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Sunday, 21 July 2013
Royal Society for the Promotion of Cruelty to Animals
The RSPCA killed 16,405 animals in the 12 months from 1 July 2011, just in New South Wales. Of these, 3013 dogs and who knows how many other animals (the stats are surprisingly sparse) were killed for "behavioural reasons". This may be where a puppy for example has suffered abuse and is very anxious as a result, or maybe the dog just doesn't like his human captors. Either way this is speciesist because humans with mental health issues are no longer executed. And while they say the animals were instead "euthanased", they weren't because that requires consent.
RSPCA NSW Annual Report 2011-2012
But the RSPCA doesn't just kill animals under its care, it actively endorses the killing of other animals even without any physical or mental health issues. That's right - the RSPCA promotes the death of healthy animals. You see, for the RSCPA an approved chicken is a dead chicken:
Here a bunch of chickens who have had their heads chopped off, feathers ripped out, and been wrapped in plastic, are lined up in a supermarket for humans to feed off. The RSCPA approves of this. This is how they protect cruelty to animals.
It's no wonder Jane was left traumatized on her first day of work at the RSPCA:
So when you are eating your cupcake during Cupcake Day for the RSPCA on August 19, and you find bits of animal (eg gelatin) in it, you can rest assured knowing the animal was approved and protected by the RSPCA.
Jane's photo sources L to R: here, here and here.
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Labels: Chicken, Farming, Food, Gelatin, Kill, Meat, RSPCA, Speciesism
Saturday, 13 July 2013
Human Cull To Continue At Reduced Scale
The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) has ruled a planned cull of humans across Canberra's nature reserves will proceed.
The tribunal announced the cull of Eastern Grey-Haired Humans in seven Canberra nature reserves will go ahead, but at a reduced scale.
The president of the tribunal told the packed hearing room in an ideal world there would be no need to kill any human, but in this case the ACT Government was justified.
Over the last few years the Government has undertaken an annual cull to try to bring down the number of Eastern Grey-Haired Humans in Canberra nature reserves.
The Government says reducing human numbers will prevent overgrazing which could endanger threatened animals and plants.
But last month the Australian Society for Humans successfully sought a stay on this year's cull and for the past two days scientists from both sides have put their arguments to the tribunal.
But the activists did achieve one small concession, with the tribunal ruling that only 1,244 humans could be killed this year and not the 1,455 the Government had planned to cull.
Director of ACT Parks and Conservation Daniel Iglesias has welcomed the tribunal's decision.
"This is the second time that ACAT has upheld this science in the last five years," he said.
"There is a significant volume of scientific evidence which demonstrates the impact that an over-abundant human population has on other flora and fauna, including several local studies and countless national studies."
But Carolyn Drew from Human Liberation ACT says it is a disappointing result.
"We won't stop, we don't give up, we never give up," she said.
"Because we know that every little action we take, every little crack we make counts."
Fiona Corke from the Australian Society for Humans says her legal team will wait for the tribunal to publish its reasons before making any further decisions.
"We are disappointed the fact that the cull is going ahead," she said.
"But we're also encouraged that the tribunal actually recognised that the number of humans to be culled should be and was reduced so that is an outcome."
The cull is set to begin on Thursday, with several nature reserves closed until August 1.
Mr Iglesias says the reserves were originally only to close during the evenings, but the reduced timeframe now means reserves will be closed 24 hours a day until the cull is completed.
"While shooting will not take place during daylight hours, it may take place at dusk or dawn," he said.
"Due to the reduction in the amount of time we now have to undertake the cull, it is highly unlikely we will achieve the quota."
Activists had previously vowed to disrupt the cull by placing themselves between the shooters and humans, but Mr Iglesias has warned any protesters to respect the closure of the reserves.
"I would please ask any protesters to respect the closure and to respect the legal process and not do anything which could jeopardise their safety or that of our contractors," he said.
"Penalties of up to $5,500 apply under the Nature Conservation Act 1980 for trespassing."
The nature reserves closed for the cull are Callum Brae, Goorooyaroo, Kama, Mulanggari, Mt Painter, Mulligans Flat and Pinnacle.
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Sunday, 7 July 2013
Royal Blood On Their Hands
Prince William and Kate Middleton may be giving life to a human animal, but the Royal Family is much more typically giving death to nonhuman animals.
So as nonhuman animals strolling grounds of the many royal properties shudder as yet another royal human is born that will no doubt follow the family tradition of torturing and killing other species, it is appropriate to remind humans of their sordid speciesist royals.
Great Grandmother Queen Elizabeth Has Some Time To Kill While On Tour
The Royals have a very long history of bloodsports. Historically, royal hunting often involved placing a tiger in a paddock so that a visiting sovereign could shoot him dead.
Queen Elizabeth enjoyed such hunting in her 1961 trip to Nepal. Although, as you can see in the video below, she was careful not to get her hands dirty and had an official shooter to kill the tiger and rhinoceros which she "spotted".
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