USA: Suit Takes On Trump’s Gutting of the Endangered Species Act.

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Suit Takes On Trump’s Gutting of the Endangered Species Act

The fight is on.

The Center for Biological Diversity and allies sued the Trump administration Wednesday for its unprecedented attack on the Endangered Species Act.

President Trump’s lethal new rules will have a profound effect on the future of endangered species, making it harder to protect their critical habitat and denying protection to animals and plants newly listed as “threatened.” The rules will increase hunting, trapping and killing. They’ll accelerate logging, drilling and mining of key habitat.

We’ll do everything in our power to overturn these scorched-earth rules. The future of bears, wolves, sea turtles and hundreds of other species depends on it. Read more at USA TODAY and consider donating to our Endangered Species Act Protection Fund.

Are You Ready to Mobilize for the Wild?

If we’re going to defeat President Trump’s attack on the Endangered Species Act, we need to show massive grassroots support for the creatures it saves. That’s where you come in.

Join the Center’s Executive Director Kierán Suckling and our top organizing staff this Tuesday, Aug. 27, on a national call to learn what’s at stake and how we can stop the Trump bulldozer in its tracks. This is a do-or-die moment for the Endangered Species Act. Call in to our “Mobilize for the Wild” meeting, and we’ll plug you into this important campaign.

RSVP for the Aug. 27 call.

 

Courtroom Roundup: Taking on Trump

In addition to suing Trump over his vicious assault on the Endangered Species Act itself, this week the Center filed several suits against his administration to defend wildlife: orcas, corals and bees.

We sued the National Marine Fisheries Service for ignoring a legal petition to protect critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales from ship traffic that interferes with their feeding in the heart of their Salish Sea foraging habitat. The suit follows news that three more of these starving orcas are presumed dead, leaving their number at 73.

We also sued the Fisheries Service for failing to protect 12 coral species around Florida and islands in the Pacific Ocean. These corals received Endangered Species Act protection in 2014, but not the critical habitat protection they need to recover, which the law requires. About 30 percent of the world’s corals have been lost, and scientists say the rest could be gone by the end of the century. We can’t wait any longer to save them.

Last but not least, we sued Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency over its approval of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor for use on 200 million acres of crops. The EPA made this approval despite the fact that its own scientists concluded sulfoxaflor is “very highly toxic” to bees.

This brings our Trump lawsuit count to 158

 

WAV Comment – What else do you expect from this family of nature abusing Psycho’s ?

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USA: The U.S. Government Has Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act – Two States Plan to Sue.

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The U.S. Government Has Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act – Two States Plan to Sue

The U.S. Government Has Just Gutted the Endangered Species Act – Two States Plan to Sue

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On August 12, the Trump administration announced significant and potentially devastating changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Leading up to the changes, the US Fish and Wildlife Service invited public feedback, but went ahead in spite of receiving more than 800,000 public comments and letters signed by a variety of U.S. representatives and senators. Ten states and more than 30 tribal nations also publicly opposed the changes.

Within hours of the announcement, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra both announced plans to sue.

“By gutting key components of the Endangered Species Act, one of our country’s most successful environmental laws, the Trump Administration is putting our most imperiled species and our vibrant local tourism and recreation industries at risk,” Healey said in a statement. “We will be taking the Administration to court to defend federal law and protect our rare animals, plants, and the environment.”

Many other conservationists, organizations, and political and public figures are expected to join the fight against the changes.

“This decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) eliminates many essential conservation tools that have protected imperiled species and their habitats for decades,” said Cathy Liss, president of the Animal Welfare Institute. “With this drastic revision of core components of the ESA, the current administration is favoring industry at the expense of vulnerable wildlife.”

What are the changes?

  • Historically, threatened species have received the same levels of protection as endangered species. If the changes go ahead next month as expected, these protections will be significantly weakened.
  • Previously, economic factors couldn’t be disclosed or considered as part of the decision to protect a species. With the forthcoming changes, the cost of preserving a species becomes part of the equation.
  • Under the existing ESA, land that vulnerable species historically occupied or might require in the future is protected. Now, these areas may be opened up to development, or industries such as mining.
  • Climate change will become less relevant. Previously, animals such as the polar bear have been protected due to predictions regarding the loss of sea ice thanks to global warming. Now, officials call this kind of scientific modeling “unpredictable.”

“They’re trying to make it difficult, if not impossible, to protect unoccupied habitat,” said Rebecca Riley, legal director for nature programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “We know climate change is going to force animals to move to new habitats.”

About the Endangered Species Act

The ESA was instigated in 1973 and is responsible for preventing the extinction of 99 percent of the 1650 species it has protected.

The bald eagle, California condor, humpback whale, grizzly bear, and American alligator are still around today thanks to this act.

In May this year, the United Nations released a report on world biodiversity, stating that one million plant and animal species are on the brink of extinction. Their survival is our survival; the earth is at breaking point, and these changes to the ESA are nothing short of criminal.

We applaud the organizations and individuals who are determined to fight for our environment and we will do everything in our power to support them.

Posted by Carly Day | August 14, 2019

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Climate crisis: Stop eating meat

 

“But humans have eaten animals before,” is a popular argument. True, he has also shitting in the woods and sat naked by the fire. Apparently, change is possible – and there are good arguments for the move to meat-free life.

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Meat is currently on everyone’s lips – not only as food, but also as a topic of controversy. Because already since 2013, when the Bild newspaper (Germany) falsely called an article “The Greens want to ban our meat!” called, the German average citizen is in turmoil!! The propaganda in the sense of meat lobby showed effect.

klimawandel-hängende SchweineThe word “meat production” already shows how alienated man is from his food and the misery associated with it.

 

The lie made sure that the VeggieDay” – which demanded only a larger selection of vegetarian alternatives in canteens and canteens on Thursdayfell into disrepute at that time and only occasionally prevailed. But since Pope girl Greta made climate change fit for the masses, more and more demands are being made and these are becoming increasingly radical.

Meat renunciation in the fight against climate change

So politicians and animal rights activists want to increase the value added tax on meat from nine to 17 percent in order to invest the profit in better livestock conditions and to reduce meat consumption. The World Climate Council also recently issued a warning to turn around meat consumption in the fight against climate change.

Although the number of vegetarians has increased in recent years to four percent, the per capita consumption of dead animals has hardly fallen. “Obviously, another part of the population has increased meat consumption in parallel,” says the meat atlas of 2018.

Schweine beine verpacktnThe Germans eat over twelve billion animals per year, including numerous pig carcasses.

 

Despite climate change: so much meat does the German eat

According to calculations by the Vegetarian Federation, every German in his or her life eats an average of around 1094 killed land animals. Fish and marine animals do not even appear in this bill:

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twelve geese
37 ducks
46 turkeys
46 pigs
945 chickens

But this eating behavior of the average German contributes actively to climate change. Because one causes with his/her current lifestyle, an output of about 11.6 tonnes of CO2 per year – as the figures of the climate computer from the Federal Environmental Agency. Of these, 1.74 tonnes are for food and 0.45 tonnes (25%) for pure meat consumption. If all Germans were to forego the consumption of meat, we could cut annual output by 37 million tonnes (out of a total of 866 million tonnes, around one percent).

No baby steps in climate change possible

In addition, factory farming occupies an enormous area in Germany, which can also be used, for example, to grow cereals, fruits and vegetables from organic farming. We would win twice and slow down climate change. Because we can only save the world from a climatic catastrophe by making a contribution to everyone – and that is why meat abstinence should be a first step.

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The least, however, must be that every person drastically reduces their meat consumption – otherwise he contributes actively to climate change, which we should better call climate crisis.
Because it is not done with baby steps, should be aware of every educated earthlings, meanwhile.

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Not only because of climate change, but also for ethics!

Besides the positive contribution in the fight against climate change, the ethical component of vegetarianism also plays a role: the consumption of meat requires the killing of a sentient being who is suffering panic at slaughter. And why? To have a food on the plate that has little micronutrients and can even make you sick.

For those who are reluctant to eat meat, the next time they visit their favorite restaurant, they can imagine a sick pig squeezed into their little enclosure and rolling in their own stink. Well then, good appetite!

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No comment, but… The next time you want to eat meat, think about this picture.

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My best regards to all, Venus

 

South Africa: Dead Lion Cubs Found in Freezer at Cruel ‘Canned Hunting’ Farm.

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Dead Lion Cubs Found in Freezer at Cruel ‘Canned Hunting’ Farm

Posted by Carly Day | August 10, 2019

Dead Lion Cubs Found in Freezer at Cruel ‘Canned Hunting’ Farm

Officials inspecting a lion breeding farm in South Africa discovered a multitude of horrors during a surprise visit in July.

The first heartbreaking case of neglect was captured on video; two lion cubs locked in separate metal crates displayed serious neurological issues as their heads shook uncontrollably. With their front and back legs paralyzed, accompanying other serious injuries, the vet had no choice but to euthanize them at the scene.

Further searching revealed the bodies of around 20 tiger and lion cubs stuffed into a chest freezer.

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Shockingly, this isn’t the first time inspectors have found severe animal welfare issues at Pienika Farm in the North West Province. In April this year, officers from SA’s National Society for the Prevention of Animals (NSPCA) visited the property and found dozens of lions and tigers cramped together in small cages, many with no water or shelter. Twenty-seven animals were nearly bald due to extreme mange. The caracals were so obese they couldn’t even clean themselves.

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During that first visit, more cubs suffering from severe neurological conditions were found.

Animal welfare charges were laid, but no action has been taken since then, as officials are reportedly still gathering evidence. Further charges will be added following the second inspection.

This farm is just one of an estimated 300 lion breeding farms in South Africa, where big cats are bred purely for lives of exploitation. Many end up as fodder for the canned hunting industry — but only after being used and abused throughout every stage of their lives. Ultimately, they are harvested for the lion bone trade.

Advocacy organization the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting alerted The Sun to this tragic case, bringing the issue of lion farming in South Africa into the media spotlight.

“There are around 60 such facilities in South Africa breeding big cats for people to pet, bottle feed, and then shoot for a trophy,” said Eduardo Goncalves, founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting. “The bones are often sold off to dodgy dealers in Asia who make fake medicines out of them. This is the reality of big cat factory farming in South Africa. It’s simply obscene. The animals are kept in appalling conditions, and their owners make a fortune out of their misery.”

What is canned hunting?

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Canned hunting is where people pay a fee to kill exotic animals kept in a confined area. The animals have no escape and are conditioned to humans, so they lack the flight response of wild animals.

Not only is the practice of killing animals bred in captivity legal in South Africa, it is thriving. The Born Free Foundation estimates that more than 8,000 lions and other big cats are held in hundreds of farms in the nation.

“Africa’s lions are facing an unprecedented crisis,” says Dr. Mark Jones, Head of Policy at the Born Free Foundation. “There are now almost three times more in captivity than there are in the wild. These animals have a short and traumatic life in what is an incredibly cruel and cynical industry.”

The big cats are ripped away from their mothers at around two-to-three weeks old. The mother is then immediately forced to breed again in a torturous cycle. Gullible animal lovers pay to volunteer at lion cub “orphanages,” petting and bottle feeding these babies, falsely assuming their efforts are contributing to conservation.

The cubs are then exploited at lion-walking facilities, where tourists spend money to get selfies. Finally, they are sold to the canned hunting sites. After being ruthlessly murdered, their body parts and bones are sold.

An estimated 800 farmed lions are slaughtered by trophy hunters every year in South Africa.

“Here in South Africa, where lions are indigenous and a massive part of our heritage, we are condemning thousands of lions to a life of captivity, where their basic needs are not being catered for, and we are subjecting what is globally known as the king of the animal kingdom to a pathetic life in a cage, waiting for death,” said Senior Inspector Douglas Wolhuter, manager of NSPCA’s Wildlife Protection Unit.

These magnificent animals suffer from birth for a gruesome, unethical industry which is kept afloat by wealthy trophy hunters from around the world.

Add your voice to stop the cruelty. Sign our petition to end trophy hunting in S. Africa for good.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-stop-cruel-canned-hunting-of-factory-farmed-exotic-animals/

Brazil: There is war in Amazonas

 

When Notre Dame burned, the world’s media reported on every moment and many billionaires rushed to rebuild it, even foreign governments offered their financial aid.
At the moment, the Amazon, the lung of our planet, is burning.

 

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It’s been burning for 3 weeks and the world is watching and silent. Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro is against protected areas, as he made clear when he arrived at the G20 summit in Japan.
And despite criticism of right-wing extremist President Jair Bolsonaro, the EU and Mercosur member states, including Brazil, have come to an agreement after more than two decades. This creates the largest free trade area in the world.

At the same time, President Jair Bolsonaro sent heavily armed men to the Amazon to plunder the rainforest. In one week alone, 9,507 fires were detected in Brazil.

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IT IS RISING WAR ‘in Brazil’s Amazon region. Rainforests are considered the green lung of the earth. More than half of the world’s remaining tropical forest is in Brazil. Just last year, according to the government, the Brazilian rainforest shrank by about 7,900 square kilometers, an area of ​​more than one million football fields.

Rainforests around the world absorb about 30 percent of man-made greenhouse gases, or about 11 billion tons of CO2 per year. Critics and indigenous peoples who stand in the way of right-wing extremist President Jair Bolsonaro are being murdered.

“Your profit destroys our lives,” say the people who lose everything, but do not give up and fight against their governments, like the many people who lost their lives in Brazil in 2019. They are tortured and murdered because they are fighting for their land. These murders are not receiving any attention in Germany, because it is often German companies that benefit from these projects.

Brazil is the largest economic location outside of Germany, with around 1300 German companies based mainly in Greater São Paulo. Brazil is also Germany’s largest trading partner in Latin America.

Record number of forest fires in the Amazon rainforest

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest recorded a record number of fires this year, according to new data from the country’s Space Research Agency.
The National Institute for Space Research (IPNE) has so far uncovered 72,843 fires so far this year, and since Thursday there have been 9,507 fires in Brazil.

The new data show an increase of 83% over the same period in 2018, the highest since records began in 2013.

In light of the progressing deforestation in Brazil, several states recently announced that they would stop subsidizing the protection of the Amazon forest. For example, Norway, the largest forest conservation fund in Brazil so far, said it was freezing around US $ 33 million for the so-called Amazon Fund.

Bolsonaro denied other countries the right to interfere. “The Amazon is ours, not you,” said the president.

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Sign the Petition: https://www.change.org/p/united-nations-stop-bolsonaro-from-destroying-the-amazon

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My comment: Amazonas is the world’s largest tropical rainforest with an area of ​​approximately 5.8 million square kilometers. About 75 percent of the area is attributable to Brazil. The region is home to a rich and diverse flora and fauna. In addition, it is crucial for the global climate.

Only a few people are aware that for the destruction of the forests of South America is due the European factory farming.
There huge soy plantations destroy the native fauna and flora. Soya, which is needed to feed chickens, cattle and pigs in Europe, is now growing to over 11 million hectares in South America – and demand is growing rapidly.
In 2014, more than 312 million tonnes of soybeans were harvested worldwide. Of that, the most part lands on the plate indirectly as a meat menu.

It is processed to animal feed and serves the growing meat production in the animal factories.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

England: Formal Announcement by Juliet at Viva! – re Hogwood Victory.

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I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that, following our third investigation into Hogwood Farm, Tesco and Red Tractor have finally responded to the cruelty we found there.

The hidden camera footage we obtained of workers abusing pigs at Hogwood Farm has led to Tesco dropping Hogwood as a supplier and Red Tractor suspending their certification.

This is a HUGE victory! We can’t express just how much this decision meant to us, all our amazing supporters, and the thousands of pigs trapped inside Hogwood Farm.

Mark – our work is not over. We’re in production for our groundbreaking documentary – Hogwood: a modern horror story – telling the story of Hogwood and UK factory farming in a way it’s never been told before

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Our team installed five hidden cameras across three sheds for a week-long investigation. We released this footage to The Daily Mail and, in response, Tesco and Red Tractor finally withdrew their support from the farm.

The hidden camera footage that we obtained showed horrific abuse by workers at Hogwood – with pigs being routinely beaten and kicked, as well as whacked with doors and cages.

Although we congratulate Tesco and Red Tractor on finally making the right decision, I can’t help but question why it is routinely left to vegan campaigning groups like Viva! to expose the abuse taking place on farms. And why it took three years of investigations for Tesco to act.

Factory farming is an inherently cruel business and we hope that this exposé shows that assurance schemes like Red Tractor cannot be trusted.

We’re not going to stop. Hogwood is huge but it’s just one farm – we’re going to keep campaigning to end this cruelty.

Our investigations were splashed across national newspapers and shared across the world. Yet Tesco, the government, National Pig Association, Trading Standards and Red Tractor repeatedly leaped to Hogwood’s defence.

Since our first investigation, the owners of Hogwood Farm invested thousands of pounds in security – rather than improving conditions for these poor animals. With such priorities, the animals will need us more than ever.

Our undercover investigations shine a light on the inherent cruelty hidden behind these closed doors. Let’s continue the momentum and help others choose compassion over cruelty.

Hogwood Documentary – we’re going to tell their story. Our groundbreaking documentary, Hogwood: a modern horror story, is currently in production and we need your help to fund its production and distribution – so we can get it out to millions of people.

Support the campaign:

https://www.viva.org.uk/hogwood/donate?campaign=193EM2+DON&utm_source=Viva%21+Vegan+Charity+-+Email+List&utm_campaign=2f61b37610-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_28_10_51_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc176d21d2-2f61b37610-50196206&mc_cid=2f61b37610&mc_eid=26c03356b8

Yours for the animals

Juliet Gellatley
Founder & Director, Viva!.

 

Our (WAV) recent post on this victory:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/19/england-breaking-news-viva-win-against-hogwood-after-years-of-showing-pig-animal-abuse-tesco-stores-ban-meat-from-supplier-after-expose-of-conditions-and-animal-abuse/

 

 

 

In memory of Tyke…

 

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Tyke was a female Elephant born 1974 and died August 20, 1994 after being shoot by the police 87 times.

It took nearly 2 hours for her to die there on the street in terrible pain, lonely and afraid…

Tyke was trapped and taken away from her family when she was a baby. She was shipped to the circus. There, she was confined to a concrete room and beaten over and over, to break her spirit. Circus trainers hit her repeatedly with a sharp metal “bullhook,” which made her cry out in pain. They struck her in her most sensitive areas: behind her ears, on top of her toes, in back of her knees, and around her anus. They wanted to hurt her and frighten her so she would be obedient.

She spent most of her time in chains, doing nothing. Her bones ached from no exercise. Her diet was monotonous. She stood in filth and excrement. She was deprived of every aspect of normal elephant life.

The day she died she was as usual performing for Hawthorne circus which have a long record of animal cruelty violations. In 1988, according to USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) documents, Tyke was beaten in public to the point where she was “screaming and bending down on three legs to avoid being hit.” The trainer said he was “disciplining” her…

By April of 1993, she had enough. She tried to escape during a circus performance. She didn’t make it. In July she tried to escape again; she was unsuccessful. Hawthorn should have retired her right then and there, as she was an obvious threat to the public. But they didn’t. Only God knows what punishment she received when brought back to the Circus.

For the next year she performed in the circus and lived in a barren concrete barn, chained, between shows. The bullhook beatings continued. She vacillated between terror and boredom.

In August of 1994 Tyke reached a breaking point. She had been in the circus nearly 20 years. She was tired of being beaten, whipped, and kicked. She could no longer take the pain and the confinement. She was angry and wanted to be free. At an afternoon performance at the Neal Blaidsell Center in Honolulu, it all came to a head.

At some point during the show, she veered from the script. Circus staff tried to beat her back, but no bullhook or whip could stop the rage that had been building inside her for two decades. She crushed her trainer, Allen Campbell. She attacked two other people. She panicked the crowd. She ran into the streets. It was rush hour. She was disoriented and no idea where she was. She charged at bystanders and smashed cars as she made her way through several city blocks. Onlookers screamed. The police were called out and started shooting at Tyke with rifles.

She slowly fell over, then awkwardly stood back up. The police kept firing. Her head swayed, and her legs buckled. She got up again. The spray of bullets continued. She rocked her head violently from side to side. Her legs gave way once more. She was on her knees and could not right herself. Her eyes were fully open and confused. The shooting went on for several more seconds. Finally, she fell, very slowly, onto her side.

This was Tyke’s final performance. The price of freedom from the circus was steep. She was shot 87 times!!!

 

…This is the two-class justice that protects the fascist law of the stronger, the ruler, the offender.
We respect animal rights only if they use our rights, that is, only if we remain the victors in the end.

We will not forget Tyke.
And we will continue to fight so that animals no longer have to serve as slaves the circus business.

Best regards to all, Venus

Don’t Believe In Dairy Tales – See the Reality Yourself; Here.

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The undercover investigator and author Rich Hardy-an interview

 

 

Rich Hardy has been an undercover investigator and ‘visual evidence gatherer’ in the animal protection movement for 20 years. His upcoming book, ‘Not As Nature Intended’, follows his journey, telling the stories of the animals he’s met, and the people behind their suffering.

We spoke to him about the power of story-telling, the importance of visual recording, and what it’s like to be close enough to see everything, but just far enough away not to be noticed.

You call yourself a “visual evidence gatherer” rather than a photographer. Can you describe the nature of your work?

Rich Hardy: I learnt to use cameras as a way of gathering evidence for animal protection groups in my role as an undercover investigator. I think a ‘visual evidence gatherer’ is a more honest appraisal of what I’ve done. The focus of my assignments has been to document systemic problems, law-breaking and to show what animals have to endure when farmed for food, bred for fashion, trapped for science or held captive for entertainment. Capturing images has been a big part of it, but it was also about gathering insider information to bolster campaigns. The resulting documentation has been used as evidence to create new laws, to support prosecutions, or has been released as part of media exposés to the press.

For nearly two decades I committed myself to go undercover for animals. The work varied, depending on the assignment. A project could be trailing live animal transport trucks across Europe for several days, or a week of surveillance at a circus, filming from the boundary of a hedgerow. But my main specialisation was infiltration and getting close enough to the people and industries who are responsible for the cruelty animals endure that they would share their secrets with me.

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Which came first for you: animals or photography? Can you tell us a little about your path to where you are today?

RH: Animals came first and by quite a long way. I was brought up in a veggie household and we were all vegan by the time I was 15 (I’m 47 now). We had quite a few rescued animals around the house, and activism coursed through our veins (my parents took me out to protests at slaughterhouses when I was a toddler).

After college I saw a job advertised for a farm animal campaigner at Compassion in World Farming. I went for it and got it. The early 1990s was a lean period for pure vegan advocacy. I could see it was essential to work on campaigns to outlaw the very worst of the farming systems out there, so I began working on campaigns to end barren battery cages, sow stalls and live animal exports.

I met a lot of politicians during this period, especially when delivering reams of scientific reports to them that explained how bad it was to confine farm animals in cages and crates. But it was never enough. They always wanted more than just black text on white paper. They wanted imagery, and we didn’t have much, so I u-turned on lobbying and got myself some cheap cameras, which I hoped to put to use documenting the systems the politicians were failing to take action against.

I did my first assignment in 1999, inside a battery cage egg-laying system in New Zealand, and my last in the Autumn of 2018, training Ukrainian activists in the art of undertaking investigations for farm animals.

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What are you trying to achieve with your work, and why is focussing on animals important?

RH: It’s always been clear to me that the plight of animals used by humans is a huge social justice issue that urgently needs addressing. First and foremost I’ve always worked to meet the needs of the relevant campaign group through investigations. I think it’s helped being trained as a campaigner first, as I can easily put myself in their position of understanding what would be of most value to help the campaign. Having that knowledge, and also understanding animal behaviour, has helped me get into positions where I can capture these critical moments – moments, which can sometimes make the difference in whether a campaign is successful or not.

Recently though I’ve been interested more in storytelling. I’ve started looking through my archive of images and footage, along with reams of notebooks, and found myself reliving moments. I’ve discovered important stories that were lost within the bigger project, tragic encounters with individual animals that I’ve never expressed to others, and those moments I’ve had to endure with my adversaries – people responsible for terrible actions. I want to make sure I share these in a wider context to ensure people understand what’s hidden from them. While I don’t have the strength to go undercover anymore, I can make sure I squeeze every ounce of information out of the work I’ve undertaken, through storytelling.

It’s for that reason I set up an Instagram account and began sharing brief moments from the unique perspective I’ve had as an eyewitness in a world of suffering. I usually focus on posting images that tell the story of an individual animal, through the experiences of another individual – myself.

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A lot of your images are taken using a covert camera. Why did you choose this approach? What are its strengths and challenges?

RH: While I’ve used DSLR’s and plenty of video cameras over the years, my go-to equipment for infiltration projects has to be a covert camera. It’s allowed me to capture images that I could never document openly. I’ve spent quite long periods of time undercover infiltrating the people behind animal exploitation industries. Getting to know them and understand how they work has opened up a world that is closed to most. These projects require a lot of patience and an ability to build trust with people whose every action you would normally recoil from. They are often cruel and brutal peopleto animals, and sometimes to their fellow humans too. But not all. Sometimes they are very normal people, respected for kind acts in their community, while simultaneously keeping 30,000 hens locked up in tiny cages in a windowless shed.

I usually use a body-worn camera package. So a DVR (digital video recorder) and a high-definition button camera, which I conceal in a shirt. These packages have improved so much in recent years. Not just in quality, but also in their size and weight. They are more comfortable to use and easier to conceal.

They still take a bit of time to get used to, but with a little practice, your body and the camera start to work together as one. And while you don’t have your hands on it, you learn to hold and direct your body in a way that you know will capture the everyday occurrences you need to gather as part of the assignment. But things can and do go wrong, and the situation doesn’t always allow for you to put it right, so you have to accept some loss of imagery. In those moments, I just stay patient and hope when the next opportunity comes round I don’t miss it.

However, it’s dangerous work. There’s one moment I’ve always dreaded when wearing these cameras. Detection. I’ve never been caught but I’ve come very close. I remember being challenged by a manager at a huge reindeer slaughterhouse in the middle of nowhere in the Arctic about wearing a hidden camera. He’d noticed me adjusting the overalls I’d been given and became suspicious. He asked me straight out if I was wearing a camera. My heart skipped several beats and all I could think about was how easy it would be to hide my body in the deep snow, if they wanted to. Calling his bluff was the only way out. I began undoing the overalls one button at a time. With one button to go before the camera was revealed he told me to stop, and apologised for challenging me. I can’t tell you how relieved I was.

I’ll always switch to overt cameras, if the situation allows. Sometimes it might take a week or two for this happen or sometimes it won’t happen at all. It depends on the project and the type of people you’re around. It might not always be a fancy camera – that might not fit in with your cover story. An iPhone’s pretty useful. People are used to seeing them around and the quality is good, so using them doesn’t always raise suspicion – which is what you’re looking to avoid at all cost on infiltration projects.

schweine in rumänischem MarktImage, Rich Hardy:Trading places. A Romanian animal market.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work? What do you find most challenging?

RH: There’s not much to like during the projects. At times I felt pretty powerless swallowed up in situations of immense suffering. During these moments, I just had to put those feelings aside, and focus on the task that had been asked of me. The natural instinct is to want to intervene when you see an animal suffering, but on investigations, particularly those that put you in direct contact with the people that own them, you have to take a step back. I guess in some ways it’s a bit like theatre. You’re watching the cast perform, and you’re sitting in the front row of the audience. You’re out of the spotlights, but only just. Close enough to see everything, far enough away to not be noticed.

It’s also pretty challenging maintaining a cover story for a long period of time. I had to create opportunities to document things that few get to see, but I had to build it on a fabricated story. I always believe if animals are suffering it’s in the public interest to know about it. Most industries using animals for human gain prefer to keep their methods and systems to themselves, so using a cover story is often the only way in to see what takes place. But it’s hard work spending a month undercover, say with fur trappers, and keeping your cover story intact. Especially when you’re trying to bond with them. It’s pretty exhausting, and when you’re exhausted you can slip up. I quickly learned to keep my cover identity simple and as close to the truth as possible to avoid costly mistakes.

I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed any of this work. I never expected to do it for so long either. I never set a timeline for how long I was going to do it, so perhaps that’s why it’s gone on so long. I just kept answering the call when it came, and putting regular life on hold.

I am of course satisfied with some of the outcomes of my work. I’m very happy to have been able to help over twenty of the world’s animal protection groups by working on multiple assignments for them across 30 countries. And while I don’t think it’s always easy to measure impact, I’m content knowing that some of the assignments have contributed to speeding up reforms for animals, less suffering or just opening someone’s eyes to something new that had been concealed from them.

You are currently writing a book, ‘Not As Nature Intended’, about your experiences working undercover and the animals you’ve met. Why is this project important, and what do you hope to achieve with it?

RH: The book started out as something I thought I might do about 5 years ago, but didn’t really get moving on until about two years ago when I started jotting down some of the feelings and thoughts I was left with post-assignment. It’s not a photographic account, but a narrative non-fiction on what it’s been like to infiltrate secretive animal industries and shine a light on what happens to make them work from the inside. There are plenty of stories I tell about individual animals, but I also examine the people behind the animal suffering. To be honest it’s been a bit of a surreal experience; a real rollercoaster of emotions that swing from the bizarre to the chilling. So in addition to reporting on the secret workings of these industries, I’m recounting how I got to be there, what I saw, who I met and how I was left feeling.

I’m working with a British publisher to get the production costs crowdfunded, after which it can enter the mainstream publishing world, where I hope the stories can then really make a difference. I hope it will open people’s eyes or attract the curious-minded to find out more about how animals are treated to put food on our plates, clothes on our backs or smiles on our faces.

I’ve also written it so it could sit within an animal rights archive of sorts. I really think it’s important for us to archive all the elements and techniques that have gone into securing change for animals. There will come a time when people look back at all these campaigns and be appalled that we ever had to fight so hard to end the abuse animals endure at the hands of humans, but like all social justice issues it’s important to remember and learn from hard-won battles. Undercover investigations have been a big part of our movement and I feel it should be recorded in a format that others can access to learn from and adapt to other issue-based campaigns. This would be my contribution.

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What’s next for you?

RH: After spending a little time helping the next wave of activists learn some of these investigative skills, I’ve gone back to frontline campaigning for farm animals. Rather than focus on the problems, I’m advocating the solutions.

I’m running the campaign programme at ‘Veganuary’ – a worldwide month-long pledge, where people can try a vegan diet. It’s a campaign built on inspiring and supporting people to experience a vegan lifestyle, and it’s a pretty big thing right now. The campaign – a twist on trying vegan as a New Year’s resolution – is at its peak in January. Almost a quarter of a million people have signed up for this year’s campaign, which is so exciting to see.

Coupled with all the exciting innovation taking place around the development of plant-based foods, I’m more hopeful than ever before that people will start ditching the meat and dairy in their lives and transition to cruelty-free lifestyles.

I’m also doing a few public talks as well to support the book project. It actually feels quite liberating talking about some of these projects for the first time.

Other than that I’ll be trying to surf a bit more often, while also looking after the 17 rescues me and my fiancee have at our micro-sanctuary in Cornwall. We’ve managed to rescue dogs, cats, chickens and ducks, from shelters and factory farms, and are hell-bent on making sure they get the best life possible, after such terrible starts.

https://weanimalsmedia.org/2019/03/01/interview-with-undercover-investigator-and-author-rich-hardy

 

Does anyone need a comment about it?
No! We sincerely thank Rich Hardy for his courageous and well-planned investigative work that brings to light the suffering of the animals and the unscrupulous animal industry that produces it.

 

Best regards to all, Venus

Happy World Orangutan Day !

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World Orangutan Day

Did you know that over 100,000 Bornean orangutans were lost between 1999 and 2015 mainly due to deforestation and poaching? And now these orangutans are  critically endangered.

To help prevent further habitat loss, WWF Malaysia led a project in Sarawak to provide a sustainable habitat for orangutans as well as create a stable income for the local communities living alongside these great apes.

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The Gaharu Tree

At the centre of this project is the Gaharu tree –  a native plant to Sarawak that traditionally provided valuable wood to the local people. It was then discovered that the tree leaves could be made into a tea which can be farmed and sold.

Great news for both the local people and the orangutans, as the tree no longer needs to be cut down and can continue to grow with only its leaves being trimmed for the tea.

Because of this, the Menyang Taih people planted 8,000 Gaharu trees on empty and degraded land which prevented further deforestation – and with the help of WWF volunteers a further 3,000 trees were planted.

Encouraging tree planting means that the orangutan habitat can be protected and hopefully orangutan populations will grow and thrive in Sarawak.

Find out more:

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/planting-future-orangutans-and-people?pc=GLN005002&utm_source=Supporters&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=FindOutMore&utm_campaign=GLN005002_FriendsActive_FY20_WorldOrangDay&_ccCt=tpKGLIbyPykBIbEfbsB7P8C3NEnb7vdHSY%7eiozMGgtAbBZsl5qbf5mrvZlcNWqqu

 

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Adopt an Orangutan

Projects like this create a sustainable economy and a stable ecosystem for both orangutans and people. But more still needs to be done.

Borneo is projected to lose 22 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2030. We’re running out of time.

Adopt an orangutan today so we can continue to help local communities manage protected areas and to fund our other essential work with orangutans.

Adopt an Orangutan:

https://support.wwf.org.uk/adopt-an-orang-utan?pc=GLN005002&utm_source=Supporters&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=AdoptOrangutan&utm_campaign=GLN005002_FriendsActive_FY20_WorldOrangDay&_ccCt=il9iQ3C9z8hBIbEfbsB7P8C3NEnb7vdHSY%7eiozMGgtAbBZsl5qbf5mrvZlcNWqqu

 

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Top 10 Orangutan Facts

Want to find out more about orangutans? Our top 10 facts page will tell you everything you need to know!

View the top 10 facts here:

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/top-10-facts-about-orangutans?_ccCt=99WzneLiJRnBIbEfbsB7P8C3NEnb7vdHSY~iozMGgtAbBZsl5qbf5mrvZlcNWqqu&pc=GLN005002

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England: Breaking News – Viva! Win Against Hogwood After Years Of Showing (Pig) Animal Abuse. Tesco Stores BAN Meat From Supplier After Expose of Conditions and Animal Abuse.

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WAV Comment – This is BRILLIANT news and we congratulate Viva! in finally getting Tesco to pull the plug after years of being shown the abuse.  More to come when we get the official Viva! news / PR.  Tesco is one of the UK’s major food stores; so this will send massive shockwaves to the industry of meat supply to supermarkets.  Namely – do it right or be exposed and shut down.

 

This has changed for the positive within the last 24 hours.

The following is from Viva! who undertook the investigation and have been campaigning against conditions and treatment of animals at Hogwood for years.

First – the good news;

Mon 19/8/2109 – Tesco drops one of its biggest pork suppliers after animal rights campaigners release footage of shocking abuse at pig farm including animals being kicked and hit with metal rods

  • Tesco banned meat from Hogwood Farm in Warwickshire after an exposé
  • Activist group Viva! filmed images they claim expose ‘systematic animal abuse’
  • Campaigners released shocking footage of pigs screeching in terror as farm workers kicked them, slammed gates on them and hit them with metal rods

Pictures – Viva!

 

Read the full story at:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7367957/Tesco-drops-pork-suppliers-animal-rights-campaigners-release-footage-shocking-abuse.html

 

Viva! – before the announcement – This is their words:

Against all odds, we return to Hogwood pig farm to expose shocking conditions at Tesco-approved hell hole for the third year running.

You probably know the story – we’ve told it twice before. Back in June 2017, I went inside one of Britain’s largest pig farms: Hogwood. The horrors that my team and I filmed were impossible to forget.

This year, we left hidden cameras.

Just last month, we went back – this time armed with hidden cameras to capture round-the-clock surveillance. What we discovered was shocking: pigs ruthlessly kicked by farm workers and struck with metal riding crops and hand tools.

We filmed a farm worker slamming a metal rape rack onto a confined sow – she screamed as he administered a painful injection, then she was hit over the head.

Hogwood: The Story

It was June 2017 when I first went into Hogwood Farm – and it’s a farm I’ve since come to know well. A huge industrial unit in Warwickshire, Hogwood houses over 16,000 pigs and supplies Tesco.

We have submitted official complaints to the RSPCA, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Red Tractor and Tesco – none of it resulted in action being taken to protect these pigs. All we received were worthless assurances.

Big business and the meat industry don’t care about the distress and misery at Hogwood farm. We need you to stand up and help us expose this horror.

 

 

Germany: the cows are milked to death

 

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Germany is the largest milk producer in Europe. More than 33 million tons give our cows a year. Lots of milk, yoghurt, cheese – all at low prices.

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Cows have to give more and more milk. That makes most animals sick. According to BR24 research, more than one and a half million dairy cows are “sorted out” nationwide each year. Veterinarians and scientists speak of torture.

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On average, a cow today has to give twice as much milk as in the 1970s. This means an increase from 4,000 kg to 8,000 kg per animal. The high performance has its price, says the agronomist Matthias Gau ly of the University of Bolzano: “We have problems with animal health and, accordingly, with animal welfare, and that’s something we urgently need to change.”

“The higher the performance of the animals, the sooner animals go off.”

According to agricultural scientist Gauly, there is a clear correlation between performance and illness. Above all, the udders are heavily loaded, which often leads to inflammation. In addition, it comes, for example, to serious metabolic diseases.
For the scientist, the low life expectancy of the animals is worrying: Instead of 15 to 20 years, dairy cows are on average only five to six years old today.

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“There are clear statistics that show that the higher the performance of the animals, the sooner animals will go.”

How many dairy cows go out, that is to be sorted out annually from German stables, is cleverly not recorded centrally.

Every year 1.7 million dairy cows are sorted out

According to research by the bavarian broadcasting, according to the latest figures, around 1.7 million dairy cows are sorted out each year, ie slaughtered or disposed of in animal carcass disposal. Most because of injuries, illnesses or too low milk yield. This resulted in a query in associations of the dairy industry in all 16 federal states.
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Politicians should have the courage to increase animal welfare, according to scientist Matthias Gauly. This opinion also shares the Berlin Land Animal Welfare Officer Diana Plange. The biggest problem of dairy cattle breeding is performance. The performance limit of the animals is long exceeded, in many cases, the cows would literally “broken milk.” She speaks of tormenting, which is prohibited by law.

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Agriculture Minister of Germany, Julia Klöckner sees no need for action

Land Animal Welfare Officer Diana Plange calls on Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner to intervene and define limits for dairy cows. On BR24’s request, the Ministry shifts responsibility to the federal states, they are responsible for the implementation of the ban on the prohibition of rape. For the introduction of performance limits, the Agra Ministry sees no need for action, only requires the countries to carry out more checks in the stables (!!!).

What does it mean for a cow to perform well? This great animated film from the news channel BR24 makes it clear to us in a short and realistic way. The film is also very suitable for children.
The translation follows below.

 

…bloody milk…
Dairy cows are bred to perform well.
They give up to 50 liters per day
To produce a lot of milk, the cow has to give birth regularly
Usually the calf is then removed from the mother immediately
Because the mother’s milk is to be sold
Female calves later become dairy cows themselves
Male calves are a waste product to be fattened and slaughtered there

Irene Weiersmüller, Animals Angels: “Often the calves are not weaned, that means they are used to milk, not to hay or cold water, and the trucks can not give that to the animals
unsupported animals and calves die on the streets …
Animal rights activists and veterinarians have been observing such ills for years
But even the adult high-performance animals suffer, giving viuel milk makes the cows ill:
mastitis
Metabolic problems
Claw and joint diseases
This causes veterinary costs and more effort in the stable”

Matthias Gauly, agricultural scientist: “There are many farmers who are overwhelmed with the high-performing huh, because they can no longer afford this balancing of keeping, feeding and care of the animal”

Sick animals become unprofitable in this system, they often come too young in the slaughterhouse

Lots of milk, a lot of animal suffering.
Does Germany have an animal welfare problem?

https://www.br.de/nachrichten/deutschland-welt/viel-milch-viel-tierleid-deutschlands-kranke-kuehe,RPo00FU

My comment: Animals are tortured until they get sick.
The milk of the sick animals makes people sick.
And the unhealthy milk from the sick animals is still advertised as healthy and given subsidized by the state as school milk in the schools to the children.
And the environment and climate are also ruined by animal feed, liquid manure and methane.

A shick, criminal system that only ministers, farmer associations, abattoirs, animal transport industry, and stupid human carnivores, the victims of advertising want that.
Can someone else want that? If so, who?

 

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My best regards to all, Venus

‘We Animals’.

Here is some news provided to us from Stacey at Our Compass:

https://our-compass.org/author/ourcompasses/

 

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https://our-compass.org/2019/08/19/we-animals-media/

 

About the video

2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the first We Animals photo and a year of tremendous achievement in the world of animal photojournalism.

Photography: Jo-Anne McArthur
Film: Kelly Guerin, 2019
Narration: Jo-Anne McArthur

 

We Animals Media Mission

We Animals Media recognizes the invisibility of animals in our world and seeks to give their lives and stories a place in the public conscience.

Through compelling photography, journalism, and filmmaking, We Animals Media illuminates the lives of animals used for food, fashion, entertainment, work, religion, and experimentation. We are committed to telling these stories through an empathic lens – collectively widening our circle of compassion to include all animals.

We Animals Media also seeks to mentor the next generation of media makers, create bridges between social movements, and inspire solutions that will result in a kinder and healthier world for all.

Thousands of photographs and videos are available to individuals, organizations, and media outlets around the world via our We Animals Archive.

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France: the gardeners go to the roof

 

The world’s largest roof farm will open soon in Paris. 14,000 square meters vegetable garden on a roof! Agriculture is different too!

 

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Large roof farms are not new.
The advantage: no long transport routes and old, forgotten vegetables, which can be stored only for a limited time, find their way back to the table.
Urban gardens and community gardens are a worldwide phenomenon. More and more people are coming together to shape their environment together and grow organic food.

After French Minister of Agriculture Didier Guillaume announced that France will stop using glyphosate and also encourage organic fruit and vegetables, Paris will open the world’s largest rooftop farm with around 14,000 square meters.

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So far, the largest 7,000-square-meter rooftop farm and giant greenhouse is on a factory building in Chicago’s South Side. Here grow up to 10 million pieces of leafy vegetables per year. “Urban farming” is the name of the trend that began in New York.
Although smaller farms have been built on rooftops in other locations in Paris, this project is the largest in the world.

Agriculture Minister Didier Guillaume recommends organic and biodynamic agriculture and urges producers to return to the farming practices used by their grandparents, which have been forgotten. With success, because in France, 3,000 producers of fruit and vegetables have joined in one year, avoiding pesticides using nets, different agronomic techniques and crop rotation.

The plants are grown in the air like on a traditional farm, but in vertical watchtowers similar to those used in indoor farms like Plenty, a robotic farm in Silicon Valley. On the sides of the towers sprout plants that allow to grow more food in a small space. The system is aeroponic, ie no soil is used, and the plants are fed with a nutrient-filled mist that meets biologic standards and uses little water.

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When asked how one wants to feed people in a large metropolis, without the food having a long journey behind it, New York had an answer: “Urban Farming”, while city dwellers simply plant their own vegetables. In the metropolis, however, there is hardly any room for it – that is why the gardeners usually go to the roof.

New York’s Brooklyn Grange is a seasonal, commercial rooftop farm that sells its crop through neighborhood supermarkets and weekly markets.
Founded in 2010, Brooklyn Grange was the world’s largest single-roof urban farm project, covering more than 6,000 square meters. Replaced in 2016 with a new 7,000-square-meter rooftop farm and a giant greenhouse on a factory building in Chicago’s South Side.
Here grow up to 10 million pieces of leafy vegetables per year.

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Vertical agriculture – fields and pastures should no longer extend to the horizon, but into the air: floor above floor, in the middle of the city. The hope is a revolution in agriculture and an answer to the question of how we feed humanity. More than seven billion people inhabit the earth today, and in the year 2050 it will be over nine billion, according to United Nations estimates. 70 percent of them will live in cities.

Can we produce enough food for everyone on the planet? A question many scientists around the world ask themselves. In Singapore, “Skygreen” provides an example of how this is possible, not just technically, but also economically.
Increasing food safety through this food production, also due to the impact of global climate change, is 10 times more productive per square meter than conventional agriculture, according to the Skygreen video.

The Singapore Vertical-Farms that herald an Agricultural Revolution –
Take a look, it’s worth it.

https://netzfrauen.org/

My comment: I would like to try the salad from the Roof Gardens, but if we want to talk seriously about global hunger and solving this problem, it certainly is not a suitable solution for world food.

The cause of misery on this planet, hunger, massacre, climatic catastrophe, destruction of the forest and the oceans is primarily due to the uncontrolled, inexorable proliferation of human species.
And more and more children are being made, who in future will have a large share of blame for the climate catastrophe and the rise of animal misery.
Because also the man of the future needs his food, his wood, his plastic, his house, his car … the more people the more climate and animal misery, that’s how easy it is.

To put a child into the world today has less to do with love than with cruelty.
Therefore, such projects do not really help. What really can help us is rethinking about overpopulation around the world.

 

My best regards to all, Venus

India: August 2019 – Latest Rescues and News From ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’.

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Dear Mark,

Rain is pouring but spirits are soaring because we need the rain to raise the ground water table in the arid Udaipur region. Donning rain coats and slogging through very muddy ground our amazingly devoted staff and volunteers arrived on Thursday for the double festival of Rakhi and India’s Independence Day. After singing India’s national anthem we moved into the Rakhi mode, celebrating with bracelets tied on each other’s wrists to signify protection of one another.

After terrible abuse, Frankie was abandoned to die. But we saved him!

Multiple knife-sharp ropes cut into an abused donkey’s leg. We saved Frankie’s life with 3 months of wound dressings, and he’s happy now.

This is the story of one donkey, but abuse happens to almost all working animals. They are so often hurt, whether as bullocks used in agriculture or elephants used for tourist rides. We hope Frankie’s story can help inspire all of us to speak out against abuse of the vulnerable wherever they are, whoever they may be.

Please donate for the medical care of animals rescued from abuse

 

Setting them free! 6 heart-thumping animal rescues

A donkey’s legs flail when he’s completely stuck upside down in a ditch…a dog is suffocating with his entire head caught in a plastic jar…an enormous cow is trapped after falling into a well, and more! How to hoist and carry and pull them into safety?

These beautiful rescues will leave you breathless.

Please donate for street animal rescue in India.

 

The Lemon Tree Team brightened up a very rainy afternoon with smiles and animal love.

Biggest staff group ever to visit–thank you to LEMON TREE HOTEL! 

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With the largest employee group ever to visit Animal Aid, we were thrilled to welcome the staff of The Lemon Tree, a luxury hotel opening soon in Udaipur, whose general manager Rahul Kargaonkar and Alwin Divarkaran have been long-time animal protectors. They’ve been feeding 11 street dogs in the construction site of the new hotel, and say they will remain welcome residents after the hotel opens. Animal Aid will sterilize all of them within the next few weeks. Thank you so much Lemon Tree People for brightening up our rainy afternoon with your incredible commitment to helping animals

 

Celebrate the Caregivers: Kesar!

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Often moving at lightning speed, here comes Kesar Gameti, who for 5 years has given incredible care to the 30 disabled dogs who live in the shelter area–Tarzan with cerebral palsy, 2.5-legged Hero, arthritic Buddy, behaviorally challenged Annie, (said only with a half smile), “otherly-abled” Horse (one heck of a distemper survivor) and a luscious batch of others, each with his or her own reason for needing to live in Animal Aid.

Kesar is as dear to each as they are to her. She bathes them, feeds, cleans, combs, and encircles each one with the most beautiful loving care. There are many souls in Animal Aid whose happiness is owed to Kesar (and many of them are human, too!)

 

 

South Korea: Korean Dogs – August Newsletter.

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Korean Dogs – August Newsletter

Click here to read the newsletter – https://koreandogs.org/newsletter-august-16-2019/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Shut_Down_Illegal_-Meat_Dog-_Auction_House_in_Gimpo!__Our_interview_with_a_Belgian_news_magazine&utm_medium=email

 

 

Call for Action: Shut down the illegal “Meat Dog” auction house in Gimpo!

Shut down this awful dog auction site, where bidders bid for dogs such as jindos (one of the Korea’s national treasures), golden retrievers, labradors etc., while their cage mates watch on in horror as the humans try to out bid each other for their meat. This is an example of how horrific humans can be to our best friends. Let’s take action now to close this auction for good!

 

Click here for actions:

https://koreandogs.org/gimpo-dog-auction-house/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Shut_Down_Illegal_-Meat_Dog-_Auction_House_in_Gimpo!__Our_interview_with_a_Belgian_news_magazine&utm_medium=email

 

URGENT! Tongyeong, South Korea:
Punish the dog butcher bludgeoning dogs to death!

Dog butcher in Tongyeong, South Korea is daily bludgeoning dogs to death in front of other terrified dogs and the local government authority is doing nothing about it. This video is not a replay of same clip over and over. Each of these were recorded at different times. This psychopath criminal has 40 to 50 dogs in his farm and the dogs are killed in this horrific way. This is a violation of the Animal Protection Act. We want the city of Tongyeong to punish this criminal and shut down the hellhole dog farm/slaughterhouse immediately. Please sign and share!

Click HERE for our campaign page.

 

Sign the petition at:

https://www.change.org/p/tongyeong-mayor-kang-seok-ju-tongyeong-south-korea-punish-the-dog-butcher-bludgeoning-dogs-to-death?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Shut_Down_Illegal_-Meat_Dog-_Auction_House_in_Gimpo!__Our_interview_with_a_Belgian_news_magazine&utm_medium=emai

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

The chicken: the most popular victim in the world

 

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From an interesting article of the German newspaper “taz”:

“Since April of this year, the “Climate Cabinet” of the Federal Government has been struggling to find sustainable solutions for transport and agriculture. German society is debating meat abstinence, and consumption of beef and pork is slowly declining. Only the chicken has none of it.

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622 million broiler chickens landed in slaughterhouses in 2018, 23 million more than in the previous year. 81 percent of all slaughtered animals in Germany are broiler chickens. Chicken breast fillet, 300 grams for 4 euros. Never before has so much poultry been consumed as it is today. Not only in Germany, but worldwide.

The chicken has become a mass product. The super-bred chicken that grows faster and delivers more meat and eggs than ever before.

A change, an increase in efficiency, which has not only affected the chicken, but the entire agriculture. Fewer and fewer farms are cultivating more and more land and fattening more and more animals. The chicken is the most greasy commercial face of this evolution. A development that makes machines out of animals and forces farmers into a system from which there is hardly any exit.

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“The Ross 308 is recognized worldwide as a broiler that delivers consistent performance. Producers appreciate the growth rate, feed efficiency and robust performance of the Ross 308. “

This is how it is in the product description of the animal.

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Read on the website of the American company Aviagen, one of the largest broiler breeders in the world. There is also a manual for the Ross 308, called “Broiler Manual.” In addition to tips on temperature control in the house and the recommended amount of feed and the performance of the animals is recorded. Four kilos in 40 days!

In about 40 days, a Ross 308 chicken eats around four kilos of grain and grows two to three kilos. As much and fast as no other farm animal. Pigs have to eat three kilos to put up a kilo of meat, cows, depending on their weight and age between eight and ten kilograms.

“The Ross 308 is the world’s most popular broiler.” This is what the Aviagen Broiler Handbook says.

The American company belongs to the German Erich Wesjohann Group, EW Group for short, a network of 28 German and 81 foreign companies.
The group is the world market leader in chicken genetics.

The EW Group’s product range includes chickens, which have been classified according to their predisposition and nature:
In laying hens and broilers, females and males bred for weight gain. Animals from the laboratory, hybrid chickens, bred from different breeds of chicken.
Most of them give birth to 377 eggs in 85 weeks.

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“A chicken, particularly suitable for organic farming, the Ross 308: for an exceptional meat yield”!!!

The brother of “Wiesenhof”

The head behind these high performance animals is Erich Wesjohann.
He is the brother of Paul-Heinz Wesjohann, better known as the heir and owner of the poultry brand Wiesenhof, the largest manufacturer of poultry meat in Germany. Chicken is in the family.!!!

(In 2011, PETA II undercover had taken pictures of a Wiesenhof chicken fattening farm. It was about a scandal. https://www.peta.de/wiesenhof201)

The company center of the EW Group is located in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Here, in a white castle that serves as the company headquarters, Erich Wesjohann rules over the genotype of the chicken. Wesjohann’s chickens are shipped to more than 160 countries. To Kazakhstan, Argentina and France. The success of this expansion lies in the chicken itself, in its genetics.

Through breeding, the EW Group has succeeded in turning the chicken from a tender little bird into a chunk of meat.
In a machine whose body weighs about three kilos more than in 1957, and almost twice as many eggs laid as in the 1960s, today about 300 pieces per year.

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The time of slaughter determines the demand of the customers. If a discounter plans a barbecue with cheap chicken fillet, then the slaughterhouse trucks will arrive on day 35 and not on day 40, at the usual time of slaughter.

Mass is worth it. Not only for chickens, but also for barley or corn. This is mainly due to the agricultural policy of the EU. In Europe, farmers receive subsidies based on the area cultivated. If you have a lot, you get a lot of money. Money that can be used to buy new land again. So the big farms are getting bigger, and small farms are disappearing.

Since the mid-1990s, the number of fattening farms in Germany has shrunk by half. The number of workers fell by one third. This is shown by data in the current agricultural atlas of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

https://taz.de/Massenprodukt-Huhn/!5610775

 

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My comment: What we see in the photo is what’s be eaten all around the world.

The offer responds to demand; The buyer is responsible. Every animal killed is a murder that we order!
And companies like Wiesenhof or Aviagen are the ones who commit this murder. The argument that torment breeding is the result of the demand for cheap meat is wrong and hypocritical!

The price has nothing to do with the conditions of keeping or the conditions of production of meat or other animal products.

Foie gras e.g. is (allegedly) a delicacy, is offered at maximum prices. The “production” is hard to beat every disgusting animal cruelty.

Just like the caviar. The sturgeons are slashed alive, the eggs removed, the animal thrown away.

Lobster is often thrown alive in boiling water (in Germany even the prescribed killing species).

Just because something is expensive does not mean that the animal has not to suffer.
Likewise, no one can guarantee that expensive chickens on the shelf had a nice life in the stable!
Whether it’s a conventional or a “Ross 308” chicken, in the end, all animals die a cruel death.

It is high time to finish the murderous work of the chicken barons and butchers.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

Hunting is murder

 

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Puffins are among the most popular birds worldwide.

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Unfortunately not only with animal friends, but also with hunters. Iceland is home to the largest stock of this species of alken – and mercilessly releases the endangered migratory birds.

Images of the puffin hunt are currently making the rounds, posted on the Facebook page Ban Trophy Hunting. It is all about British foreign fighters who go in the far north on the bird stalk.

But also German hunters seem to enjoy the hunt for the colorful birds: So you can book for example at “Malepartus Hunting Travel” for 1040 € a trip to Iceland – per shot puffin you pay 20 € “shooting fee”!

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The hunting for razorbills, fulmars and seals is also offered here to the German speaking public, quite legally! If you reject this form of tourism, the company Malepartus writes your opinion! Here is the link to Iceland Hunt: https://www.malepartus-jagdreisen.com/island.html

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The picture shows the screenshot of an Icelandic hunting agency, which advertises big “routes” in the puffin hunt.

Source: Committee against the bird murder e.V.

 

My comment: Yesterday I looked at this website and I’m really horrified. And angry! https://www.huntingiceland.com/

Mentally ill murderers proudly pose in front of the murdered victims, and with these pictures, this club advertises travel to different regions of the world.

How primitive and murderous can human nature be!

Instead of evolving and rising to a higher spiritual level, the screw of intellectual and moral development is falling at breakneck speed.
Hunt only satisfies psychopaths.
The fact that there are still “hunters and trophy collectors” is a sign that we are developing faster and faster in the Stone Age than it has lasted to evolve into modern times.
The worst thing is that this animalistic drive is infiltrating more and more industrialists, politicians, celebrities, etc., who feel they are elite.

Hunting is and remains murder, hunters are mentally ill murderers!

Please sign the Petition: https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/petition-stop-organized-puffin-hunting-iceland/

My best regards to all, Venus

South Africa: Stop the Mass Poisoning of Dogs by Ruthless Gangs in S. Africa.

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SIGN: Stop the Mass Poisoning of Dogs by Ruthless Gangs in S. Africa

 

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PETITION TARGET: South African Ambassador to the U.S. Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu

Criminals are shamelessly poisoning up to one thousand dogs every week in South Africa. The canines become disorientated, bleed from the nose, shake, vomit, have diarrhea, lose eyesight and then succumb to paralysis. In their final minutes of life, unable to move, they struggle to breathe until they eventually suffocate and die.

Ruthless gangs poison dogs to remove interference when robbing homes. They throw food laced with the lethal pesticide Aldicarb to the unsuspecting pets. Although banned in South Africa, Aldicarb is smuggled into the country via Zimbabwe.

This illegal poison is apparently incredibly easy to buy and is stocked at informal shops and taxi stops.

“This has been going on for years,” says Cora Bailey, director of Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW). “It is a massive problem. This poison is being sold everywhere.”

We must speak out to prevent criminals in South Africa from accessing this deadly poison and end the mass slaughter of innocent dogs.

Sign this petition urging Ambassador Mahlangu to clamp down on the illegal sale of Aldicarb to stop this cruel epidemic of dog killing.

USA: Latest News from the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Latest News from the Center for Biological Diversity

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Unprecedented: Trump Guts the Endangered Species Act

We’ve never seen an attack like this on the Endangered Species Act.

On Monday the Trump administration finalized sweeping changes to the Act that weaken habitat protections, block climate change from being addressed as a threat to vanishing wildlife, and create new barriers to preventing extinctions. Trump’s rules have one goal: to make it easy for industry to plunder our lands and waters for private profit — endangered species be damned.

The Endangered Species Act is the world’s strongest law for saving species from extinction. It’s the reason we still share this planet with bald eagles and whooping cranes and gray wolves.

You can be sure the Center for Biological Diversity will stop this cowardly, vicious move with all the strength we’ve got. We’re counting on you to stand with us in the historic fight ahead.

Please consider supporting our court battle with a donation to our Endangered Species Act Protection Fund.

 

Suit Launched to Save Green Sea Turtle Habitat

Green sea turtles cross oceans to nest on beaches that soon could be inundated as the seas rise. The gentle animals are also being hurt and killed by plastic pollution. So on Tuesday the Center and allies launched a lawsuit to force the Trump administration to protect their habitat.

“The recovery of most green sea turtle populations is a beacon of hope in our changing oceans, but we’ve got to protect the places they live,” said Jaclyn Lopez, our Florida director.

Get more from Maui Now.

 

Court Approves Ban on Cyanide Bombs in Wyoming Forests

 

Days after Trump’s EPA gave a thumbs-up to the ongoing use of sodium cyanide in M-44s (or “cyanide bombs”), forest creatures across 10 million acres in Wyoming caught a break from the lethal devices.

A judge has approved an agreement, secured by the Center and allies, to ban M-44s across the state’s national forests. It also requires the federal program “Wildlife Services” — which uses cyanide bombs — to analyze the impacts of its killing of coyotes, bobcats and other Wyoming wildlife. And new trapping restrictions will help protect grizzlies and other animals. Read more.

 

Take Action: Save Joshua Tree From Sprawl

 

One of our best-loved national parks, Southern California’s Joshua Tree, is threatened by plans to build a city next door.

The sprawl development would bring more than 25,000 people to an isolated spot that’s now home to vulnerable animals like desert tortoises, bighorn sheep and kit foxes. It would drain aquifers, punch a hole in a wildlife corridor, and destroy a key stopover place for migratory birds.

The Riverside County Planning Commission is poised to make its final decision on approving the development. Take one minute now to urge it to say no and protect the area’s wild character.

 

We Just Sued Trump Over His Dirty Power Plan

 

On Wednesday we and our partners sued Trump’s EPA to overturn its Dirty Power Plan and reinstate the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The agency failed to meet its legal obligations under the Clean Air Act when it repealed and replaced this set of policies.

“The Dirty Power Plan’s only purpose is to make fossil fuel CEOs richer, no matter how deadly and dangerous that is for the rest of us,” said Center senior attorney Clare Lakewood.

Read more in our press release.

 

 

 

 

Living sushi…and we thought, we would have seen everything

 

And there is nothing that does not exist!!We are now prepared for everything.

Also on live frogs that are eaten.

It is an older video where the half-living frog was served with ice cubes, soy sauce, a piece of lemon. The upper body of the amphibian is served as a decoration on the plate and is in the last live moves. The big eyes gaze at the restaurant visitors, the muscles twitch every now and then, the arms move, even the eyelids blink.

We don`t  just dig ourselves for such a research, but since we were asked if frogs are really eaten alive in Japan, we went on the search and it was really disgusting!
So allegedly cooked frog meat with bitter gourd is a popular remedy for dengue fever.

What is the reason for this belief?

Mosquitoes bite humans, frogs eat mosquitoes and people eat frogs. That’s why we humans are still the strongest in the food chain. Idiotic, right?
And what happens if there are no more frogs?

Frogs are a delicacy especially in the kitchens of France, Western Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Louisiana and the Caribbean, and generally in South and East Asia and parts of Africa. These frogs are mainly imported from Asia. The main exporter is Indonesia. Over thousands of miles, they must endure in tight transport boxes. Arrived at the destination, their legs are cut off without any anestheticdesperately wriggling, the frogs die a painful and slow death.

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Would you eat a live frog? Frogs from the kitchen are otherwise known only from France. But frogs are also eaten in far-away Asia. In Japanese restaurants, a very special and cruel delicacy is prepared: live frog sushi.

The frog is broken up into pieces with a sharp knife. It seems he lives and can watch him being eaten. The animal is served in a bowl full of hot broth and fresh vegetables.

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It is really horrible that we must read that in Central Asia it is a delicacy to eat fallopian tubes of frogs or even the ovaries, also known as ovaries. The court is called Hasma (Harsmar, Hashima).

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These are usually used by the Asian Common Frog (Rana chensinensis). Because of its whitish appearance, Hasma is often falsely described as a “snowflake fat”. Hasma is produced in the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning in China. The soup from Hasma is also served in North American cities with a large Chinese population. But mainly in China, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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At Singapore’s Frog Farm in the Kranji countryside, the meat is bred by the American bullfrog and sold worldwide as a frozen product.

In the following video you can see the frog farm, here live tens of thousands of frogs.

https://netzfrauen.org/2016/08/18/froschsushi/

 

My comment: It is frightening to see how many places in Europe now sell frogs’ legs again and are prepared and eaten in restaurants.

In the “wild frog harvest” the back frog extremities are separated, from living body!!
Most of the imported frog legs are still from these wild catches.

Frog thighs may not look anyone in the eye, but they are ALSO a horrible cruelty, like any food made from animal corpses.
Only that the “civilized” society in Europe can not endure the living gaze of a victim on the plate and therefore dead body parts are preferred and served.

Best regrads, Venus

 

 

Undercover in Poland: becoming a butcher!

 

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The undercover journalist Patryk Szczepaniak tells very excitingly how he prepared for his role as “butchers” for a slaughterhouse in Poland. The results of his investigative work were sensational. https://gijn.org/2019/08/05/becoming-a-butcher-lessons-from-working-undercover/

His report follows:

“In early October 2018, Tomasz Patora and I started to take a closer look into the Polish cattle industry. We had a tip-off: A slaughterhouse (or abattoir) in Poland was selling the meat of sick cattle, some of which had arrived at the facility already dead. After conducting some initial background research and sneaking around the slaughterhouse a few times in the cover of night, we knew our source was telling the truth. The only problem was how we were going to get inside to prove it. After a long discussion with our editor at the investigative program Superwizjer of TVN Discovery Poland, we decided that one of us needed to go undercover and get hired as a butcher.

Happily, I got the job.

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Where’s the Beef?

We knew a few things before going in. We knew the slaughterhouse where I would work had been buying sick and dead cattle from farmers, and that it usually paid a farmer a maximum of $200 per sick cow; by comparison, a healthy cow costs between $800 and $1,400.

We also knew that the slaughterhouse would take in diseased, dead cows for free. We knew that sometimes the sick cows had broken legs, or that their bones wouldn’t pop back in their hips after giving birth. We also knew that after those sick cows were slaughtered, the carcasses were cleaned and visible marks of diseases were cut away, and that the meat of those sick cows were regularly sold on for human consumption. And we knew that all of this was done without any oversight by the state’s veterinary office.

We estimated that by killing around 20 sick cows per day, the slaughterhouse would earn around $660,000 of pure profit per year; if it killed only the healthy ones, its profits would come in at around $91,000 per year. Poland produced almost 438,000 tons of bovine meat worth $1.5 million in 2018, and more than 80% of that was exported to European Union and beyond.

We had much of our background research in the bag. Now it was time to get inside to show how bad things looked up close. But first, I had to prepare for my role.

Becoming a Butcher

It wasn’t my first undercover assignment. In the past I had been abused as a temporary worker in the Netherlands. I hired myself out as an Uber driver to show how the company was avoiding taxes as well violating labor laws. I also frequented Warsaw’s strip clubs to document the robbery of foreign tourists. My experience from all of these past assignments was crucial for my preparation in becoming a butcher.

Here’s what I learned about going undercover:

Setting the story. The best character is built on real events, emotions, and histories. Use memories and experiences from your own past to make your story authentic. Before going to the slaughterhouse and asking for the job, I prepared two stories and, based on how the situation inside developed, I could choose two different paths to explain how I ended up at a slaughterhouse in the countryside, far away from major cities. During the job interview, I began to sense that my initial story paths wouldn’t work, so I had to come up with a third story path. So I said my girlfriend had fallen pregnant by another man, which left me distraught and far away from home. I know it sounds really cliched, but that’s the one that landed me the job.

Lies. You’ll be lying a lot. My advice is that it is better to say as little as possible. Memorize your story and be prepared to have it checked by anybody at any time.

Digital footprints. “Delete everything you can from the internet, including all social media. Profiles need to be deleted and, if necessary, replaced with new ones”. Do it carefully and well before the assignment. Learn from my mistake: I left one of my old photos that appeared under my real name on the sixth page of a Google image search. It later led to my exposure where, during one of my night shifts at around 3 a.m., I was invited to my boss’s office “to sign a contract.”!!

Change of appearance. Shaving, growing, or dying hair; cutting or growing a beard; growing or cutting a mustache — it is worth taking a closer look at your external appearance, as well as inside your wardrobe. If the clothes don’t match your story, buy new ones, including socks and underwear. For example, I normally wear colorful socks. Can you imagine a butcher with socks like that? I also shaved my head, beard, and mustache. My colleagues didn’t recognize me when I passed by them in the office hallways. I also recommend reading “Black Like Me.” John Howard Griffin was a white journalist who chemically altered the color of his skin and headed to the racially segregated Deep South in the United States in 1959.

Change of personality. Adapt to your environment. If it is an academic environment, behave and speak like an academic. If it’s a slaughterhouse, behave and speak like a butcher”.

I graduated from a decent university in Poland and before the assignment began, my colleagues expressed concern that those years of education might ruin my story. “You won’t sound like the other butchers,” they said. So I spoke very little about myself and kept to the most important facts. Pretending to be an introvert helped a lot.

Research. Learn whatever you can about your assignment. I watched plenty of documentaries about meat production, and some pretty nasty videos on LiveLeak and YouTube regarding animal cruelty. I also read a few books for beginning butchers, and went to other slaughterhouses to learn how they work. It’s good to know if you’re about to puke or faint during slaughtering before going undercover.

Identification card. Faking an ID is a crime in Poland, so we decided not to do it during my assignment, and there wasn’t really a need for it. But if you go into an undercover situation where your personal information might lead to threats on your health or life, you might need to fake it. While this will certainly depend on where you are working and what story you are working on, most courts will likely acknowledge that this was done in a pursuit of the greater good.

Observe and document. These are basic ethical rules of undercover journalism. You’re there to document systems or criminal activities, not to provoke or to stage situations. While working on night shifts — where the illegal butchering was happening — I tried to be a useful worker at every step of the slaughter, from pulling sick cows with a rope to stunning and killing them, as well as decapitating, skinning, and cleaning out their guts. I wasn’t pushing anyone to give me a particular job. I knew the graphic footage filmed with hidden cameras would be newsworthy, and I had only a limited time to film certain scenes. I had to go with the flow of work and film everything whenever I could.

Worst-case scenario. Prepare safety rules and know your way out. Create a communication system, such as secret text code messages. Report back daily about any unusual behavior in your working environment — your colleagues might notice something relevant. If possible and necessary, have someone nearby to help you. I was exposed as a journalist during the night. It wasn’t the most comfortable time in my life, but I knew there were people watching my back all the time. This helps.

Investigative Impact

I worked undercover for almost three weeks in November 2018 to expose the slaughterhouse.

I managed to document and film the pulling, by a rope, of sick and dead cows into the slaughterhouse; the preparation and cleaning of the sick and dead cows for further sale; the slaughter of cows in advanced stages of pregnancy; the disposal of both small and large fetuses; a wide range of animal cruelty acts; the loading of rotting carcasses into trucks for further sale; stamping by workers, my boss, and myself with an official veterinary stamp that was intended to show that the meat was examined by the veterinary service when it was not; and conversations with workers and the head of the company about procedure. Altogether we had around 120 hours of undercover footage.

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After our piece came out in late January, it had significant impact, including:

  • The slaughterhouse and its closest business partners were shut down by the government.
  • Every slaughterhouse in Poland — around 800 of them — was put under the strict control of state veterinary inspectors.
  • Unexamined meat from the slaughterhouse where I worked was found in 14 EU states, including in schools, kindergartens, military bases, restaurants, and shops.
  • The chief deputy of the General Veterinary Inspectorate was dismissed.
  • A trade war between Poland and the Czech Republic unfolded, with the Czech government urging its citizens to buy domestic products instead of buying Polish meat.
  • Upscale restaurants in Prague were exposed for selling meat from the slaughterhouse where I worked as Argentinian beef.
  • EU inspectors examined meat production in Poland, and their report confirmed our reportage.
  • It is estimated that the Polish beef industry will lose around $150 million in 2019 in the aftermath of our reportage.
  • In the latest polls, 43% of Poles stated that they have reduced meat consumption or eliminated it from their diet.

In Data We Trust

There could be another way to dig deeper into this story. My colleague Julia Dauksza is one of the few true data freaks in Poland, constantly digging up and analyzing all sorts of data. She obtained data from the Polish Ministry of Agriculture, the Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture, and the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics, and found that in 2017, Poland reported it had slaughtered almost two million cows, of which only 4,513 — or just 0.22% — were reported unfit for human consumption by the government’s veterinary office. These numbers are just waiting for another investigation”!

https://gijn.org/2019/08/05/becoming-a-butcher-lessons-from-working-undercover/
https://www.tvn24.pl/tvn24-news-in-english,157,m/meat-from-sick-cows-on-sale-shocking-report-by-superwizjer-tvn,904899.html

 

My comment:  And we immediately remember the German scandal, which has the same criminal barbarity against sick and injured cows here, in civilized Germany.

The SOKO organization also got acquainted with undercover video material, we had reported it . https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/04/13/germany-crime-continues-in-slaughterhouses/

That was in March and April 2019, and that was the tenth slaughterhouse scandal in Germany within two years. Connected to this is a criminal network of hundreds of farmers, livestock dealers and veterinarians who operate and support the illegal and highly profitable trade in so-called downer cows.
A farmer who was confronted with pictures of his farm said without any sense of guilt:

“It is not an isolated case that animals are so charged when they can no longer walk independently. That’s just like that. That’s economy. We do business. “

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Our Agriculture Minister of germany, Julia Klöckner said: We do not need a self-proclaimed stable police, which controls the compliance with animal welfare. It is up to the state to prosecute farmers who keep their animals bad “.
Klöckner announced that the federal government wanted to punish stabling burglaries even more in this legislative period. So far, activists often go unpunished, gaining access to stables and secretly filming. Farmers criticize this.

Klöckner: “The thing is very clear: burglary is burglary. Animal rights activists would have to abide by laws”.

No thing is clear in slaughterhouses before a brave undercover team goes in and films what corrupt politicians consider as “clear”.
Thanks to these people, we know how every system, and not just that of Poland, works with the meat mafia.
The walls of slaughterhouses have long been made of glass, but no one wants to know what’s going on in there.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

 

A Nation Can Be Judged On The Way It Treats Its Animals.

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As you can see from our global map; or ‘Clustrmap’; https://clustrmaps.com/site/1a9kn – we are getting lots of visitors from all over the World. The site is truly becoming a World Animals Voice.

We want to welcome each and every one of you here and hope to see you again real soon.

If there are any specific issues that you would like us to try and investigate further; then please drop us a quick line using the ‘Contact’ link – https://worldanimalsvoice.com/contact/

For the animals;

Regards Venus and Mark.

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UK: Foxhunting – Illegal But Still Undertaken by Some Exploiting the Hunt Ban.

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Reproduced from the ‘League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) – England.

 

Fox hunting is a ‘traditional sport’ in which hunters, usually on horseback, follow a pack of hunting dogs aiming to pick up the scent of a fox, chase it – and kill it. Fox hunting is illegal in England, Scotland and Wales, but evidence suggests that hunts are regularly breaking the law.

Carry on reading for some more fox hunting facts.

IS FOX HUNTING ILLEGAL?

Fox hunting is illegal in England, Scotland and Wales. It is still legal in Northern Ireland.

Fox hunting was banned by the Hunting Act 2004 in England and Wales, and the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 in Scotland. But while these were both welcome and hard-fought pieces of legislation, overwhelming evidence suggests that both are being ignored or exploited by hunts on a regular basis.

Hunts in England and Wales invented the activity of ‘trail’ hunting after the fox hunting ban came in. This claims to be a non-lethal sport where the hunt simply follows a pre-laid trail rather than searching for and chasing a fox. However, years of evidence shows that hunts are using trail hunting as a cover for illegal hunting by claiming to be following a trail but still carrying on and hunting foxes the way they did before the hunting ban.

Hunts in England and Wales also use ‘exemptions’ in the Hunting Act. These were designed to allow certain types of ‘pest’ control or scientific research, but are being exploited by the hunts to give them an excuse to carry on hunting.

In Scotland, an exemption in the law allows foxes to be killed by ‘flushing to guns’, where a pack of hounds is allowed to be used to chase a fox from cover where it can be shot. However, evidence from League investigators shows hunts claiming to be flushing to guns – but without having any guns present in the right place.

MOST PEOPLE WANT TO STOP FOX HUNTING

If you are opposed to hunting, then you are in the majority. More than eight out of ten people are opposed to hunting. This includes more than eight out of ten people in rural areas – which shows that people who truly understand and experience what hunts do want to see it remain illegal.

Hunting is not a town vs country issue, and it is not a ‘class’ issue. More than seven out of 10 Conservative voters want hunting to remain illegal. Hunting is an issue of animal cruelty, nothing else.

Some argue that ‘hunting’ should continue because it’s a grand old British tradition. However, bear baiting and bull baiting were also traditions, and they were rightfully consigned to the history books. Traditions are measured in more than years. They have to reflect the values and attitudes of a society, and the vast majority of the British people oppose hunting with dogs.

IS FOX HUNTING ‘PEST CONTROL’?

Fox hunting is not a credible form of pest control. Hunters claim that they are helping farmers by killing foxes, but this is a senseless argument that most people no longer believe. The League does not believe that there is any requirement for lethal fox control, but even if there was, then hunting is neither a humane nor effective way of doing it.

Any suggestion that fox hunting is about ‘pest control’ can be dismissed very quickly by the fact that hunts have been caught capturing and raising foxes purely so they can then be hunted. In May 2015, a League investigation revealed 16 terrified fox cubs held captive in a barn linked to a fox hunt in Yorkshire. We rescued them, took them to a vet, and sadly one died, but we released the others to safety. We are proud to have protected those foxes.

While the scale of this fox ‘factory’ was shocking, it’s not an isolated case. In December 2015, League Investigators released a fox found locked in a building near to where the Belvoir Hunt was meeting. It is worth mentioning that a few months later, while monitoring the same hunt, our Investigators were brutally attacked, leaving one with a broken neck, which we believe was retaliation for us rescuing this fox.

 

Watch the story of 16 fox cubs found captive in a barn close to a hunt kennel.

Read on using the top link.

 

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Sign the petition at:

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The Result – Photo – Mark (WAV).

USA: Beautiful ‘Salvador Dali’ Pup Draws Attention.

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I just had to put this beautiful little pup on here tonight, as it really made me laugh ! – just to end the day with something good after all the export downers we have been experiencing.

Regards Mark.

 

Rescue Puppy Born with Adorable ‘Mustache’ is Breaking the Internet

Images of a beautiful rescue puppy born with a Salvador Dali-like “mustache” have caused a stir online after the dog was saved from the streets and put up for adoption, along with her mother and ten siblings, by Hearts & Bones Rescue.

Initially referred to as “mustache pup,” this adorable five-week-old puppy has now been named Salvador Dolly due to her resemblance to the surrealist Spanish artist. Inquiries about adopting her are flooding into the non-profit organization.

Dolly, along with her mother and siblings, is currently living with a loving foster family in Dallas. The whole crew is looking for forever homes in New York City and will be ready for transport at the end of August.

The rescue organization has highlighted the vital importance of people fostering and adopting rescued animals. “We were only able to save Dolly and her family because we had a foster to take them in,” it stated in a Facebook post. “The more people we have ready to open their hearts and homes to a dog in need, the more we can save!”

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Salvador Dolly’s road to fame is just getting started, as she is now the face of Hearts & Bones Rescue animal adoption drive and is even on a T-Shirt saying “I mustache you to adopt.”

Rescue dogs make great companions and this unique little puppy is a great reminder of how special all animals are.

 

 

I Think We have Presented All the Evidence Needed to Show That EU Legislation for ‘ the Protection of’ Animals In Transport Is Up With EU Commissioner Fairies ! – Read on and Find Out Why.

 

I am supplying the following as additional reference / information to the excellent post which has recently been provided by Venus relating to animal transport guides: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/14/eu-animal-transport-guides-animals-are-transported-in-the-best-possible-ways/

 

The following all directly relates to EU Regulation 1/2005 on the (so called) ‘protection’ of animals during transport. Relevant sections and what they state are given.

A full copy of Reg 1/2005 can be accessed by the following link: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/ALL/?uri=CELEX%3A32005R0001

 

As an additional reference, we give you a link to a very specific document produced by ‘Eyes on Animal’ in the Netherlands, which specifically deals with the issue of the importance of access during transport.

Here is the link to the report: https://www.eyesonanimals.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Downloads_Eyes_on_Animals_report_Importance_of_Access.pdf

 

We will identify our own (WAV) specific concerns clearly in relation to the Regulation in the following.

 

As Venus says in her post:

And we mean: The video work is actually very good, congratulations.
What we do not quite understand, to whom are the videos directed.
To the truck driver?
And before 2018, before the project is completed, did the drivers not know which laws apply to animal transport at EU level?
And now that they finally know, do they have to follow these rules? Or only if they want?

Exactly Venus  – as we will show below, since the implementation of Reg 1/2005 in December 2004, all livestock drivers are supposed to be certified (since then) to ensure they are knowledgeable and competent in the transport of live animals.

If this is the case; then why have the EU wasted a lot of time and money in producing new videos on animal transport (links shown in your post)  ? – is this rather like making a video to instruct a qualified pilot the basics of flying a plane ? – drivers are supposed be certified by 1/2005 since 2004; so what is the real point of these new EU videos; apart from wasting lots of money ?

Anyway; we move on.

 

EU Regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport declares:

 

ANNEX IV

TRAINING

  1.  Road drivers and attendants as referred to in Article 6(5) and Article 17(1) shall have successfully completed the training as provided for in paragraph 2 and have passed an examination approved by the competent authority, which shall ensure that examiners are independent.

The training courses referred to in paragraph 1 shall include at least the technical and administrative aspects of Community legislation concerning the protection of animals during transport and in particular the following items:

(a) Articles 3 and 4 and Annexes I and II;

(b) animal physiology and in particular drinking and feeding needs, animal behaviour and the concept of stress;

(c) practical aspects of handling of animals;

(d) impact of driving behaviour on the welfare of the transported animals and on the quality of meat;

(e) emergency care for animals;

(f) personnel handling animals.

 

Article 6

Transporters

  1. No person shall act as a transporter unless he holds an authorisation issued by a competent authority pursuant to Article 10(1) or, for long journeys, Article 11(1). A copy of the authorisation shall be made available to the competent authority when the animals are transported.
  2. Transporters shall notify to the competent authority any changes in relation to the information and documents referred to in Article 10(1) or, for long journeys, Article 11(1), no more than 15 working days from the date the changes took place.
  3. Transporters shall transport animals in accordance with the technical rules set out in Annex I.
  4. Transporters shall entrust the handling of the animals to personnel who have received training on the relevant provisions of Annexes I and II.

 

ANNEX I

TECHNICAL RULES

(as referred to in Article 6(3), Article 8(1), Article 9(1) and (2)(a))

CHAPTER I

FITNESS FOR TRANSPORT

No animal shall be transported unless it is fit for the intended journey, and all animals shall be transported in conditions guaranteed not to cause them injury or unnecessary suffering.

When animals fall ill or are injured during transport, they shall be separated from the others and receive first-aid treatment as soon as possible. They shall be given appropriate veterinary treatment and if necessary undergo emergency slaughter or killing in a way which does not cause them any unnecessary suffering.

 

CHAPTER II

MEANS OF TRANSPORT

  1. Provisions for all means of transport

2.  Additional provisions for transport by road or rail

2.1 Vehicles in which animals are transported shall be clearly and visibly marked indicating the presence of live animals,

 

article 2

article 1

Clearly and Visibly Marked ???

 

WAV Comment – Regarding the last couple of points shown red above, we draw your attention to one of our recent posts on how the industry is not being compliant with EU Regulations when transporting live animals in box type trailers.

Here is the link: https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/08/england-sealed-box-type-animal-trailers-how-the-industry-dodges-identifying-what-they-transport-and-the-eu-oks-it/

 

We ask; when box type trailers are being used:

  • how is access to ALL animals being transported provided for the driver ? – he cannot hear them and he most certainly cannot see them in a box trailer – unless he has x ray vision !
  • As we have clearly shown in our photographs and reports, vehicles ARE NOT clearly and visibly marked indicating the presence of live animals. Is this not what my report from vehicles using Ramsgate harbour proved ? – we included in the report our suggestions as to the labelling which we suggested should be used; and also suggested the locations on the trailer where these signs should be applied.

 

Nothing has ever been done by the EU Commission to address our concerns about live animals being transported in box type trailers.

So, we add all this up and what do we get:

Nothing much really – we (and many other organisations) provide all the evidence top show that adherence to EU rules are a complete and utter joke within the live animal transport sector;  we show that the EU does nothing except make nice new videos for drivers who are supposed to be fully trained and competent in the first place, and we see a Eurogroup for Animals which does not really do much to address any of the issues; when they are supposed to be the direct link to MEPs at the European parliament, who can make changes to the law !

Fed up; disgusted on behalf of the animals; and don’t even ask me about the Brussels crowd; I think we have now proved they in EU circles are utterly incompetent.

Regards to all – Mark.

 


 

We have also today (14/8) attempted to make contact by e mail with the 2 primary contacts at the Eurogroup about the live transport issue; but the following has come back to us:

 

Thank you for your message. I will be on summer leave until 25 August 2019 and will respond to you upon my return. 

For urgent matters you can contact my colleague Alessia Virone, a.virone@eurogroupforanimals.org

Best regards,

Andreas Erler

Senior Political Adviser, Eurogroup for Animals

 

And Alessia (the urgent contact) says:

 

Thank you for your message!

I will be out of the office until the 18th of Augustus. 

I will answer to your email as soon as possible upon my return.

If your question is urgent, please contact my colleague Andreas Erler (a.erler@eurogroupforanimals.org).

Best,

Alessia

But he has just automatically mailed us that he is also on holiday !!!

 

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EU-animal transport guides: animals are transported in the best possible ways!!

 

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“As a professional driver, the animals are in your hands. You need a certificate of competence to carry live animals.

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http://animaltransportguides.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Driver-FINAL-2.pdf

European Commission, DG Sante pilot project: “Three years ago our consortium started the adventure of developing good and better practices for the transport of 5 groups of animals.

Now in February 2019, we completed the EU project work, having developed guidelines, fact sheets, videos and having toured many European countries to forward our findings and discuss how to improve animal transport. Although officially this means the end of the project, we will keep on spreading our messages. This website will be kept alive and we hope that we will even be able to add additional translations of our documents on a later stage.

Our Facebook page will also be kept alive and report routinely on EU events on animal transport.

We invite everybody to keep using the recommendations to make sure animals are transported in the best possible ways (!!!)

(http://animaltransportguides.eu/notizie/transport-project-complete/)

And here is the visualization of the Animal Transport Guides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EU-Kommission: ..”We invite everybody to keep using the recommendations to make sure animals are transported in the best possible ways” (!!!)

Eurogroup for Animals: The leading animal welfare organisation at EU level:
We are recognised by the European Parliament and Commission as the leading animal welfare organisation at EU level and represent animal welfare interests on many EU advisory committees and consultation bodies. Over the years we have been instrumental in achieving legal protection and EU standards which dramatically improve the way animals are treated.

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And we mean: The video work is actually very good, congratulations.
What we do not quite understand, to whom are the videos directed.
To the truck driver?
And before 2018, before the project is completed, did the drivers not know which laws apply to animal transport at EU level?
And now that they finally know, do they have to follow these rules? Or only if they want?

The second is more likely to be the case, as most animal transports do not comply with EU regulations so far.
And because the EU, as the “largest agricultural lobby” (Jean Ziegler quote) respects the opinion of agriculture ministries, animal transporters, slaughterhouse owners.. much more than the life of animals.

The experience of the last months with the transport of 70,000 sheep in the Persian Gulf has shown us.
Even an EU Commissioner – Vitenis Andriukaitis – got involved, a courageous MEP Anja Hazenkamp was also on the ground; but in the end, none of these individuals (who were certainly involved in drafting Animal Transport Guides) could commit the mass murder of (certainly) a thousand sheep!!

Therefore, a very legitimate question arises: if truck drivers, agriculture ministers, slaughterhouse operators, transporters … regulate the transports only on a profit basis and not on the basis of EU-Animal Transpot Regulation, which instance is responsible for their punishment, and which paragraphs regulate their penalties?

So far, it seems that the EU has not thought about it yet.
But we do.
We have not seen any dramatic improvements in animal transport, on the contrary: the condition remains dramatic to catastrophic, with still a high degree of animal suffering.

This suffering can not improve videos if those who cause it are not punished severely.
It’s that easy, even the EU and its staff could understand it.

We are waiting for the infringement procedure against Romania.
Only when that happens can Eurogroup convince us of “dramatic improvements” in animal transport.

My best regards to all, venus

 

 

When animal rights become a business…

 

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There is a nice anecdod that illustrates the absurdity in our live very well:

A gentleman goes to the psychiatrist: “Doctor,” he says, “my brother thinks he is a chicken.”
“And why don`t you bring him to the clinic?” asks the doctor
“I would like to do that, but I need the eggs”!

It’s the same in life, we see the absurd, the paralogue, but we need the eggs.
Therefore, it is not very easy to admit that the EU has failed at every level if one is well paid by the EU.
Everyone needs the eggs!

In the case of the EU Commission the absurdity is only a harmless word, we should actually speak of convinced animal haters.

Who else would extend the castration of the piglets without anesthesia?
Who else would prolong the chick shredding?
Who else would bury the 8-hour campaign in the sand, despite the 1.2 million signatures?
Who else would let criminals animal tansporteure unpunished if they drive animals with 40 degrees to death?
Who else would have slaughterhouse operators continue to work if they sent pregnant, sick and injured animals for transport?

The questions go to Eurogroup for Animals, because according to their statutes they are the skilful actors to transform animal suffering to animal welfare, as a trusted bridge between the European Commission and animal suffering!

Nobody would deny that the driving force of any Eurogroup for Animals member is the defense of animal rights, at least in the first phase. It is more difficult for anyone to understand, how is it possible to work for them, who the animals demonstrably hate and have not done anything else until now, rather than closing lucrative deals with those who live on animals.

In that sense, a job for Animal Rights in Brussels is like any other job, except that it is seductively rewarded.
Over time, and having experienced all facets of anger and disgust inside ourselves for the validity of the EU Commissioners, we believe that we should not expect any improvement from either groupings or individual officials.

The groupings, because they do not even believe themselves that they have the power to persuade and convince the inept and unwilling commissars to take action.
But they need the eggs, they stick to it.
The commissioners because they have no interest in defending neither animal rights nor human rights (the case of Catalonia, a sad proof), and because the EU, as the largest agricultural lobby, has betrayed the animals.

For a long time, we have only known EU Commission and Eurogroup for animals as egg sellers from happy chickens.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Petition – Justice For Coyote Pups Killed And Strung Up On Display.

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Justice For Coyote Pups Killed And Strung Up On Display

Posted by Lori Lovely

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Petition link – https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-stop-the-barbaric-hanging-of-coyotes-by-savage-hunters/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

 

PETITION TARGET: Vermont Governor Phil Scott

Two young coyote pups were dangled by their feet from a utility pole in front of a home in Vermont’s rural Essex County. The grisly sight took place on a main road and horrified people who passed by. These innocent victims were hunted, killed, and hanged in a smug showcase of vanity.

Brenna Galdenzi of the group Protect our Wildlife was shocked when she saw these poor creatures strung up for a gruesome display. Outraged, she told New England Cable News, “I don’t really think there’s any other way to look at those photos than to be completely appalled.”

Because these pups were hanged on private property, no current laws were violated. Coyotes can be hunted all year in Vermont. In fact, it’s open season on coyotes year-round in most of the US. Even more sickening, most states hold annual coyote-killing contests that are nothing short of “gruesome celebrations of slaughter,” as reported by The Washington Post.

Vermont has recently become the 2nd state to ban these horrific contests, but we need more. Animal advocates are calling for change. However, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board recently denied a petition to restrict coyote hunting. We must speak out to save coyotes and other animals from such brutal treatment.

Sign this petition to urge Governor Scott to call for legislation that would protect coyotes and end barbaric practices such as stringing them up like criminals on display.

 

 

England: London University bans hamburgers ‘to tackle climate change’.

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London University bans hamburgers ‘to tackle climate change’

No burger

A London university is banning the sale of burgers to try to fight global warming.

Goldsmiths, University of London, is removing all beef products from sale – and charging a 10p levy on bottled water and single-use plastic cups.

It plans to install more solar panels across its New Cross campus, in south-east London, and switch to a 100% clean energy supplier as soon as possible.

It will spend money on its allotment and identify other areas where planting could help to absorb carbon dioxide.

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Carbon footprint

The university emits about 3.7 million kg of carbon each year but is hoping to become carbon neutral by 2025.

And it will try to increase the number of students studying climate change.

Scientists say beef is more damaging to the environment as cows produce more methane and require more land and water than other livestock.

The college’s new head, Prof Frances Corner, said: “The growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore.

“Though I have only just arrived at Goldsmiths, it is immediately obvious that our staff and students care passionately about the future of our environment and that they are determined to help deliver the step change we need to cut our carbon footprint drastically and as quickly as possible.

“Declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words.

“I truly believe we face a defining moment in global history and Goldsmiths now stands shoulder to shoulder with other organisations willing to call the alarm and take urgent action to cut carbon use.”

Follow suit

Goldsmiths Students’ Union president Joe Leam said: “Our house is on fire,” invoking the words of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.

“I believe Frances Corner and the university management are realising this and making these changes to put their part of the house fire out.

“The SU will be a part of this process every step of the way to make sure this stays true, seeking to speed the process up wherever possible, and will keep the college community updated throughout.”

Rosie Rogers, of Greenpeace UK, said: “It’s encouraging to see an institution like Goldsmiths not simply declaring a climate emergency but acting on it.

“From energy use, to food sales and plastic pollution – all universities and organisations with campus sites can make changes across their facilities that are better for our planet.

“We call on others to urgently follow suit and to include cutting all ties from fossil fuel funding in their climate-emergency response.”

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-49321560

 

 

Yes, We Have Something to Say About the EU (DG SANTE) Visit and Report of 2017 to Turkey Re Live Animal Transport – and The Question Is, What Progress Has Been Made In 2 Years ?

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From Mark – this is what I have to say.  I am sure Venus will want to say more, and I leave the page open for her to write further posts if she desires.

The text below (at the end) is from the ‘Eurogroup for Animals’ – we have provided the link so that you can see the site. We have reproduced the text in full.

We (WAV) as a group have over the past few weeks have, shall we say, ‘had a different view’ to some organisations over the subject of live animal transportation. As you have probably seen with some of our past posts, we don’t really hold back; and if we feel that not enough is being done by institutions such as the EU with regard prosecutions or following up on specific incidents, then we shall say so; simple as that. We are not simply content to just sit back and accept non action after non action on issues that we consider are so important in the welfare of animals, such as live transportation in extreme temperatures.

So, here are a few instances where we. as an animal  advocate organisation, would for example disagree a bit with the statement which is put out (By Eurogroup) below. We give the statement form the site, and then follow on with our own perspective. This is for you; our visitors, to read and then hopefully discuss. We are not saying that either party is correct or wrong in what they say; there is though, a difference of opinion on the issue, and importantly; how it should be addressed.

 

 

Statement – “Despite a warning from the EU Commission to Member States not to export animals during hot weather conditions, evidence collected by NGOs at the main EU exit points demonstrates that animals are systematically loaded into trucks and vessels regardless of weather forecast and EU requirements”.

Our Comment – we think here that really the Eurogroup are saying that no (or not many) EU member states actually adhere and act to warnings given by the EU about hot weather transportation. So why is the EU continually allowing its member states to ignore what it requests / warns ? From the statement it is clear that even the EU itself, accept that ‘animals are systematically loaded into trucks and vessels regardless of weather forecast and EU requirements’. We would say rather than just continually pushing the actions of member states who break the rules to one side; the EU needs to wake up and through the Commissions, needs to take firm and decisive actions against those member states who are non compliant. What is the point in having a ‘Regulation’ on the so called ‘protection of animals during transport’; ie. 1/2005 of 22nd December 2004, and to which all member states should adhere to, when many of them just turn around and give 2 fingers to the rules ?

 

Statement – “Transportation of live animals outside the EU has proven to be problematic from a welfare point of view even under normal circumstances.”

Our Comment so the EU is basically accepting itself in this statement that live animal transport from a welfare point of view is not really working; or in other words, that member states are not following the regulations to ensure better welfare, or no shipments under such circumstances. If the engine of a particular type / series of car is found to be ‘problematic’; then the manufacturer usually does a recall of vehicles involved and attempts to rectify the problem. So in this case, why is the EU not attempting to look at the reports and evidence provided to them by NGO’s (and there sure is enough !!) and then actually do something to rectify the ‘problems’ ? – you could call it turning an EU blind eye to the problems.

 

Statement .As concluded by DG SANTE: “Due to the inability of the livestock vehicles ventilation system to lower the temperatures in the animal compartment below the external environmental temperature […] it is very difficult for transporters to ensure that animals inside the lorry are kept below 35°C when ambient temperatures are over 30°C”. 

Our Comment – An EU (DG SANTE) ‘fact-finding mission’ took place in Turkey from 5 to 8 September 2017, as part of the published DG Health and Food Safety audit programme. The objective was to collect information on causes of delays in the import of EU animals into Turkey at the Kapitan Andreevo-Kapikule border point, in order to identify actions that allow the transport of live animals to Turkey to operate smoothly, while ensuring a satisfactory level of protection for the animals concerned.

The report concludes that “there is a high risk of causing unnecessary pain and distress to animals transported on this route during hot days”.

Due to the inability of the livestock vehicles’ ventilation system to lower the temperatures in the animal compartment below the external environmental temperature and the limited opening hours of the veterinary control point, it is very difficult for transporters to ensure that animals inside the lorry are kept below 35 degrees C when ambient temperatures are over 30 degrees C. This is made worse by the lengthy administrative procedure”.

 

Section 4 ‘Background’ of the report states:

“After a sudden drop in exports to Turkey between 2012 and 2013 this trade has been increasing significantly in recent years. The number of live ruminants exported to Turkey in 2016 (more than 290,000) has surpassed the numbers for 2011 (more than 280,000) and is expected to reach similar numbers in 2017”.

 

“The central (Turkish) competent authority indicated that national guidance points towards not performing official veterinary controls at the border during the night as there is limited visibility to perform an appropriate inspection”.

 

“There is a dedicated lane for livestock vehicles waiting to undergo veterinary controls.

This lane has one single water source available for vehicles; on the day of the visit there were six (6) trucks present here.

Shade is not available for vehicles waiting to undergo veterinary controls.

There are no facilities at the border inspection post to unload any animals. If the animals are detained due to shortcomings detected during controls, they have to remain in the vehicle”.

 

“The veterinary border control point opens for the veterinary checks at 8:30 and closes at 17:30. During this time, controls stop between 12:00 and 13:00 (lunch break)”.

 

“Conclusions on conditions at the veterinary border control point:

The scarce availability of facilities to address the needs of the animals and the lack of facilities to unload them is a high risk to the welfare of the animals transiting this border, in particular during the hotter periods of the year and/or when they have to be detained. This makes it difficult for transporters to comply with EU rules when travelling along this route”.

 

So, move on to now, almost September 2019; 2 years later; and ask yourself what improvements have there been ? – we ask why is there a ‘limited opening hours (8-30 am to 5-30pm with an hour lunch break !) of the veterinary control point’, when transporter vehicles are turning up at all hours of the day and night often in temperatures that very easily the maximum permitted ? – could it be that the EU authorities really need to talk with Turkish counterparts and ensure that facilities at control points are open 24/7 ? – and could they also not take action to reduce the ‘lengthy administrative procedures’ ? – are we missing something or is this NOT quite rocket science !

 

The (Turkish) competent authority’s response to the recommendations can be found at:

http://ec.europa.eu/food/audits-analysis/rep_details_en.cfm?rep_inspection_ref=2017-6110

 

Ask the 290.000+ animals being exported if they are now benefitting as a result of the DG SANTE fact finding mission of 2017 and the resulting actions of the Turkish ‘competent’ authority.

We have no further information showing us that there have been any follow up visits by DG SANTE to see if their comments in the report of 2017 have actually been addressed by the Turkish competent authorities. If anyone does have information, then please let us know via the ‘contact’ route.

 

Hungary is one EU member state that has taken action regarding these shipments, and we congratulate them on their actions. The Eurogroup for Animals states:

“We welcome the Hungarian ministerial decision and we urge other Member States to follow this example,” says Reineke Hameleers, director of Eurogroup for Animals. We call on the Member States and the Commission to suspend the live export during summer, as compliance can’t be guaranteed. We need to avoid the immense suffering of the animals as witnessed over the past years at all costs.”

 

We ‘urge’ and we ‘call on’ ! – “We need to avoid the immense suffering of the animals as witnessed over the past years at all costs”.

Here at WAV, we also ‘urge’ and ‘call on’; we call on a 2017 follow up visit and report by DG SANTE to investigate exactly what improvements, if any, there have been. We urge the EU officials and Commissioners to come out from behind their desks in ivory towers and actually take action, in the way of prosecutions, towards members states who are exporting animals in conditions; and who have paperwork which is non compliant with the (1/2005) regulations.

 

How much longer do we have to wait for positive action ?

Will the EU ever really wake up to the issue of live animal transport ?

With all these EU animals being exported to a non EU state, does this not tell us that the EU is overproducing – EU subsidies to pay farmers, to produce, and then export the ‘not required’ produce to non EU nations ?

Like everything with the EU, finance is the driving force. Other issues such as those shown above take a very lowly second place in the stack

We vote for the European Parliament to act on our (EU citizens) behalf. It never really happens with live animals, despite positive votes in the Parliament in the past, the Commissioners never act to follow up what the people and parliament say.

Why ? – that is our simple question – they are in a position to take action – so why don’t they ?

Eurogroup for Animals:

https://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/despite-eu-commissions-heat-wave-alert-most-member-states-are-continuing-to-transport-animals

 

If you’ve been feeling the heat this week, imagine what it’s like for animals crammed into trucks for transportation – often for several days or weeks – without receiving water and veterinary care, and in temperatures largely exceeding 30 degrees. 

Despite a warning from the EU Commission to Member States not to export animals during hot weather conditions, evidence collected by NGOs at the main EU exit points demonstrates that animals are systematically loaded into trucks and vessels regardless of weather forecast and EU requirements.

Transportation of live animals outside the EU has proven to be problematic from a welfare point of view even under normal circumstances. With the increase of temperature, the situation drastically worsens. As concluded by DG SANTE: “Due to the inability of the livestock vehicles ventilation system to lower the temperatures in the animal compartment below the external environmental temperature […] it is very difficult for transporters to ensure that animals inside the lorry are kept below 35°C when ambient temperatures are over 30°C”. 

Some EU countries are starting to take action to ensure that animals don’t have to endure this hell during heatwaves such as this one. Hungary has recently made a ministerial decision to suspend the export of ruminants to Turkey in high temperatures. The suspension applies to all consignments of live animals without air conditioning, and means that if the temperature of the vehicle reaches a maximum of 30°C + 5°C, the vehicle will be directed to the nearest rest station.  The Ministry of Agriculture decision also forbids trucks to continue on from the Hungarian resting places to Turkey if animal welfare conditions are not met. Some restrictions are also in place in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, where due to extreme temperatures for 3 days starting from today, the State Veterinary Administration announced that it will not dispatch consignments of farm animals from the Czech Republic for more than 600 km.

“We welcome the Hungarian ministerial decision and we urge other Member States to follow this example,” says Reineke Hameleers, director of Eurogroup for Animals. We call on the Member States and the Commission to suspend the live export during summer, as compliance can’t be guaranteed. We need to avoid the immense suffering of the animals as witnessed over the past years at all costs.”

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) stresses that transportation of live animals should not be started if temperatures are expected to exceed 30 degrees during any stage of the journey.

 

“This is a massive double moral”!

 

-germany

 

Friedrich Mülln lies somewhere in Hungary in the bushes. He is well camouflaged, wears camouflage and has covered his face. He must not be discovered under any circumstances. Because what he is currently filming with his camera, no one should actually see. The animal rights activist of SOKO Tierschutz” is in the process of revealing a scandal.

He sees how brutally a Hungarian subcontractor treats turkeys to be slaughtered in Germany. The animals are beaten, kicked and thrown by force into the livestock truck. “When I lay there in the bushes and saw how the animals are beaten and they are smashed into the van from one meter away,” says Mülln, “then you feel powerless and can not do anything, otherwise you’re the next one yourself is beaten. ”

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Turkey is delivered to Bavaria

The turkeys are to be transported to Bavaria, Germany. More specifically, after Ampfing. There sits the turkey slaughterhouse “South German Turkey AG”.
The turkey farm in Hungary is one of the subcontractors, where the brutal pictures that we see in video have been made.

“In 2014, SOKO Animal Welfare ” actually documented the whole potpourri of this company’s horror: unbelievable brutality in the fattening farms, where animals were thrown alive into the trash, turkeys were beaten down with truncheons, even animals were hunted alive,” says Mülln.
“That happened in Bavaria and also in Baden-Wuerttemberg – documented by us.These recordings now from Hungary show: The company has learned nothing”!!

“The system causes the problems”

After loading, the animals travel to Germany for over seven hours. The recipient of the animals – the South German Turkey AG is one of the largest turkey slaughterhouses in Germany.

“In this company is often advertised with regionality: In fact, it has now created a huge network of suppliers – about 700 businesses, most of them in southern Germany and Austria, but now also in Hungary and the Czech Republic. There is a reason for this: because it is even cheaper to produce, you can drive that even more to the limit, “says Friedrich Mülln fromSOKO Animal Welfare”.

putenfarm-pgTurkeys Farm, Germany, 2014 Foto: SOKO Tierschutz e.V

 

In total, more than 35 million turkeys were slaughtered in Germany last year. There are around 20,000 animals a day at “South German Turkey AG” alone. The customers: gastronomic shops and butchers as well as well-known supermarket chains and discounters in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

This mass of animals explains, at least in part, the brutal actions of the suppliers.

“It`s hardly getting better, the system causes the problems,” says Mülln. “If you want to load animals in such a mass in the shortest possible time, you dress animal suffering, for that people are not made.”

Politics wants to pursue the matter

Faced with animal cruelty in the Hungarian fattening farm, the “South German Turkey AG” replies: “Both the inspection by the veterinary authority before loading in Hungary and the inspection by the German veterinary authorities after arrival at the slaughterhouse and meat inspection were inconspicuous.”

But it seems almost impossible that the animals arrive safe and sound after such a treatment.

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The Bavarian Ministry of the Environment has also seen the pictures of the agonizing loading of turkeys in Hungary and wants to pursue the matter.
“Once the allegations became known, we asked the authorities involved to clarify the facts – this is retrospective and once in the future, and of course we will carry out checks,” says Gerhard Zellner, head of the Consumer Health, Food Safety and Veterinary Department in the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection.

In addition, the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in the Bavarian state parliament calls for a new meat labeling requirement at the federal and EU level for consumers. “We need a mandatory state animal welfare label, where it says: from the birth of the animal to the slaughter, how the animal was kept, under what circumstances, whether it had exit to the outside, etc”.

“This is a massive double moral”

And what about the consumers? For those who see Friedrich Mülln of the SOKO animal welfare “a massive double moral”.
Many are outraged, but few of them have consequences.

“If indignation were the same as selling the products, there would be no factory farming anymore,” says Mülln.

However, the numbers speak a different language. Whether cattle, pigs or chickens: In recent decades, the development means: significantly more animals per farm.

Mülln is sure his revelation will once again cause plenty of indignation.
“We keep people in the mirror, and when people get upset, we say, ‘They should look in their own mirrors and see who the actual patron of the mess is.’

https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute/soko-tierschutz-deckt-auf-so-qualvoll-werden-puten-nach-deutschland-transportiert-100.html

 

My comment: Paul Mccartney said, “If the walls of the slaughterhouses were made of glass, all humans would become vegans.”
The walls have been of glass today.
We have never had as many undercover investigations in Germany as in recent years.
In mass animal husbandry, in experimental laboratory, in fur farms …

“Good information is hard to come by.
It’s just harder to do anything with them, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said.

We have information today, more than ever.
If something is permanently abused today, that is the right of the other, of the animals, we know it.
But by the state legitimation of the brutal animal mass murder nobody commits itself to the consequent action, and eating meat everyone considers as his good right.

Whether the animals suffer or not, most people simply do not care. Main thing cheap and a lot of meat.

Mülln  is right, consumers are not innocent of these crimes when they still consume animal products. They know what it’s all about, they know who do they pay for the dirty work.

The walls of the slaughterhouses are already made of glass, but we live in a society of childlike and indifferent meat-eaters, who regard indignation as the highest moral duty.

My best regards to all, Venus

What is behind the sweet honey?

 

Honeybees, of which there are currently seven recognized species, are used worldwide for the commercial production of honey.

A honeybee colony typically consists of one queen bee, who is a fertile female, up to a thousand drone bees—fertile males and worker bees—and sterile female bees. It is the worker bees who collect both pollen and floral nectar, the latter being used to produce honey.

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The nectar is sucked up through the proboscis (the tubular feeding and sucking organ found on the head of the bee), stored in their honey stomach (or “crop”) and transported back to the nest. This stomach holds around 40 milligrams of nectar, which can require over a thousand flowers, and its digestive enzymes break down the sucrose in the nectar into fructose and glucose.

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Once back at the nest, the honey is regurgitated from bee to bee until it reaches a honeycomb, where it is stored. The worker bees then fan the liquid to speed up evaporation and remove excess water from the liquid. The bees then cap the cells with wax to seal them. Honey is used as a source of carbohydrates for the colony, with adult worker honey bees requiring 4.0 milligrams of utilizable sugars per day and larvae requiring about 59.4 milligrams of carbohydrates for proper development.

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It is their main source of energy and is stored for the winter months (when the colony cannot forage for flower nectar) and used to increase the body temperature of the bees.

In commercial honey production and artificial bee hives, queen bees are not fertilized by drone bees but are artificially inseminated. A drone bee is selected, his head is crushed, and then he is squeezed to release the semen. Following this, the selected queen bee is rendered unconscious and the semen is inserted into her.

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However, many of the drone bees killed for this purpose are deemed unsuitable, and up to 15 are crushed to inseminate one queen bee. Once the queen bee has been successfully inseminated, she will be placed back in the hive. In the wild, queen bees often move nests and will be followed by her worker bees.

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As this is not optimal or profitable for commercial honey production, the queen bee will often have her wings clipped so she cannot leave the artificial hive.

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To collect the honey produced by the colony, a bee smoker is used. This is a device that pumps smoke into the hive, causing the bees to initiate a feeding response in anticipation of needing to abandon the hive due to fire. This, combined with masking pheromones omitted by guard bees to alert the colony, means that the bees are distracted from protecting the honeycomb, which makes it is easier for the beekeeper to retrieve it.

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Furthermore, to replace the taken honey, beekeepers often give bees a sugar solution that is not comparable to honey and lacks essential nutritional components.

Commercial beekeeping exploits and sexually manipulates both the queen and drone bees. It uses painful body mutilation for the purpose of taking a product intended for someone else.

Humans have no need to take honey, and there is a wide range of similar substances, such as agave syrup, maple syrup, and molasses.

Honey is made by bees, for bees.

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My comment: Maybe no other animal natural product is as overrated as honey

As a sweetener honey suggests a special naturalness and is often touted as a healthy alternative to sugar.
Honey has no health benefits over sugar.
Honey is mainly composed of glucose and fructose and is therefore classified as “sugar”.

Vitamins, minerals and amino acids occur in such small amounts that they can not be attributed nutritional importance.

Even worse is the widespread conviction in folk medicine about the therapeutic effect of honey, which is highly controversial according to the current medical state.
In addition, honey causes even more decay due to its stickiness than table sugar.

Conclusion: honey is also sugar and nutritious only for its producers, the bees.
For this, bees are enslaved, exploited and abused.

Who wants to have a clear conscience, abstains from honey and any animal product.

My best regrads, Venus

 

Vegan Festivals Directory – Top Events Worldwide.

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Vegan Festivals Directory – Top Events Worldwide.

Here is our comprehensive directory of major vegan festivals and events happening around the world. These events are packed with dedicated activists and the best vegan restaurants and food companies in your region. Attending one of these events gives you a wonderful opportunity to sample amazing vegan food, make new friends, and listen to some of the vegan world’s most prominent speakers.

Check out the listing at:

https://www.vegan.com/festivals/

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Mallorca: 8 executions on the arena

 

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For two years no bulls were allowed to be killed on the holiday island of Majorca

At the end of 2018, some of the judges in Madrid overturned a 2017 Balearic law passed by the left-wing regional government, which inter alia prohibited the injury or killing of the bulls.

This ban was lifted again. The rationale of the judges: Since bullfighting was declared from UNESCO as national cultural asset in 2013,  only the central state could decide on such bans. The regions must therefore not take such decisions on their own authority.

Now the blood spectacle celebrates its comeback to Mallorca thanks to the Spanish corrupt judiciary.

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Shortly before the blood of eight bulls in Majorca flowed under the cheers of thousands, there were insults, whistles and tears.
On the Spanish holiday island, the bullfight celebrated a controversial, but successful comeback late Friday evening despite angry protests from animal rights activists.

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At the first “Corrida de Toros” after a two-year compulsory break, the grandstands of the 11,600 spectator arena in the island capital of Palma were well filled.

Nearly 9,000 fans paid the proud ticket prices of up to 130 euros.

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“Torero, you coward”

In front of the arena, around 400 people had already gathered two hours before the start of the event to loudly protest the bloody show.

They beat pots, cursed nearly 30 bullfighting gunmen who organized a counter-demo as “murderers” and fervently chanted slogans like: “Mallorca does not kill, Mallorca protects animals!”, “Culture is not Torture” and “Torero, you coward, we wish you a bad evening!”. Some young demonstrators had tears in their eyes.

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Spectators cheer especially loud about attempted death blow

To Spanish folk music, there was a great mood. Whenever one of the matadors tried to reach the heart of the bull with his sword from above, and put the bull to death, the spectators broke out in a particularly loud jubilation. “Oleeeé” and “Bieeen” (Guuuut), came from the stands almost in unison.

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After the death of the first bull by the glittering green suit starred Matador Morante de la Puebla (39), who needed five tries with his sword for the death thrust, ran an activist in protest in the arena. “Corridas never again,” read his black chest in black letters. Under abuse of the fans, the young man was but very quickly dragged out by security forces again.

The bullfighting operators are outraged that minors are no longer allowed in the arena and alcohol is no longer being served – these resolutions of 2017 continue to apply in Mallorca.

“These rules make it difficult for the organizers to work economically”(!!!) said a bullfighting operator!

Among the spectators who did not want to miss the appearance of the four star Toreros on Friday, were also many known in Spain politicians of the conservative People’s Party (PP).
For example, the parliamentarian Adolfo Suárez Illana, the son of former Prime Minister Adolfo Suárez González, in the stands.

Bullfighting is big business in Spain. The more than one thousand breeding companies with around 70,000 employees alone generate around 1.5 billion euros each year.

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But the number of spectators is declining sharply, in 2018, the number of bullfighting in comparison to the record year 2007 by about 60 percent to 369 back.

Many arenas have therefore been closed in recent years or have been converted into shopping centers, as in Barcelona.

Video:the art of killing” -What you have just seen – or perhaps you have not been able to look at exactly – is what the Bullfighting Mafia calls “art” and has been protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

https://www.t-online.de/leben/reisen/europa/id_86245954/mallorca-blutige-tradition-acht-tiere-bei-stierkampf-getoetet.html

My comment: Is cruelty worth protecting?
If one can inspire and enjoy how innocent and totally defenseless animals suffer and be tortured to death, one is nothing but a miserable monster and has in no way earned anything like his own human rights.

The pseudo-argument of “culture” as a justification of bullfighting is so hollow, in fact false and implausible, that it can not convince anyone with reason and education.

And with this “argument,” the Spanish bullfighting mafia has once again found some idiotic, mentally frail proletarians in politics, who are as stupid as they are, endorsing the new massacre that disgusts civilized humans.

One has to be Spaniards to believe that in a modern Europe, this kind of animal cruelty can exist long term and even with EU funds under the guise of agricultural subsidies.

Maybe the bullfighting mafia, despite its mental limitations, can once engage with Facebook and other social media and then see what the world thinks about this legacy.

95% of all Germans and Europeans can do without this brutal massacre and do not want to have anything to do with its calamity.

Medieval spectacle is not a tradition, it is a business for primitive barbarians!

My best regrads to all, Venus

The misery of our world

 

 

Every day our rulers preach about how we behave and what is good for us.
These supposedly democratically elected oligarchs of the world are interested in reality a shit for the people, the nature, the environment and least of all for the animals!

They cheat, steal, murder, wage wars, sell weapons to dictators and, when it comes to money, make a deal with every filth in the world.

These are the “democratically” elected governments, such one rules certainly also in the country of this dirty slave owner.

They watch how animals suffer, are raped, enslaved and murdered. The same goes for people and the environment.
I can not see and hear any more these preaching, lying and depraved governments around the world, this scum that could change anything, if it really wanted to…

This misery on the video, the misery of our world, is supported by the oligarchs of governments around the world and the next misery is a discouraged, wordless and cowardly society that cooperates with those at every level, making this misery happen with its indifference, and doing so watching how, bit by bit, all life is abused and exploited.

Where is the decency, the courage, the empathy?
We must finally stop being cowardly and look away !!!!
We have to stop these guys by not giving their crime a voice or a podium.

Best regards to all, Venus

England: Viva! Health and wellbeing newsletter – July 2019.

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Viva! Health and wellbeing newsletter.

To view the newsletter in your browser, please click on this link:

https://mailchi.mp/viva.org.uk/vivahealth-july19-newsletter-359415?e=26c03356b8

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Topics this month include:

 

Dialling Down the Grim Reaper Gene

Only about one in 10,000 people live to be a 100 years old. What’s their secret?

 

Why vegan is the greenest diet

Scientists are convinced we have little more than 10 years to get climate change under control! But what can you do as an individual? What if there was one simple change you could make that would be more effective than avoiding flying, buying an electric car and switching to a green energy supplier. Well, there is!

 

Plant protein is best

Yet another study has shown that plant protein is better for your health than animal protein, this time looking at weight loss and blood sugar control.

 

Vitamin B12

This vitamin is vital for getting energy from food, maintaining healthy nerve cells, and the production of DNA and red blood cells.

See our A-Z of Nutrients for the answers to all your questions about essential nutrients.

 

New leaflets

Our brand new leaflets are here! They contain the most up-to-date information on the positive effects of a vegan lifestyle on our health, the environment and the animals. These leaflets are brilliant for spreading awareness and taking action. Perfect for outreach events, stalls and handing out to friends and family.

 

Nutritional posters

Forming part of Viva!’s ‘Healthy Reminders’ series these brand new, colourful designs each come with an extendable piece giving you top tips and how much you need each day!

 

Bite-size fact

The pigmentation of tomatoes is responsible for many of their health-promoting qualities. The main tomato powerhouse is lycopene. This red pigment is a strong antioxidant which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. The redder the tomato, the more lycopene it contains – and cooking helps the body to use it!

 

25th Anniversary dinner  
Pushing the boat out for this extra special event, Viva! and guests will be dining on The Elizabethan riverboatJoin us to enjoy stunning views of the Thames as we cruise past the London Bridge and other spectacular London landmarks, all the while enjoying a gourmet 3 course meal.

Celebrating 25 years of Viva! with patrons Jerome Flynn*, Michael Mansfield QC, Wendy Turner Webster, Heather Mills and Peter Egan!
*pending work commitments

 

Toast with all the Good Stuff


This is such a simple recipe and perfect for when you’re short of time, want something healthy and would like to use everything up in the fridge… it’s one of our go-to healthy lunches.

 

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Ursula von der Leyen: new game, new luck!

 

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First of all, I would like to make one thing clear: Ursula von der Leyen was selected, like a miracle, as the new EU Commission President from the back room in which Merkel and Macron compared their power. She is now a kind of head of government for Europe.

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It is not understandable!

The frustrating thing is that nobody seems to bother which people are responsible for which areas of the commission.

Ursula von der Leyen is professionally not in the least suitable for the EU-Kommission, not to say, from the standpoint of animal welfare. The entire process has little to do with transparent action, rather with the ingenious talent of Merkel to intrigue effectively;  she still can it, she can win the big intrigues of chess.

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This designation, which incidentally came without big notice, was a reassurance for the Chancellor Merkel that von der Leyen will not be her successor.

A very good commentary on the suitability of the new Commission chief was found in the British Times: “There is real doubt as to whether she has enough political character and courage to shape European politics, or not just a puppet of the French President and the German Chancellor who made her what she is. “

What is surprising in this election farce is the person. As a minister in several departments,  von der Leyen has failed terrific so far. Why must such one still be promoted? As Defense Minister of Germany, for example, she has failed.

Ursula von der Leyen in 2013, as Defense Minister, said: “:  The most important thing is the person and not the issue of material costs. The material must be so good that the human being, the people who work here, are also protected. It is important for me to show that I am there for the soldiers … They can rely on that … I am wholeheartedly proud and grateful to be your Minister of Defense. (…) I take this task very seriously. “
E voilà ! the EU can be upgraded and militarized and will soon be able to independently implement climate, enlargement and proxy wars.
Well then … nothing can go wrong. She is the right one !!

Is this case an exception or is it part of the normal EU procedures?

There is always talk of renewal, but the structures are not questioned. At the same time we know that the structure determines the function. So we have to define new structures that will help to avoid the old mistakes and help us to find better and faster solutions in the future.

In which political decision of the European Commission do we find that? Who’s talking about it … ??

If Ursula von der Leyen fulfills the role of European Commission President with the same “Elan” how she as former Secretary of Defense has done, the welfare of the animals will change as much (or as little) as before.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

USA: The Trump administration has reauthorized government officials to use controversial poison devices – dubbed “cyanide bombs”.

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The Trump administration has reauthorized government officials to use controversial poison devices – dubbed “cyanide bombs” by critics – to kill coyotes, foxes and other animals across the US.

The spring-loaded traps, called M-44s, are filled with sodium cyanide and are most frequently deployed by Wildlife Services, a federal agency in the US Department of Agriculture that kills vast numbers of wild animals each year, primarily for the benefit of private farmers and ranchers.

In 2018, Wildlife Services reported that its agents had dispatched more than 1.5 million native animals, from beavers to black bears, wolves, ducks and owls. Roughly 6,500 of them were killed by M-44s.

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On Tuesday, after completing the first phase of a routine review, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would allow sodium cyanide’s continued use in M-44s across the country on an interim basis.

Yet the traps are facing increasing opposition, and have, in the past, led to the inadvertent deaths of endangered species and domestic pets and caused harm to humans.

 

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In 2017, a teenage boy named Canyon Mansfield was hiking with his dog in the woods behind his family’s home in Pocatello, Idaho when Mansfield’s dog triggered a cyanide trap that sprayed a plume of poison dust into the air. The dog died on the spot and Mansfield was rushed to the hospital, where he ultimately recovered. His parents are suing Wildlife Services over the poisoning.

Read more about it here:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/04/wildlife-watch-wildlife-services-cyanide-idaho-predator-control/

Mansfield’s case made national headlines and has fueled opposition to M-44s. In May, in response to advocacy by environmental groups, Oregon’s governor Kate Brown signed a ban on the use of the traps in the state. In 2017, Wildlife Services agreed to temporarily halt the use of M-44s in Colorado after environmental groups sued. The agency also stopped using them in Idaho after the Mansfield case came to light.

In the months before the EPA announced the reauthorization, conservation groups and members of the public flooded the agency with comments calling for a complete national ban on the predator-killing poison. According to an analysis provided by the Center for Biological Diversity, which is a leading opponent of M-44s, 99.9% of all comments received by the EPA opposed the reauthorization of sodium cyanide for predator control purposes.

Although the agency took a different view, it did impose new restrictions on the use of M-44s. Among other things, the agency will now prohibit government officials from placing M-44s within 100 feet of public roads or trails. The agency’s reauthorization decision is only an interim one and a final decision on the matter is expected to come down after 2021.

Brooks Fahy, the executive director of the environmental group Predator Defense and a leading opponent of M-44s, denounced the EPA’s decision.

It is a “complete disaster”, he said. “[The EPA] ignored the facts and they ignored cases that, without a doubt, demonstrate that there is no way M-44s can be used safely.”

In response to the Guardian’s request for comment, the EPA referenced the documentation of the decision on its website.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/08/trump-authorizes-cyanide-bombs-wildlife-services?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

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Romania: Exporting Over 100,000 Sheep to Iran Per Month ? – After ‘Al Shuwaikh’; We Are Interested in the Current Situation.

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As regular visitors to this site will know, we have been tracking the export of live Romanian sheep to the Middle East in recent weeks.

You can see all our articles on this, along with other live export posts at:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/category/live-transport/

 

In February – Romania will once again be able to export sheep and sheep meat to Iran, according to an announcement made by the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR).

Following the opening of this market, the Ministry declared that Romania will export nearly 800,000 sheep in the first six months.

The export market for (Romanian) sheep with the Republic of Iran has been opened due to the diplomatic efforts and the Government of Romania. In January 2019 the export certificate model was agreed between the National Veterinary Sanitary Authority and Food Safety in Romania (ANSVSA) and the Veterinary Organization of Iran, due to the ban on live sheep and goat exports to Iran being suspended.

To get things started, on 4/2/19 a shipment of 20 tonnes of sheep meat from Romania reached Iran. The (Romanian) export company, Agricola International, from Bacau, Romania, is in talks to send an estimated 1,000 tonnes on a monthly basis to Iran. Agricola International Bacau has unveiled plans to invest €9 million to upgrade its facilities and expand its output capacity by up to 30 per cent.

The Romanian Ministry is said to welcome this success. A very high demand in Iran of sheep and sheep meat in live is ever increasing, in a field where Romania has ample possibilities.

 

WAV Comment:

As an organisation which campaigns against all live animal exports; and which has recently reported in the issue of 70,000 live Romanian sheep being exported to the Middle East in temperatures up to 46 degrees; we have vey strong concerns for the welfare of any livestock being exported from Romania to Iran, especially as the Romanian Ministry declared that almost 800,000 sheep would be exported in the first 6 months. We are currently unaware of what percentage has been exported as ‘dead’ meat, and what amount has been exported live.

Note the statement above says ‘sheep and sheep meat’ – so it can only be assumed that live animal shipments have taken place.

As Romania is a Member State of the EU, when the EU politicians return from their Summer holidays in the fall, we will be writing to them and asking more about this and trying to obtain more facts. To date, EU Commissioner requests about ensuring animal welfare have been ignored by the Romanian authorities; and the EU does not appear to be very quick in taking any action against them regarding this ignorance.

So; what is the situation for any sheep exported live from Romania to Iran ? – are we going to hear just more meaningless words from the EU that are just ignored by member states; or are we actually going to see the EU do something about it all ?

 

Regards Mark.

 

Further reading:

 

http://www.msn.com/en-xl/europe/top-stories/romania-irks-eu-over-controversial-export-of-70000-live-sheep-to-persian-gulf/ar-AAETHKz?li=BBKxOeh&ocid=spartandhp&fbclid=IwAR21lR-Kkt8YCDpv_fjAQwgWtoJp1zdblPZfOQuj_FOPOewobaiBmjFFmeI

 

Vessel from Romania carrying 13,000 heads of sheep denied entry after 40% found dead

By Hana Namrouqa – Jun 03,2015

AMMAN — The Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday sent back a vessel carrying 13,000 heads of sheep from Romania, after 40 per cent of the animals were found dead, according to an official:

http://www.jordantimes.com/news/local/vessel-romania-carrying-13000-heads-sheep-denied-entry-after-40-found-dead

https://en.mehrnews.com/photo/142482/Iran-imports-sheep-from-Romania

 

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2019/Aug-08/489267-shipping-sheep-romania-defies-eu-before-eid-al-adha.ashx

 

Italy: Right populists approve the bird catch!

 

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Committee against the bird murder e.V.
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Italy is making a dramatic turnaround in bird conservation: the Lombardy regional government – led by the right populist Lega, which also ruled in Rome – has announced that it will allow bird trapping in the fall with nets.

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A total of 12,700 blackbirds, red, singing and juniper chokes with miles of nets are to be caught in 24 major catching facilities!
The animals are to be used as live decoys in songbird hunting.

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In the EU, bird catching has actually been completely banned since 1979, in Italy it was restricted in 1992, but finally abolished in 2014 at the instigation of the Committee against the Birds Murder and its Italian partner associations.

With renewed approval, the Lega makes one of its campaign promises to brainless hunters true and undermines efforts for sustainable bird conservation in Europe. The committee is already in contact with the EU Commission and is preparing a major complaint – Brussels is the only body that can put a stop to the plans of Lombardy.

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My comment: We wish the Committee against Bird murder good luck in the negotiations with the EU Commissioners.

Yes! It is true that Brussels is the only body that can abolish this crime.
This, and some others, such as animal transports to third countries, animal transports taking place at temperatures above 35 degrees, and above all, animal transports taking place over 8 hours in EU.

For the last, 1,270,000 people had signed by March 2012, and with the support of 395 EU parliamentarians, the campaign thus achieved more than the required majority. In a resolution in December 2012, the European Parliament called on the Commission to implement the eight-hour limit.
However, EU-Commissioners decided that a maximum transport time of eight hours alone would not be enough to improve animal welfare.
Thus, the way is blocked for a change in the law of EU transport to 8 hours.

And on the highways and ships by the sea, blood still flows from the trucks that carry thousands of animals for days.
So much for Brussels, EU Commissioners and other political plagues!

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Harvard Law School Debuts Program That Trains Students to Fight For Animal Rights.

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Harvard Law School Debuts Program That Trains Students to Fight For Animal Rights

Led by animal-rights experts, the ivy league’s new Animal Law & Policy Clinic will focus on issues affecting farmed animals, wildlife, and animals in captivity with the aim of creating lasting legal change for all life forms.

Source – https://vegnews.com/2019/8/harvard-law-school-debuts-program-that-trains-students-to-fight-for-animal-rights

 

This week, Harvard Law School (HLS) announced the launch of a new program that will train its students to advocate for animals.

The Animal Law & Policy Clinic will be part of HLS’ Animal Law & Policy Program (ALPP) and will focus on issues affecting farmed and captive animals, wildlife, climate-change related topics, worker exploitation in animal agriculture, and other topics with the goal of creating future leaders in the animal protection movement.

“The Animal Law & Policy Clinic at HLS will train and prepare our graduates to embark on careers in the animal protection field, produce impactful litigation and policy analysis to benefit the animal protection movement, and provide an internationally renowned platform for educating the broader public about the many pressing issues involving animal law and policy,” ALPP Faculty Director Professor Kristen Stilt said.

The new clinic will be led by Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor Katherine Meyer (who founded leading animal-protection law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks 26 years ago) and Clinical Instructor Nicole Negowetti (a nationally recognized food systems policy expert). “I am honored to help launch the Animal Law & Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School,” Negowetti said. “The clinic will provide outstanding training for a new generation of advocates as we identify and pursue high-impact legal strategies to achieve a resilient, healthy, and just food system—for the benefit of human and non-human animals alike.” The clinic will give students a hands-on experience in litigation, legislation, administrative practice, and policymaking, both in the United States and internationally. “Animal law is a vitally important and rapidly growing field,” HLS Dean John F. Manning said. “Our new Animal Law & Policy Clinic will give students real-world experience in this burgeoning field, build on Harvard Law School’s long tradition of innovative pedagogy, and prepare future graduates to address significant societal challenges.”

HLS is one of 167 law schools in the US that now offer an animal-law course—an increase from just nine schools that offered such courses in 2000. 

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Italy: Life and Death on an Italian Pig Farm. An Investigation by ‘Animal Equality’.

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WAV Comment – we fully support Animal Equality Italy that has reported its findings (shown in the following video) to the Italian authorities and is calling for the farm to be shut down with immediate effect.  Yes, close it down now !

 

 

Trapped inside a filthy cage on an Italian pig farm, Rose lives in utter misery.

She is desperate to be able to comfort her babies. She longs to feel sunlight on her back and soil underneath her feet, but the meat industry denies Rose all of her natural needs.

It’s not just Rose who’s suffering. It’s a similar story for the 300,000 mother pigs on UK farms who are also kept in tiny cages for weeks on end.

Our investigative work has once again exposed what’s really happening inside factory farms, destroying the idyllic image often portrayed by the meat industry.

We urgently need your support to continue to reveal the abuses animals suffer at the hands of this cruel industry – please consider giving today to help us build a better world for animals.

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Italian Pig Farm

Animal Equality Italy, in collaboration with media outlet Tg2, has exposed deplorable conditions inside a pig farm in the Italian region of Lombardy. Our investigators found thousands of pigs living in filthy sheds, with discarded dead bodies left to decompose.

Our investigators visited the farm multiple times between February and April 2019. Despite Italy’s animal welfare laws, we found distressing cruelty taking place, including:

  • Dead bodies of piglets abandoned in the corridors
  • Piles of decomposing bodies
  • Pigs forced into tiny cages, causing wounds which had become infected
  • Animals forced to live in overcrowded conditions
  • Feeders full of faeces
  • Infestations of cockroaches, mice and worms

More than 8 million pigs are bred every year in intensive factory farms in Italy, with almost 4 million in Lombardy alone. Of those, more than 500,000 female pigs are forced to spend weeks at a time between the bars of cages without the ability to move or look after their babies. The UK imports pig meat products from many EU countries, including Italy, to be sold here.

Animal Equality Italy has reported its findings to the authorities and is calling for the farm to be shut down with immediate effect.

Once again our investigative work has exposed the extreme suffering taking place inside factory farms, destroying the idyllic image often portrayed by the meat industry. We need your support to continue to reveal these abuses – please consider donating today to impact the lives of millions of animals.