I got interested in Green politics at the time that Die Grünen was taking off in Germany. I wrote a fair bit on that topic, and remember ending a lengthy feature on the Green movement with a reference to animal rights – saying it was a kindred issue but couldn’t see it taking off. Weirdly, within a month or two I was a vegetarian, and within 15 months a vegan.
It’s laudable for Prince William to campaign to protect these endangered animals – at stake is nothing less than the survival of the African and Asian elephants – but his sincerity would ring a lot more true if he showed the same respect for other animals, instead of shooting and killing them without a second thought.
A covert game is being played with protest groups in this country which requires that the general population (and media) readily believe the propaganda of establishment voices. This game has absolutely nothing to do with protecting the public and everything to do with protecting corporate profits.
Whilst it cannot be undone, Marius’ death has served an important purpose in shining a spotlight on a practice which is normally kept well-hidden from public view. As long as there are zoos, there will be unwanted animals. And as long as there are unwanted animals, more like Marius will be killed.
The Washington, D.C.-based group, the decider of ‘no animals were harmed in the making of this film’ tag, swept incidents under the rug. During ‘Life of Pi,’ a lion almost drowned. HBO’s ‘Luck’ was shut down after three horses died. The bombshell Hollywood Reporter expose calls into question the group’s relationship with movie industry.
The belief that there is no conflict between this farming and arable production also seems to be unfounded: by preventing the growth of trees and other deep vegetation in the hills and by compacting the soil, grazing animals cause a cycle of flash floods and drought, sporadically drowning good land downstream and reducing the supply of irrigation water.
Hunting wild animals with dogs for sport was banned in England and Wales in 2004. But this landmark piece of animal welfare legislation is under real threat – and we need to act now to protect it.
Presentation by filmmaker James LaVeck about how American novelist and anti-slavery activist Harriet Beecher Stowe inspired the making of the documentary Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.
The factory farm industry despises the public furor caused each time videos like this one go viral. Inevitably, revealing the horrors faced by factory farmed animals costs them money and customers. Almost certainly, with every such video, many people finally decide it’s time to stop eating meat and dairy entirely. Many more boycott the companies in question.
Nothing must interfere with the depressive psychosis of modern Britain, which has become a most violent and melancholic country, with no space for measured debate. Like Russell, I believe that the most powerful vote you can give is No Vote; for the days of Prime Ministers have gone, and it’s time for a form of change that is far more meaningful than simply switching blue to red.
We’re on the brink of economic, social, and environmental collapse. What an extraordinary time to be alive. How lucky are we? We are the ones who’ve been entrusted with the most vital mission of all time: survival.
CAPS is delighted to report that, despite a government Select Committee making recommendations that any ban on the use of wild animals in circuses should be limited to protect just big cats and elephants, the Minister in charge of the proposed bill has vowed to continue with plans to ensure that all wild animals are spared a life of circus suffering.