A Tribute to Henry Spira by Daisy Chee

If you see something that’s wrong, you’ve got to do something about it.”  — Henry Spira

“I don’t think that one can articulate a satisfaction with harming another being whether it’s human or nonhuman.” — Henry Spira

I would like to introduce you to Henry Spira, one of the world’s most effective animal activists. His life is testament to how individuals can make a real difference in this world. I got to know about Henry Spira a week ago in my readings. I was struck by his courage and determination to end animal cruelty in strategically creative ways. I was further moved by his simplistically beautiful attitude towards life. He was happy and contented devoting his life to animal welfare despite having next to nothing in conventional terms. To me, his existence was extraordinarily meaningful and worthwhile! It would be unforgivable if I did not share his story.

Heny Spira with his dog

Spira did not think of animals until 1973 when, at the age of 45, a friend dumped a cat on him to look after. That started his love affair with animals!

Spira was successful in his campaign against animal testing which led Revlon, Avon and other cosmetics companies to change their testing procedures so that many now do not test on animals and can therefore say “not tested on animals” on their products.

His full-page advertisement in The New York Times in 1980 – famously featured a rabbit with sticking plaster over the eyes – asked  “How many rabbits does Revlon blind for beauty’s sake?” Continue reading

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Introducing Repair Cafe in Sydney

Recently, I wrote about a quick solution to fixing a zipper in my haversack.

Related to that post, I feel that I need to inform Sydney residents of a little-known gem in our midst in the form a community of volunteers who reside in the Sydney north shore. They represent what is called the Repair Cafe Sydney North (website: click here ) run by a small group of good samaritan volunteers with wide-ranging expertise – very much admired by me!


On the first two Sundays of every month, these volunteers gather in Chatswood South Uniting Church (corner of Mowbray Road and Pacific Hwy)  – lending their skills to help and encourage us to fix our broken household and personal items – instead of throwing them out and contributing to land fill.


They are an amazingly welcoming and warm group of people who are so eager to stop and help, in the midst of our very hectic life in Sydney. I have had items fixed beautifully by them with utmost warmth and generosity. In the process, I have been motivated and empowered to try to fix other household items myself.

It goes to show how a few people’s collective effort, generosity and determination can make such a huge positive difference to our community.

Well done Repair Cafe, you guys are an inspiration!

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Quickly repair a zipper that won’t close

Just yesterday, my haversack zipper would not close – no matter how hard I tried to close the thing!

I decided to jump on the internet and am so glad that I found a very quick and easy solution. It took less than 5 seconds to fix the zipper. It has saved me lots of time and money – and I am not contributing to landfill. Here it is:

It reminds me how many good items I have thrown out during my lifetime which can be fixed so easily. I remember pencil cases, clothes, bags, etc – their zippers could all have been fixed in seconds!

In this regard, I will need to say something about Repair Cafe Sydney North for people who live in Sydney. They are a community of volunteers who graciously give of their time twice a month to help and encourage people to repair their household items. I think they deserve a special mention in a separate post here: Wonderful Repair Cafe


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Playful Puppy for Adoption in Singapore

This is Pius

This is Pius

Meet Pius who was born in June 2012.

Pius was rescued together with four of his siblings from an industrial area in July 2012. His mother ran away from the area after witnessing puppies being taken away and eaten by industrial workers.

Pius was the most traumatized and shy puppy amongst his siblings.  He was with his loving fosterer since he was rescued. He has grown strongly and developed good manners. He is toilet-trained and fully vaccinated (all 3 types). Continue reading

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Lonely Dog for Adoption in Singapore

This is Meeky. Beneath the rugged exterior is a sweet angel.

This is Meeky. Beneath the rugged exterior is a sweet angel.

Meet Meeky, a sweet dog born in August 2010.

Meeky is presently hiding fearfully in a construction site. Her mother abandoned her when she was six months old. Two months after that abandonment, Meeky befriended another dog, only to have her one and only doggie friend caught and killed in September 2012.

Meeky is therefore very much alone given that those close to her are no longer around. Her loneliness is amplified by her not belonging to a pack or tribe, and the constant threat of other dominant dogs in the area. Continue reading

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Second Singapore Animal Welfare Forum

I was not able to attend the forum and the below is an excerpt from todayonline.com published on 26 February 2012.

It appears that there has been good progress made following issues raised in the inaugural forum last year. Well done and keep up the good work everyone! Continue reading

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Maggot-infested dog – Is this justice?

Following my earlier blog on 5 September 2011 entitled “Kah Yong’s plea for maggot-infested dog”, there has been an outcome. The perpetrator of this terrible act of animal cruelty got off with only a fine of $5,000! According to Kah Yong below, neither he nor other eye-witnesses were invited to present their accounts and evidence at the court hearing.

Do you think justice has been meted out? You be the judge! Continue reading

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