#OurWorld Of Woolly Jumpers, Moon Bears and Beautiful Earth

Credit: (C) 2009 Hameed. Textures Courtesy NASA. Hameed on DeviantArt

It should be apparent by now that both Sam and myself concentrate on different aspects of our world. Both of us are in caring professions, look after the welfare of people day in and day out. While both of us care for human beings on different levels of the care system, we decided to take the #OurWorld hashtag posts on whatever world views concerns us on any particular week.

Quite obviously my posts are predominantly about the welfare of our planet, and I don’t see this as a bad thing or a one-sided slanted view on reality. I do my fair share of caring for people, giving to human charities and helping humans when I can, both in my career and every day life. Yet in a world of ever growing apathy, I decided to speak on behalf of our non-human neighbours and about the Earth itself. This isn’t a bad thing, awareness and education rarely is.

But I could speak every week about an endangered species and hardly anyone would take a blind bit of notice. I could go into the importance of our shrinking ice caps, and most readers would click past the post. It is only natural because many things wrong with the world are not immediately apparent, nor are they something which affects or impacts our own, daily lives. Therefore problems grow until it is too late to fix them, because only after a tragic catastrophe do people take an interest.

If there are any of my posts that you take to heart I would like it to be this one, for I believe the  subjects of this post would turn even the hardened of hearts to care. These two particular stories were the ones which made me realise that we as a race need to change the way we think and the way we deal with the world and its inhabitants. We are only one species on this world, and while we may be dominant in this present time, I do not think we are any good for the welfare of the planet. If we were, there would be far fewer atrocities committed in the name of advancement, religion or power.

The subjects of this post are the Angora Rabbit, and the Asian black bear, or Moon Bear as it is widely known. While neither of these animals are considered critically endangered, their captive lives are of such horrific conditions that they deserve protection and their plight acknowledged.

A few years ago, I watched two videos that so upset me, I was crying by the end of them. And I watched them all the way through so that I never forgot the suffering of those animals. I will link the videos at the end of this blog, but I warn you to watch them with the knowledge that they are highly disturbing. But the videos themselves are not what caused me anguish. It was the realization that the suffering of these poor animals never ends.

The lovely, warm, smooth angora jumpers and cardigans so loved by many, are made from the wool of the Angora rabbit. I heard a long time ago that using the rabbit’s wool to make these luxury items was wrong–but I thought, we shave other animals, what is so different? I was young and didn’t really understand. But, the difference is the rabbits are not shaved nor treated in any way humanely.

The rabbits are kept in tiny cages until their fur is ready for removal. When ready, they are stretched and tied to a wooden rack then their fur is PLUCKED from them. I could not believe what I was seeing. The rabbits were screaming as their fur was ripped from their bodies until their skin was red and raw and broken. Then they were returned to their cage until their fur was grown enough to repeat the torture.


The Moon bear suffers similarly. Placed in cages as tiny cubs, they are incarcerated their entire lives in too-small cramped cages in which they can barely move. This is a deliberate act, important to the workers so the bears can not move away from their pain. Their gall bladders are ‘milked’ for bile which is used in traditional Chinese medicine. There are several methods for removing the bile, each as barbaric as the next. Usually filthy, rust and blood encrusted catheters are forced into festering wounds already punctured incalculable times until the bear dies a terrible and agonizing death.

Veterinarian care is used simply to keep them alive for as long as they can. Very little treatment is given for wounds or pain. Heaven forbid money should be spent on the poor souls. All of this horrifies me. Not only are these animals abused and tortured for such non-essential, luxury and archaic reasons, but they are treated this way for as long as they live.

Think about that.

Living beings, forced to spend their entire lives–every single breathing moment–in cramped and filthy conditions, in fear and mind breaking boredom which is only broken by moments of sheer terror and torture in which they scream in mortal agony.

Can you imagine that?

Every moment.

Of every day.

For your entire life.  

If we can be so ignorant to their suffering and so inhuman to these helpless animals, is there really any hope of ever attaining peace in this world? Is there any real chance of saving this Earth? We currently live in a time of no return. We are on an ever dropping end of a tipping scale in which the Earth and all lives upon it hang.

So you may take me as a tree-hugger, an animal lover, even a would-be hater of my own species, but I see the bigger picture.

And it is not pretty.

As a race, if we can not reconcile these horrors and change our way of living to save this EARTH, then the scale will drop and we will no longer have to care about war or power or money or which God is the most important. Our cities will be deserted and our mighty empires crumbled into dust as the world slowly dies.

Yes, this is a rather extreme view to take when speaking about two small and what many would consider rather insignificant animals, but it is a sign of a far bigger problem; the destructive force of the Human Race.

If you take anything away from this post, it should be the understanding that even the smallest choices we make can impact the world as a whole. As I’ve spoken about before, it is never just about the animals. It’s about ingrained practices and uneducated choices harming the world at large while also hiding and paying for the machines of war and destruction. Please think about it, share and discuss this post to spread this awareness. 🙂

Again, I warn you that the following videos are extremely graphic both visually and audibly and highly disturbing. Watch them with caution.   

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE


About oneofthedragons

Samantha K. Balk and F. R. Donaldson met on An Archive of Our Own, one of the many fanfiction sites online, when Sam asked Frankie to illustrate the fanfiction that would one day lead to Sam's first novel. They've been friends ever since! This blog was created as a way to share the oftentimes difficult journey any new author experiences on the uncomfortable quest of an introvert for attention to his or her most personal work. It is meant to remind you that authors don't just appear fully fledged like a George R. R. Martin, that all of us start out unsure and feeling inadequate. Feel free to ask us anything. Sam: sammykaye9@gmail.com Frankie: reluctant.fraggle@gmail.com

Posted on June 14, 2016, in #OurWorld, Frankeh Updates, Updates and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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