USA: Louisiana State University Research Tells Us ‘Eating Crude Oil Is Bad for Birds’, and ‘Birds Don’t Like Captivity’. Tell the Uni to Get A Life And Drop People Who Do This !

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WAV Comment – thank god we have these researchers. Who would guess that eating crude oil is bad for birds, or that birds don’t like captivity – I would never have deduced that. Louisiana State University is obviously at the cutting edge of research when it comes to findings such as this. How much is this so called ‘research’ costing, we ask ? – I think we knew that oil was bad for birds !

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Serial bird tormenter Christine Lattin—whose twisted experiments have uncovered such Earth-shattering discoveries as “eating crude oil is bad for birds”—has brought forth another major advancement in human understanding: Birds don’t like captivity.

Lattin, whose ongoing illumination of the obvious is unsurpassed, recently published a paper describing an experiment that she performed while at Yale University. She captured 21 songbirds and subjected them to both acute and long-term trauma.

The birds, who are naturally highly social, were housed alone in cages, restrained in cloth bags for 30 minutes at a time to induce acute stress, and held in captivity for at least eight weeks before being killed. Some were also given painful injections and further stressed when forced to undergo anesthesia, which involved additional restraint and injections. Wild animals, who are unused to handling, are particularly sensitive to the distressing and disorienting effects of anesthetics.

Lattin’s main conclusion? Wild birds don’t adjust well to captivity.

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This groundbreaking discovery, on par with “water is wet,” makes her once again the winner of today’s “No Duh” Award.

Take action below to urge Louisiana State University, where Lattin now works, to stop her from continuing these twisted and useless experiments on its campus:




Mother earth is daying, thanks to one species!


Isn’t it surprising to think just how beautiful and raw nature was a few million years ago, and how it has changed into something that the world is worrying about, now?

It’s astounding to see how humans have evolved and emerged on one hand and have managed to put our mother Nature in such grave danger, on the other.

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And… I can imagine (almost) no other politically effective action, which as only one creates so much, as the vegan way of life. With just one thing, not eating meat, we can do a lot of things well for our planet.

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Best regards, Venus

Kenya: It’s Donkey Slaughter Industry – Send A Message Now !




A PETA Asia investigation uncovered horrific abuse in Kenya’s donkey slaughter industry, which exists only to meet China’s demand for ejiao, a traditional Chinese medicine.

Workers cruelly beat donkeys before they’re taken to the abattoir to be slaughtered – all so that their skin can be boiled down to make the gelatine used for ejiao.

Many donkeys are transported to these facilities by lorry – forced to endure a gruelling trip that can take several days, during which the animals are deprived of both food and water.

Eyewitnesses found dead donkeys who hadn’t survived the torturous journey abandoned outside an abattoir. One donkey on a lorry appeared to be injured and was unable to stand up. Workers dragged her out, dumped her at the facility’s front gate, and kicked her.

We believe this cruelty must be stopped. Do you agree?

If so, please urge Kenya’s cabinet secretary for agriculture to ban all donkey abattoirs: 

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Thank you for your compassion.


Margarita S

“Industrial livestock will collapse”


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By 2030, food production will undergo radical change. The “RethinkX think tank” anticipates dramatic changes especially in meat production.

The think tank expects that food produced on a herbal and microbiological basis over the next ten years will gain huge market shares – and that traditional meat and milk production will face equally great losses. That’s why the number of cattle in the US will halve by 2030, forecasters predict in their analysis “Major disruption in food and agriculture in the next decade”.

Sales of the beef and dairy sector, amounting to around US $ 400 billion at present, will at least be halved by today’s price levels, according to the forecast.
At the same time, production costs in conventional agriculture will double. The lower demand for agricultural goods will lead to a depreciation of agricultural land by 40 to 80 percent, because the demand for vegetable raw materials is falling.
The other sectors of animal processing will undergo similar changes, the report warns. This would also affect the number of employees, which could decrease by 1.2 million people in the affected industries in the US.

Tony Seba, co-founder of RethinkX and one of the authors of the report, sees several developments that overlap and reinforce each other. Seba sees technological developments such as “precision fermentation” (exact fermentation) and a new production model, which he calls “food-as-software”, as the most important driver.
This would dramatically reduce the cost of protein production and increase quality.

By “precision fermentation” he means processes that allow microorganisms to be programmed to produce almost any complex organic molecule. The costs of these new procedures have fallen exponentially in recent years. By 2025, they could drop to less than $ 10 per kilogram.
By 2035, they would be five times and ten times cheaper by 2035 than classical animal proteins.
The new foods would then be 10 times more efficient in terms of land, water, raw materials and energy consumption. Consumers should benefit from the new technology because the products are more nutritious, healthier, tastier and more varied. This requires open markets and protection through standards.

The study predicts a “creeping death” for classical animal processing. Product for product, which hitherto comes from cows, will be replaced by alternatives that are cheaper and of better quality. The drastic conclusion is that “industrial livestock will collapse long before modern technologies produce the perfect cellular steak at a competitive price.”

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The diffusion of the technology of exact fermentation is to use global databases in which food producers find the know-how for the individual building blocks of their products. The study therefore speaks of a “food-as-software system”: processors can use it to select the molecules they need for their product. Finally, the food is to be produced through the use of regionally produced vegetable raw materials.

And here’s the sensation: Nestle starts with veggie hack

Incredible Burger is followed by Incredible Hack. The world’s largest food company Nestlé continues to hunt for Beyond Meat. The pressure of competition is growing. The latest hype on plant-based meat substitutes even Nestlé Professional serves from October 2019 with a new product.
Nestlé therefore wants to expand its meatless meat business. “We have a long list of products that we want to introduce,” said Germany boss Marc-Aurel Boersch at Media Day of the billion-dollar group in Frankfurt.

It starts in October with hack. The product looks like raw minced meat, tastes just as hearty-juicy and can also be shaped and prepared, the company advertises. Nevertheless, no gram of meat was processed in it.

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The success of meatless “Incredible Burgers” seems to support the new strategy. Nestlé has sold almost five million vegan burgers alone in Germany in the last three months – twice as many as the number two on the competitive market.

Nestlé is expanding its range of vegan meat substitutes. Hack follows Hack, as the company believes the trend is more than a hype. Above all, the world’s largest food manufacturer wants to appeal to a target group.

The Manager Hubert Stücke has to think for a long time. “I am now 35 years at Nestlé. Over the years, however, I have rarely experienced such dynamics in a single product, ” says the manager from the board of the German national company of the world’s largest food manufacturer. “Maybe with the 5-minute terrine or the Nescafé cappuccino.

“The demand is huge. In the short term, we have extended production by one additional shift, ” said Garden Gourmet Marketing Manager Christian Adams.

My comment: Recently, we mentioned an approach about how to greatly and effectively reduce meat consumption (

If a competition does not take place among giants then it would be hard to very hard to expect this change based on the consumer’s decision.
This argument seems to work.
Capitalism becomes active only where there is profit.
The reason why Nestlé and other companies market the vegan range is not the love of animals.
As in the past, hatred of animals was not the reason for the sale of animal products.
The profit always decides in the caritalistic economic system.

Now Nestlé has to keep up, as Beyond Meat is already making huge profits with its Veggi steak.
Nobody has anything against the fact that the manufacturers make profit with it.
We also win, because this will be a positive result against meat consumption.
This is called a win-win situation.
What is offered on the market, the consumer buys.

However, there is a risk that the giant Nestlè wants only to ruin the – in comparison – small company Beyond Meat, and therefore increases just as invasively to market competition.
And may be, once it’s done, Nestlè returns to selling animal products.
I desided for the purchase of Beyond Meat.
Finally, one can not forget that Nestlé steals the water in Africa and sells it dearly.

Best regards to all, Venus

22/9 – Happy ‘World Rhino Day’.

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Happy World Rhino Day – if only they could enjoy the day without fear of poaching and killing !

Announced by the World Wildlife Fund-South Africa in 2010 to celebrate World Rhino Day on 22 September every year, the event took off on a global scale both on online and offline platforms when Lisa Jane Campbell of Chishakwe Ranch in Zimbabwe and founder of Annamitici joined hands with creative director Rhishja Cota

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Some links to check out to see organisations who are working to help this species:


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USA: Ohio College Plans to Slaughter 9 Lambs and then Feed Them to Students. Take Action.



Antioch College in Ohio plans to slaughter nine lambs it used as “lawnmowers” and feed them to students in the dining hall.

Please urge the school to send these animals to a reputable sanctuary and inform students of the benefits of vegan eating instead.


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Spain: medieval animal abuse practices!


Images recorded with a camera hidden by Animal Equalia, show the wild abuse of animals in a slaughterhouse in Madrid.

Another example of what the industry considers “exceptional”, but that really happens every day everywhere. The “animal welfare” of advertising is nothing but covert abuse.

The lambs go in line. They resist death, but there is not much to do. An operator jumps on them to accelerate the chain. In another part, several sheep are thrown into the air. Metal doors are slammed shut. Blood.
These are some of the images recorded with a hidden camera in a slaughterhouse in Villarejo de Salvanés, in the Community of Madrid.

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The images are eloquent: lambs thrown, kicked and beaten. A worker is repeatedly thrown over. Some, who do not have standing, go to the production chain, ready to consume. This is the slaughterhouse Cárnicas Salvanés SL, according to images provided to this newspaper by the Equalia association, which filed a criminal complaint on Monday in the courts of Leganés against this business for violating European animal welfare law and finding anomalies in hygiene of the facilities. The company denies the accusations.

The video begins with a drone image that places the slaughterhouse. It is in Villarejo de Salvanés, southeast of the region, and it is a family business run by three brothers and where lambs, sheep, goats and cows are slaughtered and subsequently consumed in the Madrid region and in areas of Toledo.

In the video, the slaughterers appear putting in the slaughter line sick lambs that “barely stand up”. Small sheep that are thrown alive, thrown over the rest of the flock, which remains confined in corrals full of fleas and feces. “It is a risk to public health,” denounced from Equalia, an organization that has disseminated the images.

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The company had the Halal certificate until the beginning of 2019. This means that, within the same slaughterhouse, lots are made when sacrificing the animals: depending on the client, they are stunned or not (when the Islamic rite is followed). During this year, all animals without exception of Cárnicas Salvanés SL had to have been stunned to avoid unnecessary suffering.

David Herrero, spokesman for the organization Animal Equality, explains to the Public that, although it cannot be generalized, this is an example of how community regulations are breached in slaughterhouses in Spain. So, it is not the first time that Equalia manages to enter the opaque walls of the meat industry.

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The diffused images show sheep that do not stand up or are sick, and are taken to the conveyor belt to enter the bleeding zone. One of them was filmed dying the night before. “It took ten hours until she was taken to the killing area,” explained Herrero.
The law contemplates that an animal that cannot walk will not be dragged or transported to the place of killing, and will be sacrificed in the same place where it is, without moving it or, of course, throwing it.

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In fact, it can be seen that some of the animals agonize while, hanging, they bleed along with the rest of the herd. “One of them became fully aware until half an hour,” they say from Equalia.

This newspaper has tried to contact unsuccessfully with the company Cárnicas Salvanés S.L. to know its version of the facts.

My comment: Almost all the media in Spain report about it, but even in Germany this hell has caused great rage among civilized people. How has the human species degenerated so much and treats animals so primitive and sadistic still today, in the 21st century?
I have no answer but I found a good comment about it in RT, it is in Spanish but the translation was easy to do:

The comment: “Los españoles son unos malparidos (excluyendo a mi abuelo), leyendo a Fray Bartolomé de las Casas me enteré de la manera tan cruel que masacraron a los naturales de América, se estima que el genocidio mas grande en la historia de la humanidad lo realizaron estos degenerados.
Solo en ese país podían nacer las corridas de toros, las peleas de gallos, las cruzadas y la Inquisición”.

Translation: The Spaniards are spoiled (excluding my grandfather), reading Fray Bartolomé de las Casas I learned in such a cruel way that they massacred the natives of America, it is estimated that the greatest genocide in the history of mankind was made by these degenerated.
Only in that country could bullfights, cockfights, crusades and the Inquisition be born.

Best regards to all, Venus

The animal rights movement is getting stronger




New Zealand. In New Zealand, animal rights activists have stood in front of a meat shelf and thus blocked access to the goods. They blocked the shelf so customers could not buy meat. The vegan activists protested completely in black and taped their mouths shut. In addition, they held signs saying, “Stop eating animals” or “It’s not food, it’s violence.” Only the police were able to escort the troops from the supermarket.

A member of the DirectAction Everywhere group filmed the action.

The video is now on YouTube:

In the video, a man is heard saying angrily, “Go away, you disgust me” !!!

When the police are finally called, protesters decide to leave while shouting,

“It’s not food, it’s violence.”

And we mean: We thank the active and courageous activists.

Anyone who has taken part in any such or similar action knows that there will always be aggression, insults, and often even physical violence, but over the years we’ve gotten so “thick skin” that we do not care.
Bei the way, the voice that shouted, “go away, you disgust me” is the rage against those who hold the mirror of truth in front the face of the meat consumers in the supermarket.
Because most people know the truth, but a confrontation with it would mean that they finally have to act right and stop eating animals.

In the end, and when the activists are led out by the police, the meat-eaters will buy nevertheless their meat, but any direct action against the empire of Carnismus will lead more and more people to stop eating animals.
Then this system would cease to exist.

Without demand, no meat.

My best regards to all, Venus


Brazil: The Amazon by Drone – Cattle Ranching Accounts for 80% of Brazilian Amazon Deforestation.

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Dear Mark,

Our drones took to the skies once again, and this time we uncovered massive deforestation in the Amazon. Even more shocking? Meat production is to blame for this devastation.

The Amazon rainforest is one of the world’s treasures and likely the most important natural place on Earth. But it is being destroyed at a rate of four football fields per minute.

Why? According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, cattle ranching accounts for 80 percent of Brazilian Amazon deforestation.



Soy crops are another cause of deforestation in the Amazon and in other extremely important biomes, such as the Brazilian savanna. Few people know that 79 percent of soybeans are used as feed for chickens, pigs, and fish, and not for human consumption.

Destruction of the Amazon rainforest has worldwide consequences. If we don’t protect it now, the future of life on Earth will be at risk.

The good news is that you can help. The best way for everyone to help stop the destruction of the Amazon rainforest is to choose plant-based foods. It’s as easy as swapping animal products for the delicious, satisfying plant-based versions that are growing in popularity.



Lindsay Oliver
Vice President of Investigations

P.S. Mercy For Animals exists to end the greatest cause of suffering on the planet: the exploitation of animals for food. Please support all our work to help farmed animals by making a special donation today.


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WAV Comment – here are some of our recent past links to the fires in Amazonia:

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“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”


No animal should suffer like this. Please watch this to the end.


There are many things we can not imagine: that about 90% of people consider the life of a dog more valuable than that of a sheep.

Paul McCartney said, “If the walls of slaughterhouses were made of glass, no one would eat meat.”
The walls have been made of glass for a long time. With the undercover investigations, with the reports that even come in public television channels or newspapers. With the demos against slaughterhouses, with the mobilization of the mass resulting from successful petitions, such as “end the cage age”

And yet: the consumption of meat increases, the animals are transported for days or weeks to death, meat remains cheap, the meat mafia goes richer.
Many say that’s capitalism.
But in the countries of the so-called real socialism, there has also been mass animal husbandry under dire conditions.
Carelessness and cruelty seem to be the basic moral of any system.

If we take into account that the production moral of capitalism is: For what purpose can I use animals? How and to what extent can animals help increase my profit? then we come to the conclusion that the change in meat consumption will not (or not primarily) come from the masses, but from above, that is from the system.

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We have recently experienced the sensational entry of the “Beyond Meat”. Everyone talks about it, and many well-known and recognized animal rights organizations warmly recommend it.

Many have tried it, out of curiosity or conviction, many only want Beyond Meat, others will follow, at least for the moment it is seen as a sensation in restaurants; but it does not really matter. The result counts. And the result is…“the stock’s explosive 136% move higher since the May 2 2019 initial public offering”.
As the vegan products evolve, so too does the conscious wine and consumption of the mass.
Of course, this is also a capitalist product that subjecst to the usual capitalist rules, but with one important difference: the company that prizes it does not participate in the daily millionfold murder, which overshadows in cruelty, rudeness and cowardice all the terrors even of the world wars.

People will never stop seeing a value in their use of animals.
That was 500 years ago, today is the same, only extremely worse.

The original moral strength of capitalism was the usefulness of people’s attitude. Through battles, sacrifices and laws, human animals have achieved a (relatively) decent standard of living, and especially formal rights.

Animals are still subject to usability in today’s capitalist system. The pig, the cow, the sheep is not an animal. The system treats them just like a machine in a factory.
So if we want to abolish (or at least reduce) slavery and animal exploitation within this system, we have to play with its rules, we need giving capitalism the opportunity to earn money on vegan meat.

“LYNX”: Beyond Meat without question has wracked up several big partnership deals this year in the fast-food space. From one with Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN) for a sausage breakfast sandwich to faux chicken at Yum! Brands-owned Kentucky Fried Chicken (YUM) , Beyond Meat has shown it’s moving aggressively to expand distribution.


Yes! Of course, it is paradoxical and even unorthodox for people with a pronounced anti-capitalist ideology, if we support this system on an equal footing. On the other hand, it is even more paradoxical that the left has not been providing support or education for vegan ideology for decades, which we actually would have expected from the left, because it corresponds to their ideals that say, “The struggle for social justice is also a fight against the destruction of our environment and the brutalization of man against the animals”.

As much as these videos reflect our forces and hopes for a better world for animals, so honestly we have to say that there is a change in sight, we notice it on many levels of life.

Under our fight, which goes on and harder, has already brought many good results.
Hope, courage, fight is our ideology.
And our practice.

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Best regards to all, Venus

EU: Finally, After A Second Try, We Get One Response (out of 10)Regarding Our Concerns For Romanian Sheep Exports. Now We Wait to See What Happens (if anything !).





Hi all

Regarding the issue of the 70,000 live sheep exported from Romania to the Middle East recently, which we covered on a daily basis; we then raised the issue with EU MEP’s as to what injunctions were going to be taken by the EU against Romania.

You can read our letter here:

… well, a few weeks on and we had NO replies from anyone – no real surprise to us, but a reflection of the system in the EU. So we wrote again:

Yesterday, 19/9, we finally had one e mail back to us regarding the issue. It was from the office of Judith Bunting MEP (for SE England). The letter was worded:

Dear Mr Johnson,

I apologise that you have not received a response from our office regarding this issue.

This is a notice to say that we have received your email and Ms Bunting will be in touch with answers to your questions in due course.

For now, we are waiting on responses from other MEP’s offices regarding:

– The Commission’s infringement proceedings against Romania

The Motion for Resolution submitted by Dominique Bilde MEP


With regards to the other questions in your letter, we have contacted both the European Parliament’s Research Service as well as the Health and Food Commissioner’s office. They should be able to provide more clarity on the issues you discuss.

Kind regards,



Finally; someone is addressing our concerns ! – it is worth looking at the ‘motion for resolution’ submitted by Dominique Bilde MEP via the link given above.

So now we wait to see what we get back from the EU.

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In the meantime; the same vessel (the Al Shuwaikh’) which carried all the suffering Romanian sheep to the Middle East is now trying desperately to get a consignment of sheep from South Africa – you can read more here:

We have yet to hear if the SA government are going to allow the shipments both now and in the future.


Here is a video showing the conditions in which the sheep are transported; and how they suffer during the voyage.


This is the reason why we fight the live export trade so vigorously; be it by road, sea or air. We will never give up with our exposure of the terrible suffering animals endure during live transport.


Regards Mark

Australia: I Am Invisible.


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Pictures shown are from WAV archive and are not associated with this AA campaign.


And the high walls of factory farms are designed to ensure she stays that way.

With rare reviews of legal standards for hens and pigs taking place, these animals desperately need to be seen.

Watch our powerful new TV ad (no graphic imagery) — and please help us keep it on air:

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Have you noticed that when a truck of pigs or chickens pulls up at traffic lights, all eyes turn away from them? Why? Because when we look into their eyes we see individuals looking back at us. When we look into their eyes we connect with them — we feel our affinity with them. When we look into their eyes we recognise their vulnerability. We feel for them… The human heart instantly responds.

One of the defining reasons why pigs and chickens in this country have been denied the protection of animal cruelty laws is because they are unseen: hidden away in mammoth factory farms. The legislators who have the ability to change their lives for the better — cannot see them. The people who would make kinder choices — cannot see them. These animals are ‘invisible’.

But they don’t have to be. With decision-makers revisiting laws that allow hens to live their entire lives crammed in barren cages and sensitive mother pigs to be kept caged in crates — the most important thing we can do is ensure these animals are seen.

Can you help by supporting our new TV ad so we can spread their message far and wide?

This time last year, an end to caging hens wasn’t even being considered. But unprecedented public feedback to the ‘poultry code review’ has put a ban on the battery cage squarely on the table.

Yet despite the public consultation ending over 18 months ago, we’ve just learned that a final decision on the future for hens in this country has again been delayed.

It seems various government processes are currently more focused on silencing and stopping those exposing animal cruelty than protecting animals from cruelty in the first place. And all the while, the animals wait. The very fact that they are hidden allows these outrageous delays.

For only the second time in the past 20 years, Australian laws that allow severe confinement of mother pigs and, inconceivably, body parts to be cut off their babies without pain relief are also due to be reviewed.

These animals desperately need us to create a window into their world. To reveal that these fragile hens are not production units, they are individual living beings who deserve so much better from us. As do the gentle and playful pigs whose lives in factory farms are so miserable they are known to suffer depression.

That’s why, now more than ever, we need to remind decision-makers who these animals are. That they live and breathe and dream and feel… That while they may be hidden from their view — they equally need protection from cruel treatment.

You’ve given animals your voice. Now help them find their own by clicking here to help us keep this powerful TV ad on air.


Like most people, most politicians have never stepped foot inside a factory farm. They’re not places keen to open their doors. And there’s a reason for that. It’s because ‘life’ for the animals confined within them is so at odds with how things were meant to be.

Hens naturally want to flap their wings, peck in the soil and lay their eggs in privacy. Pigs naturally want to explore and dig, and build nests for their babies. Given the opportunity both hens and pigs will respond to kindness with affection. But in factory farms, the daily lives of these animals have been systematically stripped of everything that makes life worth living — because of ‘production systems’ that kept them hidden and unseen.

We have a vision to change that by shining a light on their existence and taking their plea for compassion and kindness directly to the very people who have the power to change their world.

If you too can envision a peaceful, kind world for animals then please help us create it.

For the animals,

Lyn White AM
Director of Strategy


WAV Comment – see also: 




South African Sheep Face “Nightmare” Journey.



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As the livestock carrier, the Al Shuwaikh, heads for South Africa, local TV show Carte Blanche has investigated the nation’s emerging live export trade with Kuwait and the potential for what the presenter calls a “nightmare journey” for the 65,000 sheep being readied to sail.

The Carte Blanche TV show says: “Facing prolonged loading processes, poor ventilation, stifling heat and overcrowded quarters, some 65,000 sheep will soon be packed onto a mammoth livestock vessel due in the East London harbor later this month. The livestock will be transported for weeks on the high seas, standing in their own filth, with no space to even lie down. Amid methane gas and ammonia accumulating in the cargo hold, this controversial trade deal between South Africa and the Middle East will eventually see millions of our sheep sent abroad.”

The TV show notes the whistleblower footage released by in Australia in 2017 that focused on the Awassi Express but also included footage from the Al Shuwaikh. The Carte Blanche presenter said the footage was so disturbing that it was decided not to show it on the program. He interviews Australian Dr. Lynn Simpson, a former live export veterinarian who has sailed on the Al Shuwaikh and who has been raising the issue of poor welfare on live export ships since 2001. Simpson says when she saw the footage, she was just seeing her experience from 57 voyages repeated.

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The controversy surrounding the whistleblower footage continues in Australia – and an Australian Department of Agriculture observer report from a May 2018 voyage of the Al Shuwaikh revealed suffering and death as a result of the vessel’s design and management of livestock on board. The report indicated that for eight days sheep were open mouth breathing, indicating severe heat stress, as they “attempted to gain position around the ventilation vents on all open and closed decks.” Multiple instances of “death by smothering” occurred as a result of this. Heat stress was worsened by “oil fuel heaters being left on during the equator crossing” and poor ship design with “dark colored steel roof surface absorbing radiated heat from above.”

Additionally, the observer noted that water troughs were fouled with manure, particularly towards the end of the voyage when a skeleton crew were available to attend the livestock due to discharge preparations. There were significant welfare concerns during discharge, with the livestock, vocalizing loudly, left without fresh feed for over 30 hours. Moldy food was observed in the bottom of troughs for both sheep and cattle on numerous occasions. Dusty pellets were also observed, and on some decks this was largely attributed to the workings of the automated feeding system. The observer also noted that during rough weather a ballast tank overflowed into one of the sheep pens.

A Kuwaiti export company is apparently planning to export two consignments of around 70,000 sheep from South Africa to the Middle East this year, followed by 600,000 sheep, goats and cattle annually for the next three to five years.

Shatha Hamade from Animals Australia, says on the Carte Blanche program: “Every animal welfare organization on the planet opposes the live export trade by sea, and for good reason. The inherent suffering and risks in this trade are actually unavoidable.”

Regarding the export voyage planned for departure from South Africa later this month, she says: “I challenge the farmer that might be contracting with the Kuwaiti company, I challenge him to sit down and watch this [whistleblower] footage and talk to me and tell me that he thinks that it’s okay.”

Japan: Taiji – Should Surfers Boycott the 2020 Olympics in Japan over Taiji and Whaling?



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Should Surfers Boycott the 2020 Olympics in Japan over Taiji and Whaling?

Should surfers be competing for Olympic medals in the same waters where dolphins & whales are being slaughtered or is this an opportunity for us to take a stand and defend. 


France: Civil courage of animal rights activists



“The well-known pain in my chest is back, I can just walk, they can not.”
(Jo-Anne McArthur, photographer and animal welfare investigator)

Activists who exposed animal cruelty to the largest pig farm in France were TROUBLED.

What activists experience when they discover animal agony, you can see in the video!

This is how an activist describes the action in this slaughterhouse:

“The last days I hadn’t found any words for everything that happened, I tried several times to write this post and then deleted the lines again.

Five days ago I participated in the mass action of civil disobedience #OccupyCarrefour and we peacefully occupied one of the largest pig farms in France. Together with other activists i had my neck chained to the bars of the cages where the pigs are trapped, while other activists documented the terrible conditions to make it available to the public.

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We were subjected to the same violence as the animals are every day, we were pushed and beaten by the farmers and I was even hit in the face with an iron bar.

People who use violence against animals on a daily basis do not shy away from violence against humans. While i was chained at the same height as the pigs, I had to look into their eyes the whole time and could hear their screams. But I also had to look into the eyes of my friends – full of fear and grief.

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We had to experience what it’s like to be trapped there and were helplessly at the mercy of this violence just like the animals. The other activists tried to protect us with their bodies, but nobody protects the animals.

A young farmer even threatened to shoot us, there was so much hatred in the eyes of these people. We were lucky to be able to leave this cruel place alive again, but the animals are in captivity all their lives and are killed in the end.

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Imagine what it is like to be locked up in a small cage for the rest of your life, where you can’t even turn around. Imagine what it’s like when your babies are taken away shortly after birth and you never see them again. Imagine what it’s like when you can’t run away from violence, when you can’t even try to save your own life. The animals are born in this hell, they don’t see daylight or sunlight all their lives, they don’t get fresh air and they just vegetate until their day of execution. Humane agriculture or humane killing does not exist in reality.

Let us make conscious choices and end systematic exploitation.

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Such cruel conditions are even permitted by law and the police monopolize the use of force that is applied against the people who oppose this system. Police violence and repression thus affects the wrong people, who are free to denounce the bearer of a message instead of responding to the message itself and changing something. The consumption of dead animals and animal products is not only morally reprehensible, but also ecologically unacceptable as it contributes significantly to the climate – consuming huge amounts of water and energy.

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Next time you buy meat or animal products, think of her face. Think of their fate and the suffering they have experienced. Think of the life they could never live just because of your taste. In today’s society, eating meat is no longer a necessity, but a decision. A decision for violence, indifference, suffering and death. And a decision against compassion, love, respect and freedom. Is this really what we as human beings want to stand for?

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The only thing this industry fears so much is the truth and the truth is what we will reveal. Just because something is legal, does not mean it is also right. If there is a law to legitimize and legalize cruelty to animals, exploitation, oppression, discrimination and environmental destruction, then it is our moral duty to disregard these unjust laws.

When injustice becomes accepted, resistance becomes an obligation!

Please reconsider your decisions in the future, you have at least three choices a day. Do not apologize, do something! Become active and speak for the animals, they cannot speak for themselves”.

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There’s nothing to comment on, just a lot to think about, and it’s best to make your decision here and today to stop cooperating with this fascist system of exploitation.
This is the meat and milk industry.
It’s time to finish it.
We thank the brave activists very much for their civil courage.

My best regards to all, Venus

Cultures and cruelty


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Because we humans have raised ourselves to the pyramid of creation, we take every right in relation to animals to enslave, slaughter and eat them.
This also includes dogs and cats for China and some other Asian countries.

Recently, there have been heated discussions and even struggles in the circles of animal rights activists.

Some, those with the pet protection mentality, say: “Yes, it is terrible to eat pets, they are more sensitive than others, they are the best friend of man living with people …”
The others say: “Why should we rescue the dogs and eat the pigs? The slain pigs are smarter than dogs and at least as friendly, playful and trusting as dogs are when we let them.” Both arguments are wrong, because it means: If death, then for all! that is justice”.

Although people might have a right to their opinions, it does not follow that their opinions are correct. Especially when it comes to ethical issues.

Regarding the debate of dog food in general, it seems that not the killing is criticized but only the torture.

However, there are a few things to note when it comes to the difference between slaughter and slaughter:
First, there is a crucial difference between the slaughter of animals in slaughterhouses and the private, amateurish slaughter of dogs on the street. While slaughtering animals in abbatoirs is wrong, dissecting a live dog is even worse and deserves special criticism.

Secondly, the rationalization of dog food can not be confirmed by legitimizing the eating of meat in all countries, because it is an argument based on the wrong ethical basics.
And that, for one simple reason: if something wrong is legitimized, it must not be broadened and tolerated at all levels.

For us, the animal rights activists the fight against the atrocities in the slaughterhouses does not stop in pigs, cows, sheep, chickens, but extends to ALL slaughterhouses and slaughter practices of the world.
And even small successes in this direction are in danger of relapsing, when cruel folkloric idiosyncrasies, primitive traditions, and miserable cultural heritage are permitted by corrupt and demagogic politicians.

A cultural practice can be immoral, although it seems immensely logical to its practitioners. This applies to both the Chinese and the non-Chinese.
There is no human meat food culture, all the food cultures on the basis of meat in the world do not represent moral practices.

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If U.K actually annulled the prohibition of dog meat internally, that would only prove a pseudo cultural tolerance, a cheap demagogy for “cultural” dog eating, motivated in the reality by their absolute indifference to the suffering of animals; of slaughter animals and domestic animals.

My best regards to all, Venus



India: There Are Some Brilliant People Devoted To Animals Out There ! – Another AAU Video.



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Three puppies were submerged in rock solid tar where they had been stuck, unable to move even an inch for many hours. They were terrified and being unable to move, could only cry out in fear.

It took many hours over several days for our team to soften the tar by massaging oil and giving many baths, but these three puppies had incredibly strong spirits.

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Remember the ‘Al Shuwaikh’ and the Romanian Sheep ? -Now It Is Trying To Take SA Sheep. Read the Latest From Animals Australia and the RSPCA.



WAV Comment – remember we recently covered the entire shipment of the ‘Al Shuwaikh’ when it was transporting 70,000 live sheep from Romania to Kuwait and Iran – well now it is setting its sights on live exports from South Africa – read more below.


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From Animals Australia:

The Kuwaiti company responsible for Aussie sheep ‘cooking alive’ at sea is trying to gain a foothold in South Africa.

Little did they know, we were already there waiting for them.

On Sunday night, their hopes of loading South African sheep onto the notorious Al Shuwaikh without any scrutiny or opposition were fully shattered when the country’s premier current affairs TV program, Carte Blanche, aired an unforgettable ’60 Minutes’ style segment as to why South Africa should not export live sheep.

Please take a moment to see how our efforts to protect animals from the live export industry are going global: WATCH NOW!


Along with former live export veterinarian Dr Lynn Simpson, I was interviewed for the program. Caring South Africans are now venting their outrage that this company — having been stopped from getting Australian sheep during the Middle Eastern summer — has turned its sights on South Africa.

The Al Shuwaikh is currently sitting off the South African coast hoping to wait-out the public furore created by the Carte Blanche program. We are teaming up with local animal protection group, the NSPCA, to lobby the South African government to not allow this shipment.

The NSPCA would love Animals Australia supporters to band together with caring South Africans to call on their government to say ‘no’ to live sheep export. You can sign their petition here: 

When I landed in Johannesburg to be interviewed for Carte Blanche, it was impossible not to reflect on the enormity of our efforts to bring an end to the global live export trade and the different continents it has taken us to.

Little by little, these powerful export companies are realising that their industry is now being held accountable globally due to the efforts of a relatively small animal charity from ‘down under’ and our band of compassionate and generous supporters.

Achieving this unprecedented exposé on South Africa’s highest-rating current affairs TV programme would not have been possible without our investigations, and without your support. As an investigator and an advocate, I send you a heartfelt thank you.

For the animals,

Shatha Hamade
Legal Counsel – Animals Australia.




From the RSPCA Australia:

Mark, we know how strongly you feel about ending the cruelty of live animal exports.

So we wanted to update you on some recent developments in the trade.

Despite the clear evidence that suffering is inevitable, live sheep exports resume

After a moratorium was placed on live sheep exports from June to 22 September, exports are due to resume this week. This is despite the overwhelming evidence that heat stress is unavoidable for the entirety of the high risk May to October period.

We will be watching this space closely, and are continuing to call for the Department of Agriculture to heed the evidence and protect sheep from suffering by ending this trading period.

What is the Department of Agriculture trying to hide?

Late August, the RSPCA was advised that the Department of Agriculture would refuse to release video footage from live sheep export journeys to the Middle East (footage we requested under the Freedom of Information Act).

On the day the footage was due to be released, we instead received a letter from the Department stating that the footage could not be released, because it could result in adverse criticism of the live animal export industry as a whole and be used by those who are opposed to the industry to lobby for the banning of the trade.

It’s extraordinary. How bad must this footage be (captured under the watch of the government observer), if the Department is concerned it could be used to advocate for an end to the trade altogether?

If the footage is so risky to the future of live export, it’s even more important that we see it.

We’ll continue to challenge this decision, and bring you updates.

Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports Bill passes Parliament

In good news this week, the Bill to establish an Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports has passed through Parliament, meaning greater oversight and accountability for the live export trade.

The establishment of an independent Inspector-General to oversee the Department of Agriculture’s regulation of live export was a key recommendation of the 2018 Moss Review.

The Moss Review found that the Department’s focus on trade facilitation negatively impacted its culture as a regulator of animal welfare.

As long as the regulation of animal welfare falls to the Department of Agriculture, the need for strong oversight by the Inspector-General will remain.

More evidence of cruelty to Australian cattle in live export

Sadly last week, we also saw more horrific footage coming out of Indonesia, showing Australian cattle suffering shocking slaughter conditions after they were ‘leaked’ outside the approved supply chain.

Once again, we have evidence of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) failing to protect Australian livestock.

The RSPCA is urgently calling for a review into the ESCAS, and will be watching developments on this issue closely.

We will keep bringing you updates, and letting you know how you can help end the suffering in live exports. Thank you for your support.


Dr Jed Goodfellow
RSPCA Australia









UK: Scotland Raises Maximum Penalty for Animal Cruelty to Five Years Imprisonment.



Scotland Raises Maximum Penalty for Animal Cruelty to Five Years Imprisonment

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The Scottish Government has strengthened its Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 by introducing several new measures, including upping the maximum prison sentence for the most serious animal welfare crimes from one to five years.

The Government has also introduced an unlimited fine and raised the maximum penalties for some wildlife offenses. In addition, it will enforce ‘Finn’s Law’ — which is already being implemented in England and Wales — to toughen protection for service animals.

The changes were announced in the country’s Programme for Government, which states: “The Bill will also provide powers to make regulations for fixed penalty notices in relation to animal welfare offenses and provides a new process to allow animals that have been taken into possession on welfare grounds to be sold or rehomed without the need for a court order.” This aims to decrease the time that animals involved in lengthy court cases will have to wait to find new homes.

The Government says it is continuing work to protect the welfare of animals in Scotland and is recruiting members to its interim Scottish Animal Welfare Commission to provide advice on the welfare of sentient animals. It is also planning to launch a media campaign to put an end to the barbaric and cruel puppy farming trade.

“The positives this will bring to animal welfare in Scotland are genuinely transformational. From the thousands of court cases we’ve been involved in, its evident sentencing is wildly inconsistent,” says Mike Flynn, chief superintendent of the Scottish SPCA, which welcomes the move. “A number of Sheriffs have recently stated that they thought their current powers were inadequate. It’s clear that the courts would benefit from the ability to hand down lengthier custodial sentences to protect animals and deter other people from acts of mistreatment.”

“For years, we have worked hard to reform animal welfare legislation with MSPs and Government officials,” adds Scottish SPCA chief executive, Kirsteen Campbell. “Credit must go to the Scottish Government for identifying the need for reform, taking on board both the invaluable expertise of the Scottish SPCA and our partners and the overwhelming public support for this and acting on it.”

Greece: Petition – SIGN: Stop Chaining Animals’ Heads and Legs Together for Cruel ‘Hobbling’.



SIGN: Stop Chaining Animals’ Heads and Legs Together for Cruel ‘Hobbling’


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PETITION TARGET: Mayor of Paros, Markos Koveos


SIGN: Stop Chaining Animals’ Heads and Legs Together for Cruel ‘Hobbling’

In the Greek Island of Paros, locals tie animals’ legs to their heads to disable them from walking in an incredibly cruel process called hobbling. The ropes and chains cut into the helpless animals’ skin, creating wounds that become painfully infected. The animals are so desperate to escape, they often break their bones trying to get free.

Hobbled donkeys, cows, and sheep are kept in areas without shelter or water, left to suffer in the baking sun or freezing cold. This often leads to an agonizing death.

Hobbling is illegal in Greece, but still prevalent. A Lady Freethinker eyewitness described seeing the shocking practice firsthand, along with further cruelty to animals in Paros.

“Dogs with heavy metal chains around their necks, burning in the sun, with no water available, nowhere to hide from the heat and sun or from bad weather. Stray cats, sick, living in garbage, being driven over often on purpose by locals,” reports the eyewitness.

The witness saw locals drowning newborn animals and poisoning stray cats, along with a general lack of animal welfare enforcement on the island.

It’s time to stop the suffering.

Sign this petition urging Mayor Koveos to enforce the law and end all hobbling, and work to drastically improve the way all animals are treated in Paros.

UK: Government Tries New Ban To Stop Dog Meat Being Eaten in UK; But Bureaucrats Stop It for Fear of ‘Offending Cultural Sensitivities In the Far East’ !


WAV Comment:  This was intended to stop any dog meat being eaten by folk when in the UK.  We are not talking a ban in Vietnam or Korea; this is in the UK.  But now scared UK desk pushers have got the jitters that the UK is ‘offending cultural sensitivities in the Far East’ by not allowing dog meat to be eaten here in the UK.  Seems that the UK is not allowed to make laws for the UK for fear of upsetting someone from somewhere else. 

Maybe we will have to introduce bullfighting into the UK very soon for fear of upsetting ‘Spanish Tradition’.  Don’t nations governments make laws for their own nations any more ?

Mr Gove is a good man who tried to stop this – the scared UK pen pushers giving in to animal abuse on cultural grounds once again ! – Pathetic !!

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A NEW legal ban on eating dogs (in the UK) has been blocked by Justice Ministry bureaucrats for fear of offending cultural sensitivities in the Far East.

Environment ministers have drawn up a new criminal offence in Britain of possessing dog and cat meat.


 Michael Gove ordered the ban in the summer despite dog meat being rarely eaten in the UK

Mr Gove (above) attempted the right thing with a ban IN HIS COUNTRY- the UK.


Former DEFRA Secretary Michael Gove ordered the move in the summer despite the sickening practice being rare in the UK.

Dog groups persuaded him that it would send a powerful message to South East Asian countries where the practice is still rife, matching a similar law passed in the US last year.

But The Sun can reveal that nervous civil servants have stepped in to halt the ground-breaking move.

 A ban on eating dog meat in the UK has been blocked over fears of offending South Asian countries


Campaigning Tory MP Giles Watling was told by the MoJ that one of the reasons it acted was that it would be “culturally insensitive” of the Government to dictate to other nations what they should eat.

Mr Watling told The Sun last night: “Dogs are our companion animals. We do not eat them, and that is a very important message to send to the rest of the world.

“It’s not culturally insensitive because we’re not telling them what to do – we’re just telling them what we do.

 Their meat it is considered both a delicacy and a health tonic in the Far East

“We shouldn’t be worrying about that, so I was surprised that was the MoJ’s objection.”

Justice officials also argued that it would be difficult to enforce the law and the current ban on transporting or exporting dog and cat meat suffices.

Eating dog is already banned in Germany, Austria, Taiwan, South Australia and Hong Kong.

An estimated 30 million dogs a year are slaughtered to be eaten, across China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Most are stolen off the street.

 A new legal ban on eating dogs has been blocked by Justice Ministry bureaucrats for fear of offending cultural sensitivities in the Far East

Their meat it is considered both a delicacy and a health tonic.

The World Dog Alliance mounted a campaign in the UK last year for a full ban on any activity relating to the eating of dogs.

A series of MPs back a ban, including former Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan who dubbed it “a disgusting habit”.

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “We currently have some of the strongest animal welfare laws in the world.

“The government is currently considering whether any changes are needed in this area in the UK and will set out any plans in due course.”

Japan: Taiji Dolphin Hunt Is Underway – A Message from Ric; Director of Dolphin Project.



On September 1, individuals across the world took to the streets and stood up on behalf of dolphins. While you held up signs, and helped educate why dolphins should be celebrated, the dolphin hunters of Taiji, Japan readied their boats in preparation for the annual drive hunts. Less than two weeks in, it’s already been a brutal season.

Dolphin Project Returns to the Cove

Sixteen years ago when I first stood on the shores of the Cove, observing in horror as dolphins were selected for “life” in captivity and slaughtered for their meat, we didn’t have the benefit of social media to shed an international spotlight on these atrocities. We do, now – and this truly is the heart and soul of Dolphin Project’s campaign in Taiji. By live streaming and documenting the brutal dolphin hunts, Japan can no longer hide their crimes against dolphins and nature.

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Thanks to your activism and sharing our images and live streams, much progress has been made. Japanese activists have come back to Taiji, stepping up their fight from within. In many parts of the world, the captivity of dolphins and other whales has been banned. Breeding bans have been enacted. Major tour operators have stopped selling tickets to attractions that keep dolphins in captivity. The tide is definitely changing.

Above – Dolphins selected to become circus performers will never lead a normal life again, now totally dependent on their human captors for food, Taiji, Japan.


With the Taiji annual dolphin hunt now underway, more than ever, I’m asking for your help. As the only organization consistently on the ground in Taiji, we are determined to keep shining a light on what happens there. It’s imperative we live stream and keep documenting, but we can’t do this without your generous support.

Our field team will be vigilantly documenting the hunts all season, because it is our duty to do so. Together, we must do all we can to end this war against dolphins.


Let’s protect dolphins together,
Ric O’Barry,

Founder/Director of Dolphin Project


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Aquarium: End these animal abuse all over




Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, China is considered the largest aquarium in the world and opened in 2014.
This huge factory also includes a full theme park with rollercoasters and co and a walk-in underwater observation dome.
The aquarium should have cost the equivalent of about 2.4 billion euros.
Nine Russian orcas were first introduced at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom Park in 2017, and at least two more entertainment venues will open in the next few years, the park said.

On July 10, 2017, six dolphins, one male and five female, were transferred from Japan to Qinhuangdao Lertao Ocean Kingdom.

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This dolphin female lies on a dry cloth, his eyes exposed to the bright, artificial light. She had just been flown from Japan to China when the picture was taken, and she looks exhausted and miserable.
Brain sick people are gathered around her, taking pictures and touching her backs. These poor wild dolphins are dragged out of the water in Japan, taken to an airplane, hung there simply, with no water at terrible noise and stuffy, and those who survive it then end up in a Chinese “seaworld” for the amusement of the Chinese.



In the small Russian port of Nakhodka, more than 100 whales were found in November 2018, caged in small cages. The whales had been caught for illegal sale to China. Now their suffering is over because they were released after a worldwide protest in June 2019.
The animals were reportedly accompanied on their six-day journey by 70 specialists. The whales should be exposed where they were caught.


Incidentally, the second largest aquarium in the world is in Portugal.

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Oceanario de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal was created as part of Expo98.
João Falcato, CEO of Oceanário de Lisboa, says: “We are honored that our visitors continue to value our work and mission to protect the oceans. Thanks to our large and dedicated team we can offer you a unique and unforgettable experience. Twenty years after the inauguration, it is a source of pride and motivation to continue to promote the sea, if you consider it the best aquarium in the world. “
By the way, the operators call it “for the protection of the oceans”

One of the largest aquariums in Europe is in Spain


Oceanografic, Valencia in Spain is considered the largest aquarium in Europe. It was opened in 2003 and on 110,000 square meters are about 45,000 animals.
Among them about thirty dolphins and also sea lions, penguins and other marine life are shown there for amusement.

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The big aquarium in Italy

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Acquario di Genova, Genoa, Italy, where dolphins, seals sharks and turtles live.
It was opened in 1992 on the occasion of the celebrations for the 500th Anniversary of America and expanded several times. There are 15,000 animals in 71 pools and dolphins are also used for entertainment.


In Canada, a law has been passed and dolphins and whales may no longer be captured to be mistreated for the enjoyment of visitors. Those who do not comply will be fined up to $ 150,000. We have already reported:

Britain has no captive whales. While there is no absolute prohibition on keeping whales in captivity, the rules for their attitude are so strict that no aquarium will ever try to import and display whales.

India, Switzerland, France, Barcelona and Croatia have similar bans, in with India even recognizing whales as “nonhuman persons”.


My comment: It may not be known to many that the largest animal parks that still harbor whales are in Europe.
Why are there laws in Europe that are supposed to protect animals?

Nowhere else is the profit with animals made so much as in the entertainment industry!

Obviously, Europe is not only the largest meat producer in terms of factory farming, but with huge animal parks, whales and dolphins make a huge profit in Europe.

A shame for a continent that wants to assert itself progressively in education, enlightenment and animal welfare !!
And that is being financed with taxpayers’ money.

But after the worldwide and strong protests, even the biggest aquarium industrialists get into trouble.
We stay active and alert!

My best regards to all, Venus

1.5 million votes for “end the cage age”: what’s next?




Surely most of you have signed the petition “End the Cage Age”.
For non-EU citizens and readers: This European Citizens’ Initiative aims to end the use of cages in EU agriculture by calling on the European Commission to consider new legislation in this area.

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With 1 million signatures alone, the European Commission would be asked to propose legislation prohibiting the use of:

• Cages for laying hens, rabbits, pullets, chickens for fattening, laying hens, quails, ducks and geese;
• farrowing crates for sows;
• Sections, if not already prohibited;
• Individual calf pens, if not already prohibited.

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The petition ended with a great result: instead of the one million needed, over 1.5 million people signed the European Citizens’ Initiative against livestock caging. Now the European Commission has to deal with that: what’s next?

The collected signatures are checked first. Subsequently, the citizens’ initiative will be submitted to the European Commission. The Commission must then deal with the demands to abolish cages.

In addition, the initiators of the petition will be invited to a public hearing in the European Parliament.

This does not mean, however, that the caging ban automatically comes. Although the European Citizens’ Initiative fulfills all the criteria, the European Commission has the choice: it can accept the proposals of the initiative, change them or do nothing.

The last seems to me the most likely.
Not because I am a pessimistic person or because I have seen so much bad in my long-standing fight for the rights of animals and expect nothing positive.
But, from experience.

Because the 8hours campaign of 2013, with the requirement of 1.2 million people to limit animal transports to 8 hours, never came true. The animal transports became even worse, the controls weaker, the times longer, the victims more.
Instead of realistic improvements by the EU Commission for more humane animal transports, we got animated films with instructions on how have to be transported the animals. And blood still flows from the trucks to the streets and the ships.


Irresponsible, unethical, unprofessional has the EU Commission reacted.

On September 12, 2019, we read on the official website of Eurogroups for Animals:
“With the largest European petition ever for farm animal welfare ending at 23:59 last night, today is one of the most significant days for farm animals….

…With more than 1.5 million signatures so far, End the Cage Age’s success should be more than enough to persuade the European Commission to start the legislative procedure to end the use of cages for farm animals across the continent.

…“Today we have crossed the finish line in the biggest political push in farm animal welfare history. But the fight to get animals out of cages isn’t over yet,” says Reineke Hameleers. “Now it’s time for the Commission to make the changes that the citizens demand and bring us closer to the day when cages are relegated to the history books.” (

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Eurogroup and all those who render their services to the European Community for high salaries, all these must now mobilize theirselves strategically and actively so that the 1.5 million will not become bankrupt again, as they did then.

Now diplomacy, media work and commitment is announced.

If they really want to experience the day, like other 1.5 million citizens too, that “the cages are banned to the history books”, they must do everything so that the commission decides against the cages. Without compromise and consideration.
They are the ones who work closely and confidently with the commissioners, and that is why they know best that their bosses are the strongest agrarian lobyists, who not only allow painful mass animal husbandry, but demand and protect it by law.

Therefore, the question arises, what will they do if the European Commission does nothing?
In that case, we would demand of them that they give up their jobs, they leave that mendacious institution and, like us, fight on the streets for the abolition of the cages.
This is an effective and honest job.

My best regards to all, Venus

NZ: “Motherhood Led Me to Quit Dairy Farming”. But What if You Had Not Become A Mother ?



From Stacey – 


WAV Comment – I personally am finding it difficult to accept some of what is being said by the ex dairy farmer here in relation to her change – “Mothers who gave birth during snow or storms had their babies taken immediately and didn’t even get to clean them first”. “It is not uncommon for day-old babies to have the tube incorrectly forced into their lungs and drown in colostrum within a minute or so, with colostrum pouring back out their noses. When this happens, there are many more fearful and crying babies lined up behind these, so the dead baby is thrown onto a pile of other dead ones as you don’t have time to do anything else but keep working on automatic pilot”.

So it was only when you personally had your first child you related to the mother cow having hers taken away within 24 hours ? – and what I ask, if you had gone on to not have any kids ? – would you still be a dairy farmer finding it acceptable that baby calves are torn away from their mothers almost immediately by your industry ? – am finding it really hard to accept what the ‘animal activist’ goes on about – with the tears and all that. For me, any real activist would surely have been aware (in advance) of the real horrors of the dairy industry beforehand and completely refused to get involved with it. I find it most sad that we have to wait for the birth of a human baby for this ‘activist’ to find out what the dairy industry is about. And most importantly; where would she be now if she had never become a mother ? – PS: what is husband partner doing now ? – still working at this facility stealing baby calves away from their mothers; or has he changed track also ? – we are not told in the video – I do respect her for her change of policy after the birth of her baby; but find it hard to accept that she was not educated enough at the start to know about what this industry is about; male calves being taken away within hours of birth; or shot in the head at birth when people like her partner find out that the cow has given birth to a male. Mark.


The following is Jess Strathdee’s first person account of her years spent working on a dairy farm, and what motivated her to finally leave the industry forever. 

In February 2013, my partner and I moved to live and work on a West Canterbury, New Zealand dairy farm with a 600 head herd. My partner was the second in command on the farm, and I was employed as a relief milker and calf-rearer while starting my studies with Massey University via correspondence.

When I first started milking that year, it was getting to the last months of the season, before the cows were dried off for the winter. They didn’t have a great volume of milk at that time, and the milking would generally only take an easy 2.5 to 3 hours. I remember feeling a sense of pride, solidarity and sisterhood with the cows, honoured that I was privileged to handle such a private area and process of their bodies. Except, of course, on dairy farms nothing about an animal’s body or reproductive process is respected as private or belonging to them.

…the dead baby is thrown onto a pile of other dead ones as you don’t have time to do anything else but keep working on automatic pilot.

Oh God, what I numbed myself to.


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Then calving started. I knew, logically, that cows need babies to produce milk, but I’d never really thought about the fact that those babies are almost immediately taken away from their mothers. On my first morning, I stood in the freezing pens with tiny babies who looked absolutely shattered; still wet with afterbirth, bloody umbilical cords dangling. Mothers who gave birth during snow or storms had their babies taken immediately and didn’t even get to clean them first.

The tiniest babies are tube fed, which involves a tube being shoved down their throats and into their tiny stomachs, and a litre of colostrum poured in. This is traumatizing to watch, and I can’t even imagine how it must feel. Their poor, tiny, soft mouths and throats that should just be suckling small amounts from their mothers while their systems are learning to work, must be so sore from the tubing.

It is not uncommon for day-old babies to have the tube incorrectly forced into their lungs and drown in colostrum within a minute or so, with colostrum pouring back out their noses. When this happens, there are many more fearful and crying babies lined up behind these, so the dead baby is thrown onto a pile of other dead ones as you don’t have time to do anything else but keep working on automatic pilot.

Oh God, what I numbed myself to…

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India: September 2019 – The Latest Rescues From the Brilliant Team At ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’.


Helping animal protectors is, in many ways, as important as helping animals directly. We’re delighted that Animal Aid was chosen by by Animal People Alliance, an animal rescue organisation in Kolkata, to train 5 of their staff in an intensive month-long session covering treatment, documentation and case prioritization techniques. 

In addition to focusing on treatments, thorough health exams, handling and how to interpret animal behaviors, we taught the APA team our approach to answering tough questions on a daily basis:  Which cases are immediate priorities? Who can wait a couple of hours for treatment later in the day? Who has healed? Who needs more time?

The staff from APA were amazing learners and they will save thousands of Kolkata sweethearts in the coming years.

Mother dog helps rescuers dig for her buried puppies



This frantic mother dog’s love of her puppies has her digging with paws, biting at stones and tearing at the rubble to free her buried babies who are trapped after a house collapsed in the rain.

When Animal Aid’s rescuers arrived, they feared the puppies might not be alive, but their Mama must have been able to sense that they were still alive and she was determined to tell us so. Every minute was precious and she seemed to realize that they could suffocate at any moment. You’ll never forget this incredible portrait of a blissful rescue and a mother’s unstoppable love. For a mother, nothing is more important than the safety of her children.

To answer mothers’ pleas for help, please donate

Jaanu had an enormous wound but wagged his tail anyway!



A passing motorcycle must have caught a piece of this brave dog’s skin, so deeply that it ripped away an enormous slab almost to the bone. But Jaanu was eager to please, and seemed so grateful for help that he calmly came with his rescuers and wagged his tail throughout a month of intense wound dressings.

He was young, strong, and the wound was fresh when we reached him, so the skin around it was healthy and granulated well with moist bandaging.

To heal the helpless, please donate.

Walking skeleton dog transforms after rescue: Meet Beautiful Mary!



Weary and weaving with illness, this desperate girl was dying from mange when we rescued her. She was too weak to resist, or maybe somehow she knew she needed our help. Without us, she only had a few days of life left.  

Mange is particularly dangerous for street dogs because when they itch, they tend to keep moving, leaving their home neighbourhoods. Only in the advanced stages do they slow down. And that’s why we could find her, and save her life.

Please donate to keep our ambulances on the road, arriving in time to save a beautiful life like Mary’s.


Lena waited patiently for her rescuers with a huge laceration



Wagging her tail with what almost seemed recognition, this incredibly sweet dog lay utterly still with a bleeding slice from chest to belly after falling into a dry well. Once back in our hospital we stitched up Lena’s wound and watched her beautiful recovery.

You can tell an animal “I’ll help you” too. Please donate.


Celebrate the Staff: Lalit!


For the millions of people who have watched and loved Animal Aid’s rescue videos, they might stop to wonder who’s behind the camera during the animal treatment scenes, or who’s capturing the joy in the happy endings segments.

Meet Lalit Kumar, who has served as our in-house videographer for the past 3 years. Lalit focuses on the face and eyes of the animal, often crouching down to be at animal-eye level; he works cheerfully in mud and baking sun; he has to be subtle and call no extra attention to himself, especially while filming in areas where there are many curious noses ready to poke in and investigate.

Lalit’s great camera work is one big reason why Animal Aid is one of the most viewed animal channels in the world, inspiring people everywhere to treat animals better, and to help them when they’re sick

Cambodia: the “timber gangsters”




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Kambodscha WaldkriminalitätjpgA truck containing rosewood suspected to have been logged illegally in Kampong Thom province sits on the side of the road near an economic land concession belonging to Try Pheap in 2013. PHOTO SUPPLIED


The destruction of nature has taken on a gigantic dimension. If humans had a planet twice the size, they would probably spread further. But they only have this planet. It’s like a screw that you put on more and more: at some point it’s crazy. Plant trees against climate change, it is said, but on the other hand, real raids are taking place against forests.
The Amazon rainforest is on fire and new research shows that in just a decade, large corporations like General Mills, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg, L’Oréal, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Unilever have 50 million acres of forest destroyed.

In Congo, too, the biggest threat to the rainforest is industrial clearing and the shift to large-scale agriculture, and here as well: massive deforestation for palm oil, rubber and sugar production. They are also called the wood magnates who do not stop at protected areas.
It is a rampant illegal trade in which only a few benefit, while at the same time a raid against humans and nature takes place and many animal and plant species are extinguished.

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Many countries and companies are committed to reducing deforestation by 2020 or avoiding deforestation altogether.
Unfortunately, it was only a promise, as recent research shows.
Companies that are globally recognized as polluters, such as General Mills, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg, L’Oréal, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Unilever, have committed themselves in 2010 over the next decade the deforestation to end.
Now it turns out they destroyed 50 million hectares of forest in just a decade to raise cattle, palm oil, pulp and paper and soybeans.

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We have already reported on the deforestation of Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands have a fascinating and varied landscape with rainforests, waterfalls, lagoons, coral reefs and active volcanoes. But that could soon be over, because to quench China’s hunger for wood, the precious forests of the Solomon Islands are felled.

Corals, colorful fish, long sandy beaches, lonely islands – that’s how many people know the Solomon Islands, but the South Seas paradise is in danger and doomed to sinking.


The small group of islands in the Pacific is after Papua New Guinea (PNG) China’s second largest source of tropical timber.
Together, the Solomon Islands and PNG deliver a staggering 50% of tropical timber imports in China. The rain forests are ruthlessly cut down because of the valuable woods, without paying attention to nature and environmental protection or to the delicate ecological balance of the rainforests. They quench the hunger for wood of the Chinese.

SlomonDrone picking wood collection in a harbor in Solomon Islands. Picture © Alessio Bariviera 2018.

Palm oil plantations instead of rainforest: After the corporations destroyed the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo, the palm oil industry is now pushing to new regions like Papua.
The rainforests of Papua are ruthlessly cut down because of the valuable woods, without paying attention to nature and environmental protection or to the delicate ecological balance of the rainforest.

Entwaldung-77On the map of you can see where deforestation is taking place in Asia.


In the 2000s, the Cambodian government began leasing millions of acres of land – called concessions – to private companies, some of which are located in protected forests.
According to a series of reports by the international non-governmental organization Environmental Investigation Agency, between 2016 and 2018 nearly half a million cubic meters of wood were smuggled from Cambodia to Vietnam.

“Perhaps 10 years ago there were jungles and lots of forest and many wildlife such as elephants, tigers, rabbits …” says Auch Leng, an environmental activist who fights against the gigantic wood tycoons to stop deforestation.
“Private companies have come to destroy the forest here, and other sanctuaries, such as Boeung Per in the north, are rapidly approaching the same fate. I saw 23 wooden transporters from the Phnom Prich area. “

Another Cambodian forest activist, Chut Wutty, was killed in 2012 when he revealed the machinations of a lumberjack company. Since then, several other forest patrols have been killed, including three who were shot dead on the Vietnamese border last year. Leng also received numerous death threats.

According to data from Global Forest Watch, Cambodia lost 2.17 million hectares of tree cover from 2001 to 2018, a decrease of 25%.


“Sometimes I cry. I’m disappointed because I can not protect the forest, “says Leng on a mission to defeat Cambodia’s wood magnate and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade. “I see the destruction is so great, but nobody helps protect it.”

Kambodscha. wüstenwaldjpg“They burned it until only a few stumps were left.” Picture credits: Sebastian Strangio


Try Pheap is one of several Cambodian business magnates who have amassed tremendous wealth during Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime.

Already in 2016, the American business magazine “Forbes” reported on Cambodia’s rulers. Over the past decade, Try Pheap, in its early fifties, has made a name for itself in this 15 million nation. An employee of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled the country since 1985, is deeply “connected” with him. In addition to agricultural plantations, Try Pheap has a large and growing interest in real estate, including three casinos, two dry harbors for local and international shipping and two special economic zones in border areas. He founded the petrol dealer “PAPA” and is building a $ 300 million port in Kampot province on the south coast of the country.

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The EU has been an important development partner of Cambodia since the early 1990s. The EU support is intended to support the policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia, which is reflected in the government’s medium-term development plans, the EU said.
The European Union’s development assistance for Cambodia currently amounts to 410 million euro for bilateral cooperation 2014-2020 and 21 million euro for the thematic budget lines 2014-2017 (approximately 457.3 and 23.4 million USD, respectively).
With this funding, the EU can focus its support on priority sectors in Cambodia that have a significant impact on the country’s development.
Who the EU actually supports: the tycoons of Cambodia!

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In Cambodia, approximately 14.5 million inhabitants live on an area of 181,040 square kilometers. That corresponds to about half the area of Germany. Cambodia is not only losing valuable rainforest through illegal logging, but Singapore is digging sand out of the mangrove forests of Cambodia.
It threatens to extinguish an ecosystem, the home of many animals and plants on the Red List of endangered species, whether the Siam crocodiles, cap gibbons or even elephants.

So, like the depletion of nature in Cambodia, so the gigantic pillage takes place all over the world!


My comment: “The world is not evil, it’s just full”, I had read somewhere.

Humanity is growing every day by about 200,000 heads! This is an apocalyptic number par excellence. It is the cause by which the future of man, animal and nature will lasting and permanently destroyed.

(Genesis 1: 1-2,25): God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him; and created them as husband and wife.

And God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and conquer it and reign over the fish in the sea and over the birds under the sky and over all the beasts crawling on the earth”.
We did that.
And we have created more than this crime, we treat animals and nature as raw materials, as factory goods and our slaves, we are about to eradicate both. Of course, we can continue to breed animals as slaves, but the destruction of nature is unaffordable and soon becomes a life-threatening reality.

Therefore: be infertile and not multiply.
Reign over the manipulation and propaganda of the system and stop living on animals, exploiting animals.
That could be enough as a first measure.

My best regards to all, Venus





Early exercises who wants to become a murderer


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A bullfight in August in honor of the women of the city of Esquivias, Spain, resulted in cruel scenes. In a video you can see, among other things, a 15-year-old girl mercilessly stabbing a calf.

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When she succeeds after many cruel attempts to kill the animal, the young calf’s ears are immediately cut off as a trophy.

The young bullfighter girl can be seen shortly after, as she proudly laughs after her bloody fight in the crowd and holds two children by the hands. One of the children presents to the audience the ear previously cut off from the defeated calf.

abgeschnittenes Ohr vom StierpgNot the only ears that were cut off that day. Another will be presented to a woman in the audience. She looks forward to the bloody memory. The frightening video has since been removed by YouTube for its brutal content.

Stolz präsentiert sich eine Stierkämpferin dem Publikum. Ein Junge hält ein abgetrenntes Ohr in der Hand.

Spanish animal and child protectors go to the barricades

Marta Esteban of the “Animal Guardians” and the “Independent Committee for the Protection of Children” lead the way: “Would it be a kind of entertainment for boys and girls to torture dogs and cats or even sheep? Why is it in cattle? It’s obviously not, “said the activist in a report by the Animal Guardians.

Not only was the event an animal cruelty, it was also a crime on the psyche of the children who would attend and watch. “Allowing children to torture and kill animals and cause them so much suffering, especially during a public spectacle, is abnormal from the point of view of their physical and mental integrity, destroying their empathy for the suffering of others and opening the door to further violence “, the activist continues.

Carmen Ibarlucea, President of “La Tortura No Es Cultura” (torture is no culture) also commented on the perfidious bullfight that was held in honor of women.

“Tributes to women, such as bullfighting in this case, are a tradition to end”, and continued: “The exhibition of female minors who use violence against animals is not a means to promote equality, and violates the protection of children.

My comment: If the “butcher girl” would rather have taken careful of a bit more at school and enjoyed a school system that is on a European level, then surely a good person would have become her too.

Unfortunately, Spain is a country that has and spends very little money on education. This is also noticeable at every point and also on bypass with animals.

It is known, that millions are wasted by this “tradition” of the primitives, while the schools in Spain are completely polluted and decayed. Every year, Spain holds its hand and begs like a small child from other European countries for help, so that their “culture”, the mindless, can continue to exist. Education and the future of Spanish children are not worth a penny in and for Spain.

This is also evident from the fact that traditions from the Middle Ages are perceived with enthusiasm, which only scare and disgust every other educated person.

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My best regards to all, Venus

15/9 – WAV Letter to MEPs Re Romanian Sheep and Box Trailers. Nothing From Anyone – So We Write Again !



We wrote to ‘our’ reps at the EP Parliament recently, asking what the EU is doing about live Romanian sheep being exported to the Middle East in temperatures way exceeding EU Reg 1/2005 on the protection of animals in transport, and also about the use of ‘box’ trailers to carry livestock in the EU.


Here is the link to that article; which involves a copy of our letter as well as a report associated with the box trailer issue:

At the time of writing this, 15/9; we have not even had any acknowledgement to our issues from ANY of the MEPs who are allegedly representing us. So also today, we have sent yet another e mail to them all asking for a response or acknowledgement in the very least.

Or, does this show the true face of the EU ? – people allegedly representing us in Parliament who do not even bother to contact us on issues ? – for which they are paid:

For that money, at least you would expect an acknowledgement of your letter; if nothing else.

In our letter of today we have at least asked for the basics; if these are not even met then we will be doing another post in the near future providing you, our supporters and visitors, with updated information.

Please watch in the near future.

“The abuse of animals won’t stop until we stop eating meat”


Here is a nice article by Peter Singer.

Peter Singer,  (born July 6, 1946, Melbourne, Australia), is an ethical and political philosopher best known for his work in bioethics and his role as one of the intellectual founders of the modern animal rights movement.
He is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne.

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When Animal Liberation was published, I hoped that, 40 years on, there would be no more slaughterhouses – and therefore no more newspaper stories about atrocities like the one at an abattoir in the north of England. The arguments against our oppression of animals seemed to me so clear and irrefutable that surely a powerful movement would arise, consigning these abuses to history, as the anti-slavery movement had put an end to the African slave trade.


At least, that is what I thought in my more optimistic (or naive) moments. In my more pessimistic (or realistic) moments, I understood the vastness of the task of changing habits as deeply ingrained as eating meat, and transforming philosophical outlooks as fundamental as speciesism. More than 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade, racism is still with us, and even slavery, though everywhere illegal, still exists. How could I expect ending speciesism and animal slavery to be easier or more swift than ending racism and human slavery?

Sklaven sind mehr geworden, sonst hat sich nichts geändert n“slavery in the 3rd millennium: there have been more, otherwise nothing has changed-“


Against the background of those more realistic assumptions we can deplore the fact that animals are still being mistreated on a vast scale, but we should not despair. In many parts of the world, including Europe and the US, there has been tremendous progress in changing attitudes to animals. A powerful animal advocacy movement has emerged, and it has made a difference for billions of animals.

In 1971, when a few other students and I set up a display in Oxford to show passers-by how their eggs and veal were produced, people asked if we really imagined that we could win against the political and financial might of the agribusiness industry. But the animal movement has challenged that industry with success, achieving reforms across the entire European Union that require farm animals to have more space and better living conditions, and similar changes have now become law in California as well. Admittedly, these changes are still far from giving factory-farmed animals decent lives, but they are a significant improvement on what was standard practice before the reforms came into effect.


Perhaps even more satisfying is the number of people who have abandoned eating animals entirely, and the others who have cut down their meat consumption for ethical reasons. In the 1970s, to be a vegetarian was to be a crank – a thought reflected in the self-mocking name of what was then London’s best vegetarian restaurant, Cranks. If you used the term “vegan” you invariably got a blank look and had to explain what it meant.

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Despite all this, it is probably still true that there are more animals suffering at the hands of humans now than ever before. That is because there are more affluent people in the world than ever before, and satisfying their demand for meat has meant a vast expansion of factory farming, especially in China. But to see this as an indication that animal advocates have made no progress would be like saying that because there are more slaves in the world now than there were in 1800, the anti-slavery movement has made no progress. With the world’s population now more than seven times what it was in 1800, numbers do not tell the whole story.

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Progress is not steady. There will always be periods in which we seem to be treading water, or even going backwards. Periodically articles appear about the resurgence of fur, for example, but I doubt that fur will ever be as uncontroversially accepted as it was 40 years ago. The fact that newspapers give extensive coverage to stories about the abuse of animals being slaughtered for food (not only about abused dogs, cats or horses) is itself a sign of progress.

Meanwhile, there is a simple lesson to draw from the videos released by Animal Aid investigators: if you turn animals into things to use, and give workers complete control over them, it will never be possible to stop the occurrence of the kind of abuse allegedly shown in the videos. Sacking one or two workers merely makes a scapegoat out of them. (Think about what that word tells us about our traditional attitude to animals.)

The problem is not one or two workers, nor the practice of halal slaughter, but the system, and the system will not change until people stop buying meat.




My best regards to all, Venus

Ban on animal transports to Russia and the dark motives of politics




A few days ago, the following report appeared on the website of the Animals Angels Organization, Germany, known for its excellent work against animal transports.

Great success: Lower Saxony prohibits long animal transports of cattle to Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan!

This was announced by Agriculture Minister Barbara Otte-Kinast (Christian Democratic Union, CDU) on Friday. The Minister acknowledges that the animals on these routes are not adequately cared for.

Our stakes on the route to Uzbekistan in February contributed to this decision.
Three Animals’ Angels teams followed 66 pregnant cows from Germany over 6,000 kilometers to their destination for nine days. Locally, it became clear to us: The animals can not be so supplied – and get rest breaks – as required by EU law. In addition came extreme weather. Freezing cold and frozen potions, snowdrifts and slippery roads. Animal transports on certain routes will no longer be approved in the future.


“I have current information on the official side, that certain unloading and supply stations in the Russian Federation do not exist or only in insufficient condition,” said the Minister of Agriculture. “Therefore, I have arranged that the processing of cattle transports on the main route Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-Southeast Russia will be stopped.”

Last year, about 3,600 cattle were transported from Lower Saxony to Uzbekistan and around 630 cattle to Kazakhstan.

In total, living animals worth just under € 42 million were transported to countries outside the EU in 2018. There was criticism, as the routes are often extremely long and can be difficult to check how well the animals are supplied with water and food on the way.

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Animals Angels: “We welcome the Minister’s decision and hope that it sets an example nationwide and beyond, and we ask all authorities involved to take the next steps now”.

The turnaround of the minister surprised!

In the spring of 2019, Schleswig-Holstein, Bavaria and Hesse had already temporarily banned transport of animals to several countries outside the EU. The background was information from the animal welfare organization “Animal Angels” about a livestock transport in Lower Saxony to non-EU countries where apparently animals were tormented. Corresponding information from the animal welfare organization “Animal Angels” about this transport has been available on the Minister of Agriculture’s table since the end of February.

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Nevertheless: Otte-Kinast had still refused a ban of these transports.
The minister said at the time: “We simply do not have the legal basis to ban animal transports to third countries” !!,tiertransporte122.html


My comment: every step in the direction of “no animal suffering, no animal transports” makes us all happy and of course we also welcome such decisions.

We have demand the same ban from the EU Commission against animal transports from EU countries to the Arab countries. Without success, only with many victims.

Therefore, some questions arise openly: why did the Minister of Lower Saxony banned animal transports to Russia so quickly?
And six months ago, when it came to transports to North Africa, she rejected this prohibition on the grounds that it lacked the legal basis for this?
Under what reason is this basis now existing?

I have a guess: because the whole German policy is currently directed against Russia.
Forced by Trump’s anti-Russian strategy.

The move is good, but if this is only politically motivated, it will stay there and the animal transports in the “other” third countries will continue as they did before.

My best regards to all, Venus


England (London): Environmental Activists Kick Off With Major Protest At Start of ‘London Fashion Week’.



WAV Comment – ‘those times they are a changing’ – through actions such as this people finally wake up to animal welfare abuses and the destruction of the environment.

This is what I love about us Brits – usually polite, good mannered, do the right things, usually obey the law, royalty etc – but when they know something is wrong, they get out there to try and put it right ! – Mark.


Several Extinction Rebellion protesters glued themselves to the door of a London Fashion Week venue


A group of environmental activists have glued themselves to the entrance of London Fashion Week’s official opening as part of a protest urging action against climate change.

Activists lay outside a London Fashion Week venue

Five members of the Extinction Rebellion group, which brought major streets to a standstill in five UK cities earlier this summer, were photographed outside 180 Strand standing hand-in-hand in white outfits splattered with fake blood.

Video from the scene shows another group of activists lying on the ground in pools of fake blood while one campaigner read a poem about the environmental threats posed by the fashion industry.

Activists poured black liquid on themselves in protest against the fashion industry using leather

“The fashion industry is killing our planet,” the activist began. “Every year, every month, every week, you abuse this Earth. You produce clothes for profit and pleasure, not for need.

“You choose profit over planet, profit over people, profit over our future. The fashion industry tugs at our heartstrings, it begs us to come into shops, feel its fabrics, don beautiful dresses, trendy tops, season’s hottest handbags.”

The speaker continued: “You entice us with shiny shimmering things, shallow empty promises and I almost fall into your trap, but then I ask ‘Who made this, and where?’ But you don’t tell us the truth.

“We see your ads, beautiful bodies that make us feel that if I buy that dress, my body might look that beautiful too. But there is nothing beautiful about clothes whose making is destroying our planet.”

In a statement on Extinction Rebellion’s website, the group describes its actions as “having highlighted the blood on the hands of the industry due to its environmental record and that ‘business as usual’ will lead life on earth towards extinction”.

In July, Extinction Rebellion sent a letter to the British Fashion Council (BFC) urging them to cancel London Fashion Week and in favour of a summit to address the climate crisis attended by industry professionals.

The group claims the fashion industry is one of the “most polluting industries in the world”, pointing to the carbon footprint of international flights and shipping.

Extinction Rebellion plans to hold several protests during Fashion Week, some of which will take place outside main shows.

Their actions will culminate on Tuesday with a “funeral procession” beginning in Trafalgar Square to “reflect on the lives already lost and that will be lost as a result of climate and ecological breakdown”.



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

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WAV Commentthis is a massive win, with huge numbers of EU citizens speaking out against the current systems.  The question is – will the EU listen to its own citizens, or will it continue to bow to the meat mafia lobby ? – this is a deciding point for the EU and its Commissioners to now show their true hand.  Citizens or lobbyists ! – a failure by the EU to take note of what EU citizens have requested will be catastrophic for them in the future – they must act now.


EU: Over 1.5 million people want to see the end of cages for farmed animals.


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The End the Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) has closed with over 1.5 million signatures asking the EU to put an end to the confinement of farmed animals.

With the largest European petition ever for farm animal welfare ending at 23:59 last night, today is one of the most significant days for farm animals that the world has ever seen. At the time of writing, more than 1,500,000 people have signed, with the final total still being counted as paper petitions continue to pour in from the public. 

Over 300 million pigs, hens, rabbits, ducks, quails and calves across the EU are still reared in cage systems that are designed to cram in the highest number of animals possible for the sake of maximising production. But such systems deny sentient creatures the most basic of freedoms, such as the space to move; and science and even practice have shown that cages are outdated and obsolete.  

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The End The Cage Age European Citizens’ Initiative was launched in September 2018 by Compassion in World Farming in partnership with Eurogroup for Animals and over 170 other animal welfare and environmental organisations across the EU – the largest ever coalition in the name of farm animal welfare. 

To hit the 1 million signature target – the official number needed for a successful ECI – the campaign held events throughout the EU, collaborated with influential MEPs and celebrities, launched undercover investigations into the caged farming of calves, rabbits and sows and unveiled a new digital campaigning platform that allowed the public to build their own signature collection pages. These actions and activities helped to unite a continent against cruel cages. 

“Of all the terrible ways we control animals, the cage is one of the most primitive and barbaric,” says Reineke Hameleers, Director at Eurogroup for Animals. “With this tremendous backing, the key decision makers EU Commission and Council have to understand just how important this matter is to EU citizens, and start the ball rolling towards this seismic shift in our food and farming systems.”

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Few ECIs ever reach the required one million signatures, so today’s count represents a monumental step on the path towards sparing animals the enormous suffering they experience now in barren, overcrowded cages, and even towards ending factory farming. Within three months of receiving the signatures today, EU Commission representatives must meet the organisers, adopt a formal response spelling out what action it will propose in response to the citizens’ initiative, if any, and the reasons for doing so – or not doing so. 

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Because this is an official EU initiative, each signature goes through a verification process – which can make or break the ECI. A total count of signatures may include up to 20% of invalid data, such as duplicates, incorrect ID numbers or dates of birth, the wrong resident status or even illegible handwriting, so a buffer of at least 300,000 signatures was needed. 

With more than 1.5 million signatures so far, End the Cage Age’s success should be more than enough to persuade the European Commission to start the legislative procedure to end the use of cages for farm animals across the continent.

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“Today we have crossed the finish line in the biggest political push in farm animal welfare history. But the fight to get animals out of cages isn’t over yet,” says Reineke Hameleers. “Now it’s time for the Commission to make the changes that the citizens demand and bring us closer to the day when cages are relegated to the history books.”

Australia: Live Exports – News From Lyn, Animals Australia.


WAV Comment – see our other recent post on this issue: 


Dear Mark,

It’s been weeks since our Investigators returned home from their deployment for the Festival of Sacrifice, and I just wanted to drop you a quick line to once again convey how grateful I am to you.

I am now able to speak to you about what we found in Indonesia as this investigation was made public through the media this week.

Because of your support, we have again been able to document and expose the brutal treatment and slaughter of Australian cattle in Indonesia, and lodge a legal complaint with the Department of Agriculture.

A still from live export footage of cattle slaughtered in Indonesia

I won’t go into detail within this email, because I know that many of you prefer to be spared. But if you would like to read about what our Investigations Unit documented, you can do so in this media article, published yesterday.

It’s been eight years since I stood in a slaughterhouse in Indonesia and watched, with abject horror, the treatment that Australia’s live export industry had knowingly been supplying Australian animals to. I know for many of you, the images of one terrified animal who stood trembling as he watched his friends butchered around him, remain with you to this day.

We will never forget 'Tommy'.
‘Tommy’, the gentle Australian steer who we saw trembling in an Indonesian slaughterhouse in Indonesia, 2011.

What ‘Tommy’ endured — along with so many others — epitomised in the most tragic of ways, the callousness of Australia’s live export trade. The willingness of exporters to supply animals to brutal treatment was starkly exposed through that investigation, resulting in the then Gillard government implementing a new system of live export regulation.

The fact that Animals Australia has since had to police this ‘regulatory system’ in importing countries, is something that a charity should never have had to do. But I am proud that we have not shied from embracing the risks and challenges to be there for our animals, and call exporters to account. We’ve only ever been able to do this because of your support.

Once again, the critical nature of our investigative work is revealed through our recent evidence documented in Indonesia. Had we not been there, no-one would know that Australian cattle had been subjected to terrible ‘roping slaughter’ in the basement of a construction site.

Had we not been there, the exporter responsible, International Livestock Exports — recognised in the industry as the ‘cattle arm’ of the disgraced Emanuel Exports — would not now be under investigation and facing serious sanctions.

Had we not been there, the industry could have continued to operate, business as usual, as a law unto themselves.

So this is why I felt compelled to write to you today. Because had it not been for your caring and your generous support of our Investigations Unit, our team could not have been in Indonesia.

That such cruelty continues reveals exactly why live export, in its entirety, should end. Every piece of evidence we gather, whether in Indonesia, Kuwait, Vietnam or Egypt, continues to build that case.

There’s a reason why nearly a decade later, we still think about Tommy. For many people, coming face to face with him was the first insight they’d ever had into the fear and distress of animals raised and killed for food — the first time they were able to witness their desire not to be harmed.

Thank you for entrusting us with your faith and support and allowing us to dedicate every single moment to them. Thank you so much for your kind and generous heart.

Because of you, we can dedicate every day to Tommy and friends, and creating the kinder world that they so need and deserve.

In gratitude,

Lyn White AM
Animals Australia 

England: Memories – a personal experience. By Mark.



Memories – a personal experience.


Many years back; 20 or more; the live animal export trade from the UK via English ports such as Dover, was at its peak. I used to travel down to Dover and other ports several times a week and do (undercover) monitoring of the (live animal export) trade. There were several of us at Dover and we all got together to wait for the livestock truck carrying ship(s) to arrive at the harbour late in the evening. They were special ships which had to be chartered because we had made some massive wins in getting the normal ferry companies to stop taking live animals to the continent. Animal transporters were banned from normal passenger ferries – people did not want to share their holiday crossing experience with animals going to their deaths; so those same people spoke out and the ferry companies buckled. That was a big win; but the trade did not stop entirely. The industry was forced to charter its own ships to take the trucks; along with the financial overheads that came with it.

The special (livestock transporter) boats usually arrived late in the evening; like 11pm or midnight. From our vantage points on the cliffs, we watched them arrive a few miles off the harbour at a section of the English Channel which is known as ‘The Downs’. From there they had to get a pilot to bring their ship into the harbour; that was fine with us – ship charter; paying for a pilot etc; all extra costs to the industry involved with live animals.

I took these following photos many years ago – some time on the odd occasion when the livestock ships had no choice but to dock during the daytime.  In both you can clearly see the livestock transporters.  This operation was normally undertaken under the cover of darkness in the middle of the night – away from the eyes of the public.



So late at night we (campaigners) congregated in a region up on the famous Dover White Cliffs which overlooked the harbour; at a place known as ‘Langdon’. We watched the ship come into the harbour under pilot control until it berthed at the far end (left pier) of the harbour. You can see the kind of view we had from the cliffs in this video:

On the left hand side of this video you can see the Eastern arm at which the ship photos above were taken.

At night, with all the lights in the harbour, it was impressive to say the least. A sort of ‘Close Encounters’ situation. Once the ship had docked on its usual left hand pier; we then had to hang around and wait for the rear doors on the ship to open and the ramp be lowered. Then was the first real signs of the nights trade for us – how many empty livestock trucks were going to discharge from the ship and make their way up to the local lairages to collect the animals; which had been specially brought down to these farms ready for export. Usually, most nights, we counted somewhere between 6 and 9; sometimes more, sometimes less.

One of the local farms (or ‘lairages’) where the animals were kept ready for export was also operating a business on the side as a caravan park. So, what do you do in such situations ? – you buy a caravan and place it in the farm caravan park; right next to the old pathway which the trucks used to get down to the animals sheds. With people there having a great nights caravanning !; and the use of mobile phones and a kettle for a cup of tea ; we could keep each other informed exactly of the trucks, their registration numbers; haulier, and type of animals they were carrying. Observers literally within a few feet of the transporters as they arrived empty, and left loaded with animals. It was a well organised arrangement; livestock trucks monitored from the minute they arrived at the harbour on the ship; all the way up to collect the animals at the lairage; and then still monitored at all times on the to their return to the harbour; where they were always greeted by a ‘reception group’ even at 2 or 3 in the early hours of the morning; who had been informed who exactly was on their way down. We never let up; they were monitored and tracked from the moment they arrived until the moment they left. Our system was good; very good.

Eventually, and to get a good view of the loading of the trucks onto the ship, we returned from our reception duties at the docks to Langdon up on the cliffs. Up there it was wild, dark and bleak; with the forever Dover cold wind blowing in off the English Channel. We kicked around; talked, drank hot tea and waited for all the trucks to load back onto the ship ready to head over to France and god knows where else. Sometimes the odd ‘lady of the night’ would appear and offer her services to some of the blokes. They were never taken up as we were decent folk and there was much more important things to do !

The whole exercise from unloading the empties off the ship, to driving up to the lairages, loading, and then getting back to the harbour to load the full animal transporters that had come back from the lairage usually took about 3-4 hours. It was always in the darkest of dark times of the night; the trade did not want to be seen by the general public – but they were; we watched their every move; and we always followed up with reports and publicity on what was happening in those ‘dark hours’.

Once all the full livestock trucks had loaded back onto the same ship that they arrived on; we sat and watched as the rear ramp and doors closed up; the signal that the ship was ready to leave the harbour once again with all the innocents on their final trip to god knows where.

Watching the loaded ship sail out of the harbour destined for France with what, 6, 8, 10 animal transporters loaded was always a difficult time for me personally. We had done everything we wanted to do each night; gathered the information and let the industry know that even at that time we were around; but for me also, we had failed the animals by allowing them to sail away to their deaths. Saving and stopping all the trucks was impossible; we knew it; but witnessing the situation always made you feel like you had let the animals down by not saving them. I was quite a big ‘U2’ fan at the time; and I always sat in my car up on the cliffs and played ‘Exit’ from the ‘Joshua Tree’ album – the haunting Bass and a time of real despair; as I watched the ship sail out of the harbour with its cargo of death. The music; the experience yet again; everything seemed to come together at that moment in time.



Music has a real power – often to be the right track at the right time to hold memories –‘Exit’ was right for the betrayal of animals that I witnessed so regularly at those cold, dark; upsetting nights at the docks. Even now; 20+ years later, that track (Exit) always takes me back to those cold and windy nights up on the cliffs watching the livestock carrier departing for France. That track always brings back that situation to me of being there and witnessing the suffering for a few pennies more. Sometimes I would stay on longer and watch – from high on the cliffs you could watch the ship sail across most of the Channel almost until it had arrived in Calais; what, some 23 miles away. Sad times, bad times, but in the end we stopped it completely at Dover. It felt good to be of the crew that did that !

Regards Mark


In the UK people have always detested the live animal export trade.  Part of our national way towards being an animal welfare nation I guess.  Here are a few scenes from around Dover in the past of what good, decent folk will do to stop animal abuse with the animal exports:



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US: In 2035 it is over with toxicity test to animals




The Netherlands is making the case, now the US is slowing down: by 2035, toxicity testing on mammals should be completely replaced by reliable animal-free methods. US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chairman Andrew R. Wheeler has now released a new policy that the nationwide association Doctors Against Animal Experiments e.V.

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Already in recent years, the US has been working increasingly on new and animal-free methods. This is now to be expanded strategically: a working group consisting of experts in the field of innovative, animal-free methods should develop a comprehensive plan within the next 6 months as to how this goal can be achieved.

From 01.01.2035, toxicity tests on animals should be prohibited and only possible in exceptional cases.

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Both the existing and the new methods can “lead to the same or better biological prediction in a shorter time frame with fewer resources than the currently used animal models”, the directive states. Of course, this takes place in compliance with all necessary safety levels for people and the environment. The EPA promotes the research of animal-free methods while reducing the funding of animal experiments from taxpayers by 2025 by 30% or complete deletion from 2035.

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As early as 2016, the Netherlands came up with a comprehensive plan to complete the replacement of regulatory safety tests for chemicals, food additives, pesticides, animal and human health products by 2025.

The fact that the US is developing a concrete exit plan is another great pleasure for Dipl.-Biologist Julia Radzwill of Doctors Against Animal Experiments: “If a country like the US, which has so many scientific innovations, develops an exit plan, this is an important signal and measures the animal-free methods finally the meaning they deserve – scientific and ethical. “

“Although studies show that results from animal testing on humans are not transferable and that human-based methods are not only reliable but also more cost-effective and deliver more results in less time, in Germany more than 99% of the funding is still in the ‘animal experimentation’ system. Invested incorrectly, ” explains biologist Radzwill.

Even if 16 years to complete implementation according to the medical association is a much too long period, in the US, in contrast to Germany, at least a specific date is envisaged and shortly a scientifically sound implementation plan is available.

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Doctors against animal testing calls for a rethinking of the Federal Government in Germany, so that Germany does not miss the turn from a long-obsolete system to a future-oriented and human-based research.

My comment: The pharmaceutical industry predominantly carries out animal experiments. Today we know that there is a mafia behind the laboratory experiments.
Organized crime accounts for about $ 2 trillion a year. More than a trillion dollars is spent on drugs worldwide.
The 30 largest pharmaceutical companies in the world generate a turnover of 600 billion dollars! All are in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO)
The best thing that can happen to big pharmaceutical companies is the millions of paid collaboration with WHO: a dangerous network, and a lucrative friendship!
“The richest man is always the one who has the most powerful friends”.

The number of animal experiments is steadily increasing in Germany. They suffer from pharmaceutical industry institutes, universities and, last but not least, contract laboratories that poison thousands of primates, dogs and all sorts of animals a year for profit.

There is not only, but especially in Germany a popular combination of capital, state and lobbyists working with any industry that benefits from animal suffering. Recognizable how EU laws etc. are ignored and even broken. Recognizable also due to the poor implementation of the EU animal welfare law.
The catastrophe continues to grow with the help of politicians who make corporations more powerful and people more stupid.

Therefore, if animal experiments are abolished even in poorer countries, Germany will become the last country.




My best regards to all, Venus

Havasupai Trail: systemic horse and mule suffering




For years, eyewitnesses have reported the neglect and deaths of horses used for packing tourist gear along the Havasupai trail in the Grand Canyon. The latest complaint describes a dead horse simply discarded in the middle of the trail in August 2019.

Most tourists headed to the Havasupai Falls in the Grand Canyon go there to hike, explore, and take in the beauty of the area. But for years, they have been reporting the beating and suffering of horses and mules used for packing along the trail—some even collapsing and dying, including two just this summer.

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New PETA eyewitness footage shows that this is systemic abuse. Animals were seen being forced to carry heavy loads up and down steep trails—at as much as a 19-degree incline—in all weather extremes, sometimes slipping and even reportedly falling over the edge.


PETA eyewitnesses saw horses whipped and mules slipping on the icy, muddy trail, and many animals were left sweating and panting from the arduous journey.


Suffering and Neglect off the Trail

PETA eyewitnesses found horses and mules with sores and scars, while others limped or had overgrown hooves. Some were obviously underweight, including a young horse whose ribs were visible.

Many were confined to pens littered with trash, while others were tethered without any shelter. One horse on a 4-foot-long tether was apparently left without water on three consecutive days.

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Wranglers forced the animals to carry heavy loads of tourist gear up and down a grueling 2,450-foot climb at an incline of up to 19 degrees. Sometimes loud music was played for the amusement of the wranglers, causing the animals even more distress.


The Animal Suffering Is Systemic

Along with recent reports of animal suffering on the trail, PETA’s footage shows that this is a systemic issue in need of immediate attention.

In May, an eyewitness reported seeing a young horse collapse and die after being forced to carry an oversized load while apparently suffering from heat exhaustion. Just weeks later, another hiker reported that a horse collapsed but was forced to continue the grueling trek anyway. Others were reported having scars and looking exhausted.

In August, a dead horse was simply discarded in the middle of the trail. We may never know what happened, what suffering she endured, and why her body was unceremoniously abandoned.

And I mean...If you are looking for adventure and want to explore nature, you have to move your ass yourself and carry your own baggage.
That will be some fat nature lovers do well anyway, because only so can burn some calories. Enjoy nature on suffering and blood of other beings is not a nature adventure, it is bloody sport! That means a sports variety for brain-sick and mentally weak proletarians.

My best regards to all, Venus


India: Brilliant ! – Mother Dog Helps Animal Aid Unlimited Rescuers Save Her Puppies.


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This frantic mother dog’s love of her puppies has her digging with paws, biting at stones and tearing at the rubble to free her buried babies who are trapped after a house collapsed in the rain.

When Animal Aid’s rescuers arrived, they feared the puppies might not be alive, but their Mama must have been able to hear them or sense that they were still alive and she was determined to tell us so.

Every minute was precious and she seemed to realize that they could suffocate at any moment. You’ll never forget this incredible portrait of a blissful rescue and a mother’s unstoppable love.

For a mother, nothing is more important than the safety of her children.

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England: Bovine TB Up By 130% – Higher Than When Badger Culls Began. Badgers Being Killed To Pacify Farmers; While They Take No Responsibility for Biosecurity.


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Bovine tuberculosis rates in one of England’s main badger cull areas shot up by 130 per cent last year and are higher than when culls began, it has been revealed – just hours before the government is due to announce an expansion of the cull.

Experts including vets and former government advisers called for the planned cull widening to be cancelled, warning that announcing it while Parliament was prorogued could be illegal.

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Last year’s increase in TB rates demonstrated a “disastrous failure” of the policy of shooting badgers dead in an effort to tackle the disease in cattle, they said.

And in an urgent eleventh-hour plea, they also wrote to the government’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, saying she has “a responsibility” to intervene.

Plans to expand the badger cull were based on outdated information – from 2017 – but the new, 2018 statistics should be taken into account, said Iain McGill, a former government agriculture scientist.

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Opponents of the cull claim up to 50,000 badgers could be killed this year if the expansion goes ahead – nearly double the number last year.

Official data obtained under Freedom of Information laws showed confirmed incidents of bovine TB in the Gloucestershire culling zone went up by 130 per cent over 2017, from 10 to 23.

Since pilots of culling began in Gloucestershire in 2013, the badger population in the area has dropped sharply, so the increased TB outbreaks suggest the government is focusing on the wrong issue, Dr McGill told The Independent. He believes culling should be replaced by changes to cattle testing, and cattle vaccination and treatment.

The experts wrote to Tony Juniper, the head of Natural England, which issues licences, that up to a quarter – 9,000 – of badgers shot are likely to have suffered “immense pain”.

Dr McGill, the lead signatory of the letter to Natural England, said: “After all this brutality, TB in cattle is actually worse. Badger culling has been a disastrous failure.

“The public will be flabbergasted by these figures because the vast majority don’t support culling in view of the extremely strong scientific evidence that it hasn’t worked.

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“I think what’s going on is a scientific fraud.”

When he later asked for figures on TB prevalence – a more powerful indicator – officials at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) refused to give it, citing public interest, Dr McGill said.

“They are trying to force through this badger cull before a full analysis of available data precisely because they know how bad the science looks for this cataclysmic policy.

“There is a huge sense of urgency here – Mr Juniper and Christine Middlemiss need to come before Parliament and the nation to make a statement on this policy before Parliament is prorogued.

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“For the cull to be announced this year with no parliamentary scrutiny would be unconstitutional and possibly illegal.”

Dominic Dyer, chief executive of the Badger Trust, has also called for the “largest destruction of a protected species” to be cancelled while Parliament is not sitting.

“By the time it returns most of the badgers will have been killed,” he said.

Prof Ranald Munro, the former chairman of an independent expert group appointed by the government to assess the trials, has warned the policy is causing “huge suffering”.

A Defra spokesperson said: “Bovine TB remains one of the greatest animal health threats to the UK, causing devastation for hard-working farmers and rural communities.

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“There is no single measure that will provide an easy answer to beating the disease. That is why we are pursuing a range of interventions to eradicate the disease by 2038, including tighter cattle movement controls, regular testing and vaccinations.”

The government says it is considering a report of a TB strategy review led by Sir Charles Godfray, which includes badger vaccination, and will publish its response later this year.

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Hero Brian May:


… and here is my live exports campaigner friend Trudi (centre) pictured with Brian May ……………..


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Indonesia: Urgent Appeal – Fire In Forests of Orangutan Foundation Facilities. Can You Donate to Help ?



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WAV Comment – Every time we do a food shop, some of our costs are donated to BOSF – it is an organisation that is part of us.  Please help if you can to save these magnificent animals and their habitat from the fires of the forests.  Thanks – Mark


Fires have once again ravaged Central Kalimantan’s peat forests, including the working area of the BOS Foundation’s Mawas Conservation Program in Kapuas District. Recent forest fires have scorched the Mawas area in the vicinity of Tuanan and Sei Mantangai – near Danau Teloh area.

Fire first struck the Daha River Basin, near the Tuanan Research Station, on 2 September 2019. The Mawas team received vital information about the fire from the team at Tuanan and the firefighting team from Mangkutub village. It is speculated that the fire started in a local villager-owned field and spread from there to the Tuanan Research Camp area, specifically to the southern area of the Daha River, about 250 meters from the South Transect.

Significant measures were previously put in place to help prevent fires and expedite rapid response to forest fire outbreaks in this area. However, the challenges forest fires present are often overwhelming, and the minimal infrastructure and limited access to the hotspots makes fighting them incredibly difficult. Unfortunately, a long dry season and insufficient water sources have led to extensive areas of forest being lost to fire.

The team on location has already reported the situation to the relevant authorities, including the Government Fire Brigade, the Protection Forest Management Unit (KPHL), the police, and the military. But, due to the widespread occurrence of forest fires across Indonesia at present, support has yet to come from these agencies, as their personnel are currently mobilized in other areas.

Over the last four days, the Mawas firefighters and the Tuanan camp research team have been fighting fires by isolating the burned areas and drilling new wells to help douse the surrounding grounds. Our Mawas team and the firefighting team from Mangkutub village worked hand-in-hand to drill the ground and successfully completed digging six new wells in the area. The team then used water siphoned from the wells to stop the flames from spreading. 


Forest fires are raging near the Tuanan Research Camp, putting orangutans, other wildlife, and humans in imminent danger!

The centre of this recent fire outbreak is located in the Mawas Conservation Area in Central Kalimantan, home to thousands of plant and animal species, including around 2,550 wild orangutans.
The Mawas firefighting and research teams are working tirelessly to contain the fire, by isolating scorched areas and drilling new wells to help douse the surrounding grounds.

Read more about the current threat of fires in this area.

We are heartbroken by what is happening right now – and you might feel powerless, Mark. But, there is way you can help!

Donate to support our teams that are right now battling these fires, and help us build the technical capacity to protect these forests in the future.


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Your help is urgently needed – please support our emergency forest fire appeal today.

Thank you so much for your support during this emergency!


Dr. Jamartin Sihite 
CEO of BOS Foundation 





USA: Cassie and California – First State to Ban Fur. A Message.





A message from Cassie – fur activist – great person !!

Hi Mark,

The California fur ban just passed its final vote in the full Senate! Now, all we need is for the governor to sign the bill and California will officially become the first state in the US to ban the sale of fur. I wonder who’s going to be next? And the fur industry is wondering the same thing. They can see the writing on the wall and they know that the momentum from this victory can lead to the end of the cruel fur trade around the whole world. Let’s make sure we don’t let them down.

Share this victory video to show the world the power of the grassroots (and the fur industry’s ridiculous responses when confronted with the truth) 

DxE is showing the world the secrets that animal abusing companies want to keep hidden, and it’s leading to concrete change. We need your help to capitalize on this momentum and continue exposing the truth to create change. Right now, each new monthly donor – at any amount – is getting DxE a $100 match. If you or anyone you know can become a member, now is a perfect time!

Thank you,




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EU: Suffering of calves on 1700km road journey to Israel.

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Suffering of calves on 1700km road journey to Israel

Calves being transported from Lithuania to Israel have been found in extremely overcrowded conditions on the trucks, lying in a thick layer of manure and suffering from heat and extreme thirst. 

These conditions – suffered on a journey of two weeks for a distance of 1700km – caused the death of some animals, but also made others so exhausted that they had to be dragged by their legs from the trucks. 

The investigation by Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) and Israel Against Live Shipments (IALS) trailed the calves along their journey and called Road Traffic Inspection in Poland when they spotted evidence of suffering on the trucks. Official veterinarians were called and found multiple violations of Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005, which states that animals shall not be transported in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering.

“This was the most tragic sight I have seen in all my years working as an investigator in animal transportation,” says Maria Boada-Saña, investigator and project manager of AWF. “It is incomprehensible how official veterinarians in Lithuania approved these transports.” 

Polish officials immediately decided to unload the suffering animals and started administrative proceedings against the Polish transport company Konrad. However, after a 24-hour-long rest at a stable, the animals were carried in three trucks instead of two to Slovenia, where investigators from IALS found terribly weak and exhausted calves upon arrival at Koper. 

From here, the transport continued by sea, and the animals were loaded onto the livestock vessel Holstein Express, destination Israel. The calves spend four days at sea without any authority to assess their welfare, or ensure they are treated in compliance with EU legislation. 

“Our experience shows that sick animals are usually left untreated, and their dead bodies are regularly dumped into the Mediterranean Sea,” says Yaron Lapidot, spokesperson of IALS. “Investigators have repeatedly found European cattle and calves washing up dead on the beaches of Israel, having been thrown overboard from livestock vessels.” 

After arrival in Haifa, the journey of these animals is not over yet. The calves are loaded onto small trucks in which the temperature can exceed 37°C and carried on to quarantine stables where they are kept for a month before being sent to fattening farms. 

“By removing the live import tax in 2014, the Israeli government sealed the fate of hundreds of thousands of animals going through hell on the journey to Israel. Ever since then, promises by our agriculture minister to reduce the numbers have not materialized and essentially the public continues to subsidise the imports,” says Yaron Lapidot. “This year we expect that Israel will import about 850k live animals, an increase of 400% since 2014.” 


The two organisations have sent a film highlighting the suffering of these animals to EU Commissioner Andriukaitis, and are calling on the European Commission to stop the long-distance transport of live farm animals to Israel and other Third Countries. 

“AWF and IALS are the latest of many organisations which are constantly revealing serious welfare problems in the long-distance transport of animals,” says Reineke Hameleers, director of Eurogroup for Animals. “The suffering of animals on such journeys is inevitable, and the European Union must stop this cruel and archaic practice.”

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Australia: Live export footage shows Australian cattle dragged by ropes before slaughter in Indonesia.


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Live export footage shows Australian cattle dragged by ropes before slaughter in Indonesia

Exclusive: An investigation is under way after cattle were allegedly sold illegally outside supply chain

The Department of Agriculture is investigating a live export company after it received footage showing Australian cattle being pulled to the ground with ropes and slaughtered without being stunned in a carpark underneath an Indonesian mosque.

International Livestock Exports has suspended all supply to one of its Indonesian abattoirs over the breach, which was reported to the department by Animals Australia.

ILE identified itself as the exporter after the department shared the footage it received from Animals Australia with all relevant exporters, in an attempt to identify the cattle.

The footage, seen by Guardian Australia, shows about a dozen cattle in an underground carpark near the grand mosque in Medan City in North Sumatra. They were killed as part of Eid al-Adha last month and a complaint was lodged with the department on 13 August.

Four of the cattle were identified as Australian. The footage shows them being pulled to the ground by ropes around their legs and rope halters, then being dragged by their tails. The slaughter happened in full view, and sometimes within metres, of other cattle.

Ear tags had been removed but a combination of ear notches and brands identified them as cattle produced on a station in the Northern Territory and shipped to Indonesia by ILE.

The slaughter was reported to the department as a breach of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (Escas), which was introduced after a 2011 Four Corners investigation. Exporters dealing in Australian animals can sell only into an approved supply chain

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A director of ILE, Mike Stanton, told Guardian Australia the cattle had been illegally sold outside the supply chain from a facility in Indonesia, and ILE had suspended the facility it believed was responsible. “We did that as soon as we were able to work out where the leak has been,” he said.

The department told Guardian Australia it did not comment on investigations that were still in progress.

Legislation to appoint an independent inspector general for live exports passed the Senate on Tuesday.

Stanton said there were 140 facilities in Indonesia approved as part of ILE’s supply chain. “If you’re exporting a lot of cattle there’s going to be issues along the line,” he said. “We do our best. “I know a lot of people think we don’t, but it’s bloody hard.”

He said the treatment of the cattle shown in the footage, particularly the long minutes taken to drag them to the ground, was “awful”.

“We are in the business of selling animals for slaughter but we want it done in an appropriate manner,” he said.

ILE shares an office in West Perth with Emanuel Exports, the company responsible for the 2017 voyage of the Awassi Express in which 2,400 sheep died of heat stress.

An investigation by the department into allegations Animals Australia paid for the footage from the Awassi found no evidence to suggest the footage was manufactured or illegally obtained.

ILE was issued a show-cause notice in October because of its association with Emanuel and another sister company, EMRS Rural Exports, which both had their export licences cancelled. ILE handles 70% of live cattle exports from Broome.

The Australian Live Export Council chief executive, Mark Harvey-Sutton, said the slaughter was “unacceptable” but had to be put in context of the industry’s broader track record.

“Let’s not forget that exporters are also very proactive in this space and often actions are undertaken by exporters ahead of what the regulator looks to do, and that was the case this time,” he said.

Harvey-Sutton said Australian exporters had “very good systems in place” and the council worked “very closely” with both producers and exporters to keep them informed in cases of Escas non-compliance.

There have been 172 complaints of non-compliance since Escas was established in 2012 – 70 by Animals Australia.

Its strategy director, Lyn White, said: “It is deeply concerning that Australian cattle have once again been subjected to roping slaughter in Indonesia, and that the only reason this has become known is because of the efforts of a charity.

“Escas was established to prevent such horrific treatment. The fact that it can still occur speaks to the ever-present risks of exporting animals and losing control of their welfare.”

White said Escas breaches should result in the automatic suspension of an export licence.

A review conducted by Guardian Australia of the first five years of reports found only three cases in which punitive action was taken against exporters.

Self-reported breaches by exporters are not publicly listed and investigated if they are made and rectified within a set timeline.

The chief executive of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, Ashley Manicaros, said the slaughter involved just four of the 400,000 cattle exported from Darwin to Indonesia each year.

Manicaros said exporters should be given more credit for the work they had done to reform after the crackdown in the live sheep trade.

“Those operators that don’t meet those standards will be the ones that have to get to the standard if they want to remain in business,” he said.




UK: Tell McDonalds That Their Meat Birds Need Better Chicken Commitment. Join Over 230,000 Others.



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Every day McDonald’s cooks up chickens that have lived lives of unthinkable suffering and pain.

Hellbent on ever fattening their profit, McDonald’s suppliers cram thousands of chickens into dark and filthy barns. Forced to grow large too quickly, many birds die an early death from heart disease.

That’s exactly why over 230,000 people just like you are fighting to end this cruelty. They’re calling on the fast food giant to sign the Better Chicken Commitment: a set of ambitious standards to radically improve animal welfare at these farms.

And back in July, KFC became the first UK fast food outlet to sign up to the Better Chicken Commitment.

If KFC can do it, why not McDonald’s?

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Tell McDonald’s: I’m not lovin’ it until you sign up to the Better Chicken Commitment!

But every action we take, no matter how small, that puts people and planet before profits, can help build a better world. By holding McDonald’s to account today, you are making that difference.



Please, will you add your name to save chickens from this brutal suffering? 

Thanks for all that you do,
Anna and the team.

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100  Majestic elephants slaughtered, to be turned into ……………………

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… Elephant trinkets !!!  – 100 lives taken, for what ?


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I gave up my faith in the majority of the human race a long time ago !

Regards Mark