billion (2007). In the US Shark finning is prohibited, some regard the whale shark and basking shark as trophy species and are $10,000 to $20,000 for a fin.

Shark specialists have estimated that 100 million sharks die annually for their fins, so that those who like to collect parts of animals can say they own a shark fin that cost a shark its life, for know good reason.

WHY DO WE CRY WHEN THE RICH DIE?

Not all celebrity deaths emotionally touch people no matter how hard the media try.
Not all celebrity deaths emotionally touch people no matter how hard the media try, as these unsold copies of the Daily Mail shows.

Celebrity lives is big news but celebrity death is even bigger news, that’s why when certain A list celebrities die the media will run stories around the death for months and months following, the media show us pictures of emotional families that most the time probably want to be left alone, they present the death of some celebrities as sad emotional stories and for the friends and families of these people it no doubt is, I understand their grief and I sympathize with these people, I even understand the grief of the reader as reading about people that have families getting killed and leaving a gap is always sad. The media however is  most of the time just after a story to shift a few copies and take a bit of space!

Our media should spend less time reporting celebrity deaths and less time showing us the grieving families and focus their attention on the premature deaths of African children, our mainstream media seem keen to avoid this subject, they obviously believe that the deaths of millionaire celebrities is much more tragic and upsetting than the deaths of African people.

The worst thing is people in Britain seem to fall for it, to the average Brit the death of a millionaire celebrity is much more of a tragedy than the death of a million African people.

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24 page tribute! The owner of the Ritz is Devastated!  

 

THE FACTS BELOW FROM THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME SHOULD PUT CELEBRITY DEATH IN TO CONTEXT FOR US.

Some 805 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth.

The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 13.5 percent of the population is undernourished.

Asia is the continent with the most hungry people – two thirds of the total. The percentage in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia it has increased slightly.

Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence (percentage of population) of hunger. One person in four there is undernourished.

Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.

One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight.

One in four of the world’s children are stunted. In developing countries the proportion can rise to one in three.

If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.

66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.

WFP calculates that US$3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children.

 

jade goody