Death on the chain: calves in the German dairy industry

The images are unbearable: calves chained up in dark stables that are clearly at the end of their strength.

Calves, only a few days old, in a Brandenburg (Germany) dairy farm. (Image: SOKO Tierschutz e.V)

They are chained and do not have permanent access to food and water as prescribed.
This is shown by pictures that animal rights activists filmed on the farm for over half a year.
An employee can also be seen on the recordings.
Again and again he pulls out dead animals.
Finally, the filmmakers can document how some of the animals, which are only a few days old, slowly perish.

Death on the chain.

https://fb.watch/8GVNoPUFmQ/

(The video is unfortunately in German, but (almost) everything that is told in it is also included in the article)

Exclusive pictures that were leaked for” Report MAINZ” by Friedrich Mülln from “SOKO Tierschutz” (Animal Welfare association)

Image: SOKO Tierschutz.e.V

From the propaganda of the dairy industry, we mostly only know the beautiful pictures of happy calves in the pastures, who can spend time with their mothers.

The reality of the German dairy industry is demonstrably different.
As the video recordings show, calves have to live without freedom of movement and without permanent access to feed and water, even though this is required by law.
After reviewing the material, experts confirm that this is not an isolated case.
Animal abuse is documented and shows that animal cruelty has system.

Around 600,000 calves are born in Germany every year and have to die again shortly afterwards, mainly for economic reasons. They are born so that the cow would give milk, otherwise they are worthless for agriculture.
The veal market is on the floor.
A farmer currently receives eleven euros for a calf, and even the feed costs are higher.
The result: it is most economical for farmers when the animals die again shortly after birth.

Image: SOKO Tierschutz e.V

Calves are slowly dying on the chain

In the documentation, an official veterinarian is asked: “If calves are tied up and left to their own devices, then it is clear that they will die.”
He condemns this form of treatment.
The farmer in question says that he is aware that it is forbidden to keep calves in this way.
The veterinary office has already forbidden him to keep chains, and imposed a fine, but he doesn’t seem to have any real sense of guilt.

Friedrich Mülln, from SOKO Tierschutz e. V. says:
“Anyone who keeps animals like this does not assume that these animals will stay alive.
There are animals that died on the chain.
And they are obviously not being adequately cared for. And one has to say that the farmer simply assumes that these animals can also die from this neglect and that he can then write them off. “

What does the official veterinarian say?
“When I have animals of that age, they actually look quite fit there, but practically tie up calves and then leave them to their own devices, then it is clear that it won’t last long, because then they will die, of course.”

And what does the farmer say about it? The animal rights activists and the Report MAIN team drive to Brandenburg and confront him with the recordings and the assessments. He is ready for an interview, but declines an interview in front of the camera.

He admits that it is his business and that he chained the animals, although he knew that this was forbidden. But he didn’t want to kill them that way, he says (!!!)

No wonder that the animal rights group SOKO Tierschutz has been filming scenes like this again and again for years: dead calves, perished in agony, found behind farms in almost all federal states.

Friedrich Mülln, SOKO Tierschutz e. V .: “Yes, you think there are a lot of carcasses lying around on chicken farms, but the dairy industry is not that different. So thrown away … It’s disposable. “

https://www.swr.de/report/kaelber-in-deutschland-vernachlaessigt-misshandelt-verhungert/-/id=233454/did=25437600/nid=233454/114uqsg/index.html

And I mean…This is not an isolated case, such or similar tortures take place wherever animals are enslaved, exploited and killed for humans.

If you want to end animal suffering, you stop eating animals and their products and you stop cooperating with an institution, the meat industry, which is one of the most criminal in human history.

Not only the babies are treated so cruelly … every animal that is used in any form is degraded to a product / commodity and is brutally killed after a short or often long ordeal.

There is no reason to eat dead animals and their products. But there are many serious against it.
Animal exploitation is a model from the past.
The future is vegan ~

My best regards to all, Venus

Environmental lawsuit against Bolsonaro before the ICC International Criminal Court

The Amazon rainforest in Brazil continues to shrink due to the enormous deforestation.
The Austrian climate protection organization Allrise has sued Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro for the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The climate protection activists recently filed the complaint with the title “The Planet Against Bolsonaro” in The Hague.
You accuse the right-wing extremist head of state of “crimes against humanity” because of his Amazon policy

However, the Hague Court is not required to actually initiate an investigation.

Allrise estimates that the Brazilian government is responsible for the deforestation of around 4,000 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest every year. Bolsonaro has “systematically” weakened or eliminated laws and controls by the authorities and is taking targeted action against environmental activists.

Deforestation in Brazil rose by almost 50 percent under Bolsonaro’s leadership.
The average size of the deforested areas has increased by 61 percent, and forest fires in the Amazon region have increased by 84 percent.
Bolsonaro has abolished critical environmental regulations, cut the Environment Department’s budget by 23 percent, and reduced the number of law enforcement officers by 27 percent.

Slash and burn in Brazil, here in the north-western state of Rondonia: Most of the deforested areas are turned into grazing land for cattle. © Carlos Fabal / AFP

He has defamed climate scientists and environmentalists as enemies of the state.
Fines for illegal logging have fallen 42 percent during his tenure, while deforestation hits a record high.
Land user penetration into indigenous areas has increased by 134 percent, killing at least 28 people.

The destruction of the Amazon threatens the safety and health of all people on this planet.

The forest fires in Brazil are clearly visible on NASA’s fire map. Photo: NASA Firms

Please sign the current petition against Bolsonaro from German Environmental aid (Deutsche Umwelthilfe e. V.)
Together with the non-profit association AllRise, German Environmental aid calls on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to recognize these acts as “crimes against humanity” within the meaning of the Rome Statute of the ICC.

Any declaration of support helps us make it clear to the ICC and its member states that Jair Bolsonaro must be held accountable

Share. Sign. Stop his crimes.

https://www.change.org/p/the-court-of-public-opinion-anzeige-gegen-jair-bolsonaro-wegen-verbrechen-gegen-die-menschlichkeit

https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Bolsonaro-droht-Umweltklage-in-Den-Haag-article22860252.html

And I mean…Specifically, it is about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, because the deforestation rate has skyrocketed since Bolsonaro took office.
The Amazon rainforest is well on the way to becoming a dessert.

The forest is considered to be the green lung of the earth.
Its soils and trees provide habitat for tens of thousands of species and store masses of carbon.

Bolsonaro has now managed to destroy the rainforest in a very short time.
He reverses climate protection measures and motivates the ranchers and miners to occupy more areas.

Bolsonaro doesn’t believe that the forest itself has any value.
On the contrary: he considers it to be an obstacle to Brazil’s economic development.
That’s what you call an environmental terrorist.
The consequences of his criminal policy are the devastation of entire regions, millions of livelihoods destroyed, famines, flight, displacement and thousands of deaths.
So the crimes are also about murder.

The environmental destruction of the Amazon by Bolsonaro’s policy would be on a par with war crimes and genocides.

However, the consequences for Bolsonaro in the event that the lawsuit is successful are not yet clear.
The environmentalists and initiators of the lawsuit want to set a precedent.

“Our initiative has strong Brazilian support but we don’t seek to speak on behalf of any Brazilian communities, nor claim to represent them. Our case aims to add an important international dimension to their struggle.
The Amazon is theirs, but it is needed by us all,” so the Organisation ALLRise

In any case, the Allrise organization does not want to stop at just one lawsuit.

“There are several Bolsonaros, there are several Amazonas. We have a lot to do. “

My best regards to all, Venus

Australia: Scott Morrison: Australia PM To Attend COP26 Summit After Global Pressure.

Hey, Fires – I’m On Holiday !

Scott Morrison: Australia PM to attend COP26 summit after global pressure

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-58907526

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he will now attend the COP26 UN climate conference after weeks of initial hesitation.

Global leaders will meet in Glasgow next month to negotiate a new deal to stall rising global temperatures.

Mr Morrison drew criticism when he indicated last month that he might skip the meeting.

Australia, a large producer of coal and gas, is under pressure to commit to stronger climate action.

Its climate policies and emissions reductions are ranked among the worst in the OECD.

“I confirmed my attendance at the Glasgow summit, which I’m looking forward to attending. It is an important event,” Mr Morrison told reporters on Friday.

Climate activists had slated Mr Morrison for not committing to attend, and it was being seen as a diplomatic snub to the UK, a close ally of Australia.

In an interview to the BBC, Prince Charles earlier expressed surprise at Mr Morrison’s comments, urging leaders to act urgently to combat climate change.

COP26 will be held between 31 October and 12 November in Scotland’s largest city.

It will be the biggest climate change conference since landmark talks in Paris in 2015.

The COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow in November is seen as crucial if climate change is to be brought under control. Almost 200 countries are being asked for their plans to cut emissions, and it could lead to major changes to our everyday lives.

Why the COP26 climate summit is important

Simple guide to climate change

How extreme weather is linked to climate change

Mr Morrison had cited the challenges of Covid as a reason he might not attend, saying he had already served a great deal of quarantine.

But Australia is beginning to make plans to end quarantine requirements.

Many countries have set ambitious targets to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, but Australia has REFUSED to do so.

Analysis: By Justin Rowlatt, BBC climate editor

In poker they call it a “tell”: a tiny change in a player’s behaviour that signals something crucial about the cards they holding.

Now, the Glasgow climate conference isn’t a poker game. Most world leaders do actually understand the huge risks climate change presents and would prefer to minimise its impact.

But they also know doing so could impose real costs on their economies. They would like to see the maximum global action on the issue with the minimum cost to their people.

And for many of them they believe the best way to achieve that is to keep the cards in their hand hidden: to make sure there are no “tells”.

Deciding whether or not your leader is going to attend is part of that, it is a way of putting other nations under pressure.

It makes it very difficult for the organisers and – to be honest – isn’t helpful for negotiations. But it is a fact of global diplomacy. Let’s just hope that they decide to play a more open game when the conference begins.

Australia has committed to a 26% cut on its 2005 emissions by 2030 – a target frequently criticised as too weak.

Experts say it needs to commit to a 47% cut by 2030 if it is to meet the UN goal of keeping temperature rise below or within 1.5C.

Australia is one of the largest emitters on a per capita basis because its energy grid is still largely reliant on coal power.

The conservative government has faced months of pressure, both at home and overseas, to improve its climate policies. It is expected to reveal higher emission targets next week.

“The government will be finalising its position to take to the summit. We’re working through those issues,” Morrison said on Friday.

Many rural parts of Australia are dependent on coal, gas and farming.

Coal is Australia’s second-most lucrative export and it expects demand to continue for at least the next decade.

“The plan that I am taking forward together with my colleagues is about ensuring that our regions are strong, that our regions jobs are not only protected but have opportunities for the future,” Mr Morrison said.

Regards Mark

Can we suggest a bigger one to cover your entire head ?

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives for a media conference

Enjoy !

Mark Hankinson found guilty of telling others how to hunt illegally!

A prominent huntsman from Dorset has been ordered to pay £3,500 for giving advice to countrymen about how to covertly carry out illegal fox hunts.

The senior fox hunter Mark Hankinson has been found guilty of encouraging and assisting people to evade the ban on fox hunting.

Recordings of Mark Hankinson, a director of the Master of Foxhounds Association, speaking to around 100 senior hunters in two private webinars in August 2020 were leaked online.

We have reported about it:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2021/09/20/foxhounds-association-of-uk-sometimes-the-shot-goes-backwards/

The prosecution argued he was giving advice on how to avoid the law. Speaking to 103 hunt-masters on the call, he explained how “to create a smokescreen” to enable them “to portray to the people watching that you’re going about legitimate business”

The defence said he was advising what to do if saboteurs disrupt legal hunts (!!!)

https://fb.watch/8GjQgEdSoS/

At Westminster court Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram said “I am sure that the defendant through his words was giving advice on how to illegally hunt with dogs.”

In my judgement he was clearly encouraging the mirage of trail laying to act as cover for illegal hunting,” he added.

Hankinson was fined £1,000 along with a contribution of £2,500 towards legal costs.

Continue reading “Mark Hankinson found guilty of telling others how to hunt illegally!”

England: Top Animal Welfare Campaigner Member of Parliament (MP) Is Stabbed To Death Today (15/10/21) At Constituency Meeting.

WAV Comment    – 15/10/21 – Today is a very sad day for democracy here in England.

Sir David Amess MP, was stabbed to death whilst holding a normal constituency surgery this morning.  For overseas visitors, a surgery is a meeting between the regional MP and (public) members of the electorate for that area, so they can talk issues, actions with a view to making further progress on any issue covered. Surgeries often take place each week.

All we currently know is that David was stabbed to death by a man aged 25; who is now in police custody.  He leaves a wife and 5 children; and our thoughts go out to them all at this time.

David was a fantastic animal welfare / rights campaigner.  He was one of just a few patrons at the Conservative Animal Welfare Group; and his attributes include introducing the legislation for the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act in 1988 giving protection to tethered horses and ponies, sponsoring the Horses and Ponies Bill in 1984-5, the Pet Animals Bill in 1990 and also sponsoring the Responsible Pet Ownership Competition for MPs and Peers.

In 2011 he won the Dods Animal Welfare and Environment Award for his leading role in and commitment to animal welfare. The award is given to the Parliamentarian who has done the most to tackle issues concerning the welfare of animals and the natural environment.

In recent years Sir David has successfully campaigned to stop the unethical practice of testing domestic products on animals, tackled the illegal wildlife trade and fought to put an end to puppy farming. He was always a prominent voice on the issue of the culling of badger’s debate, speaking in defence of badgers; and he also consistently voted against any changes to the Hunting Act in order to protect the animals from culling.

David was a great friend and advocate voice for animals and animal welfare; he will be greatly missed in Parliament.

We at WAV thank him for his devotion and commitment to the issue of animal welfare / rights; if there were more like him in the world, then it would be a much better place.

Regards Mark.

https://www.davidamess.co.uk/news/sir-david-appointed-patron-conservative-animal-welfare-foundation

Thursday, 24 November, 2016

Lorraine Platt, Co-Founder of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, commented:

“We are delighted and honoured that Sir David Amess is joining us as our Patron along with Henry Smith MP and Sir Roger and Lady Suzy Gale.”

The Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation was established earlier this year to raise awareness of the billions of animals reared on intensive farms around the world, and how this impacts upon animal welfare, the environment and people’s health.

Hamburg : Art action dedicated to all the victims of animal experiments worldwide

“Hamburg Town Musicians”: Riddle about sculpture on the Alster/Hamburg

A dog, a monkey on its back, a rabbit on it and a rat at the top: a sculpture has been on the picnic area on the Outer Alster since Wednesday, erected in a nightly action by unknown animal rights activists.

The “Hamburg Town Musicians” are supposed to be a protest against animal experiments.

The animal figures by the unknown artist appear very lively, the sculpture is heavy, and presumably even made of bronze. The base is embedded in the ground, there is a commemorative plaque:

“Dedicated to all the victims of animal experiments worldwide”, even Chinese characters are engraved.

In a “confessor writing” it says on the website hamburger-stadtmusikanten.org:

“We, the ghosts of the killed laboratory animals, erected a memorial for the victims of animal experiments on October 12, 2021 on the picnic meadow in Uhlenhorst / Hamburg. It’s the Hamburg Town Musicians. ”

And a photo: A person with a hoodie, his face hidden behind a rabbit mask, crouches next to the plastic.

The background of the elaborate art campaign is explained in small notebooks that the anonymous activists on site tied to trees.

It reads: “The Hamburg Town Musicians – a current fairy tale, inspired by the Brothers Grimm”.
It tells the story of the test dog that escaped from the qual laboratory of the LPT company (Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology now renamed Provivo Biosciences GmbH and Co. KG).

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/05/21/germany-the-death-laboratory-lpt-is-now-history/

The dog meets the monkey, which was intended for an experimental laboratory in Bremen, the rabbit, whose eyes were supposed to be tested for cosmetics, and finally the rat, which has escaped from a laboratory.

And like the Bremen Town Musicians, the Hamburg animal quartet also sets out in the fairy tale according to the motto …
“We find something better than death everywhere.”

In Germany, according to conservative estimates, animal experiments are funded with at least four billion euros, research on alternatives with around 20 million, according to the opponents of animal experiments.
At least three million laboratory animals die every year, according to animal rights activists.

The “monument” meets with approval from passers-by, many stop and take photos.
“That should stay here for ever,” demands a walker.
Someone has planted some heather in front of the statue.
Are the “Hamburg Town Musicians” tolerated on the Alster?

The northern district says vaguely: “We first check whether the sculpture poses a hazard.”

https://www.mopo.de/hamburg/hamburger-stadtmusikanten-raetsel-um-skulptur-an-der-alster/

And I mean…A hazard situation for animals and us, humans, arises with certainty in the experiment laboratories, not from the monument.

People are already laying flowers there, silently kneeling down to commemorate the victims.
The work of art was secretly concreted into the ground on the anniversary of the LPT discovery, according to unconfirmed information.

We thank the brave and great artists for this memorial.
So that the victims are not forgotten.

My best regards to all, Venus

UK: Overseas abattoir workers to get temporary visas.

https://britishmeatindustry.org/industry/workforce/

Meat processing in the UK employs around 97,000 people of which approximately 62% are EU nationals.  Some producers report workforces of up to 85% EU nationals.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-50986683

Confessions of a slaughterhouse worker

Published  6 January 2020

Overseas abattoir workers to get temporary visas – BBC News

Overseas abattoir workers to get temporary visas

The (UK) government is to allow 800 foreign abattoir workers into the UK on temporary visas, after warnings from farmers of mass culls.

It previously said businesses should pay higher wages and invest in skills.

The shortage of butchers has already seen farmers destroy 6,600 healthy pigs due to a backlog on farms, the National Pig Association (NPA) said.

The government also announced plans to allow thousands more HGV deliveries to address a chronic driver shortage.

The meat industry blames the butcher shortage on factors including Covid and Brexit.

Thousands of healthy pigs have been culled since last week, when the tally was about 600.

Last week, the National Farmer’s Union (NFU) warned that pig farmers were “facing a human disaster” due to the shortage of butchers.

It said that “empty retail shelves and product shortages are becoming increasingly commonplace and Christmas specialities such as pigs in blankets are already under threat”.

 

Butcher scheme

The government is temporarily extending its seasonal workers scheme to pork butchers, it said.

Up to 800 pork butchers will be eligible to apply until the end of the year for six-month visas.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “A unique range of pressures on the pig sector over recent months, such as the impacts of the pandemic and its effect on export markets, have led to the temporary package of measures we are announcing.

“This is the result of close working with industry to understand how we can support them through this challenging time.”

The government added that the temporary visas “are not a long term solution and businesses must make long term investments in the UK domestic workforce to build a high-wage, high-skill economy, instead of relying on overseas labour”.

Alongside the temporary visas, the government announced a package of measures for the industry, including:

  • Animals being slaughtered and processed on a Saturday
  • Longer working days in the meat industry, where possible
  • A “private storage aid scheme” which will allow processors to store slaughtered pigs for three to six months
  • Suspending nearly £1m of tax on pig farmers and producers in November

It said there had been “a suspension of approval to export to China for some UK pork establishments” and that it was working with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board to identify other export markets.

The extension of visa requirements for butchers follows the announcement of temporary visas for lorry drivers and poultry workers, as the government seeks to limit disruption in the run-up to Christmas.

Regards Mark

China / UK: China Bans British Beef Again Over Mad Cow Disease. Watch the Video For Information On BSE.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58866581

China bans British beef again over mad cow disease

China has banned British beef imports of cattle under 30 months of age after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, in the UK last month.

The ban took effect from 29 September, according to a statement from the General Administration of Customs.

China has yet to restart buying beef from the UK after agreeing in 2018 to lift previous restrictions.

Beijing imposed a ban in the 1990s during earlier outbreaks of BSE.

In September, the UK’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) said a case of BSE had been confirmed on a farm in Somerset.

In 2018, China ended a two-decades-long ban on imports of beef from the UK, which was first introduced after the outbreak of BSE in the 1990s.

At the time, the UK government said the lifting of the ban would be worth £250m to British producers over the next five years.

It came after years of site inspections and negotiations between officials in London and Beijing.

In response to the latest move, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it was working to reassure Chinese authorities that the case of BSE had been successfully managed and to ensure that import conditions can be met.

The UK’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, said: “We have some of the highest levels of biosecurity in the world, which are supported by robust control systems. Our products are safe and should continue to be traded.”

In September this year, the US announced it was lifting its decades-old ban on imports of British lamb.

The US had stopped British lamb imports since 1989, following the first outbreaks of BSE.

The previous year British beef exports to the US resumed for the first time in more than 20 years.

British beef was banned by Washington after the BSE outbreak in 1996.

China Bans Beef Import From UK As ‘mad Cow’ Disease Emerges Again

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/china/china-bans-beef-import-from-uk-as-mad-cow-disease-emerges-again.html

What is it ?,

Look and learn here – watch the very informative video:

Brazil: 2021 – 2 Confirmed Cases of BSE. – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

Cruelty to animals is inexcusable!

“Hedgehog burned!”, “Cat drowned!”, “Dog poisoned!”, “Cows beaten!” – the headlines don’t stop …
Cruelty to animals is a ubiquitous crime that is committed daily in both private and industrial settings.

What is unimaginable for you as an empathetic person is usually an alleged and extremely perfidious “strategy” to “solve” internal conflicts for those who torture animals.

Psychic crack or ugly character?
What drives animal abusers to their atrocities?
What goes on in a head that feeds on actively exercised violence against other creatures?

Prof. Kolja Schiltz, head of forensic psychiatry at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, is of the opinion that one cannot generally describe animal abusers as “sick“.
Cruelty to animals alone does not justify a psychiatric diagnosis, but is merely an indication of a possible tendency towards psychological abnormalities.
Rather, animal tormentors would strive for a feeling of power in order to push their low self-esteem and to be able to endure themselves, with all their subjectively perceived deficits.

“There are people who seek animals as victims in order to gain a feeling of superiority and omnipotence through the humiliation of the victim, in order to stabilize their self-esteem, in order to be able to cope with themselves at all.
These are people who have an uncertain self-worth, with a problematic personality or even a personality disorder, “ explains Professor Kolja Schiltz, Head of Forensic Psychiatry at the LMU.

In this category one could also classify those people who, for example, lay out poisonous bait to harm dogs whose barking and legacies they perceive as unreasonable.

Animal tormentors abuse animals as frustration valves and act out their inner tensions on them.
Their urge to torture living beings results from a lack of self-management skills, self-reflection and regulation.

They externalize (move outwards) their impulsive emotions and transfer them to innocent living beings by causing them great suffering and humiliating them.

Above all, those animals that are considered cute and not able to defend themselves are victims of animal cruelty:

“We know that pets are particularly popular, especially cats, because they are small and cannot defend themselves as effectively.
Other animals that are also popular are horses, as they are often perceived as cute. You can also experience an increase in self-esteem and an aggressive act if you humiliate, harm or harm other cute animals, “explains Professor Kolja Schiltz.

Source: https://www.br.de/nachrichten/bayern/psychiater-was-tierquaeler-zu-ihrem-grausamen-handeln-triebe,Qklcnq1

Factory farming and the animal industry – cruelty to animals as a profitable production model:

The successful business with meat and animal products as well as the cruel production practices, as they are carried out in the animal industry, are based, among other things, on the deliberate objectification of living beings.

In order to be able to exploit these as effectively as possible, cows, chickens, pigs etc. are declassified as “farm animals”they are denied their ability to suffer and any right to life.
Producers and consumers hide the suffering of the animals in this way – cruelty to animals on a large scale, which is “legitimized” by deliberately devaluing life.

Cruelty to animals is inexcusable!

As the assessment of LMU Professor Schiltz indicates, the “excuse” of the pathological behavior abnormality with regard to cruel offenses does not apply.
Cruelty to animals cannot in principle be assessed as a pathological phenomenon that absolves those who perform them from their responsibility and their ability to make decisions.

Cruelty to animals is an active and willful act of cruelty.
An inexcusable crime against sentient beings.
It is up to each person to take responsibility for how they channel their inner tensions – whether they torture innocent animals or use adequate coping strategies.

Likewise, everyone has the choice whether or not to indirectly witness the collective crime of industrial cruelty to animals.

Whether in the slaughterhouse, in the test laboratory, in a circus ring or in the garden arbor next door – cruelty to animals is a criminal offense and inexcusable!
Do not look away when you witness animal cruelty!

https://animalsunited.de/blog/warum-menschen-tiere-quaelen-warum-das-unentschuldbar-ist/

Additional information on this topic: The dark side of man has many facets.
Psychologists from Ulm, Landau and Copenhagen have now shown that egoists, Machiavellians, narcissists, psychopaths and sadists have more in common than what separates them.
The researchers succeeded in tracing many of these problematic personality traits back to a few basic principles: the “dark factor” (D-factor) of personality.

The study was published in the internationally renowned journal Psychological Review.

https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-32574-001

“At the core of this dark factor in personality is an exaggerated egoism that has negative effects on others or on society in general.
This is accompanied by convictions that prevent feelings of guilt, remorse and moral scruples, ”explains Professor Morten Moshagen.

When it comes to the D-factor, the scientists explicitly speak of an extreme form of individual benefit maximization, which literally goes beyond corpses, i.e. willingly accepts or even deliberately causes damage to others.
This tendency is accompanied by the tendency to justify one’s own behavior to oneself and to others.

In their analyzes, the scientists examined nine personality traits.
These include egoism, hatred, Machiavellianism, moral disinhibition, narcissism, psychopathy, sadism, self-centeredness and exaggerated expectations.
The researchers found that practically all of these characteristics can be traced back to the D-factor as the dark core of the personality.

A new study comes to the conclusion that people with these so-called dark character traits have a tendency to always and above all pursue their own interests. In many cases, such people also like to torture others.

In practical terms, this means that, for example, people with a high narcissistic tendency are more likely to show pronounced Machiavellian and psychopathic personality traits.

In addition, people with a strong D-factor are statistically likely to become criminal, violent, or otherwise violate social rules, according to the researchers.

https://wildbeimwild.com/psychologie/psychopathen-narzissten-sadisten-und-hobby-jaeger-teilen-einen-dunklen-kern/22594/2018/11/24/

My best regards to all, Venus

EU: 1 million EU citizens ask Commission to ban wild animals in circuses.

1 million EU citizens ask Commission to ban wild animals in circuses

Members of the Stop Circus Suffering campaign gathered outside the European Commission’s Berlaymont building on Wednesday (13 October) to celebrate the collection of 1 million signatures on a petition to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

The ceremony was led by the animal welfare association Eurogroup for Animals and wildlife protection coalition InfoCircos, who started the petition in 2018. The two groups handed the petition over to MEPs Eleonora Evi (Greens/EFA) and Anja Hazekamp (the Left), who will submit the signatures to the Commission.

“One million citizens have spoken. Now we need to turn this public mobilisation into political engagement. Only an EU-wide ban can guarantee the end of this outdated entertainment and provide a coherent and effective solution to the physical and emotional suffering of wild animals in circuses,” said Reineke Hameleers, CEO of Eurogroup for Animals.

In a February 2021 survey across seven member states, the Eurogroup for Animals found that 68% of respondents felt that using wild animals in circuses is cruel and that wild animals should not be used for public entertainment.

“European citizens have had enough of wild animals being abused in circuses,” said Marta Merchan, coordinator of InfoCircos.

Four Paws, one of the 81 animal advocacy groups within the Eurogroup for Animals, was present at Wednesday’s ceremony.

“It is beyond time to end this cruel practice and adopt a coordinated and full ban on the use of wild animals in circuses EU-wide,” said Pierre Sultana, director of the Four Paws European Policy Office.

Risks and solutions

Nineteen EU member states have adopted national bans on the use of wild animals in circuses, three of which prohibit the use of all species, according to a recent report from the Eurogroup for Animals.

The UK and five EU member states have brought forward general restrictions to protect animals in circuses. Still, the organisation says regulations tend to differ between countries and do not yet exist in several member states.

Many EU countries still allow circus animals to be transported across their borders to get to countries without restrictions where the circuses can perform. This poses a severe public safety risk and health and welfare risks for animals, experts said.

“Wild animals in circuses greatly suffer from physical and social deprivations, and their training is frequently based on punishment. Animals who are forced to live in unnatural conditions can react in ways which pose a risk to their tamers,” Evi said.

Organisation leaders emphasised the importance of an EU-wide ban because national bans do not prevent the cross-border transportation of wildlife.

Eurogroup for Animals recorded 14 EU countries with a total of 254 circuses that house wild animals. Germany topped the list, with 75 circuses and approximately 200 wild animals, excluding camelids (a category of animals that includes camels, alpacas and llamas).

The report also includes information on rescue centres and sanctuaries in Europe and South Africa, all of which have been deemed “particularly appropriate to rescue circus animals.”

“Public support for the use of wild animals for entertainment is long gone,” said Hazekamp. “It’s time to show future generations that animals deserve our respect and protection and should not suffer in circuses.”

1 million EU citizens ask Commission to ban wild animals in circuses – EURACTIV.com

Regards Mark

Kindness Footprints – Phil Woolen – WAV Patron.

Philip is our Patron here at WAV.

We share many things, but especially that of promoting veganism and also of stopping the transport of live animals all around the world – live exports.

14/6/21 – Mr Philip Wollen Becomes The First WAV Patron; We Are (More Than) Delighted, and Welcome Him To The Group. – World Animals Voice

Home – Winsome Constance Kindness (kindnesstrust.com)

Thanks to Phil for leaving his major exec job in the corporate world and instead being a voice for animals.

We are all united in our attempts to make things better; a lot better.

Regards Mark

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/?s=live+exports

Greyhound racing in Spain

⚠️ Did you know that greyhound racing is still practiced in Spain?
📹 We have managed to infiltrate a team in several races to show how alive one of the practices that causes thousands of abandonments and deaths of greyhounds every year follows.

https://fb.watch/8DY-3QGw16/

Dogs are forced to undergo tough training and are treated as mere tools to win competitions and bets. When they are not in their best physical condition, they are abandoned or killed in horrible ways.

In many places, hunting and racing dogs are considered work tools, so many companion animal welfare regulations do not apply to them.

The dogs used in hunting are the forgotten victims of this terrible activity.

They spend their days confined in cheniles and small cages, starving and cold, with almost no contact except when the hunters collect them. And once they are old and useless for the activity, they are abandoned or killed.

Greyhound racing is very popular in Spain, especially in Andalusia. Dogs are forced to run to exhaustion, maintaining tough training and treated as mere tools to win competitions and bets. When greyhounds are no longer in peak physical condition, they are killed in horrible ways.

There is no single registry to obtain abandonment data and thus be able to have official figures on the situation of greyhounds, hounds and other dogs used in hunting and racing.

Only through a total census in Spain can these animals be controlled and protected, as well as prosecute the irresponsibility of those who are in their charge.

We are working to achieve a state animal welfare framework law that ensures maximum protection for these animals and the modification of the animal protection laws of each Autonomous Community, as well as toughen penalties for abandonment and abuse.

We are working so that the “rehalas” (groups of between 16 to 40 hunting dogs) are no longer considered objects of “cultural interest”, eliminating all public subsidies intended to promote this practice.

We work to prosecute the mistreatment and abandonment of these animals so that no case goes unpunished before the law.

We are working to ban the training of greyhounds tied to motor vehicles.

The Spanish greyhound is a breed used both for hunting and for racing in different regions of Spain, especially in Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha and Castilla y León.

Only in Seville, it is estimated that 5,000 abandonments occur annually, and some estimate that in Spain about 50,000 greyhounds and other hunting dogs are abandoned.

The need to nip the problem at its roots is imperative, changing the laws that (un) protect greyhounds and dogs used for hunting in general.

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And I mean...For centuries the greyhound was used as a hunting companion for the nobility. He belonged to the elite among the dog breeds, was considered a status symbol and was, accordingly, well looked after.

However, this once so valued and cherished breed was degraded at the beginning of the 20th century, through its use in modern dog races, to pure sports equipment, to a commodity “greyhound”.
From that point on, greyhound breeders, dog track operators, dog owners and trainers exploited them mercilessly.

They are bred for one purpose only: to win races.
Because greyhound races bring big money.

Most problematic in Spain is the large number of unofficial competitions organized privately by the Galgueros.
Galgueros, the breeders of this breed, use the animals in Spain for hare hunting and greyhound races.

A really good galgo that takes part in competitions can be worth up to 30,000 euros, so galgos are often stolen.
Some breeders therefore keep their valuable specimens in bunkers.

A lot of money is involved here – as well as the reputation of the breeders.

Because of the Galgos, around 1 billion euros are turned over annually and 27,000 jobs are directly related to them, the entire hunter community moves 3 billion euros annually.
And wherever there is a lot of money, an animal is always degraded to a commodity.

Galgos are a disposable product for most growers these days.
Tens of thousands of them are cruelly killed in Spain every year.
Even a champion hardly stays with his owner for more than four years, and the animals can reach an age of 15 years.

Those who are not fast enough for the races are mercilessly and often painfully killed: shot, drowned or abandoned with broken limbs in the woods, or end up in a rescue station, a so-called perrera, which are considered killing stations.

Thanks to the efforts of animal rights activists, at least one particularly cruel tradition could be banned: death by “playing the piano”.

Animals that “disgraced” their breeder were hung from a tree just high enough for their toes to touch the ground.
In the agony of death, the dogs tapped their paws up and down in panic, which is vaguely reminiscent of playing the piano.
This method is now prohibited by law.

Spain is the only EU country where hunting with galgos is still allowed.
How long does the European Community want to watch this barbarism inactive?

My best regards to all, Venus

Crash tests on killed animals by FORD.

Decades after banning all crash tests on animals—following a PETA campaign—Ford has dirtied its hands once again.
In a study titled “Side Impact Assessment and Comparison of Appropriate Size and Age Equivalent Porcine Surrogates to Scaled Human Side Impact Response Biofidelity Corridors,” at least 27 pigs were killed and their bodies were hung by wires through their spines and slammed by a high-impact pendulum.

The study’s authors state the following:

“We would like to acknowledge and thank Ford Motor Company for its funding and support of the current research project. Funding for this study was provided by Ford Motor Company through its University Research Program” [Emphasis added.]

No other car company is known to have performed such abominably cruel tests in many, many years, and it’s time for Ford to get back in its lane and commit to helping drivers and animals by renewing its ban on car crash tests on other species.

The world has moved on to crash test dummies and high-speed computers from cruel and archaic tests on animals who feel pain and value their lives just as much as we do.

A pig’s anatomy is very different from that of humans, so the data obtained from these horrific animal experiments are not applicable to human car-crash victims.

Ford assured PETA in 2009 that the company did “not directly conduct or fund development of products that involve live animal testing, and is unaware of directing any such testing in the past three decades.”

If Ford is going back on that commitment now, PETA will ensure that the public is fully aware so that car buyers can make informed decisions about which automakers to support and which to drop.

https://www.peta.org/blog/ford-crash-tests-animals-27-pigs-killed/

And I mean…The fact that FORD is pulling down the tests on dead pigs is of course better for the animals.
But they have to be killed for it.

Why doesn’t FORD do the same test on dead people?
After all, these tests makes the company for the safety of its customers, and these are human animals.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Wolf Pups ‘Adopted’ by Idaho High Schoolers Killed by Trigger Happy (? Obsessed ?) USDA Federal Agents.

Grey wolf pups
Grey Wolf Pups – Getty Images

Wolf pups ‘adopted’ by Idaho high schoolers killed by federal agents

Wolf pups ‘adopted’ by Idaho high schoolers killed by federal agents – BBC News

Conservation groups have expressed outrage after the US Department of Agriculture revealed it killed eight young wolves in an Idaho forest.

The pups were part of the Timberline pack, a group of wild wolves tracked and studied since 2003 by students at the local high school in Boise.

Federal officials have defended their actions as a “necessary” measure in reducing the predators’ population.

But local wildlife groups say wolves are “under attack” in the region.

Earlier this year, lobbied by the livestock ranching community, Republican-dominated legislatures in Idaho and Montana passed measures that made it easier to hunt and kill wolves.

Idaho’s version of the law allows hunters to kill an unlimited number of wolves each year, up from a 15-wolf annual limit, and triples the budget for population control efforts.

Under the terms of the legislation, wolves can be baited into snares, aerially gunned down via aircraft and even mowed over by hunters in ATVs or other motorised vehicles.

Environmental groups have warned the aggressive tactics will whittle down Idaho’s wolf population by 90%, from roughly 1,500 to 150, which is the minimum limit enshrined by a 2002 conservation law.

The Timberline wolf pack – unofficially “adopted” by students at Boise’s Timberline High School over the past 18 years – appears to have been among the targets. Their den, on public lands in Boise National Forest, was found empty this spring.

An official from the Agriculture Department confirmed federal agents had killed the animals in order to force the adult wolves to relocate.

Grey wolves were once nearly wiped out across the contiguous US.

The Endangered Species Act of 1974 created federal protections that saved the species from extinction and led to sustained population recovery efforts.

But the animals were delisted by the Trump administration last October and management of the species has since fallen to the states.

Supporter of the Idaho wolf-culling law have said wolves pose a threat to wildlife, particularly cows, sheep and other livestock.

Van Burtenshaw, the state senator and livestock dealer who introduced the bill, said reducing the wolf population would benefit “our cattlemen, our woolgrowers and outfitters”, as well as the big game hunters forced to compete with the wolves.

But environmental groups have slammed the culling tactics as inhumane. A spokeswoman for the Humane Society of the United States called it “a death warrant for hundreds of Idaho’s iconic and beloved wolves”.

The Biden administration is reportedly considering relisting grey wolves on the Endangered Species List.

Students at Timberline High have told US media they are penning a letter to President Biden over the pup deaths, a sign of the renewed urgency many Idahoans feel to see federal protections reinstated.

“Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are in an all-out frontal assault on wolves,” Dick Jordan, a former science teacher at the school, told the local Idaho Statesman.

“Something has to be done. It’s inhumane, it’s unethical and it’s not ecologically sound.”

Regards Mark

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Beef Industry ‘Nervous’ At Growth Of Plant-Based Proteins, Claims Think Tank.

How The Beef Industry Is Fighting The Plant-Based Protein Boom (plantbasednews.org)

Beef Industry ‘Nervous’ At Growth Of Plant-Based Proteins, Claims Think Tank

Across four key areas, beef companies are working to battle the growing plant-based market to protect their pockets…

The beef industry is becoming increasingly desperate to clutch onto its market position amid the plant-based protein boom. But Faunalytics, a research company specializing in animal advocacy, has examined the industry’s marketing tactics and claims it’s ‘nervous’ of the growth of alternative proteins.

Beef industry

The think tank examined a 2021 report funded by the Beef Checkoff, a US marketing firm that works to promote animal agriculture. In the Impacts of New Plant-Based Protein Alternatives on US Beef Demand report, extensive strategies are outlined to maintain popularity amid increasing concerns about animal rights and the environment.

The report includes a survey on 3,000 US citizens with varying diets and a restaurant and grocery store experiment to assess consumer habits.

Faunalytics looked at the report with a view to ‘gain an advantage’ on what the plant-based industry can do in response. 

What they found is that consumer demand for beef decreases more when prices go up, over when plant-based protein prices decrease.

Furthermore, in a grocery store experiment, consistent beef eaters were more willing to switch to other options if the beef was more expensive.

However, the average customer is more willing to pay a higher price for beef than its actual price. And, a lower price for plant-based proteins than their retail price.

Study takeaways 

“The really fascinating thing about this report,” Faunalytics says, “is what it can tell us about the industry’s strategy.”

The four main tactics it identifies are:

1. Consumers believe beef tastes better and is more ‘natural’

As ever, the beef industry plans to focus on the ‘naturalness’ of beef over plant-based alternatives.

This is carried out by claiming plant-based meat can’t mimic the taste of the real thing, and highlighting long ingredient lists.

Faunalytics also claims that it will continue to focus on how the industry is good for farmers and rural communities.

2. Price is vital

The price parity of plant-based alternatives has long been a hot topic. It is subsidies that make cow meat particularly easy to produce at low costs.

And, according to the report, the beef industry will continue to drive down prices where it can.

‘We should work to amplify the voices of workers and communities harmed by the beef industry’ to fight against this, according to Faunalytics.

3. Beef market share remains high despite growing alt protein

Despite the staggering predictions for the ongoing boom of plant-based protein alternatives, the think tank says the beef industry isn’t worrying ‘too much’ about it denting the market share.

While beef contains more protein than many plant-based alternatives, advocates can respond by painting a better picture of health. This can be done by educating about consumer ‘obsession’ with protein.

4. Partnerships with retailers are important

Beef companies aim to establish relationships with retailers. This means stores and restaurants will have vested interests in the future of animal agriculture, Faunalytics says.

However, it’s a tactic vegan companies can easily follow suit on. And, something the likes of Beyond Meat is already doing with chains like Burger King, McDonald’s, and KFC.

Faunalytics’ concluding statement on the study is: “Even as the beef industry continues to enjoy a large market share, it can see the writing on the wall.

“The industry knows it doesn’t measure up on health, environmental friendliness, or animal welfare. All of which are values important to the younger generation.”

Regards Mark

Nigeria: rapists will be castrated in the future in Kaduna.

Rapists will be surgically castrated and anyone who rapes a child will face the death penalty under new laws in Nigerian state

Anyone raping a child under age 14 will face the death penalty in state of Kaduna
Men convicted of rape will face surgical castration under the new legislation
Reported cases of rape in Nigeria have risen dramatically during months of coronavirus restrictions
The governor of Nigeria’s Kaduna state has signed a law saying men convicted of rape will face surgical castration.

Anyone raping a child under age 14 will face the death penalty under the new legislation.

It follows public anger over a recent increase of rapes amid Covid-19 restrictions, which prompted the nation’s state governors to declare a state of emergency.

The governor of Nigeria’s Kaduna state Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai (pictured above) has signed a law saying men convicted of rape will face surgical castration

Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai said the ‘drastic penalties are required to help further protect children from a serious crime’.
Women’s groups have called for tougher action against rapists, including the death penalty.

Kaduna state’s new law is the strictest against rape in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.

The state’s newly amended penal code also says a person convicted of raping someone over age 14 will face life imprisonment.

The previous law carried a maximum penalty of 21 years‘ imprisonment for the rape of an adult and life imprisonment for the rape of a child.

A woman convicted of rape of a child under 14 faces the removal of her fallopian tubes.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8744261/Rapists-surgically-castrated-new-laws-Nigerian-state.html

And I mean… Excellent idea, the best I have ever heard!
Can we do that here for the same criminals and expand it to include butchers, slaughterhouse and fur farm owners, experimenters, hunters, animal torturers of all kinds?

My best regards to all, Venus

Germany: Hubertus Masse and the hypocrisy of the Church

Every year in autumn the so-called Hubertus masses take place everywhere in the churches.

Priests and pastors of both denominations bless hunters, the hunt and the “route” of the killed animals. – A bloody fraudulent label: Because St. Hubertus, in whose name these masses take place, recognized Christ in the animals and stopped hunting.

But not only St. Hubertus is abused for unholy conduct: the animal-hostile teaching of the churches is a betrayal of the animal-friendly teaching of Jesus.

According to legend, Hubertus was a passionate hunter. One day when he wanted to shoot a deer while hunting, it suddenly came up against him.
A cross shone between his antlers, and Christ said to him in the form of a stag:
“Hubertus, why are you chasing me?”
Hubertus got off his horse and knelt in front of the stag. From that moment on Hubertus stopped hunting and from then on led a simple life.

So much for the legend.

After his experience with the stag, Hubertus stopped hunting and became a serious Christian.
Because true Christianity and hunting just don’t go together. When he met the stag, he was given the choice, either he kills the animal – then he also kills Christ – or he does not do so and confesses to Christ.
Or spoken in the words of Matthew 25:40:
“What you did to one of the least of my brothers, you did to me.”

The meaning of the Hubertus legend is that man should live in harmony and peace with nature and animals.
He should not be the hunter, but the protector and friend of the animals.
As the saying goes in Mark 16:15: “Go out into the whole world and preach the Gospel to all creatures.”

This certainly does not mean hunting, but instead of making St. Hubertus the patron saint of animals, the church appointed him patron saint of hunters.

Neither is it written anywhere that Jesus Christ, whom both denominations venerate as the Son of God, ever hunted animals.
That would also be very absurd, because God’s 5th commandment is “You shall not kill”.

But every hunt is connected with killing.

In spite of all of this, the so-called Hubertus hunts and Hubertus masses take place in churches every year on November 3rd, Hubertus Day.

We owe the fact that the animals in our society have to suffer so unspeakably millions of times over, not least of all, to the anti-animal teaching of the two great churches

Priest: blessing for animal killers

Even if individual upright pastors or priests try to campaign for animal welfare within the church, they are in opposition to the teaching of their church.
Because the church doctrine justifies factory farming, animal transports, slaughterhouses, animal experiments and hunting to this day.

To this day, both churches deny animals the immortal soul.

Since the 4th century, when the emerging Roman power church ousted early Christianity, the church has been against animals – even though Jesus of Nazareth loved animals and the first Christians were vegetarians.

Animal rights activists within the churches are often dismissed by church circles as over-the-top, neurotic weirdos, so it’s no wonder that so many animal rights activists take the lead and leave the church.

All hunters shouldtake St. Hubertus as example and finally stop hunting

https://www.abschaffung-der-jagd.de/fakten/ethik/schlussmithubertusmessen/index.html

And I mean…When will God’s unworthy servants finally stop hypocrisy and betrayal of animals here on earth?

Can one imagine a hunting Jesus with a rifle who, with greed and joy, shoots, injures, cripples rabbits, deer and other animals?
Because many animals do not lie dead “in the fire” immediately, but only die miserably after days or weeks in terrible agony.
Jesus would – like the merchants from the temple once -, today the hunters with a whip out of the forest and meadow – and hunt church!
“Heavenly nefariousness with which the Christian mob treats animals, kills them while laughing, mutilates or tortures them” – Arthur Schopenhauer already formulated the moral reprehensibility of humans in their behavior towards their older relatives, the animals, in such clear words in the 19th century.

Servant of God: You are truly a “model” of the human species – in a negative sense. Be ashamed of yourself, be very ashamed of yourself.

My best regards to all, Venus

Comment 13/10

this german gentleman is a pastor and hobby-hunter. last week he mistook a father of a family for a bear in canada and killed him: https://videopress.com/v/LQ8EhTKP

USA: Eating Others Is NOT Humane !

With thanks to Stacey at ‘Our Compass’ as always;

Eating others is not humane … | Our Compass (our-compass.org)

Regards Mark

Honestly, folks, literally TRILLIONS of animals are butchered yearly, why do people actually believe that such a incredibly large number of animals can be killed in a peaceful, ethical manner? ALL killing is unethical, but people love to pretend that the animals they consume were “produced” in caring and nurturing environments. Come on, this is what “intellectually superior” humans believe? The industry is based on DEATH, thus NOBODY cares about animals who are controlled, mutilated, violated, and violently killed. Wake up, people, you’re being taken advantage of by slick PR and deceptive advertising.

NOT harming is better than HARMING. If you harm animals, you don’t care for them, regardless of the labels on dismembered, violently killed animal body parts. SL

WAV Comment – well said Stacey !

Source SURGE

Go into a supermarket and you’ll see labels like these plastered all over the meat, dairy and egg products that we buy.

Company names like the Happy Egg Co. A company that advertises their products with images of chickens in lush green fields, even though an investigation in 2021 into three farms that supply them eggs revealed that the hens were packed in industrial sheds, their beaks had been cut off and there were dead birds rotting on the floor. 

So just a little different to the imagery the company uses to sell their products.

In fact, even when we look at free-range as an industry-wide standard, free-range farmers can legally house 16,000 birds in a barn, which means they can house 9 birds per square metre of space, which gives each hen 11 square centimetres of space each inside the barns. Not exactly the image of being ‘free’ that you would expect.The Happy Egg Co and the term free-range are both examples of humane washing. But wait, what is humane washing? Well to understand what humane washing is, let’s first look at greenwashing.

In recent years, some of the biggest food corporations in the world, such as Starbucks and McDonald’s, have ditched plastic straws in response to growing public concern about their impact on the environment. Great news, right?

Well, not exactly. This is an example of greenwashing, a term that describes a form of marketing and PR which aims to persuade the public that an organisation is environmentally friendly, even when their wider actions show the opposite. 

In the case of the plastic straw, the strawless lid that Starbucks introduced to replace the straw actually contains more plastic than the original lid and straw combo did. And McDonald’s, well where do we even begin? Selling food that is linked to rainforest deforestation is probably a good place, not to mention the fact that they don’t recycle their new straws and the drinks still come in the same plastic-lined cups as their old plastic straws did. 

The meat, dairy and egg industries also regularly greenwash their products as well. For example, Danish Crown, the largest meat producer in Europe, have created their own sustainability certification which the farmers who are suppliers for them have then signed up to, and as a result the pork products they sell now come with a sticker that says they are ‘climate controlled’.

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UK: Prince Charles Talks Reducing Meat Intake, Ending Factory Farming, And Greta Thunberg.

Prince Charles talks Greta Thunberg and activism, ending industrial farming, and reducing his meat intake
‘The more we disrupt it the more impossible it is’ Credit: Dan Marsh

Prince Charles Reduces Meat Intake, Talks Ending Factory Farming (plantbasednews.org)

Prince Charles Talks Reducing Meat Intake, Ending Factory Farming, And Greta Thunberg

The Prince of Wales highlights what we must do to help mitigate the climate crisis and create more ‘harmony’ in nature…

Prince Charles has revealed he’s stopped eating meat and fish for two days a week, and has so ‘for years’. He made the remarks in a major interview with the BBC, where he discussed environmentalism and deplored intensive animal agriculture, industrial fishing, and deforestation.

Princes Charles interview

When asked about how he felt about his grandchildren inheriting the world in its current state, HRH replied that he was ‘deeply worried’.

Speaking on The Big Interviews, which aired today, he said: “I’ve always felt that we are overexploiting and damaging nature by not understanding how much we depend on everything that nature provides and somehow not understanding or being trained to believe that nature is a separate thing from us.

“And, that we can just exploit and control and suppress everything about it without suffering the consequences.”

Humans’ disruption on the planet is ‘mammoth’, he adds.

And it’s because of this that he has changed his diet. ‘For years’ he has limited his meat and fish intake, taking two days off. And one day a week, he doesn’t eat dairy.

Moreover, if more people did the same, pressure on the environment would be greatly reduced, he said.

“…The business of what we eat of course is important.” 

Climate activism

And when asked about his views on Greta Thunberg, he said he’s always been thinking about the next generation. 

Across history, ‘nobody would address the issues’, he said. But upon meeting her, he says he shared her anger: “They see their future being totally destroyed… People should notice how despairing young people are.”

Further, when pressed on Extinction Rebellion, despite commending their efforts, he noted that activism isn’t ‘helpful’ when ‘done in a way that alienates people’.

“The difficulty is how do you direct that frustration in a way that is more constructive rather than destructive.”

Carbon footprint

On personal impacts on the environment, Prince Charles was reminded of his own carbon footprint: the heating of the royal family’s palaces cited as an example.

“The more we disrupt it the more impossible it is.”

Prince Charles

And, on whether people should reduce the amount they fly and their meat intake, Prince Charles responds: “Flying, hopefully, will become easier and more sustainable.”

Collective pressures are being made to help boost sustainable actions in the private sector, he notes. Here, there are trillions of dollars available, he says.

Charles also spoke about where animal products are sourced, advocating for grass-fed ‘quality’ meat over industrial farming.

He also brought the conversation round to ‘endless perverse’ subsidies in industrial fishing and intensive animal agriculture industries. This is ‘crazy’, he says and has led to scaling emissions.

On COP26 in particular, he hopes to ‘unlock’ vast investment and opportunities in the wake of COP26, to approach a more sustainable economy. “It’s a last chance saloon,” he says. 

The alternative? “It will be catastrophic, it’s already starting to be catastrophic because nothing in nature can survive the stress that is created by these extremes of weather…The more we disrupt it the more impossible it is.”

Regards Mark

UK: Bacon, Though. Yes I Know You Love Bacon, But That’s No Excuse For The Things We Do To Pigs.

Yes, I know you love bacon – but that’s no excuse for the things we do to pigs | The Independent | The Independent

Pigs are intelligent, emotional and loyal, but many meat eaters who struggle to justify their continued consumption can’t imagine giving up their favourite pork product.

Vegans like me seem to unsettle a lot of meat-eaters, particularly around the dinner table. It doesn’t even matter if we stay quiet about our chosen lifestyle; I find that carnivore friends spontaneously start justifying themselves to me, even though I didn’t ask. It’s as if their morality is challenged by the mere presence of someone who’s thought about it and decided to be vegan.

These sorts of meat-eaters have a favourite wisecrack: “Bacon, though…”

Vegans have heard it a million times. For many people, bacon is the deal-breaker. I’ve lost count of the number of times someone has said to me: “I would go vegan, but I wouldn’t be able to live without bacon.”

I wonder if people would allow the streaky snack to stand in the way of morality if they knew how intelligent and loving pigs are.

Researchers at Cambridge University discovered that pigs are as smart as three-year-old humans. They can follow logical processes, learn sign language and play computer games.

Neuroscientists at Emory University found that pigs can solve problems as well as chimpanzees. Even a slaughterman who killed pigs for a living said: “I reckon they got more sense than we have.”

Experts say that pigs have huge emotional depth: they display trust, empathy, forgiveness, grief, fear, sorrow and joy. In one study they were observed displaying empathy for others who were happy or stressed.

Pigs can dream and sing. In the wild they like to chase each other, play-fight, and roll down hills for fun. They show loyalty, and can remember someone they met as long as three years previously.

Bacon, though.

These wonderful animals have often saved people’s lives. A pig called Priscilla rescued a mentally challenged boy who was drowning in Texas’s Lake Somerville by swimming him to safety as he held onto her collar. A pig called Lucky saved a woman and her two grandchildren by waking them as their Illinois home began to burn down.

In Pennsylvania, a pig called Lulu saved the life of her owner, who had suffered a heart attack in her trailer. Lulu scraped her way out of the home and lay down in the road, bringing traffic to a standstill. When a driver got out of his car, Lulu led him back into the home, where an ambulance was called.

What love they show us – and what wickedness we show them in return. In intensive factory farms, sows are artificially inseminated over and over. The majority of sows reared in Britain are kept in metal crates just centimetres bigger than their bodies.

Even in farms with higher welfare standards, little piglets have their ears punctured, teeth clipped and tails cut without anaesthetic. On some farms, piglets who grow too slowly are killed by being slammed headfirst onto concrete floors. This standard industry practice is called “thumping”

Around 86 per cent of pigs slaughtered for food in the UK are killed in gas chambers. Yes, gas chambers. As Jane Dalton’s recent long read for The Independent revealed, pigs “scream in pain and gasp for breath while the gas acidifies their eyes, nostrils, mouths and lungs,” and “scramble to try to escape, panicking and in distress” before they “literally burn from the inside out”.

Bacon, though.

The human race’s complex relationship with pigs was shown in 1998, when two pigs escaped from an abattoir in Wiltshire, swam a river and ran off.

The pigs – Butch and her brother Sundance – spent a week on the run. They were dubbed the Tamworth Two and became a media sensation. Over 100 journalists drove to the south-west to search for them in muddy woods. Television crews hovered above in helicopters.

The pigs were mentioned in parliament and on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. When their owner said that once they were found he would take them back to the slaughterhouse, there was a public outcry. These national heroes were eventually rehomed at a sanctuary. Sundance lived to be 14 years old.

The saga captured what scientists call cognitive dissonance. Most of the people cheering on the Tamworth Two were meat eaters. The same people tucked into pork chops or bacon sandwiches straight afterwards. But the thought of those two pigs getting killed still upset them.

It’s the same with pigs in popular culture. Peppa Pig and the piggy star of the movie Babe capture the hearts of all who watch. But what sort of love is it? Most of the same kids who are captivated by Peppa and her friends are also fed the flesh of other pigs – pigs that have had a hellish life and terrifying death. What would Peppa say?

As the vegan market rockets, there are now vegan sausages and bacon rashers that are just as good as their meat equivalents. I get that people love bacon. But if you can get the same salty taste and mouthfeel without hurting and killing a pig, wouldn’t that be better all round?

Regards Mark

USA: PeTA Exposé Reveals Sick, Injured, Stressed Greyhounds Imprisoned and Bled Repeatedly at Hemopet.

Exposé Reveals Sick, Injured, Stressed Greyhounds Imprisoned and Bled Repeatedly at Hemopet (peta.org)

A PETA eyewitness investigation of Hemopet—a canine blood “bank” in Garden Grove, California—found that this so-called “rescue” warehouses approximately 200 greyhounds bred for and discarded by the racing industry in tiny crates and barren kennels for about 23 hours out of every day—even when they were sick or injured in fights with stressed kennelmates—and boasts that it sells their blood to over 2,000 veterinary clinics in North America and Asia.

Barren Enclosures, No Space to Move Around

Hemopet kept many of the greyhounds in barren, rusty kennels. Others were locked in crates so small that they could barely turn around or even stand up or stretch, and could hardly even see any other dogs.

These greyhounds—who, like all dogs, were eager to run and play and longed for companionship—were taken out of their cages only to be bled, walked briefly, or put into barren concrete-floored pens for a few minutes. Dr. Emma Milne, a veterinarian who reviewed the footage, said, “The length of time they are spending in the cages is completely unacceptable, especially given the size and nature of the cages. Dogs are social animals with complex behavioural and social needs. These welfare needs are not being met at all in this environment” [emphasis in original].

Tails Severed and ‘Dangling by a Little Nerve’

If you’ve ever donated blood, you probably sat on a cushioned chair and enjoyed some orange juice before heading home. But at Hemopet, greyhounds—who are intelligent, gentle, active dogs—were confined for about 23 hours a day, every day, on hard surfaces for months or even years. This perpetual imprisonment caused them to suffer from hair loss, calluses, and pockets of accumulated fluid under the skin.

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Spain becomes the main pork producer in the European Union.

Germany used to be the largest pork producer in the EU, but has lost China as a customer after the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars.

Germany is one of the largest meat exporters in the world.
So far, 56% of EU pig product sales have gone to China, making the country the largest export customer, according to data from the European Commission.

The EU shipped 3.3 billion kilograms of pork to China last year, almost three times as much as in 2018.

China’s desire for imported pork rose after its own ASF outbreak that killed more than 100 million pigs.

“The fact that China has been affected by African swine fever in recent years has made demand soar, “said Ramon Soler Ciurana, export manager at Faccsa-Prolongo, a Spanish pork producer in Málaga.

Spain produced 2.6 billion kilograms of pork in the first half of 2021, 4.1% more than in the same period last year, according to the European Commission.

German slaughterhouse in Spain

Since there are less strict animal welfare regulations in Spain than in Germany, Tönnies, Germany’s largest slaughterhouse, is building a pig slaughterhouse and a meat packaging plant in Calamocha in Spain.

According to Tönnies, the stricter animal welfare and environmental regulations in Germany have contributed to the decline in pig farming (!!!).

“Even if German farmers want to invest in new pigsties, they often do not get a building permit from the local authorities,” said Andre Vielstädte, a spokesman for Tönnies.

The new Tönnies slaughterhouse is scheduled to go into operation in Spain in 2023 and kill 10,000 pigs a day.
“The Spanish pig market is attractive, and the political framework conditions are positive,” said Andre Vielstädte

“Our new Spanish plant will be exclusively intended for export to markets such as pork ribs to North America, pork bellies to Japan and other products such as pork feet and ears to China and other Asian countries,” said Vielstädte.

He described the German animal welfare regulations as “one-sided” because other European countries do not demand the same from farmers, so that it is cheaper and easier to invest in pig farming in Spain than in Germany.

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UK: Urge ABTA to Include Dolphin and Whale Captivity Among Its Unacceptable Practices.

Urge ABTA to Include Dolphin and Whale Captivity Among Its Unacceptable Practices | People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (peta.org.uk)

WAV Comment – ABTA is the Association of British Travel Agents – the overseeing body to which travel agents belong.

 

Urge ABTA to Include Dolphin and Whale Captivity Among Its Unacceptable Practices

ABTA, a travel trade association, is letting dolphins and whales down! Remind it that marine animals need protection, too.

The company advises against the promotion of tourist activities such as bullfighting and elephant rides. Urge it to update its Animal Welfare Guidelines to add facilities that exploit dolphins and whales to its “unacceptable practices” list.

Why Marine Parks Suck

All animals deserve respect. They aren’t selfie props or circus attractions.

Whales and dolphins are complex, highly intelligent animals who have their own language and culture. In the ocean, orcas can swim up to 140 miles a day. Imagine how they feel being imprisoned in cramped tanks.

Orcas are left to languish in concrete tanks about 10,000 times smaller than their natural home range. They may also be drugged with diazepam and other tranquilisers. At SeaWorld, 140 dolphins are packed into just seven tanks. Their water is chemically treated, and they’re forced to perform confusing tricks. Life in a marine park is no life at all.

ABTA Needs to Do Better!

ABTA’s Animal Welfare Guidelines lists wild-animal performances  among its unacceptable practices. But why is it OK with letting marine mammals endure a life of misery in watery prisons?

The UK hasn’t had these cruel attractions since the 1990s, and Belgium, Canada, France, and India have banned cetacean captivity. Airbnb, British Airways Holidays, Your Co-op Travel , and Virgin Holidays refuse to promote marine parks. ABTA is now lagging behind, allowing members like TUI to continue to support these barbaric spectacles.

Take Action

PETA has highlighted the cruelty behind marine parks to ABTA, but the organisation is dragging its feet. Join us and urge it to live up to its “responsible tourism at home and abroad” claim by doing the right thing for whales and dolphins. 

Ask ABTA to revise its animal welfare guidelines and add promoting captive cetacean tourist destinations to its list of unacceptable practices:

Action – Urge ABTA to Include Dolphin and Whale Captivity Among Its Unacceptable Practices | People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (peta.org.uk)

Regards Mark

#StopTheGrind-a laudable initiative from Brussels

Report by Martin Buschmann MEP *

Stop Grindadráp!

The slaughter of whales and dolphins in the Faroe Islands must come to an end.

The driven hunts are not only incompatible with the requirement of species protection, they also involve enormous cruelty to animals. After the animals have been cornered, they are stabbed with metal lances.

Not all of them die immediately from the deep cuts, many animals lie twitching on the beach for a long time until they bleed to death.

The masses of dead animals, the sea stained red with blood – all of this outrages people around the world.
So many dolphins have been killed this year that the island residents cannot consume the meat.

Sea Shepherd environmentalists believe that much of it needs to be disposed of.

This senseless killing must not go on!

This is what I am committed to in Brussels. I will take further steps once the Commission has replied to my question. In cooperation with various animal welfare organizations, pressure is built up until we have achieved our goal!

In an open letter, I and the other supporters of “Stop the Grind” address directly to the Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands.

In six detailed points we show why the grindadráp has to stop.
I am confident that common sense will prevail and that we will succeed.
#StopTheGrind

* Martin Buschmann is a German politician.
In the 2019 European elections he was elected as a member of the European Parliament for the Animal Welfare Party.
From July 2019 to January 2020 he was a member of the GUE / NGL parliamentary group, at the beginning of 2020 Buschmann resigned from the parliamentary group and a little later from the animal protection party

More about the union against the Grindadráp can be found here:
https://www.stopthegrind.org/
#stopthegrind

And I mean…A ban on the whale massacre in Faroe Islands is a duty on the part of the EU Commission because members of the European Union are prohibited from killing whales.

The psychopaths slaughtered entire families of whales with pregnant mothers and young animals for the amusement of their own toddlers and families.
Some whales swim for hours in the blood of their family members and try to save them, frightened with fear, knowing what will happen to them too.

We, animal rights activists, and all civilized people are outraged by this massacre and will support every initiative to end this senseless bloodbath.
Which, by the way, is prohibited by European directives and international conventions.

This mass murder cannot be justified by invoking old, outdated traditions and brutally massacre up to a thousand pilot whales and dolphins every year.

Thank you Martin and everyone who leads this collective fight from Brussels with you.

My best regards to all, Venus

Pescetarianism means also massive cruelty to animals

More and more people all around the world are choosing to give up beef, chicken, and pork in the name of health and environmentalism…only to substitute with fish.

However well-intentioned, choosing to go pescetarian might not be as beneficial as you think.

While fish can seem like a healthy alternative to leaving other animals off of our plates, the science says otherwise. Here are the most common myths you may believe about pescetarianism and the truth behind them.

The term pescetarianism comes from the Latin word “piscis” and from the Italian“pesce” and means “fish”.
The difference between a vegetarian diet and a pescetarian diet is that vegetarians do not eat meat or fish, while the pescetarian diet makes an exception for animals that live in water.

Pescetarians reject the consumption of meat from land animals – instead, in addition to plant-based foods such as vegetables and pulses, they eat various types of fish such as salmon, trout and the like.

Often with this form of nutrition, marine animals such as squids, mussels and other ocean dwellers are on the menu, which are either industrially bred for consumption or caught in the wild and sometimes tortured to death.
Other animal products such as eggs and dairy products can also appear in a Pescetarian diet.

There are various reasons why some people choose not to eat meat from land animals but instead eat meat from fish and other marine life: these include health considerations climate reasons and animal welfare.
Health reasons refer to the supply of protein and omega-3 fatty acids to the body.

But both proteins and omega-3 fatty acids are found in plants. Eating fish, on the other hand, can have negative health effects due to the high level of pollution.

As far as the climate and environmental aspects are concerned, you need to know the following:
American researchers studied the effects of fishing on our environment in 2015.
The data showed that industrial fishing is practiced in around 55 percent of the world’s oceans.

At around 90 million tons per year, fishing has remained at the same level for thirty years.The kilometer-long trawls used in industrial fisheries destroy the oceans significantly by plowing up the seabed.At around 90 million tons per year, fishing has remained at the same level for thirty years.

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Hawaii: Swimming with dolphins is over

A final rule prohibits swimming with, approaching, or remaining within 50 yards of spinner dolphins. A proposed rule may establish time-area closures of select nearshore resting areas.

Like all animals, Hawaiian spinner dolphins need rest. Spinner dolphins are nocturnal feeders that perform critical resting behaviors during the day while in safe, nearshore areas. But for decades, spinner dolphins in Hawaiʻi have experienced intense viewing pressure from commercial and recreational wildlife viewers seeking close encounters with the charismatic marine mammals.

The natural behavior patterns of the animals are massively disrupted, which most people are not even aware of.
But that is over now: The USA has decided that from October 28, 2021, people will not be allowed to approach the spinner dolphins that are resident there less than 50 meters near the coast.

This new regulation will now require the public to respect spinner dolphins’ space so they can shelter undisturbed in their resting habitat close to shore.

The US government is thereby legally implementing the ban on contact between the marine mammals and us.

No swimming with, approaching, or remaining within 50 yards of spinner dolphins

This has been confirmed by the National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA. The new law applies to swimmers, divers, boats, and also to drones that are within two nautical miles of the coast of Hawaii’s main islands and designated waters between the islands of Lāna‘i, Maui and Kahoʻolawe.

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UK (England): Secret Filming Shows (Hunting) Hounds Being Shot Dead At Hunt Kennels.

WAV Comment:  The killing of hunt hounds is not new; it has happened for ages.

In the UK there was a thing known as the ‘cub hunting season’; where new hunt hounds were ‘tested’ out the innocent cubs of a fox pack to see if they had the ‘blood lust’ that was required of them.

Often, if they were found to be too docile and lack that killer instinct, then those hounds were ‘dispatched’ by the hunts – by that, we mean shot through the head and disposed of.  It has been captured on video in the past.

Regards Mark


Photo – Mark / East Kent Hunt Sabs.

Latest:

Secret filming shows hounds being shot dead at hunt kennels

ITV is a major British television station.

Secret filming shows hounds being shot dead at hunt kennels | ITV News

An anti-hunting activist told ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn the dogs are killed and “thrown away like garbage” when they are no longer “fit for purpose”


Secret cameras have recorded huntsmen shooting and killing hounds that had been used for hunting.

The pictures, filmed by anti-hunting groups the Hunt Investigation Team and Keep the Ban and shared exclusively with ITV News, is the first time footage of a hunt shooting its hounds has been shown publicly.

Hounds can be killed for several reasons including being too old to hunt, or if they get ill or injured. The practice is not illegal.

The pictures were taken at the kennels of the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt in Badminton, Gloucestershire. The Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt told ITV News that its hounds are “humanely euthanised” if they cannot be rehomed. It added that the majority of hounds are “unsuitable for rehoming” because “they are not house-trained and have only ever been used to living in a pack environment”.

The secret footage, recorded over several periods between April and September, shows four separate examples of hounds being shot:

  • In two cases, a huntsman is seen putting a gun to the head of the hound and killing it.
  • In another, the hound appears to be unwell and is carried onto the grass by the hunt staff before being shot.
  • Another shows the hound being shot twice, three minutes apart.

Watch the secret footage at a hunt’s kennels where hounds were filmed being shot dead – click on the above link.

Rob Pownall, Keep The Ban founder, said: “It’s some pretty upsetting footage but this is commonplace for hunts across the country. This is not an acceptable way to end an animal’s life. These hounds suffered immense pain.”The activities shown in the video aren’t actually illegal, but there’s no moral defence for what’s shown.”

The footage comes ahead of a vote later this month by National Trust members to decide whether trail hunts on its land should be banned during the next hunting season.

The National Trust suspended all trail hunting licences last year, alongside a host of other large landowners including Forestry England, following a report by ITV News about the content of webinars hosted by the Hunting Office.

Conservative MP Tracey Crouch, who is co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, said the footage of the hounds being shot dead is “absolutely heartbreaking” and “distressing”.

“I don’t understand why a dog…needs to be euthanised in this way and I am sure there are much more compassionate ways of putting a dog to sleep”, Ms Crouch told ITV News.

“We have many working dogs across this country in different sectors, such as, for example, the police or army, and I doubt very much that those kinds of dogs are put to sleep with a bolt to the head, so I don’t quite understand why it is appropriate for hunting hounds to be euthanised this way.”

After watching the secret filming, Mike Jessop, a fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, said that from what he saw, he did not believe the huntsmen were professionally trained in putting animals down.”There was no evidence of [the huntsperson] being veterinary trained or veterinary surgeons. The lack of use of any veterinary equipment that one would expect such as stethoscopes to ascertain the dogs were dead was just lacking”, he said.”The evidence from the video doesn’t show any illegal activity. My concern is whether there is any suffering after the shot, because nobody is being careful enough in checking the dogs are truly dead.”In one of the videos, the [hound’s] tail was still waggling very vigorously for quite some time, even when the dog was being loaded in the wheelbarrow.

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Wolves in Berlin – and the media hysteria

In Berlin, wolves are sighted for the first time inside the motorway ring. The debate about the wolf has reached the capital of Germany!!

The headlines from the German press:
“a wolf pack at the gates of Berlin”
“wolves only 30 kilometers from the city center”
“wolves within the Berlin ring” …
“the wolf in Berlin: when will the first child be torn, people ask”Conservationists are happy, farmers are less enthusiastic. The hunting association is now reproaching the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.
The most important question arises: do these strictly protected predators pose a threat?
How much wolf can Berlin take?

A wolf pack has settled west of Berlin in the nature reserve around Berlin.

About two weeks ago, two parents and four puppies ran in front of the lens of a photographer who was out and about in the 4,500 hectare nature reserve at the gates of Berlin and Potsdam for the “Heinz Sielmann Foundation”.

According to the foundation, the six animals have settled in a fenced area of around 1,800 hectares in the middle of the area – there they are largely undisturbed by humans.

The area is only around 30 kilometers from Alexanderplatz (in the center of Berlin). On Tuesday, the State Environment Agency (LfU) confirmed to the German Press Agency that the animals were wolves. Other wolf packs had not yet settled within the Berlin Ring.

It is very clear why the pack chose the protected area of ​​all places: Here they will find everything they need. Space, water, enough food and above all: peace and quiet.
The area is actually too small for a pack, but the animals would have a lot of food there due to the high number of game.

Deer and wild boars were not enough for the animals: In August and September cracks were reported from goats and sheep grazing there.

The population is increasing, the animals go where they can find game. According to the hunting association, the game population has already been drastically reduced in this area.
“I wonder what happens when the wolf runs out of wild animals” so a hunter

“Not only do wolves deserve protection, grazing animals also deserve protection. The pastures should not be “set tables” for wolves. “ says Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner.

The Ministry of the Environment says: … “And if a wolf repeatedly ventures too close to human settlements, then it is classified as a problem wolf and can be shot.”

https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/mensch-metropole/sind-die-woelfe-an-der-berliner-stadtgrenze-eine-gefahr-li.187708

https://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/brandenburg-erstmals-wolf-fotografiert-am-berliner-ring/12675608.html

And I mean…“And if a wolf repeatedly ventures too close to human settlements, then it is classified as a problem wolf and can be shot.”

Apparently man is now an endangered species, badly decimated in its existence by the predators around him.
Worse still, the other species keep humans industrialized and slaughter them by the millions every day.
The useless copies are shredded by the millions….
Or how was that?

The normal ‘collateral damage’ in “beneficial” animal husbandry is 100 times greater than all wolves combined could ever cause for their survival.

By the year 2000 the wolf had been exterminated from humans in Germany.
Purely informative: The wolf is not settled but turns back by itself.

The wolf is (still) protected by European (Fauna-Flora-Habitat Directive FFH-RL, Appendix IV) law, and as an endangered animal species it has a high protection status in Germany (Section 44 of the Federal Nature Conservation Act BNatSchG).

Well… a few psychopaths with hunting license are of the opinion that they don’t have to comply with “nonsensical” laws – since 2000 there have been 64 deliberately and therefore illegally shot wolves in Germany.
The number of unreported cases is higher, because even entire packs just disappear from the scene.

No case has been resolved so far, let alone brought to court

Wolves do not practice mass animal husbandry, they either eat what is there or starve to death.
In contrast to us humans, who not only shoot animals for fun, although we do not need their flesh and skin for life at all, but enslave them, torture and brutally kill them in order to eat them.

May the family live long and in peace

My best regards to all, Venus

UK: UK Public Now Eating Significantly Less Meat – Down 17%.

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UK public now eating significantly less meat – BBC News

UK public now eating significantly less meat

Daily meat consumption in the UK has fallen by 17% in the last decade, a study has shown.

That reduction though is not happening quickly enough to meet a key national target, according to scientists.

The aim is to reduce the environmental impact of our diets.

This goal, set by the National Food Strategy, is based on a review of the whole UK food system – from farming and production to hunger and sustainability.

It recommends meat consumption in the UK fall by 30% over the next 10 years.

“We now know we need a more substantial reduction,” said lead researcher Cristina Stewart from the University of Oxford.

The new study, published in the journal the Lancet Planetary Health, revealed that while most people are eating less red and processed meat compared to a decade ago, they are eating more white meat.

High consumption of red and processed meat can increase the risk of health problems including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and even certain cancers.

Meat production also has a higher environmental impact – producing more planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions – than other types of agriculture and food production.

Not all meat is equal

This Oxford-based research team used data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey – a detailed survey of the dietary habits of more than 15,000 people across the country.

This showed that daily meat consumption had reduced by about 17g per person per day.

What it did not reveal was the reason people were changing their diets. But market research in 2019 suggested that almost 40% of meat-eaters were actively trying to reduce their consumption, with many citing either health or environmental reasons.

Dr Stewart stresses that, for those who want to reduce the environmental impact of what they eat, “any reduction in meat will have an impact”.

“You don’t have to be vegetarian,” she said. “Although, in general, meat-free dishes will have a lower impact.

“But if you’re someone that eats meat every day, reducing your meat consumption by 30% just looks like having two meat-free days per week.”

There is huge variation in the environmental impact of meat; it depends on what livestock are fed and where and how the meat is produced.

This Oxford-based research team used data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey – a detailed survey of the dietary habits of more than 15,000 people across the country.

This showed that daily meat consumption had reduced by about 17g per person per day.

What it did not reveal was the reason people were changing their diets. But market research in 2019 suggested that almost 40% of meat-eaters were actively trying to reduce their consumption, with many citing either health or environmental reasons.

Dr Stewart stresses that, for those who want to reduce the environmental impact of what they eat, “any reduction in meat will have an impact”.

“You don’t have to be vegetarian,” she said. “Although, in general, meat-free dishes will have a lower impact.

“But if you’re someone that eats meat every day, reducing your meat consumption by 30% just looks like having two meat-free days per week.”

There is huge variation in the environmental impact of meat; it depends on what livestock are fed and where and how the meat is produced.

The COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow in November is seen as crucial if climate change is to be brought under control. Almost 200 countries are being asked for their plans to cut emissions, and it could lead to major changes to our everyday lives.

“Locally produced meat has a much lower impact than meat that has been imported,” Dr Stewart pointed out.

She and her colleagues have also been studying the effect of “environmental impact labelling” on consumer choices. They have designed experimental labels that score a product based on its greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, water-use and water pollution.

“When you don’t have the information about environmental impact of food, it’s really hard to shop with that in mind,” she pointed out.

Having the support of those we eat our meals with, the Oxford researchers say, makes it easier for us to change our diets. And the availability and prominence of meat-free food options has an effect on people’s food choices, too.

“So, for example, if you’re at a restaurant, you often see a vegetarian options ‘box of shame’ at the bottom of the menu rather than at the top with chef’s specials,” Dr Stewart explained.

The team’s ongoing study of what drives people to reduce their meat consumption has revealed some simple strategies that participants have found helpful, including:

  • Trying one new vegetarian recipe;
  • Making one meal in a day vegetarian, rather than going a whole day without meat;
  • Reducing portion size: In a recipe that includes meat, like a bolognese, reduce the amount of meat and supplement that with lentils and vegetables.

“Hopefully this paper will help us understand the patterns and trends so we can tailor public health policies and behavioural nudges to help people choose more sustainable options,” said Dr Stewart.

WAV COP26 Links:

Search Results for “COp26” – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

Denmark: Stop The Grind – New London Based Action Site Against The Killing Of Dolphins and Pilot Whales In The Faroe Islands.

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Stop the Grind | End Killing of Dolphins and Pilot Whales in the Faroe Islands

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The world has watched in horror as the Faroe Islands government continues to allow thousands of pilot whales and dolphins to be massacred brutally and senselessly in the Grindadráp hunts.  Now is the time for change. We are calling on the Faroe Islands’ government to do the right thing and ban this outdated and cruel practice. Stand with us and be part of the global movement.

Stop the Grind | End Killing of Dolphins and Pilot Whales in the Faroe Islands

The Stop the Grind movement is based in London with members all over the world. The campaign is a partnership between Sea Shepherd and Shared Planet, an impact-focused consultancy. We bring together a global coalition of stakeholder organisations and individuals with the common interest of ending the Grind. Our aim is to show that the world no longer accepts the senseless killing and to demonstrate that the global community will not standby and watch the Faroe Islands’ government act irresponsibly in silence. We must act together to ensure that our voices are heard.

Continue reading and see all the supporters at:  About Us | Stop the Grind 

Our past posts on this issue:

Search Results for “faroe islands” – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

U.S: a dangerous bill for farmed animals may not come into force

A terrible law for farmed animals has recently been proposed in Congress, and we need your help to defeat it!
The Exposing Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act would wipe out all the work animal activists have done to prevent sales of exceptionally inhumane animal products in states across the U.S.

If passed, the EATS Act would create a race to the bottom in terms of animal welfare standards.
It would give a commercial advantage to the cruelest, most cheaply produced animal products in the country, since the bill would prohibit states from banning any products on cruelty grounds.

This would be a huge step backward for farmed animal welfare.

We need your help to ensure that this dangerous and overreaching bill is not enacted!

Please urge your members of Congress to oppose the EATS Act using the form below.

Petition 1: (For U.S. citizens only) : https://animalequality.org/stop-eats-act/-laws

Petition 2: https://hslf.org/action-center/stop-dangerous-bill-could-wipe-out-animal-cruelty-laws

https://animalequality.org/stop-eats-act/

And I mean…The EATS act…. Sickening name for an sickening thing.
Farm animals have a shit life as it is. Why do we have to make their lives even shitter?
We cannot believe that, in 2021, U.S legislators are drafting asinine bills like this.
Like, can any decent human being read this bill and think, “yeah, great idea!”?

A good friend recently said to me: “An inner voice just repeats itself: “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.”
But we have to – who else will take care of these things if we don’t.

Please sign and share both petitions

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Vegan Food At COP26. Why None ? – WAV Now Write To MP and Ask Him To Contact Mr Sharma For Responses. Keep Ramping It Up Sort Of Thing !

WAV Comment:

Over the past few weeks we have been drawing some attention to the fact that NO Vegan, or plant based food is being made available to delegates at the COP26 Climate Conference taking place soon in Scotland.

UK: Ever Visited Your GP With A Cough And Then Been Prescribed 20 Cigarettes A Day ? – World Animals Voice

Urge the COP26 Climate Summit to Serve a 100% Vegan Menu. – World Animals Voice

UK: UN COP26 Climate Summit – vegan eating can reduce food-related carbon emissions by 73%. Eating meat and dairy is part of what got us into this mess. So Why No Vegan Food At the Summit ???? – Take Action Below. – World Animals Voice

Taking into account that this is a climate conference, and we all know how rainforests are being destroyed by intensive livestock feedlot creation, along with the huge environmental destruction caused by animal farming; would you not think that COP26 would be the ideal place to set out a stall to support a plant based diet which is much more environmentally friendly ?

It still seems that this is not the case.

So today, 8/10/21, I have written to my own Member of Parliament (UK), to ask him to contact Alok Sharma MP; President of the conference; and ask why vegan plant based is not the only food that will be available to COP26 delegates who attend.

At my request, my MP  really has a duty now to contact Alok Sharma MP; COP26 Conference President; and ask for a formal response to my letter.

I will now  sit and wait to see if anything arrives in the next few weeks; and will naturally let you know the result.

Regards Mark

Here below is a copy of my letter on behalf of WAV dated 8/10/21 to my MP:

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Adam;

The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate summit is now weeks away.

Alok Sharma MP is the President of this important conference.

Climate protesters know that fishing, meat, dairy, and egg industries are not only intensively cruel to animals but also cause catastrophic damage to the environment. For decades, the United Nations has identified animal agriculture as a leading cause of deforestation, pollution, ocean dead zones, habitat loss, species extinction, and zoonotic disease spread. The UN is calling for a climate tax on meat, and the Committee on Climate Change says people must reduce their meat and dairy consumption.

The science is more than clear: animal-derived foods have far bigger carbon footprints than plant-based alternatives.  But is Alok Sharma, President of COP26 really clear on what is happening ?

Plant-based foods have a far smaller carbon footprint than their animal-derived equivalents.  A switch to vegan eating can reduce food-related carbon emissions by 73%. Intensive meat farming / production methods are and have been causing massive destruction in the Amazon rainforest regions for example, part of the reason why we now are globally in such a mess.

The COP26 Climate Summit Should Set an Example; but does it through the policies of Alok Sharma ?

Given everything we now know about the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment, the Alok Sharma attitude of serving meat, dairy, or eggs at a climate change summit would be like distributing cigarettes at a health convention.  Plants and plant based diets are the only way forward, and a vegan menu would not only allow attendees to experience the wonderful vegan options of today, but would also allow them (allegedly as environmentalists ?) to dine with a clear conscience and set an important example for the world to follow.

Given the vast availability of vegan food today, it would be easy for COP26 to create a delicious and sustainable plant-based menu that would impress delegates. Ensuring that all food served at COP26 is plant based would be a powerful way for the UK to show its commitment to action on the climate crisis while championing fresh British produce and British farming. 

Only vegan food should be served at COP26.

Please write to Mr Sharma MP on my behalf and ask him why environmentally friendly vegan food is not being served at COP26.

Mr Sharma is not setting a good example by his current actions; which says does it not, that his Conservative government is great on the ‘talk the talk’ front, but lacking in the real action department. 

I would be very interested to hear his reasons for, through his actions, of not supplying a plant based, environmentally friendly diet at a COP conference which will hopefully progress and get people AWAY from intensive animal agriculture, the basis of global forest destruction such as the Amazon.

Thank you

Mark Johnson

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Additional:

SAO PAULO, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Nearly a third of the cattle bought by JBS SA (JBSS3.SA) in the Brazilian Amazon state of Para came from ranches with “irregularities” such as illegal deforestation, prosecutors found in a 2020 audit of the world’s largest meatpacker released on Thursday.

Revealed: rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat | Brazil | The Guardian

Revealed: rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat

The cows grazed under the midday Amazon sun, near a wooden bridge spanning a river. It was an idyllic scene of pastoral quiet, occasionally broken by a motorbike growling on the dirt road that cuts through part of the Lagoa do Triunfo cattle farm to a nearby community.

But this pasture is land that the farm has been forbidden to use for cattle since 2010, when it was embargoed by Brazil’s government environment agency Ibama for illegal deforestation. Nearby were more signs of fresh pasture: short grass, feeding troughs, and salt for cattle.

The vast 145,000-hectare (358,302-acre) farm is one of several owned by the company AgroSB Agropecuária SA – known in the region as Santa Bárbara. Located in an environmentally protected area, Lagoa do Triunfo is more than 600km (372 miles) from the capital of the Amazon state of Pará on the western fringes of Brazil’s “agricultural frontier” – where farming eats into the rainforest. To get there takes hours of driving along dirt roads and a ferry ride from nearby São Félix do Xingu, a cattle town accessible only by plane until a few decades ago.

AgroSB supplies cattle to JBS, the world’s biggest meat packing company and single biggest supplier of beef, chicken and leather globally, with 350,000 customers in more than 150 countries.

Continue reading by clicking on the above link.

The Expansion of Intensive Beef Farming to the Brazilian Amazon – ScienceDirect

Livestock and climate change: impact of livestock on climate and mitigation strategies | Animal Frontiers | Oxford Academic (oup.com)

Gates for wild boars: Germany’s new Guantanamo

The State Hunting Association of Rhineland-Palatinate (a federal state in southwest Germany) opens a so-called wild boar gate, which is to be put into operation in March 2022.

“Hunting dogs” for wild boar hunting are trained in such gates: the dogs should learn to systematically track wild boars and drive them out of the undergrowth.
There are already seven wild boars in the practice gate, which the hunting association received from the wildlife park.

PETA sharply criticizes the wildlife park for handing over the wild animals to the facility that violates animal welfare: the wild boars have to endure attacks from their enemies again and again in a fenced-in area.

PETA calls on those in charge of the wildlife park to take back the wild boars and to guarantee them a safe and species-appropriate home until their natural end of life.
In addition, the animal rights organization advocates a ban on hunting wild boar.

“The keeping conditions in the countryside and the focus on native animal species in game and animal parks represent a deceptive idyll in big cities.
Because even in wildlife parks, animals are treated ruthlessly and with disdain for life.
It is disgusting that such a practice of arming hunting dogs on wildlife is knowingly encouraged in a wildlife park.” (PETA)

Exercise gates mean stress and suffering

According to PETA, wild boar exercise gates are incompatible with animal welfare because the wild boars there are exposed to constant stress and thus considerable suffering.
According to the Animal Welfare Act, it is therefore also forbidden to set one animal on another.
With one exception: The Animal Welfare Act is suspended in this area for hunting.

Apparently harmless-looking illustrative videos of the hunters do not reflect reality, in the opinion of PETA, because dogs often bite into wild animals in hunting practice.

For reasons of animal rights, work in the wild boar fence and “construction facilities” for foxes is clearly to be rejected.
It is a training method on live tame animals that eke out their lives in a gate and are killed after use or unsuitability.

Wild animals in such facilities experience new fear of death and stress with every training session.
What is meant by “species-appropriate care and animal welfare” in this context is hard to imagine.
In addition to the risk of being injured by a wild boar posing, there is also a high risk of dogs getting infected with the deadly virus of Aujetzky’s disease (pseudo-rage) during wild boar hunts and training in the wild boar gate!

In 2016 there were new cases of this epidemic in Germany.
Wild boar gates only attract problems.

Practice has shown that the most serious injuries to animals occur again and again during attacks in the gate – analogous to the construction facilities with the foxes. No fox leaves the construction facilities alive.

The hunt for wild boars is incredibly cruel, and serious violations of the animal welfare and hunting laws are known time and again.
In driven hunts, up to two thirds of the wounded animals do not die immediately, but drag themselves deeper into the forest with shot bones and bowels hanging out.
Often they die a slow, agonizing death after many hours or even days.

The exploitation of dogs for hunting is always associated with animal suffering.
The dogs are not only “trained” on living animals such as wild boars, foxes or ducks, but their own lives are also repeatedly jeopardized in dangerous missions.
Countless dogs are injured during the hunt.

Hobby hunters accept this and literally abuse the animals as hunting weapons.
Shocking recordings in March 2020 showed how a hobby hunter chased a dog on an injured and weakened wild boar and kept yelling at him to bite.

Only a few months earlier, an eyewitness filmed how several “hunting dogs” attacked and bit a wild boar for at least ten minutes – only then did a hobby hunter intervene.

We, from the blog “Wild beim Wild”, also reject the system because:

1. Means stress and risk of injury for wild boars and dogs.

2. Because the “Wild beim Wild” fundamentally finds the approach of such systems wrong and is convinced that driven hunts, with hunting dogs also cause hideous animal suffering due to the many missed shots.

https://wildbeimwild.com/unkultur/deutschland-hobby-jaeger-eroeffnen-wildschwein-guantanamo/53853/2021/10/07/

And I mean…The renowned veterinarian Dr. Ralf Unna as a resident veterinarian with eight colleagues in a veterinary practice in Cologne says the following:

“I can tell you what dogs look like, what German hunting terriers look like that come out of a burrow alive.
If they come out alive, they are often badly battered
I can tell you of seven to eight fractures of the lower jaw that have to be wired, of animals that have multiple injuries to their forelegs and facial areas and that have to be cared for for weeks in order to survive at all.

That means, here is a clear violation of the Animal Welfare Act, a very clear one. “

To teach dogs to retrieve, the usual method is for hunters of a live duck to tape the wings or cuff them with paper so that the bird cannot fly away.
The duck is then released in the reeds of a body of water, where the dog is supposed to find it and bring it to the hunter.
The training method is only forbidden in Berlin.

We read on the hunter-friendly portal “Experience the Hunt”: ” According to the State Hunting Association, the gate was built according to the specifications of the Wild Boar Gate e.V. competence group and operated in accordance with animal welfare”.

The hunters have always been professional killers.
In order to sell their crimes against defenseless animals, they have to be also professional liars.

It is a shame for this country that politicians allow this pathetic minority of 0.45% of the population to determine nature conservation and that in our forests and wildlife parks takes place every day massive animal cruelty under the guise of hunting.

My best regards to all, Venus

Germany: Undercover footage reveals ‘nightmarish’ animal testing in German lab.

This is a 3 Page Article.

With thanks to Stacey as always – sorry it is late;

Regards Mark

 

Challenging the Government’s Censorship of Animal Advocates’ Speech on Social Media

by Stacey

Undercover footage reveals ‘nightmarish’ animal testing in German lab

Germany sees spike in experiments on monkeys | News | DW | 20.12.2018

Undercover footage reveals ‘nightmarish’ animal testing in German lab (france24.com)

In rare footage from an animal testing facility, released on October 11, dogs can be seen lying in blood and excrement, while primates spin in circles in tiny cages, visibly in distress. Dead beagles are hung up on meathooks, and macaque monkeys are violently handled, restrained and force fed. Staff also appear to harm cats.

The footage was shot at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT), a contract testing laboratory near Hamburg, Germany, and relates to its toxicity testing for pharmaceutical companies.

The investigation, organised by animal welfare organisations SOKO Tierschutz (based in Germany) and Cruelty Free International (based in the UK), involved getting someone employed at the facility in December last year. This undercover investigator worked there for four months, filming with a hidden camera.

In the US, it is estimated that 100,000,000 animals are used for testing/research YEARLY. Approximately 95-99% are not afforded any legal “protections” under the Animal Welfare Act and are therefore not required to be reported (thus the estimate). Of the few who do receive “protections” under AWA, they still suffer, experience pain and fear, and violently die; sadly, they are often subjected to INTENTIONAL PAIN as it is theorized that pain relief would compromise testing outcomes. These animals include dogs, cats, and primates, totaling >56,000 victims REPORTED, neglecting the vast majority who are not afforded even the illusion of existence by mandated recording of their suffering, pages 7-8:

Animal exploiters DETEST social media for giving activists a platform to publicize the violence they inflict on vulnerable animals, who all experience pain, fear, and suffering as human animals do. If the law doesn’t prevent humans from violent exploitation of animals, then it cannot exempt humans for exposing these criminal, unethical acts.

And to the indignant who equate animal suffering with human health, do remember the negative consequences and fatalities of pharmaceuticals that were considered safe as the result of testing them on different species: thalidomide was a tragedy, and saccharine, which was found to cause cancer in rats, is still marketed to humans. If humans claim human superiority as a validation for condoning animal experimentation, perhaps those “intellectual giants” can determine more effective research methods that do not violently kill billions of animals, a rather contradictory “means” to an uncertain “end”.

Some states have enacted student rights to not use animals in education, determine if you have Student Choice Laws via AAVS HERE or NAVS HERE

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UK: Ever Visited Your GP With A Cough And Then Been Prescribed 20 Cigarettes A Day ?

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Urge the COP26 Climate Summit to Serve a 100% Vegan Menu

The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate summit is fast approaching. Urge the president of COP26 – Alok Sharma – to set a meaningful example during this time of climate emergency by serving a fully vegan menu at the event.

Eating Vegan Is Better for the Environment

The fishing, meat, dairy, and egg industries are not only cruel to animals but also cause catastrophic damage to the environment. For decades, the United Nations has identified animal agriculture as a leading cause of deforestation, pollution, ocean dead zones, habitat loss, species extinction, and zoonotic disease spread.

Plant-based foods have a far smaller carbon footprint than their animal-derived equivalents, even when comparing imported plant proteins to flesh from grass-fed, locally farmed animals. And a switch to vegan eating can reduce food-related carbon emissions by 73%. Quite simply, eating meat and dairy is part of what got us into this mess.

The COP26 Climate Summit Should Set an Example

Given everything we now know about the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment, serving meat, dairy, or eggs at a climate change summit would be like distributing cigarettes at a health convention.

Plants are the way forward, and a vegan menu would not only allow attendees to dine with a clear conscience but also set an important example for the world to follow.

Take action and tell Alok Sharma, president of COP26, to set an example and only serve vegan food at the event:

Urge the COP26 Climate Summit to Serve a 100% Vegan Menu | People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (peta.org.uk)

Regards Mark

England: Vegan Bites 7/10/21.

Hi all you super cool vegan foodies – here are a few links which I hope will give you a few ideas about expanding your diet.  Enjoy;

Regards Mark

Viva ! Recipe Club

Easy Rocky Road, Halloween Cupcakes, Ethiopian Lentil Stew, Win a Surprise Treat Box! (mailchi.mp)

Nestlé Launches Vegan Egg And Shrimp In Health And Sustainability Drive

Nestlé Launches Vegan Egg And Shrimp In Health And Sustainability Drive – Plant Based News

11 Vegan-Friendly Apps Every Plant-Based Eater Needs on Their Phone

11 Vegan-Friendly Apps Every Plant-Based Eater Needs on Their Phone (chooseveg.com)

Kate Winslet’s Self-Care Is Eating Vegan

Kate Winslet’s Self-Care Is Eating Vegan – Mercy For Animals

7 Fall-Inspired Vegan Recipes to Try This Week

7 Fall-Inspired Vegan Recipes to Try This Week – ChooseVeg

Jane Goodall Becomes Narrator Of Cultured Meat Documentary ‘Meat The Future’

Jane Goodall Becomes Narrator Of Cultured Meat Documentary ‘Meat The Future’ – Plant Based News

VegNews

Soft-baked vegan cookies (mailchi.mp)

Cultured Meat Market To Be Worth £1.7 Billion In The UK By 2030, New Report Finds

Cultured Meat Market To Be Worth £1.7 Billion In The UK By 2030, New Report Finds – Plant Based News

Veg Newsletter

Vegan eggs, all the ways 🍳 (mailchi.mp)

Brown Rice With Maple-Roasted Parsnips and Shallots

Brown Rice With Maple-Roasted Parsnips and Shallots – Vegos

THE TRUTH ABOUT CALCIUM FROM DAIRY

How to Get Calcium Without Dairy | The Truth About Calcium & Dairy (veganuary.com)

Creamy Kale and Mushroom Salad by Deliciously Ella

Creamy Kale and Mushroom Salad by Deliciously Ella – PETA UK

EASY VEGAN CHILI CHEESE FRIES

Easy Vegan Chili Cheese Fries – Make It Dairy Free

Vegan Breakfast Products: The Ultimate Guide to a Quick and Delicious Meal

Vegan Breakfast Products: The Ultimate Guide to a Quick and Delicious Meal (chooseveg.com)

Russia: Bear attacks his torturer during the circus act

They are horrific scenes (!!!) that they recently played in a circus in Russia.

A brown bear suddenly attacks its trainer – in front of numerous children. In the end, the trainer collapses injured.

Shock moment during a circus performance: children were shocked to see a bear suddenly attacking its trainer. As currently reported by the British “Daily Star”, the brown bear pounced on the woman in the middle of the show and clung to her legs.

The incident took place four months ago in Berezovsky, Russia.

Shocking images show how the animal pounces on the trainer.

Two other trainers are desperately trying to get the beast off the woman. But the bear holds on to her, biting her leg more and more.

The bear – dressed in a hat and glittering scarf – was made to continue performing despite the horrifying attack – and the set upon the trainer again as she dangled a hoop in front of the animal. Eventually the woman collapses in excruciating pain. Again a male trainer intervenes and finally pulls the animal away from her.

The injured trainer did not see a doctor after the incident, it is said. Presumably to cover up the bear attack. And the circus continued the show anyway.

There have been reports of multiple attacks at the circus previously. Some local reports say there was a third attack but still the show did not stop.

The circus is famous for dressing bears in human clothing, with some even wearing tutus. Although the animals obviously suffer from the circus conditions, the operators repeatedly emphasized that they are proud of “the humane training of their animals” (!!!)

Circus denies bear attack but the Russian Investigation Committee is investigating the case to see if there were any security breaches during the performance. According to the report, there would have been neither a fence nor a barrier to protect the audience.

The Harlequin Traveling Circus later denied there was an attack, despite video evidence.

A spokesman told Mash Siberia: “There was no incident at all. Simply put, the bears are now in the mating season.”

Animal rights activists appalled by “cruel circuses” Irina Novozhilova from the animal rights group VITA called for a ban on all circuses with live animals in Russia after the incident.

“Circuses are always cruel without limits. And circuses with animals should be banned, “she explained.

https://www.news.de/panorama/855928547/baer-attackiert-trainerin-in-zirkus-in-russland-vor-zuschauern-braunbaer-stuerzt-sich-auf-dompteurin-und-krallt-sich-an-beinen-fest/1/

And I mean…“Shocking scenes?” If anything is shocking, it is the fact that animals in the circus are still allowed to act as ridiculous servants.
We don’t want to imagine how the bear fared behind the scenes after the attack.
The reaction of the circus workers, who forced the bear to continue performing after its attack and also to bow to the audience, suggests the worst.

In addition, according to media reports, the circus denies the attack – although video recordings clearly prove the incident.
Apparently the primitive circus people think their audience is stupid.
Which is not totally wrong, however.
Because who brings their child to such a shit?

All animal abusers deserve this.
If you decide to train animals in the circus, you have decided to become an animal torturer.
We abhor animal abusers.
We fight for the liberation of slaves wherever they are held and exploited.

My best regards to all, Venus

No surprises as French senators distort anti animal mistreatment law.

No surprises as French senators distort anti animal mistreatment law

1 October 2021FBBNews

After a marathon day finalising the adoption of the ambitious law aiming to reduce pet abandonments and end the use of wild animals in shows, the French Senate significantly weakened the text.

Where the Senate weakens the text adopted by the National Assembly in January:

  • Ban on the sale of animals in pet shops from 2024: the senators are opposed to it, they propose instead to stop displaying the animals in shop windows and to introduce a seven-day reflection period between the purchase and the collection of the animal.
  • Obligation to sterilise stray cats (responsibility of the mayor) in the interests of animal protection, public health and defence of biodiversity measure: the senators cancelled this provision.
  • Ban on the use of wild animals in traveling circuses (5 years after the law was enacted) as well as on bear and wolf “shows”. The Senate reverses these bans and puts the ball back in the government’s court, which will have to issue decrees specifying the target species. The ban would not be set by law but at the discretion of the minister and after the opinion of a commission, which is yet to be established but already seems highly convoluted.  
  • Ban on holding cetaceans in captivity (7 years for dolphins, 2 years for orcas), the Senate is opposed to this measure.

Concurrence between the two chambers:

  • Ban on carousels and pony rides at fairs: the Senate maintains the ban.
  • Reinforcement of penalties for acts of cruelty: the penalty of two years’ imprisonment and a fine of € 30,000 is replaced by a penalty of three years’ imprisonment and a € 45,000 fine (5 years and a € 75,000 fine in the case of acts leading to the death of the animal), the Senate maintains the measure.

The main advances adopted by the senators:

  • The Senate introduced a VAT exemption on veterinary procedures for animals taken in by associations, regardless of whether they have a shelter.
  • Ban on mink farms and other animals raised specifically for their fur: the Senate adopts an immediate ban, as opposed to the National Assembly’s adopted ban “within two years”

We cannot be satisfied with this vote which betrays both the spirit of the text adopted by the National Assembly, and the commitments made by Barbara Pompili. The joint committee will have to restore the ambition of the initial proposal so that France can finally catch up with the other EU Member States. This bill is the most ambitious one ever debated in Parliament on animal protection. An exceptional opportunity that must not be missed, especially as this subject, supported by a majority of French citizens, will be at stake in the next elections.Christophe Marie, spokesperson for the Brigitte Bardot Foundation.

Read more at source Fondation Brigitte Bardot

Regards Mark

The Belgian Constitutional Court upholds the ban on slaughter without stunning in Flanders and Wallonia.

The Belgian Constitutional Court upholds the ban on slaughter without stunning in Flanders and Wallonia

30 September 2021GAIANews

Today, the Belgian Constitutional Court supported the judgment of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) on the ban on animal slaughter without stunning.

Following a lengthy legal battle, last December the CJEU clearly concluded, in response to the preliminary questions by the Belgian Constitutional Court, that Member States are allowed to impose mandatory pre-slaughter stunning. With this ruling, the Belgian Constitutional Court also confirms the legality of the ban in Flanders and Wallonia.

Eurogroup for Animals member GAIA has been leading the campaign for a ban on ritual slaughter without stunning in Belgium for over 25 years. In 2014, 10,000 people marched in Brussels asking for a ban. Finally, in 2017 the Walloon and Flemish decrees prohibited the slaughter of animals without stunning. The bans came into force in 2019 for both regions but were then challenged by several religious organisations on the grounds of freedom of religion. 

The CJEU judgment considered the latest development on reversible stunning as a method that successfully balances the apparently competing values of religious freedom and animal welfare, and it concluded that “the measures contained in the (Flemish) decree allow a fair balance to be struck between the importance attached to animal welfare and the freedom of Jewish and Muslim believers to manifest their religion”.

This brings to an end a lengthy legal battle in favor of the Flemish and Walloon ban, the sole purpose of which is to avoid inflicting scientifically proven and practically avoidable suffering during the killing of animals, with no exception for slaughter carried out in a religious context

commented Michel Vandenbosch, GAIA’s President

To date, the Brussels-Capital Region still permits slaughter without stunning and that’s going to be the next step for GAIA:

Now that the Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of the Flemish and Walloon bans, there is no longer any valid reason to not introduce a total ban in the Brussels-Capital Region too. GAIA urges the Brussels government and parliament to introduce such a ban without further delay

added Vandenbosch.

We congratulate GAIA for their relentless efforts on these bans. Last December we celebrated together an important victory for the animals and we have more reason today to salute the Constitutional Court’s  confirmation. It’s now time for the EU to make it mandatory in the next revision of the Slaughter Regulation

added Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals.

ENDS

Notes

Animal welfare victory: the CJEU ruling confirms Member States right to introduce mandatory pre-slaughter stunning
Position Paper Slaughter without stunning 
Opinion poll on slaughter 
Summary of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) case C-336/19
Amicus Curiae on CJEU case
EFSA reiterates that slaughter without stunning should not be practiced

Regards Mark

Germany: Three wolves illegally shot down by criminals

Sep 29, 2021 –

In the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the police and public prosecutor’s office are investigating several wolves who have been killed.

As a spokesman for the Environment Ministry said on Wednesday, a predator carcass was found on Sunday in Western Pomerania and two dead wolves on Tuesday on the Elbe.

Initial investigations by veterinarians have shown that all three wolves died from gunshot wounds.
It is still unclear when this happened and where the animals came from. It is being investigated for a violation of the Federal Nature Conservation Act.
Wolves are strictly protected across the EU (!!!)

Two dead young wolves were last discovered on Tuesday on the banks of the Elbe.
Conservationists had informed the police.

The animals were examined by specialists from the Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. The full results of the investigation are not yet available, as the ministry spokesman said.
One now hopes to get to the perpetrators via traces that have been secured.

It is also unclear how long the animals swam in the Elbe and where they came from.
The third wolf carcass was found in a corn field on Sunday. According to previous knowledge, the animal had been shot a little long ago.
This area is not far from the border with Poland. Here, too, the investigations continued.

Wolf protection -Germany e.V. offers a reward of 4,000 euros for apprehending the perpetrators.

PETA sets a reward of 3000 euros for hints to convict the perpetrator (s)-also anonymously

https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/mecklenburg-vorpommern/Drei-erschossene-Woelfe-in-MV-Belohnung-ausgesetzt,wolf4578.html

And I mean…Since the wolf returned to Germany in 2000, a total of 64 animals have been killed illegally.

These are no longer isolated cases. Apparently there are criminal hunters and farmers who specifically hunt wolves.
This year, eleven wolves have already been shot illegally, and in 2020 there were officially a total of eight.

The number of unreported cases is certainly many times higher.
Without the perpetrators being identified once.
To put it more precisely: without any authority showing any great interest in capturing this pathetic criminal machos.

Hardly any of these cases could be resolved. The acts would still be treated as petty offenses.
In contrast to other countries, such as Italy, where wolf killers could be found, this has never been the case in Germany.

Not only wolves are affected, lynxes are also repeatedly found killed, as are a number of birds of prey.
Spongy statements about the protection of the wolves on the part of politicians (mostly also hunters) brood a favorable ground for criminals to commit vigilante justice in Wild- West- Manner.

Germany is still miles away from a good state of conservation for the wolf.
Germany is also miles away from fair punishments for illegally shooting down strictly protected animals.

It is not our wild animals that have to be banned from nature, but the hunters. And their stupid followers in politics immediately have to give up their posts.

My best regards to all, Venus

U.K: Gamekeeper caught trapping birds of prey

A gamekeeper has been caught trapping birds of prey on a pheasant shoot in Shropshire.
Two traps were found in mid-September in woodland near the village of Chelmarsh, just south of Bridgnorth.

Footage passed to the Hunt Saboteurs Association shows two homemade wooden traps, both baited with dead pheasants and located inside a pheasant release pen.

Shockingly, a buzzard was found trapped inside one of them, but luckily was released to freedom before the gamekeeper arrived.

The gamekeeper is then filmed entering the pen and checking on the traps. However, clearly noticing that his illegal activities have been found out, he quickly moves the traps and brushes the ground in a poor attempt to hide evidence.

The site was also littered with Fenn traps, snares and Larsen traps.

Bird of prey persecution goes hand in glove with the persecution of ‘gamebirds’.
Indeed, 67% of raptor crime convictions since 1990 were gamekeepers.

Earlier this year, the HSA revealed that a staggering 24 million pheasants and partridges were imported to the UK in 2020, making up around half of all the birds released to be shot.

Not only do these factory farmed birds suffer immensely, but so do the many other species targeted by the shooting industry including foxes, stoats, weasels, corvids and birds of prey.

The spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, Lee Moon, said:

“Gamekeepers aim to create a wasteland where nothing else lives apart from the birds they breed to be shot. Any animal that may predate on gamebirds is considered fair game to be trapped and killed, whether it’s legal to or not.

The hideous badger cull has led to the death of thousands of innocent lives but one of the very few benefits is that more compassionate people are now out in the countryside exposing the vile practices that appear commonplace.

As more and more of these cruel acts are exposed then ordinary people turn against shooting, a cruel sport that leads to suffering and death for millions of animals and birds every year.”

https://www.huntsabs.org.uk/gamekeeper-caught-trapping-birds-of-prey-on-shropshire-pheasant-shoot/

And I mean…Once again fabulous work by the Sabs.

As we all know, most judges are hunters themselves, which increases the likelihood that the gamekeeper will pay a small fine or even be acquitted for lack of evidence, if the case goes to court at all.

But if there were 100,000 hunting saboteurs active instead of a hundred, then all the traps in the country would have long been empty and the hunters might have chosen football to pass their free time instead of barring animals and killing them.

Thanks guys, you are great!

My best regards to all, Venus

Animals are also tortured on World Animal Day

Even if it is popular among animal lovers on this day to ponder “OTHER ANIMALS”, and posts of this kind =how terrible is animal suffering = flood the internet , we would like to remind you, that the majority of the “other animals” never had basic rights on this planet even for an hour.

Therefore we dedicate the day to this animal and will try to describe its fate truthfully.

Let’s look at this photo!
It is an enslaved monkey who is forced to perform tricks and is therefore brutally abused beforehand.
No living being deserves to be mistreated like this!
Animals also have feelings and we can imagine how this monkey feels.

Robbed family, lifelong imprisonment and torture of the most brutal kind, an existence as an entertainment convict that no felon has to fear in his country.
He is given the right to life as long as he is useful as a slave.

We treat animals like rubbish. Just throw them away or abuse them as we feel like it.
Although animals have just as much a right to their lives as we do.

But animal rights are nowhere in the world. Not a single animal, from mussels to chimpanzees, has a single right. Nowhere.

What animal laws regulate (if they exist at all and at best) is only to limit the power of disposition of humans to animals.

That is why we fight and demand for animals (at least for the thinking, feeling ones among them, i.e. those with consciousness) subjective rights in analogy to human rights, specifically at least the right to life, freedom, integrity; simply because they have a comparable interest rights as we humans have.

And we will not only do it on this one day of the year, but we fight tirelessly and uncompromisingly for basic rights for all feeling, thinking individuals.

My best regards to all, Venus

Animal transports – the EU`s shame

An Animals ‘Angels team accompanies a transport of bull calves to Turkey.
The animal children come from the Czech Republic. They are still transported across the Bulgarian-Turkish border in an EU-approved truck.
At the border, however, they are loaded onto a Turkish truck. This truck does not meet the requirements of the EU for animal transport by a long way.

There are neither drinking troughs on board nor sufficient ventilation or litter for the 60 calves.

They have to stand or lie on the bare, slippery metal floor for the next 17 hours.
We accompany the young bulls from the Turkish border to their destination near Kirsehir in Central Anatolia.
During a longer stop, we watch them roll their tongues in despair – a typical sign of hunger.

Many thirstily lick the metal walls of the truck.
The last time they could have a drink at the Turkish border. The last time they ate was in Bulgaria.
That was more than a day ago.

Many of the calves have clearly sunken flanks.

Erwin, who previously blinked at us with one eye (his other eye is infected, maybe from a blow or kick in the eye while driving), is now curled up on the dirty floor, exhausted.
Overall, according to our observations and calculations, they are at least 19 hours without water and almost 30 hours without food before they arrive exhausted at their destination the next morning.

There they will be fattened for the next few months before they make their last trip to the slaughterhouse.

This madness has to stop!
Animals are sentient beings – and the EU recognizes them as such.
But only on paper, because Erwin and all the other ‘farm animals’ do not notice any of this on the transports.
This transport also shows once again that control outside the EU is not possible.

Who on site is interested in whether the animals are loaded onto unsuitable vehicles?
Who will check and punish it accordingly? (!!!)

For us it is clear: The long animal transports to countries outside the EU must finally be banned!

With a detailed report on our observations on this transport, we continue to campaign for this export ban in the EU and its member countries.
Everything about our projects and missions: http://www.animals-angels.de
Time to Act: For a better law to protect animals during transport

https://www.animals-angels.de/neuigkeiten/beitrag/kaelbertransport-aus-der-eu-in-die-tuerkei-tiere-19-stunden-ohne-wasser-30-stunden-kein-futter.html

And I mean…The transports to third countries make up only a small part of the animal transports in the EU.
Because the grievances are particularly large and the images of them are particularly cruel, they keep making headlines in the media.

And yet! The animals also suffer terribly when they are transported within the EU and even within Germany.
Four million cattle, pigs, sheep and goats are transported from the EU to third countries every year and slaughtered there. These include 70,000 cattle from Germany.

For the entire EU, the numbers increase to 360 million pigs, cattle, sheep and goats and four billion poultry – every year!
In Germany, only one percent of all animal transports are checked on the road.

Article 3 of the EU Animal Transport Regulation states:
“Nobody may carry out or arrange for an animal to be transported if the animals could be injured or unnecessarily suffered in the process.”
Everything fits on paper!
The EU legislation has no time limit for Animal transport. With certain breaks, animals are allowed to go endlessly
be transported.
For horses and pigs, for example: 24 Hours of travel – 24 hours break in a supply station – 24 hours of travel – etc

That might still be bearable if the animals had as much space as in a stable.
But a full-grown fattening pig has to get by on half a square meter in a truck; 1.6 square meters are provided for a cattle.

Animal welfare organizations have been calling for the requirements to be tightened and the transport time to be strictly limited to eight hours for years.
We still remember the 1.2 million votes of EU citizens for the 8hours campaign in 2014.
But the EU Commission has so far shown no willingness to realize it.

We have had anger about animal transport with Brussels for at least 10 years.
It is too naive to believe that it can be done with good words and showing them what is going on.
Those responsible know exactly what is going on during animal transport – they just don’t care.

It is an incredible crime, it is barbaric to treat animals like that in the 21st century and to preach an animal transport law that is not even worth the paper.
Worse still, we are allowing an incompetent, disinterested oligarchy to work in the service of the meat and dairy industry and constantly refuse to respect EU citizens’ desire for better animal welfare.

My best regards to all, Venus

The twisted history of milk in America

According to evolutionary history, the modern human has lived on this planet for about 200,000 years and has only been consuming dairy milk for the past 8,000 to 10,000 years. Hence, consuming dairy milk is not instinctive behavior nor it is essential to our well being.

This begs the question – who was the brilliant ancestor of ours that saw a cow’s udder, licked their lips, and started suckling?? And why did the others join?

Relative to human existence, the history of milk is considerably short – yet it is truly riveting. Power, corruption, greed, mass manipulation—all are present in the evolution of milk in our modern-day society.

Thanks to the bizarre thinking of that early human, most of us are guzzling down a substance not meant for human consumption. It’s time to leave cow’s milk to the textbooks, and of course, to baby cows.

Fast-forward through the evolution of lactase persistence in European regions (yes, all early humans were lactose intolerant past their toddler stage), domestication of dairy cows, the invention of cheesemaking, millions of people who died from milk-borne illnesses prior to the invention of pasteurization (a fourth of all food-borne illnesses in the US were attributed to cows’ milk prior to the early 1900s), and the invention of the glass milk bottle, and we find ourselves in 1922 with the seminal passing of the Capper-Volstead Act

It wasn’t until the 1950s that skim milk received some commercial attention, though this was in the form of a dry, powdered, ‘just add water!’ mix.

As awful as instant milk powder sounds today, we can’t blame our grandparents – instant was all the rage back then.

The industry also had plenty of skim milk to get rid of, as much of it was leftover from WWII when dry milk powder was used as a relief food. To chisel down this surplus, the industry employed skilled marketers to position skim milk as a weight-loss food.

Milk dealers received backing from physicians to pedal this product as a health food, and by the 1950s, skim milk had transformed from a waste byproduct to a trendy weight loss beverage mostly consumed by affluent society

In reality, farmers just need a way to get rid of (and profit of off) the skim milk they had made during the war effort … which tends to be a theme in milk’s history: made too much? Turn to clever marketing.

Let’s hop back to WWI – the global event that catapulted America’s century-long milk surplus into existence.

The US government started sending canned and powdered milk to soldiers overseas, and dairy farmers responded by ramping up production.

They invested in the latest equipment and even abandoned other forms of farming to dedicate their work to the war effort.

While the war ended, the milk production did not – creating a surplus and dangerously low milk prices. Throughout the 1930s, dairy farmers staged several strikes and unionized to demand a fair price for their milk. To appease these farmers, the government created federal programs to artificially drive demand.

The first of these programs included the 1940 Federal Milk Program for Schools and federally subsidized milk advertising under the Works Progress Administration. In 1946, President Truman passed the National School Lunch Act, which mandated each lunch include between one and a half to two pints of whole milk.

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USA: Venus Williams Says Being Vegan For 10 Years Transformed Her Health In Major Interview.

Venus Williams says her health and skin were transformed since going vegan over a decade ago
‘So to be able to control as much as I can, what’s happening in my body, my inflammation levels, through what I eat – is a godsend’ Credit: Instagram

 

Venus Williams Says Being Vegan For 10 Years Transformed Her Health In Major Interview

She’s still a ‘junk food junkie’ but has been able to keep playing tennis despite being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that affects her joints

Venus Williams Says Veganism Transformed Her Health In Major Interview (plantbasednews.org)

Tennis legend Venus Williams detailed the extent of her health transformation since adopting a vegan lifestyle a decade ago.

Ditching meat and dairy helped her athletic performance and enabled her to better cope with an autoimmune disease affecting her joints, she told Insider.

‘Plant-based definitely changed my life’

Williams, who was once world number one in the sport, said her plant-based diet made her skin ‘amazing’.

Furthermore, it helped immensely after she was diagnosed with autoimmune disease, Sjögren’s Syndrome.

As it causes joint pain and fatigue, the diagnosis threatened her future as an athlete.

She said: “Living with an autoimmune disease, things can get a little tricky and you can be on loads of medicine, and that’s not something that I want to do.

“So to be able to control as much as I can, what’s happening in my body, my inflammation levels, through what I eat – is a godsend.”

Venus Williams

It’s not the first time the iconic Olympian and Grand-Slam champion has spoken out about the host of benefits that come with switching to plant-based.

Upon launching her own vegan protein shake company Happy Vegan, she said she needed to ‘take back control’ of her health.

‘Happy Viking was created to fuel your inner fighter, your inner Viking, while feeling happy and satisfied about what you put in your body’, she told Insider.

Moreover, she is an investor in the vegan grocery store, PlantX.

Vegan ‘junk food junkie’

Williams is a self-confessed ‘junk food junkie’, adding: ‘I’ve never met a French fry that wasn’t vegan’. It can be difficult traveling for tournaments and planning meals around it.

Moreover, there is a lot of processed vegan ‘junk food’ out there, she explained.

Williams said: “I’m definitely not a robot. You can reward yourself and have fun eating as well. 

“There are so many more athletes doing it and sometimes they ask me how to do it. So, I tell them, ‘Hey, sometimes you just have to have some pie.”

Regards Mark

South Korea: Massive Pyeongtaek dog farms are under surveillance by animal rights group Watchdog!

Massive Pyeongtaek dog farms are under surveillance by animal rights group Watchdog!

On both sides of the road in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do province is a dog farm complex large enough to potentially hold 10,000 dogs! Today, Watchdog is at that huge, industrialized dog farm complex, which has been operating for decades and never before been exposed by anyone.

The vicious dog farms in this complex have gone so far as to divide the normal size raised wire dog cages into thirds, making the cages even smaller and more tortuous for the dogs. Tosa dogs, bred in these raised wire cages the size of a plastic dog carrier, barely had room enough to even turn around.😭

Watchdog will be filing civil complaints against the dog farms that have the capacity to hold 10,000 dogs (an annual capacity of 30,000 dogs). Watchdog is committed to shutting these farms down!

Watchdog members are currently serving on a volunteer basis. The goal of the organization is to raise enough donations on an ongoing basis to enable them to hire full-time paid activists to expand and carry out their vision of the complete elimination of dog farms and slaughterhouses. With a dedicated full-time paid staff, Watchdog will be in a position to accomplish even more than they are currently doing.

Video:  Click to watch. Pyeongtaek dog farms. CARE & Watchdog. https://www.facebook.com/CAREanimalKorea/videos/1523481031343736/

Click HERE to learn more about Watchdog.

Click HERE to see some of dog farms and dog slaughterhouses shut down by Watchdog.

Operations like this are only possible thanks through donations to CARE. Please help them continue their important work of shutting down the dog meat industry in South Korea by donating today. Thank you!

Donate by Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/fromcare

Regards Mark

We fight against animal testing

The organization “Doctors Against Animal Experiments” in a report on the vote of the EP against animal experiments was delighted and calls this news (caution: no decision) a historic step.

“The European Parliament voted on September 15, 2021 for a comprehensive plan to phase out animal testing
The EU Parliament (EP) has passed a resolution calling on the EU Commission to present an action plan to get out of animal testing.

The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority of 667 votes, 4 against and 16 abstentions.
The nationwide association “Doctors Against Animal Experiments” is delighted “

Responsibility for the action plan should not lie in the hands of a few, but a high-level task force should be set up, which brings together various Directorates-General of the Commission and EU agencies as well as involving the Member States and relevant stakeholders.
Targeted promotion of animal-free methods and training on these are also part of the requirement.

While the EP recognizes that the EU is striving to reduce and “refine” animal testing, an active, coordinated approach to reducing and ultimately eliminating animal testing has so far been totally lacking. With the request, the EP wants to actively promote the withdrawal from animal experiments.

https://europa.eu/citizens-initiative/initiatives/details/2021/000006_en

The umbrella organizations Eurogroup for Animals and European Coalition to End Animal Experiments, of which Doctors Against Animal Experiments is a member, as well as Cruelty Free Europe, Humane Society International and PETA, which together unite over 100 member associations in Europe, have campaigned for the resolution and are calling for it now from the EU Commission to give it the highest priority.

The majority of EU citizens want to get out of animal testing.
This is also shown by the current European citizens’ initiative “Save Cruelty Free Cosmetics – For a Europe without animal testing”, which has already collected over 120,000 signatures within just three weeks.

Please everyone (only EU citizens) who have not done it yet, sign: https://eci.ec.europa.eu/019/public/#/screen/home

“The vote in the EU Parliament is a historic moment for the anti-animal experimentation movement,” said Dr. med. vet. Corina Gericke, Vice-Chairwoman of Doctors Against Animal Experiments.

“The call from European citizens to phase out animal experiments and move on to research that is relevant to humans was heard. In addition to protecting animals, new advanced research systems are, above all, essential to achieve the Union’s environmental and human health objectives. With today’s vote in Parliament, we are making progress on all three fronts, ” concluded Gericke.

Almost ten million animals are “consumed” in animal experiments in EU laboratories every year – monkeys, dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, mice and animals of many other species.

In addition, there are around 12 million animals that are killed as “excess”, mostly because they do not have the desired genetic modification. This enormously high number has hardly changed in the last ten years.

https://www.aerzte-gegen-tierversuche.de/de/news/aktuelle-news/3444-historischer-erffekt-fuer-die-tiere

Petition (only for EU citizens) https://europa.eu/citizens-initiative/initiatives/details/2021/000006_e

The members of the EU Parliament are elected, but unfortunately have no executive power. Only the EU Commission has that, according to the statutes.

It can then decide on a proposal from Parliament whether it wants to comply with the request or not. The only thing the Commission is obliged to do is to justify its decision in any case.

We remember…The Danish EU parliamentarian Dan Jørgensen initiated the 8hours campaign and collected well over 1.1 million signatures by the beginning of 2012 to limit the transport times of farm animals to a maximum of 8 hours.

At the same time, 395 EU parliamentarians and thus the majority of EU parliamentarians signed the corresponding written declaration 49/2011.

When the list of signatures was presented by the representatives of European animal welfare organizations and EU parliamentarians on June 7, 2012, Dalli (the then European Commissioner for Health and consumer protection) promised for 2014 a new EU bill for the protection of animals on transport.

Although his statements were recorded by a camera, Dalli distanced himself completely from his statements a short time later. 

The member states have shown themselves to be unable and unwilling to push through this campaign, and the EU Commission, with its executive power, had the right to decide again what the lobbyists of the animal transport industry wanted.

This makes one thing clear: in the Monster EU, decisions are not made democratically, and when it comes to animals, those who were not democratically elected decide their fate.

We are also happy about the resolution of the EU parliamentarians to abolish animal experiments.
And we remain optimistic that by August 2022 the petition will not only have over 1 million votes (which would force the EU Commission to a legal act) but also act as a strong means of exerting pressure against lax decisions by lax commissioners

From the experience of the past, however, we should have already learned that positive results unfortunately cannot come only from good-willed people, but rather from fighting and working against those who do not respect the will and the voice of these people, although they are obliged to do so according to democratic rules.

My best regards to all, Venus