UK Racehorse Deaths – An Update

2007: 135
2008: 184
2009: 154
2010: 145
2011: 157
2012: 144
2013: 131
2014: 163
2015: 124
2016: 136
2017: 160
2018: 14
Total: 1,647 (in 3,987 days)

A racehorse dies every 2.4 days.

(Source: Racehorse Death Watch – the data collection started on 13th March 2007; data correct as at 9th February 2018.)

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Wolves Do Not Kill for Sport: That is a Fact

I could not find a way to embed the video in this post and therefore include a link to the video:
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Fireworks

I am compelled to write this short piece as a result of having to endure fireworks for the past three weeks. I am wearing (3M’s highest rated pair of) ear defenders as a defence against the fireworks being set off tonight. Will I, once again, have to go to sleep wearing ear defenders?


As a society we must question why fireworks are allowed.

As a society we must ask why it is necessary to be setting off fireworks for three weeks or more for a one-day ‘celebration’.

At the very least, fireworks should not be sold for private use, those that are sold should be of the ‘silent’ variety and their period of use should be restricted (e.g. to 5th November and the nearest Saturday to that date).

To those who use fireworks privately (in particular) and those who attend public displays I ask:

  • Do you consider the people who suffer from PTSD and the consequences of your fireworks for those people?
  • Do you consider the people who suffer from mental health problems and the consequences of your fireworks for those people?
  • Do you consider the people who suffer from asthma, bronchitis and heart problems and the consequences of your fireworks for those people?
  • Do you consider the people with autism and the consequences of your fireworks for those people?
  • Do you consider the people who are admitted to A & E as a result of your fireworks?
  • Do you consider the people who lose their sight as a result of your fireworks?
  • Do you consider the people who suffer psychological and emotional problems resulting from injuries due to your fireworks?

Do you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions and you are still involved with fireworks, I ask: why does your want override such suffering? And I ask you to ensure you do not contribute to any further related suffering.

I also ask:

  • Do you consider the millions of companion animals who suffer great distress as a result of your fireworks?
  • Do you consider the injuries inflicted on animals as a result of your fireworks?
  • Do you consider the number of animals which have to be euthanised as a result of your fireworks?
  • Do you consider the number of animals killed as a result of your fireworks?

Do you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions and you are still involved with fireworks, I ask: why does your want override such suffering? And I ask you to ensure you do not contribute to any further related suffering.

If you answered ‘no’ to all those questions, I ask that you begin to consider the consequences of your fireworks and ensure you do not contribute to any further related suffering.

Wild Sand Cat Kittens Seen for the First Time

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