Thursday, September 27, 2012

Help stop the cruel trade of the "masked" monkeys of Indonesia...

Please sign the petitions below, see the footage, and read the story of how these poor monkeys suffer due to gross human exploitation. (Article courtesy of Tony Zadel)

Inside the cruel trade of the masked monkeys of Indonesia. Please sign and share these petitions widely. Thank you for assistance to save and protect these poor monkeys -



These poor monkeys, like the ones pictured here and above, often endure beatings, have their hands and limbs tied, and endure stifling heat and near suffocation with plastic dolls heads covering their faces to "entertain" the public and make money for the monkey masters.

Ed Wray a famous photographer was terrified the first time he encountered a masked monkey. Having lived and worked in Jakarta as a freelance photographer for years, he was accustomed to seeing the animals, cruelly leashed by chains, jumping through hoops or riding trikes on the sidewalks. But for Wray, the mask was a terrifying twist.

“When I first saw a monkey with a rubber baby doll’s head stuck over its head as a mask, it immediately struck me as horrifying and beyond weird.” Wray said. “Something about the combination of the doll head – which I think is scary looking to begin with – and a long tail just struck a chord in me.”

Shocking to many Westerners, it’s a common sight on the streets of Jakarta. Most Indonesians pass along unfazed or mildly amused and a few give the handlers money. “Whether they feel more sorry for the monkey or handler, I don’t know.” Wray added.
Wray decided to venture past the sidewalk performances and explore where the monkeys lived and how they were trained. “Initially I was purely interested in the masked monkeys,” Wray said. “But once I saw the village and the condition in which the people there lived alongside the monkeys, another grim layer was added to the pictures and to my thinking about the monkeys.”

“The idea came to me that the disturbing image of the monkeys wearing the masks is a visual distillation of the kinds of horrible things that happen when people are driven to desperation by poverty.”

Wray said he was going to continue with the project, adding, “One thing I would definitely like to concentrate on is how the monkeys get to the city from the jungle—the commercial process that brings them into urban areas as pets or performers.”

Misery of Indonesia's monkeys: Chained macaques forced to dress up in doll costumes and ride scooters for tourists attraction ! this has to stop !!! ''Topeng Monyet'', or dancing monkeys, is a particularly cruel practice where juvenile macaques are forced to perform (dance, ride bicycles, wear masks) in the crowded and busy streets of Jakarta. An illegal trade in wild macaques that are captured from the wild !! has built up around the phenomena known as Topeng Monyet.They live in a place called "Monkey Village" and are kept in small cages and in chains. Trainers sometimes hang them upside down or tie their hands on their back to make them go up- straight like you can see on this picture !!

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**See also pictures of the miserable cruel condition of detention -

**Gallery pictures at -

Also this link ( Black& white) Gallery pictures !! A MUST SEEN !! click on the right side on each pic to follow next.. -

Photograph by Ed Wray showing a "masked" monkey being strung up to force him/her to stand up straight to mimic a human or doll.

Cruelty or culture? Jakarta's performing masked monkeys -

Different media have different perspectives on the ethics of Jakarta's masked monkey entertainers.

Please sign these petition too! -

Exigimos el fin del uso de Macacos para el entretenimiento publico

Please read - Misery of Indonesia's monkeys: Chained macaques forced to dress up in doll costumes and ride scooters for tourists here -

Misery of Indonesia's monkeys: Chained macaques forced to dress up in doll costumes and ride scooter -

Chained monkeys are being forced to dress up and ride toy motorbikes to entertain crowds of tourists at an Indonesian animal park. -

Street Monkey Mask and Feet Indonesia - This how monkeys are treated in Indonesia ! http://youtube/Uy5jAVgRbLA

Story courtesy of

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Mary - the seeing eye cow!

We are all familiar with seeing eye dogs, but would you believe that there is a wonderful cow, who wasn't trained for such work, that took on the job of assisting her human friend to "see" when he lost his sight - a role she took on of her own freewill! Now who said cows weren't clever, or compassionate?

For Animals.
Mary, the seeing eye cow. Fate Magazine reported that a Reverend O. F. Robertson of Hartsville,Tennessee, had a seeing-eye cow. The cow in question Mary - became aware that the Reverend's eyesight was failing and began nudging him around the hilly farmland with her nose, making sure he didn't bump into things. As his eyesight worsened, Mary's diligence increased until she would accompany the Reverend whenever he went.Eventually almost totally blind, he depended on Mary the cow as his only help and until his death, the two could be seen making the rounds together, Mary steering him along the countryside.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Why Biodiversity Can Save Us and the Planet! (video and article)

According to Vandana Shiva, a renowned physicist and philosopher, humanity has "declared war on the Earth". It seems like a bold statement, but an idea that might not be foreign to us, especially in the midst of the growing environmental movement. Most of us nowadays have heard about climate change. We have heard about the melting ice caps and the rise of greenhouse gases. We have seen pictures of activists hanging off oil rigs and polar bears floating on diminished chunks of glaciers. The environment is in a state of crisis, we are well aware. And yet what does it all mean? How did we get here?

In the latest episodes of Sages & Scientists on The Chopra Well, Vandana Shiva discusses agriculture, biodiversity, sustainability, and the importance of making peace with the Earth. For Shiva, this is a systemic issue, intrinsic in the very ways we think about nature. To address this, we must first turn to the food on our plates.

Shiva emphasizes that industrial farming is at the core of environmental degradation. This long-outdated form of agriculture, to which we have ascribed for roughly 200 years, wreaks havoc on the environment. Shiva refers to the overuse of pesticides and herbicides, as well as genetic modification of crops, as forms of violence against the Earth. This in turn translates to violence against people, against all species, against democracy, and against science itself. Reconstituted soy flour will never replace lentils, no matter how cheap or easy to produce. Chemical pesticides derived from war technology will never make our crops more abundant nor our bodies more hearty.

And yet, as Shiva relays, companies like Monsanto increasingly overpower rural farming efforts around the world and impose a framework of thinking rooted in industrial agriculture. According to Shiva, 95% of the cotton in India is owned by Monsanto. It is little wonder the country has witnessed an increase in suicides by cotton farmers who are quickly falling into debt, unable to compete with the industrial giants. These are some of the issues that inspire Shiva to put her scientific training to use as an environmental activist.

In 1984, Shiva founded Navdanya, a non-governmental organization dedicated to conserving biodiversity, organic farming, and the rights of farmers. She went on to establish Bija Vidyapeeth, or Earth University, where people gather on a property in Northern India to learn organic farming and sustainable practices. But for Shiva, organic farming is just the tip of a long, complicated struggle for cultural and economic freedom. We can begin making peace with the Earth, she says, by shifting our current framework of thinking toward one that recognizes and appreciates the diversity on our planet. Varieties of plants, landscapes, climates, animals, and cultures…this is the real tapestry of which we are a part.

The future may depend on this shift toward biodiversity, and our bodies certainly won’t complain. Think of it this way: Would you rather sit down to a bowl of wholesome lentil dal or a serving of reconstituted soy flour mush?

Article by The Chopra Well courtesy of

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Recued lamb having a crazy fun time! (video)

Very sweet clip of a lamb rescued by SanctuaryOneCareFarm.

All kids love jumping on beds, especially this one! (video)

Meet Bambi the bottle fed lamb whose favourite pastime is to jump up and down on the bed! Although occasionally she does fall off.

More happy pigs, this time friendly wild ones (videos)

Synchronized swimming! Three cute pigs that regularly swim out to the tourist boat for a little bread treat. Very cute indeed!

Probably one of the happiest piglets you will ever see! (video)

Biscuit was due to be slaughtered in 24hours but he was rescued by The Gentle Barn. This is Biscuits first experience of being outside, playing in the mud, running around like a joyful, mad thing, meeting the "neighbours", and getting his first pat and cuddle! A gorgeous clip! Did you know that pigs wag their tails like dogs when they are happy?!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cutest Grizzly Bear "attack" ever (video)

Brings to mind why we love teddy bears! This little guy is so beautiful! This clip also reminds us of the importance of protecting the habitat and well-being of all bears i.e. saving bears from bile farms, trophy hunting, "dancing", and baiting. Bears need our help. Hope you enjoyed this sweet clip. :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cute crazy kitten versus two green bed "things"...??! (video)

The music in this clip certainly sets the mood for this match between the kitten and the two "scary" bed creatures!!!

"Mad World" by Tear For Fears (original) video...

"Original video from 1983: "Mad World" by Tears for Fears. This was the third single from their first album The Hurting.

Audio and video are correct and true to the original, although the video portion has been digitally enhanced. This video was created and uploaded for archival, noncommercial and educational purposes and complies with fair use guidelines for copyrighted material. This HQ version was digitally remastered and encoded by me, Exiled Stardust."

Starman revives dead deer video!

"A wonderful scene from a beautiful, funny science fiction film about love. An alien lands on Earth to investigate its' life-forms, and encounters an earth woman played by Karen Allen. A cross-country chase ensues as our alien has to meet up with his starship in Arizona. Starman comes in peace and doesn't mean any harm. He doesn't see why humans kill animals so he goes out to the dead deer, draped across the front of a car, and gives it a new life. I suggest you to see the whole movie, Starman."

Thursday, September 6, 2012

"Dog Decoded" Documentary (video) - watch here...

"Dogs Decoded" reveals the science behind the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs and investigates new discoveries in genetics that are illuminating the origin of dogs—with surprising implications for the evolution of human culture. Other research is proving what dog lovers have suspected all along: Dogs have an uncanny ability to read and respond to human emotions. Humans, in turn, respond to dogs with the same hormone responsible for bonding mothers to their babies. How did this incredible relationship between humans and dogs come to be?

Dogs Decoded (1/3) by xSilverPhinx

Beware *extremely graphic content* - "Earthlings" documentary (video)

This film is only suitable for those over 18! **WARNNG CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGERY** Earthlings is documentary on the human use and treatment of animals.
This is not a documentary for the faint-hearted or those who suffer from serious heart conditions.

Truly beautiful video! Chimpanzees freed after 30 years in a lab cage

Freedom at last! This is the moment a group of chimpanzees see daylight for the first time in 30 years - after being locked in cages for medical testing.
The animals hugged each other in delight before they took their first steps outside.

Emotional footage, below, shows how they reacted to their new surroundings.

The outing marked the end of a 14-year bid to re-integrate the 38 primates after they spent most of their lives cooped up inside.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How happy roosters and chickens should look and live (video)

A lovely video which shows and tells about some day-to-day chicken activities - when they live the life nature intended, with access to the outdoors to scratch around and interact with one another. Video courtesy of a wonderful organization -

Lisa the pig loves chillin' in the duck pond! (video)

A cute video of Lisa enjoying some time relaxing and cooling off, with some interesting snippets of information about pigs supplied by

Gorillas are magnificent and gentle (video) and need to be protected...

On a trip to Rwanda, explore had the opportunity to visit four families of wild mountain gorillas, a species with only 720 remaining members. Their guide is Craig Sholley, who has been intimately involved in the preservation of African wildlife for more than 30 years. The team's thrilling interaction with these peaceful creatures - who share 98.6% of their genetic makeup with humans - is a startling reminder of their own humanity. Distributed by Tubemogul.

explore™ ( is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and inspirational, explore creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing the selfless acts of others.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Another adorable animal...the Hedgehog! (video)

Special thanks to the hegdehogs, hedgehog photographers, and hedgehog videographers who contributed to this clip - Svinski, Natalie, Razzle, BlueLunarRose, Brillo, Sushi, Spiky, Nigel, Brenda Anderson, Elfike, Meantux, Thor, Willie, SilverWing21, Sam2cents, Windsor, Eightlegs, Quentin, Tomi Tapio, and Vanda Wildlife. And the cute pet submissions - DeeDee, Pork Chop, Penny, Catty, Abby, Shusha, Cindy, Keeksa, Jake & Lily, and Muska. Clip submitted by

Probably the cutest animal ever...the Slow Loris (video)

As you may or may not know, these animals are endangered. Since the Slow Loris' is so adorable, they are being taken illegally from the wild and sold as pets. These animals have a very specific diet and needs. They do not live long as pets, and during their shortened lives, exist in cruel circumstances. Please help stop the trade in this unique creature by educating others about the plight of the Slow Loris. Keeping a Slow Loris as a pet is illegal. These animals belong in their natural habitat. To learn more about this beautiful, endangered animal check out this video - and this website - Dr Anna Nekaris' little fire face project. Please help discourage the Slow Loris pet trade. Thank You.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

How the Little Fox Saved Her Coat (video)

"How the Little Fox Saved her Coat" is a children's story about a little fox that went to town to meet the little children in the school playground to tell her story. She was met with love, affection and the little children promised to protect her and all the other furry critters in the forest. This was the beginning of a long life friendship.

"The Deep Earth" Documentary (video)

Broadcast (1998) A curious feature of our planet’s surface is that it has two distinct levels: the dry land on the continents, on average a few hundred metres above sea level, and the ocean floor, making up two thirds of the Earth’s surface, several kilometres below sea level. Only in the past fifty years have scientists begun to explore in detail this vast region, revealing beneath the waves a landscape quite unlike the world we are used to. They have discovered a vast mountain range which encircles the entire globe where new sea floor is being continuously formed.