activism, animal rights, traveling

Strays of Kos.

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One of the things I was prepared to face in Kos was the countless stray cats not only sharing the space with tourists but also living, and at least in some cases, thriving there.

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Say hello to one of the many cats I came across on my trip to Kos. This pal was chilling just outside the mini market nearest to my accommodation.

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This was one of the dogs that lived in Tigaki, enjoying the company of tourists in the pic above.

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The owner of the cafe in Kefalos (below) told me that her name is ‘Beauty’.

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Tourists pondering on what to order while the kitties are chilling in the shadows. Many of the cafes and restaurants tend to feed the stray animals which I happily witnessed in many occasions. In addition to that, many of the mini markets sell cat food and treats for tourists to give to the animals.

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The kind lady agreed posing this picture for my blog!

Luckily there are people who are actively trying to raise money and awareness of the stray animal situation in the island. Animal Rescue Kos, based in the village of Antimachia, is providing the animals vaccinations, de-worming treatments, micro ships, shelter, adoptions and sterilization – which is important in preventing the stray animal population (and suffering) from growing.

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There was also small donation boxes all over the tourist attractions. The one (quite poorly photographed) in the picture above was right next to the Tree of Hippocrates. To which organization the funds go and how are they used, I don’t know yet.

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Other animals that I encountered were all kinds of lizards which probably were feeding on the bugs. Expert speaking here once again.

Yours,

Miah

activism, alternative, animal rights, Finland, veganism, Volunteering

Photographing an Animal Rights March.

Hello guys and sorry for not posting for a while… To be honest, sometimes (academic) life, activism and even paid jobs come between blogging. However, me and my dog are doing great amongst this crazy adventure called life – and new content is on its way, I promise!

Let’s start catching up with this photo post about the worldwide Close Down All Slaughterhouses march I was documenting in Helsinki yesterday. If you’re not really that interested in animal rights, this post also provides you with a glimpse of Helsinki counterculture. Without further due – here’s the best shots from yesterday!

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On the left: “Violence against animals is truly cowardly.”

 

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Leaflet for the event: “Let’s close down all the slaughterhouses. Worldwide march in Helsinki on Saturday June 9th at 12 o’clock.”
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On the left: “You can live without violence against animals. If you want to.”
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On the right: “Close down the slaughterhouses. Speciesism is an unjust ideology.”

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In the middle: “All animals want to live and enjoy life.”
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The march approaching the centre of Helsinki. Behind you can see the Ateneum Art Museum.
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The dress code for the march was red.
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The march approaching the end point. In the background you can see the tower of the National Museum of Finland.
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In the end there were speeches, of course.

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It all comes down to standing up and saying aloud even something that feels impossible at the moment: closing down all the slaughterhouses that still contribute to the systematic and unjustified slaughter of millions of animal individuals each and every day. Compassion, animal rights, veganism – that is the future for the future generations and for the planet.

Please let me know what was the march in your home city or country! Would you like to participate or organize an event like this in the future? All comments and viewpoints will be appreciated. 🙂

Yours,

Miah