ARIW: Iceland resumes Whaling.

May 27, 2008 at 5:36 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )


Iceland has decided to resume whaling, again. This is another blow for Whales and animal rights and something needs to be done. Please read the article below and follow the link at the bottom to sign the petition and help put a stop to Whaling once and for all.

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WSPA is disappointed to report that the Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries has made a retrograde step for animal welfare by issuing a commercial whaling quota for 40 minke whales in 2008.

In 2007 the Icelandic Fisheries Minister said that demand for whale meat was so low that they would not renew their quota. This move was greeted with enthusiasm from animal welfare and conservation groups worldwide.

However, in cruel hunts due to start today, 20 May, forty minke whales will be targeted using explosive harpoons that often fail to kill the whale straight away, resulting in intense suffering which can last over an hour.

In comparison to Norway and Japan’s hunts, Iceland’s quota is small. But WSPA believes that all whaling is unacceptable – whether it is one whale being killed or one thousand – for the simple reason that there is no humane way to kill a whale at sea .

Whales, not whaling

In recent years Iceland has seen the benefits of a growing whale watching industry, an activity which is far more sustainable and economically beneficial than whaling. The killing of these whales poses a threat to the reputation of a country which is trying to develop itself as a leader in ecotourism.

Iceland’s own Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of the damage this decision could do to Iceland’s international reputation and already fragile economy. Minister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir has been quoted as saying, “As Minister for Foreign Affairs, I believe this is sacrificing long term interests for short term gains, despite the quota being smaller than in previous years.”
WSPA urges the Icelandic Government to rethink this decision and focus on further developing their already profitable whale watching industry rather than hunting these fascinating creatures.

This is the message WSPA will be taking to all whaling nations at the 60th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in June 2008.

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ARIW: FUCK OFF JAPAN… LEAVE THE WHALES ALONE!!!!

May 13, 2008 at 10:33 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )


This disgusts me, I cannot believe they still do this shit, it is wrong and I for one think we need to make more people aware of what’s going on so we can put a stop to it. Can you believe this shit? They say they are going to be increasing their quota by 50 whales a year. I’m so outraged i’m seeing red here, Whales are beautiful creatures and SHOULD be left alone to live in peace. Didn’t they ever see Star Trek 4???

Anyways here’s something I found about Whaling, please read it and please take some action, do whatever you can and/or feel capable of.

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This group is aimed at the ICR & Japanese Government. It is a forum for people of our world to share their concerns about Japanese whaling.

We hope it will help exert regional pressure on Japan to cease its illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Please don’t join to turn it into a racial battleground.

Japan is singled out as it is the only country to have breached the:

– United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,

– United Nations Charter on Nature,

– The Antarctic Treaty System,

– The Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species (CITES) and

– The International Convention on the Regulation of
Whaling

http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=223096

Lastly, Japan is also the ONLY country doing it under the pathetic lies of “Scientific Research”.

They are also the ONLY country not doing it in their own territorial waters… infact they have Ignored repeated pleas from Australian & New Zealander’s to halt the whale slaughter within their Economic Exclusion Zones.

OUR WHALES ARE DYING….

Japan kills more than 1,000 whales a year in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary near Antarctica using a loophole in the international moratorium for a ban on whaling that allows catching whales for so called “research” purposes.

This year Japan is planning on expanding the catch to include 50 humpback whales, which are considered “endangered” in some regions of the world. The Japanese expedition also plans to kill 50 endangered fin whales – the world’s second largest animal after blue whales – as well as 935 smaller minke whales.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/whale-watch/outrage-as-whaling-fleet-heads-for-antarctic/2007/11/18/1195321608560.html

These waters are within the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone. The Australian Federal Court ruled on January 15 2008 that the Japanese whaling is illegal and should be stopped.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23056156-2,00.html

Don’t buy the argument that Japan’s motivation to continue whaling is about maintaining their culture or conducting scientific research as they claim….

Today, whale meat is hardly a popular food in Japan with roughly only 1% of the population eating it (Japan Today Newspaper). Running boats into the Southern ocean each year is costly and inefficient work for the Japanese for little financial gain.

As for the science argument, scientists globally have affirmed over and over again that any research could be, and in fact is, conducted without actually hacking these remarkable creatures to death in our oceans….

Basically every Pro-Whaling argument that has been put forward thus far has been refuted with facts, figures and scientific evidence.

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=7251222651&topic=5175

The IWC, the body charged with governing whaling internationally, is a mess & needs an urgent Overhaul.

The IWC allocates equal voting power to all members, with decisions made on a three-quarters majority vote.

This ‘democratic’ nature of the Commission however has allowed Japan to buy the votes of weaker developing countries with aid packages and other financial incentives.

Even land locked developing countries such as Mongolia are joining the IWC & voting alongside Japan in favour of whaling. Japan has almost bought out enough votes in this way to overturn the Moratorium on Whaling, which would allow it to again conduct commercial whaling that once culled 90% of all whales!

http://www.iwcoffice.org/commission/iwcmain.htm

Clearly we need to think outside the IWC to put a stop to this tragic and archaic practice.

http://www.internationalwhaleprotection.org/

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ARIW: FUCK OFF JAPAN… LEAVE THE WHALES ALONE!!!!

May 10, 2008 at 11:13 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )


This disgusts me, I cannot believe they still do this shit, it is wrong and I for one think we need to make more people aware of what’s going on so we can put a stop to it. Can you believe this shit? They say they are going to be increasing their quota by 50 whales a year. I’m so outraged i’m seeing red here, Whales are beautiful creatures and SHOULD be left alone to live in peace. Didn’t they ever see Star Trek 4???

Anyways here’s something I found about Whaling, please read it and please take some action, do whatever you can and/or feel capable of.

A.

This group is aimed at the ICR & Japanese Government. It is a forum for people of our world to share their concerns about Japanese whaling.

We hope it will help exert regional pressure on Japan to cease its illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Please don’t join to turn it into a racial battleground.

Japan is singled out as it is the only country to have breached the:

– United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,

– United Nations Charter on Nature,

– The Antarctic Treaty System,

– The Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species (CITES) and

– The International Convention on the Regulation of
Whaling

http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw/general/default.aspx?oid=223096

Lastly, Japan is also the ONLY country doing it under the pathetic lies of “Scientific Research”.

They are also the ONLY country not doing it in their own territorial waters… infact they have Ignored repeated pleas from Australian & New Zealander’s to halt the whale slaughter within their Economic Exclusion Zones.

OUR WHALES ARE DYING….

Japan kills more than 1,000 whales a year in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary near Antarctica using a loophole in the international moratorium for a ban on whaling that allows catching whales for so called “research” purposes.

This year Japan is planning on expanding the catch to include 50 humpback whales, which are considered “endangered” in some regions of the world. The Japanese expedition also plans to kill 50 endangered fin whales – the world’s second largest animal after blue whales – as well as 935 smaller minke whales.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/whale-watch/outrage-as-whaling-fleet-heads-for-antarctic/2007/11/18/1195321608560.html

These waters are within the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone. The Australian Federal Court ruled on January 15 2008 that the Japanese whaling is illegal and should be stopped.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23056156-2,00.html

Don’t buy the argument that Japan’s motivation to continue whaling is about maintaining their culture or conducting scientific research as they claim….

Today, whale meat is hardly a popular food in Japan with roughly only 1% of the population eating it (Japan Today Newspaper). Running boats into the Southern ocean each year is costly and inefficient work for the Japanese for little financial gain.

As for the science argument, scientists globally have affirmed over and over again that any research could be, and in fact is, conducted without actually hacking these remarkable creatures to death in our oceans….

Basically every Pro-Whaling argument that has been put forward thus far has been refuted with facts, figures and scientific evidence.

http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=7251222651&topic=5175

The IWC, the body charged with governing whaling internationally, is a mess & needs an urgent Overhaul.

The IWC allocates equal voting power to all members, with decisions made on a three-quarters majority vote.

This ‘democratic’ nature of the Commission however has allowed Japan to buy the votes of weaker developing countries with aid packages and other financial incentives.

Even land locked developing countries such as Mongolia are joining the IWC & voting alongside Japan in favour of whaling. Japan has almost bought out enough votes in this way to overturn the Moratorium on Whaling, which would allow it to again conduct commercial whaling that once culled 90% of all whales!

http://www.iwcoffice.org/commission/iwcmain.htm

Clearly we need to think outside the IWC to put a stop to this tragic and archaic practice.

http://www.internationalwhaleprotection.org/

http://www.myspace.com/azumuthmusic

http://www.azumuth.com

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ARIW: Dying to entertain you

May 3, 2008 at 7:55 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )


Animal rights is something that I feel very strongly about, and in fact, if I have to choose between the various charities that are out there, I would choose one like WSPA, because I believe alot in what they are doing. As part of my blog, I will be bringing an Animal Rights Issue of the Week(ARIW),at least once a week or more, so that more people can be made aware. Animals have as many rights as people, and here is another article that highlights this point.

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A performing dolphin called Sharky has died during a live stunt show at Discovery Cove, in Orlando, Florida, owned by brewery and theme park operator Anheuser-Busch.

Sharky – a 30-year-old female bottlenose – collided mid-air with another dolphin while leaping out of the water during a show.

In what WSPA considers to be a sad reminder of the unacceptable cruelty inherent to keeping dolphins in captivity, Sharky suffered head injuries and died soon afterwards.

The other dolphin (a 13-year-old male called Tyler) is currently under veterinary supervision.

Sharky’s accidental death while performing tricks marked the end of a degraded life, deprived of even the most basic natural instincts and trained – using methods that often include food deprivation – to perform unnatural and dangerous tricks.

The majority of dolphins in captivity are captured violently from the wild. Scientists estimate that for every wild dolphin taken captive, another is injured or killed in the process. Claims that these facilities have conservation interests at heart do not change the fact that this is cruel and exploitative industry.

This particular SeaWorld facility currently holds 67 captive bred and 10 wild caught dolphins. At this time, WSPA has been unable to determine whether Sharky was captive bred or wild caught. We do know that most dolphins in US facilities are now bred in captivity and that it has been around 20 years since US facilities have participated in capture of dolphins from the wild.

It is no secret that the intelligence of dolphins is on par with that of the great apes. It is clear that no captive facility – not even the world-famous tourist destination that is SeaWorld – can adequately provide for dolphins’ complex social and behavioral needs, or recreate their vast ocean habitat.

Claire Bass, Marine Mammals Programmes Manager for WSPA said: “The World Society for the Protection of Animals urges people who care for the welfare of these remarkable animals to help keep dolphins wild – never visit them in captivity. Tourist cash is what keeps attractions like this in business.”

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Australia as world leader in live export cruelty

April 28, 2008 at 8:51 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

A new report, Beyond Cruelty. Beyond Reason. Long Distance Transport and Welfare of Farm Animals (2008), highlights Australia as a world leader in the cruel live export trade of animals for slaughter.

The report into the worldwide long distance transport of animals coincides with a campaign by the Handle with Care coalition, an international alliance of animal protection groups calling for governments to end the practice.

The Handle with Care coalition will release the report at its campaign launch today – Monday, February 11 – at 9.30am on The South Steyne, Darling Harbour (near the Australian National Maritime Museum).

International attention is now on the Rudd Government to act and bring an end to the trade – particularly the export of sheep to the Middle East – and work to expand the current trade in chilled and frozen meat from animals humanely transported and slaughtered in Australia.

 “The Rudd Government is intent on righting the wrongs on several key issues, and this is now its chance close a dark chapter in our country’s history,” said Handle with Care spokesperson Dr Hugh Wirth. “The live export trade puts to shame Australia’s outstanding record in many other areas of animal welfare, and tarnishes our otherwise good international reputation.”

As the world’s largest exporter of sheep for slaughter, Australia is a major player in a trade which inflicts suffering on millions of animals every year. In 2006 alone, more than four million Australian sheep endured gruelling journeys to the Middle East. Almost 37,000 of these animals died on the trip.

During the journey from Australia to the Middle East, heat stress and diseases such as scabby mouth, pink eye and salmonellosis are common. For sheep that survive the trip, a much crueller fate awaits them in the hands of countries that have no or unenforced animal welfare laws. Despite Australian industry claims that it is helping improve welfare standards in the Middle East, it is common for sheep to be horrendously handled and slaughtered in ways that would neither be legal nor tolerated within Australia.

 “The live export industry makes misleading claims about improved transport standards, and handling and slaughter education programs in the Middle East, when in fact their interest is in maximising profits,” Dr Wirth said. “There is no need for this cruel and unnecessary trade, as countries across the Middle East already accept Halal-certified meat from sheep more humanely transported and slaughtered in Australia.”

For more information and to take action, go to www.handlewithcare.tv/au

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Refocus on whales, not whaling

April 21, 2008 at 8:37 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Refocus on whales, not whaling  

 

As Japanese whalers continue their cruel and bloody hunt in the Southern Ocean, WSPA is calling on our supporters to add their name to a global petition which asks the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to shift its attention to whales – not whaling.

The IWC, which manages whale populations worldwide, could then devote its time to protecting whales and encouraging whale watching rather than focusing on allocating kill quotas to whaling nations.

Thousands of whales will be slaughtered this year alone, and many will endure slow and painful deaths. So please, make your voice heard for whales today.

You can find out more about the cruelty of whaling and sign the petition here.

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Bear Baiting is wrong!

April 17, 2008 at 12:32 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Help end the cruel ‘sport’ of bear baiting

A terrified and traumatised bear is dragged into a ring by a rope that has been crudely forced through her highly sensitive muzzle with a needle. Filled with fear, she knows what is about to happen to her but, tied to a post in the ground, all she can do is struggle and cry out in pain.

Suddenly a pair of dogs are set upon her, attacking her face and snout. Desperate to stop the pain she opens her mouth to bite and swipes at the dogs with her paws, all in vain.

Her teeth have been removed and her claws blunted – so her attempts to defend herself are useless. Again and again the dogs lunge at her throat and nose, opening fresh wounds until her strength and energy are all taken from the relentless onslaught.

Just as it looks like the fight will become fatal, it is stopped. Yet this is only to give the exhausted bear just enough time to recover before she’s taken back into the ring to face the dogs again. Unbelievably some bears are forced into this cruel contest up to 13 times a day.

In-between fights, life doesn’t get any better for an animal that is solitary by nature and would roam up to 20km a day in the wild. She’s tied to a post by a short rope and left, in her thick fur, in the scorching sun. Most bears used in these terrible contests exist on a painfully inadequate diet and insufficient water to drink. This means their injured, overheated bodies and open, infected wounds are never likely to heal.

The dogs too are often injured in the fights as the desperate bears struggle to defend themselves. It’s a fight that no animal can win.

Your support is helping make real progress to end cruelty to animals like the bears trapped in this horrendous ’sport’. Together with our local partner Wildlife Society of Pakistan we have identified and put a stop to more bear baiting events than ever before. Our most recent figures show that more than 150 events have been identified with 75% of the events being stopped. Yet many fights still take place and even one fight a year would be one fight too many for these noble and majestic bears. We cannot give up until this cruel practice ends.

We need to put a stop to end the injury and torment of bears used in these brutal events which sadly continue.

We hope you can help us do this with an urgent donation today so we can continue, and extend, our work to:

Locate and confiscate the bears used at these horrific events. We need the resources and capacity to track down illegal bear baiting events and rescue the bears. Your support can help us work alongside the authorities and provide them with the information they need to shut down the ghastly events.

Help the sanctuary provide the highest level of care for rescued bears. Before they can begin to enjoy the safety of their new home at the Kund Park Bear Sanctuary, the bears need specialist veterinary care and treatment. The sanctuary will provide the rescued bears with the natural diet and habitat in which to recover and live naturally, as they deserve.

Use education and awareness to stop the demand for this barbaric form of entertainment.  Within local communities we can work to change attitudes and make people aware that bears are sentient beings that experience fear and pain. As these events become unacceptable, the demand for bears to be forced into fighting will decrease and the cycle of cruelty will be broken.

We must act quickly because these bears should not have to endure another day of abuse and terror. To free bears locked in the cruelty of bear baiting and help end the cruelty of animals all around the world, please make an urgent donation today. Thank you.

 

To support our work online, click here. For phone donations please call WSPA Australia on 1300 13 9772 or WSPA New Zealand on 0800 500 9772.

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Are we Sheep?

April 15, 2008 at 9:57 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

The story of a dog being starved to death as part of an art exhibition appears to have been falsely reported by Costa Rican newspaper The Nation, according to new sources. I reported the appalling story here last week among global outrage about the exhibit and a reported invitation to repeat the work elsewhere.

It has now emerged, however, that artist Guillermo Habacuc Vargas intended the work to be a stunt to show how a starving dog suddenly becomes the centre of attention when it is in a gallery, but not when it is on the street. The work was intended to expose people for what they really are – “hyprocritical sheep”. He said that in order for the work to be valid, he and the gallery had to give the impression that the dog was genuinely starving to death and that it died.

Juanita Bermúdez, director of the Codex Gallery, stated that he would not have allowed the dog to be mistreated, that it ate and drank regularly, and that it was allowed to escape back to the streets from where it was taken at the end of the exhibit. “It is conceptual art and a work that leaves a social message”, he said.

The stunt provoked massive outrage on a global scale, and over a million people have signed an online petition to try and prevent another dog being starved to death in a repeat of the exhibit. Unconfirmed reports say that the artist even received death threats and, judging by the vehement anger I’ve seen in response to this story, that would not suprise me.

The strange thing is perhaps how you react knowing now that this was a hoax. I suspect, like me, you still feel angry, perhaps that it’s sick, and that your initial reaction was totally justified. But though I may not agree with his shocking methods whatsoever, I have to admire Guillermo Habacuc Vargas’ ability to inspire such a reaction and, in that sense, didn’t he achieve what he set out to do? Whether it qualifies as ‘art’, conceptual or not, is a totally different matter…

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Starving dog is art?

April 15, 2008 at 9:54 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

In 2007, Guillermo Vargas Habacuc, a so called artist, took an abandoned dog from the streets, tied him to a very short rope to a wall in an art gallery, and left a kettle of food on the other side of the room, beyond his reach, and left him there to slowly die of hunger and thirst.

The so-called artist of such cruelty and the visitors of the gallery of art watched the agony of this animal. The dog finally died of famine, surely after a painful, absurd and incomprehensible torture.

The prestigious Centralamerican Biennial of Art decided that this horrible act committed by this guy was art, and Guillermo Vargas Habacuc has been invited to repeat his cruel actions in said Biennial in 2008.

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