Australia is the world’s largest exporter of live animals for slaughter. Every year, millions of Australian Cattle, Sheep, and Goats are exported live to be killed in the Middle East, South East Asia, North Africa, and the Philippines – where animal welfare laws do not exist to protect them. Tens of thousands of animals die before reaching their destination. Those who survive the grueling journey are transported, handled, and slaughtered in horrific ways.
It has been said that those who die on the voyage are the lucky ones. The overseas journey takes its toll and tens of thousands of animals routinely die because of breakdowns in ventilation systems on board the ship, bad weather and rough conditions.
Animals often have to endure journeys across vast distances before long voyages at sea to reach their final destination. Food and water are often not sufficient for the journey which can take days.
The animals suffocate, starve to death, suffer from dehydration, sleep deprivation, diarrhoea, heat stress and respiratory disease. Trauma, pneumonia and motion sickness all take their toll and disease spreads rapidly among the closely packed animals. Animals who collapse stay where they fall and die slowly and painfully, usually trampled on by other animals.
Once the animals arrive at their destination, they are offloaded under inhumane conditions. They are thrown, driven, belted and hacked to bring them under control. Their tendons are slit to bring them down. Animals are left with broken bones and other painful injuries.Cattle are immobilized by men who slice and cut out their eyes to force them to drop.
Animals are left with broken bones and other painful injuries until they die or are slaughtered by having their throats cut when they are still concious and are left to bled to death.
Over 30 investigations have been Animals Australia and have been instrumental in bringing world attention to the horrors of live transport.
Live animals are also exported from the UK, mainly through the port of Ramsgate and through Dover.There is a substantial export trade in young calves from Northern Ireland to the continent. Millions of animals are transported every year from the EU to Asia and Africa with journeys often lasting hundreds of hours.
Every year, over three million animals are exported from the European Union to non-EU countries. Hundreds of thousands are destined for countries in Asia and Africa.
Compassion in World Farming UK has active campaigns aimed at stopping the trade in live export.
Read more here about this appalling trade:
Animals Australia Website: http://www.animalsaustralia.org/
World Animal Protection: http://www.worldanimalprotection.org.au/our-work/animals-in-farming/live-export
Compassion in World Farming:
Ban Live Export: FAQ: http://www.banliveexport.com/facts/frequently-asked-questions.php
Most of us are guilty of “topping” off the water bowl when it gets close to empty but it is important to wash the bowl and fill it with new water. Water that sits around will form a slimy residue along the inside of the bowl. Bacteria and fungus will begin to grow. Pets will also eat their food and then go to their water bowl, depositing food in the bowl while they drink.
Idealy water and food bowls should be washed every day – esecially if you are feeding wet food. If you are giving your pets dry food, bowls should have a warm water rinse every day and clean the bowls with soap and water at least every few days. Wet food bowls should be replaced every day.
Plastic bowls are the most popular and least expensive, but they should be avoided: They aren’t very durable – and can be chewed by your pet. If small bits of plastic are swallowed they can cause intestinal blockage or internal bleeding. Plastic is easily scratched – this leaves tiny crevices where food gets trapped and bacteria grow. This also makes them very difficult to get completely clean.
Plastic can also leach BPA – Bisphenol A - is a carbon-based synthetic compound that has been found to be a carcinogenic.
Food and water dishes should be made from stainless steel, heavy glass or ceramic and should be washed daily.
Ceramic bowls are generally safe but they must have a lead-free glaze and be labeled as safe for food. Ideally, the entire bowl will be glazed, and not just the eating or drinking surface.
Some of the newest and most popular bowls are made of silicone. They are flexible and durable and work well as travel bowls. They are fairly easy to clean and are almost always safe for the dishwasher. They do offer a hospitable surface for algae, so be sure to wash the bowls often, especially water bowls.
An option to water bowls is an electric or battery operated water fountain. These fountains have water circulating through a pump so the water is always moving.
You should also keep an eye on food that has fallen out of the bowl as well as the placement of where the bowl is in the house. During summer time especially, bugs can congregate around your pet’s feeding area.
Stainless steel is non-porous, which means tiny bacteria can’t seep into the surface of the bowl. They also don’t scratch easily, which means no cracks or crevices for food particles or bacteria to hide. Stainless steel bowls are easy to clean and can safely be washed in a dishwasher.
Stainless steel slow-feeding and non-tipping bowls are also available.
With thanks to the Huffington Post, Care2causes and Pet Friends’ Magazine
80% of the world still allows animal testing for cosmetics and personal care products and ingredients.The US is one of these countries. It is lagging behind other countries that have banned cruel and archaic tests on animals for cosmeticsand replaced them with more reliable, humane methods.
The European Union, Israel, India and Brazil have embraced modern testing methods and ended all tests on animals for cosmetics and personal-care products. India and Israel have also banned testing on household products.
In Brazil, there are still some looholes. Animal testing will still be allowed for the rare case of novel ingredients developed for use in cosmetics, but even this will be prohibited after an alternative method has been established or in five years, whichever happens first.
In March 2014, the Humane Cosmetics Act was introduced to the US Congress which would ban cosmetic testing on animals and eventually would ban the sale of cosmetics tested on animals.
In Australia, the End Cruel Cosmetics Bill was introduced to Parliament. It would ban local testing, which generally doesn’t happen in Australia. However, many well-known brands do test their products or ingredients on animals elsewhere in the world which then end up for sale shelves in Australia. It also seeks to ban the and importation of cosmetics tested on animals.
The New Zealand government is now legally required to consider banning cosmetic testing on animals due to proposed amendments to New Zealand’s animal welfare laws, according to the Be Cruelty-Free NZ campaign.
USA: Humane Cosmetics Act:
AUSTRALIA: End Cruel Cosmetics Bill:
Be Cruelty-Free has been the impetus behind most of the bans that have been introduced so far. They currently run campaigns in Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.
These are lists of companies that test on animals, last updated in January 2014:
You may find lists of cruelty free cosmetics and household products here:
With thanks to the Huffington Post, PETA, Go Cruelty Free and Wikipaedia
Did you know that black cats have the lowest adoption rate and the highest euthanasia rate? Although it seems to be irrational, there are a number of theories as to why they are the hardest to home.
Of course, there is superstition - for centuries black cats have been rumoured to be bad luck.
Some people claim that it is difficult to connect with a black cat in a rescue, who may blend into the shadows, or because black cats don’t always show up as well in photographs on web pages.
Also, as most rescues are so full these days, there are inevitably a wide range of colours which people are more drawn to - whilst the black cats can seem to fade into the background, and are just passed by.
Shelters have known this for years. Black cats are far more likely to be euthanized than other cats, shelter staffers say. Only half the number of black cats find homes when compared with coloured ones. Shelters try all kinds of ways to find homes for black cats, such as two-for-one specials and other promotions like “Black Is the New Black,” “Adopt a Mini-Panther,” “Black Goes With Everything” and “Back in Black.”
Most often people walk right by the black cats.
As any cat lover will know, all cats are individuals, including black cats. There are friendly cats, aloof cats, playful cats’ talkative cats and so on in every colour, including black.
Regardless, black cats are overlooked time and time again, for coloured cats. Even black kittens are left until last for adoption, while their more colourful siblings are chosen first. The outlook for a black, adult cat in a rescue is therefore very bleak. Some spend many months in rescue, sometimes even years, waiting for someone to see past their colour.
If you are looking to adopt a cat, please consider a black one. They are every bit as affectionate and playful as their lighter coloured counterparts.
We will be posting more information about adopting black cats over the next few days.
With thanks to Kindness for Cats and Black Cat Rescue