Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Well, the bill against stag hunting on horse was passed last night, no thanks to the Labour Party who always say they are against blood sports and Fine Gael who are a useless party anyway. It's the Labour Party I'm really furious with. Their office waffles on about the wording of the legislation which is pure sophistry as the ISPCA pleaded with them to support this bill as well as the control of dog breeding bill next week (sorry, my mistake in earlier post). Will they actually go that low and vote against a much needed bill to stop the cruel fact of unregulated puppy farming in this nation? If they do, that's it for me and any support for the Labour Party. Of course they are the opposition, but they've always prided themselves on moral stances and the high ground. This is not an issue that should be used to try to pull down or embarrass the government. That's just politicking on the back of unfortunate animals.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The ISPCA has been fighting against them for years with little help or support from the general community. Ireland is the capital of puppy farming in Europe, with no regulations whatsoever. Of course there are reputable breeders who look after their animals and are responsible for good practice, but there are also a multitude of cruel, uncaring, unscrupulous businessmen who defy even the most basic standards of animal care. The ISPCA talks of animals living in desperate conditions. Raids are sometimes successful - based on undercover work - but it seems at other times the owners are tipped off. There is collusion to protect the business and not the law or the animals. Today the Green Party is presenting a bill against puppy farms and stag hunting. Already various politicians are standing up against it. This is a side of Ireland that I find truly despicable. Stay tuned for the final results. Hopefully the side of right and mercy will win. For more information see: www.ispca.ie.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I made a joke about the 'church of the raw food' last year after attending a workshop on same. I found the food interesting but not particularly tasty or tempting except for the frozen banana 'ice cream.' (You just leave peeled bananas in your ice box until frozen, then mash them up. You can do it with a fork if you let them thaw a bit. They taste like fabulous ice cream but without the cream!) Anyhoo, now I've found the real church and the food is only incredible. Next time you are in County Wicklow, Ireland head down to Wicklow town and check out the café of the Servants of Love - http://www.theservantsoflove.com/. They are a co-ed order of monks and nuns living in community and dedicated to healthy living, raw food and the arts. That may sound New Age in the Celtic Christianity tradition, but I understand they are conservative Roman Catholic and seeking recognition from Rome (an unlikely prospect given Rome's level of open-mindedness these days, i.e. nil). But omigod - pardon the pun - the food is only divine. So many flavours on one plate including varous sprouted things like sprouted radish (hot), beetroot marinated in ginger and pumpkin seed mayo (bought a jar, it tasted so good). You have to try it to believe it.