Jasper, the Ambassador for World Animal Rights & Welfare, has posted his first blog on livehonestly.com today. Be sure to bookmark it for reports from around the world as he campaigns against animal abuse. Click on Jasper to read his blog.
2004 - by Betsy Seeton
I took this village shot when I was in Greece in 2004. It had always been a dream of mine to visit the Greek Islands. I was not disappointed. But I am terribly saddened as I read about the animal abuse going on over there. It's one more heart wrenching and tragic example of such inhumanity.
I have never posted graphic images on my site. I don't support sensationalism. I don't watch videos showing inhumane acts. I prefer to use words and nice visuals, but I came across a site called Abolitionist-Online and thought it deserves to be passed along. I glanced at the heart wrenching images of animal abuse (it's very hard for me to stomach) and read the information. It's horrific what's going on in Greece. We must not turn a blind eye. Abused animals need protection and help from caring humans.
photo from abolitionist-online.com
In honor of the 100 city protest going on around the world today, I've started a new blog called the Death Blog to bring attention to this current day horror and I've dedicated the blog to
The photo here of Sakineh has circulated the web for weeks. Along with the headlines about being stoned to death, this image drew me in to read her story. Her plight immediately prompted me to sign a petition to fight against her horrible injustice. This image of Sakineh has stayed with me and today as I posted her picture on my new blog about this crime against humanity, I realized something quite startling. She looks like pictures of my grandmother on my mothers side. She died before I was born, so I only know my grandmother from old photographs. I asked my own mother if Sakineh reminded her of anyone. She took one look and instantly said, "My mother!" The likeness is unmistakable. What a interesting coincidence ....
"In the midst of movement and chaos,
keep stillness inside of you."
- Deepak Chopra
If I were paying to have Chippy on that monitor in Times Square in NYC, it would cost between $3-$5 million a month!!
There's a website that allows a person to upload an image and choose various framing formats to 'experience' seeing their photo or art in grand places. It's just a fun distraction. And today I need a distraction in the worst way. A lot of challenging personal stuff is going on that prompts the cliche "what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." I'm just not sure if I'll make into that second group...
So in addition to my own stuff, the world's woes are getting to me too. I feel the need today to step back from all the tragic goings on in the world. The suffering of others and the corrupt souls hurting so many is hard for me to accept. I tend to take on the pain of others. It's not easy for me to know about injustice and not experience inward outrage and frustratiion.
This website is a good one to bookmark and come back to regularly.
Straight from their website:
Investigate, expose and support
Reporters Without Borders:
defends journalists and media assistants imprisoned or persecuted for doing their job and exposes the mistreatment and torture of them in many countries.
fights against censorship and laws that undermine press freedom.
gives financial aid each year to 100 or so journalists or media outlets in difficulty (to pay for lawyers, medical care and equipment) as well to the families of imprisoned journalists.
works to improve the safety of journalists, especially those reporting in war zones. READ MORE ON THEIR WEBSITE
Take action now to condemn the kidnapping of two trade union leaders at a Marks & Spencer (M&S) supplier factory in India and call for their immediate and safe return. The kidnappings are part of a brutal attack against 60 workers, which took place as they arrived for work at the Viva Global factory in Gurgaon, India.
The workers were attacked by thugs brandishing hockey and lathi sticks as they arrived for their shift at 9:30am Delhi time on the 25th August 2010. One of the thugs has been identified as the labour contractor used by Viva Global to provide workers to the factory. Sixteen women were severely beaten and two union leaders were kidnapped. Their whereabouts remains unknown.
The attack follows months of union campaigning to improve working conditions at Viva Global. Workers complain of excessive and forced overtime, wages below the minimum wage, verbal and physical abuse, failure to pay mandated social security, lack of drinking water and a host of other serious violations. READ MORE AND SIGN A PETITION
I'm providing a list of non profit organizations helping in Pakistan. I can't begin to wrap my mind around the fact that 20% of the people in Pakistan have been displaced from their homes and are struggling to have their basic survival needs met. It's horrific. The suffering is unimaginable. Click the image below to get a list of reputable organizations bringing relief to Pakistanis. I favor Doctors Without Borders.
The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit. All education should be directed toward the refinement of the individual's sensibilities in relation not only to one's fellow humans everywhere, but to all things whatsoever. ~Ashley Montague
My photography is for sale as greeting cards, postcards, and various styles of framed prints. Please email me for details or to order. If you have a special request and want something printed on the card, I'm happy to oblige. My email address is betsy at livehonestly dot com. (Spelled out to reduce spam.)
Pakistani women are generally prohibited from appearing in public, so they send their children for food to bring back to their families.
READ MORE ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF PAKISTAN AFTER THE WORST FLOODS IN DECADES AND THE WAYS THAT YOU CAN HELP
I came across this writing of mine and thought I would repost it...
I imagine a better world when what people value has more to do with what they love doing than about what money can buy. Going after your passions and leading a life inspired by them is central to what drives my own life and is something I encourage others to experience. That's why the idea of humans and animals being enslaved is so intolerable to me. Freedom, not only in a political sense, but freedom to choose one's own path in life, should be everyone's right. On a global, cultural level, this right should be embraced and nurtured. It's incomprehensibly vile to think of how the greed of some humans and the thirst for power over others, devastates the lives of so many.
IN OTHER BLOGS...
Check out today's posting: FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
If anyone has direct experience or knowledge about this organization, please let me know. I would be very interested in knowing more about them.
The Social Services organization in the United States is broken. I know this first hand. Lives aren't just falling through the cracks, they are being shattered and lost. The Dr. Phil show recently took on this topic and is continuing to campaign to bring desperately needed changes. I have my own tragic nightmare story to share that is heart wrenching. In time, I will reveal the great injustice my family has experienced. The wounds are too fresh; too raw right now....
I'm reaching out to people who have stories of their own to share. Dr. Phil said the outpouring from people has been overwhelming. I'd like to hear from you.
If you have a problem with a case, Judge or Commissioner GET INFORMATION AND RESOURCES at CJE (Center For Judicial Excellence).
Not all orphans are without parents. Some children end up in orphanages because their parents cannot afford to raise them. Others are bought or taken to fill an orphanage that westerners will gladly fund. It’s not uncommon for orphanages to be corrupt organizations run by extended family members. It’s a heart breaker to witness orphanages using and abusing children as their ticket to profits.
It's the first day of August. I want time to slow down. The summer is flying by way too fast. Soon the snow will come and the temps will dive to bone chilling double digits below zero. The leaves will fall from the trees and my adorable Chippies will be hibernating. Summer in the high country just goes by way too fast. Sigh ...
I know I preach "live in the moment" and "take it one day at a time, even one step at a time" but it's easier said than done. I am trying to soak up my time without too much lamenting about how fast it's going by. It's just that today, being the first day of August, is a demarcation line of sorts. I'll get over it, but it still leaves me a little blue and a little nastalgic for summer to start all over ....
This dandelion pod is a reminder that fall is just around the corner.
The dandelion pod is photographed A LOT. I am endlessly drawn to it's magical, delicate beauty that delights over and over much the way a sunset or sunrise does. This image is for sale as a postcard, greeting card and framed or matted prints. Also comes printed on canvas. To browse through hundreds of my photos click on My Art Gallery.
It was such an honor to learn my image is featured along many talented artists on the opening page of the Redbubble art site! When you log on to RedBubble.com my painting WEEDS will flash across the screen .... Thank you RB!
This was originally painted on gypsum board and hung in the Carla Wright Gallery. This is a digitized image from a photo of the original with a new color scheme. It's for sale as a framed or matted print. The original now hangs in a lawyer's office In Denver, Colorado. Got to my online Art Gallery.
Here's a good website to help you learn which companies make slave free chocolate. I liked this site too. One of my pages explores this critical issue. Please get informed. Please care enough to buy products not produced by slave labor.
I'm an artist, writer, photographer, private investigator and an activist in small ways.
"Turning indifference into making a difference."
A labor of love website devoted to animal and human rights, and better living. A place to be inspired ...
My LADYBUG book is filled with beautiful images & inspiring quotes. Click here for more info.
I visited the Tiger Temple in Thailand & later found out it is under investigation for tiger trafficking and animal abuse. Read full story. In 2015 it was raided. More than 100 tigers and protected bird species in Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, popularly known as the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province were impounded by authorities following complaints that the temple was alleged to engage in illegal wildlife trading.
"The moment one gives close attention to anything,
even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious,
awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
~ Henry Miller
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare.
Read about life in the woods with Chippy & the crew...