Jul 29th
    Not the baby fox in our garden but very similar - ours is hiding deep inside a thick rose bush alluding photos...

    Not the baby fox in our garden but very similar – ours is hiding deep inside a thick rose bush alluding photos…


    Dear all, 

    I am now safely back in the UK. I thought I had left the wilds behind until a few hours ago a fox walked into our kitchen. Thank goodness that nature reminds us we are not alone. Turns out that a baby fox is living in rose bush at the end of our garden and the mother is on the prowl for food.  Yes, the baby lives IN the rose bush. Our dog Moose is about to collapse from anger, he stands beneath the plant become more and more furious and we have to take him away. The baby fox seems very relaxed about it. I’m trying to teach Moose about co-existence but I don’t think its in his DNA – except when he wants to snuggle up on the bed.

    I’m afraid I don’t have a lot to report in this post but that is not because too little is happening but because too much is happening.

    I am in flux…and a tiny bit of chaos, so the bloggage is … blocked up

    I am shortly about to turn my attention to European farms and how we treat our meaty friends. I want to look at pigs in particular and I want to stay in Europe.  I want to see what sort of pain goes into a plate of a western meal.

    But my work on wild animals is not quite over even though time is fast running out on my year.

    Two not-so-wild animals. Moose and bug sleep on each other's faces in the back of the car on their way to a walk. Nice to be back with the family

    Two not-so-wild animals. Moose and bug sleep on each other’s faces in the back of the car on their way to a walk. Nice to be back with the family

    The badger cull has not yet begun and when it will I want to be involved in the resistance (yes, we will fight the Nazis on the beaches, we will fight them in the woods). Quite how I can stop the shooting I am not too sure but apparently it involves wearing high-vis jackets and making lots of noise…and NOT dressing as a badger.

    Also, over the next few days I am meeting with the police and their Wildlife Crime Unit to see what sort of illegal wildlife contraband has been smuggled through the UK. I’m keen to show that pangolins are not a distant problem. Even in London  there is a demand and through-route for the wild animals from distant jungles. Chinese shops sell illegal bear-bile products, even high end clothing retailers sell illegal ivory in teh form of shaving brushes. I will go and photograph some of this haul to show just how bad it is.

    And then on to pigs… it’s all too ridiculously big to deal with in this short space of time. But I’ve already had a tip-off about where I shoudl go in Europe to see some bad pig practices…and I’m due to watch a film called ‘Earthlings’…anyone seen it. I’m dreading it.


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    1. Very best of luck with Earthlings Martin, I have heard of it but dont have the courage to watch it just yet. I am sure it will change my whole perception of the meat industry and turn me vegan. Something I am keen to do, just not able to for my own ridiculous ‘convenience’ reasons at this time.

      One thing I wanted to recommend to you, whilst it is fresh in the papers is the movie Blackfish. I have strong convictions that this film is going to change the way the world keeps captive whales and dolphins – its being released over the coming weeks and will be a MUST SEE docufilm.

      You’re doing an amazing job so far – so much achieved in a year but still so little time left… Im sure you’ll continue once your year is up though. These experiences must change a person.

    2. thanksCaroline, I must look out for that one… Yes, not looking forward to Earthlings AT ALL. Early next week it is scheduled for..

    3. you are very brave – braver than I (re: the film – not regards baby foxes! That accolade must go to Moose)

    4. Surprised you haven’t seen Earthlings yet but it will certainly bring you to your knees. Best of luck indeed. I believe I had to watch it in sections.

    5. Yes not so easy I heard….

    6. Greetings Martin…glad you have a bit of ‘respite’ in between crisis-mode! I have so much respect for you my friend….You just MUST write a book, after all is done and dusted. You have such a ‘flair’ for writing… And YES…I have watched *Earthlings*…and it is a MEGA DIFFICULT watch…but…watch I did.. It changes you…for the better I might add…

    7. Laboratory animals are the other hidden face the oh-so-compassionate developed world. All our cosmetics, household products, medications and extra-foul armaments are tested on animals. For that matter, most of us lie to oursleves about it all, all the time – for instance, it’s great to rescue a few cats, dogs, etc., but then people buy tonnes and tonnes of factory-processed, fullacrap dogfood or catfood that’s made out of animals that have lived and died in utter misery and agony; the food is manufactured and transported and stored and distributed in ways that kill zillions of creeatures, by the plastic in the oceans that strangles or chokes them or fills their stomachs so that there’s no room for food, by breaking down and releasing toxic plastifiers, by the massive use of petroleum and by-products.. I could go on and on.. Then there are the staggering chemoocal “defences” we load into them – neurotoxic insecticides and vaccines full of mercury and aluminium – not to speak of the laptop I’m using to write this.. ..so we’re harming many animals for each one we rescue. It’s all quite mad and totally unholistic.

      Anyway, I wanted to say – laboratory animals are hidden, but their torment is horrendous and we’re all guilty.

      I’ve been terribly shocked by the vast number of comments on message-boards and blogs saying that people can’t bear to look at photos or films of the horror because it upssets them too much. Christ, if they can’t bear to look, what about those who are right there, suffering?

      I’m glad you’re looking at your own country; I live in Spain (partly by accident, as too ill to get home after medical poisoning four years ago) and I’ve been through hell here and still am, but I’m sick to death of reading condemnation and even assertions of actual HATRED for “the Spanish” “hunters,” or for Gitanos (who are a race, not a nationality, so it’s actually illegal to keep publicly blaming them for everything, not that that stops anyone) or really anyone Other. It’s too easy and self-satisfying to get all worked up about Them and what They do, but not to look at oneself and one’s own culture.

      I like the fact that you haven’t done that.

      I think that the more backward countries have these horrific behaviours, such as skinning cats and dogs alive, or the poor pangolins or festivals where animals are tortured for fun, but the developed cultures are just as cruel and harmful, possibly even worse, only we do it in more hidden, hypocritical ways – like warfare, which has moved from slicing each other fce-to-face to pressing a button to send a drone into a wedding party – so much Nicer.

    8. Hi, Martin. Best of luck and well done on highlighting animal suffering and trying to stop it. Animals are very special and we should look after each and every one of them.

    9. thanks Terry

    10. I hope my comment above can’t be seen. I tried to edit it, or delete and rewrite it, about 30 seconds after I’d posted it, but one can’t do either.
      *Some* parts of it I meant to write!

      I wanted to say that Earthlings is painful to watch, but the worst pain is the shame one feels (unless you’re exceptionally vituous) but the truth will set you free – it’s the sort of horror one wants, or should want, to know about, as it’s like the Nazis – people not knowing or choosing not to know.

      Animals and “primitive” people want to be aware of bad things, so as to try to avoid them; modern humans would rather pretend it’s all fine and call it positive thinking!

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