Thanks EU – When It Comes To Pesticides, We Will Mark Our Own Homework.

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We expressed our concerns about the way things were going with the EU and big pharma lobbyists back in March; here is the ink:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/03/08/eu-have-the-lobbyists-for-bayer-monsanto-convinced-the-eu-to-ignore-the-concerns-of-the-eu-citizen/

Well as the following article suggests, big pharma has now got its foot in the door and its lobbyists are now working to play down the effect that pesticides can have in relation to human health. It has been shown that such pesticides are killing off the bees kept within the EU, but it does not really appear to matter much in the corridors of Brussels. The lobbyists appear to be getting their way, in direct opposition from the European citizen. The shape of things to come ? – regardless of what damage your products may incur on people, the people who make decisions have been sorted out by the lobbyists to work in their favour – and regulations may be watered down as a result to ensure that big industry continues to make profits for shareholders; products continue to be sold in the shops; and if you fall ill as a result of using them; then tough; we have doctored the legislation so that we will not be taken to court. In other words; just as we want it !

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Source:

https://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/eu-threatens-to-legalise-human-harm-from-pesticides/

 

By Hans Muilerman and Jonathan Latham, PhD

Current EU regulations forbid human exposure to pesticides that are classified as mutagenic, carcinogenic, reprotoxic (toxic for reproduction), persistent or capable of disrupting endocrine systems. By virtue of these and other protective measures EU regulations are considered the gold standard in public protection.

However, experts who are closely linked to industry (or are part of anti-regulation pressure groups) have taken control of the EU’s new Science Advice Mechanism (SAM). These experts have contributed to a report commissioned to reevaluate the EU’s authorisation of pesticides. The report, called “EU authorisation processes of Plant Protection Products”, and published in late 2018, recommends dramatically weakening the EU regulatory system. Especially notable is the adoption of many ideas previously proposed by the chemical industry. For example, the EU currently deems the acceptable level of public exposure to mutagenic pesticides (those that damage DNA) to be zero. The new report recommends scrapping this standard of protection.

The history of the new SAM report is that it was requested by EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. Its purpose was to determine how to act in cases of so-called ‘diverging views’; that is, when media and public interest groups get involved. The request follows a series of major controversies over EU regulatory decision-making. One such controversy was over the herbicide Glyphosate. A “European Citizens Initiative” delivered more than a million signatures to the EU Commission asking for a ban on Glyphosate. Several cities banned Glyphosate. Even a dairy company banned the use of Glyphosate by their farmers.

With this pressure from all over Europe, the EU Commission had difficulty reaching a decision since many EU member states (Bulgaria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Finland and the U.K) opposed a ban. Ultimately, a very unusual 5-years extension for glyphosate was agreed but soon the discussion will start again.

Issues with neonicotinoids have also pushed the EU Commission into a corner. Neonicotinoid insecticides are linked by much research to ‘bee colony collapse’ and, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature “represent a worldwide threat to biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystem services” (Goulson, 2013; IUCN 2017). This again placed the EU Commission in the crossfire since many EU member states and their ministries of agriculture wished to keep neonicotionids on the market. Waves of scientific publications and media attention about dying bees and empty beehives forced the EU Commission to finally ban them. Nevertheless, Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Lithuania still resist the ban by using derogations.

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A third big controversy has been endocrine disruption. Public concern about hormone-mimicking chemicals forced politicians in 2009 to address endocrine disruption concerns in the regulations and ban endocrine disrupting pesticides. An enormous lobbying effort from industry, the US chamber of commerce, EU Directorate General (DG) Enterprise, and EU DG Growth, tried to stop the implementation of the new rules, especially during the TTIP trade negotiations with the US. EU DG Environment was isolated and in the end DG SANTE (health) was found willing to do the dirty work of undermining the rules. Again, waves of bad publicity from the public and scientists harmed the credibility of the EU Commission. This debate too is far from over.

Conflicted science advice

The SAM report is important since it will soon be used by the EU Commission as an input for its ‘REFIT’ programme to evaluate pesticide regulation. This is a programme that the chemical industry sees as a major opportunity for a regulatory roll-back.

Some of the experts invited to help SAM and listed on the SAM website, however, are not independent. Instead, they have strong links to the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI). ILSI is a worldwide network, a federation of non-profits funded by many industries, including the pesticide industry, and which provides expertise in regulatory issues.

ILSI global includes over 400 company members and ILSI Europe includes 88.

Among them are every pesticide multinational.

Sourcewatch writes of ILSI that: “The interests of food, pharmaceutical, tobacco, energy, and other industries have become even more entwined. They have learned to cooperate (rather than blaming each other for the cancer epidemic) and they now form coalitions to fight health and environmental regulations.

“It is notable that [ILSI members] generally employ the same lawyers, lobbyists and PR companies, and use essentially the same tactics”.

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ILSI has a negligible public profile, and claims not to be a lobby group, but is very active behind the scenes in obtaining seats for ILSI-associated scientists on regulatory panels such as that of the EU Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and international organisations like WHO, the World Health Organisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN, and the International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) of the WHO. Experts generally do not disclose their links to ILSI and pretend to be independent academic scientists.

A recent example of ILSI members successfully getting seats on an EFSA-panel concerned the risk assessment idea of a Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC). This idea assumes chemicals are safe at low doses without (expensive) testing. It has been an important goal of the chemical industry to establish TTCs in European and other jurisdictions.

PAN Europe has analysed the process of developing guideline for the TTC at the European Food safety Authority EFSA. We discovered that the chair of the EFSA working group was Sue Barlow, who worked for ILSI and the cigarette industry. She had volunteered to be chair of the EFSA working group. From this position she installed an ILSI network. This EFSA working group then more-or-less copy-pasted the ILSI proposal, making it into an EFSA opinion.

ILSI has been imposing its ideas on many other current EU risk assessment methods too, intending to weaken protections and ease access of pesticides to the market. Thus a PAN Europe survey showed that out of 12 EU pesticide risk assessment methods analysed, 8 were designed and promoted by ILSI. Industry is being allowed, under the radar, to “write its own rules”.

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The conflicted scientists

In the case of the SAM, a prime example of these conflicts is UK professor Alan Boobis who is listed on the SAM website as a contributor to the SAM report. Alan Boobis has been active in ILSI  for decades. Until January 2018 he was the chair of its Board of Trustees. Due to his conflicts of interest Boobis was disbarred from a new expert panel convened by EFSA in 2012.

French professor Dominique Parent-Massin is mentioned alongside Boobis as working on the SAM report. Prof. Parent-Massin has previously worked with ILSI member, Ajinomoto – the world’s biggest Aspartame producer.

Also listed on the SAM website is Joergen Schlundt, former Director of the Danish National Food Institute. Schlundt is also a former ILSI board member .

All three are listed on the SAM-website as contributors to the report, or as providers of evidence through another report written by a new network called Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA), or as being part of a ‘sounding board’ and fact-checking process. Despite these counter-indications the SAM website states that “The Commission found that none of the interests declared constituted a conflict of interest.”

Another expert used by the SAM is German professor Daniel Dietrich, editor-in-chief of the journal Chemico-Biological Interactions. With a group of editors of journals of pharmacology and toxicology he has been very vocal in trying to stop the regulation and banning of endocrine disrupting pesticides (in EU Regulation 1107/2009). Dietrich published editorials in several scientific journals that triggered highly critical responses from other scientists, such as members of the ‘Endocrine Society’. Ties between the Dietrich group of authors and industry were exposed by Le Monde journalist Stéphane Horel who found 17 out of the 18 experts of Mr. Dietrich’s group have past or current ties to industry. The Dietrich group has been prolific, publishing articles like ‘Endocrine disruption: Fact or urban legend?’ that disputes the health risks of endocrine disruption (Nohynek et al., 2013). Even after former EU science advisor Anne Glover achieved a consensus between opposing groups that toxicological thresholds below which chemicals are safe (see TTC above) were unproven, Dietrich and his group (along with Alan Boobis) still claimed their opponents used “pseudoscience” (Dietrich et al., 2016). Dietrich also opposed the EU ban of bee-harming neonicotinoids, and both Dietrich and Boobis criticized the IARC-report asserting the genotoxicity of Glyphosate.

Conflicts in EU science advice

The EU has mechanisms to prevent conflicts of interest from derailing its scientific decisions. The SAM website currently presents ‘Declarations of Interest’ (DoI) for its members including for Boobis, Parent-Massin, Dietrich, and Schlundt. But one might wonder if procedures to report conflicts of interest are functioning. DoI’s were not available online when the SAM-report was published (in June 2018). One was even not signed until considerably after publication, in August 2018.

The efforts of ILSI have so far been effective. Several of its campaigning targets are included in an important “SAPEA evidence review report“. SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) is a new body set up by European science academies. This evidence review is intended to feed into the SAM report and featured many of the conflicted scientists above. SAPEA’s report promotes many industry objectives, such as the use of ‘historical control data’. The great importance of this is that, since many potential historical controls exist, their use makes it much easier to ascribe toxic effects observed in animal testing as being simply noise and therefore irrelevant.

Another industry goal is to promote inexpensive (in vitro) ‘mode-of-action assessment’ in preference to expensive adverse outcome testing. A third is to drop the obligation for chronic mouse testing.

The aims of PAN Europe and the Endocrine Society, on the other hand, are: 1) to recognise the reality of ‘low dose effects’ which are currently not tested at all for pesticides; 2) the recognition that chemicals may cause non-linear toxicity responses over a wide range of doses. These are called ‘non-monotonic dose-effect responses’ (whereas regulators presently acknowledge only linear dose-response curves of toxicity and even dismiss effects entirely if they are not linear); 3) mandatory testing for endocrine disruption; 4) to dispute the current regulatory assumption that chemicals have safe thresholds. All are missing from the SAPEA report.

In a further blow to precaution, the SAM report proposes to change EU rules by exchanging the acceptable level of citizen protection from “do not have any harmful effects on humans” for an undefined level, that of “acceptable risk”. This is the change of regulation that would make human harm legal, since it would stop the EU’s much-detested-by-industry ‘hazard approach’ that aims to avoid any exposure of humans to classified (mutagenic, carcinogenic, reprotoxic (toxic for reproduction), persistent and endocrine disrupting) pesticides.

SAM proposes that the EU should re-examine this ‘hazard approach’, which has been under attack by industry for many years; and so it seems that SAM might prove to be the instrument by which industry finally achieves successes for which they have campaigned so long.

The EU has shown itself sensitive to public pressure. What is now needed is for that pressure to be redoubled.

References

Goulson, D. (2013) An overview of the environmental risks posed by neonicotinoid insecticides. Journal of Applied Ecology 50: 977–987.
Nohynek, G.J., C. J. Borgert, D. Dietrich, and K. K. Rozmand (2013) Endocrine disruption: Fact or urban legend?, Toxicology Letters 223 295– 305.
Dietrich et al., (2016) Allowing pseudoscience into EU risk assessment processes is eroding public trust in science experts and in science as a whole: The bigger picture. Chemico-Biological Interactions 257 (2016) 1-3.
Dietrich et al., (2013) Open letter to the European commission: scientifically unfounded precaution drives European commission’s recommendations on EDC regulation, while defying common sense, well‑established science, and risk assessment principles. Arch Toxicol (2013) 87:1739–1741.

Hans Muilerman works at PAN Europe and is based in Brussels.

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Victory for Elephants! Cambodia’s Largest Tourist Attraction Is Banning Cruel Elephant Rides.

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Victory for Elephants! Cambodia’s Largest Tourist Attraction Is Banning Cruel Elephant Rides

Posted by Carly Day | June 12, 2019

Victory for Elephants! Cambodia’s Largest Tourist Attraction Is Banning Cruel Elephant Rides

Image Credit: Moving Animals

After years of suffering, the elephants at Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia will no longer spend their lives in forced labor, traipsing along the unforgiving concrete carrying hordes of tourists in the scorching heat.

In what is a far cry from their arduous lives to date, the 14 elephants will be moved to a more natural setting to live in semi-retirement in a new center set up in a forested area with a stream, located in the Sotr Nikum district.

“In early 2020, our association plans to end the use of elephants to transport tourists,” said Oan Kiry, Director of the Angkor Elephant Group Committee. “They can still watch the elephants and take photos of them in our conservation and breeding center. We want the elephants to live in as natural a manner as possible.”

In 2016, one of the Angkor Wat elephants dropped dead while carrying tourists around the ancient temple complex. Sambo, a male in his forties, had been working for 40 minutes when he had a heart attack due to toiling in the extreme heat.

Cambodia’s wild and domesticated elephant populations have been decreasing over the last decade. Just 10 years ago, there were an estimated 200 domesticated elephants in the country; now, there are only 70. Wild numbers sit at around 500.

Elephant advocates applaud the decision to end riding and establish a conservation and breeding facility, but emphasize the importance of also protecting the country’s wild population.

“Cambodia could restore its domestic and wild elephant numbers by establishing centers and national parks for domestic elephants to live and breed naturally in, as well as provide sanctuaries for the protection of wild elephants,”  said WWF Cambodia Country Director, Seng Teak.

We are happy to see an end to elephant abuse at one of the biggest tourist attractions in Southeast Asia, and sincerely hope that the remaining domestic elephants in Cambodia are granted the same opportunity to live out their lives with dignity.

 

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Little Grey and Little White Have Now Begun Their Journey to Their New Sea Sanctuary.

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We covered the preparation work for the major shift a few months ago:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/04/05/beluga-whales-little-grey-and-little-white-moved-to-the-worlds-first-beluga-sanctuary-in-april-2019-confirmed/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/11/08/new-retirement-home-off-iceland-for-beluga-whales-used-in-entertainment-park-in-china/

 

Update 19/6/19:

 

Their journey back to the sea begins..

Hello Mark,

This is just a short email, but I wanted to keep you updated: Little White and Little Grey have started their 6000 mile journey back to the sea. These two whales, who have been exploited for years by SEA LIFE at their centre in Shanghai, will now finally have a chance at peace at a new sea sanctuary.

With your help we have been campaigning for these whales to be retired to a sanctuary for years and finally, SEA LIFE gave into pressure and have built this long-awaited haven for the whales in a bay in Iceland.

Read more about the whales and their sanctuary here:
www.freedomforanimals.org.uk/news/beluga-whales-start-6000-mile-journey-to-sanctuary

The 6000 mile journey will take place by air, sea and road, and will not be an easy one for the whales. But hopefully, it will all be worth it in the end when they make it back to the sea.

We will be anxiously monitoring the situation and will update you with any news we have as soon as possible. The best way to keep updated is to follow us on social media, where we can post more regular updates.

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The whales are so close to a life far, far away from the horrible concrete tank that held them for so long. We wish them all the luck and cannot wait to celebrate their arrival.

Thank you!

For Little White and Little Grey,

 

 

Because the future is free from animal testing…

 

A world-leading animal testing laboratory in the UK closes the doors – Because the future is animal-free!

 

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Great Britain is sending out an important signal for forward-looking research: The animal testing laboratory of the famous Sanger Institute is closed.
Official reason: Increased focus on modern, animal-free research systems.
The nationwide association Doctors Against Animal Experiments welcomes this strategy and urges animal testing laboratories in this country to use the signs of the time also.

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The Wellcome Sanger Institute” in Hinxton, UK, is one of the world’s leading centers for genome research. The charity is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the world’s second richest foundation to promote medical research.

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The institute near Cambridge employs 900 people, 70 of them in the animal testing laboratory. For the past 13 years, this has supplied thousands of researchers around the world with a variety of animals, including frogs, fish, rats and mice – many of them genetically modified.

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Following an in-depth review of the Institute’s strategy, it was decided that the Animal Research Institute, which was built in 2006 for £ 30 million (just under € 34 million), will be closed by 2022 at the latest.

As the renowned scientific journal nature reports, the reason for the decision is the rapid global establishment of human-based research models such as 3-dimensional cell culture systems and organoids. They want to increasingly rely on these research systems, as they are forward-looking. For example, the Sanger Institute participates in the international Human Cell Atlas project, in which all cell types of the human body are characterized in detail.

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This decision is a great signal and a huge success for human-based, animal-free research that needs to be further developed and promoted,” says Dr. Tamara Zietek, scientist at Doctors Against Animal Experiments.
Dr. Zietek himself has been researching for years on 3-dimensional intestinal organoids at the TU Munich and witnessed the impressive development of these systems within the last 10 years.

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“Animal testing facilities need to be closed to allow funding– either from the state or, as in this case, from a foundation- to be used to build new centers dedicated to high-performance human-based in vitro research.”

Berlin is a model for this research, where the new research campus “The Simulated Man” is currently being built.
Emphasis should be there the development of new immunotherapies with cancer.

“For tens of millions of dollars to build new animal laboratories, as it is planned, for example, in Hamburg, is economically and scientifically dumb and absolutely not forward-looking,” complains. med. Zietek.

 

https://www.aerzte-gegen-tierversuche.de/de/neuigkeiten/2945-weltweit-fuehrendes-tierversuchslabor-in-grossbritannien-schliesst-die-pforten

 

My comment: The well-known cancer researcher Dr. Irwin D. J. Bross, head of the Department of Life Statistics at the Roswell Park Memorial Institute in New York, said something very important about animal testing:

“Not a single drug for the treatment of human cancer was originally found through an animal experiment … The results of animal models of drugs or other remedies have caused nothing but confusion, and misled those cancer researchers who tried to draw conclusions from mice to humans pull. […]. From a scientific point of view, experiments on animals can therefore be described as pure fraud. Privately they (the experimenters) will admit that the animal model does not work, but they react with a “shrug of their shoulders” when asked if it works.

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The animal experiment is simply a criminal method that must be abolished. We do not need alternatives for that. But we need a completely new system. So an animal-free research system. “

 

My best regards to all, Venus

If This Photo Does Not Send A Message About Global Warming; Then What Does ? – Husky photograph reveals troubling reality of melting ice in Greenland.

Huskies pull scientists through waters standing on a 1.2m-thick ice sheet in Inglefield Bredning in north west Greenland

 

Husky photograph reveals troubling reality of melting ice in Greenland

 

Photo by climatologist Steffen Olsen taken on same day island lost 2 billion tonnes of ice amid high temperatures

An extraordinary photograph of huskies pulling sleds through ankle-deep meltwaters on top of an ice sheet in Greenland has brought attention to the uncharacteristically warm temperatures affecting the Arctic.

Danish climatologist Steffen M Olsen took the picture on 13 June while on a routine mission through the Inglefield Gulf in northwest Greenland.

The rapidly melting ice caused difficult and dangerous conditions for the team of climatologists who were retrieving weather station equipment from the area.

The thin layer of water was standing on top of an ice sheet around 1.2 metres deep, Dr Olsen said on Twitter.

“We know the ice is around 1.2m thick and that we have about 870m [of] water below us. Together with the local hunters we have been measuring also ice thickness from December to now. An ongoing activity for almost a decade now.”

Dr Olsen’s colleague Ruth Mottram, an expert on Greenland’s ice sheet, told The Independent the onset of unusually warm temperatures combined with very few cracks in the ice meant the rapid accumulation of meltwater was unable to drain through the solid sheet of ice.

She said along with local hunters who still live a traditional subsistence lifestyle in this region, climatologists from the Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut (DMI) had worked for several years to monitor ice and ocean conditions in Inglefield Bredning – a fjord in north western Greenland near the settlement of Qaanaaq.

She said: “In the project they place instruments on the sea ice that forms in the bay in winter each year and then retrieve them around about now in late spring/early summer before the sea ice breaks up, in order not to lose what are pretty expensive instruments into the ocean!

“This year the expedition to retrieve the instruments (by dog-sled, still the most practical way to get around in this region at this time of year) ran into a lot of standing water on the sea ice. The ice here forms pretty reliably every winter and is very thick which means that there are relatively few fractures for meltwater to drain through.

“Last week saw the onset of very warm conditions in Greenland and in fact much of the rest of the Arctic, driven by warmer air moving up from the south.”

She added: “The DMI weather station nearby at Qaanaaq airport registered a high of 17.3C on Wednesday and 15C on Thursday, which is pretty warm for Northern Greenland, even in summer!”

On Monday evening Dr Olsen wrote on Twitter the expedition to retrieve the instruments had been successful. “We managed to recover the remaining instruments so now to the data recovery and hopefully heading home in a couple of days,” he said.

Greenland is currently in the grip of near-record levels of ice melt, with the day Mr Olsen took the photograph – 13 June – seeing the country lose more than 2 gigatons (equal to 2 billion tons) of ice on that day alone.

The sudden spike in melting “is unusual, but not unprecedented”, Thomas Mote, a research scientist at the University of Georgia who studies Greenland’s climate, told CNN.

“It is comparable to some spikes we saw in June of 2012,” he said.

That year saw record-setting ice melt with almost the entire ice sheet experiencing melting for the first time in recorded history.

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/husky-photograph-greenland-climate-change-melting-ice-photo-a8963466.html?amp=1

 

Belgium: 49 hunting seaters destroyed!

 

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Received anonymously, Jun 08:

In May 2019, a group of antispeciesist activists destroyed 49 hunting stands close to the city of Namur, Belgium.

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The purpose of this type of actions is to cause financial dammage to hunters in order to keep them from killing.

Hunting is absolutely not a way to regulate anything. Hunters create a situation of imbalance in the nature just to have an excuse to intervene and kill the predators they introduced themselves. They also introduce preys. They keep them locked in the forest and they only liberate them to kill them.

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Hunters say they restore natural balance but nature never needed any human being to be balanced. Actually, hunters destroy the natural balance and then pretends to be able to fix the problem they created.

The truth is that hunters need an excuse to legitimate the fact that they kill sentients beings for pleasure.

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So tell them to expect us. Cause as long as there will be hunters, there will be activists to track them.

French:
En mai 2019, un groupe d’activistes antispécistes ont détruit 49 tours de chasse dans les environs de la ville de Namur, en Belgique.

Le but de ce type d’actions est de causer un dommage financier aux chasseur.euse.s et ainsi de les emêcher de tuer.

La chasse n’est absolument pas un moyen de réguler quoi que ce soit. Les chasseur.euse.s créent en fait une situation de déséquilibre dans la nature juste pour avoir une raison d’intervenir en tuant les préateur.ice.s qu’ils ont elleux-mêmes introduit.e.s. Iels introduisent aussi des proies qu’iels tiennent enfermées dans des élevages dans la forêt et ne libèrent que pour pouvoir les chasser.

Les chasseur.euse.s disent restaurer l’équilibre de la nature mais le fait est que la nature n’a jamais eu besoin de quel être humain que ce soit pour retrouver son équilibre. En fait, ce que font réellement les chasseur.euse.s, c’est détruire l’équilibre de la nature et prétendre être les seul.e.s capables de réparer les dommages qu’iels ont elleux-mêmes créés.

La vérité, c’est que les chasseur.euse.s ont besoin d’une excuse pour légitimer le fait qu’ils aiment tuer des êtres sentients par plaisir. Mais qu’iels se tiennent prêts, car tant qu’il y aura des chasseur.euse.s, il y aura des activistes pour les traquer.

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/2019/06/08/49-hunting-stands-destroyed-belgium-2

 

My comment: At least from these 49 murder seats, no animal will be shot dead!! In Germany, the legal status of these shooting facilities is not clear. Not all are legal, but no one can prove it. This is the reason that very often the hunters, whose high seats are destroyed, do not file a criminal complaint against the unknown offenders.

Therefore, we can be happy if a hunting seat is destroyed. And if that’s 49, the more!
That is not forbidden!

My best regards, Venus

 

 

Norway: the farms of the blood are over!

 

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There are about 300 fur farms in Norwayeach year more than 800,000 animals are killed there. That should stop, the new government in Oslo has now decided. But not right now.

Last Monday, the Norwegian government made its decision: By 2025 there should be no more fur farms in Norway! It is a big step forward for animal welfare and also for Norway, a country that led the fox fur production. How this will affect the sale of fur in Norway is still unclear.
According to animal welfare organization PETA, there are currently about 300 fur farms in Norway, where over 700,000 mink and 110,000 foxes are bred and killed each year.

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Thanks to Norway’s Liberal Party, which is strongly committed to the welfare of animals and the environment, this proposal was presented last Sunday to the new coalition.

Norway is thus after the Netherlands, which also get out of the fur production in 2024, the country with the second largest fur industry, which has ever issued a ban.

There are 200 to 250 fur farms, which are gradually dissolved, until in 2025 finally no longer exists. The Ministry of Agriculture reported that there are 610,000 mink and 150,000 foxes in the farms.

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Andrzej Pazgan, coordinator for Eastern Europe at the animal welfare organization PETA Germany, said in an interview that the political decision was long overdue:

“In fact, this decision has been discussed for several years, but was repeatedly believed the promises of the fur industry, that the documented farms were only ‘black sheeps’ and that improvements would be possible. “(!!!)

FUCHSPELZ, LANDWIRTSCHAFT,Norwegian fur farmer Per Blilie (C) skins one of his foxes at his farm in Gjovik, Norway, 28 November 2010.

While animal rights activists in Norway and around the world are celebrating the decision, the Norwegian operators of fur farms are appalled that their very existence is at stake. The fur breeders’ association said the producers were “shaken to the core” (!!!)

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The fight has been going on for a long time, not only for animal welfare organizations, but also for scientists and the Norwegian people. The French daily “Le Monde” reports that 68% of Norwegians are against fur. Further figures confirm this: 99% of the fur trade in Norway would not be possible without exports, especially to Russia and China.

Siri Martinsen, veterinarian and director of the largest non-governmental organization for animal welfare in Norway (NOAH) is relieved:

“This is a great victory for the animals and those who fight for them. The government has finally heard the opinion of the majority of the population and the scientists who call the fur trade sector obsolete and brutal”.

The motion still has to be passed by Parliament, but seven out of nine parties have already voted in favor. So it’s just a formality. The fur farms will be compensated in parallel to the closures.

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute and the Norwegian Veterinary Association also agree and point to the catastrophic living conditions of the animals in the fur farms. What is questioned here is the lack of humanity:

“We reject the cruel conditions that animals are subjected to in captivity. They are not compatible with their physiological needs”.

http://www.holidogtimes.com/de/norwegen-verbietet-pelzfarmen-ab-2025/#gs.jrqjns

 

My comment: And now the fur farm owners complain again: we are financially ruined, our livelihood is broken …
There are many other decent professions: teachers, mail boats, locomotive drivers …. To live from the blood of others is not a job, it is a legalized crime that a civilized society no longer needs and no longer wants.
It is enough shameful that all fur hangmen are compensated with EU funds (our money) for making croupels out of the animals in cages that they gassed, electrified and skinned  alive.

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The fur mafia is one of the most violent and bloodiest industries in the world and the hypocritical “Origin Assured” label (ie, “safe provenance” fur) is nothing more than a marketing tactic to veil the industry’s true atrocities. The Origin Assured Fur label has one dirty purpose: to make people feel better when they support one of the world’s cruelest industries.

And now a small overview of the success we have had in the fur industry in recent years:

Austria, Great Britain, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzigowina, Serbia and Macedonia have legally prohibited fur farms.

The Swiss Animal Protection Act stipulates how wild animals such as mink and foxes must be kept under zoo standards. These requirements are so high that Switzerland has long been free of fur farms.

In the Czech Republic, a fur farm ban will come into force in 2019, in Norway in 2025.

In the Netherlands, the second largest mink producer in Europe, keeping chinchillas and foxes is already prohibited. The last mink farms will close in 2024.

In March 2019, it was announced that no animals were kept at the last German fur farm in Rahden (NRW). Even though the farm has not yet been deregistered by the local authorities, it can be assumed that no new animals will be used due to the high legal requirements that will apply from 2022 onwards. The penultimate farm in Döhlen (Saxony) was closed in 2018.

In the EU, import and trade in sealskins, as well as dog and cat skins are now prohibited. Unfortunately these come as “faux fur mislabeled in the trade.

And the market leader China, with 69 percent of global fur production, we will soon abolish or damage so badly that China will automatically stop running this bloody fur business.

My best regards to all, Venus

Let’s rescue the 6 macaques from the lab in Torino!

 

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Monkeys should not be blinded!

Our Italian partner organization LAV has launched a petition to the Italian Minister of Health Guilia Grillo. Here is the translation of the petition text:

When they woke up, they did not understand what had happened. They only felt strong pain. When they tried to open their eyes, they realized that something terrible had happened: they could not see anymore!!

The #UniversityTurin is responsible for a new series of animal experiments on 6 macaque monkeys, in which the animals are surgically blinded, that is blinded – for studies on visual impairment in humans.

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The macaques are first “trained” to be fixed in a primate chair for hours each day and to recognize images on a screen. After this phase, they are blinded. Invasive surgery on the brain is painful and should be done in the fall. The entire trial project is 5 years long. To stop that, we have to get active now!

The study will be carried out at the same time – not later – on human volunteers. Research into the treatment of visual impairment has made great strides, thanks to experiments with volunteer patients who are fully aware of it. Not surprisingly, animal testing fails in 95% * of the cases. The planned animal experiments are therefore not only ethically unacceptable, but what should be their purpose?

Months ago, we asked the Ministry of Health for a protocol of the planned trials from LAV, but access to it was denied. That’s why we turned to TAR twice: we citizens have the right to know what the EU Commission’s € 2 million in public money will be spent on!

We urge Minister Giulia Grillo to immediately stop the animal experimentation project “LIGHTUP – Turning the cortically blind brain to see” and to give the monkeys to rescue centers and / or animal welfare associations without delay.

Let us save the 6 macaques from these atrocities! Help us – before it’s too late!

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* NCATS (US NIH). About the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. https://ncats.nih.gov/about # Doctors Against Animals Trials #Animal Trials #Research

Here is the original text of the petition in Italian and the petition.
Please signe and share: https://www.change.org/p/giulia-grillo-salviamo-i-macachi-di-torino

Al loro risveglio non capiranno cosa gli è successo. Sentiranno solo tanto dolore. Quando proveranno ad aprire gli occhi, i macachi scopriranno una cosa terribile: non ci vedranno più.

L’Università di Torino è responsabile di una nuova sperimentazione durante la quale 6 macachi verranno operati e resi ciechi per studi su deficit visivi nell’essere umano.

I macachi verranno prima sottoposti a un training durante il quale, quasi ogni giorno, per ore, verranno immobilizzati su delle sedie e costretti a riconoscere delle immagini. Dopo questa fase verranno resi ciechi. L’intervento al cervello, molto invasivo e doloroso, si svolgerà in autunno e l’intera sperimentazione durerà 5 anni. Per fermarla dobbiamo agire, subito!

Lo studio verrà condotto contemporaneamente, e non dopo, anche su volontari umani: la ricerca su nuove cure per persone ipovedenti ha compiuto passi importanti solo grazie alle sperimentazioni su malati umani consapevoli. Non c’è da stupirsi, visto che i test sugli animali falliscono, ufficialmente, in oltre il 95 % dei casi*. Quindi oltre a essere inaccettabile moralmente, che senso ha questa sperimentazione?

Noi di LAV mesi fa abbiamo chiesto al Ministero della Salute il Protocollo di questo esperimento, ma l’accesso agli atti ci è stato negato. Per questo abbiamo fatto ricorso due volte al TAR: i cittadini hanno il diritto di sapere in che modo verranno spesi due milioni di euro di fondi pubblici dati dalla Commissione Europea!

Chiediamo alla Ministra della Salute Giulia Grillo di interrompere immediatamente la sperimentazione “LIGHTUP – Turning the cortically blind brain to see” e di liberare subito i macachi affidandoli a Centri di recupero e/o ad Associazioni animaliste.

Salviamo i 6 macachi da questa crudeltà. Aiutaci anche tu. Prima che sia troppo tardi.

 

My comment: Do you remember Britches?

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Britches was born in March 1985 in the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Britches was an infant monkey that was withdrawn right after the birth of his mother.
His eyes were sewn up in an experimental laboratory.

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At his head an electric sonar device was fixed with bandages, which should function like a visual guide and should issue warning tones. Britches was to serve as a “test animal” in a three-year study that examined the behavior and development of 24 monkeys under the influence of a sensory replacement system.

In 1985, Britches (and 460 more animals) were freed by brave ALF activists.
Treatment of the animals in the laboratory has been described as sadistic and inhuman. Britches stands as a symbol for the millions of animals that are still tortured to death with increasing numbers in laboratories.

He was fortunate, though he became blind, to be liberated.

Britches was released by the ALF in a sanctuary in Mexico, where he was adopted by a female monkey, which had already reared several monkey orphans and was then able to lead a loving life among his peers.

Since then the eyes of monkey babies at the University of California are no longer sewn shut!

But the Labor Mafia in the University of Torino still relies on the same torture methods as the University of California although this cruel method was practiced almost 35 years ago and proved to be a failure!!
Animal experiments do not work and have no scientific value, every good and honest scientist knows it. The animal experiments are the quackery in medicine and therefore worthless.

Please sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/giulia-grillo-salviamo-i-macachi-di-torino

My best regards to all, Venus

India: ‘Elephants screaming in agony’ as guides whipped them with bamboo canes at a Wildlife Reserve – Click on link for all photographs.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7147157/Wildlife-photographer-47-says-saw-elephants-screaming-agony-wildlife-reserve-India.html

See all the photographs by clicking on the link above – WAV.

All photos – Mercury Press.

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Horrified wildlife photographer, 47, says he saw ‘elephants screaming in agony’ as guides whipped them with bamboo canes at a wildlife reserve in India

  • Photographer Norman Watson travelled to Bandhavgarh in India on holiday to take pictures of big cats
  • But he was shocked to find elephants being abused, chained up and beaten and used to carry several tourists
  • He has publishes shots of the experience and vowed not to return to India until the abuse has been stopped

 

A Scottish wildlife photographer has vowed never to return to India after allegedly witnessing the shocking abuse of elephants during a trip to a wildlife reserve.

Snapper Norman Watson, 47, claimed he was horrified to see guides whipping the gentle giants with 5ft bamboo canes and beating them, leaving them ‘screaming in agony’.

He also claims he spotted emaciated baby elephants chained to trees and in cages during the working holiday to Bandhavgarh – one of India’s most popular national parks, known for its tigers – to photograph the big cats.

Norman, from Aberdeen, said: ‘I felt so much anger, there were five people in the group and they witnessed it all, feeling the same as I do.

‘We were shocked.

‘The screams from the elephants when they were whipped put a shiver down my spine.

‘They were in so much distress they were weeing themselves – while we were about 100 metres away, screaming for this to stop.’

Norman visited the Bandhavgarh nature reserve in April this year to photograph wild tigers but felt compelled to share the elephant abuse he witnessed as he could not believe it was happening in an area popular with animal lovers.

He claims the guides, known as mahouts, repeatedly hit the elephants and whipped them with bamboo as they rode them – sometimes up to six people on an elephant at a time – and saw emaciated babies left chained up and in cages.

The irony that the guides abusing the elephants were responsible for leading the photographers to photograph the tigers to help preserve them was not lost on Norman, whose Facebook post has since gone viral on social media.

Norman said: ‘They should be banned from keeping any kind of animal and certainly not elephants, given other roles in the reserve that doesn’t cause animal abuse.

‘Elephants shouldn’t be taken from the wild or ridden by people. They should be given protection throughout Asia.

‘During one of the worst incidents we witnessed, we heard the elephant in distress really trumpeting.

‘There were two young elephants, about five years old, with their legs chained so close together they were actually hopping while trying to get away from a mahout beating them with a bamboo pole.

‘It escalated to one mahout pulling the elephants over with their tails while the other had a sharp hook over its ear.

‘They rolled it onto its side and beat it for about 10 minutes, only stopping because he was exhausted swinging the bamboo pole.’

Norman, who has travelled the world taking animal photos, said India was an otherwise great place to visit but he would not return to Bandhavgarh until the abuse stopped.

He said: ‘India was a great place, friendly people but I’ll not return to Bandhavgarh until this abuse has stopped.

‘Only people power can change wildlife abuse and animal cruelty!’             

 

 

 

Frederik, a transport victim with great luck!

 

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Germany, Lower Saxony: A piglet has managed to escape from an animal transporter at full speed on the A1 motorway in Lower Saxony.

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The animal not only survived the fall from the truck, it also gets a new home with an animal rights activist, as the police announced on Friday. How the little pig could get out of the hold of the transporter remained unclear.
During the trip, it fell out of the truck at about 80 to 90 kilometers per hour and overturned several times before it stopped next to the motorway.

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A car woman-driver driving behind the truck noticed the falling piglet and called the highway patrol. The animal rights activist turned at the next exit and took part in the search.

The pig was slightly injured in the fall. The truck driver did not limit the loss of the animal from his van, as a call to the transport company revealed. Because the return of the vice to retrieve the piglet would have been too great a burden for the other animals in the van, the company decided that the animal rights activist may keep the piglet.

https://www.wz.de/panorama/niedersachsen-ferkel-entkommt-aus-tiertransporter_aid-39021797

 

My comment: Frederik lives, as far as I am informed, today on the Farm Butenland, Germany, together with other animals, which are rescued from the same abovementioned similar cruel conditions and have a nice life there.
Frederik won 6 in the lottery and we wish him a long and healthy life !!

The last Video from Frederik`s new life, Hof Butenland

 

My best regards, Venus

 

For the dog day

 

The strays … they are not from the street, they are on the street…

 

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abandoned from people without responsibility,  without loyalty, without heart…
they have nothing more than their lives, and they know nothing else than…

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mistreated,

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fear and loneliness…

like toys that one does not need anymore and throws away
They are not toys, they are not things
they are part of the family, part of our life
friends for the whole life…
When you want a friend, adopt a dog and share your life with him.
Do not betray your friends.

 

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My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

USA: Fair Oaks Farm ARM Investigation – Extended Cut – 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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In early June we released the footage of undercover filming by ARM activists. Here is the link to our first report:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/06/12/fuck-fair-oaks-farms-and-coca-cola/

 

Here is the full extended (1 hour and 30 minutes) cut of the footage; a lot of which was not seen in the original.

 

See for yourself the treatment – ABUSE – of the young calves. Kicked; punched; hit it the face with branding irons; left to suffer and die alone without any medical attention or supervision.

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From the Animal Recovery Mission Website –
On June 4th, 2019, ARM released disturbing footage of one of its most grueling factory farm investigations to date. Initiating in 2018, an ARM undercover investigator captured surveillance evidence of the systematic and horrific animal abuse that is occurring at the Fair Oaks Farm’s

This place needs to close, and close now. All those involved with the cruelty shown must be made accountable and prosecuted under the full weight of the law.

We (WAV) have seen a lot of animal abuse in our time over the years; but we find the footage here; showing very young and vulnerable baby calves, particularly disturbing.

Watch, Repent and most importantly, Take Action to follow this up with the authorities.

This is what your pint of milk costs.  Cows milk is for baby calves, not humans.

USA: The US Government Is Trying to Overturn Protections that Save Grizzly Bears from Trophy Hunters.

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The US Government Is Trying to Overturn Protections that Save Grizzly Bears from Trophy Hunters

Posted by Carly Day | June 10, 2019

The US Government Is Trying to Overturn Protections that Save Grizzly Bears from Trophy Hunters

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Once again, the future of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears is under threat after Federal attorneys filed an appeal to overturn part of last year’s ruling, which reinstated the species’ protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The appeal, filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals, questions some aspects of the judge’s decision last September and argues that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) “should not have to conduct a comprehensive review of the entire listed species,” and that “the district court’s order goes beyond the appropriate remedy.”

The Act has protected grizzlies since 1975 after numbers dropped to 136 individuals. There are now an estimated 1,700-1,800 bears left in the lower 48 states, and around 700 of these live in and around the Yellowstone National Park.

In August 2017, the USFWS removed protections for this population, meaning the management of these animals would be handed over to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and trophy hunters would be allowed to murder 23 bears around Yellowstone.

A number of organizations went to court to ask for this decision to be reversed. Thankfully, they were successful, and before hunters had a chance to slaughter any more of these majestic animals, the protections were restored.

According to the Western Environmental Law Center, grizzlies in Yellowstone are still at risk, despite claims by the USFWS that populations are fully recovered. The Center cites “dwindling food sources, climate change, small population size, isolation, habitat loss and fragmentation, and high levels of human-caused mortality” as critical issues facing these beautiful bears.

The USFWS says that grizzlies no longer require this kind of intensive protection and claims that increasing human-animal conflict needs to be managed by controlling bear populations through hunting.

But bear supporters will not give up easily.

“[This latest appeal is a] waste of more time and money trying to defend the illegal decision to pull Yellowstone’s grizzly bears off the endangered species list,” said Andrea Santasiere, attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. “These bears still need federal protection and we’ll fight to defend the lower court’s decision.”

 

 

Justice for Dog Brutally Beaten to Death Behind Restaurant.

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Posted by Carly Day

 

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Petition Linkhttps://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-justice-for-dog-brutally-beaten-to-death-behind-restaurant/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

 

PETITION TARGET: Gary George, Director of Public Safety, Alpharetta Police Department

A black Labrador was viciously beaten to death behind a restaurant in Alpharetta, Atlanta. The beating was so brutal that the dog’s neck and legs were broken, and blood from the attack was spattered on the back door and wall of the restaurant where the body was discovered.

On May 25, an employee taking a break just before midnight behind the Atlantic Seafood Company on Mansell Road witnessed a man dressed in black yelling at a terrified dog, Channel 2 Action News reported.

When the man saw that his actions were being observed, he began to scream at the employee, who retreated indoors to call the police. When the officers arrived, they discovered the broken body of the dog.

Unfortunately, no leads on the case have been reported as yet. An act of such violence and aggression upon this innocent dog clearly indicates the person responsible is a threat to both animals and humans. This brutal attacker must be caught before he can kill or maim again.

Sign this petition urging the Alpharetta Police Department to make every effort to find and prosecute whoever did this to the fullest extent of the law and get justice for this dog who died in such a horrific way.

Alpharetta Police are asking anyone with information to call 678-297-6300.

 

 

 

England: ‘Oliver’ The Pig – Rescued By Police From A Busy Road. Now With the RSPCA Looking for a Forever Home. Enjoy the Video.

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https://ladyfreethinker.org/video-police-officers-rescue-adorable-pig-from-busy-road/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

Watch the video by clicking on the above link; or see it below.

 

Meet Oliver, an adorable piglet who was rescued by police officers in the English city of Coventry in the West Midlands last Tuesday morning.

The officers discovered the lost pig wandering along a busy road and quickly relocated him to the safety of a squad car, where he settled comfortably into the passenger seat.

Oliver instantly took a liking to the officers and enjoyed the attention he received from them, as you can see in this video.

The officers named the little pig after Charles Dickens’ fictional runaway orphan, Oliver Twist.

In the video, one policeman also jokingly introduces Oliver as his new police partner and calls him a “good boy.”

The lovely piglet was transported to the RSPCA, where he’s currently being cared for until a forever home is found for him.

In the meantime, Oliver will receive “lots of hogs and kisses,” the police department assured the public in a Tweet.

Watch this clip for an uplifting dose of cuteness!

 

The truth is that it’s NOT OK!

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To begin to understand why it is immoral to exploit animals, it’s important to look at the euphemisms we use whenever anything negative happens to someone.

“He was like a lamb to the slaughter.”

“They were treated like farmed animals.”

“We were stared at like animals in a zoo.”

“They milked me for all I was worth.”

Why do we use these expressions for anything negative at all if what we do to animals is OK?

The truth is that it’s NOT OK. If it’s wrong to commodify humans in such a way, then so too is it wrong to commodify non-humans in such a way.

We are not so special and other animals so worthless that it is wrong for these things to be done to us but morally acceptable for us to do these things to them.

Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Best regards to all, Venus

Circus Roncalli: 360° Holografie instead of animal cruelty

 

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Come in, walk in – come and marvel!

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On the stage of the Circus Roncalli elephants with long tusks rise again on a pedestal and bow.
But after the show, the animals do not have to be in a tight cage and across the highway to the next town. Because: they are not real, but created holographically. For its new, animal-free concept, the circus of animal welfare organizations such as Peta is classified as “exemplary”.

Roncalli has banished wildlife from his program since 1991, and last year circus director Bernhard Paul said goodbye to the last animal actors – the horses. At least from the real ones: instead, horses made of stardust run through the ring as holograms; more than a million gold particles are animated according to Roncalli press spokesman Markus Strobl.

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In 2018, the first holograms were shown at Roncalli. This makes the circus the first to work with holographic animals. But not the first animal-free: Even circuses like Cirque du Soleil or Flic Flac rely on acrobatics and Co. instead of animals.

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The times have changed. Many of these circuses have long since canceled their sails, and the whole “circus” concept has also seemed a little out of time. Those who still travel the country with their programs face a sharp headwind. This often has to do exactly with the circus animals, because PETA and other organizations, but also more and more individuals refuse the conditions under which the animals have to live.

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The animal welfare organization PETA calls Roncalli the “most animal-friendly circus” in Germany. She not only praised Roncalli’s avoidance of animal suffering, but also that the circus has recently offered only vegetarian and vegan food before and during the show.
Meanwhile, the company also waives plastic in its food and beverage offer. “We want a circus that thinks with us,” says Bernhard Paul.

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The circus director is aware that this innovation has also “hit the nerve of the times”. But that was not the reason for it: “That was a lonely decision of mine, in which many have said: ‘But this will be difficult without animals`. It was not. It was right. We notice what’s going on in other circuses that work with animals. ”

For example, animal rights activists have repeatedly protested against animal shows in circuses, and Circus “Belly” has caused a stir in recent years with court cases involving its chimpanzee Robby.

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People have become more sensitive to animals in their awareness, says Paul. “It is clear that in a circus you have to transport the animals from city to city and that the places are not necessarily suitable for animal husbandry.” He also got a “guilty conscience”.
“It is not necessary to have animals in the circus, nothing is missing”, he is sure. When he announced in shows that they are now free of animals, applause followed. And the circus also receives prominent letters, as press spokesman Strobl reports: “Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin wrote us a fan mail and invited us to America. ”
Bernhard Paul has also been invited to Silicon Valley.

https://www.haz.de/Nachrichten/Panorama/Uebersicht/Circus-Roncalli-verzichtet-auf-echte-Tiere-die-Alternative-begeistert-sogar-Hollywood

My comment: The attempt to introduce a wildlife ban for circuses, there was already several times and has failed to corrupt German politicians.

And so far nothing has come of it: Three attempts in the Federal Council, 2003, 2011 and 2016, failed because of the blockade of the Union parties and because of the veto of the competent Federal Ministry.

The argument: The introduction of a ban would be equivalent to a professional ban, animal traders would thereby become unemployed!!!. Other European countries are more stringent: For example, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Ireland and other countries there is a ban on wild animals in the circus. In a few countries, such as Greece and Cyprus, animals in circuses are generally banned.

Thank you, Roncalli!
Now I can go to the circus again.
No animals are abused and “broken” for the amusement of stupid circus visitors.
I hope that other circuses will take Roncalli as a role model and make the same decision.

My best regards, Venus

Today (14/6) Has Been ‘Stop Live Transport International Awareness Day’.

 

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Today (14/6) has been the ‘Stop Live Transport International Awareness Day’; a global day of action against the transportation of live animals.

As it is now late in the evening, we do not currently have reports and pictures of the events of today; but we shall be covering this soon when more information is provided.

In the mean time we will give you the link to the CIWF (London) web site, which has been one of the key players in this event,

The site link is   –   https://www.ciwf.org.uk/

Watch the video made by CIWF of Scottish calves being driven to Ramsgate in Kent; before onward shipment in mainland Europe. As you will have seen on past post we have made on this site, these very young calves are all males; a by product of the dairy industry which in reality does not want them – only female cows produce milk and as such are the only ones required to replenish the herd on dairy farms and facilities.

Here below is the video – Published on 1 May 2019

An investigation documenting the live transport of calves from Scotland to the port of Ramsgate (Kent, England) and onto Abbeville, France.

 

As it is now late in the evening here in England, we do not currently have reports and pictures of the events of today; but we shall be covering this soon when more information is provided.

More to come on this very soon, as we get reports in.

Regards Mark

 

Canada: stops the captivity of whales and dolphins!

 

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It is a great success for marine mammals suffering from marine zoos: Canada has banned the confinement and breeding of orcas, whales and dolphins in captivity.
For the first time in history, the Canadian parliament voted in favor of an animal welfare law.
The decision will put an end once and for all to the cruel practices of the marine zoos that we have been protesting for decades by PETA.

Zoos and aquariums that violate the ban must expect a fine of up to $ 200,000.

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Decision for the animals after years of procedure

For almost four years, the ban went through legislative procedures in Canada.
Meanwhile, many animal exploiters like the Marineland or the Vancouver Aquarium tried to stop the ban.
Fortunately, these efforts were unsuccessful and the law was passed. Throughout the process, lawmakers received tens of thousands of e-mails and phone calls from animal rights activists who supported the ban.
PETA USA also held numerous protests and convinced ocean zoo sponsors to stop supporting them.
Independent Senator and former Judge Murray Sinclair, who led the bill through Parliament, comments on the ban as follows:

“This bill is simple and clear. It is based on the assumption that it is very cruel animal cruelty to keep these beautiful animals in just those enclosures in which they were previously held”.

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Existing animals will continue to be detained

The Marineland and the Vancouver Aquarium are the only two ocean zoos in Canada still holding whales and orcas.
The facilities may keep their present animals in captivity and use them for profit purposes. However, they are prohibited under the new law to breed or capture new whales.

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Canada as a model for other countries

With the ban, Canada shows how the public’s opinion on ocean zoos has turned.
More and more people are fighting animal cruelty and fighting for the freedom of fascinating whales and orcas. Unfortunately, there are still facilities like Seaworld or the Loro Parque, which lock the marine mammals in tiny pools and let them demonstrate tricks to the amusement of the public.

We very much hope that other countries follow the example of Canada and also ban the breeding and confinement of marine mammals.

https://www.peta.de/kanada-verbot-zoo-wale-delfine

My comment: It is important to pass on such information. Many people still ignore the conditions in which animals live in water parks.
They think that dolphins and whales naturally cooperate with the stupid acrobatic number and that they do it because they just are more intelligent than other mammals!!

They are forced to perform meaningless tricks and have to play the ever-smiling clowns  for stupid visitors. They are often separated from family members because they are traded between zoos and carried around.

Today we know that …
Orcas and dolphins live in large, complex, social groups and they can swim in freedom up to 100 km and dive several hundred meters in the open ocean every day. In captivity, these animals can only swim in endless circles in bare, narrow concrete basins and are denied the opportunity to live almost any natural behavior.

They are held in narrow, flat and monotonous pools where they can only stereotypically make their rounds . In addition, the artificially treated water leads to skin rashes and eye inflammation.

A single dolphin can bring up to one million dollars a year to its owner – which is quite realistic, if hundreds of brainless visitors are routed through the swimming programs every day and paid between 100 and 200 dollars per capita.

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The marketing of dolphins as clowns, petting animals and acrobats generates billions in sales worldwide each year.

My best regards, Venus

 

 

Hunting stand destroyed in upstate New York!

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Received anonymously:

A hunting tower was downed on the night of 06/01 in upstate NY.

We hate this speciesist civilization and want to see the end of the murder and oppression of wildlife.

 

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/2019/06/09/hunting-stand-destroyed-in-upstate-new-york

 

We also want to see the end of the murder and oppression of wildlife , and we fight for this.

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Best regards, Venus

Global: Next Week (17 – 23/6/19) is ‘World Meat Free Week’ – Have A Look And Try !

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Next week (17 – 23/6/19) is World Meat Free Week, so what better time to celebrate all the benefits of being plant-based?

From helping to combat climate breakdown to tackling global food shortages, and of course saving animals from suffering on factory farms, there are plenty of great reasons to try veg!

Our Love Veg website is packed with delicious recipes and expert tips to help you on your journey, whether you’re a seasoned vegan or you’ve just recently started trying more plant-based foods. Check it out below!

https://loveveg.uk/reasons/for-the-animals/

 

https://loveveg.uk/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wmfw

Plant-based products are on the rise. There’s now a wide range of meat alternatives available in all the major supermarkets and even more tasty veggie options are popping up on high street restaurant menus across the UK.

There really has never been an easier time to give veg a go!

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Whether you’ll be choosing the veg option once, twice or every day this World Meat Free Week, thank you for helping to create a more compassionate world for farmed animals!

Kind regards,

Dr Toni Vernelli

Exec Director – Animal Equality

https://animalequality.org.uk/

 

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Further links to other great sites with articles and scrummy recipe links:

 

https://www.worldmeatfreeweek.com/

 

https://www.worldmeatfreeweek.com/recipes

 

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https://www.meatfreeweek.org/recipes

 

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https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/world-meat-free-week/

 

https://www.worldmeatfreeweek.com/partners

 

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Japan: Petition – Embarrass Them – Make Coal Fired Power An Issue In Japan When It Hosts the G20 Very Soon.

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In less than three weeks, Japan will for the first time host the G20.

It’s a make or break moment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. And there’s one topic he’s hoping doesn’t come up: coal.

Because Japan is one of the world’s largest public financiers of coal fired power plants. It is the only G7 country building coal power plants domestically and financing them overseas. 

There are forces within Prime Minister Abe’s own Government pushing for Japan to move away from coal. But without international pressure Abe won’t act.

Japanese activists have a plan to deliver tens of thousands of signatures from people across the world to Shinzo Abe right in the middle of the G20 when he’s trying to show his Government’s best face to the world.

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But our friends in Japan need your help.

Will you sign the petition to the Japanese Government to stop financing coal?

The world’s leading scientists have warned we have less than twelve years left to avoid climate catastrophe. 

Floods. Droughts. Bushfires and extreme weather events will all become more frequent unless we keep fossil fuels in the ground.

And it’s not just Japan’s public funding of coal that is fuelling the climate crisis. Japan’s three largest banks are the 1st, 2nd and 4th biggest lenders to coal projects in the world. 

12 years is a short window to head off climate catastrophe, but it is possible to do it if major economies like Japan switch from coal to clean renewable energy.

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If we can get Japan to stop financing coal it will be a seismic shift.  

Japan, Korea and China are the largest public financiers of overseas coal power. Once Japan ends its coal finance, Korea is expected to follow suit.

Add your voice and call on Shinzo Abe to reject coal and embrace clean energy!

 

Petition Link – please sign and crosspost:

https://actions.sumofus.org/a/no-new-coal-japan/?akid=57132.7697051.VCXyS1&rd=1&source=fwd&t=11

Currently over 23,000 signatures – lets make it more ! WAV.

 

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More information:

Japan Needs to End Coal No Coal Japan, 5 June 2019
Why Japan finds coal hard to quit Nikkei Asian Review, 21 November 2018
Japan must exit coal Japan Times, 2 June 2019

 

 

Global: Most ‘meat’ in 2040 will not come from dead animals.

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WAV Comment – We have seen from this (our) site alone; as well as many others, that the current ‘system’ of around 10 billion animals being needed in farming to sustain around 1 billion people just cannot work. We have shown the issue of what cow farts do, and the demand of sustainable land (often rainforest) being destroyed just in order to keep Beef animals on; let alone their massive water consumption; it is simply destroying a lot of trees and plants that would otherwise be pumping oxygen into the system, thus cutting down our CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions; keeping temperatures under control more. Things have got to / are slowly changing; and this (meat free) is one of them. What a dream; no factory farms abusing meat producing animals for the want of human tastebuds. Bring Vegan on !!

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Source – https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/12/most-meat-in-2040-will-not-come-from-slaughtered-animals-report?CMP=share_btn_tw

Most ‘meat’ in 2040 will not come from dead animals, says report

Consultants say 60% will be grown in vats or plant-based products that taste like meat

Most of the meat people eat in 2040 will not come from slaughtered animals, according to a report that predicts 60% will be either grown in vats or replaced by plant-based products that look and taste like meat.

The report by the global consultancy AT Kearney, based on expert interviews, highlights the heavy environmental impacts of conventional meat production and the concerns people have about the welfare of animals under industrial farming.

The large-scale livestock industry is viewed by many as an unnecessary evil,” the report says. “With the advantages of novel vegan meat replacements and cultured meat over conventionally produced meat, it is only a matter of time before they capture a substantial market share.”

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The conventional meat industry raises billions of animals and turns over $1tn (£785bn) a year. However, the huge environmental impacts have been made plain in recent scientific studies, from the emissions driving the climate crisis to wild habitats destroyed for farmland and the pollution of rivers and oceans.

Companies such as Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods and Just Foods that use plant ingredients to create replacement burgers, scrambled eggs and other products are growing rapidly. AT Kearney estimates $1bn has been invested in such vegan products, including by the companies that dominate the conventional meat market. Beyond Meat raised $240m when the company went public in May and its shares have more than doubled since.

Other companies are working on growing meat cells in culture, to produce real meat without needing to raise and kill animals. No such products have yet reached consumers, but AT Kearney predicts cultured meat will dominate in the long term because it reproduces the taste and feel of conventional meat more closely than plant-based alternatives.

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“The shift towards flexitarian, vegetarian and vegan lifestyles is undeniable, with many consumers cutting down on their meat consumption as a result of becoming more conscious towards the environment and animal welfare,” said Carsten Gerhardt, a partner at AT Kearney. “For passionate meat-eaters, the predicted rise of cultured meat products means that they still get to enjoy the same diet they always have, but without the same environmental and animal cost attached.”

The report estimates 35% of all meat will be cultured in 2040 and 25% will be vegan replacements. It highlights the far greater efficiency of the alternatives to conventional meat.

Almost half the world’s crops are fed to livestock, but only 15% of the plant calories end up being eaten by humans as meat. In contrast, the report says, cultured meat and vegan meat replacements retain about three-quarters of their input calories.

Potential customer uneasiness about cultured meat will not be a barrier, the report says, citing surveys in the US, China and India: “Cultured meat will win in the long run. However, novel vegan meat replacements will be essential in the transition phase.”

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Rosie Wardle of the Jeremy Coller Foundation, a philanthropic organisation focused on sustainable food systems, said: “From steaks to seafood, a full spectrum of options is emerging to replace traditional animal protein products with plant-based and cell-based meat technologies.

“The shift to more sustainable patterns of protein consumption is already under way, driven by consumers, investors and entrepreneurs, and even pulling in the world’s biggest meat companies. If anything, predictions that 60% of the world’s ‘meat’ will not come from slaughtered animals in 20 years’ time may be an underestimation.”

However, a National Farmers’ Union spokesman said: “Innovation and new technology has always been central to the progress of British livestock farming. Although the science of lab-grown meat is interesting, the NFU believes there is great potential for livestock farming to continue its journey of producing safe, traceable and affordable food for the nation and it will continue to do so as long as the public demands it.”

In other words; farmers continue to want ….

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Regards Mark

 

 

Fuck (Fair) Oaks Farms and Coca-Cola

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Fair Oaks Farms is one of the largest dairies in the US producing Fairlife milk products manufactured, marketed and distributed by Coca-Cola Corporation. Now that a Nestlé dairy company has been charged with animal abuse in the US, it’s time for Coca Cola.

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The most heartrending scene in the video shows calves exposed to extreme heat and die.
Fair Oaks Farm is the largest dairy in the US and the nation’s largest tourist destination. But the cruel reality is hidden from both the consumer and the tourist!
It’s so bad that Fair Oaks Farms should even be shut down to stop further abuse. In addition, Coca-Cola is called upon to withdraw completely from the dairy industry and consumers should no longer buy products from Coca Cola.

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ARM founder Richard “Kudo” Couto argued that the undercover videos should show what really happened at Fair Oaks Farms, a mega-farm one hour north of Lafayette that attracts 500,000 visitors a year and is touted as an “agricultural” tourism window becomes animal husbandry. An undercover investigator working for ARM found a job in the farm and filmed the cruelty. Couto said he has never seen such brutal and constant abuse of animals, of all those Fair Oaks Farms had contact with.

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Many of the conversations in the video involved people speaking Spanish.

As with the Nestlè dairy, the animals are beaten, kicked and tortured. And the fact that things are even worse is shown by the following footage.

After these excellent undercover investigations on the Internet have caused massive protests around the world the Founder of Fair Oaks Farms Dr. Mike McCloskey Fair Oaks Farms founder Mike McCloskey has accepted responsibility for what was shown in the video, saying… there was a breakdown in training and oversight of what he called a handful of bad employees. In a series of statements, McCloskey said four of the five people shown in ARM’s initial video were Fair Oaks Farms employees who were fired once the abuse was pointed out to management, either months ago or once the video was released.

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But ARM said that is not enough and that the abuse is not only widespread among the four employees.

“The beating was perpetrated by all employees. Calves were thrown, shoved, kicked and even force-fed. Many of the calves died as a result of abuse and poor conditions. From everyone we worked with and with whom we had contact. From the managers, the supervisor, the foreman, the brutality was just about everywhere, “said ARM founder Richard Couto.

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They are now working with the relevant police to investigate possible criminal charges.

After the “brown sauce” – our famous Coca-Cola drink- can no longer score, the Coca-Cola Company wants to conquer the milk market.
Coca Cola is banking on a new lifestyle dairy product: the new Fairlife milk.

Coca-Cola is partnering with a farm in northwestern Indiana in the hope that a newly invented, more nutritious milk will reach many consumers. The soft drink giant has teamed with Select Milk Producers and Fair Oaks Farms to start Fairlife LLC, which will launch a premium milk nationwide. It costs twice as much as conventional milk, including animal suffering, as has now been revealed. A Coca-Cola manager said the company will invest in the development of Fairlife, make it a big brand name and it will “rain money”!!

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And with many countries battling the high percentage of overweight people and introducing taxes on sugar, including in Europe, beverage giant Coca-Cola plans to open a dairy in Ireland. According to the Irish Farmers Journal, Coca-Cola’s goal is to expand into new production areas away from sugary drinks. To build a dairy in Ireland, the Group is already working closely with the Irish Business Development Agency (IDA). Quite by accident (!!!) comes the (still) EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan from Ireland.

Because the EU can not get rid of its milk, it resorts to frightening measures and issues amongst other things an EU schoolmix program. For the delivery of school milk, the EU provides an annual budget of 100 million euros. The dairy lobby even publishes studies purporting to reveal that milk is better than breastfeeding!

Do you notice something? The agricultural lobby is doing everything and gets everything, so that it lacks nothing, but the consumers do not go there anymore!

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My comment: As soon as courageous activists inform the public about these crimes, the MAIN leader for this Dachau appears and apologizes.

He reduces the level of crime to four people, who earn a maximum of 10 dollars per hour, work under miserable conditions and try to massacre as many animals as possible so they do not lose their miserable job.

And the worst of all: manager Mike McCloskey wants to reassure us that once the four “sinners” are removed from the farm, everything will be back in harmony and animal welfare.

And not only that: indirectly, he promises that the incident is the absolute exception, it is not in the spirit of Farma ideology to operate with such abominations, it will be taken measure! This has always been the familiar coverup strategy of the Milk and Meat Mafia.

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If we ALL do not stop breastfeeding and stealing foreign milk as if we were still newborn, these crimes will be practiced as an everyday business in dairy industry and meat industry.
We order, others torture, slaughter, murder.
We must never forget that, and we can finally fight these crimes against our animal companions with our own responsibility and political actions.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Arguments against carnism

 

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When discussing vegetarianism with meat eaters, you will probably find that the focus of the argument is often on empty and false claims, such as, “As long as the animals do not suffer, I will continue to eat meat, done!” That sounds like, “As long as 2 + 2 = 347, I stick to my opinion, Basta!” Hard to say something appropriate and to stay inwardly relaxed.

When I heard this phrase, I replied, “Watch a carnage in a video or the life of the animals in a farm, how miserable these animals are to spend their lives!”
Then came the answer:  ” One does not have to know everything, for that we have a division of work in our society! “

zitat über VeganeThis level of discussion can easily lead to discouragement among vegetarians. To preserve patience in such conversations, it is sometimes helpful to have some counter arguments at hand.

The millennia-old tradition of eating meat has produced some very interesting, sometimes outrageous and illogical arguments. Although some of the pro-meat theses quoted here are downright idiotic, the meat eaters using such arguments are also doing it very seriously!!

Argument 1: “Plants are also living things that can suffer, so you should then not eat them”

Answer: To equate plant suffering with animal suffering is pure nonsense and is certainly perceived as exaggerated, even by the one who says so.

Plants have neither pain receptors nor nerves.
Both are necessary to create the message “Aua”. The nerves send the pain stimuli to the brain, which are processed here first.
So … because they still lack pain receptors and a brain, the pain impulses can not be sensed.

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Argument 2: Classification, “animals have no soul”

Answer: Of course, for centuries, the church has been diligently working on racism and discrimination, officially appointing the human species with God’s blessing the prevalent animal species.

“Animals have no soul, animals have only instincts and are therefore subordinate to humans. Animals are there to serve mankind with their flesh and goods “is the title of the church association.

It’s actually not hard to recognize the soul of an animal. However, meat eaters have made these creatures their slaves and victims, and the sight of the animal souls in his eyes could lead them to a serious remorse.

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Argument 3: Political truncheon: “Hitler was vegetarian too”

Answer: The purpose is to connect Hitler and vegetarianism in order to achieve a political connection.

The purpose is to connect Hitler and vegetarianism in order to achieve a political connection.
In this case we should tell from a recently read newspaper article about a man, by profession butcher, who murdered women, and divided into parts – a meat eater. Stalin was also a meat eater, Sadam Hussein – a meat eater, Karacic, Milosevic – a meat eater, etc., and so on. ….

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Argument 4: The tradition: “Man is a carnivore and has always eaten meat”

Answer: If that were the case, man could eat meat raw, as all carnivores in nature do.
From the remark that man has always eaten meat, it is also clear that everything should remain the same. It would be the same to say, “There has always been rape and war, so keep it up!”. The spiritual development of a person who brings such an argument is based on Neanderthal traditions!

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Argument 5: The excuse: “I only buy from organic slaughterers”

Answer: Organic pigs are not gently caressed, they also die from bleeding.
In fact, there are neither organic killers nor organic butchers!

No murderer was acquitted because he killed his victim mildly or gently, or because he had previously kept it in a species-appropriate manner.

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Argument 6: Attack: “You should rather fight for people than for animals”

Answer: It would be the same if someone who is engaged in Rwanda would be accused: “You should rather take care of the old people in this country, than any strangers in Africa!”

When asked in which areas the one engaged, who goes so into the attack, one receives no answer. By playing animal love and people love against each other, he runs a pretty bad business!
In reality, love is a basic attitude, animal love and people love are the same, it is the love of life!

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Argument 7:  Rating: “Animals are not as intelligent as we are and may therefore be eaten by us”.

Answer: If the intelligence of a living being is to decide whether it must die or live, then we should also consider and abuse babies, mentally ill and disabled people as our subjects.
Anyone who brings such an argument should not only check his own intelligence but his own morality too.

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Argument 8: Standard motto: “In animals it is the case that the stronger eat the weaker”

Answer: If there really was such a thing as a right of the stronger we should no longer condemn criminals, because a perpetrator is always stronger at the moment of the act than his victim. No victim would have the right to complain, because under this logic every victim would be automatically in the Wrong, because the perpetrator was stronger.

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Argument 9: Stupid nonsense : Animals have no consciousness and therefore can not suffer”

Answer: The fact that animals have the same pain receptors as we have has been well documented. The proof has even been provided long ago.
There is much scientific evidence that even animals have a consciousness. It just simply does not know exactly how it differs from humans  -but even if that is not identical to human consciousness, that’s no proof that they can not suffer like humans.
Newborns do not (yet) have any awareness, but no one would question whether they are capable of suffering.

Because the ethically relevant question is not whether animals are as empathetic or intelligent as humans, but whether they can suffer.

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The massive exploitation of animals for the production of food, in laboratories for senseless experiments, in the entertainment industry but also in a private attitude is therefore in no way justifiable. Honestly, it’s a daily murder and no argument can justify this murder.

There is no “humane” way to use animals. Where the goals of humans conflict with the needs of animals, the animals are the losers.

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My best regards to all, Venus

England: Viva ! Health June Newsletter. Read it Here.

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Viva ! Health June Newsletter

 

You can view the entire newsletter by clicking on the following link:

https://mailchi.mp/viva.org.uk/vivahealth-june19-newsletter-359355?e=26c03356b8

 

Stories include:

  • Fake News – Another sensationalist article claims a ‘vegan’ diet made someone ill and how eating meat and eggs made them better, a little digging reveals the truth behind the headlines…
  • Vegans don’t need to combine different types of protein-rich plant foods to get a ‘complete’ protein, that type of thinking is considered outdated. A varied vegan diet provides plenty of healthy plant protein, the type we need!
  • In 2017, 11 million deaths around the world were related to poor diet – even more than smoking according to this new major study.
  • Heart attacks and strokes were the main diet-related causes of death, followed by cancers and type 2 diabetes. The authors blame diets high in salt and low in fruit, wholegrains, nuts and seeds. They suggest that eating and drinking better could prevent one in five deaths globally. Writing in the Lancet, they call for a global shift in policy to promote vegetables, fruit, nuts and pulses (peas, beans and lentils). Co-author Professor Walter Willett from Harvard University said that the findings were consistent with recent research on the benefits for cardiovascular health of replacing red meat with plant sources of protein.
  • It’s a myth that you need meat to get enough iron – a varied vegan diet will provide all the iron you need and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
  • Iron is just one of many in our extensive A-Z of Nutrients a useful resource to answer all your questions and more on every nutrient you need for good health.
  • Everywhere, people are asking questions about changing their diet – Everyone’s Going Vegan provides the answers.

 

Everyone’s Going Vegan is a 64-page epic FULLY UPDATED magazine that is part of our vegan campaign to change Britain’s eating habits and change the world. Packed with interview, recipes, health articles and four free pull-out charts.

These brand new, double-sided fact sheets contain lots of easy to read information from the history of soya to the age-old question “Where do you get your protein?”. All this and more are explained on these six beautifully designed A5 sheets feeding you all of the facts about soya, iron, B12, protein, heart disease and fats. You can read each one here!

… and lots more !

 

Check it all out at:

https://mailchi.mp/viva.org.uk/vivahealth-june19-newsletter-359355?e=26c03356b8

 

 

India: Latest Great News and Rescues From Animal Aid Unlimited – Some Great Stories of Progress for Animal Rescues.

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We are delighted that we have been able to give some donations to AAU very recently to help support them with their incredible rescues and post rescue care and attention for the animals. Here is the latest news below; and as you can see at the end, AAU are recruiting staff at the moment – think about applying if you are an Indian resident; working with all the animals must be so rewarding !

 

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Rescuing and healing injured animals and inspiring people with happy endings is the thrust of Animal Aid Unlimited’s ongoing mission to help animals and contribute to the worldwide compassion revolution for animals.

Cruelty cases are painful to share, but Animal Aid is deeply committed to stopping cruelty in Udaipur by reporting it to the police and involving the media when possible. We are deeply proud that last week Deendayal Gora–one of our most cherished team leaders–received an award from the most senior members of the Udaipur police on Rajasthan Police Day, recognizing his vigilance in reporting animal cruelty cases for Animal Aid.

 

10 amazing rescues your heart will never forget

One more day and most of the animals you’re about to meet in this rescue compilation video would have been dead. Thanks to your support, Animal Aid’s rescue team was there to climb, wade, jump, run and hoist to make sure THIS would NOT be the animal’s last day. You’ll want to hold your hand over your heart as you watch these animals in the most ghastly problems get the help that saves their lives just in the nick of time. 

 

Please donate, because for some animals, Tomorrow is only possible with help

 

1st All Women First Aid Training Team

In this month’s First Aid Training batch, we welcomed our first ALL WOMEN TRAINEES TEAM, hailing from West Bengal, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. Each have substantial experience with animals, and they’re so enthusiastic and bright as they head into day 5 of their intensive week-long training.

They’ll return to their communities ready to build teams of rescuers, follow safe, effective treatment protocols, and with new skills enhancing their handling, assessments, record keeping and wound dressings. They will be able to give rabies inoculations, treat animals for pain, identify when a vet is needed, and care for animals when there is no vet available.

Please go to our website to apply for training if you are a resident of India and already rescuing or helping street animals.

 

Puppy trapped and drowning deep in sewage line rescued 

This puppy’s mother frantically paced back and forth at the mouth of a covered sewer line but she couldn’t find a way in. When our rescue team arrived we could faintly hear a puppy’s fading whimper. We too had trouble finding an entryway. Finally we found a rock slab we could hoist up but the puppy was still deep in the tunnel. We had no choice but to send one of the team knee deep into the sewage water, bent over and wading through it to rescue this little one on the verge of giving up. When our rescuer emerged, the baby was collapsed. We brought him back to the Animal Aid hospital so that we could thoroughly examine him. He was exhausted from fear and anguish. But as soon as he rested and ate, Barney bloomed before our eyes. Watch this furry family’s reunion at the end of Barney’s very busy day. He won’t have trouble sleeping tonight!

 

For little ones who get into all kinds of trouble, please donate.

 

Celebrate the Care-givers: Udi Bai 

Udi Bai Gameti is a tiny person with super-human strength and an ability to read the minds of animals. Udi Bai knows if a dog will eat from her hand but not from a bowl. She can lift dogs twice her size with the ease of a footballer and the gentle handling of a mother (which she has perfected through her son and daughter and the thousands of animals she has helped here.) She spreads her love among dogs suffering from traumatic wounds, mange and every illness in between. Energetic but soft-spoken, Udi Bai expresses what we consider serious love for the animals.

 

Improved Isolation Ward coming soon!

Many of the dogs we rescue are not only injured, but often sick and need to be isolated from dogs who are simply wounded. Dogs carrying infectious diseases will soon get a boost to their moods–and therefore, a boost even to their ability to heal. We’re building a new Isolation Ward for dogs and puppies, with improved ventilation, more space, and where staff will be able to treat runny-nosed patients in a more organised environment.

 

The new Isolation Ward is scheduled to open 1st August at a cost of around USD $15,000.  

 

Please donate to support this vital improvement. 

 

New hoist is an enormous help for large animals

If a cow or bull is unable to stand, they have only a few days of life left. Their stomachs fill with gas and they usually die from bloat or other complications. But when we get them in a standing position with a canvas belt for support, there is a chance they can gradually regain the ability to stand, and we can turn the saddest story into recovery. We are immensely grateful for the gift of this hoist from Kiranmal Savensukha Charitable Trust–which is a huge help to the caregivers, who have previously had to lift the cows using the strength of their own backs!

 

We’re Hiring!  

Animal Aid is now hiring!

Veterinary Surgeon, Office and Admin Manager, HR Manager, Video Manager, Maintenance Manager. Most of our positions are open for Indian applicants only. Please share!

Apply today!

 

If you love animals and want to dedicate your career to saving injured and ill street animals in India, apply today!

Working together we can end street animal suffering and can promise you an exciting and fulfilling life-long experience.

 

 

 

Take Action for Dogs – Petitions to Support.

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Some petitions to give your support to – they DO make differences, as we have shown before – https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/05/28/usa-petition-update-scum-has-now-been-now-charged-for-taping-a-dogs-mouth-shut-and-almost-killing-it/

 

In the city of Gimpo, South Korea, something horrifying is happening. Dogs are being forced into cramped metal cages covered in feces,  then tortured and killed for meat.
Add your voice to help save their lives!

Lady Freethinker is already sponsoring 2 bus ads in the city urging residents not to eat dog. And soon, the petition urging the mayor to ban these horrific dog meat farms will be delivered in person by Nami Kim of partner organization Save Korean Dogs.

 

Sign now to help shut these horrendous dog farms down for good.

 

Petition link:

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-shut-down-illegal-dog-meat-farms-in-gimpo-south-korea/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

 

 

Woman Accused of Kicking and Stomping on Dog Must be Punished

 

Target: Craig Stedman, District Attorney for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Goal: Punish the mother who allegedly instructed her child to abuse a dog.

A dog was injured after he was allegedly stomped on and kicked. Disturbing video footage apparently showed the suspect kicking the dog and then instructing her child to follow her example. Demand justice for this innocent animal.

Petition Link:

https://animalpetitions.org/748436/punish-mother-who-allegedly-encouraged-animal-abuse/

 

Yulin Dog Meat Festival Is Weeks Away.

 

 

In less than two weeks, the Yulin Dog Meat Festival will begin, and 1,000 dogs will be boiled or skinned alive before being butchered to feed festival goers. In July and August, thousands more will be killed so that vendors at the Boknal Festival can serve the popular Peppery Dog Meat Soup. And in late August, teenage boys will be forced to gorge on dog meat for seven days as part of a coming-of-age ceremony.

We must stop the summertime slaughter of innocent dogs. Sign this petition to join the movement to put an end to all dog meat festivals once and for all.

But the horror doesn’t end with festivals. Dogs are abused and killed for food every day all year round. The dog meat markets of Indonesia, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Vietnam are thriving. Some are even considered tourist destinations. And in certain areas of Switzerland, farmers are still known to kill dogs for personal consumption or to give as a delicacy to friends.

That is why Care2 is launching a campaign to stop dog meat consumption worldwide. By adding your name to this petition, you are signing on to help stop dog meat festivals and markets across the globe. Over the next several weeks, you will get the opportunity to sign petitions and take other actions to end the inhumane slaughter of millions of dogs each year — starting with the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

Are you ready to send a strong message to world leaders that you won’t rest until all dogs are safe from butchers? Then join us in making 2019 the year that dog meat festivals and markets are stopped once and for all.

Ed’s Ostrich effect – the truth we hide from ourselves.

Certainly worth a watch and absorbing all the issues here:

 

Ed’s Ostrich effect – the truth we hide from ourselves.

 

With thanks to Stacey for sending this over – see more Vegan campaign work at https://our-compass.org/author/ourcompasses/

 

 

Why do we hide our heads in the sand when we get confronted with a challenging reality?

Ed explores what truths we hide from ourselves by drawing on his experience as a documentary maker and activist. Ed Winters or “Earthling Ed” devotes his life to be a voice for the voiceless as an animal rights activist.

He went from a meat-eater to vegan, and as a social media phenomenon, regular visitor on major new channels such as BBC, he advocates for animals using discussion and debate.

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USA: American hunter in viral photo of slain giraffe is “proud to hunt”.

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American hunter in viral photo of slain giraffe is “proud to hunt”

Images of hunters celebrating their trophies often draw widespread support and widespread condemnation – something Tess Talley knows first hand. In 2017, she killed a giraffe in South Africa. In 2018, her photo of the kill went viral and prompted worldwide outrage. 

Talley joined “CBS This Morning” Friday to say that she’s “absolutely” still going hunting.

“It’s a hobby, it’s something that I love to do,” she said. Talley said that the controversial kill was part of a conservation hunt, designed to manage the amount of wildlife in a given area. 

“I am proud to hunt,” she said. “And I am proud of that giraffe.” 

In an interview with CBS News’ Adam Yamaguchi, Talley said that she’s made decorative pillows and a gun case out of the slain giraffe, which she described as “delicious.”  

“You say it’s about conservation, but the smile […] it seems like there’s a lot of pleasure in it, too, a lot of joy,” said “CBS This Morning” co-host Tony Dokoupil.

 

See the full story, complete with this depraved woman’s video at:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/american-hunter-tess-talley-has-no-regrets-about-viral-photo-of-slain-giraffe/

 

Note the trash even wear fur :

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/hunter-in-viral-giraffe-photo-says-her-prayers-were-answered/

USA: British Man with Muscular Dystrophy requested to see University dogs who have been bred to suffer from canine MD and are imprisoned in a laboratory there. He was Banned from the the Uni for 2 Years for peaceful his actions.

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Johnathon Byrne—a British business owner who has muscular dystrophy (MD)—has filed a lawsuit against Texas A&M University for allegedly violating his civil rights.

During a visit to Texas A&M, Byrne—who must use a wheelchair at all times—peacefully requested to see the dogs who have been bred to suffer from canine MD and are imprisoned in a laboratory there.

Following that request, university police detained him, booted him from campus, and banned him from returning for two years.

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The lawsuit alleges that the school flagrantly violated Byrne’s constitutional rights that guarantee free speech and protection against false arrest.

Help the dogs whose suffering in Texas A&M’s cruel and useless MD experiments Byrne cares so deeply about:

https://support.peta.org/page/1007/action/1?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert&utm_campaign=0619::viv::PETA::E-Mail::Man%20With%20Muscular%20Dystrophy%20Harassed%20at%20Texas%20AM::::aa%20em&ea.url.id=248780

At Texas A&M University (TAMU), experimenters led by Joe Kornegay breed golden retrievers to develop canine muscular dystrophy (MD). This disease ravages their bodies, causing progressive muscle wasting and weakness. Studies using these animals haven’t led to a cure or even a treatment to reverse disease symptoms.

Video footage shows that the appallingly thin dogs in Kornegay’s laboratory were caged, sometimes alone, in barren metal cells and struggled to swallow thin gruel—the only food that they could eat, given how easily they could choke. Long ropes of saliva hung from the mouths of those whose jaw muscles had weakened. Even balancing was difficult. Dogs with this condition are also at great risk for contracting pneumonia because they can easily inhale liquid into their lungs.

Dogs who didn’t have the disease but carried the MD gene were used for breeding. Deprived of loving homes, they frantically paced across the slatted floors and bit the bars of the small cages in frustration. They didn’t even have the comfort of a blanket.

To gauge just how much a dog’s muscles have deteriorated, Kornegay has invented a crude technique that could pass for medieval torture: He repeatedly stretches them with a motorized lever in order to cause muscle tears.

Kornegay has been at this for more than 35 years. Puppies in his laboratory who are born with MD are so weak at birth that they require extra nutrition. By 6 weeks of age, their hind limbs have shifted forward, making walking difficult, and some are unable to open their mouths or jaws.

 

Take Action – help the suffering dogs:

Director Richard Linklater, actor Lily Tomlin, political commentator Bill Maher, NFL player Ryan Tannehill, and, most recently, musician Nikki Sixx have all spoken out against TAMU’s MD experiments on dogs. Please join them by urging the university to close its dog laboratory, stop breeding dogs to have MD, release all dogs for adoption into good homes, and redirect its resources toward humane research methods.

https://support.peta.org/page/1007/action/1?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert&utm_campaign=0619::viv::PETA::E-Mail::Man%20With%20Muscular%20Dystrophy%20Harassed%20at%20Texas%20AM::::aa%20em&ea.url.id=248780

Spain: murder spectacle for primitives

 

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How primitive and anti-social can people be in the middle of Europe?

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Watch the video at the FB page of Pacma: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=301719144037939

Toledo: This is not a bullfight in the conventional sense of bullfighting murder we know.
It is a premeditated murder of a small calf between 1 and 2 years old who has not yet been weaned by his mother.

Therefore, the calf can not yet coordinate his legs well and also has no big horns to defend himself.
The murderers themselves prepare the murder weapons, the banderillas.

If he can not anymore, the animal is stuck in the corner, several “helpers” grab him and nail him until the baby is paralyzed and bleeding.

With less than two years the animal suffers a slow and agonizing death.

PACMA is the only party that advocates such a ban on Festego but also massacres all fiestas

Source: #StopBecerradas

And I mean…If one himself inspire and enjoy how innocent and utterly defenseless animals suffer and are tortured to death, this one is no more than a miserable monster and has in no way deserved to have something like own human rights. Every year Spain holds its hand and begs like a small child to other European countries, so that this “culture” of the brainless can continue to exist.

If torture, mistreatment and exploitation of innocent defenseless beings is “culture” for Spain, then the country is at the back end of education in Europe, because traditions from the Middle Ages are perceived with enthusiasm that only scare and disgust every educated person.

Except for a few mentally-deprived Germans and a few brain-sick Europeans, this form of “culture” really does not even appeal to the stupidest of the stupid.
We can be sure there are far more civilized animal lovers and animal rights activists (= antitaurinos) than people like this disgusting bunch of proletarians, who put an end to this primitive blood fiesta. Time is ticking for the animals and I know it will end.

 

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My best regards to all, Venus

 

The cages of shame must go

In hardly any other animal is the double morality in dealing with animals as clear as in rabbits.
On the one hand, dwarf rabbits are loved and cared for as pets. On the other hand, tens of millions of fattening rabbits throughout Europe have to spend their short lives until the time of slaughter in too narrow wire mesh cages.
The rabbits live like chickens in laying batteries. Even today!

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The german Penny supermarket chain  advertises rabbit meat. And in a perverted way – because Penny calls this “BEST MOMENTS”!

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Whow the  “BEST MOMENTS” in the slaughterhouse look like, we show in this video – it is indeed from the US, but slaughter, as we already know, are all the same! Cage farming is a reality for European fattening and breeding rabbits – therefore rabbit meat can be offered so cheaply.

In factory farming it is very common to see seriously ill rabbits with injured paws squeezing through the bars of the cages. Rabbits with behavioral disorders that rotate in a circle; Animals with bloody wounds and even rabbits with nibbling ears, some even with bitten ears. Rabbits with behavioral disorders that rotated in a circle;

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The female animals are used as a litter machine and fertilized directly after birth, in 4-6 weeks there are new pups.
Due to the burden, the death rate is very high. A normal relationship with the young is not possible. It even happens that the young are eaten by the mother. Other consequences: Loneliness and boredom during gestation.

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All this is everyday life in the rabbit barracks.

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The problem for the surveillance authorities is that there are no legally binding minimum requirements for keeping, transporting and slaughtering rabbits, – neither at national nor at European level.  Only general rules on animal welfare in livestock farming can be applied.

The current federal government does not even consistently apply the Animal Welfare Act in order to dispel at least the most obvious and grave grievances in rabbit farming. Previous attempts to clarify the grievances failed. Criminal charges against commercial rabbit owners were unsuccessful!

In this regard, the rabbits are without rights and the farm owners are unscrupulous. In such cage batteries, which have been banned in Germany since the beginning of the year (from 2011 in the EU) for laying hens, there is no regulation of the rabbit fattening.

And what about the German fattening systems for rabbits? The video from the “German Animal Protection Bureau”  (Deutsches Tierschutzbüro) shows it, the pictures speak for themselves.

The animals suffer not only from physical damage such as paw injuries, spinal curvature, burnt eyes and metabolic disorders, but also from massive behavioral disorders. It starts with stereotyping how grating chewing continues with functional bursts of aggression such as trichophagy (tearing and eating their own hair) to the point of coronation (killing their own children), cannibalism and self-mutilation.

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According to the animal protection organization “Four Paws”, 30 million rabbits (41,000 tons of meat) die every year in Germany alone, only to end up on the plate. Under what circumstances the animals reach their slaughter weight, apparently nobody seems to be interested in Germany. It has been known for the past five years that most rabbits come from tormenting intensive farms. Nevertheless, consumption and demand of rabbit meat is increasing rapidly.

Political steps

In September 2013, a Mast Rabbit Ordinance was passed. On August 11, 2014, the regulations came into force. Unfortunately, these allow exactly the intensive factory farming on wire bottom.

We’re a long way from the finish. Improvements are urgently needed, so that no health and behavioral damage is caused.
The caging, also for rabbits must urgently be completely abolished.

Freewheel is urgently needed. For all Animals!

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The petition endthecageage has already over 1 million votes. If you have not signed yet, you should do it now, it will soon go to the EU Commission!

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Russia: Good News – Russia fines ‘whale jail’ company White Whale.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48557320

Russia fines ‘whale jail’ company White Whale

 

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A Russian company that runs a so-called “whale jail” in the east of the country has been fined 28.1 million rubles ($433,000; £430,000).

White Whale is one of four firms holding killer and beluga whales in small enclosures on the Sea of Japan, which they say is legal.

But a Vladivostok court on Friday ruled the company broke fishing rules.

Cases against the other three companies are expected before the courts in the next week.

Although Russia allows the capture of whales for scientific purposes, the fear is these animals are bound for theme parks or aquariums in China.

International outcry over Russian ‘whale jail’

The confined whales have scandalised scientists, politicians and activists at home and abroad.

Environmental groups have demanded the release of the mammals ever since news of the “whale jails” first broke.

About 10 orcas and 90 beluga whales are currently being held at the facility.

The Russian government however seems to be bowing to pressure to end the practice. In February, President Vladimir Putin asked his government to look into the whale enclosures.

Authorities have since said the whales will be released, but it is not clear when.

Environment minister Dmitry Kobylkin this week said they would be freed in July or August, but officials had previously said this would happen in May or June.

 

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/russia-fines-fishing-firm-running-whale-jail

Russia fines fishing firm running ‘whale jail’

MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian court on Friday (June 7) fined a fishing firm for illegally capturing killer whales and keeping them in an overcrowded “jail” in the country’s far east.

The company that supplies sea mammals to aquariums is one of four firms keeping 10 killer whales and 87 Beluga whales in a controversial facility near the port town of Nakhodka.

Media have nicknamed it a “whale jail” due to its crammed pens and the company’s controversial plans to sell the animals to aquariums from nearby China.

A district court in the far eastern city of Vladivostok ruled that the White Whale company violated fishing regulations when it captured three killer whales, also called orcas, and ordered it to pay a fine of 28.1 million roubles (S$590,00), news agencies and activists said.

Local environmental activist Dmitry Lisitsyn, coordinator of Sakhalin Watch group, said he expected similar decisions about the rest of the killer whales and eventually Belugas.

The fate of the Russian orcas and Belugas – highly intelligent and social marine mammals – has scandalised the international community, with scientists and celebrities calling for their release.Laws regarding the capture and keeping of marine mammals in Russia contain multiple loopholes.

The fishing firms have argued they had the proper paperwork and planned to deliver them to aquariums abroad.

 

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Russian officials agree to free ‘whale jail’ animals

 

The Russian government has promised to release the animals, but is not clear how and when this will be done.

This week, Environment Minister Dmitry Kobylkin said that the animals will be released in “July or August”, though previously officials named May or June.

Russia has for years been the only country where it is legal to capture live killer whales, most of which are the seal-eating variety of the species that scientists say is rare and must be protected.

People increasingly oppose using such sea mammals for entertainment in the West, but in China the industry is booming and many new facilities are under construction.

Global: 8/6/19. Today Is ‘World Ocean Day’ – Learn More and Take Part.

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https://www.worldoceansday.org/

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On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on 8 June!

How can I get involved?

It’s fun and easy! This site was developed as a free resource for everyone around the world to use:

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Why celebrate World Oceans Day?

A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve our world’s shared ocean. The ocean is important because it:

  • Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Helps feed us
  • Regulates our climate
  • Cleans the water we drink
  • Offers a pharmacopoeia of medicines
  • Provides limitless inspiration!

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Now each of us can give back

Participate in a World Oceans Day event or activity this year and help protect the ocean for the future. It’s up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is healthy for future generations. World Oceans Day allows us to:

  • Change perspective – encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
  • Learn – discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
  • Change our ways – we are all linked to, and through, the ocean! By taking care of your backyard and helping in your community, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will make a difference, and involving your family, friends, and community will benefit our blue planet even more!
  • Celebrate – whether you live inland or on the coast, we are all connected to the ocean. Take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our ocean.

 

The Ocean Project helps lead global promotion and coordination of World Oceans Day. Since 2002, we have collaboratively worked in partnership with hundreds of organizations and networks from all sectors to help rally the world around 8 June, and continue to grow engagement and action for our shared ocean throughout the year. All information, materials and resources on this site and associated with World Oceans Day are free to use to those who are celebrating World Oceans Day as a way to bring about a healthier ocean and a better future. World Oceans Day® is trademarked to protect it from those who might have commercial or counterproductive interests.

How are plastics linked to climate change?

The vast majority of plastic is made using oil, which is a fossil fuel. Throughout its life cycle, from production to disposal, plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide. With increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere our oceans will become more acidic, which affects marine life like coral and shellfish.

In a warming world, as the oceans heat up, currents will be increasingly disrupted and the distribution and range of species will change – meaning food supplies dwindling for other species, causing their numbers to fall. 

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This World Oceans Day we want to raise awareness that the biggest threats that are facing our incredible seas are not working in silo, they are interlinked, just as all life on earth is.

We’re working with Sky Ocean Rescue to better protect our oceans and marine wildlife, but we need government action to help us in this fight. We need your help to tell the Government that climate action needs to be a priority.

 

Sign the climate petition:

https://www.wwf.org.uk/fight-climate-change?pc=SGM019003&utm_source=Supporters&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=ClimatePetition&utm_campaign=SGM019003_FRIENDSLapsed_FY19_WorldOceansDay&_ccCt=d4elT%7elDU3NSCqRIvGnoEuBQIyCT5EB9Z4XFh%7eKkJQFp3vaJbWnOfmrvZlcNWqqu

 

Links associated with the ocean plastics clean up campaign:

https://www.plasticsoupfoundation.org/en/divers/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImLGuuuDZ4gIVpbXtCh0algq_EAAYBCAAEgKEpvD_BwE#top

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Two different countries , the same animal suffering!

 

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An eyewitness recently reported seeing a young horse being forced to carry an oversized load on the Havasupai trail in Arizona. The animal was suffering from apparent extreme heat exhaustion, while swaying back and forth and sweating. Moments later, the horse collapsed and died.

collapsed horse kollabiertes Pferd CR-COI-DBHorses—like those pictured above—endure grueling conditions on the Havasupai trail.

 

It’s not uncommon for the animals used to transport tourist gear there to suffer or die. They may fall off the steep trails, and those who survive are reportedly left to die. On the trail, they endure horrifying conditions as they’re made to carry grossly overloaded packs while often being denied water, food, or rest breaks in temperatures that routinely exceed 100 degrees.

SAVE Havasupai HorseIn a different incident, involving another wrangler, a horse was reportedly kicked in the face after collapsing.

 

This horse’s wrangler reportedly has others who are in poor condition, and we need your help to ensure that no more horses suffer the same fate.

Please join PETA and Save Havasupai Horses in urging the Bureau of Indian Affairs to inspect the other animals in this wrangler’s possession immediately and bar the individual from packing horses until the investigation is complete.

Sign and share the Petition: https://support.peta.org/page/11414/action

On a website I found the following information for tourists who absolutely want to see Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon before they die!!!

…”On the way you will always meet mules and horses, sometimes with luggage, sometimes without, sometimes with “master”, sometimes without. Don’t afraid, they are safe and know where to go….”

…”You can ride the mule, either in the canyon or from bottom to top. The mules / horses / donkeys transport u.a. The luggage of the Campground- / Lodge guests on request down to the Supai Village and also back up.
If space is free, you can ask nicely and pay for about $ 80, they also transport exhausted hikers”.

Yes! For $ 80, these animals do slave work for some stupid tourists who want to see the Havasui Falls before the animals die.

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As in another corner of the world, in Greece, on the island of Santorini. Another country, other culture but the same animal torture: Last animals, enslaved for tourism who transport meat mountains of stupid tourists until to exhaustion.

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588 steps must cope the animals in a blazing heat!
The tourists see a touch of adventure, but for the donkeys is a torment: First, because the animals must spend hour after hour in the scorching sun.

Second, because they have to transport a mostly over-greased human cargo. Due to the heavy load and badly fitting saddles, the backs of the animals rub on, almost all of them carry serious back injuries and open wounds.

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After increasing protests from animal rights activists, the Greek government finally takes in Oktober 2018 the problem seriously – and bans obese tourists without further ado. “Animals should not carry more weight than their size, age and physical condition”, said the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food.

Whether the weight limit can be enforced in practice, is still on another sheet of paper, but the animal rights activists are still happy about their small success: “The problem will not be solved in one day, but we have won our fight in which we the international media have pointed this out, “animal rights activists say.

https://www.bluewin.ch/de/news/vermischtes/griechenland-verbietet-dicken-touristen-das-eselreiten-157946.html

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

 

 

Human zoos and animal zoos

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It is a dark chapter in the story of which you may have never heard of it: until the year 1958, people were exhibited in so-called human zoos.Yes, that’s right. The often fenced areas were often placed between animal cages. Occasionally with the note: “Please do not feed.”

Already Christopher Columbus abducted hundreds of Native Americans to Europe and exhibited them on Spanish fairs. Most natives did not survive this crossing.
The “heyday” of human zoos was heralded by the pet trader, the German Carl Hagenbeck in 1874, when he presented his first folk exhibition to the world.

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For his peoples shows, he shipped “exotic” – looking people along with animals and objects to Europe and built zoo worlds that had little or nothing to do with reality.
Thus he activated already anchored clichés. The zoo visitors were interested in “wild”, “uncivilized” people in their “natural” environment (or what they thought was just that). Hagenbeck staged exactly that. He made a lot of money when he showed exposed women, pregnant women or people with physical deformities.

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Scientists of that time used these unworthy and inhumane human zoos for their purposes.
They introduced the race doctrine in which people of white-skinned were given a place of honor and other cultures were considered inferior. In addition, they played colonialism in the hands. The false and degrading accounts were used to explain why one had to “save” these cultures and “protect” themselves from them.

To put people behind bars symbolizes power and superiority.

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The big deal with the suffering of others

Like wild animals today, people were seen as unemotional exhibits.
Even if the human-animal comparison needs to be handled sensitively, a look at the history of zoos may make it clear how reprehensible it is to earn with the suffering of sentient beings.
Even today, animals are staged in unrealistic prisons – and that throughout their lives. They also want to lead a self-determined life in freedom. In captivity they are exposed to severe mental suffering. Many develop stereotypes or mutilate themselves.

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We also believe that zoos with animals must finally close, because these undignified and unsuitable conditions do not fit into an enlightened and compassionate society. So we know how intelligent and highly sensitive animals are.
It can not be that our own entertaining conversation is still about the lives and suffering of others today.

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My comment: The owners of the zoos today defend their business by arguing that it serves education and research.

Their false arguments are so hollow, in fact false and implausible, that they can not convince a single person with reason and education.
It is only embarrassing and tragic that they find again and again some dull mentally weak proletarians who visit these prisons.

In addition, it requires a large dose of stupidity and indifference that one parent selects the zoo as an educational site for his offspring, makes selfies with the animals, and teaches his children that for these animals the only way of life is captivity, monotony, one tight cell and the degradation of their existence to show objects.

We can only change the future if we learn from the past.
And if human zoos are now a thing of the past, animal zoos still exist today, showing that our dealings with the “others” are still rooted in the fascist ideology of the stronger.

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My best regards, Venus

 

 

England: Make Yourself at Home !

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It started off as a ‘normal’ kind of day; with things planned, computer / site stuff etc; but soon it turned upside down.

So there I was at first sitting in the office doing the new software ‘things’ for the computer; when in walks a fox and jumps up onto the window sill in the office !

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I looked at him; he looked at me –  I wanted to stroke his head but declined – he is a wild animal.  So I carried on with the download; he sat there watching me; sometimes looking out into the garden.

He sat about 60cm away from me – real close as you can see – within good touching distance.  But I declined – we made eye contact many times; I sat in my chair; he was on the sill.

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It is one of my ‘regulars’ that comes round into the garden every evening, I can tell from the colouring and especially the tail markings (nice healthy Brush), but this is the first time something like this has happened.  Not every day a fox walks into your office and makes itself at home by the window.  I used to do fox recue, but wondered if he was ok.

After a while and a phone call; I got out a friend out from the brilliant Fox Project who are here in Kent, http://foxproject.org.uk/    they caged him; fully checked him over, then took it out the front door and released him.  Real Animal Liberation !

He had, No injuries, no problems; just an amazed Marky. There he was with me in the office like a pet dog; me sitting there downloading software, and him just looking out of the window or at me.

I had to grab a few shots of the Foxy visitor or people would say I am telling bullshit !

I love foxes a real lot and take many photos of them in the garden; but this is going a bit far when they stroll in and pose on the inside window ledge of the office ! – they must keep their distance, be wary of humans really; not make a regular of sitting alongside me in the office; after all, they are wild animals.

It was enjoyable, but not everyone loves foxes as I do – so off you go mate and keep being sly and keep your distance !

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One of my ‘normal’ shots – outside in the garden !

The entrance stays closed a bit more from now on !

PS – in the end I got the printer sorted after all this; over 3 hours later than planned, but sorted.  But an all round different, enjoyable day.

Regards Mark

 

The new hope: personalized medicine

 

Rats, mice, fish, pigs, goats, birds, monkeys, cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs. It can be said that there is no species that is not used in animal experiments.

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Animal experiments are not only unethical and morally objectionable, but scientifically unreliable too. Humans and animals are fundamentally different in their physiologies such that data obtained from animal experiments cannot be applied to humans.

This film by the German NGODoctors Against Animal Experiments” shows some of the possibilities of innovative research methods based on cells of human origin that are scientifically sound and provide human-relevant data.

Mini-organs and multi-organ chips allow a research that not only brings reliable results for humans, but also works without animal experiments.

There is no complete man on a chip yet, but the developments are in full swing.
Single organ chips are already available: Heart, intestine, lung, kidney, liver and currently a mini brain was developed. Watch the video!

Here individual human organs are reproduced. The advantage is that they are based on human material, such as cardiac cells, which, for example, occur during surgery anyway. This will test drugs or other substances. Such organ chips can be connected with small tubes – almost to a mini human.

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Who is interested in leaving everything as it is during animal experiments?

There is a billionaire animal experiment lobby behind. Animal experiments can make huge sums of money. Whole industries thrive, from the laboratory equipment companies that sell all the equipment to the breeders of the animals.
Everyone can order animals for experiments as in the catalog.
And, of course, the researchers themselves, who are getting funds for doing animal experiments. The more they publish in professional journals, the more money they receive for new animal experiments.

This is the self-sustaining system of the laboratory mafia.

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Apart from ethics, animal experiments are a very fatal aberration, if one believes that he wants to cure or understand human diseases. Although this is spread in the public, but does not correspond to the facts. And the vast majority of animal experiments, more than 40 percent,  serve from the outset the purportedly purposeless basic research.

Of the few drugs that make it to the market, up to 50 percent are withdrawn because they show side effects, sometimes even with death, show, which could not be detected in animal studies before. This is further proof that the animal experiment is not suitable for creating security for us consumers.

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Scientific studies prove again and again that animal experiments do more harm than good. Accordingly, announced medical breakthroughs, such as cancer, are missing.

It is a consumer security faked, which is not given in reality. Rather, animal testing is a tool to legally protect companies, such as the chemical industry, in the case someone is harmed or killed.

An end to animal testing does not mean an end to medical research. On the contrary: Without animal experiments, medicine would be much further, because animal experiments only stop medical progress.

https://www1.wdr.de/wissen/mensch/aerzte-gegen-tierversuche-100.html

My comment: Cancer is a typical example of the chronic failure of animal experimental medicine.
It may be that with some types of cancer certain treatment successes are to be observed.
But given the billions of investments in chemos, radiation, medicines etc … and the millions of cruelly tortured animal victims, the overall balance is sobering to catastrophic.

 
“The history of cancer research is the story of how to cure cancer in mice. For decades, we have been curing cancer in mice, but it has not worked out in humans” (Dr. Richard Klausner, Director of the American National Cancer Institute).

My best regards, Venus

Plumploris are not sweet toys!!

 

They have big, spherical eyes, live in treetops and their favorite pastime is certainly not to be tickled. We are talking about Plumploris, a primate species native to Southeast Asia.
Sweet as the monkeys are, they live so dangerously. Their biggest enemy: the human being, who subjects the Plumploris to a torturous treatment so that they can finally be considered cute pets!

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They are spreading like wildfire in social networks: videos of these sweet exotic monkey race – the articles are being lied, commented on and shared thousands of times.

The result: more and more people want to keep such an exotic animal as a pet!!

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What many are unaware of – behind it is unspeakable suffering for the individual animal, poaching and illegal trade and even the eradication of whole Plumplori species.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, (IUCN for short), Plumploris are among the “critically endangered” species.

Since 2007, the sale of animals is prohibited. Still, they are still hunted on a large scale, caught alive and sold to exotic animal markets. Especially in Japan and China, Plumploris are welcome pet animals.

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The information about the agonizing treatment that Plumploris has to endure for their pet use is deliberately kept secret.
Plumploris are among the few mammals that are poisonous. On their forelegs they have a gland that produces a secretion that unfolds its toxicity in conjunction with their saliva. Even a bite of the cat-sized, nocturnal animals is poisonous.

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Teeth are pinched off!

The “logical” consequence for black market traders, who scent the big business with the sale of the small animals: The teeth must be gone. Thus, the canines of Plumploris are pinched right after catching. This has fatal consequences: every feeding becomes agony and the open wounds can cause serious infections.

Often this not only leads to severe inflammation, but even to the death of the animal. Apart from that, one knows too little about the feeding habits of the monkeys, with the result that many animals die in captivity due to malnutrition.

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Very few people know that the Plumploris, who are considered to be particularly trusting, can only be lifted up and stroked without resistance because the silent persistence is part of their defense strategy.

And also a gland on the elbow produces a strong poison, which, in combination with saliva, can even be dangerous to humans. The supposedly “sweet” videos on which the lories stretch their arms over their heads to be tickled show just that – a defensive attitude and a warning.

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The ETN (European Animal and Nature Conservation) has therefore set itself the task of educating consumers on why the exotic animals are not pets and what are the serious effects of keeping the animals. We want to make Internet users aware that every “like”, “sharing” and positive comment has devastating consequences for the whole species.

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Help for the animals – very concrete

The ETN not only clarifies, but also provides applied and concrete help. Therefore, we also support projects that help the animals who have become victims of illegal trafficking – ideally projects in which the animals end up living in their natural environment.

A research project funded by the ETN helps to keep the diseased and often traumatized Plumploris in reception centers in the best possible condition and to prepare them for life in the wild, as far as possible. In addition, it will examine which measures in captivity are best suited to promote the natural behavior of animals – thus avoiding behavioral problems and allowing the animals to survive in their natural environment in case of later release.

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In addition, the research results are used to make recommendations for the attitude of the Loris – as well as other monkey species with similar food and behavioral spectrum, for the rescue stations. This allows confiscated animals to be cared for as effectively as possible worldwide and, ideally, prepared for reintroduction.

If you also want to help protect Plumploris and other exotic species, support our education and share our Petition:

Please sign and share: https://www.change.org/p/facebook-stop-the-distribution-of-videos-showing-wild-animals-as-pets-669e8dd0-d3c1-4b20-91ab-67243622f039

https://etnev.de/themen-etn/533-plumploris-suess-und-bedroht

https://www.ticklingistorture.org/

My comment: I found the video below on the internet.
At the beginning of the video, which lasts 4 minutes, a German Undercover journalist appears as a potential buyer of a Plumploris. The vendor, a woman, at the animal market tells him that the operation must be done via a poacher, because that’s illegal !!
He does it.
At the end of this video, we learn that the poacher gets 2 euros per animal because he’s just the middleman in this business.

And now comes the moral of the story: The German Undercover journalist confesses that he can not judge the poacher, because he does that to feed his family, and that’s barely enough for that.

Such videos are even more dangerous than the Plumploris’ handsets on the Internet.
They represent perpetrators as innocents victims of the demand.
They need to feed their family, so we have to understand (that is: forgive) that they are destroying other families of other beings, and selling the small members of these families, the monkey babys, to the market for 2 shit Euros.
No one is to blame, misery is to blame for everything …

The buyer demands what is already on the market, and this market requires “products” that the poachers and the end dealers invent and operate.
According to the same logic, rapists would be forgiven for necessarily satisfying their sexual needs.
In the case of murderers one can even rely on the instinct of aggression (after Konrad Lorenz, an important biological function for survival).

And that assassins, arms dealers, kidnappers and blackmailers have to feed their family is out of the question.

https://www.prosieben.de/tv/uncovered/video/33-der-illegale-verkauf-von-plumploris-in-indonesien-clip

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Brazil: Is the President Now Giving a Free Pass to Illegal Logging, Farming and Mining ? – Highest Monitoring Levels Ever Say ‘Yes’.

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Click on the link below – it makes very interesting reading – fraud as you would expect – and a bad omen for future.

Regards Mark.

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Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon surged last month to the highest May level since the current monitoring method began, prompting concerns that president Jair Bolsonaro is giving a free pass to illegal logging, farming and mining.

The world’s greatest rainforest – which is a vital provider of oxygen and carbon sequestration – lost 739sq km during the 31 days, equivalent to two football pitches every minute, according to data from the government’s satellite monitoring agency.

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Unless the government sends a clear signal it will not tolerate a further acceleration, environmentalists fear there will be an increase in the coming months that could make 2019 one of the worst years for deforestation in recent memory.

Read the full article from The Guardian (UK newspaper) by clicking on this link:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/04/deforestation-of-brazilian-amazon-surges-to-record-high-bolsonaro

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Further reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/12/eu-states-call-for-tough-action-on-deforestation-to-meet-2020-un-goal-amsterdam-declaration

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/03/stop-biodiversity-loss-or-we-could-face-our-own-extinction-warns-un

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/01/bolsonaro-environment-agriculture-ministries-amazon

 

Brazil President, Jair Bolsonaro, a seven-term lawmaker and former army captain, represents a clear and present danger not only to his country but to the planet.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/31/the-guardian-view-on-brazils-new-president-a-global-danger

Global: Today, 5th June, is ‘World Environment Day’.

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Today, 5th June, is World Environment Day.

 

https://www.standard.co.uk/futurelondon/cleanair/world-environment-day-2019-uk-theme-air-pollution-un-a4159936.html

https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/what-causes-air-pollution#agriculture

 

Created in 1974 by the UN, World Environment Day happens every June 5. Hosted by a different country each year—this year it’s China—the day seeks to raise public awareness of environmental issues.

“The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment,” says the UN’s website.

 

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How much pollution we breathe in is dependent on many factors, such as access to clean energy for cooking and heating, the time of day and the weather. Rush hour is an obvious source of local pollution, but air pollution can travel long distances, sometimes across continents on international weather patterns.

Nobody is safe from this pollution, which comes from five main human sources. These sources spew out a range of substances including carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen oxide, ground-level ozone, particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, hydrocarbons, and lead–all of which are harmful to human health.

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Agriculture

The major sources of air pollution from agriculture include livestock, which produces methane and ammonia, rice paddies, which produce methane, and the burning of agricultural waste. Methane emissions contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, which causes asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Methane is also a more potent global warming gas than carbon dioxide – its impact is 34 times greater over a 100-year period. Around 24 percent of all greenhouse gases emitted worldwide come agriculture, forestry and other land-use.

There are many ways to reduce air pollution from agriculture. People can move to a plant-based diet and/or reduce food waste, while farmers can reduce methane from livestock by optimizing feed digestibility and improving grazing and grassland management.

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Industry

In many countries, power generation is a leading source of air pollution. Coal-burning power plants are a major contributor, while diesel generators are a growing concern in off-grid areas. Industrial processes and solvent use, in the chemical and mining industries, also pollute the air.

Policies and programmes aimed at increasing energy efficiency and production from renewable sources have a direct impact on a country’s air quality. At the moment, 82 countries out of 193 have incentives that promote investment in renewable energy production, cleaner production, energy efficiency and pollution control.

Transport

The global transport sector accounts for almost one-quarter of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions and this proportion is rising. Air pollution emissions from transport have been linked to nearly 400,000 premature deaths. Almost half of all deaths by air pollution from transport are caused by diesel emissions, while those living closest to major traffic arteries are up to 12 percent more likely to be diagnosed with dementia.

Reducing vehicle emissions is an important intervention to improve air quality, especially in urban areas. Policies and standards that require the use of cleaner fuels and advanced vehicle emissions standards can reduce vehicle emissions by 90 percent or more.

Household

The main source of household air pollution is the indoor burning of fossil fuels, wood and other biomass-based fuels to cook, heat and light homes. Around 3.8 million premature deaths are caused by indoor air pollution each year, the vast majority of them in the developing world.

Out of 193 countries, 97 countries have increased the percentage of households that have access to cleaner burning fuels to over 85 percent. However, 3 billion people continue to use solid fuels and open fires for cooking, heating, and lighting. The adoption of cleaner, more modern stoves and fuels can reduce the risks of illness and save lives.

 

Day Mask Challenge:

https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/get-involved/world-environment-day-mask-challenge

 

On World Environment Day, soak in these amazing Earth photos

 

It’s a day to see the environment through what may be a slightly different lens: 50 incredible images of our planet:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/06/amazing-earth-photos-world-environment-day/

 

 

 

Reality and lies about animal farms

 

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One should picture such a plate on all commercials!
On cigarette packs, it is not a problem !!

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Supermakts deliver themselves a price battle, which offers a 400-g-package of pork minute- steaks at the promotional price of 1.99 Euro instead of 2.79 Euro, the other lowers the price for the same “product” to 1.45 Euro! Just to name one example of many. It is the poor animals that are suffering !!!

Consumers are increasingly rejecting cheap meat from factory farming, so the discounters and supermarkets increasingly resort to tricks. “My butcher shop”, so one advertises.

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But who now believes that the “butcher” is right in the neighborhood, is wrong.

And even the “Mühlenhof” from the supermarket chain “Penny” and “Gut Ponholz” from the “Netto” chain does not exist.
Beware of advertising terms such as “from the region” or “from here”, because the term “region” is not protected by law.
Recently, the discounters advertise with new meat seals, but even here there are hardly any improvements in animal husbandry.

Reality: Also in the “farmer next door” is violated when driving the animals in the slaughterhouse building against animal protection regulations. It is forbidden to use electric shock devices systematically, even on the head, but still common practice!
A beef that struggles for hours is not only powered by two electric motors at the same time. The workers also turn his tail painfully and kick the animal with their feet. Some cattle are specifically sprayed with water, so that the electric shock hurts even more and they finally go to their deaths.

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In the pig farms the animals are crowded. In these so-called organic animal factories, 5000 pigs are controlled by one person. Their tails are cut and their teeth are ground down, because otherwise they will bite each other’s tails out of boredom, get sick and need antibiotics.
After a short life they are then slaughtered by modern slaves keepers at an insane pace that bring animals from life to their deaths.

Germany is the world’s largest meat producer and make subsidies possible!

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About 60 million pigs are slaughtered annually in Germany!
In 2016, Germany’s slaughterhouses produced 8.25 million tons more meat than ever before. And in order to be able to produce these millions of tons of meat, animals suffer excruciatingly in factory farms. In all factory farms, also in the bios and in the “regional”.
In Germany, 50,000 piglets per day (!!!) are thrown into the garbage container. They are garbage and are not needed.

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In Germany about two million animals are slaughtered on day. Livestock carriers travel non-stop through Germany and stop at the slaughterhouse. The animal welfare breaches of animal transport have increased. The state closes its eyes, the EU is interested in a shit about animal welfare and laws during transport.

They are cruel pictures and we often hear them screaming. Every day we see them driving, the trucks, their cargo: animals! In “livestock farming”, as in all other economic sectors, it is all about money. Time is money and therefore everything has to go fast – and how such transports run you see in the video!

 

https://netzfrauen.org/2018/01/12/agrarindustrie/

 

The “animal welfare” from next door!

 

These pictures in this video come from a pigsty with 1,500 animals near the city of Ulm, Germany. The shots have with hidden camera animal rights activists from the SHOKO. e.V. (I’ve translated the most important part of it, but the pictures speak for themselves)

From the outside, it is a stable like any other.

And yet the activists wanted to know what it looks like behind this facade.
Already in the floor they found dying, injured, dead animals.

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The bays are so full that the ground is no longer visible. The stable is in a catastrophic hygienic condition. The columns are full of excrement, mice and cockroaches are the only creatures who feel good in this hell!

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Important Information: the operator of the stable is employed in the district office, in the department “agriculture”. The man who runs this stable is sitting next door to the responsible authorities, who should intervene against such conditions long ago!

The animal rights activists have documented clear criminal offenses: apart from decaying carcasses, they find dead animals or animals dying. A pig is emaciated, unable to stand in his own urine, it should be extinguished.
Others are already in the trash, left to their fate.

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Many have huge ulcers, are sick, they have open wounds and can not get up.
One is particularly noticeable and cruel: bitten ears, bitten off tails and cannibalism. Conditions that are a common practice in each stable because of monotony, but in this stall fell the animals whole pieces of meat!

Facing the mass catastrophic situation, the stable looks like a hospital.

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There are 40 kilograms of antibiotic found.
Because most animals are seriously ill, the farmers try to keep them alive with medication to make their way to the slaughterhouse.
And thus the profit.

This meat bears the seal QS (Quality Systems) and this stall even took part in the “Animal Welfare” initiative, an industry campaign that has as its goal the alleged improvements in the stables.

The SOKO activists want to know how these animals are subsequently marketed.

They come, for the most part, under the name of a butcher who advertises regional products.
And exactly the operator of this horror stall gave an interview in the newspaper of the butcher and said: “I want the animals to be fine”!! The rest of the animals land allover in German supermarkets. Hidden cameras show how this stable handles the no longer viable animals.

Ulm District Court on 15 March 2019 sentenced the pig owner to three years’ imprisonment for animal cruelty.

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https://www.presseportal.de/pm/110736/4219602

 

My comment: And if not every stable has the same horror, that does not mean that the other stables fulfill the conditions required by the animal welfare legislation.

Germany, the country with the largest power in Europe, likes to advertise with the slogan “we have the best animal protection law in Europe”.
Animal welfare is indeed in the Basic Law in Germany, but organizationally, it is located at the Ministry of Agriculture. Too often, the interests of industry and business outweigh the welfare of the animals.

Germany needs its own animal protection ministry. Only then can we speak of a properly progressive animal protection law.

“For the animals today all peoples are more or less barbaric, it is hypocritical and grotesque if they emphasize their supposedly high culture at every opportunity, and daily commit the terrible atrocities against millions of defenseless beings.” (Alexander von Humboldt)

My best regards, Venus

 

 

 

 

Experimenter: a job for psychopaths

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It’s a basement torture chamber.

Documents obtained by PETA reveal that Johns Hopkins experimenter Shreesh Mysorecuts into the skulls of barn owls, inserts electrodes into their brains, forces them to look at screens for hours a day, and bombards them with noises and lights—and pretends that doing this will tell us something about attention-deficit disorder in humans

Funded by Johns Hopkins University with more than $1 million, Mysore intends to use 50 to 60 barn owls in just the current set of painful experiments. He’s also received more than $1.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to torment these owls and other animals.

 

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Six owls are just for his students to practice surgery on and then kill.

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Mysore cuts into owls’ skulls to expose their brains. Then, he screws and glues metal devices onto their heads. The owls endure two to three invasive surgeries before Mysore uses them in experiments.

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These birds—who are nocturnal hunters who would fly great distances in their natural habitat – are forced into plastic tubes so cramped that they can’t move their wings while Mysore bombards them with sounds and lights and measures their brain activity.

For some experiments, he restrains fully conscious owls for up to 12 hours.

During these experiments, he pokes electrodes around in the brains of the fully conscious birds, mutilating their brain tissue so severely that they become “unusable” to him – at which point he kills them.

Mysore admits that his experiments are painful for the owls,yet in his grant application for the experiments, he provides scant information on any pain medication that would be administered.

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All the owls are killed at the end of the experiments.

Mysore claims that his experiments could help humans, but owls have well-developed auditory and visual systems that are specialized in target selection (unlike humans).

Bombarding these animals with artificial stimulation while their brain activity is measured in a distressing and completely unnatural situation does nothing to further understanding of human attention-deficit disorder. 

In another published work, Mysore describes how he placed the owls in a retention tube so that they were vulnerable – an unnatural position for them – and then, screwing the bolts connected to their skulls into a “stereotactic device” moved their heads.

Each year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducts more than $ 15 billion in tax credits for animal testing.

Johns Hopkins is at the head of the line to drive the government’s Gravy Train and secure hundreds of millions of dollars a year for experiments on animals.

 Tell Johns Hopkins University to end this torment now!

Putting your subject line and letter into your own words will help draw attention to your e-mail.

Please sign the petition: https://support.peta.org/page/7677/action/1

 

My comment: Those all are called Mengele, all these remind us of the brown times with the experiments on humans in German laboratories in the Nazi times .

Psychopaths, unscrupulous sadists, who build a rich carefree life and career on murder and torture of defenseless animals and have the audacity to state publicly that they are pursuing these cruel works for the good of the people`s health.

“There are only two reasons for animal testing: either one knows too little about it or earns too much of it”

 

My best regards, Venus