August 28, 2014

Happy 1 year rescue anniversary, Samuel!

From Veal Crate to Sanctuary: The Beautiful Rescue Story of Samuel the Calf 

After defying all odds of ending up at the slaughterhouse, Samuel was given a second chance at life, and he is certainly making the most of this opportunity at his new home, Gaia Sanctuary.
Capturing the hearts of people from all over the world, Samuel and his incredible story allows us to see how intelligent and emotionally complex farm animals really are. Rescues like Samuel’s, while they remind us of the cruel and barbaric practices taking place each and every day, simultaneously give us hope of the beautiful world we can create when we start to see animals as our friends and not as our food.
It’s obvious when you look at Samuel’s lust for life that he doesn’t want to die. He wants to live just like the rest of us. He wants to feel love and experience friendship. He wants to be free to eat, play, and sleep as he pleases, and thankfully, now he can.
Samuel was born into an industry which does not value the life of each individual animal. The almost inevitable fate of a calf like him is to spend their few short months on this planet confined in tiny veal crates, near to starvation, unable to walk, and crying out for their mothers.
Samuel was born a twin, and twins born into the industrialized farming industry are seen as surplus as they are often smaller and weaker than their sibling, and farmers do not want to spend money raising them. This would usually result in slaughter in the first few weeks of life, but in a strange twist of fate, this same fact ended up being the very thing that saved him. As the farmer did not consider Samuel’s life to have any value, he agreed to let him be rescued by Gaia Sanctuary, an animal rescue located nearby.
Like all calves born into the dairy industry, Samuel was torn away from his mother just hours after birth and confined to a tiny crate, only just big enough to stand up and turn around in. Scared and unaware of what was happening, he and all of the other calves in the farm cried endlessly to be reunited with their mothers. When the rescuers arrived to take Samuel away to his new life, he saw them and immediately tried to escape through the cage.
Sadly, his twin brother was to suffer a different fate as the farmer would not agree to release them both. With a heavy heart, they put Samuel into the van and headed back to the sanctuary leaving his brother and all the other crying calves behind with the heartbreaking knowledge of what their future held.
Having been awaiting an early trip to the slaughter house, Samuel was extremely underweight and in a seriously poor condition. The milk he was supposed to have from his mother to nourish him and build strength in the first few hours and days after birth was instead being collected for human consumption. Thankfully, with a lot of love, care, and bottle feeding, Samuel began to recover and gain strength. He was ready to begin enjoying life outside of a veal crate.
Since his rescue, Samuel has gained a huge following of people who have completely fallen in love with his gentle, inquisitive, and fun nature. To see a cow come from such a desperate situation, enjoying the sunshine, wagging his tail as he eats the fresh grass, and springing around with excitement when he feels happy is a reminder of what life should be like for all animals. Thanks to the photographs and videos from the sanctuary, we have been able to catch an intimate glimpse into Samuel’s life as he grows up.
It has been an emotional roller coaster for all involved to say the least, especially after complications with a hernia operation left him bedridden, unable to go outside in fear of infection to the wound. Having been cooped up indoors, watching Samuel return to the field which he so loved was a truly touching moment.
Captured on video, Samuel was so excited to be outside again in the sunshine, with the grass under his feet, and his new friends in sight once more, he began to leap around with excitement, running around the pen like a child in a playground.
Samuel has befriended many different animals at the sanctuary including goats, dogs, sheep, chickens, and of course, humans. He has inspired change in the way people view cows, with many of his new found fans pledging to give up meat and dairy after falling in love with his special story, a story which has now been made into a beautiful children’s book.
Being able to watch Samuel grow from a scared, lonely, and debilitated veal calf, into a gentle, loving, and friendly creature, able to explore the world without fear of abuse or torment, reminds us all of how different the future of this planet could be if we continue to reject the widespread exploitation of animals.

Photos by ©Gaia Sanctuary - Text by One Green Planet

July 1, 2014
Fellow Earthlings
Via I Have Seen The Whole Of The Internet

Fellow Earthlings

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June 13, 2014
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May 20, 2014
Via kilkennycat: Shelter cats are waiting for you!

Via kilkennycat: Shelter cats are waiting for you!

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May 5, 2014
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Comic by ©jim benton

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Comic by ©jim benton

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May 3, 2014

"So many questions and so few answers…"

(Source: unamusedsloth, via thefrogman)

May 1, 2014
By Mutts Comics

By Mutts Comics

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April 22, 2014
Happy Earth Day to all remaining species!
Photo by © Sapphiren

Happy Earth Day to all remaining species!

Photo by © Sapphiren

February 19, 2014

Pets and people share a very special bond when they grow up together, which is why we’ve compiled a list of pictures of people and their pets growing up and sometimes growing old together.

Because of their shorter lifespans, dogs, cats and other domestic animals tend to grow out of their juvenile forms relatively quickly. In a few months, that cute and doofy puppy that’s tripping all over himself will be galloping between your legs enthusiastically, and in a few months more he or she will be approaching their adult size. Their growing bodies and maturity help put the changes in our own lives into perspective as well. It also helps us appreciate the fact that they spend their lives by our sides as our faithful companions.

Their shorter lifespans also mean that our beloved pets will invariably become a beautiful lesson in both love and loss. Watching your furry childhood friend grow old and die is a harrowing and sorrowful but also natural and potentially enlightening part of life. Of course, that might not be the case for the guy with the tortoise – although their lives are drastically shorter in captivity, a pet that can live for a century or more certainly has a chance to outlive its owner.

So let’s celebrate our pets’ short but loving and meaningful lives by checking out these cool images of them growing up!

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January 31, 2014
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January 27, 2014

"I love you, human! I’d hug you if I had arms!"

Video by RTÉ - Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster

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January 23, 2014

Two Brothers Hilariously Re-Create Their Childhood Photos As A Gift For Their Mother

Re-creating childhood photos has become somewhat of an internet trend, and this wonderful and hilarious calendar that the Luxton brothers prepared for their mother for Christmas is probably one of the best examples of this trend that we’ve seen. The premise is simple, and can be recreated by anyone – simply pick out some of your best or funniest childhood photos and do everything that you can to re-create them as an adult.

What’s especially heartwarming about these pictures of Joe Luxton and his brother is that, at least judging by some of these pictures, their brotherly bond has only grown stronger as they’ve grown. In other photos, the juxtaposition of grown-up brothers and childhood clothing/activities makes for a truly hilarious and/or disturbing combination.

They even got their dad, their uncle and their dog to participate. Depending on your take, the one where one of the brothers is sleeping on his dad’s lap is especially funny/creepy.

It seems like there are a lot of photographers interested in exploring their own past through photography. Argentinian photographer Irina Werning similarly re-created childhood photos in her Back to the Future series, which we covered in two parts. Chino Otsuka has done amazing work Photoshopping herself into her childhood photos to explore her own identity.

These photos are easy enough to re-create. If you’ve got the time, try digging through your family photos and your old stuff to see if you can re-create some photos too!

All via Bored Panda

(P.S.: I know that’s not about cats but… wow!)

November 22, 2013

"What greater gift than the love of a cat?" - Charles Dickens

Photos via BuzzFeed

November 22, 2013
"When man learns to respect even the smallest being of Creation, whether animal or vegetable, nobody has to teach him to love his fellow man. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man." - Albert Schweitzer
Photo by ©Adam Franco

"When man learns to respect even the smallest being of Creation, whether animal or vegetable, nobody has to teach him to love his fellow man. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man." - Albert Schweitzer

Photo by ©Adam Franco

November 15, 2013
If you’re looking to adopt, please consider an adult or senior cat. Save a life!
Via The Cat House On The Kings.com

If you’re looking to adopt, please consider an adult or senior cat. Save a life!

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