BULL KNEELS AND CRIES MOMENTS BEFORE SLAUGHTER

Moments before he was to be slaughtered

Moments before he was to be slaughtered

Reported in “Weekly World News,” in Hong Kong, a group of workers took a bull to the slaughterhouse. They were about to enter the facility when the bull suddenly stopped and knelt on its front paws. The bull was crying.

Shiu, one of the workers, claims he started to shiver seeing those “scared and sad eyes,” and, as much as they tried to pull the bull inside, it wouldn’t move and just stood there, sobbing like a child.

The workers were not able to slay it also tearing up at the sight, collecting funds to buy the animal and deliver it to the care of monks in a nearby temple.

Reportedly, when the bull recognized that he would be spared, he got up and followed them.

 


WHAT: A Pro-Vegan, Pro-Earth Reachout in Worcester outside Greendale Mall. Please join us to present the truth of farmed animal suffering, the environmental devastation caused by animal agriculture, and the easy, healthy vegan solution!WHEN: This Saturday November 8th, 1:00-2:30pm.

WHERE: Outside Greendale Mall, 7 Neponset St, Worcester, MA 01606.

RSVP/INFO: rayshick@msn.com or just answer this email or just show up. (Event is weather permitting only. Check for postponement email or call 978-257-7062 on morning of event.) Literature, signs, and banner provided.
WHY: For the pigs, chickens, cows, dairy calves, lambs, sheep, goats and water living creatures. Worldwide, 51 billion farmed animals are killed each year. The suffering this represents is staggering. Hidden away, animals are abused and neglected in factory and family farms throughout the U.S. Female pigs, egg laying hens, and veal calves are kept in cages and crates so small that they cannot turn around. Common practices include tail docking, beak cutting, castration, branding, forced impregnation, and dehorning, all without anesthesia. Starvation for 7-14 days (forced molting) is routinely practiced on laying hens. Animals’ deaths are just as bad. They are dragged, terrified, to their deaths. They are often skinned while still alive. Chickens and other birds are killed without even the most lenient protections.  And ”food animals” are killed at such young ages, that if they were dogs or cats, they would still be called puppies or kittens, and farmers would be called animal abusers.

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Boston — PETA filed a lawsuit on October 14 in the Suffolk County Superior Court to compel the state’s Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) to release information on the companies, universities, and individuals involved in the importation of 141 monkeys into the state in 2013, many of whom were likely headed to laboratories for invasive and painful experiments.
PETA sought this information in February through a Freedom of Information Act request. The DAR withheld the information on documents it released to PETA, and PETA’s lawsuit argues that it failed to provide an adequate justification for doing so. PETA contends that access to information about the origin and destination of these animals is critical because primates in laboratories are sometimes imported to the U.S. unlawfully, can carry infectious diseases such as herpes or Ebola, or are sometimes supplied by dealers who have violated animal welfare laws.
“Thousands of monkeys are cut into, sickened, and killed in Massachusetts laboratories each year, and the public has a right to know where these animals came from, where they went, and how they got there,” says PETA Director of Laboratory Investigations Justin Goodman. “PETA wants the state of Massachusetts to stop insulating universities, drug companies, animal dealers, and others from much-deserved public scrutiny about the use of monkeys in deadly experiments.”
Each year, thousands of monkeys are taken from the wild or bred on squalid breeding farms in Asia and Africa, crammed into tiny wooden crates, transported on long-haul flights to the U.S., and trucked across the country to laboratories in Massachusetts and elsewhere. In recent studies, monkeys confined to Massachusetts facilities had holes drilled into their skulls, were addicted to cocaine, and were restrained and forced to pull burning-hot metal levers heated to 140 degrees.
According to the most recent federal data available, thousands of primates were confined to Massachusetts laboratories in 2011, including at Boston University, Charles River Laboratories, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During recent inspections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited Massachusetts laboratories for dozens of violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
A copy of PETA’s complaint is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

From Steve and Helen:

Hi all,
We are cancelling today’s Boston Ringling Protest because there are thunderstorms predicted starting about 1-1:30 and that area is not at all a safe place to be if there is lightening. We don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way.
 
We hate having to do this but tomorrow’s Sunny Meadow Sanctuary Workday & Vegan Potluck is still a go!
 

 

For the animals,
 
Helen & Steve

 


Hi all,
We are having a Work Day & Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary this Saturday, August 30th, from noon to 7:30ish and we hope you can make it!
 
Thanks to everyone who responded about Ruthie – we got lots of towels but have mixed news about her condition. After eating two meals with gusto and having a drastically lower fever (104.5 vs 107), she had a relapse last night and this morning. Her fever crept up to 105 and she lost her appetite again, although she is eating hay. Her diarrhea is gone – or at least for now. We were so happy but now fear she is not out of the woods yet.
 
The vets are thinking it might be a relatively rare dog tick related disease. We have given her two injections of antibiotics and will be continuing to do so for 10 day. We are also giving her injections of Vitamin B Complex and banamine. Poor baby, so many shots.
 
Please keep Ruthie in your thoughts and prayers!

 

If you need or can give other members a ride to the Work Day, please let us know. And if you can’t make it then, but can help some other day to help out, just let us know that as well.

Jobs include light carpentry, barn, pasture,  and paddock cleanup, animal care, fencing,  etc.. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed! 

So if you would like to come help out, that would be great. Just email us anytime at:

rayshick@msn.com and we will be happy to give you directions to our place. (Our farm is in Central Mass, about 1 1/2 hours from Boston.)

This is a weather-related event so please either check your email or call us on our cell at 978-257-7062 on the morning of the event for possible cancellation/rescheduling due to inclement weather.

It will also be a vegan potluck, so just let us what you will be bringing if you are staying for the potluck.

Feel free to bring snacks to share as well. We will be eating at about 6:00.

Treats for the animals are also needed; we especially need organic apples, organic carrots  and organic spinach. (The huge spinach packs are best – our ducks and hens gobble them up.) All veggies are welcome!

 

And/or if you can make a MUCH needed donation for the sanctuary, click on the PayPal button on the upper left, or go to the website: 

http://www.sunnymeadowsanctuary.org/donate/ 

or, even better, you can send checks to:

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary
P.O. Box 114
Holden, MA 01520-1279

Any size donation will greatly help! We will send you a receipt for your taxes.

 

And if you have an idea for fundraising, let us know. We sure could use the help!

 

No dogs please. Many of our farm animals are afraid of strange dogs. Plus our yard is full of baby rabbits. (Working with a wonderful state licensed wildlife rehabilitator, we also rescue wild rabbits and squirrels – most of whom were either orphaned or hurt badly by cat attacks.)

 

For the animals,  

 

Helen & Steve


FROM HELEN AND STEVE RAYSCHICK

Hi all,

 

We are having a Work Day & Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary this Sunday, August 17th, from noon to 7:30ish and we hope you can make it! We have had some unexpected things happen this week so we really need as much help as we can get.

 

If you need or can give other members a ride to the Work Day, please let us know. And if you can’t make it then, but can help some other day to help out, just let us know that as well.

Jobs include light carpentry, barn, pasture,  and paddock cleanup, animal care, fencing,  etc.. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed! 

So if you would like to come help out, that would be great. Just email us anytime at:

rayshick@msn.com and we will be happy to give you directions to our place. (Our farm is in Central Mass, about 1 1/2 hours from Boston.)

This is a weather-related event so please either check your email or call us on our cell at 978-257-7062 on the morning of the event for possible cancellation/rescheduling due to inclement weather.

It will also be a vegan potluck, so just let us what you will be bringing if you are staying for the potluck.

Feel free to bring snacks to share as well. We will be eating at about 6:00.

Treats for the animals are also needed; we especially need organic apples, organic carrots  and organic spinach. (The huge spinach packs are best – our ducks and hens gobble them up.) All veggies are welcome!

 

And/or if you can make a MUCH needed donation for the sanctuary, click on the PayPal button on the upper left, or go to the website: 

http://www.sunnymeadowsanctuary.org/donate/ 

or, even better, you can send checks to:

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary
P.O. Box 114
Holden, MA 01520-1279

Any size donation will greatly help! We will send you a receipt for your taxes.

 

And if you have an idea for fundraising, let us know. We sure could use the help!

 

No dogs please. Many of our farm animals are afraid of strange dogs. Plus our yard is full of baby rabbits. (Working with a wonderful state licensed wildlife rehabilitator, we also rescue wild rabbits and squirrels – most of whom were either orphaned or hurt badly by cat attacks.)

 

For the animals,  

 

Helen & Steve


FROM HELEN AND STEVE RAYSCHICK
Hi all,

 

We are having a Work Day & Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary this Sunday, August 17th, from noon to 7:30ish and we hope you can make it!

 

If you need or can give other members a ride to the Work Day, please let us know. And if you can’t make it then, but can help some other day to help out, just let us know that as well.

Jobs include light carpentry, barn, pasture,  and paddock cleanup, animal care, fencing,  etc.. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed! 

So if you would like to come help out, that would be great. Just email us anytime at:

rayshick@msn.com and we will be happy to give you directions to our place. (Our farm is in Central Mass, about 1 1/2 hours from Boston.)

This is a weather-related event so please either check your email or call us on our cell at 978-257-7062 on the morning of the event for possible cancellation/rescheduling due to inclement weather.

It will also be a vegan potluck, so just let us what you will be bringing if you are staying for the potluck.

Feel free to bring snacks to share as well. We will be eating at about 6:00.

Treats for the animals are also needed; we especially need organic apples, organic carrots  and organic spinach. (The huge spinach packs are best – our ducks and hens gobble them up.) All veggies are welcome!

 

And/or if you can make a MUCH needed donation for the sanctuary, click on the PayPal button on the upper left, or go to the website: 

http://www.sunnymeadowsanctuary.org/donate/ 

or, even better, you can send checks to:

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary
P.O. Box 114
Holden, MA 01520-1279

Any size donation will greatly help! We will send you a receipt for your taxes.

 

And if you have an idea for fundraising, let us know. We sure could use the help!

 

No dogs please. Many of our farm animals are afraid of strange dogs. Plus our yard is full of baby rabbits. (Working with a wonderful state licensed wildlife rehabilitator, we also rescue wild rabbits and squirrels – most of whom were either orphaned or hurt badly by cat attacks.)

 

For the animals,  

 

Helen & Steve


FROM HELEN AND STEVE RAYSCHICK

WHAT: Animal Testing Leafleting & Banner Holding @ the Boston Common.

WHEN: Tomorrow, Saturday, August 2nd, 2:00-4:00pm. WHERE: Boston Common, meet in front of the Brewer’s Fountain near the  Park Street T stop. (See Directions, below.)

RSVP/INFO: rayshick@msn.com or just answer this email or just show  up. (Event is weather permitting only. Check for postponement  email or call 978-257-7062 on morning of protest.) Leaflets and banner provided. 

WHY: Whenever we speak to the general public about animal testing, folks are amazed that it is still going on. Help us let the public know the awful truth about animal testing. Our signs and literature will expose the cruelty of the 3 main animal tests used on millions of animals each year: (1) the Eye Irritancy Test, which is also called the Draize Test, which forces chemicals into the eyes of fully conscious, restrained rabbits. No pain relievers or anesthetics of any kind are used. The extreme pain often causes them to struggle so severely that they break their own backs, dying in agony needlessly. (2) The Skin Irritancy Testing, which places corrosive chemicals onto the shaved/raw skin of rabbits and guinea pigs. The caustic nature of these substances causes severe injuries to the animals. Gaping wounds and bleeding are common. (3) The Oral Toxicity Testing, the LD50, which force-feeds strong chemicals to fully conscious animals for 14-28 days until they die.Animal testing doesn’t make products safe. For example, according to animal tests, cigarette smoke, asbestos, arsenic, benzene, and glass fibers were all found to be safe to ingest. Many household products, all tested on animals, are unsafe for us and our environment. And inaccuracies in cancer-causing tests occur up to 70% of the time. Animal testing only provides a legal defense for companies whose products could still harm humans. Test results are used to win lawsuits, not protect people. Some of these tests are over 50 years old and have never been required to be scientifically validated.

In February 2008, 3 agencies – the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Toxicology Program and the National Institutes of Health – signed a “Memorandum of understanding” to develop and implement new methods that could lead to the end of animal testing to evaluate the safety for humans of new chemicals and drugs. Source:
http://tinyurl.com/2jup69

This change is the result of scientific findings that animal tests do not work to protect humans. In 2007, the National Research Council (a committee of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences) reported that the US government must develop new testing to assess the effects of chemicals on human health.

Their report, which was requested by the EPA, suggested the use of new technologies such as biomonitoring–analyzing chemical levels in blood, urine, breast milk and human tissue–and high-throughput assays. We will describe these viable alternatives, identify the companies that still use animal testing (including Proctor and Gamble) and give contact info, and identify the companies that do not animal test.

 

DIRECTIONS:From The Boston Common Parking Garage:

We will be near the fountain and Park Street Subway Station near the corners of Park and Tremont Streets. Public transportation is best and cheapest but the entrance to the Boston Common Garage is on Charles St. directly across from the Public Gardens. There are also passenger elevators down to the garage from four pedestrian kiosks within the Common. Cost=$10 all day. When you exit the garage at ground level, find the tree lined sidewalks and walk on them with the hill on your left, then pass the bandstand area, and continue to the corner of Park and Tremont. Brewer’s Fountain is near that corner. You can always ask passersby where the Park Street T Stop or fountain are. Here’s a map of the T system:
http://www.bostoncitylinks.com/boston_maps.html

The Common is the big green oblong in the middle and Park Street Station is in the upper right hand corner of that oblong. Here is a map of Boston: http://www.bostoncitylinks.com/big.html

From the T:

Exit the Green or Red Line at Park Street then walk towards the middle of the park. You will see us near the fountain and on the sidewalks going into the park.

Driving Directions to the Commons Parking Garage:

From the Mass Pike:

Take Mass Pike Eastbound

Take the Copley Place/Prudential Exit

Stay right for Copley Place
You will exit the tunnel onto Stuart Street; go straight on Stuart and take left on Charles St. South which will turn into Charles St after the first traffic light. Garage entrance is on right. From the Southeast Expressway (I 93/RT. 3 North):

Take exit 20 toward I-90, Airport & South Station

Take a left toward South Station
At the light, Turn LEFT (West) onto Kneeland St
Kneeland St becomes Stuart St
Turn RIGHT (North) onto Charles St, South; follow it to Charles St [1 block] From 93 South:

Take exit 26 toward Storrow Drive-North Station

Follow Storrow Drive Heading Westbound
Take the Back Bay/Copley Square exit (be sure to stay in the left lane, since it’s a left lane exit)
Once off the exit, take a left at light
Take first right onto Arlington Street
Proceed through set of lights
At second light, take a left onto Boylston Street
Go straight through lights
At second light, take a left onto Charles Street
Take a right into Boston Common Garage (Below the Boston Common Park)From Storrow Drive Heading Eastbound:

Take the Downtown Boston exit (right lane exit)
Follow the direction above from westbound

FROM HELEN AND STEVE RAYSCHICK…

We are having a Work Day & Vegan Potluck here at Sunny Meadow Sanctuary this Sunday, August 3rd, from noon to 7:30ish and we hope you can make it!

 

If you need or can give other members a ride to the Work Day, please let us know. And if you can’t make it then, but can help some other day to help out, just let us know that as well.

Jobs include light carpentry, barn, pasture,  and paddock cleanup, animal care, fencing,  etc.. There will be a great variety of jobs to do and many hands needed! 

So if you would like to come help out, that would be great. Just email us anytime at:

rayshick@msn.com and we will be happy to give you directions to our place. (Our farm is in Central Mass, about 1 1/2 hours from Boston.)

This is a weather-related event so please either check your email or call us on our cell at 978-257-7062 on the morning of the event for possible cancellation/rescheduling due to inclement weather.

It will also be a vegan potluck, so just let us what you will be bringing if you are staying for the potluck.

Feel free to bring snacks to share as well. We will be eating at about 6:00.

Treats for the animals are also needed; we especially need organic apples, organic carrots  and organic spinach. (The huge spinach packs are best – our ducks and hens gobble them up.) All veggies are welcome!

 

And/or if you can make a MUCH needed donation for the sanctuary, click on the PayPal button on the upper left, or go to the website: 

http://www.sunnymeadowsanctuary.org/donate/ 

or, even better, you can send checks to:

Sunny Meadow Sanctuary
P.O. Box 114
Holden, MA 01520-1279

Any size donation will greatly help! We will send you a receipt for your taxes.

 

And if you have an idea for fundraising, let us know. We sure could use the help!

 

No dogs please. Many of our farm animals are afraid of strange dogs. Plus our yard is full of baby rabbits. (Working with a wonderful state licensed wildlife rehabilitator, we also rescue wild rabbits and squirrels – most of whom were either orphaned or hurt badly by cat attacks.)

 

For the animals,  

 

Helen & Steve