The Retreat 6th Anniversary weekend – BORN FREE two litter of PIGLETS

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The Retreat 6th Anniversary weekend – BORN FREE two litter of PIGLETS

The sixth anniversary weekend at the retreat was packed with people from all over the globe, activists and animal lovers who had travelled from Toronto from Belfast amongst other places to enjoy events, good company, great food and music and of course to spend time with the animals living at The Retreat.

The Retreat is unique,  as a fully vegan animal rescue the volunteers are clear on the value of their work and the whole operation is ethically excellent. with Over 1250 animals currently in their care, the volunteer network is essential to meeting all the animals demands.

The high point of the anniversary weekend was the birth of two litter of piglets, born free.

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These piglets were born at The Retreat, the evening of Friday 28th Sept 2018, filmed on the 29th, at an anniversary weekend Open Day. Another set were born to another mum on the same evening.

Both gave birth in the night. NONE will be exploited by humans for any purpose, have a wonderful life all of you.

The families will have their own little paddock. The two mum’s are called Dianne and Autumn. They were straying in woods with the father ( of both litter swe presume) and a baby from her last litter Seven new born babies safe after being dumped in the wild to fend for themselves.

If you would like to Sponsor a Piglet, please contact the Retreat on the below link with the header  – Sponsor a Piglet: http://www.retreatanimalrescue.org.uk/contact.html

Back in the main yard, Rudy Warman and the Heavy Weather’s, headliners from this years Vegstock,  had arrived and set up and played a full set, busking case and promo CD’s. For more information about this band contact them at www.rudywarman.co.uk, if like me you are a glutton for street performers CD’s they have four to pickup !

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The cafe, charity shop and seating areas were buzzing all day, the classroom engaged with talks on the Frack Four, Animal Rights and the Resource Based Economy, guided tours allowed all the visitors to meet with the animals.

Web Link for talks:

http://www.fishinaboxrecords.com/talks-at-the-retreat-6th-anniversary-fracking-four-animal-rights-rbe/

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To find out more about the Retreat, volunteering and veganism follow the below link:

http://www.retreatanimalrescue.org.uk/allaboutus.html

DONATE to the Retreat:

http://www.retreatanimalrescue.org.uk/Donations.html

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Photographs courtesy of Keith Muir, Samuel Mounir Hardeman, Elijah Blu

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Philip McCulloch-Downs – Sagra del Seitan 2018 XI Edizione – BIG ART INTERNATIONAL

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Philip McCulloch-Downs – Sagra del Seitan 2018 XI Edizione – BIG ART INTERNATIONAL

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When we are talking BIG art, We are talking art  beamed onto a massive screen creating an immersive multimedia experience, exposing the 6,000+  attendees to the hidden victims of animal agriculture.
The BIG art show featured many Philip McCulloch-Downs’ incredibly detailed and moving pieces,  two of the many pieces that were in the show are pictured in the above –  ‘The forgotten’ and ‘Motherhood’.

The event was extremely visually engaging centered by the immersive multimedia event called “Made for the Animals 2.0”, with works by many vegan artists as well as Philip who  give voice to the animal debate.

The themes  of veganism and anti-speciesism were also supported by a rich cultural program packed with conferences and meetings.

When talking of the piece “the forgotten” Philip expressed “That one little life is now going to be alive and visible forever.  I’m so made up by this – it’s very moving.”

The Sagra del Seitan 2018 XI Edizione Vegan Festival ran in Florence, Italy Saturday September 22 and 23, at the OBI Hall in Florence.

In addition to the Sagra del Seitan, Philips schedule just gets busier and busier, He has been involved in the The Art of Compassion Project appearing in Beijing, Dublin,  Luxembourg and Florence!

Here is a look at The Art of Compassion Team at the International Animal Rights Conference in Luxembourg 6th – 9th September 2018.

Further information on the Art of Compassion:

https://www.facebook.com/artofcompassionproject/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARBfIvCxKQCK3fw38ecF3CmX5GWZxJOpqFCuCoXpfN_Arx87b4yDEUWyce9nrjQqWasZ-L-bsSWyMrZV&fref=mentions

For World Farmed Animal Day, Philip and Queen V seamlessly combined their creative work in the video for “What Hell Is like”. A day to feel proud to be associated with the activists of the world:

Those who speak up for the voiceless, against the vast, brutal farming corporations of the world.

Those who reveal hidden truths, to begin to change the majority opinion that meat and or dairy are essential to human life.

Those who do whatever they can to be compassionate – to all life, human and non-human.

“What hell is like” courtesy of Queen V

We look forward to the up and coming event the Liberation Arts Festival!. The hardest thing in Philip’s schedule is to keep up with his schedule.

Phillip is open for Commission work, or to find out more about his portfolio , projects and events please feel free to contact him directly through his facebook or merchandise link detailed below :

Artists Merchandise https://mrcronch.teemill.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/PhilipDownsArt/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1158903887455599

Artists Statement:

What does Animal Liberation mean to you? Educating the younger generation. Giving them the necessary facts and figures, as well as the encouragement, to help them realise that they can so easily change this world if they choose to, and thereby help us ALL evolve out of our current state of inertia and ignorance.
My personal part in the Animal Liberation Movement means connecting and empathising with the creatures that I paint, treating them with a dignity that they are denied by our farmers. I try to bear witness to their character, their suffering and their individuality, and by removing any barriers between ‘us’ and ‘them’ allow viewers to feel an empathy, which will hopefully lead to an understanding that changes hearts and minds.

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Talks at The Retreat – 6th Anniversary FRACKING FOUR , ANIMAL RIGHTS, RBE

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Talks at The Retreat – 6th Anniversary FRACKING FOUR , ANIMAL RIGHTS, RBE

The 6th anniversary weekend at the retreat was packed with Open day activities including talks on this weeks headline news regarding the incarceration of the Fracking Four along with related material regarding Animal Rights, references to the late John Harris  and the Resource Based Economy.

The talk revolved around Simon Roscoe Blevins public address letter which we had been presenting in the tube earlier that week.

We are shocked and saddened at the 16 month jail sentences that the #FrackFreeFour have received.
This is wholly disproportionate to their truck protest actions in July 2017.

Our civil liberties are under threat.

frackfreefoursupporters.org Your right to assemble is now by precedence now fundamentally unstable http://frackfreefoursupporters.org/

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Letter transcript form the talk Written by Simon Roscoe Blevins:

If you’re reading this then I’m in prison – for sitting on top of a truck.

Let me explain.

The truck was carrying part of a drill rig heading for a fracking site in a part of Lancashire where this industry is being fiercely contested.
Locals living in the vicinity of the Preston New Road drilling site – licensed to fracking company Cuadrilla – were backed by councillors who voted by an overwhelming majority in 2015 to stop fracking in the area.
Then the Tory Government overturned this decision and granted Cuadrilla the right to drill under peoples’ homes. Or to put it another way, they forced fracking on a local area despite it being rejected and in doing so helped pave a path towards catastrophic climate change.
As a soil scientist I know that fracking poses a great threat to the ground beneath our feet through leaks and contamination.
Soil takes thousands of years to form, but its health can be lost in an instant. We depend on healthy earth for our food and water – it is the bedrock, literally of our existence. That’s why I decided to join this protest. Hundreds of people have protested against Cuadrilla for the last seven years and 350 have been arrested since drilling started in January 2017.
These arrests have been for conducting slow walks in front of trucks, blockades, die-ins, site squats, you name it.
Blackpool really has been at the frontline of the climate change resistance – and myself and two others are now the first protectors to be locked up for playing a part in this crucial fight.

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Here’s how and why it happened.
During a routine blockade of the drilling site, I climbed on top of a delivery lorry, stopping it in its tracks.
Three others also did the same, and together, we spent an unprecedented combined total of four days on four lorries. We slept through cold nights and thunderstorms, but local people passed us water, food and sleeping bags, encouraging us to stay.
Looking out into the sun rise dawning fields of the Fylde, watching cows grazing in the morning haze, campfire smoke wavering, as women elders – the anti-fracking nanas – boiled water for tea and another day of obstruction, I knew why I was there. I knew that my two year old niece and every young person at the mercy of our decisions as adults today, deserves safety and food and water security, and we have a duty to defend that.
The weather this year, with the arid summer and rampant droughts, has been a wake up call for so many people, who are finally realising that climate change is real. Fracking in the UK for oil and gas will accelerate that danger. Most people in this country don’t want it and it has already been banned in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
We should be very clear – fracking isn’t just in breach of the climate science, it’s ripping through our democracy too. My sentencing forms part of a broader clamp down on the right to protest in the UK. The stakes are higher than ever, but all of us inside and outside the criminal justice system will be impacted by climate change.
And all of us have a role to play in creating a better, more just future. I will continue to work for that. The most difficult thing for me to accept right now, is that my sister is due to give birth soon and has asked me to be her birth partner. Given my imprisonment – which will last for at least eight months – I won’t be able to be there to support her, or to see and support my niece or nephew come into this world.
During my trial I was not allowed to speak about my motivations for protesting. Let me tell you here now that my peaceful act of collective self-defence, criminalised as it has been, is for my family, and for a safer, healthier future for everyone threatened by fracking related climate change. So I have one ask of you, which will give me hope as I sit in jail.
If you share my concerns and intentions, then please find your local anti-fracking group and continue this fight.
See you on the outside.
Simon Roscoe Blevins in a soil scientist from Sheffield. He and three other men are the first people in the UK to be sentenced to jail for protesting fracking

During the talks a number of quotes and statements (shown below) from the classroom ethics wall were referenced.

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During the tube talks earlier that week, the below issues were raised in context of the fracking four events and the impact of the court’s decision that week.

The Tube action was coined with the term Apathy in the UK due to the lack of concern of the impact of the sentence (and also of fracking on the environment) in the general London work pedestrian traffic

If the Sex Pistols were to record a new Album they could call it  – APATHY IN THE UK !!!
(fraking four) on the tube activism was a hard sell !

What was covered:

Issues of buying land and having it drilled under with out consent possible collapse or contamination
Issues of having armed police on the door and not having the right to protest then not being able to ask for help from the man in the next seat because neither of you have the right to protest
Issues of the police officer serving the state rather than a policeman serving the public trust
Issues of no but back on the grid for renewable energy but can but back from oil and gas
Issues of hard sentencing for the frack four for truck sitting
activists comment – Engagement on the friday evening with one woman, the rest were zombies with no response to prodding……. At least they listened to the reading but no one gave a flying fuck about the impact of fracking on their lives homes futures

WELCOME TO APATHY IN THE UK !!

Further links:

http://frack-off.org.uk/

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/fracking-protest-cuadrilla-preston-lancashire-drilling-simon-roscoe-blevins-richard-roberts-rich-a8562276.html

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2018-10-01/we-didnt-vote-for-fracking-womens-protest-at-conservative-party-conference1/

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change/fracking

The Growing Anti-Fracking Movement

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NO MONEY NO HONEY – The “Supersize me” Bee project in every store near YOU

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NO MONEY NO HONEY – The “Supersize me” Bee project in every store near YOU

“As a child there were wild hives in the forest, they were started mostly with drilled long bore holes in cut off blocks tied nailed to the trees, sometimes a hollowed branches bundle with indents around  half a foot long for the bees to lay larvae on,….. the wild hives the forest..those things, those days are gone…”

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“After a while you would notice the start of hives around the boxes and bundles, over a year or two they would swell to full active vibrant communities, The honey overs used to drip from the bottoms, down the tree trunks
Kids would run their fingers up the trunks, wildlife would feed on the overs on the ground and low trunks, the fruit trees around the hives would start fruiting, there would be an abundance of wild flowers, colourful heads and long breezy stems. Later i realised that conservationists had seeded these. The bees would pollinate and be undisturbed, this was there gift, pollination……Nothing else was taken, ever..”

Since my last trip back to canada i can say i have never seen free forest undisturbed hives anywhere in the eu or us. All i see is the commercial operation and its the same everywhere. The absolute enslavement of an entire race !

Mainstream Media has rolled out a string of “investigations” into whats killing the bees, ROTTEN on netflix reported 37 million bee deaths a year in the continental USA . If that happened to cows or people there would be outcry.

The truth of honey and the death of the bees revolve around two essential areas

The Honey theft –  Does an Olympian train on McDonalds ? Does a RaceHorse run on Bacon and Eggs ? we all know that diet is 80% of  peak performance, every Bee in it’s natural habitat is an Olympian, thee are no couch potato bees or shift workers skipping off on tea breaks and shirking, they are Spartans they are tireless and their diet has been perfected of a millenia to deliver.

The pesticides and pollution – Healthy body / Healthy Mind ? the synthetic sugar addled unfit struggling worker bee just can’t operate efficiently or in increasing numbers even find the way home in a fog of pesticides and pollution. the biggest consumer crop of pesticides is grain and protein crop for animal feeds,. to cut to the chase , if you are eating meat as well as Honey, you are double daming the Bees with your eating preferences.

The situation we have since 1972 (the start of the destruction of the Honey Bee with the global roll out of Glucose Fructose Corn Syrup) is likable to a  a big brother type sitcom (the hive) where our fitness guru’s are watched and followed going shopping each day with their hard earned cash and opening their fridge in the morning and finding it all stolen ,empty or stacked full of junk food , look around , some furniture is out of place, one or two house members are concussed (smoked, neuro nano toxins) not sure if they will pull through, a window us smashed (removal damage)

What is nasty, insidious and speciest is the act of theft of honey. Honey has been stolen for over 4000 year by humans, obsessed with consuming its purported health busting properties. Yet in the last 300 years, the hive industry has become the norm and taking the overs has become wide scale removing of 2/3 of the honey hive to fund profit.

The survival of one one the oldest most fascinating species on earth starts to diminish as their health is affected by a sustained replacement diet of synthetic sugar water as Honey is stolen for Human consumption.

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“We steal its daylight robbery for sure, does it hurt them, not immediately but by the time winters through you see them dead in the thousands. But that’s the business we are in”  

ROTTEN on NETFLIX https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80146284

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bees pollinate crops for everyone but taking their honey and replacing it with synthetic sugar syrups weakens the immune system and they get wiped out by pesticides.

The bees also don’t wax off the honeycombs if sugar syrups because they don’t like it, the honey is their balanced nutritional diet they work hard to make it, humans steal it with a wide range of lies about profits and bee rent and replace it with junk food. Ever see “SUPERSIZEME” how sick the guy gets ?

As for the so called eco bee hives, they also take the wax for beeswax and use it in lip balms. Open a factory hive and you find 1/3 of commercial hives have sick bees. Honey is only one side of the problem, poor health also means a poor immune system and that is the deal closer for the Honey Bee in our modern pesticide filled world.

without a strong die and the additional work of have to replace stolen supplies the ever enslaved and overworked Bee also has to fight off toxins pollution and pesticides. It is blatantly obvious and common knowledge that a healthy body can resist infection fatigue and disease better than an unhealthy one. Humanity though the Honey Theft has already damaged the Bees health, next humans lay the gauntlet of poisoned air for the bee to struggle through.

So called eco bee keeping companies report to “save the bees” by planting an additional 5,000 flowers a hive and advertising this is ethical, let’s do the maths though, 5000 flowers well that’s enough pollen for 100 bees who each produce 1/6 of a teaspoon.. how much honey do you spread on your bread ? how many lifetimes work stolen ?.

The reality is that 50’000 flowers should be planted per hive minimum.  Even when the flowers are planted, the Honey those bees make is eco or commercial, stolen.

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In short the ECO trend sold under so called Health outfits like Holland and Barrett (such as the Manuka Honey gold mine)  say they are ethical for the bees, but we already know from the numbers and the theft of the end product that it doesn’t ring true, no amount of Media Marketing can normalise theft and slavery in the Honey trade.

Open debate between Bee Keepers and Honey producers and the Vegan community become heated , Bee Keepers wave off criticism stating people are not educated enough to know whats really going on. This post clarifies the “education” and exposes the lies.  The truth is that they are profiteering off bees and the bees will suffer and die as a result of Human intervention, not be saved by it.

There’s lots of ways to save bees, wild hives and the planting of bee food flowers are the good steps, the elephant in the room and the frankly obvious is to stop consuming their honey.

Vegan activists have turned round hives that are dying from sugar syrup replacement by actually buying jars if honey and literally putting it back into hives.

Those who set up wild hives on their land and allow the natural development of Honey Bees unmolested will see their flowers and fruits do better year in year.

Is there any instance where consuming Honey can be seen as Ethical ?

It will never be Vegan as its an animal Product, Ethical possibly only in one instance  – The only collection of honey that could ever be called ethical is on over spill where the honey drips out of a wild hive to the ground, though what people take from this means less for wildlife and this again needs to be put into perspective, globalised society offers Humans more access to sugar replacements and alternatives that any other species. A human an simply go to aisle 22 instead of aisle 23 and buy ” agave nectar” instead of Honey at the same bottle price. A racoon looking for something sweet on the forest floor cannot…

Where do I get a HONEY alternative that rocks ? : https://www.groovyfood.co.uk/products/light-amber-mild-agave-nectar

The standard theft rate from a commercial hive when all the rows are full, bee producers say a minimum of 3 rows a hive to last winter  should keep the hive alive yet i this was the case then we would not see death totals in the 40 millions every year and widespread colony collapse.

The minimum for a commercial hive is 5 rows. The honey producers take 60 percent , they leave 3 rows and replace the stolen rows of Honey with synthetic sugars. As previously put – Its theft , dailybreakin’s, ransacking and theft.

VIDEO FEED COURTESY OF https://www.facebook.com/IamCeciltoo/videos/1054389714705237/

No Vegan will support the use of Honey, will not consume it or stock it. We have not seen one ethical Honey operation globally ever. Wild hives we see, but only where people are land conservationists or have “forgotten 2 about them, we would like to encourage people to set up wild hives. I foyu want to get started on wild hive program in box us and we will send you a how to guide to getting started,

If you really want honey for nothing and have inherited an active former commercial  hive  then do it ONLY with an overspill tray under the hive.

Don’t take the rows, it stresses then and makes them work harder

Don’t smoke them it stresses then and damages them (honey producers say it doesn’t so try it on yourself and see how that goes)

Don’t replace their highly nutritious immune system boosting diet for junk food just because “you can”

Don’t be a thief. Bees own us nothing. Mother Nature doesn’t charge “Bee Rent” The bees are sacred and those who argue for “Bee Rent” support the honey industry, support the defilement of mother natures divine for your own profit and oral masturbation

pollination of our crops is being effected by the honey stealing and promoting community And when that species dies we all die.

No Vegan ever makes “Money” from getting you to stop eating Honey, Every Honey producer makes money from you when YOU ignore the truth , YOUR responsibility for our collective future and believe the marketing speech.

Its a heath thing ? You want to be healthy ?

Get on a Raw Vegan Diet and buy the book HOW NOT TO DIE , it’s really that simple.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Not-Die-Discover-Scientifically/dp/1250066115

WAKE UP

GO VEGAN

DROP THE HONEY

https://www.facebook.com/IamCeciltoo/videos/1054389714705237/

https://www.vegansociety.com/go-vegan/why-honey-not-vegan

http://bitesizevegan.com/ethics-and-morality/is-honey-vegan-healthy-humane/hives

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CAROL HODGE – Hold on to that Flame – New Release – PUNK BALLAD URBAN SOLO ALBUM

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CAROL HODGE – Hold on to that Flame – New Release – PUNK BALLAD URBAN SOLO ALBUM

Punk Ballad Urban Vocal crafter and pianist Carol His back on the Manchester music scene with a new punk power ballad album of strong tracks that has taken reflection and time in the making.

She is constantly on projects, so whats new ? (Carol Hodge is a well known face on the Manchester music scene, performing solo as singer/pianist Crystal Grenade. She is also backing vocalist and pianist for Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life, and provided female vocals on CRASS songs for The Last Supper tour)

This time it’s her Solo work.

Fishinabox have followed the journey with interest from the first writings for this solo album which started to form into songs from as far back as 2015, at a time when Carol penned, wrote and voiced the powerful lyrics on “The Power of Willful Ignorance”for one of our own ethics and animal rights projects.

Not having seen a major focus on her Solo career back in 2012/2013 we wanted more; but so did the music scene, the collaborations, other bands and artists and as a result, “Hold on to that flame” has taken time to get to general release.

This Album culminates the many aspects of her work succinctly, mixing and story to sweeten the bitter pill of daily life  issues. and frankly is the one to buy.

Tracks like “Stop the world in it’s tracks, and “First world problems” are easy to identify with, and there are the welcome inclusions of some older material “The witch is dead and “Weather the storm”

Carol’s songwriting talents over the last 15 years always seem to be caught up primarily in other artists projects (including ours…… Mea Culpa) which have all benefited greatly from her extensive talent and a writer performer and her keen understanding of social issues that she often puts at the heart of her work.

Carol brings a strong classical element to all work that she touches and provides accessible depth to core lifestyle challenges and at times along with satirical lyrics exposing the globalization “dream” for the nightmare it represents ethically and morally.

Carol’s move to set up her own record label as well as focus on her solo career is a sound and welcome step. There is some bleakness, but not broken, some melancholy, but not darkness, in her work and being the relentless optimist that she is, there is always light that shines through the cracks so to speak, the work here enlightens.

https://www.chopback.com/music

Our advice from Fishinabox – pick up the album, as far as the Carol Hodge story goes to date it is the chance finally get the album , “buy the T-shirt” and open your ears to a song writer who captivates, yet remains, a soulful realist.

in Carols words -“Don’t be so selfish , Don’t be introspective , and broaden your mind to the global perspective”

Track List:

  1. Stop The World In Its Tracks 04:36
  2. No Holds Barred 03:03
  3. You Don’t Dream Enough 04:17
  4. First World Problems 03:58
  5. Your Heart Is Breaking 03:59
  6. Fallibility 03:50
  7. Weather The Storm 04:36
  8. Bullet In The Moonlight 04:08
  9. The Witch Is Dead 03:20
  10. Undone 04:04
  11. Bear With Me 04:13

Pick up the Album here – https://carolxhodge.bandcamp.com/

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CAROL HODGE – Other links:

https://www.mudkiss.com/carolhodgeinterview.htm

http://www.fungalpunknature.co.uk/FUNGALPUNK/Interviews/CarolWrecks.html

 

Animal Rescue Workers talk at The Retreat Animal Sanctuary – Registered CHARITY 1105654

Animal Rescue Workers talk at The Retreat Animal Sanctuary – Registered CHARITY 1105654

Deep in the heart of the Kent Countryside, lies The Retreat Animal Sanctuary.

The Retreat is the last chance saloon for saving Animals that have been victims of abuse, neglect, Privation, Malnourishment and all manner of mistreatment in and around the ferociously intensive and without exception, unethical animal agriculture for profit industry.

As well as Animal Rescue work, the site is a hub of social engagement, on open days giving people the change to connect and spend time with the rescue animals as well as running a number of events in the classroom touching all aspects of Animal Well being, Veganism and even subjects such as the Resource Based Economy.

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This is a sanctuary that brings compassion and understanding of the dilemmas of a world profiteering off Animal Agriculture and the truth of the real costs on the lives subjected to it to the people on a directly 1 2 1 personal level though direct interaction with the thankfully rescued former victims of the systematic abuse of the animal agriculture industry.

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The Retreat is driven by site owner Billy Thompson and Neil Davies along with  a fiercely committed team of Vegan volunteers. The site is now a forever home for over 1250 animals and running costs are at 10,000 pounds a month.

The site is open to all though does have a strict Vegan policy that any food or clothing that is form animal product is widely discouraged. The Site boasts an excellent Café with an exceptionally wide menu and great price points. Also on site is a Charity Shop and Cow’s Cottage Holiday Home.

The Retreat, as a forever home, holds the ethical Higher ground. It is Fully staffed and run as a Vegan Sanctuary

– no kill shelters for unwanted animals when they are not rehomed,

– no horse riding (main cause of spinal damage in horses) or work housing livestock as is seen in some “working rescues”

– no breeding , lambing or culling, (as we found in another NON-Vegan Rescue in the isle of wight where they were charging for petting of goats and stocking goat meat for sale in the freezers, though when challenged to disclose to the “pay to pet” parents and children where last years animals were sadly in the shop freezer, became highly aggressive.)

Funding for the site is critical and there are a number of adoption and subscription programs that people can contribute to to help further the Charities work.

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This Rescue is one that is in genuine need of support, it represents excellent ethical policy and is a hive of knowledge in Animal Husbandry and rescue.

Support them.

Get socially engaged with the work and embrace a Vegan ethic and lifestyle.

LINKS:

DONATE – RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW: http://www.retreatanimalrescue.org.uk/animals/

WINTER IS HERE at the RETREAT – Feed them all – Fundraising NOW !

In addition to direct donations for feed, the Retreat also look for assistance with buildings and maintenance , blankets and covers and equipment for the café.

http://www.retreatanimalrescue.org.uk/

 

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Photography courtesy of:  Andie Handei Kumafaro,

Philip Downs in Print – Mother Nature’s Fantasy Masterpiece light in a dark place – The Curious Tale of Otto and Trinity Small

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Philip Downs in Print – Mother Nature’s Fantasy Masterpiece light in a dark place – The Curious Tale of Otto and Trinity Small

Philip Downs, an accomplished artist with 19 books under his belt explores elements of living in harmony with nature, the oppressive and negative effects of organised religion, and of the long-lasting effects of kind hearts and innocence in a dark and troubled world.

In a world of ever accelerating consumerism and unchecked forced and unethical brand marketing dark times lie ahead of us, in making the right choices for the planet, for our communities and the land we  share with the animals and walk on. There will be a time when we must choose between what is convenient, perhaps easy and what is truly the right thing to do.

When we, in our daily lives are exposed to the harsh realities of profiteering destruction and violence it seems like a fantasy, an unbelievable world where Mother Nature has been chained and the madness of greed and self .deification of the wealthy elite reigns supreme. It is at these times that fantasy becomes the ultimate medium to build good ethical magical core beliefs and behaviours and it is in these stories where true happiness can be found, even in the very darkest of times, if one we, each one of us remembers to turn on the light for others to see by.

Phillp Downs, painstakingly detailed and stunning masterpiece “The Curious Tale of Otto and tarinity Small is one such work as this.

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A heavily illustrated (by the author) story of mad gods, kind hearts, and of two children who embark on a journey around the world that takes them six hundred years to complete. Along the way they encounter tales of demons trapped by salt, magical horticulturists, impossibly burning men, sun gods and hearth sprites and the history of the world being changed by a single firefly.

Lush graphics such as “The Six Hundred year journey” that accompany the book are also being rolled out in special art Prints in addition to the book.

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http://www.blurb.co.uk/user/spubalu?filter=bookstore&profile_preview=true

One of a kind, be sure to get your self a copy on the below direct order sales link NOW:

http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8705727-the-curious-tale-of-otto-and-trinity-small

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Featured Artist – Philip McCulloch-Downs – Reality 2 Fantasy Art

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Featured Artist – Philip McCulloch-Downs – Reality 2 Fantasy Art

Philip has been drawing and painting for nearly all his life, beginning with dinosaurs and spaceships at the age of 4, moving on to giant architectural cityscapes whilst at Leicester Polytechnic aged 22 gaining a degree in illustration, and then indulging in a decade of portrait painting, model-making for museums, designing T-shirts, and mixing up multicultural influences in colourful ways.
Aged 32 he moved out of the city to the countryside of Somerset and has spent the intervening years learning how to process the experiences of everyday life through his artwork, forming a visual diary of his life through his paintings, poetry, novels and videos.
During those years he became fully vegan after he began work at Viva! (www.viva.org.uk ) in 2003. This amazing organisation educated and inspired him, and he became fully committed to the vegan/animal rights art movement, gaining a following on social media, and producing a series of hard-hitting canvases and videos for Viva!’s Hen, Pig, and Dairy Campaigns.

In 2017 he left Viva! began to pursue a career in art on a full time basis, and to expand his ideas beyond the restrictions of any commercial organisation.

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http://www.philipdownsart.co.uk/home.php

https://www.youtube.com/user/sbl2323

Artists Statement:

What does Animal Liberation mean to you? Educating the younger generation. Giving them the necessary facts and figures, as well as the encouragement, to help them realise that they can so easily change this world if they choose to, and thereby help us ALL evolve out of our current state of inertia and ignorance. 
My personal part in the Animal Liberation Movement means connecting and empathising with the creatures that I paint, treating them with a dignity that they are denied by our farmers. I try to bear witness to their character, their suffering and their individuality, and by removing any barriers between ‘us’ and ‘them’ allow viewers to feel an empathy, which will hopefully lead to an understanding that changes hearts and minds.

Phillip is open for Commission work, please feel free to contact him directly through his facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pg/PhilipDownsArt/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1158903887455599

Artists Merchandise https://mrcronch.teemill.com/

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Our Comment from FISHINABOX

“The accessibility, professionalism and quality of mind and thought that Philip Offers cannot be overstated. This is an Artist at the top of his game who operates with deep understanding and integrity in the delivery of his work.. highly recommended.” 

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LONDON LIFE – From Pollution to Solution – ACT NOW – Breathe Vegan Air

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LONDON LIFE – From Pollution to Solution – ACT NOW – Breathe Vegan Air

From “Chem trails”, to “Vaxed” , “Mogellons”, airborne pesticides and the flu jab right down to Traffic Pollutions bad boy the “Diesel Demon”, our immune systems are under attack, to impact our health, drive shop stock pharmaceutical sales up and enslave us to the healthcare megalomaniacs that own these invisible killers.

(Do you get the flu jab? / Are you or your Children Autistic ? / Are you Asthmatic ? Do you get rheumatism or Arthritis ?)

(Morgellons  are listed as  a collective Reality Asylum where  you are breathing Ethylene Dibromide, nano-particles of aluminium, barium, stronium and cationic polymer fibers with unidentified bio-active material. Long term chronic exposure to such toxins destroy the bodies immune system, leaving you vulnerable to serious infections, chronic health problems linked to auto immune dysfunction and hybrid cancers)

With nine thousand deaths a year in London on the official stats logs linked to pollution issues in the capital; is our health, our daily health, the casualty of a corporate/political war for a staged attempt to control our health and life lines and boost drugs sales under the guise of transportation pressures ? The Question keeps raising it’s head.

Globalization pushes people into the cities forcing population to soar in restricted areas and resources to be mismanaged and strained; whilst in the zones, outside the cities, land lies fallow and under resourced. Corporate pharmaceuticals appear to push their sales agenda through unscrupulous means and misinformation, cancers that never seem to have cures yet the research companies funding finds itself in off shore banking whilst peddling animal testing as the  way forward (British “Heartless” Foundation has been referred in investigations on line), with only 1% of results from animal trials ever having any relevance to research.

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The population of the western world is plugged in to the “I buy , therefore I am” automon cult. willfully ignorant and seemingly no longer equipped to even question the operation of the world around them. in the last election the majority of the british people voted for arms trade with the middle east, war against families mothers and children, anti terror laws despite losing human rights, brexit suicide, class war divisions, racism and escalating animal abuse.

The policies were blatantly clear in manifesto, yet the people voted for them. Is this really a nation of animal  abusers racist imperialist warmongers or is it more so that the voting public are automatons, unable to make their own judgement ? Opposition policies equally bland,  build on the marxist lie, left or right wing the political scene is all part of one party – the self wing. The people voted it in.

And yet,.even when we are being gassed , injected or fed chronic poisons licensed by the so called democracy that the peoples majority chose, this nation of self oppressed and oppressing idiots tugs the forelock and just carries on.

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The Anti pollution mask is now being marketed and branded as a fashion item, A Vogmask or a Cambridge Company General are a wise addition in the unseen toxic tides that rage around us.

There is a distinct and absolute necessity in masking up if you want to reduce risks of  lung and throat cancer, but seriously, is this how you want to live ? The soot on our streets is driven into the heart of the city by rampant capitalism known under the banner and catch phrase of “globalisation” and it will kill you and I.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38735896

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/clean-air/20-shocking-facts-about-air-pollution

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/news/fashionable-anti-pollution-masks-make-their-debut-in-the-uk-a6668436.html

http://www.leotielovely.com/2017/05/is-it-time-to-start-wearing-pollution.html

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/29/pollution-air-quality-london-environment

In the US studies by Dr. Michael Greger and Gene Stone showed that 100% of deaths in old age pensioners were caused by disease, not old age. death by old age does not exist. we are killed by disease, whilst the World Heath Organisation wastes funding on destroying and torturing animals instead of releasing the cures for serious diseases and restricting the manufacture of new strains of disease. It took 3 years to split the atom and yet cancer research are still peddling the “old story” that after 50 years they can’t cure cancer ?

There are endless issues in the pollution of our lives , the earth around us, the air, the animals, to even touch on in this post, though by researching into the above , phrase by phrase,  you will open your eyes to the lies we live under.

There is a way forward though,  a view past the punitive limitations of the banal society that our lives are irresponsibly gifted to by our parents and peers. the way forward is the Venus Project.

Choose a path in life that works with other people for the greater good of all society. A movement that works against pyramid power structures, money, war, greed and oppression. A World that uses resources instead of deliberately wasting them to create demand and keep prices high. A world where there is no war because there is nothing to fight over. Breathe Vegan Air. I use the term Vegan for what it represents in purity and health, both physical as well as spiritual and mental health.

There is a way to evolve and cast off the outdated oppression of so called gods and masters for the greater good.

EVOLVE and BREATHE VEGAN AIR

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Media and Artwork – With Thanks to: Andie Handei Kumafaro, Philip McCulloch-Downs (https://www.facebook.com/PhilipDownsArt/)

https://www.thevenusproject.com/faq/what-will-people-do/

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https://www.thevenusproject.com/the-venus-project/research-center/

It is time to embrace a deeply satisfying realisable and spiritual concept that goes against a lifetime of brainwashing, a lifetime of school, army, church, of war and the inevitable oxymorons like war heros (killing does not make us heros), Friendly fire (shooting people is never friendly, fresh frozen (frozen is never fresh) and Happy Meals (enslaving torturing and murdering other creatures can never be happy) , Faith Divides Us and Death Unites Us are all traits of the satanic rather than the divine.

Cast off the blind fold, see the mirror then see the world around for what it truly is. It is time to atone for our earthly crimes of ignorance and avarice by making genuine meaningful change rather than playing lip service through rasping lies. To actually rise up and sing with your heart rather than just move your mouth to the words.

Embrace a Resource Based Existence (RBE). Corporate puppets “the governments” have spent 40 years trying to burying the RBE program. yet they never realised that we are all seeds.

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Animal Rights Photography 2018 CALENDAR – ORDER NOW – London Underground REAL NEWS

Animal Rights Photography 2018 CALENDAR – ORDER NOW – London Underground REAL NEWS

In a reality asylum of the buy now pay later world of emotionally disconnected automated unrepentant pre-programmed national consumerism; photographs can be one of the most ground breaking and eye opening truth spreakers.

As the last of the old breed of Investigative journalists such as John Pilger now start to give way to the rise of the social media phenomenon in recording stark events; most of the western world (67%) now sources its news reporting form non commercial feeds. “Anony-News” gives the public access to real time events, underplayed or simply overwritten by the fake news and alternative facts commercial bandwagon. For the truth seeker the importance of following underground reporting cannot be understated.

We need to support the work of underground photographers, to give it place and space in our feeds , social media, on our bumper stickers, patches on jackets, graffiti on walls, banners and slogans on t-shirts. art in our living rooms..

ANIMAL RIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHY are out on the streets day and night documenting , investigating, exposing for a better world , to turn the tide against ignorance and abuse. Please Support their work here:

ORDER THE CALENDAR NOW: 

https://www.freewebstore.org/AnimalRights

SUPPORT EQUIPMENT REPAIRS AND UPGRADES:

https://www.youcaring.com/animalrightsphotography-955416

The Commercial media machines will continue to lie, deceive and manipulate advertising and news en mass to keep a nation of self oppressed and oppressing people uneducated, blank and idiotically simplistic in their understanding of the world we live in. They do not though own the internet and no longer do they own “the truth”. The real truth , the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It is out there, if YOU are capable of one very simple birth given skill ….

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The Animal rights Calendar 2018 focuses each month on Specific Anony-News events. Underground activism drives the issues that matter on the internet and this collection showcases some of the greatest and the most striking event images of this year in the hope that you, will unplug and engage.

The Calendar collection focuses specifically on the most vulnerable and at risk members of our society, the voiceless.

The current target of Theresa May’s sell out and sink Britain class war Government (Tories believe its ok to kill animals because apparantly they say they don’t have any feelings – why ? because to agree they actually do, as Europe does { british “blackshirts” couple never agree with Europe} will damage the profit line on the “sausage coin”)

The voiceless: the enslaved, the beaten, confined and that in endless haunting screams, murdered for nothing more trite and banal than a marketing driven corporate scam and profit machine under the misdemeanor of “choice”.

When Corbyn bangs on about “for the many” he is still “one”, you are the many and the animal even more so in their millions. It is not for “leadership contenders to assume they are well placed to lead but actually for the masses that puts the responsibility on each and every one of you to be active. Politics – Left Wing / Right Wing it is ALL Self Wing – a Game of Thrones and the so called Peoples Parliament sold to the highest “marketeer” for Profit.

The only Self wing party you should subscribe to is your own, choose your words based on truth , don’t be spoon fed the lies.

Stop being a consumer , be a Human Being NOW. That requires Humanity, yet the voiceless are subject to daily in-humane treatment for one reason and one true reason only, because the masses, yes that’s YOU, are willfully ignorant about the truth or simply ignorant in absence of the truth.

Politics is a cop out. Democracy is a lie because the facts presented to the public though State , Media and corporate advertising are lies. “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated ?” (John Lydon Sex Pistols)

So Follow the twitter feeds, read wikileaks not CNN and FOX,. look for trending on social media NOT the nine o clock news and unplug.

“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

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Sneak preview into the ANIMAL RIGHTS CALENDAR

Flags dictate a national identity, as the British Union Jack is symbolic of Right wing thuggery , national socialism and funding of foreign wars so the people start to raise their own flags.

By taking a country on a path of intolerance and violence , you loose the ethical people to their own ideology.

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Wide scale Slavery and holocaust volume of violence abuse and slaughter is ingrained (brainwashed under the farm to table schools programme as normal”) and well and truly deemed as socially acceptable by the majority of British People.

Are you Seriously supporting this ?

Theresa May was filmed sampling sausages at smithfield meat market as part of her election campaign, did you vote for Brexit Bacon ?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2942309/Disturbing-footage-pigs-struggling-breathe-killed-CO2-stunning-method-used-supermarket-abattoirs.html

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The Fur Trade, production banned in the UK by Public pressure, globalisation now makes Fur a massive import industry, has everyone forgotten why production was banned in this country ?

A life destroyed for a Fashion Statement ? Seriously ?

https://www.peta.org.uk/issues/animals-not-wear/fur-trade/

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mimi-bekhechi/ethical-fur-no-such-thing_b_6275962.html

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That’s really not Entertainment ? THE CIRCUS  – The reality of forced captivity , confinement, torture abuse for what your entertainment ? Subjugation of another species for banality is something for the ethical to shout about.

https://www.paws.org/get-involved/take-action/explore-the-issues/circus-cruelty/

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Free range ? One of the flock ? ,. believe you are free ? freedom is the price that is paid for the benefits YOU selfishly reap from civilized society. (as oppose to Veganism which is selflessly reaping form society). The Price of a life, 54 billion times over every single year. Their freedom ? they die without any, your freedom you consume as you are programmed and willfully ignorant about doing so. Your so called freedom to choose had a victim. A victim that had NO choice.

THEY the victim, YOU who pay the slaughterman’s blade, the murderer.

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The greatest of lies , the charitable sector. Are you wilfully ignorant about what Charity you support ? A little real research goes a long way to understanding what “Charity” is really about in the big corporate globalised world.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/507823/British-Heart-Foundation-fund-testing-on-labradors

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254729/RSPCA-destroys-HALF-animals-rescues–thousands-completely-healthy.html

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Don’t be a consumer, be a human being now. As individuals we each can raise our voice for the voiceless,.. where one raises his/they/her voice so others will do so too,.

many arguments about not speaking up are based around “I wont be able to make a difference: an Ocean is vast and powerful, unchallengeable, yet made up of millions and millions of tiny rain drops.

Be the rain , raise your voice . one becomes a hundred becomes a thousand become a million.

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