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31 March 2018 in Cape Town outside the V&A waterfront entrance, coming off the N1, we will be protesting the continued prison life of Lolita. In solidarity with Lolita supporters in the USA, we are gathering to show support for Lolita, on this day, whom the courts have decided must stay at the Miami Seaquarium, although her tank is too small and she has no company.
She can be rehabbed, after spending time in a sea based facility. Lolita is also being kept with dolphins who bite her and have caused her many injuries. She has damage to her teeth caused by biting the side of her tank. This is common in orcas who are kept in very small spaces, in an attempt to escape. When the hurricane passed over Florida, Lolita was left with no protection, this could have caused her to be seriously injured or even caused her death. Lolita's mother is still alive, and her family is often spotted near to the area where sanctuary that she can be rehabilitated, is intended to be built. Please join us, let's get her home to her family in the ocean!
A four year-old killer whale named Tokitae was brutally taken from her mother in the Puget Sound and brought to the Miami Seaquarium where she was placed in a 35 foot wide tank and renamed 'Lolita." She has lived there ever since, now almost 50 years.
There are several groups attempting to retire Lolita from her tank that violates Department of Agriculture size regulations at the Miami Seaquarium to a more humane existence. A plan has been proposed by the Orca Network to retire Lolita to a transitional ocean sanctuary in her native waters in the Pacific Northwest.
While the USA embassy is in the southern suburbs, they are closed on Saturdays and we are having this event on the middle island at the entrance to the waterfront, to create public awareness.
In the meantime, BWC together with Talking Tree and Voice for African Wildlife have started a group called Cape Town Unites for Animals and we held our first annual event (see the video clip) at which we handed over a memorandum of intent to Adv Anthony Mitchell, who accepted on behalf of Prince Mangasuthu Buthelezi and which was addressed to the ministers of the DAFF and DEA. The MOI called for recognition of animal sentience and amendment of the description of animal in the APA and related documents, and for the halt to farm donkeys for their skins.
87 organisations were part and parcel of the 600+ marchers, certainly the largest crowd for animal issues in SA so far, and we also provided a straw bale seat trailer to ride, for the first time, for those who wished to participate, but whose health or locomotion is impaired.
This march will become an annual event, in March, and we plan to make it an African continent event, with every country and multiple cities taking part.
The Prince had sent a moving and positive response, read by Adv Mitchell, which was heart-warming and heartfelt.
This, from Braam Malherbe, international motivational speaker, extreme conservationist, extreme adventurer, philanthropist, writer and educator, who spoke at the march : "What an honour to speak to hundreds of people, including young children, at the culmination of the walk to Parliament to hand over a memorandum about the rights of those who cannot speak but deserve the rights to care, compassion and love; the animals that co-inhabit the Earth with us and who we exploit, not only at their suffering and peril, but ultimately, ours as well. We are Sapiens, the 'wise' ape, is it not time to become Sapiens, the 'Sentient' ape? Thank you to Cape Town Unites for Animals for your leadership today #DOTchallenge"
Another march is being organised for 21st April, just before World Week for Animals in Laboratories, and we already have 19 committed organisations. We will be handing a letter of support to Cheryllyn Dudley, a South African politician who has served as a Member of the National Assembly of South Africa since the first democratic elections in 1999 and at BWC's instigation, presented the Amendment Bill (track the progress) which wants a ban on cosmetic testing in South Africa.
We are delighted and thrilled that Kerry Postlewhite, Director of Public Affairs, Cruelty Free International (previously known as the BUAV) which has the Leaping Bunny Programme, similar to the BWC humane guide, has confirmed she is flying out especially for our march, from the UK, and will be a guest speaker! Kerry will be hosted by BWC during her short stay in CT.
If your Animal Welfare organisation, Animal Rights organisation, business or group would like to support this march in Cape Town, please let us know by emailing Taking Tree's firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
To support means to participate in the march, share with your media connections and on your social media channels and invite your family, friends and co-workers. #LetsDoThisTogether #SupportTheBan #NoMoreTestingOnAnimals #WeAreAllSentient
A junior debate team at De Kuilen High spent a week researching and meeting at breaks to discuss the motion where they were obliged to argue FOR animal testing, during the Cape inter-schools debate series. They explored the topic from all angles, and they decided that it was futile to attempt this debate, and chose to forfeit.
There is no way, in this day and age, to argue for animal testing, citing necessity, as there are ample viable, non animal based options which render the debate about animal testing archaic, ignorant and moot.
Whether cosmetic or medical, testing on animals is neither necessary nor ethical and with the advancements that have been made in the field, there is no way to justify in favour of it.
BWC is very proud of these students, for learning from their research, and taking a stand. They, of their own accord, chose to forfeit, rather than debate an issue which is indefensible.
This makes for interesting reading ; Our treatment of animals is stalling human progress
Annual company support of Beauty Without Cruelty is still a mere R500, and a BS18A tax receipt will be issued in this tax year if an e-mail to email@example.com confirming pop is received, to claim back from from SARS. We rely on your support to continue our education, outreach and working towards a cage free world, for the benefit of all. Beauty without Cruelty | Standard Bank - Branch: 025109 - Savings Acc: 077 491 645 OR download the Snapscan app to your phone, follow the easy prompts, and it's done!
While “old” ingredients may have been found to be safe for use, there is still the possibility of retesting if a substance is later found to be a cause for concern. According to regulators in the USA, sunscreens are particularly prone to retesting, as are hair colourants. It is internationally required by law that certain ingredients be tested on animals, such as pharmaceuticals, before being introduced to the market.
Although the European Union and the UK imposed a complete ban in 2013 on the testing of cosmetic products/ingredients on animals, and Australia appears to have followed suit, please be aware the REACH (Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of CHemicals) regulations and others supersede the EU Cosmetic Directive, therefore making it important for ALL companies to be endorsed by a recognized independent auditor (such as Beauty Without Cruelty or the internationally accepted Leaping Bunny Programme).
The bottom line is that cosmetic testing may be banned, but some ingredients used in cosmetics are tested for among other things, worker safety, pharmaceuticals, food etc. So if substances tested for other reasons are also used in cosmetics, how can these products be considered to be not tested on animals? Please see www.humaneguide.co.za for 90+ brands which have proven their humane manufacture claims. It doesn’t matter what they say, it is what they prove. There is no cost to consumer or company for this service.
When someone says 'it's just rabbit fur' : Rabbits are raised for four distinct markets, none of them overlapping: fur, wool, meat, and vivisection. Secret footage from three farms and a slaughterhouse shows the horrific cramped conditions rabbits bred for their fur are kept in before being skinned and used for luxury clothing in France. Rabbits have sores, injuries and birth defects.
We do not need to wear, eat or use anyone for entertainment, research or décor!
We have had so many new brands approved, and one of these is http://www.oolalacollection.com Suitable for vegans.
Our limited edition caps are available from Lizette at only R80, and you can snapscan or EFT. If in CT, you can collect from her at the April march from 10am, or include R99 for courier fee.
IN THE HEADLINES https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-02-01-sa-grapples-with-tests-conducted-on-animals/
Foie Gras is cruel, conspicuous consumption for pretentious people. This video is not a gory bloodfest. On the contrary.
CAPE TOWN, THE DROUGHT AND YOU
Thanks VACT for compiling ; Some stats on animal agriculture and water usage in the Western Cape:
- it is calculated that between 368 - 899 billion litres of water were used in milk production in the Western Cape in 2011, including green water. Of this, processing, packaging and transport accounts for < 3% i.e. 11 – 27 billion litres of water.
- 563.285 million litres (563 000 m3/annum) of water are required for yoghurt production (processing only) in the Western Cape
- 520 to 1270 litres of water are required to produce 1 litre of milk (including pasture, feed, processing, packaging and transport and so called green water i.e. soil water). Pasture and feed production accounts for the bulk of this water use
- milk production expanded by 30% in South Africa in the past decade and is projected to expand by another 30% through the next decade. This increase in demand for dairy products can be expected to increase water use
- the annual water consumption in the poultry industry in South Africa was 6 000 000 m³ with the poultry industry growing at 6-7% per annum. About 90% of this is discharged as effluent. The average water consumption per bird was estimated at 17-20 litres. The slaughtering of poultry is a water intensive practice with the largest volume of water being used for cleaning in all process areas of slaughtering.
- there are 14 registered poultry/ chicken abattoirs in the Western Cape ( 2015, May 12). During the information gathering exercise it was found while some abattoirs could readily produce information on the number of birds slaughtered, they could not provide information on water usage as they did not monitor this. Many facilities also had no information available at all.
- Total annual water usage for 5 of the 14 poultry abattoirs:
- If the average water consumption for the poultry industry in South Africa in 1989 was 6 000 000 m³ with an annual maximum growth of 7%, then by calculation the average water consumption for 2014 should be 32 564 576 m³.
- Potable water is a requirement for many of the processes at abattoirs, as it directly impacts on the quality of the final product. Some of the main uses of water in abattoirs include the product inputs, equipment cleaning, steam generation in boilers, product cooling and general cleaning
- There are 60 abattoirs registered with the Western Cape
- Generally, the process for slaughtering pigs (per animal weight) uses more water than the slaughtering of chickens, sheep and cattle. None of the farmers contacted makes use of ground water for the processing of the animals and they all rely on municipal water. Furthermore, while all the persons contacted knew approximately how many of each specific species animal was slaughtered daily, not all of the facilities kept track of water usage.
- data gathered from the abattoirs contacted throughout the province could not produce an accurate value for average water usage. This is mainly due to the inability of the facilities to give account of their water usage and the number of responses received.
- While a diversity of animals are found in the Cape Winelands district, cattle are by far the biggest water consumers in the region, at just under 7 million cubic meters per annum consumed in the Langeberg Municipal area (that's ONE municipal area)
- The Eden district shows similar trends with regard to diversity of animals produced, however, cattle numbers are much greater here, with an estimated water consumption of 17 million cubic meters per annum in the Hessequa Municipality
- Annual water consumption by goats in the Beaufort West is estimated to be 8 million cubic meters.
- the average water use of abattoirs remain inconclusive due to facility owners’ reluctance to share water usage data
- Water consumption for livestock in the Western Cape is estimated at 22 131 000m3/annum. Water consumption by pasture fed animals will increase, should we want the efforts to increase this sector’s outputs to succeed.
SOURCE: Water infrastructure and opportunities for agriculture and agri-processing in the Western Cape (published by the Western Cape Government July 2015)
BWC met with Norwegian Honorary Consul Geir Tellefsen. This, on behalf of NOAH, the Norwegian animal rights organisation, which has rallied organisations to assist them stop the wolf extermination.
In Norway, the regional wildlife committees annually set quotas for the licenced hunt of protected wild species. Last autumn these committees decided to kill altogether 42 wolves this winter, which means that 75% of the wolf population found on Norwegian territory will be wiped out. This large-scale killing was backed up by the Ministry of the Environment despite the fact that the wolf is categorized as critically endangered in Norway (2015) and is strictly protected under the Nature Biodiversity Act and the Bern Convention that is legally binding to Norway. None of the complaints of environmental and animal rights organisations were taken on board by the Ministry. As a result, WWF Norge, backed by NOAH and other Norwegian environmental organisations, had no choice but to take the matter to the courts. However, the government disregarded the injunction by the lower court not to start the hunt until the court case has been settled and hurried to go forth with the killing by a questionable legal move.
As of 1 January, the hunt has intensely focused on wiping out two wolf packs in the Hedmark region. Animals have been persecuted day and night, several of them have been wounded, but not killed immediately. These packs have taken no sheep and have caused no damage to farmers. The government justifies the hunt with the need to protect important public interests, which in fact is an interest not to have any wolves outside the wolf zone for economic reasons. Let us clarify here that the wolf zone constitutes only 5% of Norway’s territory and even this zone has been gradually reduced over the last 15 years. As ridiculous as it may sound, the two packs that partly used an area outside the wolf zone, have had to face death for the sole reason that they could not keep themselves within the boundaries set by humans.
ALMOND SAND BISCUITS
250g Ole, or vegan butter of choice
160ml castor sugar + extra to sprinkle (make your own by blitzing raw sugar until fine)
1 pkt ground almonds
A couple of drops almond extract
500ml stoneground, unbleached cake flour
5 Tbs maizena
Preheat oven to 160°C. Line baking trays with baking paper. Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy. Mix in the extract. Whisk the flours, salt and almonds and salt , tip over the sugar mix and fold in until just combined. Roll out on a flour-dusted surface to 4-5mm thickness and cut into small shapes of choice. Sprinkle with extra sugar. Reroll offcuts only once. Bake, for about 12 minutes or until light brown.
BEETROOT WITH ORANGE CUMIN DRESSING
6 small beets (The new varieties are very pretty)
1 1/2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsfresh orange juice
1/4 tsp ground cumin
Heat oven to 180. Rub beets with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil; place in shallow baking dish.
Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until beets are tender and easily pierced with tip of knife. Cool slightly.
Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk together all vinaigrette ingredients.
Peel beets; cut into thin slices. Place in medium bowl. Toss with 3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette.
Homemade V8 Juice (from foodbabe.com)
2 medium carrots
1 small beetroot
1 large tomato
1 cup spinach / kale / cos lettuce
½ red pepper
1 stalk celery
1 garlic clove
pinch cayenne pepper /chilli powder
½ lemon, juiced
Wash all fruits and vegetables, put through juicer and stir in lemon juice before serving.
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