Germany – your “hunting and dog” – shame!

After the corona-related cancellation of Europe’s largest hunting fair “Jagd & Hund” (“Hunting & Dog”), the organizers want to allow numerous providers of trophy hunting trips in Dortmund’s Westphalia Halls again at the beginning of 2022.

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The shooting of rare animal species such as lions, elephants, rhinos and polar bears as part of complete travel packages is now a regular part of the offer for wealthy people from hobby hunters.

Five animal-friendly celebrities in Germany now want to stop the sellout of nature and are turning to Dortmund’s Lord Mayor Thomas Westphal and the parliamentary groups in the city council to ban offers for trophy hunting trips in the city’s exhibition halls.

There are shocking offers at the Dortmund “Jagd und Hund” fair.

“The motivation of the trophy hunters alone – the desire to kill animals that are as rare as possible – as well as the purely economic interests of the providers should lead to such offers being excluded. But even the ‘arguments’ for trophy hunting put forward by the hunting lobby do not stand up to scientific scrutiny. The claim that trophy hunts are beneficial to the protection of species are completely absurd ”, it says in the letter of the celebrities.

30 01 2018 Dortmund “hunting and dog” fair- Dortmund visitors sit behind a prepared Cheetah and drink beer

Background information

As early as 2020, PETA and other organizations turned to Dortmund politicians.
But the CDU (Christian Democratic Party) and SPD (Social Democratic Party) do not want to ban offers for trophy hunting trips in the exhibition halls.

At the “Hunting & Dog” fair, over 150 exhibitors offer trophy hunting trips abroad every year.
The hunt for endangered and protected species is advertised at the exhibition stands via price lists, special offers, hunting videos and photos of killed animals.
The city of Dortmund, as the sole shareholder of the Westphalia Halls, would have the decision-making authority to implement the demand for a ban on hunting trips.

In Africa alone, more than 18,000 people from different countries hunt big game each year, killing more than 100,000 wild animals.

Germany is the world’s third largest importer of hunting trophies of internationally protected species: In 2020 alone, “trophies” of 543 rare animals were imported, including body parts of elephants, lions, rhinos, polar bears and monkeys.

Because trophy hunting cannot be justified under animal and species protection law, some countries have already issued import bans: France was the first EU country to stop the import of lion trophies in 2015.
In 2016, the Netherlands issued an import ban on trophies for all protected animal species.
Tour operators and hunting tourists claim that trophy hunting is a contribution to species protection – this is absurd and does not stand up to scientific examination.

https://wildbeimwild.com/kunterbunt/ausverkauf-der-natur-stoppen/45785/2021/06/16/

And I mean...Every year in Dortmund: The “Hunting and Dog” fair in the Westfallen Hallen Dortmund!
Terrible what you can book here!

Travel is offered here. However, these are not beach holidays to relax – but safaris in Africa, where you can kill animals in the wild. With the so-called trophy trips, the customer pays extra to be able to shoot animals.

On offer: antelopes, giraffes and zebras, even lions and leopards. The price depends on size and rarity.
The hunting price for a giraffe is 1950 euros, while killing a male lion costs 19,500 euros.
The more threatened an animal, the higher the price.

In Africa, for example, there are only fewer than 20,000 lions left, the populations have almost halved in the last 20 years – nevertheless hundreds of lions are killed by hunters every year.

Every year individuals of endangered and protected species such as various deep sea birds and songbirds, polar bears, rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, monkeys, brown bears and wolves are offered for shooting – completely legally.

In South Africa it is still allowed to breed lions and other animals, to raise them by hand and to have the adult animals shot down in fenced enclosures by trophy hunters (so-called “canned hunting”)
A hunting license is usually not required for the trips offered, it is said.

It is alarming that Germany, together with Spain, is the largest importer of hunting trophies of threatened species after the USA, even though the majority of the population rejects trophy hunting for threatened species.

Germany: the colonial times are over, finally stop supporting this killer tourism 

My best regrads to all, Venus

Israel: “regarding its ethics towards animals, any praise is completely misplaced”-ALF

Middle East Monitor.com

An article by Zarefah Baroud

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) praised Israel last week for being the first country to ban the sale of animal furs.
Such legislation is worthy of praise, of course, but in the case of Israel any praise, especially regarding its ethics towards animals, is completely misplaced.

Throughout the country’s short history, Israel has repeatedly exposed its worrying position on environmental justice with its state-protected environmental terrorism and deliberate military attacks on animals.
The military offensive against the Gaza Strip in 2008-2009, for example, killed hundreds of Palestinians, as well as many animals, particularly those sheltered at the Gaza Zoo.

“This camel was pregnant, a missile went into her back,” Gaza zookeeper Emad Jameel Qasim told Gulf News at the time.
“Look, look at her face. She was in pain when she died.”

According to Qasim, when Israeli soldiers entered the zoo, they made their way to the lion enclosures and shot the animals at point-blank range. Monkeys nearby tried to flee.
Some were shot inside their enclosures, while others attempted to hide in clay pots and adjacent offices, only to be hunted down and killed in the most brutal of ways at the hands of the “world’s most moral army”.

Many of the animals that weren’t killed by Israeli bullets starved to death because the people taking care of them were trapped in their own homes due to the Israeli bombardment.

Stuffed animals, that died during the 2014 war, REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTS9NNW

Rather than a condemnation of Israel’s attacks on all living beings in Gaza, less than a month later PETA took it upon itself to come up with a solution to the so-called “Israeli-Palestinian conflict”.
The campaign group appealed to the Israeli Defence Ministry to install a “ pro-vegetarian mural” on both sides of Israel’s apartheid wall and barriers in the West Bank and Gaza adorned with the phrases “Give Peas a Chance” and “ Nonviolence Begins on Your Plate: Go Vegetarian”.

PETA has made it perfectly clear through statements such as these that, like the lives of the people of Palestine, the lives of Palestinian animals are not worthy of mention.

Unfortunately, 2008/9 was not the only time that Israel has attacked Gaza Zoo.

In 2014, during the occupation state’s so-called “Operation Protective Edge”, Israeli forces bombarded the zoo again, killing more than 80 animals.
A number of the zoo’s lions had to be taken elsewhere to recover from the trauma they suffered, a privilege that no Palestinian human beings are afforded.

During that same assault on the Gaza Strip, Palestinian farmers were devastated by the bombing of their agricultural land and livestock. Ali Alommor, a Palestinian farmer in Gaza explained to Middle East Eye that his donkeys were vital for his livelihood and that of his family.

However, the Israeli offensive left his donkeys “riddled with bullets” and one looking like it had been run over by a tracked vehicle, such as a tank or armoured bulldozer, as it tried to flee.
Another farmer, Sami Abu Hadaeid, had to flee from the bombing, leaving his beloved sheep behind. All 30 of the animals were killed before he could return.


They were either shot and decapitated by soldiers or were crushed underneath the rubble of their shelters. Israeli tanks also killed more than 500 cows that supplied many Palestinians with milk, supporting the livelihoods of sixty families.

Similarly, in 2017 an Israeli F-16 aircraft fired a missile at a chicken farm in Gaza.
The roofs of the enclosures collapsed, killing hundreds of the birds.

OPINION: Critics of conditions in Gaza Zoo expose the value placed on Palestinian lives

Israel’s lack of humanity and concern for Palestinian life has always been extended to include the local environment, livestock, and crops. Whether that be the state-protected illegal settler arson attacks on Palestinian olive groves, toxic waste dumping in the West Bank, or the destruction of Gaza’s water treatment infrastructure leading to the dangerous pollution of the Mediterranean Sea, the Israeli regime has remained consistent in its positions towards Palestine’s people, animals, and wildlife habitats.

At the very least, it is irresponsible for PETA to applaud any action by the Israeli government, considering Israel’s brutal legacy of violence towards Palestine’s environment and the animals it sustains.

The activists within the organisation would be better off campaigning for animal rights in the territory occupied and controlled by the colonial state.
Anything less diminishes their credibility.

https://animalliberationpressoffice.org/NAALPO/2021/06/15/dear-peta-israels-animal-rights-record-leaves-a-lot-to-be-desired/

And I mean … We were the first and to this day we remain the only ones in the animal rights scene who did not cheer the news about the abolition of fur sales in Israel.
We had our reasons and we have set them out in this article.
https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2021/06/11/israel-bans-the-sale-of-fur-not-a-novelty-but-white-washing/
We are very happy that in the meantime a group of animal rights activists is of the same opinion as ours and that they have written very pragmatically and realistically.
We show our solidarity with this article.

My best regards to all, Venus

UK – Keeping Elephants in Zoos or Safari Parks will be BANNED over claims that they suffer from Mental Illness in Captivity – Existing Animals Left To Die Naturally, But No New Ones !

WAV Comment – Now with new and younger people with different views in (UK) Parliament, it is time that things change, and that is exactly what is happening; much to the benefit of animals and their welfare.

UK elephants currently in zoos and safari parks will be allowed to die out naturally; but they will never be replaced by new and younger animals.  As one political source says; you should focus on elephant protection in the area where the elephant is.”

Regards Mark

UK – Keeping elephants in zoos or safari parks will be BANNED over claims that they suffer from mental illness in captivity

Legislation will prohibit keeping elephants in zoos as well as importation 

The existing population will also be allowed to die out naturally under new rules

Move by environment minister Zac Goldsmith is likely to delight Carrie Symonds

Keeping elephants in zoos or safari parks is to be banned, the Daily Mail can reveal today.

Legislation will prohibit importation of any new animals and the existing population will be allowed to die out naturally.

The move by environment minister Zac Goldsmith is likely to delight Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie, who is a champion of elephant welfare

Campaigners have long warned that the highly intelligent animals suffer from mental illness in zoos.

They are also plagued in captivity by illnesses, including crippling arthritis, and live on average for just 17 years according to the RSPCA. This compares with more than 50 years in the wild. The legislation will bring to an end more than seven centuries of elephants being kept in captivity in Britain.

Elephant Campaigners – Carrie Johnson, Wife of Prime Minister Boris, and Zac Goldsmith, Environment Minister.

Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith is said to have introduced legislation to support future populations of animals raised in the United Kingdom for the seventh century.

The first elephant arrived in England in 1255 under Henry III as a gift from King Louis of France.

Currently, there are 51 elephants in 11 zoos across the UK. This includes Warburn, Whip Snade, Colchester and Chester.

However, since January 2020, it has been illegal for circuses to keep elephants for entertainment.

According to RSPCA, elephants suffer from illness in captivity and live on average only 17 years compared to their wild siblings who live up to the age of 50.

And their welfare report is set to form a debate against their breeding in the zoo-it will be announced later this year as part of the breeding animal bill.

One senior source told:

“It’s very likely that you can’t make an elephant happy in a zoo. Instead, you should focus on elephant protection in the area where the elephant is.”

Mark Jones of Charity Born Free said: “There are many species that do not belong to the zoo. Elephants are one of them.

“It should be phased out and the needs of these very widespread, highly complex social animals cannot be met in a captive environment.”

“It’s not appropriate to keep elephants in the zoo,” said Conservative Chairman Lorraine Pratt.

“They need to have a lot of space to walk around, and they also have a close family group.”

EU: Tuesday 22/6/21 Will See the 9th Meeting of the EU Animal Welfare Platform – Hopefully With Positive News for Animal Welfare.

From Mark, WAV.

Tuesday 22/6/21 will see the 9th meeting of the EU Animal Welfare Platform

The EU Presidency is urrently held by Portugal for the period 1 January 2021 – 30 June 2021.

In case you are not aware, the EU Presidency is held for a 6 month period by each of the EU member states in turn.  It is known as a ‘Rotating’ Presidency, giving each member state a period to set out agendas.  When Portugal completes its time, the Presidency will be taken over by Slovenia.  You can view all past and future presidencies via this link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_the_Council_of_the_European_Union

Hopefully there will be some positive news and information; relating to long distance animal transport and also the the ‘End the Cage Age’ relating to the ban on intensive animal farm systems throughout Europe.  Other issues discussed will include equine (horse) welfare and the alternative methods to pig surgical castration, and welfare issues associated with dairy cattle.

I think that with the excellent news relating to the ending of intensive cage systems for farm animals –

EU: Parliament Votes To Make Cages for All Farmed Animals Illegal Across the European Union by 2027. Major, Major Victory for the EU Citizen ! – World Animals Voice

The citizen of Europe is finally being listened to.  Politicians know they have to meet the EU citizens demands or face being un elected whenever the next chance arises.  So now we see positiveaction on intensive cages; as demanded by EU citizens.  Hopefully there will be positive progress on animal transport to third countries; but we will have to wait and see what news the meeting brings.

All the more reason to add your name to petitions and letters when you have the chance.  It may not seem much at the time; but these are very effective ways to make your feelings know; so plese take part.

Rergards Mark

9th Meeting Overview:

The 9th meeting of the Animal Welfare Platform will open with a message from Health and Food Safety Commissioner, Stella Kyriakides, who will give an update on the progress of the ongoing European Commission’s actions under the Farm to Fork Strategy.

Agenda – View the Agenda details via the following:

aw_platform_20210622_agenda_0.pdf (europa.eu)

The agenda of the meeting includes presentations by the Commission of the outcomes of the evaluation of the EU Strategy for Protection and Welfare of Animals (2012-2015), the preliminary results of the Fitness Check of the EU animal welfare legislation and the conclusions of the sub-group on animal welfare labelling. In addition, the third EU Reference Centre for the welfare of ruminants and equines, which was recently designated, as well as the Code of Conduct for responsible business and marketing in relation to animal welfare, will be presented.

MEP Paolo de Castro will introduce the main elements of the recently adopted European Parliament Resolution on the ECI “End the Cage Age”. Furthermore, the Portuguese Presidency will present updates on their work on long distance transport to third countries.

The two first sessions of the meeting will be conducted as part of the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 Dialogues to underline the key role that animal welfare plays in the sustainability of food systems. The Platform will have an opportunity to contribute to these dialogues, which are part of the preparations for the Summit in September.

The one-day meeting will be web-streamed (from 09:30 CET).

More information:

England: 21/6/21 – More Vegan Bites.

21/6/21 – More Vegan Bites

Leading Vegan Chocolate Brand Outlines ‘Extremely Difficult’ Journey Since Launching In Parents’ Garage

LoveRaw Outlines ‘Extremely Difficult’ Journey Since Launching In Garage (plantbasednews.org)

11 Vegan School Lunch Ideas

Looking for vegan school lunch ideas that are kid-friendly and easy to make? You’re in luck! These vegan recipes are easy to pack for lunch, whether it’s for the kiddos, for teenagers, for college students, or the adults who need a grab n’ go lunch for work. These recipes are allergen friendly and include plant-based, whole-food ingredients.

11 Vegan School Lunch Ideas for Kids (Adults Love Them Too!) (dreenaburton.com)

HOW TO MAKE SEITAN – SIMPLE RECIPE

How to Make Seitan – Simple Recipe | Sarahs Vegan Guide

Can veganism be a solution to food-related illnesses, allergies and intolerances?

Can veganism be a solution to food-related illnesses, allergies and intolerances? (theveganreview.com)

6 Best Fruits and Vegetables for Eye Health And Eyesight

6 Best Fruits and Vegetables for Eye Health And Eyesight (vegandietsociety.com) 

ICONIC CHICAGO VEGAN RESTAURANT REBRANDS, REMODELS, AND REOPENS POST-PANDEMIC

Longstanding vegan Chicago neighborhood restaurant Soul Veg City hosts a grand re-opening with an expanded menu on Juneteenth

Iconic Chicago Vegan Restaurant Rebrands, Remodels, and Reopens Post-Pandemic | VegNews

Jeff Bezos-Backed Plant-Based Milk Brand Targets Record $1 Billion Valuation

The plant-based business sector is certainly making money – with giants such as Oatly and Impossible Foods boasting multi-billion valuations

Jeff Bezos-Backed Plant-Based Milk Brand Targets $1 Billion Valuation (plantbasednews.org)

6 incredible facts that will change the way you think about lobsters

Beneath that hard shell there is a soft and sensitive side to lobsters that reveals we have much more in common with these ocean dwelling creatures than you might think! Read on to discover what scientists are learning about the lives of lobsters — and why they need our protection.

6 incredible facts that will change the way you think about lobsters | Animals Australia

VEGAN ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches – Gretchen’s Vegan Bakery (gretchensveganbakery.com)

EASY 3 Bean Salad

This is one healthy three bean salad recipe that you don’t want to pass up! Perfect for summer picnics and potlucks, this classic vegan salad has been revamped with chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans, and fresh apples to add a flair of sweetness.

Easy & Healthy Three Bean Salad Recipe (vegan, oil-free, gluten-free) (dreenaburton.com)

See also – England: Veggie and Vegan Places In England, Uk, Europe From ‘Happy Cow’. – World Animals Voice

HELP US BUILD BIDELIAS BARN! – World Animals Voice

Get Yummy !

Regards Mark

UK: UK Politicians Urge Inclusion of Octopuses and Lobsters in Sentience Bill, Giving Them Protections.

Octopus


UK Politicians Urge Inclusion of Octopuses and Lobsters in Sentience Bill

UK Politicians Urge Inclusion of Octopuses and Lobsters in Sentience Bill – One Green Planet

A group of conservative politicians in the UK is pushing for the inclusion of lobster and octopuses in a new animal sentience billThe Guardian reported. The influential Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation (CAWF) is meeting with the government to push for the sentience of invertebrates.

As it stands now, the bill recognizes that fish and other vertebrates feel pain, but does not include invertebrates. MPs in the CAWF believe they should be included. A report from CAWF found that fishing operations in the UK land 420 million cephalopods and crustaceans annually.

“Common arguments against crustacean and cephalopod sentience focus on distinctions between these animals’ anatomy and human anatomy (such as that they process information outside the brain, eg in ganglions). However, this anthropocentric view fails to capture what it means for an animal to be sentient. Crustaceans and cephalopods undoubtedly experience the world in extremely different ways to ourselves.

What matters, though, is whether that experience entails conscious experience of pleasure and pain. We believe that the evidence is sufficient to show that these animals do experience pleasure and pain,” the report said.

The report points to scientific studies to back up their proclamations as well as the backing of multiple scientists.

Lorraine Platt, founder of CAWF said in The Guardian, “All but a very small minority of scientists agree these are sentient animals capable of pain and suffering. It’s very important they are kept in the animal sentience bill. My Octopus Teacher is a very moving film about a female octopus, about how clever she is, how she can avoid predators, sharks, on a daily basis. If I feel this way I am sure many others feel the same way.”

Sign this petition to tell the European Union to pass laws declaring that all animals are “sentient beings” with rights to legal protection!

Classify Animals as “Sentient Beings” With Legal Protection in the EU

petition: Animals feel pain, pleasure, happiness, and fear – tell the EU to recognize animals as “sentient beings”! (thepetitionsite.com)

Regards Mark

China: 21/6/21 – Yulin Starts Today.

21/6/21 – Today is the start of Yulin.

Read and see much more here:  China: Yulin Dog Meat Festival 2021 Will Take Place Between 21 – 30 June (06) 2021. – World Animals Voice

Please think about the suffering that wil go on in this event; and the suffering and abuses of all sentient beings worldwide who will be murdered in the slaughterhouse today.

Regards Mark

In Memorie of Regan Russel

Animal rights pioneer Regan Russell, 65, was violently struck and killed by a pig transport truck in front of Sofina’s Fearmans slaughterhouse in Burlington, Ontario on Friday, June 19, 2020.

She regularly attended pig vigils and on this day was at a Toronto Pig Save vigil with other activists giving pigs water on one of the hottest days of the year.
Without warning, the driver of the lorry revved his engine and knocked Regan to the ground, cutting her body in half as she was dragged 30 meters.

It was murder!

Her legacy of love and compassion lives on. Up to her very last breath, she tried to expose the injustices that animals endure at our hands, and her story should be heard around the world.

May you rest in power!
You won’t be forgotten.

Venus and Mark

Madrid-Vivotecnia: corrupt politicians feed lab criminals

The Community of Madrid lifts the suspension of the activity in Vivotecnia and allows it to continue experimenting!

The Community of Madrid has lifted the precautionary suspension of the experimentation activity in Vivotecnia since June 1.
From PACMA, FAADA, AnimaNaturalis and SOS 112 Vagabundos we will continue with the judicial process against the laboratory, with the aim of safeguarding the animals.

(English version)

The defendants against the Vivotecnia laboratory denounce that the Community of Madrid has lifted the precautionary suspension of the experimentation activity since June 1, which is why the experiments with animals continue.

The aforementioned organizations denounced the laboratory as a result of a video published by Cruelty Free International last April, in which cruel practices and an absolute lack of respect for the life and integrity of the animals victims of experimentation were observed in the facilities of the laboratory in Tres Cantos.

La Fiscalía investiga el supuesto delito de maltrato animal en el laboratorio Vivotecnia

Thus, the Community of Madrid deliberately lied when it announced, in April, that it would proceed to remove the animals from the laboratory.
Not only does it not keep its word, but it has not even waited for responsibilities to be settled in the courts, but is now allowing the laboratory to resume normal activity.

Continue reading “Madrid-Vivotecnia: corrupt politicians feed lab criminals”

Germany: Huge Queues Gather After Burger King Store Hosts ‘Plant-Based’ Takeover.

WAV Comment: Now that is really cool news – who would have ever thought ? – the burger giant now seeing the future as palnt based. Well done Cologne !

Huge Queues Gather After Burger King Store Hosts 'Plant-Based' Takeover
A store in Cologne served meat-free burgers and plant-based nuggets from June 7-11 Credit: Burger King DE

Huge Queues Gather After Burger King Store Hosts ‘Plant-Based’ Takeover

In what has been described as a ‘world’s first’, one Burger King outlet ditched meat from its menu for a limited-time…

A Burger King store witnessed huge queues gathering outside after it hosted a plant-based takeover.*

One of the fast-food chain’s outlets in Cologne, Germany, ditched meat from June 7-11.

Burger King’s ‘plant-based’ takeover

In what has been described as a ‘world’s first’ – the store sold exclusively meat-free versions of its whopper and Chicken Royale burgers, as well as plant-based nuggets.

All vegan meat served was created by The Vegetarian Butcher – a Unilever-owned brand that partnered with Burger King last year.Pictures from social media show the restaurant’s exterior undergo a green makeover. Posters stating: ‘100 percent taste, 0 percent meat’ were displayed outside and inside the store.

‘The burgers were delicious’

“I was there today. It was really busy, people were standing outside,” one social media user wrote on Facebook.

“The burgers were delicious and tasted like the original. Thanks also to the great staff, who kept a clear head despite this rush and did a great job.”

Commenting on the success of the pop-up, Burger king Deutschland said: “Thank you cologne!  “Thanks to the many, many enthusiastic guests. And especially thanks to our super team from the Plant-based Burger King Restaurant.

“For the past five days, you’ve been plant-based whopper and co. [You’ve] Made a lot of guests happy! Big shout out to all of you. You are simply plant-astic!”

*While all meat served during the meat-free takeover was vegan. Some items contained cheese and mayonnaise.

Huge Queues As Burger King Hosts Plant-Based Store | Plant Based News

Hopefully the start of a change worldwide;

Regards Mark

South Africa: Rhino Poaching Suspect ‘Mr Big’ Killed in a Hit.

Alleged Rrhino poaching kingpin, Sydney Petros Mabuza was gun down in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, on Thursday afternoon.

Rhino poaching suspect ‘Mr Big’ killed in a hit

https://www.news24.com/citypress/news/rhino-poaching-suspect-mr-big-killed-in-a-hit-20210618

Before dying under a hail of bullets on Thursday, so-called Mpumalanga rhino poaching kingpin Petros “Mr Big” Mabuza (57) instilled fear wherever he went.

Mabuza lived a very adventurous and risky life as an alleged rhino poacher. He made a lot of cash, allegedly had police officers on his payroll and was not shy to splash his loot on what others may call hedonism. Most people called him by his clan name, Mshengu, as a sign of reverence.

According to Jamie Joseph, the director of Saving the Wild, who has been working closely with police to get Mabuza arrested and convicted for rhino poaching, the man from Hazyview lived a lavish lifestyle. “He has been throwing illegal parties which, according to someone in regular attendance, included naked women dancing on the tables, class A drugs on the bar dished out like canapés and armed guards at the entrance,” Joseph said.

The loaded man he was, Mabuza allegedly owned houses – from Hazyview, White River and Mbombela.

Mpumalanga police are on the trail of Mabuza’s killers.

Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, the provincial police spokesperson, said Mabuza was sitting in his double-cab Ford Ranger on Thursday in Hazyview when three armed men in a black VW Polo opened fire on him in broad daylight, before fleeing.

“He was rushed to hospital where he later succumbed to the gunshot injuries. During the shooting, an elderly woman passerby, also became a victim as she too was shot on her lower body but she is recuperating in hospital,” Hlathi said.

The motive for Mabuza’s killing was still unknown, Hlathi said. According to those who knew “Mr Big”, it will not be easy to pinpoint why he was a marked man because he had “multitudes of enemies” as he had interest in various “businesses”.

Beside his alleged involvement in the lucrative illicit rhino horn trade, he was also rumoured to be commanding and sponsoring cash-in-transit heists.

He was a bully at the rank and his profile is really, really bad

Local resident

“Another thing, he was a loan shark who confiscated people’s houses and cars. Even in the taxi business, he was a bully at the rank and his profile is really, really bad,” said a local resident.

The person said Mabuza started from “rock bottom, playing dice”, before he ventured into more illegal and serious businesses.

He was facing two rhino poaching charges in the Mpumalanga High Court. In one case he was out on R250 000 bail, He was charged alongside two accomplices. In another case he was out on R90 000 bail. He was arrested with five accomplices. Mabuza was first arrested in 2018.

Saving the Wild’s Joseph said had Mabuza lived long enough, he would not have been convicted because the courts in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, where his operation had extended, were “captured”.

“A successful conviction with a strong sentence would have sent a powerful message to other rhino poaching traffickers that government is serious about cracking down on wildlife crime – but they are not,” she said.

“Mabuza was a ruthless killer and stole the lives of many humans and rhino. And he got away with it for so long because of his political allies. We’re down to the last of the rhino and President Cyril Ramaphosa has never acknowledged the crisis,” she added.

Joseph was allegedly threatened by Mabuza and his henchmen during one of his court appearances.

Lieutenant Colonel Leroy Bruwer, of Mpumalanga Hawks, who was investigating rhino poaching cases, was assassinated on March 17 2020. The criminals waylaid him as he drove to work from his home in Sabie to Mbombela.

He was killed after he had testified in one of rhino poaching court cases.


Mr Big’s Ford Ranger found riddled with 17 bullet holes

Rhino poaching kingpin gunned down in Hazyview

https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-06-17-rhino-poaching-kingpin-gunned-down-in-hazyview/

Alleged rhino poaching kingpin Sydney Petros Mabuza was gunned down in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, on Thursday afternoon.

His car, a Ford Ranger, was found riddled with 17 bullet holes. 

Mabuza, who was known as Mshengu and Mr Big in the community, was facing a number of charges, including rhino poaching and murder.

He was out on R200,000 bail for rhino poaching following his arrest in eMalahleni in 2019. 

Provincial police spokesperson Brig Leonard Hlathi confirmed that Mabuza was killed.

“We are calling for the community of Hazyview to help us locate the suspects responsible for the fatal shooting, which is clearly a hit. The man was shot in broad daylight in town, in front of people, and we believe people have seen and know the wanted suspects. We call on the public to contact the police anonymously,” said Hlathi. 

In footage that surfaced on social media, the bakkie is seen parked on the side of the road, next to it a black vehicle.

Several people are seen opening the bakkie’s doors as the black car drives off and makes a U-turn.

A number of men also come from the front passenger side and hop into the black vehicle before driving away.

In the footage, one can hear people screaming.

“We do not want to speculate if this was gang related or not but the investigation is going to lead us,” said Hlathi. 

Hawks spokesperson in the Province Cpt Dineo Sekgotodi Said as the hawks dealing with cases of Mabuza they have come to know that he was shot dead on Thursday but that will not hinder their investigation as they have other suspects on the cases.

“We have got the news that one of the suspects in the rhino horn cases have been killed. But as we speak he was facing charges along other accused which means our investigation will not stop. There are other cases we are investigating around that and if his Murder was part of his crew hiding information we will know as the investigation progresses,” Said Sekgotodi.

In the case of the murder charge Mabuza faced, he and another three people allegedly conspired to murder a man who owed him money and then dumped his body in a river in Bushbuckridge. 

Regards Mark

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HELP US BUILD BIDELIAS BARN!

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It’s a few weeks since Bidelia was murdered and her tiny calf, Shriya became an orphan. Bidelia was found with her head and horns trapped under a cattle gate – her neck had been broken. Shriya, who was born blind, was traumatized and alone, trying to suckle from her dead mothers body.

This is Eilin ( Shriya), Bidelias beautiful calf.
She is home with us now so we can care for her round the clock.



We housed the Irish cows in a rented barn close to the Sanctuary as we simply didn’t have enough housing here to accommodate everyone whom we were asked to save from slaughter last Winter. Nothing beats the security and comfort of being at Hugletts Wood. That we have learned, first -hand at the cost of sweet Bidelias life.  Still reeling from the horror of it all, we have decided the safest move for us all is to improve the facilities we have here and bring everyone home, where they can be protected and cared for 24/7, as has been the case since 1995. We need to raise and renew an already massive roof, re-build and re-clad walls and utilize every inch we have available to ensure we have enough shelter for everyone, come Winter.

We urgently need to start work, to get everything finished and ready in time.  We can do the work ourselves, as we usually do but after the most challenging of Winters, where our feed bills trebled and the haulage costs of bringing fodder from the North (as there was nothing available in East Sussex), have wiped us out financially, we simply cannot fund it.

 Your help is needed to cover the cost of the basic materials, which will total £15,500, ( £15,506.90), with discounts applied.

Whatever you can donate will be much appreciated.

Together we can make this happen and ensure the memory of Bidelia lives on in the barn that will bear her name.

While we carry out the work, we plan to house the 20 cows in the other two barns so that they are no longer away from here whilst their usual residents are out grazing. This is only temporary, and we must be finished in time for Winter 2021.

Thank you for your support. It is never taken for granted and very much appreciated.

 

Wenda & Matthew

England: Veggie and Vegan Places In England, Uk, Europe From ‘Happy Cow’.

WAV Comment – If you are here in England and need a bit of Veggie / Vegan food; then check out this fantastic listing from Happy Cow.  In addition, there is also a European lsting with over 58,000 listings – all European nations and a list of places to eat.  We reproduce this from the data on the Happy Cow site – Vegan Restaurants in England (happycow.net)

Just for the record, Rochester in Kent is fairly near to me.  ‘Food Glorious Food’ Vegan Restaurants in Rochester, England (happycow.net)  is the restaurant there.  Rochester was home to author Charles Dickens, hence the name; and Rochester is small but is also a city, complete with cathederal.  It hasw a strking castle which we have enjoyed visiting many times.  I show you a few pictures here.

Rochester has a ‘Dickens Festival’ each year, where folk dress up as Dickensian characters and walk through the high stret of the city – see lots of pictures at:

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=dickens+rochester&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwiJopD0r6TxAhVDyRoKHXnmCfsQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=dickens+rochester&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQAzICCAAyBggAEAUQHjIGCAAQCBAeMgYIABAIEB46BwgAELEDEEM6BAgAEEM6BQgAELEDOggIABCxAxCDAToECAAQHlC0-wdY2r0IYOrCCGgAcAB4AYABTIgBlg-SAQIzMpgBAKABAaoBC2d3cy13aXotaW1nsAEAwAEB&sclient=img&ei=zT3OYMmHC8OSa_nMp9gP&bih=521&biw=1228&hl=en#imgrc=Oc9lJUdjtdKvWM

Here is my bit for Kent tourism ! – music could be better but …………………………

It’s a pretty cool county;

Regards Mark

Love this wonky shop on Rochester’s historic high street. at Food Glorious Food "44" in Rochester
‘Food Glorious Food’ Rochester.
Jacket Spuds In the Oven.

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Austria, Salzburg: cowardly politicians and powerful horse cabs

Report from Association against animal factories, VGT Austria

Slap in the face – Salzburg Fiakers prevent heat-free!

After our years of campaigns and dozens of actions and a great outcry in the population, the Salzburg municipal council passed a heat-free regulation for Salzburg from 30 degrees from summer 2021 in autumn 2020.

Background:
In December 2020, a heat-free rule from 30 degrees was unanimously passed in the Salzburg municipal council.
The value should be measured directly in the city center. The application was introduced by the Salzburg citizens’ list and will come into force in summer 2021.

😮 Now the decision turns out to be a zero number, the mayor refers to the small print: It was only decided to negotiate an amendment to the contract, “we could not force the horse cabs (“Fiaker”) to do anything” (!!!)

And despite the decision, they continue to extend at a sweaty 30 degrees plus. Anyone who forces his horses to do this pointless activity in such heat cannot claim to like horses.

This Fiaker horse died while driving at the Burgring in downtown Vienna- Image: Marcello Farabegoli

VGT campaigner Georg Prinz said:
“It is no longer possible to work with these “fiakers”. We therefore expressly request the city of Salzburg not to extend the contract with the horse cabs from 2023 onwards. “

Next Tuesday, June 22nd, we will again hold a rally in Salzburg from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. directly at the Fiaker Stand place Residenzplatz, where signatures will also be collected for a new petition on the Fiaker ban in Salzburg.
http://www.vgt.at/fiaker-salzburg
Please sign the petition and share it to many possible ones

https://vgt.at/actionalert/fiaker-sbg2021/index.php

https://vgt.at/presse/news/2021/news20210617mn_3.php

And I mean…These animals are only able to endure the noise and traffic of the city through the use of blinkers and often also ear plugs.
The long standing at the Fiaker meeting places with horses – which are in the natural so constantly in motion – is a great torture for their tendons and joints, let alone pulling the load on asphalt ground.
Many of these workhorses suffer from hoof diseases and joint problems, which will become massive with increasing age.

And even in their free time – if we can still speak of ‘free time’ with carriage horses- the horses usually lead a lonely and completely unsuitable life.
They work 365 days a year, their official working hours in winter are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (at the 6-week Christmas market you can often see them until 8 p.m.), and in summer from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fiaker: Chronologie unserer Aktivitäten

One thing is for sure: for carriage horses this traditional ‘customs’ means, and not only from the point of view of animal rights activists, a life-long torture!
At ‘Salzburg Info’ we read on the internet: “Today the “fiaker horses” are used exclusively for tourism and fun.”
Instead of fiaker horses  it would be more realistic to say “slaves”.
Because only slaves serve.

And that with the “fun”, that’s probably always been the language of the rulers and the slave owners

My best regards to all, Venus

Jordanian: electric vehicles should replace the horse-drawn carriages- Great!

The Jordanian government has made a groundbreaking decision: The regional authority for development and tourism for the Petra region has decided that 20 environmentally friendly electric vehicles should replace the horse-drawn carriages that previously used to drive tourist groups through the famous rock city.

We at PETA Germany and our international partner organizations welcome this animal-friendly step.

The Seven+ Wonders of the World: Petra | Diary of a Navel Gazer

Electric vehicles are to replace tourist horse-drawn carriages

The decision of the Jordanian government is a groundbreaking step, which we hope will only be the first of many: In the future, electric vehicles will replace the tourist horse-drawn carriage rides through the archaeological park of the city of Petra.

In the past, tourists outraged by animal suffering had repeatedly turned to PETA.

Video recordings from PETA Asia show animal suffering and abuse: In addition to horses, donkeys and camels are also forced – often violently – to transport heavy loads and people over stony surfaces and slippery steps.

Due to public pressure, the electric vehicles will at least alleviate the suffering of the horses exploited in Petra.

Going to Petra? 5 Terrible Reasons Why Animals Suffer in the 'Lost City' | PETA

“In the future, horses will no longer have to suffer from being forced to pull heavy people behind them – the new vehicles will take care of that and we hope that there will be further developments of this kind soon.” (Jason Baker, PETA Asia)

In October 2020, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism announced that it would ban tourist camel riding and horse-drawn carriages at the Giza pyramids.

We hope that these important decisions are only the first steps leading to exclusively animal-free transportation.

petra animal abuse Donkeys and mules have to transport people up and down hundreds of steps

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Ships that export animals are the most dangerous in the world!

New study examines for the first time the seaworthiness of 78 EU-certified animal transport vessels.

European NGOs call for a ban on exports of live animals

The EU is exporting its surplus live animal production to third countries in livestock vessels.

Specifically, Spain is one of the main exporters of the EU and its shipments of live animals to third countries do not stop increasing.
In 2020, it exported 193,085 cattle; 9.2% more than the previous year and 906,517 sheep; 20% more than in 2019.

The recent study carried out by the organizations Robin des Bois (France), Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF, Germany) and Animal Welfare Association Zurich (TSB Zürich, Switzerland) examines for the first time the seaworthiness of the 78 certified livestock transport vessels operating in the EU and reaches devastating conclusions:

“Livestock ships are the most dangerous in the world. At an average age of 41, the ships are too old, contribute to the pollution of the seas, cause enormous animal suffering, drive mostly under black flags of convenience, and have been approved for navigation by companies doubtful »
(Conclusions of the authors of the report).

Only 6% of the approved vessels were built to transport animals.

Of the 78 ships certified by the EU, only five were built expressly for the transport of live animals.

73 ships were previously used as container ships, ferries or freighters (!!)

‘The global average age of shipbreaking ships is 30 years. However, the 78 vessels evaluated were already an average of 29 years old when they became EU approved livestock transport vessels. They already had a useful life behind them »
(Conclusions of the authors of the report).

Furthermore, these conversions do not take into account the behavior and needs of the animals during sea transport, or which species are to be transported.
Only 6% of EU approved vessels were originally built to transport animals, which means that 94% of vessels were built without taking into account the specific needs of each species.

The retrofitting of old ships involves greater safety risks as they were not originally designed for additional cargo.

Increasing additional cargo decks is a problem as they shift the ships’ center of gravity further up.

In heavy seas and with moving cargo, like animals, the ship loses stability more quickly.
In fact, this has been the cause of several accidents in recent years, the authors report.

Usual practice: Changes of ownership and flags of convenience to avoid responsibilities

Continue reading “Ships that export animals are the most dangerous in the world!”

England: This Little Piggy Was Forced To Take Drugs – Superbug fears as supermarket pig farms escalate use of crucial antibiotics. A Guardian (UK Press) Investigation.

Supermarkets say veterinary drugs are only used responsibly. Picture. Ecostorm

Superbug fears as supermarket pig farms escalate use of crucial antibiotics | by Andrew Wasley | Jun, 2021 | Medium

Superbug fears as supermarket pig farms escalate use of crucial antibiotics

WAV Comment – Excellent ‘Guardian’ article as always.

An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Guardian has also uncovered instances of mass medication and apparently routine use of drugs on some UK pig farms, despite industry drives to combat the overuse of antibiotics. Andrew Wasley and Susannah Savage report

The use of certain antibiotics deemed critical to human health has surged on British pig farms supplying major supermarkets, prompting fresh concerns about the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Previously unpublished industry data seen by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Vet Record and the Guardian shows the use of a class of antibiotics prescribed for various infections in humans more than doubled on UK pig farms between 2015 and 2019, with experts warning of a potential further rise because of impending changes to the sector.

The Bureau’s investigation has established the drugs are in use on pig farms supplying pork to food retailers Tesco and Waitrose.

The increase in usage of this class of drugs, known as aminoglycosides, came even as livestock farmers in the UK cut back on the overall use of antibiotics following stark warnings that the drug resistance crisis could lead to the deaths of millions of people around the world by 2050.

Antimicrobial resistance was seen as a priority under David Cameron’s government but has received less attention from Downing Street in recent years.

Jim O’Neill, who chaired the UK government’s review into superbugs, said the Covid-19 pandemic has underlined the need to put the issue of drug-resistant bacteria back on the global political agenda. He said: “There needs to be much stronger international agreement, and discipline following those agreements, that we will dramatically reduce the use of antibiotics in animals — especially those that are critical for human health.”

Tesco and Waitrose acknowledged they allow the use of the drugs by pork suppliers but insisted they are used responsibly.

Conditions on some pig farms can allow diseases to flourish. Picture: Animal Equality

Intensive pork production

Antibiotics are widely used in livestock production to treat and prevent disease, particularly on factory farms where pigs and poultry are often reared in overcrowded conditions in which bacteria can flourish. These farms can act as incubators for potentially fatal drug-resistant diseases in humans.

Aminoglycosides are a class of drugs that includes gentamicin, a medicine used in humans to treat for meningitis and infections of the blood and abdomen. They are deemed “critically important” to human health by the World Health Organization (WHO) . Despite this, they are used on pig farms to combat scour, an intestinal disease in young piglets, and other illnesses.

This description covers drugs that are the sole option or one of a handful of choices to treat infections caused by bacteria transmitted from non-human sources (such as food poisoning) or bacteria carrying “resistance genes” from non-human sources such as farm animals.

Data compiled by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, an industry body, shows the use of aminoglycosides jumped from 2.6mg per kilogram of body weight in 2015 to 5.9mg in 2019.

Cóilín Nunan, the scientific adviser at the pressure group Alliance to Save our Antibiotics, said: “Reductions in antibiotic use can be achieved if pigs are kept less intensively and husbandry is improved.”

He added that farms should not be permitted to take piglets away from the sow at an early age — a “stressful” practice associated with large increases in antibiotic use.

According to industry experts, the recent jump in the use of aminoglycosides is likely due to the phasing out of other antibiotics such as colistin — a measure specifically designed to tackle antimicrobial resistance — and changes on farms in preparation for an EU ban on the use of zinc oxide, also commonly used to control scour.

Grace Webster, a vet from the Pig Health and Welfare Council, which brings together the industry and government, said the sector had made progress by reducing overall usage, but added: “We do have great concern about losing zinc oxide because there’s a chance it will increase our antibiotics use.

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South Korea: Annie and DeeJay – A Great Dog Meat Farm Rescue Story. Also, Support HSI To Stop Yulin.


The Humane Society of the United States

Musician Annie Ko of LOVE X STEREO worked as a translator for Humane Society International in South Korea.

During that time she discovered horrors of the dog meat industry. On one visit to a dog meat farm, she met and rescued DeeJay and their lives changed forever.

We are working tirelessly to fight the dog meat trade across Asia but change only manifests when it comes from within the hearts and minds of locals like Annie.

The majority of South Koreans are AGAINST the dog meat industry and with their support and activism, the end to this trade is in sight.

Together, we can and are making a difference for animals in Asia!

HSI is working tirelessly to fight the dog meat trade but change only manifests when it comes from within, which Annie exemplifies. Together, we can and are making a difference for animals in Asia and beyond.

Ask China to end dog and cat meat trade horrors including the Yulin festival

 https://action.hsi.org/page/81273/action/1?ea.tracking.id=81273_email_update_annie_dejay_yulin_dgmt_2021-everyone&utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=81273_yulin_2021&utm_content=81273+email+update+annie+dejay+yulin+dgmt+2021-everyone&ea.url.id=5365814

Something better after all the ‘Yulin’ data;

Regards Mark

PS – Check out all our (WAV) South Korean dog meat posts at:

Search Results for “south korea dog meat farm” – World Animals Voice

 

China: Yulin Dog Meat Festival 2021 Will Take Place Between 21 – 30 June (06) 2021.

Yulin will be happening next week.

Yulin Dog Meat Festival 2021 will take place between 21 – 30 June (06) 2021.

Yulin Dog Meat Festival (or Lychee and Dog Meat Eating Festival) as it is sometimes known, is a controversial festival held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice – the longest day of the year, in June. Even though the festival started as recently as 2009, eating dog meat is believed to be an ancient Chinese tradition.

Chinese practitioners of folk medicine thought that dog meat is the best solution against the summer heat, although there is no physiological or medical evidence to support it. Some also believe dog meat can ward off diseases and heighten men’s sexual performance.

Cat meat, fresh lychees and liquor are also available at the 10-day event.

During the 10-day festival, dogs and cats are exhibited in metal cages and wooden crate before they are skinned, cooked, and eaten by visitors of the event.

It is a terribly disgusting event as you can see from the photos we are publishing here. As many as 15,000 dogs are tortured, killed and cooked to be sold every year.

On the eve of the festival, many activists are protesting in China or in front of Chinese embassies, while hundreds of volunteers make an effort to stop the trucks transporting the dogs to the festival and rescue the animals.

Activist groups in China can legally intercept dog meat trucks and confiscate dogs if the drivers don’t have the paperwork proving that they own them.  The dogs which are found in these trucks often turn out to be stolen pets and are returned to owners, others are made available for adoption in China and other countries.

For example, a shelter from the state of New York took in 200 dogs, a San Diego rescue center took 18 dogs to Southern California, while the center in Massachusetts saved five animals.

Yulin is a major campaign issue across the world with animal rights people.  Thanks to international pressure the number of dogs slaughtered during Yulin Dog Meat Festival has dropped considerably, and there is hope the festival will be banned completely.

From ‘Notodogmeat’;

End Yulin 2021 Notodogmeat is Sending Activists to Yulin This Weekend

Yulin Dog Meat ‘ Festival’ is likely to take place next week (21 – 30 June) 2021. Our hearts are broken. We have been campaigning for ten years to end this cruelty and saved hundreds of dogs and cats.

New animal welfare regulations and also concerns about the pandemic gave us hope Yulin City will see sense. People eat dog meat in this south China province all year round, and tourists love to come on Summer Solstice, get drunk and feast on dogs. They don’t care.

As soon as we got word that trucks were on the move, we knew we had to act. Our activists, led by Mr Zhao, who runs our big China shelter, will make the 3000 km trip to the region in the next few days.

They will attend and protest, documenting all health violations and produce a report that the Ministry of Agriculture cannot deny.

We will also rescue whatever pups we can (without paying high prices) and shame traders and revellers.

This action is powerful because our team is made up entirely of Chinese animal lovers and volunteers.

They know how hard you have all worked signing petitions and writing letters, and they are ready to make sacrifices in the boiling heat to do their bit.

Like us, they cannot bear the idea of dogs packed in cages, no food, water, or shelter. Blood, urine, faeces everywhere. It is a horror show. Terrified eyes, pleading for their lives.

We need your help to make this happen. As a small charity, we rely on your donations. Please chip in what you can to help pay for the activists trip and cover veterinary and associated expenses so we can save as many lives as we can.

 End Yulin 2021 Notodogmeat is Sending Activists to Yulin This Weekend |

There are some wonderful, brilliant animal activists in China trying to stop this, and we wish them every success with ALL thier work. Here below are some from ‘Notodogmeat’.

We are putting out this info now; and hope to publish more reading / action links later;

Regards Mark

UPDATE 1430GMT

Hi all; I have tracked down the following video clips for you to see if you want. They are disturbing for animal people, any normal person; here they are in case you want to know more – Mark

Dog Is Sheep Is Cow Is Pig Is Boy Is Girl Is Cat – None should be abused for the want of the human tastebud !

Other articles related to Yulin – the first below from the ‘New York Post’ is very interesting – I have reproduced courtesey of the NYP and outlined the main in RED. – Regards Mark

New York Post – New law could end China’s infamous dog meat festival, says advocacy group

Animal activists are celebrating a new law in China that regulates the mass trafficking of feral dogs into Yulin, in the Guangxi region, which has an annual dog meat festival.

Yulin’s agricultural officials confirmed the news on May 1, Jam Press reported. The new law would ensure that animals are raised and quarantined together before being transported and sold for slaughter — a move that will ultimately strengthen public health efforts, and potentially save thousands of dogs.

…. That and the country’s “wet markets” have long been regarded as sources of disease and, indeed, linked to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Last year, China cracked down on the nation’s wildlife trade, including a move to reclassify dogs as “companion animals” instead of their previous “livestock” designation, in response to what was then still an emerging pandemic that many experts believe originated in a Wuhan meat market.

The plan ensured that dogs would no longer be found on the legal meat trade, though the law does little to mitigate the animal black market.

Read all at New law could end China’s dog meat festival: advocacy group (nypost.com)

Animals Asia – The truth about the Yulin dog meat festival – and how to stop it

The truth about the Yulin dog meat festival – and how to stop it (animalsasia.org)

Animals Asia – China’s Yulin dog meat festival – what we know

China’s Yulin dog meat festival – what we know (animalsasia.org)

No To Dog Meat – Smaller Trucks Being Used to Secretly Transport Dogs to Yulin Dog Festival

Smaller Trucks Being Used to Secretly Transport Dogs to Yulin Dog Festival – One Green Planet

Independent London – Yulin Dog Meat Festival: Dogs blow-torched alive in footage from China

Yulin Dog Meat Festival: Dogs blow-torched alive in footage from China | The Independent | The Independent

No To Dog Meat – Growing Concern about Yulin as Activists Stop A Dog Meat Truck heading South.

Growing Concern about Yulin as Activists Stop A Dog Meat Truck heading South. | (notodogmeat.blog)

Iceland: no whaling this year too!

Normally the whaling season in Iceland would start now, but the whalers are leaving their harpoons ashore this year too, no whaling will take place.

The last active whaling company in Iceland, Hvalur hf of whaler Kristjan Loftsson, has not yet taken any action to get its ships afloat for the season and now it is too late.

Tourists watch a minke whale in Iceland. Whale watching is one of the top tourist attractions in Iceland. (c) IFAW

“We are a hair’s breadth away from the permanent end of whaling in Iceland,” says Andreas Dinkelmeyer, campaign manager of the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) in Germany.

“In 2020 the minke whale hunters had realized that whaling was not worthwhile and gave up their business.
Now only the fin whale hunter Kristjan Loftsson remains. Officially he still has a fishing permit for fin whales. Of course we are happy that he has not killed any whales since 2018.
However, he could go hunting again next year to secure another five-year quota. “

Minke whale meat is sold in Iceland, but most of it is consumed by curious tourists. The last opinion poll commissioned by IFAW found that only about one percent of Icelanders eat whale meat on a regular basis.

Together with local whale watching companies, IFAW launched the “Meet Us Don’t Eat Us” campaign to make tourists aware that their whale meat consumption is keeping whaling alive. The campaign significantly reduced the consumption of whale meat by visitors to the Island.

In contrast to the limited local market for minke whale meat, fin whale meat has been sold exclusively to Japan since 2013 without being able to establish an export market.

Whaling hardly plays a role in the political arena of Iceland either.
Whaling was an election campaign topic for decades, but has lost its importance since 2016. Young voters are more concerned about the climate crisis and the positive contribution whales are making to maintaining healthy marine ecosystems and sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

“At the moment only the pause button for commercial whaling in Iceland is pressed,” adds Dinkelmeyer.

“As long as the harpoons have not been mothballed in Iceland, whales are still at risk. Ultimately, it will be the Icelanders who will advance the decision against whaling and hit the whaling stop button. We will continue to work to promote marine conservation and responsible whale watching in Iceland. “

Since 2003, the year Iceland resumed commercial whaling, 653 minke whales and 852 fin whales have been killed for a total of 1,505 whales.

IFAW has worked with Icelanders since 2003 to promote responsible whale watching and to promote alternatives to cruel whaling.

Whale watching is one of the top tourist attractions in Iceland. More than 350,000 customers each year generate around 20 million euros, proving that whales are worth far more alive than dead.

https://www.presseportal.de/pm/15641/4941839

And I mean…Good news!
The only person in the world who commercially catches fin whales is Icelandic millionaire Kristjan Loftsson, majority shareholder of the whaling company Hvalur HF.

In 2018 the company shipped 1,700 tons of fin whale meat to Japan.
However, the company is shaking because of fines, a lack of fishing licenses, court-ordered additional wages, and of course unsuccessful deals with Japan.

Whales are killed with explosive harpoons, here one of the company’s ships for fin whale hunting © Szilas

Because the fin whale meat from Iceland does not meet Japan’s meat hygiene standards.
Due to the lack of sales opportunities, the Hvalur fishing fleet has remained in the port since 2019, and officially in 2020 also because of the Covid-19 requirements for the ship’s crew.

The hunting season is now set to be canceled again for the third time, and one company probably wants to withdraw from business entirely.

According to “Der Spiegel” german magazine, this is IP-Utgerd, a company specializing in minke whales.
“The business is not worth it,” said managing director Gunnar Bergmann Jonsson.

From the point of view of the whale conservationists, the minke whales went even better.
The minke whale hunt in Iceland was suspended in 2019, and in 2020 the last minke whale hunter also threw in the towel.
With that, the subject of minke whale hunting in Iceland is probably done.

At a time when school children are demonstrating against climate change and the decimation of biodiversity, this barbarism is inhumane, a moral declaration of bankruptcy, no matter where it is still practiced anywhere in the world.

My best regards to all, Venus

Mexico: Mexico’s Supreme Court Confirms Definitive Suspension of Mega Pig Farm In Homún

 

Mexico’s Supreme Court confirms definitive suspension of mega pig farm in Homún

Mexico’s Supreme Court confirms definitive suspension of mega pig farm in Homún – The Yucatan Times

Homùn, Yucatàn, (May 20, 2021).- The people of the Maya town of Homún municipality of Yucatàn win another legal battle against the mega pig farm. This May 19, the First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) confirmed the definitive suspension of a pig farm in favor of the children of this community of Yucatán. 

According to a statement from “Kanan ts’ono’ot”, representatives of the groups known as “Childhood of Homún and Indignation”, the vote was unanimous, with which the ministers confirmed the definitive suspension of this farm, which must remain closed until the final verdict is issued by the Supreme Court.  

The operations of this pork farm have been paralyzed since October 9, 2018, due to the suspension granted by Judge Miriam de Jesús Cámara Patrón from an injunction promoted by six girls and boys from Homún, a Maya town in Yucatán located in the Geohydrological Reserve of the Cenotes.

“The decision of the SCJN once again agrees with the Maya people of Homún, particularly the Maya boys and girls who, through the aforementioned injunction, managed to paralyze the farm of 49 thousand pigs since October 9, 2018, when the suspension was granted ”, indicated the groups.  

The decision of the highest court, according to the organizations, allows the protection of the right to health, the environment, and dignified life for the children of the Maya town of Homún. At the same time, it lays the foundations for the final resolution, which is yet to be resolved in the Second District Court of the State of Yucatán.

Source: La Jornada Maya

Regards Mark

USA: Infamous Trophy Hunt Shows What Happens When Gray Wolves Are Stripped Of Protections.

Infamous trophy hunt shows what happens when gray wolves are stripped of protections

A new report indicates that poachers may have killed at least 100 more wolves since they lost endangered species protections than previously believed. Alamy Stock Photo

Infamous trophy hunt shows what happens when gray wolves are stripped of protections

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

June 16, 2021 

In February, 1,500 trophy hunters took to the frigid woods of Wisconsin, armed with guns, traps, neck snares and packs of hounds, in what would be Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt in seven years. The destruction and killing they perpetrated over the next 60 hours revealed the crass hypocrisy of wildlife management agencies and the dangers facing wolves in America.

A whopping 2,380 wolf hunting permits—twice as many as are typically issued for hunts in the state—were made available for a quota of 119 wolves in what was supposed to be a week-long season. Less than three days later, more than 200 wolves had been killed, entire wolf families were decimated, and the hunting season had to be shut down early, having gone nearly 100 wolves over the quota.

Each wolf lost in this killing spree had represented hope for wolf conservation in America—and that hope was shattered. Little if any input was sought from Wisconsinites, tribal nations or the scientific community. We led a strong campaign to try to stop the February wolf hunt, sending a letter to the Wisconsin governor, state lawmakers and Department of Natural Resources officials, emphasizing that the hunt would have disastrous consequences for the wolves; unfortunately a court decision forced the hunt to continue. We still believe that the wrongs of this hunt deserve closer inspection, which is why we’ve just published “A call to end wolf trophy hunting in Wisconsin,” in an effort to prevent a repetition of this reckless hunt in November 2021.

One of the deadliest hunts in local memory

We now know that Wisconsin’s February hunt was the second deadliest wolf hunt in Wisconsin’s recorded history, with 218 wolves recorded dead. The best available science indicates that poachers may have killed at least an additional 100 more since wolves were delisted. We also know that nearly half the wolves killed were females. Because it was breeding season, many of them may have been pregnant. More than 85% of the wolves killed were hunted down by packs of dogs—an extremely cruel practice that no other Midwestern state allows for wolf hunting. Hunt participants also used unfair killing equipment such as night vision devices, snowmobiles, traps and snares.

Our report emphasizes that even more wolves died than the state calculated—largely because it failed to account for the tremendous numbers likely killed by poachers. Because of time constraints, hunters could self-report, or report to a local game warden (and not a biologist), the wolves they killed. The state did not require hunters to turn in the dead wolves for analysis, which would have allowed the state to verify the age of the wolf and whether a female was pregnant at the time of her death, among other information. Only 22 of the 218 were voluntarily turned in, and only because the tribal nations had requested to conduct their own research. As a result, the state failed to account for what was likely a substantial loss to the breeding population and for the for the offspring of pregnant wolves who were killed.

We believe that Wisconsin has lost about one-third of its wolf population since they were delisted from federal Endangered Species Act protections in November 2020. These wolves are largely counted using their tracks in snow, which will make it impossible to count the wolf population before the next proposed wolf trophy hunt in November. If that hunt occurs, the future survival of this population of wolves will be in jeopardy.

We conducted a poll of Wisconsin residents, cutting across demographics and including farmers, hunters, all party affiliations, genders and jurisdictions, and found that 68% of respondents think that the November wolf hunt is a bad idea. Some 62% opposed the trophy hunting and trapping of wolves. The majority of respondents believed the February 2021 hunt was “mismanaged” and “reckless” and that the methods to hunt wolves in Wisconsin are cruel and unfair, and 68% stated they are convinced that wolves are sentient, evolved, familial beings who drive ecological processes while keeping their prey herds healthier. And most respondents—even most Wisconsin farmers—did not feel that wolves pose a serious threat to livestock.

This is why we are calling upon Wisconsin officials to stop the proposed November wolf hunt and adopt a hunting quota of zero wolves. And we’re urging the federal government to relist Wisconsin’s wolves under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The fight to reinstate wolf protections

The struggle to save gray wolves spans decades. Nearly eradicated from their native U.S. habitats at the beginning of the 20th century, gray wolves are still absent from about 70% of currently suitable habitat in the lower 48 states. Yet in recent years legislators and wildlife agencies have systematically continued to roll back wolf protections. The carnage of the Wisconsin hunt showed what can happen when wolves are stripped of those protections.

But there are stories that bring hope to the fight for wolves. For the first time in 80 years, wolf pups were born in Colorado. The pups’ parents had immigrated into Colorado themselves, and unlike other immigrants before them, were not shot or poisoned before having the opportunity to breed. In 2020, Colorado residents showed support for wolves in their state by passing a ballot measure mandating the restoration of wolves on public lands in the western region of the state by 2023. The best way to protect the future of this wolf family would be to relist gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

Earlier this month, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund joined other organizations in petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to relist wolves living in Idaho and Montana after legislators in those states passed a slew of draconian bills designed to drive wolf populations to their breaking points. Today, more than 50 regional and national conservation groups have signed onto a letter of support for that petition.

You can join us in our mission to save wolves: Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reinstate federal protections for gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

Sara Amundson is president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund

.Infamous trophy hunt shows what happens when gray wolves are stripped of protections · A Humane World (humanesociety.org)

Regards Mark

Colombia bans the animal vehicles

In the third debate, the departmental authorities approve a bill that PROHIBITS animal-drawn vehicles throughout the whole national territory!

According to this bill, the district, municipal and departmental authorities in whose territories animal-drawn vehicles circulate “will initiate substitution programs. Once the substitution of animal-drawn vehicles has been carried out, the transit of animal-drawn vehicles will be prohibited. competent authorities will proceed to their withdrawal, immobilization and seizure “.

This project is of total relevance to the country, for years citizens have witnessed the unfortunate conditions to which thousands of horses are subjected, strenuous work days, inadequate nutrition, physical abuse, the permanent risk of being run over by vehicles, and inadequate veterinary care.

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Cases of physical mistreatment of equines are becoming more and more frequent, from the Colombian Platform for Animals we have been making quite a few complaints over the years.

Horses remain exposed to high levels of pollution, compete on the roads with automobiles and in the event of an accident they always have the upper hand; It is constantly observed that horses suffer wounds and lacerations that are not treated in time, fractures, vertebral problems, and the inadequate maintenance of their hooves are daily bread, in addition to the cruel abuse, such as the whip, to which many are subjected.

If this project is approved, the district and municipal mayors will have six (6) months from the entry into force of this Law, to carry out a census with 100% of the data of animal traction vehicles and their owners, which it must be sent to the Ministry of Transportation and the National Road Safety Agency, forming a registry of beneficiaries of the substitution programs.

The article also mentions that “owners of these vehicles may avail themselves of the substitution contemplated in this law on a voluntary basis and the municipal and district mayors will be in charge of the identification using technological tools.”

It should be remembered that in Colombia, successful substitution processes for animal traction vehicles have already been carried out, by virtue of Decree 178 OF 2012 of the Presidency of the Republic.

The examples of Bogotá and Medellín attest to this.

However, this decree prohibits the urban transit of animal traction vehicles only in municipalities of the special category and in first-category municipalities in the country, therefore in many municipalities this tragedy still continues.

From the Colombian Platform for Animals ALTO, we will continue to support this project, we applaud the decision of the Senate committee, and we urge the Senate plenary to approve this important project in its last debate.

https://www.plataformaalto.org/proyecto-caballos-vta.php

And I mean…Thanks to the activists of Colombia!

The big problem in this country, as in many other countries, is that laws are drafted that unfortunately nobody obeys, because nobody checks whether they are being followed.

We’re moving on, we’re making progress on animal legislation 🐾
They are small steps, but often small steps have a big impact.

My best regards to all, Venus

This New Bill Could Phase Out Animal Testing for Good.

This New Bill Could Phase Out Animal Testing for Good

By Aysha Akhtar , Barbara Stagno

June 14, 2021

This New Bill Could Phase Out Animal Testing for Good (sentientmedia.org)

Recently, Representatives Alcee Hastings (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R- FL), following efforts by Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research & Experimentation (CAARE), introduced a bill that would provide a needed boost to medical research. 

If passed, the Humane Research and Testing Act of 2021 (H.R. 1744) will establish the National Center for Alternatives to Animals in Research (Center) under the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The bill follows nearly 30 years after Congress passed the NIH Revitalization Act to modernize many of the outdated policies and regulations carried out under the world’s largest biomedical institution. The 1993 law included a substantial section [Section 205] to address the growing need and opportunities to replace animals in research. In robust language, the Act called upon NIH “to conduct or support research into methods of biomedical research and experimentation that do not require the use of animals.” It also included language “for training scientists in the use of such [non-animal] methods that have been found to be valid and reliable,” as well as “encouraging the acceptance by the scientific community of such methods that have been found to be valid and reliable.”

Unfortunately, even though this legislation passed nearly 30 years ago, NIH has made little effort in replacing animal testing, even with a revolution that has unfolded in biotechnology allowing for superior human-specific research without animals. According to a 2012 National Research Council report, almost half of NIH’s funding is for testing that involves animal use, and this amount has remained stable over the years. 

The Humane Research and Testing Act will mandate that NIH follow the law. Fundamental to reducing animal experimentation is the ability to track the number of animals used, yet precise numbers of animals used in U.S. research are unknown.  This lack of transparency in what animals are used, how many are used, and how they are used makes it impossible for the public to know whether NIH is making any true effort in replacing animal tests.  That is why, in addition to the creation of the Center, the Humane Research and Testing Act (HRTA) will require NIH to track and disclose the numbers of all animals used and document its progress at reducing them through mandatory bi-annual reports.

Importantly, the establishment of a Center will be an important step in ensuring scientific progress for human health. It is becoming increasingly recognized by scientific bodies that there is an urgent need for a sea change away from animal testing. Whatever role animals may have played in medical research in the past, today’s research deals with the subtle nuances of molecular biology and genetics. Interspecies differences in physiology, pharmacokinetics, and genetics significantly limit the reliability of animal testing. 

And the proof is in the pudding. More than 90 percent of drugs and vaccines fail during human clinical trials, after passing animal tests. People enrolled in clinical trials put their lives at risk based on misleading safety tests on animals.  Equally troubling is the very likely fact that many drugs that were abandoned based on animal tests may have worked wonderfully in humans. Most diseases have little or no treatment available. But how many missed opportunities were there because of the unreliability of animal testing? 

New testing methods offer a way out of the quagmire that animal testing has caused. Human organs grown in the lab, human chip models, cognitive computing technologies, 3D printing of human living tissues, and the Human Toxome Project offer great promise in helping scientists understand the diseases that afflict us and find treatments.  Much of their promise lies in the fact that these testing methods are based on human biology. 

But more change is needed and needed faster. As long as NIH prioritizes funding of animal research, the development of innovative testing methods will be impeded. The Center will be tasked with developing, funding, and incentivizing innovative, human-based methods.   The Center will also educate and train scientists to utilize these methods. 

The HRTA was introduced one month before Congressman Hastings died from pancreatic cancer. His words drove home his strong belief that the HRTA will be transformative: “This legislation will not just reduce animal testing and research,” said Hastings, “but will ultimately improve medical treatments for humans as they are developed from beginning to end primarily with test subjects that replicate human biology and physiology.” 

Will Congress honor Hastings’s legacy? Lives remain in the balance as long as the biomedical system is based on ineffective animal testing. A new center within NIH will help ensure that our tax dollars are used to fund the best and kindest medical science possible and pave the way for innovation.

Read More

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Aysha Akhtar

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a double-board certified neurologist and preventive medicine/public health specialist. She is the CEO of the Center for Contemporary Sciences, pioneering the transition to replace the use of animals in experimentation with effective human-based technologies. Dr. Akhtar is the author of the recent book, Our Symphony With Animals. On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies.

Barbara Stagno

Barbara Stagno is the President and Founder of Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research & Experimentation.

This New Bill Could Phase Out Animal Testing for Good (sentientmedia.org)

Regards to all;

Mark

Ethical Elephant – Cruelty-Free and Vegan Cosmetics Certifications & Claims Explained.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan Cosmetics Certifications & Claims Explained

WAV Comment – we are reproducing the introduction and link to the site in order that you can review and make your own choices.  There is a lot of information, complete with logos to watch out for when you purchase or decide not to purchase.

Intro copied from Ethical Elephant site –  :

Did you know there’s a difference between cosmetics labeled Cruelty-Free vs. Vegan? And Vegetarian vs. Vegan? And that not all Certified Cruelty-Free Bunny Logos have the same standards and criteria?

In this post, I’m sharing some of the most common cruelty-free and vegan claims, labels, and logos that we often see on cosmetics and household cleaning products. As well as, providing an overview of which ones are regulated, the organizations issuing these certifications, their requirements, and the cost associated with licensing their logos.

And because no certification or standard is perfect or all-inclusive, I’ll also be sharing some things to look out for. That way, we can set some realistic expectations when we shop for cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics.

By the end of this post, you’ll have a better understanding of what each cruelty-free and vegan claim actually means, and hopefully, it’ll help you make better and informed consumer choices.

Check out all the info by clicking on this link:

Cruelty-Free + Vegan Certifications, Claims, Logos Explained (ethicalelephant.com)

I have shown this with the hope it will help, not hinder;

Regards Mark

Spain, Madrid: – big demonstration against bullfighting on September 18th – be there!

“The bulls in the sea” suspended for one more year in DÉNIA, Spain.

Every year, in this Alicante town, this horrible and cruel tradition takes place, which consists of deceiving and harassing the bulls until they jump or fall into the sea.

Once in the water, people, in boats or swimming, harass, mistreat, cheer and humiliate the animals. They catch them and thwart their attempts to get back to land. The images are of a creepy anguish.
Many of these animals end up drowning.

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This year, like last, this horror will not take place due to the health crisis.

From PACMA, Animal Welfare Party of Spain (Partido Animalista) we continue working so that cruelties like this are never celebrated again.
For this reason, on September 18 we need you in Madrid to demand the end of bullfighting.
You cannot be absent!

And I mean…Bullfighting and bull festivals violate all ethics of modern civilized countries and societies.

Unfortunately for this “tradition” the primitives are wasted Millions that are urgently needed for the school or health system.

It is finally time to abolish these “traditions”, which were invented from the darkest time on earth – namely during the time of the Inquisition, and to stop proudly cherishing a culture of prehistoric men.

We support PACMA activists and all anti-corrida organizations in their fight, we will never be tired of fighting on their side against this torture.

So … everyone to Madrid on September 18th.

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: The cage age must come to an end in New Jersey – Opinion.

WAV Comment – Excellent article Raj and Vin – every bit the truth.  Best wishes with yur work.

Trader Joe's to Phase Out Gestation Crates for Some Pork Products | Chicago  News | WTTW

The cage age must come to an end in New Jersey | Opinion

The cage age must come to an end in New Jersey | Opinion – nj.com

By Raj Mukherji and Vin Gopal

New Jerseyans believe strongly in the humane treatment of animals. For years, voters have told lawmakers that they want us to take a stand against a particularly cruel practice used by some pork and veal producers. We have heard their voice via polls, phone calls and letters in the opinion pages. This issue has hung over Trenton for long enough, and it is time to finally pass commonsense reform into law.

At the center of this storm are “gestation crates,” metal cages used to confine mother pigs. Simply type the term into Google Images and you will understand why gestation crates raise such strong concern. Made of metal bars, these crates are so small the pigs cannot walk more than a step forward or backward, nor can they turn around.

Similarly, “veal crates” are used to confine calves fated to become cutlets. These newborns are taken from their mothers shortly after birth. Both gestation and veal crates have been denounced by animal welfare experts as unnecessarily cruel and archaic.

That’s why we’ve introduced Assembly bill A-5236 and Senate bill S-3401 to put an end to these terrible practices in New Jersey once and for all.

What Is a Gestation Crate? | World Animal Protection
Photo WAP

 

In a time of a global pandemic, most conversations around the dinner table are now about disease and living a new lifestyle because of it. This issue of gestation crates and veal crates brings an added level to this issue, as cramming animals side-by-side in tiny cages presents ideal conditions for dangerous pathogens to breed, multiply and mutate.

The United Nations cites intensive animal agriculture as a likely cause of future zoonotic disease. Prohibiting cruel crates helps tip the balance away from reckless industrial agriculture and toward more sustainable, ethical farming. Simply banning these extreme confinement methods greatly benefits public health, the environment and the animals.

Fortunately, the tide is turning away from these cruel practices. Both pigs and calves can be raised more humanely in larger pens alongside other animals of their own kind.

Under consumer pressure, Smithfield Foods, the nation’s largest pork producer, and Hormel Foods, producer of SPAM, are dramatically reducing their use of gestation crates. A long list of mainstream fast food, restaurant and grocery chains are purging gestation crates from their supply chains — and top veal producers are following suit.

Change is happening but ultimately it is not happening fast enough for the animals still suffering in these crates.

We can support and hasten positive changes like those made by the aforementioned businesses by passing corresponding laws. Ten U.S. states and the European Union have already outlawed gestation crates while nine U.S. states have banned veal crates.

Many of the states acting on this matter are major agricultural producers. For example, Kentucky has banned veal crates and Ohio has outlawed gestation crates. New Jersey has less to lose than these states and would hardly be sticking our neck out by following suit.

We would, however, be sending a message that this type of cruelty has no place in our state and that it is time for the “cage age” to come to an end.

We are grateful to our legislative colleagues for their previous support on this issue. The time is right to finish the job by sending this bill to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk for a signature.

It is long past time we give these suffering animals the relief they deserve and have our state join the many others moving in the responsible, right direction.

Assemblyman Raj Mukherji represents the 33rd Legislative District and state Senator Vin Gopal represents the 11th Legislative District.

Regards Mark

16/6: The WAV Team Response To A Message Left Today.

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Now and again; as with any site relating to just about any issue or subject; you expect, and sometimes get, negative comments, even abuse.

We can handle that no problem; part of running a site we guess; if people have something negative to say, then fine, we review it and if necessary attempt to respond, giving our perspective; our views, justifications etc.

A message ‘greeted us’ this morning; and in unison; we immediately had no argument with deleting the comment; as it was more than pitiful and we do not feel it is even worth showing – why give an asshole publicity we ask ? – but we shall say it was nasty and vindictive towards the death of Regan.  From someone in the business we ask ? – and do they want to start an abusive series of ‘ping pong’ between us and them ? – we the answer from us is ‘No’; and for the turd from the gutter that wrote it, there is now only one place to archive it –  in the TRASH, as both they and their comment both should be.

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So in response to Mr Primary Jerk; from us, and by clicking on the following link, you can gain access to all of our past posts relating to Regan and her work to save animals:

Search Results for “regan russell” – World Animals Voice

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Regan died taking action to help suffering animals, she did not hide in saying what she was involved with – campaigning for and saving lives, and where she came from.  Now the world knows her story and her name, unlike the psycho jerk that sent this mail to us and who boasts about killing animals.  We suggest firstly, he slithers back down the crack he originated from, secondly, he attempts to get some kind of a life, and thirdly, that taskes up a hobby that does not involve killing animals, as he proudly boasts he does in his comment.  What next – children ?

We will not even publish his reply, because, like him, IT IS UTTER PREMIUM SHIT.

We, like all fellow activists out there, continue with our respect to Regan again for paying the ultimate in her actions to be a voice for suffering animals.  Her name will never be forgotten.

The crew at WAV.

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one form of fascism

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Just imagine what the poor elephants went through
until they broke their spirits and convinced them do these things.

Glass Walls

And I mean…Robbing the freedom and life of other animals and keeping them as objects of use, that is a form of fascism

My best regards to all,Venus

 

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

Germany: 103 piglets died of overheating

Heat and defective hydraulics apparently caused a drama in Rehfeld in the Elbe-Elster district in the state of Brandenburg, Germany yesterday.
According to reports from the Lausitzer Rundschau, 103 of 150 piglets that were supposed to be brought to Lower Saxony for fattening died on the transporter.

The removal and loading of breeding piglets follows its own routine. The work of the breeding farm is finished, the transport company takes over piglets and responsibility.

As the regional newspaper Lausitzer Rundschau reports today, yesterday at Hoyaer Piglet rearing GmbH & Co.KG in Rehfeld (Elbe-Elster district) a drama that began in the morning and only ended in the late evening with the departure of the regional fire departments and over killed a hundred piglets.

Dead piglets: locked in a transporter

According to the report, 150 piglets were already loaded when the hydraulic lifting device on the four-story animal transporter failed.
The result: the piglets that had already been loaded were locked up on the top floor of the transporter.

Polizei stellt Verstöße bei Tiertransporten fest | SACHSEN FERNSEHEN

The employees of the transport company, supported by the employees of the piglet rearing, tried to solve the technical problem. Specialist companies were contacted, and an employee of the truck manufacturer was even on site, those involved reported to the “Lausitzer Rundschau”.
They couldn’t solve the problem (!!!)

Meanwhile it gets hotter and hotter. The temperature rose to just under 28 degrees in southern Brandenburg on Wednesday.
When the fire brigade was notified at 4:30 p.m., many piglets were already dead.

The fire brigade’s comrades tried to unscrew the roof first, reports the head of operations.

Tiertransport gestoppt: Knapp 1200 Ferkel in Lastwagen zusammengepfercht - Nachrichten aus der Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar - RNZ

Then openings were flexed into the side walls and the truck driver was prevented from putting himself at risk when trying to help the piglets. The comrades from Rehfeld and Falkenberg left again around 8.30 p.m., writes the “Lausitzer Rundschau”.
In retrospect, several defective fuses would have been the cause of the defect.

This realization came too late for 103 piglets.

https://www.bauernzeitung.de/news/defekte-hydraulik-am-transporter-mehr-als-hundert-ferkel-tot/

And I mean…“The removal and loading of breeding pigs takes place according to its own routine. The work of the breeding company is finished, the transport company takes over piglets and takes responsibility”.

It took a bunch of useless “professional” idiots a hole day to send 103 piglets to their cruel deaths.

What kind of responsibility are we talking about here, actually?
If a transporter does not even know whether the basic equipment of a truck transporter is functional (but before all animals are penned in it), then that is not called responsibility, this is a company that is no longer allowed to have a license.

But the insurance will pay, the transport company is not worried about that.
Losses are taken into account when transporting animals.

Animal transport is a lucrative business, which is why these mobile coffins are still in use.

My best regards to all, Venus

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

India: More Great Rescues From AAU – Can You Imagine ‘Alfie’ Recovered Fully ? – Well He Did !!

Above – Erika and Jim are the 2 people on the right of the picture.

WAV Comment – you all know we communicate with Erika at AAU (India) on a weekly basis.

Well here are a few more rescue stories which we have been sent; showing the good side of wonderful human beings.

You can also adopt and buy from the shop by clicking on the links given below.  Also, try to donate if you can – all this amazing work by great people is only undertaken with great donations from supporters.

Regards Mark

The blind animals at Animal Aid are unique in their incredible capacity to adapt.One perfect example is ourshelter dog Rimjim, who walks confidently through groups of cows and donkeys, commanding respect through occasional woofs but mostly proclaiming his space with his sheer charisma.

Animal Aid is the permanent sanctuary to more than 15 blind animals: a donkey, a water buffalo, and many dogs, who have the freedom they need to exercise the whole of themselveswithout any unnecessary constraint, with flexibility and incredible cheerfulness.

Alfie’s astounding recovery will stretch your grasp of the possible

This desperate boy looked impossible to save. Maggots had burrowed into the top of his head: when maggots proliferate like this, they can do enormous damage within just hours. We were worried he wouldn’t survive as he seemed to be using his utmost energy just to stand.

But something gave usa glimmer of hope. We learned that Alfie was one of the souls on earth with an enormous capacity to give and receive love. Without this unique gift, even with vigilant medical treatment, he might not have survived.

But Alfie, well, Alfie’s someone special.

Give a glimmer of hope to someone in need. Please donate today.

Tigger’s pain replaced with non-stop joy

We found Tigger lying consumed in pain, curled up, and hardly able to open his eyes because of the severe mange afflicting his entire body.

We treated him with an anti-parasite injection, medicated baths, antibiotics, pain-killers, good food and comfort. And when his mange was gone, his suffering was replaced with nonstop joy.

Meet striped tiger-boy Tigger today!

Bring comfort to someone who is hurting. Please donate today.

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In 2013 we received a distressed call on our helpline from a foreign traveler who found an emaciated young dog collapsed on the side of the road. The dog’s location was far outside our service area, so the traveler wonderfully offered to bring the little dog, who couldn’t stand or walk, with her by bus back to Udaipur. She had suffered a spine injury and her hind legs were paralysed. But with rest, food, play and love, the little dog put on weight, developed wonderful upper body strength, moved around with easeand delighted everyone who has met her.

And for the years that have followed,

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

EU: Positive Progress for Animals! The European Parliament Adopted Ambitious Report on the EU Biodiversity Strategy.

WAV Comment – What with proposed action on the banning of intensive cage systems; maybe the EU is beginning to listen to the wants of its citizens – most who have demands and positive aspirations regarding positives in animal welfare; but who also need authorities to listen and act !Maybe now they start to act after so many years of ignoring the cries; human and animal.

BUT, we still need much better legislation and enforcement of regulations regarding the transportation of live, sentient beings. Here the EU always has failed big time.

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

Positive Progress for animals! The European Parliament adopted ambitious Report on the EU Biodiversity Strategy

9 June 2021

Press Release

The European Parliament’s report on the EU Biodiversity Strategy, adopted 8/6/21, demonstrates the clear commitment of the Parliament to ensure the effective implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 by securing adequate financial resources, binding objectives and adopting new legislation. The Parliament is urging European Commission and Member States to turn the present crisis into an opportunity and move away from “economic growth at any cost”, ensuring a real green recovery.

Back in May 2020 Eurogroup for Animals welcomed the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 as a key delivery of the EU Green Deal, and then wholeheartedly welcomed MEP César Luena’s (S&D) INI Own Initiative Report , which was adopted by the ENVI Committee at the end of May 2021.

Thanks also to our Stop Pandemics? Start here campaign, the joined efforts of our members, and the support of many MEPs, most of our recommendations to block amendments on the ENVI report were taken into account, and yesterday the vote in Plenary clearly demonstrated the European Parliament’s support to ensure the effective implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030. 

The strategy has the potential to bring the necessary change to protect our planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and environment, and to prevent future pandemics and spread of zoonotic diseases, ensuring that the tools and resources are made available to make that ambition a reality, with important effects on animal protection:

  • Acknowledging that both the illegal and legal trade in, and use of, wildlife significantly contribute to biodiversity decline, calling on the European Commission (EC) to jointly address legal and illegal trade in the review of the EU Wildlife Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking.
  • Highlighting that the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking should receive adequate funding, including assistance to wildlife rescue centres and sanctuaries.
  • Calling on the EC to propose EU-wide wide positive lists of species permitted for import, keeping, breeding and trade as pets as soon as possible, also to prevent the introduction of new invasive alien species.
  • Calling on the EC and the Member States (MS) to lead efforts to end the commercial trade in endangered speciesand their parts.
  • Recognising ecocide as an international crime. 
  • Highlighting that EU agriculture should be transformed to make it sustainable and ensure high animal welfare standards, setting the benchmark in terms of standards for sustainable food systems. 
  • Acknowledging that fur production can significantly compromise animal welfare and increases their susceptibility to infectious diseases including zoonoses, as has occurred with COVID-19 in mink.
  • Calling on the EC and the MS to take adequate measures to facilitate the coexistence with large predators, such as preventive and compensation measures, ensuring their protection.
  • Recognising the importance of cetacean protection, and the need for the EU to take action with regard to whaling.
  • Recognising that catching fish to feed carnivorous farmed fish is a driver of marine biodiversity loss.

We applaud the Parliament for their commitment to animals which comes after a year-long campaign to prevent future pandemics and improve animal protection at the same time. We trust the Commission will listen to the Parliament’s calls and use the Biodiversity Strategy to introduce EU wide Positive Lists for exotic pets which would be a total gamechanger for the animals but also for human health”.

Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals

ENDS

Notes:


Roadmap for EU biodiversity strategy


The unregulated exotic pet trade in the EU: a threat to health and biodiversity


Analysis of national legislation related to the keeping and sale of exotic pets in Europe 


COVID-19 and the wildlife trade


Think positive – why Europe needs ‘positive lists’ to regulate the sale and keeping of exotic animals as pets


Exotic pet trade: analysis of the problems and identification of solutions


Stop pandemics? Start here.


Scientific statement on public health risks from SARS-CoV-2 and the intensive rearing of mink 
 

Regards Mark

The EU and the US Pave the Way for a Ban on Cages Imposed on Imported Food.

Photo – WAV Archive.

The EU and the US pave the way for a ban on cages imposed on imported food

Our (past) related information:

EU: Parliament Votes To Make Cages for All Farmed Animals Illegal Across the European Union by 2027. Major, Major Victory for the EU Citizen ! – World Animals Voice

EU: All Products Placed on the EU Market – Including Imported Ones – Must Comply With Future Cage-Free Standards. – World Animals Voice

EU-Kommission: end the cages of shame – World Animals Voice

CIWF London: 15/4/21 – Time to End the Cage Age – a ban on cages for farmed animals receives overwhelming support at EU Parliament hearing. – World Animals Voice

EU: Breaking News – Petition Closed – Over 1.5 million EU Citizens want to see the end of cages for farmed animals – World Animals Voice

On 10/6/21, the European Parliament massively supported a resolution endorsing the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) on banning cages and calling for future measures to apply to imports. Just earlier this week, the US notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about the coming Californian ban on cages, which also prevents sales of such products in the State, showing the world that the EU will have support once it adopts its own ban.

The resolution adopted by an overwhelming majority of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) calls on the European Commission to revise the outdated EU General Farming Directive to phase out cruel cage-based systems in animal farming in the EU, and, more importantly, to apply these new rules to all products placed on the EU market – including imported ones. 

Imposing these rules on imports would be a turning point for the EU. While nine out of ten Europeans believe imported products should respect EU animal welfare standards, it is, at the moment, only the case for standards on welfare at the time of slaughter. 

Ahead of the vote in the European Parliament, Commissioner Kyrikiades noted that applying EU cage-free standards to imported animal products would reflect the demands expressed by EU citizens and she showed openness to explore this option: “I heard the many points raised regarding imports, and we will look at the application of the same standards to imported products as well as labelling in compliance with WTO rules to satisfy citizens’ demands for high welfare for imported products of animal origin”, she concluded. 

The EU should not shy away from adopting comprehensive measures on cages and to apply them to imports. Firstly, if crafted properly, there is no doubt that such a measure would be compatible with WTO rules. Secondly, the EU could even count on the support of the US.

Indeed, the US notified other WTO members about California’s proposed ban on cages on 8 June 2021. This proposal emerged in 2018 with the adoption of the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative, also known as Proposition 12. The text suggested a ban on cages for laying hens, pigs and calves, and a ban on the sales of products derived from cage-based productions, regardless of their origin. The legislative process has now started, and if adopted, the measure will impact trade with California and ultimately the US. 

This news was a turning point, confirming that the EU’s decision could even be supported by important allies. Moreover, it will pave the way for discussions at the WTO on possible bans – including the EU’s – on animal products that would not comply with cage-free standards and, looking at the objectives described in the legislation and in the notification, it also strengthens the EU’s rationale that such a ban would be WTO-compatible based on ethical reasons. 

In addition to respecting citizen’s views, applying cage-free standards to imports would also be a huge incentive for producers around the world to improve animal welfare standards, and to shift to more sustainable food systems as they would then gain access to relevant markets. The life and wellbeing of millions of animals around the world could be positively impacted.

Regards Mark

Italy: Shocking New Investigation Reveals Cruelty and Violence Against Pigs at Zema Slaughterhouse – experts in animal welfare note a lack of controls and compliance by the operators at all stages of meat production.

Photo credit – Animal Equality.

Shocking new investigation in Italy: Cruelty and violence against pigs at Zema slaughterhouse

10 June 2021

Animal Equality

10/6/21, Animal Equality Italy released terrible images that demonstrate the multiple violations of animal welfare legislation committed by Zema, a leader in the meat distribution sector in Italy.

The investigation shows acts of brutality committed on pigs inside an industrial slaughterhouse in Lombardy. The footage depicts mistreatments and systematic violations of the rules on animal welfare.

The slaughterhouse is owned by Zema S.R.L., a company in the province of Cremona that has been involved in the slaughtering and processing of pork since 1987, as well as one of the many Made in Italy labels.

Of the more than 800,000 pigs raised per year in the Cremona area, about 150,000 are killed in this slaughterhouse. 

Although the company promotes itself as mindful of animal welfare, the investigation carried out by Animal Equality at its facility shows a very different situation.

The footage shows many mistreatments of the animals, such as:

●     Animals mutilated even before stunning due to ineffective or inefficient methods (some pigs are put on the conveyor belt with their trotters partially detached and mutilated)

●      Animals slaughtered inadequately or while conscious 

●      Multiple animals placed in stunning cages at the same time, in violation of animal welfare rules

●      Animals falling from trucks, pushed by the operators themselves, and an absence of ramps for unloading animals

●      Operators mistreatmenting animals (kicks, blows with rods, animals dragged by the ears or feet), systematic violations and cruelty

●      Operator who repeatedly hits a pig in the head with an iron rod, throwing the animal against a wall and throwing the body of the dying animal over the fence

The analysis of these images by veterinarians and law experts in animal welfare demonstrates a lack of controls and compliance by the operators, at all stages of meat production (from the arrival of the animals to their death).

Although Animal Equality has already filed two complaints with the Prosecutor’s Office and one for misleading advertising to the AGCM against Zema S.R.L. since April 2020, nothing seems to have changed and there has been no feedback from the authorities.

Our investigation has highlighted once again the mistreatment and brutality suffered by the animals involved in the agri-food chain together with the total lack of adequate controls and compliance with the animal welfare laws. We cannot accept that this situation remains unchanged and we will continue to fight so that animal rights are truly protected

Alice Trombetta, director of Animal Equality Italia

Starting from December 2017, Animal Equality has launched a petition addressed to the Ministry of Health and to the Ministry of Agriculture to put an end to a series of systematic cruelties that occur every day in Italian slaughterhouses. The campaign, supported by the findings of investigations conducted in Italian slaughterhouses, has surpassed 200,000 signatures from Italian citizens calling for tighter controls, the installation of surveillance systems such as CCTV, and the mandatory stunning of animals with no exception.

Read more at source

Animal Equality – Cruelty in a slaughterhouse in Cremona

Regards Mark

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

Animal transports: It is time for decisions and justice.

Why are there animal transport?

Because the EU gives subsidies to the agricultural industry.
That industry, which is nothing more than the killing machine of the “utility” animals, tries to maximize it profits with the life, with the blood and the suffering of these animals.

Hand to Hand endeavor EU and meat industry the maximum profit at the expense of the animals.

Why does EU allow such animal transport?

Because animals are seen as a commodity.
They are held and fattened where feed and labor costs are cheapest.
Therefore piglets are born in Holland, fattened in Spain and slaughtered in Italy.

And if they are transported as potato sacks in the trucks to the cheapest slaughterhouse over a thousand kilometers, all this does not interest the European Union and the Meat Mafia.
It is just about reaching the highest profits with the suffering of the animals and their death.
It’s all about money.

How many animals are transported per year?

Across Europe about 2,438,306,132 “slaughter” animals are transported.
The most farm animals are transported either by truck or by ship.
The ridiculous EU regulations for animal welfare can practically not be respected.
The clock is ticking, the goods must be delivered on time.
There are as good as no breaks for the animals. Only for the driver.
They suffer from cold or heat, in their feces and urine, they get injuries, they bleed, they cry, but because there are usually no control, then they suffer in their mobile graves and many even die there.

There is no limit in the transport of animals.
They last between 35 hours and 7 days or more.

What can we do?

We need to stop eating meat.
We must stop cooperating with the bloody meat mafia.
We have to stop cooperating with those who kill and torture animals.
We need to abolish the hell of animals in the farms, in the live-transport and in the slaughterhouses.
No eating meat is a political act and a hard blow against the barons of the EU and the meat mafia.

It is time for decisions and for justice.

From Venus, with best regards to all

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

Today, 14/6/21 is a special day for us.

Purely coincidental that we had news through, today, on ‘Ban Live Exports Day’ – where global awareness and demonstrations are focussed towards ending this abhorrent trade in the transportation of live, sentient beings.

Philip Wollen is a Badass Vegan.

And the news is:

We welcome the great campaigner, speaker, writer and all round activist for so many causes, especially animal rights – Mr Philip Wollen, as our first WAV Patron.

Philip kindly responded to our request to be our Patron within a matter of hours, after

Like many of you, our friends and supporters; we have respected and admired so much about Philip over the years; the Ex Vice president of Citibank, who decided to get out of the race and put his money, knowledge and efforts into supporting good causes around the world.

We are delighted to have ‘Phil’ on board with us and welcome him into the World Animals Voice team.  We know this friendship will be effective and long lasting; especially as we as anti export campaigners and animal rights activists; like Phil; still have a lot to say and do with efforts to end this trade and so many other global animal abuses.

So, Philip; Venus and Mark warmly welcome you into our WAV fold, and us being welcomed into yours. 

Here is a link directly into the site run by Philip and his wife Trix, Winsome Constance Kindness :

https://www.kindnesstrust.com/

You can read more about the work of the organisation by clicking on the above link; but here below is a summary of Philip Wollen as written for an introduction transcript for an MC (Master of Ceremonies) at a recent charity event:

Introducing Philip Wollen –

Philip Wollen, at 34 was Vice-President of Citibank. The Financial Press named him in the “Top 40 Brightest and Best” executives in Australia.

During his travels, by age 40 he’d witnessed cruelty so egregious he decided to do all he could to alleviate suffering, and give away everything he owned, with warm hands, and die broke. He jokes “So far, we are right on budget!”

Today, he is a “Venture Capitalist for Good Causes”, supporting some 500 mission-critical projects for children, animals and the environment in 40+ countries. Promoting “Ahimsa” (non -violence) and Veganism is his main interest.

He provides money for  Children, Animals, & the Environment with schools, orphanages, animal protection, shelters, clinics, medicines, biogas plants, ambulances, bore-wells and films; sponsored a married couple (cancer survivors) to run one marathon a day for 366 consecutive days around Australia’s coast, funded marine vessels, whale & seal rescue centres, primate sanctuaries, food, disaster relief, homeless people, victims of domestic violence, scholarships, the arts, health, forests and oceans, undercover anti-poaching operations through his operational “silos”, Kindness Farms, Kindness House, Kindness Oceans, Kindness Kids, Kindness Streets, & Kindness Mobile Restaurants for the Homeless.

Philip awards the annual Kindness Gold Medal & $20,000 Cash Prize to people who have devoted their lives in the service of others. Past recipients include Sir David Attenborough (UK), Dr Professor T. Colin Campbell (USA), Dr Ian Gawler OAM (Australia), Dr Jane Goodall DBE, Smt Maneka Gandhi MP (India), Captain Paul Watson (Canada), Dr Jill Robinson MBE (China), Dr Christine Townend (Australia), Captain Peter Hammarstedt (Sweden), Mr Christopher DeRose (USA), Rev. Dr Andrew Linzey (Oxford), Mr Damien Mander (Zimbabwe), Sri Pradeep Kumar Nath (India), Dr Chinny Krishna (India).

He has delivered speeches in the Parliament in The Hague, the Knesset Parliament in Israel, the European Parliament, the Parliament of World Religions, Universities, & international congresses and has discussed ethics with Presidents, Prime Ministers, Members of Parliament, Nobel Laureates & religious leaders from all the major faiths.

He is the Patron and Ambassador for many international groups; he has written Forewords for books by eminent authors on animal rights, health and ethics. His words have been read by millions around the world and his speeches have gone viral on the internet with over 60 million viewers and independently translated into over 20 languages.

Philip likes to be invisible.

  • The National Australia Day Council wrote: “Essentially a private man, Philip seeks no personal publicity. But he is not afraid to step into the limelight for a just cause”.
  • Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers accurately described him as “Reclusive”.

He has received the following awards:

  • The Order of Australia Medal in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.
  • Australian of the Year (Victoria).
  • Honorary Fellow of the Oxford Centre of Animal Ethics, UK.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Adelaide.
  • Australian Humanitarian Award, Australia
  • Supreme Master Shining World Hero Award, Asia
  • Cottonian of Eminence Award, India
  • Humanitarian Award McKee Project, Costa Rica
  • Sea Shepherd Volunteer of the Decade, Australia
  • The Albert Schweitzer Award, USA
  • The Peter Singer Prize and Medal, Berlin, Germany

So here we are;  ladies and gentlemen; Mr Philip Wollen – Patron of ‘World Animals Voice’. We look forward very much to working with you in the future to end animal suffering.

England: Live Exports – A Message From Phil; CEO At Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) London.

Any photos shown in any of the links are added from WAV archives.

All ofour live export articles can be accessed by visiting:

Live Transport – World Animals Voice

PMAF

Above – PMAF (France)

There is little doubt that the current global live animal export trade which sees millions of animals transported by air, sea or land, is both unethical and cruel, and chilling in its blatant disregard for the welfare of the sentient animals that are transported.

However, there is reason for hope on the horizon.

After decades of campaigning, on 14th April 2021 New Zealand announced in a world first, that it would stop transporting livestock by sea in a phased two-year period. New Zealand’s own ban came after their live exports disaster in September 2020, when a livestock carrier capsized off the coast of Napier, resulting in the deaths of 41 crew members and nearly 6,000 cattle.

In the United Kingdom in May, we saw historic progress for animal welfare with plans for key reforms announced by government, including legal recognition of animal sentience and a ban on live exports. These, and a suite of other measures, were outlined first in the Queen’s Speech and then in a Defra’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare. In total, 40 measures were unveiled covering farmed, wild and companion animals, which together add up to the biggest welfare shake-up in a generation

And only on Tuesday last week, the UK government published its new Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, ushering in the final stage of an end to the cruel trade in live exports. The Bill will legislate to end all exports from Great Britain of cattle (including calves), sheep and pigs for fattening and slaughter.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can’t take to the streets today, but that doesn’t stop us from providing a voice for the millions of animals forced to endure long journeys for slaughter and fattening every year. 

Please join us in calling on the EU Commission to follow the examples set by New Zealand and, more recently, the UK, and implement a ban on the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter https://action.ciwf.org.uk/page/83717/petition/1 .  And please take to Twitter to get #BanLiveExports trending!

Enough is enough. It’s time to ban the evil that is live animal exports!

How you can get involved:-

Please help Compassion in World Farming and use this link to sign our petition to join the call for a future without factory farming

On Monday 14th June, support Ban Live Export International Awareness Day 

– Mark yourself as attending or interested on the Facebook Event page to keep updated and get involved in an action on the day.
– Take part in the global action on Twitter on the 14th of June, using #BanLiveExports

For more information on Ban Live Exports: International Awareness Day, visit: www.stoplivetransport.org

14/6/21 – Today is International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports. 

14/6/21

Today is International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports. 

Just have a think about that statement; an ‘Awareness day to BAN live exports’.

As you know, the export of live animals has been one of, if not, our primary issue since its creation.  No doubt many of you all over the world are today joining up with fellow activists who are hell bent on stopping this disgusting business of treating live, sentient beings as just simple goods; putting them basically into the same category as a tin of beans, packet of rice; packed up to be traded anywhere without a single thought for their wellbeing.

Did we not witness the ‘concerns’ of those involved in this trade recently when we witnessed the farce of live animals being shipped from pillar to post around the Med Sea for months on end.

From here in the UK (England)  –  On 8 June 2021 the UK Government introduced the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill to parliament, which introduces a ban on the live export of farmed animals for fattening or slaughter, from or through Great Britain.  This is a huge victory for all the dedicated campaigners, some no longer with us, who fought so hard for the rights of animals in this specific environment.  We now look forward to the Bill being passed in both houses and the live export trade being stopped from the UK, or the UK being used as a ‘land bridge’ (for animals travelling from Ireland to mainland EU.  Irish animals will no longer be able to suffer on English roads as part of their journey to their deaths.

The Bill still needs to work its way through Parliament before it becomes law. We hope this will be completed before end 2021.

Also, despite this positive movement regarding live animal transport in the UK; we MUST NOT forget all the animals that are suffering at this very moment whilst undergoing live transport; be it on the roads of Europe, or on ships travelling from South America to the EU, or from the EU (places such as Romania) to the Middle East; where they will be slaughtered without even the ‘basics’ such as stunning.

It is our job as activists never to forget the suffering of live transport – yesterday, today and tomorrow.  So, the fight is anything but over; and as such we will give you some links in the following to allow you to continue with your fight.

By pure coincidence, this day, the bBan Live Exports Day, we will have some great (live export campaign based) news to share with you all.  We will be publishing a special post on this in the next few hours.

Regards from Mark and Venus.

Above – Anti export campaigners in NEPAL

Below – SLOVAKIA

Links:

Animals Australia – for a kinder woeld:

https://www.animalsaustralia.org/

PeTA – Help end the hideously cruel live export trade:

https://secure.peta.org.uk/page/34699/action/1

 

EU trade and transport of live animals:

Animal Welfare Foundation – We demand an end for cruel live transports by road and sea

https://www.animal-welfare-foundation.org/en/projects/animal-transport/live-exports-by-road

Animals Angels – Stop Live Transport:

https://www.animals-angels.de/en/

Eyes on Animals – watching out for their welfare:

https://www.eyesonanimals.com/

Urge the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government and the Welsh Government to deliver a ban across the whole of Great Britain at the same time, and as soon as possible.

Petition – Ban live exports (e-activist.com)

On 14 June 2021, campaigners all over the world will unite for the sixth annual International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports. Please join us online, and speak out against the cruel, global live exports trade. Find out more, and register to take part

Please join us online, and speak out against the cruel, global live exports trade. Find out more, and register to take part.

Last year’s story

In June 2020, for the first time, Ban Live Exports: International Awareness Day went completely ‘virtual’, and thousands of campaigners reached out across countries and continents, making their voices heard despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here’s what we achieved, together:

  • Over 103,000 #BanLiveExports tweets in 36 countries, viewed 31 million times.
  • Over 32,600 emails to the Scottish Government demanding #JusticeForCalves – all sent in just two weeks.
  • Almost 9,000 tweets demanding #JusticeForCalves, including 3,100 to the Scottish Government and thousands more from campaigners spreading the word.
  • Selfies with the calf filter on Facebook and Instagram were viewed nearly 40,000 times.
  • High profile support from a whole host of Compassion heroes, including Peter Egan, Emma Milne, Deborah Meaden, Joanna Lumley, James Greenwood, Marc Abraham, Jerome Flynn, Kate Ford, Mike Beckingham, Carley Stenson and Liz Earle.
  • National media coverage of our Judicial Review in The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times, Closer magazine, The London Economic and more, taking our message to millions of readers.

For more information and resources, please visit stoplivetransport.org.

SAFE, New Zealand:

Ban Live Exports International Awareness Day Marred As Live Export Ships Make Their Way To Aotearoa

https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO2106/S00112/ban-live-exports-international-awareness-day-marred-as-live-export-ships-make-their-way-to-aotearoa.htm

Ban Live Exports International Awareness Day

https://stoplivetransport.org/

Viva ! England – International Live Export Awareness Day:

Animal Aid England – Ban Live Exports 2021 – International Awareness Day:

From our friends at OIPA in Italy:

BAN LIVE EXPORTS INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS DAY. THIS CRUEL PRACTISE MUST END: ANIMALS ARE SENTIENT BEINGS

https://www.oipa.org/international/ban-live-exports-awareness-day-2021/

How to stop live animal export:

What countries have, or are, banning live exports:

A few photos of SOME pof the recent global demos calling for an end to live animal transport:

Above – ROMANIA

Above – SOUTH KOREA

Above – SPAIN

Above – ITALY

Above – AUSTRIA

Above – PORTUGAL

Vegan wings frequently sell out at Wing King, one of the top chicken restaurants in the U. S.

Hi all; nothing much today as we have been working much on another issue – maybe we will have some news in the near future; so …../.

Vegan Wings Make Up 40% Of Top Chicken Restaurant’s Sales

Vegan Wings Make Up 40% of Top Chicken Restaurant's Sales
Wing King says its vegan chicken is ‘immensely popular’ Credit: Vegans, Baby

Vegan wings frequently sell out at Wing King, one of the top chicken restaurants in the U.S.

Popular chicken eatery Wing King says that up to 40 percent of its business comes from vegan chicken wing sales. Wing King was named one of the best wing restaurants in Las Vegas. Thrillist ranked it in the top 20 in the United States.

The rising cost of processing chicken meat motivated Wing King to look for new ways to draw in customers. The company now offers non-GMO, soy-based vegan wings in flavors like hot Buffalo, Cajun, garlic, and lemon pepper.

The plant-based wings even include a bamboo ‘bone’ to make them more realistic. They are fried in separate oil to the meat-based version to avoid cross-contamination. On its Instagram account, Wing King said the vegan wings are ‘immensely popular’ and often sell out.

Wing King also offers vegan pizza with dairy-free cheese and Beyond Meat burgers.Chef Brian Peace spoke to KTNV Las Vegas about the restaurant’s menu. He revealed that vegan wings make up 35 to 40 percent of his business. “We are not like other wing restaurants,” he said.

Peace added that he relies on the profit margins of these options, as well as CBD-infused wings, to make up for the money he’s losing on chicken. “Without it, I don’t know if we would be in business,” he said.

Vegan Wings Make Up 40% Of Top Chicken Restaurant’s Sales | Plant Based News

Turkey adopts new animal welfare law – a step forward

In the coming days, a long-awaited animal rights bill will be presented to the Turkish parliament, calling for prison sentences for anyone who kills, abuses or tortures animals.

The final bill was submitted to the ruling Justice and Development Party (President Recep Tayyip Erdogan AKP) on June 8th, 2021, and is expected to come into force on July 1st, 2021.

With the aim of curbing the incidents of violence against animals, some of which have even made headlines in recent years, the expected law will define animals as “living beings” and not as “goods” as under current law.

In the new law, which is supposed to take into account the requirements of current values, citizens and NGOs, the name will initially be changed. It is planned to rename the previous “Animal Welfare Act” to “Animal Rights Act”.
A specially trained animal police are to be used.

A man sits with cats on a street in Istanbul, Turkey, January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Should the law pass, imprisonment for crimes against animals will range from six months to four years, which is long enough to effectively block opportunities for a person to be released on bail or converted into a fine.

In addition to imprisonment for the sexual abuse of animals, a judicial sentence of at least 100 days is imposed.

Continue reading “Turkey adopts new animal welfare law – a step forward”

EU: All Products Placed on the EU Market – Including Imported Ones – Must Comply With Future Cage-Free Standards.

End the Cage Age Deutschland & Österreich (@Keine_Kaefige) | Twitter

WAV Comment:  We all want to see all farm animals liberated from their prisons over the next few days – of course we do; that is us.  But we have to accept that this wonderful news is a vote from people that can press for change, and that will happen now.

Changes like this, sadly, do not come overnight.  Production methods of farming throughout the EU have to change for the better; a phase out period has to be introduced to allow the farming community to change and get the old cages where they have always belonged; on the scrap heap or passed into the hands of the scrap metal dealer.

This is monumentous news for the citizens of the EU.  They have demanded that their parliament; elected by them, the people; undertake change to give them what they require – a cage free system for animals in the EU.

Take time out today and think what a huge chage started in the EU Parliament yesterday. Even better is the requirement that all products placed on the EU market  – including imported ones – must comply with future cage-free standards

The world is beng sent a message; go cage free or we don’t want you.  A good day for animals in the EU; the start of major change.

Regards Mark

European Parliament urges to ban the caging of farmed animals!

10 June 2021

The EU moved closer to ending the cage age today, with the European Parliament urging the European Commission to ban the use of cages in animal farming by 2027.

The EU Parliament passed a resolution on the End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) with an overwhelming majority, with 558 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in favour to 37 against, and 85 abstentions. 

The resolution urges the Commission to revise the outdated EU Directive on farmed animals in order to phase out cruel cage systems in animal farming. This will prevent more than 300 million farm animals – like hens, pigs and rabbits – from being kept in cramped cages every year.

It also emphasises that all products placed on the EU market – including imported ones – must comply with future cage-free standards. 

Additionally, the resolution stresses the need to provide adequate incentives and financial programmes to support farmers through the transition to cage-free systems. 

Today the European Parliament showed a groundswell of support to end the barbaric cage systems in animal farming. EU citizens, scientists, companies and now also democratic representatives want to end the animal farming dark ages. Now it’s up to the European Commission to make these voices heard, not only to relieve the suffering of billions of animals but also to honour the EU’s democracy and civilisation. We count on a positive decision.

Reineke Hameleers

In addition, the EU Parliament called on the Commission to “put forward proposals to ban the cruel and unnecessary force-feeding of ducks and geese for the production of foie gras.” 

MEPs also pushed the Commission to speed up the review of the EU animal welfare legislation, asking for it to be completed by 2022 instead of 2023, as currently planned. This can ensure that the ban on cages in animal farming will be introduced within the mandate of the current Commission, which will leave office in 2024.

MEPs endorse EU citizens’ call for gradual end to caged farming

Press Releases

Yesterday 

  • Alternatives to cage farming exist and should be encouraged
  • Ban to be based on impact assessment and species-by-species approach
  • Transition period and proper support for farmers and livestock breeders
  • Full compliance of imported animal products with EU rules on cage-free farming

Caged animal farming could be phased out in the European Union by 2027, say MEPs.

In their response to the “End the Cage Age” European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), MEPs asked the EU Commission to come up with legislative proposals to ban caged farming in the EU, possibly already by 2027, following an appropriate transition period and after a solid scientific impact assessment has been carried out. The resolution to this end was adopted on Thursday with 558 votes in favour to 37 against, and 85 abstentions.

Alternatives to cage farming exist and are being successfully implemented in a number of member states, MEPs say. These alternative systems should be further improved and encouraged at member state level, but to ensure a level-playing field for farmers across the European Union, MEPs agreed EU legislation is needed.

Species-by-species approach and properly funded transition

The gradual end of the use of cages should be based on a species-by-species approach that would take into account the characteristics of different animals and ensure that they all have housing systems that suit their specific needs, MEPs say. Before any legislative changes are made, farmers and livestock breeders must be given a sufficiently long transition period and proper support. This could include adequate advisory and training services, incentives and financial programmes to avoid farmers losing their competitive edge and prevent the relocation of EU agricultural production to places where animal welfare standards are lower than in the EU.

MEPs also call for a more comprehensive food policy to support the shift towards a more sustainable food system, but also to prevent small and medium-sized farms from abandoning livestock production and stop its further concentration in the hands of a few large farms.

Same standards for all imported products

A fair trade policy that ensures a level playing field is a precondition for higher European standards, the Parliament says. The Commission and member states should therefore focus more on putting effective controls and customs checks in place to ensure that imported agri-food products meet EU animal welfare standards.

MEPs want all animal products imported into the EU to be produced in full compliance with relevant EU legislation, including the use of cage-free farming systems. They insist existing trade deals should be re-evaluated to ensure that the same animal welfare and product quality standards are met. They also call on the Commission to promote animal welfare internationally.

Ban on unnecessary force-feeding of ducks and geese

MEPs also call on the Commission to come up with a proposal to ban the cruel and unnecessary force-feeding of ducks and geese for the production of foie gras.

Background

The “End the Cage Age” European Citizens’ Initiative was registered with the EU Commission on 5 September 2018. By the time it was submitted, the initiative had gathered support from almost 1.4 million signatories from across the EU, with the required threshold for signatures met in 18 member states. MEPs debated the citizens’ initiative together with its organisers, Commissioners and representatives of other EU bodies during a public hearing on 15 April.

MEPs endorse EU citizens’ call for gradual end to caged farming | News | European Parliament (europa.eu)

Regards Mark

EU: Parliament Votes To Make Cages for All Farmed Animals Illegal Across the European Union by 2027. Major, Major Victory for the EU Citizen !

End the Cage Age Deutschland & Österreich (@Keine_Kaefige) | Twitter

Today, on 10 June 2021, the European Parliament urged the European Commission to make cages for farmed animals illegal across the European Union by 2027, adopting a resolution on the ‘End the Cage Age‘ European Citizens’ Initiative.

The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority, with 558 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in favour to 37 against and 85 abstentions. It urges the Commission to revise the outdated EU directive on farmed animals, Directive 98/58/EC, in order to phase out cruel cage systems.

In the EU, at present, laying hens and rabbits are confined to spaces about the size of an A4 sheet of paper. Adult female pigs have to spend nearly half of every year inside crates, in which they cannot even turn around. Calves, geese and quail are also caged, preventing them from performing basic natural behaviours.

Parliamentarians agreed on the need to end these practices. They also highlighted the need to ensure that all products placed on the EU market – including imported ones – comply with future cage-free standards. They stressed the need to provide adequate incentives and financial programmes to support farmers through the transition.

In addition, the EU Parliament called on the Commission to “put forward proposals to ban the cruel and unnecessary force-feeding of ducks and geese for the production of foie gras.”

Parliamentarians also pushed the Commission to speed up its review of the EU’s animal welfare legislation, asking for this to be completed by 2022 instead of late 2023 as currently planned. This would help ensure that the ban is introduced within the mandate of the current Commission, which will leave office in 2024.

In today’s morning session, the Parliament also debated the resolution, with an extraordinary number of 45 MEPs taking the floor. The debate was attended by Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, who expressed support for the ‘End the Cage Age’ Initiative. She stated that the Commission’s commitment to improve the welfare of animals “does remain a moral, a health and an economic imperative.” “And for me, it is a personal commitment to strive for change,” she added.

Earlier, during a Parliament hearing in April, EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski highlighted that the Commission promises to work intensively to end the cage age — a clear indication that a proposal is in the making.

The Commission is expected to announce what steps it will take regarding the issue on 30 June this year.

Commenting on today’s resolution, Olga Kikou, Head of Compassion in World Farming EU and one of the citizens leading the ‘End the Cage Age’ European Citizens’ Initiative, said: “Citizens have been waiting for years to see the cages ban materialise. We are delighted that the European Parliament has taken a firm stance against cages. The time has come now for politicians to put words into action. From today on, the ball is in the Commission’s court. We expect nothing short of an ambitious timetable for ending the use of these outdated torture instruments called cages. Once this happens, the EU could truly claim global leadership in animal welfare.”

MEP Anja Hazekamp, Co-chair of the MEP working group on cage-free farming, added: “Hundreds of millions of animals are locked up in cages for farming purposes in Europe every year. They live under horrible conditions, without any chance to exercise their natural behaviour. After the successful citizens’ initiative, signed by 1.4 million citizens, the European Parliament now joins the widely supported call to free animals from their cages. The Left emphasizes that a legislative proposal must now be put forward without delay. All animal-cages in Europe must disappear at the latest by 2027.”

When animals are concentrated in large numbers in confined spaces, they do not experience a life worth living. There is a great deal of scientific evidence that farmed animals suffer in cages, yet every year in the EU over 300 million still spend all or part of their lives in cages, pens or stalls.

The ‘End the Cage Age’ European Citizens’ Initiative was signed by 1.4 million people across Europe and is only the sixth successful Initiative since the EU launched this democracy tool ten years ago. It is the very first successful Initiative for farmed animals.

The Initiative is also supported by over 170 organisations, a group of cross-party Members of the European Parliament, the European Committee of the Regions, a group of over 140 scientists, representatives of the business community, organisations campaigning for environmental protection, health and farming, as well as veterinary students and vets.

Overwhelming support by EU Parliament for ban on cages for farmed animals | Compassion in World Farming (ciwf.eu)

The EU citizen has spoken;

now they want action;

Regards Mark

More to come on this very soon – a wonderful result !

Israel bans the sale of fur – not a novelty, but whitewashing

Recently there has been a boom on the Internet that Israel introduced the fur ban (as the first country in the world).
The animal rights scene is cheering, and the gullible animal rights activist praises Israel with comments, gifs, and emoticons on the Internet.

However, in addition to this mass euphoria about the new novelty, there are two small hooks that, in the case of Israel, allow animals to be bestially killed because of their fur, namely:
On the one hand in science for educational and research purposes, i.e. for unholy animal experiments.
And on the other hand for the production and sale of the so-called “Schtreimel”,( שטרײַמל‎) the headgear of ultra-orthodox Jews.
Once again, religion is tolerated by the state and placed above animal welfare in Israel.

A third but most important hoe makes this ban more than suspect.
Israel has drawn hatred and contempt from around the world after the last Gaza massacre.

It was already time for a diversion from Israel, which works best where there is a belief that animal welfare has nothing to do with politics, and therefore the ban (which is half one) is dated as breaking news.

First of all, one thing has to be said: some restrictions on fur have already existed.

Los Angeles and San Francisco have already banned sales.
California wants to be the first US state to follow the good example of these two cities in 2023.
In the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo, the export and import of fur goods are already prohibited.

Perhaps very few people know anything about this, because none of these countries wanted to do the white washing of Israel with the ban, and neither did it need to.

So we do not participate, and we do not deserve any praise or recognition for countries, governments or instances that take a good step against animal suffering, but live in the Middle Ages when it comes to human rights and the autonomy of other countries.

My best regards to all, Venus

Hunland promises improvements in animal transport

Hunland is not waiting for a change in the EU regulations but is developing, in its own competence and in cooperation with animal welfare NGOs, much stricter animal welfare rules for the transport of farm animals than the current regulations, said a Board member after an EU hearing.

As a first step, the long-term transport of unweaned calves will be banned from August, but professionally trained animal welfare officers and body cameras can also come later.

Hunland is implementing a new animal welfare practice in the field of animal transport after the company, which is also active in Hungary, took part in an E hearing on the subject.

The event organised by the European Parliament’s ANIT Committee of Inquiry, a body for the protection of animals during transport, and held in early March was attended by the EU decision-makers, by animal welfare NGOs and by companies active in the sector.
At the constructive event, despite seemingly contradictory points of view, the parties agreed on the need to further improve the EU’s animal welfare situation during transport and to call for even more humane methods in this area.

Photo, video, body camera

The expert added that the situation of animals as well as companies and workers in the sector will be better if those involved do not look for faults but actively work to ensure that animal welfare considerations are met during transportation.

To this end, the corporate group proposes to introduce an image and video documentation obligation during certain phases of transport, such as loading, unloading and resting.

The company will also begin training animal welfare officers to oversee the process during transportation, and would also inspect drivers.
In addition, the company manager suggested that the body cameras and webcams of the participants in transport could be used to transparently monitor the transport of the animals so that their treatment could be checked.

Following the event, Péter Hencz stated:

“It is clear to Hunland that it will not wait for changes in regulations at national and EU level, but it will introduce significantly stricter rules than the official animal welfare standards in its own area, which it strictly observes during transportation and also shares its experience with animal welfare organisations that express their interest”.

Long-term transport of calves is discontinued

As one of the first steps, the company group will not transport unweaned calves, i.e. calves younger than 90 days, in a long term from 1 August this year, i.e. Hunland will ban the transport of calves that are not yet able to live independently for more than 8 hours.

By doing so, the company is embarking on a more lenient practice than the animal welfare regulations which are quite strict internationally.
The current regulations allow the long-term transport of calves as early as from the age of 14 days.
In the months leading up to the introduction, all Hunland partners will be able to prepare for a practice that will change significantly from August, which will be a decisive step in animal trading.

They do not follow but shape the rules

Péter Hencz said about the decision: Hunland’s goal is to actively bring to life a humane and transparent animal transport practice, not by following the rules but by shaping them, in cooperation with the animal welfare organisations.

The ban on long-term transport of unweaned calves is only the first step in this regard.
The Hunland Group will take further pioneering steps in the field of animal welfare in consultation with experts, animal welfarists and partners.

The Hunland Group, which started as a small family business in Dutch ownership, is now one of the most important agricultural players in Hungary.

Originally limited to the livestock trade, the company is now also regarded as a serious agricultural producer, with large capacities in beef cattle, milk production and feed production.

However, the company’s main activity is still the export of livestock: in this field Hunland is a significant player in the Mediterranean region, in the Middle East, in Russia and in the surrounding countries.

https://novekedes.hu/english/livestock-transport-in-a-gentle-and-transparent-way-hunland-will-be-even-stricter-than-the-regulations

And I mean…As early as 2017, the company commissioned the organization Eyes on Animals to hold an animal welfare seminar for 15 employees.

EoA activist reports about it:
“Hunland Transport tries to introduce standards within the company that go beyond the basic minimum requirements of the often vague EU legislation.
They were an open-minded and committed training group. We thank Hunland Transport for their serious efforts.

It will not be possible to stop the transport of farm animals, but every opportunity should be used to significantly improve the conditions for transporting the animals in cooperation with good transport companies”.

On April 20, 2019, Hunland announced its willingness to cooperate in livestock with Egypt via the media:

Egypt, Hungary explore partnerships in the livestock sector


“Egypt, Hungary explore partnerships in the animal husbandry sector” !!

“The two parties also agreed to import goats, especially in light of high demands from breeders of this strain, which is known with their high production of meat and milk, the statement read.

For their part, the Hunland representatives expressed their willingness to export Holstein calves to Egypt, in addition to providing the technical assistance to the country with regard to artificial insemination and the improvement of Egyptian breeds of cattle to increase their production of milk and meat”, the statement noted.”

Who controls the animal transport when Hunland transports animals in the Mediterranean or the Middle East?

Even the minimum European animal transport regulations stop at the EU borders, as we have seen very often.

Goodwill alone does not help here, we need laws, pressure, demonstrations in front of the EU Commission in Brussels or the EU Parliament.

Therefore: Even the small improvements in the form of Hunland must not give us illusions that the meat industry will take care of the suffering of animals in animal transports, farms and slaughterhouses.
Because that’s part of their business

We welcome Hunland’s decision. And we hope the company keeps its promises.
But our struggle goes much deeper and aims at the end of animal transports.

My best regards to all, Venus

EU: Animal Ice Sculptures Left Melting Outside European Parliament To Link Animal Ag And Climate Crisis.

‘Change your plate, not the climate. Animal agriculture is melting the ice caps. Go vegan’

Animal Ice Sculptures Left Melting Outside European Parliament To Link Animal Ag And Climate Crisis

Go Vegan: Animals Melt Outside European Parliament | Plant Based News ‘The climate crisis requires urgent action’ Credit: PETA France

Animal-shaped ice sculptures have been left outside the European Parliament, highlighting the link between animal agriculture and the climate crisis

A pig, cow, and chicken sculpture were constructed in front of the parliamentary headquarters – located in Strasbourg, France. 

‘Go vegan’

They slowly melted over a banner that read: “Change your plate, not the climate. Animal agriculture is melting the ice caps. Go vegan.”

Moreover, the demonstration was spearheaded by vegan charity PETA, ahead of World Environment Day (June 5).

European Parliament

It follows a letter sent by the organization’s French affiliate to European Parliament President David Sassoli. It calls on him to ensure the Parliament serves exclusively vegan meals as well as ‘send a responsible and compassionate message to the whole world’.

“As you know, the climate crisis requires urgent action,” the letter reads.

“The science is clear on this topic: animal-derived products – including chicken, fish, cheese, and eggs – have a much bigger environmental footprint than plant-based foods. 

“The United Nations has considered animal agriculture to be one of the main causes of issues such as deforestation, pollution, dead zones in the oceans, habitat loss, species extinction, and melting ice caps.

“[This] is why it has warned that a change in diet is needed to prevent the worst effects of the climate crisis.”

The letter then says representatives must ‘lead by example’. It argues switching to a vegan menu is ‘not only easy but also cuts food-related carbon emissions by 73 percent’.

Regards Mark

China: herd of wild Asian elephants in Yunnan takes a break

A wild Asian elephant herd left the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in southwest China’s Yunnan Province and started marching north in mid-March.

After passing through several counties and occasionally wandering into villages and towns, they have stopped and taken a rest in a suburban area of Kunming City.

The number of elephants in the herd has changed as the their journey progressed. The latest tally is 14, after one male left the group.

What has made these endangered animals leave their habitat and march north remains uncertain. According to some experts, the reason is probably that the environmental protection process in the area has provided a good habitat for the Asian elephants, which enables them to breed more.

The march might be a dispersion of the population, with conditions allowing the group of elephants to leave and look for new habitats.

Image shows wild elephants wandering in YunanThe journey has comprised a mixture of farms, tracks and asphalt and has continued night and day

Local authorities in the places that the elephants visited have all carried out comprehensive response plans to ensure the safety of both humans and the elephants.

In both Yuxi City and Kunming City, contingency plans have been launched with equipment including unmanned aircraft that were used to continuously monitor the elephants’ activities and emergency mucking trucks that were sent to block surrounding roads into the village.
People were quickly organized to evacuate where necessary and food was also used to guide elephants away from urban areas.

Asian elephants are under first-class state protection in China and are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.
The population of wild Asian elephants has been increasing in China, from 180 in 1980s to about 300 now.

The migration of the wild elephants in China has already stepped into international spotlight.

Media outlets including TV Asahi, the BBC and the New York Times reported the animals’ ongoing journey, analyzing the possible reasons behind the migration.

Efforts to turn them around have failed, and scientists may have to try and find them a suitable place to live nearby.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-06-08/Herd-of-wild-Asian-elephants-in-SW-China-s-Yunnan-takes-a-break-10VugLV1sli/index.html

We wish the travelers a lot of strength and good luck in their new home

My best regards to all, Venus

USA: Cruel ‘goldfish grab’ in Ohio banned?

Despite a public outcry, the city of Springdale, Ohio’s Parks and Recreation Department has reportedly scheduled another “Goldfish Swim” on August 8, in which 1,000 goldfish will be dumped into a swimming pool with children who will be instructed to scramble to catch them with their bare hands.

During this chaotic event, approximately 1,000 goldfish will be poured into a community swimming pool, where children 12 and under “must catch them with their bare hands, no nets, no buckets or help from Mom and Dad” in the hope of taking them home.


Being dumped into a pool filled with frantic children grabbing at them would obviously be a horrific ordeal for these tiny animals, who view nearly everything as a predator—and exposure to even trace amounts of chlorine can cause them to experience respiratory distress.
Furthermore, because fish can transmit bacteria such as E. coli, such events pose a risk to the children, too.
These animals need your help now!*

Using the form below, please urge Springdale’s Parks and Recreation Department and its mayor and city council to cancel this cruel event permanently—then, forward this alert to everyone you know.

https://support.peta.org/page/29763/action/1 (Petition)

And I mean…More than 4,700 people have signed a Change.org petition to stop the event saying it is “obvious” animal abuse.

Unfortunately PETA very rarely or not at all dates their posts. The article I posted was also undated.
I did a little research on the topic and found the following news:

Julia Davenport, USA: THEY HAVEN’T SCHEDULED ONE FOR 2020!!!

I’ve scrolled through the city’s events calendar several times and looked at several months, and I didn’t see a Goldfish Swim scheduled for any of the upcoming months all the way out to February.
They have other aquatic events for the next several weeks for various ages, but no Goldfish Swim.

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And PETA itself posted this last message.
However, as I said: no date!

*UPDATE: Ohio City Officials Cancel Cruel ‘Goldfish Grab’!
The city of Upper Arlington, Ohio, made the decision to cancel its plans to host a “goldfish grab” event in which dozens of goldfish would have been dumped into a swimming pool and chased by scrambling children who would attempt to scoop them up with nets.
We’re extending a big “thank you” to the city and to all of you for speaking up for animals!

Maybe they gave up. Fingers crossed!

(Anyone who wants can still sign the petition, it is still active, and that is the reason why I decided to post the topic anyway).

My best regards to all, Venus


Our reader Mary Finelli sent us the following message:

Mary Finelli says:
June 9, 2021 at 10:39 pm

Venus, very unfortunately – and infuriatingly, this animal abuse event is scheduled to happen this year, as noted in the city’s current newsletter (see p.7): https://www.springdale.org/publicfiles/Newsletter%20Spring%202021 % 20-% 20final.pdf

See also https://www.facebook.com/FishFeel.org/posts/2974498772773535

Mary Finelli
Fish feel
http://www.FishFeel.org

We thank her very much.
After this information it makes sense to sign the petition.
Please do that!

Regards Venus