Since 2005, Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) in Washington, U.S.A. has been rescuing and rehabilitating horses that have been starved, neglected, abused or are unwanted. S.A.FE. has formal agreements in place with Animal Control agencies in King, Pierce and Skagit counties to support their fight to protect horses in this region. Please visit their wonderful website and do what you can to help horses.
Hounds are basically killing machines, so the huntsman doesn’t have to say ‘go and kill that fox’. They find the fox by scent, and they kill it, and they’re not breaking the law because they haven’t been told to.
How ridiculous is this? How illogical and sad too, it’s like saying “Guns kill people, not the person pulling the trigger”. Fox hunting has been a British rural tradition for five centuries—but for the last 12 years, the huntsman’s adversary hasn’t been a furry fox, but a fuzzy law.
Foxhunts kill foxes in one of two ways: by being chased until they went to ground, after which they were dug out with terriers. This was particularly cruel; the underground battles between terrier and fox could be protracted, with extreme digs lasting many hours or days, and severe injuries were often inflicted on both animals. The rest of the foxes were caught above ground by the hounds. There is a myth that, once caught, the hounds killed the fox by a quick nip to the back of the neck: this is not true. Dogs kill larger prey by repeatedly biting it until the animal is disembowelled or dies from its injuries. A pack of dogs normally tears smaller prey apart. Being torn apart by a pack of hounds was probably fairly quick, although if the fox was caught by just one or two hounds death was generally slower. Also, since the fox is often chased to the point of exhaustion, there is cruelty in the chase itself, particularly as the fox started to tire.
Fox hunting has been occurring in different guises worldwide for hundreds of years. Indeed the practice of using dogs with a keen sense of smell to track prey has been traced back to ancient Egypt and many Greek and Roman influenced countries. However it is believed that the custom for a fox to be tracked, chased and often killed by trained hunting hounds (generally those with the keenest sense of smell known as ‘scent hounds’) and followed by the Master of the Foxhounds and his team on foot and horseback, originated from a Norfolk farmer’s attempt to catch a fox using farm dogs in 1534.
Whilst foxes were widely regarded as vermin and farmers and other landowners had hunted the animals for many years as a form of pest control (both to curb their attacks on farm animals and for their highly prized fur) it wasn’t until the eighteenth century that fox hunting developed into it’s most modern incarnation and was considered a sport in its own right as a result of the decline in the UK’s deer population.
These days however, foxhunting in the UK is much better known for the controversial views of those who champion the sport and those that oppose it. The Hunting Act 2004, passed in November 2004, saw the outlawing of any hunting with dogs in England and Wales from 18 February 2005 (the Scottish Parliament had already banned foxhunting in Scotland in 2002 and in Northern Ireland the sport is still legal).
But while the act banned fox hunting, it continues to permit trail hunting which is an adapted version of the sport. It involves the use of an artificially laid scent, usually fox, hare or rabbit based, to provide hounds with a path to follow. In theory it avoids the suffering and killing of foxes, but campaigners argue that the trail hunts often end with the dogs coming across foxes – participants say by accident – and that animals are still being killed.
Also, exemptions are complex and numerous. It allows the use of two dogs to flush out mammals for the protection of livestock, game birds, wild birds, timber, property, and biodiversity, or for meat.
Today 28 May 2017 around 150 foot followers joined more than 70 mounted riders at the Swangrove Estate near Badminton, South Gloucestershire, for the first gathering of the Beaufort Hunt, an event which sometimes includes Prince Charles and Prince William. Up to 30 of Britain’s 300 hunts have been granted licences, and hunts were also resuming today in counties including north Wales and Northamptonshire, according to the Countryside Alliance’s Campaign
The joint master of the Beaufort Hunt, Ian Farquhar has said banning hunting has caused hardship because the industry supporting the hunt (like manufacture of hunting boots) has been brought to a stand-still.
Foxes may be pests in some places but can be culled humanely, not by being torn apart. How would you like to be a Fox terrified for its life and torn from limb to limb????
Fox hunting is a hot election issue in the United Kingdom, with the incumbent Conservative Party—widely expected to hold on to power—promising a vote in Parliament that could overturn the current ban. There have been 431 convictions under the 2004 Hunting Act. The vast majority of convictions have been against individuals, say hunt supporters, noting that by 2015 only nine members of traditional organized hunts had been convicted.
NOTE: this post is obviously about FOXES so there’s no need for cantankerous people reading this to Comment and say “What about the bunny rabbits?” or “There are quite enough Foxes around, so who will miss a few.” What if you were reincarnated as a Fox and chased and torn apart by dogs? If you’ve got a brain you will know this Post is about deliberately killing a FOX in a horrific fashion.
READ MORE HERE !
The half inch long dung beetles are the strongest living creatures on Earth. The male insects of this small species of insects can lift or pull 1141 times their own body weight. It is just like an average sized human carrying 80 tons or 72574.8 kg.
The news might take the shine off the title of World’s Strongest Man for Lithuanian Zydrunas Savickas; in 2009 he pulled a 70-tonne plane for 30m in under 75 seconds – this works out as only 411 times his 170kg body weight.
What makes dung beetles so strong?
Small creatures all seem strong relative to their size, because their strength is relative to the cross sectional *area* of their muscles, not their weight or volume. If you double the length of an organism, the muscle cross-section goes up four-fold, but the weight and volume go up 8 fold – so you get bigger-er not stronger-er.
Another way of looking at it is that if a dung beetle can lift it’s own weight, then if it were to double in size, it could only lift half of its weight, without developing proportionally bulkier muscles.
This topic was famously covered in a 1928 essay by JBS Haldane, called “On being the right size”. I think it’s one of the most lucid science essays I’ve ever read.
Well, today at work I was barely able to lift a heavy box (to me) of files, weighing 15 kg. My weight is 43 kg only, and if I take the load ( 15 ) and divide it by my personal petite weight ( of 43 kg), the result is 0.35 – which is a very rough SWR !!
The Link above does mention working out this ratio uses averages including “Bench presses”. You may, like me, innocently ask “But what IS a Bench press ??” It is laying on your back and picking up weights on a bar and raising them up and straight above, in my terms. Looks dangerous to me! Wikipedia says:
This page HERE mentions averaging out your ratios after different types of exercises, like squats and bench presses. The closest I note that matches lifting a heavy (for me) box is the DEADLIFT – read HERE for info.
However, my “dead-weight Lift” involved a square shape and a dense solid mass, not a nice (looking) bar with weights at either end – this different structure makes a difference to your SWR.
The box I lifted was destined to go to an off-site storage company, that has a weight limit for each packed box (to be picked up and carried by their drivers) – – – and that Limit is 16 kg. Not bad therefore that I could lift 15 kg, in my great opinion.
My 43 kg weight converts to 95 pounds. I used THIS site to work out that (in theory) a 45 kg female could or should (if she wanted) lift a 26 kg dead-weight. Speaking for myself, I had best do some intense “resistance” (strength) training, before I attempt picking up and lifting a BARBELL (bar to attach weights to) with any weights on it at all !!
If you are keen to find out more about weight training equipment for human beings, try THIS page. It mentions the lightest weight plates (which affix to the barbell) are 2.5 pounds for Americans or 1.13 kg for Australians. It seems an average barbell itself (without the weights at the end) weighs 20 kg. It would be a great day when I dead-lift 21 kg total (barbell + 0.5 kg weight at each end), let alone 26 kg -barbell plus a 3kg weight at each end.
That would mean a SWR of approximately 0.5 up alot from an SWR of 0.35 for my “dead-box” lift today (LOL). I would be happy with being able to lift 50% of my body weight, even if the Weaver Ant can lift 10 to 50 times its body weight !!
Shady is a 6 year old kitty whom is in need of urgent Veterinary help. If he does not have surgery soon, he will probably die. However, surgery CAN help Shady. His “owners” have already spent a fortune on a first operation to save his Life but all that is standing in the way now of operating in order to fix Shady so he can resume a normal life, is the green stuff.
If you can DONATE a dollar or five dollars or whatever amount you can, or know someone who can, please do so now by clicking on the Link above. Seriously, is there even one person out there who is reading this, and will HELP where it counts ??
Shady’s “owners” have already taken out Loans so there’s no need to tell them to get some credit or Loans. If you have hundreds of dollars or a thousand that is surplus, consider dontaing it to saving an innocent life. Yes you can donate it to another cause, but if you really feel COMPELLED to help save this sweet little SIX YEAR old cat ( not very old ) …… your doing so NOW will be so very much appreciated by beautiful Shady !
“He wants to get away, just throw him in”
For god’s sake, don’t we already have enough Movies about animals, especially about our so-called “pets” – dogs and cats? I don’t watch movies with Animals in them usually because even though the American Humane Society or similar is supposed to monitor the filming for animal cruelty, well, isn’t animal cruelty like “beauty” in the eye of the human beholder?
It is artificial and taste-less to me forcing animals into raging waters or similar scenarios, because that is what the human film-makers ARE doing. They do not nicely “ask” the animal to go into the artificial water or to plunge off a waterfall somehow ( like pointing invitingly to the water or calling them invitingly into raging waters, or talking to them telepathically ) to which the dog happily obeys – do they??
Take “Milo and Otis” for example. Disgusting treatment of live aware / sentient beings.
How many kittens, cats and dogs were maimed or killed during the making of this Japanese made movie, which had NO monitoring of its treatment of animals?? Do your own research, and watch the movie and if you have a brain, you will see the abuse suffered by animals in this movie.
So what, many people cry. They are only dumb animals. We human beings have the right to control animals. The animals in Movies are well treated ( apart from being thrown off a waterfall, or being put in front of a viper snake which has had its fangs removed – though the cat doesn’t know that ). They will get over it, it doesn’t cause long term harm.
Well, how do you know what the effects are??
Human beings are also Animals. Non-human animals behave alot better than many Homo sapiens, if you ask me. Non-human animals are loyal, don’t ask for much, they are honest, yes they compete in the wild for resources ( food and relationships with other animals ) and may seem to some exhibit un-tasteful behaviour, BUT it is according to their Universal Laws to survive; while human beings let themselves become lazier and stupider even with the promise of technology ( too easy to use computers for long distance and in-personal communication ), and try to make money from exploiting animals.
Well, I for one, don’t want new made up movies so called about the wonderful animal world. If I want to relate to an animal, I will go and find one in its natural setting ( or watch an ethically made Documentary ). Join me in NOT going to see “A Dog’s Purpose” or any other movie with animal “stars”. The links below are the reference for this post.
The premiere of the movie touted to celebrate the relationship between Homo sapien and Canine animals ( ironic ) has been cancelled. No dogs were killed or maimed in the making of this movie, yes, but how would you a Human Being, like being forced to do something you are terrified of, especially when the reason for it is not justified ???
The previous Post also has very useful / interesting information ( for those who would like to know more about Chinese Astrology ) about the 60 year cycle in Chinese Astrology.
Subtract 12 from 2017 to get the last “Year of the Rooster” and this system of course applies to all the other 11 Animal signs, subtract 12 to get the last Animal year. Likewise you can add 12 to get the next Year of the Rooster, and so forth for the other Animal years.
See what happened world-wide in 2005 – the last “Year of the Rooster” .
http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2005.htm 2005 was really a “Chicken year”
Chinese New Year in 2017 will start on January 28.
Ecology is the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. Sometimes I read people’s comments on Forums saying to never give anyone advice about anything much, because you don’t know how you will affect the person you are trying to give advice to! You may make things worse.
Well, that is very funny to me, and not logical at all, because we are all Life Forms including Homo sapiens or human beings.
As such, in the 3-D world / reality, we are built or formed to interact with other Life and our natural environment. Nobody can stop the “march or the tide of Ecology” including Human Ecology ( yes there is a formal study called Human Ecology ). F.E.A.R. of False Evidence Appearing Real motivates some not to interact with others, for fear of upsetting them or making things worse.
But nobody is an Island and if you believe each human being has a brain and an awareness, and personality & Ego of their own, then you can know that each person is capable of and indeed responsible for how she / he responds to communications or actions toward her / him, or to anything !
Anyhow in 1995, as shown in the Video above, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with Canadian biologists, captured 14 wolves in Canada and placed them in Yellowstone National Park, where they had been extinct since 1926. Over the next few years, the number of wolves rose, but that was the least of the changes that took place in Yellowstone.
This is indeed an incidence of GOOD ECOLOGY, in this case human precipitated. Just because the wolves had become extinct in 1926 did the Scientists leave things as they were? No, I for one am glad they did not leave the status quo, but did their research and on the understanding how Ecology works, these 14 amazing Wolves were introduced to Yellowstone National Park.
For brands to be successful today, it is no longer about being the best IN the world. But rather, being the best FOR the world and taking a real stance.
Doe, a Deer, a female deer, this lovely Story could be made a happy song. A Deer with two babies left the female behind because she had a bad leg. This is the natural instinct of the mother, but luckily for the Fawn, a dear man was watching.
Darius took the Fawn into his home, and introduced the baby to his many other animal companions. He fed the baby every 4 hours and put a brace on her leg. After that he successfully introduced her back to her Family !! Of course, the nay-sayers on You Tube have left their Dis-likes & their strange comments like one person has said ‘Some who Disliked the Huffington Post’s video of this story, don’t like a public display of the story.”
What would they rather? Perhaps they are okay with Darius knocking on their door telling him this story or they are happy with it just being known and passed around locally? How about the facts, that it was reported to the Huffington Post, he didn’t go looking for “fame” and the fact that this story HAS and will inspire others to carry out such kind acts.
If you go to Darius’ You Tube channel, you will find a follow up video about the dear family! Of course he has posted this in response to people asking how the Fawn has fared since he helped her and released her to her deer family.
In my opinion the World could do with more people like Darius.
Thank you Darius !
“Writing on Facebook Debbie Ann Le Page stated: “God bless you Barney, remember that lovely sunny afternoon, I laid down on the grass in the cemetery and we cuddled up together for two hours. I needed a friend that day and there you were my angel! God bless you.”
He has been known as “Barney, the Cemetery Cat” but I’m calling him Barney, the orange comforter! For some reason I’m really interested in ginger / marmalade cats, and have no idea why ( maybe it is just because I like the color orange, LOL ). Anyhow, if anyone thinks or has told you that animals or cats cannot be or are not “spiritual” – run away, far away.
Here is a beautiful magnificent ginger tabby cat whose Mission on Earth was quite obviously to look after the souls alive and passed, at St Sampson’s Cemetery, in Guernsey, the United Kingdom.
Barney greeted and comforted mourners for 20 years! I know from having our beloved Shandy for 16 years, that just having a live even if small, dynamic and loving, intelligent warm Be-ing around you – is a source of happiness, comfort and inspiration.
Grounds keeper Alan Curzon said Barney has now been laid to rest at the place where he spent his entire life brightening up the lives of hundreds of people during their darkest moments. This cat’s owner moved but as the Kitty kept returning to his work-place ( the Cemetery ) the neighborhood made him a home near to the cemetery and fed and cared for him.
Alan said: “When relatives and friends have suffered the awful loss of someone close to them and go to visit a cemetery they are not in the best frame of mind but Barney was always there to cheer them up.”
“For those who entered the cemetery with a heavy heart, he lightened up the experience for them. When people walked through the gates, he often came up to them and brushed against them.”
“There was not a bad bone in his body.”
“We are putting a plaque on the wall and a bench and have found a little space for him in the cemetery where he is buried as well.”
The memorial to Barney can be seen HERE
The regulations, which take effect on July 6, amount to a near-total ban on the commercial trade of African elephant ivory. Current law allows for the sale of ivory and ivory products in limited cases where the seller can prove the ivory is old and was lawfully imported. But the new rules further restrict exports and sales across state lines, as well as limiting ivory trophy imports to two per year, per hunter.
‘Harambe” is said to be an African chant, a rallying cry for unity and co-operation, used in Kenya.
Harambe is also the name for a rare & endangered 17 Year Old Western lowland silver-back Gorilla that was moved to Cincinnati Zoo back in 2014 from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville.
He was sadly killed on May 28th, 2016 at Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio.
He was killed due to a young unattended child falling into his holding area due to a negligent inattentive parent.
The zoo director, Thane Maynard, confirmed the gorilla did not appear to be attacking the child, but he described it as ‘an extremely strong animal in an agitated situation’.
‘You’re talking about an animal that’s over 400 pounds and extremely strong. So no, the child wasn’t under attack but all sorts of things could happen in a situation like that. He certainly was at risk.’
Given time and the right ( calm ) environment, some animal behaviour experts say, that Harambe would have handed over the child. I think that Homo sapiens or human beings excel at not trusting or having faith in what they can do, and instead they stereotype the situation “big animal, we can’t control him, the boy may be hurt by the big strong animal, let’s kill the Gorilla, rather than try to subdue the situation and try a little longer to rescue the boy, while keeping the gorilla alive”.
During a press conference on Monday, Maynard said Harambe was ‘behaving erratically’, before adding: ‘The child wasn’t just being endangered, but dragged around by the ankle and hurt.’ The gorilla is or was intelligent and dragged the boy away from screaming on-lookers to protect the boy. Anyone can see in the stills that the Gorilla did not intend to purposely harm the child. The child, of course, was hurt when he fell in.
News reports say the zoo will review whether the enclosure is secure enough, and the Zoo Director has said “what do you expect from a 4 year old child”, when the real issues are the enclosure was not doubled up to prevent this from happening AND the parents took their eyes off the boy. The parents thank God for keeping their child safe and for having the right people there at the right time – which is pretty ironic – as they were there too and supposed to be actually keeping a close hold of their four year old.
On the day of Harmabe’s death, someone clear headed about having a calm environment with the situation at the zoo ( yes it is possible ) could have cleared the area away from shouting panicking on-lookers.
I have fallen in Love …….
with a Cat !! Yes, I love Monty Boy, just as much as I still love my beautiful kitty Shandy who sadly passed away on 24 February 2016. Who wouldn’t love Monty? He is a little boy, born with a chromosome problem, affecting the bridge of his nose, but fate dealt its hand and he was adopted by Michael, someone who at that time never dreamed that he would ever have a Cat, let alone fall in love with this Paw-some cat.
Michael & Mikala have an online Etsy shop and sales go toward helping shelter animals. I have purchased the Fur-ever Calendar and love it. Will you help too?
Please keep sweeeet Monty Boy Cat in your thoughts / prayers / healing …. as he has trouble at the moment with his kidneys.
I wrote the following poem for Monty Boy.
You can follow Monty’s story on Facebook, and the FB videos will show you just how much Monty and Michael love each other. This love is awe inspiring and touching. Once you have met Monty Boy, you will never see an animal friend again as “just a pet”. They are not pets owned by us, WE are owned by them, THEY grace us with their joyous, stoic and honest presence.
Thank you Monty Boy Cat. We love you.
If you would like a free “Paws for Thought Pass Along Card” to send out your message about what your animal friend taught you, please click HERE
9 May 2016. A Mother Goose asks the Police for Help!
A Cincinnati Police Officer was astonished when a Goose walked up to his car door and pecked at it and honked. He went to investigate and the clever mother Goose walked off honking and looking back at him, so he decided to follow her.
The good Mother led him right to where one of her poor babies was well wrapped up in some string from a balloon! Another Police Officer tackled the tangles and although it took a while, managed to free the Gosling – much to the delight of the mother Goose.
Monty cat is a special little boy born with chromosome abnormalities and adopted from an animal shelter when he was three years old. He is very gentle and he is not afraid of anyone or anything he just loves attention. By raising attention to the fact that looking different doesn’t mean you can’t be fantastic, Monty has now become an ambassador for animals and humans world wide who may not look perfect in everyone’s eyes.
Head over to Monty’s Facebook Page for his story and the sweetest photos and videos that will make your day.
Here’s the Link to the Monty website: http://www.montyboy.net
Last but of course not least, is of course the Link to Jewellery and Gifts endorsed by Monty, for Mothers every day – there is never NOT a Day to give your Mum ( and that can be a mother of kitties too ) a gift, especially a Gift that keeps on GIVING. Monty’s gifts go toward saving abandoned animals. How nice is that?
I have the Monty Ultimate Fan Pack and I love LOVE it – the Pawsome Calendar has no days in it, so you can use it FUR-EVER – I just remember for each month what the day is for the first day of the week in each month, easy peasy. It has stickers, cards and a charm for one’s handbag.
Monty is MAGIC. Thank you to Monty’s Mum and Dad for treating sweet little Monty like the Prince that he is, and thank you to MONTY for being so PAW-SOME.
A deformed puppy was abandoned in a Skip or a Dumpster in Western Australia recently, out the back of a “Hungry Jacks” restaurant. Luckily for this little fellow, whom has been named Jakk, an employee heard his cries and took it upon herself to look in the bin, where she rescued this cute pup.
Jakk may have “swimmers syndrome” – one of his front legs is crooked and the other has a paw with only a few toes. WA Pet Project took him on, and Jakk’s temporary carer Edith has said she has no hard feelings against whoever dumped him, who MAY be backyard breeders. For a lovely photo of Jakk and more on this story, click on the Link below.
You know I love you, I always will,
My mind’s made up by the
Way that I feel
There’s no beginning,
There will be no end
This Song is dedicated to all Cats and Cat carers from –
& of course to ALL cats and their carers everywhere!
Our beautiful boy Shandy passed away on 24 February 2016 at 2.34 pm.
Those who know me well, understand that I believe in a “bigger world” than what there seems. I believe all Life forms are spiritual beings or sparks of consciousness from the “Divine” or the Source, incarnated into physical forms.
I believe that our Shandy cat was a special Be-ing sent to us, to keep us together and to teach us responsibility and how to Love. One month has passed now since he departed us, and his messages are still coming in strong. First of all, let me say that I once experienced a cat that had crossed over, returning in Spirit form, to let us know she was okay and in spirit form. That was a long time ago, when I began looking into our spiritual essence and connections. I am positive that Shandy cat will also visit me in Spirit, if I call upon him!
At this time of love and renewal, let us remember our connection & dependence upon our animal companions and the “Animal Kingdom”. NO Bunnies for Easter unless you love rabbits AND are completely prepared to look after them. NO CUTE KITTENS or PUPPIES either, ever, unless also you know you will be committed to look after them. All Animals are Souls in animal form, including US human beings! We are the species Homo sapiens, a member of the animal kingdom.
Thank you to the non-human animals for your care and love of us, and for your service ( some of it not done willingly or to the animal’s liking or preference ). I only wish Homo sapiens could be more like non-human Animals – intuitive, intelligent, loyal, willing to take on others burdens, able to cheer others with a simple action, knowing what they want, getting what they want, and loving ….. right until the end.
Look, Don’t touch, or BUY or TAKE, unless you can LOOK AFTER US FOREVER
BE RESPONSIBLE – NEUTER YOUR PET – DON’T DUMP ANIMALS
Thank you to Ethan for doing a Card reading for me recently. “A Message from Heaven” came up which was clearly a message from our beautiful boy, to say “I’m still around, don’t worry.” On Sunday 27th February I was moping around the house, thinking of course about our beautiful Shandy cat, whom I still miss ALOT and then ….. I felt his loving presence. Hooray!!
Animals are so amazing. They truly care about us and worry over the bad energies we pick up from our workplaces, etc. and truly wish for us to be peaceful and happy. They pick up negative energies from us and this stresses them, or makes them jittery. Be nice to each other and look after yourself, not just for yourself, but for the sake of your animal friends.
Love your animal companions well, while you can. If you would like to submit your message about what your Animal friend teaches you, please email me:
firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post you out FREE a
The words in this Video say exactly what I want to say. Thank you B.J.
Most of all, I miss your awesome loving smile.
We will Meet again one Day !