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4) Nicole Forbes March 2016 
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Friday, 4 March 2016 18:08 Host:

What a wonderful job this site is doing - recording the social history of humanity and our often barbaric relationship with God's creatures. We should treat both each other and all living things as we would wish to be treated ourselves!
If not for you maybe you know others who would be interested!
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2) Tony Wardle 
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Tuesday, 16 February 2016 15:29 IP:

It is so easy to go through life accepting what is placed in front of you – far too easy but it requires nothing of you. When you finally stop and begin asking questions, the demands begin. You either respond to those demands and try to end the shameful treatment of animals or you ignore them, becoming complicit in their suffering. You can’t unlearn and go back to where you were before. This site is a chilling reminder of the all-pervasive nature of our cruelty – and of those who work to end it. To include animals and humans together under the same title – slavery – often produces criticism that the one demeans the other. And therein lies the seeds of our abuse. We know that animals share the same range of emotions as us – they suffer, feel pain and discomfort and experience a similar range of emotional traumas. Compassion does not have limits, it does not have to be dispensed carefully in case it runs out. It is boundless and reading these pages will confirm why cannot afford to be mean with it. Compassion can change the world for the benefit of all animals – human and non-human. Tony Wardle, Viva!
1) Alan Cooper 
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Sunday, 14 February 2016 16:51 IP:

SORRY, I tried but it was never enough, could never have been enough against the relentless waves of human oppression

I want to apologise for the ecological state of Planet Earth. This assumes the situation in 2207 is as bad as I believe it will be.

In 2007 and for many decades before that we didn't care enough to look after this Planet. In the so-called " developed world" people were just to damn selfish, busy consuming , while others in the so-called " third world" were barely surviving themselves, a significant number on around $1 a day. That is the inequality which exists today for humans in different parts of The Planet.

Yes, so you may well think what chance did non-humans have of living and surviving at the dawning of the 21st century, very very little, so I apologise for all the animal species you have never seen, except from a picture in a book, for the elephants, tigers, apes and the love of my life, the dolphins.

The Yangtze river dolphin was officially declared extinct this year . To be one of a species that cause this to happen to another, I feel numb, incredibly sad. The human species just couldn't hear the message of the dolphins, that they too were a great civilisation in their own blue world and that we were destroying them. I had the privilege to be around them in the ocean too, to swim amongst them, it was unconditional experience unlike the relationship one has with other humans.

In 2004 over 15,000 species were listed as threatened. At the same time over 40 billion farm animals, around seven times the total human population were farmed for food each year, a repulsive fact , repulsive people prepared to gorge unnecessarily on their flesh. The human species is another plague of locusts demolishing everything in its 'advance 'or 'progression', progression, what a joke.

Perhaps there are species that have survived prudent enough to have managed to avoid contact with ' man' but I fear individuals of many species are now entombed only in some sort of freakish themed park. I wonder in 2207as you read this, do you think their 'habitat' is freakish or natural? Perhaps you, the people of 2207 find it all acceptable, just like many of 2007 or perhaps a small but significant percentage of you are very, very sad about the situation as some of we are today

I became aware of animal suffering at an early age. My mother told me( later in life) I said to her when I was around 4 or 5 years old, " what are all these dead animals doing hung up".

This was on a visit to the butchers shop, amazing but true, some years later the butcher hung himself in the shop.

I was a vegetarian of sorts but it wasn't until the age of 30 my life changed dramatically and for the better. I became a Vegan overnight after watching the ' Animals Film' in 1982. Twenty-five years on it is the single most important decision I ever made for the better, my living no longer depended on the death of others.





Shortly after 1982 I became an active animal rights campaigner with the Northern Animal Liberation League which was based in Manchester in the UK. Halcyon days when we thought we could do anything and often did, from street stalls to hunt sabotage to raiding ICI labs with such audacity in broad daylight.

A similar raid a few months later at Unilever labs in Bedfordshire by animal liberators brought me and twenty-four activists 41 and a half years in prison( I got 2 years for my part).

"You are not friends of society ,you are enemies of it, that I believe is your true purpose" Thank -you Judge Wild for saying that as you sentenced us, paying us all such an enormous compliment, a society where animals were/are viewed as expendable objects, rather than sentient beings.

Other slave animals have been rescued but it was never enough, could never have been enough.

Cetacea Defence has campaigned for close on 20 years, specialising in whale and dolphin issues/threats, but lending its name and energy to many other non-cetacean matters too, including human rights issues, for my fight is against injustice, be it for a slave animal or a human animal, a victim of war or of other oppression.

Probably the biggest sucesses for non-humans are,

Involvement in freeing Rocky from Morecambe Marineland in the early 1990s.

Being spokesperson for the campaign which closed down Flamingo Land dolphinarium after a two year campaign (1991-3, The Flamingo Land Dolphin Campaign).

A hand in the demise of Antwerp dolphinarium ( 1998-9)and West Edmonton Mall in the early years of 2000. No more slaves will ever suffer again at these places.

Other highlights in the campaigns to save cetaceans are

initiating July 4th World Day for Captive Dolphins ( 1992)

extending it to World Week 1-7th July ( 2000)

and in 2007 launching June 30th World Whale and Dolphin Day.

The first two dates have never become the threat to the captivity industry I envisaged, getting people to engage their bodies with the often rhetorical content of their mouths and do some direct action in the simple but effective form of picketting dolphinariums has proven very difficult indeed and has been probably made worse by the advent of the Internet. There is now a generation of activists who may believe the Internet is the only way of campaigning, (that an email will change The World), rather than just a useful tool, in which if information is not acted upon in other ways, the conveyance of information is good but the tool itself may be very limited in what it can achieve.

Now all my cards have probably been played, the dice has been thrown not by me, but for me and a serious health condition means I am severly handicapped in want I still have the passion for, animal and human liberation.

Amen to all the animals and humans that have suffered at the hands of human tyranny.

This is the testimony of Alan Cooper UK, originator of
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