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Last updated: May 24th, 2000
Here we bring you the latest news stories of interest to vegans, and in particular those in Indonesia. We rely on people like you to tell us about what is happening in the world of veganism - please send us your stories, and remember to tell us exactly where you saw them!
Help Stop the Killing of Dogs and Whales
"It's very hot weather in Korea. It means the dog killing season is coming soon. The 'edible' dogs are killed cruelly by deep-rooted speciesism and ugly customs. Dogs of 3 millions are slaughtered by high voltage electricity, hanging, and boiling for appetite and stamina every year.
Remember this number of victims. All treatments including breeding, caging, transporting, and slaughtering are in the worst situation.
So we made several campaign logos and files for boycott 2002 Worldcup. Please link it on your web page and annouce our little efforts for the pitiful animals. And form an alliance with each other, please.
We believe boycott 2002 worldcup campaign is the sole solution for preventing the dog massacre in Korea and also good chance to view our animal rights activists' power.
Worldcup is global festival so that it provides splendid chance to announce activities and alliances of animal rights activists. In the new millennium, Koreans still eat dog meat and Japanese eat whale meat. But these counties have not reflected on themselves and had not any pressure from world animal societies. We must seize an opportunity through the Worldcup. There is no possibility that two countries hold the Worldcup again in the future. It's a last chance to exercise our power and capability. Let the Economic Animals see our ethical superiority and justice.
Boycott 2002 Worldcup Logos
Here is the campaign file
Article written by Chang Sin Choi (General Secretary of Korea Organising Committee for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan)
'Edible' dogs in Korea (gallery) WARNING: Some very disturbing pictures
Your friends on the net (link and cooperate with each other)
Free-for-all-links for this campaign
Related Articles on 'Edible' dogs
RECENT NEWS STORIES
11.05.2000 From THE TELEGRAPH (UK) (For educational/research purposes only)
Cockroach capable of feeling pain, says study
THE discovery that slugs, snails and flies apparently feel pain could change forever the way human beings treat the rest of the animal kingdom, it was claimed yesterday.
Studies also found that cockroaches have the capacity to suffer, cows can react emotionally and sheep can distinguish one person from another, therefore possessing the concept of what it means to be an individual.
Dr Stephen Wickens, of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare charity (UFAW), said society often looked to scientists to tell them where to draw a line in their concern for animals, but that line was becoming increasingly blurred.
At a symposium in London today, organised by UFAW, scientists will debate whether and how animals feel, a concept central to arguments about animal welfare and the range of species that deserved special protection.
Dr Wickens said: "The idea is to debate where you can draw the line on consciousness, if at all. People who think insects don't feel any pain may be wrong. Perhaps people should think twice before reaching for the fly spray."
The meeting at the Zoological Society will be told by Dr Chris Sherwin, of the University of Bristol, that the criterion used to assess the mental state of vertebrates, whether dogs, cats or chimpanzees, often produced similar results among insects.
Dr Sherwin said: "If a chimp pulls its hand away after an electric shock, we say she presumably must have felt an analogous subjective experience to what we call pain. But cockroaches, slugs and snails - which are not protected by legislation - also reacted in the same way, while tests on flies showed they could associate a smell with receiving an electric shock.
"If it is a chimp we say it feels pain, if a fly we don't. Why? Slugs will perform in some of these tests the same way as dogs, chimps and cats. They show far more complex patterns of behaviour than we had thought. And if they do feel pain, isn't that a welfare issue?"
Dr Keith Kendrick, of the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, will report to the meeting that while sheep can not be said to be conscious in a human manner, "the way they recognise faces and the way they process face images is very similar to the way we do it".
Dr Kendrick, who admitted that he occasionally ate lamb despite his findings, said: "Even animals like sheep are doing things as far as the brain is concerned that are so similar to us it does imply that they are capable of some level of consciousness."
Another team, led by Prof Don Broom, of the University of Cambridge, will report studies of young cattle which concluded "that cattle can react emotionally".
Dr Wickens said animal welfare policies were dependent upon the extent to which people believed animals were capable of conscious states such as pain, anxiety and boredom. He hoped the discussion of the latest scientific discoveries in this field would help resolve the different ways in which cultures around the world treated animals.
Roger Highfield, Science Editor
24.04.2000 From THE JAKARTA POST (Reprinted with permission)
The Jakarta Post General Manager Raymond Toruan delivers a speech from the back of a Sumatran elephant calling for the preservation and protection of these peaceful giants. The Sunday morning event, held in conjunction with the Post's 17th anniversary, was witnessed by thousands of onlookers and regular sports enthusiasts at the Senayan sports complex in Central Jakarta. Taman Safari Indonesia presented four Sumatran elephants to help draw public attention to the need for protecting the animals. JP/leo
16.04.2000 From our own correspondent
INDONESIAN VEGAN SOCIETY IS FORMED
Indonesia's first vegan society is formed, with the aim of providing news, contacts and assistance for Indonesia's vegans. Although little is known about how many vegans there are in Indonesia, it is hoped that the society will soon be able to establish a large membership and in this way be able to influence the decisions that are made concerning animal welfare and the health of ourselves, our country and the planet.