And finally; a classic on UK television
Another company closely affiliated with disgraced live exporters Emanuel Exports and EMS Rural Exports has had an export licence approved.
The Department of Agriculture has today granted an export licence to the Kuwait Livestock and Trading (KLTT) company’s Australia subsidiary, Rural Export Trading WA (RETWA).
Here’s what you need to know:
How can the Department think it could possibly meet its regulatory obligations in granting this licence?
How can the live sheep export industry and their supporters think this is a good move?
The answer is simple.
This is what business-as-usual for live sheep exporters looks like.
Protecting their mates and doing their best to doing their best to get around government regulations.
This is the best they’ve got.
This is as good as it gets.
If you agree it’s not good enough (and we know you do), write to your MP now.
Tell them this is further proof of the incompetence of the live export regulator.
Tell them it’s clearer than ever before, that the live sheep export industry has no capacity or willingness to change.
Tell them you want political leaders to step up, and start implementing the phase-out now.
An industry that has such reckless disregard for community expectations and Australian regulations has no chance of long-term survival.
Like you, we’re sick to death of this trade, and it’s only a matter of time before it will be brought to an end.
Thanks as always for your support.
Dr Jed Goodfellow
Senior Policy Officer
Investigations are under way to identify the origin of the disease – the first of its kind in Scotland in 10 years – which was found after an animal died.
The “isolated” case was identified before entering the human food chain.
There are understood to have been 16 cases in the UK since 2011, with the last in 2015.
Chief Veterinary Officer Sheila Voas said: “I would urge any farmer who has concerns to seek veterinary advice.”
She added: “While it is too early to tell where the disease came from in this case, its detection is proof that our surveillance system is doing its job.
“We are working closely with the Animal and Plant Health Agency to answer this question.”
Andrew McCornick, president of NFU Scotland, said: “It is disappointing to learn of this BSE case within the Aberdeenshire area.
“Whilst we lose our negligible risk status, it is not unexpected to see a new case and demonstrates the efficacy of the surveillance measures in place. This simply brings us back in line with the rest of Great Britain, reverting back to where we were 18 months ago.
“When Scotland applied for BSE negligible risk status it was with the full knowledge that there was every possibility of a sporadic case of BSE emerging as has been the case in France and Ireland.”
Ian McWatt, director of operations in Food Standards Scotland, said: “There are strict controls in place to protect consumers from the risk of BSE, including controls on animal feed, and removal of the parts of cattle most likely to carry BSE infectivity.”
BSE stands for bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
The cow was discovered to have BSE following routine tests carried out when an animal dies on a farm.
Scottish calves exported from Ramsgate, England – Tuesday 16th October.
The transporter was a CALF transporter, a guy called McCreery, Southern Irish, who has been working out of Scotland for some time taking Scottish calves on P&O via Cairnryan to Larne, then Southern Ireland to Rosslere, then to Cherbourg (France) and on to Spain.
More About BSE:
Nutella is a very popular “staple” in households.
However, one man believes that his healthier alternative, which contains 97 percent less sugar and no palm oil, could convince consumers to change brands.
Nutella’s sugar content has risen from 55.9% to 56.3% and its fat content is 30.9%, according to the nutritional chart.
Nutella is therefore a sugar-fat cream.
Did you know that? The biggest producers of chocolate are still Nestlé and Ferrero! By the way, the chocolate is still made by “modern slaves”.
Nestlé has sold its US candy business to Nutella -Maker Ferrero for $ 2.8 billion.
But Ferrero is under pressure since the edible oil is listed as potentially carcinogenic. In Italy, Ferrero launched a major advertising campaign after sales slumped. The advertising machinery is running at full speed because the cash register has to ring. But consumers are increasingly looking for an alternative and say: Bye, bye “Nutella”!
In early January 2017, the Italian confectionery manufacturer Ferrero was fiercely criticized for using palm oil. Ferrero uses palm oil primarily for its popular spread Nutella, as the product will be creamy and easily spreadable. “If we made Nutella without palm oil, we would produce a worse substitute for the real product,” explains Ferrero purchasing manager Vincenzo Tapella on the loud criticism.
Giovanni Ferrero wants, according to Forbes, only one more thing: Ferrero make even bigger. The nerve center of Ferrero is no longer in Italy, but in Luxembourg. Thanks to favorable taxes, the small state is the hub of the global enterprise. In 2017, the company sold candy worth $ 12.5 billion. The family’s private fortune amounts to an estimated $ 31 billion. Alone 21 billion US $ belong to Giovanni, which ranks 47th among the richest people in the world.
Ferrero uses around 185,000 tonnes of palm oil a year!
From land grabbing to murder, from the extinction of many species of animals and especially the orangutans – we have reported several times. Nevertheless, people lubricate Nutella with palm oil on the bread and bring the Ferrero Group two billion euros from the already 20 billion euros, the Ferreo made in the past fiscal year in sales.
Yet a man from Melbourne believes that his healthier alternative could convince consumers to change brands.
Nuttvia has a very similar name and contains 97 percent less sugar and no palm oil.
Brand inventor Samuel Tew has developed a formula for the product, confident that it will be able to market it in supermarkets in the face of the growing appetite for healthier alternatives.
He admits that it is a lofty ambition to take on such a popular brand as Nutella, but nonetheless, since 2000, Tew has been working to change people’s relationship with sugar, feeling he has a chance.
His chocolate spread has been in the supermarkets of Coles for several months and the latest sales figures are promising. With Nuttvia, he was able to make $ 8 million in sales, even though the product has not even been on the market for more than a year. The 2017/18 sales figure is expected to exceed $ 10 million!
He employs 15 people, including a marketing manager in the UK, to enter the global marketplace. Nuttvia and Natvia (an other product of him) are now available in 14 markets around the world, including New Zealand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Iran and Singapore.
Comment: I had already decided years ago for a replacement for Nutella, which is vegan.
Now I’m waiting for the Nuttvia.
With it we will all have a clear conscience and less kilos on the scales!!
My best regards to all, Venus
Philip (CEO CIWF) and Mark (WAV) have known each other, and campaigned for better farm animal welfare, for about 30 years.
I hope that it will broaden your experiences and knowledge about the industry; and show that local human residents are also being greatly affected health wise by these facilities.
Here is the info from Phil’s blog:
I visited a community that was at the forefront of the swine flu pandemic. It is almost impossible to describe the absolute stench that is emitted from one of the world’s biggest pig farms in South East Mexico.
On our journey, I saw at least 15 large-scale farms littered throughout the area. Despite the stench, smell pollution is the least of the problems presented here. We travelled to a town called La Gloria to investigate why some locals fell ill. They were displaying symptoms of what they believed to be swine flu. I spoke to locals who claimed their drinking water had been contaminated.
To see more on how intensive pig farming effected the locals, watch my latest film.
I also worked with the team at CIWF (England) when I was doing a lot re Serbian animal welfare. Although not pigs, the conditions on some Serbian farms we became involved with were alarming to say the least. Animals kept in muck and filth way above their hooves; conditions which are certainly not compliant with EU standards for keeping animals.
Personally, I don’t really think the EU is interested in what we expose; just as they are not really interested in the evidence taken by Lesley (Eyes on Animals – Netherlands – https://www.eyesonanimals.com/ ) at the Turkish border re live animals being shipped from the EU.
Watch one of Lesley’s videos here:
All of our welfare groups across Europe are working together as a combined force to try and make farm animal welfare better for the animals – we will never give up until there are changes; no matter how long it takes.
Above – Mark Touring In the Netherlands with CIWF about farm animal welfare.
Below – Live Export Demo – Brussels, Belgium
At home – England – In memory of my darling ‘Golda’
– she listened to my gripes every day !.
‘Serbian Animals Voice’ (SAV) was a site set up and dedicated to getting results for strays in Serbia. The site is still active; with all our campaign work broken down into monthly sectors. There is a massive selection of photographs from our archives. We have now moved on to form this site, WAV; to cover global animal rights issues. All posts from this site are now being posted onto SAV also.
Serbia has some great activists !
Brexit is coming and, inevitably, so is the deadline for the UK and the EU-27 to conclude the withdrawal agreement. On 17 October, the EU heads of State and Governments will meet in a European Council solely aimed at dealing with Brexit. Only after this meeting will it be decided whether conditions are met to plan an extra summit in November, to finalise the talks. Over the past months, the likeliness of a disorderly Brexit, in the absence of a deal, has strongly increased. In most post-Brexit scenarios, measures will have to be adopted to avoid a huge number of animals suffering due to increased bottlenecks at the borders. Eurogroup for Animals thus welcomes that EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier has taken on board its proposal to work towards an EU-UK Common Veterinary Area.
The impact of Brexit, especially a disorderly one, will be felt at the borders. Thousands of live animals cross the UK-EU27 borders every day, and not only on the island of Ireland. In common with any type of products, live animals have to be checked at the border, which can lead to huge delays and to animals having to wait, often in poor conditions, for days. To better understand what is at stake, one can look at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey, where animals have to undergo all necessary checks and wait an average of six hours, most often without sufficient care and in horrendous conditions. The number of animals that could be crossing a UK-EU border is far higher and, at the moment, the existing infrastructure is not adequate to ensure the welfare of animals is respected during crossings.
Since its creation, the “Brexit and Animals” taskforce  has been vocal about the risks such “no deal” Brexit would entail for animals (see also this article). It is in this context that Eurogroup for Animals had informally raised the idea that the EU and the UK should consider a common veterinary area, on the model of what exists between Switzerland and the EU. The EU-Switzerland “single veterinary agreement” implies the equivalence, and thus a complete alignment, between the EU and Swiss rules and creates a joint mechanism to discuss arising issues. Veterinary checks at the border can thus be reduced and even eliminated.
It is thus a clear progress to hear Michel Barnier, the EU Chief negotiator for Brexit, mentioning the possibility of a future EU-UK veterinary area in a public speech he gave on 10 October 2018, explicitly referring to the aim of lowering veterinary checks between both partners.
Next week will be crucial for Brussels and London. Whatever the result of the most recent discussions, especially around the Irish border, it will be important to continue raising animal-related concern throughout the entire process, to ensure animal welfare standards are not – even de facto – lowered as a result.
 The Brexit & Animals Taskforce comprises 11 of the UK’s leading animal welfare organisations, working together to ensure that animal welfare is protected and, where possible, advanced as the UK withdraws from the European Union.
Best regards, Venus
The dirty business with sick and seriously injured animals from the dairy industry.
The case of a closed slaughterhouse in Stendal (a city near Berlin) a few days ago sheds light on a previously unknown niche in the food industry.
As research by the TV magazine FAKT shows, small slaughterhouses specialize in processing injured animals that are no longer accepted by large slaughterhouses.
According to a former employee of such a company, these slaughterhouses take injured animals from farmers for little money and process them.
“A healthy cow is worth 1,000 euros,” he explained. “The butcher takes an injured or sick animal for 50 to 150 euros and earn a lot of money”.
Everyone benefited from this system: the farmer who gets the sick animal out of the barn, the haulier who brings it to the slaughterhouse, and the butcher himself.
We feel that nothing will really be learned from this. China and the world will sort this out by killing tens / hundreds of thousands of pigs; without asking themselves if their farming practices and transport regulations (or lack of) have anything to do with it.
From this negative attitude we can only assume that very little will be learned. Huge and intensive factory farms will continue; and when there is an outbreak of disease or virus; the ‘simple’ solution to slaughter tens of thousands of animals is adopted. Once this is done; things will resort to ‘normal’ cruelty and the mass production of pork; without giving a thought for the welfare of sentient beings, can begin again.
It is a very, very sad situation, when living animals become literally ‘products’ to be trashed whenever the mighty human wishes. Shame on them all – pity that they claim to be so intelligent; where as the reality says they have brains full of pig dung.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry said on Monday that 14 pigs have died in a fresh outbreak of African swine fever in the province of Liaoning.
The outbreak in the city of Anshan is the fifth reported in the northeastern province.
China has so far reported some 30 outbreaks of the pig disease, which does not affect humans.
China’s Dabeinong reports suspected African swine fever case on related farm: Report
Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-s-dabeinong-reports-suspected-african-swine-fever-case-on-10831806
One of China’s top animal feed producers said on Tuesday an affiliated firm has culled nearly 20,000 pigs due to a suspected case of African swine fever, according to a report by the China Securities Journal.
African Swine Fever (ASF) appears to have gotten out of control in China. The authorities have reported the first large commercial farm to have been hit, the Tianjin municipality is the 9th province to confirm an outbreak – and it looks like there is more going than is being confirmed through official channels.
The commercial farm that was hit had 19,938 pigs on-site, according to the Chinese authorities.
12 September 2018
We have received disturbing footage showing pigs being buried alive in China. Apparently, this is a response to a recent outbreak of African Swine Fever.
We have written to the Chinese Ambassador, urging the authorities in Beijing to halt this cruel killing method as a matter of urgency.
The burying alive of animals is clearly horrific. It is in breach of the international OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) standards on the Killing of Animals for Disease Control Purposes.
We stand ready to advise any country faced with needing to kill animals in the event of a disease outbreak as to the most humane methods available.
Bulgaria IS a member state of the European Union. As such, it is required to adhere to Regulation 1/2005 for the welfare of animals when any livestock is being transported.
This expose shows again that the EU has no control over the transport of live animals; and what’s more, it does not care. Flashy new videos and driver guides etc; which amount to nothing – no changes. The EU Commission passes the buck of any responsibility back to the member state involved. The EU just wipe their hands of the situation and turn the other way. I have experienced this for over 25 years investigating live animal transport within Europe. Nothing changes despite what the EU thinks. – Mark
Last year, an estimated 30,000 cows were forced to make long, harrowing journeys from Ireland to Turkey, sometimes in temperatures of up to 41.5 degrees. Exhaustion, dehydration, and death are common during these trips. Ireland plans to export 50,000 cows this year. Contact the country’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to let him know that live export is incompatible with animal welfare and must come to an end.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany issued a decree on Wednesday to allow hunters to shoot wild boar year-round to stop the animals, which can carry African swine fever, from passing the deadly infection on to farm pigs.
While no case has yet been detected in Germany’s wild boar population, the spread of the disease in eastern Europe is causing immense concern in Germany, whose pork industry has seen huge growth in exports to countries including China.
A government spokesman said the cabinet’s decision was taken to bring about a “significant reduction” in the wild boar population and contain the risk of farm pigs being infected.
The cabinet also agreed on protection measures which would kick in if a case of swine fever was reported in Germany, such as the creation of security zones around affected areas and mandatory disinfection of animal transportation vehicles.
WAV Comment –
Disinfection of transport vehicles should always be undertaken after every journey according to EU Reg 1/2005 – otherwise disease could be spread from (possibly diseased) animals that have left the truck, to new animals being loaded onto it. Its called ‘Biosecurity’ – although in reality, there is little security of disease control. This is not something ‘new’ from a government; it should be a routine standard for livestock hauliers !
Are we saying that normally German hauliers do not disinfect according to 1/2005 normally ? – seems that way – so according to 1/2005, they should be prosecuted as they are not enforcing EU regulations ! – Does the German government care ? – of course not.
So, blame the wild boar and hunt them all instead. Much easier to kill rather than disinfecting livestock transporters which haul (infected ?) livestock all over the EU. Livestock biosecurity and disease control has always been a big issue of mine and I have raised the issue many times with the EU – response – the EU does not give a toss; as with anything associated with live animal transport – this is why EU live animal transport is in such a mess.
The virus, which causes African swine fever, is harmless to humans and other animals. But for wild boar and farm pigs, the disease is deadly in almost all cases within 10 days. There is no vaccine against African swine fever.
Germany, a major European Union pig producer, has watched with growing concern as the highly contagious disease has spread westward across Europe. A reported case could trigger mass culls.
Animal protection group PETA criticized the cabinet’s decision, saying the government was subordinating animal welfare to economic interests.
“The de facto cancelling of the off-season will cause great animal suffering, because the young are dependent on their mother during the rearing phase,” PETA said in a statement. “Countless piglets will starve to death.”
Infected wild boars have been found in the Czech Republic and Poland, while backyard pigs with the disease were found in Romania in January.
German farmers have called for 70 percent of the country’s relatively large wild boar population to be culled.
WAV – why don’t they (German farmers) call for tightening of biosecurity rules in transporters hauling live animals (ie pigs) all over the country and to other parts of Europe. A kind of link with Bovine TB in the UK – probably not badgers spreading, but the fact that TB infected livestock is transported all over the UK in trucks that may not be disinfected after each consignment. Again; blame and kill Badgers – it is much easier than enforcing rules for hauliers ! – Mark.
German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt has rejected a plea from the farming association to refrain from imposing an export ban if African swine fever was identified in wild boars, saying Germany was not in a position to bypass EU rules.
One thing in advance: For humans and other animals, such as dogs, swine fever is no danger. One can not be infected by contact with animals or eating meat. But for pigs, sooner or later infection usually ends in death.
Although people do not get the swine flu, many are still scared – and especially the people who keep and kill pigs ANYWAY: pig farmers.
Because if swine fever is present in their stable and an animal of their “stock” infected with the disease, all animals must be killed prematurely. A loss business for the farmers who earn money with the pigs only by the death in the slaughterhouse.
Wild boars are brutally hunted
Actually, it is travelers from Eastern Europe who can bring the causative agents of swine fever on their shoes, car tires or thrown away food (meat or sausage from infected pigs) to Germany.
The argument of the pig breeders is that these pathogens could be taken up by domestic boars and possibly dragged to a pigsty.
But only the human being can bring the pathogen INTO the barn because the most pigs today no longer see blue skies in their narrow and dark concrete cells, and never come directly into contact with wild boards!
Fact is: it’s not the wild boars that spread the plague across the continents and into the stables, it’s the humans. The problem is industrial animal husbandry in itself, as other cases such as bird flu have shown.
Under this false and ridiculous argumentation, a brutal hunt for wild boars is now being “preventively” being carried out.
Programs in the millions should encourage hunters to shoot more at the animals. This hunt is not only cruel, but simply counterproductive. Because: The more wild boars the human kills, the more animals multiply.
Now it has been known for about ten years that the African swine fever was found not far from the Caucasus. But we have not read anything about millions of dollars worth of programs that could have eradicated the disease in an effective and animal-friendly way.
Meat and swine fever
Through animal husbandry, epidemics can spread rapidly. This has already shown the bird flu. In this case, even the innocent wild boars must serve now, so that “your schnitzel” can still be killed only in the slaughterhouse.
Our conclusion: Instead of shooting wild boars preventively, one could honestly deal with the real problems once and then quickly come to the solution, that one should rather preventively stop the pig breeding.
At the latest, and after watching the video, we realize with what dirty “solutions” ( such as the mass murder of wild boars) against innocent beings act the meat mafia and the hunters. Because the main culprit is human. Both for the transmission of the disease, as well as for the criminal conditions in the animal farms all over the world, that favor this disease.
My best regards to all, Venus
British mountain biker ‘shot dead by hunter‘ in French Alps
A British mountain biker has been shot by a hunter in the French Alps.
The man, 34, was killed by a stray bullet while riding in woodland near Montriond, close to the Swiss border.
He was biking on a popular mountain track when he was shot by a 22-year-old who was taken to hospital in severe shock.
The victim is believed to be the owner of a local restaurant in the small town of Les Gets – the Foreign Office says it is providing support to his family.
Witnesses said that he was cycling in thick woods but was wearing bright blue clothing that should have made him easily identifiable.
In the past three years, more than 20 people have died in hunting accidents in France.
On a local Facebook group people expressed horror and discussed how to prevent further incidents.
“This has to be stopped. Ban the chasse immediately,” one said, using the French term for hunting. “There are no excuses. People’s lives are shattered.”
But others said hunting is a “lifelong tradition” even if some people think it is “outdated and cruel” and called for safety measures such as restricting hunting to certain days.
An inquiry has been launched into the incident of “aggravated manslaughter,” French prosecutors said.
Please read our recent post re swine fever in Germany:
So German hunters have to kill 90,000 wild boar to protect the German pig industry from being hit. Any excuse for a good kill one could say !
Germany and others are going to extraordinary measures to protect their prized pork.
By Simon Marks
9/3/18, 6:45 PM CET
Updated 9/11/18, 5:38 AM CET
As African swine fever spreads, European countries — especially Germany — are afraid of the damage that could be caused to their farming sectors.
The deadly disease — which causes internal bleeding and hemorrhages in pigs — is moving quickly through Eastern Europe, typically through wild boar, which travel long distances and can infect domestic pigs being bred on commercial farms.
In response, countries like Germany, the EU’s largest pork producer, are stepping up efforts to protect their pig populations, some going so far as to consider building border walls to keep boars out.
Over the summer, Romania recorded nearly 800 outbreaks of swine fever, including one last week that resulted in the culling of 140,000 animals. The epidemic has rocked the government, with Agriculture Minister Petre Daea holding talks with Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă on Monday about how to contain the escalating situation.
Liviu Dragnea, the leader of Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party, urged the government over the weekend to step up its efforts to curb the spread of the disease, and the country’s former Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş gave a strongly worded press conference on Sunday where he accused the government of aggravating the spread of the disease through its inaction.
Adding to the sense of urgency on the matter, Bulgaria on Friday announced its first African swine fever outbreak, at a farm located close to the border with Romania.
So far outbreaks of African swine fever have been confirmed in nine EU countries, affecting Estonia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania the worst. Outbreaks have also been confirmed in Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. China, the world’s biggest pig producer, has also recently been hit by the disease.
Germany, which is home to massive pig farms in the east of the country, is becoming increasingly concerned about how countries in the east are dealing with the outbreak. The confirmation of just one case of the disease in Germany could put at risk the roughly 250,000 tons of pork meat that’s exported every year to non-EU countries, according to Verena Schütz, head of the meat livestock sector for the German Raiffeisen Federation, which represents agricultural cooperatives.
The German agriculture ministry has gone to extraordinary measures to keep the disease at bay by collaborating with officials in the Czech Republic, Poland and farther afield. As part of these efforts, Germany has dispatched experts abroad, carried out simulation exercises on containment and given lectures to other governments, advising them on how best to stop the disease from spreading.
Humans are suspected to have caused the recent spread to Belgium, where eight cases were confirmed, as of September 25, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health.
A total of 72 pigs have purportedly died in another outbreak of African swine fever in China, according to reports.
The outbreak is believed to have occurred in the country’s northeastern province of Liaoning – which Reuters says is the fourth reported incident this week in the province.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry said on Friday that 72 pigs had died in another outbreak of African swine fever in the country’s northeastern province of Liaoning, the fourth reported in the province this week.
The highly contagious fever was detected on a farm in the city of Anshan with 120 pigs, of which 88 were infected, according to a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
Common plants such as cabbage, cauliflower and rapeseed could hold the key to stopping the spread of the deadly African swine fever virus threatening pork production around the world, according to research by a major Chinese government laboratory.
China has about 700 million pigs, half the world’s swine population, and reported its first outbreak in Shenyang, Liaoning province, last month, prompting authorities to order tens of thousands of pigs to be culled.
The authorities have tried to contain the virus by banning the transport of live hogs and pig products from 16 provinces and regions, shutting live markets and prohibiting the use of feed derived from pig blood.
But China was still struggling to stop the spread, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.
Below – Chinese factory farm pollution.
I have friends who live in Salta and they told me that they are trying to create a Prosecutor’s Office of Crimes against Animal Abuse. My request is so that this is not only something provincial but it is more national, covering the whole country. Cases of animal abuse go unpunished or the guilty parties receive only a fine and hours of community work, but none are imprisoned.
But the biggest problem I think is when people make complaints about cases of animal abuse, because the police often does not serve the neighbors and they do not receive the complaints because they say they do not have time, or they put any excuse, happened to me in the commissary of my neighborhood when I denounced a neighbor who hit his dog. This makes many people desist from making the complaint and the cases go unpunished. Another serious problem is that many people do not know where to make a report or how to do it.
With a Prosecutor’s Office of Crimes against Animal Abuse these problems would change and the reception of complaints and the investigation of each case would be carried out. I would like you to be able to work together with animal associations.
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Posted by Kenneth C. Wenzer | October 10, 2018
to join the international anti-fur crusade, announcing they will discontinue all use of fur in their clothing lines.
“It’s time for us to make this change and accept responsibility,” states Chief Executive Sandra Campos, “to ensure that we don’t promote killing animals for the sake of fashion. We are committed to supporting the shift to a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry.”
Times are changing for the better, and we hope to soon see animal fur removed from the fashion world completely.
Written by Zachary Toliver | October 9, 2018
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So, he had his entire heard taken into lifelong care at Hillside sanctuary, Norfolk, England; where they could live out the rest of their time safe from the slaughterhouse.
He became the Vegan farmer; growing cops instead of killing animals.
See the story of the very compassionate man here:
Hillside animal sanctuary link – http://www.hillside.org.uk/index.htm
In Brandenburg (a country in the northeast of Germany) hunters celebrate a bloody record: in the last hunting season, they shot 90,000 wild boars, more than ever before. Decisive reason for the mass shooting is the “tail premium”, which is awarded in most hunting circles. For each “tail” (hunter language for the chopped tail of a wild boar), the hunters receive from the responsible district administration a premium of up to 50 euros. In other federal states hunters report after the introduction of “tail premiums” record firing.
The “reason” for the state support for the shooting of wild boar is the fear that the African swine fever could come to Germany!!!
For humans, the animal disease is completely harmless.
The raly reason for the mass murder is the concern about the economic factor “pork”. If the notifiable disease breaks out in a fattening stable, all animals kept there are killed immediately. Restricted areas would make the usual animal transport through half of Germany impossible. In addition, the export of pork from Germany would be regulated.
The German pig breeders fear billions in damage.
However, mass killing of healthy animals will not prevent the spread of the disease, because the biggest risk factor is humans themselves.
An introduction by travelers, professional drivers or hunting tourists is much more likely. On shoes, clothes or vehicles, the resistant viruses can adhere. Especially risky is imported food, which is carelessly disposed of at rest areas. Enlightenment, better border controls and solid game protection fences at rest areas are therefore much more effective measures to prevent the spread of African swine fever than the criminal massacre (under the guise of prophylaxis) of thousands of perfectly healthy wildlife. That this happens anyway, and is financed with our taxpayers’ money, is due to the enormous influence of the hunting and the agricultural lobby on German politics.
Source: animal public
My comment: First of all, I should make one thing clear: the German hunting law is an enabling act in the sense of 1933. It authorizes the hunters to take possession of foreign property. So, that comes from the “brown” times of Germany, and remains faithful to these times (with only a few unimportant changes).
They walk heavily armed in the woods and think they can do and leave what they want. And everyone’s opinion is intimidated by force of arms.
There is only excuse and no logical explanation for the murders they commit on innocent beings. And with their dirty propaganda (swine, plague, population, conservation …) try to gain the consent and tolerance of a society that – in its majority – considers hunters for sadistic murderers.
Hunter: You have long revealed your ugly face of mendacity.
Shoot yourself and your stupid fellow-travelers in politics.
My best regards, Venus
My best regards, Venus
El Salvador throws Monsanto out of the country along with his seeds!!!
ElSalvador does it – the resistance of the farmers has triumphed over the big companies like Monsanto.
For the big corporations, the farmers from El Salvador must appear like little nuts, because they cannot be overpressed with anything.
Back in October 2014, we told network women that the US was putting pressure on El Salvador to buy GMO seed from Monsanto and threatened to cut its financial aid.
Unbelievable! State blackmail in favor of Monsanto!!
One of the United States conditions for approving nearly $ 300 million in aid was El Salvador’s commitment to buy genetically modified seeds from Monsanto, rather than non-GM seeds from local farmers.
But they did not all count on the obstinacy of these peasants. Especially in Africa, we are seeing how the industry is trying hard to grow GMOs in Africa.
Read about the resistance of the farmers here:
Best regards to all, Venus
The little puppy was unlucky and was born in Yulin.
In slavery, hell, like his mother.
A cruel death awaits him, like his mother. Also on this day, also this year, the year of the dog in China.
Maybe he will not live anymore.
The World Dog Day was celebrated on October 10, 2018.
The day is a day of honor for the dog, who was always the most faithful companion of man.
But even these faithful pets are brutally destroyed if the human species decides that.
The plague on this planet: the human race.
My best regards, Venus
How does livestock cause pollution?
And their wind and manure emit more than one third of emissions of another, methane, which warms the world 20 times faster than carbon dioxide. Livestock also produces more than 100 other polluting gases, including more than two-thirds of the world’s emissions of ammonia, one of the main causes of acid rain.
How does livestock contribute to greenhouse gases?
A cow does on overage release between 70 and 120 kg of Methane per year. Methane is a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide (CO2). But the negative effect on the climate of Methane is 23 times higher than the effect of CO2. … Cattle-breeding is taking a major factor for these greenhouse gas emissions according to FAO.
How does animal manure pollute the air?
Stored for long periods of time in giant tanks or lagoons, the animal waste decomposes and pollutes the air with hundreds of different gases. … Hydrogen sulfide, methane, ammonia, and carbon dioxide are the major hazardous gases produced by decomposing manure.
How does meat production affect the environment?
Air pollution’s effect on human respiratory health. Meat production is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions and other particulate matter pollution in the atmosphere. … That prolonged exposure to airborne animal particulate, such as swine dust, induces a large influx of inflammatory cells into the airways …
Do cows pollute as much as cars?
A significant portion of these emissions come from methane, which, in terms of its contribution to global warming, is 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. … The world’s 1.5 billion cows and billions of other grazing animals emit dozens of polluting gases, including lots of methane.
How much pollution does factory farming produce?
Factory farms typically concentrate tens or hundreds of thousands of animals in one area, and a large operation can produce as much excrement as a small city. According to the EPA, “A single dairy cow produces about 120 pounds of wet manure per day, which is equivalent to the waste produced by 20–40 people.”
Do cows fart?
Much like humans, when they eat, gas builds up inside of their guts and has to be expelled. (See Why Beans Make You Fart) Cows fart and burp… a lot. The result is a large amount of methane being introduced into the atmosphere.
10,000 To Attend Beijing Pop Plant-Based Festival As Veganism Grows In China
He had wedged himself between a motorbike and the wall of someone’s garage, hiding in excruciating pain from a wound in his head that had become a deep hole filled with maggots clear down to the bone. So lucky for him, he had chosen to hide in the home of people who cared, who had our rescue number and who called us to help. We found him panting in stress and confusion and hurried him to Animal Aid’s hospital for treatment. We had to sedate him in order to clean out the wound, but even before we started, his eyes melted us with their trust. What a sweetheart we had on our hands-a gentle older boy whose precious life it was a privilege to save. Meet David today.
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Dragging his hind legs behind him, Tinku was hit by a car and couldn’t walk. Someone spotted him, and when our rescue team arrived, in terror and confusion he tried to hide in tall grass on the side of the road. He was easy to catch up to though, and we wrapped him in a blanket to cover his eyes to calm him down a bit. Back at the hospital his round black eyes were full of fear. Before rescue, he had never been touched by a person before, but incredibly, he took comfort in being stroked and loved. We found that he had a complete femur fracture and injury to his other hind leg as well that prevented him from being able to stand at all. With 6 weeks of bed rest including cuddles from Kamla and others every day, this determined little boy healed and learned to walk again. Meet Tinku today.
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Staggering and wobbling on a busy road a wounded dog was on the verge of collapsing right in the traffic. When we got up close we saw that he had a wound full of maggots on his neck. We hurried him back to the Animal Aid hospital and sedated him so that we could clean the wound, remove all the maggots, bandage and start him on the road to recovery. Thank goodness we arrived before he collapsed, and what a precious old boy was saved. Meet Marlo today.
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Anyone who notices Radha Gameti‘s show-stopping beauty is quickly distracted from it by being even more impressed by her care for animals. Radha joined Animal Aid 10 years ago and she’s been a main-stay of astounding love every day since. The mange treatment area is her current queendom, but she’s worked wonders from puppies to cattle over the years, rushing here and there to feed, hold fearful animals, organise baths, cleaning kennels, assisting vets and nurses, enticing reluctant eaters with hand-fed morsels…but most impressive is the accompanying ingredient of pure radiant love she adds to her every action. Animal Aid would not be the place of vitality and courage without Radha, whose energy and smile lift the hearts of everyone here. And many of the “everyone”s are recovering animals, who without doubt heal faster because of Radha’s shining light.
All pictures – Peta.
The claim: £110m a year of EU agricultural subsidies go to fund Spanish bullfighting.
Reality check verdict: The EU does not give any agricultural money specifically for bullfighting, but that doesn’t mean that no EU money reaches the industry. There are no official estimates for how much.
Uxbridge MP Boris Johnson popped up on BBC Breakfast last week to say that more money could be spent on science and the NHS, instead of Greek tobacco or bullfighting, if the UK left the EU.
“£110m a year of CAP money goes on Spanish bullfighting for heaven’s sake,” the former Mayor of London said.
A 2013 report by Green MEPs on bullfighting in Spain found that around €130m (£103m) a year from EU funds was being used to subsidise the industry. The report itself notes that “facts and figures about bullfighting are hard to obtain” and “lines of funding are difficult to track”.
Spanish farmers receive direct payments under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to subsidise food production and support sustainable practices.
Payments to farmers are granted per eligible hectare of land, rather than on what and how much they produce.
The European Commission told BBC News: “To say that some Spanish farmers are receiving payments specifically for breeding fighting bulls or that the EU is somehow pro-bullfighting is disingenuous.”
But the EU has no legal power to stop Spanish farmers raising and selling bulls for bullfighting using CAP money – it’s a matter for Spanish national law.
In October 2015, MEPs voted for an amendment to the EU budget, which called for agricultural payments not to be made to land being used for the rearing of bulls for bullfighting.
While the MEPs’ amendment was included in the EU budget (you’ll have to scroll to page 635), there was a footnote to it.
The footnote says that this decision is “not executable” because it “modifies the legal provisions of the CAP”, so it sounds like although MEPs tried to prevent money being spent on bullfighting, nothing will change unless the CAP is changed first.
Note: An earlier version of this story said that the vote by MEPs would prevent CAP money getting to farmers rearing animals for bullfighting. This version has been amended to make clear that the MEPs’ vote by itself does not stop this happening.
After confronting PETA Asia’s shattering video about animal cruelty in the Chinese badger industry, Procter & Gamble decided to stop using sheds to make shaving brushes and switch to synthetic bristles.
PETA Asia revealed that protected badgers in the wild are caught illegally using traps and other cruel methods. On farms, they are locked in small cages and finally violently killed to make their hair painting, make-up and shaving brush and sell it around the world.
PETA Asia’s investigation is the first of its kind, encompassing Chinese badger farms and livestock markets audited in 2017 and 2018.
The footage shows workers slapping screaming badgers on the head. For this they use what they have at hand, such as a chair leg. Then they cut the animals through the throat. An eyewitness from PETA Asia was able to document that a badger was still moving for a full minute after its throat was cut. Another animal was missing a foot – according to the farm owner result of a fight with another badger in a nearby cage. The badgers were locked up on the farms in tiny wire cages and vulnerable to any weather. These agonizing conditions often resulted in injuries and severe psychological disorders.
Jason Baker, Vice President of PETA Asia, says, “They hit objects on the mild-mannered badgers, cut them open, and bleed them out – just for make-up and shaving brushes made of badger hair.” “PETA urges companies and all customers not to buy these bloodstained brushes and instead use animal-free brushes that no one has to suffer and die for.”
What we can do
There is absolutely no reason to use animal hair brushes. Especially since there are already so many high-quality synthetic brushes. For the benefit of all the badgers that suffer on these farms: Please only buy synthetic, shaving and shaving brushes. For hairbrushes, we also recommend natural and herbal materials such as bamboo or sisal.
And I can only say one thing: I am grateful to PETA and every organization that informs us and prevents us from using products that come from animals, because we do not know it, and often do not suspect it. It’s a lot of everyday products that are associated with animal suffering. We only learn that when people do this useful research.
Thank you dear PETA!
Best regards to all, Venus
While half a million cows have been slaughtered in the dairy industry in the US to raise milk prices, and despite the fact that there is too much milk on the market, it continues to invest heavily in mega cases.
The Chinese government is striving to build more megastars with large livestock units, and plans to build the largest dairy farm in Europe are currently causing great excitement in northern Spain.
The factory near Zaragoza is said to have 20,000 dairy cows!!
But it is still bigger and crazier! A German has around 30,000 cows in the stable in Russia, and in Brazil a Dutchman plans a stable for 1 million cows. In the desert state of Saudi Arabia, there is a megastall with 50,000 cows. (see the video)
Best regards to all, Venus
Best regards, Venus
A desire. Hands that have planted. And the birth of a new forest of 550 hectares. In India, Jadav Payeng planted hundreds of thousands of trees for 30 years to revive the island of Majuli, an area of sand and land that stretches along an arm of the Brahmaputra River. The story is beautiful, incongruous. It is the work of one man.
At 16, Jadav Payeng discovers thousands of bodies of inanimate snakes, dead of heat. No more trees could protect them on this island that threatened to disappear because of erosion and flooding. With no support forthcoming from the authorities, the young man plants his first bamboo. He plans to do the work alone if no one sets in.
In the fertile period between April and June, he planted the forest. He rattles off the species, like names from an intimate family tree: bamboos, baheda, teak; gambhari; custard apple, star fruit, gulmohur; devil’s tree, tamarind, mulberry; mango, jackfruit, plum, peach, banyan; elephant grass and medicinal plants… the list is varied and exhaustive.
Birth of an ecosystem
After the bamboos, he allows other trees to take root. He also brings red ants to change the nature of the soil. Little by little, a real ecosystem is being recreated. Migratory birds are reappearing and with them, a wide range of wildlife including endangered rhinoceros and Bengal tigers.
The forest that Payeng grew now houses five Royal Bengal tigers, over a hundred deer, wild boar, more than a hundred vultures, several species of birds, including pelicans, three or four greater one-horned rhinoceroses, besides of course, the snakes, who were at the genesis of this extraordinary story.
A herd of 115 elephants visits regularly for 3-4 months. “In 35 years, the Royal Bengal tigers have feasted on 85 of my cows, 95 buffaloes and 10 pigs,” Payeng says matter-of-factly, then adds jokingly, “They (the tigers) do not know farming, you see.”
This meticulous work, Jadav Payeng did it in all discretion, pure love of nature, of his native land. It was not until 2008 that the authorities got wind of this dense forest … when they noticed that a large herd of elephants had taken refuge there.
Since then, Jadav Payeng has been called ‘Forest Man’ but he is much more than that. His gesture has value, his will is pure and honest. One man can make so much difference.
Know more about Jadav Payeng and his selfless work in this short documentary by William D McMaster : HERE
Comment: Yes! Small steps often have big effects, which we often experience in our fight for the rights of animals. It’s not just the decision you make for something. You also have to stay consistent, you have to go through it. Often the strength and nerves leave us, and so good decisions remain only a wish!
My best regards, Venus
Best cats regards from Venus and her three cats!
It almost makes us speechless from horror: The pig breeders lobby has now yet prevailed! After the meeting in the Chancellor’s Office, last night, the Union and the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) want to delay the prohibition of the anesthetic castration of piglets.
“The transitional period is therefore to be extended until the full ban by two years.
Originally this should come into force on 1 January 2019.
The ban on piglet castration had already been decided upon with the reform of the Animal Welfare Act 2013.
The farmers’ association had also urged a shift, considering the generally difficult economic situation of many pig farmers (!!!), and pointed out that so far there are no practicable alternatives.
In the photo you can see what is happening on the coasts of Florida! Naples is a city on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida. Here, tons of dead crabs were washed away!
Recently, 135 turtles and dolphins and manatees died in Sarasota, Florida.
On the weekend of September 16, 2018, beach visitors at Panama City Beach made a gruesome discovery: thousands of fish had been stranded dead. Nitrates and phosphorus together with rising temperatures are ideal conditions for algae blooms. Water has been drained from a Florida lake that was full of algal blooms, and this contaminated water got into the ocean!
More and more dead sea turtles, dolphins, manatees and fish have been washed ashore on Florida beaches since the end of July. Including a 200 kg sea turtle.
She had swum across the oceans for 100 years and her life ended on the beaches of Florida.
It started mainly around Sanibel and north of Lee County, but now it has also reached the beaches of Tampa. The people in the regions are angry. Because the sea of Florida is becoming more and more a cloaca and it smells like death.
My Comment: Not only the coast of Florida smells of death, but the whole planet.
We did that, we the human animals.
We destroyed the ocean and the sea with the plastic, the life inside, we destroyed the forests and the life of the animals in the forest, we are responsible for animal massacre, environmental littering, species extinction, cruelty and crimes of all kinds against nature and animals. .
“Truly, the human beast is the king of beasts, because its cruelty surpasses that of other beasts. We live on the death of others. We are walking grave cities! ” ‘Leonardo da Vinci’.
My best regards, Venus
Pervers: EU wants goodness seal for illegal wood from Vietnam!
Illegal wood from Southeast Asia – sealed with goodness? That can soon become reality. The EU is negotiating a contract with Vietnam to facilitate the timber trade. She ignores that Vietnamese wood often comes from national parks in Cambodia. Please demand: No agreement, as long as the depletion continues!
The loggers do not have to worry about smuggling thick tree trunks across the border from Cambodia to Vietnam with their heavy transporters. They only take their foot off the gas for a few seconds – and drive on undisturbed.
Target: Senator Godwin Hulse, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, Belize
Goal: End deforestation to protect the endangered jaguars of Belize’s jungles.
The endangered jaguars of Belize are rapidly disappearing from the jungles. Unchecked deforestation destroys their habitats and food source. Something must be done before these majestic creatures perish forever.
Over 25,000 acres of forest have been lost in Belize over the past decade. The government has done little to intervene in the ravage of this forest land, causing sanctuaries and conservation groups to struggle to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect the jaguar species. One group is attempting to fundraise 600,000 dollars, a tremendous cost.
These groups cannot work alone and should not face the costly burden on their own. Sign the petition to demand the government take action to end deforestation and protect the jaguar from extinction.
Dear Senator Hulse,
The majestic jaguar is disappearing from your jungles. Over 25,000 acres of their habitat have been destroyed in only ten years, eliminating their homes and food source.
Conservation groups are working to protect the species, but they should not face this battle and its tremendous costs alone. I demand you join them and help protect the jaguar from extinction.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen
Activists Brand Themselves with Hot Iron
Demonstrators acting as ‘farm workers’ dragged four animal rights activists across UN Plaza. Then, a searing hot iron heated to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit was plunged into the activists’ arms and shoulders as they grimaced in pain.
In a statement, In Defense of Animals President Marilyn Kroplick, M.D. highlighted the importance of the peaceful protest: “We brought the hidden suffering of billions of animals to the streets of San Francisco on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday with his message, ‘be the change you want to see in the world’. You can make a difference by choosing vegan options and enjoy benefits to your health, animals, and the environment.”
The first human-branding protest for animal rights occurred in Israel on World Day for Farmed Animals in 2012. It sparked an international movement called 269Life and the practice quickly caught on in other parts of the world, including Italy, Argentina, Australia, and the United States. The movement was named in honor of Calf 269, who narrowly avoided death when he was rescued from an Israeli dairy farm.
To date, thousands of animal activists around the globe have demonstrated their solidarity with the food industry’s animal victims by having the number 269 tattooed or branded into their flesh.
The human-branding protest in San Francisco yesterday was the first of its kind to take place in the state of California.
WAV Comment – well done them for showing the world the suffering inflicted on many farm animals every day – effective !
Latest news from the Center for Biological Diversity.
Chambered Nautilus Wins Endangered Species Act Protection
The chambered nautilus is an exceptionally beautiful shellfish — and its beauty is one of its biggest problems. The species’ numbers have been plummeting globally as nautiluses are harvested for sale as tourist trinkets. Over the past 16 years, about 1.7 million nautilus-shell products were imported into the United States.
But last week saw great news for these ancient ocean animals. In response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition, the National Marine Fisheries Service awarded them Endangered Species Act protection. Unfortunately the agency didn’t take steps toward curbing nautilus-shell imports.
“Endangered Species Act protection will help,” said Miyoko Sakashita, our Oceans program director. “But if we don’t get rules to rein in this booming commercial trade, it’ll continue to be a major threat to survival of these shellfish.”
800-year-old Trees on the Chopping Block: Take Action
Alaska’s Tongass National Forest contains some of the largest tracts of temperate old-growth rainforest left in the world. It’s stunningly beautiful, it helps mitigate climate change — and it’s the newest target in Trump’s war against public lands.
The administration is proposing exempting or weakening protections given to the Tongass by what’s known as the “roadless rule” — a policy that’s protected much of our remaining wild, road-free public forests from damaging logging and roadbuilding. If the proposed changes go through, the Tongass would be logged and bulldozed to build roads. This would harm habitat for bear, moose and salmon and set a dangerous precedent that could lead to road construction in our other last wild forests.
Another Wolf Killed in Washington State
Washington state continues to wipe out its wolves. On Friday a sharpshooter shot the adult female of the Old Profanity Territory pack, just weeks after killing one of the pack’s 5-month-old pups.
Washington has 1.1 million cattle and 122 wolves. Yet in the past six years, the state has killed 21 wolves — 17 of them for the same livestock owner.
“Washington’s execution of wolves has reached new depths of senselessness,” said the Center’s Amaroq Weiss.
Supreme Court Nixes Attack on Grand Canyon Uranium Ban
Grand news for the Grand Canyon: The Supreme Court just rejected an industry challenge to the 20-year ban on new uranium mining in and around the canyon.
The Havasupai Tribe and a coalition of conservation groups, including the Center, campaigned to win the ban — and we’ve been defending it for years.
“These spectacular public lands deserve permanent protection from dangerous uranium mining,” said the Center’s Taylor McKinnon. Get more from Fronteras.
Trump Administration: 2100 Will Be 7 Degrees Warmer
President Trump denies the reality of climate change and dismisses the desperate need for action — but his policy analysts know better.
Buried in a 500-page document about Trump’s weakening of fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, there lies a prediction by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration scientists that by century’s end, we’ll see a 7-degree Fahrenheit temperature rise if the world takes no meaningful action to curb carbon pollution. That number has actually been used as a justification for doing nothing, essentially saying the planet’s fate is sealed.
But such a temperature rise would bring catastrophe: millions of people displaced by rising seas, superstorms, and massive species extinctions. Most world leaders have agreed to try to keep warming to less than 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wild & Weird: Something to Crow About
For more than 2 million years, the native forests of the islands of Guam and Rota were home to several thousand Mariana crows, a species found nowhere else on Earth. But over the past 60 years, the crows have disappeared from Guam and rapidly declined on Rota. Now only about 175 are left.
But a recent project brings hope for these beautiful birds: Using eggs collected from the wild, researchers have raised several Mariana crows past the period of highest mortality and released them. And because females generally lay another set of eggs when a nest fails, the project could double the number of broods in a year.
My best regards to all, Venus
by Helmut F. Kaplan*
The war must also be abolished because it presupposes that humans are made soldiers, that is, human killing machines.
And, according to experience, these killing machines can not be put down safely and immediately after the war.
They become part of society and represent a constant danger to this society.
It often happens after war that former soldiers, who had been trained to kill, live out their killing impulses, even outside the war. The training of soldiers means the production of time bombs.
And even slaughterhouses must be abolished, among other things, because of these relationships. Because slaughterers are also human killing machines, which often fail to kill their killing impulses outside the slaughterhouse safely and immediately. Again and again, animal butchers become murderers of humans.
We can systematically remove people’s killing inhibition.
W can train them to start killing. But we can not determine where and when they stop killing.
Who makes people murderers, should not be surprised if people remain murderers.
(Translation: Venus with best regards)
*Helmut F. Kaplan is an Austrian animal ethicist and philosopher
The following programme; ‘Drowning In Plastic’; was made by, and shown on the BBC in the UK a few nights ago.
As with all BBC environmental productions; it was brilliant, and is a true insight into the plastic problems which cover the globe at this current time.
The video is in English, but for non English speakers; the footage alone just shown what a dire situation the world is in.
Here is the progamme – a ‘must watch’ wherever you live – the pictures say it all::
October 4th newsletter.
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Posted by Carly Day | October 2, 2018
Image Credit: Mercy For Animals
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a new bill — SB 1017 — which will see the use of driftnets in the state phased out over the next four years.
The bill was authored by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) with 15 co-authors, and passed almost unanimously in the state senate and assembly. To assist fishermen who need to transition away from using driftnets, the law includes a transition program with incentives for those who choose to give up their previous permit.
“This hard-won victory was a long time coming,” said Senator Allen. “Finally we have found a way to phase out the use of these deadly and destructive nets without harming the commercial fishing industry in the process. I’m very pleased that we now can look forward to a time not far in the future when magnificent marine creatures will no longer be injured and killed by these nets.”
Drift nets are used in commercial fishing and are hugely destructive to marine life. Large driftnets may be over one mile in length and sink down into the sea for hundreds of feet. For every swordfish caught using driftnets, it is estimated that seven marine animals are trapped, injured or killed in the nets. Because these nets catch fish and marine mammals indiscriminately, air-breathing animals are often caught in the nets and drown — including turtles, dolphins, and sea lions.
In April this year, a group of advocacy organizations, including Turtle Island Restoration Network, Mercy For Animals, SeaLegacy and Sharkwater, released devastating footage from investigations into the use of these death nets — capturing shocking video of a huge array of marine life trapped and suffering. Undercover investigators filmed sharks and stingrays trapped in the nets, gasping for life as they were hacked apart or beaten with baseball bats, and dolphins, sea lions and seabirds trapped and killed.
Driftnet use has already been discontinued in all other U.S. states — as well as many countries worldwide — making California the last state to come into line with the rest of the nation.
“This is amazing news and goes to show that by working collaboratively and strategically, we can make a difference,” said Paul Nicklen, co-founder and expedition lead for SeaLegacy. “This legislation is long overdue and we are encouraged by Governor Brown’s action on the issue. Documenting what happens in the driftnets in the waters off the coast of California was one of the most devastating things I have witnessed in my career. The fact that there is now real progress toward an end to this barbaric practice is what motivates me every day.”
Posted by Katie Valentine | October 3, 2018
Over the weekend, two hunters in Alaska learned firsthand that big game hunting poses some serious safety risks.
Alaska’s Department of Public Safety reports that on Saturday, the pair were hunting near Carter Lake on the Kenai Peninsula, roughly 100 miles south of Anchorage. They spotted a black bear on a ridge above them and shot it. The injured bear then rolled down the slope and straight toward the men, dislodging rocks along the way.
DPS reports that one of the hunters, William McCormick, was struck by both the tumbling bear and a rock. The 28-year-old sustained life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. McCormick’s 19-year-old hunting partner, Zachary Tennyson, managed to walk away from the ordeal unscathed.
The 200-pound bear was killed, according to state officials.
The hunters are both in the military and are currently stationed near Anchorage at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a base that is shared by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.
At this time of year, bears in Alaska are preparing for hibernation and are therefore near their peak weight. Fully grown black bears reach up to 350 pounds, and grizzlies weigh up to 1,400 pounds.
This alarming incident highlights the very real risks that come along with big game hunting. Because of their size alone, bears are dangerous, as evidenced by the injuries caused to McCormick over the weekend. Bears are also known to become aggressive when provoked, and a human successfully outrunning or outclimbing one is practically unheard of.
In addition to presenting numerous safety hazards, bear hunting lacks practicality. Bear meat has a reputation for being unpalatable, and consuming undercooked bear meat can lead to a severe or fatal case of trichinosis. Therefore, it is rarely eaten, even by bear hunters.
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