Saturday, 27 October 2012

This is why animal cruelty laws need to be tougher

When you think of dog breeders* what do you think of?

Someone who loves animals, especially dogs and delights at bringing new life into the world?


Meet Martha Dalmain of Thornton in Fife.

Convicted of neglecting her ten-year-old Shetland pony Smudge at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court, in a case described by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as 'tragic and truly appalling' she was banned from keeping animals for life. With one exception, she was allowed to keep on breeding dogs.

Look at Smudge's injuries (he had to later be put to sleep because they were so bad) and tell me should a woman who neglects a lovely creature like Smudge deserve to make money out of deliberately bringing more creatures into the world?

This is why animal cruelty laws need to be tougher because cruel people who allow beautiful animals to suffer whether by neglect or outright cruelty, should never be allowed to own another animal again.

*Personally when I think of dog breeders (unless its rare breeds that are going extinct), I think of greedy people making money bringing dogs into the world when there are so many dogs without homes.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

The best vegetarian & vegan guides for free Part 1 - VIVA

Some great vegetarian and vegan themed guides from VIVA (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals)  There's a few free downloads/ones available to read online from this terrific organisation.

The best ones (IMHO) are -

 End of the Line for Fish 

Wheat-eaters or Meat-Eaters (go to download pdf)

Your Health in Their Hands (the health benefits of a vegetarian diet)

The L-Plate Vegetarian

The L-Plate Vegan

How to be dairy free (go down to the title and download pdf)

He's happy, because he knows you're not going to eat him.

Note - although these guides are free, organisations wouldn't be able to operate without donations, so pleas give generously - if you can - or purchase something from their shop:)