Archive for August, 2008

An open Letter: Dear Human Species

Dear Human Species,

After careful consideration we have decided to follow your ethical, cultural and moral framework and use human beings for food; both meat & diary, medical research and entertainment. We are far superior to the human race in cognitive intelligence and advanced technology and this gives us the right to do what the hell we want with you and you ain’t got no god dam choice about it. 

Yours Sincerlely
The Grays

August 16, 2008 at 11:21 am Leave a comment

RSPCA Blog: Your voice for the animals (or maybe not!)

The RSPCA blog “Give animals a voice” ( they say is a place where you can connect with others, create debate, share your views and give animals a voice.

Well I did just that and tried to voice my concerns that if I was an non-human animal I would not be looking to the RSPCA to protect me from being abused, maimed or killed by animal abusers. The reason being that the  RSPCA openly condone and support killing of animals for pleasure. In fact they even have their own seal of approval which they hand out to animal exploiters called “Freedom foods” label. Of course the RSPCA took offence  at my “voice for the animals” and quickly censored my entry on their blog.

The truth is the RSCPA have only an interest in protecting some animals from cruelty and are clearly in bed with animal agriculturists. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying the RSPCA don’t do a good job for wildlife and pets but they are clearly speciest when it comes to farm animals and an animal protection organization that is speciest is clearly a very worrying thing.

August 11, 2008 at 7:33 pm 3 comments

Kill It Skin It Wear It

Documentry on Channel 4 tonight about the fur trade.

“In her day job as a chef, Merrilees knows exactly where her food comes from. Now she wants to find out if it’s possible to source ethical fur like we source ethical food. 

In Kill it, Skin it, Wear it Merrilees Parker attempts to find out the truth behind this remarkable fashion revival – getting unprecedented access to a Danish fur farm, going fur trapping in Idaho and seeing images of animal suffering that she never wants to see again.

Beginning her journey in Denmark, Merrilees is invited to film inside a mink farm. Accompanied throughout by two PR minders, Merrilees is initially impressed by the seemingly “humane, soundless and bloodless” way in which the mink are killed and processed. But is it really the case that this is the standard method? Or is it all a PR job?

Back in London, Merrilees meets Director of Respect for Animals Mark Glover who shows her a very different side of the story. As she watches shocking and graphic footage of animals in suffering as they are kept and killed for fur, Merrilees is moved to tears. And the images continue to haunt her as she wonders whether any of the celebrities pictured wearing fur in magazines would do so if they had seen what she has seen.

But is there still a middle ground where animals can spend their time in the wild before they’re killed? To find out, Merrilees’ journey finally takes her fur-trapping in the wild with retired Vietnam-sniper Johnny Wisenhurst. Together, they trap and skin a beaver and Merrilees thinks that “if I was ever going to wear fur it would be that kind of animal that I’d feel comfortable wearing”.

So she returns to Denmark to a huge fur warehouse, from which many designers source their fur, to see whether she can trace the trapped fur which makes up around 20% of the market. But she is horrified to discover that “There are loads of guarantees on the quality of pelts but virtually no guarantees on good welfare practices.”

This woman is obviously a dimwit to start with but the real criminals here are the designers who use fur in their catalogues. Also the parallels made with so called “humane” farming just highlight the inherent problems with a welfare reform approach to animal rights.

Gloomy, gloom 😦

Watch online

August 10, 2008 at 10:25 am 35 comments

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