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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:14 am

    I am starting this thread to keep another thread "Animals and Humans" free from unpleasant truths. And it is nice to have a thread where we can see a positive interaction between the species.It is uplifting so let it stay that way.

    However, it is my opinion, that if we want to stop the horrendous suffering of animals which is taking place all over the globe, we have to know the facts. By bringing them to our awareness we are able to make a difference. Our everyday choices can help or at least not contribute to that suffering. Most people do not realize what atrocities are committed on animals by humans. Education is the key.
    I believe that human slavery won't end until animal slavery ends.
    Before anyone starts criticizing some malevolent ETs for what they have been doing to humans, look at how our species treats animals.
    To keep a balance in this thread the victories in the struggle for animal rights will be presented as well.
    Everyone is welcome to contribute to this thread.
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    Post  ceridwen on Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:37 am

    To consider animals less than humans is a trend introduced perhaps in the later millenniums

    We do not live in isolation, we can think we do but everything is interrelated. The butterfly effect is quite real for me

    I wish you well in your thread Burgundia and will collaborate if I come across relevant material

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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:31 am

    Thank you ceridwen Flowers
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    Post  mudra on Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:43 am

    How animals suffer around the world

    By Dr. Michael W. Fox
    Senior Scholar, Bioethics
    The Humane Society of the United States


    I am often asked what are the worst kinds of animal suffering in the world today. With some 30 years experience as a veterinarian and animal care advocate working in the US and in poor third world countries, I offer the following review, This will, I hope, encourage international efforts focusing on improving the human condition to also address animal concerns because HealthCare means People Care + Animal Care + Earth Care. In other words, a healthy population of domestic animals improves public health and livestock-based economics, and. a healthy population of domestic animals means fewer diseases being spread to wildlife, art aspect of conservation that is too often neglected.

    This review will also help encourage donors, from both private and corporate and government sectors, to give more support to animal care and protection worldwide, and dispel the erroneous view that people must come first and that human well-being has no connection with animal care and protection.

    Animal suffering is a worldwide problem. Most of their suffering is associated with human poverty - insufficient resources to care for animals - as well as human ignorance, indifference, teed and greed. Progress in animal welfare and protection, and ultimately liberation of animals from cruel domination and exploitation, entails greater public recognition of the worldwide plight of animals wild and domestic. As we rank animal suffering in terns of severity, we must consider the duration of suffering, especially the deprivation of basic physical and psychological needs, diseases, malnutrition and cruel methods of human domination and control.

    In the wild, animal suffering is minimized by predation where carnivores kill and consume sick, aged and injured animals and help regulate herbivore numbers and prevent habitat destruction from overpopulation/overgrazing. But wildlife super from. a host of human influences, from habitat encroachment and destruction, and fall victim to trapping, hunting, poisoning, and diseases spread from infected domestic animals who compete with wild herbivores for food and with wild carnivores for prey.

    While the extinction process is being accelerated for wildlife by these and other anthropogenic factors, including global rearming, agrochemical poisons and industrial pollution, the plight of domestic animals is no less pervasive around the world; and their suffering is more severe because their lives are not mercifully and swiftly ended by natural predators, Instead, their existence and suffering continue because of various human influences, be it the garbage that keep third world dogs and. much livestock alive; and the antibiotics and vaccine,% that keep factory farmed livestock alive to grow quickly for slaughter,

    First, I would rank third world street dogs, in terms of the shear duration and degree of agony that the animals suffer, and in view of the numbers of animals so suffering. Millions are slowly eaten alive by mange, maggots, and internal parasites, and endure only so long as they can find enough food so that they do not die from starvation first, or before rabies or distemper puts an end to their lives. Some of these common diseases that are easily prevented are frequently transmitted to humans, especially children. Consequently, dogs who are sick are often shunned, stoned, and clubbed. In order to control such zoonotic diseases, both sick and healthy free-roaming dogs are often poisoned by local authorities with strychnine, or are caught and killed with an injection of Epsom salts, or are electrocuted, drowned, or killed with engine exhaust fumes- Periodic dog roundups and the killing of dogs, many of whom are owned and valued by the community, cause much anguish especially to children who witness the mass dog massacres, In the absence of spay, neuter and vaccination programs, these mass dog killings must be repeated at regular intervals as the dog population increases.

    Second, I would rank especially the plight of the beasts of burden in the third world - the goaded and overburdened donkeys and bullocks (oxen), ponies and water buffalo. Veterinary services are either too costly, or not available when needed for most of these poor creatures, who, if too ill or crippled and malnourished to work any more, are simply abandoned to fend for themselves.

    Third, I would rank all the billions of livestock ire the third world who suffer seasonal starvation, die from thirst, and from the many diseases that they too often spread to wildlife with devastating consequences. The suffering of cattle, buffalo, goats and sheep is aggravated by chronic overgrazing and lack of adequate feed and veterinary care in most developing countries, anal especially for the "sacred" cows of India where the religious taboo against slaughter means slow death from malnutrition and disease for millions of discarded, nonproductive cattle.

    Fourth, I would place the billions of intensively raised, commercially exploited creatures raised on factory farms for their eggs, flesh, fur, and for their offspring's own milk, and fox various medical products (like pregnant mare urine and bile from bears in China). In this fourth rank are all creatures who spend their lives incarcerated in small zoo and circus enclosures and cages, or spend a life in chains like the working and temple elephants, who have been beaten until their spirits are broken into obedience. Also in fourth place Z pot the millions of animals mace, monkeys, cats anal dogs -- who live their entire lives in small cages and are bred and used in often unnecessary and painful medical and military research experiments, and in product safety tests.

    Fifth, the short-term suffering of various wild animals that humans kill, like those who are trapped for their fur, shot by non-subsistence "sports" and trophy hunters, and predators like panthers and coyotes who are poisoned or killed by other cruel means by government anal private agents, fill the fifth category of animal suffering in the global holocaust of the animals.

    Sixth, the confined, often overfed "pets" of the affluent sectors of first and third world countries, from guinea pigs and parrots to poodles and parakeets, who are too often deprived of any contact with their own kind, are being forced to live in small cages fox most, if not all, of their lives. There are as any other human uses and abuses of animals, from horse and greyhound racing and bull fighting and dog and cockfighting, to animal circuses and "canned" trophy hunting, that can be added to the above holocaust list anal categorization in terms of severity of suffering. The justification/rationalization of human geed, be it economic, scientific-medical, or emotional and social/traditional, for the continued exploitation and suffering of animals, be it long or short term, must be examined from a bioethical perspective. From this perspective, we ask is it necessary, is it avoidable, and are there alternatives to satisfy our needs and wants that will eliminate or minimize the suffering of animals?

    The fatalistic acceptance of animal suffering in poor countries is linked with the hopelessness of people, often oppressed, living in abject poverty. The politics of animal welfare and liberation, and wildlife conservation, are closely tied to the human condition. Human overpopulation and poverty are only part of the problem, Corruption and misappropriation of funds and other resources to help people and animals are major factors that many governments and non-government organizations continue to deny or discount, and blame all on human poverty and overpopulation, which is used as a scapegoat.

    Our perception of animals determines how we treat them and whether they suffer under our dominion or not. Behind our perception and treatment of animals lie our needs, wants, values, and cultural and religious traditions. Until these are addressed, and our perception changed so that there is empathy, respect and communion, the holocaust of the animal kingdom will continue: And those qualities or virtues that makes us human -- humility, compassion and selfless benevolence - will continue to be crushed by the arrogance, ignorance and selfishness of our species.

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    Post  mudra on Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:44 am

    Blood on the ice / Sea Shepherd

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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:50 am

    Franzi has been in this cage for 25 years...



    Animals Asia is a great organization helping animals , with focus on rescuing moon bears from farms where they have been milked for their bile all their lives.

    Here is the link:
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    Post  mudra on Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:52 am

    Best Speech You Will Ever Hear - Gary Yourofsky

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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:12 am

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17188043

    China bear bile farms stir anger among campaigners

    Bears can be "milked" for their bile up to three times a day
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    In a secretly shot video, a Chinese farmer holds up a bag of yellowish bile he has just extracted from a caged bear.

    "Some Westerners say this is cruel - but I think the bears are making a contribution to mankind," says the grinning man.

    Animal welfare groups have recently stepped up their campaign to end the practice of milking bears for their bile, still legal in China.

    They say the animals suffer enormous physical and psychological pain.

    But bear bile has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years and it is not proving easy to change habits formed over generations.

    Pharmaceutical companies that farm bears are also fighting back to protect their industry, in a public relations battle to win hearts and minds.

    Bear bile is a digestive fluid produced in the liver and stored in the gall bladder.

    It is valued in traditional Chinese medicine because it is supposed to fight fever, cleanse the liver and improve vision.

    Made into a powder, it sells for at least 130 yuan ($21; £13) a gram.

    Permanent hole

    Previously, bile was taken from animals caught in the wild, but China's dwindling number of bears forced a change in the 1980s.

    "They figured that by putting these bears in their cages and milking them for their bile, they could help the wild population," said Dr Jill Robinson, founder of the Hong-Kong-based campaign organisation Animals Asia.
    An employee extracts bear bile at a bear farm in Fujian province Bear bile has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine

    But she said this had not helped because farmers were now catching wild bears and putting them in cages.

    The conditions in which many bears are kept have led to an outcry from campaigners in China and across the world.

    Many bears are held in small cages for years on end and are sometimes milked three times a day using the "free drip" method.

    This means bears have a permanent hole in their abdomens, through which the bile drips out. Sometimes a tube is inserted to help the liquid flow.

    "It's an unconscionably cruel practice that involves a substance that can easily be replaced by herbs and synthetic products," said Dr Robinson.

    Chinese journalist Xiong Junhui was so incensed when she reported on this industry for a story that she decided to make a film.

    Posing as interested tourists, she and two colleague visited bear farms across the country to secretly document what went on there.

    It was her film in which the grinning bear farmer explains his belief that these bears are helping society.

    The film was shown at a recent press conference held by Animals Asia in Beijing to drum up support for its campaign to end bear farming.

    It showed a number of distressed-looking bears in tiny cages, some of them with metal contraptions fastened around their bodies.

    "Chinese people simply don't know that for years we've been extracting bile from caged bears and that this business is legal in China," said Ms Xiong, whose name means "bear" in Chinese.

    She hopes that people will see her film and help to end this practice.

    Endangered species

    Ms Xiong will find many in China who support her cause. There is a growing awareness about animal welfare issues, with recent campaigns to stop Chinese people eating dog meat and shark's fin soup.

    But the industry is fighting back.

    There are currently several dozen firms that harvest bear bile, extracted from up to 10,000 captive animals.
    Journalists visit a bear farm of Guizhentang Pharmaceutical Co Ltd on 22 February, 2012 in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China Guizhentang Pharmaceutical opened its doors to journalists in a bid to quell criticism

    Guizhentang Pharmaceuticals, based in Quanzhou in Fujian Province, is one of them. It has nearly 500 endangered moon bears.

    It wants to list on the Chinese stock exchange to raise money to increase the number of bears it farms for their bile.

    That led to outrage from campaigners and a petition, signed by a number of well-known individuals in China, to block the move.

    Last week the company opened its doors to journalists - the BBC was not allowed in - to counter claims that its business is cruel.

    Reporters were shown bears playing in a pit and others being milked for their bile by workers dressed in face masks and protective clothing. The bears appeared comfortable and unconcerned by the procedure.

    At a news conference, company director Zhang Zhijun said making a hole in a bear's abdomen was no different to "piercing people's ears".

    Campaigners contest this claim, and the public seem sceptical too.

    The head of the China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fang Shuting, recently suggested that extracting bile from a bear was as easy as getting water from a tap.

    It immediately led to a storm of protest on Chinese internet sites. "Why don't you go and extract bile yourself. Then you can tell us how good you feel," wrote one irate blogger.

    If this is the public mood, bears farmers will have to work hard to prove that their industry is both necessary and ethical.
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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:29 am

    The coldhearted and cruel down industry often plucks geese alive in order to get their down— the soft layer of feathers closest to a bird's skin. These feathers are used to produce clothing and comforters, but for geese, the down industry's methods are anything but comfortable.

    Undercover video footage shows employees on goose farms pulling fistfuls of feathers out of live birds, often causing bloody wounds as the animals shriek in terror. The frightened animals are often squeezed upside down between workers' knees during the painful procedure—in one instance, an investigator photographed a worker who was sitting on a goose's neck in order to prevent her from escaping.


    Footage from Hungary and China, where most down originates, exposes down's true cost. Find out why compassionate people are ditching down!



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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:53 am

    A Call To End Vivisection & Support Primate Freedom




    http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/on-vivisection-and-violence/

    On Vivisection and Violence

    Dear Colleagues:

    In today’s Mail Online, the internet edition of the Daily Mail, a U.K. newspaper, there is a fascinating article about vivisection by Dr. Danny Penman, a former research biochemist who now does science journalism for New Scientist and the Daily Mail.

    Penman makes it clear that he supports vivisection:

    Like most people, I would sacrifice the lives of countless lab animals to save my fiancèe or other members of my family.

    Putting aside that most people would, if in a situation which they were forced to choose, sacrifice the lives of countless other humans to save those close to them (so the animal issue is beside the point), Penman goes on to express concern that there has been an increase over last year of half a million animals used in Britain labs and that the number of animals used for research in Britain now stands at 3.7 million.

    Penman maintains that some use of animals is necessary but he argues that vivisection may actually threaten human health. He quotes New Scientist as reporting that the results of vivisection are “no more informative than tossing a coin,” and although he, Penman, would not go so far, he does agree that “vivisection is, at best, unreliable and, at worst, lethal.” He cites several examples where drugs that were tested on animals without there being any adverse reaction caused humans to become critically ill and to die. He argues in favor of new technologies that do not involve animals and that are much more reliable.

    Penman’s critique of vivisection is quite remarkable given that he supports vivisection. I cannot recall the last time that I saw such an essay.

    Perhaps the lack of criticism of vivisection is explained by another observation that Penman makes:

    Why are there so many animal experiments when there are alternatives?

    One reason, ironically, is that violence and intimidation by a handful of animal rights fanatics has clouded the debate. For if you question the work of scientists today, you risk being lumped together with the extremists.

    Thus the scientists have been able to expand their research on animals without anyone in authority examining whether their tests are truly necessary. This seems to me both unjust and against the spirit of academic inquiry.

    Penman is absolutely right. As a result of a relatively small group of people who advocate violence against vivisectors, to question or debate vivisection even in academic contexts invites having one’s views dismissed as part of an extremist or violent agenda.

    This observation applies not just to vivisection but to animal issues generally. The actions of a small number of people have allowed a reactionary press, together with institutional exploiters who would rather not have any discussion about these matters, to create the impression that those who oppose animal exploitation generally are violent misanthropes who value animal life but do not care about human life.

    We must not allow that characterization to prevail.

    As you know, I am opposed to all violence on moral grounds. (See, e.g., A Comment on Violence and More on Violence and Animal Rights) I accept the concept of Ahimsa.

    Violence against institutional exploiters is not only immoral but it is incoherent—it makes no sense. The institutional exploiters are not “the enemy.” We are the ones who demand animal products. If we stopped consuming animal products, institutional users would shift their capital elsewhere. We are the ones who continue to believe the myth that vivisection will make us live longer and better lives and, as a result, we continue to support it, if only by not demanding of our politicians that they ensure that the alternatives that Penman mentions are used and that others are developed.

    Many “animal people” are not even vegan and are willing to tolerate and support the torture of nonhuman animals simply because they like the taste of animal products and just cannot give up the cheese, ice cream, or whatever animal products it is that they eat. How are these people any different in a moral sense from vivisectors? At least some vivisectors think that they are performing some social good. As I have indicated in my writing, I do not agree that the use of animals is necessary as an empirical matter and, like Penman and others, I maintain that vivisection is often clearly counterproductive. Indeed, unlike Penman, I agree with the statement he attributes to New Scientist: the results of vivisection are “no more informative than tossing a coin.” Even if that were not the case, and even if vivisection were useful in some sense, it could still not be justified morally. But non-vegans support exploitation simply because of the whim of taste. They have no excuse.

    I would certainly hope that no one would advocate violence against all non-vegans, particularly since this would include much of what is referred to as the “animal movement”! That being the case, and apart from whether you share my general rejection of violence, singling out institutional exploiters, be they farmers or vivisectors, simply makes no sense whatsoever.

    I call on all animal advocates to unequivocally and without reservation reject violence. The animal rights movement makes sense only as a movement of peace and nonviolence. Gandhi said:

    We must become the change we want to see in the world.

    If we want to see a world in which there is no violence against the most vulnerable, we must ourselves become non-violent and present our views in a non-violent way. Non-violence begins with our own veganism and our use of creative, non-violent ways to educate others about veganism.

    Gary L. Francione
    © 2009 Gary L. Francione

    http://www.medindia.net/news/monkeys-tortured-in-britain-98130-1.htm#.T050emti8NU.facebook

    Monkeys Tortured In Britain

    Over 2,600 monkeys in Britain are victims of `horrifying experiments` including sawing open their skulls while still alive, inserting electrodes in them and forcing them to watch TV, states report.

    According to the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), scientists at a university in Edinburgh last year force-fed pregnant marmosets with toxic chemicals used in plastics to monitor the effect on the sexual organs of their unborn babies.

    At another university, two anaesthetised monkeys had their skulls sawn open and electrodes were inserted into their brains.

    Their eyes were then kept open and focused on a TV screen for five days to test whether the "after image" is in the eye or the brain, the Daily Express reported Sunday.

    Most experiments were done in the name of medical science, but animal rights activists claim many of the reasons were "completely frivolous".





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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:10 am


    Thousands of sharks fins are laid out across the sidewalk in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong for airing and sorting.

    http://vimeo.com/37750108

    below a video against shark finning...


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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:17 am

    It is a very short video about efforts to save chimpanzees and gorillas from going extinct dues to hunting for their meat.

    http://www.squrl.com/content/5086515/
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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:26 pm

    Ellen DeGeneres on being vegan

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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:52 pm


    Animal sacrifice

    Every year millions of animals are sacrificed in the name of religious rituals. What kind of god requires mass killings of animals?

    I bet some reptilian entities have fun on such days.


    http://www.occupyforanimals.org/aid-al-kabir-or-eid-al-adha.html
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    Post  burgundia on Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:01 pm

    What is it that makes us human? Is it the ability to walk on two feet or our capacity to think and reason? For many eons humanity has slumbered in an unconscious state and we have somehow strayed into a prison of our own making because of it. Our very make-up has been distorted and we are slowly engineering ourselves towards extinction. We have now reached a point however, when we are starting to realise that we need to awaken from this deep slumber and for the sake of our planet - and all life upon it - become the conscious, morally responsible and compassionate beings that we are all capable of evolving into.


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    Post  burgundia on Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:24 am

    This is Anthony Marr's blog. Anthony is a Chinese-born animal rights activist living in Canada. Open this link and you will practically know everything you need to know about crimes against animals all over the world and about racism associated with it. Pure facts and statistics there...

    http://homosapienssaveyourearth.blogspot.com/2011/11/crimes-against-animals-around-world.html
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    Post  burgundia on Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:31 am

    "And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer - because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst XXXX on earth."

    This photo shows the collapse of Torrero Alvaro Munera, as he realized in the middle of the his last fight... the injustice to the animal. From that day forward he became an opponent of bullfights.


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    Post  malletzky on Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:40 am

    burgundia wrote:"And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer - because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst XXXX on earth."

    This photo shows the collapse of Torrero Alvaro Munera, as he realized in the middle of the his last fight... the injustice to the animal. From that day forward he became an opponent of bullfights.





    Thubs Up Thubs Up Thubs Up Thubs Up Thubs Up Thubs Up Thubs Up

    Only with self realization deep within, one will be able to see the damage done to others with her/his own behaviour in the past.

    The number of those who self realized might not be big, but we can definitely say that there are more and more each and every day.

    I'm so happy for him.

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    Post  burgundia on Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:50 pm

    malletzky wrote:

    Thubs Up Thubs Up Thubs Up Thubs Up Thubs Up Thubs Up Thubs Up

    Only with self realization deep within, one will be able to see the damage done to others with her/his own behaviour in the past.

    The number of those who self realized might not be big, but we can definitely say that there are more and more each and every day.

    I'm so happy for him.

    Much respect
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    yes,...more and more people are awakening to this kid of truth as well...
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    CHIEF, THE HERO FILIPINO PIT BULL TERRIER

    On Monday, Feb. 12 at around 2 p.m., "Chief", an American Pit Bull Terrier, rescued Liberata la Victoria, 87, and her granddaughter Maria Victoria Fronteras from a deadly cobra which had entered their house through an opening in the kitchen.

    Liberata la Victoria and Chief had been watching TV on the sofa when suddenly Chief jumped up and alerted her to the presence of a cobra less than 10 feet away. Maria Victoria rushed in and pulled her grandmother into a separate room, hoping the snake would leave.

    But when Maria Victoria later emerged from the room, she was terrified to find the cobra poised about two feet away. Equally startled, the cobra expanded its hood and appeared to be spitting venom as it prepared to strike.

    "The snake was in front of us, maneuvering a deadly attack," says Maria Victoria. "I screamed out loud to ask for help."

    That's when from "out of nowhere", Chief dashed between the cobra and the two women, using himself as a shield against the cobra's attacks. Chief then seized the cobra by the neck and slammed it into the floor, killing it.

    But for Chief it was a Pyrrhic victory. In the struggle, he sustained a fatal bite to the jaw, and moments later he began gasping for breath and collapsed.

    The family sought the help of a veterinarian, but they were told that nothing could be done. According to the vet, the bite was too close to Chief's brain, and the venom had already spread. Maria Victoria called her husband Marlone who, stunned by the news, rushed home immediately.

    Ian de la Rama, a friend of the family, says it was less than 30 minutes from the time Chief had been bitten that he "went wobbly and lost control of his organs," urinating and defecating uncontrollably. Yet he still kept clinging to life.

    It wasn't until Marlone arrived that Chief finally let go.

    Ian de la Rama describes, "Chief gave his two deep breaths and died. He was fighting and saving his last ounces of breath to see a glimpse of his master for the last two seconds of his life."

    Ian adds that the last thing Chief did as he gazed up at Marlone was wag his tail.

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    Post  burgundia on Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:34 pm

    The disgusting treatment of dairy cows and their calves!

    Dairy cows are the hardest worked farm animals. and mothers. The only reason they produce milk is to feed their calves... but we steal their milk and deprive their calves of the love and affection, security that is their right as living, breathing creatures. They suffer abuse, neglect, illness. Separated from all the calves they give birth to. Dairy cows living in a happy healthy environment can live for up to 25 years. But because of their hard lives, they are worn out by 4 or 5 years old. They will be sent to slaughter, where many cannot even stand up anymore. They are filled with fear, as they smell the blood of others who have had their throats cut, and struggle to escape when they hear the cries of the other cows. An absolute gruelling life and gruelling death, all inhumane and cruel. Cows are sensitive, and are sentient creatures, they deserve respect and compassion.

    These farm animals are the forgotten ones, i feel so hurt that there is no human compassion for them, and it is taken for granted they are just milk machines.

    They feel love, fear, comfort, and grief. As we do.

    Cows are extremely gentle and affectionate animals. They form strong bonds with one another, particularly between mother and child.

    "The very saddest sound in all my memory was burned into my awareness at age five on my uncle's dairy farm in Wisconsin. A cow had given birth to a beautiful male calf...On the second day after birth, my uncle took the calf from the mother and placed him in the veal pen in the barn—only ten yards away, in plain view of his mother. The mother cow could see her infant, smell him, hear him, but could not touch him, comfort him, or nurse him. The heartrending bellows that she poured forth—minute after minute, hour after hour, for five long days—were excruciating to listen to. They are the most poignant and painful auditory memories I carry in my brain."
    Michael Klaper M.D.



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