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ANIMALS 101 – ARE YOU UNKNOWINGLY SUPPORTING CRUELTY TO ANIMALS?
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ANIMALS 101 – CRUELTY COMES IN MANY FORMS AND MANY PEOPLE, POSSIBLY UNKNOWINGLY, SUPPORT THESE PRACTICES OR INDUSTRIES.

In the light of April being the prevention of cruelty to animals month, we want to look at some industries and practices that are contributing to the cruelty to animals, that you might be supporting.  Have you ever complained about a dog being chained, yet you take your kids to petting farms, aquariums, on animal rides, or to the circus? Whether it hurts them physically or not, there is always an ethical, welfare and cruelty question! Let’s look at a few practices or industries.

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ANIMAL RIDES & WILDLIFE INTERACTION

Responsible people and tourists do not interact with captive wild animals! While many elephant-riding operations say that their animals are well treated, there is no quick, easy or humane way to train any elephant, Asian or African, purely for the pleasure of people to ride these highly intelligent and majestic creatures. Also, look at the spine structure and think about whether it will hurt or not.

CIRCUS WITH PERFORMING ANIMALS

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When you purchase a ticket to a circus that exploits animals, you’re supporting their misery. Circus life is not good for animals!

ZOO, AQUARIUMS & PETTING FARMS

Video of animals in permanent lockdown.

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CRUELTY COMES IN MANY FORMS

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HOARDING ANIMALS

Too many animals living on one property can be a sign of animal hoarding. Thousands of animals are hoarding victims each year. Animals are kept in overcrowded, deteriorated areas and unfortunately most hoarding animal victims will have to be euthanized due to ill health.

ANIMAL TESTING

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Every year millions of animals suffer and die for nothing – animal-based experiments are misleading and retard medical progress.  There are safe, modern, effective, accurate, reliable and repeatable methods available that require no living beings. Watch this Save Ralph short film.

BEAUTY WITHOUT CRUELTY

Make a difference where you can, by using kind options for household cleaners and grooming needs. It doesn’t matter what a brand says, it is what it can prove. Remember that all bunny logos does not mean the same.

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UNETHICAL HUNTING PRACTICES

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Even though we understand that hunting is deeply entrenched in the SA culture, we strongly object to any hunting or fishing for sport, entertainment, or recreational purposes. The sport does not justify causing suffering to animals.

Also read: ANIMALS 101 – EASTER & ANIMALS

CANNED LION HUNTING

A canned hunt is a trophy hunt that is not a “fair chase”; it has been made too easy for the hunter. Animals have been kept in a confined area, such as in a fenced-in area, increasing the likelihood of the hunter obtaining a kill. A canned hunt is a hunt for animals that have been raised on game ranches until they are mature enough to be killed for trophy collections.

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GREEN HUNTING

Catch-and-release hunting is now possible by converting a high-powered rifle to a tranquilizer dart gun, immobilizing the animal for fun.

HUNTING WITH DOGS

The welfare concerns are crucial here and both the dog and its prey can get injured and die a terrible death, apart from the living conditions of the hunting dogs.

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DRIVEN HUNTS

A line of beaters pushes the animal in the direction of a chain of waiting hunters, this way you can be relatively certain of getting a chance of shooting the game several times each day.

Fox hunting is a very disturbing form of hunting.

DOWN/FEATHER PRODUCTS

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Are you ok with cruel beauty or comfort? If you’re considering buying a product stuffed with down or body feathers, the first thought on your mind probably isn’t: “Where did these feathers come from? One of the ways they collect feathers is live-plucking. Live plucking is exactly what it sounds like: a goose or duck is held down by their neck or wings as the “targeted feathers” are torn from their skin. When the skin rips during this process it is sewn up with a straight needle (no analgesic or sterilization used) and the bird is left to recover before the next “harvest of feathers.” This process is repeated every 6-7 weeks before the bird’s eventual slaughter (or death from the trauma of the plucking process itself).

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DECLAWING CATS

This is an amputation equivalent to the first digits of your fingers. We believe declawing cats is both unethical and inhumane. We also believe that Veterinarians should say no to this procedure unless there is a medical reason for it. There are many alternatives for responsible pet owners who are not lazy. Watch this video about declawing.

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TAIL DOCKING & EAR CROPPING

While docking and bobbing are more commonly used to refer to the removal of the tail, the term cropping is used about the ears. There is no justifiable reason to dock a dog’s tail or ears. Those who do it will be liable for prosecution under the Animal Protection Act no 71 of 1962. When you buy breeds where this has been done, you are supporting cruelty.

SPA’S & FISH

Many factors seriously compromise the welfare of the fish, leading to suffering and may even kill the animals. The water quality is affected and temperature changes are also a concern. Toxic (to fish) chemicals such as from toiletries or nail varnish may leach into the water. Chemicals used to clean or disinfect tanks or to clean clients’ feet before treatment may also be toxic to the fish. Overcrowding fish in a small volume of water will lead to increased concentrations of ammonia too. Well-fed fish may show no interest in human skin and may be unlikely to feed on the skin if they had access to appropriate food sources. There is also the question of what happens to the fish once they have become too big to be used for pedicures.

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CATCH & RELEASE

People catch & release for personal fun. Take a photo to boost your low self-esteem maybe or for some likes on Facebook? You are not doing this for conservation. Fish can feel the injury and depending on where you hooked them, it can have detrimental effects on their well-being and that is apart from the fact that many die about a week later, due to infection of the injury site.

THE ANIMAL FOOD INDUSTRY, WITH A SPECIAL MENTION OF FOIE GRAS

Foie gras is a speciality food made of duck or goose liver.  One bird is forced to consume between 160 and 210 kgs of corn mush in only three weeks. This is the equivalent of a 68kg human consuming roughly 27kgs of oiled pasta daily, or 54 boxes of pasta a day.

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There is no way for you to justify these cruel practices or industries.  Animals do not deserve to be treated like products. They are sentient beings and deserve respect, care and most of all freedom.

Next week we will look at the things you need to consider when you have pets and you go house-hunting.

WHEN YOU KNOW BETTER, DO BETTER!

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