About ‘whole’ chickens and ‘humane’ milk

Two interesting stories about animals in advertising, but coming from a whole different background. First, the poster from GoVeganworld.com, a British  vegan organisation. It states that humane milk is a myth, and asks you not to buy it.  It shows a cow behind barb wire. Underneath the eyecatching quotes, the text reads: I went vegan…

Why I don’t buy a goat for Africa

A couple of weeks ago I saw this message in my Facebook Feed. It is from the Belgian NGO Dierenartsen zonder Grenzen (DZG = Veterinarians without Borders). The post calls to buy a goat. At that point, the counter stood at 127 purchased goats (meanwhile more than 300). On the website koopeengeit.be (buy a goat) I…

The animals do not want our medals and statues

November 11, Armistice Day and we remember the many casualties of war. Animals have also been deployed in war times and millions of dogs, horses , donkeys, camels, elephants, pigeons and other animals have lost their lives and are commemerated. Using animals in war times is not a thing of a distant past. Recently is was reported that ISIS…

Animal activism with photos. An evening with Jo-Anne McArthur.

On Saturday October 17th, Belgian vegan organisation BE Vegan organised and evening with Canadian photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. In the vegan or animal rights community, Jo-Anne McArthur is well known for her work on the project We Animals, which resulted in a book with the same title. We Animals is a series of portraits of animals in the human environment: animals used for…

More than numbers

Thousands of eartags on a pile in a slaughterhouse. Of thousands of slaughtered animals. The photo tells more than words can ever express. Individual animals, each with their own feelings and desires, but stripped of their personality. Anonymous. reduced to a number in the system. Objects. Just in Belgium, 300 million animals are killed every year. 300 million…

Among the hunters at the huntingexpo

Last weekend, there was a Hunting fair in Flanders Expo in Ghent (24-26 april, 2015). On the website of huntingexpo.be, it was announced as “the fair for hunters, with a passion for wild game and fowl, hunting and nature” (de beurs voor jagers, met een passie voor wild, jacht en natuur). No, I did not attend….

Armistice Day, but not for the animals

Armistice Day (or Remembrance Day) and we remember the millions of victims of the Great War and other wars. On some occasions, due attention is given to the millions of animals employed during wartimes and who were killed by bullets, shells, gas attacks or who died of deprivation or starvation. Horses and dogs were used for transport, cats to…

No more ponies on Bruges annual funfair in May

On Friday May 9th, 2014, Bruges’ annual funfair ‘De Meifoor’ starts its 814th edition. About a hundred attractions occupy Bruges’ inner city markets for a couple of weeks (till June 1st). For the first time, there will be no attraction with live ponies on the Bruges Meifoor, according to reports in Het Nieuwsblad and Het Laatste Nieuws….

The end of horse-drawn carriages in NYC. Will Bruges follow?

The newly elected mayor of New York city Bill de Blasio announced he wants to outlaw the horse-drawn carriages, a popular tourist attraction in and around Central Park. He called the practice ‘inhumane’ and plans to put an end to it. For many years, animal rights organisations have campaigned to end this abusive practice.