Brexit 

September 17, 2017 Leave a comment

On Wednesday, 13th September, amazing campaigners in 33 countries held over 100 actions to raise awareness of the suffering of animals involved in long distance transport.Our flagship protest was held at Parliament Square, Westminster, London. Around 200 people attended the rally and speakers included Downton Abbey actor and animal welfare activist Peter Egan, and Members of Parliament Caroline Lucas, Theresa Villiers and Craig Mackinlay. Other MPs including Kerry McCarthy and Sir Roger Gale also attended to show their support.

Other highlights included candlelight vigils in Australia, billboards across the Czech Republic, a 40m banner on the bridge over the Seine River in France, and marches for animal rights in Israel. You can read more about the day here.

“Brexit gives us the opportunity to stop live transport. I encourage [Michael Gove] to support Compassion, to find the compassion in himself, and to stop the horrible transport of live animals.”

– Peter Egan

If you couldn’t be with us on the day, you can still join Peter Egan, by calling on Michael Gove to ban live exports:

Take Action

Environment Secretary, Michael Gove has suggested that Britain may end the cruel UK live export trade after Brexit. If you haven’t already done so, please email him today, welcoming this suggestion and urging him to act.

When we unite as a global movement who care about the fate of farm animals, we can do remarkable things.

Let’s make 13th September 2017 the date when the public stood against the cruel trade in live animals.

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Dawnwatch 

September 17, 2017 Leave a comment

This week, a California court uphold a ban on foie gras – news that makes the front page of today’s Los Angeles Times and Marin Independent Journal, and also page 2 of the Washington Post. I will share those stories below, but first, let me share something else with profound implications, the interview with Natalie Portman about the film she narrates, “Eating Animals.” The interview aired this week on “The Frame,” on KPCC, Southern California’s most widely listened to NPR station. 
I’m yet to see the film, “Eating Animals,” but enjoyed the interview immensely. Portman is upbeat, warm, soft-sell, while unabashedly vegan. 
This quote pretty well sums up her message:
“Well I’m a vegan and I love food, and so I think you can live really deliciously without consuming these animal products. Some people are like, I could never, I’m too used to having steak, I’m too used to having chicken, I’m too used to having cheese. You don’t have to give it up, but if you just choose one meal a week or one meal a day, any small step I think would be a huge step collectively.”
I am big fan of her approach because it warmly invites people, persuasively, to see a film they have been warned might be hard to watch, a film that might change their eating habits. I doubt her telling the huge, thoughtful, but mostly non vegetarian audience that they absolutely had to eat the way she loves to eat would have as much impact. But I bet many listeners will end up where she really wants them, after she has guided them, gently, to the beginning of the path.
Check out the interview at http://tinyurl.com/yb5pyoqj and see what you think. And please leave a comment on the page, so that “The Frame” knows that people find this subject matter interesting, always remembering that you are representing animals and the vegan community as you write.  
The good news about foie gras on the LA Times front page is titled, “9th Circuit panel upholds state’s ban on foie gras;” Sadly the articles subtitle has some bad news: “Restaurants can keep serving the delicacy while case is appealed.”
The article, by Maura Dolan, Jenn Harris, Geoffrey Mohan, includes important information:
“The typical method involves placing a 10- to 12-inch metal or plastic tube down a bird’s esophagus to deliver large amounts of concentrated food. When the birds are force fed, their livers grow to 10 times their normal size. The process is ‘so hard on the birds that they would die from the pathological damage it inflicts if they weren’t slaughtered first,’ California’s legislative analyst wrote when the bill banning foie gras was introduced….
“The court noted Friday that Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, India, Luxembourg, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom have some form of a ban on forced feeding or on foie gras products”
Forgive my cynicism, but I chuckled at this quote from foie gras serving restaurateur Neal Fraser, having a hard time believing that the causes he mentions are where he focuses most of his energy in life:
“Don’t we have anything better to do than attack foie gras? Like ending childhood hunger, cleaning up Houston or getting a step up on homelessness.”
This one, from HSUS’s Paul Shapiro, was easier to swallow:
“If you can get Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former pope and the Israeli Supreme Court to agree that foie gras is inhumane, then there must be something to it.”
You’ll find the full article on line at http://tinyurl.com/ydd2lrw3 . Letters can be sent to letters@latimes.com
The Marin Independent Journal carried the same story on its front page at http://tinyurl.com/y7g2knwb . That paper takes letters at opinion@marinij.com and advises, “Confine letters to 250 words. We don’t have room for all of the letters we receive; we give preference to shorter letters and to letters from people who live in Marin or Southern Sonoma counties. Letters are edited for length, grammar, spelling, clarity, style, libel and civility.

We do not publish form letters, ‘open’ letters, petitions, individual consumer complaints or letters published elsewhere.

Letters must include the writer’s name, address and daytime phone number so we can verify authorship (we publish only the writer’s name and hometown).”
The Saturday, September 16 Washington Post, page 2, shares the Associated Press version of the story under “Digest.” It would be great for folks in the DC area to respond to that one. You’ll find it online at http://tinyurl.com/y8jzm3ds Note, the online version is longer; the page two “Digest” version ends after Judge Nguyen’s quote as to why this court overturned an earlier ruling that dealt with a product’s ingredients: “It is not the livers that are force-fed, it is the birds.”
The Washington Post takes letters at letters@washpost.com
Yours and all animals,’

Karen Dawn

http://DawnWatch.com 
The DawnWatch mission is to encourage positive coverage of animal issues in major media. DawnWatch news alerts share animal relevant media and facilitate one-click responses. You can learn more about DawnWatch, sign up for alerts, and support DawnWatch, a 501C3 nonprofit charity that relies on donations, at http://www.DawnWatch.com . All donations are tax deductable.  
After eighteen years of advocacy, DawnWatch will have its first fundraiser, the Turkey Pardon Party, in Los Angeles on November 4: http://DawnWatch.com/events Don’t miss it!
If you would like to know more about any issue covered by DawnWatch, please go to http://tinyurl.com/254ulkx to check out Karen Dawn’s book, “Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way we Treat Animals.” It is a warm, friendly and comprehensive handbook of animal advocacy topics. The updated, eco-friendly e-edition came out in 2014.  

City of Ghosts

July 20, 2017 Leave a comment

CITY OF GHOSTS

WATCH IN CINEMAS & ON DEMAND

Cartel Land Academy Award®-nominated director Matthew Heineman returns with the epic Syria doc City of Ghosts. Citizen journalists of Raqqa risk their lives and flee their homeland after they expose the atrocities of ISIS in Syria. 

WATCH THIS WEEKEND

★★★★★

The Guardian

★★★★★

Empire

★★★★

The Independent

★★★★★

The Upcoming

★★★★

Time Out

OneKind update

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? 

Naked and Afraid

July 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Can someone tell me why in the Discovery TV series, Naked and Afraid, that there is a need to kill animals. People can survive on not eating animals for protein. It would be good if they done a programme where people survive on plant food. It would give Veganism Fhd boost it needs to get others eating less to no meat and cost saving.

July 18, 2017 Leave a comment

Lynx could be reintroduced into the UK for the first time in 1,300 years.

If the application is successful, between six and 10 of the wildcats would be released into a forest in Northumberland for a five-year trial period.

Blantyre Incinerator

July 17, 2017 1 comment

The proposed incinerator will emit large toxic particles that are predicted to fall within a 600 metre radius and small toxic particles that may travel up to 18 Kilometers from the site. Within the 600 metre radius are hundreds of houses, a primary school and a “Showpeople/Traveller” residential site. There is a guideline minimum of 250 metres to any home from these types of Incinerators, the Showpeople site would be 83 metres door to door, in fact fenceline to fenceline the gap is only 12 metres.

As well as the toxins we have other concerns:

  • Potential contamination to adjacent Woodland and it’s wildlife
  • Site proximity to a “Green Corridor” that runs from the Clyde Valley past the site and further towards Glasgow
  • Smell 
  • Noise
  • Potential for uncontrolled fires 
  • Proximity to a Historic battlefield site (Battle of Bothwell Bridge).

We can stop this happening, protect our environment and safeguard the health of our community. In doing so we will also send a clear message to those planning other such developments happening across the country.

What We Need & What You Get

We are looking to raise three thousand pounds to fund our campaign against the granting of a SEPA operator’s licence to Clean Power Ltd. Our campaign is growing in size every week and we require this funding to continue. Funds raised will be spent on marketing and awareness products, travel, media submissions and general administration.

We are offering perks for contributions received, every single contribution regardless of size will receive a thank you.

We will also be:

  • Giving thank you “shout outs” on social media
  • Emailing certificates as acknowledgement of contributions 
  • Sending out our bespoke campaign badge designed by the children of our community
  • Providing a “blog spot” on our site, so people can have a chance to describe what they are feeling and thinking as the campaign moves forward.  

Why this is relevant to you

This campaign is relevant to everyone. The incinerator poses a health threat to anyone you may know in the area around where the site is planned. In the wider context this campaign demonstrates that communities can come together for a common purpose and fight against faceless big business who have no concern for the environment we live in.

Our Team

We have support from many different people. We have campaigners who successfully stopped another Incinerator that was planned in the area. We have MSPs and Councillors who have let their objection be known and regularly attend our meetings. Hamilton Accies Football Club Community Outreach Program is providing support. We have Professors, Professionals of various disciplines and a whole load of very passionate people determined to stop this Incinerator from happening.
We are organised, we have different subgroups pursuing different aspects of our campaign. Were having regular meetings, progress reports and issue reports. The Fundraising subgroup have put this Crowd Funding page together with the aim of supporting everyone else in a successful campaign.

Risks & Challenges

The planning consent was granted for the incinerator to Clean Power Ltd on the 14th August this year. The company have three years to get their operators licence, build the facility and put everything in place.

In fighting the operators license we have potentially a long campaign ahead that will take a lot of energy and resolve. We will continue growing our number of supporters online and at grass roots level. Being appropriately funded, organised and focused we will see this through.

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand some people simply can’t contribute, but there are other ways you can help:

  • Share this Funding page with everyone you know, by any means you can (Facebook/Twitter/Email/Text/Word of mouth).
  • Come and visit our Facebook page and learn more detail of our campaign www.facebook.com/HERAG2013
  • Sign petitions.
  • Send emails & Letters to the appropriate authorities.