Sochi Olympics: Disaster.

Well, who isn’t looking forward to the Sochi Olympic games? I know many might not really care, but they usually don’t have anything against it. Well, I do. I always seem to see the other side of things. Due to the Sochi Olympics, there are some animal rights problems. And I will share them with you!

1.  Cat & Dog Cull

2000 cats and dogs will be culled for the Olympic Games. The Russian city of Sochi city has hired a private company to exterminate stray dogs during the 2014 Winter Olympic games. Claiming that it has an “obligation to the international community,” one politician from the regional parliament, Sergei Krivonossov, says that there is “an obvious problem with animals living on the streets” and that “exterminating is the fastest way to solve the problem.”
The city of Sochi stands to make 42,500 euros on the killing of the animals.
Animal activists have been protesting the Sochi government’s decision to cull stray animals and called on other solutions, such as sterilization and the creation of shelters. While the authorities have said they would build shelters, activists contend that there is no evidence that any have been built.
This is outrageous, and we need to take action! Sign this petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/972/019/713/2000-street-dogs-and-cats-will-be-killed-for-the-olympic-games-in-sochi-in-2014/

2. Dolphin Performance

There have been animal rights controversy in the Olympics over the years.
The 2012 London games were notable because of a controversy regarding the use of live animals during the opening ceremony. Critics argued that under the 2006 Animal Welfare Act, the animals in the opening ceremony would be subjected to “undue fear and distress.”
Four years earlier, the 2008 Beijing Olympics came under fire after a plot to kill stray cats was uncovered. The cats were taken to “death camps” in order to clean up the streets. As many as 500,000 cats were killed in this plot.
Sochi’s dog killing program is not wholly unprecedented. In preparation for the 2004 games in Athens, the government planned to poison 15,000 stray dogs. This sparked a public outcry.
The 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano also had links to an animal rights controversy. An animal rights group claimed that officials were rounding up macaque monkeys on the outskirts of Nagano. The monkeys were then allegedly shipped off to China, to be used in scientific research.

Well, what a great start to the Olympics!

Veganised Breakfast!

Great news- my breakfast is now completely vegan! I used to have creamy yogurt and toasted bread with butter, now I have veganised this. On school days I don’t have much time to prepare anything big, so I now eat fruit salad and English muffins with jam(not to be confused with American Muffins…these are more like pancakes!).
On the weekends I might be have tofu scramble or marinated tofu with something else. Tempted yet?
You can find some great ideas on my forum post here. And visit Amy’s (0ne of the admins) world-renowned (to the people she’s served it too) tofu scramble recipe!
I’ll add some pictures soon!

I have a dream…

Today is the around the day,sometime, a long time ago, when Martin Luther King Jr was born. He changed the world for the better. He believed in something many people were against, and tried to change it. It just shows how much one person can do to create change. He fulfilled his dreams. And we should all try to fulfill our dreams, no matter how impossible they seem, how faraway. I have a dream that someday animal cruelty is abolished. No matter how faraway that day is for now, we can keep on trying. Keep on rallying, refusing, opening our  and other’s eyes, and become vegan. Or maybe vegetarian, first. Little steps is still progress.
Look at what Animals Australia has done in one year. This will bring a smile to your face.

And this inspirational video from Peta2:

I have a dream that, someday, animals shall be treated as equals, everyone treated the same.
What is your dream?

Animal Skins on African Drums

Recently, at school, African drummers visited us to perform. Our class had a workshop on African drums. It was a whole lot of fun, there was singing, dancing ( I won a dancing competition they set up!) and a LOT of drumming. But there was a shock coming. When we were learning about the history of the drums, they told us what they were made of. The rum kit was made of GOAT SKIN and the bongos were made of COW SKIN. I am particularly fond of goats, and was not happy. When I tried to explain to them how animal skin is not right, they couldn’t quite understand.

These drums may have been old, but I’m afraid my money went to animal slaughter, quite by accident. They were from West Africa, a place poor enough to not have synthetic material. I would love to have a campaign to make it available to these people. Does anyone know any such campaign?

Skins from animals are no fun to them. We should value them for what they are, not what they can produce. To get skins animals suffer unnecessarily. There are so many alternatives to skins.

BETTER “LEATHERS”

1. Barkcloth

2. Cork

3. Recycled Ultrasuede

4. Glazed Cotton

5. Paper

6. Recycled PET Polyester

7. Degradable Polyurethane

And any other synthetic materials. These are all Eco-friendly. NOTE: The barkcloth does not kill the tree.

So, lets give the cows (and goats) a chance!