|Saturday, 23 May 2009 12:00|
Your Response to Sophie’s Story
It is with a humble spirit that I’m able to report that the gentle East Cape sheepdog named Sophie also touched the hearts of many of you. Along with comforting e-mails of empathy, twenty-nine people made donations to help me with her Gisborne veterinary bill. Not only was the cost of the entire bill covered, but a little was left over to put towards my continuous drip feed account with the long-suffering Forrest Hill Vet Clinic in Auckland. I hope I have managed to thank all of Sophie’s donors individually. Please contact me if I haven’t personally acknowledged your donation as two of her sponsors are unknown to me. To all of you, I am deeply grateful, as you helped to restore my faith in humankind when I was feeling very despondent. Sophie will remain in my memory as a dog who had a loving, albeit brief, home with us.
In the last newsflash I mentioned the urgent need for over 300 geese to be offered safe havens. Of these, just over 100 are now settling into their new environments. To those of you who are enjoying your recent feathered family members – thank you. And to those of you who have found homes through forwarding my plea – thank you. And to those of you who have yet to contact me with more sanctuaries – thank you too. The SPCA kindly included the appeal in their e-newsletter and Jude Dobson highlighted it in her “Family Matters” column in the Aucklander on Thursday 21/5/09. The next rescue date is 2nd June 2009. The photo below shows a family group in their beautiful new home.
I call it “The Ongoing Slaughter of the Innocent” and it’s about to rear it’s ugly head yet again. Some time between next Saturday 30th May and the 12th June 2009, approximately 180 magnificent horses will be rounded up as an environmental protection measure. Any who are unfortunate enough to be over four years of age and any who are not offered suitable homes will be shot. (Less than 20 are expected to be adopted this year).
If you have had the pleasure of sighting Kaimanawa horses during your drive through the Desert Road (as shown in this photo), you will know that they are among the healthiest and most beautiful looking creatures you have ever encountered.
Why the continuous musters don’t simply result in castration of the stallions is beyond me. That would end the perceived need for ongoing slaughters, since the horses would eventually live out their lives in peace until old age claimed them all. Instead, this repeated mustering results in senseless bloodshed.
Ask to see the latest press release of this hardworking rescue group.You and your property will be required to meet an application criteria regardless of where you live in the North or South Island. PLEASE DON’T DELAY. The muster may be less than one week away. Please Thanks to Open Rescue, Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE), Mike King and the media – the long defended secret is finally in the public arena. New Zealand’s intensive farming methods of pigs (and chickens for meat or eggs) are atrocious and must be outlawed. The farmers and the Pork Board won’t stop it because, incomprehensively, their methods are legal in this country. The laws must change before sow crates and farrowing crates are banned 365 days a year.let me know what happens after you or one of your friends’ applies. Thank you.
There is much you can do in the wake of the recent media attention to assist this country’s thousands of pigs who suffer excruciatingly year after year.
Thanks to Open Rescue, Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE), Mike King and the media – the long defended secret is finally in the public arena. New Zealand’s intensive farming methods of pigs (and chickens for meat or eggs) are atrocious and must be outlawed. The farmers and the Pork Board won’t stop it because, incomprehensively, their methods are legal in this country. The laws must change before sow crates and farrowing crates are banned 365 days a year.
The #1 way you can cause this law change is to STOP EATING PIGS in any form. No bacon, no pork pies, no pork sausages, ham or ham steaks, chops, roasts or spits. Make it a lifetime habit.
Not only is your health likely to benefit by excluding pork products, but when consumers persistently boycott this animal as a food source, the Government, NAWAC, MAF and even the Pork Board and the farmers will have no choice but take notice.
Open the links below for in depth information and many other ways you can help.
View Open Rescue’s video footage of Mike King’s visit to a pig farm: http://video.yahoo.com/watch/5092928/13514811
Check out all of the tabs on SAFE's “Love Pigs” website: http://www.lovepigs.org.nz/Home/
Visit NZ Open Rescue's Flickr page to see photos of Mike King confronting the horror of an intensive pig farm. Other rescue work is also featured: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nzopenrescue/
Read the four (so far) comments on the intensive pig faming issue by Peter Sankoff. Peter is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Law (Link is no longer available).
Earlier this month, New Zealand’s Minister of Agriculture, David Carter, revealed that progress towards an arrangement with Saudi Arabia had been reached, indicating that the deal could be signed later this year. The draft Arrangement follows the same terms as the agreement between Australia and Saudi Arabia which has paved the way for the resumption of live sheep exports from Australia. Warning: If you choose to watch the video footage of the treatment of sheep arriving in Saudi Arabia, it is graphic and distressing, no slaughter is included (Link is no longer available).
Check these heart-warming links to read about and view the rescue of ducklings hatched out in the heart of city life. (Links no longer available)
Thank you so much to all of you!
Please continue to make a difference to the lives of other creatures by forwarding my mail outs to all of those caring people on your database. I have many adult cats and kittens urgently needing safe havens, plus roosters, a goat who would need to be neutered prior to his adoption, Kunekune pigs, possibly a paddock mate horse and of course, dogs, geese and almost 200 Kaimanawa horses under my umbrella.