269 is free!

You might have read my previous posts on the 269 movement – an animal liberation movement that started in Israel/Occupied Palestine, and spread worldwide. The group gained international attention when they did a public branding event – activists gathered in the center of Tel Aviv and got branded with the number 269 – in honor of the namesake of the movement, a calf being raised for beef known only by the number stapled to his ear.

Later, the group staged public tattoo events: People stood in line emulating a concentration camp/slaughterhouse scenario, and got a tattoo with the number 269. Sister events were quickly organized in solidarity in places as diverse as Johannesburg, Melbourne, Augusta Georgia, Prague, Peru, Brazil, Berlin, and more. **

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ANYWAY – The exciting news is that earlier today an anonymous message was delivered to the 269 Life site, saying that activists liberated 269 – now a young bull – only hours before he was to be slaughtered, and took him to safety. The action took place several weeks ago, and they say that 269 is doing well.

It is only one life out of the billions that will be sacrificed to the human lust for murdered flesh… But it is a LIFE. And a highly symbolic one. I can’t think of better news to start my day!

Follow 269 Life:

Website: http://www.269life.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/269calf
Twitter: https://twitter.com/269_life

** The next international solidarity event will take place on September 26, 2013! Find out where the event nearest you is taking place, or organize your own local event and send pictures to to 269 Life!

Suicide Food

*TW for animal images at end of post

Even before I became fully aware of all the evils of the animals-for-food industry, even as a child, I would cringe every time I saw a commercial or kids’ book that used animal characters to sell meat. I mean, WTF. The implication is two-fold: that animals indeed have consciousness and cognition, wants and desires…  And what they really desire is to be killed and put in our bellies.

That never sat well with me. But like many things, the thought never fully bloomed, until today when I came across this blog – Suicide Food.

The blog defines the issue like this:

What is Suicide Food? Suicide Food is any depiction of animals that act as though they wish to be consumed. Suicide Food actively participates in or celebrates its own demise. Suicide Food identifies with the oppressor. Suicide Food is a bellwether of our decadent society. Suicide Food says, “Hey! Come on! Eating meat is without any ethical ramifications! See, Mr. Greenjeans? The animals aren’t complaining! So what’s yourproblem?” Suicide Food is not funny


Here are some of the images featured in the blog posts. In addition to examples, there are lots of helpful links and news.



Unlikely Animal Friendships

I’m in the mood for some stuff that makes me feel good! 

(Stay tuned for more overly cute animal pictures coming soon…)


The leopard crept through the sugar cane on an October night in 2002, and found a cow tied in a field, the way villagers keep their livestock in this dusty farming community. The cat didn’t harm the cow, but villagers worried about its predatory instincts, since they, too, were sometimes in the fields at night. They asked the Forest Department to remove the leopard  to a wildlife sanctuary nearby.

And so the trappers came, and soon found themselves observers of an unexpected interaction. The cat returned to the area nightly, but not as a predator. Instead, she came to be embraced. She approached the cow tentatively, rubbed her head against the cow’s head, then settled against her body. The cow would lick the cat, starting with her head and neck, cleaning whatever she could reach as the cat wriggled in apparent delight. If the cow was asleep when the leopard arrived, the visitor would gently awaken her with a nuzzle to the leg before lying down and pressing close. Other cattle stood nearby, but the leopard ignored them. The chosen cow seemed pleased to give the leopard her nightly bath. For almost two months the cat showed up around eight in the evening and cuddled with the cow until the first hint of sunrise.
The cat stayed away for several weeks. Then on the last night the animals were seen together, the leopard visited nine times before wandering away from her friend for good. Rohit Vyas suggests that the leopard had been young and motherless when it first strayed into the village, using agricultural fields as a pathway from a distant forest. The leopard sought the cow’s warmth for a time, but once she reached adulthood, her need for motherly affection diminished. She moved on. Even with such a plausible explanation, “This relationship was unimaginable,” says Rohit. “We were all spellbound by it. Who would expect a carnivore and hunter like a leopard to show love and affection toward its prey?” ♥
Source – The Times Of India & Unlikely Friendships


Nimra, a one-year-old cat, plays with chicks in Amman (2007). Nimra took care of seven chicks after their mother’s death.


Mouse rides on the back of a frog in floodwaters in the northern Indian city of Lucknow


A monkey sleeps next to a dog at Lacor camp for internally displaced persons in northern Uganda





A tiger cub climbs over piglets at a park in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong. The tiger cub was abandoned by its mother and was raised by a sow.






Auan, a seven-year-old female cat,
licks the body of Jeena, a three-year-old male mouse, at a farmer’s house in Phichit, north of Bangkok. Auan found Jeena three years before the photo (2002) and has been his playmate and protector, including warding off dogs, since then.

269 Animal Solidarity Tattoo Event

“…the question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk?
but, Can they suffer?” / Jeremy Bentham


Following the extreme protest carried out by Israeli animal rights activists, in which they branded themselves with the number “269”, after a calf they met on a factory farm, the project continues: On November 1, which is International Vegan Day, the activists carried out a tattoo event, in which everyone was invited to get a 269 tattoo in solidarity with the suffering of animals raised and killed for human use and consumption.

The event created worldwide waves, and sister-events were carried out in many locations, such as Melbourne, Australia:

Augusta, Georgia, US:

Johannesburg, South Africa:

The Israel Solidarity Event:

The 269 official site

The 269 Facebook page

Picture gallery

Activists Brand Themselves in Solidarity with Farm Animals

On October 2nd 2012, world farm animals day, three animal rights activists in Israel got branded with a hot steel brand, in the same way farm animals are branded in factory farms.

Trigger warning for animal cruelty on the first vid.


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