Peace Crane by Hilary Taylor

Peace Crane by Hilary Taylor
Picture by Justin Wyatt
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This magical story has a touch of the supernatural. When an injured crane is found and nursed, something happens, something magical and inspiring...

Gentle Footprints launched- AS SEEN ON TV

Gentle Footprints was officially launched Fri June 4th at the Hay Festival with guest speaker Virginia McKenna and some of the authors

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Virginia McKenna at Hay Launch

Virginia McKenna at Hay Launch

Animal Anthology To Raise Funds for Born Free

Bridge House Publishing announce new book coming Spring 2010. For more about Bridge House please see their website.
This book is the annual charity book for Born Free...if you want to get involved with promoting and selling this book- email me!

Visit the Born Free Website to find out more about their valuable work...

Visit the Born Free Website to find out more about their valuable work...

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Dancing Bears Footage


I promised you some dancing bear facts but unfortunately I am bringing you far more today. I debated long and hard with myself about whether to post a video of dancing bears. My thoughts against it were twofold. Firstly I didn't want to offend, and make no mistake these images are offensive. Secondly I was concerned that the images I brought you may have, at some point, benefited financially from the video.
I eventually decided to post the video. I decided that, though offensive, this issue is real and not one which the Born Free Foundation shy away from. I also found a clip which was produced and posted on You Tube by the World Society for Protection of Animals so hopefully no-one is benefiting financially from the footage.

So in my next post I will be bringing you some facts about the treatment of dancing bears but in advance of that here is a video from the WSPA.Please don't watch this if you think it may upset you.



  1. Thank you for posting this, sad as it is and I did cry when I saw the face of the one they unchained. I think it was the right thing to show as this is the only way to make people aware. When I was at school I set up a campaign against seal clubbing and hung a large photo of a seal pup with what they call a 'hack-a-pick' through its skull with blood spirting which even in black and white was horrific. I put it up where everyone could see it and invited people to a meeting to do something about it. The headmaster called me into his office and said it was 'too graphic'. I told him it wasn't enhanced but showed the truth and a cute picture wasn't enough to show people what really happened. He agreed to let it stay there and we had 800 people come to the meeting. We actually raised £2000 for IFAW and they did ban the seal pelts in the EU the following year. So you have to show people truth to make them act. A program about fur farms was banned from British TV in the 80s because they said that was 'too graphic'. Makes you think. So thanks for showing us the plight of these poor bears. It will make the story of Meena all the more poignant now when people read it. Debz

  2. Thanks Debz and well done you! That must have taken some guts and what alot of money you raised!

  3. Well done! No, it doesn't make for comfortable viewing but its the type of imagery that fires people up and spurs them into action.
    We are the voice of the animals in the wilderness. Too many of us bury our heads in the sand and hope it will go away but it won't. I have been very depressed doing research for my animal with some of the images I have seen but i'm glad I forced myself to look.
    Sharon Waters