a nice calm read for a sunday morning

Well here we go again with another episode of .....

Things Just Can Not Get Much Dumber

First of all the important news and then I’ll get to the post.

It’s snowing again, weather guy thinks we are in for four more days. 


OK.  So how does this strike you readers?  Public branding in support of a cause.

Now to be clear about things.  I am dead against mistreating babies and animals. Or wives and other women.
And there are a number of very cruel bastards running around poisoning cats and dogs for fun. Nobody caught yet but it doesn’t matter cos they wouldn’t pay any heavy price anyway.  But this is something else, and I really don’t see how this will cause anything to change except for more public revulsion.
Or maybe not seeing what’s become of public standards over the years. 

I find this most bizarre.  How about you? Or am I missing something important here?

The woman bringing horror of ‘human branding’ to Britain: Vegan to mark volunteer with hot iron in protest against animal cruelty

By Jo Macfarlane


Becky Folkard is a successful senior manager at a wealth management company. She dresses smartly and attends high-level business meetings in central London.

But on March 21, in broad daylight on a London street, grammar school-educated Becky will take hold of a specially-designed branding iron, measuring four inches across and two inches wide, and made scalding hot by a blowtorch.

Wearing a mask over her face and the over-sized apron of a slaughterhouse worker, she will then press the brand for several seconds into the bare chest of a man she met only recently over the internet, while he is restrained on the ground.

The iron will smoke as it sears his skin. His skin will blister and weep almost immediately and the brand will leave a wound so severe he will be permanently scarred with the numbers on the iron – 269.

The act of almost unthinkable violence in a public place will no doubt cause horror and revulsion among passers-by and curious onlookers unlucky enough to witness the event.

The demonstration will last just ten minutes but Becky, 34, hopes it will have resonance for far longer. She is a vegan – and one of a growing number of animal rights activists who are resorting to extreme tactics to make their views known.

The public branding will be a protest against animal cruelty in the dairy industry, and those volunteering to be marked with the number 269 are acting in solidarity with the first such demonstration that took place in Tel Aviv, Israel, in October.

The number refers to the ear tag on a male calf filmed on a dairy farm being readied to be sold for veal or leather.

The scene in London will be replayed in cities around the world with similar demonstrations planned in Leeds, Washington DC, Hamburg, Buenos Aires, Melbourne and Prague.

The protest is not illegal because the adults are consenting and the London group is liaising closely with police to make sure no public order offences are committed.

Becky says she would never want to be associated with any group involved in illegal activities but explained that she had to make a stand. She said: ‘If one person goes away and researches a vegan lifestyle because of this it will have been worth it.

She discovered the 269 protest via the internet. One of the first to be branded in Israel was Sacha Boojor, and his protest went viral.

Filmed in gory detail, he and several men – some in chains – are seen writhing in agony after their skin is seared.

Becky said: ‘My initial reaction to seeing the Israeli film was admiration. I don’t see it as a particularly shocking, although of course I accept that others will. But I’ve been desensitised because of research I’ve done on the dairy industry.

‘I immediately wanted to be involved and thought, “God, I couldn’t do the branding – that sounds terrifying.” But then I thought about it more and realised why not – I’ve never felt so passionately about anything.’


Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   on 01/20/2013 at 12:20 PM   
  1. If you turn over enough rocks, you’ll find enough sick and twisted people to support anything.

    Posted by Drew458    United States   01/20/2013  at  02:13 PM  
  2. On March 22nd:  She’ll be a former senior manager at that wealth management company she currently enjoys working for.

    Actions have consequences.

    Posted by Argentium G. Tiger    Canada   01/20/2013  at  02:46 PM  
  3. Tiger, you may have something there. In which case she’ll most likely sue for unfair dismissal and put in a claim for benefits as well.

    Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   01/20/2013  at  02:51 PM  
  4. Chains? Project much?? I’ve seen a few brandings in my time - not something I believe in nor enjoy - but to lie about how it is done - you are out for your 15 minutes of fame. And yes, let’s recruit a (pathetic and sick) psychotic masochist to play along.

    And looking at her picture - you all must have a real different version of ‘dresses smartly and attends high-lever business meetings’ - as no one I know who does that - even has those kinds of clothes in their house, much less wears them.

    Posted by wardmama4    United States   01/20/2013  at  05:29 PM  
  5. I just wonder how she got that chunky as a veg-head.

    Posted by Mr Evilwrench    United States   01/20/2013  at  06:03 PM  
  6. Avocado’s Mr E, Them things are fatty fat fat but Oh So Yummy. Weird that a Veg can have Fat but there it is:
    A serving of avocados provide 29.5 grams of fat per serving, including 4.3 grams of saturated fat and 25.2 grams of unsaturated fat.
    I wonder if Mike Bloomberg knows about this Evil Veg?

    nah-nah  nah-nah  nah-nah

    Posted by Rich K    United States   01/20/2013  at  06:14 PM  
  7. Gee.. I am now seriously considering considering possibly thinking about maybe changing to being a vegan…
    Nope, guess not, still want bacon.

    Posted by Doctor DETH    United States   01/21/2013  at  12:04 AM  
  8. "MORON” branded across the forehead would be more sensible.  Who keeps telling idiots like these that their protests mean anything?

    Posted by grayjohn    United States   01/21/2013  at  03:01 PM  
  9. Grayjohn, they hear voices.

    Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   01/21/2013  at  06:44 PM  
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