FIV+ Kittens

If you or anyone you know has experience dealing with FIV+ kittens, please comment here or email  ec1[underscore]englishrain[at]yahoo[dot]com

I’m trying to help a friend care for her kitten who was diagnosed with FIV today.  We’ve never dealt with this before and want to do all we can to make sure this little guy has the longest, happiest life he can!

Thanks so much for any advice you can offer.


Shocking Reality

Having trouble sticking to that New Year’s resolution to adopt a vegan lifestyle?  This site will definitely motivate you to keep working towards a cruelty-free life.

If you’re still a meat eater, the videos on the site might very well help you understand why so many of us have chosen to rid our diets of animal products.  Fair warning– the videos are graphic.  Sometimes, though, it takes a bit of a shock to get people to consider change.  And when the change involves saving innocent animals from torture, no amount of shock is too much.

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons.  They were not made for humans any more than black people were made from white or women created for men.

–Alice Walker

Why Vegan?

Because animals used for dairy suffer too.  Their flesh may not be visible to consumers, but they often suffer every bit as much as animals used in the meat industry.  A vegetarian diet saves many, many lives and prevents cruelty to many animals.  If you’re vegetarian, why not take it that extra step and cut dairy out of your diet as well?

PETA’s latest investigation involves the cruelty cows are subjected to by the suppliers of Land O’Lakes.  Click here to read more about the investigation.  Be advised that the images are graphic and might not be suitable for children.  If you’d like to teach your children about a cruelty free lifestyle, have a look at the PETAKiDS site.

As I’ve said frequently, we all share this world.  Not one living creature, humans included, should ever be made to suffer for another.

WORST Show on Earth

In this post, I talked about PETA’s mission to stop animal abuse in circuses.  They’ve uncovered more of the horrors faced by elephants and tigers imprisoned within the Ringling Bros. torture organisation.  Learn more about PETA’s efforts and the appalling conditions these animals face by visiting this page.

John Lennon, when campaigning against societal injustices, frequently used the phrase ‘apathy isn’t it.’  Now, almost thirty years after his death, that phrase still rings true.  Circus animals cannot speak for themselves.  To many attending the circus, they might even appear to be enjoying what they’re being forced to do.  People should remember, though, that elephants and tigers do not perform circus tricks in the wild.  Forcing them to do so involves traumatic training using physical and psychological torture.

When I say I’m a survivor of ritual abuse, people understand the horror behind that.  I became a PETA member and an animal rights activist specifically because I recognise some of the same methods use in the satanic programming of humans being used against animals by organisations in the meat and entertainment industries, among others.  It is *not* acceptable for humans to suffer severe abuse and trauma, and it is *not* acceptable for animals to be put through that kind of cruelty either.

We share one planet and one Universe.  It’s up to us to bring peace.

The Violence of Circuses

The fact that circuses abuse animals is obvious.  One look at the transportation methods alone shows the kind of conditions these animals are forced to endure.  It’s cruel, even to the point of being sadistic.  Please take a minute to sign PETA’s petition to end circus cruelty.

For more information on stopping circus cruelty, visit  I urge everyone reading this to open their eyes to this horrible situation and take action.  Animals are not ours for entertainment, and the torture they endure in order to ‘perform’ at circuses is absolutely horrendous.

Boycott the circus!!

Unspoken Victims

PETA’s newest campaign is focused on animals used in military trauma training exercises.  The plight of human torture victims has at least been pushed to the forefront with US President Obama’s recent action against torture as an interrogation method.  Whether that will actually be carried through is beyond my knowledge, but at least it is something brought in to public eye that people might never have considered.  My purpose in posting PETA campaign news is to help spread the word and open people’s eyes to situations that might otherwise go unnoticed.  It’s hard to think about cruelty to people or to animals, but if we’re going to make a difference, we have to learn the facts and fight against them.

That said, PETA’s campaign against animal torture in military training exercises is explained here.  The page also provides a template for an email that you can personalise and send to your government officials.  Sending an email takes five minutes out of your day, but those five minutes can mean survival for hundreds of animals.

Not So Elegant After All

Every summer, my best friend and I sit at a nearby river park and watch the girls and boys dressed up for high school proms parade around for each other.  Sometimes they take the ‘romantic’ route and have rides in horse-drawn carriages.  Sometimes those monstrosities are even used to carry about families and children.  Horse-drawn carriages are *not* romantic.  They’re absolute hell for the graceful animals involved.

Long before I decided to advocate for PETA, I was disturbed by the sight of horse-drawn carriages.  Let’s look at them with the ‘romance’ removed.  The horses frequently wear blinders to prevent them indulging their natural curiosity.  They wear bags to collect their waste, and they are forced to walk the same path over and over until they get too old or sick for their ‘job,’ all at the hands of humans who unthinkingly enjoy what they’re putting the animal through.  Not only is it pathetic, but it’s a sign of apathy overall.  None of us can afford to be apathetic.  There’s so much bad stuff in the world that we can’t change.  Injustices such as these, we *can* help to change.  We just have to open our eyes to the reality of the situation.

I encourage you to read PETA’s article on horse-drawn carriages and to tell your local governmental officials to stop this horrible tradition once and for all.  The festivities of Spring and Summer will be much more beautiful when no living thing has to suffer for another’s entertainment.

PETA Seal Campaign

I was absolutely appalled to find out that hundreds of thousands of seals are brutally murdered for their fur every year in Canada.  This post is by no means an attack on Canadians– its purpose is to draw attention to this ‘industry’ and get more people involved in stopping such a barbaric practice.

Please click on this link for more information on PETA’s campaign and to submit a letter voicing your disapproval.  Vegetarian or not, people can band together to end this massacre once and for all!

Something to Stand Behind

As a survivor of SRA, I know what it’s like to live in incredibly horrendous conditions.  I’ve also seen animals exploited in terrible ways for use during rituals.  That’s why, after some careful thought and research, I decided to join People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and get involved in some of their work.  I know it isn’t the choice that every survivor of SRA or indeed every person in general wishes to make.  However, it’s what works for me.

Before moving to America, I hadn’t eaten meat in years.  Very recently, I made the decision to go back to the vegetarian diet, but I departed from that briefly.  Now that I’ve picked it back up, I’ve started making other changes as well.  Last night I chucked any cosmetics I had that were produced by companies that do animal testing, and I narrowed down the leather bags and clothing to a few items that can be sold or given away.  Dairy is slowly disappearing from my diet as well.  Certain changes should be made slowly, and as my diet was more dairy-based than I realised, that is something I’m phasing out over the next week or so.

It really isn’t as difficult as it sounds, this vegan lifestyle.  I haven’t got alot of spare money and can’t afford highly specialised products.  What I *can* do is become more aware as a consumer and buy brands such as White Rain that are affordable, accessible, and cruelty-free.  Try Caring Consumer for resources on cruelty-free shopping.

This was a well thought out decision for me, and fits perfectly with my belief system.  I feel great about making the transition.