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July 20, 2017 Leave a comment

Things have been really busy here in OneKind HQ since our last newsletter. Last month, we went up to the Cairngorms National Park to hand over our mountain hare postcard. We had a successful meeting with the Park’s CEO and look forward to seeing what the Park does next to end mountain hare culls for good.It hasn’t all been good news though. We were hugely disappointed to see MSPs vote in favour of reintroducing the tail-docking ban for working dogs in Scotland. It is nothing less than a huge step backwards for animal welfare.

The vote may not have went the way we wanted, but we definitely made our voices heard. So, thanks as ever for being a OneKind member! Your support really does mean a lot to us. Here’s some of the most recent work you’ve helped us with. 

Over 2,000 people have signed our petition so far and we only launched it a few days ago! If you haven’t already added your name, then please do so now. We want to bring transparency to Scotland’s slaughterhouses. That’s why we’re calling on the Scottish Parliament to introduce mandatory CCTV monitoring in all Scottish abattoirs, covering all the key areas, that is accessible by independent experts. Until CCTV is installed in every slaughterhouse in Scotland, we really won’t know what is happening behind closed doors. You can also read our blog here which exposes some of the horrifying cruelty in Scottish abattoirs. 

Last month, we took our giant mountain hare postcard up to the Cairngorms National Park. Here’s a photo of OneKind Director Harry Huyton handing it over to the Park’s CEO Grant Moir. A total of 8625 supporters added their name to the back of the card, and a further 500 people sent their own individual postcards and letters to the Park. If you sent one, then thank you! They really did make a big impression on everyone at the Park. This isn’t the end of our mountain hare story. We’re going to keep on going until we win. Stay tuned as we’ll be announcing the next stage very soon!

Reactions to the tail-docking vote:

Despite veterinary organisations, animal welfare groups and the public opposing tail-docking, the majority of MSPs voted 86 to 29 in favour of bringing it back in June. We were shocked and disappointed that so many MSPs voted to bring back this cruel practice for working dogs in Scotland. The only good thing to come from it was that the vote caused a lot of uproar among the press and public. Click here to read our blog with all the reaction to the vote.

Hen Harrier Day:

This year we’re getting behind Hen Harrier Day for the first time. We’ll be up at Highland Hen Harrier Day on the 6th August in Boat of Garten where OneKind’s Director Harry Huyton will be giving a talk and I’ll be at our campaign stand discussing our latest campaigns. Don’t worry if you can’t make it up to the Highlands, there’s events happening all over the country. Check out this map to find a Hen Harrier Day near you. Read more on our blog here.

Walk the Kiltwalk for OneKind:

There’s now only a month to go until the Kiltwalk in Dundee, and under two months until the Edinburgh Kiltwalk takes place – so if you’d like to take part to raise funds for OneKind, now is the time! We have small number of discount places left for the Dundee walk, and we’ve just managed to secure 20 reduced price spots on the Edinburgh walk! You’ll pay just £15 for your registration fee instead of the usual £30 – so sign up today and get walking either 6, 13 or 26 miles to help us end cruelty to animals in Scotland.

Volunteer with OneKind:

Are you interested in doing a bit more for animals in Scotland? If you’re looking to take the next step, then why not consider volunteering for OneKind? Volunteers work closely with the OneKind team on all aspects of our work: research, investigations, campaigning, policy development, administration, and fundraising. You only have to commit as much time as you want to and we’ll support you all the way. Why not have a look at the lovely new volunteering section of our website to find out a bit more about how you can get involved? 

DawnWatch UK: Prince Charles on Factory Farming in The Times, July 11 2017

July 12, 2017 1 comment

The July 11 Times of London includes a story by Jerome Starkey, page 3, titled, “Factory farming puts humanity in danger, Charles warns.” You’ll find it online at http://tinyurl.com/y8w5rp7n 
It presents a great opportunity for letters to the editor. The Times takes letters at letters@thetimes.co.uk and asks that you please include your postal address and daytime telephone number.

Yours and all animals,’

Karen Dawn

Jungletown

July 9, 2017 Leave a comment

Not sure if anyone has seen the series Jungletown on VICELAND. It’s supposed to be an environmentally sustainable eco village but is full of rich kids, product placement and animal exploitation. Really about making money through exploiting their environment. Not a programme that represents a free eco friendly society that can live with nature. It is a capitalist model based on exploitation. Nothing new I would say.

If your idea of fun is running with the bulls in Pamplona, you need to rethink your morals

July 9, 2017 Leave a comment

While there may be guts (from the runners who are gored), there certainly isn’t any glory in trying to stay a few steps ahead of frightened, confused bulls. In the lead-up to the event, the animals are held in dark enclosures before being forced out – usually with an electric shock prod – into the jeering, drunken crowd.

As they are momentarily blinded by the sunlight and struggle to take in their surroundings, men hit them with sticks and rolled-up newspapers. The panicked animals take off running down the city’s slippery cobblestone streets, often losing their footing and slamming into walls – or spectators – in their desperate attempt to flee the chaos.

At the end of the day, each bull is herded into the city’s bullring to fight to the death – except that it’ll never be a fair contest. From the moment he enters the ring, he has no chance of winning. As many as eight men spear and stab the exhausted animal to weaken him further.

At this point, he sometimes drowns in his own blood, but if not, the matador finally attempts to kill him with a sword. If the matador’s bravado ends in failure, an executioner enters the ring to sever the bull’s spine with a dagger. This, too, can be botched, leaving him paralysed but still alive as his wounded, bleeding body is dragged out of the arena.

Then another bull enters, and the horrific process starts all over again. It’s truly more twisted than anything I could have imagined, even during my wildest days with Mötley Crüe.

And let’s be honest: if people paid to watch a man in a sparkly leotard torment and butcher a dog or cat in this way, we wouldn’t dare try to excuse it as “tradition” – we’d declare him a sicko, lock him up, and throw away the key.

Fortunately, most people in Spain don’t support bullfighting, and many consider it a national disgrace. It’s the tourists who keep the bullfights alive and the bulls dying.

Bulls Endure Slow, Painful, and Bloody Deaths–and People Pay to Watch

July 9, 2017 Leave a comment

http://www2.peta.org/site/R?i=IecNPxrXcxMey4JXFK5DZQ

The Running of the Bulls festival officially starts on the 6th July 2017 and runs through until the 15th of July with daily bull runs and nightly street parties. San Fermin is so much more than just the wonderful terror that is the Pamplona Bull Run… It is one of the world’s biggest street parties – day and night you can drink and dance and smooch in the Spanish streets. There are cultural events every day, so you can do something nice, and really justify going on a massive drunk rampage during the night.

The above was taken from https://stoketravel.com who offer a thrill, if there is such a thing to people who do not know the cruelty that these bulls endure. This is not a cultural thing, it is barbaric cruelty of animals. I am sure other UK websites offer such things and I urge you to boycott them.

Check out the YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yMZnorg3O4

Before the run, the bulls are kept in crowded, dark enclosures and are momentarily blinded by the sunlight as they are prodded onto the streets with electric shocks. During the run through the cobblestone streets, the animals often lose their footing and slide into walls, sustaining cuts and bruising and often breaking bones. But the run itself is only the beginning of the end for these scared animals.

After the run, the bulls are herded into an area behind the bullring where they may be beaten with sandbags, have petroleum jelly rubbed in their eyes and have their horns shaved down in order to throw off their balance and prepare them for the bullfight.

In a typical bullfightpicadors (who ride on the backs of blindfolded horses) first thrust metal lances into the bull’s back and neck to impair the bull’s ability to move and ensure that he loses as much blood as possible.

Next, banderilleros run around the bull plunging brightly coloured harpoon sticks into his already bloodied and mutilated back. When the bull is weakened, the banderilleros run in circles around him until he is too dizzy and weak to continue.

Finally, the matador provokes the exhausted animal into charging once more but often doesn’t succeed in killing the bull, and an executioner is called in to try to sever his spinal cord with a dagger. The bull is often still conscious and twitching as his ears and tail are cut off and held up as “trophies” before the cheering crowd.

£200k grant to fund new Scottish whale watching trail

July 9, 2017 Leave a comment

A network of whale-watching sites is to be created around Scotland’s west coast as part of ambitious plans to make the country an essential European destination for marine tourism. As part of wider plans to regenerate coastal communities, the Scottish Government has awarded a grant of nearly £200,000 to the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT). It is hoped that money will help the organisation create the Hebridean Whale Trail, a network of 25 sites for whale-watching around the west coast, where the creatures are attracted by mineral-rich waters warmed by the Gulf Stream. The plans, expected to take more than two years to complete, are part of a £4.3m package which will also improve coastal paths, transform harbours and create new visitor attractions through the Coastal Communities Fund. Of the world’s 83 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, 24 species have been recorded in the waters off the west coast of Scotland in recent years. Many are at the centre of international conservation efforts. “Western Scotland’s seas are one of Europe’s most important habitats for cetaceans and one of the UK’s most biologically productive areas,” a spokesman for HWDT said. “Humpback whales were once hunted to the brink of extinction in Scottish waters, but in recent years the trust has noticed an increase in the number of sightings.” Alison Lomax, the Trust’s deputy director, told i the project was still “in its infancy” and that the exact sites had yet to be decided upon, but that future visitors could look forward to seeing minke whales, bottlenose dolphins and killer whales. “There are so many fantastic places to watch whales and dolphins from shore in the west of Scotland.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/200k-grant-to-fund-new-scottish-whale-watching-trail-1-4497110

Hedgehogs and stoats in dramatic decline

July 9, 2017 Leave a comment

The number of hedgehogs and stoats in Scottish gardens dropped dramatically last year, a study has found. The proportion of householders who said they had spotted a hedgehog in their garden fell by 10 per cent to 57 per cent compared with 12 months earlier, according to a survey by RSPB Scotland. Meanwhile, the number of stoats fell by 6 per cent over the same period, according to the poll of almost 15,000 wildlife enthusiasts, with just under a quarter of people saying they had seen them at all. Foxes were the most common garden visitor, being spotted in 64 per cent of outdoor spaces. But great crested newts are only found in a few areas of Scotland and participants from just 2 per cent of gardens recorded sightings of the elusive amphibians. Moles, which only occasionally come to the surface, remained elusive to the majority of the 9,700 gardens that recorded wildlife, with the creatures – or one of their more familiar molehills – going unseen in 44 per cent of outdoor spaces. James Silvey, all nature species and habitat officer at RSPB Scotland, said: “Gardens and outdoor spaces are often where we have our first experience with nature, such as blackbirds singing from fences or foxes dashing past. Unfortunately, such garden wildlife and the sounds and sights it creates are becoming less and less familiar for many people. “There are lots of ways that we can make our outdoor spaces great homes for nature where wildlife can thrive. From making feeders for your garden birds to building a cosy home for a hedgehog, or simply letting the grass grow to provide an important refuge for invertebrates, simple steps like this can make a big difference to local wildlife.” The charity has launched its call for people to take part in this year’s Wild Challenge by watching out for animals in their gardens and taking part in a range of activities, from mini-beast safaris to rock pooling to creating a hedgehog café and planting for ­wildlife, in a bid to spot wild creatures.

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/hedgehogs-and-stoats-in-dramatic-decline-1-4496010