March 2013

Founder’s Note

     

I think we are all aware of the recent Delhi gang rape case that took place a couple of months ago, where a young girl was brutally gang raped by 6 . It took the entire capital city by storm and the news spread far across the world. That young girl had feelings of being absolutely violated, was put through an unthinkable amount of pain, and then when those brutal acts were done with her, they threw her off on the side of the road as they couldn’t use her anymore.

I am sorry to say, but this behavior is replicated in factory farms all across the world, especially in the dairy industry. Female cows are mindlessly raped several times in their short life time. Workers holding the semen of a bull put their hand and arm inside a cow’s uterus until the semen is put in the correct place. The female cow has to be held and sometimes her legs tied so that she doesn’t run away. All this, while belching out in pain. As soon as she gives birth, her calf is taken away from her. If it’s a male calf, it is either sent to the veal industry or the soft leather industry. If it’s a female calf, she may have the opportunity to drink her mother’s milk for a few days, as she too will be needed when she gets older. The calf is then taken away so that their milk can be used for human consumption. Once the mother stops producing milk, she is impregnated again and the whole process repeats itself several times until she cannot produce anymore babies. Once she is of no use to the factory farm, she is either thrown out on to the streets and left to fend for herself, or shot and killed.

Both scenarios are not very different from each other. Both are violations of the female race. This is the process of where our milk and all our dairy products come from. Dairy companies are commercial enterprises and will always show you a happy cow in vast fields of grass to convince you that dairy is wholesome and good for us.

The truth is, we only need our mother’s milk for the first one or two years of our lives. The famous age old question then arises, where do we get our calcium from? You only need to google it and you will see several sources of cruel free calcium options.

If forcefully restraining a woman and penetrating objects without her consent is rape in humans then how would you define artificial insemination and milking in cows?

Plastic Cow India

     

We recently attended a film screening at a film festival here in Delhi. A 34-minute documentary, The Plastic Cow focuses on the plight of cows, who are increasingly becoming unwitting victims of the ubiquitous plastic bags, which we use and carelessly discard every day.

It is common knowledge that you can’t go on any street in India without seeing a stray cow, unless you are near the president’s residence, even the cows are shooed away by the national security of the country. These cows have usually been abandoned by their owners because they are unwilling to feed them or the cows are not producing any milk and so are of no use to them anymore. They usually congregate around the various garbage dumps in the city foraging for food. It is common for Indian households to put all their kitchen and food waste into a plastic bag, tie it up and throw it in the bin. As the cow is unable to open the plastic bag on its own, but can smell the food inside, it eats the entire plastic bag with the food contents as a whole. Owing to their complex digestive systems, these bags get trapped inside their stomachs forever. As a result, the toxic plastic accumulates inside their stomachs for years and, eventually, leads to a slow and very painful death.

In a surgery shot for the film, 53 kilos of plastic waste was extracted from one cow's stomach! But, surgery, which is expensive and lasts many hours, is not the solution to this problem. We need to work on reducing our consumption of plastic which would result in less production of plastic.

You may watch the film at the below link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SifRIYqHfcY&feature=youtu.be

Cows eating and living within our rubbish

If you look closely at this picture, you will notice that the calf is actually tied to the giant rubbish bin. It’s owner most probably tied it there so that it could find its own food and not run away. That area was stinking and after standing there for just one minute, we wanted to puke. That poor calf has to spend the entire day,  every day  in that environment.

“Be Cruelty Free” Week

 

Humane Society International is celebrating "Be Cruelty-Free Week" (BCFW) from 11th March to 15th March around the world in America, UK, Brazil, Russia, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India. The week will be spent to help raise awareness on lab animals used to test cosmetics. In India, various animal organizations in the different cities will be conducting awareness events.

Thousands of animals ranging from mice to guinea pigs and rabbits are made to endure cruel, obsolete and painful toxicity tests for safety on humans, even though these tests are not mandatory in India and have been banned in the whole of Europe since 2004.

According to Sir Paul McCartney, “If every cosmetic tested on rabbits or mice had a photo on the packaging showing these animals with weeping swollen eyes and inflamed skin, I believe everyone would leave cruelty on the shelf”.

How can you help? Please sign HSI’s global cruelty-free pledge at www.hsi.org/becrueltyfree and show that you care about the thousands of rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and other animals still suffering in cosmetics tests in laboratories around the world.

Animal testing is a global issue, and ethical consumers from all around the world are invited to get active in the cause. The HSI team is also working with scientists from universities, private companies and government agencies worldwide to push for a totally new “21st century” approach to safety testing that combines ultra-fast cell tests and sophisticated computer models to deliver human-relevant results in hours instead of months or even years for some animal tests.

Next time you are buying a cosmetic for yourself, look at the label and choose cruelty-free!












Photos Credit: Humane Society International (H.S.I)

Animal Communication

We shared in the last newsletter the launch of our animal communication services. Since then, we have helped a few individuals communicate with their pets and also with pets who have left the planet. Are you curious to know what your pet is thinking? Or has your pet recently been diagnosed with an illness and you just want to know how it is feeling? Or would you just like to have a general chat with your pet friend and get to know him better? 100% of the proceeds will be given to The Happy Foundation to help various animal causes. For more details on setting up a session, click on http://www.happyfoundationforanimals.org/animalCommunications.html
                                    


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Rosina is a natural animal communicator and has helped and guided many people to understand their pets better thereby deepening the bond between humans and pets.

 



The many individuals who have donated various amounts. It is with your generosity that we are able to help the animals in India.


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