sweet news from Switzerland

After hearing from PETA affiliates, Switzerland-based chocolatier Barry Callebaut – the “world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate & cocoa products” – has announced that it will not conduct, fund, or commission any animal experiments, unless they are explicitly required by law.

In another kind move for animals, earlier this year, the multibillion-dollar company announced plans to open a completely vegan production facility in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Image shows vegan chocolate© Barry Callebaut Group


By no longer contributing to any cruel and deadly experiments on animals, Barry Callebaut, which operates production facilities in the UK, joins the ranks of other progressive food-industry giants, including Barilla;

The Coca-Cola Company; General Mills; House Foods; Kikkoman; Lipton; Nissin Foods Holdings Co, Ltd; Ocean Spray; PepsiCo; POM Wonderful; Sapporo Holdings; Welch’s; and Yakult Honsha.


What Do Animals Endure in These Types of Experiments?

PETA US had uncovered experiments on animals published between 2007 and 2019 – which were not required by law – that Barry Callebaut contributed to.

As part of our campaign to end animal testing in the global food industry, PETA and our affiliates have exposed that for decades, manufacturers have pursued cruel laboratory tests in which thousands of animals have been cut open, tormented, and killed – all in misguided attempts to make marketing claims about products ranging from ramen noodles to chocolate bars to breakfast cereals to alcohol.


By pledging not to conduct experiments on animals after discussions with PETA US and PETA Germany, Barry Callebaut is committing to sparing other animals a similar fate.


The company also sets a progressive example for other food and drink producers to follow.

Conscientious shoppers play a huge part in driving the vegan revolution, and they don’t want to buy products that were cruelly tested on animals.

You Can Help Prevent Other Animals From Suffering in Experiments

Animals suffer in pointless food and drink industry tests in many countries all over the world.

PETA and our international affiliates are leading a global effort to spare the lives of thousands of animals used in deadly food-industry experiments and replace them with humane, effective, economical, and modern animal-free research tools.

 Learn more about food testing:  https://www.peta.org/features/victories-food-drink-companies-refuse-animal-tests/


And we say…Such news makes us very happy and confirms our struggle and all our efforts for a world without animal suffering and exploitation.

Thanks, PETA, thank you Barry Callebaut!!.
Chocolate has high quality only if it is not made from the suffering and death of animals.

My best regards to all, Venus

Animals Asia – The Only Cure Is Kindness.

VIDEO: Global superstars demand end to animal mistreatment as two moon bear cubs rescued


As a galaxy of global superstars, lead by German actor Louis Hofmann, comedian Ricky Gervais, pop star Mýa, actors Dame Judi Dench, Olivia Newton John and Tzi Ma, and renowned conservationist Dame Jane Goodall, have come together​ to record an impassioned video ​calling for a reset of humanity’s relationship with nature in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis and its zoonotic origins, two baby bears have attempted to steal the limelight.

In mid-July, as the celebrities recorded ​their video messages​, Animals Asia rescued two three-month-old moon bear cubs that had been illegally trapped and put on sale on the black market, and are now taking care of them at the NGO’s sanctuary in Tam Dao, Vietnam

“It’s heartbreaking to see these bears with their beautiful dark coats and stunning and unique moon bear crescents on their chests, spending their lives trapped and suffering in tiny cages”, said ​Dark​ star Louis Hofmann. “The extraction of bear bile is unnecessary – there are herbal and synthetic alternatives. Animals Asia are on the cusp of being able to end bear bile farming in Vietnam for good and are showing how it can be done with kindness and respect. Medicine is supposed to relieve suffering, not cause it. Animals Asia is working to restore balance by taking these bears to sanctuaries where they can live out their lives in peace. Because the only cure is kindness.”

“If this crisis has taught us anything, it’s the power of leaving nature alone – and that The Only Cure is Kindness”, said British comedian Ricky Gervais. “We’ve got so much to learn from animals and nature – and there is so much we can do to help. Animals Asia are actively harnessing that kindness to end bear-bile farming, rescuing bears and taking care of them. Let’s be kinder to nature, and kinder and more forgiving to each other too”.

Joaquin Phoenix wearing a t-shirt bearing the words “The Only Cure is Kindness”

The actors, musicians and conservationists came together – virtually​ – to raise awareness of the plight of the Asiatic black bear, or ‘moon bear,’ and the urgent need to end the practice of bear bile farming – where bears are held in tiny cages so that their bile can be extracted for use in traditional medicine.

Animals Asia, which created the video to mark Moon Bear Day on August 8th, aims to rescue 500 bears currently in bear bile farms in Vietnam by 2022, so they can live out their lives in a sanctuary with world class care. To date, Animals Asia has rescued 634 bears, and has agreement with Vietnamese authorities to completely end bear bile farming in Vietnam by 2022.

The video​, featuring Ricky Gervais, Jane Goodall, Dark ‘star’ Louis Hofmann, Mulan star Tzi Ma, Dame Judi Dench, Downton Abbey stars Peter Egan and Lesley Nicol, Guns’n’Roses rockers Slash and Matt Sorum, and actors Dame Olivia Newton John AC DBE, Virginia McKenna OBE, Joanna Lumley OBE, James Cromwell, Alicia Silverstone, Daniel Gillies, Celina Jade, Maggie Q, Dustin Nguyen, Kristin Bauer, Michelle Forbes, Tara Buck, poet Benjamin Zephaniah, Vietnamese TV Presenter Minh Trang Nguyen, musician Rick Wakeman and singers Han Geng and Mýa, highlights the mistreatment animals as a root cause of pandemics such as the Covid19 crisis, in response “The Only Cure is Kindness”. Actor Joaquin Phoenix, who doesn’t appear in ​the video​, is also spreading the message, appearing on social media wearing a t-shirt bearing the “The Only Cure is Kindness” message.

“It’s absolutely amazing, because just as the international stars were recording their video clips, our team in Vietnam got a call saying that two baby bears needed to be rescued”, said Jill Robinson MBE, founder and CEO of Animals Asia, who also appears in the video.

“It’s brilliant to be able to welcome all of these household names into the Animals Asia family. By helping us mark Moon Bear Day and our historic agreement with the Vietnam Government, these global stars are raising awareness about the suffering caused by the bear bile industry”, she continued.

“Our supporters have been so generous in supporting our work, but the task ahead is formidable”, continued Robinson. “Animals Asia plans to help rescue up to 500 bears from 142 farms in Vietnam, so they can live out their lives in a sanctuary with world class care.

This will take time, effort and resources – by lending their voices, these luminaries are sending a message to each and everyone one of us: that

The Only Cure is Kindness.”

Ireland: ‘Sarah M’ (En Route to Libya with 2,000 Bulls) – Latest Position.

You can run but you cannot hide !

Gonna take my time – I have all the time in the world (to fight this disgusting, abusive trade)

Regards Mark


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EU: European Commission Accused of “Gross Cynicism” Toward Farmed Animal Welfare.


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European Commission Accused of “Gross Cynicism” Toward Farmed Animal Welfare

Advocates are calling for a ban on live animal exports to war-torn Libya, where missile fire threatens animals arriving on cargo ships from Ireland. But welfare officials continue to drag their feet.

Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have accused the European Commission of “gross cynicism” and questioned its refusal to ban the export of live animals to war-torn Libya, thousands of which come from Ireland.

Last week, Ireland’s fourth shipment this year left the southern Irish port of Cork, headed for the Libyan port of Misratah, with about 2,000 bulls on board.

The shipment puts the total number of Irish animals exported to Libya this year at about 7,600. In 2019, according to emailed data from Ireland’s Department of Food, Agriculture and the Marine (DAFM), cattle exports to Libya totaled 13,122 animals.

Two of the companies known to ship cattle from Ireland to Libya are Purcell Brothers and Curzon Livestock. Neither responded to calls, texts, or emails asking for comment. No comment was provided either by the European Commission.

In May this year, a letter from over 30 welfare organizations to EU Agriculture Commissioner, Janusz Wojciechowski, and EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, called for a ban on animal exports to Libya. Commissioner Kyriakides is charged with enforcing animal welfare laws.

Libya has been in chaos since 2011. The NGO letter argues that animals in Libya risk missile fire, the potential use of chemical weapons, and the possibility of COVID-19-related quarantines at anchorage, potentially adding an extra 14 days to any journey. From Ireland, livestock ships take about nine days to reach Libya. The animals’ eventual slaughter, the letter said, likely entails “extreme and prolonged pain and fear.”

The Commission’s response to the NGOs, which came in a letter last week, has sparked outrage. “The Commission’s reply is a disgrace,” says Compassion in World Farming lawyer, Peter Stevenson. The letter, he said, shows “gross cynicism” and is surprising and disappointing given Commissioner Kyriakides’ “personal commitment to animal welfare.” 

“Her letter says exports to Libya are taking place in a context of private operations and that the Commission cannot prevent such operations as long as they are carried out in accordance with EU legislation. With respect to the Commissioner, this is nonsense,” Stevenson said. 

“One of the key roles of the Commission and the EU member states is to regulate what private operators do, either through legislation or policy frameworks,” Stevenson said. Sending animals on long sea journeys to a war zone is “clearly at odds” with Article 13 of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union which stipulates the Commission and member states pay full regard to animal welfare, he said.

Records from three previous Irish shipments this year show animals have died en route to Libya. In May, during a shipment by Purcell Brothers onboard the Atlantic M, four animals died, with the ship’s records showing the cause of death as “(POOR AND SKINNY) PNEUMONIA [sic].” The ships’ records were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

In March, during a shipment by Curzon Livestock on the Sarah M (also known as the Sarah), animals began to die mid-voyage due to a “respiratory problem.” Six died in total. During a January shipment, again by Curzon Livestock on the Sarah M, one animal died from a respiratory problem. Records indicate the bull was sick from the start of the journey. Sick animals are not supposed to travel.

Asked about the deaths, Stevenson said it was likely “many more animals may well have suffered from respiratory disease even though they did not die. Respiratory problems are likely to arise from poor conditions on board ship—a combination of high ammonia levels and inadequate ventilation.”

“It is disheartening to see that for the sake of profit, EU member states continue to send animals to war zones and the European Commission feels that they cannot put an end to this cruel trade,” says Olga Kikou, Head of Compassion in World Farming EU. “What is taking place in regions of conflict, such as Libya, constitutes systematic and continued cruelty against EU farmed animals. These are not some unfortunate events, they are not the exception but, rather, the rule.”

Caroline Rowley, founder of Irish welfare organization Ethical Farming Ireland, voiced similar skepticism about the Commission’s reply. “It’s not possible for the Commissioner to claim that live export to Libya is ‘carried out in accordance with EU legislation’ because, for one thing, as soon as cattle are unloaded at the port [in Libya], nobody knows what happens to them.”

Rowley said she saw irony too in the Commission’s reply, coming as it does in the run-up to a European Parliamentary inquiry into the “alleged failure of the Commission to act upon the evidence of serious and systematic infringements” of EU animal welfare regulations during transport “across the Union and to third countries.” The inquiry was launched this summer and begins work in September.

Rowley pointed as well to issues with one of the livestock ships used by Ireland. “There are questions hanging over the Sarah M because it is approved by two EU member states, Romania and Ireland, when it should only be approved by one.”

In emailed replies, Ireland’s DAFM said it was “working with other MS’s [member states] to resolve the [double approvals] issue as soon as possible which is of an administrative nature.” The DAFM said the double approval did not affect its ability to “regulate, enforce national and EU legislation” or its ability to check, inspect and monitor livestock vessels. Nor, it said, would the double approval impact animal welfare.

In July, the French department of agriculture (Ministère de l’Alimentation, de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche) confirmed that a similar double approval by France and Spain for livestock carrier, Shua Queen II, was recently resolved by France canceling its approval.

Asked about the deaths during the voyage to Libya, DAFM said: “The Department has a continuous and strong interest in the welfare of animals and engages with the livestock industries with the objective of improving animal health and welfare and thus reducing the mortality rate of animals. Whilst some deaths do unfortunately occur during transport, the mortality rate across the three shipments you mention was 0.19 percent, which is significantly less than the comparable cohort that remains on [the] farm.”

The DAFM added that the “export of animals is a critical part of Ireland’s livestock industry … [and] … plays a significant role in stimulating price competition and providing an alternative market outlet for farmers.”

“The EU must realize that unless to stop such immense animal suffering, we cannot be calling ourselves leaders in animal welfare,” says Kikou.

Whoever abandons his best friend is a criminal


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There is no more miserable sin than to leave the one who believed in you.

There is nothing to justify betraying your best friend.
Only if you’re an asshole.

Right now on vacation, we find more and more abandoned animals every day on race cities, motorways, in the forest …

If this summer during a road trip you witness an abandonment, act!

If you can, write down the vehicle’s license plate or take a photo, and immediately report it to the Civil Guard or the Police.
It’s in your hand! Don’t look away!

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My best regards to all, Venus

Romania: bison population boosted by eight more animals!

A herd of eight European bison has just arrived in the Southern Carpathians rewilding area and will soon join the 57 bison that are already roaming free here. A keystone species, the animals are part of a rewilding initiative that is benefitting local communities.

bison-Rumänien jpgThe moment of release for one of eight European bison added to the herd in the Southern Carpathians. Daniel Mirlea

Record-breaking rewilding

A herd of eight European bison (two males, six females) arrived in the Southern Carpathians rewilding area in Romania yesterday evening, and will soon join the 57 animals that are already roaming free here.

Rewilding Europe and WWF Romania have been reintroducing bison into the Țarcu Mountains (part of the Southern Carpathians) since 2014, with this record-breaking initiative creating the largest wild bison population in Romania for 200 years.

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The European bison is a keystone species that have a large impact on the landscape, allowing many other species of flora and fauna to thrive through their grazing, browsing, and other interactions with their habitat.

Rewilding Europe and WWF Romania are also using the return of the bison to the Țarcu Mountains as a way to support local communities, by developing the area as a nature tourism destination, and through community-based and educational initiatives, scientific research and technological innovation.

“Every bison reintroduction and every birth in the wild is a success for the conservation of these vulnerable animals,” says Southern Carpathians rewilding team leader Marina Drugă. “Going beyond this, they can benefit local wild nature and people in so many different ways. In this regard, they are more than a keystone species here.”

The journey to freedom

The two males and six females began their long journey to the wild from five reservations in Germany (Wisentgehege Springe, Wisentgehege Donaumoos, Nationalpark Kellerwald-Edersee, Nationalparkverwaltung Bayerischer Wald and Wisentgehege Hardehausen).

The Springe reservation hosted the females for several months in order to form a compact herd, a method that ensures the group has a smoother transition to its new environment.

“The transport required extensive preparation,” explains Florin Hălăștăuan, a project officer attached to the Rewilding Southern Carpathians team. “From the bison selection process, which is important for genetic diversity, right through to the fitting of GPS collars, we always focus on the wellbeing and successful reintroduction of the animals.”

Bison-Rumänien 2 pgThe newly released European bison explore their acclimatization enclosure. Daniel Mirlea


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Bullfighting: the comeback of the Arena Murderer

Spain, Portugal, and France reopen their squares to continue the torture of bulls!

Spain, Portugal, and France have reopened their squares to continue the torture of bulls. The images are unfortunate. Fans applauding the suffering of innocent animals. Terrified bulls that penetrate the torso of horses that are unable to flee.
Blood covering the sand.
Only death from beginning to end.
When the show ends, only the wicked smile of the bullfighters remains as they drag the body of their victim out of the plaza.

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The Toledo town of Torrijos was the first to carry out the first bullfight of the “New Spanish Normality” on July 12, thus resuming a season that was suspended on March 8.

Other cities such as Huelva, El Puerto de Santa María, Málaga, Mérida, Beziers … already have their posters programmed in the Covid-19 era, to which belong  towns such as: Estepona, Osuna, Lodosa, Plasencia, Miraflores de la Sierra, El Espinar, Herrera del Duque, Santisteban del Puerto, Andújar, El Rocío, Astorga, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Priego de Córdoba, Valdetorres del Jarama, etc.

In Portugal Estremoz also resumed its bullfighting season in mid-July, and there are runs scheduled in Cartaxo, Vila Nova Da Barquinha, or Coruche.

Also in France, they have joined the bloody nonsense in Beziers, Beaucaire, Istres, Saint-Martin-de-Crau, or Garlin.

We want to go one step further and abolish bullfighting forever. That has always been our goal, and we have taken leaps and bounds in recent years with the ban in Catalonia and the progress in Mallorca.

We do not want to take a step back, nor to gain momentum. The moment is now.

If not now when? If not you, who? Animals cannot wait any longer, nor deserve less.

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And I mean.. In all football stadiums, the game takes place without an audience, so it is strictly forbidden for the audience to enter.
Don’t the corona precautions apply to bull murder in Arenas?

It is obviously a special approval of the “progressive” coalition government, to which the left party “Podemos” belongs, especially as financial support for the bull killers.

The bullfighting mafia has managed to get the government to recognize bullfighting as an “artist industry” and has thus received a large part of the Spanish government’s corona bailout package as a “cultural sector”.

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In the earlier, non-corona years, it was about 130 million euros annually from an EU fund intended for the production of high-quality meat, but the industry, in reality, breeds animals not for meat production but for bullfighting. Here the laws are abused.

Bullfighting is held up as a tradition that has been proven to have been invented by Jitanos and during the darkest time on earth, namely during the Inquisition.

Bullfighting and bull festivals violate any ethics of modern civilized countries and societies.
Only a few dull, mentally weak proletarians in society can get excited about something that repels civilized people.

I am sure we will soon be able to end this shame wherever it takes place.

My best regards to all, Venus

an incredible love story

The wild shark immediately recognizes her human best friend and asks for belly scratches 💙🦈

Around 100 million sharks are murdered by us humans every year.

According to the “Statista” source, 64 shark attacks to human animals took place worldwide in 2019, two of which were fatal.
We can easily imagine who is the killer here.
Most of the animals die because of their dorsal fin.

In so-called “finning”, the dorsal fin is usually cut off while sharks are still alive. The mutilated animals are then thrown overboard into the sea, where they die in agony.
Their fins are mainly processed into shark fin soup on the Asian market, which tastes of nothing.

In addition, numerous sharks are caught in the oceans and locked up in large aquariums, such as the planned Shark City shark prison, until the end of their lives.
In these facilities, the animals are deprived of everything they need to lead a life appropriate to the species.

Anyone who has been afraid of sharks and rated them as the killer of the sea has read the wrong fairy tales in their childhood or watched the wrong films as adults.
There is no other animal that attacks, tortures, and kills other animals for no reason.

That is just human animals, the crowning glory of idiocy.

Haien Parallelen

My best regards to all, Venus

Lebanon: Major Explosion – Animals Lebanon Need Donations – Please Help.

At 6:00 pm yesterday afternoon a major explosion at the port rocked all of Beirut. 
Initial reports of over 100 dead and 4,000 injured. 
Beirut has been declared a disaster city. 

Entire buildings and homes were destroyed, and significant damage throughout the whole city. 
What happened is absolutely shocking.

Animals Lebanon’s office was damaged and windows blew out. Animals were injured from the glass and there were bloody prints everywhere by the time we could make it to the office.

We rushed some animals to the vet for urgent care from the cuts

We have repairs to make at the office, emergency vet bills for our own animals, and now putting all our effort into helping others with their injured or lost animals.
We will share more updates but still trying to understand this new reality everyone is dealing with.

If you need help with an animal, email your phone number and location and any details to contact@animalslebanon.org
If you can join our rescue team, email your number to contact@animalslebanon.org
Support us through PayPal –

For PayPal: Please make sure to write “Animals Lebanon” under ‘Add special instructions to the seller’

Donations –  https://www.animalslebanon.org/donate

The bravest ape: Orangutan who lost both his arms on an electric fence while trying to escape from captivity learns how to climb and find food using only his legs as he prepares to return to the jungle.

Orangutan Kopral (pictured), who lost both his arms trying to escape captors, has finally 'graduated' from 'Forest School' after learning the skills he needs to survive
Korpal was eventually rescued and brought to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation where he learnt to climb trees using only his feet (pictured)

All photos – via Daily Mail

The bravest ape: Orangutan who lost both his arms on an electric fence while trying to escape from captivity learns how to climb and find food using only his legs as he prepares to return to the jungle

  • Orangutan Kopral was electrocuted when trying to flee cage where his captors kept him in Indonesia
  • The young animal’s horrifying injuries were so bad that both of his arms had to be removed 
  • He was rescued and brought under care of Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation who taught him key skills
  • He now lives in an island complex in Samboja Lestari which resembles a natural environment


A brave orangutan who lost both his arms trying to escape captors has finally ‘graduated’ from ‘Forest School’ after learning the skills he needs to survive.

Kopral was electrocuted when he climbed an electricity pylon in a bid to escape captors who had been keeping him in a cage in Indonesia as a pet since he was a baby.

A smiling Kopral did not alwyas have an easy life

The youngster was brought to the East Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program by taxi, but his arms were severely burnt and nothing could be done to save them.  

Despite his horrific start in life, Kopral has excelled in his ‘Forest School’ – a rehabilitation programme designed to teach orangutans how to build nests, climb trees, select appropriate natural foods and recognise natural predators. 

Click on this link to read more and see some amazing photos:


'Kopral has mastered the ability to climb trees and forage for natural food using only his legs. This has allowed him to develop into a relatively independent individual,' a spokesperson from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation has said

the inhabitants of oceans

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The oceans are a great place of incredible natural beauty…

There is only one animal on this planet that destroys not only the oceans but the entire planet and its inhabitants through excessive, daily, global mass murder! that is the human animal.

Animal species are dying out at a rapid rate, plant species are dying out at a rapid rate.
Humanity is growing at a rapid pace because the man believes that his life is of the greatest importance or relevance to the universe.

That is man, the crown of idiocy, a joke of evolution, a bad comedy on the stage of the universe –

What will be in the future?
In a short time, humanity will face itself alone on a cemented earth and experience all mercilessness and brutality firsthand.
He will experience the same brutality with which he, out of ignorance and anthropocentrism, destroyed the diversity and beauty of life.

Best regards and a good night from Venus

England: Hogwood Wins !

Hogwood Wins !

HOGWOOD has won an award for outstanding film-making at the British Documentary Film Festival!


Last month we announced that HOGWOOD had been nominated for an award at the British Documentary Film Festival. Now, we are very excited to announce that HOGWOOD has won!

The British Documentary Film Festival is a celebration of exceptional documentary film-making.

Each year, they screen the very best indie documentaries at a prestigious premiere in London. HOGWOOD was selected as a finalist for two award categories – the ‘Best British Short’ and the ‘Wild Animal Award’ – and was named the winner of the Wild Animal Award!

This category celebrates documentaries that capture animals and wildlife in a creative and engaging way. We were faced with fierce competition, especially as many of the other nominees focused on more mainstream topics such as conservation efforts, exotic species, and even ‘sustainable farming’. HOGWOOD must have made a strong impression on the judges and we couldn’t be more proud!

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We Should Stop Thinking Of Meat As ‘Man Food’, Says Men’s Health.

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A Day in the Life of a Gladiator in Ancient Rome

We Should Stop Thinking Of Meat As ‘Man Food’, Says Men’s Health

The piece suggests that the rise of veganism is contributing the changing ideas about ‘man food’, citing highly-acclaimed documentary The Game Changers as a major influence


Maria Chiorando

Publish date:

Aug 3, 2020


The tide may be turning on the idea that meat is ‘man food’, according to a recent article by Men’s Health magazine.

The piece, titled We Need to Get Over the Idea of ‘Man Food’, says ‘the red-blooded man has long worn questionable eating habits as a badge of honor. But, with veganism on the rise, is the tide turning at last?’.Thanks for watching!Visit Website

It looks at the food assumptions we make culturally – for example, ‘man food conjures pies, steaks, burgers, fast food, greasy spoons, kebab shops, chicken shops, curry houses, beer, whisky, full-sugar Coke’ and ‘female foods’ include salad, yogurt, quinoa, muesli, and Diet Coke – and questions them.

The Game Changers

The piece suggests that the rise of veganism is contributing the changing ideas about ‘man food’, citing highly-acclaimed documentary The Game Changers as a major influence.It mentions one of the film’s executive producers – and quintessential muscle man Arnold Schwarzenegger – saying ‘if you don’t think that real men eat quinoa, Wilks’ fanboys – who now include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren and Mike Tyson – might like a quiet word with you’.

The piece adds: “In The Game Changers, Wilks is not only keen to destroy the idea that meat is man food – he hopes to go one step further and create a new type of man food. ‘Everyone should be on this diet’, he tells me.” ebsite


Sharing the piece via Instagram, The Game Changers team described it as ‘thought-provoking’, and shared a quote from the article which describes James Wilks as ‘[pummeling] the idea that ‘real men’ eat meat into a whimpering heap’.

However, the team also notes: “The final section [of the article] also contains factual errors, like that the Roman gladiators were fed the cheapest possible diet (a myth we address in The Game Changers), and features questionable advice from a ‘food engineer’ at a male fertility company that sells, amongst other things, animal-based supplements.”Barring these bits, the article is a great read and a strong sign that The Game Changers continues to make waves around the world.”

Happy birthday, Martin Sheen

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Congratulations and all the best Martin Sheen!

Award-winning actor Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940) is a committed supporter of Sea Shepherd and has been friends with Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson for over 30 years.

Martin has already been awarded the Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Screen Actors ’Guild Award. He is also a celebrated TV, film and stage star and is committed to environmental protection, human and animal rights.
Martin has accompanied Captain Paul Watson on various campaigns including against the seal hunt in Canada.

Our sailing and research ship was named after Martin.

MARTIN SHEEN had (among other things) to carry out investigations of microplastics in the sea, especially in the North Pacific. It was also used to conduct important research on whales and the effects of oil spills on the ocean.


All the best from us for you, dear Martin.
We wish you to stay healthy and active for animals for a long time! we wish you strength and endurance.

From WAV and Venus

Austria: the marmot hunt has started

from the blog of Martin Balluch*


Back from a week in the forest, I realize that the hunt for marmots has started. At least with us in Styria, (Austria). In Tyrol and elsewhere it lasts until mid-August, but there are still 2 months left for this cheap hunt.

The shot costs only € 500, with a € 100 discount if you don’t hit. It is 4 times as expensive to shoot a chamois.

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The picture above shows an encounter with a marmot on the Wetterinalm. “Beautiful” meadows road, isn’t it? You can tell right away that there is nature here.

The marmot lives carefree there, doesn’t care about hikers or my dog ​​friend who was there.


He is totally peaceful with all animals anyway.

Last autumn I and my family were in an alpine pasture in the Hohe Tauern for a few days after the cows were brought down. We made friends there with a family of marmots.

And then a hunter came up from the valley with his 14-year-old son and a 17-year-old hunting guide. The 14-year-old wanted to shoot a groundhog for his birthday. Nothing easier than shooting at these almost tame marmots that had played with us.

While these hunters were happy, I felt like a traitor. How can you be nice to animals when others take advantage of this approach to kill? I have reported about this incident: https://martinballuch.com/eine-ganz-normale-murmeltierjagd/

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Why do people want to shoot marmots? This question is wrong. They just enjoy it, otherwise, they wouldn’t pay for it. But how is that justified?

Surprisingly, with the protection of the cows on the alpine pasture, and because the alpine meadows would be less easy to mow if marmots were built there. This was confirmed to me as an argument from many sides, but can also be found here in this article of the German “Tagesspiegel” * : 

” The fact that the marmots are hunted is because they get in the way of the alpine farmers with their zeal. The animals dig tunnels with a length of ten to 70 meters, in which they disappear if there is danger, the record for a marble tunnel is 113 meters long. “The animals undermine the alpine pastures and thus endanger the cows,” says hunter Kühl. “If they step into the holes dug by the marmots, they can be seriously injured. The marble not only causes problems for the cows, but also for humans. Because of the holes, the farmers have problems mowing the alpine meadow”.

The marmot in this country was already exterminated by the hunters.  Do we ever learn? Can we eventually overcome this strange desire to kill?

Will we eventually reduce the total use of nature, enable a wilderness, and then leave it to the wild animals?


* Dr. Martin Balluch: Martin Balluch studied mathematics, physics, and astronomy at the University of Vienna. He then did his doctorate in physics at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg in 1989. From 1990 to 1997 he worked as a university assistant alongside Stephen Hawking in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at Cambridge University.
He is the chairman of the “Verein gegen Tierfabriken” (association against animal factories) which has had many successes against gate hunting in Austria.


Some interesting facts about marmots: The small rodents can’t stand the heat. They feel 20 degrees Celsius like we humans 36 degrees in the blazing sun.

Marmots hibernate. At -20 degrees Celsius, the ground squirrels like to crawl in their burrow, where it is pleasantly warm. They cuddle up to each other and lower their body temperature to 6 degrees so that they burn little energy. The smallest come in the middle because it is warmest there. In this way, up to 20 marmots form a huge ball of fur under the ground. They create complex tunnels in which many human animals would get lost.

And I mean…The only ones allowed to kill with impunity are the hunters.

Hunters and farmers produce many excuses to justify their murders of defenseless animals. The first do it out of a hobby and perverse sadism, but they always keep silent the joy, the experience of killing.
The second one is used to torturing animals anyway and cruelly slaughtered for profit.

In today’s society, the following applies: Whoever feels nothing when killing is a psychopath and severely disturbed.
In my view, these people are ruthless assholes, who can continue to kill animals in the forest and everywhere because they are protected by authorities, judges, and politicians who are also hunters themselves.

In Germany, the hunters are a miserable minority of 45% of the population, who nevertheless have the right to terrorize citizens and animals in the forest, to “accidentally” kill pets, to destroy the soil, and to cause enormous pollution.

But the average German thinks it’s none of his business what happens in the forest until he finds his cat or dog shot somewhere, by a hunter.
And he must be happy if a hunter does not mistake him with a wild boar when he takes when he goes for a walk in the forest!!

And so we are back to a known fact: as long as society is manipulated by media propaganda and false information and acts cowardly, nothing will change about the hunt.

It is these who have the power to abolish hunting that must be put under pressure.
From all of us.
We have many resources for this today, we just have to bring courage.

We owe it to the animals.

My best regards to all, Venus

Germany: 5000 pigs burned alive during a major fire in a fattening plant


Every rescue came too late for the animals: thousands of pigs were burned and suffocated in a fire in the community of Teutschenthal. The fire is now under control.

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5000 animals were burned in a fire in a pig fattening plant in Saxony-Anhalt. The fire department was in large-scale operations for several hours. A police spokesman said on Friday that the property damage was estimated to be between four and five million euros (!!!)

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 *** Major fire at SMA Woestmann KG pig fattening plant Teutschenthal Saalekreis Teutschenthal 16 07 2020 Photo Holger John, Teutschenthal Saxony Anhalt Germany

A total of three stables and a connecting building were affected by the fire.
“The pigsties themselves have largely burned down. The animals have to be assumed that they all died in the fire,” said a police spokesman for the MDR.

The fire that broke out in Teutschenthal near Halle on Thursday morning has now been extinguished. However, a fire watch is held due to individual embers, the spokesman said.
The cause of the fire was unclear for the moment.



And I mean…Around 115,000 animals per year die through stall fires in Germany alone, approx. 5000 stables burn in 1 year, which is around 14 fires a day !!!

During the Corona period, the stall fires increased.

Incredible numbers, a cruel death, and nobody gives the correct causes.
The police report usually gives the following reasons: defective electrical systems and ventilation, completely inadequate fire protection … but there are other reasons that play a role!

The farmers have great problems with the animals, the coronavirus also affects the marketing of breeding cattle, calves, and slaughter cows. Prices are falling, foreign demand is severely restricted and auctions cannot take place. Their “slaves” no longer bring the money they want.

Killing by conventional methods costs a lot, fires are cheaper because in this case, the insurance company pays and the farmers also get compensation for every being that is burned.

In this case, too, someone has rehabilitated himself at the cost of fellow creatures’ lives.
And the authorities wave it through.

The news came only in the local newspaper.
If it were 5,000 human animals, we would have National Mourning Day!

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Californian ‘He Man Trouphy Hunter’ (we call him a TOSSER) Shoots Elephant In the Head Many Times. Petition to UPS.

WAV Comment – A ‘big man tosser’ of a US trophy hunter shoots an elephant in the head many times.  Watch the video to see what a complete and utter wanker this bloke is – just like ALL hunters.  So this is your way of ‘protecting’ wild animals is it ? – asshole !

A curious young elephant approaches an American trophy hunter—only to be shot in the head repeatedly and allowed to endure a prolonged, painful death.

As part of a breaking investigation, PETA has obtained footage of a Californian trophy hunter named Aaron Raby shooting an elephant in the head over and over again. The elephant falls to his knees and suffers in agony as Raby shoots him at least four more times over the next two minutes. How many shots were taken after the video stopped and how long the elephant suffered before finally dying is unknown.

American trophy hunter Aaron Raby (center) poses with the elephant he killed outside Kruger National Park.

Afterward, Raby mutilates the elephant’s corpse, cutting off his tail. He later pays tens of thousands of dollars to have the elephant’s body parts preserved for shipment to the U.S.

Aaron Raby paid $30,000 to kill this elephant, after which he cut off his tail. Raby later paid another $20,000 to have the elephant’s body parts preserved for shipment to the United States.

Every year, thousands of wild animals like this magnificent elephant are slaughtered by trophy hunters for the perverse pleasure they get out of it and so that those who make a living selling hunting trips and accessories can profit from the trade in body parts. These animals need your help now.

UPS continues to allow this cruel industry to exist by shipping trophy hunters’ gruesome souvenirs. Please watch the video and then urge UPS to stop shipping hunting trophies immediately!



India: Amazing Rescues From Animal Aid Unlimited – August 2020. We Hope Video Links Work !

Dear Mark,

Happy Rakhi, to our brothers and sisters in animal protection and to our animal brothers and sisters. Raksha Bandhan is an important holiday here in India celebrating protection of someone you love. It expresses the bondbetween brothers and sisters, whether related by blood, or by love. Thank you, because you have expressed the real meaning of Rakhi every time you’ve helped someone vulnerable, of any species, colour, age or kind.

Orlando’s unbearable neck pain is gone!

Whoever says animals can’t speak hasn’t met Orlando. His sorrowful cries told a group of strangers that he was in excruciating pain and needed help. His worrying eyes expressed his confusion when we brought him to the examination table. And his adoring smile announced as clear as a bell that he loved his care-giver, Dhapu. Meet Orlando, whose injuries were invisible, so he told us all about them.

Animals can speak. They say “I hurt.” They say “I feel better now.”

And they say Thank You. Please donate.

Abandoned and disabled: getting Pumba back on his feet.

This sweet boy was abandoned when his guardians no longer wanted him. He may have lost his ability to walk because he was not allowed to move around. He had no strength at all. We call him Pumba, and he is one of the most adorable individuals you’ll ever meet. Watch the beautiful efforts of staff and volunteers to get Pumba back on his feet.

If you’re in India, he is available for adoption to a loving family who promises never to chain him again, and to give this very social boy at least 2 hours every day to exercise and play with dog and human friends.

And wherever you live, adopt a rescue dog.

Click here to adopt:  https://www.animalaidunlimited.org/how-to-help/adopt/

Surgery saved Janvi from an enormous tumour

Time was running out for this very lady-like older street dog. An enormous and rapidly-growing abdominal tumor was within weeks –maybe days–of becoming fatal. Janvi’s abundant peacefulness is a deep part of her nature. The trust she gave tells of the kindness she’s received from her human neighbours who were so glad to welcome her back after surgery.

With help, even a big problem can disappear. Please donate

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Sponsor Baby Boy or one of his friends today!

Baby Boy is the ambassador of the cow nation. Gentle as a kitten, he loves cuddles, kisses, and belly rubs! He was rescued in 2012 after his leg was run over and broken by a vehicle. His leg healed with time but it left him with a serious limp. When you come to Animal Aid he’ll be one of the first “people” you meet!

With your help we will give these sweethearts protection,

shelter and love for the rest of their lives.

WAV Comment – click below to see all the amazing team who help and care so much for all the animals.

Celebrate the staff: Our Medical Team!

Every morning they gather to determine the strategy for handling special cases and the day’s particular challenges. Our paravets treat animals non-stop every day from 8 in the morning until midnight, and their expertise has saved thousands of animals. Thank you Mangilal, Shravan, Pradeep, Arjun, Ravi, Himmat, Raju, Bharat, Pavan, Dr Vaibhav, and Dr Anca.

Meet the rest of the team:  https://www.animalaidunlimited.org/about-us/meet-the-team/

After being damaged in a surgery, I understand their plight even more.

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Family feeding elephant in zoo. Children feed Asian elephants in ...

With thanks to Stacey for sending over,

Re  https://our-compass.org/2020/08/03/i-was-a-journalist-who-reported-on-captive-animals-then-i-became-one/

Source Medium: tenderly
By Christina M. Russo After being damaged in a surgery, I understand their plight even more. I do not have coronavirus.

But I have been living in isolation. For 633 days. In October 2018, I had an elective gynecological surgery called a laparoscopic myomectomy — a benign mass removed from my uterus. There was no indication that this operation was particularly complex or risky. The surgery was performed by the director of gynecology at one of the top hospitals in the world.

The average recovery time was two to six weeks. But from the moment I awoke in the recovery room, it was clear something had gone terribly wrong. And I have been living in acute, life-altering pain ever since. Before the surgery, I was an avid hiker. A runner. I worked at my family’s iconic fruit, vegetable and flower company, carrying heavy buckets of hydrangea or field-picked zinnia without a second thought. I was also a freelance journalist, and just weeks before my operation was the proud co-recipient of a National Press Club award for an exclusive story in the Guardian on the capture of wild elephants in Zimbabwe for Chinese zoos.

I had reported for years on animal cruelty, including stories on donkey abuse in Ethiopia; bear dancing in India; deadly swimming-with-dolphin programs in the Caribbean; and the mistreatment of horses in northern California. The award was profoundly meaningful and a photograph of me next to my co-writer of the story showed a beaming, vibrant woman at the apex of her career. And then it was over.

Post-surgery, I spent months in bed in agony. I called my doctors pleading for help. I could barely walk without crying. I could not urinate without gasping or having someone hold my hand. I could not carry a carton of orange juice. I could not drive. I could not work. All I could do was writhe in pain on the couch, because I could not climb the stairs to my bedroom. My surgeon placated me with hollow assurances that time would heal all things. Ten months after my surgery, I was still in physical torment. One summer day I decided I would hobble to the beach, 400 yards away. My sister took a photo of me coming home. Crawling. Friends and family tried to soothe me; my husband took an unpaid leave of absence from the fire department to care for me. I hired someone to make soup for me. I lost 25 pounds. I did acupuncture. I had nerve blocks. I meditated. Still, one of my physicians would not recommend additional pain medicine — and I was taking arguably some of the lowest dosages possible — because of my “heightened despair.” I went to the emergency room four times.

Finally — 15 months after surgery — one ER physician admitted me into the hospital, blatantly saying he hadn’t seen a patient in my level of pain in months. I was going mad. And then, I got mad. Not just for myself, but for those whose plight I had been exposing before my operation: the innumerable animals confined to their own physical and mental isolation and torment in zoos.

Someone once told me that when people go to zoos and aquariums they think they are seeing something extraordinary. But what they are really seeing is a slow death.

For some, this might seem like a frivolous point when people are dying from a virus that the world is trying to contain and eradicate. But for me, the caged animals represented not only a journalistic career, but, now, a personal kinship. When I was a child, my parents took me to a zoo on Cape Cod. The “main attraction” was a lone gorilla slumped against a wall in a thick glass cage. Visitors stared at the animal who was sitting on the floor next to a dirty car tire. They saw something foreign, and cartoonish and entertaining. They pointed their fingers and laughed. I grabbed my father’s hand and cried.

Decades later, I produced a documentary for public radio examining the ethics of American zoos. I conducted many interviews and visited zoos around the country. From a journalistic perspective it was clear that caging animals to serve as “conservation ambassadors” for the wild is a misguided, if not entirely bogus notion. If it were working, maybe we wouldn’t be in a global conservation crisis. After living almost entirely inside my home for 21 months, the images that have always haunted me are now turning into an unrivaled simpatico: A massive male elephant confined to an exhibit the size of my neighbor’s garage.

An official zoo training video that showed an elephant screaming as men beat and bloodied her into submission. A binturong in a tiny cage with a single bowl of water that was green with stagnant algae. A lone, sickly yak who was literally eating the inside of his wooden stall. A camel with legs covered in diarrhea. A pair of African white rhinos lying nose-to-nose in a barren enclosure, continents away from where they should have been. And at one zoo, supposedly one of the best in the country, I was led to a neon-lit basement where a stunning silverback gorilla had been living in isolation. For 10 years. One of the most disturbing images I’ve seen recently is a video, taken by elephant advocate Sharon Pincott of elephants in a zoo in Beijing, walking in circles in concrete, empty cages. In the video, they go round and round and round behind metal bars. And on the outside, noisy visitors clamor and gab.

I sent the video to elephant behaviorist Joyce Poole, who has been acting against the internment of elephants in zoos for decades and has seen what one would colloquially call, it all. But this video, she said, left her sobbing. What drives human beings to cage animals for entertainment? After years of reportage, I ultimately think it’s based on some cocktail of human hubris, a religiously-buoyed belief in our dominion, and even society’s, dare I say, over-reliance on science. For example, there’s the oft-repeated phrase that humans are the only species that knows it is going to die. Who came up with that one? Or that many animals don’t have a sense of self, or communicate in ways that are as sophisticated as us, because it has yet to be proven.

These kinds of refrains cement the idea that animals are lesser than. And allow humans en masse to do things to animals they would never do to each other. When it comes right down to it, though, the bottom line is that there are more people who don’t care about the welfare of animals than those who do.

After my surgery, I was at the mercy of my doctors to find the cause of my pain. Initially, I was sure they would do this with fervor. But they didn’t. So, day after day life was the same: Wake up, suffer, talk to doctors, go to sleep. Wake up, suffer, talk to doctors, go to sleep. Anguish, disbelief, and despair eclipsed my once purpose-filled life. And monotony, perhaps one of the most crushing and consuming kinds of agonies, set in. Imagine then, being an animal in a zoo.

What if you were in pain? What if you were lonely? What if you wanted to walk beyond the bars? Someone once told me that when people go to zoos and aquariums they think they are seeing something extraordinary. But what they are really seeing is a slow death. In real time. The coronavirus-spawned isolation is testing people in ways they’ve never been tested before, physically and mentally. And with this isolation, there is an opportunity to ponder.

So for the first time in many, many months, I’ve sharpened probably the last remnants of my journalistic pen to write this essay. The current fear, despair, mania, physical constraint and existential heartache will most likely be temporary for those who have the fortune to survive this virus. And you, dear reader, will have the great gift of being free of your quarantine, your confinement, and your cage.

But for so many magnificent animals, this new world is not novel. Or a dramatic medical measure. Or a safety lockdown. Or a fleeting moment. For animals at the zoo — or in any cage — this is something else. Something far, far more horrible.

For them, this is something that you, very briefly, called life.

Christina M. Russo is a freelance journalist, with a focus on animal issues. Published in National Geographic, the Guardian, YaleE360, Outside, Fashionista and others. tenderly is a vegan magazine, of the Medium family, that’s hopefully devoted to delicious plants, liberated animals, and leading a radical, sustainable, joyful life.

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There’s no right way to do the wrong thing!

Many nonvegans often tell us how they only buy from some kind of idyllic fantasy land of small local family farms where enslavement and killing are “done a respectful way.”

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Why exactly does distance matter when an individual is murdered and enslaved?

Is it suddenly moral and ethical to slice the throat of someone when it is 10 miles away, but 100 miles is when it is too far and now you wouldn’t buy from them because they are immoral and unethical?

There’s no right way to do the wrong thing. Stop supporting this violence and abuse.

Anonymous for the Voiceless

And I mean…Stop being a collaborator of the meat mafia yourself.
With their propaganda, they want you to believe their lie.
The meat mafia wants you to cooperate and help in their crimes against animals and people; with your consumption, you support thieves, crooks, mass murderers.

Stop keeping alive this fascist system of slavery, of mass destruction, be no longer the hangman’s right hand!

My best regards to all, Venus

Spain: medieval cockfighting still active

In addition to bullfighting, cockfighting is one of the embarrassments of the Spanish country, with the difference that the second is practically illegal.

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They can only be associated with the peña, and the presence of veterinarians is not mandatory, although in fights where roosters use spurs on their legs to attack alongside their beaks, the wounds are common and about one in 10 dies in battle.

Las peleas de gallos todavía son consideradas legales en las comunidades de Andalucía y CanariasLas cockfights are still considered legal in the communities of Andalusia and the Canary Islands


The Telecinco program ‘Sálvame’ has shown this afternoon images of Juan José Padilla, Morante de la Puebla and Alberto López Simón in a cockfight held in June in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cádiz), which could constitute a punished crime with up to 18 months in prison.

AnimaNaturalis will take the case to court.

In the images that ‘Sálvame’ has shown this Tuesday, you can see the bullfighters how they witness these brutal cockfights from the stands. The act, supposedly, would have been held in June, the month in which Spain was still in a state of alarm due to the pandemic. In addition, there are images in which you can see the bullfighters delivering an award with a minor, who has a mask in hand.

No one else in the photo is wearing a mask.

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The police have asked the program management for all the evidence, data, photos, and videos to intervene, according to Kiko Hernández during the program.

Are cockfights legal in Spain?

Continue reading “Spain: medieval cockfighting still active”

the religious massacre of Eid al-Adha



The horde cannot wait to circle the victims, as the rules of a brutal tradition require. The knives are carefully sharpened because death with sharp blades can work even more precisely in the service of this bloody tradition.
The victim, alone, as always, alone against the religious mob and its knives, alone, can do nothing but surrender because every resistance exacerbates his agony.

Alone, anonymously, will soon lie on the roadside as a waste product of human madness, brutally murdered on behalf of a god, for whom animals only fulfill the function of the victim.

It is a planned, announced, and approved crime that is waiting for these victims.
It is a legal brutal murder and is therefore also called tradition.

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We are talking about the religious bloodbath Eid al-Adha, the first day of the sacrificial festival this year is July 31st. The celebrations begin on the evening before and end on August 3, 2020.

The massacre will end tomorrow.

Ultimately, the animals are not killed by the sharp knife of religious executioners but of the madness of those who have given them the right to massacre animals in the name of a god, cheaply copied from criminal Christianity.
But also by the complicity of a society that makes this murder possible because it is still breastfeeding in blind faith, lives on empty myths, and remains silent.

We know that this society is no worse and no more hostile to animals than our perpetrator society.

No religion in the world, neither Islam nor Christianity grants animals a right to life, not even respect, none recognizes them as equal individuals in society.

The question is: Does it relieve Islam of its crimes against animals because it also occurs in Christianity? relieves a criminal that other people are criminals too?

We have not given up hope that this society, like any society, will one day remember with horror and shame its crimes of the past, all these brutal traditions of all kinds, which from beginning to end only celebrate violence and atrocities against defenseless animals.

And we will not wait any longer, we will fight against it with all our strength, for an end to every religious massacre in the world.

From the simple fact that we cannot stand injustice, ditto hypocrisy.
Especially if both are practiced in religious dimensions.
For us, it is a crime when mass murderers are promoted as guardians of tradition, and with the outrageous justification of religious freedom.

Tomorrow is always too late when we consider that the murder of the innocent is at stake.
And Eid al-Adha is nothing more than that: a murder –

My best regards to all, Venus

Ireland: Peta are now on board re Irish Live Exports to Libya. Please Sign the Petition and Crosspost to Contacts.

Our recent posts associated with this shipment:




Now that Peta have taken this up, hopefully we will see some action.

There is a petition to the Irish Minister regarding the exports to Libya – we hope you can sign and pass on to all your contacts.

Update 2/8/20:  Irish cattle to Libya – take action and send message to the Irish Minister.

Right now, about 2,000 bulls are being shipped from Ireland to Libya on a harrowing nine-day journey. When they arrive, they’ll endure slaughter so gruesome it would be illegal in their home country.

This misery must end. Let’s join forces to stop the cruel live-export industry:

Petition link:


During live export, frightened animals are forced onto crowded lorries or ships and transported for days or even weeks to foreign abattoirs.

When they reach these facilities, they’re often killed in gruesome ways that would be illegal in their home country.

In 2019, over 200,000 cows were forced to make the long, harrowing journey from Ireland to continental Europe, sometimes in temperatures of up to 41.5 degrees. Close to 8,000 more were sent on even longer, tortuous journeys to destinations with vastly different or non-existent animal welfare laws, including Kazakhstan, Libya, and Turkey. This figure has increased by over 50% in 2020.






New film The End of Medicine—created by award-winning British filmmaker Alex Lockwood and What the Health co-director Keegan Kuhn—aims to spotlight the role of animal agriculture in the rise of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19. 

Vegan actors and couple Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have signed on as executive producers of new vegan documentary The End of Medicine. The new documentary, which began filming pre-COVID-19 in October 2019, is directed by Alex Lockwood (the award-winning British director behind 73 Cows and Test Subjects) and is produced by Keegan Kuhn (co-director of vegan documentaries What the Health and Cowspiracy).

Through poignant interviews with world-renowned scientists, The End of Medicine aims to expose the culpability of the animal agriculture in creating massive public health threats such as antibiotic resistance, swine and bird flu, food-borne illness, MRSA, and, the current pandemic COVID-19, which is thought to have started at a wet animal market in Wuhan, China late last year.

“We hope that The End of Medicine is an eye-opening call to action and ignites a spark of willingness to change our habits. The science is irrefutable,” Phoenix and Mara said in a joint statement. “Modern animal agriculture will continue to make us sick if we don’t radically change our patterns of consumption.”

The feature-length documentary is expected to wrap production by the end of 2020.

French government risks paying huge fines if it bows to pressure from hunting lobby.

WAV Comment – In the distant past (centuries ago) in London; the baiting of bears and bulls was commonplace. We grew up and disposed of it because of the cruelty involved; we did not call it ‘tradition’ or any other crap like you get from these hunters or the Spanish bullfighters. It is now 2020 and people wont accept the cruelty – so move; preferably to another planet.

French government risks paying huge fines if it bows to pressure from hunting lobby



‘Hunting with glue-sticks is an abomination’: A dead robin, stuck to a branch by its legs and wings.

 ‘Hunting with glue-sticks is an abomination’: A dead robin, stuck to a branch by its legs and wings. Photograph: Courtesy LPO

France is to outlaw trapping birds using sticks covered in glue after the European commission threatened legal action and fines.

The move was welcomed by campaigners who have described the practice as “barbaric” and who urged the French government not to bow to pressure from the powerful hunting lobby.

Hunters argue the method of trapping the birds, known as chasse à la glu, is a centuries-old rural tradition and say they are being persecuted.

Using glue sticks to catch birds has been outlawed in Europe since the 1979 Bird Directive, except in specific circumstances where the practice is “controlled, selective and in limited quantities”. Since 1989, France has invoked these circumstances to permit glue-trapping in five south-east departments on the grounds that it is “traditional”.

The French Bird Protection League (LPO) produced evidence from hidden cameras to prove that the practice is not selective and poses a threat to endangered species, which persuaded the European commission to act.

France, one of the last European countries to authorise hunting birds with glue, has been given until October to definitively outlaw the practice.

At a meeting with hunters last week Barbara Pompili, the newly appointed minister for ecological transition, told them the chasse à la glu must end by October.

“This is a final warning from the European commission. France cannot be the last country that allows the trapping and barbaric torture of birds. This hunting is non selective and cruel,” said Yves Verilhac, the director of the LPO.

“The hunting lobby is blaming the new minister because she’s a woman and an ecologist, but all she is doing is not signing any opt-outs to the directive this year under threat from the European commission.”

The LPO estimates 40,000 birds are caught using glue sticks by 5,000 hunters every year. The hunters are allowed to catch four types of thrush and one of blackbird, but secretly filmed video shown to the Guardian last year showed robins, blue tits, warblers and finches struggling and dying on glue-sticks or being pulled off and discarded like litter. Last year, LPO activists found a dead kestrel, its wings gummed with glue.

Willy Schraen, the president of the Hunting Federation, said he was in “complete disagreement” with the government’s decision to follow the directive and warned hunters would take legal action.

“I hope the minister will not listen to the sirens in Brussels and will remain true to what France, with its traditions and strong values, represents. This is a very ancient way of capturing birds,” Schraen told FranceInfo.

He added: “I don’t think it’s barbaric. I don’t think those who practise this chasse à la glu are thugs. They are people with strong values who are happy to catch a few birds. Why is this a problem? The real question is … why is the head of environment in Europe wasting time persecuting a few Gaulois?”

“We will legally defend glue-trapping because it is a symbol [of our culture].”

Verilhac has urged the government not to give in. “If they do, the French people will find themselves paying millions in fines for the sake of 5,000 hunters,” he said.

“The hunters paint this idyllic picture of country folk living off the land with their traditions, but these hunters aren’t rural people. Most of them turn up in expensive 4×4 vehicles from the city.”

Verilhac added: “Besides, not all traditions should be defended. Hunting with glue sticks is an abomination.”

Ireland: Around 2,000 Bull Cattle Currently Being Shipped to Libya for Slaughter. Learn More About ‘Ship Hunting’.

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As many of you will know; live animal transport is a main hate of ours.

In the recent past we have tracked (daily) vessels taking live animals from Romania to the Middle East –

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/09/04/nightmare-comes-true-for-romanian-sheep-exported-to-the-gulf/  and


Rather than concentrate on one vessel sailing with live suffering animals for WEEKS on end; this time we have picked a relatively shorter journey.  It is from EU Ireland to War torn Libya, North Africa.  The particular sailing we have picked is sadly just one of dozens which are taking place the world over at this very moment – live animals being abused by being forced to undertake journeys which usually result in a terrible death for them; and we see no alternative in this for the Irish bulls currently sailing to Libya.

We at WAV reported on this specific shipment a few weeks ago: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/07/26/ireland-sending-live-animals-to-libya-a-war-zone-may-breach-eu-welfare-laws-does-the-eu-care-probably-not/

We have chosen this sailing as it has achieved a little more attention in the past few weeks; before it commenced.  Basically, in summary, this shipment of 2,000 bulls could contravene EU welfare regulations, campaigners and others say.

Animal welfare groups have warned that a shipment of young bulls from Ireland to Libya could contravene live export laws.

The shipment, which consists of around 2,000 bulls, would be the fourth this year from Ireland. The vessel in question very recently left from the port of Cork in south-west Ireland, destined for the Libyan port of Misurata.

The news of the sailing came as a European parliament committee of inquiry, announced last month, and began to look into alleged failures to enforce EU rules on protecting transported animals across the EU and beyond, and “to act upon the evidence that EU rules on moving live animals across the EU and to third countries are being seriously and systematically infringed”.  Libya is not an EU member state and is thus a ‘third country’.

Here is a link which you can read relating to an Irish agriculture bulletin regarding this actual latest shipment:


Note that there are heaps of praise (as the Irish ag industry would expect) for the Irish ministry who supervised the loading of the animals at Cork; but nothing is said whatsoever about the circumstances the animals will endure when they arrive in Libya; or the way in which they will be slaughtered.  Very much a one side of the fence report as we have expected and seen from the European ag industry over the years.

Here below we are giving out a few extra links which we have / currently use at WAV to enable us to track livestock shipments at sea anywhere in the world.  You may want to learn from us how to be a ‘livestock ship detective’ which may help with your complaints etc to authority should you make them.

First; here are some photos of the vessel o this consignment, named the ‘Sarah M’.


and here is a link which provides much more about the vessel (Sarah M) and the particular sailing:  Lots of info here – arrival date, port, ship MO / MMSI etc.

Vesselfinder.com is a good site which is open to use for the public.  Knowing how to use it for maximum information obtain is something which can only be gained by use / experience.


What a surprise we don’t think – the vessel is registered in Panama and carries the

IMO / MMSI7808463 / 352548000

For information:

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) number is a unique identifier for ships, registered ship owners and management companies. IMO numbers were introduced to improve maritime safety and security and to reduce maritime fraud. They consist of the three letters “IMO” followed by unique seven-digit numbers, assigned under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).[1][2]

The IMO number scheme has been mandatory for all ships since 1996. The number identifies a ship and does not change when the ship’s owner, country of registry or name changes. The ship’s certificates must also bear the IMO number. Since 1 July 2004, passenger ships are also required to carry the marking on a horizontal surface visible from the air.

Digital radio identification code for marine stations

A Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) is a series of nine digits which are sent in digital form over a radio frequency channel in order to uniquely identify ship stations, ship earth stations, coast stations, coast earth stations, and group calls. These identities are formed in such a way that the identity or part thereof can be used by telephone and telex subscribers connected to the general telecommunications network to call ships automatically.

The Irish do not publish this info in magazines; rusty old ships registered in god knows where; and crewed by a group of delinquents who know as much about animal welfare as the grass in my garden !

I hope the links give you an insight into our investigation world and you can even start tracking the vessel given the links and info we have provided.

As you an see from the info provided at  https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/SARAH-M-IMO-7808463-MMSI-352548000  the ship is expected to dock in Misurata at around 0800hrs on 8/8/20.  We are keeping track and hope you will.

Happy ship hunting !

Regards Mark.

Adoption means love

There is nothing better than giving an animal a second chance at a new and loving home. ❤

Slogan über adoption

It is “not just an animal” with whom you share your life, it is a heart that beats, a being that feels with you and will be grateful forever.
It is a life that wants to live.

Open your house to a friend who stays true to you for life.
Adopt an animal, never buy!

My best regards to all, Venus

Italy: And then opened all the cages!

translation of anonymous report (see above, or click here to view video):


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And I mean…There are many who would say … “this is not how we solve the problem with fur farms, we have to abolish fur farms by law”.
Yes! We all know that! ALF too.

But we know even more that laws are made by criminal, corrupt politicians, most of whom have a private economic interest in preserving fur farms.

These actions not only release the animals DIRECTLY from their suffering but also cause great financial damage to the fur mafia.
If ten of these actions were to take place each month, especially in countries such as Finland, Denmark, Poland, Russia, and above all in China, we would have damaged this mafia-like business faster and more effectively than waiting for the law.

Not all will probably survive, however for thousands of animals, it means they are spared death by gassing or electrocution.
They get a free life, what they deserve, they don’t end up on the shelves as cheap fur.

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Thank you, ALF, mille grazie!

Leonardo DiCaprio Calls For Wildlife Trade To End – Says Animals Are ‘Worth More Alive’.

'We must end the trade' (Photo edited by Plant Based News)

WAV Comment: Great man, good news. 45 million followers – that will get a message across !

Leonardo DiCaprio Calls For Wildlife Trade To End – Says Animals Are ‘Worth More Alive’

The actor praised Vietnam’s decision to ban all imports of wild animals to his 45.1 million Instagram followers

Celebrity actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has called for an end to the wildlife trade, saying animals are ‘worth more alive’.

The star made the comment after reposting a breaking news story from WildAid on how Vietnam has banned all imports of wild animals, dead or alive, to reduce further pandemic risk.Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has also called for tougher action against people involved in illegal hunting, killing, or advertising of wild animals in a new directive with immediate effect.

‘This is huge’

DiCaprio, who often uses his platform to raise awareness of meat’s environmental impact, said to his 45.1 million Instagram followers: “This is huge for both the protection of wildlife and ourselves.

“We must end the trade. #EndTheTrade #WhenTheBuyingStopsTheKillingCanToo #WorthMoreAlive.”Is Leonardo DiCaprio Vegan?

Whilst DiCaprio has invested in plant-based brand Beyond Meat, and executively produced the environmental documentary Cowspiracy – he is not vegan himself.

However, it was reported that the celeb requested a plant-based meal for the 2020 Governors Ball earlier this year.

Chef Wolfgang Puck told Hollywood Life: “I did the SAG Awards and Leo said, ‘What can you give me, something vegan?’. He wanted vegan. We made a vegan pizza. He ate it so fast. He said, ‘Oh, can you bring another one?’.”

Finland: Caged Fur Racoon Impaled Through Eye and Head on Finnish Fur Farm. Sign Petition Now to Get Fur (Shit Traders) Out of UK. We Want a Fur Free Britain.

Sorry folks but with Venus away I was hoping to keep things under some kind of control.  But over the last few days I have personally had a really bad hit with my Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – and what with the heat this week in Europe, it just shut me down completely.  But things are a little better today and so I will try and publish a few things.  This story is just one of thousands which relate to animals being kept and abused for their fur.

Then you get crass statements from the BFTA stating that there are individual cases like this; but with rigorous checks cases are dealt with swiftly.  A typical response from an industry which supports animal abuse.

This incident was in Finland, but we fully support Claire Bass of the Humane Society International/UK, when she says “As long as the UK sells fur from overseas, we are complicit in this horrendous cruelty.

“We need a UK fur sales ban now.”

Fully agree Claire, and we will continue (with most people) to fight to get one.

Fur farmers and traders – dealers in animal abuse and untold suffering; we will expose them whenever we can.

All photographs are reproduced courtesy of the Mirror newspaper.

Regards Mark

Foxes and mink have been found in appalling conditions on fur farms in Finland, which exports millions of pounds of fur products to the UK.

Investigators found animals in tiny cages suffering from ear infections and damaged eyes, and with ears and limbs bitten off.

One raccoon dog had even been impaled through the eye and head by a protruding part of his cage.

Kristo Muurimaa is an investigator for the Finish charity Oikeutta Elaimille, who visited farms undercover.

He said: “I have got used to seeing animals unable to move more than a few feet, the stench, the continuous screaming and the rattling sound of wire cages under thousands of tiny paws.

“But this raccoon dog pierced through the eye, hanging there unable to move, was something I’ve never seen before.

“This industry needs to stop.”

Finland is Europe’s biggest producer of fox fur.

It electrocutes 1.9 million foxes, 1.04 million mink and 153,000 raccoon dogs every year.

Since 2000, when Britain banned fur farming, we have imported more than £14million of Finnish fur.

Claire Bass, of the Humane Society International/UK, said: “As long as the UK sells fur from overseas, we are complicit in this horrendous cruelty.

“We need a UK fur sales ban now.”

This month, the Daily Mirror launched its Fur Free Britain campaign.

The British Fur Trade Association said: “There will be individual cases where animals become ill or injured.

“Thanks to the rigorous checks in place, these cases will be dealt with swiftly.”

Mirror petition wording:

Help make a fur-free Britain!

The government ordered the last UK fur farm to close its doors back in 2000, but now the UK is importing fur cruelty from overseas. The unnecessary suffering of animals for fur fashion is deplorable, whether the animal involved is a cat, a dog or a seal, whose fur is already banned from UK trade by EU regulations, or a coyote, a fox or a raccoon dog, whose fur is currently still allowed.

Opinion polls show continually high levels of public disapproval of fur, regardless of species – more than 80% believe that it’s unacceptable to buy and sell animal fur in the UK. We want to see an end to the cruel, unnecessary, outdated fur trade, and for Britain to lead the way as the world’s first fur-free nation!

Please add your name to our letter calling on the government not only to retain a UK import ban on cat, dog and seal, but also establish a sales ban to cover the pelts of all animals killed for their fur.

Animals Asia News – Click on Links Below for Full Stories and Videos.

The six sad bears that you helped bring home have come along in leaps and bounds. James, Alice and Bân have all taken their first steps out onto the cool grass of their exciting new enclosure. Florence and Clara have moved from quarantine to their cosy den and are getting ready to go outside. And our most recent rescue, our very calm Cotton Blossom, is fast approaching the end of her 45-day quarantine period with all of the above to look forward to. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping to heal these six broken bears.

Full story – https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/six-bears-long-road-to-recovery.html?utm_source=enews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=july20&utm_content=uk

On 29 May, after decades of work by Animals Asia and other animal welfare organisations, we celebrated the removal of dogs from China’s Catalogue of Livestock. This monumental decision reflects the growing concern for animal welfare in China and means that all restaurants, markets, and slaughterhouses countrywide selling dogs for food are now illegal. This incredible breakthrough couldn’t have happened without your dedication. Thank you for helping to improve the lives of millions of companion animals across China.

Full story – https://www.animalsasia.org/intl/social/jills-blog/2020/07/20/doing-things-differently-now-ending-the-suffering-of-dogs-and-cats/?utm_source=enews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=july20&utm_content=uk

Our amazing team transferred 34 bears in just one morning at our Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre. Why? Well… as we continue to rescue bears from bile farms we need to create more space for new arrivals. But it’s also an exciting opportunity for the bears to get a change of scenery and have new adventures. Of course, we caught it all on camera for you to enjoy…

Full story – https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/the-worlds-cutest-moon-bear-house-swap-its-moon-bear-moving-day.html?utm_source=enews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=july20&utm_content=uk

A safari park in China that featured live performances from trained bears, macaques, tigers, lions, and other animals, announced on 23 April that the shows would end with immediate effect. The park has been an active participant in workshops co-hosted by Animals Asia and the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens. And we welcome this fantastic step in the right direction, which wouldn’t be possible without your support. Thank you!

Full story – https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/media/news/news-archive/chinese-zoo-ends-live-animal-performances.html?utm_source=enews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=july20&utm_content=uk

We were devastated to have to cancel our 2020 vegan BearBQ in London due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. But we’re pleased to announce we already have a date secured for 2021! So add 19 June to your diary and look forward to lots of scrumptious food, fundraising games & great company, including special guest, our founder and CEO, Jill Robinson. Tickets will go on sale again in January and we’ll be in touch to remind you nearer the time

Full story – https://www.animalsasia.org/uk/get-involved/i-want-attend-an-event/bearbq-event/

Who says you need to leave the comfort of your own home to support Asia’s animals in need? We’ve seen some incredible online fundraisers over the last few months, from online yoga classes and virtual quizzes to Facebook fundraisers and online auctions. There are so many ways that you can fundraise for the bears without even having to go outside. And we’re here to help you every step of the way!

England: Dutch Criminal Exports British Sheep for Eid Slaughter. The Conservatives Do Nothing; Except Talk the Talk – We Want Action !

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Muslim butcher man cutting a sheep for Eid Al-Adha. Eid al-Adha ...

WAV Comment – I (Mark) have been involved with work against the live animal trade for nearly 30 years now.  I think that I have seen a lot of the abuses associated with this business over those years.  Got the T shirt and all that !

At the moment in England; we really only have the live trade going out of Ramsgate, which is a port here in my home county of Kent.  Kent is the nearest county to mainland Europe, with very regular ferry services to the continent.  Fortunately, due to excellent and very long, hard campaigning over many years; we managed to get all the major ferry operators (sailing from UK to Europe) to stop carrying live animals (for slaughter) on their ships.  The only service which really operates sporadically now is from Ramsgate port by the Dutchman named Onderwater.  He has been operating for a few weeks now; taking British sheep into Europe for ritual slaughter in relation to Eid.  See the message below from Lyn at Animals Australia about this also.

See these links for more info /history relating to Onderwater:



Mr Onderwater runs a Dutch registered company called Onderwater Agneaux BV. He pleaded guilty on behalf of his company at Folkestone magistrates’ court on 5 July 2010 to six offences of not displaying any sign on his vehicles indicating the presence of live animals contrary to article 6(c) of the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006 and article 6(3) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport. The prosecutor was the trading standards department of Kent county council.

And here we are in 2020 with a convicted criminal still taking live British sheep into Europe for ritual slaughter.  As with all politicians; the CAWG bleats on about how terrible things are for sheep to be exported from Ramsgate; and yet they are the political party with a big majority in government who could act to stop the trade and change it now.  Instead they do nothing and continually go on about how terrible it all is.  Yes it is terrible; so CAWG, get off your butts and do something to get your party, the Conservatives; to stop the trade.  If they don’t take action and instead just simply bleat on; then you have to ask what they really exists for ?

Here below is the message from Lyn; it is happening in England right now due to an ineffective CAWG and a useless Conservative government and animal ‘welfare’ group.  Boris Johnson specialises in talking the talk; but fails when it comes to doing anything. Once out of Europe blah blah blah; nothing changes thanks to him.

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Malaysia Muslims Celebrate Eid Al-Adha By Slaughtering Sheep ...

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Festival of Sacrifice / Live export investigation 2016


Tomorrow is the start of Eid al-Adha, the annual ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ — one of the most lucrative times of the year for the global live export industry and, sadly, one of the peak times of suffering for animals.

Animals from Australia, Europe and South America have been exported to the Festival. It is the companies and countries that supplied these animals that bear the weight of moral responsibility for what lies ahead for them in coming days.

For some 15 years now, Animals Australia has had investigators on the ground during the Festival to document the final moments of animals, so that we have evidence to call these countries and companies to account. This year will be no different.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19 border closures, we will have investigators working across eight countries in South East Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Our in-country work over many years has enabled us to forge invaluable relationships and friendships with local advocates and investigators who share our desire to see an end to the live export trade. They will be actively operating under our coordination during the Festival.

Already our investigators’ work has paid ‘dividends’, with the lodging of evidence to the Australian regulator revealing Australian sheep being sold outside of approved supply chains in Kuwait. We know all too well what this blatant breach of exporters’ responsibilities would have meant for these animals — transport in car boots in suffocating heat and a prolonged and painful death.

This complaint reveals once again that without independent oversight, Australian live export regulations can be easily circumvented. And once again, without our investigators being active, the Department of Agriculture would be none the wiser that breaches of their regulations were occurring.

Having witnessed the treatment of animals during so many Festivals of Sacrifice, I can report that the one small mercy we will see this year, is reduced suffering. This is because COVID-19 restrictions are dramatically reducing street sales and slaughter across all affected countries. As a result, we don’t know exactly what our teams will find, but thanks to you they will be there.

As you can imagine, investigation work is highly risky for those who must live and work in the same regions, but these advocates’ bravery is driven by their collective desire to see all animals treated humanely and with compassion.

I wish you could have come to know these advocates and investigators as I have. I am so very grateful to these incredible men and women who care so deeply for animals. They are the agents for change in their countries. Their desire for kindness and compassion to be extended to all beings is no different to our own.

And of course, I’m so grateful for your support that means these investigators can be where they need to be, equipped and ready. We speak to them of the critical support that you provide that enables these investigations. Please know that they draw strength from you, and other caring people, who they know will be with them in spirit in coming days.

Thank you, as always, for making our work possible — this year more than ever.

For the animals,

Lyn White AM
Animals Australia

England: Council In London To Ban Meat From Future Events To Fight Climate Crisis.

The ban will come into effect in December (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

Council In London To Ban Meat From Future Events To Fight Climate Crisis

Thank you for doing the right thing when plant-based is the only way forward for our planet, public health, and human decency’



Enfield Council in London has announced it will ban meat from future events to help tackle the climate crisis.

Starting in December, the council will be the first in the U.K to only serve veggie and vegan options at events where it provides the catering.

The council, which aims to become a net-zero organization by 2030, and a net-zero borough by 2040, recently made the announcement in its Climate Action Plan report.

‘Positive impact’

A spokesperson from The Vegan Society told the Evening Standard: “A comparison of even the lowest impact beef with plant protein such as peas shows that beef is responsible for six times more greenhouse gasses and 36 times more land.

“For councils that have declared a Climate Emergency this would be a simple policy to enact which would have a positive impact.”

The Vegan Society added that it hopes other councils and public sector organizations will be ‘inspired’ by Enfield Council’s move and follow in suit.

Mixed opinions

The announcement stirred opinions online, with some accusing the council of ‘forcing’ people to be vegetarian.

One Twitter user said: “Imagine the outcry if it was the other way around! Surely it’s not a councils job to dictate what we eat?”

Whilst another, who was in support of the ban, said: “Hats off to Enfield Council. Thank you for doing the right thing when plant-based is the only way forward for our planet, public health, and human decency.”

USA: Someone ran over multiple sea turtle nests on Captiva Island.

Someone ran over multiple sea turtle nests on Captiva Island

CAPTIVA ISLAND, Fla. – The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is looking for someone who ran over six sea turtle nests on Sunday morning,

FWC officers think a golf cart or similar vehicle was used near Captiva Drive and Paige Court on where the nests were found disturbed.

An SCCF Sea Turtle Volunteer found the damage. Their sea turtle hotline also received two phone calls reporting the damage: one was from a resident and the other was from a visitor. Stakes were removed from the nests and thrown into the sand dune.

“These criminal actions clearly do not represent the intent of the rest of us, and they do feel like an invasion of sorts,” SCCF said in a statement. “This upends the joy and hope that these turtles represent for us all. I urge us all to channel this outrage by aiming it toward something good.”

According to Florida law, any person, firm, or corporation that illegally takes, disturbs, mutilates, destroys, causes to be destroyed, transfers, sells, offers to sell, molests, or harasses any marine turtle species, or the eggs or nest of any marine turtle species commits a third-degree felony, which has a maximum penalty of a fine up to $5,000 and up to five years in prison.

Officers said it’s unclear if any eggs were damaged because digging them up to find out could cause even more harm.

All sea turtle species in Florida are listed as endangered or threatened, and it is illegal to harm, harass, or kill any sea turtles or their eggs.

The Linsmayer Family has pledged a $1,000 gift towards SCCF’s coastal wildlife monitoring costs, and hope other concerned islanders will join them.

CLICK HERE to donate to SCCF.

For more information about Florida’s sea turtles, click here.

Brazil: Major Investors Drop Meat Giant JBS After Company Linked To Amazon Deforestation.

Major Investors Drop Meat Giant JBS After Company Linked To Amazon Deforestation

The announcement follows five allegations in 2020 alone that have tied the meat processor to illegal deforestation


JUL 28, 2020


Brazilian meat giant JBS has been dropped from major investor Nordea Asset Management – the largest financial service group in the Nordics.

It is reported the investors control a fund of around £21 billion ($27 billion) – which JBS is now ‘excluded’ from.

‘Quite dramatic’

According to The Guardian, head of responsible investments at Nordea Asset Management Eric Pedersen said: “The exclusion of JBS is quite dramatic for us because it is from all of our funds, not just the ones labelled ESG.”

The firm’s acronym ESG stands for ‘environmental, social and governmental’ – a set of standards used to assess how sustainable a company is.

Illegal deforestation

The announcement follows five allegations in 2020 alone that have tied the meat processor to illegal deforestation – with environmental groups including Greenpeace criticizing the company since 2012.

JBS was also slammed last year when the Amazon Rainforest was reported to have been ‘burning down at record pace’ – with a slew of major news outlets linking the blazes to beef farming.

Many celebrities also spoke out about the environmental catastrophe – with Khloe Kardashian encouraging her [then] 97.6 million Instagram followers to go plant-based. 



Australia’s fires ‘killed or harmed three billion animals’.

A wombat looking for food in a bushfire-affected spot in the Kangaroo Valley in January 2020

Australia’s fires ‘killed or harmed three billion animals’

  • 28 July 2020


Nearly three billion animals were killed or displaced during Australia’s devastating bushfires of the past year, scientists say.

The findings meant it was one of “worst wildlife disasters in modern history”, said the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which commissioned the report.

Mega blazes swept across every Australian state last summer, scorching bush and killing at least 33 people.

Mammals, reptiles, birds and frogs died in the flames or from loss of habitat.

During the peak of the crisis in January, scientists had estimated that 1.25 billion animals had been killed in New South Wales and Victoria alone.

But the new estimate takes in a larger area. About 11.46 million hectares – an area comparable to England – was scorched from September to February.

What was the impact?

“When you think about nearly three billion native animals being in the path of the fires, it is absolutely huge – it’s a difficult number to comprehend,” said Prof Chris Dickman, who oversaw the project by 10 scientists from Australian universities

He said they could not yet state an exact death toll, but noted the chances of animals escaping the blazes and surviving were “probably not that great” due to a lack of food and shelter.

The numbers were based on population counts and estimates of animal density before the disaster.

Limitations on data meant that some groups – such as invertebrates, fish and turtles – were not included in the estimates.

In February, the Australian government identified 113 animal species which needed “urgent help” after the bushfires.

Almost all on the list had lost at least 30% of their habitat in temperate forests and grasslands of Australia’s south and east.

Koalas and wallabies – as well as bird, fish and frog species – were among those needing the most help, said experts.

The government pledged A$50m (£27m; $35m) to wildlife and habitat recovery, but environmentalists have called on Australia to strengthen its conservation laws.

Australia is holding a royal commission inquiry into the fires, which is due to report findings in October.

It has heard overwhelming evidence from scientists who said the unprecedented frequency and severity of the blazes were a result of climate change.

Experts also said that smoke from the fires was linked to more than 445 deaths.

Actions – We Need Your Support.

Demand an end to the dolphin slaughter in the Faroe Islands

Addressed to: Danish Government 



Suffering and desperate to to fly away, two Kingfisher birds were glued by the legs to a signpost at the Cathu State Forest in Queensland, Australia.

Onlookers encountered the heartbreaking scene, where one bird, sadly, had already died. They cut the other distressed bird free and rushed him to a qualified caretaker.

Witnesses described the act as deliberate. 

“The amount of glue and stuff where these birds were stuck, it definitely wasn’t an accident,” Kiya Durbridge, whose friend discovered the birds, told 7News.

Such horrifying cruelty is inexcusable, and these beautiful birds deserve justice. Sign this petition urging the Queensland RSPCA to use all available resources to thoroughly investigate this alarming incident and to identify and arrest the suspect(s) involved.

This is an ongoing investigation. The RSPCA urges anyone with information about this case to contact them.

Help Get Congress to Take Action on Wildlife Trade

New South Wales has established an inquiry into a proposed bill – the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Restrictions on Stock Animal Procedures) Bill 2019 – that would stop mulesing by 2022 and, in the meantime, mandate that pain relief be given to sheep who are subjected to it. If passed, this bill would also ensure that sheep and other animals receive pain relief during earmarking, branding, castration, dehorning, and tail-docking.

If passed, this bill would spare lambs – 6 million of whom are mulesed every year in NSW alone – a great deal of suffering.

A chained dog suffered a miserable death at the end of a tether in Montgomery County, Ohio. The Rottweiler could be seen suffering in the intense summer heat by a neighbor who called animal control for help – but the dog died before help arrived. 

At the bare minimum, this is gross negligence, if not outright animal cruelty. Please sign this petition, which will be submitted to the Montgomery County, Ohio, officials, along with our letter demanding a full investigation and charges for the dog’s owner.

If it had not been for that good man, the deer would not have survived a single day without its mother. For these things there is the Seprona, with all the barbarities that are committed against animals and they impose a fine on a man who helps animals. This is the last straw!

They denounce the rancher who raised and helped a deer among his herd of goats

The deer lost its mother a few days after birth and was raised with a herd of goats. Now the Seprona has fined the rancher.


PETITION TARGET: Assistant United States Attorney Tiffany Preston

Hanged, skinned alive, and decapitated, defenseless animals — including dogs and cats — suffered gruesome torture at the hands of one woman, who recorded the abuse and posted the horrific videos to social media, according to the Department of Justice.

In one Instagram message, the 19-year-old suspect Krystal Cherika Scott talked about slaughtering a pregnant Siamese cat and posted images of the caged cat, along with two kittens, according to CBS2. Another post showed a decapitated dog lying dead in a cage.

Scott is believed to have obtained the animals she allegedly tormented and killed from people looking to give away their unwanted pets for adoption.

Following a thorough investigation — which revealed numerous animal skulls and 15 captive live dogs and cats — the suspect has been charged with two counts of Making and Distributing Animal Crush Videos under the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act.

The person responsible for these reprehensible acts of cruelty must never be allowed to harm another animal again. Sign this petition urging Assitant United States Attorney Tiffany Preston to prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law, including a life-long ban on having animals and an intensive psychological evaluation.

Canada: Animal rights activists rally at Greater Vancouver Zoo after emaciated moose put down.

Animal rights activists rally at Greater Vancouver Zoo after emaciated moose put down

Animal rights activists are rallying at the Greater Vancouver Zoo on Sunday, after an emaciated moose was euthanized at the facility.

Animal rights activists gathered at the Greater Vancouver Zoo Sunday to protest what they say is the poor treatment of animals, in the wake of the death of an emaciated moose.

Oakleaf, an eight-year-old moose, was euthanized at the Aldergrove facility Wednesday after months of declining body condition, according to zoo veterinarian Dr. Bruce Burton.

Read more: Grizzly bear cubs from Alberta find new home at Greater Vancouver Zoo

Burton told Global News staff had tried multiple diet changes since the winter, but that her condition worsened significantly in recent weeks.

The decision to euthanize came one day after a photo of the moose with its ribs clearly visible circulated on Facebook, which Burton said was “coincidental,” adding that he hadn’t seen the photos before the moose was euthanized.

Activists, however, claim the decision to put the moose down was a result of public scrutiny and argue that the zoo is “sourcing animals in questionable ways, and subsequently not delivering proper care or environment to them either,” according to their Facebook page.

“We have tons of questions. We’re demanding answers and we’re demanding a return to them being at least partially accountable as far as announcing deaths that have occurred here,” said organizer David Isbister with No More Dead Captives.

“If it wasn’t for the public finding Oakleaf’s condition no one would have known about it.”

Demonstrators say they’re also concerned with plans to transition the zoo to housing more large African animals, which they say will not fare well in northern climates.

Protesters point to a 2019 report commissioned by the Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) by wildlife protection charity Zoocheck, alleging that many animals at the zoo were “living in barren, undersized cages and enclosures that restrict them from engaging in natural behaviours.”

The zoo maintains that the welfare of its animals is its top priority and that enrichment and conservation remain the institution’s guiding principles.

“Our goal is to provide the best possible conditions for the zoo’s animal collection by continually evaluating and improving all aspects of the animals’ homes, social situations, husbandry, and nutrition,” zoo general manager Serge Lussier told Global News when the report was released.

Burton said the zookeepers are vigilant but that the facility welcomes feedback from the public if they ever believe an animal is in distress.

Read more: Red panda death sparks calls for change at Greater Vancouver Zoo

“They have a vested interest. They love these animals,” he said. “But if we get input from somebody else it does two things — it provides us with information, but it also indicates that the public are concerned about the health and welfare of these animals.”

Burton said a post-mortem on Oakleaf has not provided a definitive reason for her declining condition, but that he believed she would not have been able to recover.

USA: Washington: a female adult wolf from the Wedge pack was killed yesterday by the state. Just 2 Wolves From This Pack Remain.

Hi Mark,

Heartbreaking news out of northeast Washington: a female adult wolf from the Wedge pack was killed yesterday by the state.

Now just two wolves remain of this pack.

Kill orders for up to two wolves of the Togo wolf family remain in place.

The state-sanctioned wolf slaughter in Washington on behalf of industry must end.

Please support our fight for wolves with a gift to the Wolf Defense Fund.

Washington’s stubborn reluctance to create new rules to manage conflicts with livestock flies in the face of common sense and science — and is deeply cruel.

And it leads to more decimated packs and orphaned wolves, who are left to fend for themselves without the skills to survive.

The state isn’t even following its own weak policy guidelines. It’s using a trigger-happy approach and killing wolves instead of enforcing nonlethal procedures that would save both wolves and cattle.

Since 2012 the state has killed 31 wolves. Nearly all were slaughtered for conflicts on public lands, with 26 killed for the same livestock owner. The original Wedge pack was destroyed in 2012. Now a new pack is clinging to survival.

Last week we petitioned Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to order the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft enforceable rules that limit when the state can kill endangered wolves.

We’re seeking a reversal of the commission’s denial, last month, of a formal petition for wolf-management rules.

The senseless wolf-killing has to end. We’ll keep fighting the state until it adopts a new policy. Endangered wolves need to be protected and allowed to thrive in the wild, safe with their families — not shot down from helicopters or while immobilized in painful traps.

The Wedge and Togo packs are depending on us. We can’t give up on them.

Please give today to the Wolf Defense Fund so we can see this fight through.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

UK: Goats Milk Supplier Filmed Undercover Abusing Animals At Farm.

WAV Comment: More proof of how cruel the ‘dairy’ (animal milk) industry is.

Watch the video on the Independent link below.

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Goats punched, hit, kicked and ‘left lame’ at farm supplying milk to Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose and Ocado, video shows

Animals were subjected to a string of brutal attacks at a farm that sells goats’ milk to Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and other supermarkets, footage from hidden cameras has revealed.

Goats were seen on video being punched, kicked, hit with a pole and slammed onto their backs at a plant that supplies St Helen’s Farm, in east Yorkshire.

The animals were also filmed crying in pain as they were held by their necks, had their ears tagged or their tails twisted.

Goat milk, yoghurts, cheese and ice cream sold by the St Helen’s Farm brand are the best-known goat milk products in the UK and are stocked by major supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Ocado. Demand has risen amid a switch away from cows’ milk in recent years.

Tesco immediately suspended the brand when shown the footage by The Independent. Waitrose and Booths, which has grocery stores around the north of England, followed suit.

About an hour’s worth of video was passed to the Surge animal rights group, which then showed it to a vet and to lawyers at Advocates for Animals, who it said “highlighted many serious issues”.

People filming using secret cameras told Surge that at one supply farm, they saw goats being:

  • Kicked and punched
  • Hit with a pole
  • Held by the throat
  • Having their tails twisted
  • Shoved and roughly handled
  • Left lame and struggling to stand or walk after the rough handling

Goats were also slammed onto their backs on a conveyor belt before their hooves were roughly trimmed, the video showed.

One was seen being dragged by one leg along the ground while struggling.

Animal suffering was also prolonged when injuries went untreated, the witnesses said after reviewing the footage.

The people behind the footage also reported seeing workers letting goats fall off an operating bed and become stuck between fences. In one case, a worker “played the drums” on a goat’s stomach after a procedure. The footage also shows farm employees dragging dead animals away in front of live ones, and Surge was told that dead and dying animals had been seen around the farm.

St Helen’s, which is a brand rather than a single farm, also buys goats’ milk from other farms in Yorkshire and the midlands. A spokesperson confirmed the footage was taken at one of St Helen’s supply farms, and as soon as the company was alerted by The Independent to the treatment of the animals, it cut off the supplier.

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 states animals, including farm animals, must be protected from pain, injury, suffering and disease.

Ed Winters, the co-founder and director of Surge, said: “St Helen’s is the most prominent and well-known goat company in the UK. They are regarded as being the best of the best when it comes to goat farming. But that means nothing to the animals.

“Goats are sensitive, curious and gentle animals, but the animal-farming industries treat them as commodities they can exploit for profit.

“St Helen’s say on their website the milk is a reward for looking after the goats and that their staff have a genuine interest and love for the animals. But it is obvious that the opposite is true at one of their supplying farms.”

He added: “These animals are thrown around and dragged and when they’re no longer producing enough milk to be considered profitable, they’re killed.”

Surge says about 50,000 mostly male dairy kids are slaughtered each year.

Cows sexually abused and hit at farm owned by NFU deputy chief

St Helen’s Farm told The Independent it was supplied by farms that were expected to comply with a rigorous code of conduct and that it had several animal-welfare accreditations, adding: “Today we have been made aware of allegations that one farm has infringed animal welfare standards, which we would find totally unacceptable if true.

“We have immediately ceased all milk supply from this farm and launched a full investigation to determine the facts of this matter.”

A Tesco spokesperson said: “We require high animal-welfare standards from all brands sold at Tesco, so these claims are deeply concerning. We have immediately suspended supply whilst we investigate the matter further.”

A Waitrose spokesperson said the chain was suspending St Helen’s after reading this article.

The Independent has also asked the other supermarkets to respond.

A spokesperson for the British Retail Consortium (BRC), representing supermarkets, said: “Our members take their responsibilities to animal welfare very seriously and work closely with trusted suppliers so that high welfare standards are upheld.

“They have strict processes in place and will thoroughly investigate any evidence of non-conformity to ensure that any problems are immediately addressed. The BRC continues to support unannounced audits on farms to ensure compliance with all farm standards, particularly animal welfare.”

Germany: Brandenburg suspends live transport to third countries.


Brandenburg suspends live transport to third countries

27 July 2020


Until the allegations are clarified, the Oberspreewald-Lausitz, Teltow-Fläming and Prignitz districts will no longer handle cattle transport to third countries. That was coordinated with the Ministry of Consumer Protection.

The media and animal welfare organizations once again highlighted grievances in long animal transports to third countries. 

Minister of Consumer Protection Ursula Nonnemacher said: “We will not ignore these grievances. Animal transport can only be carried out if absolutely necessary and if it is carried out in compliance with the requirements of the animal transport law. We must finally end animal suffering. Transport companies must demonstrably ensure animal welfare during transport. Otherwise, animal transport is not possible.”

Brandenburg already tightened the requirement for the handling of long, cross-border animal transports in March of the year. “We will continue to increase the requirements for the plausibility check for handling animal transports using the options available to us, without having any legislative competence in the country,” said Nonnemacher .

In Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi Valley, the world’s first all-female, vegan anti-poaching unit, called Akashinga, is thriving.

With thanks to Stacey at Our Compass  https://our-compass.org/author/ourcompasses/ for sending this info over. 

Regards Mark.

In Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi Valley, the world’s first all-female, vegan anti-poaching unit, called Akashinga, is thriving.

The community-driven unit — part of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), founded by former sniper Damien Mander — protects the land and its wildlife from trophy hunters and poachers.

Mander and the Akashinga women were recently the subjects of 2020’s Akashinga: The Brave Ones a documentary produced by Academy Award-winning director James Cameron.

The unit is completely plant-based; everyone is fed by the Akashinga Back to Black Roots Vegan Kitchen and Garden, run by Nicola Kagoro, also known as Chef Cola.

Funded by VegFund since 2018, the kitchen served more than 54,000 meals in 2019. This number is set to grow significantly in the coming years—the IAPF intends to expand its unit by 2025 to 1,000 rangers. Currently, it has 171 rangers, staff, and trainees.

Back to Black Roots Vegan Kitchen and Garden prepares nutritious, tasty camp meals and rations for the Akashinga staff, using locally-sourced traditional foods and, due to its location in the bush, no electricity.

As it grows, the kitchen will use more low-impact tools and technology. It plans to have an orchard for fresh fruit and even intends to construct a cabin to grow mushrooms.

‘Back To Black Roots’

One of the kitchen’s main goals is to encourage more traditional African diets, hence its name “Back to Black Roots.”

For centuries prior to European colonization, people across many African countries ate predominantly vegetarian meals. Chef Cola wants to encourage a shift back to this way of eating, to not only benefit the rangers, but local food suppliers too.

She told VegFund: “We use a lot of dried grains mixed with fresh produce, both vegetables, and fruits. The focus in sourcing is on empowering the local community and supporting small entrepreneurs (who might have banana farms or tomato gardens).”

Another goal of the kitchen is to teach about the environmental, ethical, and health benefits of plant-based living.

Chef Cola was educated via Cornell University’s T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of the 2004 book The China Study is one of the leading physicians in the plant-based movement.

She said: “I took that knowledge and shared it with my team. We all internalized and continue to reference Dr. T. Colin Campbell in our kitchen and garden.”

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Message from Venus

Dear readers, dear friends of our blog

I will stay away for a few days, I need a little vacation and a break from my work.
I guess I’ll be with you again next week, but stay true to us! Mark promised me to take care of the blog during this time with a high presence.

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So then … good week and see you soon

My best regards to all, Venus

Researchers Predict Plant-Based Food Market Will Be Worth $74.2 Billion By 2027. Great News !


Researchers Predict Plant-Based Food Market Will Be Worth $74.2 Billion By 2027

Drivers for the increase include a larger vegan population and ‘increasing incidences of intolerance for animal protein’


JUL 26, 2020

Market researchers have predicted the plant-based food market will be worth more than $74 billion by the year 2027. 

In a new report conducted by Meticulous Research, the plant-based market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.9 percent from 2020 for the next seven years. 

Drivers for the increase include an ‘increased’ vegan population, ‘significant investments in plant-based product companies, and ‘increasing incidences of intolerance for animal protein’.

‘Unprecedented demand’

“[COVID-19] has led to some best practice models for plant-based products industry as the pandemic has conveyed to the forefront the connection between public health and animal meat consumption, which provides consumers a ground to go for a plant-based diet,” the report states.

“From a manufacturing and distributing point of view, this industry has faced unprecedented demand from manufacturers as well as consumers, particularly for some products such as meat analog and plant-based milk. 

“Many companies in the space of alternative protein products have already started changing their strategies, owing to the sudden growth in demand.”


Recently, U.S vegan meat sales skyrocketed by 280 percent amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The crisis, which has resulted in meat shortages and temporary closure of slaughterhouses around the world, is said to have boosted the sales of plant-based meat as more people are afraid of ‘animal-borne illnesses’.

Many high-profile experts and celebs have also warned of the link between factory farming and zoonotic disease outbreaks

You can read the full report here


UK demand for new vegan food products soars in lockdown

Trademarks registered double in a year as supermarkets and restaurants eye fast-growing sector

The number of trademarks registered for new vegan food and drink products in the UK more than doubled to a record high last year.

Latest figures reveal that companies successfully applied for 107 trademarks in 2019 for everything from ice cream to meat-free burgers – a 128% increase on the 47 recorded in 2018 – as consumer demand for vegan alternatives continued to soar.

They were filed prior to lockdown, but supermarkets have meanwhile reported strong sales of plant-based ranges since the coronavirus outbreak began, highlighting the fragility of the traditional food chain.

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The ongoing trend reflects people paying closer attention to their diet during lockdown, increasingly adopting “flexitarian” diets – cutting down on meat and dairy while eating more plant-based foods.

The new trademark figures are compiled by law firm EMW, which says the fast-growing vegan food category is now attracting interest from large multinational businesses with the resources to invest heavily in branded products.

Among them are consumer goods giant Unilever, which has trademarked vegan ice cream for its Magnum and Ben and Jerrys brands.

With further innovations in the pipeline, two manufacturers – Upfield and Beyond Meat – have trademarked product names based on variations of “Beyond Butter”, “Beyond Cheese” and “Beyond Mince”. Upfield, the owner of Flora, bought the vegan cheese producer Violife for a reported €500m (£455m) earlier this year.

Daisy Divoka, an associate at EMW, said: “There are now more vegan products on supermarket shelves than ever before. Multinational corporations have identified this as a fast-growing sector and are competing to register their trademarks with the aim of capturing and defending a share of the market.”

Discount supermarket chain Lidl has trademarked a range of vegan products including pastries and baguettes, while restaurant chains Honest Burger and Leon also entered the fray for meat substitutes and plant-based condiments. The furniture chain Ikea will next month start selling “plant balls”; versions of its eponymous meatballs made from pea protein.

Sainsbury’s, which has trademarked its mushroom-based “shroomdog”, reported double-digit growth of its plant-based and meat-free range. Rosie Bambaji, plant-based buyer at Sainsbury’s said: “We expect to see this area continue to grow as we emerge out of lockdown.”

Tesco said it had launched more than 30 new plant-based products across its Wicked Kitchen and Plant Chef ranges in June, including BBQ, Asian-inspired and meal kits. Plant-based barbecue options had proved very popular during the recent hot weather, it said.

Companies can also apply to use the Vegan Society’s sunflower logo, for which they pay a licensing fee based on turnover. A spokeswoman said: “We have only recently starting reporting by category but the number of fashion products registered has doubled so far in 2020. Drinks, household and toiletry products are our next biggest growth categories.”

Spain: The coronavirus pandemic could wipe out Spanish bullfighting – but bulls are now going for slaughter instead.

The coronavirus pandemic could wipe out Spanish bullfighting

The coronavirus pandemic has affected sports across the globe, and in Spain, it could wipe out the age-old sport of bullfighting altogether.

Why it matters: For years, an increasingly vocal contingent of Spaniards have been pushing for the end of what they see as “torturing animals as a form of spectacle.” Now, the economics are such that the bullfighting industry could die out regardless of the opposition.

The backdrop: As countless fights and festivals were cancelled, many breeders were forced to sell their bulls for slaughter, which only recoups about 10% of the investment required to rear a fighting bull.

  • With that math failing to add up — a month ago, industry losses were already estimated to be ~$800 million — bullfighting supporters have staged protests across the country to demand government subsidies.
  • “We want them to treat us as they would any other cultural industry,” said breeder Victorino Martín, who also heads the Fundación del Toro de Lidia, a group charged with defending the industry.

The other side: Over 160,000 people have signed a petition aiming to block any subsidies, hoping the pandemic can serve as a form of natural selection for an industry they’ve tried to squash for decades.

The big picture: Spain officially began reopening bullfighting rings over the weekend, but it remains to be seen what the long-term fallout of the past three months will be.

  • The industry is still furious over the government’s lack of financial support, and the restrictions in place as the country tries to responsibly reopen will make it impossible for them to meaningfully recoup what’s already been lost.
  • Meanwhile, those who oppose bullfighting see a unique opportunity to rid Spain of something they view as a “national shame” and a “barbaric cruelty.”

The bottom line: The centuries-old tradition of bullfighting may need to find a way to evolve with the times, or else it could meet the same fate as the nearly 10,000 bulls each year that die in the ring.