Since the tragic documentary ‘Blackfish’ was released, SeaWorld has become one of the most hated companies in America. Americans, and many people around the globe, have been outraged at SeaWorld’s treatment of Orca whales. The whales are confined in cramped pools and are underfed.
To illustrate how atrocious the conditions are, to match the equivalent distance an Orca would travel in the wild, a whale at SeaWorld would have to swim around the perimeter of the main pool more than 1,400 times every day.
SeaWorld’s Orcas are highly stressed – but “if you were in a bathtub for 25 years, don’t you think you’d get a little psychotic?”
SeaWorld refutes accusations that they mistreat their Orcas, and even claim that their whales live longer than those roaming the oceans! I think we are entitled to be skeptical about this claim. No Orca at SeaWorld has lived longer than 35 years – compare this with a female Orca named Granny who lives in the wild and is known to be 103 years old! Good try SeaWorld, but no-one’s falling for your lies.
Watch this ‘truth about Orca whales at SeaWorld’ video that will make your blood boil.
Lawsuits against Seaworld – Drugging Orca Whales & collapsed dorsal fins.
Tiger parks or ‘temples’ are popular tourist destinations in Thailand. They give people a chance to cuddle a cub and pat a full grown tiger. It sounds great – but these supposed tiger ‘sanctuaries’ are the last place on Earth I’d visit.
The marketing of these parks hides a grim reality – the tigers are treated appallingly. To ensure tourists aren’t harmed, adult tigers are chained so close to the ground it’s almost impossible for them to stand. Their claws and teeth are often removed and the tendons in their wrists clipped to prevent them from swatting or running. Drugs are pumped into the poor beasts to make them docile and ‘sleepy’. Yet even after all these precautions, tourists still aren’t safe – just ask this girl. To give tourists the photo ‘opportunity’ they want, staff at the parks often kick the tigers and pull their tails to get them into position. On top of this, many of these so-called ‘sanctuaries’ take ‘donations’ that they claim will be used for tiger conservation programs – but there’s no proof that the money collected is actually used for this purpose. Think twice before visiting a tiger park.
Read more on how tigers are treated at Thailand tiger parks here
Read about these people’s experience at a tiger park here
Check out negative reviews of tiger temples on Tripadvisor
In laboratories across the world, small, innocent creatures are being subjected to torture. Chemicals are squirted into rabbits’ eyes, while mice are force-fed poisonous substances – all in the supposed interest of ‘safety’.
But there’s certainly nothing ‘safe’ about these tests – at least not for the frightened animals on whom the tests are conducted.
The truth is that animal testing is not necessary. New methods have been developed for testing cosmetic safety that do not involve animals. These methods are acceptable to government regulators. They include 3-dimensional human skin models that replace the need to use rabbits for skin irritation testing; and cell culture tests for genetic mutations and other harmful side-effects. These non-animal methods are scientifically superior, usually take less time to complete and can be done at a fraction of the cost of animal experiments. There are also around 20,000 cosmetic ingredients that have been evaluated and proven to be safe for human use without the need for further testing. Despite this, cosmetic companies continue to test their products on animals.
Here are some alternatives to animal testing.
If we STOP buying products tested on animals, animal testing will STOP!
- Click here for a list of tests conducted on animals.
- Click here for a list of companies that test on animals.
- Check out the anti-animal testing campaign run by LUSH here.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is my favourite TV talk show. I always jump on Youtube to watch recent episodes and have a good laugh. However, recently I came across an episode (video below) featuring a segment that made me terribly uneasy –Jeff Musial the ‘animal expert’.
Jeff Musial is a regular guest on Jimmy’s show and brings live animals into the studio to ‘scare’ Jimmy. Sadly, Mr Musial is more interested in a cheap laugh from the audience than taking care of the animals he treats as props. He handles the distressed animals roughly while the audience laughs and cheers.
Animals that have been forced to participate in this sickening segment include fennec foxes, bear cubs, water buffalo and cougars. But by far the worst thing Mr Musial has done was to bring an Asian elephant named Roxy into the studio. A television studio is no place for a full-grown elephant!
Animals were not put on Earth to be humiliated and frightened in the name of entertainment. If we stop watching TV shows when an animal is being exploited – then maybe the Jimmy Fallons of this world will put an end to the cruelty.
Animals in entertainment? EW!
- Read more on Roxy’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon here
- Here is a letter from PETA to Jimmy, asking him to stop having Jeff Musial appear on his show.
- Find out more on animals in entertainment here
Greyhound adoption programs (GAP) have been set up across Australia. They are not-for-profit organisations that have been established to find homes for retired race greyhounds or greyhounds that are no longer wanted.
Hugo the horse dog
GAP Victoria gives you the option either to adopt a greyhound to give it a home for life, or to foster a greyhound for three weeks. Although many greyhounds can be adopted straight from the kennel, others benefit from a period of time in foster care prior to being adopted so they can adjust to life in a domestic environment. Fostering can also operate as a trial period for people who may be interested in – but are not certain about – adopting a greyhound. Fostering is an ideal way for prospective adoptees to get to know the breed before making a final decision to adopt. Greyhounds are becoming a popular choice for Australians as they come to understand just how placid and friendly this breed of dogs is.
Hugo the horse dog
They don’t require much exercise – only a daily 15 minute walk– and they generally sleep for around 20 hours a day. Greyhounds rarely bark and require little grooming. And contrary to what many people think, greyhounds don’t need to wear a muzzle in public if they have been adopted through the GAP program and are wearing a special green GAP collar. Greyhounds are easygoing, docile and perfect for apartments. You couldn’t ask for a better pet. for more information on the Victorian GAP, visit http://gap.grv.org.au
For many Australians, greyhound racing is synonymous with animal cruelty. After recent publicity about live baiting, Australians are in uproar about the practices of the greyhound racing industry. But the problems with the industry go much deeper than live baiting. Race fixing, doping and corruption – the list goes on. Yet nothing is being done to fix these problems that go hand in hand with the ‘sport.’ In America, 38 states have banned greyhound racing and the same goes for South Africa and Italy. So why is it still legal in Australia?
The illegal activities that go on in the greyhound racing industry is more than just a case of a few bad apples. Illegal drug use has exploded in the industry, yet drug swabs take months to be released and have no tracking on their whereabouts – sometimes they simply disappear altogether. Races are fixed by planting dogs that will race badly – these dogs often race once and are then never seen again on the track. Bikie gangs breed and sell greyhounds for racing and launder money through the track; while crime figures sell hard-to-detect steroids to trainers. Not only do the animals suffer, but so do the honest trainers and owners – the ones who work hard and follow the rules, only to find the odds stacked against them by the corruption occurring on the tracks.
Is greyhound racing a sport? Don’t bet on it! It involves cruelty, doping and corruption. Say no to greyhound racing.
There are many negatives associated with greyhound racing. An estimated 600 greyhounds are injured in races each month; while the practice of live baiting that is used to train potential racers is abhorrent. Then there’s the fact that many greyhounds are left unwanted due to overbreeding, retirement or because they don’t have the speed needed to race successfully.
Thousands of greyhounds are born every year in Australia, yet statistics show that up to 40% of these dogs never receive a registered racing name, meaning they never race. Of those dogs that do make it to the racetrack, their ‘career’ is short-lived. They begin racing at around one and a half years of age and retire between the ages of four and six. It’s even worse for dogs that are not fast enough to have a successful ‘career’. Each dog is given only three races to show its ability – those that don’t make it end up on the scrapheap. Overbreeding, retirement and lack of talent leave thousands of greyhounds without a home. Around 1000 dogs find a home through greyhound adoption programs known as GAP. The rest are often dumped, sold for research or euthanised – on average, 9000 adult greyhounds are euthanised each year. Many of these dogs are perfectly healthy – they just have nowhere to go. Sadly, the life of the average greyhound is not a happy one.
For information on the Victorian GAP program, visit http://gap.grv.org.au