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BLOG: Joining up our struggles – Tom Anderson

Joining up our struggles: A call to anti-speciesists to join the Stop the Arms Fair week of action this September

This September, London will be hosting Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), the world’s largest arms exhibition. Political and military delegations from all over the world will come to shop for weapons, sold by thousands of arms companies. The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the US military, both of whom carry out military tests on animals, as well as causing untold suffering to those that live in the countries that they invade, bomb and occupy, will be participating in the fair.

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BLOG: Does this mean bacon is cannibalism? – Judith Snaith

Pig organs being transplanted into humans was an idea that started in the 60’s. Many opposed it due to disease and virus crossover possibilities Some pigs carry Porcine Endogenous Retroviruses (PERVs). Retroviruses are a group of viruses that can cause cancers and immunodeficiency illnesses, including HIV, which affect humans. This means that pig cells are not safe for donation unless they are edited to take out the parts that we don’t want.

Researchers in China and the United States have carried out a study where they have been able to remove the genes we wouldn’t want. The death toll for this study is already 37 pigs, with no piglets surviving past four months old.

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BLOG: This is a call to action! – Samantha Francis

Every year for the last five years Moffatt, a small town in Dumfries, Scotland, holds a sheep race through their town. 2017 will be their sixth year. Or, if we are successful, last year will be their last.

The sheep are raced through the town and people place bets on which one will win. Crowds line the streets and cheer and shout as they race by. Sheep are by nature timid and quiet animals. This must be a terrifying experience for them. Sheep are prey animals, which means they are sought, captured and eaten by a predator, so they will only run when they are frightened.

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BLOG: The Future Is Here – Non Animal Testing – Judith Snaith

Some may argue that it is not moral to grow human organs at all, let alone test on them. This level of playing God seems to be too futuristic to be comprehended as a current possibility.

I have grown up seeing science progress to the point of cloning sheep and growing ears on the back of mice. This has never sat well with me personally, yet I never heard many people opposing it. I have, however, heard a lot about people opposing stem cell research in recent years. I think it’s safe to say that humans put a much higher value on their own species than they do on the lives of other species.

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BLOG: Vivisection: A Study in Suffering – Lauren Davies

“The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but, ‘Can they suffer?’” – Jeremy Bentham.

Vivisection is the exploitation of animals in scientific experiments, in which animals are poisoned, deprived of food and water, isolated, paralysed, injected with diseases, burned, gassed, electrocuted, surgically mutilated and much more. As a result, most of these animals are killed. Approximately 11.5 million animals are used for vivisection in Europe every year, with rats and mice being experimented on the most. The products tested on these animals include pharmaceutical drugs, bleach, tobacco, and cosmetics, and these tests can last for months, years, or for the duration of the animal’s life. And all of this happens legally.

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BLOG: A Day at a Slaughterhouse Vigil – Samantha Francis

As I approached the entrance to the slaughterhouse I couldn’t help but notice the irony of the abattoir’s deceptively innocent logo of a sunrise, belying the horrors that take place behind their walls.

I was arriving to join my fellow animal rights activists on a vigil. These peaceful vigils take place outside slaughterhouses around the country and worldwide. The aim is to bear witness to the animals who are being taken to their brutal deaths. Many apologise to the animals they see on the trucks – for past carnivorous behaviour, as an apology for not being able to help those particular animals,and perhaps even to apologise on behalf of the whole human race for the atrocities we commit against the animal kingdom.

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BLOG: Vivisection – Ebony William

The word Vivisection means different things to different kinds of people. To some, Vivisection is a word associated with medical advancements, and ‘imperative’ research being done to cure diseases. To others it is a word filled with darker meanings, a word that is associated with unnecessary suffering and a lack of compassion.

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BLOG: Are service dogs treated with the respect they deserve? – Alex Henry

Are service dogs treated with the respect they deserve?

 

Service dogs are some of the best dogs on the planet, they will always stick by their ‘owner’ and have been trained to stay calm in all situations. The number of human lives saved by these amazing dogs is unthinkable and we know as a fact they are many people’s best friends.

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BLOG: Christianity & Veganism – Samantha Francis

Many who are concerned for animals dismiss Christianity as “speciesist” and unconcerned for animal welfare. They, as a result, are tempted to turn to Buddhism, for example, as it seems the kinder religion to animals. With some justification they assume Christianity to be hostile to their own moral insights. Many see the Church as an agent of animal oppression – even though atheism is as historically guilty of perpetuating speciesism.

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BLOG: Animal Justice Project at the Make Hunting History march! – Cecily Baker, Communications Officer

The Animal Justice Project team headed to London on Monday to support the Make Hunting History march which was organised by an alliance of anti-hunt campaign groups. #KeepTheBan

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